Ophia Orena Allen, 94, Altus, died Friday at English Village Manor
in Altus. Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at the Lowell-Tims Funeral Home
Chapel with the Rev. Jim Jones, and the Rev. James Mahan officiating. Burial
will follow at Restlawn Cemetery under the direction of Lowell-Tims Funeral
She was born May 24, 1905 in Utica (Indian Territory) to James Edgar
and Linnie Maude (Williams) McMennamy. She married Otis Dee Allen Nov.
6, 1924, in Durant. He died Oct. 16, 1999.
She lived in the Jackson County area for more than 70 years. She was
homemaker and her hobbies included cooking, crocheting and spending time
with her family and friends. She was a long time member of the Grace United
Methodist Church in Altus and the United Methodist Women.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Otis; her parents; an infant
son; a daughter, Reta Sherman; a brother, Milburn McMennamy; and three
sisters, Dessie Crossland, Lera Taylor, and Tressie Brown.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, James and Letha Allen
of Odessa, Texas; two daughters and a son-in-law, Norma and Joe Adair of
Wichita Falls, Texas and Peggy Adelman of Smyrna, Tenn.; a sister-in-law,
Orilla Glenn of Altus; 20 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; seven
great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews, other relatives
and special friends, Hattie and DeWitt Heim..
The family will have visitation at Lowell-Tims Funeral Home from 6
until 8 p.m. Sunday.
Leslie Cleon Bell, 87, Mangum died at the Mangum City Hospital Monday
after a lengthy illness. Services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at the
Mangum Church of Christ with Eddie Beard officiating. Burial will follow
at the Riverside Cemetery under the direction of Stewart Funeral Service.
He was born April 27, 1912 at Mangum to Leslie and Mary (Regian) Bell.
He married Mildred Wright July 3, 1938 at Hugo. He lived most of his life
in the Mangum area and was a member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors include two daughters and two sons-in-law, Barbara and Kennith
Kirby of Granite, Carroll and Hulon Kyle of Mangum; a son, Darroll Bell
of Mangum; a brother, Cloyce Bell; grandchildren, Sharon and Randel Terry,
Kevin and Nancy Kirby, Doug and Kathy Kyle, Cindy and Danny Higbee.
Jewel Cannady, Oklahoma City, formerly of Mangum died Monday at the
Baptist Retirement Center in Oklahoma City at the age of 82. Services will
be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Mangum Church of Christ with Eddie Beard officiating.
Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery at Mangum under the direction of Greer
She was born Oct. 24, 1917 to W.J. and Lena (Davis) Holcomb in Kenefic,
Okla. She married Hassel "Hack" Cannady June 7, 1942, in Mangum. She was
a clerk and bookkeeper at C.R. Anthony in Mangum and Hobart for 15 years.
Her hobby was playing "42" at the community center with her friends. She
was a member of the Church of Christ in Mangum.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Dwight Rosenbaum
of Oklahoma; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Alvin and Marion Cannady of
Carson City, Nev. and Doyle Cannady of Little Rock, Ark.; three grandsons,
Gregg Cannady of Dallas, Grant Rosenbaum of Norman and Dayton Cannady of
Littler Rock, Ark. and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father, W.J. Holcomb; her mother,
Lena Holcomb; her husband, Hack Cannady; a brother, Joe Holcomb; and two
sisters, Bessie Laminack and Virgie Coatney.
Jan Carrick, 69, died Tuesday, April 4, 2000, at Harmon County Memorial
Hospital. Funeral services are set for 10:30 a.m. Friday at the First United
Methodist Church with Dr. Clem Dozer officiating. Burial will follow at
Fairmount Cemetery under the direction of Stewart Funeral Services of Hollis.
The family requests memorial contributions be made to the elevator
fund at the First United Methodist Church of Hollis.
Carrick was born July 8, 1930, in Hollis, to Garland Motley and Thelma
Hart Motley. She attended Hollis Schools, Stephens College and graduated
from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, in 1952. She was a teacher for two
years at Wichita Falls, Texas and Plainview, Texas, before she married
J.A. Carrick in Hollis on Feb. 27, 1955.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Methodist
Women's Organization, and the 51 Sorosis Club. She began her career in
1965, and became a well-known artist who showed her paintings in two galleries
in Oklahoma City and had a showing honoring her at Rose State College.
