The Duncan Banner

February 11, 2007

2/11/07 Obituaries

Augustus ‘Gus’ Rochester

WALHALLA, S.C.— Augustus Edward “Gus” Rochester, 70, of Walhalla, S.C., died Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007, in Oconee Memorial Hospital, Seneca, S.C.

Funeral was at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Chapel of Davenport Funeral Home, Walhalla. Burial with full Masonic rites was in Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Walhalla.

Gus was born Aug. 8, 1936, in Madison, S.C., the son of Samuel Stiles and Mary Lois Jones Rochester. He was a retired construction worker and a member of Rocky Knoll Baptist Church. Gus was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean War. He was a member of Pendleton Masonic Lodge No. 34 and the Hejaz Shriners.

He is survived by his wife, Lois Rochester of 353 Zion Road, Walhalla; sons: Tony Smith of Westminster, S.C., Gary Smith of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Larry Smith of Columbia, S.C.; daughters: Sandra Stradley of Duncan, Okla., Cyenthia Pennington of Lawton, Okla., Patti Kraus of Denton, Texas, Kathy Bell of Oklahoma City, Okla., Deborah Ann Rochester, Nancy Cobb and Gail Crenshaw, all of Walhalla, Sandra Smith of West Union, S.C., and Janet Dieter of Centerville, Ga.; sisters: Helen Miller of Chapel Hill, N.C., Willie Grace Barton of Seneca, S.C., Gerry Shuler of Summerton, S.C., and Frances O’Kelley of Carthage, Mo.; and 18 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Dennis Smith; and a grandson, Ricky Cobb.

Memorial donations may be made to The Tribble Center, 116 S. Cove Road, Seneca, SC 29672.

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Walter Burton Hart

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Walter Burton Hart, 90, of San Antonio, Texas, passed from this life Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007, in Collingsville, Okla.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Benjamin Funeral Home Chapel in Nowata.

Local survivor includes a son, John Hart, of Duncan.

Billie Pratt Neal Sr.

RUSH SPRINGS — Billie Pratt Neal Sr. of Rush Springs, died Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007, in Marlow.

Services are pending with Callaway-Smith-Cobb Chapel in Rush Springs.

Winston L. Brown

LAWTON — Retired Master Sgt. Winston L. Brown, 88, of Lawton, died on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007 in Lawton.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Lawton Ritter Gray Funeral Home Chapel. Burial with full military honors will be in Fort Sill National Cemetery in Elgin.

Winston was born on Oct. 25, 1918 in Duncan to John Alfred and Etta Emily “Nettie” Foster Brown. He married Cleta F. Oaks on Oct. 11, 1937, in Lamesa, Texas.

Winston grew up in the Duncan area and joined the United States Army in 1944. He served in World War II and Korea. He received the W.W. II Victory Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Medal, Army Occupation Medal (Germany), National Defense Service Medal, DUE, and Good Conduct Medal, DLBzCLP with 3 LPS.

After retiring from the military in 1966, he began to work for Civil Service as an instructor.

He was a member of the Bishop Riding Club, Antique Car Club, Solo Square Dance Club and the Sterling Coon Hunters. He portrayed an American Indian in the movie “The Last of the Mohicans” and also had a part in the movie “The Charge of the Model-T’s.” He was a member of the Cherokee of Arkansas and Missouri Inc.

He is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law: Leland and Ruby Ann Brown of Clayton, Wayland and Virginia Brown of Rush Springs, and Charles and Gloria Brown of Indiahoma; six grandchildren: Laura Stepp and husband, Jacob, of Clayton, Chad Brown and wife, Nancy, of Hartshorn, Carrie Ann Sullivan and husband, Marlin, of Marlow, Wayland Brown Jr. and wife, Kathy, of McAlister, Winston F. Brown and his wife, Janet, of Sterling, and Sherry Stuever and husband, Joe, of Lawton; 16 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, David Brown; and three sisters: Viola Lorene Rimer, Mattie Florene Bozeman and Florance Irene Brown.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Alice Virginia Grace

Alice Virginia Grace, 84, of Duncan, passed away Friday, Feb. 9, 2007 in the Duncan Care Center.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah with the Rev. Richard Earl Grace officiating. Interment will be in the Highland Cemetery at Okemah under direction of Bailes-Polk Funeral Home.

There will be no visitation at the funeral home in Duncan.

Alice was born Jan. 15, 1923, in Morris, to Lester Grant and Rena Nancy Casselman Jordan.

She and Harold Dean Grace married on Oct. 9, 1938, in Muskogee. He preceded her in death on Oct. 2, 2001.

