Mordell Trammel, along with thousands of “the Greatest Generation,” began his “lifetime of service” with the U.S. Army in World War II where he fought in the Battle of Okinawa and in the invasion of the Philippines. After the war, he came back to Duncan and worked at the Old Sun Ray Refinery for 32 years. He was recently honored with a Lifetime Service Award at the Association of South Central Oklahoma Government’s annual meeting.
Trammell serves as chairman of the ‘poppy board” for the American Legion. He has volunteered with Stephens County Emergency Management since 1984 and started the local emergency planning committee for Stephens County.
Trammell has served on the ASCOG Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council for over 25 years and has represented Duncan and Stephens County in the Silver-haired legislature since 1988 and is a lifetime member of the Oklahoma Silver-haired Legislature Alumni Association.
He was an ombudsman volunteer for ASCOG for eight years, ensuring the rights of residents in long-term care facilities.
He has served over 600 hours as a volunteer for the Department of Human Services in Stephens County and was named as the Outstanding Older Oklahoman of the Year by the Department of Human Services.
He says, “I’m doing as much as I can, for as many as I can, for as long as I can!”
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Last monolingual Chickasaw citizen dies at 93
Emily Johnson Dickerson, a full blood Chickasaw who spoke only the Chickasaw language her entire life, died at her Ada home on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. She was 93.
Dickerson was the last monolingual Chickasaw language speaker, according to Joshua Hinson, director of the Chickasaw Nation Language Department.
Hinson, who has devoted his career to revitalization of the Chickasaw language, said today the loss of Dickerson was monumental. “I’m still trying to wrap my mind around the loss and what this means to the Chickasaw Nation,” he said.
Dickerson was one of only an estimated 70 remaining fluent speakers of the Chickasaw language.
Where is Mrs. Stephens County?
Julie Pittman, Mrs. Oklahoma 2013, recently competed at Mrs. America and won Mrs. Photogenic. Who will she crown as her successor? The search is on.
Mrs. Oklahoma is proud to announce its search for married women residing in Oklahoma who wish to receive the honor of representing their community in the 2014 State Competition. Selected applicants will receive an official title and banner and become their community’s representative.
Native American focus features works by Choctaw artist
Preparing for a temporary exhibit of works already in the vault at Chisholm Trail Heritage Center involved days of research for the staff, with curator Andy Couch overseeing the project. The exhibit features oil painting portraits and other images by the late Brunetta Bernard Griffith, of Choctaw ancestry, who died in 2006. It is part of the museum’s focus on Native American arts and history which kicked off with the new year and continues to March 14.
“It is an exciting exhibit in that not all of her works have been on display here before and the quality of the work is showcased in this exhibit,” Executive Director Stacy Cramer Moore said.
County parades provided Christmas spirit despite cold weather
Whether you attended one, none, or all three area parades Dec. 14, there may have been a few scenes you missed.
If you didn’t brave the cold, here is a glimpse into the Christmas season in Stephens County when Duncan, Marlow and Comanche celebrated with the cities’ annual parades.
Floats ranged from those featuring groups, churches, city and county figures. Of course Santa ended each parade in his jolly style.
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