Obituaries after 1/1/2015


















Benny D. McGowen – Comanche, OK
    Whether you knew his as Benjamin Durward McGowen, Benny, Bosco, Fonzie, Bods, or Uncle Binky, you adored him.  To my dad was to love him.  My dad was born to June and J.M. McGowen on June 3, 1953.  Dad was his momma’s boy.  Growing up, dad had a love for wild animals.  He was known to have an owl, an alligator, and a couple of raccoons.  When he got older, Dad had a love for sports cars.  You could always find Fonzie cruising around town in his Chevelle, Mustang, or Corvette.  Dad gave up the sports cars for more family friendly vehicles after he married Billie Jo Clanton and had two kids, Josh (Meathhead) and Jil (Pumpkin).  Dad later met his wife Judy, an angel who took the best care of him until his final breath.  Dad and Judy lived south of town on “the farm”.  Dad’s land was his pride and joy.  He loved taking his grandkids and dog all over the acreage on his golf cart.  After dad have his heart to Jesus he began showing his love for Christ through his iron work.  He loved to make beautiful horseshoe creations for people.  Dad spent his last good days welding Blue Lives Matter stars for police officers throughout Oklahoma.  Dad showed us what true faith and strength is with his strong fight against cancer.  He hardly ever missed church, no matter what kind of pain he was in.  Dad gained his new Heavenly body on August 29, 2017.  We are so proud of our daddy and cant wait to walk the streets of gold with him.
    He leaves  behind his wife Judy Taylor McGowen, of Comanche; He also leaves his best friend and dog, Stewie. Dad is also survived by his son Josh McGowen and wife Courtney, Comanche; and daughter Jil McGowen Roebuck and husband Jessie, Comanche.  He has three step children, Quinton Taylor, Comanche; and Jody Taylor and Mike Taylor, both of Duncan.  He leaves behind his brother Gary McGowen and wife Jeanne, Comanche; and sister, Sandy Laminack and her husband Keith, Newcastle, OK; Dad has four nieces and many great nieces and nephews.  Most importantly, dad leaves behind ten grandkids.  He grandkids were his world.  To him, they hung the moon.
    Dad has two fathers, J.M. McGowen and Bill Seida, and his mom, June Seida, in Heaven with him.
    Our hearts are broken, but we rejoice in knowing where he is.  This is the GREATEST gift my dad could have ever left for us.
    The funeral is 2:00 p.m. Friday, September 1, 2017 at Patterson Avenue Baptist Church.  Officiants will be Dee Bowen and Jimmy Morgan.  Burial will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.
    Serving as pallbearers will be Larry Capps, Jimmy Morgan, Garland Davis, Roger Dale Barbour, Vic Regalado, and Damon Minter.  Honorary bearers will be Kenny Miller, Jackie Morgan, Eldon Sears, Clude Bullard, and Weldon Corley.

Linda Kay Trantham-Howell- Norman, OK
Long time Empire resident Linda K. Howell passed away Friday, August 26, 2017. Linda was born July 28, 1948 to Cecil and Dorothy Sullivan-Trantham.  A funeral service will be held Wednesday, August 30th at 10:00 a.m. at the pavilion at Fairlawn Cemetery in Comanche, with Pastor John Johnson officiating, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  The family will be receiving friends Tuesday evening from 6:00-8:0-0 p.m. at the funeral home.
  Linda is survived by her husband David Howell of the home, 4 sons & their wives – Gary & Felicia Smith, Scott & Mindy Smith, Davy & Regina Howell, Cecil Howell, and Paul & Stacy Brown.    She has 10 grandchildren – Sawyer, Shayne & Shaylynn Smith; Allison & Dalton Howell, Kyle, CJ, Macey Howell, Dakota Kaus and Kamryn Brown and 2 great grandbabies – Stephani & Cody Howell. She is also survived by 3 loving sisters – Judy Townsend of Comanche, OK, Deleta Collins & Andy of Duncan, OK & Trish Ann Collinsworth & Roy of Velma, OK.  And a whole bushel of nieces and nephews!
Linda was a graduated of Empire High and stayed in the area for most of her life where she and David raised their boys.  She had one of the biggest hearts on the planet.  She would do or give anything to anyone that needed it.   While raising 5 boys, she was known as “Momma” by them and their friends.  After the grandbabies started coming that changed and she was known by all as “Gram Ma”.   Linda worked for over 20 years at Halliburton as a Machinist.  She was always the first one there every morning and had the coffee ready for everyone else.  Beside the love for her family, she loved her garden & flowers, to cook and can vegetables from her garden, make jelly from wild berries which she and the grandkids picked from the bar ditches, but she also loved a good CSI show.  She loved having her kids and grandkids at her house as much as possible.  She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

She was preceded in death by her brother Sonny, both of her parents and a brother-in-law Ralph Townsend.

HEATHER DEAUN PHILLIPS-Duncan, ok
On Monday, August 14, 2017 our beautiful daughter, Heather DeAun Phillips passed from this world to join her Heavenly Father.  A funeral service will be held Monday, August 21, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Ray of Hope Church. Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  The family will be receiving friends on Sunday afternoon from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
  Heather was born to Edith and Jack Phillips in Lubbock, Texas on October 30, 1979.  Soon after birth, the family moved back to Duncan.  She attended school in the Duncan School System.  During her early years she participated in gymnastics, basketball, and local activities.  Heather’s kind and gentle heart shown through in her love for animals, especially dogs.  She treated all her pets as though they were her children.  Heather’s life was not all smooth sailing, but she used her life experiences to advance her calling to be a counselor of other troubled souls.  For the last four years, she served her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ as a witness and counselor to many others in the Duncan area.  She worked hard toward her goal of being a counselor, receiving an Associate Degree in Behavioral Sciences in 2016.  She was working toward her ultimate goal of being certified as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  She loved people and served in several local groups including Christian Helping Hands and The Beautiful day Foundation.  In February 2017, she joined members of the 1040 Initiative Group on a mission trip to a remote area of Africa.  As a result of her volunteer activities, she met many like-minded individuals whose friendship she cherished.  In service of these groups, she enlisted the help of her mother, providing lasting memories for both.  Lack of space limits the number of people that were instrumental in helping Heather see her potential, but a few are too prominent to omit.  We are forever grateful for her mentor and best friend, Sherrel Barnhart for her wisdom and friendship.  Heather loved her dearly.  We are thankful to Sharon Cain for her guidance and allowing Heather to realize her true value.  Pam Dobbins has been a true friend and mentor and showed Heather true Christian love.   As a result of her community service, she met many wonderful friends, especially those of the Beautiful Day Foundation.  They are modest individuals that Heather described as “amazing women”.   She cherished their friendship deeply. 
Heather is survived by her mother and father, Edith and Jack Phillips of Duncan.  She is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.  She also leaves behind her golden retriever, Phoenix.  She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Hayden and Noma Lee Winslett and her paternal grandparents, Jack and Genell Phillips, an aunt, Alma Lindesmith  and her loving pet of 17 years, Booger Bear, her dog.
We grieve her death, but we also celebrate her meeting her Creator.  She will be missed by many.  Rest in peace with God.  Rejoice in meeting your grandparents and pets.  We love you dear one and will reunite with you soon.

Jerry Evertt Jackson – Terral, OK
   Jerry Evertt Jackson, a lifelong resident of Terral passed away in the early morning hours of Saturday, August 5, 2017 at his home.  He was 75 years old.  A graveside funeral service will be held Monday, August 7th at 1:00 p.m. at the Terral Cemetery, with Bro. Charles Parker officiating, under the direction of Terral Funeral Home.
    Jerry was born January 8, 1942 in Ryan, OK to Evertt E. and Zola (Miller) Jackson.  He and Angie Kirby were united in marriage on March 20, 1962 in Ryan.   Jerry was a farmer and rancher.  He loved horses, farming watermelons, and cantaloupes, and he was very proud to be a cowboy, and a Paw Paw.
    Survivors include his wife Angie, of the home; two sons: Kirk Jackson, Gainesville, TX, and Keith Jackson and wife Donna, Nocona, TX; one daughter, Rhonda Smoot  and Gary Bussey, Terral, OK; his mother in law, Loyce Kirby, Terral, OK; one brother, Wayne Jackson, Terral, OK; a sister, Yvonne Weatherly, Roff, OK; his grandchildren: Dakota, Ethan, and Derek Smoot; Jessica Todd, and Katelyn Smoot; his great-grandchildren: Domonic Smoot, Brooklyn Smoot, and Korbyn Smoot.
    Jerry was preceded in death by his parents,  a son in law Dale Smoot, his father in law J.C. Kirby,  one brother in law Lynn Weatherly, a sister in law Margie Jackson, a niece Cathy Roberts, and a nephew Mark Alan Weatherly.

Jack Shutts – Comanche, OK
    Jack Edward Shutts of rural Comanche passed from this life on July 30, 2017, in the Gregston Nursing Home, Marlow, Oklahoma.
    Jack was born June 13, 1939, in Wichita, Kansas to Harold and Hazel Shutts.  He lived in Texas, Missouri, and Kansas and graduated from high school in 1958 from Meade, Kansas.  Jack was the first person to have lettered in all four sports throughout his four years of high school.  He excelled in football, basketball, baseball, and track.  He won many track records for high jump, discus, and shot put. He attended college on a football scholarship at Dodge City Junior College, Tulsa University, and Oklahoma Panhandle State University.  A neck injury at OPSU ended his football aspirations to play professional football.
    While at Panhandle State, he met his wife Joan in the fall of 1960.  They were married in 1961 and to that union, a daughter Cari Shutts Montgomery was born.  He and Joan were partners from the very beginning and spent many years harvesting from Texas to Wyoming, raising cattle, fishing, snow skiing, and traveling at every opportunity.  One of Jack’s favorite places was Yellowstone Park and they went there many times.  He was also an avid fan of the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
    Jack began his law enforcement career in 1966 with the Lawton Police Department.  He was a patrolman for eighteen months and was then promoted to the Detective Division.  For the next five years, he spend most of his time going to schools in various parts of the country and amassed hundreds of hours CLEET training.  He returned to Lawton and began working “crimes against persons” to include homicide, kidnappings, and armed robberies.  He especially enjoyed being able to work with other agencies such as OSBI, FBI, and Cattlemen’s Association.  He was named Policeman of the Year at Lawton in 1975.  Jack was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police.
    Jack’s first retirement was in 196 from the Lawton Police Department. In 1988 he began working for the Comanche County Sheriff’s Department as an investigator.  As a licensed pilot, he spent many hours on search missions with that department.  He was with that agency until 1996, when he decided to take a break from law enforcement for a short period.
    In December, 1996, he was hired as Chief of Police in Comanche.  He was proud of the growth of that department and was so grateful for the support of the people of Comanche.  It was slower paced than his previous two law enforcement jobs and he was able to build a rapport with many of the people in the area.  He experienced one of his most challenging times in in Comanche in the able to protect those person’s lives involved in the Graham Jewelry robbery.

    Jack’s love for his job, and law enforcement in general was reflected in his love for people and treating people with respect and dignity regardless of their situation.  In May of 2005, he made the decision to take off his badge after thirty seven years in Law Enforcement.  He spent the years after that farming and raising cattle, and traveling as often as possible.

    Jack is survived by his wife Joan Bounds Shutts, of the home, and his daughter Cari Shutts Montgomery, Duncan, Oklahoma; Ivan Arizaga, of Ecuador,  a former foreign exchange student who he accepted as  his own son; his granddaughter and her husband, Ashli and Kesto Simpson, Walters, Oklahoma; and Justin Montgomery and his wife Danielle of Duncan, Oklahoma.  He is also survived by great grandchildren Kanyon Simpson, Keston Simpson, Charlee Grace Simpson, of Walters, Oklahoma; and Ethan Gately and Auston Montgomery, of Duncan, Oklahoma. Survivors also include Bob and Jean Bezner of Las Cruses, New Mexico; and nieces Leslie Bezner, Sacramento, California; Sherry Lynn Fick and her family, of Boston, Massachusetts; and Lisa Bezner, Liberal, Kansas.
    Jack’s funeral service will be held on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Patterson Avenue Baptist Church.  Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  The family will be receiving friends Wednesday evening 6:00-8:00 p.m.
    Serving as pallbearers will be Justin Montgomery, Kesto Simpson, C.W. Brazzel, J.P. Peacock, Pete Godin, Billy Gray, and Todd Young.  Honorary bearers will be Ivan Arizaga, members of the Lawton Police Department, the Comanche Police Department, and the Comanche County Sheriff’s Department.
    Memorial contributions may be made to Comanche Public Schools, to purchase school supplies. 1030 Ash Avenue, Comanche, OK 73529 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, www. act.alz.org

Pat Wayne Morgan – Comanche, OK
   Pat Wayne Morgan, a lifelong resident of this community, passed away Tuesday evening, July 18, 2017 in an Oklahoma City hospital.  He was 83 years old.  A funeral service will be held Friday, July 21st at 11:00 a.m. at New Hope Baptist Church in Duncan, with Bro. Randy Southerland officiating.  Interment will follow at Duncan City Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  The family will be receiving friends on Thursday evening from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
    Pat was born February 17, 1934 east of Comanche, to Ira S. and Gladys (Keenan) Morgan.  He was a farmer and rancher all of his life.  He enjoyed working with his horses and cattle.  Pat also enjoyed playing the guitar and singing.  His greatest pleasure was spending time with his loved ones at family gatherings.
    Survivors include his three children:  Brent Morgan and wife Ann, Duncan; Lisa Taylor and husband Clif, Comanche; and Faron Morgan and wife Jolene, Comanche; six grandchildren: Jennifer Hankins, Rhonda Johnson, Rene Shelby, Josh Morgan, Amanda Kelnhofer, and Kayla Clements; twelve great grandchildren; also his special friend,  Johnnie Clinger, and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and many dear friends.
    Pat was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Bill Morgan., and the mother of his children, Nelda Morgan.
    Serving as pallbearers will be Pat’s grandchildren and grandchildren in-law: Josh Morgan, Jacob Hankins, Wes Johnson, Kolby Shelby, Adam Clements, and Aaron Morgan.  Honorary bearers will be Sam English, J.D. Keenan, Garrett Copeland, Harris Powers and Don Taylor.

Jimmy Nathan Zumwalt – Bloomfield, NM
   Jimmy Nathan Zumwalt, a resident of Bloomfield, NM passed away on July 4, 2017 in Bloomfield.  He was  84 years old.  A graveside funeral service will be held Saturday, July 8th at 10:00 a.m. at the Marlow Cemetery.  Visitation will be at Comanche Funeral Home from 8:00-9:00 a.m. Saturday morning.
    Jimmy was born August 10, 1932 in Marlow, to L.E. and Eugina Zumwalt.
    Survivors include his wife Velma, of the home;  one son, Danny Zumwalt; one daughter, Rhonda O’Neal; three step children: Karyl, Troy, and Scott and Lisa Bible; and two brothers, Milo Zumwalt, and Gayle Zumwalt; and his grandchildren and other relatives and friends.
    Jimmy was preceded in death by his first wife, Tommie; a son, Johnny Zumwalt; a daughter, Jeana Linn; one brother, Phelan Zumwalt; one sister, Jenola Cook; and his parents, L.E. and Eugina Zumwalt.

Carroll Wayne “C.W.” Gray – Comanche, OK
Carroll Wayne “C.W.” Gray, age 79, of Comanche passed away on July 5, 2017 in an Oklahoma City hospital, following a brief illness.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Velvette Rose Skaggs- Comanche, OK
    Velvette Rose Skaggs, a resident of Comanche, OK, passed away May 21, 2017 near Hayden, Idaho.  A funeral service will be held Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Comanche Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Addington Cemetery, Addington, OK., under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.
    Velvette was born October 11, 1980 in Oklahoma City, OK to David and Sheron (Roden) Skaggs.  She attended the Oklahoma School for the Deaf, in Sulphur, OK.;  then graduated from Marlow High School.  She and Patrick Schultz were united in marriage on February 14, 2009 in Provo, Utah.
    Survivors include her husband Patrick, of the home; her mother, Sheron Skaggs; a sister, Brandi Hayes and husband Brian; one niece, Skylar Hayes;  a nephew, Andrew Hayes; and one great nephew, Blayden Hayes, all of Comanche. 
    Velvette was preceded in death by her father; maternal grandparents, Norman and Rosie Roden; and her paternal grandparents, Lewis and Lois Skaggs.

Jerry Dewayne “Beer” Jones – Comanche, OK
    Jerry Dewayne “Beer” Jones, a resident of Comanche, passed away Tuesday morning, June 13, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.  A funeral service will be Friday, June 16, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Ray of Hope Church, with Pastor Mike McCord officiating.  Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home. 
    Jerry was born April 9, 1943 to Herman H. and Emma (Fowler) Jones.  He was the eighth of nine children.  Jerry was a lifelong Comanchean, and while his work took him all over the United States he always returned to Comanche, the only place he ever called “home”.
    Jerry attended Comanche Schools and was in the Class of 1961.  He met his best friend, Teresa Ann Ward in June of 1964, and on October 1, 1964 he made her his wife.  They were happily married for 53 years, and were blessed with three children.  Jerry became a member of Local #344 United Association of Journeyman and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the U.S. and Canada on September 3, 1970, where he worked until his retirement.
    Jerry enjoyed following all of his grandchildren’s activities, fishing, hunting, and cheering on the Comanche Indians, Oklahoma Sooners, and Dallas Cowboys.  In his later years Jerry and Teresa loved picking up pecans.
    Survivors include his wife Teresa, of the home; his daughter Dana and husband Tom, Huron, SD; his son Darren and wife Wenona, Guthrie, OK; and daughter Denise and husband Dave, Foster, OK; six grandchildren: Megan Kostel and Clay Kostel, Huron, SD; Briley Jones, Cache, OK; Madalyn Jones, Guthrie, OK; Allison Cain and Adin Cain, Comanche, OK; one brother, Gene Jones, Duncan, OK and  one sister, Shirley Wade, Duncan, OK; many special nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends of all ages.
    Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Ruthie Dunlap,and Mildred “June” Johnson; and his brothers, Preston Jones, Phillip Jones, Charles Jones, and Lanny Jones.

Barbara Alta (Sue) Bowen McMurtry – Comanche, OK
    Barbara Alta (Sue) Bowen McMurtry, a longtime resident of Comanche passed from this world on June 8, 2017 at Elk Crossing in Duncan, OK following a lengthy illness.  A funeral service will be held Tuesday June 13th at 1:00 p.m. at Ray of Hope Church.  Burial will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home. Viewing will be Sunday 12:00-4:00, Monday 9:00-6:00, and Tuesday 9:00-11:00.  The family will be receiving friends Monday evening from 5:00-6:00.
    Barbara was born March 29, 1931 in Bakersfield, CA to Ebb  and Hazel (Muncrief) Bowen.  She attended various elementary schools before graduating from Comanche High School in 1949.  She then attended Ardmore Business School in Ardmore, OK.
    She and Bill McMurtry were married on December 22, 1950, and they made their home in Waurika, Ryan, and Ardmore before settling on their farm south of Comanche.  Barbara occasionally worked outside the home, but her main interest were caring for their daughters, and making a home for her family.
    She leaves behind her two daughters: Hazel Sullivan and husband Bob, Comanche; and Tangi Zumwalt and her husband Johnny, Comanche; three grandchildren: Corey Martin and wife Lucy, Amarillo, TX; Tanner Zumwalt and wife April, Duncan, OK; and Maci Zumwalt, Norman, OK; along with her great-grandchildren: Rilyn Martin, Jerne Martin, and Gage Berry.  Other survivors include two brothers: Wendell Bowen, Pauls Valley, OK; and David Bowen, Longview, TX; her sisters: JoAnn Bowden, Comanche; Helen Benigni, Granbury, TX; Becky Colvin, Tyler, TX; and Gaylon Wadsworth, Waurika, OK; and many nieces, nephews, and many dear friends.
    Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; her parents, three brothers: Don Bowen, Kenneth Bowen, and Larry Bowen; and one sister, Maxie Chaney.
    Barbara will be remembered as a sweet, determined, talented woman who exhibited great faith in her Lord and Savior.  She greatly enriched the lives around her and gladly lived a life of sacrifice for the sakes of her loved ones, who, in turn, greatly benefited from her love, and will be forever changed by her loss…
    The family extends their thanks to Duncan Regional Hospice, and Elk Crossing for the compassionate care and genuine love extended to Barbara and her family.

Jimmie Keith White – Comanche, OK
    Jimmie Keith White, age 80, a lifelong resident of Comanche, passed away early Thursday morning, June 1, 2017 at Duncan Regional Hospital.  A funeral service will be held Monday, June 5th at 11:00 a.m. at Ray of Hope Church, with Pastor Mike McCord officiating.  Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Viewing will be Friday 12:00-4:00, and Sunday 1:00-5:00. 
    Jimmie was born May 30, 1937 in Comanche to Otho M. and Nora (Wilson) White.  He and Beverly Sue Latham were united in marriage on August 17, 1972 in Wichita Falls, TX.  Jimmie worked for the City of Comanche in the Water Department, retiring after twenty five years of service.  He loved hunting and fishing, spending time with his family, and he loved the holiday, especially Thanksgiving.
    Survivors include his wife Sue, of the home; one son, Jimmie Blake White and wife Kasandra, Comanche; a sister, Candy Absher and husband Louis, Comanche; two grandchildren: Gabby and Bella; and many nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers: Gary, Jerry, and Dean; and three sisters: Betty, Barbara, and his twin sister, Janice.

Billie Ruth Jackson – Loco, OK
   Billie Ruth Jackson, age 87, a longtime resident of Loco, passed from her earthly home into her eternal Home in Heaven, on Sunday morning, May 28, 2017.  A funeral service will be held Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Loco Baptist Church, with Bro. Zach Potts officiating.  Burial will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Viewing will be Tuesday 12:00-6:00 and Wednesday 9:00-12:00.  The family will be receiving friends on Tuesday evening from 5:00-6:00.
      Billie was born December 7, 1929 in Ada, OK to John and Leona (Holley) Blood.  Billie loved camping, hunting for arrowheads, and searching for treasures with her metal detector.   Billie attended the Loco Baptist Church.
    Survivors include two daughters: Elizabeth Friesen, Loco; Sheila Green and husband Rudy, Comanche; five sons: Roger Jackson and wife Janice, Comanche; John Loyd and wife Sheryl, Anadarko; Tom Jackson and wife Cheri, Healdton; Brett Jackson, Velma; and Jim Jackson, Cushing.  Also ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, and numerous other nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
    Billie was preceded in death by her husband Gordon, earlier this year; her parents, three brothers: John Blood, Eddie Blood, and Sam Blood; one sister, Ruby Yancey; and one grandson, Alan Jackson.
    Grandson’s will serve as casket bearers.

Bro. Dow Lynn Pannell – Comanche, OK
    Bro. Dow Lynn Pannell, of Comanche passed away unexpectedly Monday afternoon, May 22, 2017 at Duncan Regional Hospital.  He was 65 years old.  A funeral service celebrating his life will be Thursday, May 25th at 10:00 a.m. at Ray of Hope Church, with Pastor Mike McCord officiating, assisted by Ronnie Bernard and Terry Davidson.   Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Viewing will be Wednesday 9:00-7:00.
    Dow was born October 5, 1951 in Comanche to Leonard A. and Dortha Ann (Tilley) Pannell.  He grew up in this area, graduating from Duncan High School in 1969.  He and Cheryl Powers were united in marriage on July 16, 1971 at Countryside Baptist Church. Dow later graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, OK.  He and Cheryl then returned to Comanche where they joined his parents in owning and operating Pannell’s Food Market for over twenty years.  Dow deeply loved the people of Comanche.  He and Cheryl treated all their customers like family.  Dow served as a volunteer firefighter , retiring after twenty years of service to the Comanche Fire Department.   He was elected to the Comanche Board of Education and faithfully served for over twenty seven years.  Dow’s hobbies included cooking, (for which he was well known), bird hunting, all sports, traveling with family and friends, and going shopping with the girls – (his job was toting all the bags around!).  Dow greatly loved being “Pop” to his two granddaughters, Layla and Lily. He and Cheryl made a point to attend all of the girls activities.   In the early 1990’s Dow dedicated his life to serving Christ.  He became the Associate Pastor at Ray of Hope Church in 1993. Dow had a servant’s heart, and he loved sharing his testimony with others, and loved the opportunity of leading people to Christ.
    Survivors include wife Cheryl, of the home;  one daughter, Lisa Montgomery and husband Jeff, Ardmore, OK; his mother, Dortha Pannell, Duncan, OK; his two granddaughters, Layla and Lily, of Ardmore, OK; two sisters: Sherry Morrow and husband James, Ardmore, OK, and Pam Harrel and husband Bobby, Duncan, OK; three aunts: Margaret Bender and Jean Crawford, both of Broken Bow, OK; and Karma Harper, Comanche, OK; a sister in law, Patti Harper, Comanche, OK; and a brother in law, Mike Powers and wife Susan, Comanche, OK; and numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, friends, and his Ray of Hope Church family.
    Dow was preceded in death by his father, Leonard;  and a brother in law, Pat Harper.
    Pallbearers will be Bryan Collingsworth, Jeff Montgomery, Bobby Harrel, Eric Dunn, Scotty Powers, Justin Powers, James Morrow, and Jimmy Morrow.  Honorary bearers will be Elders and Deacons of Ray of Hope Church.
    Memorial contributions may be made to Crisis Care Fund at Ray of Hope Church, P.O. Box 7, Comanche, OK 73529

Thelma Maxine “Maxie” Chaney – Comanche, OK
    Thelma Maxine Chaney, or “Maxie” as she was always known, was born December 23, 1945 in Comanche.  She passed away unexpectedly on Thursday morning, May 18, 2017 at Duncan Regional Hospital, at the age of 71.  A funeral service will be held Monday May 22nd at 1:00 p.m. at the Comanche Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Dee Bowen officiating.  Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Viewing will be Sunday 1:00-5:00, and Monday 9:00 until service time.
    Maxie was the youngest daughter of Elbert N. and Hazel (Muncrief) Bowen.   She was raised by her aunt, Maxine Bowen.  She dearly loved her family and spending time with them all.
    Survivors include her loving husband, Oscar Dale Chaney, of the home; one grandson, Lin Chaney and Kaci, Comanche; two step-daughters: Stephanie Thomason and Amy Parker, Ada, OK; two brothers: Wendell Bowen and wife Rita, Wynnewood, OK and David Paul Bowen and wife Elizabeth, Longview, TX; five sisters: Barbara Sue McMurtry, Comanche; JoAnn Bowden, Comanche; Helen Benigni and husband Bill, Granbury, TX; Becky Colvin and husband Tom, Tyler, TX; and Gaylon Wadsworth and husband Charles, Waurika, OK; one granddaughter, Savanna Thomason, Ada, OK; also, three great-grandchildren; and a long list of relatives and close friends.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Lin Chaney; and three brothers: Don Bowen, Kenneth Bowen, and Larry Bowen.
    Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Robert E. “Bob” Grundy –Comanche, OK
Robert Earl Grundy was born in Waurika, Oklahoma, on Feb 6, 1926, and passed away after a long illness in Duncan, Oklahoma, on May 17, 2017. He was 91 years old. Bob Grundy was the founder and owner of Comanche Drug Store for 53 years and was a philanthropist and civic leader. He leaves a legacy of contributions to the business community, Comanche First Baptist Church, and the town of Comanche.
The funeral service will be Friday May 19, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Comanche First Baptist Church, with Bro. Eli Gardner officiating, assisted by Bro. Timothy Ball, and Father Rex Arnold.  Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.

Bob was the second child of Faye and Arthur Grundy. He and his older sister Kathleen, now of Healdton, grew up on the family farm near Waurika where his father was a pharmacist. He attended both Healdton and Waurika schools where he was active in music and where he grew up in the shadow of pharmacy life. It was almost a given that he would himself become a pharmacist, but he was able to still embrace his musical love in college. He was a member of the Bison Glee Club at Oklahoma Baptist University and then a member of the Pride of Oklahoma marching band at OU, where he graduated from the OU Pharmacy School in 1947. Anyone who knew Bob knew of his love of all things OU.

While a student at OBU, Bob met the "prettiest blonde girl in Oklahoma." He fell in love with Lucile Deakins, and they married on August 17, 1947. They were married for 61 years until her death in 2008. They had two children, Margaret Faye Austin Strange, of Comanche, and Dennis Robert Grundy, who predeceased him in 2012. Bob was always proud of his children and highly valued family life.

Bob treasured his lifelong friendships, many of which stemmed from his years of faithful membership at FBC-Comanche. He loved his church and his family and his friends, but most of all he loved the Lord, so his family can rejoice in knowing that he has attained his eternal home.

Bob is survived by his daughter Margaret Austin Strange and her husband Doug, his grandsons Steven Robert  Austin and  Matthew Scott Austin and wife Heidi and their son Maverick, sister Kathleen Wood and her sons Mark and Dale Wood, sister Barbara Barnes Krueger, daughter-in-law Rhonda Grundy, sister-in-law Marian Arnold Sutton and her sons Jeff and Rex Arnold, and nieces Susan Boyes and Sharon Watson. He will also be remembered by the many friends whose lives he touched through the years.

Memorials can be made to Comanche First Baptist Church or Comanche Public Schools.

