Pontotoc County, Oklahoma
Obituaries

Rev. John Henry Bauch
ADA — Services for Rev. John Henry Bauch, 74, Ada, are 10 a.m. Friday at Criswell Funeral Home Chapel, the Rev. Raymond Brady will officiate. A committal service will be 3 p.m. Friday at Colony Cemetery near Alba, Texas.The Rev. Bauch died Monday, Aug. 25, 2008, at his home. He was born Oct. 30, 1933, at Sparks, Neb., to William and Mary Kuhl Bauch. He attended school in Sparks, Neb. He married Margie Lou Pogue June 21, 1957.He and his family moved to Ada in 1978 from Moore. The Rev. Bauch was part owner in Theissen and Wilson Tires (T and W Tires) in Ada. He was a member of Sunshine Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as pastor for more than 25 years. He was a Past Worshipful Master of the Ada Lodge 119 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons and had served in the U.S. Army from March 1, 1955 until Feb. 28, 1957.Survivors include his wife, Margie Bauch, of the home; a daughter, Delinda Garrett and husband Jerry, Ada; a son, Paul Bauch, Ada; two brothers, August Bauch, Palmer, Texas, and Oscar Bauch, Kearney, Neb.; three sisters, Cathy Bierman, Longmont, Colo., Shirley Ross, Winner, South Dakota, and Lucille Mitchell, Valentine, Nebraska; and a granddaughter, Allison Garrett, Ada.He was preceded in death by two brothers, Bill Bauch, and Robert Bauch, and two sisters, Dorothy Walker, and Lynn Kappelman.Bearers will be Jerry Garrett, Richard Wilkerson, Ricky Allen, Michael Trimmer, Mitchell Trimmer, and Pete Krammer. Honorary bearers will be J.L. Green, Jim Silva, Paul Bauch, and Wayne St. Germaine.
[Ada Evening News, 28 Aug 2008 - Submitted by L. Craig]



Eugene H. Brewington
Eugene H. Brewington, 86, passed away Monday, July 9, 2001. He was born October 31, 1914 in Moko, Arkansas to Marion J. and Mattie Jane (Golden) Brewington.On December 12, 1946 he married Willie Ector McCullar in Ada, OK. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Army 1st Armor Division in Tunisia, Naples-Foggia, and Rome-Arno. He attended OCU as well as the University of Oklahoma. After 40 years of service, he retired from SW Bell Telephone Co. He enjoyed Oklahoma History, Genealogy, and compiled several books of family history as well as researched the formers of the Oklahoma Constitution. He also enjoyed building and making additions to homes. He attended Kelham Baptist Church.He was preceded in death by his mother and father; brother, Q.R. Brewington; stepmother, Florence Brewington. He is survived by his wife, Willie; sister, Beth; children, Cass Christian; Cherri; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, July 11, 2001 at 10:00 a.m. at the Kelham Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Lightning Ridge Cemetery.
[The Daily Oklahoman, 11 Jul 2001 - Submitted by L. Craig]


Tane Bryant
PONTOTOC — Services for Tane Bryant, 92, Pontotoc, are 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, at Pontotoc Methodist Church, Carl Hayes officiating. Burial follows at Pontotoc Cemetery.Mrs. Bryant died Monday, Aug. 25, 2008, at Tishomingo hospital. She was born Nov. 13, 1915, at Pontotoc to William and Ella Colley.She married Edd Bryant Jan. 20, 1931, at Sulphur. He died April 25, 1982. She worked as a cook at Pontotoc School for many years and was involved with the Headstart program at Mill Creek Schools. She was a member of Pontotoc Methodist Church.Mrs. Bryant was preceded in death by her parents; a granddaughter, Maria Easterling Upton Dec. 7, 2002; 11 brothers and sisters; and a son-in-law, Coy Easterling, May 1, 2005. Survivors include a daughter, Dawatha Easterling, Connerville; grandchildren, Rosanna Easterling and Eddie Bond Easterling, both of Connerville; great-grandchildren, Bryant Upton, Brook Pinkston, Dakota Cole, Nevada Cole, Jory Easterling, Rowdy Elliott, Jared Easterling and Cedar Easterling; and other relatives and friends.Bearers are Bryant Upton, Kirk House, Dakota Cole, Nevada Cole, Jory Easterling and Jared Easterling. Honorary bearers are Rowdy Elliott and Zan Upton.
[Ada Evening News, 26 Aug 2008 - Submitted by L. Craig]


Mary Louise Bundy
ADA — Graveside services for Mary Louise Bundy, 84, Ada, are 10 a.m. Wednesday, at Rosedale Cemetery, the Rev. Glen Pence will officiate.Mrs. Bundy died Monday, Aug. 25, 2008, at a local nursing home. She was born April 28, 1924, at Ada to Alfred and Faye Louise Allen Vaden.She graduated from Horace Mann High School. She and her family lived in the Seminole area for 56 years and she and her husband owned and operated Bundy Seat Cover Center. She moved back to this area in June 2003 from Seminole. Mrs. Bundy was a member of the First Christian Church in Seminole.She married Garland A. Bundy in 1942. He died in 2003.Survivors include two daughters, Janan Kautz, Seminole, and Susan Hanna, Allen, Texas; two grandchildren, Eric and Audrey Hanna; and a sister, Carolyn Riggs, Ada. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and brothers, Al Joe “Sonny” Vaden and David Vaden.
[Ada Evening News, 26 August 2008 - Submitted by L. Craig]

