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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.

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.

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.

Patricia A. “Pat” (DeHart) Henderson


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.

Robbie Sue Overstreet


Robbie Sue Overstreet

November 22, 1942 – April 14, 2018

Age: 75

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS – Robbie Sue Overstreet passed away Saturday, April 14, 2018 surrounded by her family, at the age of 75.

Graveside service: 1 p.m. Wednesday April 18, in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Robbie was born on Nov. 22, 1942 to Jim and Daisy Stanford in Waurika, Okla.  She was the youngest of six children.  Robbie married James Overstreet in 1964 and they had two daughters, which she adored.  Her greatest pride were her four grandchildren.  Robbie spent over twenty years in the banking industry before she retired.  

She enjoyed studying Genealogy and visiting historical sites.  She will be deeply missed by her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, and one sister.

Survivors:  Her loving husband of 54 years;  daughters, Christi Hudson of Fort Worth, Rebecca and husband, Monty Hukill of Southlake; sister, Margueriette Willison of Lancaster; special niece, Susan and Dan Price of Forney; grandchildren, Elizabeth and Hannah Hudson, Garrett and Reagan Hukill; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Geraldine “Jeri” Rebecca Anderson


Geraldine “Jeri” Rebecca Anderson passed away Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Lewiston, Idaho. She was born June 13, 1926, in Ringling, Oklahoma, to Danial and Lessie (Driskell) Cathey.

Jeri was raised in Ryan, Oklahoma, and moved to Brawley, California, where she married James Earl Anderson April 25, 1943. They lived in Porterville, California, where they raised two children – Patricia Jean and Jimmy Ray. They returned to Ryan after they retired. James passed away July 8, 2007.

In 2010, Jeri moved to Clarkston, Idaho to be close to family. She was affiliated with Emmanuel Baptist Church in Lewiston.

Jeri is survived by: her brother, James (Goldie) Cathey of Duncan, OK; sister Jenny (Bob) Durham of Ryan, OK; daughter Patricia Jean Adelsbach of Clarkston, WA; son Jimmy Ray and Lesli Anderson of Lewiston, ID; grandson Greg and Stephanie Adelsbach of Clarkston, WA; two granddaughters – Kristi and Chris Herzberger of Bonney Lake, WA, and Alexandria and Derek Peters of Lapwai, ID; four great-granddaughters – Kayla Ann Kasper of Seattle, WA, Josilin Lanae Peters of Lapwai, ID, Danae and Luke Olson of Clarkston, WA, and Danielle and Joe Robinson of Clarkston, WA; three great-grandsons – Kurtis James Kasper of North Bend, WA, Bailey Boyd Peters of Lapwai, ID, and Doug Adelsbach of Seattle, WA; great-great-grandsons Ty and Lincoln Robinson of Clarkston, WA; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Earl Anderson; brothers Charles (Chick) Cathey and Douglas Cathey; and son-in-law Pete Adelsbach. Graveside Services will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, November 17, 2018, at the Ryan Cemetery in Ryan, Oklahoma. Memorials may be sent to Kindred Hospice, 1610 N.E. Eastgate Blvd., Suite 610, Pullman, WA 99163; (509) 332-2236.

Donna Ree Slate


Donna Ree Slate

December 18, 1957 – February 4, 2018

Age: 60

Our beautiful and talented mother, daughter, sister, and friend went to be with Jesus Sunday morning February 4, 2018.

Donna Ree Slate was born December 18, 1957, in Corpus Christi, TX, to Ella Ree and Glen Alfred Martin. She married John Stanley Turner in 1975, and to that union was born John Robert Turner and Amy Ree Turner. She later married Billy Coy Slate and they had Jess Alan Slate.

Most of her life, Donna lived in or near Duncan, OK. She was a woman with a compassionate heart and was very involved in the formation and opening of the Crisis Pregnancy Center in Duncan. She worked there many years helping young women make difficult decisions. She many times went to schools and gatherings to talk to young people about these issues. Donna loved to draw and she could put words on paper and create a beautiful story. She leaves behind many of these offerings for us to enjoy.

Donna was preceded in death by her father, Glen Martin and her first husband Stanley Turner.

She is survived by her children John Robert Turner and his wife Alicia of Whitewright, TX, Amy Ree Owen and her husband Tony of Nocona, TX, and Jess Alan Slate of Duncan, OK, her mother Ella Ree Friend of Addington, OK, sisters Susan Leigh Lee of Duncan, OK, and Sally Jane Estrada of Electra, TX, and her brother Phil Martin of Patison, TX. She is also survived by her ex-husband Bill Slate and her grandchildren Abby, Anna, Ava, Allison, Michael, McKenna, Michaela, and Jaxon.

Funeral services for Donna will be at 1:00 PM, Friday, February 9, 2018, at the Addington Baptist Church in Addington, Oklahoma with Jason Ebenhack officiating. Pallbearers will be family members. Burial will be in the Addington Cemetery under direction of Dudley Funeral Home of Waurika. Visitation will be Thursday from noon to 6:00 PM and Friday morning at the Dudley Funeral Home in Waurika. Memorial contributions may be made to the Addington Cemetery Fund, c/o Town of Addington, PO Box 111, Addington, OK 73520. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.dudleyfuneralhomes.com.

