Obituaries

Tue
15
Sep

Oletta Jane Mandrell

Oletta Jane Mandrell was born on July 3, 1929, in Colony, Oklahoma, to Lester and Mary (Lewis) Klein, and passed away on September 12, 2015, in Elk City, Oklahoma, at the age of 86. Oletta attended school in Colony. After graduation she received a Bachelor degree in Education and taught English and Home Economics in Dill City for several years. On May 1, 1954, Oletta married Leland Mandrell, to this union three children were born. They made their home in Dill City where they raised their children. After her retirement Oletta was a homemaker. She enjoyed fishing, sewing, and spending time with her family and friends. She was very passionate about serving her Lord and doing church work. Oletta and Leland loved going to Port Aransas during the winter months.

Tue
15
Sep

Sandra Kay Williams Flax

Sandra Kay Williams Flax was born September 10, 1943, in Indianapolis, Indiana, and passed away September 4, 2015, in Andover, Kansas, at the age of 71. She attended school in and graduated from Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1963. Sandra moved to Sentinel, Oklahoma, in July of 1974, where she raised her family. She operated Sandy’s Beauty Shop in Sentinel for several years. Sandra was a cosmetologist and beautician. In the middle of the 1980’s Sandra and Don Flax moved to Scottsdale, Arizona. While living in Arizona Sandra started a new career. She began working for the Department of Corrections as a Correction Officer working her way up to the rank of Lieutenant. She was employed there for 18 years retiring in 2007. She received several accommodations with her favorite being “expert shot”. Troy always joked with his mom about not making her mad while she had her gun on.

Tue
15
Sep

Charlotte K. Sheffield

Charlotte K. Sheffieldwas born November 8, 1963, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to Jesse and Carolyn (Fitz) Steele, and passed away September 11, 2015, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Charlotte attended school in Oklahoma City and graduated in 1982. She attended college and became a licensed Cosmetologist. She moved to Leedey to be closer to her family in the early 1990’s. Charlotte met Doug Shef-fieldand they married June 3, 1995, in Leedey, and then moved to Cordell, Oklahoma.  She worked many years for Ace Hardware in Cordell and Clinton where she was the Assistant Manager. Charlotte enjoyed reading, making jewelry, spending time with her family, going out to eat, and riding along with Doug on countless service calls.

Tue
15
Sep

A.C. Johnson

A.C. was born in Butler, Oklahoma, on March 5, 1928, to Walter and Lucinda (Brown) Johnson, and passed away September 10, 2015, in Dill City, Oklahoma at the age of 87. He was raised in Cordell, Oklahoma, where he attended school. A.C. married Betty Crabb on March 6, 1952, in Wheeler, Texas. He entered the Army that following June and served in the Korean War as an Anti-Aircraft Artillery man. After he served in the Army he and Betty moved to Dill City, Oklahoma. To this union four children were born, Connie Jean, Jimmie Ralph, Merle Ann, and Lisa Diane. They raised their four children in Dill City, Oklahoma. A.C. Johnson A.C. worked for many years as a builder and carpenter where he built many of the homes in the Dill City and Cordell communities, with his son Jimmie. Later, he worked for Washita County District 3 as a blade operator, retiring in the 1990’s. A.C. also served the community of Dill City as a volunteer firefighter for many years where he later retired.

Tue
15
Sep

Dacus Lavern Berry

Dacus Lavern Berry was born July 31, 1930, in the Lake Valley community, to George and Leone (Isbell) Berry. He passed from this life September 11, 2015, at the Cordell Christian Home. Dacus attended school in the Lake Valley and Cloud Chief communities through the eighth grade, finishing his high school education by correspondence at the age of 36. He went to work at age 14 at Jiggs Produce and Creamery. In 1949, he moved to California, and worked in the San Joaquin Valley on a grape ranch. In 1950, Dacus married Peggy June Ellis at Sentinel, Oklahoma, and they lived the first three years of their married life in California. In 1951, a son, Lavern, was born and a daughter, Wanelda in 1953. They moved back to Oklahoma in 1954, and he resumed work for Jiggs Botchlett at the turkey ranch where he worked for the next 23 years. Dacus went to work for the Farmers’ Cooperative Association in Cordell, in 1967, and remained in the grain elevator business until his retirement in 1996.

