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Many of us may claim kinship with the music of the late, great J Dilla, a/k/a Jay Dee, but far fewer can claim to have been down with the man himself. Waajeed is one of those special few. A high school pal of Jay Dee’s back in Detroit, and an early member of Slum Village (back when the crew was rolling under the name Ssenepod, i.e. “dopeness” spelled backwards), Jeedo got his start in production when he bought Dilla’s old MPC and taught himself the art of beat-making. His tracks have since graced the efforts of Slum, Invincible, Tiombe Lockhart, and his own band with Saadiq, Platinum Pied Pipers (whose 2005 debut Triple P remains one of the great nu-soul/hip-hop efforts of the aughts). Waajeed’s latest endeavors include his Electric Street Orchestra project – still incubating and featuring collabs with what sounds like a who’s who of underground music luminaries across genres – as well as a documentary film on the life of J Dilla. His newly relaunched site, bling47.com, is the web manifestation of his Bling 47 creative organization (which has included a label and management team), and features an excellent ongoing video series entitled “Bling 47 Breaks” dedicated to sample spotting within the Dilla ouevre. On this, what would have been J Dilla’s 38th birthday, who better to present a special commemorative list of his 10 favorite Dilla sample flips than his friend and colleague, Waajeed. J Dilla, RIP.


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(In no particular order…)

1. Slum Village ft. Common - "Thelonious" (GoodVibe, 2000)

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SAMPLE SOURCE: George Duke – “Vulcan Mind Probe” (Epic, 1982)

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Waajeed: That sample kind of eluded me for a while. Just because of the name of the track, I thought that it was a Thelonious Monk sample. But turns out it wasn’t. I’ve been doing these “Bling 47 Breaks” videos, and this is one of the Dilla samples that DJ Spinna mentioned in our interviews. He pulled out this George Duke record and was like, “Yo, man, you’ll never believe what this is.” Then he’s like, “I don’t know if I should even play this.” I’m like, “Man, just play the shit.” So he played it, and yeah. [Dilla] slowed it way way way way way down. And sure enough it was “Thelonious.” It just totally flipped my wig. Not to mention how relevant the song is to me. The song is super personal in so many ways. The guy that Dilla is talking about on the record, I know the guy. [laughs] He’s talking about a dude who took an older Benz and changed the numbers on it and tried to pass it off as a newer car. I know the cat that he’s talking about – this corny ass cat. They used to hang out back in the days. I used to tell him the dude’s a fuckin’ cornball. [laughs]


2. J Dilla - "Trashy" (Bling 47, 2003)

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SAMPLE SOURCE: Stanley Cowell Trio – “Maimoun” (ECM, 1973)

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Waajeed: “Trashy” was one of the things that we put out on Bling 47 Recordings. We used to go record shopping every weekend. We were out record shopping together and I remember him pulling that [Stanley Cowell] record. It was a record that I had actually already played on the turntable. And I was like, “Man, Jay, you ain’t gonna be able to do nuthin’ with that damn record.” The following weekend we was driving [and listening to his new beats], and I was like, “Yo, what’s that?” He was like, “Oh, that’s that record you was frontin’ on.” I was like, “Oh shit!” He was like, “Yo, I like the beat, but I’m not gonna do nothin’ with it.” I was just like, “Well, people wanna hear these beats. I wanna hear these beats. You just flipped the shit.” That’s when we kinda came up with the idea to do the instrumental series [of his unreleased productions], after he did that beat.


3. De La Soul - "Verbal Clap" (Sanctuary, 2004)

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SAMPLE SOURCE: N.Y.C. Peech Boys – “Dance Sister” (Island, 1983)

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Waajeed: Oh man, that is an amazing track. I remember that was one of those beats that everybody was fightin’ over. I remember being around [Slum Village’s] T3 around that time when Dilla first did that beat. T3 was really gunnin’ for that beat for Slum. And there was a fight – not a physical fight, but a big debate – as to who that beat was gonna go to. Was it gonna go to Slum or De La? And I think that was also around the time that Dilla did the beat for “Do You” – that Slum [eventually] used. So between the two I think they kinda made an agreement, like who was gonna go take which. [The Peech Boys sample is] not the lead sample in it. It’s just a voice, a vocal sample that he kinda chopped up and put on top. So it’s just a little vocal thing that he put on top of it, that to be honest it didn’t even really need it, but it just made it better. He kinda had the sensibility where he could sample the most random records and somehow make ’em all work.

I think that’s kinda what differs our cloth of producers, or maybe even Detroit producers, from New York producers. Just comin’ out here [to New York] and noticing how cats are sort of on labels and brands and records that are super rare. And if your shit ain’t rare then your collection ain’t shit. That type of thing. That’s totally not what was goin’ on in the D. I think [a philosophy] that we kind of inspired with each other in our own crew was there are no wack records, there’s only wack producers. You consider every record almost to be a keyboard and in that way it’s like a palette for you to create something fresh. It’s not in the record it’s in your ear. That’s more or less where all that came from.


4. Erykah Badu - "Love" (Motown, 2010)

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SAMPLE SOURCE: Fabulous Souls – “Take Me” (Fabulous Soul, 1971)

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Waajeed: Aw, man. That’s another one I came across doing this “Bling 47 Breaks” series. Straight loop, damn near. Just raw. Another one of those things that would have been so obvious to me as a producer that I wouldn’t have even picked it up. And again he made it work – just in its simple form. The beat is crazy. I love that beat. [I originally remember it from] a beat tape – I heard that on one of those many many trips to the record store. I think it was a longer trip, like to Ann Arbor – a college town. I remember hearing that beat, and just being like, wow.

[During those trips] we would compare notes. I guess at the time I didn’t realize what we were doing. We’d talk about music theory – I guess that’s what it is: chopping records. Just sharing ideas. We would get busy during the week – make beats during the week and then on the weekends we would just ride and play ’em and compare notes. Talk about chicks and fuckin’ records. It was the life.


5. Guru feat. Bilal - "Certified" (Virgin, 2000)

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SAMPLE SOURCE: Klaus Wunderlich – “Sugar Me/Standing In the Road” (Telefunken, 1975)

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Waajeed: Another one of those records which is un-fucking-believable. An unbelievable loop. I think the two of us had different ideas of beat-making. He had been through a lot of sample [clearance] issues. Stuff was cleared for the large part, some wasn’t. And kinda by me coming in a little later, I saw that shit and was like, “Man, I ain’t loopin’ shit! I want to try to get some fuckin’ bread, I wanna try to see some royalties, you know what I’m sayin’? I want some ASCAP checks to be poppin’. I don’t wanna fuck around with them loops.” And I also considered loops lazy beat-making. But once again [I was] proven wrong. It’s not lazy beat-making. It’s really a matter of if something’s not broken, why try to fix it? And that loop is one of those things. It’s like how could you make that [sample] better by chopping it up or trying to disguise it? Trying to be a cheap ass, you know what I’m sayin’? [laughs] It’s like, yo, let that shit run, man. Let that shit run. That’s one of those beats where it’s like, again, we’re sittin’ around listening to beats, and I just had to give it to him. I was like, “Aight, man, I see where you going with this loop thing, I understand it now.”


6. J Dilla - "Signs" (Stones Throw, 2006)

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SAMPLE SOURCE: Brenton Woods – “Gimme Me a Little Sign” (Double Shot, 1967)

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Waajeed: My boy Parler up in Harlem actually brought that record to my attention. Again, another one where I hadn’t heard the original break. But here we go with the loop business. The raw loop shit. And another one of my favorite beats even prior to knowing what the record was. Even the record [he sampled] was ill. That’s a playable record on the dance floor.

It’s kind of a loop but it’s a reconstructed loop. On those [record buying] trips we used to make, Dilla used to say he made his best beats when he was bored. And I imagine this was just one of those beats he made when he was just fuckin’ around when he was bored. Because it’s a hard track to kind of get around, or even kind of create so it has a certain amount of interest. And he did it. By him saying that – his best beat-making was when he was bored – I imagine that. Again, this isn’t one of those tracks that as a producer like you’d necessarily be running to, like, “Ooh I need to sample this, this is crazy!” But shit! How he cut it up, it’s crazy. He’s like in the beat.


7. J Dilla ft. Common - "E=MC2" (BBE, 2006)

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SAMPLE SOURCE: Giorgio Moroder – “E=MC2” (Casablanca, 1979)

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Waajeed: Hands down one of the illest Dilla beats ever, in my opinion. Another one that we covered in the “Bling 47 Breaks” series. I liked it so much I had to talk about it my damn self. There’s a couple different versions floating around of that actual beat. There’s the one that’s the beat tape joint, and that’s probably a little more raw. And there’s the one that I believe Karriem Riggins touched up – the one that Common is on from The Shining. The drums are a little different. I really like both. But to be honest I’m probably more favorable to the one that Karriem did. Maybe it’s just the drummer’s sensibility. It’s a little crazier. Even with the Tomita and little bits coming in and out of it. The perfect beat.


8. Slum Village ft. MC Breed - "Do You" (Priority, 2004)

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SAMPLE SOURCE: Zapp – “More Bounce to the Ounce” (Warner Bros., 1980)

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Waajeed: I don’t know how he managed to separate those parts. That’s kinda why I picked it. ‘Cause there’s something going on in there where he kinda pulled [things from out of the recording, and] it felt like separation. I know the time when he made the beat was when he had just signed his deal with MCA and the dude at Guitar Center, Johnny Muhammad, had just hooked Jay up with all this incredible software. I know he had mentioned at one point – because we weren’t record shopping as much together at that time – some program that allowed you to pull stuff out from the left-hand side of a track or some fuckin’ craziness. That’s what I think that he did in order to get those kind of separations like that. You just can’t do that by sampling a record. So just on some production wizardry shit, that’s certainly one of my favorites. How he fuckin’ flipped that shit? Crazy. [By using “More Bounce”] that was like the other big challenge within our crew: for cats to re-do joints that people had [already sampled]. In some ways I guess it kind of adds on to that boredom thing – how do you impress your peers by rippin’ up something that’s already been done. You gotta really make an effort.


