Miscellaneous Pottawattamie County, Oklahoma Obituaries

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Julia Mae Wright Keesee
Former Wanette resident Julia Mae Wright Keesee of Lexington died Thursday in Purcell. She was 83.
She was born July 24, 1914, in Wanette, the daughter of George and Elsie Wright. 
She married Rufus Keesee on Aug. 27, 1938, in Wanette, and she was a homemaker. They lived in Wanette until his death in 1982.
Survivors include her daughter, Georgia Mae Manning and husband, John, of Norman; a sister, Bernice Hopkins and husband, Roy, of Lexington; two grandsons, Ron Manning and wife, Melinda, of Norman, Randy Manning and wife, Melody, of Washington; five great-grandsons, Jaycee, Bryan, Colton, Cody and C.J. Manning; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Rufus Keesee; her parents; and a brother, Clarence Wright.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at Little's Funeral Home Chapel in Purcell with the Rev. Reggie Dowdy and the Rev. Archie Beller officiating. Burial will be at Wanette Cemetery following the service.
(Published July 26, 1997)

Alta Lee Brewer
Alta Lee Brewer died Wednesday in Oklahoma City at the age of 70.
She was born Feb. 3, 1927, in Poteau, the daughter of Hollis and Zella Spencer (Freeman) Height.
She was a homemaker, and a resident of Depew and Creek County for the past five years, moving there from Tulsa. 
Survivors include one daughter, Patricia Deramo of Depew; two sisters, Freda Swan of Checotah, Farris Cobb of Florida; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister.
Services will be 10 a.m. today at Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Stroud with the Rev. Wayne Gemmill officiating. Burial will be at the Stroud Cemetery.
(Published July 26, 1997)

Alvin E. Gregson Sr.
Trousdale native and World War II veteran Alvin E. Gregson Sr., of Bacliff, Texas, died July 12.
He was born Sept. 21, 1922, in Trousdale, the son of George Arthur and Cora Livvix Gregson.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou.
Survivors include his son, Alvin E. Gregson Jr. and wife, Yolanda; daughters, Cheri G. Gregson, Cynthia M. Agnew; grandchildren, Jason E. and Regina M. Gregson, Traci G. and Courtney A. Agnew; brothers, Roy E. Gregson and Glen A. Gregson; sisters, Fannie Long, Eleanor Fincher, Norma Jean Catlege; and companion, Ruth Smith.
Graveside services were held July 16 at Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster, Texas, under the direction of James Crowder Funeral Home in Dickinson, Texas.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
(Published July 26, 1997)

Georgia E. Warden
Prague resident Georgia E. Warden died Friday in Shawnee. She was 71.
She was born June 13, 1926, in Brownsville, Texas, the daughter of Frank and May (Wallis) Hinds.
She had been a resident of Prague most of her life where she graduated from high school in 1944.
She married D.L.Warden on May 12, 1945, in Paden.
Mrs. Warden was a member of the First Christian Church in Prague.
Survivors include her husband, D.L. Warden, of the home; one son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Aletha Warden of Prague; two daughters and sons-in-law, Deanna and Wayne Fridrich, Debbie and Joe Remington, all of Prague; one brother and sister-in-law, Russell and Berneice Oliver of Moore; two sisters-in-law, Edith Hinds of Gentry, Ark., Dorothy Hinds of Prague; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Tommy Lee Warden; one granddaughter, Danja Warden; three brothers, Chester Hinds, Lester Hinds, Harry Hinds; and one sister, Ester Moydell.
Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Prague. Burial will follow at Prague Cemetery. 
(Published July 26, 1997)

