Miscellaneous Payne County, Oklahoma Obituaries


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Louise Kay Wilson
Longtime Cushing resident, Mrs. Louise Kay Wilson, 84, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000, in the Cushing Regional Hospital.

Graveside services, with Rev. Francis Westberg, pastor of the United Pentecostal Church officiating, will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Harrell Cemetery.

She was born in Missouri on April 18, 1916, and was reared and educated in Missouri and Oklahoma.

She married John Wilson on Dec. 24, 1933. He died on Dec. 7, 1982.

She was a member of the Pentecostal Church.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by four brothers and three sisters.

She is survived by three sisters, Della, Dorothy and Haley, all of Springfield, Mo.; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great nephews and other relatives and friends. 

Tommy Jay "T.J." Reed
Tommy Jay "T.J." Reed, 19, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, in Craig County.

Graveside services were Monday in Hornet, Mo.

He was born Oct. 12, 1980, in Baxter Springs, Kan.

Survivors include his parents, Ron and Cindy Reed, of Seneca, Mo.; a sister, Amanda Reed, of Seneca, Mo.; paternal grandparents, Jack and Wanda Reed, of Stillwater; maternal grandparents, Tom and Sue Price, of Quapaw; paternal great-grandmother, Alma Reed, of Fredonia, Kan.; and maternal great-grandmother, Minnie Price, of Baxter Springs, Mo. 

James M. Jackman
James M. Jackman, 62, Oklahoma City, died Wednesday, Sept. 6 at the Rashid Hospital in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m., Friday at Hahn-Cook, Street and Draper.

Jackman was born Dec. 24, 1937, in Dallas, Texas to Lindsey Morrow and Laura Jean Jackman.

He lived most of his life in Oklahoma City and Stillwater. Jackman graduated from Oklahoma City University in 1964 with a B.S., field of study, management.

In 1970 he received his J.D., major field of study, law, from Oklahoma City University. Kerr-McGee Oil Company employed Jackman during this time, as well as Sun Oil Company, doing both marketing research analysis and territory management.

Jackman established senior partnership with the law firm Denney, Jackman, James, White and Fashimpaur, in Oklahoma City.

This practice, as well as Jackman, James and Hinkle, emphasized probate, trust, estate planning and corporate law. He was a long time member of the Oklahoma Bar Association.

He found his true place when he joined the faculty of the business school at Oklahoma State University. Jackman became an associate professor of business law at OSU in 1985.

This was a career change that brought many accomplishments, among them the Amoco Award for Teaching Excellence and the University Extension Faculty Excellence Award.

His love for travel prompted the development of the first Summer in London program in 1991. Other courses Jackman was involved with were the weekend and evening courses through the OSU weekend/evening outreach program and assisting Tinker Air Force Base by offering law classes through Oklahoma Aviation Alliance of which OSU was a partner.

Jackman accepted early retirement from OSU in 1999 for a new challenge to serve as assistant dean of business sciences with Dubai's Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates.

This challenge combined with his love of travel was an exciting opportunity for him. His love and commitment to teaching were apparent in all the lives of students and colleagues past and present.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Gene Jackman; and one grandson, Jacob Buckner.

Jackman is survived by one brother, Robert Jackman, Oklahoma City; one daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and David Isenberg, Stillwater; two granddaughters, Casey and Rebecca Buckner, Stillwater; and one aunt June Shipley, Dallas, Texas.

Memorials can be made to the OSU Foundation - James M. Jackman Memorial.


Jerry Allen Evans
Jerry Allen Evans, 43, Oklahoma City, died on Sept. 19 at the Baptist Hospital in Oklahoma City.

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Church of Christ, on Cherry and Steele in Cushing. Interment will follow at the Harrell Cemetery. Funeral services are under the direction of Palmer Funeral Home.

Evans was born on June 30, 1957 in Cushing to George Alexander and Erma (Roe) Evans. He attended first through fifth grade in Cushing. He moved to Oklahoma City in 1968 and attended Putnam City High School. He attended OCU and Francis Tuttle Vo-Tech.

He was employed by the Children's Hospital in Oklahoma City as a unit clerk for the fourth floor surgical unit. He was a member of the Church of Christ and of the Kappa Alpha Order at OCU.

He is preceded in death by his father, George Alexander Evans, on Feb. 9, 1995.

Evans is survived by his mother Erma M. Evans, Oklahoma City; one brother Larry Evans, Oklahoma City; and one sister Pat Lewis and husband Bob, Oklahoma City.


Betty M. Comfort
Betty M. Comfort, 77, who enjoyed sewing, cooking, crafting and dancing, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, in the Cancer Treatment Center in Tulsa.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the First Christian Church, with the Rev. Milo Steffen, pastor, officiating. Interment will be at 2:30 p.m. in the Hope Cemetery at Arkansas City, Kan., under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home.

She was born in Newkirk on Jan. 27, 1923, to Holsie and Lona Poteet Shurtz and was reared and educated in that area.

She married Marion Walker on July 28, 1953, in Pacific, Ill. He died on Aug. 18, 1991.

On July 17, 1992, she married William "Bill" Comfort and since their marriage the couple lived in Cushing.

She was a member of the First Christian Church.

In addition to her parents and first husband she was predeceased by four brothers and sisters.

