The Healdton Herald
Healdton, Carter Co., Oklahoma
Thursday, June 5, 1952
Two years, one month, 4 days from the time he was in a plane crash near Lake Murray, CHARLIE MCGEE, 39, former Healdton automobile dealer, was claimed by death. He died at the family home 518 Gilmer early Friday. He had received treatment in various hospitals and had the best care possible at home but to no avail. Funeral services were held at the Pentecostal Holiness church Sunday at 3 p.m., conducted by Rev. FRED JONES of the church, assisted by Rev. WOODROW CLAY of the Assembly of God church. Burial was at Mt. Olive cemetery arranged by Bettes funeral home of Healdton. Pallbearers; BILL CORNISH, FLOYD WALK, AVERY BLANCETT, CECIL FRYER, BOB FRAZIER, and HURCHEL STEPHENS. Healdton Oddfellows conducted graveside services. CHARLES EDWARD MCGEE was born Feb. 10, 1914 at Katie, Oklahoma, and died May 30, 1952, age 39. He married Miss JUANITA BAILEY and to the union were born four children, two sons and two daughters. He was a member of the Pentecostal Holiness church and the Healdton Oddfellows. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. JUANITA MCGEE, children, KENNETH RAY, BILLY KEITH, MARY CHARLENE, and JANET; his mother Mrs. IMA MCGEE and brother, Sgt. FRANK MCGEE in the Air Force in Alaska. Sgt. McGee was unable to attend the funeral.
Thursday, June 12, 1952
Miss Pat Gentry
The funeral services of Miss Pat Gentry were held at the First Baptist Church Tuesday with Rev. FRANK D. SEARS of the church conducting the services, assisted by Rev. W. E. RUSSELL of the Emmanuel Baptist Church at Ardmore. Members of her sorority at O.U. and employees of the Magnolia Oil Co., of which her father is district superintendent, attended as a body. Burial was at Hillcrest cemetery, Ardmore, arranged by Bettes funeral home of Healdton. Pallbearers; BILL HALL, NAT COULTER, NEAL ROCK, GEORGE SAVAGE, M. E. MILLER and JOHN CORNISH. PATRICIA RUTH GENTRY was born Oct. 2, 1931 at Duncan and departed this life June 7, 1952, age 20. She became a member of the First Baptist Church at Stonewall at an early age and was a member of the First Baptist Church at Norman at the time of her passing. Surviving are her parents Mr. and Mrs. MARVIN C. GENTRY of Healdton, four aunts and six uncles, and other relatives. … She was fatally injured Saturday afternoon when the car she was driving and a gasoline tanker convoy sideswiped 3 miles north of Healdton on Hwy 76. She was dead on arrival at the hospital. … For some reason, her Buick began to swerve to the left as the truck, first of two, approached going north, she was going south….She is the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Gentry.
Former Healdton Boy Claimed by Death
JACKIE, a son Mr. and Mrs. O. Z. KILCREASE, who formerly operated a radio shop here, died in Veterans Hospital at Little Rock, Arkansas, after a year’s illness from a brain tumor. Young Kilcrease contracted the tumor while serving in the U. S. Navy in Korea and received treatment at Veterans Hospital the past year. Jackie grew up in Healdton and is survived by his mother at Little Rock, Ark., a brother CHARLES LYNN KILCREASE, his father O. Z. KILCREASE of Olney, Texas. The funeral was held in Little Rock Wednesday.
Mrs. NAOMA GELVIN attended the wedding of her niece, Miss JEAN GLOVER, to GUIMBLE YOUNG of Wilcox, Arizona, recently, June 4 at the First Baptist Church at Gober. Mrs. Gelvin returned to Wirt Friday afternoon then left Sunday for Wichita, Kansas, to work in a defense plant.
Here to be with their father, LORY MCLAIN, who has been seriously ill at the family home at Clemscott, has been a son WOODY MCLAINE and family of Putnam, California, and Mr. and Mrs. H. M. BLANKENSHIP and children of Fillmore, California.
Mr. and Mrs. CLYDE S. SMITH have as guests, her sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. A. R. TOWNSEND and son of Chico, California. The Townsends also visited her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. SI BUTLER.
A family reunion of the Mullins family were held at the family home of Mr. and Mrs. MACK GRAVITT the past week. Mrs. Gravitt’s brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. JACK MULLINS of Los Angeles, California, and her sister Mrs. MARY WALTON of Shreveport, Louisiana, were present. They were joined by Mr. and Mrs. FRANK HANEY and HYLAGENE and LAHMAN JONES of Hobbs, New Mexico.
