Miscellaneous Payne County, Oklahoma Obituaries


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Monica Berry
Monica Irene Bishop Berry, 76, Stillwater, died Friday, Dec. 29, 2000, at her residence.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church with Rev. Robert Fellows officiating. Burial will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery.

Colonial Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She was born in Stillwater Nov. 15, 1924, the only child of Irene Bennett Kimball and John Lester 'Dutch' Bishop, Jr. and was raised in Albuquerque, New Mex., Colorado Springs, Colo., Bethesda, Md, and Stillwater.

Berry was an honorary member of the Stillwater High School class of 1942 and attended Monticello College in Godfrey, Ill., Mt. Holyoke College in Massachusetts and Oklahoma State University.

She married Robert Nelson Berry in July of 1944 in Stillwater. He died from combat wounds suffered during WW II in France in April, 1945, a few weeks before their children, twin boys, Jim and Kim, were born in Washington, D.C. In March of 1949 she married his brother, Air Force Major George Malcolm Berry in San Antonio, Texas. They moved from there to Denver, Colo.

In 1952 the family spent one year in Japan and then when George retired from the Air Force they returned to Stillwater.

Monica was one of the earliest members of Town and Gown Community Theater of Stillwater. For almost 50 years she tirelessly supported Town and Gown in the office, backstage in many capacities including directing and appeared as an actress in numerous plays.

She was also a supervisor for the census of 1960, involved in OSU International Student Society, League of Women Voters, operated the Tennis Racket on Knoblock Street and was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Alumni.

Her hobbies included crossword puzzles, reading and traveling with friends and family especially to the Osage Indian dances each year in early June. She was a life-long member of the Republican Party and voted regularly even after she suffered a stroke in September of 1992.

She was predeceased by her father, Dutch Bishop, her stepmother, Irene Ward Bishop, her stepfather, Frank Kimball and both husbands.

Monica lived life to the fullest and touched many people with her kindness. All who knew her are saddened by her death, particularly her 94-year-old mother, Irene B. Kimball of Stillwater; sons, Frank Kimball Berry of Buena Park, Calif. and James Edward Berry II and his wife Ann Jay Berry of Stillwater.

Other survivors include brothers, Thomas Roy Kimball of Stillwater, Frank Bennett Kimball of Hilton Head Island, S.C. and John Ward Bishop of Orlando, Fla., grandchildren, James Edward Berry III, Jay Malcolm Berry and Jefferson Frank Berry, all of Stillwater.

Pallbearers will be James William Rodgers III, Robert Berry Rodgers, J. Berry Harrison, J. D. Harrison, Joe Morrison Berry, James Edward Berry III, Jay Malcolm Berry and Jefferson Frank Berry.

For those wishing to make memorial gifts, the family suggests Town and Gown Community Theater of Stillwater or the charity of their choice.


Billy Cox
Billy Ted Cox, 75, of Carney died Friday, Dec. 29, 2000, at Carney.

Services will be today at 2 p.m. at Carney Baptist Church with Rev. Joe Merrell officiating. Interment will follow at Carney Cemetery.

Strode Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Cox was born March 6, 1925, to George Willis and Myrtle May (Dunning) Cox in Wapanucka.

He married Betty June Archer in Sept. 1945 at Wagner. He later married Eva Geraldine (Focht) Cox Aug. 6, 1976, in Chandler.

Cox attended schools in Wapanucka. He attended Tishomingo High School completing the 10th grade. He served in the Merchant Marine during World War II. He was an oilfield worker and a jack-of-all-trades. He moved to Carney in 1956 and became a rancher and carpenter. He was a member of the Carney Baptist Church and the Carpenters Union.

Cox was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Ray Cox, a sister, Lorene Cox and his baby son, Billy Bob Cox.

Survivors included his wife, Eva Geraldine (Focht) Cox; two sons, Larry Paul Cox of Carney and Tommy Ray Cox and his wife Sandy of Duncan; two daughters, Linda Louise Doede of Fayetteville, Ark. and Dorthy (Dottie) June Williams and her husband Danny of Comanche; two stepsons, Mike Casey and his wife Kareta of Stillwater and Mark Casey of Oklahoma City; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; one brother, Bobby Cox of Las Vegas, Nev.; and two sisters, Alene Alexander of Midwest City and Lee Joyce Mousner of Richardson, Texas.

Pallbearers are Leroy Corn, Jim Kinder, Merl Miller, Gary Mitchell, Homer Smith and Danny Westfall. Honorary pallbearers include Gerald Johnson, Glen Moore, Wendal Sadler, Donnie Wilson, Adam Wolf and Bill Worthy.

