Miscellaneous Delaware County, Oklahoma Obituaries


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FAYETTE, Okla. - Lela Faye Capshaw, 75, of Fayetteville, Ark, died Wednesday at the home of a relative in Wyandotte, Okla. after a sudden illness. Mrs. Capshaw was born October 5, 1925 at Floyd County, Texas to Annie Lavada and William Pinkney Neff. As a young girl she grew up picking cotton in the fields of West Texas and worked various jobs. Finishing her working days as a seamstress at Levi-Strauss Co. in Fayetteville. She was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness in Washington County, Arkansas of nearly forty years. She married I.W. "Rocky" Capshaw at Afton, Texas in June of 1942, he survives of the home. 
She is survived by three sons, Lanny Capshaw of Calhoun, Mo.; Gary Capshaw of Farmington, Ark.; Benny Capshaw of Wyandotte, Okla.; daughter, Sandra Capshaw of St. Petersburg Fla.; two sisters, Sarah Pauline Etherly of Prescott, Ariz.; Barbara Hauteen Woody of Lubbock, Tex.; two brothers, W.A. Neff of Apache Junction, Ariz.; Edwin Harold Neff of Floydada, Texas; thirteen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren also survive. A sister Lillian Jewel Guffee and four brothers Thomas Ely, Buel, Lee Ell, and Shorty preceded her in death.
There was a private viewing for the family members Friday, February 2, at the Guilford-Thomas Funeral Home, Commerce, Okla. A memorial service was held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, February 3, at the Kingdom Hall at 2837 Old Wire Road, 72703.

GROVE - Veva Jean Carpenter, 42, died Tuesday, April 24, 2001 at St. John's Medical Center in Joplin, Mo. Memorial services were held at 5:00 p.m. Friday, April 27, at New Song Church with Pastor Steve Dyer officiating.
Veva Jean Carpenter was born on June 14, 1958 to David and Norma Towne Townsend in Cheyenne, Wyo. She was a member of New Song Church in Grove.
She is survived by two daughters, Nicki Carpenter of Pawhuska, Okla., and Amanda Marie Carpenter of Grove; one son, Nicholas Carpenter of Grove; four brothers, David Townsend, Grove, Ricky Aldaco and Eddie Aldaco, both of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Michael Aldaco of Calif.; one sister, Shari Ward of Grove, and step parents Steve and Pat Aldaco of Ft. Worth, Texas.
Donations to the Carpenter children may be made through the funeral home. Services are entrusted to Ellis Family Funeral Home, 107 S. Broadway, Grove, OK 74344, 918-786-95172.

JAY, Okla. - Flossie B. Carroll, 93, passed away October 24, 2001 at Monroe Manor. Flossie was born March 19, 1907 near Zena, Okla., to George and Martha Pitts. Flossie attended school at Zena and later married Robert Carroll in 1925. Flossie was a homemaker and was married for 73 years until Robert's death in 1998. 
Flossie had six children, Robert Carroll, Jay, Melvin, Florida, Wayne, Washington St., Calif., and Shirley Russell, Siloam Springs. Deceased include two sons Jerry and Earl Carroll. 
The family of Flossie will receive friends Friday evening, October 26, from 6-8 at Turner Funeral Chapel, Jay. Services will be 10 a.m. graveside at Zena Cemetery Saturday, October 27. Services are under direction of Turner Funeral Chapel, Jay.

