Linda Lou Robertson Williams

Linda Lou Robertson Williams, 70, of Sapulpa, passed away peacefully in her home on February 13, 2018. She was born the sixth of seven girls on August 16, 1947 in Monahans, TX, to Juanita and Julian Robertson. She attended school in Albuquerque, NM eventually pursuing a degree in math education. She met Harold Williams of Dayton, OH at University of New Mexico, and they were married January 27, 1969. They moved with their new baby, Mark, to Bartlesville, OK, in June of 1970, where Harold started with Cities Service Oil Co. After relocating to Tulsa in 1971, their daughter Melissa was born in December 1973. They moved to Sapulpa in March 1977 and have lived there ever since.
Linda was a member of First Baptist Church Sapulpa since 1976. During that time she taught Sunday School, worked in the nursery, and was very active in all of the youth activities for almost 40 years. She had a love of music and sang in the church choir for over a decade.
In 1980, Linda entered Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. She completed her degree in 1982, and started teaching at Sapulpa Junior High School. She taught there and at the Sapulpa High School until retiring in 2005.
Not slowing down with retirement, Linda became a CASA volunteer in Feb 2008, and continued until illness forced her to stop in 2017. She enjoyed swimming and went nearly every morning to the Salvation Army pool in Sapulpa. She also tutored in the afternoons at the Boys and Girls Club.
Linda is survived by her husband, Harold Williams; her children, Mark Williams and wife Bethany, and Melissa Whittecar and husband Brian; her grandchildren Dayne and Tess Whittecar; and her sisters, Dottie Higgins, Judy Stratton, Trudy Martin, and Joan McIntosh. She is preceded in death by her parents Juanita and Julian Robertson and her sisters Irene Francis Holly and Betty Thomas.
Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, February 16, 2018, at Smith Funeral Home, 1208 S Main St, Sapulpa, OK.
A funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m., Saturday , Feb. 17, at First Baptist Church Sapulpa. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Linda’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: Creek County CASA at 19 N Main, Sapulpa, OK 74066; John 3:16 Mission at 575 North 39th West Ave, Tulsa, OK 74127; or The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Creek County at 1721 S Hickory St, Sapulpa, OK 74066.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, 1208 S Main St, Sapulpa, OK.

 

Michael L. Higgins

Michael L. Higgins, 77, of Sapulpa passed away Feb 9, 2018 at home surrounded by his family.He was born on Aug 7,1940, in Tulsa, Ok to parents Robert L. and Genevieve Higgins.
He attended Sapulpa High School before joining the Army in 1958. Mike worked in the welding supply industry for most of his adult life and was co-owner of Alloy Welding Supply, Inc in Sapulpa for 31 years.
He enjoyed traveling with his wife of 27 years, Janis. Mike was also an avid fisherman, either fishing in his pond, lovingly named Lake Higgins, or fishing in Alaska, Mexico and South America. Mike’s biggest joy was spending time with his kids and grandkids.
He is survived by his wife, Janis D Higgins; Daughters, Theresa McKee and husband, Dennis of Sapulpa and Michele Brown and husband Jason, of Boerne, TX; Stepdaughter, Shannon Atkinson of Tulsa; Stepson, Jeff Atkinson and wife, Melissa of Jenks. Grandchildren, Denton and Brianna McKee, Lorelei and Alyssa Vogler, and Peyton and Brody Atkinson; Sister, Leila Hixon and husband, Ron of Beggs.
Preceded in death by parents, Roy and Genevieve Higgins. In lieu of a memorial service for Mike Higgins there will be a Celebration of Life event on Saturday, Feb. 24th, 2-4 p.m. at Freddie’s Banquet Center. This will be a “come and go” event. Mike was loved by family and friends and will be dearly missed.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, 1208 S Main St, Sapulpa, OK.

Ellen Kathleen (Allen) Cloninger

Ellen Kathleen (Allen) Cloninger was born September 27, 1948, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Rolland Ross and Doris Kathleen (Reinertsen) Allen. She entered her Heavenly home on February 10, 2018, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Ellen graduated from Cleveland High School in 1966. She then attended Oklahoma State University for her undergraduate studies. She went on to receive her Master’s degree in Reading from Northeastern and her deaf education certificate from Tulsa University. She taught at the Oklahoma School for the Deaf in Sulphur, Oklahoma, until her retirement in 2006.
Ellen was united in marriage to Edwin Ray Cloninger on July 5, 1980, at First Baptist Church in Davis, Oklahoma. In June of 1985, they were blessed to adopt two daughters.
Ellen is survived by her husband, Ed, of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Two daughters and sons-in-law, Molly and Thomas Lyions of Marana, Arizona, Melanie and John Wimberly of St. Paul, Nebraska; Five grandchildren, Xander and Aiden Lyions of Marana, Arizona, LeAnn Smith of Sulphur, Oklahoma, Jewel and Hope Dickerson of Sulphur, Oklahoma; Two sisters and a brother-in-law, Elaine Kowalski of Afton, Oklahoma, Theresa and Nick Lund of Sapulpa, Oklahoma, a sister-in-law Cheryl Allen of Cleveland, Oklahoma, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Ellen was preceded in death by her parents, Rolland and Doris Allen, a brother Michael Allen, and a brother-in-law Richard Kowalski.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Oklahoma School for the Deaf.
Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, February 16, 2018, at Woodlawn Cemetery, Cleveland, OK. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, 1208 S Main St, Sapulpa, OK.

CLYDE CRAITE

Clyde Craite passed away at age 63 on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at his home in Maple Lake, Minnesota. He died as he lived, surrounded by loved ones and laughter.
Clyde Craite was born to Norman and Helene Craite on December 13, 1954 in Claremont, New Hampshire. He graduated from Sapulpa High School in 1973. After graduating high school, Clyde served six years in the Navy and was a proud veteran.
Clyde was truly an original, constantly entertaining everyone with his offbeat sense of humor. He had a love of all things weird and wonderful. He was a sweet gentle man full of laughter that was contagious and was special to all that had the honor of knowing him. His quick wit, amazing attitude and a constant smile enabled him to enjoy life to the fullest through the best and the worst of times. He loved his family and took great pride in his wife, three daughters and grandson.
Clyde’s faith was very important to him. He took to heart that he should love his neighbors, was kind to all and never met a stranger. He opened his life and his heart to everyone he met. Music was the sound within Clyde’s soul. In his younger years, he played bass guitar in a band and his love of music never faded.
He is survived by his wife Mary Pat Craite and three daughters, Stephenie Craite Roberts, Kathryn Craite, and Erin Craite; grandson Alec Roberts; brother Richard Craite; sisters Sharon Wilson and Betty Dougall; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws.
A memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Saturday, February 17 at 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sapulpa.

