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Damien Ray Mott 
Damien Ray Mott, 17 months, of Comanche, died Saturday, April 8, 2000, in Duncan. 
Service will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Bethesda Church of God with the Rev. Harold Metheny officiating. Burial will be in the Duncan Cemetery under the direction of Don Grantham Funeral Home in Duncan. 
Damien was born Oct. 12, 1998, in Lawton to Rodney Ray and Starla Minter Mott. 
Survivors include his parents, Rodney and Starla, of the home; his maternal grandparents, Ron and Delilah Minter of Duncan; his paternal grandparents, Don and Kathy Mott of Comanche; his maternal great-grandparents, Gladys Stephens of Duncan and Tom and Jean Joyce of Comanche; an aunt and two uncles, Carolyn and Archie Hare and Danny Mott, all of Comanche; and a special cousin, Kadden Hare of Comanche. 
He was preceded in death by his paternal great-grandfather, Luther Stephens, in 1988. 
Bearers will be Archie Hare, Joe Stephens, Danny Mott and Chris Rome. Honorary bearers are Ron Minter and Don Mott. 
Memorial contributions may be made in the name of Damien Ray Mott at Arvest Oklahoma National Bank or First Bank & Trust. 

Glennis O. Boatwright 
Glennis O. Boatwright, 71, of Duncan, died Sunday, April 9, 2000, in Duncan. 
Service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Don Grantham Funeral Home Chapel with Alden Duffield, Jon Hosch and Tim Florence officiating. Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery in Chickasha. 
Mr. Boatwright was born Sept. 3, 1928, in Wanette to Ira C. and Alta Caskey Boatwright. He married Sylvia P. Lidbury on Sept. 4, 1949, in Alex. 
Glennis was employed for 27 years with the USDA in the Agriculture Research Service, which included 10 years at NASA in the satellite space program. He retired in 1985, but continued to work for the space program for eight months in Washington, D.C. 
His work took him from Oklahoma to North Dakota to Montana to Colorado. After 15 years with the USDA, he ranched with his brothers for four years, after which he returned to the USDA in Houston and finally Washington. 
After retiring, Glennis lived 13 years with Sylvia in Duncan where they served Jesus together. He continued growing toward spiritual maturity as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and brother. He had this advice for his children, "Remember, here is the conclusion of the matter, fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man." 
Glennis has finished the race, kept the faith, attained the Crown of Righteousness kept for all who long for the appearing of the Lord Christ Jesus. 
He was a member of the Promise Keepers and the Red River Men of Integrity. He was also a member of the Chisholm Trail Church of Christ and Cotton Hills Christian Church. 
Survivors include his wife, Sylvia, of the home; four daughters, two sons and their spouses, Kathy and Robert Frias of Cleveland, Texas, Janice and Wayne Pringle of Fort Worth, Debbie and Donny Brock of Duncan, Bill and Cheryl Boatwright of Oskaloosa, Kan., Jimmy Boatwright of Franklin, Tenn., and Christie Powell of Denton, Texas; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Guy and Monetta Boatwright of Oklahoma City and Dale and Ruby Boatwright of Chickasha; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, David and Shirley Lidbury; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Mary and Harold Orr; and a sister-in-law, Corene Boatwright; 11 grandchildren, Laurie and Clay, Lisa and Ty, Timmy and Sandra, John, Paul, Jared, Adam, Shea, Dalton, Ashton and William; two-great grandchildren, Fisher and Brittany; and numerous nieces and nephews. 
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Laurie Alta Boatwright in 1964; a daughter-in-law, Linda Boatwright in 1993; three brothers, L.C. Boatwright, Loyd Boatwright and Vernon Boatwright; three sisters-in-law, Ann Boatwright, Katherine Boatwright and Virginia Boatwright. 
Bearers will be Walter Orr, Walter Pradzinski, John Orr, Harvey Boatwright, Doyle Pinson and Marion Pinson. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Compassion Center of Duncan. 

