The Healdton Herald
Healdton, Carter Co., Oklahoma
Thursday, April 2, 1959
O. L. KECK
Funeral rites were held today in the new Wirt Baptist Church for O. L. KECK, age 84, pioneer resident of the Wirt community, who died in an Ardmore hospital early Tuesday morning following a short illness. Death followed a stroke he suffered recently. Rev. M. D. BURK of the church conduced the services, assisted by Rev. JOE WIGGINS. Burial was in the Nocona, Texas, cemetery, directed by Collier Bros. Pallbearers: SI BUTLER, DEBS PATTERSON, CHARLIE WILKINS, C. M. RIDDLE, ODIE DUKE and ROY WITHERS. Keck was born in Montague County, Texas, April 8, 1874. He made the run in Oklahoma in 1889. He married MOLLIE GRAVES in 1899 then moved back to Texas, returning later to western Carter county where he settled in 1911. He drove cattle over the Chisholm Trail and was a former member of the Odd Fellows. He was a member of the Wirt Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife MOLLIE of the home; five sons, TINKER and BONNIE of Wirt, DEWEY of Temple, J. P. of Healdton, and J. C. of Tussy; one daughter Mrs. FRED BURNEY (CORDIE) of Wayne City, Illinois; nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. BESS CAIN in California, Mrs. PEARL HANCOCK and Mrs. VI HENSON, both of Nocona, Texas.
Brother of Mrs. Hess Claimed by Death
Funeral services were held Tuesday in the Belleville Methodist Church at Courtney for LEONARD A. MCDANIEL, age 65, retired Jefferson County farmer and brother of Mrs. BILL HESS of Healdton. He died Sunday in Ardmore hospital and had lived in Ardmore the past 25 years. Burial was in the Petersburg cemetery arranged by Harvey Bros. Officiating ministers were Rev. CLEVE GAY and Rev. LOGAN CORNEILIUS. Mr. McDaniel, a native of Texas, was born Aug. 17, 1893 at Bonita. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. NORMAN LEWIS of Davis, two sisters, Mrs. V. A. THOMAS of Eunice, New Mexico, and Mrs. W. H. HESS of Healdton; one brother, T. C. MCDANIEL of Courtney and two grandsons.
Five Generations Attended Church
Present at church services Sunday in the Pentecostal Holiness Church were five generations of the STEPHENS family: Mrs. EMMA STEPHENS, Mrs. ALLIE PRATER of Healdton, Mrs. OLLIE COLE of Kilgore, Texas, and Mrs. BETTY BEARDEN of Wilson with her baby daughter KALA. The Stephens family is one of Healdton’s pioneer families.
Mr. and Mrs. Carrel Baker Claimed by Death in Texas
Double funeral rites were held Tuesday in the First Baptist Church in Holliday, Texas, for Mr. and Mrs. CARREL BAKER, father and stepmother of KOMUS BAKER, local business man. Carrel Baker was also a brother of H. L. BAKER of the Fox Rig Co. here. Burial of Mr. and Mrs. Baker were near Bowie, Texas where members of the families here and Wirt attended the services. Mr. Baker died following a two week illness on Sunday morning and his wife died from a heart attack Monday as preparations were being made for her husband’s funeral. Baker, age 64, was a former long time resident of Healdton and Wirt and was a member of the Baptist Church and Masonic lodge. He was an employee of Jake L. Hamon Oil Co. Mrs. Baker was also a member of the Baptist Church at Holliday, Texas. She and Mr. Baker were married about ten years ago. Mr. Baker’s survivors include two sons, KOMUS BAKER of Healdton and C. J. BAKER Jr. of Madill; one daughter, Mrs. REBA PALLET of Holliday, Texas; four brothers, H. L. BAKER of 1 South Ruth in Healdton; JEFF BAKER of Fox, T. B. BAKER of Gainesville, Texas; and ARLIN MIDDLETON of Pasadena, Texas, who is a half brother; three sisters, Mrs. PEARL WITHERS of Wirt, Mrs. ELLEN SIZEMORE, the McMan postmaster, and Mrs. ZETTA FAYE CAMPBELL of Tulsa and seven grandchildren. Mrs. Baker is survived by three daughters, two sons, two stepsons and one stepdaughter, and some grandchildren and step-grandchildren.
Reception to Honor STEADMAN STARRITTS
Mr. and Mrs. GEORGE STARRITT of New Orleans, Louisiana, and Mrs. LOUISE TACKER of Chandler will entertain with a reception and open house in the Fellowship Hall of the First Christian Church here Saturday April 11, to honor their parents Mr. and Mrs. STEADMAN STARRITT for their golden wedding anniversary. They were married at Marietta. Mrs. Starritt is a member of a pioneer WOOD family.
Thursday, April 9, 1959
Father of Local Woman Died at Shawnee
G. G. WRAY, father of Mrs. JOE WILLOUGHLY, died at Shawnee. Funeral services will be Friday in the Gaskill funeral chapel in Shawnee. Wray, a retired farmer, was born in Ozark, Arkansas and moved to Shawnee from Ardmore in 1940. Survivors are his wife PEARL MAY of the home in Shawnee; a daughter Mrs. JOE WILLOUGHLY of Healdton; two sons including LEONARD WRAY of Shawnee, a brother, two sisters, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Son of Mrs. Ella Benson Killed
B. Q. BENSON, 39, of Wharton, Texas, was killed in a fall while working on equipment at the Skelly Oil Co. refinery at El Dorado, Texas. He fell 40 feet and was killed instantly. He is the son of Mrs. ELLA BENSON. Funeral rites were held Sunday afternoon at Madill with burial there by the side of his father. Rev. LOUIS HENDRICKS of the Healdton Bethel Baptist Church conducted the service. B. Q. and his mother attended church services the previous Sunday in the Bethel Baptist Church while he was visiting his mother. B. Q. was a member of the Baptist Church and a member of the Pipefitters and Welders Union No. 195 at Beaumont, Texas. He was reared in Healdton and attended school here. He was engaged in construction work at the time of his death. Surviving are his wife FAYE of Wharton, Texas, one son JAMES, a daughter SHARON, his mother Mrs. ELLA BENSON of 522 Gulf in Healdton; four sisters, Mrs. GERTHA COPELAND of Beaumont, Texas; Mrs. AVA PETERSON and Mrs. MARGIE KOONCE of Orange, Texas; Mrs. ELSIE CUVELIER of Texas City, Texas; and two brothers, LLOYD BENSON of Oklahoma City and REXEL BENSON of Beaumont, Texas.
Committal services were held in Mt. Olive cemetery Saturday for CHARLES H. FLETCHER, of Oklahoma City, brother of R. S. FLETCHER of Odessa, Texas. Bettes funeral home was in charge. Details are not available.
LARRY L. FISHER
LARRY L. FISHER, age 23, of Oklahoma City, who was only a week previously married to Miss STEVE ANNA MCCLANAHAN of Healdton, died unexpectedly from a heart ailment Saturday night before he reached the hospital. He had no previous heart condition. Funeral rites were held Tuesday in Street & Draper funeral chapel in Oklahoma City, conducted by Rev. JOHN C. BLACK, Jr., pastor of the Healdton First Christian Church, who had only a week before united him and his wife in marriage here in the First Methodist Church at Taloga, Okla., where his mother had died from a heart attack two years ago is buried. … Larry was born in Oklahoma City Aug. 16, 1935, and was reared there. He was in service for some years and was a member of the First Christian Church. He was a junior at Central State College at Edmond at time of his death. Surviving are his wife STEVE ANNA of Oklahoma City, his father LYNN E. FISHER of Oklahoma City, and other relatives.
Claimed by Death
Services for TOM STEWART, age 72, retired farmer and long time resident of this community, who died Tuesday night in Memorial hospital at Ardmore, where he had been receiving treatment for a heart ailment, will be held Friday in the Shell St. Church of Christ, with the minister, ROY HANNAH, officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park at Ardmore directed by Collier Bros. Friends from the church will be pallbearers. THOMAS STANTON STEWART was born Jan. 16, 1887 at Lamar, Arkansas, and married Miss CARRIE JUSTICE at Rexroat Oct. 10, 1910. He was engaged in farming many years…Surviving are his wife, Carrie, of the home, Healdton, Loco Route; six sons, HARLEY, HOWARD, CLARENCE, JOE and SHELTON of Healdton, OTTIS of Wilson; 18 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; one brother DAVE STEWART of Healdton; four sisters, Mrs. JIM EMBERLING and Mrs. WILEY BROWN both of Healdton, Mrs. ALLIE PAGE of Richmond, California and Mrs. ORA FANNING of Durant.
May 7, 1959
Former Pernell Woman Claimed by Death
Funeral services for Mrs. VIOLA BLEVINS, age 64, of Davis, mother of Mrs. CURTIS YBLOOD of Velma, formerly of Healdton; were held Friday in the Stufflebean funeral chapel in Pauls Valley. Mrs. Blevins was a member of the First Baptist Church at Davis and resided in Pernell for 27 years prior to the death of her husband, the late MILE BLEVINS. She had lived in Davis the past year. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. MAMIE SIEGENTHALER of Lawton, Mrs. MARIE TANNER of Oklahoma City and Mrs. CURTIS YBLOOD of Velma; three sons including J. W. of Oklahoma City and Miles Jr. of Sulphur; her mother; four sisters including Mrs. EVA MCKEE of Beaver; three brothers and six grandchildren.
May 28, 1959
Velma Woman Killed
A Velma-Alma café operator, Mrs. BEATRICE MCCOLLUM, age 43, operator of Harry’s Café in Velma, died Tuesday and her sixteen month old son, whom she was driving to a hospital at Gainesville, Texas, was injured when their car overturned on State Hwy 76 across from the Fox school. The baby, JERRY DON, is receiving treatment at Memorial hospital in Ardmore. His condition is reported as good. The accident occurred when Mrs. McCollum, who was driving south, passed two autos in front of Fox school. As she turned back into her lane, the vehicle struck a wet spot, sending the car out of control and somersaulting one time, resting on its wheels. It was about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Funeral services are being held for Mrs. McCollum today at the Velma Church of Christ, arranged by Bettes of Healdton. She was born at Marietta, April 24, 1916, and married HARRY MCCOLLUM at County Line in 1950 and had lived at Velma since that time. Survivors include her husband, HARDY /HARRY MCCOLLUM of Velma; two sons, ELMER GOLDSMITH of Colorado City, Texas, and JERRY DON of the home; her parents Mr. and Mrs. T. C. MARTINDALE of Marietta; two sisters, Mrs. DORA CLEVENGER of Wichita, Kansas, and Mrs. LAVELL GWINN of Marietta; brothers, CALVIN of Amarillo, Texas, and CLINT of Gainesville, Texas, and one grandchild. Her husband operates a magneto shop at Lindsay.
Western Carter County residents experienced a hectic evening Tuesday when a tornado ripped through Graham and Clemscot communities and injured eight people.
BONNIE KECK, lease operator for Shell Oil Co. in the Healdton Field, was awarded a gold Shell service emblem with two diamonds for 30 years employment with the company. He started May 27, 1929 as a roustabout at Wirt, worked as a tractor driver, cable tool dresser, and oil pumper. On Oct. 15, 1929, he married the former OPAL MCCULLY of Hobart and the couple has two children, BOB KECK of Fort Worth, and PEGGY DELORES KECK of Duncan. The Kecks reside at Wirt and are members of the First Baptist Church in Healdton….He is widely known as ‘Bonnie’ and is a nephew of the owner of the I. KECK Lease, one of the first properties developed about 45 years.
Mrs. CHARLES H. MITCHELL
Funeral services were held Monday at the Wirt Baptist Church for Mrs. MYRTLE MAY MITCHELL, age 82, pioneer resident of the Wirt community, who died in an Ardmore hospital after an illness of several days. Rev. M. D. BURK of the church conducted services with special songs furnished by the church choir. Burial in Mt. Olive cemetery directed by Bettes funeral home of Healdton. Mrs. Myrtle May Mitchell was born Aug. 9, 1876 at Springfield, Missouri. She married CHARLES H. MITCHELL at Shaw, Kansas, and lived in the Wirt community 40 years. She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are her husband Charles H. Mitchell, retired oil company at Wirt; two daughters, Mrs. DORA WISDOM of Hemet, California, and Mrs. CORA MCKELVRY of Earlton, Kansas; two sons, JOHN S. of Atlanta, Kansas and JAMES E. of Wichita Falls; four sisters and one brothers. She was preceded in death by a son, CHARLES WILLIAM MITCHELL.
Pioneer Area Man on Birthday
Honoring TOM TODD of 412 Shell, genial custodian of the First Baptist Church, for his 73rd birthday, a family reunion and birthday dinner were held Tuesday in the home. Present were a daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. GENE WATSON and son TOMMY GENE who is a ministerial student at Oklahoma Baptist University; another daughter Mrs. JEANNETTE POLLOCK and daughter BARBARA KAY of Oklahoma City, and a brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. RALPH PILCHER of Healdton. The Todd family is a pioneer family of southern Oklahoma and operated a café in Wilson for many years before moving here.
Aunt of Mrs. Jessie Rawls Died
Mrs. JESSIE RAWLS attended the funeral and burial recently at Collinsville, Texas of her aunt, Mrs. R. O. DIRCKISON, age 93, pioneer resident of that area. She was a long time member of the Church of Christ and had resided in Collinsville area for 71 years. She was preceded in death by her husband who was a leader in the Church of Christ for 40 years. Surviving are one daughter and one grandson.
Miss JEAN MCWRIGHT became the bride of JAMES E. AMERSON on May 8 in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. M. MCWRIGHT of 1328 Terrace at Pampa, Texas. Mr. Amerson is the son of Mrs. LOLA AMERSON of Healdton.
Mrs. ANNIE WISE visited relatives at Davis.
Mrs. FERNE POLACEK of Big Spring, Texas, Mrs. CARRIE WALKER of Farmington, New Mexico, and Mrs. GEORGE BATEMAN of Ringling were guests of the home of Mrs. VERA JACKSON and family. They attended the baccalaureate sermon here Sunday night in which MIKE JACKSON was a member of the graduating class.
Mr. and Mrs. MELVIN GORDON of Pasadena, California, Mr. and Mrs. DONALD SEARS of Bonham, Texas, and Rev. and Mrs. LOUIS D. HENDRICKS and children of Fort Worth, Texas, enjoyed a visit with their parents, Rev. and Mrs. LOUIS HENDRICKS.
June 4, 1959
C. J. KNIGHT
Funeral services were held in the Church of Christ at Ardmore Tuesday for C. J. KNIGHT, age 82, former long time resident of the Graham community, who died Monday following a short illness. He received treatment in the Memorial hospital at Ardmore. Evangelist RONNIE WADE of Fort Worth conducted the service with burial in the Graham cemetery directed by Bettes funeral home. CORNEILIUS J. ‘NEELY’ KNIGHT was a retired carpenter. He was born in Upshur County, Texas, and moved to Ardmore from Graham in 1954. He was a member and leader in the Church of Christ. Surviving are his wife MAMIE of the home in Ardmore; three sons, EARL of Fort Worth, CHARLES of Noble and BERNICE of Ardmore; ten grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers: A. J. JONES, GLENN ELMORE, JOE ELMORE, J. E. FRY, V. K. KEETON and WOOD MORRIS.
Kin of Local Man Died at Wanette
Funeral services will be held Friday at Wanette for Mrs. ALICE REYNOLDS, age 75, a sister-in-law of W. M. JACKSON of Healdton. Burial will be at Wanette and Mr. Jackson will attend the service. Mrs. Reynolds, who died Tuesday of a heart attack, was a sister of the late Mrs. W. M. Jackson. She was a pioneer resident of Wanette community, residing there since 1900. She was a member of the Methodist Church. Surviving are three daughters, one son, some grandchildren and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband.
Mr. and Mrs. IRVIN SPITLER of Phoenix, Arizona, will attend the alumni banquet here Saturday night. She is the former NELL RAE PICKENS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. DEWEY PICKENS.
Mother of Mrs. Varner Claimed by Death
Mrs. ALICE CHILCOAT, age 84, mother of Mrs. R. B. VARNER of Healdton, died Saturday in an Ardmore hospital after a short illness. Harvey funeral home of Ardmore had charge with burial in the Bilby cemetery. Mrs. Chilcoat moved to Healdton from Holdenville in 1948. She was born July 28, 1874, in Alabama and was a member of the Baptist Church. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. D. C. BALLARD of Corpus Christi, Texas; Mrs. C. R. STAFFORD of Wewoka; Mrs. ROBERT COLLINS of Oxnard, California; and Mrs. R. B. VARNER of Healdton; one son JAMES WILLIAM; 12 grandchildren, and some great-grandchildren.
Guests of Mrs. R. A. THOMPSON during the weekend were her son HASKELL and family of Ardmore, her granddaughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. VERNON CAMP and children of Pampa, Texas. Mrs. LILLIE IMEL of Skellytown, Texas, is expected this week to visit Mrs. Thompson.
Mr. and Mrs. IRA KENNEDY of Bartlesville visited his sister Mrs. NEVA LEE this week, en route to Durant where he will visit another sister and family, Mrs. J. A. MCVEAN and sons; DAVID LEE of Odessa, Texas will arrive here to visit Mrs. Lee.
EARL REED continues to receive treatment in the Osteopathic hospital in Ardmore where he underwent an appendicitis operation. Mrs. Reed’s sister, Mrs. STELLA AYERS of Duncan visited the Reed home.
Mr. and Mrs. FRANK FARRAR , Mr. and Mrs. HENRY HORN of Tulsa, and Mr. and Mrs. DUTCH RUSHING of Ardmore visited the FRANK GAHAGAN home.
Funeral for Fox Community Resident
Funeral services will be held today in the Fox Pentecostal Holiness Church for Mrs. WILLIE JEWEL HAMILTON, member of a pioneer western Carter County family, the W. B. BRISCOE family, She died Wednesday morning in an Ardmore hospital after an extended illness. Conducting the service will be Rev. JAMES MCALISTER of Oklahoma City, assisted by Rev. BOYD TUCKER of Pruitt City. Burial in Graham cemetery directed by Bettes funeral home of Healdton. Pallbearers: ROY NORMAN, DEAN BYFORD, IVAN EZELL, ELMER BLEVINS, OSCAR HAYWARD, and KENNETH STEPHENS. She attended the Pentecostal Holiness Church. Surviving are her husband, J. D. HAMILTON; one daughter Mrs. JESSE JACKSON, her mother Mrs. W. P. BRISCOE, all of Fox; three sisters, Mrs. A. C. RIDLEY of Midland, Texas, Mrs. N. O. BLESSINGER of San Diego, California, and Mrs. BILL CABLE of Oklahoma City; six brothers, VIRG, BOB, and DEWEY BRISCOE of Fox, BUD BRISCOE of Oklahoma City, COLEY REYNOLDS of Austin, Texas, and MARVIN REYNOLDS of Odessa, Texas.
