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Mrs. Almas Naifeh, 73, of 311 W. Lincoln, died Sunday at St. Francis Hospital.
She was born in Marjoun, Lebanon, June 10, 1899, and moved to the United States in 1915, coming to Sapulpa in 1921. She was the widow of Alex Naifeh.
She was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd; Naomi Chapter of the Eastern Star; Order of Amaranth Court; a Gold Star Mother, and the Iris Unit of the Garden Club.
Surviving relatives include three sons, Woodrow, of Rt. 13, Tulsa; Monroe, 1131 Melinda Rd., and Raymond, of Edmond; a daughter, Miss Virginia Naifeh of the home; a brother, Buddy Naifeh of Detroit; a sister, Mrs. Ann Naifeh of Detroit; and nine grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd with Fr. Max Berry of Chickasha officiating. Interment will be in South Heights cemetery under direction of Owen Funeral Home.
The body will lie in state at Owen Funeral Home until 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, and the casket will not be opened at the services.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Naifeh, Jack Naifeh, Bob Naifeh, James Naifeh, Joe Naifeh, and Amon Naifeh.
Honorary pallbearers include Tom Sheriff, David Young, Nimmer Naifeh, Mitchell Naifeh, Bill Naifeh, and Ralph Anthis.
The family will headquarter at 311 W. Lincoln. In lieu of other remembrances, donations to the Episcopal Church Fund are suggested.
NAIFEH -- Jimmie C., Sr. 84, passed away peacefully March 6, 2003. Jimmie, a longtime resident of Tulsa, was one of six children. He was born on April 6, 1918 to Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Naifeh in Kiefer, OK. Jimmie showed his love of his country through his service in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was awarded the Bronze Star. After the war, he returned to Tulsa, where he married and started his family. Jimmie owned and operated Naifeh's Grocery for more than 50 years in the city of Tulsa. He was a self-made man who knew the meaning of hard labor and the value of experience. He made many friends throughout his years in business and was loved by all. Jimmie was a founding member of St. Antony's Orthodox Christian Church. He was very proud of his Lebanese heritage and was a founding member of the Cedars and Salaam Clubs of Tulsa, which were devoted to maintaining his cultural traditions. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of VFW Post 577. He was a member of the Tulsa University Golden Hurricane Club and an avid fan. Jimmie was a lover of dogs, which was apparent through his devotion to his pets, which were his chairside companions. Jimmie was preceded in death by: brother, Sam and Benny; sisters, Julia and Elizabeth; and first wife, Bonnie. He is survived by his brother, George of Aiken, SC; his wife, JoAnn Bayouth-Naifeh; children, Jimmie C. Naifeh Jr., Gina Lynn Poindexter (and husband, Mike); Sally DeeAnn Naifeh, Bradley C. Naifeh (and wife, Julie), all of Tulsa. He has 6 grandchildren, Haley JoAnn Naifeh, Michael and Brittani Poindexter, Meaghan Reaves, Mackenzie and Mason (BJ) Naifeh. Trisagion Prayer Service at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 9, 2003 at Floral Haven Chapel. Funeral at 10 a.m. Monday, March 10, 2003 at St. Antony's Orthodox Christian Church located at 2545 E. 6th St., Tulsa. Interment will follow at Floral Haven Cemetery in Broken Arrow, OK. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Antony's church. Floral Haven, 252-2518.
SAPULPA -- Sam D. Naifeh, 72, former grocery store owner, died Thursday. Service 10 a.m. Monday, First Christian Church. Smith.
From "The Sapulpa Herald," Saturday, January 29, 2005
Sam D. Naifeh, 82, of Sapulpa, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2005 at St. John Hospital in Tulsa. He was born Sept. 9, 1922 in Council Hill. His parents were Clifton D. Naifeh and Najeeba "Minnie" Naifeh.
Sam has been a Sapulpa resident since 1936.
He married Imagene Rose Massad July 19, 1949.
Sam's greatest joy was the love of this life, Imagene, and his family. He had a strong faith in God and great pride in his country. Sam's closeness to the Lord showed in his spirit of humble service. Sam was proud of his Lebanese heritage and culture. He had a joyful spirit and showed love to everyone he met. He was a constant source of inspiration and humor to his family and community.
He had been a grocery store owner and businessman in Sapulpa since the 1940s.
