McClain County, Oklahoma


Willa Dean (Raines) Offolter

Funeral services for Willa Dean (Raines) Offolter, 81, of Lexington were held Oct. 11, 2008 at Wilson-Little Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery in Purcell under the direction of Wilson-Little Funeral Home in Purcell.
Mrs. Offolter died Oct. 7, 2008 at Odyssey Hospice House in Oklahoma City.
She was born Aug. 27, 1927 in Keystone, Okla., the oldest of three children of Cecil Cleo Pearson and Irene (Winford) Pearson. At an early age her family moved to the Capitol Hill area in Oklahoma City. She attended schools there, graduating from Central High School in 1945.
Mrs. Offolter worked at Tinker Air Force Base.
On Jan. 2, 1947 she married Robert Fay Raines. The couple had three daughters, Karen, Sherrell and Lisa, and made their home in Midwest City. The couple moved to Lexington in 1978. Mr. Raines died in 1986.
Soon after, she married Floyd Offolter . He died in 2004.
Mrs. Offolter worked some as a dance instructor, teaching country and western dances.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Robert "Bob" Raines and Floyd Offolter; her parents; one brother, Tommy Pearson and one sister-in-law, Earline Pearson.
Survivors include three daughters, Karen Arnold (Craig) of Choctaw, Sherrell Breshears of Purcell and Lisa Raines of Norman; one brother, Lindell Pearson of Oklahoma City; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Jim Jacobsen, Matt Jacobsen, Dick Breshears, Richard Breshears, Craig Arnold and Bruce English.

Joy "Hester" Parker

Source: Daily Ardmoreite

PURCELL -- Services for Joy Parker, 52, Noble, were at 10 a.m. today at Wilson-Little Funeral Home chapel. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery.

Mrs. Parker was born Aug. 21, 1949, in Wilson to Wesley W. and Geraldine Penn Hester. She died suddenly March 29, 2002, at her home.

Raised in Wilson, she married Danny Ray Parker in 1991 in Ozark, Ark. and as an LPN, worked at various health care facilities in Norman.

She is survived by her husband, of the home; two sons, Richard and David Young, both of Ardmore; a daughter, Rebecca Kinard, Wilson; a stepdaughter, Brandy Forsythe, Lexington; her mother, Geraldine Hester, Ozark; four sisters, Debbie DeBord, Wilson, Mary Morrison, Noble, Shelia and Ruby Woodson, Ozark; and four grandchildren. 

Benjamin Lafayette "B.L." "Pete" Perry

11/19/1917 - 1/28/2005

Pete was one of 8 children of John R. and Ida Mae Briscoe Perry. He was raised in Purcell and graduated from Purcell High School, in 1936.

He married Margarette A. Howard, April 22, 1940,in Purcell.

In 1946, he built Pete's Restaurant, which he owned and operated until 1979. It was later known as Pete's & Repete's when he went into business with his son, Howard Brent Perry, for several years.

After retiring from Pete's, he served 8 years at the State Capitol and the House of Representatives as Sergeant at Arms, retiring at age 74. He was a former Purcell mayor, city councilman, and Purcell Municipal Hospital Board member.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Margarette; son, Brent; daughter, Brenda Rogers; 3 brothers, Eugene, Boyce and J.R.; and 3 sisters, Ida, and twins, Helen and Ellen.

Survivors include his best friend and companion, Virginia Dawson, Purcell; sister, Bonnie Jean Blanchard, Lubbock, TX; 2 grandchildren and 4 gr-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were David Sparlin Jr., Greg Rogers, Richard Gray, Alton Dragoo, Larry Ewing and Bobby Anderson.

