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December 2023 Obituaries 

Jimmy Eugene Yoder

Memorial service for Jimmy Eugene Yoder will be held at 1:30pm, Thursday, January 11, 2024 at the First Baptist Church in Chickasha, OK.

Jimmy Eugene (Harris) Yoder passed from this life into the loving arms of Jesus on Wednesday, December 20, 2023. Jimmy was born on October 25, 1931, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to Alvertice Mae (Westfall) Harris and George Thomas Harris.

His younger days were spent in Chickasha, Ninnekah, and eventually Fletcher, OK, where he graduated from high school and met the love of his life. He joined the US Navy and served in the Korean War on the USS Marshall, DD 676. Toye convinced him that she was “the one” when she wrote letters to him when he was serving overseas. Upon his return from war, he married Toye Walker and entered into civil service. He then attended College at Cameron and Central State University and got a Bachelor of Science degree. He became a Mathematics teacher in Lawton, Oklahoma. Eventually, Jim became a computer analyst at the Federal Aviation Administration where he worked with computers that were as large as a large room.

Jim loved the outdoors. He had a large garden and orchard for many years and often grew the family’s fruits and vegetables for the year. He also raised cattle and was a wonderful artist creating many oil and watercolor paintings. Jim is known for his quiet manner; however, he loved having family around him. Jim loved the mountains and spent many summer vacations with his family in Colorado camping, fishing for trout and sightseeing. Jim extended his love for the outdoors to his grandchildren. He took them to the lake, camping, boating and swimming when they were young.

Jimmy told of the time when he was 15 that he invited Jesus into his heart at the invitation of a lady for whom he was working. Although he was quiet about everything, including his faith, he insisted that he was a child of God.

Jim was preceded in death by his wife Toye Yoder, his parents Alvertice Westfall Jones, his father George Thomas Harris and stepfather Cullen Jones.

He is survived by children James Yoder and his wife Gina, Jan Yoder Harrison and her husband David. His grandchildren are Maegan Womble, Jeremiah and Joshua Yoder, Hannah Keepers and husband Kris, Emily Roberts and husband Nathanael, Autumn Stark and husband Tyler, Tabitha Toye Harrison, Lacy Thompson and Mark Baxter. His great-grandchildren are Isaac and David Keepers. He is also survived by his sister Nettie Fisher and husband Bobby; their Daughter Lauren Smith and husband Travis and their children Ethan and Alleigh Smith. Jim is also survived by many loving family members on Toye's side of the family.

Cremation arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Haivyn Lea White

Haivyn Lea White, daughter of Haley Harris and Bryan White, was stillborn on December 19, 2023, in Norman, OK.  No services are scheduled at this time.

Cremation arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Thelma Joan Leaverton

Funeral Service for Thelma Joan Leaverton, age 90, of Edmond Oklahoma will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday December 14, 2023 at College Heights Baptist Church.  Joan was born August 3, 1933 in Wewoka where she attended ONG school until 1942 when she moved to the Ramsey Oil Field. In 1948 she moved to Perkins, OK where she graduated from High School in 1951. Her home was in the same block as the original “ Pistol Pete’s' ' home and she had memories of him using the oak trees in the backyard as target practice. She enrolled in Intensive Business at Oklahoma A&M and was employed as the  manager’s Secretary at Central Rural Electric Cooperative for six years.
On Labor day, September 1955, Erwin Dale Leaverton came into Joans life. They were introduced by long-time friends from Stillwater while going on a “blind date.” On December 21, 1956 they were married in Sand Springs Oklahoma. 

She and Erwin lived in many cities over their lifetime where they met many lifelong friends.In 1966  they moved to Chickasha, Oklahoma. While living in Chickasha Joan was employed as Secretary for Cole Johnston & Grigsby C.P.A’s of Chickasha for twelve years  She was very active throughout the community and a member of Beta Sigma Phi, The Junior Social Workers of Chickasha, and she supported and volunteered for her children's extra curricular activities.  

She retired in April of 1985 and they moved to Edmond Oklahoma.During retirement in Edmond Joan enjoyed shopping, gardening, vacationing with family, and spending time spoiling her grandkids. 

Joan is preceded in death by: Father: Bob Smith, Mother: Leta Smith, Husband: Erwin Leaverton,  Son: Michael  Leaverton and Brother-in-law: Ronnie Leaverton

She is survived by: Daughter: Lisa Hannah (and Royce Hannah) Brother-in-law: Max Leaverton Nephew: Danny Leaverton Daughter-in-law: Diane Leaverton Grandkids: Elizabeth Holt (and Dustin), Ashley Faulkner (and Tyler), J.D. Leaverton & Mikayla Leaverton and Niece: Karen Leaverton.

Interment will be in the Perkins Cemetery in Perkins, Oklahoma.  Services are under the direction of McRay Funeral home.


Karen Sue Plummer-Lee

Memorial service for Karen Plummer-Lee, 83, of Chickasha, Oklahoma will be held at 10:30am, Saturday, December 16, 2023 at the Southern Oaks Church of Christ.  Ron Blankinship will officiate.

Karen Sue Plummer – Lee was born on May 12, 1940 in Bluffton, Indiana and died on December 6, 2023 in Chickasha, OK.

Karen was born the daughter of Verdane Reiff and Martha Kain Reiff – Morris. She graduated high school in Tucson, Arizona.

Karen worked as a telephone operator and began dating Rufford Plummer. At 19 years old, she married Rufford in 1959 in Tucson where they raised their two children Laura and Doug.

Later, Rufford and Karen moved to West Virginia. She enjoyed gardening and canning. Karen also was an amazing seamstress.

They moved to Chickasha in 1991. She loved making clothes, slippers, and Barbie Doll clothes for her grandchildren.  Karen loved to read, play the piano and listen to classical music. Her most favorite hobby was quilting. Each child, grandchild and great grandchild received a quilt made by her.

Karen worked at Christian Care Retirement Home in the late 1990’s and volunteered at the Southern Oaks Church of Christ Food and Clothing Room before retiring. She loved to travel and attended quilting retreats. Karen married Bill Lee on November 3, 2007.

Karen was preceded in death by her parents, husband Rufford, daughter Laura Hicks, son in law Alton Hicks, one brother Tom Reiff, and brother in law Chet Sawin.

Survivors include husband Bill, one son Doug Plummer and wife Kathy of Chickasha, granddaughter Jennifer Troub and husband Andrew of Chickasha, grandson Donovan Hicks of Rocky Face, Georgia, granddaughter Juniper Stell and husband Larry of Inman, SC, granddaughter Jessica Williams and husband Gary of Chickasha, grandson Benjamin Hicks of Ider, Alabama, great grandchildren Alyssa Hicks, Nathan Troub, Emma Williams, Samuel Troub, Rachel Troub, Easton Williams, Kurtis Stell and wife Adriana, one sister Shirley Sawin of Thermal, California, one brother John Morris and wife Jerry of Texas, Boyd and Susie Lee, Eddie and Cindy Lee and the Lee family, and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Cremation arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

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

Fax:  405-224-1584


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