Billy Jo Dodson

Obit-DodsonBilly Joe Dodson was born in Dustin, Oklahoma Jan. 23, 1933 and died Feb. 18, 2016.
He will also be joined in Heaven by his wife of 59 years Gracie LaDean and numerous other relatives and friends.
He struck out on his own as a youth to become a pipeliner, married Gracie LaDean and started a family moving around the US.
In 1961 the family moved to Redmond, WA and Dad went to work for Mid-Mountain Contractors.
He worked there for many years achieving the position of Equipment Superintendent.
In 1989 he left to become Vice President of Construction of Pilchuck Contractors. He retired in 1998.
He loved and was very active in his church The First Baptist Church of Rose Hill where he was a Deacon.
He enjoyed wide open spaces, being with family and traveling, especially driving across country.
Survivors include his sons Bill (Mary), Steve (Sandy), grandchildren Jess, Linsey and Jonathon (Kelly). Great-grandchildren Rhianalyn, Robert, Nathan and Taryn. Brother Jack Dodson (Callie) and numerous relatives in Oklahoma and Texas whom he stayed in contact with and loved deeply.
He was preceded in death by his wife Gracie LaDean, father Rubeon Dodson, mother Ethel Terry, father-in-law Wilson Terry, sister Joyce Saunders and brother-in-law John Saunders.
Billy Joe succumbed to multiple myeloma in his home with family by his side.
Funeral services were held Feb. 24, 2016 at the First Baptist Church of Rose Hill in Redmond, WA. Interment followed services at Cedar Lawns Cemetery in Redmond.

Dewayne Dyer

Funeral services for Dewayne Dyer of Wetumka were held March 1, 2016 at the Assembly of God Church in Wetumka. Interment followed at the Wetumka Cemetery.
Dewayne was born Oct. 8, 1956 in Orange, California to Arlus Dyer and Lena (Johnson) McKee and died Feb. 27, 2016 at his home in Wetumka at the age of 59.
He was a life-long resident of Wetumka  and was a 1974 graduate of Wetumka High School.
He later received a technician’s certificate from Ryder Tech in Dallas, Texas in mechanics.
Dewayne and Donna Renfrow were married May 20, 1978 in Wetumka.
He was a self-employed mechanic who enjoyed metal detecting, being outdoors, woodworking and spending time with friends and family.
He served on the Wetumka City Council from 2004 through 2016.
He enjoyed competitive archery and was a member of the Wetumka Assembly of God Church.
He waspreceded in death by his father.
Survivors include his wife, Donna Dyer of the home in Wetumka; his mother, Lena McKee of Wetumka; one son, Jason Dyer and wife Victoria of Austin, Texas; one daughter, Chandra Dyer of Guthrie; step-brother, Danny Sparks of Garber; three half sisters; one granddaughter, Kallista Dyer of Austin, Texas; a host of other family members and many friends.
Serving as active pallbearers were Ernie Lee, Adam Caldwell, Jerry Oliver, Charles Pasley, Anthony Mouser and Allen Tillery.
Honorary pallbearers were Tommy Morris, Steve Hilton, Gary Ramsey, Ben Bachus and Joey Pack.
Services were under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home of Okemah and officiated by Pastor Curt Bellinger and Pastor Bo Gibbs.

Eric Ray Noon

Funeral services for Eric Ray Noon were held Feb. 27, 2016 at 2:00 PM at the Church of Christ in Okemah.  Wake services will be held Friday, February 26, 2016 at 7:00 PM at the Okemah Church of Christ.
Eric Ray Noon was born July 25, 1974 in Claremore, Oklahoma to George Harvey West and Levonne (Noon) Stokes.  He passed away Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at his home in Okemah at the age of 41.
Eric was a resident of Okemah.  He had previously worked as a cook for the College of the Muskogee Nation and was currently attending Wes Watkins Vo-Tech in pursuit of receiving a C.N.A. degree.  Eric and Jennifer McCarty were married October 12, 1996 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  He enjoyed fishing and was a talented artist.  Eric was a member of the Okemah Church of Christ and was a loving husband, father and son.
He is preceded in death by his uncle, Bill Noon; his grandmother, Patricia Noon; his father in law, Jack McCarty and his grandfather, Calvin West.
Survivors include his four sons, Jordan Young, Brandon Noon, Nathaniel Noon and Ashton Noon all of Okemah; his daughter, Kayla Noon of Okemah; his father, George Harvey West of Spencer, Oklahoma; his mother, Levonne Stokes of Searcy, Arkansas; his two sisters, Heather West of Spencer, Oklahoma and Jenesia Dunmire and husband Shane of Cromwell, Oklahoma and a host of other relatives and friends.
Serving as active pallbearers will be Tony Sands, Tyrone Russel, Scott Robinson, Eric Wise, Jordan Young, Adam West and Chris West.
Honorary pallbearers include Patrick Bear, Daniel Bear, Craig Short, Frank Bear, Declan Donnelly, Keith Bear and Joe Losh.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Bro. Kelly Bowen.

