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Lt. Col. (retired) Charles Ray Peters, age 73, died Saturday, May 31, 2014 in an Oklahoma City hospital after a short illness.
He was born Aug. 10, 1940 in Hartford, Ky. to Charles Jasper and Alta G. (Fuqua) Peters. He grew up in Louisville, Ky. and was a graduate of DuPont Manual High School. He attended the University of Louisville, where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1962, and he later earned a Master of Science in counseling and guidance from Troy State University in 1974. He was a career veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving from 1962 onward, including service in Vietnam as a C-130 pilot and later activity in air traffic control. He retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1983. After a short time working in real estate, he returned to aviation and was employed for twenty years by the Federal Aviation Administration, where he was active in flight checking navigational aids for instrument approaches. During his flying career, he gained significant operational experience in over ten separate models of turboprop and jet aircraft, from the T-38 to the Boeing 737. While based in Washington, D.C., Charlie flew many senior level FAA, NTSB and other U.S. government officials worldwide, to assist in transportation accident investigations and other official government business. After retiring from FAA in 2004, he very much enjoyed being a “gentleman farmer and rancher” in Mustang. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of the Good Shepherd.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents and two wives, Robbie and Linda Ruth.
He is survived by his first wife, Georgiana Peters of Oklahoma City; their two daughters, Kim Wilson and husband John of Hanover, N.H. and Katherine Clark and husband Jeff of Oklahoma City; and two stepdaughters, Susan Collyar and husband Todd of Colorado and Karen Kay Nadeau of Dalton, Ga. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Carter, Chandler, Daniel, Rebecca, Kennedy, Kassidy and Rachel; three step-grandchildren; an aunt; and several cousins.
The family will receive visitors on Sunday, June 8 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service. Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 9 at United Methodist Church of the Good Shepherd in Yukon, with interment following in Mt. View Cemetery in Mt. View, Okla. Memorial contributions in his honor may be made to United Methodist Church of the Good Shepherd, or to the Wounded Warrior Project.
The family would like to express their deep gratitude to Charlie’s special friends, Larry and Beverly Gable and Richard and Vicki Mason, for their abiding love and support during his recent illness.
Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.
Dorothy Lorraine Flowers, age 92, went peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday evening, June 2, 2014.
She was born Feb. 11, 1922 in Marshall, Okla. to Frank H. and Emilie C. (Weber) Ficken. She grew up in Marshall and was a 1941 graduate of Marshall High School. Being a farmer’s daughter, she helped on the family farm until moving to Enid, where she worked a various jobs before becoming a medical assistant to several doctors. She moved to Mustang in 1970 and worked for a time at the FAA cafeteria. She was a member of Mustang United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant daughter; and two brothers, Leon and Alfred.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Royce of the home; one daughter, Joyce Flowers of Yukon; two sons, Tim Flowers and wife Diana of Decatur, Ga. and Robert Flowers and wife Melissa of Leesburg, Ga. Also by one granddaughter, Louisa; and one sister, Hilda Miller of Coppell, Texas. Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 6 at Mustang United Methodist Church, with interment following in Mustang Cemetery. Arrangements are by McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service. Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.
Earlene Rollins, age 70, died Sunday, June 8, 2014 at her home in Mustang.
She was born July 23, 1943 in Oklahoma City to Earl and Stella (Watkins) Parson. Earlene was a 1961 graduate of U.S. Grant High School. She received her business degree and worked as a compliance officer for the U.S. Department of Labor, retiring in 1990. She was a member of The Bridge Assembly of God Church in Mustang. She was a hospice volunteer and a judge for the USA Boxing and Golden Gloves organizations. She enjoyed redecorating her house and working in the yard but loved spending time with her family, her close friends and her animals.
Earlene was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Rollins; son, Jon Hays Foster; both parents; and brother, Robert Parson.
