Miscellaneous Payne County, Oklahoma Obituaries


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Lyle Evelyn Scott Havel
Lyle Evelyn Scott Havel, 81, a former beautician and a musician, died on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2000.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Christian Church of Perkins. Leonne Worcester, Charles Wall and Hartley Freeman will officiate. Strode Funeral Home is directing arrangements.

Havel was born in Lincoln County on Jan. 6, 1919, to Ambrose Dee and Susan Addieville Smith Mercer. She attended Tryon High School.

She married William Edward Scott on Jan. 19, 1938. He died in Sept. 1975. She later married Robert Havel, who also predeceased her.

Since her first marriage, she resided in the Olivet Community. She was a member of the Christian Church in Perkins.

Havel spent many years working as a beautician until she closed her shop in 1973. She was a musician and enjoyed singing and playing for square dances with her husband Edward. In later years, she enjoyed playing at the Senior Citizens Center as well as at other senior events. She also enjoyed sewing and made many of her own clothes.

In addition to her two husbands, she was predeceased by five brothers, Ford, Fleet, Wade, Don and Ambrose Jr., and three sisters, Ruby Choate, Hazel Baker and Clementine Reynolds.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Judy Scott of Perkins; a daughter and son-in-law, Karen and David Lester of Perkins; a granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Kelle and Micah Williams of Oklahoma City; three grandsons and granddaughters-in-law, Scott and Carla Lester of Perkins, Dean and Tonya Lester of Skiatook and J.J. and Tommie Lester of Stillwater; six great-grandchildren, Cale and Laiken Lester, Tyson, Jordan and Casen Lester and Halle Lester; three sisters, LaVola Milner of Luther, Cheerful Byrum of Stillwater and Uthene Harris of Perkins; one brother, W.H. "Sarge" Mercer of Tryon; and 43 nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Christian Church, Faith in Action, P.O. Box 490, Perkins, Okla., 74059.


Leila Sue Cook
Former Perkins area resident Leila Sue Cook, 64, Plano, Texas, died Saturday, Dec. 16 in Plano.

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday in Friends Chapel Church with Pastor Merl Kinser officiating. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery east of Coyle under the direction of Strode Funeral Home.

Cook was born on July 19, 1936, in Perkins to Manford L. and Clarrcy P. (Graham) Cook. She lived in the Perkins area most of her life until she moved to Plano in 1984.

She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles and reading. She particularly enjoyed bird watching and feeding the birds. She was a member of the Friends Chapel Church.

She was predeceased by her father.

Cook is survived by her mother, Clarrcy Cook of Plano; one sister, Mrs. James (Shirley) Coffey of Plano; two nephews, Mike Coffey of Allen, Texas, and Chris Coffey of Van Alstyne, Texas; and one niece, Shelly Jones of Plano.

Pallbearers will be Leon Bostian, Tony Coyle, Dick Rogers, Stanley Moffatt, Mike Coffey and Chris Coffey.

Memorials can be made to the Friends Chapel Church Building Fund, 126 S. Main, Perkins, Okla., 74059.


Gertie Anita Wilson
Cushing resident Gertie Anita Wilson, 42, died Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2000, in Cushing.

Services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the First Assembly of God, 504 E. Walnut, in Cushing. Interment will follow in Silver Star Cemetery east of Cushing. Palmer Funeral Home of Cushing is directing the arrangements.

Wilson was born May 22, 1958, to Amie Griffin.

She grew up in Cushing and graduated from Cushing High School. She graduated from Langston University with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. While at Langston, she was a member of Zeta Phi Beta sorority.

She professed her faith in God at an early age and lived a Christian life. She was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church in Cushing.

She married James Wilson on July 2, 1986.

Wilson was pleasant toward everyone she came in contact with and enjoyed talking about the Lord. She will be greatly missed.

Survivors include her husband; two sons, Jemaal Griffin and Clarence Wilson, both of the home; her mother, of Cushing; four sisters, Edwina Hancock of Lowell, Ark., Kim Henson of Cushing and Frances Smith and Janet Cyperian, both of Oklahoma City; three brothers, Hubert Ellis of Oilton and Samuel Griffin and Cornell Mukes, both of Cushing; one aunt, Lois Smith of Los Angeles, Calif.; three uncles, the Rev. Hubert Butler of East St. Louis, Ill., Lewis Butler of Albuquerque, N.M., and Luther Butler Sr. of Milwaukee, Wis.; and a host of other relatives and friends. 

Julia Russell Carrington Ricker
Julia Russell Carrington Ricker died on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2000 at Grace Living Center, Stillwater.

She was born Oct. 11, 1917 in Hominy to William Henry and Sarah Elizabeth (Hardin) Carrington. After graduating from Hominy High School, she moved to Stillwater.

