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Ardmore Memorial Funeral Home

27186 Main Street
Ardmore, AL 35739
(256) 423-4100
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Danny DeWayne Hester - Daily Ardmoreite

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

WILSON — A Celebration of Life for Danny DeWayne Hester, 62, of Ardmore is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, April 15, 2017, at Alexander Funeral Home Chapel in Wilson with Bro. Jim Yeager officiating. Interment will follow at the Hewitt Cemetery of Wilson.Danny was born Nov. 23, 1954, at Wilson to Billy Joe Hester and Alwanda G. “Shub” (Acree) Hester. He departed this life on Sunday evening, April 9, 2017, at a healthcare facility in Oklahoma City.Danny was a native to Wilson being raised on main street where his childhood days consisted of riding his bicycle up and down the streets. He also enjoyed his monthly camping trips as part of Troop 43 Wilson Boy Scouts. During his junior year, his family moved to Quanah, Texas, where he attended his senior year and graduated high school. Soon afterwards he returned to this area where he gained employment at the Uniroyal Tire Plant of Ardmore in 1973.Danny met the love of his life, Nelda Ingram of Healdton, and they soon were united in marriage on Oct. 30, 1976. They made their home in Ardmore and were bles

AnnaLee (Bates) Flynn - Daily Ardmoreite

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Thursday, April 13, 2017, at Alexander Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jason Williams officiating. Interment will follow to Bomar Point Cemetery.AnnaLee was born on Aug. 30, 1963, at Ardmore to Floy E. (Walker) Bates and the late Billy D. Bates Sr. She departed from this life on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at Wilson.AnnaLee was raised in Wilson graduating from Wilson High School in 1981. She married Bobby Charles Flynn May 21, 1982, at the First Baptist Church of Wilson. They remained in Wilson and were blessed with two boys. AnnaLee worked most of the years caring for others at nursing homes and hospitals. She worked for Mercy for 26 years and then home health and presently was providing care for her grandmother. AnnaLee loved camping, fishing, playing games and was an avid OU football fan. She was looking forward to seeing her first grandbaby in July.Preceding her in death was her father, Billy Bates Sr. March 5, 2006.AnnaLee is survived by her husband, Bobby of the home; sons, James Flynn and John Flynn, both of Wilson; mother, Floy Bates of Wilson; grandmother, JoAnna Walker of Wilson; mother-in-law, Betty Flynn of Wilson; brother, Billy Bates and wife, Sarah of Wilson; sisters, Tina Marie Gaston and husband, Robin of Lone Grove and Tammy Ha

Georgie Lee (Totty) Whatley-Spradlin - Daily Ardmoreite

Monday, March 27, 2017

Georgie Lee (Totty) Whatley-Spradlin was born November 28, 1939, to the late Floyd LeRoy Totty and Ruthie Marie (Harris) Totty in Wynnewood, Okla.  She departed from this life on March 22, 2017, in Ardmore. Georgie was raised mainly in Leon attending school there. She married Hubert Leo Whatley on June 3, 1957, at Marietta. They moved to Napa Valley, Calif., and then Lone Grove for 45 years. Georgie worked outside the home as a nurse for many years. Hubert preceded her in death on October 20, 2003 ,and then later in the years; she married Joe Spradlin July 15, 2006.  He too preceded her in death. Georgie loved to read, gardening and tend to her roses. She is a member of Christ Chapel Pentecostal Holiness Church. Preceding her in death are her parents; infant son, Ronald David Whatley; sister, Viola Fletcher; brother, Kenny Totty; and great-grandson, Jeffery Denham. Georgie is survived by her daughters, Sandra Dyer and husband, Kenneth of Lone Grove, and Debrah Butler and husband, Butch of Lone Grove; son, Bob and Jessica Whatley of Ardmore; stepchildren, Denise, Erin and Joe Jr.; sister, Alice Hood and husband, Mike of Dickson; brothers, Floyd Totty of Lone Grove, Don Totty of Napa Valley, Calf., Albert Totty and wife, Lisa of Fort Mojave, Calif., and Richard Totty of Suisun City, Calif.; children, who were like her own, Darinda Caudle and husband, Gus of Lone Grove; grandchildren, Emily Johnson and husband, Shannon of the home, Kenny Dyer and wife, Mary of Ardmore, Patsy Barrett of Anadarko, Billy Dyer of Anadarko, Destiny Dyer of

