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DAVIS, GARY - Oklahoma City  
August 29, 1931 - September 27, 2016 OKLAHOMA CITY Gary W. Davis is a Christian, husband, father, grandfather, brother, lawyer and friend. He went home on September 27th, 2016, fully ready to be with his Father and his Lord. Gary was born August 29th, 1931 to Delphine Ward Davis and Harry Davis. He grew up in the 30's and 40's in Iola, Kansas. He graduated from Kansas University in 1953. During college Gary married his wife of 64 years, Sally, whom he still referred to as his bride. During Law School at KU, his education was interrupted by a two year tour of duty with the United States Air Force attaining the rank of First Lieutenant.After fulfilling his military obligation, Gary returned to KU to complete Law School. He graduated first in the class of 1957, and also served as editor of the KU Law Review. Following Law School, Gary accepted a position in Phillips Petroleum Company's Legal Department in Bartlesville, OK. He spent the next 19 years with Phillips and eventually moved from the Legal Department to serve as Vice-President of the Petrochemical Division. He had been a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association and Kansas Bar Association for over 50 years.He then became CEO of Commonwealth Oil and Refining Company in San Antonio, TX. In 1978, Gary returned to doing what he loved most - practicing law and trying lawsuits - when he joined Martin, Pringle, Fair, Davis and Oliver in Wichita, KS. In 1982, Gary was lured away from Wichita to join Crowe & Dunlevy in Oklahoma City, as head of its oil and gas practice. Gary loved the practice of law, served his clients with extraordinary talent and energy, and was a mentor to many, until his resignation from Crowe & Dunlevy January 1 of this year, at the age of 84.As much as Gary loved the law, he loved studying and teaching the Bible more. For many years he led a Bible study at work, taught the Ambassadors Sunday School Class at Crossings Community Church and taught at Living Faith Ministry. He also loved being a member of The Whitfield Society and teaching his really delightful home Bible studies when the whole family was gathered.Gary taught us many lessons, but primary among these were to put your life and trust in Jesus Christ, to give your tasks your very best, and to love each other. He was also blessed with many friends and colleagues over the years, for which he was very grateful.Gary is survived by his wife, Sally; his children: Gary Jr. (Cindy), Anne (Chuck Covington), Mary Jane (Mike Lauderdale); grandchildren: Katherine (Justin Allen), Luke, Bennett, (their mother Elizabeth Davis), Channing and Riley Davis; Charlie Covington and Davis and Lyvia Lauderdale; his sister, Marjorie Lenski; and his nephews, John, Grady, Frank and Erik Lenski.God blessed Gary and his family with incredible caretakers and close friends, Melinda Lewis, LaRessa Jones-Henry and Ashley Addy.A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, September 30th, 2016, at 10:30 am in the Chapel at Crossings Community Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to: Crossings Community Church, 14600 N. Portland Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73134, Parkinson's Foundation of Oklahoma, 720 W. Wilshire Blvd., #109, Oklahoma City, OK 73116, Living Faith Ministry, 1401 E. I-44 Service Road #A, Oklahoma City, OK 73111 or The Whitfield Society, 6608 N. Western Ave. #182, Oklahoma City, OK 73116.
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Published in The Oklahoman on Sept. 29, 2016
DICKESON, WILLIAM - Moore  
Dickeson Sept. 22, 1951 - Sept. 25, 2016 MOORE Bill was born to Lawrence & Minnie in San Diego, CA. He was a devoted husband, father and grandpa. Preceded in death were his parents and grandson Josh. Survived by his wife Cheryl of 34 years; son, Danny; sisters, Anita & Barbara; brother, Dale; 3 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. He was retired after 37 yrs. Funeral service will be held 2:00 pm Friday at Sunnylane Funeral Home, 4000 SE 29th St., Del City, OK 73115.
