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EUGENE ABLES


Funeral services for Eugene Ables, 68, were held Wednesday, December 31, at 2 p. m. at the Atoka Funeral Home Chapel with Patrick Six officiating.

Burial was in Green Meadows Cemetery under the direction of Atoka Funeral Service.

The manager of a movie theater, he died December 28, 1997, at Santa Rosa, New Mexico.

Born at Lehigh, OK. on April 1, 1929, he was the son of Amos E. Ables and Desi A. Rhodes Ables. He was a veteran of the Korean War and a member of the American Legion.

He was married to Jo Ann Kuykendall in Durant on January 14, 1952.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Amos and Desi Ables.

Survivors include his wife, Jo Ann Ables; two sons, James H. Ables and Bobby Joe Ables; one daughter, Connie Holden; three brothers, Arnold Ables, Bob Ables and A. E. Ables; two sisters, Mary Greathouse and Jo Ables; one granddaughter, Jennifer Holden; many nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

(Note: Gene died while on a vacation trip. He lived in Lindsey, Oklahoma.)

Submitted by relative: Joyce Henson Meeks, April 10, 2000. JMeeks3@aol.com




ANTHONY DREW "TONY" ADAMS


Anthony Drew "Tony" Adams, Caney; b. January 08, 1966-d. June 19, 2003. For a complete obituary, see: Brown's Funeral Service







BERNARD GLEN ALBERDA


November 8, 1933-June 10, 2003

Services for retired businessman and rancher, Bernard Glen Alberda, were held June 13, at Wards Chapel Church.

He was 71, and a resident of the Standing Rock Community in Atoka County.

Born in Grand Rapids, MI; he was the son of John Alberda and Jennie SWEERS Alberda.

He and Margaret Ann GRAHAM exchanged marriage vows Feburary 10, 1956, in Langsdon, KS.

He was a Korean War veteran, and a member of the Wards Chapel Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret; three sons; Robb, Howard and Brett.

Burial in the Wards Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Ron McGue's Atoka Funeral Home. Rev. Paul Livingston and Rev. Tom Hargrave officiating.





LEE ALEXANDER


Lee Alexander, a longtime Farris area resident, died March 22, 2001 at the Pushmataha County Hospital. He was 77.

The son of George Logan and Sevelar (Stiles) Alexander, he was born May 3, 1923 at Antlers, Oklahoma. He attended schools at Farris. He married Bertha Marie Bloyd on August 13, 1942 at Atoka, Oklahoma.
retired Superintendent for Lamar Construction; built water and sewer plants all over Oklahoma and Kansas.

He was a member of Farris Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing and gardening. He was a member of the V.F.W Norman Post 4890.

He served in the U.S. Army in World War II in a Tank Battalion.

Survivors: Include Wife, Bertha Alexander of their home near Farris; children: Dian Evans & husband of Monroe, Oklahoma; Nancy Standifer & of Howe, Ok.; Donnie Alexander & wife Jeanie of Arkansas; and Alice Alexander Jordan of Farris, Oklahoma. Twelve grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters: Jewell Standifer of Talihina, Ok., and Floye Horn of Farris, Ok.; and 3 brothers: George Alexander and wife Betty of Wichita, Kansas, L. D. Alexander of Texas, and J. W. "Dub" Alexander and wife Lois of Farris, Ok., along with numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear and loved friends. He was preceded in death by: parents, George & Sevelar Alexander; brother Emmett Alexander; daughter-in-law Debbie Alexander, son-in-law, Bill Van Kirk; in-laws: J.A, and Ethel Bloyd; and brothers-in-law: Bill Bloyd, Edward Horn and Jim Standifer. Graveside services were held Sunday, March 25, 2001 at 2:00 P.M. at The Farris Cemetery, with Rev. Terry Burton officiating. Casketbearers: (Grandsons) Larry and David Evans,Ron and Ed Beranek, Jerry Standifer, John Alexander and Bryan Alexander. In lieu of flowers the family request that a memorial be made to the Farris Baptist Church or the Farris First Responders. (Services under the direction of Brown's Funeral Service, Atoka, Oklahoma).

Submitted 12/17/2002 by: DStandifer




LILLIE FRANCIS "TIGERT" ALFORD


Lillie Francis TIGERT Alford, b. Feb. 14, 1911 at Caney - d. July 6, 2003 at Durant. Burial in Caney Cemetery.
For a complete obituary see: Brown's Funeral Service



MARY ALLEN

Mary Allen, 80, died at the Oak Ridge Nursing Home in Durant, OK., July 6, 1995. The daughter of William H. Goss and Laura [YOUNG] Goss; she was born July 23, 1914 at Daisy. Burial in Highland Cemetery.




OTTO ATTEBERRY


Funeral services for Otto Atteberry were held April 20, at The First Baptist in Atoka, with Rev. Armstrong of Durant officiating.

Otto, age 54, died April 19, 1952 at his home in Atoka after a long battle with cancer.

He was born to Andrew Luke and Mary TILLERY Atteberry March 10, 1898 near Farmers Branch, TX.

Otto Atteberry married Bessie Carnes of Boggy Depot, OK. on November 15, 1916.

He worked in the Oil Fields in Wirt, OK, before returning to Atoka County to farm.

He accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior on November 19, 1951. He was a Baptist.

Preceding him in death were his father, Andrew Luke "Tut" Atteberry; daughter, Ozella Atteberry (age three in 1925).

Survivors include wife Bessie M. CARNES Atteberry of the home; five daughters; Mrs. Letha Kennedy and husband Dillard, Lane, OK.; Mrs. Nora Garrett, and husband Buddy Gene, Kingfisher, OK; Mrs. Jewell Bidwell and husband Vondean "Bo"; Atoka, OK, Elma and Drunell Atteberry of the home. One son, Olen Denton Atteberry and wife Edith CARLTON Atteberry of Atoka; five grandchildren; mother, Mary TILLERY Atteberry of Atoka; and one sister Bertha Atteberry Swaffer of Atoka.

Submitted 01/22/2006 by: Ruth D. Atteberry Adams




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ADAM BETSEY
June 25, 1922 - November 19, 2008

For complete obituary see:Brown's Funeral Service





Ruby F. Betts


Sacramento Bee: August 01, 2002

Ruby F. Betts, 95, of Wilton, CA., died July 29, 2002.

Preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Edgar Betts. She is survived by daughters Betty Lou Wold of Wilton; Wanda Hobbs of Los Gatos; Martha Pakos and husband Dick of Fair Oaks; sons; Ed Betts and wife Lana of Sacramento; Jack Betts and wife Doreen of Wilton.

Loving grandmother to Kenneth, Steven, Mark, Stephany, Jaqueline, Jane, Rick, Rebecca, Kathleen, Allen, Jeff, Kris and Michelle.

Great grandmother of Richie, Colleen, Shawn, Kyle, Dylan, Daniel, Rob, Laura, Connell, Trevor, Steven, Dallas, Demi, Marij, Daniel, Justine and Macy.

A native of Atoka, Oklahoma, she was a resident of Wilton for 40 years. Friends are welcome for visitation Friday, 5:00 P.M. till 8:00 P.M. in ELK GROVE, FUNERAL CHAPEL, 9101 Elk Grove Blvd. in Elk Grove, CA 686-1888, and are invited to attend services Saturday, August 3 at 11:00 A.M. in COUNTRY OAKS BAPTIST CHURCH, 9717 Bond Road. in Elk Grove. Interment in Sacramento Memorial Lawn will be private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances are preferred to the Ruby Betts Memorial Fund C/O Country Oaks Baptist Church.



Nettie Jane nee BLAKELY Black
1907 - 1982


Mrs. Nettie Jane Black, 75, a longtime resident of Waco, died Tuesday, November 2, at her home.

Services will be at 1 P.M. Friday at South Waco Church of Christ,with Larry Thomason and Glen Howard officiating. Interment in the Dawson Cemetery.

Mrs. Black was born May 26, 1907 in Atoka, Ok. Her husband L.E. Black, died in 1971.

She was a member of South Waco Church of Christ.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Ione Wilkerson of Valdosta, Ga., Mrs. Frances White of Las Vegas, Nev., and Miss Martha Black of Waco; a son L. E. Black, Jr. of Waco; two sisters Mrs. Dorothy Ballwahn of Petaluma, Calif., and Mrs. Billy Evans of Redondo Beach, Calif.; four brothers, A.H. Blakley of Odessa, Sam Blakely of Monahans, Ben Blakely of Lewisville and Cecil Blakely of Atoka, Ok.; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.




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Sherman A. "Shug" Bledsoe

1933-2001
Photo © Ruth Adams 2001

Funeral services for Sherman A. "Shug" Bledsoe, 67, a longtime Lane area resident,will be held at 2 p. m. on Thursday, April 5 at Brown's Funeral Service Chapel in Atoka with Lloyd McElhaney officiating, assisted by David Herendt.

Burial will be in Green Meadows Cemetery in Atoka under the direction of Brown's Funeral Service in Atoka.

He died Tuesday, April 3, 2001 at his home north of Lane.

Born at Atoka on May 30, 1933, he was the son of Sherman A. Sr. and Ollie Mae "Sweetheart" Bledsoe. He attended school at Lane and graduated from Atoka High School in 1950. He was also graduated from North Texas State University in 1956.

Bledsoe was a member of Garland Road Church of Christ while living in Dallas, TX. He was a longtime member of the Lane Church of Christ where he taught classes, served as song leader and was a longtime elder.

A veteran, he was a member of the U. S. Army 45th Division, and served as a military policeman in Korea.

Bledsoe worked for American Airlines, A. T. & T., and helped install the first direct dial system in the state of Texas. He later worked for Pollock Paper Company in Dallas, TX, Guardian Life Insurance Company and for the Oklahoma Crime Commission during the term of Governor Hall. He also was a land man, and owned and operated Bledsoe Diner until his health forced him to retire.

He was a driving force behind the Atoka County Veterans Memorial. Bledsoe also spent many hours researching the veterans of Atoka County and wrote many articles in Atoka County Times entitled "Portrait of Patriots." He never met a stranger and was a friend to all

He married Thelma Alyne Lamb at San Angelo, TX on June 2, 1956.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Sherman A., Sr. and Ollie May "Sweetheart" Bledsoe.

Survivors include his wife, Thelma of the home near Lane; two children, Tonya Barton of Atoka, and Bryan Bledsoe and wife, Cheryl of Lane; five grandchildren; one brother, Bill Bledsoe and wife Glenda; a nephew, Billy one niece Michelle and a great-niece Jesica all of TX; along with numerous cousins, aunts, uncles, other relatives and many dear and loved friends.

Honorary pall bearers were Carl Turner, Pete Sullivan, Tommy Barris, Royce Thomas, Raymond Davis, Wes Sherrard, Ditters Cole, and members of the 45th Infantry who served with him.

Active pall bearers were David Barton, Bill Miller, Sam Hearrell, Billy Wayne Goodson, Leon Yates, Ron Marble, J. W. Moore and Bobby Rector.

Submitted by Thelma Bledsoe, April 15, 2001.



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BEULAH  F. [nee WILLIAMS] PHILLIPS BLOOM


Beulah F. Bloom, a native of Oklahoma, died September 4, 1961 in Alameda, CA.

 She was the beloved wife of Renigale R. S. Bloom of Alameda; loving mother of Carl W. Phillips of Fremont, CA; & Marilou Medrano of Hayward, CA; loving sister of Mrs. Effie Calvert, Cecil Williams of Concord; Jesse F. Williams, Mrs. Nita Lovelace, Mrs. Jewel Chapman and Mrs. Winnie Lane of Atoka, OK; loving grandmother of Margaret Elayne and Theresa Ann Phillips, Lynne Yolanda Liebert and Patrick Moriarty.

Remains forwarded to Atoka, OK for service and interment. Hagy-Keenan Mortuary Service.

Submitted by Carl Phillips Carl@jps.net





CARRIE BONHAM


Carrie Bonham, 101, Atoka, died April 30, 2003 at the Atoka Memorial Hospital. Graveside services were held May 3 at the West View Cemetery. Rev. Jason Yarbrough officiated.

A housewife, she was born in AR on Jan. 6, 1902 to Charley Blevins and Sylvania HARRIS Blevins.

She and Zed Bonham exchanged wedding vows November 18, 1925 at Atoka. (No issues).

Funeral services under the direction of Atoka Funeral Home, Ron McGue, owner.





LOIS BOOTH


Funeral services for Lois Booth were conducted Monday, 2PM, March 14, 1994 at Lane Baptist Church. Rev. Bob Johnson officiated.

Mrs. Booth, 88, died at 6:35 PM on March 11, 1994, at the Atoka Memorial Hospital. She was a housewife.

Interment in the Butler Cemetery under the direction of Atoka Funeral Home.

Born Feb. 2, 1906 at Bennington, I. T., to James Monroe Winters and Lula TAYLOR Winters, she was a member of the Crystal Baptist Church.

Lois Winters and Dewey Booth exchanged marriage vows October 26, 1924 at Maytoy. Dewey preceded her in death November 23, 1978.

She was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Booth, her parents, and two brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include three sons, Junior Booth, Clovis, and Randell; 10 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Vera of Crystal; Dorothy of OK City; and Lucille Reed of Dover, FL; a brother, Orville of Atoka; and a host of nieces and nephews.




FANNIE L. "JIMMIE" BOWMAN


DALLAS - Fannie L. "Jimmie" Bowman, 80, of Dallas died Friday, Jan. 25, 2002, in Plano, Texas.

Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Don Grantham Funeral Home Chapel, in Duncan, with the Rev. John Douthitt officiating. Burial will be in the Arlington Memorial Cemetery in Oklahoma City.

Mrs. Bowman was born on Aug. 30, 1921, in Farris, Atoka County, Oklahoma, to James M. Hembree (1965) and Mary M. Lowe Hembree (1964), who both preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death were 5 brothers, Mike (1986), Garfield "Gar" (1976), Marion "Yank"
(1968), Frank "Sonny" (1969) and Harmon Hembree (2000) and 5 sisters: Lovis Cullens (1995), Matilda Miller (1936), Helen (1919) and Elaine Hembree (1917) and Bertha Bryant (1991).

She married Hollis McDaniel in 1939. He preceded her in death in 1964. She married Thomas Bowman in 1965, and he preceded her in death in 1970.

Mrs. Bowman was a homemaker and also was a cafe operator until her retirement in 1962.

She was a member of the Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church in Duncan.

Surviving relatives include two daughters, Rayleda Wheeler of Dallas and Gloria Martin of Houston, Texas; a sister, Mary Jane Standifer of Bakersfield, California; and five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Submitted, Feb. 06. 2002, Dale Standifer DStandifer





WILLIAM "BILL" HOWARD BOWEN
April 14, 1926 - November 24, 2008, Wardville
For a complete obituary see: Brown's Funeral Service





JOEL MARK BRADY


Services were Saturday for Joel Mark Brady, 84 year old auto parts salesman, who died December 31, 1987, in McAlester Regional Hospital.

Atoka funeral Home and Rev. Earl Stephenson were in charge at Harmony Baptist Church with burial in Green Meadows Cemetery.

Mr. Brady was born in Lewisville, Texas, on January 29, 1903, the son of James Adam and Lou Edge Brady.

He retired from Henson's Inc., with 45 years service.

Survivors include: his wife, Helen, of the home in Atoka; three sons; Jack Brady of St. Joseph, MO, Joel Mark Brady, Jr. of Mascouth, IL, and J. D. Brady of Atoka; two daughters; Lucille Hall of Normal, IL,; and Shirley Daniel of Inola, OK; 16 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. Also one brother, Taylor Brady of Citrus Heights, CA; and two sisters; Bertie Rush of Farney, TX; and Vida Barnett of Oklahoma City, OK.

Pallbearers were Joel Daniel, Ron Harper, Gilbert Emert, Dennis Granger, David Barton and Loyd Barton.

Honorary pall bearers were Harvey Capps, Bruce Usher, Claud Woodard, J. C. Gadberry and Robert Banks.

Submitted, April 2, 2000, by Joyce Henson Meeks, niece. JMeeks3@aol.com Joyce states that there was no name of a newspaper on the obit.





OTIS DALE BROWN
Mar. 17, 1937 - Jan. 5, 2007
For complete obit see: Brown's Funeral Service





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AMELIA C. BUTLER


Mrs. Amelia Charlotta Butler was born in Pittsburg, PA in 1836. She died near Atoka, OK on Saturday, November 15, 1919.

She was the mother of six children, all of whom with the exception of one survive her. The children are: Mrs. Addie Boyle, Charles O. Butler, Clarence K. Butler, Arthur D. Butler, Mrs. Lizzie Winters.

Death occurred after an illness extending over a lengthy period. For the past twelve years she has been living near Atoka, but a few months ago was taken to the home of her son C. O., that she might spend her remaining days among her friends and old acquaintences.

Mrs. Butler was lovingly and tenderly called the mother of Durant in the early days of that city. The family came there over 40 years ago and she was the first post master Durant ever had; her office being in the small frame building where the Fish and Oyster Parlor stands. Taken from the 1919 Atoka County Newspaper. April 2005 - Ruth Atteberry Adams

ROXIE MABEL [nee PHILLIPS] BUTLER


Funeral services for Roxie Mabel PHILLIPS Butler, 94, Atoka, were conducted Monday, September 16, at 3 p.m. at Brown's Funeral Service Chapel in Atoka with Rev. Robert Umsted officiating.

Burial was in Tushka Cemetery under the direction of Brown's Funeral Service in Atoka.

She died Friday, September 13, 1996 at McAlester Regional Hospital in McAlester.

Born April 12, 1902 at Purdy, Okla, Garvin county, she was the daughter of James Phillips and Margret W. (Maggie) McCrea Phillips. She was a member of the Wards Chapel Baptist Church and later attended Pleasant View Church.

She was married to Joseph Ula Butler in Tushka on October 23, 1922. The owned and operated a farm and raised cattle.

Preceding her in death in addition to her husband, were four brothers, Grover, Hartwell, Homer, and Lonnie Phillips; three sisters, Mary Phillips Anderson, Addie Phillips Clark, and Fannie Phillips Hawkins; and a son-in-law, Eugene (Sonny) Blakely.

Survivors include one daughter Marcella Butler Blakely of Atoka; one granddaughter, Marguerite Goodwin and a great-grandson, Benjamin E. Goodwin, both of Tushka, on sister, Minnie Lee Bateman, Dallas, Texas; one brother, Albert Phillips: Capitola, Calif. two special nephews, Fulton and Grover Phillips, several nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many dear friends.

Pallbearers were Tot Calvert, Freeman Thompson, Milford Powell, Will Goodwin, Walter, Cooper Danny Cooper, and Victor Lain.

