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Aubrey Baty, 84, was called home on March 22.
Born May 3, 1929, in Enid, Okla., Aubrey lived in Medford until moving to Thayer, Kan., where he attended school until his senior year. He graduated from Marysville High School in California and joined the U.S. Air Force immediately afterward, serving four years. Aubrey worked for Bridgestone/Firestone until his retirement at 58. He filled his leisure time enjoying his cattle ranch, golfing, shooting pool, having coffee with longtime friends, spending time with family, vacationing and filling the leftover time just riding around the countryside seeing what had changed since his last drive.
Preceded in death by his mother, Opal Brown and step-father Ralph, his father Eugene Baty and step-mother Mildred, sister Najean Baty, and his son-in-law Pete Cox, he is deeply missed by his wife Elaine Sutherland Baty of 43 years; his daughters, Donna B Cox, Pam Hubbard (Howard) and Stacey Vascellaro (Adam); his sons, Rodney Baty (Jamie) and Scott Baty; eight granddaughters, six with their spouses; four grandsons; 14 great-granddaughters and seven great-grandsons.
Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, March 27 at Western Oaks Christian Church in Bethany. Online condolences may be made to www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.
Mary Agnes Parsons, 85, died Sunday, March 23, 2014 after a long illness.
She was born Nov. 28, 1928 in Oklahoma City to Dennis “D.R.” and Roberta J. (Wartchow) Majors. Mary grew up in southern Grant County and moved to the Oklahoma City/Spencer area as teenager. She was a graduate of Central High School in Oklahoma City. Mary was a housewife, mother and grandmother and was a painter of fine china. She was a member of Mustang United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bill, one brother Bob and a niece Julie.
Survivors include one son, Larry Joe Parsons and wife Suzanne of Mustang; one daughter, Carol Sue Miller of Edmond; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Integris Hospice House or the Leukemia Foundation in care of McNeil’s Funeral Service.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 26 in the Chapel of The Good Shepherd at McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service, with interment following in Yukon Cemetery, Yukon. Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.
Shirley Ann Powell was born on Feb. 11, 1935 and went to be with the Lord on March 17, 2014.
Shirley was the daughter of Raymond and Olive Hudson of Broxton, Okla. She graduated from Broxton High School in 1952, married Kenneth Powell and began a career as mother, homemaker and as a business administrator for Huston-DePue.
Shirley loved traveling, fishing, and watching OU and Thunder basketball games. Her greatest joys were her grandchildren Tyler, Kaitlin and great-grandson, Beckham. She was a wonderful mother and MeMe. She will be dearly missed.
She is survived by daughter Taina and husband Dale Erickson of Yukon and daughter Shelly and husband Tim Jackson of Dallas. Also, sister Neva Phillips of Ninnekah and brother Larry and wife Shirley of Moore.
The family would like to thank the Arbor House Assisted Living for their wonderful caregiving.
D. Lee Hill, age 83, went to be with the Lord on Monday, March 17, 2014 from his home in Oklahoma City.
He was born Nov. 14, 1930 in Ravenna (Fannin County), Texas to Desmond and Allie Mae (Aderholt) Hill. He grew up in Amber and Oklahoma City and was a 1949 graduate of Capitol Hill High School. Lee proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. He received his bachelor of science degree from the University of Oklahoma. Lee worked over 30 years for the St. Paul Insurance Companies, retiring in 1993 as claims manager. He was an “avid” OU fan, loved to play golf and bowl. For many years he was a professional musician, playing keyboard. He was a longtime member of Mustang United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife Joyce Maudine (Shults); two sons, James L. Hill and wife Kim of Mustang and Kevin Eugene Hill and wife Michele of Deer Creek; and one daughter, Deborah Joyce Inman and husband David of Amarillo, Texas. Also nine grandchildren – Brian, Emilie, Lauren, Spencer and Nikki (twins) Noah, Bennett and Caroline (twins) and Chloe; five great grandchildren – Bralee, Carrington, Tanner, Haylee and Burklynn.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Malcom Hunter DAR Scholarship Fund in care of McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service.
Visitation will be Thursday, March 20 from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m., with family receiving friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 21, at the Mustang United Methodist Church, with interment following at 2 p.m. in Ft. Sill National Cemetery, Elgin, Okla. under the direction of McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service. Online condolences may be made to mcneilsmustangfs.com.
