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Page 3 We Believe in Oklahoma WWW.CHISHOLMTRAILNEWS.COM Chisholm Trail Community News August 5, 2020 Death Notices Memorials 4748 N. 81 Hwy • Duncan Ok 73533 580-252-2244 JimWhitt Debbie Whitt Wade Williams Chris Talley Oakcrest Cremation Center P rearrangements from another funeral home will be honored/transferred 100.1 FM & 91.5 FM For the best music this side of heaven Spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ One Song at a Time! Linda (Harris) Chancellor ...  Linda (Harris) Chancellor, originally of Duncan, Oklahoma, left this life to be with the Lord on Friday, July 31, 2020, at home in Decatur, Texas, with her husband and son (“her boys”) at her side.  She was born September 5, 1950, to Ora Mae and F.N. Harris in Duncan.  She was a 1968 graduate of Duncan High School and was later a graduate of Oklahoma College for Liberal Arts, now USAO. It is there where she met the love of her life, Tommy Leon Chancellor, originally from Chickasha. They were united in marriage on De- cember 18, 1970, in the chapel on the OCLA campus. On February 8, 1974, Linda gave birth to her sweet boy and their only child, Tommy Neal.  Ms. Linda, as she was affectionately called, loved her family fiercely. She adored her grandsons and was very active in their lives. She had a sharp wit and a generous heart. Her sweet and calming spirit endeared her to all and she enjoyed many precious friendships throughout her life. She found joy in shopping, travel- ing, gardening, crafting and sewing. She was also involved in the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Women’s Club of Decatur.  Her skills and adaptability were apparent in her varied work ex- periences including the District Attorney Office of Grady County, AWP Operating of San Antonio, Kingwood ISD, CP&L in Corpus Christi and for TC Casing in Decatur.  Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Ora Mae (Treadwell) and F.N. Harris, and her mother-in-law, Ellen Fay Chancellor.  Survivors include husband and partner in life of 50 years, Tommy; her son, Tommy Neal and his wife Dana; her two grand- sons; her sisters: Elaine Vaught and husband Jim; Janet Orum and her husband Gary; and her sisters-in-law, Cheryl Wenninger and husband Joe; Terri Jernigan and husband David; along with many beloved nieces and nephews.  Linda Ruth Harris Chancellor always carried herself with grace and dignity which was even more apparent throughout her coura- geous battle with pancreatic cancer. Her legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of the countless friends and family who were blessed to share this life with her.  Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, August 8, at 2:00 P.M. in the Whitt Funeral Home Chapel with Roger Rowinsky and Jimmy Smith officiating. Interment will follow at the Duncan Cemetery under the direction of Whitt Funeral Home.  Tommy, Tommy Neal and Dana wish to thank all who have loved her and them so well and for the overwhelming expressions of kindness especially through these last two years.  Online condolences can be made to the family at www.whittfh. com. Billy Lee (Bill) Robertson ...  Billy Lee (Bill) Robertson went to rest Friday July 31, 2020. Bill was a native of Duncan. He was born a half block south of Main Street in his Uncle Virgil and Aunt Ethel Robertson’s house on South Sixth Street February 28, 1932. It was the same date of his sister Betty Lou’s 6th birthday and his parent’s W. B. (Grin- drock) and Willie Estell (Bill) Polson Robertson’s 7th wedding anniversary.  During his school days, he said that he went to every elementary school in Duncan as well as Oklahoma City, Pawhuska and Laredo, Texas as his parents moved in order to find employment during the Great Depression. After returning to Duncan, he attended Junior High and graduated Duncan High School in 1950. He attended the University of Oklahoma where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. College education was interrupted when he volunteered for the Air Force in 1951 during the Korean Conflict.  After he was honorably discharged, he re- turned to Duncan and worked for his father at Robertson’s Tires until he became employed by Security selling drilling bits. Adventure called and he volunteered to go to Farmington, New Mexico to work for Halliburton during the big oil boom there.  At Herman’s Drive-In in Duncan, he had met a young teacher, Robin Duncan. They dated for three years before he came back and took her to Farmington after they married on June 20, 1959 in Duncan’s First Methodist Church. It was in Farmington that their only son, Todd was born in 1962.  There was always the desire to come home, and they did in 1963. The next year he was hired to work in Halliburton’s Inspection Department. He retired in 1991 with 32 years of service.  Even though he was “retired” he began farming in Cotton County. He planted cotton and wheat and raised cattle on family owned farms. He also started two new businesses in Duncan on South Highway 81, Bill’s Ice House and Farmers Mar- ket which he operated until his health suddenly became an issue in 2018.  