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TRACY LEIGH MACKEY
From The "News Derrick Journal," Mannford, Oklahoma, January 4, 1984

Funeral mass for Tracy Leigh Mackey, 21, was said at 10 a.m. this morning (Wednesday, January 4, 1984) at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, in Cushing, Father Martin Morgan officiated. Interment was in St. Leo Cemetery, also in Cushing.

Miss Mackey is a native of Texas. She was born January 28, 1962 at Grenada, Texas. She is the daughter of Don and Marie Mackey.

In 1966 she and her family moved to Cushing where she attended Cushing schools.

She was a resident of California from 1975 to May of 1983 when she returned to Cushing and was employed as the assistant manager at McDonald's until her death Friday night.

Survivors include her daughter Leah Nicole Mackey of the home; father Don of Cushing; mother Marie of Santa Cruz, California; brother Jerry of Cushing; sister LaDonna Freeman of Santa Cruz, Calif.; paternal grandparents Ray and Bonnie Mackey of Mission, Texas and maternal grandparents Raymond and Irene Pitts of Arizona.

The casket remained closed with no visitation rights.

In lieu of flowers a fund has been established at Stillwater Savings and Loan for her daughter, Leah Nicole.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Fairley-Hackler Funeral Home.

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"CUSHING COUPLE BRUTALLY MURDERED"
From the "News Derrick Journal," Mannford, Oklahoma, January 4, 1984

Law enforcement authorities continue to investigate the murder of two Cushing residents. Cushing Police Chief Don Gourley identified the two as Mark Thomas Vinson, age 23, and Tracy L. Mackey, 21.

Their bodies were discovered, according to the police report, "Friday night about 7:30 at the Vinson residence," located on the old Kerr McGee Road about one-quarter mile west of Linwood.

Gourley stated that both were shot. The caliber of the weapon, how many times they were shot and the condition they were in when discovered have not been revealed as of yet by authorities.

"The bodies were taken to the medical examiner's office in Oklahoma City," noted the police chief.

Investigators expect to learn in the next few days from the medical examiner's office as much evidence as possible concerning the deaths.

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agents Rusty Featherstone and Perry Unruh were involved in the case Friday evening.

"The OSBI was called in and brought two agents and two crime specialists," noted Gourley.

Gourley, along with Cushing Police Detective Dale Howard and the OSBI officials, were at the scene most of the evening and early morning hours of Saturday.

During the early part of their nighttime investigation, a number of individuals went in and out of the isolated wooden structure home.

While this was occuring, more Cushing police were called out to secure the crime scene. Some Payne County Deputies and State Trooper Dennis Allen were also at the site.

Authorities made sure that there was someone at the murder site all the time until 9:50 Saturday morning when officials stated they had obtained all the information available from the location.

Featherstone, who is in charge of the investigation, and Unruh, along with Gourley and Howard, continued their task Saturday of finding out who committed the murders. The Cushing Police station was a busy place as a host of people were questioned by law enforcement officials.

Paul Renfro, the communications officer for the OSBI, said more information on the case may be forthcoming in the next few days.

"The agents are questioning a lot of people," he noted.

Renfro also verified that the case is being worked as "a double homicide." He talked with the agents who discounted any other angles to the murders.

Renfro did comment Saturday afternoon on a number of rumors that had been heard around Cushing.

"The Mackey girl (Tracy) apparently walked in on an incident at the Vinson residence. Vinson was a sound man for a local band (The "Hard Luck Band") and his band was going to perform somplace tonight (Saturday.)

"The Mackey girl went there apparently to get tickets and was apparently at the wrong place at the wrong time," said Renfro.

Renfro said "the two were definitely not shot with a shotgun," but would not identify the exact weapon. The public relations head stated that "the agents are not comfortable releasing where or how many times the two were struck."

Renfro added that "the agents know so little about what occurred that we want to protect the information they know."

Unconfirmed rumors flew around Cushing all day Saturday concerning the crime scene when officials arrived Friday evening. Rumors that the victims' hands were tied when discovered were not confirmed by authorities involved in the case.

Officers would not release the name of the person who first discovered the victims, but it is believed to be a close friend of Vinson's.

As of now, what Featherstone termed as "a preliminary investigation" is continuing to see what really occurred at the secluded Cushing house Friday evening.

Mark Vinson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nolan Vinson of Cushing, according to friends of the family, was a self-employed oilfield "pumper." He was a 1978 graduate of Cushing High School.

