Friend since elementary school. Very sunny cheerful personality. She is missed.
From Joanne York (Chapman) on July 15th, 2013
Linda and I never knew each other while at Central. We met at FlightSafety, Int'l working together, Linda in Graphic Arts and me in Software Systems. Every year we went to the Holland Hall book sale and brought as many books as we could carry. She was a delight to be around and talk to. I miss her very much. She had such an uplifting spirit. Miss you girlfriend.
Clyde Y. Bayless Jr., former Tulsan, Army veteran and
a security expert under contract with the U.S. State Department, died
May 20, 1989 in Peru, in an airplane crash. He was 43. The plane, which carried five other government drug enforcement employees and three Peruvians, crashed in the Peruvian Andes. The cause of the crash is unknown.
Bayless served as reconnaissance team leader with the Special Operations Group in Southeast Asia.
I'm sorry Clyde passed away so young. We had several classes together and I enjoyed his company. He had a quiet unassuming personality. I wish he could have come to the 50th reunion.
From Gail Winchester on June 13th, 2013
Honoring the service to our county of Classmate Clyde Yerba Bayless.
Gail Winchester Parnell, Ladies Auxiliary Military Order of the Purple Heart
From Charles Hewlett on July 27th, 2013
Although Clyde and I were neighbors, classmates, and wrestling mates,
I didn't know him that well. I always admired his quite determination and kindness to others. To his family, I offer my condolences and hope that I will see him later as I know he has gone to a place (heaven) where I want to join him. God Bless you Clyde.
BELCHER - Forrest Ray, of Sapulpa, passed away at the age of 63. He graduated from Central High School in 1963 and from OSU in 1967 with a degree in Radio and Television.He and his wife, Dixie served briefly in the Peace Corps in Micronesia.They lived in Tulsa, Denver, and Sapulpa. Forrest served on the Sapulpa Main Street board, volunteering as Santa, and on the Sapulpa Community Theater board. He was employed at DHS for 27 years, retired, and then taught Speech at the TCC West Campus as an adjunct instructor.
Bob was one of my best friends and was my Best Man at my wedding on Christmas Eve 1969. Miss him.
From Gail Winchester Parnell on June 15th, 2013
Bob and I were in Ms. Pike's Ancient and Medieval class together, and shared many a laugh (for which we got into trouble) over some of the subject matter. Bob was a real 'standout' kind of guy--he will truly be missed.
James Leo Brisco, age 66 of Vinita, died Sunday, December 4, 2011. James was born in Ada, OK on June 4, 1945 the son of Lowell and Leona (Cape) Brisco. In 1963 he graduated from Central High School. He served in the United States Air Force from 1963-1964 in the Presidential Honor Guard. His hobbies include watchingNASCAR and OU Football, fishing, loving dogs, playing on computers, and most of all spending time with his family.
Survivors include his wife Carol Brisco of the home, children Steven Brisco and wife Shonda of Stillwater, Julie Wilson of Tulsa, Regina Glenn of Tulsa, and Elizabeth Ross and husband Jeffery also of Tulsa, sisters Sue Pendleton and husband Jim of Tulsa, and Darlene Chew and husband Hans of Dewey, six grandchildren: Garrett Brisco, Tara Gardner, Gareth Ross, Gavin Ross, Nathaniel Konemann, and Nachel Konemann, and two great granddaughters Adrianna and Serenity Gardner. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister Debra Snodgrass.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at the Vinita Church of God with pastors Jamie Pendleton and Eddie Wrinkle officiating. Interment will follow at Timpson Chapel Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Luginbuel Funeral Home.Online condolences may be made at www.honrongmemories.com
Leo was my friend since third grade at Irving Elementary,where we played baseball together. We remained friends throughout our days at Central, and reconnected via email and facebook a few years ago. Leo was a good man who had strong convictions. His passing saddens me, as he will be missed.
Chris had COPD and Congestive heart failure. He was so sick the last six months of his life. Everyone he met just loved him because he was a boost to all!
I lost him on December 29, 2008.