Father of WAYNE DEDOUGH Died
CARL DEGOUGHT, the father of evangelist WAYNE DEGOUGH of the Church of Christ died in Bakersfield, California. Mr. and Mrs. Wayne De Gough arrived at the home of his wife’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. D. BYRD at Wirt, when he received word of his father’s death. He and his family returned to Bakersfield for the funeral service Tuesday with burial at Bakersfield. Mr. De Gough had suffered a stroke some time ago but had improved until he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage which took his life. He and his wife visited here each summer. He was a member and a leader of the Church of Christ and was employed as school custodian until he became ill. He is survived by his wife LESLIE of the home in Bakersfield, three sons, WAYNE, RICHARD, and EVERETT of Bakersfield, a daughter GAIL, his mother, three brothers, two sisters and some grandchildren.
June 11, 1959
Former City Resident Died
Mr. and Mrs. HURCHEL STEPHENS, Mr. and Mrs. A. MAXWELL, and Mrs. JAY PARK attended the funeral Monday at the Capitol Hill funeral home in Oklahoma City of Stephen’s brother-in-law, E. L. ‘LOG’ WATKINS, age 72, retired guard from the Granite reformatory, who died at his home in Oklahoma City following an extended illness. Burial was in Rest Haven cemetery. He was visited frequently during his seven months illness by Mr. and Mrs. Stephens. He was a member of the Baptist Church and at one time a member of the Masonic lodge, and had resided in Oklahoma City a year. He resided in Healdton several years ago, employed in oil field work. Surviving are his wife BESSIE of the home in Oklahoma City, one daughter Mrs. DOROTHY COSTELOW of Oklahoma City, six grandchildren, two brothers and one sister.
BILL and HUGHIE STEPHENS of Corpus Christi, Texas, TOM STEPHENS of Edinburg, Texas, and CECIL STEPHENS of Mission, Texas, were dinner guests of Bill Stephens’ parents Mr. and Mrs. HURCHEL STEPHENS, en route home from the funeral of E. L. WATKINS of Oklahoma City. Mr. Watkins was an uncle of Bill Stephens and a brother-in-law of the other named men.
Mr. and Mrs. W. A. REYNOLDS of Comanche visited his mother Mrs. NORA REYNOLDS, during the weekend, en route to Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico and California including Disneyland. They attended the alumni banquet here.
June 18, 1959
Pioneer Fox Man Killed
Funeral services were held Wednesday in the Fox Pentecostal Holiness Church for SAMMIE RICHARDSON ALLEN, age 46, of Fox, who was killed Sunday afternoon when his car hit an abutment on the creek bridge near Fox. The car overturned and landed in a creek. Allen was thought to have died from drowning. Rev. LANNOUS BALDWIN of the church conducted the service, assisted by Rev. TUCKER of the Pruitt City Assembly of God Church…. Burial was in the Graham cemetery directed by Collier Bros. Pallbearers: TOMMY HENDERSON, ALBERT ALLEN, JOE BEARD, JACK CARROLL, JESSE DAN JACKSON and SONNY HARRIS. SAMMIE ALLEN was born Aug. 7, 1913 at Seymour, Texas, and moved to Fox form Empire City 30 years ago. He was employed as a driller for the Falcon Seaboard Oil Co. and had previously worked for the Triple D Drilling Co. for 12 years. His wife is the former CORINE WOOD. Surviving are his wife CORINE of the home at Fox; his father W. B. ALLEN of San Pablo, California who attended the funeral; two brothers WILLIE of Oklahoma City and FRED of San Pablo, California; a sister, Mrs. L. V. WOOD of Ringling; two half-brothers, WALTER and WAYNE of San Pablo, California; and a half-sister, KAYDEAN ALLEN of San Pablo.
E. T. MOOSE
EDGAR TERRELL MOOSE, born Jan. 20/29, 1891 at Barnsville, North Carolina, died of a sudden heart attack June 12, 1959 at age of 68 years, at his home 411 W. Texas in Healdton. He spent his boyhood and young manhood in Arkansas and came to this community in 1931. At age of 16 Moose united with the Baptist Church and later joined the Methodist Church with his wife. He served as president of the Men’s Bible class at the local Methodist Church. He was a veteran of World War I and a member of the Charles Mix Post No. 293 of the American Legion. He retired from Shell Oil Co. in 1951 after 22 years of service. His retirement was due to ill health from a bad heart condition. While living in the Fox community, he served as a member of the Fox school board for nine years. Survivors are his wife JESSIE of the home, a son Capt. TERRELL MOOSE of Huntington, N. Y., two grandchildren, one brother Paul of Los Angeles, Calif., two sisters Miss ALMA MOOSE of St. Louis, Mo., and Mrs. GEORGIA RODDA of Brazoria, Texas. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. A. K. FLEMING Tuesday in the Healdton Methodist Church and interment was in Hillcrest Memorial Park at Ardmore, directed by Collier Bros. Pallbearers were members of his Sunday School class and employees of Shell Oil Co…
Died in Denver
Funeral services and burial were held today in Albuquerque, New Mexico for EUGENE VICTOR RICE, who died Monday in a Denver, Colorado, hospital. He was a building contractor, a son of Mr. and Mrs. B. RICE of
Ardmore, and was born at Healdton. He is survived by his wife CARINA and four children; five sisters, Mrs. EDITH FOGELSTRON of Moore, Mrs. CARRIE HOLDER of Elmore City, Mrs. OMA LOMAS of Pampa, Texas; Mrs. LENA RICE SUTTLES of Stockton, Calif., and Mrs. RUTH RICE WRIGHT of Midland, Texas, and a brother EARL RICE of Midland, Texas.
Mrs. BILL MILLER of Midwest City and her son PFC MAX MILLER of Fort Sill are visiting her parents Mr. and Mrs. JIM HORN.
Sister of Mrs. Murphy
Mrs. MARTHA RAY HIGHTOWER, age 39, sister of Mrs. JOE MURPHY, died Saturday following an extended illness. Funeral services were held at the Bettes funeral home chapel in Ardmore Monday with burial in Rose Hill cemetery. Pallbearers: JIM BRUCE, PAUL SPERRY, ALBERT EVANS, CHARLES ALEXANDER, BILL LASITER and OTEY JOHNSON. Mrs. Hightower was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Ardmore and Dr. JAMES H. WILLIAMS conducted the funeral services. She was born in Ardmore and lived most of her life there. She was a member of pioneer Ardmore family. Surviving are two sons, JOHN WILLIAMS and ROBERT MAVEY, her mother Mrs. FAY HAMILTON SHORES; sister Mrs. J. F. MURPHY of Healdton; brothers, Maj. Gen. V. R. SHORES of Stewart Air Force Base in Newburgh, N. Y., and E. H. of Amarillo, Texas.
C. C. IRWIN and OTT DEES of Tishomingo attended the funeral here Tuesday of their former co-worker, E. T. MOOSE.
June 25, 1959
Oilfield Worked Slain at Loco
Eight shots fired at point blank range Wednesday afternoon took the life of oilfield worker, BOBBY J. HALL, age 54, of Loco, while he was playing dominoes in front of a Loco service station. He was dead on arrival at a Wichita Falls hospital. Sheriff ELDON HEAD of Duncan is holding ALBERT CARTER of Loco in connection with the shooting. LEE WILLIAMS, a deputy sheriff, said some of the seven watchers and participants in the domino game were questioned. Hall was taken to a Comanche hospital by witnesses then transferred to Wichita Falls, Texas. Hall’s body is at the Phillip-Elsie funeral home at Comanche. He is survived by his wife and two sons, GEORGE ALFORD and LARRY DEAN. Carter, who lives north of Loco, is an oilfield pumper. Motive has not been determined.
A Gene Autry / Berwyn man rode to victory Monday night on the CBS television game show, ‘Name That Tune.’ BOB TELFORD and his partner named all seven songs submitted by home viewers and won the right to return on the program next Monday evening to try for the first round in the program’s $25,000 Golden Medley Marathon. Telford, son of Mrs. PATSY TELFORD, postmaster at Gene Autry, is a graduate of O.S.U. and currently stationed with the Army in New Jersey.
Wilson Couple Golden Wedding Anniversary
A golden wedding anniversary is being celebrated Sunday, July 5, by a couple long residing in this area, Mr. and Mrs. R. R. GANDY. A reception and open house given by their children will be in the family home, 619 West Main in Wilson, Sunday 2 to 5 p.m. Mr. and Mrs. Gandy have been residents of their Wilson home for the past 41 years, having moved there in 1918 from a farm they were homesteading at House, New Mexico. Previously they resided at Altus for some years after their marriage in 1909 at the bride’s family home in Emma, Texas. Upon moving to Wilson, Mr. Gandy worked for a short time at a refinery and a garage business where he chanced to obtain his first truck and choose a lifetime line of work. He has years of experience in trucking business moving household furniture for families in and out of Carter county, still continues age of 75. Mrs. Gandy helps her husband in his work by officiating at home and is active in the Church of Christ of which they are both members. They have three children, Mrs. CLYDE C. CORNER of Hobart, HERBERT GANDY of Bartlesville and LEWIS GANDY of Oklahoma City; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Double ring wedding vows were solemnized June 5 for Miss ETOY VERNELL HANCE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. EARL HANCE of Healdton, and TED R. PALMER, son of Mrs. CARL SHEPARD of Indio, California. The ceremony was conducted at the Assembly of God Church at Healdton by Rev. D. J. MCHENRY of Broken Arrow. Miss MARGARET JENKS of Hobbs, N. M., presented wedding music, accompanied Miss MAJEL MICHAEL of Hobbs who sang. … Mrs. NAOMI BRADY of Healdton was her sister’s matron of honor. Bridesmaids: Miss CHRISTINE ELMORE of Healdton, Miss CAROL BEARDEN of Fort Worth, Mrs. KAY LU O’DONNELLY of Stillwater and Miss SUE BYRD of Duncan. Candle lighters: SANDRA and MARCIA BURKETT, nieces of the bride; flower girl: VICKY HOLMES, cousin of the bride. CHARLES JOHNSON of El Paso, Texas as best man; ushers: BOB SHEPARD of Indio, Calif. And BILL BRADY of Healdton.
Mrs. DON BURLEY of St. Joe, Missouri, is visiting the home of her sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. BILL K. WILSON.
Filed: GEORGE L. DAVIDSON vs. HAZEL M. DAVIDSON, divorce.
Kin of Graham Folk Died
Funeral services were held Monday in the Bettes funeral chapel for Mrs. LORADA HENRY, age 52, teacher, who died in an hospital at Oklahoma City. She was a sister of J. L. JONES and Mrs. EARSIE TICKNOR of Graham. She had been ill four months. A resident of this area for 17 years, she was born at Pernell and was a member of the K St. Baptist Church at Ardmore. Surviving are her husband, ARLIE G. HENRY of Mt. Washington Rd., Ardmore; one son ARLIE Jr.; her mother, Mrs. ALICE JONES of the home; a brother J. L. JONES of Graham; sisters Mrs. EARSIE TICKNOR of Graham, Mrs. HAZEL MCKINNEY and Mrs. BESSIE CHILDRESS both of Ardmore. Burial was at Rose Hill cemetery at Ardmore.
Enjoying a happy Father’s Day reunion in the home of their father, W. M. JACKSON, were members of his family: Mr. and Mrs. LUE JACKSON and family of Worland, Wyoming; Mr. and Mrs. GLEN WAYMON and family of Premont, Texas; Mrs. VIRGIL MCCLANAHAN and children of Patterson, Louisiana; Mr. and Mrs. GUILFORD ‘PINTO’ JACKSON of Norfolk, Va., Mr. and Mrs. GLENN N. JACKSON and children, Mr. and Mrs. DONNIE RAY JACKSON and baby daughter of Dallas, Texas. G. W. JACKSON was not able to attend but called his father on Father’s Day.
Mr. and Mrs. A. L. WEATHERFORD are the new operators of the Oil Field Café on West Main St., formerly operated by Mr. and Mrs. BILL NORDMAN. They will continue to serve plate lunches, short orders and home-baked pies.
J. F. FINNICUM
Funeral services were held Monday in the Collier funeral home for JAY FRED FINNICUM, age 89, pioneer area retired farmer, who died early Saturday in a nursing home. Rev. A. K. FLEMING of the Healdton Methodist Church conducted the service. Burial was in Mt. Olive cemetery. He was born near Webb City, Missouri, April 18, 1870 and died June 20, 1959, age 89 years. He married IMOGENE RICKETTS, Dec. 26, 1900 at Ardmore, I. T. Surviving are a son LEE of the home, three daughters, Mrs. WILLIAM SHAFER of Anderson, Indiana, Miss MAE FINNICUM also of Anderson, Ind., and Mrs. LOLA SMITH of Houston, Texas, three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral of Mrs. C. P. Brooks
Mrs. C. P. BROOKS, age 68, died unexpectedly Monday night in an Ardmore hospital after an operation performed Sunday in the hospital. Mr. Brooks is a senior member of the Brooks Construction Co. Funeral services were held Wednesday in the Bethel Baptist Church, conducted by rev. FRANK D. SEARS of the First Baptist church. Burial in Mt. Olive cemetery directed by Collier Bros. Pallbearers: JEERY MORRISON, I. D. COPENHAVER, DAN BOONE, R. B. BEALL, BOB HILTON, deputy sheriff SKEET LEWIS, and JOY MCCLANAHAN. ORA EDNA FLATT was born June 21, 1891 at Collinsville, Texas, and died June 22, 1959, age 68 years. She was married to CHARLES PRESTON BROOKS at Collinsville, Jan. 3, 1915. They resided in this community since 1926. Two fine sons, HERBERT, former manager of the Chickasaw Lumber Co. here now residing in Alaska employed with the U. S. Engineers; and MELVIN of the Brooks Construction Co. and a widely known American Legion officer, were reared here. Another son CAROL is also well known here. Mrs. Brooks was a long time member of the Baptist Church located in Collinsville, Texas. Surviving are her husband C. P. Brooks of the home 511 Rockland, Healdton; three sons, HERBERT in Alaska, MELVIN of Healdton, and CAROL P. of Waterford, California, nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, a sister Mrs. HUBERT WOOD of Sherman, Texas; two brothers, AUSTIN FLATT of San Angelo, Texas, and LUTHER FLATT of Collinsville, Texas.
JERRY MACK KNIGHTG of Duncan spent a week here with his mother Mrs. STELLA KNIGHT. Mrs. Knight’s sister Mrs. RAYMOND HERRING of Bakersfield, California, was also her guest.
July 2, 1959
Funeral services were held today in the First Baptist Church for FRANK BARBOUR, age 54, electrical contractor and husband of Mrs. Caroline Barbour, secretary of the Healdton Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of a pioneer southern Oklahoma family, the W. A. BARBOUR family. Rev. Frank D. Sears conducted the service with burial in Hillcrest Memorial Park directed by Collier Bros. FRANK BURNEY BARBOUR was born at Burneyville, I. T. , March 13, 1905 and died in an Ardmore hospital June 28, 1959, age 54. He married Miss CAROLINE BARTON Oct. 5, 1927. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, resided in this area many years, was an electrician and maintained an office on Main Street for years. Surviving are his wife CAROLINE of the home; one son BOBBY in Venezuela who came by plane for the service; two brothers, Mrs. JO ANN BUTLER of Madill and Phyllis of the home; six brothers, GRAN of Ringling, H. W. and W. H. of Oklahoma City; ELMER of Borger, Texas; WARREN of Wirt and WAYLAND of Healdton; sisters, Mrs. BILL KELLY of Walters, Mrs. FRED CLOUGH of Wirt, Mrs. ALVIS WIMPY of Healdton, Mrs. WALTER HELM of Ringling, and one grandchild.
Enjoying Father’s Day with their father, J. W. MOORE and Mrs. Moore in the home of Mr. and Mrs. TOLLIE DANIELS of Oil City were Chief pharmacist mate FLOYD MOORE of Camp Pendleton, California; Mr. and Mrs. CLARENCE MOORE and sons of Baton Rouge, La., Mr. and Mrs. EARL MINTER of Ardmore, Mr. and Mrs. JESS GANDY and family, and Mr. and Mrs. CECIL ABSHIRE and family.
Mr. and Mrs. JERRY BENTON and daughter LESLIE ANN of Midland, Texas, are visiting his parents Mr. and Mrs. EARL BENTON. Mr. and Mrs. BILLY EARL BENTON and children of Palmdale, California, are expected to visit with the Earl Bentons and her parents Mr. and Mrs. DONALD TURMAN of Wilson.
Mr. and Mrs. WALTER JOE CHASE of Stillwater are parents of a baby girl, DEBORAH LYNN, born June 12. Mr. and Mrs. CHINK CHASE of Bartlesville are paternal grandparents and Mr. and Mrs. A. D. CHASE of Healdton are great-grandparents.
Mr. and Mrs. BILL BYRAM visited their son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. JOHNNY MAX BYRAM at Wynnewood. Johnny Max arrived home last week after a year’s service in Greenland.
Former County Oilfield Worker Died
Funeral services for CLYDE N. ELLIS, age 48, who died Friday in an Oklahoma City hospital after a long illness, were held Sunday afternoon in the Ringling Assembly of God with burial in Dixie cemetery directed by Collier Bros. . Ellis was born in 1911 and married Miss LOIS BOYLES in Ringling, Dec. 25, 1936. A farmer in the Claypool community, he worked in oil fields in both Healdton and Fox areas. His survivors include his wife; three daughters, Mrs. CLYDENE ADAMS of Lone Grove, GAYLA JEAN and NITA of Ringling; three sons, ROBERT ELLIS of Healdton, CHARLES and MARVIN ELLIS of Ringling; five brothers, ROBERT of Ringling, ARTHUR of White Deer, Texas; GEORGE of Flora, Illinois, EMMET of Pauls Valley, and LEONARD of Oklahoma City; two sisters, Mrs. O. K. GILBRETH of Vernon, Texas, and Mrs. JOHN DIXON of Seminole, and two grandchildren.
