Miscellaneous Delaware County, Oklahoma Obituaries


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GROVE - Otis Edens died Friday, November 9, 2001 at St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo. He was 79. Mr Edens was born September 4, 1922 to William Jefferson and Achsah Mitchell Edens at Commerce, Okla. He served in the United States Army during WWII. He worked for B.F. Goodrich in Miami, Okla., for over 35 years. He married Dorothy Reavis Edens October 29, 1945 at Baxter Springs, Kan. She preceded him in death in 1976. Later he married Hildred Masters Edens July 11, 1979. He has lived in the area since 1964 and loved the area for the fishing.
Survivors include: his wife, Hildred; one daughter, Marlene Gross, Cushing, Texas; one brother Jack Edens, Baxter Springs, Kan.; seven grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
Services were 1 p.m. Monday, November 12, at the Worley-Luginbuel Funeral home in Grove. Randy Hamill, minister officiated. Interment was at the Baxter Springs Cemetery in Baxter Springs, Kan.

MIAMI, Okla. - Oba J. Edwards, of Miami, formerly of Minneapolis, Minn., died at 12:10 a.m. Friday, June 29, 2001, at the Integris Baptist Regional Health Center after an illness. He was 68. Oba was born June 2, 1933, at Miami to James Oba and Mildred (Ramsey) Edwards. He moved to Galena, Ill. in 1947, and returned to Miami in 1978. He was a retired Air Force Senior Master Sgt., retiring in 1973. He had served in the Korean Conflict and also served multiple tours of duty in England. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1974. He presently owned and operated the Edwards Liquor Store in Miami, and had formerly owned and operated the Elm's Motel. Mr. Edwards loved to garden and enjoyed hunting, bird watching, and all sports. He was generous and giving to all his acquaintance and will be greatly missed.
He married Carol Marie (Ball) Edwards in 1957 in Bemidji, Minn. He later married Ruth Warme in 1978 at Miami and she survives of the home.
Additional survivors are: a daughter, Kelly Edwards, and her partner, Carol Rodgers, of Minneapolis, Minn.; son, Michael and his wife, Susan Edwards, of New London, Minn.; two grandchildren, Hailey and Courtney Edwards, New London, Minn.; step-daughter, Alexandra and husband, Christoper England, of Minneapolis, Minn., two step-grandchildren, Christian and Carter England, Minneapolis, Minn., and a special friend, Eddie Joe Barnett, Miami.
Memorial Services were held at 4 p.m., Monday, July 2, at the Chapel of the Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home with Rev. Noel Doherty officiating. Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

FAIRLAND, Okla. - Urcie Ola Edwards died at her niece's home in Mesa, Az., October 19, 2001 after a short illness. She was 101. She was born November 5, 1899 at Ballard, Mo., to Mark and Willie Mosher Mabrey. She moved to Fairland in 1908, then to Claremore in 1918. She went to Draughon's Business College and then worked as a bookkeeper at Ried Copper C. in Tulsa. She married Marvin Edwards at Tulsa on November 22, 1930. He preceded her in death in 1950. She moved to Springfield, Mo., in 1938, and then back to Fairland in 1943. She remained in Fairland until 2000. 
She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Fairland, where she was active, teaching Sunday School for nine years, and was in charge of entertainment for the young people for several years. She contributed on a regular basis to the poetry corner in the Joplin Globe and the Grove Sun. For the centennial celebration of the church, she wrote an article of the early days of the church and the town of Fairland.
She is survived by: three nieces, Maxine Neely, Bradford, Ore., Fayrene Jacques, Fullerton, Calif., and Jo Ann Arrott, Mesa, Az.; a nephew, L.A. Bud Callaway, Joplin, and 17 grand nieces and nephews. 
A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 27, at Fairland Cemetery with Rev. Andy Krebs officiating. Burial will be under the direction of Adcock Funeral Home of Fairland.

