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The Healdton Herald
Healdton, Carter Co., Oklahoma

Thursday, March 2, 1944

Mother of Mrs. W. H. Ervin
Funeral services were held at the Church of Christ in Ardmore, Sunday at 2:30 p.m., for Mrs. B. T. MUSGRAVE, mother of Mrs. W. H. ERVIN, of Healdton. Mrs. Musgrave succumbed to a lingering illness Friday afternoon. GEORGE W. MCCULLUM, minister in the Ardmore Church of Christ, conducted the services, assisted by C. C. TRENT of the Wilson Church of Christ. Burial was in Rose Hill cemetery by the side of her companion. Pallbearers: MATT ALEXANDER, HUGH MCINTIRE, DOUGLAS PATILLO, ELMER PADGETT, TOM CARDWELL and C. M. HOFFMAN. She had been a resident of Ardmore for 50 years. She was born in Pulaski, County, Missouri, in 1865 and moved to Woodbine, Texas in early girlhood. There she met and married B. T. MUSGRAVE in 1883 and to this union six children were born, two of whom survive. She was a charter member of the Ardmore Church of Christ and devoted many years of faithful service to the church. She and her husband donated the lot on which the church was built. Surviving are her daughter, Mrs. W. H. Erwin of Healdton and a son W. A. MUSGRAVE of Berkeley, California, who was unable to attend the funeral, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. BURL ERWIN, a grandson, attending Texas A. & M. College, came home for the funeral.

Funeral services were held Friday at the First Baptist Church for ELMER CLAY LEAF, 55, employee of Fox Rig Co., who was killed in an oilfield accident at Henderson, Kentucky, Feb. 20. Rev. O. HAMBLEN of the church conducted the services with burial in Ringling cemetery. Pallbearers were ED MOORE, LOIS NESMITH, J. B. DOSS, CECIL RATLIFFE, JOE LEWIS and OREN PRICE. Collier Bros. had charge. He was born June 15, 1888 in Indiana and died Feb. 20, 1944 at Henderson, Ky. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. HIRAM LEAF. He was a member of the Central Avenue Baptist Church in Oklahoma City and had been associated with the Fox Rig Co. for 28 years. He operated the T. P. Rooming House here in the early days and later the Central Hotel. He worked away from Healdton for years, but still called this his home. He was living in Carmi, Illinois at time of death. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. CHARLES CRABTREE of Healdton, who accompanied the body from Kentucky, and three sons, one son, CHESTER LEAF of Oklahoma City is well known here.

Funeral services were held at the Fox Baptist Church Saturday for Mrs. MABEL BOGGESS, wife of EARL BOGGESS, who died in a Duncan hospital Friday where she underwent treatment. Rev. LOUIS HENDRICKS of the church conducted the services, assisted by Rev. O. L. LOWE of the First Baptist Church at Wirt. Burial in Mt. Olive cemetery arranged by Collier Bros. Pallbearers were employees of the Sun Oil Co. MABEL ETTA BOGGESS was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, May 4, 1899, and died Feb. 25, 1944, age 44. She was a member of the Methodist Church and had resided in Fox and Wirt communities for years. Surviving are her companion, a daughter Miss MARIE BOGGESS, who is in the service, and a son WAYNE of the home, one sister and two brothers, OTT ROBERTS of Hobart and PETE ROBERTS of Dillard.

Divorce filed: MARY GEESMAN vs. W. R. GEESMAN.

