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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.
Jim D. Davidson, age 68, died Saturday, March 8, 2014.
He was born Dec. 2, 1945 in Flagler, Colo. to Cecil and Betty (Crawford) Davidson. Jim was a high school graduate of Rolla, Kan. and attended Panhandle State College before being drafted into the U.S. Navy and serving in Vietnam. He was a custom cutter in the farming industry before going to work in the oil field industry. Jim enjoyed working, fishing, hunting and racing, but loved spending time with his wife of 45 years, Linda, his family and watching his grandkids play baseball. He was a member of The Bridge Church in Mustang.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Greg, Phil and Joe; and sister, Kathy.
He is survived by his wife Linda (Griffith); daughter Dana Mitchell and husband Brandon of Mustang; son Shad Davidson and fiancée Maria Fundaro of Oklahoma City; and daughter Ebba Anderson of Lubbock, Texas. Also by three grandchildren, Brock Baker, Jimmy Baker and Vincent Davidson.
Memorial Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 14, 2014 at The Bridge Assembly of God in Mustang. Online condolences may be made to www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.
Harold “Dale” Nelson, age 76, passed away Thursday, March 6, 2014.
He was born August 20, 1937 in Bismarck, ND to Clifford and Hazel (Smith) Nelson. Dale grew up in Driscoll, ND and joined the U.S. Air Force at the age of 17. He served during the Vietnam War as an aerospace physiological Instructor and retired as a Senior Master Sergeant after 23 years. After retirement he spent time in Houston, Texas, working with NASA before coming to the Federal Aviation Administration in Oklahoma City. Dale loved his family, from spending time with his wife of 56 years Rachel (Riojas) to being with family around the pool and at family gatherings.
He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Harvey, Duwayne, Curtis and Wendell.
Dale is survived by his wife Rachel of Mustang; daughter, Carrie Mayle and husband Doug of Lee’s Summit, Mo.; Diana Gates and husband John of Mustang; sons, David of Mustang; and Steve and wife Shyrel of Mustang. Also by grandchildren, William Mayle, Kristin Rae and husband Justin, Kendra Hale and husband Jarold, Erica Nelson and fiance Stephen Gambill, Jacklyn Owens and husband David, Clayton Nelson, Stephanie Secondi, Lauren Nelson, Randi Nelson and Hayden Nelson; great-grandchildren, Joseph Hale, Lydiah Hale and Tristan Owens; one brother, Leonard Nelson of Bismarck, ND; and one sister, Doris Stein of Steele, ND.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations in the name of Dale Nelson be made to the Holy Spirit Catholic Church Building Fund.
Services will be held on Wednesday, March 12 at 2 p.m. at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Mustang, with interment to follow in the Mustang Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.
Jerry Max Maynard of Mustang, age 80, died Tuesday, March 4, 2014.
He was born Dec. 2, 1933 in Pauls Valley, Okla. to Herschel and Florence (Duke) Maynard. Jerry was a graduate of Cordell High School and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Jerry proudly served in the U.S. Army. He was an educator and taught in the Dill City and Mountain View school districts, before becoming an elementary principal serving the districts of Mountain View, Putnam City, Yukon and Mustang. Jerry was the Mustang Elementary School principal from 1973-1988. He enjoyed traveling, golfing, camping and spectator sports, but his greatest love in life was his wife of 60 years, Yvonne, and his children and grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Herschel and Robert W. He is survived by his wife, Yvonne of the home; son, Bobby Maynard and wife Nancy of Great Falls, MT; daughter, Kathy Patterson and husband Larry of Naples, Fla.; daughter, Jill Vaverka and husband Brian of Midwest City; and son, Max Maynard and wife Suzie of Friendswood, Texas. Also survived by six grandchildren, Kate Kalanick, Stacy Maynard, Jenny Patterson, Sara Patterson, Kolby Vaverka and Kanton Vaverka.
Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, March 8 at Chisholm Heights Baptist Church in Mustang, with interment to follow in the Mustang Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.
Thurman J. “TJ” Hunker, age 93 died peacefully at the Veterans Center in Norman, OK on Wednesday March 5, 2014.
He was born Dec. 3, 1920 in Wheatland, Okla. to Thurman Joshua and Lucille M. (Weiche) Hunker and lived his entire life in Wheatland. He was a graduate of Capitol Hill High School and had a degree in business from Oklahoma City University. He proudly served his country in World War II serving in Italy, Africa and France. He was in the 45th Division, 645th Tank Destroyer Unit. After his service he returned to Wheatland where for many years was in business with his father at The Hunker Agency. He serviced the surrounding community with insurance, tax accounting and was the local tag agent. He was a lifetime member of Wheatland United Methodist Church and served many years on the cemetery board of Pleasant Valley Cemetery, where he also served as cemetery sexton. TJ was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dollie; and stepson Eddie. He is survived by two nieces, Janice Low of Oklahoma City and Sharon Trogdon of Broken Arrow; several great-nieces and nephews and three step-grandchildren, Brandy, Byron and Kevin.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to any veteran’s service organization or the American Cancer Society.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, in the Chapel of The Good Shepherd at McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service. Interment with military honors will be held at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Wheatland, Okla. Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.
Joyce Ann Rice, age 76, surrounded by her loving husband and children, went to meet her Lord and Savior on March 3, 2014.
She was born June 13, 1937 in Cambridge, Oklahoma to Oscar Clinton and Maggie Dezzy (Abston) Richey. Growing up in southwest Oklahoma, the daughter of a wheat farmer, she graduated from Lone Wolf High School in 1955. It was there she met Jerry, the love of her life, married and dedicated herself to making a Christian home for her husband and three children. Over the next 14 years, Joyce and the family moved several times, following better job opportunities, until finally settling in Mustang in 1969. Joyce was an active member of the Lakehoma Church of Christ. She worked at various jobs throughout her life and spent the last several years of her working life partnering with her husband in operating EC Paving Company, a family owned business.
Preceded in death by her parents and grandparents, she is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Jerry of the home; one son, Clendon Rice and wife Julie of Mustang; two daughters, Jan Guthrie of Mustang and Cathy Bowles and husband Larry of Ft. Gibson, Okla. Also by nine grandchildren, five great grandchildren and one sister Linda Cornwell of Mustang.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 6 at Lakehoma Church of Christ in Mustang, with internment following in the Mustang Cemetery under the direction of McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service. Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.
In memory of Joyce, donations can be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, http://donate.jdrf.org/info/jdrf/
Virgil Lee Gurley, age 76, died Sunday, March 2, 2014 in an Oklahoma City hospital after a short illness.
He was born December 15, 1937 in Chickasha to Ernest V. and Katherine Marie (Bozarth) Gurley. He grew up in the Minco/Mustang area and was a 1956 graduate of Mustang High School. He had lived most of his adult life in the Oklahoma City/Moore area where he was a truck driver. He worked many years for Bernie Mathes Trucking. He enjoyed his grandchildren and loved to play the guitar and sing.
Virgil was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Roberta.
He is survived by three sons, Gene, Randy and Kenny Gurley all of Oklahoma City; two daughters, Ramona Gurley of Oklahoma City and Kathy McBride of Frisco, Texas. Also by six grandchildren, Sarah, Evan, Brian, Samantha, Colton and Chase; four great grandchildren, Halie, Dylan, Katelyn and Bryant; one brother, Ray Gurley of Mustang; and one sister, Darla Wood of Oklahoma City.
Graveside rites will be held at noon on Thursday, March 6 at Evergreen Cemetery in Minco under the direction of McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service. Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.