Obituaries

Tue
03
May

Jimae Lu McMillin

Jimae Lu McMillin was born in Altus, Oklahoma, on June 3, 1956, to Jimmie Dee and Zoe (Sims) McMillin. She attended school in Cordell, Oklahoma, and Lockhart, Texas, graduating from Cordell in 1974. After graduation Jimae attended college in Edmond, Oklahoma. She returned to Cordell and began her career with Robertson’s Factory in 1980. She was a supervisor at Robertson’s and worked there for almost 30 years. After Robertson’s Factory closed Jimae went to work for United and worked there until the time of her death. Jimae loved the outdoors. She loved to camp, fish, and work in her flower garden. Jimae was on the Robertson’s bowling league for many years. She was a NASCAR fan and a sports fanatic. Jimae She enjoyed visiting with friends and family, but her dogs were her children. Jimae was preceded in death by her partner, Janice Brown; father, Jimmie D.

Tue
26
Apr

Ruby Ann Ratke

Ruby was born on December 6, 1926, to Rudolf and Olga (Krewall) Schmidt on the family farm between Corn and Bessie in Rural Washita County. She passed away from this life to eternal glory on April 21, 2016, at her rural Bessie home, with her ever present smile on her face. She was given the best birthday 
Tue
19
Apr

Nelda Tome

Nelda Tome of Cordell, born August 8, 1930, died at the age of 85, on April 18, 2016. Services are pending with Musick-Varner Funeral Home of Cordell.

Tue
12
Apr

Bud Wheeler

Funeral services for Bud Wheeler, 73, Clinton resident, former businessman, and civic leader were held Thursday, April 7, 2016, in the First United Methodist Church, officiated by Reverend Roland Youngberg. Burial concluded in the Clinton Cemetery under the direction of the Kiesau-Lee Funeral Home. G.C. “Buddy” Wheeler, III was born August 27, 1942, to G.C. Wheeler, Jr. and Maxine (Darnell) Wheeler in Houston, Texas, and he passed away Monday, April 4, 2016, in Clinton, Oklahoma. Buddy was raised in Clinton where he attended school until the ninth grade and then he attended Western Military Academy in Alton, Illinois, and graduated in 1960. He continued his education at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico, before entering Southwestern State College in Weatherford where he majored in Art. Buddy married Jan Dysart on December 20, 1963, in Clinton, Oklahoma, where they made their home.

Tue
12
Apr

Betty Jones

Betty Lou (Graves) Jones was born November 10, 1935, on the family farm in Dill City, Washita County, to C.B. and Agnes (Kennemar) Graves. She passed away on Friday, April 8, 2016, in the Grace Living Center in Clinton, Oklahoma. Betty was raised on the family farm west of Dill City, Oklahoma, graduated from Dill City High School in 1954, and moved to Clinton, when she married Roy Jones, Sr. on July 1, 1954. Betty was employed by various retail businesses in Clinton, and worked for Clinton Public Schools for over 16 years. She retired in 1998. She was a longtime faithful and active member of the Freewill Baptist Church in Clinton. She enjoyed quilting, gardening, cooking, farm life, and spending time with her family and friends. Betty was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Doris Burns; three brothers, W.C., Russell, and Wendale Graves; and a great-granddaughter, Maggie Dunn.

Tue
12
Apr

Bob W. Brawley

Bob W. Brawley, 81, of Cordell, Oklahoma, was born September 16, 1934, to Georgia and Robert Brawley. After graduating from Cordell High School in May, 1952, at the age of 16 years, eight-months, he rode with his two buddies to Oklahoma City with a suitcase and all his belongings. He was hired by Central National Bank as a bookkeeper. Bob was given a ledger of checking accounts with the expectation of posting all checks and deposits to the accounts starting at 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., as well as balancing the accounts to the penny. Although his workday started at 6:00 a.m., he always had his work posted and balanced by 10:00 a.m. In 1955, Bob accepted the position of Cashier at First National Bank of Midwest City where he, at age 25, installed the first computer at a bank in the state of Oklahoma. After laying eyes on a young lady, Bob enlisted his friends at Central National Bank in assisting him with her name and phone number.