Submitted by Carl Phillips Carl@jps.net





MYRTIE PAULINE BYRUM


Funeral services for Myrtie Pauline Byrum, 86, Atoka, were conducted Sunday, December 10 at 2 p.m. at the Atoka Funeral Chapel with Rev. Jeff Holland officiating.

Burial was in Green Meadows Cemetery under the direction of Atoka Funeral Home.

A retired seamstress and school lunchroom cook, she died December 7, 1995 at Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Atoka where she was a resident.

Born November 28, 1909 at Caney, she was the daughter of George Mattison Adair and Erma Catherine Gilbert Adair. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Atoka.

She was married to Vernon H. Byrum on October 23, 1926 at Chickasha. He preceded her in death May 23, 1936.

Also preceding her in death were her mother, Erma Catherine (Gilbert) Adair; her father George Mattison Adair; a sister Georgia Lou Childress; a brother Joe Adair; a son-in-law Alfred Lee Tankersley.

Survivors include on son, Dale Byrum and wife, Barbara of Stigler, three daughters, Erma Tankersley, and Elma Lou Ray and husband, Tinker, all of Atoka; Joyce Connelly and husband Bert, Cloudcroft, N. M.; 10 grand-children; 15 great-grandchildren; one brother; Royal Adair, Midlothian, Texas; three sisters, Bernice Huffhines, Dallas, Texas; Ruthylene Hall, Colorado Springs, CO; Ruby Emert of Durant; several nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Pallbearers were Mike Adair, Dennis Adair, Phillip Adair, Gilbert Emert, Bob Childress, and Kevin Emert.

Submitted, April 9, 2000, by daughter E. Tankersley okietank@atoka.net





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JAMES A. CHANDLER SR.

James A. Chandler, Sr. b. June 7, 1940 d. August 17, 2003.
For a complete obituary see: Brown's Funeral Service





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JEWEL ELIZABETH (WILLIAMS) CHAPMAN


FUNERAL SERVICES FOR...Jewel Elizabeth (Williams) Chapman, 91, a lifelong Atoka County resident, were held at 10 a. m. on Wednesday, September 26 at Wards Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. Tom Hargrave officiating.

Burial was in Wards Chapel Cemetery, near Atoka, under the direction of Brown's Funeral Service in Atoka.

A housewife and homemaker, she died Sunday, September 23, 2001, at Atoka Memorial Hospital.

Born at Wards Chapel in Atoka County on January 1, 1910, she was the daughter of T. R. and Warnita Florence Betts Williams. She attended Wards Chapel Grade School and, Atoka High School, and also attended the Oklahoma Presbyterian College and Southeastern State Teachers College, both in Durant.

She was married to Clarence Chapman on October 3, 1934 at Atoka. He preceded her in death May 6, 1975.

Mrs. Chapman taught school seven years at new Hope and Wards Chapel. She and her husband were farmers and ranchers. She had written Wards Chapel News for many years for the Atoka County Times.

A longtime member of Wards Chapel Baptist Church, she taught Sunday school there for more than 40 years.

Preceding her death in addition to her husband, were her parents, T. R. and Warnita Williams; one son, Clendon Chapman; three brothers, Jesse, Cecil and Forest Williams; and three sisters, Beulah Phillips, Effie Calvert and Nita Lovelace.

Survivors include one son, Corrin Gaylord Chapman, Hayward, Calif.; grandchildren, Alecia Pratt and husband Mike, Tacoma, WA; Scott Bolanders and wife, Penny, WA; Heather Alexander and husband, John, Fontana, CA; Chris Beard and wife, Donna, Springdale, AR; 11 great-grandchildren; one sister Winnie Lain, Tushka; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many, many dear and loved friends.

Honorary pall bearers were Lon Robert Fink, Bernard Alberda, Tot Calvert, Kenneth Williams, Don Loftis and Bob Wyrick.

Active pall bearers were Ronnie Cochran, Pat Loftis, Gene Tomlinson, Richard Bets, Tinker Ray and David Ray.





ROY ELLIOTT CHAPMAN


Roy Elliott Chapman, Atoka, b. August 20, 1924 - d. May 4, 2003 at Kindred Hospital, Oklahoma City. For a complete obituary see: Brown's Funeral Service





GEORGIA LOU ADAIR CHILDRESS


Funeral services for Georgia Loui Childress, 79, Caney were conducted Sunday, April 5, at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Caney with Rev. Bob Johnson officiating.

Burial was in the Caney Cemetery under the direction of Atoka Funeral Home.

A housewife, she was dead on arrival at Atoka Memorial Hospital on April 2, 1992. Born in Caney on January 15, 1913, she was the daughter of George Mattison Adair and Erma Catherine Gilbert Adair. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Caney.

She was married to Lawrence Millard Childress at Durant on September 19, 1932. He preceded her in death.

Survivors include on son, Bob Childress, Hurst, Texas; a daughter, Iris Roland of Francis, Oklahoma; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, four sisters, Bernice Huffhines, Dallas, Texas; Ruby Emert of Durant; Ruthylene Hall, Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Myrtie Byrum of Atoka, two brothers, Joe Adair of Atoka, and Royal Adair, Midlothian, Texas; several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Honorary pallbearer was Warren Hopkins.

Active pall bearers were Gary Green, Robert Childress, Darrell Roland, Richard Roland, T. A. McBride and Kent Soward.

Submitted, April 14, 2000, by her niece Erma Byrum Tankersley. okietank@atoka.net





LEE HERMAN COCHRAN


Lee Herman Cochran, 79, Atoka, died Monday, December 15, 2008 at Atoka.

Funeral Services were at 10 A. M. Friday, in Atoka Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Herbert Wharton officiating.

Herman was born May 29, 1929, at Roberta, to Arthur Aaron Cochran and Mary nee NEW Cochran. He was of the Baptist faith.

Herman worked as a Ticket Agent for Greyhound Bus Lines in Atoka from 1946 until the late 50's. He then owned and operated Herman's Mobil Service for 24 years, prior to becoming a Service Manager for the Ford dealership in Atoka.

He and Margaret Florene MANLEY were united in marriage on June 24, 1947 at Harmony.

Preceding him in death were his parents; Arthur and Mary Cochran; two brothers, Arthur Cochran, Jr, and Charles Cochran; and a sister, Amadell Killion.

Survivors include his wife Florene of the home; two sons, Greg Cochran (Joyce) of Atoka; and Tony Cochran (Theda) of Lane; nine grandchildren, John Cochran (Andrea) of Crystal; Jim Cochran (Julie & Lori Cochran of Lane; Aaron Cochran and Prissy Partin, of Atoka; Phillip Cochran of TX, Joe Don Partin of Ashland; and Amy Cochran of Antlers; Matt Cochran (Kaylene) weatherford: 10 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Irene Shotwell, Dallas, TX,; Beulah Hopson of Atoka; and Clara White Shaw (Marion) of Atoka; many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Honorary pallbearers were all of his good friends

Active pallbearers were John, Jim, Aaron and Matt Cochran, Kyle Martin and Bill King.

Interrment in Green Meadows Cemetery, Atoka.

Obituary submitted by Florene Cochran Jan 17, 2009




CHRISTINE MAY COLE


Christine May Cole, 59, Stringtown, died January 19, 1995 at Atoka Memorial Hospital.

A housewife, she was born in Ardmore, OK, August 17, 1935 and was the daughter of Marion Bayles and Ruby Junt Bayles.

She and Albert Edger Cole, were married in Ada, OK, August 23, 1953.

She was preceded in death by her father Marion Bayles in Dec. 1973.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Jan. 21, 1995 at 2 P. M. at the Atoka Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bob Johnson officiating. Burial was in the Stringtown Cemetery under the direction of Atoka Funeral Home.

Survivors include her husband, Albert Edger Cole of Stringtown; two sons Albert and Charles Cole; two daughters Jamie Loftin and Ailte Clark, Calera; nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; her mother Ruby Bayles of Atoka; six sisters; Vedie Maxie, Jewell Willeby, Ruby Fish, Virginia Welch, Mary Taylor, Dorothy Taylor; four brothers, John Bayles, Clifford Bayles, Clarence Bayles and Bill Bayles.

Honorary pall bearers were Steve Cole and Darrell Maxey.

Active pall bearers were Clay Cole, Artie Cole, Bob Clark, Jimmy Cole, Stefond Brown, other name is illegible.

Submitted by Leona Griffin: rosebud57@hotmail.com





DOUGLAS GLENN COLE


Services for Douglas Glenn Cole, 28, of Page, AZ., were held Saturday, May 16, 1997, at 2 P. M. at Lone Star Presbyterian Church with Rev. Bill weathers officiating.

He was born June 12, 1969, the son of Raymond Lee Cole and Naome "LeFlore" Cole. His paternal grandparents were, James and Betty Cole.

Survivors include his wife Desrae "Yellowman" Cole; one daughter, Amanda Rene Cole and two sons, Michael Douglas Cole, and Deval Cole; his mother Naomi Hall; his father Raymond Cole, one sister; Deanne Walker and husband, Roy; two brothers; James Cole, and wife, Georgina; and Jonathan Cole and wife, Quita.

Honorary pall bearers were Jonah Yellowman, Michael Cumins, and Mark Francis.

Active pall bearers were Alex Gibson, Casey Tekubie, Steve Gibson, Adam Cole, Terrace Underwood and Santiago Albarado.

Submitted by Leona Griffin: rosebud57@hotmail.com





GOLDIE C. COLE


Grave side services for Goldie C. Cole, 86, of Atoka Care Center, were held Thursday, August 31, 1995 at 10: A. M. at the High Hill cemetery under the direction of Atoka Funeral Home. Rev. Ernie Sanders and Rev. Earnest Eldridge officiated.

A housewife, she passed away on August 29, 1995 at Mary Hurley Hospital in Coalgate.

Born in Texas on July 9, 1909, she was the daughter of Sam Dillard and Rebecca Harper Dillard. She was a member of the Blackjack Baptist Church.

Preceding her in death were her first husband, Hilary Winton; her second husband, Perry Newton, two sons Pleasant Newton and Hillary Winton, Jr.; one brother Houston Dillard; one sister, Iris Dillard; three step-children, Maggie Eldridge. Flora Carey, Myrtle Leuty; and her parents Sam Dillard and Rebecca "Harper" Dillard.

Survivors include one brother, James Dillard; one sister-in-law, Annie Mae Dillard; a step-daughter, Marble Stephens; two step sons, Verl Cole, and Willie Cole; many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Active pall bearers were Ron Dillard, Roy Dillard, Ricky Eldridge, Roger Eldridge, Mike Settlemires, Willie Eldridge and Lloyd Eldridge.

Submitted by Leona Griffin: rosebud57@hotmail.com





IRVIN COLE


Funeral services for Irvin Cole, 70, a longtime resident of Atoka County, were held Saturday, October 4, at 2 P.M. at the Coal Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church with Rev. Dale Impson officiating, assisted by Rev. Larry Crawford.

Burial was in the Coal Creek Cemetery under the direction of Brown's Funeral Service of Atoka.

A Former employee of Mungle's Dairy, he passed away Wednesday afternoon, October 1, 1997 at Texoma Medical Center in Denison, TX.

Born in Coalgate on June 12, 1927, he was the son of Ancie and Aurora "Noah" Cole. He attended school at Mowdy in Coal County and was a member of the Coal Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church where he served as song leader for a number of years. He had also served as chair person for the Choctaw Men's Fellowship.

He was married to Norma Ruth Scott in Atoka on June 20, 1970.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Anice and Aurora Cole; one sister, Isabinda Moore; and three brothers, Wilson, James Coleman, and Morgane Cole.

Survivors include his wife, Norma; nine children, Lorene Scott, Ernest Lee Cole, Sherman Cole, and Irvin Cole, Jr., Terry Cole and wife, Pamela; Pat Mayer and husband Edward, Regina Anderson, Donna Mayo and husband Eugene; and Anthony Cole. Then grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, one sister Jane James and Henry; and a brother-in-law Henry Moore, one sister-in law Evelyn Cole along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives, and many very dear and loved friends.

Honorary pall bearers were Henry Moore, Steve Scott, Charles Scott, Jonas Johnson, Leron Scott, Abraham Leflore, J. V. Newberry and Raymond Cole.

Submitted by Leona Griffin: rosebud57@hotmail.com





COOK-McGUE RITES


Dorothy Laraine COOK McGue, 67, of Atoka, died June 1, 1994 at Southeastern Oklahoma Medical Center in Durant.

Funeral services were held at the Atoka Funeral Home Chapel June 3 with Rev. Jeff Holland officiating.

The daughter of James Madison and Maudie Gertrude GRAHAM Cook, she was born February 13, 1927, and grew up in the Standing Rock Community.

She was retired as a School Lunch Program Supervisor, and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Atoka.

Dorothy and Paul Everett McGue exchanged marriage vows June 4, 1946 in Sherman, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Maudie Gertrude Graham Cook, and James Madison Cook; and her brother, Holland G. Cook.

She is survived by her husband of the home, a son, and two daughters; five grandchildren; three sisters Edna COOK Barris, N.M., Willie Ruth COOK Thomas, Atoka, and Betty COOK Burns Coalgate; a brother, Jay Cook of Atoka; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and beloved friends.

Burial in Green Meadows Cemetery. Atoka Funeral Home.




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Haskell R. B. "Hack" Darst



Services for former Tushka resident, Haskell "Hack" Darst, 65, were conducted October 19, at the Tulare Missionary Baptist Church in Tulare, CA, with Rev. DeWayne Hoppert, and son-in-law, Rev. Vernie Fletcher officiating.

Born April 10, 1929, he was the son of R. B. and Ellie nee SISSON Darst. He died October 17, 1994 in Tulare, CA.

Survivors include his wife, Vi Morris Darst, of the home, four daughters, Shirley Rybnikar, Tulare, CA; Sharon Fletcher and husband, Vernie, Norco, CA; Judy Silicato, Tulare, CA; Lisa Dillon, Tulare, CA; three sons: Wayne, Blain, and Billy Darst all of Tulare, CA; 11 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren; two brothers Clifford Darst (Jewell) of Atoka, OK and Bobby C. (Pat) of Atlanta, GA; one sister Sue of Oklahoma City, OK, several nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and many dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, R. B. and Ellie Sisson Darst.

Burial was in Tulare Cemetery.

Submitted by Cyndi Foster, granddaughter. CyndiFoster@msn.com

(Note: Cyndi would like to correspond with persons having information on the FRONTERHOUSE, SISSON, MORRIS, and DARST line.)






CALVIN RICHARD LEE DAVIS

Calvin Richard Lee Davis b. October 14, 1936-d. June 11, 2003.
For a complete obituary see: Brown's Funeral Service





NATHANIEL RUSSELL DAVIS


Nathaniel Russell Davis, died May 10, 2001 at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital in Compton, CA. A long time resident of Atoka, he was born July 5, 1947 to Johnnie Davis, Jr. and Mary Ann Arterberry Davis.

He attended Dunbar Elementary and was graduated from Atoka High School in 1966. A U. S. Army veteran, he served two tours in Vietnam War.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John, Jr., and Mary Ann Arterberry Davis, and his grandmother, Bertha Gilmer.

Burial was in Green Hill Cemetery under the direction of Brown's Funeral Service of Atoka.



MERRIL ALLEN DEAN

By: Rev. WILSON, Merril Allen Dean obit, from the Atoka, OK, News. 10-7-1929.

Merril Allen DEAN was born to the home of J.B. and Mrs. DEAN, April 21, 1905, in Atoka, Oklahoma. Remaining in this locality, Merril grew to manhood attending the Grace school and the high school. Upon graduation from Atoka high school, Mr. DEAN went to Chicago where he was employed by a wholesale carpet house. Coming back to his old home, he soon found one of his own.

Our brother was united in marriage May 9, 1925, to Miss Edna WARD, of Atoka. The happy couple founded their home in  Atoka, and had begun a very happy married life when the Great master called him home.

Becoming suddenly sick it was seen that an operation was the only thing possible. Carried by a group of his friends, Merril was put on the train for Dallas Thursday afternoon. Saturday morning we heard that he had gained release from his sickness thru the eternal portals.

Merril was a member of the DeMolay Lodge of Atoka.

He early confessed his savior and united with the Christian Church of Atoka. Later he transferred his membership to the Baptist Church to be with his wife.

Our friend and brother leaves to mourn his loss, his good wife, his father and mother, two brothers and one sister, besides a host of friends who are deeply grieved that one whose prospects of success were so bright whose home life was ideal should be taken from our midst.

I am a very distant relative of Merril Dean. His Great-grandfather, Elisha DEAN, was a brother to my husbands GG-grandfather, Bailey Dean.

Submitted by:gayladean@hotmail.com






DAVID ALVIN DUNCAN

David Alvin Duncan died, April 28, 2003, at his home in Tushka. He was 81. The son of Jack Edgar and Mattie Pearl JONES Duncan, he was born at Emett, OK, September 26, 1921.

He was a member of the Tushka Baptist Church, and a past member of the Masonic Lodge.

He married Judy Leona BRADFIELD in Las Vegas, NV, September 03, 1951.

Rev. Bob Graham officiated a private service at 3:00 PM, April 28, 2003 at the Atoka Funeral Home Chapel.

Preceding him in death were his mother, father; a son, David Eugene Duncan; two brothers, Vernon and Arley Duncan; and a sister, Alice Marie Wallace.

He is survived by his wife, two sons, and a daughter.







FRANCES ROMAYNE "MCINTYRE" EDGAR


Frances Romayne MCINTYRE Edgar, b. May 05, 1909 - February 01, 2003.
For a complete obituary, see: Brown's Funeral Service





LEO LEE EVANS
January 22, 1924 - November 24, 2008
Complete obituary see:Brown's Funeral Service


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PRENTIS WILLIAM FINCH


Prentis William Finch, 51, a farmer and rancher, died at his home September 23, 1995.

Services were held September 26 at 2 p.m. at the Brown's Funeral Chapel in Atoka with Rev. Bob Johnson and Rev. John Howard officiating.

Burial was in the Tushka Cemetery, under the direction of Brown's Funeral Service.

Prentis was born in Atoka on November 13, 1943, to Paul Sampson Finch and Ethyl May Courtney Finch.

He was graduated from Tushka High School an Southeastern State University at Durant.

He married Dianne Williams, Jan. 1, 1994, in Atoka.

He was preceded in death in 1972 by his daughter, Christy Finch.

Survivors include his wife, Dianne of the home; five sons, his father and mother, all of Atoka; one brother and sister of Atoka.

