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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Dani (Dani) Lee Rhodes-Williams


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.

Leslie Weldon Fuller


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.

Shawn Lavonne (Bostick) O Conner


Shawn Lavonne (Bostick) O Conner

June 28, 1967 – February 14, 2018

Age: 50

Shawn Lavonne (Bostick) O Connor, 50, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, left this earth to be with her Lord and Savior February 14, 2018. She was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, June 28, 1967, to John and Michelle (Zales) Walling.

Shawn graduated from Tuttle High School in 1985 and attended OCCA College in Oklahoma City. She was a systems analyst for the Federal Judicial System in Oklahoma, Texas and Georgia. She was an avid animal lover and enjoyed water skiing (anything that had to do with water), decorating and landscaping and motorcycle riding.

She was preceded in death by her grandmother Melba Zales, grandparents John Walling, Sr. and Maudell Walling, and great-grandparents John and Stella McAfee.

Survivors include: her parents John and Michelle Walling of Oklahoma City, OK; her brother John Walling and his wife Candice of Waurika, OK and children Gracie and Mayzie Walling and Alexandra Walling; her sisters Pat and her husband Gary Robinson of Hastings, OK, and Jill and her husband Dale Bates of Waurika, OK, and children Megan, Sean and Amber Hall; her grandfather William E. Zales Sr. and his wife Yvonne of Oklahoma City, OK, and son Rick Randall and family of California; her uncle William E. Zales, Jr. and his wife Edwina of Birmingham, AL; and aunt Denise Zales of Seattle, WA; her cousins Melissa Prince and her daughter Lexi Brewer, Kristi Alexander and her son Cade Williamson, and Matthew Bomhoff; and other aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at the Southwest Baptist Church, 1300 SW 54th St, Oklahoma City, OK, with Pastor Sam Binswanger officiating. After the memorial service the family will travel to Waurika for a graveside service at the Waurika Cemetery with Curtis Plant officiating. Services will be under the direction of Dudley Funeral Home of Waurika.

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.

Mary Yearley Taylor


Mary Yearley Taylor, 78, of Jolly, Texas, passed away on Friday, June 08, 2018.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am, on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at the Henrietta Church of Christ with Mr. Todd Davis officiating. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery in Henrietta under the direction of Davis Funeral Home.

Mary was born on January 22, 1940 in Waurika, Oklahoma to Walter Henry and Helen Odell (Brantley) Yearley. She married William Leon Taylor on November 9, 1956 in Waurika, Oklahoma. Mary was a devoted member of the Henrietta Church of Christ and was a retired Registered Nurse. She enjoyed her time working as a Blue Angel volunteer at the Clay County Memorial Hospital in Henrietta. Mary was honored when chosen to serve as a Duchess on the 2002 Pioneer Queen float during the Clay County Pioneer Reunion.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; husband Leon Taylor; brother, Bill Yearley; sister, Margaret Andrews.

Survivors include her son Steve Taylor and wife Shelly of Henrietta, Texas; daughter, D. LeAnn Skinner and husband Ken Odom of Jolly; grandchildren, Stephanie Skinner of Jolly, Texas, Jessica Dunning and husband James of Dean, Texas, and Kasey Taylor of Lawton, Oklahoma; great-grandchildren, Michael Lenord Skinner and Violet Lucille Skinner; brother, Clarence Yearley and wife JoAnn of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The family will be at Davis Funeral Home on Monday evening from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

Memorials may be made to the Henrietta Church of Christ at 101 S. Barnett, Henrietta, Texas 76365.

Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guestbook at davisfuneralhome.net 

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.

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

Michael C Dyer


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

David Eugene Sisson


David Eugene Sisson

February 23, 1944 – February 21, 2018

Age: 73

David Eugene Sisson, 73, passed from this life February 21, 2018. He was born February 23, 1944, in Frederick, Oklahoma to Thomas “Pete” and Dora “Tine” (Keith) Sisson. He graduated high school in 1962, and enlisted in the United States Army. He served three years, going in as an EI and got out as a Specialist E4.

David worked for Lone Star Gas Company in Frederick from 1966 to 1991. He was transferred to Snyder, Oklahoma, and then to Waurika working as a manager from 1991 to 2004. He married Ava Jean Harnden in 1969. They had been married thirty-seven years when she passed away in 2004. They had one daughter – Marla Lovett, one granddaughter – Magen Dawn Lovett, and one great-granddaughter – Jaden Rain Talley. He was a member of the JCs, the Lions Club, the Waurika Chamber of Commerce, was a 20 year volunteer fireman and belonged to several industry communities. He lived in Waurika for forty-five years.

David was reunited with his high school sweetheart Sue Mathis. They were married in 2008. Sue has three children – Kim and her husband Chris McKittrick of Rhome, TX, Kristy Benton of Ft Worth, TX, and Terry Avery of Venus, TX. She has seven grandchildren – Stachia, Tyler, Erik, Weston, Brennon, Jake, and Josh, three gread-grandchildren – Lynlee, Gentry, and Haden, all of Ft. Worth.

Also surviving David were his bother Carlis Sisson and his wife Carolyn of Ft Worth, TX, and his sister Sharon Sisson of Duncan, OK. He also left many loving nieces and nephews.

David was preceded in death by his parents “Pete” and “Tine” Sisson, and his brother Royce “Stubby” Sisson.

Funeral services for David were at 1:30 PM, Saturday, February 24, 2018, at the First Baptist Church in Waurika, Oklahoma with Bruce Humphries officiating. Burial followed in the Frederick Memorial Gardens in Frederick, Oklahoma. Pallbearers were Kenneth Blevins, John Pewthers, Mike Williams, Greg Griffin, Ronnie Bohot, and Dan Brandon. Visitation was Friday at the Dudley Funeral Home Chapel in Waurika. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Wichita Falls or the First Baptist Church Funeral Dinner Fund.

Billy Joe Clark


Billy Joe Clark, 81, of Waurika, Oklahoma, passed from this life September 7, 2018 in Wichita Falls, Texas. He was born September 28, 1936 in Waurika, Oklahoma, to Otis L. and Velma (Jones) Clark. After graduating from Waurika High School he served four tours in the United States Navy. He worked on the railroad as a brakeman and a switchman.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Bobbie Kittrell and his brother Benny Clark of Lynden, WA.

Survivors include: his sister Barbara Johnston of Waurika, OK; and his grandchildren Mary Ducker and Jennifer Reiger.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, September 15, 2018 at the Dudley Funeral Home Chapel in Waurika.

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.


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