She made several cultural art tours to New York, San Francisco, New Mexico
and Arizona. Sen. David Boren and Gov. George Nigh were among the many
encouraging customers she had. She was invited to show her paintings at
the State Capitol Rotunda for several years. Several area artists have
attended art classes with her.
She is survived by her husband, J.A., of the home; one son, Gary and
his wife Cindy of Collierville, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Jennifer and
Jordan and one brother and sister-in-law, Tom and Betty Motely of Hollis.
Anona C. Cooper, 70, died Sunday, April 16, 2000, at Jackson County
Memorial Hospital. Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Tuesday at Lowell-Tims
Chapel with the Rev. Keith Gillham officiating. Interment will follow at
Sentinel Cemetery under the direction of Lowell-Tims Funeral Home.
Cooper was born July 28, 1929, in Port, to Cecil and Lucille (Smith)
Lidia. She lived in the Altus area for the past 25 years, moving here from
Cooper was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Veterans
of Foreign Wars Ladies' Auxiliary. She graduated from Sentinel High School
in 1946. She was retired from civil service at Altus Air Force Base, where
she had been employed as a supply analyst for 30 years. She enjoyed spending
time with her family and friends.
Cooper was preceded in death by her mother and step-father, Dick Abston;
her husband Paul Cooper in January of 1995; and one daughter, Diana Schuffler
in September of 1993.
Survivors include: her children, Vickie Hooley and her husband Colin
of Mangum, Lea Ann Daffron of Altus; one sister, Nelrita Eatherton of Las
Animas, Colo.; five granddaughters and four great grandchildren.
Funeral services for Wayna Criner, 37, Lawton, are set for 2 p.m. Wednesday
in Letitia Baptist Church, east of Lawton, with the Rev. Bubba Clark officiating.
Criner died Saturday north of Elgin from injuries sustained in an automobile
accident. Burial will be at Letitia Cemetery under the direction of Becker
Criner was born March 26, 1963, in Lawton. She graduated from Eisenhower
High School in 1982. She was voted Miss Photogenic in the 1982 Miss Lawton
Pageant. She worked for Metro Airlines one year before marrying Ed Criner
on Oct. 13, 1989 in Wichita Falls, Texas. She had worked as the manager
of Monterey Jack's Cafe and Cantina for the past three years. She was a
member of Letitia Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her father, Larry White and her grandmother,
Survivors include: two daughters, Hannah Faye Davis of Kasey Nicole
Criner, both of the home; her mother, Margaret Warren, Lawton; stepfather,
Delbert Warren, Lawton; a sister, Carrie Ann Kimbro, also of Lawton; two
stepsisters, Melissa and Melody Warren, both of Lawton; two uncles, Bill
McCarley, Lawton and Ray McCarley, Wichita Falls, Texas; an aunt, Chris
Montanez, Lawton; a niece, Kiley Kimbro, Lawton and a nephew, Cody Gibbson,
also of Lawton. She is also survived by many cousins and other relatives
Virginia Davenport, 70, longtime Altus resident, died Friday, March
31, 2000, at Jackson County Memorial Hospital. Funeral services were held
at 2 p.m. today at Kincannon Chapel with the Revs. C.W. Parker and Everett
Smalts officiating. Burial was at Victory Cemetery under the direction
of Kincannon Funeral Home.
Virginia McAlpine was born Feb. 1, 1930, in Olustee, to John Alexander
and Minnie Mae (Box) McAlpine. She graduated from Victory High School and
married C.D. (Darwin) Davenport on May 20, 1947, in Mangum.
She raised six children and was a life long help mate on the family
farm. She had worked at the Philips 66 station and had held various other
jobs in Altus over the years.
She was a 15-year member of the Victory Club, a woman's quilting club,
from the late 40s to the early 60s. Her hobbies included reading, collecting
Frankhoma plates, sewing and raising cockatiels.
Davenport was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, John
C. McAlpine and Donald J. McAlpine; a daughter, Virginia Diane; and a son,
Frank Edward Davenport.