On Oct. 9, 1937, Julia married Eugene Herbert Ricker in Cushing. They were lifelong residents of Stillwater where Julia was a homemaker. She was a member of the Stillwater Women's Golf Association for over 20 years and she was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

Gene Ricker died Dec. 17, 1999. Julia was also preceded in death by her parents, her sister Mary, and three brothers, Lewis, Curtis and Jack.

She is survived by her son, Larry Ricker and wife Dee Ann, Stillwater; her daughter, Shelly Ricker, Stillwater; four grandchildren, Betsey Horinek and husband Justin, Dallas, Texas, and Brian Ricker, Dallas, Texas; Jane Ann Hartman, Queens, N.Y.; and Matthew Hartman, Portland, Ore.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church Foundation, 400 West Seventh Avenue, Stillwater.

The family will meet visitors at Strode Funeral Home Wednesday 4 to 6 p.m. A private family service will be held.


Helen M. Long
Helen M. Long, 86, died Sunday, Dec. 17, 2000 at her residence in Morgantown, Ind.

Services, with Rev. Paul D. Palusko presiding, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Meredith-Clark Funeral Home in Morgantown. Interment will follow at East Hill Cemetery in Morgantown.

Meredith-Clark Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

She was born in Martinsville, Ind. on Dec. 30, 1913, to Ray and Opal St. John Musgrave.

She was a 1929 graduate of Martinsville High School.

She married Renos C. Long on Aug. 22, 1931, in Martinsville.

She was employed for 22 years as the bookkeeper for Johnson County Farm Bureau, retiring in 1972. She was also active in helping on the family farm and raised pure-bred Angus cattle. In 1980, she and her husband retired from farming.

She was a lifetime member of the American Angus Association and held one of the Association's oldest active membership in the United States, having been involved since 1952.

She enjoyed quilting, gardening and flower growing. She loved to travel and always enjoyed seeing the mountain areas.

She was a member of Union Christian Church in Franklin, Ind.

She is survived by one son, Ronald D. Long, of Stillwater; one grandson, Rance D. Long, of Smithville, Mo.; one granddaughter, Rhonda D. Heskett, of Bartlesville; one sister, Glenna Turner, of Traverse, Fla.; and one brother, Richard Musgrave, of Paducah, Ky.


Phyllis G. Smith
Mrs. Phyllis G. Smith, 60, died Saturday, Dec. 16, 2000, at her home in Sherman, Texas.

Services, with Rev. Mike McConaghy presiding, were Tuesday at the First Christian Church in Plano, Texas. Interment followed at at Ridgeview Memorial Park.

She was born in Perkins on May 13, 1940, to Glen and Grace (Ridpath) Houston.

She married Orlin Smith in Perkins on Oct. 3, 1958.

She was a homemaker and a very active member of the First Christian Church in Plano where she was also a member of the Christian Women's Fellowship.

In addition to her husband of the home, she is survived by a son, Keith W. Smith, of Sherman; two daughters, Pam Burkard and her husband, Bill, of Bonham, Texas, and Penny Hall and her husband, Kent, of Justin, Texas; seven grandchildren; her mother and father, of Stillwater; a brother, Dr. Glen Houston, of Edmond; a sister, Janell Diehl, of Sapulpa; and numerous nieces, nephews and other loving relatives.

Memorials may be made to the Grayson County Hospice, 930 Martin Luther King Boulevard, Denison, TX 75020 or the American Cancer Society at the Southwestern Medical Institute, 8900 Carpenter Freeway, Dallas, TX 75247.


Geneva Mae Fuchs
Geneva Mae Fuchs, 70, died on Monday, Dec. 18 at the Great Plains Regional Medical Center.

Services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22 at the Sayre Church of Christ. The Revs. Andy Bennett and Richard Poe will officiate. Burial will be at Buffalo Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rose Chapel Funeral Home.

Mrs. Fuchs was born on Aug. 7, 1930 in Dempsey to Josie Katherine and Clifford Modesta Daugherty. She attended school at Sunny Point before attending and graduating from Sweetwater High School.

She was married to Weldon Doyle Fuchs in Wheeler, Texas on March 3, 1949. They lived in the Mayfield community before moving to Colorado and New Mexico. They moved to Palmer, Alaska in 1961 where Doyle worked for RCA. They returned to Western Oklahoma in 1971 to make it their home. Doyle passed away in 1975.

She was a member of the Sayre Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one daughter, Janice Elaine Fuchs; and one brother, Dewey Daugherty

Mrs. Fuchs is survived by a daughter, Rita Wilson, Anchorage, Alaska; a son, Curtis Fuchs, Stillwater; one sister, Lela Cooprider, Cheyenne; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a host of relatives and friends.


