Sulphur Times-Democrat

Services for Sandra J. Bellah, 67, Sulphur, are pending with DeArman Funeral Home. Mrs. Bellah passed away Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Funeral services for Marion C. Lowery were held 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 at the Dougherty Baptist Church with Pastor Alan McCoy officiating. Interment followed in the Dougherty Cemetery under the direction of Hale’s Funeral Home of Davis. Marion was born Sept. 15, 1929 in Vale, N.C. to the late Charles Avery and Susie M. (Shuford) Lowery. He died Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 in Sulphur, at the age of 84. Marion grew up in Vale. In 1948, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served 20 plus years of dedicated service to our country. After retiring from the Navy, Marion owned and operated a sports club in San Andres, Calif., for many years. Later, he and a couple friends opened Club Paradisio in Valley Springs, Calif., where he tended bar for many years. On May 15, 1982, Marion married the love of his life, Emma Rae (Woods) Stephens in Lake Tahoe, Nev. Shortly after their marriage, both Marion and Emma began a career in real estate sales, working for Century Twenty-One Myers Real Estate in Valley Springs. In 1990, they moved to Colonial Beach, Va., where together they owned and operated Century Twenty-One at the Beach, selling the business and retiring in December 2003. In December 2005, Marion and Emma sold their home in Colonial Beach and moved to Emma’s hometown in Dougherty, to enjoy their retirement. During his retirement, Marion was very seldom ever idle. He planted a large garden each summer that yielded enough vegetables for many of the residents in Dougherty. His career in real estate led him to purchase several pieces of property in Dougherty, thus adding to his enjoyment of remodeling and mowing. Marion’s house was always easy to find during Christmas. Usually in early November, he would start decorating and by the first day of December, he had his very own “Christmas Winter Wonder Land” that could be seen for several blocks around. Marion was very supportive of the town of Dougherty, especially the Dougherty Fire Dept. He found great joy in seeing young people get started and be prosperous in life. Marion faithfully attended the Dougherty Baptist Church, until failing health prevented him from doing so. Survivors include his loving and devoted wife, Emma; two sisters, Dot Slaten of Riverside, Ga. and Joan Powers of Vale; two brothers, Ben Lowery of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Eddie Lowery of Vale; three step-daughters, Latana (Stephens) Locke and husband Kenneth, Peggy (Stephens) Van Cleve, both of Colonial Beach and Sherry (Stephens) Stokes of Dougherty; five step-grandchildren, Jennifer Rathburn, Kenneth Locke, Roger Huffman, Julie Williams and Misty McDowney; as well as 10 step great-grandchildren, McKenzie, McKayla, McKinnley, Elijah, Kara, Austin, Clayton, Bonnie, Elizabeth and Jaylan. Marion was preceded in death by his parents and one step-daughter, Jamie Sue (Stephens) Green. On line condolences may be offered at halesfuneralhomes.com.

Services for Max O. Martin, 67, Sulphur, were held at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16 at DeArman’s Funeral Chapel with Curtis Davidson and friends officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of DeArman Funeral Home of Sulphur. Born August 26, 1947 in Seminole to Frank Maurice and Dorothy June (Villines) Martin, he passed away Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 in Sulphur. He married Becky (Hicks) Martin in Gainesville, Texas on November 28, 1968. He grew up in Seminole where he graduated High School. He lived in Ada while attending and graduating from East Central University. Max received his Masters Degree in Deaf Education from the University of Oklahoma. He had lived in Sulphur since 1969 and taught and was media coordinator at OSD for a number of years. He also owned Max’s Photography for several years. He was a member of the Sulphur United Methodist Church. Preceding him in death were his parents and father-in-law, Nathan Hicks. He is survived by his his wife, Becky Martin of Sulphur; one daughter, Marcie Martin and son-in-law, Tim O’Connor of Phoenix, Ariz.; his mother-in-law, Willa Dean “Bill” Hicks of Sulphur; brother and sister-in-law, Matt and Wendy Martin of Tulsa and nieces, Caitlin and Avery. Online condolences may be sent to www.dearmanfuneralhome.com.

Junior Fred Burgett, 86, Sulphur was born November 30, 1927 in Seminole to Youil and Mary Eliza (McDanial) Burgett. He passed away Friday, Sept.12 in Sulphur. He was a private in the U.S. Army and a veteran of World War II. He grew up in the Altus area and moved to Sulphur in 2011 from Oklahoma City. He had worked in sales at a salvage yard. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Mitchell Burgett; two sisters, Betty Marhophen and Mae Dean Clark and one great grandchild. Survivors include one daughter, Sherry Burgett Hilliard, Hobart; one son, Mike Burgett of Harrah; five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. No Services are scheduled at this time. Arrangements are under the direction of DeArman Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to www.dearmanfuneralhome.com.

Graveside services for Gregory Allan Williams, 65, Wynnewood, were held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Hucks Family Cemetery, east of Wynnewood. Services were under the direction of DeArman Funeral Home of Wynnewood. Born on October 3, 1948 in Toledo, Ohio to Mary Dell (Sledd) and James “Dub” Dudley Williams, he passed away at his home in Wynnewood on September 10. Gregory had spent time in many places, but the majority of his life was in Wynnewood and Sulphur. He graduated Sulphur High School. He then joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served two tours in Vietnam. He had worked for and retired from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation as a transportation equipment operator 4. Gregory loved the Oklahoma Sooners. He was preceded in death by a sister, Geneva “Sissy” Mae Williams. He is survived by one daughter, Renee Cole, Conley Springs, N.C.; two grandchildren and other family members. Please send online condolences to www.dearmanfuneralhome.com