Miscellaneous Delaware County, Oklahoma Obituaries


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GROVE - Joseph Edward Vandevier, 76, passed away Tuesday, September 18, at the Tulsa Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at Grove First Baptist Church at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 21. Graveside services will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Oak Park Cemetery in Chandler, Okla. Dr. Robin Cowin to officiate.
Born on October 10, 1924 in Chandler, Okla., he had resided in the Grove area since 1973 when he established and operated Van's Printing. Before his retirement from business in the mid 1980's, Mr. Vandevier served as president of the Grove Chamber of Commerce for two terms and was chairman of Grove's Planning and Zoning Commission. An avid golfer, he worked at the Cherokee Grove Golf Course following his retirement.
A 1942 graduate of Chandler High School, Mr. Vandevier served as Quartermaster First Class aboard the Escort Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. Altamaha in the western Pacific during World War II. Following the war, his Navy training in celestial, radio, and Loran navigation qualified him as a surveyor and field manager for several oil exploration companies. During the late 1940's while working in oil exploration, Mr. Vandevier and his family lived in Wyoming, New Mexico, Colorado, North Dakota, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.
Following training in graphic arts and printing at Oklahoma State Technical School in Okmulgee, Okla., Mr. Vandevier worked for the Chandler News Publicist and the Lincoln County Republican, both in Chandler. From 1957 through 1960, he was the publisher and editor of the Dewey Herald in Dewey, Okla.
During the 1960's and 1970's, Mr. Vandevier operated commercial printing businesses in Joplin, Mo., Claremore, Okla., Grove, and Chandler. He was a member of Grove's First Baptist Church and had served as a deacon at Trinity Baptist Church in Claremore, and Connor Avenue Baptist Church in Joplin, Mo.
In addition to golf, Mr. Vandevier enjoyed fishing, hunting, traveling, and rebuilding cars. He especially enjoyed camping with his family in the San Juan Mountains in south central Colorado.
Mr. Vandevier is survived by his wife of 55 years, Virginia DeSilver Vandevier, of Grove; Joe and Carolyne Vandevier, son and daughter-in-law, of Claremore; Kay and Joe Henry, daughter and son-in-law of Claremore; Edith Hammons of Tulsa; Judith and Robert Carter, daughter and son-in-law, of Phoenix, Ariz.; seven grandchildren, Barry Vandevier of Pleasanton, Calif., Douglas Henry of Waco, Texas, Robin Vandevier of Tulsa, Jenifer Henry of New York, Lori Youderian of Ardmore, Okla., Serette Smith of Dallas, Texas, and Colin Carter of San Diego, Calif.; and one great granddaughter, Kiley Vandevier of Pleasanton, Calif.

GROVE - James Marion Vaughn, 56, died Wednesday after a long illness. He was born on Sept. 24, 1945 in Siloam Springs, Ark., to Watson Kathleen Vaughn. He married Franna Schrom on June 21, 1965 in Spavinaw, Okla. She survives.
He lived in Grove for the past 20 years and worked at Simmons Industries for 35 years. He was an avid sportsman who loved fishing, hunting and spending time with his family. 
He is survived by his father and mother, Watson and Kathleen Vaughn, of Goodman, Mo.; three brothers, David Vaughn of Anderson, Mo., Cedilla Vaughn of Grove, and Sam Vaughn of Anderson, Mo.; four sisters, Judy Fry and husband, Bill, of Southwest City, Mo., Caroline Gibbons and husband, Joe, of Decatur, Ark., Ruth Farriester and husband, Carl, of Centeron, Ark., and Shirley Watson of Longview, Mo.; four children, Jesse and Sandy Vaughn of Jay, Okla., April and Raymond Cook of Grove, Frank Vaughn of Grove, and Brandi Vaughn of the home; eight grandchildren, Trenton Vaughn, Colten Vaughn, Kayla Gaines, Jessica Greer, Delaney Vaughn, Hunter Vaughn, Lorren Cook and Spencer Cook.
Services were at Mt. Hermon Church at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Burial was at Polson Cemetery west of Southwest City, Mo.
Arrangements were under the direction of Turner Funeral Chapel, Grove.

