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Sharon Kay (Grimes) Allen


Funeral service for Sharon Kay (Grimes) Allen, age 70, of Nocona, formerly of Ryan, was held at 10:00 AM on Friday, July 26, 2019 at Ryan Church of Christ in Ryan, Oklahoma. Burial followed at Duncan Municipal Cemetery in Duncan, Oklahoma. Visitation was held from 5:00-7:00 PM on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at Scott Funeral Home in Saint Jo. 

Sharon passed from this life Tuesday, July 23, 2019 in Lindsay, TX after her 4th battle with cancer surrounded by her family and friends.

She was born on July 5, 1949 to John B. and Virginia (Puryer) Grimes in Saint Jo, TX. She was married to the love of her life, Donald Gene ‘Don’ Allen, before he passed on April 1, 1998.

Sharon graduated from Cooke County College as an LVN in 1978. She worked at a few local nursing facilities but spent most of her nursing career at Ryan Nursing Home where she developed lifelong friendships and devoted herself to all of her patients and coworkers.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and spent time enjoying music, drawing, and writing poetry for family members.

Sharon is survived by daughters: Michelle Gray and Fiancé Billy Gilmore of Muenster, Shawna and husband Gary Dankesreiter of Lindsay; son: Tony and wife Billie Grewing of Muenster; brother: Curtis Grimes of Grand Saline; sister: Marietta Poage of Ryan, Oklahoma; brother: Tommy and wife Patsy Martindale of Duncan; 7 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Sharon is preceded in death by husband: Don Allen; parents: John and Virginia Grimes; sisters: Betty Green and Virginia Lou Grimes; and brother-in-law: Jerry Poage.

Jonnie (Peck) Parker


Jonnie (Peck) Parker, 101, of Lawton, Oklahoma, passed from this life July 16, 2019. She was born June 10, 1918, in Duncan, Oklahoma, to Benjamin Grant and Clara Ann (Kunkel) Peck. She married Clyde L. Parker September 3, 1935, in Waurika, Oklahoma. He preceded her in death February 28, 2007. She worked as a teacher in the Claypool School and in administration and price support for the USDA.

She lived in Jefferson County, Oklahoma from 1925 to 2004. She belonged to the Nazarene Church and later the Methodist Church. She loved to sew and quilt. She always made sure every stitch was perfect. She sewed all of her girls’ clothes including Dortha’s wedding dress. She also loved reading her Bible every day.

Jonnie was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, four siblings – Jack Davis Peck, Virgie Marie Peck Pollan, Donald Leroy Peck, and James Otis Peck, and her son-in-law.

Survivors include: two daughters – Ruth Klydene (Parker) Riggs of Alliance, OK, and Dortha Jean (Parker) and her husband Tom Biggs of Medicine Park, OK; one brother – B.G. Peck II of Duncan, OK; four grandchildren – Rickey Riggs, Tommy Riggs, Lesli Jacobs and Jake Jacobs; four great-grandchildren – Matthew Allen Riggs, Chase Parker Jacobs, Joshua Ryan Jacobs, and Bradley Reese Jacobs; and three great-great-grandchildren – Ryker Riggs, Everett Rebecca Jacobs and Lane Ryan Jacobs.

Funeral service will be at 1:00 PM, Thursday, July 18, 2019, at the First United Methodist Church in Waurika with Adam Brinson officiating. Burial will follow in the Waurika Cemetery under the direction of Dudley Funeral Home of Waurika. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls.

Eddy Joe Reese


Eddy Joe Reese, 54, of Waurika Lake, Oklahoma, passed from this life July 16, 2019. He was born December 8, 1964, in Henrietta, Texas, to E.J. and Annelise Reese. When he was about eight years old he would go with his mother when she cleaned the grain elevator. She looked up one day to find him coming around the corner in the grain truck, seated on the lap of Robert “Goober” Estes. He married Nanon Boswell June 8, 1984, in Byers, Texas. They were high school sweethearts, dating for five years before they married. They had a special bond and were soulmates, creating many memories over the forty years they were together. Over the years he drove trucks for Parker Mayo – hauling feed, Berend Brothers – eggs, Central Freight – P & D Driver, Mangum Oil and Gas – delivering propane, David England Construction – hauling rock, Denny Cothren – hauling asphalt, and W W Construction and when the oppportunity arose he was accompanied by Nan, his “right hand.” He was owner of the Waurika Lake Marina with his wife Nanon for nineteen years.