Lovie Phillips

Funeral services for Lovie Phillips, 82, of Wayne were held Nov. 10, 2008 at Wadley's Funeral Chapel with Steve Henson officiating. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery in Purcell under the direction of Wadley's Funeral Service in Purcell.
Mrs. Phillips died Nov. 7, 2008 in Purcell.
She was born Jan. 12, 1926 in Rosedale, the daughter of William and Willie (Pirtle) Troutman. She was reared in the Rosedale area, attending school in Wayne.
In October of 1946 she married John Phillips in Norman. They made their home in the Wayne area.
She was of the Baptist faith.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Leonard Troutman and Bill Troutman; two sons, Doyle Phillips and Rickey Phillips and a grandson, Brian Phillips.
Survivors include her husband, William Phillips; two daughters, Rita Phillips and Ann Henson and her husband, Steve; daughter-in-law, Martha Phillips; six grandchildren; four step-grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Zora E. “Young” Sullivan 

Zora E. Sullivan, age 86, of Luther, OK, was born on March 22, 1922, in Norman, OK. She was the daughter of Barney & Myrtel (Keener) Young. She left this life on Tuesday, May 20, 2008, in Luther, OK.

Zora graduated from Wayne High School in Wayne, OK. She married William Leroy Betz on May 7, 1946, in Purcell, OK. He preceded her in death in 1952. She married Herman Sullivan in 1954. Zora was a member of the Choctaw Road Baptist Church, Choctaw, OK. She worked at Tinker AFB for twenty years. She enjoyed fishing, reading the newspaper, politics, eating watermelon and loved music and playing the piano.

Zora was also preceded in death by her parents; second husband, Herman; two sisters, Bonnie Mae Leveridge, Wilma Cy Gullion and one brother, Bill Young.

Survivors include 2 sons & daughters-in-law, Barney & Laticia Sullivan, Choctaw, OK, Bill & Trena Sullivan, McLoud, OK; 2 daughters & sons-in-law, Betty & Gerry Peery, Luther, OK, Dodie & Joe Davis, Carney, OK; step-daughter & husband, Ginny & Glen Bell, Harrah, OK; 19 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Services will be held at 1:00 PM, Thursday, May 22, 2008, at the Asa Smith Memorial Chapel, Harrah, OK, with Rev. Jon Lowry officiating. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery, Purcell, OK. Services are under the direction of Smith~Parks Funeral Service in Harrah, OK.

Charlie F. Stone

Charlie F. Stone, 65, of Wayne passed away Monday, Aug. 11, 2008 at his home.

He was born on March 15, 1943 in Criner, Okla., the middle child of five children born to Robert Lee Stone and Vaskey Frances Davis Stone.

Charlie grew up in Wayne. Pauls Valley was one place where he lived before moving in 1990 outside of Wayne near Paoli.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13 at Wilson-Little Funeral Home Chapel in Purcell with Mike Hall officiating. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery in Purcell.


Lucy Mae “Biggerstaff” Stevens

Source: Daily Ardmoreite

PURCELL -- Graveside rites for former Tishomingo resident, Lucy Mae Stevens, 95, were scheduled today at 2 p.m. at Hillside Cemetery in Purcell.

Mrs. Stevens died May 15, 1998, in Houston. She was born May 5, 1903, at Honey Grove, Texas, to Joe and Eva Flinn Biggerstaff.

She served in the Army Corps during World War II and was McClain County deputy court clerk 13 years. She and R.G. "Razz" Stevens were married April 7, 1942, in Oklahoma City. They were ranchers in the Johnston County area many years. She was preceded in death by her husband; brothers, Arthur and Doc Biggerstaff; and a sister, Jewel Sims.

Survivors include a nephew, Arthur Biggerstaff; and nieces, Jean Henderson, Lovena Knipe, Evilu Kindred, Geraldean Gallagher and Lucy Taylor.

Corbin Funeral Home will direct services. 

Linda Gayle “Lollar” Sparlin

1/24/1945 - 3/10/2008

Funeral services for Linda Sparlin, 63, Dallas, formerly of Purcell, OK, were held Saturday, March 15, 2008, 2 p.m. at Wilson-Little Funeral Home Chapel, Purcell.

Mrs. Sparlin died at Presbyterian Memorial Hospital, Dallas.

The 6th of 7 children born to Omer Dewitt Lollar and Eula Elizabeth Taylor Lollar, Wayne, OK, she graduated from Wayne High School in 1963 and attended East Central University, Ada, OK. In high school she was the editor of the school newspaper and sang in a group, "The Blue Notes", and later on with the "Sweet Adelines", Norman, OK.

