Obituaries

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09
Oct
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Max Wayne Boothe

Max Wayne Boothe was born June 11, 1945 in Elk City, Oklahoma to Wayne Claude & Mary Lee (Stafford) Boothe. He met the love of his life, Phyllis Ann Kiehn, in the church nursery at First Baptist Church, Cordell, in 1947. As a young man, Max accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior and dedicated his life to living by Godly principals. He graduated from Cordell High School in 1963 and was married to his high school sweetheart, Phyllis, on May 28, 1965. To this union two children were born, Max Shane Boothe and Kristy Dawn (Boothe) Spalding. Max graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1967. He taught Vocational Agriculture in Roy, New Mexico and Corn, Oklahoma. In 1974, he co-founded Cordell Metal Buildings and added Cordell Redi-mix Concrete a couple years later.

Tue
02
Oct
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Carrola Walters

January 20, 1940 in Canute Oklahoma to Tony and Katie (Grossman) Spieker. She passed away in Midwest City, Oklahoma on September 24, 2018 at the age of 78 years, 8 months, and 4 days. Carrola grew up on the family farm north of Canute and attended school at Holy Family graduating in 1958. After graduation she began working at the ASC office and later the Air Force Base in Burns Flat working in the accounting office. She was married to Jody Walters on January 27, 1962 at Holy Family Church. In the late 60’s she began working for the United States Post Office where she continued for 35 years until her retirement in 2002. It was during this time that Carrola continued to farm the family farm west of Burns Flat. She was an active member of the National Rural Letter Carriers Association and was also a long time member of the St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Cordell, OK. Carrola also enjoyed antiquing, collecting dolls and stamps and spending time with her family and especially her sisters.

Tue
02
Oct
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James L. Merz

James L. Merz was born February 23, 1937 in Elk City, Oklahoma to Frances (Flies) and Frank Joseph Merz. He passed away at his home on September 25, 2018 at Canute, Oklahoma at the age of 81 years, 7 months and 2 days. James grew up in the Canute, Oklahoma community and attended school at Holy Family School graduating in 1956. After graduation he helped his parents on the family farm and met Mary Lou Simpson. They were later married on December 20, 1958 at the Holy Family Church in Canute, Oklahoma. James and Mary Lou continued to live in the Canute community where they farmed and raised their children. James was a lifetime farmer and even after the passing of Mary Lou in 2004 he continued to plant wheat, cotton and raised cattle. James enjoyed playing cards with family friends and the neighbors, especially playing Pollyanna with Teresa and Orville Word, drinking coffee with his buddies at the tire shop and spending time with his family and friends.

Tue
25
Sep
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Josephine E. Gray Haggard

On September 18, 2018, Josephine E. Gray Haggard of Irving, TX passed away surrounded by her loving family. Known to family and friends as Josey, she was born on February 20, 1932 in Clinton, OK to George and Eddie Gray. She graduated from Burns Flat High School in 1950. Later that year, on December 16, she married the love of her life, Elton Ray Haggard, whom she met while attending First Baptist Church of Burns Flat. Josey was a loving wife, sister, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. To her four grandchildren, she will always be their adored and cherished Mimi. She had a strong faith in God and was a witness to family and friends. Josey was preceded in death by her son, Jimmy Ray Haggard.

Tue
25
Sep
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Martin Loren (Marty) Hale

Martin Loren (Marty) Hale, who was born in Cordell on April 28, 1958, died in Oklahoma City on August 10, 2018, of complications from lung cancer. The son of Dr. Martin D. Hale and Patsy Kennedy Hale Lloyd, Marty spent his childhood and early school years in Cordell and he always considered Cordell home. He was preceded in death by his parents, his grandparents, Mart and Mary Chamlee Hale and Si and Lil Whatley Kennedy, and his younger brother, Tom. It was Marty’s wish that his whole body be donated to medical research, and that after all useful research had been completed, his ashes be interred beside his mother and his brother in Rose Hill Burial Park, Oklahoma City. Marty was a bright and brave little boy and a generous and gentle man. He will be remembered with great affection by lifelong friends who loved him. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation or to the charity of one’s choice.