Ethel “Darlene” Crown was born to Joseph Elroy and Ethel Neola Haining Crown on Jan. 5, 1928, in Agra, Kan. She died on March 16, 2014, in Yukon at the age of 86.
Darlene was the youngest of seven children. She completed high school in Agra, Kan. and attended business classes at Brown Mackey College in Salina, Kan., before completing a radiology technician apprenticeship. She worked as an x-Ray technician in Nebraska and California until she married Dale E. Davis on Sept. 30, 1955, in Lacrosse, Kan. She continued to work occasionally throughout her marriage; at the time of her retirement in 1987, she was working at Parkview Hospital in El Reno, Okla.
Dale and Darlene raised four children while living in Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma. Darlene was an incredible wife and mother. She was the epitome of gentleness, kindness and love. As Dale worked long, hard hours on the railroad, he fully trusted Darlene to take care of everything in the home. Darlene greatly enriched Dale’s life, bringing joy, laughter and discipline to their home. Dale and Darlene took their children on wonderful vacations, visiting family and enjoying God’s richest creation. Darlene loved her Lord Jesus Christ and strived to live for him and taught her children to do the same.
Darlene was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Wayne Crown and Dale Crown and wife Thyral Crown; her sisters, Evelyn and husband Dale Haining, Opal and husband Steve Lagmay, Dorothy and husband Warren Davis and brother-in-law John Stallings.
She is survived by one sister, Esther Stallings, many nieces and nephews, and by her loving husband, Dale, and her children, Dana and wife Lesa Davis, LuAnne Nooe and husband Bob Nooe, son Kirby Davis and daughter Robin Stroud and husband Raymond Stroud, as well as her beloved grandchildren, Rachel Davis, Gretchen Stroud, Samantha Davis, Ray Stroud, Austin Nooe, Emily and husband and Waide Scott, Hilary Davis, Andy Davis, Katie Nooe and Joseph Stroud.
Darlene will be GREATLY missed by her family; but she will be welcomed by the multitude of saints in heaven who greeted her on her arrival!
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 19, at First Baptist Church, Mustang.
John Edward Towler of Lindsay, Okla. passed from this life on Friday, March 14, 2014, at the age of 57.
John was born Aug. 30, 1956, in Oklahoma City to Art Lee Towler and Geraldine Ann (Haggin) Towler-Boomer. John lived in the Lindsay area for many years and was a member of the Erin Springs Baptist Church. He enjoyed motorcycle riding, and was a member of the Patriot Guard Riders. His other favorite pastime activities included fishing and spending time with the grandkids. John worked as a truck driver for many years. He also worked at KBLP radio station and loved delivering flowers, especially at Valentine’s Day, for Jim & Jean’s Flowers.
John never met a stranger and was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone that needed it.
John is survived by two sons, Jason and wife Natalie Towler and Nick and wife Chelsie Towler, both of Mustang; the mother of their two sons, Patricia Boatright; three brothers, Mark Harris and wife Pam of Dibble, Okla., David Towler and wife Sandy of Lindsay, Okla. and Joe Towler of Edmond; three sisters, Paula Fletcher of Moore, Katherine Shelburne of Mustang and Barbara Trujillo and husband Poncho of Mustang. He also leaves behind five grandchildren, Cody Lee, Chase Towler, Lyric Towler, Chord Towler and Landon Towler, and a host of nieces and nephews.
John was preceded in death by his father, Art Towler and stepmother, Libby Towler; his mother, Geraldine “Geri” Towler-Boomer and stepfather Herschel Boomer; his sister, Teri Nichols; one brother, Arthur Towler; one brother-in-law, James Fletcher; one sister-in-law, Deborah Towler; three nephews, Troy Whatley, Craig and Kyle Towler; and one niece, Ginger Sharp.
Funeral Services for John are at 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 18, at Erin Springs Baptist Church, located on Highway 76 south of Lindsay, Okla. with Bro. Bill Love officiating. Interment will follow at Green Hill Cemetery in Lindsay. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.boydstonfuneralhome.com.
