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Cynthia Ann Smith Harnsberger


Cynthia Ann Smith Harnsberger, 61, passed away, Thursday, July 4, 2019 at home.  Funeral services were held, Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at Alexander’s Midway Funeral Home in Springtown, followed by cremation. She was born, December 15, 1957 in Fort Worth.  Cynthia was the most kind hearted and loving person you could ever know.  She enjoyed spending time with her family and most of all, her grandchildren.  Cynthia is preceded in death by her son, Kody Harnsberger and a sister, Trina Smith Gray.  She is survived by her husband, Terry Harnsberger; parents, Raymond and Wilma Smith; children, Jacob Mowrey, Lakrisha (Jose) Deluna, Trevor (Brittany) Killingsworth, Stephanie Young, Terry (Carrie) Wilson, Shynesta (Chris) Reed, Bryan (Jayme) Harnsberger and Myranda (Spencer) Shores; sisters, Melinda (Rodney) Black and Ramona Kay (Kenny) Wilson; grandchildren, Haylea, Lupita, Zayda, Xane, Anthony, Parker, Mikayla, Hailey, Nevaeh, Blake, Jozlin, Jaxon, Abel, Aubrey, Madalynn, Myla and Marlee; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

Jane Waudia Newton


Jane was born on March 5, 1943 in Ryan, Oklahoma to Mary Blanchard Cephus and Waudia Cephus.  As a young girl just beginning school, she received much recognition as a singer. Through high school and college she was called on to sing at weddings, contests, and community events. Jane was a top student in grade and high school. Jane was a varsity basketball player at Ryan High School. She completed a B. S. in Education from Central State University with emphasis in English and music in 1964.  Jane was selected as 1st runner-up as Miss Central State.  After graduating, she taught middle and high school in Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas.  She completed coursework for a Masters degree In English at Emporia State University in 1967.  And in 1976 she received a Masters degree in School Counseling from Oklahoma State University.

Jane and Tom Newton were married in Arkansas City, Kansas in 1968.  They had one son, Brooks, in 1971.  Jane served as a school counselor in Cushing, Stillwater, Deer Creek, and Okay before retiring in 1991.  After moving to Tahlequah in 1986, she began singing in the First Baptist Church choir where she was often featured as a soloist. Jane also enjoyed the years she was a member of the choir’s Praise Team.  

In addition to her singing skills, Jane was known for her caring personality. Jane was a strong, independent woman, supportive of her family.  Her positive attitude never allowed her personal struggles to get the best of her.  She treated those who knew her with love and kindness. 

Besides playing the guitar and singing, Jane loved listening to all genres of music from hymns to county and rock and roll to hip-hop. She knew the lyrics of songs from the 1950s to current hits.  She loved flowers, Sunday morning news shows, and slap-stick comedy.  She was known for her infectious laughter that brightened the lives of those around her.  She loved watching movies and couldn’t wait for the next Marvel adventure.

Jane was preceded in death by her parents, Mary and Waudia Cephus and her sister Judy Padgett.  Jane passed away on April 29, 2019 leaving behind her husband Tom and her son Brooks.  Others who survive her are her nieces and nephew: Melissa Taylor, Jay Bee Hawkins, Shelly Green, Jimmy Green and Julie Nydam.

Harlan Wayne Adair


Harlan Wayne Adair, 85, of Waurika, Oklahoma, passedfrom this life May 19, 2019. He was born August 24, 1933 in Byers, TX to John D. and Verna Owens Adair.

He was a machanic for Gulf Oil working on their field equipment. he and Margie Brantley were united in marriage June 19, 1954 in Waurika, OK. They have lived in Waurika since 1954. He was an unlicensed engineer but created various artwork. He coached baseball and was Dallas Cowboys No. 1 Fan. Harlan loved his children and grandchildren dearly

He is survived by his wife Margie of the home. 2 sons: Roy L. Adair and Robert W. Adair; 1 daughter: Janie Missie Traylor; 2 brotherss: Teddy Ray Adair and Kenneth W. Adair.

