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Obituaries

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Don Swart (1934-2020)

Jul 1, 2020

Donald L. Swart of Joseph, Oregon, lost his life on May 12, 2020, after battling cancer for many years. 

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‘Jim’ Keisman (1938-2020)

Jul 1, 2020

James H. ‘Jim’ Keisman, retired advertising director for the Seminole (Oklahoma) Producer, died May 26, 2020.

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Chelsea Cook (1936-2020)

Jul 1, 2020

Chelsea C. Cook, a former editor at the Henryetta (Oklahoma) Free-Lance, died Jan. 20, 2020. He was 84. Cook was born Dec. 21, 1936, in Marysville, California. He studied music at the University of Oklahoma ...

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Fred B. Hilton Jr. (1937-2020)

Jul 1, 2020

Fred B. Hilton Jr., a former sports editor at the Ponca City (Oklahoma) News, died March 3, 2020.

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Patsy Muchmore (1937-2019)

Jun 16, 2020

Patsy Willene Muchmore, an Oklahoma journalist, died Nov. 7, 2019, in Clearwater, Florida.

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Daniel Rodgers (1943-2019)

Jun 16, 2020

Daniel H. Rodgers, former advertising manager for the Sequoyah County Times in Sallisaw, Oklahoma, died Oct. 5, 2019.

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Harry Brandt Ayers (1935–2020)

Jun 1, 2020

Harry Brandt Ayers died at his home on May 3. He was 85 years old. After serving in the Navy, Ayers returned to Anniston for a brief stint working for his family’s newspaper, The Anniston Star. 

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Publisher of The Carolina Times dies, possibly marking the end of the historic paper

May 28, 2020

Edmonds’ son, Christian Edwards, said the newspaper’s April 18 issue will likely be its last.

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Philip Austin Berkebile (1936–2020)

May 28, 2020

Berkebile retired as executive vice president of the Texas Daily Newspaper Association in 2004 after serving 22 years in Austin, Texas.

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