Lorene 'Pat' Cantrell
Lorene "Pat" Cantrell, 82, Agra, died on Wednesday, Dec. 13 in Bentonville, Ark.

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Agra. The Rev. Roger Shaw will presided. Interment will follow at the Carney Cemetery. Funeral services are under the direction of Palmer Funeral Home in Cushing.

Mrs. Cantrell was born on Feb. 15, 1918 in Okfuskee to George W. and Anna (Clement) Edwards. She was raised in Okfuskee and attended the Mason School in Okfuskee. She attended the Bonnie Beauty School in Denver, Colo. She was married to Hubert T. (Jack) Cantrell on July 7, 1937 in Seminole.

She had been a housekeeper at Oklahoma State University. She also owned and operated Pat's Café in Agra. She was a member of the Agra Baptist Church since 1943.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Mrs. Cantrell is survived by her son, Ronald Jean Cantrell, Lakeside, Calif.; two grandchildren, Sharon Jean Cantrell and Cheryl Ann Cantrell Hoover; five great-grandchildren, Allan Hill, Byron Hill, Ashley Hill, Stefanie Thomas and Ali Lewis; and one great-great grandchild, Trinady.

Leo Tunnell
Leo Stanley Tunnell, 83, died Saturday, Dec. 23, 2000, at Stillwater Medical Center.

Services, with Rev. Matt Miles presiding, will be Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Strode Chapel. Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery.

Strode Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

He was born in Cushing Feb. 6, 1917, to Jessie Thomas and Mary Dollie (Carnes) Tunnell.

He attended school in Cushing and worked for the Cushing paper as a paper boy and later worked in the office. He entered the Air Force in 1942 and was honorably discharged in 1945.

After leaving the military he moved to Stillwater and began working for the NewsPress. While in Stillwater he met Frances Moore. They were married in Stillwater June 12, 1948. They lived in Stillwater since.

Leo worked for the NewsPress for 41 years. He enjoyed golf, hunting, fishing and woodworking. He loved his family and will be missed by all of them. Leo's grandchildren loved being with him and they will miss him.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church and retired as the shop superintendent at the NewsPress.

He was predeceased by his parents, two sisters and one grandson.

In addition to his wife, of the home, he is survived by one son, Stan Tunnell and his wife, Ginger; two daughters, Pam Beitz and her husband, Bill, and Becky Ruddell and her husband, David, all of Stillwater; and nine grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to The Alzheimer's Association, 711 Stanton L. Young, Number 603, Oklahoma City, OK 73104-5023; American Parkinson Disease Association, 60 Bay Street, Number 401, Stanton Island, N.Y. 10301; or The Multiple Sclerosis Society, 4606 East 67th Street, Number 201, Tulsa, OK 74136.

Jane Cheatham
Former Cushing resident Jane Cheatham, 69, died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2000 in Bethany.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Forrest Hills Christian Church, 2121 N. MacArthur, in Oklahoma City.

Palmer Funeral Home of Cushing is directing the arrangements.

She was born in Liberty March 19, 1931, to William and Wrenie (Dixon) Abshire.

She married Billy Joe Cheatham April 13, 1949, in Mineral Wells, Texas. They moved to Cushing in 1990. She was a member of the Forrest Hills Christian Church in Oklahoma City.

She was predeceased by her husband, her parents, four brothers, Wayne, Kenneth, Lyle and Glen Ross and one sister, Netus.

Survivors include three daughters, Deborah Kay McDalin, Danice Gaye McDonald and Billye Jane Peters; five grandsons, Stuart Anthony McDonald, Kevin Joe Boyer, Michael Wayne Higgins, Billy Jack LeBow and Jimmy Del Higgins; and four great-grandchildren, Timothy Martin Boyer, Brady Weston McDonald, Ashley Jayne Boyer and Jacqueline Diane Higgins.


J. Geraldine Grubbs
J. Geraldine (Gerry) Grubbs died peacefully at home Sunday, Dec. 24, 2000, after a hard-fought battle against lymphoma.

Born June 17, 1928, in Tecumseh, her family moved to Cushing where she graduated from Cushing High School in 1946. She and local attorney, Sterling N. Grubbs, married Oct. 1, 1948. They had three children, Mary, John and Jeff.

She was a former employee of the Cushing Daily Citizen and was active in the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the Cushing Hospital Auxiliary.

She was predeceased by her husband in 1989, her mother, Gladys Vinson, her brother, John Thomas Vinson, and her sister, Murieldeen Hubbard.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary Turner and her two children of Dallas, John (Jake) and Suzanne Grubbs of Portland, Ore., and Jeff and Connie Grubbs and their four children of Charlotte, N.C. She is also survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Natha and W. Sidney Durham of Evergreen, Colo., and sister-in-law Wanda Vinson of Texoma, and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank all of Gerry's friends in Cushing and all the employees of the Judith Karman Hospice for their care and support.