Tracy Mackey, the daughter of Don Mackey of Cushing and Marie Mackey of Santa Cruz, California, was born January 28, 1962, in Grenada, Texas. She was employed at McDonald's in Cushing where she was an assistant manager. She had been with the firm since June of 1983, according to owner-manager Gary Wilson.

Funeral services for both the victims are under the direction of the Fairley-Hackler Funeral Home of Cushing. Their obits are on page two of this edition.

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FURMAN GENE MAHAN
From the "News Derrick Journal," Drumright, Oklahoma, September 5, 1984

Funeral services for Furman Gene Mahan were held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Central Christian Church in Claremore. Interment was in Oak Haven Memorial Gardens. He was a Claremore resident and died August 30th at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa at the age of 53.

He is survived by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Furman Mahan of Olive; his wife Donna of the home; sons Scott of Glenpool and Joel Mahan of Claremore; daughter Rhonda Burdick of Tulsa; brother Howard Mahan of Olive; sisters Daisy Shackleford of Tulsa, Mablyne Karnatz of Elmhurst, Illinois, and Verlaine Goss of Los Altos, California and two grandchildren.

He was a member of the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict and superintendent of Public Service at Oologah.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Musgrove-Merriott-Smith Funeral Home of Claremore.

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From the "News Derrick Journal," Drumright, Oklahoma, Setpember 12, 1984

Furman Gene Mahan died August 30 at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa.

His funeral services were held at the Central Christian Church in Claremore. He was buried in Haven Memorial Gardens.

He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Furman Mahan. He was born at Olive and attended Olive school. He had been ill for some time.

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RANDALL A. MANNING
From the "News Derrick Journal," Drumright, Oklahoma, September 5, 1984

Funeral services for Randall A. Manning of San Francisco, California, were held at 2 p.m., Saturday in the Chapel of the Smith Funeral Home. Leon Pollard officiated. Interment was in Fairlawn Cemetery in Cushing with military grave side rites given by Tinker Air Force Base.

Manning died August 26th following an illness of five years. He was born in Drumright, January 23, 1929. His wife, Misamo, preceded him in death in May of 1979.

He was retired from the Air Force after 27 years of service, a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Baptist Church.

Survivors include his father Lee W. Manning of Silver City; son Randy Manning of the California home; sister Mrs. Coleen Bradley of Drumright and brothers Charles Bud of Guthrie and John L. Manning of Drumright.

He was preceded in death by brothers Guy of Owasso in 1975 and Clovis Manning of overseas in 1945 and his mother Ruby Manning in 1969.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Smith Funeral Home.

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MERKEL MANSELL
From the "News Journal," Mannford, Oklahoma, September 30, 1987

Merkel Mansell

Graveside services will be held Wednesday, September 30, 1987 at the Oakhill Cemetery in Drumright for Merkel Mansell.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Don Smith Funeral Home.

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OLIVE LOUISE MARCH
From the "News Journal," Drumright, Oklahoma, September 18, 1985

Mannford resident, Olive Louise March, age 70, passed away Thursday, September 12, in Mannford, Oklahoma.

Mrs. March was born March 25, 1915 in Henryetta, Oklahoma. She married William Harold March on November 15, 1931, in Henryetta, Oklahoma.

She is survived by her husband, William Harold March, of the home; two sons, Donald Gene March and William Harold March, both of Tulsa; two sisters, Kathryn Turner and Vivian Apodak, both of Indio, Calif., a brother, John F. Hill of Bakersfield, Calif., and four grandchildren.

Mrs. March was a member of the Mannford Church of Christ, and services were held there for her at 10:00 a.m. September 16th, 1985. Interment was in Okmulgee, Oklahoma under the direction of Mobley-Dodson Lakeside Funeral Home.

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PERRY MARKER
From the "News Derrick Journal," Drumright, Oklahoma, July 25, 1984

Perry Marker, a longtime Cushing resident, 1432 E. Oak, died July 18 in the Cushing Regional Hospital.

Funeral services were held July 20 at 10 a.m. in the Cushing First Baptist Church with Dr. James Reynolds, pastor, officiating.

Interment was in Fairlawn Cemetery.

The son of the late Earl and Rachel Marker, he was born August 5, 1920, in Drumright. He was reared and received his early education in Drumright graduating from high school in 1938.

Marker was united in marriage to Miss Madge Morsefield on December 18, 1936 in Stillwater. The couple established their home in Drumright at this time and lived there until 1941, when they moved to Cushing.

