Miscellaneous Payne County, Oklahoma Obituaries


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William Cipolla
Services for William Patrick Cipolla, infant son of Patrick and Stephanie Cipolla, of Tulsa, will be Friday at 1:30 p.m. at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Tulsa.

Stanley's Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, Jessica; maternal grandparents, Kent and Carol Olson, of Stillwater, and Bill Burge, of Hooker; and paternal grandparents Richard and Margaret Cipolla, of Bartlesville.


Richard Lee Tyler
Long time Noble County resident, Richard Lee Tyler, 56, died Tuesday, July 11, 2000, at Perry Memorial Hospital.

Services, with Albert Quick, pastor of Sumner Baptist Church officiating, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Brown-Sisson Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be at Grace Hill in Perry.

Brown-Sisson Funeral Home is directing the arrangements. He was born on May 25, 1944, in Morrison to William George and Myrtle A. (Jenkins) Tyler.

He was employed by the City of Perry as foreman of the street department and was the city's acting street commissioner. Before going to work for Perry he was employed by the Frisco Railroad.

He was a member of the Baptist Church.

He was predeceased by his parents and one niece.

Survivors include two sons, Steven L. Tyler and his wife, Clara, of Perry and David L. Tyler, of Glenpool; two daughters, Brenda M. Tyler, of Glenpool and Geniece L. DeSelm, of Morrison; a brother, Raymond L. Tyler, of Perry; two sisters, Wilma L. Harris, of Perry, and Myrtle L. LeGrand, of Skiatook; six grandsons, Tory and Richard D. Tyler, of Glenpool, Jerry D. Tyler, Cody R. Tyler and Brody B. Tyler, all of Perry, and Blake DeSelm, of Morrison; one granddaughter, Breanna DeSelm, of Morrison, and former wives, Karen Huffmire and Ronda Tyler, both of Perry. 

Mamie Lafferty
Mamie Josephine Lafferty, 99, gave voice recitals and performed with Lynn Riggs in operettas. She died Saturday, July 15, 2000, in Stillwater.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church, the Rev. Stan Warfield and the Rev. Wanda Murray officiating. Burial will be at 3:30 p.m. at Woodlawn Cemetery in Claremore under the direction of Strode Funeral Home.

She was born Oct. 24, 1900, in Claremore, Indian Territory, to Hiram Jefferson and Lucinda Isabelle (Summit) Vincent.

She completed 10 grades of school at Foyil then attended boarding school at Eastern Oklahoma University Preparatory School at Claremore where she completed high school. She went on to achieve a teachers degree from the University of Central Oklahoma

On Jan. 20, 1921, she married Lloyd Angus Lafferty in Tulsa. He died in 1942.

She was a school teacher in Bristow from 1918-1920. She worked as a homemaker and bookkeeper. In 1942 she began work at the OSU bookstore and worked there for 24 years until she retired in 1966.

She was an active member of the First Methodist Church in Stillwater participating in the choir, continuing education, United Methodist Women and WSCS. She joined the church in 1942. She also was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

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

Survivors include one son, Lloyd Lafferty and his wife, Peggy, of Houston, Texas; three daughters, Dorothy Friend and her husband, Jonathan, of Stillwater, Jean O'Halloran and her husband, Merkle, of Cordell and Ruth Ann Baker and her husband Johnny, of Broken Arrow; 10 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

Her grandchildren will be pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to Judith Karman Hospice, P.O. Box 818, Stillwater, OK 74076 or First United Methodist Church, 400 West Seventh, Stillwater, OK 74074.

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


Robert Edward Acklin
Cushing resident, Robert Edward Acklin, 94, died Saturday, July 15, 2000, at his home.

Services, with Rev. Milo Steffen officiating, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Palmer Home Chapel in Cushing. Vocalist Diana Sue Young will be accompanied by Holly Tichenor as she sings, "Thy Will Be Done" and "I Know Who Holds Tomorrow." Interment will follow at the Euchee Valley Memorial Park Cemetery, east of Cushing.

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

He was born April 29, 1906 at Cushing, then Indian Territory, to Charles and Laura Mae (Donham) Acklin.

He received his early education in Cushing.

On April 30, 1938, he married Eleanor Safford at the Christian Church in Washburn, Ill. Two sons blessed this marriage.

