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Gary Lynn Woodruff 68, of Carnegie

The first of three children born to Melvin and Mary Fern Woodruff, Gary Lynn Woodruff was born Tuesday, July 4, 1950, in Elk City. He left this world to enter his heavenly home Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, while on a bucket list trip with his wife Leslie to Australia and New Zealand. He died suddenly from a cardiac aneurysm at the age of 68.

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LaQueta Sue Dowdy 83, of Bakersfied, Calif.

Our beloved LaQueta Sue Dowdy was taken peacefully by the Lord on Jan. 19, 2019, capping a lifetime of service to her faith, family and community. LaQueta will be remembered for her bright smile, her compassion, her love of family, Jesus Christ, sewing and gardening. While we mourn her death, we rejoice that she is with her Lord and Savior.

LaQueta was born Feb. 11, 1935, in the vicinity of Foss and Burns Flat, to Noah Owen and Susan Irene Phillips (Adkins). LaQueta grew up in Burns Flat, helping her parents with everything there was to do on a family farm. She attended Burns Flat High School and graduated from Hills Business College in Oklahoma City.

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Robert (Bob) Sutton 89, of Burns Flat

Robert (Bob) Thomas Sutton passed away at home in Burns Flat Jan. 12, 2019, at the age of 89. Robert was born in Kuttawa, Ky., Dec. 16, 1929, to William Thomas and Nellie Elizabeth (Ogilvie) Sutton.

After Robert graduated from high school in Diehlstadt, Miss. in 1947, he joined his father in highway construction, working in Missouri, Illinois, Texas, and Arkansas.

Robert met his wife of 60 years, Edra Jarrell, in December 1957 in Dexter, Mo., while attending a wedding. At that time, they both were working in California, and after a short courtship were married in Modesto, Cali., April 20, 1958. Two children were born to this union, Elaine Marie and Thomas Raymond. Robert continued working as a highway construction foreman until 1967 when he began employment with Woodmen of the World as an insurance agent. Later that year, Robert was baptized into Christ in Marion, Ill.

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23
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Bessie May Powers 88, of Tulsa

Bessie was born on Feb. 19, 1930, in Stradford, to Richard Thomas and Esther Ethel Goodsell. She graduated from Dill City High School in 1948 and then worked as a registrar clerk for Oklahoma State University. She married Samuel Ovis Powers on Jan. 7, 1950, in Oklahoma City.

Bessie was a member of the Stillwater Travel Club and traveled all over the country. When not traveling, she enjoyed working in her yard and took great pride in decorating the white picket fence around her house.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Samual Powers; and daughter, Diane Powers.

She is survived by daughters, Ladonna Winchell and Kerry Saladiner (Marc); grandchildren, Megan and Alex; and great-grandchildren Jackson, Ethan, Ryan, and Gabriel.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Clarehouse, 7617 S. Mingo Road, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133.

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Sammie Ira Kissner 84, of Fort Worth, Texas

Sammie Ira Kissner, 84, a retired forklift driver, went to be with our Lord Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019.

Graveside service was held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, at Lawnview Cemetery in Cordell. Family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd, Texas.

Sammie was born June 6, 1934, to Carl and Lavada (Camp) Kissner in Cordell. He was a forklift driver for many years at General Motors.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his grandson, Brandon Cole Woolsey; his brothers, Eddie and Billy Kissner; and his sister, Margaret Brown.

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Gary Prough 72, of Cordell

Gary Prough, 72, of Cordell, passed away January 10, 2019 in Oklahoma City. He was born December 12, 1946, in Hobart, to Harmon Henry and Edith Pauline (Russell) Prough.

He attended school in Gotebo, Oklahoma and graduated with the class of 1965. He continued his education by attending college in Okmolgee, where he graduated with a degree in Auto Parts.

Gary married Darla Dunn in 1966. Together, Gary and Darla had two sons; Steven Craig and Michael Chris.

Gary worked for DX Service Station in Cordell for several years. He later worked for Hoffman Oil in Clinton for several years before moving on to work for Tri-County Oil. He later went to work for Smith Oil driving a truck in the 1970s. He worked for them for 33 years until he retired May 31, 2006.

After retirement Gary helped with farming duties for Joe Maddux at MX Livestock.

Gary married Lillian Smith on April 23, 1988 and she preceded him in death on April 20, 2006.

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Melba Faye Dudgeon 87, of Burns Flat

Melba Faye Dudgeon, 87, of Burns Flat, was born Jan. 17, 1931, in Foss. She is the daughter of Olin Ragland Haggard and Bertha Corrine Tallifero. She made her way to heaven on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in Elk City, surrounded by her loving family.

Melba married her best friend and sweetheart, Albert Lawrence Dudgeon January 1, 1950, in Burns Flat. He preceded her in death June 25, 2017.

She enjoyed her family, she was a wonderful mother, care taker and cook. She also had a special bond with children.

Melba was an active member of Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Burns Flat, where she taught Sunday school and was involved in the women’s group.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Burns Flat. Rev. Jim Fisk will officiate and will be assisted by Rev. Duawn Mearns. Services have been entrusted to the care of Martin-Dugger Funeral Home in Elk City.

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Faye Franklin

Faye Franklin, 85, of Weatherford, passed away peacefully with family by her side on Dec. 24, 2018. She was born on May 17, 1933, to Roy and Alta (Cupp) Mosier in Dill City.

Faye grew up and attended school in Dill City, she met and married the love of her life Jimmie M. Franklin in Dill City. Faye stayed at home and raised her children then she worked for a short time at Stan’s Clothing Store. She also loved to sew, cook and travel with her husband Jimmie. They have traveled to 48 of the 50 states. She also loved going to all of her grandchildren’s sporting events and other activities. Faye was a member of the First United Methodist Church and Woman’s Organization. Faye will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

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Nickey Dee Zimmerman

Nickey Dee Zimmerman, 64, was born March 8, 1954, to Archie and Lena Mae (Burk) Zimmerman in Hobart.

He attended school at Mtn. View and graduated in May 1972. He attended college for one semester at Murray State College in Tishamingo, and was on the livestock judging team. He returned home to work and married his high school sweetheart, Connie Pritchard, June 17, 1973.

Nickey became a Christian at the age of 18, after much persuasion from Connie to attend a revival. He decided the only way to shut her up was to attend Sunday morning services. When the invitation was given he took her by the hand and walked to the altar. With Connie holding his hand he asked Jesus into his heart. He became a member of First Baptist Church in Cordell and faithfully attended services.

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Russell George Thiessen

Russell George Thiessen, 64, of Cordell, passed away unexpectedly Dec. 17, 2018, at his home. He was born April 14, 1954, to Tony and Sybil (Havens) Thiessen in Cordell. Russell grew up and attended school in Cordell, graduating from Cordell High School in 1972. During his high school years he was in wrestling and finished second at state two years in a row. Russell and his father opened and owned a truck and tractor business for 10 years, then Russell began working for Cordell Public Schools. He enjoyed watching NASCAR, gardening, and loved to go fishing. Russell enjoyed telling jokes and loved being with his dogs. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Cordell Academic Foundation.

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