Miscellaneous Payne County, Oklahoma Obituaries


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Nellie Lorene Stallsworth Dooley
Nellie Lorene (Stallsworth) Dooley, a longtime Cushing resident, was a devoted wife and mother.

She died Monday, Aug. 14, 2000, at Cushing Regional Hospital at the age of 71.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Memorial Chapel of the Davis Funeral Home, with Rev. Ray Smith, former paster of Park Place Baptist Church and now of Quinton, officiating. Burial will follow in the Fairlawn Cemetery under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home.

She was born on a farm near Cushing to Harry M. Stallsworth and Dolly Lilly Stallsworth. She returned to Cushing at the age of nine and had lived in the Cushing and Drumright areas since that time.

She married Clyde Dooley May 13, 1946, in Wichita, Kan.

She worked for more than 12 years as a nurses' aid at the Cushing Regional Hospital. She was a member of the Park Place Baptist Church.

She is survived by two children, Cathy Lessley and her husband, Mike, of Cushing, and Edward Dooley and his wife, Debbie, of Chandler; two grandchildren, Tracy Dooley and Jamie Michelle Dooley, and other relatives and friends.


Robert Edward Parr
Robert Edward Parr, 77, died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2000, in Stillwater. Services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Strode Chapel. Pastor Wayne Sanmann will preside. Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Strode Funeral Home.

He was born in Kansas City, Mo., June 27, 1923, to Bertha Ruth Warwick Gillam.

Mr. Parr was reared in Little Rock, Ark.. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served stateside until his honorable discharge in 1946. He returned to Little Rock where he married Billie Jean Corn Dec. 15, 1946.

He moved to Arkadelphia, Ark. and graduated with a B.A. from Ouachita College. In 1949, they moved to Grannis, Ark. where he taught school and preached at the First Baptist Church.

The couple moved to Ft. Worth in 1954 where he attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. For one year, he served as pastor at Highland Heights Baptist Church in Wichita Falls, Texas, before moving back to Ft. Worth where he preached at the Springdale Baptist Church.

In the spring of 1957, the couple moved to Tulsa where he was supply pastor in the greater Tulsa County area and taught English at Cherokee High School in Turley.

He enjoyed bowling and was a member of a championship league. In the 1958-59 school year, he was a member of the opening staff and Monroe Junior High School. In 1963, he received his M.S. in guidance counseling and worked as a guidance counselor during his last year at Monroe Junior High School.

He was called to serve as pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church in Rogers, Ark., in 1964 and moved to Beaver in Aug. 1966, where he worked as a guidance counselor for Beaver, Turpin, Balko and Gate schools. In October 1966, he was called to serve as pastor of the Turpin First Baptist and moved to Turpin in Nov. 1966. He also continued working as a guidance counselor for the four schools until 1976 when he became full-time counselor for the Beaver school system.

In 1985, he retired from the Oklahoma school system and in 1986 was called to pastor the First Baptist Church in Jennings. He lived in Yale until June, 1990, when the couple moved to Stillwater. He continued to pastor the Jennings Baptist Church until he retired in 1996.

He enjoyed reading and Bible research and was an avid coin and stamp collector. He most enjoyed spending time and keeping in touch with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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

He is survived by his wife, of the home, two sons, Robert G. Parr and his wife, Pamela Throop, of Fairbanks, Ala. and Randall E. Parr and his wife, Doneva, of Houston; one daughter, Lynette M. Parr Regier and her husband, Bob, of Turpin; six grandchildren, Benjamin Parr and his wife, Sarah, Heather Burnside and her husband, Glenn, Nathan Parr and his wife Andrea, Brandi Parker and her husband Chad, Matthew Parr and Cody Regier; and two sisters, Catherine Wesp and her husband, Joseph, of San Marcos, Texas and Doris Southern, of Fayetteville, Ark.

Pallbearers will be Mr. Parr's grandsons and grandsons-in law, Benjamin Parr, Nathan Parr, Matthew Parr, Cody Regier, Glenn Burnside and Chad Parker.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 3545 N.W. 58th Street, Suite 400 C, Oklahoma City, OK 73112.


William Leroy Griesel
William Leroy Griesel, 96, died Monday, Aug. 14, 2000, in Pawnee.

Services, with Rev. Dave Arnold and Tom Scott presiding, will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Pawnee. Interment will follow at Highland Cemetery. Poteet Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

He was born Jan. 17, 1904, in Pawnee, Oklahoma Territory to William and Effie May (Cox) Griesel.

