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Obituaries

 

 Joyce J. Marsh

 

Joyce J. Marsh was born on February 22, 1947, in Prague, Oklahoma, and departed this life on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Shawnee, Oklahoma, at the age of 67.

 Joyce, the daughter of George Truman and Lloydell (Oplinger) Jepsen, Jr., was a resident of Shawnee.  She was a retired office manager. 

 Her parents and nephew, Kyle Martin, preceded Joyce in death.

 Survivors include:

 Daughter

Jennifer E. Baird of Shawnee

 Father of her daughter

Phillip Marsh of Prague

 Granddaughter

Samantha Baird of Shawnee

 Brother and sister-in-law

George and Diane Jepsen, III of Shawnee

 Sister and brother-in-law

Jane and Alan Martin of Prague

 Nephew

Jason Martin and his wife, Stephania and their children, Taylor and Conner

 Niece

Rhiannon Jepsen and her son, Corrian Jepsen other family and friends

 

                                   Graveside services will be held on Saturday, August 2, 2014, at 2:00 PM at Prague Cemetery in Prague with Father Adrian Vorderlandwehr, OSB officiating.  Services are under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Service in Prague.

 

A guest book is available to share your memories on-line.

Please visit www.ParksBrothers.net

Chapman “Chitto” Hill

Chapman “Chitto” Hill was born December 5, 1926 to Jack Isaac and Lizzy Yahola Wesley in Okemah, Oklahoma. He departed this life October 8, 2014 at the age of 87 years, 10 months, and 3 days.

He had lived in Altus and Henryetta before moving to Bristow in 2009. He worked as a wool presser. He was a member of the Greenleaf Baptist Church and Ceremonial Grounds. He enjoyed playing softball and stickball as well as being an avid Oklahoma Sooner fan.

He is survived by Granddaughter, Nema Hill and husband Stan Harjo of the Bristow home; Grandson, Jason Hill of Beggs, Oklahoma; Great Grandson, Cole Harjo of the home and Great Granddaughter, Ashley Harjo of the home; Three brothers, Jacob Hill of Dewar, Oklahoma, Billy Hill of Dustin, Oklahoma and Josie Hill of Checotah, Oklahoma; six sisters, Amy Hill of Okemah, Oklahoma, Maxine Hill of Weleetka, Oklahoma, Lillie Hill of Checotah, Oklahoma, Salina Alexander of Konawa, Esther Wesley and Togee Wesley. He was preceded in death by his parents and step mother Mary Hill; Children, Virgil, Shirley, Patricia and Gino; Brothers, Dewey Hill, Benjamin Hill, Dave Hill, Roman Hill, Eunice Hill, Adam Wesley and Daniel Wesley.

Wake services will be held 7:00PM, Monday, October 13, 2014 and Funeral services will be 2:00PM, Tuesday, October 14, 2014 both at Greenleaf Baptist Church. Interment will follow at the Greenleaf Cemetery. Services will be conducted by Pastor Richard Fixico and David Hill. Condolences can be sent to www.hutchinsmaplesfuneralhome.com


Frankie Lee (Strain) Yadon


Funeral services for Frankie Lee Yadon were held Friday, October 10, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah.  Interment followed at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah.

Frankie Lee (Strain) Yadon, age 104 years and 9 months, of Midwest City passed away October 8, 2014.  She was born January 10, 1910 in Bearden, Oklahoma to Henry Lee and Emilene (Bearden) Strain. 

Frankie graduated from Okemah High School in 1926 and later attended Okmulgee Jr. College.  She married Ralph C. Yadon in July of 1928 in Weleetka, Oklahoma.  They had three children, Ralph Jr., Dixie Lee and Donna Sue.

Frankie was preceded in death by her husband Ralph, her son, Ralph Jr., son-in-law, Jim Graham, her parents, four brothers and four sisters. 

She is survived by one sister, Joan Swain of Okemah; two daughters, Dixie Lee (Bill) Swain and Donna Sue Graham both of Midwest City, Oklahoma; daughter in law, Nellie Ruth Apple of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; six grandchildren, Terri Miller (Steve), Ginger Roberts (Brad), William R. Swain (Dianne), Jimmy Graham (Kerri), Jill Helms (Scott) and Mark Yadon; ten great-grandchildren, Hannah, Nathan, Ryan, Kellie, Matt, Holly, Justin, Stephanie, Alanna and Jonathan and nine great-great-grandchildren.

Serving as active pallbearers were, Bill Swain, Nathan Graham, Jim Graham, Mark Yadon, Matt Helms and Brad Roberts. 

Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Kellos Walker.

The family would especially like to thank Quality Care Hospice for its wonderful care of Mrs. Yadon.

Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


Velma C. Miller 


Velma C. Miller passed away on September 25, 2014 at the age of 70.  She was born on November 27, 1943 in Okemah, OK to parents Cranford Cooper and Irene Franks.  Velma moved to Las Vegas, NV in 1962, where she met Gary Miller, and they were married on October 19, 1966.  She retired from the banking industry in 2006 and they relocated to Humble, TX.  Velma was an avid reader and loved watching her grandsons play baseball and shopping with her grandaughters.


Velma is survived by her husband of 47 years, Gary;  her daughter Kristina Orshoski of Charlotte, NC; son Lance Miller and his wife Jennifer of Humble, TX; two granddaughters Ashley and Jessica Orshoski; three grandsons Jordan, Joseph and Jared Miller; sister Dorothy Green of Neosho, MO; and numerous extended family members and friends.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings Junior Cooper, Kenneth Cooper, James Cooper, and Phyllis Neff;  and brother-in-law James Green.  Visit velmamiller.com for online condolence and memorial service information.


Loyd Dean "Red" Nichols

 

Loyd Dean "Red" Nichols, 75, passed from this life on Sunday October 5, 2014 after a long battle with cancer. Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at Parks Funeral Home Chapel, 301 N. 3rd Street in Okemah, OK. Burial will be at the Castle Cemetery, one mile south of Castle on HWY 48. 

Red Nichols was born on April 10th, 1939 in Okemah.  He was the son of Raymond and Velma Nichols. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, one sister, Lois Nichols and one brother, Charles Nichols who both died at a very early age. He is survived by sons Ricky Nichols and wife Donna, Bridgeport, TX., Ronny Nichols and wife Teri, Coweta, OK., daughter Rhonda Bennett and husband Keith, Branson, MO., two brothers, Donald Nichols and wife Lora, Shawnee, Jerry Nichols and wife Aldean, Okemah; one sister, Karen Massey and husband Ronald, Prague, seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins. 


Red grew up on Camp's Ranch, a large ranch on the North Canadian River bottom, west of Okemah owned by brothers Sterling and Tom Camp. He had many stories of his early life there and as you can imagine, some were hysterical. One in particular involved trapping a bobcat, putting it in an old suitcase and leaving it on the side of the road while he and his friends waited in the bushes for a car to come by. When a car came by it stopped, an unsuspecting victim got out, looked around, grabbed the old suitcase and jumped back into the car.  The car sped off but it wasn't long before everyone abandoned the car, leaving the bobcat in control of it. 

Growing up in the 50's involved fast cars and racing. Red's first car was a 1941 Green Ford and was a gift from his big brother Donald. Red had several cars during his early years and yes, there were some accidents along the way including an Oldsmobile Coup that somehow ended up in a tree.

At the age of 16, looking for a "better life in the big city", Red moved to Oklahoma City to work in a warehouse. At the age of 18, he moved back to Okemah to work at Lee's Body Shop. It was during this time that he met, and married, Joy Ann Fuller from Wetumka. After the birth of their son, Ricky, and at the urging of relatives in Bakersfield, they moved to California to "make more money". After six months they moved back to Okemah with a better job offer at Lee's Body Shop. Red said he made a lot of money in California and had over $300 in his pocket when they returned to Okemah. 

In 1962 Bob Lee unexpectedly passed away and with the financial backing of O.C. Craig, Okfuskee County District Judge, Red, at the age of 23, bought the body shop from the Lee family and changed the name to Red's Body Shop. He successfully operated this business into the late 1990's. In addition to the body shop services he added a 24-hour wrecker service, performed mechanic work, front-end alignment, tire balancing, dump truck service and truck retrieval services for wrecked trucks for several large trucking companies out of OKC and Tulsa.  After closing Red's Body Shop he worked in a large body shop in Shawnee until retiring. 

