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The Updated Cemetery Link From Jesse Spurlock
Located
on Old Byford Road southwest of Stratford, Oklahoma
Original canvass by Betty Barnett with up-to-date information & map from Jesse Spurlock

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Abney Cemetery highway marker,  Located on Highway 19, three miles west of Stratford, giving directions to the cemetery. The Original Abney Cemetery sign that was above the old main entrance.  Placed in 1980s,  Replaced in 2007. The new main entrance gate and overhead sign.  The old, original wooden sign is now located inside the cemetery. 

Cemetery Pics 1       Cemetery Pics 2      Cemetery Pics 3      Cemetery Pics 4      Cemetery Pics 5   

From Stratford, the 4 way stop, take 177 south about 1 mile.  Turn back west at the first intersection just past Blackburn Field.  You will go down this road about 3 1/4 miles.  There are 2 stop signs you will come to. Part of the way it will be a dirt/gravel road.  The cemetery is right off the road on the north side.  It has a gate with a large wooden overhead sign. You can't miss it if you drive down this road until you come to it.   Sec 30-4N-3E  - Or you can go west from Stratford on Hwy 19, drive 3 miles from the 4 way stop in Stratford. Turn south on the gravel road and go one mile to the first section line.  Make a right turn to go west and drive for 1/4 mile.  The cemetery is located on the north side of the road.

Information from the Abney Cemetery Record Keeper - Jesse Spurlock

My grandfather was John Wesley Abney.  He founded the cemetery on November 13, 1911, with the death of his 2 year old son, Henry, who had died of diphtheria.  He fenced off a 1/4 acre site in the southwest corner of his farm, which started the cemetery.  Ed Kemp, a friend of the family, died in the fall of 1918 with the Spanish Flu and was buried here.  Additional land was donated to the family cemetery in 1985 by Lorene Donahew, whose mother and father are both buried here.  Lorene herself was buried here in July 2005.   My mother is Ruth Spurlock, the daughter of J.W. Abney and in recent years, I have fallen heir to maintaining the records for the cemetery.   I have complete records of all those who are buried here.     My mother shared with me something about Henry Abney, who was the first to be buried there.  I thought it was very interesting.  He was just over two years old when an old sick cat came on the place.  Little Henry loved on that cat, but his mother was worried because it was obviously very sick.  She put it outside the house but Little Henry went out and got it and brought it back in the house.  They had to get rid of the cat, but Henry fell ill of diphtheria within days of that.  They thought he got it from the cat.  Grandpa was very concerned about spreading diphtheria to anyone else, so he decided to have a private ceremony in the home and bury Little Henry on their farm place, instead of in a regular cemetery.  That way they would expose fewer people.  However, on the day of the services, "everyone in the country" showed up.  No one else came down with diphtheria, but Grandpa went ahead and buried Little Henry as planned, fenced off the area, which started the family cemetery.

Burial Order
& Map Loc

Name

Birth Death Inscription/Comments
 

Row 1

     
1

Henry Abney

8-12-1909

11-13-1911

Died of diphtheria at the age of 2 yrs, 3 mos, 1 day.  Son of John Wesley & Maud May Abney 
4

Baby Abney

7-13-1920

7-14-1920

He was what was then known as a 'blue baby'. Son of John Wesley & Maud May Abney.
5

Lloyd Stinnett

11-13-1920

B and D

Twin brother of Floyd, stillborn, buried in the same grave with his twin.  The Stinnetts were close friends of John Wesley & Maud May Abney, but are not related.
6

Floyd Stinnett

11-13-1920

B and D

Twin brother of Lloyd, stillborn, buried in the same grave with his twin.  The Stinnetts were close friends of John Wesley and Maud May Abney, but are not related
11

Maud May Abney

9-27-1878

4-18-1951

Died of hardening of the arteries at the age of 72 yrs 6 mos 21 days.  She was the daughter of V.B. "David" & Minerva  E. Maxwell, and the wife of  John Wesley Abney who founded the cemetery   see photo & obit
15