Mary J. Cates
Mrs. Mary J. Cates died at her home, 130 East 14th Street, Wednesday afternoon at 3:00 o'clock. Mrs. Cates was born in Watanga County, North Carolina on July 3, 1842. Fifty Six years ago she married J. C. Cates with whom she has climbed the hill of life and reached its snowy summit where she behld the river of death and fearlessly launched out upon its waters when the messenger of the King was waiting to comfort her. She leaves her aged comrade whose brow is frosted with the winters of life, and three daughters, Mrs. Green of Cushing, Mrs. Burton of Tulsa, and Mrs. J. W. Westbrook of Ada. Mrs. Cates joined the Baptist church in 1868. Those who know her best remember her as having so lived that when her summons cam to join that innumerable caravan which is moving to that Great White City she approached her grave "like one who wraps the drapery of his couch about him and lies down to peaceful slumber." Funeral services were conducted this afternoon at her home at 3:30 o'clock by Rev, E, P, Hardes and C.C. Morris of the two Baptist Churches in the city.
[Ada Weekly News, 10 April 1919 - Submitted by L. Craig]


Odis Ray Cole
Services for Odis Ray Cole, 66, Ada, are 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Smith-Phillips Funeral Home Chapel, Revs. Steve Wilburn and Shawn Priddy officiating. Interment will follow at the Rosedale Cemetery, with the Chickasaw Honor Guard providing military honors. Mr. Cole died Saturday, April 8, 2006 at Ada. He was born Aug. 11, 1939 at Roff to Roy and Rena Austin Cole. He graduated from Roff High School in 1957 and was the manager of the Wills Ready Mix Concrete Co. for many years where he would later retire. Mr. Cole also served in the U.S. Army, and was a rancher and Baptist. He was preceded in death by his father and one sister, Mattie Lois Ross. Survivors include his mother, Rena Cole, Ada; one brother, Raymond and his wife, Marilyn, Fitzhugh; two sisters, Lena and Geneva, both of Ada; and two nieces, Erin and Deborah Cole. Pallbearers will be the Chickasaw Honor Guard.
[Ada Evening News, 10 April 2006 - Submitted by L. Craig]


Belle Cooper
Mrs. Belle Cooper, 74, died Monday at 214 East Twenteth.  Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the Freewill Baptist Church on West Fifteenth, Rev. Nettles and Rev. Ragland officiating.  Buried in Rosedale cemetery. Criswell funeral home in charge. Mrs.Cooper is survived by three sons, J. R. Cooper of Ada, Dee Cooper of  Coalgate and Marshall Cooper of Fort Townsend; two daughter's Mrs. Zola Chapman and Mrs. A. W. Oliver of Ada, and a brother, Dock David Dyer of Oklahoma City.


L.C. Cooper
L.C. Cooper, a pioneer of Pontotoc county, died this afternoon about 1:30 o'clock, at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Oliver, 422 East Ninth. Mr. Cooper lived for many years in Pecan Grove community, south of Ada, moving to town two or three years ago.
[Ada Weekly News, Wednesday after his death on Friday, April 19, 1929. Transcribed by K.T.]

Henry Dalhouse
Services for Henry Dalhouse who died on March, 10, 1912 at 8 o'clock of dropsy at the age of 75 will be March 11. Surviving him is his wife. Henry was a Union Soldier and one of the pioneers of Ada. He was the proprietor of the City Bakery on 12th street. He will be greatly missed by all. He will be laid to rest at the Rosedale Cemetery.
[Ada Weekly News]


Gene Dean
Gene Dean, 38, of Roff passed away Oct. 14 at 10 p.m. at a local hospital. Funeral services were held Oct. 15th at 3 p.m. at Lightening Ridge, internment in the cemetery there. Criswell Funeral home in charge. The deceased is survived by his wife and three children, his mother Mrs. Dean, four brothers and two sisters.
[Ada Weekly News, 20 Oct. 1938]


