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Jack Fryrear
B: 1923-08-19
D: 2017-03-22
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Fryrear, Jack
Frances Fusselman
B: 1929-09-09
D: 2017-03-23
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Fusselman, Frances
Patricia Smith
B: 1942-01-04
D: 2017-03-22
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Smith, Patricia
Daniel Smith
B: 2008-03-15
D: 2017-03-17
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Smith, Daniel
Julia McKee
B: 1935-09-25
D: 2017-03-21
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McKee, Julia
Ewel Ventris
B: 1930-12-05
D: 2017-03-18
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Ventris, Ewel
Debra Coleman
B: 1954-10-28
D: 2017-03-13
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Coleman, Debra
John Moorman
B: 1943-11-25
D: 2017-03-15
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Moorman, John
Eva Harrall
B: 1930-01-17
D: 2017-03-09
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Harrall, Eva
Patricia Benes
B: 1940-05-17
D: 2017-03-14
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Benes, Patricia
Janice Laubhan
B: 1942-05-01
D: 2017-03-13
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Laubhan, Janice
Pauline Smith
B: 1927-11-12
D: 2017-03-12
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Smith, Pauline
Donald Petersen
B: 1955-05-20
D: 2017-03-02
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Petersen, Donald
Jana Benningfield
B: 1966-09-25
D: 2017-03-04
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Benningfield, Jana
Barbara Ahring
B: 1938-11-24
D: 2017-03-02
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Ahring, Barbara
Ingrid Hendrix
B: 1969-10-27
D: 2017-02-24
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Hendrix, Ingrid
Terry Chapel
B: 1946-10-25
D: 2017-02-22
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Chapel, Terry
Neva Dryden
B: 1942-06-06
D: 2017-02-26
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Dryden, Neva
Lena Sisney
B: 1925-03-01
D: 2017-02-14
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Sisney, Lena
Diane Celarier
B: 1922-01-02
D: 2017-02-10
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Celarier, Diane
Ralph Brumfield
B: 1918-11-23
D: 2017-02-07
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Brumfield, Ralph

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Michael Chace, Co-Owner / Licensed Funeral Director
Email: mikesfh@aol.com
Office Phone: (405)372-5550
Fax: (405)372-5608

Mike graduated from Cherokee High School in 1980, and went on to attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology / Sociology. He later graduated from Phillips Graduate Seminary with a Masters of Divinity degree. He served as a Methodist Minister for 10 years, but he always wanted to be a Funeral Director, so in 1996 Mike left the ministry and returned to school at the University of Central Oklahoma. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mortuary Science upon his graduation in 1999. He has worked at Strode Funeral Home since 1996 when he started as an apprentice. In 2006, he, along with two other partners, bought the funeral home from the previous owner Bill Bernhardt, Jr. In 2010, Mike and his wife, Shannon, purchased Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery from previous owner Jeff Troy, and in 2011 they built Chace Family Crematory which is located on the cemetery grounds. Mike and Shannon together have five children, seven grandchildren and one grandchild that is due in October. He loves his family very much, and enjoys any time they can share together. He also enjoys working outside either in his yard or at the cemetery, and when he has the time he likes to fish and play the occasional game of golf. Mike and Shannon have a pet Yorkie named Aggie as well as two large grand-dogs named Izzy and Roxy who come to visit as often as the children.

Louie Brower, Co-Owner / Maintenance
Email: strodefh@aol.com
Office Phone: (405) 372-5550
Fax: (405)372-5608

Gail Hunt, Co-Owner / Bookkeeper
Email: fhgail@aol.com
Office Phone: (405)372-5550
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Victoria Joslin, Licensed Funeral Director
Email: strodefh@aol.com
Office Phone: (405)372-5550
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Victoria obtained her A.A.S.  degree in Funeral Science from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas. She enjoys any type of crafting and art including paper craft, sewing, sculpting, drawing, painting, and photography. She is a mother of two, and also has a cat named Zero, a turtle named Ting, and two fish named Lucy and Spot. Victoria has worked at Strode Funeral Home for seven years, and recently obtained a certificate in embalming and reconstructive surgery from the Fountain National Academy of Professional Embalming Skills.

Hayden Brumley, Licensed Funeral Director & Pre-Planning Consultant
Office Phone: (405)372-5550
Fax: (405)372-5608

Hayden has been a Funeral Director and Embalmer at Strode Funeral Home for about 4 years. He grew up in the McAlester area, and after graduation went on to attend OSU where he earned his B.S. in Business Administration. He later went back to school to receive his degree in Funeral Service from UCO. He has two pets, a husky mix named Kaiah and a cat named Mikey. He enjoys hunting, fishing, golfing, or any outside activity. He also loves to spend any time he can with his family and friends.

Gayle Smothers, Front Office Assistant
Office Phone: (405)372-5550
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Curtis Lazenby, IT Support
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Claudia Roach, Pre-Planning Consultant
Office Phone: (405) 372-5550
Fax: (405)372-5608
Mobile Phone: (405)747-5796

Claudia joined the Strode Funeral Home staff over a year ago. She meets with people in and out of the funeral home to discuss pre-arrangements and insurance for National Guardian Life Insurance Company. She attended American College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and is a Chartered Financial Consultant and Chartered Life Underwriter. She enjoys knitting shawls for her church as well as knitting newborn caps for the hospital. She has one "insurance" cat named Polly C. Holder.

Matt Jackson, Night / Weekend On-Call Worker
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