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Bryan County, Oklahoma

Highland Park Cemetery
Durant, Oklahoma

© Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home

Deceased Name: Esther Ray Waitman Kincheloe

© Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home

Submitted by: Jo Aguirre

Esther Ray Waitman Kincheloe, 92, passed away December 26, 2015. The funeral services will be held on December 31 at 11:00 a.m. at the Durant First Baptist Church Chapel with Brother Bob Thomas officiating. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home.

Esther was born in Kemp, Oklahoma, on November 9, 1923, to Mattie Duckworth Waitman and Jim Waitman.

At the age of 18, she married Bennie Mac Kincheloe. They were married December 13, 1941, and were married 66 years. The couple lived in Durant most of their married life but spent a few years in Fairbanks, Alaska, during his time of active duty in the Air Force.

Most people will remember Esther as Dr. John Owens dental hygienist. She was his "right hand man" for many years. Esther loved her job and getting to talk to all of their patients and know what was going on in their lives.

In her spare time, Esther loved to cook. She made the best coconut pies, fried pies, sour-dough pancakes, fried okra, roast, mashed potatoes and brown gravy in Bryan County--in the family's opinion {of course}.

In addition, she loved to be outside and could out-work any man around. She was known to be out mowing her place at Kiersey well into her mid-80s. In fact, she purchased her last chain-saw at 85 and talked her "care-giver" into helping her cut down a tree. She could never sit still and always had to being moving and doing something.

She was a long-time member of First Baptist Church in Durant and loved her Sunday School friends and singing in the Keenager Choir.

Esther was the oldest of the four Waitman sisters. She loved her sisters and travelled many places across the world with them. But the real love of Esther's life were her grandchildren. She was always there to help in any way she could. After her retirement, Esther especially enjoyed entertaining her grandchildren. She like to cook for them, play games, and take them up to "their place" on Blue River near Kenefic to fish and ride the four-wheeler. Nothing was ever boring with Granny Esther around.

She is survived by two sons, Calvin Kincheloe and his wife Sue of New Port Richey, Florida and Michael Kincheloe and his wife Gina, of Durant, Oklahoma.

Esther is survived by four grandchildren--Tracie Albano of New York, New York, Craig Kincheloe of Tampa, Florida, Kevin Kincheloe of Washington D.C. and Kris Kincheloe of Birmingham, Alabaama. She is also survived by three beautiful great-grandchildren--Fisher, Fiona and Fletcher Albano of New York, New York.

Esther has two sisters remaining--Mattie Jim Hawkins of St. George, Utah and Lucille Row of Denison, Texas.

Preceeding her in death was her husband, Bennie, parents, Jim and Mattie Waitman, sister, Louise Starnes and brother, Choc Waitman.

The family would like to extend our sincere thanks to Mary and the excellent staff in Memory Lane at Southern Pointe Living Center who have given loving care to Esther.

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