Mary Ruth (Gaines) Brown

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Mary Ruth (Gaines) Brown

December 8, 1920 – April 15, 2018

Age: 97

Mary Ruth (Gaines) Brown, 97, passed from this life April 15, 2018. She was born December 8, 1920, in Waurika, Oklahoma, to Laster and Abbie (McClellan) Gaines. She and George A. Brown were married in August of 1944 at Altus Air Force Base. She and her husband, George, were owners of the Brown Drug Store from 1951 to 1984. Mary Ruth later retired from the Jefferson County Election Board at the age of 85. She served her community as a member of the Waurika Chamber of Commerce for fifty-seven years. In 1973, she was elected as President of the Waurika Chamber of Commerce and was the first woman elected to that post in the state of Oklahoma.

She was preceded in death by her parents Laster and Abbie Gaines; her husband George A. Brown, on June 9, 1977; her brother Toby Gaines; and one granddaughter Sheila Brown.

Survivors include: her sons – Russell Allen Brown and his wife Linda of Oklahoma City, OK, and Carl David “Chuck” Brown and his wife Terri, of Waurika, OK; her daughter – Toby Ann and her husband Phillip Walker of Oklahoma City, OK; four grandchildren – Coleman Walker, Brook Walker, Jennifer Richards, and Ashley Van Rite; and ten great-grandchildren – Aiden, Anna, Olivia, Blake, Max, Addison, Brooklyn, Cameron, Addie, and Jay.

A memorial service was held at 1:00 PM, Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at the First United Methodist Church in Waurika with Adam Brinson and Russ Brown officiating. Pallbearers were Dick Gaines, Mike Gaines, Pat Gaines, Jerry Smith, Brad Scott, and Joe Keeter. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 438 East D, Waurika, OK 73573.

Larry Glen Martin

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 Larry Glen Martin, age 66, of Terral, peacefully passed away Wednesday evening, July 11, 2018 at his home, surrounded by his family.  A funeral service will be held Saturday, July 14th at 10:00 a.m. at the Terral First Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Terral Cemetery, under the direction of Terral Funeral home.  Viewing will be from 12:00-7:00 p.m.  The family will be receiving friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Glen was born May 29, 1952 in Waurika, to Ray B. and Alice Murrell (Keith) Martin.   He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army.  He and Kay Henry were united in marriage on June 10, 1978 in Duncan.   Glen was General Manager of Transportation for Solitaire Mobile Homes.  Glen loved  spending time at the lake, and playing golf, but he mainly loved being able to spend time with his grandchildren, and visiting with his friends.  Solitaire was a big part of his family, and he appreciated all the company and his co-workers had done for him. 

 He leaves behind, his loving wife Kay, of the home; three sons: Jason Martin and wife Josey, Terral; Colin Martin and wife Carrie, Kingston, OK; and Keith Martin and wife Amy, Nocona, TX; one brother, Harold and Midge Martin, Terral; two sisters: Beverly and Eddie Blevins, Terral, and Glenna and Cary Gore, Waurika; and five grandchildren: Emilee, Samuel, Austin, Isla, and Keller.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

 Serving as pallbearers will be Craig Martin, Wayne Harrison, Corey Johnson, and Lonnie Harris.

Online condolences may be sent to terralfh@pldi.net

Patricia A. “Pat” (DeHart) Henderson

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On May 19, 2018 Patricia A. “Pat” (DeHart) Henderson went to be with her Lord and Savior. Patricia was born November 2, 1944, to Lawrence and Mary (Zoolosmanian) DeHart. She was the third of seven children She married Richard C. Henderson August 28, 1968. They were blessed with two children. Richard passed away July 15, 1989. On December 29, 2000 she married Jerry L. Henderson. From this marriage she was blessed by gaining three bonus daughters. Jerry passed away April 13, 2014.

Pat was happy when family and friends visited. She loved her family and enjoyed cooking for them. She worked as a nurses aide at Mercy Memorial Hospital in Ardmore for twenty-seven years. After retiring she worked as a caregiver. She was a Baptist.