David L. Duty
David Lane Duty, 50, died June 23, 2008 at his home after a 17-month long battle with cancer. He was born May 26, 1958 to Richard and Sue Duty. He grew up in Ada, Okla., lived in Kansas for a few years where he graduated from Topeka High School and spent some time in Texas where he attended the University of North Texas before returning to Ada. Mr. Duty served honorably in the U. S. Marine Corps from January 1980 through January 1984, Semper Fi. He was one-quarter Chickasaw and a direct descendant of former Governor of the Chickasaw Nation, Palmer Mosley. He was enormously proud of his Chickasaw heritage and enjoyed working for his tribe. He was a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Ada, where he was currently serving as a deacon. He was preceded in death by his mother, Sue Duty; his paternal grandparents, Richard, Sr., and Mae Duty; and his maternal grandparents He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Duty and their five children, Andrew, 18, Katelyn, 16, Madelyn, 15, Emily, 12, and Hannah, 7, all of Ada; his father, Richard and his wife, Betty Duty, of Ada; three sisters, Holly Easterling and Susan Rogers, both of Ada, and Teresa Duty, of Santa Fe, N. M.; five brothers, Clinton Duty, of Tulsa, Stan Rogers and wife Vicki, of Mechanicsville, Ga., Steve Rogers, and wife Patti, of Stillwater, Okla., Sam Rogers and wife Mary Anne, of Santa Fe, and Scott Rogers and wife Nicole, of Albuquerque; nephews, Michael Smola, Cedar Easterling, Quinton Duty, and Zachery Duty and wife Sarah, of Tulsa, Seth Rogers, Justin Vigil, and Cory Rogers; nieces, Julia Smola, Karlee Duty, Sarah Rogers, Claire Snelson and husband Joe, Stephanie Rogers, Samantha Sanders and husband Ryan, and Kay Rogers; great-nephew Caden; and great-niece Kylie; and numerous cousins, aunts and uncles. Memorial services were June 30, 2008 at First Christian Church, Ada, with Rev. Vicki Crooks officiating.
[Source: Chickasaw Times July 2008]


Anna Dyer
Mrs. Anna Dyer, 55, of Oakman, passed away May 27 at 11 p.m. at a local hospital. Funeral services were held Sunday, May 29, at 2 p.m. at Steedman, interment in the Steedman cemetery. Criswell Funeral home in charge. Mrs. Dyer is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Stick.
[Ada Weekly News, 2 June 1938]


John Dyer
John Dyer, 18, living at Center, passed away at his home Saturday morning. Funeral services will be held at the home Sunday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. Rev. Megehee officiating. Burial in the home cemetery. Keith funeral home in charge.
[Ada Weekly News, 20 Oct 1938 ]


Mrs. Obey Dyer
Death of Mrs. Obey Dyer
Mrs. Obey Dyer died at her home near Abbott's store Wednesday night. The body was interred at Frisco cemetery today. The husband of deceased is in the army but reached home in time for the funeral. Mrs. Dyer is also survived by three children, 10 years, 18 months, and five weeks of age respectively. She was the daughter of Watt Chapman and niece of John Chapman of Ada. She was a lady who stood high in the esteem of the large circle of friends who knew her.
[Ada Weekly News, 2 May 1918 ]


Margie R. East
Services for Margie Ruth East, 91, Mesquite, Texas, formerly of Ada, are 2 p.m. Thursday at the Criswell Funeral Home Chapel, the Rev. Ray Talbott will officiate. Burial will follow at Rosedale Cemetery. Mrs. East died Monday, June 25, 2007, at a Dallas, Texas hospital. She was born Dec. 3, 1915, at Farmersville, Texas, to John C. and Nellie L. Owens Densmore. She married Lonnie East in 1972. He died Dec. 12, 1991. Mrs. East was a nurse’s aide at Mt. Pleasant, Texas and Pauls Valley hospitals for many years. She moved to Mesquite about eight years ago. Mrs. East was a Baptist. Survivors include two sons, Arthur Daniel Simpson, Dallas, Texas, and Burhyl Wayne Simpson, Greenville, Texas; a daughter, Carol Ann Risinger, Mesquite, Texas; a sister, Beatrice Burns, Rockwall, Texas; eight grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Julia Nell Spivey.
[Ada Weekly News, 27 June 2007]



Barbara Ann Futischa
Services for Barbara Ann Futischa, 61, Ada, Okla., were May 20 at Criswell Funeral Home Chapel. Revs. Willie Fish and Jerry Parnacher officiated. Burial followed in Boiling Springs Cemetery. Mrs. Futischa died May 15, 2008, at a local hospital. She was born July 29, 1946, at Centrahoma, Okla., to Jefferson and Rose Tekubie Gibson. She attended grade school at Centrahoma and graduated from Sequoyah High School at Tahlequah, Okla. She attended Bacone College and East Central University studying billing coding. She moved to the Ada area in 1966 from Coalgate, Okla. She married Roy Eugene Futischa Jan. 12, 1991, at Ada. Mrs. Futischa was a housekeeper at the Lazer Zone, a member of Ada First Indian Baptist Church, a director for the Women Missionary Union for two years, a Sunday school teacher and a teacher for Vacation Bible School. Survivors include her husband, Roy Futischa, of the home; three daughters, Brenda Rowland and husband Jody, and Donna Ward and husband, James, all of Ada, and Diane Lynn and husband Chris, McAlester, Okla.; two sons, Brian Futischa and wife Ronda, and Jonathan Futischa and wife Mary Lowden, all of Ada; a sister, Emma Francis and husband Mike, Coalgate; a brother, James Tekubie, Colorado Springs; grandchildren, Shawn, Tracey, Darrell and Brianna Futischa, all of Ada, Isaiah Harjo, Ada, Alexis Futischa, Olney, Okla., Jasmine Walker and Anthony Stonecipher, Ada, Jessica Walker, Ada, Jody Rowland Jr. , Ada, and Andrew, Ashley and Kaylee Lynn, McAlester; and great-grandchildren, Kaiden, Naomi, and Bradley Harjo, Ada, and Stetson Stonecipher, Ada. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jefferson Gibson and Rosa Tekubie Gibson Miller; a brother, Wallace Tekubie; and her grandmother, Lula Miller. Bearers were Brian Francis, Michael Francis, Mark Francis, Lucus Dickens, R. D. Dickens, Randy Dickens, Lewis Futischa, Charles Casey Tekubie, and Jimmy Coody
[Source: Chickasaw Times July 2008]