In lieu of flowers those wishing to make donations may give them in his name to Carney Baptist Church, 311 S. Carney Street, Carney, OK 74832 or the charity of their choice.


Aleck Kahn
Aleck Theodore Kahn, 85, of Stillwater died Friday, Dec. 29, 2000, at Cushing Regional Medical Center.

Memorial services were held today at 10:30 a.m. at Strode Chapel. Strode Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Kahn was born Sept. 22, 1915, to Samuel and Irma (Glaser) Kahn in Bridgeport, Conn.

He was married to Winifred (Pybus) Kahn.

Kahn was a skilled financial analyst and a leader in education for safe boating. He studied accounting at New York University and was employed by the accounting firm of Joseph L. Smith in Bridgeport from 1936 to 1942.

He then entered the Army, serving in the European Theater for over three years. Following his discharge, he became an officer manager for Musante, Berman, Steinberg, a food service company in Bridgeport, and remained employed there until retirement.

Kahn was a life member of the Penfield Power Squadron of Fairfield, Conn. He was one of the charter members and served as the Squadron Commander. His squadron achievements included the grade of navigator, a full educational certificate and selection as a national reviewer of examinations.

He and his wife kept their boat, "Sirius", in the Fairfield marina and enjoyed fishing together on Long Island Sound.

He is survived by his wife of over 50 years, the former Winifred Pybus, of the home and one son, Dr. Brian Kahn, a professor of horticulture at Oklahoma State University.


Clarence Stockton
Clarence Allen Stockton, 57, of Stillwater died Friday, Dec. 29, 2000, at Rosewood Care Center.

No services are scheduled at this time. Strode Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Stockton was born Aug. 29, 1943, to Lawrence and Goldie (Johnson) Stockton at Lapanto, Ark.

He married Dolores Lorine Perry in 1978 at Las Vegas, Nev.

Stockton served in the U.S. Air Force. He had lived in Oklahoma since 1990 and was a heat and air contractor.

Survivors include his wife of the home; three sons, Craig Doughty and Joey Stockton of Oklahoma and Steve Stockton of Arkansas; two daughters, Genise Clark of Oklahoma City and Cindy Stockton of Arkansas; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandson; two brothers, Kenneth Stockton of California and Joe Shields of Nevada.

William Hicks
William J. Hicks, 65, Carney, died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2000, at the Cushing Regional Hospital.

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at the First Assembly of God Church in Carney. Revs. Lonnie Donaldson and Bo Gibbs will preside. Interment will follow at the Carney Cemetery. Funeral services are under the direction of Palmer Funeral Home of Cushing.

Hicks was born Nov. 9, 1935, in Dover, Ark., to Troy and Maudie Mae Hicks. He received his early education in Arkansas. He was married to Clara Jean Thomas Dec. 31, 1958, in Carnagie. This marriage ended in divorce. Hicks was a carpenter and had worked in the oil fields. He was a member of the Carney First Assembly of God Church.

He is preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, Peggy, Emmie and Ellen, and one brother, Troy, Jr.

Hicks is survived by three sons, Billy David Hicks, Wellston, Thomas Jefferson, Carney and Richard Dwane Hicks, Carney; two daughters, Narcissus Kelly, Yale and Ataloa Hadix, Meeker; one brother, Charles Hicks, Dover, Ark.; two sisters, Linda Faye Cousins, Henryetta and Nona Stroud, Dover, Ark.; stepmother Ruby Hicks, Henryetta; 13 grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be T.J. Hicks, Jr., Jerremy Hicks, Eldon Boggs, Carlton Boggs, Clinton Lemmon, Billy Hicks II and Shane Story.

Eugene Jackson
Eugene W. Jackson, 72, of Meadowbrook, Pa., died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2000, at Abington Hospital in Abington Township, Pa.

Services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at Abington Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Whitemarsh Memorial Park, Prospectville, Pa.

Jackson, who was co-founder and former chairman of the board of Springhouse Corporation, was born in Tulsa. He graduated from Oklahoma State University and attended the University for a year of postgraduate studies in English and writing.

In 1986 he was awarded a masters degree in liberal arts from Temple University and in 1990 received an honorary doctoral degree from Beaver College.

He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the College of Arts and Sciences at OSU in 1990 and the same year was inducted into the OSU Hall of Fame.

In 1998 he received the Community Service Award from the Boy Scouts of America, Valley Forge Chapter.

He served in the Army as a medical lab technician from 1950 until 1952.

