Arvil Lee West Sr., 74, of Altus, died Monday, May 10, 2004, at Jackson County Memorial Hospital. Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, May 13, 2004, at Lowell-Tims Chapel with Dr. Jeff Moore officiating. Interment will follow in the Altus City Cemetery under the direction of Lowell-Tims Funeral Home. The family will be receiving guests at the funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 12th.
Arvil was born Aug. 1, 1929, in Norma, Tenn. He was the son of James Crawford and Josephine (Babb) West. He grew up in Tennessee where he met Marjorie Nell Webb. They were united in marriage on April 9, 1950, in Bowling Green, Ky. He worked as a coal miner for many years before coming to the Altus area.
Arvil was a simple man whose world revolved around his family. He devoted his life to his wife and his children, supporting them with love and humor. He loved to fish. His many friends in the Altus, Blair and Lake Altus areas will remember his love of the sport. He was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Altus. Arvil was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend, and his memory will be cherished by the many whose lives he has touched.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Arvil Lee West Jr.; one sister, Lassie Burris; and one brother, Clarence William West.
He is survived by his wife Marjorie of the home in Altus; four children, Lindy Tucker of Mason, Ohio, Micheal Douglas west of Carthage, Ohio, Nancy Raleigh and husband Percy of Jacksonville, Fla., and Wm. David West of Altus; six grandchildren, Melody Carroll and husband Daniel, Aaron Tucker, Daniel Brown, Laurie Fixico, Patsy Annis, and Joey Klopp; one sister, Lissie West of Oneida, Tenn.; and one half-sister, Monnie Chitwood of Winfield, Tenn.
Memorials may be made in Arvil West Sr.'s name to the First Baptist Church of Altus or the charity of choice. Tributes may be made at www.lowelltims.com
Herman Dale Meinert died May 10, 2004, at Clinton at the age of 70 years 4 months and 22 days.
Dale was born December 18, 1933, in Lone Wolf to Louise (Kosanke) and Herman Carl Meinert. He graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in education. While attending Oklahoma State University, Dale was a member of the varsity football team, where he played guard and linebacker. He was a two-time All Missouri Valley Conference selection. Following graduation he played in the Canadian Football League for the Edmonton Eskimos. He then served his country in the United States Air Force and continued his pursuit of football. After serving in the Air Force, Dale was reunited with his former Edmonton coach, Frank "Pop" Ivey, and began his National Football League career with the St. Louis Cardinals as a middle linebacker. His career spanned ten years and he was honored with three NFL Pro Bowl appearances. After his retirement from the NFL, Dale returned home and became a coach and teacher in the Lone Wolf School District. He was married to Carmerita Yvonne (Talent) at Stillwater on April 14, 1966. He was a member of the Methodist Church.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Frances Tunnell; and one brother, William Lloyd Meinert.
He is survived by his wife Carmerita of the home; one son and daughter-in-law, Ben and Jody Meinert of Hobart; one daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth and Max Pierce of Norman; four grandchildren, Alec and Alexis Meinert, and Aaron and Sydney Pierce; one brother, Robert and Naomi Fay Meinert of Lone Wolf; two sisters-in-law, Leo Mae Savage of Granite, and Jeanie Key of Murray, Ky.; a brother-in-law, Ronald Talent of Murray, Ky.; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the
Alzheimer's Association Oklahoma Chapter 6465, South Yale - Suite 206, Tulsa, OK 74136-7804
Hettie Ludena Day, 88, a former resident of Mangum, died Sunday, May 9, 2004, in Albuquerque, N.M. A service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 14, at the First Baptist Church in Mangum with the Rev. Don Ross officiating. Interment will be in Roselawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Greer Funeral Home.
Hettie was born Sept. 13, 1915, in Oklahoma to T. Fred and Ludena (Pencer) Bird. She married William Rush Day on March 29, 1941. They made their home in the Mangum area.
Hettie worked at Margaret Carder Library for about 10 years. During this time she was selected to receive Southwest Oklahoma's Older American Award for her outstanding achievement. At age 73 she took a computer class at Western Oklahoma State College in Altus. She was a faithful member of First Baptist Church in Mangum, and she served her community in many capacities.
Hettie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband William Rush Day on May 30, 1993; a daughter, Deanna Beth Day; and two brothers, Jim and Robert Bird.
She is survived by her sons, William Day and wife Sylvia of Albuquerque, N.M., and James Day of Medera, Calif.; two sisters, Mary Carolyn Winn of Bountiful, Utah, and Betty Buchanan of Gainesville, Fla.