Survivors include: her husband Darwin; six children and their spouses,
Don Michael Davenport and wife Nedra of Altus, John Darwin Davenport and
wife Lona of Hawley, Texas, Jenny Lyn Kemp and husband John of Lawton,
Mary Ruth Valdez and husband Carlos of Altus, Charlotte V. Sutton and husband
John of Arlington, Texas, David Wayne Davenport and wife Karen of Los Alamos,
N.M.; three sisters, Gertrude Hickerson and Kathleen Massey, both of California
and Mary Worsham of Oklahoma City; a brother, Fred McAlpine of Altus; 10
grandchildren; four great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Reath Driver, 78, Eldorado, died Tuesday at Harmon County Memorial
Hospital. Arrangements are with Lowell-Tims Funeral Home.
Reath Idessa Driver, former Eldorado resident, died Tuesday, April
4, 2000, at Harmon Memorial Hospital at the age of 78. Funeral services
are set for 2 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Eldorado with
Dr. Dean Goodfellow and Alan Egerton officiating. Interment will be at
Eldorado Cemetery under the direction of Lowell-Tims Funeral Home.
Driver had been a resident of Colonial Manor II Nursing Home for the
past 21 months.
She was born Oct. 8, 1921, in Emory, Texas, to C.C. and Hattie Mae
(Pennybaker) York. She married Oran L. Driver on Oct. 22, 1938, in Lawton.
She lived in the Eldorado area for the past 61 years. She was a member
of the Baptist church for more than 60 years.
Driver was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Marjorie Wainscott;
one daughter, Norma Jean Egerton and one great grandchild.
Survivors include: her husband, Oran Driver of Eldorado; one daughter,
Karen Choat of Quanah, Texas; two brothers, Cortez and Douglas York, both
of Amarillo, Texas; five grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
Arla E. Hallford, 100, died Friday, March 31, 2000, at Grace Living
Center in Mangum. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. today at the
First Baptist Church in Eldorado with his grandson, the Rev. Ronny J. White
officiating. Dr. Dean Goodfellow will assist. Interment was at Memory Gardens
Cemetery in Amarillo, Texas.
Hallford was born Nov. 17, 1899, in Newburg Community, Comanche County,
Texas, to Edward Lewis and Henrietta (Cunningham) Hallford.
He married Willie Couch on June 10, 1922, in Blanket, Texas.
He attended Howard Payne College and Baylor University. He was a teacher
in Newburg and superintendent of schools in Grosvenor, Texas, until 1940.
He then worked for the Texas Department of Public Affairs in Quanah, Amarillo
and Eastland until his retirement in 1963.
He was a longtime active member of the First Baptist Church in Eastland,
Texas, and was a resident of Grace Living Center in Mangum since October
Hallford was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; one sister,
Alda McCarty; son-in-law, Glendon Hayes and an infant grandson, Wes Williams.
Survivors include: four daughters and three sons-in-law, Dorothy and
Homer Jackson of Amarillo, Texas, Billie Hays of Fort Smith, Ark., Pat
and Durward Williams of Aubrey, Texas and Lou Helen and Jay White of Eldorado;
one niece and her husband, Bobby and Marshall Ray of Mineral Wells, Texas;
11 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.
Funeral service for Wilma L. Harlow, 86, Frederick, will be held at
2 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, 2000, at the Gish Chapel in Frederick with
the Rev. Les Banks officiating. Burial will follow at Frederick Cemetery
under the direction of Gish Funeral Home.
Marlow died Friday, April 21, 2000, at a care center in Duncan.
She was born Jan. 1, 1914, in Frederick, to Frank and Jessie (Rogers)
Williams. She was a life long Tillman County resident and graduated from
Frederick High School. She married Kenneth Harlow on June 25, 1938, at
the Frederick Hotel. He preceded her in death in 1983.
She was a homemaker as well as a cook for Frederick and Weaver Schools
for 19 years. She also served as a cook for Falls Creek Youth Camp and
several 4-H camps for many years. She also worked at the Frederick Memorial
Hospital as auxiliary help making hand made toys for children for 30 years.
