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Moore's Southlawn
Community of Christ and participated in various roles including;
women’s leader, music director and Sunday school teacher.
She was preceded in death by
her parents and two sisters. She
is survived by husband Benny
Upson of Owasso; 3 children, 7
grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Service will be 10:00
A.M., Thursday, December 19,
2013 at Moore’s Southlawn Chapel. Moore’s Southlawn 918663-2233 share memories at
James T. Bolton
James T. Bolton, co-founder
Bijou and Delaney; granddaughwith R.P. Kennett of Tulsa-based
ter Carrie (Bolton) Chapman and
K & B Contractors, was born
her husband Jayson and great
March 31, 1925 in Mexia, Texas to
granddaughters Darienne, KaLCora (Baldwin Bolton) Cassady
ynne and Jayden; and grandson
and passed away December 16,
Justin. He served in the U.S. Army
2013 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was
in the South Pacific during WWII
a graduate of Holy Family High
and returned to live in Tulsa.
School and attended The UniverJim and Betty have been lifetime
sity of Tulsa. He is survived by his
members and supporters of Holy
wife of 67 years, Betty Jean (Lee);
Family Cathedral. Funeral mass
Son and daughter-in-law, Darrell
will be held Friday, December 20
and Maureen; son, David; son and
at 3:00 PM at Holy Family Cathedaughter-in- law, Victor and Debbie. He is dral, Tulsa, OK, 8th and Boulder. In lieu of
also survived by grandson Jason and his wife flowers, the family requests that you make
Lana and great granddaughters Charlize, donations to Holy Family Cathedral School.
Fitzgerald Ivy Chapel
Betty was born in Trezevant,
Tennessee and received her
B.A. from Southern Methodist
University where she graduated
Sum Cum Laude. Her career was
in banking and public relations.
She follows her Father, Graham S. Funderburk and Mother,
Rosa M. Funderburk. She is
survived by her Brother, Graham Funderburk, her Daughter,
Leigh A. Muttilainen, her Son,
Graham P. Shirkey and Grandson, Brennis H. Muttilainen.
Visitation will be Wednesday,
December 18, 2013, 5:00 to 8:00
p.m., at Fitzgerald Ivy Chapel,
Tulsa. Funeral Services will be
held at First United Methodist
Church on Thursday December 19th, at 11:00 a.m. A Reception in the Church parlor will
immediately follow. After the
reception, Burial services will
be held at Calvary Cemetery,
918-585-1151 www.
f it zgera ld iv ychapel .com
Richard Duane Alred
Roark, Marium, age unknown,
died Sunday. Services pending.
Rutledge, James Edward Jr., 86,
died Monday. Private family
services. Moore’s Southlawn.
Tarver, Carl Edgar, 73, retired
from Tulsa Public Schools,
died Saturday. Visitation 5-7
p.m. Friday, Mobley-Dodson
Funeral Home, Sand Springs,
and service 11 a.m. Saturday,
Gilcrease Hills Baptist Church.
Winstead, Mary Ellen Welch,
82, self-employed beautician,
died Sunday. Service 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Memorial Park
Cemetery Chapel. Moore’s
Brewington, Doris O., 91, homemaker, died Sunday. Service 2
p.m. Friday, Rose Hill Funeral
Home Chapel.
Collins, Helen, 91, retired, died
Monday. Services pending.
Falcons, Jay, 74, retired, died
Monday in Jennings. Services
pending. Kennedy-Midtown.
Jernigan, Juanita D., 78, piano
teacher, died Tuesday. Visitation 6-8 p.m. Wednesday,
Floral Haven Funeral Home,
Broken Arrow. Services pending.
Mayes, Robert Jr., 52, attorney,
died Dec. 12. Memorial service
11 a.m. Thursday, Paradise
Baptist Church. Jack’s.
McWithey, Gerald Dean, 70,
retired janitor, died Sunday.
Graveside service 10 a.m.
