Billy “Bill” Edwin Davis, 77, passed away surrounded by family, Monday, May 7, 2018. He is preceded in death by his parents, Willie and Hettie Davis; brother, Everett Lee Davis; and sister, Donna Faye Norman. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Lynette Davis; daughter, Jeannene Ann Davis; and a host of other family and dear friends.
Bill, as he was known to everyone, was always sure to let others know of his young days aa a hand on a real working ranch in Beaver, Oklahoma. He never quite understood nor engaged in the show horse scene of his wife and daughter at his home in Almeda. However, he always supported it. His real passion was deer hunting with friends and family at leases all over Texas. Bill was also a proud patriot and served the United States Marine Corps. He was a strong-willed man, standing for what he believed in and he lived life on his own terms. Bill was always there to support his family, close and distant. Of note, Dad's career as a Superintendent and Contractor in commercial construction put him in the middle of the creation of Galleria I, Pennzoil, Tenneco, MD Anderson, and other Houston landmarks.
A graveside service with military honors will be held Friday, May 11, 2018 at Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77038. Those attending the graveside will need to line up in Lane 2 at the cemetery no earlier than 11:00 am. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.claytonfuneralhomes.com.
Alvin Gene Taylor was surrounded by his family as he left to see Jesus face to face. He passed into Heaven early on May 6, 2018.
Alvin was born August 13, 1949 in Laverne, Oklahoma to S. Doyle and Blanche (Walker) Taylor. He attended Laverne schools and went on to attend Panhandle State University in Goodwell, Oklahoma. He graduated in 1972 with an animal science/business degree. On August 1, 1973 he married McKayla (Lockhart) Taylor. They made their home in Carmen and Alva, Oklahoma until 1980 when they moved to Beaver, Oklahoma. On March 9, 1982 they adopted their precious daughters Renee Lea and Janell Kay. They were their Daddy’s pride and joy. Alvin’s legacy is living on through his daughters and grandchildren. He operated Taylor’s Leather Shop & Feed until 1989. He then worked 9 years for Dekalb Swine Breeders and later for Beaver Public Schools. In 2008, Alvin and McKayla moved to Guthrie and Alvin worked for Touchmark @ Coffee Creek until he retired in December 2016.
God gave Alvin a special gift on December 26, 2002 when he received a life saving liver transplant. Everyday he lived was not taken for granted and he was so thankful for a giving young lady, who was willing to become an organ donor. Her family was always remembered in his daily prayers. Because of this gift, he was able to walk a second daughter down the aisle and love on his grandbabies.
Alvin was a man who loved his Lord Jesus, his family and his friends. His integrity was seen in everything he did. He had a servant’s heart and a humble spirit. If you asked him how he was doing, his answer would always be "Lovely", no matter what kind of day he was having.
He was preceded in death by his parents S. Doyle & Blanche Taylor and his sister and brother-in-law Eunice & Terry Aldrich.
He is survived by his wife McKayla of the home; his daughters Renee & Jeremy Davis of Piedmont, Oklahoma and Janell and Nicholas Powell of Edmond, Oklahoma; his grandchildren Railyn Davis, Braxton Davis, Taylor Grunau, Cade Grunau, Kassidy Powell, Karrigan Powell and Morgan Powell; one brother, Verl & Sandra Taylor of East Ridge, Tennessee; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family requests that memorials be sent to any of the following:
-Waterloo Road Baptist Church
-LifeShare of Oklahoma
-Charity of your choice
Billy Lee Greenfield was born on March 17, 1961 to Lee Ollie and Patricia Bell (Parker) Greenfield in Branson, MO. In 1964, the family moved to Brownfield, TX. While in high school, Billy joined the DeMolays. He graduated from Brownfield High School in 1979. Bill married the love of his life Jeannie Martin in Lubbock, Texas on August 8, 1980. While living in Brownfield, he started working for the city as a Journeyman Lineman.
He also joined the Brownfield Volunteer Fire Department, Emergency Management Services, and Masonic Lodge. In 1993, Billy moved his family to Beaver, OK to continue his Journeyman Lineman career and immediately joined the Beaver Volunteer Fire Department, Beaver County Emergency Medical Services, Beaver County Emergency Management and the Masonic Lodge. In 1994, he opened Bubba Bill’s Bar-B-Q and the legacy of Bubba began. In October 2015, Billy started working in Moundridge, KS as a Journeyman Lineman. In his spare time, he thoroughly loved playing golf and was extremely passionate about the game. Billy forged many friendships in every organization he joined. He was devoted to his family, friends, and community and made every effort to stay involved and active with all of them. He had a servant heart and made time for every single person.