I was in Tulsa on March 17th this year because a good friend of ours … almost 35 years! … had died of a heart attack on the 16th and I drove 500+ miles to be with his wife. They were both dear friends of ours and I knew she needed me. I got to see Anita Larsen while I was there. She's wonderful and such an inspiration. I think she is in the same class as Chris.
Hope you all have a wonderful 50th reunion! Wish we could have attended. He did talk about the people you mentioned very fondly. I hope you have a very successful reunion. Getting old is not for the faint of heart! I'll be 65 this year. LOL
(wife of Chris Brown)
- Robert Frank Devore, 68, retired air-exchange engineer,
died Wednesday, August 7, 2013.
Robert F. DeVore passed away peacefully at home in his sleep August 7, 2013. Please join his daughter and son-inlaw, Robine and Kevin Blumenthal and his sister, Bentley DeVore in sharing memories of Robert (Bob) in a celebration of his life at the Battle Creek Golf Course, 3200 N. Battle Creek Drive, Broken Arrow, OK on Monday, August 19, at 5:00 p.m. Robert had a long career in the engineering field and had been retired for quite some time. Apart from traveling with his wife, Brenda and playing with his beloved grandchildren, the golf course is where you would find him. So appropriately we have elected to say our goodbyes on the greens. He was one in a million and his memory will live on in our hearts forever.
This obituary was published in the Tulsa World on 8/18/2013.
John Eskridge, 59, passed away on Monday, April 4, 2005.
John was born on October 19, 1945 in Tulsa, OK. John was raised in the Kendall Whittier area and attended Central High
School. He served in the Army in Vietnam where he received the Silver Star and Purple Heart for bravery in combat. John was raised in the oil patch, first working with his father in the used oil field equipment business and later as an independent producer. He will be remembered by family and friends
for his sense of humor, his compassion and love of animals, his loyalty to friends and service to others, and his capacity for unconditional love.
John was my best friend, we first met in Whitter elementary school and went all the way through college together until he decied to go to fight in Vietnam. Later I was best man at his wedding. John was a great guy and a great friend he was one of the funniest people I ever met and we always had great times together.
Frank L. Marrs
From Gail Winchester on June 13th, 2013
Honoring the service to our country of Classmate John Eskridge
Gail Winchester Parnell, Ladies Auxiliary Military Ofder of the Purple Heart
EVANS -- Clifford D., was born August 7, 1945 in Detroit, MI. He went to be with our Lord October 13, 2003. Cliff
was a graduate of Tulsa Central High School, and a Vietnam Veteran. He retired as a First Sergeant in 1992 with the Tulsa Air National Guard. He was working as a Network Fraud Analyst for WilTel at the time of his death. Previously, he worked as a Fraud Analyst for the First Data Corporation. He was an active member of the Diversity Christian Fellowship. Cliff was admired, respected and deeply loved by all who knew him and especially by his family. His life was the life well lived: always giving of himself to his family, his church and his work. He is survived by: his life partner, Rhann Uzzle; and 2 daughters.
I have know Clifford since Sophmore year at Central. We loved to go to the dances and he and I would always dance together and Finis my husband now would set and watch. He was a dear friend and truly missed by me.
From Sharon Baker Evans Joraanstad on April 23rd, 2013
After dating 4 years, Cliff and I married in 1965. We had two beautiful daughters together. He was and still is my Soulmate for life. We were married 14 years and continued our loving relationship until his death. I accepted his life and his life partner after our marriage with unconditional love and respect. I have missed him beyond words. Especially now that we have a Grandchild, Clifford Dean, born to our second Daughter Carla, in Sept. 2004. I can still see his million dollar smile and his laughter that will never fade.
From Gail Winchester on June 14th, 2013
Honoring the service to our country of Classmate Clifford D. Evans.
Gail Winchester Parnell, Ladies Auxiliary Military Order of the Purple Heart
Gary Dwight Evans, Sr.