Thursday, Memorial Park
Cemetery. Heath-Griith.
Messing, Kenneth, age unavailable, died Dec. 12 in Nowata.
Private family services.
Moncrief, M. Janell, 73, retired
Tulsa Community College
administrative assistant, died
Monday. Service 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, Parkview Baptist
Church. Moore’s Eastlawn.
Pearsall, Linda, 71, certiied
medical and nursing assistant,
died Tuesday. Services pending. Moore’s Memory.
Betty Love Robinson
Betty Love Robinson, age
80, born July 6, 1933, deceased December 14, 2013.
Widow of deceased Husband,
Arvis Jeanelle Upson
Jeanelle was born June 23, 1930
near Odell, Texas. She passed
from this life Sunday, December
15, 2013 in Tulsa. She attended
and graduated from Union High
School in Tulsa. She participated
in 4H, FFA, FHA, band and choir.
She married Benny Upson on
July 9, 1949 in Tulsa. They celebrated their 64th anniversary
in July 2013. Jeanelle worked for
Shell Oil Company for 30 years
and retired as Senior Clerk in 1991.
She was an active member in
the East Tulsa congregation of
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Barnsdall — JoAnn K. Bracken,
86, died Saturday. Service
10:30 a.m. Wednesday, First
Baptist Church. Stumpf.
Bartlesville — Evelyn Ruth
Halluma, 78, retired nurse,
died Sunday. Service 2 p.m.
Thursday, Stumpf Funeral
Home Chapel.
— Doris Jean Hawk, 86, retired
Phillips Petroleum Co. personal secretary, died Thursday.
Service 2 p.m. Wednesday,
Arnold Moore & Neekamp
Funeral Home Chapel.
Rebecca and Sammy Pequano,
Okmulgee, girl.
Patricia Remmert and Chris
Morgan, Bixby, boy.
Sara Sampson-Hardy and Brad
Hardy, girl.
Danielle and Matt Stanley,
Porter, girl.
Krysten and Reid Taylor, girl.
(Tulsans unless indicated)
Bailey Medical Center,
Katilina McClellan Valdez and
Walter Rocha Contreras,
Broken Arrow, girl.
St. John Medical Center
OSU Medical Center
LaQuinta Gilyard and Emmanuel Delouiser, girl.
Peggy V. Helmerich
Women’s Health Center
Bridgett and Cody Gregory,
Terlton, girl.
Solange Lopez and Artemio Torres Bernal, girl.
Jamie and Jesus Rodriguez, boy.
Obregona Sweeney, girl.
Richard Duane Alred, age 54, passed
away Saturday morning, the 14th of December after a thirteen-year battle against heart
disease. Rick retired from the Air Force
after 24 years in service as a meteorologist.
The love he had for his family and friends
was undeniable. He is survived by his wife
of 33 years, Patti Alred; daughter Casi
Alred; daughter Amanda Bates and husband Matthew Bates; and his only grandchild, Presley Bates, all of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Add'Vantage Funeral Service
Paul Eugene Preaus
A Man of Many “Gifts”
A gathering of Family and
Friends will be held in the
Youth Center at Southern Hills Baptist Church,
5590 S. Lewis, Tulsa,
OK, Saturday, January 11,
2 - 4 PM. Add”Vantage
free online
memorials at
St. Francis Hospital
Brittany and Cole Bailey, Okmulgee, boy.
Alejandra Bernal-Ramirez and
Jose Lopez, boy.
Erin and Brad Campbell, Jenks,
Lauren and Daniel Clutter, boy.
Casey Falcon and Vernon Gibson, Coweta, boy.
Chelsey Gipson-Smith and
Dustin Smith, Claremore, girl.
Nancy Hernandez-Montes and
Emmanuel Montes, Coweta,
Kendall and Matt Lamb,
Owasso, boy.
Amanda and Aaron Laws,
Sapulpa, boy.