ROSA LETHA DOUGLAS

Rosa Letha (Brumley) Douglas went to be with the Lord, Thursday, February 8, 2018. Rosa was born December 17, 1944, to Lawrence Otto Brumley and Obereta Mae Shivley Brumley at their home in Kellyville, Oklahoma.
Rosie enjoyed her family and grandchildren, she loved cooking. She worked in her home and took care of many children throughout the years. She loved outdoors. Most of all she was a caregiver to all of her friends and family her entire life. Rosie loved all music, singing, dancing and yodeling. She had a great sense of humor and was a peacemaker. She suffered from early onset dementia which claimed her life.
Rosa was preceded in death by her husband Raymond Douglas, both parents; brothers Clyde Brumley, Charlie Brumley, Frankie Brumley, Donnie Brumley, Ernest Brumley, Tommy Brumley sisters Helen Hollingshed, Sally Ritchie and Baby Brumley.
She is survived by her 4 children: Carla Houston Pickering, Gail Houston Stephens, Michael Wayne Houston and Liane Houston Harris and their spouses, Brian Stephens and Matt Harris: and sisters: Ruth Mitchell, Cletus Bussett, Billie Robinson, Debbie Billingsly and brother; Lawrence “Bobo” Brumley. (Also survived by a host of nieces and nephews.)
Rosie had many grandchildren: Travis Pickering, Cori Pickering, Jordan Ascensio, Paige Hernandez, Madison Noble, and Courtney Groden. Great-grandchildren; Makiah Gibbs, Josiah Ascensio, Bentley Ascensio, Sin’e Cargil, Anderson Hernandez and Julian Ascensio.
Visitation will be Monday, February 12, from 3-8 p.m.Services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at Green Hill Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Barbara Thorne officiating. Interment will follow at Kellyville City Cemetery.
Casket Bearers are Miguel Ascensio, Matt Noble, Shelia Jones, Chad Jones, Jerry Brumley and Darren Swan. Honorary Casket Bearers are Brian Stephen, Travis Pickering, Rusty Jackson, Mike Degraffinreid, Gary Brumley and Marcus Charles.
The family has entrusted the services to Green Hill Funeral Home. 400 E. Teel Road. 918-224-2312
The family would like to give special thanks to Cura Hospice.

WILMA JEAN SOKOLIS

Wilma Jean Sokolis, 76, of Owasso passed from this life on Monday, February 5, 2018, at St. John Medical Center, Tulsa, OK. She was born on January 17, 1942 in Oklahoma City, OK to Floyd Clifton and Ruby Virginia (Pullum) Reed. She was an assembler in the electronics industry by trade. She was of the Protestant faith.
Wilma enjoyed gardening and raising flowers. She loved her pets and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her husband, Robert, of the home; son, Ron Johnson and daughter, Debra Potter; 2 grandchildren, Jennifer and Stacey; 2 sisters, Barbara and Marilyn and 3 brothers, Donald, Kenneth and Dale.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Ruby Reed.
Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., on Friday, February 9, 2018, at Kellyville City Cemetery, Kellyville, OK. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, 1208 S Main St, Sapulpa, OK.

Sharon Gayle Cummings

On January 23, 1937, Sharon Gayle Cummings was born to Cecil and Juanita (Ward) Cotten during a blowing snow storm near Broken Arrow, OK. Sharon went to her heavenly home on Sunday, February 3, 2018, at the age of 81. Memorial services will be held at the Laverty Baptist Church on Tuesday, February 6th, at 2 p.m.
Sharon was raised in the Broken Arrow and southeastern Caddo County areas. She attended school at Apache, the Tonkowa and Highview schools southeast of Anadarko, and Cyril.
In 1952, Sharon married Kenneth Myers of Cement, OK. Of this union three children were born: Mark Myers, Perry Myers, and Tamra Simmons. In 1973, Sharon married Jack Cummings.
Sharon was actively involved in her children’s school activities, the PTA, she taught Sunday school at the Cement First Baptist Church, and was a Girl Scout leader. She sold Avon for many years. After her children were grown, Sharon worked in retail for many years in the Sapulpa area. Sharon’s joyful heart and endearing laughter brought much love and comfort to her family and friends.
Sharon was predeceased by her parents, Cecil and Juanita (Ward) Cotten, her dear grandmother Charlotte Ward, husbands Kenneth Myers and Jack Cummings, siblings Robert Wayne Cotten and Ted Cotten, and grand-daughter Shae Simmons.
Sharon is survived by her sister, Patricia Myers of Anadarko, OK, children, Mark and Carolyn Myers of Anadarko, OK, Perry and Shirley Myers of Cyril, OK, and Tamra Simmons of Mounds, OK. Her grandchildren, Maci Turner and husband Mike, Steven Myers, Megan Myers and fiancé Jeremy, Lea Meason and husband Mike, Kristin Myers, Patrick O’Malley and wife Rachael (Barton), and Colt Simmons. Great-grandchildren, Makenzie Myers, Casen and Daven Turner, Carley and Ainsley Meason, Bradley and Keenan O’Malley, and Brooklyn Barton. Sharon is also survived by a sister-in-law, Roma Lu Cotten of Keifer, OK, and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Cecelia Simpson

