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Bruce Alan “Snake” Ramsey


Bruce Alan “Snake” Ramsey

July 7, 1954 – November 25, 2022

Age: 68

Services for Bruce Alan “Snake” Ramsey of Terral will be conducted at 2:00PM on Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at Scott-Morris Funeral Home in Nocona with Gary Davidson officiating. 

Bruce was born on July 7, 1954 in Nocona to Henry Allen ramsey, Jr. and Ada Belle (Hughes) Ramsey.  He passed away in Wichita Falls on November 25, 2022 at the age of 68. 

Mr. Ramsey graduated as salutatorian from Terral High School in 1972.  He worked for Burlington Northern Santa Fe and as a supervisor for Libbey-Owens-Ford in Sherman, Texas, later retiring as a laborer.  He liked to tinker with model trains and build furniture and other things.  He especially loved jamming out to music and playing his guitar.  

Mr. Ramsey was preceded in death by his father in 1992 and brother David Michael Ramsey in 2012. He is survived by his daughter Jennifer Ramsey of Oregon and her children, Drake and Emma; his daughter HannaH Ramsey of Pennsylvania and her children Ava and Bristol;  his son Justin Poage of Oklahoma and children Devon, Allysa, Kayla, Briar, and Kinley; his mother Ada Belle Ramsey of Terral, brother Jerry Ramsey of Nocona, sister Kathy Ramsey of Terral, and several nieces and nephews.  

There will be a private family burial at a later date.  Honorary pallbearers will be Justin Poage, Kevin Ramsey, Charlie Reynolds and Drake Campbell. 

Joe Qualls


February 22, 1936 – November 12, 2022

Age: 86

Joe Qualls, beloved brother and uncle passed from this life November 12, 2022 at the age of 86. He was born February 22, 1936 to Raymer and Leola Qualls in the Irving Community outside of Waurika, Oklahoma. Joe was fourth in line to 5 siblings: Wanda, Mildred, Jerry, Charlene and Rosa. He attended school in Waurika and remained friends with his childhood running buddy, Steve Fulton until his death. As an adult, Joe loved to work with his hands and design things making fiber glass his choice of media. He spent many years between Oklahoma and Florida making fiber glass tubs and showers for Marriott Hotels. He also enjoyed designing fiber glass boats. He loved to fish in his younger years and was always willing to have a beer with a friend. Joe never had children of his own, but he is remembered by many nieces and nephews. Joe loved watching football and was a devout OU and Cowboy fan. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Wanda and husband Pete; brother Jerry and wife Beulah; sister Charlene and husband Ed. Joe is survived by sister Mill Barfield with husband George of Andrews, TX; sister Rosa Keethler of Wichita Falls, TX and many nieces and nephews scattered over the Texhoma region. 

“A limb has fallen from the family tree that says Grieve Not for me. Remember the Best Times, the Laughter, the Song, the Good Life I lived while I was Strong.” – author unknown.

A Memorial Service for Joe Qualls will be announced in the future. 

Sue Carol Seay Dennis


Sue Carol Seay Dennis

November 7, 1930 – May 16, 2022

Age: 91

Sue Carol Seay Dennis was born November 7, 1930 in Oscar, Oklahoma to Wilmer and Leary Seay. She left this world May 16, 2022 in Ft. Worth, Texas  She and Skeeter Dennis were married November 20, 1950 in Carlsbad, New Mexico. She lived in Oscar prior  moving  to Ft. Worth to live with her daughter Cindy and Scooby their dog for the past four years.

She loved traveling the US with Cindy and best friend Pat. The Smoky mountains and Red River New Mexico were her favorite places to visit. She loved fishing and watching her longhorns graze out front while she sat on the front porch at the LOG cabin. She loved sharing old fun memories with friends. Some of her favorite times were spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a member of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association since 1931. She attended Cross Brand Cowboy Church in Waurika, Oklahoma.

She was preceded in death by her parents – Wilmer and Leary Seay, husband – Skeeter Dennis, and son – Steve Dennis.

She is survived by daughters – LaDonna Davis and husband Jerry Dan and Cindy Phillips, son – David Dennis, her grandchildren – Zachary Smith and wife Sommer, Tyler Phillips, Binion Jones, Dakota Dennis, Courtney and Lyndle Savage, Erica Patton, and Jarret Davis, great grandchildren – Skyler and Bayler Smith and Braxton, Brooklyn and Brodie Savage. She is also survived by several cousins, nieces and nephews. 

Graveside service will be Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 10:00AM at Oscar Cemetery with Sean Mayfield officiating. Book signing will be Wednesday from 3-7PM at Dudley Funeral Home in Ryan.

