Miscellaneous Payne County, Oklahoma Obituaries


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Arthur Wordsworth Cleaves
Dr. Arthur Wordsworth Cleaves, 55, Stillwater, died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2000.

A memorial service is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Bennett Chapel. Rev. Bill S. Inglish will officiate. Interment will be at Fairlawn Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Strode Funeral Home.

Cleaves was born July 6, 1945, to Dr. Arthur Bailey and Kathryn (Taylor) Cleaves in Orange, N.J. He received his B.A. from Brown University in Providence, R. I., with a major in geology and a minor in biology in 1967 and his M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1971. He received his PhD. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1975. His teaching experience included Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of Geology at the University of Texas; Assistant Professor in the Department of Geology at Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich.; Assistant Professor of Geology and Research Assistant Professor at the Mississippi Mineral Institute, University of Mississippi; from 1981 to 1984 he was Assistant Professor in the Department of Geology at Oklahoma State University; and from 1984 to present he was an Associate Professor in the geology department.

His honors and awards as an undergraduate include the Wayland Scholar, Magna Cum Laude, Sigma Xi Phi Beta Kappa, and NSF Undergraduate Summer Traineeship. Honors as a graduate student include the NDEA Title Fellowship, Sigma Gamma Epsilon Honorary Fraternity, Department of Geology Teaching Assistantships and the Phillips Petroleum Company Fellowship. Post-Graduate honors include Best Paper Award, Gulf Coast Section SEPM at the 1981 Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies Convention in Lafayette, La.; and the A.I. Levorsen Award for best oral paper presented at the 1991 Southwestern section AAPG Convention in Abilene, Texas.

Cleaves is survived by his brother, Dr. Emery Cleaves, Jarrettsville, Md., Maryland State Geologist and Director of the Maryland Geological Survey.

Memorial contributions can be made to the OSU Geology Department. 

Molly Blasingame
Molly Blasingame, 88, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000, at Westhaven Nursing Home. There are no services planned.

She was born in Regan, Texas, Jan. 24, 1912, to Howard and Sally Bette (Dabs) Moore.

She married Harry L. Blasingame July 14, 1934, in Regan. He died Sept. 7, 1959.

She attended schools in Regan and graduated from Regan High School. She completed beautician school and received her license. She was an artist who enjoyed her painting and was also a gardener.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Pentecostal Church.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her parents, two brothers, two sisters and one grandchild.

Survivors include two sons, Howard Blasingame and his wife, Glee, of Chula Vista, Calif. and Lou M. Blasingame, of Hudson Valley, NY; one daughter, Sally VanDeventer and her husband, Dale, of Stillwater; three grandchildren, Mike Fater and his wife, Darla, of Keller, Texas, Perry Fater and his wife, Stacy, of Grand Prairie, Texas and Howard Neil Blasingame, of Fort Worth, Texas; and three great-grandchildren, Taylor Fater, of Keller, Texas, Kristian Fater and Joshua Fater, of Grand Prairie, Texas.

Arrangements were under the direction of Strode Funeral Home.

Condolences may be e-mailed the family at <STRODEFH@AOL.COM.>.


Welden Fairbanks Barnes, Jr.
Welden Fairbanks Barnes, Jr., 89, Stillwater, died Tuesday, Aug. 29,2000, at his home.

Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday at the First Presbyterian Church. Dr. B. Gordon Edwards will officiate. Interment will be at Fairlawn Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Strode Funeral Home.

Barnes was born April 11, 1911, to Welden Fairbanks Barnes and Mary (Gill) Barnes in Oklahoma City. He married Arlene Alicia White March 4, 1936, in Stillwater. He attended schools in Kansas City, Mo.; he moved to St. Louis Jr. High School in Kirkwood, Mo., and attended freshman high school. He graduated from Central High School in Tulsa. He received a B.S. degree from Oklahoma State University in 1938. He served for 20 years in the Public Information Office at OSU.

Barnes was also secretary to Dr. Henry G. Bennett, president of Oklahoma A&M. He was in charge of all events associated with Kamm's inauguration. He also worked for the Tulsa World newspaper for three years and the Daily Oklahoman for one year. He was chairman of the 75 year celebration of the First Presbyterian Church and pulled together the church history.

