Miscellaneous Stephens County, Oklahoma Obituaries

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Joe Morgan Pruitt
Longtime Duncan resident Joe Morgan Pruitt, 82, 1408 Hickory, died Tuesday, Jan. 14, 1997, in Duncan Regional Hospital. 
Service will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Don Grantham Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Phil Wahl officiating. Burial will be in Duncan Cemetery. 
Mr. Pruitt was born on April 29, 1914, in Dermott, Texas, to the late Joe M. and Callie (Morgan) Pruitt. He married Martha Ann McCormick on Oct. 26, 1945, in Duncan. He worked for Halliburton Services for 43 years, retiring in 1979. While working with Halliburton, he worked in England, Venezuela, Colombia, Cuba, Lybia, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. He was a member of Duncan Masonic Lodge and First Christian Church. 
He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. 
Survivors include his wife of the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Gail and Jim Taylor of Oklahoma City; a brother, Wayne Pruitt of Murfreesboro, Ark.; a sister-in-law, Ethel Quinn of Duncan; and a granddaughter, Emily Morgan Taylor of Oklahoma City. 
Bearers will be Tony Link, Jim Taylor, John McCormick, Jim McCord and Lee Hight. 

Lawona Joy Cox
MARLOW - Lawona Joy Cox, 57, of Marlow passed from this life Monday, Jan. 13, 1997, in Duncan Regional Hospital. 
Service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Hennepin Pentecostal Church. Burial will be in Hennepin Cemetery under the direction of Milburn Funeral Home in Ratliff City. 
Ms. Cox was born on March 20, 1939, in Hennepin to Melvin and Myrtle Casey. She had been a resident of Hennepin most of her life. 
Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Teddy and Allison Cox of Bray and Mike Cox of Marlow; her mother, Myrtle Casey of Marlow; a brother, Pete Thompson of Ardmore; and three grandsons, Jeff, T.J. and Michael. 
Bearers will be Larry Casey, Terry Casey, Ricky Bowman, Charlie Horton, Tony Pickett and Chris Perkins. 

Reba Gaye Johnson
KILGORE, Texas - Former Duncan resident Reba Gaye Johnson, 47, of Kilgore died Monday, Jan. 13, 1997, in Longview Regional Hospital in Longview, Texas. 
Service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Don Grantham Funeral Home Chapel with Randy Southerland officiating. Burial will be in Duncan Cemetery. 
The family will meet at 1314 N. 21st. 
Mrs. Johnson was born on April 22, 1949, in Duncan to Inez Pearl (Jennings) Williamson of Duncan and the late Marvin Lee Williamson. She married Alford R. Johnson on Nov. 13, 1963, in Henrietta, Texas. She was a sales manager for a retail store and was a Baptist. 
Survivors include her husband of the home; two sons, Jesse Ray Johnson and James Alford Johnson, both of Kilgore; two daughters, Yvette Juanita Crote and Crystal Lee Johnson, both of Victoria, Texas; two brothers, Alvin Lee Williamson and Jerry D. Williamson, both of Duncan; two sisters, Patsy Ann Renfro and Janie May Renfro, both of Duncan; seven grandchildren; and numerous relatives and friends. 
She was preceded in death by her mother-in-law, Juanita Johnson. 
Bearers will be nephews. 

Delma Marie Sparks
Delma Marie Sparks, 83, of Duncan passed on to be with God on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 1997, in Country Club Care nursing home, where she had resided for the past three years. 
Service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in Don Grantham Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Greg Cranfield, pastor of Duncan Christian Fellowship, officiating. Burial will be in Fairlawn Memorial Cemetery in Chickasha. 
The family will meet at 2817 Timber Ridge Drive in Duncan. 
Mrs. Sparks was born on April 4, 1913, in Mountain Home, Ark., to W.H. "Bill" and Flora (Payne) Owens. She moved with her family to Konawa in 1919. On Sept. 2, 1928, she married Barney Franklin Sparks in Konawa. 
During their 65 years of marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Sparks lived in Konawa, Ada, Ahloso, Chickasha and Blanchard. They chose Duncan to spend their retirement years, and in 1983 moved to 1402 N. 18th. 
Mr. and Mrs. Sparks owned and operated the Shannon Springs Concession Stand and the concession at Lake Chickasha for many years before moving to Blanchard. In Blanchard, Mr. Sparks devoted full time to Woodmen of the World Insurance Co. until their move to Duncan. 
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Irene and R.E. Seay of Duncan and Helen and Lelan K. Martin of Chickasha; a brother, Henry Owens of Houston, Texas; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 
Mrs. Sparks was preceded in death by her husband who died on Nov. 24, 1993; a son, Paul Edward Sparks in 1957; her parents; two brothers and two sisters. 
Bearers will be grandsons. 

