Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children

 
Forever Friends

Throughout the years, our OBHC family has been blessed by so many special friends and supporters. These are just a few of our friends that have already made their journeys to heaven, but they will never be forgotten. Our lives have been forever touched by these saints, and they will be deeply missed. This listing was started in January, 2013.

If you would like to honor the memory of any individual posted here or someone else that holds a special place in your heart, consider making a gift to Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children. While honoring or memorializing special people in your life, you are touching the lives of children in need of hope and a home.

For information on planned giving and how you can touch children's lives for years to come, contact Neal Wooldridge, OBHC's Vice President for Planned Giving, at (405) 570-9836.


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Steve A. Singleterry
Steve Singleterry
Steve A. Singleterry, former administrator of Baptist Children's Home, Owasso, passed from this life at the age of 64 on March 14, 2016.

"Steve Singleterry freely gave of his time, talent, and his treasure in helping children. Steve boldly took on challenges and led the way in innovative programs that benefitted young women, young children, and was a role model for young men to follow." ~ Tony Kennedy, President, Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children

"There is no way to put into words the immense impact that Steve Singleterry had on the Owasso campus while he was administrator. Everywhere you look there is evidence of his gifts and abilities “to help children become capable, caring, Christian adults.”

Read the full comment by Scott Pallett, Administrator, Baptist Children's Home, Owasso.

Geneva M. Lassiter Allen
Geneva Mildred Lassiter Allen
Geneva M. Lassiter Allen, affectionately known as Gigi by her granddaughter and great-grandchildren, passed peacefully into The Lord's Kingdom at the age of 89, on February 25, 2016.

"Geneva was an elegant, accomplished woman of faith.  She served the children of OBHC well and will be missed by those in the OBHC family who served alongside her." ~ Donna Brooks, Development Representative, Baptist Children's Home, Owasso
Pauline Stevens
Pauline Stevens
Pauline (Polly) Gwen Stevens, 91, passed away November 14, 2015 surrounded by her loving family.

"Polly was a woman committed to God, her family and country.  She spent many years discipling young people (especially G.A.'s).  Polly's many friends admired her for her positive outlook on life. She had a deep desire to help the children in our care have a chance at a better life." ~ Donna Brooks, Development Representative, Baptist Children's Home, Owasso
Dr. K.E. Smith
Dr. K.E. Smith
Dr. Kenneth Eugene (K.E.) Smith, 92, passed away on Thursday, September 17, 2015.

Tony Kennedy stated, "Dr. K.E. Smith was the ultimate example of a Christian gentleman who made each person at our board meetings feel special, who encouraged each child on our campuses, each client and volunteer at our Hope Pregnancy Centers, and challenged each staff to be their very best for the Gospel and the ministry of Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children."
Dr. Gerald R. Kirk
Gerald Kirk
Gerald Ray Kirk, 79, went to be with the Lord Friday, August 28, 2015, after a long battle with cancer. Dr. Kirk and his wife, Madanelle, have been long time supporters of the Owasso campus and Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children, where he served on the Board of Trustees. Gerald holds a special place in our hearts and will be missed greatly.

"Dr. Kirk loved the children of Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children. He loved trees as well. Dr. Kirk set out to turn our mostly barren campus into a forest of red maple trees. Over the years, he purchased for the Owasso campus over 120 trees, some oak but mostly red maple. He told me that his vision for the campus was for children to walk on a carpet of red leaves in the fall of the year for generations to come...

Read the full comment by Scott Pallett, Administrator, Baptist Children's Home, Owasso.

"Dr. Kirk was a great encouragment to both our children and our staff. He had such a great enthusiasm for our ministry and shared that enthusiasm with everyone that would listen. Dr. Kirk was always "on board" for whatever project we were considering...

Read the full comment by Donna Brooks, Development Representative, Baptist Children's Home, Owasso.

"Today I attended the funeral of Dr. Gerald Ray Kirk. Dr. Kirk had a PhD. in neuroanatomy and was a Professor of Anatomy at Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, teaching there for 25 years. I first met Dr. Kirk and his lovely wife, Madanelle, three years ago...

Read the full comment by Judy Miles, OBHC Trustee.