Thursday, June 19, 1952
Funeral rites were held in the Missionary Baptist Church at Graham Wednesday for LORY MCLAIN, 68, well known resident of Clemscott and father of Mrs. EVA SHRADER of Healdton. Mr. McLain passed away at the family home at Clemscott Monday, following an extended illness. Members of his family had been summoned weeks ago. Rev. BERRY conducted the services with burial at Graham cemetery arranged by Bettes funeral home of Healdton. Pallbearers; ROSS MCLAIN, ONEAL MCLAIN, HAROLD JENNINGS, EUAL MCLAIN and JIMMIE SMITHHEART. Lory McLain was born Feb. 9, 1884 in Texas and passed away June 18, 1952, age 68. He lived in the Clemscott community for ten years and was a retired farmer. …Surviving are his wife, Mrs. STELLA MCLAIN of the home, sons WOODY MCLAIN of Clemscott and ALVIN MCLAIN of Fillmore, California, and five daughters, Mrs. EVA SHRADER of Healdton, Mrs. J. A. SMITHHEART and Mrs. CARL PHILLIPS of Fair Oaks, Calif., Mrs. HARVEY SOULIER of Sagus, Calif., and Mrs. H. M. BLANKENSHIP of Fillmore, California, 11 grandchildren, one great-grandchild; sisters Mrs. J. H. JENNINGS of Fox and Mrs. K. G. CALVARY of Fox, and a brother A. W. MCLAIN.
Pioneer Healdton Woman Claimed by Death
Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church Monday for Mrs. MINNIE LEE BRYANT, 73, mother of CLIFFORD BRYANT, gauger for Magnolia Pipeline, and HOLMES BRYANT of Ponca City. Mrs. Bryant passed away in an Ardmore hospital Saturday noon following treatment for a stroke. Rev. FRANK SEARS of the church conducted the services, with burial at Mt. Olive cemetery arranged by Bettes funeral home. Pallbearers: FLOYD WALK, FRED WALK, CECIL FRYER, GEORGE WALK, EVERETT YATES all of Healdton and DEWEY LEACH of Ardmore. MINNIE LEE BRYANT was born Nov. 18, 1878 in Hill Co., Texas and passed away June 14, 1952 at Ardmore. She was united in marriage with SILAS VIRGIL BRYANT Feb. 24, 1902 and to the union were born three sons, one of whom preceded her in death. The family moved to Healdton in 1916 and during her long residence, she made many friends in Healdton. She became a Christian at an early age and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Healdton for 25 years. She was preceded in death by her husband. Surviving are two sons, CLIFFORD of Healdton and HOLMES of Ponca City; a brother SAM WALKER of Healdton, three sisters, Mrs. W. B. CORGILL and Mrs. H. L. CORGILL of Childress, Texas, and Mrs. J. T. TAYLOR of Ryan; two granddaughters Mrs. J. L. ROSE of Ironton, Ohio and Mrs. CLAYTON RANDOLPH of Healdton, a great-grandson JAMES CLIFFORD RANDOLPH of Healdton, and other relatives.
BEN J. HILL
BEN J. HILL died at his home at Tahlequah after a long illness on Wednesday. He was born at Titusville, Pennsylvania, and married NETTIE RINEHART, to the union were born four children. They made their home in Tulsa before coming here 16 years ago, where he was southern district superintendent of the Kewanee Oil Co. After his retirement last year, they moved to Tahlequah. Services will be in Tulsa arranged by Moore funeral home at Tulsa. He is survived by his wife, a daughter Mrs. LADISLAV FILA of Stillwater, three sons, JAMES of Tulsa, DAVID of Odessa, Texas, and RAY of Kansas; a sister Mrs. W. A. MYERS of Titusville, Pa., two brothers ROBERT and HARRY of Akron, Ohio.
ARTHUR FLETCHER passed away at the home at Graham Tuesday night, from a heart attack. … served as constable of the Graham Township for several years and was in the oil business.