COLCORD, Okla. - Myrtle Welch Vause, 97-year-old resident of Colcord, died Wednesday, December 19, 2001, at Siloam Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Siloam Springs, Ark. Born March 9, 1904, in Maysville, Ark., she was the daughter of Frank Alvin Welch and Cora Bill (Gadberry) Welch. Mrs. Vause had been a resident of the Colcord area for most of her life. She was a schoolteacher and a member of Countryside Bible Church in Colcord.
Survivors include nine grandchildren, Joe Ethridge and Reese Ethridge, both of Jay, Oklahoma; Dani Sue Wofford of Colcord; Julie Williams of Gentry, Ark.; Wesley Ethridge, Randy Ethridge, Ricky Ethridge, Elizabeth Kaye Kinnamon and Marcus Vause, all of Tulsa; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and one brother, Edward "Dick" Welch of Colcord.
Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 22, 2001, at Wasson Memorial Chapel, with Pastor Edward Billups officiating. Burial will follow in Bloomfield Cemetery, near Gentry, Ark. Services are under the direction of Wasson Funeral Home, Siloam Springs, Ark. 

VINITA, Okla. - Myrtle Verner, 83-year-old longtime Vinita resident, passed away early Saturday morning, April 7, 2001 at her residence. Mrs. Verner was born on February 25, 1918 in Beloit, Kan., to Emmet and Ida Mae (Moss) Wagner. Myrtle was a charter member of the Genealogical Society in Vinita, Woman's Aglow, Gold Star Mothers, Compassion Missionaries for supporting children, and various Christian charities. She was also a member of the First United Methodist Church in Vinita. Mrs. Verner was preceded in death by both of her parents, husbands Earl P. Verner and Lewis R. Hall, a son, Gary Hall, and brother, Paul E. Wagner.
She is survived by her children, Diane Thrash and husband, Rick, of Mission, Texas, Nancy Elaine Hall of Vinita, Mark Hall and wife, Terry, of Newman, Ga., and Michael Hall and wife, Laura, of Sharpsburg, Ga.; sister, Deloris L. Henderson and husband, T.D., of Nashville, Tenn.; sister-in-law Rose Wagner of Miami, Okla.; 11 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, extended family and close friends. 
Friends and relatives are making donations to Samaritan's Purse, 801 Bamboo Road, Boone, NC 28607 in memory of Myrtle. 
Funeral services were held on April 11 at 2:00 p.m. at the Luginbuel Funeral Chapel with Rev. George Vaughn and Bob McSpadden officiating. Burial followed on the family plot at Fairview Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Luginbuel Funeral Service of Vinita.

BILOXI, Miss. - Wayne Vowell, age 73, was called home April 8, 2001 after a long battle with lung cancer. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and will be missed by all family and friends. 
Mrs. Vowell was born in Zama, Miss. September 29, 1927. He graduated in 1945 as Valedictorian from Walnut High School. He continued his education at the University of Alabama and graduated in 1957 with a Business of Arts Degree in Radio Broadcasting. He was elected to the Who's Who of Mississippi in 1990. He served in the United States Army as a medic during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Vowell moved to Biloxi with his new bride, Ann, in 1960 to continue his broadcasting career. He began working for WVMI and was General Manager of WVMI/WQID when they were the top two radio stations on the coast. He was employed with these radio stations for 34 years. He retired in 1994. Wayne Vowell was a member of the First Baptist Church of Biloxi, a 20-year member of the Rotary Club, and a member/board member of the Mississippi Broadcasters' Association. He was preceded in death by his parents, H.C. and Estelle Vowell, a sister, Zulla Houston, and two brothers, Doyle Vowell and Don Vowell.
Wayne is survived by his wife of 41 years, Ann Vowell, of Biloxi; three brothers, Vernon Vowell of Batesville, Miss., Dallas Vowell of Denver, Colo., and Joe Vowell of Grove; three daughters, Katrina Vowell of D'Iberville, Kimberly Martino of Biloxi and her fiancé, John Hann, and Kara Vesa and husband, Alex Vesa, of Biloxi, and two grandsons, Hunter Fairchild and Austin Martino, both of Biloxi.
The funeral service was Thursday, April 12, at 10 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Burial was in Southern Memorial Park.

