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 August 2017 Obituaries 

Johnny Wayne “Buddy” Mahan

Graveside service for Johnny Wayne “Buddy” Mahan, age 74 of Chickasha, will be at 12:00 noon on Friday, September 1, 2017, in the Haskell City Cemetery in Haskell, Oklahoma.

Buddy was born in Coal Hill, Arkansas on November 11, 1942.  He was the middle child of Johnny Wesley Mahan and Virginia 'Blossom' Hardgrave.  He enjoyed hunting and spending time with his grandparents known as 'Mom and Pop'. The family had several places they called home due to Buddy's father being a gospel preacher.  He attended and graduated high school in Haskell, Oklahoma where he met the love of his life, Emma Catherine (KK) Barnett.  He went to college at OCC (Oklahoma Christian) in Edmond, OK  but could not stay away from his love, so he came home and they were married on July 14, 1961.  They had 3 sons they raised in Muskogee, Oklahoma.  They very lovingly provided a Christian home and education to the boys.  Buddy enjoyed hunting, fishing and being outdoors.  He worked for the U.S. Postal service until he  retired  to take care of his ailing wife. After her death in 2005 he moved to Chickasha, Oklahoma.  He was an active member of Southern Oaks Church of Christ.  He battled  cancer with dignity and strength as he continued living a Christian life.  He was an example to all around him.

Survivors include  3 sons and their families: Son DeWayne Mahan and wife Liz of Chickasha, OK, and grand children Corey Mahan of Penrith Australia and Hannah Mahan of Duncan, OK; Son Brian Mahan and wife Mandy of Longview Texas, grand daughter Whittney Williams of Longview, Tx, and great grand children Emma Carol Williams of Longview Tx, Kimberly Mahan of Shreveport, LA and Daniel Mahan of Maud, Tx; Son Michael Mahan and wife Karen and their children of Muskogee, OK; Brother Butch Mahan and wife  Ginny of Alma, Arkansas; Sister Layne  Downs of Barling, Arkansas; along with several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend a very special thank you to Ross Hospice for the compassionate, professional care they gave to Buddy and the family.

Services are under the direction of McRay Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ross Hospice.

Weda Nell Martin

Funeral service for Weda Nell Martin, age 93 of Guthrie, Oklahoma, formerly of Verden, Oklahoma, will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 26, 2017 in the Verden First Baptist Church. Rev. Ed Whitley will officiate.

Nell was born the daughter of J.W. Pruitt and Lela Womack on August 29, 1923 in Danville, Arkansas. She died on August 22, 2017 in Guthrie, Oklahoma.

Nell married Luther Martin in Yell County, Arkansas, on September 7, 1940. They moved to Mountain View, Oklahoma in 1948. In 1963, they moved to Verden. While in Mountain View, she worked as a cook. After moving to Verden, she worked for Vivians Cafe for twenty years.

She was preceded in death by her parents J.W. and Lela Pruitt; husband Luther Martin; son Luther Wayne Martin; brother Otis Pruitt; sisters Mattie Zigler and Louise Turnage.

Survivors include daughter Glenda Roark and husband J. D. of Coyle; son Bill Martin and wife Kay of Mountain View; son John Martin and wife Brenda of Chickasha; daughter Judy Allen and husband Gary of Perkins; son Ron Martin and wife Michelle of Duncan; brother Hayden Pruitt of Oklahoma City; sister Jane Jones of Oregon; brother Harold Pruitt and wife June of Oregon; sister Mae Frost of Texas; seventeen grandchildren; twenty great grandchildren; fourteen great great grandchildren.

Interment will be in the Mountain View Cemetery in Mountain View, Oklahoma. Service will be under the direction of the McRay Funeral Home, Chickasha.