Linda Joyce Bearden Grantham - Daily Ardmoreite

Monday, March 06, 2017

Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant, Okla., where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. Linda later received a Master’s in Education through East Central at Higher Ed, Ardmore. As a student she enjoyed singing in the choir and playing the piano and saxophone. While in college, she was selected to sing in the college ensemble that traveled to different schools and towns putting on performances. She taught school in Moody, Texas, for four years, then one year at Wilson, and retired after 27 years as a teacher in the Marietta Public School system. She was a member of the Oklahoma Education Association, the National Education Association as well as the Love County Retired Educators Association. Linda truly loved her family, especially being with her grandchildren. She was an active member of the Marietta Church of Christ as long as her health permitted.She was preceded in death by her parents.Survivors include her daughter, Amy RaeLynn Grantham Darnell and husband, Robert “Bubba” of Marietta; sister, Nancy Bearden Barrick and husband, Vernon of Falconhead; five grandchildren, Myranda and husband, Brent, Samantha, Madyson, RayAnna and Zoe; three great-grandchildren, Aubrey, and twins Gene and James; two aunts, Loonita McGehee of Marietta, and Wanda Shellenberger and husband, Butch of Ardmore; uncle, James “Caesar” Lang and wife, Alda of Marietta; two nephews, Brian Barrick and wife, Kandice and John Barrick and wife, Heather; niece, Lori Hancock and husband, Jason; three great- nephews; three great-nieces; and several cousins and special friends.Casket bearers will be Rodney Lang, Mike Lang, Scott Lang, Allen Woody, Darrel McGehee, Rick Brannan, Stan Daugherty and Vance Parr. Honorary bearers are Dewayne Kerbo, Jeff Lang, all other first cousins, Senior Class of 1966, Dr. Tom O’Connor, and the Church of Christ congregation.Time of visitation for family and friends will be from 7 to 8 p.m. this evening at the funeral home.Online guest book: wattsfuneralhome.com.

Speak Their Names - Hardball Times

Monday, February 20, 2017

Krock, an anesthesiologist in Peoria, Ill., grew up listening to relatives’ stories of Jimmie Crutchfield, an outfielder who began his career with the Birmingham Black Barons, and fellow resident of Ardmore, Mo. His family spoke proudly of Crutchfield, a Negro Leagues player who “escaped the hard, dangerous life of the coal mines to play baseball.”During a trip to Chicago’s The Field Museum, Krock picked up a book written by Larry Lester, Sammy J. Miller and Dick Clark titled, Black Baseball in Chicago and in it stumbled upon photographs of Crutchfield. Krock discovered that, after his retirement and before his death in 1993, Crutchfield had worked in a Chicago post office. It seemed natural to Krock to visit the man he had heard so much about.The book had no details of Crutchfield’s passing or where he was buried, so Krock contacted Clark, co-chair of the Negro Leagues Committee of the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR). Clark provided the name of the funeral home that handled Crutchfield’s service, and with that information, Krock tracked down Crutchfield’s final resting place. Later that year, Krock traveled to Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, Ill., to pay his respects. There, Krock found that Crutchfield and his wife, Julia, had been buried in unmarked graves, a disappointing ending to the story. It was then that the Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project was born.In 2009, The FBI and the Cook County Sheriff’s Department uncovered a grave-selling scheme at Burr Oak Cemetery. Carolyn Towns, its former director, had ordered cemetery workers to remove remains from grave sites and resell those plots. Some of the remains were dumped in an uncovered lot. Some bodies were found double-stacked in existing graves. Towns was convicted of keeping the cash payments of grieving families totaling $100,000 from the scheme. Law enforcement officials said that at least 200 graves had been desecrated. The paperwork for the graves was apparently destroyed, making it difficult to know if there were more. The scandal rocked the African-American community, and many whose loved ones were interred there were left wondering if their remains had been disturbed.Burr Oak carries special significance in the black community; it is the final resting place of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old black boy who was killed by two white men in Mississippi in 1955. At least 25 Negro Leagues players are buried in Burr Oak. To the best of his knowledge, Krock says, no players’ remains were disturbed in the scandal. He plans to visit Burr Oak again this summer in search of the status of six more graves. Despite the controversy, the cemetery remains special for him.Bringing closure to any of these cases can bring about a special feeling. Take Pete Hill, for example. John Preston “Pete” Hill, a posthumous 2006 National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, was a star outfielder for several black teams, including the Chicago American Giants. He also served as a player-manager for the Detroit Stars, Milwaukee Bears and Baltimore Black Sox. Hill died at a bus stop in Buffalo at age 69. His body was shipped to Chicago and while for years it was believed that he was buried at Burr Oak, not even Hill’s family knew where his body was. Some searched for his gravesite among the other Negro Leagues players buried at Burr Oak and never found it. They worried that his remains had been disturbed in the grave-selling controversy.When Krock decided to check other little-known Chicago area cemeteries in 2010, the mystery was solved: Hill was in an unmarked grave at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, the same Irish Catholic cemetery where Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley was bu