SALLISAW, Okla. - Clyde Dale Wadley, 72-year-old Sallisaw resident, passsed away Wednesday, May 3, 2001 at Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa. He was born April 5, 1929 in Tulsa County to William Clyde and Mary M. (Taylor) Wadley. He was a retired Heavy Equipment Operator. Clyde was united in marriage to Joyce (Sullins) on September 11, 1970 at Hutcinson, Kan.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce, of the home; daughter, Dalene Shaw of Atlanta, Ga.; step-daughter, Sharon Parkhurst of Little Rock, Ark.; step-sons, Steven Connell of Barling, Ark., and Mark Connell of Sallisaw, Okla; sisters, LaVaughna Wadley Orman of Tulsa, Okla., and Ramona Wadley Collins of Sperry, Okla.; brother, Delvin Earnest Wadley of Cleora, Okla.; sister-in-law, Juanita Wadley of Vinita, Okla.; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Clyde was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Clyde Dale Wadley, Jr., and brother, Billy Joe Wadley.
Graveside services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Sixkiller Cemetery in Afton. Rev. George Vaughn will officiate. Interment will be in Sixkiller cemetery. Services are under the direction of Burckhalter Funeral Home.

TULSA, Okla. - Nancy Eileen (Grubb) Wadley, 75, died Tuesday, December 11, 2001 in Tulsa, Okla. She was born September 24, 1926 in Shenandoah, Pa. Preceded in death by parents, Barney and Irene Grubb, husband, George F. Robinson, son, George B. Robinson, four brothers and one sister.
Survived by: husband, Paskel Wadley; daughter, Lori Jones, Shelbyville, Tenn.; sons, Gregory Robinson, Topeka, Kan., Keith Robinson, Glenpool, Okla., Mark Robinson, Lutz, Fla., and Trudy Cecco, Jacksonville, Fla.; 11 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. 
Services were held 1 p.m. Thursday, December 13, Oliver-Whisenhunt Chapel. Interment in Fort Gibson National Cemetery.

SOUTHWEST CITY, Mo. - Robert B. Walker, 94, of Southwest City, Mo., died on Saturday, November 10, 2001 at 11 a.m. at Grove General Hospital in Grove after an illness. Mr. Walker was born on March 2, 1907 in Grove to the late Bob and Mae (Carr) Walker. He had lived all of his life in the Southwest City and Tiff City, Mo. ,areas. He was a member of the Seneca United Methodist Church. He worked first in construction, then as the postmaster in Tiff City, then served as Missouri State Representative from this area. He finished his working career as a Dairy Price Inspector for the State of Missouri. He was a 50+ member of the Masons of Southwest City and later in Anderson, Mo. He was a member of the Scottish Rite in Tulsa, Okla. He married Marie Tosh on April 3, 1934. 
Survivors include: his wife, Marie; one sister, Opal Cochran, Phoenix, Ariz., and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Walker will be cremated and private family service will be held at a later date. His remains will be buried in the Council House Cemetery in Tiff City, Okla. Memorial contributions in memory of Mr. Walker may be given to the Council House Cemetery in care of the Ozark Funeral Home, P.O. Box 520, Anderson, MO 64831.

TOPEKA, Kan. - Emma "Mae" Walthall, 82-years-old, died Tuesday, August 28, 2001. She was born May 1, 1919 in Cheraw, Colo., to John David and Annie Flora (Yaden) Benge. She married Carmen Lee Walthall March 9, 1935 in Jay, Okla. She has lived in the Topeka, Kan., area for 60 years. Emma was a member of the Community Baptist Church in Willard, and bowled in several Topeka bowling leagues.
Survivors are: two daughters, Anna Mae Viergever, of Auburn, Kan., and Judy Walthall, of Topeka, Kan.; four sons, John E. Walthall, and Richard L. Walthall, both of Lawrence, Kan., James "Lawrence" Walthall, of Joplin, Mo., and Brett Alan Walthall, of Topeka, Kan.; 19 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 4, at the Parker-Price Chapel. Interment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, Topeka. Emma "Mae" Walthall will lie in state at Parker-Price Mortuary after 4 p.m. Monday, September 3, where the family will receive friends from 7 - 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions can be sent to American Cancer Society, 1315 S.W. Arrowhead Rd, Topeka, KS 66604-4020.
Services are under the direction of Parker-Price Mortuary, Topeka, Kan.

