Obituaries

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May

Lela Elouise Tenbrook Sloan

Lela Elouise Tenbrook Sloan, 82, of Kingston, Okla.; passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at her home in Kingston. She was born Sept. 13, 1936, in Naples, Texas, to the late Bill Stevens and Ludie Matheny Stevens. Elouise was raised in Naples where she graduated high school. She later attended two years at Grayson County College, and started her nursing career.

Elouise retired from nursing in 1999, and married Leon Sloan on Nov. 11, 2004, in Linden, Texas. She moved to Kingston in 2004 where she lived the rest of her life. Elouise was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, and she enjoyed going to estate sales, antiquing, and fishing.

She is survived by her husband: Leon Sloan, Kingston, Okla.; children: Kim House and husband Rollin, Belton, Texas; Karen Jenkins, Arlington, Texas; grandkids: Terra Freeman, Arlington, Texas; Teresa LeCrone, Miami, Fla.; nephew: Ted Stevens, Longview, Texas; niece: Patty Blacklock, Cameron, Texas.

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16
May

Sam Scott Arnold

Sam Scott Arnold, 78, of Shay, Okla., passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at his home in Shay. He was born Sept. 18, 1940, in Willis, Okla., to the late Alford Globe Arnold and Emily Kaney Arnold. Scott enjoyed collecting arrowheads, antiques, fishing, and his sheep.

He is survived by his children: John Arnold and wife Vicki, Edmond, Okla.; Rick Arnold, Shay, Okla.; Amy Smith, Edmond, Okla.; Stan Arnold, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Marlene Ramsey, Enos, Okla.; nine grandchildren: Brandon Harrison, Dillon Arnold, Travis Arnold, Colton Ramsey, Dallas Arnold, Cody Arnold, Tanner Arnold, Cade Ramsey, and Emily Arnold; brother: Royce Arnold, several nieces and nephews.

Scott was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother: Loyd Arnold.

Visitation was Friday, May 10, 2019, at the Watts Funeral Home, Madill, Okla.; from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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16
May

Debra Dee Eppler

Debra Dee Eppler, 64, of Madill, Okla., passed away Monday, May 13, 2019, at her home in Madill. She was born Nov. 5, 1954, in Dallas, Texas, to the late Billy Joe Knight and Norma Rae Capehart Knight.

Debra was raised in Madill and graduated from Madill High School. She worked for several years at The Madill Record and later Wholesale Mobile Homes in Kingston, Okla. She was currently working as a landlord. Debra married Russell (Rusty) Eppler on Nov. 30, 1996, in Lebanon, Okla., and he preceded her in death on April 30, 2015. She enjoyed reading, mowing, and doing any outside work.

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16
May

LaVanda Marie (Sudduth) McClure

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LaVanda Marie (Sudduth) McClure, a lifetime resident of Madill, Okla., passed away on May 9, 2019, at the age of 85. She was born on May 24, 1933, to Thomas R. and Tommie Irene (Mayfield) Sudduth. She attended Madill schools and graduated in 1950. She married Guy McClure, Jr.on July 22, 1950, and they were married for 61 years when he preceded her in death in 2011. She received a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Southeastern State University in Durant, Okla. She was a member of the Crossroads Baptist Church. She enjoyed painting, her flowers, and being with her family.

LaVanda taught in Madill schools for 25 years and retired in 1988. She will be remembered by many students to which she taught Spanish, English, or helped them learn to read.

Thu
09
May

Robert Allen Kelly

Robert Allen Kelly 75, of Kingston, Okla., passed away Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at the Carrus Hospital in Sherman, Texas. He was born May 14, 1943, in Oklahoma City, Okla., to the late Robert James Kelly and Mary Lorena Segroves Kelly. Robert grew up in Oklahoma City and later moved to California. He joined the United States Army and served during the Vietnam era. Robert worked in the oilfield, and as a truck driver before owning and operating his welding shop in Kingston.

He married Helen Joyce Swilling on May 14, 1995, in Madill. Robert was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Bay Point Baptist Church in Kingston. He enjoyed fishing and loved working.

Thu
09
May

Brenda Kaye Smith,

45, of Ardmore, Okla., passed away Monday, May 6, 2019. Services are 2 p.m. Friday, May 10, 2019, at the First Baptist Church, Ardmore, Okla. (Watts Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Madill)

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09
May

Theodore Neal Shires,

82, of Kingston, Okla., passed away Thursday, May 2, 2019. Services were 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at Texoma Southern Baptist Church. (Watts Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Madill)

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09
May

Barbara Kay Christiansen

Barbara Kay Christiansen, 71, of Gordonville, Texas, passed away Saturday, May 4, 2019, at the Texoma Medical Center in Denison, Texas. She was born Oct. 12, 1947, in Hereford, Texas, to the late Carl Arthur Scheller and Minnie Lea Jones Scheller.

She grew up in Hereford and later moved to Hobbs, N.M. In 1982, Barbara moved to Lake Texoma and later married Robert Grant Christiansen on Nov. 21, 1999, in Galveston County, Texas. In 2002, she moved to Gordonville where she lived the rest of her life.

Barbara was a member of the Sherwood Shores Baptist church in Gordonville, and she loved to crochet, work with her flowers, read books, and to do her Bible studies. Barbara loved her kids, grandkids, and great grandkids.

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09
May

Opal Lee Clifton

Opal Lee Clifton, 87, of Norman, Okla., passed away May 4, 2019. She was born Nov. 7, 1931, to Arvil ad Inis Allensworth in Wickliffe, Kan.

After graduating from high school in 1950, she moved to Washington D.C., and went to work at FBI, where she met the love of her life Herbert Clifton. They moved to Oklahoma in 1969.

Opal enjoyed gardening, canning, cooking, and fishing. Opal also enjoyed crocheting, going to church, going to the potluck dinners at church, and playing Canasta.

Opal liked going to Lake Texoma to their cottage and picking blackberries and pecans.

Thu
02
May

Robert (Bob) Charles Richards

Robert (Bob) Charles Richards, 75, of Madill, Okla., passed away Saturday, April 27, 2019, at his home in Madill. He was born April 28, 1943, in Mead, Okla., to the late James Richards and Clorean Turner Richards. Bob grew up in the Tishomingo and Madill area. He later moved to Perryton, Texas, where he lived for 15 years. Bob married Ruth Ann Wilson on Jan. 26, 1972, in Madill. In 1987, he moved back to Madill and worked as a truck driver. Robert enjoyed fishing, mowing his lawn, and cooking out on the grill.

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