Gwen Andrews Peatling

Stillwater (OK) NewsPress, August 1, 2011
     Gwen R. Peatling, 67, died Thursday, July 28, 2011, in Tulsa, Okla.  Funeral services for her will be at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Stillwater, Oklahoma on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011. Strode Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
     Gwen was born to Ralph Andrews and Ruby Dreessen on March 10, 1944.  She graduated from Stillwater High School and attended Oklahoma State University where she received a degree in Business Administration.  She worked for 19 years for Tri County Tech in Bartlesville.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
     She was actively involved in many community activities in Bartlesville, including the planning board for Metropolitan Area Planning Commission, Board of Directors for Blue Stem Girl Scout Council, Theatre Guild, and Day Break Rotary Club.
     Gwen enjoyed her Friday night get-togethers with her high school friends playing Mexican train dominoes.
     She is survived by one son, Trent Peatling; two grandchildren Liberty and Reagan Peatling; and four cousins Kent Elder, Shayla Elder, David Eldridge and Dick Eldridge.

Jim Ed Boothe
Stillwater (OK) NewsPress, April 23, 2006 
    James Edgar Boothe, 63, of Stillwater died April 20, 2006. Services will be Tuesday, April 25, 2006 at 5 p.m. at Strode Chapel with Rev. Lucy Harris. Strode Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
    He was born Jan. 15, 1943 in Albuquerque, N.M., to Alfred Wayne Boothe and Margaret Emmeline Williams.
    He attended school and graduated from Stillwater High School. He then attended Oklahoma State University and had to leave for medical reasons before graduating. He was a talented musician and, while he was in high school, he was active in 4-H. While in 4-H, he was a national winner in poultry judging.
    He attended the Presbyterian Church and was a packager for a moving company.
    He was predeceased by his parents. He is survived by: two sisters, Nancy Blankenship and husband, T.J., of Waynoka and Linda Baker and husband, Alvin, of Wagoner; and six nieces and nephews. 
    Memorials may be made to Edwin Fair Adult Day Treatment Center, 712 S. Devon, Stillwater, 74074.

Frieda K. Bradsher
   Died: March 7, 2007

     Frieda Katherine Bradsher was born in Berkeley, California, May 1, 1943. She graduated from Stillwater (OK) High School in 1961 and attended the University of New Mexico where she earned a B.A. in English in 1965. She earned a Masters degree in English at the University of Indiana in 1967, taught at Murray State College in Murray, Kentucky, then earned a Ph.D. in English at the University of Arizona in 1979, having taught extensively as a graduate assistant. She then taught English and history and sociology—“anything that wasn’t technical,” Frieda said at DeVry Institute of Technology, now DeVry University, in Tempe, Arizona. Frieda subsequently taught at DeVry University in Pomona and in Long Beach, California. She quit teaching and became an administrator for DeVry University, eventually becoming Dean of Academics for DeVry in Long Beach. She retired from that position in 2005. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2004 to which she succumbed in 2007.
     Beyond her professional work, Frieda’s driving interest was ceramics. She studied the making of ceramics at California State University in Long Beach, had her own studio and attended many ceramics workshops taught by major artists whose works she admired—and collected. She collected contemporary ceramics avidly. Her house in Long Beach became a live-in gallery studded with ceramic sculptures, hung with wall pieces and abundantly stocked with—far more beautiful than functional—functional objects. Her collection was of high quality. As general bequests, she gave three museums in the Long Beach area consecutive choice of objects from her collection. The Long Beach Museum, the American Museum of Contemporary Art at Pomona and the museum of California State at Long Beach thus gladly acquired almost everything she had collected.
     Frieda created with clay and collected others’ clay creations. Her social life also seemed rooted in clay. She had a large number of friends, all ceramics devotees to varying degrees, with an admixture of musicians, gardening enthusiasts and gourmet cooks. As Frieda’s sister, I can say: These people were as good as—or better than family to her. They were long her greatest source of pleasure and, after her diagnosis, in her last three years and in her very last days, they were incredibly supportive, helping her in practical matters, giving her care tirelessly in every sense. People thronged her hospital room to the end. She was very well surrounded and she knew it. Clay smacks of mortality; it gave her a rich life. –Carla Bradsher-Frederick

Joe Cannaday 
   Joe died at the age of 60. As a Pioneer he participated in football (#30), wrestling, and track. He was a team player with a great sense of humor. He went to Tonkawa, OK on a football scholarship at Northern Oklahoma Junior College for two years. He then attended OSU for two years and received his degree in Industrial Arts. In 1967-68 he taught shop and coached all sports at Norwich High School, Norwich, KS. He was the Head Coach for their eight man football team. In 1968-71 he moved to Desoto, KS and at Desoto HS taught woodworking and continued with his coaching. In 1972 he moved to Olathe North High School and was the Head Track Coach, assistant Football Coach, and assistant Wrestling Coach and taught shop. The Track and Football teams excelled. Joe was universally liked and respected by his students and peers. His life was one of giving and achieving and a hero who absolutely saved several lives. 

Pictured at 2002 Stillwater Pioneer Athlete Memorial presentation: daughter Stacy Cannaday,  

presenter Russell Thurman and Marilyn Bell Cannaday. (Note: Joe's first wife and his daughters'

mother is Marilyn Bell, Stillwater High School graduate.)
Joseph F. Cannaday, 60, died Saturday, November 10, 2001. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., December 1 at the Midwest City Community Church of the Nazarene. Services are under the direction of Bill Eisenhour Funeral Homes, Inc.
   Cannaday was born March 8, 1941 to Earnest and Beaulah Cannaday in Ada. He graduated from Stillwater High School and Oklahoma State University. He taught woodworking at Olathe North High School for 31 years. He retired from teaching in May 2001.
   He is preceded in death by his sister, Loretta Brasuwell. Cannaday is survived by his wife, Antionette of the home; two daughters, Stacy Cannaday, New York and Heather Cannaday, Kansas City; two sisters, Mickey Harms, Oklahoma City, and Lois Trego, Albuquerque, N.M.; brother, Delano Cannaday, Oklahoma City; and numerous other relatives.


Bill Cox, Jr.
Stillwater (OK) NewsPress, April 3, 1996 

   TULSA-Memorial services for Stillwater High School and Oklahoma State University graduate W.B. “Bill” Cox, Jr. will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 4, in the Tulsa Bible Church, 8720 E. 61st. 
   Cox died Monday, April 1, 1996 in St. Francis Hospital. He was born at Sheppard Field, Wichita Falls, Texas, on February 27, 1943, to W.B. and Mary Moore Cox. 
   He spent his early life in Stillwater, attending high school here and later graduating from the OSU College of Business with bachelors and masters degrees in accounting.; He was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, an honorary society, and Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. 
   He married Sheryl Kay Wildman in Oklahoma City on August 18, 1964. After graduation, they moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where Cox began his professional career as a certified public accountant. They later returned to Oklahoma and made their home in Tulsa. Cox maintained a lifelong interest in sports and was active in his church. 
   He was predeceased by his father; two uncles, M.B. Cox and Victor Moore; and two cousins, Blair Dean Cox and George Edward Cox. 
   Survivors include his mother, of Stillwater; his wife, of the home; one daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Greg Morris of DeSoto, Texas; and one son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Janine of Bixby. Cox is also survived by four uncles, Dr. Joe Cox and his wife, Linda, of Waco, Texas; A.T. Moore of Dallas, Texas and Murray Cox and his wife, Pauline, of Austin, Texas; one aunt, Mrs. M.B. Cox of Cache; and several cousins in California, Texas and Oklahoma, including Collin, Cody and Clint Cox of Waco.