On March 1, 1964, in Wayne, she married William "Bill" Keith Sparlin, of Purcell. In 1970 they purchased the Conner-Roberts Funeral Home, Purcell, currently the Wilson-Little Funeral Home. Linda worked for Dr. Rollins, Purcell, for several years; Norman medical clinics; the Norman Police Department as a dispatcher and later as a meter maid, and an OKC law firm.

In 1986, she moved to the Dallas area where she worked over 20 years as an administrative assistant for State Farm Insurance.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Owen Dale Lollar.

She is survived by her only child: Holly Janell Sparlin Sargeant and husband Geoffrey, Santa Monica, CA; her companion and his family, Larry Sewell, Dallas, his son Norman Sewell and wife Sue, Allen, TX, and their children, Preston and Landry; sisters, Charlotte Graham and husband Don, San Saba, TX, Phyllis Waugh and husband Bob, Mt. Pleasant, Tx, and Carolyn Neal and husband Sam, Pauls Valley, OK; brothers, Pete Lollar, Conway, AR and Larry Lollar, Albany, CA; sister-in-law, Agnes Lollar, Tucson, AZ; and 1 grandson, Jack Sargeant.

Pallbearers were Geoffrey Sargeant, Norman Sewell, Richard and Justin McCaulla, and Jon and David Neal.

Hazel “Wilson” Sparlin

Hazel (Wilson) Newman Sparlin, or "Little Hazel" as she was called by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, 85, passed away August 2, 2000 at her home in Purcell, Oklahoma. She was born December 16, 1914 in Idabel, Oklahoma, the ninth of ten children born to Willie "Bill" and Ollie Mae (Phillips) Wilson. She grew up in Idabel.

As a young woman she moved to Purcell. She married Albert E. Newman of Purcell, whose father, A.C. Newman of Purcell, was in real estate and founder/owner of the first soft drink company in Indian Territory. She and Albert were the parents of six children.

She was a health provider, working as a nurse for over 30 years at the Purcell Hospital and continued caring for Dr. and Mrs. McCurdy as their private nurse.

Three years after the death of her husband in 1978, she married Jody Sparlin of Pucell. For the next 20 years together, they remained active in their church, Union Hill Baptist. They loved fishing and going to their farm to feed their cattle. They enjoyed drives to Idabel to visit cousins.

Her hobbies were reading her Bible, gardening, quilting beautiful and embroidery. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; grandparents, Williw and Lucretia (Folsom) Wilson an Robert and Sallie (Mitchell) Phillips; two sons, Donnie Newman and infant son Newman, and eight brothers and sisters, Willie, Homer, Ray, Lura, Ida, Sissy, Effie and Ethel. Survivors include daughters, Patricia Mower of Dallas, Texas and Paulla Richardson and husband, T.R., of Arlington, Texas; sons, Harold Newman and wife, Laurine, of Fort Collins, Colarado and Danny Newman and wife, Nelda, of Mustang, Oklahoma; sister, Annie Dovie Gunby of Pioneertown, California; grandchildren, Stephanie Mower, Lowell Mower and wife, Michelle, and sons, Ian and James, Stephan Richardson and wife, Carole, John Richardson and wife, Linda, and daughter, Corinna, Hilary (Newman) and husband, T.J. Nation, and daughter, Kayla, and Zachary Newman. Hazel's parents were original enrollees. Her surviving sister, Annie Gunby, is the last of her immediate family on the original roll. Hazel was not on that roll since it was closed by 1914.

Her paternal grandmother, Lucretia (Folsom) Wilson, was the daughter of Jack Folsom. Jack was the son of John Folsom, brother of Principal Choctaw Chief David Folsom. Hazel was proud to be Choctaw and wanted her children and grandchildren to have their cards of proof of Choctaw lineage. She shared stories that had been passed down in her family, especially the stories of courage and strength of the women in her family. She herself had great strength of character and courage.


