Obituaries

Tue
31
May

Rex Crider Bond

Rex Crider Bond was born February 12, 1934, in Cordell, Oklahoma. His parents were Rex A. and Edith C. Bond. He went to be with his Lord Sunday, May 15, 2016, in Bossier City, Louisiana. Rex was a 1952 graduate of Cordell High School where he was active in all sports. He joined the United States Air Force after high school, serving for four years. Rex was stationed at Herlong, Nevada, where he met his first wife, Ruth Johnson. They married on July 23, 1955. To this union were born two children, Keith and Ellen. He returned to Oklahoma and attended SWOSU, receiving a Bachelor Degree. He was employed with Lederle and Pfizer Laboratories for 34 years as a pharmaceutical sales representative, retiring in 1994. Rex married Sylvia, July 23, 1980, in Shreveport. Over the 36 years they had together, they traveled extensively and built their home on Cross Lake. He was an avid golfer, enjoying years playing with friends.

Tue
31
May

Max Lynn Stotts

Max Lynn Stotts was born on February 21, 1956, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to John and Shirley (Cox) Stotts. He passed away on May 21, 2016, in Cordell, Oklahoma, at the age of 60. Max lived in California for the majority of his adolescence, graduating from high school at Vanden High School in Fairfield, California, where he excelled at cross country, track and field. Immediately after high school, Max was hired as a Machinist Apprentice at Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo, California. In 1990, he relocated to  Bremerton, Washington, where he worked at both Keyport and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility. Max was very passionate and took great pride in his work; in 2011 he retired after 37 years of service. He enjoyed the great outdoors, camping, music, and spending time with his family. Max loved to ride dirt bikes and ATV’s with Kevin, camping and the annual ocean shore trips with the family.

Tue
24
May

Royce Monroe "Plug" Forrester

Royce Monroe "Plug" Forrester was born on March 11, 1930, on the farm his family rented, southeast of Canute, Oklahoma. He was the third of four children, Marie, Charles, Royce and Leland, born to Riley M. Forrester and Lillie Belle Atchison Forrester. In 1933, the family moved to a farm on Route 66 and Turkey Creek, east of Foss. After their house burned they moved across Highway 66, to a house you may recognize from its present-day red steel roof. On April 13, 1941, at age 11, the family moved to the farm they proudly purchased northeast of Canute. Royce chose to join the Canute Methodist Church. When he placed his birthday money into the offering plate this past March 13, he noted that he had been a member of the church longer than any other person. Royce took over the farming when his father, Riley, died in 1951, and farmed until he was drafted into the U.S. Army to serve for two years. There he was trained as a helicopter mechanic and spent most of his service time at Ft.

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.

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