Funeral rites were held in the Bettes chapel at Ardmore Sunday at 2:30 for OSCAR ARD, of Route 2 Ardmore, formerly long time resident of Fox, who passed away in an Ardmore hospital Saturday. Rev. J. O. HUDSON of the Freewill Baptist Church at Clemscott conducted the services with burial at Rose Hill cemetery at Ardmore. Mr. Ard and his family resided at Clemscot many years when he was employed by Rockland Oil Co. as a pumper the past 25 years. He retired from the company and moved near Ardmore. He was born July 27, 1880 in Mills County, Texas, and died at age 71. He married Miss ADDIE SPENCER at Fort Worth, Texas, in 1915. One of their sons, CLIFFORD ARD, resided in Healdton and was killed in an oil accident some years ago. Their other son BO ARD is also well known here. Survivors include his wife ADDIE of the home, son BO ARD of Oklahoma City, a daughter Mrs. MATTIE LEE DICKEY of Fort Worth, Texas, three grandchildren and two sisters.
Thursday, June 26, 1952
WILLIAM B. PERRY
Funeral services were held at Grady Monday for WILLIAM BENJAMIN BERRY, 75, who passed away Saturday night at Grady, where he was visiting. Burial was at the Courtney cemetery arranged by Bettes funeral home. He was born Nov. 17, 1876 in Arkansas and passed away June 21, 1952, age 75. He was a retired farmer and lived in this community four years. He was a member of the Methodist church. Surviving are his wife, sons TRUMAN and ORVILLE PERRY of Healdton and BILL PERRY; daughters Mrs. RENE RILEY of Wilson, Mrs. RUTHIE GRIFFIN of Grady, and Mrs. RUBY GROVER of Courtney, 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
ARTHUR D. FLETCHER
Services were held Tuesday at the Fox Baptist Church for ARTHUR D. FLETCHER, 62, a retired peace officer and resident of Fox for the past 32 years. He died suddenly at his home north of Fox June 17. Survivors are his wife VADA FAYE, son Sgt. DAVID FLETCHER of the U. S. Army at Mintze, Germany; three daughters Mrs. W. M. HULL of Purcell, Mrs. LEWIS PHILLIPS of Barnsdall, Mrs. W. H. FROST of Norman; sisters Mrs. RAY REEVES of Antlers, Mrs. LUL AFRFANKS and Mrs. E. B. CROSS of Fox; brothers JIM FLETCHER of Fox and WILL FLETCHER of Healdton and six grandchildren. Burial at the Alma cemetery arranged by Bettes funeral home. Pallbearers: JESS PHIPPS, BOB TAYLOR, LOY LYNN, WALTER PIERCE, JACK POWLEDGE, and JACK HAMMETT.
Kin of Local Folks Funeral in Duncan
Funeral services were held in the Grantham funeral chapel at Duncan for Mrs. NANNIE VSN TREECE, 84, mother of J. B. VAN TREECE at fox, and aunt of BILL RATLIFF of Healdton. Mrs. Van Treece died Saturday from a heart attack. She had been in ill health. She was a sister of the late W. B. RATLIFF, father of Bill Ratliff. Rev. BEARDEN, retired Baptist minister at Duncan, conducted the services, assisted by Rev. LYONS of Fox. Burial was in Duncan cemetery.Surviving are two sons, J. B. of Fox and DEBS of Duncan; two daughters Mrs. OSCAR FRANKLIN of Duncan and Mrs. BETTY BARNES of Norman, some grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mr. and Mrs. TOM SMITH were called to Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday, by the death of their niece’s son, L. N. COX, Fort Worth policeman, who was killed in a motorcycle accident as he was en route to the scene of an accident Friday night. Funeral services were held in Fort Worth Monday.
Mr. and Mrs. FRANK RAHHAL and family attended a family reunion in Oklahoma City Sunday, honoring Mrs. SAM WEHBA, who recently arrived from Brazil for a reunion with her brother E. WEHBA in Oklahoma City and another brother, and other relatives. Mrs. Wehba and her brothers were in a picture that appeared in the Daily Oklahoman last week with an interesting article.
Mr. and Mrs. JOHN LANDER of Ardmore were guests of their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. BOB FRAZIER. Mrs. Frazier and children enjoyed a reunion with relatives in the home of Capt and Mrs. L. S. JOHNSON in Ardmore. Mrs. Johnson received word about the arrival of Capt. Johnson in Germany.
Mrs. FRANK RALEY and children CAROLYN and ROBERT of Kermit, Texas, visited her parents Mr. and Mrs. JOHN R. TUCKER here. She is the former Miss EUDA TUCKER.
