Obituaries

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Elsie Jones

Elsie Marie Jones, a longtime resident of Cordell, Oklahoma, departed this life on Friday, September 1, 2017, at the age of 96. Elsie was born north of Rocky, Oklahoma, on the family farm, February 21, 1921, to James Oscar and Anna Blanche (Cook) Ridling. She attended school in Rocky. Elsie married Morgan Jones on November 27, 1937, in El Reno. Together they raised their family in Cordell and Dill City. She was a homemaker and her labor of love was raising her five children. Later in life she was employed at several places including Robertson Factories and Kellwood Co. Elsie enjoyed reading and watching television. She enjoyed keeping up with current events and politics and going to the coffee shop to visit with friends. Elsie greatly enjoyed spending time with her dear family, especially her grandchildren. Elsie was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cordell. She taught Sunday School for many years in Cordell and in Dill City.

Tue
29
Aug
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Daniel Dodd

Graveside Services are pending for Daniel W. Dodd, 90, former Washita County resident, now of Portales, New Mexico, with Kiesau-Lee Funeral Home. Daniel William Dodd was born October 23, 1926, to Everett and Veda (Kilain) Dodd in Carnegie, Oklahoma, and passed away Sunday, August 27, 2017, in his Portales, New Mexico home.

Tue
29
Aug
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James Lee, Sr.

James Howard Lee, Sr., passed from this life on August 21, 2017, in Oklahoma City, at age 67. James was born on July 14, 1950, in Richmond, Kentucky, to Paul Lee and Marie (Howard) Lee. He grew up in Lewis County, Kentucky, and graduated from Lewis County High School. After graduation James joined the United States Army and served his country. James and Jane Thurman were united in marriage on July 4, 1970. They moved to Sentinel in 1981. He was a correctional officer at the Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite and retired after 17 years. Aside from the army and corrections, he was a gunsmith, roughneck and carpenter. James loved to hunt, especially deer, dove and quail. He also loved fishing and he was also an avid gun collector. His greatest pleasure was his grandchildren whom he loved to spend time with.

Tue
29
Aug
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Judy Dobbs

Miles City StJudy Dobbs, a long-time resident of Cordell, Oklahoma, departed this life on Sunday, August 27, 2017, at the age of 72. Judy was born in Fort Worth, Texas, on Sunday, January 28, 1945, to Virgie Anderson Tate and Lem A. Tate, Jr. Upon her fathers discharge from the Navy, the family moved to Wichita Falls, Texas, and lived on the campus of Hardin College (now known as Midwestern University) while he completed his degree in the college of Horology. Judy spent all her school years in Wichita Falls, leaving with her husband and son, Gregg, to move to Oklahoma, in 1964. The couple had another child, a daughter, Shannon, in 1968. In 1976, Judy embarked on what would be her career for the following 25 years, Commercial Construction. She was proud of the fact that she was the first female Commercial Construction Superintendent for Bank Building and Equipment Corporation of America.

Tue
22
Aug
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Tommy Schmidt

Tommy Schmidt, 68, of Cordell, Oklahoma, passed away in the Integris Baptist Medical Center on August 19, 2017. He was born on September 10, 1948, to Herb and Angie (Hines) Schmidt in Hereford, Texas. He grew up, attended school and graduated in Hereford, Texas. Tommy married Eunice Ricketson in FairView, Oklahoma, and later moved to Cordell. He stayed busy as a Sales Representative for Coastal Energy. In his free time he loved traveling, fishing and spending time with his family and friends. Tommy will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Tue
22
Aug
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Jack Riffe

Jack Ellis Riffe, 77, of Hobart, Oklahoma, passed away peacefully with family by his side on August 8, 2017. Jack was born on May 5, 1940, in Aberdeen, Washington. Jack was baptized in Olympic View Community Church in Washington at the age of ten. He served in the United States Army in 1969, and Air National Guard, Honorably Discharged in 1986, as Staff Sargent Jack Riffe. He was a member of the Coos County Mounted Sheriffs Passe in Coos Bay, Oregon. Jack was proud of his appaloosa horses. They were used as mounts for the sheriffs posse. He was also a proud member of the Eagles Lodge in Coos Bay, Oregon. Jack was well known in our community. He has helped many family, friends and anyone who asked. Jacked loved his animals, and he was always known to have four to five dogs, he even fed stray cats. Jack was loved by many, and will be missed by all who knew him. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Palm Riffe; parents, Andrew Jackson and Loraine (McCoy) Riffe.