Mrs. I. M. WRIGHT and children of Duncan visited her mother, Mrs. AMY RANDOLPH, and her sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. ELMORE Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. REYNOLDS CANTRELL Sr. are visiting their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. C. R. HENDRICKS in Wichita Falls, Texas.
JEAN RAY EVERSOLE
A young man came home to rest in southern Oklahoma Monday where he had expressed a desire to be buried. JEAN RAY EVERSOLE died Friday morning in Thousand Oaks, California, following an extended illness. … Services were held at the First Methodist Church with Rev. R. W. MENARD(?) of the Okemah Methodist Church conducting the service. Collier Bros. directed burial. Members of the Charles Mix American Legion Post were honor guards. Eversole, a building contractor, died Friday morning with memorial services held there Saturday morning. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and the Kiwanis. A Navy veteran, he served as a gunner on the USS CORVUS in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater during World War II. He was born at Horatio, Arkansas and attended school at Graham and Cameron State College at Lawton. Surviving are his wife MARY LOU of the home in Thousand Oaks, Calif., a daughter SUSAN CAROL; his parents Mr. and Mrs. EDGAR E. EVERSOLE of Healdton; two sisters, Mrs. ZEA SLAUGHTER and Mrs. MILO H. HOWENSTINE of Lawton.
Mrs. SAM WALKER
Mrs. SAM WALKER died Saturday unexpectedly from a heart attack as she was being taken to an Ardmore hospital. Funeral services were held Wednesday morning in the First Baptist Church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. FRANK SEARS, assisted by Rev. JOHN C. BLAKC of the First Christian Church. Burial was in Sunny(?blurred microfilm) at Oklahoma City directed by Collier Bros….MINNIE MAY WALKER was born in Atoka County, Aug. 8, 1888(?) and died June 27, 1959. She had resided in this community the past 26/16 years . She had been a member of the Rebekah lodge at one time was a long time member of the Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her first husband Mr. HALL and later married Sam Walker, well known local carpenter. Surviving are her husband, Sam Walker, one daughter Mrs. MARK W. DUNCAN/DENISON(?) of ?, formerly EDNA HALL; four sons (blurred microfilm) I. C. of ?, RUBE of Wyoming, DON of Oklahoma City and COYD of Las Vegas, Nevada; , brothers, DEE HAYS of Atoka, PRESTON HAYS of Hobbs, N. M., ED HAYS of Corona, California; GUY HAYS of Phoenix, Arizona; MURRAY HAYS and LEONARD HAYS of California; COTTRELL HAYS of Durant; sisters, Mrs. HENRY PIERCE of Ryan, Mrs. J. L. PIERCE of Duncan, Mrs. MERLE HOYTES of California, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday June 15 in the First Missionary Baptist Church at Healdton for ROBERT TERRY NICHOLS, age 58, who died Saturday June 13 after an extended illness. Rev. L. E. GARRISON of the church conducted the service with burial in Mt. Olive cemetery directed by Collier Bros. ROBERT TERRY NICHOLS was born Dec. 31, 1901 at Ardmore and married Miss EVA LEE MCCAULLY of Healdton June 26, 1925. He engaged in farming and ranching most of his life, but he and his wife operated a café here at one time. Surviving are four sons, WILLIAM ROBERT NICHOLS of Fillmore, California, ELMER RICHARD NICHOLS of White Deer, Texas, JIMMIE EDWARD NICHOLS of Abernathy, Texas and JOHN LYMAN of the home; three grandchildren; four brothers, DEE and JESS of Ringling, FRANK of San Jose, California, and LES of Fresno, California; and four sisters, Mrs. E. E. WEAVER of Oklahoma City, Mrs. JOHN ALLEN of Gainesville, Texas, Mrs. BOB EDWARDS of Virginia and Mrs. RAY HENSLEY of Washington.
Enjoying a family reunion recently in the home of Mr. and Mrs. R. M. MURPHY at Wirt were their daughter and son-in-law, Captain and Mrs. C. J. GOODWIN and children, STEVEN, MARK, BOBBY and TRACI ANN of Biloxi, Mississippi, the Murphys’ son DON and his wife with children MIKE, MERRILL and TERESA of Ada, and PAT MURPHY of Bartlesville. Other recent guests in the Murphy home were Dick’s brother, JAMES E. ‘SKINNY’ MURPHY and his wife of Plentywood, Montana, who also visited Skinny’s parents, the W. P. MURPHY family at Addington. Coming down from Perry were Mr. and Mrs. JIM HOTSON.
Guests in the home of Mr. and Mrs. JIM BEZNOSKA are his brothers, ADOLPH BEZNOSKA, wife and son GORDON of Geronimo and their married daughter Mrs. SONDRA MOSER and son DAVID of Cyril.
Mr. and Mrs. JOHNNY GILMORE of Velma are the parents of a 10 lb. 2 ½ oz. son June 16 at the hospital in Duncan. The baby is named TOMMY ALLEN. Mrs. Gilmore is the former RACHEL ABSHIRE. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. PETE ABSHIRE of Ringling and Mr. and Mrs. ALTUS GILMORE of Velma.
Mrs. JOHN TURNBULL and son RUSTY will fly to Liverpool, England, July 11, to visit relatives.
DAVID CROSS, son of Mr. and Mrs. GUY CROSS Jr., of Houston, Texas, visited his maternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. ZIP JORDAN.
Mr. and Mrs. SHERMAN ALTOM returned from a visit with her brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. CHARLES PEDEN at Phoenix, Arizona.
While on a vacation, Mr. and Mrs. JOE ASHTON visited Mrs. RUTH WOOD, widow of the late ARTHUR WOOD, at Yuma, Arizona.
Mrs. OMER RAGSDALE, pioneer resident, was given a surprise birthday party at her home Monday night, with co-hostesses, Mrs. C. H. WHITE and Mrs. PARK ROSS. Among the guests: Mesdames T. G. HICKMAN, JOHN WALK, ANNIE WISE, CLEMMIE ROSS of Duncan, A. V. NELSON of Duncan who is a daughter of Mrs. Ragsdale, SCOTT WELCH, OLLIE FINLEY, CHARLES RAY WHITE, MYRTLE GAHAGAN, ELSIE PLEMMONS, MARY TOLBERT, BEA GOSNEY, ELLIS ROSS and the hostesses. Mrs. Ragsdale is the mother of PARK ROSS, local business man.
Mr. and Mrs. BOBBY JOE MORTON and son Bobby Jr. and daughter SHERRI DIANN of Highland, California, visited their parents Mr. and Mrs. DAVE MORTON of Pernell, formerly of Healdton, and Mr. and Mrs. JESS FRY.
Mr. and Mrs. R. C. SHIPMAN of Snyder, Texas, are the parents of a baby girl, TONJA JEAN, born June 19. The father was employed here for a time in Pratt Food Store.
JOE ALLGOOD of Ardmore is the new meat cutter at Pratt Food Store here, replacing CLARENCE MOSMAN.
Mr. and Mrs. ROSS RAY and sons JERRY and KIRK of Columbus, Ohio are visiting his parents Mr. and Mrs. J. R. RAY Sr.
A family reunion in the home of Mr. and Mrs. ODIS JOHNSON of 209 Magnolia were Mr. and Mrs. A. D. MCCLENDON of Midwest City, Mr. and Mrs. RUSSELL MCCLENDON and family of Oil City, Captain and Mrs. LEWIS P. MCCLENDON and children of Oxnard Air Force Base in California; the FINIS MCCLENDON family of Healdton, the AMOS MCCURLY family of Amarillo, Texas; BILLY MCCLENDON son of COY MCCLENDON of Mare Island, California; and the hosts. Mrs. Johnson is the former EMMA MAE MCCLENDON.
Rites for Former Ringling Woman
Funeral services will be held Friday in the Sixth St. Church of Christ in Ringling for Mrs. LLOYD B. STEVENSON, age 38, who died of a heart attack at her home in Lawton Monday afternoon. She was a sister of Mrs. LOTTIE SMITH of Ringling, formerly of Healdton. Burial will be in the IOOF cemetery at Ringling directed by Collier Bros. She was a member of the Church of Christ and was reared at Ringling. She married LLOYD STEVENSON March 3, 1946 at Ringling. Surviving are her husband Lloyd of the home in Lawton, one son LARRY; her mother Mrs. MARY HUDSON of Ringling; three sisters Mrs. LOTTIE SMITH of Ringling, Mrs. LUCILLE DUKE of Ringling, Mrs. OPAL MITCHELL of Lawton; three brothers, ELMUS HUDSON of Ardmore, W. G. and N. A. HUDSON of Ringling.
Mr. and Mrs. TOM COPENHAVER are enjoying a visit from a son-in-law and daughter Mr. and Mrs. JUNIOR CAMPBELL of Robertsdale, Alabama. The Campbells are also visiting Mrs. ARLENA COPENHAVER and other relatives.
WALLACE SOUTHERLAND, son of Mr. and Mrs. CLEO SOUTHERLAND of Healdton, is in the service stationed in California.
Mrs. JOSE WOOD of Oklahoma City is recovering from a broken foot. She recently visited her brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. LIDDELL in the Vickery Addition.
July 9, 1958
CLINTON D. MAULDIN
Funeral services were held Monday at the First Missionary Baptist Church for CLINTON DEWITT MAULDIN, who died at an Oklahoma City hospital where he had been for some time. Rev. L. E. GARRISON conducted the service. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Part in Ardmore directed by Bettes funeral home. Pallbearers; W. C. CURRY, PAT DUNN, BOB CRAFT, L. C. CAREY and L. B. SOUTHWOOD. Clinton was born Aug. 12, 1924 at McCaysville, Georgia, and died July 4, 1959 at Hubbard Hospital in Oklahoma City. He was reared here, a deacon of the First Missionary Baptist Church and was employed by Jake L. Hamon Oil Co. he married Miss LELA FRANCES BROWN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. WILEY BROWN, Aug. 15, 1949 at Henrietta, Texas. Surviving are his wife of the home at Wirt, three daughters, NORMA JEAN, CAROL ANN and BARBARA LYNN of the home; his father JIM MAULDIN of Healdton, a sister Mrs. EVELYN OLNEY of Oklahoma City, two brothers, CALVIN of Healdton and CLAUDE of Oklahoma City, and some nephews and nieces.
Mrs. J. A. SIMMONS
Funeral services were Tuesday in the East Healdton Church of Christ for Mrs. J. A. SIMMONS, age 75, beloved pioneer resident of this community, who died en route to an Ardmore hospital Sunday night of a heart attack. She was stricken with the attack as she was preparing to attend the evening church services. She had previously suffered a heart attack but was able to be out again after the attack. Tom. E. Smith, long time family friend, conducted the service, assisted by evangelist M. LYNWOOD SMTIH of Wesson, Miss., also a family friend. Burial was in Mt. Olive cemetery at Healdton by the side of her husband. Collier Bros. had charge and nephews served as pallbearers. SARAH ELIZABETH LINDSEY was born in Madison County, Texas and came to Healdton in 1954 from Graham where she had resided since 1914. She married JAMES ALEXANDER SIMMONS at Cumberland, I. T., May 26, 1901. She was a longtime member of the Church of Christ and attended the morning service at the East Healdton church the day of her death. Surviving are six sons, LESTER of New Orleans, ALONZO of Elsinore, Missouri, DELBERT of Maysville, BILL of Reedley, California, DUARD of Monument, New Mexico, and ALLEN of Long Beach, California; two daughters, Mrs. BERNICE PIERCE of Healdton and Mrs. JESSIE MCKINNEY of Buckeye, N. M., brothers OSCAR LINDSEY of Wilson and EMMET LINDSEY of Elmore City; a sister Mrs. OLIVER KESTERSON of Kilgore, Texas, 24 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Fox by Betty Berkley
The Fox Home Demonstration club met at the home of Mrs. J. MCCLAIN. Members: Mesdames CLAUD DUDLEY, WILEY DIXON, H. B. OLLER, BEN WARREN, VADA FLETCHER, BESSIE KERNS, A. E. DAVIS, G. ALEXANDER, EARL BENTON, and BILL JACKSON. Guests: Mrs. FRED WILLIAMSON and Mrs. MARY HURST. Mrs. H. B. WARD and Mrs. R. W. COLLINS gave demonstrations.
Brother of Healdton Banker Died
BLAKE JENNINGS, brother of O. T. JENNINGS of Healdton, died of a heart attack Tuesday night at Norman. He had been in ill health for some time. Funeral services were held at the Primrose funeral home chapel in Norman Friday afternoon with burial there…. He was a long time druggist at Norman. He is survived by his wife LENORA of the home; one daughter JACKIE of the home; three brothers, Col. AUBREY L. JENNINGS of Washington, D. C., O. T. JENNINGS of Healdton, and PAUL JENNINGS of Pauls Valley, and one sister Mrs. EARL POWER of Norman.
In attendance of the golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. R. R. GANDY of Wilson were Healdton relatives and friends, Mr. and Mrs. DOW GANDY, Mr. and Mrs. LEON GANDY, Mr. and Mrs. OLLIE GANDY, Mr. and Mrs. JESS GANDY and GARY, Mrs. CHARLES COX Jr., Mr. and Mrs. EVERETT FORD, Mr. and Mrs. BARNEY FORD and Mrs. GENE VICKERY. Also present were Mr. and Mrs. CLAUD WHITE of Waynoka, formerly of Healdton, and daughter KRIS.
Died in Mangum
Mr. and Mrs. EARL FROST attended the funeral of his brother, N. J. FROST, age 82, retired farmer, who died in the Baptist hospital at Mangum, July 3. Funeral and burial were held there. He was a long time member of the Baptist Church and resided in that area 40 years. He is survived by four brothers and one sister.
Guests in the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. LOFTON on the Fourth were her sister Mrs. LOLA COLLINS of Fort Worth and Mr. and Mrs. BILL MILLS and three daughters of Arlington, Texas.
Mr. and Mrs. BILL BRIDGES of Bill and Bob’s Garage attended the funeral in Kansas of his sister who was killed in an automobile accident July 4.
Mr. and Mrs. JOE ELMORE and family of Ardmore attended the funeral of Mrs. J. A. Simmons here. LEE BOEK of Sacramento, California, accompanied there here for the funeral.
Mrs. REBECCA FOWLER returned from the Osteopathic hospital in Ardmore where she received medical treatment.
Mr. and Mrs. R. J. SPARROW returned from a vacation in South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Kansas and Texas. They visited his sister and brother-in-law Mr. and Mrs. JAMES MILLER at Cheyenne, Wyoming, and her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. TOM COUCH at Anton, Texas. They were accompanied by their grandson MONTY SMITH.
Mr. and Mrs. A. C. WALKER of Healdton announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, NANCY ELLEN, to MAX WILKINS, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. F. WILKINS of Wirt. They will be married Sept. 25 in the First Baptist Church. Miss Walker, a graduate of Healdton high school, is attending Draughon’s Business College in Wichita Falls, Texas. Mr. Wilkins, a graduate of Dundee high school, is a student at O.S.U. at Stillwater.
CHARLES HAM of Loco, Mrs. CLARK HENSLEY of Ardmore, Mr. and Mrs. ART BOGART and daughters ELIZABETH and INA RUTH of Albuquerque, N. M., and Mr. and Mrs. GENE MATTHEWS and sons DAVID, STEVE, and FLOYD of Graham, Texas, visited Mrs. J. W. HAM, their mother.
Mr. and Mrs. GEORGE SHRADER and family of Bakersfield, California, are visiting the families of CHARLIE SHRADER, BOB SHRADER and other family members.
Mr. and Mrs. DICK FANNING moved into the Reynolds Cantrell Apts. On West Main St. He recently returned from South America.
Mr. and Mrs. BILL BOYD of the Graves Addition returned from a visit with her parents Mr. and Mrs. HOWARD WATSON of Salem, Illinois.
Mr. and Mrs. ARNOLD CJULLIFER and two daughters, who lived at the Pure Oil Co. camp west of town for years, have bought the Sparrow home at 222 Magnolia then moved that house off the lots and moved their old camp home to the lots.
Mr. and Mrs. BOB O’DONLEY of Stillwater visited her parents Mr. and Mrs. W. T. HILL and attended the wedding of her friend, Miss ETOY HANCE. Mr. and Mrs. J. D. HILL and daughter of Sulphur were also here.
Col. DOSS O. LYNN on the staff of Walter Reed Hospital at Washington, D. C., and his wife visited his mother, Mrs. GROVER LYNN recently in Wilson and with Mr. and Mrs. JACK RABIE and Dr. H. G. RYAN of Healdton. Col. Lynn is a graduate of Fox high school.
JAMES CECIL BRAY, stationed in service in California, and a friend, MONTY MONTGOMERY of Pittsburg, Pa., visited Bray’s parents Mr. and Mrs. J. C. BRAY at Fox. They also visited his aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. R. J. SPARROW.
Mr. and Mrs. KENNETH TURNER of Duncan have a baby girl, KENNA SUE, born in the Husky clinic at Ringling, Jan. 23. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. CLYDE WOOD and Mr. and Mrs. MELVIN BROOKS of Healdton.
Filed: BEVERLY FLYNN vs. CLARENCE FLYNN Jr., divorce.
Moates Family Reunion
Enjoying a family reunion of the Moates family in the home of Mr. and Mrs. DEE MOATES in Oklahoma City were: Mr. and Mrs. JIM MOATES and family and Mrs. LACY HODGES and son of Oklahoma City; Mr. and Mrs. MARTIN COFFEY and Mrs. LILLILAN STRAUGHN and son of Wilson; Mr. and Mrs. EUEL FOWLER of Vernon, Texas; Mrs. MARCELLA HORN and daughter VALA JO of Dallas; Mr. and Mrs. JIM TOLBERT of Healdton and CARLA SUE NORDMAN of Andrews, Texas.
Mrs. MABEL ETCHISON and GEORGE MOSS of Holdenville and Mr. and Mrs. HARVE COLLINS of Wilson visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. LEO BRANNAN. Mrs. ETCHISON is a sister of Mrs. Brannan and Moss is a nephew.