OLIVE, Okla. - Funeral services for Olive, Okla. resident Velma Carter, will be held 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 20, 2001 at the Oak Hill Church at Keystone Lake in Mannford, Okla. Rev. Harrell Jones, Sr. will officiate with special service music provided by Kathy Dodson and Sandra Clemens. Interment will follow at 3:00 p.m. in Mose Ridge Cemetery at Topsy, Okla. Serving as casket bearers are J.W. Dodson, Don Hogue, Gary Hillman, Harrell Jones, Jr., Darrell Jones, Bob Pendergrass, Sye Reed, Tony Moorhead, and Don Porter. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Michael's Funeral Home of Drumright, Okla.
Velma was born in Claremore, Okla. on April 10, 1952 to J. D. Buzzard and Drushane (Rogers) Buzzard. She passed from his life to be with her Lord on Saturday, June 16, at the age of 49 years. Velma grew up in the Jay, Okla. area and was a graduate of Jay High School. She attended college in Miami, Okla., where she received training as a LPN. She lived in Cleveland, Okla. for several years and had worked at the Cleveland Manor Nursing Home until she retired due to her health, in 1997. She also worked at the Rest Haven Nursing Home in Cushing, Okla. She married Roger Carter on July 28, 1984 in Mannford, Okla., and since then, they had made their home in Olive. Velma loved to go to garage sales and flea markets, sew, quilt, arts and crafts, make scrapbooks and do bead work. She was also a wonderful singer, organist, and pianist. She was a member of the Oak Hill Church at Lake Keystone where she and her husband were the music leaders. She is preceded in death by her father and one brother, Jim Buzzard.
Her remaining family includes her loving husband, Roger Carter, of Olive; two sons, and their wives, Brian Dale and Nicole Carter of Ecru, MS, and Layle and Gina Carter of Sand Springs, Okla.; two daughters and a son-in-law; Samantha Cheyenne Carter of Olive, and Courtney Brooke Wickliffe and Franklin Fields of Owasso, Okla.; three grandchildren, Cody, Emily, and Taylor Carter; her mother, Drushane Buzzard of Eucha, Okla.; three brothers, Jerry Buzzard, Gary Buzzard, both of Cleveland, Okla., and Steve Buzzard of Eucha, Okla.; two sisters, Sandra Carter of Disney, Okla., and Carol Freels of Eucha, Okla.; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many loving friends.

MONKEY ISLAND, Okla. - Lavelle W. "Chad" Chadwell, age 77, died Monday, September 10, 2001. Mr. Chadwell was a business owner.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, September 13, at Rice Funeral Service Chapel, Claremore.

SPAVINAW, Okla. - Estin Thomas Chance, 72, died Thursday, June 21, 2001 after an illness. Estin was born January 5, 1929 to Marion and Mattie (Harvey) Chance. Estin grew up in Locust Grove, Okla. where he also attended school. At the age of 17, he entered the U.S. Army and served in the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged after seven years of service. Later, he was self-employed as an auto mechanic and auto body repairman. He then drove a city bus for the Tulsa Transit for 18 years until retirement in 1991 at the age of 62. He enjoyed rebuilding old cars and trucks, woodworking, gardening and fishing. Estin is preceded in death by his parents, an infant baby sister, and three brothers, Jack, Marion Jr., and Lloyd Chance.
Survivors include wife, Beverly Honicutt Chance, of the home; two sons, Randy and wife, Sharon, of Claremore, Okla., and Jeff of Grove; four daughters, Tracy and husband, Allen Cartwright, of Glenpool, Vicky Chance of Tulsa, Lisa and husband, Micky Morgan, of Catoosa, and Kim and husband, Don Hibbs, of Locust Grove, Okla.; eight step-children, Vicki and Wayne McClelland of Kellyville, Okla., Janice and David McPartland of Wappinger Falls, N.Y., Lisa and Steve Bullard of Broken Arrow, Okla., Kelly and Tina Miller, Valerie and Bo Jules of Tulsa, Okla., Scott and Della Honicutt of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Keith Honicutt of Tulsa; 15 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; 21 step grandchildren, and five step great grandchildren.
Memorial services were held 2:00 p.m. Monday, June 25, at the Spavinaw United Methodist Church. Officiating was Rev. Carol Reich. Services were under direction of Turner Funeral Chapel Langley, Okla.

MIAMI, Okla. - Ralph Lee Chenoweth, 68, of Miami, Okla., died Sunday, July 1, 2001 at Integris Baptist Regional Health Center after a lengthy illness. Mr. Chenoweth was born September 13, 1932 in Miami to Lee and Vera (Hammel) Chenoweth. He has lived in Miami since 1978, he had previously lived in Rota, Spain. His parents and a brother, Ray Allen Chenoweth, preceded him in death. He was a graduate of Miami High School class of 1950, received his associate degree from NEO in 1952, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from Oklahoma A&M in 1954. Mr. Chenoweth retired from the Oklahoma State Department of Human Services in 1997. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Miami. Mr. Chenowith served in the Navy, retiring as a Lt. Cmd. in 1977. During his 23 years of service, he commanded a crew of Hurricane Hunters and flew reconnaissance during the Vietnam War. He completed the last 10 years of duty in Rota, Spain. He married Maria del Carmen Aguirre Lanzarote in 1978. She survives of the home.
Other survivors are: three daughters, Melissa Antonia Chenoweth, Christina Lee Chenoweth, and Dorrie Michele Chenoweth, of Merritt Island, Fla., and one sister, Irma Shepsko, of Newark, Del.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 5, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Miami. Father W. Gregg Elliott will officiate. Burial will be in the G.A.R. Cemetery, Miami, under the direction of the Guilford-Thomas Funeral Home, Miami.
Rosary will be recited Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. at the Guilford-Thomas Funeral Home, Miami. 

