Sulphur Times-Democrat

Services for Albert Curtis Coffey, 92, Davis, will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 at the United Methodist Church of Davis with Rev Steve Harshaw officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at the Green Hill Cemetery under the direction of Hale’s Funeral Home of Davis. Born June 10, 1922 in Roff to the late Walter and Clara (Copps) Coffey, he died Sunday, Oct. 26 in Sulphur. Albert and Eva Inez Gilbert were married on August 1, 1941 in Las Vegas, Nev. She preceded him in death on January 9, 2009. Others preceding him in death were one daughter, Anita Sue “Suzie” Evans; grandson, Douglas Bryan Evans; two brothers, Clifford and Harold Coffey and four sisters, Pearl West, Wanda Crapo, Louise Werda and Barbara Ruth Coffey. Albert grew up in the Chigley area where he attended school. During the Great Depression, he left this area and moved to Wyoming where he worked with the Civilian Conservation Camps. Later Albert, along with his brother, Harold, moved to California and together worked for an electric company installing poles and lines. In July, 1943, Albert was drafted into the U.S. Army. During WWII, he served with General Patton’s 3rd Army, 65th Infantry. Major battles he was associated with included the Battle of Bulge, Penetration of Ziegfried Line, the Battle of Bastogne, Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest and the Liberations of Buchenwald Concentration Camp. After being wounded, Albert was honorably discharged on November 10, 1945. After his military service, Albert worked a short while as a truck driver hauling gravel, prior to working as the Division Superintendent for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation at the Davis yard. Albert was a member of the Davis Wolves Booster Club and enjoyed all Davis High School activities; as well as a member of the United Methodist Church of Davis. Prior to the death of his wife and his failing health, he enjoyed travel to Lake Texoma to fish. Survivors include two sons, Tony Coffey and wife, Linda, Choctaw and Bryan Coffey and wife, Kathy, Marble Falls, Texas; six grandchildren and one great-grandson. On line condolences may be offered at halesfuneralhomes.com.

Memorial services for Rayford “Leon” Elrod Sr., 54, Sulphur, will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 30 at the Sulphur United Methodist Church. Born August 17, 1960 to William Ray and Bonnie Marie Elrod, he died Monday, Oct. 27 in Ardmore. He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter, Lori Ann Elrod and one sister, Leona Reynolds. Leon loved all kids, working on cars and visiting with his friends. He is survived by one son, Rayford Leon “Pee Wee” Elrod Jr.; one grandson; seven brothers, Joseph Elrod, Jimmy Elrod and wife, Janice, all of Sulphur, Lewis Elrod, Blountstown, Fla., Glen Elrod, Oklahoma City, Delbert Elrod, Nacogdoches, Texas, Carl Elrod, Asheville, N.C., Raymond Elrod, Caddo; five sisters, Willie Mae Eddy and husband, Joe, Louella Adlong, all of Sulphur, Melba Herrera and husband, Jerry, Kansas City, Kan., Virginia Elrod, Ardmore, and Christy Knighten, Sulphur; step-dad, James Nichols, Ada and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and several others who called him Papa.

Funeral services for Dora Louise Chadwick were held 2:00 p.m., Monday, Oct. 27 at the First Free Will Baptist Church in Sulphur with Pastor Dick Terry officiating. Interment followed at the Oaklawn Cemetery under the direction of Hale’s Funeral Home of Sulphur. Louise was born November 26, 1925 in Sulphur to the late Earve C. and Dora J. (Nantz) Higgins. She died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 in Sulphur, at the age of 88 years, 10 months and 27 days. Louise and J.C. Chadwick were married on October 28, 1942 in Sulphur, and shared 72 blessed years of marriage. Louise was a lifelong resident of Sulphur, where she attended school. After she and J.C. married, they made their home on Chickasaw Trail and remained there until her death. Of all things in her life, the Lord was the most important, followed by her family. Louise spent her life caring and loving her family. Although she cherished J.C. and her four children unconditionally, her nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren made her life complete. In her spare time, Louise enjoyed working puzzles and canning fruits and vegetables. Louise was a devoted member of the First Free Will Baptist Church of Sulphur. Her children refer to her as never wanting much and “satisfied” with life. Survivors include her husband, J.C.; two daughters, Barbara Pirkle and husband, Joe of Davis and Judy Wells and husband, Jerold of Sulphur; two sons, Richard Chadwick and wife, Jane and Don Chadwick and wife, Judy, both of Davis; nine grandchildren, Sean McNeil, Machele McNeil, Chuck Wells, Amy (Wells) Norman, Ashley (Wells) Box, Kelli (Chadwick) Brassfield, Jodi (Chadwick) Coppenbarger, Taylor Chadwick and Jordan Chadwick; nine great-grandchildren, Jag, Jett, Presley, Morgan, Tyler, Audrey, Gage, Paige and Evelyn; one sister, Nola Smith of Sulphur and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Louise was preceded in death by four brothers, five sisters and one grandson, Justin Dow Chadwick. On-line condolences may be offered at halesfuneralhomes.com.

Byrd Walker Shuler, a resident of Sulphur, passed away Thursday, Oct. 23 in Sulphur. He was 91 years, three months and 23 days old. He was born June 30, 1923 in Booneville, Ark., to Spencer James and Bertha C. (Pendegraff) Shuler. He married Judy Kay (Bradshaw) Shuler on July 4, 1978 in Tecumseh. He grew up in Arkansas before moving to Maud where he attended school. Walker had worked as a photographer for over 50 years. He was a veteran of WWII, having served in the U.S. Navy. Walker was a volunteer with the Blood Drives, RSVP Arbuckle Memorial Hospital and a member of Arbuckle Historical Society. He was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters. Arrangements are under the direction of DeArman Funeral Home, Sulphur. No Services are planned at this time. Online condolences may be sent to www.dearmanfuneralhome.com.

Memorial services for Eddie V. Edwards II, Sulphur, will be held Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Rusty Nail Winery in Sulphur. Arrangements will be under the direction of DeArman Funeral Home of Sulphur. Eddie was born October 9, 1952 in San Diego, Calif., to Eddie Vinson and Barbara (Huddleston) Edwards. He passed away October 7, in Sulphur, at the age of 61 years, 11 months and 28 days. He had lived in Oklahoma City for many years, and graduated from Moore High School. Eddie moved to Sulphur about 20 years ago. He had worked in construction and attended the Oak Grove Church. He was preceded in death by his father in 2009, and grandparents, Wilson Edwards and Dollie Edwards Sorrels. He is survived by his mother and step-father, Barbara Christoffels and John of Moore; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Debbie Alexander and Jackie, Sulphur; Carolyn Edwards Johnson and Harold of Edmond and Amy Stovall and Brian of Chandler, Ariz.; step-mother, Mary Edwards of Edmond and her children, Emily Edwards and Chandler Edwards. Online condolences may be sent to www.dearmanfuneralhome.com.