July 16, 1959
Funeral services will be held today in the Shell St. Church of Christ for DAVE H. STEWART, age 76, retired Texas Oil Co. pumper, who died July 14 in an Ardmore hospital after being stricken at Ada as he returned home from a visit in Arkansas. ROY HANNAH of the church will conduct the service. Burial in Mt. Olive cemetery directed by Collier Bros. DAVID HENRY STEWART was born Jan. 18, 1883 at Lamar, Arkansas, and died July 14, 1959, age 76. He was married to Miss MAUDIE JUSTICE, Sept. 23, 1910, at Rexroat. One daughter preceded him in death. He moved to Oklahoma in 1898 and settled near Ardmore. They moved to this area in 1910 where he and his wife reared their children. He was a long time member of the Church of Christ and served as a leader in the church. His death came within months after the death of his brother Tom Stewart. Surviving are his wife Maudie of the home; two daughters, Mrs. NETTIE WOOD of Healdton and Mrs. CLARA JACKSON of Seminole; three sons, C. R. STEWART of Lindsay, ORVILLE STEWART of Marlow, and JESSE STEWART of Ardmore; sisters, Mrs. WILEY BROWN and Mrs. JIM EMBERLING of Healdton, Mrs. ORA FANNING of Durant, and Mrs. ALLIE PAGE of Richmond, California, 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Mrs. MONTIE CATES is improved from an extended illness. She was visited by Mr. and Mrs. CLAUDE CROSS of Elmore City.
Mr. and Mrs. H. A. MANGUM spent the weekend in Dallas with their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. MIKE JACKSON. They were accompanied home by their nieces, SHIRNELL and MARJORIE MCBRIDE for a visit here.
Mrs. C. R. HENSON of Wirt visited her father BOB BROWN in the Baylor hospital at Dallas.
Mr. and Mrs. ALLEN HOLT of Ardmore visited her brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. PETE HAGAN.
Mrs. KENNETH BYRAM and son KEVIN, and Miss BARBARA TURNER returned from McAllen, Texas, where they visited relatives. Mrs. Byram is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. E. THOMAS and Barbara is a daughter of Mrs. MELVIN BROOKS and is attending McAllen Business College.
Mr. and Mrs. WARREN K. JORDAN of Oklahoma City visited his mother Mrs. B. J. TOOTHMAN.
Mr. and Mrs. FLOYD HURT of Whaley St. announce the marriage July 1 at Gainesville, Texas, of their daughter Miss JULENE HURT to JERRY MCDOW, son of Mr. and Mrs. GEORGE MCDOW of Healdton. Mr. and Mrs. MIKE JACKSON were their attendants. They established a home in the Lamkin Apts on South 5th in Healdton. Both are 1959 graduates of Healdton high school and he is employed by Larry Eakin Lumber Co.
Mr. and Mrs. JAY S. SPRINGER of Norman announce the birth of a son, KEVIN STANTON, born June 15. The father is a senior at O.U. and a former resident of Indianapolis, Indiana. The mother is the former Miss PAT MCCLENDON, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. B. MCCLENDON of Midwest City. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. S. S. SPRINGER of Indianapolis, Ind.
Mr. and Mrs. ARNOLD SHAVER and family and Mr. and Mrs. A. W. SHAVER attended the family reunion of the C. M. HODGES family held at Overton, Texas where sixty relatives were present.
Funeral services were held in the Healdton First Baptist Church Sunday afternoon for TOM FERGUSON, former Healdton resident, who died suddenly Thursday at his home in Oklahoma City after a six months illness. Rev. CAMPBELL, Baptist minister in Oklahoma City, conducted the service with burial in Mt. Olive cemetery directed by Collier Bros. Mr. Ferguson came to Oklahoma from Indiana in 1914 and was a retired employee of the Schermerhorn Oil Co. After his retirement he moved to Oklahoma City. He lived in this area from 1914 to 1948. Two sons are buried here. Survivors include his wife MAGGIE of the home in Oklahoma City, one son PAUL E. and a daughter Mrs. HOWARD PARKEY of Oklahoma City; a sister, Mrs. FLORA ULMER of Kilgore, Texas, two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Brother of Local Men Died
TROY CLARK, age 54, street commissioner at Wilson the past five years, died suddenly a heart attack after entering the hospital at Ardmore. He was at work when he became ill and died soon after his arrival at the hospital. He was a brother of JOE and BEN CLARK of Healdton. Services were held Saturday at the Wilson Baptist Church with burial in the Masonic Garden at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Ardmore. Rev. ROY BURKETT of the church conducted the service. Clark was born March 22, 1905 at Bowie, Texas, and came to Oklahoma as a youth. He lived in the Wilson community the past 21 years. He operated a grocery store in Wilson before being elected as street commissioner in Wilson. He married Miss MAGGIE LEE FENTER at Wilson Sept. 1, 1927. He was a past master of Hewitt Masonic lodge and past patron of the Wilson Eastern Star. He served as Rainbow Dad for years. Survivors include his wife, a daughter DORIS LEE; four sisters, Mrs. REBA MAUL of Trenton, N. J., Mrs. LORA ROUNDS of Drumright, Mrs. STELLA CARROLL and Miss DORIS CLARK of Tulsa; four brothers, JOE and BEN CLARK of Healdton, VERNON CLARK of Wilson, and BROWNIE CLARK of Trenton, N. J.
Funeral services were held at the Graham Baptist Church Tuesday for LIGE STARKEY, age 73, retired western Carter County pioneer who died suddenly Saturday morning. Rev. J. O. HUDSON of the Clemscot Freewill Baptist Church conducted the service with burial in Graham cemetery directed by Collier Bros. ELIJAH CARMICHAEL STARKEY was born in Montague County, Texas, Jan. 1, 1886, and died July 11, 1959, age 73 years. He married Miss MYRTICE SMITH at Marietta, July 3, 1935. He was a member of the Sneed Masonic lodge at Graham. He is survived by his wife Myrtice of Graham, three sons, JIMMY LEE of Graham, MARIVN of Manhattan Beach, California, KENNETH WAYNE of the home, and five grandchildren.
Former Graham Woman
Funeral services were held Monday at the Graham Church of Christ for Mrs. MAMIE M. KNIGHT, widow of the late CORNELIUS ‘NEELY’ KNIGHT of Ardmore, formerly of Graham. She died Saturday in an Ardmore hospital. JOHNNY ELMORE, Ardmore evangelist of the Church of Christ, conducted the service with burial in the Graham cemetery by the side of her husband who died June 1. Bettes funeral home had charge. Pallbearers: JOE KOLLER, WOOD MARRIS, V. K. KEETON, JOE ELMORE, GLEN ELMORE and A. J. JONES. Mrs. Knight had resided in Ardmore five years, moving from Graham where she and her husband resided many years. She married C. J. Knight at Graham in 1902 and was a faithful member of the Ardmore Church of Christ. Survivors are three sons, EARL KNIGHT of Fort Worth, CHARLES KNIGHT of Noble, and BERNICE KNIGHT of Ardmore; one sisters, Mrs. ROSIE BYRD of Graham, ten grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Funeral for JOHN H. SMITH
Funeral services were held Tuesday in the First Baptist Church for JOHN HENRY SMITH, age 74, retired county farmer, who died Sunday in an Ardmore hospital after an illness of several years. Rev. FRANK D. SEARS of the Baptist Church conducted the service, with burial in Mt. Olive cemetery directed by Bettes funeral home of Ardmore. Smith was a member of the Baptist Church and was born Oct. 11, 1884 in Jack County, Texas. He was a pioneer Carter County resident and resided in the community many years. He also lived at Lone Grove at one time and married Miss EDNA MCMANUS at Lone Grove in 1906. Survivors include his wife; three sons, LEM SMITH, Healdton city employee, CLAYTON and BILL SMITH all of Healdton, seven daughters, Mrs. HAZEL JUSTICE of Bakersfield, Calif., Mrs. CARRIE DOUGHTY of Calgary, Canada; Mrs. RUBY RANDOLPH, Mrs. ELOIS MIDDLEBROOK and Mrs. JAMES WHITSETT, all of Healdton; Mrs. ROXIE STROUD and Mrs. LORENE MURRAY of Bula, Texas; a sister Mrs. ELLA PATTERSON and a brother HARVEY SMITH both of Newport; two half-sisters, Mrs. POLLY SMITH and Mrs. MOLLIE UNDERWOOD of Santa Paula, California, 38 grandchildren, and some great-grandchildren.
Mr. and Mrs. TRUITT HAMMOCK and children of Fort Worth spent the Fourth with her father, JAP COPENHAVER, her brother JAMES COPENHAVER, her grandmother Mrs. ARLENA COPENHAVER and her son, I. D. COPEHAVER.
Mrs. DOYLE TRENT and children DONNA KAYE and GEARY DALT of Compton, California, and W. C. MILNER of Wilson visited Mr. and Mrs. GLEN BLACKMAN and Mr. and Mrs. PETE HAGAN Tuesday.
Healdton people welcome Mr. and Mrs. JACK DOUGLAS and three daughters from Salem, Illinois. They are residing in the Vickery addition and he is employed by Magnolia Petroleum Co.
July 23, 1959
Five Persons Die in Auto Collision on Highway 70
Five persons lost their lives Monday night just west of Ardmore city limits on Hwy 70. Killed when their car was struck by a teenager’s car were: J. B. CRINER, age 51 of Route 2, Ardmore; and his wife KATHLYN CIRNER, age 56. Teenagers killed in the other car: the driver, LARRY REECE ALLEN, age 18 of Ringling; DELLA CURTIS age 19 of Ringling, and PAMELA PARKER, age 16 of Houston, Texas. Two other passengers in the Allen auto were reported in poor condition at Memorial hospital in Ardmore: JIMMIE FRED HUTCHINS age 16 of Ringling; JIMMIE CURTIS age 16 of Ringling. According to highway patrolman A. D. ‘AL’ HADLEY, Criner was driving west on Hwy 70 and attempted to turn south at a county road intersection two miles west of Ardmore. Allen’s vehicle sped over the hill from the west and struck Criner’s car broadside. The Allen car… caught fire immediately which was extinguished by nearby residents.
Services Held Wednesday
Mr. and Mrs. J. B. CRINER died in a two car wreck west of Ardmore Monday night. Mrs. CRINER is the former Miss KATHERINE BETTES, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. A. F. BETTES who founded the Bettes funeral homes in Ardmore and Healdton. Her death made the second in the Bettes family from auto accidents. Her sister Mrs. MARGARET JAMES was killed in an auto wreck several years ago. Her brother ALBERT BETTES died in recent years, making the third death among the Bettes children. She was an aunt of BOB BETTES of the Bettes funeral home in Healdton. Double funeral services were held for Mr. and Mrs. Criner, both employed in the Bettes funeral home at Ardmore, in the Ardmore First Baptist Church Wednesday with burial in Hillcrest Memorial Park in Ardmore directed by Bettes funeral home. Criner was a member of a pioneer southern Oklahoma family. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. CAROL COLLINS, four brothers, BILL, AB and CHARLES all of Ardmore, and BUCK of Andrews, Texas, and a sister JEWELL of Ardmore.
Retired Skelly Official Died
C. H. ‘JAKE’ ROBINSON, age 63, retired production superintendent for Skelly Oil Co., died early Monday in a Bethania hospital at Wichita Falls, following a long illness. Funeral will be Wednesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at Ardmore. Robinson was born in Sheridan, Wyoming, Dec. 18, 1895 and was reared at Stillwater, Okla., where he graduated from high school and Oklahoma A. & M. College. He served in France during World War I and was a member of the local Rotary Club and past commander of the American Legion Post…
WYLIE DIXON of the McNeil Lumber Co. at Ratliff City continues seriously ill in a Wichita Falls hospital.
Mrs. RANDALL PETERS and son RANDY of Lindsay were guests of friends here. Randall, Estelle and Randy returned from a visit at Doniphan, Missouri where they visited the HERB BUTLERS and the FLOYD VARBELS, who formerly resided here.
Mrs. IRLA FAULKNER attended the funeral of LARRY REECE ALLEN who was killed in the auto accident near Ardmore Monday night. The funeral was held at Ringling Wednesday.
Pfc. HARWOOD ROBERTS, son of Mr. and Mrs. WAYNE ROBERTS of Healdton, is stationed at Arlington Hall, Virginia.
F. D. BAILEY, lease operator for Shell Oil Co. in the Fox-Graham Field, was presented with a diamond set golden services emblem and an engraved watch in recognition of 25 years service completed July 23, 1959. He began July 23, 1934 as a roustabout in the Healdton field and worked at Wirt, Ratliff City, Cox City and presently at Graham. During this time, he maintained his residence at Wirt. Bailey was married May 11, 1929 to the former ONETA MERRITT of Healdton and they are the parents of Mrs. THELMA LOUGHTON of Amarillo, Texas, Mrs. JOY SUTTON of Tulsa, and FLOYD L. BAILEY of Andrews, Texas. They are members of the Pentecostal Holiness Church of Healdton.
Mother of Local Woman
Funeral services were held Friday in the Assembly of God at Ringling for Mrs. SARAH JANE SESSUMS, pioneer Jefferson County resident, who died Thursday after a long illness. Burial in the Dixie cemetery directed by Colliers. Mrs. Sessums, a native of Round Rock, Texas, lived in Texas at the turn of the century and settled in Earl County(?) but lived in Jefferson County the past 47 years. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. J. C. CARROLL of Ringling and Mrs. ARTHUR WEATHERFORD of Healdton, seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
Mother of Mrs. H. C. Ryan
Mrs. HENRY BUNTING died of a heart attack in Jeff Davis hospital at Houston, Texas, Monday. She was the mother of Mrs. H. C. Ryan, wife of Dr. Ryan of Healdton. Funeral services will be at Cleveland, Texas.
Mr. and Mrs. RALPH BROOKSHIER and children GARY and JANICE of San Mateo, California, visited his parents Mr. and Mrs. O. W. BROOKSHIER en route to Cleveland, Ohio where he has been transferred by H. K. Ferguson, engineers and builders.
Filed: DORA E. JUSTICE vs. ZORO B. JUSTICE, divorce.
Mrs. J. A. BUTLER, pioneer city resident, will observe here 88th birthday at her home on Stanolind St. She has been ill health for years but is doing as well as can be expected for her age. She is the mother of SELMA BUTLER of Shawnee, OTIS BUTLER of Houston, Texas, DARRIS BUTLER of Duncan, PETE BUTLER of California, FRANK BUTLER of Natchez, Miss., FRED BUTLER of Natoma, California, Mrs. BESSIE BROMLEY of Oklahoma City, Mrs. J. A. DRAKE of Healdton, Mrs. BEN CLARK, Mrs. MILDRED CULWELL and Miss LORENA BUTLER of Healdton.
July 30, 1959
Little JACQUELINE DEWBRE, age 4, was electrocuted around 1 p.m. Wednesday at the family home just north of Ringling in Jefferson County. The child was found by her mother under the house across the propane pipes. Apparently she had been playing and crawled under the house. The child was badly burned and had to be pulled from the pipes with rubber hose to avoid the high charge of electricity. .. Jacqueline is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. RAYMOND DEWBRE, long time residents of Ringling, and the parents of three other children. Tentative funeral rites will be Friday at the Bellville Methodist Church with burial at Petersburg cemetery arranged by Collier Bros. She was born Aug. 28, 1955 at Ringling. The family home was near Grady. She is survived by her parents, three brothers RAMOND, JOHNNY and BILLY, her grandparents Mr. and Mrs. S. V. DEWBRE of Ringling and Mrs. FANNIE ROMINE of Ardmore.
Mrs. J. T. Carey
Mrs. J. T. CAREY died Sunday n an Ardmore hospital after an illness of a few weeks. Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church Tuesday morning by Rev. FRANK D. SEARS of the church, assisted by ROY HANNAH of the Shell St. Church of Christ. Burial in Mt. Olive cemetery directed by Bettes funeral home of Healdton. Nephews served as pallbearers. MYRTLE CAREY was born at Hampton, Arkansas County, Arkansas, Sept. 20, 1880, and died July 267, 1959, age 78. She married J. T. Carey in Arkansas, Nov. 28, 1897 and had lived 47 years in this community. She was a member of the Healdton First Baptist Church. Surviving are her husband, J. T. Carey of 515 Phillips in Healdton; three sons, LAULESS who lives southwest of town and an employee of Cox & Hamon Oil Co., L. H. who is junior high principal at Lindsay; J. M. who is superintendent of Davis school; daughters, Mrs. H. A. (LILA) ROBERTS who is secretary at the First Baptist Church, and Mrs. NORMA FAYE HURT who is Healdton city clerk and resides at 3 S. Vickery with her husband Reggie; eight grandchildren, and two sisters, Mrs. W. J. JONES of Stephenville, Texas, and Mrs. LULO CAREY of Duncan.
The FRED JAMES family are moving to Carrolton, Texas after living 37 years here. Mr. James retired as cashier clerk with the Santa Fe RR after 51 years service. They are returning to their old home at Carrolton. They were members of the Methodist Church.
Healdton Man Lost in Plane
Lieut. MARTIN S. KENNEDY of East Main St. in Healdton was lost in a single engine Skyralder plane at sea. Martin with two other Quonset Naval Air Station Airmen were first reported as missing in action but later reported as dead. Lt. Martin’s wife is the former Miss PAT MOORE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. ED MOORE of Healdton. Her mother Mrs. Ed Moore and her brother JIMMIE left to be with Mrs. Kennedy and the children at Rhode Island…. His death is the second death in service of sons of Mr. and Mrs. ROY L. ‘SHORTY’ KENNEDY. Memorial services were held Tuesday morning at the Naval Air Station at Kington, Rhode Island. His wife and four children are accompanying her mother and brother to Healdton. Lt. Kennedy attended Fox school before entering service. Surviving are his wife Pat of the home, four children, KAY, LYNN, RICHARD, and DONALD of the home, his parents Mr. and Mrs. Roy L. Kennedy of Healdton, a brother ORVILLE F. KENNEDY of East Main in Healdton; half-brothers, MILLARD of Perryton, Texas, GERALD, ELMER and DEAN of the home; two half-sisters, DIMPLE of Oklahoma City and FAYE of the home.
TEX J. ODOM
T. J. ‘TEX’ ODOM died Thursday at M. D. Anderson hospital in Houston, Texas after an extended illness of leukemia. Funeral services were held Saturday in the Second Baptist Church at Odessa, Texas with Rev. RICHARD PHILPOT officiating. He was a pumper for Great Western Drilling Co. and lived 10 ½ miles northwest of Odessa. He was born at Cornish, Oklahoma, Jan. 8, 1896, a member of a respected southern Oklahoma family. He was a member of the Second Baptist Church at Odessa. He lived in and around Wirt during the boom days and was well known in Wirt and Healdton. Surviving are his wife Mrs. LINNIE ODOM of Odessa; son T. J. ODOM Jr. of Kilgore, Texas; daughters Mrs. SYBLE BEEBE and Mrs. LIBERTY GIBBS both of Kilgore, Texas; one stepdaughter Mrs. MAEDELLE GORDON of Big Springs, Texas; three stepsons, TOMMY COOKE and FRED COOKE both of Los Angeles, California, CHARLES COOK of Houston, Texas, brothers NEWT of Healdton and S. G. of Ardmore; six sisters, Mrs. ERA DUKE, Mrs. LELA TURNER, Mrs. CLAUDE FORE, all of Ringling, Mrs. MARVIN MAY, Mrs. CLETA BAILEY and Miss WINNIE ODOM all of Healdton, and 13 grandchildren.
