Miscellaneous Payne County, Oklahoma Obituaries

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Arthur ‘Sonny’ Burkey
Prominent long time Cushing resident, Arthur A. “Sonny” Burkey, 77, died Wednesday, March 21, 2001, in Oklahoma City. 
Rosary services will be Monday at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel at Davis Funeral Home in Cushing. Mass of the Christian Burial will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church. 

Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery in Cushing.

Davis Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

He was born Aug. 21, 1923, in Hannibal, Mo., to Arthur Hugh and Hildegard (Knaus) Burkey.

On April 6, 1945, he married Alyce Rae Clark in Arkansas City, Kan. She died Feb. 18, 1977.

He was the owner and operator of Burkey Creamery which was founded in 1927. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Lions Club, served as a member of the Cushing City Commission and served as Cushing’s mayor.

He active with the Salvation Army and many other civic organizations. He was an OSU alumni and during World War II served in the Navy.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was predeceased by his wife’s parents, John Clark and Mary Alice Brown; special friend “Papa George” Brown; one brother, Jack Burkey; and a grandson, Bryan Yandell.

Survivors include two sons, Sky Burkey and his wife, Donna, of Edmond and Tony Burkey, of Lawton; a daughter, Mary A. Yandell and her husband, Terry, of Guthrie; one sister, Phyllis Stratton, of Cookson; five grandchildren, Dane, Sky, Zach, Kris and T.J.; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Oklahoma Affiliate, Inc., 3909 N. Classen Blvd. No. 101, Oklahoma City, OK 73118-2650. 
 

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William Worthington
William Ernest Worthington, 51, died Tuesday, March 20, 2001, at his home in Cushing. 

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday in the Memorial Chapel of the Davis Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Allton Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Avery Cemetery under the direction of Davis Funeral Home. 

He was born March 11, 1950, in Cushing to Wesley C. and Doris (Dooley) Worthington. He attended Cushing schools, graduated from Cushing High School in 1968, then attended Central State University in Edmond before entering the U. S. Navy. He served from 1971 to 1975, including a tour of Vietnam and was honorably discharged as Seaman PN2.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism/business from the University of Oklahoma.

He was assistant manager at Carey Lumber Co. and also worked at the Red Carpet Real Estate Co., both in Norman.

He returned to Cushing and worked as office manager for Traco Oil Co. until early retirement for health reasons.

He was a member of the Cushing V.F.W. Post 1118.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ernest Dooley and his wife and Nelie Worthington; his infant sister, Karen Worthington; his older sister, Nancy Jane Worthington Boatman; his Aunt Ernestine Phelps and nephew Douglas DeWayne Retherford.

Survivors include his mother, Doris Worthington of Cushing; one daughter, Heather Eichen of Crayford Kent, England; one granddaughter, Trinity Paige Davidson of Crayford Kent, England; one uncle, Claude Dooley of El Paso, Texas; two aunts, Igy Whipkey of Cushing and Clarita Yost of Tulsa; several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers will be Leroy Snow, Sergio Marquez, Troy Retherford, David Phelps, Joel Manatowa and Mike Cherry. 
 

William Whatley
William Arnold Whatley, 51, Yale, lived on a farm and worked as a rancher until his death. 
He died Saturday, March 24, 2001, in Tulsa. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Strode Chapel with Pastor J.B. Bond officiating. Burial will follow in Fairlawn Cemetery under the direction of Strode Funeral Home.

Whatley was born Aug. 3, 1949, in Stillwater to Dr. James A. and Dorothy (Crawford) Whatley. He was raised in Stillwater, where he attended school and graduated from high school in 1967. During school he was active in FFA and 4-H, in which he received grand champion honors in various livestock shows.

After graduation from Stillwater High School he moved to Okmulgee where he attended tech school for a few years. He then returned to the Yale area, where he lived on a farm.

His first marriage was to Julia Whatley. A second marriage was to Cheryl Traylor on May 7, 1993, in Stillwater.

Whatley was a coon and coyote hunter and loved the outdoors and ranch and loved working with leather.

He was predeceased by his father; his second wife, Julia; and his stepdaughter, Loys Case.

Survivors include his wife, Cheryl; three daughters and their husbands, Patty and Philip Anson of Stillwater, Cindy and Allen Stine of Edmond and Michelle Thompson of Agra; three sons and a daughter-in-law, Jay and Shelly Stark of Sand Springs and Bruce Crouse and Michael Whatley, both of Stillwater; seven grandchildren; and one sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and David Friels of Arlington, Texas. 