Tue
08
Sep

Louise Marie (Aachte) Wyatt

Louise Marie (Aachte) Wyatt was born September 23, 1928, in Cordell, Oklahoma, to William and Pearl Lee (Simmons) Aachte, Jr. and passed away Monday, August 31, 2015, at Weatherford Living Center. Louise was raised and attended school in Cordell and graduated from Cordell High School. She earned her bachelor degree from Oklahoma State University in 1951. On August 22, 1948, Louise married Wesley K. Wyatt. She lived most of her life in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and attended the Presbyterian Church. Louise loved gardening, animals, especially her kitty “Sugar”, church activities, and making anything grow and stay alive. Louise was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Molly Louise Strickler; son, Dorian “Wade” Wyatt; and exhusband, Wesley Wyatt. She is survived by son-inlaw, Steve Strickler and wife, Laci and granddaughters, Hannah Grace and Ella June Strickler.

Tue
08
Sep

Lois Margaret Martin

Lois Margaret Martin was born October 15, 1935, in Cordell, Oklahoma, to James and Dovie Neeley, and passed away August 31, 2015, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Lois was raised and attended school in Cordell, Oklahoma, and graduated in 1958. She and Robert Seward were married in 1958, and to this union one son was born. She worked at various jobs in Cordell, including Martins Bakery and Lefty’s Diner, for many years. In 1974, Lois and Marcus Martin were married until his passing in 2008. Lois worked at the Cordell Christian Home in the kitchen retiring in 1997. She enjoyed reading, doing puzzle books, was an avid race car fan, attending church and serving God, and spending time and visiting with family and friends especially her grandchildren. Lois was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Marcus Martin, in 2008.

Tue
08
Sep

Bobby Wayne Nabors, Sr.

Bobby Wayne Nabors, Sr., age 80, formally of Oklahoma City, laid down for a nap on Tuesday, September 1, 2015, and woke up in the arms of Jesus. He was born October 19, 1934, in Cowden, Oklahoma. Bobby worked in heating and air. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, boating and RVing. Bobby loved to tell jokes and was great at story telling. He also enjoyed watching boxing, the nightly news, Oklahoma sports, and going to the horse track. Bobby was a loving husband, father, grandpa, Papa and “Bob-Bob.” He is survived by his wife, Ruth Nabors; four children, Cyndi Johnson and husband, Christian, Bobby Nabors, Jr., Debbie McGinnis and husband, Randy, and Pam Brown and husband, Ronnie; nine grandchildren, Christian Johnson, Bobby Nabors III, Jeff French, Laura McGinnis, Jason McGinnis, Shana Franklin, Lesli Arnold, Christi Brown, and Nick Brown; 11 great-grandchildren; one brother, Gerald Nabors and wife, Raedell; and a multitude of brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews.

Tue
01
Sep

Joey Lee

Funeral services for Joey Lee, 37, Clinton resident will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, September 3, 2015, in the Kiesau Memorial Chapel, officiated by Pastor Vann Leonard. Burial will follow in the Clinton Cemetery, under the direction of the Kiesau-Lee Funeral Home. Joseph Mikel Lee was born February 11, 1978, to Jack and Peggy (Willis) Lee in Cordell, Oklahoma, and passed away August 26, 2015, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Joey was raised in Clinton and Cordell, graduating from Cordell High School in 1996. He was married to Candi Lau on March 16, 2000, in Arapaho. They had made their homes in Clinton, as well as Cordell. To this marriage they had three children, Hannah, Jackson and Jagger. He had been employed with Freightliner and Doanes Pet Care. He later became father to another daughter, Tera Elizabeth. He is preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Waylon Shields. His passion was his children. He enjoyed music and spending time with family and friends.

Tue
01
Sep

Don Wham

Don Wham was born March 8, 1934, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to Rodillia and Donald Wham, Sr. He passed away August 31, 2015, at Elk City, Oklahoma, at the age of 81 years, 5 months and 23 days. Don grew up in Oklahoma City and was a graduate of Capitol Hill High School. He later attended Oklahoma City University. He met Juanita Botchlet on a blind date and their romance blossomed and they were married at Cordell, Oklahoma, on June 11, 1955. They lived in Oklahoma City before moving to Cordell in 1956. They remained there until 1960, when they moved to Tulsa and later returned to Cordell in 1963. He and his father-in-law owned a turkey smoking plant and they also operated Jiggs Don Wham Smokehouse in Clinton. Don and Juanita moved to Elk City in 1969, to make their home. He was preceded in death by his parents, stepfather, Tony Dodd, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jiggs and Earlene Botchlet, and a son-in-law, Bill Wilson.

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