Survivors are his wife Imagene Naifeh; son Clifton D. Naifeh and wife Cathy, of Norman; daughter Ginger Garbacz and husband Terry, of Wichita Falls, Texas; Mike J. Naifeh and wife LesLee, of Sapulpa; grandchildren Jamie Shockley and husband Brent, of Lantana, Texas; Scott Barbacz, of College Station, Texas; Grand and Taylor Garbacz, of Wichita Falls, Texas; and Salem Naifeh, of Sapulpa; brother Omar e. Naifeh and wife Pat, of Sapulpa; sister-in-law Dee Naifeh, of Guymon; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation for Sam is at 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday at Smith's Funeral Home in Sapulpa.
Services are 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 31, 2005 at First Christian Church in Sapulpa. The address is the corner of Lee and Elm.
The ceremonies will be by Gary Sheely, minister, First Christian Church. Interment is at Green Hill Memorial Gardens in Sapulpa.
Memorials may be sent to First Christian Church, Building Fund, Sapulpa, in honor of Sam D. Naifeh. Also there will be blood drives at First Christian Church in Sapulpa from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2005 and by the Oklahoma Blood Institute at the Collins Building from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3.
Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
SAPULPA -- Joe Nail, 52, mechanic, died Friday. Service 1 p.m. Wednesday, Huchachuba Indian Church, Henryetta. Ninde Garden, Tulsa.
MOUNDS -- David Joe Najera, 44, parts contractor, died Sunday. Service 1:30 p.m. Friday, First Baptist Church. Green Hill, Sapulpa.
From "The Sapulpa Herald," Thursday, February 24, 2005
NAJERA, David -- David Joe Najera, 44, of MOunds, died Feb. 20, 2005 in Tulsa. He was born Dec. 24, 1960 in Tulsa.
Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, 2005 at the First Baptist Church in Mounds.
The family has entrusted the care of the services to the directors at Green Hill Funeral Home.
MANNFORD -- Shirley Ann Nance, 62, homemaker, died Monday. Service 10 a.m. Thursday, Oak Hill Cemetery Chapel. Chapman-Black, Cleveland, Okla.
Mr. Jonathan Napier
DATE OF BIRTH:
February 21, 1916
DEPARTED THIS LIFE:
April 14, 1973
Near Bristow, Oklahoma
2:00 P.M. Tuesday
April 17, 1973
Reverend E.H. Sanders
Quinton Walkup --- Norman Doane
Montie Tanton --- Don Long
Bill Tuttle --- Morris Pearce
Green Hill Memorial Gardens
NAPIER, Vera -- Vera Marie Napier, 89, died Saturday, Aug. 14, 2004 in Sapulpa. She was born April 8, 1915 in Titanic, Okla.
Funeral services are pending with Green Hill Funeral Home.
The family has entrusted the care of the services to the directors at Green Hill Funeral Home.
From "The Tulsa World," Tuesday, August 17, 2004
SAPULPA -- Vera Marie Napier, 89, homemaker, died Thursday. Service 10 a.m. Wednesday, Green Hill Funeral Home Chapel.
From "The Sapulpa Herald," Tuesday, August 17, 2004
Vera Marie Feltner Napier
Vera Marie Feltner Napier was born to Nancy Jane Hubbard and John Feltner on April 8, 1915 in Adair County, Proctor (Proctor, Adair County, Oklahoma). She died Aug. 14, 2004. She was 89.
She was raised in Proctor until she married Delmar Jackson Napier. Vera and Delmar settled in Sapulpa in the 1940s where she and Delmar raised six children.
Vera was preceded in death by husband Delmar Jackson Napier, son Delmar Leon Napier and daughter Patsy Ruth Legrand.
Vera's surviving children are Lloyd and Martha Napier, of Sapulpa, Don and Barbar Napier, of Sapulpa, Danny and Donna Napier, of Kellyville, Shirley and Wayne Newman, of Sapulpa, and Carol Napier, of Eufaula. Vera has 12 surviving grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Not only was Vera a loving mother, she was a loving sister. Her siblings who survived her death are Katherine Hendrix, of Edmond, Mattie Rowell, of Drumright, Judy Hamilton, of Houston, Texas, and Gene Pack, of Tulsa.
Dick Pumpkin and John Pack also proceeded her in death.
Services will be held at Green Hill Funeral Home at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2004. Burial will follow at Green Hill Memorial Gardens.
Honorary pall bearers are Buddy Smith, Donald Legrand, Keith Napier, Curtis Napier, Rendell Napier, Doug Napier, Dennis Newman and Justin Napier.
