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Klondike Cemetery Obituaries
Blankenship Family Pictures
Blankenship Obituaries
Mt Olivet Cemetery
Klondike Cemetery
Complied and submitted by Blake & Pat Blankenship  
(This is a work in progress and obits will be added as they are found)


Becky Blankenship Strickland

Funeral services for Becky Blankenship Strickland, 53, Pauls Valley, were conducted at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, July 2, 1994, at the Wooster Funeral Home Chapel.  Rev. Terry Mott and Rev. Finis Steelman officiated.

Burial was at Klondike Cemetery under the direction of Wooster Funeral Home.   Becky Strickland was born on November 28, 1940 in Wynnewood, Oklahoma and passed away Thursday, June 30, 1994.

She grew up in the Beaty/Klondike communities and attended school in Klondike and later in the Wynnewood schools, graduating in 1959.  She married Buddy Strickland in the Beaty Baptist Church on October 22, 1960.  She worked with her husband and their partners, the Pattons, at the Hinkle Printing Company.

Becky was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church and attended the Soul Winners Sunday School Class.  She loved growing flowers and enjoyed her walking routine.  Her faith was an inspiration to her family throughout her life and during her illness.

Survivors include her husband, Buddy Strickland of the home; their son, Kelton Strickland and his wife, Beverly, of Pauls Valley; one daughter, Karrie Blagg and her husband, Matt of Norman, Oklahoma; her mother and stepfather, Blanche and Don Radden of Pauls Valley; three brothers, Nevada "Vad", Paul and Silas "Si" Blankenship, all of Pauls Valley; and many nieces and nephews.   She was preceded in death by her father, Clyde Blankenship, who rests at Klondike Cemetery also.


Clyde Blankenship

Clyde Blankenship, 65, died September 13, 1982 in the Pauls Valley General Hospital.   He was born in west Texas November 19, 1916 to Bailey and Lavada (Lewis) Blankenship.  He lived and farmed in the Klondike community for the last 62 years.    Clyde had one of the few apple orchards in this region.

Funeral services were September 14, 1982 in the Stufflebean Funeral Home Chapel, at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Sam Scantlin and Rev. Fine Stellman, both of the Beaty Baptist Church, officiating.   Burial was at the Klondike Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Mrs. Blanche (Gilbert) Blankenship of Klondike; one daughter, Mrs. Rebecca Strickland (1940-1994) also resting at Klondike; three sons, Nevada of Pauls Valley, Paul and Silas of Klondike.  He was also survived by three brothers, Samuel Newton Blankenship of Pauls Valley, Ralph and Jack Benny Blankenship of Wynnewood and three sisters, Mrs. Lorene Caldwell of Wynnewood, Mrs. Marry Jarrell and Lorene Anderson both of Pauls Valley.  Nine Grandchildren and three Great Grandchildren.

Clyde's biggest interest next to family and friends was reading.  He only made it to the 4th grade but was a self-educated man.  If Clyde was a young man today I am sure he would have a Ph.D. after his name.  I have never met anyone that loved to learn more through reading than my Grandfather Clyde.


S.N. Blankenship Dies Friday, September 16

Funeral services were conducted for S.N. Blankenship Saturday, September 17, 1938, at Klondike school house west of Pauls Valley. Samuel Newton Blankenship died September 16, 1938 at the family residence west of the city after a lingering illness of several years. He was 81 years and 5 months of age. He was born April 16, 1857 in Louisiana.

He was married to Hortense Crenshaw in 1873. To this union nine children, six boys and three girls were born. Two dying in infancy and one in service in France, and one, Mrs. J.E. Driskill of this city dying in 1932. There are four boys and one girl living. Samuel came to the state of Oklahoma in 1890 and moved to the Klondike community in 1899 where he lived until his death.

He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Hortense, four sons, Guy, Frank, Bailey, all of Pauls Valley and Bud Blankenship of New Mexico, one daughter, Mrs. Hal Russell also of Pauls Valley, twenty-four grandchildren and twenty-two great grandchildren. He was buried in the Klondike Cemetery with the Coonrod Funeral Home of Wynnewood in charge.


Eugene Hortense (Crenshaw) Blankenship

Eugene Hortense ( Crenshaw) Blankenship’s, 86, of Klondike, funeral was held January 21, 1946 at the Klondike Baptist Church under the direction of the Stufflebean Funeral Home. She was laid to rest next to her husband of 62 years, Samuel Newton Blankenship at the Klondike Cemetery.

Hortense came to the Klondike area in 1899 with her husband and children from Cooke County Texas. She was born In Missouri in 1860 to John and Elizabeth (Kerr) Crenshaw.

Mrs. Blankenship played the piano and taught Sunday school class for years at the Klondike Baptist Church. Mr. and Mrs. Blankenship were cotton farmers and employed many locals to help pick their cotton crop each year.

Her husband and both of her twins preceded Mrs. Blankenship in death; Burnie Blankenship was killed in WWI in France and Mrs. Burnice Driskell died of illness in 1931. Mrs. Blankenship’s deep faith in the teaching of Jesus Christ help her get through the sorrow of losing her twins.

Mrs. Blankenship came into this world March 8,1860 and departed January 19, 1946. She leaves her sons Guy, Frank and Bailey Blankenship of Pauls Valley and Bud Blankenship of New Mexico and one daughter Willie Price Russell of Klondike to mourn her passing.


Gladiola Dennis

Miss Gladiola Dennis of Foster, Oklahoma died April 13, 1932 at St. Anthony's Hospital in Oklahoma City.  Services were held at the Stufflebean Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ezell officiating.  Burial was at Klondike Cemetery.