Thursday, March 9, 1944

Mrs. J. R. CROW
Funeral services were held at the West Main Church of Christ Friday for Mrs. ADDIE CROW, widow of J. R. CROW, former resident of Healdton. Mrs. Crow died in an Oklahoma City hospital Wednesday, following a lingering illness. She had been visiting in homes of her children but maintained her home here. The family was here before New Healdton was built. GEORGE W. MCCULLUM of the Ardmore Church of Christ conducted the services. Burial was in the Ringling cemetery with the Healdton Order of Eastern Star conducting graveside services. Members of the Church of Christ served as pallbearers. ADDIE THOMAS was born Jan. 5, 1861 at Marietta, Georgia and came to Indian Territory in 1890, settling near Healdton. She was married to JOHN R. CROW in 1882 and to this union were born eight children, six of whom survive. Her husband preceded her in death. She was a devoted member of the Church of Christ and a member of the Healdton Chapter of Eastern Star. She died March 1, 1944, age 82 years. Surviving are the following children: Mrs. GAZELLE HACKLER of Oklahoma City, Mrs. JOHN CARTER of Healdton, Mrs. ROBERT T. BEST of Long Beach, California, Mrs. HENRY LOEB and Mrs. ADA CROW, of Memphis, Tennessee, and ROSS CROW of Oklahoma City, a sister, and four brothers. One brother L. P. THOMAS of Pauls Valley attended the funeral. There are nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will probably held Friday afternoon at the First Methodist Church for Ed England, well known paperhanger and painter, who died early Wednesday morning. Rev. J. O. PETERSON of the church will conduct the services with burial at Mt. Olive cemetery arranged by Collier Bros. EDWARD HOUSTON ENGLAND was born at Commerce, Texas, May 5, 1894, and died March 8, 1941, age 50. He married Miss FLROA BELLE KNIGHT at Staunton, Oklahoma, July 23, 1916. He became a Christian early in life and united with the Missionary Baptist Church. He lived here since he and his companion were married and reared their family here. Surviving are his companion, two daughters at home, LOUVENA and AGATHA; another daughter Mrs. JEWEL CRAYCROFT of San Francisco, California, two sons, J. E. ENGLAND of Duncan and CLAUDE ENGLAND somewhere in the Pacific, and a brother CLAUDE ENGLAND of Healdton.

Thursday, March 16, 1944

Funeral services were held at the Assembly of God Church at Velma recently for Mrs. JOHANNIAH WILLIAMS, well known resident of that community, who died in the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. D. SMITH, March 3. Burial was in the Velma cemetery. Mrs. Williams was born Feb. 1, 1860 in Hunt County, Texas. Her husband preceded her in death in 1906. She was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church for years, but in recent years, attended the Pentecostal Holiness Church at Fox. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. J. D. SMITH of Velma, Mrs. J. A. SHIPMAN of Fox, Mrs. C. E. STINNETT of Velma, and Mrs. E. M. BRYANT of Kilgore, Texas; a son B. F. WILLIAMS of Fox, a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother J. W. MCADAMS of Graham, Texas, and a nephew ROY MCADAMS of Fox.


Thursday, March 23, 1944

Lone Star Employee Dies in Duncan Hospital
Funeral services were held at the Fox Baptist Church Saturday for PEARL COX, 51, employee of the Lone Star Gas Co., who died in a Duncan hospital, Friday, following an illness of several weeks. Rev. LOUIS HENDRICKS of the church conducted the services, with burial in Union cemetery near Thornton, Texas. Collier Bros. funeral home was in charge. Pallbearers were friends who are employees of the Lone Star Gas Co. PEARL COX was born in Texas, July 30, 1892, and died March 17, 1944. He united with the Ben Hur Baptist Church at age of 15 and remained a faithful member. He was a long time employee of Lone Star Gas Co. Surviving are his companion, a daughter, several brothers and other relatives.

Nephew of City Residents Killed in Bomber Crash
Mr. and Mrs. A. D. BROWN and Mrs. W. K. GUERIN / GEURIN will attend the funeral services at Dallas, Texas, for Lieut. AUBERY / AUBREY BROWN, 24, son of Mr. and Mrs. ERNEST BROWN. Lieut. Brown is a nephew of A. D. BROWN and Mrs. GEURIN. He was killed in a bomber crash near Danville, Virginia, Wednesday of last week, while on a routine flight from the plane’s base at Charleston, South Carolina. The entire crew was killed. Survivors are his wife, a former Ardmore girl, his parents Mr. and Mrs. E. N. BROWN of Dallas, his grandmother Mrs. TUCKER of Ardmore, who is the former Mrs. W. A. N. BROWN, and other relatives.

Thursday, March 30, 1944

N. R. BROWN Dies in Ada Hospital
Mr. and Mrs. JOHN HISSOM of Clemscot were called to Pawnee recently by the death of her brother, N. R. NELSON, employee of the Zepher Drilling Co. at Ada. Mr. Nelson lived in Healdton and County Line many years and suffered a stroke and died in an Ada hospital March 9.