He is preceded in death by his father Lee Ollie Greenfield Jr, maternal grandparents Alfred and Jesse Parker, and paternal grandparents Lee Ollie Sr and Bertha Greenfield.
He is survived by his wife Jeannie Greenfield of Beaver, OK; his daughter Karlista (Karli) Greenfield of Bartlesville, OK; his son Jay Chad Greenfield and his wife Victoria (Tori) of Fremont, NE; his mother Patricia (Pat) Greenfield of Brownfield, TX; his three brothers Lee Greenfield of San Angelo, TX, Jesse Greenfield of Midland, TX, Sammy Greenfield and wife Sh’Lane of Brownfield, TX; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services wrtr held on Friday, May 4 at 2 p.m. in Beaver, OK at the Beaver High School Auditorium. Burial arrangements were made for Saturday, May 5 at 2 p.m. in Brownfield, TX at Terry County Memorial Cemetery.
Edna Lona (Tiny) Easton Mitchell was born in her grandparents’ house north of Knowles, Oklahoma, on November 4, 1915, the daughter of Anna Ethel (Bond) Easton and Truman Elijah Easton. She died of C.O.P.D. and complications of a stroke in Midland, TX, on April 22, 2018, in the Vogel memory care unit at the Village at Manor Park. She was 102 years, 5 months, and 18 days old.
Having lost her mother at the age of three in the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, Tiny and her brother, Leslie, and sister, Lois, grew up in Knowles under the care of a loving father and surrounded by a community of relatives and friends. The entire town took them in and supervised when their carpenter father had to be gone building houses and barns throughout the Oklahoma Panhandle.
Tiny graduated as Salutatorian of the Knowles High School Class of 1934, and several days later eloped with John L. Mitchell of Forgan, Oklahoma. That union would last 67 years. They became part of the Dust Bowl Okie migration to California during the Dirty Thirties and lived in Azusa, CA, until the drought broke and they could return to the farm in 1941. John was a cattleman and sharecropper for the Barby Ranch of Beaver County, and they farmed north of Forgan until their retirement in the mid-1970s.
Small town life as a farmer’s wife found Tiny involved in Garden Club, Mothers’ Club, and as an avid league bowler. She was baptized as a member of the First Baptist Church of Forgan where she taught Sunday School for many years and held several offices in the Women’s Missionary Union. Her specialty dishes of scalloped potatoes and homemade pies were a hit at every church covered dish meal.
Tiny and John became the parents of three children, Leslie, Jim, and Teresa and were enthusiastic supporters of all Forgan School activities. Tiny spent countless hours as a room mother and served up hamburgers and fries in the school concession stand. She said that it brought back memories of her own high school days of playing basketball for Knowles High. She was the second center when the court was divided into 3 sections and the girls had to wear skirts as part of their uniforms.
Tiny always regretted that she was not able to attend college, so she and John made sure that their children had a higher education. It was a source of great pride to them that all three of their children were graduates of the University of Oklahoma and that they began 5 generations of Mitchells that are Sooner born and Sooner bred.
Retirement provided Tiny and John with the opportunity to travel across the western USA pulling their 5th wheel travel trailer. They enjoyed traveling with friends and relatives and eventually settled near friends at Taylor’s Island View on the shores of Lake Texoma. Tiny was happiest when the kids and grandkids visited to waterski and fish and she could fry up a mess of catfish for a big family dinner.
When life at the lake was no longer possible, Tiny and John moved to south Oklahoma City for 10 years and then to Midland, TX. After John’s death in 2002, Tiny said that she wanted to see as much of the country as possible while she still could travel. She marveled at the glaciers in Alaska, and watched surfers off the Hawaiian coast. She attended the Changing of the Guard at Arlington Cemetery, and saw whales breaching in the Pacific Ocean near San Diego. A highlight at the age of 88 was taking her first and last hot air balloon ride which ended in a crash landing on a logging road in the San Juan National Forest. She never missed a beat during that emergency and just bent her knees as instructed and braced for impact.
Tiny began to show symptoms of memory loss at the age of 90, and she and Teresa moved into the retirement community of the Village at Manor Park in Midland. She soon established quite a reputation for her agility in the exercise classes and her expertise at Wii bowling. She made the Wellness Center Wall of Fame with a high score of 268. Her positive attitude and sweet smile caused her to be a favorite with both residents and staff members.
She was 98 when she entered the Vogel Unit for memory loss, where she was spoiled and cared for by a remarkable staff of caregivers with gigantic hearts. Tiny loved her room with the big window (even though she said, "Not much goes on out there.") and delighted in discovering that someone made her bed each day and someone else did the dishes!