John Wesley Abney

10-13-1869

11-30-1964

Cause of death was either old age or a heart attack at the age of 95 yrs 1 mo 17 days.  He was a Stratford Pioneer, founder of this cemetery and had established many Missionary Baptist Churches in his lifetime.  Was a Missionary Baptist Preacher   see photo & obit
10

Clarence Leon Abney

7-9-1921

1-18-1945

PFC US ARMY WWII (in memory of), Clarence Leon was killed in WWII in the invasion of France at the age of 23 yrs 6 mos 9 days.  Only his marker is here.  His body is buried in the American Cemetery at Epinal (Vosges), France. (video tour of this cemetery)  He is a son of J.W. & Maud May Abney. VETERAN - U.S. ARMY  see photo

13

John Wesley "Sonny" Abney

10-1-1933

3-24-1959

Okla A2C US AIR FORCE KOREA, "Sonny", died in a traffic accident at the age of 25 yrs 5 mos 23 days.  He was a son of Tom Abney who was a son of J.W. & Maud May Abney  see photo & obit

46

Katie Mattie Abney

8-22-1907

10-2-2004 The wife of Tom Abney, who was the son of J.W. and Maud Abney.  She died Octiber 19, 2004 at the age of 97 years, 1 month, and 10 days. see photo
19

Thomas Isaac Abney

7-27-1905

12-23-1974

Thomas Isaac, Died of a stroke at the age of 69 yrs 4 mos 27 days.  He was the son of J.W. & Maud May Abney.  During his life he was an amateur wrestler, an aggressive checker player and a butcher before entering the field of law enforcement.  He held the office of Garvin County Sheriff and the office of Garvin County Commissioner at one time
see photo, obit & news True Detective article
40

Glen Thomas Abney

9-8-1942

12-27-2001

Died of heart failure and complications at the age of 59 yrs 3 mos 22 days.  He was retired from Kerr McGee Oil Refinery and a  retired rancher and cattleman, who was a successful hunter of larger game.  He was the  youngest son of Thomas Isaac Abney who was the son of J.W. & Maud May Abney   see photo, obit, and more
26

Vernon Hall Abney

8-29-1915

10-23-1981

Vernon Hall Abney, Died of a heart attack at the age of 66 yrs 1 mos 25 days.  He retired from the Oklahoma City Stockyards.  He was the son of J.W. and Maud May Abney   see photos & funeral card
35

Delma Minnie Hall

3-29-1916

1-3-1995

Died of old age at the age of 79 yrs 9 mos 5 days.  She was the wife of Vernon Abney who was the son of J.W. & Maud May Abney   see photo & obit
43 Lillian Minnie Tuley 9-24-1938 1-24-2003 Died of a heart attack at the age of 64 yrs 4 mos.  She was the daughter of Vernon Abney who was the son of J.W. & Maud May Abney   see photo & funeral card
a James E. Tuley 12-15-1932 Living  
55 James Ray Eyler 01-27-1945 10-22-2010 Although unrelated to the Abney Family, James Ray "Jim" Eyler was a close friend.  With the approval of the Abney family, Jim's family was given permission to bury him in the Abney Cemetery upon his death
 

Row 2

     
3

Minerva Elizabeth Maxwell

8-28-1850

1-19-1919

Minerva Elizabeth. Maxwell, died at the age of 68 yrs 4 mos 22 days of old age.  She is the mother of Maud May Abney
see photo & obit
8

V. B. "David" Maxwell

12-28-1851

7-27-1925

"David" Maxwell, died at the age of 73 yrs 7 mos of Bright's Disease (kidney failure). He was a retired farmer and is the father of Maud May Abney   see photo
7

Jinks Williams

11-15-1922

1928

Died at the age of 6 years when a car ran over him.  He is the  younger brother Woodrow, who is buried beside him.  He is a son of Fannie Maxwell-Williams, sister of Maud May Abney
9