Virginia Crownover 
MARLOW - Virginia Crownover, 74, of Marlow died Monday, April 10, 2000, at Southwestern Medical Center, Lawton. 
Service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the First Baptist Church in Marlow with the Rev. Joe Ligon officiating. Burial will be in the Marlow Cemetery under the direction of Callaway-Smith-Cobb Funeral Home in Marlow. 
Mrs. Crownover was born Sept. 4, 1925, in Comanche to Soloman and Georgia Morgan Ott. She married Noble Crownover on April 3, 1953, in Aiken, S.C., and he preceded her in death Aug. 24, 1993. 
She had lived in the Marlow area most of her life and was former owner of Marlow Real Estate. She was a member of the Marlow Chamber of Commerce, Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority, Elizabethan Study Club and Stephens County Board of Realtors. 
Mrs. Crownover was a member of the First Baptist Church in Marlow and an associate member of the Faith Class. 
Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Paul and Barbara Crownover of Lawton, Charles "Doug" and Barbara Lewis of Olathe, Kan., and Doyle and Janie Crownover of Marlow; three brothers, Bill Ott of Virginia, Clifford Ott of Houston and Julian Ott of Florida; 10 grandchildren, Judy Burton, Kimberly Cotner, Angie Johnson, Catherine Lewis, Elizabeth Lewis, Richard Lewis, Robert Lewis, Harl Sims, Jay Sims and Shelly Stebens; and seven great-grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother; a sister and a granddaughter. 
Bearers will be Bob Hill, Bill Wheat, Jack Mangum, Jack Graves, Ralph Abney and Jack Brackett. 

Kenneth J. Holding 
COMANCHE - Service for Kenneth J. Holding, 83, of Comanche, who died Monday, April 10, 2000, in Duncan, is pending with Morehead-Goetz Funeral Home in Comanche. 

William "Bill' Clayborn Sims 
RATLIFF CITY - William "Bill" Clayborn Sims, 78, of Tussy, died Saturday, April 8, 2000, in Oklahoma City. 
Service was to be at 10 a.m. today in the Ratliff City First Baptist Church with the Rev. Wayne Childers and Kevin Hanel officiating. Burial was in the Tussy Cemetery under the direction of Wooster Funeral Home in Elmore City. 
Mr. Sims was born Nov. 7, 1921, in Purcell to Edgar Lee and Myrtle Annie Jones Sims. 
In June of 1948 he married Mary Francis Ward and she preceded him in death. 
Mr. Sims grew up and attended school in McClain County. He went to work as a truck driver in the oil field and later became a small engine repairman. He was known as the "Lawnmower Man." 
He was a member of the Midway Baptist Church near Pernell and the Masonic Lodge of Velma. 
He enjoyed fishing, playing dominoes and spending time with his friends and family. 
He spent many enjoyable hours at the Senior Citizen's Centers in Ratliff City, Velma, and Elmore City. 
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Eddy and Katty Tims of Tussy and Roger and Karen Sims of Ratliff City; a daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Mike Whitehead of Loco; four grandchildren, Mandy Sims, Cindy Whitehead, Carrie Sims and Kelsie Sims; a brother, Wyman Sims of Moore; two sisters, Louise Johnston of Granbury, Texas and Elizabeth Norvell of St. Simons Island, Ga.; and a host of nieces, nephews and other family members. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Francis; his parents; and a sister, Beverly Wood. 