COMMERCE, Okla. - F. Norma, Eick, a former Miami and Commerce resident, passed away Friday morning, October 12, 2001 at the St. Francis Hospital, Tulsa, after an illness. She was 76. Mrs. Eick was born February 25, 1925 at Granby, Mo., to Fred and Evelyn (Shipman) Brackeen, and lived in this area until 12 years ago when she moved to Tulsa. She had retired from the cafeteria at the B.F. Goodrich Plant in 1975. Mrs. Eick graduated from the Commerce High School with the class of 1944. She married Ralph Eick on September 12, 1944 at Commerce, he preceded her in death on August 6, 1987.
Survivors include: a son, Phillip Eick, Inola, Okla.; a daughter, Mrs. Sue Allen, Ft. Worth, Texas; a brother, Bill Brackeen, Norman, Okla.; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in the G.A.R. Cemetery. Pallbearers were Chance Allen, Chad Allen, Casey Allen, George Eick, and Geoff Eick. Honorary Pallbearer was Shelly Witwer. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer society in care of the funeral home.

GROVE - William C. Enke (known as Bill or Pop to most), Cheyenne descendant of survivors of Sand Creek, crossed over at 1:15 p.m. June 14, 2001 at Grove Hospital. He was born Nov. 24, 1914 at Purdy, Mo., and lived in Joplin and Springfield before moving to Grove. He was a teamster for Cambell 66 for 24 years, and owner of Pop's Cafe in Fairland, Okla. till 1997.
He is survived by four daughters, Lorraine WhiteDove Van Dorn of the home, Peggy O'Kelley, Afton, Okla., Sue Eurryan, West Plains, Mo., and Nava Pittman, Springfield, Mo.; two sons, Darrell Hanson, Republic, Mo., and Darrell Campbell, Springfield, Mo.; 14 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his wife, Emma Judy Cambell Enke; son, William Howard Enke of Ark.; daughter, Jana Hanson, Republic, Mo.; father, George Enke, Mo.; mother, Martha Schreber, Mo.; brothers, Carl Enke, and George Enke, Mo.; sisters, Bertha Schad, Mary Guestine, Freda Schad, and Augusta Cohen all of Mo. His parting will be greatly missed by all family and friends.
Graveside services will be Monday at 2:00 p.m. in Springfield. He will be at Walnut Lawn Funeral Home in Springfield. Family requests no flowers. Contributions can be made to the American Heart Association or Indians Rights Fund.

PENSACOLA - Clarence C. Epperson, 94-year-old Pensacola resident, passed away Tuesday, December 4, 2001 following a long illness.
Clarence was born August 27, 1907 in Fairview, Okla., to Madison C. and Berth Mae (Dyson) Epperson. Clarence served his country with the Army 254th Infantry Division during World War II. He was a carpenter and lived many years in the Timber Hill area until moving to Pensacola in 1968.
Clarence was united in marriage to Mary L. Collins on September 10, 1929 at Vinita, Okla. She survives of the home.
Additional survivors include: two daughters, Alma Minson and husband, Don, of Pensacola, and Norma Manley and husband, Darrel, of South Coffeyville, Okla.; four sons, Clarence Carl Epperson and wife, Geraldine, of Disney, Okla., Clyde E. Epperson and wife, Ruth, of Augusta, Maine, Barry D. Epperson and wife, Linda, of Broken Arrow, Ok., and Gary D. Epperson and wife, Linda, of Bentonville, Ark.; 16 grandchildren; five great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 8, at the Burckhalter Memorial Chapel. Rev. Henry "Skip" McClain will officiate. Interment will be in Bluejacket Cemetery.
Serving as Pallbearers will be Harry Epperson, Kerry Epperson, Darren Manley, Kevin Manley, and Mike Minson. Honorary Pallbearers will be Matthew Manley, Brian Epperson, Bradley Epperson, and Gerald Epperson.
Graveside Military Rites will be performed by the Grove Veterans Ritual Team.
The Family will receive friends from 6 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, December 7, at the Burckhalter Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Burckhalter Funeral Home.

VINITA, Okla. - Willie Mae Estes, 72-year-old former Vinita resident, passed away Thursday, July 5, 2001 at Baptist Regional Hospital, Miami, Okla. Willie was born January 31, 1929 in Tuscaloosa County, Ala., to John D. and Minnie Lee (Reed) Fisher. She was retired and had formerly worked as a CMA at the Home of Hope in Vinita. Willie was united in marriage to Cortez Estes on December 8, 1967 at Woodstock, Ala. They moved to the Vinita area from Woodstock in 1976. He preceded her in death in 1992. Also preceding her in death were her parents; first husband, Warden Hutchins, and daughter, Daisy Herring.
Surviving are: three daughters, Yvonne "Vonnie" Dugan and husband, Donald, of Afton, Diane Brown and husband, Jerry, of Stillwell, and Brenda Hutchins of Catoosa; one son, Carter Estes of Vinita; one sister, Sadie Payne of Tannihill, Ala.; six grandchildren, Shannon Atchison, Ryan Atchison, Erica Pippin, Alison Bilbrey, Sonny Arnold, and Mary Beth Arnold; three step-grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 7, at the Fairview Cemetery. Steve Brodrick will officiate. The grandsons will be honorary pallbearers.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m., Friday, July 6, at the Burckhalter Funeral Home. Services are under the direction of Burckhalter Funeral Home. 