He was a past president of the Rotary Club. He was a member of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce and Sigma Delta Chi for many years. Barnes also worked as the Sports Information Director for Henry Iba for seven years. He was member of the First Presbyterian Church and Kappa Sigma.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one infant son, Sam; and one brother, Sam Barnes.

Barnes is survived by his wife, Arlene; one son, Frank Barnes, Stillwater; two daughters, Mary Simmering and husband Bud, Garber; Ann Ervin, Pasadena, Calif.; two sisters, Mary Kirk, Pittsburgh Pa.; Lois Banks, Pittsburgh Pa.; one grandchild; and three great grandchildren.

Memorials can be made to the OSU Athletic Department, c/o the OSU Foundation, P.O. Box 1749, Stillwater, Okla. 74076; or the Stillwater Medical Center, c/o Home Call, 1323 W. Sixth St., Stillwater, Okla. 74074.


Andrew Franklin Campbell
Andrew Franklin Campbell, 84, Pawnee, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000, in Stillwater.

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at the Poteet Funeral Chapel. Rev. Albert May will officiate. Interment will follow at the Masham Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Poteet Funeral Home.

Campbell was born June 15, 1916, to Arthur James Campbell and Elizabeth Jane (Cohen) Campbell in Pawnee County. He married Mary Ellen Brewer Feb. 21, 1942, in Fairfax. She preceded him in death June 22, 1999.

He moved to Pawnee from Stillwater in 1982. Campbell was a member of the First Baptist Church. He was a World War II veteran; he served in the Army Air Force. He taught Sunday school at the Southern Oaks Nursing Home in Pawnee. He farmed, worked in the oil field and retired from maintenance at Oklahoma State University. He helped take care of the flower beds at the First Baptist Church.

Campbell is survived by his son, Randy Campbell, Stillwater; one brother, James Campbell, Red Rock; sister, Odessa Stamel, Hayes, Kan.; numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives and many friends.


Aimee Sholly-Garrett
Stillwater resident, Aimee Sholly-Garrett, 46, died Monday, Aug. 28, 2000, in Stillwater.

Services are today at 2 p.m. at Bible Missionary Church in Bethany. Interment is at Bethany Cemetery.

She was born Oct. 30, 1953, in Colorado Springs, Colo., to David and Mary Dardon Sholly.

She was a 1972 graduate of Putnam City High School and was a registered nurse.

She was a member of the Chandler Bible Missionary Church where she was a Sunday school teacher.

She is survived by two daughters, Nikki and Roxana; a sister, Devona Moore and her husband, Donald; a brother, John Sholly and his wife, Carolyn; her father and step-mother, David and Doris Sholly; many nieces, nephews; and host of friends.

Arrangements were under the direction of Mercer Adams F.S. in Bethany. 

Clara Mae Doyle
Clara Mae Doyle was a longtime Stillwater resident born in Hobart.

She died Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2000, at Rosewood Care Center at age 91.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Sunset Memorial Gardens, with Pastor Norman Richmond officiating. Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens under the direction of Strode Funeral Home. There will be no visitation at the funeral home.

She was born July 21, 1909, in Hobart to James Orville and Inah Mae (Chapman) Sloan. She attended school in Hobart until moving to Stillwater in 1920. She attended school in Stillwater for a time.

She married Raymond Hays of Stillwater on March 1, 1930, in Guthrie. They later divorced.

She married Maine Nordquist on June 14, 1947, in Arkansas. He died March 29, 1962. Following his death, she attended the Oklahoma Institute of Technology in Oklahoma City, where she earned an MATA Diploma. She graduated Nov. 15, 1962.

She later married Elgin Doyle in California; that marriage ended in divorce.

During a period of time she lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Norman, Springfield, Ore., Midwest City, then California, returning to Stillwater in 1968. While living in Stillwater, she had several residences until she moved to Roxie Weber Center and then finally to Rosewood Care Center, where she lived at the time of her death.

She was a bookkeeper and a member of the Highland Park Freewill Baptist Church.

She was predeceased by her parents, five brothers, Lee, James Everett, Earnest, Elbert and William "Bill" Sloan, two sisters, Delpha Rains and Ruby Davis.

