January 2017 Obituaries
T. Ralph Davis
Funeral service for T. Ralph Davis, age 88, of Cyril will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at the Calvary Temple in Cyril.
Ralph moved to Cyril with his parents at the age of 9. He graduated from Cyril High School in 1946. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War from October 1950 to December 1952. He went to work for Civil Service, Fort Sill, as a clerk in January 1953 and later promoted to a Manpower Management Analyst. He married LaVeta Darrah on November 9, 1956, at Lookeba, Oklahoma.
Ralph joined the Cyril Pentecostal Holiness Church in 1950 and served several years as the pianist, youth director, Sunday School teacher and Sunday School secretary and treasurer. Before entering the ministry, Ralph served eight years as Assistant Director of the Conference Youth Department. During this time he edited a Conference Youth Newsletter which was published monthly.
In 1966, he felt his call into ministry and was later licensed and ordained in the Pentecostal Holiness Church. He pastored churches at Mountain View, Kingfisher, McLoud, Apache, Hinton and Anadarko. He was elected to serve the Conference as secretary and treasurer for 12 years. In 1987 he was elected as Conference Superintendent and served for 6 years. While serving as Conference Superintendent he served on the General Board of Administration of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church. He also served on the Board of the Oklahoma Christian University and the Carmen Home for the Aged. During his ministry he attended Cameron University in Lawton, and the Oklahoma Christian University in Oklahoma City. While serving as Conference Superintendent he moved back to Cyril. While pastoring the Anadarko Church, he took a part-time job at the Cyril Funeral Home. Ralph retired from pastoring in 1998 and was later involved in Calvary Temple Outreach Ministries, serving as Associate Pastor, song leader, church treasurer and in charge of the Lighthouse Coffee House Ministries. On October 27, 2012 he was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Heartland Conference, IPHC. In 2016 he received his 50 year pin as an ordained minister of IPHC.
Ralph loved oil painting, gospel singing and wrote several poems and songs with music. He enjoyed playing the piano, guitar and mandolin and was the author of one book, “I Remember When” which is a history of the West Oklahoma Conference of the Pentecostal Holiness Church.
Ralph enjoyed his family, his grandchildren, great grandchildren, his church family and coffee buddies.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father Lafe and Eula Davis; brothers Walter Lafayette Davis and Dwain Bernard Davis; and sister Veta Maxine French Jones.
Survivors include his wife LaVeta Davis; daughter Paula Ackley and husband Kip of Cyril; daughter Darla Brookshire and husband Lance of Cyril; grandchildren Tara Allen and husband Tanner of Cyril, Jonathan Ackley and wife Lauren of Cyril, Darrah Shuffield and husband Eddie of Apache, Troy Brookshire of Cyril; great-grandchildren Makenzie and Bryson Allen, Daniel and Kalene Shuffield and Cooper Ackley; Brother Don Davis and wife Judy of Fletcher; Sister Wilma Hiner of Amarillo, TX.
Special thanks to two wonderful family angels that helped their Uncle Ralph so much; Kayla Hiner Toponce of Amarillo, TX and LaVoyd Davis from Cyril. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Temple.
Interment will be in the Celestial Gardens in Cyril. Services are under the direction of the McRay Funeral Home in Chickasha. Viewing will be at the Cyril Funeral Home in Cyril on Tuesday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm and Wednesday from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.
Billy Don Card, Sr.
Funeral service for Billy Don Card, Sr., 82, of Chickasha, OK will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at College Heights Baptist Church. Rev. James Swain will officiate with Dr. Bryan Haynes assisting.
Billy Don Card was born December 24, 1934, in Fort Worth the only child of John Clair Card and Vira Jean Griggs.
He graduated from Purcell High School in 1953, and attended the University of Oklahoma and Louisiana State University obtaining an Associates Degree. While at OU he met and fell in love with Edilynn Turner, becoming his bride on August 29, 1954.
Establishing a home in Duncan, he worked his way up through the banking industry with the First National Bank & Trust. He had three children; Billy Don, Jr., Robert Clair and Marilyn. Bill became involved in their lives by volunteering as Cub Scout Scoutmaster and PTA officer. He was passionately involved with the Kiwanis Club.
Moving to Chickasha in 1972, he accepted a job with the First National Bank & Trust, retiring after 43 years as Senior Vice President in 1997. In 2001, he started work at College Heights Baptist Church working there for 16 years. Bill served as a Deacon at the First Baptist Church of Duncan and Chickasha.
Bill loved to hunt, fish, motor boat, create stained glass art and play a little golf. His love of photography led him to becoming a regional judging photographer for the American Orchid Society.