COLCORD, Okla. - Wanda Bell Christy, 67-year-old resident of Colcord, died Sunday, April 8, 2001 at Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital in Siloam Springs, Ark. Born January 30, 1934 in Row, Okla., she was the daughter of Bruce Silcox and Leota Cochran Silcox. Mrs. Christy has been a resident of Colcord for most of her life. She was a retired secretary. She attended the Assembly of God Church.
She is survived by her mother, Leota Silcox, of Colcord; five brothers, Norman Silcox of Blackwell, Okla., Ralph Silcox of Mangum, Okla., Sherman Silcox of Watts, Okla., Burl Silcox of Roosevelt, Okla., and Roger Silcox of Colcord, and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at Wasson Memorial Chapel, with Brother Edward Billups officiating. Burial will follow in Row Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Wasson Funeral Home, Siloam Springs, Ark.

MIAMI, Okla. - Evelyn Valerie Clark, 87, of Miami, died Saturday, August 25, 2001 in a local nursing home. Mrs. Clark was born November 5, 1913 in Wymore, Neb., to James W. and Viola (Mapes) Jackson. She has lived in the Miami area most of her adult life. She married Burl Clark, he preceded her in death. Two brothers, John and Joe Jackson, and two sisters, Cora Tracy Scott and Martha Watson, also preceded her. Mrs. Clark was a homemaker and attended the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness.
Survivors are: one sister, Marie Jackson Shaw, of Wymore, Neb.; one sister-in-law, Evelyn Jackson, of Joplin, Mo.; five nieces, Nancy Shaw, Gail Rixstine, Sherry Allen, Betty Jo Marples, and Linda Ferrel; four nephews, Bill Tracey, Steven Shaw, Mike and Donnie Jackson, and numerous grand nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 29, in the Guilford-Thomas Funeral Home in Miami. Elder Steve Hodges will officiate. Burial will be in the Glen Abbey Memorial Gardens east of Miami under the direction of the Guilford-Thomas Funeral Home, Miami.
Pallbearers will be Ben Horn, Chris Barbee, Nathan Horn, Richard Dudley, Darren Dudley, and Dave Davis.

SOUTHWEST CITY, Mo. - Roy Fay Coatney, Sr., 68, of Southwest City, Mo., died on Sunday, May 27, 2001 at 4:35 a.m. at the Grand Lake Villa Nursing Center in Grove after an illness. Roy Coatney was born on January 15, 1933 at Berryville, Ark. to the late James David and Dessie Lee (Gregory) Coatney. He was a former resident of Southwest City, Mo. for 15 years before moving to Grove, where he lived for six months. He had formerly attended the First Baptist Church in Southwest City, Mo. His wife of 45 years, Edith Coatney, preceded him in death on February 14.
He is survived by three sons, Roy "Pete" Coatney, Jr. of Southwest City, Mike Coatney of Jay, Okla., and Jackie Coatney of Noel, Mo.; three daughters, Almeta Freeman of Noel, Mo., Reta Eames of Gravette, Ark., and Sue Leak of Jane, Mo.; one sister, Opal Alley of Republic, Mo.; 17 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Graveside services for Mr. Coatney will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, at the Southwest City Cemetery in Southwest City.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, May 30, at the Ozark Funeral Home in Southwest City from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Pallbearers will be Bobby Overton, Dee Freeman, John Moss, Bobby Cole, Troy Paul Alley and Mike Mitchell. Honorary pallbearers will be Justin Freeman and Shannon Freeman. Military rites conducted by Pineville-Jane American Legion Post 392.