Opal Florence Chaffee Linebaugh, daughter of Rev. Ralph and Marjorie Chaffee and wife of Dr. Dale E. Linebaugh, born on February 21, 1929 in Endicott, N.Y., entered into the presence of her Lord Jesus on   August 17, 2017.  A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at Cowboy Country Church, Chickasha, OK on Sunday, August 27, 2017 at12:30 p.m.
Growing up in a ministry family, it was natural that Opal’s heart was stirred to full time ministry.  To that end she attended Houghton College, Houghton, N.Y. for two years with a major in Music, and continued her education at Bryan College, Dayton, TN in Creative Writing and English.  Marriage to Dale E. Linebaugh July 4, 1949 in South Apalachan, N.Y. opened a wide vista in gospel ministry; teaching, counseling, singing, providing music as an accomplished musician on Piano, Organ, Flute and Accordian.  She was most noted for her Vibraharp and creative arrangements of vocal and instrumental music.  Her greatest gift and desire was in ministering to children, hundreds of whom she led to Jesus Christ, many of whom are in full-time ministry today. 
Besides five full-time pastorates together, Opal and Dale started three churches and two ranch styled camp ministries for youth where she held positions of; Director of Music, Counselor Coordinator, Director of Food Service, Camp Nurse, Wrangler, Gardener, and Housekeeping  until other staff were available for those positions but she always maintained the position of Camp Mother to everyone.
During the seven years Dale was President of Practical Bible College, Johnson City, N.Y. (now Davis College) she consistently discipled student wives on such issues as their role in ministry, teaching, praying with power, discipling others, care for their children in a pastoral environment, and supporting their husband/pastor.
Opal is preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Wilfred, Sydney and Douglas Chaffee, and one grandchild, Jeremiah Sterrett.  
She is survived by her husband Dr. Dale E. Linebaugh, two children Dr. Melodie L. Sterrett (Lewis), Rev. Jonathan E. “Jed” Linebaugh (Debra), eight grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. She is dearly loved and will be sorely missed by her family and friends.
Memorial Gifts:  In lieu of flowers Opal requested memorial gifts be given to Sermon On The Mount Ministry.  A CD of Dr. Dale and Opal’s 1962 vintage record of their singing will be given as a thank you gift for your donation. 

LaVell Lee Stevens

Funeral service for LaVell Lee Stevens, age 76, will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at Bible Baptist Church.

LaVell was born the son of John Roswell Stevens and Bonnie J. Whitley Stevens on February 8, 1941, in Gracemont, Oklahoma.  He died on August 19, 2017, in Chickasha.

LaVell grew up in Casa Grande, Arizona and moved to the Chickasha and Anadarko area in 1961.  After high school, he entered the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1963 after a year of active duty.  After his military service, he drove a truck for many years before going into law enforcement.  After 10 years in law enforcement, he returned to the trucking business.

He was preceded in death by both parents; his wife Betty Stevens and his son-in-law David King.

He is survived by daughter Tammy King; daughter Sandy Evans and  husband Shalako; sister Sue Parton; sister Diane Whitlow; grandsons Chad King and Ayme, Trevor King and wife Kailey, Tyler Airington and wife Candas, Jeremy Nieto and Sabrina; great-grandchildren Jayden, Memphis, Keigyn, Maxton, Maeize’lynn; special friend Melba; and numerous other family and friends.

Interment will be in the Fairview Cemetery in Tuttle, Oklahoma.  Services are under the direction of McRay Funeral Home. 


Carole Ann Carroll

Funeral service for Carole Ann Carroll, age 72 of Chickasha, Oklahoma, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 11, 2017 in the Holy Name Catholic Church.  Father Jim Goins will officiate and Father Vara Prasad will assist.

Carole was born the daughter of Fred J. Marti, Jr. and Clara Joyce Demny Marti on December 16, 1944 in Baytown, Texas.  She died on August 8, 2017 in Oklahoma City.

Carole graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Baytown, Texas. She later graduated from the University of Houston with a bachelors and masters degree and was a graduate assistant. On May 23, 1970 she married John Carroll in Chickasha where she taught at OCLA.  Carole also taught in the Chickasha School systems and retired in 2015 with twenty five years of teaching.  During this time, she enjoyed the friendships she developed with her co-workers.  She was also the pom coach and the girls golf coach at Chickasha High School for many years.

Carole was a member of the Holy Name Catholic Church.  She was also a member of the Junior Social Workers, PEO, and enjoyed working with her flowers and garden.  Carole enjoyed having to explain the uniqueness of her name and loved being a “MiMi” to her grandchildren.  

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her husband John Carroll; son Chris Carroll and wife Lindsey; daughter Marti Smicklas and husband Brad; grandchildren Caroline Clara, Hudson Christopher, Harrison Houston; sister Martha Marti; brother Fred Marti  and wife Sherry; nephew Todd Marti; nieces Debi Perras and Lori Godwin.

Interment will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery.  Service will be under the direction of the McRay Funeral Home.

McRay Funeral Home
Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 806, Chickasha, OK  73023
Location:  110 S. 8th Street, Chickasha, OK  73018 
Corner of 8th & Chickasha Ave. Near Downtown
Phone: 405-224-4141


Fax:  405-224-1584

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