Johnston County, Oklahoma

Bobby Gene Akins
, 74, of Ardmore, Okla. passed away Sunday, May 31, 2009 at his home in Ardmore. Funeral services will be Wednesday, June 3, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the Watts Memorial Chapel, Madill, Okla. with Mike Carr officiating and music arranged by Becky Richards, Evon Smith, Patty Harris and Vicki and Frank Arnold. Interment will be at Ravia Cemetery, Ravia, Okla. Bobby was born on Aug. 23, 1934 in Ravia, Okla. to the late Emmett Eugene Akins and Quinnie B. Futch Akins. He was raised in Ravia where he graduated from high school and later attended Murray State College in Tishomingo. He joined the Army and served from 1955 to 1957. He married Phyllis Ramona Kinsey on Sept. 23, 1958 in Wichita Falls, Texas. She preceded him in death on May 15, 2003. He was also preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters.
Bobby lived in Sulphur where he worked at a TV Shop before moving to Dickson where he lived for 37 years. He retired after 30 years of working for OG&E. Bobby enjoyed coon hunting, farming and working with cattle. He also was a member of the Ravia Baptist church.
He is survived by his son, Bobby G. Akins Jr. of Ardmore; his daughter, Angela R. Akins of Ardmore; sisters, Darleen Burtzos and husband, Bill of Stratford, Okla., Virginia Ann Sturgis and husband, Harry of Wichita Falls, Texas and Joyce Peek of Stratford; and brother, Albert Akins and wife, Wanda of Ravia, Okla.
Casket bearers will be Dewayne Akins, Billy Rae Akins, Jimmy Worchester, Jeromy Worchester, Brett Worchester and Matt Akins. Honorary bearers are Stuart Peek and Steve Peek.
Services are under the direction of Watts Funeral Home, Madill, Okla.

J. A. Ary

J. A. Ary, died at his home six miles east and three south of Wapanucka, Tuesday, Dec. 28, aged 58 years. The cause of his death was pneumonia. The remains will be buried at Rose Hill cemetery this afternoon. (The Wapanucka Press, Thursday, December 30, 1915, page 6)

Carrie Bailey

Mrs. Carrie Bailey died at her home in this city Wednesday afternoon December 22 at 3 o’clock, aged 67 years, after an illness of ten days of pneumonia. The remains were prepared for burial and taken to Marietta, her former home for interment. Deceased had lived here only a few months having came here to reside on account of having relatives living in this city.

Deceased leaves a husband J. L. Bailey and eight children to mourn her loss, namely: Mrs. J. H. Smite, Paul Bailey, R. E. Bailey and Mrs. Lutie Shears, all of Marietta, Oklahoma; H. P. Bailey and Mrs. T. J. Harnes, of Hope, Ark., L. E. Bailey of Norman, Okla., and Audie Bailey and Mrs. John Tanner, a granddaughter, both of this city.

The Press joins her many friends in extending sympathy to the bereaved family. (The Wapanucka Press, Thursday, December 30, 1915, page 6)

Jolene Bardin
RAVIA — Services for Jolene Bardin, 42, Ravia, are 2 p.m. Saturday at First Indian Baptist Church, Tishomingo. Burial follows at Joseph Ravia Cemetery, Ravia. She died Jan. 25, 2006, at Ada.Watts Funeral Home, Tishomingo Source: Ada Evening News
Funeral service for Lucille Carroll, age 88 of Amber, Oklahoma, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, 2008, in the McRay Funeral Home Chapel. Ceth Lightfield, her grandson, will officiate. Lucille Carroll was born the daughter of Emmett Akins and Quinnie Beatrice Lutch Akins on October 16, 1919, in Ravia, Oklahoma. She died on April 18, 2008, in Chickasha. Interment will be in the Amber Cemetery. Service will be under the direction of the McRay Funeral Home. [Source: The-Express Star Apr. 20, 2008

E. J. Boles

E. J. Boles died yesterday morning at his home seven miles west of this city. They are waiting for the arrival of relatives on the evening train before deciding on the time of burial. (The Wapanucka Press, Thursday, October 7, 1915, page 4)

Cecil Davis

Cecil Davis Buried – The body of Cecil Davis, who died at Ft Logan, Colorado, was laid to rest Monday morning at 10 o’clock in the Wells Valley cemetery. Rev. J R Cartwright conducting the funeral.