He worked in electric and electronic communications with Sinclair and Atlantic Richfield for 40 years. These years were spent in Venezuela, Tulsa, Texas and Cushing. After he retired in 1970 the Acklins spent lots of time at their lakeside home near Ketchum. In March, 2000, Robert received his 70 year pin from the Cushing Masonic Lodge. His Consistory membership was in McAlester. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Cushing.

He was predeceased by his parents and six brothers and sisters, Russell, Vivian, Dewey, Sadie, Herbert and Vera.

Survivors include his sons, Robert Jr. and his wife, Judy, of Tulsa, and Charles (Rusty) and his wife, Cheryl, who have lived in Saudi Arabia for the last nine years; grandchildren, Chad and his wife, Donna, Piper Miller and her husband, David, Tulsa, and Keith Acklin, of Medford; four great-grandchildren, Tyler and Paige Acklin and Dakota and Colton Miller; and one sister, Ruby Crow, of St. Louis.

Pallbearers will be Keith Acklin, Chad Acklin, David Miller, Jeff Noonan, Victor Acklin, Billy Acklin and Jack Acklin.

Memorials in Mr. Acklins memory may be made to the First Christian Church, 300 E. Moses, Cushing, OK 74023. 

Jack Riffe
Jack Riffe, 76, worked in the pipeline construction for over 52 years prior to retiring in February of l998. He passed away on Saturday, July 15, 2000 at his residence.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Church of the Nazarene with Rev. Michael Davis, and Rev. Bob Williams of Yukon, officiating. Burial will follow in the Fairlawn Cemetery under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home..

The son of the late Oscar Hamilton Riffe and Dora H. Blair Riffe, he was born July 31, 1923, in Loveland and was reared and educated in the Carnegie area.

He was united in marriage to Ruth Ann Patterson July 7, 1945, in Carnegie. The couple came to Cushing in 1985 and lived there since that time.

He was a member of the Cushing Church of the Nazarene, also serving on the church board; was very active at the Cushing Senior Citizen Center, serving on the advisory board; enjoyed playing dominoes, working in the garden and fishing.

He was also known by his family and friends for his handy work with woodworking, making many different items out of wood.

Survivors include his wife of the home; five children, James Riffe and his wife Nancy of Ashaway, Rhode Island, Glendon Riffe and his wife Doreen of Colorado Springs, Colo., Duane Riffe and his wife LeAnn of Broken Arrow, Deborah Sonnek and her husband Jaime of Fairbault, Minn., and Edward Riffe and his wife Michelle of Owatonna, Minn.; one sister, Virginia Clay of Tulsa; three brothers, Bill Riffe of Oklahoma City, Homer Riffe of New York and Pete Riffe of Carnegie; several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Ronald Lee Riffe; two brothers; two sisters and one grandson, Jesse Springer.

Serving as casket bearers will be Michael Riffe, Richard Riffe, Bryan Riffe, Trent Springer, Jason Riffe, Glendon D. Riffe and Robert Riffe.

The family will greet friends in the Memorial Chapel of the Davis Funeral Home Tuesday evening from 6-8.


Geraldine 'Gerri' Faith Longan Schroeder
Geraldine "Gerri" Faith Longan Schroeder, 78, studied art and was an accomplished artist.

She died Thursday, July 13, 2000, at Stillwater Medical Center.

Private family services were Monday at Colonial Chapel Funeral Home, the Rev. Larry Eslinger officiated. Burial followed at Fairlawn Cemetery under the direction of Colonial Chapel Funeral Home.

She was born Sept. 30, 1921, in Miami, to Jake C. and Mabel (Davis) Longan. She also attended school in Miami. She completed the Famous Artist Schools home study course.

On Nov. 7, 1942, she married Leon W. Schroeder in Miami. She was a member of the Lutheran Church.

She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, March 1, 1995; and brothers Gene and Garlin Longan.

Survivors include one son, Terry Schroeder and wife Bonnie of Stillwater; one daughter, Cindi McDonald and husband Dale of Corpus Christi, Texas; three grandchildren, Terinda Schroeder of Stillwater, Rhonda Van Gilder of Chico, Calif., and Lorri Schroeder of San Diego, Calif.; two great-grandchildren, Theron Schroeder of Stillwater and Jessica and Jacob Van Gilder of Chico, Calif.; one brother, Garol Longan and wife Arlene of Miami.