Jackson was a technical writer for Carter Oil Company from 1952 until 1955. He then moved to Philadelphia and worked for Smith Kline and French Labs until 1969 as a writer and as editor of "Consultant" a medical journal and "Common Complaints" a book for doctors.

He was co-owner of Springhouse Realty Co. from 1981 until 2000. He was a trustee of Abington Memorial Hospital for 16 years and served as chairman of the Abington Memorial Hospital Foundation board from 1995 to 1999. He was also a trustee of Gwynedd-Mercy College for nine years.

In 1998 he envisioned and developed the HealthLink Medical Center to provide free primary medical care and dental care to people who work but do not have health insurance.

He was also a member of the Publications Committee of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and a member of the Steering Committee for Beaver College.

He accomplished much for the local community through personal philanthropy.

He greatly enjoyed gardening and world travel.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Marie-Louise Vermeiren Jackson; a brother, George Wayne Jackson; a sister, Dorothy Irene Faull; a daughter, Susan Jackson Tressider; a son, Geoffrey William Jackson; and three grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to HealthLink Medical Center, 2300 Computer Avenue, Building G, Suite One, Willow Grove, PA 19090


Rita Pickle
Private graveside services will be held at a later date for Rita Jo (Wagoner) Pickle, who died Saturday, Dec. 16, 2000, in Fort Worth, Texas.

Services for the former Stillwater resident will take place at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Pickle was born Oct. 2, 1954, in Muskogee to Jota Lee (Burk) and William L. Wagoner. She moved to Stillwater with her family in 1964 where she attended schools, graduating from C.E. Donart High School and OSU.

Following graduation she married Glenn H., Pickle of Stillwater June 6, 1981 and was employed by the City of Stillwater and Central Rural Electric.

Pickle loved children and provided private child care for many children in her Stillwater home. The family lived in Stillwater until 1995 when they moved to Fort Worth.

She was predeceased by her parents; a brother, William L. Wagoner; her maternal grandfather and paternal grandmother.

Survivors include her husband; one stepdaughter of Yale; one stepson of Meeker and a stepson and his wife of Arlington, Texas; her grandmother, O.V. Burk; grandfather, Wing Wagoner and one aunt, Val Sheets, all of Muskogee.

Cards may be mailed to Glenn H. Pickle, 4509 Menzer Road, Fort Worth, Texas 76103.


Richard Combs
Richard L. Combs, 65, a life long Cushing resident who loved to fish died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2000, at Cushing Regional Hospital.

Services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. in the First Free Will Baptist Church in Cushing. Pastor James Coffelt will officiate and Pastor David Gardner, of the Stobtown Free Will Baptist Church in Lone Grove will assist.

Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery in Cushing.

Davis Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

He was born in Cushing Dec. 16, 1935, to Adrian and Margaret (Gill) Combs. He was reared and educated in Cushing.

He married Fern Hahn April 2, 1966, in Drumright. The couple lived in Cushing since they were married and celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary last year.

They had one daughter, Tina.

He was predeceased by his mother; one brother, Kenneth Combs; one sister, Evelyn McFarland and his grandparents, Burr and Claudia Combs.

In addition to his wife, of the home, he is survived by his daughter, Tina Ford, and her husband, Devlon, of Lone Grove; two grandsons, Reilly and Dalton Ford, both of Lone Grove; his father, Adrian Combs and his wife, Essie, of Cushing; two brothers, Robert Maskey and Phillip Maskey and his wife, Vallorie, all of Redlands, Calif.; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.


Janet Key
Janet Eileen Mullendore Key, 56, was a cook and loved trying new recipes. She enjoyed scuba diving and collecting unusual pottery from her trips to Mexico and Central America.

She died Monday, Dec. 11, 2000.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the First Presbyterian Church in Stillwater with Dr. Gordon Edwards officiating.

She was born May 14, 1944, to Fred and Thelma Ferguson Mullendore of Stillwater and attended public schools in Stillwater. She graduated from OSU with a B.S. degree in nutrition.

Key married F. David Key and settled in the Oklahoma City area in 1970 and began working for the OU Health Sciences Center (now the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation). She retired in 1998.

Key was predeceased by her father, and her sister, Karen Kay Mullendore.

Survivors include her mother of Stillwater, and her aunts, Eileen Ferguson Johnson of Ryan, Mary Lowry of Pawhuska, Ruth Ross of St. Louis, Mo., and Jo Ann Halley of Stillwater,

Also, cousins Terry Johnson of Ryan, Lynda Trow of Wayzata, Minn., Mary Ellen Smith of Barcelona Spain, Mike and Tim Ross of Minneapolis, Minn., and Lynda and Rick Halley of Stillwater.

