Beaver, Ok



In Loving Memory Of: Billy (Bill) Melton Johnson

Date of Birth: August 20, 1954

Date of Death: January 21, 2018

Graveside Services: Saturday, February 3, 2018 3:00pm Forgan Oklahoma

Final Resting Place: Forgan Cemetery

Billy Melton Johnson age 63, resided in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for the past 11 years. He also was a long time resident of Edmond Oklahoma and Forgan Oklahoma. Bill was born to Celia Ann (Stewart) Verhelst and Billy Raymond Johnson on August 20, 1954 In Edmond Oklahoma.

Bill passed away from this life surrounded by his family on Sunday January 21, 2018. Bill worked in the Oilfield for 40 year. Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, rodeos and OU football. Bill rode bulls and broncs in many rodeos in his younger years. He married Lisa Murlene Pass on October 24, 1991 in Meade Kansas. Together they have 5 Children.

Bill is survived by his wife, Lisa Johnson of the home in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Son Teal Johnson of Edmond Ok, Daughter Amanda Balbantin and husband Pablo Jr. of Elmore City Ok, Son Billy Kalin Johnson of Edmond Ok, Son Paul Campbell and wife Ashley of Edmond Ok. Brothers: Marion Johnson and wife Connie of San Antonio, TX, Jerry Verhelst of Kyle, TX, Jack Johnson of Forgan, OK, Louis Johnson and wife Crystal of Cresent, Ok, Sisters: Darla Smith and Husband Terry of Tyrone, Ok, Kathy Tisdale and husband Gary of Kingfisher, Ok, Cassandra Seller and husband Tom of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Priscilla Johnson of Edmond, Ok. Step-Mother Janet Sue Johnson of Edmond, Ok. Mother and Father in-law James and Patricia Pass of Meade, Ks, Brother in-law James Dale Pass and wife Denise of Otis Orchards, Washington and Sister in-law Tina Marie Pass-Tacha and husband Milton of Meade, Ks.

Bill’s Grandchildren: (Son Teal’s Children) Dane Blair Warner and Gunner Dean Warner of Edmond, Ok, (Daughter Amanda’s Children) Pablo Balbantin III, Alexandria Marie Balbantin and Victoria Elizabeth Balbantin of Elmore City, Ok. (Son Kalin’s Children) Cassy Marie Staton, Jazzy Rose Marie Staton (Son Paul’s Children) Adalyn Mae Campbell, Aubrey Lynn Campbell, Aiden James Campbell of Edmond, Ok.

He is also survived by a host of Niece’s, Nephew’s, Aunt’s, Uncle’s, Cousin’s, Friend’s and his Boxer (dog) OU.

Bill is Preceded in death by his parents Billy Raymond Johnson and Celia Ann Verhelst, Step-Father Max Verhelst and Daughter Lillie Murlene Campbell and Grandparents Georgia Johnson, Earnest Johnson, Ruby Stewart and Jack Stewart.





Reba Mae Reed Reddick was born on the family farm on County Line, Beaver, OK January 15,1924 and was deliverd by Dr. Smith from Booker, TX. She passed away at the Beaver County Memorial Hospital November 15, 2017 at the age of 93 years and 10 months. She had been in failing health for the past 10 months.

Reba was the oldest of six children born to George and Inez Phelps Reed. She lived her entire life in Beaver County with the exception of of time the family lived in Arkansas from 1931 through 1934. Returning to Beaver in 1934, the family farmed and raised cattle and hogs. Reba was a hard worker all of her life and spent her childhood working on the farm alongside her Daddy milking cows & raising chickens & geese . She attended the Balko schools where she graduated May of 1941. Reba was a member of the First Presbyterian Church since 1948.