Bill is survived by his wife, Edilynn, of 62 years; his children: “Donny” and his wife DeNean; “Bob” and Dana Hodge; and “Missy” Marilyn Card Holt and her husband Terry. Seven grandchildren, April Hartsell, Billy Holt, Ethan Card, Emily Parr, Galen Card, Caleb Card, and Taryn Card. Five great grandchildren, Kylie Hartsell, Kelsey Hartsell, William Holt, Cooper Holt, and Liam Card.
He passed away peacefully from this life on Friday January 27, 2017, and is currently serving and assisting in the preparations for our arrival in the years to come.
Interment will be in the Fairlawn Cemetery. Services are under the direction of McRay Funeral Home.
Clara Mae Austin Gaddis
Funeral service for Clara Mae Austin Gaddis, 96, of Chickasha will be held at10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 23, 2017 at College Heights Baptist Church. Ezell Nelson will officiate.
Clara Mae was born the daughter of Charles Rodney Austin and Gussie Mae Brewer Austin on December 20, 1920 in Cisco, Texas. She died on January 19, 2017 in Chickasha.
Clara was a graduate of Oklahoma College for Women. She worked at Jane Brooks School for thirteen years and retired from Dusters and Sprayers as a bookkeeper. Clara was a charter member of College Heights Baptist Church. She loved sewing, crafts, gardening, baking, and going on trips. Clara was a kind hearted person and was always ready to make a meal or send a card.
Clara was preceded in death by her parents Charles and Gussie Austin; brother Marvin Sapp and aunt Bettie Ismirt.
Clara is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Denise and Robert Null; granddaughter and spouse Natalie and Justin Hearrell; granddaughter and spouse Whitney and Kyle McClure; granddaughter Robyne Null; great-grandson Wyatt Hearrell; great-granddaughters Emma and Kaylee McClure; great-grandson Daxton McClure; great-granddaughter Brenna Null; and great-grandson Keaton Null. Her family was dear to her heart.
Interment will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery. Services are under the direction of McRay Funeral Home.
There will be no viewing at the service.
Hazel Lorea (Smith) McCombs
Funeral service for Hazel Lorea McCombs, age 99 of Chickasha, Oklahoma, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 21, 2017 in the Epworth United Methodist Church.
Hazel was born in Waurika, Oklahoma on October 10, 1917 to Frank and Alta Smith. She was the 8th of 10 children, all now deceased. She was married to Homer McCombs for 36 years prior to his death in 1974. She will be greatly missed by her children, Alice (Jim) Birdsill of Grand Junction, CO; Mike (Linda) McCombs of Lake Saint Louis, MO; Pat (Lily) McCombs of Euless, TX; and Dan McCombs of Vian, OK. She leaves eight grandchildren, as well as eight great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren. Hazel loved family gatherings, and she planned and enjoyed numerous family reunions, birthday celebrations, holidays and vacations. She was briefly married to Hugh Coulter, who died in 1982.
A graduate of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in 1967, Hazel was an elementary school teacher, with the last three years of her career devoted to the Chickasha school system. An avid traveler, Hazel toured all 50 states, Mexico and Canada. Later her travel experiences included trips to a variety of countries throughout the world. She loved her home in Chickasha, which she named Mockingbird Hill, and she spent many hours nurturing her flowers and garden.
Hazel spent her life focused on serving where there as a need. An active member of Epworth United Methodist Church, she served in many leadership roles, including Health and Welfare Chairperson, President of the Wedding Ring Class, and President of the United Methodist Women. Members of the Yet Set will recall the many bus trips that Hazel coordinated. She was an eager volunteer for field mission work in various countries, including Mexico, the Philippines and South Texas. Her volunteer work extended to Grady Memorial Hospital where she served for more than 50 years working in the Gift Shop. Hazel was also a charter member of Mobile Meals volunteers, a member of Democrat Women’s Organization of Grady County, the Chickasha Delphian Club and the Floribunda Flower Club. She was named Pi Chapter’s Woman of the Year in 1986, an honor bestowed upon a woman who has contributed greatly to her community.
Interment will be in the Pocasset Cemetery. Service will be under the direction of the McRay Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Epworth United Methodist Church of Chickasha or the charity of one’s choice. On-line condolences may be shared at www.mcrayfuneralhome.com.
There will be no viewing at the service.
Graveside service for Larry Miller, 66, of Oklahoma City will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday at Memory Lane Cemetery in Anadarko. Arrangements by McRay Funeral Home.
Nadine Virginia Harvell Drewry
Funeral service for Nadine Virginia Harvell Drewry, age 97 of Chickasha, Oklahoma, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 8, 2017 in the Maranatha Baptist Church. Rev. Chuck Bishop will officiate.