9. J Dilla - "Track #35" (Beat CD track, 2005)

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SAMPLE SOURCE: Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso – “Nothing’s the Same” (Manticore, 1975)

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Waajeed: I was out in Portland and I ran into Rev Shines from Lifesavas. And I spent the afternoon talking with him about records – he’s like a fuckin’ Dilla crazy nerd. And he put me up on the original of that record – the Banco joint. It’s got this really funny album cover. It’s a brown and white cover and this dude is throwing a leather shoe in the air, and on the back of it he’s naked with this thing covering his head. It’s the strangest looking record ever, man.

It was always one of the beats that I loved. It was a mystery to me why nobody ever picked it [to rhyme on]. When [Rev Shines] put me up on the sample, I was like, wooooow. Straight loop, more or less. And the reason why I chose it as being one of my top flips was because he took it from like the second half bar or something crazy. The loop is really odd. But it falls in the right place. He figured out some way to really make it work. By far, it’s definitely one of my favorite beats ever.


10. Busta Rhymes - "Show Me What You Got" (Elektra, 2000)

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SAMPLE SOURCE: Stereolab – “Come and Play in the Milky Night” (1999)

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Waajeed: Again, it goes against my theory of loops. Sometimes if it’s there what can you do? All you can do is run with it. It’s there. No need to put all this extra effort in. Run it. I think [I first heard this] at Baatin [of Slum Village]’s birthday party. We had a celebration for Baatin’s birthday at Pizza Hut. Crazy. [laughs] Baatin’s sister threw it. At the end of it we all went outside and was listening to beats. And he played that beat, and it was just like, my gosh. I was like, “Man, that shit sound like a loop.” He was like, “Man, you know how we do.” I was like, “Aw, fuck!” Once again proven wrong!

Very often – because I consider [Dilla to be] my mentor – people say, “Well, what did you learn beat-wise from him?” That’s a difficult question. I honestly have to say that I wish he was my mentor in that way where I sat down and he tutored me. I wish I did have that. Jay was always super secretive, super protective, very competitive. So there was none of that goin’ on at all. None whatsoever. [laughs] I wish. But I think on a larger level [the thing] I learned from him was just be diligent in your craft. I didn’t necessarily learn how to EQ snares and kicks and program all that shit, but I did learn to really marry it. Put your life into it. It’s bigger than music. It’s really about commitment. A commitment to excellence. Not even so much about popularity and trying to be everybody’s favorite and all that shit. Because I know he really had no aspirations for that. His drive was internal. It was based a lot on [competing with] us – the crew. We were all mad competitive like that. I’m sure that played a large part of it too, I know it did for me. I learned to really commit myself to my craft. Craft first, brand second. I think that’s the opposite of what’s going on these days, where people are so fashion conscious and so brand conscious that the music suffers. You got a bunch of people out there practicing on the fuckin’ stage. So yeah, I think that diligence to the craft first is still something that I live with every day.


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Winford moved to Seminole from Holdenville and had lived in Seminole for 60 years and graduated from Seminole High School in 1956.

He married Helen Evans in Seminole on Feb. 20, 1960 and soon after, entered the U.S. Army and served 14 months in Korea on the Demilitarized Zone as a Military Policeman.

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His parents and three sisters and two brothers preceded him in death.

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He was born April 21, 1967 in McAlester, Okla. to Christopher Jerome Akerman and Sarah Jo (Sweatt) Akerman.

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Then moved to the Old Butner Community until 2009 and was living in the Cromwell area upon death.

She attended Little Church of Christ and was a member of the Home Extension Club.

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Preceding Grace in death are her parents; husband; brothers and sisters, Clay Robertson, Opal Miller, Marie Miller, Eva Henry, Sugar Eidson, and Etta Robertson.

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Bob W. Alexander

A memorial service honoring the life of Bob W. Alexander will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at 1:00 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church of Seminole.

Bob was born Sept. 16, 1931, and departed this life on March 8, 2013, following a heart attack and a stroke.

Bob is survived by his wife, Mary Donna Alexander; his children, Leigh Ann (Alexander) Spencer and Stephen Wayne Alexander; his grandchildren, Katie Spencer and Alex Spencer and Andrew Alexander; his great-grandchildren, Camdyn Blake and Charley Kate Sellers; his nephews and nieces, Greg Alexander and Sammy Barnes, Gary and Tricia Alexander, and Rose Delumpa-Alexander; and his great-nieces, Natalie and Charlotte Delumpa-Alexander.

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Bob Wayne Alexander, of Seminole, Okla., was born Sept. 16, 1931, in Hominy, Okla., to Leon and Rubye Alexander.

As a child, his family moved to Lawton, Okla., and he graduated from Lawton High School in 1949.

After high school, Bob attended Oklahoma A & M College in Stillwater, Okla. His father died when he was a freshman and he returned to Lawton to attend Cameron State Agricultural College.

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Bob began his career as a vocational agriculture teacher at Lacey High School and Geary High School. He then worked in agricultural and chemical sales and, later, in golf course turf sales. He retired in the mid-1990’s.

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Over the years, many students on Seminole High School’s golf team played with clubs he built.

Until his health began to fail, Bob played golf daily, and until his death, he had a thriving golf club repair business. He also worked at Fire Lake Golf Course until his death.

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On Feb. 14, 2013, Bob suffered a heart attack. On Feb. 28, 2013, he suffered a stroke.

He left this life peacefully on March 8, 2013, at his daughter’s house, with his family by his side.

Bob was predeceased by his mother and father, his aunt and uncle, Dallas C. and Brooks Ellot White; and his brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Freeda Alexander.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years; his children; his grandchildren, Katie Spencer and Alex Spencer and Andrew Alexander; his great-grandchildren, Camdyn Blake and Charley Kate Sellers; his nephews and nieces, Greg Alexander and Sammy Barnes, Greg and Tricia Alexander, and Rose Delumpa-Alexander; and his great-nieces, Natalie and Charlotte Delumpa-Alexander.

A viewing will be held at Swearingen Funeral Home on Thursday, March 14, 2013, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

A celebration of Bob’s life will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at 1:00 p.m., at Seminole First United Methodist Church.

In keeping with Bob’s spirit, in lieu of flowers, please contribution to your favorite charity or be of assistance to someone in need.

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Mary Donna Alexander

Mary Donna Alexander was born in Henryetta, Okla., on Dec. 20, 1933, the only child of Warren Wallace and Lydia Elizabeth Hemphill.

She was proud to be a second-generation American, as her grandmother had immigrated to the United States from Wales.

Mary Donna’s school years were all spent at Henryetta, where she graduated from high school in 1952.

After high school, Mary Donna attended Oklahoma A&M College in Stillwater, Okla., earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education through the school of Family Relations and Child Development.

Graduating in 1956, she was proud to be in the last Oklahoma A&M class before the name was changed to Oklahoma State University.

While at Oklahoma A&M, Mary Donna met Bob Wayne Alexander. They were married shortly after her graduation, on June 9, 1956.

Mary Donna and Bob had two children, Leigh Ann (Alexander) Spencer and Stephen Wayne Alexander.

Mary Donna began her teaching career in Lacey, Okla. She also taught school in Geary, Okla. While in Geary, her first child was born and she became a stay-at-home mom.

While living in Enid, Okla, Mary Donna took graduate classes at Phillips University and renewed her teaching certificate.

In 1969, she began teaching kindergarten at Sequoyah Elementary School in Shawnee, Okla. She taught kindergarten and fourth grade at Sequoyah until her retirement in 1998.

At Sequoyah, Mary Donna met her two best friends, Nell Farris and Jeanne Mills.

Mary Donna’s retirement years were spent as Grammy to the loves of her life, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She spent much of her time at their many activities and, until her final illness, was the proud babysitter to her great-grandchildren.

In early December 2012, Mary Donna became ill and was hospitalized until Feb. 13, 2013.

On Feb. 14, 2013, her beloved husband, Bob, suffered a heart attack; he died on March 8, 2013.

She succumbed very suddenly to her illness, joining Bob in heaven on the evening of April 22, 2013.

Mary Donna was predeceased by her parents; her husband of 56 years; and her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jack and Freeda Alexander.

She is survived by her children; her grandchildren, Katie Beth and Alex Spencer and Andrew Alexander; her great-grandchildren, Camdyn Blake and Charley Kate Sellers; her nephews and nieces, Greg Alexander and Sammy Barnes, Gary and Tricia Alexander, and Rose Delumpa-Alexander; her great-nieces, Natalie and Charlotte Delumpa-Alexander; her best friends, Nell Farris and Jeanne Mills; and her beloved Yorkie, Ellie.

A viewing will be held at Swearingen Funeral Home on April 26, 2013, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

A celebration of Mary Donna’s life will take place on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at 1:00 p.m., at Seminole First United Methodist Church.

Mary Donna will be laid to her final rest at West Lawn Cemetery in Henryetta, Okla.

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Raymond Alexander

Raymond Andrew Alexander, 71, longtime Seminole resident, died Tuesday, June 25, 2013 in Midwest City, Okla.

He was born July 12, 1941 in Oklahoma City, Okla. to Andrew E. and Irene (Coker) Alexander.

He grew up in the Shawnee, Okla. area and had lived in Seminole the past three years.

He attended and graduated high school at Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kans.

He was a Drug and Alcohol Counselor for private facilities.

He served in the U.S. Army as a Private, during the Vietnam War.

He was a proud member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma.

He is survived by a son, Alex Alexander of Missouri; four brothers, Marvin Alexander of Shawnee, Paul Alexander of Tecumseh, Okla., David Alexander of Pleasant Valley, Tenn. and Thomas Jones of Seminole; three sisters, Jeanie Shaw of Atlanta, Ga., Bonnie Gibson of Mounds, Okla. and Bertha Tilkens of Norman, Okla. and one grandchild.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and a daughter, Sherry Alexander.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, June 29, 2013 at the Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Seminole, Okla. with burial following in the Jones Family Cemetery northeast of Seminole, Okla.