He entered the United States Army in 1944, and after his discharge in April of 1946, returned to Cushing, where he had since resided.

Marker worked for Kerr McGee for 29 years before his retirement in 1965. In 1970, he started working for C.R. Anthony's and had worked for them until he retired about two years ago.

He was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church, singing in the church choir and had been a member of the Cushing Kiwanis Club for a long time.

He is survived by his wife of over 47 years, Madge Marker, of the home; sons Dan of Chandler and Larry Marker of Seminole; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home.

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BRADLEY DAVID DERRICK MARRS

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ETHEL MARRS
From the "News Journal," Mannford, Oklahoma, September 9, 1987

"Olive News" by Susie Lacey

Mrs. Loyd (Ethel) Marrs passed away at Oklahoma City last week. Her funeral was held at Oklahoma City where she was also buried. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Holeman. Ethel attended school here at Olive. Her picture is in the picture taken of Olive School back in 1910. Her sister Nellie Culp lives in Drumright. She leaves many friends and relatives.

(See: MEANS, Janie)

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MARVIN L. "MIKE" MARRS
From the "News Journal," Drumright, Oklahoma, December 5, 1984

Funeral services were held November 30 at 2 p.m. in the Olive First Baptist Church for Marvin L. "Mike" Marrs of Olive. George Brock, III, officiated, he was assisted by Larry Wallace and Jon Ogle. Interment was in the Bristow City Cemetery. Susan Kay Krug provided piano music, Bill Beall was organist and vocalists were Dr. David Krug and Douglas Diehl.

Pall bearers were Jack Barton, Edmond Spencer, Harold Thomas, Ed Hampton, Garland Spain and Chester Ogle. Honorary pall bearers were Bob Walls and Tracy Kelly.

He was born on March 25, 1908, near Yale to Frank N. and Flossie Marrs and died November 27 at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, he was 76.

In 1920 his family moved to Bristow.

He and the former Clara Emma Allen were married March 12, 1926. They celebrated their 50th anniversary on March 12, 1976.

They lived on the Twenty One Oil Company Lease three miles northeast of Bristow for seven years and moved to the Olive community in November 1933 where they lived for 51 years.

Marrs was saved and baptized and became a member of First Baptist Church, Bristow, in 1921 at the age of 13 and moved his membership to Olive First Baptist Church in 1934, where he served as a deacon since 1937. He served Olive church as Sunday school superintendent for 25 years and also intermediate Sunday school teacher.

He served on the Olive Board of Education for 27 years and served on the Creek County Excise Board for 18 years.

He and his wife, Clara, were voted by the Mt. Tabor Baptist Church of Salvador, Brazil and received as honorary members of that church.

Marrs has been associated with the oil field since he was 17 years old, starting out as a roustabout. At the time of his death he was an oil producer and operator, doing business as Srram Oil and Gas and also a farmer and rancher.

He served eight years as a member of Board of Oklahoma Baptist Foundation. He served four years as Director of the Minerals Committee.

He was a past president of Drumright Lions Club and past president of the Drumright Chamber of Commerce, honorary member of Creek County 4-H club, honorary chapter farmer of Drumright FFA, member of Drumright Historical Society, life member both Drumright and Bristow Memorial Hospitals.

Surviving are his wife, Clara Emma of the home; children Clara Lee Payne of Olive, Myrl Allen "Budd" Marrs of Edmond and Jimmie Marvin Marrs of Tuttle, Ok; foster daughter, Irma Leer Dean of Joplin, Missouri; eight grandchildren, two step-grandchildren; two foster children, four great-grandchildren; brothers Earl Marrs of Pryor, Onis Marrs of Long Beach, Calif., Wayne Marrs of Garden Grove, Calif. and Kenneth Marrs, Modesto, Calif.; 12 nephews and nieces and other relatives and a host of friends.

The family has requested memorial gifts be sent to the American Cancer Society or to Oklahoma Baptist Child Care Dept., 1141 North Robinson, Oklahoma City, OK 73103.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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ALICE PEARL MARTIN
From the "news Journal," Mannford, Oklahoma, February 11, 1987

Alice Pearl Martin was born February 8, 1903 to Jonh (John) and Lydia Parrish in Lincreek, Mo. She passed away Sunday February 8, 1987 in the Stillwater Hospital at the age of 84 years.