Dora Jones
RUSH SPRINGS - Service for Dora Jones, 93, of Rush Springs, who died Tuesday, Jan. 14, 1997, in Duncan Regional Hospital, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Callaway-Smith-Cobb Funeral Chapel in Rush Springs with burial in Rush Springs Cemetery.

Eva Lynn Allen
EDMOND - Eva Lynn Allen, 88, of Edmond passed away Sunday, Jan. 12, 1997, in Edmond. 
Graveside service, under the direction of Baggerley Funeral Homes in Edmond, was to have been at 2 this afternoon in Mount Hope Cemetery in Webb City, Mo. 
A memorial service will be held in Highland Park Baptist Church in Duncan, with date and time to be announced. 
Mrs. Allen was born on Feb. 12, 1908, in Webb City to Landis F. and Rose O. (Thomas) Cunningham. She was married to Peter G. Allen who preceded her in death. She was a legal secretary for Halliburton, where she was also a member of the Desk and Derrick Club. She was a member of Highland Park Baptist Church and its choir in Duncan. 
She was also a member and past president of the Duncan chapter of the Business and Professional Women's Club. She had done volunteer work for a variety of charitable organizations. 
Survivors include two sons, R. Douglas Allen of Edmond and G. Lanny Allen of Amarillo; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. 
She was preceded in death by a sister, Ney Dean Cunningham, and a brother, Craig Cunningham. 
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Alzheimer's Association, Oklahoma City Area Chapter, 13301 N. Meridian, Suite 101, Oklahoma City, Okla. 73120. 

Fleda Belle Phillips
COMANCHE - Longtime area resident Fleda Belle Phillips, 46, of Comanche Heights died Tuesday, Jan. 14 in Duncan Regional Hospital. 
Service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Ray of Hope Church in Comanche with the Rev. Mike McCord officiating. Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery under the direction of Don Grantham Funeral Home. 
Mrs. Phillips was born on July 8, 1950, in Wichita Falls, Texas, to the late Robert Benjamin and Fleda (Peck) McLaren. She married Jim Phillips on Dec. 20, 1995, in Wichita Falls. She was a school teacher and a member of Ray of Hope Church. 
Survivors include her husband of the home; a son, Ben Schwarz of Cache; and a grandson, Aaron Schwarz of Denton, Texas. 
Bearers will be family and friends. 

Reba Johnson
LONGVIEW, Texas - Service for Reba Johnson of Longview, who died Monday, Jan. 13, 1997, in Longview Regional Hospital, is pending with Don Grantham Funeral Home. 

Delma M. Sparks
Service for Delma M. Sparks, 83, 1904 N. U.S. 81, who died Tuesday, Jan. 14, 1997, in Country Club Care, is pending with Don Grantham Funeral Home. 

Charles William Helms
COMANCHE - Service for Charles William Helms, 53, of Comanche, who passed away Monday, Jan. 13, 1997, at home, will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in Morehead-Goetz Funeral Home Chapel in Comanche. 

