Obituaries

Wed
13
May

Velma Ruby Hoock

Velma was born to Jacob I. and Margaret (Reimer) Johnson on February 24, 1924, in Felt, Oklahoma. She passed away in Corn Heritage Village Apartments in Corn, Oklahoma, on Friday, May 8, 2015. Velma was a sister to Marvin, who was born in 1922, and Harvey, who was born in 1931. Jacob Jr. passed away at the age of one and a half years when Velma was seven. After living in the dusty panhandle, the Johnson family moved to the Corn community in 1931. Velma accepted the Lord as her personal Savior while in junior high school and was baptized in Siemen’s pond. She attended school in Corn and graduated from Corn High School in 1943. Velma would work many long and hard hours for her parents in the Johnson Grocery and Meat Market. While working in the market, she caught the “eye” of John Hoock, who was working for Gene Hamm at his gas station across the street from the grocery store.

Wed
13
May

Mary Jane Cox

Mary Jane Cox was born on November 23, 1953, in Sumter, South Carolina, to Minnie Lou and Page Albert Sparks. She passed away on May 6, 2015, in Clinton, Oklahoma, at the age of 61 years, five months and 13 days. Mary grew up moving around the United States while her father was in the U.S. Air Force. She spent her high school years in Lawton, Oklahoma, graduating from Lawton Eisenhower in 1972. After graduation, she began attending college at Southwestern Oklahoma State University where she met, and was eventually married to, Terry Dean Cox in Dill City, Oklahoma, on February 3, 1973. Mary and Terry made their home in Dill City, Oklahoma, where she ran a childcare service and was a stay-at-home mother until her children began school. She began working for Burns Flat schools as a paraprofessional working with children with special needs. In 2001, Mary returned to Southwestern Oklahoma State University where she obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Accounting in 2004.

Tue
28
Apr

Michael Allen Jackson

Michael was born in Bryan, Texas, to George and Dixie (Bateman) Jackson on February 27, 1958, and passed away April 12, 2015, in Cordell, Oklahoma, at the age of 57. He was raised in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Honey Grove, Texas. He attended Honey Grove High School, graduating from there in 1976. Michael then attended East Texas State University, graduating in 1980, with a BS Degree in Business. On September 14, 1991, Michael married the love of his life Marla Kilgore in Estes, Colorado. They moved to Cordell, Oklahoma, in 2011, to be closer to family throughout the United States. In 1996, Michael and Marla founded Brazos Associates Inc. This company is a regulatory consulting firm for environmental chemical research firms throughout the US. Michael enjoyed spending time outdoors golfing, fishing, and hiking. He loved spending time in the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains. Outdoor landscape photography was a very enjoyable hobby.

Tue
28
Apr

Bruce McKinley Welch

Bruce McKinley Welch, age 56, a resident of Willow, Oklahoma, passed away at the Elkview General Hospital in Hobart, Oklahoma, on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Bruce was born in Tularosa, New Mexico, on September 29, 1958, to Vernon McKinley Welch and Mildred F. (Bingham) Welch. Bruce was raised in La Luz, New Mexico, and later moved to Duncan, Oklahoma, with his family in 1973. He graduated from Velma Alma High School in 1976. He enjoyed gardening, old cars, truck driving, and spending time with his family and friends. On September 6, 1980, he married the love of his life, Brenda Annette Neece at Prairieview Baptist Church Elk City. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Dill City. Bruce was a devoted husband, father, and friend who will be deeply missed. He is preceded in death by his parents; a son, Jamie Welch; and father-in-law, Glen Neece.

Tue
21
Apr

Joseph Hale Kelley

Joseph Hale Kelley was born on September 8, 1944, to Grady and Clairsie Kelley in Waldron, Arkansas. There he was raised with his seven siblings until his dad packed up a pick-up truck and headed for Western Oklahoma, with hopes of a fresh start and bright future. Landing in Gotebo, Oklahoma, as a sixth grader, Joe grew up to be a hardworking man who valued life as time spent with family, friends, students and high adventure trips on horseback to the Colorado mountains. On a warm summer night at Carla’s Drive-In in Cordell, Oklahoma, Joe spotted a pretty little red head, named Sue, who was “Sweeter” than his 1958 Chevy. It wasn’t long before he won her heart, and on his 20th birthday, (September 8, 1962) they said “I do.” Their wedded bliss soon brought a beautiful daughter, Khristy Lynne Kelley, followed two short years later by a wonderful son, Joseph Kasey Kelley.