Pallbearers: Cliff Darst, Jerry Hall, Billy Kellogg, Dean Winkle, Clyde Sheffield, and James Smith.

Submitters name withheld.





Ella Mae [nee WILLIAMS] Fowler


Mrs. Ella Mae William Fowler, 91, an Atoka Coal County resident passed away January 5, 1999.

She was born March 13, 1907 in Anadarko, OK.

She taught school in Atoka & Coal Counties, after she was graduated from Langston University.

She was Baptist by faith. She and Oran Fowler exchanged wedding vows during 1946 in Wichita, KS.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and three sisters.

Burial in Summit View Cemetery at Guthrie, OK., under the direction of Brown's Funeral Service. (No submitter name supplied, nor newspaper listed.) Survivors names withheld.





CELES ELISE FOX


Celes Elise Fox, Stringtown, b. February 26, 2003-d. June 17, 2003. For a complete obituary, see: Brown's Funeral Service





BERTHA C. FRANKLIN


Services for Bertha C. Franklin, 97, Atoka, were held Wednesday at 2 p.m., December 8, 1999, at Bentley Baptist Church, where she was a member, with Rev. John Howard officiating.

Interment in Bentley Cemetery under the direction of Atoka Funeral Home.

She died at Durant on Monday, December 6, 1999.

The daughter of Dave Axton Kelley and Mary Ellen KINGSTON, she was born December 30, 1901 at Naples, Texas.

She married Durwood Emett Franklin who preceded her in death.

Others preceding her in death were her mother, Mary Ellen Kingston; her father, Dave Axton Kelley; a daughter, Willie Jewel Perkins and five grandchildren.

Survivors names and pall bearers names  withheld. Submitted by great-granddaughter: Denise L. Perkins-Raber-Feb. 24, 2000. draber@hopkinsville.net





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RUFUS K. GIBSON

Rufus Gibson Services Held Thursday.

Rufus K. Gibson aged 79, and an Atoka resident for the pat 35 years, died April 20, 1954, at the home of Bud Greathouse.

He was born June. 9, 1874, at Navasoda, Texas.

Survivors include one brother, John Gibson of Dallas and several nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted at the Coffey Funeral Chapel with Rev. H. C. Stephens officiating. Internment was in the Atoka cemetery with Coffey Funeral Home in charge.

Pallbearers were Bill Malone, Arthur Cochran, R. T. Reeves, Pete Moffatt, W. Chism and Luther Fortenberry.

Obiturary submitted by Jimmy Wright, great-great  nephew of Rufus K. Gibson. wright@brightok.net




GREATHOUSE

Bud Greathouse dies: Cecil Byron "Bud" Greathouse, 73 year-old Atoka county native, died April 10, 1984 in the Veterans Administration Hospital in Muskogee.

Greathouse a highly decorated veteran of World War II and the Korean conflict, was born May 16, 1910 in Crystal. He was the son of Lawrence Greathouse and Callie HILL Greathouse.

Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at Atoka's First Baptist Church with Rev. Bob McCaslin, pastor, officiating. Burial in Green Meadow Cemetery under the direction of Atoka Funeral Home.

Greathouse was married to the former Nannie Marie Hogan, Arpil 30, 1955. She proceeded him in death May 16, 1982.

Survivors include two sisters, Thelma Payne of Mabank, TX,and Clara Rounsaville of Lebanon, OR; and one brother, L. L. "Tee" Greathouse of Angleton, TX.

Active pall bearers were Charles McCall, Bobby Camp, Jelly Cook, Leon McNeil, Don Barnard and Bob Surrell.

Honorary pall bearers were Sidney Camp, Crockett Lowry, C. A. McCall, Albert Furr, Squib Tolbert, Donald Fereday and Jack Bonner. Obiturary submitted by Jimmy Wright, great-great  nephew of Rufus K. Gibson. wright@brightok.net




PATSY RUTH "NICHOLS" GOODSON


Funeral services for Patsy Ruth "Nichols" Goodson, 59, Lane resident, were held Sunday, May 14, at 2:30 p.m. at Lane Baptist Church with Rev. Brad Jones and Rev. Bob Muncy officiating.

She died Friday, May 12, 2000 at Baptist Hospital in Oklahoma City.

She was the daughter of Ode and Nora Ellen "Almond" Nichols, born August 30, 1940 at Atoka. She attended school at Lane and graduated from Atoka High School in 1958. She was a Rural Mail Carrier for the U. S. Postal Service, and employed part-time at Coben's Grocery in Lane.

Mrs. Goodson was a member of Lane Baptist Church.

She and R. V. Goodson exchanged wedding vows in Durant on May 22, 1958.

Preceding her in death were her parents, and a sister, Jean Evelyn Nichols.

Survivors include her husband, R. V. of the home, three children (two sons and one daughter) one daughter-in-law and one son-in-law. One grandchild, a brother and sister-in-law, one sister, three aunts, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Burial was in Butler Cemetery under the direction of Brown's Funeral Home in Atoka.

Honorary pall bearers were Jerry Stephens, Leon Yates, Leon Jones, Darrell Reece, Charles Robertson and Bill Coben.

Active pall bearers were J. B. Grother, Clint Hems, Ricky Jones, Terry Jones, Gilbert Wilson and Jimmy McCarty.

Permission to print given by R. V. Goodson, Sunday, May 21, 2000.




THOMAS E. GRAHAM II
1908 - 2001

Thomas E. Graham II, 93, died April 14, 2001 at the Hurley Health Center in Coalgate.

Mr. Graham was born March 18, 1908 in Uniontown, PA to Thomas E. and Margaret SNYDER Graham. He attended school in the Standing Rock Community in Atoka County.

He and Jean Ruth Johnson exchanged wedding vows December 30, 1932 in McAlester, OK, to that union was born two children; Virginia Rhue, and Top Graham.

Thomas was a farmer and rancher. He was a member of the Church of Christ, and also a member of the Atoka Masonic Lodge #4. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the McAlester Scottish Rite.

He was preceded in death by his wife Jean Ruth Johnson Graham, his parents, Thomas and Margaret Snyder Graham; brothers, Albert, William, Robert and Hugh Graham; nephews, Hugh Franklin, Billy and Effin Graham.

Survivors are two children, Virginia Rhue Graham Uber and husband Bill of CA, Top Graham and wife, Glenda of Atoka; six grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, other relatives, numerous nieces, nephews, and many, many dear friends.

Honorary pall bearers were Duke Ellis, Jay Cook, Bill Miller, Bud Carr, Harley Dean Watson, Leon Hatter, Leamon Morris, Curtis Bond and Aaron Barris.

Active pall bearers included Hugh "Rick" Graham, Chris Graham, T. Tom Graham, Howard Alberda, Kenny Slawson and Brian Huddleston.

Services were held April 17, 2001 at Brown's Funeral Service Chapel in Atoka with Brett Alberda and Hugh "Rick" Graham officiating. Burial in Westview Cemetery.





SUSIE R. "LEISTER" GRIFFIN

1906 - 1998


Susie R. "Leister" Griffin, 92, Oklahoma City, formerly of Atoka, died Saturday, April 18, 1998, at Manor Care Nursing Center in Oklahoma City.

She was born in Arkansas on February 9, 1906, the daughter of Edwin and Esma "Chitwood" Leister.

A retired school teacher, Mrs. Griffin was graduated from Coalgate High School in 1923, and later was graduated from Southeastern State Teachers College l, she taught school throughout the Atoka County area for many years.

She was a member of the Oklahoma Educators Association and Retired Teachers Association.

A long time member of the First Baptist Church in Atoka, she later attended the Spring Creek Baptist Church in Oklahoma City.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 21, at Brown's Funeral Service Chapel in Atoka with Dr. Steve Graham officiating. Burial was in Green Meadows Cemetery under the direction of Brown's Funeral Service.

She and John Cecil Griffin exchanged wedding vows October 3, 1930 at Durant, OK.

She was preceded in death by her husband John in 1996.

Also preceding her death were her parents, Edwin and Esma "Chitwood" Leister, three brothers; John, Dennis and Paul; three sisters, Evelyn, Decie "Dessie" and Rhea "Reea."

Survivors include a daughter, Joyce and husband Coy; one granddaughter, Kim and a grandson, Jay, all of Oklahoma City; one sister Gayle Mitchell of Weatherford; along with several nieces, nephews, many other relatives and many very dear and loved friends, and a special former student, Carl Phillips of CA, formerly of Tushka.

Pallbearers were Brickie Griffin, Tracy Griffin, Trenton Griffin, Buddy Durbin, Tom Wells and Don Stockton.




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CORA LEONA GUNTER
1916 - 1995

Funeral services for Cora Leona Gunter, 79, Stringtown, will be conducted Saturday, October 14 at 2 p.m. at the atoka Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bob Muncy officiating.

Burial will be in the Mt. Olive Cemetery under the direction of Atoka Funeral Home.

A housewife, she died October 7, 1995 at 2:33 p.m. at Atoka Memorial Hospital.

Born in Denison, Texas on June 12, 1916, she was the daughter of John R. Blankenship and Minie Lansdale Blankenship. She was a member of the Pentecostal Church of God of Prophecy in California.

She was married to William M. Gunter in Atoka on July 23, 1933. He preceded her in death on July 21, 1982.

Also preceding her in death were her father, John R. Blankenship; her mother, Minie Lansdale Blankenship; a son, John Benjamin Gunter; a daughter, Rose Lee Gunter; a step-daughter, Hazel Burleson; two grandsons, Hoyt James Boles and Timothy Eugene Gunter; one granddaughter; Pamela Kay Creech; three brothers, Leonard Blankenship, Albert Blankenship, and Calvin Blankenship, and Calvin Blankenship; two sisters, Liley Forbes and Allie Bell Jack.

Survivors include one son, William Eugen Gunter, Farmersville, CA; five daughters, Ruby Jewel Smith, Central Valley, CA; Adela Smith, Medford, OR; Nadine Wilson of Stringtown; Billie Faye Swinney, Mansfield, TX; Georgie Ann Creech, Eulas, TX; one step-daughter, Christine Gunter, Broken Bow; 33 grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

Honorary pallbearers are Rodney McCarn, Don Phillips.

Active pallbearers are Benjamin E. Anderson, Bradley S. Anderson, Christopher P. Smith, Danny R. Creech, Jerry Maxey and Jerry Hughes.

Submitted by daughter Faye Swinney © 2002 Faye Swinney




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JEWELL D. HARBISON

Jewel D. Harbison, 89, a housewife, and  formerly of Atoka County, Farris, OK, died Arpil 4, 1995 at the Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Midwest City.

She was born September 30, 1905 to John Thomas Mitchell and Addie "York" Mitchell, in Dardnell, AR. She was reared at Howe, OK.

She and David B. Harbison were married at Hugo, OK on February 8, 1930. He preceded her in death March 14, 1969 at Midwest City.

Also preceding her in death were her parents, John Thomas Mitchell and Addie "York" Mitchell; and a grandson, Ralph Trimble; and a half-brohter, Clifford Emery.

She moved to Farris, OK, in 1944, then to Midwest City in 1961, later to Hinton, OK in 1973.

Funeral service were Friday, April 7, 1995 at the Church of Christ in Farris with Mr. Andy Rogers officiating.

Burial was in the Farris Cemetery under the direction of Atoka Funeral Home.

Survivors include two sons, James Harbison, and David B. Harbison; a daughter, Lillie Trimble; 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; and a half brother Theodore Emery of Mt. Pleasant, TX. Submitted Apr. 27, 2000, by granddaughter Sheila Bachelder.




HARRALL, ZETTIE M.  23 March 1910 - 22 January 1999

January 27, 1999.  MODESTO BEE, Modesto, California

ZETTIE MAE HARRALL, 88, of Sonora, died Friday at Mark Twain Convalescent Hospital, San Andreas, California.

Mrs. Harrall was a native of Atoka, Oklahoma. She lived in Sonora one year. She was a seamstress for 30 years. She was a member of the Christian Church of the First Born in Oklahoma.

She is survived by her two sisters. Names of survivors not listed.

No services.

Submitted by: M. Graham, Ok.City, OK





ELDON EUGENE HEMBREE
1939 - 2003
Former Atoka County resident, Eldon Eugene Hembree, 63, passed away February 1, 2003 at his home in Oklahoma City OK from a heart attack.

He was a carpenter by trade and had worked for Robert Brown Const. and Manning Const. Compainies most of the last years of his life.

He was born November 11, 1939 to Harmon and Hazel SHATSWELL Hembree, in Farris, OK.

Preceding him in death were his parents; one son Ricky Gerald Hembree in September 1993, and his former wife Vonda.

Survivors include one son; Stanton L. or Warr Acres; one grandson, Stanton Tyler; two brothers, Elvin Leon; and Harmon Hembree, Jr., and wife Sinda; many nephews, nieces and lots of friends. Services were at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, February 5, 2003 at Baggerley-South Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow in Sunset Memorial Park, Norman, OK., next to his former wife.

Submitted November 20, 2003, by Dale Standifer DStandifer




ELLA MAE HEMBREE


Ella Mae HOUCHIN Hembree, 73, Atoka, died September 15, at Texoma Medical Center in Denison, Texas.

A housewife, she was born June 11, 1909 at Blue, OK to E. B. Houchin and Nora DEATON Houchin.

She Married M. G. "Yank" Hembree on August 3, 1927 at Farris, OK.

Funeral services were held Saturday, September 18, 1982, at 2 p. m. at the Harmony Baptist Church with Rev. James Crowson officiating. Burial was in the Farris Cemetery under the direction of Atoka Funeral Home.

She is survived by three daughters, Wilma Swindell and Freda Smith of Colbert, OK; and Joyce Jones, Eufaula; two sons, Marion Hembree, Atoka; Bob Hembree, Jackson, N. J.; seven grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; one brother, Idis Houchin, Big Springs, TX; four sisters, Nona Sanders, Denton, TX; Maggie Cordell, Doyce Parks and Lois Hendrix all of Oklahoma City, and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Monroe Cochran, Marvin Lowe, Toy Marlow, Russell Lane, M. J. Lovell, Floyd Gene Howard, and Ray Littleton

Submitted December 15, 2001, by Dale Standifer DStandifer




FRANK ESAW HEMBREE


Services for Frank Esaw Hembree, Rt. 1. Davis, were held Tuesday, May 20, at 2:30 p. m. in the Assembly of God Church in Farris, OK. He died May 1, 1969 at his home, at the age of 50.

Hembree was born May 24, 1918 in Farris and spent most of his early life there before moving. He lived in Murray County the past five years moving there from Harrah. He worked as an Oil Pumper and was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Farris.

Survivors include his wife Janell of the home; one daughter, Mrs. Mary Helen LaVarnway, Oklahoma City, one son, James Francis Hembree, Oklahoma City; three brothers, Mike Hembree, Pampa, TX, Gar Hembree of Ira and Harmon Hembree, Oklahoma City; four sisters, Mrs. Lovis Cullens, McAllen, TX, Mrs. Mary Jane Standifer of Bakersfield, CA, Mrs. Fannie Bowman of Midwest City and Mrs. Bertha Bryant of Oklahoma City, and three grandchildren.

Interment was in Farris Cemetery under the directions of Dunn Funeral Home.

Submitted December 15, 2001, by Dale Standifer DStandifer




HARMON HEMBREE


Harmon Hembree, Sr., 81, passed away, November 23, 2000, at th I. H. S. Nursing Home in Moore, OK, after a long illness.

He was born May 26, 1919 at Tushka, OK to James and Mary Hembree.

He married Hazel Beatrice SHATSWELL, September 17, 1938 at Farris, OK.

He was a devoted father of three sons and always had time for anyone that needed him through all of his years. If anyone ever had problems, be it family or friend; he was there to help. This must have been part of his reason for being here on earth.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one grandson, Ricky Gerald Hembree in September, 1993, and his beloved wife of 61 years, Hazel, who passed in January of this year.

Survivors include three sons, Eldon of Oklahoma City, Elvin Leon of Del City; and Harmon Jr. and wife Sinda, of Oklahoma City; six grandchildren, Stanton, Robie, Bret, Blayne, Christy, and Tiffany; two sisters Jimmie Bowman and Mary Jane Standifer, five great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Thanks to the VA Hospital, Souther Hospice, and I. H. S. of Moore.

He will be missed by many for he was a great dad. He could do anything.

Services will be held 10:00 a. m. Monday, November 7, 2000, at Baggerley South Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow in Sunny Lane Cemetery. Baggerley South 5798 S. Western, Oklahoma City, OK.

Submitted by Dale Standifer, December 15, 2001. DStandifer




HAZEL HEMBREE


Hazel Beatrice SHATSWELL Hembree born July 20, 1920, at Farris, OK, to Myrtle Bell and Joseph Richard Shatswell, passed away January 3, 2000 at her home.

She married Harmon Hembree, September 17, 1938 at Farris, OK.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Harmon Hembree, Sr. of the home, three sons, Eldon of the home, Elvin Leon of Del City, Harmon, Jr., and wife Sinda of Oklahoma City, OK; six grandchildren, Stanton, Robbie, Bret, Blayne, Christy, and Tiffany; two sisters, Ruby Alexander, and Dorthy Shadid; two brothers, J. T. and L. D. Shatswell; four great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews and friends. She was preceded by one grandson, Ricky Gerald Hembree in Sept. 1993.

Throughout her life she seemed to take on a role to help anyone in need. She gave new meaning to motherhood. She always gave love, understanding, and most of all, unconditional love to all her children, their spouses and her grandchildren. She will be deeply missed by all that knew and loved her.

Gone but not forgotten, and someday we will all be together again in Heaven. Services will be 10:00 A. M. Thursday Jan. 6, 2000 at the Baggerley-South Funeral Home Chapel with interment in Sonny Lane Cemetery, Del City, Oklahoma. (The Daily Oklahoman, Jan. 5, 2000).

Submitted by Dale Standifer, December 15, 2001. DStandifer




JAMES MARTIN HEMBREE


Reverend James Martin Hembree died January 15, 1965 at Atoka, Oklahoma. Born May 7, 1880 in Huntsville, Scott County, TN, he was called into the ministry in 1930 and was well known throughout Atoka County as "Uncle Jim," where he enjoyed thirty-five years of his ministry for the Lord.

He was a pastor of several churches in Eastern Oklahoma, and build the church at Farris, Oklahoma. His last pastorate was at Crystal, Oklahoma, and his last sermon was preached at the Antlers Assembly of God church a short time before his death.

His wife, Mary Magdalene LOWE Hembree, preceded him in death on March 21, 1964.

Survivors are five sons and four daughters, twenty-seven grandchildren and thirty-eight great-grandchildren.