She was a charter member of Trinity Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, L.D. Williams
and one sister, Vera Henry and her step-mother, Lura (Doze) Williams.
Survivors include: two sons, Dale and Mary K. Harlow of Littleton,
Colo. and Guy and Marcia Harlow of Duncan; one brother, Wayne and Olis
Williams of Deer Park, Texas; three grandchildren, Michelle Burnett, Brad
and Tonya Harlow; three great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to a local charity of the donor's
Funeral services for Alfred Don "Sugar" Hill, 58, of Altus, are set
for 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, 2000, at the Macedonia Baptist Church with
Elder Dewayne Jones officiating. Burial will follow at Altus Cemetery under
the direction of Brown-Christian Funeral Home.
Dorothy E. Lane went to be with the Lord Saturday, April 22, 2000,
at Jackson County Memorial Hospital. Dorothy was born in Burkburnett, Texas,
to Claud and Gertrude (Holley) Balthrop.
She graduated from Wichita Falls High School at the age of 16. She
attended and graduated from Stamps Baxter School of Music in Dallas and
performed with the Rangers Quartet, James Blackwood and The Blackwood Brothers
Group and the Stateman's Quartet. She later graduated from Midwestern State
University in Wichita Falls with a degree in speech therapy.
On Jan. 17, 1966, in Charleston, S.C., Dorothy and Terrel G. (Terry)
Lane, Sr., were united in marriage. Terry preceded her in death on Oct.
She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Dorothy was a member
of the Tabernacle Baptist Church of Altus.
She is survived by one daughter, Rebecca Sue Stafford, Altus; four
grandchildren, Terrel Claud Allan Stafford of Georgia, Michael Lawrence
Tim Stafford and wife Charity of Wichita Falls, Bambi Arista Dawn Stafford
of Altus, John Henry Ervin Stafford, Jr. of Altus; five great-grandchildren,
Ashley Renee Stafford, Michael Heath Stafford, Michael Tim Stafford, Anthony
Earl Ray Stafford and Sierra Lynn Stafford.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Claud and Gertrude Balthrop
and her husband, Terry Lane.
Funeral home services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, 2000,
in the Tabernacle Baptist Church with the Rev. David Chittenden, Sonny
Tims, Bro. Murel Wise officiating. Interment will follow in the Altus City
Cemetery under the direction of Lowell-Tims Funeral Home.
The family will have visitation Monday from 6 until 8 p.m. at Lowell-Tims
Funeral services for Herman D. Leister, 87, Lawton, are set for 11
a.m. Tuesday at Lawton Ritter Gray Funeral Home Chapel. He died Thursday,
April 13, 2000, at a Lawton hospital. Burial will be at Altus City Cemetery
at 1 p.m. Tuesday.
Leister was born Feb. 17, 1913, at McCloud, to George Carl and Molly
(Barthloma) Leister. He joined the Army on Jan. 30, 1941, at Fort Sill.
He served during World War II and received the American Defense Service
Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Bronze Star Medal, EAME Service Ribbon and
One Silver Star. He was honorably discharged on July 23, 1951.
He then owned and operated a trailer court in California for several
years and also was involved in the motel business in Brookline, Mo.
He married Ruth Hubert on Dec. 20, 1947. She preceded him in death
on Dec. 19, 1977. He came to Lawton in the 1970's and remained there until
He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Survivors include: a daughter, Doris Clanton, Lawton; two grandchildren,
James Cross and Doris Marie Haynes, both of Brookline, Mo.; eight great
grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren; two nieces, Wanda Ray
of Shawnee and Georgia Nolan of Asher and a nephew, Roy J. Petricek, Oklahoma
Sarita Levchik, 49, died April 14, 2000, at Baptist Medical Center
in Oklahoma City. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. today at Lowell-Tims
Chapel with the Rev. Keith Wiginton officiating. Interment followed at
Altus City Cemetery under the direction of Lowell-Tims Funeral Home.
Levchik was preceded in death by her mother, Mattie Faucher.
Survivors include: her father, Sam Faucher, Altus; two children, Julie
Johnson and husband Scott of Hooker and JoJo Levchik of Goodwell; one granddaughter,
Dailee Johnson of Hooker; one brother, John Faucher and wife Sherry of
Altus and one niece, Samantha Faucher, also of Altus.