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Quincy Rusco
Quincy Milo Rusco, 93, died Saturday, March 24, 2001, in Grace Living Center. 

Services, with the Rev. Andrew Hall officiating, will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. in Highland Park United Methodist Church. Colonial Chapel Funeral Home is directing the arrangements. 

Rusco was born in Marshall on June 13, 1907, to John Quincy and Emily (Davis) Rusco. Five days after his birth, his father died as a result of a farming accident, leaving his mother to raise three children while she worked as a school teacher.

On Dec. 12, 1929, Rusco married Iva Stagner. Their daughter, Dorothy, died at birth on Nov. 30, 1930. Five years later, their only son, John, was born. Rusco’s wife died Feb. 17, 1976.

On Sept. 25, 1976, he married Myrtle Bays in Helena, where they lived until her death on Aug. 27, 1978.

On June 23, 1979, Rusco married Lilly Smith, Stillwater, whom he had known for many years. They remained together in Stillwater until she died on Jan. 9, 1987.

Rusco lived his adult life in Stillwater and Perkins and worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a clerk, letter carrier and rural mail carrier for many years. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army in the 29th Infantry Division in Germany, where he received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and the European Campaign Ribbon with two stars.

Early in his adult life he was a member of the United Brethren Church in Stillwater and at Lost Creek. Later, he became a member of the United Methodist Church in Perkins and Southern Heights United Methodist Church in Stillwater. More recently, he attended Highland Park United Methodist. As an active church member, Rusco served as a youth group sponsor, Sunday school teacher, a member of the board of trustees and in other offices as long as his health permitted.

He was a member of the American Legion for more than 50 years, and during the 1950s, he belonged to the Perkins Lion Club.

He was predeceased by his parents, his wives, his daughter and two brothers, Dwight and Homer Rusco.

Survivors include a son, John Rusco and his wife, Susie, of Oklahoma City; one grandson, Greg Rusco and his wife, Martha, of Tulsa; one granddaughter, Kari Rusco of Dallas; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 

Memorials may be made to Highland Park United Methodist Church, 524 N. Stallard, Stillwater, Okla., 74075. 
 

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Ryan Bolton
Ryan David Bolton, 29, died March 23, 2001, following complications from a head injury incurred in an industrial accident. 

A celebration of Bolton’s life will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Southwood Colonial Chapel, 3612 E. 91st South, Tulsa. A funeral mass will be offered at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Holy Family Cathedral, Eighth and Boulder, Tulsa. Interment will follow in Floral Haven, 6500 S. 129th E. Ave., Broken Arrow. 

Bolton was born on Oct. 20, 1971, in Stillwater. In 1989, he graduated from Stillwater High School and moved to Tulsa, where he earned an EMT and attended Tulsa Junior College.

Full of life and energy, Bolton touched the lives of many during his short time here on earth. He was a mentor and a role model. He took great pride in establishing his own businesses, Economy Pest Control and concrete/construction company.

On June 2, 1991, Bolton met April Dawn Lau. They were married on June 2, 1996, and established a home in Bixby. Beyond his beautiful wife, Bolton’s greatest loves included the outdoors, boating, skiing, wake-boarding and spending time with family and friends.

He will be greatly missed by his wife, April; his parents, Kathleen and Roger Bolton, Stillwater; his grandfather, R.D. Chapman, Tulsa; his grandmother, Angeline Bolton, Tulsa; his sister, Dana Vowell and husband Greg; nephews Joshua, Dane; nieces Cassidy and Whitney; his brother, Brad Bolton, Santa Monica, Calif.; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Robert and Hope Lau; his brother-in-law, Jeremy, Glenpool; his wife’s grandmother, Nellie Cathey, Cushing; and his many friends and extended family members. 

Memorials may be made to the Ryan Bolton Memorial Trust Fund, 747-7534. 
 

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Mary Bryan
Mary Dove Schirmer Bryan died Sunday, March 25, 2001, in St. John’s Hospital in Tulsa. 

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Sunset Memorial Gardens with Dr. Matt Miles, pastor of First Baptist Church of Stillwater, officiating. Services are under the direction of Strode Funeral Home. 