Cecelia Simpson, 89, of Sapulpa, OK, went to be with our Lord on February 1, 2018, at her home surrounded by family and friends. Born on January 6, 1929 to Charles and Cecelia Simpson in Detroit Michigan and attended school in Berkley, Michigan.
In 1946, she moved to Tulsa. Cecelia was an entrepreneur who was the director and owner of Sapulpa Day Care Center, as well as owning and operating several convenience stores in Sapulpa, under the name of Simpson’s Carry-Out. She was a loving, caring and dedicated mother to her children Mike, Steve and Juanita.
Cecelia was an excellent seamstress and made clothes for her children as they were growing up. She enjoyed fishing, traveling, cooking, gardening and was an avid reader. Cecelia loved a wide range of music from opera to country, Frank Sinatra to Elvis, Big Band, Classical and Pop. But most of all she loved spending time with her family in the back yard, watching her children and grandchildren enjoy the swimming pool.
Cecelia is survived by her brother Edward Simpson of Sapulpa, daughter Juanita Simpson and Neil Corn of Sapulpa, son Michael and Deborah Simpson of Owasso, and son Stephen and Deborah Simpson of Watertown, Wisconsin, 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
The Simpson family greatly appreciates the outpouring of love from family, friends and the community. The family would like to give special thanks and acknowledgement to Tiffany Houston and her family for their excellent care given to our beloved mother over the last year and a half.
Honorary Pallbearers (Grandchildren) Eric Simpson, Sarah Lamp, Sara Brown, David Simpson, Daniel Simpson, John Simpson. Honorary Pallbearers (Great Grandchildren) Norah Weber, Zuzu Simpson, Joseph Simpson, and Anders Lamp.
Memorial Services will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at Smith Funeral Chapel, 1208 S Main St, Sapulpa, OK. Officiating will be the Reverend Marvin Ward. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Smith Funeral Home.

Joe Hill

Joe Hill of Sapulpa passed from this life Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the age of 71. Joe was born in Sapulpa to James Clyde and Helen Boggs Hill.
Joe never met a stranger and had the gift of gab. He was a talented carpenter and will be missed by many.
Joe is preceded in death by his parents and nephew Wayne Thompson.
He is survived by daughters Jodi Tyler and husband Tim and Lesha Kay Hill both from Sapulpa; brothers CWO4 Richard D. Hill of Jenks, J.D. Hill of Sapulpa; sisters Shirley Bullock and Norma Thompson both of Sapulpa; grandchildren Austin Tyler of Sapulpa and Sydney Tyler of Tulsa; nieces and nephews Diane Muselmann and husband John, Phyllis McCarthy and husband Dan, Carla Thompson Lortz, James (Jimmy) Hill and Debby Hill; and many great nieces, nephews and friends.
Services will be 2 p.m., Thursday, February 8, 2018, at Smith Funeral Chapel in Sapulpa. Arrangements are under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, Sapulpa, Oklahoma.

Stanley Tiger, Jr.

Stanley Tiger, Jr., born on August 23, 1982, entered into the presence of the Lord on February 1, 2018 at St. John Medical Center, Tulsa, OK at the age of 35.
Stanley loved to hang out with friends, family, making jokes and making people laugh.
Stanley was born and raised all his life in Sapulpa, Oklahoma. Stanley is survived by 2 sisters, Mary Tiger of Tulsa, OK and Morresa Stromme of Sapulpa, OK; 1 brother, Dakota Shaw of Ada, OK; nephews, Logan Stromme of Sapulpa, OK, James Guy, Jr., of Tulsa, OK; aunts, Sally Wenner of Oklahoma City, OK and Mary Isaac of Sapulpa, OK; uncles, Newman Crowels, Jr., of Wewoka, OK and David Crowels of Sapulpa, OK; cousins, Sheresa Crowels of Sapulpa, OK and Johnny Crowels of Sapulpa; and many more relatives and friends.
Stanley was preceded in death by his mother, Shirley Tiger; father, Stanley Tiger, Sr.; grandmother, Nora Jane Bosen; uncle Bobby Isaac; great-uncle, Jimmy Bosen; and cousins, Shaun Crowels and Steven Crowels.
Pallbearers will be Gregory Longbrook, Clayton Sanders, David Crowels, Newman Crowels, Dakota Crowels, and Erick Shaw. Honorary Pallbearers will be Kody Whitehead, Joey MClerran, Jaime Garcia and Jerry Hill.
Stanley is truly loved and will be missed dearly.
Visitation was held at 7 p.m. on Monday, February 5, 2018, with Funeral services following on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at 10 a.m. both at Little Cussetah Baptist Church, Sapulpa, OK. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, 1208 S Main St, Sapulpa, OK.

Lola Poe

Lola Poe, age 90, went to her heavenly home February 1, 2018 surrounded by family.
Lola was born on December 7, 1927 in Healdton, OK to Sam and Nettie Blain. She graduated from El Dorado High School in El Dorado, KS in May of 1946. She received her nursing diploma from Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in May of 1949. Lola worked as an RN in several hospitals in multiple areas over 43 years finishing her career in the obstetrics department at Oklahoma Osteopathic Hospital in 1992. Lola married her husband Jim Poe on December 31st of 1949. Lola enjoyed attending the Sapulpa First Church of the Nazarene where she served in many areas including children’s ministry and missions. The Sapulpa Historical Society awarded Lola the Good Neighbor Award for untiring dedicated volunteer service in November of 2000. She touched the lives of many people over the course of her 90 years. She truly had the gift of service caring for her family and anyone in her periphery who needed a helping hand, with no strings attached.
In her spare time, she enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Lola was a voracious reader who loved learning. She also enjoyed sewing. She will be greatly missed by all of her family and friends.
She is survived by her children: Becky Courtney and husband Mark, Scott Poe and wife Stephanie, Judy McGowan and husband Larry, Jane Mason and husband Kenny. Grandchildren: Jeff Poe and wife Becky, Laura Schaefer and husband James, Bryan Courtney, Erin West and husband William, Lindsey Bosworth and husband Nick, Trevor McGowan and wife Adrian, Carolyn Dovell and husband Jerrod, Garrett Mason, Anna Black and husband Clay, Claire Mason. Great grandchildren: Marilyn, Destry, Rhett, and Zachary. Sister: LaNora Blain Barnes as well as three nieces and their families.
Lola was preceded in death by her parents, brother- Jack Blain and husband Jim Poe.
A special thank you to LaNita Castillo and all the wonderful caregivers at the Green Tree Memory Care Unit who lovingly cared for her and gave her purpose in the last years of her life.
Services will be Monday, February 5th at Sapulpa Nazarene Church, 302 S Elm, at 10a.m. Interment will be at Green Hills Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to:
Voice of the Martyr Bibles to Captive Nations fund :
1815 SE Bison Rd.
Bartlesville, OK 74006-9938
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, 1208 S Main St, Sapulpa, OK.