Thursday, July 3, 1952
Father Claimed by Death
Funeral services were held Wednesday in the Springer Methodist church for EARL F. HUNTER, 70, father of Mrs. JACK BARNES and ALBERT HUNTER of Healdton. Mr. Hunter, a retired county farmer, died suddenly Sunday in his home at Springer. Rev. CHARLES CATHCART conducted services. He was a pioneer resident of Springer, residing there nearly 40 years. He was a Presbyterian and a member of the Woodmen of the World. Surviving are his wife, a daughter Mrs. Jack Barnes of Healdton, six other sons in addition to Albert of Healdton; brothers BOB HUNTER and JIM HUNTER of Oil City; 23 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held in the First Baptist Church at Healdton Wednesday for GEORGE LEWIS MCPHERSON, 82, pioneer southern Oklahoman and stepfather of Mrs. John Walk of Healdton. Rev. GEORGE RIGLER of Oklahoma City conducted services, with burial at Milo cemetery directed by Leslie funeral home of Wilson. Mr. McPherson died Sunday in a Sulphur hospital after a short illness. He had lived in Sulphur the past ten years, previously at Healdton and Milo since 1897. He was born Nov. 10, 1869 in Mississippi. Serving as pallbearers were nephews and grandsons. Surviving are a son LEIWS G. of Augusta, Georgia; two stepsons, JESS F. DARR of Premont, Texas, and H. L. DARR of McAlester; a daughter Mrs. LINNIE THOMASSON of Oklahoma City; three stepdaughters, Miss PAULINE DAVENPORT and Mrs. PEGGY WOHL of Oklahoma City, and Mrs. JOHN WALK of Healdton; 8 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Golden Wedding Anniversary
Honored guestsat a banquet Thursday evening June 26 at Lake Murray Lodge were Mr. and Mrs. N. A. CARRELL of Cogar, 50th wedding anniversary. Eight of their ten children and families were present. They were married 1902 at Newburg, Indian Territory near the present town of Atwood. They still operate their small farm north of Logan. They received telegrams from two children unable to attend, RUTH wife of JAMES TILDEN, U.S.N. at Washington, D. C. and ANDREW CARRELL of La Cresenta, California. Attending were: Mr. and Mrs. CHARLES N. CARRELL and son STANLEY of Santa Monica, Calif., Mrs. ROBERT KELLY of Cogar, Mr. and Mrs. RALPH ROBERTSON and two daughters of Prescott, Arizona; Mrs. ROY SAWYER and three daughters and a son of Plainview, Texas; Mr. and Mrs. ROBERT S. MATHER and daughter of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. FRANK J. NEWKUMET of Oklahoma City; Mr. and Mrs. DALE GARDNER and children of San Antonio, Texas; Mr. and Mrs. J. W. CARRELL / CARROLL of Alma.
Thursday, July 10, 1952
L. A. BLEVINS has been seriously ill at his home in BUCK ROBISON apartments. He was visited his son OSCAR of Elk City. He is the father of Mrs. J. W. MOORE and Mrs. CLAUDE ENGLAND, who have been at this bedside.
Mr. and Mrs. L. T. MARTIN have a new daughter CHERYL ANN born July 7 at Ardmore. She is the former Miss BARBARA DOWNTAIN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. BILLL DOWNTAIN. Paternal grandmother is Mrs. IDA MARTIN.
Mrs. IDA MARTIN and son JERRY DALE and Mr. and Mrs. LEE GAHAGAN are enjoying a vacation with Mrs. Martin’s daughter Mrs. FLOYD TEESE and Mr. Teese in California.
Mr. and Mrs. EDDIE MISHOU and children of Shreveport, Louisiana, and Mr. and Mrs. BURL THOMPSON and family of Ada visited their parents Mr. and Mrs. JIM THOMPSON.
Mr. and Mrs. VERNON CAMP announce the birth of a son, JOHN MARK, born July 1 at Ardmore. Mr. and Mrs. ALVIN CAMP of Fox and Mr. and Mrs. ROY THOMPSON of Healdton are grandparents.
Mr. and Mrs. BILL DANIELS announce the birth of a daughter BILLYE ANN born in Comanche Hospital July 5. Mr. and Mrs. TOLLIE DANIELS of Healdton and Mr. and Mrs. W. E. WEST of Lone Grove are grandparents.