Swearingen Funeral Home of Seminole, Okla. is in charge of arrangements.

Alexander

 

 

 

Loin Clinton "Sonny" Allen

Loin Clinton "Sonny" Allen of Seminole, Okla. passed away December 5th, 2013 at the age of 77. Allen, formerly of McCurtain, Okla., was born March 13, 1936 to William Roy and Minnie "Plunk" Allen.

He is survived by his wife, Thelma Lee Allen of their home, one daughter Sandra Lynne Moore and husband Tony of Seminole, Okla., two sons, David Clinton Allen and wife Regina of Prue, Okla., and William Paul Allen and wife Amy of Inola, Okla. Allen is also survived by two sisters, Marie Green of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Lois Mills and husband Charles of Del City, Okla., one brother Harold Allen and wife Pat of Spiro, Okla.

Allen had five grandchildren, Sarah Allen, Shawn Allen, Tasha Moore, Clinton Moore, and William Moore, as well as three great-grandchildren, Shelby Russell, Donnie Russell, and Jacoby Harris

Sonny was preceded in death by three brothers, one sister, and his parents.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 13, 2013, at Mallory Chapel, in Stigler. Mr. Jack Woodlard will be officiating. Burial will follow in Old Panther Cemetery under the direction of the Mallory-Martin Funeral Home & Crematory of Stigler.

Pallbearers will be: Clinton Moore, Shawn Allen, Mitchell Kinsey, Wayne Kinsey, Arvin Fuller, and Stephen Paul. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Matthew Fuller, Dustin Real, William Moore, Russell Gibson, Raymond Lane, and Tony Moore.

 

Michele Allen

Michele Kaye Allen, 44 of Wewoka died Thursday, May 16, 2013 at her residence in Wewoka.

She was born May 18, 1968 in Shawnee, Okla.

She was a 1986 graduate of Wewoka High School

She married Steven Allen in 1988 at New Port, Va.

Survivors include her husband, Steven Allen of the home; daughters, Stephanie Michele Judd of Aviano, Italy and Kaylee Lynae Allen of Wewoka; parents, Rick and Trish Ayers; sister, Sherry Rush of Corova, Tenn.; and brother, Cody Ray Gelino of Carrollton, Tex.

Funeral services are scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at Harvey Road Baptist Church, with Rev. Russell Vicars officiating and interment at Oakwood Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Stout-Phillips Funeral Home.

An Online Guestbook is available at PhillipsFuneralService.com.

Allen

 

 

 

David Allford

Funeral services for Officer David Evan Allford will be held Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the Assembly of God Church in Wetumka. Interment will follow at the Wetumka City Cemetery.

David Evan Allford was born June 29, 1976 in McAlester, Okla. to David R. Allford and Terra (Downer) Allford.

He passed away Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 in an auto accident near Okemah at the age of 37.

Officer Allford grew up in McAlester and moved to Holdenville when he was in the 8th grade.

He later (1995) graduated from Holdenville High School.

He and Becky Shaw were married in April of 1999 in Oklahoma City.

Officer Allford worked as a deputy with the Okfuskee County Sheriff’s Department for the past two years and also served his country with the United States Army.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, going out to eat and most of all he loved his children and family.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Joe and Rebecca Allford of McAlester, Harry Eugene Downer of Germany and Mary Hall of Krebs, Okla.

He is survived by his wife, Becky Allford of Wetumka; his parents, David R. and Terra Allford of Wetumka; one son, Wyatt Evan Allford of the home; one daughter, Shelby Leigh Allford of the home; two brothers, Joe Allford and wife Jill of Seminole and Ben Allford and wife Michelle of Holdenville; mother and father in law, Jim and Wanda Shaw of Wetumka; brother in law, James Shaw and wife Melissa of Coalgate and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol will be serving as active pallbearers.

Honorary bearers include Mason Allford, Alex Allford, Jaxson Allford, Benson Allford, Josh Parker, Jonathon Parker and Jeff Parker.

Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Pastor John Roberts.

A memorial fund has been established for the Allford family at both the BancFirst and the Citizen’s State Bank of Okemah.

Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com

 

 

Cowena Anderson

Cowena Sue Anderson passed away on Aug. 10, 2013 in Oklahoma City.

She was born on Jan. 1, 1934 to Rev. Arthur Bruner and Izora Walker Bruner in Holdenville.

Growing up at Many Springs, Cowena accepted her Lord and was baptized on July 1, 1950.

Cowena attended Eufaula Boarding School, Holdenville High School, and graduated from Chilocco Boarding School. She graduated from the Commercial Business School at Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kans. in 1954.

She worked as a Secretary at the Oklahoma County Courthouse for several years. While there, she became a member of the 1st Indian Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, serving in several positions.

When Jimmy was called to preach and was in Seminary, Cowena worked as a secretary in a clothing factory in Chicago, Ill., living with her sister, Minnie Ruth and husband Bob Faxon.

Cowena and Jimmy Anderson were married on Aug. 20, 1959.

She joined him at the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pa.

While there, she became secretary to the Vice President of the Seminary.

She was a faithful and loving wife who followed her missionary husband wherever God led him; as secretary to Dr. B. Frank Belvin, as they served the MSW Baptist Association, as missionaries to the Navajos in New Mexico, and back to Oklahoma in 1970.

While Jimmy served in state and national positions, Cowena as a loving mother, helped raise their four sons in Shawnee.

She worked for about 20 years in the Medical Records Department of the Pottawatomie Indian Health Clinic, then two years for the Pottawatomie-Lincoln Baptist Association.

Cowena went with Jimmy on missionary ventures in New Mexico, Arizona, Montana and South Dakota.

Even as her health declined she supported her husband as he pastured a church in Stroud, and last as pastor of Many Springs Baptist Church.

Cowena is preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Izora (Walker) Bruner; four brothers, Johnnie Lee, Leon, Tippie and James; two sisters, Minnie Ruth Faxon and Johnnie Mae Kalinich.

She is survived by her husband, Jimmy Anderson; her four sons, Jeff of Shawnee, Jon of Shawnee, Bill and wife, Nena of Cromwell and Andrew of Shawnee; two brothers, Harry Bruner of Seminole, Arthur Bruner Jr. and wife, Janelle of Tulsa; one sister, Doreen Buck of Holdenville; seven grandchildren, Deanne Grant of Denver, Eric, Chloe, Aaron, Alex, Alan and Michael; three great grandsons, Rashad, Adrian and Dustyn; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Wake Services will be 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 at the Many Springs Baptist Church.

Funeral Services will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013 at the Many Springs Baptist Church with Rev. Gary Hawkins officiating. Interment will follow at the Many Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Anderson, Jon Anderson, Bill Anderson, Andy Anderson, Micco Kalinich, Arthur Bruner III, Leon Bruner Jr. and Bobby Buck.

Funeral services are under the direction of Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home in Holdenville.

Online Condolences can be made at www.phillipsfuneralservice.com.

An Online Guestbook is available at PhillipsFuneralService.com

Anderson

 

 

 

Kenneth Anderson

Kenneth D. Anderson of Shawnee, Okla. died Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 in Oklahoma City of natural causes.

He was born Aug. 1, 1943.

There are no services planned at this time.

 

Oarten Anderson

Oarten Hale "Oartie" Anderson, 68 year-old longtime Seminole resident passed from this life on Monday, April 15, 2013 at Midwest City Regional Medical Center.

He was born Oct. 17, 1944 in Sterling, Colo. to parents Johnie E. Anderson and Cora Ella (Josh) Anderson, both parents preceded him in death.

In the mid 1970’s Oartie served as under sheriff in Douglas, Wyo. for several years.

He later moved from Casper, Wyo. to Seminole where he opened his own wrecker service named "Oartie’s Wrecker Service," which he owned and operated until his death.

On Oct. 11, 2005 he married Treva Joyce (Barnhart) in Shawnee, Okla.

Oartie is survived by his wife, Treva Anderson of the home; three sons and a daughter-in-law, Richard and his wife Dana Anderson of Seminole, Okla., Robert Anderson of Seminole, Okla., Oarten Anderson, Jr. who is serving in the United States Army; three step-daughters, Shannon House of Seminole, Okla., Robin Northern of Moore, Okla., Jennifer and her husband Brian Miller of Tulsa, Okla.; Oartie was also the youngest of 11 children.

Other survivors include several grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and a host of other family and friends.

A memorial service is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Seminole with Pastor Earnest Lee Brown (grandson-in-law) officiating the service.

Services are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Okla.

Anderson

 

 

 

Homer Asbury

Homer Eugene " Gene" Asbury, 73, former Seminole resident died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 in Eufaula, Okla.

Gene was born on May 15, 1940 in Vinita, Okla. to Cecil Wayne and Ruby Dean Asbury.

Gene was a Chemical Cleaning Department Manager for the United States Environment Services in Houston, Tex., he retired in 2011.

After his retirement Gene moved to Lake Eufaula and enjoyed his time fishing.

He was a graduate of Seminole High School.

Gene lived in Wyoming and Texas for many years.

Gene married Sharon Allison on Feb. 1, 1963 in Seminole, Okla.

Gene is survived by his wife, Sharon Asbury of Stigler, Okla.; his three sons, Patrick Asbury of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Austin Asbury and his wife, Deana of Fort Wayne, Ind. and Michael Asbury of the home; two sisters, Dorothy King of Bixby, Okla. and Billie Patterson of Casper, Wyo.; and four grandchildren, Connor, Allie, Devan and Ava along with numerous nieces, nephews and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters Phyllis Rose and Mary Allen.

Funeral services are planned for 10:00 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 at the Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Seminole with Rev. Danny Gene Allison, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Little Cemetery.

Casket bearers will be Logan Allison, Ronnie Allison, John Allison, Scott Allison, Cheyenne Allison and Cody Allison.

Service are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home of Seminole.

