Dr. Buntley passed away January 29 after a brief and valiant battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 72. He married his wife of 50 years, Jane Hendrix Buntley, at Oklahoma Christian. In addition to Jane, David is survived by his three daughters, Tami and Jon Fennel, Traci and Mike Thatcher, and Tara and Ben Bruner, plus grandchildren McKenzie Fennel, Emma Fennel, Bella Thatcher, Kate Bruner, and Hudson Bruner, and other family and friends. David served in the Army for nine years, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He ultimately started his own medical practice and served in many leadership capacities at Duncan Regional Hospital in Oklahoma.

John passed away in November 2016. He was a designer for PSINet, Texas A&M University, Securities Industry Association in New York, Marvel, and NBC. He wrote and recorded music as Cezanne. John is survived by his parents, Ralph (70) and Doris Daugherity of McKinney, TX, and his sister Amy.

Dr. Herndon passed away February 16 in a tragic car accident. He was 64. After many years running a family medicine practice in Sallisaw, OK, he followed his calling to work in the St. Edward’s/Mercy emergency room. His devotion to medicine, and his love and respect for veterans, led him to serve at Fort Smith Veterans Administration Clinic in Arkansas. He is survived by his father, Jim Herndon, Sr.; his three children, Dr. Rachel McKinzie (03), son Michael Herndon, and daughter Anna Wood; four siblings, including OC graduates Deborah Phillips (71) and Dr. Mike Herndon (80); six grandchildren; and a host of other family members, friends, and former patients.

Gene, a member of OC’s Board of Trustees, passed away February 13, 2017, after a long and hard-fought struggle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Diana and their two children, Allison and Clayton, as well as by Allison’s husband Brian and their three sons, Joshua, Jacob, and Caleb. Gene was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a former executive for Citibank and Enron. He was an elder at Memorial Church of Christ in Houston, and served with Diana on the development board of Lifeline Chaplaincy, a ministry that serves patients at the Texas Medical Center.

Dr. Lashley passed away January 28 at the age of 38. At OC, he participated in the Vienna Studies program and was a member of the Summer Singers. He went on to an accomplished music career, touring the globe as lead guitarist for Jami Smith. He went on to pursue medical school, becoming a skilled surgeon who pioneering new techniques and procedures. He is survived by his children, Chloe, Stella, and Emmett, and scores of family and friends.

Stanley passed away February 4 at the age of 76. He was the owner of International Bible Translator, Inc., and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He is survived by his wife, Sheila; children Mary Beth, Kathryn, Robert, Erin Mistretta, Emily Daniel, and Rebecca Garcia; six grandchildren; and other family and friends.

Rilda passed away March 25 at age 75. She attended Oklahoma Christian before graduating from Oklahoma State University with a BS in Education and East Central University with an MS in Counseling. She attended Yukon Church of Christ, where she was involved in local prison ministry work. She taught school in Oklahoma City and Marietta Middle School, where she worked with nine national champions in the National History Day competitions. She is survived by her children, Tinsley Todd Hicks and wife Shelly; William Toby Hicks, and Holly Hicks Black and husband Tyler; as well by her brother Rayford, sister Sandra, three grandchildren, and other family and friends.

Debra passed away on November 23, 2016, at age 63. She completed her BA degree in History with a minor in Bible from Oklahoma Christian University, her BS in Nursing from Texas Woman’s University, and her master’s degree in Nursing from St. Louis University. She was deeply committed to her career in psychiatric nursing and was a devoted, full-time volunteer for the American Red Cross.

Spring 2017

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