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 October 2018 Obituaries 

Vivian Marie Hughes

Funeral service for Vivian Marie Hughes, age 98, of Verden, OK will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 2, 2018 at the Verden First Baptist Church.  Rev. Edward Whitley and Rev. David Treadway will officiate.

Vivian Marie Hughes was born the daughter of William Franklin Trogdon and Lillie Mae Crumm on November 2, 1919 in the Anadarko, OK area.  She died on October 30, 2018 at her home in Verden, OK.

Vivian grew up in the Anadarko area and married Cecil “Red” Hughes on June 10, 1939.  With this union came five children–sons Donnie of Amber, Jim and wife Marty of Tuttle, Bill and wife Brenda Jo of Amber; daughters–Brenda Henry of Verden and Sandy and husband Bruce Drummond of Verden.  Vivian grew up in hard times, learning at a young age what hard work was.  She lived through the Dust Bowl days picking cotton.  She and Red had a dairy south of Verden where she worked even harder, milking cows by hand and raising five children.  In 1963 they sold the dairy and moved to Verden where she worked at the Dairy Superb and Mary’s Grocery before starting Vivian’s Café in 1971.  The café became her life.  She was a wonderful cook and this was her passion for 47 years.  Even at 97 years of age she still drove up to the café every day to get that silverware rolled and to boss Sandy.  Vivian loved her customers! 

Vivian was preceded in death by her husband; her parents and her sister, Maxine Harris.

Vivian is survived by her sons Donnie Hughes, Jimmie Hughes and Billy Hughes; her daughters Brenda Henry and Sandra Wilson Drummond; her brother Glen and wife Virginia Trogdon; nine grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren and sisters-in-law Mary Lee Spurlin, Lois Harrison and Emma Jean Hughes.

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


Cynthia Gail Trowbridge

Cynthia Gail Trowbridge, 38, of Cookeville, TN, formerly of Chickasha, OK passed away October 23, 2018 in Cookeville.

Cynthia was born July 2, 1980 in Leavenworth, KS to Edward & Threesa Trowbridge.
While Cindy lived most of her life in Kansas and Oklahoma, she had travels far and wide.
She was a sensitive and kind-hearted person who encouraged others to live their most authentic lives and be themselves. While she battled bipolar disorder, depression and addiction herself she often took the time to speak to hundreds of individuals online and in-person about their problems - hoping to provide them with a boost up, a laugh, or just a shoulder to cry on. She was rarely shy in trying to get to know someone immediately.  She was loved by and had touched more people than she ever knew.

She is proceeded in death by her father Edward Trowbridge; grandfather, William "Bill" Trowbridge; grandmother, Mary Sanders; as well as many special friends.

Survivors include mother, Threesa Mae Dingman and step-father Don Dingman, of Walters, OK; brothers, Christopher Blanton, and wife Shannon, their children Michael, Jordan, Andy and Kenzie, of Osawatomie, KS, & Kyle Trowbridge, and wife Trudy, their children Dani, Charlie, and Kyle, of Norge, OK; sisters, Jessica Trowbridge, of McLoud, OK & Threesa Copeland, and husband Josh, of Chickasha, OK; step-daughter Sydney Bell and her family, of Wewoka, OK; many great-nieces & nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins & friends.

Services will be held Saturday November 3rd at 3pm at McRay Funeral Home at 110 S. 8th St, Chickasha, OK.


Patricia Cribbs Sikes (Pat)

Patricia Cribbs Sikes (Pat) departed on her last great adventure on October 10, 2018.

In her waning days, she was comforted and found joy in remembering the beautiful people and wonderful events that have given meaning to a lifetime of 78 years.

She had fond memories of her parents, Bycie (Ford) and GC Cribbs who taught her the value of hard work, and a commitment to faith, family and community.  They reared a blended family of nine siblings in and around Cyril and Apache, OK.  Their examples can still be seen in a strong, hardworking extended family who continues to support and enrich each other and their communities.  With much gratitude she relived 57 years of love and support from her husband Doug Sikes.

With much joy and pride she recounted the experiences of being a mother and grandmother.  Thank you to son, Ty and grandson, Hunter of Ft. Worth, TX and to daughter Diana Gay, son-in-law, John Curless and grandson Jack of Greenwood Lake, NY.

Much gratitude was felt to the classmates, teachers and community leaders at Apache, OK for helping her to find self-worth and purpose.

She remembered with gratefulness the teachers and fellow students at OCW and OSU.  They were a great benefit as she became the person she was.

She appreciated the co-workers and students at Lawton Middle School, Stillwater and Chickasha High School who taught her far more than she was ever able to teach them.

She smiled with pleasure as she recalled the 27 years with her home-based business–A Cottage Collection.  Many friends and associates assisted over the years.  She remembered with pleasure Sherry Cooper, whose friendship and assistance covered 10 years.  More recently, Lana Tibbetts and Lynn Heck assisted with such kindness and companionship.  Lynn Heck, a true Christian woman, gave her assistance with tender care and friendship getting her to chemo and other appointments over several months.  Filling in with this from time to time was Jolene Singleterry, Janice Wells, Diane Anderson and Lana Tibbets.

There will be no services, but please celebrate her life in your own way.  Cremation arrangements are under the direction of McRay Funeral Home.


Carl Kevin Hannah

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 10:00 am in the chapel at McRay Funeral Home in Chickasha, OK.