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Published in The Oklahoman on Sept. 29, 2016
FRANKLIN, TAMMY - Yukon  
Franklin June 29, 1968 - September 26, 2016 YUKON Tammy Massey Franklin, 48, was born June 29, 1968 in Athens, AL to Danny and Mattie (Rozell) Massey. Tammy passed away Sept. 26, 2016 in Yukon, OK. She is survived by father, Danny; husband, Randy Franklin; sister, Jennifer Massey; step-children, Britaney Thompson & husband Alex and Derick Franklin; aunts, Estelle Dawson & husband Doug and Mary Carter and nieces, Juliana Shaw and Caroline Shaw. She obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Athens State University in 1992. She enjoyed traveling the world, cruises, and safaris with her husband and best friend Randy. She was also content to spend quiet time at home with Randy and her cat George. She was preceded in death by her mother, Mattie Massey. Viewing will be held at Yanda & Son Funeral Home, Thurs., Sept. 29, 1 pm - 8 pm, with the family receiving friends 6 pm - 8 pm. Funeral services will be at 1 pm, Fri., Sept. 30, 2016, at Trinity Baptist Church, 620 N. Cemetery Rd., Yukon, OK 73099, with interment following at the Yukon Cemetery. Online condolences may be signed at www.yandafuneral.com
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GARLAND, CHERYL - Moore  
Dec. 23, 1953 - Sept. 26, 2016 OKLAHOMA CITY A Memorial Service will be held 2:00PM, Thursday, September 29, 2016, at John M. Ireland & Son Funeral Home and Chapel, 120 S. Broadway, Moore, OK.
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GOODBARY, ROBERT - Edmond  
November 11, 1942 - September 26, 2016 EDMOND On the evening of September 26, 2016, Robert Allan Goodbary passed away after a 41/2 year battle with cancer; while being surrounded by his loving family and friends. Robert Allan was 73 years old. Born in 1942 in Iola Kansas to Allan and Dorris Goodbary, Robert Allan was able to see much of the world with his family before graduating high school in Bangkok, Thailand. He later graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Auditing and was commissioned through the Army ROTC Program as a Second Lieutenant in Infantry. Robert Allan met his wife Shirley at Oklahoma State where they started their adventure together. They traveled throughout the world where they raised two sons and moved some 38 times during their 31 year military career. In their 54 year marriage, they have been blessed to serve the country and meet so many wonderful friends. Prior to and during his military career, Major General Goodbary attained a Masters degree in Management from Central Michigan University. His military education included the Infantry School's Basic and Advanced Courses, the Command and General Staff College, and the National War College. Major General Goodbary traveled the world and his assignments included: Company D, 5th Battalion, 1st Basic Combat Training Brigade, Ft Jackson, South Carolina, Troop C, 3d Squadron, 17th Air Cavalry, 164th Combat Aviation Group in Vietnam; 19th Aviation Battalion (Combat), Eighth US Army, Korea; Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Ft Hood, Texas; Assistant Division Commander- Support and Community Commander, 3d Infantry Division, Germany; and Commanding General, Task Force Victory (Forward), Kuwait. His decorations and awards include: Defensive Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medals, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Combat Infantryman Badge, parachutist Badge, Senior Army Aviator Badge, Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge and army General Staff Identification Badge. After 31 years of active commissioned service in the United States Army, MG Goodbary joined Oklahoma State University. General Goodbary held multiple positions prior to becoming the OSU System Chief of Staff where he served as the CEO/Presidents liaison with the Executive Team, working closely with OSU System Presidents, Provost, Vice Presidents, and other OSU administration. Through appointment by former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating, he also served on the Board of Directors for the Oklahoma City National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism. As well as being a devoted husband and father, General Goodbary was an avid photographer. His photographs have left a permanent image in all of our lives. He loved to play golf, watch his children and grandchildren play sports, and oh how he loved great food and adventures with friends. His loyalty as a husband, an OSU Cowboy, and friend has served as an example for all to emulate. General Goodbary was preceded in death by his parents, Alan and Dorris, and his sister, Rhonda Simpson. He is survived by his devoted wife Shirley, his sons David and Michael, his daughters-in-law Lori and Tanya, his grandchildren Kelsey and spouse Scott, Mollie, Mitchell, Luke, Griffen, and Cooper, his sisters Joan, Marilyn, Amelia, and Alice, and a host of friends he has touched so deeply. A celebration of life will be held at the Matthews Funeral Home, 601 S. Kelly, Edmond, Oklahoma, at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 29th, 2016, with Rev Leah R. Hrachovec officiating. Viewing will begin at 1:00 p.m. Interment will be held at Fort Sill National Cemetery, 2648 NE Jake Dunn Road, Elgin, Oklahoma 73538, on Friday, September 30th, 2016, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to Oklahoma State Foundation are appreciated. OSUgiving.com (in memory of MG Robert A Goodbary) or make checks payable to OSU Foundation, in memory of MG Robert A Goodbary, PO Box 1749, Stillwater, OK 74076-1749.
