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May 2008

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May 2008 Jerry William Kimberlin Oregon City, Ore.; 13 grandchil- dren; four great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends. Online condolences may be made at comanchefh@pldi.net. James ‘Mark’ Mershon Services for James “Mark” Mershon, 34, Sulphur, Okla., were March 19, 2008 at the First Baptist Church with Pastor Wil- liard McCartney, Jr., and Rev. Osborne Roberts officiating. Interment took place in Oaklawn Cemetery. Mr. Mershon died March 15 Jerry William Kimberlin, 77, of Comanche, Okla., died April 7, 2008. Memorial services were April 11, 2008 at Patterson Avenue Baptist Church with the Rev. Billy Morgan officiating. Mr. Kimberlin was born July 11, 1930, in the Empire Community, to Collie Cannon and Nancy Mae Ryle Kimberlin. He was a graduate of Comanche High School. He later moved to California, where he made his home for many years until returning to Comanche in May of 1971. On Nov. 7, 1970, he married Alice Ramey in Long Beach, Calif. Jerry loved to work, he could fix just about anything. He enjoyed talking and visiting with his many friends, going to football and basketball games, and going to the Chickasaw Nutrition Center. He was very proud of his Native American heritage. Mr. Kimberlin was the maintenance man at Hop and Sak in Comanche. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Dee Campbell; three sisters, Ruth Scherer, Mabel McSwain and Marjean Colbert; and a grand- son, Robert Kimberlin. He is survived by his wife, Alice, of Comanche; eight sons, Tom Kimberlin of Sacramento, Calif., Frank Kimberlin and Mike Kimberlin, both of Ba- kersfield, Calif., Collie Kim- berlin and Phillip Kimberlin, both of Wetumpka, Ala., John Walker of Norman, Okla., and David Terry and Mark Terry, both of Indianapolis; a daughter, Brenda Davis, of Orange, Calif.; two sisters, Betty Luguna, of Temple, and Mozelle Landa of at Sulphur. He was born Feb. 1, 1974 to Kay Mershon and Gene Roy McKinnon. He grew up in Sulphur and attended Sulphur High School. He was attending East Central University and Murray State College at the time of his death. He had previously worked at Wal-Mart Distribution Center in Pauls Valley, Okla., and was currently employed with Chickasaw Commerce in career development. He was very out- going and a happy person who never met a stranger. Most of all he was a loving father. He is survived by his wife, Melissa Kay Olson, of Sulphur; three sons, Trenton David Mer- shon, Mathias Drake Mershon and Drake Andrew Mershon, all of Sulphur; a grandson Treyc Allen Colungo, of Sulphur; his parents, Kay Mershon and Gene Roy McKinnon, of Sulphur; a sister, Joretta Lynn Mershon; and his former wife, Davilon Chapman, all of Sulphur; a step- daughter, Shawn Chapman, of Sulphur; two aunts, Carol Stout, of Ada, Okla., and Christine Roberts, of Coalgate, Okla.; an uncle, Herman Stout, of Farm- ington, N.M.; a niece, Shallen Jeanette Mershon and a nephew, Anthony Shane Mershon, both of Sulphur; and special cousins, June Prater, Darwin Roberts, Steven Stout, Reba Hernandez, Christina Kupezynski, Chris and Kelly May and many other cousins. Pallbearers were Joe Norton, Allen Jones, Ernie Eldred Jr., Jared Estrada, Everett Berry- hill and Eric Harvey. Honorary bearers were Darwin Roberts, Steven Stout, Herman Stout, Antoine Colungo, Sean Wallace and Kyle Imotichey. Obituaries Burl Leon ‘Lefty’ Mead Burl Leon “Lefty” Mead died March 18, 2008 at Miami (OK) Nursing Center. He was born Feb. 4, 1918 at Durant, Okla., to Levi Landers Mean and Bessie B. Shelton Mead. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Miami and the American Legion and a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation. He married Melba Dillard in Idabel, Okla., Aug. 28, 1944. He joined the CCC Camp in 1936. He worked for Dierks Lumber and Coal Company in Wright City, Okla., from 1937 to 1942. He pitched baseball for their advertising team until he entered the military during World War II. He worked for B.F. Goodrich for 34 years and retired in 1980. He was drafted into the U.S. Army on Dec. 4, 1942 and served with the 624th Medical Clearing Company, attached to the 3rd Army until Feb. 17, 1946. He retired from the U.S. Army Reserves as a master sergeant in 1950. His passion was baseball. He spent many hours working with Babe Ruth teams and little league teams teaching young boys the fundamentals of