Page 3 We Believe in Oklahoma WWW.CHISHOLMTRAILNEWS.COM Chisholm Trail Community News February 19, 2020 Death Notices Memorials 4748 N. 81 Hwy • Duncan Ok 73533 580-252-2244 JimWhitt Debbie Whitt Wade Williams Chris Talley Local Family Owned/Operated www.whittfh.com Oakcrest Cremation Center 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! Seeking a Church Home? invites you to attend any of our services Small Group of Believers seek Like-Minded to Join in Worship & Praise 1009 South 9th Corner of Park & South 9th Duncan John Croy, pastor 580-656-5011 Grace Baptist Church Rush Springs mourns death of 8 year old A tragic in-home accident cost a Rush Springs child his life on Valentines day last week. Eight year old Gavyn Sweat was a fun-loving energetic child, who always lit up the room ac- cording to a report posted by KSWO-TV. “Gavyn was a spark plug,” said Pastor Josh Abbott. “He was everywhere. Everything he did, he did it a hundred miles an hour. He greeted everyone every Sunday morning at the door. He was just a big personality.” Pastor Abbott says a loss like this is hard on the whole community. “Gavyn was a huge personality. He was involved in everything,” Abbott. “Usu- ally everywhere. And so anytime something like that is missing, it’s very notice- able and it touches many lives.” “Just keeping the spirit alive,” said Abbott. “These little kids are going to be missing a friend. And it’s our goal to continue to let his legacy live on.” Some of Gavyn’s family were first responders and firefighters and the Rush Springs Fire Department was accepting donations for the family this week. Me- morial Contributions can be made to the First National Bank and Trust in Rush Springs - Gavyn Sweat Benefit Fund. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 AM, Friday, February 21, 2020, at the Victory Fellowship, with Josh Abbott officiating. Burial will follow in the West- view Cemetery under the direction of Callaway-Smith-Cobb Chapel in Rush Springs. Janey (Dottie) Clayton ... Janet Clayton, 84, of Duncan passed away Friday, February 14, 2020 in the Gregston Nursing and Rehabilitation facility in Marlow. Services will be 2:00 PM Thursday in the Bailes-Polk Funeral Home in Duncan with Reverend Harold Metheny officiating. Interment will follow in the Fairlawn Cemetery at Comanche. The family will receive friends for visitation at the funeral home from 6-8 PM on Wednesday. Janet was born July 11, 1935 at Comanche, Oklahoma as the daughter of Virtis and Mable (Salmon) Barton. Her favorite thing to do was making crafts, which she sold through town for much less than they were worth. She said the money wasn't important, she just loved creating them. She was married to the late Robert Clayton who was a master wood craftsman and he taught her all about wood which expanded her craft ideas. She was preceded in death her husband Robert Clayton, two infant sons, son Kim Null, daughter Debbie Conder and 9 siblings. Survivors include her daughter Tammie Stovall of Duncan and oodles of grands and great grands. Online condolences may be made at www.bailespolk.com Gavyn Lee Sweat ... Gavyn Sweat passed away Friday, February 14, 2020 in Rush Springs, at the age of 8. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 AM, Friday, February 21, 2020, at the Victory Fellowship, with Josh Abbott officiating. Burial will follow in the Westview Cemetery under the direction of Callaway-Smith-Cobb Chapel in Rush Springs. Gavyn was born Wednesday, December 7, 2011 in Duncan, to Cody and Kelli (Willis) Sweat. He was a 2nd grader at Rush Springs Public Schools where he like to participate in Lil' Skins basketball and baseball. Gavyn loved to paint and run. He liked to ride his scooter and work out on the front porch in his "work out" clothes. Gavyn enjoyed playing with his brothers and sister. He was an active member of the Victory Fellowship Church. Survivors include his parents, Cody and Kelli Sweat of the home, 3 brothers, Ricky Adamson, Caiden Sweat, Jeremy Tobias (J.T.) Sweat, a sister, Hayzel Sweat, grandparents, Richard and Donna Stewart of Marlow, grandparents, Woodrow and Telisa Sweat, grandfather, David Willis of Ruston, LA, great-grandparents, Donnie and Maria Owens, great-grandparents, Don and Glenda Chism, great-grandmother, Nina Fullerton, and great-grandparents, Don and Louise Newton. He was also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins as well as a host of friends. Gavyn was preceded in death by uncle, Jeremy Wayne Sweat, great-grandfather, Charlie Fullerton, grandmother, Cindy Willis, great-grandparents, Bob and Edith Cash, and great-grandmother, Hayzel Stewart. Pallbearers will be: Chris Stewart, Marty Bishop, Carl Gaebler, John Williams, Ayden Williams, and Dustin Bratcher. Memorial Contributions can be made to the First National Bank and Trust -Gavyn Sweat Benefit Fund. Online condolences may be made to www.CallawaySmithCobb. com. Helen Fern Greer ... Helen Greer passed away Saturday, February 15, 2020 in Marlow, at the age of 84. Funeral Services were held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, February 19, 2020, at the Eastside Baptist Church, with Rev. Jerry Couch officiating. Burial followed in the Marlow Cemetery under the direction of Callaway-Smith-Cobb Funeral and Cremation Services in Marlow. Family visitation was Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at the Callaway-Smith-Cobb Funeral Home. Helen was born Sunday, July 14, 1935 in Marlow, to W.B. and Verna (Black) Wilkes. She was a long time resident of Marlow and had attended Star, Rush Springs, and Marlow High Schools. Helen married her loving husband, B.H. Greer in Marlow on November 16, 1954. They were married for 65 wonderful years before B.H.'s passing on December 4, 2019. Helen enjoyed gardening and traveling. She took great pleasure in volunteering for various activities including Falls Creek in her church as well as serving as the church secretary. Helen loved her family dearly and enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. She loved chickens, both as beautiful decor and the most delicious meals. Helen was a charter member of the Eastside Baptist Church. Survivors include, 3 sons, Lynn Greer and wife Donna of Marlow, Joe Greer and wife Vicky of Marlow, Robert Greer and wife Linda of Marlow, 8 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, as well as a host of great friends. Along with her husband, Helen was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Rachel Nicole Greer, her parents, and 2 brothers, Harold Wilkes, and Max Wilkes. Pallbearers will be her grandsons. