Obituaries

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Elby Rackley 81, of Mountain View

Elby Barton Rackley, 81, of Mountain View, passed away April 18, 2019. He was born on March 23, 1938, to Irvin and Lela (Morrison) Rackley in Binger.

Barton graduated from Mountain View High School in 1956, he went on to attend a semester at Oklahoma State University.

He married Elmyrta Cunningham on Sept. 7, 1974, in Cordell. He was a member well as a Deacon of the First Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing and bird hunting.

Barton is survived by his wife Elmyrta of the home; son Rackley and wife Tamitha of Mountain View; daughter Michelle Crawford and husband Scott of Weatherford; grandchildren Jared Ragan of Elk City, Jaidyn and Brittany Rackley, and Dakota Royse of Mountain View; sister Freda Brisman and husband Leon of Denton, Texas; brothers: Audie Rackley of Amarillo, Texas and Emmet Rackley and wife Susan of Stillwater.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife Darlene Rackley; and sisters Kathryn Rackley and Carolyn Rackley.

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Roger Karl Jackson 75, of Oklahoma City

Roger “Karl” Jackson found peace with his Lord on April 11, 2019. He was born in Rocky to Roger B. and Susu Pauline Jackson Nov. 7, 1943.

After graduation from Rocky High School, Karl attended Oklahoma City University. Soon after graduation he went to work at Tinker Air Force Base where he worked with NATO’s Aircraft Program. After retiring, Karl’s joys included spending family time with his parents, sister Paula and her family, food and fun with friends and cheering on his beloved OU Sooners. Later, “Rumbling” for the Thunder became quite a passion for Karl.

He loved his travels as well; Saudi Arabia, Australia, New Zealand, New Orleans. He had friends everywhere. Karl has a network of friends he loves dearly and who were so at ease at his home. “Sweet, sweet man” and “kindest man I ever knew,” and “never met a stranger.” Karl was always there to lend a hand in any way he could.

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Ann Coogan 76, of Idabel

Ann Coogan, age 76, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, at Idabel. She was born on Sept. 13, 1942, in Sentinel, the daughter of Buel and Mamie Howard Kerley.

Ann was the bank loan officer. She worked many years at area banks including Idabel National Bank, American State Bank, and First State Bank. Ann was a longtime member of the Idabel Country Club and enjoyed golfing with her husband and friends. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and lived in Idabel for over 40 years.

Ann attended Dill City schools throughout her 12 years of schooling. She was on the basketball team and sang in a girls’ trio.

She loved coming back for her class and school reunions and loved keeping up with her classmates who remain close even years after graduation.

Ann was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, and she will be greatly missed.

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Mark Bradford Ellis

Mark Bradford Ellis age 60, of Purcell, passed away Thursday, March 28, 2019, after a brief illness. Mark was born May 9, 1958, in Borger, Texas. He was the youngest of three children born to Billy John Ellis and Robbie Nell (Horn) Ellis. Mark grew up in Purcell and graduated with the class of 1976. While in high school he was a great athlete and excelled in football. He received a scholarship to play football at Northwestern State University in Alva, only playing one year.

At the age of 21 years old, Mark and his brother Mike went to work in the oilfield in Singapore. In 1985 he married Marla Sue Swart of Cordell and together they had one daughter, Ashton and he helped raise Marla’s two children, Shara and Chad. Mark worked hard to provide for his family. For 22 years he worked overseas, working one month on and one month off. When he was off, Mark flew home to be with his family in Cordell.

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Michael Bruce Davis

Micheal Bruce Davis, 67, of Mountain View, passed away March 26, 2019. He was born on June 13, 1951, to Bruce and Jewel Dean (Fairless) Davis in Cordell. Micheal graduated from Washita Heights High School and went on to attend college at SWOSU.

The Davis family started the Mountain View Cable Company in 1969. Shortly after, Micheal took ownership. He owned the company along with several surrounding cable companies until he sold the business in 2007.

He is survived by three daughters: Melissa Marschall and husband Justin of Mustang, Mindy Davis of Weatherford, and Melinda Turney and husband Lance of Carnegie; 10 grandchildren: Daxton, Brody, Magdelyn, Elizabeth, Keelyn, Eddie, Jewel, Micheal Scoutt, Austin, Layken; two brothers: Jerry Davis of Mountain View and Richard Davis of Mountain View; and sister Sharon Coy of Mountain View.