Alice married Micle W. Martin October 23, 1920 near Beggs, Oklahoma to this union three children were born Travis Martin Sr. of Yale, preceded in death by her two sons Melvin Claude and William Buddy also Mike her husband.

She is survived by one son Travis Martin Sr. of Yale. Three brothers Dich (Dick) Parrish of Mangum, Oklahoma, Elmer Parrish of Ledbetter, Texas, Roy Parrish of Nacadoches, Texas, and one sister Edna Andrews of Edmond, Oklahoma, six grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren.

She will be missed greatly by family and friends.

Services were held in Shamrock Cemetery February 10, 1987 at 2 p.m. under the direction of Peck Funeral Home of Oilton.

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AUSTIN D. "BUD" MARTIN
From the "News Journal," Mannford, Oklahoma, March 19, 1986

Austin D. (Bud) Martin died March 15, 1986 at the Cushing Regional Hospital. Martin was born in Sherman, Texas July 25, 1908 to Partha Ann and Marion E. Martin. He was the youngest of nine children, all preceding him in death.

Martin was married to Mattie Hall, February 23, 1933 in Drumright. They later established their home in Cushing. He worked for the Cushing refinery.

The couple moved to Oklahoma City in 1935 where he was employed by the Eureka Tool Company until going into the service.

Martin was a World War II veteran, serving in the United States Coast Guard from June 1942 to September 1945. He then worked at Tinker Field in Oklahoma City.

In 1953 he moved to Austin, Texas as state manager of Modern Woodmen of America. He moved back to Cushing in 1973, after retiring.

He was a member of the American Legion and the First United Methodist Church.

Funeral services were held March 18 at 10:30 a.m. in the First United Methodist Church, Cushing with the Rev. John Deller officiating. Kenneth Fowler served as organist. Pallbearers were Alton Hall, James Zimmerman, P.J. Stephenson, Charles Stephenson, Bob Ransom and Harry Wright.

His survivors include his wife Mattie M. Martin of the home; son Robert A. Martin, Grand Prairie, Texas and one grandson.

Interment was in the Fairlawn Cemetery with funeral arrangements under the direction of the Don Smith Funeral Home.

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EFFIE GERTRUDE MARTIN
From the "News Journal," Drumright, Oklahoma, December 5, 1984

Funeral services for Effie Gertrude Martin, 213 N. Jones, Drumright, were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Bailes Funeral Home. The Rev. John Deller officiated. Interment was in the South Cemetery in Drumright. Organ music was provided by Mary Ruth Cushenberry and soloist was John Clark.

She was born December 7, 1896, near Arkadelphia, Arkansas, and died Saturday in the Hillcrest Hospital in Tulsa.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include daughter Gwendolyn Daily of Tulsa; brother Lester Castleberry of Wichita, Kansas; sisters Virgie Conley of Drumright and Lottie Darnell of Wichita, Kansas; three grandchildren and three great-granedchildren.

Pall bearers were Mike and John Clark, Dio and Donald Daily, Lawrence McCartney and Leland Fulkerson.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Bailes Funeral Home.

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HERBERT L. MARTIN
From the "News Journal," Mannford, Oklahoma, February 10, 1988

Services for Herbert L. Martin, 75, of Denver City were held at 2 p.m. Monday, January 25, 1988 in First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Howard Quiett, pastor, officiating.

Burial was in Denver City Memorial Park under the direction of Singleton Funeral Home.

Mr. Martin died at 4:20 p.m. on Friday, January 22, 1988 in Yoakum County Hospital after a brief illness.

He was born in Alluwe, Ok., and moved from Monahans to Denver City in 1955. He married Ruth Gibson on November 20, 1937 in Drumright, Ok. He worked as a maintenance foreman for Amoco Pipeline Co. for 40 years until retiring in 1974. He was a member of the Yoakum County Golf Club and a member of the Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Joyce Harris of Lubbock, Tx.; a sister, Doris McGee of Drumright, Ok., and a brother, Leroy of Dallas, Tx.

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NELLIE CHRISTINA MARTIN
From the "News Derrick Journal," Drumright, Oklahoma, October 10, 1984

Nellie Christina Martin, age 98, of Mannford, died Tuesday afternoon, October 2, 1984, in the Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

She was born on January 6, 1886, in Caldwell County, Missouri and was the daughter of John B. and Mary Barber Wilson.

