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Remembering Bud Jones

Bud JonesRev. Bud Jones moved to his heavenly home on Wednesday, September 23, 2020. This Mighty Man of God impacted his family, church, community, conference and so many people through his life.

Visitation: Friday, September 25, 2020 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm at Crews Funeral Home in Apache, OK. Family will not be present.

Funeral: Saturday, September 26, 2020, 10:00 am at Apache First Pentecostal Holiness Church.

Well done, good and faithful servant!

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Celebrating the Life of Arman Stephens

The Heartland Conference celebrates the life and homegoing of Rev. Arman Stephens! Arman leaves a tremendous legacy in the Heartland including several pastorships, church building projects, and lifelong friends. Churches that Rev. Stephens pastored and built include Evangelistic Center in Bethany and Linn Avenue PH and Peniel Church in Oklahoma City.

Rev. Stephens was known for freedom and moves of the Holy Spirit. At the time of his death, he was serving as associate pastor at Glory Promise Center in Newcastle, Oklahoma.

We encourage everyone to pray for his wife Dee and the family. Visitation and memorial service information is below.

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Rev. Juanice Parkhurst Homegoing

Juanice ParkhurstRev. Juanice Parkhurst left this earth on January 30, 2020. She was a true Mother of Zion who left a great spiritual and family legacy. The Heartland Conference celebrates the life and ministry of this great woman of God!

Sister Parkhurst pastored for many years in the West Oklahoma Conference and the Heartland Conference. She pastored Cheyenne Pentecostal Holiness Church three separate times. She was always willing to let another serve, but would take on the pastorship when called upon.

God has placed love in the heart of this people, and I love them. If I was to rename our church, I would say “The House of Love.”

Pastor Juanice Parkhurst


Freddia Juanice Parkhurst passed from this life on Thursday evening, January 30, 2020 at the age of 90 years, 3 months, and 1 day in Cheyenne, OK.  Jaunice was born October 29, 1929 in Hess, OK, to her parents Fred and Julia (Pitcock) Boyles.

Juanice attended Nine Mile School and graduated from Hammon High School.   Jaunice was in the ministry for over 50 years serving her Lord and Savior faithfully. She ministered at Cheyenne Pentecostal Holiness Church for many years.   Juanice has resided in Cheyenne, Ok, since 2001 where she and Wayne made their home.   She and Wayne operated a Grade A dairy with over 100 cows from 1961 ~1994.  She enjoyed gardening but her greatest love was her time in ministry and serving her heavenly father.

Although Juanice is no longer with us, her memory and legacy will be kept alive through the family and friends she leaves behind which include:  her 1 daughter:  Sondra Davis of Cheyenne, OK; 1 son:  Bobby Parkhurst of Cheyenne, OK; 2 brothers:  Steven Blaylock of Dallas, TX, and David Blaylock of Midwest City, OK; 8 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren as well as a host of longtime friends, neighbors, and church family.

Juanice is preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter:  Virginia and sister: Loretta.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM, Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at First Baptist Church of Cheyenne with Rev. Bob Ely officiating.  Interment will follow at Cheyenne Cemetery.  Visitation will be held Sunday, February 2, 2020 at Rose Chapel, Sayre from 1:00 ~ 5:00 PM and Monday, February 3, 2020 at Rose Chapel, Sayre from 9:00 AM ~ 8:00 PM.

Online guestbook and condolences are available at www.whineryfs.com

Services are under the care and  direction of Rose Chapel, Cheyenne

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Nathaniel Thomas — Celebration of Life

NathanielThomasRev. Nathaniel Thomas went home to be with the Lord on December 15, 2019. Bro. Thomas lived a long and fruitful life as a husband, father, veteran, noted Native American, pastor, and faithful minister. He was a longtime ordained minister in the Heartland Conference.

Visitation will be Friday, December 20, 2019, 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM and Saturday, December 21, 2019, 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM at Eisenhour Funeral Home, 2500 N. Council Avenue, Blanchard, Oklahoma 73010.

Funeral service will be Saturday, December 21, 2019, 2:00 PM at Woodland Hills Baptist Church, 313 South Highway 76, Newcastle, Oklahoma 73065.