Tiny was the last of her generation on the Easton/Bond side of the family, and she has two living relatives on the Mitchell side. She is survived by her brother-in-law, Cecil, of Beaver, OK, and sister-in-law, Geraldine, of Duncan, OK. Her remaining family members are her children, Leslie and Katheryn of Oklahoma City, Jim and Fran of Beaver, OK, and Teresa of Midland, TX. She has 4 grandsons, Stanley and Carolyn of Katy, TX, John of Taos, NM, Scott and Teressa of Forgan, OK, and Reed and Wendy of Longview, TX. The delight of her later years were her 8 great-grandchildren and 13 great-greats, with another on the way. She loved looking at family pictures and was proud that so many of the little Mitchells had her blue eyes.
The family would like to express special appreciation to the staff at Manor Park and especially the Vogel Unit nurses and aides for the loving care they extended to Miss Tiny during her final years. Cindy Marriner, NP, Visiting Angels, and Hospice of Midland oversaw her every need every day during the last months.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Vogel Unit of the Village at Manor Park, 2208 N. Loop 250 West, Midland, TX, 79707, or to Hospice of Midland, 911 W. Texas Ave., Midland, TX, 79701.
Services are under the direction of Alan Clark Funeral Services of Beaver, OK, and American Heritage Funeral Home of Midland, TX. The funeral was be held at the First Baptist Church of Forgan, OK, on Friday, the 27th of April at 1:30 p.m., and will be officiated by Wayne Moore and Bill Nichols.
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Rudolph (Rudy) G. Wilhite of Beaver, Oklahoma passed April 26,2018. Rudy was born at Cole, Oklahoma on March 24, 1929. Rudy was a born-again Christian, and a member of Meade, Kansas, Church of the Nazarene. He survived by his wife, Eva Wilhite of Beaver, Oklahoma. Rudy has 4 surviving children: Gail, Larry, Mardale, and Michele.
Funeral Services for Bill Greenfield
Friday, May 04, 2018 2 p.m.
Billy Lee Greenfield was born March 17, 1961 in Branson, Missouri, to Lee Ollie and Patricia Bell (Parker) Greenfield. He graduated high school and he joined the fire department which would be a big item in the rest of his life. He was a journeyman lineman in Moundridge, Kansas. He has been a resident of Beaver County, Oklahoma since 1993. He married Jeannie Martin in Lubbock, Texas on August 8, 1980. He attended the First Christian Church and was a member of the Beaver Volunteer Fire Department as 2nd Assistant Chief, a member of the Oklahoma EMT Association, and he was a mason.
Bill passed suddenly on Sunday, April 29, 2018 in Moundridge, Kansas at the age of 57.
He is survived by his wife, Jeannie, of Beaver, Oklahoma; his son, Jay Chad Greenfield of Fremont, Nebraska; his daughter, Karlista “Karli” Jean Greenfield of Bartlesville, Oklahoma; his mother, Patricia Greenfield, Brownfield, Texas: his brothers, Lee Greenfield of San Angelo, Texas, Jesse Greenfield of Midland, Texas, Sammy Greenfield of Brownfield, Texas and a host of other family and friends.
Clarence Lee Engelman was born on August 7, 1926, in Cotton County, Oklahoma—the fourth of six children born to A.A. and Lorna Engelman. The heavens opened up for him on April 20, 2018, as the first rain of the year began to fall on Beaver County.
He spent his childhood in the small communities of Clara and Farnsworth, Texas, graduating from high school in 1944 in Perryton, Texas. He played the baritone in the high school band, something that all of his children and many of his grandchildren did as well.
He was a proud veteran, drafted into the army right after high school. He served in Okinawa during World War II. After his honorary discharge, he attended college at Northwestern Oklahoma State University on the GI Bill. That’s where he dropped his lunch tray in the cafeteria, and that cute coed named Reta Bouton helped him clean up the mess. Clarence always said she tripped him. That began their life-long love story.
Their 68-year marriage began August 14, 1949. They ran a dairy farm outside of Guymon for six very long months. Then they moved to Beaver to begin a career of ranching with his Father and brothers. He absolutely loved riding horses and working cattle. His sons will testify that his driving skill through the pasture was hard on more than one ranch pickup. He was the master at working cattle, and he continued until he was well into his 80’s—even when he had to sit on a tripod stool in the middle of the corral to do it.
He loved ranching, even though he knew he couldn’t make any money that way. On one lean Christmas, Clarence spent much time in the barn, making a set of blocks for his sons using a hand saw and a 2x4. It was a most memorable Christmas, and those blocks are still being used by two more generations of Engelmans.
