Theophilus “Theo” Carruthers, 57, a life-long resident of Altus, passed away after a brief illness on January 3, 2023 at Jackson County Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family. The services honoring the life and legacy of Theo will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2023 at 1:00 PM in the Kincannon Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at the Altus City Cemetery under the direction of Kincannon Funeral Home.
Theo was born on December 8, 1965 in Clinton, Oklahoma to the late Ancil Carruthers Sr. and Dorothy (Furlow) Carruthers. Theo was a loving son, brother, father and grandfather. He married Mariam Salone on September 18, 1989 in Jacksonville, Florida. Theo was humble, kind, respectful, and at times very humorous. He had a way of saying things that would make you laugh or put a smile on your face. Theo enjoyed going fishing and watching wrestling. He loved football and took pride in cheering on his favorite teams, the Oklahoma Sooners and the San Francisco 49ers. Theo attended Altus High School and he graduated with the class of 1984. He worked in the construction industry a portion of his adult life. He always enjoyed spending time with his family. Theo attended the Church of God in Christ No. 1 as a young child where his father, Rev. Ancil Carruthers Sr., was a minister. After a short stay in Oklahoma City, Theo and his father returned to Altus and started the groundwork to open Holy Revival Center. They worked diligently together and due to their hard work, the church doors of Holy Revival Center were opened in March of 1981. Theo was a member of Holy Revival Center until he passed away.
Theo left this world just like he lived; he wrote his own rules, he paved his own way, and he fought until the very end. Theo was a combination of someone who had a love of life and an understanding of what was important – the simplicity of living a life with those you love. Theo will be greatly missed and affectionately remembered by his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ancil Carruthers Sr.; brothers, John Stephen Carruthers and DeWayne Jones; and grandson, DeVante’ Bridges.
Those left to honor Theo’s memory are his mother, Dorothy Carruthers; two daughters, Tameka Carruthers Whitehead and husband, Detrick Whitehead and Quintisha Jackson; five sons, Antonio Salone, Theophilus Carruthers, Jr., Denzel Maytubbie, Mykelty Carruthers, and TeAndre Carruthers; seven granddaughters, Anaya Salone, Alicia Wooden, JaNiyah Thomas, A’Miyah, JaMeyah, AaLiyah Bridges, and Essiah Carruthers; two grandsons, Jerrod Sanders and Khylin Maytubbie; siblings, Verletta Morgan, LaJune Robinson, Ancil Carruthers, Jr. and wife, Sheryl, Clifton Earl Carruthers, and Petra Carruthers; and many nieces, nephews, and other family members and friends.
Online tributes may be made at kincannonfuneralhome.com. The service livestream may be viewed at
The Carruthers family wishes to acknowledge with deep appreciation the many expressions of love, concern, and kindness shown to them during this time of bereavement. A special thank you to the staff members at Jackson County Memorial Hospital who took care of our loved one during his illness - Dr. Xiong and three wonderful Registered Nurses - Lucas, Megan and Lindsey. We are very grateful for your kindness and compassion.