Bryan was born Sept. 2, 1909, in Brownstown, Ark., to Adolf and Effie Schirmer of Seveir County, Ark. Following her secondary education, she attended Oklahoma A&M College, where she majored in secretarial administration in the College of Business.

Upon completion of her college education, she was employed by the USDA, where she advanced to become the secretary and assistant to the head of the Oklahoma USDA.

On May 4, 1938, she married Ernest Judson Bryan Jr. in Guthrie. He was in the automobile business for 53 years with the Oldsmobile, Cadillac, GMC and Toyota franchises, and she was an active partner in the business.

She lived in Stillwater until 1995, when, following her husband’s death, she moved to Tulsa to be near her brothers and nieces.

While in Stillwater, she was active in Business and Professional Women, Stillwater Golf and Country Club and her sorority, Gamma Phi Beta. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Stillwater, where she attended regularly.

Her two hobbies were golf and travel. She had made many trips to other parts of the world enjoying the beauty and scenery and learning a great deal of other cultures.

Survivors include two brothers, Boyden Schirmer of Mannford and D.E. Schirmer of Tulsa; nieces, Sharon Thompson of Tulsa, Susan Hendrex and Jean Ann Brinlee, both of Catoosa, Darlene Bryan of Dallas, Texas, and Barbara Kirby of Owasso; nephews Keith Schirmer of Battle Creek, Mich., John Robert Bryan of McCormick, S.C., and Davis William Bryan of Stillwater; and her brother-in-law, J.P. Bryan and his wife Dorothy.

Memorials may be sent to the Judson and Mary Bryan Scholarship Fund in care of the OSU Foundation. 
 

Viola Hand
Viola J. Hand, 89, died Monday, March 26, 2001, in Stillwater. 
Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Strode Chapel with Pastor J. O. Williams officiating. Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens under the direction of Strode Funeral Home. 

She was born Sept. 22, 1911, to Hans and Anna (Jensen) Nelsen in Chicago, Ill. She attended high school in Chicago and received her diploma from business school.

She married Frank Hand, Dec. 19, 1946, in Michigan. They later divorced.

She worked as a secretary for Downbeat Music in Chicago, Sager Glove in Gilman, Ill., and Louis Melind Rubber Stamp Co. in Onarga, Ill. She retired in the 1970s and became a homemaker. She lived in Danforth, Ill., until 1993, then moved to Stillwater to be closer to her daughter. She loved reading, working puzzles and camping with her family. She was a member of the Lutheran Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Ann Nelsen and one brother, Ray Nelsen.

Survivors include: one daughter, Joyce Shields and her husband Ralph of Stillwater; one son, Richard Glenn Hand and his wife Genese of Chicago, Ill.; five grandchildren, Troy Shields of Odessa, Texas, Ronda Shields-Fisher of Sapulpa, John Shields of Glenpool, Keith Hand of Chicago, Ill. and Glenese Hand of Chicago, Ill. 

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William Whatley
William Arnold Whatley, 51, Yale, lived on a farm and worked as a rancher until his death. 

He died Saturday, March 24, 2001, in Tulsa. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. today in Strode Chapel with Pastor J.B. Bond officiating. Burial will follow in Fairlawn Cemetery under the direction of Strode Funeral Home.

Whatley was born Aug. 3, 1949, in Stillwater to Dr. James A. and Dorothy (Crawford) Whatley. He was raised in Stillwater, where he attended school and graduated from high school in 1967. During school he was active in FFA and 4-H, in which he received grand champion honors in various livestock shows.

After graduation from Stillwater High School he moved to Okmulgee where he attended tech school for a few years. He then returned to the Yale area, where he lived on a farm. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

His first marriage was to Martha Ventris in February 1968 and ended in divorce. A second marriage was to Julia Crouse in Okmulgee. She died in 1992. He married Cheryl Traylor May 7, 1993, in Stillwater.

Whatley was a coon and coyote hunter and loved the outdoors, his ranch and loved working with leather.

He was predeceased by his father; his second wife, Julia; and his stepdaughter, Loys Case.

Survivors include his wife, Cheryl; his mother, Dorothy Whatley of Stillwater; three daughters and their husbands, Patty and Philip Anson of Stillwater, Cindy and Allen Stine of Edmond and Michelle Thompson of Agra; three sons and a daughter-in-law, Jay and Shelly Stark of Sand Springs and Bruce Crouse and Michael Whatley, both of Stillwater; seven grandchildren; and one sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and David Friels of Arlington, Texas.