She is survived by one brother, Robert "Bob" Sloan and his wife, Wanda, of Stillwater, and one sister, Leona (Sloan) Hall and her husband, James, of Fair Oaks, Calif.; sister-in-law Edna Roulston, of Albuquerque, N.M.; niece Viola Wilkens, of Stillwater; and nephews Raymond Earl "Pete" Rains, and Alvin "Sonny" Rains, both of Stillwater, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Central Oklahoma Chapter, 711 Stanton L. Young No. 603, Oklahoma City, Okla., 73104-5023.

Oliver Stump
Long time Cushing resident and retired farmer, Oliver Stump, 101, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, in the Cushing Regional Hospital.

Services will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Big Creek Church of the Brethren, three miles west of Cushing. Pastor John Holderread will officiate. Interment will follow in the Brethren Church Yard Cemetery.

Arrangements are under direction of Davis Funeral Home.

He was born April 23, 1899, in Waynesville, Mo, to David "Bird" and Saraph (Messenger) Stump. Shortly after he was born, the family moved to the Texas panhandle where they lived in a dugout.

He was reared and educated in this area and this is where his dad taught him the ways of being a farmer. Together they worked the ground, turning the prairie into farmland.

He married Ruth Holderread July 25, 1935, in Colorado. She died in Feb. 1986.

Shortly after they were married they moved to Glencoe where they were proud to have helped start the Eureka Sunday School. In 1946, they moved with their three children to a farm west of Cushing where they lived until Ruth's death.

On Nov. 23, 1986, he married Ester Pote, of Cushing. They lived at her residence until he died.

He was a life time member of the Church of the Brethren and loved singing in the choir and serving the church in as many ways as he could.

He was also a member of the Gideon's and helped give many Bibles and the New Testament to school children.

He was also know as a horseman and trained horses and mules to ride or for work. He and his wife frequently attended the Senior Citizens' Center and Project Heart's daily luncheon.

In addition to his parents and first wife, he was predeceased by four sisters.

He is survived by his wife, of the home; one son, Dean Stump and his wife, Georgia, of Cushing; two daughters, Thelma Melvin and her husband, Richard, of Mimbres, N.M. and Ina Miller and her husband, Earl, of Bonanza, Ore.; two step-sons, Vernon D. Pote, of Houston, and M. Allen Pote and his wife, Susan, of Pensacola, Fla.; one sister, Ruth Hoover and her husband, S.G. of Plattsburg, Mo.; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.


Benard Bauldwin
Benard Bauldwin, 80, of Little Rock died Friday, Sept. 1, 2000.

Services are today at 2:30 p.m. at North Little Rock Funeral Home. Interment follows at Forest Hills Memorial Park.

He was a retired truck driver and construction worker and was a member of Calvary Nazarene Church in Little Rock.

He was predeceased by a son, William Alvin Bauldwin and a half-brother, Grover Gilbert.

He is survived by his wife, Murene Bauldwin, of Little Rock; three sons, James Bauldwin, of Little Rock, Paul Bauldwin, of Fort Smith and Richard Bauldwin, of Dickson, Tenn.; one daughter, Linda Garabedian, of Stillwater; one brother, Tommy Bauldwin, of North Little Rock; three sisters, Gertrude Terry and Juanita Ervin, both of North Little Rock, and Francis Manheim, of Illinois; and 14 grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.


Delbert Arch Coyner
Delbert Arch Coyner, 91, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, at his home in Agra.

Services, with Brother Dewayne Hale and Brother Fred Britton presiding, will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Palmer Funeral Home Chapel in Cushing. Interment will follow in the Flynn Memorial Cemetery southwest of Cushing.

The casket will be closed prior to the funeral service.

Arrangements are under the direction of Palmer Funeral Home of Cushing.

He was born Sept. 21, 1908, in Cushing to David A. and Rease Bell (Johnson) Coyner. He attended the Soonerville School.

He married Martha Victoria Britton in Stillwater Dec. 10, 1930. They made their home in Agra where they resided since.

Mr. Coyner was a farmer.

He was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Martha; a daughter, Patsy Coyner; two infant children, two sisters, Treva Pruitt and Edna Burke; and two brothers, Raymond and Bill Coyner.

He is survived by two sons, Buddy Rex Coyner, of Cushing and Ronald Dean Coyner, of Chandler; six grandchildren, Woody Coyner, of Agra, Brad Coyner, of Tulsa, Joe Coyner, of Chandler, Leann Coyner, of Gilmer, Texas, Rexanne Owen, of Canton, Mich., and Brandi Coyner, of Chandler; five great-grandchildren, James Andrew Coyner, Mark Alexander Coyner, Robbie Michelle Coyner, Reggie Coyner and Jesiah Arch Coyner; a half-brother, Jerry Chastain, of Oklahoma City; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Forrest Pruitt, H.T. Pruitt, Bob Pruitt, Duane Coyner, Harold Chastain and Don Coyner.


