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Obituaries of Craig County,Oklahoma
Typed from the newspaper scrapbook of Eunice (Swift) Hightower,
of
Vinita, Craig Co., Oklahoma.  
Obits clipped mainly from Vinita (Ok) Daily Journal
 Compiled Eddene (Hightower) Thompson.
 OkieEddy@yahoo.com

                             

Through the years, my  mother, Eunice (Swift) Hightower of Vinita, Oklahoma has been compiling scrapbooks containing obituaries, anniversaries, weddings and various items as published in the local paper. It is her way of preserving history and hoping to make it available to people who are interested in the families of the Craig county area of Oklahoma.  I have endeavored to make indexes to her more than a dozen volumes, each containing over 200 pages, and presenting them online in the past few years. These "typed obits" are ones that I have already sent to those who inquired about some in the index. As I type each one and send it off by email, I add it to my file.
These are not in alphabetical order or by date. Most of them are typed from the Vinita Daily Journal of Vinita, Oklahoma.

This is done by us as a service to others who choose to preserve memories of those they cherish and others who perhaps are trying to locate family members that they have lost contact with.
   
    This is a free service, there is no charge. 
                           Email Eddene Thompson:   OkieEddy@yahoo.com
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October 11(?), 1973

F. RAY
Ferdnanc (Fritz) Ray,  born Dec. 28, 1911 in Arkansas.  Widow, Mrs. Edith Ray,  daughters, Mrs. Shirley Norris, and Mrs. Rhonda Huddleston,  one son, Loyd Ray,  one brother, Edward Ray.
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August 11, 1975
JACK HILL
Jack Hill, 95, former Vinitan, died August 5 at his home in Rolla, Mo. A brother of the late Henry J. Hill of Vinita, he had resided northwest of Vinita in the early 1900s, In the 1920s he moved to Missouri, worked for Frisco Railroad until his retirement. He was born December 9, 1899 in Huntsville, Ark. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Tom Lierman,  a brother, Otto Hill,  and two sisters, Mrs. Bertha Chapman,  and Mrs. Marie Murphey. Services were held at a Rolla funeral home Thursday with the Rev. Dale Wands officiating.  Interment was in the Rolla cemetery. Attending from Vinita were Mr. and Mrs. Howard Mahanes, Mrs. H. J. Hill and Bill Hill.
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August 11, 1975
JUANITA HAWKINS
Juanita E. Hawkins, 57-year-old Vinitan. She was born May 27, 1918 in Oklahoma.  Survivors include a brother, John Hawkins, a sister, Sue Collins,  a half-sister, Lucy Barnhart.  Services were held at 2 pm today in the Luginbuel Chapel . Interment was in the Ketchum Cemetery .
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August 1975
JOSIE RAULSTON
Services for Josie Raulston who passed away Thursday. Services were conducted that Saturday in the Luginbuel Funeral Chapel.  
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April 4, 1972
Dr. J.M. McMillan Succumbs Monday
Dr. J. M. McMillan, 68, well known Vinita physician died Monday in Tulsa's St. Francis Hospital . He came to Vinita in 1938 to serve on the staff at Eastern State Hospital.  In 1942 he began private practice and established an office in Vinita. Dr. McMillan was born in Atlee, Ark., Nov. 28, 1904.  He was the son of The Rev. G.O. McMillan, a Methodist minister. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.  His only son, Lt. James M. McMillan, Jr., was killed in combat in Vietnam April 1, 1970.  The survivors are his widow, the former Clarice Hadsell, of Norman, now at the home; two daughters, Carole Ann (now Mrs. Don Duffield)  and Nancy (Mrs. Robert Ahrens),  four grandchildren; a niece, Mrs. Jim Strange,  and a nephew, Dr. Ray Motley.    Graveside services and interment will be held in Fairview Cemetery at 4 pm Wednesday.
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August 1973
McMILLAN
Mrs. Clarice H. McMillan, 64, passed away in a Tulsa hospital at about 10 am Saturday.  She was the widow of the late Dr. J.M. McMillan, long-time Vinita physician who preceded here in death April 3, 1972. Mrs. McMillan was born July 7, 1908, at Norman. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Carole Ann Duffield,  and Mrs. Nancy Ahrens, one brother, John Hadsell,  and four grandchildren.    Burial was in Fairview Cemetery.
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probably about April, 1972
ANNA CARLOCK
Anna M. Carlock born April 21, 1874, passed away April 6 at 10:55 in the Arkansas City Hospital, Arkansas City, Kansas.  She had made her home there with her sister, Ruth Burns the last three to four years.  Both had previously lived northeast of Vinita in the West Cabin and Shanahan districts.  She was preceded in death by a husband, two children, seven brothers and one sisters. She was a school teacher for several years before entering  (do not have the end of the article).
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April 7, 1972
STELLA CROUCH
Stella E. Crouch, 85, died in a local hospital at 8:50 am today after an illness of about three weeks.  She was a native Craig Countian, born on the same farm she's lived her entire lifetime, Rt. 3, Vinita, in the Carselowey district.  She was born Jan. 23, 1887.  Mrs. Crouch was the author of a book, "The Story of the Cherokee Indians,' written in 1967.    Mrs. Crouch attended the Female Seminary at Tahlequah, which was part of the Cherokee Nation Schools.  When she was 17, she married Henry L. Crouch, a Kentuckian and a saddle horseman.  The Crouch's brought the first carload of registered saddle horses in the Indian Territory from Bourbon, Ken. Survivors include one son, Max, of Rt. 3, Vinita; a daughter-in-law, Lizzie Crouch; three grandchildren, Mrs. Raymond Pope, Rt. 2, Vinita; Mrs. Robert Dockery and Mrs. Sue Jane Long, both of Miami; five great-grandchildren, and two brothers, Mack Carselowey, of 403 N. Gunter St., and C. V. Carselowey, of Miami. Services are planned for 3 pm Sunday from the Foursquare Gospel Church at Carselowey with Rev. Howard Mayberry and Rev. John Bechtold officiating.  Interment will be in Carselowey Cemetery.
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August 7, 1975
MARY CURTIS
Mary B. Curtis, 89, passed away Wednesday in a local hospital.  She had lived with Mrs. Pansey Horton, Baldwin, Kan., for the past two years.  Prior to that she had made her home with Mrs. Fern Ayres, Bluejacket. She was born June 12, 1886 in Brookfield, Mo., and was employed at the Hotel Vinita during the 1940s.    Survivors include three brothers, Dan Bresnehen, Morris Bresnehen and Leo Bresnehen, all of Vinita and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be conducted at 1:30 pm Friday in the Luginbuel Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Gene Heffley, pastor of the Ketchum Baptist Church, officiating.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Luginbuel Funeral Service of Vinita.
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August 6, 1975
MILDRED COX
Mrs. Mildred Cox, 63-year-old Welch resident, passed away at 12:15 am today in the Oklahoma Osteopathic Hospital in Tulsa.  She had been ill for three years. Born Jan. 12, 1912 in the Fields district northwest of Welch, she had lived in the Welch area most of her life.  She was employed at Eastern State Hospital prior to her illness.  She was a member of the First Baptist church, Columbus, Kan., and belonged to the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Welch. Surviving are her husband, Joe Cox of the home; two brothers, Bertis Miles, Anacortes, Wash., and Eldon Miles, Clovis, Calif.; a sister, Mrs. Lela Beggs, Columbus, Kan., six stepdaughters, Mrs. Martha Coppedge, Cardin, Mrs. Jowilla Harper, Miami, Mrs. Delores Owens, Mrs. Judy Kessler and Mrs. Linda Mae Cox, all of Lakin, Kan., and Mrs. Geraldine Hope, Larned, Kan. She is also survived by four stepsons, Jack Cox, St. Louis, Mo., Don Cox, Miami, Gary Cox, Lakin, Kan., and Daniel Cox, Chetopa, Kan., several step-grandchildren and several step-great-grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced later by the Thomas Funeral Home in Welch.
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August 7, 1975
MILDRED COX
Funeral services for Mildred Cox, 63-year-old Welch resident who died early Wednesday in a Tulsa hospital, will be held at 2 pm Friday in the Thomas Funeral Home Chapel in Welch.  Rev. Ronnie M. Frazier will officiate and interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Chetopa, Kan., with the Thomas Funeral Home officiating.  The family will greet friends from 7 to 9 pm today at the funeral home.
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Augut 6, 1975
DOROTHY LANDERS
Mrs. Dorothy Landers, 80, longtime Vinita resident, died early today in a local nursing home.  She was born Nov. 30, 1894, at Columbia, Mo., and came to Vinita in 1902.  Mrs. Landers worked as a nurse's aide at Eastern State Hospital for 11 years.    Survivors include her husband, Elman Landers, Vinita; a daughter, Mrs. Aaron Hilderbrand, Vinita; two sons, Ernest Landers and Edward Landers, both of Vinita; a sister Gertrude Rogers, Vinita; 13 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Services are pending and will be announced later by Luginbuel Funeral Service of Vinita. (NOTE:  See the following obit notice for a change of address for Gertrude Rogers.)
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August 7, 1975
DOROTHY LANDERS    
Services are still pending and will be announced later for Mrs. Dorothy Landers, 80-year-old Vinitan, who passed away early Wednesday.  Included among her survivors are a sister, Mrs. Gertrude Carter, Vinita. Mrs. Carter was previously listed as Gertrude Rogers.
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August 14, 1975
MRS. LOFFELHOLZ
Mrs. Della Irene Loffelholz, 57-year-old former Vinita, died Wednesday at her residence in Bartlesville. Born Sept. 4, 1917 at Centralia, she was united in marriage with Laurence Loffelholz on Aug. 11, 1936 in Nowata.  They made their home in Vinita until 1945, when they moved to Chouteau.  The moved to Bartlesville in 1955. She was a member of St. John's Catholic Church in Bartlesville, and of the St. John's Altar Society.  Mrs. Loffelholz worked as a ladies auxiliary at Memorial Hospital, Bartlesville.  She was preceded in death by one son, Larry Edward Loffelholz. Survivors include the husband, of the home; two sons, Charles Loffelholz, Wann, and Bob Loffelholz, Bartlesville; two daughters, Mrs. Irene Woodall, Vinita, and Mrs. Carolyn Saunders, Miami; two sisters, Mrs. Bell Altebaumer and Mrs. Nina Smith, both of Miami; eight brothers, Otis Miller, Alfred Miller and Omer Miller, all of Centralia, Charles Miller and Jimmie Miller, both of Bartlesville, Arthur Miller and C.B. Miller, both of Miami, and Johnny Miller, Chetopa, Kan., her mother, Mrs. Mary Miller, Bartlesville and seven grandchildren. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 am Saturday in St. John's Catholic Church with Fr. Lee O'Neil as celebrant.  Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery, Vinita, with Fr. Benedict D'Angelo officiating. Rosary will be held at 7 pm Friday in the Stumpff Funeral Home, Bartlesville, which is in charge of funeral arrangements.
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14 August 1975
ETHEL SIMMS
Funeral services were held Monday in Waco, Tex. for Ethel Simms, who passed away Friday.  Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. R. J. Martinelli; two sons, C. T. Simms, San Diego, Calif., and W. L. Simms, Dallas, Tex.; two brothers, R. L. Long, Vinita, and N.C. Long, Tulsa; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Arrangements were under the direction of Wilkerson-Hatch(?) Funeral Home, Waco, Texas.
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14 August 1975
CARRIE MEAD
Funeral services for Carrie Mead, 75-year-old Vinitan who died Tuesday, will be conducted at 3 pm Friday in the Luginbuel Chapel, with Rev. Ray C. Newman officiating.  Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Luginbuel Funeral Service of Vinita.
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August 13, 1975
CARRIE MEAD
Carrie Mead, 75, died Tuesday in a local hospital.  She had lived in Vinita for about three years.  She was born May 5, 1900 in Tennessee. Survivors include a brother, Charles Hickman, Kingsport, Tenn.; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Wilam Greer, Tulsa, and a grandson.    Services are pending and will be announced later by the Luginbuel Funeral Service of Vinita.
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1975 (no date written on it)
EX-VINITAN FOUND DEAD AT CLAREMORE
A former Vinita woman was found dead in Claremore Lake Tuesday.  Betty Easling, 1408 N. Choctaw Ave., Claremore (Ok), was floating face down in the lake on the west end of the Claremore Lake spillway in about 10 feet of water when her body was discovered at about 11:30 am by her son-in-law, Chuck Overgard.    Overgard waded into the water, pulled the body to shore and notified Claremore police, according to the police report. Her family had been searching for her that morning, Claremore Police Chief Buck Johnson said.  Foul play was not suspected, the investigating officer stated.
Her husband, H. L. Easling, formerly owned Easling's clothing store at 136 S. Wilson St., in Vinita.  He now owns and operates a men's clothing shop in Claremore.    An autopsy will be conducted at a Tulsa hospital, Johnson reported.  Mrs. Easling had been dead about two hours when discovered, according to Dr. Paul Mobley, physician on duty at the Claremore Health Center. Surviving in addition to her husband are a daughter, Sharon Overgard; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Macon, Vinita, and two grandchildren. Services are pending with Musgrove-Merriott-Smith Funeral Service at Claremore.
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30 January 1974
HARTSOCK
Funeral services for Mrs. Lula Opal Hartsock, 60-year-old Welch resident, will be held at 1 pm Thursday in the Thomas Funeral Home Chapel in Welch.  Rev. L. N. Eatherly and Rev. Manuel Thalin will officiate.  (Last part unreadable.)
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1960
SMITH RITES MONDAY    
Services for James Thomas (Shorty) Smith, 58, a Vinita resident for 40 years who died Thursday in a local hospital, will be conducted at 2:30 pm Monday in Luginbuel Brothers Funeral Home Chapel.  The Rev. Tom Parker will officiate.  Interment will be in the Military Cemetery.  (Note: This is west of Ketchum, Ok and southeast of Vinita.)
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April 1960
CURNUTTE RITES TODAY
Services for T. G. Curnutte, 91-year-old Craig county retired farmer who died Wednesday night in a Miami (Ok) hospital, will be conducted at 2:30 pm today in the First Methodist Church, Welch.  Luginbuel Brothers Funeral home will be in charge of interment in the GAR cemetery, Miami (Ok).
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1971
BRADY PATTON DIES SUDDENLY
Brady Lee Patton, 35, died suddenly at his home in Big Cabin shortly after
midnight from an apparent heart attack.  He was born July 6, 1935 in Marble City, Okla. Survivors include his widow, Mary, of the home; one son, Brady Lee, Jr., of the home; five daughters, Edith Marie, Connie Lou, Charlean Francis, Catherine Ann and Janet Louise, all of the home; his father, James Henry Patton, Grande, Mo; two brothers, John of Neosho, Mo., and Alvin, of Pawnee and three sisters, Mrs. Leona Randolph, Claremore, Mrs. Daisy Walker, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Mrs. Minnie Wingate, Oregon. Services will be at
2 pm Saturday in the Big Cabin Baptist Church with Rev. Jay Murphy officiating. Burial will be in the Big Cabin Cemetery under direction of the Luginbuel Funeral Chapel.
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1971    
HALLETT SERVICES
Services for Reginald Hallett, who died unexpectedly Tuesday, will be held at 2 pm Friday in the Burckhalter Memorial Chapel.  Rev. Olen F. Gilliam of the Seventh Day Adventist Church will officiate.  Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery at Chetopa, Kan., under direction of the Burckhalter Funeral Home of Vinita.
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23 June 1972
ROSCOE THORPE
    Roscoe Marion Thorpe, 67, passed away at 10:15 am Thursday in a Joplin, Mo. hospital.  He was born Aug. 10, 1904 in Belmont, Indian Territory and had been an Afton area resident for the past 45 years.  He was a member of the Sac-Fox Indian tribe and a half-brother to Jim Thorpe, the famous athlete.  Thorpe retired two years ago from school bus driving.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Afton. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Eva Thorpe, of the home in Afton; three sons, Marion Thorpe, of San Diego, Calif; Jim Thorpe, of Newport, Ore., and Don Thorpe, of Joplin, Mo., and seven grandchildren.    Funeral services will be held at 2 pm Saturday in the Afton Assembly of God Church with Rev. Charles Talbert officiating.  Interment will be in the Sixkiller Cemetery south of Afton under the direction of the Birks Funeral Home of Afton.
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1971
Heart Attack fells C. A. Huyser
Corneal A. Huyser, 65, was dead on arrival at a local hospital at about 10:30 am today with an apparent heart attack suffered at his home of 438 North Second. Survivors include his widow, Maxine, of the home; two sons, Ronald, of Antioch, Calif; and Gayle, Van Buren, Ark., one daughter Mrs. Barbara Andrews, Independence, Mo; one brother, Ira, of Tucson, Ariz., and nine grandchildren. He was a retired employee of Eastern State Hospital and was a 30-year resident of Craig County, living in Centralia until about seven years ago. Services are pending and will be announced later by the Luginbuel Funeral Service of Vinita.
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1971
HUYSER SERVICE
Services for Corneal A. Huyser, who died Monday, will be held at 1:30 pm Thursday in the Luginbuel Funeral Chapel with Rev. Charles McBee, pastor of the First baptist Church, officiating.  Burial will be in the Martin Cemetery near Centralia, under direction of the Luginbuel Funeral Service.
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abt 6 August 1975
LOUIS FLETCHER
Louis Dubois Fletcher, 76, Scarsdale, N.Y. died Aug. 2 in a White Plains, N.Y. hospital.  His widow is the former Louise Thomas, a native of Vinita.  Fletcher was a retired senior partner in a New York law firm specializing in patent and trademark law.  He received an electrical engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1922 and a law degree from George Washington university in 1925.  Surviving in addition to Mrs. Fletcher are a son, Louis. D. Fletcher III; a daughter, Linda Schubert; two sisters and four grandchildren.  Memorial services were held in a Scarsdale church August 6.
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12 March 1972
DEATH CLAIMS OVEL STANISLAUS
Ovel Stanislaus, 73, died at 2:20 pm Wednesday, at a local hospital following an illness of about three months.  He was a long-time hay and grain dealer and owned and operated the Stanislaus Hay and Grain Co., and the Stanislaus Implement and Hardware Store before his retirement in 1964.
Stanislaus had been a resident of Vinita for about 60 years.  He had been a member of the Federal Housing Administration board and had been active in civic affairs.  He was a member of the Vinita Chamber of Commerce, Vinita Rotary Club, the Knife and Fork club and a member of the First Baptist Church of Vinita.    He came to Vinita about 60 years ago and began work for Copple and Yeates by driving a hay wagon.  From this beginning he developed his hay, feed and farm machinery business. His son, Doyle, was formerly manager of the Grand River Dam Authority.    He was born Dec. 6, 1898 in Houston, Mo.  He was married to Ina A. Smith Jan. 16, 1919 and they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1969.  He was preceded in death by a son, Dale Stanislaus who was killed in 1944 while in action during World War II. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Ina A. Stanislaus, of the home at Rt. 1, Vinita; four daughters, Mrs. Bill Waller of 818 West Halsell Ave.,  Mrs. Joyce Sparks of 301 1/2 E. Canadian Ave., Mrs. Sonny Chase of 716 N. Brown St., and Mrs. Tom Clanton, from east of Vinita; one son, Doyle Stanislaus, of Tulsa; six sisters, Mrs. Hilda buckingham, of Van Nuys, Calif., Mrs. Lela Ponder, of Santa Monica, Calif., Mrs. Essie Dillard, of Pueblo, Colo., Mrs. Macie Bell, of Phoenix, Ariz., Mrs. Lottie Rorebeck, of Vinita, and Mrs. Pearl Hamm, of Chouteau; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 pm Friday in the First Baptist Church.  Dr. J. Harvey Scott of Corpus Christi, Tex., and Rev. Charles McBee will officiate.  Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of the Burckhalter Funeral Home of Vinita.
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12 March 1972
MRS. HARPER (note: should be Mrs. ADAIR)
Mrs. Vernie Harper Adair, 57, died Tuesday in a Tulsa hospital.  She was born March 17, 1914 near Afton and was a former resident of Afton and Miami.
Survivors include her widower, Clint Adair, of the home at 7854 E. King St., Tulsa; one son, Jimmy Hyatt, of Ponca City; one daughter, Patricia Hyatt, of Tulsa; one brother, Leo Harper, of Afton; four sisters, Mrs. Lelia Culver, of Afton; Mrs. Annabell Hamilton, of Altamont, Kan., Mrs. Dorothy Harshaw, of Fredonia, Kan., and Mrs. Fannie Foust, of Bluejacket, and two grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 1 pm Thursday at the Mindi Funeral Home in Tulsa.  Burial will be in the Sixkiller Cemetery, near Afton, at 3 pm under the direction of the Mindi Funeral Home of Tulsa.
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March 15, 1972
MRS. FRANKLIN
Mrs. Lillian Franklin, 87, died about noon Tuesday at Albuquerque, N.M.  She was the widow of George W. Franklin, a rancher who died March 16, 1955.  Mrs. Franklin was a longtime former Vinita resident before moving to Albuquerque about eight years ago.    She was born Oct. 4, 1894 in Indiana and was a member of the Baptist Church. Survivors include one son, George W. Franklin III, of Kansas City, Mo; one daughter, Mrs. Henry  Davis, 1505 Gracia N.E., Albuquerque; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Services are pending and will be announced later by the Burckhalter Funeral Home.
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1974
HARRY COGHILL
Harry L. (Roy) Coghill, 69, Rt. 1, Big Cabin, died Wednesday evening of an apparent heart attack.  He was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Born April 15, 1905 in Columbus, Kan., he had lived in Lakin, Kan. and Ulysses, Kan., before moving to the home near Big Cabin four years ago. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II and a retired employee of the Kansas State Highway Department. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Viola Marie Coghill, of the home; three brothers, Earl Coghill, Phoenix, Ariz., Sam Coghill, Lake, Kan., and Frank Coghill, Gonzales, Calif., and a sister, Mrs. Esther Florentin, Gonzales, Calif. Services will be held at 2 pm Monday in the Luginbuel Funeral Chapel.  Rev. D. R. Prather, of the Pentecostal Church of God will officiate.  Burial will be in Carsolowey Cemetery under the direction of Luginbuel Funeral Service, Vinita.    
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Vinita (Ok) Daily Journal
1974
                MISS PARRISH