August 6, 1959
An inquest will be held today in the death of a 52 year old Healdton man, DAVID WILLOUGHBY, who was found dead early Tuesday night at his residence here in Healdton. Found beside the body was a .22 caliber pistol…
DAVID ASBERRY WILLOUGHBY was born at Duncan April 9, 1907 and died Aug. 4, 1959 in the home of his sister Mrs. VINNIE WILSON in Healdton. He married Miss EDNA JERNIGAN in 1927 and six children were born to the union. He had resided in Healdton the past month and was a welder and construction worker. Surviving are the children, Mrs. KENNETH STANFORD of Bridgeport, Texas, Mrs. FRANK PERRYMAN of Vallejo, Calif., SYLVIA and MARY BETH of Oklahoma City, DOW WILLOUGHBY of Granite; sisters, Mrs. VINNIE WILSON of Healdton, Mrs. FLORA EVANS of Ringling and Mrs. JOHN WALKER of Long Beach, California; one brother JOE WILLOUGHBY of Healdton; seven grandchildren, and his present wife, BLANCHE of Oklahoma City. Funeral services were held today in the Collier Bros. funeral chapel by Rev. FRANK D. SEARS of the First Baptist Church. Burial was in the Dixie cemetery.
Rites for Wirt Pioneer
Funeral services are being held today in the Wirt Baptist Church for Mrs. MANN ROBERSON, age 68, pioneer resident of the Wirt Community, who died at the family home at Wirt, Aug. 14, after an extended illness. She had received hospital treatment during her illness. She was the mother of FRED ROBERSON, well known barber in Ben’s Barber Shop in Healdton. Rev. M. D. BURKE of the Wirt Baptist Church conducted the service, assisted by Rev. A. K. FLEMING of the Healdton Methodist Church. Burial in Mt. Olive cemetery directed by Bettes funeral home. MYRTLE ROBRESON was born at Valley Mills, Texas, Sept. 24, 1890, and died Aug. 4, 1959. She married MANN ROBERSON at Idabel, Okla., in 1925 and had lived in the Wirt community 32 years, previously living at Davis. Mrs. Roberson was a member of the Methodist Church and Eastern Star Order. Surviving are her husband Mann Roberson of the home; sons, BILL ROBERSON of Odessa, Texas, and FRED ROBERSON of Healdton; sisters, Mrs. ESTELLE ALPERS and Mrs. H. D. MATTHEWS of Davis, Mrs. F. A. LEE of Abilene, Texas; brothers, SEARS DAVIS of Davis and ELAM DAVIS of Thomas; and three grandchildren.
Kin of A. D. Browns Killed
J. B. HOWIE, age 53, of Saginaw, Texas, was electrocuted Thursday while operating a blower near his home. Funeral services were held Saturday in Fort Worth and were attended by Mr. and Mrs. A. D. BROWN of Healdton, Mrs. W. A. N. BROWN of Ardmore; Mrs. MERTIE MOORE, Mr. and Mrs. C. C. BANKS, Mrs. JERRY FALLIS, ARCH MCKINSEY, Mr. and Mrs. LLOYD SILKWOOD, Mrs. IRENE HOWIE, and sons MIKE and CARL, Mrs. W. C. HOWIE, Mr. and Mrs. RAYMOND HOWIE and ROBIN, all of Ardmore. A resident of Ardmore and Love County for many years, Howie was born Sept. 3, 1905. He married Miss CELESTINE BROWN, sister of A. D. BROWN of Healdton. He is survived by his wife Celestine of the home; son ROBERT LEE HOWIE of Fort Worth, daughters, Mrs. BETTY QUANCE and Mrs. WANDA THOMPSON, and two grandchildren, a sister Mrs. VIDA MCKINSEY of Ardmore; three brothers, R. B. HOWIE, W. O. HOWIE of Ardmore; and MILTON HOWIE of Tulsa.
Golden Wedding Anniversary
Mr. and Mrs. JOE WILHOIT of Norman, formerly of Healdton, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at their home, 870 Nebraska in Norman, when their children hosted an open house. Wilhoit is a retired Shell Pipeline Co. employee. Attending from this area: Mr. and Mrs. A. D. BROWN, Mr. and Mrs. M. E. MILLER, Mrs. J. A. DRAKE of Healdton, Dr. and Mrs. KENNETH MARTIN and children of Ardmore, Mr. and Mrs. WAYLAND MICHAL and JEANNIE and MELANIE BRAY of Healdton.
Mr. and Mrs. SAM LONG enjoyed a visit from his brother JIM LONG and wife from Artesia, California. The Jim Longs attended the Long reunion held in the GEORGE ADCOCK home at Wewoka.
August 13, 1959
30 Years Service
WESLEY A. OLIVER of 512 Gilmer was presented with a gold Shell service emblem set with two diamonds, Aug. 13, in recognition of 30 years of service in Shell Production Dept. He began Aug. 13, 1929 as a roustabout at Cleveland then worked at Yale, Garber, Drumright, Nowata, Hobart, Avant, Healdton and now as a lease operator at North Healdton Field. He married the former FLORENCE HARMON of Healdton and they have two children, Miss ROSALIND OLIVER of Ardmore and Mrs. BEVERLY CRABTREE of Cleveland. They are members of the Methodist Church and had lived here the past 16 years.
New teachers at Fox school: HAROLD HOOKER for grade 6, LARITA HOOKER, GERTIE SCHREIBER, BONNIE KING PINKSTON, all primary, GEORGE MCCREARY for industrial arts, PATSY BRIDGES for math and physics, C. P. COBURN for junior high English.
55th Wedding Anniversary
Mr. and Mrs. T. G. HICKMAN were honored for their 55th wedding anniversary Aug. 4 when their daughter Mrs. C. H. WHITE and granddaughter Mrs. SCOTT WELCH hostesses an ice cream social at the Welch home. The Hickmans recently returned to live in Healdton from Gainesville, Texas where they lived for several years.
Service for A. Maxwell In-Law
CARB JACKSON, age 63, pioneer resident of Jacksboro, Texas, died from a heart attack in a hospital at Olney, Texas Sunday. Mr. Jackson was a member of the Baptist Church and a 32nd degree Mason. He spent his entire life at Jacksboro. Funeral services were held Monday in the Baptist Church at Jacksboro with burial in the Lynn Creek cemetery. He married PEARL MAXWELL, a sister of A. Maxwell of Healdton. Surviving are his wife Pearl, two sons, GROVER and STANLEY of Jacksboro, one daughter Mrs. ROMA WILLIAMS of Jacksboro, two sisters and seven brothers.
BOB MILLER and family have returned to Healdton from Houston, Texas, and he will work for EDWIN L. COX, under JOHN ALDERMAN. BLONDY and GLADYS MILLER are glad to have their son, wife and grandchildren near them.
GERRY and BETTY HUNTER, PHYLLIS BARBOUR, NANCY TODD, WANDA GANDY, and MARSHALL SCANTLIN are attending a music course a the First Baptist Church at Ardmore. Phyllis, sister and brother-in-law, JO ANN and PETE BUTLER, are on the teaching staff of the music course.
Mr. and Mrs. BOB RAY and family of Edmond visited his parents Mr. and Mfrs. J. R. RAY Sr. here. Other visitors in the Ray home were a daughter and son-in-law, Rev. and Mrs. LEWIS HANCOCK and daughter of Elk City. Expected to visit are another daughter and son-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. VAN HOWARD and children of Hobart.
Kin of Wayne Roberts Died
Mr. and Mrs. WAYNE ROBERTS and family attended the funeral Aug. 9 at Burkburnett, Texas, of her sister’s husband, BOB BUSBY, age 41, employed at Dyess Air Force Base at Abilene, Texas. He died unexpectedly of a heart attack while working with the Corps of Engineers at the air base. His father died of a heart attack Dec. 4 and his sister died Dec. 24. His death is the third in the family within a year. Burial was in Burkburnett, Texas. He was a member of the Baptist Church had served seven year in the air force. He is survived by his wife MARY of the home; three sons, ROBERT W. of Austin, Texas, BOBY and JERRY WAYNE of the home; daughters PATSY GALEY of Austin, Texas, and CAROLYN of the home; his mother in Houston, Texas, a sister in Houston, and one grandchild.
Mr. and Mrs. LEIS SCARBROUGH of Lubbock, Texas were guests of W. H. YOUNGBLOOD en route home from a vacation in Atlanta, Georgia. They are formerly of Healdton and she is a niece of W. H. YOUNGBLOOD.
August 20, 1959
Countyline Man Dead
Funeral services were held Monday in the Countyline Baptist Church for WAYNE P. PIPINS, age 54, widely known western Carter County resident, who operated a grocery store at County Line the past eight years. He died unexpectedly of a heart attack Aug. 14 as he was being taken to the hospital at Ardmore for treatment. Burial was in Rubottom cemetery, with Sneed Masonic lodge in charge of graveside services, arranged by Bettes funeral home of Healdton. WAYNE P. PIPINS was born Nov. 17, 1898 at Kemp, Texas, and died Aug. 14, 1959. He married Mrs. LOTTIE MCDOWELL at Duncan, Jan. 22, 1955. He had lived at County Line the past eight years and had previously lived at Graham many years. He was a member of the Countyline Baptist Church, the Sneed Masonic lodge and the Order of Eastern Star. Surviving are his wife LOTTIE of the home; three stepsons, JACK KNUTSON of Ardmore, A. D. KNUTSON of Houston, Texas, and KENNETH KNUTSON of Duncan; five brothers, JOE PIPINS, JACK PIPINS, and J. B. PIPINS in California, JOHN PIPINS of Wellington, Texas, CHARLES PIPINS in California, and seven grandchildren.
Father of J. W. VANNOY Died
ROBERT C. VANNOY, age 86, retired rancher and grocery man at Nocona, Texas area, died Friday afternoon after an extended illness. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon in the Baptist Church at Belcherville, Texas, with burial in the Nocona cemetery with Masonic graveside services. Vannoy was born in Tasewell, Tennessee, April 14, 1873 and was a retired rancher and grocery man, a member of the Baptist Church and the Masonic lodge. Survivors include his wife, one son J. W. VANNOY of Healdton; five daughters, Mrs. J. M. HILL of Hobart, Okla., Mrs. U. L. MCNEILL of Floydada, Texas, Mrs. W. M. MOUNT of Floydada, Mrs. JESSIE HEWITT of Wichita Falls, and Mrs. EARL NOEL of Nocona, Texas; eight grandchildren of whom, JAMES P. VANNOY is known here, and 10 great-grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. T. E. SMITH of Healdton visited the family Saturday night.
Nephew of Mrs. A. P. Parker Died
Graveside services were held here Tuesday in Mt. Olive cemetery for O. T. KNOX, age 41, of Lewisville, Texas, a welder, and former resident of Healdton. He was a nephew of Mrs. A. P. PARKER of Healdton. Collier Bro. assisted in the local arrangements. He was a son of F. A. ‘HAPPY’ KNOX who was employed here by the Shell Oil Co. at one time. He is survived by his wife, his parents Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Knox, and brother DOYLE KNOX of Lewisville, Texas.
Funeral for Infant
Funeral services were held in the Bettes funeral chapel in Healdton Tuesday for the baby son of Mr. and Mrs. E. E. PASCHAN of Kamay, Texas, who died Aug. 17 in the Crippled Children’s Hospital at Oklahoma City. Rev. CLIFTON FISH of Wilson conducted the service with burial in Mt. Olive cemetery. The baby was born at Wilson, July 19. Surviving are his parents, a brother ROBERT HARKINS, two sisters CAROLYN and LINDA FAY HARKINS of the home.
Mrs. FRANK P. TODD
Funeral services will held in the Healdton First Missionary Baptist Church Friday, Aug. 21, for Mrs. FRANK P. TOODD who passed away Sunday morning in the home of her son, ROBERT TODD of Garden Grove, California, Aug. 126. She was a former resident of Healdton and lived in California for the past 15 years. She was not thought to be seriously ill and her death was a shock to family and friends. Rev. L. E. GARRISON of the church will conduct the services with burial in Mt. Olive cemetery arranged by Bettes funeral home. Pallbearers will be grandsons. OTTEALEA VENGHOUS TODD was born in Austin County, Texas, Aug. 19, 1877, and married Frank P. Todd Aug. 15, 1901 at Rockdale, came to Healdton in 1952. She was a member of the Baptist Church. Survivors are three sons, RICHARD TODD of Healdton, RAYMOND TODD of Drumright, Okla., and ROBERT of Garden Grove, Calif.; daughters, Mrs. GEORGE MOUSER of Oceanside, Calif., Mrs. CLAUDE POTEET and Mrs. HOWARD LEACH both of Healdton, 17 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.
Mr. and Mrs. MURL SKAGGS and daughter JOHNY LU and SHERYL of Brownville, Illinois, visited her mother, Mrs. J. H. JENNINGS.
Enrolled at Okmulgee State Tech: JIM MARRIS, FRED RADER,JAMES P. TRAYWICK, and WILLIAM G. LEMLEY.
Fox News by Betty Berkley
JERRY LEMLEY and ALTON INNES of Fox made their first recording, ‘Connie’ and ‘So Young’ last week in Oklahoma City. WKY radio d.j. CHUCK BOYLES made arrangements for the record and will be sent to New Mexico critics.
A family birthday dinner was held for Mrs. JACK BARNES Aug. 16 at Sulphur by Mrs. L. D. BOWLWARE, her sister. Attending: Mr. and Mrs. JOE BAKER of Ada, Mr. and Mrs. FRANK DAVIS of Syral(Cyril?), MADEANIA HUGHES, SUSIE HERNDON, JERRY LEMLEY and MICKEY BENTON.
Uncle Died at Duncan
Funeral services were held Thursday in the Grantham funeral home in Duncan for SAMUEL O. HOLMES, age 74, uncle of Mrs. EARL HANCE and MANSELL HOLMES of Healdton. He died Aug. 4. Burial at Duncan was attended by the Hance and Holmes families. He was a retired oilfield worker and longtime resident of Duncan area.
Mrs. O. Z. KILCREASE of Olney, Texas, is visiting her parents Mr. and Mrs. LEWIS CARLTON this week.
Mr. and Mrs. PETE BUTLER and daughter CINDY of Madill visited her mother Mrs. CAROLINE BARBOUR.
Mr. and Mrs. LESLIE HAWKINS and family of Midland, Texas, visited his mother Mrs. ANNIE HAWKINS. He is recovering from a serious oilfield injury received some time ago.
Mr. and Mrs. EMERY HARRIS returned from a vacation at Circle L Ranch at McAdams, Miss., with his brother and at Jackson and Vicksburg.
Mr. and Mrs. ORB KEETON returned from Colorado, Utah and Compton, California where they visited her brother, VERNON GARRETT and family.
The BILL HESS family have moved to Pauls Valley where he is employed by Burr Motor Co. They have lived in the Healdton area the past 19 years.
August 27, 1959
Former City Woman Died in Dallas
Mrs. J. E. TURNER, age 53, of Gainesville, Texas, died Thursday in the Baylor hospital at Dallas, Texas. She was known here as the former EDITH SHINN. CHARLES SHINN died years ago and Mrs. Shinn later married J. E. TURNER of Gainesville. Mrs. Turner died after heart surgery. Funeral services were held Saturday in the G. J. Carroll and Son funeral chapel in Gainesville with Rev. C. M. THOMAS officiating. Burial was in the Fairview cemetery at Gainesville. EDITH VELMA TURNER was born Jan. 29, 1906 at Davis, Okla., and resided many years at Gainesville, after living with her family in Healdton area. She was a member of the First Christian Church. Surviving are her husband of the home; five sons, SCOTTY BARKER of Salt Lake City, Utah; HUBBY BARKER of Lubbock, Texas,, JERRY BARKER of Leander, CHARLES L. SHINN of Denison, Texas, and ROY JOE SHINN of Gainesville; a daughter MARY CAROLYN of Abilene, Texas; three sisters, Mrs. NORMAN BUCHANAN of Artesia, N. M., Mrs. AGNES SALSBURY of Phoenix, Arizona and Mrs. ESTELLE CRUTCHFIELD of Wilson, Okla., brothers WILL MORGAN of Clarksville, Texas, and O. G. MORGAN of Gainesville, Texas, and seven grandchildren.
September 3, 1959
Fox Man Died
Funeral services were held Wednesday in the Wilson First Baptist Church for CHESTER LEROY MCKEE, age 49, pumper for Skelly Oil Co. at Fox, Mr. McKee was stricken with a heart attack while driving his car south of Healdton near the golf course. He was being taken to a Wilson doctor when he died from the attacks. The car ran off the highway into a ditch after he was stricken. … Burial was in Bomar Point cemetery arranged by Leslie funeral home. Mr. McKee was born in Anson, Texas, Sept. 19, 1909, and lived in western Carter County about 20 years, employed as a pumper for Skelly Oil Co. He was active in the Fox Band Parents organization. Surviving are his wife OPAL, sons BILLY JOE of Wichita Falls, Texas, LEROY C. and daughter CATHERINE JOYCE of the home; three step-sisters, Mrs. RUBY HARALSON of Fort Worth, Texas, Mrs. PAULINE SHELTON of Midland, Texas, and Mrs. LEWIS WILLIAMS of Ireland, Texas, and two grandchildren.
Pioneer Area Resident
JOSEPH RUSSELL was died Thursday in an Oklahoma City hospital. Funeral services were held Saturday in the Loco Methodist Church with Rev. FARRIS WEAVER, associate pastor of the Duncan Methodist Church, conducting the service, assisted by Rev. BILL STEELE, minister in the Methodist Church. Burial was in the Loco cemetery directed by Grantham funeral home. JOSEPH F. RUSSELL Sr. was born in Cass County, Texas, June 12, 1882. He lived in the Dixie and Loco communities for 40 years. He married Miss EDNA NELSON at Ardmore in 1914. He served as a Methodist minister and taught school at Pernell and other surrounding schools. He is survived by his wife EDNA of the home; sons LEONARD B. RUSSELL of Duncan and JOSEPH F. RUSSELL Jr. of Oklahoma City; daughters, Mrs. J. B. LEWIS of Oklahoma City and Mrs. R. D. PATTON of Pauls Valley, a brother WALTER RUSSELL in Missouri and five grandchildren.