Services were at the Farris Assembly of God Church on January 19, 1965, and interment was in the Farris Cemetery.

Submitted December 15, 2001, by Dale Standifer DStandifer




MARION E. HEMBREE


Funeral services for Marion E. Hembree, 61, Atoka, were conducted, June 16 at 2:30 p. m. at the Atoka Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Rick Richardson officiation; assisted by Rev. Earl Stephenson. Burial was in the Bera Cemetery under the direction of Atoka Funeral Home.

A government trapper, he died June 13, 1990 at Texoma Medical Center in Denison, Texas.

The son of Yank Hembree and Ella May HOUCHIN Hembree, he was born September 7, 1928 at Bentley. He lived in Atoka County all of his life.

He married Deovilah "Dot" Taylor on April 8, 1946 at Sherman, Texas.

He was preceded in Death by his father and mother, Yank and Ella Mae Hembree, both of Atoka; one sister, Billie Ruth Hembree of Lane; and a brother, Royce Hembree of Blue.

Survivors include his wife Dot Hembree of the home, two daughters and sons-in-law; Marilyn and Ray Richardson, Atoka, and Evelyn and Mike Miller, Stringtown; seven grandchildren, Maria Michael, K. Don, Nicki, Marion, Steve and Vickie; and six great-granchildren; Cory, Marisa, Tamera, Joshua, Maegan and Colby; one brother, Robert C. Hembree, Atlanta, GA; and three sisters, Wilma Swindell of Colbert; Joyce Jones, Eufaula; and Freda Smith of Atoka

Honorary pall bearers were Roy Mead, Hack Bradford, Jim Ladd, Bill Hauff, Delbert Hodges, and Albert Furr.

Active pall bearers were Johnnie Reeves, John Ray, Gene Sluder, Crocket Lowry, Delroe Smith, Ira Smithart, and David Moore.

Submitted December 15, 2001, by Dale Standifer DStandifer




MARION G. "YANK" HEMBREE


Funeral services were August 29 for Marion G. "Yank" Hembree, a 62 year old Atoka resident who passed away on August 25. Rev. Steve O'Dell and Bud Pitts conducted the services at the Harmony Baptist Church. Interment was in the Farris Cemetery under the direction of Atoka Funeral Home.

He was born December 10, 1905 in Gertie, I. T., the son of J. M. and Mary M. LOWE Hembree.

Survivors include his wife, Mae Hembree and five children; Joyce Woodruff of Oklahoma City, Bob Hembree of Park Forest, IL, Wilma Livingston, Freda Huston, and Marion Hembree of Atoka; seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; four sisters; Lovis Cullens, Harlengen, TX; Mary Jane Standifer of Oildale, CA; Jimmie Bowman and Bertha Bryant of Oklahoma City; four brothers; Mike Hembree of Pampa, TX, Gar Hembree of Ira, TX; Frank Hembree of Sulphur and Harmon Hembree of Oklahoma City.

Pallbearers were Charley L. Rowland, Dude Reasor, Tom Clayburn, Cecil Fredler, Herschel Luman and James Thompson.

Submitted December 15, 2001, by Dale Standifer DStandifer




MARY HEMBREE


Mary Hembree, wife of J. M. Hembree, passed away March 21, 1964 in the Antlers hospital. She was buried March 24, 1964 in the Farris Cemetery. Services were conducted at the Assembly of God Church in Farris, where she was a faithful member,with Rev. Martin officiating.

Born 1883 in Huntsville, Scotts County, Tennessee to Mike and Judy Lowe; she married her school day sweetheart, J. M. Hembree, July 14, 1901. They had been married 64 happy years.

She had 14 children, 9 children still living. Five boys and four girls, Mike, Gar, Yank, Frank, Harmon, Lovis, Jane, Fannie and Bertha. (Only Mary Jane and Fannie are living to date 12-15-2001.

I, Rev. J. M. Hembree, would like to express my thanks to the many friends, relatives, churches, pastors, doctors and hospital staff for all prayers and kindness.

Submitted December 15, 2001, by Dale Standifer DStandifer




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FANNIE CHRYSTELE (BROWN) HENSON
1907 - 2001


Funeral services for Fannie Chrystele "BROWN" Henson, 93, a longtime Atoka resident, were held Saturday, Febrauary 10 at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Atoka with Rev. Bill Elkins officiating.

Burial was in Green Meadows Cemetery under the direction of Brown's Funeral Service in Atoka.

She died Thursday, February 8, 2001 at Atoka Memorial Hospital.

Born August 1, 1907 at Stamford, TX, she was the daughter of Hiram Lyles and Sarah Annie WHITE Brown. She attended schools at Stamford, TX and Wetumka, OK. She was named Businesswoman of the Year in 1999, and August 16 was declared Fannie Henson Day in Atoka.

A faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Atoka since 1935, she was also a member of the Golden Jubliees and the Noah Choir.

She married James Franklin Henson on August 26, 1923 at Holdenville. He preceded her in death in October 1964.

She later married T. V. Thomas who also preceded her in death.

Mrs. Henson and her husband, Frank, started Henson's Inc. in 1933. They sold auto parts, hardware, propane, clothing, furniture, appliances and a variety of merchandise. The business has been at their present loction since 1943. She also owned the Black Gold Station and Salvage Yard. She was active in the business until October 2000.

Preceding her in death in addition to her two husbands, were her parents, Hiram and Sarah Brown; three children Francis Christine Henson, James Curtis Henson and Helen Bernice Henson; seven sisters and one brother.

Survivors include two daughters, Joyce Meeks and husband Bob, Electra, TX; and Delores Kathleen Barton and husband, Lloyd of Atoka; four grandchildren, David Barton, and Karen Henderson and husband, Ronnie, all of Atoka; Sharon Whitaker and usband, Scott, Grand Prarie, TX; and Steven Wade Wheeler and wife, Carey, Electra, TX; three step grandchildren, Celeste littlecreek, Stan Meeks and Lori Reyna; once sister-in-law, Helen Brady of Atoka; one brother-in-law Robert Reeves of Stringtown; and a beloved friend, Tonya Barton of Atoka; along with 17 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives andmany dear and loved friends.

Submitted by Joyce Henson Meeks. JMeeks3@aol.com





Heart Attack During Hunting Trip Proves Fatal

JAMES FRANKLIN (FRANK) HENSON


May 25, 1905 - October 14, 1946


James Franklin (Frank) Henson born May 25, 1905, at Muldrow, Ok., died, Wednesday, October 14, 1964 at Pagosa Springs, CO., due to an apparent heart attack.

He is survived by his wife, Fannie, two daughters, Mrs. Joyce Wheeler, Denton, TX., and Mrs. Kathleen Barton of Atoka; three grandchildren, David and Karen Barton and Sharon Wheeler. Also, four sisters, Mrs. Mary (Helen) Brady, Dorothy Pierce, of Atoka, Cora Laughlin, Compton, CA., and Evelyn Strickland of Lindsay, OK.

Services will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday in the First Baptist Church, Atoka, with the Rev. Fred Skaggs officiating. Burial in will be in the New Atoka Cemetery (Green Meadows) under the direction of Bingham Funeral Home.

Active pall bearers: Orville Meadows, Dutch Cornwell, Lee Mosely, Shorty Barnhard, James Hedricks, Dennis Granger. Honorary pall bearers will be Sonny Pasquali, Coalgate; John Kelly Fain, Dr. A. C. Fina, Lewis Allen, Woodrow Ainsworth, and Harvey Capps.

Submitted April 2, 2000, by daughter Joyce Henson Meeks. JMeeks3@aol.com





JOHN C. HENSON


Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon in the Atoka Pentecostal Holiness Church for John C. Henson, 74 - year old retired farmer following his death Monday at his in East Atoka.

Henson came to Oklahoma Territory in 1890 and was an early day peace officer in Okemah. He later engaged in oil field contracting in the Wetumka fields and had extensive farm holdings in central Oklahoma. He moved to Atoka in 1934 from Ada.

Henson had been ill for several months preceding his death.

He was a member of the Atoka Pentecostal Church of Christ and acted as congregation secretary from organization of the local group.

Rev. John Bagley, pastor of the Atoka Pentecostal Church of Christ conducted funeral services. Interment was in Atoka "Westview" Cemetery.

Survivors include five daughters, Mrs. B. G. Burnett and Mrs. A. H. Laughlin, both of Denison, TX; Mrs. J. M. Brady, Mrs. J. L. Strickland, and Mrs. Casto Pierce, all of Atoka; a son, Frank Henson, of Atoka; 14 grandchildren, and several great grandchildren.

Pall bearers were J. M. Weeks, Woodrow Ainsworth, John Ford, Luther Ford, Lige Childers, and Rev. Ern.

Submitted, April 2, 2000 by Joyce Henson Meeks, granddaughter. JMeeks3@aol.com





MRS. MARY ETTER HENSON


Mrs. Mary Etter Henson, 83, passed away at the Scarber Nursing Home August 16, 1960.

She was born in Scott County, Mississippi, March 17, 1877, and had live here 18 years.

Services were held at the Pentecostal Church of God, of which she was a member, with rev. Hogan Scarber officiating.

Interment was in the Atoka "Westview" Cemetery with Atoka Funeral Home in charge.

Survivors include four daughters; Minnie Johnson, Holdenville, Josie Lane, Ft. Chaffee, AR., Flora Holden, Hanna, OK, Corene Holden, Wassco, CA; 33 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; two sisters, Josie Barnwell, Shawnee, Katie Dean, Maysville; one brother, Charley Williams, Maysville.

Mrs. Henson was the widow of Jim Henson, who is buried in Wetumka, OK. She was the sister-in-law to John C. Henson, and she and Mrs. Ona Henson lived together in Atoka during their final years.

Submitted April 2, 2000, by Joyce Henson Meeks, niece. JMeeks3@aol.com




Services Held for Mrs. Ona HENSON

Mrs. Ona [nee SHAMBLIN] HENSON, 81, died in the Atoka Memorial Hospital, Saturday, January 6, 1962. Mrs. Henson was born September 17, 1880, in Bentonville, AR.

She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Cora Laughlin, Compton, CA., Mrs. Helen Brady, Mrs. Evelyn Strickland, Mrs. Dorothy Pierce, and one son, Frank Henson, all of Atoka, one sister, Mrs. Carrie Fuller, Morris, OK., one brother, Johnny Shamblin, Haskell, OK., nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Pentecostal Church of God with Brother Scarbar officiating. Arrangements and burial in Atoka Memorial (Westview) Cemetery, under the direction of Keith Funeral Home.

Submitted April 2, 2000, by Joyce Henson Meeks, granddaughter. JMeeks3@aol.com





WILLIE FLOYD "Doc" HOGUE

Willie Floyd "Doc" Hogue, b. July 16, 1931 - June 27, 2003.
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DARRELL DWAYNE HOKETT

Darrell Dwayne Hokett, 40, Wapanucka; died June 24, 2003 at Caney.

Darrell was born in Atoka on March 06, 1963, to Harvey Leo and Alice Bernice DEWITT Hokett.

A member of the Wilson Baptist Church; he and Sherry Lynn TALBOT, exchanged wedding vows, in the church, November 06, 1982.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

Survivors: His wife; two sons; two brothers; and his father.

A truck driver for Atoka County District #3, his co-workers served as honorary pallbearers.

Services were held June 27 at Wilson Baptist Church with Rev. Sammy Vaughn officiating. Burial in Boggy Depot Cemetery under the direction of Atoka Funeral Home




FREDA JO "HEMBREE" HUTSON


Funeral services for Freda Jo Hutson, 55, Atoka were conducted Sunday, March 29, at 2 p. m. at the Atoka Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. John Howard and Rev. Steve Irvin officiating.

Burial was in the Farris Cemetery under the direction of Atoka Funeral Home.

A resident of Atoka Care Center, she died on March 27, 1992 at 5:20 a. m.

A nurses aid, she was born Sept. 9, 1936 in Lane, OK and was the daughter of Yank Hembree and Ella Mae HOUCHIN Hembree.

She was a member of the Baptist Faith

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Carl and Lori Hutson of Atoka; two grandchildren, Chase and Chandra Hutson, both of Atoka; her former husband and friend, T. D. Hutson, Atoka; a brother Robert C. Hembree of Atlanta, GA; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Wilma Swindell of Colbert, Joyce and Junior Jones of Eufaula; a sister-in-law Dot Hembree of Atoka; six nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Billie Ruth Hembree and two brothers, Royce and Marion Hembree

Honorary pall bearers were Ray Richardson, Mike Miller and Ray Powell.

Active Pallbearers were Glenn Killion, Mike Adair, Herman Hutson, Buddy Hutson, Sam Hutson, and Sonny Hutson.

Submitted, Dec. 15. 2001, Dale Standifer DStandifer






SARAH E. HUBBARD

Sarah E. Hubbard, 85, a resident of Atoka, OK since 1929, was laid to rest in the Westview Cemetery November 9, 1991.

The daughter of William Robison and Holly Bee FULLER Robinson, she was born at Bennington, I. T., Feb. 27, 1906. She died November 7, 1991 at Atoka Memorial Hospital.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Atoka, and a member of the White Shrine in Durant.

She owned and operated a nursing home in Atoka, and was a licensed practical nurse.

She was preceded in death by her husband Sie Hubbard in 1958; two sons, John A. Moore and Luther F. Moore; a daughter, five brothers and four sisters.

Survivors inclued two sons, Lewis Edie Moore, and Roy David Moore; 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Honorary pallbearers were Barney McCall, Willard Olsen, Cecil Frazier, Bob Cates, Bill Goforth and Sid Camp.

Active pallbearers were Bill Malone, Bud Harey, Lester Moore, Paul Mullins, Hrley Jenkins, and Paul E. Howard.

Funeral services were conducted at the Atoka Funeral HOme Chapel with Re. Earl Stephenson and Rev. James Crowson officiating.






BETTY HELEN (INMAN) HUNT
Betty Helen INMAN Hunt b. Aug. 17, 1944 Charleston, MO. - d. June 28, 2003.
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MAURICE JACKSON

Dec. 22, 1939 - July 9, 2007
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DILLARD KENNEDY


From the Atoka County Times Jan. 1998-submitted by Mrs. Dillard Kennedy.

Funeral services for Dillard Kennedy, 90, longtime Lane area resident, were held Monday, January 12 at 10 a.m. at Brown's Funeral Service Chapel with Rev. Brad Jones officiating, assisted by Rev. Dward Justus.

Burial was in Butler Cemetery, near Lane, under the direction of Brown's Funeral Service in Atoka.

, He died Saturday, January 10, 1998 at his residence near Lane. He was a retired farmer, rancher, trucker and sawmill operator.

Born July 5, 1907 at Sivels Bend, Texas, he was the son of Barney Warren and Mary Zula [CLARK] Kennedy. He attended school at Sivels Bend.

Dillard moved to Atoka County in 1921 and joined the Iron Stob Pentecostal Church.

He married Zonia Lee Lohden, April 1923. She preceded him in death in 1943 in CA. (She is buried in the Butler Cemetery)

He later married Letha Marcella Atteberry in Oklahoma City on December 26, 1945.

Preceding him in death, in addition to his first wife, were his parents Barney and Mary Kennedy; two sons, Joe Dell Kennedy, and an infant baby boy; one granddaughter, Diana Jane Kennedy; two brothers, Archie and Barney Kennedy; and two sisters, Lucille McKinley and Zula Seick.

Survivors include his wife, Letha of the home; seven children, Lura Dean Loveless and husband, Walter, Roe Dale Kennedy and wife Betty, Barney Warren Kennedy and wife Joanne, Gymmie Carol Smith and husband Jack, Pat Kennedy and wife Kathryn,  Bobby Kennedy and wife Cindy, Glen Kennedy and wife Brenda; one daughter-in-law, Sammy Jane; 23 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; a very special nephew, David Kennedy, Whitesboro, TX, and two very dear friends Ethel Woods and Pennie Fritcher; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives and dear and loved friend.

Honorary pall bearers were Munroe Cochran, Willard Olsen, Perry Cole, Martin Pierce and E. J. Johnson.

Active pall bearers were grandsons, Gary Loveless, Terry Loveless, Tim Kennedy, Randy Kennedy, Mike Kennedy, Dennis Kennedy, Bryan Kennedy, Larry Kennedy, Tobin Kennedy, Jimmy Dale Anderson.




HAROLD DEAN KUYKENDALL


Harold Deak Kuykendall, 62, Oklahoma City, formerly of Atoka, passed away March 8, 1999, at Oklahoma City.

He was born June 2, 1936, in Atoka, the son of John Carter (Buster) and Eva Henson Kuykendall. He attended Atoka schools and then joined the Air Force in 1954.

After serving in the Air Force, he married Doris Lynn Vandenberg of Harmony and moved to Oklahoma City where he was employed at Tinker Air Force Base. Later he worked in transportation, first as a truck driver and later as a taxi driver.

Preceding him in death were his parents; a son, Harold E. Kuykendall, and his former wife.

Survivors include three daughters, Pam Kuykendall, Jerri Neely and Deanna Sue Kuykendall; three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild; a sister, Jo Ann Ables of Lindsay, a niece and two nephews, three aunts, Fannie Henson, Helen Brady and Dorothy Pierce; and cousins, Kathleen Henson Barton, J. J. Brady of Atoka, and Joyce Henson Meeks, Electra, Texas.

Submitted April 2, 2000, by Joyce Henson Meeks, niece. JMeeks3@aol.com



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Winnie Lou nee WILLIAMS Lain
Sept. 4, 1918 - Jan. 7, 2007
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MRS. NITA EVANGELINE "WILLIAMS" LOVELACE


Funeral services for Nita Evangeline "Williams" Lovelace, 80, Atoka, were conducted Sunday, May 7, at Wards Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. Tom Hargrave officiating.

Burial was in Wards Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Brown's Funeral Service of Atoka.

She died Friday, May 5, 1995, at her home near Atoka.

Born February 13, 1915 at Wards Chapel in Atoka County, Okla., she was the daughter of Thomas Robert Williams and Warnita "Betts" Williams. She attended grammar school at Wards Chapel and high school at the Oklahoma Presbyterian College in Durant.  She won a scholarship in art to Southeastern State University where she graduated.

After College, she taught school at Stanley, Grand Prairie and many other rural schools where she was needed.

A seamstress, she owned and operated a business, and was actively involved in the operation of the family farm.

An active member of the Wards Chapel Baptist church; she taught Sunday School there for many years. She was also a charter member of the Atoka Rebecca Lodge and served as Grand Nobel.

She was married to Arch Lovelace in McAlester. He preceded her in death March 12, 1968.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Cecil Williams, and Forrest Williams, and two sisters; Bulah Williams and Effie Calvert.

