Obituaries

Tue
24
May

Vina Olive (McEntire) Sammons

Vina Olive (McEntire) Sammons was born in Canute, Oklahoma, October 4, 1924, to Paul Preston McEntire and Marie Lottie ( Prickett ) McEntire. She graduated from Canute High School in 1942. Vina married Dr. Joe Roy Sammons in June, 1943. She worked at Clinton/Sherman Air Force Base before she and J.R. moved to Ada, Oklahoma, where their daughter was born. After a brief return to Elk City, they moved to Oklahoma City. Vina worked as a Beauty Consultant and then as a waitress before their son was born. In the mid 1960's they moved to Norman to manage both of the NuWay Laundries there. J.R. became a pastor and they served together as a dynamic couple in serving God for over 40 years in churches in Oklahoma and Nevada. Vina was certified in the Laubach Literacy Course and taught many adults to read, speak, and understand English. She was also trained by the Billy Graham School of Evangelism along with J.R. One special ministry was that their front door was always open.

Tue
24
May

Esther Keith and Norman Keith

On May 29, 2016, a memorial service will be held at the Cordell Lawn View Cemetary for Cordell’s former resident Esther Maude Birckett Keith and her husband, Norman Keith. The service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Esther’s four children and their families will be at the service. They would like to invite Esther’s former friends and classmates to join them in celebrating the life of their mother. The ashes of Esther and her husband will be laid to rest beside Esther’s parents, the late Sam and Esther Birckett, long time residents of Cordell. Esther Maude passed away November 20, 2015, and her husband, Norman passed away March 12, 2010. Esther Maude was born in Cordell, at the Florence Hospital. She grew up in Cordell and graduated from Cordell High School in 1958.

Tue
24
May

Velma A. Mason

Funeral services for Velma A. Mason, 99, longtime Clinton resident will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at the First United Methodist Church, officiated by Roland Youngberg. Burial will conclude in the Lawnview Cemetery in Cordell, Oklahoma, under the direction of the Kiesau-Lee Funeral Home. Velma A. (Ficken) Mason was born November 26, 1916, to Peter Fredrick Joseph Ficken and Anna Julia (Schaefer) in Marshall, Oklahoma, and passed away Saturday, May 21, 2016, in Oklahoma, City, Oklahoma. Mrs. Mason was raised in Marshall, Oklahoma, graduating from high school in 1934. She continued her education at Oklahoma A&M receiving a degree in Sociology in 1941.She was married to Dr. Walter S. Mason, Jr. on December 27, 1941, in Marshall, Oklahoma. They made their first home in Fort Collins, Colorado, where Dr. Mason completed his schooling for Veterinary Medicine. Upon his graduation they moved back to Western Oklahoma and settled in Clinton, where Dr.

Tue
24
May

Junior L. Delp

Junior L. Delp, 86, of Foss, Oklahoma, was born on June 15, 1929, in Thomas, Oklahoma. He is the son of Philip and Sidney Mae (Barker) Delp. Junior passed away on Sunday May 22, 2016, at the Elk City Nursing Home in Elk City, Oklahoma. Junior married his best friend and sweetheart Mary Faye Price on November 21, 1952, in Burns Flat, Oklahoma. He served his country in the United States Army. Junior also served as a volunteer firefighter for over 20 years. He was a deacon, an elder, and the treasurer of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Burns Flat, Oklahoma for over 40 years. Junior was on numerous boards in Washita County.

Tue
24
May

James (Jimmie) Ray McMahan

(Jimmie) Ray Mc-Mahan, a 15 year resident of Manchester, Connecticut, made his transition from this life, peacefully at Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, surrounded by his family, Monday evening, May 9, 2016. Born December 3, 1940, in Hobart, Oklahoma, Jim grew up and attended grade school in Gotebo, Oklahoma, before moving to Cordell where he graduated from Cordell High School. Jim attended Oklahoma State University for two years, studying banking and finance. He transferred to Southwestern Oklahoma State University, where he graduated in 1964. He later continued his education at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, acquiring his Master’s in Business. Jim started working part time while in high school, in 1958, at Cordell National Bank, where he advanced to CFO and FDIC Compliance Officer, through his 25 years of service. Simultaneously he served as President and CEO of the Dill State Bank, in Dill City, Oklahoma.