The family will headquarter at Don Napier's home in Sapulpa.
Services are under the direction of Green Hill Funeral Home.
MANNFORD -- Elder "Curtis" Narrell, 77, Army Corps of Engineers park ranger, died Thursday. Services pending. Floral Haven, Broken Arrow.
SAPULPA -- Erma L. Nash, 55, electronics manufacturing supervisor, died Saturday. Service 11 a.m. Wednesday, Mount Olive Baptist Church. Green Hill.
From "The Sapulpa Daily Herald," Wednesday, November 23, 2005
NASH, Erma -- Erma Lee Nash, 55, of Sapulpa, died Saturday, Nov. 19, 2005 in Tulsa. She was born June 5, 1950 in Mounds.
Services were 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2005 at Mout Olive Baptist Church with the Rev. Henry T. Busby officiating.
The family entrusted the care of the services to the directors at Green Hill Funeral Home.
SAPULPA -- Richard E. Nash, 65, died Friday, January 30. Graveside service 2 p.m. Friday, Pryor Cemetery, Pryor. Green Hill.
SAPULPA -- Margaret Nation, 80, died Thursday. Service 10 a.m. Monday, Pickett Prairie Baptist Church. Green Hill.
From "The Sapulpa Herald," Saturday March 19, 2005
Margaret Freda Nation went to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 17, 2005. She was 84. She was born Feb. 3, 1921 in Kiefer to Archie Monroe Rivers Sr. and Alice Marine Thompson-Rivers.
She married John Nation and lived her life as a wife and mother to their three sons. She later took much joy in being a grandmother to her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and one sister.
She is survived by her loving husband of 62 years John, of the home; sons John Ed and Dee Dee, of Kellyville, Donald and Roboye, of Broken Arrow, and David and Faye, of Springdale, Ark.; brothers Carl Rivers, J.D. Rivers and Archie Rivers; sisters Wilma Mitchell, Evelyn Clark and Marie Gibbs; 10 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, other family members and numerous friends.
Funeral services are set for 10 a.m. Monday, March 21, 2005 at Pickett Prairie Baptist Church with the Rev. Archie Rivers and the Rev. Bill Oldham officiating.
Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free. I took his hand when I heard him call. I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day, to laugh, to love to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way. I found that peace at the close of day.
If my parting has left a void, then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss, ah yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow. I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much,
Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief. Don't lenghten it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart, and share with me.
God wanted me now, he set me free.
The family of Margaret Nation would like to express their sincere thank you to everyone for their thoughts, prayers, cards, food and all acts of kindness shown during the lostt of their beloved and cherished Nation.
The family has entrusted the care of the services to the directors at Green Hill Funeral Home.
SAPULPA -- Merlene Nave, 68, retired banker, died Monday. Memorial service 10 a.m. Thursday, First Baptist Church. Smith.
NEAL, Henry Thomas - Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2002 in the Smith Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Glen Hood will officiate. Entombment will follow in the Green Hill Mausoleum.
Smith Funeral Home of Sapulpa is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Neal, 91, of Kellyville, died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2001, at Tulsa Regional Medical Center. He was born Feb. 23, 1910 in Fort Gibson and had lived in Kellyville for the past 20 years, moving there from Tulsa.
He had retired from Gaso Pump where he had ben a pump tester, was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy Seabees and was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Disabled American Veterans and the American Legion.
Survivors are one son, Michael T. Neal of Sapulpa; several grandchildren; and three sisters.
SAPULPA -- Harriet Ann Neel, 62, legal secretary, died Monday. Service 10 a.m. Friday, First Baptist Church. Smith.
From "The Sapulpa Herald," Wednesday, January 12, 2005
Harriett Ann Neel
Harriett Ann Neel was born in Conway, Ark. on Oct. 6, 1942 to Harry and Myrtle Proctor. She moved to Sapulpa in 1979 and moved on to spend enternity with her heavenly father on Jan. 10, 2005.
She is survived by her husband Elmer; sons Chad Fortson and Ashley Fortson, of Tulsa; daughter Lisa Ostrander, of Sapulpa; son and daughter-in-law Eric and Michelle Neel, of Bixby; son and daughter-in-law Chad and Monaca Neel, of Westminster, Colo.; granddaughter Kirstin Fortson, of Soddy Daisy, Tenn.; granddaughters Alexandria and Jessica Fortson and grandson Ethan Fortson, all of Sapulpa; grandson Andrew Ostrander, of Sapulpa; granddaughters Samantha and Alana Neel, of Westminster, Colo.; cousins Valta Fay Burnett and Judy Wheeler, of Conway, Ark., and Edsel Moore, of Brea, Calif.