Patricia was preceded in death by her grandparents, her parents, and her brother Richard DeHart

Survivors include: her daughter Vallie Jean and her husband Timmy Murray of Graham, OK; her son Rick Henderson of Reno, NV; her bonus daughters – Sheril and her husband Bobby Roberts of Ardmore, OK, Tricia Henderson of Moore, OK, and Amy Henderson of Healdton, OK and Richard Ponder; her grandchildren – Daniel, James and Natalie Murray, Temptyst and Neaveh Henderson; bonus grandchildren – Krista and her husband Casey Allen, Kaylea and her husband Kyle Hazen and her husband; great grandchildren – Zoey and Michael Murray; bonus great grandchildren – Kelsie and Kaeden Allen, and Kinley Hazen; her brothers – Larry Dehart of St Louis, MO, and Bill DeHart of Reno, NV; and her sisters – Joyce DeHart of Waurika, OK, Roberta McComb of San Ramon, CA, and Mary and her husband Dennis Schoonover of Lincoln City, OR.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM, Thursday, May 24, 2018 at the Graham Baptist Church in Graham, OK with Raymond Norton officiating. Burial will follow in the Graham Cemetery in Graham under the direction of Dudley Funeral Home in Waurika. Visitation will be 12:00 noon to 8:00 PM Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at the Dudley Funeral Home Chapel in Waurika with the family receiving guests from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.dudleyfuneralhomes.com.

John Robert (Bro. Bob) Waitman

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John Robert (Bro. Bob) Waitman

November 28, 1944 – April 29, 2018

Age: 73

John Robert (Bro. Bob) Waitman age 73, passed away on Sunday April 29, 2018 at his home in Ryan, Oklahoma.  He was born on November 28, 1944 to GJ and Opal Waitman and was the youngest of six children.  Bob gave his life to Jesus and surrendered to preach at the age of seven.   He graduated high school in 1963 from Comanche, OK.  He then graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1967 with an Agriculture Education degree. 

Bob was a bi-vocational Ag. Ed. Instructor/Pastor.  He taught Ag. Ed. at Tuttle, OK and Ryan, OK for a total of 36 years.  Bob was ordained into the ministry in 1962 at Countryside Baptist Church in Comanche, OK.  Bob preached for 56 years and was currently pastoring Cross Brand Cowboy Church in Waurika, OK 2010-2018. Bob married Donna (Ragsdale) Waitman on September 21, 1968 in Tuttle, OK.  Bob loved life and dedicated his to serving others.  Bob also loved people, animals (especially Duroc pigs), and above all his Lord and Savior.  Bob’s mission in life was to lead others to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Donna Waitman, Ryan, OK. His sons Gary Waitman and wife Shannon, of Paducah, TX. Bobby Waitman and wife Gena of Tuttle, OK. Daughter Kandle Brewer and husband David of Seminole, OK.  Grandchildren Bailey Waitman, Brecken Waitman, Brennan Waitman, Conner (Lindsey) Brewer, Devin (Lauren)Brewer-Waitman, Kamryn Brewer and nine Great Grandchildren. 

Sisters Linda Clark and husband Freddy, of Duncan, OK. Karen Mitchell and husband Carlton, Duncan, OK.  Sister-in-law Marlene Waitman, Williston, ND. Father-in law Billy Ragsdale, Tuttle, OK. Bob will also be forever remembered by his numerous nieces, nephews and extended family and dear friends.

Preceding him in death include his parents GJ and Opal Waitman, Mother-in-law Irma Ragsdale, Brothers Jack, Jerry, and Tony Waitman and Grandson Marcus Waitman. A celebration of Bob’s life will be held at 2 pm, on Thursday, May 3, at Cross Brand Cowboy Church, Waurika, OK, with Bubba Clark, Mark Kunkel, and Bobby Waitman officiating. Interment will be at Fair Lawn Cemetery, Comanche, OK.  under the direction of Dudley funeral Home in Waurika, OK. Family visitation will be Wednesday from   6-8 pm.  Pallbearers will be his grandsons and nephews. Memorial donations in memory of Bob can be made to Cross Brand Cowboy Church Building Fund, 8500 N. HWY 81 Waurika, OK 73573.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons and nephews.

Leslie Weldon Fuller

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Leslie Weldon Fuller

October 6, 1925 – April 21, 2018

Age: 92

Leslie Weldon Fuller, 92 of Ryan, OK, passed away from this life Saturday April 21, 2018 in Duncan, Ok.  He was born October 6, 1925 to A.R. (Jack) Fuller and Daisy (Cook) Fuller. He lived a long glorious life with lots of friends and family.  He met the love of his life, Evelyn (Peck) Fuller in 1946 and then married her on  June 15, 1947.  They moved all over Oklahoma and come to settle in Ryan in 1977.  He worked as a brick mason most of his life until he retired at age 82.  