On August 18, 1945 Reba married Fred Keith Reddick in Liberal, KS, a marriage that lasted 68 years. They lived on Six Mile Creek before moving to Beaver in 1947. They had two daughters, Sharon Lynn in 1946 and Shirley Anne in 1950. Reba was a homemaker most of her life while the girls were growing up, but did work in the Beaver School cafeteria for 10 years, a job she enjoyed working alongside lifelong friends. She left that job to enjoy time with her grandkids. She also worked alongside Fred driving the tractor, feeding cattle and milking cows. She continued her love of raising chickens. She & Fred owned and operated the Big Boy Motel from 1980 to 1987.

Reba was preceeded in death by her parents, husband, Fred, a sister, Madge, two brothers , Junior and Billy Bob, grandaughter April Lynn Latta, and son-in-law, Rex Shafer.

Survivors include her daughter Sharon Latta and husband Mike of Fargo, OK and Shirley Walter and husband Bob of Turpin, OK; four grandchildren Spencer Priest, Dyson Priest, Rachel Jones and Jake Latta; 13 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren; sisters Jean Peckham and Vera Reed; sisters-in-law Evelyn Shadden, Roberta Reddick, Rita Royce Reed, Bessie Hanusosky, nieces and nephews; and very special friend, James Law who was like a son and a host of other relatives and friends.

Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday December 3 at the First Presbyterain Church with Rev. Jim Reeves and Rev Fred Huff officiating. The family suggests donations be given to the First Presbyterian Church, Beaver County Historical Society or Charity of your choice.




Brad William Hamilton

Brad William Hamilton was born on August 7, 1983, at Oklahoma City’s Baptist Medical Center and passed away on November 25, 2017. His parents are Joe and Kerry Hamilton of Knowles, Oklahoma.

Brad lived all of his life in Knowles graduating from Beaver High School and attending Oklahoma State University for three years. He was very proud of his Cheyenne-Arapaho heritage.

While in high school Brad met the love of his life, Stefani. They were married in 2009 and shared sixteen wonderful years together. Two of his proudest accomplishments are his children Nolan(almost 4) and Emma (2).

He was a family man whose home was full of family, friends, laughter, and life. He cherished his wife Stefani, and adored Nolan and Emma. Any spare moment he had was enjoying his wife and children, playing games, reading to the kids, grilling for dinner, driving out with the family to check fields and cattle, and taking his children riding on field equipment whenever he could. He loved family, farming, and working. He also enjoyed camping, rebuilding old wood stoves, and recreational shooting.

He is thankful for all of his farm, community, and lifetime friends. He was preceded in death by his biological mother, Jacquita Warner, paternal grandmother and father, Bill and Fern Hamilton; and his maternal grandmother, Jimmie Jeanne Pipkin. He is survived by his wife Stefani, two children, Nolan and Emma, Knowles, OK; and sister, Linsey, Albuquerque; Brad was adopted as a baby and is grateful to his grandmother Lucille Todd, Calumet, and the Warner family, Midwest City.

In lieu of flowers, The Hamilton Family Memorial College Fund is in trusted to First Security Bank, PO Box 947, Beaver, OK 73932.

Funeral Services were at Laverne First United Methodist Church, Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 10:00 AM. Interment at Knowles Cemetery, Knowles, Oklahoma.

Arrangements made by Myatt – Laverne Funeral Home 412 S. Broadway, Laverne, OK 73848.


December 1, 2017


Ralph Carr Gregory Jr. was born on December 2, 1937 to Ralph and Ellen Gregory in Elmwood, Oklahoma. He grew up helping on the family farm, plowing the fields and exploring the canyons and hills with his dogs and horses. He graduated from Balko High.

Ralph met his sweetheart, Wanda Joy Clark, in Perryton, Texas, just across the state line. He proposed at a drive-in movie. They were married on August 18,1959.