She is also survived by her First Baptist Church of Sapulpa family and numerous friends.
Harriett worked in the legal profession for more than 40 years in Conway and Sapulpa, retiring from the Tom Filbeck Law Office in October 2003.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 14, 2005 at the First Baptist Church of Sapulpa. Entombment will follow at Green Hill Mausoleum in Sapulpa.
The family requests contributions be made to the Building Fund of the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1089, Sapulpa, OK 74067.
They would also like to thank the doctors and staff of Oklahoma Oncology and the oncology department at St. John Medical Center.
Arrangements are under the direction of Smith Funeral Home of Sapulpa.
Pall bearers are Rex Acree, Joe Eschler, Eddie Keiser, Kirk Larkin, Mike Pennington and Jerry Reed.
Honorary pall bearers are Bob Basinger, Bill Berry, Guy Berry, Floyd Dunaway, Tom Filbeck, Ted Fisher, Lester Henderson, Linvial Herod, Tommy Hudgins, Ruby Kirk, Barbara Klumpp, Steve McCormick, Sandy Pinkstaff, Bud Robins, Dena Summers, Church Walton and Dale Walts.
BRISTOW -- O.L. "Odie" Nees, 66, teacher, died Saturday. Service 10 a.m. Thursday, Church of the Nazarene, and graveside service 2 p.m. Thursday, Fort Gibson National Cemetery, Fort Gibson. Hutchins-Maples.
From "The Sapulpa Herald," Tuesday, November 2, 2004
NEES, O.L. -- O.L. "Odie" Nees died Saturday, Oct. 30, 2004, at the age of 66. Odie was born to Hugh and Maude Grigg Nees on March 4, 1938 in Oilton.
He is survived by his wife, Judy Nees, of the home; son Michael James, of Tulsa; daughters Caroline Spargur, of Round Rock, Texas, and Rebecca Powell, of Bristow; brother Earl Nees, of Cleveland; and one grandson. Odie is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters.
Funeral serivces will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, 2004, at the Bristow Church of the Nazarene with Jim Kent officiating. Interment will follow at 2 p.m. at the Fort Gibson National Cemetery with Darrik Acre officiating the graveside service.
DEPEW -- Jack E. Neese, 77, retired Depew fire chief and Allied Materials employee, died Monday. Service 2 p.m. Friday, Depew High School Auditorium. Schumacher, Bristow.
KELLYVILLE -- Charles Vernon "Buck" Nelson, 54, of Kellyville died Thursdat at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa.
Services are set for 10 a.m. Saturday at the Smith Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Vernie Edwards officiating.
Burial will be in Green Hills Memorial Gardens.
The body will lie in state at the funeral home until 9 a.m. Saturday. The casket will be closed at the service.
Mr. Nelson was born June 28, 1931, in Jay, Okla.
He served with the Army in the Korean War and was a Baptist.
Mr. Nelson was employed at Sapulpa Lumber Co. and operated Sapulpa Sharp All.
Survivors include wife Ann; daughter Deborah Yocham of Sapulpa; son Terry of Sapulpa; brothers Buddy, Wayne and Floyd all of Sapulpa; sisters Mary Riley and Maxine Parks, both of Sapulpa, and Frances Barbar of Sparks, Nev.; and three grandchildren.
BRISTOW -- Don Nelson, 61, Nelson Auto Supply owner, died Friday. Service 2 p.m. Wednesday, First United Methodist Church. Hutchins-Maples.
From "The Sapulpa Herald," Tuesday, January 4, 2005
NELSON, John -- John Donald "Don" Nelson, 61, died Friday, Dec. 31, 2004. He was born April 30, 1943 in Bristow.
Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2005 at First United Methodist Church of Bristow with the Rev. Mike DeMoss officiating.
Interment will follow at Bristow City Cemetery. Services are under the care and direction of Hutchins-Maples Funeral Home of Bristow.
SAPULPA -- Clara M. Burr Ness, 98, homemaker, died Wednesday. Service 2 p.m. Friday, Smith Funeral Home Chapel.
MANNFORD -- Lillian A. Nevala, 80, homemaker, died Wednesday. Private family services. Mannford Funeral Home.
SAPULPA -- J.T. Newberry, 61, carpenter, died Friday. Service at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Smith Funeral Home Chapel.