William c. (Bill) James

William C.  (Bill) James of Sapulpa, Oklahoma, died early Sunday morning on January 14th, at St. John’s Hospital in Tulsa.
Born in Richmond, Kentucky, Bill graduated from Drumright High School, proudly served in the Air Force, and then graduated from Auburn University.  He returned to Oklahoma many years ago and has worked as an engineer in Tulsa until his passing.   He is survived by his wife Wanda of 53 years, son Matthew, brother Carl, sisters Peggy and Sherrill Ann, and grandsons Nicholas and Nathaniel.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at Green Hill Funeral Home in Sapulpa with visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
Bill was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend, but most importantly he was a follower of Christ.

Reba Lois (Palmer) Edelman

Reba Lois (Palmer) Edelman passed from this life at the age of 85 on January 11, 2018. Reba was born on December 8, 1932 in Bixby, Oklahoma to Cecil and Bertha (Wood) Palmer. She graduated from Bixby High School then attended cosmetology school in Stillwater, Oklahoma where she met her future husband, John O. Edelman. They were married November 9, 1957 at the Wesley Methodist Church in Sapulpa, Oklahoma. They were married 35 years until John’s passing on May 3, 1993. Together they had three children, Cyndy of Sand Springs, Robert and his wife, Dawne and daughters, Shae and Sarah Havenstrite of Sapulpa and Jeff of Tulsa. Also, two great-granddaughters, Kymber and Stella. Though she had stints of employment outside the home, most of her life she was a homemaker.
In addition to her children, she is survived by her sister, Sue Clark of Berryhill, brothers, Farrell Palmer and his wife, Joy of Broken Arrow and Sam Palmer and his wife, Wanda of Sapulpa as well as a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Visitation will be held from 6-7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at Smith Funeral Home, 1208 S Main St, Sapulpa, OK. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at First Church of God, Sapulpa, OK. Interment to follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Mounds, OK. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, 1208 S Main St, Sapulpa.

Mary Chatherine Davis

Mary Catherine (MC) Davis, age 84, died on Friday, January 5, 2018, after an 11-year battle with Alzheimer’s, at the Clarehouse, a caring and loving hospice in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was born June 16, 1933 in Mena, Arkansas to Jesse Clyde and Nettie Clyne (Anders) Harris and was the youngest of two children.
MC was joined in marriage to her college sweetheart Arthur Gene Davis. On December 15th, they celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary. From their union, they had a daughter, Shannan, and a son, Jonathan.
After retiring from teaching and coaching for 41 years she spent her time playing bridge and tennis, knitting, and quilting. She traveled to the west coast and on to Hawaii. Then went to the east coast and the cities in between to see her daughter and grandson, wherever they were living. She walked every day that she was able and loved to walk on the beaches that she traveled to. As the matriarch of the family she hosted all the holiday dinners and baked holiday goodies with her grandkids. As an avid sports fan and doting grandparent, she enjoyed going to all of her grandchildren’s sporting events. She was a Gilly at Gilcrease Museum for 10 years and a member of the Red Hat Society.
MC is survived by her husband Art, her daughter Shannan and grandson Tristan of Sapulpa, her son Jonathan, daughter-in-law Angela (extended family – Skip and Sue Pettit), granddaughter Jordan and grandsons Antonio and Alex of Broken Arrow. She is also survived by her niece MelvaJean and her husband Bob Hawkins, her grandnephews Eric and David Brown and her nephew and niece Larry and Pam Davis and grandnephew Jason Davis all of Tulsa.
MC is preceded in death by her parents and brother Robert Lewis Harris.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1401 East Taft Avenue, Sapulpa, Oklahoma with the Senior Pastor Dr. Allen Schneider officiating. Green Hill FH is in charge of services.
The Davis family would like to extend our gratitude to all the staff at the St Francis Hospice and the Clarehouse for their attentiveness and loving care. In leu of flowers, donations may be made in MC’s name to the Alzheimer’s Disease Research or the Clarehouse (clarehouse.org) of Tulsa.

Gwyneth Jean Pahsetopah

January 6, 1935-December 28, 2017
Gwyneth Jean Pahsetopah, known by many as Jean, others called her Gwyneth, she became known by those closest as Emaw. She was born in Sapulpa on January 6, 1935, and was the daughter of Mary Cumsey Bevenue and Leonard Bevenue, the oldest of 7 siblings: Virginia Rangel, Raymond Bevenue, Ronnie Bevenue, Donnie Bevenue, Lou Fannie Bevenue, Paul Bevenue, and Leonard Bevenue.
Jean graduated from Chilocco Indian School 1953 and enjoyed playing basketball, volleyball, softball, and was the 1953 Prom Queen. There she met the love of her life, Paul Pahsetopah, after he served in Korea. They were united in marriage in 1955. They made their home in Tulsa, OK and from this union had four sons: Edward, Michael, Russell, and Jon. After starting family, they move to Sapulpa to establish a home. Jean was a retired accountant and worked many other places for employment such as T.G. & Y. , Mr. Indian Store, and Native American Coalition.
She was a devoted wife who loved her family. She began to have health complications after Paul passed away in 2001. She was a strong woman, Yuchi Creek Member of Polecat Stomp Grounds, attended Pickett Indian Methodist Church from the time she was a child. She was a Christian, devoted in her Lord Jesus.
She is survived by Mike and wife, Lisa and granddaughter, Heaven, of the home. Michael was her caregiver for 15 years and she was very close to her grandson, Michael Paul, who was the apple of her eye; Russell Pahsetopah and wife, Sheila, and son Bryan and daughter, Ashley; Jon and his wife, Flo; daughter, Kimberly and husband, Shane; and Kelly; grandchildren, Michael Paul, Sophia, Heaven, Bryan, Ashley, Kim, Kelly and Kyle Bemo; and great-grandchildren, Micha, Maddox, Peyton, Noah, Levi, Lilly, Titan, Teagyn, Raylee, and Landry.
Jean (Emaw) had a good sense of humor. She was strong and known for her strength. She enjoyed many things. She was an O. U. fan, OKC Thunder fan and she liked wrestling. She enjoyed watching “The Young and the Restless,” he had her favorite tv Shows, loved family gatherings. Getting family together for Christmas was something she enjoyed for the kids, big dinner and cookouts. Louise Sapulpa was very near to her and really helped Mike.
Jean made friends easy, could be very funny, humorous, bold but loving. She liked going places, she didn’t like staying home or being stuck in the hospital. Much can be said for stories and memories. She will be missed but we will see her again.
Family and friends may send online condolences to www.smithfhs.com.

