Claremore Daily Progress


January 2, 2014

Jason Raiford


Jason Edison Raiford was born June 5, 1972, in Claremore, to Steven Edison and Mary Leonis (Scott) Raiford. He died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Tulsa, at the age of 41 years. Jason was reared and educated in Tulsa and graduated with the Nathan Hale High School Class of 1991, where he excelled in baseball. He continued his education at Oklahoma State University earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Business.  
He was married Oct. 13, 2001, in Claremore, to Melvonna Waddle. Jason was currently working with Wells Fargo in Tulsa as a mortgage officer. He volunteered for a pet rescue where he rescued over 200 dogs, and he ran 5K’s for animal aide. 
In middle school, he played football until he became injured and he played baseball in high school as a pitcher. Jason enjoyed fishing, boating, big foot hunting and riding 4x4 on his mule. He was a member of KCB barbeque team and had won first place in a meat-smoking contest. Jason was faithful to the Lord.
Loving family members include: his wife Melvonna; parents Steve and Mary Raiford of Claremore; grandmother Dorothy Jean Raiford of Tulsa; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Jeremy Edison Raiford.
Funeral services were held at 12:00 noon on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at Hilldale Baptist Church in Claremore with Pastor Earl Skaggs officiating. Serving as casket bearers will be Chris Dickerson, Steven Dickerson, Carl Billingsley, Jim Oliver, Colin Magruder, and Brent Bridges. Committal services and interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Tulsa.  Arrangements and services were entrusted to Mowery Funeral Service of Owasso.

Text Only
  • Lois Whorton

    Services for Lois Whorton will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at MMS-Payne Funeral Home Chapel; burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. Friends may visit at the funeral home on Tuesday, April 15, from 1-8 p.m. with family receiving visitors from 5-8 p.m.

    April 15, 2014

  • Jean Noreen Young

    Jean Noreen Young was born in 1938 in Defiance County, Ohio.
    She is the daughter of Fred and Ida Cook Birchmeier. She spent her early life traveling, as her dad worked on the pipeline construction projects. She was in the 4th grade when her family bought a farm in Emporia, Kan.

    April 15, 2014

  • Kenneth Wayne DeLozier, Sr.

    A celebration of the life of Kenneth Wayne DeLozier, Sr., will be 10 a.m., Wed., April 16, 2014 at First Baptist Church in Chelsea. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Chelsea Cemetery under the direction of Rice Funeral Service. Visitation will be Monday from 1-5 p.m. at the funeral home.

    April 12, 2014

  • Betty Whitfield

    Graveside service for Betty Whitfield will be 2:00p.m., Monday, April 14, 2014 at Oakhaven Memorial Gardens, under the direction of MMS-Payne Funeral Home & Cremation Service.  Bro. Sam Nichols will officiate.  Visitation will be Sunday, April 13, from 4—6.  Betty passed away on Friday, April 11, 2014 at the age of 84.

    April 12, 2014

  • James “Jimmy” Doolittle

    Memorial service  for James “Jimmy”  Doolittle will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Chelsea High School Gymnasium.

    April 11, 2014

  • Johnny G. McClure

    Graveside service for Johnny G. McClure will be 10:30a.m., Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Chelsea Cemetery, under the direction of Chelsea Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Friends may visit at the funeral home on Friday, April 11, from 4-6 p.m.  Johnny passed away on Monday, April 7, 2014, at the age of 71.

    April 11, 2014

  • George Daniels

    A celebration of the life of George Daniels will be today, at 2 p.m., at Rehoboth Baptist Church.

    April 9, 2014

  • Marion “Buddy” Robertson, Sr.

    A mass of Christian burial for Marion “Buddy” Robertson, Sr. will be 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014 at St. Cecilia Catholic Church with Father Paul Eichoff officiating.  Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery under the direction of Rice Funeral Service.  Visitation will be Friday from 3-7 with a wake and prayer vigil at 5:00 p.m. in the Chapel of the Garden at Rice Funeral Service.   Family will receive visitors at the conclusion of the prayer service.

    April 4, 2014

  • Mary Nell Gray

    Memorial service for Mary Nell Gray (Gilbert-Overstreet) will be 1 p.m., Fri., April 4, at the MMS-Payne Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Lonnie Sanders officiating.

    April 4, 2014

  • Donald Gene Dennis

    Memorial service for Donald Gene Dennis will be 11 a.m., Sat., April 5, at Eastern Hills Baptist Church. Services are under the direction of MMS-Payne Funeral Home & Cremation Service.
    Don passed away Friday, March 28, 2014, at his home at the age of 78.

    April 4, 2014