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Published in The Oklahoman on Sept. 29, 2016
HARRIS, PHILLIP - Oklahoma City  
June 4, 1946 - Sept. 25, 2016 OKLAHOMA CITY Phillip Dean Harris, 70 of Oklahoma City, passed away Sunday, September 25, 2016, in Oklahoma City. He was born June 4, 1946, in Harrison, Arkansas to parents, Earnest and Leamond (Williams) Harris. He was a Supervisor at Safeway Bread Plant and SYSCO. He considered marrying his wife Charlene, his "Suggie" and tending to his flower beds, his greatest accomplishments in life. He was preceded in death by his parents, and seven brothers. Survivors include his two sisters, Lillian Willard and Freda Downing, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends. Funeral Services will be held at 2PM, Saturday, October 1, at the Vondel L. Smith North Colonial Chapel. There will be a viewing on Thursday and Friday evening at the funeral home from 4 to 8 PM with the family receiving friends on Friday from 6 to 8 PM.
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Published in The Oklahoman on Sept. 29, 2016
HEFNER, IRMA - Oklahoma City  
HefnerFeb. 18, 1931 - Sep. 27, 2016 OKLAHOMA CITY A service to celebrate the life of Irma Hefner, 85, is scheduled for Friday, September 30th, at 3:00 p.m. at Mayfair Church of Christ. She stepped into the arms of her Lord on Tuesday, September 27, 2016. She was born on February 18, 1931, to Eula Lee "Pebbie" and Jimmie Boyd in Tipton, OK. Irma graduated from Tipton High School in 1949. She attended Abilene Christian College and majored in Home Economics. On June 22, 1952, she married the love of her life, Kenneth L. Hefner. Together, they raised five happy and healthy children. She was a faithful Christian, a dedicated member of Mayfair Church of Christ, and a small group leader in Bible Study Fellowship. Irma loved her family and put the needs of her children before her own. She was involved in many of her children's activities. Ken and Irma were instrumental in starting girls' softball leagues in Oklahoma City. She was passionate about golf, never giving up, and even earned a hole in one. Irma enjoyed arranging flowers, played bridge with her friends for many years, and was known for her hospitality. She loved making Christmas cookies with her children, grandchildren, and neighborhood children. After raising their family, Ken and Irma cherished their many traveling adventures together. Irma passed her love of contemporary furnishings and the works of Frank Lloyd Wright on to her family. She had a wonderful sense of humor and an infectious laugh which will be greatly missed. Irma/Mom/Granny is survived by her five children and families: Kathy and Doug Hall, Stillwater, OK - Anne and Wes Hall, Stacy and Jason Walker; Cindy Merrick and Ally Richardson, Norman, OK - Katie and Will Merrick, Caitlin and Scott Merrick; Paige and Jay Hefner, Dallas, TX - Hope, Jace, Graham; Kelly and Tony Shinn, Edmond, OK - Libby and Gerardo Myrin, Katie and Taylor Shinn; Valerie and Ralph Mestre, Garland, TX - Chase Colvin, Chad Colvin. She loved her 10 great grandchildren: Jacob Hall; Grant, Kyle and Reid Walker; Tripp and Vail Merrick; Emerson and Riley Merrick; Amaris Myrin; and Hazel Shinn. Irma is also survived by her sister, LaRue Boyd, of Tulsa, OK. She was preceded in death by her parents; her adoring husband, Ken; two infant sons, Randy and Park; and her sister, Joy Boyd.Irma's family wants to thank her health professionals, especially Dr. Dianne Gasbarra, Stacey Rose APRN CNS, and DeDe Barnes RN with Carter Hospice. They also appreciate Robin Fearnow and the staff and residents of The Fountains at Canterbury for their caring attitudes. Memorial contributions may be made to Mayfair Church of Christ, 2340 NW 50, Oklahoma City, OK 73112, or a charity of your choice.
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Published in The Oklahoman on Sept. 29, 2016
JONES, CARRIELEE - Oklahoma City  
August 23, 1923 - September 26, 2016 OKLAHOMA CITY Carrielee Anna Jones passed away on Monday, September 26, 2016, at the age of 93. She was predeceased by her first husband, Warren Gillmore, her second husband, John Alan Jones, and her younger son, John Thomas Gillmore. She is survived by her son Preston Gillmore, daughter-in-law Julie Evans, grandson John Christopher Gillmore, granddaughter Sutton Taggart, great granddaughters Rachel Gillmore and Amber Gillmore, and former daughter-in-law Karen Taggart.
