Obituaries

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Harvey Joe Mitchell

Harvey Joe Mitchell was born in Hobart, Oklahoma on October 29th, 1948 to A.B. and Bettie Joe (Duty) Wright and passed away in Hobart, Oklahoma on March 18, 2017. Following A.B.'s death in 1951, Bettie married Charles Elbert Mitchell. Joe and his brother, Anthony (Tony) George, were adopted by Mr. Mitchell in 1953. Joe's sister, Mary Paul, was born the following year in 1954. Joe attended Cordell public schools beginning in the first grade. He was elected President of the Student Council and named Mr. CHS in recognition of his leadership and popularity. Following graduation from high school, in 1966, Joe attended Southwestern State College (now SWOSU) in Weatherford. While there he was a member of Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity. Joe had a keen interest in governmental affairs. One year, he went door to door as a volunteer in an effort to raise Oklahoma school teachers' income.

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04
Apr
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Henry Charles Horn

Funeral services for Henry Charles Horn, 72, of Cordell Oklahoma, will be held on Friday, April 7, 2017, at the Herold Mennonite Church in Bessie, Oklahoma. Interment will follow at the Herold Mennonite Cemetery, in Bessie. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Ray & Martha’s Funeral Home. Services are under the direction of Ray & Martha’s Funeral Home of Cordell, Oklahoma.

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28
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Harvey Joe Mitchell

Harvey Joe Mitchell was born in Hobart, Oklahoma, on October 29, 1948, to A.B. and Bettie Joe (Duty) Wright, and passed away in Hobart, Oklahoma, on March 18, 2017.

Following A.B.'s death in 1951, Bettie married Charles Elbert Mitchell. Joe and his brother, Anthony (Tony) George, were adopted by Mr. Mitchell, in 1953.

Joe's sister, Mary Paul, was born the following year in 1954.

Joe attended Cordell public schools beginning in the first grade. He was elected President of the Student Council and named Mr. CHS in recognition of his leadership and popularity.

Following graduation from high school, in 1966, Joe attended Southwestern State College (now SWOSU) in Weatherford. While there he was a member of Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity.

Joe had a keen interest in governmental affairs. One year, he went door to door as a volunteer in an effort to raise Oklahoma school teacher's income.

Tue
21
Mar
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Wanda Haney

Wanda Haney, age 89, of Plano, Texas, passed away on March 14, 2017. She was born and raised in Burns Flat, Oklahoma. Services were held last week in Ted Dickey West Funeral Home, Dallas, Texas, and burial was held in North Burns Cemetery on Sunday, March 19, 2017. Those wishing to view the full obituary or sign the online guestbook may visit www.teddickeywestfuneral.com.

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21
Mar
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Charles Oliver Brown

Charles Oliver Brown died Wednesday, March 15, 2017. He was born February 2, 1938, in Collinsville, Missouri to Leonard and Virginia (Phillips) Brown. Charlie was raised in a large family of 13 siblings in the coal mining region of Missouri. He went to work in the coal mines at the age of 14 as a mule handler. In the early 1950s, he ventured to California, where he had an uncle, and went to work as a long haul trucker. Charlie moved to Cordell in the early 1990s and marride Margaret Wren on May 3, 1998, in Cordell, Oklahoma. He had worked for several years at Bar S, in Clinton, as a night security watchman and at the Bessie Co-Op. Everyone will always remember Charlie and his long association with Cordell TV and Appliance. Charlie was an avid fisherman and one of his favorite things to do was watch old westerns on television over and over and over again. Most of all, Charlie enjoyed visiting with people he came in contact with.

