September 2016 Obituaries
Gloria Maxine O’Briant
Funeral service for Gloria Maxine O’Briant age 76 of Chickasha, Oklahoma, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 1, 2016 in the Calvary Baptist Church. Brother Chuck Patterson will officiate and Brother Kim Hayes will assist.
Gloria Maxine O’Briant went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 with her family at her side. Maxine was born on February 18, 1940 in Blanchard, Oklahoma.
Maxine spent her time investing in her children’s life and working along side her husband on the family farm. Maxine was kind, nurturing, and loving to all she met. Most of all she was a Godly lady that knew Jesus Christ as her personal Savior and was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Cleo Taylor and Theda Robison; her step father, Robbie Robison; two sons, Ray and Scott Aldridge; one grandson, Kris Bates.
She is survived by her husband of fifty years, Donald Ray O’Briant of the home; her children, Grant Aldridge and wife Rhonda of Oklahoma City, Donita Bates and husband Jerry of Bartlesville, Gary Aldridge and wife Donna of Chickasha, April Bevill and husband Mike of Chickasha, Brady O’Briant and wife Nina of Chickasha; twenty grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren; numerous family and friends.
Interment will be in the Fairlawn Cemetery. Service will be under the direction of the McRay Funeral Home.
Charles Leonard Addy
Memorial service for Charles Leonard Addy, age 86 of Alex, Oklahoma, will be held at 10:00 on Saturday, September 24, 2016 in the Alex First United Methodist Church. Rev. Linda Pope and Rev. Sue Lykins will officiate.
Charles Leonard Addy was born on September 22, 1929, in Wilson, OK to Lucious Olen and Blanche Lorine Clark Addy, where Mr. Addy was the proprietor of L.O. Addy Gent‘s Furnishings for number of years. Charles passed away on Monday, September 19, 2016 at his home in Alex, surrounded by family and friends.
Charles spent his early years in Love County, starting school at Orr. His family moved to a ranch near Middleburg when he was in the 4th grade. He spent the next several years making many friends at Middleburg Public Schools. His family moved again as he was entering 9th grade to a ranch they bought east of Alex. He graduated from Alex High School in 1947 along side many life long friends. After High School he enlisted in the United States Army and served a year and a half followed by 7 years in a Volunteer Air Reserve Training unit and an enrollment at the University of Oklahoma. After a short time at O.U. he briefly worked for his brother Bill before returning to farm and ranch with his father. In 1957 he went to work at the Post Office eventually becoming the Post Master and retiring after 28 ½ years of service. In 1958, at the urging of dear friends, he agreed to be "set up" with Mary Ellen Faulk, who turned out to be the love of his life. After a year long courtship, they were married in Zurich, Switzerland, and then settled in Alex, where they raised their two daughters. After he retired, he continued to serve the Alex community, that he loved so much, as Mayor and was instrumental in establishing the Alex Community Center. Charles had a true love of the land and enjoyed driving around looking at cattle across the area. He never met a stranger and loved talking to people from all walks of life.
Charles was a member of the Alex United Methodist Church for 76 years, serving as secretary/treasurer for many years. He was a 32nd degree Mason, highly valuing his 58 year membership in the Masonic Lodge in Alex, Wilson, and Chickasha. He also was a member of the Alex Lions Club, and was a Gideon.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ellen Addy; his parents, L.O. Addy, Sr. and Blanche Addy; two brothers, W. E. Addy and L.O. Addy, Jr.; 1 niece, Laurel Davis; 1 nephew, David Addy; and 1 great nephew, Jason Davis.
Survivors include daughters Francine Novosad and husband Gene of Enid and Rosemary Addy of Silver Spring , Maryland; grandson, Zach Novosad of Enid; great grandson, Tate Novosad of Enid; sister-in-laws, Inez Addy of Chickasha, and Mildred Estes of Wichita, Kansas; nieces and nephews, Susan Addy, Sharman Addy and Don Armstrong, Pam Faulk, Glenn and Alice Faulk, Glenyce Feeney and Don Bennett, Robert and Cindy Estes, Betty and Mike Crawford, Martha Burford and Katherine Brittain, Sam Davis, and Cathy and Howard Bernstein; 11 great nieces and nephews and their families; and many friends
Service will be under the direction of the McRay Funeral Home.