Mrs. Grubbs has chosen cremation and a memorial service will be held at a later time. Memorials may be made to Judith Karman Hospice, Cushing Hospital Auxiliary or the organization of your choice.


Dustin Skinner
Dustin J. Skinner, beloved husband of Linda (Shipley) Skinner of Hazelwood, Mo.; dear father of Shane Tawnie, Joshua Skinner, of Stillwater and Ronald Roberts; beloved son of Diane Mosley and the late Joe Skinner, dear grandfather of four; dear brother-in-law, cousin and friend to many died Monday, Dec. 25, 2000.

Visitation will be Thursday from 4 until 8 p.m. at The Archway Memorial Chapel, 111 Taylor Road, Hazelwood, Mo. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at The Archway Memorial Chapel.


Mary Millard
Mary Elizabeth Millard, 90, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2000, at Stillwater Medical Center.

Services, under the direction of Strode Funeral Home, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church with Paul Anderson and Dr. Stanley Warfield officiating.

Mrs. Millard was born May 17, 1910, in Denton, Texas, to William M. and Virginia Beatrice (Hinkson) Tate. The family moved to Tishomingo in 1917. She married Charles (C.R.) Rolland Millard Dec. 1, 1935, in Stillwater.

Mrs. Millard graduated from Tishomingo High School, attended Murray State College and graduated from Oklahoma A & M College. She received lifetime teaching certificates in Home Economics and General Elementary and Secondary Education. She taught school in Tishomingo and Cromwell. During World War II she supervised school lunch programs for the state of Oklahoma.

In 1955 the Millards opened The Millard Agency, beginning with insurance and, soon after, including real estate. She was active in Stillwater Insurance Women, serving as president in 1977, and was the first woman to join the Stillwater Insurance Board.

Mrs. Millard was a charter member of Altrusa Club of Stillwater. She was the fifth president of the local organization and was a delegate to several District Conferences and International Conventions. She was also an Honor Initiate of Zeta Tau Alpha and had served as alumna president and financial advisor to the collegiate chapter.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church, AAUW, Retired Officers Association Auxiliary, Eastern Star, Stillwater Women's Club and Stillwater Country Club.

Mrs. Millard was predeceased by her husband and her son, her parents, two sisters and an infant great-granddaughter.

Survivors include her daughter, Mrs. Curtis (Billie) Richardson of Stillwater; daughter-in-law, Gail Millard of Gladewater, Texas; eight grandchildren, Robin Ishmael of Tulsa; Michelle Thomas of Kent, Wash.; Charley Foster of Salt Lake City, Utah; Beth McLean of Norman; Stephenie Foster of Bryan, Texas; Susy Flaming and Shelley Parham of Tulsa; Sharon Trout of Stillwater; and 12 great-grandchildren.


David Irwin
David Stewart Irwin, 58, died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2000, at Stillwater Medical Center.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the First Christian Church. Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery.

Strode Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

He was born Oct. 1, 1942, in Stillwater to Robert and Nancy (Miller) Irwin.

He married Sharon Cavett July 6, 1968, in Pawnee.

He grew up in Stillwater and graduated from Stillwater High School in 1960. He attended OSU from 1960 until 1965 when he joined the Navy reserves and served during the Vietnam Conflict.

He returned to Stillwater in 1967 and began working in the maintenance department in heating and refrigeration at OSU.

He graduated from OSU in 1971 with a B.A. in production management and went into various businesses in the Stillwater area. He worked with Nickel Construction as a general contractor specializing in heating and air conditioning.

In 1986 he entered Phillips Seminary. He graduated in 1990 with a Masters of Divinity and in July, 1990, was ordained in the Christian Church. He served churches in Yale, Morrison, Bristow, Lawton, Cleo Springs and Stillwater. He was a member of the Christian Church.

In addition to his parents he was predeceased by a niece, Amanda Fultz.

He is survived by his wife, one son, Bryan Irwin and his wife, Kara of Stillwater; three daughters, Sonya Waldrip and her husband, Chuck, of Enid, Angela Irwin, of Oklahoma City, and Michelle Irwin, of the home; two brothers, Bruce Irwin and his wife, Doris, of Houston, Texas and Tom Irwin and his wife, Marcy of Stillwater; two sisters, Nancy Crenshaw and her husband, Jerry, and Janet Fultz, all of Stillwater; and numerous other family and friends.

Memorials may be made to the Christian Church of Oklahoma, Camp Scholarships, 310 NW 36th, Oklahoma City, OK 73118.

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