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21
Mar
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Bobbie Viola Meade

Bobbie Viola (Meadows) Meade, 102, a resident of the Cordell Christian Home since early 2009, went to be with the Lord Thursday, March 16, 2017. Bobbie was born on a farm nine miles northwest of McAlester, Oklahoma, on August 20, 1914, to Bert Andrew Meadows and Willie Mae (Self) Meadows. Bobbie and her family moved to Sentinel, Oklahoma, when she was about ten years old. She attended and graduated from Port School. Bobbie married Howard Emanuel Meade on February 18, 1948. Howard served in the U.S. Navy from May 1, 1940, to February 28, 1948. Bobbie was very active in many areas including writing letters to her senators, representatives and even the President, on many issues she thought to be important, such as Social Security and Alzheimer's. She earned certificates in "Effective Speaking and Human Relations," as well as a certificate of appreciation for "Devoted and Invaluable Services" to an Alzheimer Care Center.

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21
Mar
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Cecil Holley

Cecil Holley was born on April 30, 1949, to Orman Ellsworth and Nellie Frances Holley. He went to his heavenly home on March 16, 2017. Cecil spent most of his years growing up around the Cheyenne area. He was drafted in March, 1969, and sent to Viet Nam. After serving a year there he got out of the Army, until 1974. Cecil rejoined the Army and stayed for 24 years, retiring on January 1, 1993. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Burns Flat. Cecil was a very caring, loving husband to Linda, and also to all of his children, Michael, Tim, Richard, Angela, and John. He was preceded in death by his mother, Nellie Frances; his Dad, Orman Ellsworth; four brothers, Roy, Bobby, Kenneth, David; and one son, John.

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21
Mar
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John Michael McGurk, M.D.

John Michael McGurk, M.D., age 31, was born on April 24, 1985. His parents were Donald and Karen Mc- Gurk, both Ph.D. chemists. They were so excited when he was born. They now had a daughter, Suzanne, and a son. Tragically, John died on Friday, February 10, 2017, while vacationing at the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean. John loved seeing and experiencing the world. Travel was an important part of his life. It is surmised that while preparing to photograph the beauty of this island from a well known overlook John lost his footing and fell from a cliff. Three heroic fisherman can be praised with successfully recovering John, after a two day unsuccessful effort by the Coast Guard due to treacherous tides and rocky shorelines. One fisherman was quoted as saying, "We are going to send that boy home." At the time of his death, John had never been happier. He had a wonderful job that he loved. He had also met the first love of his life, Michelle Weber.

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14
Mar
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Leta Faye Delk

Leta Faye (Thurman) Delk, 90, of Gotebo, Oklahoma, passed away on March 11, 2017.

She was born on May 22, 1926, to Elvis Cecil and Etta Howell Thurman. Leta Faye started school at Rainy Valley which was SW of Mountain View.

They later moved to the Lake Valley Community, in 1936, where she attended the Lake Valley School and graduated in 1944.

After graduation she moved to Oklahoma City, to work at Douglas Aircraft Plant until the end of the war.

Leta Faye moved back to the Lake Valley Community and married Clifton Delk in Arapaho, Oklahoma. They had two daughters, Sandra and Donna.

She loved playing basketball all through her school years, and loved watching her kids, grandkids, and greatgrandkids participate in all their activities.

Leta Faye was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

Tue
14
Mar
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Tonia Duncan

A Memorial Service for Tonia Duncan, 62, of Burns Flat, will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 18, 2017, in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Burns Flat, Oklahoma, officiated by Dr. Tom Spence, and under the direction of the Kiesau-Lee Funeral Home.

Tonia Lee (Weber) Duncan was born February 6, 1955, to Doyle Weber and Martha Sue Dunsworth in Anadarko, Oklahoma.

She passed away Tuesday, February 14, 2017, in the Oklahoma Heart Hospital in Oklahoma City, with her family at her bedside.

Tonia was raised in Altus, Oklahoma, where she graduated from Altus High School in 1973.

She was active and participated in beauty pageants from the time she was about nine years old.

Tonia was Little Ms. Cotton in 1964, and she competed in the Ms. Altus pageant in both 1973, and again in 1974, where she won the title of Miss Altus in 1974.

She continued her education at Altus Junior College and then met and married David James in 1974, in Altus.

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