Dr. Horace S. Ward, Jr. age 74, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
He was born March 30, 1939 in Garahuns, Pernambuco, Brazil to Rev. Horace S. and Eva Carolyn (Hall) Ward, Sr. Horace spent the first 12 years of his life in Brazil and then moved with his family to Ashland, Ky. He graduated from high school at the Academy at Southwestern Bible College, Oklahoma City. He received his bachelor of arts degree from Cedarville University, Cedarville, OH, his bachelor of science degree from Central State University, Wilberforce, OH and his MA and PHD from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Horace was ordained into the ministry of the Church of God on June 27, 1966 and pastored churches in Ohio, Florida, Tennessee and Maryland. As an educator he served as instructor, assistant professor and Dean of Students at Lee University, Cleveland, Tenn. and as president of West Coast Christian College in Fresno, Calif. After retirement he moved to Yukon in August 2006 and was a member of Southern Hills Church of God in Oklahoma City.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson, Paul Horace Ward.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Marilyn of the home; one son, David Ward and wife Paula of Yukon; two brothers, Duteil Ward and wife Norine of Xenia, Ohio; Rev. James Ward and wife Joyce of Greensboro, N.C., brother-in-law, Wayne Eastham and wife Linda of Medical Lake, Wash.; four nieces, three nephews and their families. Horace has been blessed by a host of loving family and friends.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to The Parkinsons Foundation or to the Horace S. Ward Endowed Scholarship at The Pentecostal Theological Seminary, in care of McNeil’s Funeral Service.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 15 at Southern Hills Church of God in Oklahoma City with interment to follow in Yukon Cemetery, under the direction of McNeil’s Funeral Service, Mustang, Oklahoma. Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.
Karman Elayne (Atchley) Hague, age 57, died Tuesday, March 11, 2014. ]
She was born Nov. 2, 1956 in Oklahoma City to Willie and Annell (Bulloch) Atchley. She was a graduate from Classen High School in Oklahoma City. Karman was a Client Service Administrator at Covenant Global Investors. She enjoyed scrapbooking, crafts and watching the Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves and the OKC Blazers. But Karman’s love in life was spending time with her kids and watching her grandkids play soccer and baseball.
She was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her daughters, Tracie McLeroy and husband Kelly of Oklahoma City, Cyleena Phillips and husband Steve of Mustang; son, Daniel Hague and wife Savannah of Mustang; grandchildren, Mason, Ciera, Peyton, Kelli, Fisher and Cooper. Also, brothers, Allen Yanik and wife Paula of Yukon and Danny Atchley and wife Donna of Oklahoma City; sister, Sue Catlett and husband Jerry of Oklahoma City; nephew Travis Catlett and niece Amber Counasse.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday March 13, 2014 in the Chapel of The Good Shepherd at McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service. Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.
Larry Don Allen, age 51, died Thursday, March 6, 2014.
He was born March 3, 1963 in Oklahoma City to Arvin and Trudy (Godwin) Allen and grew up in Mustang. He was a 1981 graduate of Mustang High School. A machinist by trade, Larry Don worked many years for Wesmar Racing Engines in Bixby, Okla. before starting his own business, Allen Competition Engines. He started racing stockcars at age 15 and traveled all over the United States and Canada working for the Leitzinger Racing Team. He won two championships in Stockcars and one in Super Modified.
He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by two sons, John W. Allen and wife Leanna and Larry Don Allen, Jr., all of Ponca City and two grandchildren. Also by three brothers, Randy Allen of Mustang, Marvin Allen and wife Dianna of Oklahoma City, Shane Allen of Oklahoma City and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 14 at Mustang Church of The Nazarene with interment following in Mustang Cemetery under the direction of McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service, Mustang, Oklahoma. Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.
George Hughie Russell, age 82, passed from this life on Friday March 7, 2014 at his home in Mustang.
He was born July 2, 1931 in Oklahoma City to George N. and Della Faye (Taylor) Russell and grew up in the Nash/Covington communities. He moved to Oklahoma City as a teenager and was a graduate of Crooked Oak High School. He has been a resident of Mustang since 1976. George worked in oil field construction, starting his first business, Russell Construction Co., in 1963, and later, George H. Russell Oil and Gas Investments, Inc. and Russell Supply, Inc. in 1985. He partially retired in 1992, but continued with his investment company until his death.
George was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Onita; and two sisters, Weta and Wilma.
Survivors include one son, Gary Russell and wife Shonda of Tenaha, Texas; two daughters, Kathy Griffith and husband Gary of Yukon, and Cindy Hearne and husband Paul of Piedmont. He is also survived by eight grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; one brother, Joe Russell and wife Hazel of Russellville, Ark.; two sisters, Wanda Braley, and Susie Edwards and husband Sam, all of Mustang; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 12 in The Chapel of The Good Shepherd at McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service, with interment following in Resthaven Memory Gardens in Oklahoma City. Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.