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Obituaries 12/18/2013

Ada — THELMA “JEAN” SOWARDS

ADA — Services for Thelma Emogene “Jean” Sowards, 91, of Ada are 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at Trinity Baptist Church. Dr. Rusty Fuller and the Rev. David Gray will officiate.  Interment will follow at Allen Cemetery.

Mrs. Sowards died Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, at a local nursing home.  She was born June 30, 1922, near Allen at Red Oak, Okla., to Wade H. Phillips and Maud E. Harrison Phillips. She attended grade school at Red Oak and high school at Francis.

She married C.B. Sowards Dec. 25, 1940,  at Steedman, Okla. He preceded her in death.

She joined Trinity Baptist Church in October 1955.  She taught Sunday School for 40 years.  She served on many committees such as finance, personal, and nomination.  

She worked as a sales person at Gluckmans for several years and S&Q Clothing.  She also worked at Southwestern Bell Phone Company.

Survivors include one daughter, Carolyn Boyles and husband Johnny of Allen; one son, Phillip Sowards and wife Thelma of Tulsa; one granddaughter, Michelle Sowards of Dallas, Texas; two great-grandsons, Nicholas Boyles of Allen and Jaxson Shepherd of Dallas, Texas; one niece, Gwenda Ausmus of Duncan; and a special friend, Bill Turner of Ada; as well as many other friends and relatives.

Mrs. Sowards was preceded in death by her husband C.B. Sowards, granddaughter Andrea Sowards as well as her parents and five brothers, Henry, Donald, Pete, Joe, and Herman.

Pallbearers will be Pete Presley, Don Sayre, Ken Roberts, Edward Alred, Jim Christenberry, and David Parker.

Obituaries may be viewed and online condolences sent to criswellfh.com.

Criswell Funeral Home, Ada

GARY EAGER

ROFF — Services for Gary Dale Eager, 67, of Roff, are 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at Criswell Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Derek Bolin will officiate. Burial will follow at East Hill Cemetery in Roff.

Mr. Eager died Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, at an Ada hospital. He was born Nov. 16, 1946, at Modesto, Calif., to John Boyd and Dorothy Faye Braddock Eager. He attended Roff grade school and graduated from Roff High School in 1965.

He married Linda Sue Escue May 5, 1972. Mr. Eager was a security officer at Mercy Hospital-Ada for 27 years until his retirement. He was a rancher and of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Eager, of the home; a son, Johnathan Eager and his wife Ginger of Roff; a daughter, Kari Mariott and her husband Keith of Roff; his mother, Dorothy Eager of Roff; two sisters, Judy Yoesting and her husband Dwayne of Ada, and Carolyn Phillips and her husband David of Allen; a brother, Larry Eager and wife Sherry of Roff; and three grandchildren, Shaylee Eager, Shania Moore and Sarah Mariott.

He was preceded in death by his father, Boyd “Preacher” Eager.

Bearers will be Mark Isenberg, Paul Mariott, Chase Eager, Clayton Eager and Josh Mariott.

Obituaries may be viewed and online condolences sent to criswellfh.com.

Criswell Funeral Home, Ada

RETHA ROBBINS

ADA — Graveside services for Retha Lee (Cantrell) Robbins, 79, of Ada are 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at Rosedale Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5- 8 p.m. Friday at Criswell Funeral Home.

Mrs. Robbins died Monday, December 16, 2013, at her home.

Criswell Funeral Home, Ada

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