Obituaries

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.

Tue
01
Mar

Kenneth Beck

Funeral services for Kenneth Beck, 79, former Clinton resident were held on Friday, February 26, 2016, in Clinton’s First Mennonite Church, officiated by Pastor Daniel Mosburg. Burial was held prior to the service in the Bergthal Cemetery in Corn, Oklahoma, under the direction of the Kiesau-Lee Funeral Home. Kenneth Dale Beck was born July 26, 1936, to A.B. Beck and Minnie (Bauer) Beck in Cordell, Oklahoma, and passed away Saturday, February 20, 2016, in Norman, Oklahoma. Kenneth was raised in Cordell, Oklahoma, where he attended school. He moved to West Texas when he was about 16 years old and worked at putting up electric lines in the Big Ben area. In 1956, he moved to Wich ita Falls, Texas, and worked in the oil fields. He was married to Loretta Jane Reimer on April 10, 1957, in Wichita Falls, Texas. They made their first home in Liberal, Kansas, and then on to Oklahoma City, where he worked at various jobs until he moved back to Cordell.

Tue
01
Mar

Alan Ray Brown

Alan Ray Brown was born near Burns Flat, Oklahoma, in 1939. His life ended on February 26, 2016. He grew up on a farm east of Burns Flat, Oklahoma, where he picked cotton as a youngster, and played basketball in high school. As he grew older, he worked with his Uncle Elmer on the family farm. He then moved to California, and found work at ACME Steel for a few years. Alan married Veda Brown in 1966, and worked for the California School system for 16 years. He then moved his family to Texas, and became self-employed as a gardener and caretaker for condominiums. Alan moved back to the Brown farm with his wife Veda and resided there until his death. His hobbies consisted of playing guitar, metal detecting, carving knives, fishing, and hunting. Alan played the guitar in a band in Bakersfield, California. Music was a big part of his life, and he played and sang at many friend and family gatherings. He was a member of the Treasure Hunting Club in Bakersfield, California.

Tue
01
Mar

Benna G. (Deeds) Martin

Benna G. (Deeds) Martin, 83, passed away on February 25, 2016, in Stillwater, Oklahoma, after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Rocky, Oklahoma, on April 19, 1931, to D.B. and Grace (Galloway) Deeds. Benna was the valedictorian of her Rocky High School graduating class and a former resident of Lookeba, Cordell, Hobart, and Norman. She and her husband moved to Stillwater in 2001. Benna was retired after serving as a clerk at the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service office in Cordell, and as a bookkeeper for both Shawnee Public Schools, and  Hobart Public Schools. Benna greatly enjoyed sewing, gardening, and attending every activity of her grandchildren, from baseball games to dance recitals. Most of all, she enjoyed many loving years being married to her high school sweetheart. She and her husband, residents of Primrose Retirement Community, were members of the First Baptist Church. Benna was preceded in death by her parents, D.B.

Tue
23
Feb

Joanne Long Gwaltney

Joanne Long Gwaltney was born on July 25, 1930, to Alice (Ross) and Daniel Freeman Stough, Jr. She passed to heaven peacefully on February 21, 2016. Joanne was born, raised, and graduated from high school in Geary, Oklahoma. She was the older sister to three brothers. From an early age, she appreciated music, taking piano lessons, playing the clarinet in the school band, and eventually joining a country band after high school as the lead vocalist. Joanne completed two years at the University of Oklahoma, but her education was interrupted when she met, fell in love with, and then married Orville Long on September 30, 1950. Joanne continued her schooling part-time while she helped Orville on the farm near Geary and raised their two young sons, Jim and John. In the 1950’s Joanne was a nationally-recognized contest writer. Among her prizes, she won cash, a refrigerator, two color televisions, countless pairs of roller skates, a turkey roaster, a pogo stick, and even a beagle.

Tue
16
Feb

Patsy Ruth Nichols

Pat Nichols, the daughter of Earl and Ruth Brown, was born October 14, 1933, in Agra, Oklahoma, and died February 9, 2016, in Oklahoma City. She was raised on a dairy farm and graduated from Agra High School.
Tue
09
Feb

Evelyn Irene Diffendaffer-Giblet

Evelyn Irene Diffendaffer-Giblet was born south of Cordell, Oklahoma, on April 6, 1931. She departed this life peacefully in her sleep on February 8, 2016, in Collinsville, Oklahoma. She married the love of her life Carl Leroy Giblet on February 3, 1951, and was married 22 years until his death on November 7, 1973. Evelyn was a member of the Church of the First Born at Rocky, Oklahoma. Her passion in life was sitting at her sewing machine creating beautiful clothing and crafts. She also loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and special friends and family. Evelyn owned and operated Giblet Fireworks for 50 years with the help of generations of family and friends. She also worked at numerous jobs through the years in the community where she made lifelong friendships. Evelyn spent her last months living with her daughter Karla, son-in-law David, grandchildren, Grant and Caroline, and their dogs Spencer, Sophie, and Molly.

Tue
09
Feb

J. Frank Parman

J. Frank Parman died at home in Norman February 5, 2016, after a long illness. Parman was a self-employed typesetter, a freelance writer and graphic artist, a playwright and poet, and a serious photographer. As a book publisher he is credited with over three dozen books. Most of them are poetry books for the nonprofit organization Cottonwood Arts Foundation using the imprint of the Point Riders Press founded in Norman in 1974. A believer in doing it yourself, Parman's skills included most aspects of book publishing. After twenty years in non-profit book publication, he researched a literary history of Oklahoma, from 1920 through 1945. Parman was the author of 14 produced plays, including one for educational television, one issued on an LP record, and one adaptation for radio. His book publications include Daybook of Western Heroes: poems from an outlaw calendar, and, as coauthor with Arn Henderson and Dortha Henderson, Architecture in Oklahoma: Landmark and Vernacular.

Tue
09
Feb

Pat Nichols

Pat Nichols of Cordell, died at the age of 82, in Oklahoma City, on February 9, 2016. Services are pending with Musick- Varner Funeral Home of Cordell. 

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