Obituaries

Tue
14
Jul

Marjorie Juanita Janzen Heinrichs

Marjorie Juanita Janzen was born March 5, 1936, to John and Katie Janzen. The youngest of ten children, Marjorie grew up on her parents’ farm northwest of Corn, Oklahoma.She recalled many fun times there with her sisters and brothers and their families. That home place and the creek nearby meant so much to her that when she had grandchildren later in life, she wouldrevisit her childhood memories by taking the grandkids there and telling them the stories of her youth. Marjorie first went to the country school near her home, and later attended Corn Public School, graduating in 1954. During her school years, Marjorie fell in love with a tall, dark-haired young man named Wallace Heinrichs. They were married on December 28, 1954. That day proved to be especially memorable for many reasons. A severe blizzard swept into western Oklahoma that day. People managed to arrive at the Corn Mennonite Brethren Church for the wedding and Marjorie Juanita Janzen Heinrichs reception.

Tue
14
Jul

Byron “Barney” Dale Gore

Byron “Barney” Dale Gore was born to Flora Mae and Noble Allan Gore on July 28, 1933,in Lake Valley, Oklahoma. Barney grew up in the Lake Valley community where he attended public school. After graduating from Lake Valley High School in May 1951, he attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He joined the military after two years of college to become a Naval Aviation Cadet, then traveled to Pensacola, Florida, to report for active duty. On May 28, 1954, he successfully accomplished six carrier landings on the USS Monterey. He became a Marine Naval Aviator pilot in 1954, an achievement he was very proud of. Barney soon married Margaret “Maggie” Smith, his high school sweetheart. He instructed other pilots while serving in the military, which led him to discover his  love for teaching.In 1958, he returned to Southwestern Oklahoma State Uni- Byron “Barney” Dale Gore versity, to finish his Bachelor’s degree in Natural Science and receive a minor in Math.

Tue
14
Jul

Nettie Rachel Holt Akers

Nettie Rachel Holt Akers, 96, died July 12, 2015. She was born July 27, 1918, at the home of her parents, Noah Gibson Holt and Anna Pauley Holt on their farm near Cloud Chief, Oklahoma.Nettie was the youngest of 12 siblings. She grew up in the country, enjoying riding horses and helping on their farm. She attended school at Cloud Chief and graduated from Cordell High School. Nettie then went to the Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha, Oklahoma, for two years after which she returned home to help care for her mother. She returned to school at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. In 1940, she married William(Bill) F. Akers of Cordell, Oklahoma.  They were in love and best friends for over 62 years,until his death in 2003. Bill and Nettie first lived in Chicago while Bill earned his Doctorate in Optometry, and then moved to Norman, Oklahoma,in 1942, where he started his first practice.

Tue
07
Jul

Byron (Barney) Gore

Byron (Barney) Gore, 81, of Cordell, died Monday, July 6, 2015. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 9, 2015, in the Sharon Missionary Baptist Church under the direction of Musick-Varner
Funeral Home.
Tue
07
Jul

Joe A. Dodson, Sr.

Joe, 91, went to be with the Lord on June 9, 2015. The son of Benjamin Davis and Ruby Lee (Austin) Dodson, Joe was born May 20, 1924, in Cordell, Oklahoma. As a teenager, Joe was a soda jerk at Taylor Drug and played the clarinet in the Cordell High School Band.
Tue
07
Jul

Gwendolyn Raye Searcy

Gwendolyn Raye Searcy was born July 5, 1942, in Milburn, Oklahoma, to Ohma and Carmon Ray Kennedy.
Wed
01
Jul

Gerald Eugene Scott

On the morning of June 28, 2015, after battling the effects of diabetes and kidney failure, Gerald Eugene Scott went home to be with his Lord Jesus Christ. At the time of his death, Gerald was surrounded by his loving family in his earthly home in Poetry, Texas. 
Wed
01
Jul

Richard David Williams

Richard David Williams, 76, of Canute, Oklahoma was born on November 22, 1938 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is the son of Walter J. and Claire (Pobajeski) Williams.
Tue
23
Jun

Ethelyn “Babe” Garst

Edelma Ethelyn Garst, known as “Babe” to friends and family, a l o n g t i m e Cordell resident, died peacefully with her family surrounding her, on May 15, 2015, after a brief illness at the age of 94. She was born to May (Gripe) and Roy Fisher on May 13, 1921, in Sallisaw, Oklahoma, and grew up in Stillwater, Oklahoma. In high school she was a Drum Major, President of the Orchestra, baton twirler, played the violin, viola and bassoon, and won awards in diving at state swimming meets. Ethelyn obtained a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts at Oklahoma State University. In her senior year at OSU, due to a teacher shortage, she taught band at Jonesboro, Arkansas, then finished her degree over the summer. She also obtained a degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford, Oklahoma, while she was teaching at Sentinel.

Tue
16
Jun

Coy Ed Piercey

Mr. Piercey died on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in the Hospice Homeplace in Tyler. He was born on March 6, 1929, in Cordell, Oklahoma, and was formerly of GrandPrairie before moving to Hideaway in 2001. Mr. Piercey was retired from the U.S. Navy. After his retirement he was the Vice President of the IT Department and personal pilot for the Cordell National Bank. He was also a crop duster, a Mason and Shriner. Mr. Piercey is survived by his wife, Mrs. Wannell Piercey of Hideaway; three daughters and sons-in-law, Beverly Jarrett Major and husband Charles of Dallas, Carol Davis and husband Don of Hideaway, and Patti Turner and husband Bill of Richmond; hree brothers, Ronald Pierceyof Cordell, Von Piercey of Dallas, and John Piercey of Dallas; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren

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