Obituaries

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26
Apr

Jonathan “Johnny” Michael Stewart

Jonathan “Johnboy” or “Johnny” Michael Stewart, 43, was born Jan. 22, 1975, in Guthrie, Okla., and entered into eternal life on Sunday, April 15, 2018, in Edmond, Okla. Johnny loved Jesus and his children very much. He was reunited in Heaven with his mother: Jessie Joeta Stewart; his grandparents: Fred and Ruth Taylor; his cousins: Jason Stewart and Joe Khoury; and his uncle: Mike Stewart. His spirit is carried on by his four children: Braden Crawford, Shortie Stewart, Jaelyn Stewart, and Jason Stewart. Johnny is also survived by his father: Loy Stevens; and siblings: Kelly Self, Corey Stewart, Ashli Steele, Ryan Burke, Taylor Holt, Chris Stevens, Andy Stevens, Misty Word, Lynsey Stevens, and Roger Word. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. (today) Thursday, April 26, 2018, at Southpointe Baptist Church, Guthrie, Okla., with Pastor Robby Robbins officiating. Services are under the direction of Smith-Gallo Funeral Home.

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26
Apr

Carol Sue Brian

Carol Sue Brian, 66, of Wichita Falls, Texas, passed away Sunday, April 22, 2018. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, April 27, 2018, in the chapel of Owens and Brumley Funeral Home in Wichita Falls, with Pastor David Evans officiating. Carol was born on June 19, 1951, in Wichita Falls to James and Wilma Jean (Crider) Evans. She worked for many years as a hairdresser all around North Texas. Carol loved gardening, and loved her ladybugs. She especially loved her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father; step-father: Edgar Melton; and a sister: Linda Harris.

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26
Apr

Nora Ellen Stevens

Nora Ellen Stevens, 93, of Madill, Okla., passed away Friday, April 20, 2018, at the Brookside Nursing Center in Madill. She was born on May 22, 1924, in Denison, Texas, to the late John Richard Dewberry and Sara Arie Bryant Dewberry. Nora was raised in the Enos and Shay area and later moved to Durant, Okla. She lived in Madill before moving to Oregon for several years before moving back to Madill, where she lived the rest of her life. Nora married Doe Stevens, and he preceded her in death. She worked and retired from the Madill Pants Factory and she enjoyed cooking, canning food, quilting, and sewing. She loved to take care of her roses. She is survived by her nieces: Emma Joyce Hellman, Newport, Ore.; Rose Ann and husband, Steve Lowenberg, Toledo, Ore.; Wanda Sue Talkington, Sulphur, Okla.; Linda Zehender, Oklahoma City, Okla.; nephews: Otis McCormick and wife, Sheryl, Madill, Okla.; Kenneth Don McCormick, Oregon; Wendyl Andrews, Ardmore, Okla.; and Winford Andrews, Texas.

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26
Apr

Charles Edward Hammers

Charles Edward Hammers, 89, of Midland, Texas, passed away on April 20, 2018, in Midland. A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Pauls Valley, Okla. Arrangements were made by Stufflebean-Coffey Funeral Home. Charles was born in Shawnee, Okla., to M.E. and Daveda Hammers on Jan. 18, 1929. He married Elaine Faught on July 19, 1958, in Pauls Valley, Okla. He attended the University of Oklahoma. He started work as part of a pump gang for Carter Oil Company and became a drilling superintendent for Exxon Mobile for 40 years. He served in the United States Air Force as a Staff Sargent. Charles was preceded in death by his parents M.E. and Daveda Hammers, and wife: Elaine.

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19
Apr

Harold Gene “Doc” Watkins

Harold Gene “Doc” Watkins, 92, of Madill, Okla., passed away Sunday, April 15, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. He was born on May 19, 1925, in Madill to the late Albert Elbert Watkins and Lelah Mae Sparlin Watkins. Doc was raised in Madill where he lived his entire life. He started buying land and raising cattle at the age of 17. Doc later built fencing for the Oklahoma highway department and worked on the family dairy farm. He married Mary Margaret Brown on May 21, 1955, in Madill. In 1960 he started W.W. Trailers in Madill, and it grew into the world’s largest trailer manufacturing company. He owned and operated Watkins Ranch where he raised 900 cattle on 11,000 acres. Doc was a member of the Cattleman’s Association and in his younger years the Madill Church of Christ, but was currently attending the Open Range Cowboy Church. He enjoyed raising cattle, riding horses, and team roping.