MISSION, Texas - Mildred Clara Evans, 87-year-old resident of Mission, Texas, died Wednesday, April 11, 2001 at her home. Born April 16, 1913, in Springtown, Ark., she was the daughter of Fredrick Phillips and Della Sitton Phillips. Mrs. Evans had been a former longtime resident of Colcord, Okla. She was a homemaker and a charter member of Calvary Baptist Church in West Siloam Springs. She married Leslie Evans in West Siloam Springs on December 23, 1934. He preceded her in death. 
She is survived by one son, Frederick Evans, of Valley Springs, Calif; one daughter, Carol Berlyne of Mission, Texas; five grandchildren, and one sister, Edith Phillips of Siloam Springs, Ark. 
Graveside services will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 17, at Johnson Cemetery, near West Siloam Springs, with Rev. George McFerron officiating. Burial will follow in Johnson Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Wasson Funeral Home, Siloam Springs, Ark. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, Rt. 4, Box 253B, Colcord, OK 74338 or to Johnson Cemetery. 

COLLINSVILLE, Okla. - Joyce Eyler, 76, died May 9, 2001 in Stillwater, Okla. She was born August 16, 1924 Capron, Okla. to Mable (Albright) and George W. Lightburn. She is a longtime Grove and Collinsville resident, and a member of Collinsville First United Methodist Church. She married Nelson E. Eyler in November, 1943 in Collinsville, Okla. She attended Oklahoma A&M, 50 year member of P.E.O. and Methodist Women. She loved fishing and tied quilts for babies and friends and family.
She is survived by her husband, Nelson Eyler, of Collinsville; two sons, Dan and Debbie Eyler of Tulsa, Okla., and Dean and Kathie Eyler of Collinsville; one daughter, Dianne and Walter Adams of Stillwater, Okla.; twin-sister, Jean Condrey of Birmingham, Ala.; eight grandchildren, Brian and Nancy Adams of Murphy, Texas, Laura Adams of Stillwater, Okla., Matt Eyler of Tulsa, Okla., Stacy and Brad Post of Broken Arrow, Amanda and Ryan Green of Tulsa, Okla., Melissa Teasley of Tulsa, Okla., Monty and Dawn Eyler of Collinsville and Malia and Eric Guerrero of Stillwater; two great-grandchildren , Madylaine and Soloman Post; two nephews, Vic Condrey of Houston and Lee Condrey of Birmingham, Ala., and two nieces, Cathy Ratliff of Dallas and Marsha Ramee of Oklahoma City.
Services are at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 12, First United Methodist Church, Collinsville, Okla. Reverend Larry Wilson will officiate. Interment will be Ridgelawn Cemetery, Collinsville, Okla. Services are under the direction of Collinsville Funeral Home.

BERNICE, Okla. - Harold Dean Eytcheson, 45, of Bernice, and a former Independence resident, died Saturday afternoon at the St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo. He had been in failing health and death was attributed to natural causes.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday at the Potts Chapel with the Reverend Harold Knight, pastor of the Bible Baptist Church, Oswego, Kan., officiating. Interment will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery under the direction of the Potts Chapel. Friends may call at the Potts Chapel until 8 p.m. on Tuesday and after 8 a.m. on Wednesday.
Memorial remembrances are suggested to Mr. Eytchesons' children and remembrances will be received at the Potts Chapel.
Harold Dean Eytcheson was born July 19, 1956 at San Bernadino, Calif., the son of Harold Lee Eytcheson and Betty Irene (Morris) Eytcheson. He grew up and attended schools in Independence.
Following his schooling, he was involved in construction work installing dry wall and as a heavy equipment operator.
He was united in marriage to Vickey Thornhill and they later divorced.
He was then united in marriage to Kim Jennings and the couple were later divorced.
Survivors include: four sons, Harold Shelby Eytcheson, Zachary Eytcheson, Jacob Eytcheson, and Lee Eytcheson, all of Independence; one stepson, Matthew Wulfekuhle, of Independence; his father, Harold Lee Eytcheson; his mother, Betty I. Eytcheson of Independence; two brothers, Leonard Eytcheson of Bernice, and Brian Eytcheson of Independence; and one sister, Helen Cargile, of Independence.