Dorothy Rose Dowell Hayes 
Dorothy Rose Dowell (Holmes) Hayes of Waurika Lake went to live with the Lord Friday, April 7, 2000. 
Service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the First Methodist Church in Comanche with the Rev. Jody Hilliard officiating and the Rev. James Kim assisting. Burial will be in the Fairlawn Cemetery under the direction of Carter-Smart Funeral Home. 
Mrs. Hayes was born on Jan. 2, 1916 in Perry. As a young teenager she first met the Lord atop her horse while carrying water to threshers on her parent's farm. From that time until she died, she faithfully served God by sharing His gift teaching Sunday School countless mission projects. She unashamedly told the story of Jesus to all she met. 
Dorothy taught primary, first and second grades at Meridian Elementary School during World War II before moving to New Mexico. Accounts of Dorothy and her family appear in the early written history of the building of Glorieta Baptist Assembly in Glorieta, N.M. For 40 years she taught Sunday School, sang in the choir and was active in mission projects in New Mexico. 
She continued that legacy at First Baptist Church in Duncan and through a dual membership at the Methodist church in Comanche during her later years. 
Dorothy has been a loving wife and mother, a guiding example, and the temporary separation from her family will be greatly felt by those of us who remain. 
Dorothy and Clarence Estel Holmes, married on June 24, 1934, and shared 56 years. On April 28, 1991, she married Boyd E. Hayes of Comanche. 
Survivors include her husband of the home; a brother, Claud Dowell and his wife Dorothy of Perry; two daughters, Tonya Shook and her husband Clarence of Hastings and Mary Tackett and her husband Kenneth of Newalla; two steps-sons and daughters-in-law, Jimmy Ray and Georgia Hayes of Crosby, Texas, and Charles and Dilynn Hayes of Comanche; seven grandchildren and spouses, Randall Maxwell of Enid, Lori Farrell, Cathy and Shelby Lyons of Littleton, Colo., Shanna and Phil Covington, Cheryl and Steve Clark of Snyder, Texas, Val Wayne and Marsha McDannel of Thornton, Colo., and Audie and Vern Hankins of White Sands, N.M.; nine step-grandchildren and spouses, Carolene and Lance Folse of Denton, Texas, Shawn Hardin of Colorado Springs, Colo., Dawn and Randy Allen of Ryan, Kenneth Allen Tackett of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Tana and Bobby Murphy of Lewisville, Texas, Gordon Hayes of Houston, Brian and Brandi Hayes of Comanche, Malinda and John Altom of Gainesville, Fla., and William "Jocko" Hayes of Houston; 18 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by a special chosen daughter and spouse, Evita and Dwight Sanford of Duncan. 
Proceeding her in death were her husband, Clarence Estel Holmes; her parents, Rose and Elmer Dowell; a sister, Vera Wells; a great-granddaughter, Amber Dawn Allen; and a step-son, Jerry Hayes. 

James Samuel Downey 
Service for James Samuel Downey, who died Friday, april 7, 2000, will be at 2 p.m. Monday in the Ratliff City First Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Sturgell officiating. Burial will be in the Foster Cemetery under the direction of Woostwer Funeral Home. 
Downey is the father of William Downey of Duncan and Vera Mae Downey of County Line, and the brother of Jeane Honeycutt of Duncan. 

Jimmy Don Wylder 
Graveside service for Jimmy Don Wylder, 53, of Ada, who died Friday, April 7, 2000, will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Duncan Cemetery under the direction of Don Grantham Funeral Home. 

William Nelson Cannon 
Service for William Nelson Cannon, 78, of Duncan, who died Saturday, April 8, 2000, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the don Grantham Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Pat Patterson officiating. Burial will be in the Duncan Cemetery under the direction of Don Grantham Funeral Home. 
Mr. Cannon was born Aug. 23, 1921, in Hartford, Ark., to Harvey A. and Rebecca (Cribbs) Cannon. 
He married Thelma Allen June 10, in Cyril. 
He was a retired foreman with Weyerhaeuser Industries and a veteran of World War II serving in the Army Air Force. 
Survivors include his wife of the home; three sons, Gary Cannon of Duncan, Capt. Michael Cannon of Dover, Del., and Timothy Cannon of Duncan; six daughters, Rebecca Reynolds of Duncan, Beverly Green of Duncan, Marian Gonzales of Portola, Calif., Katheryn Janelle Wilson of Las Animas, Colo., Donna Hook of Duncan, and Doris Freimuth of Quincy, Calif.; three brothers, Lee Cannon of Duncan, Cecil Cannon of Fletcher and Glen Cannon of Meridian; two sisters, Lorene Williams of Cyril and Esther Heaven of Mcloud; 22 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren. 
Bearers will be his grandsons. 

