Published in The Oklahoman on June 1, 2018
Life-long resident of Waurika, Oklahoma, Walter Lee Marmor, 65, passed from this life May 20, 2018. He was born December 10, 1952, in Waurika, to Albert Lee and Iva Jean (McKelroy) Marmor. He was a graduate of Waurika High School. He worked as a transporter – flagger for Solitaire Mobile Homes. He also worked for Frank Head at Sooner Texaco and for more than twenty years for Junior Robertson at Junior’s Truck Stop. He enjoyed visiting with his friends over coffee at the Truck Stop and playing pool.
Walter is survived by his wife Elizabeth Hooper, his daughter Chrissy Joe Anderson, his granddaughter Janessa Anderson, and a host of friends.
No services have been scheduled at this time.
Ida Ann (Ann) McGarth, at the age of 81, went to be with her Lord on May 19, 2018, at her home in Wichita Falls, Texas. Ann was born April 11, 1937, in Wetumka, Oklahoma, to Carter Darryl and Irene (Bardin) Pierce. She married Steven James Williams on June 5, 1954, and together they had three children. She then married Reggie Blythe and Jimmy French. Later she spent many wonderful years with her long-time companion Robert Nations before marrying Warren McGarth on January 29, 1999. She was employed by Owens Country Sausage, Gould Battery Company and home health organizations before retiring in 2012.
Ann loved Christ; and her children, grandchildren and family were the focus of her life. Her desire was that each would know her Savior and become the person God wanted them to be. She was happy and most blessed when her family was happy and close to the Lord. She was a long-time member of the Church of Christ in Melissa, Texas and most recently a member of the First Assembly of God in Electra, Texas.
Ann was preceded in death by her parents, the father of her children Steven Williams, her long-time companion Robert Nations, twin brothers – Albert Pierce and Elbert Pierce, sister – Mary Maness (White) and one grandchild, Brandon Williams.
She is survived by her sister – Margaret Briscoe of Killeen, Texas, brother – Clarence White Jr. and his wife Sun of Lawton, Oklahoma, her children – Elizabeth Ann (Cissy) Franko and her husband Chris of Wichita Falls, Texas, James Douglas Williams of Waco, Texas, and Lemuel Edward Williams and his wife Ann of Hatfield, Arkansas, nine grandchildren – Jeff Inge, Misti Lane, Joey Williams, Paul Williams, Steven Williams, Stephanie Williams, Jeremy Williams and Mark Bruce, 23 great grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren, and numerous relatives and close friends.
Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, 2018, at the First Christian Church of Waurika, Oklahoma, with Curtis Plant and Lee Ackley officiating. Interment will follow at the Ryan Cemetery under the direction of Dudley Funeral Home of Waurika. Visitation will be Wednesday, May 23, noon to 8 p.m. at Dudley Funeral Home, Waurika, with family receiving guests from 6 – 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials may be made to the church of your choice to help spread the Love of Christ.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
Michael Glenn Palmer
March 1, 1966 – May 2, 2018
Michael Glenn Palmer of Waurika, Oklahoma, passed away on Wednesday May 2, 2018, from a terrible accident. Mike lived most of his life in Pampa, Texas, before moving to Oklahoma. Mike was born March 1, 1966, in Pampa, Texas, to Richard and Betty Palmer.
Both parents are deceased. Mike’s brother, Ricky Palmer passed away a few years ago.
Mike is survived by: his wife Lisa Follis of Waurika, OK; two daughters – Diana and her husband Dustin Carr of Liberal, KS, and Sissy and her husband Randy Lucas of Woodward, OK; three – Melissa and her husband Larry McClure of Edmond, OK, Samantha McPhearson, and Bonnie Albers, both of Pampa, TX; two uncles – Don Roy Palmer and his wife Libby of Columbia, SC, and Bill Roy and his wife Janice of Pampa,TX; six grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial Services were held at 2:00 PM, May 5, 2018, at the Dudley Funeral Home Chapel in Waurika, Oklahoma, under the direction of Dudley Funeral Home. A final interment will take place around Memorial Day, May 28, 2018, in Miami, Texas. Times will be published later. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to your favorite charity or church.