Clarence’s biggest love was His family. He and Reta had five children together. When those children married, they claimed their spouses as their children as well. They are Bonnie and Arthur Dyer (Beaver, OK), Lucky and Lizzie Engelman (Bulverde, TX); Danny and Cindy Engelman (Beaver, OK); Charlotte Engelman (deceased); and Mark and Denisa Engelman (wherever their motor home is parked). They were blessed with 10 grandchildren and their spouses, and 18 great grandchildren.
Clarence and Reta were great supporters of their community. He served as the cattle superintendent at the fair for 5 years, and on the ASC Farm board for several years. They were regular attenders at the Beaver Duster athletic and music performances. Their five children attended Beaver schools. During that time, Clarence served on the school board for ten years. It was during that decade that the Beaver Field House and the Music Building were built. After their children graduated, they had five more grandchildren and two great grandchildren that attended Beaver schools from kindergarten through their senior years. In fact, they had a child, grandchild, or great-grandchild attending Beaver schools continually for sixty-two years—from the time Bonnie started first grade in 1956 until Haleigh will graduate from high school this spring.
Another of Clarence’s skills was flipping his empty dinner plate into the air before the meal. He could catch it before it hit the floor—most of the time. He led his family in prayer before every meal. That included singing the Doxology before family gathering meals. That 4-part harmony gave all of us chills. He led his family to church every Sunday, and he served as secretary/treasurer of Peace Lutheran Church for much of his life. But more importantly, he led his family by example of his love of God and his relationship with Jesus Christ.
He completed confirmation at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Perryton. His confirmation verse from 77 years ago is Psalms 27:4. It seems a fitting way to end his obituary. "One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord, and to seek him in his temple."
The family has requested that memorials be made to Peace Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 323, Beaver, Oklahoma.
Vernon Ronald "Skinner" Eggers, 59, lifelong panhandle resident, passed away Sunday morning, April 15, 2018 at the Southwest Medical Center in Liberal, Kansas.
The son of Vernon Chris and Hazel Ruth (McCullough) Eggers, he was born June 13, 1958 in Borger, Texas.
Ron attended the Guymon school system, was a member of the Turpin Mennonite Church and Harley Davidson Motorcycle Club.
He was united in marriage to Shirley Baker on March 3, 1990 in Liberal, Kansas. Ron and Shirley made their home in Turpin, Oklahoma. He was superintendant with Hardberger & Smylie Dirt Contractors, Beaver, Oklahoma.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Vernon "Wormy" Eggers and Hazel "Pat" Pitts; brother, Ricky Eggers; sister, Verla Eggers; father-in-law, Eugene Baker and nephew, Steven Kirkland.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Eggers of the home; two sons, Jace Eggers and Jalena of Turpin, Payton Eggers and Kendall of Tyrone; grandson, Carson Eggers; daughter, Ronna Wilson and Shae of Freedom, Oklahoma; sister, Karen Moore and Kenneth of Alva, Oklahoma; brother, Randy Eggers and Connie of Gladewater, Texas; half brother and sister, Sammie Hagelberg of Woodward, Oklahoma and Linda Eggers of Guymon. Survivors also include his mother-in-law, Helen Baker of Guymon; brother and sister-in-laws, Darrell Baker and Sally of Tucumcari, New Mexico, Darlene Hambleton of Guymon, Clarine Ellis and Jim of Guymon, Pam Powell and Jeff of Guymon, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be conducted Friday morning, April 20th at 10:00 a.m. at the Trinity Faith Church, 2264 S. Kansas Ave., in Liberal, Kansas with Terry Rediger, pastor of the Turpin Mennonite Church officiating. Graveside services will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. CST in the Kenton, OK Cemetery. Services are under the direction of the Bunch – Roberts Funeral Home of Guymon.
The Eggers family greeted friends at the funeral home on Thursday evening, April 19th between the hours of 6:00 and 9:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association. Memorials will be accepted at the Bunch – Roberts Funeral Home, PO Box 1112, Guymon, OK 73942. Friends may sign the online guest book and leave condolences at
John Leisher, age 70, of Ulysses, Kansas, died Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at Select Specialty Hospital in Wichita, Kansas. He was born April 11, 1947, in Woodward, Oklahoma, the son of Earl and Mable (Snell) Leisher.
