Miscellaneous Payne County, Oklahoma Obituaries


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Eldon Briscoe
Eldon Leroy Briscoe, 45, died Friday, Oct. 6, 2000, at his home in Glencoe.

Services with Rev. Fernando Padilla Jr. and Minister Kent Mantle officiating will be today at 2 p.m. at the Glencoe First United Methodist Church.

Interment will follow at the Glencoe IOOF South Cemetery.

Strode Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

He was born Oct. 24, 1954, in Stillwater to Leroy and Lovenia (Smith) Briscoe.

He married Tonya Walker in 1989.

He attended Glencoe school through the second grade before moving to Kansas City, Kan. His family then moved back to the Stillwater area where he completed middle school but then returned to Kansas City and attended high school.

He then moved to Oklahoma City and worked at Tinker Air Force Base.

He married his first wife in 1978 and had his two eldest children. While in Kansas City he owned and operated many small businesses including a paint company and a glazing company.

In 1980 he met his second wife with whom he had four children.

In 1989, he moved to Stillwater, operated a small business on Main Street in Glencoe and met his third wife, Tonya, with whom he had two children.

They own land southeast of Stillwater where Eldon enjoyed raising peacocks, poultry and farm stock. He also enjoyed clearing and working their land.

In Jan., 1998, they moved to Glencoe where they purchased a 100 year old home which he refurbished for his family and where he lived until his passing.

Eldon was an avid golfer.

He was a small business owner and belonged to Moose Lodge 2089 and Eagles Lodge 4277, both in Stillwater.

He was predeceased by a four year old daughter, Lindsay Renee Briscoe.

In addition to his wife, Tonya, he is survived by four sons, Clayton A. Briscoe and Caylin Blue Briscoe, both of Glencoe, and Brandon and Austin Briscoe, both of Lee Summit, Mo.; three daughters, Lesley Shull, of Glencoe, Amanda Briscoe, of Lees Summit, Mo., and Holly Briscoe of Glencoe; two grandchildren, Shyanne and Moriah Shull, of Glencoe; two brothers, Ronald Hanes, of Liberty, Mo. and Lyndel Hanes, of Stillwater; two sisters, Linda Arthur, of Stillwater and Tanja Johnson, of Liberty, Mo.; his parents, Lovenia (Smith) Hanes, of Kansas City, Kan. and father, Leroy Briscoe, of Stillwater; his paternal great-grandmother, with whom Eldon was particularly close to, Retha Trimble, of Stillwater, and paternal grandmother, Ruby Hoggatt, of Stillwater.

Memorials may be made to a memorial fund for Eldon's two youngest children, Holly and Caylin, C/O Strode Funeral Home, 610 S. Duncan, Stillwater, OK 74074.

Condolences may be e-mailed the family at <strodefh@aol.com>.

This obituary is being reprinted for the family to correct daughter's last name. It should have been listed as Holly Briscoe, not Shull.


Mable Bickell
Mable "Butch" Ridpath Bickell, 97, Stillwater, died Saturday, Oct. 7, 2000, at the Grace Living Center, Stillwater.

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Christian Union Church. Larry Eslinger, Charles Wall and Ted Gibson will officiate. Interment will be at the Tryon Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Strode Funeral Home.

Bickell was born May 23, 1903, in Goodnight to George Theodric and Orpha Jane (Foust) Ridpath. She married Asa Arthur Bickell in January 1930. He died in 1952.

Bickell attended schools in Goodnight. After she was married, the couple lived in the area of Goodnight and Merrick. After her husband's death, she continued to farm. In 1954 she commuted to Tryon schools where she worked as a cook. In 1956, she went to work as a cook for Oklahoma State University at Willard Hall. In 1957, she moved back to Tryon. She then moved to Perkins in 1958. She retired in 1965.

She enjoyed meeting with her friends once a week and caring for her youngest grandchild. In 1985, she had a stroke. In 1992, do to her failing health, her family moved her to Knoxville, Iowa to be near her daughter, Nellie.

She was brought back to Stillwater in 1995 to Grace Living Center where she lived until her death.

She loved cooking for her family, the outdoors and having family gatherings. She was known as "Butch" to many friends and family members and as "Mammie" to most of her grandchildren.