Thursday, April 6, 1944

Dr. L. L. WADE
Funeral services were held at the First Methodist Church at Ryan Monday for Dr. L. L. WADE, pioneer Ryan physician and father of JAMES P. WADE of Healdton. Dr. Wade had been in ill health for a year…. Rev. BELL of the church was in charge of services with Rev. J. O. PETERSON of the Healdton Methodist Church giving the funeral discourse. Dr. Wade, 63, was a member of the Methodist Church, and medical associations. He was county superintendent of schools when Oklahoma was admitted to the Union. His biography appears in a book, “Oklahoma After 50 Years,” a combination of outstanding pioneers who contributed to the state. Surviving are his wife; three sons, JAMES P. WADE of Healdton, ROY MARVIN WADE of Ryan and LISBY LUCIUS WADE Jr., pre-med student at O.U.; three grandchildren, JAMES BEESON WADE and MARTHA GALE WADE of Healdton and REBECCA WADE of Ryan.

Funeral services were held at the Freewill Baptist Church at Wirt Sunday 3 p.m. for Mr. GERTIE GIBSON, wife of JOHNNY GIBSON, employee of the Shell Oil Co. Mrs. Gibson succumbed to pneumonia Thursday in an Ardmore hospital. She had been ill two days. Rev. F. MCCAGE of the Freewill Baptist Church at Sulphur, former pastor of the Wirt church, conducted the services, assisted by Rev. PAUL PURCELL, present pastor of the Wirt church. Burial was in Mt. Olive cemetery arranged by Collier Bros. Pallbearers: LEO SKINNER, ARCH PARKER, JOHN BURNS, L. P. PRATER, LUTHER DAVIS and MARVIN MAY. GERTRUDE VIRGINIA GIBSON was born May 4, 1914 at Ryan and died March 30, 1944, age 29 years. She was a devoted member of the Freewill Baptist Church and had resided in Wirt many years. Survivors are her husband JOHN GIBSON, sons ANCIE LEE and JOHN Jr.; three brothers, E. V. of Tulsa, J. B. and GEORGE of McNary, Arizona; two sisters Mrs. STELLA SMITH of Frederick and Mrs. INEZ MATTHEWS of McNary, Arizona; her father W. J. JENKINS of Healdton and an aunt Mrs. MARY GIBSON of Ryan.

Grandchild of E. D. SPEERS
Funeral services were recently held at Norman for KAY ADAIR, three year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. JAMES ADAIR, who died from pneumonia. The child is a granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. D. SPEARS of Wirt. Her mother is the former Miss VON SPEERS. Burial was at Norman. Mrs. Adair has been transferred after the child’s death of Camp Wolters, Mineral Wells, Texas. The baby died March 21. Mrs. Adair is with the telephone company.

Mr. and Mrs. BILL LIDDELL received word Monday night of the death of his uncle, VERNON LIDDELL, father of D. V. and MARVIN LIDDELL, well known boxers. Mr. Liddell, pioneer of Love County, was well known in southern Oklahoma. He has four sons in service overseas. Funeral services were held at Marietta.

Mrs. ROXIE CHASE, widow of GROVE CHASE, early day pioneer of Healdton, moved to south Healdton recently from her home place northwest of town, where she resided 56 years. She is the mother of deputy sheriff EMMET CHASE, A. D. CHASE, Mrs. A. M. GREENWOOD and Miss LINNIE CHASE.

Thursday, April 13, 1944

Funeral services are being held this afternoon at the First Baptist Church for Mrs. W. E. BURNETT, long time resident of Healdton, who was found dead in her home Monday noon. Rev. O. L. LOVE of the Wirt Baptist Church conducted the service in the absence of the pastor Rev. O. HAMBLEN. Burial at Mt. Olive cemetery arranged by Collier Bro. Pallbearers are employees of Magnolia Pipeline Dept. ANNA MAY BURNETT was born at Harlands Creek, Mississippi, April 26, 1886 and died April 10, 1944 at age of 58. She had a member of the Baptist Church since age 16 and lived in Healdton many years. She and her husband reared their sons UDARNAH and HORACE. Horace preceded his mother in death, as did his father. Survivors are one son, A. U. BURNETT of Danville, Indiana, her mother Mrs. J. M. RODGERS of Pickens, Miss., two brothers and a sister who reside at Pickens, Miss., some grandchildren. Her son is here for the funeral.

