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Some obits July-Oct 1944 Healdton Herald
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The Healdton Herald
Healdton, Carter Co., Oklahoma

Thursday, July 29, 1944

W. E. RAY Funeral
Funeral services were held at the East Healdton Church of Christ Monday for WALTER EDWARD RAY, longtime resident of Healdton, who succumbed to a heart attack at the family home Thursday. Mr. Ray had been in declining health for years. TOM E. SMITH conducted the services. Burial at Mt. Olive cemetery had JIM SMITH, ABE SMITH, WILL SMITH, B. O. CHOATE, ROSS MCGILL and TOM MOSSMAN as pallbearers. Flower bearers were Misses BOBETTE FRDY, OLIVE BELLE SMITH, and KORENE MILLER and Mrs. W. L. HAGAN. Walter Edward Ray was born Aug. 5, 1879 in Alabama and died July 13 1944, age 64. He was employed in the oil fields many years. He married in 1936 to Mrs. LEA PEDEN. He was a devoted member of the Church of Christ. Surviving are his wife, one son, Chief Petty Officer VIRGIL EDWARD RAY of U. S. Navy; stepchildren, Mrs. PARK WHITT of Houston, Texas, Miss OTELLA PEDEN of California; S/Sgt. CHARLES PEDEN of Hemet, Calif., Miss HELEN PEDEN of Oklahoma City, Mrs. BILL GOODSON of Fort Worth, Texas, HENRY PEDEN stationed at Childress, Texas Flying School, Mrs. SHERMAN ALTOM of Healdton and PAT PEDEN of the home; three brothers, WILLIS RAY of South Texas, HALL RAY and PAUL RAY of Lometa, Texas; and a sister Mrs. STELLA FOX of Tatum, New Mexico; and other relatives.

Former Healdton Student Downed over Germany
Mrs. MAC J. HALL of Nogales, Arizona, a recent guest of her father J.A. LOWRANCE here, received a second message from the War Dept. that her son Lt. FRANK SON, previously reported missing in action over Germany, was probably killed. Lt. Son lived here in his youth, finishing school at Nogales, Arizona. His paternal grandfather was Dr. J. F. SON of Ardmore.

Thursday, July 27, 1944

Former Wirt Resident Buried at Dallas
Funeral services were held in Dallas, July 25, for WILLIAM BEDFORD CARRUTHERS, former resident of Wirt and brother of Mrs. D. T. LEACH of Ardmore, formerly of Healdton. Mr. Carruthers, a World War I veteran, passed away at Legion, Texas, July 22, following an extended illness. He lived in the home of Mrs. Leach here when the Leach family lived here. The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars had charge. Surviving are his wife, a daughter, three sisters, Mrs. D. T. LEACH of Ardmore, Mrs. H. T. REED and Mrs. CARL REYNOLDS of Dallas, Texas.

Brother of Mrs. H. L. PITTS Killed in Action
Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Pitts received word Monday that her brother, Pharmacist’s Mate 1/c SAMUEL HODGES, 2nd Marine Division, was killed in action in the Southwest Pacific area recently. He was 26 years old and was from Petersburg, Texas. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. SAMUEL HODGES Sr. of Petersburg, Texas, received the message. He had been overseas since Aug. 29, 1942.

Mr. and Mrs. A. D. BROWN and son visited his mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. TUCKER at Ardmore.

Thursday, August 20, 1944

JOE CAMP Buried at Chickasha
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at Chickasha for JOE CAMPE, 45, member of the Camp family in northwest Carter County. He died Sunday in Chickasha where he lived for several years. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. BEULAH CAMP; a daughter Mrs. BOB SOUTHER of Greenville, Texas; two sisters Mrs. L. C. GIDDEN of Shawnee formerly of Healdton, Mrs. WILLIE RUSSELL of Ardmore; brothers DENNIS CAMP of Miami, Florida, HOMER CAMP of Countyline, ALVIN CAMP of Alma, and FRED CAMP of Seminole. Burial was at Chickasha.

Funeral services were held at the Freewill Baptist Church at Clemscot Sunday at 4 p.m. for Mrs. LENA WRIGHT, 46, wife of HOMER WRIGHT, of the Clemscot community, who died Saturday morning. Rev. G. W. HANKS, Freewill Baptist minister, conducted the services with burial at Mt. Olive cemetery. Survivors include her husband, three daughters Mrs. ROBERT LIVINGSTON of Wilmington, Calif., Mrs. GENEVA RANDOLPH of Healdton and KATHLEEN WRIGHT of the home; two sons, L. H. and MICKEY of the home; a number of brothers and sisters. She was preceded in death by a daughter DOLORES ANNE who died in 1939. She had been in ill health for years.