J.T. DARRELL NEWBERRY
J.T. Darrell Newberry, 61, of Sapulpa, died Friday, June 13, 2003 at the Tulsa Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Newberry was born Nov. 11, 1941 in Tulare, Calif. and had lived in Sapulpa for the past eight years, moving here from Tulsa.
He was a carpenter.
Survivors are his children, Lynette Stroup-Freeland and her husband David, of Jenks, Troy Henson and his wife Krista, of Sapulpa, Gary Newberry, of Oregon, Sandy Godwine, Chuck Newberry, Mark Newberry, Mike Newberry and Larry Henson II; grandchildren Michael, Alex and Jeremy Henson, Tyler and Ashley Stroup, and Tra, Sunny and Don Henson.
Funeral services for Mr. Newberry have been set for 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 17, 2003 in the Smith Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Larry Hutcheson officiating.
Interment will be in the South Heights Cemetery.
Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
NEWCOMB -- Ruby Jewel, born in Kiefer, OK on January 6, 1918 passed away on March 4, 2003. A celebration of her life and legacy will be held at 2 p.m., March 7, 2003 at Fitzgerald Southwood Colonial Chapel. Graveside service follows at Mounds Cemetery. She was preceded in death by her parents, Minnie Ellis and Charles Ellis; her sister, Daisy Lambert; her brothers, Charles and Earl Ellis; her husband, Dale Newcomb; and her son, Gary Newcomb. She is survived by her sister, Mildred Sigmon and husband, Carroll, Sapulpa, OK; daughter, Deborah Wootan and her husband, Dr. Gerald Wootan of Tulsa, OK; son Charles Newcomb and his wife, Kimberly of Houston, TX; her grandchildren, Heather Walters and her husband, Kerry of Tulsa, OK and Jason Warner of Superior, CO; and great-grandson, Bennett Walters. Ruby Jewel loved being surrounded by her children and all their wonderful friends. She enjoyed cooking for the gang and supporting those in need. Ruby's only dream in life was to raise a family, which she so cherished and they so cherished her. She will be missed by the many peoples' lives she enriched and inspired. She owned her own beauty shop in Sapulpa, OK before marrying Dale, her husband of 49 years. Together they owned and operated personnel agencies in Houston and in Tulsa. The past 12 years she served as Chief Financial Officer of Infusion Specialists, Inc. The family will receive friends Thursday evening between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. at Fitzgerald Southwood Colonial Chapel, Tulsa, OK, (918) 291-3500.
NEWELL, Newton -- Newton Thomas Newell, 92, died Monday, Dec. 5, 2005. He was born Nov. 8, 1913 in Della Plain, Ark.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9, 2005 at Boston Avenue United Methodist Church in Tulsa. Burial will be at 1:00 p.m. in the Okmulgee Cemetery.
Arrangements were entrusted to Daniel C. Schaudt of Schaudt's Glenpool Funeral Service and Cremation Care.
DRUMRIGHT -- Della Mae Newman, 88, homemaker, died Wednesday. Graveside service 2 p.m. Saturday, Oak Hill Cemetery. Michael's.
MANNFORD -- T.E. Newman, 74, retired from Department of Energy, died Friday. Service 2 p.m. Wednesday, Mannford Funeral Home Chapel.
SAPULPA -- Kenneth R. Newport, 72, maintenance supervisor, died MOnday. Service 2 p.m. Friday, First Christian Church. Smith.
From "The Sapulpa Herald," Thursday, March 27, 2003
Kenneth R. Newport
Kenneth R. Newport, 72, died Monday, March 24, 2003. He was born Aug. 24, 1930 in El Dorado, Kans. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during the Korean War.
He was married to Kay Miller on Jan. 21, 1977 in Tulsa. He was employed as a maintenance supervisor at Sheffield Steel Company. He was a member of the First Christian Church.
Mr. Newport is survived by his wife, Kay, of the home; son Chris Newport, of Lubbock, Texas; and brother Jim Newport, of North Carolina.
Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 28, 2003 in the First Christian Church with the Rev. Gary Sheely officiating. Interment will follow in Green Hill Memorial Gardens under the direction of Smith Funeral Home.
DRUMRIGHT -- Cheryl Nichols, 52, Drumright Public Schools administrative clerk, died Monday. Services pending. Michael's.
MANNFORD -- LaDonna Nichols, 64, died Tuesday. Services pending. Mobley-Dodson, Sand Springs.