Barbara Ann Derr

   Barbara Ann Buikstra, 67, of Stillwater, Oklahoma, passed away on February 21, 2010. A memorial service will be held on 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 26, 2010 at Strode Chapel, with Reverend Tom Stewart officiating. Interment will be at Fairlawn Cemetery.
   She was born on January 11, 1943 in Ardmore, Oklahoma to Nancy and Louis Derr. Barbara married Cyrus A. Buikstra on August 17, 1963 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.She graduated from Stillwater High School, and later attended Oklahoma State University and also worked as a dental assistant.    
     Always happy and looking on the bright side, Barbara loved life. While working as an underpaid homemaker for forty-six years, she was also known for her stained glass creations. She was passionate about her garden and could even grow flowers in the shade. Barbara loved fishing, camping, and the outdoors. On yearly trips to the mountains, she would wade into icy cold streams and catch large trout.
     Her concern for others was highlighted by her volunteer work at the snack bar at Stillwater Medical Center. Barbara loved animals. One of her main interests was supporting a group in Livingston, Idaho for preserving wolves on Nez Perce.
    Her father Louis Derr and brother Phil Derr preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband, Cyrus Buikstra; mother, Nancy Derr, of Tahlequah, OK; sister, Millicent Derr Elmore, of Wichita, KS; sister-in-law, Dorothy Buikstra Story, of Stillwater, OK; nieces Felicia Elmore Perfect, of Palm Beach, FL, and Lisa Lind Story, of Portland, OR; and nephew Errett Taylor Story, of Seattle, WA.

Raymond Leon Ely
Stillwater (OK) NewsPress, October 28, 2013 
     Raymond Leon Ely, 70, of Stillwater, passed from this life on Oct. 24, 2013. Services have been entrusted to the care of Palmer Marler Funeral Home and a service celebrating his remarkable life will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sunnybrook Christian Church in Stillwater with burial following at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday with the family greeting friends from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday evening.
     Raymond Leon Ely was born on Oct. 14, 1943, in Stillwater, to Ivo Andrew and Mary Bessie (Nottingham) Ely. He attended grade school in Perkins before transferring to Stillwater for his middle and high school years. Raymond began working at Thomas Ford at the age of 16 and he worked there for more than four years. During high school, he was a founding member of the International Trumpet Trio, a musical group consisting of three students with diverse cultural backgrounds. In 1961, Raymond graduated from C.E. Donart High School and enrolled at Oklahoma State University where he played in the Cowboy Marching Band. In 1964, Raymond met Anna Derr and after dating for only two weeks, Anna and Raymond were married. Raymond and Anna spent 49 wonderful years by each other’s side and had two beautiful daughters, Anita and Radawn. In 1964, he also went to work for Gold Spot Dairy as a milk delivery driver and in 1966 Raymond purchased a service station at 6th & West in Stillwater.
     Raymond began applying to the Stillwater Police Department shortly after high school and in 1967 he was selected by the department to be the youngest officer ever to serve on the streets of Stillwater. In 1976, he became the first SPD officer to attend and graduate from the FBI National Academy. In 1987, Raymond Ely retired from the SPD as a captain. Raymond enjoyed retirement for a couple of years before accepting a position in the special assets dept of Stillwater National Bank. In 2010, Raymond transitioned into the security dept at SNB, where he worked until his passing.
     Raymond was an active member of the Stillwater Fraternal Order of Police, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Stillwater Breakfast Kiwanas. He was a talented woodworker who made many toys for his kids and grandkids. Raymond enjoyed doing yard work, coaching his girls’ softball team and spoiling his grandchildren. He was known to have great taste in women’s clothes and enjoyed taking his wife, daughters and granddaughters clothes shopping.
     Raymond Ely was a great father who was very proud of his family. He had a passion for law enforcement and never missed an opportunity to serve his community. He loved the people of Stillwater, the SPD and his co-workers at SNB. He was a practical joker who loved to tease his family and friends. He told, quite possibly, the worst jokes in the world, but his smile and laugh still lit up any room. Raymond was a loyal husband, a devoted father, a loving grandfather and a dedicated police officer. His legacy of kindness and compassion will live on through the lives of his family as well as through the continued service of his fellow law enforcement brothers. He will be missed by many.
     Raymond was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Anna, of the home; two daughters, Anita Waddell and husband, John, of Doha, Qatar, and Radawn Balthrop, of Gainsville, Texas. Three grandchildren, William Waddell, Sam Waddell, and Rawlei Balthrop.
     In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Raymond’s name to the Stillwater United Way in care of Palmer Marler Funeral Home, 5106 N. Washington, Stillwater, OK 74075

Gene Fassnacht
Stillwater (OK) NewsPress, September 3, 1980 

   Services for Francis Eugene “Gene” Fassnacht, 38, 1124 S. Walnut, will be Friday at 2 p.m. in Strode Chapel. The Rev. James Cord will officiate. Burial will be at Grace Hill Cemetery in Perry, under the direction of Strode Funeral Home. 
   Fassnacht died Tuesday, September 2, 1980, in Tulsa. Born June 21, 1942, in Vallejo, California, he was the son of Archie L. and Alene Fassnacht. He married Becky Hutchinson September 1, 1961 in Stillwater. 
   A 1961 graduate of C.E. Donart High School, Fassnacht had worked as a pressman for Frontier Printers since his graduation. He was a member of the Stillwater Boat Club. 
   Survivors include his parents, 719 S. McDonald; his wife of the home; a son, Bryan and a daughter, Kimberly, both of the home; one brother, Michael of Pawnee and his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Hosmer W. Fassnacht of Perry. 

