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Funeral for I. B. "Buddy", Thomas, 85, Roosevelt, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Roosevelt First Baptist Church with the Rev. Everett Smalts officiating. Mr. Thomas died Wednesday at his home.

Burial will be in Roosevelt Cemetery under direction of Hackney-Gish Funeral Home.

He was born June 21, 1915, in Nebo to Frederick and Nettie Bradley Thomas. He moved to the Con. 8 Community in 1916 and to Roosevelt in 1941. He married Clyde E. McDowell on April 14, 1934, in Hobart. She died Dec. 1, 1998. He married Glenda Garton on Dec. 10, 1999, in Altus. He owned and operated Thomas Garage since 1945. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Roosevelt.

Survivors include his wife, of the home; a daughter and son-in-law: Gayle and Frank Lyde, Roosevelt; a son and daughter-in-law: Fred and Peggy Ann Thomas, Oklahoma City; a brother, Troy "Dick" Thomas, Oklahoma City; a sister, Cordine Gibson, Sacramento, Calif.; five grandchildren: Karla Redman and Greg Thomas, both of Yukon; Medina Swiggart, Oklahoma City; Steve Lyde, Roosevelt; and Kathy Ridenour, Altus; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Roosevelt First Baptist Church Building Fund.


Kenneth Ray Terry, Santa Rosa, CA, former Roosevelt resident died Thursday, August 10, 2000, at his home in Santa Rosa, after a long illness.

Interment was held August 15, in Santa Rosa, CA.

He was born near Roosevelt to Paul and Bessie Terry. He attended school at Roosevelt.

He worked near lawton for several years in the dry wall business, before moving to California, where he continued his profession until he retired. He was active as a member of his religious faith.

Survivors include his wife Betty, of the home; two sons: Calvin Terry and David Terry, both of Santa Rosa, CA; one sister, Hattie Terry Burnaugh of Duncan; several grandchildren; one great-grandchild, and many cousins, nephews, nieces and many church friends.

He was preceded in death by three brothers: Clifton Terry, Ed Terry and Paul Terry; and two sisters; Loretta Lawrence and Ruby Butler.


Funeral services for Jessie Ray "J. R." Vincent, 67, Mountain Park were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, August 13, at Becker Funeral Home Chapel, Snyder, with J. W. Denham, retired Baptist minister, officiating.

Vincent died in a Oklahoma City hospital Thursday from burns sustained in a welding accident earlier this month.

Interment, with Navy honors, was in Mountain Park Cemetery, under the direction of Becker Funeral Home of Snyder. He was born April 14, 1933, in Mountain Park. He served in the Navy during the Korean War and had lived most of his life in Scott City, Kansas. He was a horse trainer and farmer, and a member of the Kansas Quarter Horse Association. After his retirement, he returned to Mountain Park.

Survivors include a son, Kendall Ray Vincent, Clinton, Wash; two daughters: Pamela Covis, Clinton, Wash.; and Patricia Perkins, Edmons, Wash; a brother, Clyde Vincent, Pretty Prairie, Kansas; two sisters: Mattie Johnson, Saginaw, Texas; and Peggy Minter, Holcomb, Kansas; four grandchildren: Amanda, Emily, Aaron and Mitchell, all of Edmonds; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and a special friend, Theda Thompson, Mountain Park.

Pallbearers were: Mitchell Long, Wallace Long, Don Perrin, Gary Vincent, Russell Johnson and Randall Johnson.

Honorary bearers were: Oscar Gray, Jake Wilson, Bob Barr, Joey Schulte, Willis McPhail, Don McPhail, Rick Nossaman, Bud Lauen and the Kiowa County Sheriff Deputies.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fire Fighters Clown Society, 5312 NW 11th, Oklahoma City, OK 73162.


ROOSEVELT - Funeral Services for Ruby Jones, 86, long-time resident of Roosevelt, will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 21, 2000, in the Church of Christ, Roosevelt, with Ardron Hinton officiating.

Mrs Jones died Tuesday in a Tulsa hospital.

Burial will be in Roosevelt Cemetery under the direction of Hackney-Gish Funeral Home, Hobart.

She was born September 20, 1913, in Kiowa County to Grover Cleveland and Alma Zean Cruzon Baker. She grew up on a farm near Roosevelt. She married Leon Jones on November 3, 1929, in Cordell. He died July 12, 1998. She was a member of the Church of Christ, Roosevelt.

Survivors include three daughters: Dorothy Staggs and her husband, Brant, Haskell; Shirley Combs and her husband, David, Chicago; and Connie Brunsky and her husband, Mike, Overland Park, Kansas.

G. W. Ward, 66, Ringling, died July 9, 2000, in an Ardmore hospital.

He was born October 28, 1933, to George William and Mary Gilliam Ward in Greasy Bend. He grew up around Ardmore moving to Butler at the age of 12. He married Annie Alice Martin, June 24, 1954.

Ward worked in the oil fields. He did auto body work, farmed and did rock and cross country trucking. He lived in Ringling for 20 years.

Survivors include his wife Alice Ward of the home; his children and their mates, Glenda and Tom Gilliam, Ardmore; Calvin and Lesa Ward, Hobart; Roy and Peggy Ward, Mustang; and Curtis and Theresa Ward, Healdton; his mother Mary Ward, Elk City; seven granddaughters; three grandsons; two brothers, Charles and Marge Ward, Iowa Park, Texas; Chester and Patsy Ward, Ralston; and a sister-in-law Goldia Ward, Pampa, Texas.

He is preceded in death by his father Bill Ward, a brother Simon Ward, and a grandson Wyatt Ankney.

