Mayes County, Oklahoma
Obituaries

Charles Bergman
Charles Jackson Bergman, age 80, of Adair, died Saturday afternoon at home. Born on Dec. 9, 1903 in Wayne County, Missouri, he attended school in Joplin, Mo.
He came to Mayes County in 1919 and was married to Verda Mae Sellick on Aug. 14, 1925 in Vinita. He was a farmer and rancher all of his life and he retired in 1977. He was a member of the greenbriere Freewill Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a son, Norman Bergman, and a daughter, Norma McNair. Survivors include is wife, Verda Mae, of the home/ oen son, Henry Bergman of Adair; three daughters, Martha Sue Copeland of Adair, Mary Lou Adams of Palm Springs, Ca., Charles Arric of Pryor. Also two sisters, Naomi Frank of Warsaw, Mo. and Essie Gove of Tampa, Fla.; 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 2 pm in the Grenbrier Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Calvin Morgan, Rev. Francis E. Berka, Sr and Rev. Ollie Wright officiating. Burial was in the Boatman Cemetery with the Key Funeral Home in charge.
[Submitted by Chris Walters]



William Bergman
Funeral services for William Henry Bergman, 72 of Pryor will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the First Baptist Church in Pryor. Dr. Wendell Lang will officiate and burial will follow in the Bryan Chapel Cemetery in Boatman. Services are under the direction of Key Funeral Home of Pryor Bergman was born on Oct. 7, 1927 east of Pryor in the Welch Community, to Charles Jackson and Melverda (Selleck) Bergman. He died on April 10, 2000 in Tulsa. He grew up and attended school in the Welch Community, and also in Salina. He then entered the Merchant Mariens in the mid 1940's. Bergman then returned to Pryor and attended Pryor High School graduating in 1947. He married Betty J. Bradford on Oct. 5, 1951 in the home of the Rev. Howard Gage. He was employed by Packard Brothers Motors in Pryor and also the Carbide Plant. He then began working for the Pure Milk Producers Association in Tulsa as a transportation manager for many years. In 1965 they moved to Pryor where they bought a ranch they ran until 1996 when they moved to Pryor. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Pryor. He was a 32 degree Mason in the Pryor Masonic Lodge # 100 and the Akdar Shrine of Tulsa. He was also a member of the Mayes County Cattleman's Association.
Survivors include his wife Betty of the home; son from a former marriage, Michael Bergman of Texas; sons Stanley Marcus and Susan Bergman of Broken Arrow, and Kent Alan and Penny Bergman of Pryor; daughter Lisa Anne and Jerry Dennis of Pryor; six grandchildren; sisters Mary Burnett of Pryor and Charlene and Joe Arric of Pryor; and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by sisters Norma McNair and Martha Sue (Mickey) Copeland; brother Norman Bergman and his parents. Friends are contributing to the First Baptist Church Building Fun in Bergman's Memory. The family will receive visitors from 7 - 9 pm Thursday.
[Submitted by Chris Walters]

Castro, Lillie
Funeral Services for Lillie Arneecher Castro will be held Friday March 3rd, 2006 at Hillcrest Memorial Park. Viewing will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday March 2nd, 2006. Lillie Castro was born August 27, 1936 to Jacob and Eliza Arneecher in Salina, OK. She was baptized on July 9th, 1965 at the First Indian Baptist Church in Muskogee, OK. She attended Oaks School in Oaks, OK where she was a top student and an exceptional basketball player. She graduated from Oaks School in 1955. After graduation, she moved to Bakersfield and has been a resident here since that time. Lillie was employed at Truxtun Manor Retirement Home for 25 years. Lillie is preceded in death by her parents Jacob and Eliza Arneecher; her brothers -- Joe Arneecher; Sam Arneecher; Ned Arneecher; her sister -- Lena Cobb. She is survived by her loving husband Albert Castro; her son Alan Castro and his wife Tracey; her granddaughters Stacey and Jennifer Castro; and her great-grandsons Damian Moreno and Nathan Mendez; sisters Dora Grayson and Bettie Lou Gifford. Lillie is also survived by her extended family -- daughters and their spouses Annie and Bob Welch; Rosie and Robert Espinoza; sons and their spouses -- Zeke and Carmen Castro; Jake and Lydia Castro; Johnny and Mary Castro; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews whom she loved very much. Lillie was a loving, caring person who touched the lives of many people -- strangers as well as family members. She will always be loved and remembered. Lillie Arneecher Castro Aug. 27, 1936 - Feb. 24, 2006 Hillcrest Memorial Park Legacy.com
Published in the Bakersfield Californian on 3/1/2006. Submitted by Gene Phillips



