Obituaries

Tue
23
May
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Erna Bell Davis

Funeral services for Erna Bell Davis, 96, Cordell resident will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at the Clinton First Mennonite Church, with Reverend Daniel Mosburg, officiating. Burial will conclude in the Herold Mennonite Cemetery under the direction of the Kiesau-Lee Funeral Home. Erna Pankratz Davis, was born on Easter morning, March 27, 1921, on the family farm N.E. of Cordell, to Otto and Bertha (Schmidt) Pankratz. She could only speek German until she started at the Flynn School. After grade school she attended Cordell High School. After graduating from high school she attended Keens Business School in Clinton. As a teenager she worked on the family farm, caring for the chickens, milking cows, and most of the time drove the tractor, continuing to plow the fields until about six years ago. Erna was baptized at the Harold Mennonite Church. She married Thurman “Jelly” Davis on February 9, 1944, in Cordell.

Tue
23
May
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Vickie Jan Celsor

Vickie Jan Celsor, 75, of Sentinel, Oklahoma, passed away on May 18, 2017. She was born on June 9, 1941, to Raymond and Evelyn Joy (Keas) Farris in Elk City, Oklahoma. She attended Port High School and graduated in 1958. Vickie married the love of her life, Carl Dean Celsor, in 1957 at the Sentinel First Baptist Church, where they both were members. They had four children, Carl Scott, Ron Farris, Joe Bill and Samuel Raymond and in 1976, they gained two more children, Shelly Dawn Stowers and Gunar Eugene Stowers. Carl Dean and Jan spent their entire lives in the community of Sentinel. Jan loved being a mother, wife, grandmother and friend. In the early years of their marriage, Jan did it all. She cared for her children and worked alongside Carl Dean on the farm and did everything from driving tractors to bringing meals. In her later years, she loved spending her time with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren; their friends and family; and traveling with Carl Dean.

Tue
16
May
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Viola Moser

Funeral services for Viola Moser, 91, Clinton resident, were held on Monday, May 15, 2017, in the Peace Lutheran Church in Bessie, Oklahoma, officiated by Rev. Jerry Lamb. Burial followed in the Peace Lutheran Cemetery under the direction of the Kiesau-Lee Funeral Home. Viola Katherine (Dick) Moser was born March 29, 1926, to Gottfred and Anna (Friedrich) Dick in Clinton, Oklahoma, and passed away Thursday, May 11, 2017, in the Methodist Health Care Center in Clinton, Oklahoma. Viola was raised in Washita County, on the family farm. She attended the Malson Country School, and later graduated from Clinton High School in 1943. She married Gentry Moser on May 5, 1946, in Bessie. They made Clinton their home. Viola kept the books for Moser Auto Parts for over 50 years. She was a longtime faithful and active member of the Peace Lutheran Church, where she was the pianist and organist, for over 25 years.

Tue
16
May
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Floy Norene Lawson

Floy Norene Lawson, age 86 of Cordell, Oklahoma, passed away May 8, 2017, in Cordell. She was born on January 14, 1931, in Cordell, to Thomas Nathanial and Ruby Rose (Downs) Scoggin. On April 24, 1961, Norene married Ernest Albert Lawson, Jr., in Sinton, Texas. They moved to Pack Saddle, Oklahoma, and Ernest worked in the Oilfield. After several years in Western Oklahoma they moved their family to Prague, and started their own business called WESCO. From Prague they moved to Enid and then on to Watonga, where Ernest worked for Johnson Construction for 30 years. Norene worked as an accountant and a beautician, owning her own beauty shop in Hobart and later in Cordell for several years.

Tue
16
May
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Jesse W. Black

Jess Black passed away peacefully under the care of Hospice on May 14, 2017, at the Clinton Veterans Center. He was born in Clovis, New Mexico, to Bill and Nettie Black, and had five sisters and four brothers, who preceded him in death. Jess and Marie Hulin married and lived in Clovis, New Mexico, and Sunray, Texas, before moving their family to California, where he joined the service. After being honorably discharged from the Navy they moved to Elk City and Jess was the manager of the John Deere Implement Co., until embarking on a new venture in the "oil business" that took them to Casper, Wyoming. In a couple of years he, along with his brother Howard, operated and owned a Texaco service station, until moving to Cheyenne, Oklahoma, to try his hand at ranching for about seven years before moving to Burns Flat, Oklahoma. He then became sales manager for the Houston Hulin Implement Co. in Cordell, until he retired.