She was a member of the Congregational Church.

She is preceded in death by her husband; four brothers; two sisters; parents; and son, Bobby Dale Bickell.

Bickell is survived by three daughters, Nellie Ruth DeVos, Knoxville, Iowa; Georgia Doreen Dickinson-Roe, Puyallup, Wash.; and Sharon Kay Burch and husband Ron, Sayre; two sons, George Thomas Bickell, Tryon; Roy Arthur Bickell, Burley, Idaho; two sisters, Grace Houston and husband Glen, Stillwater; and Nell "Auntie" Youngker, Stillwater; 16 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren.

Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.


John Rowland
John Dare Rowland, 77, died Friday, Oct. 6, 2000, in Perkins.

Services, with Ken Mantle officiating, will be Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Strode Chapel. Cremation will follow the services.

Strode Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

He was born Jan. 20, 1923, in Hulbert to John Elgin and Ollie (Ferguson) Rowland.

He married Shirley Irene Moor Jan. 31, 1990, in Bakersfield, Calif.

John attended schools in Hulbert and Richmond, Calif. He was a ship builder and worked for Kerr-McGee Chemical Plant. He was also in the Sea Bees on Guam construction battalion in the civil service.

He was a member of the Glencoe Church of Christ and the Longshoreman's and Miners unions. He was a heavy equipment worker

John wasn't a man of many words but when he did speak it came straight from the heart. The most important things to him were his love of God and his family.

He was so proud of his grandchildren and the things they have accomplished and hope to accomplish.

John was an avid sports fan. He loved the Forty-Niners and always gave his grandchildren a run for their money on the golf course.

Another one of his great loves was fishing, It didn't matter if the fish weighed 100 pounds or five pounds, he was happy. And, at age 65 he could still throw a mean baseball.

John was a wonderful caring husband and father and he will be missed so much by all who knew him.

He was predeceased by his parents, two brothers and one sister.

In addition to his wife of the home he is survived by one son, John Dare Rowland Jr., of Klamath Falls, Ore.; one daughter, Kristi Kaye Fox, of Livermore, Calif.; one step-son, Richard Schultz, of Granite; four grandchildren, Troy and Todd Rowland, of Lawton, and Ryan and Cierra Fox, of Livermore, Calif.; one great-grandchild, Tracy Lynn Rowland, of Lawton; and two sisters, Marie Burgess, of Corvallis, Ore., and Evelyn Rowland of Bakersfield, Calif.

William Gray
William Cyril Gray, 75, died at his Glencoe residence Monday, Oct. 9, 2000.

Graveside services will be held Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Bethel Cemetery under the direction of Colonial Chapel Funeral Home.

Gray was born Aug. 8, 1925, in Ashdown, Ark., to Hubbert Cyril and Julia William McCuller Gray. On Nov. 2, 1942, he married Doris E. Pickett.

They moved to Payne County in the summer of 1985 to be closer to their daughter and grandchildren.

They were owners of Granny's Country Crafts, east of Stillwater.

Gray preached the Gospel of Christ from 1947-1975 and he and his wife carried the gospel into many foreign lands including Israel. They spent most of their married life in service of the Lord.

He was a member of the American Legion and served as commander, vice commander and chaplain of Post No. 517 in Tawakoni, Texas.

Gray was predeceased by one brother, Hubbert Lee Gray and his parents.

Survivors include his wife of the home; one daughter, Ellen Gray Robinson and her husband Ronald; one grandson, Abbott (Rusty) Cyril Gray Robinson and his wife Donna Breckenridge Quattlebaum Robinson and one granddaughter, Dabora Robinson;

Also, four great-grandchildren, Jerry Robinson-Quattlebaum and his wife Sarah Disney, Amber Robinson-Quattlebaum, Andrew Cyril Gray Robinson and William Dean Robinson; one great-great granddaughter, Kayleigh Rayne Quattlebaum and one great-great-grandson, Tarrance Samual Quattlebaum;

And, one brother, Harvey Gray and his wife Peggy Pond of Farmers Branch, Texas; two sisters, Juliette Gray Rough and her husband Duane of Silverdale, Wash., and Patsy Helen Gray Johnson and her husband Roger Johnson of Port Orchard, Wash.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be sent in his name to the International Myeloma Foundation, 12650 Riverside Drive, Suite 206, North Hollywood, Calif., 91607, or e-mail The IMF@myeloma.org.

