Obituaries

Tue
05
Apr

Ruemelle D. Ball

Ruemelle D. Ball, 96, of Rocky, Oklahoma, passed away March 31, 2016, in Hobart, Oklahoma. She was born on October 15, 1919, in Rocky, Oklahoma, to John Dillon and Ethel Mae (Devin) Dietrich. Ruemelle was a devout member of the Rocky Methodist Church. Her mother, Ethel, was instrumental in starting the church and was a founding member. She graduated from Rocky High School in 1937. She married Lloyd Murl Ball on August 14, 1937. He preceded her in death in 2010. Ruemelle worked for the post office in Rocky and Sentinel as Post Master before retiring after 25 years.

Tue
05
Apr

James Modrell Price

James Modrell Price was born October 21, 1921 in Sulphur, Oklahoma, and died April 3, 2016, at the age of 94. He was one of five children born to Amos James and Winnie Baird Price. In the 1920’s the family moved to the Gotebo area. Later the Price family bought a farm three miles southeast of Cloud Chief. The children rode horses or walked to attend the Cloud Chief School. After receiving his diploma from Cloud Chief High School, he married Bessie Aldine Black in 1939. This union was blessed with three children, Peggy, Polly and Pat Price. James and Aldine lived and farmed in Cloud Chief for 53 years. James enjoyed playing basketball, baseball and dominos. He served several years on the Cloud Chief School Board. James was very instrumental in bringing rural water to Washita county by signing up many of his neighbors and serving on the water board. He traveled many miles as a rural route mail carrier. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren play sports.

Tue
29
Mar

David Lee Mandrell

David Lee Mandrell was born July 15, 1961, in Washita County, to Leland and Oletta (Klein) Mandrell and passed away March 24, 2016, in Dill City. David was raised in Dill City where he attended school and graduated in 1979. He joined his father in the family farming and cattle operation and worked alongside him for many years. David was an avid water skier and had been sponsored in skiing events by Bud Light. He enjoyed boat racing and snow skiing as well. David was an excellent athlete in high school and his love of basketball carried over to playing in some YMCA leagues. He loved passing down the enjoyment of basketball to his daughter, Tori and loved playing games with her. David was preceded in death by his parents, Leland and Oletta Mandrell. His survivors include his daughter, Tori Mandrell of Oklahoma City, and his son, Blake Mandrell of Burns Flat.

Tue
22
Mar

I’Leen Robinson Poe

I’Leen Robinson Poe was born November 11, 1949, in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, to Sonny and Bettie Jean (Schulte) Robinson and passed away January 23, 2016, at the age of 66, at her home in Burns Flat, Oklahoma. As a young child I’Leen and her family moved from Pittsburg, to Odessa, Texas, where she attended school and graduated. In 1968, I’Leen married John Poe in Odessa, Texas. John was in the Army, therefore as a young family they moved quite I’Leen Robinson Poe often with his career. After John’s service in the military they raised their family in Odessa. I’Leen moved to Burns Flat in 2000, to be closer to family. She enjoyed painting, and doing ceramics. I’Leen was also an avid garage saler. She enjoyed decorating and doing yard work. I’Leen enjoyed spending time with family and friends visiting. Some of her most treasured times were spent with her grandchildren. I’Leen was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John in 2000; and one brother, Jiggs Robinson.

Tue
22
Mar

Harriet June (Miller) Turner Wesner

Angels rejoiced on Friday, March 18, 2016, when Harriet June (Miller) Turner Wesner passed from this life into eternity to be with her Lord and loved ones. She was born on June 12, 1933, to Raymond and Lillian (Gregory) Miller in Oklahoma City. June was the baby sister of Norma Jean and Bobby. Her mother became ill soon after her birth and died when June was only two years old. Raymond later married Ludie Graves, the woman who mothered Norma Jean, Bobby and June and who also blessed them with two brothers, Ray and Mack. The family moved to a farm south of Cordell in 1940 and June went to Mt. Pleasant schools through her elementary years before graduating from Cordell High School in 1951. She was an outstanding basketball player for Cordell. A good shooter, June was offered an athletic scholarship to Southwestern State College. Although June did not accept the scholarship, she put a high value on education and was very proud all her children obtained college degrees.
Tue
22
Mar

