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Friday, March 22, 2019

Roger Dale Howard


After a courageous battle with cancer, Roger Dale Howard died on November 4, 2018, in Waurika, OK at the age of 51. He leaves behind a son, Clayton Howard of Duncan, OK and longtime companion June Miller. 

Roger was Born on January 18, 1967, in Riverside, CA to father Elmer Howard and mother Jenna Lee Howard. He grew up in a large family with 6 sisters and 1 brother.

Roger is survived by his son Clayton Howard, and a grandson Daegen Burton. He is also survived by his sister, Sharon Morris and husband James of Comanche, OK; Lawanda Ford and husband Michael of Waurika, OK; Donna McCarty of Waurika, OK and Sheena shipley of CA. He is survived by one brother John Howard and wife Ovsanna, of Comanche, OK. Roger is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins that were very special to him. He is preceded in death by his parents; 2 sisters, Linda Wilkerson and Wenda Howard, and 3 infant brothers. He is also preceded in death by his son, Christopher Burton and daughter Kaylie Howard.

Roger requested to be cremated. A memorial service will be decided at a later date. The family would especially like to thank the staff of Westbrook Care Center and the nursing staff at Aspire Hospice for their care.

Glenna Margaret Christian


Funeral services for Glenna Margaret Christian, 86, were at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 23, in the Centennial Chapel of the Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home with Reverend Terry Tolbert officiating.  Burial followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery.

The daughter of the late Glen and Florence Walls Edwards, Glenna was born July 5, 1932, in Waurika, Oklahoma and went to be with her Lord and Savior October 20, 2018, surrounded by her family.

A graduate of Waurika High School, she and Vernon Dean Christian were married February 11, 1952, in Wichita Falls, Texas and he preceded her death on August 2, 2010.  Also preceding her in death were her sister Edna Keele and brother Jerry Pat Edwards.

Glenna worked for Memorial Hospital in Ardmore in medical records, and then went to KKAJ Radio and finished her career with Cablecom of Ardmore.  She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church, and enjoyed the outdoors and gardening.

Glenna is survived by her children, Karen Stowe and husband Richard “Dicky” of Tahlequah; Vernon “Duane” Christian and wife Terry  and Deana Mendenall and husband Alan all of Ardmore; her grandchildren, Kari Hill and Husband Eric of Pryor; Jessika McKaskle and husband Jordy, Carl Junction, MO; Kyle Christian and wife Karrie of Oklahoma City; Misty Mendenall of Ardmore; and Chris Mendenall and wife Josie of Durant; great-grandchildren; MaKenzie  and Zane Hill; Piper and Haddon McKaskle; Sam, Max and Landri Mendenall and Kinsley and Kooper Christian.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers memorials be made in Glenna’s honor to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, Cross Timbers Hospice or Trinity Baptist Church.

Services were under the direction of Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home and Crematory where online condolences for the family may be left at www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com.

Faye Etheridge


Faye Etheridge, at the age of 75, went to be with her Lord on October 17, 2018. Faye was born June 2, 1943, in Terral, Oklahoma, to Ranzie Williams and Gertie Pink (Maness) Williams. She married Robert Wayne Etheridge on October 2, 1965, and together they had four children. Faye worked 24 years at Doug’s Peach Orchard in Terral, where she enjoyed many long-time friends and truly never met a stranger. She enjoyed spending time with her twin sister Maye Ward, shopping and doing a word find puzzles.

Faye was a long-time member of the First Assembly of God Church in Ryan, and most recently of the Faith Fellowship of Waurika. Faye was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Buster Williams, Steven Williams, Lloyd Williams and Jewell Williams and her sisters Billie Williams and Janice Owen.

She is survived by her twin sister Maye Ward of Waurika, her children Larry (Vicki) Etheridge, Stacy (Don) Dalton, Kenneth Etheridge and Kimberly (Curtis) Plant, all of Waurika, seven grandchildren, Kyle (Keri) Etheridge, Brett Etheridge, Travis Etheridge, Zach Dalton, Brandon Dalton, Lauren (Jason) Hobbs and Tyler Plant, and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 20, 2018, at the First Assembly of God Church in Ryan, with Curtis Plant and Lynn Plant officiating. Interment will follow the Waurika Cemetery under the direction of Dudley Funeral Home of Waurika. Viewing was Thursday, October 18 and Friday, October 19, noon to 8 p.m. at Dudley Funeral Home, Waurika, with family receiving guests from 6 – 8 p.m. Friday.