NEOSHO, Mo. - Clyde William "Okie" Farmer, 80, Neosho, Mo., collapsed and died during Sunday evening church services on August 26, 2001. He was born October 19, 1920 in Arkansas to Harrison and Lula Farmer. He married Helen L. Weldon on July 18, 1941 in Las Vegas, Nev. She preceded him in death on November 17, 2000. He was also preceded in death by his eldest son, Clyde Farmer, Jr., granddaughter, Elizabeth Farmer, two sisters, Ines Evans and Ruby Moore, and one brother, Joseph "Bud" Farmer.
Clyde worked for the Millhouse Family Dairy in California, at a number of California vineyards, for a variety of produce companies, and in the California oil fields during the 1940's and 1950's. He returned to Neosho in 1959, where he worked as a logger and operated a sawmill until his retirement in the late 1980's, at which time he became a dairy farmer.
Clyde was actively involved at Miller Flats Church of rural Wyandotte, Okla., where he sang and played guitar. He was an avid and entertaining storyteller and reminisced fondly of his days in California. He never met a stranger.
Survivors are: three sons and their wives, David and Violet Farmer, Donald and Kathy Farmer, and Darrell and Rhonda Farmer, all of Neosho; two sisters, Lucille Hudson of Bakersfield, Calif., and Dorothy Thomas of Muskogee, Okla.; one grandson, Jeff Farmer; 10 granddaughters; 11 great grandsons; seven great granddaughters; several nephews and nieces, and a host of friends.
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, August 31, at Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home in Seneca. Rev. Robert Broderick will officiate.

GROVE - Wavy Lincoln Faught died May 8, 2001 at his home in Grove. He was born July 9, 1928 and raised in Owensboro, Ky. He served in the military (U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force) for 31 years. He moved to Grove from San Diego, Calif. in December 1993. Wavy was an active member of the V.F.W., Moose Lodge and Elks Lodge in Grove. He was preceded in death by parents, Earl and Velca Faught, three brothers, three sisters and his previous wife, Willadeyne Faught, mother of Cindy Sudan and sister of Shirley Ford of Grove.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara J. Faught, of San Diego, Calif.; six children, Cindy G. Sudan of Lafayette, Colo., Michael J. Faught of San Diego, Calif., Mary Ellen Faught of Chula Vista, Calif., Patricia J. Faught of San Diego, Calif., Rebecca L. Faught of San Diego, Calif., and Thomas E. Faught of Temecula, Calif. There are seven grandchildren.
There will be a Memorial Service at the Moose Lodge, Grove, Saturday, May 12, at 1:00 p.m. There will be a burial with full Military Honors at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, Calif. at a future date. Arrangements are under the direction of Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Grove. Family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to his daughter who was seriously injured in an automobile accident. Donations may be sent to Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home.

FAIRLAND, Okla. - Doris Louise (Waters) Fenix, 87, of Fairland, Okla., died at 5:30 p.m. on October 6, 2001 at her home after a long illness.
Doris was born August 31, 1914, in Joplin, Mo., where she grew up and attended school. She was the first of four daughters of E. Ellsworth and Hazel D. Waters. She married Taylor M. Fenix on February 5, 1934. Taylor died on August 30, 1997. 
Survivors include: her two sons, Robert Fenix, Holiday Island, Ark., and James Fenix, Springfield, Va.; four grandchildren, Jackson Taylor Fenix, Kristin Lee Fenix, Stefanie Lynne Fenix, and Douglas Taylor Fenix; two great-granddaughters, Heather Renee Fenix, and Tonya Sue Fenix. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters, and all of her aunts and uncles.
Since 1977, she has lived at the same home she and Taylor built east of Fairland. Previously, she and Taylor lived in Grove (1971-1977); Safford, Ariz., (1964-1966); Fayetteville, Ark., (1957-1962); Placerville, Calif., (1940-1957), and Joplin, Mo., (1950-1951, 1953, 1966-1970). From 1949-1977 Taylor constructed houses and Doris helped in the planning and decorating. While living in Placerville, Calif., from 1947-1957, Doris belonged to church groups and other benevolent organizations.
Doris loved to read and read hundreds of books. In about 1955 she learned she would eventually go blind from an incurable eye disease. For the past 20 years she received and listened to talking books for the blind.
Services will be in Joplin, Mo., at the Parker Mortuary, Wednesday, October 10, at 2 p.m. followed by burial at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. Charles King, minister, will officiate. Pallbearers will be Bill Fenix, Jr., Douglas Fenix, Jackson Fenix, Cyle Pierson, Richard Smith and Anthony Wheeler. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. Wednesday until service time at the mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to the Nature Conservancy.