Jerry Lynn Stroud – Duncan, OK
    Jerry Lynn Stroud, of Duncan, peacefully passed away Thursday evening, May 11, 2017 at his home.  He was 70 years old.  A funeral service will be held Tuesday, May 16th at 2:00 p.m. at the Comanche Funeral Home Chapel.  Interment, with full military honors provided by the Stephens County Combined Honor Guard will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Viewing will be Monday at 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday 9:00 a.m. until service time.  The family will be receiving friends Monday evening from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
    Jerry was born June 29, 1946 in Duncan, to Verney and Naomi (Seely) Stroud.   He was a 1964 graduate of Comanche High School.  He proudly served his country in the United States Army, which included time in Viet Nam.  Jerry married Nancy Tibbetts on August 23, 1969 in Moore, OK.  She preceded  him in death in 2004.  He was a lifelong resident of Stephens County, living in Comanche and Duncan.  Jerry enjoyed fishing, and watching and cheering for both the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Oklahoma City Thunder. He loved his dogs, Tiger and Foxy, who were always by his side.   Jerry was very proud of to be a Veteran of the United States Army.   He had recently made a trip to Washington D.C.  Jerry was a member of the Meridian School Classmates, and also the Comanche High School Class of 64 Alumni Group.
    Survivors include his two daughters: Tracie Spangler and husband Jeff, Yukon, OK; and Michelle Lewis and husband Mikal, Rush Springs, OK; one sister, Shirley Forsythe and husband Richard, Comanche, OK; and one brother-in-law, Dale Landers, Duncan, OK; five grandchildren: Lacie Metts, Shaylan Woods, Miah Metts, Thomas Lewis, and Billie Lewis; also two great-grandchildren: Samson Woods and Sailor Woods.   Also, numerous nieces and nephews, and many dear friends.
    Jerry was preceded in death by his wife Nancy; his parents, Verney and Naomi;  and one sister, Geneva Landers.
    Serving as pallbearers will be Jeff Spangler, Mikal Lewis, Logan Woods, Kim Huckriede, and Tyler Tritt.

J. R. Davis – Comanche, OK
    J.R. Davis, a longtime resident of Comanche, passed away early Tuesday morning, May 2, 2017 at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City.  He was 84 years old.  A funeral service will be held Thursday, May 4th at 3:00 p.m. at Patterson Avenue Baptist Church, with Bro. Trent Young officiating.  Interment will follow at Walters City Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.

    J.R. was born September 17, 1932 in Walters, OK to Cable and Minnie (Lovelady) Davis.  He worked for many years at the Ford dealership in Comanche, and he later worked for Bill’s Auction Service.  He faithfully attended Patterson Avenue Baptist Church.  He loved hunting, especially ducks, quail, rabbits, and squirrels. In his younger days he raised sheep. 

    Survivors include one sister, Birdia Gordon and husband Benny, Comanche; three nieces and nephews: Billie Jean Cooper, Terry Gordon and wife Laura, and Kathleen Henry and husband Jim; and great nieces and nephews: Ray Cooper, Rebekah Mildren and husband Hunter, Emilee Henry, Alison Henry, Telayna Brown, Alicia Gordon, and Caleb Gordon; and great-great nieces and nephews: Tricia Cooper, Bud Ray Cooper, Larry Cooper, Teresa Cooper and Emma Wendt.

    Serving as pallbearers will be Terry Gordon, Caleb Gordon, Jim Henry, Hunter Mildren,  Ray Cooper and Steve Graham.

Juanita (Davis) Walton- Comanche, OK
    Juanita (Davis) Walton, a former resident of Comanche, passed away Tuesday morning, April 18, 2017 at Yukon, OK.  She was 89 years old.  A funeral service will be held Friday, April 21st at 1:00 p.m. at the Comanche Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Dow Pannell officiating.  Burial will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.
    Juanita was born October 28, 1927 in Randlett, OK to William L. and Mary Valley (Mize) Davis. She was the Valedictorian of the Comanche Senior Class of 1945.  She attended Cameron College and received an Associates Degree.  She taught at Tucker School, in a two room school house.  She later graduated from Oklahoma College for Women, with a Bachelor Degree and she taught Home Economics at Comanche High School for 16 years.  Juanita then moved to Bartlesville, OK where she taught Industrial Sewing at Tri County Vo-Tech.  After receiving her Masters Degree at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater she went into Administration, where she became coordinator of International Students.   Juanita retired from Tri County Vo-Tech.
    She and Terry Walton married, and they had three children.  Jack Walton, Micha Lea Walton, and Dick Lynn Walton.  They all preceded her in death.
    She is survived by her dear friend and caregiver, Regina Garrison. 
    Serving as pallbearers will be Felton Garrison, Marty Garrison, Gary Garrison, and Jimmy Garrison.

Elizabeth “Beth” Morris- Comanche, OK
   Elizabeth “Beth” Mae Morris, age 89, of Comanche, peacefully passed away early Tuesday morning, April 18, 2017 in Duncan.  A funeral service will be held Friday, April 21st at 10:00 a.m. at Patterson Avenue Baptist Church.  Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Visitation will be Thursday 9:00-6:00, with the family receiving friends from 5:00-6:00
    Beth was born September 19, 1927 in Comanche, to George R. and Violet (Lawson) Absher.   She and Bill Morris were united in marriage on November 13,  1942 in Oklahoma City.  They were married for over 68 years, until Bill’s death in 2011.  She worked for many years as a nurse at the Comanche Hospital. She was a charter member of Patterson Avenue Baptist Church.  Beth loved to cook, write stories and poetry, and she dearly loved her church and church family. She loved her dog, “Sarge”, they had many years of enjoyment with him.   Her greatest pleasure was being able to spend time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. 
    Survivors include her children: Billy Keith Morris and wife Rachel, Comanche; LaVonna Williams, Edmond, OK; Terry Glenn Morris and wife Libby, Norman, OK; Melissa Gayle Allin and husband Mark, Oklahoma City, OK; and Jill Elizabeth Black, Lubbock, TX; one sister, George Ann Brock and husband Frank, Muldrow, OK; eleven grandchildren; thirty-five great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren, and many other relatives and dear friends.
    Beth was preceded in death by her husband Bill; one grandson, Zack Williams; a sister, Delores Turner, and a brother, James Absher.

Margaret Brake- Hastings, OK
Margaret Brake, Hastings, was born April 23, 1941 in Portales, New Mexico, to W.F. and Mae (Heflin) Miller.
She passed away Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at the age of 75.
She was preceded in death by: her parents, her brother Bud Miller, her daughter Molly Catherine, brother-in-law Donald Vaughn and great grandson Brent Tucker.
Margaret leaves behind her husband of 49 years, Kenneth, Children:   Susanna Parks of Amarillo, TX, Donna Cook of Sebago, ME, Kelvin and wife Vivienne Summers of Indianapolis, IN and Mark and wife Molly Summers of Plainview, TX.  Grandchildren Jeff & wife Ashley of Harper, TX, Sheri of Lewistown, MT, Michael, Brandon ,Tasha and girlfriend Fern, Kacey and husband Kevin, all of Amarillo, TX Blaine of Concord NC, Zachery and girlfriend Bridget of Indianapolis, IN, Shelby  & Amy of Plainview TX,  12 great grandkids and 2 great-great grandkids. Special in laws: Barbara Miller-Hooten and husband Don of Amarillo, TX, Martha Vaughn of Lawton, Ok, Harold and wife Mary of Wichita Falls, TX and Phyllis Karen Bartlett of Altus, Ok., and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial service will be held at 10 am, Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Comanche OK Funeral Home, 203 Church Street 73529.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Corum Volunteer Fire Department.

  Earl Ralls- Comanche, OK
  Earl Ralls, age 87, a lifelong resident of this community, passed away the evening of April 4th from injuries sustained from a fall earlier that day.  A funeral service will be held Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Countryside Baptist Church, with Bro. Dee Bowen and Bro. Dow Pannell officiating.  Burial will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Viewing will be Thursday 2:00-5:00, and Friday 9:00-5:00. 
    Earl was born April 7, 1929 in Comanche, OK. He was proceeded in death by his parents Frank and Sadie Ralls, children Earl Ralls Jr. and Michael Ray Ralls, and seven brothers and sisters. He is survived by his wife of sixty-four years Delta Ralls; children Charlie Ralls, Jack & Carrie Ralls, Fonda & Ben Lassley, and Heath Ralls; grandchildren Chuck & Lisa Ralls, Corey & Amy Ralls, Jarod Ralls, Chad Ralls, Micah & Josh Foraker, Derick & Ashley Wright, Dakotah Wright, Skyler & Ashley Ralls, Cne’ & Ross Danos, Johnny Ray Heath; Jade Geraghty, Jeff & Leyse Lassley, Jeremy Lassley; twenty-six great grandkids and many nieces and nephews.
     Earl was a sergeant in the US Army and served for five years and he served the City of Comanche for forty-two years. Earl loved his family with his whole heart. He also enjoyed fishing and playing dominoes with his many great friends.
    Grandsons will be serving as pallbearers.

Peggy (Myers) Sanders – Comanche, OK
    Peggy Alice (Myers) Sanders, a longtime resident of Comanche, departed from her earthly home into her Heavenly home on Friday morning, March 17, 2017 at her home in Comanche, she was 71 years old.  A graveside funeral service will be Monday, March 20th at 2:00 p.m.  at the Fairlawn Cemetery pavilion, with Bro. Billy Morgan officiating, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.
    Peggy was born August 7, 1945 in Oklahoma City, to Ray and Hallie (Lawson) Myers.   She and Jimmie Pat Sanders were united in marriage on August 9, 1963 in Wichita Falls, TX.  Peggy loved working in her yard planting flowers.  She also enjoyed going to the casino.  Her greatest pleasure came from spending time with her family, including her sweet dog, “Phoebe”.
    Survivors include her husband Jim, of the home; two children: Tammie Cruz and husband Lloyd, Duncan, OK, and Greg Sanders and wife Shawna, Comanche, OK;  five grandchildren: James Davis and wife Kayla, Aaron Davis, Marissa Moore and husband Steven, Allison Davis, and James Sanders; nine great-grandchildren: Ryan Davis, Avery Davis, Alisa Moore, Jordan Davis, Kaleb Davis, Anna Belle Davis, Paxton Davis, Aria Moore, and Da’e Lynn Sanders.  Also, a sister, Barbara Gray, and a brother, Gary Myers, and numerous other relatives and close friends.
   She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Hallie; one sister, Pat; and a brother, Bobby.
    Serving as pallbearers will be James Davis, Aaron Davis, Avery Davis, Ryan Davis, and Steven Moore.

Jim Bowden –Comanche, OK
    Jimmie Wayne “Jim” Bowden, a lifelong resident of this community, passed away Friday morning, March 17, 2017 at Duncan Regional Hospital, following a lengthy illness.  He was 85 years old.  A funeral service will be held Tuesday, March 21st at 10:00 a.m. at the Comanche First United Methodist Church, with Pastor Kevin McKinley officiating, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Burial, with full military honors, will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery.  The family will be receiving friends Monday evening from 5:00p-6:00 p.m.
    Jim was born October 3, 1931 near Duncan, to Troy and Birdie (Jennings) Bowden.  He attended school in Duncan.  He proudly served his country in the United States Army, including the Korean Conflict.  Jim worked as a pipefitter through the Local #344 Union.   He and Sharon Hendrix were united in marriage on November 18, 1981.  He enjoyed working with his cattle, and also enjoyed fishing.  His greatest love was being with his family.  He loved attending any activities that his grandchildren were involved with.  He was a member of the Comanche First United Methodist Church.
    He is survived by his wife Sharon, of the home; his children: Angie Bowden Bailey, Comanche; Nicky Ray Martin, Comanche; his step-children: Kellie Terry, Sarah, MS; and Mike Bowden, Houston, TX;  two grandchildren: Brayden Bailey, Oklahoma City, OK, and Bethany Bailey, Comanche; two brothers: Bob Bowden and wife Linda, Comanche; and Loyd Bowden and wife Barbara, Duncan; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.  Jim was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers: W.T. Bowden, Dewey Bowden, and Jerry Bowden; and sisters: Margie Barrick, Helen Presgrove, and Jo Bowden.

Jimmy Lee Bray—Duncan, ok
    Jimmy Lee Bray, age 75, passed away late Monday evening in Duncan, OK.  His funeral service will be held Saturday, at 2:00 pm on March 4, 2017 at the Comanche Funeral Home Chapel in Comanche, OK.  Burial will be in Fort Sill National Cemetery in Elgin, OK on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 11:00 am.
    Jimmy was born January 13, 1942 in Salinas, CA to Jim Henry and Grace (Miller) Bray.  He attended Comanche Public Schools.   He proudly served his country in the United States Navy.  Jimmy worked for many years as a police officer, including military police, sheriff’s department, and secret service.
    He is survived by his son, James Bray,of Millington, Tennessee and one brother, Larry Bray.   He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother,  Bobby Bray; and one sister, Betty Tidwell.

Patty Ruth “Pat” Davidson --Comanche, ok
Patty Ruth “Pat” Davidson, age 90, and a longtime resident of rural Comanche, passed from this life to be with her Lord and Savior, on Monday February 27, 2017 at the County Club Nursing home in Duncan.  A funeral service will be held Friday, March 3, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. at Patterson Avenue Baptist Church, with Bro. Bob Waitman officiating, assisted by Bro. Trent Young.  Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Viewing will be Wednesday 9:00-4:00 and Thursday 9:00-7:00.

Patty was born on April 19,1926 in the home of her parents Douglas and Novella Fleetwood.. Patty and S.F.”Buster” Davidson were united in marriage on January
24, 1942   They had three children, Wendell, Janet and Billy.

Patty was a homemaker for most of her life in addition to helping her husband in farming and raising cattle. She also for a period of time worked in the home of local physician Dr Jack Gregston and his wife doing household activities. She enjoyed watching their children grow up during that time.  Patty like family gatherings and enjoyed being around her grandchildren.   Family reunions at Lake Texhoma were also a special time for her to be with her extended family. The family enjoyed her excellent Chocolate and Coconut pies.  Patty was a member of Patterson Avenue Baptist church and served her church as Treasurer for many years. After  her husband passed, she  went to take care of her invalid ,mother for several years.

Survivors include sons Wendell Davidson of Duncan, and Billy Davidson and his wife Doris of Comanche Ok, a daughter Janet Peck and her husband Ron of Yukon OK. Grandsons.  Randy Peck and wife Cassie of Edmond OK,  Jeff Peck and his wife Pam of Oklahoma City, OK,    Shawn Peck of Yukon OK,  Wesley Davidson, Comanche, OK, Tony Davidson and his wife Renee of Comanche, and, Granddaughters, Krista Kilbourn and husband Clayton of Bray,  Kacie Davidson of Edmond, OK, and Michelle Landis of Duncan, granddaughter in law, Kathy Davidson, Oklahoma City, OK , one sister, Lucille Davidson of Choctaw OK, A brother Orville Fleetwood and wife Pat  of Conroe, TX,  along with a host of great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Those family members who preceded her in death were her parent’s, Douglas and Novella Fleetwood;   husband Buster Davidson ,. Brothers J.D Fleetwood , Steve Fleetwood and  Floyd Fleetwood ,  sister Ecile Loveday , a grandson Justin Davidson, a daughter in law Connie Davidson, a grand daughter in law Sue Davidson and a great great- grandchild Damian Davidson

    Pallbearers will be Randy Peck, Jeff Peck, Shawn Peck, John Williams, Wes Davidson, and Ray Williams.  Honorary bearer will be Michael Davidson.

    Memorial contributions may be given to Patterson Baptist Church or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, or a charity of your choice.

Norma Jean Coffman --Marlow, ok
   Norma Jean Coffman, of Marlow, peacefully passed from this life into her Heavenly home on Monday, February 27, 2017 at the Meridian Nursing Home.  She was 90 years of age.  A funeral service will be held Wednesday, March 1st at 1:00 p.m. at the Comanche Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Dow Pannell officiating.  Burial will be in the Loco Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.

    Norma was born July 9, 1926 in Oklahoma City, OK to Dewey L. and Julie Ann (Sherrill) Davis.  She and Melvin Welch were united in marriage on December 3, 1944.  He preceded her in death in 1981.  She later married Virgil Coffman on January 8, 1992 at the Victory Baptist Church north of Duncan.  Norma worked for over 38 years as a cook in several nursing homes, spending most of her time working at Meridian Nursing Home.  She was loved by the staff and residents.  She also enjoyed working in her flower beds, planting flowers and shrubs.  One of her favorite pastimes was driving through the country with Virgil.  He took her to many places she had never seen before.    
    Norma’s survivors include her husband Virgil, of the home;  two granddaughters: Melissa Medina, Oklahoma City; and Tasha Billings of Missouri.  Also three great-grandchildren: Jonathan, Lewis, and Teresa Medina;  one brother, Donald Davis, of Texas; her loving dog, “Penny” who she treated like her baby.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, two daughters: Barbara Wilson and Melva Coughlin; four brothers: Kenneth, Harold, Gerald, and Glen Davis; and one sister, Shirley Jackson.

Ben Lokey – Comanche, OK
    Ben W. Lokey, a resident of Comanche, passed away Friday afternoon, February 24, 2017 at the Meridian Nursing Home, at the age of 101.  A funeral service will be held Thursday, March 2nd at 2:00 p.m. at Corum Assembly of God Church, with Rev. Bobby Scott officiating, assisted by Rev. John Johnson. Burial, with full military honors provided by the Stephens County Honor Guard will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Viewing will be Tuesday 12:00-4:00; Wednesday 9:00-4:00; and Thursday 9:00-12:00.
    Ben was born May 8, 1915 in Ripley, MS to Robert L. and Effie (Lancaster) Lokey.  He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army.  He and Maxine Bridgers were united in marriage on December 19, 1942 in Colorado Springs, CO.  They had recently celebrated their 74th wedding anniversary, before her death in January of this year.  He enjoyed woodworking, making bird houses, and gardening.  In his earlier days he enjoyed horses.  His favorite pastime was fishing, especially crappie fishing.
    His survivors include four sons: BJ Lokey, Comanche; Ray Lokey and wife June, Comanche; Wade Lokey and wife Sue, Norman, OK;  and Jack Lokey and wife Virginia, Comanche; one sister, Martha Jane August, Corinth, MS;  seven grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by one granddaughter, April; two brothers:  J.V. and J.Z. who were twins; and five sisters: Avis, Magilee, Lee Etta, Gladys, and Carrie Mae.
    Serving as pallbearers will be his grandsons.

Marvin Carl Adams -Waurika Lake, OK
    Marvin Carl Adams, a lifelong resident of this community peacefully passed away on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at a Wichita Falls, TX hospital.  He was 78 years old.  A graveside funeral service will be held Thursday, February 23rd at 2:00 p.m. at Fairlawn Cemetery, with Bro. Billy Morgan officiating, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.
    Marvin was born August 22, 1938 in Comanche, to Lewis C. and Elsie May (Clyburn) Adams.  He attended school in Comanche.  He and Norma Jean Arrington were united in marriage on March 13, 1955 in Wichita Falls, TX.  He owned and operated Adam’s Garage for many years.  He loved fishing, drilling water wells, riding and raising horses, and working on cars and boats.
    He leaves behind his wife Norma “Normie”, of the home; three children: Carla Chambless and husband Michael, Farmersville, TX; Rick Adams and wife Turdy, Bray, OK; and Karen Johnson and husband Charles, Comanche; 10 grandchildren: Heath Green, Mandi Davis, Amber Ausburn, Dustin Sparks, Bryan Adams, Shaylyn Adams, Nicole Rather, Whitney Johnson, Johnathan Weekly and Dillon Johnson;  18 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Betty Graves and husband Jack, Comanche; and several nieces, nephews, and other close friends.
    Marvin was preceded in death by his parents;  one son, Rodney Adams; one grandson, Cody Adams; three brothers: James Adams, David Adams, and Stevie Adams; and one sister, Joan Curtis.

Loretta B. Fairall- Ardmore, OK
    Loretta B. Fairall, a resident of Ardmore, passed from this life to her eternal Home, on Friday evening, February 17, 2017 at Mercy Hospital in Ardmore.  She was 72 years old.  A funeral service will be held Tuesday, February 21st at 1:00 p.m. at the Comanche Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Dow Pannell officiating.  Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  The family will be receiving friends on Tuesday, from 11:00 a.m. until service time.
    Loretta was born February 9, 1945 in Oklahoma City, to Delmar A. and Cora E. (Hubbartt) Miears.  She later moved to Arizona to make her home.  In the early 1990’s she returned to Oklahoma, and she made Comanche her home.  Three years ago, following the death of her beloved husband, William,   Loretta moved to Ardmore.  Loretta was an LPN, working in several nursing homes in this area.  Her hobbies included fishing, quilting, playing video games, and listening to music, especially gospel music.  Her loyal companion, her dog Spunky, was always at her side.
    Survivors include one son, Dennis Chamberlain and wife Sandra, of Marlow;  her daughters: Rachelle Langley and husband Kevin, Ardmore; Connie Fairall, California; and Trish Fairall, Comanche; fifteen grandchildren: Angela Lyles and husband Shawn, Freddy Maldonado, Sara Martinez and husband Javier, Rosie Maldonado, Rickey Rojas and wife Cecilia, Jacinda Maldonado, Levi Rojas, Ashley Langley, Dustin Langley and wife Hannah, Addie Langley and fiancé Ashton Trent, David Rose,  Brendan Rose, Steven Stigall, Rachel Stigall, and Elizabeth Stigall; and numerous great-grandchildren.
        She was preceded in death by her husband William, her parents, one son, Allen Chamberlain, and two aunts, Bertha Jennings and Edna Henry.
    Serving as pallbearers will be her family members.

Grover Alvin Wisdom Jr. (Nubbin)

A resident of Jackson Louisiana, Grover passed away peacefully on Friday, February 3, 2017.  He was 91 years old .
He is survived by his Daughter, Betty Wisdom Hullinger and son-n-law Scott Hullinger, Ron  Conrad – son-n-law, Grand children, Misti Martin-Fuller, Matthew McCord and Briana Arsenault.  Great Grand children, Grant Falcon, Mia Martin-Fuller, Mason McCord, Xavier Martin-Fuller, Alyssa Arsenault, Alex Arsenault.  Royce Wisdom – brother, Dr. Cranfield Wisdom – brother, Shirley Wisdom – sister-in-law.
He was preceded in death by his parents Estelle and Grover Wisdom, Sister Wynell Wisdom Sawyer,  sister Betty Wisdom Sutterfield, Joy Wisdom – sister-in-law, and daughter Debby Wisdom Conrad.
A loving father, son, brother, uncle and friend to all he met.  Grover was a fun loving man, that loved fishing, boating, camping,  telling old stories,  jokes and spending time with his family.  His eyes would light up with his grandkids, great grandkids and dogs.   He was an active member of the Masonic Lodge and the Color Guard.  Grover served in WWII, in the Marines and landed on Iwo Jima.

Michael Dunn – Duncan, OK
   Michael Lloyd Dunn, age 82 of Duncan, passed away early Friday morning, January 27, 2017 at the VA Hospital in Oklahoma City.  A graveside funeral service was held Saturday January 28th at 11:00 a.m. at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.

    Michael was born February 21, 1934 in Comanche, to Carl and Monte Rae (McClendon) Dunn.  After graduating high school he joined the US Marine Corp.  After serving his country, Michael worked as a farmer and also a pipefitter.  He enjoyed traveling, farming, gardening, and growing trees.  He deeply loved his family, and his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

    He is survived by his wife, Maria Dunn, of the home; four children: Jesus Tamez and wife Maria, Duncan; Yolanda Tamex, Mexico; Arely Tamez, San Antonio, TX; and Maria Tamez, Michigan; nine grandchildren: Elvia, Natalia, Hannah, Max, Lexander, Adhara, Xavi, Carmichael, and Penelope; and one great grandchild, Ixchil.  Also his nieces and nephews: Steve Biffle, David Biffle, Twyla, Cindy, and Carla.

Connie Louise (Shelby) Clinkenbeard- Comanche, OK
   Connie Louise (Shelby) Clinkenbeard, a lifelong resident of Comanche peacefully passed away at her home Thursday evening, January 26, 2017. She was 61 years old.  A funeral service will be held Monday, January 30th at 2:00 p.m. at Ray of Hope Church, with Randy Southerland and Dow Pannell officiating.  Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Visitation will be Sunday 1:00-5:00. and Monday 9:00-12:00.  The family will be receiving friends Sunday afternoon from 3:00-5:00 p.m.

    Connie was born March 12, 1955 in Duncan to Billy Fred and Betty (Huey) Shelby.  She was a 1973 graduate of Comanche High School.  She then attended and graduated from Cameron University where she obtained her nursing degree.  She was a Registered Nurse, working in Labor and Delivery.  She later managed several home health companies throughout southern Oklahoma. She took great pride in providing for her boys.  Connie was a self-made woman at a time when that was rare.  She and Joe Clinkenbeard were united in marriage on December 4, 1993 in Comanche.  He preceded her in death in 2010.  Connie loved watching OU sporting events. Her loyal constant companion was her Chihuahua, “Jo Jo”.  Her greatest joy came with spending time with her children and grandchildren.

    Survivors include her father, Billy Fred Shelby and wife Donna, Comanche; three sons: Chad Lindsey and wife Stacey, Comanche; Brandon Lindsey and wife Jennifer, Duncan; and Chase Lindsey, Comanche; also three step children: Jeff Clinkenbeard and wife Teresa, Comanche; Greg Clinkenbeard and wife Kristen, Comanche; and Gaylyn Medlin and husband Case, Paradise, TX. Also one brother, Ronnie Shelby and wife Lori, Comanche; eleven grandchildren: Kyndle, Gavin, Kreed, Annjelica, Trey, Jessica, Kale, Jade, Chance, Austin, and Lynsey; and two great-grandchildren: Harper and Boomer.  Three nephews: Chris Shelby, Tim Shelby, and Kolby Shelby; a sister-in-law, Janet Rolland, Comanche; two very special friends, Debbie Martin and Karen Cloud; and many numerous other relatives and close friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Joe; her mother, Betty Shelby; and her grandparents Willie and Mildred Huey; and E.F. and Minta Shelby.

    Serving as pallbearers will be Chris Shelby, Tim Shelby, Kolby Shelby, Gavin Lindsey, Kreed Lindsey, David Johnson Jr, Trey Clinkenbeard, Larry Benson, and Craig McClennen.   Honorary bearers will be Mike Powers, Mike Cloud, and Jerry Benson.

    Memorial contributions may be made in Connie’s name to Christian Helping Hands of Comanche.

Juanita “Nita” Lynn Hartman – Comanche, OK
   Juanita “Nita” Lynn Hartman, a resident of Comanche passed away suddenly, Monday evening January 23, 2017 at Duncan Regional Hospital.  She was 54 years old. A family service will be planned for a later time.
    Nita was born April 16, 1962 in Hayward, CA to Lyle and Pearlita (Looney) Tolbertson.   She came to the Comanche community in in 1979.  She and Dewey Hartman were united in marriage on February 18, 1980 at Liberty Baptist Church.  Nita enjoyed riding horses, martial arts, watching Pastor Arnold Murray on television, playing with her dogs, ”Murphy” and “Armani”.  Her greatest joys were spending time with her grandchildren.
    Survivors include her husband Dewey, of the home; two sons: Joseph Hartman and wife Brandi, Duncan, OK,  and Kevin Hartman, Comanche, OK; her mother, Pearlita Looney, Comanche, OK; one sister, Lois Tolbertson, Comanche, OK; two brothers: Todd Tolbertson, Comanche, OK and Marlon Toblertson and wife Beverly, Farmington, NM; seven grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and close friends.  She was preceded in death by her father, Lyle Tolbertson, and her sister Jean Lindsey.

Kenneth Wayne Lewis- Comanche, OK
    Kenneth Wayne Lewis, a lifelong resident of Comanche, entered into his Heavenly Home early Thursday morning, January 12, 2017 at his home in Comanche.   He was 80 years old.  A funeral service will be held Monday, January 16th at 2:00 p.m. at Comanche First Baptist Church, with Bro. Eli Gardner and Bro. Dow Pannell officiating.  Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  The family will be receiving friends Sunday afternoon 1:00-3:00. 

    Kenneth was born August 4, 1936 near Comanche to Oplis and Myrtle (Coffey) Lewis.  He attended school in Comanche.  Kenneth and Elsie Johns were united in marriage in September of 1966 in Comanche.   He was a retired firefighter for the cities of Comanche and Duncan.  He previously served as the Fire Chief for the City of Comanche.  Kenneth loved to fish, cook, watching John Wayne movies, and visiting friends.  Kenneth never met a stranger, and he enjoyed talking and cutting up with just about anyone.  Kenneth was a devoted husband and friend.

    He is survived by his wife Elsie, of the home; one brother, Johnny Lewis and wife Karen, Arlington, TX; three sisters-in-law: Ethel Nichols, Lone Grove, OK, Ruth Lewis, Eunice NM, and Mary Smith, Austin, TX; one granddaughter, Shawna Johns, Pauls Valley, OK; and numerous nieces and nephews, and many close friends.  Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, a step-son, Roy Lee Johns, two brothers: Jim Lewis and Wilburn Lewis; and two sisters: Montene Brown and Juanita Cole.