Donald Wayne Johnson 
Donald Wayne "Don" Johnson, 46, of Sulphur died Friday, April 7, 2000. 
Service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Callaway-Smith-Cobb Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Couch officiating. Burial will be in the Marlow Cemetery under the direction of Callaway-Smith-Cobb Funeral Home. 
Mr. Johnson was born March 10, 1954, in Alexandria, Va., to Wayne Johnson and Betty Jepson. He attended school at Central High. 
He was a retired truck driver and a member of the Elks Lodge and the first Baptist Church in Marlow. 
Survivors include his fiancee Charlotte Stratton of Sulphur; two daughters, Kristi Reynolds and her husband Rob of Lawton and Kimberly Johnson of Empire; a son, Cody Johnson of Sulphur; his mother, Bettye Johnson of Marlow; a granddaughter Camber Reynolds of Lawton; a brother, Ronald "Bub" Johnson and his wife Kelly of Marlow; and a sister Vicky Greer and her husband Joe of Marlow. 
Pallbearers will be Cliff Browning, Joe Greer, Jerry Hunter, Keith Barrington, Chad Munsey and Hunter Lee Nunley. 

Geraldine Lowry 
WEATHERFORD - Geraldine Byrl McLendon Lowry, 87, of Weatherford died Thursday, April 6, 2000, in her home. 
Service was at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Federated Church in Weatherford with the Rev. Susan Barnes officiating. Burial was in the Duncan Cemetery under the direction of Lockstone Funeral Home in Weatherford. 
Ms. Lowry was born Oct. 10, 1912, in Duncan to John Barron and Leta Stansell McLendon. She was raised in Duncan and graduated from Duncan High School. 
She married Orvis Hamilton Lowry on Oct. 10, 1940, in Oklahoma City and they moved to Sayre in 1942. She worked for Dr. Phil Devanney in Sayre for many years until they moved to Weatherford in 1991. 
She was an active member of the PEO since 1960, served twice as president of Sayre DK Chapter and was a member of the Weatherford FG chapter. 
Survivors include her husband, Orvis "Chick," of the home; a daughter, Beverly McFarland of Davis; two grandchildren, Sharon Chadwick and her husband Richard of Davis and Kent Ratzlaff and his wife Deborah of Plano, Texas; and five great-grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by her parents.

Valerie Vanbebber 
Valerie Vanbebber, 75, of Duncan died Wednesday, April 19, 2000, in Duncan. Service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Don Grantham Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Tracy Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Gardens. 
Mrs. Vanbebber was born Dec. 16, 1924, in Oswalt to James Albert and Abbie Birdwell Todd. She married E.B. "Van" Vanbebber on Nov. 18, 1944, in San Leandro, Calif., and he preceded her in death on Aug. 26, 1990. 
She was a longtime area grocer and co-owner of Vans Food Market for 32 years. She also owned Vans E-Z Shop in Marlow for four years. She worked at Martin's Mini-Mart and continued to work there when her son, Jack, bought the store and changed the name to Vans Grocery in November of 1999. 
She was a member of the Christian Church. 
Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Kaye Foster of Duncan and Lana and Mike Woods of Euless, Texas; a son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Mindy Vanbebber of Duncan; a sister, Neva Mossman of Stockton, Calif.; seven grandchildren, Shana Pollock, Lana Harris, Todd Woods, Kacie Woods, Ashley Woods, Ty Vanbebber and J.C. Reeves; and a great-grandchild, Logan Harris. 
Bearers will be Larry Martin, Nick Jackson, Rick March, James Harris, Rodney Pollock and Mike Woods. Honorary bearers are Todd Woods, Ty Vanbebber and J.C. Reeves. 
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society. 

