Including Sapulpa, Kiefer, Kellyville and Mounds
Creek County, Oklahoma


From "The Sapulpa Herald," December 7, 1967

Mrs. Gladys Umwake, 66, 1230 Circle Drive, Creek County Home Demonstration agent six years before her retirement two years ago, died at 8 p.m. Wednesday in a Stillwater hospital.

She was in Stillwater to attend a home economics meeting at Oklahoma State University when she suffered a stoke. She was at the home of her cousin, Mrs. Lela O'Toole, when she became ill.

Mrs. Umwake was born Aug. 22, 1901 at Trail, Okla., and before coming to Sapulpa in 1959 as home demonstration agent was an agent in Harper and Noble counties.

Her husband, Clinton D. Umwake, a construction blueprint specialist, died here in 1962.

Since retiring she had traveled extensively and had been doing research work for the University of Missouri in rural area development.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church and past president of Business and Professional Women's club, Women's Chamber of Commerce, Naomi chapter, OES, Oklahoma Extension Homemaker's Association, OEA, NEA, and Alpha Epsilon sorority.

Survivors are six brothers, Ernest N. Craig, Paul A. Craig, Ross Craig, Roy Craig, all of Leedy, Okla; Leonard Craig, Glenwood Springs, Col.; George Craig, Stratford, Tex.; a sister, Mrs. Serenia Murphy, Leedy.

Owen Funeral Home will announce service arrangements.


From "The Sapulpa Herald," December 8, 1967


Funeral rites for Mrs. Gladys Umwake, 66, retired Creek County home demonstration agent, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist church. The Rev. Alvin Hedin will officiate. Interment will be in South Heights cemetery.

Pallbearers will be nephews of Mrs. Umwake, Charles Craig, Jack B. Craig, Billy Joe Craig, Allen Ames, Lloyd Ames and Bill Lytle.

Mrs. Umwake died Wednesday night following a stroke.



Mrs. Gladys Umwake

August 22, 1901
Trail, Oklahoma

December 6, 1967
Stillwater, Oklahoma

2:00 P.M. Saturday
December 9, 1967
First Baptist Church
Sapulpa, Oklahoma

Rev. Alvin Hedin

Organist: Mrs. Norma Young
Soloist: Royce Brown

Jack D. Craig --- Charles Craig
Billy J. Craig --- Bud Aimes
Lloyd Aimes --- Bill Lightle

South Heights Cemetery
Sapulpa, Oklahoma

"The Owens"
Owen Funeral Home, Inc.
Sapulpa, Oklahoma

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Oh, deem not they are blest alone
Whose lives a peaceful tenor keep;
The Power, who pities man has shown
A blessing for the eyes that weep.

The light of smiles shall fill again
The lids that overflow with tears;
And weary hours of woe and pain
Are promises of happier years.

For God has marked each sorrowing day,
And numbered every secret tear,
And heaven's long age of bliss shall pay
For all his children suffer here.

----William Cullen Bryant


From "The Tulsa World," Monday, February 21, 2005

BRISTOW -- Leon Dale Underdown, 72, Leon Forklift Service worker, died Sunday. Service 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dripping Springs Baptist Church. Hutchins-Maples.


From "The Sapulpa Herald," Monday, February 21, 2005

UNDERDOWN, Leon -- Leon Dale Underdown, of Bristow, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2005 at the age of 72. He was born Feb. 26, 1932. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005 at the Dripping Springs Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Magnolia Memorial Gardens. Services are under the direction of Hutchins-Maples Funeral Home.


From "The Tulsa World," Tuesday, April 15, 2003

SAPULPA -- Sarah Lee Underwood, 91, homemaker, died Sunday. Service 2 p.m. Friday, Wilson-Little Funeral Home Chapel, Purcell. Smith.


From "The Sapulpa Herald," Tuesday, April 15, 2003

Sarah Lee Underwood

Sarah Lee Underwood, 91, of Sapulpa, died Sunday, April 13, 2003 at the Ranch Terrace Nursing Home.

She was born Nov. 7, 1911 in Henryetta and had lived in Sapulpa since 1953. Before moving to Sapulpa she lived a number of years in the Stealy Community near Purcell.

Mrs. Underwood was a homemaker and a member of the Emanuel Baptist Church.

Survivors are her children, Tom Underwood and wife Chris, of Sapulpa, Bruce Underwood and wife Kathy, of Tulsa, Linda Phillips and husband Jay, of Jay, Shirley Burke and husband Dewayne, of Sapulpa; grandchildren Mike Burke, Dustin Burke, Angela Pruitt, Vicki King, Carman Robison, John Turner, Larry Phillips, Bryan Underwood and Heath Underwood; 12 great-grandchildren; brother Lester Howard, of Elmore City; sisters Letha Minnix, of Norman, Hattie McClure, of Antioch, Calif., Irene Harper, of Purcell, and Jewel Johnson, of Norman.