GROVE - Myra Estelle Flack, 83, died Sunday, February 4, 2001 at Grove Nursing Center after a lengthy illness. A private family service will be held at a later date. Mrs. Flack was born on September 16, 1917 in New Hartford, Connecticut to Henry and Anna Dietz. She married James Flack on July 2, 1976 in Arleta, Calif. Mrs. Flack worked for Lockheed Aircraft in Burbank, Calif. for 371/2 years before retiring in 1976. She was one of the original "Rosie The Riveters" during WWII and worked on the B-52 bomber. She was so small that she was assigned to work inside the airplane wings. Mrs. Flack was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Orange, Calif. and The Women of the Moose. Mr. and Mrs. Flack moved to the Grove area in 1998 from Bullhead City, Ariz.
She is survived by her husband James of Monkey Island, Okla., a son, Reginald Bagley of Orange, Calif., two brothers, John Dietz of Bullhead City, Ariz., and Allen Dietz of Thousand Oaks, Calif. and a sister, Anna Townsend of Willow Springs, Missouri.
Services are entrusted to Ellis Family Funeral Home, Grove.

MIAMI, Okla. - Mrs. Hazel Marie Flock, age 79, formerly of Miami, passed away Sunday, October 7, 2001 in Toccoa, Ga., following a brief illness. Mrs. Flock, the daughter of Henry and Emma (Edwards) Wimer, was born on October 11, 1921 in Strang, Okla.
Funeral services for Mrs. Flock were conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 13, in the Otterbein United Methodist Church, northwest of Langley, with Reverend Eugene Kay officiating. Interment followed in the Old Military Cemetery, northeast of Pensacola, with friends and family serving as casket bearers. Funeral service arrangements were under the care of Garner's Jim Green Funeral Home, Pryor.
Hazel was born and raised in the Strang, Pryor and Mayes County area. She was a graduate of Pryor High School in 1938. As a young lady she married Gene Mayor of Pryor. Together they owned and operated Mayor Auto Supply and Hardware in Miami for over 15 years. In 1954 she moved to California where she began a new career in real estate that spanned over 30 years in California and Colorado. In 1955 she married Claude B. Flock at her brother's home in Kirkland, Wash. Following retirement the couple moved back to Miami 20 years ago. Due to her health she moved four years ago to Toccoa, Ga., to live with her daughter. Hazel was a member of the First Assembly of God Church, Miami, where she enjoyed attending Sunday services. A professional business lady in her livelihood and personal life, Hazel enjoyed entertaining, decorating, reading novels and collecting unusual antiques, her flower gardens and indoor plants, especially violets and gardenias, and the holiday season each year.
Mrs. Flock is survived by: her daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Adam Jones, Tuccoa, Ga.; grandchildren, Alan and Karla Guleserian, Baltimore, Md., Jeff and Dana Guleserian, Fort Worth, Texas, Jill and John Gray, Orange, Calif., and Adam Jones, Athens, Ga.; 10 great grandchildren; sisters, Jean Connelly, Tulsa, Okla., and Sue Johnson, Los Angeles, Calif.; several nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her husbands, her parents, four brothers and a sister.

AFTON, Okla.- Timothy Ford of Monkey Island died Sunday May 13, 2001 at the Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa, Okla. He was 53.
Mr. Ford was born January 16, 1948 to Thomas Wayne and Cleora Fisk Ford at Tulsa, Okla. He has lived in the area since 1992, moving from Jenks, Okla. He served three years in the United States Army. Mr. Ford was presently working in the golf course maintenance dept. at Shangri-la. He married Sharon Kay Smith Ford August 29, 1971 at Pawhuska, Okla.
Survivors include his wife, Sharon, of the home; one son, Tomas Wayne Ford, of the home; three daughters, Shellie Pickens of Tulsa, Tammy Smith of Afton, and Shelly Woods of Ramona, Okla., and six grandchildren.
Graveside services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, at the Ralston Cemetery on Monkey Island. Rev. Kim Hayes to officiate. Family will receive friends from 6-8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home in Grove.

