- Ada, Oklahoma

January 2, 2014

Obituaries 01/03/2014

Ada — Betty Harris

STRATFORD — Services for Betty Jean Harris, 82, are at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Christ in Stratford. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, Sulphur.

Mrs. Harris died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.

Pickard Funeral Home, Stratford

Dennis Hamilton

ADA — Funeral services for Dennis Lynn Hamilton will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Mill Creek High School gymnasium, with Randy Wade officiating. Interment will follow at the Mill Creek Cemetery.

A wake service is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. today at Hale’s Funeral Home in Sulphur.

Dennis was born Oct. 13, 1955, in Ada to Andris J. “Yellow Wolf” and Oretha (Emerson) Hamilton. He died Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, in Oklahoma City at the age of 58.  

Dennis, a lifelong resident of Mill Creek, was a 1973 graduate of Mill Creek High School.  He spent 25-plus years working at the Unimin Sand Plant prior to retirement. Most recently, Dennis worked as a houseman at the Artesian Hotel in Sulphur.

Survivors include two sons, Derek Hamilton and wife, Michelle, of Ardmore and Clovis Hamilton and wife, Catie, of Ada; two daughters, Laura Hamilton and JR Komalty of Anadarko and Deidra Hamilton and Joseph Arles of Mill Creek; his mother, Oretha Ledford of Marlow; eight grandchildren, Taylor, Joslyn, Trinity, Tristyn, Kyra, Creed, Kiley and Haylee; three sisters, Angela Richardson, Denice Larance and Robbin Howard; as well as one brother, Ricky Hamilton.

Dennis was preceded in death by his father, “Yellow Wolf,” and his stepfather, James Ledford.

Serving as pallbearers will be Michael Cornelius, Alan Kirby, Herman “Bubba” Bice, Jerry Wood, Ronald Aduddell, Wilson Seawright, Larry Seawright and Monte Tolbert. Honorary bearers will be Robert Hamilton, Herb Hamilton, Scott Clark, Geary Blevins and Shoat Wisdom.   

Online condolences may be offered at

Hale’s Funeral Home, Sulphur

Mary Smith

ADA — Services for Mary Catherine Smith, 55, of Ada are pending with Criswell Funeral Home.

Ms. Smith died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at an Ada hospital.

Criswell Funeral Home, Ada

Richard Jackson

ADA — Services for Richard Dean Jackson, 56, of Ada, are at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Ada Church of the Nazarene. The Rev. Jim Knight will officiate. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery in Stonewall.

Mr. Jackson died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at his home.

He was born Jan. 19, 1957, in Rockdale, Texas, to Monora and I. B. Bounds Jackson. He attended Rockdale, Texas, schools and also Southern Nazarene University in Bethany for four years.

He married Sherry June Sliger on Sept. 12, 1980. She preceded him in death on Sept. 10, 2008.

Mr. Jackson was a forklift operator for George Fisher Mfg. Company and a member of the Ada Church of the Nazarene.

Survivors include a son, Jarrod Jackson of Ada; a daughter, Jayce Jackson of Ada; two sisters, Barbara Sue Needham and her husband, Billy, of Cameron, Texas, and Rosemary Gerthe and her husband, Chris, of Ruidoso, N.M.; a brother, Johnny Jackson and his wife, Sandy, of Rockdale, Texas; and a granddaughter, Payten Pratt.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Andy Jackson.

Bearers will be his nephews, Eric Gerthe, Deiter Gerthe, Chad Sliger, Chris Sliger, Robert Long and Sean Childress. Honorary bearers will be members of the Ada Church of the Nazarene: Kent Lee, Darrell Langwell, Terry Lee, Eric Lee and Bryan Lee.

Obituaries may be viewed and online condolences sent to

Criswell Funeral Home, Ada

Buck Crabtree

STONEWALL — Services for Buck Crabtree, 80, of Stonewall are at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Central Church of Christ, with Kelly Benson and Tyler Cope will officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery in Stonewall.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Criswell Funeral Home.

Mr. Crabtree died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in Ada.

