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Bonnie Jean James, 97, A dearly beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother was received into the loving arms of Jesus Christ on Saturday, August 16, 2014. She was born in Denton, TX on November 26, 1916 to the late Baughn and Lela Beatrice Mote Stone. She was predeceased by her sister Christine Hale Bentley of Electra, TX. Bonnie was married to the love of her life, the late G.M. (Jesse) James on April 28, 1939. She is survived by her two sons , Terry & Nancy James of McKinney, TX and Richard & Diane James of Lake Jackson, TX who will treasure her memory. As will her nephew, Mickey McKnight. Bonnie's grandchildren, Terri Lynn (Allen), Brian (Patricia), Lara (Mike) and Lindsey (Aurelien) will miss her very much; as will her great-grandchildren, Meagan, Jake, Elizabeth, Katherine and Allison. Born to a pioneer woman who herself lived to 103, Bonnie's life was shaped by the Great Depression. Through hardships like the Depression, Bonnie kept her faith in The Lord and her zest for life. She was instilled with a Loving spirit and a reverence for nature and good music. She loved her Church and was a proud and active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Ada, OK. Bonnie was a quilter, gardener, prolific reader (especially of history) and an avid antique collector. Bonnie and Jesse loved to travel to antique shows throughout the United States – from New York to Colorado and frequently visited weekend sales in Canton, TX. Bonnie and Jesse shared their love of antiques with Terry and Richie. Bonnie was a strong woman who was a three time cancer survivor. We will miss you dearly, Bonnie Jean! A celebration of Bonnie's life will be held on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 2:00pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 2000 West White Ave, McKinney, TX, 75069, Dr. John Blacklock, Pastor. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made, in Bonnie Jean James' name, to the Susan G Komen foundation. 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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J. Patrick Reirdon, aged 48, died peacefully of natural causes on August 24, 2014. J. was born on October 17, 1965, in Fort Worth, Texas. He earned his Eagle Scout and graduated high school in 1984. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in December, 1991, with a Bachelor of Political Communications. He later received an Associate of Computer Science and a Master of Business Administration. J. Patrick was the Information Technology Manager at Uniden America Corporation. He was dedicated to his work. J. was dedicated to his sons and worked with them from Cub Scouts to Eagle Scouts. He served as their den leader and took both of them to Scout camps every summer. J. Patrick is survived by his wife, Bethany Reirdon, two sons, Patrick Joseph Reirdon and Matthew James Reirdon, his mother, Suzanne Reirdon Reeder and her husband Sid Reeder, father Joseph Patrick Reirdon and his wife Judy Reirdon. his sister and brother in law, Erin and Seth Morrison, and nephew David Morrison. He is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, J. C. and Anna Renshaw, and paternal grandparents, Jack and Lo Rene Reirdon. The family will be accepting visitors at the Skyvue Funeral Home in Mansfield, Texas, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, August 29. Services will be held 10:00am at Skyvue Funeral home in Mansfield on Saturday, August 30. 2014. Interment will follow at Highland Cemetery, Durant Oklahoma, in the Renshaw family plot.
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Willis Conrad "Jack" Jackson was born on June 26, 1940 in Artesia, New Mexico to Ted and Josie (Justice) Jackson and passed from this life on August 24, 2014 at his home in Bennington, OK at the age of 74 years, 1 month and 29 days. Willis attended school at Indianola near McAlester and then enlisted in the United States Navy. Willis proudly served his country during the Vietnam Conflict earning several awards including 2 Bronze Stars. After his honorable discharge, he moved to Texas and worked as a main frame operator in the computer industry. He later married Margaret Holden on March 16, 2005 and he retired to Bennington. He was an active member of the Patriot Guard Riders of Oklahoma and the Victory Life Church in Boswell. He loved to read, ride his motorcycle with Margaret and enjoyed working outdoors, but most of all he loved his time with his family. Willis was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Eddie, Q.D., Wayne and Duford Jackson and his sister, Wanda Lavarnway. Willis is survived by his wife, Margaret Jackson of home; son, Jeffrey Alan Jackson and wife Jennifer of Coppell, TX; daughter, Shellie Jackson of Irving, TX; grandchildren, Ruby and Elijah Jackson of Coppell, TX; brother, Rick Jackson and wife Karen of McAlester, OK; step children, Eric, Carl, Stephen and Daniel Teal and Heather Johnson; numerous step grandchildren and step great grandchildren; 1st wife and mother of his children, Wynonne Jackson and many close friends. A celebration of Willis's life will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, August 30, 2014 at Bishop Funeral Home in McAlester, OK. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.brownsfuneralservice.com . Arrangements are under the directions of Brown's Funeral Service, Durant, Oklahoma.