Memorials may be made in her name to World War II Memorial Fund, American Battle Monuments Commission, Att: GRO48, P.O. Box 96074, Washington, D.C. 20090-6074.


Stacey Allen Peterson
Stacey Allen Peterson, 42, died in Stillwater Sunday, July 16, 2000.

Private graveside services will be at Rose Mound Cemetery in Waco, Texas, at a later date under the direction of Colonial Chapel Funeral Home.

Peterson was born June 6, 1958, in Waco to Elbert L. "Pete" and Maridean (Smith) Peterson.

He attended public schools in Mineral Wells, Texas, graduating from Richardson (Texas) High School in 1976.

After his education he remained in Richardson until 1981 when he moved to Austin, Texas. He moved to Stillwater in February this year to be near his family and had lived here since.

Throughout his lifetime he greatly enjoyed taxidermy, wood carving and was an automobile enthusiast.

He was predeceased by his mother.

Survivors include his father and mother, Elbert L. "Pete" and Frankie Peterson of Stillwater; one sister, Edi M. Peterson of Dallas, Texas and maternal grandparents, H.M. and Esther Smith. 

Linda Evelyn Leavell
Linda Evelyn Leavell, 93, of Cushing, died Tuesday, July 18, 2000, at the Cushing Regional Hospital.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the First Christian Church in Cushing. Rev. Milo Steffen will preside. Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, north of Cushing. Palmer Funeral Home of Cushing is directing the arrangements.

She was born June 24, 1907, in Jerico Springs, Mo. to John and Lydia McCallister.

She married E.P. Leavell May 5, 1928, in Nevada, Mo. They lived in Sheldon, Mo. and Wilmington, Ill. In 1970 they retired and moved to Cushing.

She was a member of the First Christian Church where she served as Elder Emeritus and taught Sunday school. She was a master seamstress, served Meals On Wheels for more than 15 years and was a volunteer for the Cushing Senior Citizens Center.

Mrs. Leavell was predeceased by her parents, her husband and a granddaughter Linda Shawn Casey.

Survivors include two daughters, Charlotte Cooper, of Cushing, and Ardith Ann Mahoney, of Tulsa; grandchildren, Larry O'Kelley, of Oklahoma City, C'Ann Matherly, of Mustang, and Gregory Bullock, of Kansas City, Kan.; and great-grandchildren, Brandon O'Kelley, of Oklahoma City, Michal Lynn O'Kelley, of Fayetteville, Ark., Elizabeth Bullock, of Kansas City, Kan., Jaeman Matherly, of Mustang, and Seth Matherly, of Mustang.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Cooper, Gregory Bullock, Brandon O'Kelley, Larry O'Kelley, Galan Matherly and Bill Alton.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jaeman Matherly and Seth Matherly.

Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church, 300 E. Moses, Cushing, OK 74023.


Sim Drain Jr.
Sim Drain Jr., 61, had worked for the USDA for 30 years as an agricultural management specialist with Farmers Home Administration, retiring in May 1994.

He died Monday, July 17, 2000, at his home.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, the Rev. Dr. Oscar J. Adams officiating. Burial will follow at Oil Springs Cemetery in Tatums under the direction of Strode Funeral Home.

Drain was born Jan. 20, 1939, in Tatums to Sim Drain Sr., and Ruth (Buycks) Drain. He attended and graduated from Tatums High School in 1957 and attended Langston University and graduated with a B.S. in agriculture in 1961.

In 1962 he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served as a military policeman in Korea and Germany. He was honorably discharged in April 1964 and came to Stillwater in 1970.

His first marriage was to Arnetta Marie Buckner, June 20, 1964. She died May 29, 1984. A second marriage was to Dr. Zola Wright Feb. 12, 1988, in Stillwater.

Drain enjoyed gardening, fishing, farming and raising livestock. During his children's early years he volunteered with Boy Scouts and coached little league sports. He also loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Drain was active in Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church where he served in many positions including deacon, treasurer, usher and trustee.

He was a member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Pride of Stillwater Masonic Lodge No. 238 and Phi Beta Sigma fraternity.

Drain was predeceased by his father, first wife, grandson Jared Alan drain; brother Douglas Arthur Drain and one sister in infancy.