Woodrow Williams

7-02-1914

07-04-1928

He was killed in a traffic accident when he was about 10 yrs old.  He was a passenger in one of the cars involved.  He was the older brother of Jinks, who was killed in an earlier traffic accident.  He was the so n of Fannie Maxwell Williams, sister of Maud May Abney
14

Charles Clyde Williams

4-6-1874

2-15-1962

Died of old age at the age of 87 yrs 10 mos 19 days.  He was the husband of Fannie Maxwell-Williams and is buried beside her.  Fanny was the sister of Maud May Abney
17

Fannie Bell Maxwell

5-17-1883

5-18-1966

Fannie's maiden name was Maxwell. She was married to Charles Clyde Williams. (Due to an error, her headstone lists her name as "Maxwell".)  Died of old age at the age of 83  yrs 1 day.  She is a sister of Maud May Abney   see photo & obit
24

Howard Williams

10-5-1908

1-21-1981

PVT US ARMY WWII, Died of old age at the age of 72 yrs 3 mos 16 days.  He was the oldest son of Fannie Maxwell-Williams, who was the sister of Maud May Abney

32

Jack Williams

11-5-1920

7-11-1992

Died of old age at the age of 71 yrs 4 mos 6 days.  He was the son of Fannie Maxwell-Williams, who was a sister of Maud May Abney
20

Jewel Velta Abney

7-30-1903

11-1-1976

Died at the age of 73 yrs 3 mos 2 days.  She was the wife of Jesse Lee Abney who was a son of J.W. & Maud May Abney   see photo & obit
28

Jesse Lee Abney

8-6-1900

7-31-1985

Died of  bladder cancer at the age of 84 yrs 11 mos 25 days.  After he retired from farming he was appointed City Marshall of Stratford, Oklahoma, where he served many years.  He was the son of J.W. & Maud May Abney 
see photo & obit
36

Dorothy Jean Rambo

3-4-1944

8-31-1997

Died in a traffic accident at the age of 52 yrs 5 mos 27 days.  She was a retired school teacher from the Wynnewood schools.  She was the daughter of Pauline Skaggs who was the daughter of Jesse Abney who was the son of J.W. & Maud May Abney  see photo, obit & news article
c

Kenneth Gene Rambo

10-10-1943

Living  
d Pauline Skaggs 08-24-1922 Living  
42

John D. Skaggs

5-6-1919

7-19-2002

Died of congestive heart failure at the age of 83 yrs 2 mos 11 days. He was the husband of Pauline Abney and the brother of Opal Skaggs, who married Hermon Abney.  He was a veteran of the US Army WWII  see photo & funeral card

45 Louie Jesse Abney 5-11-1931 8-19-2004 Died at the age of 73 years, 3 months, and 8 days.  He was the son of Jesse Abney, who was a son of J.W. and Maud Abney. see photo & obit
31

John Louis Spurlock

3-14-1909

10-24-1990

John Louis, Died of congestive heart failure and a collapsed lung at the age of 81 yrs 7 mos 10 days.  He was a farmer until becoming disabled and then became a grocery store owner until his retirement.  He was the husband of Ruth Spurlock, who was a daughter of J.W. & Maud May Abney   see photo & obit
54

Ruth Spurlock

9-28-1913

10-22-2007

Ruth is the daughter and eighth child of J.W. and Maud Abney. She died of a stroke at the Midwest City Nursing Center, Midwest City, OK at the age of 94 years, 1 month, 24 days. On January 14, 1932, she married John Louis Spurlock. Ruth worked her entire life. She worked on a farm, in a grocery store, in a nursing center and in maintenance at the hospital in Lindsay, OK.