Miss Dennis was born April 13, 1932 in Oklahoma and lived in Foster all her life.

Survivors include her mother, Mrs. Lucy Dennis of Foster (1896-1981, now resting at Klondike also) and three sisters, Mrs. Lilly Whitehead of Marlow, Oklahoma, Mrs. Ollie Glose and Mrs. Sussie Shirley, both of Pauls Valley; five brothers, Medford of Texas, Forman of Ratliff City, Carl of Del City, Willard and Pruitt of Pauls Valley.


Velma Rena Elkins

Velma Rena Elkins, 62, of Amarillo, Texas, will have a graveside service Sunday, October 18, 1992, at the Klondike Cemetery.  Father Michael G. Smith will officiate.   Services will be under the direction of the Wooster Funeral Home.

Gravey Elkins and Velma Baker were married July 25, 1946 in Alice, Texas.  They were residents of Pauls Valley for 12 years before moving to Amarillo.  Velma was employed at the Pauls Valley State School.  The Elkins were members of the Episcopal Church.

Survivors are her husband, Garvey Elkins of the home and brother Gordon Elkins of Pauls Valley; two daughters, Cheryl Cook of Ft. Worth and Karen Colson Stiger and one brother Ronald Baker of Mathis, Texas; three sisters, Lois Sug of New Ago, Michigan, Lillian Ellis and Miss Elma Bossbocher, both of Beesville, Texas.

Velma Elkins was born December 6, 1929 and passed away October 14, 1992 in Amarillo, Texas.


Mrs. L.A. McCarty

Mrs. L.A. Carlton McCarty was born November 25, 1855 and passed away May 31, 1926 at the age of 70 years, 5 months and 6 days.

Miss Carlton married Mr. John W. McCarty (1854-1929) on March 7, 1872 and to them were born nine children, two boys and seven girls, six of which are yet living.

Mrs. McCarty has been a faithful member of the Baptist church for over fifty years.   She was good and kind to each and everyone.  She will be greatly missed.

May God's blessings rest upon her husand and children. 

A Friend

Both Mr. John W. McCarty and Mrs. L.A. McCarty are buried at the Klondike Cemetery.


Ollie Mae (Russell) Miller

Ollie Mae (Russell) Miller, 82, of the Pauls Valley/Klondike area, daughter of Hal and Price (Blankenship) Russell, granddaughter of Samuel Newton and Hortense (Crenshaw) Blankenship, died October 21, 1982 in the Pauls Valley General Hospital.  She was born March 24, 1900.  She worked for the Pauls Valley Laundry for 34 years.

Funeral services will be october 23, 1982 in the Stufflebean Funeral Home Chapel at 4:00 p.m..  Burial will be in the Klondike Cemetery.  Many of Ollie Mae's family and friends are also buried in the Klondike Cemetery.  Burial will be under the direction of the Stufflebean Funeral Home.

Survivors include two sons, Jimmy Miller of Pauls Valley and Joe Ben Miller of Wallace, Idaho; two sisters, Myrtle Bennett of Lindsay, Mrs. L.J. (Sis) Crawford of bethany; two brothers, H.R. Russell of Pauls Valley and Bud Russell of Pauls Valley; 11 grandchildren, two living in Pauls Valley, Clayton Allen Miller and James Thomas Miller.

Ollie Mae was a dear family member to all of her families; the Millers, Russells and Blankenships.  She will be greatly missed by them and all who knew her.

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Clifford Husten Pack

Clifford Husten Pack, 76, of Klondike, died ath the Pauls Valley Health Care Center, Thursday, October 11, 1984.  He was born August 6, 1908 in Garvin County.   Funeral services will be held Sunday, October 14, 1984 at 2:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Wynnewood with Jack Pack and Howard Moore officiating.  Interment will be at the Klondike Cemetery under the direction of the Wynnewood Funeral Home.

Pack was a farmer and had lived in Garvin County all his life.  He was retired from the county after 20 years of service.

Survivors include his wife, Mildred (1912-2000), of the home; three sons, Joe Franklin Pack of Wynnewood, Jerry Husten Pack of Choctaw and Jack Welden Pack of Keene, Texas; Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren.

His Grandparents, George and Susan Pack, and his wife, Mildred, are also at rest in the Klondike Cemetery.


Orvil Troy Yarbrough

Orvil Troy Yarbrough, 83, Pauls Valley, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Wooster Funeral Home Chapel with Jack Pack and Pastor Charles Dean officiating.

Burial will be at the Klondike Cemetery under the direction of the Wooster Funeral Home.

Yarbrough was born on September 3, 1912 in Breaden and died Monday at Purcell.

Yarbrough spent is childhood days in Kingfisher and Shulder. He was in the CCC from 1933-34 at Broken Bow.

He married Ida Todd on October 7,1936 in Paden. The couple moved to Maysville in 1948.

He was a truck driver for Kerr McGee and worked later as a diesel mechanic. He was a roughneck and worked for Warren Petroleum, retiring in 1975.

He loved Harley Davidson Motorcycles, receiving pins for miles ridden with the Black Hawk Motorcycle Club.

He and his wife collected Studebaker cars from 1972 and were members of the Studebaker car club at one time owning 88 of them.

He was affiliated with the Methodist Church.

He was proceeded in death by his parents, Odis Thomas and Elizabeth Baldwin Yarbrough; Carl Yarbrough; Two sons, Joe and Alvin Yarbrough both died in 1984; One grandson David Kinslow also buried at Klondike.

Survivors include his wife Ida of the home, daughter Joyce Ann Strouder of Plainveiw, Texas.


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