Bill was a 32nd Degree Mason and a Shriner, a member of the Stephens County Cattlemen’s As- sociation and the First Baptist Church.  When he found time, he enjoyed fishing, bird hunting, beekeeping, raising quail and talking to anyone who would listen. He especially enjoyed helping care for his granddaughters until they started to school.  Those who are left to cherish his memory are his wife of 61 years Robin, his son Todd and spouse Sherri, a son by a former marriage Billy John Bagley, granddaughters Cace Richardson and Casady Robertson, their mother Cindy Silvas, great grand children Drake and Sadie Richardson, a nephew Billy Ray Howell, a niece Cindy Lou Hodge, two special high school friends, Cham King and Harry Mack Brown, and two special neighbors, Bob and Janice Favors.  Those preceding him are his parents Grindrock and Bill Robertson and his sister Betty Lou How- ell.  A memorial service will be held August 12th at 2:00pm at the First United Methodist Church in Duncan. Donations may be made to The Shriners Hospital for Children in Portland, OR in Honor of his great-grandson Drake Richardson who is a patient there. 3101 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd – Portland, OR. 97239. Fred Johnson, Jr. ...  Fred Johnson, Jr. passed away July 27, 2020 at the age of 75 of pancreatic cancer, in the loving arms of his wife, and the comforting support of his family and Chisholm Trail Hospice.  Cremation has taken place and a small family memorial is being planned thanks to the assistance of Callaway-Smith-Cobb Funeral and Cremation Services in Marlow.  Fred was born January 2, 1945 in Lafayette County, Missouri. He grew to manhood inspired by the ruggedness and beauty of the great Rocky Mountains in Salt Lake City, Utah where his par- ents Fred R. and Kathlyn Johnson built their home ... After serv- ing our country in Vietnam with his fellow veterans in the United States Army, he returned to make his home near those same mountains in Durango, Colorado where he raised a young family and retired after 33 years from Williams Brothers Refinery.  Fred chose to make his home in Oklahoma later in life to be near his younger sisters...Where he met his wife Carol, and cher- ished almost 20 years together before his passing.  Since early childhood, Fred had a great love for horses, and grew up where horses were an integral part of a rugged life...As he grew older, he took great pride in raising thoroughbreds for racing...And for grins, there were old westerns, country music, and of course, poker.  Survivors include, his wife, Carol Strickland of Lawton and fam- ily, sons, David and Charley Strickland, daughter, Jennifer Douglas and nine grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers, Billy Johnson and wife Lirio and Jack Werner, of Oklahoma City; his sisters of Marlow, Junetta Johnson Carter and husband Bob, Mar- gie Johnson Forehand and husband Art, Sandra Johnson (listed in memory, husband Billie Neeld) as well as much loved nieces and nephews.  Fred was preceded in death by his parents, and older brothers Hugh Johnson of Wyoming, J.N. Johnson of Washington, Aubrey Johnson of Utah, and Bill Johnson of Oklahoma.  We will miss his kindness, his humor, his grateful attitude for life, his work ethic, his determination to follow his dream, eating beans and cornbread covered with catsup with him, and how much he loved us.  Online condolences may be made to www.CallawaySmithCobb. com Sammy Ray Harrell ...  Sammy Ray Harrell, passed away Sunday, August 2, 2020 in Oklahoma City, at the age of 70.  At the family’s request cremation has taken place and a service will be scheduled at a later date. Cremation and all other ar- rangements have been entrusted to the Callaway-Smith-Cobb Funeral and Cremation Services in Marlow.  Sammy was born Tuesday, January 3, 1950 in Lubbock, TX, to Rayburn “Cowboy”and Lucille “Lucy” Jewel (Wright) Harrell. He had lived in the Stephens County area most of his life and had graduated from Duncan High School.  Sammy married his loving wife, Reda Hollingsworth in Duncan on August 28, 1971; they were married for 48 wonderful years before his passing.    Sammy drove a truck for Dolese for more than 11 years before retiring. He had a love for the outdoors, enjoying camping, fish- ing, and boating. Sammy liked going to the drag races but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family.  Survivors include, his wife, Reda Harrell of the home, a daugh- ter, Stephanie Christman and husband Keith of Duncan, 2 sisters, Bertie Hartman of Marlow, Pamela Evans of Lawton, as well as several nieces.  Sammy was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Sonny Harrell.  Online condolences may be made to www.CallawaySmithCobb. com JL Byas ...  JL Byas went home to be with the Lord on August 3, 2020, at the age of 90 in Oklahoma City. JL was born October 15, 1929, in Hollis, Oklahoma, the son of Clyde Edwin and Augusta Mae Williams Byas, and the grandson of Jonah Lafayette and Kathryn Mitchell Byas, and John William and Elizabeth Catherine Rice Williams.  