Gibson
The little child of Ed Gibson and wife Jossie died Tuesday night at the family home.
[Ada Weekly News, April 10, 1919 - Submitted by Nancy Piper]


Jeff Glase
ADA — Longtime Pontotoc County Sheriff Jeff Glase’s short battle with cancer ended late Monday. He was 53. Glase was diagnosed with leoblastoma — an aggressive form of brain cancer — in April. The prognosis was not optimistic. “The family had been told that the end was near,” said Joe Glover, Pontotoc County Undersheriff who served under Glase for 10 years. “My thoughts and prayers go out to Jeff’s family.” Glover said Glase left his mark on Pontotoc County. “All of us owe Jeff Glase a large debt of gratitude for his service,” Glover said. “Jeff was a staunch supporter of the sheriff’s department. Even though we are not the highest paid or the largest force in law enforcement, Jeff always thought it was important to instill respect for the department. He was respected by everyone and treated everyone fairly.” Glase’s 12-year run as Pontotoc County sheriff ended in January 2006 after he was defeated by Pete Peterson, current Pontotoc County sheriff. He had planned to go to Iraq to help train members of the country’s new police force, but he didn’t pass his physical, the first sign that something was wrong. There has been several area fund-raising efforts to help defray mounting medical costs. “He was a good man who cared about the people of this county,” said Marcia Glase, his wife. “He was a firearms instructor and was active the drug court program. Jeff dealt with his illness and helped others around him deal with it. He’d say, ‘That’s life. You have to learn to deal with it.’ He kept his sense of humor until the very end.” Glase had served as a sheriff’s deputy for 11 years before taking charge of the department. He was a veteran, serving three years in the U.S. Army as a military policeman in Germany, and completed three years at East Central University in Ada. Glover said Glase’s death leaves a big void to those who served with him. “It just seems so wrong that someone that young was taken from us,” Glover said. “Since his condition was diagnosed, it has made me take a look at myself. It has made me consider if I have my priorities where they should be. He was a good friend and I will miss him. Jeff and I went through the basic CLEET academy back in 1982, so we have a long history. We sit side by side throughout the course and that was the beginning of a good relationship.” Jeff Glase was a special individual, according to Ernestine Eubank, Pontotoc County court clerk. “We had a lot of respect for Jeff,” she said. “He loved to tease.” Jeff Glase leaves behind his wife Marcia, a son, a stepdaughter and two granddaughters. Services for Glase are pending with Ada’s Criswell Funeral Home.
"Ada Evening News" 31 October 2006


Geraldine Factor Greenwood
ADA — Services for Geraldine Factor Greenwood, 81, Ada, are 10 p.m. Friday at Criswell Funeral Home Chapel, the Rev. Jerry Imotichy will officiate. Burial will follow at Greenwood Family Cemetery at Fillmore. Mrs. Greenwood died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2007, at a Norman hospital. She was born Aug. 30, 1926, at Wapanucka to McCurtin and Annie Holden Factor. She graduated from Carter Seminary and East Central University with a master's degree in education. Mrs. Greenwood was a retired educator and counselor. Previously, she taught at East Central University, Murray State College, the University of Central Oklahoma and the University of Oklahoma. She was of the Baptist faith, an inductee in the Chickasaw Hall of Fame and a member of the Chickasaw Language Committee. She was honored as the “Original Dynamic Woman” of the Chickasaw Nation, and was a fluent speaker of the Chickasaw language.
She married Virgil Greenwood in Denison, Texas. He died Dec. 5, 1991, at Ada. Survivors include two sons, Leon V. Greenwood, of the home, and Dewayne Greenwood, Blanchard; seven daughters, Pat Greenwood Cox, Lou Greenwood Boston and Georgie Frazier, all of Ada, Linda Greenwood, Pine Ridge, S.D., Carolyn Mendoza, Oklahoma City, Evelyn Battiest, Coalgate, and Dianne Catron, Tishomingo; her adopted sons, Brad Greenwood, Norman, and Ric Greenwood, Norman; 21 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren. Bearers will be Scott Colbert, Stanley Factor, Tony Choate, Palmer Mosley, Malcom Smith, Colby Laymon, and Sam Greenwood. Honorary bearers will be the Chickasaw Gov. Bill Anoatubby, and Lt. Gov. Jefferson Keel.
[Ada Evening News, 17 September 2007]


