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July 2, 2013

Duncan Noon Lions Club marks successful rodeo

DUNCAN — This year’s Duncan Noon Lions Club Open Rodeo might have been the most successful of the 33 years to annual fundraiser has taken place.

In fact, event chairman Joe Henderson said the turnout was above average, having close to 3,000 over the course of the three-night event. And as a fundraiser for the Duncan Noon Lions Club organization, the rodeo brought in more money than last year, although Henderson said the club doesn’t usually reveal the total amount raised.

“We doubled what was done last year,” Henderson said.

Tickets for the event were sold by three rodeo ambassadors (Tristen Spivey, Kevin Womack and Fallon Warren). Of the three, Spivey raised the most money and was announced as the winner during the opening ceremony.

Henderson said there was a lot of interest in this year’s event. In fact, there were 600 contestants during the weekend event. Many of the contestants and the spectators were from out of town.

He started fielding calls well before the event, receiving numerous calls from more than 50 miles away. Some of the calls were from people wanting to compete, while others were asking about being spectators. He said there were seven people from Ohio who took a vacation to be at the rodeo.

“There was a lot of interest this year,” Henderson said. “It was very, very successful.”

While money raised through tickets sales went back into the Duncan Noon Lions Club, another organization benefited from concession sales. For every hamburger sold, $1 went toward the Food for Kids program.

Henderson said the Duncan Lions haven’t worked up the numbers for concession sales, but said the Food for Kids program will benefit nicely from those sales.

“I know it will be well over $1,000,” Henderson said.

He said concession sales, like ticket sales, were well above what the Lions Club had expected.

“We sold out of hamburgers this year,” Henderson said. “They’re usually pretty good at estimating how many they’ll need. They sold more than they expected. I guess the crowd a bit hungrier, a bit thirstier this year.”

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Obituaries
  • 7-25 Granville Ward obit Granville Odell Ward

    Former longtime Duncan resident, Granville Odell Ward, 97, of Tahlequah, passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014.
    Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014 at First Baptist Church, Duncan, with the Rev. Charles Roy McConnell officiating, assisted by the Rev. Buddy Hunt of First Baptist Church, Tahlequah. Interment will follow at Duncan Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Don Grantham Funeral Home, Duncan.

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  • 7-25 Melvis Spoonemore obit Melvis (Darla) Bernice Spoonemore

    Melvis (Darla) Bernice Spoonemore, 91, of Duncan, passed away on July 21, 2014.
    Services will be Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the Velma Church of Christ with Minister Michael Ward officiating. Interment will follow at the New Velma Cemetery under the direction of Don Grantham Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the Don Grantham Funeral Home in Duncan from 6 to 8 p.m.

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  • 7-24 William Moore William Jerry Moore

    William Jerry Moore, "Big Jer", 81, of Duncan, passed away Monday, July 21, 2014 peacefully at his home.
    Services will be 3 p.m. Friday, July 25, 2014 at the Don Grantham Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Randy Southerland officiating.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-24 Michael Mortson obit Michael Robert Mortson

    Funeral services for Michael Robert Mortson, 69, of Duncan will be at the Chapel at Don Grantham Funeral Home on Friday, July 25 at 12 p.m. with Reverend Andrew Haire Sr. officiating and under the direction of Don Grantham Funeral Home.

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  • Billey Blankenship Billey Randell Blankenship

    Billey Randell Blankenship, 63, lifelong resident of Duncan, passed away Monday, July 21, 2014, at his home.

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  • Bette Jean Norton

    Former Alma resident, Bette Jean (Rue) Norton, 84, passed away suddenly at her home Thursday, July 17, 2014 in Hurst, Texas.
    Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at Don Grantham Funeral Home Chapel, Duncan. Interment will follow where Bette will be laid to rest beside her husband in a family cemetery in Alma.

    July 22, 2014

  • Jack Edgar Wallace

    Jack Edgar Wallace, born May 6, 1929, in Duncan, passed away July 16, 2014, in Concord, Calif.  Jack graduated from Duncan High School in 1947.

    July 22, 2014

  • Christine Mosher Christine Ann Mosher

    Christine Ann Mosher, 65, of Duncan, passed away Wednesday July 16, 2014 in Duncan.

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  • Mary Michaels Mary Margaret Michaels

    Mary Margaret Michaels, 83, of Duncan passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at her home in Duncan.

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  • Virgie McCammon Virgie Virginia McCammon

    Virgie Virginia McCammon, a longtime resident of Comanche, passed away Friday afternoon, July 18, 2014 at Duncan Regional Hospital. She was 84 years old.

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