Tue
18
Sep
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Kenneth Oliver “Ken” Leddy

Kenneth Oliver “Ken” Leddy was born January 4, 1948 in Sayre, Oklahoma to Thelma (Walker) and Ollie Leddy. He passed away September 12, 2018 at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at the age of 70 years, 8 months and 8 days. Kenneth grew up in Sayre, Oklahoma where he graduated from high school in 1966. After graduation he furthered his education at Sayre Junior College. During this time he married Linda Marie (Baker) Leddy at Elk City, Oklahoma on June 27, 1967. Kenneth completed his associates degree and continued his education at Southwestern Oklahoma State University where he received his bachelors degree. He accepted a teaching and coaching position at Sheridan Lake, Colorado until 1974 he and Linda moved back to Mountain Park, Oklahoma where he served as their principal and eventually became superintendent. In 1979 Kenneth accepted the superintendent position at Canute Public School.

Tue
11
Sep
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Troy Donald Fite

Troy Donald Fite, 91, passed away Tuesday, September 4th, 2018, at his home in Cordell, Oklahoma. Born June 10, 1927, near Rocky, Oklahoma, he was the son of Leonard D. and Artive Page Fite. He was baptized into the Church of the First Born, near Rocky in 1942, where he remained a member throughout his lifetime. In 1945, he graduated from Rocky High School. Later that same year, on November 16, he married Mary Jo Holman. Troy farmed for 45 years around Rocky, Cordell, Sentinel and Lake Valley. He was also a self-taught carpenter in his spare time, building the house on their farm with the help of only a bricklayer. He referred to himself as a jack of all trades, master of none. In reality, he was a quick study and fearless about learning a new skill; he dove right in and worked until he mastered whatever he put his hand to. After retiring from farming and moving to Cordell, he went on to work at Homeland Grocery in Clinton for a number of years.

Tue
11
Sep
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Ralph Neil Ensey

Ralph Neil Ensey, 83, of Dill City, Oklahoma passed away on September 6th, 2018 at his home. He was born on January 21, 1935 to Homer and Mary Kolen Ensey in Dill City, Oklahoma. He married the love of his life in 1963. They had seven children, Karen Sue Ensey Segler, Joy Elaine Ensey Celsor, Tammy Koleen Ensey Riley, David Alan Ensey, Linda Irene Stephens Breland, Dian Stephens Johnson and Dannie Ray Stephens. Ralph loved Dill City, many people in western Oklahoma fondly referred to him as “Mr. Dill City.” Ralph loved being a Husband, Daddy, Papa and Friend. He owned and operated Ensey’s Station and Grocery Store along with his wife La- Vern. He loved having his wife at his side. After Ralph retired, he loved to spend time with his family, mow his grass, keep up with friends on Facebook, bake cakes and go for rides in his jeep. Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, wife La- Vern, daughter Linda Breland, granddaughter Michelle Anett and grandson Buddy Segler.

Tue
04
Sep
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Edward Johnson

SEdward Johnson, formerly of Canute, OK, passed away on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at the North Park Nursing and Rehabilitaion Center in McKinney, Texas at the age of 74. He was born on November 4, 1943 to Etris Johnson, Sr. and Elva (Finley) Johnson in Alhambra, California. He graduated from high school in Canute in 1961 and then Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, TX in 1972 with a degree in Theology. Edward proudly served his country in the army for three years just prior to the Vietnam conflict, and was a missionary to Africa, the Philippines & Costa Rica, from 2008-2012. He was a member of the Denison- Sherman Seventh-day Adventist Church of Denison, Texas. Edward is survived by his wife Jan Johnson of the home in Gober, Texas; Two sons, Charles Johnson and wife Kim of Ionia, Michigan, Daryl Johnson of Oklahoma City, OK.

Tue
04
Sep
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Sherrill Jean Morris

Sherrill Jean Morris, 83, of Cordell, Oklahoma passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side on August 29th, 2018. She was born on May 20th, 1935 to Lewis and Opal (Vanderpool) Clevenger in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Sherrill grew up and attended school in Cordell, Oklahoma graduating high school in 1953. Sherrill married her high school sweetheart, Charley Morris on July 25, 1954. Sherrill continued her education at OCU college and worked at the Oklahoma Tax Commission. She returned to Cordell and worked at Jack Roan Chevrolet for 14 years before beginning work for Lola Hurley at Hurley, Brayfield and Gregg Accounting, where she worked for a number of years. She then purchased the business with Barry Maddox and Leon Gregg, while she attained her Enrolled Agent’s License for the IRS. Sherrill worked for over forty years and retired in December of 2005. Sherrill loved being part of the Main Street Program for the restoration of Cordell.

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