Miscellaneous Mayes County, Oklahoma Obituaries

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Phil Kennedy, Mayes County’s extension agent from 1971 to 1991 died last Tuesday at the age of 67.
Born February 8, 1943 in Pawnee, Oklahoma to Hal and Lela (Brummett) Kennedy, Phil grew up and attended school in Atoka, graduating from Okmulgee High School in 1951.
A member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, Phil attended Oklahoma State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Agronomy.
He proudly served in the United States Army from 1955 to 1957, then continued to serve in the Army Reserves, retiring in 1994 as a Colonel.
Phil married Marjorie Kersey on July 24, 1955 in Okmulgee and the couple moved to Pryor in 1971 when Kennedy was named the Oklahoma State University extension agent.
As county agent, he was the director of the 4-H activities for many years and also served faithfully as a member of the Pryor Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce, Thunderbird Youth Academy Board of Directors, and Pryor’s First Baptist Church where he was a Sunday school teacher.
He is a former chairman of the Mayor Wallis Foundation, former director of the local chapter of the Red Cross, former secretary of the Pryor Creek Investment Club, former chairman of the MESTA board of directors, former member of the Municipal Utility Board, and was a Pryor City Councilman.
He also served as chairman of the Mayes County Fair Premium Auction and was a member of the Pryor Senior Golf Association.
Survivors include his wife, Marjorie of the home; his three sons and their wives Mike and Sheri, Scott and Paula, all of Pryor and Pat and Karla of Sallisaw; and seven grandchildren: Randi, Russell, Madison, Joseph, Bailey, Regan, and Coleman. Brothers Trent and wife Cheno of Grove and Dan and wife Sherry of Broken Arrow also survive him.
Services were held Jan. 18 under direction of Key Funeral Home of Pryor.

BRIGGS, Elvin C. “Rod,” 86, of Pryor; born August 31, 1915 in Adair to John William and Dora Elizabeth (Nelson) Briggs, died January 14, 2002 in Pryor; husband of Rhoda Iva; father of one son (the late Rodney David) and three daughters (Loretta Cooper of Pryor, Becky Bendure of Chouteau and Bonnie); a lifetime resident of Mayes County; attended Dykes School west of Adair; owner of Rod’s Barber Shop in Pryor; enjoyed serving as a Pentacostal preacher; services held Jan. 18 entrusted to Stephens Memorial Chapel; burial in Adair Cemetery.

CORNETT, Charles Elwood, 71, of Pryor; born December 1, 1930 in Colorado, died December 14, 2002 in Pryor; wife of the late Virgie Conatzer; father of one son (James of Pryor) and three daughters (Christine Vernon and Brenda Cornett, both of Pryor, and Charlotte); veteran of the U.S. Navy; services held Jan. 17 entrusted to Stephens Memorial Chapel; burial in Graham Cemetery.

DRAKE, Anita (Burford), 86, of Locust Grove; born February 1, 1915 in Coweta to Walter and Viola (Hensley) Coday, died January 18, 2002 in Salina; wife of Clarence Drake and the late Elmer Burford; mother of two sons (Dale of Locust Grove and Donald); member of Locust Grove First Baptist Church; services to be held 1 p.m. Mon., Jan. 21 under direction of Locust Grove Funeral Home; burial in Chouteau North Cemetery.

FLEMING, Betty Ellen, 42, of Locust Grove; born February 19, 1959 in Pryor to Luther Curtis and Mary Ellen (Cox) Stafford, died January 13 in Tulsa; wife of Danny; mother of two daughters (Angela Troyer of Pryor and Amanda Monk of Locust Grove); grew up in Boatman and attended Salina Schools; worked as a pharmacy technician at Pryor’s Wal-Mart; sevices held Jan. 15 under direction of Garner’s Jim Green Funeral Home; burial in Bryan Chapel Cemetery.

IVEY, Rita, 90, of Pryor; born April 5, 1911 in Urich, Missouri to Mark DuBarry and Clemma Jane (Sullivan) Smith, died January 8, 2002 in Pryor; wife of more than 66 years to the late Eck; mother of three sons (Jack and the late Jim and John) and one daughter (Janice Keen of Pryor); retired from Sears Roebuck and Company; member of First Baptist Church of Pryor; services held Jan. 11 entrusted to Stephens Memorial Chapel; burial in Oak Hill Cemetery in Siloam Springs.

LUNDQUIST, Bernice Louise, 74, of Pryor; born December 1, 1927 in Amarillo, Texas to Martin and Christine (Nath) Nussbaum, died January 10, 2002 in Pryor; wife of more than 50 years to Roger; mother of one son (the late Mark) and one daughter (Linda Cowan of Pryor); moved to Pryor in 1951 from California; active member of St. Mark’s Catholic Church; services held Jan. 15 under direction of Key Funeral Home; burial in Graham Cemetery.