Brandon E. Snow

Brandon E. Snow, 25, of Noble died Thursday, Jan. 25. Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Noble with burial to follow at Hillside Cemetery in Purcell. Arrangements are under the direction of Primrose Funeral Service.
Mr. Snow was born in Norman to Tony and Brenda Snow. He graduated from Noble High School in 1999. He was attending college at the University of Oklahoma to obtain a business degree and worked at Norman Regional Hospital. He and his fiance', Carey Brown, were to be wed Saturday, Feb. 3. They were looking forward to their future together and expecting a baby in August. He enjoyed spending time with his soon-to-be stepsons, Kyler and Josh.
He is survived by his parents Tony and Brenda Snow; fiance Carey Brown; brother Travis Snow; maternal grandparents Bennie and Virginia Boydston; great-grandmother Doris Sparlin; paternal grandparents the Rev. Eugene and Mary Snow; aunts and uncles Kyle and Vicky Cantrell, Dan and Mona Snow, Gary and Cheryl Marsh and Rodney and Regina Powers; cousins Cory, Kevin and Wes Cantrell, Jason Snow, Kelly McCampbell, Stephen, Ryan and Rachel Marsh and Matthew and Kyle Powers.
Those wishing to honor Mr. Snow may do so by contributing to a memorial fund set up for his unborn child at any First Fidelity Bank as Carey Brown/Brandon Snow Memorial Fund c/o First Fidelity Bank.

Opal May Smith

The El Reno Tribune -- August 24, 2008

Opal May Smith, age 96 of Purcell, passed away Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008, in Purcell. She was born Jan. 26,1912, in Calumet. She was the younger of two children born to Charley Hugh Petree and Gracie May Crowly Petree. Opal grew up a farm girl in Calumet and graduated from Calumet High School in 1930. That same year she married Chester "Chet" Smith, a young man from Calumet. They were married on April 16, 1930, in El Reno.
Opal worked tirelessly as a homemaker and farmer for nearly 60 years. She and Chet together worked on their farm south of Calumet, growing crops, milking cows and raising farm animals.
While living there they were charter members of the El Reno Wranglers Round-up Club. She served on the Canadian County Election Board for many years. She was a member of the Red Rock Methodist Church and a member of the Red Rock Home Demonstration Club.
Chet passed away in 1989 and in 1990, Opal moved to Purcell to be close to her daughter and family. While in Purcell she joined the Trinity United Methodist Church, became active in the UMW and became a lifetime member of the Gladiolus Garden Club.
Throughout her life, Opal enjoyed gardening, cooking, canning, sewing, quilting, needlework and fishing.
In her later years she enjoyed bowling and playing bingo at the assisted living center in Purcell.
She will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, great- and great-great-grandmother. Her family was the greatest joy of her life.
She was a wonderful sister and a special aunt to her nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by parents, Charley and Gracie Petree; husband, Chet Smith; brother, Lorraine Petree; and great-granddaughter, Holly Michelle Vaughn.
She is survived by a daughter, Ramona Vaughn and husband, Don of Purcell; two grandchildren, Jimmy Vaughn and wife, Vickie of Purcell and Lynette Lathrop of Purcell; two greatgrandchildren, Jared Vaughn of Stillwater and Melanie Blankenship and husband, Jerry of Bartlesville; two great-great-grandchildren, Madison Claire and Katelyn Elyse Blankenship; four nieces, LaVonne Hager of Denver, Colo., Donna Landes of Garber, Marleen Moulden of Edmond and Mariellen Morgan of Oklahoma City; and a nephew, Gary Smith of Peoria, Ill.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008, at Wilson-Little Funeral Home Chapel in Purcell with Rev. Doyle Sharp officiating. Interment was in the Hillside Cemetery in Purcell.
Pallbearers were Al Musgrave, Darrell Moring, Joe Ellis, Gery Bennett. George Kernek and Bob Frantz. Honorary bearers were Mickey Holden and the staff of Sunset Estates Nursing Home.
Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church or to Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.

