Joanna Walker Huff


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.

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Lee Junior Robertson


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

Carrie Sheffield


Carrie Sheffield

October 21, 1942 – February 14, 2018

Age: 75

Carrie Sheffield, 75, passed away on Feb. 14, 2018 at her home in Terral, OK.  Carrie was born in Terral on Oct. 21, 1942 to Lee and Nellie Duncan. After graduating high school in Waurika, OK in 1960 Carrie worked for 37 years as an educator for head start in Terral.  Carrie married Charlie Harrison on Oct. 25, 1960 in Waurika, OK.  After Charlie preceded Carrie in death, she later married Aaron Sheffield on Sept. 12, 1981.  Carrie enjoyed her family always support grandchildren and great-grandchildren in the activities they were involved in.  Carrie is survived by her daughter, LaVonda Langford & husband Cash of Nocona, TX, son, Wayne Harrison of Terral, OK, brother, Gary Duncan of Waurika, OK, grandchildren, Chris Frantom, Colt Langford, Kendra Harrison and Cannon Harrison and 6 great-grandchildren.   She is preceded in death by her parents, husbands, Charlie Harrison, Aaron Sheffield, sister, Velda Gaines, and brother, Ricky Duncan.  A viewing will be held for her on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 11 AM at the First Baptist Church in Terral, OK.  A service will follow at 2 PM at the church with Rev. Mark Kunkel officiating.  Interment will follow in Terral Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Terral First Baptist Church, c/o Mark Kunkel, 101 State Highway 32, Terral, OK 73569.

Louie “Sonny” Aaron Dabbs


Louie “Sonny” Aaron Dabbs

September 9, 1952 – March 22, 2018

Age: 65

Louie “Sonny” Aaron Dabbs, 65, of Ryan, Oklahoma, passed from this life Thursday, March 22, 2018, in Wichita Falls, Texas. He was born September 8, 1952, in Waurika, Oklahoma, to Lewie Elston and Wanda Lou (Fuller) Dabbs. He and Sherrie Webster were married April 21, 1974, in Wichita Falls, Texas. He worked in the Halliburton Shipping Department and as a farm hand for Keith Hall. He loved to fish and was devoted to his kids, grandkinds and great-grandkids. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

Sonny was preceded in death by his dad Lewie Dabbs, two sisters – Linnie Dabbs and Louise Knight, and one brother – Loyd Dabbs.

Survivors include: his wife Sherrie Dabbs, of the home in Ryan, OK; his mother Wanda Long; his children – Tina Overton of Tulsa, OK, Jeffery Dabbs of Ryan, OK, and Donald Dabbs of Ryan, OK; his brothers David Dabbs of Ryan, OK, Randy Vaden of Vernon, TX, and Lewie Dabbs II of Shawnee, OK; his sisters Susie Brown of Ryan, OK, Joann Knight of Ryan, OK, Sandy Knight of Wilburton, OK, Lisa Dollons of Shawnee, OK, and Robin Dabbs of Shawnee, OK; grandchildren – Evan Clark, Wesley Clark, Alexa Clark, Katelynn Dabbs, Logan Dabbs, and Maddox Dabbs; and great-grandchild – Elliot-Rose Michelle Clark.

Graveside services was 2:00 PM, Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at the Ryan Cemetery in Ryan, Oklahoma with Ricky Phillips officiating. Services are under the direction of Dudley Funeral Home of Ryan. Visitation was Tuesday from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Dudley Funeral Home Chapel in Ryan. Pallbearers were Harold Burden, Chucky Johnson, Dale Ray Williams, Rowdy Knight, Kenny Brown, Richard Duncan, Dustin Bryant, and Rodney Burden.

Bennie Lee Pagett


Bennie Lee Pagett

October 1, 1928 – February 30, 2018

Age: 89


Bennie Lee Padgett (89) was born October 1, 1928 to Leo and Hazel (Seeley) Padgett in Westcliffe, Colorado and passed from this life January 30, 2018 in Waurika, Oklahoma.

​After high school graduation, Bennie joined the U.S. Navy and was proud to serve aboard the USS Rupertus DD851 where he was a gunner’s mate and petty officer second class. ​He was united in marriage to Mary Ann James on December 20, 1950 at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Harrah, Oklahoma. He and Mary Ann were the owners/operators of Harrah Lockers for twenty-six years where he did custom meat processing. Along with his love of playing golf, he was a great Christian man who loved his family and great-grandchildren with all of his heart. ​Even though Bennie and Mary Ann were members of St. Theresa Catholic Church, they attended the First Baptist Church in Waurika, Oklahoma where they made many friends and became part of the church’s family. Bennie is survived by his wife of sixty-six years Mary Ann Padgett of Hastings, Oklahoma.

Three daughters, Patricia and her husband Alan Conger of Tulsa, Oklahoma and their children: Allison and Leah and one great-grandchild, Trip Bendell.  Tamara and her husband Jeff Tabor of Choctaw, Oklahoma and their children: Michelle and her husband Jared Dyer, Katie and her husband Lance Coker, Cheyenne Owens and his wife Tara, Rebecca and her husband Adam Wilson and great-grand children, Ace and Jet Dyer, Marshall, Josie, and Lexie Owens and Marena Wilson. ​Pamela Padgett of Co. Springs, CO. ​ One brother, Lonnie Padgett of Colorado Springs, CO. and one sister, Lavada Stelter of Colorado Springs, CO ​One niece, Debra and her husband Rob Cheschier, and two nephews, Thomas Yeoman and his wife Teresa, Ken Yeoman and his wife Sherree.

John Daniel Earnest Johnson


John Daniel Earnest Johnson

February 23, 1971 – March 25, 2018

Age: 47

John Daniel Earnest Johnson, 47, of Duncan, Oklahoma, passed from this life March 25, 2018, in Duncan. He was born February 23, 1971, in Waurika, Oklahoma, to Sid and Jeannie Johnson. He married Brenda Joy Harris on July 26, 1993, in Waurika, Oklahoma. He was a cook at the High Chapparal. He loved to cook and was a member of the Cross Brand Cowboy Church in Waurika.

John was preceded in death by his parents Sid and Jeannie Johnson and his sister Brenda Cleo Johnson.

Survivors include: his wife Brenda Johnson, of the home in Duncan, OK; his “daughter” that he raised – Keylee Switzer; two brothers – Eli (Joey Johnson) Charmasson of Ryan, OK, and Marvin L. Johnson and his wife Cheryl of Meridian, OK; his sister Diann and her husband Jimmy Prater of Marlow, OK; his close cousin – Randy Lee Sartin (Hood); and several nieces, nephews, and great and great-great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM, Thursday, March 29, at the Cross Brand Cowboy Church in Waurika with Bob Waitman officiating. Visitation was Wednesday from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM at the Dudley Funeral Home Chapel in Waurika. Pallbearers were the nephews.

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


Sandra Lee (Whitmore) Cerney


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.

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

Mary Ruth (Gaines) Brown


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.


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