Nadine was born the daughter of Joe Keeler and Ida Payne Keeler on February 26, 1919 in Criner, Oklahoma. She died on January 2, 2017 in Chickasha.
Nadine grew up in the Lindsay area and married J. T. Harvell in Lindsay, Oklahoma. They lived there a short time before moving to California. They lived in California for many years then moved to Chickasha where they lived the rest of their lives. Several years after the death of her husband, J. T., she married Carl Drewry. They were married about four years before he preceded her in death. She loved to go fishing and in her later years enjoyed going dancing and traveling.
She was also preceded in death by her brother Travis Keeler and sister Hazel Revell.
Survivors include her daughter Maxine Anderson of Cement; granddaughter Deborah Scott of Chickasha; brother J. D. Keeler of Lindsay; sister Jean Mann of Guthrie.
Interment will be in the Fairlawn Cemetery. Service will be under the direction of the McRay Funeral Home.
Etta Belle Kelley
Funeral service for Etta Belle Kelley, 88, of Chickasha, OK will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 6, 2017 in the McRay Funeral Home Chapel. John Freeman will officiate.
Etta Belle Kelley was born the daughter of Floyd Pendergraft and Laura Brown Pendergraft on August 31, 1928 in Neosho, MO. She died on January 2, 2017 in Chickasha.
Etta grew up in Neosho, MO and married Robert J. Kelley soon after graduating from high school. They moved to Chickasha where they owned the Kelley Shoe Store for many years. She and her husband also started Kelley Real Estate. While running the shoe store and the real estate company Etta still managed to raise six children. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also loved listening to her music.
Etta was preceded in death by her parents Floyd and Laura Pendergraft, her husband Robert J. Kelley, her daughter Cheryl Cramer, four sisters and two brothers.
Etta is survived by her daughters Carron Gage and husband David, Sharon Hicks, Connie Brown and Charlotte Alexander and husband Alan; her son Robert "Buddy" Kelley and wife Judy; 17 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Interment will be in the Fairlawn Cemetery. Service is under the direction of McRay Funeral Home.
Hazel Bettis Boyd
Funeral service for Hazel Bettis Boyd, 86, of Blanchard, OK will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 4, 2017 in the McRay Funeral Home chapel. Paul Bettis will officiate.
Hazel was born the daughter of John Sears and Edith Belle Kifer Sears on March 3, 1930 in Ada, OK. She died on December 30, 2016 in Chickasha, OK.
Hazel was the youngest of nine children. She graduated from Latta high school where she played basketball. She enjoyed going to the lake in her earlier life. Later in life she enjoyed going to her grandkids’ basketball games and livestock shows.
She was preceded in death by her parents John and Edith Belle Sears; son Kenny Bettis; brothers Ted Sears, John Sears, Jim Sears, Fred Sears, Leo Vigus, Troy Vigus and Lloyd Vigus; and sister Lois Newell.
Hazel is survived by her daughter and husband Kathy Venable and Randy of Blanchard, OK; son and wife Dennis Bettis and Tonsi of Kingston, OK; grandson and wife Kevin and Brandy Venable of Blanchard, OK; grandson and wife Dusty Venable and Sara of Blanchard, OK; grandson and wife Brad Bettis and Julie of Bridgeport, TX; grandson Chad Bettis of Kingston, OK; grandson Kenny Bettis of Moore, OK; 13 great- grandkids and many nieces and nephews.
Service is under the direction of McRay Funeral Home.
Funeral service for Barbara Cayton, age 84 of Chickasha, Oklahoma, will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 in the McRay Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Charles Watson will officiate.
Barbara was born the daughter of Jesse L. Flesher and Hazel Ellen Davis Flesher on November 2, 1932 in Kingman, Kansas. She died on December 29, 2016 at her home in Chickasha.
Barbara moved to Chickasha at a young age and graduated from Chickasha High School in 1951. She moved to Colby, Kansas where she met her husband Melvin Cayton whom she married in 1952. They lived in Atwood, Kansas until 1988, then moved to Chickasha. Barbara was one of the original employees of Sterling House where she worked for many years.
She was preceded in death by her parents Jesse and Hazel Flesher; husband Melvin Cayton; two brothers Victor and Jimmy Flesher; sister Emma Lou Flesher.
Survivors include her daughter Pricilla Warrick of Chickasha; daughter Shirley Zimmerman of Oklahoma City; son Merlin Cayton of Burlingame, Kansas; six grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; brother Kenneth Flesher of Oklahoma City; sister Colleen Perdue of Oklahoma City.
Interment will be in the Fairlawn Cemetery. Service will be under the direction of the McRay Funeral Home.