She was united in marriage to Frank Martin in Maples, Missouri, on May 20, 1906. She was affiliated with the Assembly of God Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Enid Brady and Avis Brady, both of Mannford, one son Drew Martin of Jackson, Tennessee, 5 granddaughters and 6 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the First Christian Church at Mannford with the Rev. Don Couch, minister of the First Assembly of God Church in Mannford, officiating.

Interment followed in the Woodland Cemetery in Sand Springs under the direction of the Mobley-Dodson Funeral Service of Sand Springs, OK.

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WILLIAM DONALD MARTIN
From the "News Derrick Journal," Mannford, Olahoma, May 2, 1984

William Martin

Funeral services were held for William Donald Martin, former Drumright resident, April 25, 1984, at Midwest City, Oklahoma. He died April 22 in a Midwest City Hospital.

Survivors include sisters Mrs. Don Ishmael of Drumright and Mrs. James Weaver of Durant, Okla.

He is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. James L. Martin.

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JUDY MARXSEN
From the "News Derrick Journal," Drumright, Oklahoma, October 17, 1984

Funeral services for Judy Marxsen, 302 S. Jones, Drumright, were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday morning in the Chapel of the Bailes Funeral Home. The Rev. John Deller officiated. Organ music was provided by Wilma Mills. Interment was in the Oak Hill Cemetery.

She was born April 11, 1921, at Louin, Mississippi, and died October 11 in the Drumright Memorial Hospital.

She and Vernon Marxsen were married February 17, 1967, at Las Vegas, Nevada. In 1976 they moved to this area from Mesa, Arizona.

She is survived by her husband Vernon of the home; step-daughter Cindy Born of Roundup, Montana; sister Mrs. Lena Morrow of Drumright and two grandchildren.

Pall bearers were Russell Rickner, Bill Staley, Howard Huff, Biss Bishoff, Hunter Mixon and Don Turner.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Bailes Funeral Home.

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EVERETT MATHERLY
From the "News Journal," Mannford, Oklahoma, October 14, 1987

Funeral services were held Saturday, October 10, 1987 at 2 p.m. in the Church of the Nazarene for Everett Matherly who died October 7, 1987 at the age of 73. Officiating were Rev. Ray McDowell and Rev. Larry Wallace. Music was provided by Howard and Pat Matherly. Serving as pallbearers were Kevin Morris, Monty Matherly, Brad Newport, Larry Shelton, Craig Morris and Gaylan Matherly. Honorary pallbearers were Mike Matherly and James Robertson.

Everett Matherly was born January 20, 1914 at Oilton, Ok. and had made his home in this area all of his life. Everett and his wife, Oma, were united in marriage on December 8, 1934 at Bristow, Ok. Everett was a member of the Shamrock Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Oma, of the home; one son, Dean Matherly, Drumright; and four daughters, Mary Anderson Rickner, Drumright; Ellen Morris, Oilton; Janice Hicks, Bristow; and Sherie Todd, Drumright. Four brothers, Virgil Matherly, Mannford; Cleo Matherly, Stroud; Clyde Matherly, Stroud; and Laurence Matherly, Drumright. Five sisters, Barbara Nunes, Evelyn Hoover and Pauline Morris, all of Drumright; Lorene Morris, Hill City, Ka.; and Delores Newport, Sand Springs, Ok. Ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Interment was in the Shamrock Cemetery with funeral arrangements under the direction of the Don Smith Funeral Home, Drumright.

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ELL ROY M. MATHIS
From "The Tulsa Tribune," Tulsa, Oklahoma, May 11, 1988

MATHIS -- Ell Roy M., 60, 111 E. 19th, passed away Monday. Mr. Mathis was the Rental Manager of Tulsa Auto Rental for 27 years. Survived by: wife, Betty of the home; son, Robert Mathis, New Brocton, AL; daughters, LaDonna Trostle, Broken Arrow, OK, Linda Blair, Wichita, KS, Susan Barlow, Mannford, OK and Pamela Mathis, Tulsa, OK; 9 grandchildren; sisters, Marie Phillips, Salina, OK and Louella O'Neil, Ponchetula, LA. Service 2 p.m. Wednesday, Moore's Memory Chapel. Interment Rose Hill Cemetery. Moore's 583-6148.

(Note: Researchers might also check under the name "Elroy Mathis".)

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PATRICK MATLOCK
From the "News Derrick Journal," Drumright, Oklahoma, August 1, 1984

Patrick Matlock, age 59 of Oklahoma City, formerly of Drumright died July 19, 1984 after an extended illness. He was a cousin of Billie Linduff, Drumright. Graveside services were held July 20th at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Oklahoma City.