Levchik was a member of the First Baptist Church of Altus and was employed
as the cash office supervisor for Wal-Mart. She graduated from Altus High
School in 1969.
Floyd Marshall (Pat) Long, 87, longtime Altus resident, died Saturday,
April 1, 2000, at his home. Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Tuesday
at Kincannon Funeral Home Chapel with Jack McKeown and Hans Oehlert officiating.
Burial will follow at Restlawn Cemetery under the direction of Kincannon
Long was born Aug. 6, 1912, to Roy and Lillie (Barkley) Long at Frederick.
He grew up in Texas and southern Oklahoma and attended Porter High School
in Jackson County.
He married Katie Gentry on July 23, 1932, in Jackson County. He worked
all his life in the automotive business, starting out as a mechanic, and
later, serving as service manager at three different dealerships spanning
36 years, from 1941 until his retirement in 1977.
He was a member of the Thomas Street Church of Christ, serving as Elder
for 36 years. He had been a member of the Lions Club, and helped with the
Cub Scouts and Boys Scouts when his children were young. He especially
He was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers and one sister.
Survivors include: his wife, Katie; six children, Ruth Thomason and
her husband Foy of Altus, Patsy Derr of Harker Heights, Texas, Shirley
Casey and her husband Ronald, also of Harker Heights, Wayne Long and his
wife Janet of Kansas City, Mo., Kay Long Mentzer of Oklahoma City, C.R.
(Buddy) Long and his wife Anna Beth of Orlando, Fla.; two sister, Mary
Fredman and her husband C.J. of McCloud and Margie Cox and her husband
Jim of Alamogordo, N.M; 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
Charles Eugene Matthews, 56, Altus, died Saturday, April 8, 2000, at
his home. Graveside services are set for 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Altus Cemetery
with the Rev. Larry Ortega officiating. Arrangements are under the direction
of Lowell-Tims Funeral Home.
Matthews was born Dec. 19, 1943, in Pauls Valley, to Virgil Tilson
and Jewel Mae (Maxwell) Matthews. He moved from Earlsboro to Altus in 1998
to be near his family. He enjoyed playing dominoes, fishing and hunting.
He was a member of the Baptist church.
He was preceded in death by his mother in 1971 and his father in 1969.
Survivors include: eight sisters, Virgie Stayton and her husband Ed
of Altus, Carolyn Stewart of Blanchard, Martha Rodriguez and her husband
Henry of Altus, Aconia Allen, also of Altus, Rosa Linda Gonzalez of McKinney,
Texas, Doretta Fay Wentazal of Sulphur, Norma Dean of Ada and Jamescy Lynn
Horton, also of Ada; two brothers, Frankie Borboa of Sulphur and Billy
Joe Borboa of Ada; many nieces, nephews and friends.
Frank Clifton Norris, Mangum, died Thursday, April 6, 2000, in Grand
Saline, Texas, following an extended illness. Funeral services were held
at 2 p.m. today at the Mangum Church of Christ. Interment was at the Eldorado
Cemetery under the direction of Greer Funeral Home.
Norris was born June 11, 1921, in Fannin County, near Wolfe City, Texas,
to Parks Norris, Sr. and Boneta Shelton Norris. He married Ruby Marie Fowler
of Eldorado on Nov. 19, 1942, at Altus.
He served in the Army during World War II and was stationed in France.
Following his military service, he worked for Kroehler Furniture Manufacturing
Company, and also Executive Aircraft in Dallas. He then jointly owned and
operated Gar-Rich Upholstery Shop in Richardson, Texas. He and his family
relocated to Mangum in 1969, where he continued the upholstery business
and became certified as an instructor and retired from Oklahoma State Reformatory
in Granite, where he taught upholstery. He served as a deacon in the Church
of Christ in Richardson, Texas, and Mangum.
Norris was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Parks Norris,
Jr., in 1996.
