Meet Our Staff

Our staff provides excellent funeral planning services.

We have years of experience caring for families from all walks of life, cultures and faiths. Our unsurpassed staff and our family provide kind, caring, professional service. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession who are dedicated to excellence in service, adhere to the highest funeral industry standards, and have exceptional integrity. We consistently earn phenomenally high customer satisfaction survey results.

Our licensed, professional staff is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call 580-353-2940 anytime. We will even come to you to make arrangements in the comfort of your home.

Prompt, compassionate service is always just a phone call away, where and when you need it.


Linda Newsom

Linda Newsom

Managing Partner/Funeral Director

Linda was born and raised in Lawton and graduated from Lawton High School. Linda worked at Southwestern Bell Telephone Company for many years as an operator and later as a service representative. She held the office of Vice President of Operator Services with Communication Workers of America Local #6009 and served in many offices with the Telephone Pioneers Club, including President. In 1998, she returned to college to fulfill her dream of caring for families in their darkest hour. "I felt a calling to help and serve the people of this wonderful community that has been so good to my family and me over the years."

She graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2001 with a Bachelor’s degree in Funeral Science. At UCO, she was a member of Sigma Phi Sigma.

Linda has served two terms as an Oklahoma Funeral Directors Association Chairperson and also served two terms as District 4 Governor for OFDA. She serves on the Arts For All Gala Committee and is a member of the Lawton Business Women's Association and Great Plaines Ambucs.

Linda is married to Kevin, and they have one son, Mathis and a granddaughter, Millie. She and her husband travel to Port Aransas several times a year to deep sea fish, and she competes locally and at the state level for her canned jellies, jams, and pickles, for which she has received many ribbons, including several "Best of Show" ribbons and many first place awards.

Pam West

Pam West

Funeral Director

Pam was born in Frederick, Oklahoma and grew up in Grandfield. She graduated from Grandfield High School in 1967. She graduated from Cameron University with a BS in Elementary Education in 1971. Pam taught for 36 years, 33 of those years at Big Pasture Elementary in Randlett, Oklahoma. She retired in May 2007. Before retiring from the school system, Pam began working at Lawton Ritter Gray Funeral Home. In 1973, Gray Funeral Home cared for her family members, at which time, Pam knew that she wanted to help provide that special service for others. Pam is very special to our funeral home family. Pam and her family attend Chattanooga Church of Christ. She is a member and past officer of Chapter EF P. E. O. Pam is married to Lee and has three children, Chad Adams, Chad West, and Jennifer Kelley, and eight grandchildren. Pam completed her lifelong dream of becoming a funeral director when she graduated from Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in May 2010. Pam was valedictorian of her graduating class and received the Bill Pierce Award. She was the first President of Women In Black, an organization formed to promote women in funeral services.

Jim Johnson

Jim Johnson

Funeral Director

Jim was born in Lawton but was raised in El Paso,Texas. He graduated from Burgess High School in El Paso in 1979 and moved back to Lawton at that time. Working his way though College, Jim graduated from Cameron University in 1990 with a B.A degree in Criminal Justice and from Oklahoma City University in 1991 with a M.A. degree in Criminal Justice Administration. Jim joined the Lawton Police Department in 1992 and is a full time Police Officer with the rank of Lieutenant. Jim has been a member of Mt. Scott Masonic Lodge #540 in Lawton since 1996 and has been a member of the Guthrie Scottish Rite as a 32nd degree Mason since 1997. He is also a member of Paradise Valley Baptist Church. In 2002, Jim started working at Lawton Ritter Gray and returned to school at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond to pursue a lifetime goal of being a funeral director. He graduated in 2005 with a B.S. degree in Funeral Science. Jim has a 16-year-old son named McCajah and enjoys working on old vehicles, riding his two antique Harley-Davidsons and working with his two pet horses, Lamont and Shiloe, in his spare time.

Bill Dupler

Bill Dupler

Support Staff



Debbie Evans

Debbie Evans

Support Staff

Debbie was born and raised in Lawton, Oklahoma. She graduated from Eisenhower in 1974. She is married to Ted Evans and has four children and four grandchildren. Debbie is also employed at Great Plains Surgical Clinic. In her spare time, Debbie likes to read and shop. Debbie is  member of Cameron Baptist Church.