He was preceded in death by one child Sherry Ann Adair, his parents, 1 brother, and 3 sisters.

Memorial serviced will be held Saturday May 25, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Waurika, OK. Condolences may be sent to the family at dudleyfh@sbcglobal.com

Randy Jack Ryan


Randy Jack Ryan, 63, of Tishomingo, Oklahoma, passed from this life April 29, 2019. He was born February 4, 1956, in Ada, Oklahoma, to Clarence E. “Jack” and Lida E. (Boyles) Ryan. He married Joanna Hall in Ryan, Oklahoma May 21, 1983. He graduated from Tishomingo High School in Tishomingo, Oklahoma in 1974 and attended Murray State College and the University of Oklahoma. He graduated from OU College of Dentistry in 1982. He opened a private practice in Ryan, where he met Joanna Hall. After marrying, they worked in the dental clinic together. Randy and Joanna moved to Tishomingo in 1991, and continued working together. After Ryan they had dental practices in Tishomingo and Madill. Tishomingo Family Dentistry closed in 2014, due to Randy’s declining health. He loved his job in dentistry. He was a member of the church of Christ. He also had great memories hunting, fishing, and camping with his dad, uncle, and family. 

He was preceded in death by his wife Joanna, his parents, and father-in-law Gerald Hall.

Survivors include: his daughter Lida Fay and her husband Adam McGee of Abilene, TX; his brother Billy Ryan and his wife Kelly; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, and loved ones.

Graveside services were held at 2:30 PM May 5, 2019, at the Ryan Cemetery in Ryan, Oklahoma, under the direction of Dudley Funeral Home of Ryan. Visitation was held from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Saturday, May 4, at the Dudley Funeral Home Chapel in Ryan, Oklahoma. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Starfish Foundation in memory of Randy Ryan, P.O. Box 3696 Wichita Falls, Texas 76301.

John “Johnny” Homer Walling, Jr.


John “Johnny” Homer Walling, Jr., 76 of Oklahoma City, OK passed from this life April 13, 2019.

He was born October 27, 1942 in Meridian, TX to John and Maudell (Stewart) Walling.   He graduated from Waurika High School in 1961.   He attended Texas Tech on a basketball scholarship and completed his Bachelor’s Degree at U.C.O. in Edmond, OK.  John retired from Seagate Technology in Oklahoma City, OK, and also retired from D.L.O. Laboratory in OKC.

John married Michelle (Zales) Bostick August 12, 1978.

He was preceded in death by his parents John and Maudell Walling, mother-in-law Melba Zales, and daughter Shawn O’Connor.

He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Michelle; daughter Pat and husband Gary; son John and wife Candice; daughter Jill and husband Dale; grandchildren, Megan, Sean and Amber Hall, Alex, Gracie and Mayzie Walling; great-grandson Joc Edwards; and also survived by brother-in-law W. E. Zales, Jr.; sister-in-law Denise Zales; father-in-law W.E. Zales, Sr. and wife YoVonne; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation will be held Friday, April 19th with the family present from 5 – 8 PM at Moore Funeral and Cremation, 400 SE 19th Street, Moore, OK 73160.

Funeral Service will be held Saturday, April 20th at 11:00 AM in the Chapel of Moore Funeral and Cremation with Noel Currington officiating.

A Memorial Service will be held May 11th at 1:00 PM in Waurika, OK at First Baptist Church.   Interment will follow in Waurika Cemetery, Waurika, OK.

In lieu of flowers, John’s family has requested donations be made directly to the Special Olympics Foundation or the American Cancer Society.