He was a member of the Okemah Jaycees for several years. Jaycees are known as "Young Men in Action” and is a non-profit organization for the purpose of charitable, benevolent, religious, educational or scientific purposes. The Okemah Jaycee Chapter conducted literally hundreds of civic improvement projects, donated several thousand dollars to benevolent causes and upheld the fact that Faith in God Gives Meaning and Purpose to Human Life. Red was voted Jaycee of the month in May 1967 for his work on the Jaycee's Concession and Sound Truck. He was Director of the Okemah Civil Defense and a volunteer fireman for many years. He volunteered his time and donated money to many other local functions including the Okemah Lake Road and Pioneer Day Celebration. He was instrumental in helping push through the new section of the Okemah Lake which dramatically increased the storage capacity of the city's water supply.

Red, along with many of his close friends, loved to dance and they spent many weekends doing just that as they were growing up. Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis, Conway Twitty, The Big Bopper, Fats Domino, Muddy Waters, Roy Orbison, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin were some of the big names of the time. They especially enjoyed the beat, rhythm and soulful sounds of the many R&B groups of the time. Red and life-long best friend Don Davis competed in, and won many dance contests across Oklahoma. It was always a challenge between Red and Don and their dates to see who would go home with the bragging rights. 

Red purchased a ski boat and water skied many-a-mile around the Okemah Lake. He also taught his kids and many friends how to water ski. There was one occasion where it took three life vests to convince one rather large Oklahoma Highway Patrolman with a fear of the water to go skiing and with the three vests strapped on he looked like an early version of the Michelin Tire Man. But Red convinced him that it was safe and he learned how to ski.  The 4th of July celebration brought the hydro-plane boat races to the Okemah Lake and Red always volunteered his time and boat to help make the races a success. Those hydro-plane boats were a little unruly and would turn over very frequently often trapping the driver under the water so a quick rescue was important to them and Red was there to do his part. His love of the lake led him to build a lake cabin on the north side of Okemah Lake where family and friends spent many fun weekends and holidays. To make it easier for everyone to get in and out of the boat Red decided to build a boat dock but that project was doomed from the beginning. Red accidently burned Ronny with the cutting torch one weekend resulting in a trip to the local hospital for burn treatment. The next weekend Red had just finished gas welding a "tee" on the walkway with that same torch and as he was turning around, he stepped in a hole and sat right down on that red hot steel, severely burning his backside. This time it was Red's turn to go to the hospital with a bed sheet wrapped around him as he held two ice packs against his burned body parts. It was a while before Red sat down after that. The boat dock finally got finished but a few weeks after its completion heavy rain storms flooded the lake and destroyed the dock. Red decided it would be best for the boat to be parked on the bank from then on. 

Red became a certified scuba diver and worked with local law enforcement on many underwater accident investigations and recoveries. Red also purchased and flew a Cessna single-engine plane. He took lessons at Seminole and received his solo permit there. He loved to go up after dark, enjoying the peace and tranquility that nighttime brings, to look at all the lights from the many surrounding towns and communities. 

Red enjoyed a good John Wayne western, or an episode of Bonanza, The Big Valley or The Rifleman. He enjoyed Okemah sports and OU Football, especially back in the days of the Selmon brothers. He helped coach little league ball for a few years when his boys were in school.

Red also loved a good party and shared drinks with many friends over the years. They joked, cutup and took turns telling wild stories and the bull could get pretty deep at times.

Although Red passed at the young age of 75, he lived a very full life, saw a lot of God's earth, made many friends and helped many folks where there was a need. In fact, he saved Robert Reilly III, the Funeral Home Director. When Robert was just a youngster a couple of bigger kids duct taped him to a pole. Red came by and seeing Robert's predicament sprang into action and cut Robert loose. If Red hadn't helped Robert out he could have still been taped to that pole.  He did many good things throughout his life but like the rest of us was not perfect and did make some mistakes along the way. But knowing his limitations he asked for forgiveness for his sins and accepted Jesus Christ into his heart several years back. He confessed this to several people including his sons and best friend Don Davis. Although we will all miss him and his infectious laugh we have comfort knowing that he passed from this life to a much better place and is now enjoying God's full love and grace. And whatever job he has now been given Heaven we're sure he accepted it with the same tenacity that he did here on earth. We will miss you for now Red, but we know that you will be there to help each of us across when our time comes. Donations may be made in memory of Red to: BancFirst, PO Box 151, Okemah, Oklahoma 74859 ATTN: Kim Shandy


Harvey Lee Haddox

Harvey Lee Haddox, a resident of Comanche, OK passed away Sunday evening, September 28, 2014 at Lawton, OK at the age of 83.  

Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at the Parks Brother Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah.  Interment will follow at the Okfuskee Cemetery.  The family will be receiving friends Wednesday evening from 5:00-6:30 PM also at the funeral home.

Harvey was born on July 4, 1931 in Okemah to William Alton and Waneta May (Gomerly) Haddox.  He proudly served his country in the United States Army.   He was a graduate of Nuyaka High School.   He and Joyce Lee were united in marriage on November 3, 1968 in Madill, OK.  He worked as a welder, and also a rancher for many years.  Harvey was an avid hunter and fisherman.  He was a member of the American Legion.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce, of Comanche, OK; thee children: Kathy Sides and husband Joe, Comanche, OK; Karen Denise Price and husband Jerry, Ada, OK; and Sheryl Ann Busby and husband Danny, Okmulgee, OK;  seven grandchildren: Garrett Kole Sides, Jaci Jo Sides, Triston Price, Katy Price, Rudy Price, Chris Groesbeck, and Keresa  Haddox; three great-grandchildren: Bailey Marie Groesbeck, Destini Welch, and Victoria Rose Edwards;  two brothers: Alfred Haddox and wife Rona, Okemah, OK; Charles Haddox and wife Anna, Okemah, OK; two sisters: Wanda Baldrige and husband Calvin, Okmulgee, OK; and Minnie Croft, Denison, TX, and many other relatives and dear friends.

Harvey was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters: Florence Marie McRae, and Rita Fay Liles, and one brother, Allen Rae Haddox.

 Active Pallbearers will be,  Joe Sides,  Jerry Price,  Danny Busby,  Chris Groesbeck, Triston Price and Johnny Baldridge.

 Honorary bearers include:  Alfred Haddox, Charles Haddox and Calvin Baldridge.

Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


Carl Willard Tilton, Sr.

Carl Willard Tilton was born May 3, 1926 in Yellville, Arkansas to Roscoe Sinclair Tilton and Elizabeth Wade (Dean) Tilton. He passed away Thursday, September 25, 2014 in Okemah at the age of 88.

Mr. Tilton worked many years as a song writer and musician.

He is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

Survivors include his son, Carl Tilton, Jr. and wife Valerie of Norwalk, Ohio; one brother, Lewis Tilton of Arkansas; two sisters, Doris of North Dakota, and Rachel Carlile of North Dakota; one sister in law, Helen Tilton of Springfield, Missouri; and one granddaughter, Chelsea.

Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.



Raymond Joe Taylor

 

Raymond Joe Taylor of Okfuskee County, Oklahoma passed away at his home in Clearlake, California on September 20 six weeks after his 93rd birthday. 

His beloved wife of 65 years Betty, son Dan, daughter in law Pam, grandson Graham, and numerous nieces and nephews survive him. 

Born in Monkstown, Texas to Walter and Rose Taylor, Joe and his parents, sisters Geneva and Alice and brother Cecil moved by horse drawn wagon to Oklahoma in 1925. 

During his early years Joe was a standout baseball and basketball player for Pharoah High School where he graduated in 1941. When World War II came he enlisted in the Army Air Force and served with distinction. 

After the war Joe relocated to California where he met Betty on Mother’s Day 1948 and they married later that year. 

He worked at the Phillips/Tosco Oil Refinery in Martinez California for 36 years, rising in position to night superintendent.

Soon after he retired in 1984, Joe and Betty moved to Lake County, California where they settled in a home on Clear Lake—his favorite fishing hole. 

Throughout their married life Joe and Betty made many trips to Oklahoma to care for relatives and keep in touch with family and friends. 

Joe possessed a quick mind and great sense of humor. He loved people and no one who met him remained a stranger. 