FAIRLAND, Okla. - Walter F. Cobb of rural Fairland died at his home Saturday, March 31, 2001 at 4:35 p.m. after a lengthy illness. He was 78. Mr. Cobb was born August 2, 1922 at Webster County, Mo. to Walter F. and Letha McMullin Cobb. He was a veteran, having served in the US Army. He was a correctional officer for the US Medical Center in Springfield, Mo. for 20 years, retiring in 1977. He was a member of Hudson Creek Baptist Church and had lived in Fairland since 1975. He married Mildred E. Owen January 24, 1943, at Marshfield, Mo.
He is survived by his wife, Mildred E. Owen, of the home; six sons and wives, Timothy and Connie Cobb of Reed Spring, Mo., Thomas and Vicky Cobb of Rogersville, Mo., Tony and Ann Cobb of Everton, Mo., Troy and Sharon Cobb and Terrence and Debbie Cobb of Neodesha, Kan., and Ty Cobb of the home; three daughters, Tamera and husband, Mike Grant of Neodesha, Kan., Susan Hilderbrand of Denver, Co., and Tony Cobb of the home; a sister, Marsha Dial of Forsythe, Mo.; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, at Hudson Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Kenneth Duffel and Rev. Richard Dayringer officiating. Burial of cremains will follow at Fairland Cemetery under the direction of Adcock Funeral Home of Fairland.

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. - Alta Claudine Cochran, 87, Leavenworth, Kan., died Wednesday, June 13, 2001 at the Medicalodge of Leavenworth. She was born July 21, 1913 at St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of Edward Francis and Laura Bell Appling Lucas. On July 21, 1929, she married Jewel Cochran at Miller County, Mo. He preceded her in death. She was a homemaker, and a member of the Leavenworth Baptist Church.
She is survived by one daughter, Betty Albo, Leavenworth; three sons, David L. Cochran, Parkville, Mo., John Paul Cochran, Miami, Okla., and Daniel G. Cochran, Kansas City, Kan.; 13 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons, Jewel Don Cochran and William Edward Cochran; one daughter, Patricia Ann Cochran; one brother, John Lucas, and one sister, Edna Beck.
Visitation will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at the Davis Funeral Chapel, 531 Shawnee St., Leavenworth. Following the visitation, Mrs. Cochran will go to the Paul Thomas Funeral Chapel in Miami, Okla. for funeral visitation to be held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 18, at the Funeral Chapel with a graveside service at 11 a.m. Monday at the Glenn Abby Cemetery, Miami, Okla. 
Memorial contributions may be given to Leavenworth Baptist Church, 803 S. Broadway at Spruce, Leavenworth, KS.

GROVE - Mitchell Kane Coffey, infant son of Jennifer and William (Billy) Coffey, was with his parents for a short time after delivery on Wednesday April 11, 2001 at the Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa. 
He is survived by his grandparents on his mother's side, Pat and Linda Cox; great grandparents, Floyd and Roxanne Cox and Lamar and Mildred Whitney; uncles, Dustin Cox and Dallas Cox; great aunts and uncles, David and Brenda Cox, Linda and Mark Taylor, Billy and Tammie Cox, Dan Whitney, Randy Whitney, Roy and Sharon Whitney, Elvis Whitney and Don Whitney; on his father's side grandparents, L.E. and Betty Chappell and Wilma Chappell and Leroy Harper; two aunts, Codi Coffey and Destiny Jones; great aunt and uncle, Leon and Carla Chappell, and two cousins, Cullen Coffey and Reid Van House. 
Graveside services were held Saturday, April 14, at the Hickory Grove Cemetery. Rev. Andy Krebs officiated. Services were under the direction of the Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home in Grove. 

EDMONDS, Wash. - William E. "Bill" Conkright, 90, a former long-time Diamond Point (Monkey Island) area resident, died April 5, 2001 in Edmonds, Wash. He was born February 5, 1911 in Centralia, Okla. Bill grew up in Coffeyville, Kan. and served in the Army during WWII. In 1946, he married Helen Meginn of Coffeyville and they spent 26 wonderful years together until her death in 1972. Bill was an accomplished welder and became a supervisor with Nutter Engineering, retiring in 1976. He very much enjoyed carpentry and time on the dance floor. In 1996, he moved to the greater Seattle area to be near his daughter, Mary Rausch.
Bill is survived by his daughter, Mary Rausch, of Seattle, two grandchildren, Richelle and Zachary Rausch; two great-grandchildren, Camille and Lian Mahar; sister, Virginia Newkirk of Kansas, and numerous nieces and nephew.
Family memorial service to be held at a later date. Arrangements under the direction of Beck's Funeral Home, Edmonds, Wash., 1-877-605-1234.