Survivors include one son, Rocki Walker and his wife, Linda, of Jenks; three sisters, Lela Anstine and Margaret Casement, both of Kansas City, Kan. and Vanda Leah Vaughn, of Blackwell; one brother, Edwin Shurtz, of Wichita, Kan; two grandchildren, Eric and Emily Walker; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.


Monroe W. 'Rusty' Kriegel, Jr.
Monroe W. "Rusty" Kriegel, Jr. , 55, died Friday, Sept. 15, 2000.

Services were Tuesday at Fitzgerald's Ivy Chapel, Tulsa, with interment at Fairview Cemetery in Shawnee.

He was born Feb. 6, 1945, in Tulsa to Monroe W. and Phyllis (Baker) Kriegel.

He graduated from Edison High School and attended Tulane University on a track scholarship.

He transferred to Oklahoma State University where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta and received his B.A. in English.

In 1971 he graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

He served in the Marine Corps as a captain, judge advocate until 1974.

During his career as an attorney he was president of the Tulsa Title and Probate Lawyers Association and was a member of both the Tulsa County and Oklahoma Bar Associations.

He will be remembered as a coach, leader of Boy Scouts, driver for the elderly and defender of the disadvantaged.

He was predeceased by his father who died in 1997.

Survivors include his mother, of Stillwater, a daughter, Katie Kriegel and son Andrew and his wife Jayme, all of Norman; and his former wife, Kathleen (Cochrane) Kriegel, of Tulsa.

Memorials may be made to the Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or the disabled American Veterans. 

Kenneth R. Jefferson
Kenneth R. Jefferson, 86, long-time Cushing resident, rancher and used car dealer, died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2000, at his home.

Services will be Friday at 10 a.m. in the Park Place Baptist Church in Cushing. Interment will follow in the Fairlawn Cemetery in Cushing.

Davis Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

He was born near Binger on April 17, 1914, to Earney and Avis (Weaver) Jefferson.

When he was seven the family moved to Enid where he spent most of his early life. In 1930, he moved to Cushing and graduated from Cushing High School in 1932.

He married Rose Coleman and to this union two daughters were born.

He served in the military from 1942 to 1945 and was an instrument flight instructor at Vance Air Force Base in Enid.

He was attended Park Place Baptist Church.

For more than 40 years he operated Jefferson Used Cars and enjoyed camping, boating, hunting and fishing along the Cimarron.

He was predeceased by his parents and a sister, Verla Bean, who died in 1983.

Survivors include two daughters, Rose Ann Hall, of Galveston, Texas, and Jane Marie Key, of Racine, Wisc.; three grandsons, Rick Hall, of Houston, Texas, Charles Hall, of Olympia, Wash., and Chris Key, of Connecticut; and other relatives and friends including his companion and care giver, Vaunita Smith.


Willie Lee Hagler
Long time Cushing resident Willie Lee Hagler, 67, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000, in the Resthaven Nursing Home in Cushing.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the First Baptist Church North, 1001 North Central, with Rev. James Manuel Jr. officiating.

Services are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home.

He was born on Feb. 17, 1933, in Beggs to James and Mary (Joseph) Hagler.

He married Ella Neal Roland in 1952.

He worked at the Cushing Country Club until he retired in 1981.

He was predeceased by his wife, his parents, two sisters, one brother, one uncle and two aunts.

Survivors include two brothers, Hermon and Lonnie Hagler, both of Cushing; two sisters, Rosie Martin and Catherine Shinault, both of Cushing; three sons, Terry Hagler, of Bristow, Willie Hagler Jr. and Stevie Hagler, both of Phoenix, Ariz.; three daughters, Theresa Hagler and Elain Hagler, both of Phoenix, Ariz., and Heather Hagler, of Cushing; five grandchildren, Nathan, Richard, Robert, Andrea and Latisha Hagler, all of Phoenix, Ariz.; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.


James Henry 'Jimmy' Smith 
James Henry "Jimmy" Smith, 22, Stillwater, died on Saturday, Sept. 23 at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa.

Services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Sunnybrook Christian Church. The Rev. Kent Williams will officiate.

Interment will be at the Little Bethel Cemetery in Duncanville, Texas.

Visitation will be at Strode Funeral Home Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Visitation at Duncanville, Texas from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday at the Jaynes Funeral Home.

There will also be a special Memorial Service in his hometown on Greenwood, Ark. Saturday, at 4 p.m. at the Greenwood United Methodist Church, 10 W. Denver.

Smith was born on July 2, 1978 in Dallas, Texas, to James H. Smith and Debra Kay (Dobbs) Smith.

He moved to Greenwood, Ark., where he attended school from junior high until he graduated from Greenwood High School. He played football and was a cheerleader there.

Smith served as president of Methodist Youth Fellowship in Greenwood.

He received a cheerleading scholarships from and attended West Ark Community College in Ft. Smith, Ark.; Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas; and Oklahoma State University.

He came to OSU as a sophomore in 1999.

He was a member of and instructor for the National Cheerleading Association for three years.

Smith was a member of the First Methodist Church of Greenwood.

Smith is survived by his parents Debbie Kay Chandler, Midland, of Texas; and James H. Smith, of Cedar Hill, Texas; one brother, Taylor Chandler, of Midland, Texas; two sisters Ashley Chandler, of Midland, Texas; and Tammy Gayle Smith, of Midland, Texas.

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