A person of deep Christian faith, Joe was devoted to his family and helped anyone in need. He will be remembered as a man of integrity who lived a rich and full life, enjoying every minute even in the face of health challenges in his later years.  

He touched the lives of many and will be deeply missed.



Rev. Otto L. Goins

Funeral Services for Rev. Otto L. Goins have been scheduled for 11:00 AM, Friday, September 26, 2014 at Hayhurst Funeral Home Chapel in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.  A Private Family Burial will be at Okmulgee Cemetery in Okmulgee, Oklahoma under the direction of Hayhurst Funeral Home.

Otto Lee Goins was born on September 1, 1910 at Sparks, Oklahoma in Lincoln County to Pirley Lee Goins and Kilie Irene Neighbours Goins.  He was an infant when the family, consisting of parents and sister Lavera, moved to Okfuskee County.  Later, vacations were spent with the grandparents and cousins.  The Neighbours were people of integrity who attended church and summer Brush Arbor meetings.  It was Henry Neighbours, his grandfather, who taught Otto the art of building brush arbours.  It was there that he learned of Godly principles.  No swearing was allowed when he was in their care.

Otto attended elementary school at Okfuskee and Okmulgee.  His parents ran grocery stores in several locations.  He then went to high school at Nuyaka where he lived with the J.H. Beidlmans so he could attend high school.  The Beidlemans had a general store and cotton gin where he worked.  Nuyaka was where he met Wilma Wheeler, whom he married after they graduated.  They were married October 30, 1930.  To this union, seven children were born: Robert Glee, Wanda, Tom Henry, M. David, Ruth Ann, Otto Jr., and Donald Wayne.

Besides his parents and sister, the loss of beautiful daughter, Wanda, and respected son-in-law, B.J. Sanders precedes him.  Six children, fifteen grandchildren, and a host of great grandchildren survive him.

Our father worked delivering ice in Depression days which resulted in his promotion to the Public Service Co.  There he learned the craft of electrical wiring.  He liked the work and was skilled in the craft.  A skill each of his sons learned with hands-on training.  Wilma began taking the family to church with the first 2 children, Bob and Wanda.  That most definitely motivated his interest in godly things again.  He had been saved in the revivals of Rev. Harvey Springer in the Baptist Church.

During the time of attending church in Okmulgee, he began to feel the call to ministry.  Some memorable meetings were held in Schulter and Nuyaka.  Those meetings went on many weeks.  Then meetings were held at Okfuskee and Haydonville.  It was at Haydonville where a church was built in 1941.  In 1945, friends ministering in Idaho called for him to bring the message there.  The family home was sold in Okmulgee and two pastorates were in Idaho; One in Sweet and one in Homedale.  The family was happy in Idaho, but family and friends were missed in Oklahoma. 

The family was generally happy anywhere our heads laid down at night.  We caught the socializing from Mom who never met a stranger.  She gave us the ability in music that was in different ways for each.  She could whip up a nice meal in short order and our home was always full of friends.  She was an important part of the ministry with her many skills with teaching, cooking, sewing, VBS, music, etc.  Her talents were immeasurable.

Younger days, Otto enjoyed fishing and hunting.  Family members remember there was always meat on the table because of his hunting/fishing skills.  He was an excellent marksman.  A skilled carpenter, he rebuilt and mended many parsonages and churches.  At 100 years of age, he was still making a garden.  He always liked to have a milk cow and some chickens.

Brother Goins was ordained with the Oklahoma District Council in 1936.  Brother GW Hardcastle was District Superintendent and also his pastor.  The Hardcastles were always an encouragement to the Goins as long as the Hardcastles lived, as well as, Brother Millard and many, many others.  They had pastorates they loved in Idaho, Revival Tabernacle in Okmulgee, Morris, Elm Grove, Kellyville, Vinita, Perkins, to name many of them.  It has been a great road.  His children had many opportunities to make new friends.  

Contributions in Memory of Reverend Otto Goins are requested for the development of the Oklahoma Assemblies of God Youth Camp in Sparks, Oklahoma.  Donations may be sent to OKAG, PO Box 13179, Oklahoma City, OK 73113 and designated as Otto Goins Memorial.     




Alexis “Lexii” Nicole White-Wilson

Funeral services will be held for Alexis (Lexii) Nicole White-Wilson on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the Mason High School Gymnasium. Interment will follow at the Welty Cemetery in Welty, Oklahoma.   

Lexii was born October 28, 1996 at 3:03p.m. in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Jamie White-Wilson and Chris Wilson.  She passed away Friday, September 19, 2014 in Welty, Oklahoma at the age of 17.

Lexii was a senior at Mason High School, where she was a friend to all. She attended Wes Watkins Vo-Tech School, where she had successfully acquired three certifications and was enrolled to further her career with a plan to become a pediatrician.  Lexii also attended ECU UBMS where she had plans to return next summer as a residential advisor.

Lexii was preceded in death by John and Beatrice Chaffin, Great Grandparents; Frankie Smith, Grandfather and Matthew Wilson, Great Grandfather. Lexii was also preceded in death by numerous other beloved friends.

Survivors include Jamie White-Wilson, Mother of Mason; Chris Wilson, Father of Bristow; Donovan White, Brother; Makayla White-Gower, sister; Emma Wilson, Grandmother of Bristow; JoAnna and Jeffery Hulstine, Maternal grandparents of Wetumka; Billy and Christy White, Maternal grandparents of Okemah, Billy and Ann White, maternal great-grand parents of Welty; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, loved ones and numerous friends.

If you are moved to make a donation, the family has asked that donations be made in the name of Alexis White through a special fund at Citizen State Bank in Okemah, OK.  

Viewing is Monday and Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Parks Brothers Funeral Home in Okemah, Oklahoma.  Also, the family has a very special request of loved ones and friends to put pen to paper and share a memory about our Lexii.  Please place these in the Memory Basket available during the services on Wednesday.  Welty Church of God will host a dinner for family and friends upon the conclusion of services.

Services are under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, in Okemah and officiated by John Tidwell. 

Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.

 
Janice Marie Nail

Funeral services for Janice Marie Nail will be held Friday, September 19, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Pentecostal Holiness Church in Okemah.  Interment will follow at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah.

Janice Marie Nail was born April 25, 1942 in Okemah, Oklahoma to Cecil Raymond Green and Betty Mae Green.  She passed away Wednesday, September 17, 2014 in Okemah at the age of 72.
Mrs. Nail had been longtime resident of Okemah.  She and Robert Thomas Nail were married December 12, 1982 in Las Vegas, Nevada; he preceded her in death November 13, 2004.  Mrs. Nail worked as a grocery store cashier and was a member of the Pentecostal Holiness Church of Okemah.  She was also a 1960 graduate of Okemah High School.
Also preceding her in death were her parents; one brother, Jimmie Green; one sister, Judy Ipock and one daughter, Sherrie Turner.
S
he is survived by her two daughters, Vicky Downs of Murrieta, California and Debbie Bramlett of Tuscon, Arizona; one son, Michael Turner of St. Louis, Missouri; one adopted son, Wayne Sanders of Okemah; two brothers, Jon Green of Seminole, Oklahoma and Jerry Green of Holdenville, Oklahoma; two sisters, Jeannie Dennis of Okemah and Joy Williams of Bowlegs, Oklahoma; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Bro. Jeremy Fairres.

Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


Elgerene Moore

Graveside service for Elgerene Moore will be held Friday, September 19, 2014 at 10:00 AM at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah
Elgerene Moore was born September 12, 1937 in Okemah, Oklahoma to Sherman Emmet Root and Florence Belle (Wyers) Root. She passed away Tuesday, September 16, 2014 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma at the age of 77. 

Elgerene was a resident of Okfuskee County most all of her life. She and Frank Moore were married April 3, 1953 in Okemah, Oklahoma. Elgerene worked for years with Frank with their business and enjoyed going to the lake. She was a hard worker and a devoted member of the Pharoah Baptist Church.
She is preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Wayne Root.
Survivors include her husband, Frank Moore of Okemah; one brother, Robert Root and wife Debra of Okemah and one sister, Lou Gourd of Tulsa.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Roy Rogers

Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


George Rudolph “Rudy” Bertges

A memorial service for George “Rudy” Bertges will be held Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 11:00 AM at the First Christian Church in Okemah.