JAY, Okla. - Annie Watermelon, a lifelong resident of Jay, died Thursday, September 13, 2001 at the age of 88 in her home at Watermelon Holler.
She was born on February 19, 1913 in Delaware County to John and Luella (Peak) Watermelon. She was a homemaker and a member of the Tsa-La-Gi Methodist Church in Jay, and a full blood member of the Cherokee Nation.
Even though she never had any children of her own, she was known as "grandma" to all children and loved them all.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Lillie Ketcher and a baby sister Watermelon; and five brothers, Lee, Ketcher, Ned, Wilson, and a baby boy Watermelon.
Survivors are: a sister-in-law, Viola Watermelon; seven nieces, Edna Sultzer, Melvina King, Lou Ella Edward, Ruth Pickup, Billie Nofire, Kittie Sharp and Pam Coatney; and three nephews, Clifford Loftis, Buck and Aaron Tanner.
The funeral was at 2 p.m. on Monday, September 17, in the Tsa-La-Gi Indian Methodist Church in Jay. The interment was in the Indianola Cemetery. The services were under the directions of the Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home in Jay.

LANGLEY, Okla. - L.C. "Carl" Watson, 73, passed away on Monday, October 15, 2001 in Broken Arrow, Okla. He was born October 4, 1928 in Barnsdall, Okla., to Olen Wesley and Teresa Helen Watson. Carl grew up in Tulsa, Okla., where he graduated from Will Rogers High School with the class of 1946. He attended college at OSU before enlisting in the United States Air Force, where he attained the rank of Lieutenant while serving in Germany and France. Carl married Suzanne Wildenmann on June 26, 1954 in Tulsa. She preceded him in death March 7, 2000, as did a son, Bill Watson, on July 2, 2001, and his parents. Carl retired from Gea-Rainey Corp. of Catoosa, Okla., in 1998 after 25 years with the company. He was still working part time for the company at the time of his death. 
Surviving are: a daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Larry Kropp, Quapaw, Okla.; one son, Terry Watson, Tulsa; four grandchildren, Jennifer Smith and husband, Brian, Colony, Texas; Robin Parmley, Langley; Katie Kropp, Russelville, Ark.; David Kropp, Tahlequah, Okla.; six great-grandchildren Jarrett, Sydney, Emma-Leigh, Ashlyn, Wendell and McKabe; his fiancé and high school sweetheart, Joan Beam, Broken Arrow, Okla.; four brothers-in-law, Jerry Wildenmann, Langley, Mark Wildenman, Palm Springs, Calif., Charlie and wife, Karen, Wildenmann, Twin Falls, Idaho, and Phil and wife, Dixie, Wildenmann, Disney, Okla.; a sister-in-law, Karen and husband, Jim Murray, Lumpkin, Ga.; one uncle, Paul Ford and wife, Judy, of Tahlequah, Okla., and many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends, 
The family will receive friends and relatives at the Watson home, west of Ketchum, Okla., Thursday evening, October 18. Memorial services will be held 2 p.m. Friday, October 19, at the First Christian Church, Langley. Officiating jointly will be Pastor Joel Rutherford and Steve Broderick. Services will be under the direction of the Turner Funeral Chapel, Langley.