EL DORADO, Kan. - Ralph Foreman, 79, of Grove, and a former El Dorado, Kan. resident, died Saturday, June 2, at his home in Grove. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 7, at Carlson Funeral Home, El Dorado. Interment will follow in Walnut Valley Memorial Park in El Dorado. 
He was born September 15, 1921 at Gordon, Kan., the son of Charles and Hazel Byerly Forman. He lived in El Dorado for 40 years, working as a Gang Pusher for Cities Service Oil Company for 37 years. He had lived in Grove since August of last year. During World War II, he served in the Air Force. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in El Dorado, Moose Lodge, Patmos Masonic Lodge #97, A.F. & A.M., Scottish Rite and Butler County Shrine Club. On December 25, 1943, he married Lois Marchel.
He is survived by his wife, Lois Marchel, of the home; son, Jerry Foreman, Gravette, Ark.; a daughter, Judy Ball, Marietta, Ga.; sister, Beatrice Hoch, Lincoln, Kan.; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his grandmother, who helped raise him and two brothers.
Memorials in his memory for Shriners Crippled Childrens Hospital may be sent to Carlson Funeral Home, 200 S. Star, El Dorado, KS, who are in charge of the arrangements.

COPAN, Okla. - Funeral services for Chester Forrest, 73 of Copan, Okla., were held Friday, June 8, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. in the Jones-Wilson-Cunningham Funeral Home Chapel in Locust Grove. Burial followed in the Rose Cemetery in Rose, Okla. The Rev. Jimmie Bell and Rev. Kurt Foreman officiated. Services under the direction of Jones-Wilson-Cunningham Funeral Home of Locust Grove.
Chester was born March 18, 1928 in rural Cherokee County, Okla. and died June 5, 2001 at his residence in Copan, Okla. He was the son of Louie and Myrtle (Graham) Forrest. He grew up and attended school in the Rocky Ford area. After finishing school, he and Christena Foreman were married in Wagoner, Okla. on May 30, 1947. They moved to California for a time, and in 1951 he and his family settled in Copan, Okla., where they made their home all these years. Chester worked for the Dewey Portland Cement Co. for some 20 years. After retiring from there, he worked as a heavy equipment operator. When not working, he enjoyed playing guitar and singing all kinds of music. He liked to garden and took great pride in his tomatoes. He also raised horses. Chester kept his mind alert by playing games and loved when he would win. 
He is survived by his companion, Lorene Cloud, of Copan, Okla.; one step-son, Dr. J.W. Coonfield of Vinita, Okla.; two brothers, Red Forrest and wife, Nancy, of Twin Oaks, Okla., and Booley Forrest and wife, Lisa, of Tahlequah, Okla.; three sisters, Faye Hays and husband, James, of Tahlequah, Okla., Earlene Russell and husband, Houston, of Tulsa, Okla., and Wilma DeGraff Colorado Springs, Colo.; one uncle, Ernest Forrest, of Locust Grove, Okla.; one daughter-in-law, Vicki Forrest of Copan, Okla.; two grandchildren; 14 step-grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. His parents, his wife, Christena, one son, Wendall, one stepson, Walter, and two brothers, Arnold and Euell, preceded him in death.

VINITA, Okla. - Ira Norman Foster, 75-year-old Vinita resident, passed away Thursday, July 19, 2001 at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa. 
Norman was born October 4, 1925 in Rose, to Ira and Mary (Phillips) Foster. He served his country as a corporal in the U.S. Army during World War II. Norman moved to the Vinita area in 1940 from Locust Grove. He operated the Deep Rock Service Station and the ACME Cab Stand. He worked as a barber at Eastern State Hospital for 16 years, and also operated a used furniture business. He was a member of the First Pentecostal Church of God.
Norman was united in marriage to Thelma Carver on April 23, 1970 in Miami. 
Surviving are: wife, Thelma Carver, of the home; three daughters, Elizabeth Foster of Guthrie, Mary McClain of Lanagan, Mo., and Sonja Kenmore and husband, Billy, of Vinita; three sons, Larry Foster and wife, Doris, of Pryor, Ronnie Foster and wife, Vicki, of Salina, and James Foster and wife, Tammy, of Grove; 13 grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, and one brother.
Services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, July 23, at the First Pentecostal Church of God. Rev. Alvie Cunningham officiated. Interment was in the Phillips Family Cemetery in Westville.
Services were under the direction of Burckhalter Funeral Home.

