Sulphur Times-Democrat

Services for Phyllis Kay Lawson will be held 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 23, at the First Freewill Baptist Church of Sulphur with Pastor Dick Terry offi ciating. Interment will follow at the Oaklawn Cemetery in Sulphur under the direction of Hale’s Funeral Home of Sulphur. Born January 13, 1946 in Atoka to the late Cyrus F. and Ida M. (Russell) Wallace, she died Saturday, July 19, 2014 in Muenster, Texas from injuries received in a motorcycle accident. Phyllis and Lawrence Olen “Larry” Lawson, Jr. were married on April 12, 1968 in Durant. He preceded her in death on May 22, 1992. Phyllis was a 1963 graduate of Durant High School. She spent her career working as a nurse. She and her family moved to Sulphur in 1978. Phyllis spent 20 years working at the Sulphur Veteran’s Center prior to retiring in 2003, due to health issues. She enjoyed shopping, riding motorcycles, target shooting and cooking for family hunting trips. Of all her enjoyments, her most loved, was being with her grandchildren. Phyllis was a very giving individual and often enjoyed brightening other’s day. Survivors include Larry Beam, of the home; daughter, Jennifer Rene Lawson and Esmeralda, Fort Worth, Texas; two sons, Jason Lawson and Cher and Justin Lawson and wife, Lillian, both of Sulphur and six grandchildren. Serving as pallbearers will be Jerry Mann, Delvin Wadlow, William Bernkopf, C.W. Robinson, Ronald Green and Donald Green. On line condolences may be offered at

H.C. Rackley, a resident of Sulphur was born September 5, 1932 in Payson, Oklahoma to Floyd Andrew and Verda Vesta (Green) Rackley. He passed away Thursday July 17, 2014 at Sulphur, Oklahoma at the age of 81 years, 10 months and 12 days. He was married to Jo Ann (Jones) Rackley at Davis, Oklahoma on June 3, 1966. H.C. grew up in the Sulphur area, graduating from Sulphur High School. After graduation, he served in the army reserve. Upon completion of his service, he returned to Sulphur where he worked as a rancher and cattle buyer for 52 years. He was a member of both Texas and Oklahoma Cattle Feeders Associations. He was preceded in death by his parents: and a sister, Claretta Babb. He is survived by his wife, Jo Ann Rackley of Sulphur; daughters, Janet Tharp of Sulphur and Belinda Rackley of Tishomingo; sons and daughters-in-law, Jimmy Rackley and Joni and H. C. Rackley, Jr. and Claire, Larry Poteet and Suzie, all of Sulphur, Darrell Poteet of Wynnewood; twin sister, Erma Lee Murray and Ethel Flowers; 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Services were held Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at Midway Hill Baptist Church offi ciated by Rev. Willard McCartney, Jr. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery under the direction of DeArman’s Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Ryan Rackley, Kyle Whatley, Branson Sims, Kyle Porter, Trey Lewis, Brayden Standifer. Honorary Bearers were Charlie White, Tinker Tate, Gary Freeman, Jim Freeman, Clyde Runyan, John Sparks, Kenneth Madding. Online condolences may be sent to

A memorial service was held for Clyde E. Kidd, 81, of Sulphur, Oklahoma, Saturday, July 19th at Vinita Avenue Church of Christ, offi ciated by Brother Scott Hoover. Clyde passed away at his home Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Clyde was born on August 4, 1932, in Ada, Oklahoma, to Harold N. and Leola (Batson) Kidd, and was the second of four children. Clyde graduated from Ada High School in 1950. He was a member of the Oklahoma National Guard and served in the Korean War. He earned the rank of Sergeant First Class. On June 6, 1953, Clyde married Wilma Mayfi eld in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma. Clyde and Wilma recently celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary. In 1959, the family moved to Oklahoma City. During his tenure with Gaddis-Walker Electric Company, he worked as an electrician, a foreman, and an estimator. He later became an offi cer in the company. After retirement, Clyde and Wilma moved to Sulphur. They became members of the Vinita Avenue Church of Christ where Clyde served as a Deacon. Clyde is survived by his wife Wilma and their three children: Karen Wood and husband, Buddy, of Sulphur, Kraig Kidd and wife, Debbie, of Corpus Christi, Texas and Kim Doray and husband, John, of Houston, Texas; fi ve grandchildren, Charles Doray,  Kasey Nickel, Christopher Doray, Jade Tucker, and Kalen Kidd and two step-granddaughters, Jackie Setzer and Kristi Mazzola; 10 great-grandchildren, Chelsea and Cameron Nickel, Willa, Elysia, and Charles Doray, Blakelyn and Banks Tucker, Tessa and Maxwell Doray and Aria Kidd; two sisters, Virginia Love of Frisco, Texas, and Helen Choate and husband Ken of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Clyde was preceded in death by his parents Harold and Leola, his brother Harold Lee, and his grandson Joshua Wood.

Services for Tilda “Berniece” Bryant Collett, 90, Norman, were held on July 11 at 2:30 p.m. at Immanuel Baptist Church in Norman. Interment followed at the Norman IOOF Cemetery under the direction of Primrose Funeral Service. Born December 7, 1923 in Wanette, she died July 7. She married Lawrence Gordon Collett on December 7, 1941. Berniece grew up in Wanette, Corbett, Sulphur and Washington, Okla. She loved helping her stepfather, Cade “Dad” in his grocery stores. Berniece graduated from high school and attended a number of night college courses at the University of Oklahoma. She was an evening supervisor of PBX Switchboards at OU, she also worked a number of years at the University Cleaners before deciding to become a beautician and later a Beauty College Instructor. She was a super seamstress and made all her dresses with/without patterns. Her love of making tailored shirts for Larry, gorgeous dresses for Wilma complete with slips, can-cans, and even white linen jackets. Berniece made matching dresses for her and Wilma plus doll dresses while teaching Wilma to iron. She was preceded in death by her former husband, Lawrence Gordon Collett; father, M. Frank Bryant; mother, Kathryn “Katie” Malvina Gribble Cummings; and stepfather that raised her, Christopher “Cade” Columbus Cummings; sister, Flora Bell Bryant Grissom; half-brother, Robert “Bob” Lee Cummings. Survived by her three children, Larry Gordon Collett, Fortuna, Mo., Wilma Louise Collett Rachal, Norman, and Kenneth Gilbert Collett, Olive Branch, Miss.; fi ve grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. For online condolences and memorials, visit