Rev. Robert Bruce Fitzgerald
The Rev. Robert Bruce Fitzgerald, 74, 301 N. B, died Friday, Jan. 10, 1997, in Duncan. 
Service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Oak Avenue Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. Dr. Steven Ruby and the Rev. Carl Summer officiating. Burial will be in Duncan City Cemetery under the direction of Don Grantham Funeral Home. 
The Rev. Fitzgerald was born March 13, 1922, in Ardmore, to Escar and Gussie Campbell Fitzgerald. He graduated from Duncan High School in 1941. He attended LeTourneau Tech, then Midwestern State University of Wichita Falls, Texas. He graduated from Bethany-Peniel College (Southern Nazarene University) with a bachelor's of arts in history in 1953. He graduated from the same school with a bachelor's in theology in 1955. He married Marie Pollock on Aug. 29, 1949, in Duncan. He ministered in churches in Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas for 32 years before retiring from Brownfield Nazarene Church in Brownfield, Texas, in April of 1987. He was affiliated with the Oak Avenue Church of the Nazarene. 
Survivors include his wife of the home; a son, Robert Fitzgerald of New Orleans, La.; a brother, Guy Fitzgerald of Duncan; two sisters, Mary Lou Rogers of Moss Point, Miss., and Fairy Gauldin of Foreman, Ark. 
Bearers will be the men of the Believers Sunday School class of Oak Avenue Nazarene Church: Harold Robinson, Adrian Scott, Jim Bruce, Bobby Brake, Ross Luttrell and Richard Glenn. 

Jack Whiteley
EDMOND - Jack Whiteley, 51, of Edmond, died Thursday, Jan. 9, 1997, in Edmond. 
Memorial service was at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Hahn-Cook/Street and Draper Chapel in Edmond. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery in Edmond. 
Mr. Whiteley was born on July 5, 1945, in Duncan. He married Phyllis Britton on Sept. 3, 1966, in Oklahoma City. He was retired from the insurance industry and also was involved in a golfing business. 
Survivors include his wife; a son, David Whiteley of Edmond; his mother, Alice Whiteley of Enid; and three brothers, Ben Whiteley and Glenn Whiteley, both of Duncan, and Carl Whiteley of Ridgecrest, Calif. 
He was preceded in death by his father, Carl J. Whiteley. 

Billie (Simmons) Golding
ALTUS - Billie (Simmons) Golding, 63, Lone Wolf, died Friday, Jan. 10, 1997, in Oklahoma City. 
Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Altus Cemetery. Burial is under the direction of Lowell-Tims Funeral Home of Altus. 

Mabel Ruth (Davis) Ritter
MARLOW - Mabel Ruth (Davis) Ritter, 86, Marlow, died Friday, Jan. 10, 1997, in Marlow. 
Service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Callaway-Smith-Cobb Chapel in Marlow with Bro. Harold Almond officiating. Burial will be in the Marlow Cemetery. 
She was born Jan. 17, 1910, in Boonsville, Texas, to Leonard Lafayette Davis and Frances Jane (Absher) Davis. She went to Marlow Schools until approximately the seventh grade. She was a member of the Eastside Baptist Church. She had lived in the area since 1917. She married Marvin Melvin Ritter in Duncan in 1927. He died Oct. 25, 1989. She was also preceded in death by a son Bob Ritter, a daughter Dolores Henager, four sisters and two brothers. She was a homemaker and mother. 
Survivors include four sons and daughters-in-law, Max Hogue and his wife Pat of Duncan, Billy Don Ritter and his wife Evelyne of Waurika, Roy Ritter and his wife Eva Bell of Marlow, and Bud Ritter and his wife Sonja of Mobile, Ala.; a daughter and son-in-law, Louise Herndon and her husband Frankie of Marlow; 15 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren. 
Bearers will be grandsons. 
The family will meet at the home Susan Travis, 115 E. Neighbor, Marlow, on Monday. 

Alva C. Bullard
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Services were pending with Don Grantham Funeral Home for Alva C. Bullard of Las Vegas, who died Friday, Jan. 10, 1997, in Las Vegas. 

Bertha Grace Hobbs
BEDFORD, Texas - Bertha Grace Hobbs, 64, Bedford, Texas, died Friday, Jan. 10, 1997, in Bedford. 
Service will be 1 p.m. Monday in Morehead-Goetz Chapel with Beryl Blair officiating. Burial will be at Weavers Chapel under the direction of Morehead-Goetz Funeral Home. 
She was born Dec. 21, 1934, in Ryan to Edward and Effie Mae (Neal) Hobbs. She was employed in civil service. She was affiliated with the Baptist church. 
Survivors include two sons, Tim Leggett of Bedford, Texas, and Dale Leggett of Fort Worth, Texas; a daughter, Debbie King of Duncan; two sisters, Faye Pierce and Dood Hobbs, both of Duncan; and two grandchildren, Danny King and Paul King. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Charlie Hobbs and sister Lois Polland. 
Bearers will be Danny King, Paul King, Larry King and James Hobbs. 

