Obituaries

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21
Aug
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Troy Ray McGarrah

Troy Ray McGarrah, 45, of Cordell, Oklahoma passed away on August 14th, 2018 at Fort Cobb, Oklahoma. He was born in Clinton, Oklahoma on February 25th, 1973 to Harry and Joyce (Colston) McGarrah. He grew up and attended Eakly Public School, after school he worked as a Farm Laborer. Troy loved being with his family. He also enjoyed noodling and loved his 2 pit bull dogs. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. He is survived by his parents, Harry Ray McGarrah & wife Joyce of Cordell, two sons, Colby Ray McGarrah of Mc- Cloud, Oklahoma and Tristan Deffenbaugh of Navarre, Florida, two sisters: Rose Espinosa & husband Adam of Cordell, Heather McGarrah of Cordell, two nieces: Kyra Westreicher & husband Jonpaul of Cordell and Angel Espinosa of Cordell, two nephews: Adam Espinosa Jr. and wife Brittany of Cordell, and James Allen of Blocker, Oklahoma seven great nieces & nephews with one on the way.

Tue
21
Aug
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Thomas “Hank” Gillham

beloved member of his  McGarrah community, Thomas   Gillham, of Burns Flat, Oklahoma passed away on July 20, 2018. Born on June 7, 1953 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Manuel “M.P.” and Susie Gillham. Hank was a younger brother to Phil and older brother to siblings Mary and Jim. A lifelong Oklahoman, Hank grew up spending many hours with his beloved Uncle Marcus, siblings and many cousins. Hank enlisted in the United States Army in 1971 and proudly served his country in Vietnam from February 4, 1971 to August 7, 1972. Upon his return, he married Lynn in 1973, becoming a father to her three children, Michelle, Tina and Missy. The family relocated to Burns Flat in 1977, when Hank was employed by Schlumberger. Hank and Lynn raised their two children Stella and Katie and granddaughter, Shontyl. On June 20, 2006, Hank married Twilla (Kness) and helped raise her son, Justin Wilson. Hank worked for Schlumberger for 19 years.

Tue
14
Aug
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Anastacio (Pete) Reyes Flores

Anastacio (Pete) Reyes Flores, age 83, of Cordell, Oklahoma went to be with our Heavenly Father on August 10th, 2018 while being surrounded by his family. Pete (Pepa) was born to Guillermo and Francisca Flores on April 15, 1935. He married Artimia (Tina) Garcia on January 1st, 1956 in La Feria, Texas and they soon began a family together. Pete farmed for several years before starting his own construction company in the mid-70’s, Pete Flores and Sons Construction. Among his many accomplishments, renovating the Route 66 Museum in Clinton, Oklahoma was one of his greatest work-related achievements. He was a perfectionist and was well know for his work ethic around the community. He was known by his family and friends as having a heart of gold, loving his grand and great grandchildren, loving animals, swimming, bike rides, eating sweets & watermelon, drinking coffee, going to the horse races with his children and his grandchildren, and always cracking jokes.

Tue
07
Aug
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Mildred Ruth (McLoud) Bybee

Mildred Ruth (McLoud) Bybee passed away August 6 2018 in Cordell, Oklahoma. Mildred Ruth was born April 30, 1914 in Cogar, Caddo County, Oklahoma to James Harvey Hedrick and Hazel Zella Hedrick. She married W.B. “Pete” McLoud October 15, 1932 in Anadarko, Oklahoma. Other spouses were Sam Zimmerman and G. Dutch Bybee. Ruth enjoyed gardening, sewing, and being a farmer’s wife. Ruth loved her family. She was preceded in death by her parents, James Harvey Hedrick and Hazel Hedrick; husbands, W.B. “Pete” Mc- Loud, Sam Zimmerman and G. Dutch Bybee; daughter, Willa Lou Gonzales; grandson, Kevin Dale McLoud; brothers, Charles, Clarence, Howard, and James; and, sisters, Eva Mae, Nellie, Ruby, Dollie and Thelma. Ruth is survived by her sister, Velma Garrett, daughter Joyce Marie Hill and Husband, Don. Son Dale McLoud and wife, Sue. Granddaughters, Debbie Yearwood, Doneitta Davis, Denise Trent, Shellie Gammill, Erica Gaddis, and Cara Hargrove.

Tue
07
Aug
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Charles Chason

Charles Chason, 76 year old Woodward County resident, died Wednesday, August 1, 2018 in Oklahoma City. A memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, August 9, 2018 in the Billings Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Jim Steenbergen officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the United States Air Force. A private family burial will be held at a later date. Charles Vassar Chason was born on December 26, 1940 in Jacksonville, Florida to William Vassar and Helen Elizabeth (Gross) Chason. Charles grew up in Jacksonville, Florida and graduated from Jacksonville High School. He was active in 4-H, showing dairy cattle and was on the high school swim team. He attended the University of Florida before joining the United States Air Force in 1959. He was honorably discharged in 1963. He was united in marriage to Madeline Lemasters Perkey in Dill City, Oklahoma on June 15, 1963.

