Miscellaneous Payne County, Oklahoma Obituaries

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Eva Solomon
Eva Victoria (Kouri) Solomon passed away Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2000, in Stillwater.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Meridian Avenue Baptist Church, Wichita, and an Orthodox Prayer Service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the Hillside Funeral Home West Chapel in Wichita.

Mrs. Solomon was born April 23, 1909, in Jersy City, N.J., to A.S. and Mary Kouri .

Mrs. Solomon enjoyed writing poetry, reading the Bible and was a long-time member of the Meridian Avenue Baptist Church in Wichita. She had been a resident of Westhaven Nursing Home in Stillwater for the past three years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael Solomon, Wichita, Kan.; sisters, Freida Kouri, Salwa Kouri and Dora Naifeh; and brothers Essid Kouri and Sam Kouri.

Mrs. Solomon is survived by her sister, Eleanor VanDruff, Anaheim, Calif., and sons, Glenn Solomon, Tulsa and Howard Solomon, Garden Grove, Calif.; grandchildren, G. Michael and Brenda Solomon, Stillwater, Annette and Jimmy Shamas, Highlands Ranch, Colo., Valerie Solomon; Michael Solomon, Garden Grove, Calif. and Kathy Solomon, Ohio; and great-grandchildren, Michael Solomon and Joshua Solomon, Stillwater; Mark Allen, Phoenix, Ariz. and Ellis Shamas, Alec Shamas, and Michael Shamas, Highlands Ranch, Colo.; and sister-in-law Carey Lee Kouri, Oklahoma City.

Memorials can be sent to the Eva Solomon Memorial Fund, Meridian Avenue Baptist Church, 200 N. Meridian, Wichita, KS 67203, or to St. Mary Orthodox Church, Wichita, KS.
 
 

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Lorraine Marie Akin
Lorraine Marie Akin worked for Oklahoma State University for many years.

She died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2000, at Longmeadow Care Center in Justin, Texas, at age 84.

Hudgens Funeral Home in Denton, Texas, is in charge of arrangements.

She was born April 23, 1916, in Stillwater to James Joseph and Josephine Bell (Clark) Donovan.

She married Dwight Akin Feb. 10, 1938, in Stillwater. He died May 11, 1982.

She worked for OSU as a food service worker until her retirement on May 12, 1978.

She is survived by two sons, Rennie Dale (Pete) Akin of Ponder, Texas, and Joe Akin of Portland, Ore.; one brother, Gene Donovan of Stillwater; two sisters, Phillis Brown of Stillwater and Pat Benis of Morrison; five grandchildren, Sherry Salisbury of Pikeville, Ky., Ann Cooksey of Stillwater, Dale Morton of Pikeville, Ky., Hank Akin of Crescent City, Calif., and Debra Treadwell, of Arkansas; seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchildren.

This obituary is being reprinted for the family to correct number of great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. The NewsPress was provided different information from the funeral home.
 
 

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Jacob Duroy
Norman resident, Jacob Daniel Duroy, 20, died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000.

A memorial service will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in the main sanctuary of the First Baptist Church, 212 N. Main Street in Norman.

Services are under the direction of McCafferty-Bollick Funeral Home.

He was born April 18, 1980, in Tulsa and was the son of Pamela Madsen Duroy, of Tonkawa and Wade and Kathleen Duroy of Bartlesville.

Before moving to Tonkawa, he attended schools in McLoud, Billings and Glencoe. He began in Tonkawa schools as a third grader and graduated, with honors, from Tonkawa High School in May, 1998.

He was active in both academics and athletics while at Tonkawa. He was a member of the varsity football and track teams during his four years at the high school and lettered in both sports.

As a Junior, he qualified in the 400 meter dash and also was a member of the 1600 meter relay team that won the bronze in the event that helped clinch the Buccaneers Boys' State Track Championship.

He was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Jacob excelled scholastically as well. He was a member of the National Honor Society, was selected to Boys' State and was a competitor on the Buccaneer Academic Bowl Team.

One of his proudest moments was winning, as a sixth grader, the Tonkawa competition of the National Geographic Geography Bee. He was also enrolled in the Extended Studies Program for several years in the Tonkawa schools.

He was very active in the arts and sciences, music and acting were his first loves. He was a member of the Buccaneer Show Choir and the Vocal Choir. He sang solos, and with duets, trios and quartets.

His crowning and most remembered performance was the school drama department's production of "Sugar" and also acted in the Northern Oklahoma College production of "Annie Get Your Gun."