Howard Wayne Johnson

Howard Wayne Johnson age 70, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Tuesday, January 2, 2018 in Oklahoma.
Wayne was born on September 2, 1947 in Sapulpa, Oklahoma to the late Howard Edwin Johnson and Valeda Ellen Van Horn Johnson. He was married to Linda Smith Johnson. Wayne worked in the Waste Management business. Wayne enjoyed sub teaching, as he loved being around students. Also he loved being outdoors, riding his motorcycle, UTVS, and playing with his dogs.
Wayne enjoyed RVing around the country seeing interesting places with family and friends. Most of all he dearly loved his family. He was a loving and kind husband, father, step-father, grandfather, brother.
He is survived by: Wife, Linda Johnson of Mena, Arkansas; Son, Mike Johnson of Tulsa, OK; Step-sons, Robert Devoll of Zanesville, Ohio and Corey Devoll of Zanesville, Ohio; Daughter, Erin Grimes of Tulsa, OK; Grandchildren, Jaxson, Raylee, Peighton, Katherine and Caroline; Brothers, Terry Johnson of Tulsa, OK, and Rodger Johnson of Tulsa, OK; and Pet Children, Eli and Penny.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Valeda Johnson.
Celebration of Life service will be Friday, January 5, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the Mena First Assembly of God Church with Brother Ron Tilley officiating under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena, AR.

Wendell “Darrell” Barnes

Wendell “Darrell” Barnes passed away Monday evening, January 1st, in St. Francis ICU surrounded by family after a long battle with multiple cancer related illnesses. Born in California on Nov. 8, 1945, Darrell married Diana Flynn in 1972 and the two would raise 11 children and foster well over 100 children.
Darrell was a long-time Sapulpa resident and served his community with 35 years in the Sapulpa Police Auxiliary. He was a simple man with three strong passions – God, family, and airplanes. When he was not reading from the Word or spending time with kids or grandkids, he would be flying just over the treetops in the pink and purple airplane he built bolt by bolt. Darrell was self-employed in pest control and very much enjoyed the freedom of the job and the lifelong relationships he gained from it.
Always the walking handyman encyclopedia, he was leaned on heavily for his vast knowledge on all things practical. Surviving members of the family include his wife of 45 years, Diana, and children – Steve, Lisa, Travis, Tyler, Corrina, Doug, Dallas, Chuck, Samantha, Suzy and Ryan, 4 daughter in-laws, 2 son-in-law’s, 14 grandchildren, and many other family members and friends who loved him dearly. Services will be held on Friday, January 5th at First Christian Church, Sapulpa, at 11:00am, with a visitation Thursday, January 4th between 4:00-6:00 at Green Hill Funeral Home.

Ronnie Dean Rice

Ronnie Dean Rice of Bristow, Oklahoma, went to be with our Lord on December 22nd, 2017. He passed peacefully at his home at the age of 62.
Ronnie was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Sterlin and Estes Rice on March 26, 1955 and was raised in Mounds, Oklahoma. He was married to Hope Sorrell on December 28th, 1973 and together had three children.
Ronnie was an accomplished auto body specialist, winning many certificates, awards and honors during his career. He loved restoring classic vehicles. He also loved to play guitar and sing with family and friends. He was so talented and could play anything with passion.
Ronnie is survived by daughter, Dawnya Wenninger and husband Justin, daughter Angela Kimball and husband Vince, step-son Rhett Gilner and wife Angela, step-daughter Desiree Wogu and husband Isreal, grandchildren Chelsea Gregor and husband Ryne, Monika Kimball and Casey Hutton, Caitlyn Bean and Gavin Sykes, Ryen Kimball, Michael Wenniger, Zander Kimball, Evan Wenninger, Annaleigh Wenninger, great-grandchildren Payton Hutton, Madison Gregor, Alayna Sykes, siblings JoAnn Young and husband Marvin, Larry Rice and wife Shelley, and many nephews, nieces and friends.
He was preceded in death by his son, Rickey Dale Rice, his parents Sterlin and Estes Rice and brother Gerald Wayne Rice.
Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, December 29, 2017, at Green Hill Funeral Home Chapel located at 400 E. Teel Road, Sapulpa, OK. Burial in Green Hill Memorial Gardens. Officiant will be Ronnie’s cousin, Randy Courtney. Honorary Casket Bearers are: Dale Robison, Vince Kimball, Justin Wenninger, Ryen Kimball, Michael Wenninger and Ronnie Smith. Public viewing will be from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 28, 2017. A reception will be held after the service in Angela’s home. In Lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Green Hill Funeral Home to help with Ronnie’s final expenses.

