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 December 2018 Obituaries 

Frankie Greaves

Graveside funeral services for Frankie Lou Greaves, of Chickasha, OK will be held at Rose Hill Cemetery, Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 2PM.  Pastor Kim Hayes will officiate.  Frankie Lou Greaves was born January 23, 1929 in Lucille, Oklahoma to parents George and Rosella Busby.  She passed away Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at the age of 89 years, 11 months at her home in Wichita, Kansas.  Frankie was preceded in death by her husband Byron L. Greaves.  She is survived by her two sons Randy Greaves of Wichita, KS and Dr. Rodney Greaves of Palm Springs, CA.  She is also survived by three grandchildren, Eric, Sara, and Geoffrey as well as three great grandchildren.  Frankie and her husband Byron operated a dairy farm in Chickasha, Oklahoma for many years.  Later Frankie worked for Pet Incorporated in Chickasha, Oklahoma.  She was an avid gardener and was proud of the roses she grew.  She was also an avid OU football fan and never missed a game.  She traveled extensively after retirement and lived for a time in Dallas, TX, Miami Beach, Florida and Savannah, GA before finally settling down in Wichita, Kansas to be close to her grandchildren. Interment will be at Rose Hill Cemetery after a graveside service under the direction of McRay Funeral Home.



 

Patricia “Patty” Ruth Reeder

Funeral service for Patricia “Patty” Ruth Reeder, 71, of Chickasha, OK will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 15, 2018 at Bible Baptist Church.  Pastor Kim Hayes will officiate.

Patty was born the daughter of Hershel and Lydia Reeder on January 1, 1947 in San Luis Obispo, CA.  She died on December 10, 2018 in Oklahoma City, OK.

Patty came to Chickasha from California in 1957 where she attended both Chickasha and Friend schools.  She was employed by the Opportunity Workshop and in childcare.  She was a member of Bible Baptist Church for over 30 years.

Patty was preceded in death by her parents Hershel and Lydia Reeder; brothers Donnie, James and Carl Reeder; sisters Beulah Jones and Kathy Krog; and one great-niece.

Patty is survived by nieces Crystal Kanatzar and husband Brandon, Tammy Seward, Janice Pernell, Gale Asbury, Sarah Ford and Sherilyn Reeder; nephew Gary Jones; and a host of great-nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.

Interment will be in the Fairlawn Cemetery.  Services are under the direction of McRay Funeral Home.


Frank Sales

Funeral service for Frank Sales, 72, of Chickasha, OK will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, December 14, 2018 at Bible Baptist Church.  Pastor Kim Hayes will officiate.

Frank Sales was born the son of Harlis and Wilma Sales on September 5, 1946 in Randlett, OK.  He died on December 10, 2018 in Blanchard, OK.

Frank lived in Burkburnett, TX as a child where his family was in the concrete business.  As a teenager, he moved to Chickasha and at age 17 he made the decision to go into the logging business in which he worked for 52 years.  He loved his work but especially loved his family.  Above all else he loved to take every opportunity to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Frank was preceded in death by his father Harlis Sales and brothers Harlis Calvin Sales and Alfred Lee Sales.

Frank is survived by his mother Wilma Sales Briley; siblings Hazel Koehler and husband John, David Sales and wife Ann, Quinda Beeson and husband Bob, Lisa Luers and husband Tim, DeRedact Sales and wife Beverly; children Trish Green and husband Mark,  Inita Denton and husband Paul, Calvin Sales and wife Amy, Caleb Sales, Melanie Phillips and husband Thomas, Madelyn Sales and Matthew Sales; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and two great-grandchildren on the way.

Interment will be in the Fairlawn Cemetery.  Services are under the direction of McRay Funeral Home.


Thomas Gerald Crawford

Funeral service for Thomas Gerald Crawford, 71, of Chickasha, OK, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 1, 2018 at Grand Assembly of God Church.  Rev. Kent Crawford will officiate.  Rev. Gary Rogers will assist.

Thomas Gerald Crawford passed away peacefully Wednesday, November 28, 2018, at his home. He was born June 19, 1947, at Asher, OK to the late Mr. and Mrs. Earl Crawford. He married Karen DeAnne Rodgers on December 18, 1964. Tom worked as a farmer in Ulysses, KS for many years. He and his family moved to Hugoton, KS where he was an operator for Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Co. He owned his own business in Hugoton at Tom’s 66 full service station. They moved to Chickasha, OK in 2003 where he worked for and retired from Oneok. He and Karen attended Grand Assembly of God. 