Freddie Leon Copeland
Freddie Leon Copeland, 65, 711 W. Elm, died Friday, Jan. 10, 1997, at an Oklahoma City hospital. 
Service will be 2 p.m. Monday at the Carter-Smart Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. William White officiating. Burial will be in Duncan Cemetery. The family will be meeting at 1107 N. 17th. 
Mr. Copeland was born Dec. 27, 1931, in Duncan to Fredrick and Inis Copeland, now both deceased. He married Frankie Jane on June 20, 1950, in Henrietta, Texas. He was an agent-operator for Rock Island-Katy-MKT railroads. He retired in 1991 with 37 years of service from the Union Pacific Railroad. He was affiliated with the Baptist church. 
Survivors include his wife of the home; daughter Karen Parker and her husband Bill of Comanche, and Vickie Copeland of Duncan; sister Hazel Pitts of Bridgeport, Texas; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by sister Opal Holland and brother Jerry Copeland. 
Bearers will be Kyle Parker, Michael Parker, Terry Hickman, Don Davis, Dewayne Kirkes and Frank Proctor. Honorary bearers will be Melvin Hickman, Earl Davis, and Harry McGarr. 
Because of his love for animals, the family suggests that contributions be made to the Humane Society of Duncan in lieu of flowers. 

Megan Lee (Merkel) Kelly
Megan Lee (Merkel) Kelly, 25, of Duncan died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 1997, in Duncan Regional Hospital. 
Service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Callaway-Smith-Cobb Funeral Home Chapel in Marlow with the Rev. George Gilland officiating. Burial will be in Marlow Cemetery. 
The family will receive guests at the home of Robert and Lorene Kelly in Marlow. 
Mrs. Kelly was born on April 5, 1971, in Saranac Lake, N.Y., to Richard Henry "Dick" Merkel and Shauna Lee (Seal) Agnew. In 1989, she graduated from Caney Valley High School in Ramona, where she was the student body president. She attended Colorado State University and Oklahoma State University in Okmulgee. 
She married Kendall "Ken" Wayne Kelly on March 17, 1996, in Marlow. She had lived in Duncan for one and a half years, in Ramona for 10 years and also in Evergreen, Colo. She was a salon hair stylist and a chef. 
Survivors include her husband of the home; an infant son, Patrick Jack Kelly of the home; her mother and stepfather, Jerry Agnew, of Ramona; her father and stepmother, Judy Merkel, of Evergreen; a sister, Patricia Anne Merkel of Mannford; a brother, Peter Merkel and his wife, Kerri, of Kremmling, Colo.; three stepbrothers; Lance Agnew of Tulsa, Richard Agnew of Newton Lower Falls, Mass., and Chris Dempster of Denver; three stepsisters, Jennifer Gildersleeve of Phoenix, Ariz., Leslie Polasek of Littleton, Colo., and Leslie Dempster of Denver; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Robert and Lorene Kelly of Marlow; her brother-in-law and his wife, Kerry and Gina Kelly of Hot Springs, Ark.; her grandmother-in-law, Fannie Kelly of Marlow; and several nieces and nephews. 
Bearers will be Scott Crawford, Eddie Lamb, Ted Cox, Robert Littrell, Jim McDonald and Pete Merkel. 
The family suggests contributions to the Patrick Jack Kelly Trust Fund for educational expense, BancFirst, 128 W. Main, Marlow, Okla. 73055. 

Esta Lucinda Willis
RUSH SPRINGS - Service for Esta Lucinda Willis, 90, of Rush Springs, who died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 1997, in Grady Memorial Hospital, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Family Worship Center in Rush Springs under the direction of Callaway-Smith-Cobb Funeral Chapel in Rush Springs. 

