Obituaries

Fri
22
Sep

James Edward Roberts, 1931 - 2017

James Edward Roberts was born Jan. 22, 1931, to Frank and Lois Roberts in Bristow. He departed this life Sept. 19, 2017, at the age of 86 years seven months and 29 days. He was a 40 year resident of Bristow. James grew up in and around the Bristow area and was a graduate of Bristow high school. James spent some time in Korea serving his country with the United States Army that spanned between 1951 and 1952. James worked with many different oil companies throughout his life. As an International oilfield drilling mechanic, his time with these companies would take him to such places as Chile, Argentina, Libya, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia. James raised paint horses. He loved riding, roping, and horse ranching. He is survived by his wife Jane, of the Bristow home; three children; Richard J. Roberts, Kitsy and James A. Roberts along with one sister, Virginia Ann Harting; four grandchildren; Jonathan, Benjamin, Austyn and Patrick Roberts and two great grandchildren.

Wed
20
Sep

Bobby Gene Howard Sr., 1940 - 2017

Bobby Gene Howard was born Nov. 13, 1940, to Stacy and Opal Howard in Muskogee. He departed this life at the age of 76 years, 10 months and two days.

He graduated from Depew High School. He then enlisted in the United States Navy and was stationed in California.

On Dec. 22, 1958, Bobby Gene Howard and Doris Lea Mayberry were united in marriage. They enjoyed 54 years together before her passing Dec. 22, 2012.

He retired from the United States Navy after over 20 years of service and one tour in Vietnam. He stayed very active after retirement working in the maintenance department and being both a police officer and later police chief for the City of Depew and a security supervisor for the City of Tulsa.

He enjoyed staying busy and loved tinkering with things specifically anything electrical; he could fix anything. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Wed
20
Sep

J. Patrick Moore, 1931 - 2017

Jack Patrick Moore was born March 4, 1931 to Avery Clark and Francile Abraham Moore in Tulsa. He departed this life Sept. 17, 2017, surrounded by his family, at the age of 86 years, five months and 15 days.

He graduated from Will Rogers High School in 1949 and from Oklahoma State University (Oklahoma A&M) in 1953, earning a bachelor’s degree in business with a minor in agriculture. He then served in the United States Air Force, retiring as a captain.

On March 28, 1975, J. Patrick Moore and Jo Anne Clark were united in marriage. He later retired as postmaster of the Bristow Post Office after 28 years of service and continued working on his ranch raising angus and brangus bulls.

Thu
14
Sep

Gary Lee Lawrence, 1947 - 2017

Gary Lee Lawrence was born Sept. 11, 1947, in Pauls Valley to Betty and Floyd Gates. He departed this life Sept. 12, 2017, at the age of 70 years and one day. He was a graduate of Bristow High School. He then attended Oklahoma State University where he received two associates’ degrees. He enlisted in the United States Army and served during the Vietnam War. On Feb. 7, 1976, Gary Lawrence and Donna Wimmer were united in marriage. He worked for many years at Oklahoma Fixture Company and then in heating and air industry. He was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Gary enjoyed volunteering at the Bristow Nutrition Center. He also enjoyed volunteering his time and efforts whenever. He favored being outdoors and gardening.

Tue
12
Sep

Dee Coy Pitts, 1939 - 2017

Dee Coy Pitts was born in Gypsy, on April 3, 1939, and departed this life in Milfay, on Sept. 6, 2017, at the age of 78 years. Dee was the son of John Magnus and Lucy (Little) Pitts. He was a resident of Gypsy and Milfay all of his life. He owned and operated his own Brick Mason Company. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Stroud, and loved to hunt, fish, and play horseshoes, but most of all he loved his family. He married Rose Elaine Wilson in Stroud on May 27, 1983. He is preceded in death by his parents, John Magnus and Lucy (Little) Pitts, one sister, Melvina Holman; three brothers, James, George and Jim Pitts.

