The Woodward News


December 16, 2013

Samuel Clayton DePriest

Woodward, Okla. — Samuel Clayton DePriest, 73 year old Shattuck resident passed form this life at his home on December 12, 2013.  He was born on May 21, 1940 to Katria Louise (Curry) Pack and Oliver Raymond DePriest in Picher, Oklahoma.

          Most of his young life was spent at Newcastle, Texas.  After high school he joined the Army receiving an honorable discharge in July of 1963.  He did inactive duties for the next three years.  Coming to Shattuck to work in the oil field in 1963 brought him to make many new friends.  In January of 1964 he met a girl named Marilyn Kelln, whom he grew to love.  On July 9, 1964 he and Marilyn were married in Woodward, Oklahoma.  He soon became part of the family and began to farm and ranch.  In 1965 the family began with a son, Gary Don and in 1968 another son J.R. Clayton.  Clayton always enjoyed fishing, hunting and entertaining friends.  He always said, “I’m a jack of all trades and a master of none!”  “Little Johnnie” jokes were always entertaining, as he never forgot any of them.  His passion was old cars, but he never found time for the restoration plans.  He was a member of the Elks Lodge.

          Clayton was preceded in death by his parents, Katria and Oliver, one sister Louise, one brother Danny, his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Fritz and Hulda Kelln, and a brother-in-law Donald Kelln.

          Surviving him are his wife Marilyn, his son Gary and wife Shellie, son J.R. and wife Patti, Grandson’s, Gray and Kelln DePriest, two brothers, Autry DePriest and Everett Hobbs and wife Martha, and one sister Katria Wilmont of Graham, Texas and a host of friends.

 Memorial may be made to the Ebenezer Baptist Church, P.0. Box 795, Shattuck, Oklahoma 73858.


Funeral Services were held Monday, December 16, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Shattuck, Oklahoma with Pastor Junior Zollinger officiating. Music for the service was Pianist, Biddy Sipe playing ‘I’ll Fly Away and ‘In the Garden”; soloist was Mary Yandell singing,  Casket Bearers were Jim Taylor, Ron Hargrove, Doug Haffner, Brad Bunch, Grayson Kelln, Stan Appel, Gentry Kelln and Randy Deal. Honorary Casket Bearers were Gary DePriest, J.R. DePriest, Gray DePriest and Kelln DePriest.  Interment was in the Shattuck Memorial Cemetery, Shattuck, Oklahoma with the Fort Sill Honor Guard Team concluding the service.  The family entrusted the Mason Funeral Home with their services.

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