Rita Jane (King) Williams

Rita Jane Williams, age 66, of St. George, Kansas, died Monday morning, March 14, 2016, at the Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan. She was born on October 30, 1949, in Cordell, Oklahoma, the daughter of R.D. King, Jr. and Billie Inez (Gregory) King. Rita graduated from Cordell High School in 1967 and then attended Southwestern State University. On August 4, 1967, in Cordell, Oklahoma, she was united in marriage to Kenneth R. Williams. Rita worked as a secretary to help support Ken as he finished his college degree. Following his graduation, Ken was drafted into the military and was called to serve during Vietnam. Rita made her home wherever her husband was stationed during their early married years. In January of 1974, her husband accepted a position at Ft. Riley with the Federal Civil Service and they soon made their home in Manhattan, Kansas.
Mon
21
Mar

June (Miller) Turner Wesner

June (Miller) Turner Wesner, Cordell, died on Friday, March 18, 2016. Her funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at Northside church of Christ in Cordell.

Tue
15
Mar

Winnie Opal Frank

Winnie Opal Frank, 96, passed away on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, in Carnegie, Oklahoma. She was born on September 7, 1919, in Gotebo, Oklahoma, to Oscar and Hattie (Harris) Hurst. Following her mother's death Winnie, age eight, and three younger siblings were raised by their uncle and aunt, Fred and Georgie (Hurst) Harris. Winnie was saved and baptized at an early age in the Gotebo Baptist Church. She married Harley Frank on October 8, 1938. She was a devoted wife and mother, taking care of five children and helping on their farm. Winnie was a member of the First Baptist Church of Gotebo and shared her Christian compassion for people by working as a nurse at the Hobart hospital for several years.

Tue
08
Mar

Loyd “Bud” Melvin Whitson

On October 6, 1935, in Finley, Oklahoma, Alice Whitson gave birth to a three and a half pound baby boy and named him Loyd Melvin Whitson. He was so small that they kept him in a shoebox until he got a little bigger. Loyd was the first son of Theodore and Alice Whitson and the oldest son of their ten children. Loyd quit school just a couple weeks into his eighth grade year, but could spell and write extremely well. His first job was working as a gas attendant in Cheyenne, Oklahoma. He did this until he entered the U.S. Marine Corps in 1954. In 1955, he met his wife, Betty Habekott, daughter of Bill and Lena Habekott of Arnett, Oklahoma. Loyd served in the Korean War and was then discharged with the honor of ‘Expert Rifleman’ in 1956. Loyd and Betty then moved back to Oklahoma, and started a family. They had five children, three boys and two girls. Loyd, better known by his family as “Bud”, enjoyed fishing and hunting, and went every chance he got.

Tue
01
Mar

Florence (Nickel) Owens

Florence (Nickel) Owens was born July 20, 1943, in Cordell, Oklahoma, to Jake and Elsie (Hinz) Schmidt. She passed away on February 26, 2016, in Edmond, Oklahoma, surrounded by her family in prayer. Florence accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at the age of 13 at the Herold Mennonite Church. She continued her faith as a devout follower of Christ, enjoying church services, reading scripture, and bible studies. Florence graduated from Cordell High School in 1961, and attended Southwestern State University. She married Jerry Nickel on June 20, 1962. They had two children, Monte and Cindy. Florence was devoted to her two children. She dedicated her time as a mother to love, support, and nurture her children to become the people they are today. Florence cherished maintaining a loving home. Holidays were especially important. The preparation for warm family gatherings lit her heart with joy. There was never a shortage of love, great food, and laughter.

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