34

Louis Leon Spurlock

3-30-1933

1-28-1994

Louis Leon, Died from asbestos in his lungs at the age of 60 yrs 9 mos 29 days.  He served in the US Navy during the Korean and the Vietnam wars aboard minesweepers.  At the time of his death he was a guard at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.  He was a graduate of Bible Baptist College in Springfield, Missouri and was a Baptist Preacher   see photo & obit
38

Wanda AliceSpurlock

6-5-1934

9-27-2000

Wanda Alice Benge Spurlock, died of a heart attack at the age of 66 years, 3 months & 25 days.  She was the wife of Louis Leon Spurlock, who was the grandson of J.W. Abney
see photo & funeral card
B

Jesse Ray Spurlock

1-28-1935

Living  
A

Lelia Mae Spurlock

7-20-1940

Living  
 

Row 3

     
2

Ed Kemp

ca 1896

Fall 1918

born on an unknown date about 1896 and was about 22 years old at time of death.  He died in the Spanish Flu epidemic in the Fall of 1918.  He had a wife and child.  They were close friends of the Abney family, but are not related

12

Efa Tulley

ca 1884

11-10-1954

born around 1884 and died on November 10, 1954 at about 70 yrs of age of a heart attack.  She had joined the Missionary Baptist  Church which John Wesley Abney established in Stratford.  She was given special permission by J.W. Abney that upon her death she would be buried in the Abney family cemetery.  She was not related to them.

18

James Nathan Sizemore

9-8-1905

5-16-1974

James Nathan died of a heart attack at the age of 68 yrs 8 mos 8 days.  He worked for a number of years for O.G.& E. in Oklahoma City, but was a farmer in his younger days.  He was the husband of  Zetta, who was a daughter of J.W. & Maud May Abney  see photo & obit
30

Zetta Esther Sizemore

6-17-1907

5-30-1990

wed J.N. Sizemore 12-23-1931, Zetta Esther, Died of old age at the age of 82 yrs 11 mos 12 days.   She spent the last year of her life in the Stratford Nursing  Center.  She was the daughter of J.W. & Maud May Abney  see photo & funeral card

48

Minerva Elizabeth Sizemore Young

1-22-1934

11-11-2005

wed Raymond Young 9-17-1965. She is the granddaughter of J.W. and Maud Abney.  On November 11, 2005, she died of complications from diabetes at a Tulsa , OK hospital, although she resided in Stratford .  She was 70 years, 9 months, and 18 days.   She was buried November 15, 2005.

33

Raymond Alford Young

10-15-1923

3-16-1993

Died at the age of 69 yrs 5 mos 1 day.  He died of lung cancer. He was the husband of Minerva Young who was the daughter of Zetta Sizemore who was the daughter of J.W. & Maud May Abney   see photo
21

Alfred Ross Young

10-08-1899

8-1-1977

Alfred Young, born Dec 8, 1899 and died of old age at the age of 77 yrs 7 mos 24 days.  He was the father-in-law of Minerva Young who was the daughter of Zetta Sizemore who was the daughter of J.W. & Maud May Abney see photo

27

James Matthew Fennell

5-17-1985

B and D

son of Wayne & Susan,  Stillborn, grandson of Minerva Young who was the daughter of Zetta Sizemore who was the daughter of J.W. & Maud May Abney

22

Patrick Wayne Fennell

10-22-1975

7-9-1979

Patrick Wayne, Died of cancer at the age of 3 yrs 8 mos 18 dys.  He is the grandson of Minerva Young, who is the daughter of Zetta Sizemore who was the daughter of  J.W. & Maud May Abney   see photo & obit
51 Hayden Earl Walton 1-29-59 6-11-2006 He was a close friend of Lorraine Frantz’s family.  Lorraine was a granddaughter of J.W. and Maud Abney.  He died on June 11, 2006 and was buried on June 14, 2006.
 

Row 4

     
39 Tessie Lois Kingsley 11-23- 1924 1-4-2001 Died of cancer at the age of 76 years, 1 month & 11 days.  Upon her death, at her request, her dog was put to sleep and is buried with her in her casket.  She was the daughter of Zetta Sizemore and Zetta's first husband, Tom Buff.
see photo
52 Edwin Aaron Sizemore 7-22-1938 7-3-2006 He is a grandson of J.W. and Maud Abney.  On July 3, 2006, he died of complications from diabetes, at the age of 59 years, 11 months, and 11 days.  He was cremated and his ashes placed beside the ashes of his wife, Gene Sizemore. He is the grandson of J.W. and Maud Abney. (VETERAN - U.S. ARMY )
37 Gene Sharron Sizemore 9-21-1931 5-14-1998 Gene died at the age of 67 years, 4 months & 7 days.  She was the daughter of J.W. & Maud May Abney,  the wife of Edwin Sizemore (son of Zetta Sizemore), and the mother of Amanda Gayle, Kenneth Dale, Nancy Hale & Eddie Sizemore.  After her death she was cremated.  Her ashes were placed at the foot of the large cedar tree in the center of the cemetery.   See photo
23