Bruce Gray
Stillwater (OK) NewsPress, January 30, 1997 

   OKLAHOMA CITY-Francis Tuttle Superintendent Emeritus Bruce Gray was instrumental in the development of the first cooperative distance learning network connecting both rural and urban schools to a vo-tech center, community college and major university. The network, 12 Live, was the first in Oklahoma to use a new technology called Asynchronous Transfer Mode. Gray, who was honored for his work at a tribute January 23, died Wednesday, January 29, 1997, after a long bout with cancer. Services will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, February 1 in the Celebration Center at the United Methodist Church of the Servant. Services are under the direction of Hahn-Cook-Street and Draper in Edmond. 
   Gray was born October 12, 1943, in Muskogee. He married Patricia Mae “Pat” Carter in 1966. 
   He received an associate degree from Cameron University in Lawton in 1963, a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1966 and a master’s degree in business administration in 1971 from the University of Central Oklahoma, where he was the first graduate to receive UCO’s marketing education credential. He earned his distributive education certificate from Oklahoma State University in 1977 and a superintendent’s certificate from the University of Oklahoma in 1982. 
   Inducted into the Oklahoma Vo-Tech Foundation Hall of Fame in 1995, Gray spent his entire adult life in vocational education. His involvement in the field began in 1961 as a distributive education student at Stillwater High School. In 1967, he began teaching marketing and management at Stigler High School. By 1971, he led his Stigler students to the designation of “Outstanding Distributive Education Clubs of America Chapter in the Nation.” From there, he was hired as assistant superintendent at Great Plains Area Vo-Tech in Lawton, where he helped with the building program, curriculum and staff development plans, hiring, scheduling and the purchasing of all furniture and equipment. 
   In 1973, he left Lawton to become the state adviser for the Oklahoma Department of Vocational and Technical Education. After only one year, he was named executive director of DECA. He was responsible for organizing a national membership campaign and for soliciting corporate donors to built a national DECA headquarters in Reston, VA. The campaign raised $1.5 million, and Gray coordinated the entire building program. He also created a leadership development program, State Advisers Management, developed a leadership program for national and state DECA officers and coordinated the organization’s national conferences. 
   He returned to Lawton in 1977 as deputy superintendent of Great Plains AVTS. A year after being named chief operations officer, he became chief executive officer and superintendent of the school. In 1981, Gray became superintendent of Francis Tuttle Vo-Tech, where he would spend the majority of his career. Under his leadership, Francis Tuttle developed a competency-based instructional format for curriculum development and delivery; hired the first woman deputy superintendent in Oklahoma’s area vo-tech school system; created one of the first business and industry service centers in the state to consolidate specialized consulting and training services for business and industry; and developed a mobile computer lab for on-site company training. 
   He also received the first “Innovisionary” award from the Francis Tuttle Vo-Tech Foundation. The award was created to recognize individuals who have shown innovation and vision in leadership. He was honored January 23 with a tribute at the Cowboy Hall of Fame. More than 700 people attended the function, generating $17,000 in scholarship funds. 
   Gray is survived by his mother, Sara Callahan, of Stillwater; his wife; three daughters, Hilarie Dawn, Courtney Paige and Staci Carter; and a sister and brother-in-law, Judith and Jim Smith, of Stillwater. Memorials may be made to the Bruce Gray Scholarship Fund, Francis Tuttle Vo-Tech, 12777 N. Rockwell, Oklahoma City, OK 73142.

Carolyn Faye Hopper Sullins 

Stillwater (OK) NewsPress, May 28, 2013
   Carolyn Faye Sullins, 72, passed from this life on Sunday, May 26, 2013, peacefully at home, surrounded by family.
   Born to George Frank and Rose Pearl Hopper on January 16, 1941, in Stillwater. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Harold Lloyd Sullins. She is survived by her sister Gladys Burkitt of Colorado, brother Thomas Hopper of Broken Arrow, daughter Valerie Kay and husband Bill Hurst of  Stillwater, son Lloyd Joe Sullins of Oklahoma City, daughter Trina Moore of Stillwater, daughter Kimberly Lea and husband Cal Ninness of Enid, 21 grandchildren (including her adopted grandchildren) and 18 great-grandchildren
    A memorial services to celebrate the life of Carolyn was held Friday with Paul Anderson presiding.

Kathleen Howell
Stillwater (OK) NewsPress, February 27, 1985

     Dr. and Mrs. D.E. Howell of 147 Redwood, have returned from Columbia, MC, after the death of their daughter, Mrs. Phil (Kathleen Howell) Eldred, on February 22, 1985. She died of cancer at the age of 41. A memorial service was held Tuesday in the Church of St. John the Evangelist, a United Methodist and United Presbyterian church.
     Kathleen "Kaye" Elizabeth was born in Stillwater on March 4, 1943, grew up here and graduated from Stillwater High School in 1961. She earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education at Oklahoma State University in 1965. She was a member of Delta Zeta social sorority. After receiving her degree she taught second grade in Bramen, OK.
     She and Phil Eldred, a doctoral student from Vermont, met at OSU and were married in Stillwater on May 28, 1966.
     She later earned her master's degree at OSU before they moved to Vermont and later to Columbia, MD, She later earned an associate degree in accounting at Howard Community College.
     Active as a young girl and woman in the Girl Scouts of America, she continued her interest in scouting with the Boy Scouts as an adult, serving as a den mother. In 1984 she received the National Pike District Award of Merit for her work as a unit commissioner with the Boy Scouts of America.
     She was active in weaving, authoring two booklets and teaching weaving, using looms she and her husband designed and constructed.
     Mrs. Eldred was a volunteer in the physical education program of an elementary school and tutored students in accounting at Howard College.
     Her memberships included Howard County Extension Service, a mastectomy support group in Columbia and was a summer Bible school teacher. She took an active part in St. Johns, teaching Sunday School, singing in the Folk Group and church choir and serving as liturgist and as a member of the Pastor Parish Relations Committee.
     Surviving, in addition to her parents of Stillwater, are her husband and two sons, Henry and Stanley, both of the home; a brother, Tom of Sherman, TX and a sister, Susan of Fort Worth, TX.
     A memorial fund in her name has been established with the Baltimore Federal Savings and Loan, Columbia Branch, 2449 Columbia Mall, Columbia, MD 21044

