Rebekah May (Rodden) Roach, 91, died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2004 at her home.
Rodden was born Feb. 1, 1913 in Rocky to Annie E. and William Elbert. May moved with her family to northwest Arkansas when she was a very young girl. She returned to Oklahoma when she was nine years old. One of the stories she loved to tell her children and grandchildren was of her trip across the state of Oklahoma on a covered wagon. She became a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Rocky as a teenager. May was a member of the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Mangum. She graduated from Rocky High School in 1933.
In 1937, she met and married Jack Roach. Together they raised nine children. The family moved to the Warren area in 1946 and May remained there until her death. May was a housewife, raised her children and helped her husband on the farm until most of the children were grown. May was an avid quilter and loved to crochet. She was very proud of the awards that she would win at the local county fair. She spent several years helping raise some of her grandchildren and had some very special times with them. In 1969, she took a job as a cook at the Quartz Mountain Lodge and worked there until retiring in 1975.
May was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, her parents, three brothers, a sister, an infant daughter, three grandchildren and one great grandchild.
She is survived by one sister, Leota Barnes of Pryor; seven sons and daughters-in-law, Elmo J. and Regina Roach of Tonopah, Ariz., Dudley and Minoi Roach of Altus, James Harley and Kay Roach of Salt Lake City, Nolan and Kathy Roach of Idalou, Texas, Floyd and Diane Roach of Warren, Dan and Georgia Roach of Weatherford, Randell and Bethel Roach of Weatherford; two daughters, Loretta Hill of Enid, Carolyn Downing and husband, Charles of Oklahoma City; 26 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Services were held Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2004 at 2 p.m. at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Mangum, with Wendell Harris and Ardron Hinton officiating. Interment was in the Warren Cemetery under the direction of Peoples Cooperative Funeral Home.
Funeral service for Grace A. Carter, 89, of Frederick were held Monday, Feb. 16, 2004 at 3 p.m. at the Burkhardt Chapel in the Frederick Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. Bob Copeland officiating. Burial was in the Frederick Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Gray Gish Funeral Home of Frederick.
Carter died Saturday afternoon, Feb. 14, 2004, in a local nursing center. Grace Amita Carter was born on May 18, 1914, to Herman A. and Stella Mae (Davis) Moeller in Manitou. She attended school in Frederick and worked at Curtis's Caf/ and the Ramona Theatre in Frederick before moving to California in 1947. She married Malla P. Carter on Dec.1, 1948 in Carson City, Nev. She resided in South Gate, Calif., for 30 years, then in Henderson, Nev., for 19 years. She then made her home in Eufaula for three years before returning to Frederick in 1999.
She is preceded in death by four brothers: Orville Moeller in 1933, Emmit Moeller in 1980, Cleo Moeller in 1919, and Lester Moeller in 2001.
She is survived by her husband, Malla, of Frederick; one nephew, Keith Moeller and wife, Judy, and their three daughters, of Oolagah; and two nieces, Mitzi Caporale and her four sons of Burkburnett, Texas, and Jacquita Barton and her husband, John, and their three sons of Alexandria, La.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Frederick Memorial Cemetery Beautification Fund, c/o Gray Gish Funeral Home, 111 N 11th, Frederick, OK 73542.
Richard "Bud" Graft, 75, Altus, died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2004 at Jackson County Memorial Hospital. Funeral services are pending with Kincannon Funeral Home.
Julia Mae Davis was born Oct. 18, 1928 in Vinson to Helen (Trammell) and
Albert "A.C." Davis and died Feb. 17, 2004 at Jackson County Memorial Hospital at the age of 75.
Julia graduated high school in 1946 after attending schools at Vinson, Willow, and Ocina. She went to work as a nurse in the late 1940's, working at Sayre Memorial Hospital in Sayre and Lewis Hospital in Granite. She married Frank Vitosky in December of 1947 and to this union two children were born Beverly Ann and Gary Lynn. Julia was a hard worker and worked circles around most men in the field. She enjoyed reading. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Altus.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Hoyt Higgins, Bruce Higgins and Frank Davis, sister, Cleo Belle Amburn and one son, Richard Dale Vitosky.