Asbury

 

 

 

Albert Asher

Albert L. Asher, 88, of Stonehenge Assisted Living in Blairsville, Ga. was finally released to his heavenly home in the early morning of Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, following an extended illness.

He was a loving husband to Dorothy, brother to Mary Lou and Jim; brother-in-law to their spouses and brother-in-law to the Wood family: Leslie, Martha, Delmer, Roger, Mary Ellen and Jimmy and their spouses; Uncle Bert to all their children; father to Glenn and and Sue; father-in-law to Cindy; grandfather to Doug, Jerrod, Aimee and husband Trace; Jenna and Adam and wife Erin.

Great grandpapa to a dozen children, who will be his lasting memorial as they carry on his legacy of a hardworking, self-sacrificing Christian man.

He left many friends who loved him well, in particular, Wanda Patterson of Blue Ridge, Georgia.

Neighbors here in the hollow will think of him and remember a man who loved living here and drove his little Boston terrier around in the golf cart, stopping to visit anyone who was out and about.

He was born in the house William Albert Asher built for his bride Edna in Okmulgee, Okla.

After returning home to Oklahoma after World War II, where he was interred by the Germans as a POW at the Battle of the Bulge, he carried on his father's career in the oilfield.

He worked for only one company that had many names from the time he began work in Tulsa, Okla. at the age of 17 until his retirement in 1985 in Crane, Texas: Tidal Pipeline, Tidewater Oil Company, Getty Oil, Texaco, and then Chevron.

His Christmas card list remains active with many of these oilfield friends who have graciously kept up with him in his many retirement meanderings.

He was a quiet, private man who asked for little in life and in death asked only that "you do what you need to do" to remember him. Memorial plans are pending at this time.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Cochran Funeral Home and Crematory of Blairsville.

Please share your condolences to the family on our website, www.cochranfuneralhomes.com

Asher

 

 

 

Melba Austin

Melba L. (Crenshaw) Austin

06/29/1929 - 01/07/2013

Melba L. (Crenshaw) Austin, age 83 and a longtime resident of Konawa passed away on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013 in Konawa at her home surrounded by her family.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Konawa. Burial will follow at Konawa Cemetery. Pastor Jerry States will officiate.

Pallbearers are Steven Campbell, Robert Castleberry, Wayne Butler, Dwight Butler, Houston Leonard, and Orin Cooley.

Honorary Pallbearers are Paul Campbell, Matthew Yerby, Joe DeArman and Mitch Williams.

Melba was born on June 29, 1929 in Konawa to Elmer Crenshaw and Ara (Bickerstaff) Crenshaw.

She graduated Konawa High School, and she worked as a Secretary for the Konawa Funeral Home for thirty-five years.

Melba loved to watch the Atlanta Braves.

She is survived by one brother, Ralph Crenshaw of California; three sisters, Wilma Lamb and husband, Walter of Konawa, Frances Norback of Springfield, Mo., and Bonnie Spooner of Konawa; two grandchildren, Cynthia Mitchell and Keith Mitchell of Konawa; and six great grandchildren, Dalton Dixon, Austin Walker, Whitney Mitchell, Aerial Mitchell, Haley Mitchell, and Toby Mitchell.

Melba was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Ara Crenshaw, and one daughter, Shirley Reeves.

The family wishes to express a heartfelt, "Thank You" to Halo Hospice of Ada.

Austin

 

 

 

Daejah Ayers

Daejah Shiree Blanton Ayers, Seminole, Okla. resident passed away Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 at the Children’s Center in Bethany, Okla. at the age of three months.

Daejah was born Aug. 15, 2013 in Shawnee, Okla. to parents, Ray Charles Blanton and Joyce Elaine Ayers.

Daejah is survived by her parents, Ray Charles Blanton, and Joyce Elaine Ayers; three brothers, Ray Charles Blanton, Jr., Donell Ayers, and Brandon Ayers all of Seminole.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will take place at Noble Town Cemetery, Seminole County, Okla.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home of Seminole.

Messages of condolences may be sent to www.swearingenfuneralhome.com.

 

Nadene Aylor

Nadene Craig Aylor, 95, born Nadene Craig on Oct. 26, 1918, was third child of five children born to Henry Calendine Craig, Sr. and Emma Francis Mooney Craig.

She was raised and spent most of her life in Seminole County, Okla., spending a few years in Arizona and California.

She attended Prairie Valley School and was an active member of Twin Oaks Baptist Church.

Married to Julius Arnold Aylor, deceased, mother of Harold Duane Aylor deceased, and Virgil Craig Aylor, she is survived by her son, Virgil Aylor and grandson, Scott Allen Aylor.

Services will be held 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 at Little Cemetery, Seminole, Okla.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole.

Melinda Azlin

Melinda Tucker Azlin, 68, of Grover, N.C., passed away March 3, 2013 at The Robin Johnson House, Dallas.

She was born June 29, 1944 in Wewoka, Okla., daughter of the late Clyde and Addie Cox Tucker.

A memorial service will be held 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at Eastside Baptist Church, 1284 E. Cherokee St., Blacksburg, S.C., officiated by Rev. Eric L. Sellers.

The family will receive friends following the service at the church.

Interment is private.

She is survived by daughters, Sheila Azlin Loman and her husband, Tommy, Shari Azlin Campbell and her husband, Jim; brothers, Herman Tucker and his wife, Pat, Clyde Tucker and his wife, Barbara; sister, Sharon Giles and her husband, Tom; grandchildren, Chelsey Loman, Katelyn Loman, Austin Loman, Amy Campbell, Samuel Campbell, a US Navy Rescue Swimmer Candidate, stationed in Pensacola, FL; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Tommy, Ernest and Gary Tucker.

Memorials may be made to the Gaston Hospice, for the Robin Johnson House, P.O. Box 3984, Gastonia, N.C. 28054.

Arrangements are with the South Chapel of Greene Funeral Service and Crematorium in Gastonia, N.C.

A guest registry is available at greenefuneral.com

Azlin

 

 

 

Nelda Bailey

Sept. 11, 1946 - June 11, 2013

Nelda A. Bailey, 66, Seminole resident died Tuesday, June 11, 2013 in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Nelda was born Sept. 11, 1946 in Seminole, Okla. to Evert and Lillian (Housdon) Anderson.

Nelda was a C.M.A. and retired from Seminole Estate Nursing Home in Seminole, after 17 years of service.

She grew up in the Maud, Okla. area and attended and graduated from Maud High School, where she played basketball and softball.

While in Maud she was named Roundup Queen at the Maud Rodeo.

She was a loving mother and grandmother. She enjoyed her grandchildren and loved watching their activities.

She loved being with her special friend Jeff Davis, going out to eat, helping him with farm work, bailing hay and working cattle.

She also attended the Church of Christ at Little.

Nelda is survived by her parents, Evert and Lillian Anderson of Konawa, Okla.; one son, Teddy Bailey of Mississippi; three daughters, Karrie Stapleton of Shawnee, Okla., Kristi Ginn and Mike Stapleton of Catoosa, Okla. and Lindsey and her husband Billy Mckee of Seminole, Okla.; a sister, Glenda Terry and her husband Jack of Konawa, Okla. and a niece, Tina Moon of Shawnee, Okla.

She is also survived by her grandchildren, Eric and Cortney Powell of Prague, Okla., Keisha and Jason Wolf of Tecumseh, Okla., Alyssa Lindsay of Newcastle, Okla., Lakin and Dax Henley of Seminole, Okla., Tazz McKee of Seminole, Okla., Britni Ginn of Catoosa, Okla., Kenneth Hernandez, Jr. of Shawnee, Okla. and her great grandchildren, Lyric and Liberty Wolf of Tecumseh, Okla., Bryar Powell of Prague, Okla. and her special friend Jeff Davis of Seminole, Okla.

Nelda was preceded in death by nephew, Steven Moon who died 2013 and by a son-in-law, Rex Ginn in 2010.

Memorial services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 22, 2013 at the Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Carl Whitfield officiating.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Okla.

Messages of condolences may be sent to the family online at www.swearingenfuneral.com

Bailey

 

 

 

Rita Ballew

Rita Faye Ballew, 64, died in Holdenville on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013.

She was born to James Erwin McMullen and Roberta Doris Wyatt McMullen on Aug. 11, 1948 in Wewoka, Okla.

She graduated Moss High School in 1966 and attended business school.

In 1968 she married Danny Holt.

She owned and operated Gem Jewelers and was employed at the First National Bank for a number of years. For the past 25 years she was the office manager for Joe Mills Well Service Company in Seminole.

On July 7, 1990 Rita married Jack Ballew. He preceded her in death.

Survivors include Lisa Dawn Holt Burkett; three grandchildren; one brother, Danny McMullen and one sister, Janie James.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Jack Linwood Ballew and one daughter Ami Shaun Holt Caudill.

Funeral services will be held the Holdenville First Baptist Church on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation at Helpline 1.800.659.1991.

Betty Bancroft

Betty L. Bancroft, 83, died Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at OHSU Hospital in Portland, Ore. after a prolonged illness.

She was born on Aug. 10, 1929, to Bud and Eula Mae Mills.

She grew up and lived in and around Seminole before moving to Southern California with her family in 1973. Even though she lived in California the majority of her adult life, she always considered herself an "Okie" and Seminole her home.

Betty’s passion in life was her husband, Leland and her son, Russ.

Her precious daughter, Janet, preceded her in death.

Betty adored her granddaughter, Jordan and loved seeing her grow up and perform in plays and choir.

The family would like to express their special thanks and appreciation to the family and friends who went above and beyond over the years in both Portland and Ventura! Your love and support in all its forms made an incredibly difficult situation workable and bearable.

Graveside services for Betty will be 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 18, 2013 at the Little Cemetery in Seminole, Okla. Don Gill will officiate at the service.

In lieu of flowers, consider contributions to your favorite charities.

Bancroft

 

 

 

Wanda Baresel

Wanda Lean Baresel, age 90, peacefully completed her earthly pilgrimage at home surrounded by her family and entered the presence of God for eternity on Aug. 28, 2013.