Thursday, July 17, 1952
Mrs. C. F. DILLINGHAM
Mrs. DOROTHY DILLINGHAM, wife of CECIL F. DILLINGHAM, oil company official, died unexpectedly Wednesday morning at her home at 1415 Third Ave SW Ardmore. The funeral will be today at the First Methodist Church conducted by Rev. Dr. VIRGIL ALEXANDER, pastor. Burial will be at Rose Hill cemetery at Ardmore arranged by Harveys. Mrs. Dillingham was born in Georgia, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. THOMAS MCGEHEE. Survivors are her husband, two daughter DIXIE of the home and Mrs. SIDNEY MIZELL Jr. of Atlanta, Georgia; two brothers, P. T. MCGHEE / MCGEHEE of 324 H St SW Ardmore and HOWARD MCGEHEE of Jackson, Mississippi; four sisters Mrs. CHARLES N. CHAMPION of 914 Q SW Ardmore, Mrs. C. W. HOTCHKISS and Mrs. L. T. LAMB of San Antonio, Texas, Mrs. F. A .CLEMENT of 303 10th Ave NW Ardmore, and three grandchildren, RICKY, MOLLY and DAVID. Mr. and Mrs. DILLINGHAM moved to Ardmore from Healdton two years ago.
Former Healdton Woman Funeral
Funeral services were held Sunday in the Cyril Assembly of God Church for Mrs. LULA CANADA, 83, widow of E. F. CANADA, who formerly lived here several years. Burial was at Springer cemetery. Mrs. Canada died Friday in Cyril following a long illness. She had made her home at Cyril since 1936 and was a member of the Assembly of God Church the past 16 years. Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. JUANITA BELYN of the home, Mrs. MAUDIE PETTIT of Cyril, and Mrs. NANCY MALONE of Skellytown, Texas; two sons, GRALEY CANADA of Lindsay, California, and VERNON CANADA of Ardmore; two sisters, one brother, 19 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
Father of Local Woman Claimed by Death
Funeral services were held today in the chapel of Little Cemetery near Seminole, for BOB BULL, 79, father of Mrs. JIM ENGLAND of Healdton. The England family is in Seminole for the funeral. Mr. Bull passed away Tuesday after an extended illness. He visited his daughter and son-in-law here. He formerly operated a grocery store at Seminole and was a member of the Methodist Church. The family was a pioneer family there. Surviving are his daughter Mrs. Jim England of Healdton; two sons, HERMAN and JIM BULL both of Seminole; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife.
Thursday, July 24, 1952
J. E. SUTHERLAND
J. E. SUTHERLAND, 82, father of A. J. SUTHERLAND and Mrs. B. L. PEEK, passed away in Valley View hospital at Ada Sunday morning where he had only been a short time. Funeral rites were held in the home of a daughter Mrs. TOM A. THOMAS in Ada, Monday with burial in Memorial cemetery. Rev. WALKER of the Ada First Methodist Church conducted services, assisted by Rev. C. C. MORRIS, Baptist minister at Ada, close family friend. Pallbearers were four grandsons, CLARK and BILLY SUTHERLAND of Healdton, TOMMY and JIMMY THOMAS of Ada, and BILL LITTLE and LOWELL ADAMS of Ada. Mr. Sutherland was a member of the Healdton Methodist church and a member of the Masonic lodge at one time. He was a retired farmer. Surviving are five children, A. J. SUTHERLAND of Healdton, Mrs. TOM A. THOMAS of Ada, Commodore SUTHERLAND of Edmond, CODY SUTHERLAND of Oklahoma City and Mrs. B. L. PEEK of Healdton; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, one sister Mrs. MARY DAVIS of Stonewall; two brothers, SAM SUTHERLAND of Wolf Bayou, Arkansas and BEE SUTHERLAND of Stamps, Arkansas.
Former Healdton Man Claimed by Death
Funeral services were held in the Pentecostal Holiness Church Monday for IKE PRICE, 70, father of Mrs. PAUL THOMPSON. Mr. Price, formerly of Healdton, passed away at Vinita Saturday, after a stroke. Rev. FRED JONES of the church conducted services, assisted by Rev. W. A. PULLIAM, former pastor. Special songs were sung by Mrs. JEAN EAVES and Mrs. GENITA KECK. Burial in Mt. Olive cemetery arranged by Bettes funeral home. Pallbearers: BILL PRATER, S. M. BAILEY, GEORGE BELL, JOE STEPHENSON, S. O. NEWMAN and FLOYD BAILEY. ISAAC EDWARD PRICE was born Oct. 3, 1881 in Ohio and passed away July 19, 1952 at Vinita. He was a retired oil field pumper and a member of the Methodist Church. Surviving are his wife HATTIE of the home address at Hugo, daughter Mrs. PAUL THOMPSON of Healdton, six grandchildren, two stepdaughters and a stepson. Mr. Price had resided here several years.