Joseph Gaither
Joseph "Leroy" Gaither, 70, Stillwater, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, at Stillwater Medical Center.

Services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Salem Lutheran Church. Rev. Emlyn A. Ott will officiate. Interment will be at Fairlawn Cemetery. Immediate family and extended family will meet at Strode Hospitality Center at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. Services are under the direction of Strode Funeral Home.

Gaither was born Dec. 26, 1929, to Lewis and Bessie (Kelly) Gaither in Tryon. He married Darlene (Dahlke) Gaither Sept. 13, 1958, in Cushing.

He attended Sandyland School, north of Tryon. He worked for many farmers in his home area as well as around Lamont.

He was drafted in the U.S. Army in February 1951, serving in the infantry during the Korean Conflict. He received the United Nations Service Medal and the Korean Service Medal with one Bronze Star. He was honorably discharged in January 1953.

Returning to the Tryon-Cushing area he worked in farming and various jobs. He began working part time for the Oklahoma State University Physical Plant Grounds Department during the summers. In December 1958, he went to work full time for OSU working for them for 30 years before retiring in June 1988.

He loved his wife and family very much. He also enjoyed being with his camping club friends, playing dominoes and always looking forward to next month of camping or an extended trip with the club. Gaither was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church and Country Road Good Sams.

He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Floyd and Wallace Gaither; infant sister, Lorene Gaither; and sister, Florence Watts.

Gaither is survived by his wife, Darlene; two daughters, Janis Harrington and husband Robert, Stillwater; Anita Wilkinson and husband Kenneth, Jr., Coyle; three grandchildren, Sara Harrington, Stillwater; Jeremy Wilkinson, Coyle; Dustin Wilkinson, Coyle; five brothers, Alvin Gaither, Fresno, Calif; Lehman Gaither, Cushing; Wilmer Gaither, Stillwater; Olen Gaither, Cushing; Harold Gaither, Cushing; three sisters, Ruby Box, Hanford, Calif.; Violet Brake, Perkins; Celia Watts, Stillwater.

Pallbearers are Floyd Hawk, Frank Eades, Leon Bostian, Jim Harrison, Virgil Elmore and Richard Fagan. Honorary pallbearers are Paul Fagan, Leonard Lowe, Ray Norrie, Bill Reynolds and Jim Shamblin.

Those wishing to make donations may give them to the Salem Lutheran Youth Group, c/o Salem Lutheran Church, 101 South Duck, Stillwater, Okla. 74074 and the Coyle 4-H-FFA Booster Club c/o Coyle Public Schools, 700 South Cottingham, Coyle, Okla. 73027.


Charley Grant
Charley Grant, 87, a longtime resident of Cushing, now of Norman, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, in the Cedar Creek Nursing Home

Graveside services will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Sac and Fox Tribal Cemetery, south of Stroud.

Services are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home in Cushing.

He was born in Cushing July 3, 1913, to Saginaw Grant, Sr. and Stella (Hawk) Grant.

He was reared in Cushing and educated in the Concho Indian School and graduated from the Chilocco High School.

He married Ida Susan Tyner Aug. 14, 1934, in Cushing. She died Dec. 13, 1994.

The family lived in Cushing until 1963 when they moved to El Reno. In 1976, they moved to Norman. He was a retired plumber and enjoyed fishing.

In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by his parents, one daughter, Lorraine Grant; four brothers, Austin Grant, Sr., Harold Elmer Grant, Saginaw Grant, Jr. and William Raymond Grant; and two sisters, Adeline Grant and Pauline Grant.

He is survived by one son, Robert Grant and his wife, Jayne, of Fort Worth; one daughter, Lana Sue Grant, of Norman; two granddaughters, Kimberly and Kristen Grant, of Fort Worth; one great-grandson, Evan Pritchett, of Fort Worth; one future great-granddaughter, Emily Grant; three sisters, Lydia Brown, of Shawnee, Alice Eason, of Cushing, and Claudia Kale, of San Jose, Calif.; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

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