You will remember last week the Press had an account of his death, which occurred March 21st caused by pneumonia. Cecil left here about two months ago and the last report we had from him he had joined the army. He contacted the disease soon after his enlistment. (The Wapanucka Press, Thursday, March 29, 1917, page 8)

Ricky Dale Drawbaugh
, 41, Ravia, oil field roughneck, died April 23, 2008. Graveside services 2 p.m. Monday Ravia Cemetery. (Clark) Source: Ardmorite

N. R. “Cork” Easley Jr., a longtime Enid resident, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2007, at the age of 78 years.
Cork’s funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007, in the Chapel of Emman-uel Baptist Church, Enid, with burial to follow in Memorial Park Cemetery, Enid, OK. Services are under the direction of Anderson-Burris Funeral Home, Enid, OK.
The son of the late Noah R. Easley Sr. and Ollie Hurst Easley, Cork was born Aug. 19, 1929, in Ravia, OK. He was a proud graduate of Ravia High School and had later attended Murray College in Tishomingo. He was united in marriage to Virginia Lee “Edith” Easley Sept. 10, 1949, in Tishomingo, and to this union they had three children, Doug, Roy and Barbara, were born. The Easleys made their home in Tishomingo before moving to Sherman, TX, Sulphur, OK and finally to Enid, OK, where they raised their family. While living in Sherman, Cork worked in Grand Prairie and after moving to Sulphur he worked for Dolese in Big Canyon, OK near Sulphur. Cork had also worked a bread route for Continental Bakery in Sulphur and eventually became a regional supervisor for that company. Cork and Edith had also owned the Sulphur Hotel before moving to Enid where he began work for Champlin Refinery. While living in Enid they also had owned the Trail Motel and the Lazy H. Motel. After 56 years of marriage, Edith passed away on Feb. 6, 2006. Cork later married Venus (Prather) Foster on March 20, 2007. The couple had enjoyed attending Emmanuel Baptist Church in Enid. They were enjoying spending time with each other’s families and were planning to take a trip to Yellowstone National Park in the near future. Cork was a member of First Baptist Church in Tishomingo, had been active in the Gideon’s and was a member of the Sulphur Masonic Lodge. Survivors include his wife, Venus, of the home; two sons, Doug Easley and his wife Sharon of Enid and Roy Easley and his wife Brenda of Enid; one daughter, Barbara Ryan and her husband Terry of Pond Creek, OK; three step-daughters, Gayle Leader and her husband James of Seminole, OK, Stephanie Wilson and her husband Ron of Enid, and Dana Foster and her husband Ken of Enid; one sister, Carolyn Mower and her husband Dennis of Ravia; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents and his first wife Edith, Cork was preceded in death by one sister, Anna Easley. Visitation will be held at Anderson-Burris Funeral Home in Enid. Source: Enid News September 18, 2007