Edward Leon Bennett

Edward Leon Bennett died Feb. 27, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma.
Ed was born Nov. 8, 1946 in Holdenville, Oklahoma to Robert Leon and Helen LaVonne Bennett.
He attended Holdenville High School and was a proud graduate of the Class of 1965.
After high school he served his country honorably in the United States Air Force. He served during Vietnam Conflict.
Ed worked in sales and security for many years.  He worked for Brittain Merchandising, MacTools and Lawson Products.  His journeys would take him around Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas, Illinois, and Arizona.
He made his home in Colorado for many years.  Ed loved music and playing his drums brought him great happiness.
He enjoyed animals of kinds.
There was no greater pride in his life than his grandchildren.
Preceding Ed in death were his parents.
Survivors include his daughter, Krisma McInroe and Robert McDaniel of Norman, grandchildren Tyler Henry Bell and Mackenzy Kaye McInroe, great-grandson Oliver Joseph Bell, uncle Don Bennett of San Francisco, cousins Bruce Foster of Holdenville Martha Foster of Atlanta, Georgia, and David Foster of Purcell as well many other relatives and friends.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 4, 2016 at the Holdenville Cemetery Chapel.  Rev. Dane Robinson will officiate the service and Bill Robinson will provide memories from the Class of 1965.
Burial will follow with full military honors.
Services are under the direction of Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home of Holdenville.

Geraldine Ingram

Geraldine Ingram died Feb. 23, 2016 in Yeager.
She was born Jan. 17, 1929 in Seminole, Oklahoma to Allen and Letha (Brinsfield) Johnston.
She attended Holdenville Public Schools.
She married William Dane Ingram on Nov. 3, 1946 in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
They owned and operated the Triangle and the Shade Western in Carlsbad, New Mexico where she resided from the 1940’s to 1990’s.
She was a member of the Pink Ladies Auxiliary, Red Hat Club, Garden Club, and Holdenville Art Society.
Geraldine enjoyed playing moon, cards, tennis, roller skating, and putting together puzzles.  Geraldine was an artist and loved to paint.  She was very active throughout her life.
Preceding Geraldine in death were her parents, husband, William Dane Ingram, daughter Linda Davy, siblings Betty Brown, Jimmy Johnston, Wilma Landtrip and Bobby Johnston.
Survivors include her son, Bill Ingram Jr. and wife Becky of Clovis, New Mexico, grandchildren, Gary Davy, Robert Davy, Amy Parker, Emily McLaury, Allyson Warrick, and Angela Moulder, 14 great-grandchildren, siblings Zelda Morris of Tulsa and “Rusty” Francis Jones of Holdenville as well several other family and friends.
Funeral services were held Feb. 26, 2016 at Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home in Holdenville.  Rev. Dane Robinson officiated.  Pallbearers were Robert Davy, Gary Davy, Jeff Parker, Troy McLaury, Cliff Warrick and Miles Moulder.  Honorary pallbearers were Dylan Davy and Caden McLaury.
Services were under the direction of Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home of Holdenville.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Pink Ladies Auxiliary, 100 McDougal Drive, Holdenville, OK 74848 or to the Faith Hospice, 2407 W Wrangler Blvd, Seminole, OK 74868.