    Georgia Adelia Parrish, 18-year-old Vinita resident, died Wednesday afternoon as a result of injuries suffered Sunday morning in an automobile accident near North Foreman Street and Tahlequah. She was born March 17, 1956 in Claremore and graduated from Ketchum High School. Surviving are her mother, Mrs. Mary June Parrish, 446 N. Second St; a brother, George Parrish, of the home; three sisters, Nancy Parrish, Lottie Parrish and Julie Parrish, all of the home; and her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Chavalis, Ft. Gibson. Services will be conducted at 2 pm Saturday in the Foursquare Gospel Church with Rev. John N. Bechtold officating.  Interment will be in the Carselowey Cemetery under the direction of Luginbuel Funeral Service of Vinita.
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4 September 1975
STEVEN ALLEN
Steven Loy Allen, 20-year-old former Vinitan, died Tuesday will on active duty with the U.S. Army at Fort Bliss, Tex. He was born April 9, 1955 in Wichita, Kan., and had served with the army since June, 1973.  His father, Raymond Allen, founded the Freewill Baptist Church of Vinita in 1963 and remained here until 1972.  The father had also owned and operated Allen's TV Service. Survivors include the parents, Raymond and Florence Allen, of the family home at Rt. 3, Ada (Ok); four sisters, Katy Smith, Sand Springs; and Brenda Allen, Rebecca Allen and Renee Allen, all of the home, and his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Foreman, Copan. Services will be conducted at 2 pm in the Freewill Baptist Church.  Burial will be in Oaks Cemetery under the direction of the Luginbuel Funeral Service of Vinita.
Friends are donating to a memorial building fund for the Center Freewill Baptist Church at Ada.
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4 September 1975
ROSE MILLER
Rose Lee Miller, 84, Banks, Ore., passed away Tuesday in Banks.  Born Aug. 15, 1891, she had lived in Vinita all her life until about 1956.    Her husband, Razzie Miller and three sons, Dan Miller, Elmer Miller and Fred Miller all preceded her in death. Surviving are two daughters, Lillie Payne, Carnation, Wash., and Edna Woolman, Banks, Ore.; a son, Edgar Miller, Banks, Ore.; a sister, Lucy Woolman, Vinita; two brothers, Babe Echols and Marshall Echols, both living in California; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Services will be held at 2 pm Saturday in Forest Grove Memorial Chapel in Forest Grove, Ore.
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22 May 1974
I. STAUDER
Graveside services for 72-year-old Vinitan Irwin E. Stauder will be held at 11 am Thursday in Fairview Cemetery, with Rev. Ray C. Newman officiating.  The Luginbuel Funeral Service of Vinita is in charge of arrangements.
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25 August 1975
OWEN HUDSON
Owen Robert Hudson, retired postmaster at Bluejacket, passed away at 2:30 pm Saturday in a local hospital.  He was 66 years old and had been in poor health for four years.    Born Nov. 17, 1908 near Bluejacket, he had lived in the area most of his life.  He was married to Agnes Davis May 18, 1934 in Columbus, Kan. Hudson was postmaster at Bluejacket for 34 years and taught school for eight years in the surrounding area.  He attended Assembly of God Church. He was Past Worshipful Master of the Welch Masonic Lodge No. 263 AF and AM and belonged to the Tulsa Consistory. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Agnes Hudson of the home; a daughter, Mrs. Geneva Lea Andersen, 2719 E. 15th Pl., Tulsa; a brother, O. Lon Hudson, Miami, and one grandson, Greg Andersen, Tulsa.    Services will be held at 2:30 pm Tuesday in the old Bluejacket School gymnasium with Rev. Gifford Clothier officiating.  Burial will be in Bluejacket Cemetery under the direction of Thomas Funeral Home of Welch. The family will receive friends from 7:30 to 9 pm today at the Thomas Funeral Home Chapel.
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Bluejacket, Ok section of Vinita Daily Journal: written by Pansy Johnson
     Owen Hudson passed away last Saturday.  He was very civic minded and was our postmaster 34 years.
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5 September 1975
RICHARD LEWIS HUMPHREY
MURDER CHARGE PENDING AGAINST BOY'S STEPFATHER
(Note: Death of Richard Lewis Humphrey)    
Charges of second degree murder were to be filed later today against Grover Fugate, Rt. 1,Welch, in connection with the gunshot death of his stepson, 17-year-old Richard Lewis Humphrey,  Assistant District Attorney Larry Stuart said today. The youth's mother, Edna Mae Fugate, will be charged as an accessory after the fact, he stated. They were to appear before District Judge William J. Whistler or Associate District Judge James Pendergrass for arraignment and the setting of bond, according to Stuart. Humphrey, a senior at Welch High School, was apparently shot at his home early Thursday.  Craig County Sheriff Jess Walker was called to the home about 1:30 am.  Others who went there for the investigation were Deputy Sheriff John Brewer, Stuart and Dr. C.A. Benton, Craig County coroner. Funeral services for Humphrey will be held at 2 pm Sunday in the Welch school gymnasium.  Minister Ken Bryant will officiate and interment will be in Welch Cemetery under the direction of Thomas Funeral Home. The body will lie in state at his home from 10 am Saturday until 11 am Sunday.
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25 August 1975
BILL DUNLAP
Bill Dunlap, 69, longtime Vinita businessman, died suddenly at his home, 269 N. Brewer St., at 10;30 am today.  He had been a barber here over 46 years.  Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Marie Dunlap, of the home.  Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced later by the Luginbuel Funeral Service of Vinita.
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11 September 1975
QUISTA BOYCE
Quista Michell Boyce, infant daughter of Mr and Mrs Lonnie Boyce, Vinita, passed away Wednesday at a local hospital. Survivors in addition to the parents are maternal grandparents Mr and Mrs Doyle Inman, paternal grandparents Mr and Mrs Ike Boyce and maternal great-grandparents Mr and Mrs John Leforce, all of Vinita.    Graveside services will be held at 10 am Friday in Fairview Cemetery with Rev. Joe Carson officiating.  The Luginbuel Funeral Service of Vinita is in chargeof arrangements.
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August 1972
L. JORDAN
Lewis W. Jordan, 53, of Orange, Calif., died at 1:20 pm Wednesday at his home after a long illness.  He was born May 16, 1919 in Vinita.  His mother, Mrs. Mabel Jordan, preceded him in death one month ago. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Monnie Jordan, of the home and two sisters, Mrs. Richard Breshears and Mrs. Frank Spaulding, both of Vinita.    Funeral services and burial will be held in California.
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August 1972
MRS. FOSTER
Funeral services for Mrs. Hallie Foster, who died Thursday, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Big Cabin United Methodist Church.  Rev. Jay Murphy will officiate.  Interment will be in the Big Cabin Cemetery under the direction of the Luginbuel Funeral Service of Vinita.
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1987
WALKER    
Arthur Walker, 74, formerly of Vinita, died of a heart attack Monday, Dec. 15, 1986 at his home in Twin Falls, Idaho, according to a family friend.
He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Walker and was a graduate of Vinita High School. Walker attended Oklahoma State University and was a retired rancher.  Survivors include his wife, one son, one daughter and two sisters.
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abt 1986
WALKER    
Dick Walker, 78, Vinita, died Tuesday in Craig General Hospital.  He was born on Jan. 26, 1908, at Eucha and attended the Cleora schools. Walker was employed in clearing the basin for the Grand River Dam and was then employed by the REC Electric Co-op, retiring in 1973 after 35 years service as assistant general manager. He was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church, Vinita.  Survivors include his wife, Virgie Walker of the home in Vinita; one daughter, Mrs. Romella Stepp, Dallas, Tex.; three brothers, Carol Walker and Perry Walker, both of California; and Joe Walker, Wyoming; one grandson, Stephen Stepp and one great-grandson, Justin Clay Stepp, both of Mesquite, Tex.    Services for Walker will be held at 10:30 am Thursday, in the Trinity Baptist Church, with the Rev. Will Busch officiating.    Burial will follow in the McLaughlin Cemetery.  Arrangements are by the Luginbuel Funeral Service of Vinita.
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28 October 1987
WALKER
Mrs. Lewis (Geneva) Walker, 73, died early today at her home in Woodland Shores near Cleora.  Mrs. Walker wasa born Aug. 10, 1914. She was a former resident of Wichita, Kan., where she retired from employment at Southwestern Bell Telephone Company.  She moved to Woodland Shores in 1970. Walker was a member of the Eastern Star in Wichita and the Cleora Methodist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Lewis E. Walker, of the home; and an aunt, Delma MIlls, Vista, Calif. Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Lewis (should be Walker) will be held at 10 am Saturday in the McLaughlin Cemetery near Cleora with the Rev. Jack Nester officiating. Arrangements are by the Burckhalter Funeral Home of Vinita.
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1980
WALKER
George A. Walker, former Vinitan, died March 12 in Richland Hills, Texas.  He graduated from Vinita High School in 1943. Survivors include his wife, Janet Walker, two daughters, Anna Walker and Nancy Walker, and one son, Paul Walker, all of the home in Richland Hills, Texas, and two sisters, Mable Walker, Chickasha and Mrs. Jane Spahn, Grand Isle, Neb. Services were held March 14 in Richland, Texas.
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abt February 26, 1980
H. (Hazel) WALKER
Mrs. Hazel Marie Walker, 67, Rt. 1, Welch, died Sunday afernoon in St. Francis Hospital, Tulsa, following a short illness.  She was born Nov. 1, 1912, at Hepler, Kan., and had lived near Welch since 1930.    Mrs. Walker was married to James Leister Walker on April 12, 1930 at Welch.  She was a member of the United Methodist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star No. 153, both in Welch. Survivors include her husband, James Leister Walker, of the home; two sons, James A. Walker, Arlington, Texas and Vernie Ray Walker, Miami; three step-sons, Irvin E. Walker, Rt. 1, Welch, Earnie F. Walker, Welch, and Jess O. Walker, Vinita; one brother, Leslie Buck, Bakersfield, Calif., 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.    Services will be held at 2 pm Wednesday in the United Methodist Church, Welch, with the Revs. Bill Privitt and Harold Neal officiating.  Interment will be in Welch Cemetery under the direction of the Thomas Funeral Home, Welch.
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September 21, 1976
JOHNIE WALKER
Funeral services for Johnie Edward Walker, 74-year-old Miami resident who died Monday, will be held at 2 pm Thursday in the United Methodist Church, Welch.  Rev. Jay Bebee and Rev. Claude Blackford will officiate.  Burial will be in the Welch Cemetery under the direction of the Thomas and Sons Funeral Home, Welch. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight at the funeral home.
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June 23, 1986
WALKER
Lula Mae Walker, 65, Vinita, died Monday morning at her home. She was born on Sept. 21, 1920 and was a housewife. Survivors include one son, Billy Walker, Vinita; three daughters, Tracy Walker, Vinita; Linda Robertson, Grandview, Mo.; and Kathy Jackman; five brothers, Jim Mann and Robert Mann, both of Vinita; Joel Mann, Oklahoma City; Jack Mann, Joplin, Mo; and Richard Mann, Kalamazoo, Mich.; and seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lionel Walker.  Services for Walker are pending and will be announced later by the Luginbuel Funeral Service.
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June 24, 1986
WALKER
Services for Lula Mae Walker, 65, Vinita, will be held at 3:30 pm, Wednesday, in the Luginbuel Funeral chapel.  Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery. Walker died Monday in her home.  She was born on Sept. 21, 1920 and was a housewife.Survivors include one son, Billy Walker, Vinita; three daughters, Tracy Walker, Vinita' Linda Robertson, Grandview, Mo.; and Kathy Jackman; five brothers, Jim Mann and Robert Mann, both of Vinita; Joel Mann, Oklahoma City; Jack Mann, Joplin, Mo.; and Richard Mann, Kalamazoo, Mich.; and seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lionel Walker.
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March 4, 1974
R. WALKER
Robert Lawrence (Balley) Walker, 81, Welch, died at 7:20 pm Saturday in a Miami nursing home after a long illness.    He was born March 17, 1892 in Fayetteville, Ark., and came with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward H. Walker, to Indian Territory by wagon train in 1899 when he was seven years old.  They settled in Welch.    He married Mary Bell Kinnison, June 15, 1913 in Chetopa, Kan.  They lived in Welch until 1939, when they moved to Burbank, Calif.  They returned seven years later to their home 10 miles west of Welch in the Kinnison district.  In 1962, Mr. and Mrs. Walker moved into Welch.  Mrs. Walker died Feb. 17, 1969. Walker, a retired carpenter and cabinetmaker, also did some farming.  He was a member of the Welch Christian Church. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Bernadine Tunnell, Rose, (Oklahoma); Mrs. Helen Cornog, Welch and Mrs. Norma Babst, Oklahoma City; nine grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.    Services will be held at 2:30 pm Tuesday in the Thomas Funeral Home Chapel, Welch.  Rev. Harold Neal will officiate and burial will be in the Walker Cemetery west of Welch.
The family will meet at the home of Mrs. Helen Cornog, 4 1/2 miles east of Welch.
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July 22, 1987
WALKER
Thomas Leroy Walker, 52,Vinita, died Tuesday night at his home after a long illness.  He was born April 4, 1935 in Vinita.  Mr. Walker had been employed as a locksmith at Eastern State Hospital for 21 years.  He was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church.    Survivors include his wife, Shirley Walker, of the home; one son, Bruce P. Walker, Dewey; one daughter, Pam Shellenbarger, Vinita' and four brothers, Charles F. Walker, Billy L. Walker and George A. Walker, all of Vinita; and Donald G. Walker, White Oak. Other survivors include five sisters, Alyce Cordray and Maxine Beisley, both of Vinita; Margaret Hayes, White Oak; Dorothy Hanna, Cleora; and Betty Weaver, Wichita, Kan.; five grandsons, two step-grandsons and one step-granddaughter.
Services for Mr. Walker are pending and will be announced later by the Luginbuel Funeral Service of Vinita.
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July 23, 1987
WALKER
Thomas Leroy Walker, 52, 519 N. Adair St., Vinita, died Tuesday night at his home following an extended illness. Mr. Walker was born April 4, 1935 in Vinita.  He worked as a locksmith at Eastern State Hospital for 21 years.  He was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church.    Survivors include his wife, Shirley Walker, of the home; one daughter, Pam Shellenbarger, Vinita; one son, Bruce P. Walker, Dewey, Okla.; four brothers, Charles F. Walker and Billy L. Walker, both of Vinita; and Donald G. Walker and George A. Walker, both of White Oak. Other survivors include five sisters, Alyce Cordray and Maxine Beisley, both of Vinita; Betty Weaver, Wichita, Ks; Margaret Hayes, White Oak; and Dorothy Hann, Cleora; five grandsons, one step-granddaughter and two step-grandsons.    Funeral services will be held at 1:30 pm Friday in the Luginbuel Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Terry Wise, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, officiating.    Burial will be in the Timpson Chapel Cemetery.  Arrangements are by the Luginbuel Funeral Service of Vinita.
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December 2, 1983
MRS. HORTON
Violet Margaret Horton, 79-year-old former Bluejacket resident, died Thursday morning in a local hospital following a brief illness.  She was born Sept. 9, 1904 in Bluejacket, I.T. to Charles and Pearl Toles Walker.
She was married to Benjamin Franklin Horton on June 6, 1925 in Vinita.  He preceded her in death on May 16, 1982. Mrs. Horton had lived in Bluejacket area most of her life and previously resided in California for 15 years, had lived for the past several years in a local nursing home. She was a housewife and a member of the Church of Christ at Four Corners. Survivors include her sisters, Mrs. Leona Davis, Tulsa; Mrs. Grace Taylor, Bartlesville; and Mrs. Glenora Sherrick, Sullivan, Mo.; and brothers, Clyde Walker, Claremore; and Kenneth Walker, Stratford. Services will be held at 11 am Saturday at the Church of Christ at Four Corners with Roy Miller officiating. Interment will be in Bluejacket Cemetery under the direction of the Thomas Funeral Home, Welch.
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December 1985
PHILLIPS
Mrs. Pearl F. Phillips, 62-year-old Vinitan, died Wednesday night in a local hospital following a long illness.  She was born Jan. 26, 1923 at Kansas City, Kan.      Survivors include her husband, Marvin Philliips of the home at 502 1/2 N. Wilson St; son, Jim Phillips, Ketchum; daughter, Carolyn Hall, Owasso; brothers, Harold L. Huffman, Vinita and Everett R. Huffman, Moore; sisters, Juanita Lathrop, Claremore and Irene Daugherty, Vinita' grandsons, Mike and Marty Hall, Owasso and Eddie Ray and Willie Phillips, Ketchum, and granddaughter, Teresa MacDonald, Anchorage, Alaska.  Services will be held at 1 pm Friday in the Luginbuel Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Will Busch officiating.  Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery.  Arrangements are by the Luginbuel Funeral Service, Vinita.
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May 19, 1987
HOOD
Cecil Howard Hood, 76, Rt. 1, Welch, died Monday at the Coffeyville Regional Medical Center, Coffeyville, Kan., following an extended illness.    He was born Jan. 1, 1911 west of Nowata, the son of Emmet H. and Elizabeth (Kinnison) Hood. He worked as a farmer and rancher and lived in the Welch area most of his life.    Survivors include one son, George Hood, Rt. 1, Welch; one daughter, Norma Loree Greer, Rt. 1, Welch; one brother, J. D. Hood, Rt. 1, Welch; one sister, Emma Webb, Grapevine, Texas; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Thomas Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Harold Neal officiating.  Burial will be in the Walker Cemetery, located northwest of Welch. Friends may visit at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight.  Friends also may call at the Norma Greer residence. Arrangements are by the Thomas Funeral Home of Welch.
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November 15, 1974
HENRY HOOD
Henry Hood, 93-year-old Vinitan, passed away Thursday afternoon in a local nursing home.  Born Oct. 15, 1881, in Rolla, Mo., he was married to Edith Inman on Jan. 1, 1905, in Salem, Mo.  He came to Vinita in 1909.  Mrs. Hood died in 1968. Mr. Hood was a retired carpenter and farmer and held membership in the Southside Church of Christ.    Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Elsie Byrd, Grantie City, Ill., Mrs. Elizabeth Strickland, Bakersfield, Calif., and Mrs. Jeanette Lomax, 338 S. Scraper St.; a sister, Mrs. Sidney Barrow, Wood River, Ill.; 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Luginbuel Funeral Chapel with Mr. __y Miller officiating.  Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of the Luginbuel Funeral Service of Vinita.
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March 31, 1980
Mrs. Hood
Mrs. Nadine Hood, 63-year-old Vinita resident, died Saturday in a Tulsa hospital. She was born nov. 9, 1916 in Vinita and was a member of the First Christian Church.    Mrs. Hood had worked in the insurance department at Craig General Hospital for many years and had been living in Tulsa since July.
Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Betty Meister, Tulsa, and Mrs. Sue Eby, Republic, Mo.; one son, David Hood, St. Charles, Mo.; her mother, Mrs. Vada Lay, Vinita; two sisters, Mrs. Ernestine Bivens, Claremore and Mrs. Elizabeth York, Houston, Texas; two brothers, Clyde Jones, Fort Smith, Ark., and Bob Jones, Tampa, Fla.; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Luginbuel Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Clarence Newby, pastor of the First Christian Church, officiating.
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August 9, 1974
J. Parkison
James Parkison, 64, Independence, Kan., brother of two Vinita residents, passed away at his home Wednesday.    He was born July 14, 1910 in Lincolnville and moved to the Centralia area with his parents as a small child.  He had lived in Independence, Kansas since 1927. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Oma Parkison, of the home; a daughter, Mrs. Bill Taylor, Fredonia, Kan.; four sisters, Mrs. Lennie Ellis and Mrs. Leota Richardson, both of Vinita, and Mrs. Helen Sharpton and Mrs. Becky Trimble, Tulsa; and three grandsons.  Another daughter preceded him in death in 1972.    Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Potts Funeral Home in Independence, Kan., and interment will be in the Indepenedence Cemetery.
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Wednesday, April 30, 1986
ELLIS
Lennie May Ellis, 80, 425 Eleventh St. NE, Miami, died Tuesday at Freeman Hospital in Joplin, Mo., following an extended illness. Mrs. Ellis was a longtime resident of Craig County before moving to Miami in 1973.    She was born Dec. 26, 1906 near Grove, the daughter of Garfield and Lizzie (Ekberg) Parkison.  Mrs. Ellis worked at Eastern State Hospital for many years.  She was  a member of Immanuel Baptist Church, Miami. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Ellis who died April 15, 1967. Survivors include three sons, Burward Ellis, Commerce; Milburn L. Ellis, Madison, Ohio; and Louis Ellis, McCune, Kans.; two daughters, Orletha Gray, Loveland, Col.; and Barbara Praytor, Miami.    Other survivors include three sisters, Leota Richardson, Owasso; Helen Sharpton and Becky Trimbel, both of Tulsa; 16 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Immanuel Baptist Church, Miami, with church pastor Rev. Paul Simpson officiating.  Burial will be in Martin Cemetery, Centralia, under the direction of Jim Thomas & Son Funeral Home, Miami.
The family will be at the Eleventh Street NE address in Miami.
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May 29, 1986 (page 144)
RILEY    
Lois Edie Mae Riley, 58, Chelsea, died Tuesday at the St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa.  She was born Apr. 7, 1928 in Craig County to Hooley and Daisy (Ross) Downing.  Survivors of Riley include her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hooley Downing, Chelsea; four brothers, Hooley Downing, Jr., Vinita; Arthur Downing, Chelsea; Grady Downing, Oklahoma City; and Hershell Downing, Nowata. Riley also has five surviving sisters:  Clara Banks, Vinita; Mary Bailey, Nancy Downing and Rosetta Bowlin, all of Chelsea; and Luella Russel, Warchester, Mass.    Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday in the Seaman-Blanke Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.  Burial will be in the Shday Grove Cemetery, Chelsea, under the direction of the Seaman-Blanke Funeral Service of Chelsea.
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February 1973    
E. CATLIN
Funeral services for Eugene L. Catlin, who passed away Friday, were held at 3:30 p.m. today in the Luginbuel Funeral Chapel with Rev. Charles McBee officiating.  Burial was in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of the Luginbuel Funeral Service of Vinita.
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April 9, 1977
K. HOWARD
Kenneth "Harold" Howard, 54-year-old Ketchum area resident, died Saturday in a local hospital.  Born Nov. 15, 1924, west of Ketchum, Howard was a farmer and member of the Craig County Baptist Church. He moved to Vinita in March 1978 and had formerly lived in  California and Colorado. He was preceded in death by his son, Kenneth Harold Howard, Jr., in 1961, and by one brother, Noble C. Howard in 1978. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Beverly J. Howard, of the home on Rt. 2, Vinita; six daughters, Peggy Jones, Las Vegas, Nev., Mrs. Dianna Rosenberg and Margaret Howard, both of Lafayette, Colo., Mrs. Kathleen Behnke, Hygiene, Colo., and Mrs. Linda Timmons and Mrs. Patricia Butz, both of Denver, Colo.; one brother, Wendell Howard, Afton; five sisters, Mrs. Maxine Scroggins, Las Vegas, Nev., Mrs. Margaret Catlin, San Antonio, Texas, Mrs. Bette Davis, Catoosa, Mrs. Jacquelyn Grubbs, Tulsa, and Mrs. Donna Lipe, Jenks and four grandchildren.    Services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Luginbuel Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Claude Strong, pastor of the Craig County Baptist Church, officiating.    Interment will be in Ketchum Cemetery under the direction of the Luginbuel Funeral Home, Vinita. Howard will lie in state until 1:45 p.m. Tuesday in the Luginbuel Funeral Home.
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January 3, 1986
WILSON
Mrs. Laura Joann Haskins Wilson died Dec. 28 at Halstead Hosital in Halstead, KA. She was born on Dec. 26, 1901 at Meno, IT, the daughter of Will and Lillie Haskins. She was married to Fred Wilson on March 30, 1924.  He preceded her in death. In 1960, Mrs. Wilson moved to Vinita to be close to her sister Blanche Gregory.  She worked as a salesclerk retiring at age 64. She is survived by one son Monte Wilson, Colwich, KA, one sister, Blanche Gregory, Locust Grove, two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Graveside services were held Monday at the Highland Cemetery in Medicine Lodge, KA with Dr. Rick Frisbie officiating.
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September 18, 1974
MRS. LOLLAR
Mrs. Cecil Lollar, 62, El Dorado Springs, Mo., died Tuesday of an apparent heart attack. She was born Nov. 14, 1911, in Craig County and was a 1930 graduate of Vinita High School.  She formerly taught school at Ketchum and Pensacola.  Mrs. Lollar had been a teacher for 45 years and had taught school on the day of her death. Survivors include her husband, Claude Lollar, of the home in El Dorado Springs, Mo.; a son, C. E. Lollar, who lives in Colorado; a daughter, Claudine Reynolds, El Dorado Springs; five sisters, Jackie Grubbs and Donna Lipe, both of Tulsa, Betty Davis, Catoosa, Margaret Catlin, San Antonio, Tex., and Maxine Scroggins, Las Vegas, Nev.; and three brothers, Noble Howard, Rt. 2, Vinita, Wendell Howard, Rt. 2, Afton, and Harold Howard, Montague, Calif. Services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Thursday in El Dorado Springs, Mo., with interment in a cemetery there.
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August 18, 1975
Amos Lalicker
Amos Monroe Lalicker, 76, Rt. 2, Chetopa, Kan., northeast of Welch, passed away at 4:30 a.m. Saturday in a Miami hospital after a two-day illness.He was born Dec. 14, 1898 in Lincoln County, I.T., and came with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel F. Lalicker, to Mound Valley, Kan., when he was three years old.    In 1916, he moved to Craig County and had lived here most of his life.  He married Melva Cordelia Martin on Aug. 6, 1921, in Vinita and was employed at the Banta Construction Co., Enid.    Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Melva Lalicker, of the home; two sons, Gerald M. Lalicker, Rt. 2, Chetopa, and Kenneth Lalicker, Enid; two brothers, William L. Lalicker, Medicine Lodge, Kan., and Everett M. Lalicker, Bend, Ore.; five grandchildren, one great-grandchild and four step-grandchildren.    Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Thomas Funeral Home Chapel, Welch, with Rev. Lloyd Carder officiating.  Interment will be in Welch Cemetery.
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February 28, 1986
GREGORY
Blanche Gregory, 89-year-old long-time Vinitan, died Thursday at Locust Grove.  She was a member of the Pilgrim PresbyterianChurch and the widow of Bert Gregory. Services are pending and will be announced by the Burckhalter Funeral Home, Vinita.
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March 25, 1987
Couch
Leonard M. Couch, 66, 417 N. Vann St., Vinita, died late Tuesday night in the Claremore Indian Hospital. Mr. Couch was born Aug. 27, 1920 at Vinita and worked as a carpenter and general construction worker here until his retirement in 1982. A member of the Calvary Baptist Church of Vinita, he married Mary Jane Patterson on Nov. 1, 1941. Survivors include his wife, Mary Jane, of the home in Vinita; two sons, James and Larry Couch, both of Vinita; two daughters, Priscilla Smith, Longview, Tex.; and Linda Chanley, Claremore; four sisters, Lillie Bennington, Marble Falls, Tex.; Della LeGate, Hereford, Tex.; LaDon Wilson, Umatilla, Ore.; and Wilma Rich, Garden City, Kan.; and 10 grandchildren. Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the Luginbuel Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Terry Wise and Rev. Joe Coppedge officiating.  Burial will be in the Pheasant Hill Cemetery.
Friends are giving to the American Cancer Society. Luginbuel Funeral Service of Vinita is in charge of arrangements.
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September 20, 1979(picture)
William Curnutte,    Prominent business leader dies
William E. "Bill" Curnutte, prominent Vinita businessman, was stricken suddenly and died of an apparent massive heart attack at his home around 11:30 Wednesday night.    Curnutte, who was president of C&L Supply Company, had been in business here since January 1946.  Besides activities in local organizations, he was also a member of the National Distributor Council for both the Boise Cascade Cabinet division and Modern Maid appliances. Born July 12, 1921, at Picher, Curnutte served in the U.S. Army in World War II and the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Vinita Masonic Lodge No. 5 and was extremely active in Masonic work.    Curnutte was also a member of the Tulsa Scottish Rite Consistory and the Tulsa Akdar Temple Shrine, plus being current president of the Craig County Shrine Club. One of his latest projects for the Shrine Club was to help organize and name the "Scamps" a parade unit composed of local Shriners.    Curnutte was also a member of the Vinita Lions Club and the First Baptist Church of Vinita.    Survivors include his wife, Genevieve, of the home at 115 Jenny Lane; one son, Mark Curnutte, Tulsa; two daughters, Mrs. Kathy Kidd, Vinita, and Mrs. Marcia Vinyard, Tulsa, and six grandchildren.    Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Ron Hunt, pastor of the First Baptist Church officiating.    Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of the Luginbuel Funeral Service.
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February 11, 1982
Curnutte
Harry G. Curnutte, 79-year-old Vinita resident, died early today in a Vinita nursing home. He was born April 28, 1902 at St. Clair City, Mo., and had been employed as a carpenter.    Survivors include his widow, Gladys Curnutte, Vinita; one son, Vernon Lee Curnutte, Bluejacket; one brother Oscar Curnutte, Tulsa, and seven grandchildren.    Graveside services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. in Welch Cemetery with the Rev. Ray C. Newman officiating.  Arrangements are by the Luginbuel Funeral Home, Vinita.
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November 2, 1976
Hattie Riley
Mrs. Hattie Delilah Riley, 65-year-old Welch resident, died shortly after arrival at a Miami hospital.  She had been ill two weeks.    Mrs. Riley was born Dec. 17, 1910 in Talala.  She lived in Welch for 41 years. Mrs. Riley married Earnest Riley on March 27, 1936 in Vinita.  She and her husband lived on a farm until 11 years ago when they moved to Welch.  She was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church, south of Edna, Kan. Survivors include her husband, Ernest Riley, of the home in Welch; three sons, Archie Riley and Marvin Riley, both of Edna, Kan., and Willard Riley, Welch; one daughter, Mrs. Norman Foster, Rt. 2, Coffeyville, Kan.; one brother, John Hubbard, Texas; two sisters, Mrs. Ida Haecker, Lindsey, Calif., and Mrs. Eliza Vaulk, California and nine grandchildren.    Funeral services are pending and will be announced later by the Thomas Funeral Home, Welch.
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1980
E. Riley
Ernest Clarence Riley, 79-year-old Welch resident, died Thursday morning at his home.  He wasa born Jan. 13, 1901, near Welch, I.T. Riley was married to Hattie Deliah Hubbard on March 28, 1936 in Vinita.  She preceded him in death on Nov. 1, 1976.    He and his wife lived on a farm northwest of Welch until his retirement in 1965 when they moved into Welch. Riley was a farmer and stockman and belonged to the Bethel Baptists Church, South Edna, Kan.
Survivors include three sons, Archie W. Riley and Marvin D. Riley, both of Edna, Kan., and Willard Riley, Welch; one daughter, Mrs. Norma F. Foster, Coffeyville, Kan.; one brother, Roy Riley, rural Vinita; one sister, Mrs. Gracie Harrah, Lemorre, Calif., and 10 grandchildren.    Services are pending and will be announced later by the Thomas Funeral Home, Welch.
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1980
E. Riley
Services for Ernest Clarence Riley, 79-year-old Welch resident who died Thursday were held at 2 p.m. today at the Thomas Funeral Home in Welch.
The Rev. Harold Neal officiated and interment was in Walker Cemetery, west of Welch.  Arrangements were by the Thomas Funeral Home, Welch.
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February 1973
Mrs. Abbott
Funeral services for Mrs. Letha Vera Abbott, who died Friday, were conducted at 2 p.m. today at the Burckhalter Memorial Chapel.  Rev. Lloyd Crawford, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Jay, officiated.  Interment was in the Bluejacket Cemetery under the direction of the Burckhalter Funeral Home of Vinita.
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December 16, 1976
Mary Adair
Mary L. Adair, 78-year-old Vinita resident, died early today in a local hospital.Mrs. Adair was born Sept. 12, 1898 in Banner, Miss., and came to Vinita from Pomona, Calif.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Bedford Adair, on Feb. 16, 1974. Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. J. M. Manning, Vinita and Mrs. Lillit Powell, Siloam Springs, Ark., and three brothers, John Hipp, Calhoun City, Miss., Mallom Hipp, Siloam Springs, and Edwin Hipp, Memphis, Tenn. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the Luginbuel Funeral Chapel with Rev. Joe Carson officiating.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, under the direction of the Luginbuel Funeral Service, Vinita.
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March 8, 1980
Mrs. Adams
Mrs. Edith Adams, 100-year-old Vinitan, died Tuesday afternoon at her home.  She was born Feb. 23, 1880 at Grand River, I.T.  Mrs. Adams came to Vinita in 1898. Survivors include three sons, Fred Adams, Wichita, Kan., Raymond Adams, Vinita, and Andrew Adams, Tucson, Ariz.; four daughters, Almeta Adams, Mrs. Lois Ryan and Mrs. Jessie Smith, all of Vinita, and Mrs. Ida Hodo, Tulsa; three sisters, Mrs. Emily George, Detroit, Mich., Mrs. Juanita Johnson, Des Moines, Iowa, and Mrs. Nancy Hickle, Muskogee; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and two nieces, Flossie Cole and Velma Allen, both of Buffalo, N.Y.
Services will be held Friday at 1:30 p.m. in the Luginbuel Funeral Chapel.  Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of the Luginbuel Funeral Home, Vinita.
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May 15, 1979
J. Apperson
James Andrew "Andy" Apperson, 12-year-old Edna, Kan., youth, was killed Sunday in a car accident. Born Nov. 15, 1966 in Coffeyville, Kan., James was a sixth grade student at Edna Elementary School.  He was an active member of the Leib 4-H Club, in addition to baseball, basketall and wrestling.
Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James R. Apperson, one brother, Charles Eric, and one sister, Deborah Denise, all of the home in Edna, Kan., and grandparents Boyd Apperson, Welch, and Mrs. Olive Spurgeon, Oswego, Kan.
Services will be held Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the United Methodist Church, Edna, Kan., with the Revs. Ken Rogers and don Williams officiating.  Interment will be in Lake Creek Cemetery near Bartlett, Kan. Friends may contribute to a memorial fund at the First State Bank, Edna, Kan.
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February 8, 1980
L. Asbury
Laura Waynel Asbury, 10, Waco, Texas, was killed in a car accident Jan. 19 near Clifton, Texas.  Miss Asbury was born May 27, 1969. Survivors include her father, Larry Asbury, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Asbury, all of Vinita.    Services were held Jan. 21 in Clifton, Texas.
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July 7, 1986
ADAMS
Frank Marion Adams, 74, Chelsea, died Sunday at the Nowata Hospital.  Mr. Adams was born April 12, 1912 in Rogers County to the late Robert Lee and Ciola (Chance) Adams.  He was a member of the Baptist Church and was a former Vinita resident.    Survivors include his wife, Edna Lee, of the home in Chelsea; a son,David Adams,Miami; daughters, Frances Cox, Ark City, Kan.; Twyla Salidar and Glenda Pezzella, both of Birginia Beach, Va.; Marilyn Johnston, Rita Wallis and Merri Tadych, all of Chelsea; Gloria Farbro, Mannford; and Lana Heath, Bartlesville. Also surviving are two sisters, Jane Bailey and Arta Dixon, both of Denver, Col.; 16 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.  A son, George Robert Adams, (it doesn't finish that
sentence).    Graveside funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Chelsea Cemetery, under direction of the Burckhalter Funeral Home, Vinita.
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1980
Mrs. Adams
Mrs. Goldie Adams, 69-year-old Vinitan, died early today in a Tulsa hospital after a long illness.    She was born Oct. 18, 1910 at Ketchum.  She was a member of the North Side Church of Christ in Vinita.    Her husband, Luther Adams, preceded her in death Aug. 7, 1978. Survivors include one brother, Floyd Land, Vinita; one step-son, Marvin Adams, San Antonio, Texas, and numerous nieces and nephews.    Services are set for Monday at 11 a.m. in the Luginbuel Funeral Home Chapel with Joe Denney, pastor of the North Side Church of Christ, officiating.  Interment will be at Ketchum Cemetery with arrangements directed by Luginbuel Funeral Service, Vinita.
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February 12, 1987
Anderson
A long illness recently claimed the life of D. French Anderson, 83, Tulsa, an early employee of the Grand River Dam Authority in Vinita. Mr. Anderson was a retired chief of operations of the Southwestern Power Administration (SPA).  He was assigned to the Grand River Pensacola project soon after its approval and remained here until 1943.  He then joined SPA and retired from that post in 1968. He was awarded the silver medal and a citation from the Department of the Interior a month after his retirement for meritorious service, the department's second highest award.    He is survived by his wife, LaVere, who was an active member of the Vinita chapter of American Association of University Women during the Anderson's stay here.  She also authored children's books in recent years, copies of which are in the Vinita Public Library.    Other survivors include two daughters, Jessica M. Nidiffer and Audry Thixton, both of Tulsa; and one son, W. French Anderson, Bethesda, Md.    Private funeral services were held Tuesday in Tulsa.
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October 9, 1974
Lester Adams
Lester Adams, 82, a former Joplin, Mo., resident, died at 12:15 p.m. in a Tulsa hospital, following an extended illness.    Born May 31, 1892 in Lebanon, Mo., he had lived in Tulsa for three years.  He was a retired railroad employee and a member of the Joplin Heights Baptist Church. He is survived by one stepson, Charles W. Benton, Tulsa, and a niece, Mrs. Mary Trippitoe, Neosho, Mo.    Services were planned for 1:30 p.m. today in Joplin, with burial in Highland Park Cemetery at Pittsburg, Kan., under the direction of Thomas Funeral Home of Welch.
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December 20, 1974
George Ahrens
George C. (Pat) Ahrens, 59, 611 Pecan St., Chetopa, Kan., passed away at 6:55 a.m. today in a Joplin medical center.  He had been ill for six months.
He was born Nov. 19, 1915, on Rt. 2, Chetopa, northwest of Welch, and married Ora Brown on Jan. 21, 1939 in Norman.  He was employed by the Chetopa Implement Company until last August when poor health forced his retirement.    Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Ora Ahrens, of the home; two sons, George C.Ahrens, Jr., Chetopa, and Claude M. Ahrens, stationed with the U.S. Navy in Tokyo, Japan; a daughter, Mrs. Barbara Broyles, Neosho, Mo.; one stepson, Woody McMahan, Houston, Tex.; five brothers, Jewell Ahrens, Fullerton, Calif., Neville Ahrens, Picher, John E. Ahrens, Glendale, Calif., Dennis Ahrens, Paris, Calif., and Delta Ahrens, Chetopa.
Others surviving are four sisters, Mrs. Pearl Manford, Grandview, Mo., Mrs. Ruby Rometti, San Francisco, Calif., Mrs. Nona Houck, Pierce City, Mo., and Mrs. Roberta Anderson, Norman; three grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.    Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced later by the Thomas Funeral Home of Welch.
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September 2, 1986
Howard
Services for Lydia M. Howard, 76, Vinita, were held today in the Stumpff Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Dave Hammonds officiating.  Burial followed in the Memorial Cemetery, Bartlesville. Howard died Thursday, Aug. 28, in Craig General Hospital. She was born March 12, 1913, at Pineville, Mo. to the late Albert and Edith (Shira) Akehurst. She married Christopher Howard in the early 1930s and the couple made their home in Bartlesville.  howard became a nurse's aid in 1950 and worked in that capacity until her retirement in 1962. Howard lived in Bartlesville until 1983 when she moved to Vinita.    She was a lifetime member of the World War I Auxiliary and a member of the Woodland Church of Christ, Bartlesville. Survivors include one son, John Howard, Locust Grove; two daughters, Mrs. Ann Sherrill, Vinita; and Betty L. Gray, Salina,  Kan.; three brothers, Wallace Akehurst, Neosho, Mo.; Grover Akehurst, Granby, Mo.; and Earl Akehurst, Ada; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Christopher Howard, who died in April 1973.
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April 20,1988
Shank
Ola Dell Shank, 87, former Vinita resident, died Friday, April 15, 1988 at the Seiling, Okla. hospital.    Mrs. Shank was born May 6, 1900 at White Oak, Indian Territory, the daughter of John and Mattie Sweatman.    She married Roy Shank on June 15, 1920 at Nowata.  The couple made their first home in Vinita.  Mr. Shank was employed by Phillips Petroleum. In 1935, the couple moved to Moore, Okla. where they lived until 1953 when they moved to Borger, Texas.  Mr. Shank retired from Phillips Petroleum in 1962 and the couple moved to a farm southeast of Seiling. The Shanks were charter members of the First Baptist Church in Seiling. Survivors include three sons, Carl Shank, Seiling; Dale Shank, New York, N.Y.; and Perry Shank, Woodward; two daughters, Minnilee Shank, Boulder Creek, Calif.; and Betty Nan Shank, Redwood City, Calif.; two brothers, John Sweatman, hot Springs, Ark.; and Bud Sweatman, Bartlesville; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, who died on Sept. 1, 1985; one brother; three sisters; and one grandson.
Funeral services for Mrs. Shank were held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 18 in the First Baptist Church, Seiling, with the Rev. Clayton Conley officiating.  Burial followed in the Munice Cemetery located southeast of Seiling. The Redinger Funeral Home of Seiling was in charge of arrangements.
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February 1975
Dolly Byroad
Mrs. Dolly Byroad, 55-year-old former Craig Countian, died Wednesday in Huron, S.D., hospital after a long illness. She was born Jan. 16, 1920 in Craig County and attended school at Kelly and White Oak. Survivors include her husband, Edward Byroad, of the home in St. Lawrence, S.D.; her mother, Mrs. J. D. Millhollon, 547 N. Gunter St.; four sisters, Mrs. Anna Hudson, Omaha, Neb., Ida Love, Claremore; Willa Millhollon, Denver, Colo.; and Laura Shearhart, 407 N.Gunter St. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced later by Rick Funeral Home, Miller, S.D.  Interment will be in St. Lawrence.
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October 7, 1975
Rosa Dupree
Rosa W. Dupree, 81, 570 N. Smith St., died Monday afternoon in a local hospital after a week's illness.  She had been in ill health the past few months. She was the widow of Wright Dupree who died Oct. 9, 1964.  Mrs. Dupree was born Jan. 12, 1894 near Pryor, I.T., the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. I. J. Wright.  The family lived for a time in Siloam Springs, Ark., and moved to Centralia about 1907.  She began teaching at the age of 16, in the old Scott community which later became Bunker Hill.  She also taught at Centralia, Banner, Dupree, Shanahan, and Couch schools.  During World War II she taught in the Wayside and Cobb Districts.  She was a past president of the Craig County Home Demonstration (now Extension Homemakers) Council and of the Woman's Missionary Union of First Baptist Church.  In 1959, she and Mr. Dupree helped organize the Dupree Baptist Church, and she remained active in the church until her final illness.  Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Frances Frost, Mrs. Emma Rose Moore, and Mrs. Mary Jo Jones, all of Vinita; one brother, Clegg I. Wright, Independence, Kans., and three sisters, Mrs. Grace Horrell, Louisville, Ky.; Mrs. Cora Connor, Riverside, Calif., and Mrs. Mabell Burnett, Tulsa, and eight grandchildren.  Her son, Louis W. Dupree, died in 1943 while serving in the army in El Paso, Tex.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the First Baptist Church.  Rev. Clifford Stevens, pastor of the Dupree church, will officiate, assisted by Rev. Charles McBee, First Baptist pastor.  Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery under direction of the Burckhalter Funeral Home.
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1983
Gray
George C. Gray, long-time Vinita resident, died Saturday at a local hospital following a long illness.  He was born Aug. 1, 1892, and was a native of Boone County, Ark.  Gray had been a resident of the Vinita area since 1926.  Gray was a retired farmer and carpenter and a member of the Dupree Baptist Church.  Survivors include his wife, Bertha, of the home at 239 1/2 N. Scraper; a daughter, Madge Bennett, Buffalo, Mo.; his sons, Roy Gray, Downey, Calif., and Ross, Vinita; a half-brother, Houston Gray, Napa, Idaho; six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by three daughters.  Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Burckhalter Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Clifford Stevens officiating.  Interment will be in Timpson Chapel Cemetery.  Arrangements are by the Burckhalter Funeral Home.
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April 19, 1974
F. Dupree
Fred L. Dupree, 78, a native of Vinita, died Sunday night in Carson, Calif., following a heart attack.  He had been in ill health for some time.  Born Aug. 20, 1896, he was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Dupree, pioneer Vinitans.  He attended Vinita schools and in 1916 married Miss Winnie Scott, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. L. R. Scott of Vinita.  He was employed in the old Sinclair refinery here and later worked at Coffeyville, Kan., and Tulsa Sinclair plants before moving to California in the 1940s.  Injuries sustained in a refinery accident there forced his retirement several years later.  Survivors include his widow, of the home; four sons, Robert, Jim and Gene, all of the Los Angeles area and John, Sacramento; three sisters, Mrs. H. J. Hill of Vinita, Mrs. D. E. Hall of Englewood, Colo., and Mrs. Foster Smith of Eagle, Colo.  Services and burial will be Thursday in San Pedro, Calif.
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 Vinita, Ok Daily Journal, Sept 20, 1994.
RICHARDSON:  Violet Richardson, former area resident, died Monday, Sept 19, 1994 in Pryor.  She was born Jan 2, 1899 in Ketchum.  She married Claude Richardson on April 11, 1919.  She was preceded in death by her husband on Jan. 17, 1983; a son, Claude Everett Richardson on May 7, 1990; and one grandson, Tommy Lee Kay, on July 29, 1986.  Survivors include three daughters:  Gulah Stilley of Modesto, Calif., Wanda Kay of Oklahoma City and Verda Hert of Adair; and eight grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.  Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept 21, at Keys Funeral Home in Pryor, with Rev. Eugene Kay officiating.  Interment will be in Ghormley Cemetery under the direction of Keys Funeral Home of Pryor.
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Vinita (Ok) Daily Journal,
Wednesday, July 18, 2001