Sister of Mrs. C. E. Truitt Died at Temple, Texas
Funeral services were held today in the Brown funeral chapel in Chickasha for Mrs. M. M. WASSON Sr., age 55, of Wilson, who died Tuesday in Temple, Texas. She was a sister of Mrs. S. E. TRUITT of Healdton. Her husband passed away a few months ago at Wilson. Mrs. Wasson, a 1932 graduate of Oklahoma College for Women, had taught at OCW and O.S.U. She was a member of the Methodist Church. Survivors include her parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. H. WATSON of Chickasha, two daughters, a son BILL OSTEEN of Tulsa, a stepson MARCUS WASSON Jr. of Wilson; six grandchildren, three sisters, including Mrs. C. E. TRUITT of Healdton and Mrs. LESTER STEVENSON of Watonga, a brother LEWIS H. WATSON Jr. of Chickasha.
Kin of Tom Laws Died at Broken Arrow
Mr. and Mrs. TOM LAWS and sons returned from Broken Arrow, Okla., where they attended the funeral Monday in the First Methodist Church of his maternal grandmother, Mrs. ELLEN NEAS, 90, pioneer resident of that area. She died Saturday morning following a week’s illness and hospitalization. Burial was at Broken Arrow. She had lived there 50 years and a member of the Methodist Church. Her husband died in 1928. She is survived by three sons, three daughters including Tom Laws’ mother, 14 grandchildren, and 28 great-grandchildren.
LEONARD J. WOODRUFF
LEONARD J. WOODRUFF died early Monday at his home six miles south of Ardmore after an illness of several months. He was widely known oil man and rancher. His brother HERMAN WOODRUFF of Duncan operated the Woodruff ranch near here for years. Harvey Bros. of Ardmore had charge. Woodruff was born Jan. 8, 1887 in Iowa and lived in this area since 1909. Surviving are his wife WILLIE MAE of the home, sons, HOWARD L. and L. J. Jr. of Ardmore; a daughter Mrs. MARGUERITE PIERS of Los Angeles, California; his mother Mrs. IDA BELL WOODRUFF of Ardmore; a brother HERMAN C. WOODRUFF of Duncan and seven grandchildren.
September 24, 1959
Two Persons Died in Wreck
Two persons lost their lives in an automobile accident on Hwy 62 in Blanchard early Tuesday with another passenger seriously injured. Killed were JACK BLAINE ROBERTS, age 22 of Ringling, and Mrs. JUDY SMITH, age 24, of Healdton. The other passenger was DAVID L. STANTON, age 22, of Ringling. Roberts was killed when the auto he was driving missed a curve… Mrs. Smith died Wednesday of injuries suffered in the one-car accident.
Funeral services will be held Friday in the Ringling Assembly of God Church for JACK BLAINE ROBERTS with burial in the IOOF cemetery directed by Collier Bros. He was born March 2, 1937 at Ringling. He was married July 31, 1959 to Miss JEANNE OLSA at Wellington, Utah. He was visiting in Ringling and had only been there a week at time of accident. Surviving are his wife, three sisters, three brothers and his parents Mr. and Mrs. LES ROBERTS of Ringling.
Funeral services for Mrs. Judy Smith will be held Thursday at the Shell St. Church of Christ in Healdton with ROY HANNAH of the church conducting the service. Burial will be in Mt. Olive cemetery directed by Collier Bros. JEWEL LUCILLE SPARROW was born July 7, 1935 in Healdton. Her entire life was spent here and attended Healdton schools. She died in the University hospital at Oklahoma City early Wednesday morning. She was married to BILL SMITH Nov. 1, 1952 at Wilson and to their union, two sons were born, MONTY and DAVID. She was a member of the Shell St. Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her mother, Mrs. VINNIE HEALD SPARROW. Surviving are her two sons, Monty and David of Healdton, her parents Mr. and Mrs. R. J. SPARROW of 416 Gulf, and one brother, DAVID WALK, and some aunts and uncles. Among the out of town relatives for the funeral: Mr. and Mrs. DAVID WALK and son of Ardmore, Mr. and Mrs. D. A. SPARROW of Shawnee, Mr. and Mrs. V. A. BAILEY of Wichita Falls, Mr. and Mrs. W. A. MCCLURG and family of Oklahoma City, Mr. and Mrs. JACK SPARROW of Seminole, Mrs. VALLIE SPARROW of Enid, Mr. and Mrs. CECIL HEALD and family of Rush Springs, and Mr. and Mrs. BILL MORRIS of Seminole. (From Oct. 1 paper: more relatives and friends for Mrs. Smith’s funeral: her aunt Mrs. WELDON GRIFFITH and daughter of Kamay(?), Texas; Mr. and Mrs. JOE HEALD of Rush Springs, RANDALL ADDY of Marietta, Mr. and Mrs. MACK SUMMERS, Mrs. JEAN EVANS, Mrs. JOHN KIZER, DOMINICK MARZOLINA, Mrs. VERN ENGLE, Mr. and Mrs. FLOYD WELCH and JOHN H. JOHNSON of Ardmore, and a daughter of PINK SPARROW and her family from Lancaster, Texas.
Miss MAGGIE WIGGINS
Miss MAGGIE WIGGINS, long time resident of Bowie, Texas, died Thursday following an extended illness. Funeral services were held at Bowie, Texas, with burial there, attended by her uncle Mr. and Mrs. LEE WIGGINS, and Rev. and Mrs. JOE WIGGINS. She was a member of the Baptist Church. Survivors include her mother and two brothers.
Services at Clemscott
Funeral services will be held Thursday in the Clemscot Freewill Baptist Church for Mrs. ELIZE JANE MISHLER, age 94, who died Tuesday. Burial will be in Keller cemetery beside her husband, BEN MISHLER, who died in 1945. Grandsons will be pallbearers. Bettes funeral home of Ardmore is in charge. She was born at Shelbyville, Missouri, Sept. 24, 1864. She is survived by five daughters, Mrs. O. F. HILL of Clemscott, Mrs. NELLIE ALLEN of Ardmore, Mrs. MELVA NICHOLSON of Wichita Falls, Texas, Mrs. MAUD EARNHART of Spring Valley, Texas, and Mrs. SUT PUGLIESKI of Vista, California; 21 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.
October 1, 1959
Golden Wedding Anniversary
Celebrating their golden wedding anniversary are Mr. and Mrs. R. A. DUNN Sr. They will have open house at their home, 315 N. 5th, Sunday, Oct. 11.
TOM HOWARD of Fort Worth, Texas, formerly of Wirt, was a guest of his brother-in-law, ROS AUSTIN and Mrs. Austin, en route home at Fort Worth from Pearon, California where he visited his daughter Mrs. DORA RITTER and family. Mr. Howard’s son, TOMMY Jr., an electronics engineer, is employed by Howell Electric Co. in Fort Worth and his wife employed at Conovair and they have a new home in Fort Worth.
Services for A. D. Brown’s Uncle
Funeral services were held Monday in Oklahoma City Church of Christ for GEORGE ROZZELL, age 85, retired grocery man, and uncle of A. D. BROWN of Healdton. Burial was at Oklahoma City. He was a brother of Mrs. W. A. N. BROWN of Ardmore. He was a member of the Church of Christ and operated a grocery store for several years before his retirement. Surviving are his widow of Oklahoma City, one son ROBERT in Hawaii, sister Mrs. W. A. N. BROWN of Ardmore, formerly of Healdton, and a brother at Whitesboro, Texas.
Father of ELMER KNUTTER Dead
C. C. KNUTTER, retired grocery man of Henryetta, Okla., died Monday from a heart ailment. Funeral services are to be held today at Henryetta. Mr. and Mrs. ELMER KNUTTER and son ELMER Jr. are attending the funeral. He was a member of the First Christian Church. He is survived by his wife STELLA of the home, son Elmer Knutter of Healdton, two daughters Mrs. JIMMIE ZEIKLE of Rollo, Missouri, and Miss MAXINE LOCKE of Stillwater, five grandchildren and two sisters.
October 8, 1959
J. E. Slate
J. E. SLATE Sr., retired Shell Oil Co. pumper, died in the Walker Nursing home at Ardmore where he had been the past two weeks. Funeral services were held Saturday in the Healdton Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. EUAL GARMAN of Tulsa, formerly of Healdton, conducting the service, assisted by Rev. ED SUNDAY of the church and Rev. ROBERT ADAMS of the Assembly of God Church. Burial in Mt. Olive directed by Bettes funeral home. JOSEPH EDWARD SLATE was born March 11, 1871(1876year?) near Columbia, Tennessee. He married Miss ORA WILHANKS at Clawn(?), Indian Territory in 1902(?year) and to the union were born two sons and a daughter. He was a member of the Healdton Freewill Baptist Church and the Masonic lodge at Depew. The family moved to this area in 1929(?) from Seminole, Okla. Surviving are his wife ORA of the home 421 Gulf in Healdton, sons PERRY of Stockton, California, and JOE E. SLATE Jr. of Ardmore, daughter Mrs. BEATRICE WARNER(Varner?) of Marlow, 6 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Mother of Mrs. John Stoker Died
Mrs. LINDA COPE, age 94, died following an extended illness in Oklahoma City Monday. Funeral services were held Wednesday in the First Baptist Church at Oklahoma City with burial at Pittsburg, Texas. Mrs. Cope came to Oklahoma 30 years from northeast Texas and was the widow of SAM COPE, pioneer railroad contractor. Three sons and four daughters survive. One son preceded her in death. He was an early day pilot and was killed in an Pan American plane crash in Alaska.
October 15, 1959
Kin of N. L. Graves Died in Duncan
Funeral services were held Tuesday in Duncan for Miss LINDA DENNIS, age 16, Duncan high school student, who died following the extraction of two impacted wisdom teeth from a Duncan dentist office the past week when her heart stopped beating..revived..died in the hospital. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. DE CALB DENNIS of Duncan. Burial was at Duncan Tuesday. She was a cousin of N. L. GRAVES, Collier manager here.
Mrs. MAE MORPHIS
Funeral services were held Saturday in the First Methodist Church for Mrs. MAE MORPHIS, pioneer woman, who died Thursday in the family home after an extended illness. Rev. A. K. FLEMING of the Methodist Church paid tribute to her memory. Special music was provided by Mrs. ANN GELDER, Mrs. JAMES P. WADE, Mrs. JOE BELL and Miss LINDA DAWSON. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park at Ardmore directed by Collier Bros. Pallbearers: J. A. STEWART, MARTIN PATTON, B. L. PEEK, E. L. DAWSON, J. E. KENDEICK, and B. B. MITCHELL. MAE CANFIELD was born May 8, 1872 in South Dakota and came to Oklahoma in 1893 from Kansas. She married Dr. L. B. MORPHIS in 1896 and he died in 1904. She came to Healdton in 1933. She was a member of the Methodist Church, a member of the Kings Daughter Class and active in WSCS work. She was a former member of Eastern Star and Rebekah Lodge. Her husband was an early day physician at Blackburn, Okla., near Pawnee. Surviving are one daughter, Miss NELLIS MORPHIS of the home in Healdton and one son, CLAYTON, in Evansville, Indiana. He and his wife attended the funeral.
Services for Graham Woman
Funeral services were held Friday with burial at Pooleville directed by Bahner funeral home of Davis for Mrs. ISSAC (ISAAC?) BECK, age 89, pioneer southern Oklahoma resident, who died Thursday who died in an Ardmore hospital of a broken hip received in a fall at her home at Graham. She was a sister of Mrs. ANNIE WISE of Healdton. Mrs. Beck was born at Grapevine, Texas, Feb. 1, 1870, and had lived alone many years on her farm but continued active nearly 90 years. She came to Indian Territory in early days and was a member of the Baptist Church. Her husband died in 1948. Surviving are four sons, SAM BECK of Ratliff City, FLOYD BECK of Lake Charles, La., WILEY BECK of Vinton, La., (fourth son unnamed?), two brothers, SANI and HENRY EAVES of Davis, two sisters, Mrs. ANNIE WISE of Healdton, and Mrs. JIM INGRAM of Ringling; 12 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
Mr. and Mrs. D. L. ALLEN of Kermit, Texas, visited his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. I R. LATHAM at Healdton.
JOYCE FORE, beauty operator at Fox, returned from a two day trip to Tulsa to attend a beauty show. Accompanying Mr. and Mrs. Fore were HELEN BUSBY and FRANKYE PRESGROVE, both of County Line.
Golden Wedding Anniversary
The children of Mr. and Mrs. JORDAN MOORE will be hosts at open house in their parents’ home, Saturday, Oct. 17 to honor the parents for their golden wedding anniversary. The Moores were married one west of Oil City and are the parents of five children, Mrs. TOLLIE DANIELS, Mrs. JESSE GANDY of Healdton, Mrs. EARL MINTER of Ardmore, CLARENCE MOORE of Dallas and FLOYD MOORE who is in the navy at San Diego, California.
Mrs. AMY RANDOLPH has been ill at the home of her son-in-law and daughter Mr. and Mrs. J. D. ELMORE.
129 relatives and friends called or sent gifts Sunday when open house was held in the home of Mr. and Mrs. R. A. DUNN Sr. at 311 N. 5th for their golden wedding anniversary. Miss GEMMA DUNN, a granddaughter, presided at the guest book and SHARON HARRIS served the cake, and Mrs. INEZ DUNN served coffee. JIMMY JACKSON, O.S.U. student and grandson, greeted the guests. … Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Dunn Sr. are the parents of two daughters Mrs. OLLIE PHIPPS of Pauls Valley and Mrs. KENNETH JACKSON of Healdton; and sons, R. A. DUNN Jr. of Fox, PAT DUNN of Healdton, MIKE DUNN of Healdton, BILLY DON of the home, and HOWARD DEAN of Saugus, California who was the only one unable to attend. (long list of guests and relatives in item)
JERRY MACK and CAROLYN KNIGHT of Duncan visited their grandmother Mrs. STELLA KNIGHT here.
October 22, 1959
Services for Pioneer, LEE WIGGINS
LEE WIGGINS, age 65, retired Magnolia Oil Co. pumper, died Monday in an Ardmore hospital following an heart attack he suffered at his home west of town Sunday night. Funeral services were held in the Shell St. Church of Christ, conducted by O. J. RUSSELL of the Central Church of Christ at Ardmore. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park at Ardmore directed by Bettes funeral home. Pallbearers: H. V. HARDEN, HOMER HAWK, F. N. JONES, W. P. SHAW, G. L. MAPLES, and W. R. MCCLENDON. Healdton Masonic lodge conducted graveside services. LEE A. WIGGINS was born May 8, 1894 at Carrizo, New Mexico. He married Miss EDNA KILCREASE at Newport, Texas, June 10, 1919 and had resided in this community 45 years where he and Mrs. Wiggins reared a fine son, Rev. JOE WIGGINS of the Zaneis Baptist Church and employee of the Mobil Oil Co. here. Mr. Wiggins was one of the oldest men in point of service with the Magnolia Co. with 42 years of service. He was a member of the Shell St. Church of Christ, 40 year member of the Healdton Masonic Lodge No. 23, a 40 year member of the Charles Mix American Legion Post here and a veteran of World War I. Surviving are his wife Edna of the home, son Rev. JOE WIGGINS of Healdton, one sister CORA, one brother ED, and two grandchildren. Among out of town friends here for the service were Mr. and Mrs. E. D. SPEER of Norman, Mr. and Mrs. CHARLES N. ROBINSON of Ardmore, JOE SHANNON of Oklahoma City, G. M. WALDRIP of Ardmore, Mr. and Mrs. BUFORD THOMPSON of Whitney, Texas, Mr. and Mrs. ALBERT FREEMAN of Madill and several Mobil Oil employees from over the state.
Services for Sam Long
SAM LONG died Tuesday night at the family home, 2 S. Ruth, in Healdton, from a heart attack and had been in ill health for some time. Funeral services will be held in the First Baptist Church Friday at Healdton with burial at Lakeview cemetery at Marietta directed by Goodrich funeral home. Long is a widely known Shell Oil Co. employee, a member of the First Baptist Church in Healdton and the Healdton Masonic lodge. He is survived by his wife EDNA, son Dr. W. M. LONG of Lindsey, and other relatives.
New residents: Mr. and Mrs. EDGAR HAHN, son KENNETH RAY and daughter KATIE BETH from Muncie, Indiana. Hahn is an employee of Mobil Pipeline Dept. They will attend the Methodist Church.
40th Wedding Anniversary
Mr. and Mrs. A. D. BROWN of 708 Texas observed their 40th wedding anniversary Oct. 12. They were dinner guests at the TOMMY LEWIS home, long time friends, with other guests Mr. and Mrs. VIRGIL TAYLOR of Jennings, Kansas, Mrs. RANDALL HEPLER of San Mateo, California, and Mr. and Mrs. ALBERT WILSON of Marlow. The Browns were married at Ardmore and moved to Healdton a few months after they married. He operates a barber shop here and Mrs. Brown is a member of the DAN BLACKBURN family.
Mr. and Mrs. EARL EVERETT, NANCY and ELLEN, of Binger, were guests of friends at McMan and Healdton. Their new home at Binger is nearing completion. He is former superintendent of schools at McMan and now superintendent at Binger.
Mr. and Mrs. BILLY BLEVINS and baby of Memphis, Tennessee, are visiting her parents Mr. and Mrs. HAROLD MCCREARY at fox and his sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. JAMES ALLEN here, and at Oscar with his parents Mr. and Mrs. ELMER BLEVINS. He will be stationed in the Navy at Brumswick, Maine.
Mrs. IRENE WOODY of Costa Mesa, California, Mrs. E. V. JAMES of Tulsa and Mrs. F. G. PHILLIPS of Muskogee visited their father A. F. WEBB, their sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. BUD INGRUM, and with Mrs. JESSIE GLENN.
Mr. and Mrs. DOUGLAS WALKER and children of Baytown, Texas, visited her parents Mr. and Mrs. BEN BOYD. The Boyds will be visited by their son BEN Jr. and family from Farmington, New Mexico.