Micheal is preceded in death by his parents.

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Vicki Dee Nickel

Vicki Dee Nickel, 73, of Cordell, departed from her earthly home on April 1, 2019, in Oklahoma City.

She was born on July 4, 1945, to Alfred and Hazel (Green) Maddox in Cordell. Vicki grew up and attended school in Cordell, graduating with the class of 1963. She married Robert Nickel on May 10, 1968, in Cordell. After they were married, they had two daughters, Denise and DeAnn, and a son, Darren.

Vicki was a member of the Herold Mennonite Church in Bessie. She loved being a stay at home mom, she loved watching Thunder basketball and working on puzzles, but most of all she loved her kids, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Vicki will be deeplymissed by all who knew and loved her.

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Stephen Wayne Bacon 62, of Cordell

Stephen Wayne Bacon, 62, of Cordell, passed away unexpectedly at his home, on March 23, 2019. He was born March 18, 1957, to Lynn Roy & Carylon Sue (Daniels) Bacon in Clinton.

Steve attended school in Sentinel graduating from Sentinel High School in 1975. During high school he stayed busy with his brothers mowing yards, plowing, and many other odd jobs. After graduation he went to work at Styrene Wholesales and Winden Equipment. He drove truck and hauled cattle for Danny Corbin, he also went on harvest. Other jobs he worked was oil field during the 1980s oil boom, Growers Ag, and as Sheriff’s Deputy for the Washita County Sheriff’s Department.

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Michael Hughes 65, formerly of Cordell

Michael Hughes, 65, passed away on March 18, 2019. He was born on Dec. 2, 1953, in Cordell.

Mike was a mechanic all his life, he had a passion for tinkering on all things with engines. He graduated from Dill City High School in 1972 and went on to graduate from OSU Institute of Technology in Okmulgee.

Mike is survived by his loving wife Nancy; daughters Amanda Husband-Temple, Melinda Cockrell-Barnes and husband Michael; grandsons Jonathan, Gavin, Xander, and Joshua; brother Eugene Hughes; sisters Ann Hughes-Bohanan, Kathleen Hughes-Lane; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Visitation will be Thursday March 21, from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Smith & Kernke on 23rd street.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 22, at St. Patrick Church. See the full obituary at the funeral home website.

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Maxine Janell Maddox 92, of Cloud Chief

Maxine Jannell Maddox was born on Aug. 21, 1926, to Edgar Lee and Sarah May (also known as Dick and Sally) Dodgion in Rush Springs. She grew up in Rush Springs. She also attended ACME and graduated from Rush Springs High School in 1946.

She married the love of her life, Caroll Maddox, of Cloud Chief, Sept. 1, 1947. She was 21 years old and he was 27. They lived in California, South Dakota, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. Caroll was a geologist for Sinclair so they did a lot of traveling. They enjoyed camping, fishing, and prospecting.

Maxine and Caroll moved to Cloud Chief in 1967, where they started farming and raising cattle together. Maxine raised chickens and a beautiful vegetable garden. She also enjoyed tending to her peach trees. She canned and cooked good country meals, churned butter, shelled black eyed peas, made pickles and pickled beets, and harvested a great deal of vegetables such as okra, tomatoes, cucumbers and squash.

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Owen Lafferty 81, of Oklahoma City

Owen Lafferty passed away March 17, 2019. He was born July 20, 2937, in Tulsa to Albert and Rosalie Lafferty. The family moved to Oklahoma City in 1941. Owen graduated from Classen High School in 1955. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma, where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, he served three years in the Air Force. During that time he was stationed in Okinawa.

Owen and Cinda Wheeler were married in 1963 in Watonga. They moved to White Deer, Texas, in 1970, where he managed the Texas operation of Wheeler Brothers Grain Company. While in Texas, they also lived in Pampa and Amarillo. Owen served on the board of the Texas Grain and Feed Association and was awarded the Lone Star Award. He served on the executive board of the National Grain and Feed Association. While living in Amarillo, he was on the executive board of High Plains Boy Scout Council and was a member of Polk Street United Methodist Church.

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