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Lois Faye Phillips

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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.  

Dixie Fern Hammons Montgomery

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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.”

Sandra Lee (Whitmore) Cerney

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Sandra Lee (Whitmore) Cerney, 74, of Waurika, Oklahoma, passed from this life Saturday, May 25, 2018. She was born March 27, 1944, in Chicago, Illinois, to Carl and Bertha (Elliott) Whitmore. Sandra worked in long-term care facilities for over thirty years. She was a collector of knick knacks, roosters were her favorites.

Sandra was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Charles Porter.

Survivors include: her son Charles “Chuck” Porter and his wife Billie; sister Florence Giles; grandchildren Charlie and Amanda; and two great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held at 1:00 PM, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at the Waurika Cemetery with Mike Bates officiating.

James “J.J.”Allen Solomon, Jr.

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February 8, 1975 – June 17, 2018

Age: 43

J.J. was born in Wichita Falls, Texas on February 8, 1975.

He passed from this life on June 17, 2018 in Wichita Falls, Texas at the age of 43.

The following poem was dedicated to his memory.

“Missing You Always”

You never said I’m leaving

You never said goodbye.

You were gone before we knew it

And only God knows why.

In life I loved you dearly

In death I love you still.

In my heart I hold a place

That only you can fill.

It broke my heart to lose you

But you didn’t go alone.

A part of me went with you

The day God took you home.

A memorial service was held in his honor on Friday, June 22, 2018 at the First Baptist Church of Waurika at 2:00 pm.

Mr. Ronnie Bohot officiated

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

Ruth Helms

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Ruth was born on September 2, 1935 in Anadarko, Oklahoma to T.C. and Leona Meeks Aronhault and passed away May 2018, in Dallas Texas. Ruth was a resident of Waurika, Oklahoma at the time of her passing. 

On November 24, 1951, Ruth Aronhault married Lewis Helms in Wellington, Texas. They made their home in Hollis, Oklahoma. They ventured to Hobbs, New Mexico and back to Oklahoma. They settled here in Waurika. 

    She is proceeded in death by her parents and husband, Lewis. Her survivors includes: three daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda Kay and Cary Timmons of De Soto, Texas, Donna Lynn and Jerry Wilkerson of Waurika, Connie Lee and Adam Hawkins of Ada, Oklahoma. One sister Dorothy Harris of Altus, Oklahoma. Eight grandchildren: Jason, Tonya, Jeri Lynn, Jaclyn, Jolyn and husband Ryan, William and wife Natasha, Jennifer and Jacee. And nine great-granchildren: Hope, Lewis, Jerry Jackson, Donnlyn, Jaxon, Jeffrey, Sarah, April and Xavier. And many nieces and nephews.

C.E. “Gene” Sanders

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C.E. “Gene” Sanders, 81, Hastings, OK

Celebration of Life Memorial Service at Hastings Baptist Church, Saturday, June 16 at 10:00 a.m. with Ronnie Bohot officiating under the direction of Hart-Wyatt Funeral Home in Walters.

C.E. “Gene” Sanders Jr., also known as Bud, was born to Crate Eugene and Emma Frances (Patterson) Sanders on August 10, 1936 at Amarillo, TX and departed this life in Duncan, OK on June 8, 2018 at the age of 81 years, 9 months and 29 days.

Gene grew up in Westville, OK. At age 18 he moved to Glendale, CA, living with a cousin. There he met Mary Lou Ripley and they later married on February 14, 1956 at Glendale. They eventually made their way to Coolidge, AZ, where they lived until moving to Hastings, OK in 1972. Gene spent most of his life as a cross country trucker. He also worked at Pinal County Sheriff’s office, Arizona State Prison in Florence, was a dredge operator for TXI sand plant, and did farming and harvesting with Tiner Bohot and others through the years. He enjoyed fishing, mowing and his dogs. 

Gene was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Debbi Timms; his son-in-law, Jerry Busby; 4 sisters, Inez, Lois, Frankie and Vera; and his brother, Billy.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou, of the home; his daughter, Jimmie Busby of Waurika, OK; his son and daughter-in-law, Gene and Faith Sanders of Arcadia, OK; 7 grandchildren, Jeremy Sanders of Tulsa, Josh Sanders and Karissa Minson both of Oklahoma City, Preston Glasgow of Temple, Randi Berry of Waurika, Ryan Busby of Woodward and Camron Busby of Waurika; 17 great grandchildren; close friends Glenda and Harvey, other friends and relatives.

Lee Junior Robertson

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Early on May 20, 2018 at the age of 87, Lee Junior Robertson of Waurika, Oklahoma was welcomed into glory.  Lee Junior, known as “Junior” to all his friends and loved ones was born September 2, 1930 in Wirt, Oklahoma to Lee Morgan and Leola Sally Robertson.  Junior was the baby of his family with an older brother, MB, and a sister, Rosa Lee, both who have proceeded him in death.  