Survivors include a son; Samuel Arch "Sammy" Lovelace, Oklahoma City, three daughters; Carol Lynn Mosley, Sterling, VA., Laura Lee Coppedge of Oklahoma City; and Nancy Kirby of Wapanucka; seven grandchildren; Sam Lovelace and Mike Lovelace of Stillwater, and Paul Mosley, Sterling, VA.; Tina Nunn and Lisa Holloway, both of Oklahoma City; Janet Mosley, Sterling, VA, and Dana Kirby, Johnson City, TX., two great-grandchildren; Candia Holloway and Jeremy Nunn; a brother, Jessie William, Atoka; two sisters, Jewel Chapman and Winnie Lain, both of Atoka; many nieces, nephews, others relatives and a host of friends.

Submitted by Carl Phillips, nephew. Carl@jps.net





ABRAHAM LINCOLN LOWE

Abraham Lincol Lowe shot himself with a shotgun on, October 30, 1933.

He died at 10:30 a. m. and is buried in the Farris Cemetery, Farris, Atoka County, OK.

Submitted 15 December, 2001, by great-nephew,Dale Standifer DStandifer




FRANK MARION LOWE

Frank Marion Lowe was born April 12, 1893 in Huntsville, Scott County, TN. He died in Atoka Memorial Hospital, August 26, at the age of 74, after a long illness.

His parents were Mr. and Mrs. Mike Lowe who moved to Atoka County when Frank was a lad of 14. Mr. Lowe and Miss Maggie Faulkenberry were married May 4, 1920 and they lived in and around Atoka the remainder of his life. He worked for M. K. T. Railroad. He served as a PFC in Co. D. 129th MG. BN. during WWII.

Survivors include his wife of the home. One son; Frank, Jr. Oklahoma City and two daughters Batella Humphrey; Oklahoma City, and Shirley Smithart of Louisville, TX; 12 grandchildren, one great grandchild and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at Atoka Funeral Home Chapel at 2:30 Sunday with Bro..... Haskell Englad officiating. Burial in Farris Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Stanley Ridgway, Cecil Blakely, T. H. Blackburn, Tom Kilmer, John Phillips and Tom Clayburn.

Submitted by relative, Dale Standifer DStandifer




DUDLEY NELSON LYLES

January 13, 1916 - April 8, 1945

Dudley Nelson Lyles was born January 13, 1916 in Begota, Texas to Mr. Jot Lyles and Edna Lyles, (now Mrs. C. F. Mead).. Dudley was 29 years 3 months and 4 days old.

To that union was born brother Elmer Lyles.  Dudley's father and brother Elmer passed away in 1918.

After coming to Oklahoma in 1919, Mrs. Jot Lyles and Mr. C. F. Mead were united in marriage 1921. Dudley became the step-son of C. F. Mead. Dudley grew to manhood around Lane and Harmony communities. Dudley was inducted into the Army on January 13, 1943, and saw action in the Philippines, Luzon, & Siapan. On the 8th day of April 1945, on Okinawa, he gave his life for the country he loved so well.

Dudley left a host of friends and relatives to mourn his passing.

Those who loved him were his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Mead, of Lane, Okla., wife Minnie Lyles of Miami, AZ; four brother: Elmer Mead, Pvt. Roy L. Mead who is with the Seventh Army in Germany; William Mead and Autie Mead; three sisters, Mrs. Jessie Sheffield, Lane, Okla., Mary Lou Burleson of Petaluma, Ca., Rudy Curlee, Charles Mead, Oleta Mead all of Lane. Commemorative funeral services were held in Lane Baptist Church by W. H. Goss, attended by a great crowd of relatives and friends who morn his passing.

Submitted by Leona Griffin: rosebud57@hotmail.com






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CLARENCE M. McCASLAND

1901 - 1981
McCasland Services held in California

Services were held Dec. 9 at Oakhill Funeral Home Chapel of Roses in San Jose, Calif., for Clarence M. McCasland. Internment was in San Oakhill Memorial Park in San Jose, Calif. He passed away Dec. 4 in Santa Clara, Calif., at the age of 80 years. He was born in Arkansas on May 29, 1901 and came to Oklahoma, then Indian Territory. He attended Atoka Schools then went on to receive his Law degree from Lebanon, Tenn., University.

 Mr. McCasland was active in community and civic affairs and had served as County Judge of Atoka County for several years. In 1941, he and his family moved to Richmond, Calif., where he was employed by the Ford Company which later moved to Milpitas, Calif. He continued with the company until his retirement in 1966. During his employment with the Ford company he was honored as the Employee of the Year.

Survivors include his wife, Roxie McCasland, formerly Roxie Lowry, of Milpitas, Calif.; one daughter Mary Ann Fahey, Richmond, Calif.; two sons, Pat McCasland, also of Richmond, Calif.; and Tom McCasland, San Jose, Calif.; four brothers, Col. Hickey McCasland, Oklahoma City; Hayden McCasland, Ark.; Stanton McCasland and Mark McCasland, Texas; two sisters, Sybil Choate, Phoenix, Ariz.; Lahoma Millican, Oklahoma City; five grandchildren, two great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Surname: McCASLAND, LOWRY, FAHEY, CHOATE, MILLICAN

Submitted: Sunday, 15 Aug 1999 by Hayden D. McCasland hdnjnmcc@aol.com





HAYDEN D. McCASLAND 1908 - 1991


McCasland Services held in Arkansas

Hayden D.McCasland, 82, of Hot Springs, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, at a local hospital.

A native of Atoka, Oklahoma, he worked for many years for the Oklahoma State Department of Corrections as superintendent of prisons at Stringtown and McLoud Honor Farms. He retired in 1975 and moved to Hot Springs. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Oklahoma Sheriff and Peace Officers Association. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Willa Mae Taylor McCasland, two brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Pauline McCasland of Hot Springs; one son, Hayden D. McCasland, Jr. of Norman, Okla.; four daughters, Alice Presson and Sharon Shokat, both of Norman; Nina Holden of Las Cruces, N.M., and Roberta McCasland of Hot Springs; two brothers, Stanton McCasland of Odessa, Texas, and Mark McCasland of Atlanta, Texas; and 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Grave side services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Crestview Mausoleum with Dr. M.J. Timbs officiating. Burial will be at Crestview Cemetery under the direction of Gross Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be grandsons: Joseph H. McCasland, Nick Shokat and Steve, David and Jim Presson, all of Norman, and Justin Tharp of Las Cruces, N.M.

Surname: McCASLAND, TAYLOR, PRESSON, SHOKAT, HOLDEN, THARP

Submitted: Mon. Sept. 06, 1999, by Hayden D. McCasland: hdnjnmcc@aol.com





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RALPH RICHARD MARLEY


Ralph Richard Marley: Funeral services for Ralph Richard Marley, 69, Stringtown, were held Wednesday, August 1, 2001 at Brown's Funeral Service Chapel in Atoka with Rev. Bartt Bradford officiating, assisted by Rev. Gene Sluder.

He died at his residence, Saturday, July 28, 2001. He was a rancher.

The son of Willie Lee and Grace Lillian SUTTON Marley; he was born April 6, 1932 in Stringtown. He attended school at Stringtown and also attended numerous Military Schools.

He retried from the U. S. Navy after serving more than 23 years. He served in the Korean conflict and in Vietnam. He was a member of the Baptist faith, a member of the DVA, American Legion and Southwest Cattleman's Association.

He and Wilma Byrdean ROWLAND exchanged wedding vows on June 4, 1953 in Durant.

Preceding him in death are his parents, and five brothers, Billy Joe Marley, Baby Boy Marley, Bob by Marley, Don Marley

Honorary pall bearers were Marvin Ishmael, Lloyd Patton, Shea Patton, Bill Givens, Lacy Moore and Palo Allen.

Active pall bearers were Steve Heard, Charlie Mason, Dion Kieffer, A. D. Moore, Harry Farris and Lewis Garrett.

Permission to print September 29, 2001, granted by his sister Shirley Marley Morris JMorris473@aol.com





NORMA ELLEN [nee ATTEBERRY] MAXEY


Norma E. Maxey, 61, a Wilson Community resident died 18 October 1995 at the Atoka Memorial Hospital.

She was born to Charlie McGraw Atteberry and Goldie Lea [Hickman] Atteberry, November 8, 1933 in Atoka County.

She attended New Hope School and worked at the Atoka Memorial Hospital. She married Wesley Charles Maxey, Sept. 25, 1953 in Fredrick, OK.

Her father, mother; two daughters, Judy Ellen Maxey and Norma Sue Maxey; two brothers and one sister; R. J. Atteberry, Leon Atteberry and Hagar Blakely preceded her in death.

Funeral services were Saturday, Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. in the Brown's Funeral Chapel in Atoka, with Reb. Claude Buie officiating. Burial was in the Wards Chapel Cemetery, under the direction of Brown's Funeral Service in Atoka.

Survivors included her husband, one daughter  of Wilson, OK., one granddaughter, three sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews, and many, many other relatives and very dear friends. Survivors names withheld.

Pall bears were Johnny Matthews, Ray Baxter, Tom Petty, Raymond Taylor, Cotton Sears, and Bob Jones. Submitted by: D. Atteberry, Nephew.






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WESLEY CHARLES MAXEY


Wesley Charley Maxey, 68, of the Wilson Community died, July 16,2001 at his home.

Services were held July 19 at Brown's Funeral Service Chapel in Atoka with Rev.Billy Joe Howard officiating, assisted by Darrell Atteberry.

The son of Ruben Lee & Flossie Gertrude (Tramble) Maxey; he was born June 2, 1933 in Atoka. He attended school at Wilson, Atoka County, and was a member of the Wilson Baptist Church.

He and Norma Ellen Atteberry exchanged marriage vows in Frederick, Ok on September 26, 1953. Norma preceded him in death in 1995.

Maxey, a rancher, worked for Dale Oil Co. in Atoka for several years. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army, and served in the Korean conflict.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Ruen Lee Maxey and Flossie Gertrude (Tramble) Maxey; two daughters, Norma Sue Maxey, and Judy Ellen Maxey; two brothers, Floyd Ray Maxey and Danny Ray Maxey

Survivors include on daughter, Julie (Maxey) Renfro, a granddaughter, Katrina Renfro, of the Wilson Community; five brothers, Huston Maxey and wife, Donna, CA; Doyle Lee Maxey and wife, Elizabeth of Calera, Judge Maxey and wife, Linda of Wapanucka; Jarvis Maxey and wife, Nancy, Anglers; Joe Maxey and wife, Jo Ann of Atoka; one sister, Linda Sue Franks and husband, Melvin, Midwest City; a former son-in-law, Steve Renfro, Ardmore; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many dear and loved friends.

Honorary pall bearers were Clay Cook, Carl Smith, Tom Webber and Matt Roberson.

Active pall bearers were Brian Morrison, Barry Cook, Benny Bruton, Raymond Taylor, Ray Baxter and Linnie Steer.




MAYSELE MARY "SISSON" MAYO

Maysele Mary (SISSON) Mayo b. January 1, 1929 - d. June 16, 2003
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CHARLIE FRANKLIN MEAD

March 22, 1891 - June 9, 1970

Charlie Franklin Mead, 79, Lane, Okla., died June 9, 1970 in an Ada Hospital. He was born Mar. 22, 1891 at Springer, Okla., the son of Henry Clay and Mary Francis Ann "Fullerton" Mead.

Mr. Mead was a farmer. He married Edna Sheffield, February 22, 1922 in Atoka.

Survivors include his wife Edna, five daughters: Thelma Wooten and, Mary Lou Burleson, of Merced, CA., Ruby Curlee, of Ben Lomand, CA; Charlene Bernard, Lane, Okla., Oleta Maynard, DeFriancee, Ohio; four sons, Elmer of Blue Lake, Ca., Roy, William and Autry of Oklahoma City; 34 grandchildren, and 31 great grandchildren; one sister Frankie Johnson, Port Hueneme, CA.

Services were held Friday, June 12, at the Lane Baptist Church, Lane, OK., with Bud Pitts officiation. Interment was in the Butler Cemetery under the direction of Atoka Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were; Bob Trent, Lloyd Durbin, Claud Tidwell, Mugs Crews, John Fulkenberg, Pat Smith, Cliff Thompson, Ernest Phillips, Ben Coben and Tom Peeler.

Submitted by Leona Griffin: rosebud57@hotmail.com




ROY LEON MEAD


Funeral services for Roy Leon Mead, 75, longtime Atoka County resident, were held Tuesday, January 27, at 2 p. m. at the Harmony Baptist Church. Rev. Brad Jones and Rev. Pat Six officiated.

Burial in Butler Cemetery under the direction of Brown's Funeral Service in Atoka.

A retired State Game Ranger, he died Saturday, January 24, 1998 at the Atoka Memorial Hospital.

The son of Charley Franklin and Edna (Sheffield) Mead; he was born December 25, 1922 at Harmony. He was graduated from Atoka High School and was a member of the Harmony Baptist Church and Atoka Masonic Lodge #4.

He served in the 45th Infantry during WW II.

He moved to CA in 1952 and resided there until 1961, when he returned home to Atoka.  A lover of wildlife, he spent most of his life watching over God's creatures. He loved to fish and hunt and was well known in the community for his barbecue he prepared for many social events.

He was married to Ida B. Mills in Atoka County in 1947.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Charley and Edna Mead; five brothers, C. F. Mead, Arthur Dean Mead, Elmer Mead, Elmer Lyles and Dudley Lyles; three sisters Charlene Mead Bernard, Oleta Mead Maynard and Thelma Mead.

Honorary pall bearers were Doyle Sheffield, Homer Blaker, Brown Wyrick, Milbern Mead, Vernon Eastridge, Jessie Wayne Phillips, Phillip Mead, R. V. Goodson

Active pall bearers, his Masonic brothers: Jarvis Williams, Duke Ellis, J. D. Brady, Curtis Lambert, James Turner, Dolan Latimer, John Latimer, Doyle Eagan, and Robert Gillespie, .

Submitted by Leona Griffin: rosebud57@hotmail.com a niece, who resides in the Pacific Northwest. Survivor's name withheld at the request of the submitter.





RUTH ANN (SWINDELL) MEAD


Services for Ruth Ann "Swindell" Mead, 94, were held 1 p.m., Thursday, February 5, at the Baptist Church in Harmony. Rev. Pat Six assisted by Paul Moore officiated the services. She died February 2, 1998 at the Atoka Hospital.

She was the daughter of Robert  O'Dell Swindell and Louise Etta "Harris" Swindell; and was born in Teller, I. T. in Johnston County on March 10, 1903.

She attended school at Bethany, Harmony, and Forrest Hill, in Atoka County. She attended the State Normal School, now Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant, OK.

She and Calvin William Mead, Sr. were united in marriage on December 24, 1924, in Atoka County. He preceded her in death.

She taught school at Goss in the northeast part of Atoka County. She worked for many years at Hubbard's, Brock's and Colonial Manor Nursing Home. She and her husband owned and operated the Bruno and White Front stores for several years.

Preceding her in death in addition to her husband, were her parents, one son, Charles Mead; three brothers, Floyd, Otis and Ovel Swindell; three sisters Mary Cameron, Adell Withrow, and Pansy Adds.

Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law of Hollister, CA.; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one sister Effie of Atoka; a daughter-in-law of Atoka, several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear and loved friends.

Submitted by Leona Griffin: rosebud57@hotmail.com Survivor's name withheld at the request of the submitter.





LENA MAHALIA MILLER


Lena Mahalia Miller, 82, Star Route, Stringtown, died June 12, 1972 in the Atoka Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Stringtown, October 29, 1887 to Tom and Dora Lawrence Kennedy.

In 1904, she and Jim Miller exchanged wedding vows in Atoka.

Survivors include one son, Bill Bishop, Tuolumne, CA; three brothers, Tom Kennedy, Salinas, CA; W. B. Kennedy, and Roy Kennedy of Stringtown; a half-brother Joe Mason, Bakersfield, CA; a sister, Mae Higgins, Stringtown.

Submitted by Leona Griffin: rosebud57@hotmail.com




Ruth M. [SAMPLES] MILLICAN

Mrs. Ruth M. SAMPLES Millican died November 20, 1995 at the age of 82, in Dallas, TX.

Mrs. Millican was born at Caney, OK., Oct. 26, 1913. She moved to Oklahoma City in the 1930's, and remain there until approximately a week prior to her death.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Douglas Millican in 1961.

She is survived by sons, Jerry & Russell D. Mullican

Interment at Rose Hill Burial Park, Oklahoma City.




SAM CALVIN MINTON


Sam Calvin Minton, formerly of Atoka County, OK, died October 10, 1998 in Arcata, CA. Sam was born in Atoka on August 25, 1925, and had live in the area until 1953.

Survivors include his wife,  (formerly of Tushka); and three children; two sons that reside in Arcata,  and a daughter of MS; two sisters, one residing in Daisy, and the other in Atoka; two brothers, both of Wichita, KS, and many nieces and nephews in the Atoka County area. This obit is not written verbatim as appeared in their paper. The newspaper name  was not submitted.

This obituary was submitted by a cousin who resides in Arcata, CA.





HAZEL LAURA "WARREN" MOORE


Service for Hazel Laura "Warren" Moore, 89, a resident of Ada for the past twelve years and former Sulphur and Atoka resident were held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, Dec. 4, 2000 at Brown's funeral Chapel with Rev. Loyd Thompson officiating. Interment was in the Westview Cemetery, Atoka with Brown's Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Moore was born March 27, 1911 at Hatfield, AR. to David Crockett and Mattie Ann "NICHOLS" Warren. She died Wed., November 29, 2000 at Jan Francis Care Center in Ada.

Mrs. Moore graduated from Neosho High School in Missouri in 1928. She attended business college and moved to Atoka and was married to James Richard Moore on Dec. 10, 1936. They moved to San Antonio, TX for six months to job training at Tinker Field, where they were both employed. They moved to Oklahoma City, then retired and moved to Sulphur, and in later years she moved to Ada.

Mrs. Moore was a member of the Sulphur First Baptist church and was affiliated with Atoka First Baptist church before moving to Sulphur.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Moore, her parents, D. C. & Mattie Warren; one daughter, Judy Moore Hembree; sisters; Daisy Warren Lowry and Kittie Warren; brothers, Lewis Warren, Reagan Warren and Dale Warren; and newphew Crocket Lowry.

Pallbearers were Scott Robinson, Ty Lowe, Arnold Patton, Kevin Hembree, Fred Lowry and Tony Potts.

Honorary pall bearers were Bill Givins and Chris Edgar.

Names of survivors omitted.