GROVE - Hazel Connor, age 87, died Wednesday, June 13, 2001 in Grove General Hospital. The daughter of Alfred and Lavina (Tomison) Jacobsin, she was born on December 4, 1913 in Jackson County, Kan. She lived all her life in the Topeka, Kan. area, moving to Grove in 1980. Hazel worked as aN LPN in the Veterans Hospital in Topeka, retiring in the late 1970's. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Grove and spent time as the Grand Noble of the Rebecca's Lodge in Grove. Later, she enjoyed the fellowship and social aspects of the Senior's Citizen Center in Grove. Hazel married James Clyde Connor and he preceded her in death in 1972.
She is survived by her son, Dr. Clyde Connor, and his wife, Rosie, of Grove; two sisters, Francis Chumley and Ruth Owen, both of Topeka, Kan.; two grandchildren, Clyde J. Connor and Charlette E. Bellefeuille; one great-granddaughter, Lamarie Rutelonis, and one great-great-grandson, Connor Rutelonis.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, in the Olympus Cemetery with Ken Seimens officiating. There will be a visitation for family and friends at the funeral home at 7 p.m. on Friday. The services are under the directions of the Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home in Grove.

GROVE - Paul Arthur Coon of Grove died Friday, May 11, 2001 at the Grove General Hospital. He was 81. Mr. Coon was born August 5, 1919 to Sylvester and Cora Coon at Scammon, Kan. He graduated from Columbus High School in Columbus, Kan. He worked for Helio Aircraft in Pittsburg, Kan. for 19 years. He also worked at Pittsburg State University in the physical plant until retiring at the age of 62. After retirement, he moved to Grove in 1985. Mr. Coon was a 4th degree Knights of Columbus, served many years as secretary/treasurer of the United Commercial Travelers, member of the Masonic Lodge, and past president of the Sailboat Bridge Assoc. He was a member of the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Pittsburg and a member of the St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Grove. He married Mary Torchia February 15, 1942 at Pittsburg. She preceded him in death May 18, 1992. He then married Wilma Clark July 29, 1993 in Grove.
He is survived by his wife, Wilma, of Grove; five children, Ginger Freeman and husband, Bill, of Kalispell, Mt., Paula Hearn and husband, David, of Pittsburg, Rick Coon and wife, Sharon, of Pittsburg, Cora Johnson and husband, Chris, of Joplin, Mo., and Tammy Billingsly and husband, Marc, of Poala, Kan.; one stepdaughter, Nadine Hamblin and husband, Don Russell, of Afton, Okla.; two sisters, Garnett Cragg of Wichita, and Margie Borer of Bradenton, Fla.; 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral Mass will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 15, at the St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Grove. Father Alex Kennedy to officiate. Graveside service will be 2:30 p.m. at the Garden of Memory Cemetery in Pittsburg, Kan. There will be a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. Monday at the Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home in Grove. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the St. Elizabeth Catholic Church building fund or the American Heart Assoc. in care of the funeral home.

KERMIT, TEXAS, - D.L. "Lefty" Cooper, 77, of Kermit passed away Monday, January 29, 2001 at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Texas. He was born May 2, 1923 in Delaware County, Okla. to Leo Alfred Cooper and Pansy Madeline Amos Cooper. Lefty married Wanda Lipham June 3, 1948 in Kermit, Texas. He and Wanda were founders and operators of Cooper Funeral Chapel, Inc. from 1962 until 1997. Lefty held every office and position in the West Texas Funeral Directors Association including President during this career. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Kermit, member of the Kermit Downtown Lions Club, Kermit Masonic Lodge #1258, the El Paso Consistory, and was an Army veteran of WWII. He was preceded in death by one sister, Dorothy Hollenback.
He is survived by his loving wife and soulmate Wanda Cooper of Kermit, his two precious children, Jay Cooper of Kermit and Doylene Plummer and her husband Jerry of Amarillo, grandson, Doyle Plummer and his wife Lorri of Grand Prairie, granddaughter Crystal Plummer of Amarillo, great-granddaughter Hope Plummer of Amarillo, and great-grandson Colton Plummer of Grand Prairie. He is also survived by his two sisters, Juanita Larmon of Jay, Okla. and Reva Lois Votaw of Oak Grove, Missouri.
Funeral Services were held Thursday, February 1, at 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Kermit, Texas with Reverend David Weyant officiating. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jerry Moya, Kim Arnold and Jay Cooper of Cooper Funeral Chapel, Inc.