Maxine Lokey – Comanche, OK
    Maxine Lokey, age 93, of Comanche, peacefully passed away late Wednesday evening, January 11, 2017 at Meridian Nursing Home.  A funeral service will be held Tuesday, January 17th at 2:00 p.m. at Corum Assembly of God Church.  Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Viewing will be Sunday 1:00-5:00 p.m. and Monday 9:00 a.m. -6:00 p.m.

    Maxine was born July 12, 1923 near Comanche, to Will R. and Ruby (Callaway) Bridgers.  She and B.W. “Ben” Lokey were united in marriage on December 19, 1942 in Colorado Springs, CO.  They recently celebrated their 74th wedding anniversary.   The family moved to this area in February of 1961, coming from California.   Maxine was a member of the Corum Assembly of God Church.  She loved cooking, gardening, canning, sewing, and crocheting.

    She is survived by her husband Ben; of the home; four sons: B.J. Lokey, Comanche; Ray Lokey and wife June, Comanche; Wade Lokey and wife Sue, Norman, OK; and Jack Lokey and wife Virginia, Comanche; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren; one brother, Roy Bridgers and wife Carolyn, Lewisville, TX; five sisters, Mary Ellen Riley, Duncan, OK;  Alta Ruth Dunn and husband Harold, Comanche;  Florence Yoakum, Lagrange, TX;  Lois Gillam, Walters, OK;  and Carolyn Howard and husband Ronald, Lewisville, TX; and other relatives and friends.   She was preceded in death by one granddaughter, April Lokey; two brothers, Carl Bridgers and Joe Bridgers; and one sister, Louise Johns.

Terri Lynn Johnson– Comanche, OK
    Terri Lynn Johnson, age 50, of Comanche peacefully passed from her earthly home into her Heavenly Home early Monday morning, January 9, 2017.  A funeral service will be held on Friday, January 13th at 10:00 a.m. at Ray of Hope Church, with Mike McCord and Dow Pannell officiating, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery.  Viewing will be Thursday 9:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.  The family will be receiving friends from 5:30-6:30.
    Terri was born May 10, 1966 in Duncan, to Delbert and Helen (Hartzo) Johnson.  She had worked at Grandview School for the past nineteen years as a teacher’s aide.  Terri loved the outdoors, especially fishing and camping. She especially loved her faithful companion, her dog, Gizmo Johnson.   More than anything else, Terri loved and cherished spending time with all of her family.
    She is survived by her mother, Helen Johnson, Comanche;  Joey Jinks, Comanche;  four children: Ashley Green and husband Derrick, Comanche; Jayme Matlock and Stacy Skeen, Comanche; Quinton Goodin, Duncan; and Mackenzie Goodin, Duncan; one brother, Greg Johnson and wife Stacey, Walters; one sister, Chris Johnson, Comanche; four grandchildren: Cambree Skeen, Brenley Green, Cannon Savage, and Cohen Chupp; also several nieces and nephews, including Corey and Shalynn Vaden,   her cousins, and countless dear friends.  Terri was preceded in death by her father, Delbert, and her sister, Debra.

Gordon Dale Jackson – Loco, OK
    Gordon Dale Jackson, a resident of Loco, passed away on Sunday morning, January 8, 2017 at his home.  He was 85 years old.  A funeral service will be held Wednesday, January 11th at 2:00 p.m. at the Comanche Funeral Home Chapel.  Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Viewing will be Tuesday, 9:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m.  The family will be receiving friends Tuesday evening from 5:30-6:30.
    Gordon was born November 16, 1931 in Arthur, OK to Roy and Lucy Elizabeth (Gallagher) Jackson.  He was a lifelong resident of Stephens County.  Gordon worked for and retired from Koch Oil Company, where we worked as a gauger.    He loved camping and fishing, and also carpentry.   
     Survivors include his wife Billie, of the home; his children: Roger Jackson and wife Janice, Comanche; Sheila Green and husband Rudy, Comanche; Darrell Lloyd and wife Cheryl, Anadarko, OK; Tom Jackson and fiancé Cheri, Healdton, OK; Elizabeth Friesen, Loco, OK; Brett Jackson, Velma, OK; and Jim Jackson, Cushing, OK; 10 grandchildren:  Rachel Stewart, Greg Jackson, Robert Jackson, Josh Green, Levi Jackson, Krystyl  Ausmus, Derek Jackson, Nathan Jackson, and Allie Jackson; also 8 great-grandchildren, and numerous other relatives and friends.  Gordon was preceded in death by his parents, his step-father, Harley Seay, and a grandson, Alan Jackson.
    Serving as pallbearers will be Greg Jackson, Robert Jackson, Josh Green, Levi Jackson, Derek Jackson, Nathan Jackson, Jeremy Stewart, and Johnny Rue.

Freddy McFarland –Comanche, OK
    Freddy Don McFarland, a longtime resident of Comanche, passed away unexpectedly on January 4, 2017 at his home west of Comanche.  He was 58 years old.  A funeral service will be held Thursday, January 12th at 11:00 a.m. at the Comanche Funeral Home Chapel.  The family will be receiving friends Wednesday evening from 5:00-6:00 p.m.

    Freddy was born October 10, 1958 in Duncan to Fred and Georgia Ellen (Johnson) McFarland.  He attended school at Comanche for many years before the family relocated to California, where he graduated high school.  In 1990 he moved back to Comanche.  Freddie was a kind soul who enjoyed helping people. 

    He is survived by one sister, Mary Blacksher and husband Larry, of Comanche;  one niece, Jolene Griffin and her daughter and her two sons, several cousins, and nephews.  Freddy was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, Jack McFarland.

Jeff Sanders – Comanche, OK
    Jeffrey Wayne “Jeff” Sanders, a longtime Comanche resident, passed away on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at his home east of Comanche.  He was 56 years old.  A funeral service will be held Tuesday, January 3rd at 10:00 a.m. at Ray of Hope Church, with Pastor’s Mike McCord and Dow Pannell officiating.  Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Visitation will be Monday 9:00-6:30.  The family will be receiving friends Monday evening from 5:30-6:30.

    Jeff was born September 25, 1960 in Boulder City, NV to Al and Betty (Griner) Sanders.  He and his family came to Comanche in 1973 from Alvin, TX.  He was a 1979 graduate of Comanche High School, where he excelled in sports. He and Bandy Normile were united in marriage on December 31, 1987. Jeff loved hunting, fishing, golfing, football, playing games, and “fixing things”.  He was always “thrashing and slaving”.  More than anything else, Jeff loved his family.  He enjoyed playing with his grandchildren so much.  He was a likeable man, always laughing, and always with a smile on his face.

    He is survived by his wife Bandy, of the home; his children: Candesse Minor and husband Aaron, Duncan; Zacrey Sanders, Houston, TX; and Cassi Sanders, Comanche; his two brothers:  Jimmy Sanders and wife Tammy, Comanche; and Robert Sifford and wife Mary, Silver Creek, WA; one sister, Sandra McNolty and husband Jesse, Santa Paula, CA; two grandchildren: Ayli and Addi Minor; a brother-in-law Tony Normile and wife Kim, Lone Grove, OK ; his nieces and nephews: Jennifer Dobbins and husband Chris, Coby Normile, Stephanie Susan and husband Todd, Hali Overturf and husband Aaron, Bobby Ruth and wife Wendy, and Madison Normile; and many other relatives and countless friends.

    Serving as pallbearers will be Billy Bob Jennings, Randy Gardenhire, Brad Throckmorton, Brian Stogsdill, Robbie Graham, Randy Downey, and Reggie Minter.  Honorary pallbearers will be all of Jeff’s fishing, hunting, and golfing buddies.

    Memorial contributions may be made to the Sanders Family.  An account has been set up at American National Bank in Comanche.

Billy Don Bowen—Comanche, Ok

Billy Don Bowen, a life time resident of Comanche, Oklahoma departed this earth on December 30, 2016 at the age of 87 years and 7 months, to the place he desired to go, a better place called heaven.    Graveside funeral service will be Monday, January 2, 2017 at 11:00 am in the Fairlawn Cemetery in Comanche.

Don was born on May 19, 1929 in Comanche to Elbert(EBB) Newton Bowen and Hazel (Muncrief) Bowen.   He married Calvin Opehlia(Kid) Owens on August 21, 1946 in Henrietta, Texas.  Kid preceded him in death in 2009. Don  married Lillie Holman on February 19, 2010 in Comanche. Lillie was and is a God sent blessing to him and the family.

Don worked most of his life providing for his family. He worked at places including the Dr. Pepper Plant, Comanche well service as a cable tool operator and as a truck driver for Walling trucking.  He was also self-employed as a cable tool operator, water well driller and oil producer.  He loved to drill water wells and in his younger years to quail hunt.  He also enjoyed Blue Grass Festivals that he attended for many years.

He attended Assembly of God churches while growing up and in his later years.

Don is survived by his wife Lillie of 7 years, three sons Billy and wife Connie of Duncan, Allen and wife Rosemary of Wynnewood, Dee and wife Betty of Comanche. One daughter Malinda of Comanche; 7 grandchildren(Dawana, Richie, Lisa, Karen, Bobby, Jimmy, Jess) 13 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild; 2 step-daughters Rhonda and Ranice; 1 step son Robert; 6 sisters Barbara, Jo Ann, Maxie, Helen, Becky and Gaylon; 2 brothers Wendell and David.

He was preceded in death by his parents Elbert and Hazel, wife Ophelia; 2 brothers Kenneth and Larry; 1 granddaughter Kristy.

Don’s legacy would be he was a good husband and father and great provider for his family. He knew what it was to live through hard times. Never had much but was a giver to others in need.  He gave away several $100 bills to people in need, something he really didn’t have to give.

Rev. Mirl Glen Yates – Duncan, OK
  Rev.  Mirl Glen Yates, age 86, of Duncan, peacefully passed away on Sunday, December 25, 2016 in Duncan. Mirl received the greatest Christmas present ever this Christmas as he got to spend it with his Lord and Savior.   We loved him dearly and he will be greatly missed.  We also rejoice with him for he is at last at peace in his new home in Glory.  A funeral service will be held Friday, December 30th at 10:30 a.m. at Ray Of Hope Church, with Gaylan Brumley and Dow Pannell officiating.  Interment will be at Fairlawn Cemetery.  Viewing will be Wednesday and Thursday  9:00-6:30,

Mirl was the 7th of 9 children born to Dena Mae (Lilley) and William Sterling Yates, in Francis, OK, on July 11, 1930.  He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean War in 1948.  He married the love of his life, Dorothy Mae Hodges on August 15, 1950 in San Antonio, TX. Mirl lived to honor his Heavenly Father and preach God’s Word.  The Yates family came to Stephens County in 1953 by way of Lawton. They began holding church services in their living room before they acquitted a building. That began his lifelong pursuit to preach wherever God led him and to whom ever would listen.  He pastored churches in Locust Grove, Comanche, Walters, Duncan, Lawton, Altus, and Wichita, KS.  His heart was in building churches, loving people, and ministering God’s word.  He was a jack of all trades and a master of many.

    He is survived by his wife Dorothy, two sons: William M Yates and wife Fontaine, Comanche; and Jason Yates, Texas; one sister, Dena Leader, Ada, OK; two grandchildren: Stoney M. Yates and wife Anita, Comanche; and Amy Hall, Duncan;  and eight great-grandchildren: Whitney, Landon, Kelsi, Gracie, Gunnor, Legend, Ridge, and McKinley

    Mirl was preceded in death by his parents, and one son, Ricky Yates.

Billie Louise Neighbors- Comanche, OK

    Billie Louise Neighbors, a lifelong resident  of the Comanche and Meridian communities, entered into her eternal Home on Saturday evening, December 24, 2016 at her home in Comanche, surrounded by her family.  She was 85 years old.  A funeral service will be held Thursday, December 29th at 10:00 a.m. at Patterson Avenue Baptist Church with Bro. Rusty Canoy officiating, assisted by Bro. Trent Young.  Burial will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Viewing will be Tuesday 10:00-5:00 and Wednesday 9:00-6:30.  The family will be receiving friends on Wednesday evening from 5:30-6:30.

    Billie was born November 20, 1931 in Loco, OK to John and Minnie (Widsom) Friels.  She was a graduate of Loco High School.  Billie and Bill Etheridge were united in marriage on June 26, 1948 in Wichita Falls, TX.  He preceded her in death on June 28, 1969.  She later married Luther Burl Neighbors, on October 8, 1970 in Wichita Falls, TX.  Billie’s love was her Lord, Church, and church family.  Her greatest blessings were her son, daughters, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  She loved to watch all of them play sports, and just to be involved in their lives.  She also loved to watch OU football.  Billie loved to sew, cook, and bake, and she looked forward to the holidays for her family to come home.

    Survivors include her son, Steve Etheridge and wife Becky, Kingston, OK; two daughters: Jan Laminack and husband Edwin, Duncan, OK; and Tanna Gayle Peck and husband Rick, whatever town, OK;  seven grandchildren: Amy (Neighbors) Clark, Corey Laminack, Kevin Laminack, Cameron Etheridge, Jordan (Etheridge) Short, Linsey (Peck) Prollock, and Lacey (Peck) Hedrick.  Also seventeen great-grandchildren: Jacobi, Nathan, Kiley, Keely, Cayley, Collin, Carsyn, Conner, Paytyn, Mason, Jaxon, Madison, Justin, Hannah, Delaney, Zach, and Zane.  Also, a special niece, Linda (Conover) White; and many other relatives and close friends.

    Billie was preceded in death by her husband Burl, her oldest daughter, Rhonda Sue Neighbors, her children’s father, Bill Etheridge, her parent, John and Minnie Friels, three brothers: Eulan “Buck” Friels, Meredith Friels, and Vernon Friels; and two sisters: Oleta (Friels) Conover and Mary (Friels) Goodell.

    Serving as pallbearers will be Corey Laminack, Kevin Laminack, Cameron Etheridge, Brent Clark, J.R. Short, Aaron Prollock, and Robby Hedrick.  Honorary bearers will be her great-grandchildren.

Lorella Ann Thompson- Comanche, OK
    Lorella Ann Thompson, a longtime resident of Comanche, peacefully passed away from her earthly home into her eternal Home on Friday evening, December 16, 2016 in Duncan.  She was 76 years old.  A funeral service will be held Wednesday, December 21st at 2:00 p.m. at Corum Baptist Church.  Burial will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Viewing will be Monday, 9:00-5:00, Tuesday 9:00-6:00, and Wednesday 9:00-12:00.

    Ann was born April 17, 1940 in Athens, TX  to Oliver Frank and Cleo Opal (Pierce) McAlister.    She and her family came to Comanche in 1944.  They moved several times, but she always considered Comanche to be her home.  She owned Sooner Tax Service from 1977 through 2014.  Ann loved to read, watch mystery shows, play solitaire, and spend time with her grandchildren.  She loved her pets, her dogs: Katy Mae and Chi Chi, and her cats: Kasey and Koe.

    Survivors include her three children: Jeannee  Collinsworth, Comanche; Jim Thompson, Comanche;  and David Thompson, Comanche; six grandchildren: Justin, Baleigh, Davy, Doug, Deanna, and Michelle; and four great-grandchildren: Kaden, Kamren, Kasen, and Kynlea; her former husband, Wayne Thompson, Comanche; and many other relatives and dear friends.

    Ann was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, E.F. “Porky” McAlister, and one granddaughter, Bridget.

Mary Helen Absher – Comanche, OK

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Roy Junior Richards – Marlow, OK
   Roy Junior Richards, a resident of Marlow, passed away suddenly, Saturday afternoon, December 3, 2016.  He was 66 years old.  A funeral service will be held Thursday, December 8th at 2:00 p.m. at Praise Assembly of God Church, north of Comanche, with David Mills and Dana Holden officiating.  Interment, with military honors, will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home. The family will be receiving friends on Wednesday evening, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
    Roy was born March 17, 1950 in Foster, OK to Robert Lee and Bessie Lee (Maness) Richards.   He attended school at Ryan most of his school years.   Roy proudly served his country in the United States Army.  He and Carla Paul were united in marriage on July 22, 2016 in Marlow.  Roy enjoyed fishing, going to auctions, and bartering.  He loved repairing and restoring cars. 
    Survivors include his wife Carla, of the home; four children: Shelley Moore and husband Chad, Grapevine, TX; Kenny Richards and wife Amy, Newcastle, OK; Karen Derr and husband Greg, Oklahoma City, OK; and Benjamin Richards and wife Stacy, Fort Worth, TX; four step children: Jason Perkins and wife Kathryn, Midwest City, OK; Cindy Perkins, Midwest City, OK; Tammy Baird and husband Eddie, Choctaw, OK; and Raymond Perkins and wife Kian, Guthrie, OK; a son in law, Bryant Stapp, Moore, OK; four brothers: Merle Richards and wife Joy;  R.H. Richards and wife Mary; Rick Richards; and Don Richards and wife Toni; four sisters: Polly Ferguson; Thelma Keith and husband Ed; and Peggy Smith; and Pat Ralls; twenty six grandchildren;  three great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters: Betty, Barbara, and Shirley; one brother in law, Harold; and three great grandchildren: Eddie, Logan, and Paytyn.
    Roy’s sons and grandsons will serve as pallbearers and honorary pall bearers.

Randall C. Garrett – Comanche, OK
    Randall Chester Garrett went to his glorious eternal Home to meet his heavenly Father on Tuesday, November 29, 2016.  A funeral service will be held Thursday, December 1st  at 10:00 a.m. at Prairie Hill Church of Christ with Mario Pineda officiating.  Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  The viewing will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday.  The family will be receiving friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
    He was  born June 9, 1925 to the home of Chester Garrett and Martha Griffin Garrett, in Lubbock, TX.  He grew up living in several locations in the Stephens County area and graduated from Comanche High School in 1943.  Randall joined the Merchant Marines after high school and served his country on ships, supplying goods to feed the World War II efforts.  After his release from the service he courted and married Betty Sue Willeford on August 28, 1948.
    Preceding him in death was his wife of 63 years, Betty Sue Garrett, and one son, Bruce Randall Garrett.  Surviving him is his youngest son, Bret Nolan Garrett and his wife Catherine.  Randall has 7 grandchildren, Keelie Lipscomb, Karlie Hullum, Kye Garrett, Kelsie Garrett, Jordan Garrett, Jared Garrett, and Lance Garrett.  He also has one great grandchild, Sam Lipscomb. Randall is also survived by one sister--Myrtle Stover.
    Randall went to work at DX/Sunray refinery in 1948 and worked there until it closed in 1983.  He also lived on a farm/ranch all his life and enjoyed working to raise crops and cattle.  He was a good gardener and many people enjoyed the fruits of his work.  He was an avid fisherman and a 2 pound Crappie brought a big smile to his face.
    In August, 1969 he dedicated his life to Christ and lived as a changed man the rest of his days.  He loved the Lord and studied the Bible with a passion to learn as much as he could about the Lord God our maker.  He loved to share the results of his studies with others and had a great desire and spent much effort to share Jesus with others.  He didn’t brag, but you could see the beam in his eyes when he shared with you the pictures of a school name after him in Africa.
    He loved Prairie Hill Church of Christ , and served there as an Elder for 29 years.
    Memorial contributions may be made to Tipton’s Children’s Home or the Westview Boys Home.

Bobby Gene Bray—Comanche, OK
Bobby G. Bray, age 82 of Murfreesboro, passed away November 25, 2016.
Preceded in death by father, Jim Bray and mother, Grace Miller Bray; sisters, Rosenne Bray, and Betty Tidwell.

He is survived by children, Derrell (Amy) Bray, Teresa Nance, Connie (Dale) Glenn and Bobby J. Bray; brothers, Jimmy Bray and Larry (Susan) Bray; grandchildren, Jessica Ramero, Ashley Bray and Danielle Hargraves.

Military, Graveside Service will be Thursday, December 1st , 2016 at 1 pm at Fairlawn Cemetery in Comanche, Oklahoma, with friends and family serving as pallbearers. Visitation will be Thursday, December 1st from 9 am, until time of service at Comanche Funeral Home.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet, 2229 N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122, 615-758-5459, obituary line 615-758-8818, www.sellarsfuneralservices.com. Local arrangements by Comanche Funeral Home.

Mildred June (Jones) Johnson – Comanche, OK
   Mildred June (Jones) Johnson, age 91, of Comanche passed away on Saturday morning, November 26, 2016 at an Oklahoma City hospital.  A funeral service will be held Wednesday, November 30th at 1:00 p.m. at Ray of Hope Church, with Bro. Dow Pannell officiating.  Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.   Visitation will be Monday 12:00-6:00 p.m.  Tuesday  9:00-6:00 and Wednesday 9:00-noon.  The family will be receiving friends on Tuesday evening, from 5:00-6:00 p.m.

    June was born September 9, 1925 in Comanche, to Herman H. and Emma (Fowler) Jones.   She and Clayton T. Barnes were united in marriage on January 20, 1946 in Duncan.  He preceded her in death in 1978.  She later married Milton Johnson, and he also preceded her in death.    June loved to play the piano and sing.  She also loved dancing.  She enjoyed traveling, telling stories, and reciting poetry.  She was a people person, who never met a stranger. 
   
    June is survived by her two daughters: Debra Baldwin and husband Steve, Jones, OK; and Carol Stephens and husband Gary, Meridian, OK; two brothers: Gene Paul Jones and wife Shirley, Duncan, and Jerry Jones and wife Teresa, Comanche; one sister, Shirley Wade and husband Floyd, Duncan; four grandchildren: David Stephens (Rob) Harrisburg, PA; Shannon Stephens (John), Thousand Oaks, CA; Jennifer Hodges(Jason),Comanche; and Ronnie Richards(Alicia) Oklahoma City, OK;  six great-grandchildren: Mikaila Poage(Jeremy), Tristynn Hannah, Shayson Hodges, Jonathan, Jobey, and Julianne Richards; two great-great grandchildren: Klaire and Wyatt Poage; and many nieces and nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Clayton Barnes, and  Milton Johnson; a son, Clayton Dale Barnes; four  brothers: Preston Jones, Phillip Jones, Lanny Jones, and Charles Jones; and one sister, Ruthie Dunlap.

Lois Jean Burk Reed – Duncan, OK
(March 7, 1924 – November 23, 2016)
    Lois Jean Burk Reed, age 92, of Duncan, peacefully passed away in the early morning hours of November 23, 2016 at Duncan Regional Hospital.   A funeral service will be held Saturday, November 26th at 10:00 a.m. at the Comanche First United Methodist Church, with Rev. Randy Southerland officiating.  Interment will follow at Duncan City Cemetery, under direction of Comanche Funeral Home. Viewing will begin Friday at 1:00 p.m.  The family will be receiving friends on Friday evening, from 5:00-6:00 p.m.

    Jean was born March 7, 1924 in California, to N.E. and Gertrude (Williams) Taylor.  The family later moved to Texas and then to Oklahoma.  She graduated from Wichita Falls High School.   On May 7, 1946 she and Jiggs Burk were united marriage in Wilbarger County, TX.  He preceded her in death in 1978.  She later married Vernon Reed on December 29, 1984 in Wichita Falls, TX.  Vernon preceded her in death in 1994.  Jean worked for over thirty years as a bookkeeper for Kendrick and King Lumber Yard.  She held various other jobs throughout her lifetime.  Her hobbies included sewing, painting, cooking, (especially pies and cakes), working in her yard, and taking care of her neighbors and friends.

    Survivors include her brother, Tommy Taylor and wife Bonnie, of Comanche; a sister in law, LaJuana Taylor, Duncan; many nieces and nephews, and a very special longtime friend, Chris Knabe.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, Jiggs Burk; her second husband, Vernon Reed;  three brothers: Glen Taylor, Don Taylor, and Bobby Taylor; and one sister, Martha Taylor Smith

    Memorial contributions may be made to the Comanche First United Methodist Church.

Geneva Hughes – Comanche, OK
    Geneva Hughes, a longtime resident of Stephens County, passed away early Monday morning, November 14, 2016 in Duncan, OK.  She was 96 years old.  A funeral service will be held Wednesday, November 16th at 2:00 p.m. at the Comanche Funeral Home Chapel.  Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery.  Visitation will be Tuesday 9:00-6:00, and Wednesday 9:00 until service time.  The family will be receiving friends Tuesday evening from 5:00-6:00.

    Geneva was born July 17, 1920 at Loveland, OK to Walter A. and Lena Pearl (Sanders) Dempsey.  She came to the Comanche area when she was a teenager, and has made her home here ever since.  She was a charter member of Grace Freewill Baptist Church.  Geneva enjoyed crocheting, sewing, making quilt tops, cooking, all arts and crafts.  She loved writing poetry, and she even had a book of her poetry published.
   
    Survivors include two children: James L Hughes, Comanche; and Gayleene Keenan, Comanche; one sister, Thelma Clegg, Comanche; a granddaughter, Candida Freeman; seven great-grandchildren: Michael Hughes, Addison Taylor, Dakota Hughes, Abriel Freeman, Aiden Freeman, Aizline Freeman, and Rome Freeman.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, James Aaron Hughes; two sons: Dale Hughes and Aaron Ray Hughes;  two brothers: Paul Dempsey and A.W. Dempsey;  three sisters: Marie McMasters, Christine Dempsey, and Chloie Hughes; and one grandson, Shayne Hughes.

Betty Jo Sutterfield-Loco, OK
    Betty Jo Wisdom Ketchum Sutterfield passed away October 24, 2016 at the age of 95.  She was born in Loco, Oklahoma on September 6, 1921 to Estalee Laura Kent Wisdom and Grover Alvin Wisdom.  Betty grew up in a very close knit family.  Estalee and Grover had five children, Wynell Sawyer, Royce Widsom, Betty, G.A., and Cranfill Wisdom.  Betty graduated from Loco High School and from Cameron A&M as it was called back then.
    Betty was also the proud mother to her children, Joe Allen Winfield, Sally Ketchum Edwards, and Diana Lynn Ketchum.  When Betty married Fred Ketchum, she welcomed into her family his three children, Richard Fred Ketchum (wife, Mary Belle), Freddie Joyce Ketchum (husband, Jack Williams), and Kenneth Wade Ketchum. After Fred’s death, Betty married James Earl Sutterfield.  Once again, Betty added children to her family, Rebecca Haug (husband, Norman) and Craig Sutterfield (wife, Deanna). Betty also counted Rena Winfield (Joe’s wife), Janell Ketchum (Kenneth’s wife) and Mark Condit (Diana’s husband) as a special part of her family.
    Betty’s greatest pleasure in her latter years was her grandchildren, Richard and Kent(wife, Caroline) Winfield; Brad Eason (wife, Allison); James Fred Ketchum (wife Sheila); Jeremy Webb (wife, Laura) ; Dylan Edwards (wife, Madison), and Ashley Edwards , and her great-grandchildren: Whit, Meridith, Wesley and William Winfield; Paisley and Landry Eason; Eli, Margo and Elaine Webb; Logan and Alivia Ketchum.  She was looking forward to welcoming Abigail and Eleanor Edwards to the family.  She was also proud of her step-grandchildren Sarah, Susan and Sally Williams; Kathy and Keith Ketchum; William and Bethany Sutterfield; Frank, James and Anthony Haug.  Betty took great pride in her family and how they had all turned out!  She was blessed to see all of her grandchildren attain adulthood and know that they had become successful, loving individuals who would continue on her legacy.
    Betty was a wonderful and unique person.  She worked in many positions in her life.  As she became an adult during WWII, she joined the work force at a young age.  She worked as a teacher, a Rosie the Riveter in California, at Tinker and for the Veterans Administration all before the war’s end.  She was the bookkeeper for Fred’s livestock auctions and upon his death started working for the State of Oklahoma from where she retired.
    However, Betty’s real “job” on this earth was to be a wife, mother and grandmother.  Betty will always be remembered as a wonderful cook who could not let you leave her home hungry.  Betty’s greatest accomplishment in her life was the care she gave her family.  She was the best friend to each and every one of us.  She was our confidant, the encourager in chief, the taxi driver, short order cook, nurse, teacher, and best friend around.  She spent hours sewing for us, teaching us to cook, helping with homework, attending activities, watching football, basketball, soccer, and t-ball games, listening to us sing and play music, going to concerts and plays, going to endless birthday parties, graduations, and weddings, and teaching her children and grandchildren by her own example that to serve others with a happy heart makes for a wonderful life.  Sally and Diana were so blessed that she was there to help them “raise” their children and Betty thought any day with her kids was the best day ever.
    Betty was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, Fred Ketchum and James Earl Sutterfield, her sister Wynell Sawyer, her son Joe Allen Winfield, and Fred’s children, Richard Ketchum, Joyce Ketchum, and Kenneth Ketchum.  She is survived by her daughters Sally and Diana, and Diana’s husband Mark Condit, her daughters-in-law, Rena Winfield and Janell Ketchum, three brothers, Royce Wisdom, G.A. Wisdom, and Cranfill Wisdom, and her host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

  
Patrick Lynn “Pat” Harper – Comanche, OK
    Patrick Lynn “Pat” Harper, a longtime resident of Comanche, peacefully passed away on Friday evening, October 21, 2016 in Tulsa, OK.  He was 63 years old.  A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, October 25th at 10:00 a.m. at Countryside Baptist Church, with Bro. Dow Pannell officiating.  Interment, will full military honors will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Visitation will be Monday 9:00-7:00.  The family will be receiving friends Monday evening from 6:00-7:00.
    Pat was born June 15, 1953 in Fort Benton, Montana, to Clyde D. and Joy Lou (Dixon) Harper.  He attended Comanche Public Schools. He was employed at Family Dollar Distribution Center.  He and Patti Powers  were united in marriage on October 17, 1992 in Comanche.   Pat loved to work, especially around the farm. He loved his “girls”, referring to his cows.  He and his brother Mike, along with Larry Sullivan were members of “the breakfast club”.  Pat and Patti were avid travelers, vacationing in Alaska, Hawaii, and New England, just to name a few.  He also loved going to Las Vegas.  He proudly served his country in the United States Army.
    Survivors include his wife Patti, of the home; son Bryan Collinsworth and wife Shaunda, Comanche; a daughter, Candace Collinsworth, Tulsa, OK; three brothers: Mike Harper and wife Patty,  Steve Harper and wife Vickie, and Randy Harper and wife Cindy, all of Duncan; two sisters: Karla Golden and husband Wayne, Corsicana, TX; and Elaine Moore and husband Boyd, Medford, OK;  one grandson, Andrew Collinsworth, Comanche; and many cousins and countless friends. 
    He was preceded in death by his parents.