Matt Halmark
Matt Halmark, the afflicted man who was treated at the Courthouse, died Tuesday afternoon, never rallying from the Saturday seizure. The remains were embalmed and shipped to Smithville, Texas for interment.
[Ada Evening News, 21 February 1906 - Submitted by L. Craig]


Charles L. Henry
CENTER — Services for Charles L. "Bubber" Henry, 89, Center, are 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008, at Legacy Church, the Rev. Scott Miller officiating. Burial follows at Center Cemetery.Mr. Henry died Aug. 25, 2008, at his home. He was born Oct. 10, 1918, at Center to Charlie and Fannie Dame Henry.He lived in Center most of his life and was a maintenance foreman for Evergreen Feed Mill from Sept. 27, 1951, until Feb. 3, 1984. He served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of World War II. He was a member of Legacy Church, where his grandson serves as pastor. He married Robbie Jean Walker May 1, 1947, at Ada.He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Annie Saylors, Hazel Price, Edith Bennett; a brother, John Henry; and a granddaughter, Sarah Ballard.Survivors include his wife, Robbie, Center; two sons, Joe and wife Jennifer Henry, Broken Arrow, and Don Henry, Ada; two daughters, Rita and husband Bob Patton, Ada, Shelli and husband Keith Ballard, Stratford; a sister, Christina Lewis, Oklahoma City; seven grandchildren, Regina and husband Stephen Kring, Jenks, Tara and husband Joel Summers, Tulsa, Jamie Henry, Glenpool, Jake Henry, Broken Arrow, Rachel and husband Scott Miller, Jared and wife Becky Hall, and Caylin Ballard, all of Stratford; a step-grandson and wife, Noel and Juli Patton, Shawnee; eight great-grandchildren, Nathan and Alli Kring, Jenks, Lily and Zora Summers, Tulsa, Camryn and Canaan Miller and Nolan and Lincoln Hall, all of Stratford; four step-great-grandchildren, Lane and Logan Miller, Elmore City, Cody and Tanner Patton, Lone Grove
[Ada Evening News, 26 Aug 2008 - Submitted by L. Craig]


Lottie L. Hickey
Lottie Louise Hickey, 9, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman B. Hickey, died Monday night at the home, 703 West Nineteenth. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the First Baptist Church, Dr. C. C. Morris officiating. Burial in Rosedale cemetery, Keith Funeral Chapel in charge. Lottie leaves her parents, a sister, Anna Mae, and two brothers, Herman, Jr., and Paul Dean Hickey.
[Ada Weekly News, 2 June 1938]

John Wesley Hodges
John Wesley Hodges, small son of Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Hodges, 614 W 10th St., passed away Oct 15 at a local hospital at 12:30 a.m. Funeral services were held Oct 15 at 3:30 p.m. from the chapel of the Criswell Funeral Home, Rev. Holland officiating; interment in Rosedale cemetery. The deceased is survived by his parents, two brothers, Gene and David, and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Rex Reed.
[Ada Weekly News, 20 Oct. 1938 ]


Robert S. Kerr
Powerful Sen. Kerr Dies at 66
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Robert S. Kerr. D-Okla., a power among powerful men, is dead and his death is expected to have wide ranging repercussions in the White House, the Senate and his home state. The 66-year-old multimillionaire oilman-senator toppled over Tuesday morning as he was telling a story to his physician at Doctors Hospital. He died minutes later. Death was attributed to a coronary occlusion. He entered the hospital Dec. 16 for treatment of a respiratory infection. Doctors found evidence of a heart ailment, but had said he was making good progress. Kerr’s body will be taken to Oklahoma City in an Air Force plane. The funeral will be held in the First Baptist church, Oklahoma City, at 2:30 p.m., Friday. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery there, but the family has plans for the body to be placed later in a memorial at the site of the log cabin near Ada, Okla., where Kerr was born. President Kennedy, who got word of Kerr's death while flying to the Orange Bowl in Miami to see the Oklahoma-Alabama football game, issued a statement hailing Kerr’s legislative career as "exceptional." Gov. J. Howard Edmondson, whose four-year term expires Jan. 14 was shocked at the death of the man sometimes called the uncrowned king of the Senate. Also in Miami for the game, Edmondson conferred with Kennedy, and said later he would return to Oklahoma City today. Speculation arose that Edmondson would resign and then be appointed to fill the vacant seat by Lt. Gov. George Nigh. The first Republican governor in Oklahoma's history, Henry Bellmon, is to be sworn in Jan. 14. It was anticipated that Democrat Edmondson probably would act to have the vacancy filled before then. Congress convenes Jan. 9. Kerr's death brings the Senate lineup to 66 Democrats and 33 Republicans. Rough hewn, with a cutting tongue and a keen mind, Kerr rose to new heights in the first two years of the Kennedy administration. He became both a powerful friend of some presidential legislation and a powerful foe of other Kennedy proposals. He led the forces which defeated the President's proposal for a federal health insurance program financed through Social Security in the last session. But when Sen. Harry Byrd, D-Va., chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, stepped aside, it was Kerr who carried the ball much of the time to a smashing Senate victory for the president's trade program. The death of Kerr left uncertain the sponsorship and the fate in the senate of Kennedy's forthcoming tax reduction program. With Byrd having made it clear he opposes Kennedy's plans for a tax cut without accompanying reductions in spending, administration leaders had hoped to enlist Kerr on their side again, although he. too, had expressed reservations. Sen. Russell V. Long, D-La., ranking Democrat behind Kerr on the Finance Committee, often does not agree with the administration fiscal proposals.
[Submitted by Melissa Rodriquez] Source 2 Jan 1963, The Citizen-Advertiser, Auburn, N.Y.]