After studying engineering for 3 years, Ralph found his passion in architecture. He finished his Bachelor of Architecture degree at Oklahoma State University in 1964 and took a job with W. C. Kruger & Associates in Albuquerque. He moved his young family to Juneau in 1966 to seek adventure and work for Linn A. Forrest & Associates. He received his Alaska Architectural Registration in 1967. Other work experience included Olsen & Sands in Juneau and Francis B. Mayer, Architect in Anchorage. In 1970 Ralph moved to Ketchikan as an associate with Graham Associates until 1981 when he started his own architectural practice. He moved to Eagle River in 2006 and retired in 2010. He worked on the design of many buildings around the state including the State Court and Office Building, US Post Office, Ketchikan Cultural Heritage Center, and the Anchorage International Airport. His last major project was the Ketchikan Indian Community Health Clinic. Ralph also donated large amounts of professional time and energy to churches and his family.

As Mayor of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough for two terms from 1984 to 1990, Ralph contributed to the development of his community through local politics. He was also active in the Whale Pass Home Owners Association. His family still owns the Whale Pass beach cabin, which he built.

The great Alaskan wilderness was always spellbinding to Ralph. He also loved writing, sketching, music, photography, marksmanship, and spending time with family. He was a man of great faith.

Ralph is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joy Gregory of Eagle River, daughters Paige Van Wie of Pullman Washington, Saree Gregory of Spokane, Washington, Shanna Ladd, of Houston, Alaska, and Tabitha Gregory of Valdez. Grandchildren are Josh Van Wie, Nate Ladd, Peter Van Wie, Jessica Ladd, Beth Van Wie, Jacob Timmons, Will Timmons, and Annetta Van Wie. The great grandchildren are Jared Ladd, Derek Ladd, Jaden Van Wie, and Ariko Joy Van Wie. He is also survived by his sister Amelia Cowan of Balko, Oklahoma. He is preceded in death by his parents Ralph and Ellen Gregory and his brother George Gregory.

Ralph passed away on November 14, 2017 at his home in Eagle River after a short battle with cancer. A viewing was held at the Eagle River Funeral Home. He was interred at the Anchorage Memorial Park, and a memorial service was held at the Community Covenant Church.

In lieu of flowers please send contributions to your favorite charity.


Donnie Eccles was born July 10, 1944 in Shattuck, Oklahoma to Paul and Mona Eccles. Donnie attended a small country school in his younger years until his family moved to Booker, Texas.

There he helped his dad with the dairy and family farm. He graduated from Booker High School in 1963. Some of his best memories were of his High School Football team that went undefeated. Many of the team members still stay in touch and remain close friends.

After graduation He attended college at South Plains Junior College in Levelland, Texas where he pursued his bull riding career.

In 1965 he met Vickie Lawrence and they were married in the fall of that year. Two years later they had their first daughter, Shannon. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Beaver where Donnie worked for Lloyd Barby and continued to ride bulls. In 1970 their second daughter, Gena, was born. These were some of their favorite years, being with friends and traveling to rodeos. That same year Donnie began his contract pumping job which he continued for 47 years.

Donnie enjoyed fishing trips with his uncle and brothers. He loved his years of riding bulls and then later in life both he and Vickie loved raising and hauling bulls.

His greatest love was his love for the Lord and spending time with his family, especially his grandkids and great-grandkids. He loved sharing Bible verses with his children and grandchildren, and would even have family bible studies and let the grandkids pick the verses to discuss. He instilled a strong faith within each one of them. He even told his grandkids when he fought cancer, "Do not let this situation cause you to lose your faith."

Donnie was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Mona Eccles.

Donnie passed on November 20, 2017 in Harper County, Oklahoma.

He is survived by his wife Vickie; two daughters, Shannon and Sam Mitchell of Beaver, Gena and Jason Dupus of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Four grandchildren, Kaylee and Bo DeBose of Yukon, Oklahoma, Jodi and Tayler Eagan of Laverne, Oklahoma, Reese Mitchell and Michaela Goertzen of Alex, Oklahoma and Isabella Dupus of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and two great-granddaughters, Blakely Eagan of Laverne, Oklahoma and MaeBelle Mitchell of Alex, Oklahoma, one older brother, Larry and Joan Eccles of Pampa, Texas and a twin brother Ronnie and Sheila Eccles of Pampa, Texas and a host of family and friends.