Harold S. Hill
Harold S. Hill of Orange, Calif., died July 18 at his home. He was 78.
Hill was born May 21, 1919, in Cromwell, the son of Charles and Ollie (Nichols) Hill. He received his elementary and secondary education in Seminole County. Graduating from Strothers High School in 1936 and Seminole Junior College in 1938, he completed his bachelor of science degree at East Central State College in 1939. 
He taught two years at Excelsior High School before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1942. During the Korean Conflict he was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service. After 20 years in the service, he retired as a Lt. Colonel.
Hill was selected by North American Rockwell to be the director of Manpower development for the Apollo Project which placed America's first man on the moon. Later, he became a real estate agent in Orange.
Survivors include his daughters, Vickie Nauck of Riverside, Calif., and Nancy Schwab of Monrovia, Calif.; brothers, Gene, Bryce and Frank Hill, all of Shawnee; sister, Wanda Cardenas of Edmond; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; seven nieces and three nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents; sisters, Doris and Rachel; and brother, James.
Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Little Cemetery with the Rev. Eugene Warrenburg officiating. A Marine Corps honor guard will perform military rites.
(Published July 27, 1997)

Verna Mae Burgess
Seminole resident Verna Mae Burgess died Friday at the age of 90. 
Burgess was born Jan. 12, 1907, in Jasper, Ark., the daughter of George W. and Gertrude (Davis) Bethany. A resident of Seminole County since she was 16, she was a graduate of Centerview High School.
On Dec. 18, 1929, she married Elvin H. Burgess in Seminole County. She was a long-time member of Seminole First Baptist Church, where she was a member of the adult choir, a Sunday School teacher and worker for more than 40 years.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Al and Betty Burgess of Midwest City; one daughter and son-in-law; Velma and Al Hamilton of Pauls Valley; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her husband, parents, three brothers and four sisters.
Visitation and viewing will be at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel, Seminole. Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church, Seminole, with the Rev. Kelvin Moseley officiating. Burial will be in Little Cemetery under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home, Seminole, and Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Prague.
(Published July 27, 1997)

Patsy Ruth Gillham
Maud resident Patsy Ruth Prewitt Gillham died Friday at the age of 56.
Gillham was born Feb. 25, 1941, in Konawa, the daughter of Robert E. and Irene (Snider) Prewitt. After living in the Saint Louis, Okla., and Konawa areas, she moved to Maud where she resided for 30 years. She retired from the oncology department at the Cancer Care Center of Shawnee Regional Hospital.
Survivors include her son, Steven Gillham of Oklahoma City; daughter, Sherry McCracken of Maud; three brothers; Bob Prewitt of Shawnee, Tom Prewitt of Eufaula, and Roy Prewitt of Konawa; and two grandchildren, Misty Gillham and Johnathan McCracken.
Preceding her in death were her parents and one brother, Paul Prewitt.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Trinity Baptist Church, Maud, with the Rev. Robert Ingram officiating. Burial will be in Konawa Cemetery under the direction of Knight Funeral Home, Maud.
(Published July 27, 1997)

Bonnie Mae Harjo
Secretary of the Seminole State College Library Bonnie Mae Harjo of Bowlegs died Friday. She was 65.
Harjo was born Nov. 4, 1931, in Bowlegs, the daughter of Dave and Ruth (Wise) Walker. She lived in San Francisco, Calif., from 1950 until 1961, when she returned to Bowlegs.
On. Feb. 18, 1991, she married the Rev. V.V. Harjo in Ada. She was a member of the Middlecreek No. 2 Indian Baptist Church.
Survivors include two sons, Glen Harjo of Oklahoma City and Anthony Wayne Harjo of Bowlegs; two daughters, Cynthia Yerby of Wolf and Christi Harjo of Midwest City; and two brothers, Alfred Walker of Seminole and Wallace Johnson of Calvin.
Preceding her in death were her husband; parents; sister, Betty Henshaw; and three children, Vincent, Colleen and Brenda Harjo.
Wake services will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Swearingen Funeral Chapel. Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Middlecreek No. 2 Indian Baptist Church with the Rev. Allison Phillips and the Rev. Jimmy Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Holdenville Church Cemetery under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home, Seminole.
(Published July 27, 1997)