Barbara Louise Lillard
Barbara Louise Lillard, 4, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Lillard, Ada, Route 4, died at the home Monday. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 3 p.m., from the home, Rev. Tom Jerry of the Nazarene church officiating; burial in Five Mile cemetery, Keith's in charge. Surviving are the parents, two sisters and a brother.
[Ada Weekly News, 2 June 1938]

James Emerson McKee
Beloved husband, father, grandpa and friend to many, James Emerson McKee, died October 4, 1994 at home surrounded by his family after a brief struggle with cancer.Born July 31, 1914 in Fitzhugh, Oklahoma, son of Clay Dunlop and Lillian Emerson McKee. Married Sarah Stone December 2, 1940 in Evanston, Wyoming; later divorced. Married Maxine Seeley Knoble, June 30, 1971 in Lexington, Missouri. He was a conductor for Union Pacific Railroad for 45 years and retired in 1978. Member of Union Pacific Old Timers, Moose Lodge and Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. Elder in the LDS Church. Served as a home teacher and scout leader. Survived by wife, Maxine; four sons and one daughter, James C. and Dianne McKee; Katie M. and Ryan Dastrup; Max D. and Carol Knoble; Jonnie M. and Jan Knoble, all of Salt Lake City; Gary W. Knoble, Hartford, Connecticut; 15 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Friday, 12 noon at the Hawthorne Ward, 808 East Roosevelt Avenue. Friends may call Thursday, 6-8 p.m. at McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 So. Redwood Road and Friday at the church one hour prior to services. Interment, Redwood Memorial Estates.
[Source: The Salt Lake Tribune. Salt Lake City, Utah: Oct 5, 1994. pg. A.8]

Sadie Bell McKeel
Miss Sadie Bell McKeel, 13 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. W. McKeel of Roff, Ok died in the local hospital shortly after 3 o'clock Friday afternoon. The body was taken to Roff where funeral services were held at 10 o'clock Sunday morning. Burial will take place in East Hill cemetery at that place. Mr. McKeel is a brother of Dr. Sam A. and J. F. McKeel of this city.
[Ada Weekly News, 16 Feb. 1922]


Bill J. McMeans
SUNNYSIDE - Bill J. McMeans age 69, of Sunnyside, WA passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at his home in Sunnyside, WA. He was born July 7, 1937 to J.B. and Rose E. (Moshier) McMeans in Stonewall, Oklahoma. Bill received his education in Grandview graduating with the Grandview High School Class of 1955. From 1955-1959 Bill served in the United States Air Force as an Airman Second Class. On October 16, 1997 he married Pat Cranford in Sunnyside, WA. Bill trained racehorses for most of his life


SUNNYSIDE - Bill J. McMeans age 69, of Sunnyside, WA passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at his home in Sunnyside, WA. He was born July 7, 1937 to J.B. and Rose E. (Moshier) McMeans in Stonewall, Oklahoma. Bill received his education in Grandview graduating with the Grandview High School Class of 1955. From 1955-1959 Bill served in the United States Air Force as an Airman Second Class. On October 16, 1997 he married Pat Cranford in Sunnyside, WA. Bill trained racehorses for most of his life. He enjoyed hunting trips to the Selway in Idaho, pack trips to the mountains, reading, sports and cherished time spent with his family and friends, team roping. Bill was a member of the PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) and the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association. He is survived by his loving wife, Pat McMeans of Sunnyside, WA, his daughter, Cheryl McMeans of Huntersville, NC, 4 sons, Bobby McMeans and Alice Amator of Phoenix, AR; Ken McMeans of El Monte, CA; Jeff Raver and wife, Missy of Prosser, WA and Scott Raver of Sunnyside, WA and 4 grandchildren. He is also survived by his 2 brothers, Bob McMeans of Federal Way, WA and Wayne McMeans and wife, Cindy of Ellensburg, WA. He is preceded in death by his parents. A Memorial Service will be held Monday, March 12, 2007 at 1:30 P.M. at the Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside, WA. Those wishing to honor his memory may contribute to the Lower Valley Hospice. Smith Funeral Home and Crematory in charge of arrangements.
[Source: Yakima Herald-Republic]