He was an electrical contractor in Oklahoma City for many years. Survived by four daughters Kathy Green, Bethany and Carol Rose, Wanda Matlock and Laurie Matlock, all of Oklahoma City; sister Jean Elrod, Lotus, California; a brother John Haddy, Moore, Oklahoma, and four grandchildren.

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JOHN MATLOET
From the "News Derrick Journal," Drumright, Oklahoma, October 3, 1984

Graveside services were held for John Matloet October 1 at 2:30 p.m. at the North Drumright Cemetery. The REv. Mike Dumler officiated.

He was born September 30, 1914, and died September 27 in the Bartlett Memorial Hospital in Sapulpa following a long illness, he was 69.

He was a life long Drumright resident and a painter by trade.

His wife, Helen and one sister preceded him in death.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Smith Funeral Home.

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HAROLD EDWARD MATTHEWS JR.
From the "News Derrick Journal," Drumright, Oklahoma, October 10, 1984

Hartold Edward Matthews II, age 15, of Diamond Head, died Tuesday afternoon at the family residence.

He was born on April 15, 1969, in Tulsa, and was the son of Harold Edward and Naomi Jo Walker Matthews. He was a student at the Charles Page High School in Sand Springs and was in the sophomore class.

He was affiliated with the First Presbyterian Church of Sand Springs.

Survivors include his parents, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Walker of Okemah, and Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Matthews of Pharoah, OK.

Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church of Sand Springs with Dr. Gerald L. Hill officiating.

Interment followed in the Floral Haven Cemetery in Tulsa under the direction of the Mobley-Dodson Funeral Service of Sand Springs.

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JANIE MEANS
From the "News Journal," Mannford, Oklahoma, August 5, 1987

"Olive News" by Susie Lacey

Mrs. Janie Means passed away this week in Tulsa. She is the former Miss Janie Holeman a daughter of Rev. John Holeman. Her picture is in the Olive School Book back in 1910. She was one of the 4 girls we had here when Olive High School was first started. Virgie Bennett was another. She is in Tulsa. Anna Lizze and Zola Cadenhead were the other girls. Janie was a minister and leaves lots of relatives and friends.

(See: MARRS, Ethel.)

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COSTELLO MEANS
From the "News Journal," Mannford, Oklahoma, August 20, 1986

Funeral services for Costello Means were held August 18, 1986, at the Oilton Church of God.

Means was born July 14, 1906, in Pawnee to Ella and George Means and died August 15 in the Drumright Memorial Hospital at the age of 80.

He and the former Margaret Skaggs were united in marriage on October 13, 1928. He had been a resident of Oilton most of his life and was a member of the Church of God there.

Survivors include daughters Lois McVay of Tulsa and Meredith Ausbrook of Gainsville, Texas; brother Nogi Means of Oregon; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Margaret; son Merle; brothers Don, Omar and Ted Means and a sister, Rose.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Peck Funeral Home.

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CONNIE MEARS
From the "News Journal," Mannford, Oklahoma, July 30, 1986

"Olive News" by Susie Lacey

Connie Mears died at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa. Her funeral was held July 28 in Sand Springs. She leaves her parents, her husband Dorman and two children. She was a member of the Nazarene Church at Mannford.

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SOL WILLIAM MEDLEY
From the "News Derrick Journal," Drumright, Oklahoma, April 11, 1984

"Jennings News" by Mildred Chapman

Tragedy has struck again in the little town of Jennings. Last Wednesday morning, April 4 at 2 a.m. Sol William Medley, who would have been 65 on April 26th, was burned to death in his home in Jennings. It is believed that the fire was started from a wood stove. A man from out-of-state was passing through town when he noticed the house on fire. He drove back to the Cimarron Turnpike gate to report the fire. By the time Jennings fire department was notified and reached the fire, the house was already falling in.

Survivors are two daughters living in California; one sister Margie Robinson of Oilton; two brothers Claude of Drumright and Fred of Lamesa, Texas and three half-sisters Chleo, Lola and Ruby. Graveside rites were held in Oilton Cemetery with Peck's Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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ALTON "BUCK" MEEK
From the "News Journal," Drumright, Oklahoma, April 3, 1985

Alton (Buck) Meek, 73, of Bristow passed away Wednesday, March 27. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 30 at the First Baptist Church in Bristow. Dr. Dan Parker and Rev. Mark Estep officiated. Interment was at the Oilton City Cemetery.