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Published in The Oklahoman on Sept. 29, 2016
MELBERG, SHERRY - Oklahoma City  
MelbergDec. 1, 1942 - Aug. 26, 2016 FLORISSANT, CO Age 73, passed away Aug. 26, 2016 in Centennial, CO surrounded by family. She was born in Oklahoma City on Dec. 1, 1942 to Byrne A. and Nancy Bowman. She graduated from Harding HS and the University of Oklahoma where she was an Alpha Phi. She was a stewardess for Pan Am Airlines and an administrative assistant at St. Anthony's Hospital. She was an accomplished pianist and artist and loved her guitar and needlework. She was a true and loyal friend to many. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Byrne A. "Pete" Bowman, Jr., Frederick T. Melberg, Jr., and her beloved Chihuahua, Lucy. She is survived by her daughters, Mary Beth Matson (Scott), Sugar Land, TX, Jennifer Anderson (Jon), Paradise, CA, Janet Melberg, Santa Cruz, CA, and Jeanne Melberg (Rock Smallwood), Denver, CO; grandchildren, Michael, Stephanie, Jeremie, Jaime, Payten, Gage and Zoe, three great grandchildren and many friends. A celebration of her life will be held at 1:00 PM, Sat., Oct. 1, 2016, in OKC at Charleston's 5608 W. Memorial Rd.
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Published in The Oklahoman from Sept. 25 to Sept. 29, 2016
SULLIVAN, LM - Oklahoma City  
June 11, 1924 - September 27, 2016 EDMOND L M Sullivan, age 92, of Edmond, OK, was born on June 11, 1924, in Crescent, OK. He was the son of Roy & Lillis (Prosser) Sullivan. He left this life on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, in Midwest City, OK. L M graduated from Ringwood High School in 1942. He volunteered and proudly served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WW II. He was a tail gunner with the 490th Bomb Group, flying his first combat mission June 6, 1944, which was D-Day. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters and many others including the French Order of Merit. While on a short leave, he married his high school sweetheart, Peggy Rowley, on March 5, 1945, in Enid, OK. After serving his country, he received his Bachelor's Degree from Northwestern State College and his Master's Degree from Phillips University. He started teaching at Cleo Springs then became the high school principal and then the superintendent of schools. He served as superintendent at Kremlin, Boise City, Coyle, Newkirk and Harrah, all in Oklahoma. He taught one year at Langston University while writing his dissertation. He was awarded his Doctor of Education Degree from Oklahoma State University in 1968. He moved to Harrah and served as superintendent for nine years. L M retired from the State Department of Education in 1985, after spending a total of thirty-nine years in education. L M was a member of the Edmond First United Methodist Church and a former very active member of the Harrah United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Harrah Historical Society, the Oklahoma and Oklahoma County Retired Educators Association, the Oklahoma Anthropological Society, an avid OSU sports fan and member of the Associates of the College of Education and Life Members of the Alumni Association. L M was inducted into the College of Education Hall of Fame in June 2006. He was an avid reader and could recite poems and quotations from many sources. He enjoyed fishing for trout in Colorado, going to his 490th Bomb Group reunions, traveling, gardening, and playing with the great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and seven siblings, Faye, Verna, Edith, Wanda, Roy Jr., Velda and Kenneth. Survivors include his wife, Peggy L. Sullivan, Midwest City, OK; 2 sons & daughter-in-law, Mick Sullivan, Ponca City, OK, Steve & Nancy Sullivan, Choctaw, OK; 3 grandchildren, David & Brandi Sullivan, Laura & Oliver Beckers, Blake Sullivan; 3 great-grandchildren, John Sullivan, Michael Sullivan, Sylvia Beckers and many other relatives and a host of friends. Services will be 10:00 AM, Saturday, October 1, 2016, at the First United Methodist Church, Edmond, OK. Interment will follow at Glenwood Cemetery, Ringwood, OK, at 2:30 PM. Services are under the direction of Smith~Parks Funeral Service in Harrah, OK. A guest book is available to share your memories on line. Please visit: www.smithparks.com
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Published in The Oklahoman on Sept. 29, 2016
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