Dr. Arthur Massey
SUN CITY, Ariz. - Former Duncan resident Dr. Arthur Massey, 84, of Sun City died Sunday, Dec. 22, 1996, in Sun City. 
Dr. Massey moved from Tulsa to Duncan as a young man and opened his office and practiced optometry for 49 years. He retired and moved to Sun City in 1977. 
He was always interested in sports and had enjoyed playing golf until he was physically unable. While in Duncan, he was affiliated with United Methodist Church and for years taught Sunday school. 
He is survived by his wife, Marie, of the home; two sons, Dr. Bill Massey of Savannah, Ga., and Ed Massey of Richardson, Texas; a sister, Helen Massey of California; nine grandchildren; and a host of friends. 
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Tommy, in 1981; and a grandson, Doug, in 1994. 
A small private service honoring Dr. Massey will be held in Duncan with the Rev. Ray Goodwin of Sulphur officiating. 

Barry Alan Van Treese
LAWTON - Former Duncan resident Barry Alan Van Treese, 54, of Lawton died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 1997, in Oklahoma City. 
Service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in First Baptist Church in Lawton with Dr. Gary W. Cook, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens under the direction of Lawton Ritter Gray Funeral Home. 
Mr. Van Treese was born on Dec. 3, 1942, in Kansas City, Mo., to J.B. and the late Pauline (Bowdon) Van Treese. He grew up and attended school in Lawton, graduating from Lawton High School in 1961. He graduated from Cameron University in 1963. He then attended Arkansas State University and received a master's degree in banking and finance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. 
On March 3, 1979, he married Donna Sue Callaway in Miami, Okla. He was involved in banking, electronics and was a motel owner since 1979. He was a member of the Lawton/Fort Sill Amateur Radio Club. He was a cosponsor of the Jamboree on the Air and was a supporter of the Boy Scouts. He was a member of First Baptist Church. 
Survivors include his wife of the home; five sons, Brett Alan Van Treese of Denver, Colo., Derek Alan Van Treese, Benjamin Alan Van Treese, Daniel Paul Van Treese and Joseph Christian Van Treese, all of the home; two daughters, Barrie Lynn Hall of Las Vegas, Nev., and Bridget Ann Van Treese of the home; his father, James Braswell "J.B." Van Treese of Lawton; two brothers, James Bryan Van Treese of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Kenneth Craig Van Treese of Broken Arrow; two sisters, Alana Dale Mileto of Lawton and Vivian Van Treese of Oklahoma City; four grandchildren, Samuel Hall, Zachery Hall, Taylor Renee Hall and Freedom Tyler Van Treese; and many other relatives, including an uncle, Don Alan VanTreese of Duncan. 
Memorial contribution may be made to First Baptist Church in Lawton. 

Ellen C. Fisher
OKLAHOMA CITY - Service for Ellen C. Fisher, 81, of Oklahoma City, who died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 1997, in Oklahoma City, is pending with Willis C. Worley Funeral Home in Waurika.

Bernice Stone
WAURIKA - Service for longtime Waurika resident Bernice Stone, 91, who died Thursday, Jan. 9, 1997, in a Wichita Falls hospital, is pending with Willis C. Worley Funeral Home in Waurika. 

Esta L. Willis
RUSH SPRINGS - Service for Esta L. Willis, 90, of Rush Springs, who died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 1997, in Chickasha, is pending with Callaway-Smith-Cobb Funeral Chapel in Rush Springs. 

Viola Burnett
Viola Burnett, 86, of Duncan passed away Tuesday, Jan. 7, 1997, in Wilkins Nursing Home in Duncan.
Service will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Bailes-Polk Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Riddle officiating. Interment will be in Resthaven Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Burnett was born on Feb. 9, 1910, in Mesquite, Texas, to James David and Mary Cora Williams Strange. In 1929 she came to Duncan, where she lived most of her life. She married Herman Burnett on Nov. 15, 1929, in Sulphur. He preceded her in death in November 1981.
She attended Sulphur schools and was a nurse's aide at Plato Manor Nursing Home. She was a member of Highland Park Baptist Church.
Survivors include a brother, Doyle Strange of Houston; five sisters, Nellie Olney and Frances McCoy, both of Abilene, Texas, Velma Viglante of Moss Plains, N.J., Juanita Birdsong of Houston and Margaret Wood of Duncan; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and two sisters. 

Megan Kelly
MARLOW - Service for Megan Kelly, 25, of Marlow, who died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 1997, is pending with Callaway-Smith-Cobb Funeral Home in Marlow. 