James Futch, 82, went to be with his Lord Saturday, May 23, 2009, at the Veteran’s Center in Ardmore, Okla., after a lengthy battle with COPD, heart issues and kidney problems. Funeral services will be Friday, May 29, 10 a.m. at Watts Funeral Home in Madill, Okla., with a message from his preacher friend and barber, JD Leavelle followed by a military interment in Ravia Cemetery.
James was born Sept. 27, 1926, in Ravia, Okla., to his parents, Ernest “Ned” and Effie Irene Kreger Futch. He was raised in Ravia, graduating from Ravia, HS in 1945 having been active in 4-H and flirting with the girls. As James would share, he graduated in the top five of his class. He joined the US Army upon graduation and reached the rank of Corporal after serving in Saipan. Upon leaving the military James began his college career at Murray State in Tishomingo. On Sept. 8, 1949 he eloped to Gainesville, Texas, and married his love, Mildred Louise Wright, also of Ravia. Over the years they were blessed with three daughters, two sons-in-law, two grandsons, four granddaughters, two great-granddaughters and one great-grandson. He loved his family gatherings and on good days contacted many old friends on that new fangled device the cell phone. In his early years James supported his family as a roughneck in the Healdton oil fields. This was later followed with jobs at Hudson Houston Lumber in Pampa, Texas, and Ardmore, Okla. He ended his work career after 25 years as an insurance salesman for American National Insurance working in Love, Carter, Marshall and Johnston counties. When his heart conditioned worsened he sold his property and cattle at Dickson where they had lived for over 40 years and moved his “little woman” to Ardmore in 2003. He quickly befriended all the neighbors who shared his sense of humor and practical jokes. James was preceded in death by his parents, Ned and Effie Futch and grandparents, John and Molly Owens Futch and John Williard Millfort and Lena Lenora (Dolly) Phillips Kreger all of the Johnston County area. James is survived by his wife, Ardmore, and daughters and son-in-laws, Jamie and Kenneth Hunter, Ardmore, OK, Brenda and Phillip Newton, Durant, Okla., and Patty Futch, Ardmore, Okla. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Brandon and Jessie Hunter, Frisco, Texas, Kasy and Corinne Hunter, Durant, Okla., Kara Newton, Norman, Okla., and Jenna Newton, Durant, Okla., and two great-granddaughters, Kanyon Grace Hunter, Durant, Okla. and Haidyn Avery Hunter, Frisco, Texas, and one great-grandson, Austin James Hunter, Frisco, Texas.
James is also survived by one sister, Bettye Ruth Futch Fowler and husband Fred, two nephews, Freddie and Jim and one great nephew, Chris all of Ft. Worth, Texas. Having been in Mildred’s family for nearly 60 years James was proud to claim his “brothers and sisters by marriage”, HD and Mona Wright, Pauls Valley, Okla., J.T. and Corinne Wright Brooks, Phoenix, Ariz., and Charles and Maria Wright, Ardmore, Okla. He leaves behind two young men he thought of as sons his very special friends Richard Marrs and Roy Mack Futch. Serving as pallbearers will be Kenneth Hunter, Phillip Newton, Brandon Hunter, Kasy Hunter, Charlie Wright, and Kenneth Wright. Honorary pallbearers are Bob Petz, Jim Hanson, and Tom Crowell. The family extends their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Kevin Reed who kept James patched together for so much longer than we had hoped. Also special care from Healthback Home Health, Faith Hospice and his nurses, Effie, Michael, Juree, Darrell, Michelle and Melinda and Dr. Cannon from the Veteran’s Center helped us give James the best quality of life available. Family hour will be 6-7 p.m. Thursday, May 28, or you may send your condolences to PO Box 962, Durant, OK 74702 or online In lieu of flowers the family would like to suggest donations to the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, the Kidney Foundation or a charity of your choice.
Music arranged by Diana Boland and Patty Futch. Interment will be at Ravia Cemetery, Ravia, Oklahoma. Services will be under the direction of Watts Funeral Home, Madill, Oklahoma.
[Source: Durant Daily Democrat

C. W. Geers

C. W. Geers, editor of the Mill Creek Herald, died suddenly in his office last Thursday. (The Wapanucka Press, Friday, May 20, 1921, page 8)   

Victory Eloise Johnson

ADA — Graveside services for Victory Eloise Johnson, 89, Ada, are 10 a.m. Saturday at Ravia Cemetery, Ravia. She died April 9, 2008, Ada.

