February 2019 Obituaries
Max H. Thomas
Funeral service for Max H. Thomas age 97 of Ninnekah, Oklahoma, will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Epworth United Methodist Church. Rev. Randall Hill will officiate and Rev. Ashley Green Young will assist.
Max was born the son of Grover Thomas and Winnie Lee Hunnicutt Thomas on June 22, 1921 in Ninnekah. He died on February 15, 2019 in an accident near Ninnekah.
Max served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II where he was an instructor in glider service. After being discharged, he returned home to the family farm for over seventy years. He married Barbara Pownell in 1950.
He was a member of the Alex United Methodist Church for over fifty years. Max was charter member of the Grady County Farm Bureau and the Grady County Cattlemen’s Association.
He was preceded in death by his parents Grover and Winnie Thomas; sisters Sally Thomas and Mary Ellen McKenna; brothers George Thomas and Joseph Thomas; wife Barbara Thomas; son Pat Thomas.
Survivors include daughter Linda Kelley and husband Keith; daughter Susan McAnally and husband Rex; son Joseph Thomas and wife Dee; son William Thomas and wife Mary; ten grandchildren; four great grandchildren.
Interment will be in the Ninnekah Cemetery. Service is under the direction of the McRay Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation for Parkinson’s research.
George Patrick Thomas
Funeral service for George Patrick Thomas, age 64 of Ninnekah, Oklahoma, will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Epworth United Methodist Church. Rev. Ashley Green Young will officiate and Rev. Randall Hill will assist.
George Patrick was born the son of Max Thomas and Barbara Joan Pownell on May 19, 1954 in Chickasha. He died on February 15, 2019 in an accident near Ninnekah.
Pat graduated Ninnekah High School in 1972 where he had served as FFA president. He attended Cameron University in Lawton for one year then returned home to work on the family farm. Pat was an avid reader.
He was preceded in death by his mother Barbara on January 19, 2019 and by his father Max at the time of the accident.
Survivors include sister Linda Kelley and husband Keith; sister Susan McAnally and husband Rex; brother Joseph Thomas and wife Dee; brother William Thomas and wife Mary; eight nephews; two nieces; one great nephew; three great nieces; beloved dog Buster.
Interment will be in the Ninnekah Cemetery. Service will be under the direction of the McRay Funeral Home.
Juanita Louise Payne
Services for Juanita Louise Payne August 7, 1924 - February 15, 2019 will be held at the Southern Hills Baptist Church on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 10AM. All who loved her are welcome.
Juanita Louise Payne was born on August 7th,1924 in Oklahoma City to Cozy Ellen Sparks and O.L. Angel. She was adopted a few weeks after her birth by James and Pearl Guess who showered her and her older brother Ray with love. In her early years she helped her mom wash clothes for oilfield workers when she was not in school or spending time with friends. She met and married the love of her life, Wayne Payne, in 1946, and together they raised five beautiful children. In their younger days they were well known for their dancing skills, and spent many fun nights cutting a rug with friends. They lived in Drumright, Oklahoma for many years and worked hard to support their family. Eventually they moved to Chickasha, Oklahoma where they worked together every day in their restaurant, Paw Paw’s Hamburgers (currently being ran by their grandson, Dustin Payne). After they retired, they delighted in visiting with their children and grandchildren. On any given night you would find Juanita reading her Bible and then dismissing herself to the porch to pray for everyone she knew who needed prayers, as well as every single family member and friend she considered family. To hear her pray was a window into her loving and gentle spirit. More than once she brought people to tears as they listened to her prayers to Jesus.
Juanita remained as sharp as a tack, sometimes too sharp with her more-than-honest commentary that made us giggle, until the last few years when she began to develop dementia. She was surrounded by loving family members, prayer and song, when she passed away from complications associated with age and the flu. We can only imagine the choirs of angels that sang Hallelujah as her beautiful soul flew to Jesus, and joined her awaiting family, her husband Wayne, sons Rex and Lloyd, great grandson Joshua Jay, parents, siblings and many other friends and family in heaven. Juanita was an outstanding wife, the most loving mom and grandma, and an all-around amazing woman who filled our lives with love, spunk, and enough one liners to keep us laughing for many years to come.
Juanita is survived by her daughter, Jacquetta Hampton and her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren; the children, grandchildren and great grandson of her late son, Rex Payne; her daughter and son-in-law Sheila and Ron Raczynski, their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren; her son and daughter-in-law Gordon and Pat Payne, and their children and grandchildren; the children and grandchildren of her late son, Lloyd Payne; and her close friend and caregiver, Vivian Jones, who helped take care of her in her last years and whom she loved like a daughter.
Services are under the direction of McRay Funeral Home.
Patricia Ann Thurman
Graveside service for Patricia Ann Thurman, 74, of Chickasha, will be held at 3:00 pm, Monday, February 11, 2019 at Fairlawn Cemetery.
Patricia Ann Thurman was born the daughter of Fredrick Homer Hollums and Gladys Saunders Hollums on June 8, 1944 in Chattanooga, TN. She died on February 6, 2019 in Chickasha.
