Obituaries

Tue
13
Feb

Edward Tipton “Tip” Sabin

1944~2018

Tue
13
Feb

Jerry Joan Lamb

1945~2018

Tue
13
Feb

Darlene Louise Widney

1939~2018

Tue
06
Feb

Dorothy Evelyn Reilly

1922~2018

Tue
06
Feb

Patsy (Pat) Ruth Billings

1934~2018

Tue
06
Feb

Hugh Masekela Dies at 78

Hugh Masekela, the legendary South African jazz musician and anti-apartheid activist, has died after a decade-long fight with cancer. He was 78. Often called the "Father of South African jazz," Masekela died in Johannesburg after what his family said Tuesday was a "protracted and courageous battle with prostate cancer." Masekela was a rare artist who succeeded in fusing politics with his music, making his songs and performances compelling and timeless. Trumpeter, singer and composer Masekela, affectionately known locally as "Bra Hugh," started playing the horn at 14. He quickly became an integral part of the 1950s jazz scene in Johannesburg as a member of the band the Jazz Epistles and a member of the orchestra in the groundbreaking jazz opera "King Kong." In the 1960s he went into exile in the United Kingdom and the United States, using his music to spread awareness about South Africa's oppressive system of whiteminority rule. He scored an international No.

Tue
30
Jan

Candace June Smith

Candace June Smith, of Watonga, OK passed from this world to meet her Savior Jesus on January 12, 2018 at the age of 54. She died with her family by her side, and finished a long battle with cancer. She will be remembered for her love of friends, family, her Bible and her LORD. Candace was born June 30, 1963 in Fresno, CA to Richard Charles (R.C.) and Emma Bolding. She was an active girl in ballet, camping, choir, church, gymnastics, and modeling. As a young adult, she met and married the love of her life John Smith and together they enjoyed aviation, camping, reading, the ocean and their three children: Sonny (Barnhart), Chrissy, and Sarah. She is preceded in death by her father, R.C. She is survived by: her mother Emma of Keene , TX. ., her husband John of Watonga, her son Sonny Barnhart of Watonga, her daughter Sarah of Enid, Ok., her daughter Chrissy with husband Chance and granddaughter Alice of Woodward, OK.

Tue
30
Jan

Violet May Stephenson

Violet May Stephenson was born September 9, 1913 at her home near Carlton, Oklahoma to William Elija Haigler and Rebecca George (Harper) Haigler and passed away January 26, 2018 at the age of 104 years. She was a resident of the Okeene community for 80 years where she was an elementary teacher. Mrs. Stephenson grew up on a farm in northern Blaine County near Carlton attending school through the eighth grade. She learned to drive at the age of 13 to attend high school at Southard where she graduated as Salutatorian in May 1933. She received her teaching certificate after her first two years of college from Northwestern State College at Alva and later completed her degree at Southwestern State College at Weatherford. At the age of 20 she began her teaching career at Broadview, a country one room school house near her family home.

Tue
30
Jan

Edward Joseph Hedrick

Retired First Sergeant (Promotable) Edward Joseph Hedrick, 86, formerly of El Reno, Okla., passed away on January 13, 2018 at Harford Memorial Hospital in Harve de Grace, Md. Born in Geary, Okla. on November 18, 1931 to William Jefferson and Edna Mae (Hall) Hedrick, he was the eighth of 14 children. Raised during the. The Great Depression and the 1930s Dust Bowl, Edward was only four when his father died, requiring him to help supplement the family’s income. As a young boy, he delivered ice in Oklahoma City and took in laundry with his mother and siblings. As a teen, he worked as a ranch hand, a horse breeder and trainer, and even rode the rodeo circuit as a bull rider before finding his first and second careers in the U.S. Army and as an educator at El Reno Public Schools and Redlands Community College in El Reno, Okla. On March 18, 1948, Ed joined the U.S. Army at 16 and served for over 21 years.

Tue
30
Jan

Michael Gale “Mike” Greene

Michael Gale “Mike” Greene was born on December 29, 1962 to Bill and Shirley Greene and passed away Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at the age of 55. Born eleven minutes behind his twin brother; Mitch, Mike grew up in Watonga, Oklahoma. He graduated in 1981 from Watonga High School and was a member of the United Methodist Church in Watonga. During his years in Watonga Mike worked for the Blaine County Sheriffs Department as a deputy/Jailor, Roman Nose State Park and the Watonga Ambulance Service. He attended Rogers State College where he studied to receive his EMT. Mike resided in Sapulpa, Oklahoma for the last 26 years where he worked for the Creek County Ambulance Service. Mike enjoyed working on genealogy with his sister Mary. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved the Oklahoma Sooners. Memorial services for Mike are pending currently. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

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