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March 2021 Obituaries 

Nona Sue Sheerer

Funeral service for Nona Sue Sheerer, age 88 of Norman, OK will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 2, 2021, at the Westside Church of Christ in Norman followed at 2:30 p.m. by a graveside service at Rose Hill Cemetery in Chickasha.  The service at the church will be livestreamed at Westside COC Norman on YouTube.  Brett McKnight will officiate. Viewing will be from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm on Thursday at McRay Funeral Home.  No family visitation will be held.

Nona Sue Keenon was born the daughter of Wiley Allen Keenon and Nona Rivers McAnulty Keenon on December 19, 1932 at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Oklahoma City, OK.  She died on March 26, 2021 in Norman, OK.

She married James Cato Sheerer on August 19, 1955 in Abilene, TX.

Nona Sue lived her early life in Lane, Perry and Atoka, OK.  She graduated Atoka High School as valedictorian and president of the senior class.  Nona Sue received her Bachelor of Science degree from Abilene Christian College.  Nona Sue and Jim lived in Llano and Austin, TX, and Jamestown, NY.  She was a resident of Chickasha for forty-five years and moved to Norman in 2011.  

Nona Sue was active in 4-H through high school serving as a 4-H state officer her senior year.  She was a 4-H leader for several years while her daughters were in 4-H.  She was a member of Rural Neighbors OCHE for 50 years.  

Nona Sue was a member of the Church of Christ for over 70 years - and taught Bible Classes for over 40 years. She loved being a preacher’s wife and being a devoted wife, mother and grandmother as well as friend to all she met.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Sheerer, her parents, Wiley and Nona Keenon, and brothers, Walter Shields and Glen Keenon.

Survivors include her three daughters and husbands, Janis and Steve Hagler of Derby, Kansas, Julie and Larry Diepenbrock of Medford, Wisconsin, and Jennifer and Brett McKnight of Norman, Oklahoma; seven grandchildren, James and Ryan Hagler, Debra and Stephanie Diepenbrock, and Jeff, Riley, and Brittany McKnight; two sisters-in-law, Mary Cecile Keenon, Mary Layfield; two brothers-in-law, Charles Williams and Ken Rich; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

Service will be under the direction of the McRay Funeral Home. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Camp Lu-Jo KISMIF, P.O. Box 2232, Lawton, OK, 73502; SEARCH Television Ministry, P.O. Box 371, Edmond, OK, 73083; Westview Boys Home, P.O. Box 553, Hollis, OK  73550.

Mildred Janice (Granny) Talley

Mildred Janice (Granny) Talley was born east of Rush Springs on the family farm on January 11,1937 to Vernie and Cora (Bray) Davis and passed away peacefully in her home in Verden on March 24, 2021. She attended Rush Springs schools. Mildred married and traveled a lot because her husband was in the military. To this union Roger Lee Fitch was born. Roger was Janice’s pride and joy. After divorcing her husband she moved back to her hometown. She had started a nursing career that she continued after moving home.

When Roger was about eight, with the encouragement of her friends, she went on a date with that good-looking man who drove a beautiful new Buick, that she knew as Kelly Talley. She cooked fried chicken and mashed potatoes, and they went to a Loretta Lynn and George Jones concert. What a beginning: fried chicken and country music. It was a match made in heaven. Many times, Kelly would ask her to marry him.  Finally one day she told him she would marry him but she didn’t know if she loved him or not. Obviously God knew what she and Roger needed and the match made in heaven became a love only separated by death. Her truck-driving naval hero she referred to as “Daddy” was a wonderful addition to her life.

Janice continued her nursing career with most of it at Grady Memorial in the ER Department. You still can mention Granny Talley to many people and a twinkle comes into their eye and they have a story to share. Janice and Kelly owned and operated a semi through the years and Kelly was a member of the million-mile club.  She was very proud of this accomplishment.  Janice and Kelly retired in 2000 and Janice devoted her life to caring for Kelly. He had developed lung problems due to chemical exposure on a naval ship.

In March, 2016, Roger passed away and May 17, 2017, Kelly went to be with the Lord.  Janice lived with her daughter-in-law and grandchildren until April, 2019. She was admitted to Glenhaven and stayed a month there before she fell. The next several months she was in and out of hospitals and rehabs. In September, 2019 she moved in with her cousin and family, David and Jovaughn Davis. They welcomed her into their home and shared their love and became her care givers. For years she had told David he was her only blood kin around here. Their family became hers and she really enjoyed the boys making over her.

Janice is preceded in death by her son Roger, the love of her life Kelly, both parents Vernie and Cora Davis and one sister Joy Parks.

Janice is survived by her sister/friend Fay Barnett of Rush Springs, her cousins and care givers, David and Jovaughn Davis of Verden, Brian Lewis and family of Anadarko, Landon Davis and family of El Reno, Patrick Davis of Verden, her friend and care giver Judith Meeks of Verden. She is also survived by daughter-in-law, Jo Ann Fitch, grandchildren Chris and family of Marlow, Heather and family of Amber, Toby and Amada of Ft. Cobb, and Makayla Grier of Chickasha.

Services will be at Bible Baptist Church in Chickasha on Saturday March 27,2021 at 10:00 am.  Burial will follow in Rush Springs Cemetery.  Services are under direction of McRay Funeral Home.

Sybil Fern Scott

Sybil Fern Scott, 98, was born in Denison, Texas on May 10, 1922.  She passed from this life on March 19th.  She was the first of 5 children born to Joe and Essie McDaniel Hughes.  She grew up on a farm west of Minco and married Virgil Scott after highschool.  They were the parents of two daughters, Linda Raikes and Virginia Meek, both of them now deceased.  They were members of the Minco Church of Christ until the death of her husband.  Her later years were spent in Chickasha, where she attended the Southern Oaks Church of Christ.   She was very talented and showed her beautiful crafts at craft shows around the state.