Memorials: First Assembly of God Church in Ryan and Chisolm Trail Hospice.

Sam Glen Overstreet


On October 22, 2018, we lost an incredible father and friend Sammy Glen Overstreet.  Sam was survived by his wife Judy Overstreet, his youngest son Trent Overstreet, brother Jimmy Overstreet, sister-in-law Donna Givens, brother in law Rob Givens, mother in law Betty Tindol, four grandchildren Brandon, Christine, Brady and Robert Overstreet, five nieces and nephew Rebecca, Christi, Julie, Joey and Jaclyn.  Sam was preceded in death by his son Jeffrey Overstreet, father Paul Overstreet, mother Frankie Overstreet and father-in-law Robert Tindol.  He lived his life fully always putting family and friends first above himself.  He was an amazing husband, father, and friend anyone could ever wish for.  Even though his battle with cancer, he never lost sight of his family and friends.  You could always see him supporting the community or lifting our spirits as he traveled through town stopping to listen and laugh within his hometown of Ryan.  He will be missed beyond belief and we were all blessed to have him bless our lives with his life.  The family welcomes anyone who wishes to attend the memorial service on Saturday, October 27th at 2:00 pm at the First Baptist Church at 1002 Washington St Ryan, OK 73565. Memorial arrangements have been provided by Don Grantham Funeral Home. Condolences can be left to the family at www.granthamfuneralhomes.com. 

Dixie Fern Hammons Montgomery


Fern Montgomery, age 79, died Saturday, October 20, 2018, in Norman, Oklahoma surrounded by her family after a strongly fought battle with cancer. She was born December 21, 1938, in Center Point, Oklahoma to Paul B. and Ruth Hammons and was the middle of three children. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her brother, Paul Hammons and wife Barbara from Oklahoma City, sister Kay Brezina and husband Charles from Waurika, children Hal Stout and wife Sherrie, John Stout and wife Yavonna and their children Brooke and Connor, and Susan Howard and her children Brittyn and Barrett, all of Norman. 

Fern was a long time resident of Waurika, Oklahoma and graduated in 1956 from Waurika High School.  She enjoyed 18 years of employment with the district attorney’s office where she was honored for her dedication, work ethic, and integrity.  She will forever be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother and faithful friend.   

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, at 1:00 pm at McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church in Norman located at 419 South University Blvd, Norman, OK 73069.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to McFarlin to initiate a young adult program for individuals with autism. “We are who we are because of our mother, who gave us everything she could. Let our memories of our mother live on forever.”

Richard Ellison Chiles, Jr.


Graveside services for Richard Chiles held at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. Visitation with the family held at Church of Christ, Waurika, Ok, Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at 4:30 P.M. until 6:30 P.M. under the direction of Hart-Wyatt Funeral Home, Walters, OK.

Richard Ellison Chiles, Jr., DDS was born to Richard Ellison Sr. and Claire Elizabeth (Burdette) Chiles on February 23, 1938, at Sulphur, Oklahoma and departed this life at his home in Waurika, Oklahoma on October 14, 2018, at the age of 80 years, 7 months and 21 days.

Richard grew up in the Sulphur, Oklahoma area, then later moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma, where he graduated high school.  He was married to Linda Lewis on September 2, 1961, at

Pauls Valley, Oklahoma and to this union 3 daughters where born.

He attended Oklahoma State University, then later attended Baylor Dental School where he graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree.  While at OSU he was the President of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. 

Dr. Chiles owned and operated the Waurika Dentures and Richard E Chiles, DDS business in Waurika, Oklahoma, for 50 years. 

He was a member of the Waurika Church of Christ. He was a member of the American Dental Assoc. and the Oklahoma Dental Assoc. He was a 25-year member of Rotary International and was on the Waurika School Board for 14 years.  Dr. Chiles also loved hunting and fishing.

Survivors include: His wife, Linda Chiles of the home, Three Daughters & sons-in-law: Cathy and Barry Wyatt of Houston, TX, Suzie and David Lebovich of Flower Mound, TX, Honey and Jason Freis of Allen, TX., One Brother: William “Pila” Chiles of New Port Beach, CA, Two Sisters: Barbara and David Hill of Burleson, Tx, Marylyn Matthew of Stillwater, OK.