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19
Apr

Jessie Lee Hill

Jessie Lee Hill, 61, of Kingston, Okla., passed away Monday, April 16, 2018, at his home in Kingston. He was born on June 12, 1956, in Marlin, Texas, to the late Leroy Hill and Vivian Yvonne Martin Hill. Jessie was raised in Dallas, Texas, where he lived his entire life. He was self-employed in construction work. Jessie was affiliated with the Baptist faith and loved spending time with his family. He also enjoyed watching westerns and was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan. Jessie loved spending time with family and grandchildren. He will be forever missed by family and friends. He is survived by his children: Waco Hill, Garland, Texas; Alisha Bridgeman and husband, Cody, Kingston, Okla.; Melissa Donnan and husband, Cody, Dallas, Texas; six grandchildren: Cole and Emma Bridgeman; Caelan; Clara and Mattie Donnan; Avery Norton; sisters: Bobbie Pryor, Dallas, Texas; Sherry Hill, Dallas, Texas; Joyce Hargrove and husband, Bert, Waco, Texas; and brother: Robert Hill, Dallas, Texas.

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19
Apr

William (Bill) Louis Lee

William (Bill) Louis Lee, of Willis, Okla., passed away on Feb. 8, 2018. Bill was born on April 28, 1928, in Purdin, Mo., to the late Rose (Dodge) Lee and the late Virgil Lee. He worked as a telegraph operator for the Santa Fe Railroad for 41 years, four months, from Jan. 29, 1949, until May 31, 1990. He was married to his high school sweetheart Katie Beatrice (Gall) Lee “Bea” for 60 years, and lived in Clovis, N.M. After Bea’s death he met Frances Bowers, of Willis, on an online dating service and he moved to Willis. They would have been married 10 years this September. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Richard, Jimmy, and Gene; sisters: Helen, Maxine, and Mary; and granddaughter: Virginia Gale Lee.

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12
Apr

Itha Drucella “Cindy” Vaughn

Itha Drucella “Cindy” Vaughn, 82, of Lebanon, Okla., passed away Friday, April 6, 2018, at the Brookside Nursing Center in Madill, Okla. She was born on Jan. 13, 1936, in Marshall County to the late George Manuel Bridgeman and Vivian Irene Pardue Bridgeman. She was raised in Arizona where she lived most of her life. Cindy married Norman Grover Vaughn on Aug. 9, 1951, in Madill, and he preceded her in death on Oct. 29, 2012. She has lived the past five years in Lebanon with her brother Roy. Cindy was a member of the Lebanon Baptist Church and enjoyed sewing, yard work, and gardening.
She is survived by her children: Gary Vaughn, Aguila, Ariz.; Brenda Flores and husband, Art, Chandler, Ariz.; Cindy Ruybal and husband, Dave, Alamosa, Colo.; seven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; brothers: Roy Bridgeman and wife, Jimmie Sue, Lebanon, Okla.; and Tyrone Bridgeman and wife, Karen, Oakland, Okla.

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12
Apr

Alvina Knight

Alvina Knight, 78, of Madill, Okla., passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at the Brookside Nursing Center, Madill, Okla. She was born on May 19, 1939, in Madill to the late Grady Alvie Jackson and Phebe Lorean Sprouse Jackson. Alvina was raised in Madill, where she attended school. She married Jerry Don Knight on Jan. 15, 1955, in Madill, and he preceded her in death on May 19, 2006. Alvina was affiliated with the Baptist faith, and she enjoyed spending time with her family, camping, dancing, and watching soap operas.

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12
Apr

Sandra Kendall

Sandra Kendall, 62, of Madill, Okla., passed away Sunday, April 8, 2018. Services are 10 a.m. Friday, April 13, 2018, at Watts Memorial Chapel, Madill, Okla. (Watts Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Madill)

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