PAUL VIRGIL ALLEN 1961-2005
TULSA, Okla. - Paul Virgil Allen, 43 year-old resident of Tulsa, formerly of Langley, died Tues., Feb. 1 at his home in Tulsa. He was born April 7, 1961 in Colorado Springs, Colo. to John V. Allen and Martha Alliene (Phillips) Allen. Paul was a graduate of Jay High School and served in the U.S. Army from 1980 to 1983. He worked as a carpenter until his illness forced him to retire.
The family includes: his mother Alliene Padgett of Krebs, his father John V. Allen of Disney, step-grandmother, Reva Scott of Vinita; one son Adam Allen; eight brothers and sisters, David Allen of Tulsa, Carolyn Karr and husband John of Tulsa, Pamala Senter and husband Jack of Pass Christian, Miss., Leona Burns of Jay, Toney Lee Allen and wife Christina of Commerce, John S. Allen of Tiajuana, Margaret Baker of Tulsa, Richard Allen and wife Lanie of Cleora; half-brothers, Earl Leonard Padgett and wife Lisa of Krebs, Sammy Ray Padgett and wife Myrtle of McAlester, and Glenn Dale Padgett and wife Monica of Wilburton.
He was preceded in death by his step-mother Constance Louise (Connie) Allen, and a sister, Barbara Ann Allen.
Graveside services were held Sat., Feb. 5 in the Palestine Cemetery, near Quinton, Okla. with Pastor Justin Turner officiating.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Luginbuel South Grand Lake Funeral Home, Langley.
The Grove Sun Daily - Submitted by Gene Phillips

HAROLD MITCHELL "SONNY" ATWELL 1940-2005
COMMERCE, Okla. - Harold Mitchell "Sonny" Atwell, Commerce, OK, died Saturday, October 1, 2005 at his home in Commerce after an illness.  He was 65 years of age.
He was born January 2, 1940 at Salina, Oklahoma to Archie and Vera Fern (Mitchell) Atwell and they preceded him in death.  He graduated from Dodge City High School in Dodge City, Kansas.  He had lived in Commerce for the last 20 years after moving from Quapaw, Oklahoma where he had lived for 10 years.  He worked as a self-employed sheet rock and drywall installer until his retirement.  He honorably served in the US Army National Guard and he was of the Baptist Faith.
He is survived by one son, Lance Atwell of Commerce, OK, three daughters, Shelley Sears of Creed, OK, Terri Gurhellva of Boise, ID and Tonya Burke of California; four sisters, Patsy Griffith of Denver, CO, Sherry Wilson of Gulfport, MS, Alice Harris of West Memphis, AR, Gail Hayes of Covington, TN, one brother, Roy Atwell of Filer, ID; a special friend, Kathy Whitecrow, 7 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, 7 nieces and 9 nephews.
Graveside services will be Tuesday, October 4, 2005 at 2:00pm at the Ross Mayes Cemetery in Salina, OK.  Rev. Kenneth Hood will officiate.
Arrangements are under the direction of Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Commerce, Oklahoma.
The Grove Sun Daily - Submitted by Gene Phillips