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Eastside Baptist Church in Helen's honor. Online condolences may be made to www.CallawaySmithCobb. com Sheila Marie Clough ... Sheila Clough 54 of Duncan passed away Thursday, February 13, 2020 at Duncan Regional Hospital. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 20, 2020 at Bible Baptist Church, with Rev. Jeremy Taylor officiating, interment will follow at the Duncan Cemetery, and arrangements have been entrusted to the family care of Carter-Smart Funeral Directors. Sheila was born August 14, 1965 in Guthrie, Oklahoma to Glen & Velma (Momson) Edens, she was a homemaker, a loving wife, mother and grandmother, she married Harry Clough November 27, 1982 in Guthrie, Oklahoma, and to this union were born four children, Don, Joe, Ashley and Mindy, and they were members of Bible Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband; Harry of the home, two sons; Don Clough & his wife Tabitha of Scotland, Joe Clough of Duncan, Oklahoma, two daughters; Ashley Ladue & her husband Scott of Duncan, Oklahoma, Mindy Rude & her husband Derek of Minnesota, a brother; Glen Edens of Texas, two sisters; PamAbston of Stillwater, Oklahoma and Paula Baer of Guthrie, and 12 grandchildren. Online condolences may be sent to www.cartersmartfuneralhome. com Vada Elizabeth Nichols ... Vada Nichols passed away Saturday, February 8, 2020 in Marlow, at the age of 93. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, February 20, 2020, at the Callaway-Smith-Cobb Chapel in Marlow. Burial will be in the Resthaven Garden of Memory in Wichita, Kansas at 2:00 PM, Monday, February 24, 2020 under the direction of Callaway-Smith- Cobb Funeral and Cremation Services in Marlow. Liz was born Saturday, May 29, 1926 in Chester, AR, to Fred William and Verna Luana (Rankin) Batdors. She graduated high school in CedarVale, Kansas. Liz married the love of her life, Eugene S. Nichols in Wichita, Kansas. They were married for 73 wonderful years before Eugene's passing in 2018. Liz retired as a security guard for Pinkertons. She enjoyed attending her class reunions and family reunions. She liked sewing, gardening, fishing, cards, marbles, and dominoes. She was an amazing cook and made the best homemade noodles. Liz moved to Marlow in 2001 and attended Eastside Baptist Church. She never met a stranger and anyone who met her loved her. Liz loved her family! Survivors include 2 daughters, Linda Bell of Norman, Verna Faye Lewis and husband Mike of Duncan, a daughter-in-law, Margaret Nichols-Humphries and husband Bob of Leach, 6 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great- grandchildren, and her sister, Sara Buchholz of Wakeeney, KS, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Along with her husband, Liz was preceded in death by 2 sons, Joe Eugene Nichols and Earl Nichols, her parents, and a sister, Faye Sauder. Memorial Contributions can be made to the Stephens County Humane Society, Marlow Senior Citizens, or the donors choice in Vada's honor. Online condolences may be made to www.CallawaySmithCobb. com Frances Lee (Allen) Spurgeon ... Frances Spurgeon was born on May 31, 1938, in Duncan, Oklahoma to Cecil and Julia Eva (Mabry) Allen. She passed away on Monday, February 10, 2020, at the age of 81. There will be a private internment held at a later date in Missouri. Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Whitt Funeral Home/Oakcrest Cremation Center. Frances was a graduate of Duncan High School. She married Arvil "Larry" Spurgeon on November 4, 1957, in Vinita, Oklahoma. To this union, three daughters - Julie, Elisha and Gina - were born. Larry and Frances moved to Eminence, Missouri in 1967 and remained there until 2004, when they returned to Duncan. She loved working in the garden and Larry always had the biggest garden in town when the girls were growing up. She also enjoyed crocheting, sewing, playing cards and bingo. Spending time with her family and friends and going on trips with Larry were very important to her. She loved her family dearly. Frances was a member of the Stephens United Methodist Church. Frances is survived by her daughters: Julie and husband Bill Lewis of Sand Springs, Elisha Bridgers of Duncan, Gina and husband Scott Durment of Corpus Christi, Texas; grandchildren, great grandchildren, and sister, Bobbie June and husband Kenneth Ashcraft of Altus. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Larry; grandsons: Joshua Cole Dacus, Justin Wesley Dacus; and sister, Kay Shoemate. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.whittfh. com. R u s h S p r i n g s R e m e m b e r s Book Club to meet Elizabethan Book Review club will meet on Thurs- day, February 27 at 11:15 am The club will meet at the United Methodist Church to hear Elizabeth Pressor review a book entitled “A Woman of No Importance”. Call 580 736 0272.for reservations. “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Galations 5:14 KJV SUNSHINE “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.“ Charles Schulz If Wile E. Coyote had enough money to buy all that ACME crap, why didn’t he just buy dinner?