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 August 2019 Obituaries 

John B. Carlson, Jr

Funeral service for John B. Carlson, Jr, age 72, will be held at 10:30 am on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, at the First Christian Church in Cyril, OK.

John was born on April 25, 1947 in Chickasha, OK.  He died at his home north of Cyril, OK on August 10, 2019. 

John’s parents were employed by Brown Funeral Home in Chickasha, and John attended school in Chickasha until his sophomore year. His family moved to Cyril, where they owned the Cyril Funeral Home, and he graduated from high school in Cyril, OK, in 1965. He married Cheryl (Schneberger) Carlson, his high school sweetheart, on September 14, 1968. John served in the Air Force in Vietnam, and worked at Ft. Sill as a Civil Servant, the Supervisor of Grounds. He retired in 2007 and lived in Cyril, where he was well known in town for attending football and basketball games, following his kids and grandkids to all their events, and drinking coffee with his buddies at the coffee shop. 

John was preceded in death by his parents, John B. Carlson, Sr, and Irene (Cook) Jeter, his brother, Warren, and his wife, Cheryl Darlene (Schneberger) Carlson.

John is survived by son Travis and daughter-in-law LeeAnn Carlson, of Cyril; son Ty and daughter-in-law Jennifer Carlson, of Cyril; daughter Teri (Carlson) Williams of Edmond.

John has five grandchildren: Rachyl, Jaxom, Kole, Averi, and Emery.

Interment will be in the Celestial Gardens Cemetery in Cyril, OK under the direction of McRay Funeral Home of Chickasha.


Carolyn Sue Jones

Funeral service for Carolyn Sue Jones, age 58, of Cement, OK will be held at 2:00 pm Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at the Cement Pentecostal Holiness Church.  Rev. John Zwolle will officiate.

Carolyn was born the daughter of Billy Joe and Brenda Sue Jones on December 24, 1960 in Henryetta, OK.  She died on August 8, 2019 in Cement.

When she was in her early teens, on July 10, 1974, she moved with her family to Bagley, MN and returned to Asher, OK two years later. She worked at Macs and Cement Gas & Go. Carolyn marched to her own drum.  She was always up for having fun, not caring what others thought.  She would throw her hands in the air and shout, “Woohoo!” while doing a little dance as she came toward you.  She was never afraid to touch anything–no matter how gross it was.  She loved to spend time with family and she loved her little dogs.  Carolyn was a daughter, sister, mother, cousin, aunt and so much more.  She was a colorful part of all of our lives.  Now she is pain free and, as heartbroken as we all are, we know she is at peace.

She was preceded in death by her father Billy Jones; sister Billie Braaten; stepfather Kenneth Gray; grandparents and her husband Ron Garrison.

Carolyn is survived by her son David (Denise and granddaughter Serenity) Jones; her wonderful mother Brenda Gray; sister Dianne Horsley; sister Tressa (Larry) Riggs; sister Patricia (Scott) Loy; sister Christa (Shane) Nelson; brother Ronnie Jones; three stepbrothers; two stepsisters; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Interment will be in the Cement Cemetery.  Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.


Phillip Eugene Hoffman

Graveside funeral service for Phillip Hoffman, age 70, of Chickasha, OK will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, August 10, 2019 in the Fairlawn Cemetery.

Phillip Eugene Hoffman was born the son of Sandy Hoffman and Valorie Euwins on February 12, 1949 in Chickasha. He was raised by his grandmother Voretta Pearson lovingly known as Miss Peachy. He died on August 7, 2019 in Chickasha.

Phillip started as a brick layer then worked for 26 years for the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, retiring in 2012.  He worked two jobs most of those years.  He was #77 on the Chickasha football team and proud of it.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and three great-grandchildren.

Phillip is survived by his wife Mary Hoffman; stepdaughter Jennifer Ray; stepson James Winters; daughter and son-in-law Kristi and Robert Palmer; son Phil Hoffman and family; daughter LaToya Trammell; daughter La Tasha Hoffman; grandson and family Sharod and Krystan Hoffman;  great-grandson Aedyn Hoffman; and numerous other grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.


Shirley Welch

Funeral services for Shirley Welch, age 87 of Chickasha, OK will be held at 10:30 am on Monday, August 5, 2019 at the Trinity Baptist Church.  Rev. Billy Elkins will officiate.  

Shirley Welch was the youngest of 4 children born to W.J. and Emily Smith.  She was born on October 6, 1931 in Frederick, Oklahoma.  She died on August 1, 2019 at her home in Chickasha.  Shirley married Alvah (Al) M. Welch, Jr. on May 3, 1947 in Sherman, Texas.  Together they had five children:  Alan, Phillip, David, Denise and Kent.

Shirley graduated from Tishomingo High School in 1948.  She spent the next years of her life being a mom and homemaker.  In 1967, she earned a B.A. in Elementary Education from the Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts, now USAO.  After college, Shirley began teaching elementary school in the Chickasha school system.   In 1977 she continued her education by earning a Masters Degree from the University of Oklahoma.  She retired in 1992, after 25 years of teaching.

Anyone who knew Shirley knew she loved football.  Not just any football, University of Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboys.  She shared her love of football with her children and grandchildren.  Many hours were spent as a family in lively discussion and animated enjoyment of games. Shirley had many other interests.  She spent hours outdoors gardening and watching the birds in her back yard.  She had a love for reading, and in her later years especially enjoyed the writings of C.S. Lewis.  

Shirley was a follower of Jesus Christ.  She was a faithful member of Trinity Baptist Church, Chickasha where she taught Sunday school for many years.  Shirley never stopped learning.  She read her Bible faithfully, studying the Scriptures to know and apply more and more to her life.  Her faith and her burden for others to know Christ caused her to be very generous to organizations who minister to the needy while spreading the gospel.  She often encouraged her family to give to these ministries rather than give her gifts.  
She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Shellman, one sister, Billie and two children, Alan and Phillip.

Survivors include:  Children:  David and wife, Lisa of Chickasha, Denise Wallace of Norman, Kent and wife Helen of Oklahoma city; daughter-in-law Vanda of Oklahoma city; brother Tom Smith of Denison, Texas; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Interment will be in the Fairlawn Cemetery.  Service will be under the direction of McRay Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Baptist Church, Samaritan’s Purse or Campus Crusade for Christ.
     


McRay Funeral Home
Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 806, Chickasha, OK  73023
Location:  110 S. 8th Street, Chickasha, OK  73018 
Corner of 8th & Chickasha Ave. Near Downtown
Phone: 405-224-4141

Email: mcrayfh@aol.com

Fax:  405-224-1584

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