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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

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

Phillip Keith Stephens


Phillip Keith Stephens, 69, of Waurika, Oklahoma, passed from this life September 15, 2018, at the Westbrook Care Center in Waurika. He was born December 1, 1948, in the Fleetwood Community near Terral, Oklahoma, to Raymond Loyd and Marion Eula (Keith) Stephens. He was employed in the construction business, mostly on military bases, and drove for the Red River Transportation Services. He liked fishing and building things and was an avid Dallas Cowboy fan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Loyd and Marion Stephens, one sister Nelda Tumlin and one brother Kenneth Stephens.

Survivors include: his children – Donna Stephens and Rick Malcom, Phillip Keith Stephens, Jr. and Kim, and Christy Ann Stephens; his siblings – Ronnie Mac Stephens, Dennis Ray Stephens, Mary King, Linda Stephens, Jackie Pratt, Yvonne Ann Esquibel, Teresa Hernandez and Alta Hernandez; his grandchildren – Ricky Lee Hill, Cory Scott Hill, Kayla Renee Malcom, Sessions Marie Thompson, Harold Ray Thompson, Tyler Keith Stephens, Briann Nicole Stephens, Phillip Aaron Stephens, and Destiny Marion Stephens; his great-grandchildren – Braden Hill, Colton Hill, Kale Hill, Amy Lee Hill, Cadence Elaine Hill, Remington Wayne Hill, Angelina Caryn Etheridge, Heston Trent Ethridge, and Camdyn Lee Morris, Cady and Abriann Tallon; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, September 18, 2018, at the Terral Cemetery with Mark Kunkel officiating. Visitation was from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, Monday, September 17, 2018, at the Terral Funeral Home in Terral. Memorial contributions may be sent to the First Baptist Church of Terral.

Billy Joe Clark


Billy Joe Clark, 81, of Waurika, Oklahoma, passed from this life September 7, 2018 in Wichita Falls, Texas. He was born September 28, 1936 in Waurika, Oklahoma, to Otis L. and Velma (Jones) Clark. After graduating from Waurika High School he served four tours in the United States Navy. He worked on the railroad as a brakeman and a switchman.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Bobbie Kittrell and his brother Benny Clark of Lynden, WA.

Survivors include: his sister Barbara Johnston of Waurika, OK; and his grandchildren Mary Ducker and Jennifer Reiger.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, September 15, 2018 at the Dudley Funeral Home Chapel in Waurika.

Lois Faye Phillips


Lois Faye Phillips, 84, long-time resident of Ryan died Monday, September 10, 2018 at Westbrook Healthcare Nursing Home  in Waurika.  Lois was born April 8, 1934, in Grady, Oklahoma to Lewis and Audrey (Mitchell) Woods.  

She married William Paul ‘Bill’ Phillips September 10, 1949, in Montague, Texas and they spent most of their married life in Ryan.  He preceded her in death in 1977. She worked at the Peach Orchard in Terral and as a cook at Jefferson County Hospital for many years. 

Lois loved to cook and she probably fed every person in Ryan at one time or another.  She always made sure there was a table full of food and a houseful of family and friends to share it with.  When she moved to the nursing home she carried that tradition by offering her snacks to all who entered her room.   In addition to her grandkids, through the years Lois took many Ryan kids under her wing and became ‘Granny Lois’ to them. She was a caring, generous lady and also one who didn’t mind sharing her thoughts and opinions. Lois had a big heart and loved her kids and grandkids immensely.

Survivors include two sons, Bobby Joe and Linda of Waurika, Rick and Robin of Ryan; sisters Joyce Bratcher and the late L. G. of Rush Springs, Sue Reed and David of Henrietta, Texas and Larry Ward and Becky of Duncan. 

Her grandchildren are Jason Phillips and wife Amanda of Ryan, Mitchell Phillips and wife Elizabeth of Meridian, Rebel Burkhalter and husband Josh of Cache, Cheryl Carter and husband John of Ryan; great-grandchildren Kristan and Gunner Phillips, Hope and Juhriee Berryhill, Destiny and Dylan Harris, William Paul Phillips, Grant, Holland and Libby Carter, and Luke, Axle and Bo Burkhalter; and great-great-grandchildren, Jaylee and Jace Berryhill.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Toby Joe Phillips, and two brothers, Dale Ward and Jim Woods.

A graveside service will be held at the Ryan Cemetery Saturday, September 15 at 2:00 p.m.  

Raymon Wayne West


Raymon Wayne West was born October 3, 1928, on the family farm near Ryan, Oklahoma, to Ruby Clark West and Horace West. Raymon passed from this life Sunday September 9, 2018, at the Westbrook Nursing Home in Waurika, Oklahoma, at the age of 89.

He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. After graduation, he served in the United States Navy for one tour of duty during the Korean Conflict. He then returned home to begin his teaching and coaching career. He married Vonda Jo Conway on May 25, 1957, in Wichita Falls, Texas.

He began his coaching career at Irving, Oklahoma and later taught and coached at Ryan, Burkburnett, Texas, and Duncan, Oklahoma. He received his master’s degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. In the early 1970s, he returned home to Ryan to assume the role of Ryan’s school principal. While in Ryan he had the privilege of coaching a winning state championship girls’ basketball team. Raymon was inducted into the Oklahoma Girls High School Basketball Hall of Fame.

He enjoyed his coaching, farming and ranching, but most of all spending time with his grandkids. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, where he served as a Deacon. He was a Master Mason for over fifty years.

Survivors include: a son, Kyle Ray West and his wife Nancy of Ryan; one daughter, Ramonda Kay Smith and her husband Jerry Smith of Waurika,Oklahoma; two brothers and sisters-in-law Kenneth and Carol West of North Richland Hills, Texas, and Norman and Louise West of Waurika, Oklahoma; five grandchildren Denton Smith of Yukon, Oklahoma, Micah Smith of Wichita Falls, Texas, Tanner West and wife Shannon of Mustang, Oklahoma, Morgan West of Ryan, Oklahoma, and Catlin Brezina of Waurika, Oklahoma; and two great-grandchildren Carolina West and Lucas West.

Raymon was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Vonda Jo West, one daughter Deana Lynn Brezina, and one grandchild Brooks Brezina.

Funeral services for Raymon West were Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at 1:00 PM, at the First Baptist Church in Ryan, Oklahoma. Viewing and visitation were Tuesday, September 11, at the Dudley Funeral Home Chapel in Ryan, Oklahoma from 1:00 to 7:00 PM. The family received visitors from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.


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