Stephen Kyle Ketcherside 36, of Nowata passed away on April 08, 2009 in the Jane Phillips Nowata Health Center. He was born on August 24, 1972 in Claremore, Oklahoma. Stephen received his education from Alluwe Public Schools. He was member of the First Baptist Church in Nowata. Stephen was very family oriented; he had a large family and every one of them held their special place in his heart. His two greatest joys in life were his two beautiful girls. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing much like his Grandpa Wolf. Stephen was a handy man extraordinaire; if it was broke he could fix it and if it wasn’t broke he could make it bigger and better.
Stephen is survived by his loving wife Tisha (Baxter) Ketcherside, his 2 daughters Allysa and Madison Barnes, 3 stepchildren Derek, Jonathan, and Katie Hughes, his mother Pam and her husband Steve Landrum, his father Terry and his wife Patricia Barnes, 7 siblings Stacey Dobson and her husband Richard, Misty Lewis and her husband Scooter, Justin Barnes, Jared Ketcherside and his wife Christi, Kim Henry, Mickey Barnes and her husband Doug, and Tashena Barnes, his paternal grandparents Bill and Gaynelle Barnes, his great uncle John Shipley and his wife Nancy, his friend Timmy Hash, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins and a town filled with friends.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Wolf and Shirley Shipley, his great grandmother Mamie Harrison, and one cousin Tristan Tiry.
Funeral services for Stephen are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at the First Baptist Church with Pastor Todd Brock officiating. He will be laid to rest in the Ball Cemetery. Casket Bearers will be: Timmy Hash, Justin Barnes, Jared Ketcherside, Doug Barnes, Terry Tiry and Dewayne Baxter. Honorary Casket Bearers will be: Shamacka Mayhew, Terry John Luttrell, Ted Deplois, Jeffery Tiry, Curtis Barnes, Kevin Williams, and Chad Armstrong. Visitation will be held at the Benjamin Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 from 8am until 9pm. Online condolences may be left for the Ketcherside family at www.honoringmemories.com. In lieu of flowers, a trust fund has been established for his daughters and memorial contributions can be made to the Stephen Ketcherside Memorial Fund at Arvest Bank.