Obituaries

Tue
07
Jun

Roger Colten Byrd

Funeral services for R.C. Byrd, 23, Clinton, were held on Monday, May 23, 2016, in the First Christian Church, officiated by Doyle Kinney. Burial concluded in the Chapel Hill Cemetery under the direction of the Kiesau-Lee Funeral Home. Roger Colten Byrd was born May 25, 1992, to Bob Brent Byrd and
Tue
07
Jun

F.A. Clayton

F.A. Clayton was born July 9, 1928, on the family farm one mile west of Dill City, to George and Mary (Barnett) Clayton and passed away June 3, 2016, in Clinton, Oklahoma at the age of 87. F.A. was raised on the farm and attended school in Dill City, graduating in 1946.
Tue
07
Jun

Mattie Fay Boggs

Mattie Fay Boggs was born March 13, 1926, in Washita County on the family farm southeast of Cordell, to William and Leora (Dyer) Robinson and passed away June 2, 2016, in Weatherford, Oklahoma. Pat was raised on the family farm and attended school in Rocky, Oklahoma. As a young child Mattie had an
Tue
07
Jun

Ralph Baker Freeman

Ralph Baker Freeman, 92 of the Hobart and Sentinel area, passed away Wednesday evening June 1, 2016, at the Clinton Veterans Center. Ralph was a well respected farmer and cattleman in the Kiowa and Washita County areas, living on the county line and farming in these two counties since returning from World 
Tue
31
May

Mary Alice Power Rainbolt

Mary Alice Power Rainbolt was born October 31, 1916, in Lithonia, Georgia, to Dr. Charles Lewis and Lena McLain Power. She joined sisters Sarah and Helen and brother Charles. After the death of her mother when Mary Alice was three, she lived with her Uncle Jim Orr and his wife Cora in Mars Hill, Georgia, while the rest of the children lived with other family members. The family was reunited when her father married Lena's sister Alice McLain in 1922. Mary Alice lived in Pontotoc, Mississippi, Cedartown, Georgia, and Shreveport, Louisiana, where her father served as pastor in Presbyterian churches. Three more brothers were born into the family: Thomas, William and Robert. Mae, as she was lovingly called by family, graduated from Byrd High School in Shreveport. She received a Classical Degree from Mississippi Women's Synodical College in Holly Springs, Mississippi, and attended Norton's Business School in Shreveport.

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.

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