She is survived by three daughters, Kelly Provencio, Tina Wilson and significant other Jeff Roberts and Stephanie Ann Rollins. Also by Craig Hasbrouck, her significant other and best friend; five grandchildren, Jade Wilson, Jagger Wilson, Destiny Foster, Jacob Provencio and Presley Nowlin; one brother, Charles Parson; and sister, Loretta Petterson.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday June 11 at McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service, with interment to follow in Mustang Cemetery. Online condolences may be made too www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.
Nita Colleen (York) Chestnut, age 77, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, June 7, 2014.
She was born Oct 23, 1936, in Nash, Okla. to LeRoy and Alma (Yoder) York. She graduated from Nash High School in 1955 as class Valedictorian. Nita worked as a medical transcriptionist in Shattuck, Okla., before moving to Mustang in 1973. While living in Mustang, Nita worked as an administrative assistant at Mustang Public Schools for 21 years. She was an active member of The Bridge Assembly of God. She served as an information volunteer, compassion cook and member of the sewing ministry, providing prayer quilts and dresses as missionary work. Nita was a sports fanatic, but her pride and joy of life was watching her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren participate in activities, no matter how far she had to travel.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, O’Neil of the home; two daughters, Anita Rae and husband Tommy Emmons of Shattuck and, Deanna and husband Larry Ashpaugh of Shattuck; three sons, Terry and wife Fran of Mustang, Troy of Bixby and Craig and wife Shannon of Mustang. She had nine grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren. She is also survived by three siblings, Bill York of Nash, Pat Cronkhite of Enid and Tommy York, also of Nash.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Bridge Assembly of God Inner City Church Plant.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 11 at The Bridge Assembly of God Church, with interment to follow at Mustang Cemetery. Online condolences may be made to www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.
DePurda ”De” Willits, Jr., age 77, died peacefully at his home in Mustang on Saturday, June 7, 2014.
He was born June 28, 1936 at Big Cabin, Okla. to Depurda and Mabel (Ishmael) Willits, Sr. The family moved frequently, so growing up and attending school was spread from Tennessee, Arizona, Texas and finally back to northeast Oklahoma, where he graduated from Vinita High School in Vinita, Okla. De served proudly in the U.S. Air Force, where he was stationed in the United States and Japan. He worked many years in the field of banking, retiring in 2003. De was a member of Canadian Valley Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Leo and Delbert; and two sister,s Juanita and Velma.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Louise of the home; one son, David Willits and wife Christie of Mustang; two daughters, Dea Anna Mengers and husband Karl of Mustang and Sharon Louise Dillon and husband Allen of Blanchard. Also by six grandchildren, Jessica, Kristine, Ashley, Arron, Jeneve and Matthew. De was looking forward to his first great grandchild in September.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at Mustang Cemetery under the direction of McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service. Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.
David A. Abbey was born June 7, 1947 in Lapeer, Mich. to David Lewis Abbey and Myrtle Alta (Raymond) Abbey.
He passed away June 1, 2014, at his home in Mustang in the presence of family and friends. David grew up in Flint, Mich. and joined the U.S. Army in 1966, where he served actively for over 14 years. David moved to Mustang in 1981 and worked for the city of Mustang water/sewer department for more than 10 years.
David was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Judy Eastburn of Rocky Comfort, Mo.
David is survived by his wife, Patsy of 46 years; daughter, Diana Walker and husband Robert of Weatherford; son, Christopher Abbey and wife Stephanie of Bethany; youngest daughter, Marilyn Nichols and husband Chris of Mustang; eight grandchildren, Misty and Kevin Walker, David Abbey and wife Bre, Kirsten and Christopher Abbey, Angel Mowry and husband Ryan, Alex Boyd and Brett Johnson; two great grandchildren, Elijah and Maisie; brother, James Abbey and wife Sally of Dunnellon, Fla.; sister, Joyce LaBean and husband Al of Oklahoma City; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 6, at Mustang Nazarene Church at 700 E. state Highway 152 in Mustang.