Thomas "Mule Head" Dwayne Nichols
Thomas "Mule Head" Dwayne Nichols, 63, died Tuesday, June 25, 2002, in Bristol, TN at his new residence, the very nice supportive facility called Hospice House. His wife, two stepsons and grandson were with him. Mr. Nichols was born Nov. 19, 1938 to Rufus and Zelma Nichols in Arkansas.
He grew up in a large family, the second child and oldest son. He helped his dad work the land and milk the cows. He went to work at Bartlett-Collins when he was 16 years old, carpooling with his father. He worked there for 12 years, and then he went to work for Ken-Tube in Tulsa as a fen machine operator for 39 years.
Mr. Nichols was very "work" oriented, never calling in or missing work. Bills always came first for him. He always paid them on time, even if it meant sometimes cutting back on groceries. He was very conscious of that.
He had three great pleasures in life, raccoon hunting, riding horses or mules, and spending time with children. He would raccoon hunt three to four times a week, every week. He loved to hear the dogs run and bay. He would ride his horses and mules by himself for miles and miles in the woods across from his home. When his family had get-togethers he would rather play outside with the nieces and nephews than be inside with the adults. He was a big kid himself. He would chase the children down and "scobb" their heads and whisker their faces and bellies. He loved teasing and picking on them. He just loved kids.
When Mr. Nichols met Jeanie in the summer of 1983 at a rodeo and parade, he spent the entire day playing with the (her) boys and picking on her. When they started dating, he insisted the boys go everywhere with them, treating them just like they were his own. He was really good to them. They were married in 1984 and he insisted Jeanie quit work and stay home with the children. In his book, that's where the wife was supposed to be, at home raising children.
For the time Tom knew his only grandson, Michael Tyler Simons, he loved him very much. He loved watching him play and Tyler would crawl or walk over to his knees and they would talk their talk together. No one could understand them, but they understood each other. They moved to Bristol, TN, so Mr. Nichols' last year, which didn't work out that way, could be spent watching Tyler grow and being around both boys. James moved in to help with Tom. He had to have special help with all daily activities. James deserves special praise because he helped him do everything, and that was a lot for a 21-year-old. Tom started calling him "Big Boy" and "My Buddy." Tom and James' favorite game was picking on Jeanie, clear up to the last week of his life. Tom would get very upset if James left and he didn't get to go. He loved Michael and James very much.
Mr. Nichols was preceded in death by his parents Rufus and Zelma Nichols and his oldest sister, Bessie Lavaughn.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanie, who loves and misses him very much; oldest stepson and family Michael and Gloria, his wife, and only grandson Tyler Simons; youngest stepson James Simons; oldest living sister and family Freda and Jim Cooper of Kellyville; youngest sister and family Dorothy and Bill Kinyon of Tulsa; only brother and family Robert and Teresa Nichols of Mannford; father-in-law David East of Tulsa; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Penny and Denny Cochran of Mannford as well as many nieces and nephews.
The family of Thomas Nichols would like to express their sincere "Thank you" to some special people in Tennessee: Connie Cramer, a social worker at the hospice house who made all the flight arrangements and found the airplane ticket money for Jeanie, Michael, James and Tyler to come back to Sapulpa; the Tennessee Baptist Church for paying for a ticket, Peggy and Jimmy Phepps, dear friends who were there for us; all the Hospice nurses for their support, Dorothy for going above and beyond helping Jeanie, Penny and Denny for talking and playing with Tom and making him feel cared about for the last year; to Leann for coming to Tennessee and for loving and caring and fixing Tom for me, to all those that prayed special prayers for Tim and Jeanie. Thank you!
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 1, 2002 at Green Hill Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at Green Hill Memorial Gardens. Green Hill Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
DRUMRIGHT -- Doris Jo Niell, 71, homemaker, died Sunday. Graveside service 10 a.m. Tuesday, Euchee Valley Memorial Park. Smith.
DRUMRIGHT -- Jack Niell, 72, electronics technician, died Friday. Graveside service 11 a.m. Tuesday, Euchee Valley Memorial Park. Smith.
SAPULPA -- Marie L. Nigh, 46, homemaker, died Thursday. Service 10 a.m. Tuesday, Smith Funeral Home Chapel.
NIPP, Cherry -- Cherry Nadine Nipp, 74, of Tulsa, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 2004 in Sapulpa.
The funeral service is at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2004 at Butler-Stumpff Funeral Home Chapel in Tulsa.
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