Funeral services are being held today at the West Main Church of Christ for Mrs. LUCY HEALD SHRADER, wife of CLAY SHRADER. O. K. ALEXANDER of Fort Worth will conduct the services. Mrs. Shrader succumbed to an operation she underwent in an Ardmore hospital Tuesday morning. She had been in ill health for several months. Burial at Mt. Olive cemetery arranged by Collier Bros. LUCY WRIGHT SHRADER was born June 7, 1895 in Old Healdton and died April 11, 1944, age 45. She was married to CLAY SHRADER and they have resided here their entire marriage life. She was a member of the West Main Church of Christ. Pallbearers: E. G. CHASE, W. P. MURPHY, T. NORTHCUTT, JIM EMBERLIN, EDSON SMTIH and SAM BURKHALTER. Surviving are her husband; two daughters Mrs. EUGENE FLANARY of Dillard and Mrs. FAY JEAN MORROW of Healdton; two sisters Mrs. CECIL RATLIFFE of Healdton and Mrs. ROY NORTON of Healdton; a half-sister Mrs. W. R. INGRAM of Healdton; two half-brothers, W. R. HEALD of Seminole and BEN HEALD of Colorado, and two grandchildren. Mrs. BELLE HEALD of Cyril is here for the funeral.

Thursday, April 27, 1944

Military Funeral Held for Graham Boy
Military rites were held Monday afternoon at the Graham Baptist Church for M/Sgt. JACK ORVIL TROUT, 20, who was killed in a plane crash at Hunter Field, Georgia, on April 19. Rev. J. O. HUDSON of the Clemscot Freewill Baptist Church conducted the services with burial in the Pooleville cemetery. Pallbearers were all first cousins, KENNETH KERN of Clemscot, DOUGLAS KERN of Oklahoma City, Sgt. BURL KERN of Shawnee, BILLY KERN of Shawnee, VIRGIL TROUT of Lawton and Lieut. JOHNNY HARRELL of the U. S. Navy. Trout was the son of Mr. and Mrs. BEN TRUOT, who recently returned to Clemscot after 1 ½ years in California. He was a graduate of Graham high school. The family lived at Clemscot 20 years. One brother, EARL TROUT, of Richmond, California, survives in addition to the parents. Sgt. TROUT was a nephew of MONT KERN of Clemscot.

Thursday, May 4, 1944

Added to the list of Healdton’s honor dead in World War II is the name of T/Sgt. BENNY ERICKSON, of Madill, formerly of Healdton, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. ERICKSON, former Healdton business people. A telegram from the War Dept. Saturday, informed Mr. and Mrs. Erickson that their son had died from a fall. No other details given.

Word was received by friends at Oil City of the death of WALTER THOMPSON of Fillmore, California. Mr. Thompson, formerly of Oil City where he lived 30 years, died April 30, following an extended illness. Burial was at Fillmore. He is survived by his widow; two sons, WALTER RAY of U. S. Marine Corps of Bramerton, Washington; and ROY DALE of the home; his mother, two sisters, Mrs. LELA JOHNSON of Fillmore, Calif., and Mrs. MONORE GUNTER of Keller; four brothers, GENE THOMPSON of Fillmore, IRA THOMPSON of Dallas, Texas, COLUMBUS THOMPSON of Freer, Texas and JOE THOMPSON of Frederick.

Thursday, May 18, 1944

Sam Hester, Gilmer Oil Co. superintendent, passed away at his home in Wirt, Friday, May 12, after an illness of more than a year…. Funeral services were held in the West Main Church of Christ Tuesday, conducted by GEORGE H. STEPHENSON of Collinsville, Texas, a family friend and former minister of the church here, assisted by O. K. ALEXANDER, present minister. Burial was in Hewitt cemetery directed by Collier Bros. Active pallbearers: EVERETT FORD, A. W. SHAVER, W. P. MURPHY, B. R. BEALL, L. D. RHODES, and B. S. FORD…. SAM HOUSTON HESTER was born May 27, 1894 in Sterling County, Texas, and died May 12, 1944. He moved to Oklahoma in 1902, locating in Carter County. He was married to Miss LETHA BEATRICE ROUTH Oct. 13, 1917. He had been employed by Gilmer Oil Co. for 15 years, serving as superintendent for the past six years. … He was a devoted member of the Church of Christ, having obeyed the gospel in October 1939. At the time of his death, he was a deacon in the church. He served on the Dundee school board for several years. Surviving are his wife, a son Cpl. LLOYD HESTER of Sioux City, Iowa, Army Air Base; three daughters Mrs. J. W. CARROLL of Alma, RUTH and ROSEMARY of the home; brothers and sisters, JOHN HESTER of Healdton, WILEY HESTER of Wilson, BART HESTER of Crystal City, Texas, DEE, ABE and FOWLER HESTER of Santa Paula, California; Mrs. FRED BRADSHAW of Putnam, Mrs. T. F. WHITTEN and Mrs. W. K. BRITTON of Oilton, Texas.