Ruth Evans
Homemaker Ruth Evans of Wellston died Saturday at the age of 80.
Evans was born April 12, 1917, in Mountaintop, Ark., the daughter of Bonnie and Linnie Lee (Gregory) Phelps.
She was a lifelong resident of the Wellston area and on Nov. 3, 1932, she married Stanford Evans.
Survivors include her husband, Stanford Evans of the home; one daughter and son-in-law, Rogena and Von Harrison of Miami, Okla.; two sisters, Marcell Goggin and Bonnie Ford, both of Wellston; one grandchild; three great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.
Preceding her in death were her parents.
Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at First Assembly of God Church, Wellston, with the Rev. Dewayne Settle officiating. Burial will be in Wellston Cemetery under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Chandler.
(Published July 27, 1997)

Jim Hayden
Retired Shawnee banker Jim Hayden died Sunday at his home. He was 58.
Hayden was born March 7, 1939, in Desloge, Mo., to Thomas Melvin and Bertha (Haney) Hayden. He served in the U.S. Air Force from July 1957 to July 1961. Hayden married Sandra Kay Burr on April 23, 1960, in Desloge, Mo. 
He was one of the founding officers of First Oklahoma Bank, where he served as director of First National Bank and Trust, and also executive vice president. He served two times as interim president of the bank. Hayden was a member of St. Benedict's Catholic Church, past member of the Home Builder's Association and the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce. He had been an active member of the Oklahoma Banker's Association and was a member of several financial institutions. 
Survivors include his wife, Sandra Hayden of the home; a son, Mark A. Hayden of Purcell; a daughter, Christine M. Sparks of Blanchard; a son, Richard A. Hayden of Broken Arrow; his mother, Bertha D. Hayden of Desloge, Mo.; two brothers, Thomas D. Hayden of Miami, Fla., Joseph L. Hayden of Lawton; two sisters, Betty M. Bisch of Jackson, Ga., Mary L. Kennon of Farmington, Mo.
He was preceded in death by his father and two brothers, Harold and Richard Hayden. 
Wake services will be 7 p.m. today at Resthaven Funeral Home. Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Benedict's Catholic Church with the Rev. Charles Massoth, O.S.B., officiating. Burial will be at Resthaven Memorial Park. The family will receive visitors 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. 
Memorials may be made to the Shawnee Cancer Center, 1102 W. MacArthur, Shawnee, 74801.
(Published July 29, 1997)

Bill Brawdy
Seminole resident Bill Brawdy died Saturday at an Ada hospital. He was 63.
He was born March 10, 1934, in Seminole, the son of Harvey and Mary J. (Brown) Brawdy.
He married Retta Jolley on April 22, 1963, in Seminole.
He worked for Austin Drilling Company for several years, and was a truck driver for 45 years. He retired in 1996.
He lived most of his life in Seminole. He was a U.S. Army veteran, and he was affiliated with the Baptist church. 
Survivors include his mother, Mary J. Brawdy of Seminole; his wife, Retta Brawdy of the home; four sons, Scott Mendinghall of Oklahoma City, Steve Mendinghall of Wewoka, Nico Brawdy of the home, Ronnie Brawdy of Seminole; three daughters, Teresa Randall of Oklahoma City, Crystal Maxwell of Wewoka, Vickie Brawdy of Tacoma, Wash.; one sister, Carolyn Jones of Seminole; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Henry and Opal Jolley of Konawa; and eight grandchildren.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. today at Little Cemetery with pastor Cal Hunter officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole.
(Published July 29, 1997)

Charles Joseph Brezny, Jr.
Prague resident Charles Joseph Brezny Jr., died Monday in Oklahoma City at the age of 84.
He was born May 2, 1913, in Prague, the son of Charley and Rose Mary (Ruzicka) Brezny.
He lived in the Prague area all his life and was a member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church.
He was the manager of the Prague Lumber Company for 45 years and retired in 1988.
Survivors include his sister, Helen Gregory of Prague; three cousins, Christina Pospisil, Sophia Brezny, Joe Brezny; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters.
Rosary services will be held at 7:30 p.m. today in the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Prague. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Prague with the Rev. Adrian Vorderlandwehr officiating. Burial will follow at the Catholic Cemetery in Prague.
(Published July 29, 1997)