Funeral Services for Donnie Eccles were held Saturday, November 25, 2017 in the Beaver First Christian Church. Interment was in the Pioneer Cemetery, Beaver, Oklahoma. Arrangements were by Alan Clark Funeral Services, Beaver, Oklahoma.


November 2, 2017


Harold Lee Curtis, 81 year old resident of Gate, OK lost his battle with Parkinson’s on Monday Oct 9, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family. Funeral services were held on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 at 10:00 am at the Gate Friends Church with Rev. Mike Mahaffey officiating. Interment will follow at the Gate Cemetery.

Harold was born 2 1/2 miles southwest of Gate in his grandparents’ home at the McLeod farm Dec. 6, 1935 to Eldred and Juanita (McLeod) Curtis. He was joined three years later by his sister Carol Joan.

He attended and graduated from Gate school, except for one semester in high school where he played football in Follett, Texas. After graduation Harold went to Draughns Business College in Amarillo, Texas and studied Telegraphy. After graduating, he worked for the Santa Fe Railroad with most of his time spent at the AY Tower in Kansas City. Then he enlisted in the United States Navy in August 1954 serving his country during the Korean War aboard the U.S.S. Phillip Destroyer as Head Radioman. He cruised on the destroyer for 3 years and 8 months alongside the U.S.S Philippine Sea Aircraft Carrier as part of a Hunter-Killer Group from 1954 to 1958. He was honorably discharged in July 1958.

Harold loved playing baseball. In high school, he was a pitcher for the American Legion Ball team at Beaver for 2 years and the Follett, Texas town team. In the Navy, he was a catcher on his ships softball team and while in port at Pearl Harbor on the Navy Coast Guard League. When on a furlough, Harold and Lila Fern Heglin were married March 26, 1956. They shared 61 years and 6 months of marriage and three children- Leilani Sue, Craig Lee, and Brent Wayne.

When Harold returned home, he attended Northwestern Oklahoma State University at Alva, OK from 1958-1961. With 13 hours remaining to complete his degree, he was appointed Rural Mail Carrier at Gate, OK. Then after 37 years of public service, Harold retired April 3, 1993, and began full time farming and ranching. He also served on the Gate Fire Dept. and retired after 20 years.

The Gate Methodist Church was his home church. He loved singing and sang for many funerals and some weddings. Even after the Parkinson’s had affected his voice, he could still sing along with the radio in the car and with his daughter, Leilani.

Harold and Lila loved watching sports year round, whether it was at the high school, college or professional level. They were avid fans and faithful followers of their grandkids and nieces and nephews. Harold always looked forward to a good card game with family, especially during the holidays. Even in the last week of his life, he enjoyed watching games on TV with his son Craig, and beating his granddaughter one last time in a pitch game.

Harold was preceded in death by son Brent, parents Eldred and Juanita, sister Carol and brother-in-law Lester Priest, father and mother-in-law Bud and Hazel Heglin and brother-in-law Dale.

He is survived by his wife Lila Fern, daughter Leilani Carlisle and husband Don, son Craig Curtis, grandson Trey and wife Amy, Jordi, K’dawn and husband Britt, Hartly, and Nikki. Great grandchildren Jax, Dean, Cal, Sage, and Sonny. Friend and brother-in-law Robert and wife Tereasa. He had a special love for his nieces and nephews and Cousins Van, Jovetta, and Janell .

Memorials may be given to the Gate Methodist Church PO Box 84 Gate, OK 73844 or the Gate Cemetery Rt. 1 Box 22 Gate, OK 73844



Forrest Lee (Kirk/Wally) Kuykendall, age 69, after battling several illnesses, passed away at his home on Friday, October 13, 2017.