Jacob was a very active and strong Christian and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Tonkawa and a member of the Youth Choir. He was saved in Our Lord in the fall of 1988 and rededicated his life to Christ three years ago while attending Falls Creek Baptist Church Camp.

He had many interests and hobbies and especially enjoyed reading, listening to all kinds of music, writing, reciting poetry, science fiction movies, playing fantasy football and video games. He also liked running, weight lifting, fishing and just listening to people.

He was fond of cooking and worked in several food service jobs including a 15 year old assistant cook at Camp Timberlake Girl Scout Camp. His favorite fast food job was delivering pizzas for Simple Simons of Tonkawa.

Jacob attended the Meteorology School at the University of Oklahoma from 1998 to 1999. He was a proud Sooner even in the worst of their times.

He was predeceased by his grandfather, Doyle H. Duroy, of Billings.

In audition to his mother, Pamela, of the home, he is survived by his father, Wade and stepmother, Kathleen Duroy, of Bartlesville; grandparents, Donald and Marcella Madsen of Lake Kiowa, Texas and Darlene Duroy, of Stillwater.

Honorary pallbearers will be his uncles, Tom Duroy, Keith Duroy, Clint Oller, D.J. Duroy, Phillip Duroy, Jim Madsen and Bill Madsen.

Memorials may be made to the academic and athletic programs of both the Tonkawa and Glencoe Public Schools, C/O First National Bank of Tonkawa, P.O. Box 400, Tonkawa, OK 74653.
 
 

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Camilla Boyd
Camilla Boyd, 31, died Monday, Oct. 16, 2000, at Stillwater Medical Center.

Services, with Rev. Greg Davis officiating, will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Covenant Fellowship in Cushing. Interment will follow at Silver Star Cemetery in Cushing.

Strode Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

She was born Nov. 24, 1968, in Cushing to Eddie Allen Boyd and Anita (Goodson) Stewart.

She attended schools in Cushing and graduated from Cushing High School. She also attended Upward Bound at Langston University.

She was very creative and enjoyed sewing, sports and ran track and played baseball at Cushing High School.

She was a homemaker, a member of Covenant Fellowship Church and the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma in Perkins.

She was predeceased by her paternal grandmother, Josephine Boyd; maternal grandmother, Norma Jean (Twoguns) Goodson; and maternal great-grandparents, Lorenzo George and Velinda (Murray) Twoguns.

Survivors include her mother, Anita Stewart, of Stillwater; father, Eddie A. Boyd, of Cushing; fiance, Curtis Tucker Sr.; one son, Curtis M. Tucker Jr.; two daughters, Vanity Renee and Daria Tucker, all of Cushing; two brothers, Eric Lee McVay, and Lorenzo Boyd, both of Stillwater; one sister, Simone Boyd, of VanBuren, Ark.; and special aunt, Cleo Lane, of Stillwater, and numerous other relatives.

Curtis Tucker would like to offer a very special thank you to all of the many friends and relatives and others, too numerous to mention, who have been a tremendous help to him and his family during this time.
 

Eva Solomon
Eva Victoria (Kouri) Solomon died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2000, in Stillwater.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Meridian Avenue Baptist Church, Wichita, and an Orthodox Prayer Service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the Hillside Funeral Home West Chapel in Wichita.

Mrs. Solomon was born April 23, 1908, in Jersy City, N.J., to Addy Salem and Mary Razook Kouri .

Mrs. Solomon wrote hundreds of poems and many were published in sheet music. She published three books of poetry: "Gems of the Heart", "From My Heart to Yours" and "Harvest Of My Heart". Her articles were used in many magazines including Family Almanac. She performed several radio programs reciting her poetry on stations in Oklahoma and Kansas including, KAKE, KSMO, and KWCO.

She was a contributing staff member to The Lebanon-Syrian Press, The Echo of the East, and the Lebanese American Journal. She was a member of the Oklahoma State Writers and the Kansas Authors of the Fifth District and the Poetry Society of Oklahoma.

She organized Talent Clubs during World War II, the Women's Talent Club sponsored by the Y.W.C.A. and the Red Cross and the Cement Mixers who performed hundreds of shows for servicemen, civic affairs and churches. She also helped to organize the Neighborhood Frolic talent club in Wichita.

She helped organize a successful sorority for Lebanese young women, the Alpha Mahlo Chi and served as its first president.

Mrs. Solomon won many contest in sales while a clerk a t J.C. Penney. She was promoted to Advertising Manger.