John Edward Akers- Comanche, OK
John Edward Akers passed away from this life on October 17, 2016.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, October 19th,   2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the Corum Baptist Church with John Johnson officiating.  Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home. Visitation will be Tuesday 10:00-7:00, with the family receiving friends from 6:00-7:00.

John was born October 25, 1929 to J.W. "Bill" and Clista Mae Akers.  He is preceded in death by his parents, his two brothers, Roy Akers and Estes J. "Sonny" Akers and his sister, Evelyn Mae "Miss" Woods. 

John married Billie Jean Smith on January 19, 1953.  He is survived by his wife, Billie; his two daughters, Debbie Cottrell of Temple, TX and Connie Wall and husband Michael of Tuttle, OK; two grandchildren, Baron Cottrell and wife Nikki and Jonathan Weekley and wife Nikki and three great grandchildren, Rhett Cottrell, Evan Weekley and Avery Weekley.  He is also survived by nieces and nephews two of whom live in the Comanche area; Deanna Brooks and husband Kenny and Scott Smith and wife Mindy. 

John loved life, enjoyed talking and never met a stranger.  He was drafted in the U.S. Army in 1953 and served two years at Ft. Hood, TX.   Through the years, John worked for Comanche Livestock Auction, Halliburton Oil Company and was a self-employed farmer, cattle rancher and livestock hauler. John and Billie moved to Monahans, TX for a short period during the time John worked for Halliburton Oil Company. Other than his time in the Army and in Monahans, John and Billie made their home in the Comanche area. 

John's hobby throughout his life was working with horses and during his earlier years, he excelled at roping.  He continued to enjoy watching rodeos and bull riding throughout his life.

Geneva Christine Dobbins---Comanche, Ok
    Geneva Christine Dobbins , a longtime resident of Comanche, passed away on Friday evening, October 7, 2016 at Duncan Regional Hospital.  She was 96 years of age.  A graveside funeral service will be held Tuesday, October 11th at 11:00 a.m. at Fairlawn Cemetery, with Bro. Billy Bowen officiating.  The family will be receiving friends on Monday evening, October 10th from 5-6 p.m. at Comanche Funeral Home.

    Geneva was born May 12, 1920 in Ringling, OK to Tom and Belle (Dye) Richards.  She and T.B. Dobbins were married for many years before his death in 1969.  Geneva attended Praise Assembly of God Church. She was an outstanding homemaker, she loved quilting, cooking, and gardening.   She took great pleasure in feeding and watching the birds. 

    She is survived by her son, Smokey Dobbins and his wife Pam, Comanche; a daughter-in-law, Sherry Dobbins, Comanche; seven grandchildren: Jason, Gina, Jeff, Chris, Nic, Jerry, and Michael; also many great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

    Geneva was preceded in death by her husband, T.B.; two sons: Tom Dobbins, and Jerry Dobbins; a great-grandson, Adam Dobbins; and two sisters: Dorothy Brittian and Audrey Cline.

    Serving as pallbearers will be her grandsons and great –grandsons; also Jimmy Morgan, and J.D. Keenan.

Kathern “Katt” Hope Green – Comanche, OK
   Kathern “Katt” Hope Green, age 57, of Comanche, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, October 1, 2016 in Comanche.   A memorial service will be held Wednesday, October 5th at 1:00 p.m. at the Comanche Funeral Home Chapel.

    Katt was born June 28, 1959 in Duncan.  She attended school in Comanche through the 8th grade, then moving to North Richland Hills, TX where she graduated in 1977.  She and Darrell Green were united in marriage on July 29, 1977 in Duncan.  They made their home in this community until 2006, when they relocated to Red River, NM.  She loved crafting, writing, listening to music, and painting.  She lovingly enjoyed bossing Dylan around, and making everyone laugh, especially Peyton.  She loved to see kids laugh, love, and being innocent.

    Survivors include her husband Darrell, Eagle Nest, NM; two sons: Dylan Wayne Green and wife Ashley, Eagle Nest, NM, and Peyton Kade Green and wife Nicole, Red River, NM; grandchildren: Kaden Wayne Green, Emmalyn Hope Green, Halow Reese Green, and a new grandchild to be born in March; two sisters: Cyndy North and husband Barry, and daughter, Jesse, West Sussex, England, and Jean Sears and husband Eldon, Comanche; her momma, Connie Coley, West Sussex, England;  nieces: Stacey Bowen and husband Darrell, Comanche, Meagan Cook  and children: Averie, Owen, and Marshall, and Jade Bowen, Comanche; a nephew Mason Bowen, Comanche; a very special cousin, Judy Scifres, Duncan; and many dear friends.  Katt was preceded in death by her parents, Owen and Hope Carlisle; a sister, Elayne Coley; and Ilene Moon, who she considered to be her “second mom”.

David Bruce Smith- Marlow, OK
    David Bruce Smith, a resident of Marlow, passed away Sunday, September 25, 2016 at his home, following a brief illness.  He was 66 years old.  A funeral service will be held Friday, September 30th at 2:00 p.m. at the Bray Baptist Church.  Interment, with military honors provided by the Stephens County Combined Honor Guard will follow at the Marlow Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.

    David was born April 19, 1950 in Marlow, to Aubrey and Billie (McCullough) Smith.  David  worked for, and retired from Chevron.  He lived in Bakersfield, CA for over 18 years, before recently returning back to his hometown.  David loved estate sales and auctions, adding to his many different collections, playing dominos, and pool.

    Survivors include his mother, Billie Smith, Marlow; three daughters: Linda Smith and fiancée, Jordan Hargrove, Karyn Lara and husband Yeobani, and Brittney Klawitter and husband Gary, all of Bakersfield, CA; one sister, Kathy Abney and husband Chris, Marlow; five grandchildren: Lillian, Tripp, Maddox, Genevieve, and Jameson, due to make his arrival in November.

    David was preceded in death by his father, Aubrey; one sister, Beth Ann Smith; and his grandmother, Ophelia Hughes.

Floyd L. Humphries—Marlow, OK
Floyd Humphries, age 89, went to be with his Lord, September 21, 2016, at his residence, Marlow Manor, Marlow Ok. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 24, 2016 at Corum Baptist Church,  with his son, Bro. Bruce Humphries officiating. Burial will follow in Duncan Cemetery,  under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Visitation will Friday from 9:00 am until 7:00 with family receiving friends from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Floyd was born to William “Bill” and Lola Humphries November 21, 1926 at the family home in the Diamond community. He and Arlene Winters married March 21, 1952; to this marriage they had two children, Pat, and Bruce. He later married Margie Bishop in September 1987. Floyd was a navy veteran, joining the navy out of Comanche High School, toward the end of WWII. His love for farming continued all his life, even while employed at Halliburton as a data processor, and later working in the oilfield as a roughneck, driller, and rig manager. He placed his faith in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at a young age during a brush arbore revival was baptized, and had his membership at Corum Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Pat Russell, his mother Lola, his father Bill, two sisters, Peggy, and Lavelle. His survivors include his wife Margie; Bill and Fran Humphries in Florida, Millie Humphries in Texas, James and Geraldine Graham in Ok, Paul and Denise Humphries in Ok, Doyle and Doris Humphries in New Mexico. Son and daughter-in-law Bruce and Linda Humphries, grandson Matt Wilson and wife Maggie, granddaughter Billibeth Wilson, grandson Jessee Humphries and wife Sharon, grandson Cammy Humphries, granddaughter Christen Walden, and husband Shawn, along with six great grandchildren, all in Ok.

Milton Hollis Lewis – Duncan, OK
    Milton Hollis Lewis, of Duncan, passed away early Saturday morning, September 17, 2016 at the Lawton/Ft. Sill Veterans Center in Lawton.  Mr. Lewis was born October 10, 1922 in Sunset, TX, the first child of the late Olin W. and Mamie (Price) Lewis.  As a young child the family moved to Comanche, where he grew up and graduated from Comanche High School in May of 1941.  On June 14, 1941 Milton married the love of his life, Yvonne Alexander, who preceded him in death in January of 2012.

    Services will be held at the First Baptist Church of Comanche, at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 22nd.  Visitation at Comanche Funeral Home will be Tuesday and Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  The family will be receiving friends Wednesday evening from 5:00-6:00 p.m.

    Milton served in the United States Army on five islands in the South Pacific during World War II.  His civilian career began with Sunray, then on to Halliburton.  His final employment was with Pan Americian Airways Aerospace, in Cape Canaveral, Florida.  He retired  with Pan American in 1977, and he and Yvonne returned to their hometown of Comanche.  At the time, he opened Lewis Auto Parts in Comanche, and ultimately retired to enjoy travels with Yvonne.  He became a member of the Stephens County Excise Board, and served the County for 23 years, with retirement once again.

    Milton was very active in the Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, and Shriners.  He was a member of the Comanche Lodge 41 for almost 70 years, and served in many areas including Worshipful Master, and Secretary.  While in Florida he was Provost Marshall of the Bajai Temple of Orlando.

    Milton is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Yvonne; his mother and father; this three sisters, Ruby, Merl, and Virginia, and his only brother, Bobby, who died in infancy.  He is survived by his daughters, Sue Smith and Pat Lewis, and his son Jay Lewis, all of Duncan; his grandchildren, Traci Rider, Duncan; LeAnna Harris and husband Tony, Duncan, SC, Krista McCray and Jason Lewis, Lawton, OK, and Elizabeth Rylant and husband Ryan, Norman, OK; his great-grandchildren, Daeltun Rider, Duncan, Kyndell Rider, Wichita, KS, Noah Crouse, Ethan Harris, and Kyler Harris, all of Duncan, SC, Micah and Keegan McCray, Lawton,OK, and Reyd and Emmie Rylant, Norman, OK.  Also surviving is step-granddaughter, Kathy Baxley, Acworth, GA, and step-greatgrandsons, Austin, Benjamin, and Nicolas Baxley, all of Acworth, GA.

    Pallbearers will be Masons from Comanche Lodge 41, and grandson and great-grandsons, Jason Lewis, Micah McCray, and Noah Crouse.

    Memorial contributions may be sent to the Comanche Nutrition Center,  201 South 2nd, Comanche, OK 73529

Burnis June Vanover – Terral, OK
   Burnis June Vanover, a lifelong resident of Terral, peacefully passed away on Thursday, September 1, 2016 in Duncan, OK.  She was 78 years old.  A funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, September 3rd at 11:00 a.m. at the Terral Assembly of God Church, with Floyd Key officiating.  Interment will follow at Terral Cemetery,  under the direction of Terral Funeral Home.

    June was born February 3, 1938 at Fleetwood, OK to Wiley “Ted” and Lydia Burnis (Martin) Gunter.  She married Sonny Sizemore, and he preceded her in death in 1965.  She later married Don Vanover.  He preceded her in death in 1980. June enjoyed gardening, growing flowers, and growing her own peppers.  She loved country music, especially George Straight.  June loved to cook, and she made sure if you came to her home you were not hungry when you left; and she would always make sure you had some food to take home with you.

    Survivors include 2 daughters: Freana Foraker and husband Donnie, Duncan, OK, and Myra Kirby and husband Barry, Granbury, TX; one son, Wiley Vanover and wife Misti, Terral, OK; a sister, Freta Brown, Grand Prairie, TX; five grandchildren: Sasha, Josh, Raesha, Daniel, and Tawny; and eight great-grandchildren, and other relatives and close friends.

Murrel Brooks – Duncan, OK
    Murrel Brooks, a resident of Duncan, peacefully passed away Friday afternoon, August 19, 2016 at Duncan Regional Hospital, one day shy of her 102 birthday.  A graveside funeral service will be held on Monday August 22nd at 10:30 a.m. at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Viewing will be Sunday 12:00-5:00 p.m.

    Murrel and her twin sister Murry, were born August 20, 1914 in Comanche, to Robert W. and Bertha (Duncan) Bounds. Her father, grandfather, and great-grandfather were all Methodist ministers. She and Cecil Brooks were united in marriage on March 7, 1935 in Comanche.  Murrel and Cecil were active members of their church.  She worked for a short while for John Ingalls Frozen Food Company, in Modesto, CA.  Most of her life was spent as a homemaker, seeing to the needs of her husband, and two sons, Patton and Phillip.  Murrel was a member of the Comanche Garden Club.

    She is survived by one son, Patton Brooks and his wife Patricia, Modesto, CA; three grandchildren: Mike Brooks, Bryan, TX, Gary Bilger, Salt Lake City, UT, and Lynn Brammieir, Napa, CA; and five great-grandchildren.  Also, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and many dear friends.

    Murrel was preceded in death by her husband Cecil; a son, Phillip Brooks; one grandson, Kevin Brooks;  her twin sister, Murry McClennen;  sister Flora Boyd; a brother Elmo Bounds, and her parents

Joe M. McGuire – Comanche, OK
    Joe Malcom McGuire, a lifelong resident of Comanche, passed away early Monday evening, August 8, 2016 in Duncan, following a lengthy illness.  He was 89 years old.  A funeral service will be held Thursday, August 11th at 10:00 a.m. at Chisholm Trail Church of Christ, with Leonard Keele officiating.  Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Visitation will be Wednesday,  9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

    Joe was born May 19, 1927 in Comanche, to Wade and Miriam (Brooks) McGuire.  He and Lena June Shults were united in marriage on June 25, 1948 at the Comanche Church of Christ.   Joe worked for Sun Oil Company (later Tosco Refinery) for over 35 years. Also during that time he worked  as a farmer and rancher at his home west of Comanche.  He was an avid calf roper.  He loved fishing and deer hunting.
Joe took great pleasure in watching his children and grandchildren in their sporting event throughout their school years.  He enjoyed volunteering his time for the Food Bank.  He and June loved going out to eat, with the “Primetimers”, made up of their friends from the church.  Joe loved drinking coffee with his friends every morning at Edgewood.

    Survivors include his wife June, of the home; two children: Kevin McGuire, Palm Springs, CA, and Ramona Dixon and husband James, Duncan, OK; grandchildren: David McGuire, Duncan, OK,  Brian Dixon, Lawton, OK, and Noah McGuire, Palm Springs, CA; great-grandchildren:  Grayson McGuire, Duncan, OK, James William Dixon, Sandusky, Ohio, and Alissa Dixon, Oklahoma City, OK; one sister, Phyllis McConnell and husband James, McKinney, TX; a sister-in-law, Ann Shults, Duncan, OK; nephew Mike McConnell and wife Collene, McKinney, TX;  niece Lesi Cotes and husband Ernie, McKinney, TX;  and other great nieces and nephews, as well as many dear friends.

    Joe was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother-in-law, Gary “Bud” Shults.

Robby Lynn Milburn – Waurika, OK
    Robby Lynn Milburn, a resident of Waurika, OK passed away Sunday afternoon, July 24, 2016 in Jefferson County Memorial Hospital, following a sudden illness.  He was 64 years old.  A funeral service will be held Wednesday, July 27th at 2:00 p.m. at the Comanche Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial, with full military honors will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under direction of Comanche Funeral Home. Viewing will be Tuesday 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Wednesday9:00 a.m. until service time.

    Robby was born August 21, 1951, the son of Archie E. Milburn and Wanda M. Gilger.   He was a graduate of Temple High School.  He proudly served his country in the United States Navy. 
He loved walking his dog.  Robby was an avid OU football fan, he also loved gardening.  He always looked forward to spending time with his nieces and nephews, other family members, and friends.

    Survivors include one sister, Terri Cobbs and husband Mike, Comanche; two nieces: Belinda McCoy and husband Shane, Duncan, and Sheena Mello and husband David, Duncan; one nephew, Michael Cobbs and wife Terri, Duncan; a great niece, Kearsty McCoy, and two great nephews:  Brian McCoy and Ryan Cobbs; and “Rudy” his dog, and constant companion; and many cousins, and other close relatives and friends.

    Robby was preceded in death by his parents.

    Serving as pallbearers will be Brian McCoy, Michael Cobbs, Frank Hamula, David Mello, Shane McCoy, and Mike Pierce.

Marshall “DeWayne “ Davis – Duncan, OK
    Marshall DeWayne Davis, of Duncan, peacefully passed away Monday morning, July 18, 2016 at the Duncan Regional Hospital.  He was 76 years old.  A memorial service will  be held at a later date.

    He was born May 22, 1940 in Corpus Christi, TX to Marshall M. and Mabel (Daniel) Davis.  He joined the United States Army in 1962, serving until 1965. He was stationed in Korea for part of that time. 
He and Nora Hood were united in marriage on September 9, 1966. DeWayne previously worked for Arkla Gas, and Joe Brown Company.   He retired from WW Builders in 2005.  He was a longtime member of Jesus Name Church which later became Ray of Hope Church. Dewayne loved working in his yard, and planting flowers.

    DeWayne is survived by his wife, Nora, of the home; three children:  LaDonna Davis, Duncan; Rebecca Dennis and husband Steve, Comanche; and Andy Davis, Duncan; two grandchildren: Cody McCauley and Matt Dennis, both of Comanche; a brother, Nielan Davis and wife Jan, Texas; two sisters: Myra Kines, Texas; and Bonnie Cochrum and husband Marion, Texas; one niece, Anne Welch; four nephews: Jimmy Holloway, Kenny Davis ,Brian Davis, and Elton Cochrum;  and many cousins and close friends.

    He was preceded in death by a daughter, Lisa Valente, and his parents.

Marilynn N. Edwards – Comanche, OK
   Marilynn N. Edwards, a lifelong resident of this area, entered into her Heavenly Home, on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 in Oklahoma City, OK  She was 70 years old.  A celebration of her life will be held Tuesday, July 19th at 2:00 p.m. at Bethesda Church of God, in Duncan.  Interment will follow at Hope Cemetery, with Bro. Joe Stulir officiating,  under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Viewing will begin Sunday, 1:00-5:00 p.m.; Monday 9:00 a.m. -7:00 p.m.; and Tuesday 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.  The family will be receiving friends on Monday evening, from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

    Marilynn was born September 30, 1945 in Duncan, OK to F. Scott and Mildred (Scott) Qualls.  She was a 1963 graduate of Duncan High School.  She and Bobby Gene Edwards were united in marriage on March 4, 1965 in Duncan. They were happily married for 51 years.  Marilynn worked as the site manager for Delta Community Action, in Comanche for 25 years.  She also was employed by Comanche Public School, where she drove a bus for 25 years. She was a faithful member of Living Waters Church of God, in Comanche.  She and Bobby had lived in Comanche for 32 years.  She was a member of the Duncan Antique Car Club. She enjoyed working crossword puzzles, playing all kinds of games, and gardening.  She loved her dog, “Moco” and her cat, “Blue”.   She was a survivor of a liver transplant, and also a cancer survivor.  Marilyn loved to make people laugh, she had a very big heart, and she cared and loved everyone.  She always put everyone else’s needs above her own. She was a protector to the end, always looking out for her family.

   Family includes her husband Bobby, of the home; a daughter, Telisa Tidwell, and husband John, Duncan, OK; a son, Bobby Scott Edwards and his deceased son, Devin, both of Comanche, OK; one grandson, John Riley Tidwell and Elizabeth, Dunca, Ok; one brother, Roy Qualls, and wife Freda, Duncan, OK; two sisters: Addie McMurran and husband Mac, Duncan, OK; and Charlene Bingham and husband Butch, Rush Springs, OK;  also many nieces, nephews, and countless dear friends.

    Marilynn was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Maxine Qualls.


    Serving as pallbearers will be her great-nephews.

Lee Roy Newman – Comanche, OK
   Lee Roy Newman, age 70, of rural Comanche, passed away suddenly, July 10, 2016 at his home near Waurika Lake.  Graveside services were held on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Temple Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.

    Lee was born December13, 1945 in Temple, OK to Harvey and Flora (Guthrie) Newman.  He and Evelyn Marie Brown were united in marriage on April 10, 1969 in Hobbs, NM.   Lee loved fishing, gardening, racing stock cars, and watching golf on television. 

    Survivors include his wife Evelyn, of the home; one daughter, Tammy Newman, Lubbock, TX; three grandchildren: Brittany Frye and Dustin Frye, Hobbs, NM; and Cortne Brothers and fiancé Coy Leake, Lubbock, TX; ten great-grandchildren; three brothers: Harvey Newman Jr, Duncan, OK; John Newman, Edna, TX; and Wayne Newman, Duncan, OK; and several nieces and nephews. 

    He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters: Lois Taylor, Becky Newman, and Pauline Parker; and one brother, Eddie Newman.

Elizabeth Ann Morgan – Comanche, OK
   Elizabeth Ann Morgan, a longtime resident of Comanche, peacefully passed away, Thursday evening, June 2, 2016 in Duncan.  A funeral service will be held Monday, June 6th at 1:00 p.m. at Patterson Avenue Baptist Church, with Bro. Trent Young officiating, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Viewing will be Sunday afternoon, June 5th, from 1:00-5:00 p.m.

    Elizabeth was born January 25, 1938 in Waurika, OK to Cecil and Sybil Irene (McClintock) Sharp.   She grew up in west Texas.   She and David Morgan were united in marriage on May 26, 1972 at Waurika.  She loved garage sales, collecting antiques, book, and trinkets.  She loved going to church.  She taught Sunday School for many years at Addington Baptist Church. 

    Survivors include her son John Morgan, and his wife Krista, Sterling, OK; four grandchildren: Hudson, Brennan, Kira, and Amber; and also six great grandchildren.

    Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Mary; and her four siblings: Butch Sharp, Bill Sharp, Bobby Sharp, and Colleene Green.

Tina Gay Standridge – Comanche, OK
    Tina Gay Standridge, a longtime resident of Comanche, passed away Sunday evening, May 8, 2016,at her home,  after a courageous battle with cancer.  She was 44 years old.  A funeral service will be held Wednesday, May 11th at 10:30 a.m. at Ray of Hope Church, with Bro. Dow Pannell officiating.  Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.

    Tina was born April 19, 1972 in Duncan, to Jerry and Joy (Thomas) Thompson.   She and David Standridge were united in marriage on September 3, 2004 in Comanche.  Tina loved to go fishing. More than anything else, she loved spending time with her grandchildren.  They were the light of her life.

    She is survived by her husband David, of the home; her children: Kassie Rooker, Lauren Rooker, her step children: Scottie Standridge and Jettie Standridge; her parents, Jerry and Joy Thompson, Comanche; three grandchildren: Layne, Clayton, and Shaelynn;  two sisters: Lisa Cheek and husband Bill, Arlington, TX; Christina Thompson; a brother, Jerad Thompson and wife Denise; two nieces: Katelyn Nichols and Jessica Montbriand; two nephews: Blake Thurlo and Josh Cheek;  and her in-laws, Rob and Shelia Rooker, Lawton; and other relatives and many friends.

Alton Lynn Branch—Comanche, Ok
   Alton Lynn Branch, age 58, of Comanche;   passed away on April 16, 2016 at Comanche County Memorial Hospital in Lawton, OK.  A funeral service will be held at Patterson Avenue Baptist Church at 3:00 pm on April 19th. The family will be greeting friends and relatives Monday evening from 5:30-6:30 p.m.  Interment will follow the funeral at Fairlawn Cemetery.

    Alton was born July 14, 1957 to father, Alton Owen, and mother, JoAnn. He attended Comanche High School.  He met the love of his life, Evelyn and the two were married on July 10th, 1978 and spent 37 wonderful years together. His 32 years of working at Haliburton led to many long lasting friendships that he cherished dearly. Alton loved the outdoors and wood-working but most of all loved being a Papa to his grandchildren and spending time with his family.

    Alton is survived by his wife Evelyn of Comanche; his daughter Bridget Ford and husband Mike of Marlow and son Chaz Branch and wife Sarah of Granbury, TX; 4 grandchildren: Ryan, Jaxon, Levi, and Tessa; siblings Billy & Mary Branch of Comanche, Sheri & Bergin Sund of New Orleans, Ricky & Sherri Branch of Duncan, Rod & Kathy Neufeld, Susan Rollins, Sandra & Calvin Teasley, and Janalyn & Joe Taylor.

    Alton was preceded in death by his father, Alton Owen Branch and wife Betty, mother, JoAnn Butler and husband Dick and granddaughter Caitlyn Eubanks.

    Pall bearers will be Kevin Manke, Ron Hinkie, BN Murali, Kent Beck, James Tucker, and Chris Zimmerman   Honorary bearers will be Russell Upton and Glen Edwards.

Kathy Ann Cadell – Comanche, OK
   Kathy Ann Cadell, a lifelong resident of Stephens County, passed away unexpectedly, Friday morning, April 15, 2016 at her home north of Comanche.  She was 56 years old.  A funeral service will be held Tuesday, April 19th at 11:00 a.m. at Ray of Hope Church, with Bro. Billy Morgan officiating.  Interment will be at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  The family will be receiving friends Monday evening, from 5:30-6:30.

    Kathy was born August 25, 1959 in Cheyenne, WY to Ernest Keith and Lillian “Lill” (Ballenksy) Wall.  She was a 1977 graduate of Comanche High School.   She and David Cadell were united in marriage on December 18, 1978 in Comanche.  Kathy worked for several years as a surgical scrub tech at Duncan Regional Hospital.  She enjoyed motorcycle riding.  Kathy loved her three dogs: Beau, Pimpster, and Rudy, but more than anything, Kathy loved spending time with her grandchildren.  She loved them dearly.  Anyone that knew Kathy, knows that she was always the life of the party.  Everyone loved to be around her.

    She is survived by her husband, David, of the home; two children: Tyler Cadell and wife Devon, Denver, CO;  and Lindsey Dobbins and husband Jason, Duncan, OK; a brother, Dwain Wall, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; a sister, Linda Graham and husband Steve, Comanche, ok; eight grandchildren: Colton, Cody, Crue, Hannah,  Blayden, Thomas, Hanna, and Katie.  Also, three brothers-inlaw: Phil Cadell, Leland Cadell and wife Masako; and Ronnie Cadell; and many other relatives and dear friends.

    Kathy was preceded in death by her parents.

Michael Anthony Pitcock – Duncan, OK
   Michael Anthony Pitcock was born November 1, 1967 in Duncan, to Oda Jr. and Patricia Jean (Copeland) Pitcock.   He departed this life April 12, 2016 in Chickasha, at the age of 48.  A funeral service will be held Friday, April 15, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Comanche Funeral Home Chapel, with his cousin, Rev. Lynn Parkhurst, officiating, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery.

    Michael enjoyed being around his family.  He loved making people laugh.  He also enjoyed collecting pens and paper.  He would draw spaceships and other things for his nieces and nephews.  Michael was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, in Marlow.

    Survivors include his mother, Patricia Jean Pitcock, of the home; three brothers: David Pitcock and fiancee’ Brenda, of Duncan; Mark Pitcock and wife Anita, Duncan; Donald Pitcock and wife Sandy, Ft. Bliss, TX; two nieces:  Heather Pitcock and Gabriella Pitcock, Duncan; three nephews: Garrett Pitcock, Duncan; Owen Pitcock and John Pitcock, Ft. Bliss, TX; numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends.

    Michael was preceded in death by his father, Oda Pitcock Jr. ; a brother, Timothy Pitcock; and his maternal and paternal grandparents.

    Serving at pallbearers will be Sonny Phillips, Tim Canfield, Dean Parkhurst, Dennis Canfield, Luis Munoz, Brandon Parkhurst, Brad Banda,  and Dennis Parkhurst.

    Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Parkhurst, Harley Copeland, Bobby Copeland, Burl Copeland, and the men of Calvary Baptist Church.

Carla Beth Jones – Loco, OK
   Carla Beth Jones, of Loco, passed away Tuesday, April 5, 2016 in an Oklahoma City hospital, following a sudden illness.  She was 56 years old.  A graveside funeral service, officiated by Bro. Gary Thurman,  will be held on Friday, April 8th at 10:00 a.m. at Woolsey Cemetery, located east of Comanche.  Viewing will be Thursday 9:00-7:00 p.m. The family will be receiving friends Thursday evening from 5:00-6:30 at Comanche Funeral Home.

