June 9, 1925 — Oct. 13, 2012
Command Sgt. Maj. Cecil Clifton Wilkins was born June 9, 1925, at Needmore, W. Va., and passed away Oct. 13, 2012, at Lawton, at the age of 87.
Funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, at Don Grantham Funeral Home officiated by the Rev. Todd Wisdom, with interment to follow at Duncan Cemetery with military honors.
He married Leona Bass on Jan. 23, 1947, and she preceded him in death on June 15, 1987.
Command Sgt. Maj. Wilkins proudly served in the US Army during WW II, Korea and Vietnam, being the recipient of the Purple Heart in Vietnam. After serving his country for 22 years, Cecil work 17 years for the US Postal Service as a supervisor, retiring in 1969.
He enjoyed being around his family. His laugh, wisdom, guidance and unconditional love will be remembered by all who knew him.
Cecil is survived by two step-children: Bobby Dixon of Mustang, and Loretta Ekwall of Omaha, Neb.; seven grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren in Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska; a sister, Ester Parker; and two brothers: Earl and Dwight Wilkins all of West Virginia.
He was preceded in death by his his wife, Leona; his parents, Jesse James and Gladys May Hulver Wilkins; two sisters: Thelma Jones and Edna Bott; a step-daughter, Lydia Bly; a step-daughter-in-law, Lola Dixon; and two grandchildren: Bobby Dixon Jr. and Debra Yanda.
Memorials may be made to the Oklahoma Veterans Center in Lawton.
Online condolences can be made to the family at www.granthamfuneralhomes.com.
June 9, 1925 — Oct. 13, 2012
Bert Lana and Beth Lana
Bert Lana, 90, died May 20, 2013, in Abilene, Texas. His wife, Beth Lana, 88, died March 15, 2013, in Abilene, Texas. The Lanas were employed by Duncan Public School District from 1957-1974.
Memorial services for Tim Hanson, 55, of Duncan, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 22, at New Hope Baptist Church West with the Rev. Randy Southerland officiating and under direction of Don Grantham Funeral Home. There is no visitation scheduled at the funeral home.
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William Chapman Southerland
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Gary Lynn Bratcher
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Melva Sue Blake
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Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at the Comanche Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Dow Pannell officiating. Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under direction of Comanche Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and from a.m. to service time Thursday.
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Troy Glenn Wilson
Troy Glenn Wilson passed away June 16, 2013, in the VA hospital, at the age of 62.
Troy was born May 10, 1951, in Duncan, to Troy E. and Jeanette Rose Fowler Wilson. Troy has lived in Edmond, for the last nine years. He was a Navy Veteran and a hydraulic mechanic working on commercial equipment. Troy loved his family and fishing.
Homer Gene Brown
Homer Gene Brown was born July 21, 1934, in Jefferson County to Weldon and Claudia Phelps Brown. He passed away on June 15, 2013, in Wichita Falls, Texas, at the age of 78.
He was a 1952 graduate of Waurika High School. He and Charlene Snider married May 31, 1952, in Waurika.
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