Obituaries

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05
Dec
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Melvin Jack McLerran, Jr.

Melvin Jack McLerran, Jr. was born April 4, 1926 departed this earth on November 29, 2017 Jack was the son of Melvin and Ruby McLerran. He was proceeded in death by his parents, four brothers and sisters and his wife, Oleta Chloe Mc-Lerran. He is survived by his eldest son, Gary and wife Sue, of Mesa, Arizona, Grandson Jon, his wife, Ritsa, and Great-Granddaughter Zoe. He is also survived by his son Randall and his wife Pam of Ocala Florida and their children Brandy and David Slaymaker and Great-grandson Audrick. Jack was a farmer and a lifetime resident of Washita County and proudly served his country in World War II. He entered the United States Army in 1944 and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded two Bronze Medals for his gallantry in actions behind the enemy lines. He also served during the occupation of Germany. Jack was a loving father, husband and grandparent. It is difficult to put into words what a humble and loving man he was.

Tue
28
Nov
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Sidney E. Deputy

Sidney E. Deputy, age 81, died Sunday, November 26, 2017 after battling Parkinson’s. Visitation will be at the home of Kay Deputy, Thursday, November 30, from 6 – 8 p.m. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, December 2, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, 2800 Paramount, in Amarillo, TX. Sid was born September 22, 1936, in Cloud Chief, Oklahoma. He graduated from Cordell High School in Cordell, Oklahoma. Sid married Kay McKibbin in July 1957, in Dumas, Texas, They moved to Amarillo in 1958, where he lived and worked most of his life. He worked for the United States Postal Service from 1963 – 1969. Sid graduated from WTSU in 1971, and began teaching at Highland Park School until he retired in 1997. Sid loved his family, camping, and fishing. He and Kay spent most summer months each year camping in Durango, Colorado. They also enjoyed taking cruises to various places.

Tue
28
Nov
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Bonny Fay Bence

Bonny Fay Bence, former resident of Dill City, passed away on November 16, 2017, after a short battle with cancer. Bonny was born a New Year’s Baby in 1941 to Clyde and Leatha Rushing. She graduated from Burns Flat High School in 1959. She married Verlon Bence, and had two sons, making their home in Dill City until the mid 1990’s when they moved to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Bonny Fay touched the hearts of many everywhere she went in her 76 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brother, Clyde Edward and Elvin Rushing. She is survived by her husband, Verlon, two sons, Kevan Bence and wife Charlotte and Kris Bence, all of Oklahoma City, four grandchildren, Daniel, Ronnie, Marie and Mike, one sister, Betty Elliott and husband Marvin Elliott of Canute, Oklahoma, one brother, Ray Rushing of Midwest City, Oklahoma, one niece, Sue Wallin and five nephews, Tommy, Craig, and Dennis Elliott and Jeremy and Jason Rushing. Graveside services will be held December 2, 2017 at 1 P.M.

Tue
21
Nov
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Everett Richard Black

Everett Richard Black, 95, a long time resident of Burns Flat, Oklahoma passed away peacefully on November 17th, 2017. He was born December 3rd, 1921 in St. Clairsville, Ohio. Everett joined the United States Army on June 13, 1942, and served till January 17, 1946. After serving his country, he worked in the coal mines. Soon after he met the love of his life, Janet VanFossen and the two were married on November 1, 1987 in East Liverpool, Ohio. Everett and Janet made their home in Burns Flat, Oklahoma to be close to family. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Graveside Services were held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, November 20th, 2017 at the North Burns Cemetery, Burns Flat, Oklahoma, under the direction of Ray & Martha’s Funeral Home-Cordell, Oklahoma.

Tue
21
Nov
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Lucille Beech

Funeral Service for Lucille Beech, Cordell resident, was held 10:00 A.M., Saturday, November 18, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church in Cordell, officiated by Dr. Marvin Hudson. Burial followed at the Lawnview Cemetery in Cordell. Lucille Leran Beech was born December 23, 1915 in Texas to Ora and Frankie (Brown) Phillips and passed away on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 in Cordell, Oklahoma. Lucille was raised in Texas and attended school there. She moved to Cordell, Oklahoma in 1928, where she and her family farmed. Lucille married Lovell Beech in 1935 in Cordell, where they farmed and she worked with her husband as well as taking care of the hired hands by cooking and making sure they were fed. She worked for Robertson’s Factory and the Booster Bag’s and later she worked in Nursing Homes as a Dietitian. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Cordell. Lucille enjoyed sewing, gardening, and she was an avid reader.