Wanda was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend.

She was born Sept. 30, 1922 to Joseph and Mary (Doolen) Rodgers in Fayetteville, Ark.

She graduated from Central State Teachers College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and taught home economics for 17 years at Western Oaks Junior High School before retiring in 1985.

Since retiring, she has continued to serve her community as an active member of Putnam City Baptist Church where she was the Director of the Peacemakers Sunday school class for more than two decades and participated in mission projects such as the church charitable pantry and the hospital visitation project where she helped make and deliver thousands of hand crafted sterile flowers to patients in cancer and burn wards.

Wanda also worked with the Baptist Homes for Children mission, concentrating primarily on the children's style shows, where she initiated the participation of the Putnam City Baptist Church into the mission and their fund raising efforts while also assisting during the shows themselves.

She also participated in the Samaritan's Purse "Operation Christmas Child" project as long as her health permitted her to wrap and stuff shoe boxes with items she and others donated.

Wanda was preceded into heaven by her parents and two brothers, Joe and Jim Rodgers.

She is survived by son, Larry and wife Delphina of Oklahoma City; and son, Roger and wife, Judith of Edmond; sisters-in-law, Ella Walker of Lansing, Mich., Esther Stanley of Pullman, Wash., Doris Lombardi of Peculiar, Mo., Neva Rodgers of Konawa, Okla., and Linda Rodgers of Henderson, Nevada; six grandchildren, Robyn, Deborah, "Peanut", Paul, Mary, and Kyle; and 10 great-grandchildren, Lauren, Justin, Tyler, Ivy, Bryce, Luca, Milla, Zaine, Finn and Clara; and three great-great-grandchildren, Elizabeth, Keelee and Abbey.

No woman hath a greater love for her husband, family and community than Wanda. And no woman was more loved and respected by her husband, family and friends.

The family would like to especially thank Dr. Karen Ross and Dolores Hoogendoorn, RN for the loving care which they provided Wanda.

There will be a viewing from 5-7pm on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013 at Mercer-Adams Funeral Home in Bethany Okla. with the service on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 at 10am in the Chapel at Mercer-Adams.

Interment will be in Rose Hill Cemetery beside her beloved husband of 62 years.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in her name to the debt service retirement fund at Putnam City Baptist Church or the Baptist Children’s Home Style Show.

To share a memory or condolence, visit www.mercer-adams.com.

Baresel

 

 

 

Norma Barnes

Funeral services for Norma Fay Barnes will be held Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah. Interment will follow at the Schoolton Cemetery in Seminole County.

She was born Dec. 10, 1933 in Kendrick, Okla. to Willie and Bertha (Wallis) Condict.

She died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 at her home in Cromwell at the age of 79.

She had been a longtime resident of the Schoolton area and was a graduate of Excelsior School.

She and Eldridge Barnes were married Dec. 19, 1950 in Okemah; he preceded her in death.

She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two daughters, Teresa Kay Hassell and Sharon Lynn Barnes; two sisters, Lola McElroy and Ella Starr; and three brothers, Cecil Carrol Condict, Marvin Condict and Bill Condict.

Survivors include two brothers, Ray Condict of Okemah and Wendell Condict of Moore; three sisters, Rose Head of Moore, Linda Groves of Cromwell and Wilma Scott of Houston, Tex.; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Serving as active pallbearers will be her nephews.

Honorary bearers will be her nieces.

Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home in Okemah with Bro. Charles Jones officiating.

Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.

Nina Barnett

Nina Mae Barnett, 86, longtime Seminole resident died, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 at her home in Seminole.

Nina was born Aug. 31, 1926 in Earlsboro, Okla. to Onie and Beulah (Moore) Palmer.

Nina moved to Seminole from Shawnee 60 years ago. She was a homemaker and a longtime checker at Chesser’s Grocery Store.

Nina was a longtime member of the Immanuel Fellowship Church, who loved her family and church most of all.

She was an avid Seminole Chieftain and OU Football fan.

Nina married Joe Barnett April 16, 1948 in Shawnee, Okla. and he preceded her in death on March 2, 1991.

Nina is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sherweeta and Bob Benn of Earlsboro; two grandsons, Brent Benn and his wife Kerri of Edmond, Okla. and Jason Benn and his wife Megan of Norman, Okla. Four great-grandchildren, Bosten, Mollie, Brooklyn and Carter also survive her.

Her parents, husband, two sisters and one brother preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 at the Immanuel Fellowship Church with Pastor Tim Tate officiating. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Seminole.

Services are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole.

Barnett

 

 

 

Byrul Barnhart

Funeral services for Byrul Barnhart of Wewoka Okla. are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Monday, April 15, 2013 at Bethel Pentecostal Holiness Church Wewoka with Martin and Donna Gustin officiating and burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Byrul Barnhart was born Feb. 12, 1928 in Holdenville, Okla. to the late Mark and Birdie (Wynn) Barnhart.

He passed away in Stroud, Okla. Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at the age of 85 years.

Byrul and Essie M. Smith Barnhart were married Nov. 11, 1954 in Holdenville, Okla. and made their home in Wewoka.

He was a graduate of Spaulding High school and worked in the oilfields as a pumper.

He served in the US Army from 1950 to 1956.

He was a member of Bethel Pentecostal Holiness Church and loved hunting, fishing, and training horses.

His passion was music, he was an accomplished musician playing numerous instruments.

Preceding him in death are his parents; four brothers, Boyd, Tob, Marvin, and Mathew Barnhart; three sisters, Arlene Harr, Ruby Nalley, and Loretta Sublett; a daughter-in-law, Marie Barnhart.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Essie of the home; three sons, Mark Barnhart and wife Karen, David Barnhart and the late Marie Barnhart, Joby Barnhart and wife Liz all of Wewoka, a daughter Judy Roberts and husband Shawn of Stroud, Okla.; grandchildren, David Barnhart, Dylon Barnhart, Seirra Barnhart, Beth Barnhart, Seanah Morrison, Krystal Carolton, Brooklyn Barnhart, Charley Barnhart, Coty Barnhart, Shawna Muson, Marcus Roberts, Brandon Roberts, Meghan Roberts, Holly Barnhart, and Hanna Barnhart; ten great grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Honorary Pall Bearers will be Wilman Davis, Judge Sawyer, Alfred Campbell, Rick Poff, Scott Morrison, Brandon Carleton, Bart Smith, Shawn Roberts, Erwin Holata, Ron Holata and the Men of Bethel Pentecostal Holiness Church.

Pall Bearers will be David Barnhart, Mark Barnhart, Joby Barnhart, Dylon Barnhart, Coty Barnhart, and Dave Barnhart Jr.

Arrangements by Stout-Phillips Funeral Home

An Online Guestbook is available at PhillipsFuneralService.com

Barnhart

 

 

 

Rena Barton

Rena Lou Barton, 89, of Wewoka died Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at her residence.

She was born Oct. 15, 1923 in Stigler, Okla., to Henry and Ruth (Duncan) Perry.

She was a homemaker.

Preceding her in death are her parents; and husband, Jess Barton.

Survivors include her son, Ron Fenske of Wewoka, Okla. and daughter, Karina Campbell of Calif.

Memorial services will be held in Gilroy, Calif. at a later date.

An online guestbook is available at PhillipsFuneralService.com

 

 

Henry Baxter Jr.

Henry "Sam" Samuel Baxter, Jr., longtime former Seminole county resident, passed away Saturday, March 2, 2013 at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City at the age of 58 years.

Sam was born May 28, 1954 in McAlester, Okla. to Henry Samuel and Wanda Oleta (Wilson) Baxter.

He attended Fanshawe, Wister and Duke Public Schools. Sam graduated from Carl Albert College in Poteau with an Associate’s Degree.

Sam enjoyed working on cars, fishing and camping. He was a handyman and helped out at Little Cemetery.

He enjoyed cutting up with his nephews and giving them a hard time.

Sam is survived by his parents, Henry and Wanda Baxter of Little, Okla.; four sisters, JoEllen Shoop and husband Robert of Spiro, Okla., Janis Lindley and husband Clifford of Horntown, Okla., Beverley Baxter-Smith of Meeker, Okla., and Tammie Baxter of Little, Okla.; one niece, Shelia Morton; five nephews, Rodney Smith, Rusty Smith, Wes Lindley, Justin Shoop and Michael Lindley; numerous great-nieces and nephews and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bill Chesser officiating. Burial will follow at Little Cemetery.

Casket bearers will be Rodney Smith, Rusty Smith, Wes Lindley, Justin Shoop, Michael Lindley and Wes Morton.

Honorary casket bearer will be Mike Harris.

Services are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole.

Baxter

 

 

 

Andrew Beaty

Andrew Dale Beaty of Seminole, Okla. died Thursday, May 16, 2013 in Shawnee, Okla. at the age of 23.

He was born Aug. 2, 1989 in Seminole, Okla. to Elvin Dale Beaty and Jane Calger.

He attended Seminole Public School before graduating from Wewoka High School in 2008.

He was employed at Mighty Quick Convenience Store located on Harvey Road in Seminole.

He is survived by one brother, Cashe Wayne Beaty of Seminole.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Memorial service will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 25, 2013 at Gleaners’ Holiness Church of Wewoka with Rev. Larry Chesser officiating.

Cremation services are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home of Seminole.

Beaty

 

 

 

Jackie Beaver Jr.

Jackie Lee Beaver Jr. was born Sept. 23, 1970 in Claremore, Okla. to Jackie Lee Beaver Sr. and Minnie Harjo Beaver.

He died June 26, 2013 in Lawton, Okla. at the age of 42.

He attended Weleetka schools and later received his certification in culinary arts.

Preceding him in death are his parents; one infant son; grandparents, Eugene and Minnie Beaver and Joe and Cora Billie.