    Carla was born May 20, 1959 in Duncan, to Ellice and Jessie (Weatherly) Brian.  She and Mike Jones were united in marriage on February 3, 1977 in Duncan.   Carla was a homemaker. Her constant companion was her dog, Towbee.    Carla’s world revolved around her grandchildren, she loved them dearly. 

    She was preceded in death by her parents, and grandparents, and her beloved dog, Bandit; as well as many other relatives.

    Survivors include her husband Mike, of the home; a daughter, Jessica Troutman and her husband Jason, Duncan, OK; a son, Michael Jones and wife Kara, Duncan, OK;  six grandchildren: Michala Jones, Hunter Jones, and Kordell Troutman, all of Duncan, OK; Madison Green, Alyssa Troutman, and Jacob Troutman, all of Livingston, TX; two sisters: Pat Rochell , Duncan, OK, and Nita Crowson, Choteau, OK; and many other cousins, nieces, and dear friends that she considered family.

    Memorial contributions may be made to the Carla Jones Medical Expense Fund c/o American National Bank.

Harry Francis Moore
Longtime Comanche resident Harry Francis Moore died on Monday, April 4, 2016, at the Corn Heritage Village, Corn, Ok. Harry was born on October 7, 1924, in Duncan, Oklahoma which he was one of seven children of Harry Emery and Lucy Pauline Haas-Moore. He graduated from Duncan High School in 1943 and went to work at Halliburton in 1943 for the next 46 years. He started his career in the shops then in 1946 he advanced to a machinist and in 1946 he was promoted to a Methods Analyst at the East Plant until the summer of his retirement in1989.    He married Maurine Elorise Zweifel in June 4, 1946 & they built their home in Comanche, ok and raised 3 children.

He was preceded in death by his parents, spouse Maurine,  two brothers, Byron Moore, Wife Elma Jewel, Enid, OK, Herman Moore, Edna, Tx,  two sisters, Sister Gerlinda Moore(Grace Moore) Aston, Pa & Doris Pollock, Broken Arrow, OK. 
He is survived by one sister Betty Edwards & her husband Leon, of Velma, OK, a brother Father Wilbur Moore, OKC, a sister in law Savilla Moore, Edna, TX & a brother in law Wayne Pollock, Clinton, Clinton, OK.
Harry & Maurine had 3 children, Daughter Jackie Elorise Neely and son in law Lewis Neely, Duncan, OK, Son David Lynn Moore, and  daughter in law Susan Moore, Clinton, OK, and Daughter Carolyn Angela Stringer,and  son in law Kenny Stringer, Clinton, OK.  Harry had Six grandchildren: Chris Neely, Duncan, OK, Sumner Moore Hernandez, Clinton, OK, Addie Moore Acosta, Clinton, OK, Korbet Moore, OSU Stillwater, OK, Megan Stringer Groves, Byng, OK and  Ryan Scott Stringer, Oklahoma City, OK.  Harry had six great-grandchildren, Audrie & Sutton Hernandez, Clinton, OK., Scout & Sawyer Acosta, Clinton, OK and Emma Kate & Luke Groves, Byng, OK.  He is also survived by several nieces & nephews.

Pallbearers~ Grandchildren, Chris Neely, Sumner Hernandez, Addie Acosta, Megan Groves, Ryan Stringer & Korbet Moore. 

Barbara Faye Wilson—Bethany, OK
Barbara Faye Wilson passed away Saturday, April 2, 2016 in Bethany, OK at the age of 69. Barbara was born on July 4, 1946 to John Melvin and Norma Jean (Davis) Welch in Marlow, OK. Barbara attended  and graduated in 1965 from Fox High School.  She worked as a lab technician in the OU Medical Center.

Barbara is survived by her husband , Martin Lee Wilson; one daughter, Melissa Medina; her mother, Norma Jean Coffman and many other relatives.

She is preceded in death by her father, John Melvin Welch.

HOWARD HENRY BOWLES---Duncan, OK
   In the early morning hours of April 2, 2016, Howard Henry Bowles passed on to be with his Savior, Jesus Christ at the age of 92. He was born on September 28, 1923 in the Addington, Oklahoma area to Henry "Jock" Palmer Bowles and Annie Cerney Bowles. He graduated from Addington High School in 1942 and served in the United States Navy aboard the U. S. S. Ranger during World War II.

  After the war, he worked with his father on the Price Ranch, and married Betty Margaret Edwards on July 3, 1948. They lived and worked 19 years on the Price Ranch, where he served some  years as the ranch foreman and later moved to work on the Brown 77 Bar Ranch southeast of Comanche, Oklahoma for 31 years until retirement.

  Howard and Betty are members of the Heritage Oak Nazarene Church in Duncan, Oklahoma. They have been members for the last 50 years.

One of Howard's greatest passions was riding horses and working cattle. Howard and Betty raised three daughters, Kathy, Connie, and Cristy.  The girls were always good hands when their Dad needed help, and they could always read his hand signals.  Howard also known as "Hambone" by his friends and Papa by his family, was a devoted husband, father,  grandfather, great and great-great grandfather.  Another passion was his love for God and spending time with his family, he always loved without condition, and he led us by example.

   
   Graveside services will be held at the Addington Cemetery Wednesday, April 6th, at 2:00 p. m.  Viewing will be Monday and Tuesday, from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Comanche Funeral Home.

   Howard is survived by his wife Betty, of the home, and daughters Kathy McCarter and husband Ray, of Marlow, Oklahoma; Connie Higgins of Woodward. Oklahoma; Cristy Lentz and husband Walt, of Duncan, Oklahoma; grandchildren;  Tammi McCarter, and Lester Lehew,; Waurika, Oklahoma, Mellissa Dyer and husband Chad, of Central High, Oklahoma, Christopher Garrett and wife Jennifer of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, stepson David Howell and wife Linda of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; step-granddaughter Lynette McReynolds and husband Brent of Empire, Oklahoma and step grand daughter Jennifer Smith and husband Neil of Perkins, Oklahoma; great grandchildren include Bailey Dyer of Central High, Rylee Garrett and Ely Garrett of Oklahoma City, Brandye  Looper and husband Colt of Terral, Ok, Codye Leu of Marlow; step great grandchildren Luke and Jake McReynolds of Empire and Benton and Beckett Smith of Perkins, and Makayla Lehew, Waurika;  Oklahoma; great-great grandchildren Cailye Bohot and Tye Looper

Howard was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Mary Darrow, Helen Headrick, Ola Hardy and Margie Bowles; brothers Jim Henry Bowles and Herman Bowles; and grandson Clinton Henry McCarter.

   Memorial contributions may be made to: Addington Cemetery Fund Box 111 Addington ok 73520

James S. “Jimmy” Adams—Comanche, OK
    James S. “Jimmy” Adams, age 75, of Hastings, peacefully passed away Wednesday afternoon, March 30, 2016 at Duncan Regional Hospital, following a brief illness.   A funeral service will be held Friday, April 1st at 11:00 a.m. at Comanche Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Bill Bowen officiating, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Interment will be at 3:00 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Gardens, in Lawton.  Viewing will begin Thursday at 10:00 a.m.

    Jimmy was born September 18, 1940 in Lawton, OK to Jesse B. and Willie May (Hornbeck) Adams.  He worked for many years as a heavy equipment operator.    He loved music, including played in a band.  He also loved leatherworks, making belts.  He was a huge Nascar fan, and chasing women.

    He is survived by three children:  Sherry Lynn Little and husband Mike, Lawton, OK;  Jimmy Joe Adams, Gilmer, TX; and Clifton DeWayne Adams and wife April, Central High, OK; one sister, Carol Turner and husband Juan, Comanche; 7 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren.

    Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents.

Betty Jo Tidwell – Comanche, OK
    Betty Tidwell was born July 5, 1930 and passed from this life on March 27, 2016.  A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 30th at 1:00 p.m.  at Prairie Hill Church of Christ, with Mario Pineda officiating, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Interment will follow at Resthaven Cemetery.  Viewing will be Tuesday 1:00-7:00 and Wednesday 9:00-11:30.  The family will be receiving friends on Tuesday evening from 5:00-6:00  

    Betty was born to Jim and Grace (Miller) Bray, in Ninnekah, OK.  She and Albert Tidwell were united in marriage on September 3, 1949 in Henrietta, TX.  To this union two children were born, Gracie Mae and Joe William Tidwell.  Albert preceded her in death on April 18, 1995.  She was a longtime member of Prairie Hill Church of Christ.

    Betty is survived by her son, Joe William Tidwell and wife Judy, Comanche;  grandchildren: Jacob Tidwell and wife Lindsay, Duncan, OK; Jill Stanley, Aubrey, TX; Melissa Cervantes and husband Jesse, North Richland Hills, TX; Andrea Comyford and husband Jeremy, Fort Worth, TX; eleven great-grandchildren;  brother in law and sister in law, James and Rosa Lee Tidwell, Comanche;  three brothers: Jim Bray , Duncan, OK; Bob Bray, Lawton, OK; and Larry Bray and wife Susan, Roswell, NM.

    She was preceded in death by her husband Albert; daughter, Gracie Martin;  her parents; a grandson, Brad Martin, and a sister, Rosine Bray.

    Serving as pallbearers will be Jesse Cervantes, Jeremy Comyford, Montie Blair, Mike Tidwell, Cliff Randall, and Ricky Tidwell.  Honorary bearer will be Jacob Tidwell.

Kathryn Batson Scheidemantel – Duncan, OK
   Kathryn Batson Scheidemantel, of Duncan, passed away on Easter morning, March 27, 2016 at her home.  She was 71 years old.  A funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 31st at 10:00 a.m. at the Comanche Funeral Home Chapel, with Pat Craig, her son-in-law, officiating, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery.

    Kathryn was born September 15, 1944 in Elk City, OK, to Donald and Dorothy (Atchley) Backes.  She graduated from Elk City High School in 1962, and then furthered her education at Draughn’s Business School in Oklahoma City.  She married Steve Scheidemantel on November 19, 1980.  They made their home in rural Stephens County, where they owned and operated the Meridian Kwik Mart for 17 years.  She retired in 2006.  Kathryn enjoyed bird watching with her mother, she loved going on cruises, and she enjoyed her grandchildren and all their activities.

    She is survived by her husband Steve Scheidemantel, of the home; her daughters, Nicole Rouse and husband Darrell, Corinth, TX, Wendi Scott and husband Justin, Duncan, OK, Terri Craig and husband Pat, Norman, OK, Tami Batson, Guthrie, OK, and Tina Batson and husband Kim, Edmond, OK; eleven grandchildren: Conner, Hanna, Makena, Tucker, Danae, Tyler, Torri, Myles, Cara, Calin, and Tessa; two sisters, Barbara McGaha and husband Jesse, Macomb, OK; and Donna Sue Backes, Missouri City, TX; and six nieces and nephews: Cindy, Hope, Sara, Phoeby, Mona, and Shawn.

    Kathryn was preceded in death by her late husband, Tom Batson; grandmother Elizabeth Atchley; her mother, Dorothy Williams; and two sisters, Janet Ruth Moore and Cheryl McKelvy.

    Serving as pallbearers will be Andrew Scheidelmantel, Lou Scheidemantel, Justin Scott, Darrell Rouse, John Marrs, and Marc Klippenstine.  Honorary pallbearer will be David Cook.

Opal B. Mayo – Comanche, OK
   Opal B. Mayo, of Comanche, passed away early Friday morning, March 25, 2016 at her home.  She was 84 years old.  A funeral service will be held Thursday, March 31st at 1:30 p.m. at Ray of Hope Church, with Bro. Dow Pannell officiating, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Interment will follow at Diamond Cemetery.  Viewing will be Wednesday from 9:00-7:00, and on Thursday from 9:00 until noon.  The family will be receiving friends Wednesday evening from 6:00-7:00 p.m. 

    Opal was born November 16, 1931 at Bay City, TX, to Albert M. and Ida Mae (Dobbins) Massey.  She graduated from Colbert High School.  She and Walter J. Riggs were united in marriage in 1949.   Opal worked as a telephone operator for Southwestern Bell, retiring after working for 28 years.  She moved to Comanche from Lawton in 1995.  She loved fishing, camping, reading, cooking, shooting pool, sewing, water skiing, parasailing, going to the casino, and she loved eating at Red Lobster. 

    She is survived by her soul mate, Calvin Burton, of the home; a son, Steve Riggs and wife Annie, Oklahoma City; two daughters: Karen Singley and husband Roger, Elkton, MD; and Laura K. Boone and husband Herman, Frisco, TX; a brother, Marvin Massey, Cartwright, OK; two sisters: Mary Dobbins, Colbert, OK; and Clara Nash, South Carolina; eight grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; and she was also “Granny Ope” to Calvin’s fourteen grandchildren, and sixteen great-grandchildren.

    Opal was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Ida Mae; a sister, Ima Gene; and her spouse, Robert Mayo.

    Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.  Honorary bearers will be Noah Henderson and her special friend, Billie Price.

Kevin  D. Ramey –Comanche, OK
    Kevin Dale Ramey, a resident of Comanche, peacefully passed away on Thursday evening, March 24, 2016 at Duncan Regional Hospital.  He was 52 years old.  A funeral service will be held Monday, March 28th at 10:00 a.m. at the Comanche Funeral Home Chapel.  Visitation will be Saturday, 1:00-5:00 p.m.

    Kevin was born May 2, 1963 in Huntington, WV to Burl R. and Carolyn (Hampton) Ramey.    He came to Comanche in 2014, moving from Texas.  He was currently employed at the City of Comanche, working in the Water Treatment Plant.  Kevin loved fishing, camping, and being outdoors.  He was a people person, never meeting a stranger.

    Survivors include his mother, Carolyn Slater, and husband Dave, Comanche, OK;  three children:  Kacee Padgett and husband Austin), Palestine, TX; Kadee Ramey and Aaron Frost, Blooming Grove, TX; and Jarred Harris and wife Chandi, McKinney, TX;  two sisters: Sheila Lozano and husband Chon, Grand Prairie, TX; and Rhonda Williams and husband Danny, Dallas, TX; two brothers: Ray McSweeney, Grand Prairie, TX; and James R. Ramey, Grand Prairie, TX; the mother of his children, Danese Ramey, Blooming Grove, TX; his girlfriend, Stacee Zorn;  six grandchildren; and many other relatives and close friends.

Oda F. Pitcock - Duncan, OK
   Oda F. Pitcock was born June 9, 1943 to Oda F. Pitcock, Sr, and Linnie May (Trent) Pitcock, in Duncan, OK.  He departed this life, with family by his side, in Duncan, March 23, 2016, at the age of 72, after a long battle with Multiple Myeloma.

    He married the love of his life, Patricia Jean Copeland, December 7, 1962, and to this union they had five sons: Timothy Pitcock, David Pitcock, Michael Pitcock, Mark Pitcock, and Donald Pitcock.

    Oda enjoyed working on old cars, working in his woodshop, and being around his family.  He retired from Halliburton in 1994, after working twenty five years.  He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, in Marlow.

    Oda is survived by his wife, of the home; sons: David Pitcock and friend Brenda, Duncan; Michael Pitcock, of the home; Mark Pitcock and wife Anita, Duncan; and  Donald Pitcock and wife Sandy, Fort Bliss, TX; five grandchildren: Garrett Pitcock, Heather Pitcock, Gabriella Pitcock, all of Duncan; Owen Pitcock and John Pitcock, both of Fort Bliss, TX.

    He was preceded in death by his mother, Linnie Pitcock; a sister, Nadine Parkhurst; a brother, Joyce Pitcock; and a son, Timothy Pitcock.

    Serving as honorary pallbearers will by Robert Parkhurst, Burl Copeland, Bobby Copeland, Harley Copeland, and longtime friend, Robert Williford.

    A funeral service will be held Friday, March 25th at 2:00 p.m. at the Comanche Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Lynn Parkhurst officiating.  Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.

James Steven Dove – Duncan, OK
    James Steven Dove, a former resident of Duncan, passed away Tuesday, March 15, 2016 in Little Rock, Arkansas.  He was 38 years old.  A funeral service will be held on Monday, March 28th at 2:00 p.m. at the Comanche Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Ron Meador officiating, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery.   Visitation will be Saturday, 1:00-5:00 p.m. and Monday 9:00 a.m. until service time.

    James was born February 28, 1978 in Houston, TX, to Steven and Sheryl (Black) Dove.   At the time of his death, James was living in Texarkana, Arkansas.  He loved reading, and studying the Bible.  He also enjoyed playing the guitar, traveling, and he especially loved all kinds of animals.  James was a “people person”, he enjoyed getting to meet new people.  He loved his church, and served in many different positions within the church.

    Survivors include his mother, Sheryl Lee Dove, Houston, TX; a son, Steven James Dove; grandmother, Darla Dove, Comanche; one brother, David Dove,Houston, TX; one sister, Gerina Dove, Duncan; a niece, Jocelyn Thompson; three nephews: Gabrial Davis, Jason Davis, and Jacob Dove; also many other aunts, uncles, cousins, and countless other friends.  He was preceded in death by his father.

Anneliese Smith – Comanche, OK
    Anneliese Smith, a longtime resident of Comanche, passed away Wednesday afternoon, March 16, 2016 at Integris Southwest Hospital in Oklahoma City. She was 75 years old.   A funeral service will be held Monday, March 21st at 2:00 p.m. at the Comanche Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Dow Pannell officiating, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery.

    Anneliese was born May 11, 1940 in Gelnhausen, Germany, to Karl Heinrich and Katherina Elisabeth (Hix) Ruef.   She graduated from school in Gelnhausen.  On September 5, 1961 she and Donald Smith were united in marriage in Gelnhausen.  After his military service ended in Germany, the family returned to the U.S.A.;  where Donald was stationed, and retired at Fort Campbell, KY.  The family moved to Comanche in 1980. 
 
    She loved cats, going shopping, drinking a cup of hot tea, getting her hair fixed, and getting all “blinged up”.  She was a huge fan of the Dallas Cowboys.  She watched every game, and was known to even cry when they lost.  More than anything, Anneliese loved her family, and the opportunity to spend time with them all.

    Survivors include one son, Bryant Smith and Connie Holly, Comanche; two daughters: Donna Oglesby, Midwest City, OK, and Kim Hodges and Randy, Comanche; eight grandchildren: Davy, Doug, Deanna, Audrey, Josh, Alyssa, Dusti, and Dillon; six great-grandchildren: Cheyenne, Cash, Kason, Kinli, Kahlen, and Kimber.  Also, her very special friend,  Ronna Deziel.

Serving as pallbearers will be her grandchildren, and also Jason Hodges and David Thompson.

Burl E. Shelby – Comanche, OK
    Burl Edward Shelby, a lifelong resident of Comanche, peacefully passed away, Saturday, March 12, 2016 at his home in Meridian.  He was 74 years old.  A graveside funeral service will be held Tuesday, March 15th at 1:00 p.m. at Fairlawn Cemetery, with Bro. Trent Young officiating, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Visitation will be 5:30-6:30 p.m.

    Burl was born August 12, 1941 in Comanche, to Noah W. and Ethel Mae () Shelby.    Burl proudly served his country in the United States Navy.  He and Doris Ann Youngblood were united in marriage on April 9, 1964 in Comanche.

    He loved fishing, yard work, woodworking, and watching his favorite show, Gunsmoke.  More than anything else, Burl enjoyed being with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

    Survivors include his wife Doris, of the home; a son, Joey Shelby and wife Amy, Comanche; two daughters: Shelly Coker, Duncan; and Tonya Hogstad and husband Tony, Duncan;  13 grandchildren: Hayli Shelby, Hunter Shelby, Jordan Shelby, Landon Shelby, Josh Shelby, Sammy Coker, Cameron Lawson, Chelsi Lawson, Madison Lawson, Skyler Hunsucker, Carson Hogstad, Kyle Hogstad, and Crissa Goodman; 4 great-grandchildren: Kole Lawson, Izzie Goodman, Emma Goodman, and Bradyn Cass; two sisters: Kathryn Anderson, a nd Vinita Vails, both of Comanche; and special life long friends, Jimmy and Joetta Ledford.  Also, many nieces, nephews, and other friends.

    Burl was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Bud Shelby, and two sisters: Maxine Wright, and Virginia Finnell.

    Honorary pallbearers will be Joey Shelby, Josh Shelby, Cameron Lawson, Tony Hogstad, Jimmy Ledford, Dayne Ledford, Sammy Coker, Troy Ashe,  and Chris Lawson.

    Memorial contributions may be sent to Comanche Helping Hands, or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Doris June Davis- Duncan, OK
    Doris June Davis, age 81, a resident of Duncan, entered into her Heavenly Home, early Friday morning, March 4, 2016 at Marlow, OK.  A funeral service will be held Monday, March 7th at 2:00 p.m. at Parkview Baptist Church, with Bro. Steve Gillispie officiating.  Interment will follow at Resthaven Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Visitation will be Sunday 1:00-5:00 p.m., with the family here from 4:00-5:00 p.m.

    Doris was born July 26, 1934 in Comanche, to Ben and Audie Bell (Glenn) Davidson.  She was a graduate of Comanche High School.  Doris loved needlework, crocheting, telling jokes, and spending time with her children, grandchildren, and all of her family.  In her younger years Doris was an outstanding softball player.

    Survivors include two daughters: Karen LaQuey, McKinney, TX; and Melva Harris, Spur, TX; one sister, Winnie Biffle, Duncan; four brothers: B.R. Davidson and wife Rene, Mead, OK; her twin brother, Royce Davidson and wife Shirley, Sherman, TX; John Williams and wife Gayla, Comanche; and Ray Gene Williams and wife Lois, Lewisville, TX; four grandchildren: Jennifer Capps, Melissa LaQuey, Holly Fine, and Kaitlyn Dillard and husband Haden; two great-grandchildren, Taylor Capps and Chaney Caldwell; a brother–in-law, Bill Rice; two sister-in-laws, Pat Davidson and Lucille Davidson.

    Doris was preceded in death by her husband, Johnnie Davis; a son, Faren Pierce; a grandson, Eric Fine; two brothers, Buster Davidson and A.B. Davidson; and three sisters: Eula Davidson, Lorene Williams, and Ellena Rice.

Cleo Lindsey –Comanche, OK
   Cleo Lindsey, age 87, a beloved resident of Comanche, peacefully passed away Saturday afternoon, February 13, 2016 at Duncan Regional Hospital.  A funeral service will be held Wednesday, February 17th at 1:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Comanche.  Burial will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.

    Cleo was born January 23, 1929 in Hominy, OK to Carl G. and Sally Bell (Gass) Rutherford.  She attended school in Hominy.  She and Bruce Lindsey were united in marriage on April 30, 1948 in Carlsbad, NM.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, and also the Comanche Women’s Club.  Cleo loved shopping, and decorating, however, more than anything else,  she loved spending time with Bruce, family, and just being “Granny”.

    Survivors include her three children:  Paul Lindsey and wife Patricia, Marlow, OK; Janet Rolland, Comanche; and Robert Lindsey and wife Debbie, Knoxville, TN; one brother, Donnie Rutherford and wife Dottie, Carlsbad, NM; seven grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband Bruce, a brother, Lloyd Rutherford, and her parents.

Patricia Ann Wyrick – Duncan, OK
   Patricia Ann Wyrick, a resident of Duncan, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at Oklahoma City, OK.  She was 75 years old.  A funeral service will be held Friday, February 5th at 2:00 p.m. at Praise Assembly of God Church, with Bro. Gary Peyton officiating.   Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home. 

    Pat was born July 17, 1940 in Comanche, to Garlin W. and Berdie L. (Cox) Wyrick.    She was a graduate of Comanche High School.  Pat worked for United Air Lines, based out of Newark International Airport,  in Newark, NJ.  She retired in 1995.  Pat was a member of Praise Assembly of God Church.  She loved traveling,(especially to New Jersey to visit friends), reading, going to garage sales, watching and cheering for the Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Oklahoma Sooners.  More than anything though,  Pat loved her family, helping out with all of her nieces and nephews.

    She is survived by her two sisters: Shirley Anderson and husband Cecil, Enid, OK;  and Jane Varnell and husband Homer, Comanche; numerous nieces and nephews, and a very special friend, Ann Doughtery, Bloomfield, NJ

    Pat was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters: Barbara Tucker, Josephine Martin, and Dorothy Wyrick; and three brothers: Jimmy Charles Wyrick, Earl Wyrick, and James Wyrick.

    She was a loving daughter, sister, and aunt.  She will be greatly missed by all of her family and friends

Judge Lewis Ray Sleeth---Comanche, OK
Judge Lewis Ray Sleeth, 79, passed away Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at his home in Comanche, Oklahoma, after a lengthy struggle with Alzheimer's.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Eleanor Sleeth; his brother, Larry Kay Sleeth and wife Dainey; two daughters, Janet Leigh Sleeth and Linda Rae Sleeth.

He is survived by his wife of the home, Debra Gaylene Sleeth; his son, Dr. Charles D. Sleeth and wife Linda of Panama City Beach, Fl; his daughter, Leigh Ann Wilcox and husband Blake of Seattle, WA; his daughter, Laura Bloodworth and husband Graham of San Angelo, TX; his daughter Dandy Sleeth of Grapevine, TX. Grandchildren bringing such joy to his life, Connor Sleeth, Kristen Sleeth, Jack Wilcox, Caroline Wilcox and Lainey Ray Bloodworth. Numerous nieces and nephews.

After graduating from Baton Rouge High School, Lewis earned his doctorate degree in law from his beloved, Louisiana State University and was an avid LSU fighting tiger to the end.  Lewis moved with his family to Jena, Louisiana in 1960 where he practiced law for 25 years with the help of his loyal and faithful legal assistant, Margie Cruse.  He then served as district attorney for the 28th judicial district in 1966, comprised of both Caldwell and LaSalle Parish. In 1970, Governor John McKeithen appointed Lewis as Judge Pro Tem. He had numerous oil and gas holdings and other business ventures that included a dinner theater in Baton Rouge, construction companies that partnered with the the Army Corp of Engineers on various large projects in Louisiana and Oklahoma, as well as a company instrumental in the development of a new liquid cattle feed.  Lewis became active in oil and gas development in Stephens and Jefferson County, Oklahoma.  He then served as Bi-Vocational Pastor to two small rural churches in Texas, Bellevue United Methodist and Vashti United Methodist, from 1994 -2007 while living in Petrolia, Tx. At which time he retired from the ministry but continued to serve.

As a family man, nothing made him happier than being together. Lewis was a deeply loving husband, devoted father, wonderful grandfather and a great brother in-law to Barbara and Mike Crow, Sue and Tom Armstrong, and Kenneth Crutcher, and his love extended to all his nieces and nephews. 

Lewis had many friends whom he loved, often referring to him as the renaissance man, deal maker, wise counselor, servant of the people.

He will be greatly missed, but will live in our hearts forever. Till we meet again...

Iris Leah Craft—Corpus Christi, TX
Iris Leah Craft, 80, of Corpus Christi TX passed away on January 24, 2016. She was born May 27, 1925 in Yale Ok. to Ira and Billie Canfield.

Iris graduated high school in Stillwater Ok in 1953 and continued her education at Oklahoma State University. From there she graduated from Juniata College in Huntingdon Pa in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in Education.

Iris met her husband, Tom Craft while attending Oklahoma State, and from there the adventures began.  In their early years, they lived in Oklahoma, Nebraska and Pennsylvania.  Later, they settled in Arizona and stayed there until retirement. They finally moved to Bowie TX, where they spent many happy years together in retirement.

While on their many adventures, Iris was very active in the community.  She was a leader in the 4H, served on the board and wrote articles for the Sunburst newspaper.  She was active in support of the city of Phoenix and worked on Rose Moffatts campaign in Az.  Also very active in her church, she held many positions of leadership throughout the years. 

Iris was a devoted wife, mother, sister and grandmother. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents.  Iris is survived by her husband Thomas Craft ,  daughters Susan Giesing, Amy Craft and son, Jeff Craft all of Corpus Christi TX, 2 sisters Cynthia Barnes, Oklahoma City, Judi Simon, Memphis Tn. Sister-in-law Helen Gunter of Terral Ok. and brother, Bill Canfield of Tyler TX.
5 grandchildren Felicia Lasso, Alexandra Lasso, Jeremy Lasso, Declan Craft, Augustin Craft, and 1 great grandchild, Bentley Lasso, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Visitation will be held at the Terral Funeral Home in Terral(OK) on Sunday, January 31, 2016 from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm

Funeral services will be graveside at the Terral Cemetery in Terral(OK) on Monday, February 1, 2016 at 2:00 pm.

Raymond Wayne Roebuck – Comanche, OK
    Raymond Wayne Roebuck, a longtime resident of Comanche, peacefully passed away on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at his home.  A memorial service is set for Friday, January 22, 2016 at 1:00 pm at the Comanche Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Billy Morgan officiating, assisted by Bro. Eli Gardner,  under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.

    Raymond was the oldest son of four sisters and one brother. He and Lynda Maness were united in marriage at Corum Baptist Church on December 14, having been married for 59 years.    Raymond worked in Brawley, California as a welder, and ginner (working in a cotton gin).  After 15 years they returned back to Oklahoma, where he worked for Halliburton, as a welder/ foreman for 13 years. 