Janie Dupler

Janie Dupler

Support Staff



Ken Couch

Ken Couch

Support Staff

Ken grew up in the Chattanooga-Cache area and graduated from Chattanooga High School in 1957. Upon graduation, he attended Southwestern State College for one year and Cameron for a semester. He joined the work force in 1959 at Automotive Parts, Inc. and retired in 2000.

Ken has been married for 43 years to his wife Sue, and they have one daughter, Gayla, who lives in Frisco, Texas.

Ken is a member of First Baptist Church where he is an ordained deacon and has taught Sunday School classes for many years. He volunteers at Southwestern Medical Center and is an avid OU football fan.

Ken came to Gray Family services in June 2006, and what a blessing they have been in his life.

Kevin Hand

Kevin Hand

Grounds Foreman



Larry Hoskins

Larry Hoskins

Support Staff

Larry Hoskins has been part of the Lawton Ritter Gray Family since September 2006. Larry and his wife, Nancy, have been married for 10 years and live in Lawton. He has one son, Mark. His son Scott passed away in 2001. Larry has one stepdaughter, Pam, and stepson-in-law, Chris. He has a granddaughter, Shelby, who is 15 years old, and a grandson, Cullen, who is seven. Larry enjoys fishing and hunting and is very good with the TV remote.

Margaret Ann Burke

Margaret Ann Burke

Office Manager for Gray Funeral Home

Margaret graduated from Grandfield High School and attended Draughon’s Business School at Wichita Falls, Texas.

She has a husband, Howard; two daughters, Sheila L. Taylor and husband Jeff and Lisa J. Koschak and Chris Johns; and three grandchildren, Chelsea L. Koschak, Cody A. Taylor, and Nicholas Johns.

"I was born in Grandfield, raised in the country southwest of Grandfield. I will always be a country girl at heart. I love my family and enjoy all activities that involve my grandchildren. I have worked with my husband both physically and ran the office, when we had our own business.”

“I enjoy my work for Gray Funeral Home very much. I like to read, crochet, and take walks when I can. I am very thankful for my family, friends and co-workers. My life is pretty simple and I am thankful for each day.”

Philip N. Dudenhoeffer

Philip N. Dudenhoeffer

Support Staff

Philip grew up in Grandfield. He graduated from Grandfield High School in 1955 and from Midwestern University in Wichita Falls in 1959. He worked in an oil field for eight years after graduating from college and has been farming from 1967 to present. He has worked with Gray Funeral Home since 1984. He has two children, DeLynn Barrows and David Dudenhoeffer.

Ted Evans

Ted Evans

Support Staff

Ted was born and raised in Lawton, Oklahoma. He graduated from Lawton High School in 1972 and from Cameron University in 1981 with a degree in biology. He is married to Debbie Evans, and they have four children and four great grandchildren. He is retired from the Oklahoma State of Health after 27 years of service. Ted attends Cameron Baptist Church. Ted's favorite hobby is raising and racing pigeons.

Lynda Sue Couch

Lynda Sue Couch

Ambassador

Sue grew up in Duncan. She is married to Ken Couch, and they have a daughter, Gayla, and son-in-law, Phil Davis. Sue worked for many years at Electro-Craft Inc. and retired in 2004. She and her husband have worked with Lawton Ritter Gray and Gray Funeral Homes and Sunset Memorial Gardens since 2009. Sue enjoys spending her time volunteering at Southwestern Medical Center, she has been a volunteer since 2004. She is also a member of the First Baptist Church of Lawton.

Blaine Wagoner

Blaine Wagoner

Cemetery



Monroe Copeland

Ambassador



Kris Gray

Funeral Director



Kara Gray Ludlum

Funeral Director



Davis Loafman

Funeral Director



Hannah Lathan



Leesa Varner

Admin



Bill Hogan



Tracey Bacon

Funeral Director/Embalmer

Tracey was born in Minnesota, where she was raised. She is an only child, and her mother lives in Minnesota. She graduated from White Bear Lake High School in 1988. She graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 2007. She is a 30-year veteran of the United States Army. Her hobbies include riding motorcycles, golfing and reading. She has one daughter, Ashley, who is currently in the United States Marine Corp as a Captain.

Tristan Adams

Administrative Assistant



Brennan Allen

Administrative Assistant



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