Washita Valley Weekly Page 3 www.washitavalleyweekly.com September 20, 2023 We Believe in Oklahoma Death Notices Memorials Complete Obituaries and Memorials with pictures (when provided) are posted on our on-line publication. www:ChickashaToday.com sevierfuneralhome.com Serving Grady County Over 80 Years Sevier Funeral Home 105W. Main Tuttle, OK 73089 405-381-2323 Austin Kile Licensee in Charge Sevier Funeral Home 702W. Chickasha Ave. Chickasha, OK 73018 405-224-4266 Larry Sevier Honoring a Legend “We appreciate your business” I wanted to take a moment to thank every- one of you for your kindness and kind words and support during this difficult time. It has meant a great deal to me and the family. Please know your thought- fulness has not gone unnoticed and I will remember your kindness. A special thanks from the bottom of my heart to the Paul bearer’s Jay Hale, Roy Hale, Andy Bills, Stephen Robinson, Brent Abdon, and Jeremy Broyles. With gratitude, Vickie Hale and family Brad Phariss ... A memorial balloon release service for Brad Phariss, 48, of Chickasha, will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 24, 2023 at Shannon Springs Park in Chickasha, OK. Brad was born May 5, 1975 to Alonzo (Lonnie) Phariss and Vanetta Bunch. He passed from this life, to be with the Lord, on Thursday, August 31, 2023. Surrounded by his loved ones. Brad grew up in the Ninnekah area, where at a young age was saved in the First Baptist Church of Ninnekah. He went on to gradu- ate from Ninnekah High School in 1993. Brad was the most loving and caring person you could ever meet. He always made sure everyone around him was taken care of. Brad loved to fish and loved going to the lake for a boat ride. He loved family cookouts, and going to watch his great niece and nephews play ball. And definitely loved his OU Sooners. One of the happiest times in Brad’s life was when he met Kari and her children, they married and he was blessed with the family he always wanted. He loved them dearly forever and always. Brad was preceded in death by his father, Lonnie Phariss, his sister, Tonya Rodgers, his grandparents, Van and Betty Hunt, Betty Phariss, his Aunt Foylene, his Uncles, Ronnie and John Wayne Hunt, Uncles, David and Keith Phariss, and his cousin, Cole Hunt. Loved ones left to remember Brad are his children Robert Hen- derson and Hailey Taylor of the home, David Henderson of Ken- tucky. His parents, Vanetta and Lonnie Bunch of Norge, Lois Phariss of Chickasha, sister and brother-in-law Shelly and Jeff McConnell of Ninnekah, sister and brother-in-law Missie and Dennis Keef of Pocasset. Many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and many more extended family and friends. Loretta Mae Burton ... Loretta Mae Burton was born November 17, 1936, in Chickasha, OK, to Everett and Xelpho Cox. She passed from this life on Thurs- day, September 14, 2023, at her home in Alex, OK, surrounded by her loving family at the age of 86. Graveside Services were at Alex Cemetery under the direction of Sevier Funeral Home. Loretta was raised on a farm Northeast of Alex. She attended Alex Public Schools until she married Durl Ray Burton at age 16. They were married on July 18, 1953, and were married for 70 won- derful years. Loretta and Durl lived their life on their farm where they raised their three sons. Loretta was the one in charge of all the farm operations such as the finances, bookkeeping, all the way down to the cooking. Her meals were always a blessing and made with lots of love. Loretta enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was a great Christian woman who longed to meet Jesus. Her last breath here was her first breath with her Lord and Savior. She worked at Grady Memorial Hospital for many years. She then worked for the highway department where she retired. She is preceded in death by her parents, Everett and Xelpho (Pike) Cox. Loretta is survived by her husband, Durl Ray Burton of Alex; sons, David Burton of Alex, Barry and Leigh Ann Burton of Rush Springs, and Steve and Robin Burton of Alex; grandchildren: Jen- nifer Burton, Linsey and husband, Bert Reynolds, Whitney and husband, Jeff Sikes, Courtney Burton, Veronica and husband, John Owings, Ronald Roberts, Steven and wife, Sheri Burton, Ashley and husband, Garrett Foster; great-grandchildren: Zane Burton, Briggs Burton, Emerson Foster, Creed Foster, Sloan Foster, Mallory Burton, Ella Burton, Samuel Sikes, and Liam Owings. Kevin Ray ‘Beez’ Quillin ... Kevin was born the son of Rick and Shirley Quillin on March 2, 1970, in Oklahoma City. He passed on September 13, 2023, in Chickasha. Funeral for Kevin Ray Quillin, age 53 of Chickasha were at the Full Gospel Church. Kevin grew up in Chickasha where he attended school until the 11th grade, at which time he decided his career path was to join the family business, Chickasha Upholstery. Kevin spent years mas- tering the craft while he got his GED. He took over the family busi- ness which he successfully ran for 23 years until he got his wings. Living a selfless life, Kevin has helped so many people throughout his time on earth. He was always the first to help without you even asking him for it. He loved karaoke, playing pool, playing cards, riding his motorcycle, upholstery, and he loved his family. He is preceded in death by his mother Shirley Quillin and his grandson Braxton Bordwine. He is survived by his father Rick Quillin; brother Richard Quillin; brother and sister-in-law Michael and Kristin Quillin; daughter and son-in-law Sharie and Mason Bordwine; two grandkids Bentley and Brynlee Bordwine; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Natalie Vivian ‘Tiny’ ‘Nannny’ Pearson ... Natalie Vivian Pearson was born on March 10, 1951, in the Bronx, NY to Nancy Berkeley-Frierson and Daniel Frierson. Affectionately known as “Tiny” and “Nanny”, at 72, she passed away peacefully in her home surround- ed by her family on Tuesday, September 12, 