Bill Irwin
Stillwater (OK) NewsPress, December 18, 2006

     William “Bill” Henry Irwin Jr., 64, Houston, Texas, died Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2006, in Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas.
     A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Palmer Funeral Home in Stillwater. Internment will be in Kings Settlement Cemetery in Alpina, Mich. Services are under the direction of Palmer Marler Carberry Funeral Home.
     Irwin was born Aug. 5,1942, in Stillwater to Helen Youells Irwin and William Henry Irwin Sr. He attended Stillwater schools from first grade through high school, except for one year when he attended schools in Corpus Christi, Texas.
     He graduated from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in industrial arts and a teaching certificate. After college, he taught high school chemistry and industrial arts and coached wrestling in Roselle, Ill.; Guthrie; and Wellston. He married Sandra Hooper in April 1968 in Blackwell. They had two children, Derek and Mozella. They divorced in 1986.
     During the 1970s and 1980s, Irwin worked as an independent contractor performing remodeling, construction, roofing and tile work. He took great pride in providing quality craftsmanship. He also managed apartments for various people and performed all of the maintenance and repairs on those places. In 1988, he received certification in air-conditioning and refrigeration repair. He worked in Stillwater several years in this field until he moved to Austin, Texas, and later Houston, where he continued to work in this field until the birth of his youngest child.
    On June 15, 1988, he married Hong Liu in Perry. They have one child, William Henry Irwin III. They had 18 happy years dedicated to each other. Irwin was a very loving husband and father and was very proud of his family. He had many lifelong friends he enjoyed visiting with. He always had interesting stories to share and thought highly of all his friends.
     He was predeceased by his parents and one sister, Catherine Welch.
     Survivors include his wife, Hong Irwin, J.D.; two sons, William Irwin of Houston and Dr. Derek Irwin and wife Dr. Julia Irwin of Norman; one daughter, Mozella Irwin-Smith, J.D., and husband Roger Smith of Stillwater; one sister, Harriet Young and husband Amon of Wichita, Kan.; one brother, Don Irwin and wife Gail of Perry; five grandchildren; and 10 nieces and nephews.
     He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Kaye Lawson
Stillwater (OK) NewsPress, May 1, 1996
   MIDWEST CITY-Former Stillwater resident Kaye Frances Lawson-Roseman served in the Navy, taught elementary children and worked for Pacific Bell before retiring. She died Sunday, April 28, 1996, at the age of 54. Her funeral is planned Saturday, May 4, at 10 a.m., in the Stillwater Community Center with Dr. Bobby William officiating. 
   Ms. Lawson-Roseman was born February 4, 1942, to Bishop F.D. Lawson, Jr. and Erma June Anderson Lawson in Stillwater. She was educated in Stillwater, graduating from high school here in 1961. 
   After her discharge from the Navy, she married Frankie Lee Bryant. Their marriage ended, and she moved to California, where she met and married Richard Roseman, Jr. 
   She earned a degree in childhood development from American River College, then worked for the Sacramento, California school system for 10 years. She was also employed by Pacific Bell for 30 years before she retired and moved back to Midwest City. There, she was employed with the Mid-Del School system as an elementary teacher’s assistant. 
   Ms. Lawson-Roseman was pre-deceased by her mother in 1987 and one brother, Fred Douglas Lawson, III in 1993. 
   Survivors include her father of Stillwater; her husband; six children, Torcia Rosalez and Tellona Roseman, both of Sacramento, and Erma, Dezarai, Daishanai and Artelia, all of Oklahoma City; and six grandchildren. She is also survived by one brother, James O. Lawson of Oklahoma City; four sisters, Margarette Walker of Signal Hill, CA; Martha James of Hercules, CA; Katheryn Butler of Fayetteville, NC; and Brenda Daniels of Fort Worth, TX; four aunts, Dorothy Lawson of Pueblo, CO; Vera Smith and Marva Lawson, both of Los Angelels, CA; and Mildred Carter of Brooklyn, NY; two uncles Raymond Whitening of San Diego, CA and Raleigh Lawson of Sacramento; and several nephews and nieces. 

Darrell Wayne Lee
Stillwater (OK) NewsPress, October 4, 1992 

   Graveside services for Darrell Wayne Lee, 49, of Oklahoma City will be at 10:30 a.m., Monday, October 5, at Wellston Cemetery under the direction of Strode Funeral Home. A flag presentation will be made by the Wellston American Legion Post. He died Thursday, October 1, 1992 in Oklahoma City. 
   Lee was born March 9, 1943, in Chandler, son of Herman and Mayme (Hagar) Lee. He lived most of his life in Stillwater where he graduated from high school. Following four years in the Air Force, he returned to Stillwater and was involved in retail sales. 
   He was predeceased by his father in 1959. Survivors include his mother of Stillwater, three daughters, Angela Lee of Mannford, Stephanie Lee of Norman and Laura Blosser of Norman; one sister, Phyllis Short of Stillwater; one niece, Amy Short; and one nephew, Brandon Short, both of Stillwater.





Helen Jean Linzy Rivers

Stillwater (OK) NewsPress-June 14, 2012

     Home going Services were Saturday June 9, 2012 in Denver, Colo., for former Stillwater resident “Who passed from Earth to glory” Monday June 4, 2012.  Helen Jean (Linzy) Rivers 68 at Evangelist Temple Church of God in Christ where she was a longtime member officiated by Elder Chester Maxwell. Services were under the direction of Pipkin-Braswell Mortuary followed by a private cremation.

     She was born in Stillwater May 2, 1944 to Willie and Birdie (Vick) Linzy. She married Tommy Verner, to this union two sons were born. She was married to Benjamin (Benny) Rivers for 42 years in Denver Colo.

    She attended Washington School and was a 1961 graduate of C.E. Donart, Stillwater, Okla., and Langston University. She was employed for 25 years at Eastside Health Center in Denver, Colo. She retired May 1, 1999. Later she worked at the Park Hill Assisted Living Center.

     She is survived by husband Benjamin L. (Benny) Rivers; sons: Tommy L Verner (Paula), Anthony Verner, Marvin Rivers (Donna), daughters: Melody Dorsey (Marty), Ladonna Linzy and Antoinette Rivers, all of Denver, Colo. 14 grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and two sisters: Elnora Sanders and Willie Ann Pradia of Stillwater, Okla., and other relatives and friends.

     She was predeceased by parents Willie and Birdie (Vick) Linzy, eight brothers; George, John, Joe, Elsworth, Luther, Chester, Harvey and Abraham. Two sisters: Mittie Carter and Christine Green.

 Linda Marlin
Stillwater (OK) NewsPress, Jan. 10, 2006 
    Linda Broaddus died on January 8, 2006 at the age of 62, after a valiant six-year struggle with ovarian cancer.  A Sapulpa City Commissioner from 1990-1994, Linda served as Vice-Mayor of Sapulpa from 1993-1994.
    Born Linda Jayne Marlin on March 14, 1943, she was a 1961 graduate of Stillwater High School.  Shortly after graduation, she married her high school sweetheart, Guy Broaddus, and they moved to Sapulpa with their two young ters in 1966.
    Linda retired as a transportation materials specialist from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation in 1998, ending a 30 yeardaugh career which included a job as the agency’s first female engineering aide.
    Well known for her hard work and commitment, Linda actively contributed to her community.  She served as chair of the Creek County Ambulance Board and was 2002 president of the Sapulpa Chamber of Commerce.  She was a member and past president of the Sapulpa Business & Professional Women and the Sapulpa Lady Elks.  She helped to create and direct Leadership Creek County and received the Community Leadership Excellence Award from Leadership Oklahoma.  Linda served on the Sapulpa City Charter Review Committee, the board of directors of Sapulpa Arts, and volunteered as a literacy tutor.  In 2000, she received the Sapulpa Historical Society’s Good Neighbor Award.
    Linda was twice named Woman of the Year by Sapulpa Business & Professional Women, in 1989-90 and again in 2001.
    Linda also served as Vice-President of Bro-Mar, Inc., a family business, and worked as business manager for Dance Masters of America for many years.
      Linda was preceded in death by her parents, W.H. “Hank” Marlin and Alice M. Marlin of Stillwater, and her brother James Henry Marlin of Virginia.
      Linda is survived and will be sorely missed by her husband of forty-five years, Guy Broaddus, of Sapulpa, her daughter Toni and partner Janice Wells of San Francisco, her daughter Teri Naifeh, son-in-law Jim Naifeh, and grandson Jerald Paul Naifeh II of Sapulpa, her brother George Allen Marlin, sister-in-law Judy Witt Marlin, and countless other family members and friends whose lives she touched.
      A memorial service and celebration of Linda’s life will be held Thursday, January 12, at 10:30 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sapulpa.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, 14 Pennsylvania Plaza, Suite 1400, NY, NY 10122 or

Mike Miller
Bethany (OK) Tribune Review, March 16, 1998 

   Don Michael “Mike” Miller, 55, passed away on March 12, 1998. He was born on March 1, 1943 to Hester H. and Pauline Edwards Miller in Altus, OK. 
   He is survived by his wife, Peggy; daughters, Michelle Miller, Fort Worth, TX and Melissa Mingle and husband, Mark, of Norman; his mother, Pauline Miller, Big Lake, TX; sisters, Ann Jones, Carmichael, CA and Gayle McKeich, Oklahoma City; brothers, Hundley Miller, Jr., Mercaid, CA, Jack Miller, Big Lake, TX, Jim Miller, Midland, TX and Jerry Miller, Hannibal, MO. 
   Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, Oklahoma Affiliate. 
   Services were held March 14, 1998 at Gene Adams Chapel, Bethany, with burial in Bethany Cemetery. 