Eldon V. Bayless
PRYOR, Okla. - Eldon V. Bayless, 74, formerly of Gruver, Texas, died Saturday, Aug. 28, 2004.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Key Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Randy Bettis officiating. Burial will be in Graham Memorial Cemetery.
Mr. Bayless was born Feb. 14, 1930, in Gruver to Pete and Edna Box Bayless. He owned and operated Bayless Laundry in Pryor for several years.
Survivors include three sons, Alfred Bayless and Wayne Bayless, both of Pryor and Mike Bayless of Locust Grove; three daughters, Patty Jackson and Edna Gruver, both of Pryor and Donna Goins of Spavinaw; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a brother, Arnold Bayless of Tyler, Texas.
Amarillo Globe-News, Aug. 30, 2004 - Submitted by Gene Phillips



Bowlin, Winifred Jenette
Winifred Jenette (McNamara) passed away on April 10, 2003 at St Ann's Home. She was born December 26, 1910 in Tipton, OK to Odus Harry and Annie (Sturgess) McNamara. Later the family moved to a farm near Pryor, OK, where Winifred started to school. During her grade school years, she was a member of the Girl Scouts and went on her first scout camping trip to Lake Spavinaw. Her High School years were at Tipton and Bethany. In 1927 she met Lynn Bowlin and on Easter Sunday, March 31, 1929, they were married in the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Holding, owners of the Tipton Tribune, where Lynn was employed. Reverend Charles P.D. Mann, Pastor of Tipton Methodist Church, performing the ceremony. They moved to Bethany in 1931 and Winifred enrolled in the Lane Beauty School in Oklahoma City and operated a beauty shop in Bethany until 1945. Later she owned and operated Winifred's Draperies. When their daughter, Carol, was in grade school, Winifred again resumed her Girl Scout work. This time as a leader, organizing the first Girl Scout Troop in Bethany, helped establish Cookieland (east of OKC) and Camp Red Rock near Binger, OK. After retiring in 1973, she and Lynn enjoyed traveling, making trips to Europe, Canada and Mexico, as well as Hawaii and 44 of the 48 contiguous states. She was a life time member of Putnam City United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lynn; her parents, 1 sister and 2 brothors. Winifred is survived by her daughter, Carol Robinson of Lawton, OK; 4 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; 1 nephew; 1 niece and many friends. The family would like to thank Mercy Hospice, Victoria Lodge, RN and St. Ann's Home for the loving care given to Winifred. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, April 12, 2003 at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens with O. Duane Snavely, Chaplin Hospice officiating. GUARDIAN WEST 41 & N. MacArthur 495-9292
Published in the Oklahoman on 4/12/2003. - Submitted by Gene Phillips

Joyce Brewer
Joyce Brewer, 75, of Amarillo died Sunday, July 31, 2005.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Dreamland Cemetery in Canyon with the Rev. Jerry Hopkins officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Mrs. Brewer was born April 12, 1930, in Spavinaw, Okla. She worked as the administrative manager for the Amarillo Caf. For more than 57 years, she was a devoted homemaker and true gift of God. She was a member of First Assembly of God Church.
She married Arthur "Artie" Brewer on June 11, 1948, in Amarillo.
Survivors include her husband, and three brothers, Gene Hopkins, Ray Hopkins and Jerry Hopkins, all of Amarillo.
The family suggests memorials be to the Harrington Cancer Center, 1500 Wallace Blvd., Amarillo, TX 79105.
Amarillo Globe-News, Aug. 1, 2005 - Submitted by Gene Phillips
 
Shirley Ruth Brown
GRAND LAKE TOWNE, Okla. - Shirley Ruth Brown, 60, formerly of Amarillo, died Tuesday, May 26, 1998.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with the Rev. Glen Walton officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2820 Virginia Circle.
Mrs. Brown was born in Clovis, N.M., and married William Brown in 1963 at Amarillo. She had lived in Grand Lake Towne for five years.
She opened and operated Shirley's Steak House in Beeville from 1979-1988. She had been secretary and sales manager for Drug Wholesale Co.
Mrs. Brown was a member of Order of the Eastern Star and Church of Christ.
Survivors include her husband; a son, Terry Lee Brown of Amarillo; two daughters, Barbara Ann Denney of Friendswood and Vickie Lynn Kite of McAlester, Okla.; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Amarillo Globe News - 28 May 1998 - Submitted by Gene Phillips