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Earl G. and Narciss Leah Corley Crawford; three brothers Eugene Crawford, Havis Crawford, and Kenneth Crawford; two sisters Ethel Wilson and Earline Watkins. 

Tom is survived by his wife Karen Crawford; oldest son Teral Crawford, his wife Dee and son Evan of Midlothian, TX; son Kent Crawford, his wife Tory and children Mylie, Adlee, and Brydon of Chickasha, OK; daughter Lisa Cerros, her husband Bernardo Cerros and children, Ethan and Kendri of Paola, KS. 

He was a man of steel and velvet. What you saw is what you got, and what you got was wonderful.

Interment will be in the Memory Lane Cemetery in Anadarko, OK.  Services are under the direction of McRay Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations may be made to:  https://www.gofundme.com/u24ee-justins-journey


Mary Elaine Ballard Watson
      On July 8, 1929, on a farm outside of Hollister, Oklahoma, Mary was born into the large and loving family of Pearl and Oral Ballard that was to be her greatest treasure and source of support for her entire life. From her first day in school, she discovered great joy in learning and graduated as valedictorian from Hollister. During this time, she was active in 4-H, receiving 4-H leadership awards and countless blue ribbons for her many projects, eventually becoming a national 4-H leadership award winner, as well as playing varsity basketball, which fostered a lifetime love of that sport. She was active in the First Christian Church, serving as Sunday school secretary and singing in the choir.


      She attended Oklahoma A & M, now OSU, financing her education herself with scholarships and working as the office manager during the summers managing the office of the elevator company in Hollister. She graduated in 1951 with a BS in Home Economics Education with high honors, and was a member of Mortar Board, Phi Kappa Phi, and Phi Upsilon Omicron. She was also honored to be chosen a Danforth Leadership participant. 
She began her career teaching in Hugo, Oklahoma, and then realized another of her goals when she accepted a position as the assistant home demonstration agent in Grady County and moved to Chickasha. One evening, after attending a movie, a young farmer struck up a conversation with the tall, bespectacled Mary, and Dale Watson and Mary Ballard were married two months later, loving each other and supporting each other devotedly for the next 59 years. They began married life in Walters, Mary working as the home demonstration agent for Cotton County, until moving back to Grady County to take over the Watson farm outside of Dutton, where daughters Karen and Beth were born. 


      After Dale began to struggle with his health, they began their next big adventure when they moved to Tucson and she began work on her Masters in Education at the University of Arizona and continued to teach in Coolidge, Arizona. After Dale's health improved, they moved their family back to Oklahoma, and Mary once more taught in Altus before an extension agent position opened in Hugo.


Dale's career then moved them back to Texas, where Mary became the extension agent-at-large of several counties in the Big Bend region, traveling and promoting better nutrition for economically disadvantaged families. Moving back to Tucson, Mary completed her coursework for her Masters while teaching tailoring classes at University of Arizona, whereupon she accepted the district agent position supervising the home economics and 4-H programs for the thirteen counties around San Angelo, as well as being director of the Texas A & M Research Center. She retired in 1980, and Mary and Dale moved back to Chickasha where they enjoyed spending time with family and friends and where she once more became part of Grady County Extension, but this time as a club participant. She continued to enjoy her lifelong habits of reading, cooking, sewing, needlework, and watching sports with Dale and her brothers. 


      Mary and Dale left Chickasha when they decided they would like to be near to their grandsons, Ragan and Kevin, and they enjoyed watching them participate in tennis and soccer, taking great pride in their academic achievements as well. She became quite tech savvy for an oldster, learning to Skype so she could talk to her grandsons in China and Turkey, and avidly read the Washington Post daily on her kindle.She loved participating in each Ballard Reunion, helping to pass on a love of storytelling, history, and family to everyone in her family. She maintained her strong love of learning and interest in national and world affairs into her eighty-ninth year. From a family of pioneers, she was a pioneer of her time.


      Mary will be greatly missed by her daughters, grandsons, and her many nieces and nephews. She was an excellent exemplar of strength, honor, and responsibility. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale, her parents, and her five brothers and two sisters. 


      Services will be at the McRay Funeral Home Chapel, Monday, December 3, at 2:00 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice House of Burleson, Tex., at 301 Medpark Cir., Burleson, TX 76028.


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

Email: mcrayfh@aol.com

Fax:  405-224-1584

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