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Victor Grimes

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Victor Grimes

August 6, 1923 – January 31, 2018

Age: 94

Victor Grimes, 94, of Temple, Texas, passed from this life January 31, 2018. He was born August 6, 1923, in Waurika, Oklahoma, to Amos and Ada (Jenkins) Grimes. He married June Derr on April 7, 1944, in Montgomery, Alabama. He finished high school in Waurika and then attended the University of Oklahoma to play basketball.

Victor served his country during World War II, in the Army Air Force/Corps 454th Bomb Group 15th Air Force. He was a B24 bomber pilot and was awarded the rank of First Lieutenant. He served in southern Italy, Germany, Arkansas, Maxwell Field Alabama, Lafayette, Louisiana, and Wichita Falls, Texas. He flew fifty-two missions and received the Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross. After leaving the military Victor worked in Waurika and then moved to Oklahoma City in 1965 to work for APCO Oil. He moved to Temple, Texas, in 1978 to work for Fuel Distributors. He was a Methodist. Victor was preceded in death by his wife June Bug, one daughter Mici Grimes Autin and son-in-law Gerald Wayne Autin, his parents, brothers Valda, Vernon and Vester Grimes and their spouses, and sisters Vida Doyle and Vada Johnson and their spouses, and one niece Karen Dale Roth. Survivors include: his daughter Vici Grimes of Stillwater, OK; grandson – Colin Autin and his wife Melissa of Oklahoma City, OK; great-grandchildren – Emma Reece Autin, Marley Gwendolyn Autin and Caroline Victoria Autin, all of Oklahoma City, OK; niece Jean Johnson of Wichita Falls, TX; great-nieces Kathleen Roth, Taylor Roth, Micayla Proctor and Rebecca Roth, all from Texas, nephew Don Grimes of Dallas, TX; and niece Janell Warren from Texas. Funeral services for Mr. Grimes will be at 10:30 AM, Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at the Dudley Funeral Home Chapel in Waurika with Adam Brinson officiating. Burial will be in the Waurika Cemetery under the direction of Dudley Funeral Homes. Memorial contributions may be made to the Waurika First Methodist Church, 438 East D Ave., Waurika, OK 73573.

Donna Ree Slate

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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.

Bennie Lee Pagett

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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.

Victor Grimes

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Victor Grimes

May 6, 1944 – January 26, 2018

Age: 73

Victor Grimes, 94, of Temple, Texas, passed from this life January 31, 2018. He was born August 6, 1923, in Waurika, Oklahoma, to Amos and Ada (Jenkins) Grimes. He married June Derr on April 7, 1944, in Montgomery, Alabama. He finished high school in Waurika and then attended the University of Oklahoma to play basketball. Victor served his country during World War II, in the Army Air Force/Corps 454th Bomb Group 15th Air Force. He was a B24 bomber pilot and was awarded the rank of First Lieutenant. He served in southern Italy, Germany, Arkansas, Maxwell Field Alabama, Lafayette, Louisiana, and Wichita Falls, Texas. He flew fifty-two missions and received the Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross. After leaving the military Victor worked in Waurika and then moved to Oklahoma City in 1965 to work for APCO Oil. He moved to Temple, Texas, in 1978 to work for Fuel Distributors. He was a Methodist. Victor was preceded in death by his wife June Bug, one daughter Mici Grimes Autin and son-in-law Gerald Wayne Autin, his parents, brothers Valda, Vernon and Vester Grimes and their spouses, and sisters Vida Doyle and Vada Johnson and their spouses, and one niece Karen Dale Roth. Survivors include: his daughter Vici Grimes of Stillwater, OK; grandson – Colin Autin and his wife Melissa of Oklahoma City, OK; great-grandchildren – Emma Reece Autin, Marley Gwendolyn Autin and Caroline Victoria Autin, all of Oklahoma City, OK; niece Jean Johnson of Wichita Falls, TX; great-nieces Kathleen Roth, Taylor Roth, Micayla Proctor and Rebecca Roth, all from Texas, nephew Don Grimes of Dallas, TX; and niece Janell Warren from Texas. Funeral services for Mr. Grimes were at 10:30 AM, Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at the Dudley Funeral Home Chapel in Waurika with Adam Brinson officiating. Burial was in the Waurika Cemetery under the direction of Dudley Funeral Homes. Memorial contributions may be made to the Waurika First Methodist Church, 438 East D Ave., Waurika, OK 73573.

Kenneth Frank Eck

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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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