The family would like to offer a heartfelt thanks to Pat Griffin, Betty VanMeter, Belem Laguna for their longtime friendship and always being there for her.  In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Cross Brand Cowboy Church Box 97, Waurika, Oklahoma 73573

Waurika Mourns Loss of Gary Duncan, City Commissioner


 Gary “Lebo” Duncan, Waurika City Commissioner and former Mayor, devoted countless volunteer hours and many dollars to making Waurika a better place to live.  He was a true philanthropist who learned from his father that you work hard and you do it right.  Gary was born on June 6, 1939 and passed from this life on February 23, 2021 from a long and complicated illness.  He was 81 years young.

Gary was born in Terral, Oklahoma to Adam Lee “Lebo” Duncan and Nellie Belle (Hall) Duncan.  He married Sharon (Carter) Duncan in 1959.  They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2019.  Gary and Sharon have three sons, Randy Duncan (Council Bluffs, IA); Alan Duncan and Shawn Duncan (Lincoln, NE). They have four grandchildren, Kaleb Duncan (Omaha, NE); Kylee Duncan and Austin Bolles, (Lincoln, NE) and Alex Duncan (Kansas City, MO); He also had numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and great friends. Gary enjoyed talking about his family, God, and any new variety of farm seed. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Rick Duncan, and two sisters Carrie Belle Duncan Sheffield and Velda Nell Duncan Gaines.

 Gary’s family moved from Terral to a farm in Sugden, OK in 1947. He attended grade school and early Junior High in Sugden before moving to Waurika at the beginning of his ninth grade year. He graduated from Waurika High School in 1957. He learned to love the land and agronomy from his father’s farming operations and his high school FFA instructor, R.J. Redford. Gary was an FFA Star Farmer in High School and, as an adult, was proud to serve on the National Board of Sponsors for FFA. 

 In the fall of 1957, Gary’s love for the land and farming lead him to Oklahoma State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree in Agronomic Production and Plant Breeding. He also earned a Management Certificate from Texas A&M University. 

As Gary’s expertise in agronomy and plant breeding grew, so did his professional responsibility. His resume included being the Grass Seed Research Manager for Oklahoma State University from 1962-1965; working multiple positions from Sorghum and Corn breeder/agronomist for Paymaster Seeds to Sales Manager and then General Manager for the corporation.  He was General Manager for Cargill-Paymaster/PAG Seeds from 1980-1986; General Manager of RiceTec Seeds from 1986 to 1988; President of NC+ Hybrids from 1988-1996; President of Rio Grande Technologies from 1996 to 1999 and President of Akkadix Genetics from 1999-2001.   Gary and Sharon lived in Leoti, KS; Belmond, IA; Plainview, TX; Alvin, TX; Lincoln, NE; San Antonio, Tx; and Columbia, MO. He also served on the board of the American Seed Trade Association and the US Feed Grains Council. In every community they lived, Gary served others on church committees and advisory boards.  Volunteering, mentoring and helping others was a deep commitment. 

In 2001, He and Sharon opened Frameworks Gifts and Interiors in Columbia, MO.  In 2016, they sold Frameworks and in December of 2017 they moved back home to Waurika. From the day they moved home, both Gary and Sharon devoted their retirement to making Waurika better by joining the Chamber of Commerce, working at the Food Pantry, Joining the Board of the Jefferson County Development Authority, the Waurika Development Trust and the Waurika Parks and Recreation Committee that works on beautification projects throughout the downtown area.  The most notable project is the renovation of Sorosis Park.  

Gary was elected to the Waurika City Commission in 2019. At his first meeting, he was selected to be the mayor by his fellow Commissioners. Gary and Sharon spent part of everyday driving around Waurika to see what they could do to make the city a better place to live. 

He was active in the First United Methodist Church; currently serving as Chair of the Board of Trustees.   He was a 56-year member of Rotary International and active in the Waurika Club.  He was a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow.  He volunteered for SCORE (a group of executives who volunteer their time to help business owners be successful) for more than 15 years. 

One of Gary’s greatest strengths was his ability to help others.  He always gave credit to his career influencers and mentors including his father-in-law, Elbert Carter, who he credited with teaching him to “Believe in God and Trust in God”. Gary lived by that belief every day of his life. 

A celebration of life will be held on March 13 at 11:00, First United Methodist Church, Waurika, Oklahoma. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Waurika Public School Foundation, PO Box 14, Waurika, OK 73573, or Waurika Beautification Committee, c/o City of Waurika, 122 S Main St, Waurika, OK 73573; or, the National FFA Organization, 6060 FFA Dr., Indianapolis, IN  46268-0960.

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


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