He was born on March 22, 1912 at Beeville, Texas and lived in Bristow since 1963 where he moved from Oilton. He was a field superintendent for Big Four Petroleum, attended the First Baptist Church and was a former member of the Masonic Lodge. He was also the former fire chief of Oilton and in 1960 was named outstanding citizen of the year by the Oilton Chamber of Commerce.

He is survived by his wife, Georgia, of the home;' two daughters, Mary Lou Mullins, Dallas, Texas and Sherri Nelson, Bristow; two sons, Don Parker, Laramie, Wyoming; Jerry Parker, Clearwater, Florida; one brother, Jess Meek, Hutchison, Kansas; two sisters, Rita Wood, Ozark, Missouri and Etta Lochary, Oilton; ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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LETHA ELIZABETH MERKEL
From the "News Derrick Journal," Drumright, Oklahoma, January 18, 1984

Funeral services for Letha Elizabeth Merkel, 103 E. First, Drumright, were held at 10:30 a.m. today (Wednesday) in the chapel at Bailes Funeral Home. The Rev. Steve Ruby of the Church of the Nazarene officiated. Music was by the Lights of Christ. Interment was in the Wetumka City Cemetery.

She was born October 12, 1900 near Wetumka in Indian Territory and died Monday in the Drumright Memorial Hospital.

She came here in 1950, after marrying Kasper Merkel on May 13, 1950, from Lamar, Oklahoma. Her husband preceded her in death on November 28, 1983.

She is survived by three daughters Mrs. Adelene German of McAlester, Mrs. Verda Arthur of Abernathy, Texas and Mrs. Billie Kirk of Morris, Oklahoma; step-sons Donald and Lee Roy of Perryton, Texas and Ulys Merkel of Dallas; brothers Elijah of Wetumka, Lee Roy of California and Ed Winters, Jr. of Tulsa; sisters Mrs. Grace Spears of Tulsa; Mrs. Agnes Lovelace of Seminole and Mrs. Irene Bamburg of Wetumka; 18 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Pall bearers were Raymond Woolf, Wayne Franklin, Bob Shelton, Tommy Bruce, Kenneth Frazier, and Freddie Joseph.

Funeral arrangements werew under the direction of the Bailes Funeral Home.

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PAUL FRANKLIN MERRELL
From the "News Journal," Mannford, Oklahoma, April 29, 1987

Funeral services for Paul F. Merrell, Mannford, were held Monday, April 27, 1987, at the Chapman-Black Chapel, Cleveland, with Rev. Gene Varnell officiating.

Interment was at Fort Gibson National Cemetery, Fort Gibson under the direction of the Chapman-Black Funeral Home.

Paul was born on January 27, 1927 in McRoberts, Kentucky, the son of Samual and Grace (Grissom) Merrell. He served in the United States Army in the Korean Conflict from 1952 through 1954. On March 9, 1955, he married Ruby Qualls in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was a carpenter and has lived in the Mannford area for the past 15 years. He passed away in the Veteran's Administration Medical Center in Muskogee on Friday, April 24, 1987 at the age of 60 years.

Survivors include his wife, Ruby, of the home; two sons, Paul Jr. of Tulsa, and Michael of Hallett; four daughters, Kathy Woodrell of Mannford, Patty Caddell of Cleveland, and Susan & Angela Merrell, both of Mannford; three brothers, Mandel of Little Rock, Ark., Sam of Shafter, Ca., and Tom of Tulsa, Ok.; two sisters, Loretta Stalwaker of Tulsa, and Margie Boyer of Memphis, Tn.; and eight grandchildren.

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From "The Mannford Eagle," Mannford, Oklahoma, April 29, 1987

Paul F. Merrell

Funeral services for Paul F. Merrell, Mannford, were held Monday, April 27, 1987, at the Chapman-Black Chapel, Cleveland, with the Rev. Gene Varnell officiating.

Interment was at Fort Gibson National Cemetery, Fort Gibson under the direction of the Chapman-Black Funeral Home.

Mr. Merrell was born on January 27, 1927 in McRoberts, Kentucky, the son of Samuel and Grace (Grissom) Merrell. He served in the United States Army in the Korean Conflict from 1952 through 1954. On March 9, 1955 he married Ruby Qualls in Tulsa. He was a carpenter and has lived in the Mannford area for the past 15 years. He passed away in the Veteran's Administration Medical Center in Muskogee on Friday, April 24, 1987 at the age of 60 years.

