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Children of Lola B. James (1918-1996) of Big Cabin, Craig County, Oklahoma and Chester Leroy Johns (1915-1992):


1.    Roy Leon Hicks:  born January 8, 1936, two days prior to Lola B. James’ marriage to Roy Lee Hicks; Roy Lee Hicks agreed to give his surname to Lola’s first child; in turn, Lola names her fist child after her first husband; married to Cynthia Jo Hicks; resides in Grove, Delaware County Oklahoma; known children include: Curtis Ray Hicks, Shanna Marie Hicks and Donna Hicks


Children of Lola B. James (1918-1996) of Big Cabin, Craig County, Oklahoma and Roy Lee Hicks (1913-1997) of Chelsea, Rogers County, Oklahoma:


2.    Rebecca Suzanne Hicks:  born December 25, 1937 in Chelsea, Rogers County, Oklahoma; first marriage on March 6, 1958 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Raymond Eugene Cook (1937-2020), son of William Claude Cook (1892-1960) and Mary Bessie Egbert (1903-1979); second marriage in 1983 to Robert L. Tucker (1929-1993); third marriage in 1998 to Joe Higgins; died December 8, 2020 (aged 82) in Weatherford, Custer County, Oklahoma; buried at Niles Cemetery in Niles, Canadian County, Oklahoma; known children include: Bryan Cook, Douglas B. Cook and Kay Lynn Cook.


Children of Lola B. James (1918-1996) of Big Cabin, Craig County, Oklahoma and William Clifford McCrary (1908-1962) of Eastland, Eastland County, Texas:


3.    Deloris Sandra McCrary:  born March 9, 1950 in Vinita, Craig County, Oklahoma; married  married July 28, 1972 to Andy Merriman; died February 8, 2021 (aged 70) in Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma; buried at Newcastle Memorial Gardens in Newcastle, McClain County, Oklahoma; known children include: Andy Sims Merriman, William Merriman and Audy Merriman.





Lola B. James (1918-1996) was the biological daughter of George Washington James (1869-1944) of Arcadia, Kansas and Emma M. Logston (1872–1919).


Rebecca Suzanne “Sue” (Hicks) Higgins (1937-2020) graduated from Capitol Hill High School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1956. She met Raymond Cook while they were both working for C.R. Anthony Co. They were married March 6, 1958 in Oklahoma City. They moved to Davenport, Iowa where Sue worked for Singer Sewing Machine Co. while Raymond attended Chiropractic School. They moved to St. Louis, Missouri where he finished school and then the couple relocated to Oklahoma City in 1961. Their first son, Bryan, was born in 1962, then came Doug in 1964 and lastly Kay Lynn in 1966. Sue was dedicated to her life’s work, raising her children. In 1969 she moved her family to Cedar Lake, Oklahoma. They attended Cedar Lake Chapel. Sue was active in the Home Demonstration Club and was Caddo County Homemaker of the Year. She was very active with all her kids’ activities. Sue was present at all of their sporting events, enjoyed gardening and raised a full acre garden. She entered produce in The Hinton Fair where she won many blue ribbons. In 1983 Sue moved to El Reno, Oklahoma and then to Eufaula, Oklahoma where she married Bob Tucker. Bob preceded her in death in 1993. She later married Joe Higgins in 1998, and he preceded her in death in 2008. Sue moved to Weatherford, Oklahoma in 2010 to be close to her children. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Weatherford where she was active in her Sunday School class. She enjoyed bowling and playing Bunco. She loved Oklahoma University Football and knew all of the statistics involving her team. Sue loved fishing, cooking, quilting, sewing and all things crafty. She could do anything she set her mind to. A neighbor said about Sue, “She had the constitution of a cast iron skillet.” She was an exceptional mother and grandmother.  Her survivors included three children: Bryan Cook and wife Kim of Weatherford, Oklahoma; Douglas B. Cook and wife Kim of Weatherford; and, Kay Richards and her husband Mark of Hobart, Oklahoma; 3 step children including Linda Stocker of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Patti Townsend of Oklahoma City; and, Mark Spencer of Newberry Springs, California; 7 grandchildren including Blake Cook of Weatherford, Oklahoma; Blair Makes Cry and husband Derek of Weatherford, Oklahoma; Chandler Cook and wife Samantha of Atlanta, Georgia; Preston Cook and wife Brittany of Beacon, New York; Andrae’ Cook of Norman, Oklahoma; Aaron Richards of Cresent, Oklahoma; and, Blaine Richards and wife Lindsey of Hobart, Oklahoma; 11 great grandchildren; 2 siblings including Leon Hicks and wife Cindy of Grove, Oklahoma; and, Sandy Merriman and husband Andy of Lake Murray, Oklahoma as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.  Sue was preceded in death by her parents Roy Hicks and Lola B. James (a.k.a. “Lola Mae Hibdon”) and husbands, Bob Tucker and Joe Higgins, and granddaughter, Kandace Suzanne Richards.


Deloris Sandra “Sandy” (McCrary) Merriman (1950-2021) graduated from Capitol Hill High School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1968.  She married Andy Merriman on July 28, 1972.  She was a hairdresser for thirty-one years and then owned and operated her own flower shop in Newcastle, Oklahoma for eight years.  Sandy was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Rebecca Suzanne Higgins; and two great granddaughters, Emma Lynn and Aaliyah Jade. She was survived by her husband, Andy Merriman, of the home; three sons, Andy Sims and his wife, Darlene, of Blanchard, William Merriman of Newcastle, and Audy Merriman of Lindsay; one stepson, Robert Wayne Merriman, of Holdenville; four grandchildren; four great grandchildren; one brother, Roy Leon Hicks and his wife, Cindy, of Grove; numerous nieces and nephews; and many other loved ones and friends.




Family Records of Donna (Hicks) Williams of Mulvane, Sumner County, Kansas; granddaughter of Lola B. James..


Family Records of Dr. Douglas B. Cook of Weatherford, Custer County, Oklahoma; grandson of Lola B. James.


Obituary of Sandy Merriman (1950-2021), published by Eisenhour Funeral Home of Blanchard, Oklahoma.

Rebecca Suzanne (Hicks) Higgins (1937-2020), Find A Grave Memorial, ID No. 219604380, by Dede Sutton-Morris, added December 10, 2020.


Deloris Sandra (McCrary) Merriman (1950-2021), Id., Memorial ID No. 222683054, by Dede Sutton-Morris, added February 11, 2021.


Raymond Eugene Cook (1937-2020), Id., Memorial ID No. 219688340, by Judy Borden Soos, added December 13, 2020.




Lola B. James (1918-1996) with children Rebecca Suzanne Hicks (1937-2020) and Roy Leon Hicks.



Rebecca Suzanne Hicks (1937-2020) and Dr. Raymond Eugene Cook (1937-2020)



Deloris Sandra “Sandy” (McCrary) Merriman (1950-2021)



Updated: February 14, 2021