Kenneth Riley Neal
ADA- Graveside services for Kenneth Riley Neal, 87, Ada, are 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at Rosedale Cemetery, Ernie Staggs will officiate. Mr. Neal died Friday, August 1, 2008 at a Sulphur hospital. He was born June 11, 1921 near Frisco, Oklahoma to Henry and Eva Jennings Neal. He lived in this area all his life and attended Ada schools. He married Minnie Lee Teel on November 21, 1942. She preceded him in death on January 23, 1998. They were married for 56 years. Mr. Neal was employed with Frisco Railroad and later was employed with the City of Ada as the sexton of Rosedale Cemetery. He was employed with the City of Ada from 1958 retiring in 1986. He was a member of Calvary Pentecostal Holiness Church and served in the U. S. Army Air Corps during World War II.Survivors include two sons, Kenny Neal and wife Eloise, Lawton and Tommy Neal, Ada; two brothers, Robert Neal, Ada, and Don Neal, Amarillo, Texas; one sister, Barbara Huckabee and husband Ed, Sherman, Texas; and a grandson, Kevin Neal and wife Lyna, Lawton.He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Kendi Kerle Neal, three sisters, Mary Lou Sutton, Wilma Stowe and Faye Ward, and a brother, Charles Neal.Bearers will be Jearl Knighten, John Plumlee, Ernie Staggs, Kevin Neal, Don Neal, and Tommy Neal.Criswell Funeral Home, Ada
[Ada Evening News, 4 August 2008 - Submitted by L. Craig]


Mary Pitt
Mrs. Mary Pitt, 79, of Hickory passed away May 28 at 7:30 a.m. at a local hospital. Funeral services will be held Sunday, May 28, at 2:30 p.m. at the Sunshine school house, Rev. Burch officiating. Interment in the cemetery there. Criswell Funeral home in charge. Mrs. Pitt is survived by her husband, G. A. Pitt, two sons, Marshall Pitt of Montana and George M. Pitt of Vanoss, and two daughters, Mrs. Maud Kenner of Lubbock, Texas and Mrs. May Tinsley of Hickory.
[Ada Weekly News, 2 June 1938]


Cumberland Polk
Cumberland Polk died at the age of 77 at the home of his daughter Mrs. Blackwell. Mr. Polk bit his tongue several days ago and blood posioning set in causing his death. He will be interred at Rosedale Cemetery on Thursday at 10:30 a.m.
[Source: Ada Weekly News, 27 December 1905 ]


Larry Ramsey
CHARLOTTE, NC. — A memorial service for Larry Ramsey, 67, was held Friday, Aug. 15, at McEwen Pineville Chapel in Charlotte, NC. Mr. Ramey died Aug. 12, 2008, at Carolinas Medical Center. He was born March 19, 1941, in Odin, Ill., to Earl Ramsey and Ruth Loman. During his early years, he lived in Canada and other locations, settling in Oklahoma where he attended Holdenville High School. He met his future wife, Hazel Rose, in Ada where he was a student. Mr. Ramsey joined the Marine Corps and served from 1959 through 1963. He attended East Central State University in Ada and earned a degree in mathematics. He was employed as a mining tool engineer and lived in various locations across the country, settling in Charlotte in 1978. He retired in 2006 after 20 years in the U.S. Postal Service. Mr. Ramsey is survived by his wife of 48 years; one son, Gary Ramsey and wife Libbi; and two grandchildren, Maygan and Alex.
[Ada Evening News, 26 August 2008 - Submitted by L. Craig]


Gus Sampson - Killed in Train Accident



Mrs. F.C. Scates
Mrs. F. C. Scates died Wednesday night at her father’s J. Q. Wallace, four and one-half miles west of Ada . Mr. Scates and wife came here about three weeks ago from Eastern Texas on a visit and shortly after their arrival Mrs. Scates was taken with a severe pain in her foot, which kept getting worse and the pain went from her foot to her whole body and pneumonia set in which caused her death. Mrs. Scates leaves a husband and one child to mourn her death.
[The Evening News Ada , Indian Territory , Thursday Evening, December 7, 1905 - Submitted by: Nancy Piper]


Barbara Scott
Mrs. Barbara Scott, 21, of Ada, Rt. 1, passed away May 26 at 11:30 p.m., at a local hospital. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., from the chapel of the Criswell Funeral Home. Rev. Teague officiating, interment in Rosedale cemetery. Mrs. Scott is survived by her husband, L. D. Scott; a daughter, Laura Beth; her father Earley Davis; two brothers, Tarzan and Paul Davis, and a sister Jo Ann Walker.
[Ada Weekly News, 2 June 1938]


