Obituaries

Tue
07
Feb
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Brandyn Lee Gideon

Brandyn Lee Gideon, 16, of Cordell was born March 1, 2000, in Russellville, Arkansas, and died February 5, 2017, in Washita County, Oklahoma.

Brandyn attended Cordell High School where he was a member of the junior class.

He was a very active young man who made friends easily.

Brandyn wrestled as a heavy weight on the Cordell Blue Devil Wrestling team, played left guard on the football team wearing #66, and played spring soccer.

He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed spending time with his family camping and fishing.

Brandyn was an active member of The Edge Church and SWITCH youth ministry.

He greatly enjoyed spending time and hanging out with friends.

Brandyn had a very unique way of keeping everyone around him laughing with his jokes and cheerful personality.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, Ronnie Crone, Charles Lloyd Gideon, Sr., and Judy Gideon.

Tue
31
Jan
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Pearl I. Easter

Pearl I. Easter, 97, of Cordell, was born to Jack and Lou (Palmer) Williams in Lula, Oklahoma, and passed away on January 29, 2017, in Cordell, Oklahoma. Pearl was a homemaker. She was a loving mother and grandmother. Pearl was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Francis Blair in 1951; daughters, Delores Loyall, and Sandra Gail Schmidt; grandson, Buddy Loyall; great-great-grand-daughter, Jessica; and grandson- in-law, Bob Sealey. Her survivors include daughter, Karen Louise Proffitt and husband, Mason of Cordell; stepson, Charles Andrews and wife, Rinda of Washington; ten grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and 21 great-great-grandchildren. Visitation was at 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 31, and Wednesday February 1, 2017, at Ray and Martha’s Funeral Home in Cordell, Oklahoma. Graveside services for Pearl Easter will be Thursday, February 2, 2017, 3:00 p.m., at the El Reno Cemetery, El Reno, Oklahoma, with Chris Perrey officiating.

Tue
31
Jan
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Kenneth Harold Meharg

Kenneth Harold Meharg, 60, of Rocky, Oklahoma, passed away on January 13, 2017, in Cordell, Oklahoma. Ken was born in Pensacola, Florida, to Harold Lloyd and Clara Evelyn Meharg on February 11, 1956. He went to Tate High School in Gonzalez, Florida. Ken married Sharon Nowak Meharg on August 30, 1980, in Pensacola, Florida. He graduated from Auburn University with his Bachelor’s Degree and the University of West Florida with his Master’s Degree. Ken worked as an agricultural education teacher for 36 years and was an advocate for the National FFA Organization, having been an FFA advisor in both Florida and Oklahoma. He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Meharg; stepfather, Jack Brown; and father- in-law, Ernest Nowak.

Tue
31
Jan
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Rheda June Butler

Rheda June Butler, 78, passed away on Friday, January 27, 2017, surrounded by her loving family at her daughters home in Mangum, Oklahoma. She was born on March 16, 1938, in Hobart, Oklahoma, to Lewis Christian and Annie Mae (Davis) Pendleton. Rheda married Clifford "Bud" Butler on January 7, 1957, in Ada, Oklahoma. She worked many years at Robertson Curtain Factory in Cordell, Oklahoma. Rheda knew how to operate all of the machinery there, but spent most of her time on the Pleat Tronic machine. She lived most of her life in Cordell, and was very active in supporting the school activities of her children. Rheda loved Jesus more than anything, along with reading her Bible. She was a member of the New Beginning Assembly of God Church in Cordell. Rheda and Bud were very active in church and they would cook for the church every Wednesday night, until her health prevented them from doing that service. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Tue
31
Jan
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"Chip" Roy Earl Spencer

"Chip" Roy Earl Spencer was born August 13, 1962, in Baldwin Park, California, to Peggy Joy Locke. He was raised and attended school in Cordell. Chip loved to go fishing, camping, and tell jokes. He was a jack of all trades working in carpentry, painting, CNA, oilfield, and welding. Chip was preceded in death by parents, Buddy and Peggy Maddox; sisters, Darla Burch and Sandra Serratt; and a twin brother, at birth. He is survived by daughter, Brittany Apald; and grandchildren, Karizma and Kamden of Wichita Falls, Texas; sisters, Carolyn Tucker of Ridgecrest, California, Pat Serratt of Cordell, Oklahoma, and Mickie Collins of Burns Flat, Oklahoma; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends. Visitation for Chip Spencer will be held on Friday, February 3, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., at Ray and Martha's Funeral Home in Cordell