SOUTHWEST CITY, Mo. - Mrs. Wilma M. Cooper, 90, of Southwest City, Mo., died on Saturday, October 6, 2001 at 2:55 p.m. at Grove after an illness.
Wilma Cooper was born on April 17, 1911 in Marionville, Mo., to the late L.F. "Lou" and Ada May (Knott) Burney. She had lived in Southwest City most of her life. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Southwest City where she was a member of the choir. She was a homemaker and an avid antique collector.
She married L.E. "Lark" Cooper on April 8, 1933 at Eucha, Okla. He preceded her in death on June 25, 1998. She was also preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Lucile Glasscock.
Survivors are: two daughters, Burney Moss of Joplin, Mo., and Joan Nale of Jay; three grandchildren, Tom Moss of Shawnee, Kan., Martha Rose of Grove, and Tim Moss of Rogers, Ark., and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mrs. Cooper were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 10, at the First Baptist Church in Southwest City. The Reverend Ray Clanton officiated. Burial was in the Southwest City Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Southwest City First Baptist Church in care of the funeral home.

CLAREMORE, Okla. - Bernice Cosby of Claremore, Okla. died Sunday, June 10, 2001 at the Claremore Regional Hospital. She was 90. Mrs. Cosby was born February 16, 1911 to W.A. and Cora Francis Parker in Grove. She graduated from Grove High School. She retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone in 1976 as a telephone operator. Mrs. Cosby lived in Miami, Okla. for 47 years before moving to Claremore in 1999. She married William Delbert Cosby March 25, 1933 at Vinita. He preceded her in death in 1946.
She is survived by two children, Paul Cosby of Edmond, Okla., and Brenda Steeley of Claremore, Okla.; one brother, James Parker of Grove; sister, Ada Ruth Wisdom of Paola, Kan.; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Graveside services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, at the Olympus Cemetery in Grove. Rev. John E. Bulter to officiate. Services are under the direction of the Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home in Grove.

GROVE - Funeral service for Ronald E. Cousins, 69, who died Monday, May 21, 2001 at his home in Grove, were Thursday, May 24, at 11:00 a.m. at Lanman Funeral Home Chapel in Cherokee with Pastor Ed Jones officiating. Burial followed at Auburn Cemetery southwest of Cherokee. Arrangements were by Lanman Funeral Home of Cherokee.
He was born in Portland, Maine on December 1, 1931, the son of Robert Earl and Ethel Mae Berry Cousins. On May 11, 1952 he and Carol White were married in Cherokee. They lived in Wichita, Kan. where he was a retired Wichita Police Detective Lieutenant, and also retired from Boeing Aircraft. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict.
He is survived by his wife, Carol, of Grove; one son, Ronald D. Cousins, of Grove; one daughter, Caron Dumler, of Erie, Pa.; his mother-in-law, Orvella White, of Grove, formerly of Cherokee; one brother, Richard E. Cousins, of South Portland, Maine and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy Cousins, and one brother, Ronald B. Cousins. 
Memorials may be made to the Wichita Police Benefit Fund through Lanman Funeral Home of Cherokee.

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. - Simon Howard Cowan, a former resident of Jay, passed away at his home in Central Point, Ore. June 8, 2001 at the age of 82. Mr. Cowan was born March 8, 1918 in Pettigan, Ark., a son of Simon and Sara Cowan. He married Martha Stelle in 1942 in Jay, Okla. To this union was born one son, Howard Wayne Cowan, of Eugene, Ore. They moved from Jay to Rouge Valley, Ore. in 1948. He married Maurine Call in 1987 in Central Point.
He is survived by one son, Howard Wayne Cowan; his wife, Maurine Call, of Central Point; four grandchildren; two great grandchildren; a step daughter, Patricia Gordon, and step son Tracy Gordon. He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers.
Mr. Cowan was a member of the First Baptist Church at Central Point. He was a corporal in the U.S. Army during WW II. He worked for Boise Cascade until his retirement. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting and yard work
Graveside services for Simon Howard were at the Eagle Point National Cemetery Interment Shelter. Arrangements were under direction of Abbey Funeral, Medford, Ore.
Howard was a brother-in-law to Sam Stella and Euylean Cearly. He was a nephew of the late Dr. William R. Cowan, who had an office in Jay for many years.

