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 March 2015 Obituaries 

Alfred Frank Hess

Funeral service for Alfred Frank Hess, age 88 of Alex, Oklahoma, will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2015 in the Alex United Methodist Church. Rev. Sue Lykins will officiate.

Alfred Frank was born the son of John Hess and Bettie Drake Hess on September 1, 1926 in Alex. He died on March 2, 2015 at this home in Alex.

He married Faye Stuard on August 7, 1965 in Scott County, Kentucky.

Frank lived most of his life in Alex and graduated from Alex High School. After graduation, he entered the United States Army and served during World War II. He returned to Alex and worked as a butcher in a grocery store. Frank later worked for the United States Post Office at Alex and Lindsay as a postal clerk. For many years, he was the voice of the Alex Longhorns. He was an avid quail hunter.

Frank was a member of the Alex United Methodist Church where he had served as youth worker and Sunday School teacher.

He was preceded in death by his parents John and Bettie Hess; sister Lenora Parsley.

Survivors include his wife Faye Hess of Alex; niece Carolyn Williams of Pampa, Texas; nephew Larry Parsley of Clay Center, Kansas; niece Ann Talley of Stillwater; nephew Rick Parsley and son Garrett of Lindsay; sister-in-law Louise Bell of Alex.

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


Thomas James Byland

Private burial for Thomas James Byland, age 86 of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was held at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 in the Rose Hill Cemetery.

Thomas James was born the son of Thomas Cooper Byland and Ethel Birdie Lankford Byland on November 21, 1928 in Mattoon, Illinois. He died on February 25, 2015 in Oklahoma City.

Thomas lived in Illinois for many years and worked as a mechanic. He moved to California in 1958 and started driving a tow truck. He married Louise Salisbury in 1986 and continued living in California until moving to Chickasha in 1989.

At the age of 17, he developed a love for opera and symphony music which he carried the rest of his life. He was also involved in the community playing Santa Claus in people’s homes, nursing homes and clinics for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Ethel Byland; two sisters; three brothers.

Survivors include his sister Joyce McKinney of California; brother Doug Byland of California; numerous nieces and nephews.

Burial was 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

Email: mcrayfh@aol.com

Fax:  405-224-1584

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