John grew up at Clear Lake, Oklahoma, and graduated from Laverne High School. He then attended Panhandle State University, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, and Seward County Community College. John worked for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol as a dispatcher, then moved to California and worked at Bear Country in Disneyland as a security guard, then moved to Beaver, Oklahoma, and worked as a deputy sheriff. John moved to Ulysses in 1979, and worked for Panhandle Eastern Pipeline for 19 years as a pumper. He also worked at Helmerich and Payne, Bob Wilson Memorial Hospital, and then retired as an Assistant Funeral Director at Garnand Funeral Home. John enjoyed working and was always looking for something to do. He enjoyed playing pranks on people, creating stained glass projects, metal detecting, traveling, and spending time in the mountains. John’s pride and joy was his grandson, whom he loved spending time with. His family was his main priority. John loved God, and attended Country View Baptist Church.
John married Kris Hardy on February 18, 1978, in Forgan, Oklahoma. She survives.
Other survivors include his son, Eric Leisher and wife Natalia of Beaver, Oklahoma; daughter, Kari Figgins and husband Dalyn of Ulysses; brother, Russell Leisher and wife Karen of Beaver, Oklahoma; one grandson, Rylan Figgins; and numerous nieces and nephews.
John is preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral service will be Saturday, April 14, 2018, at 2:00 PM at Country View Baptist Church in Ulysses with Pastor James Berry officiating. Visitation will be Friday, April 13, 2018, from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM, with family present, at Garnand Funeral Home in Ulysses. Interment will follow at Ulysses Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to Country View Baptist Church Youth Group in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 405 W. Grant Ave, Ulysses, KS 67880. Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com
Connie Jolene Mills was born August 3, 1939, in
Anthony, Kansas, to parents Howard and Florence Slaughter. She went to
be with her Lord and Savior on March 14, 2018, at the age of 78. Connie
had five siblings, Bob, Larry, Kenny, Anita, and Galen. She attended
Connie passed on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Oklahoma City at the age of 78.
She is survived by her husband, Morland Mills of Beaver, Oklahoma; her sons, Larry Mills of Great Bend, Kansas and Tim Mills of Las Vegas, Nevada; her daughter, Vicki Yates of Shawnee, Oklahoma; her brothers, Kenny Slaughter, Amarillo, Texas, and Galen Slaughter of Burleson, Texas; her sister, Anita Price of Amarillo, Texas; 10 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and a host of other family and friends.
Alfred Leo Overton was born on May 8, 1927 and went to his Heavenly Home on March 13, 2018 at the age of 90. He was born in Beaver County, OK to Herbert and Etta (Jackson) Overton. Alfred married Virginia Britton on December 31, 1949. They had 4 children Dana, Carol, Tim and Helen. Virginia passed away in August 1971. Three of the four children were still at home. Without hesitation, he took on the role as both Father and Mother.
Alfred spent most of his life doing two things that he loved, teaching and farming. He was a kind and gentle man that could always find the positive in every situation.
He leaves to mourn his daughter Dana Cole and husband Russ, Carol Belville, Tim Overton and wife Rosa, Helen Walden and husband Dennis. His grandchildren Stacie Hulshof and husband Justin, Scott Cole and wife Becca, Brooke Blanco and husband Richard and Clay Walden and girlfriend Ciera and 10 great grandchildren.
Gene Darnell Bergstresser, also called "Papa Gene," was born December 7, 1927 in Etowah, Oklahoma. He passed away February 16, 2018 peacefully at the Noble Health Care Center, Noble, OK.
Gene was one of 3 children born to William Karl
Bergstresser & Mamie Elizabeth (Hopper) Bergstresser. He was preceded in
death by his wife Nora Alice "Pinky" (Stice) Bergstresser, both parents,
a brother Mack Elmo Bergstresser and Mack’s wife Dorothy Bergstresser, a
brother William "Bill" Kenneth Bergstresser and Bill’s wife Gladys
Bergstresser, and brothers-in-law William Howard Stice and John Earl
Gene graduated from Noble High School in 1945, served in the Air Force from 1945 - 1948 at San Antonio, TX at which time he married his soul mate and childhood sweetheart Nora Alice Stice. They were married for 64 years.
Gene earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Religion from OCU in 1953, A Bachelor’s of Divinity from Bethel College Seminary at McKenzie, TN in 1956, a Master’s of Education in 1970 from Southwestern State University, and a Master’s of Administration from Fresno Pacific.
He pastored many churches in his service to the Lord:
Hope, Ok, 1951; Rock Creek, OK 1952-53; Medina, TN and Beech Grove, KY
1954-56; Oak Ridge, TN 1956-1960; Beaver, OK 1960-64; Cordell, OK and
Colony, OK 1964-68; and various interim positions including Lindsey, CA,
Seminole, OK, and Shawnee, OK.
His love for flying began in Cordell, OK where he
attained his license to fly and enjoyed flying for many years.
He and Nora returned in June 1984 to Norman, OK and
resided there for over 30 years.