Curtis Wayne Dicus

Curtis Wayne Dicus, 52, passed from this life on December 19, 2017, at his home in Sapulpa surrounded by his family. He was born on January 24, 1965, to Johnny and Wilma Dicus in Tulsa, OK.
Curtis was a commercial plumber and salesman by trade. He grew up in Sapulpa, OK and attended the First Church of God church. He loved hunting, fishing, camping, but most of all, family.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents and many other loved ones.
Curtis is survived by the love of his life, his Fiancee Melissa Reed, of the home; his parents, Johnny and Wilma Dicus of the home; his daughter, Seanna Karantz of Tucson, AZ; his brother, Dennis Dicus of the home; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many more loved ones; special friends, Brenda and Kenneth Wheeler of Sapulpa, OK.
Services are under the direction of Smith’s Funeral Home in Sapulpa, OK. The Memorial will be at the First Church of God in Sapulpa, December 28, at 6 p.m.

Earl Eugene “Gene” McCaskey

Earl Eugene “Gene” McCaskey, age 89, passed from this earth on Wednesday, December 20, 2017, peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones. He was born on July 5, 1928 in Claremore, Oklahoma to Charles and Elizabeth McCaskey. He was raised in the Verdigris area. At 15 years old, he rode a train to California and after spending several years there he returned to Oklahoma in 1951. He met the love of his life Margaret Bozarth, after having a conversation with her over a fence, where he told her he was going to marry her.
They were married on September 18, 1952, they lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma, having four children from this union. In early 1980, Gene and his wife left Tulsa and moved to Kellyville, Oklahoma. His main career was an owner operator in the truck driving industry and after retirement he worked as a security guard until the age of 86, as he would say “I feel better working than I do sitting, simple as that.” A favorite hobby of Gene’s was racing stock cars from 1964-1969 at the Tulsa Fairgrounds and surrounding tracks, which was a huge family outing for his children every weekend.
Gene is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Jim, daughter Linda, son Michael and grandson John Earl.
Gene is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Margaret of the home, Sister Betty Garland, husband Lavar of Kellyville; Sister Sue Vannoy, husband Robert of Claremore; Daughter, Patricia Broughton, husband Edward, of Sand Springs; Son Charles McCaskey, wife Dawnn, of Verdigris; Daughter Debra Anderson, husband Melvin, of Catoosa. Grandchildren Russell McCaskey, wife Sarah, of Tulsa; Jean McGuire, husband Jason, of Sapulpa; Brandy Overton, husband Patrick, of Madison, Wisconsin; Michael McCaskey, wife Hang, of Houston, Texas; Raymond McCaskey, wife Laura, of Sorento, Louisiana; Cameron McCaskey, wife Marynda, of Tulsa, Buddy Lantroop, of Texas; Dana Lantroop, of Oklahoma; Terra Wilson, husband Ron, of Texas. Great-Grandchildren Paige, Gabrielle, Austin, Ethan, Korben, Josie, Boone and Ella.
Visitation will be 5 p.m. -7 p.m. on Friday, December 22, 2017, and Funeral Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, December 23, 2017, both at the Smith Funeral Home, 1208 South Main, in Sapulpa. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Smith Funeral Home.

George Earl Morris

George Earl Morris of Sapulpa passed from this life Monday, December 18, 2017, at the age of 86. George was born July 29, 1931, in Creek County near Kiefer, Oklahoma to Arley Amos and Clara Fay Morris.
George attended Kiefer School until the sixth grade when the family moved to Sapulpa, where he graduated in 1949. George lettered in band, wrestling, and ran the mile in track. He entered the Army in 1950, where he was active in the Korean Conflict serving with the 7 th division, 31st Infantry Regiment until the end of the Korean war.
George met and married Patricia Furman, his childhood sweetheart, on January 16, 1954. Together they had two boys George Edward and James Wesley Morris. George had two brothers and one sister John Arley Morris, Billy Joe Morris and Betty Faye Moore of Harrison, Arkansas.
Late in life, George met and married a wonderful lady, Opal Billings, who stole his heart and accepted his sons as her very own.
George was preceded in death by his parents, Arley and Clara Fay Morris; brother ,Billy Joe Morris and wife, Patricia, who was taken to be with the Lord after a long battle with cancer.
Services were held at 10 a.m., Thursday, December 21, 2017, at the Smith Funeral Chapel in Sapulpa, OK, with Pastor Steve Davis, officiating. Burial will be at Green Hill Memorial Gardens also in Sapulpa. Services are under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, 1208 S. Main, Sapulpa

Cleon Laverne Kreider

Cleon Laverne Kreider went to be with his Lord on December 19th, 2017 at the age of 80 years. He was residing with his grandson, Jeramiha Wiles, and his family in Broken Arrow, OK when he passed.
Cleon was born on January 6th, 1937, in West Springfield, PA to Kenneth Kreider and Alberta Bateman. He loved his country so instead of going to high school, he chose to sign up to join the Air Force. He served his country from January 1955 to May 1959 when he was honorably discharged with a good conduct medal.
Cleon had 3 daughters, Virginia Thomas of OH, Colleen Rae-Steward, and Carolyn Wiles. From his 3 daughters, he had 6 grandchildren and around 11 great-grandchildren. Cleon worked and retired from the glass factory in Sapulpa. He loved tending to his acreage, cracking black walnuts to send to loved ones and gardening. He raised chickens for many years as well, until his health declined.
If you state that Cleon was a “sweet man”, you didn’t know him well enough. He made his mistakes in life but he was a man with a one of a kind spirit and a fire in his soul. He loved but he did not spoil. He was not afraid to tell you what he really thought either. He had his faults but he was a wonderful, giving man with a fierce demeanor who loved his church family at Sunrise Baptist. He was a man of his Lord and he would do what he could to help those who needed it.
Cleon joins his wife, Bea Kreider, and his daughter Carolyn Wiles, as well as his grandsons, Heath and Jason in Heaven.
Cleon’s viewing with the family is set for December 26th, 2017 from 11am to 1pm at Green Hill Funeral Home in Sapulpa, OK. His funeral will be held at 2:00 pm on December 27th, 2017 at Green Hill Funeral Home Chapel in Sapulpa, OK with burial in Green Hill Memorial Gardens. Reception will follow for family at Sunrise Baptist Church in Kellyville, OK.
The family is asking for donations to cover the remaining funeral expenses in lieu of flowers.
Remember that “the early bird catches the worm when gardening.”

