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Mary Ellen Simmons

Mary Ellen Simmons

Mary Ellen Simmons

Mary Ellen Simmons passed away Wednesday, April 29, 2015 in Okla. City.  She was born in Kingfisher, Oklahoma to Harry Lytle and Minnie Dean Jones Forney on September 23, 1922.  She graduated from Kingfisher High School and attended Phillips University. She married Jack Bruner Simmons on July 29, 1941 in Wilburton, Oklahoma. Their children were Jack Bruner Simmons, Jr. and James Mulcahy Simmons whom they raised on the family farm.

Jack and Mary Ellen lived a short time in Los Angeles, California, then after World War II spent the remainder of their lives farming and ranching southwest of Cashion.  Mary Ellen was an accomplished seamstress making many of Jack’s and her son’s suits and dress shirts. She devoted herself to maintaining her home, raising her family and helping Jack on the farm.  She was active in several clubs, Eastern Star and the Methodist Women’s Circle, and enjoyed serving as a state officer in the Home Demonstration organization.  Mary Ellen was a member of the Cashion United Methodist Church for many years. Read more →

Charles Edward Cagle

Charles CagleCharles Edward Cagle, 77, died at home in El Reno, Oklahoma, Friday, April 24, 2015. He was born on October 4, 1937, to Charles Fay Cagle and Doris Irene Purinton Cagle at Caglesville, Arkansas.

Charles’ newspaper career began in the middle of an ice storm on December 24, 1947, when The Harrison Arkansas Daily Times gave him a 35-person route. During the time he was there, he worked in just about every department. Charles also served for four years in the U.S. Air Force.

In 1975, Bill Retherford, owner of Retherford publications, hired him as an ad sales rep for Neighbor Newspapers. He eventually became General Manager after serving as Advertising Manager/Director. He worked 32 years for Neighbor Newspapers. Following the death of Mr. Retherford, Charles relocated to the Oklahoma City area to work for Roger Pugh, owner of Hometown News, Piedmont-Surry Gazette in Piedmont Oklahoma. In June 2010 Steve Eldridge, owner of Metro Publishing (Senior News & Living), offered him a position as Senior Director of Advertising in the Metro area. Charles dedicated over 60 years to mastering the craft of newspaper.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Vickie Carol Kevan of Cushing, Oklahoma. He married Sandra Sue (Lewis) Cagle March 14, 1986, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is survived by his wife and five children: Charles Randle Cagle of Tulsa, OK; Susan Annette Smith and husband Luke of Drumright, OK; Carla Joan Traupman and husband Mike; James Edward Cagle and wife Jennifer of Garland, TX; and Donald Bradley Cagle and wife Stephanie of Tulsa, OK. Two stepchildren: Heather Lee Haws and husband Eric of Broken Arrow, OK and Billy Wayne Hobbs III and wife Tambi of Collinsville, OK. Charles had 17 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services pending.

Shannon Denise Robinson-Mabe

Shannon Denise Robinson-Mabe
Shannon Denise (Robinson) Mabe, the daughter of Piedmont City Councilman Donnie and Janis Robinson, passed away March 31, 2015, in Ft. Worth.

Shannon was born Oct. 19, 1972, in Oklahoma City. She moved to Texas in 1996 to pursue a career in teaching. It was there she met Chris, and they married on March 13, 1999.

Shannon was born to be a teacher. In 18 years in the classroom, Shannon did more than just teach her students. She loved them, encouraged them and prayed for their well being and success.

Shannon fought cancer until her body could no longer give what her heart and spirit desired. It is beyond difficult to know that Shannon’s time with us here is over, but we know she was never ours to keep.

She loved us well. Will & Hannah have always been and will always be her pride and joy. Read more →

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