He married Marjorie Liane Meeker Feb. 21, 1925, in Chandler. She died Nov. 15, 1983.

He attended two years at Edmond Central State Teacher College. For several years he was a rural school teacher and taught at Star-A-Star, Duff and Prosperity.

He was a member of the First Christian Church in Pawnee where he served as Elder, taught the men's Sunday school and the Junior High boys' group.

He was a Boy Scout troop leader, a member of the Rotary Club, Farm Bureau, Wolf Hunters Association and the Republican party. He was the Pawnee Bill Memorial Rodeo Honoree. He was a farmer, rancher, trader and admirer of good horses.

In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by his parents, two sisters, Ethel Berg and Elizabeth Baker, twin sons and six grandchildren.

Survivors include seven children, Phillip Griesel and his wife, Kerry; Marjorie Buchanan and her husband, D.E. Buck; Marianne Denny and her husband, Bill, all of Pawnee; Peggy Goodrich and her husband, Jim, of Enid, Effie Medford and her husband, Jim, of Cedar Crest, N.M., Nancy Burnes, and William Charles (Bill) Griesel and is wife, Judy, all of Pawnee;

22 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; a sister, Thelma Meeker; two brothers, Dan Griesel and Bob Griesel of Pawnee; a host of other relatives and a life's accumulation of friends. 

Geraldine Grace Scafe
Geraldine Grace Scafe, 76, Oklahoma City, died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2000, at her home.

Graveside services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday. Merle Kinser and Patrick Duckett will officiate. Interment will be at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Coyle. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Strode Funeral Home.

Scafe was born July 7, 1924, to Jess and Cora (Bentley) Moore in Coyle. She married John Wesley Scafe Nov. 29, 1941. He died Jan. 1, 1997. Scafe attended school in Coyle. In 1949 she moved to Enid and attended beauty school for her beautician's license. In 1956 she moved to Fullerton, Calif. and worked as a hairdresser.

She moved to Coyle in 1969 and opened her own beauty shop. She worked as a physical therapist in Stillwater in 1972. She was also employed in various places in Perkins. She moved to Oklahoma City in 1992. She cared for her husband through his long illness. She loved doing freelance volunteer work at the VA Hospital, gardening, quilting, and caring for her great grandchildren. She was a member of Airport Church of Christ; Degree of Honor and Progress Home Extension Club.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband and one brother, Wayne Moore.

She is survived by one daughter, Mary Forrester and husband Roger, Blanchard; one grandchild, John (Jo Bob) Scafe and wife Marcia, Oklahoma City; two great grandchildren, Travis and Megan Scafe, Oklahoma City; and one sister, Earlene Williamson, Bloomington, Calif.

Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Ingram, Grady Forrester, Craig Morgan; and Bill Graves.


Henry Sadler
Henry Sadler, Perkins, died Monday, Aug. 14, 2000, at the Stillwater Medical Center.

Services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the First Christian Church. Interment will be at the First Christian Church. The Rev. Leonne Worcester will officiate. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Strode Funeral Home. Formal visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. at Strode Funeral Home.

Sadler was born Sept. 6, 1910 to William Allen Sadler and Sarah Margaret Mason Sadler in Gatewood, Mo. He married Willie "Billie" Clonts Oct. 5, 1932 in Wynne, Ark.. She died July 22, 1996. He married Darlene Downey Sadler Oct. 25, 1997.

He farmed south of Perkins near Vinco for many years. He raised registered Hereford cattle, dogs, and horses. He grew wheat and alfalfa hay. He donated a horse each year for fund raising projects. He loved being a part of the children's education and activities. He showed horses at the County Fair, where he won many awards. Sadler's father and family moved near Carney in 1920. Near Carney is where he went to school and met his first wife. Sadler worked on the famous 101 Ranch in 1928 and was a member of the 101 Ranch Oldtimers Club. He knew the famous rodeo bulldogger, "Bill Pickett." Near Marland is a memorial to Bill's honor. Sadler is a honorary member of the Perkins Roundup Club. Each year, he helped prepare the grounds for the Fourth of July celebration.