Betty and Kory McCracken,
Inola, boy.
Leah and Corey Murphy, boy.
Ana Navarro, girl.
Victoria and Chad Neisler, boy.
Christina and Grant Oden, girl.
Alisha Payne, girl.
Tameka Barnes, boy.
Michelle and Chris Bell,
Sapulpa, girl.
Rebecca Grimm, boy.
Abbie and Christopher Kern,
Bixby, girl.
Kelsey and Taylor Kirkland, boy.
Dana and Casper May, Pryor,
Jessica and Jeremy McCarthy,
Broken Arrow, girl.
Jana and Kyle Shipman, Sand
Springs, girl.
Jennifer and Charles Sloan, girl.
Kristen and Matthew Tucker,
Sand Springs, girl.
(Tulsans unless indicated)
Cristina Abbott, 24; Johnathon
George, 26.
Melina Dale, 22; Lonny Thornley, 21.
Sherrie Kelly, 47; Lonnie Hughes
Jr., 48.
Kylie Miller, 19; Trenton Lovins,
20, both of Broken Arrow.
Florence Murray, 29; Jefrey
Cates, 39.
Elaina Patterson, 19; Justin
Fletcher, 18, both of Owasso.
Joanna Saddoris, 30, of Broken
Arrow; Jason Yarbrough, 35,
of Catoosa.
Siriluck Sedthanan, 43; Jef
Staufer, 56.
— Sharon Carol Humphrey,
73, retired certiied nursing
assistant and home health
aide, died Tuesday. Services
pending. Stumpf.
— Rena M. King, 86, Southwestern Bell Telephone Co.
employee, died Tuesday.
Service 10 a.m. Thursday,
Walker-Brown Funeral Home
— Dustin Jerry Lacey, 43, died
Thursday. Service 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Spirit Church.
— Helen Rodney, 79, died Sunday. Graveside service 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Memorial Park
Cemetery. Stumpf.
— Mary Luewella Thompson,
82, died Saturday. Service
10 a.m. Thursday, Stumpf
Funeral Home Chapel, and
graveside service 3 p.m.
Thursday, Highland Park Cemetery, Pittsburg, Kan.
Bixby — Weldon E. Burns, 80,
retired from Nelson Electric
Co., died Tuesday. Visitation
2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Bixby
Funeral Service, and service
2 p.m. Thursday, RiverCrest
Bristow — Herman Doyle
Pieratt, 79, glass glazier, died
Monday. Service 1 p.m. Thursday, New Journey Assembly of
God, Sapulpa. Smith, Sapulpa.
Shyla Senters, 21; Brett Landon,
Rachel Sheridan, 24; Kord
Smith, 20.
Adrienne Sherrill, 20; Destry
Gleason, 20, both of Stillwater.
Barbra Snow, 28; Jacob Jansen,
Quinta Stewart, 34; Frank Willis
III, 31.
Jennie Vukic, 36; Jose Garcia
Godinez, 36.
Kathryn Webb, 25; Alfred
Destefano III, 35.
Allen, Tifany v. Bradley.
Bermen, Dana v. David.
Gonzalez, Elizabeth v. Jose.
Pham, Thuy v. Chau.
Rana, Dharmendra v. Jignasha.
Rifey, Laci v. Mark.
Riley, Rayield v. Linda.
Smith-Lueker, Alexis v. Jason
Wehde, Brian v. Holly.
Arnold, Michael from Debbie.
Clark, Alexia from Joseph Williamson.
Doheny, Melissa from Ronald.
Henrie, David from Pamela.
Jackson, Bethannie from Sergio
Olsen, Jennifer from Darin
Randle, Myrna from Dave.
Rosales, Norma from Elvis
Shurtlef, Brianna from Charles.
White, Wilson from Ann.
Wiley, Shandra from David.
Woodard, Cynthia from Paul.
