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ODEN — Rev. Dr. Thomas C. Oden, 85, of Oklahoma City, died Dec. 8, 2016. He was an internationally known evangelical theologian.

He pastored churches in Ninnekah, White Bead, and Lexington; and taught at Yale, Southern Methodist University, Phillips, and Drew. His many books include “A Change of Heart” and the 29-volume series Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture.

Among survivors are a son, Edward, and daughter, Laura. He was predeceased by his wife, Edrita, and son Clark.

Service was Dec. 17 at OKC-Church of the Servant. Memorial gifts to: Institute for Classical Christianity, c/o Judy A. Akin E.A., 2816 NW 57th St., Suite 103, Oklahoma City, OK 73112.

GRIFFIN — Nancy Sutherland Griffin, 77, of Muskogee, died Jan. 6, 2017. She was the wife of Rev. Raymond Eugene Griffin, retired.

Survivors include her husband of almost 60 years, sons George and Charles, and daughter Helen.

Service was Jan. 10, 2017, at Muskogee-St. Paul UMC.

TIMS — Josephine Tims, 99, of Overland Park, Kan., died Dec. 16, 2016.

She was the widow of Rev. Troy Donald Tims, who died in 2004. Among survivors are a son, Jim Pratt.


Louise Cole died Jan. 9. She was the mother of Rev. Connie Cole Jeske, an associate pastor at Tulsa-First.


• Mark Polson, from Tulsa-Christ UMC (associate pastor) to Idabel UMC, effective Jan. 1.

• Wendi Neal, from OKC-Mayfair Heights to Norman-McFarlin (associate pastor), effective Jan. 1.

Evelyn Victoria Tate was born Dec. 16, 2016. She is the daughter of Kinsie and Rev. Kris Tate, pastor at Shawnee-St. Paul UMC.

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