George Rudolph Bertges was born May 28, 1952 in Detroit, Michigan to Harry Henry Bertges and Jean Shirley (Condey) Bertges. He passed away Monday, September 8, 2014 in Okemah at the age of 62. 

Rudy graduated high school in Detroit, Michigan and married Carolyn Geneva George on May 2, 1992 in Boulder, Colorado on his Mayflower Contract Service public transportation bus. They were joined by his passengers and their minister while stopped for his 7 minutes on his 201 route. Geneva met Rudy on his bus route 201. He was known as “201 Rudy”. The people that road his bus loved him and he enjoyed interacting with them. Rudy was an Eagle Scout with Troop 234 in Detroit, Michigan. He served his country with the United States Army from 1972-1973. He also worked as a C.N.A. at the Okemah Care Center and was very good at his job. He worked as a machinist with Kwikset and owned and operated George’s Vacuum Repair in Okemah for many years. He treasured his customers and worked hard to please them with their repaired vacuums. He also ran a vacuum repair businesses in Detroit called City Wide Vacuum, Kirby Vacuum Shop and McGuinness Collison Service. Rudy worked as a switch operator for Conrail in the late 70’s and early 80’s in Detroit. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Okemah, which he loved very much, and was involved with the Third Floor Program with the church and enjoyed being the greeter at the door of the third floor. Rudy did many good things. It was his idea to move to Okemah from Denver, Colorado so Geneva could be close to her Mamma. He called her Mamma also which was so special to Geneva. He would cook for her and have Geneva take her food daily. He spoiled her in many ways. Rudy missed his own mother so dearly. Rudy instigated a big surprise celebration for Mamma’s 80th birthday at the Aspen Restaurant. Mamma got a certification of congratulations from Glen Johnson, speaker of the house, and Senator Dick Wilkerson. Rudy would visit Mamma’s dear friend Versailla Hibbs to check on her. Her family had not heard from her in three days. They called Rudy and Geneva and Rudy went over to find her lying on the floor. He broke into the house and while checking on her, her little dog bit him. Versailla survived and was able to live with her children receiving dialysis for a few years. Rudy was a great cook. He loved to cook deviled eggs, potato salad and pasta. He loved to eat at Red Lobster. Rudy loved his family. He was so proud of his daughter, Wendy Marie for her accomplishments of becoming a Dr. of Psychiatry and a Clinical Psychologist. He was proud of his brother, Timothy, who was a L.P.N. Proud of his brother Rick and his security business, B.A.S. He took much pride in his sister, Karen and her musical talents and her notary talent around Detroit. His sister, Terri who was quite talented. He spoke often of his brother, David and how talented he was. Rudy’s dad, Harry, was a master electrician and gave the family a good living. Rudy’s sweet baby sister, Candace, he tried to keep in contact with and loved very much; she was quite a lady. Geneva doesn’t remember Rudy ever being without discomfort and later years in constant pain. She can’t forget his beautiful and gorgeous deep voice. God really blessed him with his voice and people loved hearing him sing in church. Geneva loved to hear him sing “When God was a Child”. He loved his Rock and Roll and played it very loud. He loved his grandchildren Connor and Cassie, Wendy’s children. Often he would apologize to Geneva for the things he had done to her. He had a good heart but was confused on many things. He was ornery and she loved him and will miss him.

He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Timothy and David; one sister, Terri and one aunt, Josephine Lee.

Survivors include his wife Carolyn Geneva Bertges of Okemah; one daughter, Wendy Marie Yost of St. Clair Shores, Michigan; one brother, Rick Bertges of St. Clair Shores, Michigan; two brothers in law, Haskell George and wife Stephanie of Morris, Oklahoma and Olin Ray George and wife Wilma of Okemah; two sisters, Karen Bourchard-Jaks of Detroit, Michigan and Candace Jeanne Wejroch and husband Mark of Algonac, Michigan; two sisters in law, Melody Blackburn of Detroit and Julia LaVerne McCurdy and husband Rick Crow of Okemah; two grandchildren, Connor James Yost and Cassandra Sharon Yost of Michigan; nieces and nephews, Madilyn Jaks of Michigan, James Jaks of Michigan, Melissa Tsou and husband of Palo Alto, California, Austin Bertges, Adam Wejroch, Richard Bertges, Summer Hickock and husband, Nicole Kirk and husband, Brandon Bertges and wife, Michael Smith and wife, Leah Smith all of Michigan, Makayla Bertges of Longmont, Colorado, Candace Jean Bertges, Kimberly Bertges and her daughter Gabriella, Jeff Bertges and Jacob Bertges all of Michigan; uncle, Wayne and aunt Carolyn Magdelena of Jensen Beach, Florida; and three cousins, Kelly Bridgewater and husband David of Michigan, Jacob Bridgewater of Michigan and Theresa Marie Finney of Salem, Arkansas and his first wife, Sharon Bertges of Detroit.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Doug Hauenstein.

In lieu of flowers; donations may be made to the Okemah First Christian Church.

Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.



Roy Bear


Funeral services for Roy Bear, formerly of Bristow, were held 2:00 p.m. on Monday, September 15, 2014 at Montesoma Baptist Church in Haydenville, OK with Pastor Jay Downing officiating. Serving as casket bearers were Tommy Johnson, Terry Lunsford, Charlie Knight, Bill Lee, Brian Johnson & Frank Bear. Serving as honorary casket bearers were Dean Lee, Rick Campbell, Bill Bear, Little Tommy Johnson & Curtis Lunsford. Immediately following services, interment was held at Montesoma Cemetery. Funeral arrangements and services were entrusted to the care of Michael’s Funeral Home of Bristow.

Roy Bear was born in Edna, OK on August 15, 1941 to the late Roley Bear & Kitty L. (Martin) Bear. He passed from this life in Claremore, OK on September 09, 2014 at the age of 73 years, 0 months, & 25 days. Roy had lived in Creek County and called it home for the majority of his life. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on November 29, 1963 and proudly served our country. During his service he was a very accomplished Sharpshooter. Roy was honorably discharged on November 26, 1965. He was very proud of his Native American Heritage and served 4 terms as a member of the Creek Tribal Council. He was a welder by trade and worked in construction for Okmulgee County until retiring in 2004. Roy’s passions included hunting and fishing and as said by many “He had a passion for living life”. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by 4 BROTHERS: Clifford Bear, Roosevelt Bear, Roley Bear Jr. and Bill Bear; plus 2 SISTERS: Kitty Johnson and Opal Meashintubby.

His remaining family includes his SON: Sonny Roy Bear of Bristow;
3 GRANDCHILDREN: Dayla Bear, Story Bear, and Daniel Bear; 1 BROTHER: John Bear and wife Charlett of Sapulpa; 3 SISTERS: Mable Boyet of Okmulgee, Bernice Watson of Bristow, and Judy Dunbar of CA.
Also numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives & loving friends.



Bruce Wayne Bailey


Bruce Wayne Bailey, a resident of Okmulgee, passed away Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at the age of 56. He was born March 29, 1958 to Hayward and Joyce (Doyle) Bailey in Santa Ana, California. He graduated from Okemah High School in 1976.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hayward and Joyce Bailey; brother, Gregory “Tiger” Lee Bailey; sister, Sandra Gayle Earnest and nephew, Jesse Lee Earnest.

Survivors include; his niece, Ker’a Deats and husband, Michael of Okmulgee; brother, Ronald Bailey and wife, Debbie of Owasso; great nieces, Kylie Jo Deats and Nevaeh Earnest; great nephews, Michael Deats II, Bryson Hollands and Eli Adcock and numerous other relatives and friends.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at the Okmulgee Cemetery with Reverend Roger Lobush officiating. Services are under the direction of the Jackson Funeral Home and Crematory in Okmulgee.

Visitation will be Monday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Jackson Funeral Home in Okmulgee.

Friends may send their condolences to www.jacksonfhandcrematory.com



Pauline Maggie Kidwell

Pauline was born to Luther and Maggie Tatum on Aug. 1, 1925. She was born in a log cabin with a dirt floor. Pauline loved to cook and she was great at it.  She canned foods when produce and fruit were available to help feed her family during the winter. Her favorite hobby of all was reading. Even in her last days she would read 2-3 books a week.  