Tue
21
Apr

Robert Daniel Burrows

Robert Daniel Burrows was born March 31, 1967, in Bellflower, California, to Carol and Gary Burrows. He passed away April 18, 2015, in Clinton, Oklahoma, at the age of 48 years and 17 days. Robert grew up in Norwalk, California, and graduated from Norwalk High School in 1985. After graduation, he briefly worked for Central Bank of Los Angeles and moved to Missouri, to work as a machinist. He later obtained employment with Dish Network in Missouri, and it was then that he met Denise Ane Danks. They were married at Sayre, Oklahoma, on September 7, 2012. After their marriage, they lived in Reydon, Oklahoma, and later moved to Bessie while Robert was working for Hamm Phillips Trucking. He was an avid woodworker and spent the majority of his life helping other people and devoted his life to it. He was preceded in death by his father and brother-inlaw, Doug Danks.

Tue
21
Apr

Henry “Hank” Svitak

Hank Svitak was born on February 14, 1924, to Frank and Millie (Roller) Svitak, on the family farm in Washita, Oklahoma, in Caddo County. He passed away at the age of 91 in Cordell, Oklahoma. Hank attended school in Washita. After high school he joined the Civilian Conservation Corp in 1941, and also served in WWII with the US Navy in the South Pacific. After the war, Hank moved to Western Oklahoma, where he worked for Bill Gover Chrysler/ Ford in Clinton, Oklahoma, for over 40 years. He also owned and operated Hank’s Auto Repair in Bessie, for over 35 years. Hank was not only a mechanic, he was the local furniture repair man and bicycle repair man for the children in the area. Every year when the holiday season rolled around, Hank would have the biggest Christmas party around in his shop.

Tue
14
Apr

Loretta Maxine Mills

Loretta Maxine Mills, 86, of Cordell, Oklahoma, passed away on Sunday, April 12, 2015, in Snyder, Oklahoma. She was born to Helmer and Ruby (Lanier) Kamm on July 13, 1928, in Sickels, Oklahoma.
Maxine graduated high school and then college with an Associate's Degree. She married Freddie B. Mills in June of 1947. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Cordell, where she taught Sunday

Tue
14
Apr

Forrest Gene Lain

Forrest Gene Lain, 78, of Longview, Texas, passed away April 9, 2015, in Madill, Oklahoma. Forrest was born March 23, 1937, in Cordell, Oklahoma, to Charles and Sylvia Lain. After graduating high school, he joined the Air Force and came back to Texas, to go to work for Texas Instruments in the late 1950’s. Forrest worked for TI until September 1, 1991, when he and his secretary both retired at the same time.
While at TI, Forrest went from working as a field tech for a number of years, to becoming the Manager over Human Resources for the Avionics Department. This, of course, required that he earn his degree, which he

Tue
14
Apr

Steven Thomas Couch

Steven Thomas Couch was born September 16, 1965, in Cordell, Oklahoma, to Jimmy Carrol and LaRita Kaye (Dawson) Couch. He passed away Thursday, April 9, 2015, in El Reno, Oklahoma, at the age of 49.
Steven married Melissa Evans on May 24, 2014, in Binger, Oklahoma. He graduated from Weatherford High School and he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The University of Oklahoma in
Norman. Steven was head principal of Chickasha High School. He dedicated his life and career to the education of young adults as a teacher, mentor, and administrator. His survivors include his wife, Melissa Diane ouch, of the home in Binger, Oklahoma; four children, Tyler James Couch of Norman, Oklahoma, Kelsey Ann Couch of Norman, Oklahoma, Jacob Dee Williams of Binger, Oklahoma, and Calob Ray Williams of

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