John William Henderson

November 16, 1947 – June 18, 2018

Age: 70

John was born to Herbert Guy Henderson & Sally Katherine Love in Waurika, OK. He proudly served his country in the Army during Vietnam. John owned Superior Concrete Construction for over 30 years. John was also a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and a great friend.  John was preceded in death by his parents & 2 brothers. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; daughters, Michelle Gray & fiancé Billy Gilmore; Vanessa Walker & husb. Jeff; Andrea Henderson; Jessica Henderson & fiancé June Williams; grandchildren, Zachary, Ayden, Brennan, Calen, & Jaidyn, great granddaughter, Norah & many extended family & friends. A visitation will be held at Vondel Smith Mortuary at South Lakes 4000 sw 119th st OKC, OK 73173.  Thurs. & Fri. 4-8pm with family greeting friends 6-8pm on Fri. Services to celebrate his life will be 1PM Sat June 23, 2018 at First Baptist Church of Newcaslte with burial to follow at Fairview Cemetery in Tuttle. Memorials may me made to: Veterans Corner PO BOX 722160 Norman, OK 73070. Please visit www.vondelsmithmortuary.com to leave condolences for the family.

Kenneth Frank Eck


Kenneth Frank Eck

February 4, 1917 – February 3, 2018

Age: 100

 Funeral services for Kenneth Frank Eck, 100, directed by Dudley Funeral Home of Waurika, were held at 2:00 p.m., on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at the Shell St. Church of Christ in Healdton with Danny Huntsman officiating. Burial followed at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Healdton.

Kenneth Frank Eck was born on February 4, 1917, at Alma, Kansas to C.J and Rosa Barbara Noller Eck in their home that was built by his dad. His sister, Grace Eck Johnson, was nine years old. He passed from this life on Saturday, February 3, 2018, 11 hours shy of his 101st birthday, at the Veterans Center in Ardmore.

He graduated with the Healdton High School Class of 1934 and started working at Wade Drug Store at age 17. In WWII he was Chief Pharmacists Mate in charge of the Base 18 Hospital Pharmacy on Guam. He graduated from Southwestern Pharmacy School at Weatherford in 1950, with a record grade point average that stood for 25 years. Kenneth practiced pharmacy for 77 years, starting before registration was required. He was a registered pharmacist for 61 years. Statewide, he served as President of the Oklahoma Pharmacists Association and was on the Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy, where he was the first Director of Internship. He won the coveted Bowl of Hygeia, awarded annually to one pharmacist in each state for outstanding community service, as did his sons, Mark and Biff. They were the only family with three living recipients in America. He was also appointed to the Attorneys’ Professional Responsibility Tribunal. He was a candidate for Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor in 1978. He served on the Silver Haired Legislature as Representative and Senator. In Healdton, Kenneth was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, the Hospital Board, the City Council, the Alumni Association, and the Lions Club. He was Commander of the local VFW and American Legion. He also served on the SODA  Area Council on Ageing. He wrote a popular weekly column for The Healdton Herald, “Oil Patch Mania”. He was a member of the Shell Street Church of Christ and served as a Deacon for almost 50 years. He won numerous awards including Citations from the Oklahoma Legislature and the Chamber of Commerce Humanitarian Award.

Kenneth married Ouida Landon Eck in 1938, and to this union were born three sons, Alan Grantland, Mark Warren, and Dana “Biff” Landon Eck. Following Ouida’s untimely death in 1986, he married Lorraine Rubottom in 1989. Their marriage lasted for 19 years until her death. He was blessed with 9 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ouida; wife, Lorraine; sister, Grace Eck Johnson; brother-in-law, Frank Johnson; daughter-in-law, Martha Bedford Eck; and infant granddaughter, Sarah Renee Eck.

He is survived by his sons, Alan and wife, Elaine, Mark and wife, Sandi, and “Biff” and wife, Valarie Eck; 9 grandchildren: John Alan Eck and wife, Melissa, Stephen Eck and wife, Megan, Jeremy Eck and wife, Stacy, Kenna Eck Schwerdtfeger and husband, Tyson, Travis Eck and wife, Shelley, Megan Eck Nix and husband, James, Jacob Eck and wife, Amy, David Eck and wife, Brittany, and Danielle Eck; 22 great-grandchildren: Summer, Ethan, Rebekah, and Macey Eck, Elijah and Meredith Eck, Davin, Landon, Kayden, Kellin, and Stella Eck, Owen and Kate Schwerdtfeger, Arwen, Jonas, and Remy Eck, Jackson, Cole, and Sarah Nix, Austin and Allyson Eck, and Isaac Eck; and only niece, Barbara Johnson Wall and husband, A.V. and their sons, Kirk and Kent.

Pallbearers were his six grandsons: John Alan, Stephen, Jeremy, Travis, Jacob, and David Eck.

In lieu of flowers, donation memorials may be made to: Healdton Alumni Association, Kenneth Eck Alumni Scholarship Fund, or Southwestern Oklahoma State University College of Pharmacy, Kenneth Eck Scholarship Fund.

Special thanks go to the wonderful staff of the Lawton and Ardmore Veterans Centers.

Founder of Cavender’s Western Wear Passes Away



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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