pitch- ing. Many boys from the sur- rounding area learned to pitch baseball in his backyard. He is survived by his wife, Melba Mead; two sons, Ron Mead and his wife Sue and DeWayne Mead and his wife Karen, all of Miami; a grandson, Myk Mead and his wife, Sherry, of Miami; two granddaughters, Shelly Mead-Gaught and hus- band, Robert of Columbia, Mo., and JoDee Liptak and husband, Arturo of Bixby, Okla.; two great-granddaughters, Felicia and Veronica Liptak of Bixby; two sisters, Bernice Sweeney of Calera, Okla., and Anita Herrell of Ada, Okla., a sister-in-law, Gerry Mead of California; four step-grandchildren; and nine step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; and three sisters. Private services will con- ducted at a later date. In lieu of flowers the fam- ily suggests that donations be made to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in care of Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami, Okla. 63 Benny Ray Coyle Benny Ray Cole of Bur- neyville, Okla., died April 13, 2008 at Ardmore, Okla., at the age of 54. He was born Sept. 9, 1953 at Gainesville, Texas to Benjamin Utah and Betty Ruth Giles Coyle. Services were April 16, 2008 at Falconhead Christian Fellowship Chapel, Burneyville, with Rev. Dale Garner officiat- ing and Gene Mullins giving the eulogy. Interment took place at Leon Cemetery, Leon, Okla. Mr. Coyle graduated from high school in Tahlequah, Okla., and was a resident of Love County since the age of 18. As a young man he enjoyed rodeoing. Other interests included playing sports and fighting chickens. He was employed in the mainte- nance department at Falconhead for more than 19 years and at the time of his death was a ranch hand for Sizelove Land & Cattle Company. He attended the Methodist Church when he was younger and on March 27, 2008 was led to the Lord by his Note of Thanks From the family of Mark Mershon It meant so much to us knowing that your thoughts and prayers were with us in our loss. We want to thank every one of you for the food, flowers and support. Thank you to Sooner Foods, Golden Chick, CDI Sulphur crew, Krien Funeral Home, The First Baptist Church, Sandy Creek Baptist Church, Osborne Roberts, Willard McCartney, Jr., for the services, Governor Bill Anoatubby, Lt. Governor Jefferson Keel, women at the Chickasaw Nation of Sulphur, Willarene Amos, use of the Chickasaw Nation Senior Site, Pall Bearers, Bill Lance, Angel and Patrika of the Sulphur Regional Office. A special thank you to Scott Colbert, Tim Colbert, Billy Frank, Jim Lance, Allen Jones, Express Energy and the Chickasaw Nation for the financial gifts. Mark was proud of his Indian heritage and even more proud to be Chickasaw. A special thanks to Anthony Mershon, the Shak Shak girls for everything you have done. May God bless and watch over you. Matt Mershon, Trent Mershon, Drake Mershon, The Kay Mershon and Gene McKinnon family, Shallen Mershon, and Joretta Mershon. Note of Thanks Thank you family and friends for all the prayers, food, flowers, plants, and donations during the loss of our mother. Your kindness and sympathy was deeply appreciated. We appreciated the encouraging words of Revs. Jeff Frazier and Sharron Meyers. Thanks to Boiling Springs United Method- ist Church for the Choctaw hymns, and Stewart Johnson for the beautiful song. Special thanks to Governor Bill Anoatubby, Lt. Governor Jef- ferson Keel, the Chickasaw elders and the BIA. Thank you to all the ladies that helped prepare and served the meal. Your kindness was deeply appreciated. The family of Wanda Alexander close friend, Dale Garner. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Charles Lynn Shipman; and his paternal and maternal grandparents. He is survived by two daugh- ters, Samantha Coyle and com- panion, Spike Metcalf, Ardmore, and Chasity Coyle and husband, Clayton Bratcher, Thackerville, Okla.; a sister, Deborah K. Coyle Hobbie and husband, Frank, Ardmore; two grandchildren, Trey Bratcher and Jordyn Met- calf; uncles and aunts, Raymond Coyle, Marietta, Okla., Elena Loving, Burneyville, Okla., Jesse Southerland, Gainesville, and Lucille and George Reed, Gainesville; a niece, Cheryl R. Cayla Sosa, Ardmore; step- mother, Sue Coyle, Ardmore; and many cousins and friends. Bearers were Jackie Martin, Billy Martin, Gene Mullins, Pinky Reed, Mack Stofel, and Jeff Harris. Honorary bearers were Frank Hobbie and Murle Gregory. Online guestbook at wattsfu- neralhome.com

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