As a young boy, Junior got the horse fever that became a systemic lifelong passion which left a legacy in the horse industry – especially the Paint Horse industry.  He was a true cowboy –a gold card carrier of the Pro Rodeo Cowboy association and one of the 1958 United States exhibition rodeo team members with Gene Autry in Havana Cuba just before the Bay of Pigs.  Junior roped with some of the best cowboys around and earned money to support a young family.  

As time passed he wanted to put a little bling to his ride – he loved his athletic horse but was missing the flash – hence, the creation of the Paint Horse breed.  Junior was one of the 16 founding members of the Paint Horse Breed Association which in time became the 2nd largest breed association in the world.  In the 40+ years in the horse business, he had greater than 20 world and reserve world champions, and sold to paint horse lovers and breeders spanning several continents around the world.  He sold to the likes of Barry Gordy, Richard Widmark, Barry White and Dale Robertson.  He served two terms as President of the Paint Horse Association in the 70’s and was the second inductee into the Paint Horse Hall of Fame in 2012 for contributions made to the Paint Horse breed and the foundational impact of two of his horses, Wahoo King and Mr. J Bar.

Once a cowboy friend at a roping seeing four sleeping kids in the backend of station wagon, commented to Junior “son – you do more rope”.   Junior married the love of his life, Bennie Ruth Bennett, on July 29, 1950 in Wirt, Oklahoma.  It wasn’t long after, when the offspring of Junior and Bennie Ruth began to enter the world:  Alan Wade in 1951, Loyce Lee and Joyce Dee in 1953, and Leola Sue and Lonnie Dru in 1954.  Joyce passed away at the age of 3 months old and Alan passed in 1999.  With a passel of kids and a horse addiction, Junior needed income. Taking stock of his opportunities Junior turned to food – opening Junior’s Truck Stop and Café in 1952 on Highway 81 in Waurika.  As the reputation for “good food for a good price” spread, the business outgrew its original location and in 1968 relocated to the west side of Hwy 81 and served the Waurika community and surrounding areas until 1983.  From 1983 to 1995 Junior operated the Robertson’s Enterprise until retirement in 1995.

Junior and Bennie Ruth made First Baptist Church of Waurika their home church.  They raised all four of their surviving children under the admonition of the Lord – giving them an eternal legacy of faith.  Today, that faith and support of their church family brings solace in this time of loss.  The legacy of Junior Robertson extends four generations.  He is survived by Bennie Ruth, his wife of 68 years and his three children – Loyce Lee Alligood, Sue Sarratt and Dru Robertson.  His grandchildren are Morgan Brett Gandy, Lee Sarratt, Courtney Pallfreeman, Brian Dru Robertson, Dana Ehtisham, Aaron Paul and Lisa Robertson and 25 beautiful great grandchildren.  

Junior was not a perfect man – as none of us are – but he left a huge footprint in the lives of all who knew him.  He never said a bad word about another man, he lived life with passion and taught his children to love the Lord, to  live life without regret – letting go of the past, and to tell a good story because laughing is good for the soul.  Oh, and one other thing – always have a dog at your side.

Funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM, Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at the First Baptist Church in Waurika, OK, with Jeff McLemore and Bruce Humphries officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Dudley Funeral Home in Waurika with family receiving visitors from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church in Waurika. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.dudleyfuneralhomes.com.

Brenda Gayle (Fulton) Bryant

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Brenda Gayle (Fulton) Bryant, 70, of Terral, Oklahoma, passed from this life November 22, 2018. She was born January 19, 1948, to Jack and Clara (Bonham) Fulton, in Bridgeport, Texas. She married Phil Bryant June 14, 1968. She worked for Community Action Development Corp as a teacher for Terral Head Start for over 14 years and later for Red River Transportation.

Brenda was a member of Terral First Baptist Church. She enjoyed being a part of civic groups, especially in public relations, notably for the Terral Watermelon Jubilee. She liked playing cards and especially enjoyed time with her grandchildren and her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Phil Bryant in April of 2011, and her brother James Fulton.

Survivors include: her children – Carrie (Bryant) Villarreal and her husband Martin of Terral, OK, and Dustan and his wife Tonya of Ryan, OK; ; her brothers – Archie Fulton and his wife Geneva, Charles Fulton and his wife Louise, and Donnie Fulton and his wife Jariece; her sisters – Anita King and her husband Larry, and Debbie Elledge and her husband Kenneth; four grandchildren – Fulton and his wife Ta’ah, Hannan, Andrew, and Levi Trey, and great-grandchild Jayden Lynn Villarreal; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were at 2:00 PM, Sunday, November 25, 2018, at the First Baptist Church in Terral with Mark Kunkel officiating. Burial followed in the Terral Cemetery under the direction of Terral Funeral Home. Visitation was at the Terral Funeral Home Saturday with the family receiving visitors from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Terral First Baptist Church Building Fund.

Condolences may be sent to terralfh@pldi.net

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.

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