Tue
31
Jul
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Henry Gillham

A beloved member of his community, Thomas “Hank” Gillham, of Burns Flat, Oklahoma passed away on July 20, 2018. Born on June 7, 1953 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Manuel “M.P.” and Susie Gillham. Hank was a younger brother to Phil and older brother to siblings Mary and Jim. A lifelong Oklahoman, Hank grew up spending many hours with his beloved Uncle Marcus, siblings and many cousins. Hank enlisted in the United States Army in 1971 and proudly served his country in Vietnam from February 4, 1971 to August 7, 1972. Upon his return, he married Lynn in 1973, becoming a father to her three children, Michelle, Tina and Missy. The family relocated to Burns Flat in 1977, when Hank was employed by Schlumberger.

Tue
31
Jul
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Peggy Ann Baldwin

Peggy Ann Baldwin, 77, of Cordell, Oklahoma passed away peacefully at home with family by her side on July 26th, 2018. She was born in Hobart, Oklahoma on June 9th, 1941 to Clyde and Virgie (Speck) Mc- Cormick. Peggy grew up and attended school in Hobart, Oklahoma, She met the love of her life Dale Baldwin and they were united in marriage on April 15, 1959, to this union was born four children; Tammey, Kammey, DeWayne and Bubba. Peggy worked for Merle Norman for six years, McClure Funeral Home for several years and the Joy Jean Shop. Peggy loved her family, she enjoyed telling jokes, but most of all she loved being a grandmother. Peggy will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. Survivors include her husband: Dale Baldwin of the home; Daughter: Tammey Christian & husband Daniel of Clinton, OK; Son: DeWayne Baldwin & wife Denise of Edmond, OK; 6 Grandchildren; 4 Great Grandchildren; 2 Greatgreat Granddaughters on the way; 1 sister: Esther McGolden of Hobart, OK.

Tue
24
Jul
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Gregory Scot Sawatzky

Gregory Scot Sawatzky, 55, of Clinton, Oklahoma passed away at Grace Living Center with family by his side on July 19, 2018. He was born on September 5th, 1962 in Denver, Colorado to Weldon & Joyce (Reeg) Sawatzky. He grew up and attended school in Clinton, Oklahoma graduating in 1981. After high school Greg worked for the Clinton Public School System, did carpentry work and then worked at the Clinton Veterans Center for over 20 years. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. Survivors include: Parents: Weldon Sawatzky & wife Joyce of Clinton, OK; Brother: Alan Sawatzky & wife Cathy of League City, TX; Sister: Sharon Vanallen & husband Craig of Sharon Springs, KS; 2 Nieces: Tina Sawatzky of League City, TX; Allison Sawatzky of League City, TX; 2 Nephews: Trey Vanallen of Sharon Springs, KS; Joshua Vanallen of Sharon Springs, KS; Numerous nieces, cousins, aunts, and uncles.

Tue
24
Jul
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Louise Gunter

Louise Gunter was born July 22, 1925 in Burns Flat, Oklahoma to Opal (Ashworth) Turner and Leamon Forrester. She passed away July 22, 2018 at Elk City, Oklahoma at the age of 93 years. Louise grew up at Hammon where she attended school graduating in 1944. After graduating she remained in Hammon where she worked at the local cafe`. Louise was married to Edward Floyd Gunter on December 15, 1945. After their marriage they remained in Hammon until 1947 when they moved south of Burns Flat, Oklahoma where they farmed. It wasn’t until 1960, when they built a house in Canute, that they moved to make their home. In the early 70’s she found employment with Western Vo-Tech where she was a secretary and continued until her retirement in the late 80’s. After Edward’s death she remained in the home until her health forced her to moved to Clinton and eventually Elk City to be closer to family. Louise enjoyed sewing, ceramic work, reading, shopping and spending time with her family and friends.

Tue
24
Jul
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Catherine Ann (Scott) Correll

Catherine Ann (Scott) Correll, 72, Sentinel, Oklahoma, passed away on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 with family by her side. She was born on February 12, 1946 to Alvis Alberta and Ruth Elizabeth (Wilson) Scott at San Bernardino, California. Catherine attended Sentinel Public Schools where she met the love of her life Virgil David Correll Sr. and they married on July 2, 1962 in Cordell, Oklahoma. She worked as a Dietary Manager for the Cordell Memorial Hospital for over 16 years before retiring. Catherine was a member of the First Baptist Church of Sentinel, Oklahoma. She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 Brother, Robert Cryer, 1 Sister, Jenny Ruth Cryer Survivors include her husband of the home, Virgil D. Correll Sr. 5 Children: Karen Chupp, Sentinel, OK; Ann Pagano, Yu-Catherine Ann (Scott) Correll kon, OK; Ruth Hassler, Elk City, OK; Virgil Correll Jr.

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