Skillman
Mrs. Dora Skillman, 95 year-old widow of John O. Skillman, resident of Vinita and longtime resident of Big Cabin, passed away Tuesday morning, July 17, 2001 at Rosewood Terrace Care Center.  Mrs. Skillman was born on November 16, 1905 in Pensacola, Okla.  She was the daughter of Phillip Albert “Bert” and Dortha “Dollie” (Clemens) Flock.  She and John Oliver “Skelly” Skillman were united in marriage on July 8, 1933 in Big Cabin and made their home there.  She worked briefly during the war and spent most of her time working with her husband, training bird dogs.  They crossed the United Staes and Canada training dogs.  Mr. Skillman preceded her in death on July 24, 1977.  She mad moved to Vinita in the early 1980s.  She loved to ride horses, garden and look after her family of brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.  She is survived by two sisters, Gladys Carroll and Aretha Turner, both of Vinita and numerous nieces and nephews.  her husband, parents, a sister, Cora Macon, three brothers Tom,Bill and Claude Flock and a special nephew, Billy H.Flock, preceded her in death.  Funeral services for Mrs. Skillman will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 19, 2001 in the chapel of Luginbuel Funeral Home of Vinita with Bro. Roy Miller and Rev. Eugene Kay officiating.  Burial will be on the family plot of Big Cabin Cemetery under the direction of Luginbuel Funeral Home.  memorials may be made to the Timberhill Church of Christ or Otterbein United Methodist Church.

The Daily Times, Pryor Creek, Oklahoma,
Wednesday, July 18, 2001, page 3

Dora Skillman
 Funeral services for Dora Skillman, 95, of Vinita, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the chapel of the Luginbuel Funeral Home of Vinita.  The Rev. Eugene Kay and Brother Roy Miller will officiate.  Burial will follow on the family plot of the Big Cabin Cemetery.  Services are under the direction of Luginbuel Funeral Home.  Skillman was born Nov. 16, 1905 in Pensacola to Phillip Albert "Bert" and Dortha "Dollie" (Clemens) Flock.  She died July 17, 2001 at Rosewood Terrace Care Center.  She married John Oliver "Skelly" Skillman on June 9, 1933 in Big Cabin and made their home there.  She worked briefly during the war but spent most of her time working with her husband training bird dogs.  They crossed the Unisted States and Canada training dogs.  She had moved to Vinita in the early 1980s.  She loved to ride horses, garden and look after her family of brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.  Survivors include her two sisters Gladys Carroll and Artha Turner both of Vinita; and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband on July 27, 1977; her parents; sister Cora Macon; brothers Tom, Bill and Claude Flock and special nephew Billy Flock.  Memorials may be made to the Timberhill Church of Christ or Otterbein United Methodist Church.



Vinita Ok Daily Journal
August 14, 1975

Mrs. Loffelholz

Mrs. Della Irene Loffelholz, 57-year-old former Vinitan, died Wednesday at her residence in Bartlesville.  Born Sept. 4, 1917, at Centralia, she was united in marriage with Laurence Loffelholz on Aug. 11, 1936 in Nowata.  They made their home in Vinita until 1945, when they moved to Chouteau.  They moved to Bartlesville in 1955.  She was a member of St. john’s Catholic Church in Bartlesville, and of the St. John’s Altar Society.  Mrs. Loffelholz worked as a ladies auxiliary at memorial Hospital, Bartlesville.  She was preceded in death by one son, Larry Edward Loffelholz.  Survivors include the husband, of the home; two sons, Charles Loffelholz, Wann, and Bob Loffelholz, Bartlesville; two daughters, mrs. Irene Woodall, Vinita, and Mrs. Carolyn Saunders, Miami; two sisters, Mrs. Belle Altebaumer and Mrs. Nina Smith, both of Miami; eight brothers, Otis Miller, Alfred Miller and Omer Miller, all of Centralia, Charles Miller and Jimmie Miller, both of Bartlesville, Arthur Miller and C. B. Miller, both of Miami, and Johnny Miller, Chetopa, Kan.; her mother, Mrs. Mary Miller, Bartlesville and seven grandchildren.  Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. John’s Catholic Church with Fr. Lee O’Neil as celebrant.  Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery, Vinita, with Fr. Benedict D’Angelo officiating.  Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Friday in the Stumpff Funeral Home, Bartlesville, which is in charge of funeral arrangements.

June 23, 1972
Roscoe Thorpe

Roscoe Marion Thorpe, 67, passed away at 10:15 a.m. Thursday in a Joplin, Mo hospital.  He was born Aug. 10, 1904 in Belmont, Indian Territory and had been an Afton area resident for the past 45 years.  He was a member of the Sac-Fox Indian tribe and a half-brother to Jim Thorpe, the famous athlete.  Thorpe retired two years ago from school bus driving.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Afton.  Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Eva Thorpe, of the home in Afton; three sons, Marion Thorpe, of San Deigo, Calif; Jim Thorpe, of Newport, Ore., and Don Thorpe, of Joplin, Mo., and seven grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Afton Assembly of God Church with Rev. Charles Talbert officiating.  Interment will be in the Sixkiller Cemetery south of Afton under the direction of the Birks Funeral Home of Afton.

February 24, 1962
Dingman Rites Pending
Services are pending here for Mrs. Rena C. Dingman, 82-year-old former Vinita resident who died early Friday in a Tulsa hospital after a three-week illness.  The Burckhalt Funera Home is in charge.

August 1972
Homer Jones
Homer H. Jones, 73, died Thursday at a local hospital following a long illness.  He was born April 11, 1899 in Howell County, Missouri and had been a resident of Vinita for the past 25 years.  Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. T. R. Cline of Okemah; three brothers, H. E. Jones, of Tulsa, H. D. Jones, of Longview, Tex., and J. W. Jones of Duncan; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the Buchanan Funeral Home in Okmulgee. Local arrangements were under the direction of the Burckhalter Funeral Home of Vinita.

August 1975
Laura Daniels
Mrs. Laura Daniels, 94-year-old mother of Mrs. Frances Brown, Vinita, passed away Monday in a Tulsa hospital. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced later by the Luginbuel Funeral Home of Vinita.

August 1975
Laura Daniels
Services for Laura N. Daniels, former Craig County resident, were held at 2 p.m today in the LuginbuelChapel, with interment in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Luginbuel Funeral Service of Vinita.  A dinner will be served at the First Baptist Church following services.

August 20, 1975
Laura Daniels
Laura N. Daniels, 94-year-old former Craig Countian, passed away Monday in a Tulsa hospital.  She was born March 30, 1881 in Springfield, Mo., and lived near Strang for many years before moving to Sand Springs 26 years ago.  Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Frances Brown, Vinita, and Mrs. Catherine Thompson and Mrs. Dorothy Dixon, both ofDetroit, Mich.; three sons, Ralph Daniels, Tulsa, Marshall Daniels, Wichita, Kan., and Emery Daniels, Detroit, Mich.; 18 grandchildren, 76 great-grandchildren and 37 great-great-grandchildren.  Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the Luginbuel Funeral Chapel, with Rev. H. J. Jones, Sand Springs and Rev. J. Castina Jackson, Tulsa officiating.  Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Luginbuel Funeral Serivce.

August 15, 1974
Floyd Gleason
Floyd Gleason, 73-year-old Vinita resident, died suddenly early today in his home.  Born january 15, 1901 in Vinita, Indian Territory, he had lived in Vinita all his life except ten years when he worked at a dairy in St. Louis, Mo.  Gleason was a retired farmer and rancher.  Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Marguerite Gleason, of the home at Rt. 1 Vinita, two sons, Robert Gleason, Vinita, and Rodney Gleason, Lowland, Mich., and seven grandchildren.  Services are pending and will be announced later by Luginbuel Funeral Service of Vinita.

