Obituaries

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Herman Earl Swart

Herman Earl Swart, beloved husband, brother, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed from this life at the age of 94 on March 12, 2018 in Palestine, Texas. Better known as “Earl”, the long-time Leon County resident was a rancher, as well as active in various community organizations. Earl is survived by his wife of 69 years, Rachel Anderson Swart and his brother, Walter Swart. Other important survivors include, sister-in-law, Estelle McAtee, niece, Judy and husband Michael Thomason, sister-in-law, Shirley and husband Herman Teinert, all of Oakwood, sister-in-law, Lawana (Lewis) Swart and Florene (Walter) Swart, from Oklahoma, and a host of nieces and nephews from around the state. His legacy includes three sons, Bruce and wife Karen Swart of Palestine, Kent and his wife Ping Swart of Mont Belvieu, Ret. Col. Brent and his wife Chris Swart of Lacey Springs, Alaska. His treasure was his family, especially Rachel, who was always at his side in sickness and health.

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Melvin Francis Woodruff

Melvin Francis was born on June 19, 1926 to John Frank and Flossie J (Sappington) Woodruff. He was the second of four children born to John and Flossie. He passed from this life on March 6, 2018 at the age of 91. He attended school in Cowden, Oklahoma through the ninth grade, then started working at various farm-related jobs, in addition to helping his father. When Melvin was 20 years old, he volunteered for a tour of duty in the U.S. army near the end of WWII. After receiving his basic and infantry training, he arrived in Japan for duty, only to learn that he had been reassigned to fill in a gap in the “medical unit”. He was later called back to the U.S. because of a medical issue with his father Frank and was later granted an honorable discharge, so he did not return for duty in Japan. On August 7, 1949, Melvin married his sweetheart, Mary Fern House at her parents’ home near Carter, Oklahoma. To this union three children were born.

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06
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Eileen Leeper

Eileen Bird Leeper completed her life’s work and was welcomed home by her many friends and family on March 1, 2018. Eileen was born on February 18, 1924 to Bill and Merriam Bird in Ponca City. She and her brother, James, followed their parents’ footsteps into the teaching profession, and Eileen spent over 30 years teaching generations of children. Eileen was a talented writer and worked at several newspapers and published articles in Christian magazines. In 1954, Eileen married the love of her life, Leo Leeper, and they settled in Cordell. They had two children, Billy and Tracy, whom they doted on. While there were many lean times, the family had an abundance of love, and they sacrificed so that their children never felt deprived of anything. One of Eileen’s biggest joys in life was being a grandmother to Kale, Kolby, and Alli, who were the light of her life. Through her actions, she taught those around her the importance of family, compassion, forgiveness, and gratitude.

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06
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David Hale

David Hale, age 79, of McKinney, Texas, passed away January 29, 2018. David grew up in Guymon, Oklahoma. He excelled in athletics, participating in track, baseball and most importantly, basketball. He was an All-American basketball player in high school and earned a full scholarship to Oklahoma City University. When not competing on the athletic fields, he loved restoring old cars, carpentry, and fixing things. These interests lead to his earning a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. While at OCU, he met the love of his life, Miss Sherry Gay Maddox, and on August 15, 1958, they were married in Sherry’s home town of Cordell, Oklahoma. After graduating from OCU in 1960, David taught mechanical drawing and coached basketball at Star Spencer High School in Oklahoma City. After leaving Star Spencer, he found another opportunity at Lee-Way Motor Freight as head of sales. David and Sherry welcomed their first daughter, Jacquelyn Elayne, during his stint at Lee- Way.

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George Vernon Isbell

Rev. George Vernon Isbell, 90, of Cordell, Oklahoma, passed away with family by his side on February 25, 2018. He was born on March 31, 1927 in Cloud Chief, Oklahoma, to Osborne Kieffer “O.K.” and Maudie (Matlage) Isbell. George attended school at Cloud Chief, graduating in 1945. He married Barbara Lou Simpson on April 18, 1945 at the United Methodist Church in Sayre, Oklahoma. To this union, 5 children were born. George served in the Navy with the Seabees in World War II. He was a man of many talents, including farming, carpentry, singing, and teaching. He had the ability to take an idea from concept to completion, inspiring others to contribute their talents. He had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. While attending Oklahoma A and M, he heard the call from God. He answered that call by serving a church while finishing his Bachelor’s Degree.