She leaves behind her children: Joyce Sanders and husband Kenneth, Okemah, Ok; Judy Waddell and husband Jim, Wetumka, OK; Johnny Ennis and wife Betty, Bakersfield, CA; Robert Ennis and wife Kathy, Cedar City, UT; Jenny Worrell and husband Fred, Bakersfield, CA; Janet Lara and husband Ben, Bakersfield, CA.  She was a second Mother to Gene Fuller from Cromwell, Ok. Gene is the son of her best friend Ruby Tillery Fuller, formerly of Okemah. Step Children Johnny and Jerry Kidwell from Okemah, Billy Kidwell from Arkansas and Leon Kidwell from Oregon. Pauline had 6 children. She had the pleasure of raising Robert her special son. She was the proud grandmother of 17 grandchildren; 43 great grandchildren; and 26 great great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind 3 sister in laws,

Edna Tatum, Lincoln, AR., Mildred Tatum, Bakersfield, CA. and Ruth Tatum, Sapulpa, OK. Pauline was preceded in death by her parents Luther and Maggie Tatum; her 1st husband Kenneth Ennis (father of her children) and Austin Kidwell the love of her life; her brothers Jimmy, Bobby and Ray Tatum, her son Jerry Ennis, and step daughter Dolores Kidwell.  

Funeral Services will be Friday, Sept. 5th at 10:00 AM at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah.  Interment will follow at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah.

 Viewing and Visitation will be on Thursday Sept. 4th at the funeral home from 12:00 – 6:00 PM

Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Bro. Mike Neal.

Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.



Homer Hawkins, Jr.

Homer Hawkins, Jr. was born September 16, 1927 in Seminole, Oklahoma to Homer and Teddie Hawkins.  He passed away Saturday, August 30, 2014 in Okemah, Oklahoma at the age of 86.
Homer lived a long, productive life and had several proud achievements throughout.  He worked as a newspaper carrier at the age of 11; first walking his route in the oilfield camps and then getting a larger route when he could afford a bicycle.  When he was 15, Homer fibbed about his age and joined the Navy during the height of WWII.  He was an aircraft mechanic on aircraft carriers.  Later, when he was commissioned, he earned his wings as a navigator flying observation and surveillance aircraft during the Korean War, Vietnam War and during the Cold War.  Homer was one of those crewmembers who had the thankless job of flying top secret surveillance missions aboard P2 aircraft to help contain the Soviet threat.  He retired as a Lieutenant Commander and was rightfully proud of his 30 years he spent in the Navy and had many lasting friendships.  His many contributions to his country along with a successful career as a Navy officer denote significant achievements for a paper boy from oil camps near Seminole, Oklahoma.

Homer spent his last years on his property north of Cromwell, Oklahoma.  He was proud of his land and cattle.  He was active in the community, chairing the Seminole Rural Water District 3 Water Board and giving to local and other charities.  He gave generously to the victims of the 2013 Moore, Oklahoma tornado and also gave generously to the St. Jude’s Hospital and to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Homer spent his last couple of years in the Navy on a stateside assignment helping care for his sick daughter, Linda.  Two of his children, Linda and (William) Michael had muscular dystrophy and required additional care.  They both preceded Homer in death along with his parents and step father, Ira C. Chance.

Homer is survived by his daughter, Judy Hawkins; grandson, Brandon Hawkins and former wife Kathleen Hawkins.
Per Homer’s request; there will be no services and his and his daughter, Linda’s, cremains will be spread on his property north of Cromwell.

All arrangements were handled by Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah, Oklahoma.

Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.




Rose M. Nickle

Rose M. Nickle was born January 9, 1946 in Downey, California to Jack Edward Skinner and Dorothy Mae (Lowery) Skinner.  She passed away Wednesday, August 27, 2014 in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of 68.

Rose graduated from High School in Linwood, California and later took some college courses for accounting and some for photography.  She and George M. Nickle were married August 26, 1984; he preceded her in death June 26, 2014.  Rose worked as a camp cook and loved to crochet and make quilts.  She also enjoyed jewelry, tea parties, playing with her grandchildren and spending time with her husband George.

Also preceding her in death were her parents one brother and one sister.

Survivors include three sons, James Tomlin, Eric Nickle and Aaron Nickle all of California; five daughters, Ronda Nye of Boynton, Oklahoma, Windy Williams of Inola, Oklahoma, Mary Milligan-Miller of Antioch, California, Danielle Alred of Okemah and Elizabeth Nickle of Ewing, New Jersey; one brother, Terry Lynn of Arizona; 26 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.  She is also survived by two very dear friends, Jodi Cahill and Donna Dugman both of California.

All arrangements were handled by Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah.

Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.



Ima Jo Myers

Ima Jo Myers was born March 26, 1929 in Francis, Oklahoma to William Bart Peercy and Maude (Upchurch) Peercy. She passed away Saturday, August 16, 2014 in Okemah at the age of 85. 

Ms. Myers had been a resident of Okemah since 1961. She was a retired receptionist from Parks Brothers Funeral Home; having been employed there for 22 years.

She is preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Mike and Kevin and 12 siblings.

Survivors include her son, Mark Myers and wife Kimberly of Okemah; two grandchildren, Bobby and Timmy Myers and six great-grandchildren.

All arrangements were handled by Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah, Oklahoma.

Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.

 

Charlyne Oliver

Graveside services for Charlyne Oliver will be held Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM at the Highland Cemetery with Rev. Doug Hauenstein officiating.

Charlyne Oliver passed away August 23, 2014 in Amarillo, Texas at the age of 93. She was born on October 20, 1920 to Charles Murphy Hawkins and Harriett Ruth (Wynn) Hawkins.

She is survived by her niece Becky Tucker and husband Tommy of Amarillo, Texas; niece, Melinda Wright and husband Larry of McKinney, Texas; nephew Jerry Bob Lemons and wife Jannette of Walters, Oklahoma; nephew R.B. Jones of Dallas, Texas; nephews, Billy Mayfield and Bob Mayfield and wife Vera all of Tulsa, Oklahoma; niece Kay Dodson of Midland, Texas and lifelong friends, Joan Swain and Jo Kathryn Stepp both of Okemah.
She was preceded in death by her parents, C.M. Hawkins and Harriett R. Hawkins; her husband H.L. Oliver; her sister, Evelyn Beth Jones; her brother in law, Ray B. Jones and her nephew Dub Jones.
Charlyne married the love of her life and high school sweetheart, H.L. Oliver on May 21, 1939. 63 wonderful years of marriage until he passed July 8, 2002. Favorite things to do together were traveling and dancing! She was a wonderful, kind, loving lady who will be missed by so many.
Family will be at the funeral home for viewing and visitation Thursday, August 28th from 8:00-10:00 AM.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah.

Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


Bobby Eugene Jackson

Services for Bobby Eugene Jackson will be held Monday, August 25, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Skyview Baptist Church in Okemah and officiated by Rev. Donald Baker.

Bobby Eugene Jackson was born May 11, 1935 in Tuttle, Oklahoma to Elmer David Jackson and Lillie Mae (McArthey) Jackson.  He passed away Monday, August 18, 2014 in Tecumseh, Oklahoma at the age of 79. 

Mr. Jackson was a longtime resident of the Okemah area.  He and Mae Tiger were married June 8, 1957 in Oklahoma City.  Mr. Jackson worked for many years as an auto parts salesman.  He enjoyed playing guitar and singing; having played and sang with the Berryhill Brothers for 20 years.  Mr. Jackson was a good man who would do anything for anyone.  He was a member of the Skyview Baptist Church and enjoyed going to the K-Bar in Okemah and especially loved his family and grandchildren.  

He is preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers and one sister. 

Survivors include his wife, Mae Jackson of Okemah; one son, Phillip Jackson and wife Michele of Tecumseh; four grandchildren, Shannon Renee Jackson, Heather Michele Jackson, Phillip David Jackson, Jr. and Brandi Dawn Jackson and two great-grandchildren, Zepplyn and Brenea.

All arrangements were handled by Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah, OK.

Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.




James Hale Armstrong
October 5, 1953 to August 2, 2014.
There will be a memorial service for James Hale Armstrong on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. at our home on HWY 27, approximately eight miles south of Okemah. Family and Friends are welcome to attend. There will be dinner following the services.