Forrest was born July 15, 1948, in Beaver, to Lloyd Lee Kuykendall and Violet Mae (McCaughtry) Kuykendall. He was a proud member of the Carnegie High School class of ‘66. Shortly after graduating high school, he enlisted in the US Navy, and was honorably discharged after 20 years of service.

While stationed in Corpus Christi, he met Beth (Plendl) Kuykendall. They married on September 14, 1973. After his retirement from the Navy, he worked 19 years as a civilian electronics technician and eventually retired from L-3.

In retirement, Kirk spent many weekends selling his favorite plan, the Desert Rose, at local market days. He loved to hunt, collect guns, knives and antique cars. He was an avid Oklahoma Sooners and San Antonio Spurs fan.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Violet Kuykendall, sister Etta Kuykendall, and nephew, Jeremy Chiddix. He is survived by his wife Beth, nephews, John Haley (Mechille), Darryl Haley, and niece, Jennifer Topliff (Adam), as well as four great-nephews and two great-nieces.

The family is planning a memorial service to be held November 4.


Leah Peil Nelson, the middle child of seven, was born March 15, 1928, to David and Pauline (Born) Peil on the family farm 9 ½ miles southwest of Darrouzett, Texas.

She was baptized into the Christian faith, confirmed, and married in the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lipscomb, Texas, which later merged with the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Darrouzett, Texas, in which she was an active member until her death on October 2, 2017.

Leah served her Lord by singing in the choir; teaching children and adult Sunday School and Bible School; serving on Alter Guild, L.C.W., support committee, and church council; and serving as financial secretary for fifteen years.

Through the third grade, Leah attended Third Creek School, which was three miles from her home. She continued grades 4 through 12 at Darrouzett High School. Due to being badly burned in July 1944 at age 16, she was unable to attend her senior year and graduated in 1946. She then attended Droughn’s Business College in Wichita Falls, Texas, in 1947, taking a six-month business course.

Leah married Kenneth Carl Nelson on September 27, 1953. He was the answer to her prayer that God give her a farmer for a husband. They lived on the family farm in Beaver County Oklahoma where Kenneth was born. They were blessed with three children: Mellanie Ellen born September 14, 1954; Lorinda Lee born November 30, 1957; and Kevin Carl born June 30, 1960.

After the death of her husband on October 13, 2001, Leah continued living on the farm until March 2011 where she then went to live at the Beaver County Nursing Home.

Remaining to remember her are her children and grandchildren: Mellanie Ellen and Jerry LeBaron of Newkirk, OK; their children Keith Michael of Norman, Philip Kent and wife Halleluiah of Newalla, Brian Paul of Norman, and Rachel Kathryn of Newkirk; Lorinda Lee and Bruce Walker; their children Amber Nicole and Aliesha Danielle, and great granddaughter, Ayva Noelle of Amarillo, TX; and Kevin Carl and Danna Nelson of Beaver; their children Ryan Carl of Sharon-Mutual and Zachary Keith and wife Emilee Nelson of Edmond.







We took this photo of Ruth Barby

before the Beaver County Free Fair 2011

Here is a story that she brought us before the 2006 Cimarron Territory Celebration where she was Pioneer Queen. A very good choice