MIAMI, Okla. - Opal Kathleen Weaver, 65, of Miami, formerly of rural Fairland, died Thursday, May 17, 2001 at Baptist Regional Health Center. Mrs. Weaver was born February 19, 1936 in Fairland, Okla. to Bart and Ella (Johnson) Richardson. She has lived in Ottawa County most of her life. Mrs. Weaver was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith. She married Wayne Weaver, Sr. on March 5, 1955 in Miami.
She is survived by her husband, Wayne Weaver Sr., of the home; a son, Wayne Weaver, Jr. of Cardin, Okla.; two brothers, Robert Richardson of Miami, and Benjamin Charles Richardson of Picher, Okla., and two grandchildren. 
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 19, in the Sixkiller Cemetery south of Afton, Okla. Rev. Clyde Stilley will officiate. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Guilford-Thomas Funeral Home Commerce.

JAY, Okla. - Mary Le Weeley, 81, went to be with the Lord at 3:44 a.m. September 26, 2001 at Grove General Hospital. 
Mary Weeley was born to John and Ti Anna (Rider) Levi in Terasita, Okla., on September 24, 1920. She lived in the Oaks Mission after her parents died in 1929. Mrs. Weeley married Jim Blackbear at Kenwood, Okla., on January 25, 1936. He preceded her in death on February 18, 1972. She married Dick Weeley on May 8, 1977 and he preceded her in death on March 17, 1993. Mrs. Wheeley was a lifetime resident of the Jay area. She was past president of the Women's Missionary Union at Steeley Baptist Church and enjoyed sewing quilts with the sisters of the church. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother who will be missed by her family and friends.
Survivors are: four sons, Jimmy Blackbear, and Joseph Blackbear, both of Jay, Richard Blackbear of Eucha, and John Blackbear, of Kenwood; three daughters, Marie Weeley and husband, Leo, of Jay, Lois King and husband, Homer, of Kenwood, and Margaret Goins of Grove; son-in-law, Gerald Williams, of Eucha; one stepson, Robert Staller, of Jay; three stepdaughters, Betty Wilson of Lanagan, Mo., and Annabelle Lowe and Maybelle Thrasher, both of Noel, Mo.; two stepbrothers, Lee Weeley and Leo Weeley, both of Jay; 27 grandchildren, and 30 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husbands, one son, Gerald Blackbear, and one daughter, Diane Williams.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, September 28, at Steeley Baptist Church with Richard Soldier and Larry Kingfisher officiating. Burial will follow at Yellow Tree Cemetery. Family will greet friends on Thursday, September 27, from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. 
Services are under the direction of Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Jay.

CLAREMORE, Okla. - Agnes (Tootie) Welch of Claremore, Okla., passed away August 23 at her home. Mrs. Welch, wife of Butler H. Welch, former Grove resident, was born near Tahlequah, Okla.
Survivors are her husband, Butler, of the home; one son, John Cobb Welch, and grandchildren.
Services are pending with Musgrove-Merritt-Smith Funeral home of Claremore.

WYANDOTTE, Okla. - Wesley G. Wentworth died at his home Thursday,after a lengthy illness. He was 74. He was born at Clearwater, Kan., on April 10, 1927 to Claude and Emma Arbsland Wentworth. He was a veteran, having served in the US Air Force. He was a self-employed drilling contractor and electrician before retiring. He had lived at Wyandotte for six years, coming from Grove, where he had lived for 30 years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Grove. He married Mary Lou Sanderson at Tulsa on December 7, 1947. 
Survivors include: his wife, Mary Lou; two daughters, Elizabeth Ann Schmohe and husband, Rodney, Wyandotte, and Carol Lee Melcolm, Joplin, Mo.; a brother, Donald R. Wentworth, Lakewood, Colo.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. 
The body has been cremated. A memorial graveside service was conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, November 5, at Olympus Cemetery in Grove with Rev. Larry Kennard officiating. Arrangements provided by Adcock Funeral Home of Fairland.