JL was preceded in death by a sister, Vivian Brazell, and a brother, Nolan Byas.  JL retired from Halliburton Services in Duncan after 35 years, where he became the supervisor of the Photo Lab. His photogra- phy work was highly regarded, with one of his photos gracing the cover of the Oil and Gas Journal.  He was a World War II veteran who served in the occupation forces of Italy after the war, and later became a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division, stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  JL enjoyed watching OU football and reading, especially biog- raphies. He also enjoyed playing pool most of his life, including playing at the Senior Citizens’ Center in Duncan. JL was a faithful member of New Hope Baptist Church West in Duncan, Oklahoma.  After completing his service to his country in the armed forces, he returned to Duncan in 1949, where he met and married Ro- berta Kitchens. They were married for 67 years, until her death in 2017. They had two sons together, both of whom survive him, Jack L. Byas of Duncan and his wife Kandy; and Steven D. Byas of Norman and his wife, Donna. He is also survived by two grand- daughters, Shelly Polk and her husband Paul, of Duncan; and Jana Rannberg and her husband Dustin, also of Duncan; one grandson, Jason Byas of Ann Arbor, Michigan; great-grandson, Tyler Polk of Duncan; great-granddaughter, Addi Rannberg of Duncan; and another great-grandson, Christian Rannberg of Duncan.  Friends and family are invited to a graveside service at Duncan Cemetery at 2:00 P.M., Friday, August 7, with services conducted by Whitt Funeral Home and his pastor, Randy Southerland.  Online condolences can be made to the family at www.whittfh. com. Stanley Clark Wood ...  Stanley Clark Wood, 99, of Velma passed away Fri- day, July 31st, 2020 in the Duncan Regional Hospital.  Graveside services were 10:00 AM Tuesday in the Old Velma Cemetery with Reverend Harold Metheny officiating. Services are under the direction of the Bailes-Polk Funeral Home.  Stanley was born March 24, 1921 in Saint Jo, Texas the son of John Adam and Lula Belle (Padgett) Wood. He gradu- ated from Velma High School in 1942. He served in the United States Navy during World War II.  He and Alta Maurine Branch were married at Wichita Falls, Texas on July 1, 1946. And she preceded him in death. He en- joyed fishing and playing sports.  He was also preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, four sisters and a daughter Alta June Vaught.  Survivors include his children Sue Marcum of Duncan, Reba Jo Lovett of Duncan and Billy Wood of Meridian; 11 grandchildren and numerous great and great great grandchildren and a special niece Willa Mae.  Online condolences may be made at Virgie C. Williams ...  Virgie C. Williams, 88, of Velma, Oklahoma passed away Tues- day, July 28, 2020, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Graveside service was held on Saturday, August 1, 2020, at Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Duncan, Oklahoma under the direction of Lawton Ritter Gray Funeral Home.  Virgie was born on February 17, 1932, to William Milam Clifton Nash and Avis Louise (Tuberville) Nash in Lawson, Arkansas.  Virgie spent her childhood moving from town to town with her father’s job in the oilfields of the south. She met countless great friends along the way. Virgie graduated from Arcadia High School in Arcadia, Louisiana, and attended Warner Brooks Catholic School of Nursing.  On February 29, 1952, Virgie left Catholic Nursing School to marry Eldred (Ed) Williams in Texarkana, Arkansas.  She held several positions in the medical field before she left her work to stay home and raise her family. She loved making sure her boys had plenty of hot water cornbread, black beans, and whatever side of meat and potatoes they wanted for every meal but breakfast. She also enjoyed taking trips all over the country with Ed, reading her vast collection of novels, and tend- ing to her flowers and plants around her home. Her greatest joy of all was raising both of her sons. She was ever the southern Lady and a member of the Velma Church of Christ.  Virgie was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ed, and brother Jim Nash.  She is survived by her sons, Steve Williams & wife Tammy of Beaver, Oklahoma; Matt Williams of Dallas, Texas; 3 grandchil- dren Brandon Williams & wife RaDona of Panhandle, Texas; Blake Williams of Beaver, Oklahoma; Kasey Tarrant of Duncan, Okla- homa; great-granddaughters: Lexi, Kali, and Harper Williams of Panhandle, Texas; and great-grandson Brady Earsom of Duncan, Oklahoma.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to the Velma Church of Christ in her name. Chad Trawick July 14, 1969 ~ August 2, 2020 (age 51) Whitt Funeral Home Photos may be included with obituaries for a nominal fee. Have your funeral home director or family member contact Chisholm Trail Community News at 580-255-2428 for more information.