Dale W. Smith

Dale W. Smith, age 68, passed away Saturday, June 3, 2006. He grew up in Dibble, OK, graduated from Oklahoma State in 1959. Retired as a Guidance Counselor from Glenwood, IA. Graveside services will be 10:00 AM, Thurs- day, June 8, 2006, at Hillside Cemetery in Purcell. Arrangements by Wilson-Little Funeral Home in Purcell.
Published in The Oklahoman on 6/7/2006.

Thurman Eugene Skaggs

Funeral services for Thurman Eugene Skaggs, 73, of Lexington were held Feb. 11, 2003 at Wilson-Little Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Duane Elmore and the Rev. Barry Clagg officiating. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery under the direction of Wilson-Little Funeral Home in Purcell.
Mr. Skaggs died Feb. 7, 2003 at his home east of Lexington.
He was born Oct. 26, 1929 in Konawa, the oldest of five children born to Ruffus Edgar Skaggs and Ozie Ellie Morris Skaggs. He was reared on farms in the Purcell and Lexington area and attended school in Purcell until the age of 16 when his family moved to Oklahoma City. While living in Oklahoma City he worked for Wesley Hospital.
In 1950 he joined he United States Army and served two years during the Korean conflict. After the war he returned to Oklahoma City and resumed working for Wesley Hospital, now Presbyterian Hospital, as a surgical tech.
Mr. Skaggs married Paulyne Maggie Mandrell Aug. 17, 1961 in Poteau.
He worked in the lumber yard business for nearly 15 years and in 1984 moved to an acreage east of Lexington.
Mr. Skaggs attended Memorial Assembly of God Church in Purcell and when his health failed, rode with friends to Iron Chapel Freewill Baptist.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his stepfather, Joe Payne.
Survivors include his wife, Paulyne, of the home; one daughter, Peggy Jo Chadwick and her husband, Edward, of Blanchard; three grandchilden; two twin great-granddaughters; three brothers, Jim Skaggs and his wife, Martha, Allen Skaggs and his wife, Sue and Ronnie Skaggs and his wife, Barbara, all of Lexington and a sister, Norma Green and her husband, Ray, of Davis.
Pallbearers were Frank Strange, Ronald J. Skaggs, Larry Skaggs, Braun David Skaggs, Randy Madden, Ronnie Wells and Joey Kendall.
Honorary pallbearers were Carin Chadwick, Amy Jo Chadwick, Brandie Strange, Imma Strange, Amber Skaggs and Grace Strange. 

Moncy R. Sisco Jr.

Funeral services for Moncy R. Sisco Jr., 80, of Norman were held Oct. 21, 2008 at First Baptist Church of Norman. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery in Purcell under the direction of Wilson-Little Funeral Home in Purcell.
Mr. Sisco died Oct. 18, 2008 at his home.
He was born Dec. 18, 1927 in Etowah, Ark., the sixth of 13 children of Moncy Sisco Sr. and Lenora Jane (Brewer) Sisco. He spent his early childhood in Mississippi County, attending school in Keiser.
He was drafted into the United States Air Force and served his country during World War II. He served overseas in Japan before being honorably discharged.
After the war, he returned to Lepanto, Ark., to reunite with his childhood sweetheart, Wilma Pauline Hanley. They were married Sept. 14, 1947 in Lepanto. The couple reared five children. They made their home in Mississippi County and then Parkin, Ark., before moving to Moore in 1970.
Mr. Sisco worked for LeeWay Trucking Company and was twice recognized for a "million miles."
He transferred to Colorado in 1985 and remained there until retirement. He later returned to Norman in 1996.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Moncy Sisco III; four brothers, Brown, Grady, Glenn and Ray Sisco and three sisters, Louise Dixon, Ida Nell Jarrel and Lena Woods.
Survivors include his wife, Pauline, of the home; one son, David Dane Sisco and his wife, Deborah, of Siloam Springs, Ark.; three daughters, Billie Laney and her husband, James, of Richardson, Texas, Mary Jane Sparlin and her husband, David, of Purcell and Aimee Treece and her husband, Robert, of Piedmont; three brothers, Billy Sisco and his wife, Dorothy, of Fulton, Miss., Eddie Sisco of Batesville, Ark., and Dan Sisco and his wife, Claudia, of Pontotoc, Miss.; two sisters, Sally Grubbs of Pontotoc, Miss., and Grace Sharp of Lee's Summit, Mo.; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Pallbearers were Laramie Sisco, Cale Sisco, Ladd Sisco, Adam Sisco, Jake Laney, Evan Sparlin, Michael Adams and Bradley Prigmore. 