Nathaniel Thomas
August 17, 1926 - December 15, 2019

Nathaniel Thomas, 93, of Blanchard, died Sunday, December 15, 2019, at his home. The son of Armstrong Thomas and Lela Mae (Shinogee) Thomas, he was born August 17, 1926 in Eufaula, Oklahoma.

Nathaniel was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served during WWII. Nathaniel married LoEva Roberts on October 10, 1947 and she preceded him in death on January 8, 2007. He worked as a teletype technician for the FAA and retired after 33 years of service. He was a member of the VFW, American Legion, and the Chickasaw Nation Warrior Society. Nathaniel served as the chaplain for the Blanchard VFW Post #3608 for over 40 years and the American Legion Post #261 for over 20 years. He also served as a volunteer chaplain for the Norman Veterans Center and the Oklahoma City VA Hospital for 32 years. Nathaniel served for over 71 years in the ministry as a pastor and chaplain and touched a countless number of lives. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

In his spare time, he enjoyed watching OU Football and the Oklahoma City Thunder. His greatest enjoyment was attending his grandchildren’s school and sporting events and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, LoEva Thomas; and his son, Samuel Thomas.

Nathaniel his survived by three daughters, Linda Morton, Naomi Cannon, and Barbie Thomas, all of Blanchard; fourteen grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; and many other loved ones and friends.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, December 21, 2019, at Woodland Hills Baptist Church in Newcastle. Burial will follow in the Blanchard Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in Nathaniel’s name to the Veterans’ charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the direction of Eisenhour Funeral Home of Blanchard. Online obituary and guestbook are available at www.eisenhourfh.com.

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J. Dwight Burchett Homegoing

Rev. J. Dwight Burchett

J. Dwight Burchett left a profound mark on the Heartland Conference and the IPHC. He was a visionary pastor and leader who was ahead of his time. He developed and helped launch new generations of leaders across Oklahoma and the world. We celebrate this great servant of God and his legacy!

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Charles Michael Ewing Homegoing

Charles EwingRev. Charles “Chuck” Ewing entered his eternal reward on Saturday, July 14, at the age of 53. He was a wonderful part of the Heartland Conference. A soft-spoken man, Chuck was one of the most likable and down-to-earth people you could ever meet.

Chuck was a bi-vocational minister; in addition to his ministerial service, he worked two and three jobs, often in great pain because of chronic heart problems. He pastored two of our churches: Mountain View PH and most recently, Family Church of Blanchard (now Acts of Grace). He also was a tremendous volunteer in our camping program and maintenance of our Retreat Center.

Chuck was a great teacher and modeled the servant life of Jesus Christ. As a loyal friend he touched hundreds of lives during his journey on earth!

We celebrate Chuck entering his eternal reward and being free from pain. We also lift up his wife Amy and their children and grandchildren.


Charles Michael Ewing, 53, of Pocola, Oklahoma passed away Saturday, July 14, 2018 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He was born May 17, 1965 in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He was a US Air Force Veteran, an ordained Pentecostal minister through the Heartland Conference of the IPHC, and a member of Grace Fellowship Church.

He is survived by his wife Amy Ewing of the home, three sons; David Ewing of Fort Smith, John Michael Ewing of Fort Smith, Jeremiah Ewing of Pocola, OK, one daughter Melinda “Mindy” Seal of Winslow, his mother Ethel Ewing of Fort Smith, five siblings Teri Ewing of Fort Smith, Joie Fields of Arkoma, OK, Gayle McKeown of Springfield, MO, Glenda Meredith of Lavaca, and Barbara Serrell of Jacksonville, AR, and one grandson Charles Alan Ewing.

Visitation and Services

Funeral Service will be 9:30 am Wednesday at Lewis-Roberts Funeral Chapel 4817 Kelley Hwy Fort Smith, Arkansas with Interment to follow with military honors at the Fort Smith National Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:30-7:00 pm at Lewis-Roberts Funeral Chapel, Fort Smith. Pallbearers will be Robby Meredith, Chris Meredith, Chad McKeown, Josh McKeown, Benjamin Blalock, and Aaron Blalock. To place an online tribute, go to www.lewisfuneralchapel.net.

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