Submitted by Dennis Muncrief: mudman@brightok.net





CLARA WELCH MOSLEY


Clara WELCH Mosley, Atoka, b. January 21, 2003-d. June 23, 2003. For a complete obituary, see: Brown's Funeral Service





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DREW NARANJO, Infant

For a complete obituary go to: Brown's Funeral Service

RUTH WOOLARD NEVILLS


Ruth Nevills, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, left this life 11 Nov 2005. She was born 19 Sept 1911 near Holdenville, Ok., the middle child of a large family born to David Walker and Sarah Idalee Woolard. At the time of her death, she was the last surviving of those siblings.
Mother obeyed the gospel in her youth and never left that faith. She loved this life and wanted her children to love Christ and for us all to meet in heaven. "Sunday best" wasn't just a phrase for Mother. Our shoes had to be polished even if we did it Sunday morning. She was a faithful member of the Church of Christ.
Her son Joe, having a hard time at one point in college, wanted to quit, but he said he just couldn't get up the nerve to tell Mom, so he went on, and finished school and was in the field of education for all his career. She was a wonderful mother who never backed down from spanking us, even when we thought we were innocent THAT time. "I probably missed one you slipped by me," she told us. And we often got to pick out our own switch.
She was preceded in death by her husband and partner in Christ, Lee Nevills, and by her daughter Marjory Lee. She is survived by children Joan Peck (Fred), Joe Nevills (Betty), Tom Nevills (Janice), Nancy Kinman (Gerald), Linda Guadiz (Bob), and Martha Allen. Also by fifteen grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. Her family was everything to Mother, and she was everything to us. Rest in Peace, Dear Mother. Till we meet again. The family cannot adequately express our appreciation to the wonderful care given to Mother at St. Ann's Nursing Center in Oklahoma City, and to Mercy Hospital Hospice. It greatly comforted us to see your care for Mother. Mrs. Nevills lived most of her life in Atoka County from the age of 15 until approximately 40 years of age. Her husband taught school at Grassy Lakes, Farris, and several other communities in the Atoka area.
Submitted by Joan Peck: fpeck@cox.net


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Father Olachetubbee Dies


Father Olachetubbee, an old Choctaw man, died at his home near Kiowa. I. T., Monday 24, 1899. He is know to all as a most consecrated servant of God and a character altogether lovable and enviable. He has labored long and faithfully for the salvation of his Choctaw people. He has done all he could and gone to receive his reward in eternity. Taken from the 1899 Indian Citizen. Ruth Atteberry Adams





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CARL RAY PAGE
Carl Ray Page, Clarita, OK.; b. Dec. 22, 1957 - d. July 02, 2003. Burial in Mountain Home Cemetery, Stringtown, OK.
For a complete obituary see: Brown's Funeral Service



RAY PETTETT


Ray Pettett, 71, Lane; b. Oct. 14, 1931- d. June 30, 2003. Burial: Boggy Depot Cemetery.
For a complete obituary, see: Brown's Funeral Service





Nadine "Laverne" CARTER Pettigrew


Services for Nadine "Laverne" CARTER Pettigrew, 62, of Caddo, Bryan, OK; former longtime resident of Atoka, OK. were set for Tuesday, April 1, 1999, at Brown's Funeral Chapel in Atoka with the Rev. Bob JOHNSON officiating.

Burial will be at Boggy Depot Cemetery.

Mrs. PETTIGREW died Saturday, March 29, 1999 in Denton, Denton, TX. She was born Dec. 9, 1936 in Borger, TX to Walter L. and Ann Elizabeth MERRIFIELD CARTER. She married Glen PETTIGREW in Vernon, TX May 24, 1952.

Survivors include her husband, two sons and a daughter, six grandchildren, brothers and sisters. From the Daily Register - Gainesville, Cooke, TX 22 March 1999



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Hartwell Phillips Is Buried In Atoka


William Hartwell Phillips, born April 10, 1897, near Fort Smith, Arkansas, died February 16, 1943 at San Jose, California.

He was married to Miss Bulah Williams, August 20, 1923. To this union was born two children. He is survived by his wife, one daughter Marilou, one son Carl William; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Phillips of Tushka, Okla., five sisters; Mrs. F. H. Bateman, Shawnee, Okla., Mrs. A. L. Anderson, Oxnard, Calif., Mrs. A. S. Hawkins, Atoka, Okla., Mrs. Roy Clark, Midland, Texas, four brothers; L. G. Phillips, San Francisco, Calif., Albert H. Phillips, Watsonville, Calif., Homer W. Phillips, Dallas, Texas, and Grover F. Phillips, armed service, Hawaii.

He was a veteran of World War I. He was employed by the State Highway Dept. of Atoka County. Recently moved to California to engage in defense work.

Funeral services at Atoka Baptist Church, Sunday afternoon at 2:30. Rev. Anson Justice officiating.
Burial in Atoka Cemetery. Keith and Son Funeral Home in charge.

Submitted by Carl W. Phillips. Carl@jps.net





Leona Jack Phillips


Funeral services for Leona Jack Phillips were held Thursday, January 27, 1994, at Atoka Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Jeff Holland officiated.

The daughter of Emit Charles Watson and Hattie Dudley Watson; she was born June 1, 1911 at Wapanucka, Johnston County, OK. She died January 25, at her home in Atoka at the age of 82.

She married Gail L. Phillips, July 21, 1929, in Wapanucka.

Preceding her in death were her husband Gail L. Phillips, a son, Billie Gail Phillips; two infant sons, Joseph and Homer Phillips; and a granddaughter, Tina Marie Phillips.

Survivors include two sons of Checotah; three daughters, Jaretta, and Donna of CA.; Lee Etta, of IA; 16 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and a host of beloved friends.

Burial under the direction of the Atoka Funeral Home was in Rose Hill Cemetery at Wapanucka.

Submitted by: WendyGayle@aol.com a cousin who resides in Houston, TX.





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DOROTHY JEWELL HENSON PIERCE

Funeral services for Dorothy Jewell (Henson) Pierce, 81, a longtime Atoka resident, were held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday. August 15 at Brown's Funeral Service Chapel in Atoka with Rev. James Crowson officiating.

Burial was in Green Meadows Cemetery under the direction of Brown's Funeral Service in Atoka.

She died Sunday, August 13, 2000, at Texoma Medical Center in Denison, Texas. Born at Wetumka, Okla. on May 4, 1919, she was the daughter of John C. and Ona (Shamblin) Henson.  She had attended school in Wetumka and worked as a clerk at Henson's Inc. for many years.

She was a member of the Harmony Baptist Church.

She was married to Casto David Pierce at Calera on September 25,1938.  He preceded her in death August 24,1976. Also preceding her in death were her parents, John and Ona Henson; a brother, Frank Henson; three sisters, Evelyn Strickland, Lorene Burnett and Cora Laughlin; two nephews, Harold Kuykendall, and B. G. Burnett; and two nieces, Wilena Clapp and Mildred Crabtree.

Survivors include one sister, Helen Brady, a special sister-in-law, Fannie Henson, a nephew, J. D. Brady and wife Thelma all of Atoka; three nieces, Kathleen Barton and husband, Lloyd, of Atoka; Joyce Meeks and husband, Bob, Electra, Texas; and Jo Ann Ables of Lindsay; a niece-in-law, Patty Burnett; along with a number of great nieces and nephews.

Honorary pall bearers were Ira Riley, Monroe Cochran, Wes Moore and Paul Howard.

Active pall bearers were Mike Daniel, Paul David Moore, Curtis Belcher and Ronnie Harper.

Submitted by Joyce Henson Meeks, niece, Sept. 10, 2000. JMeeks3@aol.com




Casto David Pierce


Casto David Pierce, Atoka, passed away August 24, 1976 in the Atoka Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Pierce was born December 4, 1906, in Byrdstown, Tennessee.

Funeral services were held August 25, 1976 in the Harmony Baptist Church with Rev. Lynn Hill officiating. Burial was in Green Meadows Cemetery under the direction of the Atoka Funeral Home.

Honorary pall bearers were: J. A. McCarty, Toy Marlow, Monroe Cochran.

Pallbearers were: M. K. Brocks, Cecil Thornley, Bud Greathouse, Dennis Granger, Marvin Cochran and Buddy Durbin.

Submitted by Joyce Henson Meeks, niece, April 2, 2000. JMeeks3@aol.com





KAREN MAXINE (LOVELACE) PRICE

Karen Maxine Lovelace Price, Atoka, b. June 16, 1941-d. May 5, 2003 at Atoka Memorial Hospital. For a complete obituary, see: Brown's Funeral Service






Mrs. J. C. Ray, Sr. Dies Here Today - 1951

This obit comes from the Ennis Daily News: Ennis, TX.

Funeral services for Mrs. J. C. Ray, Sr., 84, who settled at Reagor Springs in 1893, will be held at the Bunch Funeral Chapel at 4 p. m. Thursday.

Mrs. Ray died at the Ennis Municipal Hospital at 7:30 am Wednesday, after a week's illness. She was born Melda Chaffin, August 29, 1866 in Itawambia County, Miss. She was married at Luka, Miss., in 1884 and came to Reagor Springs with her husband in 1893.  Mr. Ray died there in 1943.

Survivors include four sons, J. A. Ray of Eustace; T. A. Ray, T. D. Ray and J. C. Ray, all of Ennis; two daughters, Mrs. J. L. Harcrow of Dallas and Mrs. T. F. Headen of Ennis;  two brothers, Sid Chaffin of Madill, Okla., and Garven C. Chaffin of Atoka, Okla.; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Jane Benich of Madill,Mrs. Etta Davis of Sand Springs, Okla., and Mrs. Sally Steele of Tupelo, Miss.  Also surviving are 26 grandchildren and 34 great grandchildren.

When she died, Mrs. Ray was making her home at 408 East Crockett St., in Ennis. Burial will be in Myrtle Cemetery in Ennis.

Thank you so much.  Carolyn Schlebach - (972) 878-6861 Mrs. Schlebach would like a response from any relatives.

Submitted by Carolyn Schlebach: jschleb@swbell.net





DANNIE W. RECTOR, SR.


Dannie W. Rector b. June 13, 1926 - d. July 06, 2003. Burial Butler Cem.
For a complete obituary see Brown's Funeral Service





DORIS VIRGINIA BENEFIELD REECE

Graveside services were Friday for Doris Virginia Benefield Reece, 84-year-old former Caney housewife, who died October 8, 1991, at Parkland Manor Nursing Home, Prague, OK.

Atoka Funeral Home and Rev. Billy Joe Howard were in charge at Perkins Cemetery.

Mrs. Reece was born December 18, 1906, in Caney, Oklahoma, the daughter of John W. and Mary Melvina "Wiles" Singletary.

She was married May 23, 1923 in Caney, Oklahoma to Frank Benefield, who preceded her in death December 10, 1976.

She was a member of Penn & 'A' Street Church of Christ.

Survivors include: four daughters: Faye Hamilton of Hermiston, OR; Frances Rader of Umpqua, OR; Mary Cox of Jacksonville, FL; and Billie Howell of Prague, OK; a sister, Alma Lewis of Baton Rouge, LA; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one great great grandchild; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by: her 1st husband, Frank Benefield; husband, Shirey Reece; three sons: John Jr., Thomas Floyd and Joe Weldon Benefield; six brothers, Benjamin Joseph, Alvin Lee, Ewell, John W., Jr., Monte George and William Leon Singletary; and two sisters, Ila Jean Newman and Florence Porter.

Permission to print granted by daughter: Billie Howell




CARMEN ESTER REEVES
1912 - 1997

Services were held for Carmen Esther Reeves, 85, longtime Stringtown resident, on Sunday, November 16, at 2 p.m. at Brown's Funeral Chapel with Rev. Bartt Bradford officiating, assisted by Rev. Richard Magby.

Burial was in Green Meadows Cemetery under the direction of Brown's Funeral Service in Atoka.

A homemaker, she died Thursday, November 13, 1997 at Texoma Medical Center in Denison, Texas.

Born February 27, 1912 at Stamford, Texas she was the daughter of Hiram Lyles Brown and Sarah Annie (White) Brown. She attended schools in Wetumka, Okla.; and was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Stringtown where she served a teacher and treasurer.

She was married to Bill Iglehart at Henryetta on August 31, 1931.

She was later married to C. P. Hunter at Atoka on March 2, 1956.

She was then married to Robert Reeves in Atoka on March 2, 1986.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Hiram Lyles and Sarah Annie Brown; one brother and six sisters.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Reeves of the home in Stringtown; one son, Thomas Cecil Iglehart of Bartlesville; two step-daughters, Bernice Thomas and husband Elmo and Elaine Heard and husband, Jimmy, of Milburn; one stepson, Johnny Reeves and wife, Betty, of Stringtown; four grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; four great grandchildren; 19 step great-grandchildren; one sister Fannie Henson of Atoka; three nieces, Kathleen Barton of Atoka; Joyce Meeks, Electra Texas, and Sharon Wheeler, Grand Prairie, Texas; a nephew Steven Wheeler, Electra, Texas; one great-nephew, David Barton; and one great-niece, Karen Henderson, both of Atoka; several other relatives and many very dear and loved friends.

Honorary pall bearers were Lloyd Barton, Johnny Reeves, Dennis Granger, Bill Givens and Buddy Iglehart.

Active pall bearers were David Barton, Billy Reeves, Jay Reeves, Ricky Heard, Ricky Givens, and Frankie Whittington.

Brown's Funeral Service, 800 W. 13th (Highway 7 West), Atoka, Oklahoma.

Submitted by niece, Joyce Henson Meeks, April 10, 2000. JMeeks3@aol.com





ARTIE MAE "Grandma Mae Barcus" REYES

Memorial services were held July 5, 2003 at the Double Spring Church in Lane, OK for Artie Mae Reyes. She died, at the age if 77, November 10, 2002 at Madera, CA.

She made her home in Firebaugh, CA, where she was a member of the First Baptist Church.

She was a member of the Choctaw tribe in Oklaoma.




W. R. RIDGWAY DIES
W. R. Ridgway, a former Atoka High School teacher died November 3, 1995. He was a member of the 45th Inf. Div. His parents, Stanley and Betty and a brother Jimmy are buried in Bera Cemetery. W. R.'s final resting place is in the Binger Cemetery, Binger, OK.



RONALD LEE RILEY
October 18, 1943 - November 18, 2008-Burial Butler Cem.
For complete obituary see: Brown's Funeral Service




JOE ROBERSON/ROBINSON

December 30, 1862 - May 4, 1930

Joe Roberson who lived two miles east of Atoka passed away at his home on Sunday last month after an illness of a few weeks. Mr. Roberson had been a resident of Atoka County for many years, living in the vicinity of Stringtown for a long time.

Funeral arrangements were looked after by the local camp of Woodmen of the World, of which order he was a member for many years. At the time of his death, Mr. Roberson had lived in Oklahoma for 40 years, 38 of which were spent in Atoka County. He is survived by his wife and children.

**Note: Roberson should be Robinson; wife Sarah Burns Doshier Robinson; children, Adealpha, Bonnie Dee, Edan Jewell, John Martin, Cecil Edgar, Mary Francis (Josie), Marshall Overton, also two step-children, Thomas T. and Mrytle Doshier.

Joseph Bishop Robinson was born in Terre Haute, IN, to John M. Robinson and Mary E. Bishop Robinson.

Submitted by: Leona Griffin: rosebud57@hotmail.com





WALKER EDGAR RODGERS


This obit is from the "Indian Citizen-Democrat," Atoka, OK. September 9, 1920.

Walker Edgar Rodgers, son of William Kennedy Rodgers and Elizabeth Rodgers, was born at Piqua, OH, October 10, 1840, died at his home in Atoka, Thursday morning, Sept. 2, 1920, lacking just a few weeks of being 80 years of age. Mr. Rodgers was one of the old residents of this part of the country, having settled at Stringtown in 1872. After a long residence at Stringtown, Mr. Rodgers removed to Tollabina. He has lived at Atoka since 1901.

Mr. Rodgers was engaged practically all of his life in the lumber business, but for the past few years because of advancing age and ill health, he has been in retirement. He suffered much and endured with patience and Christian fortitude.

Mr. Rodgers was married at Stringtown in 1876 to Mrs. Fannie Rutherford Cline, who survives him. He also leaves two daughters; Mrs. M. E. Rosser of Muskogee and Miss Cora Rodgers of Atoka, a son; Mr. W. E. Rodgers, Jr. and a step-son, Mr. John Cline of Durant, who has really been to him as a son, besides grandchildren and many friends.

Mr. Rodgers has been a member of the Presbyterian Church for 35 years, having united first with the congregation at Stringtown.

Funeral services were held at the residence at Atoka on Friday after, September 3rd and were conducted by Rev. O. B. Irelan. Interment was in the local cemetery.

Submitted by Verna May, Gr. Gr. niece of Walker Edgar Rodgers: vmay@geneseo.net




MRS. SUSAN J. ROGERS


Atoka I. T. Thursday July 14, 1904

All Atoka was surprised and shocked Monday afternoon when the news was passed from one to another that Mrs. Susan J. Rogers was dead.

Mrs. Rogers had been sick only a few days with a carbuncle on her spine, but no one thought of her being dangerously ill. On Monday afternoon while her daughter, Miss Jennie, was combing her hair, she complained of being tired, and Miss Jennie noticed there was something serious the matter, and hurriedly went to the phone to summon her sister, Miss Mary who was at the Land Office, and also the family physician, but before help could arrive the Spirit taketh its flight.

Mrs. Rogers was born in Newton, Jasper Co., IL. in 1848 and at the age of 13 united with the Methodist Church in which she lived a consistent Christian life up to the time of her death.

In 1871 she was happily united in marriage with John Edward Rogers, by whom she had three daughters who still survive her; these being Mrs. Darrell of Republic, MO, Misses Jennie and Mary.

Mrs. Rogers was left a widow when her daughters were small, and she had the burden of the family upon her. She was frail in body, but brave in Spirit, and cheerfully made the very best of every condition of life.




WILLIAM EDWARD ROGERS (RODGERS)


This one is on Walker's son. Walker's obit states William Edward is a Jr., in error, obit from the Indian Citizen - Democrat, Thurs. Sept. 30, 1937.

"William Edward Rogers (Rodgers) passed away at his home here on September 25th (1937).  Mr. Rogers as far as was known had been in the best of health and his sudden death came as a shock to the entire community.

He was born in Stringtown, June 2nd, 1883 and at the time of his death had attained the age of fifty-four years. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walker E. Rogers were pioneers of Indian Territory, and his maternal grandfather, Samuel M. Rutherford was the first Indian Agent to the Chickasha tribes.