August 1975
George Lawson
George (Tudor) Lawson, 48, passed away Thursday in a Tulsa hospital after a two-year illness.  Born Oct 2, 1926 in Vinita, he was employed by the city water department.  He was a veteran of World War II.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Lawson of the home 622 N. Gunter St.; two daughters, Mrs. Bobbi Faye Harper, Salina, and Mrs. Linda Melson, Chelsea; three sons, Joe Lawson, David Lawson and Tom Lawson, all of the home; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Casey Lawson, V inita’ three brothers, Bob Lawson, H. A. Lawson and Kenneth Lawson, all of Vinita; three sisters, Mrs. June Archer, Bartlesville, Mrs. Arlis Griffin, Oologah and Norma McNeely, Vinita and one grandchild.  Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Luginbuel Funeral Chapel with Rev. Charles McBee officiating.  Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery with arrangements directed by the Luginbuel Funeral Service of Vinita.  A memorial fund has been established in Mr. Lawson’s name.  Contributions may be made at the First National Bank, Oklahoma State Bank or the city clerk’s office in Vinita.

Mrs. Williams
Mrs. Straucie Lee Williams, 75, a lifetime resident of the Vinita area, died at her home at 1 p.m. Thursday.  She had returned home that morning after being hospitalized.  She was born Feb. 9, 1900 in the old Estella community west of Vinita, I.T. and lived in Big Cabin with her husband, Omer Williams, a former Craig County commissioner, at the time of her death.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Big Cabin.  Surviving in addition to her husband are a daughter, Dorothy Vaughan, Broken Arrow; a brother, Kenneth Fields,San Antonio, Tex.; a sister, Mrs. Joe Lay, Rt 4, Vinita and three grandsons.  Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the First Baptist Church of Big Cabin, with Rev. Jay Murphy officiating.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of the Burckhalter Funeral Home of Vinita.

August 1975
Mrs. Boggs
Mrs. Caroly Mae Spaulding Boggs, 39, was killed by a gunshot wound Thursday evening in Renton, Wash.  Mrs. Boggs was born June 9, 1944 in Vinita and had lived here until the late 1940s when she moved to Ada.  She later moved to the Renton-Seattle area, where she was employed by the Boeing Aircraft Corporation.  Survivors include two sons, Donnie Boggs and Bennie Boggs, both of the home in Renton; her father, Ausmond Spaulding, Skiatook; two sisters, Mrs. Marily Cook and Janet Baldwin, both of Skiatook; two brothers, Jack Spaulding, Del City and Ben Spaulding, San Diego, Calif.; and her aunt, Mrs. Virginia Mae Archer, Claremore.  The body arrived in Vinita this morning and graveside services were conducted at 2 p.m. today in the Fairview Cemetery.  Rev. Bill Martin, Baptist minister from Del City, officiated.  The Burckhalter Funeral Services were in charge. (Last two sentences very faint.)

1975 (August?)
Roy Morgan
Roy Oliver Morgan, 86, Welch, was dead on arrival at 1:45 a.m. today at Bradshaw Memorial Hospital, Miami, of an apparent heart attack.  Born June 1, 1911 in Fairview District, northeast of Welch, Morgan lived near Welch his entire life.  He was united in marriage with the former Naloma Phillips, March 14, 1930 in Vinita.  He was a retired farmer-stockman and a member of the Baptist Church.  Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Naloma Morgan, of the home; one son, Leroy Morgan, Chetopa, Kans.; one daughter, Mrs. Bertha Ruth Lewis, Neosho, Mo.; two brothers, Raymond Morgan, Vinita and Porter Morgan, Chetopa, Kans.; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Thomas Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Eddie McFall officiating.  Burial will be in the Williams Cemetery, east of Welch.  Arrangements are under the direction of Thomas Funeral Home, Welch.

May 28, 1974
H. Harding
Hobert A. Harding, a 55-year-old former Langley resident died Friday night in a Kansas City, Mo., hospital.  Born July 9, 1918, he had lived in Blue Springs, Neb., for the past few years.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during World War II.  Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Margarette Harding of the home in Blue Springs; three daughters, Wanda Harding and Debbie Williams, both of Kansas City, Mo, and Ruth Ann Waldon, Bell, Calif.; two sons, Hobert Harding Jr., Kansas City, Mo and Randy Harding, now serving in the armed forces; two stepdaughters, Carrie Young and Nancy Williams, both of Kansas City; three sisters, Mrs. Arzilla Rains, Claremore, Mrs. Thelma Parrish, Sapulpa and Mrs. Fern Barnes, Bluejacket and 12 grandchildren.  Services were held at 2 p.m. today in the Luginbuel Funeral Chapel.  Interment was in Military Cemetery near Langley under the direction of the Luginbuel Funeral Service.

May 28, 1974
Landrumm  (all the rest of the names are spelled: Laudrumm)
Funeral services were held in Pawhuska May 26 for D.A. (Stanley) Laudrumm (as spelled), age 77 a former Vinitan.  He is survived by his wife, Emmeline Davis Laudrumm (as spelled), former of Vinita, one daughter, Mrs. Margaret Hartman, Bartlesville, one son, Dr. Dave Laudrumm (as spelled), Pawhuska, and eight grandchildren.  Also three sisters, Mrs. Mover Kelley and Mrs. Lois Webb, Vinita, Mrs. Nona Morgan, Midwest City, Oklahoma and one brother E. M. Laudrumm (as spelled), Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

September 8, 1975
E. Hilderbrand
Edward Clifford Hilderbrand, a former Vinita resident, passed away Friday in a Coffeyville, Kan., hospital.  He was 61 years old. Hildrebrand wasa born Sept. 16, 1913 at Ottumwa, Iowa and came to Vinita as a small child with his family.  He received his education in Vinita and was employed in farm and ranch work in this area before moving to Coffeyville, kan., in 1933.  He was a welder for many years and retired in 1973.  He was a member of the Southern Baptist Church and Boilermakers and Blacksmith’s Local No. 83 of Kansas City, Mo.  Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Devery Mae Hilderbrand, of the home; one son, Charles W. Wallace, of the home; three brothers, Henry C. Hilderbrand, Vinita, Freeman Hilderbrand, Valeda, Kan., and John Hilderbrand, Ontario, Calif.; five sisters, Mrs. Mary Ironside, Mrs. Freda Longtail, Mrs. Lottie Altebaumer, Mrs. Marie Bresnehen and Mrs. Dorothy Bennett, all of Vinita and three grandchildren.  Services were held at 2 p.m. today in the First Baptist Church of Edna, Kan., with Rev. Donald D. Williams officiating.  Burial was in the North Edna Cemetery under the direction of Ford Funeral Home, Coffeyville, Kan.

May 1974
Bennett
Mrs. Mary A. Bennett, 72, 120 N. Second St., died Thursday at a local nursing home following a long illness.  She was the widow of Floyd E. Bennett, who died Oct. 1, 1967, and had resided in Vinita for about 55 years.  Mrs. Bennett was born May 29, 1902 in the state of Kansas and was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.  Surviving are a son, Bobby D. Bennett, 2904 S. W. 61st St., Oklahoma City; two sisters, Mrs. H. C. Hudson, Trenton, Mo., and Mrs. V. H. Hall, Rock Falls, Ill,; one brother, Charles B. Sharp, Janesville, Wisc.; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced later by Burckhalter Funeral Home of Vinita.

August 1975
Iona Fogle
Mrs. Iona Laura Fogle, 86, passed away Thursday in a Sherman, Tex., nursing home.  She was born Nov. 24, 1888, in Dubuque, Iowa and had lived in Sherman since 1959.  Prior to living in Sherman, she lived in Vinita and was active in the Baptist church and was a Sunday school teacher.  Mrs. Fogle’s husband, Judge George P. Fogle, preceded her in death in April 1973.  Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Edward R. Patterson, Miami, Fla. and Mrs. William H. Morrison, Sherman, Tex., and one grandson, Paul Morris, Sherman, Tex.  Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Fairview Cemetery, Vinita, with Mr. John Sagers officiating.  Luginbuel’s Funeral Service, Vinita, is in charge of the arrangements.

August 1975
Willa Johnson
Mrs. Willa Johnson, 61-year-old Tulsan and former Vinitan, passed away in a Tulsa Hospital Sunday morning.  Mrs. Johnson was born Feb. 20, 1914  in Vinita.  She graduated from Attucks High School here.  Survivors include her husband, Cal Johnson of the home at 2161 E. 29th Street North, Tulsa, and two brothers, Dwain Willis, Vinita and D. J. Willis, Tulsa.  A sister, Hope Browder, preceded her in death on July 26, 1975.  Rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Monica Parish, Tulsa.  Interment will be at a Tulsa cemetery.  Jack’s Memory Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

August 1975
I. A. Wayman
Those from the Vinita area attending funeral services Thursday in Jet (Oklahoma) for I. A. Wayman were Mr. and Mrs. Efton Wayman, Randy and Doug; Mr. and Mrs. Delvin Simmons Jr; Mr and Mrs Louis Walker, Sherry and Amy; Mrs. lela Lay; Mr and Mrs Harold Johnson and Mr and Mrs Mutt Johnson.

August 20, 1975
John Cozart
John D. Cozart, 60, formerly of Vinita, died Sunday in an Enid hospital.  He had been ill for one year.  He was born June 11, 1915 in Davenport.  Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Alberta Cozart, of the home in Enid; three daughters, Mrs. Dale Pendelton, Enid, Mrs. Eric Turshman, Huntington Beach, Calif. and Mrs. Mike Fritz, Vinita; a brother, three sisters and five grandchildren.  Funeral arrangements were not announced.

September 10, 1975
Gertrude Hume
Mrs. Gertrude A. Hume, 73, passed away Tuesday afternoon in a local nursing home following a long illness.  She was born Feb. 13, 1902 in the state of Kansas and lived in this area most of her life.  Surviving are her daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Overgard, 326 S. Smith St., one grandson, Charles Overgard, Claremore; two sisters and one brother, whose names were not immediately available and two great-grandchildren.  Graveside services were held at 9 a.m. today in Fairview Cemetery, with Rev. Charles Carrico, pastor of the Christian Church officiating.  Burckhalter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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F. Johnson:  Mrs. Flora Johnson, 85-year-old Langley resident died Friday afternoon in a Pryor hospital.  Born Jan. 23, 1894, Mrs. Johnson had lived in the Spavinaw area for 35 years before moving to Langley one year ago.  She attended the Assembly of God Church.  Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Ethel Holt, Ketchum; four sons, Buster Johnson, Langley, and Ben Johnson, French Johnson and Grover Johnson, all of Spavinaw; one brother, Alfred Black, Langley; 27 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.  Services were held today at 2:30 p.m. at the Topsy---
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(not sure of date-perhaps December 1979)
I. Pitchford
Ira G. PItchford, 86-year-old former long-time Craig County resident, died early Sunday in Tulsa.  A veteran of World War I, he was a member of the American Legion and Church of Christ in Tulsa.  Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Dollie Pitchford, of the home at 810 S. Rockford, Tulsa; two daughters, Mrs. Harold Alexander, Tulsa, and Mrs. George Jones, Louisville, Ky; two sisters, Mrs. Elbert Inman, 626 S. Thompson, Vinita, and Zula PItchford, 605 S. Thompson, Vinita; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Jack Pitchford, Parsons, Kan.; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.  Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Tulsa, with interment at Vinita’s Fairview Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.  Arrangements are being directed by the Moore Funeral Home, Tulsa.



Date is written in by Eunice Hightower as: April 7, 1981
Page 188
(Note by Eunice Hightower:  This was Eunice Swift’s schoolteacher, Miss Whiteaker.)

T. Pitchford
Mrs. Tonibel Pitchford, 83-year-old former Vinita resident, died Saturday morning at Kay Memorial Hospital, Parsons, Kan.  She was born Aug. 11, 1897 at Estella.  Mrs. Pitchford lived in the Vinita area and graduated from Vinita High School before attending the Northeastern State Teachers College in Tahlequah.  She taught school for 13 years in Oklahoma.  She was married to Jack W. Pitchford on Aug. 10, 1932 in Butler, Mo.  They later moved to Parsons, Kan.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Parsons, Kan., and served as secretary of the church’s Philathea Sunday School class.  Survivors include one sister, Mrs. Grace Spessard, Tulsa, and several nieces and nephews, including Harold Shearhart, Vinita.  Services were Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the Burris-Carson-Wall Funeral Home, Parsons, kan.  Committal services were at 3:45 p.m. Monday in Fairview Cemetery, Vinita, under the direction of the Burris-Carson-Wall Funeral Home, Parsons, Kan.  Friends are giving to the First Baptist Church in Parsons, Kan.


January 17, 1979
H. Johnston
Harley M. Johnston, 90-year-old Vinitan, died Tuesday in a local nursing home.  He was born June 12, 1888, in Lenville, Iowa, and came to this area as a child.  Johnston was married to his wife, Nora, in Kansas in 1946 and was a retired farmer and member of the First Baptist Church, Vinita.  Survivors, in addition to his wife, include three daughters, Mrs. Arlene Hayward, Tulsa, Mrs. Iwanda Allen, Grand Prairie, Texas, and Mrs. Ruth Goff, Stigler; four step-daughters, Mrs. Esther Spinden, Vinita, Mrs. Mae Butler, Ocean Park, Wash., Mrs. Georgia Hawkins, Miami, and Mrs. Frances Perry, Portland, Ore.; two step-sons, Oscar Flint, Modesto, Calif., and Earl Flint, DeQueen, Ark.; 37 grandchildren; 58 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.  Services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in the First Baptist Church, Vinita, with the Rev. Charles McBee officiating.  Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of the Luginbuel Funeral Home, Vinita.

1979
M. Johnston
Mrs. Mildred Johnston, 77-year-old rural Vinitan, died Saturday night in a local hospital.  Born May 28, 1902 in Waurika, I.T., she had lived on Rt 2, Vinita, since 1930.  Mrs. Johnston moved here from Comanche, and was a member of the Ketchum Seventh Day Adventist church.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Gail Johnston, on Nov. 6, 1978.  Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Wanda Sample, Miami, Fla.; two sons, Edwin Johnson, Ketchum, and Jackie  Johnston, Rt 2, Vinita, one brother Sashuel Simmons, Ketchum; one sister, Mrs. Josie Doss, Riverside, Calif., five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  Services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Luginbuel Funeral Chapel with Theodore Sample officiating.  Interment will be in Ketchum Cemetery under the direction of the Luginbuel Funeral Home, Vinita.

No known date:
Alvin Meek has 96th
Alvin Meek observed his 96th birthday on Nov. 27.  During the weekend, family members visited and shared the birthday cake with the honoree and his wife in their home.  Those attending were Mr. and Mrs. Harry Stephenson, Mrs. and Mrs. Bill Cearley and Kevin, Drumright, Mr. and Mrs. James Stephenson, James, Lee, Chris, Sue and Phillip, Tulsa, and Mr. and Mrs. Stephenson, Mike, ------- and Andrea.  (Rest of article is too faint to read).

Oct 5, 1976
E. Lennartz
Mrs. Ethel Ray Meek Lennartz, 82, Joplin, Mo., died Wednesday in a Joplin nursing home following a one year illness.  Mrs. Lennartz was born June 29, 1894, near Vinita, I.T., in the Pheasant Hill Community.  Her husband, Joseph Lennartz, preceded her in death on Feb. 14, 1951.  She was a retired licensed practical nurse, having received her training from Kansas City School of Nursing.  She was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Joplin.  Survivors include a brother, Alvin Meek, Vinita, and several neices and nephews.  Requiem mass was said at 10:30 a.m. Friday with Father William B. Rochford officiating.  Burial was in Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City, Mo., under the direction of Parker Mortuary.

March 14, 1983
Meek
Mrs. Ada Meek, lifetime Vinita resident, died Friday in a Chelsea nursing home.  She was born June 24, 1890 near Vinita, I.T. to Henry and Emma J. Donnelly.  She was married to Alvin Meek of Vinita on Aug. 8, 1909.  The couple owned Miles General Merchandise Store, located northwest of Vinita, from 1913 to 1925.  Mrs. Meek was a member of the First United Methodist Church.  Survivors include her husband, Alvin Meek, of the home at 525 W. Tahlequah; daughter and son-in-law, Fay and Harry Stephenson; sister, Emma Donnelly, Vinita; grandchildren, Annette Cearley, Cushing, James Stephenson, Tulsa and David Stephenson, Broken Arrow; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; three step-great-grandchildren, one step-great-great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.  Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Burckhalter Memorial Chapel with Dr. Dwight Hunt officiating.  Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of the Burckhalter Funeral Home, Vinita.

April 1987
Meeks
Mrs. Loie Meeks, 78, former Vinita resident, died early Wednesday morning in the Tulsa Nursing Center.  She was born March 19, 1909 in Atoka County, Okla.  Survivors include two sons, Lloyd Wilson, Tulsa; and Eugene Wilson, Bartlesville; one daughter, Margye Gandy, Vinita; four sisters, Jewell Taylor, Hobbs, N.M.; Cassie Moon, Big Lake, tex.; Lula Quinn, Odessa, Tex.; and Jackie Loar, California; eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Meeks, who died Sept. 29, 1985.  Funeral services for Meeks will be held at 1 a.m. Saturday in the Luginbuel Funeral Chapel with Dr. Russell Cook officiating.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of the Luginbuel Funeral Service of Vinita.

May 19, 1987
McGhee
Ambrose “Wado” McGhee, 66, died Saturday at his home at Rt. 2, Welch, after he suffered a heart attack.  Mr. McGhee was born Dec. 27, 1920 near Grove in Delaware County.  His parents were the late Dennis and Ida (Brown) McGhee.  He retired from the Kansas City, Mo Railroad Terminal in January 1986.  He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and the Korean conflict.  Mr. McGhee ran a dairy in Welch from 1950-1955 before moving to Kansas City to work at the railroad terminal.  He moved to Grove from Kansas City following his retirement.  In November 1986 he returned to the Welch area.  he attended the First Assembly of God Church in Chetopa, Kan.  In 1939 he married Golda Cates in Chelsea, Okla.  Survivors include his wife, Golda, of the home at Re. 2, Welch; one son, Richard McGhee, Manhattan, Kan.; one daughter, Bonnie Sue Terry, Grove; three sisters, Bonnie Reed, LIberty, Mo.; Blanche Smith and Faye Everly, both of Kansas City, Mo.  Other survivors include two brothers, Robert McGhee, Jay; and J. W. McGhee, Welch; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.  Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. today at the Thomas Funeral Home Chapel in Welch.  Rev. Ron Frazier officiated.  Cremation followed the funeral service.

1987
Culver
Lois Marie Culver, 83, Vinita, died Friday at her home after a long illness.  She was born Sept. 2, 1903 northwest of Vinita, Indian Territory to Samuel J. and Drew P. (Christian) Graves.  Culver was married to Ava E. Culver on Feb. 10, 1925 in Vinita.  She was a lifetime resident of Craig County and was a homemaker.  Survivors include her husband, Ava Culver, of the home; three brothers, Ralph Graves and Emmett Graves, both of Vinita; and Jack Graves, Tulsa; and two sisters, Mamie Parsons and Myrtle Wilson, both of Vinita.  Graveside services for Culver were held at 2 p.m. today in Fairview Cemetery with Dr. Russell Cook officiating.  Arrangements were by the Thomas Funeral Home in Welch.

1987
Lewis
Lisel (Larson) Lewis, 85, formerly of Vinita, died Tuesday in a Bakersfield, Calif. hospital.  Lewis was born Aug. 5, 1901 at Moline, Ill. to Charles and Eva (Linville) McClung.  The family moved to Elsmore, Kan. in 1914 where Lewis great up.  She was married to Ernest Larson in Elsmore.  The couple moved to Vinita in 1930 and resided here until 1962.  While in Vinita, Lewis was employed at Eastern State Hospital for seven years and was also a rural mail carrier in the Welch and Jay areas.  Mr. Larson died May 30, 1964.  Lewis then married Clarence Lewis on March 28, 1972 in Miami.  He preceded her in death on May 16, 1979.  Lewis resided in Parsons, Kan. for several years before moving to Bakersfield on May 12, of this year.  She was a member of the Christian Church of Savonburg, Kan.  Survivors include four sons, Russell Larson and Lorraine Larson, both of Vinita; Wayne Larson, Parsons; and Jack Larson, Bossier City, La.; and two daughtrers, Lavon Thompson, Parsons; and Laverne Bond, Bakersfield.  Other survivors include a step-son, Ben Lewis, Orange, Calif.; three step-daughters, Janet Myers, Mound Valley, Kan.; Diana H opper, Oologah; and Peggy Stringer, Parsons; a brother, Charley McClung, California; 22 grandchidlren, 46 great-grandchildren and several step-granchildren.  Services for Lewis will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Memorial Lawn Cemetery, Parsons, with the Rev. David Ockerman officiating.  The family will receive friends from  to 8 p.m. Friday at the Burris-Carson-Wall Funeral Chapel, Parsons.  memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association.  Arrangements are by the Burris-Carson-Wall Funeral Service of Parsons.

1983
Page 203
(List of obituaries)
Mrs. Ada Meek, Vinita, died March 12, at Chelsea.  She was born June 24, 1890.

Mrs. Olive Townsend, Duck Creek Landing and Tulsa, died March 12.  She was born July 5, 1905.

Mrs. Hazel M. Davis, Vinita died March 13.  She was born Jan. 23, 1898.

Mrs. Clara Fields, Vinita, died March 16. She was born Sept. 29, 1890.

Sterling Pete “Zack” Hanna, Cleora, died March 17.  He was born Feb. 3, 1911.

Mrs. Nellie Glendora O’Neill Sanborn, Craig County, died March 16, in Oregon.  She was born Dec. 16, 1921.

Mary E. Deveney, Afton, died March 17.  She was born Sept. 27, 1888
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Page 265
1987
Redwine
Henry F. Redwine, Jr., 62, White Oak, was killed Friday in a traffic accident in Creek County.  Mr. Redwine was born May 28, 1925 in Oklahoma to Henry F. and Eva (Haney) Redwin.  He was a chemical dependency therapist.  Survivors include the mother of his children, Ruby Redwine, White Oak; four daughters, Anna Regina Hamilton, Vinita; Frankie Gayle Sipult, White Oak; Karyl Glass Russell, Oklahoma City; and Nancy Markel, Lodgepole, Neb.  Other survivors include a step-son, Spike Horton, Big Cabin; and two step-daughters, Iva Willbourn, White Oak; and Janet Lind, Vinita.  Funeral services for Mr. Redwine will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday in the Luginbuel Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial will follow in the White Oak Cemetery.  Arrangements are by the Luginbuel  Funeral Service of Vinita.

Page 299
January 23, 1981
C. Wright
Carroll V. Wright, 72-year-old Vinita resident, died Thursday afternoon in the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, Oklahoma City.  He was born May 18, 1908 in Geary, the son of Dr. and Mrs. G. W. Wright.  Wright had lived in Vinita most of his life.  He worked for the Luginbuel Funeral Home for 10 years before joining his father in the optical business at 208 S. Wilson.  He was married to Juanita Foust on Aug. 13, 1943.  He was a veteran of World War II, a member of the First Baptist Church, Vinita, a 32nd degree Mason, past patron of the Order of the Eastern Star and the American Legion Dale Peace Post 40.  Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Juanita Wright, of the home at 119 S. Brown; one sister, Mrs. Helen Robertson, Merigold, Miss.; one brother, Charles J. Wright, San Antonio, Texas, one nephew, Capt. H. Edgar Robertson, and one niece, Mrs. Helen Prewitt, both of Tempe, Ariz.  Services will be Monday at 1:30 p.m. in the Luginbuel Funeral Chapel with  Ron Hunt, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating assisted by the Rev. Charles McBee.  Interment will be in Fairaview Cemetery under the direction of the Luginbuel Funeral Home, Vinita.


Page 197
May 25, 1984
Wright
Clegg I. Wright, 83-year-old former Vinitan, died Wednesday at his home in INdependence, Kan., following an extended illness.  The son of the late Mr. and Mr. I. J. Wright, Vinita, Wright was a retired pipeline construction supervisor.  Survivors include his wife, Maxine, of the home; son, Jack Wright, Tulsa; sisters, Mabell Burnett, Vinita and Cora Connor, Mira Loma, Calif.; nieces, Frances Frost, Emma Rose Moore and Mary Jo Jones, and nephew, Ben Kropp, all of Vinita and several grandchildren and great-grand-children.  Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church, Independence, Kan.  Arrangements are by the Potts Funeral Home, Independence, Kans.

Page 153
Feb. 4, 1975
J. B. Wright
Joe B. Wright, 74, died Friday in a Pryor hospital.  Wright, who was a lifetime resident of Vinita, was born January 4, 1900 in Vinita, I. T.  He was a veteran of World War II and a member of the American Legion.  For the past twelve years, he had made his home with a niece, Mrs. Cora Lee Mosier, Rt. 3, Vinita.  Survivors include one son, J. B. Wright, Vinita, two brothers, Hugh Wright and Mogie Wright, both of Sacramento, Cal.; two sisters, Mrs. Minnie Thompson and Mrs. Caddie Straw, both of Vinita.  Funeral services were Monday at 2 p.m. in the Luginbuel Funeral Chapel with Rev. Charles Carrico officiating; burial was in the Fairview Cemetery under the direction of the Luginbuel Funeral Service of Vinita.