Wednesday, October 03, 1945 ---- Monday, March 08, 2010
Gary Dwight Evans, Sr., was born October 3, 1945, in Claremore, Oklahoma, to James Shadrick “Buster” and Mary Chambers Evans. He died Monday, March 8, 2010, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the age of 64 years. A lifetime resident of Owasso, Gary completed his secondary education in Owasso and graduated with the Owasso High School Class of 1963. He continued his education attending Northeastern Oklahoma A & M in Miami, Oklahoma, before finishing at the University of Tulsa. He was married April 26, 1974, in Tulsa to Pansy Ruth Brooks. Gary spent most of his working life with American Airlines retiring after 30 years as a manager for scheduling and planning. He was a member of First Assembly of God in Owasso and was currently attending Disney Assembly of God in Disney, Oklahoma. He enjoyed a variety of pastimes including working on electronics, as well as fishing and guns.
Loving family members include:
Quinton Ellis and his wife Jamie, of Pineville, Missouri
Melvin Ellis and his wife Vicky, of Afton, Oklahoma
Darren Ellis and his wife Tammy, of Chelsea, Oklahoma
Donna Peters and her husband Robert, of Collinsville, Oklahoma
Gary Evans, Jr., and his wife Schelley, of Stone Bluff, Oklahoma
Brian Evans, of Owasso, Oklahoma
Michael McCamey, of Sapulpa, Oklahoma
13 grandchildren and a host of great grandchildren
Sister-in-law; Marian Maxine Evans
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother J.S. Evans, and a son, Christopher Evans.
Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 11, 2010, at Mowery Funeral Service in Owasso. Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Friday, March 12, 2010, at the Mowery Funeral Service Chapel in Owasso with Reverend Daryl Lee officiating. Serving as casket bearers will be Gary Evans, Jr., Brian Evans, Melvin Ellis, Sr., James Evans, Melvin Ellis, Jr., Duane J. Evans and Tim Neumann. Committal services and interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Owasso. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Disney Assembly of God Building Fund, P.O. Box 439, Disney, Oklahoma 74340. Arrangements and services were entrusted to Mowery Funeral Service of Owasso. www.moweryfs.com
FRASER-- Alan Campbell , 53. Former Vice-President and part owner of J.C. Hamilton Co. Parks Oil Co. sales. Graduated from Central High School and attended Oklahoma State University. Served in the United States Navy. Member of John Knox Presbyterian Church, Tulsa Country Club.
I did not know Johnny in high school, but we became friends when our sons played football for Jenks High School. Johnny owned a photograhpy studio at 81st and Harvard before succumbing to cancer. Sadly, his son, Alan, died of a bizarre accident at Grand Lake during the summer of 2013.
David Michael Harl, Sr., departed this life on Sunday, August 6, 2006. David is most remembered for being a devoted Dad, loving husband and a faithful follower of Christ. He was a supportive, loving and selfless father to all of his boys. His kindness and generosity was felt by all who knew him. He was born on January 25, 1944, in Tulsa, OK. He graduated from Central High School in Tulsa and Northeastern State College. David was an ambitious businessman, who founded and was President of Panoak Oil & Gas Corporation for over 30 years. His strong work ethic was evident, but he was also a fun-loving adventurer, who enjoyed traveling and spending time on his boat with his family. He was devoted to his Roman Catholic faith and his church and was a supporter of many children's charitable organizations.
Mike and I were married in 1963 and were blessed with 2 sons. We divorced in 1971, but remained true friends till the end. He was a smart and talented guy. He was only 33 when he died quickly from cancer. Such a loss. Still miss him.
Linda JeanHarris Cole, passed away Monday, January 12, 2004 at her home in Tulsa. She was 58. Linda was born in Los Angles to Charles and Bertha Harris on November 22, 1945. Linda graduated from Central High School in 1963 and went on to be a Secretary and Clerk at the Tulsa County Court House and eventually a Homemaker. Linda will truly be missed by all those who knew and loved her.
