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 March 2018 Obituaries 

Minnie Lorraine Fleming

Funeral for Minnie Lorraine Fleming, 101, of Rush Springs will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 30, 2018 in the McRay Funeral Home Chapel in Chickasha. She died on March 22, 2018 in Chickasha.

Minnie L. Forbes Fleming was the fourth of six girls born to Thomas Austin Forbes and Bessie Ann Bollen Forbes in Chickasha on May 20, 1916.

She eloped with Todd Fleming on July 12, 1936 in Walters, OK.  They moved from Oklahoma three children later to Wichita, Kansas.  Two more children and approximately eight years later, Mr. Fleming joined the Army Air Force.  One last child was born to them as they began relocating to various locations around the U.S. and Japan for the next 20 years.  Upon retirement, they eventually took up residence back in Rush Springs, OK.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, her husband, one son, one grandson, one great grandson.

Survivors include her son Walter Fleming of California; daughters Julia Wood of  Texas, Helen Adams of Oklahoma,  Dorothy Amann and husband Michael of Kansas, and Mary Ward of Oregon; sisters, Eva Mills of Rush Springs and Genie Hannah of Perry, OK; thirteen grandchildren; nineteen great grandchildren; fifteen great great grandchildren.

Interment will be in the Post Cemetery in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. 

There will no viewing.


Lucille McComas

Graveside service for Lucille McComas, age 101 of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 am Thursday, March 29, 2018 in the Fairlawn Cemetery.  Jimmy Ross will officiate.

Lucille McComas was born on July 5, 1916 in Oklahoma City to J. J. and Beatrice Starkey. She passed away on March 26, 2018 in Chickasha.  

Lucille went to Crooked Oak School until 1930 when the family moved to Minco.  She graduated from Minco High School in 1935.  It was in high school that she became acquainted with Kenneth McComas when he was helping her study algebra.  She married Kenneth L. McComas on October 2, 1934 at Chickasha.  They farmed one of Kenneth’s grandmother’s farms west of Pocasset and bought their first farm southwest of Minco in the late 1940's.  

Lucille was a member of the Church of Christ, the Eastern Star, and the Arcadia Home Demonstration Club.  She was an excellent seamstress and cook and won prizes for her cooking, canning and needlework at the county fair.  She and her sister Grace would perform in plays and musical shows at the Arcadia School.  They were quite the pair when they did the charlston.

Lucille loved to be outside gardening and working with her cattle.  She loved the land and it responded to her with beautiful flowers and vegetables.  What would have been work for others was sheer delight to her.  Lucille liked nothing better on a cold winter day than to load a round bale on her feed pick-up and strike out for the Branscom place.  She would fly up 81 and down the Harold Road grazing the tops of the hills with her fur hat on and peering over the top of the steering wheel.

She loved children, especially her grandchildren and they in turn loved her and loved to go stay with her because there was always good food and fun.  She loved to be in on everything and had lots of advice to give.  One of her favorites for anyone having a bad time was, “Just pull yourself up by your boot straps and keep going.” She was never a person to look back with regrets.

After Kenneth died in 1974, she began traveling and going on campaigns for Christ.  She became a world traveler and was always ready for the next adventure.  There are enough “Lucille” stories to fill a book from jumping off roofs, to scaring a pipe line worker to death with her six shooter, to her love of fast driving.

Lucille was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth, a son Patrick Lee, a daughter Peggy Lucille, a grandson J. R., great grandson Ryan, daughter in law Sharon, her parents J. J. and Beatrice, and five siblings Hazel, Herbert, Grace, Elene, and James.

She is survived by sons Ken L. McComas and Kevin and Sue McComas, daughter Marjorie and Sonny Kuhlman, ten grandchildren and their spouses, twenty great grandchildren, thirteen great great grandchildren, brother-in-law Joe McComas and wife Arlene, sister-in-law Betty Starkey and many nieces and nephews.

Lucille will be remembered for her faith, her generosity to family, church, and those in need, her work ethic and her ability to move through life taking whatever came and making the best of it.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Tipton Childrens Home, 1000 N. Broadway Ave, Tipton, OK 73570 or In Search of the Lords Way, PO Box 371, Edmond, OK 73083-0371.  Service will be under the direction of the McRay Funeral Home.


Dessie Mae Wilson Sutterfield

Dessie Mae Wilson Sutterfield, 105, of Tulsa, OK, died at St. John’s Medical Center on Friday, March 23, 2018, in the company of her family.

Dessie was born in Murray, Kentucky, October 22, 1912, to Celina McDaniel Wilson and James Robert Wilson.  She married O.C. Sutterfield, a Southern Baptist Minister, on April 4, 1931.  Her many years were devoted to her husband, children and grandchildren along with being a minister’s wife and a wonderful nurse.

Dessie is the widow of O.C. Sutterfield and she is preceded in death by one son, Donald Wayne Sutterfield, who died at birth; her parents, and 1 brother and 4 sisters.  She is survived by son, Perry Sutterfield and his wife, Barbara, of Duncan, OK; daughter, Mary Sutterfield Stark of Denton, TX; and Jean Sutterfield Grady and husband, Ken, of Collinsville, OK.  Dessie is also survived by four grandsons, Richard Sutterfield, Patrick Sutterfield, Brian Sutterfield and Richard Coy, II, as well as one granddaughter, Karla DiIorio.  She also has 19 great grandchildren and 9 great-great grandchildren.