Tue
05
Sep

Parker Lee Bond , 1933 - 2017

Parker Lee Bond was born Dec. 25, 1933 in Oklahoma City. He departed this life on Sept. 4, 2017, in Bristow, at the age of 83 years. He was a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force. His services are scheduled for 12 p.m., Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, at the Fort Gibson National Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Hutchins Maples Matherly Funeral Home.

Fri
01
Sep

Luella Coleman, 1924 - 2017

Funeral services for Drumright resident Luella Coleman will be held 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, in the Drumright First Christian Church with Rev. Jim Forrest officiating. Interment will follow in Euchee Valley Memorial Park near Cushing. Funeral services are entrusted to the care of Michael’s Funeral Home of Drumright. Luella Coleman was born in Bristow on Nov. 17, 1924, to the late Roy Kastendieck and Virgie (Anderson) Kastendieck. She passed from this life in Tulsa, on Aug. 27, 2017, at the age of 92 years, nine months and 10 days. Luella was raised and educated in Bristow and was a 1942 graduate of Bristow High School. She married Clyde L. Coleman in Bristow on Jan. 3, 1946 and they raised three children. The family moved to Drumright in 1952. Although mostly a homemaker, Luella had worked for a short time at Goddard- Artemis Garment Factory in Bristow and was an accomplished seamstress. In her spare time, she made kitchen scrubbies which she was well known for.

Tue
29
Aug

Joyce Elois Kitchens, 1925 - 2017

Joyce Elois Kitchens was born Aug. 24, 1925, to Alfred A. and Esther Mae Miller in Olio, Arkansas. She departed this life Aug. 24, 2017 at the age of 92 years old. She attended school in Danville, Arkansas. On Sept. 26, 1941, Joyce Elois Miller and Omer Leon Kitchens were united in marriage. To this union was born one son, Don. They enjoyed over 65 years together until his passing May 16, 2007. They had been Bristow residents since 1952 moving here from Okmulgee. She was a member of the First Free Will Baptist Church and the order of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed crocheting, gardening, reading and spending time with her grandchildren. She is survived by one son, Don Kitchens and wife, Brenda of Broken Arrow; one sister, Nell James, of Bristow; six grandchildren, Jeffrey Kitchens, Mark Kitchens, Dustin Kitchens, Tiffany Kitchens, Meggan Banfield and Jeremiah Banfield; eight great-grandchildren as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

Tue
29
Aug

John Robert Watson, 1945 - 2017

John Robert Watson was born Feb. 16, 1945, to Tom and Dorothy (Shelton) Watson in Bristow. He departed this life Aug. 24, 2017, at the age of 72 years, six months and eight days. He was a Muscogee Creek Nation citizen. He attended Bristow Public Schools. John started developing his riding skills in 1960 at the age of 15; winning his first organized race in 1962 at Midway Downs in Stroud. He was extremely driven to compete at a high level and worked very hard to be the very best at his craft. In 1973, he won the world’s richest quarter horse race “The All American Futurity”. His career spanned from 1960 until his retirement in 1981 from riding. He continued in the horse racing industry as an assistant starter at California tracks. John married Connie Deese in 1964 and from this union were born two daughters, Monica and Lucinda. On Dec. 7, 1991, John Robert Watson and Judy (Renfro) Luce were united in marriage.

Tue
29
Aug

Annabell Lea Farmer, 1935 - 2017

Annabell Lea Farmer was born Jan. 8, 1935, to Art and Alma Hudson in rural Creek County. She departed this life Aug. 27, 2017, at the age of 82 years seven months and 19 days. While living in Drumright, she met the love of her life, Johnnie Farmer. On June 6, 1953, the two were united in marriage at the Drumright Church of the Nazarene. Their marriage was a true testament of a Christian marriage. Annabell was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed her work at home and in church. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Johnnie Farmer; sons, Lynn Ray Farmer, Johnny Glenn Farmer and wife, Cheryl and Steven Douglas Farmer; grandchildren, Clifford Farmer, Leslie Ray, Kristy Ramey and husband Brad, Preston Farmer and wife, Branda, Stephenie Butterfield and husband, Josh, Samantha Farmer, Natalie Farmer, Jonathan Farmer and Cary Farmer as well as numerous great-grandkids, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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