Campbell, Loyce M. 1923 - 2005
Loyce M. Campbell, 82, a retired retail bookkeeper, passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2005, in Pryor, Okla.
Graveside service: 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Mount Olivet Funeral Home.
Loyce was born May 1, 1923, in Vernon. She graduated from Roanoke High School in 1941 and married Gail Lee Campbell on July 2, 1954. She was a longtime resident of Haltom City and member of Glenview Baptist Church.
Loyce was preceded in death by her husband, Gail Lee Campbell.
Survivors: Son, David Campbell and wife, Karen, of Locust Grove, Okla.; daughter, Debra Sanderson of Springtown; sisters, Dorothy Young of Haslet, Ozella Rivers of Rotan and Billie Giles and husband, Nelson, of Cleburne; brother-in-law, Sam Campbell and wife, Helen, of Waco; grandchildren, Jennifer, Mark, Natasha and Shannon; great-grandchildren, Trinity, Chloe and Venessa; numerous nieces, nephews; and a host of other loving family.
Published in the Star-Telegram on 6/17/2005. - Submitted by Gene Phillips

Joyce Elaine Cearley 1944-2005
SALINA, Okla. - Joyce Elaine Cearley, 60, died Saturday, January 22, 2005 at Springdale, Ark.
Joyce was born on May 28, 1944 in Pixley, Calif. to Jack Brown and Geneva Wood Reed. She married Wayne Cearley on December 18, 1959. Joyce loved working in her yared and garden, crocheting and enjoyed her family and friends.
Survivors include: her husband, Wayne of Salina, Okla.; her mother, Geneva Wood Reed; her stepmother, Pauline Brown; children, Tammy Gray and husband, Steve of Disney, Okla.; Jennifer Cearley of Sapulpa, Okla., Betsy Terrell and Tommy Cearley, both of Salina, Okla.; grandchildren, Zach Long of Calif., Travis Long and Brittany Long of Disney, Okla., Jeffery Terrell, Greggery Terrell, Cody Cearley, all of Salina, Okla.; great grandson, Hunter Wayne Long of Calif.,; brothers and sister, John Brown of Grove, Charles Brown of Eucha, Okla., Barbara Vanover of Spavinaw, Okla., Joy Kelly of Jay, Okla., Buddy Threlkeld of Grove; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father; Jack Brown, brother; Andy Brown and granddaughter; Sydney Lutz.
Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 29, 2005 at Jay Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness.
Arrangements are under the direction of Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Jay, Okla.
The Grove Sun Daily - Submitted by Gene Phillips

Chris Fabrizio, 45
A service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Dalton-Holmes Funeral Chapel for Chris Fabrizio, 45, Locust Grove, who died Sunday, Dec. 26, 2004, at Locust Grove Care Center.
The son of Steven Angelo and Hazel (Blackburn) Fabrizio, he was born Tuesday, Nov. 3, 1959, in Denison, Texas. He was of the Catholic faith.
He is survived by his mother, Colbert; sister Angela Fabrizio, Denton, Texas; brother Charles Fabrizio, Springfield, Mo.; uncle and aunt Kenneth Blackburn and wife Jessie, Nida; aunt Inez Falcone, Fort Worth, Texas; uncle Marion Blackburn, McAlester; aunt Loise Schindler, Denison; aunt Olivia Fisher, Denison; close friend Charles Guinn, Locust Grove; and special nephew Alan Fraizer.
Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Denison.
Condolences may be sent to the family at dhfh@communicomm.com
Dalton-Holmes Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Submitted by Gene Phillips

 

Jack Riley, Jr.

LOCUST GROVE, Dec. 13. – Jack Riley jr., aged 15, member of a well known Cherokee family, died in a hospital at Pryor yesterday evening from a pistol wound sustained the day previous.
(Tulsa World (14 Dec. 1921) transcribed by FoFG MZ - submitted by MZ)


 







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