KONAWA — Services for Dovie Lee Owens Leader, 98, Konawa, are 2 p.m. Thursday at Criswell Funeral Home Chapel, the Rev. Earl Hood officiating. Burial follows at Rosedale Cemetery.
Mrs. Leader died Oct. 16, 2006, at an Allen nursing home. She was born June 22, 1908, at the Harden City community, east of Fittstown, to Harve and Mollie Underwood Owens. She attended school at Harden City. She lived in Stillwater for more than 30 years.
She married Cecil Leader. He died at Stillwater. Mrs. Leader was a homemaker, was employed with the Oklahoma State University cafeteria for 17 years, and later was employed in day care. She attended Baptist and Holiness churches.
She was preceded in death by a son, Bobby Owens; three sisters; and two brothers.
Survivors include two sons, Edmond Kifer and wife Myra, Konawa, and Ricky Leader and wife Sue, Stillwater; a daughter, Pat Harris and husband Jimmy, Stillwater; ten grandchildren, Debra “Moz” Hankins, Deanna Hankins, Darla Jones, Donna Crites and husband Dennis, Trish Doshier Dunlap, Terrsa Leader, Matthew Leader, Wade Kifer, Jimmy Kifer and David Kifer; 17 great-grandchildren; 16 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Bearers are Buck Owens, Hagen Eugene Owens, Carl Ely, Dennis Crites, Michell Kifer and Johnathan Kifer.
Honorary bearers are Doyle Morgan, Tommy Morgan, Matthew Morgan and Sammy Billy.
Criswell Funeral Home, Ada
DURANT — Services for Joe Barrett Maxson, 43, Durant, are 10 a.m. Thursday at Northwest Church of Christ, Jerry Gardner, Doug Moesel and Mickey Davis officiating. Burial follows at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Armstrong, Okla. Mr. Maxson died Oct. 14, 2006, at a Norman hospital. Family hour is Wednesday at Dalton-Holmes Funeral Home, Durant, from 5:30-7 p.m.
He was born July 18, 1963, at Searcy, Ark., to Joe M. and Ruth E. Barrett Maxson. He graduated from Stillwater High School in 1983 and was active in 4-H and FFA. He was a local, state and national winner in 4-H and FFA as well as the National Junior Horticulture Association.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, A.W. and Mildred Barrett and Clyde and Geneva Maxson; and aunts and uncles, Bill and Betty Bailey and Dr. Paul Barrett.
Survivors include his parents Dr. Joe and Ruth Maxson, of the home; grandmother Juanita Maxson, McAlester; aunts and uncles Lynn and Georgia Bohannon, Sulphur, Gary and Norma Littleton, Ada, Arden Barrett, Oklahoma City; brothers Stephen Maxson, Durant and Brian Maxson and wife Janeya, Norman; niece Tacie Maxson, Norman; nephews Troy and Brayden Brantley, Norman; and cousins Kendell Bohannon, Denver, Colo., Jana Taylor, Arlington, Texas, Andy and Eric Littleton, Edmond, Shannon Pentz, Edmond, Sabrina Taylor, Oklahoma City, Brac Barrett, Oklahoma City, Kent and Kregg Lee, Oklahoma City, Tara Petroll, Dallas, Texas, Brent and Barrett Bailey, Dallas, Texas, Brett Bailey, Yukon, and Scott Lee, Jones.
Bearers are Ron Boyer, Clay Jones, E.F. Hawkins, Ike Miller, Robert Bourne, Lon Dillard and Charlie Davis.
Honorary bearers are Paul Mauck, Gary Wright, Calvin Gordon and Fred Mashburn.
Condolences may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dalton-Holmes Funeral Home, Durant
ADA — Graveside services for Steve Dewayne Tatum, 53, Ada, are 10 a.m. Wednesday at Five Mile Cemetery, Toby Ross officiating.
Mr. Tatum died Oct. 15, 2006, at a local hospital. He was born June 10, 1953, at Ada, to Arthur W. “Tootsie” and JoAnn Price Tatum. He lived in this area most of his life and retired as a roughneck in the oilfield.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Bobby Eugene Tatum and Glen Dale Tatum.
Survivors include a daughter, Amber, Ada; a son, Steve Lee, Ada; four sisters, Betty Fennell, Sheila Odom, Judy Tatum and Tina Timmons, all of Ada; and four brothers, Jerry Tatum, Joe Tatum, Ricky Tatum, all of Ada, and Tony Tatum, Sulphur.
Criswell Funeral Home, Ada
ADA — Services for Ruth Birdwell, 82, Ada, are pending with Criswell Funeral Home. She died Oct. 17, 2006, at a local hospital.
EATON, Colo. — No services are planned for Roger Keith Yarbrough, 55, Eaton, Colo. He died Oct. 12, 2006, at a Colorado hospital.
