Obituaries

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Paul Junior Elcyzyn

Paul Junior Elcyzyn, 92, of Kingston, Okla., passed away Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Ardmore, Okla. He was born on May 11, 1926, to the late Joseph Elcyzyn and Mary Begarek Elcyzyn in Harrah, Okla. He was raised in Harrah and attended a Catholic school. He later joined the United States Navy and served for four years as a 2nd Class Seaman. He worked in the dairy industry for over 40 years. Paul was affiliated with the catholic faith, and he enjoyed gambling, and riding in parades in his 1911 Ford car.

He is survived by his children: Donna Olsen and husband, Larry, Durant, Okla.; Almeda Lee and husband, Ray, Pink, Okla.; grandchildren: Mike Price, Matt Olsen, Haley Olsen, Chris Stites, Steven Elcyzyn, Marcia Elcyzyn; great-grandchildren: Colin Price, Logan Price, Ethan Price, Lyndsey Price, Rylan Olsen, Pyper Olsen, Hayden Stites, Haley Couture, Reecie Stites, Ryder Stites; one great-great-grandchildren: Hadley Price; sister: Jessie Downey, Chillicothe, Mo.; dog: Buddy.

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James “Jim” Rouse

James “Jim” Rouse, 72, of Kingston, Okla., former Shawnee, Okla., resident passed away Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, in Kingston.

He was born July 31, 1946, to Harold and Alice (Harris) Rouse in Seminole, Okla.

Jim was raised in Shawnee, and attended Shawnee Public Schools. He graduated with the class of 1964 from Shawnee High School.

After graduation, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and proudly served his country from 1968 to 1974 as a 75th Ranger, earning two Purple Hearts, the Army Commendation Medal, and a Bronze Star. He was honorably discharged. Upon returning home from the service, he attended Seminole State College.

He married Doris June Taylor on Feb. 14, 1984, in Texas. They made their home in Shawnee until 2012 when they moved to Kingston.

Jim worked at Sears as an appliance salesman before going to work for Unisys Corporation in Oklahoma City, Okla., where he worked for more than 20 years.

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Dora Mae Gray

Dora Mae Gray, 73, of Tishomingo, Okla., passed away Feb. 16, 2019, in Denison, Texas. She was born May 14, 1945, in Bentley, Okla., to the late Everett Earl French and Settie Sara Elizabeth Cindy Prater French. Dora married Dan Gray, and he preceded her in death on May 31, 2000. She was raised in Atoka, Okla., and attended Atoka and Oklahoma City schools. Dora lived in Perry, Okla., and Madill, Okla., where she worked as a beautician for over 40 years. She later worked for the Choctaw Nation for several years. Dora loved playing bingo, crocheting, and going to garage sales. She is survived by her children: Maurice Garrett, Madill, Okla,; Duston Gray and wife, Jessika, Madill, Okla.; Kim Morse, Tishomingo, Okla.; Kaye McBeth and husband, Doug, Madill, Okla.;12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, and one on the way; brother: Loyd French, Tucson, Ariz.; sister: Letha Emmons, Blanchard, Okla. Dora was preceded in death by her parents; husband; eight brothers and sisters.

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Mary Oneita Dean

Mary Oneita Dean, 90, of Kingston, Okla., passed away Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, at the Family Care Center in Kingston. She was born Dec. 30, 1928, in Silo, Okla., to the late Albert Bryan Chapman and Bonnie Mae Cooper Chapman.

Mary attended Coleman School and school in California. She moved back to Coleman from Oakland, Calif., in 1946. She started working on a ranch owned by Roy Laughlin in Emet, Okla., and later owned her own ranch. Mary married Vern Dean in 1974, in Texas, and he preceded her in death in 2000. She was affiliated with the Willis Baptist Church.

In her younger years, Mary enjoyed some Saturday night dancing at Ken Lance in Ada, Okla. She had an awesome wit and leaves every one of us with smiles. She was an avid reader, loved fishing, and gardening. Mary never met a stranger or dog she didn’t like. She loved horses and being out in nature.