Pat married John Albert Shropshire on November 17, 1962 in Ringgold, Georgia. Her son John Tandy Shropshire was born to this marriage. She married Barney Thurman on February 13, 1968 in Ringgold, Georgia. To this marriage, son Christopher Wade Thurman was born. Pat moved from Chattanooga to Chickasha in 1971. She was known to her boys as Moma, and Grannie Pat to all her grandchildren. She loved her boys, thought the world of her grandkids and her great-grandkids could do no wrong. She was the first to open up her home to anyone at any time. When her granddaughters were little she spent the night every Christmas Eve to wake up Christmas morning with them. Almost every night after work she would come to see them and eat her dinner saved especially for her. Every Sunday morning she stopped by for coffee with her daughter-in-law before going to work. Grannie never told her boys or grandkids no. The girls could call her at any time and she would get out and go get them to stay the night. She loved to be a part of anything her girls were doing. Grannie loved to give her girls a hard time about “frosting” their hair. Pat worked many places over the years, Shoneys, Sentry Manufacturing, Wal-Mart and many beauty shops. Often times she worked two jobs. She enjoyed her time doing hair at Nowata Gardens and Chickasha Nursing Center.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents Fredrick Homer and Gladys “Snookie” Hollums; grandparents Boyd and Freddie Saunders; sisters Rita Hollums and Diane Shirley; special nephew Kenneth Shropshire; special Oklahoma mother Ive Boswell, whom Pat thought the world of.
Pat is survived by son Johnny and Pam Shropshire of Chickasha; son Chris and Candace Thurman of Apache; granddaughters Tandi and Steve Carlile, Lindsey Shropshire and fiancé Alexander Ford, Erika Shropshire and fiancé Dusty Venable, and Brooke and Bryce Palmer all of Chickasha; Grandson Kyler Thurman of Apache; Great-grandsons Brayden McMahan, John Kyle McMahan, Boston Shropshire, Kingston Carlile “Monkey Butt,” Brooks Venable, Jenna Harper and Bryden Ford, Kyler, Kaleb and Kasen Venable; Nephews Sam “Skipper” Shirley and Bonita, William “Tiny” Shirley and Tyrone “Rusty” Houser and Pam; along with several great-nieces and nephews; special daughter-in-law Johnna Stephens; special grandsons Judd and James Stephens; and special son Daniel Terry.
Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.
Gearldene Musick was born the daughter of Louie Johnson and Maggie Mayo-Johnson on April 20, 1960 in Florence, AZ. She died on February 2, 2019 in Oklahoma City, OK.
Gearldene lived in Alex, OK since 1992. She was a cook at Lindsay school for 12 years as well as working as a CNA and home health aide for a number of years. She enjoyed fishing and was a great cook. She loved her 12 dogs and her pet turtle. Gearldene was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
Gearldene was preceded in death by her parents, her second husband E.L. Musick and her sister Patricia Jordan.
She is survived by her children Shelly Monsebais, Kristi and Sean Kimbley, Kortni Johnston and Josh Scott, Julie and Brett Levely, Misty and David Stitt; grandchildren Ryan, Shaylee, Trenton, Candace, Chris, Raegan, Taelor, Unique, Danielle, Anthony, Kaidon and Colton; and siblings Linda and Kenneth Wright, Alan and Donna Johnson, Connie and Floyd Harris, Mike and Kay Johnson and Timothy Johnson.
The family will gather at McRay Funeral Home to greet friends and share memories at 5:00 pm on Friday, February 8, 2019. The casket will be open for viewing.
Cremation arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.
(Agnes) Pauline Spangler
Funeral service for Pauline Anderson Spangler, age 98, will be held at 1:30pm, Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Epworth United Methodist Church. Rev. Scott Keneda will officiate.
Pauline Anderson Spangler was born to Oscar Lee Anderson and Agnes Amanda Barber on September 23, 1920 in Minco, OK and left this life on February 1, 2019 in Chickasha.
Pauline attended school in Minco through twelfth grade and then went to Chickasha to attend Oklahoma College for Women. In her second year she was offered the job of secretary to the Mayor of the City of Chickasha and she took it. She then became Deputy City Clerk and later City Clerk. While there, she married William Gordon Spangler who was already in the 45th Division and on active duty, stationed in Abilene, TX. Later she left the City Clerk’s Office to go to work at Borden General Hospital in the Quartermaster and later became secretary to the Post Engineer. She remained there until Gordon came home in July, 1945 and they moved to El Reno where he worked on the Rock Island Railroad. He left that job to work for the 45th Division and went to Korea in 1950. They lived in Chickasha from then on. Pauline went to work at the Chickasha Hospital and Clinic as a medical transcriptionist and then became an accredited record technician. She went to Grady Memorial Hospital before it was opened, being responsible for getting the furniture in place, then when it opened she was in charge of medical records and became a Registered Record Administrator and was responsible for several hospitals around the area, namely Marlow, Anadarko, Carnegie, Paul’s Valley and Duncan. She retired in 1982 to travel with her husband and they were avid square dancers and danced in Mexico, Europe, Canada, Alaska, The Caribbean Islands and South America. They lived on a ranch southeast of town where Gordon raised Longhorn cattle. She was inducted into the USAO Hall of Fame on November 3, 2018. Pauline remarked that it was quite a life after living through the depression.
Pauline was preceded in death by her parents Oscar and Agnes Anderson; brother Raymond Anderson; son-in-law John Snow; and granddaughter, Stacy Keller.
She is survived by her husband Gordon Spangler; daughter Gordona Snow; daughter Mandy Keller and husband Richard; grandchildren Gordon Travis Snow and wife Brandy, Sarah Hoffman and husband Jay; and great-grandchildren Carson Snow, Lexi Snow, Nora Snow and John Ronald Hoffman.
Interment will be in the Friendship Cemetery in Pocasset, OK. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home. Viewing will begin Thursday, February 7, 2019. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Pauline Spangler Scholarship Fund at USAO or to Epworth United Methodist Church Youth.