The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

May 6, 2014

Charles McWilliams

Published 5-6-14

Enid News and Eagle

Burlington, OK — BURLINGTON — Charles McWilliams passed away on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at Kiowa District Hospital.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at Driftwood Christian Church. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery, Hazelton, Kan. Arrangements are by Lanman Funeral Home Inc. of Kiowa, Kan. Condolences may be shared with the family at

Charles was born April 2, 1930, to Charles M. McWilliams and Susan Whitehead McWilliams in Burlington, Okla.

He attended Burlington High School and graduated with the class of 1948. During high school, Charles worked for a farmer and followed the wheat harvest for three years.

Charles served in the U.S. Navy from 1948 to 1952 during the Korean war.

On Nov. 12, 1954, he and DeVeda Martin were united in marriage. To this union, three children were born, Greg, Kim and Debbie.

Charles worked for Phillips Pipeline Co. in Oklahoma and Texas until his retirement in 1989, and returned to Phillips as a contractor, serving as a project supervisor in Borger, Texas.

His mother passed away at a young age, and Charles was raised by his stepmother, Goldie. Greg and Charles had learned to fish together and enjoyed that time shared.

Charles was a good husband, he loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and will be dearly missed by all of them.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Harold McWilliams; one sister, Imogene Page; and son-in-law, Pug Myers.

He is survived by his wife, DeVeda; one son, Greg McWilliams and wife Thomasine; two daughters, Kim Myers, and Debbie Allen and husband Howard Ray; four grandchildren, Alana McWilliams, Megan McWilliams and her two children, Madisyn and Mackenzie, Daya and Laura Myers-Hurt, DeDra Allen; sister-in-law, Hester McWilliams; brother-in-law, Eldon Page; and a host of friends.

Visitation will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, May 6, with the family present to receive friends from 4-6.

Memorials may be made to Kiowa District Hospital or donor’s choice.

(Submitted by family)