Community rallies around Webb family


Southwest Covenant School has dealt with its share of tragedies in recent years.

There has been an outpouring of love, prayers and support this week for this outstanding private Christian school after the death of sophomore Peter Webb.

The young man died Sunday after suffering a tragic injury during the Patriots’ football game last Friday night.

“His walk with Christ impacted every area of his life,” SWCS officials posted on Facebook the morning after his death. “We all rest in the confidence that Peter is apart from the body, but present with the Lord.”

The strength of Southwest Covenant’s core – the school’s families, administrators, teachers, and students – will again help these Patriots rise even stronger than ever.

This school is blessed to have outstanding leadership with Headmaster Steve Lessman, Principal Kevin Cobbs, coach Trey Cloud, Director of Development Patti Betts, along with a dedicated group of teachers.

After SWCS graduates Sean Matthew Tucker and Luke Cooper Ross were killed in a December 2017 traffic collision, the administration and faculty are having to deal with another immensely difficult situation while remaining strong and educating their student body.

There really are no words to describe the pain that any school experiences after a student’s unexpected death. The impact is felt much deeper at a small school like Southwest Covenant where everyone knows each other.

Young Peter Webb was like so many other classmates. He was a servant-leader, always ready to help anyone in need.

Teachers loved Peter and he was an outstanding student. And as an athlete, he played on the Patriots’ football, basketball and baseball teams.

Peter was thought of highly. Coaches said he was both talented and a hard worker. Teachers admired his respect and discipline in the classroom. And his classmates loved him deeply.

Prayers and well-wishes continue to be received both for the Southwest Covenant community and for Peter’s family. His parents, Jim and Stacy Webb, have been active with Southwest Covenant for many years and Stacy is chairman of the school board. His brothers are Jack, Sam, Ben, and Hank.

Please keep them all in your thoughts.

Whenever tragedy strikes our community, neighbors here always come through. I like to call it the “Yukon Gold Standard.”

Whatever the Webb family needs – and whatever the Southwest Covenant family needs – I hope you will reach out and offer to help.

There will be a memorial service for Peter Webb at 11 a.m. this Friday at Covenant Community Church, 2250 S Yukon Parkway.

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One of my favorite people in Yukon is Marge Brakefield. Marge always has a big smile when I see her and is a great hugger. Marge and her family – including sons Mike and Brad and daughter Tina – have been longtime contributors to our community.

I’ve gotten to know Marge because of her support for various civic causes. This includes Central Oklahoma Ballet; Marge is a past Yukon Nutcracker performer (as one of the “maids”) and a dedicated benefactor.

Marge was among familiar faces who came to the local ballet company’s annual Nutcracker fund-raising benefit last Sunday afternoon at Grady’s 66 Pub. Live music, cold beverages, yummy homemade desserts, and terrific onion burgers (grilled by Bodie Mankin) were enjoyed by all.

Another friendly face was Kim Rex, also a former Nutcracker performer and fellow Central Oklahoma Ballet board member. A few years back, Kim was Oklahoma Czech royalty and helped at the annual pageant.

Kim’s father, David Landes, was the Oklahoma Czech Festival bread baker for many years. Although she wasn’t wearing her Czech kroj this past Sunday, Kim still looks like a real Czech Queen!

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The spelling “kolache” with the letter “h” is the anglicized version, according to Debbie (Holmes) Kessler of Oklahoma Czechs Inc.

“When you see the ‘v’ accent mark over the ‘c’, that turns the ‘c’ into a ‘chuh’ sound in Czech,” Debbie says. “But for Americans (who speak English), that doesn’t mean anything to us. I’m sure that somebody put the ‘h’ in there so Americans can say it properly.”

Kessler, a 1980 Yukon High School graduate, took over as pageant director two years ago from longtime director Janice VanBrunt.

Then Debbie Holmes, she competed in the Czech Queen pageant during the late ‘70s. Her children followed in her footsteps.

“My daughters have both been the junior queen and the queen and my son was prince,” Debbie says. “Now we’re starting a third generation. My grandson was the prince last year.”
NOTE: This year’s annual Oklahoma Czech-Slovak Royalty Pageant will start at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29 at Yukon Czech Hall. In past years, the pageant started at 4 p.m. It was pushed back 30 minutes because there are so many more contestants (16) this year that more time has been allotted for private interviews in the afternoon. “Good problem to have”, Debbie says.