Page 61
Thursday, October 10, 1974
Minnie Wright
Minnie Maurine Wright, 57-year-old Rt. 1 South Coffeyville resident, died in a Coffeyville, Kan., hospital early Wednesday.  Born Oct. 13, 1916 in Nowata County, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson F. Wright.  She attended the Thompson School, helping out on her parents’ farm after completing school.  Miss Wright had been in ill health for the past several years.  She was a charter member of the Pleasant View First Church of God.  Survivors include one brother, Nelson Leroy (Roy) Wright, of the home, and one sister, Miss Mamie R. Wright, also of the home.  Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Ford Funeral Home Chapel in Coffeyville, Kan.  Rev. Walden O. Myers, pastor of the Pleasant View First Church of God, will officiate.  Interment will be in the North Edna Cemetery in Edna, Kan., with arrangements directed by the Ford Funeral Home of Coffeyville.



Page 109
1980
N. Wright
Mrs. Nellie A. Wright, 89, died Sunday at a local hospital following a long illness.  She was born in Richland, Mo., on Oct. 3, 1891.  She had been a resident of the Vinita area for over 70 years.  Mrs. Wright was the widow of Lee Wright who died Sept. 7, 1969.
  Survivors include six daughters, Mrs. Pauline Goodman, Kenwick, Wash., Beulah Wright and Mrs. Lethe Miller, both of the home at 217 S. Fourth, Mrs. Catherine B. Baker, Ketchum, Mrs. Opal Risman, Vinita, and Mrs. Frankie White, 633 N. Miller; two sisters, Mrs. Cora Mann and Mrs. Pearl Bresnehen, both of Vinita; two brothers, Albert Hunt, Mountain View, and George Hunt,  Nowata; 11 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.  Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Burckhalter Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Roy Miller of the South Avenue Church of Christ officiating.  Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of the Burckhalter Funeral Home, Vinita.

Page 215 (duplicate of page 287)
May, 1988
Wright
Rickie Keith Wright, 37, former Vinita resident, died Wednesday, May 11, 1988 in a car accident.  The Tyler, Texas resident was born March 10, 1951 in Vinita to Ralph E. Wright and Omalea Oleman.  Mr. Wright had resided in Tyler for about eight years.  He was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church, Ketchum.  Survivors include his wife, Agnes Wright, Tyler; three children, Laura Ann, Christie Leigh and Rickie Keith, Jr., all of Tyler; his mother, Omalea Oleman, Vinita; a brother, Skip Wright, Vinita; and a sister, Connie Green, Fayetteville, Ark.  He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph E. Wright, who died Dec. 8, 1971.  Funeral services for Mr. Wright will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 14, in the First Southern Baptist Church, Ketchum, with the Rev. Will Busch officiating.  Burial will follow in the Ketchum Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Luginbuel Funeral Service of Vinita.


Page 9
1961
Ray Boatright Dies Suddenly
Heart Attack Fatal to Vinitan This Morning

Ray Boatright, 52, died at 11:20 a.m. today in a local hospital following a heart attack.  He had become ill during the night and was taken to the hospital at 2 a.m. today where he was given treatment continously, but his death occurred several hours after the attack.  He
came to Vinita in 1934 from Fort Gibson and operated a clothing store here, with the firm later expanding to cover other business enterprises in association with his brother Ralph Boatright and father, C. H. Boatright.  He retired a few years ago from active business in Vinita to engage in the ranching business southeast of Vinita where he was living at the time of his death.  He was a student at the former Oklahoma A. and M. College before moving here.  During the past 25 years, he was active in the Vinita Lions Club, in various civic affairs and in the Pilgrim Presbyterian church of which he had been a member during his entire residence here.  He also was a member of the Vinita American Legion post and was president of the Grand Lake Cattlemen’s association at the time of his death.  He was born May 15, 1909 in Huntsville, Ark.  He served in the Third army quartermaster corps during the African invasion during world war II.  Survivors include:  his wife, Mrs. Lillian Boatright of the home on route 3, Vinita; two sisters, Mrs. Esther Schlegel, Orange, Tex., and Mrs. Ardyth Tuepker, Tulsa; one brother, Ralph Boatright, 929 W. Clyde Ave., Vinita; his father, C. H. Boatright, and his step-mother, Mrs. C. H. Boatright, 317 S. Ross St., and two step-sons, Lt. Thomas Bentley Baines, Valadosta, Ga., and Jerry Blanton Baines, Tulsa.  The Burckhalter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Page 135.
April 7, 1975
J. Satterwhite

James Sanford Satterwhite, 82-year-old Bluejacket resident, was pronounced dead on arrival at a local hospital at 9 p.m. Saturday after a short illness.  Born Aug. 5, 1892, in Arkansas, he had lived in Bluejacket six years.  He had formerly lived in Dakota, City, Neb., and was a retired commercial fisherman.  Surviving are 10 sons, Robert Satterwhite, Dakota city, Neb., Roy Satterwhite, Bluejacket, Ray Satterwhite, Tucson, Ariz., Wilford Satterwhite, Homer, Neb., Milford Satterwhite, South Sioux City, Neb., Lloyd Satterwhite, Pomeroy, Iowa, Jack Satterwhite, Memphis, Tenn., and Kenneth Satterwhite, Larry Satterwhite and Ronnie Satterwhite, all of Sioux City, Iowa; two daughters, Mrs. Ruth Mac, Pomeroy, Iowa and Mrs. Judy Link, Nowata; one brother, William Satterwhite, Langley and one sister, Mrs. Lillie Angel, Tulsa.  There are also 43 grandchildren surviving, as well as numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.  Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday in Thomas Funeral Home Chapel in Welch, with Rev. Harold Neal officiating.  Burial will be in Bluejacket Cemetery under the direction of Thomas Funeral Home of Welch.

Page 145
November 1976
F. Satterwhite

Mrs. Faye Maxine Satterwhite, 55, died suddenly Wednesday while visiting friends.  Mrs. Satterwhite was born Aug. 26, 1921 in Drumright.  She had resided in Vinita for three years.  Survivors include her husband, Gary Satterwhite, of the home at 232 S. Fourth; two daughters, Mrs. Gloria Doon, Rancho Cordova, Calif.; and Mrs. Barbara Ennen, Orange, Calif.; three sons, Nathan Pendergraft, Anaheim, Calif., and Rex and Kenneth Pendergraft, both of Orange, Calif.; four sisters, Mrs. Ocie Cambron, Big Cabin, Mrs. Gertrude Bayless, Wilder, Idaho, Mrs. Clara Bryant, Fullerton, Calif., and Mrs. Mildred Kelly, Nampa, Idaho; two brothers, Charles Potter, Cypruss, Tex., and Dean Potter, Rt. 3, Vinita; 16 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the Burckhalter Memorial Chapel with Rev. Buddy Marker officiating.  Burial will be in Fairhaven Memorial Park Cemetery, Santa Ana, Calif.  Local arrangements are by Burckhalter Funeral Home, Vinita.
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Page 182
F. Satterwhite
Funeral services for Mrs. Faye Maxine Satterwhite, 55-year-old Vinita resident who died Wednesday, were held at 1 p.m. today in the Burckhalter memorial Chapel with Rev. Buddy Marker officiating.  Burial was in Fairhaven Memorial Park Cemetery, Santa Ana, Calif.  Arrangements were by Burckhalter Funeral Home.
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Page 160
Xerox copy of the funeral pamphlet from William’s funeral, as Eunice Hightower went to church with him and his wife.

IN LOVING MEMBER OF WILLIAM E. SATTERWHITE
February 27, 1883-January 17, 1977
FUNERAL SERVICES
First Pentecostal Church of God, Vinita, Oklahoma
Thursday, January 20, 1977, 1:30 p.m.
CLERGYMEN
Rev. D. R. Prather
CASKET BEARERS
Troy West, Tommy Thompson, Robert Satterwhite, Larry Satterwhite, Stacy Ruggles and Jim Satterwhite
INTERMENT
Ketchum Cemetery, Ketchum, Oklahoma
ARRANGEMENTS
Jim Green Funeral Chapels, Pryor, Oklahoma and Salina, Oklahoma
(NOTE:  Eddene is pretty sure that both of the funeral homes are totally shut down although the records are probably obtainable from another funeral home in Pryor).
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May 29, 1986
Page 144

Potts

Iris Lorraine Wells Potts, 59, Bartlesville, died Monday at her home.  Potts was born July 1, 1926 at Cushing to Toy and Maud Wells.  She was employed at Phillips Petroleum in Bartlesville and retired in 1985 after 40 years service with the company.  Potts was an active member of the Jane Phillips Sorority.  Survivors of Potts include her mother, Mrs. Maud Wells, Bartlesville; one sister, Roxanne Cox, Fairland; two aunts, Agnes Snider, Vinita; and Helen Lawrence, Shidler; and several nieces and nephews.  Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, in the Stumpff Funeral Home Chapel, Bartlesville.  Graveside services were  held this afternoon at the G.A.R. Cemetery in Miami.

page 271
abt February 2, 1987

Wells

Mrs. Maud Marie Wells, 86, former Vinita resident, died Friday at a Fairland Nursing Home. Wells was born March 3, 1900 at Hawkeye, Mo. to Ira and Hattie (Andrews) Reich.  She grew up in Centralia and married Toy F. Wells in 1925 in Miami, Okla.  The couple lived in Vinita and then Cushing until moving to Texas, where Mr. Wells was employed with the Phillips Petroleum Company for 20 years.  The couple moved to Afton in 1947 and operated a farm.  Mrs. Wells moved to Bartlesville in 1962 after the death of her husband.  She was a Bartlesville resident until she moved to Fairland recently.  Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Roxanne Cox, Fairland; two sisters, Agnes Snider, Vinita; and Helen Lawrence, Shidler; seven grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.  In addition to her husband, Wells was preceded in death by one daughter, one step-son and one step-daughter.  Services for Wells will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the First Baptist Church, Fairland, with the Rev. Lynn Nikkel officiating.  Burial will follow in the G. A. R. Cemetery, Miami, under the direction of the Stumpff Funeral Home, Bartlesville.  Family and friends may call at the Cooper Funeral Home, Fairland, from 3 to 9 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday.


Page 222, 229 and 242 (duplicates)
about July 30, 1986

Nall
Carol LaDonna Nall, 36, Pryor, died at 11 p.m. Friday, J uly 25, from injuries she received in a house fire.  Mrs. Nall was born May 1, 1950 in Welch to Sterling and Velma (Muldrew) White.  She married Charles A. Nall July 18, 1966 in Pocatello, Idaho.  Mrs. Nall was a member of the Cole First Baptist Church, Pryor and the Timber Hill Baptist Church, Bluejacket, and attended Bluejacket schools.  She lived in the Pryor area for six years.  Survivors include her husband, Charles A. Nall of the home in Pryor; three sons, Stacey, Geramey and Shane Nall of the home; and one daughter, Jatonah Nall, also of the home.  Also surviving are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. G. White, Bluejacket; two brothers, Gary White, Tulsa; and Michael (Mike) White, Sand Springs; three sisters, Sonya Fair, Pryor; Sharon Davis, Sand Springs; and Diane Kotsikas, New York.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Thomas Funeral Home Chapel in Welch.  Rev. Bob Foster will officiate.  Burial will be in the Williams Timber Hill Cemetery east of Welch.  The family is receiving friends at the S. G. (Dutch) White home, parents of Carol Nall, located one milre north and one mile east of Four Corners.

Page 255
July 7, 1987
Nall
David Wayne Nall, 26,  a former Vinita resident, died Monday at Goldendale, Wash.  Mr. Nall was born March 10, 1961 in Vinita, the son of Robert C. and Rose Mary (Ferrell) Nall.  He grew up in the Bluejacket and Vinita area, attending grade school in Bluejacket and high school in Vinita.  Nall moved to Goldendale from Vinita about one month ago.  He was employed as a fry cook in Goldendale.  Nall had been a member of the Oklahoma National Guard and a member of the Gospel Lighthouse Foursquare Church of Vinita.  Survivors include his parents, Robert and Rose Mary Nall, Bluejacket; two brothers, Charles A. Nall, Pryor; and Larry B. Nall, Big Cabin; two sisters, Brenda S. Ingram, Vinita; and Mary E. Whitfield, Tulsa; and a grandmother, Gertrude Ferrell, Vinita.  Services for Nall are pending and will be announced later by the Thomas Funeral Home of Welch.

Page 39... dated Oct 8, 1986
Tilbury
Hazel Elizabeth Tilbury, 89, former Vinita resident, died Tuesday at Fayetteville, W. Va. She was born June 21, 1897, at Ottumwa, Iowa. She was a long time Vinita resident before moving to West Virginia three months ago. Tilbury was a member of the First Baptist Church of Vinita. Survivors include one son, Melvin A. Tilbury, Tulsa; two daughters, Joan T. Cherrington, Fayetteville, W. Va.; and Frankie Capocefala, Charleston W.Va.; ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband , Dade John Tilbury, who died on June 13, 1940. Services for Tilbury will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church, Vinita, with the Rev. Charles McBee officiating. Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Burckhalter Funeral Home. Arrangements are by the Burckhalter Funeral Home of Vinita.

Page 13
October 28, 1974
Lee Finnell

Lee A. Finnell, 69-year-old Vinita resident, passed awy in a Tulsa hospital.  Born Sept 3, 1905, in Craig County, Indian Territory, Finnell was a retired steel worker with the Granite City Steel Co. of Granite City, Ill.  He retired and moved back to Vinita about seven years ago.  Finley was a custodian in the school system for four years and was in the U.S. Army during World War II.  Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Luvern Finnell, of the home at 128 S. Adair; a daughter, Mrs. Bonnie Wheeler, High Ridge, Mo.; four sisters, Mamie Heltzel, Vinita, Annie Leake, Turlock, Calif., Beryl Armstrong, Westville, and Vina McClain, Ketchum.  Funeral services were conducted at 1:30 p.m today in the Trinity Baptist Church with Rev. Sam Garner officiating.  Interment was in the Ketchum Cemetery with arrangements directed by the Luginbuel Funeral Service of Vinita.

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Dec 1, 1983
Finnell
Boyd Finnell, 72-year-old well-known Vinitan, died Wednesday night at his home.  He was born July 31, 1911, in Vinita, and had made his home here all his life.  Finnell was a very active Thoroughbred race horse trainer and raced horses in Hot Springs, Ark., Omaha, Neb., and many race tracks in Kentucky and Delaware and in Canada.  Finnell had served on the Craig County Fair Board and had served one term as president.  He was also a past commander of the VFW.  Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Finnell, of the home, 629 N. Second; children, Mrs. Colleen Gwartney, Tulsa, and Clay Finnell, Vinita; sisters, Mrs. Beulah Icabone, Pueblo, Colo., Mrs. Vera Fields, Vinita, Mrs. Dora Lee Bluejacket, Bluejacket, and Mrs. Betty Clarkson, Baxter Springs, Kan., and six grandchildren.  Services are pending and will be announced by the Luginbuel Funeral Service, Vinita.

Page 193
Dec 2, 1983
Finnell
Services for Boyd Finnell, 72-year-old Vinitan who died Wednesday will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Luginbuel Funeral Home Chapel.  Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery.  Arrangements are by the Luginbuel Funeral Service, Vinita.

Page 289
1980    
M. Heltzel

Mrs. Mamie Heltzel, 76-year-old Vinitan, died Saturday in a local hospital.  Born Nov. 24, 1903, at Disney, I.T., Mrs. Heltzel was a member of the Baptist Church.  Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Emma Harp and Mrs. Charlotte Mobley, both of Vinita, Mrs. Eva Bethel, Russellville, Ark., and Mrs. Ann Jones, Chelsea; four sons, Alvin Heltzel and Joe Heltzel, both of Vinita, Lantie H. Heltzel, Kansas City, Mo., and John H. Heltzel, Saudi Arabia; three sisters, Mrs. Annie Leake, Turlock, Calif., Mrs. Beryl Armstrong, Westville and Vina McClain, Ketchum, 17 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  Services will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the Luginbuel Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Clarence Newby, pastor of the First Christian Church, officiating.  Interment will be in Ketchum Cemetery under the direction of the Luginbuel Funeral Home, Vinita.

Page 220
January 5, 1987
Green
 Louis E. Green, 81, died Friday at Craig General Hospital.  He was born Dec. 14, 1905 at Vinita, Indian Territory to the late Jim and Savanah (Peach) Green.  Green was a longtime resident of Vinita and had worked for several years as a paint contractor in California.  Survivors include two sons, Louis E. Green, Jr., and Ted Green, both of Miami; two daughters, Lois Erickson, Palo Alto, Calif.; and Betty Bishop, Hoquaim, Wash.; a brother, Bill Green, Tulsa; a sister, Mary Kirk, Vinita; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  Graveside services for Green were held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Fairview Cemetery with Rev. James White officiating.  Arrangements were by the Burckhalter Funeral Home of Vinita.


Vinita, Ok Daily Journal
Sept 23, 1974
Mrs. Grunden

Mrs. Maude Grunden, 89 year-old resident of Afton, passed away at 8 p.m. Thursday in a Miami nursing home.  She was born Dec. 13, 1884, Springdale, Ark., and had lived in Afton all her life. She held membership in the Assembly of God Church in Afton.  Survivors include three sons, Bill Grunden, Fairland; Burt Grunden Jr., Huntsville, Ala,; and Jim Grunden, Phoenix, Ariz.; four daughters, Mrs. Carl Wright and Mrs. Jewell Burch, both of Afton; Mrs. Henry Myers, Miami; and Mrs. Dale Smyth, Oklahoma City, as well as several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.  Services were conducted at 2 p.m. today in the Assembly of God Church, Afton, with Rev. Charles Marcy and Rev. Gerald Baser officiating.  Burial was in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Afton.  Friends are contributing to the Mount Hope Perpetual Care fund in Mrs. Grunden's name.


Feb 1, 1981
Sumner

Dick Sumner, 95-year-old former Adair resident, died Saturday at Independence, Kans., Mercy  Hospital.  He was born Aug. 20, 1886, in Missouri, to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Clay Sumner, and attended school in Missouri.  He was a retired farmer and a member of the First Baptist Church in Independence, Kan.  Sumner was married to Susan Jane Fitzsimmons on Feb. 21, 1910 in  Bartlesville.  They moved to rural Independence, Kan., from Adair in 1955.  In 1973, the couple moved to 1012 W. Maple in Independence.  He was preceded in death by his widow, Susan, on Sept. 21, 1974 and by two sons, one daughter, five brothers and two sisters.  Survivors include three sons, Sherman, Lloyd and Lester, and one daughter, mildred Sumner, all of Independence, Kan.; 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.  Services will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the Potts Funeral Home Chapel, Independence, Kan., with the Rev. Randall Terrill, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating.  Interment will be Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. in Big Cabin Cemetery under the direction of the Potts Funeral Home, Independence.



Page 82
1979
F. Mills
Floyd “Booge” Mills, Jr., 60, Welch, died at 12:20 a.m. today in Bradshaw Memorial Hospital, Miami, after a short illness.  Mills was born July 22, 1918 in the Russel Creek district near Welch and has lived in the Welch area all his life.  He was married to the former Imogene Haise on Sept. 20, 1914   (a mistake!!/Eddene), in Miami.  He was an employee of the Patch Coal Co. for several years and later operated a garage.  He was a member of the Welch Chamber of Commerce.  He started the Mills Plumbing and Electric Co. and was there until his retirement.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Welch and a member of the Craig County Sheriff’s patrol and the Welch Civil Defense.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Imogene Mills, of the home; one son, Danny Mills, Tulsa; one daughter, Pamela Taylor, Oklahoma City; two brothers, Bill Mills, Miami, and Bobby Mills, Miami; five sisters, Mrs. Wenona Baker, Garden City, Kan., Mrs. Wauneta Fields, and Mrs. Reva Wolf, both of Miami, Mrs. Dorthy Goodwin, Vinita, and Mrs. Norm Waldron, rural Miami, and four grandchildren.  Services will be at 2 p.m. thursday at the Thomas Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. James Duffell officiating.

Fred Wagnon
Fred A. (Jack) Wagnon, Muskogee, died Thursday in a Muskogee hospital following a long illness. He was born March 24, 1901 in Beggs. He had been a resident of the Muskogee area all his life, was a retired employee of Egan Manufacturing Co. and had been a lay minister at First Church of Nazarene of which he was a member. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Elnora Wagnon, of the home; two daughters, Mrs. Jo Cowan, Muskogee, and Mrs. Ramona Woodard, Tulsa; three brothers, Millard Wagnon and Jay Wagnon, both of Vinita, and A. L. Tindell, Oklahoma City; eight sisters, Polly Wagnon and Mrs. Merle Fair, both of Vinita, Mrs. Lela Jones, Muskogee, Mrs. Margaret Igert, Fort Gibson, Mrs. Vina McGill, Phoenix, Ariz., Mrs. Mary White, Oakland, Calif., and Mrs. Joan Prigmore and Mrs. Virginia Wilson, both of Bakersfield, Calif., and three grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday in Lescher Funeral Chapel.

Page 173
June 21, 1985
Collins
Jessie Clifford Collins, 75, Welch, died this morning at Baptist Regional Medical Center in Miami following a brief illness.  Mr. Collins was a lifelong resident of Welch and was well known in both Welch and Vinita.  He was a longtime employee of B. F. Goodrich in Miami, retiring in 1973.  He was born at Welch on Nov. 17, 1909.  He was a member of Welch Christian Church, Welch Lions Club and Vinita Masonic Lodge No. 5.  Survivors include his wife, Eula Collins, of the home; two daughters, Janice Chenoweth and Billye Able, both of Welch; two step-daughters, Paula Kennedy and Karen Jacobs, both of Tulsa; and one step-son Mike Seacat, Miami.  Other survivors include two brothers, Elmer Collins, Vinita; and Beedy Collins, Miami; six grandchildren and five step-grandchildren.  Funeral services for Mr. Collins will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Welch Christian Church.  Burial will be in Walker Cemetery.


Page 87
October 28, 1987
Brown
Francis Corinne Brown, 55, Bluejacket, died early today at Craig General Hospital.  Mrs. Brown was born Dec. 14, 1931 in Welch, the daughter of Alvin D. and Cora Mae ( Ross) Collins.  She attended Welch School and was a lifetime resident of the Welch and Bluejacket areas.  Brown was employed as a nurse’s aide at Eastern State Hospital for 26 years.  Her first husband, Clarence “Dink” Rogers, preceded her in death on Aug. 4, 1980.  She married Herman Brown in November 1982 in Bluejacket.  Survivors include her husband, Herman Brown, of the home; her mother, Cora Mae Collins, Vinita; one son, Jerry Rogers, Bluejacket; and three daughters, Shirley Walker, Welch; Mary Jo Wilson, Velma, Okla.; and Rita Fromm, Atlanta, Ga.  Other survivors include two step-sons, David Brown, Bluejacket; and Harvey Brown, Vinita; four step-daughters, Gail Brown, Miami; Katherine Speers, Wyandotte; Billye Washington, Southwest city, Mo.; and Roxanne Henson, London, England; one brother, Leonard Collins, Coffeyville, Kan.; one sister, Erma Palmer, Afton, eight grandchildren and several step-grandchildren.  In addition to her first husband, Brown was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.  Funeral services for Mrs. Brown are pending and will be announced later by the Thomas Funeral Home of Welch.

Page 300
About the same date..
Brown
Funeral services for Francis Corinne Brown, 55, Bluejacket, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the Thomas Funeral Home Chapel, Welch, with the Rev. Lloyd Carter officiating.  Burial will follow in the Walker Cemetery near Welch.  Mrs. Brown died early Wednesday at Craig General Hospital.  She was born Dec. 14, 1931 in Welch, the daughter of Alvin D. and Cora Mae (Ross) Collins.  She attended Welch School and was a lifetime resident of the Welch and Bluejacket areas.  Brown was employed as a nurse’s aide at Eastern State Hospital for 26 years.  Her first husband, Clarence “Dink” Rogers, preceded her in death on Aug. 4, 1980. She married Herman Brown in November 1982 in Bluejacket.  Survivors include her husband, Herman Brown, of the home; her mother, Cora Mae Collins, Vinita; one son, Jerry Rogers, Bluejacket; and three daughters, Shirley Walker, Welch; Mary Jo Wilson, Velma, Okla.; and Rita Fromm, Atlanta, Ga.  Other survivors include two step-sons, David Brown, Bluejacket; and Harvey Brown, Vinita; four step-daughters, Gail Brown, Miami; Katherine Speers, Wyandotte; Billye Washington, Southwest city, Mo.; and Roxanne Henson, London, England; one brother, Leonard Collins, Coffeyville, Kan.; one sister, Erma Palmer, Afton, eight grandchildren and several step-grandchildren.  In addition to her first husband, Brown was preceded in death by one brother and one sister. visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight in the Thomas Funeral Home.


Page 132
March 4, 1974
Mabel Dye
Funeral services for Mrs. Mabel Elizabeth Dye, 75-year-old Welch area resident, will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday in the Thomas Funeral Home Chapel, Welch, with Rev. Glenn Gent officiating.  Burial will follow in Hickory Grove Cemetery, northeast of Grove under the direction of Thomas Funeral Home, Welch.

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December 12, 1973
Freeman
George H. Freeman, a lifetime resident of this area, died Tuesday evening at a local nursing home after an extended illness.  He was 77 years old.  Freeman was born Feb. 15, 1896, at Big Cabin, Indian Territory.  He was a retired farmer-stockman and former employee of Eastern State Hospital.  A veteran of World War I, he was a member of the American Legion and the First Christion Church of Vinita.  Survivors include one son, Valgene Freeman, 617 N. Gunter, three grandsons, Lynn Freeman, Tulsa and Ricky and Stephen Freeman, both of 617 N. Guneter, three brothers, Marshall and Tony Freeman, both of Vinita; and Nick Freeman, Big Cabin; two sisters, Mrs. Adrian Blount, White Oak and Mrs. Nair, Tulsa and one great-grandson.  Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Burckhalter Memorial Chapel, with Rev. Lloyd Thompson of Nowata officiating.  Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of the Burckhalter Funeral Home of Vinita.