Kathy Stedje
GRUVER - Mary Kathryn Benson Stedje, 46, well-known Gruver resident and sister-in-law of a Duncan resident, died Monday, Jan. 6, 1997, in Memorial Hospital of Texas County in Guymon. 
Service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Oslo Lutheran Church with the Rev. John Chandler, pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Oslo Lutheran Cemetery under the direction of Henson-Novak Funeral Directors of Guymon. 
Friends may call at the funeral home until 8 this evening and between 9-11 a.m. Thursday. 
Mrs. Stedje was born on Aug. 12, 1950, in Borger, Texas, to Bonnie (Cook) and Austin Benson. She moved with her family from Stratford to Gruver in 1962 and graduated from Gruver High School with the Class of 1968. She was united in marriage to Dennis Gordon Stedje on Aug. 17, 1968. The Stedje family made their home in the Oslo community where they farmed. 
After receiving her elementary education degree from Panhandle State University in Goodwell, she had been actively teaching in Pringle-Morse Consolidated School District for the past nine years. Instrumental in the creation of the school's Gifted & Talented Program, she was honored twice as the Pringle-Morse Teacher of the Year. 
She was a member of Oslo Lutheran Church and had been active in Alpha Mu Psi social sorority and the Gruver Music Club. Kathy Stedje will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and friend. 
Survivors include her husband of 28 years of Gruver; a daughter, Shelley Stedje of Fort Worth, Texas; a son, Scott Stedje of the home; her parents of Gruver; a sister, Cindy Holton and her husband, Jerry, and their children, Shannon and Jason of Spearman, Texas; a brother, Bobby Benson and his wife, Gabi, of Longmont, Colo.; nieces and nephews, Shana Conley of Borger and Brett Benson of Los Angeles; two sisters-in-law and their families, Diane and Rod Battles and their children, Jason and Jamie, of Duncan and Barbara and Mark Wise and their children, Trevor and Adriane, of Tucson, Ariz.; and many other close relatives and friends. 
She was preceded in death by her grandparents and her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Anna Marie and Gordon Stedje. 
A Kathy Stedje Memorial has been designated for a Livestock Judging Scholarship at Oklahoma Panhandle State University. Memorials may be sent to OPSU Foundation, c/o Henson-Novak Funeral Home, Box 1306, Guymon, OK 73942. The Stedje family has requested that memorials be made in lieu of floral tributes. 

Mrs. Harold (Betty) Edwards
ARLINGTON, Texas - Graveside service for Mrs. Harold (Betty) Edwards, 72, of Arlington, mother of a Comanche resident, who died Monday, Jan. 6, 1997, in Arlington, was to have been at 2:30 this afternoon in Waco Memorial Park under the direction of Wilkirson-Hatch Funeral Home in Waco, Texas, with Chaplain Curtis Holland officiating. 

Viola James Burnett
Service for Viola James Burnett, 86, of Duncan, who died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 1997, in Duncan, is pending with Bailes-Polk Funeral Home. 

Willard 'Bill' Ricketts
RINGLING - Service for Willard "Bill" Ricketts, 65, of Ringling, who died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 1997, in Duncan Regional Hospital, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Alexander Funeral Home in Ringling with burial in Dixie Cemetery. 

Arthur Leroy Tucker
PRINCETON, Texas - Former Duncan resident Arthur Leroy Tucker, 81, of Princeton passed away Saturday, Jan. 4, 1997, in Columbia Medical Center in McKinney, Texas. 
Service was to have been at 10 this morning in Belew Funeral Homes Chapel in McKinney with the Rev. David White officiating. Burial was to have been in Cottage Hill Cemetery. 
Mr. Tucker was born on Dec. 12, 1915, to Arthur Tucker and Blanche Marceline Osborn. He had worked as a machinist at Halliburton. 
Survivors include two daughters, Patsy Sanford and her husband, Joe, and Marceline Kershaw; five grandchildren, Michael Joe Sanford, Ronnie Kershaw, Terre Rock, Gayle Lyons and Lana Martin; and eight great-grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Sharon Murphy, and a great-grandson, Brandon Henson. 


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