Funeral services will be held from the First Baptist Church Friday for W. A JONES, pioneer Healdton resident, who died at the family residence Sunday afternoon on his 28th wedding anniversary. Rev. O. HAMBLEN of the church will conduct the services with burial at Mt. Olive cemetery arranged by Collier Bros. Serving as pallbearers will be friends of a stepson, DEE CLARKSON. Mr. Jones had been in declining health for some time. WILLIAM ALBERT JONES was born Aug. 20, 1871 in Weakley County, Tennessee and was reared to manhood near Eureka Springs, Arkansas. He was married to Miss FRANCE HERRING in 1896 who preceded him in death 30 years ago. To this union were born four children, HUGH JONES of Marietta, Mrs. BERNICE FERGUSON of National City, Calif., CLETIS JONES of Cleveland, Texas, and Mrs. OLETA DARDIN of Olney, Texas. He married a second time to Mrs. BERTHA FERGUSON CLARKSON may 14, 1916 at Ardmore and to this union four children were born, JOHNNY JONES of Garland, Texas, Mrs. OPAL BELLER of Garland, Texas, JERRY and CECILE JONES of the home. There are two stepchildren, DEE CLARKSON of Vallejo, California, who has been here, and Mr. MARY STRICKLAND of Houma, Louisiana, who is unable to attend the funeral. Mr. Jones has been a resident of Healdton 25 years, being employed by the Brooke Owens Wholesale Co. for 15 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, the above named children, 20 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, a sister Mrs. LOU SPENCER of Allen and other relatives.

Thursday, May 25, 1944

Former Healdton Boy Killed March 20
Lt. CLAUDE RHOTE FLETCHER, who was awarded the air medal on Feb. 25, was killed March 20 as he returned from a rest camp in Southwest Pacific to the fighting front. His wife, Mrs. HAZEL MOORE FLETCHER, of Oklahoma City was informed. He is the grandson of W. H. HACKLER of Ringling and son of Mr. and Mrs. C. R. FLETCHER of 1429 South Jenkins, Norman. .. He attended O.U. for two years and was a graduate of Healdton high school. He received his commission Feb. 4, 1943 at Monroe, Louisiana. Two brothers, BILL FLETCHER, a Marine in Hawaii, and CHARLES C. FLETCHER, with an Air Force ground crew somewhere in England, and a sister at Norman also survive.

Seaman 2/c KENNETH BRAY, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. L. ‘SKINNY’ BRAY of Healdton, received the Order of the Purple Heart April 16 for slight wounds received in action in the Pacific. He returned to duty.

Funeral services were held at the West Main Church of Christ Sunday at 2 p.m. for Mrs. ANDY LOTSPEICH, who died at her home in Vallejo, California, May 15, 1944, following a long illness. She resided at Wirt prior to moving to California a year ago. O. K. ALEXANDER of the church conducted the services. Pallbearers were employees of Shell Oil Co. at Wirt with whom the late husband of the deceased was associated. Mr. Lotspeich was born April 6, 1892 in Oklahoma and died May 15, 1944, age 52. She married Mr. Lotspeich in 1912 and to this union were born six children. Mr. Lotspeich and two children preceded her in death. She obeyed the gospel in June 1941 and became a member of the West Main Church of Christ. Surviving are two sons, two daughters, three grandchildren, six sisters and four brothers.

Sgt. Bennie E. Erickson, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. J. ERICKSON, who reside at Pure Oil Co. camp at Madill, came to an untimely death in a rest camp in the North African Area, April 15, 1944, according to a brief casualty report received May 5, 1944. Bennie was born in Ardmore on Oct. 20, 1920. His parents came to Healdton when he was one year old, grew to young manhood and graduated from high school here, class of 1939. He attended Cameron College at Lawton for a year then joined the National Guard, sailed with the 45th Division in May 1943.…Memorial services were held at the Methodist Church Sunday, May 21, with Rev. J. O. PETERSON, pastor, Rev. C. L. ECKLE of Yale, Rev. ASHLEY S. FARNHARM. ..