2023. Natalie was raised in Northeast Bronx in Edenwald Houses and attended Jane Addams High School in the Bronx. She met her high school sweetheart Boyce Henry Pearson, Jr. who on April 26, 1976, became her Husband for life. Together they would go on to create an inspirational and impactful life operating in excellence for over 55 years. Boyce and Natalie devoted over 20 years to military service. Natalie was awarded the highest distinguished medal a civilian can receive for service. “The Molly Pitcher Award” for her exem- plary voluntary service to the men and women of their unit during Desert Storm. In 1983, while stationed at Fort Hood Texas Natalie and the entire family attended The Christian House of Prayer and received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Also, both Natalie and Boyce are graduates (October 26, 2014) of the Sonship School of the Firstborn in Killeen, Texas (Pastoral Course) led by Pastors Nate & Valerie Holcomb. Fulfilling the Great Commission Jesus set forth in Matthew 28:19,20, “Go and make disciples of all nations”.teaching them to obey everything I have command you ”(NIV) Together they raised their two amazing children: LaQuinta and Du’Ane. Natalie served as a great role model to their children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and the entire family. Natalie’s life was a living example of the Proverbs 31 woman “A woman of excellence (one who is spiritual, capable, intelligent, and virtuous)”. Seth Allen Pennington ... Seth Allen Pennington, age 62, of Chickasha, Oklahoma, was born the son of Ralph and Margie Pennington on December 4, 1960 in Wichital Falls, Texas. He died on September 10, 2023 in Chicka- sha, Oklahoma. A private, family memorial service will be held at a later date. Cremation arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home. Local woman loses 130 pounds with TOPS Losing weight can seem intimidating, especially when you consider 42% of American adults are obese and Oklahoma has an obesity rate of 39.4%. Obesity can cause an array of medical conditions including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. By committing to a healthier lifestyle, people can achieve weight loss and overall wellness. For instance, Beverly McAdams of Chickasha lost 130 pounds through the non-profit TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a non–commercial weight loss, education, and support organization celebrating its 75th anniversary. As a result of her weight loss, Beverly was named the 2022 TOPS Oklahoma Queen, meaning she lost more weight than any other female TOPS members in the entire state and reached her goal weight. Beverly McAdams of Chickasha said, “I joined TOPS in July 1969 after reading an article in the paper, as I thought it would be a way to lose weight. My kids were little, and my husband watched them when I went to meetings. I would lose some weight, keep it off for a while, then go back up again. I became the weight recorder after our weight recorder didn’t want to do it anymore and I am still doing it. I would weigh the members and see the KOPS that had reached their goals and kept off. I thought if they can do it why can’t I so I would keep try- ing”. Beverly continued, “I decorated cakes for over 30 years. Though I didn’t taste as I did it, maybe I did more than thought. Here are some ideas I suggest to help in your weight loss journey: • Get a hobby - I like to sew, which keeps your hands and minds busy. You owe yourself some time. I know people have to work take care of family. But you owe yourself some time also • For years I have written down everything I eat, keep a notebook on kitchen cabinet, and when finished write it down. • Also, I weigh myself every morning as it helps me keep track of where I’m at.” In 2022, Oklahoma TOPS members lost a total of 3,955 pounds. Beverly attributes her weight loss success to the support she received from her fellow TOPS members, along with portion control and regular exercise. “TOPS is not a diet,” said Dave Amoroso, vice president of RSPR Marketing and Communication, “It is a lifestyle change for a lifetime. TOPS has been fighting obesity since its founding in 1948. TOPS has tens of thousands of members – male and female, age seven and older – in its network of thousands of weight-loss support chapters throughout the United States and Canada”. “When I finally reached my goal,” said McAdams, “I thought it took me about 50 years to do it. I was afraid it would be too hard to keep it off. But so far it hasn’t been too hard to keep off. Don’t give up, just take one day at a time. When the day is done, it is in the past. Start the next day and go forward and you will become winner. Forget the past and go into the future.. Beverly Before TOPS Beverly After TOPS Diaper Distribution Infant Crisis Services’ BabyMobile program is offering drive-thru diaper distribution in Anadar- ko. Services are available to children birth through age three. First come, first served. No appoint- ment needed. Caddo County Distribution will be Thursday September 21 from 10 am to 2 pm at Anadarko High School, 1400 Warrior Drive in Anadarko Minco Fall Chili Fundraiser Its about that time again. Summer is over, cooler temperatures have finally arrived, and everything is changing colors for that lovely season of Autumn. It’s time to start those cleaning and repair projects. Even the town of Minco is getting in on the action. The Chamber of Commerce has a new location and it needs some renovation. What better way to get that started than with a lot of family and friends from the community, gathered around some of the best chili in town. On Sunday, September 24, from 11:30am till 2pm, the Minco Senior Citizens Center on 221 Main Street will be hosting the Minco Chamber of Commerce Fall Chili Fundraiser. You can come not only for the food, but for the drawings and prizes, and to gather around the community for a great cause.