Memorials may be made to the donor's charity of choice.


Robert Jones
A memorial service for Robert Willis "R.W." Jones, 76, will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Colonial Chapel. Dr. Tom Hunter will officiate.

Friends are invited to a reception at 9:30 a.m. Saturday or may sign the register at the funeral home from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. today through Friday.

He died Monday, Jan. 1, 2001, at St. Mary's Hospital in Enid.

He was born at the family home between Stillwater and Perkins Feb. 11, 1924, to Fred and Pearl Drumright Jones.

Jones graduated from Stillwater High School in 1941 and served in the Navy during World War II as an airplane mechanic in Guam.

He married Lorene "Chig" Rader in Stillwater Nov. 8, 1946.

He was a self-employed brick mason and worked along-side his partner, Lester Rose. Most of his early mason work was building the campus at OSU.

He was a member of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local number five for 54 years and a member of International Union number 10 for 52 years. He felt that his best accomplishment and greatest joy was his kids.

He was predeceased by his mother, who died Aug. 27, 1928; his father who died Feb. 14, 1995; his beloved aunt and uncle Dulcie and Earl Drumright who reared him after the death of his mother.

Survivors include his wife, one daughter, Cheryl Sue Smith and her husband Cody; one brother, Doyle Jones, of Hesperia, Calif.; three grandchildren, Mark and Margaret Renee Schram and Christopher James Pitts; one great-granddaughter, Amanda Brooke Schram; and adopted grandchildren, Zach Harger and Sasha Shepard.

Memorial donations may be made to S.P.C.A. Anti-Cruelty to Animals through Colonial Chapel Funeral Home, 515 S. Duncan, Stillwater, OK 74074.


Robert Jones
Almeda Shaw Ivans passed away Monday, Jan. 1, 2001, at Grace Living Center in Stillwater just nine days before her 84th birthday.

Rev. Kent Dorsey will officiate memorial services scheduled Friday at 2 p.m. at the First Christian Church of Ponca City, located at Fifth and Cleveland. Memorial services will be arranged and directed by Colonial Chapel Funeral Home of Stillwater. Family and friends are invited to sign the register at Colonial Chapel Funeral Home during regular business hours 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ivans had a great love of children, flowers and birds. She was born Jan. 9, 1917, in Meno to Leonard A. Maphet and Millie M. Decker. Ivans was raised in Enid and graduated from Enid High School in 1934.

After graduation, she attended Oklahoma A&M University where she competed as a member of the women's tennis team. She continued to play tennis well into her 60's and remained an avid OSU sports fan until her death.

Ivans married Gilbert "Speck" Shaw in Enid, Nov. 13, 1937. She received her B.S. degree from Oklahoma A&M in 1939 in Education/Physical Education and pursued further education until 1941 when her daughter was born.

She spent the next 30 years in Ponca City where she was a school teacher. In the late 1940s and early 1950s she taught physical education and girls' basketball at St. Mary Catholic School She retired in 1980. While in Ponca City, she was a member of the First Christian Church, the Art Association, and a Charter member of the Lilac Garden Club. Her commitment to education was reflected in her membership in the Oklahoma Teachers Association and later, the Kay County Retired Teachers Association.

Ivans helped shape Ponca City and education as we now know it. In the 1950s, she was the activities coordinator for Parks and Recreation where she was instrumental in developing programs for youth and youth involvement. In 1970, she was selected to represent Ponca City at the National Youth Drug Prevention Seminar for educators. It was then her job to bring awareness to the community and to develop drug prevention programs specifically focused toward youth.

Gilbert "Speck" Shaw passed away in 1973. Ivans married Chet Ivans in 1976 in Ponca City. He passed away in 1988. In addition to her husbands, she is preceded in death by her parents; one son, Mike Shaw; one brother, Gerald Maphet; and one grandchild.

Ivans is survived by one daughter, Judy Ringwall and her husband Bob; two brothers, John Maphet, Marietta, Ga. and Ronald Maphet and wife Pat, Arlington, Texas; three sisters, Ethel Jorgenson, Ponca City; Olive Trayler and her husband Duane, Enid; Wanda Davenport and husband Melvin, Concordia, Kan.; four grandchildren, Peter Block; Kayla Shaw; Aaron Shaw; Tonya Shaw; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In her lifetime, Ivans visited 49 of the 50 states, but rather than this, she will be most remembered for her love of life and the joy she found in the world around her.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to c/o Sherry Harding, Home National Bank, 324 S. Duck, Stillwater, Okla. 74074. These funds will be directed for the needs of Payne County foster children in the care of DHS.

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