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Empty Saddles - Obituaries

Michael Joe Carmichael Sr. passed away in Yuma, Ariz., Jan. 19, 2013, from complications with COPD and pneumonia, and was surrounded by his family.

M.J. was born in Southern California to Mike and Merle Carmichael. He was taught to rope at the local jackpot arenas by his father Mike Carmichael.

Rudoll Glenn Ugland of Paso Robles, Calif., went home to be with the Lord on December 12, 2012.

He was born in Maywood, Calif., on Dec. 8, 1938, to the late W. Rudolph and Tille Ugland. After graduating high school he worked for Fat Jones’ Stables. He later joined the army and served at Fort Polk, Louisiana where he worked for the military police and in the horse stables. 

Carl “Sonny” Worrell, one of the top timed-event hands of his generation, died Jan. 28 at his home in Stonewall, Okla. He was 76.

Worrell was the PRCA steer roping champion in 1978 and qualified for 14 National Finals during his career – five times making it to the National Finals Rodeo as a tie-down roper and nine times to the National Finals Steer Roping.

Debbie L. (Stuart) Burner, beautiful wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, and friend, went to Heaven on December 12, 2012, at the age of 55.

Debbie was born in Tulare, Calif., on July 30, 1957. She called Tulare “home” her entire life, and had hundreds of friends both in her hometown and all around the country. She never knew a stranger, as she made friends wherever she went.

Encell O. Kenner, “Papa Curley,” was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend. Curley was surrounded by loved ones when God called him home Dec. 28, 2012. Curley was born on June 16, 1930, in Cloud Chief, Okla., to William and Ruby Kenner.

Curley served two years in the United States Army in Japan. After the military he came back to Selma and married Betty Helm, and they were married for 25 years and were blessed with three beautiful children.