She is survived by her children, Beverly Ann Vitosky Freeman and husband, Danny, of Moore and Gary Lynn Vitosky and wife, Suzanne of Altus; two grandchildren, Kristin Joy Freeman and Toye Lynn Vitosky; 3 brothers, A.C. Davis of Willow, Sam Higgins of Las Cruces, N.M. and Herschel Higgins of
Russellville, Ark.; sister, Loette Buckner of Seminole, Beverly and Gary's father, Frank Vitosky; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Graveside services will be held Friday, Feb. 20, 2004 at 2 p.m. in the Willow Cemetery at Willow with her son, Gary Vitosky officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Peoples Cooperative Funeral Home in Lone Wolf.
Domingo Roblez, 53, of Altus died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2004, at English Village Manor in Altus. Services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, 2004, at Lowell-Tims Chapel with Juan Gonzalez officiating. Interment will follow in the Altus City Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Lowell-Tims Funeral Home. The family will receive guests at Lowell-Tims from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19.
"Mingo" was born Nov. 26, 1950, in Georgetown, Texas. He was the son of Cosme and Esperanza (Guerrero) Roblez. He moved to Altus at a young age and resided here most of his life. Mingo was Custodian at the Sunset School in Altus for over 23 years where he was well loved by staff and students alike. He enjoyed playing pool, bowling, and checkers. His greatest joy was being with his family and family cook-outs. Mingo also enjoyed all kinds of sports and loved to watch them on TV.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, "Cookie."
Mingo is lovingly survived by three brothers, Frank Roblez of Altus, Cosme Roblez and wife, Roberta, of Altus, and David Roblez and wife, Marty, of Childress, Texas; two sisters, Maria Perez and Husband, Seferino, of ALtus, and Cathalina Roblez of Camden, Ark.; and by nieces and nephews, Elizabeth Ramirez and husband, Nelson, Linda Shimme and Husband, Doug, Diana Spence and husband, Dave, Amelia Gallardo, Russell Theademan, Sandra Perez, Sabina Flores, Micheal Sadler, Patrick Roblez, Skyler Roblez, and Timmy Sadler and several aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives.
Lashawn Dennis, infant boy, passed away Monday, Feb. 16, 2004 at Jackson county Memorial Hospital. Lashawn was born Dec. 22, 2003 in Oklahoma City.
He is survived by his parents Kevin Lee Dennis and Roshell Denice Hendricks of Altus, two sisters; Sharieal and Aaliyah Hendricks of Altus, one brother, Kevin L. Jasper of Elk City, grandmother, Wanda Hendricks, Altus; grandfather, Jerry Joe Crawford of Tulsa, one aunt Shannon and William Powell of Altus, one uncle, William Hendricks of Georgia.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents Johnny and Mary Dennis Sr. and one aunt Connie Hendricks.
Services have been scheduled for Friday, 10 a.m., Feb. 20, 2004 at Lowell-Tims Chapel. Interment at the Altus City Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Lowell-Tims Funeral Home.
Myrtle Onelta Lucille Hall was born Sept. 18, 1906 in Stamford, Texas to Brantley (Hanie) and John W. Robertson and passed away Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2004 in Altus at the age 97.
Myrtle married Roscoe D. Hall in 1923. She was a member of the Friendship Baptist Church. Myrtle was a homemaker and Beautiful seamstress. She enjoyed sewing, quilting and cooking.
She was Preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son, one granddaughter, two sisters, four brothers and one son-in-law.
She is survived by one son and his wife, Lewis and Vivian Hall; one daughter, Joy Thompson, one sister, Edna Cook, five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Graveside services will be Friday, Feb. 20, 2004 at Altus City Cemetery with Joe Mac Floyd officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of peoples Cooperative Funeral Home.
Sam McAskill was born Dec. 4, 1922 in the Ozark Community. He was the son of the late Charles and Katie Clinkscales McAskill. He died Feb. 18, 2004 in Altus.