Baldwin, Amy Lee Conant
On Saturday, February 17, 2018, Amy Lee Conant Baldwin, fiancé, mother, daughter, granddaughter and sister, passed away suddenly at the age of 49 years. Amy will be forever remembered by her fiancé Faron Pugh, her children, Kody Martinez, Logan Baldwin, and Dayton "Jake" Evans, her parents, Ernie and Jane (Wyand) Baldwin, her grandmother, Barbara Wyand, and her sister and brother, Sally (Todd) Trippet and Stuart (Laurie) Baldwin. Amy will also be forever remembered by her nieces and nephews and extended family and dear friends. Amy was preceded in death by her father, Robert "Bob" Conant.
A family service will be held. Memorial donations may be made to the Laverne Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 902, Laverne, Oklahoma 73848.
J.D. Pope was born May 27, 1928 to Oliver & Eunice Pope, southwest of Gate, OK on the family farm.
J.D. attended Gate School and transferred to Laverne Schools. Before he graduated, he and a friend went to California to join the Army to fight in WWII. They arrived in California just as the war ended, so he missed graduating. He stayed out in California and worked with an uncle for a little while but soon returned to Oklahoma.
After returning home to the panhandle, J.D. met the love of his life, Carolyn Strong of Beaver. One fine evening while J.D. and some of his friends were at the picture show at the theater in Beaver, J.D. felt the rain of popcorn from behind him. In order to get his attention, Carolyn was tossing some of her buttered popcorn at the back of his head. It annoyed him so much, that he married her. And it lasted nearly 68 years. They tied the knot on April 2, 1948.
They began married life in the basement of Carolyn’s parents. They later moved to the Baggerly Ranch south of Beaver, where J.D. worked as ranch hand. On August 13, 1949 they welcomed Gary Gene as their first son, and 2 years later on September 13, 1951 they welcomed a second son, Ronnie Dean.
His brother, Edgar, went out to Colorado where he worked in the Climax Mine. He reported back that he was making pretty good money so J.D., Carolyn and the two boys packed up and moved to Leadville, Colorado for a couple of years where he worked as a miner as well. The miners went on strike so that ended that adventure.
They moved back to the farm west of Laverne, where they raised their family and enjoyed the farm life. J.D. had various off-of-the-farm jobs, delivering propane for Laverne Farmer’s Coop, worked for Bob Axtell Mining at the Silica Mine outside of Gate. After two consecutive years of having his wheat field hailed out he felt he better take another job. He went to work for Beaver County, District 1 and spent 10 years there driving trucks and was a road grader relief driver for Charlie Bowers. He REALLY enjoyed when he could be Farmer J.D. He put in many long hours, with his wife and sons, many times right there beside him. He also hired some local young men for farm hands when Gary and Ron were off to college. Some were: Stan Walker, Mikel Hendrick, Dustin McAtee, and Dan Atwood. Those young men have always held a dear spot in the Pope family’s hearts. He had a sharp mechanic mind and could fix just about anything. He was a hard worker. To his delight, Gary moved back to the farm to raise a family. In working together, J.D. would put in a full day’s work at the County and come home and be ready to put in 6 more hours. Gary was ready to quit at five, but J.D. prodded him along. He especially loved having his grandchildren out helping him. The family farm saw many cattle, pigs, goats, chickens, guineas, peacocks, the list could go on. Getting the family together to work the cattle was such a happy time for J.D. and Carolyn. Lots of hard work, but just family working together then eating Carolyn’s big meal was always looked forward to.
J.D. and Carolyn were baptized in the Beaver River north of the farm in 1979, their faith and love of the Lord became the foundation of their life. They lived the example of Christianity. J.D. and Carolyn enjoyed hosting many friend and church gatherings at their home, serving great food and having fun playing games and just loving the fellowship.
J.D. and Carolyn were instrumental in the beginnings of a new church, the Laverne Community Church. The church was near and dear to their heart, and they attended until they moved to Woodward in 2003. They built a brand new home, and they loved it, but every Sunday they returned to Laverne to go to church and brought out lunch to eat at their farmhouse.
J.D. and Carolyn moved into the Vici Nursing home in 2014 when Carolyn’s health began to fail due to diabetes and a stroke. He went with her, because they just couldn’t be separated. They stayed in the same room, and at any given time, you could walk in and there they would be in their side-by-side recliners holding hands. After Carolyn passed away, February 28, 2016, J.D. moved to Woodward to Providence Place. He enjoyed the home-like atmosphere, but was then able to move back to Laverne and live in Parkview Pointe to be closer to family. His health began to fail and needed more care so he returned to Vici Nursing Home, where he received great care and loving attention from the staff. Nurse Rachel made him feel so special and even after his passing, treated him so lovingly.