Allen Mitchell

Tulsa (OK) World, December 22, 2011


            Allen Barber Mitchell, long-time Sapulpa attorney and resident, departed this life on December 15, 2011 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born to Max Allen Mitchell and Susan Barber Mitchell in Stillwater, Oklahoma on January 20, 1944. Allen was delivered by his grandfather, Dr. Lang Mitchell.

Allen received his Bachelor’s Degree from Oklahoma State University in philosophy and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Tulsa.

            He began the practice of law in the office of Jack Sellers in Sapulpa, OK. Eventually, he opened his own practice and continued to work in partnership with other attorneys through the years.

            Although a general practitioner of the law, Allen also practiced in the prevention and control of hazardous waste facilities and was an advocate for individuals with disabilities.

He was a member of the Creek County Bar Association, the Oklahoma Bar Association, and had been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. Additionally, he was a current Associate Bar Examiner for the Oklahoma Bar Association and also served as attorney for the City of Sapulpa in the early 1980’s.

            A member of Boston Avenue Methodist Church in Tulsa, OK and a lifetime member of the Boy Scouts of America, Allen was a friend to people of all walks of life. He was concerned for the poor, the under-served, and the deprived. He was a role-model for many children; acting as a mentor and encourager, always telling children that they would succeed by doing their best.

            Allen was a patron of the arts and a talented musician. His memberships included the Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sapulpa Community Band, the Oklahoma State Arts & Humanities Council, the Tulsa Arts Council and the Creek County Literacy Program.

Allen was very civic minded and often supplied time and resources to different programs in the City of Sapulpa.

            Allen was very active politically and gave of his time, money and resources to manage and assist in several local area political offices.

            Allen was predeceased by his father, Max Mitchell, and grandchildren Storm St. Clair and Amy Torix.

            Survivors include: mother Susan Mitchell, brother Glen Mitchell and wife Carmel, sister Jane Mitchell and husband Jeff Bland; Former wife Linda A. Mitchell, son Ron St. Clair and wife Kelly, daughter Sydney St. Clair and husband Mike Aab, son Matthew Mitchell and wife Mindy Breen, daughter Caroline Mitchell; Current wife Waynelle Mason, daughter Misty Mason East and husband Chuck, daughter Lindsey Mitchell and son Andrew Mitchell. Grandchildren; Uma and Inga Mitchell, Justin Torix, Andrew, Alexander and Ashton East, Dannette Kissick, Karen Aab and Jennifer Aab. In addition to those listed above, Allen also had numerous nieces and nephews.

            In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Sapulpa Youth Shelter or the Sapulpa Community Band.

            A Memorial Service for Allen will be held at 3:30PM Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at the Bartlett Collins Ballroom at 317 East Lee in Sapulpa. The Family has chosen to entrust the care of the service to the directors at Green Hill Funeral Home in Sapulpa.

Kenny Morris
Stillwater (OK) NewsPress, October 30, 2005

   Kenneth D. "Kenny"  Morris, 62, of Stillwater, died Thursday, October 27, 2005, in Hillcrest Hospital in Tulsa.
   Services will be at 2 p.m., Tuesday in Palmer Marler Carberry Funeral Home Chapel, 5106 N. Washington, Stillwater. Interment will follow in Clarkson Cemetery, north of Coyle. David Head will officiate.
   He was born March 27, 1943, in Stillwater, to Drue and Mary (Smith) Morris. He received his early education in Stillwater and was a graduate of Stillwater High School in 1961. He married Dorothy Geane Ledbetter July 5, 1961, in Stillwater.
   Hew was a carpenter and a member and former president of the Carpenters' Union Local 1686 in Stillwater. He was a veteran of the Army serving in Germany and worked in the chemical depot. He enjoyed fishing and attending family reunions.
   He was preceded in death by his father.
   Survivors include his wife of the home, two daughters, Connie Hite and huysband, John, of Ripley and Sue Stokes and husband, Ricky, of Glencoe; one brother, Jim Morris of Stillwater; two sisters, JoAnn Pendleton and Linda Hicks, both of Stillwater; his mother of Stillwater; 10 grandchildren, Jennifer McIntyre, Adam McIntyre, Kyle McIntyre, Matthew Stokes, Scotty Stokes, Brandon Stokes and Jenna Stokes, Armanda Hite, Billy Hite and Joshua Hite and one great-granddaughter, Kalysta Hinman.

Jerry Louis Pendleton
(July 27, 1943 - September 1, 2006)
Jerry Louis Pendleton   Jerry L. Pendleton, a Stillwater resident, died on Friday, September 1, 2006 at his home at the age of 63 years.
   Mr. Pendleton was born on July 27, 1943 in Hayes, Kansas to Jack E. Pendleton and Marjorie (Kirkpatrick) Pendleton. On May 23, 1969 he married Darlene Driggs in Stillwater, OK.
   A 1967 graduate of Oklahoma State University, Mr. Pendleton had worked for Fire Protection Publications as an accountant for the past few years. He held several management positions with several oil & gas companies. He held various offices for the Junior Chamber of Commerce at local and state levels, including President. Mr. Pendleton was also active in the Future Farmers of America where he earned the Chapter Star Farmer in 1961.
    Survivors include his mother, his wife Darlene of the home; children, Clint Pendleton and his wife Dana of Houston, TX, Jana Lanier and her husband Bill of Midland, TX, Kirk Pendleton of Houston, TX, and Dane Pendleton of Kansas; five brothers, Eddie Pendleton and his wife Darla of Stillwater, Mike Pendleton and his wife Jo Ann of Stillwater, Gene Pendleton and his wife Mechelle of Cushing, David Pendleton and his wife Linda of Midwest City, and Bill Pendleton and his wife Elena of Houston, TX; six grandchildren, Sydney Pendleton, Duncan Pendleton, Trinity Pendleton, Baley Wickham, Landon Lanier, and Hilary Lanier; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Hilary A. and Mary Kate Driggs of Stillwater.
    Mr. Pendleton was preceded in death by his father, Jack Edward Pendleton, Sr.
    Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 6, 2006 in the Palmer-Marler-Carberry Funeral Home Chapel, Stillwater, OK with Pastor Phyllis Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the Sunset Memory Gardens, Stillwater, OK. Services are entrusted to Palmer-Marler-Carberry Funeral Home, Stillwater, OK. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Judith Karman Hospice, Inc.