Four Grand Daughters: Gabriella Wyatt, Ellie Lebovich, Ruby Freis and Olivia Freis, Other relatives and many friends.

Doris Ann (Anthony) Pilgreen


Doris Ann (Anthony) Pilgreen,77, went to be with her Heavenly Father on October 3rd, 2018. She was born May 11, 1941. She was a devoted mother, daughter, sister and aunt. Doris will be forever remembered by her family and precious children, Christy, Debra, and Tammie , and her mother Ethel Anthony, and her brother Wayne Anthony. Doris was the Jefferson County Clerk for 28 years and a member of Waurika Church of the Nazarene, Board member on the Depot Committee, and once an avid quilter and champion pie baker.

Survivors include her precious mom, Ethel Anthony, her children Christy and Chuck Green of Yukon, Debra and Rene Rodriguez of Yukon, and Tammie and Pierre Rostant of Sachse, Texas, grandchildren Ryan and Amanda Mora, Ethan, Pax and Emersyn, Daniel, Skyler and Hayden Rodriguez, Sara, Lance and Hudson Hodges, Jarrett Green, and Audrie Rostant, brother Wayne and wife Regina Anthony of Waurika, her beloved niece Jennifer Carr and nephew Jeff Anthony who knew her as “Aunt Doe”. She will also be forever remembered by her numerous cousins. extended family, and dear friends

She was preceded in death by her father Glenn Anthony.

Funeral services for Doris Pilgreen were on Monday October 8,2018 at 11:00 am at the First Christian Church in Waurika, Oklahoma. Viewing was Saturday from 2-8, and Sunday 1-6 with the family receiving visitors from 1-3 at Dudley Funeral Home. A burial followed at the Waurika Cemetery in care of Dudley Funeral Home.

Thomas Jefferson Craft


Thomas Jefferson Craft, of Corpus Christi TX passed away on September 22, 2018. He was born Dec.13, 1929 in Fleetwood Oklahoma. We have lost one of the wisest and kindest people that we’ve ever known.  He had quite a sense of humor, and was never above pulling someone’s leg to get them to smile and laugh.

 Tom graduated from Terral High School and went on to serve in the military as a Sergeant in the Korean War.  After the war, he returned to his beloved Oklahoma to attend Oklahoma State University and graduated in 1957 with a degree in agriculture.   

 Tom met his wife, Iris while attending Oklahoma State, and from there the adventures began.  In their early years, they lived in Oklahoma, Nebraska and Pennsylvania.  Later, they settled in Arizona and stayed there until retirement. While in Arizona, Tom worked for the Bureau of Land Management, and mapped almost the entire state for the government. 

He loved to garden, and could make anything grow, even with the most challenging of soil.  His Jalapeno Peppers were always something to contend with, not to mention the beautiful tomatoes that he would grow year round.   They finally moved to Bowie TX, where they spent many happy years together in retirement.

 Tom loved to golf in later years, and could outshoot his daughters and son on the course, which always gave them a big laugh.  He spent his spare time making jelly and jam out of the many fruits that were grown in his backyard. His peach and strawberry jam was something everyone looked forward to.  He was a 3rd Degree Mason with the Bowie Mason lodge and active in the Methodist Church.

 Tom was a devoted husband, father, brother, and grandfather and will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

 He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters, brothers and his beloved wife Iris. He is survived by his three children; daughters Susan (John) Giesing, Amy Craft and son, Jeff Craft all of Corpus Christi TX, sister Helen Gunter of Terral Ok.  5 grandchildren Felicia Lasso, Alexandra Lasso, Jeremy Lasso, Declan Craft, Augustin Craft, and 2 great grandchildren, Bentley Lasso, Arisa Lasso, along with his many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

 Visitation will be held at the Terral OK at the Terral Funeral Home on Thursday from 5pm – 7pm. Funeral services will be graveside at the Terral cemetery in Terral OK on Friday, September 28, 2018 at 10:00 am.

 Condolences may be sent to terralfh@pldi.net.

James Otis Peck


James Otis Peck, 87, of Norman, Oklahoma passed away Wednesday morning, September 12, 2018 at his home.  A celebration of his life will be held at the Duncan Cemetery located at 1910 Cypress Avenue in Duncan, Oklahoma at 2:00 in the afternoon on Saturday, September 29, 2018.  He will be buried with full military honors.  The celebration will continue at El Palacio Restaurant located at 1209 West Bois D’Arc in Duncan at 3:00 p.m.