He was a member of the Odd Fellows organization; he served as chaplain and secretary many years. Sadler was a member of the Perkins Christian Church for 44 years. He remembered a carpenter, "Daddy Wade," placing the beautiful lattice woodwork in the ceiling. He loved being with people and lending a helping hand anywhere he was needed. Most of all, he loved seeing people happy and hearing them laugh. He told stories of old times and made them humorous.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his first wife; brothers, Amos Sadler and wife Norah; Alfred Sadler and wife Idella; Clarence Mason and wife Bertha; Jeff Mason; Willie Mason; Elisha Mason; sisters, Dellah Hackworth and husband Noah; Maggie Gaither and husband Charlie; Gertrude Miller and husband Amos; Maymie Hagar and husband Troy; Alva Hagar and her husband Sidney; Lora Hill and husband Jim; Bernice Hagar Keech and husband Grover Hagar; and brother in law, Walker Hagar.

Sadler is survived by his wife Darlene; two step-sons, Richard Junior Downey and wife Emma, Coyle; Christopher Downey and wife Cami, Coyle; four step-grandchildren, Marie Downey; Jason Downey; Victoria Downey; and Noah Downey, all of Coyle; one sister, Tennie Hagar, Van Buren Ark.; sisters-in-law, Grace Buffington and husband Dale, Roswell N.M; Ina June Minshal and husband Arlen, Oklahoma City; four brothers-in-law, J.D. Burrow, Bastrop, Texas; Donald Burrow and wife Letty, Tryon; Doyal Burrow and wife Margie, Enid; Paul Burrow and wife Jody, Enid; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Stillwater Medical Center, Foundation for Sleeper Chairs, P.O. Box 2408, Stillwater, Okla., 74076; or to the Christian Church of Perkins.

Edith Belle (McCray) Avants
Edith Belle (McCray) Avants died Wednesday, Aug. 17 at Stillwater Medical Center.

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 22 at the Strode Chapel with burial following at the Sunset Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at the Strode Funeral Home.

Avants was born on Dec. 8, 1908 in McKey, Sequoyah County, Oklahoma to Leonard and Maggie McCray. She marred Walter Edward Avants on Sept. 26, 1925 in Sallisaw.

She is the mother of nine living children, 31 grandchildren, 58 great-grandchildren and 61 great-great-grandchildren, all who will miss her greatly. She loved her family and her greatest wish was that she would have loved to have all her children living near her. Life here on earth has its beginning and end to be taken up again in heaven.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her four brothers, Barton McCray, Jack McCray, Alva McCray, and Archie McCray; four sisters Sally Avants, Jessie McNally, Inez Smith and Imogene Clifton; her husband; one son-in-law, Mark Albright; two grandsons, Dennis Albright and Michael Avants; and one great-grandson.

Avants is survived by her nine children: Elmer Avants and wife Joanie, Edgewood, N.M.; Gladys Hickman and husband Wilburn, Phoenix; Della Mae Upshaw and husband Burl, Camp Verde, Ariz.; Jessie Marie VanZandt and husband Edgar, Stillwater; Leona Fall and husband Kenn, Gillett, Wyo.; Walt Avants and wife Donnie, Cresent; Ernestine Brown and husband Ronald, Mannford; and Leon Avants and wife Susan, Enid.


Roy E. Ayres
Former educator Roy E. Ayres died Aug. 18 from complications following surgery.

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 22 at Bella Vista Christian Church in Bella Vista, Ark.

Ayres served in World War II as an artillery officer and was again activated for the Korean War. He finished his military career in the U.S. Reserves as a lieutenant colonel.

Ayres retired as a state supervisor of trade and industrial education with the Oklahoma Department of Vocational and Technical Education.

A graduate of Southwestern Oklahoma State University, he received his master's and doctorate's degree from Oklahoma State University.

He joined the state Department of Vocational Technical Education in 1962.

He was instrumental in the creation of the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America. He retired in 1981 and was inducted into the Oklahoma Vo-Tech Foundation's Hall of Fame in 1997. Since retirement, he and his second wife Fran have resided in Bella Vista.

He is preceded in death by his first wife, Jackie Crider Ayres.

Ayres is survived by his wife Fran; children Patrick Ayres, Purcell; Cathy Silvers, Maysville, Ky.; Kay Moore, Tulsa; Jan Ackerman, Tulsa; Joe Ayers, Tulsa; and Barbara Osteen, Tulsa; brother Arnold Ayres, Piedmont; sister Elsie Defehr, Weatherford; 14 grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

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