Page 202
August 17, 1981
N. Minson
Services for Nellie Frances Minson, 85, who died Friday were 2 p.m. today in the Luginbuel Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Ray. C. Newman officiating.  Burial was in the Fairview Cemetery under direction of Luginbuel Funeral Service.

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Vinita Daily Journal, page 8, dated 2-19-1973,
< Bluejacket (community)article submitted to paper by Pansy M. Johnson:
Mrs. Warren (Maud) Davis, died in Jerome, Idaho. She and her husband were "old time" Bluejacketite's, but had moved to Idaho over 30 years ago. Her husband passed away 16 years ago and was buried in the Bluejacket Cemetery, so she requested to be buried here also. Her funeral was on Tuesday of last week in the Baptist Church. We extend our sympathy to all their boys and families. >

Vinita Daily Journal:
Page 229 of obits
Kincel Bruce
Kincel W. Bruce, 76-year-old Langley resident, died early today in a Pryor hospital following an extended illness.  He was born Feb. 7, 1900, in Tomkinsville, Ky., and had been a resident of Langley since 1960.  He was a retired carpenter.  Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Mildred Bruce, of the home; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Evelyn Wenzel, Kennewick, Wash., and Mrs. Delores Milton, Tulsa, and one sister, Mrs. Irene Cooper, Bartlesville.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Burckhalter Memorial Chapel with Rev. Charles McBee officiating.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of the Burckhalter Funeral Home, Vinita.
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Page 301
April 6, 1987    
Roberts
Mrs. Leora Roberts, 91, formerly of Vinita, died Sunday at the Wood Manor Nursing Home in Claremore, where she had resided the last several years.  Mrs. Roberts was born Dec. 9, 1895 at Salem, Mo.  She had lived in Tulsa for 24 years before returning to Vinita in 1967.  She was a member of the First Church of God.  Her husband, William B. Roberts, preceded her in death on April 15, 1984.  Survivors include two sons, Kenneth Roberts, Claremore; and Lloyd M. Roberts, Tulsa; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  Funeral services are pending and will be announced later by the Luginbuel Funeral Service of Vinita.
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Page 238
April 7, 1987
Roberts
Mrs. Leora Roberts, 91, formerly of Vinita, died Sunday at the Wood Manor Nursing Home in Claremore, where she had resided the last several years.  Mrs. Roberts was born Dec. 9, 1895 at Salem, Mo.  She had lived in Tulsa for 24 years before returning to Vinita in 1967.  She was a member of the First Church of God.  She was preceded in death by her husband, William B. Roberts, who died on April 15, 1984.  Survivors include two sons, Kenneth Roberts, Claremore; and Lloyd M. Roberts, Tulsa; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Church of God, Vinita, with the Rev. James D. Moss and the Rev. Ray C. Newman officiating.  Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery, Vinita.  Funeral arrangements are by the Luginbuel Funeral Home of Vinita.
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Page 33
February 1979
F. Roberts
Francis Marion Roberts, 88-year-old Vinitan, died Monday in a local nursing home.  Roberts was born July 26, 1889 in Berry County, Mo. (It should be spelled BARRY).
He had spent most of his life in the Big Cabin and White Oak area, and lived in Vinita the past 20 years.  Roberts was a retired farmer.  Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Marie Roberts, of the home at 328 S. Foreman; one son, Orville C. Roberts, Tempe, Ariz.; six step-children; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.  Services are pending and will be announced lated by Luginbuel Funeral Service of Vinita, Oklahoma.
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M. Roberts
Page 88 and 35 are duplicates
November 20, 1978
Martha Agnes Roberts, born Feb. 13, 1899, at Purdy, Mo. passed away Nov. 16 ,  in Joplin, Mo.  Mrs. Roberts was the widow of Earnest E. Roberts, who operated the Pittsburgh Furniture Store, Vinita, in 1932 and 1933.  She had been a resident of Autumn Homes II, Vinita, for the past year, and a resident of the Joplin area for over 70 years.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Joplin.  Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Harold Conner, Leawood, Kan., Mrs. Mildred Nash, Joplin, and Mrs. Stanley Thomason, Vinita, nine grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.  Memorial services for Mrs. Roberts were held Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Thornhill-Dillon Chapel, Joplin, with the Rev. Glenn Pence, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Joplin officiating.  Interment was the Carterville, Mo. cemetery.
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Page 130
October 1, 1973
J. Steeber
Jacob R. Steeber, 85, passed away today in a local hospital following a long illness.  he was born Jan. 27, 1888, in Missouri and was a retired farmer.  Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Dottie D. Steeber, of the home in Big Cabin; three sons, Jay R. Steeber, Big Cabin, Leroy Steeber, Ontario, Calif., and George Steeber, Richland, Wash.; two daughters, Mrs. Beth Woolman, Vinita and Mrs. Eva Barber, Big Cabin and 12 grandchildren.  Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced later by the Luginbuel Funeral Service of Vinita.
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Page 166
October 7, 1975
Rosa Dupree
Rosa W. Dupree, 81, 570 N. Smith St., died Monday afternoon in a local hospital after a week’s illness.  She had been in ill health the past few months.  She was the widow of Wright Dupree who died Oct. 9, 1964.  Mrs. Dupree was born Jan. 12, 1894 near Pryor, I. T., the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. I. J. Wright.  The family lived for a time in Siloam Springs, Ark., and moved to Centralia about 1907.  She began teaching at the age of 16, in the old Scott community which later became Bunker Hill.  She also taught at Centralia, Banner, Dupree, Shanahan and Couch schools.  During World War II she taught in the Wayside and Cobb districts.  She was a past president of the Craig County Home Demonstration (now Extension Homemakers) Council and of the Woman’s Missionary Union of First Baptist Church.  In 1959, she and Mr. Dupree helped organize the Dupree Baptist Church and she remained active in the church until her final illness.  Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Frances Frost, Mrs. Emma Rose Moore, and Mrs. Mary Jo Jones, all of Vinita; one brother, Clegg I. Wright, Independence, Kans., and three sisters, Mrs. Grace Horrell, Louisville, Ky.; Mrs. Cora Connor, Riverside, Calif., and Mrs. Mabell Burnett, Tulsa, and eight grandchildren.  Her son, Louis W. Dupree, died in 1943 while serving in the army at El Paso, Tex.  Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the First Baptist Church.  Rev. Clifford Stevens, pastor of the Dupree church, will officiate, assisted by Rev. Charles McBee, First Baptist pastor.  Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery under direction of the Burckhalter Funeral Home.
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page 248-obits scrapbook of Eunice Hightower of Vinita, Ok
1983  
Coyne
Lawrence Lee (Duncan) Coyne, 46-year-old Centralia resident, died Wednesday at his home from an apparent heart attack.  Mr. Coyne was born April 18, 1937 at Centralia and attended school at Centralia and Bacone College.  Mr. Coyne formerly worked for Craig County District No. 1, Luginbuel Funeral Home, Chelsea Police Department and Craig County Sheriff's Posse.  Mr. Coyne was a member of the Holy Ghost Catholic Church of Vinita and lived with his aunt, Miss Johnna Coyne, who survivies.  Survivors include:  one daughter, Elizabeth Coyne, Vinita; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Coyne, Vinita; and two brothers, Jim Coyne, Nowata, and Joe Coyne, Bluejacket.  Rosary service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sunday evening at the Luginbuel Funeral Chapel.  Funeral mass will be 10 a.m. Monday at the Holy Ghost Catholic Church with Father Leo Brand officiating.  Interment will be in the Fairview Cemetery.  Arrangements are by the Luginbuel Funeral Home in Vinita.

Page 146--No date (but evidently about July 1975)
(Notes: Social Security records online show: born January 20, 1887, died July 1975)
Tolly Woodley
Tolly Dave Woodley, the father of Mrs. Milton Clark, Vinita, passed away Tuesday in an Oklahoma City hospital after a short illness.  He was 88 years old.  Funeral services and burial will be held in Okmulgee.  Survivors also included are grandson, Larry and Paul Clark. (I'm not sure of the last few words, but that is what it looked like.)


Obit: page 23
Oct 1973 (Eunice Hightower's note)
Mrs. Black

Funeral services for Mrs. Flossie Black of Cleora, who died Nov. 14 after a long illness, were held at 10 a.m. today in the Luginbuel Funeral Chapel.  Rev. Jay West officiated and interment was in Zena Cemetery with arrangements directed by the Luginbuel Funeral Service of Vinita.

Obit: page 33
2-7-79 (Eunice Hightower's note)
H. Black
Henry R. Black, 89, Westville, died Friday in a Fayetteville, Ark., hospital.  Born March 29, 1889, in Goshen, Ark., Black was a retired farmer and rancher and a member of the Westville Church of Christ.  Survivors include three daughters, Bessie Fleig, Westville, and Grace Barron and Maxine Barton, both of Vinita, and four sons, Virgil Black, Westville, Bob Black, Woodland, Calif., and Jim Black and Fred Black, both of Fayetteville, Ark.  Services were held Tuesday in Hart's Funeral Chapel, Westville, with the Rev. Mark Inman officiating.  Interment was in Westville Cemetery.
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Page 58  Sept 9, 1974, Vinita Ok Daily Journal:
Joseph Mays
Joseph Mays, 85-year-old longtime Bluejacket resident, passed away Saturday evening in a Miami hospital.  Born April 11, 1889, near Afton, Indian Territory, he married the former Rose Weston in Afton in 1915 and moved to his present residence.  He was a farmer most of his life.  Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Rose Mays, of the home; three daughters, Evelyn Speer, Bluejacket, Pauline Powell, Okmulgee, and Lola Giles, Fairland; three sons, Bob Mays and Kenneth Mays, both of Miami, and Leslie Mays, Buckner, Mo; three sisters, Mrs. Josie Gail and Mrs. Della Gilbert, both of Miami, and Mrs. Gertie Hanna, Fairland; 25 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.  Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Luginbuel Funeral Chapel, with Don Livingston officiating.  Burial will be in the Bluejacket Cemetery under the direction of Luginbuel Funeral Service of Vinita.
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Page 221 -1983
Spencer
Lem B. Spencer, former Cleora resident, died Friday in Galt, Calif. He was born March 31, 1889 in Maysville, Ark., and was a retired farmer and preacher. Spencer had preached many years in the tri-state area and had lived on his farm north of Cleora until moving to Galt, Calif, with his son, Thomas in 1980. He was married to Minnie Pearl Ford on Dec. 17, 1916. She preceded him in death in January 1964. He was preceded in death by his wife in January 1964, his parents, three children, five brothers and two sisters. Survivors include his children, Edward Spencer, Spearville, Kan., Vernon Spencer, Springfield, Mo., James Spencer, Loomis, Calif., Thomas Spencer, Galt, Calif., and Mrs. Ruth Krumrei, Haarlem, Holland, 18 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday in the luginbuel Funeral Chapel with Bobby Key of Miami officiating. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery, Vinita. Arrangements are by the Luginbuel Funeral Service, Vinita. Friends are giving to the Turley Childrens Home in Turley.
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Page 223 of obit scrapbook:
February 1984--Vinita Ok Daily Journal

Mrs. Gooding.
Rachel Rmenda Gooding died Thursday.  She ws born Dec. 15, 1935.  Survivors include her husband, Iland Gooding; daughter, Diana Rice, Disney, and grandchildren, Remenda and Christy Rice. Services were held Saturday at the Assembly of God Church in Topsy.  Interment was in Mose Ridge Cemetery, Topsy.
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Page 197
April 26, 1984-- Vinita, Ok Daily Journal
Mrs. Neilson
Mrs. Roxie Maynard Neilson, 78, died Wednesday at a local nursing home.  She was born Nov. 15, 1905 at Parkersburg, W. Va., and was a lifetime resident of the Vinita area. She was a member of the Baptist Church.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Luther Maynard, died in 1965, and by a son, Terry.  Survivors include her husband, Albert Carl neilson, Vinita; sons,  Harold Maynard, 232 N. Gunter, (note, Vinita); Rufus F. Maynard, Miami; Virgil Maynard, Van Alstyne, Texas; and Noble Maynard, Tulsa; sister, Cloie Daley, Belprie, Ohio; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  Services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday in the Burckhalter Funeral Home Memorial Chapel with the rev. Henry P. Haynes officiating.  Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery, Vinita.  Friends are giving to the American Diabetes Association in care of Oklahoma State Bank, Vinita.
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Page 62
March 17, 1975
F. Cunningham
Floyd Everett Cunningham, 83, former Afton policeman, passed away at 9 a.m. today en route to a Miami hospital.  He was born Sept. 21, 1891, at Seymour, Mo., and moved from California to Afton 16 years ago.  He was an Afton policeman for four years.  Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Gladys Whipkey, Grove and Mrs. Bonnie Cunningham, Afton; one brother, Joe Cunningham, Talahina; two sisters, Ida Green, Afton and Inez Cunningham, Seminole; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.  Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Birks Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial will be in Council HOuse Cemetery near Grove under the direction of Birks Funeral Home of Afton.
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Page 65
October 7, 1974
Babe Egnor
Babe Egnor, 70-year-old Vinita resident passed away Friday afternoon in a Tulsa hospital following a long illness.  He was born Feb. 7, 1904, at White Oak, I.T.  He was a retired state highway department employee and a member of the Big Cabin Baptist Church.  Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Alta Egnor, of the home at 610 N. Scraper; three sons, Cecil E. Egnor and Samuel F. Egnor, both of Big Cabin, and Doyle Egnor, Vinita; five daughters, LeElla Borgstrom, Big Cabin; Donna Trout, Pryor; Alta D. Clouse and Karen Shipman, both of Vinita; and Cheryl Lynn Harmon, New York City; two brothers, Robert Egnor, Big Cabin; and O. M. Egnor, Vinita; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  Services were conducted at 2 p.m. today in the Luginbuel Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Jay Murphey, pastor of the Big Cabin Baptist Church officiating.  Burial was in White Oak Cemetery, under the direction of Luginbuel Funeral Service of Vinita.
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Page 138
December 19, 1977
Ollie Egnor
Ollie M. Egnor, 82, died Saturday in a local hospital after an extended illness.  He was born July 10, 1895, in Harrison, Ark., and came to Craig County in 1900.  He is survived by his wife, oma, of the home, 240 N. Scraper and one brother, Robert Egnor, Big Cabin.  He was a member of the Vinita Baptist Church.  Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Burckhalter Memorial Chapel with the REv. Ray Newman officiating.  Interment will be in the White Oak Cemetery under the direction of the Burckhalter Funeral Home, Vinita.
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Page 40
October 2, 1984
Mrs. Rafferty
Mrs. Opal N. Rafferty, 81-year-old lifetime White Oak resident, died early today in a local nursing home.  She was born Dec. 12, 1902, south of White Oak, I.T.  Mrs. Rafferty was a housewife and a member of the White Oak First Baptist Church.  She was preceded in death by a brother, Mike Williams in 1971.  Survivors include her husband, Lester Rafferty, of the home west of White Oak; daughters, Mrs. Betty Christie, Vinita; and Mrs. LaDon Buchanan, Tulsa; son, Charles Rafferty, El Dorado, Ark; sisters, Ruby Rafferty, Vinita; Ida Hephill (should be Hemphill??), Joplin, Mo; and Carmen Lumpkin, Molalla, Ore.; brothers, Sherman Williams, Fair Play, Mo., and Carl Williams, Montclair, Calif., four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  Services are pending and will be announced by the Luginbuel Funeral Service, Vinita.
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Page 44
Mrs. Rafferty
Services for Mrs. Opal Rafferty, 81-year-old White Oak resident who died Tuesday, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the Luginbuel Funeral Chapel.  The Rev. Steve Stookey, pastor of the White Oak Baptist Church, will officiate, assisted by the Rev. Perry Kinglesmith.  Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery.
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Page 126
September 4, 1979
Mrs. O’Gara
Mrs. Zetta Mae O’Gara, 81-year-old longtime Vinitan, died Friday at her home following an illness.  Born Aug. 25, 1898, in Greenfield, Mo., Mrs. O’Gara had been a resident of Vinita since 1940.  She was married to Loren J. Land on March 15, 1925, in Springfield, Mo.  He preceded her in death on Jan. 23, 1968.  She later married Vernon F. O’Gara on Feb. 16, 1973.  Mrs. O’Gara was a member of the Northside Church of Christ, and a lifetime member of the Vinita Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.  Survivors include her husband, Vernon F. O’Gara, of the home at 139 S. Fourth; one daughter, Mrs. Mary Louise Perry, Tulsa’ two sons, Charles J. Land, 215 S. Gunter (note: Vinita); and Cecil E. Land, Albuquerque, N.M.; three sisters, Mrs. Leola Litle, Lockwood, Mo., Mrs. Blanche Pretti, Marshfield, Mo., and Mrs. Juanita McGuire, Greenfield, mo.; three brothers, Ralph Blevins, Napa, Calif.; Claude Blevins, Peoria, Ill., and Francis Blevins, Pawhuska, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  Services were held today at 10:30 a.m. at the Burckhalter memorial Chapel with the Rev. Versal Johnson, Broken Arrow, officiating.  Interment was in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of the Burckhalter Funeral Home, Vinita.
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1979
Underwood
Mrs. Flossie Marie Underwood, 79-year-old longtime Vinita resident, died Tuesday in a local nursing home.  Mrs. Underwood operated a grade A dairy for 40 years and lived in the Vinita area most of her life.  She was a member of the First Christian Church.  Survivors include one son, Bill L. Underwood, Vinita; one daughter, Mrs. Don Reynolds, Vinita; one brother, L. C. “Bill” Seaman, Chelsea; two grandchildren, David L. Underwood, Oklahoma City, and Brenda Lee Underwood, Vinita, eight nephews and two nieces.  Services are pending and will be announced later by the Seaman-Blanke Funeral Home of Chelsea.
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March 1988
O’Gara
Mrs. Flossie Mae O’Gara, 80, former Vinita resident, died Monday, Feb. 22 in the Humana West Anaheim Hospital, Anaheim, Calif. after a long illness.  Mrs. O’Gara was born Feb. 17, 1908 in White Oak, the daughter of John M. and Mattie Jane (Hampton) Sweatman.  She grew up in the White Oak area and attended school there.  She married Flavious G. O’Gara in 1926 and the couple made their home in Vinita, Bartlesville and Afton prior to moving in Tucson, Ariz. in 1953.  Mr. O’Gara died in 1973 and a short time later Mrs. O’Gara moved to Anaheim.  Survivors include one son, Flavious C. O’Gara, Jr., Bartlesville; two daughters, Barbara Sikes, Baxter Springs, Kan.; and Elizabeth Hill, Anaheim; two brothers, milford Sweatman, Bartlesville; and John Lewis Sweatman, Hot Springs, Ark.; one sister, Ola Shank, Seiling, Okla.; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.  A brother-in-law, Vernon O’Gara, Vinita, also survives.  Funeral se rvices for Mrs. O’Gara were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, in the Colonial Chapel of the Neekamp Golden Rule Funeral Home, Bartlesville.  Burial followed in the Memorial Park Cemetery, Bartlesville.
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August 8, 1986
Hart
E. E. “Buck” Hart, 79, Vinita, died early Friday morning at a Miami nursing home.  Hart was born nov. 13, 1906, at White Oak.  He was a retired farmer manager at Eastern State Hospital and was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church.  Survivors include two sons, Roy Murphy, Sunnvale, Calif.; and Charles Hart, Lee’s Summit, Mo.; two daughters, Beulah Hornback, Vinita; and Martha Whitesell, Miami; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.  Hart was preceded in death by his wife, Beulah Hart, on April 15, 1980.  Services for Hart are pending and will be announced later by the Luginbuel Funeral Service of Vinita.
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June 10, 1986
Kerr
Helen Louise Kerr, 55, died Saturday at her home in Grand Lake Towne following an eight onth illness.  Mrs. Kerr worked as a clerk at Jones Home Services, Ketchum, for three years before she retired in 1985.  She was the daughter of the late Walter Lee and Sophie (Bogler) Scott.  Survivors include her husband, Lee Kerr, of the home in Grand Lake Towne; one daughter, Mrs. Manuel (Gloria Jean) Johnson, Cleora; three brothers, John Scott, Eucha; Frank W. Scott, Disney; and Robert J. Scott, Bernice; two sisters, Ruby m. Morrow, Disney; and Marie Swedeen, Pensacola; one sister-in-law, Irene Stewart, Claremore.  Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. today at the Assembly of God Church in Disney. Rev. Dale Lemons, pastor of the church, officiated.  Burial was in Willow Spring Cemetery, Ketchum.  Claremore Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements.
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January 1980
E. Heard
Edmond P. “Jake” Heard, 62-year-old resident of Rt. 3, Vinita, died early today in a local hospital.  Born July 31, 1917, at White Oak, Heard was a retired Eastern State Hospital employee and had formerly worked for the McNabb Coal Company.  He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and was a recipient of the Oak Leaf Cluster and the Purple Heart.  He was a member of the Fellowship Baptist Temple in Littleton, Colo.  Survivors include three brothers, Bennie Heard, Robert Heard and Arthur Heard, all of White Oak; his foster mother, Mrs. Martha Griffith, White Oak, seven foster sisters and one foster brother.  Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Luginbuel Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Claude Strong, pastor of the Craig County Baptist Church, officiating.  Interment will be in White Oak Cemetery under the direction of the Luginbuel Funeral Home, Vinita.
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maybe May 1986
Mary Baker
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Lou Jones Baker, 42-year-old former area resident, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Four-Square Gospel Church with  Rev. Victor Samples officiating.  Burial will be in Ketchum Cemetery under the direction of the Luginbuel Funeral Service, Vinita.
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January 17, 1979
T. Allard
Thomas Leroy Allard, 54-year-old former Vinita resident, died Monday in Phoenix, Ariz.  He was born Sept. 9, 1924 in Vinita and was a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force.  Allard was a member of the Vinita Masonic Lodge.  Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Frances Allard, of the home at 2630 East North Lane, Phoenix, Ariz.; one daughter, Mrs. Rev Crawford, Tahlequah; one son, Thomas L. Allard, Los Angeles, Calif.; his mother, Mrs. Myrtle Donaldson, Vinita, and two grandchildren.  Services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. in the Luginbuel Funeral Chapel with the REv. Gene Kay officiating.  Committal services will be held Friday at 3 p.m. in the Ft. Gibson National Cemetery, Ft. Gibson, with full military honors.  Local arrangements are by the Luginbuel Funeral Home, Vinita.
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Vinita Daily Journal
December 19, 1974
page 63 of obits
Callie Hendrix
Mrs. Callie M. Hendrix, 81-year-old Vinitan, passed away Wednesday in a local hospital.  She was born Aug. 4, 1893 in Indian Territory and had lived in Vinita all her life.  She and her husband had been residents of Autumn Homes No. 3 for about a year.  Mrs. Hendrix was a member of the Methodist Church.  Survivors include her husband, Fred Hendrix; two daughters, Martha Slateau, Oregon City, Ore., and Corinne Canfield, Riverside, Calif.; three sons, Gene Hendrix, Opico Rivera, Calif., Kenneth Hendrix, Bell, Calif., and David Hendrix, Virginia Beach, Va.; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday in the Luginbuel Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Joe Carson officiating.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Luginbuel Funeral Service of Vinita.
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Vinita Daily Journal
page 60 of obits
August 27, 1975
Fred Hendrix
Services for Fred Hendrix, 87, who passed away Monday in a local nursing home, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Luginbuel Funeral Chapel.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Luginbuel Funeral Service of Vinita.  Survivors include two daughters, Corinne Canfield, Riverside, Calif., and Martha Flateau, Oregon City, Ore.; three sons, E. L. Hendrix, Pico Rivera, Calif., Kenneth Hendrix, Bell, Calif; and David Hendrix, Virginia Beach, Va; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  (the rest of the obit is cut off).
(Names spelled as given in obits.)
June 1986:
Epperson
Susan Lynn Epperson, 31, Okay, died Friday at a Muskogee hospital following a brief illness.  She was born on July 17, 1954, in Vinita to Richard Ivan and Peggy (Mitchell) Grimes.  She was an employee of Banner Finance of Muskogee. Epperson was a member of the Mazie baptist Church.  Survivors include her husband, Jack Epperson of the home in Okay; two daughters, Carrie Epperson and Ali Epperson, both of the home in Okay; her mother, Mrs. Richard Grimes, Chouteau; one sister, Dawn Posey, Chouteau; and her grandmother, Mrs. Clay Mitchell, Vinita.  Services for  Epperson will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Mazie Baptist church, Mazie, with the Rev. Lawrence Losey officiating.  Burial will be in the Chouteau Cemetery.  Arrangements are by the Burckhalter Funeral Home of Vinita.
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Vinita (Ok) Daily Journal,
Wednesday, July 18, 2001

Skillman
Mrs. Dora Skillman, 95 year-old widow of John O. Skillman, resident of Vinita and longtime resident of Big Cabin, passed away Tuesday morning, July 17, 2001 at Rosewood Terrace Care Center.  Mrs. Skillman was born on November 16, 1905 in Pensacola, Okla.  She was the daughter of Phillip Albert “Bert” and Dortha “Dollie” (Clemens) Flock.  She and John Oliver “Skelly” Skillman were united in marriage on July 8, 1933 in Big Cabin and made their home there.  She worked briefly during the war and spent most of her time working with her husband, training bird dogs.  They crossed the United Staes and Canada training dogs.  Mr. Skillman preceded her in death on July 24, 1977.  She mad moved to Vinita in the early 1980s.  She loved to ride horses, garden and look after her family of brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.  She is survived by two sisters, Gladys Carroll and Aretha Turner, both of Vinita and numerous nieces and nephews.  her husband, parents, a sister, Cora Macon, three brothers Tom,Bill and Claude Flock and a special nephew, Billy H.Flock, preceded her in death.  Funeral services for Mrs. Skillman will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, july 19, 2001 in the chapel of Luginbuel Funeral Home of Vinita with Bro. Roy Miller and Rev. Eugene Kay officiating.  Burial will be on the family plot of Big Cabin Cemetery under the direction of Luginbuel Funeral Home.  memorials may be made to the Timberhill Church of Christ or Otterbein United Methodist Church.