Harvey Gulley
Brigadier General (Ret) Harvey Gordon Gulley, 65, of Oklahoma City, died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2000, at his home.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Oklahoma City.

He was born Feb. 23, 1935, in Stigler. He graduated from Stigler High School and from Oklahoma State University with a BA in Architectural Engineering. He was in private practice as an architect and a professional engineer since June, 1971 and was president of Gulley & Affiliates, Inc. of Oklahoma City.

He was commissioned in ROTC in 1958 and served over 32 years in active service. During his military career he received the Legion Of Merit Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Service Medal with Two Ten-year Devices, Army Service Ribbon and Oklahoma Distinguished Service Medal.

Responsibilities during USAR inactive duty included G-4, HHC, 95th Division (Training), Commander, 1st Brigade, (SUT), 95th Division, (Training), Commander, 95th Division Maneuver Training Command (MTC, and Assistant Division Commander, (BG on Mob), 95th Division (Training).

He was a member of The American Institute of Architects (State and National), National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, National Society of Professional Engineers, Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, Society of American Military Engineers, Association of the US Army (AUSA), Oklahoma State University Alumni Association as a Life Member, Senior Army Reserve Officers Association (ROA) (SARCA), American Concrete Institute, Lions Club of America, Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, National Federation of Independent Business, Employer Support for Guard and Reserves (ESGR) serving as State Chair, and Oklahoma Structural Engineers Association. He also served as a deacon at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Beltz Gulley of the home; son, Eugene Randall Gulley of Oklahoma City; and Harvey Gordon (Butch) Gulley, of Oklahoma City.

Memorials may be made in his name to the 95th Division Association or to Mercy Hospice.

A thank you is extended to Dr. Elizabeth Syzek and the Mercy Hospice Caregivers for their loving care.


Vica Spyres
Vica Lou Spyres died Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2000, following a brief illness.

Spyres was born July 13, 1900, to Minerva Jane Dennis and Clarence Otto Cotterman who lived in rural Kingfisher County. Shortly thereafter, the family moved to Yale where she resided for some 98 plus years as one of the most loyal residents. At an early age Vica began her work ethic at her home and worked outside the home at Yale's first laundry owned by Charles Holme. She continued her laundry career after marrying William Clark Spyres Dec. 26, 1918.

There were four children born to the marriage: Pauline Spyres Sharpton, Otto Jay "Bud" Spyres, the late Lloyd Spyres and Don Spyres

She is survived by 10 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, eight great great grandchildren and a host of friends, neighbors and admirers.

One of her proudest accomplishments was to have three sons, her son-in-law and grandson served our country during World War II. "Bud," Lloyd and Earl Sharpton served in the Army. Don and Jerry Spyres served in the Navy.

She worked continuously during her life raising flowers, working in her vegetable gardens, canning and making jelly, tending to her chickens and animals which provided for her family, friends and neighbors. Her love was to work for the benefit of others.

Vica shared her love for Jesus as a loyal and dedicated Christian member of Grace Assembly of God Church She was a devoted and regular attending member well into her 90s. Even after her health kept her from attending, she continued setting a Christian example at the Tender Loving Care in Yale with her beloved roommate, Vera, family and friends

She will be greatly missed as her spirit and love lives on in our heart and memories.


Eddie Hoggatt
Eddie B. Hoggatt, 80, Stillwater, died Thursday Oct. 12, 2000, at the Stillwater Medical Center.

Graveside services are scheduled for Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Sunset Memorial Gardens. Revs. Hartley Freeman and Leonne Worcester will officiate. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Colonial Chapel Funeral Home.

Hoggatt was born Dec. 8, 1919, to John W. and Hattie (Burr) Hoggatt in Noble County. He married Sue Cottman in 1946 in Newkirk. He also was married to Ruby Trimble and Dorothy Cottman. Sue and Dorothy preceded him in death.