What an honor to be chosen Pioneer Queen for the 2006 Celebration! I would like to thank the person, or persons, who chose me.
I was born April 27, 1924, six miles east of Beaver in a little two room house. (My grandchildren in their younger years used to all think I was just born under “that tree at the six mile corner!!”)
My parents were George and Rosa Altman. I was the sixth of seven children: Vesper (Vep), Herman, Burl (Chalk), Grace, Burford (Buke), myself and George Junior. Daddy was the blacksmith and also drove a school bus. Mother had six children at this time, plus three or four extras. These were children who just needed a home! There was always room for more at Mother’s table!
It seemed we moved “every time the moon changed,” so we moved to Beaver after living in the country for three years. Daddy’s blacksmith shop was located where the City Hall is now. I loved going down to see Daddy because he would give me money to stop at Goetzingers for “peanut butter.” He also had an indoor toilet - a novelty to me, as we had a path leading to an outhouse at home!
After several more moves, we ended up at Forgan. With the dust storms in the 30’s, Mother’s health was serious with coughing spells. We had friends and family in Washington state, so “Washington, here we come!” In a truck with a heavy tarp and bows, we started. The trip took about ten days. We lived there for seven years. Buke and I graduated from Kelso High School.
Daddy didn’t like so much rain, so in 1942, we moved back to Beaver. Vep, Grace, and Buke remained in Washington. Oh! What fun it was to be home again and see old friends and family! And to make new friends!
Lloyd Barby and I had gone to school together in 4th grade, when he came to Beaver from the ranch school.
My vivid memory of him was that he wore blue denim shirts and cowboy boots! However, he didn’t give me a second look! This big school was about all he could handle.
It was awhile before we started dating after I came back from Washington. A cute story that my kids liked about their daddy was that Virgie, my sister-in-law, encouraged me to date Lloyd. I had seen him one time sitting in the car when I was walking down the street. I had smiled and waved, and he just looked right ahead. I thought he was just the most stuck up person I had ever been around. I got a job at the AAA office, thanks to Grover D. Smith and my brothers, Hermie and Chalk Altman. In that office I got to know almost every farmer and rancher in the county, plus some in neighboring states. It was during this time that Lloyd and I started dating. I asked Lloyd about the time I saw him in the car. He didn’t remember it! He had been sleeping!
I hope you don’t mind all these little stories, one that our grandkids love follows. My brother and sister-in-law Chalk and Cleo Altman lived in the Jim Thompson house, the place that Roy Bridwell now owns. I was there for one week-end in September, and Lloyd rode his horse Ole’ Smokey up to see me. We were in the front room visiting - no TV - and he asked, What do you want for Christmas?
I replied, “You!” It surprised us both, I think, but it worked. We were married in the Christian Church on June 25, 1944. Lloyd turned twenty-one the week before, and he always joked that he got to be his own boss for one week, but I must say he treated me like a queen all our married life. We went to Alva for our honeymoon on four borrowed tires!! (Remember, this was during the war!) We moved to the ranch and made our home there, living in a little five room house that Earl and Reola Maple had built. Lloyd ran the ranch, and I took care of the home. I fed many ranch hands in my home and enjoyed cooking for them.
Lloyd and I became the proud parents of three children: Cathy, Read and Jan. Cathy is married to Jim Lewien, and they have five children. Read married Jerry Lynn Sterling, and they have three children.
Jan is married to Guy Payne and they have four children. We have twelve grandchildren, ten great grands, and, oh, they are all such fun and have brought so much joy to our lives - love all of them!!!
Besides ranching, Lloyd had rodeo stock. Oh! The stories I could tell about that venture! We learned a lot and got to know so many wonderful people. One night I fed 30 cowboys in the motel room, cooking out of the bathroom.
I have also always like to sew. It paid off when my kids were growing up. I made dresses for the girls and western suits for Jan when she was Miss Oklahoma Northwest. I even got offers from some companies to design them when she spent a week modeling for Tregos and market during the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver. I never did, didn’t have time, but I was quite flattered with the offer.
Lloyd had failing health, making it necessary to turn the rodeo business over to the kids. However, this did not keep him at home. So it became necessary to sell the rodeo stock. It was a sad day when the last load left the ranch. They all had personalities and were such a part of our lives. The sale was a heartbreak to us all but was necessary.
Lloyd’s health continued to decline. We went to doctors in five different states to find a cure, but there was to be none. I have been alone for eleven years. Thank God for kids, grandkids, and great grands!!
Again. I say a sincere “Thank You” for choosing me to be Pioneer Queen. I am truly honored!
What an honor to be chosen Pioneer Queen for the 2006 Celebration! I would like to thank the person, or persons, who nominated me.