Eddy grew up in Byers, Texas and moved to Waurika, Oklahoma in 2000, after purchasing the Waurika Lake Marina. He graduated from Byers High School in 1983. In high school he played basketball and was a star greenhand and a star chapter greenhand in FFA and had a lone star farmer degree. He won the Dekalb Award and “Best All Around Boy” in his senior year. He was a Methodist. While living in Byers he served on the City Council as Mayor pro tem and was a volunteer fireman. He watched and loved football and going out to eat. He enjoyed visiting and working over the phone. He enjoyed fishing and took pride in trucking. He took care of his family and business. He had a very kind heart and loved spending time with Nan and Jemma.

He was preceded in death by his parents E.J. and Ann Reese, his brother Harold Reese, his sister Becky Reese and his father-in-law Freddy Boswell.

Survivors include: his wife of thirty-five years Nanon (Boswell) Reese, of the home in Waurika Lake, OK, furbaby Jemma Jewel; sisters Jeannie and her husband Ken Burris of Byers, TX; mother-in-law Shirley Boswell of Waurika Lake, OK; sisters-in-law Lorrie and her husband Quint Hague of Wichita Falls, TX, and Kimmie and her husband Bobbie Truver of New York; nieces Chelby and her husband Jordan Goad of Duncan, OK, Angela and her husband Randy Long of Byers, TX, and Joanie Truver of New York; nephews Rowdy Clayton and his wife Katie of Iowa Park, TX, Kevin Burris of Byers, TX, Jason Fincher of New York; and great nephew Chance Long of Byers, TX.

A Celebration of Life will was held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, July 20, 2019, at the Dudley Funeral Home Chapel in Waurika, with Jim Doan officiating. Memorials may be made to the Jim Thorpe Rehab in Oklahoma in southwestern Oklahoma City.

Cynthia Ann Smith Harnsberger


Cynthia Ann Smith Harnsberger, 61, passed away, Thursday, July 4, 2019 at home.  Funeral services were held, Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at Alexander’s Midway Funeral Home in Springtown, followed by cremation. She was born, December 15, 1957 in Fort Worth.  Cynthia was the most kind hearted and loving person you could ever know.  She enjoyed spending time with her family and most of all, her grandchildren.  Cynthia is preceded in death by her son, Kody Harnsberger and a sister, Trina Smith Gray.  She is survived by her husband, Terry Harnsberger; parents, Raymond and Wilma Smith; children, Jacob Mowrey, Lakrisha (Jose) Deluna, Trevor (Brittany) Killingsworth, Stephanie Young, Terry (Carrie) Wilson, Shynesta (Chris) Reed, Bryan (Jayme) Harnsberger and Myranda (Spencer) Shores; sisters, Melinda (Rodney) Black and Ramona Kay (Kenny) Wilson; grandchildren, Haylea, Lupita, Zayda, Xane, Anthony, Parker, Mikayla, Hailey, Nevaeh, Blake, Jozlin, Jaxon, Abel, Aubrey, Madalynn, Myla and Marlee; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

Jane Waudia Newton


Jane was born on March 5, 1943 in Ryan, Oklahoma to Mary Blanchard Cephus and Waudia Cephus.  As a young girl just beginning school, she received much recognition as a singer. Through high school and college she was called on to sing at weddings, contests, and community events. Jane was a top student in grade and high school. Jane was a varsity basketball player at Ryan High School. She completed a B. S. in Education from Central State University with emphasis in English and music in 1964.  Jane was selected as 1st runner-up as Miss Central State.  After graduating, she taught middle and high school in Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas.  She completed coursework for a Masters degree In English at Emporia State University in 1967.  And in 1976 she received a Masters degree in School Counseling from Oklahoma State University.

Jane and Tom Newton were married in Arkansas City, Kansas in 1968.  They had one son, Brooks, in 1971.  Jane served as a school counselor in Cushing, Stillwater, Deer Creek, and Okay before retiring in 1991.  After moving to Tahlequah in 1986, she began singing in the First Baptist Church choir where she was often featured as a soloist. Jane also enjoyed the years she was a member of the choir’s Praise Team.  

In addition to her singing skills, Jane was known for her caring personality. Jane was a strong, independent woman, supportive of her family.  Her positive attitude never allowed her personal struggles to get the best of her.  She treated those who knew her with love and kindness. 

Besides playing the guitar and singing, Jane loved listening to all genres of music from hymns to county and rock and roll to hip-hop. She knew the lyrics of songs from the 1950s to current hits.  She loved flowers, Sunday morning news shows, and slap-stick comedy.  She was known for her infectious laughter that brightened the lives of those around her.  She loved watching movies and couldn’t wait for the next Marvel adventure.