Survivors include: his wife of 57 years, Ruby Norris; daughters and
sons-in-law, Peggy and James Jacobs of Edgwood, Texas, Judy and Jim Kennedy
of Moore; son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy and Nicole Norris of Mangum; daughter,
Cheryl Bentley Lazenby of Mangum; sister and brother-in-law, Betty and
J.W. Housewright of Greenville, Texas; granddaughters, Debbie Murphy, Keri
Davis, Mary Shelby Lazenby, Shayla Norris; grandsons, Don Jacobs, Jayson
Kennedy, Michael Bentley, Sean Bentley, Brandon Norris, Thomas Lazenby
and seven great grandchildren in addition to many nieces and nephews.
Georgia Elizabeth Odom, 97, died today at Grace Living Center. Services
are pending with Kincannon Funeral Home.
Orlean F. Osburn, 74, Altus, died Friday, April 14, 2000, in Greenville,
Texas. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. today at Kincannon Funeral
Home Chapel with the Rev. David Chittenden and the Rev. Carl McCoy officiating.
Burial was at Altus City Cemetery.
Osburn was born July 29, 1925, in Paris, Texas, to Roy L. and Frances
(Whitlock) Landers. She married James F. Osburn on June 24, 1946, in Fort
She graduated from Martha Schools and worked at F.W. Woolworth for
20 years. Her hobbies included sewing, cooking and gardening. She also
She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Mary Scott; a
brother, Kenneth Landers and two sisters, Janelle Sarrett and Katherine
Survivors include: her husband, James F. Osburn; sisters, Floma Harguess
of Salem, Ore., Evelyn Meeks, also of Salem, Barbara Curths of Albany,
ORe. and Jan Landers, also of Salem; brothers, R.L. Landers of Mineral
Wells, Texas and Rodger Landers of Salem, Ore.; two grandchildren and two
Lola M. Powers, 73, Altus, died Monday, April 3, 2000, at the home
of her son Mike in San Diego, Calif. Funeral services are set for 10 a.m.
Friday at Kincannon Funeral Home with Margie VanOostrom officiating. Interment
will follow at Restlawn Cemetery under the direction of Kincannon Funeral
Powers was born May 20, 1926, in Duke, to Carl W. and Lurline (Atherton)
Middleton. She had lived in the Altus and Duke areas all her life. She
married Gale Powers on March 6, 1943. He preceded her in death in June
She worked in an abstract office, was assistant county school superintendent,
worked in a mental health center as a certified alcoholism and drug counselor
and social worker. She retired in August of 1987 and maintained an apartment
in San Diego, near her son for the past several years.
She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, traveling and going
to OU football games with her son. She was a member of the First United
Methodist Church of Altus.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two brothers
and a nephew.
Survivors include: her son Mike of San Diego; two sisters, Naomi McCarty
of Altus and Nowana Durrett and husband Hugh of Tulsa; sister-in-law, Lota
Middleton of Oklahoma City and several other relatives and friends.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. today at Kincannon
A granddaughter of pioneer settlers of Jackson County, Oklahoma, Mrs.
Ira C. Prewitt was born Jan. 1, 1906, in Eldorado. Her grandparents homesteaded
land there during the 1890's. Her father, Roland Woolsey Summers, was associated
with his father in the hardware store business. Her mother was Pearl Elizabeth
(Tucker) Summers of Victoria County, Texas.
Familiarly known as "Dede," Prewitt was named for her uncle, Dr. DeWitt
C. Buck, who lived in the first house built in Eldorado.
After attending Oklahoma College for Women and Oklahoma City University,
Dede was married on June 28, 1925, to Ira Clement Prewitt, son of M.J.
and Ada Prewitt of Eldorado.
Following their marriage, the couple moved to Altus, where he was a
pharmacist for the Royal Drug Store. After serving in the Army during World
War II, he purchased and operated the South Main Drug Store in Altus until
his death on July 28, 1962.
Mrs. Prewitt found time to operate her own beauty shop for 20 years
while raising the couple's two children. She also helped in her husband's
drug store both before and after the years when she ran her beauty shop.
The Prewitts also owned a two-section ranch located between Altus and
Eldorado on which the first commercial copper mine in Oklahoma was operated
during the 1960s and 70s.
She was an active and devoted member of the First United Methodist
Church of Altus for 60 years. She was a Sunday School teacher and superintendent
for more than 30 years. She also organized the Intermediate Youth Fellowship
and worked with it for about 15 years.
