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Max L. Stokesberry
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Submitted by: Glenn

© Glenn

Idella E. and Max L. STOKESBERRY

Cherokee Municipal Cemetery

Funeral services for Max L. Stokesberry, 89, Ponca City, were held Tuesday at Asbury United Methodist Church with the Rev. Steve Bredesen Officiating. Burial was in Cherokee Municipal Cemetery, directed by Trout Funeral Home, Ponca City. He died March 8, 2003, at Via Christi Oklahoma Regional Medical Center.

He was born in 1913 to Paul and Margaret Blew Stokesberry. He grew up in Lambert and graduated from Lambert High School in 1930. He attended Phillips University, Enid, for one year, then he attended Northwestern State University in Alva. He took a job writing for a small newspaper and dropped out of school, a move which led to a lifelong career as a newspaper man.

In 1936, he married Idella Lodge in Cherokee where they lived until he was sent to the U.S. Army. He served for four years and earned the rank of master sergeant. After military service, they moved to Pond Creek and ran a newspaper with his brother. In 1951, he took a job with the Enid News & Eagle as a sportswriter and photographer. In the mid 1950s, he accepted a job with the Ponca City News and worked as a reporter, photographer and became city editor.

After retiring in 1979, he began writing about his boyhood home of Lambert. Writing the book became a labor of love extending over the next 25 years and will be published in August this year. He worked on the final chapter shortly before his death while living at Westminister Retirement Village.

For over 40 years, he was a member of the Ponca City Noon Lions Club. He was a member of a barbershop quartet for over 25 years, and he and his wife planned their vacations around the National Barbershop Conventions accross the USA. He sang in the choir at Asbury United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his adopted son, Jack L. Hendrix of Bakersfield, Calif.; three grandchildren; two great grandsons, and a sister, Reba Scherer of Muskogee.

Idella Elizabeth Stokesberry
© Cherokee Messenger and Republican
Submitted by: Glenn

The funeral for Idella Elizabeth Stokesberry, 83, was at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Asbury United Methodist Church in Ponca City. The Rev. Bill McCaskill officiated. Burial was at 3.30 p.m. at the Municipal Cemetery in Cherokee. Arrangements were by Trout Funeral Home, Ponca City.

She was born July 9, 1912, on a farm southwest of Okeene to Wilber and Idella Mae McDonald Lodge and died Aug. 10, 1995, at her home in Ponca City where she had lived since 1957.

At an early age, she moved with the family to Cherokee where the family farmed. She attended a rural school north of Cherokee prior to high school in Ingersoll, then Cherokee, where she graduated in 1930. She was employed in Cherokee as a doctor's assistant for several years before entering Civil Service and working at the prisoner of war camp in Alva during World War II.

She graduated from a beauty school in Dallas in 1945 and returned to Cherokee to open her own shop. She later operated shops in Pond Creek, Enid and Ponca City, retiring in 1978.

On June 13, 1936, she married Max Stokesberry in Cherokee.

She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church and the American Legion Auxiliary. She served on her home precinct election board for several years.

She is survived by her husband of the home; a foster son, Jack Hendrix of Bakersfield, Calif.; a brother, Wilbur Lodge of Cherokee; two sisters, Lela Gardner of Oxford, Kam., and Leta Halverstadt of Derby, Kan.

She was preceded in death by a sister.

Memorials may be made through the funeral home to the church or to Hospice of Ponca City, 1904 North Union, 103, Ponca City 74601.

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