Thursday, August 31, 1944

Mrs. J. W. BALES Killed by Train
Mrs. J. W. BALES, long time resident of Healdton, was killed a grade crossing between Baxter Springs, Kansas and Joplin, Missouri, by a train as she and her daughter-in-law, Mrs. JACK BALES, were en route to Madison, Wisconsin to see JACK BALES. The nine months old baby of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Bales received a broken leg. Mrs. Jack Bales was not seriously injured. Funeral arrangements are pending here due to the arrival of children. The Christian Science service for Mrs. Bales will be held in the Collier Bros. chapel with Bettes Funeral Home in charge of burial arrangements. Mrs. MILDRED BABER of Ardmore will be Reader for the services. RUBY D. MONEYSMITH was born at Denison, Texas, Jan. 4, 1884, and died
Aug. 29, 1944, age 60. She married J. W. BALES at Ardmore, June 10, 1912. To this union were born eight children, seven surviving. She had resided in Healdton since 1917. She was a member of the Ardmore Christian Scientist Church. Surviving are her husband, J. W. Bales and children, Mrs. KATHERINE TOLER of Galveston, Texas, Mrs. TEXANNA PRITCHARD of San Diego, Calif., JACK BALES of Madison, Wis., ROBERT BALES of U. S. Naval Training Station at Grand Prairie, Texas, RUPERT BALES of U. S. Navy overseas, Miss ALLENE BALES of Washington, D. C., and Mrs. ELMER SADLER of Healdton; her mother Mrs. TEXANNA MONEYSMITH of Healdton and four grandchildren.

Funeral services are being held today at the Collier Bros. chapel for Mrs. ELINE CARNES, 54, long time resident of Healdton, who died at the home of her daughter Mrs. WEBB MORRIS, Tuesday, following an extended illness. TOM E. SMITH of Healdton will conduct the services with burial at Mt. Olive cemetery. Serving as pallbearers: J. C. HARRIS, HENRY HALL, JIM TEEL, FRANK TAYLOR, O. C. MATTHEWS, and Dr. T. J. WATKINS. Surviving are a number of children and other relatives.

Thursday, September 7, 1944

Sgt. JAMES K. THRONEBERRY Killed in Action
Sgt. JAMES KENNETH THRONEBERRY was killed in action July 11 somewhere in France where he had been since D-Day. He had been in the Army three years. He was born Oct. 29, 1918 near Childress, Texas and married Miss DOROTHY GUSTAFSON of Austin, Texas on Oct. 3, 1942. He is survived by his wife and five months old daughter whom he never saw; his parents Mr. and Mrs. E. T. THRONEBERRY of Fort Cobb; sisters ORA MAE and MARTHA LEE still at home, married sisters Mrs. VERNON KITCHENS of Sayre, Mrs. JOHN MINOR of Elida, New Mexico, Mrs. SIDNEY WYLIE of Healdton, and brother JAMES BRONSFORD THORNEBERRY somewhere in the Navy in SW Pacific. His wife and daughter live with her parents in Austin, Texas.

Mother of Mrs. GULLEDGE
Mrs. A. T. HANNAH of Chico, Texas died Friday night. Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church in Cisco, Sunday at 1 p.m. with burial at Cisco cemetery. Mrs. Hannah, age 80, was well known here, having visited here before Mr. and Mrs. H. C. GULLEDGE moved from Healdton. She was living within eight miles from her birthplace. Surviving are four children, Mrs. H. C. GULLEDGE of Oklahoma City, Mrs. RAY FLOYD of Chico, Texas, Miss EDITH HANNAH of San Marcos, Texas high school faculty, and OWEN HANNAH of Fort Worth, Texas and other relatives.

Thursday, September 14, 1944

Mrs. J. H. HUNT
Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in Healdton for Mrs. J. H. HUNT. The services were conducted by Rev. O. HAMBLEN of the church. Pallbearers were ANDY SHRADER, CHARLES SHRADER, EVERT BURRIS, REX PENDER, MARVIN GEAR and AARON DUNN. Burial was in Dixie cemetery. MARY LUE KOBB was born Feb. 16, 1871 at Aberdeen, Mississippi and departed this life Sept. 1, 1944 at her home near Healdton. She was 73 years old. She married JOHN HUNT Aug. 30, 1891. She was a loving Christian wife and mother. She is survived by her husband and five children, Mrs. M. L. UNDERWOOD of Clemscot, Mrs. H. H. WYLIE of Wilson, Mrs. VERNON SHRADER of Healdton, HERBERT HUNT of Graham, and ELZIE HUNT of Fillmore, Calif.; 24 grandchildren 10 great-grandchildren and several nephews and nieces and other relatives.

