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November 2020 Obituaries 

Paul Raymond Harris

Funeral for Paul Raymond Harris will be at 1:00pm Saturday, November 28, 2020 at Bible Baptist Church.  At the family’s request, the service will be held outdoors under the portico.  Friends will remain in their cars in the parking lot near the portico to listen to the service which will be broadcast on FM radio station 97.7.  At the conclusion of the service, friends are welcome to drive past the portico to give a loving wave to the family. The interment will be private at Fairlawn Cemetery.  Viewing will be Friday from 9:00am to 7:00pm at McRay Funeral Home.  The book will only be available for signing at the funeral home.

Paul Raymond Harris passed away on November 23, 2020 at Grady Memorial Hospital at the age of 78. He was born on August 31, 1942 in Phoenix, AZ.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer Francis Harris and Luethel Edna (McClain) Harris of Chickasha and just recently by his brother, Elmer (Sonny) Eugene Harris.

Paul is survived by his wife, Alice Louise (Lancaster) Harris, of Chickasha, OK; three daughters and their spouses; Paula and Mark Turner of Highland Village, TX; Pam and Chad Niell of Jonesboro AR; Mary and Rodney Horne of Jonesboro, AR. Grandchildren; Megan and Jeremy Brown; Hailey Turner; Branston, Nathan, and Audrey Niell; Beau and Berkeley Horne; Morgan Horne and one Great-Grandchild Isabella.

Paul graduated from Chickasha High School in 1960.   He started work in the grocery business with Humpty Dumpty in Chickasha and South Central Oklahoma and advanced into management. After transferring back to manage the store in Chickasha and finding his salvation, he took a management position at Dunn’s Food to align his work with his faith. In 1990 he stepped up to the challenge of learning a new industry with Standley Systems as a part of their sales team. His talent followed him in being a successful part of their team until retiring December 31, 2009. He was quite the representative for each of the companies he worked with, showing each person how truly important they were (customer or coworker) and was always attentive to the details.  Retirement turned into a new form of work in the management of the family rental properties. He took care of people and met others needs as often as he could.

For many years, he found his seat behind the soundboard at Trinity Baptist Church and was proud to be ordained as a Deacon by Brother Joe Capps.  Through the years, he found it an honor to serve on many committees and as a Deacon at College Heights Baptist and Bible Baptist Church.  

Paul was an avid pool player, he loved playing anyone that was up to the challenge…especially his grandchildren. He loved competing against Alice and kept score on a chalkboard, it seemed the only time he really didn’t mind losing was to her (and maybe the grandkids - but, only when they were younger).

Paul loved to go on fishing adventures with a few friends, but especially with Alice. Whether it was in Alaska or his secret honey hole in Oklahoma, he loved being the one to brag on catching “the” big fish of the day. 

His love for his family and family of friends was apparent in his ways of service, his ability to sense a need before it arose and his desire to assure others knew that he cared deeply about his church and about others knowing Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Memorial contributions may be made to any outreach program of Bible Baptist Church.

Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Erma Leona Reyburn Winstead

A service celebrating the life of Erma Leona Reyburn Winstead, 99, of Chickasha, OK, will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, November 14, 2020, which would have been her 100th birthday.  The service will be at the First Christian Church, 202 S. 6th St., Chickasha.  Reverend Michael Oberlander is officiating.

Erma was born the daughter of Lila Loffhagen and Earl Henry Reyburn on November 14, 1920 in Chickasha.  On November 6, 2020, at her home, she stepped out of this life and into the presence of her dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Erma grew up in Chickasha, graduating from Chickasha High School in 1939.  In those years she worked for Book and Gift (crystal and china) and H.S. Kress in the ribbon department where she learned to tie the most beautiful bows–giving her family and friends the most beautiful packages for decades.  Erma married John B. Winstead, Jr. of El Reno, on April 20, 1943 at the First Christian Church.  She and John moved to Enid as he was serving in the United States Air Force during WWII.  Upon John’s discharge from the service at Hickham Field Hawaii they moved to Chickasha–he was employed with PSO and Erma with Dr. Flagler, then the Oklahoma National Bank.  In 1957, they moved to Altus with John’s promotion as manager of PSO and Erma continued in banking.  In the early 1960's, John was transferred to Lawton as PSO Manager.  Both in Altus and Lawton, they made many friends in the First Christian Church and in community service groups such as Rotary, Lions, Chamber of Commerce and American Legion.

In 1976, they returned to Chickasha for John’s PSO transfer as manager.  Upon return Erma, with her brother Louis, became a real estate agent for her sister’s agency, Elizabeth Preece and Associates, until her retirement.

In 1929 Erma was baptized along with her brother Louis and sister Elizabeth at the First Christian Church, Chickasha.  Throughout her life, she was a faithful member of the Christian Church.  Wherever Erma and John lived, they sang in the choir, taught Sunday School and served on church committees and witnessed to others of Jesus Christ.  Erma loved Jesus, her family, her country and Chickasha.

Erma was preceded in death by her husband John on February 16, 2000; her mother Lila Loffhagen Reyburn Jimerson and father Earl Henry Reyburn; sister Elizabeth Reyburn Preece and husband Joseph William Preece; brother Granville Louis Reyburn and wife Novalee and former sister-in-law Adelaide Risner Reyburn.

Erma is survived by her niece Jan Preece Gaddis of Duncan, OK; niece Susan Preece Barnes and husband Douglas Alan Barnes of Hawkins, Texas; nephew Kurt Alan Reyburn and wife Eileen of Sparta, Georgia; great-nephews Douglas Alan Barnes, Jr. of The Plains, Virginia; Joseph Ward Barnes, wife Brandi  and great-great-nephews Zachary Tyler Barnes and Lucas Ward Barnes all of Royse City, Texas.