Tue
31
Jan
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Carolyn Parker

Carol Virginia Tate came into this world on September 5, 1924, in Mountain View, Oklahoma. She was born to Lee and Margaret Hollis Tate and big brother Kenneth. Younger brothers William and Donald followed. The Tate family lived in Mountain View until Carol was 14 years old. At that time they moved to Canute. Carol saw this as a perfect time to change her name to Carolyn, a name she liked much better. After a year in Canute, the family moved to Dill City, where Carolyn graduated from high school. Her childhood was blessed with a close family of aunts, uncles, and cousins on her mother's side, the Hollis family. This family, all good singers, had a tradition of gathering from all over Oklahoma several times a year, for many years, on Sunday afternoon and singing old hymns and gospel songs for hours, with Aunt Minnie playing rag time gospel piano. Music remained important to Carolyn all her life. In high school Carolyn met her future husband, Wayne Parker.

Tue
24
Jan
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Evelyn Louise Jackson

Evelyn Louise Jackson, 82, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 1, 2017, in Seattle, Washington, from complications of COPD.

Evelyn was born October 5, 1934, in Anadarko, Oklahoma, to the late Charlie Hileman and Winona (Sinsentaffar) Harrelson.

She was preceded in death by her older sister, Ruth Bogle and older brother, Wilbur “Buddy” Hileman.

Evelyn married Luther “Wayne” Jackson on June 9, 1951, and they were married for 27 years before divorcing in 1979.

She and Wayne lived in many places, including Mississippi, Spokane, Washington, Phoenix, Arizona, and Sacramento, California, before settling in Fort Collins, Colorado, to build their own business, The Dog House boarding kennel.

Evelyn returned to Oklahoma, in 1985, to be near her sister, brothers, and their families.

She moved to Seattle, Washington, in the spring of 2012, to be near her daughter, son-in-law, and two granddaughters.

Tue
17
Jan
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Kelso Lee Williams

Kelso Lee Williams, 93, passed peacefully from this life to be with his Heavenly Father on January 11, 2017. He was born March 19, 1923, to James Robert and Dixie Opal Watson Williams on the family farm in Washita County, just outside of Rocky, Oklahoma. The day after graduating from high school at Rocky, Kelso enrolled in a welding school in Cordell. Kelso completed two sessions, then moved to California to work in the Kaiser Shipyards, helping build one Liberty ship a day. He was drafted into the U.S. Army, and served his country during WWII as a mechanic and crane operator in numerous countries in the Pacific Theater. Upon returning home to Oklahoma, he married Lillian Morris on October 26, 1946, in Cordell, Oklahoma. He earned a degree in soil science in two years and seven months, from Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College, graduating in 1951. Upon graduation from college, Kelso accepted a job in Kansas as a soil conservationist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Tue
17
Jan
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Mary Carolyn Forbes

Mary Carolyn Forbes, 75, of Hobart, Oklahoma, passed away January 9, 2017. She was born in Carnegie, Oklahoma, on August 21, 1941, to Raymond and Pauline (Dooley) Dudgeon. The nickname "Jeepers" came later when her father decided she could go over chairs just like an Army jeep. It stayed with her for most of her life. Mary was the second oldest of thirteen children. She had eight brothers and four sisters. They moved to Cordell in 1950, and she graduated from high school there in 1959. For a couple of years after graduation, she moved from one paying job to another, and in 1962, she applied to join the Air Force. Mary spent twenty years in the military and retired in 1983. Her husband was retired military. They had purchased a forty acre farm in Arkansas, and she went back to school, to college this time. She was forty-two at that time and college was a lot harder than she had thought it would be.

Tue
17
Jan
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Wanda Lou “Keng” Mitchell

Wanda Lou Mitchell, 87, of Duncan, passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at Country Club Care Nursing Center. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at Virginia Avenue Baptist Church in Anadarko, Oklahoma, with Rev. Donnie Edmondson, Rev. Monte Moran and Rev. Roger Bennett officiating. Interment followed at South Burns Cemetery in Dill City, Oklahoma at 3:00 p.m., and arrangements have been entrusted to the family care of Carter-Smart Funeral Home. The family received friends for visitation from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Monday evening, at the Carter-Smart Funeral Home. Wanda was born in Roscoe, Texas, April 16, 1929, to Fred William and Gladys Lucille “Cheves” Keng. They came to Dill City, Oklahoma, when she was the age of five. She graduated from Dill City High School in May, 1947. Wanda married Edward Dean Mitchell on January 11, 1947, at Cordell, Oklahoma.

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