Peggy Jean (Strain) Cline

Funeral services for Peggy Jean (Strine) Cline will be Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah. Interment will follow at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah.
Peggy Jean (Strain) Cline was born July 11, 1933 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma to Odie Strain and Gladys (Megginson) Strain. She passed away at her home northeast of Okemah on August 16, 2014 at the age of 81. 
Peggy attended Okemah schools and was a proud Okemah Panther graduate in the class of 1951. She married William E. Cline on October 11, 1952; he preceded her in death March 16, 2005. To this union two children were born. William E. (Bill) Cline, Jr. and Diana Beth (Cline) Bowen. Peggy spent over 30 years working at the Okfuskee County Courthouse in Okemah. She worked in various capacities but mainly in the Treasurer’s office and the County Assessor’s office. After retiring in 2004; she went back to work as the County Commissioner’s Secretary. She treasured her many dear friends at the courthouse
Peggy was a faithful Weleetka Outlaw and Mounds Eagles fan and attended hundreds of sporting events and other activities not only for Bill Jr. and Diana but all of her grandchildren. She was their biggest fan. She passed on her love of reading to her children by spending hours as the Okemah Library when we were young. This love of reading is shared with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren
Peggy was a member of the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church since a young child. She was also a member of Sunrise Extension Homemaker’s Club for over 25 years and enjoyed the tours, club meeting and trips they took together. She also loved playing Bunco after she retired and had many dear friends in this group
Preceding her in death were her parents, Odie and Gladys Strain; her husband William E. Cline; her sister, Charlene Patrick; her brother, Odie “Bubber” Strain; her brother in law, Doyal Miller and sister in law Wanda Cline and two great-grandsons, Huck and Case Bahling. 
Survivors her children, Bill Cline, Jr. and wife Leresa of Mounds and Diana Bowen and husband Kelly of Weleetka; five grandchildren, Hillary Diane (Cline) Bahling and husband Hadley of Beggs, Ashley Marie (Cline) Roberts and husband Tony of Skiatook, Clara Elizabeth Bowen of Oklahoma City, Kelsey Beth Bowen of Oklahoma City and Tanner Frost Bowen of Edmond; three great-grandsons, Cord Bahling, Ryder Roberts and Emmett Cunningham; two sisters in law, Iva Jean Miller of Okmulgee and Betty Strain of Sinton, Texas and one brother in law, Max Cline of Henryetta.
Serving as active pallbearers will be Hadley Bahling, Tony Roberts, Tanner Bowen, Buck Crum, Jeff Souders and Jay Rouk.
Honorary bearers include Eugene Cheatwood, Kenny Walker, Jerry Crum, Max Henry, Terry Patrick, Bill Beasley, Mike Smith and Ed Cooper.Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Bro. Kelly Bowen and assisted by David McCoy.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.



Lucille P. Shirley
 Lucille P. Shirley, a resident of Okemah, passed away August 14, 2014 at the age of 86.        
No Services are planned at this time.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Jackson Funeral Home and Crematory in Okmulgee.
 Friends may send their condolences to www.jacksonfhandcrematory.com


Vicki “Shar” Sharon Fitschen

Vicki “Shar” Sharon Fitschen, 68, of Fort Smith, Arkansas passed away in her home on August 4, 2014. She was born in Okemah, Oklahoma on August 10, 1945. She was a homemaker and the widow of Stephen Fitschen. Shar was known for her style,personality and love of her family.

She is survived by two son's Shayne Maienfisch and his wife Debbie of Fort Worth, TX and Kyle Klutts of Okemah, OK; her step son, Jason Fitschen of Broken Arrow, OK; one sister, Betty Standley and her husband Steve of Okemah, OK; one brother, Troy Minnick, Jr.and his wife Joyce of Okemah, OK; five grandchildren, one great grandchild and eleven nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Troy and Roxie Minnick and her sister Ruth McVeigh.

A memorial Service will be held on Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Skyview Baptist Church of Okemah, OK.

Online tributes may be made at www.ockerputmanfuneralhome.com






Jesse Robert Wilson

Funeral services for Jesse Robert Wilson will be Friday, August 15, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah.  Interment will follow at the Paden Cemetery.

Jesse Robert Wilson was born January 4, 1929 in Welty, Oklahoma to George Hilbert Wilson and Margaret E. (Mannon) Wilson.  He passed away Monday, August 11, 2014 in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of 85.
Mr. Wilson was a lifelong resident of Okfuskee County.  He and Georgia Cheatwood Wilson were married September 29, 1947.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing and especially loved noodling for catfish in the Deep Fork River and Eufaula Lake with his brothers, sons and grandsons.  Mr. Wilson was an ordained minister and pastored many small churches in the Paden and Welty area and was an avid basketball and baseball fan.
He is preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Alvin Wilson, E.D. Wilson, Howard Wilson and Carl Wilson and one sister, Jewel Webb.
Survivors include four sons, Dewayne Wilson and wife Mavis of Okemah, Darrell Wilson and wife Marilyn of Ketchum, Oklahoma, Danny Wilson and wife Rhonda of Welty, Dennis Wilson and wife Carolyn of Checotah and one daughter, Rhonda Brown and Leo of Mounds, Oklahoma; one brother, Harlan Wilson and wife Peggy of Prague; 11 grandchildren, Ewynn Wilson and wife Tracy, Shane Wilson, Gayle Sullivan, Tim Wilson and wife Roxanne, Angela Nowlin and husband Justin, Dana Wilson, Derek Wilson and wife Kena, Shelly Summers, Dennis Wilson and wife Tiffany, Kellie Marshall and Nikki Brue and husband Eli; 24 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Serving as active pallbearers will be Tim Wilson, Dennis “Pokey” Wilson, Ewynn Wilson, Derek Wilson, Levi Fullbright, Austin Wilson and Devon Marshall.

Honorary bearer will be Shane Wilson.
Viewing and visitation will be Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 12:00 – 5:00 PM and Thursday 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM with family at the funeral home to greet friends Thursday 5:00-7:00 PM.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah.

Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.






Dora Irons Brewer

Funeral services for Dora Irons Brewer will be held Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah.  Interment will follow at the Tuskegee Cemetery.

Dora Irons Brewer was born November 6, 1927 in Tuskegee, Oklahoma to Emmett Irons and Della (Piper) Irons.  She passed away Sunday, August 10, 2014 in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of 86.
Mrs. Brewer married Wiley Brewer in 1944 and later married Earnest D. Williams in 1979.  She was a loving housewife and mother who enjoyed traveling, fishing and visiting with friends and family.  She also volunteered with the Ladies Auxiliary for the McIntosh County Fire Departments and was of the Baptist Faith.
She is preceded in death by her parents; two spouses, Wiley Brewer and Earnest D. Williams; one daughter, Betty Stacy; one grandchild, Kimberly Brewer; 2 brothers and 4 sisters.
Survivors include her three sons, Edward Brewer and wife Windy of Pleasanton, Texas, David Brewer and wife Linda of Pleasanton, Texas and Dale Brewer and wife LaNita of Enid, Oklahoma; one daughter, Vivian Moffitt of Checotah, Oklahoma; 12 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.

Serving as pallbearers will be grandsons.
Family will be at the funeral home for viewing and visitation Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 5:00 – 7:00 PM.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Larry Stacy.

Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.






JAMES L. ARMSTRONG

Family and friends are invited to a celebration of life for James L. Armstrong on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 at 3 p.m. at Thlopthlocco Indian Church south of Okemah on Hwy. 27. A potluck meal will follow services. Those who plan to attend should bring a dish.
Mr. Armstrong was born Oct. 5, 1953 in Casper, Wyoming to Quinton and Mildred Armstrong and died Aug. 2, 2014 at the age of 60 in Tulsa.
He was raised in Hughes County by his grandparents, Ida and James Armstrong. 
A 1971 graduate of Wetumka High School, he married Patsy Anne Fish in 1970. They were married 20 years and had two daughters together.
Mr. Armstrong loved to fish, camp, hunt and go noodling.
He worked on oil rigs, pipelining and overseas.
He was known and loved by all who knew him as "Dad" or "Papa."
Survivors include his two daughters, Sheila Armstrong and Emily Johnson and husband Johnny; one brother, Barry Armstrong; a half-sister, Scarlet Hash; four grandchildren, Emilia Smith, Taylor Freeman, Hailey Caldwell and Joseph Freeman; three great grandchildren, Eli Caldwell, Blaire Caldwell and one on the way; his long-time girlfriend, Kathy Johnson; a host of other relatives and many, many friends.