She was the Oklahoma State Vice President to the Southern Federation of Syrian Lebanon American Clubs and also served on the convention committee and education committee.

She was a long-time member of the Meridian Avenue Baptist Church in Wichita.

She had been a resident of Westhaven Nursing Home in Stillwater for the past three years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael Solomon, Wichita, Kan.; sisters, Freida Kouri, Salwa Kouri and Dora Naifeh; and brothers Essid Kouri and Sam Kouri.

Mrs. Solomon is survived by her sister, Eleanor VanDruff, Anaheim, Calif., and sons, Glenn Solomon, Tulsa and Howard Solomon, Garden Grove, Calif.; grandchildren, G. Michael and Brenda Solomon, Stillwater, Annette and Jimmy Shamas, Highlands Ranch, Colo., Valerie Solomon; Michael Solomon, Garden Grove, Calif. and Kathy Solomon, Ohio; and great-grandchildren, Michael Solomon and Joshua Solomon, Stillwater; Mark Allen, Phoenix, Ariz. and Ellis Shamas, Alec Shamas, and Michael Shamas, Highlands Ranch, Colo.; and sister-in-law Carey Lee Kouri, Oklahoma City,

Donations in lieu of flowers can be sent to the Eva Solomon Memorial Fund, Meridian Avenue Baptist Church, 200 N. Meridian, Wichita, KS 67203, or to St. Mary Orthodox Church, Wichita, KS.

This obiturary is being reprinted for the family due to additional information unavailable Thursday.
 
 

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Wayne Taylor
Wayne Lewis Taylor, 77, died Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000, at his Stillwater residence.

Graveside services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Fairlawn Cemetery.

Strode Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

He was born in Stillwater Dec. 22, 1922, to Charlie A. and Katherine (Popham) Taylor.

He married Peggy Jane Taylor Nov. 6, 1953.

Mr. Taylor attended school in Stillwater and completed two years of college at Oklahoma State University. He was a paint contractor all of his life.

He served in World War II as a private first class from Jan. 20, 1943, until his honorable discharge Dec. 10, 1945.

He is survived by his wife Peggy, of the home; one son, Robert Wayne Taylor and one daughter, Linda Jane Taylor.

Condolences may be e-mailed the family at <strodefh@aol.com>.
 
 

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Leo Echalk
Leo Paul Echalk, 85, died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2000, at the Stillwater Medical Center.

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at the Oakhill Church on Keystone Lake. Rev. Harrel Jones will officiate. Interment will be at the Jennings Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Chapman-Black Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Echalk was born Feb. 27, 1915, in Duryea, Penn. He was the son of John and Leocadia Echalk. He was raised in Duryea and attended schools there, graduating from Duryea High School in 1933.

Upon graduating from high school, Echalk worked in a Pennsylvania coal mine for nearly seven years before being inducted into the service of his country in the United States Army Oct. 14, 1940. He was married to Lora Mae Ballinger Sept. 4, 1942, prior to his overseas duty in World War II.

During the war, Echalk served as a first sergeant in Service Company, 351st Infantry. He served in the following campaigns and battles: Rome-Arno and North Apennines, and PO-Valley, receiving the American Defense Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with three Bronze Stars. Additionally, Echalk earned the Combat Infantry Badge and expert marksman badge for the carbine Browning automatic rifle and mortar light machine gun. He was honorably discharged Aug. 14, 1945.

Upon completion of his military service, Echalk and his wife moved to St. Louis, Mo., where he worked for the railroad as a mechanic. In 1954, the couple moved with their son, Ed, to Tulsa. Echalk was working for the Black Syvel and Brission and later T.D. Williams, Inc. where he worked as an oilfield equipment machinist for nearly 23 years before retiring in 1977.

Echalk took early retirement in order to take care of his wife who was injured in a car accident. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan. He loved outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, golfing and baseball. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and actually assisted in teaching them baseball and golf.

Echalk never met a stranger; he spent countless hours visiting and was not hesitant to share his Christian faith. He was baptized as an infant and always involved with his church. He was a member of the Oakhill Church on Keystone Lake.

He is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Edward and John.

Echalk is survived by his wife, Lora Mae, of the home; son, Ed Echalk and wife Jeanie, Stillwater; five grandchildren, Jill Ritter and husband Tom, Stillwater; Leslie Echalk, Stillwater; Anna Echalk, Stillwater; Jamie Lawson, Stillwater; Christopher Echalk, Stillwater; two brothers, Al Echalk, Dureya, Penn.; Ted Echalk, Old Forge, Penn.; five sisters, Stella Dopkin, Old Forge, Penn.; Josie Dopkin, Dureya, Penn.; Sophia Zbylicki, Dureya, Penn.; Edna Syrekia, West Hyattsville, Md.; Lucy Stitanovick, Havlock, N.C., and numerous nieces and nephews.