Katie Lee Morris 
Service for Katie Lee Morris, age 90, will be at 10 a.m. Friday, April 21, 2000, at the Carter-Smart Funeral Home Chapel in Duncan. Interment will be at the Duncan Municipal Cemetery under the direction of Carter-Smart Funeral Home. 
Katie was born Nov. 17, 1909, in Coleman County, Texas, to David and Frankie Elam. She died Tuesday, April 18, 2000. 
She married Albert A. Morris in 1927. She and Albert farmed in Grady County until 1948, when they moved to California. After retiring from the Fresno, Calif., school system in 1970, they traveled extensively over much of the United States. 
She was a member of Primitive Baptist Church since 1921. 
Preceding her in death were her husband, Albert Morris; two brothers, George and Carl Elam; and granddaughter, Susan Traver. 
Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Douglas and Clariece Morris of Ardmore, Robert and Charlene Morris of Hamilton, Texas, and Herbert and Vanada Morris, of Salem, Ore.; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; four sisters, Essie Williams, Edna King, Jewel Bennett and Lucille Holley; two brothers, Arthur and Leonard Elam; and many other loving family members and friends. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Fund or your favorite charity. 

Ellie Couch 
Service for Ellie Couch of Duncan who died Thursday, April 20, 2000, in Oklahoma City, is pending with Don Grantham Funeral Home in Duncan. 

Olen Battles 
Olen Battles passed away in his sleep April 8, 2000, in Vancouver, Washington where he made his home. 
Memorial Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 22, 2000, at the Bailes-Polk Funeral Home Chapel, with the Reverend Jody Hilliard officiating. Burial will be in the Duncan Cemetery. Under the direction of the Bailes-Polk Funeral Home. 
Olen was born November 22, 1916, in Ashland, Oklahoma to George W. Battles Sr. and Minnie Christian Battles. He moved to Duncan, Oklahoma with his parents and family in 1935. 
Olen left Oklahoma in 1939 to work at Marshbank Thoroughbred Breeding Farm in Pleasanton, California. He then worked in the ship yard until May 25, 1943, when he entered the U.S. Navy volunteering for active duty. Olen was awarded the Silver Star while serving and was discharged November 2, 1945. 
Returning to California Olen started his life long occupation of breeding and training Thoroughbred horses for racing. 
In 1963 Olen and Joan Carolyn Kernan were married. Together they made their home in Albany, California racing the west coast circuit from, Arizona, California to Vancouver, Canada. 
Olen had a long successful career as a trainer, winning many Handicap and stakes races with his clients horses and many of his own. 
In 1984 Olen was honored as Northern California Trainer of the Year. 
Olen was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers Henry, Tollie and Oran Battles, and one sister Vinita Collie. 
Survivors include his wife Joan three step children, Carol Lee Fox, Patricia Spody and Michael Davis all of Vancouver, Washington. Two sisters and brother in law Lucille and Loyd Farris of Byars, Oklahoma and Pauline Dove of Duncan, Oklahoma. Three brothers and sisters in law Archie and Doris Battles of Savannah, Oklahoma, Jake Battles of Roseville, California and George and Wanda Battles of Duncan, Oklahoma. Seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren, eight nephews and seven nieces. 
Olens wife Joan will arrive in Duncan, Thursday staying in the home of George Battles. 

Katie Lee Morris 
Service for Katie Lee Morris, 90, who died Tuesday, April 18, 2000, in Heartland Plaza in Ardmore, is pending with Carter-Smart Funeral Home in Duncan. 

Frances D. Dudley 
WAURIKA - Frances D. Dudley, 91, died Saturday, April 8, 2000, in the Ryan Nursing Home. 
Services were at 3 p.m. Thursday at the First Christian Church in Waurika with the Rev. Dale Crow officiating. Burial was at Mossy Creek Cemetery in Bridgewater, Va. 
Ms. Dudley was born Sept. 28, 1908, in Bridgewater to Caroline and Rudolph Dudley. She was the oldest of 10 children. 
She attended the Dunsmore Business School, and was an accountant for the Navy Bureau of Supplies for 40 years. She was a member of Mossy Creek Presbyterian Church. 
Survivors include a brother, Ernest Dudley of Stanton, Va.; a sister, Evaline "Evie" Zimmerman, and her husband Floyd of Waurika. 