PETE HEARN and BUD HOGUE of Los Angeles, California, visited their mothers, Mrs. IDA MORRIS, and Mrs. ERMISE HOGUE, Mr. Hearn’s son, BILL HEARN, and wife, and Mrs. TOMMIE HEARN with Hogue’s brother JACK HOGUE and wife. The men are employed in California, formerly of Healdton.
Mr. and Mrs. DON EASTON of Pasa Robles, Calif., and Mr. and Mrs. RAY KING of Lake Charles, La., visited J. C. FULLER and Mr. and Mrs. PAUL CANNON. Mrs. Eason is the former Miss WANDA FULLER and Mrs. Ray King is the former Miss BARBARA WEST.
New Coffee Shop
Yvonne’s Shop at 431 West main is in the former location of Pratt food store. It is owned by Mr. and Mrs. LEE YOUNG from Palm Springs, California. They were formerly from Tulsa and Mrs. Young is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. ROY STATION / STATON of Wirt. Employees: head cook LLOYD OUTLAND former chief at Lake Murray Lodge; SUNNY FONDRNE, ALBET KLINGENBURG who will assist Young in the kitchen, waitresses, Mrs. CARMEN KEY, Mrs. JO ALEXANDER, Mrs. Young.
Mother of Mrs. Joe Tayar Died
Mrs. SALEEMA KRAKER, age 73, longtime resident of Oklahoma City, died after an extended illness. Funeral rites were held Saturday in the St. Elijah Antiochian Orthodox Church with burial in Fairlawn cemetery. Survivors include four sons, GEORGE and ERNEST KRAKER of the home 1732 NW 29th in Oklahoma City; JOHN and SAM KRAKER of Oklahoma City; five daughters, Mrs. ADELE COHLMIA of Waynoka, Mrs. JOE TAYAR of Healdton, Misses LOUISE, DOROTHY and KAYTHRYN KRADER of the home in Oklahoma City, and three grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday in the Pentecostal Holiness Church for Mrs. LULA BURTON, age 74, pioneer resident of Healdton; who was found dead at her home on East Magnolia Tuesday morning by her nephew, PETE COLEY. Mrs. Burton lived alone and died from a heart attack. Rev. FRED JONES of the church conducted the service with burial at Mt. Olive cemetery directed by Bettes funeral home. Pallbearers: JOE STEPHENS, A. P. ARNN, S. M. BAILEY, MARVIN MAY, RAYMON HAMMON, and JOE ASHTON. MARTHA LUELLA BURTON was born Jan. 1, 1885 and was pioneer resident of Healdton and attended the Pentecostal Holiness Church. Surviving are three sons, JAMES and LEONARD WILLIAMS of Oklahoma City and GUY WILLIAMS of Ryan; 14 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; four brothers, ED and DOC COLEY of Oklahoma City, JIM COLEY of McComb, Okla., and LON COLEY of San Juan, Texas who arrived the day Mrs. Burton was found dead, coming for a visit, not knowing his sister was dead; two sisters, Mrs. BESSIE TROUTMAN of Shawnee and Mrs. RANER FREEMAN of Nocona, Texas.
A family reunion was held in the LESTER F. IRWIN home at Fox, Sunday, Oct. 18. Attending: Mr. and Mrs. WELDON OVERSTREET of Oildale, California; Mrs. LOLA CALLAHAN of Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. KELLY WORSHAM and family, JUDY, TOMMY, JANE, JOY, JACKIE, and RONNIE of Tussy; Mr. and Mrs. DEAN WORSHAM of Durant, Mr. and Mrs. W. B. WOLLET of Healdton, A. G. CALLAHAN and LINDA of Oklahoma City, Mr. and Mrs. DON CONNEL of Ada, LANITA CONNEL of Healdton, JESSLYN EASTON of Oklahoma City, LORNA JANE GREEN, LINDA GAIL GREEN, and CURTIS GREEN of Durant, ARNOLD KIETH LEE of Pernell, and LINDA IRWIN of Fox. Guests: Mrs. R. D. GODFREY and MARY JANE of Fox and Mr. and Mrs. BILL OVERSTREET of Ardmore.
October 29, 1959
Father of Glen Roberts Dead
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon in the Ringling Church of Christ for W. H. ROBERTS, long time rancher and farmer of the Ringling community. He was the father of GLEN ROBERTS of Arlington, Texas, formerly of Healdton. He died Saturday after an extended illness, age 81 years. REA PATTERSON attended the service. Pallbearers: BUTLER MCGOWAN, CECIL MENDENALL, EMMIT MCDONALD, BABE HARRIS all of Ringling, FOY BESHEARS of Arlington, Texas and DON NOLEN of Fort Worth, Texas. The deceased came to Oklahoma at age of 14 and married RUTH (no surname given) in 1898 and she preceded him in death in 1947. To the union seven children were born. Surviving are two sons, CLAUD of Ringling and GLEN of Fort Worth, Texas; two daughters, Mrs. MAY HAYNES of Ringling and Mrs. MILDRED FORT of Oklahoma City; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
W. T. Bean Sr.
W. T. BEAN died Oct. 20 in the Norman Municipal hospital after a brief illness. Funeral rites were held in the Primrose funeral home chapel at Norman Friday with Dr. FINIS CRUTCHFIELD of the McFarlin Memorial Methodist Church of Norman conducting the service with burial in the IOOF cemetery. WILLIAM T. BEAN was born Jan. 3, 1877 at Burnett County, Texas and moved to Saratoga, Texas as a young man, moved to Healdton oil fields in 1913. He worked as superintendent of the Coline Oil Co. in this area for many years. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Oklahoma City, a member of the Masonic lodge and consistory and a member of the IOOF. Survivors are one daughter(?) Mrs. DICK PRYOR, formerly MILDRED BEAN of 515 West Comanche in Norman; four sons, R. N. BEAN of Houston, Texas, CHARLES A. BEAN of Houston, W. T. BEAN Jr. of Detroit, Michigan (one son unnamed), and one sister Mrs. JOSEPHINE WIMBERLY of Hugo.
Father of Mrs. Jim Strange Died
Funeral services were held here Tuesday in the First Baptist Church in Healdton for ARVIS ARNOLD DEARMOND, age 45, of Midkiff, Texas, father of Mrs. JIM STRANGE and Mrs. GAIL PIERCE, and a brother of GLEN DEARMOND of Healdton. He died while fishing on Lake Colorado City, Texas, Oct. 24, of a heart attack. Burial was in Mt. Olive cemetery directed by Collier Bros. Rev. ODE ROBINSON of Shawnee conducted the service, assisted by Rev. FRANK D. SEARS of the Healdton church. ARVIS A. DEARMOND was born June 15, 1914 at Weleetka, Okla., and died Oct. 24, 1959, age 45. He married ALMA RILEY April 16, 1933 and was a member of the Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife Alma of the home at Midkiff, Texas; three daughters, Mrs. JIM STRANGE of Healdton, Mrs. GAIL PIERCE of Healdton, and Mrs. JERRY WOOLEY of Snyder, Texas; two sons, SCOTT of Odessa, Texas, (second son unnamed); his parents Mr. and Mrs. RALPH DEARMOND of Weleetka; brothers, CLEO DEARMOND of Ratliff City and GLENN DEARMOND of Healdton; one sister Mrs. IMA GENE SALLEE of Shidler, and 10 grandchildren.
Father of L. F. Kelley
The father (no given name) of L. F. KELLEY died in California Tuesday, following a long illness. L. F. KELLEY lives in Oklahoma City, formerly of Healdton.
Mr. and Mrs. CLEM SMALLEY of Gainesville, Texas, were guests of her parents Mr. and Mrs. HURCHEL STEPHENS.
J. W. Moores Honored on Golden Wedding Anniversary
118 relatives and friends called at open house in the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. MOORE southwest of town Saturday when their children honored them on their golden wedding anniversary. Greeting the guests were their daughters, Mrs. JESSE GANDY, Mrs. TOLLIE DANIELS and Mrs. EARL MINTER. Mrs. JANICE COX, a granddaughter, presided at the guest book. Mrs. Earl Minter served cake while Mrs. Gandy and Mrs. Daniels served coffee. Mrs. CECIL ABSHIRE, a granddaughter, was in charge of the gift display and was assisted by BECKY JO SWINDALL, a great-granddaughter. Sending flowers were Mrs. WILLARD MOORE and children KAY and JAMES from Phoenix, Arizona. The Moores were remembered by their son, FLOYD MOORE, of the U. S. Navy at San Diego, California, who called. … The Moores were married north of Healdton and reared their family here. They are long time members of the Methodist Church, the Odd Fellow and Rebekah lodges.
Mrs. RUTH BLANKENSHIP, her daughter and her daughter’s son, who reside in California, visited Mrs. Blankenship’s mother, Mrs. AMY RANDOLPH and her sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. ELMORE.
Recent visitors in the home of Mrs. MAGGIE SADLER were Mr. and Mrs. MATT SADLER and Mr. and Mrs. LESTER HUDSON and ORVILLE of Amarillo, Texas; Mrs. TOM FERGUSON and FAY ANN of Woodward, Mr. and Mrs. ELMER SADLER and MIKE of Alice, Texas; Mr. and Mrs. BOGIE PRITCHARD of Ardmore, and Mrs. EVA MAE MCCULLY of Duncan.
Mrs. LILLIAN TAYLOR of Wilson announced the marriage of her daughter JUANITA to RICHARD DELANO, son of Mr. and Mrs. LEWIS DELANO of Healdton. They were married Oct. 16 by Rev. BURK officiating in the Wirt Baptist Church. She is in school at Wilson and he finished at Dundee and Murray State College and attended one year at O.S.U. He is employed by Daube Oil Co.
Services for Sam Long
Funeral services were held Friday at the First Baptist church for SAM LONG, age 63, who died Tuesday at his home in the Vickery addition from a heart attack. Rev. LEWIS HANCOCK, Baptist minister at Elk City, family friend, conducted the service, assisted by Rev. Frank D. Sears of the church. Burial was in Lakeview cemetery at Marietta, the old home of Mr. Long, directed by Goodrich funeral home of Marietta. The Healdton Masonic lodge conducted graveside services. Pallbearers: DEE HUGHES, O. A. HIGH, GRADY BARTON, LON TERHUNE, HAROLD DARBY and TED ENOS. Honorary bearers: TED ALFORD, H. L. BAKER, J. R. RAY, D. C. MANTOOTH, H. L. HICKMAN and HAFFORD STEPHENS. SAM LONG was born Jan. 2, 1896 at Illinois Bend, Montague County, Texas and in 1900 moved to Love County where he lived with his parents Mr. and Mrs. A. G. LONG until 1921 when he moved to Healdton. He married Miss EDNA GILMORE, May 10, 1924 at Ringling and they were the parents of two children, one surviving. Long was employed with the Shell Pipeline Co. for some years, retired when his health became bad. He was a member of the First Baptist Church since 1924 and a member of the Healdton Masonic lodge and the American Legion. Survivors include his wife EDNA of the home in Healdton; son Dr. W. M. LONG of Lindsay; three brothers, JIM LONG of Artesia, California; FRANK LONG of Ardmore, and HASKELL LONG of Grass Valley, California; four sisters Mrs. BERNICE ADCOCK of Wewoka, Mrs. LIZ ELLIS of Oakdale, Calif., Mrs. SUE CRUCE of Augusta, Kansas, and Mrs. CLAUDIA DAVIS of Vinita.
Mother of John L. Whitsett Dead
Funeral services were held Monday in the Bahner funeral home chapel at Sulphur for Mrs. LIZA ANN WHITSETT, age 92, mother of JOHN L. WHITSETT of Healdton. She died Friday following an extended illness. O. J. RUSSELL, minister of the Ardmore Central Church of Christ conducted the service with burial in Hickory cemetery. Pallbearers: CURTIS WELLS, DOUGLAS PATILLO, ROBERT MICHAEL, A. P. LEWIS, W. B. COFFMAN, and MATT ALEXANDER of Ardmore. Attending from Healdton were Mr. and Mrs. JOHN L. WHITSETT and Mr. and Mrs. JAMES WHITSETT and family. WINSTON WHITSETT and family of Pampa, Texas, attended the service. Mrs. Whitsett was born Aug. 1, 1868 at Bowling Green, Kentucky and came to Oklahoma 71 years ago. She moved to the Hickory community from Texas when a young girl and then to Ardmore. She lived the past 15 years in Sulphur. Surviving are two daughters Mrs. CLYDE ACKER of Tyler, Texas and Mrs. MYRA STUCHEL of Ardmore; seven sons, JOHN LESLIE WHITSETT of Healdton, JIM WHITSETT of Ardmore, ERNEST of Odessa, Texas, BRENT of Lone Grove, TOM of Ada, JOE of Inglewood, Calif., and BILL of California; one sister Mrs. LEE KEY of Hickory, and one brother BEN LEWIS of Ada; 31 grandchildren, 72 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren.
HARVEY COPENHAVER of the U. S. Navy at San Diego, California, is visiting his father JAP COPENHAVER and other relatives here.
November 5, 1959
HARVEY D. TALIAFERRO, age 51, operator of the Burns Run fishing barge at Lake Texoma, died Tuesday night in a Denison, Texas, hospital following three weeks illness. He entered the hospital with a heart ailment. He is the husband of Mrs. BESSIE LEE TALIFERRO, beauty operator here. Rosary will be recited Thursday evening in the St. Cecilia’s Catholic church here and Mass will be held Friday morning in the church with graveside services in the Catholic cemetery in Ardmore directed by Bettes funeral home. Pallbearers: RANDALL PETER, H. A. SHARP, HENRY HOPE, WALTER MORRIS, JAMES CLAXTON and JOY MCCLANAHAN. HARVEY D. TALIAFERRO was born May 26, 1908 at Leon in Love County, and married Miss BESSIE LEE HUSBAND at Tishomingo, Feb. 3, 1935 and to their union one daughter HARLENE was born. The family resided in Chicago, Ardmore and lived here the past 11 years.
Funeral services were held Tuesday in the Bettes funeral chapel for TOMMIE HARKINS, age 40, who died in a Pauls Valley hospital where he received treatment most of his life. He died Sunday. Rev. L. E. GARRISON of the First Missionary Baptist Church conducted the service with burial in Mt. Olive cemetery. Harkins was born in Fort Worth, Texas. He is survived by his mother Mrs. SALLIE HARKINS of Healdton; three brothers, VIRGIL, OLIVER and W. E. HARKINS, all of Healdton; one sister Mrs. OLA MAE AULDS of San Angelo, Texas, and other relatives.
WILEY W. SMITH
Funeral services for WILEY W. SMITH, age 64, brother-in-law of Mrs. NEVA LEE of Healdton, were held Wednesday in the Calvary Baptist Church in Durant with graveside services conducted by the Healdton IOOF lodge of which he was a member. Pallbearers were members of the Healdton IOOF lodge. Mr. Smith had been in ill health several years. He was a well rig builder and a member of the Baptist Church and a veteran of World War I. He and his wife visited Mrs. Neva Lee recently. She attended the funeral at Durant. Surviving are his wife ELVA LEE of the home and a brother.
For his 87th birthday, CHARLIE SHRADER was given a birthday dinner at his home, 513 McGraw, by his children. All eight children were present, Mrs. JOHN A. DRURY of Alma, Mrs. OMA NEWMAN of the home, VERNON SHRADER of Healdton, Mrs. GEORGE DAVENPORT of Davis, Mrs. MARY DAWSON of Healdton, Mrs. WOODY MCCLAIN of Chillicothe, Texas, ANDY and BILL SHRADER of Healdton.
November 12, 1959
Pioneer Healdton Woman Dead
Funeral services will be held Friday in the First Methodist Church in Wilson for Mrs. J. P. HOLT Sr. of 621 S 5th in Healdton, who died at the family home early Wednesday morning after an 18 year illness. She was the mother of the former Healdton city councilman, JACK HOLT, and Mrs. WATLER CLARK, both of Healdton. Rev. A. K. FLEMING of the Healdton Methodist Church will conduct the service, assisted by Rev. FRANK D. SEARS of the Healdton First Baptist Church and Rev. ROBERT ADAMS of the Healdton Assembly of God Church. Burial in the Hewitt cemetery directed by Collier funeral home. Mrs. Holt was born at Mount Pleasant, Texas, Feb. 4, 1881, and died Nov. 11, 1959 at the family home in Healdton, where she had been confined to bed many years. She was married to JAMES POLK HOLT at Ardmore in 1900 and was a member of the Methodist Church for 50 years. She lived in Oklahoma 61 years and resided in Healdton 14 years. She is survived by her husband, J. P. Holt of Healdton; three daughters, Mrs. WALTER CLARK of Healdton, Mrs. JEFF MARTIN of Fort Worth, and Mrs. DAN GRIFFITH of Clute, Texas; one son, J. P. ‘JACK’ HOLT of Healdton, one brother ERNEST MCCANN of Wilson, one sister Mrs. PEARL LLOYD of Ardmore, and a number of grandchildren.
Nine New Families for Mobil Co.
Six of the new nine employees: W. E. JACQUES of Duncan; L. K. HEAST of the Rusk District at Kilgore, Texas; F. B. SHELTON of the Rusk District at Kilgore; E. E. PERIMON of the Rusk District at Kilgore; SAM BLAIN of Salem, Illinois; D. R. SPRUELL of Alice, Texas district. Three more will arrive soon.
Crash at Waurika Claimed One Life
A car-truck collision in Waurika on Monday took the life of a 73 year old woman and critically injured her husband. Mrs. MARY ETTA SIMMONS of Hickory was fatally injured when the car driven by her husband, LUTHER SIMMONS, age 83, and a truck collided at the intersection of highways 70 and 81.
