Our Sincere Sympathy

Tommy Ray Harwell
June 19, 1910 - July 20, 2003

      Tommy Ray Harwell passed away Sunday, July 20, 2003 in Holdenville, Oklahoma at the age of 93. Ray was born June 19, 1910 in Wetumka, Oklahoma to John Harwell and Maud Harding Harwell. He attended Moss Public Schools and was a member of the Banner Baptist Church in Horntown, Oklahoma. Ray was a lifetime Hughes County resident and in 1931 he married his first wife, Sota Brown Harwell, she preceded him in death on February 22, 1961. Ray married Dorthy Briscoe on December 1, 1965 and the couple made their living farming and ranching in Hughes County until their retirement in 1986. Preceding Ray in death were his parents, his first wife, three great grandchildren and one sister, Muriel Ross.  
Survivors are his wife, Dorthy Harwell of the home; children Joyce Cherry and her husband, Ralph, of Mead, Oklahoma; Stepchildren, Ima Lee Lankford and her husband, Homer of Holdenville, Oklahoma; stepchildren David Hawley of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, Mary Burke of Krebs, Oklahoma, Thomas Edwin Hawley of Mounds, Oklahoma, Myrta Kay Riddle of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Robert James Hawley of Tulsa, Oklahoma; brother, Roy Harwell of Duncan, Oklahoma and sister, Ruth Wallis of Castro Valley, California. Also surviving are twenty-one grandchildren, thirty great grandchildren, and fifteen great-great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
     Funeral services were held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, July 23, 2003 at Hudson-Phillips Chapel. Reverend Revel Johnson and Reverend Ron Cherry officiated. Pallbearers were Dale Cherry, Kenneth Woodrum, Mike Brewer, Joe Freeman, Jack Babb and Jim Alford. Burial followed the service at Wetumka Cemetery under the direction of Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home of Holdenville, Oklahoma.