Norma Jean (Sally) Williams

Norma Jean (Sally) Williams was born May 28, 1948 in Henryetta to George and Willie May (Coffee) Robertson and died Feb. 23, 2016 in Tulsa at the age of 67.
She was raised in the Henryetta area in the Turkey Pen Hollow community and attended a local rural school.
As a young lady, she married Kenneth Williams and to this union a daughter, Carla, was born.
She later married Gene Williams and they had five children, Donald, Stacy, Gwyn, Grant and Erin.
Norma lived most of her life in and around Henryetta before moving to Weleetka in 2015.
She is remembered as a loving mother and homemaker.
She enjoyed sewing and quilting and being outdoors and was an avid animal lover.
Preceding her in death were her sister, Shirley Ann and brothers, Andrew, Tommy, Dalton, Doyle and Ray.
Survivors include six children, Carla Jo Williams of Henryetta, Donald Williams and wife Shawna of Arkansas, Stacy Phipps and husband Bill of Weleetka, Gwyn Patterson and husband Allen of Okmulgee, Grant Williams and wife Tanna of Norman and Erin Williams of Haskell; two sisters, Virginia Couch of Morris and Susie Pickle and husband Ronald of Henryetta; 17 grandchildren, two great grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services were held Feb. 27, 2016 at the Immanuel Baptist Church in Henryetta with Rev. Tommy Shropshire officiating.
Family and friends served as pallbearers.
Interment followed services in the Coal Creek Cemetery under the direction of Williamson-Spradlin Funeral Home of Weleetka and Wetumka.

Willie Phillip “Bill” Cates

Graveside rites were held March 2, 2016 for Willie Phillip “Bill” Cates at the Dustin Cemetery with Rev. Don Williamson officiating. Interment followed under the direction of Williamson-Spradlin Funeral Home of Wetumka.
Bill was born Dec. 6, 1921 in Blanco, TX. to Will J. and Rhonda (Woods) Cates and died Feb. 23, 2016 in Tulsa at the age of 94.
He was raised in Texas.
As a young man, he entered the U.S. Army and honorably served his country during World War II.
Following his discharge, he relocated to California and settled in the San Jose area.
He worked for many years as a roofer.
Some 20 years ago following his retirement, he moved to Dustin where he attended church locally.
He was preceded in death by his wife Doris in 2011.
Bill loved spending time on the river fishing.
Survivors include his two children, Marlene Smurphat and Darlene Deats and husband Gary of Okmulgee; a brother, Vernon and sister Earlene; two grandchildren, Wesley Boyard and Michael Deats; three great grandchildren, Kylie Deats, Michael Deats Jr. and Mia Boyard; along with several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Edward Hayden “Ed” Hamil

Edward Hayden “Ed” Hamil, age 77, died Feb. 19, 2016, at his home in Berryhill.
Ed was born Oct. 12, 1938, in Tyler, Texas, the fourth of five children to William and Maxine (Hayden) Hamil.
He graduated from Wetumka High School in 1956, joined the United States Marine Corps, and was stationed in San Francisco, CA.
While on leave in November of 1957, he married his high school sweetheart, Frankie Redding, who was the love of his life.
After being honorably discharged from the Marine Corps, he went to work for National Tank Company in Sand Springs, then began a long executive sales career that eventually led him to a partnership in Industrial Piping Specialists.
He retired from IPS on March 1, 2011. Ed enjoyed the outdoors and was a dedicated OU fan.
He was a wonderful father, participating in the activities of his two sons as a little league coach, and was an active and beloved member of the Berryhill community. Ed was a devoted grandfather who doted on his two granddaughters.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents; brother, S.A. Hamil, and three sisters, Ione Watts, Norma Wilkerson, and Billie June DeVercelli.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Frankie, of the home, two sons, Jeffrey Lee Hamil of Tulsa, and Randall Hayden Hamil and wife, Susan, of Sand Springs, two granddaughters and spouses, Ashleigh and Daniel Twist, and Haleigh and Brian Mattingly, and a great-granddaughter, Charleigh Elizabeth Mattingly, all of Sand Springs, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
A memorial and celebration of life service was held Feb. 24, 2016 at Solace Church in Tulsa. Pastor Matt Blair officiated.
Interment followed services at Woodland Memorial Park in Sand Springs.
Arrangements were under the direction of Mark Griffith Funeral Home of Tulsa and Sand Springs.

Martin Linsay Hunter

Obit-HunterIn Memory of Our Father & Grandfather,
Martin (Smokey) Hunter (one hell of a
good baseball pitcher) who died...

Father was tired and weary,
Weary of toil and pain,
Put away his glasses and rocker,
He will not need them again.
Into Heaven’s mansions he’s entered,
Never to worry nor weep,
After long years with life’s struggles,
Father has fallen asleep.
Near other loved ones we laid him,
Low in the grave to lie,
God in Heaven knew best we know,
And we will not question why.
He does not rest ‘neath the grasses,
Though o’er his grave they may creep,
Father has gone to be with Jesus,
He has fallen asleep.
Rest the tired feet now forever,
Dear wrinkled hands are so still,
Last of the Earth shall no longer
Throw o’er our loved one a chill.
Angels in Heaven will guide him,
Jesus will still bless and keep him,
Not for the world would we wake him,
Father has fallen asleep.
Beautiful rest for the weary,
Well deserved rest for the true,
When life’s journey is ended,
We shall again be with you.
There we shall see you and know you,
And clasp your dear hand so sweet,
For we know you are happy,
Beautiful, beautiful sleep.

