Services for Winston Thomas Warthen, 80, will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18, 2008, at Covenant of Grace Church with Sister Angela Harrison and Bro. Loyd Wilson officiating. Interment will be at Lakeview Cemetery.
Born on Aug. 16, 1927, in Burneyville to Harvey Monroe and Myrtle Mae Nelson Warthen, he died on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008, in an Oklahoma City hospital. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Winona Epperson and Ida Belle Alexander.
A lifetime resident of this area, he graduated from Marietta High School in 1943 and attended business school in Ardmore. He served in the Merchant Marines, traveling from the Mediterranean Sea to the Pacific Ocean, and returned home to marry the love of his life, Pauline Harris, on Feb. 29, 1948, in Marietta.
Mr. Warthen was a volunteer firefighter with the Marietta Fire Department, retiring after more than 20 years of service. He operated a service station with his father several years before working for the U.S. Postal Service. He was postmaster at Wilson before he retired after 25 years of service. Locally, he was active in the Pentecostal Holiness Church for 56 years and help found the Pioneer Museum, serving on the board of directors. Warthen also served as an inspector with the Love County Election Board. He spent more than 40 years acquiring real estate and helping the community by providing affordable housing for many local families.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, Winston and Sue Warthen, Marietta; three daughters and sons-in-law, Gale and Roy Wickware, Marietta, Jan McCarthy, and Paula and Charles Bench, Ardmore; eight grandchildren, Todd Wickware, Aric Wickware, Kevin Wickware, Devin Wickware, Brian T. Warthen, Mischelle Brown, Matthew Bench and Miranda Fincher; 10 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
Bearers will be Kevin Wickware, Todd Wickware, Lamar Brown, Matthew Bench, Aric Wickware and Brian T. Warthen. Honorary bearers are Roy Wickware, Charles Bench, Jody Fincher, Devin Wickware, Eldon Dean, L.D. Meeks, Earl Wright, Lance Hockersmith, Lynn Hockersmith and Larry Harrison.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight at Flanagan-Watts Funeral Home. An online guest book is available at www.wattsfuneralhome.com
Source: The Daily Ardmoreite, January 17, 2008