Donations may be made to Skyline Urban Ministry, 500 S.E. 15th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73129, in memory of Charles L. Addy, Alex Community Center, Town of Alex, P. O. Box 243, Alex, OK 73002 or Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, 825 NE 13th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73104-9930.
Funeral service for Marie Byrum, age 89 of Chickasha, Oklahoma, will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 19, 2016 in the McRay Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Kim Hayes will officiate.
Lois Marie was born the daughter of Willie (Bill) Alfred Spears and Millie Mae Ellis Spears on February 7, 1927 in Ninnekah, Oklahoma. She went to be with her family on September 14, 2016 in Chickasha.
Marie met Noel Byrum in 1944 at the Chickasha Rodeo, and they were married in 1945. They adopted their daughter Connie in 1953, then their daughter Linda "Susie" and their son Kenneth "Tuffy" in 1954. Her husband started the Byrum Brothers John Deere dealership in Chickasha. They later moved to Minco where he started the John Deere dealership. In 1956, they returned to Chickasha and purchased the John Deere dealership again. While her husband ran the dealership, she took care of the home and raised the kids. She was a member of the First Baptist Church where she taught the young children in Sunday school.
She was preceded in death by her husband Noel Byrum; parents Bill and Millie Spears; sister Betty Prather; sister Louise Jenkins; brother Raymond (Pete) Spears; sister Wilma Lou Spears.
Survivors include her daughter Connie Duncan; daughter and husband Linda and Dave Bennett; son and wife Kenneth and Susan Byrum; seven grandchildren Eddie, Chris, Bryan, Shavouna, Kendall, Christi, and Donovan; eight great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews that she thought the world of.
Interment will be in the Fairlawn Cemetery. Service will be under the direction of the McRay Funeral Home.
Funeral service for Nina Ferris, age 75 of the Verden and Anadarko area, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 17, 2016 in the Verden First Baptist Church. Rev. David Bradley and Rev. Johnny Wray will officiate.
Nina was born the daughter of Lawrence Winn and Edna Alldridge Winn on April 26, 1941 in Verden, Oklahoma. She died on September 15, 2016 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Nina lived all her life in Verden and graduated from Verden High School in May of 1959. She married Billy Duane Ferris on December 12, 1959 in Verden. Nina was a secretary for Western Farmers Electric for thirty years. After retiring, she was church secretary for the Verden First Baptist Church. Nina was also a member of the Verden First Baptist Church. Later she was a lady of leisure and loved traveling with her daughter and shopping at Walmart to get her educational reading (The Enquire).
She was preceded in death by her parents Lawrence and Edna Winn; husband Duane Ferris; two daughters Jeanette and Diana Ferris; sister Nadine Conn-Roberts.
Survivors include her daughter, Denise Wills and Mike Wills of Amber; granddaughters and husbands: Maranda and Joseph Shaffer of Chickasha, Amanda and Michael Miller of Tuttle and Amber and Travis Boevers of Chickasha; great grandchildren: Lyndzie, Paxton, Cade, Bryce and Randy; three sisters Alene Settle, Beverly Adams, and Naomi Coleman; numerous nieces and nephews; many friends.
Interment will be in the Memory Lane Cemetery in Anadarko. Service will be under the direction of the McRay Funeral Home.
Bonnie Rae (Criswell) Hughes
Funeral service for Bonnie Rae (Criswell) Hughes, age 86 of Chickasha, Oklahoma will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 15, 2016 in the Southern Oaks Church of Christ. Jack Jerman will officiate.
Mrs. Hughes was born to Ray and Pauline (Miller) Criswell on July 15, 1930 in Wewoka, Oklahoma. She passed on September 12, 2016 in Chickasha.
She married Clifton W. Hughes on September 3, 1949 in Sherman, Texas. They moved to Chickasha in 1951 when Clif was transferred with Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. All three of their children were born in Chickasha and when their youngest child started school she went to work at JC Penneys and then worked for Chickasha High School until her retirement in 1986. She was a member of Southern Oaks Church of Christ. She loved her family and always enjoyed her grandchildren.