Sam married Elizabeth Minor, March 11, 1940 in Altus. He served in the United States Army overseas during World War II and was honorably discharged. He was a life long resident of Jackson County. He worked with the Bureau of Reclamation and participated on the lake Altus Lugart project. He attended the First Baptist Church, a life member of the Elks Club, and was a very active member of various farming organizations. He was a farmer and rancher for most of his life.
Survivors include wife, Elizabeth McAskill of Altus; four children, Jan McAskill of Altus, John and his wife, Bonnie, of Altus, Tom McAskill and his wife, Denise, Headrick, Kim McAskill of Panhandle, Texas; five grandchildren, Terri Ann McAskill Howeth and her husband, James, of 29 Palms, Calif., Tracy Lynn McAskill, Lubbock, Texas, Cody Carl McAskill of Headrick, John Blake McAskill of Stillwater and Betsy Lane McAskill of Altus; two great grandchildren, Kellie Elizabeth Howeth of 29 Palms, Calif., James Ryan howeth II of 29 Palms, Calif.. A host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Ruth Smerke, and One brother, Bob McAskill.
Graveside services are scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 20, 2004, at the Altus Cemetery with Dr. Jeff Moore Officiating. Memorials in honor of Sam McAskill may be made to Western Trials Historical Society, the Mac Mollison Scholarship Fund, or to the First Baptist youth Fund.
The family of Sam McAskill will greet friends, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2004 at Lowell-Tims Funeral Home from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Nellie Hoehne, 96, Altus, died Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2004 at English Village Manor. Funeral services are pending with Kincannon Funeral Home.
Funeral Services for Luz Erica Arreguin-Nunez age 2 of Frederick will be at 1 p.m., Thursday Feb. 19, 2004 in the Jackson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Frederick Memorial Cemetery. A Rosary will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2004 at the funeral home chapel. Erica passed away Feb. 15, 2004 at the Memorial Hospital in Frederick.
Luz Erica Arreguin-Nunez was born Jan. 16, 2002 in Lawton to Cecilia Arreguin and Vicente Nunez.
She is survived by her parents: Cecilia and Vicente; maternal grandparents: Jesus and Rosa Arreguin of Frederick and Juan and Delfina Pantoha Nunez of Altus; great grandmothers: Mary Garcia of Frederick and Luz Tovar of Michuacan, Mexico; aunts and uncles: Robert and Laura Arreguin, Rebecca Arreguin and Adam Arreguin all of Frederick and Juan Nunez, Louis Miguel Nunez, Diego Nunez, rita Nunez and Sandra Nunez all of Altus and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her great-grandfathers; Dionicio Garcia, Sr. and Jose Nunez; and her uncles: Pedro Garcia, Tony Ramirez and Ignacio Del Toro, Sr.
Sam McAskill, 92, died Wednesday Feb. 18, 2004 at Jackson County Memorial Hospital. Funeral services are pending with Lowell-Tims Funeral Home.
Ray Webster Southern, 79, died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2004, at Jackson County Memorial Hospital. He was born Jan. 17, 1925 in Altus to Daniel Webster Southern and Leona Southern Pierce.
He was a lifelong resident of Altus and Jackson County. He graduated from Ozark High School in 1943 and then enlisted in the United States Marine Corp 4th Marine Division. He was wounded in 1944 while fighting in the Asiatic Pacific Area, at Saipan. Southern was honorably discharged from the USMC and received the Purple Heart from wounds received during combat. Southern was a long time and active member of the Elm and Hudson Church of Christ, an active participant with the Red Cross Blood Drive, NARFE, the American Legion, VFW, Lions Club and retired as Postmaster from the Altus Postal Service.
