Sept. 29, 1928 — Jan. 19, 2013
Funeral service for Charles DeVerl Paris, 84, of Enid, will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at Wharton Funeral Chapel, Alva.
DeVerl was born in Dacoma, Okla., to Arthur Henry Paris and Mary Katherine Murrow and passed away Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, after a lengthy battle with cancer.
He attended Red Bird Rural Grade School in Dacoma and graduated from Alva High School.
DeVerl married Beulah Jane Venosdel Nov. 28, 1949, in Alva, where they made their home.
He worked at a grocery store in Alva before he served in the armed forces for two years at Fort Polk, La.
After returning to Alva, he continued to work in the grocery business.
In 1957, he moved with his wife and five children to Colorado Springs, where he began a lifetime career with Safeway stores. His wife died in December 1984.
In June 1986, he married Luana “Lu” Mahealani Kane in Las Vegas, Nev., and he became father to four more children.
Around 1990, DeVerl retired from Safeway and worked various other jobs.
He and Luana moved to Enid in 1996, where he worked for the Enid News & Eagle for 14 years, retiring due to illness.
He enjoyed fishing and camping at various lakes in Oklahoma and Colorado.
He also enjoyed traveling the world with Lu, but his biggest enjoyment in life was his family.
Surviving are his wife, Luana of Enid; sons, Walter “Sonny” Paris and wife Wanda of Conroe, Texas, and Donald Kane of Phoenix, Ariz.; daughters, Theresa McClure and husband David of Colorado Springs, Colo., Clara Jean Eisenreich and husband Richard of Colorado Springs, Jackie Lynn Todd and Scott Hotchkiss, both of Colorado Springs, Laura May Talaroc and husband Daniel of Waialua, Hawaii, Betty Mae Leslie and husband Keck of Wichita, Kan., Vickie Ford and husband Billy of Midland, Texas, Janie Paris of Bartlesville, and Deborah Hobdy of Colorado Springs; sister, Bertha Frances Garberich of Enid; 15 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Beulah Jane; infant son and daughter, Dee Verl, four brothers and three sisters.
(Submitted by family)
Sept. 29, 1928 — Jan. 19, 2013
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Margaret R. Speece
A private family graveside service for Margaret R. Speece, 92-year-old Enid, Okla., resident, will be held Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Restland Cemetery, Dallas, Texas. Arrangements are under the direction of Henninger-Hinson Funeral Home.
Margaret was born Nov. 9, 1921, in Fayetteville, Ark., to Elam W. and Margaret (Barnes) Jackson and died peacefully at Golden Oaks Nursing Home on Sunday, April 13, 2014.
Her family moved to Ponca City, Okla., where she graduated from Ponca City High School. She was active in the high school choir, the study of the piano and a member of the Order of the Rainbow for Girls. Upon graduation, she attended Oklahoma State University.
On Dec. 1, 1952, she married James Speece in Fort Smith, Ark. The couple owned and operated several jewelry stores across the southwest.
John Leslie Sayre
John Leslie Sayre, loving husband, father and grandfather, minister, theological librarian, university librarian, seminary dean, tour director and gardener passed away on Friday, April 11, 2014, at Foxwood Springs Living Center, Raymore, Mo. John was born in Hannibal, Mo., to John L. Sayre Sr. and Clara Lucile Haden on March 28, 1924, and was raised in Norman, Okla.
John graduated from University High School in Norman in 1942. He studied one year at the University of Oklahoma and transferred to Phillips University (Enid, Okla.) where he graduated in 1946, with a BA in religion.
John was ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 1946. In 1947, he entered Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Conn., and graduated with his Master of Divinity in 1950.
On June 18, 1948, John and Herwanna L. Harrouff of Lawton, Okl., were married at University Place Christian Church, Enid, Okla.
From 1950-1957, John served as campus minister for the Christian Church in Stillwater, Okla., where all four children were born.
In 1957, John moved to Austin, Texas, to become campus minister at University Christian Church.