Weldon was preceded in death by his wife Evelyn, both his parents, 4 sisters – Faye Martindale, Inez Brink, Margie Smith, and Billie Johnson; 3 brothers – Raymond Fuller, Darrel (Wig) Fuller, and Harrel Fuller, and a Great Grandson Leslie Smith.  

Survivors include 2 daughters – Patricia Cox and Janet Castillo; 3 Granddaughters – Cydney Metz, Allison (Carr) Bergad, and Tiphanie ( Smith) Allen; 1 grandson – Chris Dreier; 5 Great-granddaughters – Ryan Metz, Abigail Dreier, Makala Woodard, Jordan Woodard, and Aspyn Allen; 2 great-grandsons – Rowdy Allen and Bennett Bergad; 2 sisters – Lou Long and Jo Uland; 1 brother -Charlie Fuller, and lots of nieces and nephews.  

He will be missed by many and was loved by many more.

Dani (Dani) Lee Rhodes-Williams

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Dana (Dani) Lee Rhodes-Williams went to be with her Lord and Savior May 18 after suffering for over a year. She was born on February 12, 1946 in Akron, Indiana to Rex Rhodes and Jo Ann Kindig-Rhodes.

On November 16, 1973, Dani married Mike Williams. Sharing 44 years together, they raised her two kids, Richard Allan Thornton, Jr. and Rachele Amber Thornton-Girard, and their daughter, Mindy Lee Williams-Clark. She was also a loving step-mom to David Williams. In 1976, Mike and Dani moved to Las Vegas, Nevada. There, Dani attended the Community College of Southern Nevada, where she earned an associate’s degree in graphic design. She was thrilled to work for her son, Rich, at his printing company, as a graphic artist.

In 2008, Dani and Mike retired to Waurika, Oklahoma.

Dani’s greatest love was her family; her purpose was to be a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to all. She was an amazing mom to not only her own children, but their spouses, as well. She loved her granddaughters and grandsons, Ashley Rai, Elizabeth Marie, Alana Rose, Joseph Michael, Alex Christopher and Gavin Nicholas, and had an incredible bond with each one. She was a wonderful great grandmother to Xakkary Morrison, and delighted in receiving photos of him and getting to be with him. Her favorite job of her entire life was being a nanny to JP Sheehan, and later, his sister, Lily Sheehan, claiming them both as her own grandchildren.

Dani will be remembered for her generous and loving spirit to her family and friends. Her laughter and smiles will never be forgotten. She was the light of her husband, Mike’s, life, and he cared for her with a love and tenderness rarely seen. Their love was rare, precious and inspirational.

A memory and prayer service was held at First Baptist Church in Waurika on Sunday May 20th at 6:00 pm. The family thanks all those who attended.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Dani’s honor to First Baptist Church, 323 E. C Avenue, Waurika, OK 73573, (580)228-2106, where Mike and Dani found family, love and support.

Joanna Walker Huff

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Joanna Walker Huff, age 55, passed away June 13, 2018 in Olney, Texas. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 16, 2018 in the Chapel of Lunn Funeral Home in Olney, Texas with Rev. David Carpenter, pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Olney, officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Lunn Funeral Home of Olney, Texas.

Joanna was born on December 6, 1962 in Sumter, South Carolina, Shaw AFB to Joe Austin Walker and Barbara Joan (Hall) Walker. She graduated from Olney High School in 1981 and was the Senior Class Favorite of her graduating class. She was a cheerleader, Drum Major for two years and played the clarinet in the High School Band. She was active in rodeo and was crowned Rodeo Queen in 1977. Joanna loved to sing and play the guitar and she loved her dogs. She married Allen Lee Huff on April 24, 1982 in Olney, Texas and they moved back to Olney in 2010. Joanna was preceded in death by her father, Joe A. Walker on June 29, 1999 and her husband, Allen Lee Huff on June 8, 2017.

Survivors include her mother, Barbara Walker of Olney, Texas; two daughters: Cathy Lorenz of Azle, Texas and Tammy Spangler of Vernon, Texas; one brother, Audy Vann Walker and wife Vickie of Graham, Texas; one niece, Lauren Sullivan of Olney, Texas; one nephew, Alex Walker of Lubbock, Texas; and six grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Olney Senior Cub Center, P.O. Box 216, Olney, Texas 76374.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lunnfuneralhome.com.