Jim R. Horne , 52, died Sunday, December 14, 1997. He was born January 26, 1945 at Paris, AR; later moving to Tulsa, OK; then later moving to The Woodlands, TX in 1991. Jim was preceded in death by his father, Fred Horne. He is survived by his loving wife, Herma Horne; mother, Vivian Horne; sons, Brian and Erich
Obituary Notes from The Virtual Wall: In May 1968 the 1st Bn, 3rd Marines participated in Operation NAPOLEAN/SALINE, a multi-regiment sweep of the area bounded by Con Thien to the west, the DMZ to the north, the South China Sea on the east, and the Cua Viet/Cam Lo Rivers on the south. During early May the 1/3 Marines worked on the north bank of the river in the area north of Dong Ha. On 05 May the battalion had a sharp engagement with NVA troops at Som Soi, killing 151 NVA but losing 17 Marines and sailors including LCpl Michael L. Johnson, Tulsa, OK
I remember Mary actually from grade school at Immaculate Conception. Always enjoyed her company.
From Gail Winchester Parnell on June 15th, 2013
I met Mary when I was 15, and we became firm and fast friends, sharing many laughs and fun times together through the years. As time would have it, we drifted apart and eventually lost contact. As fate would have it, some 50 years later, we met up again and were able to share many laughs about our fun and follies in the 'good old days'--just a few months before she passed away. She will always be remembered fondly.
The memory has stayed with me, through the years, of watching in awe as Lance performed the Hoop Dance dressed in his Native American attire at a Central 'Daze' production one year. I only hope many more were privileged to see his magical performance before the Great Spirit called him home.
Knew Rex since we were in Kindergarten at Mark Twain Elementary thru graduation at Central. When I think of "OKLAHOMA" I remember when he and I sat in the Surrey w/Fringe On Top during our 6th grade production. I remember him as kind and reliable.
MEDLIN - Elizabeth Ann, "Libby", died June 29, 2008. Born August 2, 1945, a graduate of Central High School and Oklahoma State University, Libby resided in Denver, CO and was married to Larry Knapper of Denver.
She is survived by: her 2 brothers, Marshall an Attorney living in Dallas, TX and Stan a retired Psychological Clinician living in Tulsa, OK.
Ronald B. Merrill, passed away March 11, 2005. Mr. Merrill was born November 21, 1944, in Tulsa, OK. He attended Tulsa Central High School and graduated from the University of Tulsa with a degree in Journalism. He served his country in the United States Army, serving a tour in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. After a career as a Producer in television broadcasting, he was retired and living in Norman, OK at the time of his death.
From Finis & Lana Riggs Riggs on October 14th, 2012
Rick, you were a dear friend of us all through high school and when you lived two doors down from us when we had our children around the same time. We had losts of fun going fishing on ice slick roads to Choteau to the fishing docks. We did plenty of fun stuff together, like making home made Taco's every Saturday night.. You moved to a different state and we still kept in touch. t is sad to say you passed away on Finis & mine 37th wedding anniversary. It was a pleasure going to church with you and Carolyn your wife and all of singing together. Rick, we miss you very much and looking forward to seeing you in heaven.
Trish and I had many classes together. We went to Barnard Elementary and Wilson Junior High before going to Central. In addition her father was my dentist. I'm saddened to learn of her death. Rest in peace Trish.
From Betty Kidwell Evans on August 27th, 2013
Trish and I went to Barnard Elementary, Wilson Jr. High and then Central High School together and remained best friends throughout that entire time. We took dancing at Skilley's together and practiced in her basement because she had all of the recent records. I also remember the times before we both got contact lenses when we would take turns putting on our glasses at the bus stop so we could see which one was coming and then immediately whip them off hoping that no one saw us. We spent many hours on the phone until I was going to get grounded if I talked any longer. Trish and I stayed in contact for many years. I tried multiple times to reach her during this spring in hopes of reuniting and was so very sad to see that she had passed away. If anyone knows more information, please let me know.
Sheldon Marc Paru, 60, Sarasota, FL, died Friday, February 10, 2006. He was born April 26, 1945, in Elmira, NY, and came to Sarasota in 2005 from Tulsa, OK, where he owned PC Supply, a wholesale computer components business. Paru died after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Survivors include his wife, Manya Rubenstein Paru, 3 daughters, 2 stepsons, and 5 grandchildren. He was a member of Temple Beth Sholom.
I fondly remember the several times that Sheldon and I worked together on class plays and the Daze. I also remember when we finished a play one Friday evening, we went to someone's home for an after party and Sheldon, being the good Jewish boy he was, walked to the party! He was one of my favorite friends. Enjoyed seeing him so much at recent reunions.