Sybil was preceded in death by her husband Virgil Scott; daughters Virginia Meek and Linda Raikes; grandson Scott Meek; parents Joe and Essie Hughes; brothers Everett Hughes, Clifton Hughes and Clyde Hughes; half-brother Billy Hughes and half-sister Beulah Fry.

Sybil is survived by grandson David Meek; great-granddaughter Heather Downing; brother Russell Hughes and wife Delores; sister-in-law Allene Hughes and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A private family graveside will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in Minco.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Minco Church of Christ or the Southern Oaks Church of Christ.  Service is under the direction of McRay Funeral Home.

John Edward Smith

John Edward Smith was born April 24, 1945 at Alex, OK.  He died March 13, 2021 in Duncan, OK.  There will be no services.  Cremation arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Lorene Alice Ivester Brooks   

Funeral service for Lorene Alice Ivester Brooks will be held at 2:00pm on Thursday, March 18, 2021 in the McRay Funeral Home Chapel.  Rev. Scott Keneda will officiate.
    Lorene Alice Ivester Brooks departed her earthly life to begin her heavenly life with her Savior on March 13, 2021.  She was born on Feb. 27, 1932 in Verden, OK to Whit Ivester and Ruby Watson Ivester.  Lorene spent most of her childhood in Oklahoma. 
    Lorene had four sons who are Wesley and wife Darlene Bailey of Chickasha, Glenn Bailey and Teresa Estrada of Howe, Texas, Sam and wife Gayla Bailey of Ponca City, OK and Jerry and wife Peggy Bailey of Dickson, OK.  Lorene married Charles Brooks in 1964 and they were married for 44 years.   Charles preceded her in death in 2009.
    Lorene is survived by her sister Lois Cook of Chickasha, sister Bettye Black of Edmond, and brother Wayne and wife Ann Ivester of Maryland.  She is also survived by her sister-in-law Virginia Ivester and brother-in-law Wayne Hammons.  Lorene was preceded in death by her parents Whit and Ruby Ivester, her sister Dorothy Patterson, sister Leona Dickey, sister Lelia Ivester, sister Jean Hammons, and brother Jim Ivester.  
    Lorene was blessed with eight grandchildren who are Scott and wife Candice Bailey, Dale Bailey, Michael and wife Marci Bailey, Alecia and husband Brad Taylor, Casey and wife Meiyi Bailey, Josh Bailey, Jacob Bailey, and Brad and wife SooSeon Bailey.
    Lorene has twelve great-grand children who are Hayden Bailey, Wesley Bailey, Levi Bailey, Lane Bailey, Dylan Bailey, Jackson Bailey, Alaurie Taylor, Braden Taylor, Oliver Taylor, Chloe Bailey, Roguen Bailey, and Emma Bailey.  She has five great-great grandchildren who are Aaron, Cyrus, Nathan, Trista and Deacon.
    Lorene has four step-children who are Chuck Brooks, Cathy and husband Bruce Pierce, Kay and husband Charlie Novotny, and Rhonda and Hos Humphrey.
    The family would like to express their gratitude and appreciation for the tender loving care from all the staff at Glenhaven Assisted Living Center where Lorene resided for almost two years and the Hospice nurses and workers that assisted Lorene in her last days.
    Interment will be in the Fairlawn Cemetery.  Services are under the direction of McRay Funeral Home.

Michael Thomas Craig

Funeral service for Michael Thomas Craig will be held at 1:00pm, Monday, March 15, 2021at First Baptist Church in Chickasha, OK.  Rev. Doug Passmore will officiate.  The funeral will be live-streamed at

Michael Thomas Craig passed away peacefully on March 9, 2021 at 4:51am after a 13 day long battle caused by a tractor/hay accident.  Mike began his life on November 13, 1956 in Lawton to his parents Cleo and Lucille Craig and his brother CL Craig.

Mike attended school in Lawton public schools through high school and graduated from Lawton MacArthur in 1975.  Through school he was involved with Biology Club, Vica, Key Club and Thespians.  After high school, he worked part-time at Fairmont Dairy while he attended Cameron University where he met his wife Jayne Mays at the Baptist Student Union.  They Married June 2, 1978 and he continued his studies until he began working at Pepsi Cola.

Mike was involved with Kiwanis while living in Lawton.  He and his wife moved to Ada and worked for Pepsi Cola, extending their family with a baby girl named Becky.  Mike’s dad felt Ada was too far to see his granddaughter Becky, so with little notice, transferred Mike and family to Chickasha Pepsi Cola.  They lived there until 2004. While in Chickasha, God blessed them with a son, Chad Craig and later granddaughter Madison Craig.  Mike participated with Rotary Club, served on the Grady County Fair Board, served as a Security Bank Board Member, participated with Grady County Horse Club and was a Parent of the Chickasha FFA Chapter.  He was also a member of First Baptist Chickasha.

In 2004 they moved to Oklahoma City due to his job at Walmart and became involved with Mustang Schools.  He later became a hotshot driver with his wife Jayne.  This was one of his favorite things to do.  He loved to get in his pickup and just ride.

His other love was Limousin cattle.  He enjoyed helping Becky with her livestock and watching Madison show her heifers.  He also loved spending time with his grandson Chance, aka Wiggles.  He would often say it was like having a little Chad all over again.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the El Reno FFA Program.  Make checks payable to El Reno Public Schools and mail to PO Box 580, El Reno, OK 73036.

Entombment will be in the Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery Mausoleum in Lawton.  Services are under the direction of McRay Funeral Home in Chickasha. 

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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