Services for Mrs. J. R. REYNOLDS
Funeral services were held Wednesday at the East Healdton Church of Christ for Mrs. ETTIE OLA REYNOLDS, age 71, widow of J. R. REYNOLDS. She died at the family home, 408 Gulf, in Healdton Monday afternoon after a ten year illness. TOM E. SMITH of Velma, minister of the Church of Christ, conducted the service. Burial was in Rose Hill cemetery at Ardmore, directed by Collier Bros. Pallbearers; CECIL FRYER, FRANKIE FRYER, CAL JACKSON, VICTOR CRAIN, N. J. MCCAULLY and E. F. MCCULLY. Mrs. Reynolds was born Oct. 3, 1888 at Courtney, Indian Territory, and died Nov. 9, age 71 years. She was long time member of the Church of Christ and was a pioneer resident of this area. Her husband died in 1953. Survivors include two sons, PAT of Gainesville, Texas who is an employee of Cox & Hamon Oil Co., and JAMES of Healdton; three daughters, Mrs. PERRY TRAYWICK of Okmulgee, Mrs. VIRGIL STRAUGHN of Ardmore and Mrs. JOE CROWLEY of Wichita Falls; one brother, H. C. DANIELS of Paris, Texas, 11 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be held Friday in the Ringling Church of Christ for CHARLIE TERRY, age 45, employee of Service Pipeline Co., who died Tuesday morning near Foster of a heart attack while working on a location. His home was near Wirt where he had resided the past ten years. BILLY PATTERSON of the Ringling Church of Christ will conduct the service with burial in Mt. Olive cemetery directed by Collier funeral home. Terry was born Sept. 15, 1914 at Rush Springs, Okla., and died Nov. 10, 1959, age 45 years. He married Miss LOIS ESTES at Hugo, July 6, 1931 and he was a welder by profession. He was a member of the Church of Christ. He is survived by his wife, LOIS, of the home at Wirt, one son, CHARLES P. who is on leave from service in Hawaii; one daughter KAREN FRANCES of the home; his parents Mr. and Mrs. H. P. TERRY of Shawnee; two brothers, W. M. of Shawnee and H. P. Jr. of Dallas; three sisters, FREIDA TERRY of Shawnee, Mrs. OLETA GRANT of Spavinaw, Okla., and Mr. DOROTHY FRIX of Mount Gilead, North Carolina, two nephews and two nieces.
CHARLES ‘SHORTY’ LATHAM died Sunday at Shattuck. Funeral services were held Wednesday in the First Methodist Church at Shattuck with burial at Chickasha. Mr. and Mrs. GENE VICKREY attended the service. Mr. Latham, age 55, was an oil field driver here and formerly resided in Vickrey apartments here. Surviving are his wife; son HAROLD of Checotah; a daughter; his parents Mr. and Mrs. JAMES LATHAM of Rush Spring, three brothers, four sisters and four grandchildren.
Mrs. CORA CARNES died unexpectedly Sunday while visiting in the home of Mr. and Mrs. H. A. MANGRUM of 801 S. 5th after church service, Sunday noon when she suddenly had a heart attack. Funeral services were held Tuesday in the First Missionary Baptist Church conducted by Rev. L. E. GARRISON of the church. Burial at Bomar Point cemetery was directed by Collier Bros. CORA ELLA CARNES was born March 21, 1886 in Clay County, Texas, and died Nov. 15, 1959, age 73. Her husband, W. E. CARENS, died in 1936. She was a faithful member of the First Missionary Baptist Church and lived here since 1934. She is survived by three sons, JAMES PRYOR CARNES of Odessa, Texas, CECIL B. CARNES of Sapulpa, and LEE WESLEY CARNES of Kermit, Texas; one daughter Mrs. VERA JACKSON of 307 Gilmer in Healdton; five grandchildren; one brother, JOHN L. HARRISON of Addington; two half-brothers, HARVEY O’NEAL of Tulsa and JIM O’NEAL of Red Oak, Okla.
BONNIE R. CLAYTON
Funeral services were held Tuesday in the First Baptist Church for BONNIE RUSSELL CLAYTON, age 48, who died suddenly of a heart attack at his home Sunday. Burial was in Mt. Olive cemetery. BONNIE CLAYTON was born at Brock, Oct. 27, 1911 and lived in the Duncan area for sometime. He grew to young manhood in the Wirt community and was a member of the B. R. CLAYTON Sr. family. He was a member of the Masonic lodge. Surviving are his wife, the former IRENE POSEY, of the home; two daughters, Mrs. DONALD CULVER and Miss DOLLY CLAYTON, both of Wichita Falls, his mother Mrs. BLANCHE CLAYTON of Wirt, and one brother GORDON CLAYTON.
November 19, 1959
60th Wedding Anniversary
Honoring their parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. E. SHORTES, Saturday, for their 60th wedding anniversary, their children were hosts at an open house in the family home. Here for the occasion were the children: Mrs. HOUSTON NATION of Odessa, Texas; Mrs. ROY TERRELL of Lindsay, Mr. and Mrs. WOODROW SHORTES of Marietta, DEWEY SHORTES of Healdton. Mr. and Mrs. Shortes have resided in Healdton for 20 years.
Mr. and Mrs. L. L. PICKETT returned from Carlsbad, New Mexico, where they visited his sister, Mrs. IMOGENE IRVIN and family. They were accompanied home by a niece SIS IRVIN, who will attend the ninth grade at Healdton this winter.
Mr. and Mrs. JOE STEEN of Fox returned from Cumby, Texas where they attended the funeral of his aunt.
November 26, 1959
Former Graham Resident Died
AMBROSE CARSON, age 79, died of a heart attack at Altamont, Illinois. He was a retired OPL employee. Word was received here by Mr. and Mrs. E. E. EVERSOLE, close friends who visited the Carson family in Illinois. Funeral services were held in Altamont Wednesday afternoon with burial there. Carson was a long time resident of Wilson and Graham. He was a member of the Methodist Church and the Masonic lodge. He was employed many years by OPL but retired three years ago. Surviving are his wife; one son BILLY CARSON in Oregon; a daughter Mrs. HARRY BUZZARD of Tulsa; two brothers and two sisters.
E. W. Curran’ Sister Died
Mrs. J. C. CALBOTT, age 70, pioneer resident, died Sunday morning in Kansas City, Missouri after an extended illness. Funeral services were held Wednesday in Independence, Missouri, with burial in nearby Blue Springs in the family plot. Her brother, E. W. CURRAN of Healdton, was unable to attend. She is survived by one daughter, one son and six brothers.
December 3, 1959
Funeral services were held today in the Fox Pentecostal Holiness Church for Mrs. PANSY LUCILLE DOUGHTY, age 28, of Lindsay, who died Dec. 1 in the Lindsay memorial hospital where she was receiving treatment. Rev. L. W. BALDWIN of the church conducted the service with burial in the Milo cemetery directed by Bettes funeral home. She was born July 22, 1931 at Loco and died Dec. 1, 1959, age 28. She married HARLEY H. DOUGHTY at Healdton in 1946 and lived in western Carter County the past three years. She lived previously at Pauls Valley and was a member of the Pentecostal Holiness Church. Surviving are her husband, Harley H. Doughty of Lindsay; sons, ROGER GLENNE, HAROLD DEAN, and JOHNNY DEWAYNE; a daughter DOROTHY JEAN; her parents Mr. and Mrs. OTIS LOVE of Ravia; grandparents Mr. and Mrs. BEN LOVE of Ravia; four brothers, BRANTLEY LOVE of Tulsa, ANDREW LOVE of Gary, Indiana; JOE LOVE of Ravia, OTIS M. LOVE Jr. of Ravia; three sisters Mrs. THELMA CHAPPLE of Ravia, Mrs. AUDIE COPELAND of Frederick, and Mrs. NONA JEAN DOUGHTY of Pauls Valley.
Mrs. W. R. INGRAM, age 89, oldest daughter of CHARLES HOBART HEALD, died Wednesday of last week in Oklahoma City, after an illness of several months. Funeral rites were held in Bettes memorial chapel at Ardmore Friday, conducted by Rev. HOWARD BUSH of the First Methodist Church. Attending from Healdton were a half-sister Mrs. CECIL RATCLIFFE Sr. and her daughter Mrs. JOHN FOX, Mr. and Mrs. TOM CATHEY, Mrs. E. TAYAR and TENEL. Pallbearers: ERNEST W. TATE, ARTHUR MCCRORY, CUB AMOS, WINSTON COFFMAN, D. L. LIVELY and GILBERT ROSE. Mrs. Ingram was born at Boggy Depot, Jan. 4, 1870 and spent her life in southern Oklahoma. … She had been a member of the Methodist Church since she was 13 years old and active in church work as long as her health permitted. She was a gracious lady and her ranch home southwest of Healdton, the Ingram Ranch home, was noted for its hospitality. Surviving are one son, HOBART INGRAM, of Oklahoma City; five daughters, Mrs. EARL CORNISH of Ardmore, Mrs. H. C. AMOS of Denton, Texas, Mrs. ROBERT BURNS of Oklahoma City, Mrs. CARL FORD of Oklahoma City, and Mrs. SHURLEY HOLMAN in California; one brother, BEN HEALD of Kim, Colorado who was unable to attend the funeral; two half-sisters, Mrs. CECIL RATLIFFE Sr. and Mrs. ROY NORTON, both of Healdton; 14 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.
Kin of Local Folk Died in Texas
Mr. and Mrs. HURCHEL STEPHENS of Healdton and their daughter Mrs. CLEM SMALLEY and her son returned from Mission, Texas, where they attended the funeral of Mrs. CECIL C. STEPHENS, age 53, who died after an illness of several months. She died in a hospital at Mission, Texas, Wednesday. Funeral services were held in the Wilson funeral chapel at Mission Friday with burial in the Mission cemetery. She was a member of the First Christian Church. She and her husband resided in Healdton many years and her family, the TAUCE family, were well known here. Surviving are her husband at Mission, one daughter, Mrs. JO ANN CARTER of Mission, Texas; four sisters and two brothers.
December 10, 1959
Father of Healdton Man Died
Funeral services were held Friday in the Assembly of God Church at Cushing for C. E. BONEBRAKE, age 59, who died Sunday of the past week at Houma, La. He was the father of Mrs. GLENN BLAIZER of Healdton. Survivor are his wife, his father DON R. BONEBRAKE of Cushing; three daughters, Mrs. JACK DAWES of Yale; Mrs. GLENN BLAIZER of Healdton, and Mrs. MAURICE MCCASLIN of Wilson; three sons, including CLARENCE and KEITH of Tulsa, DON R. of Enid; and 18 grandchildren.
S. V. Spoonamore
S. V. SPOONAMORE died early this week at Sulphur, following a stroke he suffered recently. He was a friend of MANN ROBERTSON of Wirt. Mr. Spoonamore was associated in business with the late TOM MOSSMAN, when they operated a service station at Wirt in the early days of Ragtown oil boom. He moved to Sulphur many years ago. His body was shipped to Kansas for funeral and burial. Details are lacking.
Services for Alma Woman
Funeral rites for Mrs. ISONA W. MILLER, age 44, of route 1 Alma, will be held Friday afternoon at the Freewill Baptist Church at Clemscott. Mrs. Miller passed away Wednesday in an Ardmore hospital after an illness of six months. Mrs. Miller was born at Wanette, Oct. 3, 1915 and moved to Carter County at an early age. Surviving are her husband, R. A. MILLER, a daughter Mrs. SHARON LEWIS of Graham; and two step-daughters, Mrs. MILDRED COPELAND of Lakewood, Calif., and Mrs. ALMA FAYE DAVIS of Graham, Texas; a stepson, DONALD GENE MILLER of Lexington, Texas; her mother Mrs. C. E. WILLIAMS of Clemscot; four brothers, D. C. WILLIAMS of Fox, D. E. WILLIAMS of Clemscot, EARL WILLIAMS of Velma and VERL WILLIAMS of Kellerville, Texas; two sisters Mrs. C. L. BRENT of Ardmore and Mrs. E. D. MUSGRAVE of Graham. Fellow employees of Mr. Miller will serve as pallbearers. Rev. I. O. HUDSON of the Freewill Baptist Church at Clemscott will officiate, arrangements by Collier Bros.
December 24, 1959
MARSHALL COLLIER, age 77, co-founder of the Collier Bros. furniture company, died Monday night in an Ardmore hospital after an extended illness. Funeral rites were held in the Ardmore First Methodist Church Wednesday, conducted by Rev. HOWARD BUSH of the church, assisted b Rev. EDWIN A. MORTON of St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church. Burial was in Rose Hill cemetery directed by Harvey funeral home of Ardmore. Pallbearers: HAROLD DEXTER, JOHN DEXTER, Dr. J. HOYLE CARLOCK, WILBUR R. JONES, CHARLES VAN EATON, WALTER LACY MULLEN, JACK COOK and JEROME WESTHEIMER. Collier was born in Columbia, Tennessee, Aug. 20, 1882. He first worked for Bell Telephone Co. treasury dept. at St. Louis, Missouri. He came to Oklahoma in 1907 and opened a hardware and furniture business with his brother at Fletcher. He moved to Ringling in 1914 and opened four oil field stores. He moved to Ardmore in 1922 where he established Collier Bros. furniture store and continued to make his home in Ardmore. He resided at Hotel Ardmore several years… He was a 32nd degree Mason, member of the First Methodist Church, and a director of Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. He married Miss CARRIE WORLEY at St. Louis in 1907 and she died in November 1957. Survivors are one daughter, Mrs. WEBSTER K. BENHAM of Albuquerque, N. M., one son GEORGE A. COLLIER of 803 McLish, Ardmore; and six grandchildren. The Healdton store was closed for the funeral and N. L. GRAVES, the manager, and employees attended the funeral at Ardmore.
Funeral services were held Tuesday in the Clemscott Freewill Baptist Church for PETER LESTER ROZZELL, age 66, long time resident of the Graham community, who died at the family home Sunday of a heart attack. Rev. J. O. HUDSON of the church conducted the service with burial at Duncan directed by Bettes funeral home. The American Legion conducted graveside services. He was born Nov. 19, 1893 at Gainesville, Texas, and died Dec. 20, 1959 at the family home. He was a retired oilfield worker, member of the Baptist Church, and a member of the VFW at Duncan and the American Legion. He is survived by one daughter Mrs. J. H. FORBES of Velma; his mother Mrs. JULIE ROZZELL of Graham; five brothers, CLAUD ROZZELL of Sulphur; CECIL of Vernon, Texas; A. B. of Grants, N. M., G. W. of Forest, Michigan and FRANK in Tripoli, Libya; three sisters, Mrs. IDA SULLIVAN of Higgins, Texas; Mrs. LORA JOHNSON of Madill and Mrs. IVA STEWART of Duncan, and four grandchildren.
Brother Passed Away
WALTER L. LOCKHART, age 73, retired Love County farmer, died Thursday at his home after an extended illness. Funeral services were held Saturday in the Marietta First Baptist Church with Rev. W. P. ROWLAND, Baptist minister, conducting the service. Burial was in the Lakeview cemetery at Marietta. A native of Tennessee, Lockhart was a long time resident of Love County. He was a member of the Baptist Church since age 19. Surviving are his wife ANNIE; one daughter Mrs. BIRDA POWELL of Marietta; two brothers, T. A. of Oklahoma City and ROY of Madill; four sisters, Mrs. VIRGIL BONNER of Marietta, Mrs. ALSON YOUNG of Corpus Christi, Texas, Mrs. MARVIN ETHRIDGE of the Healdton school faculty; and Mrs. HERBERT WILLEY of Altus, and two grandchildren.
December 31, 1959
Killed in Plane Crash
Mr. and Mrs. OBERT ARNOLD Sr. and their son OBERT Jr., age 20, of Duncan were killed in a plane crash near Ruston, Louisiana. In serious condition in the Ruston general hospital is their daughter, VIRGINIA ARNOLD, age 11, who was found near the wreckage of the Bonanza aircraft. The bodies were returned to the Brooks funeral home at Duncan where triple funeral services were Wednesday in Duncan. Obert Arnold, Sr, age about 45, was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. L. G. ARNOLD who operated a grocery store near the Magnolia camp west of town for years. He attended school at Dundee and was active in Boy Scout work in this area and active in the Methodist Church while living in Ardmore. His parents are buried in Ardmore. He was an employee of Halliburton Oil Co. at Duncan, but also had formerly operated a grocery store. Obert Arnold Jr., age 20, was piloting the plane. He was a student at O.S.U. Mrs. Arnold was exceptionally known in this area, having taught in the Fox school for years. She was the former Miss OTELLA RITTER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. JOHN RITTER. Surviving Arnold are a sister Mrs. FLOYD GUY of Duncan, an aunt Mrs. SAM ARNOLD of Duncan, a brother A. D. ARNOLD of Orlando, Florida who came to make funeral arrangements for the family. Mrs. Arnold is survived by her parents Mr. and Mrs. JOHN RITTER who reside at the Pinto Station, northwest of Healdton, and a brother RAYBURN RITTER of Pearson, Okla.
Pioneer City Woman
Funeral services will be held Friday at the First Baptist Church here for Mrs. SALLIE HARKINS, age 97, pioneer resident of Healdton, who died at her home of her daughter, Mrs. FRED AULDS at San Angelo, Texas. Her body was brought to the Bettes funeral home here. Burial will be in Mt. Olive cemetery where other family members are buried. Mrs. Harkins was a member of the First Missionary Baptist Church. Surviving are her daughter Mrs. Aulds of San Angelo; three sons, OLIVER, BILL and VIRGIL of Healdton, some grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services for Graham Man
WILLIAM THOMAS WATKINS / WADKINS, retired farmer of the Graham community, passed away at Duncan Dec. 26. He was a brother of Mrs. REBECCA FOWLER who resides on North 3rd in Healdton. Funeral services were held Monday at the Graham Baptist Church, conducted by Rev. J. O. HUDSON of the Clemscott Freewill Baptist Church. Burial in the Graham cemetery directed by Collier Bros. with Healdton Odd Fellows conducting the graveside service. Members of the lodge served as pallbearers. WILLIAM THOMAS WATKINS was born in Phelps County, Missouri, Dec. 21, 1863 (not 1853 in the obit), and died Dec. 26, 1959. He was a member of the IOOF and Woodmen of the World lodges. His picture and interesting article of his life appeared on the front page of the Daily Oklahoma a few years ago. He remained active until he was injured in a fall Nov. 3, 1958. He stayed for some time in the home of his sister here after he became ill. Surviving are three sons, WILLIAM E. ‘BILL’ WATKINS, former western Carter County peace officer at County Line; THOMAS JEFFERSON ‘TOM’ WATKINS of Graham and JAMES D. ‘DEE’ WATKINS of Healdton; one daughter, Mrs. STELLA VANSILL of County Line, 27 grandchildren, and one sister Mrs. Rebecca Fowler of Healdton.
Mr. and Mrs. JAMES DEATHERIDGE and son of Tulsa visited her mother Mrs. IDA ENGLAND here. Another daughter and son-in-law of Mrs. England, Mr. and Mrs. BILL LEE and their son of Tulsa visited here.
Mr. and Mrs. C. C. WILLIAMS has as guests, their son DENNIS WILLIAMS, wife and daughters VICKI and TERRI of Covington, Okla., Mrs. Williams’ sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. DAVIDSON of Sapulpa, and another son C. K. WILLIAMS and family who reside here.
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