Additionally, she was a member of the Chancel Choir for more than 40
years. She also served as president and held other offices for her Methodist
Women's organization, as well as served on the administrative board and
several commissions of her church.
Some of her other activities included volunteer work with the American
Cancer Society for 20 years, the Infantile Paralysis Association for 10
years, and the Jackson County Hospital Authority for four years.
A charming hostess and entertaining conversationalist with many interests,
Mrs. Prewitt was elected the Altus Kiwanis Club Mother of the Year for
1976-77. She was also a member of the Clionian Study Club for 33 years
and its president for four years, as well as member of the American Association
of China Painters.
An excellent bridge player, Dede also enjoyed reading, china painting
and traveling. A list of her travels indicated a sense of adventure, for
besides the Holy Lands and most of Europe, she visited the Far East, Africa,
South America, Hawaii, the Caribbean and the Canary Islands.
Very outgoing, friendly and congenial, Dede's delightful personality
attracted people as she was a very understanding, warm and loving human
Mrs. Werta Reid, Dede's next door neighbor in Altus for 21 years, said
of Dede when she moved to Denver, "I consider her a loyal friend and a
kind and helpful neighbor, as well as a joy to be with and to know. I shall
Mrs. Prewitt moved from Altus in 1983 to be with her daughter in Denver.
She moved again in 1994 with her daughter to Missoula, Mont.
She had two children, Joan Eger of Missoula, Mont. and Robert C. Prewitt
of Aurora, Colo. She had six grandchildren and two great grandsons.
A devoted Christian and a loyal, supportive member of the Methodist
Church, Dede had a high moral character. Throughout her life, she reflected
God's beauty and was a wonderful example of what it is to have a close
walk with the Lord.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the First United Methodist
Church Family Life Center.
She died Friday. A memorial service will be held in the future.
Joyce Ann Rogers died this morning at Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma
City. Funeral services are pending with Lowell-Tims Funeral Home.
Virgie Marshall Rooker died at Denton, Texas. Services are pending
at Lowell-Tims Funeral Home.
Martha Marie Shatswell, 82, Blair, died Thursday at Jackson County
Memorial Hospital. Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at the Blair Church of
Christ with Joe Waugh officiating. Burial will be at the Blair Cemetery
under the direction of Peoples Cooperative Funeral Home, Lone Wolf.
She was born May 27, 1917 in Ryal to William Harrison Delphia Emmaline
(Poor) Luellen. She married Morris Shatswell, Aug. 19, 1934. He died Jan.
25, 1988. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents,
two brothers, two sisters, a grandson, Richard Fisher in 1964.
Survivors include three sons, Ron Shatswell of Altus, Kenneth Shatswell
of Blair, and Clovis Shatswell of Woodward; three daughters, Lillian Fisher
of Lone Wolf, Jolene Brooks of Guthrie and Christine McMurry of Soddy-Daisy,
Tenn.; 16 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
Luther D. Turnbough, 83, former Eldorado resident, died Sunday, April
9, 2000, at Levelland, Texas. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. today
at the First Baptist Church in Eldorado with the Rev. Dean Goodfellow officiating.
Burial was at the Eldorado Cemetery under the direction of Kincannon Funeral
Turnbough was born June 19, 1916, to Jonathan Luther and Avice (Owens)
Turnbough in Eldorado. He grew up in Eldorado and graduated from school
there. He married Ethel Samples April 12, 1937, in Eldorado. He served
in the U.S. Army in 1943. Most of his life's work was dedicated to the
oil field industry - participating in all phases of production, including
He was a member of the Lion's Club and the First Baptist Church of
Eldorado. He served as a deacon and was the Sunday School superintendent
for several years. In his retirement, he enjoyed fishing.
Turnbough was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Ethel in 1996
and three sisters.
Survivors include: three daughters and their husbands, Tommie and Eddie
Leamon, Levelland, Texas, Janice Cavner and Clifton Narcisse, San Diego,
Calif. and Lee Ann Fisher and Gary Anderson, Albuquerque, N.M.; two sisters,
Ella Moulton, San Angelo, Texas and Francis Tindall, Redlands, Calif.;
seven grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild
and many friends.