Mrs. ROSA E. JONES
Funeral services for Mrs. ROSA ETTA JONES, 86, mother of Mrs. EMMETT GAUNTT, will be Friday at the First Baptist Church with burial at Hewitt cemetery. Rev FRANK SEARS will conduct the service. Mrs. Jones passed away at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. EMMETT GAUNTT of 504 Texas, early Wednesday following an extended illness from a heart attack. ROSA ETTA JONES was born in Fannin County, Texas, Dec., 14, 1865, and passed away at Healdton, July 23, 1852, age 86. She was a member of the Baptist church and had lived with her daughter and son-in-law for the past 22 years. Surviving are two sons, JIM JONES of Honey Grove, Texas, and BUD JONES of Bennington; five daughters Mrs. EMMETT GAUNTT of Healdton; Mrs. R. T. O’DONNELL in Mexico, Mrs. PEARL DAVIS of Cheek, Mrs. ANNIE KENNEDY of Oxnard, Calif., and Mrs. MAMIE MCKENZIE of Wilson, several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Thursday, July 31, 1952
J. A. NICHOLSON
Funeral rites were held in the First Baptist Church Tuesday for J.A. NICHOLSON, 67, retired employee of Sinclair Oil Co. Mr. Nicholson passed away in an Ardmore hospital from an extended illness. Rev. FRANK D. SEARS of the church conducted the services with burial at Mt. Olive cemetery arranged by Collier Bros. Pallbearers: JESSE FRENCH, PARK ROSS, BILL CORNISH, BUFORD THOMPSON, BOB FRAZIER, and EMMETT GAUNTT. JAMES ANDREW NICHOLSON was born at Lampasas, Texas Dec. 20, 1884 and died in Ardmore July 27, 1952. He came to Oklahoma at age of 12 and first lived at Katie where he married Miss MYRTLE ADELINE ROADY, Feb. 19, 1908. To this union were born four sons and one daughter, all of whom survive. He moved to Wirt in 1914 and was employed by Sinclair Oil Co. for 30 years until he retired. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Healdton. After his retirement the family moved to 105 South 5th Healdton. Surviving are his wife Mrs. Myrtle Nicholson of the home, a daughter Mrs. A. W. ’DUDE’ KIMBERLIN of Wewoka, four sons CLARENCE W. NICHOLSON of Healdton, TOMMY of Davis, WAYNE of Drumright, and BENNY of Davis; 8 grandchildren, two brothers, WALTER of Healdton and AMBROSE of Lemon Grove, California who came to see his brother before his death.
W. R. COUCH
W. R. COUCH, Carter County pioneer, died Sunday at his home at Ardmore. Mr. Couch operated a grocery in Old Healdton and continued in business after the new town was built. He moved to Ardmore a few years ago and operated a grocery until ill health forced his retirement. FLAVIL R. YEAKLEY of Dallas, former minister in the Central Church of Christ at Ardmore, close family friend, conducted the services, assisted by WOODROW W. HUGHES, minister of the West Main Church of Christ. Burial in Mt. Olive cemetery arranged by Bettes funeral home of Ardmore. Born in Clarksville, Arkansas, Dec. 3, 1872, Mr. Couch was a life long member of the Church of Christ. In early days he preached many times at various places and served as an elder in the West Main Church of Christ for years. … Surviving are his wife, MARY D. of home 1205 West Main Ardmore, daughters Mrs. DUGARD ’BERNICE’ GAUNTT and Mrs. RAYMOND ’VALLIE’ JAMES of Duncan; three sons, ELLIS E. HORACE H. and ROY L. of Ardmore; two stepdaughters Mrs. MYRTLE E. WELLS of Ardmore and Mrs. ALICE BARBER of Washington, D. C., two stepsons, PRINCE WELLS and CURTIS WELLS of Ardmore; a brother TOM COUCH of Anton, Texas, who attended the service, a sister Mr. G. C. LEWIS of Shawnee, a half-brother ART MURRAY of Healdton; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, LAURA L. COUCH who died in 1947. He was 79 years old.