He was born Jan. 2, 1933, at Lane to William and Addie Lee Crabtree. He attended grade school at Lane and graduated from McLish High School in 1952. While at McLish, he was a basketball player and was on the All-State Team.

He married Ina Marie Griffin on Dec. 31, 1952, at Harden City.

Mr. Crabtree was employed with Trader Mills for 35 years as a salesman, driver and production manager and retired as the general manager in 1993. He was a longtime member of Fittstown Church of Christ.

Mr. Crabtree bred quarter horses for over 40 years and he had served on the Big 5 board of directors from 2002 until 2012. Mr. Crabtree served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. While in the Army, he played on an Army basketball team.

Survivors include his wife, Marie Crabtree, of the home; a daughter, Beth Crabtree of Stonewall; one son, Todd Crabtree and his wife, Joy, of Byng; a brother, Bill Crabtree of Ada; sister, Evelyn Garrett of Albany, Ore.; two granddaughters, Elisabeth Seitz and her husband, C. J., of Edmond, and Laura Crabtree of Oklahoma City; and a sister-in-law, June Griffin of Ada.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Louise Crabtree, and a brother, Claud Crabtree.

Bearers will be Jerry Winters, Shane Graham, Matt Robertson, Michael Scott, Butch Harris and Bob Griffin. Honorary bearers will be Eldon Flinn, Bill Vineyard, Don Mann, Bill and Carol Ammons, Bill and Ramona Scott, Carl and Yvonne Tackett, Onus and Sue Jordan, Jackie and Jeanie Crawford, Paul Delaplain, Corky Stanton, George Newberry, Jessie Wyche, Ross and Sandra Wyche, and Dan and Cathy Hilgert.

The family says those who wish may make memorials to the Stonewall-McLish Education Foundation, PO Box 25, Stonewall, OK 74871.

Obituaries may be viewed and online condolences sent to

Criswell Funeral Home, Ada

Emily Dickerson

ADA — Services for Emily “Shonsh-She” Dickerson, 93, of Ada, are at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Criswell Funeral Home Chapel. The Revs. Louise Marrs and Bill Alexander will officiate, and the speaker will be Larry Colbert. Burial will follow at Steedman Cemetery.

A wake service will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Criswell Funeral Home.

Mrs. Dickerson died Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, at her home. She was born Feb. 22, 1920, in the Steedman/Kullihoma area to Gipson and Julia Alexander Johnson.

She married Joseph Whitley Dickerson on Jan. 17, 1968 in Ada. He preceded her in death on Dec. 6, 1979. As a young girl, she worked in the fields, picking cotton, shaking peanuts and chaffing broom corn at harvest time and she was a ranch laborer. Later, she was a homemaker.

Emily is one of the last remaining monolingual speakers of the Chickasaw language. She was a full-blood member of the Chickasaw Nation. She was a Christian and a member of the Pentecostal Holiness Church in Ada.

Survivors include two sons, Carlin Thompson and wife, Juanita, of Tulsa, and Joe Looney and wife, Armetta, of Davis; a daughter, Wilma Kincaide and husband, Ron, of Muskogee; a sister, Leona Seckinger of Allen; her grandchildren, Nedra Thompson, Dawn Thompson, Paul Thompson, Carlin Johno Thompson, Shannon Wilson and Rodney Wilson, all of Muskogee, Sarah Arles, Ardmore, and Robert Fixico, Denton, Texas; her great-grandchildren, Helowah Adams, Chase Adams, Yaquin Harjo, Paul Thompson Jr., Micah John, July Thompson, Shelby Field and Jarrin Field, all of Muskogee, and Aaliyah Reynolds and Davonte Smith of Ardmore; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her infant twin brother and brothers, Louis Johnson, Joe Johnson, Palmer Johnson, Robert Johnson, Lee Johnson and Frank Johnson; and half sisters, Emiline Johnson and Wynnie Johnson.

Bearers will be Larry Colbert, Gary Colbert, Martin Stick, Jack Reirdon, Mark Johnson and Russell “Scoot” Roberts.

Obituaries may be viewed and online condolences sent to

Criswell Funeral Home, Ada