GROVE - Francis "Frank" West, of Grove, died Thursday, March 30, 2001 at the Grand Lake Villa Nursing Home after a long illness. He was 82. Mr. West was born December 5, 1918 to William and Loukita Saltz West in Arkansas. He served in the United States Army during WWII and received numerous medals, including the Purple Heart. He was a lifetime area resident and spent most of his life farming and working as a mechanic in Grove and Southwest City, Mo. He was also a member of the American Legion. Mr. West married Cora England in 1946.
He is survived by his wife, Cora of Grove; one daughter, Fran Cearly and husband Phillip of Grove. Three sons, Don West and wife Kitty of Tulsa, Okla.; Rick West and wife, Sherry of Grove; Mike West and wife Alma of Commerce, Okla.; two brothers, Jud West of Grove, and Noel West of Washington State; nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Services will be 2:00 p.m.. Saturday, March 31, at the Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home in Grove. Rev. John E. Butler to officiate. Interment will be at the Butler Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 6-8:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

GROVE - James Richard West, Sr., age 67, died Wednesday, June 6, 2001 after a sudden illness. The son of Thomas and Daisy (Greer) West, he was born on August 15, 1933 in San Jose, Calif. Jim worked pipelining and was a member of the Teamsters Union. He retired in 1994 at which time he started West Yard Decor south of Grove. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, John West. Jim married Dorothy Jean Burger on July 16, 1954 in Grove.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy West, of Grove; children, Sherry Jean Lavender and husband, Bud, of Vinita, Okla., James Richard West, Jr. and wife, Ramona, of Heavener, Okla., Beth Ann Hubbard and husband, Wayne, of Chickasha, Okla., and Joey Glenn West and wife, Lisa, of Grove; two brothers, Robert West and wife, Lou, of Jay, Okla., and Larry West and wife, Nancy, of Grove; two sisters, Gladys Allen of Tulsa, Okla., and Doris West of Grove; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Services were 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 9, in the New Song Church with Pastor Steve Dyer officiating. The interment was at the Butler Cemetery. Services were under the directions of the Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home in Grove.

GROVE - Lorna A. Westberg died August 13, 2001 after a brave battle with cancer. She was born to Claus A. and Olga Westberg on June 17, 1922 in Fargo, N.C. Lorna's love of music was the reason she attended Concordia College in Minnesota and the University of Tulsa, pursuing her degree in music. World War II interrupted her quest for a sheepskin because she enlisted in the Women's Army Corp (WAC) and played in a traveling WAC band. After WWII she settled in Tulsa, and played with the Tulsa Symphony while working as a cartographer with large oil and gas related companies. After she retired, she moved to Meghan Coves in Grove where she has lived for the last eight years. Her friends will remember her love of life and independence. She never met a stranger. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors are: sister, Francine Falkon of Marietta, Ga.; son, Peter M. Bratlie and his wife, Toni, of Shreveport, La; three grandsons, Jason, Luke and Paul, all of Shreveport; a great-granddaughter, Zoe, also of Shreveport, and her close friend of 40 years, Connie Allen.
A gathering will be held to celebrate Lorna's life on Sunday, August 19, at 3:30 p.m. in the Meghan Coves Clubhouse.
The family wishes to express their appreciation to her many friends and caregivers. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the American Cancer Society or the Good Shepherd Hospice of Grove.

AFTON, Okla. - Ida O. Weston, 100, of Afton, Okla., died Wednesday, December 26, 2001 at Hillcrest Medical Center, Tulsa, Okla., after an illness.
Mrs. Weston was born June 27, 1901 in Pensacola, Okla., to Christopher E. and Mary Ann (Bowers) Sparks. She has lived in the Afton area most of her life.
Mrs. Weston was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church, Afton.
Mrs. Weston married Jay Weston in 1923, he preceded her in death in December 1969.
Survivors: great niece, Carolyn Birdsong, Sand Springs, Okla., and numerous nieces and nephews. Four sisters, one brother and one stillborn child preceded her in death.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Friday, December 28, in the Smith Funeral Home, Sapulpa, Okla. Rev. Todd Stewart officiated. Funeral services were under the direction of Guilford-Thomas Funeral Home, Afton. Burial was 2 p.m. Friday at the G.A.R. Cemetery, Miami, Okla., under the direction of Guilford-Thomas Funeral Home, Afton.