Lillian Sealy
Services for Lillian Sealy, 85, Pontotoc, are 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Smith-Phillips Funeral Home Chapel at Ada, with interment following at the Seeley-Blue Cemetery, Rev. Osborn Roberts officiating. A wake service will be at 7 p.m. at the Smith-Phillips Funeral Home. Ms. Sealy died April 7, 2006 at Ada. She was born Oct. 8, 1920 at Pontotoc to Jackson and Lula Belle Lewis Levi. She married Milton James Sealy on Dec. 25, 1947. Ms. Sealy lived in the Pontotoc area all of her life. She attended the Pontotoc Schools as a child and was a member of the Pennington Methodist Church. She was an active member in the Methodist Women's Society and the senior citizens activities. She was also a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband; one son, Melvin Sealy; one daughter, Juanita Thomas; one brother, Andruss Hamilton; two sisters, Flora Reed and Nora Beth Greenwood; and four grandchildren. Survivors include one son, Edison Sealy, Ada; four daughters, Nadine Lewis, Ardmore, Suzanne Russell and husband Charles, Ada, Shirley McElroy and husband James, Austin, Texas, Frances Kay Solomon, Sulphur; one brother, Able Levi, Pontotoc; and 18 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great grandchildren. Bearers will be Jimmy Lewis, Kenneth Lewis Jr., James McElroy Jr., Billy Russell, David Lewis and Dustin H. Lewis.
Honorary Bearers will be James McElroy, Wilson Dale Parker, Marvin Lee Sealy, Jimmy Lewis Jr., Billy James Lee, Robert Russell Lee and Charley Russell.
[Ada Evening News, 10 April 2006 - Submitted by L. Craig]


Victoria Thompson
MRS. V. THOMPSON, FORMER RESIDENT, DIES.
Mrs. Victoria Thompson of Ada, Okla., died August 23 (1949) at the home of a son, L. H. Thompson, at Newton, Ill. She was 76 years old and a former resident of this county, but had lived in Oklahoma for the past 26 years. Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. H. C. Hodges of Ada, Okla., Mrs. L. A. Shockley of Van Buren and Mrs. Howard Uptgraft of Edmond, Okla.; five sons, J. D. Thompson of Sapulpa, Okla., R. H. of St. Louis, L. G. of Albuquerque, N. M., C. L. of Conroe, Tex., and L. H. Thompson of Newton, Ill.; two brothers, Jim LeRoux of Naylor and John LeRoux of Streeter, Ill, and three sisters, Mrs. Cora Little of Naylor, Mrs. Hattie Boyles of Doniphan and Mrs. Belle Decker of Grandin.
[Submitted by Lorraine Hillman who adds: The Illinois Statewide Death Index lists the county where she died as Crawford not Jasper. Victoria's husband was Charles Thompson]


Sutton
Boy Is Accidently Killed By Brother
News reached town about noon of the violent death of a young man names Sutton, who lives five or six miles southwest. First it was reported that the boy shot himself this morning, but later it was said he was accidentally shot by his brother. No further details are procurable at this hour. Officers have gone out to investigate the tragedy.
[The Evening News, Ada , Indian Territory , December 28, 1905 - Submitted by: Nancy Piper]


John Towery
Young Man Found Dead.... Ardmore , I.T., Dec. 17
The lifeless body of John Towery, a young man, was discovered yesterday in his room at the Caddo restaurant. He had no family. His parents formerly lived in Ardmore , but live in Petersburg , I.T. Deceased for the last four years had been employed at Al Rice’s blacksmith shop.
[The Evening News, Ada, Indian Territory, December 28, 1905 - Submitted by: Nancy Piper]

Donald Ralph Tucker
Stratford resident Donald Ralph Tucker, 75, died Wednesday, April 28, in Ada He was born Dec. 4, 1928, in Summers Chapel to Elbert and Leafy (Holland) Tucker. On Dec. 19, 1953, he married Dee (Riedel) Tucker in Ada. Tucker was a pipe fitter. He was a member of Free Will Baptist Church in Stratford. He served in the 45th Army Division during the Korean War. He also was a member of the Pipefitter's Union Local Number 344 and the Elks Lodge. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elbert and Leafy Tucker and two brothers, Sam and Shorty Tucker. Survivors include his wife, Dee Tucker, of Stratford; two sons and daughter-in-law, Phillip Tucker of Stratford and Rusty and Gayla Tucker of Bethel Acres; daughter and son-in-law, Kristi and Todd Smith of Coalgate; brother, Earl Tucker of Yuma, Ariz.; sister, Veda Magar of Ada; and four grandchildren, Brette Smith, Tanner Smith, Jessica Tucker and Tara Dawn Tucker. Service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Pickard Funeral Home Chapel in Stratford with the Rev. Lewis Perry officiating. Burial will be at McGee Cemetery in Stratford.
[Shawnee News Star, 29 April 2004]


Elva Lee Wilson
ADA — Services for Elva Lee Wilson, 91, Ada, are 2 p.m. Thursday at Criswell Funeral Home Chapel, the Rev. Jim Ragland will officiate. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Mrs. Wilson died Monday, Aug. 25, 2008, at her home. She was born Oct. 23, 1916, at Oakman, to Marsh and Mary Jane Miller Ragland. She married Kenith Wilson March 16, 1935. He died Oct. 9, 1992.Mrs. Wilson was a homemaker.Survivors include four children, Phillip Wilson and wife Binnie, Ada, Juanita Pratt, Ada, Ann Humphrey and husband Dale, Skiatook, and Dee Munoz and husband Pete, Jacksonville, Fla; a half-sister, Zora Williams, Ada; six grandsons; three granddaughters; 19 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Bearers will be her grandchildren.
[Ada Evening News, 26 August 2008 - Submitted by L. Craig]
 

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