He is survived by his wife, Ruby, of the home; sons Paul, Jr., of Tulsa, and Michael of Hallett; daughters Kathy Woodrell and Susan and Angie Merrell all of Mannford; and Patty Caddell of Cleveland; brothers Mandel of Little Rock, Ark., Sam of Shafter, CA., and Tom of Tulsa; sisters Loretta Stalwaker of Tulsa and Margie Boyer of Memphis, TN. and eight grandchildren.

(Note: Notice two spellings of Mr. Merrell's father's first name)

(See: MERRELL, Truman B.)

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TRUMAN B. MERRELL
From the "News Journal," Drumright, Oklahoma, August 7, 1985

Truman B. Merrell age 63 of Terlton, Oklahoma passed away Friday morning in the Veterans Hospital in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

Mr. Merrell was born on December 6, 1921 in Bremin, Kentucky and was the son of Samuel Chester and Grace Grissom Merrell. He was affiliated with the Baptist Church. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the United States Army. He was a Carpenter. He was united in marriage to Wanda Quails in Tulsa on December 20, 1954. He had been a resident of Terlton for the past 5 years.

Survivors are his wife Wanda Merrell of the home in Terlton. His sons David Wayne Merrell, Roger Dale Merrell, and Ralph Leon Merrell all of the home in Terlton. His sisters Lorretta Stalnaker of Tulsa, Ok., and Margie Boyer of Memphis, Tenn. His brothers Mandel Merrell of Little Rock, Arkansas, Samuel Merrell of Bakersville, California, Thomas Merrell of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Paul Franklin Merrell of Mannford, Oklahoma. He is also survived by three grandchildren.

Funeral Services for Mr. Merrell were held Tuesday Morning, August 6, 1985 at 8:00 a.m. in the Mobley-Dodson Funeral Chapel with Walter Jones officiating. Interment followed at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the Pine Crest Memorial Park in Benton, Arkansas. Arrangements are under the Direction of the Mobley-Dodson Funeral Service of Sand Springs, Oklahoma.

(See: MERRELL, Paul Franklin)

(Note the difference in the spelling of names as compared to the Paul Franklin Merrell obit.)

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ESSIE LEONA MEYER
From the "News Journal," Mannford, Oklahoma, March 12, 1986

Funeral services for Essie Leona Meyer, 221 E. Maple, Drumright, were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, at the Linwood Chapel of the Fairley-Hackler Funeral Home in Cushing. The Rev. Gale Ladd officiated. Organist was Gala Bray and soloist was Norman Ladd. Interment was in the Flynn Memorial Cemetery, west of Cushing.

Meyer, a Drumright native, was born January 24, 1919, to Carl and Rilla Cook and died Monday at her Drumright home. She attended Oak Grove and Pleasant Hill schools. For 25 years she was an Avon representative, a member of the Followers Church, a member of the Drumright Senior Citizens Center and was once active in the P.T.A.

She and Robert Meyer were married in 1942, he preceded her in death in 1978.

Survivors include her mother, Rilla Cook, Cushing; daughters Ruby Arnold, Cushing and Vel Hammock, Bristow; sons Ron of Amarillo, Texas and Leo Meyer of Sapulpa; brothers Ralph, Doyle and Alvin Cook all of Drumright; sisters Mellie Ritter, Cushing; Wilma Moffitt, Wellston and Leta Frazier, Cushing and eight grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Fairley-Hackler Funeral Home.

(See: COOK, Rilla Lula.)

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GLADYS MEYER
From the "News Journal," Mannford, Oklahoma, July 16, 1986

Graveside services for Gladys Meyer were held at 10 a.m., July 1, 1986, at the Highland Cemetery, Oilton. She was born August 25, 1889, in Warren, Indiana, and died July 8 at the age of 96.

Meyer was a piano teacher for many years in Oilton, having studied music at the Conservatory of Music in Chicago. She was a member of the Oilton Methodist Church, DAR and the Rebecca Lodge.

She was preceded in death by her husband Charles, one daughter Eleanor Mize and one grandson David Mize.

Meyer is survived by a son Kenneth Meyer of Sapulpa; daughter Charlene Parks; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter and three sisters Vivian Dilchanky, Madge James and Marge Cavinder of Wheatfield, Indiana.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Peck Funeral Home.

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