Betty Louise Price
Guthrie (OK) Leader, September 25, 2001 

   Funeral services for Betty Louise Price, 58, of Guthrie will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, September 27, 2001 at Community Funeral Home with the Rev. Arthur Bostic officiating. Interment will follow in Crescent Cemetery under the direction of Community Funeral Home. 
   Price was born June 1, 1943 in Stillwater to Melvin and Christina (Jacks) Price. She died September 23, 2001 at Logan Hospital and Medical Center in Guthrie. 
   She married John Lambert on October 16, 1961 in Stillwater. Betty attended and graduated from Perkins High School in 1960. Upon graduation, she married John, and they moved throughout the U.S. while he served in the Army. After her divorce, she moved to Las Vegas in 1979, where she became a money changer. She moved to Guthrie in 1998 to be close to her mother until her death. 
   She was preceded in death by her father, Melvin, her brother, James Price and her sister Cleota Genie Price. Survivors include her mother, Christina, and L.T. Hicks, one son Johnny Lambert of Oklahoma City; one daughter, Chelessa Raines of Naples, Florida; three brothers Larry Hicks and wife Marsha of Tulsa, Delvin Hicks and wife June of Crescent and Lorn Hicks and wife Sherry of Edmond; and her special friend of 15 years, Tony Ibarra.
   Family and friends may view on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family at

Kittye Delle Robbins
Starkville (Mississippi) Daily News, January 4, 2015
     Dr. Kittye Delle Robbins-Herring, 71, of Starkville, Mississippi died Tuesday, December 30, 2014 in Jackson, Mississippi with her husband in attendance.  
Born on October 1, 1943, in Memphis, Tennessee, she was the daughter of the late Jack Bonds and Constance Knott Robbins of New Albany, Mississippi.
     Kittye Delle graduated from Stillwater High School, in Stillwater, Oklahoma, in 1961. She earned a Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky, and did extra study at the Sorbonne in Paris as a Fulbright Scholar. She was employed by Mississippi State University as a professor of French, retiring with the honored title of Associate Professor Emerita.
     On September 22, 1984, she married Stuart Bell Herring in the Chapel of Memories at Mississippi State University.

She was a gentle soul but with a strong sense of community and justice, working to advance women’s studies and giving frequently to charities in support of the downtrodden. She loved her dear grandsons, language, art, theatre, gardening, cooking, travel, and music, and had an abiding interest in the history and life of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
     Survivors include her devoted husband of 30 years, Stuart Bell Herring; son, Stuart Davis (Angela) Herring; grandsons, Ethan Seale Herring and Owen Bonds Herring, all of Los Alamos, New Mexico.
     A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 10, at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Starkville with Dr. Buren Blankenship officiating. Interment will follow later in New Albany Cemetery. An informal wake celebrating her life will be held at the Three Generations Tea Room in Starkville, beginning at 6 p.m.Memorials may be given in her honor to the Gender Studies Program at Mississippi State University, or to the American Cancer Society.
Bio from:
     Kittye Delle Robbins-Herring, poet, teacher, gardener, traveler, professor emerita in French language and literature at Mississippi State University, loves to study at home and abroad. She has visited France, Japan, Turkey and several other countries. She would like to visit China in the next year or two. Her publications include articles on the women troubadours and Christine de Pizan, as well as translations of French poetry. Her own poetry has appeared in Mobius and Jabberwock. Current interests include women’s spirituality, French folklore, and gender issues in society. She sees writing book reviews as a significant way to contribute to ongoing conversations among feminists. She enjoys cats, flowers, good food, music, visiting art museums and historical sites with her husband Stuart, her son Davis, and her daughter-in-law Angela.

Sharon Kay Rutledge
Stillwater (OK) NewsPress, June 17, 1962

   Services for Mrs. Sharon Kay Bastion, 19, of Route 1, who died Saturday in Stillwater Hospital, will be 2 p.m. Monday in Strode Chapel.
   Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
   Mrs. Bastion was born at Fairland, Okla., May 12, 1943, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.O. Bowen. She was married to Carl Bastion at Perry, Jan. 8, 1962.
   She was a member of the Methodist church and a 1961 graduate of Stillwater High School.
   Survivors include her husband of the home; her father; two brothers, Lynn and Rocky Bowen; two sisters, Diane and Nancy Bowen, and one step-sister, Shirley Babbitt, Broken Arrow.



  Donald C. Scott

       Died July 8, 2009







Rae Mae Sissons
Ponca City (OK) News, March 4, 2007 
   Rae Mae Hudson, resident of Ponca City, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007, at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, Kan. She was 63.
   A memorial service will be held on March 10, in Eagletown, Okla. Local arrangements are under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel.
   Rae Mae Hudson was born Nov. 25, 1943, in Arkansas City, Kan., the daughter of Ray Rollen Sissons and Pearl Blair Sissons. She received her early education in Norman prior to moving to Stillwater where she graduated from Stillwater High School in 1961. She attended College of the Ozarks in Arkansas. She married Michael Dennis Hudson on Dec. 25, 1975, in Eagletown, Okla., where the couple established their first home.
   She was an administration worker with Conoco from 1964 to 1977, and later worked at Ronnie's Conoco Convenience Store. Rae enjoyed spending time with her four grandchildren. She also enjoyed working with pictures on her computer and collecting Native American figurines.
   She is survived by four children, Timothy Owen Sissons, Larry James Hudson and Eddy Rhea Hudson, all of Ponca City, and Christie M. Hudson, of Fort Worth, Texas; four grandchildren; one brother, Owen Thomas Sissons, Ponca City; two sisters, Betty Todd, of Stillwater and Mary Atkins of Yates Center, Kan.; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and two sisters, infant Ruth Ann and sister Beulah Grace Cox.
   Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of North Central Oklahoma, 1904 North Union, Suite 103, Ponca City, OK 74601.

Derrill E. Smith 
Stillwater (OK) NewsPress, October 7, 1985 
        Services for Stillwater businessman Derrill E. Smith, 4711 W. 18th, will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the First Presbyterian Church. Smith, 43, died Saturday, October 7, 1985, in Stillwater Medical Center, apparently of a heart attack. Interment will follow in Fairlawn Cemetery, Dr. James R. Struthers and the Rev. Barbara Sherer will officiate at the services, which are being arranged by Strode Funeral Home. 
        He was born in Watsonville on March 15, 1942, the son of Haskell and Joan Smith. He graduated from C.E. Donart High School in Stillwater and then earned a degree in business administration from the University of Nevada, Reno. He served in the U.S. Navy on the U.S.S. Coral Sea as a yeoman, 2nd class. Smith returned to Stillwater in 1970 and worked for Frontier Federal before he opened Pioneer Realty and later, the Smith and Associates appraisal firm. 
        He married Pat Beachamp in Stillwater on September 30, 1983. Smith was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. He also held memberships in the Society of Real Estate Appraisers, Chamber of Commerce, Stillwater Board of Realtors and American Society of Real Estate Appraisers. 
        He is predeceased by a brother, Clifford Smith. Survivors include his father and step-mother, Haskell and Grace Smith of Stillwater; his wife, of the home; one son, Gregory Smith of Marysville, California; and five daughters, Kellie Smith of Marysville, California; Nancy Miller of Dallas, Texas; Susan Miller of the home, Mrs. Shawn (Lori) Fagan of Stillwater; and Barbara Miller of the home. He is also survived by three brothers, John Spear of Yukon, Bill Smith of Tulsa and Clyde Smith of Yukon, and one sister, Mrs. Bill (Virginia) Kline of Houston, Texas. 
        Serving as pallbearers will be Tom Kinnick, Gale Andrew, Charlie Peterson, Bruce Browne, Ted Smith and Edd Bellatti.

