Sulphur Times-Democrat

Graveside services for Janis Pratt Young, 67, Sulphur, were held 10:00 a.m., Monday, Jan. 26 at the Oaklawn Cemetery in Sulphur with Pastor Bill Leveridge officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Hale’s Funeral Home of Sulphur. Janis was born on January 22, 1947 in Sulphur, to the late James Howard and Verna (Hobbs) Pratt. She died Monday, Jan. 19 in Sulphur. Janis and Kenneth Clary were married in 1965 in Sulphur and from this marriage were born two daughters, Kimberly and Shannon. Janis grew up in the Roff/Sulphur area. After high school, she continued her education at the University of Oklahoma, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies in 1977. After college, Janis spent 15 years working at the University of Oklahoma and then 15 years working for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations in a clerical position. After retiring, she moved back to Sulphur. Janis was an avid reader. In her spare time she enjoyed playing Scrabble, computer games and visiting with family and friends. Survivors include one daughter, Kimberly O’Brien and husband Tim, Norman; two grandsons; one sister, Carolyn Ingram, Sulphur and one nephew. In addition to her parents, Janis was preceded in death by a daughter, Shannon Clary and brother, James Audie Pratt. On line condolences may be offered at halesfuneralhomes.com.

Funeral services for Loretta Jean “Jeannie” Bradley will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 at the Crossway First Baptist Church in Sulphur with Pastor Bill Leveridge and Jeff Bradley (nephew) of Beaver, Okla., officiating. Interment will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the Coalgate Cemetery under the direction of Hale’s Funeral Home of Sulphur. Jeannie was born March 6, 1928 in Coalgate to the late William Middleton and Lillie Mae (Armer) Deloach. She went to be with her Lord on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015 in Norman at the age of 86 years, 10 months and 23 days. Jeannie and Gerald M. Bradley, were married on May 3, 1952 in Coalgate. Gerald preceded her in death on November 5, 1992. Survivors include one daughter, Tena Bradley-Brown of Sulphur, one son, Michael Dale Bradley and wife Dana, also of Sulphur; two grandsons, Kelsey Bradley, M.D., Shreveport, La., Kurt Bradley, Santa Monica, Calif.; one sister, Davette Deloach Cauthron of Edmond; nieces, Darla Davenport, Weatherford, Darita Huckabee, Tulsa, Donna Deloach, Colorado Springs, Colo. and nephews, Bill Cauthron, Edmond and Bob Cauthron, Apex, N.C. In addition to her parents and husband, Jeannie was preceded in death by four brothers Otho, Enid, Billy Charles, Melvin “Buck” and three sisters Vanetta, Nevada and Una Mae Deloach. The family suggests that memorial be made to the Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children, for those who prefer, rather than flowers. On-line condolences may be offered at halesfuneralhomes.com

Funeral services for Melvin Robert Clark will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 at Hale’s Memorial Chapel in Davis, with Brother Bobby Allison officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at the Oaklawn Cemetery in Sulphur. Arrangements will be under the direction of Hale’s Funeral Home of Davis. Melvin was born on February 6, 1925 near Ft. Towson to the late Charles Frank and Bessie Lora (Bayless) Clark. He died Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 in Sulphur, at the age of 89 years, 11 months and 17 days. Melvin and Marion Davis were married on Aug. 24, 1948 in Davis. Melvin grew up in the Shawnee area where he graduated high school in the mid 1940’s. He then joined the U.S. Army and served in Occupational Forces in Japan and the Philippines. After he was honorably discharged, Melvin returned home and attended Oklahoma Baptist University on the GI Bill. He transferred from OBU to the University of Oklahoma where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in 1950 and in 1952 his Master’s in Education. His first teaching job led this young couple to Boise City, then to Wayne in the mid 1950’s. From Wayne, they moved to Fredrick and then in the summer of 1966, Melvin and Marion accepted teaching positions at Sulphur. Throughout his teaching career he taught high school and elementary music. After retiring in 1986, Melvin volunteered his time playing the keyboard at area nursing homes and senior citizens centers. For his volunteerism, he received numerous citations, letters of appreciation and recognitions. He also spent many hours of his retirement teaching English to the area Hispanic population. Melvin was quite the fitness enthusiast. He enjoyed jogging, lifting weights and exercising. In his spare time he was an avid stamp collector. Survivors include his loving wife, Marion; two sons, Robert Lee Clark and wife Michelle, Sulphur and Edward Alan Clark and wife Connie, Bedford, Texas; five grandchildren, Janie Lynn Clark, Connie Sue Clark, Carol Ann Clark, all of Dallas, Alena Nikol Clark, Dalhart, Texas and Charles Hunter Paul, Los Angeles, Calif. and one sister, Deloris Simons,Temecula, Calif.; two nieces, Denise Smith and Connie Mahaffey and one nephew, Clark Van Wick. In addition to his parents, Melvin was preceded in death by his daughter, Cathy Louise Clark in May, 2014; and two brothers, Wilbur Clark and Gilbert Clark. On line condolences may be offered at halesfuneralhomes.com.

Ruth Evelyn Raupe (Reeves), an inspiring educator for decades of Oklahoma students, a passionate lover of literature, and a beloved mother, sister, and friend, has died. She passed away peacefully at Christopher House in Austin, Texas, on Monday, January 12, 2015. She was 72. A retired English teacher, Ruth finished her career as an educator at Mulhall-Orlando High School where she was repeatedly crowned “favorite teacher” by her students. After retiring from the public schools system, she became an instructor and supervisor of future teachers working toward their degrees at Oklahoma State University, bringing full circle her fervent belief in education as one of the most basic needs for a successful life. Her own education would continue as Ruth traveled the United States and beyond as a student of outdoor photography. Using her newfound skills, she published a book of essays and photographs titled Caves and Cellars: Making a Place in Oklahoma to tell the stories of the homesteaders of Oklahoma. She enjoyed travelling through the American West with fellow photographers, artists, and friends, as well as visiting family and friends around the world. She especially enjoyed visiting the towns and cities where her favorite authors had created their best works, including (but not limited to) Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Kurt Vonnegut—with whom she once shared a plane ride—and Walt Whitman. Born July 8, 1942 in Wichita, Kansas, to the late John and Evelyn Reeves, Ruth lived most of her life in Oklahoma. Throughout her life she lived in the towns of Wapanucka, Spencer, Sulphur, Atoka, Del City, Durant, Stillwater, Mulhall, and Orlando. Ruth was a graduate of East Central University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in education. She received her Master’s degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Ruth is survived by her children from her first marriage, Geoff Peveto (spouse, Kris Pauls) of Austin, Texas; and April Goldman (spouse, Aaron Goldman) and April’s children, Esmé and Judah, of Los Angeles, California. Her two sisters, Loretta Raschen of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Shirley Hensley of Southlake, Texas, and their families survive her as well. Her husband, Richard Raupe of Orlando, Oklahoma, predeceased her. Passionate about education and literature, Ruth was a founder of the Mulhall-Orlando Education Foundation, an organization that provides scholarships to college-bound students, grants for teacher programs, funds for band instruments, art programs, and more. Memorial services will take place Saturday, February 21st at 10:30 a.m. at Mulhall-Orlando Elementary School gymnasium in Mulhall, Oklahoma. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the M-O Education Foundation, 2198 East County Road 68, Mulhall, OK, 73063, or the Christopher House in Austin, Texas.