Donald Edward Houska
Donald Edward Houska, 69, of Hull, Texas, died of pneumonia on Friday, April 4, 2014, at Harbor Hospital in Beaumont, Texas.
He was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in Enid, Okla., July 24, 1944, to Edward and Glenda Louella (Johnson) Houska.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda Houska of Hull; mother, Glenda Houska of Deer Park; stepson, Bradley Sias and wife Sharon of Hull; granddaughter, Nikki Sias of LaPorte; great-granddaughter, Morgan Rollins of LaPorte; sisters, Patricia L. Brock of Deer Park and Judy M. Jett of Deer Park; brother, Daniel Houska and wife Sue of Eustace, Texas.
Velma Lee Bonnett
Lee was the first child, and only daughter, of A.C. “Bert” and Mabel (Schwandt) Hafner born on Oct. 2, 1926, in the rural Kansas community of Winkler.
At the age of six, her parents and younger brother, Roger, moved to the Hunter, Okla., farm where she grew up. Some of her longest and closest friendships were formed with her classmates at Hunter High School. The Class of 1944 continued to remain in touch and Lee was instrumental in planning their reunions.
She attended Phillips University, but her high school sweetheart had a bigger impact and they married in 1944. The oil field activity in western Oklahoma and Kansas lured them to various towns, where they spent their young married years, finally settling in Hoisington, Kan.
Lee was an assistant manager at the Griffin Hotel. Her hotel career ended with the birth of daughter Lynn and within 13 months, the draw of home brought them back to the Hunter area, where they farmed and founded an independent oil contracting business. Son, Bradford was born in 1954, and the family was complete.
Christopher 'Bubba' Landis Hladik
Funeral for Christopher “Bubba” Landis Hladik, 35-year-old Enid resident, will be 2 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Henninger-Hinson Funeral Home Chapel.
Pastor Kevin Choate will officiate. Burial will follow in Hennessey Cemetery.
Chris was born Sept. 29, 1978, in Enid, Okla., to Landis “Joe” and Jeanette (Hyatt) Hladik and died Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Integris Bass Baptist Health Center.
He attended local schools.
He worked at PIC Truck Wash in Hennessey for five years.
Devora Kay Davis
Funeral service for Devora Kay Davis, 56, will be 11 a.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Anderson-Burris Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Jarrod Cloud officiating.
Burial will be in Enid Cemetery.
Visitation with the family is 5-6:30 p.m. today, April 16, at Anderson-Burris Funeral Home.
Devora was born to Travis and Juanita (Beck) Davis on Dec. 27, 1957, in Wilson, Okla., and passed away Monday, April 14, 2014, at her parents’ home in Enid.
Devora grew up in Enid and graduated from Enid High School. She then attended Tulsa Junior College. She worked as a supervisor at Star Tek in Enid.
Devora attended First Assembly of God Church. She enjoyed playing games, and her dog “Boogie.”
Dorothy Pralle, 85, of Dallas, Texas, formerly of Garber, Okla., will be 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Garber. Burial in Garber Cemetery.
A graveside service for Keith Breckenridge will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Henninger-Hinson Funeral Home.
Bernice Elizabeth Mund
Service pending with Stittsworth Funeral Service, Medford.
Phyllis Elaine Thornburg
Graveside service for Phyllis Elaine Thornburg, 59, of Enid, Okla., will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at the Mausoleum in Memorial Park Cemetery, with the Rev. Lester Lowry officiating. Visitation with the family is 5:30-7 p.m. today, April 15, at Anderson-Burris Funeral Home.
Phyllis was born Oct. 22, 1954, in Hominy, Okla., to Ilo Wayne and Charlene (Buchanan) Watkins and passed away Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Enid.
Phyllis grew up in Enid and graduated from Enid High.
She worked as a nurse aide and was working at Furrs Cafeteria when she had to retire due to health issues.
On Oct. 22, 1989, she married Leroy Thornburg in Fort Smith, Ark. They lived in Enid, Fort Smith and returned to Enid in 1990s. Phyllis was a member of Evangel Assembly of God Church.
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