Tue
22
Aug
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Kenneth Leggett

Kenneth Newton Leggett, 88, of Abilene, Texas, and longtime former Cordell, Oklahoma, resident passed from this life on Monday, August 14, 2017, in Abilene, Texas. Kenneth was born on October 10, 1928, in Norphlet, Arkansas, a son of Ona and Lona (Dees) Leggett. He was raised in Norphlet and Smackover, Arkansas, and attended school there graduating in 1946. Kenneth served in the United States Air Force for 20 years retiring in 1968. Kenneth married Dorothy Creamer on August 8, 1949, in Cordell, and they raised their family there. He attended Southwestern State in Weatherford, and received a Master’s in Education. Kenneth taught Business Administration and American History for many years at Binger High School, retiring in 1984. Kenneth enjoyed restoring cars and tinkering with things. He also enjoyed keeping up with his beloved Razorbacks and was an avid reader of Louis L’Amour westerns.

Tue
15
Aug
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James (Jim) Walter Crane

James Crane was born on May 26, 1930, in Hobart, Oklahoma, to Lydia Helen and Byron Elmo (B.E.) Crane of Roosevelt, Oklahoma. He received the middle name of Walter in honor of his grandfather, Walter Hawkins. He is preceded in death by his parents, his sons, Randall Joe and Richard Allan; and his ex-wife Jo Lee Francis Sewell. He is survived by his daughter, Jamie Ann Crane Morgan of Tulsa, Oklahoma; and his grandson, Jason Luke Morgan of Norman, Oklahoma. He had no siblings stating that as he was born during the Great Depression, he felt his parents were worried about the financial support of adding more children to the family. Jim was baptized during his eighth grade year of school at the Methodist Church. Jim's parents bought the Bessie Telephone Company in 1934, where they operated and managed the company including maintaining the phone lines out to the farmers. At that time, only about half of the farmers in the area actually had phone lines.

Tue
15
Aug
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Perry Merz

Perry Merz was born December 15, 1972, in Elk City, Oklahoma, to Mary Lou (Simpson) and James Laverne Merz. He passed away on August 6, 2017, at Elk City, at the age of 44 years, seven months and 21 days. Perry grew up in Canute, Oklahoma, and graduated from high school in 1991. After graduation he began his career in the oil field. Even though Perry had a career in the oil field, his joy and passion was helping his dad farming and ranching on the family farm. Perry was a "people person" and knew and loved everyone in Canute and could call them by name. In turn, people could always count on Perry for a good laugh or a joke here and there. Perry was a perfectionist and enjoyed caring for machinery and equipment and made sure that they were ready when needed. He also enjoyed spending time with his children, other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother and maternal and paternal grandparents.

Tue
08
Aug
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Charlotte Dodson

Charlotte E. Dodson, 92 passed away on Saturday August 5, 2017. She was born in Cordell, Oklahoma, on May 26, 1925, to Harvey Leslie and Marie Goldie (Fisher) Day. Charlotte was raised in Cordell graduating from Cordell High School and briefly attending OU and OSU. Charlotte married the love of her life Joe Austin Dodson, Sr., on September 4, 1943. Together they shared 71 years of marriage until his death in 2015. Charlotte and Joe, along with their family operated Dodson’s Cafeterias and Dodson Art Galleries for nearly 50 years, their early experiences being chronicled by Charlotte at age 85 in “Life on the Line”. A faithful Christian, she was a member of the Memorial Road and Oakcrest Church of Christ.

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