Jane was preceded in death by her parents, Mary and Waudia Cephus and her sister Judy Padgett.  Jane passed away on April 29, 2019 leaving behind her husband Tom and her son Brooks.  Others who survive her are her nieces and nephew: Melissa Taylor, Jay Bee Hawkins, Shelly Green, Jimmy Green and Julie Nydam.

Harlan Wayne Adair


Harlan Wayne Adair, 85, of Waurika, Oklahoma, passedfrom this life May 19, 2019. He was born August 24, 1933 in Byers, TX to John D. and Verna Owens Adair.

He was a machanic for Gulf Oil working on their field equipment. he and Margie Brantley were united in marriage June 19, 1954 in Waurika, OK. They have lived in Waurika since 1954. He was an unlicensed engineer but created various artwork. He coached baseball and was Dallas Cowboys No. 1 Fan. Harlan loved his children and grandchildren dearly

He is survived by his wife Margie of the home. 2 sons: Roy L. Adair and Robert W. Adair; 1 daughter: Janie Missie Traylor; 2 brotherss: Teddy Ray Adair and Kenneth W. Adair.

He was preceded in death by one child Sherry Ann Adair, his parents, 1 brother, and 3 sisters.

Memorial serviced will be held Saturday May 25, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Waurika, OK. Condolences may be sent to the family at dudleyfh@sbcglobal.com

Randy Jack Ryan


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.

John “Johnny” Homer Walling, Jr.


John “Johnny” Homer Walling, Jr., 76 of Oklahoma City, OK passed from this life April 13, 2019.

He was born October 27, 1942 in Meridian, TX to John and Maudell (Stewart) Walling.   He graduated from Waurika High School in 1961.   He attended Texas Tech on a basketball scholarship and completed his Bachelor’s Degree at U.C.O. in Edmond, OK.  John retired from Seagate Technology in Oklahoma City, OK, and also retired from D.L.O. Laboratory in OKC.

John married Michelle (Zales) Bostick August 12, 1978.

He was preceded in death by his parents John and Maudell Walling, mother-in-law Melba Zales, and daughter Shawn O’Connor.

He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Michelle; daughter Pat and husband Gary; son John and wife Candice; daughter Jill and husband Dale; grandchildren, Megan, Sean and Amber Hall, Alex, Gracie and Mayzie Walling; great-grandson Joc Edwards; and also survived by brother-in-law W. E. Zales, Jr.; sister-in-law Denise Zales; father-in-law W.E. Zales, Sr. and wife YoVonne; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation will be held Friday, April 19th with the family present from 5 – 8 PM at Moore Funeral and Cremation, 400 SE 19th Street, Moore, OK 73160.

Funeral Service will be held Saturday, April 20th at 11:00 AM in the Chapel of Moore Funeral and Cremation with Noel Currington officiating.

A Memorial Service will be held May 11th at 1:00 PM in Waurika, OK at First Baptist Church.   Interment will follow in Waurika Cemetery, Waurika, OK.

In lieu of flowers, John’s family has requested donations be made directly to the Special Olympics Foundation or the American Cancer Society.

Cecil Leon Gamble


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.

Raymond Leon Hunt


Raymond Leon Hunt, 71, of Duncan, Oklahoma, passed from this life March 21, 2019. He was born April 22, 1947, in Ryan, Oklahoma, to Lawrence and Wauneta (Dodd) Hunt. He was married to Betty Joy Jackson November 13, 1969, in Bowie, Texas. He served in the United States Army in Viet Nam in 1968 and 1969. He worked as a truck driver. He loved playing dominoes, Thunder basketball and watching his grandson play basketball and his granddaughter play softball.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Jim Citrowske, his brother Virgil Hunt, and his sister Cleta Morgan.

He is survived by: his wife Betty, of the home; his children Skeeter Citrowske and his wife Tereasa, Connie Citrowske, and Stefan Hunt and his wife Patti; his sister FayNell Stone; his grandchildren – Destanie and Santanna Mata, Lila, Kimberly and Jeff Citrowske and Austin and Preslee Hunt; two great-grandchildren – Kyan and Demi Kalenkoot; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were held at 12:30 PM, Monday, March 25, 2019, at the Ryan Cemetery in Ryan, Oklahoma with Curtis Plant officiating. Burial was under the direction of Dudley Funeral Home of Ryan. Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warriors.


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