The Daily Times, Pryor Creek, Oklahoma,
Wednesday, July 18, 2001, page 3

Dora Skillman
 Funeral services for Dora Skillman, 95, of Vinita, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the chapel of the Luginbuel Funeral Home of Vinita.  The Rev. Eugene Kay and Brother Roy Miller will officiate.  Burial will follow on the family plot of the Big Cabin Cemetery.  Services are under the direction of Luginbuel Funeral Home.  Skillman was born Nov. 16, 1905 in Pensacola to Phillip Albert "Bert" and Dortha "Dollie" (Clemens) Flock.  She died July 17, 2001 at Rosewood Terrace Care Center.  She married John Oliver "Skelly" Skillman on June 9, 1933 in Big Cabin and made their home there.  She worked briefly during the war but spent most of her time working with her husband training bird dogs.  They crossed the Unisted States and Canada training dogs.  She had moved to Vinita in the early 1980s.  She loved to ride horses, garden and look after her family of brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.  Survivors include her two sisters Gladys Carroll and Artha Turner both of Vinita; and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband on July 27, 1977; her parents; sister Cora Macon; brothers Tom, Bill and Claude Flock and special nephew Billy Flock.  Memorials may be made to the Timberhill Church of Christ or Otterbein United Methodist Church.



Vinita Ok Daily Journal
August 14, 1975

Mrs. Loffelholz

Mrs. Della Irene Loffelholz, 57-year-old former Vinitan, died Wednesday at her residence in Bartlesville.  Born Sept. 4, 1917, at Centralia, she was united in marriage with Laurence Loffelholz on Aug. 11, 1936 in Nowata.  They made their home in Vinita until 1945, when they moved to Chouteau.  They moved to Bartlesville in 1955.  She was a member of St. john’s Catholic Church in Bartlesville, and of the St. John’s Altar Society.  Mrs. Loffelholz worked as a ladies auxiliary at memorial Hospital, Bartlesville.  She was preceded in death by one son, Larry Edward Loffelholz.  Survivors include the husband, of the home; two sons, Charles Loffelholz, Wann, and Bob Loffelholz, Bartlesville; two daughters, mrs. Irene Woodall, Vinita, and Mrs. Carolyn Saunders, Miami; two sisters, Mrs. Belle Altebaumer and Mrs. Nina Smith, both of Miami; eight brothers, Otis Miller, Alfred Miller and Omer Miller, all of Centralia, Charles Miller and Jimmie Miller, both of Bartlesville, Arthur Miller and C. B. Miller, both of Miami, and Johnny Miller, Chetopa, Kan.; her mother, Mrs. Mary Miller, Bartlesville and seven grandchildren.  Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. John’s Catholic Church with Fr. Lee O’Neil as celebrant.  Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery, Vinita, with Fr. Benedict D’Angelo officiating.  Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Friday in the Stumpff Funeral Home, Bartlesville, which is in charge of funeral arrangements.

June 23, 1972
Roscoe Thorpe

Roscoe Marion Thorpe, 67, passed away at 10:15 a.m. Thursday in a Joplin, Mo hospital.  He was born Aug. 10, 1904 in Belmont, Indian Territory and had been an Afton area resident for the past 45 years.  He was a member of the Sac-Fox Indian tribe and a half-brother to Jim Thorpe, the famous athlete.  Thorpe retired two years ago from school bus driving.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Afton.  Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Eva Thorpe, of the home in Afton; three sons, Marion Thorpe, of San Deigo, Calif; Jim Thorpe, of Newport, Ore., and Don Thorpe, of Joplin, Mo., and seven grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Afton Assembly of God Church with Rev. Charles Talbert officiating.  Interment will be in the Sixkiller Cemetery south of Afton under the direction of the Birks Funeral Home of Afton.

February 24, 1962
Dingman Rites Pending
Services are pending here for Mrs. Rena C. Dingman, 82-year-old former Vinita resident who died early Friday in a Tulsa hospital after a three-week illness.  The Burckhalt Funera Home is in charge.

August 1972
Homer Jones
Homer H. Jones, 73, died Thursday at a local hospital following a long illness.  He was born April 11, 1899 in Howell County, Missouri and had been a resident of Vinita for the past 25 years.  Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. T. R. Cline of Okemah; three brothers, H. E. Jones, of Tulsa, H. D. Jones, of Longview, Tex., and J. W. Jones of Duncan; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the Buchanan Funeral Home in Okmulgee. Local arrangements were under the direction of the Burckhalter Funeral Home of Vinita.

August 1975
Laura Daniels
Mrs. Laura Daniels, 94-year-old mother of Mrs. Frances Brown, Vinita, passed away Monday in a Tulsa hospital. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced later by the Luginbuel Funeral Home of Vinita.

August 1975
Laura Daniels
Services for Laura N. Daniels, former Craig County resident, were held at 2 p.m today in the LuginbuelChapel, with interment in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Luginbuel Funeral Service of Vinita.  A dinner will be served at the First Baptist Church following services.

August 20, 1975
Laura Daniels
Laura N. Daniels, 94-year-old former Craig Countian, passed away Monday in a Tulsa hospital.  She was born March 30, 1881 in Springfield, Mo., and lived near Strang for many years before moving to Sand Springs 26 years ago.  Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Frances Brown, Vinita, and Mrs. Catherine Thompson and Mrs. Dorothy Dixon, both ofDetroit, Mich.; three sons, Ralph Daniels, Tulsa, Marshall Daniels, Wichita, Kan., and Emery Daniels, Detroit, Mich.; 18 grandchildren, 76 great-grandchildren and 37 great-great-grandchildren.  Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the Luginbuel Funeral Chapel, with Rev. H. J. Jones, Sand Springs and Rev. J. Castina Jackson, Tulsa officiating.  Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Luginbuel Funeral Serivce.

August 15, 1974
Floyd Gleason
Floyd Gleason, 73-year-old Vinita resident, died suddenly early today in his home.  Born january 15, 1901 in Vinita, Indian Territory, he had lived in Vinita all his life except ten years when he worked at a dairy in St. Louis, Mo.  Gleason was a retired farmer and rancher.  Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Marguerite Gleason, of the home at Rt. 1 Vinita, two sons, Robert Gleason, Vinita, and Rodney Gleason, Lowland, Mich., and seven grandchildren.  Services are pending and will be announced later by Luginbuel Funeral Service of Vinita.

August 1975
George Lawson
George (Tudor) Lawson, 48, passed away Thursday in a Tulsa hospital after a two-year illness.  Born Oct 2, 1926 in Vinita, he was employed by the city water department.  He was a veteran of World War II.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Lawson of the home 622 N. Gunter St.; two daughters, Mrs. Bobbi Faye Harper, Salina, and Mrs. Linda Melson, Chelsea; three sons, Joe Lawson, David Lawson and Tom Lawson, all of the home; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Casey Lawson, V inita’ three brothers, Bob Lawson, H. A. Lawson and Kenneth Lawson, all of Vinita; three sisters, Mrs. June Archer, Bartlesville, Mrs. Arlis Griffin, Oologah and Norma McNeely, Vinita and one grandchild.  Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Luginbuel Funeral Chapel with Rev. Charles McBee officiating.  Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery with arrangements directed by the Luginbuel Funeral Service of Vinita.  A memorial fund has been established in Mr. Lawson’s name.  Contributions may be made at the First National Bank, Oklahoma State Bank or the city clerk’s office in Vinita.

Mrs. Williams
Mrs. Straucie Lee Williams, 75, a lifetime resident of the Vinita area, died at her home at 1 p.m. Thursday.  She had returned home that morning after being hospitalized.  She was born Feb. 9, 1900 in the old Estella community west of Vinita, I.T. and lived in Big Cabin with her husband, Omer Williams, a former Craig County commissioner, at the time of her death.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Big Cabin.  Surviving in addition to her husband are a daughter, Dorothy Vaughan, Broken Arrow; a brother, Kenneth Fields,San Antonio, Tex.; a sister, Mrs. Joe Lay, Rt 4, Vinita and three grandsons.  Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the First Baptist Church of Big Cabin, with Rev. Jay Murphy officiating.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of the Burckhalter Funeral Home of Vinita.

August 1975
Mrs. Boggs
Mrs. Caroly Mae Spaulding Boggs, 39, was killed by a gunshot wound Thursday evening in Renton, Wash.  Mrs. Boggs was born June 9, 1944 in Vinita and had lived here until the late 1940s when she moved to Ada.  She later moved to the Renton-Seattle area, where she was employed by the Boeing Aircraft Corporation.  Survivors include two sons, Donnie Boggs and Bennie Boggs, both of the home in Renton; her father, Ausmond Spaulding, Skiatook; two sisters, Mrs. Marily Cook and Janet Baldwin, both of Skiatook; two brothers, Jack Spaulding, Del City and Ben Spaulding, San Diego, Calif.; and her aunt, Mrs. Virginia Mae Archer, Claremore.  The body arrived in Vinita this morning and graveside services were conducted at 2 p.m. today in the Fairview Cemetery.  Rev. Bill Martin, Baptist minister from Del City, officiated.  The Burckhalter Funeral Services were in charge. (Last two sentences very faint.)

1975 (August?)
Roy Morgan
Roy Oliver Morgan, 86, Welch, was dead on arrival at 1:45 a.m. today at Bradshaw Memorial Hospital, Miami, of an apparent heart attack.  Born June 1, 1911 in Fairview District, northeast of Welch, Morgan lived near Welch his entire life.  He was united in marriage with the former Naloma Phillips, March 14, 1930 in Vinita.  He was a retired farmer-stockman and a member of the Baptist Church.  Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Naloma Morgan, of the home; one son, Leroy Morgan, Chetopa, Kans.; one daughter, Mrs. Bertha Ruth Lewis, Neosho, Mo.; two brothers, Raymond Morgan, Vinita and Porter Morgan, Chetopa, Kans.; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Thomas Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Eddie McFall officiating.  Burial will be in the Williams Cemetery, east of Welch.  Arrangements are under the direction of Thomas Funeral Home, Welch.

May 28, 1974
H. Harding
Hobert A. Harding, a 55-year-old former Langley resident died Friday night in a Kansas City, Mo., hospital.  Born July 9, 1918, he had lived in Blue Springs, Neb., for the past few years.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during World War II.  Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Margarette Harding of the home in Blue Springs; three daughters, Wanda Harding and Debbie Williams, both of Kansas City, Mo, and Ruth Ann Waldon, Bell, Calif.; two sons, Hobert Harding Jr., Kansas City, Mo and Randy Harding, now serving in the armed forces; two stepdaughters, Carrie Young and Nancy Williams, both of Kansas City; three sisters, Mrs. Arzilla Rains, Claremore, Mrs. Thelma Parrish, Sapulpa and Mrs. Fern Barnes, Bluejacket and 12 grandchildren.  Services were held at 2 p.m. today in the Luginbuel Funeral Chapel.  Interment was in Military Cemetery near Langley under the direction of the Luginbuel Funeral Service.

May 28, 1974
Landrumm  (all the rest of the names are spelled: Laudrumm)
Funeral services were held in Pawhuska May 26 for D.A. (Stanley) Laudrumm (as spelled), age 77 a former Vinitan.  He is survived by his wife, Emmeline Davis Laudrumm (as spelled), former of Vinita, one daughter, Mrs. Margaret Hartman, Bartlesville, one son, Dr. Dave Laudrumm (as spelled), Pawhuska, and eight grandchildren.  Also three sisters, Mrs. Mover Kelley and Mrs. Lois Webb, Vinita, Mrs. Nona Morgan, Midwest City, Oklahoma and one brother E. M. Laudrumm (as spelled), Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

September 8, 1975
E. Hilderbrand
Edward Clifford Hilderbrand, a former Vinita resident, passed away Friday in a Coffeyville, Kan., hospital.  He was 61 years old. Hildrebrand wasa born Sept. 16, 1913 at Ottumwa, Iowa and came to Vinita as a small child with his family.  He received his education in Vinita and was employed in farm and ranch work in this area before moving to Coffeyville, kan., in 1933.  He was a welder for many years and retired in 1973.  He was a member of the Southern Baptist Church and Boilermakers and Blacksmith’s Local No. 83 of Kansas City, Mo.  Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Devery Mae Hilderbrand, of the home; one son, Charles W. Wallace, of the home; three brothers, Henry C. Hilderbrand, Vinita, Freeman Hilderbrand, Valeda, Kan., and John Hilderbrand, Ontario, Calif.; five sisters, Mrs. Mary Ironside, Mrs. Freda Longtail, Mrs. Lottie Altebaumer, Mrs. Marie Bresnehen and Mrs. Dorothy Bennett, all of Vinita and three grandchildren.  Services were held at 2 p.m. today in the First Baptist Church of Edna, Kan., with Rev. Donald D. Williams officiating.  Burial was in the North Edna Cemetery under the direction of Ford Funeral Home, Coffeyville, Kan.

May 1974
Bennett
Mrs. Mary A. Bennett, 72, 120 N. Second St., died Thursday at a local nursing home following a long illness.  She was the widow of Floyd E. Bennett, who died Oct. 1, 1967, and had resided in Vinita for about 55 years.  Mrs. Bennett was born May 29, 1902 in the state of Kansas and was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.  Surviving are a son, Bobby D. Bennett, 2904 S. W. 61st St., Oklahoma City; two sisters, Mrs. H. C. Hudson, Trenton, Mo., and Mrs. V. H. Hall, Rock Falls, Ill,; one brother, Charles B. Sharp, Janesville, Wisc.; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced later by Burckhalter Funeral Home of Vinita.

August 1975
Iona Fogle
Mrs. Iona Laura Fogle, 86, passed away Thursday in a Sherman, Tex., nursing home.  She was born Nov. 24, 1888, in Dubuque, Iowa and had lived in Sherman since 1959.  Prior to living in Sherman, she lived in Vinita and was active in the Baptist church and was a Sunday school teacher.  Mrs. Fogle’s husband, Judge George P. Fogle, preceded her in death in April 1973.  Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Edward R. Patterson, Miami, Fla. and Mrs. William H. Morrison, Sherman, Tex., and one grandson, Paul Morris, Sherman, Tex.  Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Fairview Cemetery, Vinita, with Mr. John Sagers officiating.  Luginbuel’s Funeral Service, Vinita, is in charge of the arrangements.

August 1975
Willa Johnson
Mrs. Willa Johnson, 61-year-old Tulsan and former Vinitan, passed away in a Tulsa Hospital Sunday morning.  Mrs. Johnson was born Feb. 20, 1914  in Vinita.  She graduated from Attucks High School here.  Survivors include her husband, Cal Johnson of the home at 2161 E. 29th Street North, Tulsa, and two brothers, Dwain Willis, Vinita and D. J. Willis, Tulsa.  A sister, Hope Browder, preceded her in death on July 26, 1975.  Rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Monica Parish, Tulsa.  Interment will be at a Tulsa cemetery.  Jack’s Memory Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

August 1975
I. A. Wayman
Those from the Vinita area attending funeral services Thursday in Jet (Oklahoma) for I. A. Wayman were Mr. and Mrs. Efton Wayman, Randy and Doug; Mr. and Mrs. Delvin Simmons Jr; Mr and Mrs Louis Walker, Sherry and Amy; Mrs. lela Lay; Mr and Mrs Harold Johnson and Mr and Mrs Mutt Johnson.

August 20, 1975
John Cozart
John D. Cozart, 60, formerly of Vinita, died Sunday in an Enid hospital.  He had been ill for one year.  He was born June 11, 1915 in Davenport.  Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Alberta Cozart, of the home in Enid; three daughters, Mrs. Dale Pendelton, Enid, Mrs. Eric Turshman, Huntington Beach, Calif. and Mrs. Mike Fritz, Vinita; a brother, three sisters and five grandchildren.  Funeral arrangements were not announced.

September 10, 1975
Gertrude Hume
Mrs. Gertrude A. Hume, 73, passed away Tuesday afternoon in a local nursing home following a long illness.  She was born Feb. 13, 1902 in the state of Kansas and lived in this area most of her life.  Surviving are her daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Overgard, 326 S. Smith St., one grandson, Charles Overgard, Claremore; two sisters and one brother, whose names were not immediately available and two great-grandchildren.  Graveside services were held at 9 a.m. today in Fairview Cemetery, with Rev. Charles Carrico, pastor of the Christian Church officiating.  Burckhalter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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F. Johnson:  Mrs. Flora Johnson, 85-year-old Langley resident died Friday afternoon in a Pryor hospital.  Born Jan. 23, 1894, Mrs. Johnson had lived in the Spavinaw area for 35 years before moving to Langley one year ago.  She attended the Assembly of God Church.  Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Ethel Holt, Ketchum; four sons, Buster Johnson, Langley, and Ben Johnson, French Johnson and Grover Johnson, all of Spavinaw; one brother, Alfred Black, Langley; 27 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.  Services were held today at 2:30 p.m. at the Topsy---
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(not sure of date-perhaps December 1979)
Vinita Ok Daily Journal
I. Pitchford
Ira G. PItchford, 86-year-old former long-time Craig County resident, died early Sunday in Tulsa.  A veteran of World War I, he was a member of the American Legion and Church of Christ in Tulsa.  Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Dollie Pitchford, of the home at 810 S. Rockford, Tulsa; two daughters, Mrs. Harold Alexander, Tulsa, and Mrs. George Jones, Louisville, Ky; two sisters, Mrs. Elbert Inman, 626 S. Thompson, Vinita, and Zula PItchford, 605 S. Thompson, Vinita; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Jack Pitchford, Parsons, Kan.; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.  Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Tulsa, with interment at Vinita’s Fairview Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.  Arrangements are being directed by the Moore Funeral Home, Tulsa.



Date is written in by Eunice Hightower as: April 7, 1981
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(Note by Eunice Hightower:  This was Eunice Swift’s schoolteacher, Miss Whiteaker.)

T. Pitchford
Mrs. Tonibel Pitchford, 83-year-old former Vinita resident, died Saturday morning at Kay Memorial Hospital, Parsons, Kan.  She was born Aug. 11, 1897 at Estella.  Mrs. Pitchford lived in the Vinita area and graduated from Vinita High School before attending the Northeastern State Teachers College in Tahlequah.  She taught school for 13 years in Oklahoma.  She was married to Jack W. Pitchford on Aug. 10, 1932 in Butler, Mo.  They later moved to Parsons, Kan.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Parsons, Kan., and served as secretary of the church’s Philathea Sunday School class.  Survivors include one sister, Mrs. Grace Spessard, Tulsa, and several nieces and nephews, including Harold Shearhart, Vinita.  Services were Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the Burris-Carson-Wall Funeral Home, Parsons, kan.  Committal services were at 3:45 p.m. Monday in Fairview Cemetery, Vinita, under the direction of the Burris-Carson-Wall Funeral Home, Parsons, Kan.  Friends are giving to the First Baptist Church in Parsons, Kan.
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1986
Vinita Ok Daily Journal
Horton:
Eldon L. Horton, 55, Miami, died Thursday at his home.  He was born March 4, 1931 in Bluejacket and was raised in the Timber Hill area.  Horton was employed in the construction business and had lived in Miami for the past 10 years.  He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving in the U.S. Air Force.  Survivors include a son, Chris Horton, five daughters, Carol Infield, Grove; Linda Horton, Tulsa; Janet Posey, Charleston, Ark.; Amanda Horton and Fritzie Judge; four sisters, Helen Murdock Midwest City, Ark.; Wilma Baker, Charleston, Ark.; Hildred Farber, Rogers, Ark.; and Sylvia Horton, Lafayette, La; one brother, Herbert Horton, Carson City, Nev.; and five grandchildren.  Graveside services for Horton will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the Bluejacket Cemetery with the Rev. Bob Maxfield officiating.  Arrangements are by the Thomas Funeral Home of Welch.
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February 2, 1987
Vinita Ok Daily Journal
Snodderly:
Florence B. Snodderly, 85, Rt. 1, Bluejacket, died Monday at Craig General Hospital.  She was born Aug. 12, 1901, at Centralia, Indian Territory, the daughter of the late Phillip A. and Leva (Needham) Horton.  A housewife and Bluejacket area resident all her life, she was a member of the Church of Christ.  She married Jake G. “J.G.” Snodderly in 1920 at Vinita.  Survivors include her husband “J.G.” who currently resides in a Vinita nursing home; three sons, Marvin Snodderly, Bluejacket; Gene Snodderly, Rockford, Ill.; and Raymond Snodderly, Little Rock, Ark.; a brother, Clarence “Mick” Horton, -----, Texas and a sister, Jewell (can’t read the rest of the article.)