E. L. Lail

R. D. Lail returned Monday from Hartford, Ark., where he attended the funeral of his father, E. L. Lail, who died at Poteau, Okla., Jan. 14. Mr. Lail formerly lived near Wapanucka and had many friends in this community who will regret to learn of his death. (The Wapanucka Press, Thursday, January 27, 1916, page 6)

Lula Castleberry Lucas

Tishomingo, Feb. 11 - Our community has been greatly saddened by the death of Mrs. Lucas wife of M. M. Lucas, Esq.

Mrs. Lula Castleberry Lucas was born Oct. 19, 1871; married to W. M. Lucas, Esq., on Jan. 27, 1895, and died Feb. 4, 1899, and was buried on Sunday, Feb. 5, in the Tishomingo Cemetery.

The legal fraternity constituted primarily the pall bearers as follows: W. H. Murray, Esq. partner of Mr. Lucas' and Judge Cornelius Hardy, United States Commissioner; Nicholas Wolff, Esq., and C. H. Brown, constable of this commissioner's precinct; J. L. Thompson, Esq., and O. J. Lawyer of Wiley, an old friend of the family, with S. C. Treadwell, Esq., leading the funeral procession and the Rev. C. C. Vannoy conducted the religious service.

Mrs. Lucas was a woman of noble Christian character and an affectionate, devoted wife. Her last words expressed the happiness of her married life. In her last breath she said: "He is a good man - my husband." (The Daily Ardmoreite, Monday, February 13, 1899, page 3)

T. H. Scott, a well known farmer, residing three miles southeast of Tishomingo, died last night. The remains will be taken to Linn for interment. (The Daily Ardmoreite, Friday, February 17, 1899, page 3)

Virginia Mason
Services for Virginia Mason, 81, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Ravia with the Rev. Lenard Brothers Jr. officiating. Interment will be at Ravia Cemetery under the direction of Campbell-Watts Funeral Home in Tishomingo.
Born July 31, 1921, in Kingston to John C. and Zora M. Clay De board, she died Nov. 12, 2002, in Madill.
She graduated from Troy High School, attended Murray State College and received her degree in math and science from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. She was a member of First Baptist Church, and a former teacher and tax preparer for H&R Block. She and Edward Daniel Mason were married in Oklahoma City. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1985; two brothers, Clay and John De board; and three sisters, Norma Jones, Iris Ozment and Beulah Phillips.
Survivors include a son, David, California; two sisters, Iva Mae Welch, Wichita Falls, Texas, and Willo Dean Peden, Ravia; and four grandchildren.

Terry Don McCraw
RAVIA, OKLA. - Terry Don McCraw, 51, died Wednesday, March 29, 2006. Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. Jonathan Smith officiating. Burial will be in Tishomingo Cemetery by Clark Funeral Service. Mr. McCraw was born Sept. 10, 1954, in Roswell, N.M., to Kenneth and Mildred Levacy McCraw. He was a truck driver for most of his working career. Survivors include his wife, Debra of Ravia; two daughters, Toby Francis of Amarillo, Texas, and Monica Ezell of Ravia; two sons, Jason McCraw of Amarillo and Kenneth McCraw of Ravia; his mothers, Mildred Levacy of Portales, N.M., and Wanda McCraw of Tishomingo; five sisters, LaJuana Riley and Kristy Mick, both of Tishomingo, Rita Ortez of Ravia, Denise Martin of Portales and Stacy Howell of Belgium; three brothers, Jack Phillips and Stephen Phillips, both of Tishomingo, and Dennis McCraw of Wapanucka; and 10 grandchildren. [Amarillo Globe-News, April 1, 2006]

Roy McCurdy

Roy McCurdy died at his home in this city Thursday morning of last week and was buried Friday at Rose Hill cemetery, Rev. J. W. Richardson performing the last sad rites. Mr. McCurdy was sick but a short time of pneumonia which was the direct cause of his death. He leaves a wife and four little children in very hard circumstances who deserve the sympathy and substantial help of all charitable disposed people. (The Wapanucka Press, Thursday, January 20, 1916, page 4)