Thursday, June 1, 1944

Memorial Held Sunday for Pvt. A. J. SOUTHERLAND
Memorial services were held in the Pentecostal Holiness Church Sunday 3 p.m. for Pvt. A. J. SOUTHERLAND, son of Mr. and Mrs. JESSE SOUTHERLAND of Ardmore, formerly of Healdton. Rev . E. S. STARK of Edmond, former pastor of the local church, conducted the services, assisted by Rev. LAMAR GOSNELL, present pastor of the church. The Healdton American Legion Post conducted the military service. .. A. J. SOUTHERLAND was born in Sweetwater, Texas, Oct. 19, 1924. At age of two, the family moved to Pampa, Texas where he attended grade school. The family later moved to Ardmore where he attended senior high, graduating in 1939. He enlisted in the Army and was sent to the Philippine Islands in the 31st Infantry. He was stationed at Bataan, reported missing, then declared dead. Surviving are his parents, three brothers, HENRY, MILTON and BOB, all of the home; three uncles and an aunt of Healdton; his grandparents Mr. and Mrs. R. E. ADAMS of Pampa, Texas, and other relatives.

Relatives who gathered in the J. A. BUTLER in observance of his 84th birthday were Mr. and Mrs. FRED BUTLER of Great Bend, Kansas; Mr. and Mrs. PETE BUTLER and family of Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. DRAKE and family, Mr. and Mrs. BE CLARK and family and family members at the home.

EDMON WATKINS, who for the past two years has been with the Spartan Co. in Tulsa in the receiver and transmitter department, has located in Healdton in the old SHORT GWINN place, with equipment for repairing and servicing all makes of radios. He was formerly with Collier Bros. in their radio department for four years.

Thursday, June 8, 1944

Pioneer Healdton Man Claimed by Death
Funeral services were held from the First Baptist Church Tuesday for J. A. BUTLER, pioneer Healdton resident, who died at the family home Sunday morning. He had been in declining health. Rev. B. L. HUFF of Ryan conducted the services with burial at Mt. Olive cemetery arranged by Collier Bros. JAMES ABNER BUTLER was born in Searcy County, Arkansas, May 28, 1860, and died June 4, 1944, age 84. His death was the first death in the home in 54 years, all 11 children still living. He was married to Miss ANNIE PEACOCK at Lone Grove, July 27, 1890 (another missing Chickasaw Nation marriage); and to this union were born 11 children, five daughters and six sons. He was a devoted member of the Primitive Baptist Church and lived all his married life in Carter County. He engaged in farming as long as his health permitted. Four years he and his wife celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with a reunion of their family and numerous friends. Surviving are his widow; daughters, Mrs. JOHN BROMLEY of Wichita, Kansas, Mrs. J. A. DRAKE, Mrs. BEN CLARK, Mrs. MILDRED CULWELL and Miss LORENA BUTLER all of Healdton; sons, FRED and FRANK BUTLER of Great Bend, Kansas; Pvt. DARRIS BUTLER of Gulfport, Miss.; CELMER BUTLER of Norman, OTIS BUTLER of Houston, Texas, PETE BUTLER of Wilson; 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Thursday, June 15, 1944

Simmons Family Have Nice Service Record
The J. A. SIMMONS family north of Healdton have a nice service record with three sons in service. Chief Signalman LESTER SIMMONS, who recently returned from overseas, has been a guest of his parents, then returned to his post at New Orleans, La. Chief Boatswain’s Mate ALLEN SIMMONS, U. S. Navy, is in Hawaii. Sgt. DURAD SIMMONS of the U. S. Army is stationed at Ft. Jackson in South Carolina.

