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Donivan Fisher LaViness was born on 19 Jun 1904 in Lafayette, Allen Co., OH. He appeared on the census in 1910 in OH. Donivan went to school at Drumright. He appeared on the census in 1920 in Drumright, Creek Co., OK. He was living in 1928 in Hominy, Osage Co., OK. Thomas "Floyd" and his son, Donivan Fisher, both worked for the Tidal, aka Tide Water Oil Company when Thomas "Floyd" died. Donivan didn't work for Tidewater very long, he went from there to Texaco in 1929.
He was living in Apr 1928 in Drumright, Creek Co., OK. He resided at 710 S. Benedict St. between 1954 and 1960 in Shawnee, Pottawatomie Co., OK. He died on 7 Nov 1965 in Shawnee, Pottawatomie Co., OK.
Shawnee News-Star, November 8, 1965
Donivan F. Laviness, 61, 710 W. Benedict, died early Sunday morning in a local hospital.
Services are scheduled for 2 p.m., Wednesday, November 10, in Gaskill Funeral Chapel. Rev. Charles Crane of Seminole will officiate, and burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery at Seminole.
Laviness a pumper for Texas Oil Company, was born June 19, 1904 in Lima, Ohio. He moved to Drumright in 1907 and lived in Seminole 22 years before coming to Shawnee in 1950. A member of the Church of God, he had been with Texas Oil Company for 38 years. He and Mrs. Laviness were married February 25, 1926 in Drumright.
Survivors include: his wife, Mrs. Elsie Laviness, of the home; two sons W. D. Laviness, 901 E. Buck, and D. R. Laviness, Broken Arrow; two daughters, Mrs. Carol Lee Wall, 4 Seneca Drive, and Mrs. Debra Knoles, Shawnee; a brother Melvin Laviness, Ada; a sister Mrs. Winona Huntsinger, Stanford, Fla.; and nine grandchildren.
Bearers will be Cecil Johnson, Dave Roberts, Les Richardson, V. B. Jones, Cletus Crosby, and Fred Camp.
He was buried on 10 Nov 1965 in Maple Grove Cemetery, Seminole, Seminole Co., OK. He was educated in Drumright, Creek Co., OK.
He was married to Elsie Pearl Hiland (daughter of Emery Allen "Oscar" Hiland and Etta May Rogers) on 25 Feb 1927 in Drumright, Creek Co., OK. They were married by Rev. Robert W. Lackey of the Missionary Baptist Church in Drumright, OK. Elsie Pearl Hiland was born on 28 Sep 1906 in Jennings, Pawnee Co., OK. She resided at 710 S. Benedict St. between 1954 and 1972 in Shawnee, Pottawatomie Co., OK. She died on 1 Oct 1993 in Shawnee, Pottawatomie Co., OK. She was buried on 4 Oct 1993 in Maple Grove Cemetery, Seminole, Seminole Co., OK. Donivan Fisher LaViness and Elsie Pearl Hiland had the following children:
i. Wendell David LaViness.
ii. Donnie Ray LaViness.
iii. Carol Lea LaViness.
iv. Tommy Allen LaViness was born on 10 Aug 1937 in Seminole, Seminole Co., OK. He died on 19 Jul 1938 in Idabel, McCurtan Co., OK. He was buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, Seminole, Seminole Co., OK.
v. Debbie LaViness.