LuAnn Locke - Daily Ardmoreite

Monday, February 06, 2017

Bertha Pearman Embry. She passed away Sunday, Jan. 22, in Mercy Health Love County, Marietta, at the age of 77.A resident of Love County most of her life, LuAnn married James Elmer Locke in Ardmore on May 18, 1957. She was a registered nurse for more than 25 years employed mainly with Mercy Health Ardmore and Mercy Health Love County. LuAnn loved to read, quilt, and work in her flower gardens, but her greatest joy was spending time with grandchildren. She was of the Christian faith.LuAnn was preceded in death by her parents.She is survived by her husband, Jim Locke of the home; two sons and daughters-in-law, James and Mandy Locke of Wichita, Kan., and Joe and Chrissy Locke of Marietta; daughter and son-in-law, Kerry and John Anderson of Dallas; brother and sister-in-law, Eugene and Ruth Embry of Fort Worth, Texas; and eight grandchildren, Andrew, Patrick, Cody, William, Matthew, Levi, Brinkli and Easton.Casket bearers will be grandsons, Andrew Locke, Patrick Anderson, Cody Locke, William Locke, Matthew Anderson, Levi Locke and Easton Hartman; also Mike Embry and Toby Hicks. Honorary bearers are her granddaughter, Brinkli Hartman; and all of her co-workers at Mercy.There is no public viewing or visitation. The funeral home will close at 5 p.m. Friday.Online guest book: wattsfuneralhome.com.

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Carolyn Ann Hallum - Daily Ardmoreite

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The family suggests memorial contributions to Cross Timbers Hospice, 207 C St. NW, Ardmore, OK 73401.Online guest book: wattsfuneralhome.com.

Willard Hohnstein - Daily Ardmoreite

Monday, March 27, 2017

Willard Hohnstein, age 92, died on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, in Dallas. Graveside services to remember Willard’s life will be 2 p.m. Saturday, March 25, 2017, at Hillcrest Memorial Park, Ardmore, Okla. Services under the direction of Griffin~Hillcrest Funeral Home of Ardmore.Willard was born on Jan. 12, 1924, in Giltner, Neb., to Peter and Alice (Pauley) Hohnstein. After graduating high school in Giltner, Willard earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nebraska and subsequently attended SMU in Dallas where he received a Master’s Degree in Economics. After working in journalism and sales for several years, with the support of his wife, Vivian, who worked at Tinker Air Force Base, Willard enrolled at the University of Oklahoma where he earned his Ph.D. in Economics. His career as a professor began at East Texas State in Commerce, Texas, before moving to Lake Charles, La., in 1969 to teach at McNeese State University where he became head of the Economics Department before retiring in 1988. In 1989, Willard and Vivian returned to Vivian’s hometown of Ardmore, which is also the place where they first met in 1956. In his retirement, Willard spent his time doing y

Dogs who work: Rex and Lacie at Tishomingo Funeral Home - Daily Ardmoreite

Monday, March 27, 2017

By Marsha Millermarsha.miller@ardmoreite.com Editor’s note: It’s no secret there are hard working dogs and cats. But while some are tending to traditional animal jobs, like herding cattle or mousing in barns, others are going to work with their owners and are performing “people” jobs at local stores, offices or job sites, like Rex and Lacie, Roger Hartwell’s canine employees and best friends.-Names and occupation: Rex, age 6, and Lacie, age 4, are Border-Aussies — Border Collie/Australian Shepherd hybrid dogs, who are more than Roger Hartwell’s employees, at Tishomingo Funeral Home. They’re also his best friends. While it may seem strange to have dogs at a funeral home, Roger says the pair has their own onsite outdoor run. However, that doesn’t mean they’re not a valued employees because it’s no secret dogs can provide a special kind of comfort it times of grief. Often times family members seek a private moment with Rex and Lacie who willingly offer a head to pet and unsolicited love.When they’re not at wor

Joyce Ruth (Richardson) Thomas - Daily Ardmoreite

Monday, March 06, 2017

Joyce was born on March 19, 1932, at Grady to the late Samuel Hudgeon Richardson and Mary Ethel (Austin) Richardson. She departed this life Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at a healthcare facility in Ardmore.Joyce was raised in Grady attending school at Ringling, graduating high school in 1950. She moved to Oklahoma City where she became employed within a bank. While carpooling back home to visit, she was introduced to AJ Thomas. She and Jay fell in love and were united in marriage on Aug. 30, 1958, at Del City. They moved to Texas and settled in Greenville, Texas, for several years. During these years, Joyce devoted her work to her household and family. When the kids were grown, she decided to fulfill a lifelong goal of becoming a nurse and began attending nursing school. She was an excellent student and quickly received her LPN certification.Joyce worked at the Ringling Nursing Home caring for the residents. She served as a nurse and when she received her certification for Nursing Home Administration, she began serving as the Administrator. She was employed at the Ringling Nursing Home for several years retiring in 2002.During her years as a nurse and administrator, Joyce would volunteer her vacations to serving as the camp nurse at all the Carter County Citizens Camp for the less advanced mental and physical, or social development handicaps. She loved to read about history and sew and was a member of the Ringling Church of Christ.Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Jay - Oct. 12, 2007