Survivors include his three children, Dakotah Lee Beaver, Jessica Lee Beaver, and Ousk'v Lee Beaver; two step-children, Lillie Ann Fox and Kyah Lee Fox; one grandchild; one sister, Anna Daly; and two brothers, Robert and Edward Beaver.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at Stout-Phillips Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jimsey Harjo officiating and Rev. Edwin Jimboy will officiate at graveside. Burial will be at Creek Chapel Church Cemetery, Okemah, Okla.

Pallbearers will be Tim Golden, Mark Golden, Eric Harjo, Steve Fixico, Milo Fox, and Milo Fox III.

Honorary pallbearers will be Timmie Ray Casselman, Gilbert Jimboy, Shawn Golden, Danny Woodruff, and Trevor Cole.

Arrangements are by Stout-Phillips Funeral Home

An Online Guestbook is available at PhillipsFuneralService.com.

Beaver

 

 

 

Minnie Beavers

Minnie Beavers, long time Seminole county resident, died Jan. 19, 2013 in Seminole at the age of 93.

She was born May 1, 1919 in Wewoka to parents, Dempsy Sutton and Rosa (Cryus) Sutton.

She attended Nobletown School.

She married Starling Beavers in 1936 in Wewoka. They moved to California and upon their return to Oklahoma she worked in the medical field as a nurse’s assistant. In 1985, after 24 years, she retired from Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Okla.

She is survived by one son, James Cleo Beavers of Bartlesville, Okla., 17 grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren, and 64 great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Dempsy and Rosa Sutton; husband, Starling Beavers; four brothers; two sisters; one granddaughter; one great granddaughter; three sons; and one daughter.

Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel with her grandson Pastor Ralph Beavers officiating. Burial will take place at Westwood Cemetery, Wewoka, Okla.

Funeral service under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home of Seminole, Oklahoma.

Beavers

 

 

 

Patricia Beavers

Funeral services for Patricia Elaine Beavers were held Monday, July 1, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Archway Memorial Chapel in Hazelwood, Mo. with Rev. Steve Lambert officiating.

Patricia Elaine (Noble) Beavers was born to Virgie Mae Parker and Thomas Noble in Cromwell, Okla. on Dec. 4, 1942.

Her parents; two children; and one sister preceded her in death.

She graduated from Douglas High School in Wewoka, Okla. in 1960.

After high school she moved to Oklahoma City where she met and married Juan Beavers.

She was employed at McDonnell Douglas for many years.

She died June 25, 2013 at DePaul Health Center.

She is survived by her husband, Juan Beavers; step daughter, Kim (Kola) Adeyinka; three grandchildren; sister, Edverda Hightower; and brothers, Willie Simpkin of Cromwell and Tommie Noble of Arcadia, Okla.

Barbara Bell

The journey began for Barbara Ann "Osborne" Bell on Feb. 7, 1959 in Wewoka, Okla.

She was born to Bob Osborne and Evangeline Dindy.

Barbara was better known as "Moe" by her family and friends.

Barbara attended Wewoka Public Schools.

Later, Barbara was employed at Wewoka Hospital and then later at Oakridge Nursing Home. She was employed there until she was unable to work anymore.

Barbara married Clifford C. Bell on September 18, 1981.

She is preceded in death by her father "Bob Osborne".

Barbara lived a life filled with love overflowing for her family and friends. She was also a huge OKC Thunder fan.

Barbara leaves to cherish her memory, mother, Evangeline Dindy; son, Sylvester Jones III (Jamie Griffith Jones) of Oklahoma City; four grandchildren, Azalariah Jones, Ombianna Jones, Wyatt Jones, and Piper Jones; four brothers, Albert Gibson, Detra Gibson, Wayland Osborne, Larry Osborne, and Alvin Price; four sisters, Clearetta Dindy, Virginia Allen, Johnetta Dindy Johnson (Jerome Johnson), Kimmie Dindy.

Barbara also leaves behind three best friends whom were like sisters… Darleen Gray, Gloria Grayson, and Adella Stephens, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral service is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 at the Stout-Phillips Chapel in Wewoka. Pastor Frank Washington will be officiating. Interment will follow at Westwood Cemetery in Wewoka.

Services are under the direction of Stout-Phillips Funeral Home in Wewoka.

An online guestbook is available at PhillipsFuneralService.com.

Bell

 

 

 

Christine Billy

Christine Rene’ "Spooky" Billy a Seminole county resident died Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 at the age of 43 in Tulsa, Okla.

She was born Oct. 28, 1969 in Claremore, Okla. to Fred T. Billy and Mary Fixico.

She moved to Seminole 18 years ago from Holdenville, while here in Seminole she volunteered at Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum.

She is survived by her parents, Fred and Mary Ann Billy; one brother, Randall Keith Billy; and three sisters, Doretha Kay Bemo, Cheryl Denise Pepiakitah and Cynthia Ann Billy.

She was preceded in death by grandparents, Kelly Fixico; Winey Yahola-Fixico, and Elsie Mae Faulkner.

A wake service is planned for 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel.

The body will be taken to Indian Nations Baptist Church at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013.

Funeral service will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013 at Indian Nations Baptist Church with Rev. Paul Fixico, who is Christine’s uncle and he will be assisted by Lewis Johnson. Burial will take place at Yahola-Fixico Family Cemetery, Yeager, Okla.

Serving as casket bearers are Lance Farber, David Conley, Jerome L. Hill, Thomas Bruner, Brian Factor, Danny Faulkner.

Honorary bearers are Lloyd Harjo, Louis Bruner, Henry Factor, Richmond Tiger, Terry Harper, Adam "Homata" Haney, Matthew Young, Blaine Harjo and Eric Harjo.

Funeral services are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home of Seminole.

Billy

 

 

 

Janice Boatman

Janice Boatman, 76, died Jan. 2, 2013 from complications after a heart attack.

She was the wife of the late Frank Boatman of Slaton, Tex. and is survived by a daughter and son-in-Law Anita and Herbert Coleman of Raleigh, N.C.; a granddaughter, LaDonna Rae Marino and her husband Jamie of Lubbock, Tex.; a grandson, James Worthy of Ala.; a sister, Donna Lovelady of Seminole, Okla.; and a brother, Gene Douglass of Marietta, Ga. She had two great-grandchildren Jordan and Alise Marino of Lubbock, Tex.

Services are incomplete.

Claude Bolt

Memorial services for Claude C. Bolt, 87, of Overbrook, Okla., will be held 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 16, 2013, at the Harvey-Douglas Centennial Chapel with Pastor Mike Craig officiating.

Claude was born to Edward C. and Florence (Culpepper) Bolt on Nov. 17, 1925 in Konawa, Okla.

He passed from this life on March 5, 2013, at the Ardmore, Okla. hospital.

Claude had married the former Wilma Jean Bailey on Sept. 10, 1948 in Seminole, Okla. She preceded him in death.

Claude had lived in the Overbrook community since 1988, moving there from Shawnee, Okla.

He had retired as a supervisor, after working for several oilfield companies. He was an RSVP volunteer.

He had a passion for traveling the country and seeing many of the United States natural beauties.

He also loved to spend time in Las Vegas, Nev.

Claude was a veteran of the United States Army Air Corps, where he served during World War II.

His parents; wife; brothers, James and Joe Bolt; sisters, Pauline Gaines and Verna Mae Edwards; and two infant brothers preceded Claude in death.

He is survived by two daughters, Susan Burnett and husband Ronald J., and Patricia Bolt all of Shawnee, Okla.; grandchildren, Jason S. Burnett and wife Yi Kwon-Soon of Seoul, South Korea, and Jeremy R. Burnett of Shawnee, Okla.; great grandchild, Grace Burnett of Seoul, South Korea; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were by Cremation with Care provided by Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home and Crematory in Ardmore, Okla.

Online condolences may be sent to www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com

Ralph Bottom

"Edd" Ralph Edward Bottom, 88, resident of Asher, Okla. died Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at Sunset Estates in Tecumseh, Okla.

Funeral services are scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Monday, April 29 at the Agri-Plex in Ada, Okla. under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home of Konawa. Burial will follow at Vista Cemetery. Donnie Gee and Shannon Hall will officiate.

Pallbearers are Tony Kuestersteffen, Jim Sharp, Mason Allen, Ron Phay, Gaylon Wells, Sonny O’Dell, Jerry Bob Seago, and Junior Grissom.

Honorary Pallbearers are Gary Fry, Ham Brown, James Hargrove, John Carter, Roger Harris, Glen Pruitt, Jack Turner, C.J. Sisco, Eddie Bottom, Jr., Chad Wartchow, Mark Wartchow, Ronnie Wartchow, Steve Miles, Richard Sisco, Dan Fleming, Jason Keck, and Greg Hillerman.

He was born Feb. 1, 1925 in Lake Valley, Okla. to Shannon Brewer Bottom and Ella Belle (Taylor) Bottom.

He married Lillie Marie Reinschmeidt on Feb. 20, 1943 in Bessie, Okla.

He was a horse trainer and a rancher all of his life.

He is survived by one son, Eddie Wayne Bottom of Macomb, Okla.; three daughters, Darla Miles of Asher, Okla., Connie Wartchow of Roff, Okla., and Phyllis Sisco of Asher, Okla.; eight grandchildren; and ten great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Shannon and Ella Bottom; his wife, Lillie Bottom; one daughter, Charlotte Ann Bottom; and nine brothers and sisters.

Bottom

 

 

 

Jewel Boulton

Jewel Boulton, Earlsboro resident, died Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 in Seminole at the age of 79.

She was born Dec. 27, 1933 in Tailholt, Okla. to Sam and Sarah Nan (Girdner) Hodge.

She attended school in Bearden, Okla. near Okemah.

She lived in Earlsboro for many years and owned several rental properties in the area.

She is survived by two sons, Chuck Hodge and Levi Boulton; one sister, Elsie Tarrance; three brothers, Alton Hodge, John Hodge and Ralph Hodge; and four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter; her parents; and four brothers, Arthur ‘Doc’ Hodge, Alvin Hodge, Otis Hodge and Raymond Hodge.