Cecil Leon Gamble


Cecil Leon Gamble,  Sr., 76, of Hastings, Oklahoma, passed from this life April 9, 2019. He was born May 25, 1942, in Ryan, Oklahoma, to Ross Glenn “Pete” and Ida (Alexander) Gamble. He married Virginia Forsythe  April 4, 1964, in Nocona Texas. He was a truck driver, hauling grain, produce and rocks. He owned C&C Trucking. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Hastings Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing and loved football, basketball and the Dallas Cowboys.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Cecil Gamble, Jr., and one sister Euna Marie Braiser.

Survivors include: his wife Virginia of the home in Hastings, OK; one daughter Casey and her husband John Hampton; one sister Geneva and her husband Phil Stabler; and two grandchildren – Tanner Eldred and Hayden Eldred.

Funeral services were at 10:00 AM, Saturday, April 13, 2019, at the Hastings Baptist Church with Duane Peters officiating. Burial will follow in the Hastings Cemetery under the direction of Dudley Funeral Home of Waurika. Visitation was Friday from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM at the Dudley Funeral Home Chapel in Waurika with the family accepting visitors from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Raymond Leon Hunt


Raymond Leon Hunt, 71, of Duncan, Oklahoma, passed from this life March 21, 2019. He was born April 22, 1947, in Ryan, Oklahoma, to Lawrence and Wauneta (Dodd) Hunt. He was married to Betty Joy Jackson November 13, 1969, in Bowie, Texas. He served in the United States Army in Viet Nam in 1968 and 1969. He worked as a truck driver. He loved playing dominoes, Thunder basketball and watching his grandson play basketball and his granddaughter play softball.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Jim Citrowske, his brother Virgil Hunt, and his sister Cleta Morgan.

He is survived by: his wife Betty, of the home; his children Skeeter Citrowske and his wife Tereasa, Connie Citrowske, and Stefan Hunt and his wife Patti; his sister FayNell Stone; his grandchildren – Destanie and Santanna Mata, Lila, Kimberly and Jeff Citrowske and Austin and Preslee Hunt; two great-grandchildren – Kyan and Demi Kalenkoot; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were held at 12:30 PM, Monday, March 25, 2019, at the Ryan Cemetery in Ryan, Oklahoma with Curtis Plant officiating. Burial was under the direction of Dudley Funeral Home of Ryan. Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warriors.

Charlene Gaye (McCarty) Bittick


Charlene Gaye (McCarty) Bittick, 88, passed from this life March 27, 2019, she was born September 25, 1930, in the Heights Hospital in Houston, Texas. Charlene was first born to Melvin James and Cleo (Morris) McCarty of Baytown, Texas. She graduated from Robert E. Lee High School and Lee College in Baytown, Texas, and then attended Texas Women’s College in Denton, Texas. Charlene married George “Bruce” Bittick in Las Cruces, New Mexico in 1954. To this union four children and one grandchild were born: Celeste, Chris, Cynthia, Mel, and grand-daughter Cameron. 

Charlene was a real estate broker for Remax in the DFW metroplex for many years. In every station of her life, from early schooling to retirement in 1996, an entourage of newly made friends was created. A generous nature, and love for improving the lives of those less fortunate led to her creation of Irving Aide, an organization for helping those less fortunate, when the economic downturn in the 1980’s devastated a large segment of the population in the southwest. Her generous nature, love for those she met daily and that just needed a helping hand, gave her great satisfaction on an almost daily basis. 

Charlene was preceded in death by her parents, children Celeste McLean and Chris Bittick, and a sister Edna Lou Green.

She is survived by: her husband Bruce of the home in Irving, Oklahoma; children Mel Bittick and wife Holly of Wylie, Texas and Cynthia Bittick of Sierra Vista, Arizona; a sister Melva Cathriner of Baytown, Texas; and grand-daughter Cameron Bittick. 

Funeral services were held at 11:00 AM, March 30, 2019, at the Church of Christ in Ryan, Oklahoma, with Loyd Newton II and David Wingfield officiating. There will be no visitation, as the family asks visitors to stop by their home in Irving, Oklahoma. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.dudleyfuneralhomes.com.