Grant Vincent Berry

Grant Vincent Berry, 92, passed away July 27, 2014 at his home in Alvin, TX. He was born on February 9, 1922 to the late Florence and Edward Lemon of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. After his father’s death, he was adopted in marriage by the late Fount Berry.

He graduated from Mason High School in Mason, Oklahoma and served in the United States Navy as Chief Petty Officer during World War II from 1940 to 1946. During this time period he was a Chief radioman on the aircraft carrier Saratoga and participated in the battle of Iwo Jima. He graduated from Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma and served as a minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) until he was 80 years old.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, John Warren Berry.

Survivors include his wife, Dorles Shannon Berry (married 72 years) and his children, Nancy Berry Napier of League City, TX, Byron(Nancy)Berry also of League City TX, Frances Berry Sharp of Celina, TX , Dennis Berry of Alvin TX and Lee(Christina)Berry of Chandler, AZ; 10 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at the Houston National Cemetery Chapel located at 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77038 on Friday August 15 at 10AM. A military service with full honors will follow.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.


John James Harjo

John James Harjo passed away Sunday, August 3, 2014 at the age of 76.  John was retired from United Airlines in Denver, Colorado.  After retirement he moved back home to be near his family.

John was preceded in death by his parents: Jim B. and Lena (Wind) Harjo, his brother Norman Lee Harjo, his sister Connie Lynn Harjo and many beloved uncles and aunts.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Lynn Harjo of the home, brothers, Duke and Ellen Harjo of Sapulpa, Francis Harjo of Glenpool, Jim B. and Nettie Harjo of Okmulgee, a special cousin Lena Wind of Okemah and many nephews and nieces who loved him dearly.

 A wake service will be held at the High Springs Indian Baptist Church, South of Okemah, on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 7:00 P.M. with the funeral service on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. with Dr. Jim B. Harjo, III and Reverend Jesse Wind, III officiating.  Interment will follow at the Wind Family Cemetery.  Casketbearers are Chris James Harjo, Terrance Harjo, James H. Harjo, Famous Marshall, Jr., Nelson (Windy) Wind and Loy Thomas. 

Arrangements are under the direction of the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee.  Memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family on John’s tribute page at www.mcclendon-winters.com





Jean Choate

Jean Choate was born December 18, 1934 to Sherman and Geneva Layman in Hanna OK.  She passed away July 31, 2014 at her home in Yukon surrounded by her loving family.  Jean was married to Roy Choate in Oklahoman City and they were blessed with two children.  Jean spent most of her days raising and supporting her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.  Along with these responsibilities, Jean was a member of the Gold Star Wives.  She was also a faithful member of Yukon Church where she studied and served in the Women’s Wednesday Bible Study Group.  Jean enjoyed volunteering Monday afternoons at Integris Canadian Valley Hospital, crocheting baby caps and booties for the babies born there.  She was also active at the Senior Citizen Center and was a part of the Chicks and Sticks group that met on Thursdays. Jean was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Wanda, a brother Vester and the love of her life her husband Roy. Jean is survived by her son James Choate of Yukon, daughter and son-in-law Pam & Chip Carter of Yukon, granddaughters Savannah Choate of Shawnee and Meagan Carter of Calumet, great granddaughter Isabella Carter of Yukon, great grandson DJ Carter of Yukon, Sister Linda West of Yukon and brothers Sherman Layman of Okemah, and Hugh Layman of OK. In-laws surviving include Jack & Betty Choate of Okemah, OK, Bill Choate of Checotah, Ok, sisters-in-law Wanda Choate of Sherman, AR,  and Foye Layman of Hanna, OK, and several nieces, nephews, and dear friends Jim & Joanne Perry. Funeral services will be held at 10AM Monday August 4 at Yukon Church on NW 10 with burial following in the Yukon Cemetery. Friends may sign our online guest book at www.smith-turnermortuary.com. Services are under the direction of Smith & Turner Mortuary, Yukon. 






Joyce J. Marsh

 

Joyce J. Marsh was born on February 22, 1947, in Prague, Oklahoma, and departed this life on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Shawnee, Oklahoma, at the age of 67.

Joyce, the daughter of George Truman and Lloydell (Oplinger) Jepsen, Jr., was a resident of Shawnee.  She was a retired office manager. 

Her parents and nephew, Kyle Martin, preceded Joyce in death.

Survivors include: Daughter, Jennifer E. Baird of Shawnee; Father of her daughter, Phillip Marsh of Prague; Granddaughter

Samantha Baird of Shawnee; Brother and sister-in-law George and Diane Jepsen, III of Shawnee; Sister and brother-in-law

Jane and Alan Martin of Prague; Nephew Jason Martin and his wife, Stephania and their children, Taylor and Conner; and Niece Rhiannon Jepsen and her daughter, Corrian Jepsen; and other family and friends. 

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, August 2, 2014, at 2:00 PM at Prague Cemetery in Prague with Father Adrian Vorderlandwehr, OSB officiating.  Services are under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Service in Prague.

A guest book is available to share your memories on-line. Please visit www.ParksBrothers.net



Helen JoAnn Dearman

Funeral services for Helen JoAnn Dearman will be Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the United Pentecostal Church of Okemah. Interment will follow at the Rock Creek Cemetery south of Okemah.

Helen JoAnn Dearman was born July 26, 1941 in Hughes County, Oklahoma to Earnest Orb Underwood and Cleo (Stringfellow) Underwood. She passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014 in Okemah at the age of 73. 

Mrs. Dearman had been a longtime resident of the Okemah area and was a 1959 graduate of Bearden High School. She and Obe Dearman were married in 1959; he later preceded her in death in 1997. Mrs. Dearman retired from the Blue Bell Wrangler Plant in Okemah after 35 years of employment. She enjoyed going to the casino, crocheting, talking on the telephone and especially spending time with her family and friends who she loved very much. She also had attended the Okemah United Pentecostal Church.

Also preceding her in death were her parents; two brothers, Jesse and David Underwood and three sisters, Rosie Smith, Wilma Chaffin and Ella Mae Underwood.

Survivors include her daughter, JoAnn Lewis of Stroud; her son, Jackie Dearman of Okemah; one brother, Frank Underwood of Okemah; five sisters, Florence Dearman of Okemah; Barbara Braden of Okemah; Betty Presslauer of Tulsa, Reba Willis of Okemah and Louise Henshaw of Okemah; three grandchildren, Laura Montgomery, Hunter Ward and Angel Dearman and one great-grandson, Quentin Montgomery.

Serving as active pallbearers will be Mary Pendley, Martha Roberts, Kathy Cole, Corene McVeigh, Kay Johnson, Fay Glass, Diane Copeland and Tammy Turner.

Honorary pallbearer will be Rosa Lee Mahan.

Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Randy Clark.

Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.



Edna Marie Earnest


Funeral services for Edna Marie Earnest will be held Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Assembly of God Church in Okemah.  Interment will follow at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah.

Edna Marie Earnest was born June 8, 1929 in Okfuskee County, Oklahoma to J.W. (Brian) Cochran and Nettie (Lane) Cochran.  She passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014 in Okemah at the age of 85.

Mrs. Earnest was a resident of the Okemah area most all of her life and attended Oriental School and was a 1949 graduate of Okemah High School.  She and Hoyt Claude Earnest were married January 13, 1952; he later preceded her in death March 31, 2010.  Mrs. Earnest was a housewife and rancher who enjoyed sewing, painting and gardening.  She was also a member of the Assembly of God Church in Okemah.

Also preceding her in death were her parents, two sisters, Ruby Cochran and LaVerne McIntire, one grandson, Jessie Earnest and one great-grandson, Jayson William Earnest.

Survivors include her two sons, Mike Earnest and wife Mardell of Okemah and Larry Earnest and wife Glenda of Okemah; two sisters, June Adams of Oklahoma City and Joyce Newport of Oklahoma City and seven grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.

Serving as pallbearers will be Clay Earnest, Clint Earnest, Anthony Gaxiola and Chance Shields.

Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. David Hamilton.

Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.



