- Ada, Oklahoma


July 11, 2009

7-12-09 obituaries


ADA — Services for Thelma L. Hooper, 59, Ada, are 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Assembly of God Church, the Rev. Jimmy Keith officiating. Burial follows at Swan Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Hooper died on Wednesday, July 8, 2009, at a local hospital. She was born April 18, 1950, in Hartshorne to William D. and Iva McCarroll Mordecai.

She moved to Ada in 1976 from Hartshorne. She attended school in Hartshorne and graduated from Hartshorne High School. She worked in the Pontotoc County Treasurer’s office from June 1, 1967 – November 30, 2004, where she served as deputy treasurer and later as county treasurer. She was a member of First Assembly of God Church and had also attended Union Valley.

Survivors include a daughter, Rachel Ahrens and her husband Stacy, Madill; two grandchildren, Hailey Ahrens and Tyler Ahrens; five brothers, Charles Mordecai, Hartshorne; Vernon Mordecai, San Jose, California; William Mordecai, Hartshorne; Joe Mordecai, McAlester; and James Mordecai, Hartshorne; and a sister, Leona Glenn, Hartshorne. She was preceded in death by a brother, Gene Mordecai.

Bearers are Sylvester Gipson, Robert Vinson, Ernie Staggs, Joey Ardrey, Eugene Mordecai and Robert Kirk.

Online guest book is available at

Criswell Funeral Home


ADA — Memorial services for Richard Duty, 80, Ada, are 11 a.m. Monday at First Christian Church, the Rev. Vicki Crooks will officiate. Friends and family may call at Criswell Funeral Home on Sunday from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Mr. Duty died Wednesday, July 8, 2009, at an Oklahoma City hospital. He was born Dec. 19, 1928, at Pontotoc, Okla., to Richard J. and Mae Stewart Duty.

He graduated from Tishomingo High School and the University of Oklahoma. He lived in the Ada area most of his life.

He married Sue M. Smith in 1951 at Tishomingo. She died in 1969. He later married Betty Rae Thompson on Oct. 26, 1972.

Mr. Duty was a professional chemical engineer at Kerr Lab and for the Environmental Protection Agency in water pollution control until his retirement. He was a member of the Disciples of Christ (First Christian Church) where he served as an elder and trustee. He was a member of the Gideon’s International and had served in the U.S. Army.

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