James Otis was born November 21, 1930 in Hastings, Oklahoma to Benjamin Grant & Clara Ann (Kunkel)  Peck.  He was raised in Waurika, Oklahoma.  Shortly after turning 17 he joined the United States Navy in February of 1948.  He was honorably discharged in February of 1952.  While serving in the Navy he was presented with the China Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, and the Navy Occupation Medal.  He served on the USS Norris during his service and enjoyed talking about the large 80 pound shells that they loaded continuously for many hours at a time.  

In February of 1952 James Otis was employed with Halliburton Company in Duncan, Oklahoma as a Machinist.  James Otis had a tremendously strong work ethic which he passed down to his family.  He was most proud of the proficiency of his work and received many accolades for his accuracy and speed with which he completed each and every task.  While at Halliburton he became part of the Production Control Department as a Methods Analyst.  He was extremely skilled at being the liaison between the Engineering Department and the Machinists in the Manufacturing Division.  James Otis received a certificate for completion of “Modern Techniques of Supervision” from the Institute of Management at Southern Methodist University in 1966.  During the 1970’s union strike James Otis and many others left their desk jobs and went back down to the floor and worked as Machinists for 12 and 16 hour shifts at a time to keep the Oil Field supplied with the parts that they needed for exploration and execution of oil drilling.  He retired from Halliburton in February of 1994.  

In July of 1953 he married the love of his life Janice Jean Andrews.  They had three children; Jeanetta Ann, James Robert and Karen Louise.  They remained married for 64 years until her death in December of 2017.  He was a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.  James Otis loved nothing more than having the contentment of his family together around him and then falling asleep in his chair.

James Otis loved bass fishing with his buddies for many years.  He also loved hunting with his older brothers around Waurika and Hastings.  He was a long standing member of the Stephens County Fish and Game Commission.

 James Otis is survived by: sister, Jonnie Maurine (Peck) Parker of Lawton, Oklahoma; brother, B. G. Peck II of Duncan, Oklahoma; daughter, Jeanetta Ann (Peck) Betzen and her husband Tom of Ardmore, Oklahoma; son, James Robert Peck of Duncan, Oklahoma; daughter, Karen Louise Peck of the home.  He is also survived by grandchildren: Brandy Renee’ (Smith) Bell and her husband Justin of the home; Rebecca Leanne (Betzen) Haynes and her husband Chris of Ardmore, Oklahoma; Daniel James Peck of Duncan, Oklahoma; Elizabeth Nicole Betzen of Dallas, Texas; great grand-children, Seth-Ray Pallaton Smith of the home; Anna-Laura Halona Bell of the home; and many nieces and nephews in addition to numerous other family members.

James Otis was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin Grant and Clara Ann (Kunkel) Peck; his wife, Janice Jean (Andrews) Peck; brothers:  Jack Davis Peck, Donald Leroy Peck, Virgie Marie (Peck) Pollan.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Vondel L. Smith & Son Mortuaries & Crematoriums.  Online condolences may be sent to www.vondelsmithmortuary.com.

Lou “Penny” Sheffield


Lou “Penny” Sheffield, age 71 of Chester, passed away Tuesday, September 25, 2018 in the Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.  Graveside services will be held Thursday, September 27th at 11:00 AM in the Morningside Cemetery.  Reverend David Clark will officiate.

Mrs. Sheffield was born on February 8, 1947 in Marlow, Oklahoma.  She was daughter of the late Paul William Pennypacker and Pearl Shipley Pennypacker.  She was a homemaker and of the Church of Christ faith.

Survivors include:  husband-Joe Sheffield of Chester, son-Joseph Bryant (Lisa) Sheffield of Yelm, Washington, daughter-Rhonda (Rob) Stull of Hawkinsville, brothers-Randell and Jimmy Pennypacker both of Duncan, Oklahoma and 3-grandchildren-Joseph Ryan Sheffield, Jacob Bradford Sheffield and Zack Stull.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Ida Sheffield, 113 Moccasin Slide, Pitts, Ga.

Frazier and Son Funeral Home in Rochelle is in charge of arrangements.

Please sign our online registry at www.fraziersonfuneralhome.com


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