Interment will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.  Services are under the direction of McRay Funeral Home.  The family would like to thank Olga, Ginger, Beth, Leah, Mike, Linda and all others for so much help.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First Christian Church, 202 S. 6th St., Chickasha, OK 73018 and the Grady County Historical Society, 415 W. Chickasha Ave., Chickasha, OK 73018.

Dr. Edward L Whitmill

Edward (Ed) Leo Whitmill, 78, left this earth to be with the Lord and his beloved wife, Sue, on November 9, 2020 in Columbia TN.

He was born September 23, 1942 in Kansas City, Kansas to Glenn and Edna (Kiernan) Whitmill.  The seventh of nine children, Ed was raised in the Kansas City area and graduated from Wyandotte High School where he met and married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life Sue, in October, 1960.  Shortly thereafter Ed enlisted in the United States Air Force and was sent on various overseas assignments in several countries throughout the middle east and southeastern Europe.

After being honorably discharged from military service, Ed came home where he and Sue started raising a family. It was then that Ed found God and submitted his life in service to him, enrolling in seminary at the Baptist Bible College in Springfield, MO. He was ordained as a minister of the Gospel and began preparing for mission work.  Ed and Sue moved to south Texas and enrolled in the Rio Grande Bible Institute’s language school where they studied Spanish for their calling as missionaries to the country of El Salvador. 

It was here Ed truly found his calling and love for the Latin American people, culture, and country.  After the El Salvador civil war began Ed had to move his family to southern Mexico because of safety concerns and continued his mission work there, building churches, hosting church mission tours, teaching in seminary, and tending to the locals in every way.
Ed never believed in doing anything the easy way it always had to be the hard way, including building church buildings by hand, digging foundations with picks and shovels, as well as mixing and pouring concrete by hand.   Ed served faithfully on and off the mission field for more than 40 years. 

Concurrent with his mission work Ed was accepted to graduate School and earned both his Masters in counseling and Doctorate in Psychology from the Louisiana Baptist University in Shreveport. Ed pastored, worked as staff counselor, taught Sunday school and Spanish over the years in various churches throughout Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma serving well into his retirement years. 
With a life full of adventure and challenges his last few years proved his most formidable with the onset of dementia and ultimately Alzheimer’s disease. Even as his mind left him, he still occasionally spoke of his wife Sue and although he didn’t remember much toward the end, he seemed comforted when he was reminded, he had friends and family that loved him. 

Ed is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Sue, two sisters; Dorothy Whitmill and Mary Williams, two brothers; Don, and Jim Whitmill.  He is survived by three sisters; Jeanne Dervin of Overland Park, Kansas, Patricia Whitmill of St Paul, Minnesota, and Evelyn (Burnie) Hinkle of Jacksonville, Florida. A brother Joe (Margie) Whitmill of Cedaredge, Colorado.  A daughter Julie (Kent) York of Chickasha, Oklahoma, and four sons; Steve (Pam) of Columbia, Tennessee, Matt (Nancy) of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, TJ (Shana) of Moore, Oklahoma, and Danny (Kristy) of Moore, Oklahoma. Ed was blessed with 17 grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 7 step-great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held  at 10:00am on Friday, November 13, 2020 at Fairlawn Cemetery in Chickasha, Oklahoma. Arrangements are by the McRay Funeral Home, Chickasha, OK.

William Dale Pope

Funeral service for William Dale Pope, age 77, will be held at 2:00pm on Wednesday, November 4, 2020, at the Southern Oaks Church of Christ.  Masks will be required.

William Dale Pope, born August 5, 1943, of Ninnekah, Oklahoma passed on October 30, 2020. He grew up in Lamesa, TX, and then married the love of his life, Beaulah Othelia Jones, on November 29, 1963. They lived in Lawton, Oklahoma for the first 5 years and next 5 years in Chickasha. The last 45 years has been in Ninnekah (Agawam), Oklahoma. He was the owner and operator of Dale’s Upholstery from 1970-1995. He could put a cover on anything, even if it didn’t come with a cover. He taught many how to upholster. He was quite the handy-man and could fix or build just about anything. He was a firefighter for the Ninnekah Volunteer Fire Department for several years. He was a manager at Chickasha Mattress Factory for over 12 years. He was a kind, sweet, and compassionate man. You could always count on him to give a hug, kind word, and a loving smile. He loved any time spent with his church family, playing golf, reading and watching old westerns, giving treats to and loving on his dog, Lela, and he especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandsons. He is preceded in death by his grandmother, Lela Bell Jones, mother and step-father Edna and C.C. “Buddy” Clark, two brothers Donnie Fairweather and Roy Clark, and one sister Rita Clark. He is survived by his wife, Beaulah Pope, of the home; daughter and son in law, Rhonda and Joel Suddath of Bridgecreek, Ok; daughter and son in law, Kendra and Glendon Brantley of Sterling, Ok; and daughter Michelle Watson of Ninnekah, Ok. Grandchildren include Tiffany Melton and Jason Walkup and daughter Sophie Walkup, Tyler Suddath, Galen and Tiffany Brantley, Kayla and Jon Mann, Kadie Brantley and Dusty Wood, Kacie Brantley, Michael and Skyler Watson, Mariah Watson, and great-grandsons Jase and Lane Mann. Brother and sister in law Joe and Shari Clark, sister in law Vera Fairweather, of Lamesa, Tx, and many nieces and nephews.

Interment will be in the Ninnekah Cemetery.  Services are under the direction of 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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