    They were blessed with three wonderful boys, and one loving daughter.  He loved hunting, fishing, traveling (from Maine to Mexico).  He loved taking his boys fishing in the canals, and also sand duning, while they lived in California.  Raymond loved his God, his wife, and his children.  He will be greatly missed.

    Survivors include his wife Lynda, of the home; three sons: Ricky Wayne Roebuck, Comanche; Mark Alan Roebuck, Comanche; Randy Pete Roebuck, Duncan; one daughter, Cindy Collins, Duncan;  nine grandchildren: Kelley, Sulphur, OK; Jeremy, Mark, and Jesse, Comanche; Sylvia, Pete, Kim, and Kathy, of Duncan; and Brittany, El Paso, TX; six great-grandchildren; and two sister in laws: Sue Christman, Comanche; and LaDonna Maness, Oklahoma City, OK.

Mark Anthony Marine – Wichita Falls, TX
   Mark Anthony Marine, age 56, passed away unexpectedly, on Wednesday evening, January 13, 2016 at Wichita Falls, TX.  A memorial service will be held Thursday, January 21st at 1:00 p.m. at Patterson Avenue Baptist Church, with Bro. John Croy officiating, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.

    Mark was born October 25, 1959 in Oklahoma City, OK to Floyd and Charlsie (Zernail)Marine.  He was a 1978 graduate of Duncan High School.  He worked in the oilfield industry, and was also a pastor, and music minister.   Mark loved fishing, riding his Harley, working in the oilfield, singing, and talking to people.  He never met a stranger.

    He is survived by his daughter, Ashley Morgan, and her husband Aaron, of Comanche.

Nathaniel John Cornelius – Duncan, OK
   Nathaniel John Cornelius, a resident of Duncan, peacefully passed away early Monday morning, January 11, 2016.  He was 89 years old.  A funeral service will be held Wednesday, January 13th at 2:00 p.m.  at the Comanche Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Trent Young officiating.  Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Visitation will be Tuesday 12:00-7:00 p.m.  The family will be receiving friends from 5:30-7:00.

    John was born September 2, 1926 in Cookietown, OK to William A. “Bill” and Eloda B. (Bruner) Cornelius.  In 1930 he and his family moved to Marlow, OK where he graduated from high school in 1944.  He worked two summer vacations in an aircraft factory in California, before joining the Navy Sea-Bee’s.  He and Rutha Jean Beatty were united in marriage on December 13, 1947 in Henrietta, Texas.   John went to work for Halliburton Services on February 4, 1948,working in the heat treat for over thirty five years.  He loved to travel, and fish.  He visited all fifty states at least once, and most of the National Parks.

    Survivors include one daughter, Debi Campiche, Comanche; two granddaughters: Cortney Gould, Duncan; and Amanda Kane, Lawton; two great-grandsons: Brendan Meadows, Lawton; and Trevor Gould, Fort Worth, TX; a brother, J. Paul Cornelius, Vian, OK; and a brother in law, Butch Beatty, Hennessey, OK.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jean; two sons: Joe Cornelius and Larry Cornelius; four brothers: Arvin “Boots” Cornelius, L.D. “Bud” Cornelius, Manuel Cornelius, and Wayne Cornelius;  and a sister, Wilma Cornelius.

Patricia “Pat” Ann Humphries Russell – Duncan, OK
   Patricia “Pat” Ann Humphries Russell, a lifelong resident of this community, passed away on Monday, January 4, 2016 at an Oklahoma City hospital, following a brief illness.  She was 61

    Pat was born December 6, 1954 at Duncan, to Floyd L. and Arlene (Winters) Humphries.  She was a 1973 graduate of Comanche High School.   She and Robert “Bob” Russell were united in marriage on August 12, 1990 at Duncan.  She loved the Lord, and going to church.  She was a member of the Corum Baptist Church.  She worked as a Headstart teacher for several years, and later she taught at Grandview School for fifteen years.  She also worked in the Home Healthcare Industry.  Pat was an avid pool player. She also enjoyed reading, helping kids, traveling, cooking, and watching her granddaughter ride horses.  More than anything else, she loved her family, and being able to spend time with them all.

    She is survived by her husband Bob, of the home; two children: a daughter, Billibeth Wilson, Duncan; a son, Matt Wilson and wife Maggie, Duncan; three stepchildren: Mark Russell and wife Laura, Tucson, AZ; Randy Russell, Duncan; and Paula Gary, Duncan; her father, Floyd Humphries, Marlow; one brother, Bruce Humphries and wife Linda, Comanche; ten grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren.  Pat was preceded in death by her mother.

James Odell Williams – Comanche, OK
    James Odell Williams, a resident of Comanche, OK,  passed away Thursday morning, December 17, 2015 at the Duncan Regional Hospital. He was 87 years old.  A graveside funeral service will be held Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at  Laurel Land Cemetery , Fort Worth, TX. Visitation will be at Comanche Funeral Home on Saturday and Sunday  1:00-5:00 p.m., and Monday 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  Visitation in Fort Worth will be at Laurel Land Funeral Home on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

    Odell was born November 14, 1928 in Abilene, TX to John Williams and Mattie Belle (Fitzgibbons) Williams.  He proudly served his country in the United States Army Air Corps.  He was a graduate of Hardin Simmons University.  Odell worked for and retired from Lockheed Aeronautics in 1993.  He and Etta Fae Fulbright were united in marriage on November 14, 1953.  She preceded him in death in 1989. He later married Ruth Woods on May 14, 1990 in Roanoke, TX.    They moved to Comanche in 2001.    Odell loved golfing, playing bingo, going to the senior citizens center, carpentry, watching the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers, and traveling.  In his earlier years he enjoyed racing motorcycles.

    Survivors include his wife Ruth, of the home; two children: Susan Tobey and husband Steve, Crowley, TX;  and David Williams and wife Angela, Godley, TX; five grandsons: Scott Tobey, Steven Tobey, and Shaun Tobey, all of Crowley, TX; Taylor Williams, Denton, TX; and Zach Williams, College Station, TX.

    Odell was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Etta; a brother, Edgar Williams; and two sisters, Ruby Watts and Pearl Evans.

Jimmie Oliver Shaw – Comanche, OK
   Jimmie Oliver Shaw, 73, of Comanche, OK was born December 26, 1941 in Wirt, OK to Pete and Manara (Graham) Shaw.  He passed away at his home, on Saturday, December 12, 2015, with his family by his side.  A funeral service will be held Wednesday, December 16th at 10:00 a.m. at the Comanche Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Dow Pannell officiating, assisted by Bro. Bruce Humphries.  Burial will be 1:00 p.m. at Leon Cemetery, in Leon, OK, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Viewing will begin Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.  The family will be receiving friends from 5:30-6:30.

    Jim graduated from Comanche High School in 1959. He married Martha Lou Hartman on May 19, 1962 at Wichita Falls, TX.  They had three children: Jimmy, Marquetta, and Deanette.

    He is survived by his wife Martha, of the home;  son Jimmy Shaw, Healdton, OK; Marquetta Bullard and husband Rocky, Duncan, OK; and Deanette Phillips and husband Ty, Ringling, OK;  Eight grandchildren: Ashley Elizabeth Shaw, Oklahoma City, OK; Jason Shaw, Comanche, OK; Kristen Selzar and husband Jon, Alex, OK; Ashely Shaw, Empire, OK; Matthew, Mikayla, and Mitchel Phillips, all of Ringling, OK; and Brody Stepp, Duncan, OK; nine great grandchildren: Ashton, Aidan, Keiston, Gracie, Oliver, Skyla, Chloe, Braden, and McKenzie. Also, a nephew, Chris Shaw, Baytown, TX; three brother-in-laws: P.A., Tommy, and Grady Hartman; and countless other friends.

    Jim was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Comanche, #41, for close to 40 years. Jimmie worked for Dutch and Joyce Fitzgerald at the Comanche Chevrolet dealership for several years.  He had a 21 year career with Halliburton, followed by time in the poultry business in 1971.  Raising registered Durocs and  Spots in 1978, then opening Shaw’s Greenhouse in 1985, through 2011.  He enjoyed life, never seen without a smile.  He loved his family, friends, and pets; spending time on harvest, or just alone in his truck.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Pete and Manara; a sister, Margaret Ruth; a brother, Ronnie Shaw; and a grandson, Colby Shaw.

    Pallbearers will be Matthew Phillips, Mitchel Phillips, Jimmy Howerton, Billy Wright, Billy Murray, and Carl Don Hurley.  Honorary bearers will be Doyle Gilbert, Rudy Green, and Richard Smokeoff, and Virgil Coffman.

Lois Laverne Bussey—Terral, OK
Lois Laverne Bussey of Terral passed away early Saturday morning, December 12, 2015 at Advanced Rehab Health Care Center in Bowie, TX at the age of 77. Funeral services will be held Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 2:00 pm at Terral Assembly of God Church with Bro. Charles Parker. Burial will follow in the Terral Cemetery under the direction of Terral Funeral Home.

Lois Chasteen was born on December 17, 1937 in Duncan, OK to Christopher and Mattie(Shults) Chasteen.  She married  Clydie Joe Bussey  on April 10, 1959 in Duncan     ; he preceded her in death on January 25, 1988. Lois was a lifetime member of the Assembly of God Church—she was a pianist/organist for over 40 years.

Lois is survived by
    two daughters—Jowana Duff and her husband, Weldon of Ringgold
                               Janet Hankins and her husband, Lynn  of Bowie
    two brothers—Alvie Chasteen  of Duncan
                            Charles Chasteen  of Oklahoma City
    one sisters—Lillie Shuey  of Whitesboro, TX
    three  grandchildren—Jessica Liely and her husband, Nathan
                         Dillon Hankins and  Caysie Hankins
    one great grandchild—Clara Liely

Lois was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 1988.

Pallbearers will be Roger Chasteen, Rick Chasteen, Daryl Ensminger, Chris Chasteen, Mardy Meadows and Gary Shuey.

Royce Eugene “Sissie” Tanner---Terral, OK
Royce Eugene ‘Sissie” Tanner of Terral, Ok passed away Thursday evening, November 19, 2015 in the Jefferson County Hospital at the age of 76.  Funeral services will be held Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at 10:00 am at the Terral First Baptist Church with Bro. Mark Kunkel officiating. Burial will follow in the Terral Cemetery under the direction of Terral Funeral Home.  Visitation will be Monday from 10:00 am until 7:00 pm with the family receiving freiends from 6:00 pm til 7:00 pm.

Sissie was born in Ryan to Zabud Lucas and Norma D.(Saunders) Tanner on August 20, 1939. After his schooling, Sissie served in the US Army.  On June 15, 1958, at the age of 19, he married Faye Weaver in Gainesville, TX. While making their home in Terral, Sissie worked many jobs--his last job before retiring was driving a escort vehicle for Elliott Mobile Homes.

Sissie is survived by Faye, his wife of 57 years, of the home in Terral; one son---Wayne Wyler and his wife, Carol of Ryan; one daughter---Norma Dugan and her husband, Randell of Henrietta, TX; two sisters---Betty Williams of Terral and Mary Fenoglio of Ringgold; four grandchildren—Tanner and Monica Dugan and Jr and Jennifer Wyler; and two great grandchildren.

Sissie was preceded in death by his parents---Zabud and Norma; one daughter---Joyce Mullenix; and 1 great grandson.

Effie Jones – Comanche, OK
  Effie Jo Jones, a longtime resident of Comanche, passed away Wednesday evening, November 18, 2015 at her home.  She was 66 years old.  A graveside funeral service will be held Tuesday, November 24th at 2:00 p.m. at Dixie Cemetery, with Bro. Dow Pannell officiating, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Visitation will be Monday 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. and Tuesday 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
The family will be receiving friends Monday evening from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

    Effie was born September 21, 1949 at Phoenix, AZ to Samuel and Lillie (Campbell) Howard.  She and D.L. Jones were united in marriage on January 17, 1975 at Yukon, OK.  They made their home in Yukon before moving to Comanche in 1988. Effie was an outstanding cook.  She was well known for making the best peanut brittle!  She also enjoyed sewing, and fishing.  More than anything though, Effie loved the opportunity to spend time with her family, including her little dog, “Peter Pan”.

    She is survived by her children: Charlotte Drake, Bethany, OK; Tammy White, Comanche, OK; David Oster and wife Misty, Comanche; Tim Jones and wife Geannetta , Antlers, OK; and Lila Behmida, Oklahoma City, OK; fifteen grandchildren: Samantha Sherman, Cody Drake, Adam Drake, Lacey Drake, Jordan Wallace, Stefani White, Kyla White, Laci Jones, Gabbi Oster, Kaci Oster, Boushra Benhmida, Sophia Benhmida, Sarah Benhmida, Omar Benhmida, and Youssef Benhmida; also fourteen great grandchildren; and many other relatives and close friends.

    Effie was preceded in death by her husband D.L., earlier this year; her parents, and two sons, Tom Jones and Terry Jones.

Betty Sue Brown – Comanche, OK
    Betty Sue Brown, a lifelong resident of Comanche, passed away early Wednesday morning, November 18, 2015 at Duncan Regional Hosptial.  She was 75 years old.

    Betty Sue was born February 26, 1940 in Comanche, to Moody and Audra Irene (Myers) Morris.  She was a graduate of Comanche High School in 1958.  She and Charles Brown were united in marriage in 1959 in Comanche.  Betty worked for many years at the Comanche Tag Agency, Dennis Insurance, Headrick Insurance, and also at Steve’s Loans.  She also was an excellent seamstress, sewing for many people in the community.  She loved to crochet, work crossword puzzles, and watching television.  Her favorite shows were The Big Bang Theory, Criminal Minds, and NCIS.  Her greatest joy came from spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

    Survivors include her four children:  Robin Myers, Comanche, OK ; Jennifer Weast, Oklahoma City, OK; Joey Brown and husband Michael Howarth, Loma Linda, MO; and Rusty Brown and wife Chasidy, Duncan, OK; six grandchildren:  Casey Myers and wife Lindsey, Jay Weast and wife Kylie, Bo Weast, McKenzie Brown, Lauren Brown, and Jackson Smith;  and two great grandchildren, Madisson and Jace.

    Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; her parents, and two siblings, Helen Pruitt, and Jody Morris.

Betty Jonella Thomas- Comanche, OK
    Betty Jonella Thomas, age 76, of Comanche, peacefully passed away Monday evening, November 16, 2015 at Duncan Regional Hospital.  A graveside funeral service will be held Saturday, November 21st at 10:00 a.m. at Fairlawn Cemetery, with Mario Pineda officiating, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Viewing will be Thursday 9:00-6:00 and Friday 9:00-7:00.  The family will be receiving friends Friday evening from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

    Betty was born July 24, 1939 at Hobbs, NM to John C. and Paulette (Long) Nichols.  She graduated from Comanche High School in 1957. On December 25, 1958 she and Hershel Thomas were united in marriage at Prairie Hill Church of Christ, in Meridian.  She worked for Ranger Insurance Company in Houston, TX before her retirement.  She returned  to Comanche in 1988.  Betty loved to embroidery, play games, especially dominos, and traveling.   She was a “people person”, and loved visiting with anyone.  She was an active member of the Red Hat Society.  She enjoyed going to the Comanche Senior Citizen Center, where she had many dear friends.

    Survivors include two sons: Bobby Wayne Thomas and wife Vicki, Kansas; Gary Lynn Thomas, Comanche; a sister, Janice Willis, Comanche; three grandchildren: Amanda, George, and Sarah; four nieces, four nephews, four  great nieces, three great nephews, and four great-great nephews.

    She was preceded in death by her husband Hershel, her parents, a brother, John C. Nichols  Jr,  and a nephew, Kenneth Thomas.

Robert Mitchell Jr. –Terral, OK
    Robert Mitchell Jr, a lifelong resident of Jefferson County, passed away late Saturday evening, November 14, 2015 at the Jefferson County Hospital, following a brief illness.  He was 66 years old.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday morning, November 17th at 11:00 a.m. at the Terral First Baptist Church, under the direction of Terral Funeral Home.

    Robert was born May 3, 1949 at Waurika, OK to Robert Sr. and Lula Mae (Wright) Mitchell.   After graduating from Terral High School he worked as a truck driver, and then later,  Halliburton, where he retired after twenty years of service.  He was also a farmer and cattle rancher for many years.  He and Donnetta Martin were united in marriage in 1983 at Ringling, OK.  He loved hunting, watching John Wayne movies, and working with his cattle. 

    Survivors include his wife Donnetta, of the home; children: Jodi Lynne Lapham and husband Ray, Burkburnet, TX; Charlie Mitchell and wife Jenny, Mason, TX; Wesley Mitchell , Lamesa, TX; Rosecella Meeks and husband Perry, Hopkinsville, KY; and James (Jamie) Martin and wife Angela, Stratford, OK; his sister, Betty Smith, Ada, OK;  grandchildren: Michael, Jackson, Chandler, Cooper, Lindsie, Meagan, Logan, Lane, and Ty;  his constant companion and best buddy, his dog “Willie”, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. 

    Robert was preceded in death by his parents, an infant daughter,  and a sister, Linda Lucas.

Clifford Weldon Davis – Clinton, OK
    Clifford Weldon Davis, age 67, passed away Thursday, October 15, 2015 at the Clinton Veterans Center in Clinton, OK.  A graveside funeral service is scheduled for Monday, October 19th at 2:00 p.m. at Fairlawn Cemetery in Comanche, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.

    Clifford was born August 20, 1948 in rural Cotton County, 5 miles west of Walters, to Bud R. and Pauline (Trest) Davis.  After graduation he enlisted in the United States Navy.   He worked for many years at General Motors.

    Survivors include a brother, M.B. Davis, Elk City, OK; a sister, Shirley Dahl, Walters, OK; three nieces, and six nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, one brother, and three nephews.

James Donald Ashford – Comanche, OK
  James Donald Ashford, a resident of Comanche, passed away Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at the Meridian Nursing Home.  He was 70 years old.  A graveside service will be held Friday, October 16th at 2:00 p.m.  at Terral Cemetery, under the direction of Terral Funeral Home.

    James was born April 22, 1945 at Waurika, OK to C.J. and Janie Lorene (Dye) Ashford.  He was a truck driver for many years. 

    Survivors include a son, Jason Ashford, of North Dakota; a daughter, Tanya Curren, Cassville, MO; a brother, Clyde Ashford and wife Kay, Mannsville, OK; a special friend, Donna Cagle, Preston, OK;  nephew Darrell Ashford, Duncan, OK; and six grandchildren: Ross, John, Allie, Adeline, Sydney, and Madeline.  

    James was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Robert Lee Ashford.

Melvin Ray Bullard – Comanche, OK
    Longtime Comanche resident, Melvin Ray Bullard peacefully passed from the life into his Heavenly Home on Friday morning, October 2, 2015 at Meridian Nursing Home.  He was 88 years old.  A funeral service celebrating Melvin’s life will be held Tuesday, October 6th at 2:00 p.m. at Comanche First Baptist Church, with Bro. Timothy Ball officiating, assisted by Bro. Eli Gardner, and Bro. Dee Bowen.  Burial, with military honors will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Visitation will be Sunday 1:00-5:00 p.m., Monday 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., and Tuesday 9:00 a.m. until noon. The family will be receiving friends Monday evening from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

    Melvin was born November 9, 1926 in Lawton, OK to Sydney W. and Laura D. (Knight) Bullard.  The family later relocated to Loco, OK where he graduated from Loco High School in 1944.  He and Winnie Jean Owens were united in marriage on May 7, 1947 at the Holy City, in the Wichita Mountains.  Melvin founded Wanda Central Vacuum in 1960.  His motto was “these suckers work good!”  Melvin loved golf, and was one of the men who helped build the Comanche Golf Course.  He and Jean loved playing canasta, and bridge. 

    Survivors include his three children:  Paula Gallaher and husband Johnny, Comanche; Ronnie Bullard and wife Leah, Keller, TX; and Clyde Bullard and wife Cristie, Comanche; six grandchildren: Jim(Bullard) Curtis and wife Stacey, Riverview, FL; Kim Wooten, Comanche; Jimmy Gallaher, Hastings, OK; Stetson Bullard, Comanche; Tyler Weaver, Comanche; James Weaver, Comanche;  six great-grandchildren: Justin Winslett, Shanna Winslett, Jimmie Curtis, Melanie Curtis, Michael Curtis, Bradley Gallaher;  one brother, Don Bullard, Ardmore, OK;  and a very special lifelong friend, Bob Grundy.

    Melvin was preceded in death by his wife, Jean, in 2008; two grandchildren: Lori Jean Sukopp, and Bobby Sidney Bullard; his parents;  a sister, Mary Bullard, and a brother, Clifton Bullard.

Luther Burl Neighbors – Comanche, OK
    Luther Burl Neighbors, Jr. a longtime resident of Comanche passed away suddenly, Sunday evening, September 27, 2015 in Duncan.  He was 85 years old.  A funeral service will be held Thursday, October  1st at 2:00 p.m. at Patterson Avenue Baptist Church, with Bro. Trent Young and Bro. Rusty Canoy officiating.  Burial, with full military honors will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Viewing will be Tuesday 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.  Wednesday 9:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. and Thursday 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.  The family will be receiving guests Wednesday evening from 5:30 p.m, until 6:30 p.m.

    Burl was born May 24, 1930 in Talihina, OK  to Luther B. and Malinda (Daney) Neighbors.  After high school graduation Burl moved to Duncan, where he played basketball for the Halliburton Cementers.  Burl proudly served his country in the United States Air Force.  He worked for Halliburton Services for 33 years.  After his retirement Burl worked for Comanche Public School.   He and Billie Etheridge were united in marriage on October 8, 1971 in Wichita Falls, TX.  He and Billie were active members of Patterson Avenue Baptist Church. Burl enjoyed taking care of the “old folks” at church.  He loved watching western movies.  Burl also loved working, he could usually be found working in his yard and mowing.  He was an avid supporter of the OU Sooners.  His greatest enjoyment was watching his grandchildren and great grandchildren in their sports activities;  he was their number one fan. Burl  officiated football and basketball games for over 33 years.  He was inducted into the  Oklahoma  ASA Softball Hall of Fame in 1986, and inducted into the Oklahoma Officials Hall of Fame in 1995.

    Survivors include his wife Billie, of the home; two sons: Danny Neighbors and wife Frankie, Decatur, AR; and Steve Etheridge and wife Becky, Kingston, OK; three daughters:  Nancy Christian and husband Doug, Locust Grove, GA; Jan Laminack and husband Edwin, Duncan, OK; and Tanna Peck and husband Rick, Duncan, OK; four sisters: Franciel Mendenhall, Tulsa, OK; Ida Linville, Heavener, OK; Alma Johnson, Poteau, OK; and Peggy Shafer and husband Denzel, Tulsa, OK;  one brother, Roy Lee Neighbors, Bossier City, LA; ten grandchildren, and seventeen great grandchildren.

    Burl was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Rhonda Sue Neighbors, and four brothers: Howard, Nathaniel, Kelly, and Ted Neighbors.

    Serving as pallbearers will be Brent Clark, Corey Laminack, Kevin Laminack, Cameron Etheridge, Darrell Neighbors, Danny Neighbors, and Jeff Shafer.

Louise Morrison—Terral, OK
    Louise Morrison of Terral, OK passed away Tuesday, September 1, 2015 in Jefferson County Hospital at the age of 87.  Funeral services will be held 10:00 am Friday, September 4, 2015 at the First Baptist Church in Terral with Bro. Mark Kunkel officiating.  Burial will follow in the Terral Cemetery under the direction of Terral Funeral Home. Visitation will be at the Terral Funeral Home on Thursday from 10:00am until 8:00 pm with the family receiving friends from 6:00 until 8:00.

    Louise was born January 4, 1928 in Terral, to John W. and Mamie (Jackson) Craft.  On June 22, 1946 she and Lee Morrison were united in marriage at Terral.  He preceded her in death in 2001.  She was a lifelong Terral resident.  She worked as a cook at Terral Public School for twenty years.  She was a member of the Terral Baptist Church.

    Survivors include three sons: Gary Morrison, Ryan, OK; Larry Morrison and wife Tina, Ryan, OK; and David Morrison and wife Lisa, Terral, OK; one sister, Helen Gunter, Terral, OK; one brother, Tom Craft, Corpus Christi, TX; a sister –in-law, Iris Craft, Bowie, TX; six grandchildren: Nicole, Mandi, Amy, Halie, Melissa, and Heath; six great-grandchildren:  Jameson, Drew, Amber, Landon, Harley, Jaden, Jhett, and Jentry.

    She was preceded by her husband Lee in 2001 and two infant daughters, Linda and Elaine.

Travis Grady McCord--Comanche, OK
    Travis Grady McCord, a lifelong resident of Comanche passed from his Earthly home to his Heavenly Home on Saturday evening, August 22, 2015 in an Oklahoma City hospital, following a sudden illness.  He was 79 years old.  A funeral service will be held Wednesday, August 26th at 10:00 a.m. at Ray of Hope Church, with Bro. Mike McCord and Bro. Dow Pannell officiating, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Visitation will be Tuesday 9:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.  The family will be receiving friends Tuesday evening from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

    Grady was born July 23, 1936 in Oklahoma City, OK to Travis and Rachel (Riddles) McCord.  He attended school in Comanche. As a child, Grady worked at both the Ritz Theater and Joy Theater, doing it all, from sweeping the floor, to making the popcorn, and running the movie projector.  He and Dorothy Fae Brown were united in marriage on March 16, 1954 in Wichita Falls, TX.  He was a very hard worker.  He believed that he could do just about anything, and he usually did.  Grady was very artistic, a great storyteller, and he always had a funny joke to share with anyone who would listen.  He was a community volunteer in the city of Comanche.  He served for several years on the Comanche City Council.  Grady pastored the Jesus Name Church for over twenty years.  He previously worked in the oil field, and later owned his own construction company.  At the time of his death, Grady owned and operated Water Garden Express and Family Monuments here in town.

    Survivors include his precious wife, Dorothy, of the home; five children: Debi McCord, Comanche; Brenda and Gene Cobb, Duncan; Pam Hopkins, Comanche; Jamie and Todd Schroeder, Heber Springs, AR; David McCord and Steven Hendrickson, Charlotte, VT;  nine grandchildren: Joshua Case, Codi Kenney, Derrick Hopkins, Jessica Martel, Brook McEntire, Justin McEntire, Jett Cobb, Mason Schroeder, and  Max Schroeder; nine great-grandchildren:  Tyler Case, Taylor Case, Connor Kenney, Makenzie Sorrell, Gage Allie, Sadie Allie, Conner Hopkins, Carson Hopkins, and Jillian Orr; a brother, Rex Whitlock, Comanche;  and one sister, Wyva McEntire, Comanche.

    Grady was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Terrie Ann Case, son-in-law, Kenneth Case, granddaughter Rachel Orr, and great-granddaughter, Makayla McEntire, also a sister, Evelyn Beck.

    Serving as pallbearers will be Grady’s grandsons.

LWanda Neeld- Garland, TX
   LWanda Neeld passed away peacefully, Thursday, August 20, 2015, at the age of 80 in Rowlett, TX.  A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Duncan. Interment will follow at Duncan City Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.
    LWanda Neeld was born July 31, 1935 in Poolville, OK to parents, Verna Lee (Payne) and Clarence Edward Johnson. She married Cameron Eugene Neeld, August 3, 1951 and was married 60 years.
    She is survived by one daughter, Dianna Darby and her husband, Terry of Garland, Tx , her sisters, Norma Hand of Wills Point, TX, Donna Kendrick of Bakersfield CA, Linda Phillips of Grovetown, GA, Brothers Jack Johnson of Bakersfield, CA, Jearl Johnson of Wichita Falls, TX, Ricky Johnson of Frazier Park, CA, Jerry Johnson of Bakersfiels CA, Sister-in-laws, Janetta Lou Green and Anita Gayle Richardson and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and friends.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Cameron, brother-in-law Lawrence Neeld, brother Jimmy Johnson and son Billy Eugene.

Imogene Greenroyd—Duncan, OK
Imogene (Jean) Greenroyd passed from this life on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at the Oklahoma Heart Hospital in Oklahoma City following a short illness.  She was born in Throckmorton, Texas, March 2, 1928, to Jesse and Amanda Sullivan.  She married Virgil Greenroyd on September 27, 1947 and they made their home in Duncan.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, brother, husband, and three of their 6 children, Michael, Johnny and Debra.  She is survived by daughters, Allyson Greenroyd of Duncan and Judy Gibson, Broken Arrow, son, Ricky Greenroyd, of Houston and sister, Ellen Olsen, Albuquerque.  Mama left behind 10 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.  Aunt Jean will also be missed by her many nieces and nephews.
She was a long time member of Lakeside Baptist Church, Marlow.
The memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 22, 2 p.m. at Lakeside.

Denise Ann Linderman – Comanche, OK
    Denise Ann Linderman, a resident of Comanche, passed away Saturday morning, August 15, 2015.  She was 31 years old.  A memorial service will be held Monday, August 24th at 10:00 a.m. at the Comanche Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Billy Morgan officiating.

    Denise was born May 5, 1984 at Waurika, OK.  She attended school in Ringling, OK; and she later moved to Stanford, Illinois.  Several years later she returned back to Oklahoma.  Denise loved being with her friends, listening to music, and working.  She loved her children and always kept them in her heart.