Herman Martin Singleton

Herman Martin Singleton, 79, of Sulphur, Oklahoma, passed away at his home November 7, 2006. He was born on December 1, 1926 in Houston, Texas to Martin and Eula (Pratter) Singleton. He retired in 1991 after 28 years as the parts manager for the Downtown Air Park in Oklahoma City. He was a member of the US Army Air Corp during World War II and a Shriner with the Masonic Lodge in Sulphur, Oklahoma. Herman is survived by his wife, Imogene (Stringer) Singleton of the home; 1 son, Chuck Duncan and wife Phyllis of Defiance, OH; 4 daughters, Jill Soucek and husband John of Eddleston, IL, Brenda Taylor and husband John, Patsy Bowman and husband David, Linda Lacquement and husband Chester, all of OKC; 6 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 1:30 PM Friday, November 10, 2006 at Krien Chapel in Sulphur, OK with Pastor Jerry Lemley officiating. Interment will take place at Hillside Cemetery in Purcell, OK.
Published in The Oklahoman on 11/9/2006.


Dorothy E. Shirley

Dorothy E. Shirley, age 76, of Purcell, passed away Thursday, April 20, 2006 in Okla. City. She was born on March 28, 1930 in Purcell, OK. Dorothy was the youngest of 6 children born to William Wyatt and Rebecca (Buck) Wyatt. She grew up on a farm near Purcell where she learned how to work hard as a young girl. She graduated from Purcell High School in 1948 and later attended OCU for 2 years. At the age of 18 she began working for Macklanburg-Duncan and later went to work for Jones & Newby Supply Company where she worked for over 20 years. She married Dan Shirley on October 17, 1964 in Las Vegas, NV. They lived in Okla. City from 1964 to 1984. In the late1960's they bought a farm in Purcell where they later built a home. They named the farm 'Poverty Hill Farms" and for years raised longhorn cattle and horses. In November of 1976 Dorothy and Dan founded Shirley's J&B Supply Company of OKC. Until her recent illness she remained active in the management of the business. Dorothy was also a member of Beta Sigma Phi for over 50 years and a member of the Town and Country Home Extension Club in Purcell. Dorothy will be remembered as a wonderful and devoted wife and business partner, a loving sister, aunt, great aunt and a friend to anyone she ever met. Funeral Services will be 2:00 Monday, April 24, 2006 at First Baptist Church in Lexington, Ok. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery in Purcell. Memorials can be made to Oklahoma Medical Research or American Cancer Society. Arrangements by Wilson Little Funeral Home in Purcell.
Published in The Oklahoman from 4/22/2006 - 4/23/2006.

Steven Earl Shepard

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Steven Earl Shepard, age 30, of Purcell, OK., died Monday, June 27, 2005, serving his country in Taji, Iraq.

A mother and wife said goodbye to their heroic military son and husband Wednesday, July 6, 2005, at 10:OO AM at the First Baptist Church in Lexington, OK.

Army Chief Warrant Officer Steven Earl Shepherd, 30, was buried with full military honors at the Purcell Hillside Cemetery.

Shepard was one of two U.S. Army helicopter pilots killed June 27th while flying a mission northwest of Baghdad, Iraq.

"I'm going to miss him," said Barbara Shephard, Steven's mother. "I'm very proud of him." "He was your All-American kid who took an oath, stood by it and made a difference."

Shephard, a 1993 Purcell High School graduate, had been stationed in Iraq since January.

He is survived by his wife, Meleah, who is expecting their child in September. She released this statement: "Steve has been the love of my life for nearly 10 years. I was so blessed to have him by my side as long as I did. He was loved by so many people. His smile was infectious, so people could not help but be drawn to his personality. He has and always will be a hero to me. His daughter will arrive in approximately 10 weeks. She will always know what a courageous and heroic man her daddy was."