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Joseph “Joe” Wayne Lindsey

Joseph “Joe” Wayne Lindsey, 52, of Madill, Okla.; passed away at his home in Madill. He was born on Aug. 13, 1966, in Dallas, Texas, to Joseph H. Lindsey and Marlene Bell Lindsey Wooten. Joe was raised in Woodville and graduated from Kingston High School in 1985. He lived his entire life in Marshall County. Joe worked for a short time at O’Reilly’s and was currently working for W.W. Trailers in Madill. Joe enjoyed fishing, hunting, and working on cars.

He is survived by his son: Cameron Lindsey, Madill, Okla.; mother: Marlene (Lindsey) Wooten, Kingston, Okla.; sisters: Connie Hobbs, Kingston, Okla.; Jean Morrison, and husband Richard, Kingston, Okla.; Joan Lindsey, Kingston, Okla.; Helen Smith, Kingston, Okla.; and lifelong buddy: Mark Cryer

Joe was preceded in death by his father: Joseph H. Lindsey and two brothers: John and Jimmy Lindsey.

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James Odell Mackey

James Odell (J.O. or Jim or Mack) Mackey, 72, of McKinney, Texas, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. J.O. was born in Springfield, Ill., on Aug. 20, 1946, to Julius Odell and Alice (Fairow) Mackey.

A “military brat,” J.O. traveled the world beginning with a 30-day boat trip to Okinawa at the age of six months. Moving to wherever his father was stationed, including Alaska, Indiana, and Germany. J.O. attended many different schools and graduated from Bitburg High School in 1964. He then returned to the U.S. to attend Oklahoma University where he studied political science. Later moving to Dallas, Texas, he worked in banking and as a commercial grade plastics sales representative for the Southern U.S. District.

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07
Feb

Billy Bob Woods

Billy Bob Woods, 83, of Madill, Okla., passed away Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, at the Brookside Nursing Center in Madill. He was born on Feb. 23, 1935, in Kingston, Okla., to the late Duncan Woods and Alpha Snellgrove Woods. Billy was raised in Kingston and graduated from Kingston High School. He married Glendena Richardson in 1956, and she preceded him in death on August 4, 2001. Billy worked in the oil field in Oklahoma and later moved to West Texas where he continued working in the oil field. Billy later moved to Oklahoma City, and worked in construction for his brother at J&P Construction. After retiring he moved back to Madill and later to Kingston. He was affiliated with the Victory Life Church in Durant, and he enjoyed working with his cows and on the home place.

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Betty June Maines

Betty June Maines, 67, of Madill, Okla., passed away Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. Services were 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at Rollins Cemetery, Mannsville, Okla. (Watts Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Madill)

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Thurston Wayne Moore

Thurston Wayne Moore, 88, of Madill, Okla., passed away peacefully Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, at his home in Madill. He was born on Dec. 8, 1930, to the late Dewie Moore and Margaret Word Moore in Hollis, Okla. Thurston was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. He graduated in 1949 from Ron High School.

Thurston married the love of his life, Pansy Strickland, on Sept. 8, 1949, in Hollis. They then moved to Lubbock, Texas, where Thurston worked at Cobbs Department Store for two years. He joined the United States Army and was stationed in Pine Bluff, Ark., serving for two years. They moved back home to Hollis in 1956, and owned and operated the Daisy Queen for 30 years. In 1990, he and Pansy moved to Willis, Okla., and worked an ostrich farm for eight years. In 1998, he retired and was enjoying life. Thurston attended the Powell Church of Christ and was a strong believer in Christ. He enjoyed spending time with his family, hunting, and fishing.

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Johnnie Jo Carroll

Johnnie Jo Carroll, 93, of Madill, Okla., passed away Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, at the Grace Living Center in Norman, Okla. Johnnie was raised at Breckenridge, Texas. She attended and graduated from the Caddo Schools. Johnnie was Valedictorian of her graduating senior class. She married her husband, John Dudley Carroll on Dec. 18, 1943.

Johnnie became a Christian at the age of

13. She taught Sunday school for 30 years and was active in the Women’s Missionary Union. Served as a G.A. leader and Action leader for many years in the various places she and John lived. They lived in Breckenridge, Odessa, Andrews, and Abilene, Texas, before her husband’s oil company moved them to Elmore City, Okla. They lived at Elmore City for 29 years before retiring and moving to Madill in 1983, to be near Lake Texoma.

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