BANK, Dorothy Turner, 83, Enid. Service pending with Brown-Cummings Funeral Home.

POMMITT, J.C., 81, Enid. Service pending with Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home.


The funeral for Darrell D. Smith, 75, will be 2 p.m Wednesday at Anderson-Burris Funeral Home and Crematory Chapel. The Rev. Dennis Treat will officiate. Burial will be in Me-morial Park Cemetery with military honors by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2270.

He was born Nov. 22, 1929, near Meno to Jonas H. and Elisabeth E. Eck Smith and died Saturday, Aug. 27, 2005, at Integris Bass Baptist Health Center.

He grew up and attended school in Meno.

He served with the Army in Germany and married Jeanne Louise Poyner.

He attended college in California before moving to Enid, where he owned and operated Darrell?s Dent Shop for more than 30 years. He did auto body work and painting for Central National Bank. He was a member of Moose Lodge and a life-time member of Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a member of the dance group, Enid Golden Swingers.

Surviving are one brother, Carroll F. Smith of Cathedral City, Calif.; three sisters, Virginia D. Stevens of Bellflower, Calif., Dolores J. Bare and Carmelita Y. Moe, both of Andover, N.H.; and his companion, Dolly Fae Harvey of Enid.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanne, one son, two brothers and two sisters.


The funeral for Linda S. Mendoza, 63, of Enid, will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Henninger-Allen Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Tom Pullin will officiate. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cem-etery.

She was born May 31, 1942, in Waynoka to Earl and Lovie Corson Wylie and died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2005, at Kenwood Manor.

She attended school in Waynoka, graduating from Waynoka High School in 1960.

She married Edwin Huffman May 30, 1963, in Jet. They lived in Fort Riley, Kan., returning to Enid in 1974.

She married Jamie Mendoza Sept. 7, 1996, in Enid.

Surviving are her husband, Jamie, of the home; two sons, Scott of Enid and Wayne of Mustang; and two daughters, Tammy Miller of Enid and Toni West of Stillwater.

She was preceded in death by one son.

Condolences may be made online at


The funeral for John ?Corky? Gibson, 74, of Moore, will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at John M. Ireland Funeral Home -- Chapel, 120 S. Broadway, Moore. Burial will be 4 p.m. in Pond Creek Cemetery, Pond Creek.

He was born May 21, 1931, in Pond Creek to Floyd and Grace Gibson and died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2005.

He owned and operated Gibson Scale -- Construction until he retired in 1993.

Surviving are two sons, John Gibson Jr. of Porum, and Alan Gibson of Santa Fe, Texas; one daughter, Connie McMahan of Mustang; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis, and one son.


The funeral for Terry Eugene Robinson, 57, will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Emmanuel Baptist Church. Wade Burleson, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Enid Cemetery. Arrange-ments are by Ladusau Evans Funeral Home.

He was born Oct. 23, 1947, in Enid to Joe and Norma Hager Robinson and died Saturday, Aug. 27, 2005, at Integris Bass Baptist Health Center.

He graduated from Enid High School in 1965. He served in the Army and was discharged in 1971. He graduated from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in 1974 with a bachelor?s degree in music education. He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, where he played trumpet in the orchestra for 30 years. He was the assistant director of Enid Community Interven-tion Center.

Surviving are his children, Matt Robinson and Judy Robinson, both of Oklahoma City; three brothers, Steve Robinson of Vanwert, Ohio, Keith Carlton Robinson of Oregon and Larry Joe Robinson of Oklahoma City; and three sisters, Sandy Schibi of Lawton, Tracie Simunek of Enid and Becky Frasier of Hillsboro, Ore.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and a sister.

Condolences may be made online at


A graveside service for Doris Marie Johnson, 88, was held Monday in Hardtner-Elwood Cemetery, Hardtner, Kan. Wayne Stephens, pastor, officiated. Arrangements were by Lanman Funeral Home Inc., Kiowa, Kan.

She was born Nov. 14, 1916, in Dalhart, Texas, to John and Carrie Lena Burleson Kaiser and died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2005, in Wichita, Kan.

She grew up in Hardtner, graduating from Hardtner High School with honors and attended Emporia State University.

She married James Joseph Johnson Jan. 14, 1934. He died in 1987. She was a homemaker.

Surviving are two daughters, Rebecca Johnson of Newton, Kan., and Christine Johnson-Ayre of Augusta, Kan.; one sister, Mary Miller of Kiowa, Kan.; three grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

In addition to her husband, James, she was preceded in death by one sister and a brother.