Essie McKee

Essie McKee, the twelve year old granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. McKee of Rock Creek died with pneumonia and was buried at Coleman last week. (The Wapanucka Press, Thursday, March 29, 1917, page 8)

Linda Musick, 57, of Wichita Falls, went to her reward on Monday, April 7, 2008. The funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m., Friday, April 11, 2008, in the chapel of Owens & Brumley Funeral Home of Wichita Falls. Graveside services will follow at the Ravia Cemetery, in Ravia, Oklahoma, at 4:30 p.m., Friday, under the direction of Owens & Brumley Funeral Home of Wichita Falls. A daughter of the late Mearl and Betty Lou (Starr) Cheesman, she was born May 28, 1950, in Stockton, California. In 1989, she married David Musick in Wichita Falls. She will always be remembered as a hard worker, who loved her family very much. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Harlan and Wayne Cheesman; and by her grandmother, Teenie Starr. Survivors include her husband, David Musick of Wichita Falls; daughter, Angie Kasparek and husband, Ricky of Wichita Falls; son, Clint Biggs of Wichita Falls; and daughter, Sharla Coats of Wichita Falls; grandchildren, Courtney Biggs, Leslyn Pennington, Shaylinn Kasparek, Kaci Biggs, Kristen Biggs, Karli Kasparek, and Michael Biggs; brother, Gary Cheesman and wife, Sherri and Keith Cheesman and wife, Cricket; sisters, Sharon Hester, and Cathy Scarberry and husband, David, all of Ravia, Oklahoma, and Janice Dove and husband, Kenneth of Tishomingo, Oklahoma; also many nieces, nephews and friends. The family will receive friends from 6 until 7 p.m., Thursday, April 10, 2008, at Owens & Brumley Funeral Home of Wichita Falls.
Source: Times Record News (Wichita Falls online)

H. L. Nixon

Death of H. L. Nixon – The following from Okemah Ledger of January 20th gives a fuller account of the death and burial of H. L. Nixon, a former well known and highly respected Wapanucka citizen who died at Cushing January 15th, than the Press was able to give last week:

H. L. Nixon, father of Mrs. S. C. Wilson of this city, dropped dead at his place of business in Cushing, Okla., Saturday morning, suffering with heart trouble. Mr. Nixon had been feeling slightly ill for a week or two, but had been going about his business in the usual way and Saturday had opened his place of business about 2:00 o’clock and found that he had died. He had evidently been sitting in a chair before a stove and had pitched forward on the floor.

Funeral services were held at the First M. E. Church in Cushing, Sunday and the body was shipped to Okemah for burial, and the interment was made in Highland cemetery Tuesday. The Masons had charge of the services at the grave and gave their burial rites. Mr. Nixon was a member of that order, and a member of the Methodist church. He was 55 years old, leaves a widow and six children. (The Wapanucka Press, Thursday, January 27, 1916, page 1)

Louella Riffe Oglesby, 91 of Ravia, passed away Tuesday December 11, 2007, at her home in Ravia. She was born in Ravia to the late David M. Riffe and Susan Parham on July 21, 1916. Louella was raised in Ravia where she graduated from Ravia High School. She later graduated from Murray State College in Tishomingo and continued her education at a college in California where she received a Masters Degree. Louella taught students front kindergarten age to College for 39 years, and also for three years in Japan She was always taking books to Ravia School for the kids to read. She married Wesley Oglesby on January 2, 1937 in Ardmore; he preceded her in death on Sept. 20, 1947. Louella was a member of the Old Settlers of Ravia, several teaching organizations, and was also a member of the Russett Baptist Church. She enjoyed reading gardening and sewing. She is survived by her grandsons and wives Mike Ducummon and wife Peggy of Ravia, Steve Ducummon and George Ducummon both of Tulsa and Donald Ducummon and wife Debbie of Adair; four cousins, Jack Riffe of Sulphur, Foy Phillip, of Harrah, Shelby Parham of Enid and Tim Phillips of Yorba Linda, Calif.; four great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren and one great-great-great grandchild. Louella was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, and one daughter, Marie Ducummon. Graveside services were held Saturday' Dec. 15, at 11a.m. at the Ravia Cemetery, Tom Franks officiating. Services were held under the direction of Watts Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Madill.