Funeral services with Military Honors will be held for Martin Linsay Hunter on Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 at 1 p.m. at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Seminole. Pastor Brad Burton will officiate. Interment will follow at the Little Cemetery.
Martin was born Jan. 7, 1937 in Seminole to Lester Hunter and Eva (Atchison) Hunter and died Feb. 19, 2016 at his home near Wetumka at the age of 79.
His family later moved to Rodeo, California, where he grew up and attended school.
Martin retired from Pacific Gas and Electric in California after many years of service to that company as an electrician. He served as a private in the U.S. Army in 1954. He was also a Mason.
He loved baseball, woodworking, dominoes and playing games.
Being with his family was important to him.
He loved his grandchildren and all children gravitated to him and all called him “Papa Marty”. Martin was a “Jack of all trades”, good with his hands, intelligent, thought things through and accomplished many things.
He married Shirley Janet Turner on March 8, 1958 in San Pablo, California and she preceded him in death on Nov. 14, 2007.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Shirley, his son Robert Hunter and a great grandson Nicolas Hunter.
Martin is survived by his two daughters, Kelly Diane Currier and Carla Helen Malouf, both of Wetumka; his sister, Nina Murphy of Tahlequah; nine grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; a host of other relatives and many friends.
Pallbearers will be Jesse Bunyard, Robert Silveria, Robert Malouf, William Malouf, Randall Malouf, Matt Murphy, Brandon Hunter and Robbie Hunter.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole.

Raymond “Jerry” Price

Obit-PriceEveryone is invited to celebrate the life of Raymond “Jerry” Price at a memorial service on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Holdenville Church of the Nazarene, 323 S. Oak St.  A fellowship with family and friends will immediately follow.  Dane Robinson will officiate.
Jerry was born March 27, 1935 in Wewoka, Oklahoma to M.A. "Bo" Price and Bessie (Scroggins) Price and died Feb. 16, 2016 in Oklahoma City after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's.
A longtime Holdenville resident, Jerry was raised in the Spaulding area and graduated from Spaulding High School in 1953, then later attended OSU Tech where he received his heating and air certification. He owned and operated Price Refrigeration and Air Conditioning for over 40 years.
Jerry married Wanda Treat from Wewoka, Oklahoma, on June 30th, 1956.  They were married almost 54 years before her death in 2010. Jerry and Wanda's favorite past time was crappie fishing.  They could be found every spring at Eufaula Lake "sackin’ em up" with many trips to Texoma and Sardis as well.
A lifelong Democrat, Jerry enjoyed listening to and discussing politics.  One of his favorite things was to go to the school reunions at the Spaulding gym and visit his old classmates.  Jerry enjoyed watching all kinds of sports and coached several of his daughters' summer basketball and softball teams.
He loved animals and was usually accompanied by a dog or five while tending the garden, cutting wood, feeding the cows, or whatever he might be doing outside, where he spent most of his time.  Many may remember him from his bright yellow '69 Chevy truck that he could be seen driving through town at a blistering 10 MPH.
Preceding Jerry in death were his wife, Wanda, his parents, his only sibling, Buster Price, son-in-law, Stephen Jimenez, and brother-in-law, Lonnie Treat, Jr.
Survivors include his four daughters, Jill (Rudy) Sechez of Florida, Amanda Jimenez of Holdenville, Jackie (Doug) Blatt of Moore, and Amy Price of Oklahoma City, two grandchildren, Callie (Chris) Garvin of Shawnee, and Denver Blatt of Moore, two great-grandchildren, Zachary Turpin and Olivia Garvin of Shawnee, four brothers-in-law, Jack (Janice) Treat of Shawnee, Bob (Mary) Treat of Norman, Bill Treat of Georgetown, TX, and Ronnie (Patsy) Treat of Stillwater, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Honorary pallbearers are Doug Blatt, Denver Blatt, Chris Garvin, Zachary Turpin, Bob Treat, Ronnie Treat, Terry Streater, Dale Ramsey, James Morphis, Jimmy Howard, Gerald Scroggins and Harrell Price.
In lieu of flowers the family asks donations be made to the Spaulding Volunteer Fire Department at 302 East Main Street, Holdenville, OK 74848.