Memorials may be made through the funeral home to Harry Hynes Hospice Center, Wichita.


The funeral for Geraldine ?Jerry? Meacham, 82, will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of the Nazarene, Kingfisher. The Rev. Shane Rackley will officiate. Burial will be in Kingfisher Cemetery. Arrangement are by Sanders Funeral Service Inc., Kingfisher.

She was born Jan. 24, 1923, in Estancia, N.M. to Ira and Olive Rabb Thomas and died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2005, at ContryWood Manor Center, Kingfisher.

She graduated from Checotah High School, Checotah.

She married Gene Meacham March 11, 1940, in Muskogee. They owned and operated Meacham Studio in Kingfisher from 1958 to 1990. She was a member of the Church of the Nazarene, a past member of the Rebekah Lodge and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Surviving are her husband, Gene, of the home; one son, Greg Meacham of Dover; four daughters, Carol Cass of Piedmont, Claudia Francis of Edmond, Phyllis Kuehn of Okarche, and Cynthia Eaton of Kingfisher; one brother, William Thomas of Fort Collins, Colo.; one sister, Joann Peters of Lake City, Minn.; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the American Legion Memorial Fund, Hugh Branscum, chairman.


The funeral for Susan Kaye Najar, 45, will be 1 p.m. Thursday at John M. Ireland Funeral Home -- Chapel, 120 S. Broadway, Moore. Burial will be 4 p.m. in Lamar Cemetery, Lamar.

She was born Sept. 14, 1959, in Oklahoma City and died Saturday, Aug. 27, 2005, in Arlington, Texas.

Surviving are her husband, Eddie; three daughters, Shenna Walter, Jennifer Walter and Alicia Walter; her mother, Shirley Walter; one sister, Carrie Robertson; and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father and one sister.



A Mass of Christian Burial at 2:00 PM today at St. Gregory?s Catholic Church (Anderson-Burris.)

(Paid Obit 8-30-1)

CHOATE, Virginia L., 79, Enid. Service pending with Ladasau-Evans Funeral Home. (Paid Obit 8-30-1)


Last week the Base Realignment and Closure Commission made decisions affecting dozens of military facilities and the surrounding communities across the country.

One such decision brought a smile to the faces of Enid-area residents.

The commission voted unanimously on Friday to approve Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld?s recommendation to move the undergraduate pilot training mission from Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, Ga., and divide it among Vance, Columbus AFB in Mississippi and Laughlin AFB near Del Rio, Texas. Vance also will receive some of Moody?s Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training and Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals training for pilots and weapons systems officers.

In all, Vance is slated to pick up at least 95 new jobs (89 military and six civilian) along with 13 T-6 and 12 T-38 aircraft.

The commission has until Sept. 8 to submit its list of recommendations to President Bush. If the president OKs the BRAC commission?s list, which he has indicated he will do, the recommendations will be binding 45 legislative days after Bush sends them to Capitol Hill, unless Congress rejects the entire list. The president and Congress must accept or reject the list as a whole, there is no line-item veto power.

The BRAC commission did not simply rubber-stamp the recommendations first released by Rumsfeld in May. The nine-member group voted to reject the Pentagon?s recommendation to close Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota, as well as the Naval submarine base in Groton, Conn., and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine.

Vance was spared the possibility of closure when it firstwas left off Rumsfeld?s initial list and was not added by the commission during its July hearing.

But the new planes and new people coming to Vance were not assured until the commission voted for the Moody realignment plan. Vance?s new assets looked to be in jeopardy Thursday when the commission considered keeping New Mexico?s Cannon Air Force Base open and moving the personnel and planes from Moody to Cannon.

Mike Cooper, chairman of Vance Development Authority and Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission and VDA consultants J.B. Davis and Stephen Moffitt spent much of Thursday and Friday working behind the scenes, trying to convince the commission to stick with Rumsfeld?s initial plan for Vance. Davis is a retired Air Force general and a member of the 1995 BRAC commission. Moffitt is a former aide to ex-Oklahoma Sen. Don Nickles and served as deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Senate affairs.

Over the next six years Vance?s mission will expand through the movement of people and planes from Moody, as well as construction of an $8.7 million Armed Forces Reserve Center. The commission voted to close 53 state National Guard Armories and create seven reserve centers, construction of which is supposed to begin in 2007.

BRAC has been a long, slow, nerve-wracking process, but one which, in the end, has proven to be good news for Enid and northwest Oklahoma.

We owe a big debt of thanks to Cooper, the VDA, the OSMPC, our state?s congressional delegation and our delegation in the state Legislature.



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