On December 24th, 1905, he was united in marriage to Miss Grace Skelly. He was a true and loyal member of the First Christian Church of Atoka since boyhood.  At various times during his life time he was engaged in almost every form of commercial activity known to this section, including lumbering and merchandising. At the time of his death and for many years prior thereto he was a salesman for one of the large packing concerns, having a district in southeastern Oklahoma in charge.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Grace Rogers, two sisters, Mrs. A. E. Cook of Oklahoma City and Mrs. Mamie Rosser of Muskogee, a half-brother,  John Cline of Durant and an aunt, Mrs. Cravens, wife of Judge Cravens of Ft. Smith, Arkansas.

Funeral services were held at the First Christian Church on Sunday afternoon. Reverend B. S. Smiser, a friend of many years being in charge.

Pallbearers were Clyde Cooper, O.P. Slack, W. G. Morgan, I. N. Ables, W. C. Turner, J. H. Hammond, Posie Howard and Arvard Hudson.

Submitted by Verna May: vmay@geneseo.net





Mrs. W. E. ROGERS (RODGERS)

Mrs. W. E. Rogers (Rodgers) passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. E. Cook, in Stigler on Tuesday afternoon, according to word reaching Atoka. We have not learned the funeral arrangements as we go to press."

Indian Citizen - Democrat Atoka, OK. Thurs. Oct. 31, 1929.

As far as we can tell, no further obit was ever published in the above paper.

Submitted by Verna May: vmay@geneseo.net





WILLIAM T. ROUNSAVILLE

William T. Rounsaville passed away in Atoka on December 10, 1947. He was born, Oct. 23, 1872, in Lone Oak, Arkansas and had reached the age of 77 years, one montha and 17 days.

He moved to Madilll in 1895 and he came to Farris 1902. Later in 1904 he settled in Atoka, where he continued farming.

He professed a hope in Christ in early life and joined the Baptist Church and lived a Christian until death called him home.

His wife preceded him in death in 1907. He is survived by two sons; W. O. Rounsaville, Wasco, CA.; H. T. Rounsaville, Lorenzo, TX; 3 daughters: Mrs. Sam Burke, Salina, CA; Mrs. Carl Seaborn, Atoka, and Mrs. J. H. Taylor, Atoka: 25 grand children and other relatives and friends who mourn his death.

Funeral services were conducted by W. H. Goss and he was laid to rest in Bera Cemetery with Coffey Funeral Home in charge of services.

Submitted by Gale M. Burke galemburke@prodigy.net





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ALEAN E. "MUSLER" (SCOTT) SHAW

Alean E. MUSLER [SCOTT] Shaw b. February 18, 1912 - d. June 13, 2003.
For a complete obituary see: Brown's Funeral Service



CARROLL ALLEN SHEFFIELD


Services were Sunday, August 9, for Carroll Allen Sheffield, 47- year old Lane carpenter who passed away August 7, 1987 at Atoka Memorial Hospital.

Atoka Funeral Home and Rev. James Crawford were in charge at the Home Chapel. Burial was in Bera Cemetery. Mr. Sheffield was born February 27, 1940 at Lane, Oklahoma the son of Jewell Alfred and Pauline Wise Sheffield.

He was a Vietnam War Veteran and member of Pentecostal Holiness.

Survivors include: one daughter, and  two sons of Atoka County; one granddaughter; also his parents, Lane, Okla; two sisters; Betty, Oklahoma City, and Francis of Lane; four brothers.

Submitted by Leona Griffin: rosebud57@hotmail.com a niece, who resides in the Pacific Northwest. Survivor's name withheld at the request of the submitter.





JESS WARREN SHEFFIELD


Services were Tuesday for Jess Warren Sheffield, 74 year old Lane farmer, who passed away on March 26, 1988, at Canaday Nursing Home in Atoka. Atoka Funeral home and Rev. Larry Murray with Rev. Dale Lemons were in charge at Lane Baptist Church. Burial was in Bera Cemetery. Mr. Sheffield was born February 22, 1914, in Bogota, TX, the son of William Ervin and Alice Tigert Sheffield.

Surviors include Two son: of Lane, Oklahoma; seven daughters; Kallene of Oklahoma City; Elzie of Disney, Oklahoma; Jo Ann,  Winton, Calif; Shirley of Ohio; Helen,  Winton, Calif; Janette, Clover, CA.; Delene, Darnelle, Arkansas; 33 grandchildren; and 18 great grandchildren; five sisters Edna Mead, Alma Bomesburger, Faye Faulkenberry, and Ruth Crews, all of Lane, Okla; and Mary Mead of Harmony, Okla.; and three brothers, all of Lane Lane, Oklahoma.

Note-Passing away before Uncle Jess was a daughter Joyce

Submitted by Leona Griffin: rosebud57@hotmail.com a niece, who resides in the Pacific Northwest. Survivor's name withheld at the request of the submitter.





MARY H. SIMMS

1877 - 1969
Mrs. Mary H. Simms, Route 2, Atoka, died June 11, 1970 in Colonial Manor Nursing Home. She was 92. She was born September 29, 1877 in Abberville, Mississippi, the daughter of Clay and Emily Thompson.

Mrs. Simms was a member of the Fourth Ward Church of Christ. She is remembered as very sweet lady and a fine Christian woman, and fondly remembered for her Peanut Butter Pies she took to Church Socials.

Survivors include two nieces Rosa Foster and Eddie Fay Ridge, both of Tulsa.

Services were held Sunday, June 14, in the Fourth Ward Church of Christ with Bro. W. D. Ross of Denison, Texas officiating. Interment was in Green Hill Cemetery with Atoka Funeral Home in charge.

Submitted by Leona Griffin, whose mother was a dear friend of Mrs. Simms: rosebud57@hotmail.com





SHIRLEY ANNE SIPES

Shirley Ann Sipes, 48, a lifelong resident of Atoka County, died April 28, 1998 at her residence.

The daughter of B. A. and Virginia Sipes, she was born Feb. 9, 1950 in Durant. She was graduated from Tushka High School in 1968 and attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant.

Burial in Green Meadows under the direction of Brown's Funeral Service, Atoka, OK.





JEWELL "DARST" SLUDER

Jewel DARST Sluder b. at Lane, OK Dec. 1, 1917 d. August 19, 2003.
For a complete obituary see: Brown's Funeral Service





ROSS C. SMITH
Former Tushka Basketball Coach


Published 12-11-08

Enid,OK — The funeral for Ross C. Smith, 90, of Alva, will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, at Whatron Funeral Chapel, Alva. The Rev. Terry Martindale will officiate. Burail will be in Alva Municipal Cemetery, Alva.

He was born Dec. 11, 1917, in Bentley to Barney and Eula Chapman Smith and died Monday, Dec. 8, 2008, at Alva Share Medical Center, Alva.

He was graduated from Tushka High School in 1938, and received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Southeastern State College, Durant, and his Masters Degree from Oklahoma State University.

He joined the Army Air Corps June 17, 1942. He married Norma Jean Lewis Nov. 25, 1942, in Sioux Fall, S.D., where he was stationed. He was discharged Jan. 11, 1946, at Fort Leavenworth, KS.

He started teaching and coaching basketball at Tushka High School. In 1948 he coached the winning High School State Championship basketball team. In 1954, they moved to Alva where he coached and taught Social Studies and was the Assistant Principal, retiring in 1980. He was a member of Alva First United Methodist Church, and Alva Golf and Country Club.

Surviving are one sister, Jessie Servis of Atoka; and one brother, C. Jack Harris of Oklahoma City.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Norma on Jan. 24, 2006; his parents; two sisters; Ester Sartin and Joy Smith; two brothers, J. D. Smith and Charles L. Smith; a nephew, Allen Sartin.

Memorials may be made to Northwestern Oklahoma State University Foundation to the Norma Jean and Ross Smith Scholarship Fund.





Estelle SOSEBEE


Estelle SOSEBEE, 88, of Chatsworth, GA died April 25, 2002. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Roy Sosebee; son, Spurgeon Sitton Sosebee; and brother, Dewey Sitton.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Bradley Eugene and Karen L. Sosebee, Melvin Donald and Mary Alyce Sosebee, of Chatsworth; daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Glynn and J. D. Thacker of Adairsville, Jane Carolyn and George Ramey of Atoka, OK; brothers, King, Otis, Robert and Roy Sitton, all of Chatsworth; sister, Katie Lee Gryder of Knoxville, TN; grandchildren; great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; numerous friends and relatives.

Funeral services were April 27, 2002 at Holly Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Danny Cochran and Walter Hare officiating. Interment was in Holly Creek Cemetery in Murray County, GA. Jones Funeral Home of Chatsworth was in charge of the arrangements.




FOUR DROWNED IN BOGGY


The Coalgate Courier Thursday, August 8, 1918

Mrs. John Spindle and two grown daughters, and a Miss Brown were drowned in North Boggy, near Chockie, Tuesday afternoon of last week while wading.  It seems they were wading in a small pool of water when one of them stepped into a hole probably made by dynamiting fish sometime before and as each of the three went to the rescue they were grabbed in a death clutch and all four drowned.  Mr. Spindle who was working in a field nearby rescued three others of his small children who were wading at the same time. Funeral services were held at Cairo last Thursday afternoon and interment was made in Cairo Cemetery.

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Mrs. Spindle was originally Callie Tidwell - only sister to my Grandfather Franklin Jordan Tidwell.  My Tidwell Family came into the Choctaw Nation IT late 1894 to 1895.  She was a Mrs. Callie Medline when she married John Spindle.  I am  sending  the obit to the list with "Thanks" to those that helped me obtain it.

Submitted by Mr. William "Bill" Webb: William.m.webb@gte.net





GLADYS PAULINE "HINK" SPROUSE

Gladys Pauline HINK Sprouse b. February 06, 1926 - d. June 10, 2003.
For a complete obituary see: Brown's Funeral Service





ROBERT WHITTEN STANDIFER


Died at 1:30 p.m. on September 19, 1938 at home in Farris; he was 57 years 3 months and 26 days old.

He was born May 24, 1881 in Collin County, (probably Farmersville)Texas to Calvin Jasper Standifer and Mary Nancy C. Watson. He was a local farmer having lived in the state for 40 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Mary Estella Farmer, ( married in Little River Co., Arkansas on November 25, 1899, she died on March 29, 1920 in Latimer Co., OK.); sons: Wilburn, John and, an unnamed son; and daughter Bessie.

He leaves behind his second wife, Fannie Standifer (Carnes, married in 1932 in Atoka and later married a Blackwell-buried in Farris Cemetery.); one daughter Claudia and three sons: Jesse, Roland and Enoch. Only Enoch is still living as of December 16, 2001).

Grave side services were conducted by Rev. Gass, of Lane, on September 20, 1938 at 4 p.m. at the Farris Cemetery where he was interned.

Submitted 12/17/2002 by: DStandifer Note: Fannie Carnes was my step-grandmother. Ruth Atteberry Adams




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IVA RUTH BARRIS STANPHILL


Funeral services for Iva Ruth (BARRIS) Stanphill 89, a longtime Atoka area resident, were held Sunday, May 13 at 3 p. m. at Brown's Funeral Service Capel in Atoka with Dr. David Kuykendall officiating.

Burial was in Wards Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Brown's Funeral Service in Atoka

A housewife and homemaker, she died Friday, May 11, 2001 at Wilson N. Jones Hospital in Sherman, TX.

Born October 20, 1911 at Cardwell, MO, she was the daughter of Ludlow and Bertha Maud Della (SISSOM)Barris. She attended school at Bromide and Plainview.

Mrs. Stanphill was a member of the First Baptist Church in Atoka many years. She had been a Sunday School Teacher, a Nursery Worker , and was ver active in WMU and GA's.

She was married to C. O. "Buddy" Stanphill at Atoka on December 29, 1928. He preceded her in death.

Also preceding her in death were her parents, Ludlow and Bertha Sisson Barris; two children, Billy Stanphill and Maurine Furby; two grandchildren, Reid Reynolds, and Joe Furby; and one brother, Paul Barris.

Survivors include four children, Ruth Reynolds, TX, Bobby Stanphill, and wife Clara, TX; Ray Stanphill and wife Martha, TX; Betty Jacobs and husband Ronald, OK; 17 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; seven sisters, Lottie Jones, N. M.; Addie Truett, Ozzie Cantrell and husband E., Edith McKaskel and husband Pete, all residing in TX; Mary Lou Griswold, WY; Syble White and husband D. A. Goldie Cherry and husband Ross, all of N. M.; three brothers, Ned Barris and wife, Ruth, of N. M.; Aaron Barris and wife, Inis of Antlers, Herbert Barris and wife Bonnie, NV; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and many dear and loved friends.

Honorary pall bearers were Billy Stanphill, Lynn Ray Stanphill, Cody Weise, Justin Lambert, Jason Snodgrass and Keith Furby.

Active pall bearers were her grandsons, Dayton Stanphill, Austin Stanphill, Jay Jacobs, Curt Jacobs, Scott Furby and Russell Gill.

Permission to print obit and picture, granted by daughter Betty Lou Stanphill Jacobs 11-01-2001, per telephone conversation. Note: This lady brought me into this world; she was a "real" lady.. I was named for she and Ruth Graham. Ruth Atteberry Adams





BERTIE STANLEY


Bertie Stanley was born at Georgetown, Texas, the 12th day of June, 1889, at the age of 57 years, 11 months and 18 days, passed away this 1st day of May, 1947.

She joined the First Baptist church at Wilson, Oklahoma, in the summer of 1918, at the age of 29.

She was married to J. W. Kyees at Johnsonvile, Okla., on January 1, 1904.

Preceding her in death were a son and five daughters. Leaving to mourn her death are: Mrs. Grace Ridling, Mrs. Thelma Cole, both of Hobbs, N. Mex.; Mrs. Judith Irwin, Monahans, Texas; Mrs. Melba Irwin, and Miss Ludell Kyees, both of Dallas, Tex.; Miss Bobbie Kyees and Miss Deloris Kyees of the home address. Also 8 grandchildren and one great grandchild, three brothers and two sisters, and I. D. Stanley of Marlow, Okla., J. H. Stanley of Houston, Texas, William Stanley of Houston, Texas, Mrs. Eva Stratton of Los Angeles, California and a host of friends.

Mrs. Stanley lived in the Tushka area for 16 years, and is buried there. This was not mentioned in the obit. Submitted, January 1, 2002, by Kathy Irwin condor@texasonline.net





CLEO STEWART

Cleo Stewart 69, b. March 17, 1934-d. June 13, 2003.
For a complete obituary see: Brown's Funeral Service





Mrs. Eva Stinchcomb Dies at the Age of 99 Years

Funeral services for Mrs. Evelyn Stinchcomb, a former Sunfield merchant, were held Saturday, June 3, at Mapes-Fischer Funeral Home in Sunfield. Mrs. Stinchcomb, age 99, passed away May 29, 1967, at Atoka, Oklahoma.

Mrs. Stinchcomb was born on April 10, 1868 near Grand Ledge, the daughter of Thomas and Emma (Morris) Toaz. She had lived her entire life in the Sunfield area until 18 years ago when she moved to Oklahoma. For many years Mrs. Stinchcomb operated a general merchandise store next to her husband's drug store. While in Sunfield, she was active in the Democratic party, the Red Cross, Easter Star, Rebekah Lodge, and numerous other organizations. Her husband, Theseus Edgar, died 34 years ago.

During World War I and World War II, she corresponded with servicemen from this area.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

The Rev. Clinton Galloway, pastor of the Sunfield Methodist Church, officiated at the services. Interment was in Sunfield Cenetery [sic]. Bearers were Theo Lenon, Jack Mapes, Robert Haynor, Winston Ive[--], Lynn Peabody and Ray Pr----ger. John Fleetham was an honorary bearer.
Information submitted © July 04, 2003 CARVELL@architecture.wustl.eduby Bruce Carvell







Sunfield's Early Merchant Dies

Ed. Stinchcomb Started his Business at "Burnstown" More Than Fifty Years Ago.

(Sunfield Sentinel)

T. E. Stinchcomb, 72, died late Tuesday night after an illness of about two years. He was Sunfield's oldest business man, having been a merchant here for over 50 years. In 1880 he entered upon his first business venture with a general store at the intersection of M-39 and First street, then called "Burnstown."

Mr. Stinchcomb was born at Gary Indiana, on April 20, 1860, and came with his parents to Eaton county in 1870 and settled on the homestead now owned by Monroe Stinchcomb. In 1881 he was united in marriage to Margaret Horn of Woodbury. One son, Archie M., was born to this union.

In 1888, when the railroad was built through here he erected a store at the present location of the Stinchcomb Drug Store. This was under the name of Stinchcomb & Snyder but later he took his brother David as a partner. Mrs. Stinchcomb died in 1908 and the son took over the partnership of the brother.

Mr. Stinchcomb was married to Evelyn Toaz in 1910.

In 1920 he sold his interests in the drug store to his son and a short time later he and Mrs. Stinchcomb entered into the present mercantile business.

He was a member of the F. & A. M. and the I. O. O. F. and had been both president and alderman of the village.

He is survived by the widow and one son, Archie, also one brother, Monroe, all of Sunfield.

Funeral services were held from the home Friday at 2:00 p. m. with Rev. Don Carrick officiating and interment in the Sunfield cemetery. Pallbearers were Archie and Ernest Smith, Leon Stinchcomb, Ernest Hough, Lyle VanMere and Fred Reahm, all nephews.




DELLA MARE HEARN STONE

Services for Della Mae HEARN Stone, Atoka, were August 13, 2003 at Calvary Temple in Farris. Rev. Don Burcham officiated.

The daughter of John and Nina BRACKEN Hearn, she was born June 18, 1924 in Dallas, TX.

She died at her home August 11, 2003.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Robert; her mother and father; a daughter, Nina Jessica Bogus; a granddaughter, Della Marie Owens; four brothers, Earns, Hubert, Skipper and Charlie Hern; and a sister; Doris Roberts.

Burial was in Butler Cemetery under the direction of Ron McGue's Atoka Funeral Home.




MRS. J. B. STONESIPHER
May 16, 1898 - May 2, 1918

From the Coalgate Courier May, 1918

Mrs. J. B. Stonesipher died at Shawnee last Thursday night and her remains were sent to Wardville for interment Saturday. She was well known her as a Christian woman, having lived here for many years. The news of her death spread over our town as a shock barbed with pain and sorrow. She leaves a husband and four little girls to mourn her loss.




O. C. STOWERS


Funeral services for retired rancher, O. C. Stowers, were conducted Tuesday, September 24, at 10 a.m. at the Savanna Baptist Church with Dr. Bob Hilderbrant officiating.