He attended schools in Perry. After his education, he joined the U.S. Army where he served with Gen. George S. Patton's Third Army as a Tank Commander in the European Theater during World War II. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. At the completion of the war, he was honorably discharged and returned to the family farm.

He later worked at Fox Lumber Company and Bob Barnes Automobile dealership. In 1955, he began employment with Bob Burk Oil Company as Assistant General Manager, retiring in 1984 after 29 years. He greatly enjoyed dominoes and watching sporting events. He was a member of the Perkins Christian Church.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Aurelia J. Thompson; one grandson, Duane Childers; his first wife and third wife.

He is survived by one son, Dale Childers and wife Barbara Kay, Stillwater; two grandchildren, Kevin Childers and wife Jacque, Stillwater; Debbie Lomax and husband David, Marietta, Ga.; four great grandchildren; niece, Sandy Cook and husband Charles, Broken Arrow; nephew, Larry Thompson and wife Dana, St. Louis, Mo.; step-nephews, Gerald Thompson, Arlington, Texas; Gordon Thompson and wife Jo Ann, Locust Grove; great nieces, Janie Dale, Claremore; Angela Morgan, Skiatook; Amie Payne, Skiatook; great nephews, Brian Thompson, Tulsa; and Scott Thompson, Tulsa.

Honorary pallbearers are Bob Burk, Kevin Childers and Jeff Bales.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to American Diabetes Association, 1211 N. Shartel Ave. Suite 603, Oklahoma City, 73112; or to the American Cancer Society Memorial Program, Heartland Division, 4323 N.W. 63 St. Suite 110, Oklahoma City, Okla. 73116-1513. 

Lorraine Marie Akin
Lorraine Marie Akin worked for Oklahoma State University for many years.

She died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2000, at Longmeadow Care Center in Justin, Texas, at age 84.

Hudgens Funeral Home in Justin, Texas, is in charge of arrangements.

She was born April 23, 1916, in Stillwater to James Joseph and Josephine Bell (Clark) Donovan.

She married Dwight Akin on Feb. 10, 1938, in Stillwater. He died May 11, 1982.

She worked for OSU as a food service worker until her retirement on May 12, 1978.

She is survived by two sons, Rennie Dale (Pete) Akin of Ponder, Texas, and Joe Akin of Portland, Ore.; one brother, Gene Donovan of Stillwater; two sisters, Phillis Brown of Stillwater and Pat Benis of Morrison; five grandchildren, Sherry Salisbury of Pikeville, Ky., Ann Cooksey of Stillwater, Dale Morton of Pikeville, Ky., Hank Akin of Crescent City, Calif., and Debra Treadwell, of Arkansas; and two great-grandchildren.


Cynthia Dobson
Cynthia Dobson of Yale enjoyed cooking, gardening, sewing and liked to crochet.

She died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2000, at Yale Nursing Home at age 89.

Graveside services will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m., with the Rev. John Holderread officiating. Interment will be at Lawson Cemetery, Yale, under the direction of Strode Funeral Home.

The casket will be closed at the cemetery.

She was born May 15, 1911, in Gainesville, Mo., to Jimmy Robison and Ella (Strong) Robison. She attended a country school north of Gainesville, Mo., and Council Valley School in the Yale area after coming to Oklahoma, where she lived on the family farm and worked with her parents.

She married Loren Dale Dobson on Feb. 6, 1932, in Yale. She moved to the farm with Loren, where they lived until 1950. They moved to Cushing in 1950, where Loren began working in the oil fields.

In 1958, they moved to Stillwater and both began working at Oklahoma State University. After his death, Cynthia stayed in Stillwater until 1944, when she moved to Cushing.

She was a member of Christian Church, worked for OSU maintenance and was a farmer and homemaker.

She was predeceased by her parents, husband, three sisters and three brothers.

She is survived by one son, Billy Joe Dobson and his wife, Janice, of Cushing; two grandchildren, Jayson Dobson of Cushing and Jinni Fields of Edmond; and four great-grandchildren, Bryan Newton, Sarah Newton, Martha Dobson and Myles Dobson; one brother, Paul Robison, and one sister, Lottie Lacy, both of Yale.

Memorials may be made to Judith Karman Hospice or the hospice of choice.

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