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Page  299
January 23, 1981
M. Sooter
Mrs. Mildred Long Sooter, 68-year-old former Vinita teacher, died at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Lynnwood, Calif., following a long illness. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Long who owned and operated a business in Vinita for many years.  She and her husband, Sanford Sooter, who was also a teacher in Oklahoma schools, moved to California in 1959 where he continued to teach until his death on Dec. 2, 1964.  Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Carolyn Freeman, Lynnwood, Calif.; one son, Sam Sooter, Dallas, Texas; one brother, Mason Long, Garden Grove, Calif., and one grandchild.  Services will be held Saturday at noon in the All Peoples Church in Lynnwood, Calif.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Peck’s Funeral Home, Midwest City, Calif.
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Page 299
January 23, 1981
George Elliott
George W. Elliott, 79, died Tuesday at the Broadway  Manor Nursing Home in Muskogee.  In the late 1920s, Elliott was the world champion bulldogger and was a charter member of the Rodeo Cowboys Association.  After retirement, Elliott returned to Muskogee.  He announced the first rodeo held in 1935 in Vinita and was the announcer for several years for the Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo.  He was a member of the Grace Episcopal Church, Muskogee.  Survivors include his wife, Renna Elliott, Muskogee; one son, George Elliott, Tahlequah; one brother, Bob Elliott, Fort Gibson; two sisters, Mrs. Jean Ferry and Mrs. Lometa Deere, both of Muskogee; two grandchildren and seven cousins, Joe Hamilton, Jake Hamilton, Mrs. Archie Jones and Nellie McDonald, all of Vinita, Ollie Lewis, Tulsa, Maude Pierce, Grants Pass, Ore., and Louise Judd, Joplin, Mo.  Services were held Thursday in the Petering Funeral Home, Muskogee.  Interment was in Muskogee Memorial Park Cemetery.
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page 15 of Eunice (Swift) Hightower's scrapbook of obits:
Dated by Eunice as being Oct 1974:
Robert Dry
Robert Eli Dry, 55, Vinita, passed away at 5:05 a.m. Thursday in a Muskogee hospital. He was manager of the Champlin Truck Stop and a member of the Oddfellows Lodge. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Billye Dry, of the home; a son, Brad Dry, Denver, Colo.; two daughters, Mrs. Judy Seaton, Edmond, and Mrs. Carolyn Woodruff, Tulsa; two brothers, Floyd Dry, Miami and Harold Dry, Dewey; three sisters, Mrs. Otto Doty and Mrs. Ted Blaine, both of Miami and Mrs. Ben Spence, Baxter Springs, Kan. Services were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Green Funeral Home Chapel in Pryor, with Rev. Ray Gwartney officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery of Pryor under the direction of the Green Funeral Home.
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Page 125 of obit scrapbook:
Vinita, Ok Daily Journal, April 16, 1975:
T. Simpson
Theodore R. Simpson, 72, was found dead at his home, 135 S. Second Street, at approximately 6:25 p.m. Tuesday, apparently of natural causes. He was a resident of the Vinita area for 60 years. He was born in Garde(n) city, Kan., on Feb. 9, 1903. Survivors include three sisters, Mrs. Mina Patterson, 317 N. Vann St., Mrs. Elmer Hamilton, Claremore (Ok); and Mrs. A. V. Losey, Stratton, Neb.; two brothers, Forrest Simpson and Fred Simpson, both of Rt. 1, Vinita; several nieces and nephews. Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday in the Burckhalter Memorial Chapel. Interment will be in Pheasant Hill Cemetery under the direction of Burckhalter Funeral Home.
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page 125, 31
1979
H. Murphy
Herman Robert Murphy, 68-year-old former Vinitan, died Monday in Miami Baptist Hospital. He was born April 21, 1910 and had resided in Quapaw before his death. Murphy was preceded in death by his wife, Beaulah, on July 25, 1978. Survivors include eight children; two step-children and one brother, Minor Murphy, Rt. 4, Vinita. Services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Quapaw Baptist Church. Interment will be in the GAR Cemetery, Miami.
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page 241.  All info on the Carroll family is from it.
Carroll
Clem Carroll, 90-year-old former Rt 1, Big Cabin resident, died Saturday night at the Muskogee Veterans Hospital following a long illness.  He was born Feb. 13, 1896 at Tahlequah, I.T.  Carroll was a retired farmer, veteran of World War II serving in the US Army, lifetime member of the Vinita American Legion Post 40 and a member of the Vinita Church of God. Survivors include his wife, Nina, Muskogee; sons, Clem B. Carroll, Hot Springs, Ark., and William D. Carroll, Bellevue, Wash.; daughters, Mary Plummer, Muskogee and Ann Mullins, Broken Arrow; brothers, Tom Carroll, Vinita and Clint and Bill Carroll, both of Big Cabin; sisters, Julia Mansure, LaHabra, Calif., Edith Walker, Pryor, Olive Waterbury, Evanston, Ill, and Leona Irons, Richardson, Texas, 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.  Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Pensacola Baptist Church with the Rev. Louis Maxwell officiating.  Interment will be in Ghormley Cemetery, near Pensacola, under the direction of the Luginbuel Funeral Service, Vinita.
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Page 103  Jan 8, 1979
B. Harrison
Mrs. Bessie J. Harrison, 75-year-old Vinita resident, died Friday at her home at 457 N. Miller. She was born Oct. 15, 1903 in Fairfield, Mo., and came to this area at an early age. Mrs. Harrison was a member of the Trinity Baptist church. Survivors include her husband, Henry, of the home; two sons, Tommy, Rt. 3, Vinita and John, Rt. 1, Vinita; two daughters, Mrs. Doris Osburn, Eureka, Calif; and Mrs. Becky Emanuel, Ft. Worth, Texas; one brother, Fred Graham, Rt. 1, Vinita; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Cruce and Ms. Minnie Graham, both of Puyallup, Wash.; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Services will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. in the Luginbuel Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Charles Darland officiating. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of the Luginbuel Funeral Home, Vinita.
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Book 11, page 172, about March 27, 1990
Graham
Minnie Mae Graham, 78, formerly of the Pheasant Hill District northwest of Vinita, died March 26, 1990 in Puyallup, Wash. She was born Dec. 5, 1911 in Fairfield, Mo. Mrs. Graham had been an employee of Eastern State Hospital. She is survived by her sister, Mary Ellen Cruse of Puyallup, Wash.; one niece, Carol Kary of Puyallup; three nephews, Kevin Kary of Puyallup; Tom and John Harrison of Vinita; great-nieces and great-nephews, Stacy, Mike and Jacob Holly, all of Puyallup; and other relatives and friends. Burial was March 28, 1900 in Summers Cemetery in Puyallup, wash., under the direction of Powers Funeral Home.
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Jan 28, 1987
Lusk
Opal Lillian Lusk, 67, died Friday at the Oklahoma Osteopathic Hospital, Tulsa. She was born June 23, 1919 in Floyd County, Kentucky, the daughter of William and Georgia Burk. she was the widow of Grover C. Lusk, who preceded her in death in 1961. Mrs. Lusk was a Vinita resident for 24 years and was a member of the Eastern Star Chapter in Claremore. Survivors include a daughter, Ann Branham, Vinita; two step-daughters, Thersia Johnson, Virgie, Ken.; and Mary Hickman, Columbus, Ohio; four sisters, Mabel Gambel, Adair; Elizabeth Oliver, Sally Carter and Joy Jones, all of Oklahoma City; two brothers, Walter Burk, Oklahoma City; and Willie Burk, Vale, S.D. Other survivors include three grandchildren, Karen Burger, Barry Branham and Brian Branham. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. today at the First United Methodist Church in Adair. Rev. Gary Harber officiated. Burial was in the Pleasant Hope Cemetery. Burckhalter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
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June 26, 1974, page 18
Planning to attend the funeral services Thursday for Charles Humble in Tucson, Ariz., are Mr. and Mrs. James Humble, Riley Humble and Mrs. Bill Morgan.
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Page 106
April 21, 1986: Reese
Vern Andrew Reese Sr., 78, died Sunday at a local hospital. He was born Jan. 20, 1908 in Missouri. He was married to Margery Renfro on Jan. 1, 1929 at Sapulpa. Reese was a retired operating engineer in heavy crane equipment construction and a member of the Jehovan's Witness. Survivors include his wife, Margery, of the home at 311 N. Miller St.; sons, Vern Reese Jr., Fort Worth, Texas and William C. Reese, Fayetteville, Ark.; daughters, Ann Copeland, Langley; Sue Scribner, Muskogee; and Ruth Reese, Vinita; 14 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. today in Military Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Burckhalter Funeral Home, Vinita.
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Page 51, Jan 25, 1985
WOLFE
Charles Alvin Wolfe, 65, R. 1, Welch, was found dead in his home Thursday morning. Mr. Wolfe lived in the Welch area most of his life and was a county road maintenance worker for many years. He was later employed for several years by a monument firm i Parsons, KA before he retired from ill health. He was born June 17, 1919, in Edna, KA, the son of Loyal Blaine and Thresa Louise (Baunhofer) Wolfe. His wife, Leota, preceded him in death on July 11, 1982. Two sons, Jim and Donnie Wolfe, also preceded him in death. Survivors include two sons, Richard Wolfe, Vinita; Michael Blaine Wolfe, Oklahoma City; two daughters, Mrs. Glenda Tunnell and Mrs. Carolyn Sue Gramlich, both of Tulsa; two brothers, John Wolfe, Miami; and Loyal Wolfe, Chetopa, KA. Other survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Darlene McAfffery and Mrs. Lucille Ward, both of Welch; and six grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Thomas Funeral Chapel, Welch. Minister Bob Maxfield, pastor of First Christian Church will officiate. Burial will be in the Walker cemetery.
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October 3, 1986: McAffrey
Roy Wayne McAffrey, 35, Galena, Kans., formerly of Welch, died Wednesday at his home. He was born June 17, 1951 in Miami, Okla. to R. Lee "Red" and Betty (Patch) McAffrey. A member of the Diamond Christian Church, Diamond, Mo., Mr. McAffrey was a carpenter with Resco Construction Co, Joplin. He had resided in the Galena, Kans. area the past year. Survivors include three sons, Shawn, Eric and Dustin McAffrey all of neosho, Mo.; his parents. R. Lee "Red" and betty McAffrey, Welch; one sister, Renee' McCool, Granby, Mo.; four brothers, Ronnie McAffrey, Baxter Springs, Kan.; Rudy McAffrey, Neosho, Mo.; Rodney McAffrey, Joplin.; and Russell McAffrey, Granby, Mo. Other survivors include his paternal grandparents, Rosscoe and Florence McAffrey, Welch; and his maternal grandmother, Dollie Patch, Welch. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Thomas Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jack Steele, Siloam Springs, Ark., officiating. Assisting Rev. Steele will be Rev. Bob Maxfield. Burial will be in Welch Ccemetery. Visitation will be held at the funeral home chapel from 7-9 p.m. tonight. Arrangements are by the Thomas Funeral Home, Welch.
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page 277, about Friday, Feb 29, 1980
C. Flowers
Mrs. Clarey Flowers, 79-year-old Vinita resident, died Thursday night at her home following a long illness. She was born Dec. 6, 1900 at Hartshorne, I.T. Mrs. Flowers moved to Vinita 13 years ago from Bonner Springs, Kan.Survivors include her husband, R. L. Flowers, of the home at 428 N. Gunter; four sons, George Willkett and Herman Sanchez, both of Bonner Springs, Kan., Jim Sanchez, Kansas City, Kan., and Mike McMurtery, Spokane, Wash.; one sister, Mrs. Dugan Bradley, Baxter Springs, Kan., and three grandchildren. Services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. in the Luginbuel Funeral Chapel. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of the Luginbuel Funeral Home, Vinita.
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Volume 11
Typed obits from Volume 11 of Eunice (Swift) Hightower’s Obit Scrapbooks


Vinita Daily Journal; abt Dec 11, 1989
Page 152 of scrapbook
OBIT: Melvina Long, 79, died Sunday, Dec 10, 1989 in Craig General Hospital.  She was born Sept 19, 1910 in Welch, a daughter of John and Dora (Whiteday) Dawson.  She had resided in the Vinita/Ketchum area since 1936.  For several years she was a dietitian in the former Vinita Hospital.  She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Ketchum.  Survivors include three sons: Glen Long, Clovis Long and Mike Long, all of Vinita; two daughters, Florence Ann Woodward, Mobile, Al; and Dorothy Hamill, Adair; brother, Louis Dawson, Riverside, Calif.;  three sisters, Florence Beck, Chelsea; Gertrude Fry, Pryor; and Maude Pogue, Billings, Mont; sister-in-law, Josie Long, Vinita; 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  Preceeding her in death was her husband, Truman Long in 1972.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Ketchum Seventh Day Adventist Church with the Pasotr John Moyer will officiate.  Burial will follow in the Ketchum Cemetery.  Arrangements are under the direction of Burckhalter Funeral Home.
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Page 155- 1990
Ketchum
James E. (Bud) Ketchum, 70-year-old resident of Wann, died Wednesday evening, Jan. 31, 1990, in Jane Phillips Hospital, Bartlesville.  He was born January 23, 1920, in Craig C ounty, to James S. Ketchum and Ella Mulcare Ketchum.  He was married to Jean M. Silva on May 19, 1942 in Bakersfield, Calif.  Mr. Ketchum was a 22-year career Air Force Veteran, had worked at Children’s Medical Center in Tulsa and for AARP in Bartlesville for several years.  The family of James E. Ketchum includes: his wife, Jean Ketchum,of the home in Wann; two sons, James E. Ketchum Jr., Woodbine, Md.; and Michael Ketchum, Detroit, Mich.; one daughter, Terry Berry, San Jose, Calif.; one sister, Naomi Vargo, Tampa, Fla.; and eight grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by two sisters: Dorothy Frazier and Marguerite Purdum.  Military graveside services are scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Monday in Ghormley Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 10 until 11 a.m. Monday in the Luginbuel Funeral Home, Vinita.
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Page 155, 1989
McCaw
Nora Mae McCaw, 84, Claremore, died Monday, June 19, 1989 at the Claremore Regional Hospital.  She was born July 4, 1904 at Pensacola, Indian Territory, the daughter of John and Ida Cora (Mulcare) Payton.  She moved to Claremore from Pryor in 1964.  She attended present-day Northeastern State University and taught school in Spavinaw.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Pryor.  She married Downey R. McCaw on May 18, 1927.  Survivors include two sons, J. D. McCaw, Claremore; and Dale R. McCaw, Joplin, Mo.; one daughter, Patricia Knapp, Claremore; a brother, Patrick  Payton, Strang; one sister, Irene Friedman, Strang; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Downey R. McCaw, who died Nov. 23, 1975.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 22 in the Musgrove-Marriott-Smith Funeral Home, Claremore.  Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery,Claremore.
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Page 161
Dec 1989--Rhinehart
Mamie Flossie Rhinehart, 90, former Craig County resident, died Monday, Dec. 25, 1989 in a Bartlesville nursing center.  She was born Oct. 9, 1899 in Dallas County, Mo., a daughter of George Andrew and Myra Victoria (Wesner) Cheek.  Mrs. Rhinehart came with her parents to Craig County, Indian territory by covered wagon in 1905.  The family made their home west of Welch.  She received her teacher's certificate from Tahlequah Teachers College and taught school in Fairaview, West Point, White Oak, Dixon and Iron Sides schools.  Mrs. Rhinehart and Murral L. Rhinehart were married July 23, 1927 in Miami.  The couple made their home in Vinita.  Mrs. Rhinehart moved to Bartlesville to be near her daughter in May 1988.  She was a member of First Christian Church.  Survivors include three sons, Maurice M. Rhinehart, Silver Springs, Md.; Harold E. Rhinehart, American Fork, Utah; and Charles W. Rhinehart, Oklahoma City; one daughter, Mary V. Fox, Bartlesville; two sisters, Pearl Higgins, Sand Springs; and Elfie Cheek,  Vinita; 20 grandchildren and 18 great-grand-children.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Murral L. Rhinehart on Sept. 19, 1957; two sons, George Arnold and David Taylor; one brother, Everett Cheek; and one sister, Bessie Roll.  Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in First Christian Church, Vinita, with the Rev. Carl Posley officiating.  Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. Thursday in Luginbuel Funeral Home.  Arrangements are under the direction of Luginbuel Funeral Service, Vinita.
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Page 161
Carroll:
Beatarice M. Carroll, 79, of Pryor, died July 23 in Pryor.  Mrs. Carroll was born April 23, 1910 to John and Ruth Stephens at Salina, Oklahoma.  She grew up and attended school in Pensacola, living most of her life in this community.  She moved to Pryor in 1977.  She married Lawrence J. Carroll on May 2, 1931 in Kansas City, Mo.  She was a homemaker and a nurses aide, working at Eastern State Hospital, Vinita, until retiring in 1970 after 15 years of service.  She was a member of the First Church of God, Pryor.  Mrs. Carroll is survived by two sisters, Grace Coats, Saline, Billie Slusher, Pensacola and several nieces and nephews.  Her husband, Lawrence J. Carroll, preceded her in death April 17, 1971, also nine sisters and one brother.  Funeral services for Mrs. Carroll will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 24 in the Key Funeral Home Chapel in Pryor with the Rev. Bill Vincent officiating.  Interment will be in MIlitary Cemetery at Pensacola.
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Book 11 of obits: page 168, Feb 1990:
Carroll:::
Louise (Burger) Carroll, 64, Hot Springs Village, Ark., died Monday, Feb 12, 1990 in Arkansas.  She was born May 23, 1925 in Thomas, Okla., a daughter of Ted and Katie Burger.  Mrs. Carroll was a member of the Village Methodist Church in Hot Springs Village and attended high school in Adair.  She had lived in Hot Springs Village since 1985.  Survivors include her husband, Clem, of the home; three sons, Jim, Scherrerville, Ind.; Jack, Hanson, Mass.; and Jerry, Mansfield, Texas; eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and one brother, Tuney Burger, Norman.  Graveside services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. saturday in Graham Memorial Cemetery, Pryor, under the direction of Jim Green Funeral Home.  Friends may call from 4-7 tonight at the funeral home.
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Book 11, page 173 April 1990:
Praytor
Funeral services for Vernon Laneer Praytor, 77, of Rt. 1, Vinita will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, 1990 in the Thomas Funeral Home Chapel in Welch.  The Rev. Carroll Hopkins from Timberhill Baptist church near Bluejacket will officiate.  Burial will follow in Bluejacket Cemetery,one and one-half miles southeast of Bluejacket.  Mr. Praytor died at 7:45 p.m. Saturday in Craig General Hospital.  He was born FEb. 2, 1913 at Rt. 1, B luejacket to Clarence and Lizzie (Bagby) Praytor and was a resident of the Vinita area for 50 years.  Mr. Praytor was a retired carpenter,a member of Timberhill Baptist Church and a resident of Craig County all of his life.  He married Mildred Epperson on Aug. 1, 1931 in Tulsa.  Survivors include his wife, Mildred Praytor of the home; one son, Michael Praytor of Welch; one daughter, W ilda Gearhart of Bluejacket; five grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.  Mr. Praytor was preceded in death by one son, Donald Praytor and four brothers.  The family of Mr. Praytor will receive friends at the home of MIchael Praytor, all day today, at Fifth and Commercial in Welch.  Arrangements are under the direction of Thomas Funeral Home in Welch.
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April 1990, page 175:
Voyles: Funeral services will be held at 2 p .m. Friday in the Burckhalter Memorial Chapter for Ruth Maxine Voyles, 74, who died at her life-time home nine miles northwest of Vinita, this morning, April 11, 1990.  She was born Jan. 1, 1916, a daughter of Oscar and Amy (Muncy) Voyles.  Miss Voyles was a third grade teacher for 42 years in the Eureka and Bluejacket schools.  She was a member of the Church of Christ, Vinita.  Survivors include one brother, Sumner Voyles and one sister, both of the Rt. 1, Vinita home; one uncle, Joe Voyles and one aunt, Jospehine (Josephine), both of Vinita and several cousins. Miss Voyles will be buried in Fairview Cemetery, with Bill B. Gibson officiating and Roy Miller assisting.
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Page 175
April 1990:
Willard: James Andrew Willard, 48, of Vinita, died Monday morning, April 9, in his home.  He was born Jan. 26, 1942 in Bernice, Okla and was an U.S. Navy veteran.  The family of James Willard include: his wife,Patty Willard of Turner, Ore.; two sons, Mark Daniel Wilson and James Hayden Wilson, both of Canadian, Texas; four daughters, jimi Leann Cornett of Woodward, Okla.; Jessica Nadine Willard of Turner, Ore.; Jimmi Gail Willard and Benjamine Willard, both of Canadian, Texas; two brothers, Walter M. Willard of Broken Arrow, Okla.; Edgar L. Willard of Bay City, Wash.; and six sisters, Georgie L. Jones of Springfield, Mo; Mildred J. Griffith and Nadine S. Prather, both of Vinita; Lucy M. Donovant of Haysville, Kan.; Edna Marie Dolan of Choctaw,Okla.; and Carryon F. Dohovits of Vinita.  Services will be at 2 p.m.Friday in the Luginbuel Chapel with the Rev. Bob Prather officiating.  Interment will be in the Rolston Cemetery at Monkey Island, Afton.  Arrangements are by the Luginbuel Funeral Service of Vinita.
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page 182..  about July 3-5, 1992:
Weddle: Hazel Mabeline Weddle died Friday morning, July 3, 1992 at the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Ponca City, Okla.  She was 87.  She was born Oct. 16, 1904 to William Bert and Sallie (Nelson) Inman at Jacks, Missouri.  On Aug. 9, 1920 in Vinita, she married Owen M. Weddle.  Owen and Hazel moved to Ponca City in 1931 where he was employed by Continental Oil Co.  Hazel was preceded in death by her husband on June 4, 1948 as a result of an industrial accident at Continental Oil Company.  Hazel was Department Head at Montgomery Wards and later retired from Continental Oil Company.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Ponca City since 1931.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband,two brothers and one sister.  Survivors include one son, Dallas G. Weddle, Lt. Col. USAF (Ret.) Falls Church, Virginia; and one granddaughter, Glenda R. Weddle, Alexandria, Virginia.  Funeral services will be held Monday, July 6, at the Trout Funeral Chapel, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Larry Heslip, Associate Minister, First Baptist Church officiating.  Burial will follow in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, with the Trout Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
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page 186, August 1992:
Marker: William L. Marker, 77-year-old Vinita resident, died Monday, August 24, 1992 at Autumn Home #3 in Vinita.  Mr. Marker was born on November 21, 1914 to Robert and Sarah (Woodall) Marker.  He married Rachel C. (Freeman) April 5, 1953 in Reno, NV>  She preceeded him in death on December 30, 1991.  Graveside services will be Thursday, August 27, at 2 p.m. at the Ft. Gibson National Cemetery.  The Rev. Bill Crowe will officiate.
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Book 11, page 117,
dated Dec 13, 1988
Graham:
Longtime rural Vinita resident Fred Graham, 82, died Monday, Dec. 12, 1988 at his home, located northwest of the city. Mr. Graham was born Feb. 28,1906 in Fairfield, Mo. A farmer, Mr. Graham worked his place continuously for 73 years. He was a US Army veteran of World War II and a member of the Dupree Baptist Church, located west of Vinita. Survivors include his wife, Monna Graham, of the home; two sisters, Mary Ellen Cruse and Minnie Graham, both of Puyallup, Wash.; three step-children, Loren Duncan, Lois Duncan and Louise Hayes, all of Vinita; several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Graveside funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the Pheasant Hill Cemetery. Rev. Adrian Richardson of the Dupree Baptist Church will officiate. Burckhalter Funeral Home of vinita is in charge of arrangements.
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Funeral Card:
In Memory of Virgil Humble, November 8, 1893-July 26, 1974
Religious Funeral Services: July 29, 1974 2:00 p.m. Luginbuel Funeral Chapel
Clergymen Officiating: Rev. Charles McBee and Rev. James D. Moss
Soloist: Mrs. Charles McBee
Accompanist: Mrs. Glenn Ashby
Casket Bearers: Harold Horton, Wesley Nelson, Curl Wilkins, Alvin Kindsvater, Jake Snodderly and Glenn Robison
Final Resting Place: Welch Cemetery, Welch, Oklahoma
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Page 126
DeWitt
Ruth Bernice DeWitt, age 79, of Chetopa, Kans., died Saturday, November 21, 1992 in the Chetopa Nursing Home after a long illness. Ruth Berniece DeWitt was born May 29, 1913 in Valeda, Kans. to Charles and Pearl Wolfe. She was a homemaker and attended the Baptist Church. She married James A. DeWitt on September 18, 1935. He preceded her in death in 1985. She was a lifelong resident of the Chetopa area. Survivors of Ruth Berniece DeWitt include one brother, Charles Wolfe Jr. of Bethany, Mo; three sisters, Lela Byrd, Mound Valley, Kans., Ethel Byrd, Neodesha, Kans., and Doris Else of Overton, Neb. She was preceded in death by one brother and one sister. Visitation with the family of Mrs. DeWitt will be held from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday evening, Nov.24, in the Thomas Funeral Home Chapel, Welch. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25 in the Thomas Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery, southeast of Chetopa. Pallbearers will be David Lancaster, David Hubbell, Tom Elliott, Steuart Warick, Richard Teal and Jerry Plummer.
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Volume F, Page 72:

Grayson

Grayson – Woodrow Emmet Grayson, 82-year-old resident of Baptist Regional Health Center in Miami , died Thursday, Aug. 3, 1995.

He was born Nov. 27, 1912, at Webb City , Mo. , to Franklin L. and Nancy (Harris) Grayson. He had lived in North Miami for the past 25 years, moving from Picher. He was a retired farmer and stockman, and had also worked for NEO for 10 years. He was a member of the First Methodist Church in Picher.

Survivors include his wife, Ola, of the home; three sons and their wives, Paul and Donna Grayson of Atlanta , Woodrow Jr. and Carol Grayson of Vinita, and Robert Earl and Mary Lou Grayson of St. Louis; one daughter and her husband, Nancy Lynn and Donny Fry of St. Louis; two sisters, Opal Shouse of Commerce and Gladys Raynor of Phoenix; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Services were held Monday in the Paul Thomas Funeral Home Chapel in Miami , with Rev. Montie Jones officiating. Burial was in the Glen Abbey Memorial Gardens under the direction of Paul Thomas Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Mr. Grayson’s grandsons.

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Sharp

July __, 2002

JAMES MERLIN SHARP

James Merlin Sharp, 80-year-old lifetime Vinita resident, passed away Saturday, July 27, 2002, at Craig General Hospital.  Merlin was born October 28, 1921, in Vinita to James Preston Aaron Sharp and Ethel Lulu (McNeely) Sharp. He attended Vinita Schools and graduated with the class of 1940. Merlin served in the United States Navy during World War II, from 1943 to 1946. He served aboard the Destroyer Escort U.S.S. Reynolds, DE 42, as a Radarman 3rd Class, operating in the South Pacific and vicinity. He earned three campaign ribbons with seven battle stars. A star was for a Japanese Submarine.

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After the war Merlin owned and operated a collection service, worked as a commission agent for Skelly Oil Company, was owner operator of a service station, the Dairy Queen Drive-In 1963 to 1975, and the Grand Caf 1970 to 1972. He was also the Information & Referral Coordinator and Ombudsman Supervisor for the NECO Area Agency on Aging, and also worked for Hospice.

Merlin had been a volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America since 1955. He served as Scoutmaster of Troop 74 for the Retarded and Physically Handicapped Scouts, Home of Hope, Vinita for 20 years. Wood Badge trained at the Philmont Scout Ranch, attended three National Scout Jamborees, was a Vigil Honor Member in the Order of the Arrow, and holder of the Silver Beaver and numerous other awards and honors. He was also a life member of the American Legion and V.F.W., former member of the Vinita Lions Club, Toastmasters, Chamber of Commerce and a charter member of the Northeast Oklahoma Genealogy Society, serving two terms as president. Mr. Sharp also made arrangements with Santa Claus to make appearances her in Vinita for many years. Merlin was a long-time member of the Pilgrim Presbyterian Church recently received the Celtic Cross for his many years of working with children through the Presbyterian Scouting Program.

Merlin was united in marriage to Rosemary Louise Vance on April 6, 1946, at Dewey, Oklahoma. Rosemary served as Principal of Will Rogers Elementary School for many years. She preceded him in death on May 18, 1992.

His parents and one sister, Ruby Mae Sharp Chapin also preceded him in death.

Surviving family members include: one daughter, Lou Ann Sanders of Tulsa; one son, James Robert Sharp and wife Beverly of Vinita; two grandchildren, James Elmer Sharp and wife Alexandra of Stillwater, Jeana Sharp-Bundy and husband Andrew of Stillwater; and one great-grandchild, Valerie Ann Sharp.

The Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, July 29, 2002, at the Burckhalter Funeral Home. Services will be held in the Sanctuary of the Pilgrim Presbyterian Church at 2 p.m., Tuesday, July 30, 2002. Rev. Charles J. Freeland, III will officiate. Interment will be in Fairview cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Vinita Boy Scout Troup #70 in care of the Funeral Home. Services are under the direction of Burckhalter Funeral Home.

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