Daniel Floyd Lindsay

8-24-1959

7-23-1980

PVT US ARMY, Died of a gunshot wound at the age of 20 yrs 11 mos.  Although the death was listed as self-inflicted, there was evidence to suggest that he was murdered.  He was a grandson of Hermon Abney who was a son of J .W. & Maud May Abney    see obit & photo

29

Hermon Floyd Abney

12-28-1917

3-9-1987

HA2 US NAVY WWII, Hermon Floyd, Died of a heart attack at the age of 69 yrs 2 mos 9 days.   He was a police officer for the City of Los Angeles, California and was a former Chief of Police of Stratford, Oklahoma. After his retirement from Los Angles he moved to Stratford and maintained the family cemetery until his death.  He was the son of  J.W. & Maud May Abney    see photo & obit

44

Opal Bessie Abney

6-19-1914

1-21-2004

The wife of Hermon Abney, who was a son of J.W. and Maud May Abney.  She died at the age of 89 years, 7 months & 2 days.  See photo

41

Erik Michael Aldridge

10-14-1984

6-4-2002

FHM, Killed in a traffic accident at the age of 17 yrs 7 mos 21 days.  He was the great grandson of Hermon Abney who was the son of J.W. & Maud May Abney
see obit

49 Timothy Glenn Abney 8-10-1961 12-7-2005 He is the son of Leo and Sue Abney and the grandson of Jesse Lee Abney.  He died of a heart attack on December 7, 2005 at the Valley View Hospital , Ada , OK .  He was 44 years, 3 months, and 28 days.  He was buried on December 12, 2005
 

Row 5

     
53 Thomas Parker Denny 09-14-2007 09-14-2007 Thomas was still born.  His grandfather, Steven Whedbee, is the step-son of Louie Abney, who is the grand son of J. W. and Maud Abney
 

Row 6

     
47

Marion Lorene Donehew

4-17-1937

7-11-2005 As a courtesy for her parents, Dr. Marion and Adellaco Donehew being permitted burial in the cemetery, she donated additional land to the cemetery.   She fell and broke her hip, resulting in a lengthy hospital stay.  She returned home and fell again.  She wasn't able to call for help and was discovered sometime later.   She expired on the way to the hospital.  She died at the age of 68 years, 2 months, and 25 days. see photo & obit
25

Adellaco Beatrice Donehew

2-4-1896

5-7-1981

Died of old age at the age of 88 yrs 4 mos 3 days.   S he was the wife of Dr. Marion Donehew and the mother of Lorene Donehew, who gave additional land to expand the cemetery    see photo
16

Dr. Marion Donehew

1-4-1878

4-6-1966

Died of old age at the age of 88 yrs 3 mos 2 days. He owned the land next to the cemetery.  In 1984, his daughter, Lorene, gave additional land to expand the cemetery.  He was a philosopher and was one of the first to receive a doctorate degree from the University of Oklahoma
see photo & obit
50 Teddy Loren Oswald 9-14-1934 5-7-2006 He was married to Ada Argia Sizemore, the granddaughter of J.W. and Maud May Abney.  He died of a heart attack on May 7, 2006 at the age of 71 years, 7 months, and 21 days.  He was buried on May 10, 2006. (VETERAN - U.S. ARMY - KOREA and VIET NAM )

 Below is a map of graves.  The square is the placement of the graves within the cemetery.

The number represents the order in which they were buried.  

  (NOT TO SCALE)

 

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