BARTLESVILLE, Okla.- Orpaha Jewell Wever, 77-year-old former Vinita resident, passed away Sunday, May 13, 2001 at the Heritage Villa Nursing Center in Bartlesville. 
Orpha Jewell was born February 19, 1924 in Ft. Cobb, Okla. to Harry and Inez (Beavel) Hayes. She was a retired telephone operator for Southwestern Bell and a member of the Telephone Pioneers of Okla., as well as a member of the First Baptist Church of Vinita. Orpha Jewell was united in marriage to Olen Ralph Wever on October 5, 1945, at Vinita. He preceded her in death on Nov. 13, 2000. 
She was also preceded in death by her parents and one brother. Survivors include three sons, Clifford Wever and wife, Karen, of Bartlesville, Gary Wever and wife, Restie, of Bellevue, Ne., and Paul Wever; one brother, Tommy Hayes, of Lubbock, Texas, and three grandchildren. 
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wed., May 16, at Bluejacket Cemetery in Bluejacket. Rev. Henry McClain, pastor of Bunker Hill Baptist Church, will officiate. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Wed., May 16, at Burckhalter Funeral Home. 
In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to the Washington County Emergency Management, P.O. Box 1155, Bartlesville, OK 74005, or to the Carter Hospice Care, One West 36th St. North, Suite 1, Tulsa, OK 74106. Services are under the direction of Burckhalter Funeral Home of Vinita.

GROVE - James Kenton Wheatley, 65, former Welch, Okla., resident, passed away Friday afternoon, November 9, 2001 at St. John's Hospital, in Joplin, Mo., after a short illness. Mr. Wheatley was born on October 30, 1936 in Welch, Okla. His parents were James E. and Beulah Ryan Wheatley. He attended school in Welch and was a graduate of the Welch High School Class of 1954. As a young man Mr. Wheatley worked with his father in the Wheatley Grocery Store in Welch. Later he became the owner of the business and operated it until 1969. After the store closed he became employed with the Frito Lay Company in Tulsa, Okla., for 17 years. Leaving Frito Lay, he began the Wheatley Vending Company in Afton with his son Stacy. On November 2, 1972 he married Betty Lou McGuire at the First Christian Church in Afton, Okla. For the last 30 years, he and his wife owned and operated the Dairy Ranch Drive In at Buffalo Ranch near Afton. Mr. Wheatley was a good Christian man and was a member of the First Christian Church in Welch, Okla. He served in the Untied States Army for several years. Although he worked hard his entire life, Mr. Wheatley always found time for the things that mattered most to him, his wife, children, and grandchildren. He enjoyed buying and selling antiques and had a special interest in antique cars.
Preceding Mr. Wheatley in death are his parents and one grandchild.
He is lovingly survived by: wife, Betty Lou; son, Stacy Wheatley, Grove; daughter, Terri Fitzpatrick, Bluejacket, Okla.; stepsons, Harold McGuire, Bluejacket, Okla., and Keet McGuire, Catoosa, Okla.; eight grandchildren, Albrey, Caleb, and Ryan Wheatley, all of Fairland, Okla., Kaitlin Fitzpatrick, Bluejacket, Okla., Courtney and Holly McGuire, Bluejacket, Okla., and Justin and Kendall McGuire, Grove; and many other dear relatives and friends.
Mr. Wheatley's services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, November 12, at the Independent Baptist Church in Grove. Reverend Ray Melugin officiated. Serving as pallbearers were: Jim Love, Glen Giles, Stacy Humble, Jerry Chandler, Link Bassett and Richard Bassett. Honorary Pallbearers were Bud Highsmith, Dick Bassett, Rubin Tipton, Jim Blyth, and Dale Stewart. Interment was in the Williams Timberhill Cemetery east of Welch. Mr. Wheatley's services were under the direction of Jim Thomas of the the Thomas Funeral Home in Welch.