Hal Kenneth Dunn
Newalla resident Hal Kenneth Dunn died Thursday at the age of 67.
Dunn was born Oct. 29, 1929, in McKinney, Texas. He was a member of the Methodist Church, the Masonic Lodge of McLoud, No. 196, and the Eastern Star of McLoud, No. 193. Dunn also served in the Korean War and the owner of J.C.'s Restaurant in Oklahoma City. 
Survivors include his wife, Louise Dixie Dunn of the home; two sons, Wayne and Larry Dunn of Lawton; a stepdaughter, Thelma Rigsby of Oklahoma City; three brothers, Bon Roy Dunn, Charles Dunn and Glenn Dunn, all of Texas; a sister, Francis Jewell of Oklahoma City; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Services were held Monday in Altoga, Texas, with the Rev. Bill Collins officiating. 
(Published July 29, 1997)

Hobert Leo Sells
World War II veteran Hobert Leo Sells, McLoud, died Friday in Shawnee at the age of 78.
Sells was born Dec. 17, 1918, in Birdstown, Tenn., to Amos and Zona (Huddleston) Sells. He moved to New Mexico as a teen-ager and came to Oklahoma in 1963. He had lived in Oklahoma City, Shawnee and McLoud. 
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II with the 177th Calvary and earned two Purple Hearts. He worked as a paint and body man for Time-D.C. for 25 years, retiring in 1981.
Survivors include four sons and three daughters-in-law, Rodney Sells of Denver, Colo., Jack and Virginia Sells of Moore, Steve and Martha Sells of Lake Jackson, Texas, Stanley and Debbie Sells of Del City; two daughters and sons-in-law, Vickie and Gil Gillim of Stigler, Cindy and Ron Corley of Stafford, Texas; 14 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. 
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Hobert Leo "Butch" Sells Jr.; a grandchild, a brother and a sister. 
Services will be 10 a.m. today at Resthaven Memorial Park, Trinity Chapel, with Bishop Jim Elledge officiating. Burial will be at Resthaven Memorial Park under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home in Tecumseh. 
(Published July 29, 1997)

Steve Lempges
Farmer Steve Lempges of McLoud died Saturday at his residence. He was 97.
Lempges was born Dec. 26, 1899, in McLoud. He was a life-long McLoud resident and attended school there. He married Teressa Nowakowski Vercer and was a member of St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church.
Survivors include his sister, Marie Beaver of Oklahoma City; brother, Jake Lempges of McLoud; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; one brother, Frank Lempges; and two sisters, Millie Mason and Lucia Hull.
The casket will be open at the church prior to the service.
Services will be 10 a.m. today at the St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church in McLoud with the Rev. Eugene Marshall officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery under the direction of Roesch-Walker Funeral Chapel. 
(Published July 29, 1997)

Oma Hazel Estep Baker
Homemaker Oma Hazel Estep Baker of Vian died Sunday at the age of 86.
Mrs. Baker was born Aug. 17, 1910, in Hitcha, the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Burk) Estep. She lived in Webber Falls, and then in Seminole from 1952 to 1989. She then moved to Vian. She married Charles Columbus Baker. 
Survivors include her son, D.L. Wheat of Seminole; a daughter, Oma Lee Jarrard of Skiatook; two stepdaughters, Thelma Phillips and Lillion Hagen, both of Oklahoma City; a half brother, Willie Estep of Asher; a half sister, Violinda Byrd of Missouri; 13 grandchildren; 4 stepgrandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; several stepgreat-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents; husband; two sons, J.B. Wheat and Charles Baker Jr.; one grandson; two sisters; four brothers and several half-brothers and half-sisters.
Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Swearingen Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Terry K. Jarrard officiating. Burial will be in Little Cemetery.
(Published July 29, 1997)

