Obituaries

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07
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Dorothy Virginia (Boatright) Mintz

Dorothy Virginia (Boatright) Mintz passed away on October 11, 2017. She was born in Cordell, Oklahoma on January 5, 1928 to Newton and Emma (Miller) Boatright. Dorothy married her high school sweetheart, Clifford Mintz in 1946 and had two children, Allen and Steven. Dorothy and Clifford began their married life in Oklahoma and later moved to California. They resided in Rio Oso, California for ten years, finally settling in Bessie, Oklahoma in 1980. Dorothy worked as a homemaker and medical assistant for most of her life, later returning to school to receive her nursing degree. She retired from the Veterans Hospital in Clinton, Oklahoma. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Mintz in 1982.

Tue
07
Nov
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Kathryn Yvonne Gray Tarbox

Kathryn Yvonne Gray Tarbox was born January 25, 1948 in Rocky, Oklahoma to Lonny and Joy (Tittle) Gray. She passed away on November 1, 2017 in Amarillo, Texas. Kathy was raised on the family farm near Rocky and was the oldest of 8 siblings. She graduated from Rocky High School as Valedictorian of the class of 1966. She married Michael Humphreys on March 12, 1966. To this union three daughters were born. Kathy raised her three adorable girls in their home on Mimosa Street in Cordell where she maintained a beautiful flowerbed and yard. After the girls were raised, she married Dan Tarbox and moved to Amarillo, Texas. She had a very fulfilling career in the banking industry from the early 1970s until her retirement in 2013. She began her banking career at Cordell National Bank, then later went to work as branch manager at Local Federal Bank in Clinton. After moving to Amarillo, she was a bank officer at Amarillo National Bank until her retirement.

Tue
31
Oct
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J.C. Shannon, Jr.

JC Shannon Jr, of Cordell, passed away on Monday, October 23, 2017, in Lawton, Oklahoma at the age of 59. J. C. was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on January 3, 1958, to J. C. and Loretha (Martin) Shannon, Sr. He was raised in Cordell and attended Cordell schools graduating in 1977. He worked many years around Cordell as a handyman and in roofing and construction. J. C. loved OU sports and he also enjoyed watching movies and had amassed quite a collection of movies on DVD. Keeping his body in physical shape was very important to him and over the years he had become very well rounded in the training of marital arts. J. C. had a very kind and gentle spirit and loved being around friends and family especially his grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, J C and Fannie Loretha (Martin) Shannon.

Tue
31
Oct
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LaNell DeWees Brown

LaNell DeWees Brown, 86 years old, completed her journey in this world and began her new life in heaven on October 28, 2017. She passed away peacefully at the home she shared with her daughter and son-in-law. LaNell was born Rita LaNell DeWees to Edna VeNora Askins DeWees and Clarence LeRoy DeWees on January 5, 1931 in Cordell, Oklahoma. She attended school in southeast Oklahoma at Consolidated 8 where her parents were teachers and her dad was the principal as well. Her family moved from the Cordell area and she attended high school in Oklahoma City at Putnam City High School and graduated in 1949. While in high school she played bass drum in the marching band and loved playing basketball with a team that reached the state championship tournament her senior year. She also attended Oklahoma State University, formerly known as Oklahoma A & M, for two and a half years.

Tue
24
Oct
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Sharon Kay Hayden

Sharon Kay Hayden, 62, of Cordell, passed away on Tuesday October 17, 2017 at her residence. Sharon was born December 5, 1954 to Edmond and Bertha (Sides) Wallace in Altus, Oklahoma. She graduated from Granite High School in 1973 and graduated from Sayre Junior College in 1976. Sharon was united in marriage to David Hayden on September 22, 1978 in Cheyenne, Oklahoma. She was employed as a Medical Technician at the Cheyenne Hospital for 20 years, then moved back to Cordell and worked at the Cordell Hospital for over 15 years, retiring in 2015. Sharon will be missed by all who knew and loved her. She is preceded in death by her husband and mother. Survivors include: two sons, Jared Hayden, Clinton, Oklahoma, and Ryan Hayden, Arkansas; three grandchildren, Seth, Lexi and Jack; twin brother, Fairon Wallace, Tacoma, Washington; sister: Loretta Waddell and husband Robert, Cordell, Oklahoma. Funeral Services were held at 2:00p.m.