Tue
24
May

Henry Newman

Henry Newman was born June 6, 1944, in Shamrock, Texas, to Patsy and Jerry E. Newman. He passed away May 19, 2016, at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at the age of 71 years, 11 months and 13 days. At an early age Henry was raised by Letha (Rogers) Newman because of his mother's passing. He grew up in and around Duncan, Oklahoma, where he attended school, graduating in 1962.After graduation he attended the University of Oklahoma for a year before transfering to Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Henry was married to Emma Jean (Stewart) Newman at the Elk City Primitive Baptist Church on December 18, 1965. Henry and Emma Jean lived in Cordell and Tulsa for a brief peroid until moving to Duncan, where Henry sold insurance and real estate. In 1981, they moved to Dill City, where Henry began his career in the oil field and remained there until 1995, when they moved to Arapaho to make their home.

Tue
17
May

L. D. Breland

L. D. Breland was born September 27, 1953, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, to Genevieve and Herschell Leon Breland. He passed away May 4, 2016, at Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, at the age of 62 years, seven months and seven days. L. D. "Lazy Dog" grew up in Mississippi, and entered the U.S. Army in 1972. He was stationed in Germany as a Motor Transportation Operator. After his discharge in 1975, he moved to Lafayette, Louisiana, and began his career as a truck driver. He later lived in Dill City and Idabel, Oklahoma. After retiring, L. D. moved to Breaux Bridge to make his home. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Theresa Ann Breland; and a brother Kenneth Ray Breland. L. D. is survived by his three children, Jessica Breland of Spaulding, Oklahoma, Melissa Granja of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and L. D. (Beau) Breland, Jr.

Tue
17
May

Samuel Powers

Samuel Powers 88, died on May 12, 2016, in Stillwater Oklahoma. He was born on April 20, 1928, to Raymond Robert Powers and Clara M. McCullough Powers in Dill City, Oklahoma. He graduated from Dill City Public Schools. Samuel married Bessie May Godsell on January 7, 1950, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He attended Oklahoma City University, where he graduated in 1965, with a Bachelor of Industrial Arts Degree and in 1971, with a Master’s in Science degree. Samuel was a cotton picker, mechanic, truck driver, student, college professor, and mechanical consultant. He worked three summers, 1972, 1973, and 1975, at the United States Postal Service and NASA. Samuel is preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Sue Fox and Norma Farmer; and one brother, Johnny Powers.

Tue
10
May

Alvera L. Dickerson

Alvera L. Dickerson, 89, passed away Wednesday May 4, 2016, in Purcell, Oklahoma. She was born February 13, 1927, in Bessie, Oklahoma, to Louis and Rosa (Reinschmidt) Gerner. She was united in marriage on December 20, 1951, in Oklahoma City to her loving husband, Claude L. Dickerson. Alvera worked as an administrator for the Altec Lansing Corporation in Oklahoma City, retiring after 18 dedicated years. Prior to that, she worked in payroll and accounting at Montgomery Wards, as well as Cutchall’s Men’s Fine Clothing in Penn Square Mall located in Oklahoma City. She was a wonderful cook and she enjoyed sharing and teaching her culinary skills to her grandchildren. Alvera loved to prepare and host meals for her family and friends, and she was known to always have an array of freshly baked goods on-hand. She was a devoted grandmother, and she adored her grandchildren.

Tue
10
May

Eby Dale Walters

Eby Dale Walters, 72, died Friday, May 6, 2016, at the Good Samaritan Center, Dodge City. He was born April 2, 1944, the son of Clarence Robert and Georgia (Humphry) Walters. Eby served in the Army National Guard and received his bachelor’s in Science and master’s in Education from Southwestern College, Weatherford, Oklahoma. A Cimarron resident since 2004, moving from Oklahoma, he taught school for 22 years and was an executive for Fram, retiring in 1980. His survivors include one brother, Jerry Walters and wife Kathy of Ft. Cobb, Oklahoma; Eby Dale Walters two sisters, Linda Hirschler, Ingalls, and Barbara Darcey and husband Dan of Guymon, Oklahoma; and several nieces and nephews. Eby was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Bobby and Jimmy Walters. Private graveside services will be held at a later date. There will be no public viewing, cremation has taken place. The family suggests memorials to the Eby Walters Memorial Fund in care of Ziegler Funeral Chapel, P.O.

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