After losing Carolyn, J.D. really began to feel he had fulfilled his purpose on Earth and was ready to leave this world to be reunited with his love, his Carolyn.
J.D. departed this life on, Friday, February 23, 2018, in the Vici Nursing Home.
J.D. was preceded in death by his parents and his youngest brother and his wife, Donald and Peggy Pope. J.D. leaves as his survivors, sons, Gary and wife Mary Jane, of Laverne, Ronnie and wife Debbie, of Tulsa, nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, brother, Edgar Pope and wife, Dee, of Oklahoma City, many cousins, nieces and nephews and innumerable friends.
Memorials can be made in J.D.’s honor to the First Christian Church P.O. Box 358 Laverne, Ok 73848
Funeral Service was held at the First Christian Church in Laverne, OK at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 and the interment to follow at the Cline-Meridian Cemetery in Beaver County, OK.
Arrangements made by Myatt-Laverne Funeral Home in Laverne, OK. Condolences can be made at www.schillingfhg.com.
Cecil Woods, Junior died February 25, 2017 at Beaver Memorial Hospital after a long illness. Cecil was born to Cecil Woods, Sr. and Connie Lorraine Woods at Ash Grove, Missouri on May 14, 1939. He is survived by two brothers and two sisters, David and Jean Woods of Willard, Missouri; Dennis and Tawana Woods of Beaver, Oklahoma; Donna and Robert Miller of Neosho, Missouri; and Betty Lucille Lutz of Springfield, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews.
Cecil’s schooling went to junior high. He worked many odd jobs including filling stations, fixing tires and farm work.
Cecil basically lived any and everywhere because he had been everywhere from California to Arkansas. He truly had been everywhere.
He attended First Assembly of God Church of Beaver. Cecil’s favorite hobby was bingo and he loved to play bingo at the nursing home. Most of the time.
Some of the fondest memories of Cecil were his trips to Liberal and cheating on his diabetic diet with strawberry milkshakes and banana splits. The fondest memory of all was when he was baptized at Beaver Memorial Hospital in the walk-in shower using a stock tank and all the preachers of the ministerial fellowship doing the baptism.
He is preceded in death by his father Cecil Woods date of birth unknown his mother Connie Lorraine Woods born November 9, 1921 both of Ash Grove Missouri. Cecil’s father died in 1963, his mother died in 1990. His son Jimmy Woods and his wife Oley.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 11:00am at the First Assembly of God in Beaver under the direction of the Beaver County Funeral Home.
Memorial donations made in Cecil’s name may be made to the Beaver County Ministerial Fellowship, P.O. Box 194, Beaver, OK 73932.
Ellen Viola Way, age 84, passed from this life on January 20, 2018 at Wheatridge Park Care Center in Liberal, KS. She was born June 1, 1933 in Beaver, OK, the daughter of Cecil Marion and Mildred Alta (Peck) Drum.
Ellen departed with peace and grace with her family by her side as the angels accompanied her on her journey to heaven, to be reunited with her soul mate, Lee Roy, of 45 years.
She graduated from Beaver High School, Beaver, OK, in 1951. She was a resident of Liberal for 66 years.
On March 6, 1959 she married Lee Roy Way in Perryton, TX. He died on May 12, 2004.
She was a telephone operator for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in Liberal. She worked as a volunteer at the Liberal Memorial Library, the Southwest Medical Center Auxiliary, and librarian at Trinity Faith Church and was a homemaker. Ellen was very active in assisting in the raising of her grandchildren
She was a member of Trinity Faith Church in Liberal. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, quilting and reading.
3 Daughters Belinda McDonald and husband Leonard Liberal, KS
Danita Buchman, Liberal, KS
Sandra Shepard, Satanta, KS
1 Very Beloved Niece
Debbie Greeson, Moscow, KS
6 Grandchildren Amanda Burhenn and husband David, Zachary Buchman and wife Mirella, Sami and husband Jesse Martinez, Rachel and husband Jeremy Valdez, Clint and wife Kaylene Shepard, Cody Buchman and 7 Great Grandchildren Scarlett, Luke, Mackenzie and Sawyer Buchman, GraceLynn and Kayden Shepard and Wyatt Bohanon.
She was preceded in death by her parents, loving husband Lee Roy Way, 3 Brothers Melvin, Marvin, Dean Drum, 1 Sister Carol Ashby, 1 Brother-in law John Ashby, 1 Sister-in-law Barbara Drum.