Survivors include his wife; two sons and two daughters, Andrea Langston and her husband Marvin of Jersey City, N.J., Renae Burke and her husband Vincent of Stillwater, William Alan Drain and his wife Marva of Richardson, Texas and Sim Drain III and his wife Tamecia of Rowlett, Texas;

Also, six grandchildren, Arnetta Nicole Drain of Richardson, Texas, Avery and Rhys Langston of Jersey City, N.J., Sim Drain IV of Rowlett, Texas, Brianna Drain of Richardson, Texas and Mariea Simone Drain of Rowlett, Texas; two brothers, Charles Drain and his wife Brenda of Austin, Texas and Alfonzo Drain and his wife Pearl of Gaithersburg, Md.; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Douglas (Gussie) Drain of Taloga; a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to Project College Bound, care of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Box 844, Stillwater 74076 and Stillwater Medical Center, care of Heart Center, Box 2408, Stillwater 74076.

Formal visitation will be Friday from 7-8 p.m. at Strode Chapel.


Wilma C. Morley
Mrs. Wilma C. Morley, 86, died Tuesday, July 18, 2000, at Resthaven Nursing Home.

Services, with Lonny Lee, pastor, officiating, will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the First Baptist Church. Marion Smith, pianist, will provide the prelude and postlude and will accompany Janette Lee, pianist, as she sings, "In the Garden" and "Because He Lives."

A private burial will be held at Fairlawn Cemetery in Cushing. Davis Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements.

She was born in Cushing Jan. 6. 1914, to Allan C. and Beulah (Oder) Christie. She lived with her parents and brother, Aetna (Ed) in Yale until she completed the third grade. She then returned to Cushing where she graduated from Cushing High School in 1931. She was also a graduate of Hill Business School in Oklahoma City.

She was married, in her parents' home to Delbert L. "Doc" Morley Nov. 29, 1936. The couple made their home in Cushing until 1955 when they were transferred to Altus where Doc managed a new store for Escott's Foods.

The family returned to Cushing in 1958 where they have lived since.

Mrs. Morley belonged to several organizations in the community including the Pilot Club and was a long time member of the Rose Garden Club, where she and her mother both served as president.

She was a long time member of the First Baptist Church where she and her husband each served more than 40 years as Sunday school teachers.

Her employment included nine years with the Daily Citizen, two years as a bookkeeper for Escott's, four years as the assistant secretary of the Cushing Chamber of Commerce and 15 years as a secretary for Pancoast and Smith Agency.

She was predeceased by her husband, of 55 years, her parents and her brother, Ed Christie.

Survivors include one daughter, Kaye (Morley) Cranston and her husband Kendall, of Tarboro, N.C.; two grandchildren, Stacy Cranston, of Oakland, Calif. and Brian Cranston and his wife, Laura Knight-Cranston, of Lancaster, Ohio; a niece, Karen (Christie) Parker and her husband Robert, of Seabrook, Texas; nephew Allan Christie and his wife, Lisa, of Midlothian, Texas; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Maurice and June Morley, of Rio Rancho, N.M.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Memorial Fund, Moses Street and Little Avenue, Cushing, OK 74023 or a favorite charity.


Phillip R. Myers
Phillip R. Myers, 58, owner-operator of the Myers Dozer and Construction Service, died Monday, July 17, 2000, in the Cushing Regional Hospital.

Graveside services with Rev. Tony Black, pastor of the Park Place Baptist Church officiating, will be today at 4 p.m. at Lawson Cemetery in Yale.

Davis Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

He was born Sept. 11, 1941, in Drumright to Joseph L. Myers and Louise (Cantrell) Myers.

He was reared and educated in the Cushing and Yale communities.

He married Lorna Randle June 6, 1963, in Forsyth, Mo. The couple established their first home in Cushing and had lived there since.

He was a member of the Cushing Masonic Lodge 111, was a 32nd Degree Mason, and Consistory at Guthrie.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, farming and raising cattle.

He was predeceased by his parents.

In addition to his wife of over 37 years, he is survived by three children, Phillip "Dink" Myers, Kim Kanady and her husband, Tim, and Vince Myers and his wife, Bobbie, all of Cushing; one brother, Robert Myers, of Texas; one sister, Sharon Crow, of Texas; three grandchildren, Amber Kanady, Dustin Kanady and Vincent Myers; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

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