Southern is survived by his wife Janice of Altus; three daughters, Linda Southern of Carrollton, Texas, Darla Johnson and husband Alan of Mounds and Elaine Guthrie and husband Larry of Melbourne, Ark.; five grandchildren, Paul Johnson and wife Amy of Oklahoma City, Karen Rackley and husband Kyle of Mounds, Linda Stevenson and husband Chad of Bixby, Daniel Johnson of Mounds and Diana Stevens of Melbourne; four great-grandchildren; mother-in-law Myrtle Johnson of Altus; one brother, Eugene Southern and wife Bernice of Mesa, Ariz.; two sisters, Louise Lemaster and husband Ellis of Friendship and Ella Ruth Thornton and husband Billy "Red" of Smyrna, Tenn.; special family friend Connie Crow of Dallas; one step-grandson, Brad Guthrie and wife Rebecca of Melbourne, Ark.; three step-great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Gleola Johnson Southern in 1988, second wife Bonnie Chesser Parks Southern in 1996, one brother Dee Southern and a nephew Danny Southern.
Services for Southern are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2004, at the Elm and Hudson Church of Christ with Bill Osborne officiating. Interment will follow at the Altus Cemetery under the direction of Lowell-Tims Funeral Home.
The family of Southern will greet friends from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2004 at Lowell-Tims Funeral Home.
Memorials in honor of Ray Southern may be made to Westview Boys Home, 120 W. Broadway, Hollis, OK 73550 or to the Alzheimer's Association, 919 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 1100, Chicago, IL 60611-1676. Tributes can be made at www.lowell-tims.com.
Martha Jean Holland, 91, died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2004 at Plantation Village Nursing Home.
Holland was born on December 3, 1912 in Tarrant County, Texas to Thomas and Delia (Harrell) Rose. She attended school in Ft. Worth, Texas. On December 19, 1950, she married Ralph L. Holland in Vernon, Texas, and he preceded her in death on January 17, 1999. She was a homemaker all her life, tending to the needs of her family. Holland was a member of the Church of Christ and enjoyed fishing, traveling, crocheting, writing letters and watching baseball games.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ralph; two sisters and two brothers; a granddaughter, Patricia Barnett and a great grandson, Jason Adams.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Myrtle and Dillard Allen of Altus; one sister, Beatrice Parrish of Houston; eight grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, 40 great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, 2004 at Kincannon Funeral Home with Hans Oehlert officiating. Burial will follow services at the Altus City Cemetery under the direction of Kincannon Funeral Home.
Mabel Dolores Moss, 96, of Altus died Sunday, February 15, 2004 at Comanche County Memorial Hospital in Lawton.
She was born on March 16, 1907 in Montague, Texas to Henry W. and Segie (Horton) Rowe. She attended school in Acme near Rush Springs. She married Early Garlin Moss on June 29, 1924 in Rush Springs. Her family lived in Chickasha in the 1940s where she worked at Borden General Hospital. In 1967 they moved to Midwest City where she worked at the TG&Y and later at John A. Brown in Oklahoma City. In 1977 the family moved to Altus where she worked at the TG&Y store as a cashier until it closed in 1985. Moss was a member of the Southside Baptist Church. She enjoyed her flower garden, yardwork, canning and bingo as well as visiting her relatives and friends.
Moss was preceded in death by her parents; a sister Thelma Graves; brother H.W. Rowe Jr.; eight-year-old daughter Sybil in 1933; and a grandson Gary Moss.
She is survived by three daughters, Jimmie Odom and husband Bob of Sherwood, Ark., Helen Schmidt of Lawton and Shirley Brannan and her husband Herb of Altus; one son Albert Moss and wife Doris of Ft. Worth, Texas; nine grandchildren, Mike Bennett and wife Lisa of Altus, Melvin Bennett and wife Belinda of Norman, Rory Odom and wife Rita of Sherwood, Susan Bridges of N. Little Rock, Ark., Randy Moss and wife Debbie of Dallas, Sherrell McCutchen, Cindy Staton and Pam Bourdeaux, all of Lawton; and 20 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2004 at Kincannon Funeral Home with Gary Beach officiating. Interment will follow services at 2 p.m. at the Rush Springs Cemetery in Rush Springs under the direction of Kincannon Funeral Home.
Hisako Horton, 67, of Altus died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004 at English Village Manor in Altus.