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Robin Watkins

Robin was born December 11, 1954 in Oklahoma City to Otis and Wanda (Meeks) Watkins, and passed away Sunday, March 4, 2018 at Deaconess Hospital in Oklahoma City. Robin was raised in Altus and attended school at Southside and later achieved her teaching degree at South- Eastern in Durant. At the time of her passing she was employed at the Elk City Public Schools System. Robin was a member at the Trinity Fellowship Church in Sayre. Her hobbies included Art, and Raising and Training Animals. She was preceded in death by her father Otis Watkins.

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Darrell Dixon

Darrell Dixon, of Cordell, Oklahoma, passed away on Thursday, February 8, 2018, in Cordell, Oklahoma at the age of 66. Darrell was born January 1, 1952, in Sentinel, Oklahoma to Joe and Thelma (Vanderveer) Dixon. Darrell was raised on a farm southeast of Dill City, Oklahoma and attended Dill City Schools where he was a member of the Future Farmers of America chapter. He showed cattle and played sports, graduating in 1971. He married Deborah Miller in 1972 in Cordell, Oklahoma and to this union they had three sons. Darrell served in the United States Army in an artillery division during the Vietnam War. Darrell was a lifelong hot rod enthusiast and loved tinkering and building on them. Darrell also owned and operated Dodgers Diesel Service in Cordell, Oklahoma for many years and operated a trucking company. He married Tonjua Holman in 1977 and to this union they had one daughter. Darrell enjoyed spending time visiting with friends and was a regular at the Right Here coffee crowd.

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Edna Dowdy

Edna Dowdy, 102, passed from this life on February 9, 2018. She was born March 21, 1915 to Carrick and Sally (McElroy) Scott near Cowden, Oklahoma. Edna was raised on a farm with three sisters and four brothers. She attended Anchor School through the eighth grade and played basketball. She then went to Alfalfa School through the tenth grade. Edna met and married the love of her life, Gene Dowdy on March 18, 1933. They were married for 71 years. He preceded her in death on January 23, 2004. She was a loving and caring mother to their only son Bobbie. He had M.S. for the last seven years of his life and she took total care of him. Edna was a member of the Northside Church of Christ. She was in the Home Extension Club for years and won many ribbons at the County Fair for crocheted flowers and homemade pies. Her yard was beautiful and she enjoyed working with her flowers.

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06
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Morris Neal Wilmeth

Morris Neal Wilmeth, 83, died Sunday, January 28, 2018 at the Integris Hospice House following a brief illness. He was born February 3, 1934 in Cordell, Oklahoma to Thurman and Hattie Wilmeth. He was the oldest of four boys. After graduating from Cordell High School, Morris served in the Air Force as a radar technician for 20 years before retiring in 1973. He met and married Barbara Yetman in 1955 while stationed in Newfoundland, Canada. Barbara and Morris had three children. They were stationed in many countries during his Air Force career, including the United States, Canada, Spain, and Turkey. They returned to Western Oklahoma after retiring, where he worked as a Dill City police officer and at the Burns Flat golf course. After Barbara’s death in 2008, Morris moved to Edmond Oklahoma. In 2012 Morris was married to Judy Johnson. Morris and Judy enjoyed reading together, listening to music and spending time with friends and church family.

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Charlotte Jean Schmidt

Charlotte Jean Schmidt,79, went to her heavenly home after a brief battle with cancer, January 30, 2018 with family by her side. She was born October 20, 1938 to Albert and Clara (Chadd) Knauf on the family farm near Cordell. It was her grandfather who declared her name could be Charlotte. She grew up in Cordell, graduating from Cordell High School in 1956. Charlotte married Earl Schmidt on February 1, 1957, at the First United Methodist Church in Cordell, and passed away 2 days short of their 61st wedding anniversary. To this marriage, 3 daughters were born. Charlotte was a very talented artist, always creating colorful designs, whether in her paintings, her quilts or her flower gardens. She was an active member of the Herold Mennonite Church. In Women in Mission, she sewed dozens of quilts and hundreds of cloth bags for health or school kits for the mission field.

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