Emil Koller
Emil Koller, 102, came to Oklahoma in 1906 with his mother, stepfather, brothers and sisters from Osmond, Neb., to the Morrison area.

He died Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000, in Pawnee.

Services will be Monday at 2 p.m. at Poteet Funeral Chapel, the Rev. Roy Fleshman officiating. Burial will follow at Morrison Cemetery under the direction of Poteet Funeral Home of Pawnee.

Koller was born May 7, 1898, in Osmond to Simon and Barbara (Altman) Koller Benes.

He attended school in the Morrison and Lela area and later operated a farm near Morrison and Stillwater with his brother, Ed Benes.

He moved to Pawnee in 1938 where he lived at the time of his death. He drove farm trucks and also worked as a roughneck on drilling rigs.

Koller reported to the draft board for both World Wars but did not serve.

His first stay in a hospital was when he was 95 years old.

He was predeceased by his parents, brothers, Joseph Koller, Otto Koller, Edward Benes Sr., Louis Benes; sisters Jennie Koller, Emma Koller and Libbie Koller.

Survivors include a sister-in-law, Alice Benes of Morrison; nieces, Bonnie Benes of Morrison, Barbara Adams of Stillwater; nephews Edward Benes of Morrison, Kelley Benes of Perry, Charles Benes of Morrison, Clarence Benes of Murray, Ky.; grandnephews, Kim and Brent Adams, Travis, Kiley and Peter Benes; grandnieces, Janet and Cathy Benes, Patti Swart, Angela Davis and Amy Benes; eight grandnephews and nieces, plus cousins, second cousins, and other relatives.

Memorials may be sent to Make-A-wish Foundation of Oklahoma, 2825 E. Skelly Drive, Suite 824, Tulsa, OK 74105; or Children's Hospital of Oklahoma, 940 N.E. 13th, Oklahoma City, OK 73104.
 
 

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Joseph Cherry
Joseph C. Cherry, 80, died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2000, in Fort Smith, Ark.

Services were held Thursday at Moore Funeral Home Eastlawn Chapel in Tulsa. Burial followed at Floral Haven Memorial Gardens in Broken Arrow.

Cherry was born Dec. 13, 1919, in Fort Smith, Ark., and retired in 1982 after 38 years with Southwestern Bell.

Cherry served with the 45th Infantry in World War II and Korean War, and retired as Command Sergeant Major with the 95th Infantry Army Reserve in 1979.

He was active in Tulsa youth baseball and Boy Scouts.

Survivors include his wife Marilyn of Tulsa; sons Scott and his wife Judy of Tulsa and Randy and his wife Dana of Broken Arrow; daughter, Lynda Casey and her husband Jesse of Stillwater;

Also, grandchildren, Mike Cherry of Tulsa, Allison Kittleman of Springfield, Mo., Raylene Lewis of Broken Arrow, Natalie and Kelsey Marshall of Stillwater and great-granddaughter, Kayla Cherry of Tulsa.

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Glen Goforth
Glendle "Glen" W. Goforth, 45, of Milton-Freewater, Ore., died Monday, Oct. 16, 2000, at a relative's home.

Memorial services were held Thursday at the home of Betty and Ray Hasbell in Milton-Freewater. Services were under the direction of Munsell-Rhodes Funeral Home.

Goforth was born July 24, 1955, in Seminole, Texas, to Earl and Flora Bailey Goforth, and was raised in Texas and later moved to Chelan and the Wenatchee area where he lived for several years.

Goforth moved to Oklahoma for three years and met his wife Tina Webb and were married in Stillwater on March 1, 1999.

The family had just moved back to Milton-Freewater; he had suffered from heart problems.

Survivors include his wife of the home; daughter Nikate Goforth of Wenatchee, Wash.; his mother of Milton-Freewater; stepdaughters, Crystal Nichols and Tiffiany Webb of Stillwater; stepsons Jonathan Nichols and Matthew Webb of Stillwater; sisters Elaine Watkins of Kennewick, Wash.; Betty Hasbell of Milton-Freewater; brothers Jesse Goforth of Milton-Freewater, Wesley Goforth of Walla Walla, Wash, Jimmy Goforth and Lemuel Goforth of Wenatchee, Wash.


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