Dessie was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Idabel, OK and was also a former member of the Order of Eastern Star and was honored by the Oklahoma Centenarians.

Dessie will be remembered for many things during her lifetime – her love of family, her church work, her nursing skills, but what her family and friends will reminisce over will be her skills at dominoes, cards and practical jokes.

Funeral services will be held, Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at 1 pm, McRay Funeral Home, Chickasha, OK.

Gifts in memory of Dessie Sutterfield may be sent to Physician’s Choice Hospice, 14324 N. Western Ave., Edmond, OK 73013, or at physicianschoicehospice.com/donate.
 


Geraldine Agnes Garrett

Graveside service for Geraldine Agnes Garrett, 91, of Chickasha will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at Fairlawn Cemetery in Chickasha.  Chaplain Bill Holly will officiate.

Geraldine was born the daughter of John Janousek and Frankie Heying Janousek on September 19, 1926 in Cement, OK.  She died on March 15, 2018 in Chickasha.

Geraldine grew up in the Cement and Cyril area and graduated from Cyril High School.  She worked as a nurse’s aid at Southwestern Hospital in Lawton.  She met her future husband Billy Garrett and they were married in 1947 in Chickasha.  Mr. Garrett was in the Air Force which took them to many places in the United States as well as overseas.  Eventually they settled in Brownwood, TX where she lived until recently moving to Chickasha.

Geraldine was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her son-in-law Frank.

Geraldine is survived by her son James W. Garrett and her daughter Frankie A. McCaig both of Lawton; four grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Services are under the direction of McRay Funeral Home.  Viewing will begin Monday, March 19, 2018.


Tony Bell Chandler

Graveside service for Tony Bell Chandler, age 82 of Moore, Oklahoma formerly of Chickasha will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Fairlawn Cemetery in Chickasha.  Barbara Turner will officiate.

Tony was born the son of Vernie Monroe Chandler and Thelma Ibera Bowman Chandler on December 17, 1935 in Pocasset, Oklahoma and raised by his grandfather Harley Bowman.  He died on March 9, 2018 at his home in Moore.

Tony graduated from Chickasha High School and then entered the United States Air Force to serve his country.  After his service, he moved back to Chickasha and began working in civil service at Tinker Air Force Base.  The rest of his life he lived in Moore and Chickasha.

He was preceded in death by his parents Vernie and Thelma Chandler, wife Claudia Chandler, many siblings, and other family.

Survivors include his daughter Teresa Bowman Snider and husband Gregg of Hondo, Texas; granddaughter Jennyfer Livingston and husband Bryan of Newcastle; granddaughter Harley Bowman of Newcastle; grandson Dalton Bowman of Newcastle; great grandson Logan Livingston of Newcastle.

Service will be under the direction of the McRay Funeral Home.  Viewing will be from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Thursday at McRay Funeral Home.


Obituary Poem
Written by
Wilma Aline (Davis) Hiner

Born: January 15, 1933                            Died: March 12, 2018

Davis, in Oklahoma, Grady County, was born.
Fifth child of a farmer on a very cold morn.
‘Twas January fifteenth, nineteen hundred thirty-three,
One sister, three brothers, were excited to see!

Young, she stood on a stool and loudly she sang,
Performed, imitating her siblings again and again.
Later, her interest in piano grew strong,
She couldn’t resist playing, picking out a new song.

Piano lessons, her mother worked hard to pay,
But her interest diminished day by day.
She wanted to play every piece by ear,
Seldom practiced her lessons, so her teacher she feared.

Each home she visited with a piano around,
Fingers flowed o’er the keys with new sounds she had found.
Friends would entreat, “Come, let’s go play!”
Piano she loved dearly, ‘twas hard to pull her away.

Improvising she learned mostly on her own,
Playing for churches, others or just enjoyment alone.
‘Twas early in life, possibly in her teens,
Beautiful expressions in poetry and melody began to gleam.

Her talent became known by many people around.
She fulfilled numerous requests with amazing rhythmic sounds.
Her lovely writings the world did gain,
As she was elected into
The International Poetry Hall of Fame!

Funeral service for Wilma will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 16, 2018 at Calvary Temple
in Cyril, Oklahoma. Kip Ackley will officiate.

Wilma was preceded in death by her husband Alvin Lee Hiner; father Lafayette (Lafe) Davis; 
mother Eula Mae (Beam) Davis; brother Dwain Bernard Davis; sister Veta Jones; brother Rev. Ralph Davis.

Survivors include her five children Kimball Lynn Hiner, Philip Craig Hiner, Charla Renee’ Jenkins and husband David, Dana Denise Strader and husband Keith and Kayla Sue Toponce;  grandchildren Philip Scott, TJ, Geoffrey, Joseph, Brittany, Ridge, Royce, Devin, Hayden, Ashton and Matthew; fifteen great-grandchildren;
many nieces, nephews and cousins;  brother Orville Don Davis and wife Judy; sister-in-law LaVeta Davis; 
and seven fur grandbabies.

Interment will be in the Celestial Gardens Cemetery in Cyril, OK.  
Services are under the direction of McRay Funeral Home in Chickasha, OK.

For those who wish to send flowers for the family, Mrs. Hiner’s favorite color was Pink.


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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