Beverly Barniec (O’Neal) Pratt

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Beverly Barniec (O’Neal) Pratt, 69, passed from this life May 25, 2018 in Lubbock, Texas.
She was born May 25, 1949 in Terral, Oklahoma, to Barney Ray and Opal Audrey (Wallace) O’Neal. She enjoyed a career in long term care as an administrator and social worker. She was a mentor and friend to many during her years. She loved working and spending time with her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters – Neda Dittman and Barbara Johnson.
Beverly leaves behind her daughters – Tammy Hancock and her husband Thomas of Yukon, OK, and Melissa Wolfe and her husband Christopher of West Pueblo, CO; grandchildren – Kailee and Jeramie Hancock, and Christina, Greyson, and Kaitlin Wolfe, great-grandchildren – Kaden, Brookelynn, and Raena Hancock; sisters – Christine Fritts and Marie O’Neal; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other loving family; as well as her large long term care family.
A graveside ceremony will be held at 2:30 PM, Saturday, June 2, 2018, at the Waurika Cemetery under the direction of Dudley Funeral Home of Waurika, OK.

Ashlee Kalyn (Poage) Horton

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Ashlee Kalyn (Poage) Horton, 27, passed away on February 10, 2018 in Midland, Texas. Ashlee was born February 5, 1991, to Michael Poage and Bambi Martin, in Lawton, Oklahoma.

She leaves behind three children, Nicholas Poage, Cheyenne Horton, Mansfield Texas and Colton Utz, Wichita Falls, Texas. Ashlee is survived by brothers: Cody Poage, Carrollton, Texas, nathan Poage, Wichita Falls, Texas, Lain Poage, Comanche, Oklahoma, Johnathan and Zachary Briscoe, Grapevine, Texas. sisters: Nichole Poage, Wichita Falls, Texas, Karli Poage, Comanche, Oklahoma. Ashlee was blessed to not only have one mom, she is survived by her moms: Bambi Martin, Lubbock, Texas, Layla Provost, Wichita Falls, Texas and Jordan Poage, Comanche, Oklahoma. Stepfather: Jeff Briscoe, Grapevine, Texas, her Grandparents: Patsy and James Perry, Miami, Oklahoma, Carolyn Martin, Lubbock, Texas, Gary Pritchett, Comanche, Oklahoma, and Marietta Poage, Ryan, Oklahoma. Many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, a niece and a nephew.

Ashlee is preceded in death by her daddy, Michael Poage and Grandfathers: Jerry Poage, Ryan, Oklahoma, James Guyan Martin, Ringling, Oklahoma, and Jim Provost, Waurika, Oklahoma.

Cremation Services were provided by Sanchez Mortician Services in Midland, Texas.

A Celebration of Life Service was February 16, 2018, 10 a.m. at Cross Brand Cowboy Church in Waurika, Oklahoma. Officiating: Pastor Bob Waitman.

Founder of Cavender’s Western Wear Passes Away

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http://legacy.newsok.com/obituaries/oklahoman/obituary.aspx?n=JAMES-CAVENDER&pid=189163518

March 22, 1931 – May 29, 2018 PITTSBURG, TX James Robert Cavender was born in Idabel, Oklahoma on March 22, 1931. He passed away on May 29, 2018. Mr. Cavender was a member of First Baptist Church in Pittsburg, Texas and served in the United States Air Force. James was the founder and CEO of Cavender’s, a major Texas based western wear retail chain that now has stores in 12 states. James was known for his incredible work ethic, disposition and joy when helping customers. He was fortunate to attract many loyal associates over the last 53 years; many have been with the company for 30 or more years. Mr. Cavender, an only child, is preceded in death by his parents Lois Otis “L.O.” Cavender and Loyce Estelle Stewart. He was married to his wife Patricia Ann Whitten Cavender for 63 years. They have four children, Joe Mark Cavender and wife Nancy, Mike Alan Cavender, Traci Ann Cavender, and Clay Courtney Cavender and wife Jacqueline. James is also survived by his grandchildren, Whitney Cavender Edwards and husband Todd, Morgan Cavender, McClain Cavender Devine and husband Andrew, Drew Cavender and wife Kayla, Cooper Cavender, Colton Cavender, Conley Cavender, and Cline Cavender. Great-grandchildren include Knox Edwards, Kingston Edwards and Wyatt Devine. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, June 1, at 3pm at the First Baptist Church in Pittsburg, Texas. Visitation with the family will be held at First Baptist Church Family Life Center in Pittsburg, Texas, on Thursday, May 31, from 5:00-7:00 pm.

Published in The Oklahoman on June 1, 2018

 

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