MIAMI, Okla. - Irene Schooley White of Miami died at the Integris Baptist Regional Health Center at 3 a.m. Sunday, September 9, 2001 after an illness. She was 81.
Mrs. White was born November 29, 1919 to William Henry and Mary Kathryn (McClintic) Schooley at Miami. She was a graduate of Miami High School.
She had worked as a Professional Secretary for the late Bryce Ballinger, attorney. She later worked as a devoted Secretary to the late R.C. Nichols, Superintendent of the Miami Public School System, for 19 years, and as secretary to three ministers of the First Presbyterian Church, the Rev. J. Donald Kruithof, Rev. Dan Fullerton, and Rev. Patrick Hurley.
She married G.R. White on June 23, 1950 at Miami, he preceded her in death on January 28, 1997. Her parents and a sister, Mary, also preceded her in death.
Survivors are: one brother, William Schooley, of Coffeyville, Kan.; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Jane Eggiman, of Spring Lake, N.J.; and several nieces and nephews.
At the request of Mrs. White, no services are planned and the body has been cremated.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home of Miami.

WYANDOTTE, Okla. - Gordon M. Whitetree, 62, Wyandotte, died Monday afternoon at his home following a long illness. He was born October 4, 1938 at Wyandotte, the son of Ogal and Clara Jane Whitetree. He was a lifetime area resident. He owned and operated a retail tobacco shop. He served with the U.S. Air Force from 1954 until 1962. He graduated from Chillocco Indian School in Arkansas City, Kan., attended Longbeach City College and earned a degree in drafting. He married Catherine Ann Kish December 11, 1960 and she survives of the home.
Survivors are: two sons, Gordon A. Whitetree and wife, Suzanne, and their children, Hunter, Cheyenne, Ansley, Leland, and John Tanner, all of Kingsbay, Ga., and Clifton Michael Whitetree of Grove; one daughter, Stephanie M. Whitetree Vice and husband, Kent, and their children, Eva Catherine, Nina Elizabeth, Shannah Renee, and Stephanie Ann, all of Jay; sisters, Hazel Wallace, Christina Stanger, Margaret Dunning and Lenora Sparks, all of Wyandotte, and Becky Whitetree, Glenpool, Okla., Sallie Leaf, Wyandotte; two brothers, Tommy Whitetree, of Miami, and Terry Whitetree of Tulsa. He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Lind, three brothers, James White Eagle, Jerry D. Whitetree, and Clifton Rex Whitetree; one son, Matthias Schrimpscher Breat It Nail Whitetree, and by his parents.
Graveside services and Indian Rites will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Bassett Grove Cemetery, N.E. of Grove, at the Seneca Cayuga Tribal Grounds. Paul Barton will conduct the service.
Pallbearers will be Richard Wallace, Craig Stanger, James White Eagle, Jr., Patrick Leaf, Dale Whitetree, Greg Sparks, Tracy Whitetree, and Mike Lane. Honorary Pallbearers will be John Froman, Terry Battenfield, Charlie Logan, Ed Osborn and Rick Stewart.
Gordon will lie in state at the family home, 103 E. Broadway, Wyandotte. Services are under the direction of Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home, Seneca, Mo.

GROVE - Roger Miles Whitney, 55, died October 20, 2001 at Grove Nursing Center after a lengthy illness. Services were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, October, 23, at Ellis Family Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Sam Carper officiating. 
Roger Whitney was born on March 24, 1946 in Wichita, Kan., to Elza William Whitney and Mildred Margaret Reiswig Whitney. He attended Grove High School and NEO A&M College. Mr. Whitney married Sherry Hibbard on November 27, 1970 in Grove. He worked as a boat mechanic for Terra Miranda for over 28 years. His hobbies included fishing, playing pitch and bowling.
He is survived by his wife, Sherry, of Grove; three sons, Joe and wife, Candy, of Grove, Michael and wife, Kim, U.S. Army Germany, and Brent and wife, Michelle, of Grove; two brothers, Leon Whitney, Grove, and Douglas Whitney and wife, Ione, Port Orchard, Wash.; five sisters, Connie Whitney and Bonnie Whitney, both of Duncan, Okla., Rita Case and husband, Gary, Grove, Paula Medders, Grove, and Carla May and husband, David, Ketchum, Okla.; sister-in-law, Diana Whitney, Grove; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father in 1970 and his mother in 1976.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, University of Washington, Genetic Section, 1660 S. Colombian Way, Seattle, WA. Services are entrusted to Ellis Family Funeral Home, Grove.

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