Don Ray Williams
Funeral service for Don Ray Williams, age 75 of Cyril, will be held Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. in the Cyril High School Auditorium.
Don was born on Sept. 22, 1937, in Cyril, where he attended twelve years of public school and graduated from Cyril High School in 1955. He graduated from Abilene Christian University with a B.S. degree in 1959 and an M.S. degree in 1974. He worked full-time with the Northwest Church in Oklahoma City (1960-63), West Berry Church in Ft. Worth (1963-65) and Broadway Church in Lubbock (1965-71). Don was the second full-time youth minister in Churches of Christ in 1965. He began the Youth Ministers’ Seminar in 1967. He worked full-time with Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, for 21 years (1971-92) and Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, for 10 years (1992-2002). He was a university teacher for 23 of the years.
Don has spoken on the campuses of thirteen colleges and universities. For many of the California residence years he would not only teach but average flying almost 100,000 miles per year to speak on the weekends in twenty different states. His speaking has taken him to all but two of our United States. He has spoken to youth rallies, singles seminars, high school assemblies, leadership conferences, administration workshops and commencements. He was a featured speaker for the Texas State Future Homemakers Convention, the University of Southern California Leadership Conference and the University of California-Santa Barbara Leadership Conference.
He was honored as "Youth Minister of the Year" in October 1969, by Lubbock Christian University. He was honored with the 1969 Lubbock Future Homemakers of America Award for inspirational service to the organization. He received the 1971 Lubbock Classroom Teachers Association "Friend Of Education" Award which is given to the person who, though not engaged in public school education, contributes the most to educational goals and ideals.
Don was selected as one of the outstanding teachers at Pepperdine University in 1981, chosen by the Student Government Association. He was made an honorary member of the Golden Key National Honor Society in 1991 and was presented the Christian Service Award by Pepperdine University in 1991. He was honored with a Distinguished Christian Service Award from Harding University in 2005 and was honored by Abilene Christian University in 2005 as one of the 100 alumni who had done the most to change the world.
Don retired for residence in Cyril, in 2002.
He was preceded in death by his parents, R. B. and Brownie Mae Williams.
Survivors include brother and wife: Robert and Kathy Williams of Sherwood, Ark.; nephew: David Williams of Sherwood, Ark.; and niece: Sherri Hullett of Sherwood, Ark.
Interment will be in the Celestial Gardens Cemetery. Service will be under the direction of the McRay Funeral Home.
Don Ray Williams
Theodore "Ted" A. Diaconoff
Ted Diaconoff, age 84 of Chickasha, was born the son of Andre Diaconoff and Evelyn Hotson Diaconoff on Oct. 7, 1928, in Akron, Ohio. He died on May 19, 2013 in Chickasha.
After receiving his masters degree, Ted continued his education and received his Phd at UCLA. He also attended the Juilliard School of Music in New York City where he studied piano and composition and was a faculty assistant. He later held teaching positions at universities in Michigan, Kentucky, then at USAO in Chickasha where he was a professor of music.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Betty.
Survivors include his brothers, Phillip Diaconoff of Livermore, Calif. and Peter Diaconoff of Santa Fe, NM.
Arrangements for cremation are with the McRay Funeral Home. There will be no services.
Patsy McDonald Rhymes
Patsy McDonald Rhymes, 62, of Chickasha, beloved wife of Danny Rhymes, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 14, 2013. She will be greatly missed by a large and loving extended family and many friends. Patsy was a devoted wife and mother and spent most of her time caring for her family.
She is survived by her husband Danny, her son Starling and his wife Connie, and grandchildren Rochelle and Michael. Patsy was especially close to her niece Pam and also leaves behind her brothers Charles, Paige, and Roland along with her sisters Thelma and Jeana.
Graveside services were held in Hominy, on Friday, May 17, 2013, at 2 p.m. and will be officiated by her longtime family minister, Rev. Leonard Lindsay. Arrangements are being handled by Poteet Funeral Home, Pawnee, Oklahoma.
Nyoka “Jo” Hadley
Private graveside services were held for Noyka Hadley, 67, of Chickasha, on Wednesday May 15, 2013 in the Fairlawn Cemetery.
Noyka was born on February 10, 1946, in Houston, Texas. She died May 11, 2013, in Chickasha.
Services were under the direction of Ferguson Funeral Home.
Funeral service for Lois Morris, 89, of Chickasha, will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 18, 2013, at the Maranatha Baptist Church in Chickasha. Lois was born June 13, 1923, the daughter of Elva L. and Eva Opal (Heavin) Keeton. She died May 13, 2013, in Muskogee.
Betty Jo James
Graveside services for Betty Jo James, 84.will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 16, 2013 in the Westview Cemetery in Rush Springs under the direction of Callaway-Smith-Cobb Funeral Chapel in Rush Springs. Visitation will be held Monday and Tuesday at the Martin Funeral Home in Elk City and Wednesday and Thursday at Callaway-Smith-Cobb Funeral Chapel in Rush Springs.
Betty was born in Cox City, on Thursday, Sept. 27, 1928 and passed from this life on Saturday, May 11, 2013 in Elk City.
Online condolences may be made to www.callawaysmithcobb.com and www.martinfhok.com
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Funeral services for Freida Perkins, 95, of Chickasha, will be 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 15, 2013 in the Chapel of Sevier Funeral Home.
Freida Perkins was born March 19, 1918, at Kalamazoo, Michigan. She passed away at her home on Saturday, May 11, 2013.
Mrs. Perkins married Daniel Perkins on November 14, 1940. She and Daniel lived in New Mexico from 1940 to 1980, when they moved to the Amber area.
She had worked in the New Mexico public school system and after moving to Amber she worked at the Amber Café for seven years.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Perkins in 1986 and a son, Danny Perkins in 2010.
Mrs. Perkins is survived by a sister, Esther Healey, of PawPaw, Michigan; four grandchildren: Penny Fuller, George Perkins, Wayne Perkins and T.J. Perkins; 11 great grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren; Daughter-in-law: Wynema Perkins. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews including Carla and Eddie.
Interment will be in the Fairlawn Cemetery, Chickasha, OK under the direction of Sevier Funeral Home.
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