Services were July 11, 2000m at Church of Christ in Ringling, with Roy Hannah and Alan Eck officiating. Graveside services were at West Fairlawn Cemetery in Elk City with Ardron Hinton and Durward Weatherford officiating. Burial was under direction of Alexander Funeral Home of Ringling.

Pall bearers were Brent Mink, Bobby Ward, Max Horton, Lee Horton, Keith Weaver and Charlie Ray. Honorary bearers were Ernie Martin and Billy Ward.

(Reprinted from The Hobart Democrat Chief, Thursday, July 13, 2000)

NOTE: The G. W. Ward family is formerly from Roosevelt.



Jack A. Smith, 84, Roosevelt, died May 10, 2000, at his home.

He was born April 10, 1916 in Tishomingo, to Thomas and Ruby (Rigney) Smith. He attended school at Centerville.

He served his country in the U. S. Army, going into active service February 13, 1942, at Fort Sill. He served in New Guinea and Southern Philippines Liberation campaigns. He received five Overseas Service Bars, Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with three bronze stars, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with two bronze stars and one bronze Arrowhead Victory Ribbon. He was honorably discharged November 28, 1945, at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

He married Mary Lorene Hayslip in May of 1958 in Vernon, Texas. She preceded him in death March 28, 1988.

He was a member of the First baptist Church in Roosevelt.

He is survived by four daughters, Lou Ann Cook, of Roosevelt; Mary Lorane Briscoe, of Quanah, Texas; Carolyn Ann Martin and Danny Lou Cole, both of Roosevelt; two brothers, Melvin Brewer, of Denver, Colorado; and Ralph Brewer, of Sterling, Colorado; two sisters, Nettie Mayton, of Wylie, Texas, and Juanita Lambert, of Roosevelt; 14 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mary and two sons, Donald Hester and Jimmy John Hester.

Services were May 13, 2000, at First Baptist Church in Roosevelt with Brother Doug Henson officiating. Burial was in Roosevelt Cemetery under direction of Peoples Cooperative Funeral Home in Lone Wolf.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church in Roosevelt.



Loyd Hamman, 76, Roosevelt, died June 21, 2000, at Jackson County Memorial Hospital, in Altus, Oklahoma. He was born January 10, 1924, in Talihina, Oklahoma to Jim and Sarah (Upchurch) Hamman.

Hammon served in the United States Army during WWII in the Signal Corp.

He married Lois Standifer April 24, 1949, in Wellington, Texas. He lived in Kiowa County since 1951 and farmed in the Con. 8 Community for Clarence Baden for 48 years.

Survivors include his wife, Lois, of the home in Roosevelt; one daughter, Linda Harper, Roosevelt; two sons, Johnny Hamman and Ray Hamman, both of Roosevelt; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one sister Helen Winters and one brother, Russell Hamman.

He is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

Graveside Services were June, 24, 2000, at Centerville Cemetery in Mountain Park, Oklahoma, with Rev. Alvin Funkhouser officiating and under direction of Hackney-Gish Funeral Home in Hobart.

WJ note: Loyd Hammon was the father of Linda Hamman Calvery Harper (Class of 1970), Johnny Hamman (Class of 1976), and Lloyd Ray Hamman (Class of 1979).

ELGIN - Funeral for Delta T. Curtis, 94, Elgin, will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church with Adriane Smith, Sterling, and the Rev. Kris Lamle, pastor, officiating.

Mrs. Curtis died Thursday after an automobile accident near Muskogee.

Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Roosevelt Cemetery, Roosevelt, under direction of Robbins Funeral Home, Fletcher.

She was born April 4, 1906, in Brazil, Ark. She grew up in Arkansas. She married Charles Floyd Curtis on April 10, 1925, in Benton, Ark. He died Jan. 30, 1970. They moved to Roosevelt in 1925. She moved to Elgin in 1970. She was a homemaker and a member of Elgin First Baptist Church.

Survivors include five sons: Byrd C. Curtis and Jerry W. Curtis, both of Fort Collins, Colo.; Udell P. Curtis, Muskogee, D. Ray Curtis, Aurora, Colo.; and Charles F. Curtis, Jr., Chandler, Texas; five daughters: Bobbye J. Smith, McAllen, Texas; Dorothy L. Holman, Aurora; Charlotte N. Duling, Loveland, Colo.; Eva F. Evans, Elgin; and Melba Harken, Beaumont, Texas; two brothers: Dave Hill, Perryville, Ark.; and Fred Hill, Perryville, Ark.; 30 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents: William and Nancy Hill; seven brothers: Everett, Lilburn, Harvey, Sam, Dewell, Colonel and Boss Hill; and an infant sister.

(Article reprinted from The Lawton Constitution, Saturday, June 3, 2000).



Funeral for Alma Fowler, 74, Roosevelt, was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Church of Christ, Roosevelt, with Ardron Hinton officiating.

Mrs. Fowler died Friday in Oklahoma City.

Burial was in Roosevelt Cemetery under direction of Hackney-Gish Funeral Home, Hobart.

She was born March 30, 1926, in Roosevelt, to George and Birdie Mae Malone McKinnis. She lived in Roosevelt all of her life and was a member of the Church of Christ. She married Sherman Fowler on March 31, 1945, in Vernon, Texas. He died in 1996.

Survivors include a son, Richard Fowler, Roosevelt; two daughters: Gail Turner, Elk City, and Sandra Kay Murphy, Crested Butte, Colorado; two sisters; Hazel McIntire and Jo Watkins, both of Oklahoma City; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.


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