Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

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McPHERSON — Rev. Dr. Douglas David McPherson, 83, of Arlington, Texas, died May 9, 2017.

He was founding pastor of OKC-Leland Clegg and also pastored at May Avenue, Northwest, B.C. Clark, Christ, Crown Heights, Skyline, and Epworth Churches, all in Oklahoma City; and in Nebraska. He taught religion at Oklahoma City University, was South Oklahoma City District superintendent, and in retirement founded the Oklahoma City Cooperative Urban Parish with his wife, Mary.

Among survivors are his wife of 60 years; son, Rev. Patrick McPherson, pastor of Kingfisher UMC; and daughters Lora Wilkinson and Meggan Horne.

Service was May 17 at Smith Chapel, Oklahoma City University.

WHITE — Rev. Joe Harris White, 80, of Edmond, died May 10, 2017. He was the first president/CEO of Epworth Villa, a United Methodist-affiliated retirement community in Oklahoma City.

Most of his 44-year career was as an administrator and CEO of retirement communities, also in Georgia and New Mexico.

Among survivors are his wife, Anne Josey White, and three children, Josey DeBorde, Jane Sweigart, and John White.

Service was May 12 at Crossings Community Church, Oklahoma City, with burial May 15 in Camden, Ark.

CAVANAUGH — Sudell Cavanaugh, 86, of Lubbock, Texas, died April 16, 2017. Three husbands had preceded her in death, including Rev. Ralph Nathan of the Oklahoma Conference. He died in 1994.

Among survivors are five sons: Anthony Wilson and Walter, Timothy, Terry, and Bobby Brown.

Service was April 22 at the church where she was a member, Bethel A.M.E. Church, Lubbock, with burial at Peaceful Garden Cemetery.

Bob Jardine died April 27. He was the father of Rev. Mark Jardine, senior pastor at OKC-Chapel Hill.


Ruth Bailey Montgomery was born May 2, 2017. She is the daughter of Larry and Rev. Sara Pugh Montgomery, an associate pastor at Tulsa-Boston Avenue.


Judy Conner, retired, to Claremore-St. Andrews UMC, effective May 1.



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