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The most loved and precious soul of Vanetta Lou Williams was escorted to Heaven by a host of Heavenly Angels on Wednesday morning, August 27. 2014. She now lives eternally with the Lord Jesus Christ, many loved ones and friends. Vanetta Lou came into this world on June 16, 1921 in Salem, Arkansas to Noble and Anna Floyd. She was the oldest of three children. She attended elementary school, junior high and high school in a one building schoolhouse in Salem. Many cherished childhood memories were created in this small Arkansas town. In the year 1937, two years after her father's early death, she and her family moved from Salem to Muskogee, Oklahoma in order to be in closer proximity to her mother's family. Vanetta Lou was 16 years old when the family made the move, and she attended her junior and senior years at Muskogee High School where she graduated in 1939. After graduation from high school, she briefly attended Southeastern State College. She then returned to Muskogee where she met her future husband Thomas J. Williams, Jr. They had a wonderful courtship and were married on October 18, 1942 in Muskogee. Together they had two children, Jay and Deanna. Thomas J. was from Durant and in 1949, they moved to Durant to live closer to his family and raise their children. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Southeastern State College in 1961 and soon after began her career at Robert E. Lee Elementary School teaching first grade. After Thomas J., her husband of 23 years passed away from heart disease in 1965, she returned to college and earned her Master of Education degree. She had a wonderful career teaching first grade at Robert E. Lee. She had many funny and interesting stories, and she loved to reminisce concerning her teaching experiences. We loved to listen. Vanetta was blessed with a kind heart and gentle spirit and had a true gift of teaching young children. After completing 26 years of teaching, she retired at the age of 65. In retirement, her children, grandchildren and eventually great-grandchildren were top priority. She always made every effort to be present at school programs or any activity that her grandchildren were involved and possessed a sincere interest in what was going on in each of their lives. She was a most beautiful person both inside and out. She was a wonderful cook and she received much joy in preparing delicious meals for her family. There was always a beautifully set table in which her meals were served and enjoyed. Vanetta Lou was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Durant for over 65 years. After becoming homebound several years ago, she continued to keep closely connected to her church through lifelong friends, the church newsletter, and especially by watching the televised church services. Her Sunday School class was very close to her heart. She was an exceptional mother. Her one great desire was that her family would always put The Lord first in their lives and live according to God's Word, the Holy Bible. Vanetta Lou leaves a magnificent legacy for her children, her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren to cherish for the rest of their lives and pass down to the next generations. She touched the lives of the people who cared for her and loved her so. She is already being missed by her family so very, very much. Vanetta was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Thomas J. Williams Jr. and her brother Jewel Floyd. She is survived by her son, Dr. Thomas J. Williams, III and wife Nikita, granddaughters, Laura Thomas and Dr. Jennifer Whitfield, great-grandchildren, Kaleb, Luke, Seth and Canaan Thomas, and Raven, Cutter, Crew and Canyon Whitfield; Daughter, Deanna Williams Moody and grandsons, Matthew, Mark and Jeffrey Moody. She is also survived by her sister, Margene Allen of Muskogee, nieces Janna Hitt and Linda Euting, nephews Stephen Allen and Joe Floyd and each of their spouses, great nieces and nephews and many beloved cousins. A celebration of her life will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at the First Baptist Church in Durant with Pastor James Robinson officiating. Interment will follow at Highland Cemetery. Family hour will be held on Friday evening from 6:00-7:00 PM at the Holmes Coffey Murray Funeral Home. The family request donations be made in the memory of Vanetta Lou to the First Baptist Church, Vision First Building Fund, 124 West Evergreen, Durant, OK 74701. Should you like to share memories of Vanetta Lou or to sign the online guest register, please visit www.holmescoffeymurray.com . Services under the direction of Holmes Coffey Murray Funeral Home, Durant, OK.