Billy Lee Hathaway

Billy Lee Hathaway was born September 30, 1928, in Bowden, Oklahoma to Oscar Bird and Nancy (Cearley) Hathaway. He passed away Thursday morning, December 14, 2017, in his home in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
Bill worked in the maintenance transportation department for OG&E and also owned and operated B&L Automotive Mechanic Repair Shop in Sapulpa. He served with the “B” Company, 20th Infantry Battalion, USMCR, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Bill was a member of the First United Metodist Church in Wagoner and a member of the Believers’s Sunday School Class. Bill contributed to his church in many ways and adopted nursing home patients and saw to their needs.
He enjoyed flying and partnered with a friend in the ownership of an airplane. he was an avid beekeeper, a machinist, and well known in Wagoner as the “Candy Man.”
Bill is survived by his children, Debbie Dugan of Beggs, Mark Hathaway of Sapulpa, Kirk Hathaway and wife, Terry, of Muskogee and Nancy Sherwood and husband, Bryan, of Sapulpa; eight grandchildren, Ashley Bowling, Korey Bowling, Devin Gray, Trevor Smith, Billie Hathaway, Stacey Dugan, Shawn Fowler and Dusty Fowler, five great grandchildren, Skylar, Paxtyn, Trey, Tyler and Cayden and friend, Ed James and wife, Jazzlyn, of Wagoner.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Evelyn McGinnis, and his long-time companion, Ardis Williams.
Graveside services were held at 10 a.m., Monday, December 18, 2017, in the South Heights Cemetery in Sapulpa with military honors provided by the Sapulpa High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC. A celebration of life followed at 1 p.m., in the First United Methodist Church with the Reverend Jim Hollifield officiating.

Nettie Verdina Ashley

Nettie Verdina Ashley, 75, of Sapulpa, went to be with her Lord on December 17, 2017, surrounded by her family.
Nettie was born on March 8, 1942, in Sapulpa to Verdie and Nettie Lightfoot. She attended Central High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Later in life, she studied at the International Chaplain Academy where she graduated.
Nettie worked as a vocational nurse at St. Francis Hospital, in administration at Northside Nursing Home, teacher’s aide at Bartlett School for the Handicapped, Volunteer Coordinator for Good Shepherd Hospice, real estate sales, Walmart Associate, restaurant owner and was a security guard in Baltimore, Maryland. Nettie loved to help others; she served as a Sunday school teacher and helped the Blue Star Mothers accomplish their mission.
Nettie met and married the love of her life ,Willie Ashley. They recently celebrated 39 years of marriage.
Nettie loved crafting, gardening, doll collecting, and spending time with her family and friends.
She was a fierce prayer warrior, she loved to reach out to others in their time of need and pray with them. Her heart and compassion to help others always came first even ahead of her own needs. She was greatly loved and will be missed by all her family and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents; Verdie and Nettie Lightfoot, brothers: Melbourne Henshaw and Vernon Henshaw.
She is survived by her loving husband Willie, daughter, Deana Exendine and husband Larry of Tulsa son, Billy J. Partain and wife April of Andrews, Texas son, Ashley M. Ashley and wife Skyla of Tulsa, 17 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren, sister; Dorothy Nichols and husband Paul of Sapulpa, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of relatives and friends.
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday, December 21, at Smith Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be 10 a.m., Friday, December 22, 2017, at the Westside Freewill Baptist Church in Sapulpa. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, 1208 South Main in Sapulpa.

Ethel Dathleen Mercer

Ethel Kathleen (Bunch) Mercer, known by friends and family as Kathy, took her first breath July 25, 1945 in Lamar, Arkansas. She was born to Fred and Maxie Bunch. She was one of 6 children. Kathy took her last breath on December 19th, 2017 in Glenpool, Oklahoma at the Glenpool Nursing Center.
Kathy attended Sapulpa Schools and married Ronnie Mercer on March 28, 1965 and together with his daughter, Mary Louise, they became a family.
The couple later adopted 2 boys to complete the family, Steven Strain and Donald Strain, Jr.
Kathy worked as a unit secretary at Bartlett Medical Center for many years. She and her husband Ronnie enjoyed bowling together when they were younger. She also enjoyed many crafts and loved making things for people. She was always sewing, tatting or crocheting. Many friends and family received blankets, sweaters and other homemade gifts over the years.
Kathy was preceded in death by her parents, brother Teddy and sister Jackie. She is survived by her husband Ronnie Mercer; daughter Mary Louise Clagg; sons Steven Strain and Donald Strain; daughter-in-law Cassandra Strain; siblings Virginia, Jackie and husband Delbert and Ruth Ann and husband J.C as well as sister-in-law Norma. She is also survived by grandchildren Jacob, Rhiannon Kayla, Donavan, Jamie, Nathan, Jonathan, Rayden and many great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be at 2:00 pm Friday, December 22m 2017 at Green Hill Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Green Hill Memorial Gardens. Visitation is Thursday from 12-8 pm. 400 E. Teel Rd.