    She leaves behind two children: Hunter and Lily Eller, Stanford, Illinois; her parents, Geary and Frances Roberts, Waurika, OK; grandmother Mary Collins, Ringling, OK; her sisters: Michelle Roberts , Waurika, OK; Stephanie Roberts and husband Tim, Duncan, OK; and Jessica Roberts, Elk City, OK;  nieces and nephews: Angelica Hope Aden Lindsey, Comanche, OK; Kiely Rae Morrow, Elk City, OK; Cason Morrow, Elk City, OK; and Corbin Morrow, Elk City, OK; an aunt and uncle, Stacy and Chad Lindsey, Comanche, OK; special friends, Joseph Turner, Comanche, OK;  The Berzas Family: Ricky, Lisa, Justin, Bethany, Corey, and the grandkids.

    Denise was preceded in death by her grandfather, Vernon Linderman; an aunt, Cheryl Aden; and Natalie Berzas.

Grettena Juanita Hendricks Stover—Boonville, MO
Grettena Juanita Hendricks Stover, age 84, of Boonville, MO died Monday August 3, 2015.  Grettena was born July 11, 1931 in Comanche, OK to her parents, Levi Leslie and Pearl Mae (Adams) Hendricks.  She married Huber Lee (Smokey) Stover, and they had four sons; Huber Lee Stover (Teresa) of Boonville, MO, Gary Brent Stover (Shelba) of Granbury, TX, Billy Jack Stover (Suzy) of Abilene, TX and Leslie Dean Stover also of Abilene, TX.

Grettena is survived by her sons, 14 grand-kids, 24 great-grand kids, and lots of nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 8, 2015 at Comanche Funeral Home Chapel in Comanche, OK.  Burial will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery in Comanche, OK.

Linda Ann “Annie” Vosburgh-Duncan, OK
Linda Ann “Annie” Vosburgh passed away at her residence in Duncan on Saturday, August 2, 2015 at the age of 55. A memorial service will be scheduled at a future date.

Annie was preceded in death by her mother, Mary D. Vosburgh.

She is survived by two brothers,  Frank Vosburgh and Stewart  Vosburgh, both of Duncan; and several nieces and nephews.

David Loftin – Comanche, OK
David Loftin, of Comanche, passed away Saturday evening, August 1, 2015 at his home.  He was 50 years old.  A funeral service will be held Wednesday, August 5th at 2:00 p.m. at Living Waters Church of God. Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Visitation will be Tuesday 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday 9:00 a.m. until noon.  The family will be receiving friends from 5:30 -6:30 Tuesday evening.

    David was born October 3, 1964 at Sulphur Springs, TX to Asa A. and Linda (Mitchell) Loftin.  He was a graduate of Hereford,TX High School.  He was a hard worker, and he loved to work.  He was a herdsman, and also a farrier.  David managed the Vanderlaan Dairy in Frederick, OK;  and also worked at Sombrero Ranch in Colorado.  He was a very active member of the Living Waters Church of God.

    Survivors include his parents, Asa and Linda Loftin, of Comanche; a son, Dakota Loftin, Cleburne, TX; a daughter, Charity Loftin, Cleburne, TX; two brothers, Bobby Loftin and wife Renee, Vega, TX; and Billy Loftin and wife Melissa, Amarillo, TX; one sister, Ruth Ann Loftin, Comanche; several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

    Pallbearers will be Bobby Edwards, Donnie Ross, Jimmy Jones, Jim Bowden, Mark Terry, and Carl Cowan.

    Memorial contributions may be sent to Living Waters Church, 1008 South 8th Street, Comanche, OK 73529

Dorothy Jean (Monroe) Byerly – Comanche, OK
   Dorothy Jean Byerly peacefully passed from this life to her Eternal Home on Tuesday morning, July 14, 2015 at Marlow, OK, at the age of 86.  A funeral service will be held Friday, July 17th at 10:00 a.m. at the Comanche Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Dow Pannell officiating.  Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Viewing will begin Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m.  The family will be receiving friends Thursday evening from 5:30-6:30.

    Dorothy was born June 9, 1929 in Hastings, OK to S.L. and Ruby (Hooper) Monroe.  She and Kenneth Byerly were united in marriage on November 27, 1948 in Henrietta, TX.  She worked for many years as a Nurses Aide. She loved to crochet. More than anything else, she was a loving “Mom” and “Mee Maw”.

    She is survived by her three sons: Donald Byerly and wife Carolyn, Lawton, OK; Richard Byerly and wife Vickie, Comanche, OK; and Terry  Byerly and wife Ginger, Norman, OK; one brother, Calvin Monroe and wife Karen, Duncan, OK;  nine grandchildren: Amy Haynes and husband Allen, Adamsville, TN; Aaron Byerly and wife Angela, Grand Prairie, TX; Meredeth Phelps and husband Reggie, Tulsa, OK; Adam Byerly and wife Amy, Seattle, WA; Justin Byerly and wife Tina, Grant, OK; Matthew Byerly and wife Channa, Comanche, OK; Hilary Siebert, Comanche, OK; Leslie McCready and husband Mathew, Newcastle, OK; and Whitney Byerly, Norman, OK; also 25 great-grandchildren, and 8 great-great grandchild;
And numerous nieces, nephews, and many dear friends.

    Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth, in 2009; her parents,  and a sister, Peggy Davidson.

Eldon Glen Matthews – Bowie, TX
    Eldon Glen Matthews, age 84, of Bowie, TX peacefully passed away Tuesday morning, July 7, 2015 iat the Oklahoma Heart Hospital, in Oklahoma City, OK.  A funeral service will be held Friday, July 10th at 2:00 p.m. at the Terral First Baptist Church, with Bro. Barry Kelly and Bro. Larry Cox officiating, under the direction of Terral Funeral Home.  Interment will follow at Terral Cemetery.  Viewing will be Thursday 10:00 a.m. -  8:00 pm.  The family will be receiving friends Thursday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

    Eldon was born July 26, 1930 at Burkburnett, TX to Glen and Lillie (Clary) Matthews.  He and Frances Mozelle Bryant were united in marriage on June 3, 1950 at Henrietta, TX.  He was a truck driver for many years, a job which he truly loved. He drove over 2 million miles without an accident. He was a member of the Teamsters Union, Local 886.  After his retirement in 1992 he and Mozelle moved from Edmond, OK  to Bowie, TX. to make their home.  Eldon was an avid fisherman, he also loved playing dominoes.  He took great pleasure in being able to spend time with his grandchildren.  Eldon was a 32 degree Mason, having received his 50 year pin several years ago. He was a member of the Nocona Masonic  Lodge.  He was a member of the First Freewill Baptist Church in Bowie.

    He is survived by his wife Mozelle, of the home; two sons: Eldon Glen Matthews Jr. and wife Jackie, Madill, OK; and Roger Matthews and wife Laurie, Edmond, OK; two granddaughters: Mindy Dawn Brown and husband Sam, League City, TX; and Heather Dawn Pribble and husband Brett, Edmond, OK;  three great-grandchildren: Ben Brown, Alyssa Brown, and Samantha Dawn Brown; a nephew Chris Matthews, Petrolia, TX; and a niece, Rammona Polk, Bowie, TX; and other relatives and friends.

    Eldon was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Viola Butler, and a brother, Wayne Matthews.

Rev. Richard J. Hayes – Comanche, OK
    Rev. Richard Jack Hayes passed to his eternal reward on July 4, 2015 from the OU Medical Center.  He was 82 years old and had lived a full life.  Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 8th at 11:00 a.m.  at the Comanche United Methodist Church, with Rev. Kevin McKinley officiating.  Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 9:00 am until 8:00 pm with the family receiving friends Tuesday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

    Richard was born December 19, 1932 at Mannington, WV to Sallie and Charles Hayes.  He was a graduate of Fairmont, WV High School, and Trevecca Nazarene University.  On September 23, 1955 he and Nellie Pickett were united in marriage in Akron(Kenmore), Ohio.  They would have celebrated their 60th anniversary this September.

    He pastored Nazarene Churches in Summertown, Tennessee; Boswell, PA; Monaca, PA; Winchester, VA; Butler, PA; Tucson, AZ; Monaca, PA, the second time; Union City, PA; and Albuquerque, NM in his 40 years of ministry.  He was interim pastor of Duncan North Heights and Waurika Nazarene Church after his retirement to Comanche in 1996.

    He is survived by his wife Nellie, of the home;  two children: Susan Keddy and husband Mike, Palisades, CO; and Timothy Hayes and wife Joanne, Tijeras, NM;  two grandchildren: Michael Knight, Albuquerque, NM; and Jesse Knight, Palisades, CO; also one sister-in-law, Nellie Carol Hayes of Mannington, WV; and many nieces and nephews.

    He was preceded in death by his parents,  Sallie (Simpson) and Charles Hayes.  Also, by three brothers, Harold Russell Hayes, Paul Hayes, and Donald Mark Hayes, and their wives.

Bert Brown, Jr. --  Lawton, OK
    Bert Brown Jr, age 62, of Lawton, passed away Monday, June 29, 2015 at his home.  A funeral service will be held Monday afternoon, July 6, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Patterson Avenue Baptist Church.  Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.

    Bert was born February 19, 1953 in Duncan, to Bert Sr. and Ruie Rebecca (Williams) Brown.  He was a 1971 graduate of Comanche High School.  He later graduated from Cameron University with a Bachelor of Science degree.  Bert worked for, and retired from the United States Postal Service, where he served as a supervisor in the Lawton Post Office.    Burt was a great mechanic, he loved working on old trucks.  He coached Little League Baseball for many years.  He loved his constant companion, his dog Roxy.

    Survivors include his wife, Debby Jung, of the home; children: Burt Brown, Dallas, TX; Steven Brown, Dallas, TX; John Robert Martin (Michelle McGlothin) Piedmont, OK; Cody (Heather) Cache, OK; Misty (Marco)Patterson, Flower Mound, TX;  brothers: Claude  Blackwell, Duncan, OK; and Tom (Kathy)Blackwell, Springfield, MO; sisters: Virginia Fuller, Comanche, OK; and Mary (Chris)Boston, Comanche, OK;  grandchildren: Austin Brown, Amber Brown, Kyra Williams, Mason Patterson, Mia Patterson, and Madi Patterson, a great-grandchild, Braxton Brown; sister in law, Gayle Blackwell, Duncan, OK,  brother in law, Dan Wiseman, Beautmont, TX;  and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and many dear friends.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers: Jess Blackwell, Earl Blackwell; a sister, Pauline Wiseman; and a sister in law, Juanita Brown.

Dana Renea Burton – Comanche, OK
    Dana Renea Burton, of Comanche, passed away unexpectedly, Saturday morning June 27, 2015 at her home.  She was 47 years old.  A funeral service will be held 10:00 am, Thursday, July 2, 2015.


    Dana was born January 13, 1968 in Wichita Falls, TX to Charles and Janice (Houston) Tapp.   She and Bobby Don Burton were united in marriage on October 7, 1985 in Wichita Falls.  They made their home in Waurika, before moving to Comanche several years ago.  Dana loved her family, and her greatest enjoyment came from spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren.

    Survivors include her husband Bobby, of the home; three daughters: Jessica Burton and fiance’ Michael McDaniel, Hastings, OK; April Simon and husband Tyler, Waurika, OK; and Brittney Burton and fiance’ Aaron Cloud, Comanche,OK;  one son, Dusty Burton, Comanche, OK; and a host of other relatives and dear friends.

    Dana was preceded in death by her parents, and a grandson, Kaden.

Timothy Ray Pitcock – Duncan, OK
    Timothy Ray Pitcock was born February 5, 1964 in Duncan, OK.  He departed this life June 25, 2015 in Meridian, at the age of 51.  A funeral service will be held Monday, June 29, 2015 at Comanche Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Lynn Parkhurst officiating, assisted by Pastor W.R. Workman.  Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.

    Timmy was the oldest of five sons born to Oda and Jean (Copeland) Pitcock.

    He is survived by his parents, of the family home; four brothers: David Pitcock, Michael Pitcock, and Mark Pitcock and wife Anita, all of Duncan;  and Donald Pitcock and wife Sandy, Fort Bliss, TX.  Two nieces: Heather Pitcock and Gabriella Pitcock; three nephews: Garrett Pitcock, Owen Pitcock, and John Pitcock; also numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

    Timmy was preceded in death by his Paternal Grandmother, Linnie May Pitcock, his Maternal Grandparents, Andrew and Josephine Copeland; and several uncles and aunts.

Delbert Johnson – Comanche, OK
    Delbert Johnson, longtime resident of Comanche, peacefully passed away at his home, surrounded by his loving family, on Saturday afternoon, June 20, 2015.  He was 81 years old.  A funeral service will be held Thursday, June 25th at 2:00 p.m. at Ray of Hope Church, with Bro. Mike McCord and Bro. Dow Pannell officiating, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Viewing will begin Tuesday at 11-5, Thursday 9-7, and Friday 9-noon.  The family will be receiving friends Thursday evening from 5:30-6:30.

    Delbert was born May 12, 1934 at Walters, OK to Arthur and Rebecca (Nelson) Johnson.  He was a graduate of Walters High School.  On June 19, 1961 he and Helen Hartzo were united in marriage at Lawton, OK.  They celebrated their 54th year of marriage this past Friday.

    Delbert worked for Cotton Electric for over twenty years.  He was also a farmer and rancher.  He loved to fish.  Delbert’s favorite thing was spending time with his children and grandchildren.

    He is survived by his wife Helen, of the home; three children: Chris Johnson, Comanche; Terri Johnson and Joey Jinks, Comanche; and Greg Johnson and wife Staci, Walters, OK; one sister, Tommie Fye and husband Bud, Comanche; twelve grandchildren: Shalynn, Corey, Kelby, Kiley, Keely, Ashley, Jayme, MacKenzie Quinton (Bubba), Seth, Riley, and Jenna.  Also 11 great-grandchildren;  and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

    The family would like to say a very special “thank you” to Connie Elam for all she has done.

Samuel Clifton Allen – Comanche, OK
    Samuel Clifton Allen, 69, of Comanche, passed away Saturday afternoon, June 20, 2015 at his home.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.

    Sam was born May 24, 1946 at the Comanche Hospital, to Luther C. and Edna (Tilley) Allen.  He was a graduate of Comanche High School.   Sam enjoyed hunting, fishing, and reading.  He also enjoyed hanging out at the coffee shops (Edgewood, and Hop and Sak) with his friends.  Sam also took great pleasure in being able to spend time with his grandchildren, and attending their many different activities.  He worked as a machinist at Halliburton for over 30 years.

    Survivors include  two daughters: Tonya Bryant and husband Dustan, Ryan, OK; and Amber Allen, Comanche, OK; seven grandchildren:  Hannan, Levi Trey, Shantayah, Jayden, Nikaylah, Walter Jr. , and LeGend.  Also, one brother, Richard Allen and wife Emily, Duncan, OK.

    Sam was preceded in death by his parents.

Raymond Dean White- Comanche, OK
    Raymond Dean White, a lifelong resident of Comanche, was welcomed into the loving arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ, on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at his home.  He was 71 years old.  A funeral service will be held Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Ray of Hope Church, with Bro. Dow Pannell, and Bro. Mike McCord officiating.  Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.
Visitation will be Thursday 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. and Friday, 9:00 a.m. until noon.  The family will be receiving friends Thursday evening from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

    Dean was born April 24, 1944 in Comanche, to Ott and  Nora (Wilson) White.  He attended school at Comanche.  Dean and Gail Butler were united in marriage on October 28, 1989 in Comanche.    Dean worked for the City of Comanche for nearly 42 year, serving as the Water Department Manager.  He was a former volunteer fireman, and he also worked at Comanche Lake.   He loved fishing, (especially taking his grandchildren fishing), “piddling” with his truck, and shooting his gun.  He loved spending time with his family.

    He is survived by his wife Gail, of the home; four daughters: Jean Wall and husband Charles, Comanche; Sharon Rounds and husband Glenn, Comanche;  Karren Manley, Puyallup, WA; and Trisha Dotson and husband Billy, Comanche;  a step-son, BJ Yeager and wife Vera, Fremont, NE;  his brother, Jimmy White and wife Sue, Comanche; and one sister, Candace Absher and husband Lewis, Comanche;  also 14 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. 

    He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters: Janice White, Barbara White, and Betty Qualls; and brothers: Gary White, and Jerry White

    Pallbearers will be grandsons, and also Steve Bolton.  Honorary bearers will be Terry Williams, Lester Lehew,  Earl Ralls Jr, Charlie Ralls, Billy Gray, David Coder, Jeff Ausmus, and Ethan Manley.

    The family would like to say a very special thank you to Dr. Najera, and Duncan and Lawton Cancer Treatment Centers; Aspire Hospice caregivers, Kevin, and LD.

D. L. Jones – Comanche, OK
    D.L. Jones, longtime resident of Comanche, peacefully passed away Tuesday afternoon, June 9, 2015 in Oklahoma City, OK, following a lengthy illness.  He was 78 years old.  A graveside funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 13th at 2:00 p.m. at Dixie Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Visitation will be Friday, 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.  and on Saturday 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  The family will be receiving friends Friday evening from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

    D.L. was  born December 22, 1936 at Gunnersville, AL to Dayton and Katie (Lee) Jones.  He and his family moved to El Reno, OK in 1951, and he later moved to Comanche in 1988.  He and Effie Howard were united in marriage on January 17, 1975 in Yukon, OK.  D.L. was an excellent mechanic.  He also owned his own wrecker service for many years.  He loved fishing, deer hunting, classic cars, and watching western movies.  He took great pleasure in spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  He dearly loved his dogs, “Pearl”, “Whiskers”, and “Rambo”.

    Survivors include his wife Effie, of the home; five children: Tim Jones  (Jeannetta), Antlers, OK; Lila Benhmida, Oklahoma City, OK; Charlotte Drake (Edward Dean), Bethany, OK; Tammy White, Comanche, OK; and David Oster, Comanche, OK; four sisters: Sharon Smith, El Reno, OK; Avis Jones, Comanche, OK; Aquila Jones, Georgia; Priscilla Jones, Alabama; and Aaron Jones (Jeannie), Alabama; fifteen grandchildren: Samantha Sherman, Boushra Benhmida, Cody Drake, Adam Drake, Lacey Drake, Jordan Wallace, Yousef Benhmida, Stefanie White, Lacey Jones, Kyla White, Omar Benhmida, Sofia Benhmida, Gabriella Oster, Kaci Oster;  fourteen great-granchildren: Jayce Sherman, MacKinzie Sherman, Brody Sherman, Phoenix White, Konner Youmans, Aaron Wallace, Adelaide Wallace, Giavanni Black, Malachi Hall, Fatima Rayes, Jonathan Rayes, Gabriella Benhmida, Kailynn Drake, and Izabella Benhmida. 

    He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons, Tom Jones and Terry Jones, and four brothers.

    Serving as pallbearers will be Sammy Richardson, Edward Dean, John McCurry, Denver Friesen, Cody Drake, and Anthony Youmans.

Monte Lee Spurgin – Duncan, OK
    Monte Lee Spurgin, 83, of Duncan passed to his Eternal rest, Saturday, June 6, 2015 at the Wilkins Nursing Center.  A funeral service will be held at Countryside Free Will  Baptist Church, east of Velma at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 9th.  Interment will follow at Loco Cemetery under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.

    Monte was born to Roy and Dovie (Dunn) Spurgin on June 12, 1931 in Dixie, OK.  Early in his life he accepted Christ and became a member of the Countryside Free Will Baptist Church.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, LoRay Spurgin, his sister, Delpha Ward and her husband J.C. Ward; a nephew Larry Ward, niece Myra Berry,  and a great-niece Melissa Ward.  Monte is survived by his sister-in-law Cleo Spurgin, Velma, OK; his nieces and nephews, Myrna Sam and husband Steve, Fort Worth, TX; Jack Berry, Ada, OK; Paula Crawford and husband Steven, Roff, OK; David Spurgin and wife Renee, Velma, OK; and Terry Ward and his wife Bridget, Pineville, LA;  his great-nieces and nephews, Chris Woodall and wife KraTaura, Brooke Kingsley and husband Peter, Blake Crawford and wife Kim, Brent Crawford and wife Jamie,  Courtney Bratton and husband Bryan, Lyndsi Sam and husband Joe, Brandon Spurgin, Terry Ward II and wife Molly, Anthony Ward, Andrew Ward, Stacy Green and husband Jeff, and Joey Ward.  He has twenty great great nieces and nephews, and one aunt, Laverne Cloughly, Seguin, TX.  In addition, he has a host of loving cousins.

    Monte loved OU sports, Dr. Pepper, Southern Gospel music, and John Wayne.  He could beat all of his family playing dominoes and moon, and enjoyed laughing at the losers!

    Serving as pallbearers will be his nephews.

    The family wishes to express its gratitude for the loving friendship and care Monte received from the Wilkins Nursing Center and staff.

Charles Edward “Chuck” Ramsey – Comanche, OK
Charles Edward “Chuck” Ramsey, a longtime resident of Comanche, passed away Saturday, June 6, 2015 at his home. He was 76 years old. A graveside service will be held Tuesday, June 9th at 10:00 a.m. at Weaver Chapel Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home. 

    Chuck was born October 22, 1938 in Comanche, to Fred and Maggie (Chapman) Ramsey.   He and Linda Gale Strange were united in marriage on October 20, 1982 at Lawton, OK.  He loved to go camping, and working in his yard.  Chuck retired as an equipment operator.  He also for worked Halliburton, and on the Alaskan Pipeline.

    He is survived by his wife Linda, of the home; his children: Gary Ramsey, Duncan; and David Ramsey and wife Tonya, Pennsylvania, TX ;  Stephanie Aker and husband Jerry, Duncan ; Greg Blair and wife Quinn, Comanche; and Dusti Egland and husband Kevin, Duncan; also fifteen grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, and four sisters.

    Serving as pallbearers will be Nick Ramsey, Tanner Ramsey, James Reames, Ryan Aker, Cody Ramsey, and Aric Carter.  Honorary bearers will be Merle Weeaks, Charlie Shelton, Larry Stiles, and David Strange.

Connie Mae Durrett---Shawnee, OK
Connie Mae Durrett passed away on Sunday, May 31, 2015 in Shawnee, OK at the age pf 94.  Funeral Service will be at 1:00 pm, Friday, June 5, 2015 in the Comanche Funeral Home Chapel in Comanche, OK with Mario Pineda officiating. Burial will follow in the Fairlawn Cemetery in Comanche under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Family visitation will be Friday morning from 9:00 am until service time.

Connie was born in Addington, Ok on November 23, 1920 to Earl Ramey and Myrtle Laura(Carroll) Turner.  She worked as a sky chef in the airlines industry, a seamstress for Haggar Slacks in Temple and most of all, she was a homemaker for the family.

Connie is survived by two sons, Alfred E. Durrett of Indio, CA and Don Waggoner of Edmond, OK; daughter-in-law, Cindy Durrett of Oklahoma City; five grandchildren, Rocky Durrett of Laguna Hills, CA, Scott Wayne Durrett of Tulsa, OK, Brad James Durrett of Moore, OK, Donna Ann Meriwether of Broken Arrow, OK, Devin Waggoner of Oklahoma City; special friends, David Green of Yukon, OK, Richard and Sherry Skinner of Shawnee, OK, Dennis and Mary Johnson of Wellington, KS.

Connie was preceded in death by her husband, John Alfred Durrett on April 15, 1969; her father, Earl Ramey Turner on August 14, 1978; her mother, Myrtle Laura Turner on July 15, 1942; one brother, Clovis Turner on December 24, 1949; one son, Dickie Wayne Durrett on February 23, 2008.

Ruthie Dunlap – Comanche, OK
    Ruthie Joan Dunlap, a lifelong resident of Comanche, was welcomed into her Heavenly home on Saturday evening, May 30, 2015 at Duncan Regional Hospital.  She was 80 years old.  A funeral service will be held Wednesday, June 3rd at 1:00 p.m. at Ray of Hope Church, with Mike McCord and Dow Pannell officiating.  Burial will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Visitation will be Tuesday 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. 

    Ruthie was born October23, 1934 in Comanche, to Herman and Emma (Fowler) Jones.  She was a graduate of Comanche High School in 1952.  She met the love of her life in the eighth grade, but didn’t know it until she was out of school and working, and he had returned from the military in 1955.  On December 2, 1955 she and Charles Dunlap were united in marriage in Comanche.  Ruthie and Charles were avid sports fans, attending football, basketball, and baseball games, and supporting Comanche Athletics through the years. Ruthie loved the OU Sooners and OKC Thunder.

    Survivors include her husband Charles, of the home; two children: Tereasa Citrowske and husband Skeeter, Duncan, OK;  and Chuck Dunlap and wife Karen, Comanche, OK; four grandchildren: Jacob Dunlap and wife Madison, Duncan, OK; Stephanie Dunlap,  Edmond, OK; Chloe Dunlap, Comanche, OK; and Jeffrey Citrowske, Duncan, OK; 2 brothers: Gean Jones and wife Shirley, Duncan, OK; and Jerry Jones and wife Teresa, Comanche, OK; two sisters: Mildred June Johnson, Edmond, OK; and Shirley Howell Wade, and husband Floyd, Duncan, OK;  and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friend.

    Ruthie was preceded in death by her parents, a baby girl, Charla Jo; and four brothers: Preston Jones, Phillip Jones, Charles Jones, and Lanny Jones.

    Serving as pallbearers will be her nephews.

Doris Minervie Pearlee Albertson—Duncan, OK
Doris Albertson passed away Monday, April 20, 2015 in Duncan at the age of 93. A Graveside Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 10:00 am in Graham (OK) City Cemetery with Monk Firestone officiating under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.

Doris was born on August 17, 1921 to Emmette Virgil and Beulah Connie(Gilley) Smith in Graham, OK.  Growing up, she attended  RoundUp School in Carter County. Doris enjoyed playing dominos and gardening .  She especially loved spending time with her grand kids.

Doris is survived by her son, Roger Albertson of Duncan; four grandchildren, Kristy Houston and husband Ricky of Duncan, Cindy Peterson and husband Todd of Marlow, Roy Albertson and his wife Scarlett of Anadarko and Renee Bracken and husband Brent of Duncan; eight  great  grandchildren, Chyan Houston, Josh and Melissa Peterson, Rowdy and Scout Albertson, Briar, Wyatt and Carter Adams; many other relatives and friends.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Monroe Smith, Frank Smith, Leonard Smith and Roy Smith.

Joe L. Moren  - Comanche, OK
    Joe Louis  Moren, a lifelong resident of Comanche, passed away at his home in Comanche, on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. He was 78 years old.  A funeral service will be held Friday afternoon, April 17th  at 1:30 p.m. at Ray of Hope Church, with Bro. Dow Pannell, officiating.  Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  The family will be receiving friends Thursday evening from 4:00-6:00 p.m.
    Joe was born February 12, 1937, to James and Vera (Doan) Moren in Comanche.  He was a 1955 graduate of Comanche High School.   On July 7, 1955, he and Frances Wiley were united in marriage in Henrietta, TX  Joe owned and operated a service station in town for many years, he also served as manager at Meridian Rural Water.  He later worked for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.  Joe served on the Comanche Board of Education for over 20 years.  He presented each of his children with their diploma. Joe was a former calf roper, boxer, and an avid golfer.  His greatest joy was watching all his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren take part in sporting events, and recitals. More than anything, he loved spoiling them!

    Survivors include his wife Fran, of the home; four children:  Dr. Terry Moren, Burbank, CA; Billy Moren and wife Dee, Oklahoma City, OK; and Dennis Moren and wife Michele, Duncan, OK;John Kaslanezak, Riverside, CA;  seven grandchildren Benjamin Moren and wife Andrea, Rachel Knudsen and husband Tom, Sadie Moren, Dr. Stephanie Elliott and husband Ladell, and son Isaac;  Blake Moren, Stephen Welch, and Wyatt Martin.  Also two great-grandchildren: Montana Welch and Elijah Moren; two sisters: Sue Bramhill and husband Bill, Irving, TX, and Louise Land, Bakersfield, CA; two brothers-in-law: Phil Wiley and wife Jackie, Lake Hubbard, TX, and Eddie Wiley and wife JoAnn, San Antonio, TX; son in laws: Doug Welch, and Billy Martin;  also many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and dear friends.

    Joe was preceded in death by his parents, James and Vera; two children: Jerry Moren and Cheryl Martin; two grandchildren: Naomi Moren and Mary Grace Moren; and two great grandchildren: Isaiah Moren and Joshua Moren. Also, three brothers: C.R. Moren, Jack Moren, and Kenneth Moren; and three sisters: Vivian Wright, Opal Wilson, and Sally Reed.

    Serving as pallbearers will be Joe’s sons and grandsons.

Bertha Mae Quaid – Comanche, OK
    Bertha Mae Quaid, a longtime resident of Meridian/Comanche community peacefully passed away Friday, April 3, 2015 at Colbert, OK.  She was 92 years old.  A funeral service will be held Monday, April 6th at 2:00 p.m. at Prairie Hill Church of Christ.  Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Visitation will be Monday morning, prior to the service.