Tue
09
May
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Trecia Harper

Funeral Services for Trecia Harper, 58, Cordell resident, were held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 9, 2017, in the Church of Christ, Clinton, Oklahoma, officiated by Pat Peters and H.L. Shirey. Burial concluded in the Lawnview Cemetery in Cordell, Oklahoma, under the direction of the Kiesau- Lee Funeral Home. Trecia Lee (Moore) Harper was born in Dallas, Texas, June 17, 1958, and passed away Friday, May 5, 2017, in her Cordell home. Before moving to Cordell with her parents, Pat and Kyle Moore, she lived in De Queen, Arkansas. She graduated from Cordell High School and attended Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond. In 1978, Trecia married Jackie Harper and they made their home in Cordell before moving south of Cordell where she became an integral part of their farming operation.

Tue
02
May
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Zettie Lee Jones

Zettie Lee Jones, 80, passed away in Cordell, Oklahoma, on April 28, 2017. She was born in Thomas, Oklahoma, on August 6, 1936, to Gerhardt “Dutch” and Emma (Calkins) Lapel. Zettie was raised east of Thomas and attended Thomas schools, graduating in 1954. She received a Bachelor’s of Education from Southwestern State College in Weatherford, Oklahoma, and a Master’s of Education from the University of Oklahoma. Education was very important to Zettie as she continued to further her education to the point of being just one year away from earning her doctorate. She met Dale Jones at Springlake Church Camp, where she later married him on July 1, 1955. They made their home in Cordell, where they raised their two sons, Terry and Randy. Zettie started teaching in Cordell in 1970, where she taught Home Economics and Math and retired after 25 years of teaching in 1995. She positively impacted so many young lives with her dedication to teaching and is still very fondly remembered by so many.

Tue
25
Apr
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Lt. Colonel Harry Edward Glasgow, Sr.

Lt. Colonel Harry Edward Glasgow, Sr. was born April 4, 1923, in Healdton, Oklahoma, to Samuel and Zona (Brown) Glasgow.

His passions were being an airplane pilot, various sports and outdoor activities, teaching lessons and classic big bands.

Harry began his long career with the Army Air Corp, Air Guard and Air National Guard Reserve. He became a Pilot and started flying at age 20.

Harry was honored to fly P.O.W.'s back home; was on the National Rifle Team; participated in the 1,000-yard open site team; and held the State record for the largest deer in 1972, 21 points. He also enjoyed teaching the art of gun safety.

His math helped him obtain a position as an Industrial Engineer at Tinker AFB and to obtain knowledge to become a diesel mechanic. He had a brilliant mind.

Tue
25
Apr
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Bennie Ray Frazier

Bennie Ray Frazier was born on March 27, 1931, in Oklahoma, and passed away January 23, 2017, at the age of 85, in Colorado Springs.

Bennie met Barbara, his wife of 62 years, in High School in Cordell, Oklahoma, and they married shortly after.

They moved to California, where they raised their four children Pamela, Paula, John, and Debbie.

Bennie worked as a loyal employee for McDonald Douglas/Boeing building airplanes for over 35 years.

He loved spending time with and spoiling his dog Lola, spending time with his family, and watching any Oklahoma team and the Broncos.

Through the television set, Bennie helped Coach Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos to a world championship in 2015.

He was preceeded in death by his wife, Barbara and daughter, Pamela.

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25
Apr
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Irvin Wilson Lemasters, Jr.

Irvin Wilson Lemasters, Jr., age 77 of Elk City, Oklahoma, passed away April 8, 2017.

He was born on November 21, 1939, in Dill City, Oklahoma, to Irvin Wilson, Sr. and Ina Mary (Kimray) Lemasters.

Irvin served in the U.S. Army from 1963 to 1965, and served as a member of the 165th Military Police Company, in Germany.

He worked to manufacture tires with Firestone Tire in Oklahoma City, and later retired from Firestone.

Irvin is survived by his nephews, Lanny Bright and wife, Kathy of Fairfield, California, and Don Kirkland and wife, Laurel of Colorado Springs, Colorado; along with many other relatives, classmates and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation for Irvin was held on Saturday, April 15, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Ray & Martha's Funeral Home in Cordell.

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