David Eugene Steward
Stillwater (OK) NewsPress--Tuesday, January 8, 1963 

   Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Chruch for David Eugene Steward, 19, of 1123 S Pine, who died Sunday night in Little Rock, Arkansas, from injuries he received in an automobile accident which occurred Saturday morning near there.
   Rosary will be said at Strode chapel at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will be under the direction of Strode Funeral Home. 
   Steward was the son of Mr. and Mrs. S.E. Steward, 2234 S. Pine. His death resulted from the crash as he was returning to is naval station at Brunswick, GA. Steward was born January, 19, 1943, at Okmulgee. He was a graduate of Stillwater High School and a member of the Roman Catholic Church. 
   Survivors, in addition to his parents, include one sister, Ann, and two brothers, James and John, all of the home.
   The car he was driving was in collision with a truck driven by O.R. White, 40, Fort Smith, Arkansas, police said. A passenger in Steward's car, Bill Terrell, 21, Clovis, N.M., was in serious condition in a Little Rock hospital with a broken back.

Max Stites
Died: February 17, 1981

Stillwater Pioneer Athlete Memorial Induction, September 29, 2001 
Max James Stites was born in Stillwater, Oklahoma on July 17, 1943, to Chester (Chet) and Ethel Stites. Max grew up in Stillwater with his three older brothers, Zane (class of '52), Carol (class of '53), Gary (class of '56) and younger sister, Linda (class of '65). He married Lana Devine (class of '62) on August 30, 1963. They had two children; a son, Greg, and daughter, Melanie.
    The very basis of Max's character and athleticism began very early in life. Growing up with three older brothers, who were all outstanding athletes. He had no choice but to move in that direction. Starting with the little league programs, playing basketball and baseball; he moved into the junior high level playing football; then to high school playing football and baseball, as well as American Legion baseball during the summers. He culminated his high school career as the outstanding nose guard of the SHS football team that went 8-1-1 his senior year.
    More importantly, that upbringing established a work ethic that carried on through high school, college and a professional business career. Max was not "work brittle". During the summers, while playing American Legion baseball, he also worked on the "brush crew" for Central Rural Electric. While earning an Associate Degree in Fire Protection Technology, Max worked at Harris Skelly service station after school and on weekends. Summers were spent driving a concrete truck and pouring concrete for Hoke's Concrete Co.
     As an example of Max's tenacity, while pursuing a bachelor's degree in business, Max successfully completed 21 hours during his final semester of college in order to report to work with IBM, the start of his professional career in business. Staying with the fledgling computer industry, Max later worked for Honeywell Corporation and for K Wolens, a chain of retail department stores as their computer manager. It was his task to computerize their operations. At the time of his death at age 37, Max was the Associate Director of Medical Arts Clinic, a 40-doctor medical clinic in Corsicana.
     Max was very active in his community and church. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Corsicana YMCA, where he coached football and soccer. He also coached little league baseball and softball. He was a member of the Administrative Board of the United Methodist Church as well as the Board of Trustees, and served as an usher and Sunday school teacher. Max was also a member of Rotary Club and Chairman of the United Fund Campaign.
     It is Lana's firm belief that Max found a meaningful life by devoting himself to loving others, serving his community, and doing those things that gave him meaning and purpose. Without his life as an example, his family could not have moved forward, following his untimely death. Their memories of him remain as encouragement in times of fear and loneliness... An ongoing and final gift from him.
     Quite often a man's family is a testimonial to his character. Lana, Greg and Melanie are examples of the perseverance and Pioneer Pride that Max exhibited on the playing field, at school and at work. When faced with the adversity of Max's death, they started over and tried even harder. Lana returned to school and completed a Bachelors Degree in Education of the Deaf from Texas Woman's University. After teaching profoundly deaf students for 15 years, she completed a Masters Degree in Education at the University of Texas at Tyler and did graduate work at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. Greg, who was 13 at the time of Max's death has a degree from Texas A&M. He and his wife, Julie, live in Austin. Melanie, who was 11, has a degree from Texas University. She and her husband Dean Asofsky have a son, Max, and a daughter, Mia, and live in Houston. If a man's family speaks to his character, Lana, Greg and Melanie have spoken eloquently of the man they called husband and father. They have affirmed what many of us have known all along; Max was a man of strong character and was a man we were all proud to call friend.
     Today, we induct Max James Stites into the Stillwater Pioneer Athlete Memorial... A truly deserved honor, and one of which Max would be extremely proud.
      Presenter, Gale Andrew, SHS Class of 1961

Obituary: Corsicana (TX) Daily Sun
     Max James Stites, 37, of Corsicana, Texas, died Tuesday night, February 17, 1981 at Navarro County Memorial Hospital. Service is Friday, 2 p.m. First Baptist Church, with the Rev. Tom Graves officiating. Arrangements are with Corley Funeral Home.
     Stites, associate manager of Medical Arts Clinic, was a member of First United Methodist Church. He was a native of Stillwater, Oklahoma and a graduate of Oklahoma State University in 1967 with a degree in business administration. He served on the board of directors of the YMCA and United Fund and formerly served as fun campaign chairman of the  UF.
     Stites was experienced in business and computer operations. He owned a computer consulting firm which specializes in computer software design and implementation.
     He was active as a youth leader and coach in the YMCA football and soccer program.
     Survivors include his wife Lana, son Greg, daughter Melanie all of Corsicana; his parents Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Stites of Stillwater; brothers Zane Stites of Corsicana, and Gary Stites, of San Francisco, CA; and one sister, Mrs. Gary (Linda) Goodner, of Stillwater.


Dewell Edward Turner, Jr.

Stillwater (OK)  NewsPress, April 12, 2012 

     Dewell Turner, Jr. 58, died April 4, 2012 in Stillwater, Okla. His Memorial service will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, April 16, 2012 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with Reverend Calvin Miller officiating.
     He was born on Sept. 28, 1943 to Dewell Turner and Ada (Jones) Turner in Stillwater, Okla. He attended Stillwater High School and received an Associate Degree from NOC. He worked as a machinist, and was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. He was previously married to Quilla Bell, and later married, Linda Heardon.
     He is preceded in death by his parents, one sister, two brothers and a son.
     He is survived by his wife, Linda Turner, two daughters, Tracey Turner and Sharon Turner one stepdaughter Cassie Sherwood, one stepson Josh Williams and six grandchildren, Sisters, Marva (Turner) Williams, Lawanda (Turner) Barnswell, Mary (Turner) Shinault, Cynthia (Turner) Williams and one brother, David Turner.


