Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

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• Eliab Alba was born Jan. 12, 2011. He is the son of Eunice and Rev. Obed Alba, pastor of Heavener Hispanic and Howe churches.

• Caedmon David Penny was born Jan. 10, 2011. He is the son of Leanne and Rev. Kel Penny, campus minister at United Campus Ministries in Ada.


Pastors Chris Stinnett and Laurie Long married Dec. 26, 2010. In Lawton District, Chris ministers at Apache UMC, and Laurie is appointed to Cyril and Cement.

In memoriam

Irving Smith

Rev. Dr. Irving Lee Smith, 92, of Enid died Jan. 1, 2011.

He was born Feb. 18, 1918, in Cape Girardeau, Mo. He married Saleta Wentworth in 1942; she preceded him in death in 2001.

He held degrees from Northwestern Oklahoma State University and Perkins School of Theology, including an honorary doctorate.

Smith’s ministry career began in 1943. He was a superintendent for both Enid and South Oklahoma City Districts. In Oklahoma, he was a pastor at Lamont, Wetumka, Seminole, Tulsa-University, Stillwater-First, OKC-St. Luke’s, and Enid-First. He also ministered in the nation of Cuba, in the 1940s. He retired in 1988.

Survivors include children Marilyn Rudebock of Denver, Colo., Lawson Smith of Estes Park, Colo., and Roger Smith of Albuquerque, N.M.; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial service was Jan. 15 at Enid-First UMC.

Bonner and Lenora Teeter

Memorial service for Rev. Bonner Earl Teeter and his wife, Lenora Rackley Teeter, was held Dec. 30, 2010, in Neil Chapel at Carillon senior living center, Lubbock, Texas.

Rev. Teeter died Dec. 21, and Mrs. Teeter died Dec. 25.

Both of them were born in Pottsville, Ark. Bonner was born Feb. 14, 1919, and Lenora was born Feb. 18, 1916. They were married for over 71 years.

Rev. Teeter’s ministry career spanned half a century. He directed the Oklahoma Conference Council on Ministries from 1984 until his retirement in 1987. He was superintendent for two districts: Muskogee and Ardmore. He received an honorary doctorate from Oklahoma City University.

In Oklahoma, he was pastor at Boswell, Soper, Chickasha-Epworth, Sulphur-First, Guthrie-First, Tulsa-Sheridan Avenue, Tulsa-University, Ponca City-First, OKC-Nichols Hills, and the Roff circuit. He also served churches in North Texas and New Mexico Conferences. He was a chaplain during World War II.

Mrs. Teeter spent the majority of her life as a homemaker.

Their survivors include sons Eddie, of Lockney, Texas, and Lara, of Webster Grove, Mo.; daughters Paula Marshall of Trinidad, Colo., Bonnie Payton of Lubbock, Nancy Edwards of Owasso, and Vicki Rogers of Mechanicsville, Va.; 16 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Margaret Henderson

Margaret Ann Henderson, 87, of Stillwater died on her birthday, Dec. 23, 2010. She was the widow of Rev. Herbert Henderson, a Local Pastor who served from 1960 until his death, in 1981.

Margaret was born in 1923 and married Herbert Leon Henderson in Antioch, Calif., on July 3, 1943. She was a homemaker, a lifelong member of United Methodist Women, and a member of Lost Creek United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a son, Marvin Henderson of Broken Arrow; daughters Susan Brock of Coyle and Nancy Osburn of Oilton; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Service arrangements were by Palmer Marler Funeral Home.

Frankie Gregory

Frankie Eugenia Gregory, 93, of Enid died Dec. 22, 2010. She was the widow of Rev. Alvin Darl Gregory.

Frankie was born March 10, 1917. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include sons Darl, of Grove; Jerry, of Ashville, N.C.; and Len, of Altus. Also, daughter Joy Wille of Newkirk. Also, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Rev. Gregory died in 1997. Mrs. Gregory was also predeceased by daughter Judith, son Richard, and a grandson.

Service was Dec. 27 at the United Methodist Health Care Center, The Commons, Enid.


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