McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

Obituaries

February 26, 2013

Curtis R. Willie

McALESTER — Curtis R. Willie, 65, of Kiowa, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, in Kiowa.

Memorial services will be at 4 p.m. Friday at Bishop Chapel of Memories with the Rev. Chris Symes officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Bishop Funeral Service of McAlester.

Born Feb. 8, 1948, in Caddo, he was the son of Raymond and Mary Beulah (Phillips) Willie. He grew up in Pittsburg County receiving his education at Savanna High School.

Following graduation, he served a short time in United States Army Reserves before entering the U.S. Army. He was honorably discharged in September 1970.

He then furthered his education, receiving a degree in radio/TV broadcasting from Kiamichi Technology Center. He also achieved an associate’s in electronics communication from Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wilburton.

He would eventually begin a 27 year career as a bomb inspector with the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant. He retired in 2007.

He married Shirley Rhae LeClair on April 1, 1973.

He enjoyed living in the country, where he could spend time with his friends and family. He was fond of four-wheeling and just piddling around the house.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Willie, of the home; sons, Derek Willie, of McAlester, and Eric Chambless, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Also, grandchildren, Devon Willie and Dominick Willie, of McAlester, Ariel Willie, of Savanna, Tristin Willie and Asilin Willie, Jackson, Wyo., and Michael Dylan Willie, Cave Junction, Ore.; godson, Dylan Green, Frank Chambers; great-granddaughter, Bella Shad, of Savanna.

And, two brothers, Cloyce Willie, of Kiowa, and Hollis Willie, of Kiowa; sister-in-law, Lynda LeClair, Houson, Texas; brother-in-law, Dennis Young, of Kiowa; nephews, L.C. Willie, of Tennessee, and John Young, of Kiowa; niece, Christi Morrow and husband, Bill, of Kiowa; special friend, June Kelly, of Savanna, and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Curtis Dylan Willie; sister, Catha Young, and sisters-in-law, Barbara Willie and Linita LeClair.

Memorials may be made to Carson’s Closet c/o Kiowa Public Schools.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Obituaries
  • Evelyn Stephens Evelyn Stephens

    Evelyn Stephens, 74, of Pittsburg, formerly of Quinton, died Tuesday, April, 15, 2014, after battling Parkinson’s disease for several years.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Marylou Martinez Marylou Martinez

    Marylou Martinez, 63, of McAlester, died Monday, April 14, 2014, at Oklahoma Heart Hospital in Oklahoma City.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Juanita Ann (Nale) Whitfield Lance Juanita Ann (Nale) Whitfield Lance

    Juanita Ann (Nale) Whitfield Lance, 81, of McAlester, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at New Hope Nursing Center.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mary (Russell) Crawford Mary (Russell) Crawford

    Mary (Russell) Crawford, 58, of Cabiness,  died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at her home.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Galen Goodwin Clunn

    Galen Goodwin Clunn, 49, of Hartshorne, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at his home.

    April 17, 2014

  • Edna Mae (Harper) Capers Edna Mae (Harper) Capers

    Edna Mae (Harper) Capers, 90, of McAlester, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at McAlester Regional Health Center.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • C.W. Barnes Jr.

    C.W. Barnes Jr., 76, of McAlester, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at his home.

    April 17, 2014

  • 04-09-james-carlton-III-obit.jpg James Calvin Carlton, III “Jim”

    James Calvin Carlton, III “Jim,” 57, of Tulsa, went home to be with the Lord and found eternal peace on April 1, 2014. Jim was born on January 14, 1957, in McAlester. J

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Evelyn Stephens Evelyn J. Stephens

    Evelyn Stephens, of Pittsburg, formerly of Quinton, died Tuesday, April, 15, 2014, after battling Parkinson’s disease for several years.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Marylou Martinez

    Marylou Martinez, 63, of McAlester, died Monday, April 14, 2014, at Oklahoma Heart Hospital in Oklahoma City.

    April 17, 2014