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William ‘Bill’ Pruitt
Morrison resident, William “Bill” Pruitt, died Monday, March 26, 2001, at Perry Green Valley Nursing Home. 

Graveside services, with Father Bill Powell officiating, will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Grace Hill Cemetery in Perry. 

Brown-Sisson Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

He was born in Bogata, Tenn., April 2, 1920, to William Theodore and Tressie Lee (Cain) Pruitt.

On March 8, 1961, he married Patricia May Corbin in Weatherford, Texas.

He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II.

He lived in Noble County for 29 years and before that lived in Lamont.

He was a mechanic who operated a shop at his home and for eight years operated Pruitt’s Sooner Inn in Morrison. Most young people in the Morrison community knew him as “Uncle Bill.”

He was a member of the Jehovah Witness and the American Legion.

In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his wife and two brothers. 

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Diana and Bill Simon, of Perry; two sons, Mark Pruitt, of Ada, and Michael Pruitt and his wife, Sherry of Wichita, Kan.; a brother, Eddie Pruitt and his wife, Lude, of Ardmore; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 
 

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Paul Pilcher
Longtime Fairfax resident, Paul D. Pilcher, 47, died Saturday, March 24, 2001. 

Graveside services were today at 11 a.m. in the Fairfax Cemetery. Rev. Robert Glasgow, pastor of First Osage Baptist Church, presided. 

Hunsaker-Wooten Funeral Home of Fairfax directed the arrangements.

He was born Jan. 10, 1954, in Borger, Texas, to Floyd Joe and Atha M. (Maxwell) Pilcher.

He was reared in Borger and moved to Kermit, Texas, where he attended schools.

While he was still a young man the family moved to Fairfax where he learned carpentry and pipe fitting skills that were his trade.

He was a member of the Great Plains District Council and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters number 1686 of Stillwater.

He took CPR from the Ponca City Fire Department and was a certified “Heart Saver” specializing in CPR. His hobbies were fishing and photography.

He was predeceased by his father and grandfather.

Survivors include his mother, of Fairfax; one son, Thomas Dewayne Pilcher; two sisters, Phyllis Pilcher, of Fairfax and Debbie Moore, of Kermit, Texas; three brothers, Phillip Pilcher, of Fairfax, Dean Pilcher, of Derby, Kan. and Floyd Pilcher, of Pao, N.M. 
 

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Glen Brown
Glen Lee Brown, 71, Pawnee, died Saturday, March 24, 2001. 

Services are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Poteet Funeral Chapel. Interment will be at the Highland Cemetery. Rev. James Eubanks will officiate. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Poteet Funeral Home. 

Brown was born Sept. 6, 1929, in Jennings to Henry “Harry” Harrison Brown and Ethel (Kindlesperger) Brown. He married Bonnie (Teegarden) Coe Dec. 1, 1978, in Masham. He was baptized at the Baptist Church in Jennings. He graduated from Jennings High School in 1947 and moved to Pawnee shortly after.

He went to work for the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety as a communications dispatcher in 1952. He served for 20 years, retiring in 1972 as Chief Dispatcher. In 1975, he went back to work for the department as a permit clerk and retired again, in 1994.

He worked for a total of 39 years with the department. Brown loved fishing, water gardening, feeding the squirrels and birds and working in his workshop.

He loved his dogs and going to the donut shop or local cafe to visit with his friends and son, Wayne. In his younger years, he coached little league baseball and was a volunteer fireman for a number of years.

Brown is preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Teri Dawn Brown; sister, Betty Freel; and brother, Donald Cox.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Brown, Pawnee, two daughters, Diann Warnock and husband Pat, Pawnee; Jody Nuttle and husband Leon, Sand Springs; son Wayne Brown and wife Gayla, Pawnee; two step-daughters and one step-son, Susan Garner and husband Randy, Tuttle; Alesa Bocox and husband Bobby, Perry; Lyle Coe and wife Anita, Plano, Texas; seven grandchildren, Kenneth (Butch) Warnock, Angela Brown, Brandi Warnock, Mindy Bales, Roneé Hilligoss, Clint Nuttle, and Bobbie Lee Brown; six great grandchildren, Dalton, Wyatt, Kortni, Kieth, Kearstin and Lane, five step-grandchildren, Tyler, Matthew, Jennifer, Lindsey and Alex, plus several nieces, nephews and other relatives and many friends.


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