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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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Homegoing Service for Rev. Clarence Dewitt Glaze Jr.

Celebration of life service for Clarence Dewitt Glaze Jr., 89 of Enid, will be 2:00 PM, Wednesday, at Enid Mennonite Brethren Church. Burial will follow in Memorial Cemetery, with arrangements by Anderson-Burris Funeral Home. Visitation with family will be Tuesday from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the funeral home.

Clarence Glaze JrRev. Clarence Glaze transferred from the Assemblies of God to the International Pentecostal Holiness Church in 1989. He was a gifted and faithful leader, pastoring the Enid First Love Church for many years. Rev. Glaze carried a vision and burden for all of Enid to come to Christ until the day he departed this life.

We pray his precious family at this time of sorrow. We also rejoice that our dear brother Clarence has entered the eternal presence of Jesus Christ!

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Rev. David Mayo Homegoing

Funeral Services for Rev. David Mayo are scheduled for 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at the Wilson-Little Funeral Home Chapel, 127 S. Canadian, Purcell, Oklahoma 73080. Burial will follow at the Hillside Cemetery.

David and Theo Mayo

The Heartland Conference is forever grateful to Rev. David Mayo and his enduring legacy in building churches! Our prayers are with the family, and we celebrate his life and ministry!

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Woodrow “Woody” Stevens Homegoing

Woody StevensOur dear Brother Woody Stevens has entered his heavenly home. He was a tremendous minister in the Heartland Conference. In his latter years, he faithfully visited Pentecostal Holiness churches throughout the Oklahoma City area and was always quick to offer a word of encouragement and a song. Well done, good and faithful servant!

Service Information

  • Visitation: Friday, March 30, 2018 4:00 - 8:00pm (the family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm)
    Vondel Smith & Son Mortuary North
    13125 N. MacArthur
    Oklahoma City, OK 73142
  • Funeral: Saturday, March 31st, 2018 10:30 am
    Liberty Christian Center
    1121 S. Post Road
    Midwest City, OK 73130

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