Tue
12
Apr

Andrea Jean Hull

Andrea Jean Hull died April 6, 2016, at home in Bethany, Oklahoma, following a lengthy illness and penetrating grief over the death, in 2014, of her beloved husband. Now she has been reunited with him in ecstasy for eternity. Jean was born September 25, 1947, in Anadarko, to A.J. Schwarz and Betty Bryan Schwarz. She graduated from Cordell High School in 1965, and went on to attend the Oklahoma College for Women, in Chickasha, and later Cameron Junior College, in Lawton. In 1968, Jean married her high school sweetheart, Marlin Hull. They made their first home in Lawton, and later moved to Marlow, where Jean was a homemaker and served as a Boy Scouts den mother. She later returned to her studies at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, in Chickasha, graduating in 1985, with a Bachelor of Science in biology.

Tue
05
Apr

Eddie J. Schmidt

Eddie J. Schmidt, 84, of Clinton, Oklahoma, passed away March 30, 2016, at his home with his family by his side. Eddie was born on June 27, 1931, to Edward and Marie (Jantzen) Schmidt in Bessie, Oklahoma. He was united in marriage to Eldeen Sawatzky on March 31, 1955, at Bessie, Oklahoma. Eddie was a member of the First Mennonite Church in Clinton, Oklahoma. He loved working with wood and was a phenomenal carpenter. Eddie built many homes throughout Clinton while working for Elk Supply for over 25 years. He was later employed at the Clinton Veteran Center for 12 years, retiring in 1996. Eddie was preceded in death by his wife, Eldeen (Sawatzky) Schmidt; sister, Alice Schmidt; and five brothers, Paul Schmidt, Robert Schmidt, Martin Schmidt, Norman Schmidt and Alfred Schmidt.

Tue
05
Apr

Frankie Mae Steffes

Frankie Mae Steffes was born August 15, 1935, in Dill City, Oklahoma, to Mary Francis and Pete  Richard Peffer. She passed away March 29, 2016, at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at the age of 80 years, 7 months and 14 days. Frankie grew up in the Dill City community and attended Dill City schools, graduating in 1953. After graduation, she was married to Donald "Jim" Steffes at St. Francis Church, south of Canute, Oklahoma, on January 10, 1956. After their marriage they moved to a few places within the Canute community before moving to the old homestead four miles west of Burns Flat, Oklahoma. In the early 60's, Frankie raised her family and was a homemaker until the late 60's when she found employment with a clothing factory in Elk City. She continued there until she went to work for Kellwood in Clinton, and remained there until she retired to care for Jim. In 1988, Frankie and Jim moved two miles northwest of Canute to make their home.

Tue
05
Apr

Curtis Alonzo Hurst

Curtis Alonzo Hurst, 95, passed away March 29, 2016, in Marlow, Oklahoma. He was born on February 6, 1921, in Gotebo, Oklahoma, to Oscar and Hattie Belle (Harris) Hurst. Curtis attended school in Gotebo and was saved at the age of twelve. He served his Country in the United States Army as a Artillery Gunnery Sergeant in WWII during the Battle of the Buldge. Curtis went on to graduate from OU, OSU, and SWOSU with a Master's Degree. He married Beatrice Aldridge in August of 1940, and  she preceded him in death in 2005. He later married Melba Dickerson on August 24, 2011, in El Centro, California. He was a member of the Gotebo Baptist Church. Curtis is survived by his wife Melba, of the home; son, Curtis "Merl" Hurst, of El Centro, California; sister, Phyllis Breckley, of Mountain View, Oklahoma; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Beatrice Aldridge; three brothers; and three sisters.

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