Betty Raye (Cope) Dolton, age 75, passed away peacefully with her family at her side on Saturday, May 31, 2014.
She was born July 25, 1938 in Oklahoma City to Jesse V. and Betty R. (Clapp) Cope and grew up in Oklahoma City. She was a 1956 graduate of U.S. Grant High School and had taken several college programs. She was married to Ronnie Dolton of Mustang shortly after high school and became a resident of Mustang. Betty was a longtime rural mail carrier in Mustang and made a host of friends along her mail routes. She was a member of Mustang United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ronnie; and one sister, Doris.
Survivors include two sons, Rusty and wife Tanya and Jody and wife Deleshia, all of Mustang; four grandchildren, Dusty, Ashlee, Kristen, Virginia; five great grandchildren, Riley, Sara, Chloe, Brylee, Paisley; and one brother, Marvin Cope of Coca Beach, Fla.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 5, 2014 in the Chapel of The Good Shepherd at McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service with interment to follow in Mustang Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.
René Monine Dennard was born in Odessa, Texas on Aug. 21, 1960 to her loving parents, Dale and Doris Smith.
On May 29,2014, with her family by her side, René overcame her battle with cancer when she went to be with her Heavenly Father. René grew up in Odessa, Texas, and graduated from Permian High School in 1978. She moved to Oklahoma in 1981, where she met and later married Michael Dennard on July 7, 1984 at 7:30 p.m. Mike and René had two children, and René often stated that raising two accomplished children was her greatest achievement. René loved her job as business manager for the Federal Aviation Administration Power Services Group. She lived to inspire others with her kindness, generosity and genuine love for people. René was preceded in death by her grandparents. She is survived by her parents, Dale and Doris; her husband of 30 years, Mike; daughter, Ashley and husband Jazton Sale; son, Mitchell Dennard; and brother, Randy Smith and wife Sandy, all of Mustang. She is also survived by her mother-in-law, Lou; two brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held June 4, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Mustang United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in Mustang Cemetery, Mustang, under the direction of McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service. Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.
Roy Lynn Ward, age 54, died tragically on Thursday, May 29, 2014 in a truck accident in Blaine County.
He was born Nov. 14, 1959 in Borger, Texas, to GW and Alice (Martin) Ward and grew up in the Norman area. He moved as a teenager to Roosevelt, Okla., where he was a 1978 graduate of Roosevelt High School. He had worked in the oil field and trucking industry and presently owned and operated Ward Trucking Co. Roy lived in Mustang since 1986 and was a member of Lakehoma Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents.
Survivors include his mother, Alice Ward of Ringling, and his wife of 34 years, Peggy of the home. Also by three daughters, Melissa Oakes and husband Kevin, Kimberly Lemley and husband Chris and Rebecca Collins and husband James, all of Mustang; five grandchildren, Jessica, Bryler, Westyn, Korbyn and Sofia; two brothers, Calvin Ward and wife Lesa of Hobart and Curtis Ward and wife Paula of Healdton; and one sister, Glynda Ward of Ringling.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 3, at Lakehoma Church of Christ in Mustang, with interment following at 3 p.m. in Elk City Cemetery, under the direction of McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service. Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.
Aaron Ross Hancock, 35, of Mustang died May 21, 2014 in Edmond.
Aaron was born Dec. 21, 1978 in Pordenone, Italy, when his father was stationed there. He moved to Mustang in 2009 and worked at Terracon. Aaron loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter. He enjoyed spending time with his family and dog, Sammie. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Aaron was survived by fiancée Lisa Woods and her children, Taylor and Takoda Ray, all of Mustang; parents, Stanley Hancock of Paliode, Neb. And Labeth Nall of Ardmore; siblings, Amy Hancock of Ardmore and Adam Hancock of Loveland, Colo.; nephew, Austin Hancock; and niece, Ali Hancock.
Memorial services were held May 24 in Ardmore under the direction of Harvey-Douglas Centennial Chapel.