Funeral service was 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at Trinity Faith Church with Pastor Terry Engler presiding. Burial will be at in the Restlawn Cemetery, Liberal, KS.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the St. Catherine Hospice or Wheatridge Park Care Center in care of the Brenneman Funeral Home 1212 W. 2nd Liberal, KS 67901.
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.
Bernard Landon Nine
Bernard Landon Nine was born at home north of Gage OK Dec 19, 1923. He just turned 94 years old and was still feeding cattle most every day and often bought a few cattle at the sale. His parents were BJ and Edna and his older brothers were Raymond and Kenneth. Bernard graduated in 1940 from Laverne and attended Panhandle College for 5 days. His advisor said if you will stick around I will make a farmer or rancher out of you so he decided he might as well go home to learn that. As a 14 and 15 year old kid he worked 2 summers for Arch McGuire for one dollar a day. Then ran cattle with his dad and later himself.
One childhood memory of his was the English teacher thought he copied from Fritz Wheeler and Evelyn Rolf. That was not the truth – "the truth was Fritz and I had both copied off of her." My brothers and I hunted coyotes with a horse and dog for 10 years.
Bernard first met his wife roller skating. He skated up by her as a young girl and said when you grow up I want to go with you. They later married at the Fairview Methodist Church near Slapout and have been married over 69 years.
He rode a horse most all his life and would ride his horse to church 4 miles and if he had enough money he would go by Slapout to get something to eat. He rodeoed 4 or 5 years with Oden Shepard, Earl Alley, and Pauli Bentley. Once he entered a rodeo at Dodge City and his part of the winnings was $11.25. He felt rich as that was 2 weeks worth of work. He and his brothers once bought a box of cherry chocolates for his Mom but the temptation was too great so by the time they got home to give it to her they had eaten the bottom layer, but still looking like it was full. The family had 1 pickup for 2 adults and 3 boys to share. The highlight as a kid was hoping to go to Laverne on a Saturday night to the drugstore and theater. He has always had a love for sports but with the family having only one pickup, he didn’t get to play sports in high school. However he played softball for many years and also coached the women’s softball. He played tennis in his cowboy boots with one year winning with his partner Delvin Jett. He also played horseshoes at Slapout on Sunday.
Some of his fondest memories were gathering cattle with his good friend Kenneth Pinkard. When asked about his kids he said he had 2 boys and 2 girls – spoiled as could possibly be, with eleven grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
He said he would have bought more land when it was ten dollars per acre, but couldn’t borrow the money to buy it. When he asked if he had accomplished all his dreams he said not quite I still like to run cattle. When asked what legacy do you leave behind? He said Methodist church and hope all of his family is interested in church and honest. The biggest part of Bernard’s life was spent feeding cattle but he and Phyllis always made time for their grandkids sports and events.
Preceding him in death was his parents, Ben & Edna Nine and his 2 brothers, Raymond Nine and Kenneth Nine, and a granddaughter Hallie Ann Nine.
Survivors- wife Phyllis, of the home, 4 children and spouses, 11 grandchildren & their spouses, 14 great grandchildren, and many friends and family.
Memorials made to Fairview Methodist Church Rt. 1 Box 355, Laverne, OK 73848
Funeral Services were held Saturday, January 6, at the Fairview Methodist Church, Interment was at Madison Cemetery
Arrangements made by Myatt-Laverne Funeral Home
Michael William Cassingham
Michael William Cassingham was born on January 11th 1966 in Beaver, Oklahoma. He worked with the State Capitol Patrol as an Oklahoma Highway Patrol Officer for 22 years. He also worked in the Oilfield for 7 years and recently started his own trucking company. His greatest achievement was when he received his Pilot’s License. His proudest moment was when he was named Trooper of the Year in 2003. His hobbies included playing golf, team roping, the rodeo, scuba diving, playing pool, flying and spending time with friends. Michael also had a love for high school and college football. He was also a member of Life Church. He is preceded in death by his father Billy Edward Cassingham.
January 11, 1966 - December 21, 2017
He is survived by his mother Donna Lea Bowles, wife Nikki Lynn Cassingham, son Jesse Bill Cassingham from Seymour Texas, stepdaughter Taylor Schwarz from Oklahoma City, stepson Colton Schwarz from Oklahoma City and granddaughter Izzy Ochoa. He also leaves behind his brother Gary Cassingham and spouse Cindy Cassingham from Noble, Oklahoma and his stepbrothers Travis Bowles and spouse Laura Bowles, David Bowles, Nathan Jones and spouse Laura Jones, Zachary Jones and spouse Natalie Jones, Christopher Desper and spouse Stefany Desper, Brock Jones and Spouse Kari Jones and stepsister Justine McFarland and spouse Tim McFarland.
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.