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Michael C Dyer

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Michael C. Dyer, 63, of Waurika, Oklahoma, passed from this life May 17, 2018, in Wichita Falls, Texas. He was born January 16, 1955, in Waurika,Oklahoma, to A.C. and Bobby Sue (Tate) Dyer. He was a 1972 graduate of Ryan High School. He and Joanna Schaffner were married February 17, 1975 in Dean, Texas. He was a farmer/rancher and worked for Halliburton for eighteen years. He was a member of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association and the First Baptist Church in Waurika. His passion was being outside with his animals and crops. He loved his family and enjoyed horseback riding, fishing, camping, and spending time with his grandkids.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Shirley Thomasson.

Survivors include: his wife Joanna; his children Jared Dyer and wife Michelle, and Karen Wright and husband Lonnie; grandchildren Taylir Wright, Haley Wright, Jacob C. Wright, Ace Lee Dyer, and Jet Michael Dyer; his sister Diane York; and a host of family and friends.

Funeral services will be at 3:00 PM, Sunday, May 20, 2018, at the First Baptist Church in Waurika, Oklahoma with Mark Kunkel and Bruce Humphries officiating. Visitation will be Saturday from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM at Dudley Funeral Home in Waurika with family receiving guests from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church in Waurika or the Cross Brand Cowboy Church in Waurika. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.dudleyfuneralhomes.com

Lydia Marie (Lacey) Mayfield

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Lydia Marie (Lacey) Mayfield, 73, passed from this life Sunday, May 13, 2018. She was born July 18, 1944, in Dermott, Arkansas, to Charles and Inez Lacey. Lydia married Raymond Mayfield on June 14, 1963 in Waxahachie, Texas.  Lydia’s husband Raymond has pastored for 59 years all over the southern United States. Lydia and Raymond moved to Southern Oklahoma in 2006 to pastor The Corum Assembly of God Church and later The Waurika Assembly of God Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents; and her sister-in-law Sharon Stanley.

Survivors Include: Her husband, Raymond Mayfield of the home in Waurika, OK; Her sons – Barry Mayfield and wife Lesley of Ponca City, OK, Keith Mayfield of Abilene, TX, and Kent Mayfield of Abilene, TX; Grandchildren – Faith Logan, Emily Mayfield, and Holly Mayfield; Great-Grandchildren – Aletha, Amillia, Valerie, Aria, and Archer; and one Brother-in-law – Eddie Mayfield.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM, Thursday, May 17, 2018, at the Assembly of God Church in Waurika with H Franklin Cargill, Oklahoma District Superintendent of the Assembly of God, officiating. Burial will be in the Newkirk, Oklahoma cemetery Friday, May 18, 2018 at 3:00 PM under the direction of Dudley Funeral Home in Waurika, Oklahoma.

Cecil Leon Gamble

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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.

Glenna Margaret Christian

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Funeral services for Glenna Margaret Christian, 86, were at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 23, in the Centennial Chapel of the Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home with Reverend Terry Tolbert officiating.  Burial followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery.

The daughter of the late Glen and Florence Walls Edwards, Glenna was born July 5, 1932, in Waurika, Oklahoma and went to be with her Lord and Savior October 20, 2018, surrounded by her family.

A graduate of Waurika High School, she and Vernon Dean Christian were married February 11, 1952, in Wichita Falls, Texas and he preceded her death on August 2, 2010.  Also preceding her in death were her sister Edna Keele and brother Jerry Pat Edwards.

Glenna worked for Memorial Hospital in Ardmore in medical records, and then went to KKAJ Radio and finished her career with Cablecom of Ardmore.  She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church, and enjoyed the outdoors and gardening.

Glenna is survived by her children, Karen Stowe and husband Richard “Dicky” of Tahlequah; Vernon “Duane” Christian and wife Terry  and Deana Mendenall and husband Alan all of Ardmore; her grandchildren, Kari Hill and Husband Eric of Pryor; Jessika McKaskle and husband Jordy, Carl Junction, MO; Kyle Christian and wife Karrie of Oklahoma City; Misty Mendenall of Ardmore; and Chris Mendenall and wife Josie of Durant; great-grandchildren; MaKenzie  and Zane Hill; Piper and Haddon McKaskle; Sam, Max and Landri Mendenall and Kinsley and Kooper Christian.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers memorials be made in Glenna’s honor to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, Cross Timbers Hospice or Trinity Baptist Church.