Allnutt Funeral Service, Greeley, Colo.
DURANT — Services for Wallace Mark Cole, 51, Durant, formerly of Coalgate, were 10 a.m. today at Lone Star Indian Church. He died Oct. 13, 2006, at Durant.
Brown’s Funeral Service, Coalgate
KONAWA — Graveside services for Bessie Mae Neal Boltin, 97, Konawa, are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Konawa Cemetery. She died Oct. 15, 2006, at Holdenville.
Swearingen Funeral Home, Konawa
ADA — Services for Benjamin Robert “Benny” Ragland, 94, Ada, are 11 a.m. Wednesday at Criswell Funeral Home Chapel, the Rev. Holt Sodeman officiating. Burial follows at Rosedale Cemetery.
Mr. Ragland died Oct.16, 2006, at a local hospital. He was born June 13, 1912, at Konawa, to Thomas J. and Maude Taylor Ragland. He attended Konawa schools and graduated from Konawa High School. He attended Oklahoma A & M for three years and was active in Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
He married Kathryn Lewis in 1946 at Ada. Mr. Ragland was a cattleman until his retirement. He served on the Seminole County Excise Board for many years, and was a member of Konawa First Baptist Church for many years. Mr. Ragland attended Ada First Presbyterian Church, was an honorary member of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center, and was formerly active in the American Legion at Konawa, where he was a lifetime member. He served in the U. S. Army during World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Kathryn Ragland, of the home; three nephews, Paul Gaines and wife Nancy, Edmond, Richard Griffin and wife Gail, Hayes, Va., and Thomas R. Griffin, Hampton, Va.; three great-nephews, Tim Gaines and wife Melanie, Shawnee, Dusty Gaines and wife Julie, Edmond, and Torrey Gaines and wife Shannon, Sallisaw.
Bearers are Jack Lambert, Maury Halverson, Morris Poe, Doug Haney, C. B. Howard and Bill Rains.
Criswell Funeral Home, Ada
ADA — Services for Malcolm Dean “Lefty” Leighton, 87, Ada, are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Criswell Funeral Chapel, the Rev. Anna Bridgewater officiating. Burial follows at Swan Hill Cemetery.
Mr. Leighton died Oct.13, 2006, at Atoka. He was born April 28, 1919, at Kingfisher, to Elmer H. and Marie Curry Leighton. He moved to Ada in 1950. He served in the U. S. Army during WWII, attended the University of Oklahoma for two years and was an electrician at the Army Ammunition Depot, McAlester, as a civil service employee. He was a member of the American Legion, Masonic Lodge, Gideons International and Allen First United Methodist Church. He also served in prison ministry for many years, active in various correctional facilities in this area.
He married Lila Davis Dec. 22, 1942, at Lawton.
He was preceded in death by a son, Larry Dean Leighton; and three brothers, Gerald, Edward, and Deward.
Survivors include a wife, Lila, of the home; a daughter, Pamela Vestal and husband Richard, Yukon; a son, Romaine Leighton, Ada; a daughter-in-law, Lora Lee Jones, Madill; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Bearers are Derrick Manning, Roy Dean Leighton, Micah Vestal, Ron Macintosh, Chad Lamb and Blake Harber.
Honorary bearers are Lyle Bailey, George Palmer, Benny Boeck and Gene Teel.
The family says those who wish may make memorials to The Gideons International, P. O. Box 1821, Ada, OK 74821-1821; or American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75231.
Criswell Funeral Home, Ada
RICHARDSON, Texas — Memorial Services for Frances Elizabeth Curry Wood, 89, are 1 p.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church, Ada, Okla. Mrs. Wood died Oct. 12, 2006 at Richardson.
She was born Aug. 15, 1917 at Stigler, Okla. to Rev. and Mrs. J.C. Curry. She grew up in Methodist parsonages in Oklahoma, finishing high school in Ada in 1936. She attended East Central College in Ada earning a degree in education and a teaching certificate. While attending ECC she met her husband Marion Gay Wood. They graduated together in 1940 and married in May of 1941. While her husband served in the Army Air Corps during W.W.II, Mrs. Wood lived and worked on the various bases where he was stationed.
After the war the couple returned to Oklahoma living in Tulsa for a time. Mr. Wood got a teaching job in Ely, Nevada and they lived there before moving to Texas. After living and teaching in Texas for many years they retired and returned to the Ada area where they lived for 30 years before moving to Texas to be near their children.
Survivors include her children Linda Vaughn and her husband Gary and Clyde Wood and his wife Audie; grandchildren Ryan and Kevin Vaughn, Becca and Ashley Cross; great-granddaughter Sienna Vaughn; sister Lucile Benson; brother J.C. Curry and wife Janet; and many nieces and nephews.
The family asks in lieu of flowers donation be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org.
Dalton and Son Funeral Home, Lewisville, Texas