 Robert Lee “Bob” Walters

  Died: November 4, 2010

  Augusta (GA) Chronicle, Nov. 7, 2010

 Bechtel Power Corp. EVANS, Ga. - Entered into rest at his residence on Thursday, November 4, 2010, Mr. Robert Lee "Bob" Walters, 67, husband of the late Dee Ann Walters. Mr. Walters was a native of Oklahoma and resided in Evans, GA. He retired as a construction engineer with Bechtel Power Corp. His last assignment was at Savannah River Site. Family members include his daughter: Debbie Warren and husband Ronnie granddaughters: Kristen and Jessica Warren and his sister: Sharon Patterson. A graveside service will be held Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 11:00 AM at Westover Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, PO Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA, 01201. The family will receive friends on Monday evening from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA 30907 (706) 364-8484.




Roger E. Walters
Stillwater (OK) NewsPress, October 29, 2015 

     Roger E. Walters, 72, passed away too soon on October 24, 2015 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. 
     Family will greet visitors from 2:00-4:00pm and 6:00-8:00pm on Friday October 30th at Strode Funeral Home, Stillwater. A funeral service will be held at 2:00pm Saturday, October 31st at First United Methodist Church, Stillwater. Strode Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Friends and family are welcome to meet at the Walters home before the funeral at noon or following the funeral for refreshments and camaraderie. Cremation will follow with scattering of his ashes as per his wishes. A memorial gathering of his friends will be held Wednesday, November 11th at
6:00pm at the Boiceville Inn, Boiceville, New York. All are welcome to attend.
     Roger loved life and had a zest for living that cannot be measured. He collected friends wherever he went, and was always ready with an amusing story or anecdote. He was a gifted story teller. His memory of events was incredible, whether they happened a week ago or 50 years ago. Roger and his wife Barbara divided their time between their homes in the Mid-Hudson Valley area of New York, near Woodstock, where Barbara was from, as well as Roger’s boyhood home in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Roger was delighted to spend time in Stillwater again, especially when Barbara enjoyed it here as well. He was proud to have purchased the family home when his mother passed away several years ago.
    Roger attended Stillwater schools and graduated from Stillwater High School in 1961. He graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelors Degree in physiology in 1965. Roger was initiated into the Oklahoma State Gamma Lambda Chapter of Beta Theta Pi in 1962. He was an Army Reservist for many years.
     Roger’s entrepreneurial career got started early with his massive paper route. He even helped his parents pay the mortgage on their home with his earnings! He then started working at Bates Brothers in high school and continued through OSU. He then worked for Foley’s Dept Stores and Ethan Allen Furniture, Inc. for the majority of his career before working for a museum design company in Houston.
     After he retired, he was a huge asset to his wife’s jewelry business. Roger had a number of causes very near and dear to his heart. Most notable was the Ashokan-Pepacton chapter of Trout Unlimited in New York; a cold-water conservation group. He donated countless hours in different capacities over the years, and was given their highest award, the Rainbow Trout Award, in recognition for his devotion. He loved all things fishing and had several fishing trips scheduled. He also loved antique tractors and had a collection of them in New York, including his father’s Ford 8N. Besides fishing, his tractors and his wife; nothing gave him more pleasure than spending time with his beloved dogs, Sadie and Bailey.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, Lowell and Pauline Walters. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; sons Michael and Christopher; his sister Jan Zaloudek and her husband, Joe; nephew Joey, and four grandchildren, numerous cousins, and dogs Sadie and Bailey. 

Dick White
Stillwater (OK) NewsPress, March 5, 2003 

   Thomas Richard White, Jr. died at his West Monroe, LA. home, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2003. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Little Chapel of Memories at Restlawn Memorial Park. Friends and relatives should gather prior to the service time at the chapel. Restlawn Memorial Park of Coffeyville, Kan. is directing the arrangements.
   He was born on July 7, 1943, to Thomas Richard White Sr. and Mary Stephens White. He graduated from C. E. Donart High School in Stillwater. He was retired from the Air Force and was a loving father and brother who always made people smile. 
   He was predeceased by his parents. Survivors include one son, Charles White of Corpus Christi, Texas; a daughter, Angela Blackwell of Hope Air Force Base, N.C.; one sister, Diane Knott of Henderson, Nev.; four brothers, Albert White of Mannford, Walter White of Valley Springs, Calif., Robert White of Cottonport, La. and William White of Navarra Beach, Fla.; four grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. 

Butch Wilson
Daily Oklahoman, January 31, 1987 

   Reverend Allen K. (Butch) Wilson of Moore, passed away January 29, 1987 at St. Anthony’s Hospital. He was born July 27, 1943, Stillwater, OK. 
   He was Associate Pastor of Southgate Baptist Church in Moore. He was previously administrator of Jefferson Heights Baptist Academy. 
   He is survived by his wife Edith, and daughter, Lulena, of the home; a sister, Janice Rouk of Beggs, OK; brother James Wilson of Albuquerque, N.M. Services will be held Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the Southgate Baptist Church in Moore, with Rev. Harold Hodges and Rev. Kelly Gammill officiating. Interment in Resthaven Memory Gardens.
    Memorial contributions may be made to the Southgate Baptist Church building Fund. Arrangements by Resthaven Mortuary.

Cathey Wright
The Sierra Vista (AZ) Herald, September 10, 2008
   Catherine E. Jendeski, 65, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., passed away at 2 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 5, 2008. She had battled cancer for some time, but died peacefully at home.
     She was the daughter of Ora and Oral Wright and is survived by her husband Robert Jendeski; brothers Charles Wright of Ada, Okla., and Oral Wright of Broken Arrow, Okla.; son, Patrick Clifton of San Francisco, Calif.; daughter, Rachael Barber of New Braunfels, Texas; and her three daughters, Jenna, Jerelyn and Jaeci Barber; as well as her husband Robert’s children, Nathan Jendeski of Fayetteville, Ark., and Blake, Nicholas and Kelly Jendeski of Folsom, Calif.
    Catherine was born on Aug. 12, 1943, in Shawnee, Okla., and raised in Stillwater, Okla. Catherine’s greatest accomplishments were her encouragement and caring for her children and love for and support of her husband. 
    Besides excelling at the duties required of her station as a U.S. Air Force wife, she volunteered for many charitable organizations both on and off bases in Omaha, Neb.; Honolulu, Hawaii; Montgomery, Ala.; San Antonio, Texas; RAF Chicksands, United Kingdom; Wiesbaden, Germany, and San Angelo, Texas. 
    Catherine charmed those around her and created lasting friendships with people in Europe and the United States. She was fascinated by and delved into the cultures of every place she lived.
    Her favorite place in the world was Bellows Beach, Hawaii, where she and Robert often vacationed. Her passion in recent years was genealogy tracing her family roots to the time of the Mayflower.
    A celebration of life will be held at the Jendeski Residence, 2271 Primrose Drive, Sierra Vista, on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008, from 6 to 8 p.m. Donations to Catherine’s favorite charitable organizations can be made at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ( and the Christian Children’s Fund ( Arrangements by Hatfield Funeral Home.