She graduated from the Bearden High School in 1942. In 1948, she and Harold moved to Phillips, Texas, where they lived until returning to Okemah in 1969. While in Okemah, she worked as a secretary and bookkeeper of the Fisher John Deere Dealership and the Curry Feed and Seed.

In 1996, she moved to Bartlesville to be near her daughter, Leota Gray, and in 1998, she came to Duncan to be near her daughter, Helen Hays.

She was a member of the Duncan First Baptist Church. She loved to sew and was an avid basketball fan. But her greatest joy in life was the time she spent taking care of her family.

Survivors include two sons: Billy Grace of Huntsville, Texas, and Stephen Grace and wife, Terry, of Cleveland, Mo.; two daughters: Helen Hays and husband, Tom, of Duncan, and Leota Gray and husband, Richard, of Bartlesville; a sister: Darlene Parker of Sanger, Texas; a sister-in-law: Norma Grace of Shawnee; 13 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Virginia Kemp; a sister, Ethel Grace; and a great-grandson, Robert Hank Grace. Bearers will ber her grandsons and great-grandsons.

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Ruby Belle Stinnett

NORMAN — Ruby Belle Stinnett, 86, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2007, in Norman, after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

Ruby donated her body to the Oklahoma Health Association to further medical knowledge and skills. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 17, in Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Duncan.

She was born March 19, 1920, in Norman, to Frederick Shields and Evie Jane Vaughn Donehew, the first of six children. Ruby grew up in the Pleasant Hill community east of Norman. She married Horace Columbus Veal in 1936. Horace and Ruby had two children: Frederic Anthony “Tony” and James Lindle “Jim”.

A second marriage was to Charles Walter Stinnett. Ruby and Charlie had three children: Harold Gene, Charles Dewayne and Curtis Ray. Ruby and Charlie raised the five children in the Owens Prairie community east of Duncan. After the children were grown, Ruby and Charlie moved to Duncan.

After Charlie’s death, Ruby returned to Norman for a few years to be nearer three of her sons. She then moved back to Duncan, where she resided until she returned to Oklahoma City to an assisted living center. Ruby enjoyed traveling and visited 46 states during these travels. She also made three trips to Europe, visiting Germany, Luxembourg, Austria, and Switzerland with her children and extended Meiser family.

Other hobbies included quilting, gardening, canning, reading and crossword puzzles. She made quilts for all of her children and many of her grandchildren. She had an abiding interest in the education of her grandchildren and could be heard asking “Why aren’t you in school?” during her last weeks when one was present, even those who had long finished school. Even in the depths of Alzheimer’s, this was an ingrained interest of hers.

Ruby is survived by her children; four sisters: Gladys Blalock of Duncan, Nettie Dodson of Lockhart, Texas; Buelah and Wayne Thompson of Noble, and Norma Ruth and Harold Bruehl of Norman; a brother, Gerald Ray and Clary Donehew of San Antonio, Texas; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents.

Ruby will be greatly missed by her extended family and friends.

Douglas Clinton Carson

MARLOW — Douglas Clinton ‘D.C.’ Carson, 84, of Marlow, passed away Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007, in Duncan.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Callaway-Smith-Cobb Funeral Home in Marlow with Leonard Keele officiating. Burial will be in the Marlow Cemetery.

Family visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m today in the funeral home.

D.C. was born Oct. 31, 1922, in Stephens County, to Bert and Ella Lowry Carson.

He attended school at Summer Dale and Gatlin. He lived in Marlow most of his life.

He joined the U.S. Army and served during World War II with tours in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe. He married Charlena Beth Wilson on Aug. 5, 1946, in California.

He was a farmer and a self-employed carpenter and truck driver. D.C. enjoyed watching sports, especially when his family participated in them. He was a member of the Church of Christ in Marlow.

Survivors include his wife, Charlena Carson of the home; a son, Christopher Clinton Carson of Fargo; two daughters: Debra Burns and husband, Bobby J., of Duncan, and Sharon Carson of Oklahoma City; six grandchildren: Leigh Ann Brownell, Christi Bouma, Lindsey Carson, Casey Carson, Diane Walker and DeArmon George; 10 great-grandchildren; a brother: Linard Carson and wife, Ima, of Marlow; a niece, Shirley Alexander; and numerous other nieces, nephews and extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.

Bearers will be DeArmon George, Brian Walker, Robert Burns, Randy Burns, Lyndol Jones and Gary Vierra.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Salvation Army or the Church of Christ Children’s Home.

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