Tue
24
Oct
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Keith Alan Vermillion

Keith Alan Vermillion, age 37, of Edmond, Oklahoma passed away peacefully at his home on October 19, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer. He inspired many lives with his kindness and positive outlook on life. Keith was born June 2, 1980 in Cordell, Oklahoma to Dennis and Lynda (Harris) Vermillion. He was raised and graduated high school in Cordell. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern Oklahoma State University where he was also a member of the Northwestern Rangers football team from 1999-2004. Keith was a physical education teacher at Lakeview Elementary School in Norman, Oklahoma for ten years prior to his illness. During that time he also coached numerous sports at Longfellow Junior High and coached his passion, boys’ soccer, at Norman High School. Keith married his high school sweetheart, Amanda (Rice) Vermillion, on July 5, 2003. On December 7, 2011, they welcomed their daughter, Emily Paige Vermillion, who was the most important part of his life.

Tue
24
Oct
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Van Kenneth “Trey” Nabb III

Funeral services for Van Kenneth Nabb, III, known to all as “Trey”, will be held on Thursday, October 26, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at the Soper Gymnasium in Soper, Oklahoma; burial will follow at the Lewis Cemetery in Wynnewood, Oklahoma. Trey went to be with his Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ, on October 20, 2017, in Plano, TX at the age of 20. Trey was born on October 21, 1996, in Amarillo, Texas, the son of Van Kenneth Nabb, Jr. and Sheba Renee (Davis) Parker. Trey enjoyed hunting, fishing, and anything in the outdoors, including a love for animals. He loved spending time with friends, visiting his grandpa, Sam, in Wynnewood, and eagerly calling upon the knowledge of all his grandfathers often. He truly was what many will remember him as: “an old soul”. He would stay up reading late into the night, and he might even call a person up, just to share a joke. He cherished his books and movies, and one could always count on Trey for random facts and knowledge.

Tue
17
Oct
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Elton Leroy Christian

Elton Leroy Christian, 93, of Dill City, Oklahoma, passed away peacefully on October 16, 2017. He was born on June 1, 1924, to Gus and Lillian (Marriott) Christian in Forty One, Oklahoma. Elton attended school at Port and graduated from Dill City. He met and married the love of his live, Della Jo Green, on May 20, 1944, in the Alexander home near Rocky. She preceded him in death on March 16, 2014. Elton was a farmer and rancher. He drove a semi-truck for Garland Black for many years, taking locally grown crops to market. Then he drove a propane truck from 1972 to 2011. He began employment for Margaret Carpenter, John Strange and Beck & Root. Elton was a longtime member of the Dill City First Baptist Church and was an ordained Deacon where he served in various positions and committees. Elton was also a member of the Holiday rambler R.V. Club. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Tue
10
Oct
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Michael Johnston

Michael Ryan Johnston passed from this life on October 2, 2017, at age 69. Michael was born on June 8, 1948, in McPherson, Kansas, the only child of Nadine and E.L. “Jack” Johnston. He graduated High School in Cordell, Oklahoma, in 1966 and continued his education at McPherson College graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science in 1971. He met the love of his life Windell Joan Watkins and they were married on June 8, 1968, and they enjoyed 49 years of marriage. Throughout his life he and Joan owned and operated theaters and drive-ins in Cordell, Eureka, Kansas, and Wellington, Kansas. He purchased W-W Reloading in 1988, and moved it to Lone Wolf and operated for 36 years. He was a very active member of the Masonic Lodge #150 in Wellington, Kansas, a member of the Wichita, Kansas, Consistory, York Rite Camel Herders and Shrine, he joined the India Temple Shrine in Oklahoma City, a member of the Swookies of Altus, where he was in many parades in Oklahoma and Texas.

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10
Oct
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Marla Kay Jackson

Marla Kay Jackson, 56, of Cordell, Oklahoma, passed away on September 30, 2017. Marla was born on November 29, 1960, to Gordon G (Jerry) and Martha A (Alles) Kilgore in Denver, Colorado. She grew up in Milliken, Colorado, and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1979. Her loves included playing volleyball, softball, and basketball. The local schools and competitions peaked her interest with frequent attendance to the games. Marla attended Ames College in Greeley, Colorado, and was awarded certification as a Radiology Technician. Marla married the love of her life, Michael Jackson, in Estes Park, Colorado, on September 14, 1991. They originated their own company, Brazos Associates Inc., acting as a consulting firm for government regulations, and processing. In 2012, they returned to Cordell, and rejoined the family. Michael preceded Marla in death, early in 2015.

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