Louann Beatty Wilcoxson 
TULSA - Memorial service for Louanna Beatty Wilcoxson, 42, of Tulsa, who died Sunday, April 9, 2000, was at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Moore Memory Chapel in Tulsa. She is the daughter-in-law of Talmadge and Evelyn Wilcoxson of Marlow. 

Michael Duane Smith 
MARLOW - Michael Duane Smith, 28, of Marlow died Monday, April 17, 2000, in Duncan Regional Hospital. 
Service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. David Woods and the Rev. Charles Ryser officiating. Burial will be in Marlow Cemetery under the direction of Callaway-Smith-Cobb Funeral Home in Marlow. 
Mr. Smith was born Oct. 20, 1971, in Marlow to Francis Duane Smith and Debbie Graham Oldham. He lived in Marlow all of his life and attended Marlow High School. 
He was a member of the Glory Bound Church in Marlow. 
Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Debbie and Bill Oldham of Marlow; his father, Francis Duane Smith of Duncan; a son, Colby Duane Smith of Marlow; a daughter, Mackenzie Cheyenne Smith of Marlow; two sisters, Allison Smith and Cassey Smith, both of Jewett, Texas; two brothers, Glendon Shawn Smith of Yukon and Landon Oldham of Cunningham, Kan.; and his grandparents, LaWanda Craddock of Ratliff City and Francis and Gwen Smith of Marlow. 
He was preceded in death by his grandparents Bobby Glen Graham and Joy Smith. 

Alice Beaver 
COMANCHE - Alice Beaver, 44, of Duncan died Saturday, April 15, 2000, in her home. 
Service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Morehead-Goetz Funeral Home Chapel with Mario Pineda officiating. Burial will be at Fairlawn Cemetery in Comanche. 
Mrs. Beaver was born May 8, 1955, in Clinton to Alvin and Shirley Walcott Gay. She married Kenneth W. Rather. 
She graduated from Comanche High School and moved to Duncan. She had lived in Duncan since her graduation. She enjoyed photography and reading and loved being in the daily life of her nephew, Keegan. 
Survivors include her husband, Kenneth, of the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Elbert Boice of Duncan; two grandchildren, Rustin and Dustin Boice of Duncan; her parents, Alvin and Shirley Gay of Colorado Springs, Colo.; her mother-in-law, Jesse Wier of Duncan; four sisters, Sherry Bates of Wilson, Carla Slate of Monument, Colo., Rhonda Smith and Marie Parrish, both of Duncan; two nieces, Emily Smith and Rebecca Slate; nine nephews, Jamie Bates, Joel Blackburn, Christopher Smith, Patrick Parrish, Daniel Slate, Keegan Parrish, Stuart Smith, Kierick Parrish and Kelin Parrish. 
She was preceded in death by a brother, Ronnie Beaver, on June 16, 1974. 

Vernon McKenley Welch 
MARLOW - Vernon McKenley Welch, 77, of Marlow died Saturday, April 15, 2000, at Duncan Regional Hospital. 
Service was to be at 2 p.m. today at the Callaway-Smith-Cobb Chapel in Marlow with the Rev. Gene Vernon officiating. Burial was to be at Hope Community Cemetery. 
Mr. Welch was born Aug. 30, 1922, at Fox, to Arthur Thomas and Martha Jane (Campbell) Welch. He attended Fox and Countyline Schools. 
He married Mildred Florence Bingham on Dec. 23, 1944, at Duncan. She died July 6, 1990. 
Mr. Welch was a retired ranch hand. He had lived in Marlow for four years, spending the previous 23 years in the Duncan Lake area. He was of the Primitive Baptist faith. 
Survivors include two daughters and their husbands, Martha and Jerry Lynn Kirkpatrick of Velma and Verna Kay and Ted Hicks of Comanche; a son and his wife, Bruce and Brenda Welch of Dill City; three granddaughters, Lora Lee Kirkpatrick, Shelly Marie Welch and Nance Dawn Drennon; four grandsons, Jason Welch, Jamie Welch, Cody Kirkpatrick and Curtis Rhone; two great-grandsons, Gordon and Jacob Drennon; and two sisters, Thelma Nation of Lindsey and Mary McLain of Ardmore. 