Ella Mae Ware, 87, Quanah, Texas, died Friday, March 31, 2000, at her
home. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. today at Trinity Baptist Church.
The Rev. John Spangler officiated. Burial was at Goodlett Cemetery under
the direction of Price-Jackson Funeral Home.
Ware was born Aug. 3, 1912, in Groesback, Texas. She was the daughter
of Berry and Rosie Pebehouse Leonard. She and Kenneth Edward Ware were
married on March 11, 1944, in Amarillo, Texas. He died May 2, 1981. She
lived in Quanah most of her life and was a homemaker. She was a graduate
of Elba School and member of the Trinity Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by three sisters, Daisy Mobley, Lillie Belle
Carroll and Laura Pug Jones; a daughter, Lona Fay Ritchie on Aug. 2, 1994
and a granddaughter, Ethel May Shelton.
Survivors include: four sons, Jimmie Ware of Quanah, Edward Ware of
Idalou, Texas, Berry Daniel of Mabank, Texas and Raymon Daniel of Las Vegas;
two daughters, Jackie Henderson of Altus and Alvis Hooie, Rogersville,
Ala.; five sisters, Thelma Roe of Quanah, Elizabeth Wiseman, Wichita Falls,
Texas and Louise Shelton, Quinland, Texas; 20 grandchildren; 33 great grandchildren
and 10 great-great grandchildren.
Gary Bruce Wheat, 40, San Marcos, Texas, died Sunday, April 9, 2000.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. today in the First Christian Church
of San Marcos with the Rev. Jimmy Cobb officiating. Graveside services
will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Whitehouse Cemetery in Lufkin, Texas,
under the direction of Thomason Funeral Home of San Marcos.
Wheat was born July 24, 1959, to Donald and Lois Wheat in Beaumont,
Texas. He served his country in the Air Force, from which he retired in
1994 after attaining the rank of Master Sergeant. He attended SWTSU and
graduated with a bachelor's degree in science in 1996 with summa cum laude
honors. At the time of his death, he was working toward his masters degree
Wheat is survived by: his wife Kathy, of San Marcos; son, Kyle Bruce
Wheat of Beaumont, Texas; daughter, Melinda Christine Wheat of Mauriceville,
Texas; stepson and daughter-in-law, Randy and Stella Welch, stepson Phillip
Welch; one stepdaughter and son-in-law, Katrina and Mark Hasty; grandchildren,
Carson and Cary Welch, Mason and Karter Hasty, all of Duke; mother, Lois
Wheat of Beaumont, Texas; grandfather, J.O. Wheat of Lufkin, Texas; grandparents,
Carl and Grace Spears of Vidor, Texas; brother and sister-in-law, Mike
and Jamie Wheat of Conroe, Texas; brother, Larry Wheat of Beaumont, Texas;
sister and brother-in-law, Brenda and Brandon Bowles of Magnolia, Texas;
many nieces, nephews and friends.
Wheat was preceded in death by his father, Donald Bruce Wheat.
Ethel O. White, 98, Altus, died Tuesday, April 4, 2000, at Quartz Mountain
Care Center. Graveside services are set for 2 p.m. Thursday at Altus City
Cemetery with Bill Osborne and the Rev. T.J. Willingham officiating. Arrangements
are under the direction of Lowell-Tims Funeral Home.
The family will have visitation from 7 until 9 p.m. today at Lowell-Tims
White was born Sept. 7, 1901, in Arapaho to Delnoe Taylor Thompson
and Almeda Pearl (Moore) Thompson. She had lived in Altus since 1925.
On March 30, 1927, in Mangum, she married Pearl Hardin White. He preceded
her in death on Oct. 20, 1955.
White worked for several years as a telephone operator, but her greatest
joy was being a homemaker. She was a longtime member of the Elm and Hudson
Church of Christ and Eastern Star.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three sisters
and four brothers.
Survivors include: one daughter, D'Eon Thomason and husband Arlis of
Memorials may be made to the Oklahoma Medical Research or to the Jackson
County Memorial Hospital Hospice, in her memory.