Legend Leon Brumley

Legend Leon Brumley, 34, passed away from this life on December 16 th , 2017 at home. Legend was born on May 21, 1983, in Claremore, OK to Charlie Earl and Karen Brumley. Legend was raised in Kellyville, OK and attended Kellyville Public Schools where he graduated in 2001. He was a member of the Kellyville Baseball and Wrestling teams, and attended Central Technology Center where he received a degree in Motorcycle Mechanics. After graduation, Legend became a volunteer fireman for the Kellyville Fire Department along with his friends.
Legend never met a stranger. His friends came from all walks of life. Legend was outgoing and loved to be around people. Legend enjoyed racing horses with his parents, coon hunting with his dad and buddies, playing softball, and riding bulls. Legend was an avid pool player. He played on multiple pool leagues for many years competing and winning many titles.
People loved Legend’s fun-loving, caring personality. He was a devoted friend and wouldn’t hesitate to Two-Step you across the dance floor or grab you for a duet on Karaoke night.
Legend is preceded in death by his parents, Charlie Earl and Karen Brumley, Grandparents Charlie Brumley, Charles and Betty Robbins, Uncles Terry Robbins and Claude Coats, Aunts Shirley Harris and Maryann Coats. Legend was also the great-great-grandson of Thomas Jefferson Brumley, who was the Chief of Police of Sapulpa in the 1930s.
Legend is survived by his Grandma, Erma Brumley of the home, sisters, Shawna Hughes and husband Roger of Jenks, Miracle Woods and husband Rusty of Kellyville. Nephews and Nieces, Brayden Hughes, Emily Bowers, Brooklynn Woods, and Ryder Woods, Aunts Sherry Langston and husband Marc of Mannford, Kathy Hastreiter and husband Bill of Houston, TX. Cousins, Jennifer Long and husband Randy of Tulsa, Jessica Green of Fort Smith, AR, Summer Dysinger of Broken Arrow, Autumn Harris of Tulsa, and Girlfriend, Carla Walker of Sapulpa.
Legend was a devoted son, brother, grandson, nephew, and big uncle. Legend lived life to the fullest and will be greatly missed by those who knew him.
Visitation will be Wednesday, December 20 th, 2017, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Thursday, December 21 st , 2017 at 2:30 p.m. at Pickett Prairie Baptist Church, located at 11330 W 181 st St S, Sapulpa. The Reverend Randy Parker officiating. Interment to follow at South Heights Cemetery also in Sapulpa.
The family of Legend Brumley would like to express their sincere “Thank You” to everyone for thoughts and prayers during the loss of their loved one. Arrangements are under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, 1208 S. Main, Sapulpa.

Camilla Sue Howell

Camilla Sue Howell, 69, of Mounds, Oklahoma passed from this life on Monday, December 18, 2017, at Hillcrest South Hospital in Tulsa. She was born October 11, 1948, in Mounds to Arnold and Alpha Excendine.
She was a loving mother of two children and worked at the Bank and was a tax preparer. She loved reading, outdoor activities, cooking, belly dancing and being with family.
She is survived by her son; Ryan Howell, grandchildren; Zachery Howell, and Mackenzi Howell, and sister; Sharon Brewer.
She is preceded in death by her parents; Arnold and Alpha Excendine, son; James Howell, and brother; Jesse Excendine.
Funeral Services will be 2 p.m., Friday, December 22, 2017, at the First Christian Church in Mounds . Visitation will be Thursday, December 21, 2017 from 5-7 at the Smith Funeral Home 1208 South Main in Sapulpa. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Smith Funeral Home.

 

Amber Kay Harper

Amber Kay Harper, age 34, went to be with our Lord and Savior on Friday, December 15, 2017, at the St. John Medical Center, Tulsa, OK. She was born March 29, 1983, in Bartlett Hospital, Sapulpa, Ok. She was the daughter of Chris Harper and Karen Newell.
A devoted mother of three children of the home; Kristina and John Reed and adopted daughter Breanna Garrett; father, Chris Harper; mother, Karen and husband, Tim Newell; sister, Kimberly Dever; brother, Chance Harper; grandmother, Thelma Harper; nephews, Kiefer Williams and Noah Harper; niece, Madison Harper; Aunt Debby and husband, Chuck Evans; uncles, Tim Harper and wife Cindy, and Randy Nicholson, a very special person in her life, Jessie Taylor, and numerous cousins, friends and other family members.
Amber was a graduate of Bristow High School 2002. She attended Central VO Tech in Drumright. She was an employee of Wal-Mart in Bixby, OK. Her children were her life. She worked hard to provide for them and make sure they were always happy and smiling. She loved them with all her heart. She would volunteer her time with any organization the kids were in to help in any way she could.
She is preceded in death by her paternal grandfather; Connie Harper and her maternal grandmother; Trini Gomez, and grandfather; John Nicholson.
In lieu of flowers, the family will be setting up a memorial fund at American Heritage Bank in Sapulpa for John and Kristina Reed for their education and other needs.
Visitation will be Wednesday, December 20, 2017, from 4-7:30 p.m. and funeral services will be 1 p.m., Thursday, December 21, 2017, both at the Smith Funeral Home Chapel, 1208 South Main, in Sapulpa. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Smith Funeral Home

Curtice Eugene Hillis, Sr.

Curtice Eugene Hillis, Sr., (Pops) 84, of Sapulpa passed from this life on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at Clarehouse, Tulsa, OK. Originally from Shawnee, OK, Mr. Hillis was born on June 25, 1933, to Arthur Sewell and Allie Isabel Hillis.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, where he served a short duration based in Vallejo, CA. in 1952. Mr. Hillis and family relocated in 1963 to Sand Springs, OK.
During this time, he was employed as a salesman until accepting employment with Allied Green Stamp Corporation for nearly 20 years. He then pursued his own career as owner of a small delivery service throughout the Tulsa Metroplex. He finished His career as a substitute school teacher in Sand Springs, Sapulpa, and Berryhill School Districts. He also served on the Sapulpa School Board for several years as well.
He retired as a Nurse’s Aid in Adult Healthcare in early 2017 from Inverness Village, Tulsa, OK. As a resident of Sand Springs, He became involved in his sons’ Little League Baseball programs, Jr. Olympic Wrestling, Jr. High and Sr. High School Wrestling. He then became a wrestling referee for over the next 25 years. He loved all the kids he became involved with over the years of his coaching and refereeing.
He is survived by his three children; Curtice Hillis Jr., of the home, Rickey (Bub) Hillis and wife, Betsy, of Big Canoe, GA, Cindy Ledbetter, and husband Hank, of Sapulpa, two sisters and one brother; Louise Fisicaro, of Midwest City, Helen Sarsgard, of Dayton, OH, John Hillis of Grove, OK, 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife; Ivy P. Hillis, parents; Arthur and Allie Hillis; sister, Barbara Parsons; two brothers, Marvin and James Hillis, and one grandson; Chad Russell Hillis.
Family will accept visitors from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, December 15, 2017, at Smith Funeral Chapel, 1208 S Main St, Sapulpa, OK. Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 16, 2017, at First Baptist Church, 200 S Elm St, Sapulpa, OK. Interment to follow at Fairview Cemetery, Shawnee, OK. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Smith Funeral Home.