Sulphur Times-Democrat

Funeral services for Retha Pearl Condriff, 86, Sulphur, were held 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 25, at Oaklawn Cemetery in Sulphur, with Pastor Bill Leveridge officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Hale’s Funeral Home of Sulphur. Retha was born July 1, 1928 in Asher to the late John Alva and Stella (Otis) Rice. She passed away Sunday, March 22, in Sulphur. Retha grew up in Sulphur where she graduated from high school in 1944. She worked several years in the administration office at the Chickasaw National Recreation Area. In earlier years, Retha enjoyed traveling around the country. Survivors include five cousins, Reba Irwin, Justin, Texas, Vera Doolan, Mike Otis and Terry Otis, all of Sulphur and Leroy Otis, Davis. On line condolences may be offered at

Services for Thomas J. Herring, 79, Sulphur, were held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 24, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at Pauls Valley officiated by George Burnett. Burial was 3:00 p.m. at the Broken Bow Cemetery under the direction of DeArman Funeral Home. Born August 12, 1935 in Broken Bow to Arthur and Myrtle (Templeton) Herring, he passed away Thursday, March 19 in Sulphur. He married Mary (Kennon) Herring in Sulphur on September 10, 1993. He had lived in the Sulphur area most of his life, graduating from OSD. He worked in drywall installation and later at Sulphur-Wal-Mart. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Pauls Valley. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Tommy Lee Herring and three siblings. Surviving are his wife, Mary Herring, Sulphur; two daughters, JoAnna Tipton, Lone Grove and Carole Hollman, Pauls Valley; one son, James Bish, Atoka; one brother, Charles Herring, California; four sisters, Imogene Hardie, California, Dorothy Rhea, Blackwell, Lois Spradling, Arkansas and Juanita Day, Ada; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Online condolences may be sent to

Memorial services for Jewell Pearl “Judy” Smith, Sulphur, were held at 2:00 p.m., Friday March 20, at First Christian Church officiated by Rev. Tim Kowalski. Arrangements were under the direction of DeArman Funeral Home. She was born February 15, 1924 in Centrahoma, Oklahoma to Worley Buchanan and Pearl Oakley (Roden) Hokett and passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2015 in Ada at the age of 91 years, one month and three days. She married Glen Rush Smith at Ft. Smith, Ark., on August 30, 1950. She had lived in Centrahoma attended Owl Creek, graduated from Stonewall High School. She received her Bachelors and Masters in Education from ECU. She attended OSU and received a Vocational certificate in Home Economics. She had lived in Coal, Murray and Pontotoc Counties in Oklahoma and in Dallas, Texas. She returned to Sulphur in 1969 and taught home economics at OSD until her retirement in 1986. She was a member of Murray County Retired Teachers, and Murray County Historical Society and was a member of First Christian Church. She is survived by her husband, Glen Smith, Sulphur; two daughters, Glenda Sanford, Asher and Mary Margaret Watson and husband Alan, Sulphur; one grandson, Joshua Sanford, Norman and one sister, Joann Douglas, Kemp, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Glen Dan Smith and one sister, Louise Murphy. Memorials may be made to First Christian Church, March of Dimes, Arbuckle Historical Society. Online condolences may be sent to

Graveside services for Thelma Fay Counts, 77, of Dougherty will be held 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 20, at the Dougherty Cemetery, with Pastor Willard McCartney, Jr. officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Hale’s Funeral Home of Davis. Fay was born October 4, 1937 in Ardmore to the late Louis L. and Leah Lavern (Stewart) Fisher. She died Tuesday, March 17, in Oklahoma City. Fay and Allen L. Counts of Dunbar, West Virginia were married at Gainesville, Texas in 1953. Fay grew up and lived in Ardmore prior to moving to Dougherty in 1970. She worked several years as a nurse’s aide at the Arbuckle Memorial Hospital, the Sulphur Veteran’s Center and at area nursing homes. Prior to that, she worked as a clerk at the Dougherty Post Office. Fay loved her family and worked hard to provide for them. She was a past member of the Dougherty City Council, serving one term as Mayor. Fay was a very talented musician. She, along with her twin sister May, could play most any instrument they wanted to. Survivors include three daughters, Kathy Burleson, Dougherty, Kelly Preast, Drake and Patricia Weldon, Mill Creek; four sons, Darrell Counts, Mill Creek, Sean Counts, Sulphur, Justin Counts, Marietta and Kevin Counts, Dougherty; twin sister, May Schlehuber, Dougherty; 27 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren. Fay was preceded in death by her husband, Allen Count; one daughter, Alice Fay Weldon and a brother, James Fisher. On-line condolences may be offered at