E. E. Pritchard

E. E. Pritchard Dead – E. E. Pritchard died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Callie White, Thursday afternoon Jan. 20, aged 75 years. Deceased had been a patient sufferer of that dread disease cancer for more than a year and during the last few months of his life suffered greatly but bore his suffering with great patience and realizing that the end was near prepared himself for death. He had lived in Wapanucka and this vicinity for the past twenty years and was well known by everybody and had the respect of all.

Mr. Pritchard was a native of Alabama and served throughout the civil war in the confederate army.

He leaves two living children, Mrs. Callie White of this city and James Pritchard of Bromide. His wife and several children preceded him to the grave in recent years.

The remains were laid to rest in Rose Hill cemetery Friday afternoon, Revs. J. W. Richardson and A. S. Eggner officiating.

The bereaved ones have the sympathy of the entire community. (The Wapanucka Press, Thursday, January 27, 1916, page 6)

Will L. Richardson

Died Monday – Will L. Richardson, a farmer, living on Mr Riley’s farm, one mile south of town, died Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock. He had been sick for three weeks with pneumonia and measles.

Mr. Richardson leaves a wife and nine children. He was buried Tuesday, Rev. W. A. Hopper conducted the funeral services. (The Wapanucka Press, Thursday, March 29, 1917, page 5)

Smith, Isaac M.

1912 Isaac M. Smith, born 11 September 1840 New York
died January 7 1912 in Bromide, Brogden twp Johnston County Oklahoma

Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Taylor

Death of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Taylor – Died at their home near Hardwood, January 12th, after being sick a few days of pneumonia. They professed faith in Christ at an early age and they lived a concentrated life until their department. (The Wapanucka Press, Thursday, January 20, 1916, page 4)

Mrs. John Torbet

Mrs. Torbet Dead – Mrs. John Torbet died Tuesday of tuberculosis at her home in the south part of town. She was buried Wednesday in the Moore graveyard. (The Wapanucka Press, Thursday, March 29, 1917, page 5)

Will Watterson

Will Watterson a young man 20 years of age died at his home two miles west of town, Tuesday night and was buried at the Wells Cemetery the following evening. (The Wapanucka Press, Thursday, October 7, 1915, page 4)

Martin V. Wyrick

Martin V. Wyrick, one of the oldest and most highly respected citizens died at his home in this city early this morning at the advanced age of 76 years.

Mr. Wyrick was born in Jasper, Tenn., where he spent his young manhood, but like many others of his day and time took the western fever and migrated to Texas where he lived for a number of years. In 1866 he married Miss Dorcas Doss to which union was born four children, J. B. Wyrick, who lives on Boggy, the late W. S. Wyrick, Mrs. W. A. Castleberry, of McKinney, Tex., and Mrs. W. B. Hatchett of this city.

During the civil war he served over three years in the Union army and was honorably discharged at the close of the war. For thirty-five years he was a consistant member of the Methodist church and lived the life of a Christian.

For the past thirteen years he has been a resident of this city and enjoyed the confidence and respect of the entire community.

Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at the family residence, Rev. A. M. Belcher, pastor of the Methodist church officiating. Interment will take place at Rose Hill Cemetery.

Besides his aged wife and the immediate members of his family, he leaves many grandchildren and great-grandchildren to mourn his loss and the Press joins their many friends in extending condolence and sympathy to the bereaved family. Peace to his ashes. (The Wapanucka Press, Thursday, December 30, 1915, page 4)

Yarborough Infant
Died – Friday night, June 10, 1904, infant child of Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Yarborough. It was buried at Ravia Saturday. ["The Ravia Tribune" 16 June 1904, Ravia, Johnston County, Indian Territory, now Oklahoma - submitted by]


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