Edna "Ruth" Trimble
Edna Ruth Trimble
Edna Ruth Trimble, 79, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, passed away peacefully at Forest Hills Care Center in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma on August 11, 2015. She, along with her husband, volunteered with the Owasso Baptist Children's Home, Oklahoma.
Sue Johnson-Benson
Sue Johnson-Benson
Sue Jo Johnson-Benson, age 78, resident of Coweta went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday evening, April 1, 2015 in Collinsville, OK.

"Sue Benson was a former employee at the Owasso campus where she was the administrator's assistant and later in her time with us she was the development representative immediately prior to Donna Brooks. Sue began the style show in Tulsa 17 years ago...

Read the full comment by Tandy James, OBHC Executive Vice President.

Joan Mahaney
Joan Mahaney
Mary Joan Mahaney was called to her heavenly home December 27th, 2014, with her two children, Everett Mahaney and Una Jo Mahaney by her side.

"Joan was a friend who lived out the scripture 'Be joyful always; pray continually' (I Thes. 5:16-17). I never saw Joan without a smile on her face. She continually prayed for all children in need." ~ Michael Williams, Development Representative, Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children
Dr. Bruce Mason
Dr. Bruce Mason
Dr. Bruce Lee Mason, 59, of Pryor, Oklahoma, went to be with his Lord on Monday, December 22, 2014 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Bruce worked for the Craig-Mayes Baptist Association as their Director of Missions for the last 16 years. He was recognized as a member of the Gladys Smith Society of Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children in 2011 and has also faithfully served on the board of directors.
Dr. Rodney Miles
Dr. Rodney Miles
Dr. Rodney James Miles, 59, passed away Nov 3, 2014 in Hughes Co. OK.

"Throughout his career, Dr. Miles would often volunteer his medical services to any child in care at the Oklahoma City campus." ~ Michael Williams, Development Representative, Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children
Elizabeth Lewis
Elizabeth Lewis
Elizabeth (Liz) Lewis, 78, of Guymon, Oklahoma passed away on August 25, 2014 in Amarillo, Texas.

"Mrs. Lewis was certainly one of my favorites. At the 2014 Spring Fling I was extremely surprised to see her there. I had heard she had just had surgery and had not been out in public for quite some time because of her cancer treatments. When I greeted her and shared how happy I was to see her, she simply stated, “I wouldn’t miss this for the world. I am so happy to be here to see these children.” I also like to think she was glad to see me too." ~ Michael Williams, Development Representative, Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children
Nita Childress
Nita Childress
Nita Childress, 93, of Guymon, passed away Sunday afternoon, August 24, 2014.

"Miss Nita had a heart of gold. She continually asked me how she could pray for our children and staff at Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children. My fondest memory of Nita happened while I was visiting her church. I was visiting with someone when she came up behind me, hit me on the shoulder and asked, 'How’s the children’s home? What do you need?'" ~ Michael Williams, Development Representative, Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children
Orville D. McDonald
Orville D. McDonald
Orville D. "OD" McDonald passed from this world on October 11, 2014.

Orville, affectionately known as OD, was orphaned, along with his three older brothers, at an early age and raised with two of his brothers at Oklahoma Baptist Children's Home in Oklahoma City.

"Orville was a great friend to OBHC." ~ Tandy James, Executive Vice President, Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children
Georgia "Tilda" Caruthers
Georgia Caruthers
Georgia "Tilda" Caruthers, 91 of Velma passed away on Friday, September 26, 2014 in Duncan, OK.

"Please pray for the family of Georgia (Tilda) Caruthers. She had a recent fall resulting in a broken hip and has now gone to be with Jesus, putting an end to all the suffering she has recently endured. Tilda had been a supporter of OBHC for a very long time, and functioned much like an ambassador for our ministry. Her four children grew up with kids from the Children's Homes as their family often hosted OBHC children during summers. She loved our children and was recently honored with an event on the Madill campus to celebrate the “Tilda Caruthers scholarship fund” established by her son. Tilda will be greatly missed." ~ Rick Choate, Development Representative, Baptist Home for Girls, Madill
Mary Barber
Mary Barber
Mary Elizabeth Barber, 92, stepped into eternity and the presence of her Savior on August 31, 2014.