GROVE - Lavina (Lee) Crain, age 84, of Grove, passed away at Grove General Hospital Wednesday, October 10, 2001 after a sudden illness. 
Lee was born July 30, 1917 in Springfield, Mo., the daughter of Joe and Vernie Dyer of Springfield, Mo. She had two brothers, James Dyer and Joe Dyer Jr., of Grove., and was married to Elliot Crain in Long Beach, Calif. She also had one son, Ron Malone, of Calif.
Lee was a member of Temple Baptist Church in Springfield, Mo., and was a member of Grove Kitchen Band, entertaining residents in area nursing homes until ongoing illness prevented her from participating. She also belonged to the Grove Republican Women's Club.
No service will be held.

GROVE - Franklin S. Cronk, 67, died Wednesday, March 28, 2001 at his home after a short illness. Private family services will be held at a later date. Franklin Cronk was born on April 4, 1933 in Colony, Okla. to Melton and Lena Seger Cronk. He was a member of the U.S. Air Force and served in the Korean Conflict and the Occupation Force in Germany. Mr. Cronk graduated from Oklahoma State University and was a great fan and benefactor of the university.
He is survived by his wife, Cherie of Grove; a daughter, Arden Renee' Moulin of Flower Mound, Texas; a son, Franklin LaMont Cronk of Dallas, Texas; two grandchildren, Kelsey and Forrest Moulin both of Flower Mound, Texas; one brother, Kenneth John Cronk of Bourne, Texas; two sisters, Lenadell Shunkwiler of Oklahoma City, and Mary Stevenson of Winston, Ore.; two stepchildren and four step grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers and sisters.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Oklahoma State University Foundation, Stillwater, Okla. Services are entrusted to Ellis Family Funeral Home, 107 S. Broadway, Grove. 

MIAMI, Okla. - Herbert L. Crosby of rural Miami died Monday, April 2, 2001 at 4:45 a.m. at the Miami Nursing Center after an illness. He was 88 years of age. Mr. Crosby was born August 19, 1912 at Anderson, Mo. to Avery and Minnie (Sala) Crosby. He lived in the Fairland, Afton, Miami area for 58 years, moving there from Anderson, Mo. He was a carpenter and was self-employed as a building contractor for over 50 years. He was a long time member of the Fairland Assembly of God Church and was a humble, hardworking family man. He was united in marriage to Ruth E. Tipton December 23, 1932. She survives of the home. Twin sons, Billy and Bobby Crosby, one daughter, Paralee Crosby, two brothers, and a sister all preceded him in death.
He is survived by two sons, Max Crosby and his wife, Martha, Amarillo, Texas, and Eddie Crosby and his wife, Waydeen, Dallas, Texas; three daughters, Dolores Blevins and her husband, Freddie, Tulsa, Okla., Judy Phillips and her husband, Bill, Shawnee, Okla., and Linda Orcutt and her husband, Tony, Miami, Okla.; two sisters, Pauline Chapman, Lewiston, Idaho, and Jewell Dickey, Anderson, Mo.; 21 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren, and six great great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Herbert L. Crosby will be Thursday, April 5, at 2:00 p.m. at Fairland Assembly of God Church in Fairland. Rev. Robert Jackson and Rev. Jackie Crafton will officiate. Pallbearers will be his grandsons. Interment will be in the Old Hickory Grove Cemetery, northwest of Grove. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening, April 4, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. The family suggests that memorials be made to the Fairland Assembly of God Church in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are under the direction of the Paul Thomas Funeral Home of Miami. 