AFTON, Okla. - Johnie S. Foster, Afton, died Sunday, July 23, 2001 at Hillcrest Specialty Hospital in Tulsa after a lengthy illness. He was 68. He was born May 30, 1933 at Berryville, Ark., to Alfred and Irene Tackett Foster.
He was a veteran, having served with the US Army in Korea. He last worked as custodian at First Christian Church in Miami. He moved to Afton in 2000 from Plano, Texas, where he enjoyed working with his wife, caring for the elderly. He was a handyman with a unique talent to do just what was needed (welding, mechanic, painter, plumber, etc.) 
He had a love for the elderly and used his talents as a ministry to help them. He was a member of the American Legion in Miami and a member of First Christian Church of Afton. He married Juanita A. Chandler at Miami on August 18, 1957. 
Surviving are: his wife, of the home; his stepmother, Virginia Birchfield, of Eureka Springs, Ark.; a son, Johnie W. and wife, Pam Foster, of Miami; a daughter, Anita and husband, Brian Halsey, of Crandell, Texas; five brothers, Noel, Willie, and Archie Foster, of Huntsville, Ark., Kenneth Foster of Lemore, Idaho, and Chester Foster of Weippe, Idaho; a half-brother, Danny Foster, of Wichita, Kan.; a half-sister, Ruth Ann Drake, of Huntsville, Ark.; five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by a sister, Pearl Spradling, and a grandson, Keith Morrison.
The funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, at First Christian Church of Afton, with Minister Lee Williams officiating. 
Pallbearers will be Mickey Miller, Richard Bassett, Kevin Chandler, Chris Merce, Andy Lee Hitlon, Tim Chandler, and Jerry Wayne Chandler. 
Burial will follow at Sixkiller Cemetery with the Grove Veterans Ritual Team performing military rites. Visitation will be from 7 - 8 p.m. Tuesday, at First Christian Church of Afton. The body will lie in state at Adcock Funeral Home of Afton until 4 p.m. Tuesday.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Doug Hanson Fund in care of the Adcock Funeral Home. Arrangements provided by Adcock Funeral Home of Afton.

TULSA, Okla. - Memorial services for David Frazier of Tulsa will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, April 23, 2001 at the Ft. Gibson National Cemetery with military honors. 
David was born to James and Bertha (Caudill) Frazier on May 29, 1918 in Grove. He passed this life on Wednesday, April 18, in Tulsa, Okla. at the age of 82. David married Imogene (Guffey) Frazier in Columbus, Kan. on July 4, 1946 and they shared 54 years. He served in the Unites States Army from 1941 to 1951 in active service and reserves. David retired after 20 years as a service Technician for RCA. After retirement, he and his wife, Imogene, enjoyed getting out and traveling. David enjoyed fishing and just being in the outdoors. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Goldie and Beulah and one brother, Gene.
He is survived by his wife, Imogene, of the home; one daughter, Teyna Sue McMackin and husband, Larry, of Broken Arrow; two sons, Michael Monroe Frazier and wife, Janet, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and James David Frazier of Hominy; two brothers, Jack Frazier of Vinita, Okla., and Ralph Frazier of Joplin, Mo.; two sisters, Hazel Johnson of Grove, and Eileen Mahoney of Chicago; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Services under the direction of Shipman Funeral Home and Crematory in Wagoner.

GROVE - Jane Eva Frazier, 73, died Sunday, February 4, 2001 at her home after a lengthy illness. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, February 17, at 2:00 p.m. in the Ellis Family Funeral Home Chapel. Mrs. Frazier was born on April 3, 1927 in Tulsa, Okla. to Frank and Irene Brown Wills. She married James Frazier in Sapulpa, Okla. on October 31, 1944. Mrs. Frazier worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone and then The University of Tulsa for seventeen years as a PBX Operator. She retired in May, 1983. She and her husband came to the Grove area from Tulsa, first living in Ketchum for six years and then in Grove for the past ten years. Mrs. Frazier was a past member of the Adair Chapter of Eastern Star.
She is survived by her husband, James of Grove, two daughters, Carol McGhee of Ketchum, Okla. and Cathy Felkins of Jenks, Okla.; and one brother, Richard Will of Tulsa, Okla. 
Memorials may be made to The American Heart Association, 1 West Mountain Street, Fayetteville, Ark. 72701. Services are entrusted to Ellis Family Funeral Home, 107 S. Broadway, Grove.