Gerold Robert Steele was born on January 27, 1945 in Tulsa to Charles Robert and Elizabeth (Hanna) Steele. He passed away on October 14 at his home in Rose. Jerry grew up and attended school in Tulsa. He graduated from Tulsa Central High School in 1963. He attended a year of college then he joined the U.S. Marine Corp. He and Carolyn Kay Wilson were married on November 19, 1966 in Tulsa. They made their home in Tulsa for the next 10 years. They moved to Rose in 1977 and have lived there for the past 35 years.
Jerry was a member of the Leach Baptist Church. He was a great husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife Carolyn of the home; 3 children- Michael Steele of San Francisco, California, Lisa Nelson and husband George of Rose and Cory Steele and wife Carrie of Little Kansas; 5 grandchildren; and 2 sisters- Marnita Henderson of Tulsa and Paula Engles of Tulsa.
Robert Joseph Tutty, 66, passed away peacefully in his home on December 8, 2009. He was born August 29, 1943 in Tulsa, OK, the son of Murle and Mildred Tutty. Robert was a graduate of Tulsa Central High School in 1963, and attended the University of Oklahoma. After college, he took over the management of the Chouteau Telephone Company. As owner and president Robert was a tireless advocate on behalf of the independent telephone industry. He was the first to become involved in operations of cable television and cellular telephone in the state of Oklahoma. Robert was currently the owner and Vice President of Hospitality Specialists, which operates Village Inn Restaurants in northwest Arkansas. Robert was an avid supporter of OU football and a loyal Dodger fan. He was a gourmet chef and loved cooking for family and friends.
Bob was a great and loyal friend of 50 years. Bob and his wife Phyllis always opened their wonderful home to me whenever I came for a visit. I miss him very much! My only regret is that I didn't get more time with this special friend!
I'm passing along a piece of bad news. Wesley Worrell who attended our 50th Reunion passed away August 29, from cancer. The funeral was two weeks ago. He was diagnosed just before Christmas. Wesley was a nephew by marriage.. Wes was in our class, but didn't get to graduate because his family moved to Norman just after the start of our senior year.
Wesley Dean (Wes) Worrell, a longtime Tulsa resident, passed away August 29, 2014 at his home in Olathe, KS. Wes was surrounded by his loved ones including, his wife of 24 years Beverly Anne (Bradshaw) Worrell of Olathe, KS, his daughter Tara and son-in-law Greg Inzerillo of Liberty, MO, and his son Wesley Oliver Worrell of Olathe, KS. In addition to those loved ones, Wes is survived by his daughter Dena and son- in-law Paul Bour, of Bethel Park, PA, grandsons Nicholas and Nathan Inzerillo of Liberty, MO and Paul Andrew Bour of Bethal Park, PA, a sister Rayma Morgan of Tulsa, OK, brothers and sister-in-laws Les and Ruth Worrell and Glen and Jo Worrell both of Tulsa, OK, as well as numerous nieces and nephews, friends and family. Wes was born August 28, 1945 in Chapman, KS to Ray and Annie Worrell. He is preceded in death by his parents and sisters DA Brimmer, Mary Bardin and Monette Haney. Wes served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1963-1971. He was a 32nd degree Mason and belonged to the Tulsa Chapter 71 Blue Lodge. Wes spent a lifetime in the transportation and trucking industry working for Sun Ray DX, Campbell 66, Manley Truckline, and Worel Cargo. He most recently worked for Koller Enterprises and his own company, WD Worrell and Associates. Wes spent a lifetime caring for others. He was a devout Christian and a devoted husband and father. He put God first in his life, but family was always a close second. He touched our lives with his steadfast faith, his generous spirit, and his tenderhearted concern for not only family and friends but also strangers. Visitation will be held at Floral Haven in Broken Arrow, OK on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Funeral and graveside services will also be held at Floral Haven on September 3, 2014 at 10:00 am. We would like to thank Crossroads Hospice of Kansas for the wonderful care they provided during his final days. Condolences can be made to the family at the website: www.floralhaven.com. Published in Kansas City Star on Aug. 31, 2014