Dortha M. Massey
Stroud resident Dortha "Dorothy" M. Massey died Sunday at the age of 83.
Mrs. Massey was born April 30, 1914, in Dover, Ark., the daughter of Frank and Alice (McGuffy) Bias. She was a cook for 25 years before retiring.
In 1935, she married Albert I. Massey in Shawnee. She was also a member of the Harvest Lighthouse Church in Stroud.
Survivors include one son, James A. Massey of Stroud; four daughters, Lillie Lucile Manning of Stroud; Wanda Martin of Stroud, Almadene Herd of Chandler, and Sharon McClendon of Stroud; two brothers, Coy Brown of Shawnee, and George Brown of Shawnee; one sister-in-law, Margaret Mann of Davenport; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Parks Brothers Chapel, Stroud, with the Rev. Mike Mitchell and the Rev. Ann McElyea officiating. Burial will be in the Stroud Cemetery.
(Published July 29, 1997)

Alene V. Holt
Tecumseh resident Alene V. Holt died Sunday at a local hospital. She was 72.
Mrs. Holt was born Aug. 11, 1924, in Pink, the daughter of Samuel Noah and Ethel Marie (Stapp) Webb. She owned and operated Alene's Flower Shop in Tecumseh for several years and was a member of the Pentecostal Church. 
Survivors include her children; Phillip A. Burks of Shawnee, Billie S. Floyd of Tecumseh, Terri L. Patterson of Beggs; stepchildren, Jeanette Fox of Shawnee, Connie Cummings of Garden City, Kan., and Jimmie Dean Holt of Shawnee; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her her husband, Jim Holt; parents, Samuel N. Webb and Ethel M. Webb; one son, William Perry Burks; one daughter, Joan Burks; and one stepson, Ronnie Holt.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Bethel Acres Assembly of God.
(Published July 29, 1997)

Jesse James Johnson Jr.
U.S. Army Sgt. Jesse James Johnson Jr. of Seminole died Sunday at the age of 51.
Johnson was born Oct. 16, 1945, in Pasadena, Calif., the son of Jesse James Sr. and June Oretha (Sullivan) Johnson. He was a self-employed roofer.
On July 11, 1993, he married Penny Jean Taylor in Seminole.
Survivors include his mother, June Johnson of Seminole; wife, Penny Jean Johnson of the home; two sons, Kris A. Johnson of Bowlegs, and Kevin J. Johnson of Shawnee; two daughters, Kara Anna Marie Johnson of Porterville, Calif., and Tonya Laynette Johnson of Florida; two stepchildren, Amanda Dawn Simpson and Ricky Clayton Simpson, both of the home; one brother, Billy Ray Johnson of Seminole; and six grandchildren, Jesse James Johnson III, Sara and Vanessa Garcia, Darrin Johnson, Emerald Johnson and Joycelyn Johnson.
His father preceded him in death.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Swearingen Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Carl Whitfield officiating. Burial will be in Little Cemetery.
(Published July 29, 1997)

Evelyn Huckabee
Meeker resident Evelyn Huckabee died Sunday at the age of 78.
She was born Dec. 2, 1918, in McAlester, the daughter of George and Tabitha (Walker) Woods.
She married Royal Huckabee on April 20, 1978, in Shawnee.
She moved to Shawnee in 1940, and lived in the area since that time.
Mrs. Huckabee, a Baptist, was a member of the Eastern Star. 
Survivors include her husband, Royal Huckabee of Meeker; a daughter and son-in-law, Roberta and Fred Presley of Seminole; and three grandchildren, Vickie, Evelyn and Debbie.
Graveside services will be held at noon today at Resthaven Memorial Park with the Rev. Leroy Kerbo officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Gaskill-Owens Funeral Chapel. 
(Published July 29, 1997)

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