GROVE - Edith Kathryn French, age 93, died Thursday, September 20, 2001 at her home in Grove. She was 93.
The daughter of Ben Soppeland and Ida (Chantland) Soppeland, she was born December 20, 1907 in Deer Creek, Iowa. Mrs. French was an accountant for the Ware-Ever Company in Chicago, Ill. She has lived in the area for 30 years. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Grove. Edith married Elburn M. French and he preceded her in death on July 28, 1979. She was also preceded in death by her daughter Louise Moffat in 1987.
Survivors are; grandchildren, Sandra Villwock and her husband Wayne, of Grove, Heidi Reynolds and her husband Brian, of Chicago, Ill., and David S. Moffat and his wife Cheryl, of San Diego, Calif.; great grandson, Ryan Reynolds, of Chicago.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association or Cookson Hills Christian Home.
Services will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 24, at the Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home Chapel in Grove. Dr. Wayne Shaw, minister to officiate. Visitation will be Sunday, September 23, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Funeral Home. The interment will be at Olympus Cemetery, Grove.

CARTHAGE, Mo. - J. Walter French, age 90, died May 13, 2001 at 11:10 p.m. after at the St. Luke's Nursing Center, Carthage, Mo., after a lengthy illness. He is lifetime resident of Carthage. He was born Nov. 28, 1910 in Carthage, Mo. to Walter French and Susie Leona (Lisch) French. He was employed at the Salesman Buildex Company and a member of the First Christian Church, Carthage. He married Margaret Lorine French Dec. 25, 1931 in Carthage.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret Lorine (Spacklen) French; daughters, Karol Jones, Carthage, and Mary Sue Hickam, Grove; son, James W. French, Carthage; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. Family will be at the daughter's home in Carthage, Karol Jones, 2112 Carrie.
Services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 16. Burial will be the Park Cemetery, Carthage. Arrangements by Simpson Funeral home of Webb City.

SPAVINAW, Okla. - Samuel Preston Friend, 22-year-old Spavinaw resident, passed away Friday, October 12, 2001 at Big Cabin, Okla. Sam was born January 28, 1979 to Candas Friend and Glenn Pegg. Sam was the light of his grand parents life, Sam and Ruth Friend, who raised him. He worked for the Professional Tree Trimmers in Langley, Okla.
He was preceded in death by a grandfather, Sam Friend, on April 21, 1993. Sam is survived by: his grandmother, Ruth Friend, Spavinaw; mother and step-father, Candas and Billy Johnson, Vinita, Okla.; father and step-mother, Glenn and Gail Pegg, Big Cabin, Okla.; paternal grandmother, Alice Pegg, Big Cabin; step grandparents, Ralph and Ethel Coots, Vinita; great grandmother Candas Spurlock, Mt. Grove, Mo.; three brothers, Randy Johnson, Vinita, Billy Johnson, Norfolk, Va, and Scott Pegg, Okla., and two sisters, Mechelle Turner, Vinita, and Amy Pegg.
Services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 16, at the Burckhalter Funeral Chapel. Rev. Henry "Skip" McClain officiated. Interment was in Spavinaw Cemetery.

MIAMI, Okla. - Bennie Joe Fry, 65, of Miami died Friday July 6, 2001 at Baptist Regional Health Center after an illness. Mr. Fry was born January 10, 1936 in Kinta, Okla., to Elmer W. and Gladys (Montgomery) Fry. He has lived in the Miami area most of his life. Mr. Fry was a handyman and a member of the Southeast Baptist Church in Commerce. He married Homa J. Jameson on October 17, 1977 in Miami, she survives of the home.
Survivors are: one daughter, Tamara Jones Fry of Miami; step-daughter, Karen Jones Lemos of Kansas City, Kan.; two stepsons, David Wright of Miami, and Charles Jones of Holdenville; seven grandchildren, and 30 nieces and nephews. 
Mr. Fry was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 9, at the Ottawa County Cemetery, south of Miami. The Rev. Jerry Von Moss officiated. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Guilford-Thomas Funeral Home, Miami.

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