Bonnie was survived by her children: Brent and wife Janice Hughes of Chickasha, Brenda and husband John Wright of Enid and Belinda and husband Jim Adams of Chickasha; grandchildren: Amanda Hughes, Johna Wright, Brian and wife Krystal Wright, and Jay and wife Lauren Adams; great grandchildren: Peyton Michael Hughes, Makenna Marie Wright, Peyton Olivia Wright, Melissa Rae Adams; brothers: Paul and wife Ann Criswell, Jack and wife Mary Lou Criswell, sister Caroline Smith, sister in law Sybil Scott, brother and sister in law Russell and Deloris Hughes, sister in law Allene Hughes and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Clifton W Hughes, brother Bill and wife Millie Criswell, sister Patricia and husband Charles Massey, and brothers in law, Keith Smith, Everett Hughes, Clyde Hughes, and Virgil Scott.
Interment will be in Fairlawn Cemetery, Chickasha, Oklahoma under the direction of the McRay Funeral Home.
Funeral for Margaret Lynn McConnell, 56 of Norge, Oklahoma will be held on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Southern Oaks Church of Christ in Chickasha, Oklahoma.
Margaret Lynn McConnell was born September 4, 1960 in Chickasha and passed away September 8, 2016 in her home in Norge, Oklahoma.
Margaret lived in the Chickasha and Norge area most of her life. She worked at the Grady County Sheriff office for many years until she left to continue her education at Wright Business School for medical billing and coding and went to work for Presbyterian Hospital in Oklahoma City. She later returned to work for law enforcement at the Blanchard Police Department.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 21 years, Terry Cunningham; her father Grady McConnell and her mother Martha McConnell; her brother Charlie McConnell; sisters Donnis Gregory, Janet Doss and Mildred Tillman; and one granddaughter Alexis Cunningham.
Survivors include two sons Travis Cunningham and wife Tandi and Jerry Cunningham; one daughter Terrie Martin and husband Shane; three grandsons Zander Cunningham and Cervantez and Damien Martin; five brothers Glenn McConnell and wife Charlotte, Grady McConnell (jr), Ray McConnell, Lewis McConnell and wife Nancy, Jerry McConnell and wife Sandy; three sisters Wanda Davis and husband Butch, Edith Shirley and Laverne Selby; along with many nieces and nephews.
Interment will be in the Ninnekah Cemetery. Services are under the direction of McRay Funeral Home.
Peggy J. Williams
Funeral service for Peggy J. Williams, 81, of Verden, Oklahoma, will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, September 12, 2016 at the Verden First Baptist Church. Rev. Troy Taylor will officiate.
Peggy was born the daughter of Jasper (Jack) R. Lumpkin and Lily Pearl Harris Lumpkin on November 11, 1934 south of Ft. Cobb, Oklahoma. She died on September 7, 2016 in Chickasha, Oklahoma.
Peggy lived in the Ft. Cobb area until about 1938. At that time, her family moved to a dairy between Broken Arrow and Tulsa. She started school at Union Consolidated. After completing the 5th grade, the family moved to the Broxton community. Peggy married Alvin Monroe in 1952 and they parted in 1972. To this union three children were born. In 1975, she married Alvin Williams. They lived in Verden for many years. Peggy served as the post master in Verden and retired with 25 years of service. After retiring, she spent time gathering family history.
Peggy gave her soul to Christ at Hopewell Baptist Church. She was a member of the Verden First Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents Jack and Pearl Lumpkin, husband Alvin Williams, and nephew Keith Punneo.
Survivors include her son and wife Nelson and Linda Monroe; son and wife Alan and Sheila Monroe; daughter Rita Monroe; sister and husband Shirley and Cecil Crawford; granddaughter and husband Shayna and Jason Loving; granddaughter Elizabeth Monroe; grandson Charles Monroe; great grandson Hunter Loving; great great granddaughter Sydni Loving; nephew Kenneth Punneo; great nephews Joey and Eric Punneo; uncle and wife Merle and Wanda Lumpkin; aunt Betty Acton; aunt Sadoka Harris; several cousins.
Burial will be in the Verden Cemetery. Service will be under the direction of the McRay Funeral Home.