Somewhere in the Southwest Pacific, Pvt. ALBERT R. BORRON, with the Combat Engineers, has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal for heroic conduct during enemy shelling on Bougainville. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. R. BORROR live in Healdton.

Family Reunion
A reunion in the home of Mrs. LULA KIRKPATRICK occurred last week with all her children. Pvt. CALVIN KIRKPATRICK returned from overseas and were met by T/Sgt. J. W. KIRKPATRICK of Pampa Army Air Base, Texas; and sisters Mrs. LESTER ORME of Healdton, Mrs. LETCHER EDWARDS of Fort Worth, Texas, Mrs. HOBART HARTSILL of Ardmore, Mrs. GARTH W. MOORE of Fort Worth, and Mrs. RALPH CORDELL of Patton, Pennsylvania. T/4 GARTH MOORE, Sgt. RALPH CORDELL and 1st Lieut. HOBART HEARTSILL are with the U. S. Army in France. LETCHER EDWARDS is a veteran of World War II and now employed in defense work as is Mrs. Edwards and Mrs. Cordell.

Double Wedding
EDWIN BAILEY of Healdton and DOROTHY THOMASON of Duncan, RAYMOND BAILEY of Graham and Miss FRANKIE MAY MOORE of Healdton were united in marriage at the office of justice of the peace SAM SCHIFF Tuesday afternoon.

H. H. HITCHCOCK bought the building formerly known as Elmer’s Drive-in and moved it to lots formerly occupied by the Nazarene Church in the south part of town. It is being remodeled into a residence.

Mr. and Mrs. HENRY RIVAIST returned from Devine, Texas where they attended the funeral of a brother-in-law, SHORTY WELLS, former resident of Healdton. Mr. Walls had been in ill health for some time. The family resided here many years prior to moving to Texas.

Thursday, September 21, 1944

Brother of Herald Editor Buried
Funeral services were held at the Strode funeral home in Stillwater Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. for GEORGE B. GELDER of Oklahoma City, brother of JOHN F. GELDER, publisher of the Healdton Herald. He succumbed to a lingering illness of nine moths, four of which were spent in the Wesley Hospital at Oklahoma City. He passed away last Thursday morning. Rev. C. S. CLARK, retired Methodist minister of Nacoma Park, long time friend and former pastor of the Yale Methodist Church, where the deceased conducted the Yale Democrat for some time, conducted the services. Burial was in the Stillwater cemetery by the side of a daughter who preceded him in death. Mr. Gelder, 63, was make-up man for the Harlow Pub. Co. in Oklahoma City. Survivors include his wife of Oklahoma City, a son GEORGE B. GELDER in Dayton, Ohio, a sister Mrs. JAMES HUTSON of Ada and one brother JOHN F. GELDER of Healdton. Mr. and Mrs. John Gelder and Ruth attended the funeral and were joined at Oklahoma City by Mr. Gelder’s daughter Mrs. CHARLES M. CORKEN of Oklahoma City.

Father of Mrs. Sutherland Buried at Coalgate
Funeral services were held at the First Methodist Church in Coalgate Sunday for H. G. SMITH, 85, pioneer cattleman and rancher of Coal County, father of Mrs. A. J. SUTHERLAND of Healdton. Mr. Smith died at the family home Sept. 16y, from an injury received in a fall at his home. Mr. Smith was a long time member of the Methodist Church and well known in the county. Had he lived until Sept. 30, he and his wife would have celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. FLORENCE SMITH, a daughter Mrs. A. J. Sutherland of Healdton; sons SAM, J. B. and CODY of Coalgate and GILBERT of Oklahoma City…

Graham Man Buried at Milo
Funeral services were held Tuesday at Milo for RICHARD J. HITT, 26, son of Mr. and Mrs. JAMES L. HITT of Graham, who died at Albuquerque, N. M. of injuries received in a fall from a train a week ago. Rev. G. W. HANKS of Wilson conducted the services with interment at Milo cemetery. Hitt had been living in Albuquerque for a year and was employed as a signal man for the Santa Fe RR. He was born in Milo and lived in the Wheeler and Oil City communities most of his life. Surviving are a son, DONNIE GALE, of Healdton; his parents, a brother FRANK HITT of Graham, and his grandmother Mrs. FANNIE HANFORD of Cleveland, Okla.