    Bertha was born March 17, 1923 near Loco, in Stephens County, to William Riley and Cleo Mae (Kitchens) Frederick.  She and James Francis (J.F.) Quaid were united in marriage on September 11, 1941 in Duncan, OK.  She worked for Hager Slacks for eighteen years.  Bertha was a very good seamstress.  She enjoyed reading and also crocheting.  She was an active member of Prairie Hill Church of Christ.

    Survivors include two children: Marie Elaine Queen, Snyder, OK; and Ronnie Quaid, Bonham, TX;  nine grandchildren: Michael Mehta, Byron Queen, Juanita Queen, Burt Quaid, Susannah Quaid, Sherri Quaid, Mary Jackson, Tammy Taft, and Johnathan Taft.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, J.F. in 2009, a granddaughter, Sally Mehta, and 4 brothers and 4 sisters.

Debbie Lee Conder – Addington, OK 
    Deborah Lee “Debbie” Conder, age 59, a resident of Addington, OK peacefully passed away Friday morning, March 27, surrounded by her family, at her home.  A funeral service will be held Monday March 30th at 2:00 p.m. at Countryside Baptist Church, with Bro. Harold Matheny officiating, assisted by Bro. Dee Bowen.  Interment will follow at Weaver Chapel Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Visistation will be Sunday 1:00- 5:00 p.m. and Monday 9:00- Noon.

    Debbie was born October 23, 1955 at Duncan, OK to “Doc” and Janet (Barton) Null.  She and T.D. Conder were united in marriage on June 2, 1972 in Meridian.  She worked for many years for Goodwill Industries.   Debbie loved going to garage sales and yard sales, and shopping.  She was also a wonderful seamstress.   She enjoyed arts and crafts, and she loved reading her Bible.  She was a very religious woman.  Debbie loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

    Survivors include her husband, T.D. of the home; two daughters:  Brandi Lipkin, Anadarko, OK; and Jennifer Young, Addington, OK;  three sisters: Tammie Stovall, Duncan, OK; Sheila Hull, Springtown, TX; and Sonya  Ratliff and husband Mike, Newark, TX; her father, Doc Null, Newark, TX; her  mother, Janet “Dottie” Clayton, Duncan, OK;  two special sister-in-laws, Vival McCarty, Denton, TX; and Tracey Conder and husband Terry, Shattuck, OK; six grandchildren: Ariona, Rebecca, Briana, Shelby, Tucker, and Charlie; and four great-grandchildren: Carson, Chloe, Caroline, and Cash; also many nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends. 

McKaya Raquel Ledford – Comanche, OK
    McKaya Raquel Ledford, age 10 of Comanche, was welcomed into her Heavenly home, into the loving arms of Jesus on Thursday evening, March 19, 2015 at OU Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma City.  A funeral service will be held Wednesday, March 25th at 11:00 a.m. at Ray of Hope Church, with Pastors Dow Pannell, Trent Young, and Mike McCord officiating.  Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Office hours Tuesday are 9:00-5:00

    McKaya was born February 11, 2005 at Duncan, OK to Shane and Tish (Sexton) Ledford.  She was currently a fourth grade student at Grandview School.  She attended Patterson Avenue Baptist Church.
McKaya loved playing American Girl dolls, and Barbie’s.   She also loved playing with her friends and cousins.  She enjoyed playing Sims 4 with Hunter, and watching movies with Tucker.  McKaya enjoyed going to school, where she was a straight A student.  She loved being our “little princess” and “firecracker”.

    She is survived by her parents, Shane and Tish Ledford, of the home; two brothers: Hunter and Tucker; her grandparents: Jim and June Sexton, Velma, OK and Andy and Billie Ledford, Comanche, OK and numerous aunts and uncles, and many cousins.

    Pallbearers will be Greg Blair, Kary Hendricks, Justin Miller, Joey Shelby, Chase Graham, and Dixon Harper.
    Honorary bearers will be Greg Lindesmith, Kolby Shelby, Benji Doucet, Aaron Evans, Ralph Laminack, Shashonee Sales, Mike Hugunin, and Tom Hugunin.

    Memorial contributions may be made to the MaKaya Ledford Memorial Fund  c/o First Bank and Trust Co. P.O. Box 580, Duncan, OK 73534 or to Lifeshare  at their website, www.lifeshareok.org

Jackie Harold “Jack” Brown—Comanche, Ok 
Jackie Harold Brown passed from this life Saturday February 28, 2015, in the Meridian Nursing Home, at the age of ninety-one. Jack was born September 20, 1923, in Comanche, Oklahoma, to Daniel and Bonnie Lee (Hunter)Brown. As a young man, Jack would often hop a freight train and travel throughout the United States working different harvests. In January of 1942, he joined the Navy and served on the USS Hill during World War II.  After the war, he worked as a derrick hand in the oilfield and spent his later years as a Union Ironwork for Local 481. Throughout his retirement years, he enjoyed fishing, gardening, and raising red oak trees and crape myrtles. He was an avid Dallas Cowboy and Oklahoma Sooner fan and affectionately known by those who loved him most as “Pappy”.
Survivors include: daughter Sandi Odom and husband Larry of Elk City, OK, daughter Debbie Carr and husband Mark of Comanche, OK, Grandsons Nick Carr and wife Amanda of Carter, OK, Larren Odom and wife Belissa, Tony Odom and wife Kelby, Granddaughter Cyndi Hood and husband Coy all of Elk City, OK. Great grandchildren Candace, Nate, Ashlee, Larrisa, Scott, Garren, Caden, Caleb, Zack,Sadie and Railee.       Also Lydel Anderson of Colbert, OK, Dennis Bragg and Rosemary and Jerry Bragg and Debbie of Durant, OK. Denise Sartain and husband Bryan of Pilot Point, TX, and a host of extended family.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Fred, Jess, and Bob, and sisters Jewel and Irene.  Sons Ronnie Stovall and Barney Bragg. 
Funeral services for Mr. Brown are Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at 11:00 am at ROH Church Comanche, OK, with Mike McCord and Dow Pannell officiating. Burial will be at Fairlawn Cemetery in Comanche under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.
Serving as pallbearers are grandsons and great grandsons.

Billy (Bill) Ray McDaniel  -  Comanche, OK
   Billy Ray (Bill) McDaniel, a longtime Comanche resident peacefully passed away Friday morning, February 27, 2015 at Duncan, OK following a brief  illness.  He was 81 years old.  A funeral service will be held Monday, March 2nd at 11:00 a.m. at Addington Baptist Church, with Bro. Billy Morgan officiating, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Interment will follow at Addington Cemetery.  Viewing will be Sunday 1:00-6:00 p.m. The family will be receiving friends from 5:00-6:00 p.m.

    Bill was born March 21, 1933 in Birmingham, AL to Dan and Clydie (Gable) McDaniel.  After graduating high school, Bill proudly served his country in the United States Army. He and Sandra Sue Glenn were united in marriage May 23, 1975 at Decatur, TX.  Bill worked for many years in the construction business, and the oilfield industry.  He enjoyed fishing, raising horses, and going to flea markets and garage sales.  He loved spending time with his grandchildren.

    Survivors include six children: Polly Guthrie and husband Shannon, Iowa Park, TX; Penny Mildren, Duncan, OK; Mark McDaniel and wife Marsha, Burleson, TX; Richard McDaniel, Tulsa, OK; Allan McDaniel, Duncan, OK; and Steve McDaniel and wife Stephanie, Owasso, OK; twelve grandchildren: Deidre McDaniel, Brandy McDaniel Brown, Brandon McDaniel, Michael McDaniel, Stephanie Van Houten,  Marc McDaniel, Amanda Keith, Matthew McDaniel, Jordann McDaniel Russell, Emily Van Houten Marks, Hunter Mildren, and Raychel McDaniel; and three great-grandchildren;  numerous nieces and nehews, and several brothers and sisters.

    Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra; his mother, Clydie; and two brothers: Charlie McDaniel, and Kenny McDaniel.

Ruby May (Garrett) Murray – Comanche, OK
    Ruby May (Garrett) Murray passed away in her home, west of Comanche, Monday evening,  February 23, 2015.  A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. at Corum Baptist Church, with Bro. Bruce Humphries officiating, assisted by John Gilbert.  Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

    Ruby was born, April 24, 1916 at Corum, OK to Walter V. and Nettie May (Palmer) Garrett.  She was one of eight children.  She and Sidney E. Murray were united in marriage on July 3, 1935, and they were married for 70 years when Sidney passed away in 2006.  Their family consisted of five daughters and their husbands: Vivian and Roy Knapp, Duncan, OK; Patsy and Harris Powers, Comanche, OK; Merle and Jack Kirkby, Dallas, TX; Joy and Karl Englund, Choctaw, OK; and Jane and John Gilbert, Corpus Christi, TX; as well as 14 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, and 26 great-great grandchildren.

    Ruby was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, a granddaughter Janice Knapp, and a grandson Scott Kirkby.

    Ruby spent many years as a homemaker, and a cook for school in Oak College, Grandview, Duncan, and Comanche.  She was an active member of Corum Baptist Church for 90 plus year.

    Memorial contributions may be made to Corum Baptist Church, Route 1 Box 84, Comanche, OK 73529 or Baptist Home for Girls, Madill’ 13976 Anthony Lane, Madill, OK  73446.

John Paul Springer Sr.  -  Comanche, OK
    John Paul Springer, Sr.  of Comanche, passed away Friday afternoon, February 20, 2015 at Duncan Regional Hospital.  He was 79 years of age.  A memorial service will be held Thursday, February 26th at 2:00 p.m. at Countryside Baptist Church.

    John was born August 27, 1935 in Booneville, Arkansas to Benjamin Harrison and Ona Lillian (Reed) Springer.  He owned and operated his own trucking business for many years.  John moved to Comanche in 2011, coming here from California.  He loved hunting, fishing, and going to garage sales.  He had two dogs, “George” and “Scooter” who were his constant companions.

    Survivors include his four children: Virginia Clemons and husband Rodger, Norman, OK; John Paul Springer, Jr, Woodland, CA; Margaret Robinson and husband Steven, Hastings, OK; and Robert Wayne Springer and fiancé Christina Estes, Comanche, OK; four siblings: Ben Springer, Booneville, AR; Ralph Springer, Glendale, AZ; Tom Springer, Norman, OK; and Betty Lowery, Havana, AR; six grandchildren:
Paula Walker, Jaime Allen, Bobbie Sloan, Jeremiah Seago, Ronnie Sloan Jr.; Christina Springer, and Michelle Springer; and five great-grandchildren.

    John was preceded in death by his spouse Sylvella Lowery, two brothers: James Springer and Gerald Springer; and three sisters: Mary, Fern, and Ona; and his former wife, Bobbie Jewell Springer.

Ruby May (Garrett) Murray – Comanche, OK
    Ruby May (Garrett) Murray passed away in her home, west of Comanche, Monday evening,  February 23, 2015.  A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. at Corum Baptist Church, with Bro. Bruce Humphries officiating, assisted by John Gilbert.  Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.


    Ruby was born April 24, 1916 at Corum, OK to Walter V. and Nettie May (Palmer) Garrett.  She was one of eight children.  She and Sidney E. Murray were united in marriage on July 3, 1935, and they were married for 70 years when Sidney passed away in 2006.  Their family consisted of five daughters and their husbands: Vivian and Roy Knapp, Duncan, OK; Patsy and Harris Powers, Comanche, OK; Merle and Jack Kirkby, Dallas, TX; Joy and Karl Englund, Choctaw, OK; and Jane and John Gilbert, Corpus Christi, TX; as well as 14 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, and 26 great-great grandchildren.

    Ruby was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, a granddaughter Janice Knapp, and a grandson Scott Kirkby.

    Ruby spent many years as a homemaker, and a cook for school in Oak College, Grandview, Duncan, and Comanche.  She was an active member of Corum Baptist Church of 90 plus year.

    Memorial contributions may be made to Corum Baptist Church, Route 1 Box 84, Comanche, OK 73529 or Baptist Home for Girls, Madill’ 13976 Anthony Lane, Madill, OK  73446.

    Ruby Murray was love.  If you were ever hungry, she fed you.  If you were ever thirsty, she found you something to drink.  If you came to her house a stranger, you left feeling like one of the family.  If you needed something to wear, she gave you the clothes off her back, or something she had stitched together.  If you were cold and in need, she wrapped you in a quilt and gave you a big hug.  She met us all; family, community, church family, and strangers with love.  She took each one of us with our odd needs and imperfections, she lovingly placed us side by side and stitched us together.  We have all been quilted into the life of Ruby with threads of unconditional love and understanding.  We are each stronger and more beautiful for it.  We grieve her passing today but we also celebrate her unique legacy of love.

John Paul Springer Sr.  -  Comanche, OK
    John Paul Springer, Sr.  of Comanche, passed away Friday afternoon, February 20, 2015 at Duncan Regional Hospital.  He was 79 years of age.  A memorial service will be held Thursday, February 26th at 2:00 p.m. at Countryside Baptist Church.

    John was born August 27, 1935 in Booneville, Arkansas to Benjamin Harrison and Ona Lillian (Reed) Springer.  He owned and operated his own trucking business for many years.  John moved to Comanche in 2011, coming here from California.  He loved hunting, fishing, and going to garage sales.  He had two dogs, “George” and “Scooter” who were his constant companions.

    Survivors include his four children: Virginia Clemons and husband Rodger, Norman, OK; John Paul Springer, Jr, Woodland, CA; Margaret Robinson and husband Steven, Hastings, OK; and Robert Wayne Springer and fiancé Christina Estes, Comanche, OK; four siblings: Ben Springer, Booneville, AR; Ralph Springer, Glendale, AZ; Tom Springer, Norman, OK; and Betty Lowery, Havana, AR; six grandchildren:
Paula Walker, Jaime Allen, Bobbie Sloan, Jeremiah Seago, Ronnie Sloan Jr.; Christina Springer, and Michelle Springer; and five great-grandchildren.

    John was preceded in death by his spouse Sylvella Lowery, two brothers: James Springer and Gerald Springer; and three sisters: Mary, Fern, and Ona; and his former wife, Bobbie Jewell Springer.

Lillian Marline McSperitt – Comanche, OK
   Lillian Marline McSperitt, of Comanche, passed away Monday evening, February 16, 2015 at Duncan.  She was 54 years of age.  A graveside funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 19th at 1:00 p.m. at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Viewing will be Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.  The family will be receiving guests from 5:00-6:00 p.m.

    Marline was born May 24, 1960 in Levelland, TX , to Fred N. and Peggy Joyce (Buchannan) Newman.
She worked as a CNA for many years in several nursing homes.  She and Andrew McSperitt were united in marriage in May, 2014 at Walters, OK.  Marline enjoyed crocheting, working crossword puzzles, and cooking.  She loved her Chihuahua dog, “Bear”.

Survivors include her husband Andrew, of the home; her parents, Robert and Peggy Reagan, Comanche; three sisters: Quana Fron and husband Doug, Ranger, TX; Avis White and husband Larry, Fort Worth, TX; and Lawuana Woods, Temple, OK; a brother, Wesley Newman and wife Diane, Athens, MI; a sister in law, Judy Newman, Eastland, TX;  two step sisters: Waneen Gilgan and husband Gordon, Las Vegas, NV; and Brenda Ryder and husband Richard, Cleveland, NC;  a step brother, Tony Reagan and wife Antonia, Cuba, NM; several nieces, nephews, cousins, two aunts, and one great aunt.

    Marline was preceded in death by her father, Fred Newman, step mother Yvonna Newman; one brother, David Fred Newman; three nephews: Troy Newman, Jeffery Fron, and Dale Reagan, her grandparents, and many aunts and uncles.  She was also preceded by two spouses: Jimmy Cotton and Henry David Perkins.

Judith Anne “Judy” Petty – Comanche, OK
   Judith Anne “Judy” Petty, a longtime resident of Comanche, passed away early Saturday morning, February 14, 2015.  She was 71 years old.  A memorial service, celebrating her life will be held Wednesday, February 18th at 10:30 a.m. at the Comanche Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Dow Pannell officiating.

    Judy was born May 27, 1943 in Attleboro, Massachusetts, to Robert and Marion Brennan. Upon her graduation from Vegas High School, in Las Vegas, Nevada; she and her best friend, Myrtle Roose,  started nursing college.  Her life took it’s adult course when she married Harold Kinman, on May 30, 1962 in Las Vegas  after her mother had picked up a hitchhiking service man, who could fix flats.  A few years into their marriage they moved to Oklahoma to be closer to family.  Judy was a homemaker until Harold’s death, February 14, 1981.  She then began working at Pannell’s Grocery, and also Hop and Sak, until GTE came to Main Street.  Judy retired from Pioneer Phone Company.  She downsized her life, settling in her little house with the white picket fence.  Judy was very active with the Comanche Women’s Club, Chamber of Commerce, (where she was named Woman of the Year), Toys For Tots, and always doing her best to support her local businesses. 

    She is survived by her daughter, Annette Skeen and husband Elmer, Duncan, OK; two grandchildren: Lacey Jones and husband Patrick, Comanche, OK; and Kirby Skeen and girlfriend, Kandi Goulding, Duncan, OK; four great-grandchildren: Payton Jones, Paxton Jones, Faryn Skeen, and Roper Skeen; and one brother, John Brennan and wife Bonnie, Durango, CO.  

    Judy was preceded in death by her husband Harold Dee Kinman, a son, Robert Douglas Kinman, her parents, Robert and Marion; spouse Albert Cecil Petty, and a brother, Robert “Bob” Brennan.

    Judy loved and was loved by many.

Mary Ann Gilland – Comanche, OK
    Mrs. Mary Ann Gilland, of Comanche, passed away at her home on February 12, 2015.  A memorial service will be held at Calvary Baptist Church in Marlow, at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 14, 2015.  Located ¾ mile  north of Lawton/Duncan “Y”, on the west side of the road.

    Mary is survived by her husband William H. Gilland , who she was happily married to for 44 wonderful years.  She is also survived by four children: Joe Phillip Alexander, of Texas; Michael Thomas Alexander, Comanche; Jeannine Renee Worthen, Comanche; and Judith Ann Mantooth, Norman, OK; a sister, and Lorrine Mitchell, Davis, OK.  During her 76 years of life Miss Mary had accumulated 15 grandchildren, living in Texas, Oklahoma, and Indiana; and 41 ½ great grandchildren, residing in Texas, Oklahoma, and Indiana.

Wilson E. Mann Jr. – Duncan, OK
    Wilson E. Mann , Jr., a longtime resident of this area, peacefully passed away Thursday afternoon, February 5, 2015 in Meridian.  He was 81 years old.   A funeral service will be held Monday, February 9th at 2:00 p.m. at the Freedom Biker Church, with Bro. Billy Morgan officiating. Interment will be held at Temple Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Visitation will be Sunday 1:00-5:00 p.m. and Monday 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

    Wilson was born June 4, 1933 in Wheeling, Arkansas  to Wilson E. and Hollie Marie (Sanderson) Mann.  After his high school graduation he worked for many years as a linotype operator for various newspapers, including the Chicago Sun, St. Louis Dispatch, and Cleveland Sun.  He returned to this area following his retirement.  He was a faithful member of the Freedom Biker Church.  He loved to play dominos, work jigsaw puzzles, and he was an avid supporter of the OU Sooners. 

    He is survived by three sisters: Wanda Jean Adams and husband Irvin, Bowie, TX; Carrie Stepp, Comanche, OK;  Dena Prince and husband Gene, Baton Rouge, LA;  one brother, Bobbie Mann, Bowie, TX; and numerous nieces and nephews.  

    He was preceded in death by his parents, and grandparents.

Tom Burl Dobbins – Comanche, OK
   Tom Burl  Dobbins, a longtime resident of Stephens County, went to his Heavenly Father  Sunday morning, January 25, 2015 at the Duncan Regional Hospital, following a sudden illness.  He was 73 years old.  A funeral service will be held Tuesday, January 27, 1015 at 2:00p.m. at Praise Assembly of God Church, with Pastor Wade Peyton and Pastor Warren Harkins officiating.  Interment will follow at Weavers Chapel Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.

    Tom was born on December 14, 1941 near Ringling, OK to T. and Geneva (Richards) Dobbins.  He graduated from Addington High School.  He and Sherry Bowen were united in marriage on January 31, 1963, almost fifty two years ago.  Tom was a pipeline welder and also a farmer.  He attended Praise Assembly for many years.  He loved working on old pickup trucks with his son, and he enjoyed playing with his grandkids.  He also loved camping and fishing with friends.

    Survivors include his wife Sherry, of the home;  his mother, Geneva Dobbins; one brother, Smokey Dobbins and wife Pam; a daughter, Regina Dobbins; one son, Jason Dobbins and fiance’ Lindsey Harper; 4 grandchildren: Katie Dobbins, Hanna Dobbins, Thomas Dobbins, and  Jessica Elboar; nieces: Diana Armsworthy and Janet DeFate;  nephews: Jeff Dobbins, Chris Dobbins, Nic Dobbins, Michael Dobbins, and Pancho Dobbins. 

    He was preceded in death by his father, T, and a brother, Pinky.

Charlene Hartzo Beck – Comanche, OK
    Charlene Hartzo Beck, a longtime resident of Comanche, peacefully passed away Saturday afternoon, January 24, 2015 at a Norman, OK hospital.  She was 83 years old.  A funeral service will be held Wednesday, January 28th at 1:00 p.m. at Patterson Avenue Baptist Church, with Bro. Dow Pannell and Bro. Trent Young officiating.  Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Visitation will be Tuesday 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.  The family will be receiving friends Tuesday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

    Charlene was born April 13, 1931 in Haworth, OK to Claude and Mary (Trammell) Hartzo.  She loved dancing, traveling (especially to Branson, MO), doing yard work, and shopping. 

    Survivors include four children:  BJ Riddles Garibay and husband Joe, Comanche; Bobby R. Price and wife Cindy, Oklahoma City, OK; Trish Riddles Mooneyham, Channelview, TX; and Bennie Riddles and wife Susan, Edmond, OK; one sister, Helen Johnson and husband Delbert, Comanche; nine grandchildren: Marc Williams and wife Stacy, Melissa Rothrock and husband Thad, Heath Brown, Stormie Sillaway and husband Jason, Charley Price and wife Alta, Kerri Mooneyham Ouellette and husband Joe, Vernon Mooneyham and wife Kelly, Tawna Meadows, and Ben Riddles; 9 great-grandchildren: Tasha Beckman, Vandi Williams, Gracie Williams, Christin Shigley and husband Zach, Stephen Rothrock, Alyssa Rothrock, Jayden Sillaway, Kiah Sillaway, and Trevor Meadows;  four great-great grandchildren:  Finn Beckman, Aubrey Williams, Mason Shigley, and Annabelle Shigley; and the love of her life, Elton Colbert.  Also, numerous nieces, nephews, and many dear friends.

    Charlene was preceded in death by parents, and two sisters: Lucille Hartzo and Georgie Armstrong.

Waymond Eugene “Gene” Shelton – Comanche, OK
   On Thursday, January 22, 2015, at the age of 85, Gene Shelton was called home to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  A funeral service will be held on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Countryside Baptist Church, with Bro. Dee Bowen officiating, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Burial, with full military honors will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery.  Visitation will be Sunday 1:00-5:00 p.m.  The family will be receiving friends Sunday afternoon from 3:00-4:00 p.m.

    Gene was born May 9, 1929 in Comanche, to Frank and Bertha (Wynn) Shelton.  He was a graduate of Comanche High School.   He and Mary Irene Morgan were united in marriage on March 12, 1955 in Wichita Falls, TX.   His life’s work was as a carpenter and electrician for over 60 years, retiring in 2005.  He loved bluegrass music, playing bass guitar.  He was a founder of the Comanche Opry.  He loved the family reunions, camping out at Duncan Lake every summer. Gene was a devoted Christian.


    He is survived by his wife, Irene, of the home; four children: Rick Shelton, Comanche; Terry Shelton, Comanche; Cne Geraghty, Comanche; and Jeana McDonald and husband Thomas, Comanche; 16 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren.

    Gene was preceded in death by his parents, and five brothers and sisters: Oleta  Abshere, Mildred Ditty, LaVelda Foster, Ed Shelton, and Jay Shelton.

Charles Carey Cain – Comanche, OK
   Charles Carey Cain, a lifelong resident of Stephens County, passed away Friday evening, January 9, 2015 at the Duncan Regional Hospital.  He was 75 years old. 

    Charles was born December 28, 1939 in Loco, to Frank and Mary Francis (Kincannon) Cain.   He was a 1958 graduate of Loco High School.  He and Danny Sue Kiser were united in marriage on December 19, 1960 in Wichita Falls, TX.  He was an independent oil producer for many years.   Charles loved to go hunting and fishing.  He also enjoyed traveling, and growing a big garden.  Charles was definitely a one of a kind man.  He will be missed by his family and many friends.

    Survivors include his wife Sue, of the home; three children:  Carey Todd Cain, Duncan, OK; Frankie Whaley and husband Terry, Duncan, OK;  and Julie Whaley and husband Tony, Comanche, OK; five grandchildren: Camille Schmidt and husband Kolton, Celia Monroe, Lujack Whaley, Tanya Whaley, and Trace Whaley; and three great grandchildren: Daniel Stuart, Tela Monroe, and Kaleb Schmidt.

    Charles was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Dick Cain, and one sister, Frankie Jean Sheen.

Betty June Roberts – Hastings, OK
    Betty June Roberts , 77, a lifelong resident of Jefferson County, peacefully passed away  early morning, January 9, 2014 at her home.  A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, January 13th at 10:00 a.m. at the Heart of Truth Church, located in Temple, Ok, with Pastor Sharon Jones officiating.

    Betty was born June 16, 1937 at Forrestburg, TX to Bailey and Olli (Landers) Jackson.  She was a homemaker most of her life.  She and Homer Lee Roberts were united in marriage on November 11, 1963 at Henrietta, TX. He passed away on September 22, 1998.  Betty loved fishing, camping, working puzzles, but more than anything she loved spending time with her family.  She was known to always be smiling.

    Survivors include two children:  Bryan Roberts and wife Earlene, Hastings, OK; and Donna Lemons and husband Roy, Hastings, OK; three sisters:  Zelda Swartfager, Richmond, VA; Lillie Lemons, Nocona, TX; and Jackie Ridinger, Dean, TX;  five grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren.

    Betty was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and one sister, Billie Dennison.

Roy J. Williams – Comanche, OK
    Roy J. Williams, a lifelong resident of Stephens County passed away Thursday evening, January 8, 2015 in at Oklahoma City hospital, at the age of 82.  A funeral service will be held Monday, January 12th at 2:00 p.m. at the Comanche Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Dee Bowen officiating, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Burial, with full military honors , provided by the Stephens County Honor Guard will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery.  The family will be receiving friend Sunday afternoon, January 11th from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

    Roy was born June 19, 1932 in Comanche, to Henry and Zola (Duvall) Williams.  He proudly served his country in the Unites States Marine Corp.   Roy worked for over 35 years as a Plumber and Pipefitter, belonging to Local Union #344.  He also was a farmer and rancher.  He loved working, growing a vegetable garden, horseback riding, reading, carpentry, and going to the casino.  His constant companion was his dog, “Patches”.

    He is survived by his wife Trudi, of the home;  five children: Kathy Falco, Galveston, TX; Renae Simpson and husband Randy, Godley, TX; Carrie McConnell, Carson City, NV; Donna Corcoran and husband Mike, Muenster, TX; and Jeffrey Frank, Hominy, OK; two sisters: Mae McCall, Comanche, OK; and Ruth Snelling, Bedford, TX; twelve grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers and sisters: Ruby, Albert, J.D., Johnny and Woodrow.

    Serving as pallbearers will be Randy Simpson, Terry Williams, Calvin Burton, Jerry Allen, Chad Allen, and Mike Corcoran.  Honorary pallbearers will be L.R. Curtis and Derek Hanson.

Ruth Laverne Mayfield – Duncan, OK
    Ruth Laverne Mayfield, of Duncan, peacefully passed away early Sunday morning, surrounded by her family, at Duncan Regional Hospital.  She was 78 years old.  A graveside service will be held Tuesday, January 6, 2015at 11:00 a.m. at Fairlawn Cemetery, with Bro. Dee Bowen officiating, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Visitation will be Monday 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.  The family will be receiving friends from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

    Ruth was born March 5, 1936 in Sunset, TX to Ed and Vida (Willett) Stephenson.   Ruth loved making quilts, working jigsaw puzzles, fishing, baking, and spending time with her loved ones.

    Survivors include six daughters:  Kathy Eschiti and husband Lewis, Walters, OK; Jo Dean and husband Robert, Allen, OK; Lou Griffing and husband Kurt, Ada, OK; Treva Travelstead, Milam, TN; Reva Mayfield, Walters, OK; Betty Bowen and husband Dee, Comanche, OK; one son, Johnny Mayfield and wife Tanya, Paducah, TX; three brothers, Don Stephenson, Jimmy Stephenson, and Charles Stephenson; and two sisters, Peggy Butler and Lilie Sutton; 17 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers and sisters, and a great-great granddaughter, Nevaeh Defate.

    Pallbearers will be Stephen Eschiti, Brian Mayfield, Bobby Bowen, Jimmy Bowen, Jacob Mayfield, Jason Dean, Trey Mayfield, Robert John Mayfield, and Bubba Travelstead.