The Woodward News

Obituaries

August 26, 2013

Wesley W. Nixon

Woodward, Okla. — Wesley W. Nixon, 91 year old longtime Freedom banker, farmer and rancher, died Friday, August 23, 2013 at his home in Freedom surrounded by his family.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at the Freedom School Auditorium in Freedom with the Reverend Scott Ware and the Reverend Aaron Martin officiating.  Burial will be in the Freedom Cemetery with the United States Army providing military rites.  Visitation will be held at the Freedom United Methodist Church on Monday, August 26, 2013 from 12:00 p.m until 8:00 p.m. and on Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.

 

Wesley Willis Nixon was born February 17, 1922, southwest of Freedom, near Ellendale.  He was the fourth child of Arthur and Lula Mae (Plumlee) Nixon.  Wes attended first grade at the one-room, rural schoolhouse of Ellendale.  After attending grade school at West Union, Wes began attending high school in Freedom.  He began working for the Freedom State Bank in 1937 on evenings and weekends.  His early duties included being the bank janitor, and running the check posting machine.  Wes graduated from Freedom High School with the class of 1939.  He began college at Northwestern University in Alva and continued working at the bank.  In 1942, however, duty called and Wes entered the United States Army during World War II.  He served his country with the 9th Bombardment Squadron as the Crew Chief responsible for maintaining the B-17 and B-24 aircraft during the building and defending of a treacherous 300 mile road over mountains and through jungles to reconnect the Burma Road, rescue China and counterattack the Japanese.  Wes served his country admirably and was honorably discharged on November 8, 1945.  Wes returned to Freedom and resumed working at the bank.  After a two year courtship, he was united in marriage to the love of his life, Maxine Coles at the home of Jim and JoAnna Powers.  They were blessed with four children, Kayle, Sue, Mark, and Julie.

 

Wes became President of the bank in 1954 and has continued with his family at the bank since that time.  To say that Wes was involved in the community of Freedom would be an understatement.  He has held office in practically every organization within the Freedom community.  He is a 50 year member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Masonic Lodge and the Order of Eastern Star.  He was a charter member of the Freedom Museum and the Freedom Education Foundation.  For 48 years, he served on the Woods County Excise Board.  He was honored by being inducted into the 50 year club of the Oklahoma Bankers Association.  He was instrumental in the historic refurbishing of Freedom’s storefronts, a project that began with the bank in 1972.  He was honored at the Freedom Rodeo in 1999 as the Old Cowhand.  He gave generously of his time and talents to many boards, foundations, clubs and to his church the Freedom United Methodist Church in which he was very active.

 

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Maxine Nixon of the home; three daughters, Kayle Costello, Sue Reed and husband Randy, Julie Russell and husband Tom; one son, Mark Nixon and wife Peggy; grandchildren, Debbie Costello, Dallas Smith, Nicole Caddell and husband Casey, Jerrod Reed and wife Cindy, Ashley Ferguson and husband Troy, Lisa Hughes and husband Dwight, Lori Parks and husband Bart, Corey Russell and wife Jill, Jordan Russell and wife Jessica, Lucas Russell; great-grandchildren, Hudson and Kennedy Caddell, Emma, Austin, and Arlee Reed, Chastin Eagan, Janea, Evan and Channing Ferguson, Dalton, Jake, Paige and Peyton Hughes, Sidney Parks, Jackson Nixon and Nolan Russell; other relatives and many friends.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, a granddaughter Lindsey Reed, son-in-law, Bob Costello, brothers, Forrest, Cecil, Leo and Howard and a sister JoAnna Powers.

 

Memorial contributions may be given to the Freedom Museum Building Fund with the Billings Funeral Home, 1621 Downs Avenue, Woodward, OK. 73801 accepting the contributions.

 

Remembrances may be shared online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com

1
Text Only
Obituaries
  • starrjuanitapicture.jpeg Juanita “Nita” Star

    Juanita “Nita” Star, 87 year old resident of Woodward, passed from this life on Sunday, July 27, 2014 in the Grace Living Center.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in the Billings Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Jeremy Skaggs officiating.  Burial will be in the Mooreland Cemetery under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lanham.jpg Darrell Dwayne Lanham

    Darrell Dwayne Lanham, 67 passed away July 26, 2014 in OKC.  He was born on October 11, 1946 in Mooreland, OK the son of Luther Henry and Evelyn Naomi (Secrist) Lanham.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Zabrion Brown Zabrion Xavier Brown

    Zabrion Xavier Brown, 7 year old former Woodward area resident, died Sunday, July 27, 2014 in Woodward. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014 at the Billings Funeral Home Chapel.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • dimmit003.jpg Jerome Roscoe Dimmitt

    Jerome Roscoe Dimmitt was born on May 14, 1958 to Loren & Merle (Foster) Dimmit at Sublette, Kansas the youngest of nine siblings.  The family made their home in Sublette, Kansas. Jerome graduated from Sublette High School with the class of 1976. After graduation he went to work for a custom cutter following the harvest and later in Garden City doing cement pouring and finishing. The bulk of his working years was spent in the oil field business working in at least three different states.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dudley Blaylock

    Dudley Blaylock was born January 29, 1945 in Higgins, Texas to Edith May and Dudley Jasper Blaylock.  He passed away July 16, 2014 at Elk City, Oklahoma at the age of 69 years, 5 months and 17 days.

    July 23, 2014

  • Edith Ann Nichols

    Edith Ann Nichols, a former resident of Woodward, was born May 17, 1934 in Rives, TN. She died Saturday, July 19, 2014 at her home in Dyersburg, TN.

    She was a faithful Christian with ultimate faith in her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, J.T. and Lorena Tubbs of Memphis, TN and a sister, Patsy Nell Tubbs.

    July 23, 2014

  • sr001.jpg Susie Louise McNeill

    Susie Louise McNeill of Vici went to be with her Lord on July 16, 2014 after a lengthy illness. Susie was born March 17, 1940 to Johnnie Lee (Jackson) and Thurman Wall in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Norman Vanderslice Norman Vanderslice

    The world lost a special person on Thursday, July 17, 2014. Norman Vanderslice was born on December 29, 1971 in Woodward, Oklahoma, to Ronnie and Norma (Semmel) Vanderslice.  He grew up on the family farm in Fargo, Oklahoma and graduated from Fargo High School in 1990.  Norman was a farmer who loved being outside. He took care of running the family farm his entire life. Norm loved coyote hunting with his friends and was known for always helping others. The greatest love of his life was his son, Colton, who he proudly raised. They lived on a farm west of Woodward.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • wilsonmelvinpicture.jpg Clarence “Melvin” Wilson

    Clarence “Melvin” Wilson, 95 year old, True Woodward Cowboy, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Sunday, July 13, 2014 at his home.  Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, July 17, 2014 at the Bible Baptist Church with the Reverend Jesse Johnson and Jerry Nine officiating. Burial will follow at the Shirley Cemetery in Leedey under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • sr pic032.jpg Ival Lee Miller

    Ival Lee Miller, Camargo, Oklahoma resident, died on July 8, 2014, at the Seiling Hospital at the age of 93 years, 1 month and 27 days. Ival was born May 11, 1921, at Dr Harris’ office in Camargo, to Maurice Denton and Leota Myrle (Wing) Miller.

    July 15, 2014 1 Photo