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Willie John Harris Jr. 73, of Durant, was born September 8, 1940 to William Luther Sr. and Mary Louise (Thompson) Harris. Willie John passed from this life on August 21, 2014 at his home in Durant at the age of 73 years, 11 months and 13 days. Willie John graduated from Durant High School and married Hildegard Kriesel on February 18, 1979 in Durant. Willie John and Hildegard spent many loving years together until her passing in November of 2011. For most of his life, Willie John was a truck driver and owned and operated Ken's Pizza. Willie John was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and was active in the Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. Willie John enjoyed drinking coffee with his friends, going to the Chickasaw Sr. Center for lunch and was always helping others. Willie John is preceded in death by his loving wife, Hildegard Harris; parents, Luther and Louise Harris. Willie John is survived by his daughters, Dena Grinslade of Durant, Vallerie James and significant other James Young of Durant; sister, Mary Jane James of Durant; brother, Tommy Harris and wife Tammie of San Antonio, TX; special friend, Lynn Ross of Durant; grandsons, Seth Grinslade of Durant, Aaron James and spouse Kimberly Hunnicutt of Durant, Cody James of Durant; granddaughter, Amanda Delloro and spouse Mike of Durant. A memorial service to celebrate the life of Willie John will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at the St John's Episcopal Church with Father James Blagg officiating. In Lieu of a family hour the family will be accepting visitors at Dena Grinslade's home at 123 South 14th, Tuesday evening at 6:00 PM. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.brownsfuneralservice.com Arrangements are under the direction of Brown's Funeral Service, Durant.
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Sandy (Hart) Converse a beloved family member and resident of Utica, Oklahoma passed into the arms of her Savior in Durant, Oklahoma on Friday, August 22, 2014 at the age of 54 years and 30 days. She was born to Marshal A. and Tivola Mae (Whitley) Hart on Saturday, July 23, 1960 in Durant, Oklahoma. Sandy Hart married Frank Converse in Durant, Oklahoma on Saturday, August 8, 1981. Sandy worked for the Clay Eye Clinic in Durant as a Optometric Assistant. She was a member of the Utica Baptist Church. Sandy enjoyed making delicious meal for her family. But most of all Sandy loved her family and playing with her precious grandchildren. Mrs. Converse is survived by her husband, Frank Converse of Utica, Oklahoma; sons, Eric Converse and wife Amanda of Blue, Oklahoma, Todd Converse and wife Katy of Utica, Oklahoma and Matt Converse of the home Utica, Oklahoma; daughters, Toni Converse of Utica, Oklahoma and Macy Converse of the home Utica, Oklahoma; sisters, Jean Conner and husband George of Allen, Texas, Barbara Pickett and husband James of Utica, Oklahoma and Debrah Stark and husband David of Durant, Oklahoma; brother, Bubby Hart and wife Sheri of Utica, Oklahoma; sister-in-law, Bonnita Hart of Blue, Oklahoma; 7- grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Mrs. Converse was preceded in death by her parents, Marshal and (Tots) Hart; brother, Sonny Hart. A gathering of friends and family will be from 7-8:00 PM Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at the Holmes - Coffey - Murray Funeral Home in Durant, Oklahoma. A Service to celebrate her life will be held at, 10:00 AM Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at the Utica Baptist Church with Bro. Jay Perry and Dr. Greg Clay officiating. Interment will follow at Highland Cemetery. The pallbearers will be Brian Hart, Allen Edwards, Doug Stark,Billy Hobart, Steve Pickett and Mike Pickett. 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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