Milestones, June 2021
Howard and Dorothy King
Howard and Dorothy (Sarchet) King are celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary. They were married May 12, 1946, in Agra, Kan., after Howard had completed his service with the Navy during World War II.
Howard attended Fort Hays State College and began teaching industrial arts in Dighton, Kan., and later moved to Scott City, Kan., where he taught for more than 25 years. He retired from teaching and purchased King’s Aluminum and Glass, which they owned for 10 years. He was also a rural mail route deliverer. He loves to do woodworking, and has continued making segmented bowls as his hobby.
Dorothy was a busy mother, volunteering for leadership roles in Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Welcome Wagon, Pink Lady and teaching Bible classes. She was also a seamstress extraordinaire. She made all the clothes for her family and also costumes for many high school musicals.
They have seven children: Ken, Jim, Ron, Carmen, Karen, Carla and Jeff. They also have 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
They have been members of the Church of Christ in Scott City for 70 years, where Howard served as an elder. They are a wonderful example of a loving, Christian couple.
Samuel ‘Ray’ Frizzell, Jr.
Ray was a dedicated, Christian servant who was in his 75th year of preaching the gospel of Christ. At the time of his death, he was in his 28th year of preaching for the Shackle Island Church of Christ in Tennessee. Ray passed away on April 8, 2021, at the age of 92.
Kenneth Joines was born Dec. 27, 1935, near Belton, Ky., to Guy and Truly McElwain Joines. He grew up there, graduating from Hughes-Kirkpatrick High School.
In his senior year, he met Janrose Forgy, and they married the following December while he was a student at David Lipscomb College. It was during the following year, while still 18 years of age, that he answered the call to become the full-time preacher for the church at Butte, Mont.
He later served churches in Claremore, Okla.; Augusta, Kan.; Sebring, Fla.; Elizabethtown, Ky.; Merkel, Texas; Greenville, Ky.; Hixson, Tenn.; and the Whitehaven Church of Christ in Memphis, Tenn., which later relocated and became the Goodman Oaks Church of Christ in Southaven, Miss.
He preached for Goodman Oaks for 29 years. During his ministry, Goodman Oaks grew to become the largest congregation of Churches of Christ in Mississippi. Following retirement in 2004, he remained at Goodman Oaks while doing interim work for the Woodland Hills Church of Christ in Memphis, twice in Sebring, Fla., and twice in Lake Placid, Fla., as well as preaching by appointment in states from Florida to Alaska and from Texas to West Virginia.
In addition to studying at Lipscomb, he took additional training at Central Christian College (now Oklahoma Christian University), Abilene Christian University, and Murray State University.
An avid big-game hunter, he enjoyed numerous trips to Colorado and Wyoming where he took bull elk and antelope as well as numerous mule deer. He was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel by Governor Louie Nunn and served two terms as president of the Whitehaven Civitan Club. For several years he served the Shelby County Juvenile Court as Auxiliary Probation Officer, working with numerous young men in rehabilitation.
In 2012, his first wife, Jan, died of pulmonary fibrosis. Two years later he married Sue Noto, a member at Goodman Oaks. Many times he observed, “It is almost unbelievable that God gave me two of the very best women to walk and work beside me. I am blessed and have never been happier.” Ken died April 2, 2021.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents and by his older brother Virgil, sister Marjorie Rhoads, and son-in-law Robin Enochs.
He is survived by his wife of six years, Sue; son Mike of Seattle; daughters Laura of Denver, Pam (Steve) Peraza of Abilene, Texas, and Jennifer Enochs of Tupelo, Miss.; as well as stepsons Joseph (Bethany) Noto of Bono, Ark., and Matthew (Christina) Noto of Olive Branch Miss. He is also survived by his sister Shirley (Eugene) McPherson of Greenville, Ky., and brother Jimmy (Mary) of Snellville, Ga., as well as four granddaughters, one grandson and two great-grandchildren.
Barbara Oteka Kee
Barbara Oteka Kee, 91, passed away April 28, 2021, in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Barbara was born April 25, 1930, in Bartlesville, Okla., to Charley Lindsey and Lola McFarland. She attended Florida Christian College, Central Christian College (now Oklahoma Christian University) and Harding College (now University), where she met her husband Robert Windle Kee. The couple married June 6, 1953, in Tulsa, Okla., at the Eastside Church of Christ.
The couple began planting churches in the Northeast, including Levittown, Penn., Salisbury, Md., and Collinsville, Ill. They then spent 20 years as missionaries in Cameroon, West Africa. They later worked in Belize.
The couple also lived in Onalaska, Texas, until they retired to Wichita Falls. Throughout Barbara’s life, her genuine love for literally everyone she met endeared her to many and led her on countless unscripted adventures!
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Lee Myers.
Barbara is survived by her husband of 67 years, Windle; her two sons Carl Kee and wife Pat of Lubbock, Texas, and Paul Kee and wife Janet of Cameroon; her daughter Alicejoy Taylor and Joe of Wichita Falls; a brother Bud McFarland and Sarah, of Edmond, Okla.; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, as well as many beloved nieces and nephews; and a large spiritual family around the world.
Memorials in Barbara’s name may be made to the Cameroon Mission Fund through the Faith Village Church of Christ, 4100 McNiel Ave, Wichita Falls, TX 76308.
Dr. Kenneth Gene Vanderpool died Thursday, April 8, 2021, at 84 years of age from complications of advanced Alzheimer’s.
Ken was born Sept. 3, 1936, in Comanche, Okla., in a two-room shack. He was named after two of his mother’s favorite singing cowboys: Kenneth Maynard and Gene Autry. Ken grew up dirt poor but became a self-made man, accomplished in education, church ministry, athletics, and music.
Ken graduated from Addington High School in Oklahoma and earned bachelor’s degrees in physical education and Bible from Harding College in Searcy, Ark. He earned his M.Ed. and Ed.D. in health and physical education from Temple University in Philadelphia.
While at Harding, he met the love of his life, Lucia DuBois, while working in Patti Cobb Cafeteria. Before either one completed school, they married at the College Church of Christ in Searcy on May 26, 1957.
Ken had 60 years of higher education teaching in the areas of exercise kinesiology, physiology, and anatomy and physiology. Most recently, he retired from Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis, Tenn. He also taught at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J.; Northeastern Christian Junior College in Villanova, Pa.; Northeastern University in Boston; Navajo Community College in Tsaile, Ariz.; Shelby State Community College in Memphis; and Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss.
Ken was preceded in death by his wife, Lucia DuBois Vanderpool, daughter Melanie Denise Vanderpool Jerden, grandson James Gilbert Hodge, and nephew Mark Rockford LaMarr; his parents, Jesse James Vanderpool and Nancy Adelaide Hatfield; sister Jessie Fay Vanderpool, and half-brother Billy Ray “Bill” Hibbert.
He is survived by his children
Suzanne Vanderpool Hodge (Wally), Kenneth Gene Vanderpool, Jr. (Jo Ann), and Nancy Kathleen Vanderpool Manning. Ken is also survived by seven grandchildren plus a large number of nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws.
Family and friends gathered Saturday, May 1, for a memorial service at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens where they paid tribute to an amazing father, husband, brother, uncle, and Christian man. You may read his full obituary on their website.
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