He died September 21, 1985, at The McAlester General Hospital in McAlester, OK.

Born, March 18, 1913, in Atoka, he was the son of Matthew and Mae Atteberry Stowers. He was a member of the Haywood Baptist Church.

He married Inez Sullivan Aug. 3, 1937 in Atoka. He had lived in the Haywood/Savanna area since 1940.

He was preceded in death by his parents Matt and Mae Atteberry Stowers, a son, Louis "Buz" Stowers, and a sister.

Interment in the Savanna Cemetery under the direction of Mills Humphrey Funeral Home in McAlester.

Survivors: Names withheld. Submitted by Ruth Atteberry Adams from Family Information.





EVELYN STRICKLAND


Evelyn Strickland died December 7, 1977. She was born June 19, 1916 in Weleeka to John C. Henson and Ona Shamblin Henson.

Services were held Friday, December 9, at the Atoka Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. James Crowson officiating.

Burial was in the Green Meadows Cemetery under the direction of the Atoka Funeral Home.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother James Franklin (Frank) Henson.

Survivors included one daughter, Jo Ann Ables, Lindsey; one son, Harold Dean Kuykendalll, Oklahoma City; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild, three sisters, Helen Brady and Dorothy Pierce, Atoka, and Cora Laughlin, Compton, CA.

Pallbearers included Dennis Granger, David Barton, Monroe Cochran, Bob Ables, Leon McNeil and Roy Thomas.

Submitted, April 2, 2000, by Joyce Henson Meeks, niece. JMeeks3@aol.com



RALPH R. THOMAS


Ralph Thomas Entered Into Eternal Rest Wednesday, March 7, 1973

Ralph R. Thomas, 78, of 219 S. E. 59, died Wednesday at South Community Hospital following a sudden illness. Services are pending with Vondel L. Smith Mortuary.

Thomas, a retired farmer, was born in the Atoka area, raised his family in the Coal Co. area and had lived in Oklahoma City since 1950. He was a World War 1 veteran and a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 35.

Surviving are his wife, Ella May Taylor Thomas; two daughters, Evelyn, wife of Elmo Eddings, Tahlequah and Rosalie, wife of Aubrey Jenkins, 521 S. W. 70; two brothers, Calvin and Roy, both of Coalgate, and a sister, Mrs. Laura Nixon, Dallas, TX, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Thomas, Ralph R., 78, of 219 SE 59; 2 pm Saturday at Coalgate Church of Christ, Coalgate, with burial in Coalgate Cemetery, directed by the Vondel Smith Mortuary.

Note: Ralph¹s two brothers Calvin and Roy are buried in the Coalgate Cemetery. His wife Ella May Taylor Thomas also buried with him at Coalgate and her sister Ena Taylor Thomas Fuller was the wife of Ralph¹s brother Calvin, also at Coalgate Cemetery.

Ralph¹s parents: Charles C. Thomas and Bettie Thomas Thomas are buried in the McCarty Cemetery, Coal Co, (yes, she was related to her husband) His sister Laura Thomas Nixon is also buried in McCarty Cemetery among other family members. Ralph¹s daughter Evelyn Thomas Eddings is buried in Tahlequah Cemetery, Tahlequah, OK

Angie has run into a brick wall with her relatives, if anyone has any informaton that would be beneficial, please contact her.
Submitted, April 2, 2000, by Angie Jenkins Long, niece. TreeShaker@RootsRemembered.com





DAVID W. TRIMBLE


David W. Trimble, 73, of Atlanta, Texas, died on December 22, 2008.

He was born August 30, 1935 in Brownsdale, MN. He was retired from George A. Hormel foods, served in the United States Air Force, and while living in the Farris, OK area, drove a school bus for the Atoka County School District in the 1960's.

He was a member of the Church of Christ in Austin, MN.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a son Ralph Eugene Trimble.

He is survived by his wife, Lillie Bell (HARBISON) Trimble, Atlanta, TX; son, Robin Wayne (Kimberlee) Trimble, Coon Rapids, MN; two daughters, Shelia (William) Bachelder, Brownsdale, MN, and Lora Trimble, Atlanta, TX; two brothers, Harold Trimble and Richard Trimble of Austin; two sisters, Julienne Renz, Waterloo, IA, and Geraldine Wolf, Austin, MN; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren and a number of other relatives.

His body was donated to science. Memorial services will be held at a later date in Austin, MN.





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MRS. FRANCES FOLSOM VAIL

Sept. 3, 1857 - June 14, 1931


Mrs. Frances FOLSOM VAIL, mother of Mrs. W. D. AUSTIN of Pauls Valley, and pioneer woman of Atoka, died Sunday, June 14, after an illness of more than a year, being confined to her bed most of the time.

Funeral services were held from the First Baptist Church at Atoka on Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, June 15, conducted by Rev. H. O. MORRIS, her pastor.

The deceased was born at Scullinsville, Indian Territory,on September 3, 1857, and moved with her parents (Coleman FOLSOM and Elizabeth COLE) to Atoka when a very small child. She was married to James Washington VAIL on August 18, 1871, and to this union were born ten children. After the death of her husband she moved to Featherston to make her home with daughter, Mrs. Mittie Fatherstone McCALL.

Mrs.VAIL was converted during a revival held by Doctor Murrow, an Indian Missionary. She united with the First Baptist Church at Atoka, in which she was an active member and worker for more than 50 years.

Mrs.VAIL had visited her daughter, Mrs. W. D. AUSTIN in this city, and had many friends who will be grieved to learn of her passing. She was laid to rest by loving hands under a bank of beautiful flowers, six grandsons acting as pall bearers.

Out of town relatives and friends attending the funeral were; a sister, Mrs. Green TAYLOR, Chickasha; a daughter, Mrs. W. D. AUSTIN and three children, Dallas VAIL, Frances FOLSOM, and Junia E.AUSTIN, and Mrs.Anna BOATWRIGHT of Krebs.

Mrs.VAIL leaves to mourn her passing, eight children, five daughters and three sons, thirty-two grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren and a host of friends.

My thanks to Mrs. Vail's great-great-granddaughter Shanta Jones for the submission of this obituary. Mrs. Vail is buried in the Old Atoka Cemetery "Westview". Ms. Jones found this obituary while searching through her great-grandmother's papers. Her great-grandmother was a daughter of Frances Folsom Vail. The obit reads as though it appeared in the Pauls Valley newspaper.  dnsjones@onlinemac.com




LOUIS VAUGHAN


From The Indian Citizen, July 29, 1897.

Died  At his home in Stringtown on the 22nd N St., Louis Vaughan, a prominent young business man of that place and we believe postmaster at the time of his death.  The deceased had been a resident of Stringtown, with his family and mothers family, for several years and was highly esteemed by all who knew him, as a reliable business man and a trustworthy gentleman in every respect.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge at this place and several members of the lodge including S. B. SCRATCH, Rev. J.S. MURROW, G.A. PATE and J. C. DOWNING, attended his burial at Stringtown on the 23rd.  The deceased leaves a wife and two small children to mourn his untimely death.  We sympathize greatly with them in their sad bereavement and commend them to an all wise and just God.  He and His promises only can give them comfort.

(Louis' widow was Nora Annabelle Locke.  His parents were Taylor Vaughan and E. J. GREG Vaughan.)
Sub mitted by Barbara Hollman: HolmanBE@aol.com





LUBELL VINSON

Lubell Chandler Vinson, Atoka, died May 31, 1991 at the Atoka Memorial Hospital. She was 87.

She was born to Lenon and Samatha Chandlery, Oct. 6, 1903 in Woodland, MS.

She moved to Lima, OK from Mississippi, and in 1923 married Hansan A. Reed. Six children were born to this union. In 1933 they made their in Atoka.

Preceding her in death was her husband in 1943, and a twin brother and a younger brother.

In May 13, 1944, she married Sam Vinson in McAlester, OK. One son was born to this union. Sam preceded her in death on November 22, 1968; also a daughter, Kate Sutter on March 5, 1991 and one grandson on August 18, 1990.

Mrs. Vinson was a member of Forth Ward Church of Christ in Atoka.

Funeral services were conducted Jun 4 at 2 p. m. at the Fourth Ward Church of Christ in Atoka, with Bro. Wayne Lemons officiating. Burial in Green Hills Cemetery in Atoka under the direction of Rogan Funeral Home in Hugo.

Survivors include six children, 32 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Active Pallbearers were: Billy Joe Clayton,Clifford Brown, Cecil Hill, Orlaon Hill, Bobby Johnson, and Cameron Crawford.




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HELEN AGATHA ATTEBERRY WHITE

Funeral services for Helen Agatha Atteberry White, 71, were held Saturday, March 08, 2003 at Brown's Funeral Service Chapel in Atoka, OK. A longtime Tishomingo resident, and former Atoka resident, she died March 06, 2003, at her home in Tishomingo, OK. Her son, Darrell Atteberry officiated the services assisted by the Rev. Leonard Cook.

Helen was born in Atoka, OK, April 25, 1931, to Charlie McGraw and Goldie Lea HICKMAN Atteberry. She was the granddaughter of James Madison and Rosa TRENT Atteberry, the great granddaughter of William and Sarah GOFORTH Atteberry, and the great-great-granddaughter of William and Liza Atteberry, and James and Delilah Goforth.

She attended school at Round Rock in Atoka County.

She was a former employee with the Johnston Memorial Hospital, Wrangler Blue Bell Plant, Debbie Ann's Clothing Factory, a Home Health Provider, and was currently participating in the Foster Grandparent Program at the Tishomingo Elementary School.

Helen married Olen Denton Atteberry on March 2, 1955 in Durant, OK. She later married Garland Baxter White on May 20, 1971 at Pleasant View Freewill Baptist Church in Tushka, OK.

She was a member of the Eastern Star, Tishomingo Chapter #105 and of the protestant faith.

Survivors include her husband, Garland, of the home; daughter, Donna Kay Walker and husband John of Coleman, OK; five sons; Freddie Joe "Sonny" Atteberry of Savanna, Olen Darrell and wife Glinda of Coleman, Jimmy Bruce of the home near Tishomingo, Andrew Charles and wife Rhonda of Tishomingo, Burnis Otto of McAlester. Nine grandchildren; James Anthony Walker, Charles Leon Walker, Mark Atteberry, Jennifer Atteberry, Heather Nacole Pullam, Ashley Denton Atteberry, Anna Olene ATTEBERRY Cahill, Amanda Lea Atteberry, and Mitch Tyler Atteberry. One sister; Sue Booze and husband Clyde of Fort Worth, TX; one aunt, Juanita Cason and husband Altus of Durant; one uncle Hershel Hickman and wife Dorothy of Sulphur; along with many cousins, nieces, nephews and many dear and loved friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Goldie HICKMAN Atteberry, three sisters; Hagar ATTEBERRY Blakely, Lou Ella ATTEBERRY White and Norma ATTEBERRY Maxey; two brothers R. J. and Leon Atteberry; one grandson, Brannon Russell.

Pall bearers: Carl Atteberry, Charles Atteberry, Thurman Lewis, Charlie Walker, Johnny Walker and Chester White.

Honorary Pall bearers: Ronnie Booze, Jody Brown, James Hicks, Jay Russell, and James Walker

Burial in Wards Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Brown's Funeral Service, Atoka, OK.

Submitted by Darrell Atteberry March 13, 2003.





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CECIL C. WILLIAMS

Atoka Paper April 1995 - By Jewell Chapman


Our brother, Col. Cecil C. Williams passed away Saturday, April 15, 1995, at the age of 88. He joined the Army when he was 18 years old. Later he joined the Air Force where he served until he retired. He saw active duty in WWII.

After his retirement, he and his wife, Daisy, settled in Lewiston, Idaho, close to the Northern Rockies which was his beloved hunting ground. He loved nature and the outdoors. He climbed those mountains where the bear roam and the deer and the antelope play until approaching age began to slow him down.

He and his wife Daisy belonged to a church in Lewiston where his funeral services were conducted. His remains will be shipped to March Field Veterans Cemetery at Riverside, CA for burial.

Note: Cecil's parents were the late Thomas Robert and Warnita BETTS Williams.

Submitted by Carl Phillips, nephew, April 9, 2000. Carl@jps.net





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JESSIE FRANKLIN WILLIAMS DEAD AT AGE 101


Funeral services for Jessie Franklin Williams, 101, a resident of Wards Chapel community will be held at 2 p.m. on Wed., Dec. 2, at Brown's Funeral Service Chapel in Atoka with Rev. Tom Hargrave officiating.

Burial will be in Wards Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Brown's Funeral Service.

A lifelong Atoka County resident, he died Monday, Nov. 29, 1999, at Atoka Memorial Hospital.

Born Feb. 12, 1898 at Caddo Hills in Bryan County, I. T. he was the son of Thomas Robert and Warnita BETTS Williams.

He attended schools at Wards Chapel and Atoka, and was a member of Wards Chapel Baptist Church for more than 85 years. He was ordained there as a deacon on June 17, 1951.

Williams worked a few years in California in the shipyards and again in the 50's as an iron worker. He was a farmer and rancher for many years and also was a good mechanic and blacksmith.

He was married to Nannie Mildred Williams at Wards Chapel in 1919. She preceded him in death. Also preceding him in death were his parents, T. R. and Warnita Williams; a grandson, Hal Chism; three sisters, Effie Calvert, Beulah Phillips and Nita Lovelace; and two brothers, Cecil Williams and Forest Williams.

Survivors include two children, Mildred Figueroa, and Joe Kenneth Williams and wife, Elwanda; two sisters, Jewel Chapman and Winnie Lou Lain, all of Atoka; two grandchildren, Linda Madden and husband, Dennis of Atoka, and Jerry Williams and wife, Sandy of Weatherford; six great-grandchildren, Amanda Madden, Alissa Madden, Joshua Williams, Mark Williams, Aaron Chism, and Scott Chism; along with numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

Honorary pall bearers are Don Loftis, Richard Betts, Gene Tomlinson, Mike Thomas.

Active pall bearers are Ronnie Cochran, Pat Loftis, Dewayne Wilson, Tinker Ray, Perry Ray and Royce Thomas.

Brown's Funeral Service 800 W. 13th Highway West Atoka, OK 74525 Per Carl Phillips Submitter, "Jessie was an original Dawes enrollee." Carl Phillips, is a nephew of the late Jessie Williams, a native of Atoka County; he now resides in California. Carl@jps.net


FLORA ELIZABETH (FLORA BELL) FOSTER WILSON


Flora Elizabreth (Flora Bell) FOSTER Wilson, Lubbock, TX; former Lane resident, b. Jan. 15, 1925-d. June 18, 2003. For a complete obituary, see: Brown's Funeral Service





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BEAULAH MABEL [BLACKBURN] WITHROW


Funeral services for Beaulah Mabel BLACKBURN Withrow, 89, a longtime Atoka resident, were held Friday, March 30 at 11:00 a. m. at Brown's Funeral Service Chapel, with Lloyd McElhaney officiating with Bill Winters assisting.

She died Tuesday, March 27, 2001 at Atoka Memorial Hospital

Born July 15, 1911 at Dustin in Hughes County to David Washing and Sarah Isabell YEATS Blackburn, she attended school at Harmony and graduated from Atoka in 1932.

She was affiliated with the Penn and A Street Church of Christ and later with the Melba Avenue Church of Christ and the Wapaucka Church of Christ.

Mrs. Withrow was a member of the Sunshine Home Demonstration Club, the Atoka County Historical Society, and was involved of "Tales of Atoka County." She was interested in genealogy, collecting local obituaries, of which she contributed eight books to the Atoka County Library.

She married Clyde Vernon Withrow on September 24, 1932 in Atoka.

Preceding her in death were her parents, David and Sarah Blackburn; husband, Clyde Withrow; three brothers, Houston, Clem and Leroy Blackburn; one sister, Ola Bell Blackburn

Survivors include her four daughters, Lois Winters and husband, Tommy, Alice Withrow, Ruth Hight of TX and Nelda Holland TX; five grandchildren/ eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Floyd Blackburn; along with numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and many dear and loved friends.

Burial was in Green Meadows Cemetery under the direction of Brown's Funeral Service in Atoka

Permission to print by Alice Withrow.





ROY IRVIN WOOD


Funeral Services were conducted Feb. 29, 1988 for Roy I. Wood, 90,at the Atoka Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Clay Moore officiating.

The son of William Edwared Wood and Mary Lovena (Irvin) Wood; he was born January 30, 1898 at Indianola, I. T. He married Nellie Kerr, April 10, 1947 at Antlers, Pushmataha County.

Burial in Butler Cemetery under the directions of Atoka Funeral Home.

Survivors included his wife, Nellie Wood, Atoka; three daughters, June Cocke, Memphis, TN., Louise Morris, Houston, TX, and Helen Leonardo, McAlester; one son, Ralph Wood of Yuma, Az. Step-daughters, Eddie Pearl D'Asquith, CA, and Eulene Stubbs, TX.





SUSIE BURRIS WOOLARD

Susie Burris IMPSON Woolard, 84, died April 2, 1986 at Atoka Memorial Hospital.
She was a resident of Plantation Manor Nursing Home.
The daughter of Morris Impson & Lucy BURRIS Impson, she was born Aug. 13, 1901 at Jumbo, I. T. Funeral services conducted April 7, 1986 at the Atoka Funeral Home with Rev. Bob Johnson officiating. Burial in Green Meadow Cemetery under the direction of Atoka Funeral Home.





EVERETT L. ZACHARIAS


Everett Zacharis died Jan. 11, 1994 at a hospital in Durant. He was a resident of Caney, Atoka County, OK. He was the son of John & Pearl Zacharias. He is buried in the Caddo Cemetery.




If you personally own any old obits, or any up-to-date obits, on Atoka County citizens, or know anyone that might have an obit they would like to share, please e-mail them, and I shall post them.

I would like to make this a page for the Atoka County People, and others who are researching relatives in the Atoka County area. I need your help.

Obits less than 50 years old cannot be posted from the newspaper, however; if an obit personally belongs to an individual, I can post them. Just e-mail them with your name, city, state, and your relationship to the deceased. If you do not want your name shown as the submitter, I will respect your wishes, but I must have the information for my protection. Obituaries that are not posted as appears in the newspaper may be legally printed, as long as the facts remain true.

Wedding Anniversaries, new births, any information is welcomed to this page. You never know who you will be helping with their research when you submit your family information.

If you have Family Bible records, and would like to submit copies of them; I would be most grateful. Please show the name of the Bible, Name of  Publisher, and the Date of Publication, if available. If you have additions or questions please send email to okcoatoka@usgennet.org

Thanks again, Ruth Atteberry Adams Your Atoka County Coordinator