Tue
14
Nov
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Bobby F. Hardwick

Bobby F. Hardwick passed from this life on November 8, 2017, in Oklahoma City at age 79. Bobby was born on June 6, 1938, in Berryville, Arkansas, to J.W. Hardwick and Omah (Eden) Hardwick. He spent his early school years at Rocky and was a graduate of Dill City High School in 1957. Bobby married Bonnie Faye Knisley on October 29, 1964, in Dill City. Bobby was a member of the First Baptist Church of Dill City. Bobby enjoyed working on the farm near Dill City raising cattle, wheat and cotton. Bobby also worked for over 25 years and retired from Cordell Schools as a bus driver and custodian. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family, going to auctions, and going uptown to get the latest news in the coffee shop.

Tue
14
Nov
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Diana Rae Apt

Diana Rae Apt, 59, of Sentinel, Oklahoma passed away on November 7th, 2017. She was born on October 31, 1958 to Thomas Ray and DeLeta (Dew) Caudill in Sentinel, Oklahoma. Diana grew up and attended school in Sentinel graduating in 1976. She met and married the love of her life James Apt, and was blessed to be a stay at home mom. Diana was a member of the United Methodist Church and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Tue
07
Nov
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Lynn Allen

Funeral Services for Lynn Allen, 91, Dill City resident was held 11:00 A.M., Monday, November 6, 2017 at the 5th and Roach Church of Christ in Dill City, Oklahoma officiated by Rod Milner and Gannt Carter. Burial followed in the South Burns Cemetery, South of Burns Flat under the direction of the Kiesau-Leae Funeral Home in Clinton. Lynn Curtis Allen was born June 25, 1926 to Fred C. and Ora Ida (Lane) Allen in Port, Oklahoma and passed away Wednesday, November 1, 2017 in the Cordell Christian Home in Cordell, Oklahoma. Mr. Allen was raised in Greer County where he started school. He enlisted in the Army when he was only 16 years old and was released early. When he was 17 he enlisted in the U.S. Marines and served during WWII. After his Honorable discharge he returned to Washita County and completed his schooling, graduating from Burns Flat High School. He was married to Norma Jean Reed December 15, 1946.

Tue
07
Nov
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Dorothy Virginia (Boatright) Mintz

Dorothy Virginia (Boatright) Mintz passed away on October 11, 2017. She was born in Cordell, Oklahoma on January 5, 1928 to Newton and Emma (Miller) Boatright. Dorothy married her high school sweetheart, Clifford Mintz in 1946 and had two children, Allen and Steven. Dorothy and Clifford began their married life in Oklahoma and later moved to California. They resided in Rio Oso, California for ten years, finally settling in Bessie, Oklahoma in 1980. Dorothy worked as a homemaker and medical assistant for most of her life, later returning to school to receive her nursing degree. She retired from the Veterans Hospital in Clinton, Oklahoma. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Mintz in 1982.

Tue
07
Nov
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Kathryn Yvonne Gray Tarbox

Kathryn Yvonne Gray Tarbox was born January 25, 1948 in Rocky, Oklahoma to Lonny and Joy (Tittle) Gray. She passed away on November 1, 2017 in Amarillo, Texas. Kathy was raised on the family farm near Rocky and was the oldest of 8 siblings. She graduated from Rocky High School as Valedictorian of the class of 1966. She married Michael Humphreys on March 12, 1966. To this union three daughters were born. Kathy raised her three adorable girls in their home on Mimosa Street in Cordell where she maintained a beautiful flowerbed and yard. After the girls were raised, she married Dan Tarbox and moved to Amarillo, Texas. She had a very fulfilling career in the banking industry from the early 1970s until her retirement in 2013. She began her banking career at Cordell National Bank, then later went to work as branch manager at Local Federal Bank in Clinton. After moving to Amarillo, she was a bank officer at Amarillo National Bank until her retirement.

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