Services were under the direction of Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home and Crematory where online condolences for the family may be left at www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com.

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.

Charlene Gaye (McCarty) Bittick

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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.

Eula Faye Tanner

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Eula Faye Tanner

October 12, 1939 – March 2, 2018

Age: 78

Eula Faye Tanner, age 78, a longtime resident of Terral, peacefully passed away on Friday, March 2, 2018 in Wichita Falls, TX.  A funeral service was held Tuesday, March 6th at 2:00 p.m. at the Terral Baptist Church, with Bro. Mark Kunkel officiating.  Interment followed at Terral Cemetery, under the direction of Terral Funeral Home.  The family will be receiving friends on Monday evening, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Faye was born October 12, 1939 in Nocona, TX to Newell and Helen (Roper) Weaver.  She and Royce “Sissie” Tanner were united in marriage on June 15,  1958 in Gainesville, TX. Faye worked as a clerk at the Terral Mini Mart for many years.  She was a member of the Terral Baptist Church.

Survivors include her two children: Wayne Wyler and wife Carol, Ryan, OK and Norma Dugan and husband Randell, Henrietta, TX; four grandchildren: Tanner Dugan and Monica Dugan, both of Henrietta, TX, and J.R. Wyler and Jennifer Wyler, both of Waurika, OK; three great-grandchildren: Annabelle Wyler, David Wyler, and Oate Wyler; one Brother, Willard Weaver; and other relatives and friends.

Faye was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, one daughter, Joyce Mullins; and two great-grandsons.

Online condolences may be sent to terralfh@pldi.net

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.

Randy Jack Ryan

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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.

Gene Elkins

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Gene Elkins

September 29, 1933 – April 1, 2018

Age: 84

Gene Elkins, at the age of 84, went to be with his Lord on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018 at Duncan Regional Hospital, in Duncan, Oklahoma. Funeral Services were held at 1:00 PM, Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at the First Baptist Church of Waurika, Oklahoma, with Pastor Mike McCord of Ray of Hope church and Jason Ebenhack of Addington Baptist Church officiating. Interment followed in the Waurika Cemetery under the direction of Dudley Funeral Home of Waurika, Oklahoma.

Gene was born September 29, 1933, in Sugden, Oklahoma, to Carey and Eugie Elkins. He graduated from Waurika High School in 1952. A highlight of his Waurika school days was getting to play on the 1951 State Champion’s football team. In 1953 he enlisted in the United States Navy and served his country for 4 years. On October 18, 1957, he married the love of his life, Bess Phelps and God blessed them with 2 children, Jim and Lori. He was employed by Koch Oil Company and Halliburton Services as an electrician for 30 years before retiring in 1999.

Gene surrendered his life to his Lord, Jesus Christ, at the age of 25. He always said God took an imperfect man and showed him a perfect Savior. He loved Christ and His church. His wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were the focus of his life. His desire was that each would know his Savior and become the person God wanted them to be. He was happy and most blessed when his family was happy and close to the Lord. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carey and Eugie Elkins; a brother, Charles Elkins; and sister-in-law, Delores Kennedy Elkins.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Bess Phelps Elkins, a son, Jim Elkins and wife, Betty, of Waurika, Oklahoma; a daughter, Lori Wilsford and husband, Tod, of Moore, Oklahpoma; grandchildren, Lacey Grantham and husband, Ryan, of Duncan, Oklahoma; Blake Biffle and wife, Rachelle, of Comanche, Oklahoma; Brett Elkins and wife, Maria, of Duncan, Oklahoma; and Brittany Elkins of Duncan, Oklahoma; great grandchildren, J’cie Bella Provenzano and Rylan Grace Grantham of Duncan, Oklahoma; and Kaylie, Ross and Kelsey Autrey of Comanche, Oklahoma; a brother, Wayne and wife, Carla, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Viewing was Tuesday, April 3, 2018, Noon to 8:00 PM with the family visiting with family and friends from 6:00 – 7:00 PM at Dudley Funeral Home, Waurika, Oklahoma. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials may be made to the church of your choice to help spread the Good News of Christ.

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