"Mary was a precious friend to the children in our care.  We loved her sweet spirit and beautiful countenance and will miss her dearly.” ~ Donna Brooks, Development Representative, Baptist Children's Home, Owasso
Arline Kitchens
Arline Kitchens
Arline E. Kitchens, 86, passed from this life on Tuesday, February 4, 2014.

"Arline was a compassionate advocate for both children and senior adults. She had the love of Jesus in her heart and was never afraid to let her light shine. She dedicated many hours of volunteer service to her church and community and was loved and appreciated by many." ~ Donna Brooks, Development Representative, Baptist Children's Home, Owasso
Barbara Olmstead
Barbara Olmstead
Barbara Elizabeth Olmstead, 76, went to be with her heavenly Father on Wednesday, November 20, 2013.

"Barbara was a faithful friend and ministry partner to the children and staff of the Owasso Baptist Children’s Home. She and her family have generously supported us with their time, their talents and their treasures. Barbara, dear friend, I thank my God upon every remembrance of you. Philippians 1:3" ~ Donna Brooks, Development Representative, Baptist Children's Home, Owasso
Bill Brown
Bill Brown
Bill J. Brown, a resident of Durant, Oklahoma, passed from this life on March 20, 2013 at the age of 84.

"Bill Brown was a great board member for Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children. His background with the Sand Springs Home gave him invaluable insight in providing leadership to our organization. Bill was always encouraging but at the same time asked well thought out tough questions that helped OBHC do a better job of helping children become Christian adults. Bill will always be remembered as a positive influence on both our organization and on our personal lives." ~ Tandy James, Executive Vice President, Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children
Lillian Fite
Lillian Fite
Emma Lillian Fite, 86, went to be with her heavenly Father on Monday, March 4, 2013, at her home with her daughters at her side.

A devoted housemother to many, one of her 'kids' shared, "In 1974, I went to live in Potter Cottage at the Oklahoma City Baptist Children’s Home where I met Mrs. Lillian Fite.  She truly made me feel welcome. She was such a wonderful woman and as my housemother, loved me dearly. I will always have a big place for her in my heart. The last time I saw her was at the September 2012 reunion and that was a wonderful visit. I know she is with the Lord now and this wonderful woman will be missed." ~ Retha Neill
Larry Payton
Larry Payton
Larry Payton, Celebrity Attractions founder, passed away Monday evening, February 18, 2013 at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa due to complications from an illness. He was 64.

"Larry had a heart for our children and loved playing in our Owasso golf tournaments. In fact, he loved it so much that he put two teams together each year, playing on both the morning and afternoon flights. ~ Donna Brooks, Development Representive at the Baptist Children's Home, Owasso
Ann Pryer
Ann Pryer
Ann Pryer, 77, passed away Sunday, January 27th, surrounded by her husband and children.

Known as "Angel Ann" at Tulsa Hope Pregnancy Center, she served for many years as both a volunteer and advisor. She was a faithful advocate for the OBHC, generously giving of her time and talents as well as her prayer and financial support. Our OBHC family has suffered a great loss with Ann's passing and we were blessed by having known her.
Doug Benson
Doug Benson
Col. (ret) Douglas Wayne Benson, age 81, flew into the arms of his Heavenly Father Friday, January 25, 2013.

Doug and his wife, Sue, the former Mrs. Sue Johnson, have been great friends of OBHC. Doug served as a volunteer and trustee and Sue served several years as a development representative at the Owasso campus. Doug will no doubt be missed by many.
Drew Tyler
Drew Tyler
Drew Tyler passed away on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at the age of 66.

Drew loved to play in our Owasso Golf Tournament. He had a big heart for the children in our care. His family has asked for gifts to OBHC in lieu of flowers. Drew Tyler was loved by many and will be missed greatly.
Lloyd Minter
Lloyd Minter
Lloyd G. Minter, 94, passed from this life on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013.

Lloyd and Betty Minter were great friends and supporters of OBHC. Following Betty's death in 2007, Lloyd endowed a scholarship at the Baptist Foundation in her name. Some of our children are already benefiting from the Betty Minter Scholarship Fund and this endowment will go on to help children for many years to come.
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