Funeral services were held at the Pentecostal Holiness Church Monday for JOHN THOMAS BAKER, 88, who resided north of Healdton. Mr. Baker passed away at the family home Sunday, following a paralytic stroke suffered days before. Rev. LAMAR GOSNELL of the church conducted the services with burial in Rose Hill cemetery arranged by Collier Bros. Pallbearers: AARON DUNN, BEECHER SHRADER, BOB SHRADER, ARTHUR JOHNSON, and WYLIE DIXON. JOHN THOMAS BAKER was born June 15, 1856 and died Sept. 17, 1944 age 88. He was married July 15, 1886 and to this union were born nine children, six sons and three daughters: JIM and TOM of Dallas, Texas, ALBERT of Corsicana, Texas, VERNON and ROY of Healdton; WALTER deceased; Mr. J. H. THOMPSON of Tyler, Texas, Mrs. J. C. JOHNSON of Dallas, Mrs. A. C. BARRETT of Oklahoma City; 39 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren; his wife and other relatives. He professed faith in Christ over 30 years ago at Tyler, Texas.

Thursday, September 28, 1944

Plane Crash Victim Buried
Funeral services were held in County Line Tuesday for EUGENE NEVINS, U. S. Army Air Corps, who was killed in a plane crash last week in North Carolina. Rev. DON PETTIJOHN of Ardmore and Rev. DUKE of County Line conducted the services. Nevins was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. TOM NEVINS of the Camp community northwest of Fox. He is survived by four sisters, MARGIE,RUTH, DAISY and ROMA, a brother THOMAS with the Army Air Corps overseas, and another brother BRYCE who is missing in action over Germany.

Miss MARGARET HELEN DYER of Wheeler, Texas and ROYCE DENNIS of Shamrock, Texas, brother of Mrs. W. J. RODGERS of Healdton, were married Sept. 17 at the bride’s home at Wheeler, Texas. They are attending West Texas State Teachers College at Canyon, Texas. He is son of Mrs. NETTYE DENNIS of Shamrock and well known here. He served with the U. S. Army Air Force overseas and received an honorable discharge some months ago. The bride is county superintendent of school at Wheeler, Texas.

Bridal Shower
Mrs. MILO B. HOWENSTINE, formerly Miss BETTYE EVERSOLE of Graham, was honored with a bridal shower at the music room of the Graham school Tuesday.


Ex-Healdton Man Passes Away
HENRY J. ‘SHORTY’ WALLS, 54, died at his home in Devine, Texas, Aug. 27 after a long illness. Services were held at the Assembly of God Church Aug. 30, conducted by pastors Mrs. H. J. SCHLIESING and LILLIE WILLMAN. Mr. Walls was born in Heavener, Okla., Jan. 15, 1890 and, while a small boy, moved with this parents to Camden, Missouri where he lived until 1924. He then moved to Healdton where he took up oil field work until 1931 and worked for the town of Healdton. He moved to Devine, Texas in 1938 with his wife and four children. Mr. Walls married Miss MARY RIVAIST of Zebra, Missouri in 1912 and to this union were born nine children, two of whom preceded him in death. At Devine, Texas, he became a drayman, plumber and sexton of the Evergreen cemetery until his health failed. He is survived by his wife Mrs. H. J. Walls, seven children and eight grandchildren: ERNIE of San Antonio, J. C. of Devine; MARZELLA of Devine, Mr. G. B. ALMOND of Duncan, Mrs. J. L. BRYANT Jr. and Mrs. MARSHALL (PAULINE) BLACK of Rio Grande City, Texas, MABEL O. LEE (OLLIVENE) of San Antonio; four brothers, five sisters and a stepmother.

Thursday, October 5, 1944

Pfc. GARVIN C. EMBERLIN is at an air services command depot somewhere in England. He is assigned as an automotive repairman. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. JIM EMBERLIN of Healdton and was inducted into the Army in April 1942.

Italy: T/Sgt. CASE R. PETERSON, veteran turret gunner, of Healdton, was awarded the Third Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal. He enlisted Aug. 14, 1942.

Annulment filed: OPA COOK, by her father WILLIAM HIGNIGHT, vs. JACK COOK.

Killed in Action
Lt. WILLIAM BRYCE NIVENS, formerly of Alma, who was reported as missing in action over Hungary since July 30, was killed in action, confirmed. His wife resides in Dallas. His brother Flight Officer EUGENE NIVENS was killed in a plane crash in South Carolina recently and funeral services were held at County Line. Another brother is in the service. The boys are sons of the late Mr. and Mrs. TOM NEVINS northwest of Fox.