Thelton Cread “Bud” Burger


Thelton Cread “ Bud” 

Burger, 83 of Duncan, 

Oklahoma passed away 

Monday, February 4, 2019.

Funeral services will be at 10am Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at First United Methodist Church in Duncan, OK, with the Rev. Dr. Janice  Sharp officiating, assisted by the Rev. Kathy Gibson. 

 Interment will follow at Duncan Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Don Grantham Funeral Home.

The family will visit with friends at the funeral home Thursday Feb. 7 from 5-7pm.

Bud was born May 31, 1935, in Waurika Oklahoma to Doris (Wright) and William Cread Burger.  He graduated from Waurika High School in 1953 and was a proud member of the 1951 state champion football team.  He attended the University of Oklahoma and played semi-pro baseball before moving to Duncan to work for Halliburton Services.  Not too many years later, he went in with his good friend Clyde Edwards to open Edwards Home Furnishings. In 1974, he married Martha Lindley in Duncan where they made their home. Bud was a great salesman.  Over his life he sold insurance, cars, siding, and medical equipment until his retirement in 2000.  For 20 years Bud broadcast Duncan Demon football on the radio and in 2017 he was inducted into the Duncan Sports Hall of Fame.

Bud enjoyed life. He had a gift for building people up and was good at lightening up the mood with a joke or story to fit any situation.  He was kind to everyone and always looked on the bright side. He loved his family and friends and always let them know it. 

Bud believed in the power of prayer and always said that anyone looking at the grandeur of the mountains in Alaska or the vastness to the order of the universe had to know that this was no accident, but was the work of the Creator.

Bud loved being son to Doris and Cread, brother to May Nell, Dad to Jennifer and Jaynelle, husband to Martha (who he loved unconditionally for 44 plus years), and friend to too many to name.

Survivors include his wife Martha Burger, of the home; daughters Jennifer Burger Snodgrass of Alexandria VA, and Jaynelle Burger Schamber and husband Gary of Stevenson Ranch, CA; his sister May Nell Walker of Waurika OK; grandchildren Steven Snodgrass and wife Courtney, Carlye Snodgrass, and Christopher Schamber; two great-grandchildren, Dylan and Raelyn Snodgrass.  Bud is also survived by nieces Pat Robinson and Jill Bates, and a nephew John Cread Walling. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Doris and Cread Burger; and a brother-in-law Kenneth Walker.   

Pallbearers will be: Leonard Case, David Dowell, George Lindley, Hal Pennington, Christopher Schamber and Steven Snodgrass.  Honorary Bearers are: Bill Cobb, Jerry T. Davis, Ken Graham, Don Howland, Dr. Jimmy Jones, Phil Leonard, Joe Litsch, Bill Randolf and Dr. Bob Schick.

In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the American Cancer Society High Plains Division Oklahoma City; the Stephens County Humane Society; Duncan Regional Hospital Health Foundation or The Simmons Center Foundation.

Condolences may be sent to the family online at: www.granthamfuneralhomes.com

Edward “Ed” James Brady


Edward “Ed” James Brady passed from this life on January 4, 2019 in his home surrounded by his family. Ed was born on August 31, 1944 in San Fransico, CA to William Dunnaway and Della Talley.

Ed was a citizen of Waurika for 16 years. Before he moved to Waurika he spent most of his life in Chickasha, OK. 

 He was preceded in death by his mother Della Talley, Father William Dunnaway, Step-Father J.C Talley, and Sister Cindy Hartley 

He is survived by: Brother John Dunnaway and Wife Arlene Dunnaway of Seattle, Washington; Daughter Desiree Hopkins and Husband Wade Hopkins of Shawnee, OK; Son Clinton (CJ) Brady and Fiance Brieanna (Brie) Chumley of Waurika, OK; Four nephews, seven grandkids, and numerous friends in the Community.

Ed was cremated under the Care of UTN.