Linda Renee Crump 
RICHMOND, Va. - Former Duncan resident Linda Renee Crump, 37, of Richmond passed away suddenly Thursday, April 13, 2000. 
Linda's unborn son, Cooper Mason Crump, did not survive her sudden death. 
A loving daughter, sister, wife and mother, Linda was an active member of Discovery United Methodist Church; a volunteer at Short Pump Elementary School and Cub Scout Pack 735. 
She was a graduate of Oklahoma City University with degree in public relations. She was a member of Alpha Phi sorority. 
She is survived by her husband, Robert A. Crump Jr.; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Krivy; a daughter, Whittney David; a son, Carter David; three step-sons, Allen, Daniel and Philip Crump; a sister, Mrs. B.J. Hensley; and a brother, David Krivy. 
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the west chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, Broad Street Road. 
Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Discovery United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. James Lavender. 

Ernest Gigger 
Ernest Gigger, 87, died Thursday, April 13, 2000, in Duncan. 
Service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the St. Stephens Baptist Church with the Rev. Jackie Brooks officiating. Burial, under the direction of Don Grantham Funeral Home, will be in Little Flock Cemetery. 
Mr. Gigger was born on Oct. 28, 1912, to Rosie Williams and John Gigger, in Lockburg, Ark. He began his formal education in Lockburg and, in 1927, his family moved to Madill and, later, to the Elmore City area, where he continued his education at Mount Zion School. 
Ernest, or "Preacher" as he was known, accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior and became a member of the Little Flock Baptist Church where he sang in a quartet. 
0n Dec. 22, 1935, he married Katie Mae Wyatt and to this union three sons were born. One of them, Marcell Gigger of Duncan, is a retired Duncan High School teacher, and another, Nathan Gigger, is an attorney in Oklahoma City. His third son, Ernest Pat Ray Gigger, preceded him in death. 
"Preacher" served his country in the U.S. Army from 1942 through 1946. 
In 1952 he moved his family to Duncan. Shortly thereafter, they united with the St. Stephens Baptist Church where he served as deacon for more than 40 years. 
"Preacher" was employed by the City of Duncan and J.C. Penney Company. He retired from the City of Duncan after 10 years of service and from J.C. Penney after 28 years of loyal and faithful service. 
After a lengthy illness, he slept peacefully away on April 13, 2000. 
He was also preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and a sister. 
He leaves to cherish his memory: His devoted wife of 64 years, Katie Mae Gigger of the home; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Marcell Gigger of Duncan, and Nathan and Helen Gigger of Oklahoma City; a granddaughter, Nikolle J. Gigger of OkIahama City; a sister, Elsie Williams of Oklahoma City; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. 
Bearers will be Benny Bibbs, Billy Atkinson, Melvin Martin, Gene Brown, Don Taylor and L.D. Carr. 
Honorary bearers are Joe Taylor, Johnny Turner, Elvin Smith, Mickey Hendricks, T.W. Stevenson and Waverly Johnson. Flower bearers will be Mission Sisters of Circle 1. 