Healdton, June 22, 1944

Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church Friday for Mrs. H. N. FARMER, mother of Mrs. W. A. DELANO, who died at the Delano home northwest of Healdton Wednesday, following a lingering illness. Rev. C. J. OWENS of the Ringling Baptist Church conducted the services with burial at Mt. Olive cemetery arranged by Collier Bros. FANNIE ROGERS was born March 20, 1861 in Crawford County, Arkansas, and died June 14, 1944. She was married to H. N. FARMER, Jan. 9, 1881 who preceded here in death in 1939. To this union was born one son, RICHARD FARMER who passed away in 1929, and two daughters, Mrs. ROY WATSON of Prairie Grove, Arkansas and Mrs. W. A. DELANO of Healdton, with whom she made her home. She converted and joined the Baptist Church in early life and remained a faithful Christian. Ten grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services were held at the West Main Church of Christ Wednesday for OLLIE ELMORE, city councilman from Ward 1, who died at the home of his brother JOE ELMORE in Ardmore, Tuesday night. He had been in ill health for some time. TOM E. SMITH of the East Healdton Church of Christ conducted the services, assisted by O. K. ALEXANDER of the Church of Christ. Burial was in Mt. Olive cemetery by the side of his wife who died Feb. 1943. Pallbearers were members of the Healdton Masonic lodge. OLIVER TIPTON ELMORE was born in Jack County, Texas, in 1880. He married Miss JOSEPHINE LACKEY in Dec. 28, 1903 at Chickasha. There were two children, one surviving, Mrs. AUSTIN JONES of Gainesville, Texas. He was a member of the First Christian Church. Survivors include his daughter Mrs. Austin Jones; two brothers, JOE ELMORE of Ardmore and FRED ELMORE of Coleman County, Texas; two sisters Mrs. HATTIE ANDERSON of Addington and Mrs. ALICE DONALDSON somewhere in Nevada.

Baby Dies
Funeral services for VIRGIE LUCILLE FONDREN, three months old daughter of Pvt and Mrs. MARVIN P. FONDREN, of Healdton, are delayed, awaiting arrival of the father stationed in Washington, D. C. The child died Monday. Survivors include the parents, a brother Marvin Jr., grandparents Mr. and Mrs. H. FONDREN of Healdton and JESS SKEEN of Loco.

Wilson Couple
Miss PAULINE WISEMAN and CHARLES SPEARS of Wilson were married Saturday night at the Methodist parsonage in Healdton. She is a teacher in Wilson. Present for the ceremony were the bride’s sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. W. F. COUCH of Wilson and Mr. and Mrs. GRANVILLE COUCH of Clinton.

Fox Woman Dies in Oklahoma City
Funeral services will be held at the Graham church Friday for Mrs. MARY LYLES, 81, pioneer resident of the Fox community, who died at Oklahoma City hospital Wednesday from an injury received in a fall some time ago in the fall. Burial will be in Graham cemetery.

Thursday, June 29, 1944

Funeral services will be held at the Dixie cemetery Sunday at 3 p.m. for JOSEPH HARVEY SPURGEON, father of G. A. ‘JIGGS’ SPURGEON, formerly of Healdton. Mr. Spurgeon passed away Friday in the home of a daughter at Chickasha. Rev. T. J. KNIGHT, Freewill Baptist minister of Healdton, conducted the services. JOSEPH HARVEY SPURGEON was born in Texas, June 13, 1869, and died June 23, 1944, age 75. He was married to Miss LAURA ELLEN TIPPS in Sept. 1897. They made their home in Stephens County and to this union were born seven children, all surviving. Mrs. Spurgeon passed away in 1936. Later he married CLARA TEBO and to this union was born a daughter MARY ELIZABETH of Wiley, Texas. He united with the Methodist Church while a young man and remained a faithful member until 1936 when he joined the Freewill Baptist Church at Caddo. Surviving are the following children, ROY and FELIX of Duncan, ALFRED of Pauls Valley, JESSE of Oklahoma City, Mrs. MAGGIE REYNOLDS of Foster, Mrs. NORA WINTERS and Mrs. FREIDA MOSES of Oklahoma City and MARY ELIZABETH of Wiley, Texas; 22 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, one brother and one sister.

Ensign CLYDE F. REAMS Jr. Dies in Action in Pacific
Mr. and Mrs. CLYDE F. REAMS Sr. received a V-Mail letter Tuesday from Lt. MARTIN DONALDSON of U. S. Naval Air Corps, stating that their second son Ensign CLYDE F. REAMS Jr., 20, had died in action in defense of his shop in the Southwest Pacific area, dated June 9th. He was a graduate of Healdton high school. His older brother A/C CLAUDE REAMS, is stationed at Stamford, Texas Flying School, and another brother, LINDY REAMS, is at home with their parents.

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