Horton was born on January 2, 1937 in Kyushu, Japan to Hikoichi and Mioshi (Kuriyama) Nishimura. She graduated from high school in Japan, and later married Melvin S. Horton on March 17, 1964 in Fukuoka, Japan. The couple had one son and one daughter. Being a military wife and mother, her family had assignments in Fukuoka; George AFB, Calif.; Yokota, Japan; Spokane, Wash.; Misawa, Japan; Clark AFB, Phillipines and Altus. Horton has been in Altus since 1982, and she had worked at the Galaxy Inn on Altus AFB in food service for about 20 years, retiring in 2002. She enjoyed arts, crafts, bingo and spoiling her grandson, Conner.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Horton is survived by her daughter, Patricia Hahn and husband Jason and her grandson Conner all of St. Louis and her son, Robert Horton of Altus.
Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, 2004 at Kincannon Funeral Home.
Dale Len Strickland, 43, died Feb. 15, 2004 in Oklahoma City. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2004 at First Baptist Church in Hollis with the Rev. Jim Westmoreland officiating. Interment will follow at Fairmont Cemetery in Hollis under the direction of Stewart Funeral Service.
Strickland was born on September 24, 1960 in Altus to Jimmy Ted and Mary Strickland. He graduated from Hollis High School and attended WOSC and worked in the construction business as a truck contractor. Strickland married Lisha Jean Cole on March 4, 1991 in Hollis. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and belonged to the Boy Scouts and OK Motorcross Assn. He enjoyed watching his kids race 4-wheelers, camping, playing with the grandchildren and spending lots of time with his family. He had lived in Harmon county for 39 years prior to moving to Mustang.
He is survived by his wife Lisha; his parents Jimmy Ted and Mary Strickland of Hollis; three daughters Erica Schapka and husband Brent of Mustang, Mary Ann Strickland of Mustang and Shanna Smith of Hollis; one son Carl Strickland of Mustang; brothers Jim Strickland and wife Judie, Grand Prairie, Texas and Hiek Strickland and wife Tammy, mustang and a sister Linda Sheriff and husband Tom, Wichita Falls, Texas and grandchildren, Haley and Austin Schapka, Mustang.
He was preceded in death by grandparents, Hershel and Leona Strickland and Gladys West Croft.
Shirley A. Schmidt, 63, Garland, Texas died Feb. 15, 2004 in Mesquite, Texas. Services were held today at the Allen Funeral Home Chapel of Wylie, Texas with Dr. Dan Rainey officiating. Interment will follow at the Ridgeview Memorial Park in McKinney, Texas. Arrangements are under the direction of Allen Funeral Home.
She was born Feb. 21, 1940 in Vernon, Texas to Albert N. and Lois L. (Lockett) Jones. She married Harold E. Schmidt April 9, 1976 in Altus. She was an activity director at the Rockwall Nursing Center.
She is survived by; her husband, Harold E. Schmidt of Garland; sons, Robert Lionel and Jeff Callen both of Garland; a daughter, Kimberly Schipp of Garland; brothers, Tom Jones of Garland and Danny Jones of Granbury, Texas; granddaughters, Kristie Walker of Irving, Texas and Jennifer Schipp of Garland; a great-granddaughter, Hallie Schipp of Garland.
Edward S. Davis, 86, of Midwest City died Feb. 11, 2004.
Davis was born on June 15, 1917 in Macon, Ga. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1960. He enjoyed football and was a member of the Midwest City VFW. He was also a member of Destiny Christian Care Group.
He is survived by his brother-in-law Don Stowe and his wife, Bettie, of Midwest City; sister-in-law Francis Stowe of Altus; great nieces and nephews that include Brittney, Alex and Lance and nieces that include Paulette and Lynette Wilson; nephews and other family members.
Davis was preceded in death by his wife Nannie Mae in 1999 and by his parents.
Graveside service is at 1 p.m., Feb. 15, 2004 at Restlawn Memorial Park in Altus. Bill Eisenhour Funeral Home of Oklahoma City is in charge of arrangements.