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NORMAN — Rev. Billee Joe Norman, 79, of Mead died Aug. 18, 2015. He was predeceased by his wife, Rev. Randa Norman, in 2013.

Beginning in 1976, Bill pastored at Gracemont, Coger, Muskogee-First (associate), Tulsa-Grace, Roosevelt, Lone Wolf, Thomas, Fay, Woodville, and Kingston. He retired in 2001. Bill and Randa together served Colbert and Calera churches.

The couple married in 1955. Among survivors are sons Chuck and Kirk and daughter Kemily.

Bill’s service was Aug. 22 at Sunny Lane UMC in Del City.

PHYFFER — Rev. Chester Leroy Phyffer, 71, of East Point, Ga., died Aug. 14, 2015.

His ministry began in 1994. He pastored OKC-Village, OKC-Selecman, OKC-Leland Clegg, and OKC-Christ churches. Chester retired in 2007.

Survivors include daughter Monique Augustine.

Service was Aug. 21 at OKC-The Christ Experience UMC.

TREMPER — Rev. Sherron Hughes-Tremper, 70, of San Antonio, Texas, died Aug. 24, 2015. She was the wife of Rev. Dr. Dale G. Tremper.

In 1978, Sherron was the first woman ordained in the Evangelical Covenant Church of America. Between 2002 and ’09, Sherron was supply pastor for Spencer, Nicoma Park, and OKC-Epworth.

Among survivors are her husband, son Matthew Arrington, and daughter Stephanie Gameros.

A service was set for Sept. 19 at 11 a.m. in the Oklahoma City University chapel. Another service was held on Aug. 28 in San Antonio at Travis Park UMC, where Dale Tremper is an associate pastor.

Memorials to: Corazon Ministries c/o Travis Park UMC.

Richard "Dick" Parker died Sept. 8, 2015. He was the father of Rev. Roger Parker, pastor of the Laverne and Rosston churches.


KRAUSE — Audrey Claire Krause was born Aug. 28, 2015. She is the daughter of Lauran and Rev. Devon Krause, associate pastor at Elk City.

BELASE — Elizabeth Grace Belase was born Sept. 3, 2015. She is the daughter of Rev. Rebekah Belase, a deacon who is assistant director for Church World Service, Greater Plains Region, and Rev. Derrek Belase, pastor at Prague and Arlington churches.


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