The family will receive friends at the Smith Funeral Home from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16, 2003.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 18, 2003 at the Wilson-Little Funeral Home in Purcell.

Burial will follow in the Hillside Cemetery in Purcell.

Smith Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.


From "The Tulsa World," Friday, July 2, 2004

BRISTOW -- Grace (Henderson) Upchurch, 97, homemaker, died Wednesday. Service 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Trinity Baptist Church. Smith, Sapulpa.


From "The Sapulpa Herald," Friday, July 2, 2004

UPCHURCH, Grace -- Grace Upchurch, 97, died Wednesday, June 30, 2004.

She lived most of her adult life in Sapulpa and Bristow.

She was preceded in death by her husband Carl Upchurch and husband Herbert "Hub" Henderson and son Leon Henderson.

Survivors are her son Roy Henderson and wife Shirley, of West Hart, Conn.; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services have been set for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 3, 2004 in Trinity Baptist Church in Bristow with the Rev. Rolland Tidwell officiating. Visitation will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Interment will be at South Heights Cemetery in Sapulpa.

Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


From "The Sapulpa Herald," January 11, 2002

Death Notices:

UPCHURCH, Joshua - Services are pending.

Green Hill Funeral Home of Sapulpa is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Upchurch, 21, of Mounds, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2002, in Tulsa.

Survivors include his mother, Linda Upchurch of Mounds.


From "The Sapulpa Herald," January 11, 2002


Joshua Carl Upchurch, 21, of Mounds, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2002, in Tulsa. He was born Jan. 12, 1980 in Sapulpa to Billy Upchurch and Linda Marlow-Upchurch.

He worked at Varsity Sports Grill. Joshua was attending culinary school and wanted to open his own bar and grill with his sister. He loved to cook and always did the cooking at everyone's parties.

He had graduated from Mounds High School, where he was an honor student. He had taken two education-related trips to Europe and had traveled around the U.S. on school trips and while working on the pipelines for C.C.C., Inc.

Joshua enjoyed fishing and hunting, and he loved to put on the fireworks show in Mounds. He liked to sing and loved his family. He enjoyed kids and helped many people as a baby-sitter.

He also liked to be of assistance to the elderly. He was always helpful to people. Even in death, he was a gift to others as a donor.

Survivors include his mother, Linda Upchurch of Mounds; sister, Amy Upchurch of Tulsa; grandmothers, Rachel Marlow of Mounds and Gracie Upchurch of Bristow; aunts and uncles, Mike and Debbie Marlow of Sapulpa, Patsy and Jimmy Richardson of Oklahoma City, Ron and Jan Marlow of Phoenix, Ariz., and the Ray family; numerous cousins; other family members; and a host of good friends.

Services are set for 2 p.m Monday, Jan. 14, 2002, in the Mounds High School gymnasium, with burial to follow at Mounds Cemetery under the direction of Green Hill Funeral Home. The Rev. L.O. McNabb will officiate.


From "The Tulsa World," Wednesday, September 17, 2003

SAPULPA -- Beryl Jean Upshaw, 73, retired court reporter, died Tuesday. Graveside service 2 p.m. Friday, Mounds Cemetery, Mounds. Smith.


From "The Tulsa World," Thursday, October 28, 2004

BRISTOW -- Bonnie Lee Upshaw, 85, formerly of Bristow, died Oct. 22 in Merced, Calif. Graveside service 2 p.m. Friday, Bristow Cemetery. Hutchins-Maples.


From "The Sapulpa Herald," Thursday, October 28, 2004

10-28 Death Notices

UPSHAW, Bonnie -- Bonnie Lee Upshaw, 85, of Merced, Calif., formally of Bristow, died Friday, Oct. 22, 2004. She was born Dec. 14, 1918 in Soper to the family Grant and Nellie Holderfield.

She is survived by son Coy Upshaw, of Bristow; daughters Glenda Cheatham, of Bakersfield, Calif.; Rita Haynes, of Catheys Valley, Calif.; Carolyn Hamlin, of Merced, Calif.; seven grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Coy Upshaw, two sisters and five brothers.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, 2004 at Bristow City Cemetery with J.D. Moore officiating. Interment will follow.

Services are under the care of Hutchins-Maples Funeral Home. Obituary details can be viewed at


From "The Tulsa World," Tuesday, Monday 14, 2003

OAKHURST -- Emma Irene Usher, 82, homemaker, died Sunday. Service 11 a.m. Thursday, Bibleway Family Worship, Sapulpa. Mark-Griffith-Westwood, Tulsa.


From "The Tulsa World," Saturday, September 4, 2004

DRUMRIGHT -- Jewell Maxine Uptgraft, 90, homemaker, died Wednesday. Service 1 p.m. Saturday, Church of the Nazarene. Smith.


From "The Tulsa World," Thursday, September 29, 2005

SAPULPA -- Mary Alice Upton, 80, retired Trojan Tire vice president, died Wednesday. Service 10 a.m. Friday, Smith Funeral Home Chapel.


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