MYNAHAN, Danny James, 46, of Locust Grove; born Sept. 18, 1955 in Tulsa to Daniel and Florita (McFee) Mynahan, died January 10, 2002 in Locust Grove; husband of Toni; father of one daughter (Sarah); served in U.S. Navy from 1972 to 1974; employed by Patton Construction Company of Tahlequah; enjoyed fishing; services held Jan. 14 under direction of Key Funeral Home; burial in Bryan Chapel Cemetery.

SHAFFER, Mildred Louise Maxfield, 82, of Pryor; born February 20, 1919 in Davenport, Okla. to Virgil and Minnie (Nolen) Maxfield, died January 19, 2002 in Pryor; mother of three sons (the late Forest, Donald and James) two daughters (Joyce Smith and Betty Lou Walker, both of Pryor) and two step-sons (John Walker Lear and Gene Walker Lear);member of First Free Will Baptist Church; services will be held 11 a.m. Tues., Jan. 22 under direction of Key Funeral Home; burial in Fairview Cemetery.

WHITAKER, Burl, 78, of Salina; born March 26, 1923 in Stratford, Oklahoma to Charles Alexander and Nora Lee (Jones) Whitaker, died January 11, 2002 near Salina; husband of Nora Lee; father of three sons (Terry, Gaylen of Salina and Monte) and one daughter (Dianna); grew up in Ada and Coalgate area; served in U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II; worked at Fred Jones Ford in Tulsa for 38 years; services held Jan. 15 under direction of Locust Grove Funeral Home; burial in Hogan Cemetery.

YOUNG, Sadie Louise, 69, of Adair; born Jan. 11, 1933 in Duluth, Georgia to DeForrest and Agnes (Christopher) Burnett, died January 16, 2002 in Adair; wife of Melvin; mother of two daughters (Vickie Koger of Adair and Lynne Walters of Pryor); member of the Eastern Star; services held Jan. 19 entrusted to Stephens Memorial Chapel; burial in Fairview Cemetery. 

GRIGGS, Bertha A., 89, of Pryor; born September 19, 1912 in Peggs to J.L. and Rebecca (Musgrave) Nichols, died June 7, 2002 in Pryor; wife of the late Rev. Paul Griggs; mother of one son (Jim of Georgia) and three daughters (Patsy Shrum of Pryor, Shirley Willis of Texas, and Brenda Risner of Tulsa); member of the New Hogan Freewill Baptist Church in Locust Grove; loved animals, nicknamed “Grandma Moo” by her grandchildren; services will be held 10 a.m. Monday, June 10 at the New Hogan Freewill Baptist Church under direction of Shipman’s Jim Green Funeral Home; burial will be in Graham Cemetery in Pryor.

JOHNSON, Kenneth Earl, 68, of Salina; born February 27, 1934 in Henryetta to Clarence Alex and Mildred Maude (Renison) Johnson, died June 2, 2002 in Salina; former husband of Roberta Rogers and the late Geneva German; father of one son (Darrell Johnson of Salina); lived in Salina since 1995 moving there from Rogers, Arkansas; self employed Vent-A-Hood Cleaner for area restaurants; services will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, June 6 in the Ross-Mayes Cemetery in Salina under direction of the Jones-Key Funeral Home of Locust Grove.

LITTLEFIELD, Bertha Etta, 100, of Pryor; born March 1, 1902 in Beth Page, Missouri to Robert and Isabella (Hollis) Miller, died June 2, 2002 in Pryor; wife of the late Luther E. Littlefield; mother of five sons (Bob and Billy Joe, both of Claremore, and three who preceded her in death); moved to Oklahoma in 1912; last chartered member of the Cole Free Will Baptist Church; services held June 5 entrusted to Stephens Memorial Chapel; burial in Fairview Cemetery.

PLUMLEE, Edith, 106, of Salina; born September 5, 1895 in Camden County, Missouri to Charles Ambrose and Fannie (Crawford) Brown, died June 2, 2002 in Pryor; wife of the late Duey; mother of six sons (Mack, Blackie, Dallas, Donnie, all of Salina, and two others who preceded her in death) and five daughters (Beulah Walters of Salina, Daisy Holt and Jean Boatwright of Pryor, Frances Lawrence of Adair, and Ruth Lawrence of Summers, Arkansas); came to Salina at age 11; 80-year member of the United Pentecostal Church in Salina; oldest member of any VFW post in the State of Oklahoma; services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at Stephens Memorial Chapel; burial in Ross-Mayes Cemetery in Salina; Brother Nathan Chamberlain and Rev. Jean Allison will officiate.

ROSS, Jackson Dale, 50, of Salina; born March 27, 1952 in Claremore to Stan and Mary (Arneceeher) Ross, died June 2, 2002 in Tulsa; father of one son (James McKenzie of Tulsa); retired ranch hand; a lifetime resident of Salina; member of the New Jordan Indian Baptist Church; enjoyed listening to Cherokee Children's Choir; services held June 5 under direction of Shipman's Jim Green Funeral Home; burial in Grass Cemetery.


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