McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

April 3, 2013

Lewis Earl Thetford

Submitted report

McALESTER — Lewis Earl Thetford, 78, died Saturday, March 16, 2013, in Tulsa.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Friendship Church of the Nazarene in Stuart. Arrangements are under the direction of Floral Haven Funeral Home of Broken Arrow.

Born Nov. 26, 1934, in Coal County, he was the son of Elmer Vernon and Mabel Estelle (Young) Thetford. He was the former owner of Allied Treating.

He married O’Conita Tolbert on March 23, 1957, in McAlester.

Survivors include his wife, Nita Thetford; children, Debra Shackleford, and Kaila Smith and husband, Ron; grandchildren, Rachel and Renae Alexander and Jeff Smith; siblings, Dillard Thetford and wife, JoAnn, Buck Thetford and wife, Jeanne, June Lanham, Travis Thetford and wife, Darlene, Jimmy Thetford and J.O. Thetford and wife, Rhonda, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.