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The angel choir of heaven welcomed a new voice when Pauline Sterling joined them on Thursday morning, December 4, 2014, at the age of 98 ½ years of age. Mrs. Pauline Dewayne Sterling was born May 19, 1916, in Lawton, Oklahoma, to the late James Earl Pogue and Emma Carr Pogue. As a child, she lived in the Willis area, where her father worked for Dr. Roland. She attended school at Willis and graduated from Aylesworth. On August 27, 1937, Pauline married Clarence L. Sterling in Madill, Ok. They moved to Durant where they attended Southeastern. Pauline quit her sophomore year to have their first child. They lived in Durant the majority of their 64 year marriage. Clarence died on July 26, 2001. Pauline resided in Durant the remainder of her life. Mrs. Sterling was a devout member of the First Baptist Church for 75 years. Mrs. Sterling was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was kind and gentle and was generous to a fault. She found good in everyone she met. She truly loved and cared about everyone. Pauline was preceded in death by her parents, two infant brothers, Roland Pogue her brother, Iva Rowe her sister, her husband, Clarence L. Sterling, an infant grandson, Clint Oliver, and a son-in-law, James Borin. She is survived by two daughters, Claireece Borin of Henryetta, Ok. and Paula Oliver and husband, Ronny of Madill, Ok; two sons, Keith Sterling of Durant and Brent Sterling and wife, Shauna, of Fayetteville, Arkansas. She is survived by 6 grandsons and 3 granddaughters and 13 great grandchildren and 5 step great grandchildren. She is also survived by her three wonderful caregivers of the past six years, Diane Neese, Irene Billy, and Anna Williams. Pallbearers for their grandmother are Chad Borin, Casey Borin, Chase Oliver, David Sterling, Jared Sterling, and Brett Sterling. Services are under the direction of Holmes, Coffey, Murray Funeral Home of Durant, at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 12, 2014. Pauline will be laid to rest next to her husband at Woodberry-Forest Cemetery in Madill, Ok. Family and friends may send online condolences and view tributes at www.holmescoffeymurray.com . Services are under the direction of Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home, Durant, Oklahoma.
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Joe D. Smith, deceased, Dec. 6, Dallas, TX. was born on 7-19-1937 to Claude and Ella Smith near Mead, where he was raised and graduated from highschool in 1955. He married his highschool sweetheart, Mary Rose Slaten on Feb 2, 1957 in Silo. Joe was ordained into the ministry to proclaim the Gospel in 1958. He then attended Decatur Bible College and Southwestern Theological Seminary in Fort Worth and served as pastor of Southern Baptist Churches in North Texas and Southeast Missouri for nearly 60 years. He was proud of his relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and all that knew him experienced his joy and were encouraged to trust in and live for Jesus. Joe was preceeded in death by brothers Alton, Alfred, Orville Harris, Tarp, his parents, nieces Penny and Joan, his in-laws Laura and Jim Slaten, Howard Slaten and one grandson, Casey Joe Smith. He is survived by wife Rose of Dyersburg, TN, son Tim Smith and wife Connie, and children Cole, Cory, Chelsea and Cassidy also of TN. A daughter Melodie Young , her husband Gary and family, Amie, Carder and Chaney of Dallas and daughter Alisa Peterson and her husband Allan of Garland, TX as well as in-laws Dale and Nancy Ballard of Silo, Gordon and Ann Yoder of Colorado, Ruth Slaten also of Silo and Joyce Smith of New Mexico and numerous nieces and nephews and beloved friends throughout the country. The family visitation will be at Holmes Murray Friday the 12th from 6-8 p.m. with the funeral at 11 a.m. Sat the 13th at Silo Baptist Church with internment to follow, also in Silo. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the cemetery fund in Silo or Mead.
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Walter Clinton Smith, age 93, of Toms Brook passed away Friday, November 28, 2014. A funeral service was conducted 4:00 p.m. Thursday, December 4th at Stover Memorial Chapel with a reception following this service at Wayside Inn, Middletown for family and friends. Burial with full military honors will be at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery. Mr. Smith was born October 12, 1921 in Silo, Oklahoma, the son of the late Finace Clinton and Edith Whitney Smith. He retired from the United States Air Force at the rank of Master Sargent with 20 years of service. He also was the retired owner of Walt Smith Builders, Inc. for more than 40 years, was a member of Strasburg Moose Lodge No. 403, American Legion Post 199, Woodstock and enjoyed listening to Bluegrass music. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Jacquelyn Ruth Briel Smith, on February 11, 2009. Surviving are his daughters, Rebecca Reeves and husband, Len of Toms Brook and Janna Smith-Dingus and husband, Steven of Mt. Jackson; his son, Brian Clinton Smith of White Post; his companion, Becky Smith of Durant, Oklahoma: his nephew, Jerry Roberts of Mt. Jackson; a sister, Mildred Corder of Carlsbad, New Mexico; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Honorary pallbearers will be Floyd Huntington, Gen. Richard Anson, Jack Grubbs and Larry Brown. The family received friends at Stover Funeral Home, 177 N. Holliday St., Strasburg on Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice. You may sign the register book and send condolences to www.stoverfuneralhome.com
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