WYANDOTTE, Okla. - August V. Crowder, 77, of Wyandotte, died at 12:35 a.m. Tuesday, April 17, 2001 at NEO Health Care Center in Miami, Okla. after a long illness. 
He was born August 11, 1923 at Hardy, Ark., the son of Benjaman LeRoy and Alta Allen Crowder. He had lived in the Wyandotte area for several years where he was a Park Ranger at Twin Bridges State Park, and he attended Sycamore United Methodist Chapel.
He is survived by his wife, Martha, of the home; a son, Dale August Crowder, Mobile, Ala.; a daughter, Minless Louise Campbell, Neodesha, Kan.; a brother, LeRoy Crowder, Cherryvale, Kan.; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Kelo Merle Crowder, and two sisters, Peggy June Crowder and Lela Jane Rhodes.
Services will be Friday, April 20, at the Wyandotte United Church at 2 p.m. Rev. Mark Lynn will officiate. Burial will be in Wyandotte Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Richard White, Cameron Anderson, Arthur Anderson, Kenny McKee Jr., Stephen Way and Chris Gwartney. American Legion Post 163, Neosho, Mo. will conduct military graveside rites. 
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Regency Hospice in care of the funeral home.

GROVE - Leona Mae Cunningham of Grove died Saturday, June 9, 2001 at the St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo. She was 65. Leona was born July 13, 1935 to Rev. Ross and Blanche Cunningham at Bowman, N. D. Just before she became ill she worked in housekeeping at the Grove Nursing Center in Grove. She has lived in Grove for 14 years, moving from Southwest City, Mo. Her father preceded her in death.
She is survived by her mother, Blanche Cunningham, of Grove; one daughter, Fay Sultzer of Jay, Okla.; one sister, Wanda Varner of Wantangua, Okla.; two nieces, Becky Pierce of Anderson, Mo., and Anita Varner of Gravette, Ark.; two nephews, Steve Varner of Rogers, Mo., and Paul Varner of Gravette, Ark.; one granddaughter, Lisa Sultzer of Jay, and a host friends and neighbors.
Services will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 12, at the Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home in Grove. Rev. Herschel Barnes to officiate. Interment will be at the Lee Cemetery Southwest City, Mo.

GROVE - Luther Donald Cunningham, 66, died on Thursday, June 14, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo. Memorial services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, June 24, lakeside at the Grand Harbor Pavilion.
Luther Cunningham was born on January 10, 1935 to Luther L. and Alta Mae Reedy Cunningham in Oswego, Kan. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Cunningham worked as a brick layer until his retirement in 1997. He moved to the Grove area in 1975 from Columbus, Kan. Mr. Cunningham was a member of the VFW, and Brick Layers Union Local #15 in Kan.
He is survived by Luther Donald Cunningham, Jr., Mike Andrew Cunningham, Bobby D. Cunningham, and Ralph Edward Cunningham; two stepsons, Frankie Howerton of Wyandotte, Okla., and Charlie Howerton of Dickson, Mo.; one stepdaughter, Priscilla Frazier of Picher, Okla.; mother, Alta Richter of Garnett, Kan.; special friends, Rick and Sheyenne Carter, Destiny and Asha, Terry Martin, Tom Clough and numerous friends at Grand Harbor. Services are entrusted to Ellis Family Funeral Home, 107 S. Broadway, Grove.

EVANSTON, Wyo. - Lavina M. Currey, 65, passed away peacefully at her sister's home on September 8, 2001 following a courageous struggle with cancer.
She was born on January 23, 1936 in Kemmerer, Wyo., the daughter of Charles and Teresa (Dreu) Munari.
She married Albert Leslie Currey June 10, 1957 in Nevada. He preceded her in death August 10, 1995.
For several years Lavina worked as a food specialist at the Wyoming State Hospital. She was a member of the Uinta Bible Baptist Church and enjoyed time at Vacation Bible School. She also enjoyed fishing and spending time with her family and friends.
Survivors include: her sons, Charles Currey, of Collinsville, Ben Currey, of Phoenix, Arizona, Nathan Currey of Owasso, and Joe Currey of Fairland; her daughters, Beverly Lay of Stinnet, Texas, Lillian Henderson of Vinita, Clara Siebrecht, Rock Springs, Wyo., and Mattie May Jeffries of Jay; 12 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; sisters, Caroline Nicholls, Josephine Rudy, and Lillian Juvan, and one brother, Anton C. Munari.
In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by her parents, one brother and one sister.
Funeral services were held Sept. 11 at the Uinta Baptist Church in Evanston. Graveside Services will be in the Olympus Cemetery in Grove at 3 p.m. on September 14. Visitation will be held Thursday Evening at Moore's Funeral Home, 116 North Main, in Owasso.

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