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In memoriam

Rev. Arthur Lyons Jr., 66, of Anadarko died May 11, 2012. He was the pastor at St. Paul UMC, Anadarko, at the time of his death.

Arthur was born March 5, 1946. He married Annie Willhoite, his high school sweetheart, on June 23, 1967. He had attended Langston University and was studying at Oklahoma City University.

He began his ministry at St. Paul Church in June 2008. He was active on several Conference committees and in the Anadarko Ministerial Alliance.

He retired from the Western Farmers Electric Cooperative after 25 years. He also worked for Beech Aircraft and the City of Anadarko.

Survivors include his wife, daughter Krista, three granddaughters, and a great-grandson.

Service was May 19 at Anadarko-First UMC, with burial at Memory Lane Cemetery, Anadarko.

Doris Joann Christiansen Haddock, 93, of Georgetown, Texas, died on May 7, 2012. She was the widow of Rev. Arthur Haddock, who died in 1988.

Doris was born Jan. 7, 1919, in Danevang, Texas. She married Rev. Haddock on Jan. 17, 1939. Since 1942 she had been a member of St. Paul UMC, El Campo, Texas.

Since 2009, she had lived in Georgetown.

Survivors include daughter Nancy Meissner of Georgetown, three grandchildren, and two great-granddaughters. A son, Tom, also predeceased her.

Service was May 12 at St. Paul UMC, with burial at Garden of Memories Cemetery, also El Campo, Texas.

Harold Durall of Piedmont died April 5. He was the father of Rev. Debbie Kerr, pastor at Ryan.

Melvin Shipley of Esbon, Kan., died April 28. He was the father of Rev. Lyle Shipley, pastor at Coalgate and Clarita.


On May 21, 2012, Shana Jager and Rev. Royce Bursch married at Felt UMC, where Royce is pastor.

On May 19, 2012, Nancy Bosche and Rev. David Stewart married at Bartlesville-Oak Park UMC, where David has been pastor. He retires June 1, and the couple will live in Kansas City, Mo.

On May 19, 2012, Jordan Stewart and Rev. Preston Morgan married at First UMC, Hendersonville, Tenn. Preston is associate pastor at Lawton-Centenary UMC.


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