She will also know how her father felt about his comrades. "He would have thought this was all too much pomp and circumstance," Barbara Shephard said of the funeral service. "He really admired the troops on the ground. He would always tell me, "Those are the real heroes."

In Shephard's memory, family members have created the Steven E. Shephard Scholarship Fund to benefit aviation students.

Contributions can be sent to McClain County Bank, P.O. Box 351, Purcell, OK. 73080.


Herbert LeRoy (Herb) Sheley

10/8/1927 - 11/12/2008

He was the son of Clarence LeRoy and Mabel Marie (Aldrich) Sheley. He was reared in Woodward and attended the Woodward schools. Herb was very active in the Boy Scouts at a young age and received his Eagle Scout in 1945. He was inducted in the United States Army in 1946 and served as a Medical Technician at Ft. Clayton in the canal zone at the Panama Canal. Herb was honorably discharged in 1949 from Camp Leroy Johnson in New Orleans, Louisiana. Herb served as a counselor for the Lions Club Exceptional Children's Camp for a number of years. Herb served for 10 years as a house parent for the St. Francis Boys Home in Salina, Kansas and Lake Placid, New York. These homes were for runaways and children who had problems with drugs, school and society. He was a mentor to these children and he tried to help them in any way he could. Later in life he worked and retired from the Buffalo Highway Department.

He was united in marriage for the first and only time late in his life to Berniece L. Snider on September 5, 1990 in the Homer Baptist Church in Ada, Oklahoma. They made their home in the Ada area. She preceded him in death in 1995. Herb returned to Woodward and has lived here since that time.

Herb was a member of the St. Johns Episcopal Church and was baptized in the Episcopal Church in Okmulgee on March 8, 1953. He was a volunteer for the Boy Scouts for 45 years. Herb received the Silver Beaver Award for "noteworthy service" in scouting and was awarded the Oklahoma Award of Merit which is the highest award given for voluntary service. He loved camping, fishing, the outdoors and appreciated the beauty of nature. Herb was a very kind and gentle man who will be missed by all that knew him. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Berniece and his brothers-in-law, Vernie Edwards, Dean McFadden and Wilbur Barnett. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 12, 2008 in the Billings Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Mary Davis officiating. Interment will be held in the Hillside Cemetery in Purcell. 

Dora Shea

Funeral services for Dora Shea, 73, of Lexington were held Dec. 13, 2008 at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church with the Rev. Michael Vaught officiating. Interment was at the Hillside Cemetery under the direction of Wilson-Little Funeral Home in Purcell.
Mrs. Shea died Dec. 9, 2008 at Norman Regional Hospital.
She was born June 21, 1935 in Carnegie, the second of five children raised by Antonio Perkins and Nola Ethel (Nunn) Perkins. She spent her early childhood in Carnegie and later in Dibble where she began school. The Perkins family later moved to Bradley where she attended school through the ninth grade. She dropped out of school to take care of her ailing mother and younger siblings.
On Dec. 9, 1953 she married Daniel Patrick Shea. Together they reared three children, Rickey, Marilyn and Lisa. They traveled following work and lived in various states including Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana. They moved to Purcell in 1970 and eventually settled at their Lexington farm in 1971.
Mrs. Shea worked at the Queen's Fashions dress shop in Purcell for several years in addition to being a full-time homemaker.
She was a member of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Purcell.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Jessie Perkins and Gerald Perkins.
Survivors include her husband, Dan, of the home; one son, Rickey Gene Shea and his wife, Sue, of Lexington; two daughters, Marilyn Troyano and Lisa McWhirter, both of Lexington; one sister, Gail Bryant and her husband, Vaughn, of Purcell; one brother, Odell Perkins of Purcell; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Michael McWhirter, William Troyano, Tony Perkins, Monnie Perkins, David Sharp, Bryant Martin, Craig Cheatwood and David Winkler.
Honorary pallbearers were Vaughn Bryant, Robert Shea Sr., Odell Perkins, Wylie Perkins and all nephews.

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