Jane McWilliams Corbett 
Jane McWilliams Corbett, 83, died Thursday, April 13, 2000, in Duncan. 
Service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Phil Wahl and the Rev. Jerry Black officiating. Burial, under the direction of Don Grantham Funeral Home, will be in Duncan Cemetery. 
She was born April 24, 1916, to Bertha Jane and Harry McWilliams in Stewartsville, Mo. At the age of 6 weeks, her family moved to Oklahoma City where she lived the next 40 years, graduating from Classen High School. She attended Lindenwood University in Missouri and graduated from the University of Oklahoma. 
In 1957, she married Les Corbett and moved to Duncan, a community which she grew to love and call her home. 
Jane was preceded in death by her two husbands, Glenn Strother and Les Corbett, and two sisters, Mildred Burns and Helyn Cassota. 
Jane is survived by a half brother, Harry McWilliams of Tucson, Ariz.; a daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Larry Meyers of Oklahoma City; a son, Dr. David Strother of Oklahoma City. 
Jane was the proud and loving grandmother of three grandchildren and their spouses, Brad Bailey, and Eric and Gwyn Bailey, all of Dallas, and Becky and David Thomison of Tulsa. 
She was blessed with five special great-grandchildren, Jessica, Jennifer, and Julianne Thomison, Saied and McKay Bailey. 
Jane is also survived by her loving companion of five years, Vernon Dixon, with whom she shared so much love and joy in their later years. 
She leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and friends. 
The family would like to thank Glenda, Melissa, Crystal, Kerri, Rita and Stephanie along with the Hospice staff for their tender and compassionate care-giving. 
She'll always be remembered for her vitality, her youthful spirit and her generous and loving heart. She has been an example to us all with her optimism and noncomplaining attitude during her illness. She is so loved and will be greatly missed by us all. 
Bearers will be Merlyn Smith, Dwayne Brittain, Bill Boyer, Charlie Couch, Walt Liggin and John Bower. 
Honorary bearers are Gene Nelson, Rusty Cowert and Bond Terry. 

Frances D. Dudley 
WAURIKA - Frances D. Dudley, 91, died Saturday, April 8, 2000, in the Ryan Nursing Home. 
Services were at 3 p.m. Thursday at the First Christian Church in Waurika with the Rev. Dale Crow officiating. Burial was in Mossy Creek Cemetery in Bridgewater, Va. 
Ms. Dudley was born Sept. 28, 1908, in Bridgewater to Caroline and Rudolph Dudley. She was the oldest of 10 children. 
She attended the Dunsmore Business School, and was an accountant for the Navy Bureau of Supplies for 40 years. She was a member of Mossy Creek Presbyterian Church. 
Survivors include a son, Ernest Dudley of Stanton, Va., and a sister, Evaline "Evie" Zimmerman and her husband Floyd of Waurika. 

Deirdre Joan Patricia Cummings 
Deirdre Joan Patricia Cummings, 54, of Duncan died Friday, April 14, 2000, in the Duncan Regional Hospital. 
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Ray of Hope Church at 410 S. Second Street in Comanche with the Rev. Mike McCord officiating. Burial, under the direction of Bailes-Polk Funeral Home, will be in Duncan Cemetery. 
Mrs. Cummings was born in Liverpool, England, on Aug. 12, 1945, the daughter of Loyd and Joan (Duggan) McLaughlin. She came to the United States with her family as a child and at the age of 10 settled in Duncan. 
She graduated from Duncan High School in 1963 and attended the University of Oklahoma. She worked for Universal Fidelity Life Insurance Co. in Duncan and was an active member of the Ray of Hope Church in Comanche. 
Survivors include her parents, Loyd and Joan McLaughlin of Duncan; a son, Jason Cummings of Duncan; a daughter and son-in-law, Tammy and Michael Barrett of Davenport, Iowa; a stepson, Greg Cummings of Bray; a stepdaughter, Sonya Wheeler of Guam; a sister, Deborah S. Dover of Lawton and her children, Christopher Dover of Dallas and Melissa Dover of Kodiak Island, Alaska; six grandchildren, Jordon and Blake Barrett of Davenport, Erica Robinson of Marlow, Cody Cummings of Bray and Candi and Kylie Cunningham of Stillwater. 
Bearers will be members of Ray of Hope Church.


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