 

 

 

Dave Bowlegs

Dave Edward Bowlegs, age 73 years of Wewoka passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at his home in Wewoka after a short illness.

He was born Sept. 18, 1939 in Wolf, Okla. to the late Edmond and Janie (Harjo) Bowlegs.

Dave was a member of Cedar Creek Baptist Church.

He previously worked for Justice Schools as a bus driver for many years.

He enjoyed watching OU sports and watching his grandchildren playing ball.

His heart was with the Lord and he enjoyed going to Church and other Church activities.

Preceding Dave in death are his parents; his wife, Martha; and four brothers.

Survivors included his children, Joe Bowlegs and Iwana Bowlegs, both of Wewoka; nine grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Wake services will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 17, 2013 at Stout-Phillips Funeral Home Chapel.

Wake service will be 6 p.m. Monday, March 18, 2013 at Sand Creek Eufaula.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at Sand Creek Eufaula with Revs. Houston Tiger, George Harjoee, and Jimsey Harjo officiating and burial will follow at Tiger Family Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers will be T. J. Mack, Kevin Mack, Felix Mack, Felix Gouge, Wayne Holata and Jeff Fixico.

Pallbearers will be Bennie Tiger, Gary Lena, Micco Cummings, Anthony FIxico, Henson Lena, Jr. Tiger, and Tony Hernandez.

Arrangements are by Stout-Phillips Funeral Home.

An Online Guestbook is available at PhillipsFuneralService.com

Bowlegs

 

 

 

Eunice Bradley

Eunice Marie Bradley, longtime Seminole resident died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013 in Seminole, Okla.

Eunice was born in Magnolia, Ark.

Eunice was a longtime secretary for the Seminole Police Department and also after her retirement from the police department worked as secretary for Edward D. Jones office in Seminole.

She was married to John Bradley who preceded her in death on Feb. 13, 1983.

Eunice is survived by her two sons, Bob Bradley and his wife, Susan of Philadelphia, Penn. and Matt Bradley and his wife, Jane of West Des Moines, Iowa; her daugher-in-law, Brenda Bradley of Shawnee, Okla.; one sister, Bettye Pace and her husband, James of McNeil, Ark. and five grandchildren, Tyler Bradley, Rob Bradley, Kristen Bradley, Adrienne Schlautman and her husband, Steve, and Sara Bradley along with five great grandchildren, Jaylen Conrad, Makenna Johnston, Caitin Schlautman, Michael Conrad and Derek Schlautman.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John Bradley; and a son, Houston Bradley.

Memorial services will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 at the Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Magnolia, Ark.

Service are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole.

Bradley

 

 

 

Shirley Brewer

Shirley Ann (Shiflett) Brewer, 76, passed away peacefully after a sudden brief illness on Nov. 7 in Salina, Kans. while traveling home to Arvada.

Shirley was born Aug. 6, 1937 in Wewoka, Okla. to Erbert and Velma Shiflett.

She graduated from Wewoka High School and attended Phillips University in Enid, Okla. She graduated with a degree in business.

She was married to Don Delano Brewer on Dec. 22, 1958.

Shirley was a loving mother and homemaker when her children were young.

Later she worked at H & R Block for more than ten years.

She continued using her love of numbers and helping others by preparing taxes until her passing.

An avid genealogist, Shirley spent hours researching and traveling to learn about her ancestry.

She was a registered member of the Cherokee Nation.

She was a life-long active member of her church, most recently attending the First United Church of Arvada (UCC) while also maintaining her membership at Central Christian Church in Denver.

She and Don loved to travel and especially enjoyed their many visits to Disneyland and Walt Disney World as well as visiting family and friends.

Shirley is survived by her husband of nearly 55 years, Don; and two children, Don Delano Brewer II and Deirdre Diane Brewer, both of Arvada.

She is also survived by one sister, Sharon, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial service in celebration of Shirley’s life will be on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 2:00 p.m. at Central Christian Church, 3690 Cherry Creek South Drive, Denver, Colo. 80209.

Shirley and Don shared a passion for caring for others, particularly children.

In lieu of flowers, Shirley requested donations be made to the Tennyson Center for Children, 2950 Tennyson Street, Denver, CO 80212 for the Shirley and Don Brewer Continuing Education Endowment Fund.

Brewer

 

 

 

Vernie Brooks

Vernie B. (Brown) Brooks, 68, died Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at her home in Earlsboro. 

She was born Aug. 13, 1944 in Shawnee, Okla. to Edward Brown and Arnetta (Lee) Brown.

She graduated from Earlsboro High School in 1962 and went on to earn her associates degree from Oklahoma School of Business and Technology.

On Dec. 11, 1975 she married Kenneth "Joe" Brooks in San Diego, Calif. 

She worked in the banking industry at Security Pacific Bank and later as the manager of the Bank of America both located in San Diego

She worked for the Earlsboro Public School District until her retirement. 

She is survived by her mother, Arnetta Jackson of Earlsboro; her husband, Kenneth "Joe" Brooks of the home; one son, Tommy C. Brown of Choctaw, Okla.; one daughter, Bridgett Brooks of Earlsboro; two sisters, Parthenia Burdine of Edmond, Okla., Deneisa Jackson of Edmond, Okla.; and one granddaughter.

She is preceded in death by her father, Edward Brown.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 25, 2013 at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Seminole with Rev. Grayson officiating.  Interment will follow at Earlsboro Cemetery.

Casket bearers will be Zelford M. Smith, Lee W. Hodges Sr., Lee W. Hodges Jr., Clarence Benard Jr. and Melvin Burdine. 

The flower bearers will be the women of Ware Chapel C.M.E.

Services are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Okla.

Brooks

 

 

 

Doyl Brown

Dec. 30, 1932 – Aug. 27, 2013

Doyl Jackson Brown, a Seminole county resident for 40 years, passed away at his home Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 at the age of 80.

Doyl was born on Dec. 30, 1932 in Tribbey, Okla. to parents, George Frank Brown and Minnie Jewel (Lane) Brown.

After graduating from high school, Doyl attended college for two years and then joined the United States Army.

After 21 years of service he retired from the military with the rank of E7 and began a career as a Dairy Farmer and a truck driver for C & J Trucking.

He was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Holdenville, Okla.

Doyl married Patsy Jean Welcher in Colorado Springs, Colo. on April 26, 1954.

Doyl is survived by his wife, Patsy Brown of the home; two sons, Johnie Brown of Sapulpa, Okla., Paul Brown of Seminole, Okla.; one daughter, Donna Borner of Menomonie, Wis.; two sisters, Vina Castro, of Jamestown, Calif. and Faye Brown of Chickasha, Okla.; seven grandchildren, Shaun Borner, Chris Borner, Ryan Borner, Greg Borner, Justin Brown, Cole Brown and Jaycie Bowman and 17 great grandchildren.

Doyl was preceded in death by his parents, George and Minnie Brown; three brothers; two sisters; and three great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013 at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Allen Lewis officiating. Burial will take place at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens of Seminole.

Casket bearers are grandchildren Shaun Borner, Chris Borner, Ryan Borner, Greg Borner, Justin Brown and Cole Brown.

Funeral Information:

Sept. 3, 2013, 2:00 p.m.
Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel located at 1001 N. Milt Phillips, Seminole, OK 74868.

John Brown

John M. Brown, 80, longtime Seminole County resident, died of a brief but hard battle with leukemia.

John passed in his sleep to be with his Lord on the morning of Aug. 6, 2013.

He was born May 1, 1933 in Coldwater, Michigan.

John served with honor in Korea as a sergeant in the Marine Corps.

He was a lifetime member of the American Legion.

He worked for Allied Chemical in Los Angeles, Calif. where he met the love of his life, Edith Harper from Wewoka, Okla.

After both Edith and John retired from Allied Chemical they moved to Wewoka in the late 80's, the town where Edith was born and raised.

John later worked for 11 years at Moore's IGA in Wewoka until his health started to fail; he recently stated it was the best job he ever had.

John was a devoted Catholic and a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church Wewoka for 34 years until his death.

Preceding John in death are his parents, Oscar Brown and Rut Briggs; his wife, Edith Munger Brown; brother, Gary Brown; and nephew, David Shurley.

Survivors include nephews, David Brown and wife, Christine of St. Louis, Mo,, Randolph Stephenson of Wewoka, Robert Horton of McLoud, and Samuel Horton of Wewoka, Timothy Harper of Tulsa, and Terry Harper of Broken Arrow; three nieces Donna Bowers , Karen Shurley both of Wewoka, and Anna Harper of Edmond; three sisters-in-law Louise Horton of Wewoka, Florence Harper of Tulsa, and Lucille Gibson of Bartlesville and a host of other relatives and friends.

Pall bearers will be Dustin Horton, Jareo Horton, Jess Horton, Robert Horton, David Brown, and Samuel Horton.

Honorary Pall bearers will be the men of St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, please give to the charity of your choice for leukemia research.

Rosary will be 6:30 Thursday August 8, 2013 at Stout-Phillips Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 at St Joseph Catholic Church in Wewoka with Father Brandon officiating and burial will follow at the Harper family cemetery.

Arrangements are by Stout-Phillips Funeral Home.

An Online Guestbook is available at PhillipsFuneralService.com.

Brown

 

 

 

Jessica Brummett

Jessica Erin Guinn Brummett, 35, Seminole resident died Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 in Seminole.

She was born Sept. 16, 1978 in Oklahoma City, Okla. to Connie Kay (Briscoe) Guinn and Estel James Guinn, Jr.

She was a self-employed business owner and had moved to Seminole two years ago from Stillwater, Okla.

She married Brian Brummett on April 15, 2011 in Pine Bluff, Ark.

She is survived by her husband, Brian Brummett of the home; two sons, Landon and Chase; one brother, Justin Guinn, and her mother Connie Kay (Briscoe) Guinn.

Graveside services are planned for 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 at the Non Cemetery south of Calvin, Okla.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole.

Vidalia Bruner

Vidalia "Vi" Bruner went home to be with her Lord and Savior Monday, Jan. 14th, 2013 at the age of 90 years.