Carl was born January 10, 1963 in Chickasha, OK, the son of the late Donald W. Hannah and the late Mary Ann Hannah Robertson.

Carl grew up in Amber, OK, graduating from Amber-Pocasset High School in May of 1981.  In June 1981, Carl joined the Army. After basic training Carl served in Germany until 1983 when he was honorably discharged.  While in the Army he met two lifelong buddies; Ralph Steward, who remained in Germany and Russell Oliver of North Carolina.  Carl spent the majority of his life as a truck driver.  His last job was with Woody Bolger Trucking out of Missouri.

Carl met Wanda Janette Rice and they married on May 1, 1989.  To this marriage Wanda brought a daughter, Michele Rice.  They later had two sons, Ethan and Craig.

Carl is survived by sons Ethan and wife Annette of Dibble, OK and Craig of Cyril, OK; daughter Michele Rice of Moore, OK; two sisters, Donna Nitch and husband Larry, and Debbie Cobden and husband Alan, all of Chickasha; one brother, Tommy and wife Carla of Verden, OK; grandsons Gabriel Hannah, Walter Belfiore, and Sterlin Farley and granddaughter Janette Miller; numerous nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Carl was preceded in death by wife Wanda; father Donald W. Hannah; mother Mary Ann Robertson; paternal and maternal grandparents; several aunts and uncles and niece Heather Rodgers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Foundation or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Services are under the direction of McRay Funeral Home.


Delva Retta Mandrell

Funeral service for Delva Retta Mandrell, age 71 of Ninnekah, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday October 9, 2018 at the Southern Oaks Church of Christ.

Delva was born the daughter of W.D. “Bill” Talbert and Faye Lavelle Hood Talbert on February 18, 1947 in Cement, Oklahoma.  She died on October 6, 2018 at her home.

Delva graduated from Cement High School in 1965 and married Gerald Mandrell on June 19, 1965.  She and Gerald moved to Oklahoma City where they lived for six years before moving to their home in Ninnekah in 1971.  Delva worked at many jobs during her life.  At age 52, she began working at Tinker Air Force Base as a sheet metal mechanic.  In 1978, she started teaching martial arts.  In 1981, she began the Circle of Iron Martial Arts Academy which she operated until February of 2017.  Delva was a member of the Southern Oaks Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one granddaughter, Alexis Nicole Boyd.

Survivors include her husband, Gerald Mandrell; son, Wayne Mandrell; son, Mark Mandrell; daughter, Tandi Cunningham; grandchildren Shane Mandrell, Trae Mandrell, Bradyn Mandrell, and Zander Cunningham; sister, Redonda Thomas; and brother, Bill Talbert.

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


John Jernigan

Funeral services for John F. Jernigan, age 68, of Chickasha, Oklahoma, will be held Friday, October 5, 2018, at 10:30 am at the Epworth United Methodist Church.  Reverend Scott Keneda will officiate.  

John was born on March 20, 1950, in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, to parents Ernest Deloy Jernigan and Betty Baker Jernigan.  He went home to be with the Lord on September 30, 2018, at his home surrounded by family.    

He is survived by his wife Judith Mary Jernigan (nee Siegrist) of 43 years; as well as his oldest daughter, Kathrine and husband Jon Kopec of Chickasha, OK, and their three sons, Zachary, Wesley, and Henry; middle daughter, Sarah and husband Ryan McGovern of Oklahoma City, OK, and their two daughters, Cassidy and Elle; and youngest daughter, Elizabeth and husband Nick Strickling of Pittsburgh, PA, and their two children Alexander and Georgiana.  

John is also survived by his sister-in-law, Lois Siegrist; sister-in-law, Kathy Siegrist; brother-in-law, Rick Sells; brother, Robert Charles Jernigan; nine nieces and nephews, their spouses, and children, as well as other extended family and friends.    

He was preceded in death by his parents, E.D. and Betty Jernigan; parents-in-law, Vitus and Dorothy Siegrist; sister-in-law, Jean Sells; brother-in-law, Michael Siegrist; and sister-in-law, Donna Jernigan.

As the oldest son in a military family, John grew up in multiple states.  He was a graduate of Worthington High School in Worthington, OH.  He later graduated from Valley Forge Military Junior College and attended both Ohio Wesleyan University and USAO where he obtained his degrees.  

John worked both in finance and management throughout his career.  Since moving back to Oklahoma, John carried on the family oil and gas business, which now spans four generations.    

John and Judy spent their married life raising their family in Oklahoma and Ohio with a short time in Texas.  During these years, they attended and were very active members in the Episcopal and Methodist churches.  He served on numerous committees and governing boards of the churches they attended in Circleville, OH; Abilene, TX; and Chickasha, OK.  One of his greatest joys was lending his beautiful bass voice to the church choirs and productions in all of his church homes.     

He was very involved in the school systems as the girls grew up.  He was a member of Rotary International.  Most recently, here in Chickasha, John volunteered with the Food Pantry and served as President with the USAO Foundation Board.  He also served as a member of the Chickasha City Council.  

John leaves behind cherished family and friends across this country that he loved.  John’s greatest wish is that his life could reflect God’s glory.  

Memorial contributions may be made to the Resurrection House, Samaritan’s Fund at Epworth United Methodist Church, or the Epworth United Methodist Church Television Ministry.  

The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Thursday, October 4, 2018, at McRay Funeral Home.  

Services are under the direction of 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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