Here to visit with Mrs. STEDMAN STARRITT of Benton, Illinois, and Mr. and Mrs. CHARLES FLATT and son of Oran, Missouri, were Mrs. ERNEST WOOD and Mrs. RAYMOND LEWIS and children of Shawnee, Mrs. BERTHA CHAPMAN of Lawton, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. ALEXANDER of Ardmore and other relatives in Healdton. The visitors were entertained in the homes of Mr. and Mrs. W.A. REYNOLDS and Mr. and Mrs. BILL DOWNTAIN.

JAMES SMITH, in the armed forces, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. SMITH of Midland, Texas, formerly of Healdton, is receiving treatment in a hospital at San Francisco, Calif. He is a nephew of EARL TRAMMELL of Healdton.

Mrs. J. L. MENASCO and Mrs. N. G. HALL attended the funeral services of an infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. C. HALL at Hobart recently.

Mr. and Mrs. JACK RABIE visited a cousin Mrs. SIX and family at Maysville, Sunday. Mrs. Six’s son, 1st Lieut. JOHN H. SIX, 25, was killed in a plane crash in China, Sept. 16 in the line of duty.

Mrs. LILLIAN MEADORS of Bakersfield, California, is a guest of her grandmother Mrs. FLORENCE CORCORRAN.

FRANK RAHHAL returned from Wichita, Kansas where he attended the funeral of W. M. JABARA. He was accompanied home by Mrs. ED SIMONS and daughters of Oklahoma City, who lived in Healdton years ago.

Pfc. LONNIE E. ALTON Killed in Action
An additional Gold Star was added to Healdton’s Honor Roll, Wednesday when it became known that Pfc. LONNE E. ALTOM, U. S. Marine Corps, was killed in action. No details given. He was a son of Mrs. ETHEL ALTOM of Healdton, formerly lived in the Fox community where he attended school. He was the youngest son of Mrs. Altom, who is in serious condition following word of her son’s death. He was a member of East Healdton Church of Christ. He, born in Sabine County, Texas, is survived by his mother; sisters Mrs. BOB LINDSEY and Mrs. W. M. BASS of Healdton; and brothers SHERMAN and OSCAR ALTOM of Healdton and T/4 M. J. ALTOM, U. S. Army, Pasadena, California, convalescing from a broken leg in a hospital there.

Pfc. THEO HOWARD of Camp Gruber, Okla., was here on furlough. While he was here, a brother Pfc. DALE HOWARD of Fort Meyers, Florida, and another brother, LEE M. HOWARD, employed at Oklahoma City Air Depot, visited their parents Mr. and Mrs. T. T. HOWARD at Wirt.

Thursday, October 12, 1944

Sgt. R. J. PATRICK, home after 26 months of service overseas in the Pacific, visited his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. H. L. PATRICK. Sgt. Patrick’s home is at Muenster, Texas. He is in the U. S. Marine Corps.

Mr. and Mrs. RUBE EMBERLIN announce the birth of a daughter, MARTHA JO, weight 9 ½ pounds, Oct. 8.

Cpl. JOE WIGGINS, U. S. Marine Corps, is stationed in the Pacific. His wife lives with his parents. This is his second overseas service.

Thursday, November 2, 1944

Memorial Service for T/Sgt. RALPH C. SMITH
Memorial services will be held at the Freewill Baptist Church at Clemscot Sunday, Nov. 5, for T/Sgt. Ralph C. Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. N. R. SMITH of Fox. His wife resides in Duncan. Rev. J. O. HUDSON of the church and Rev. CARLTON of the First Baptist Church at Duncan will conduct the memorial service. T/Sgt. Smith, 21, a radioman on a Flying Fortress based in England, was killed in action Aug. 5 in the European Theater. He had been in service 32 months and participated in 100 mission. He was a graduate of Fox high school. Surviving are his wife and baby daughter of Duncan, his parents Mr. and Mrs. N. R. Smith of Fox, brothers Sgt. WILLIAM F. SMITH in France, and N. R. SMITH Jr. of Fox; and sister Mrs. MARGARET BUSSING of Alpine, Texas.

Funeral services were held at the Keller cemetery Saturday afternoon for C. D. ‘BUD’ KNUTSON, pioneer of western Carter County, and father of Mrs. G. D. BYRD of Wirt, Mrs. WILLIAM PIERCE of Graham, Mrs. IVA FINLEY of Gladewater, Texas, and VIRGIL KNUTSON of Graham. Mr. Knutson had been in declining health for some years and passed away Friday at the home of Mars. Pierce at Graham. TOM E. SMITH of the Church of Christ, conducted the services arranged by Bettes funeral home. Mr. Knutson was a long time member of the Church of Christ and an uncle of Mrs. BILL RATLIFF of Healdton.,

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