She was born Dec. 12th, 1922 in Sasakwa, Okla. to the late Lester and Molly (Cudjo) Lewis.

Vidalia married Nathen Bruner Sept. 24, 1941 in Seminole, Okla. He preceded her in death on Feb. 10, 1977.

Ms. Bruner was a cook for many years at Morgan Restaurant in Wewoka.

She moved to Wewoka about six years ago from Sasakwa.

Her passion while living in the country was raising a garden, canning, chickens, hogs, and goats.

She was a member of Old Middle Creek Baptist Church.

Preceding Vidalia in death are her grandmother, Fie Ceasar (age 105); grandfather, Pete Lewis; parents; step-son, Melvin Bruner; two sisters, Mabel Lewis and Liddy Foster; two brothers, Cephus and Cesar Lewis.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 at New Life Church with Rev. C.L. Prevost and burial will follow at Thomas Town Cemetery in Sasakwa.

Arrangements are by Stout-Phillips Funeral Home.

An Online Guestbook is available at PhillipsFuneralService.com.

Bruner

 

 

 

Jack Bryant

Jack Warren Bryant, 68, passed away April 22, 2013.

The son of Jack and Dee Bryant, Jack was born Sept. 17, 1944 in Seminole, Okla.

On Sept 9, 1967, Jack married the love of his life, Joyce Kaye Brown and together they shared more than 45 years of marriage and raising a family.

He was the manager of Graham’s Central Station for many years.

In his spare time, Jack enjoyed golfing, riding motorcycles, but his most enjoyable moments were those he spent with his family, friends and dogs. He will be deeply missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He leaves cherished memories with his wife of 45 years, Kaye Bryant; son, Tim Bryant; daughter, Gayle Hedrick and husband, Bryan; grandchildren, Josh Morris, Nevin Bryant, Collin Bryant, Paige Ely, Brennah Bryant, and Karleigh Bryant; and countless other loving family and friends.

Viewing will be at Vondel Smith & Son Mortuary from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday with the family greeting friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday.

Services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013 at Wilmont Place Baptist Church (6440 S. Santa Fe, OKC).

Committal services will follow at 2:30 p.m. at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Seminole, Okla.

Friends may leave condolences at www.vondelsmithmortuary.com.

Services are under the direction of Vondel L. Smith & Son Mortuary at South Lakes, 4000 SW 119th St. OKC, Okla.

Bryant

 

 

 

Berry Buchanan

Berry Wilburn "Buck" Buchanan, 84, of Seminole, Okla. died July 31, 2013 in Seminole.

He was born March 17, 1929 in Blanchard, Okla. to William Montgomery and Emma Mae (Berry) Buchanan.

He married Betty Marie (Ashby) on June 5, 1954 in Seminole.

He retired several years ago from Goodyear, where he worked as a mechanic and service manager.

He is survived by his wife, Betty of the home; two daughters, Janice Newman of Shawnee, Okla. and Karen Anderson of Seminole; one brother, Floyd D. Buchanan of Konawa, Okla.; three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, with a fifth great-grandchild due in September.

He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Emma Buchanan; three brothers, J.W., Ernest, and Bill Buchanan; two sisters, Bonnie Graham and Ethel Lambright, and four half-brothers, Duncan, Lloyd, Ray and George "Pete" Buchanan.

Funeral services are planned for 2:00 p.m., Monday, Aug. 5, 2013 at Immanuel Fellowship in Seminole. Interment will follow at Wolf Cemetery south of Seminole. James Williams will officiate.

Services are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole.

Messages of condolence may be sent through www.swearingenfuneralhome.com.

Buchanan

 

 

 

Goldie Townley Bugher

Goldie Townley Bugher passed away peacefully of natural causes in the early morning on Wednesday, September 25th at her home in Slaughterville. OK. Goldie was 101 years old.

Goldie was born on June 6th, 1912 in the Banner Community of Cleveland County, Oklahoma, to D.C. and Nettie Ellen (Corley) Townley. She was the fourth of eight children.

Goldie was an active member of the Noble Church of Christ and was able to continue attending faithfully in later years with the help of great niece Dennese Rosenfelt.

Goldie married Robert E. Bugher of Lexington, OK on September 30th, 1934. They moved onto their first family farm at Slaughterville later that year. Goldie remained on that homestead until her passing Wednesday. Her daily life soon revolved around raising her four daughters and building a robust farm operation, raising corn, wheat, alfalfa and cattle. When her granddaughter Terri Lynne started calling her "Momma G", the name stuck.

Grandchildren enjoyed Momma G’s stories of early 20th century life and the growth and development of the state. She recounted histories of her Townley and Corley ancestors who were among the first white settlers in Oklahoma. Goldie loved to sing songs from her youth.

Goldie’s father instilled a sense of civic duty in her. She often shared the memory of how excited she was when women got the vote in 1920, and that she was determined to exercise the privilege when she came of age. Goldie voted on nearly every ballot for eighty years and worked for the Election Board at the polls. She insisted on voting in person on election days even at age 100.

Goldie was preceded in death by her parents D.C. and Nettie Townley, her husband Robert E. Bugher, her siblings Zula Patchett, Charlie Townley, Ray Townley, Nettie Mae Smith, Flora McMillan, Roy Townley and Opal Mauldin, granddaughter Terri Lynne Love and great great granddaughter Juniper Eden Slate.

Goldie is survived by her daughers Judy Bugher of Lexington, OK, Nettie Mae Reed(Doug) of Lexington, OK, Kay Mattingly(Jack) of Seminole, OK and Roberta Slate of Casper, Wy, grandchildren Theresa Dew, Diana Turner, Julie Slate, Michael Reed, Susan Slate Franklin, Jack Mattingly and Erika Mattingly, thirteen great grandchildren and ten great, great grandchildren as well as a host of friends and family.

Special thanks go to Dr. Edna M. Manning, Dennese Rosenfelt and Joyce Carl for decades of love, care and attention.

The family also wishes to thank Regina Southern, Melissa Long, Kim McKiddy, Noble Church of Christ, Lexington Church of Christ and the many thoughtful caregivers and visitors for their help during Goldie’s last months.

Funeral Services to Celebrate Goldie's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 28th at McMahan's Funeral Home in Noble, Oklahoma with interment services following at Fairview Maguire Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like to request that donations be made to the Tipton Children’s Home, or Hope Harbor Children’s Home.

William Bullington

William Marcus Bullington, 92, long-time resident of Konawa, Okla. died Thursday, July 18, 2013 at Seminole Care and Rehab Center in Seminole, Okla.

Graveside services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 22, 2013 at Vista Cemetery, West of Konawa, under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Konawa.

Visitation will be Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

He was born Sept. 9, 1920 in Cord, Ark. to Jim W. Bullington and Altha (Hensley) Bullington.

He was a maintenance engineer of a commercial laundry.

He was a Corporal in the Army Air Force from 1942 until 1946 specializing in Airplane Mechanics.

He married Bonnie Lee Stephens on June 6, 1945.

He is survived by one sister, Gladys Myers of Edmond, Okla.; one sister-in-law, Louise Wegman of Konawa; one nephew, Gary Wegman of Konawa; and by Ruby Gene Walker of Seminole.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Altha Bullington; his wife, Bonnie Bullington; two sisters, Lorene Capps and Dee Sharp; and two brothers, Herman Bullington and Pete Bullington;

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Cleve Bundy

Cleve Edger "Eddie" Bundy, former Sasakwa and Konawa resident, died in Idabel, Okla., Aug. 11, 2013 at the age of 55.

He was born July 24, 1958 to Willie and Wanda (Durham) Bundy in Seminole.

He grew up in the Sasakwa area where he attended school and graduated in 1976. 

He lived for many years in Sasakwa and then Konawa.  He has lived in Idabel the past few years. 

He worked for Wal Mart for 14 years as an associate and Department manager.

He is survived by one brother, Wayne Bundy of Ada. 

There are no services planned at this time.

James Bunnell

James Paul Bunnell, age 78 and a resident of Konawa, Okla. passed away on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 at Valley View Regional Hospital in Ada, Okla.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 at Swearingen Funeral Home in Konawa with Rev. Mitch Williams officiating the services. Burial will follow at Vamoosa Cemetery.

James was born on Jan. 9, 1935 in Wewoka, Okla. to Burt Frances Bunnell and Clara Anne (Bates) Bunnell.

He married Betty Bent on Sept. 1, 1962 in San Jose, Calif.

James was a self-employed carpenter.

He is survived by two daughters, Carla Hammack of Konawa and Tina Badgett of Winnetka, Calif.; five grandchildren, Katrina King of Krebs, Okla., Zoie Harmon of McLoud, Okla., Sarah Wilson of McAlester, Okla., Jamie Hammack of Maine, and Priscilla Badgett of Graneda Hills, Calif.; four great grandchildren, Fayth Walsh of Krebs, Okla., Grady Walsh of Krebs, Okla., Logen Wilson of McAlester, Okla., and Riley Wilson of McAlester, Okla.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Burt and Clara Bunnell; and his wife, Betty Bunnell on Sept. 21, 2012.

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Leo Burgess

Leo "Jabber" Winston Burgess, 68, a resident of Konawa, Okla. died Sunday, July 28, 2013 at the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center in Ada, Okla.

The first wake service is scheduled from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30th at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Konawa, Okla.

On Wednesday, July 31st at 4:00 p.m., Jabber will be taken to High Springs Baptist Church for the second wake service scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 1st at High Springs Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Vamoosa Cemetery. Rev. Kellos Walker and Rev. Dorsey Nero will officiate.

Pallbearers are Michael Narcomey, Donald Narcomey, Kenneth Moore, Leo Alexander, Jr., Matthew Foster, and Herman Foster.

Honorary pallbearers are Charles Sewell, Tommy Frazier, Ricky Burgess, Jr., and Mike Burgess.

He was born July 18, 1945 in Konawa to Anderson Burgess and Juanita Kathryn (Factor) Burgess.

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