Singer Ray Price remembered for pioneering style
Good friends like Willie
Nelson and Merle Haggard
got more credit for their
contrary ways and trendsetting ideas, but it was Ray
Price who set the precedent
for change in country music
more than a
decade earlier.
Price died
Monday at his
Texas home,
outlasted most
of his country
music contemPrice
poraries and
the prognosis
doctors gave him when they
discovered his pancreatic cancer in 2011. He was 87.
The way the Country Music
Hall of Fame member fought
cancer was an apt metaphor
for the way he lived his life,
always iercely charting a
path few others might have
the fortitude to follow.
Along the way he changed
the sound of country music, collaborated with and
inspired the genre’s biggest
stars and remained relevant
for more than half a century.
“Ray Price was a giant in
Texas and country western
music. Besides one of the
greatest voices that ever sang
a note, Ray’s career spanned
over 65 years in a business
where 25 years would be
amazing,” said Ray Benson
of the country music group
Asleep at the Wheel.
Country Music Hall of
Fame and Museum historian
Michael McCall said Price
“was one of his generation’s
most important musical innovators,” popularizing the
bedrock 4/4 shule beat
that can still be heard on every honky-tonk jukebox and
most country radio stations
in the world.
Price died Monday after-
noon at his ranch outside
Mount Pleasant, Texas, said
Billy Mack Jr., who was acting as a family spokesman.
Perhaps best known for his
version of the Kris Kristofferson song “For the Good
Times,” a pop hit in 1970, the
velvet-voiced Price was a giant among traditional country
performers in the 1950s, ‘60s
and ‘70s, as likely to defy a
trend as he was to defend one.
He helped invent the genre’s
honky-tonk sound early in his
career, then took it in a more
polished direction.
His other country hits included “Crazy Arms,” ‘‘Release Me,” ‘‘The Same Old
Me,” ‘‘Heartaches by the
Number,” ‘‘City Lights” and
“Too Young to Die.”
Price was elected to the
Country Music Hall of Fame
in 1996, long after he had
become dissatisied with
Nashville and returned to his
home state of Texas.
His importance went well
beyond hit singles. He was
among the pioneers who
popularized electric instruments and drums in country
music. After helping establish the 4/4 shule in country
music, Price angered traditionalists by breaking away
from country.
Price continued performing and recording well into
his 70s. In 2007, he joined
Haggard and Nelson on a
double-CD set, “Last of the
Breed.” The trio performed
on tour with the Texas swing
band Asleep at the Wheel.
Over the years, Price came
in and out of vogue as traditional country music waxed
and waned on the radio. He
was a constant advocate for
the old days and ways of
country music, and more recently re-entered the news
when he took ofense to com-
ments Blake Shelton made
about classic country music
that included the words “old
farts.” The dustup drew attention on the Internet and
introduced Price to a new
generation of country fans.
“You should be so lucky as
us old-timers,” Price said in
a happily cantankerous post
in all capital letters. “Check
back in 63 years (the year
2075) and let us know how
your name and your music
will be remembered.”
By 1952 Price was a regular member of the Grand Ole
The singer had one of
country music’s great bands,
the Cherokee Cowboys, early
in his career. His lineup included at times Nelson, Miller and Johnny Paycheck.
His 1956 version of “Crazy
Arms” became a landmark
song for both Price and
country music. His irst No.
1 country hit, the song rode
a propulsive beat into the
pop top 100 as well. Using a
drummer and bassist to create a country shule rhythm,
he eventually established a
sound that would become a
“It was strictly country and
it went pop,” Price said of the
song. “I never have igured
that one out yet.”
Price was born near Perryville, Texas, in 1926 and was
raised in Dallas. He joined
the Marines for World War II
and then studied to be a veterinarian at North Texas Agricultural College before he
decided on music as a career.
Soft-spoken and urbane,
Price told the AP in 1976: “I’m
my own worst critic. I don’t
like to hear myself sing or see
myself on television. I see too
many mistakes.”
He was one of the few who
saw them.