OBITUARY:  

Vernie M. Jordan

 

Vernie M. Jordan was born on September 20, 1933, in Prague, Oklahoma, and departed this life on Friday, July 25, 2014, in Prague, Oklahoma, at the age of 80.

Vernie, the son of Albert and Mary Ellen (Ridinger) Jordan, was a life-long resident of Prague.  He married Aileen Pratka on October 26, 1957.  He proudly served in the United States Army, where he was stationed in Germany during the Korean Conflict.  Vernie worked as a mechanic. 

His parents, seven brothers, one sister, and daughter, Verna Jean Friend, preceded Vernie in death.

Survivors include:His wife of 56 years Aileen Jordan of the home;Sons and daughters-in-law

Mike and June Jordan of Choctaw, Mark and Dana Jordan of Prague; Daughter and son-in-law

Mary and Charles Gerlich of Prague; Sister Ava King of Chickasha; 9 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; and other family and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at 2:00 PM at Parks Brothers Funeral Chapel in Prague with Rev. Randall Miller officiating.  Interment will follow at the Catholic Cemetery in Prague.  Services are under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Service in Prague.



Steven Wayne Cross

A memorial service for Steven Wayne Cross will be held Friday, July 25, 2014 at 12:00 PM at the South Lindsey Baptist Church in Oklahoma City with Pastor Jerry Connell officiating.

Steven Wayne Cross was born October 18, 1953 in Denison, Texas to Iyla Virgil Cross and Verna Ann (McCarty) Cross.  He passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in Oklahoma City at the age of 60.
Mr. Cross graduated from Durant High School in 1971.  He later received a bachelor’s degree in science from Southeastern University and a master’s degree in chemistry and physics from East Central University in Ada.  He and Patricia Hillis were married November 17, 2000 in Del City, Oklahoma.  Mr. Cross had a passion for teaching; having taught chemistry and physics at Okemah Public Schools for 11 years before leaving Okemah in 1991.  He also enjoyed coaching softball at Okemah.  He later worked as a quality engineer for Dana Corp in Oklahoma City for 12 years.  Mr. Cross enjoyed working with short wave radios, reading, listening to music, fishing and the outdoors.  He taught Sunday school and attended the South Lindsey Baptist Church in Oklahoma City.  Mr. Cross also served his country with the United States Army.
He is preceded in death by his parents; one granddaughter, Olivia Grace Halford and one grandson, Matthew Kyle Crager.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Cross of Del City; three daughters, Allison Cross-Halford of Oklahoma City, Jessica Thompson and husband Lynn of Tecumseh and Rebecca Smith of Alvarado, Texas; one son, Stuart Smith and wife Yamily Cruz-Soto of Bosier City, Louisiana; one brother, James Edward Cross of Nashville, Tennessee; one sister, Cathie Victoria Cross of Gilmer, Texas and six grandchildren.
All arrangements were handled by Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah, Oklahoma.

Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.



Tiffany Carol Williams


Tiffany Carol Williams ,17,  was born July 30, 1996 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She died on July 17, 2014 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  She is survived by her Father, Earnie Williams of Oakhurst, Oklahoma; Mother, Becky Wise of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Sisters,  Elena Wise ofTulsa, Oklahoma, Victoria Williams  of Summit, Arkansas, Kayla Ebert of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Ruby Cheatwood, Ashley Christian and Jessica Strianese; Brother, Curtis Ebert of Oakhurst, Oklahoma; Grandparents,   Carol  & Pete Yaeger of Wewoka, Oklahoma, Lawrence Eugene Wise of Oakhurst, Oklahoma, and Earnie Williams of Oakhurst, Oklahoma; and Great Grandmother, Bertha Wise of Oakhurst, Oklahoma. 

Tiffany was a Server at a Fast Food Restaurant. She enjoyed playing computer games and going to the lake.  She dearly loved doing make-up and painting her nails.  She loved people, especially children.  She was very much loved.  She also loved cats.

Visitation was held on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 at Mark Griffith Memorial Funeral Home - Westwood Chapel in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

Private family services will be held.

Online guestbook and condolences are available at www.markgriffithmemorialfuneralhomes.com




Cuma Brock Vaughan


Cuma Brock Vaughan, 90, passed away on July 16, 2014, at Heritage Villa Nursing Home in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

Mrs. Vaughan was born on October 2, 1923, in Shell Knob, Missouri, to Ernest Brock and Jessie Whisman Brock.  She moved with her family at an early age to Earlsboro, Oklahoma.  She graduated from Prairie View High School there as salutatorian in 1941.

Cuma married Ray Vaughan on July 12, 1942, and following World War II she and Ray made their home in Seminole, Oklahoma.  They subsequently lived in Ada, Bartlesville and Okemah, Oklahoma.  They moved to Cassville, Missouri, in 1984, upon Ray’s retirement.  Cuma was a homemaker but was also very active in church and school activities, including Cub Scout Den Mother and Girl Scout Leader.  She was a strong Christian, having been baptized as a teenager and remaining faithful until her passing.

Survivors include: one daughter, Donna Drew Fry of Owasso, Oklahoma; one son, Johnny Vaughan and his wife Shirley of Bartlesville; five grandchildren, Brent Vaughan and his wife Tami of Edmond, Oklahoma, Greg Vaughan and his wife Chasity of Oklahoma City, Rachel Allyn and her husband Philip of Tulsa, Jessica Kirkhuff of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Jodi Steele and her husband Caleb of Owasso; eight great-grandchildren, Kaley Vaughan of Rockwall, Texas, Abby Vaughan, Chloe Vaughan and Brennen Vaughan, of Oklahoma City,  Austin Vaughan of Edmond, Jackson Steele, Elija Steele and Eden Steele of Owasso; three brothers, Kermit Brock of Vancouver, Washington, Don Brock and his wife Myra of Shell Knob, Missouri, and Ira Jay Brock and his wife Dottie of Cassville, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Loren Brock, of Cassville and Howard Brock of Shell Knob, and infant sister Kathleen of Earlsboro.

Visitation will be at Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, July 25.  Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM on Saturday, July 26, at the Shell Knob Church of Christ in Shell Knob, Missouri.  Burial will be at the Painter Cemetery in Shell Knob, Missouri. 

A memorial has been established at Hope Harbor Children’s Home, and those who wish to make a contribution in memory of Cuma may do so at:  Adams Boulevard Church of Christ, 3700 Adams Boulevard, Bartlesville, OK  74006.

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Buddy Ray Lindsey

Funeral services for Buddy Ray Lindsey will be held Monday, July 21, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Nuyaka Church near Okemah.  Interment will follow at the Harjo Cemetery.  Wake services will be Sunday at 7:00 PM at the Nuyaka Church.

Buddy Ray Lindsey was born August 8, 1965 in Wetumka, Oklahoma to Alex Lindsey and Amy Hill.  He passed away Thursday, July 17, 2014 in Okemah at the age of 48.
Buddy was a 1983 graduate of Sequoyah High School.  He worked as tree trimmer and landscaping for many years.  He enjoyed playing ball and watching OU football and Sequoyah football.
He is preceded in death by his father, Alex Lindsey; one sister, Lucy Lindsey Tiger; brother, Thomas Watson; one niece, Thomasena Watson; four nephews, Donnie Lindsey, Anthony Watson, Timothy Tiger and Bobby Tiger; grandmothers, Melissa Wacoche, Susie Hill and Mary Hill and grandfathers, Buddy Lindsey and Jack Hill.
Survivors include his mother, Amy Hill of Okemah; one son, Hanson Lindsey of Okemah; three daughters, Michelle Harrison of Sapulpa, Rachel Ornelas of Okemah and Sheena Marie of Tulsa; three brothers, Boone Watson of Tulsa, Rocky “Chebonnie” Lindsey of Sapulpa and Sandy Watson of Bartlesville; 11 sisters, Ann Lindsey of Sapulpa, Katherine Powell of Okemah, Delores Watson of Sapulpa, Susie Deo of Henryetta, Jackie Scott of Tecumseh, Amy Lou Hill of Okemah, Gee Bee Ratliff of Glenpool, Liza Lindsey of Okmulgee, Della Jackson of Okemah, Roberta Lindsey of Ada and Tumissha Lindsey of Henryetta; one aunt, Leola Hill of Cromwell; great-aunt, Mandi Hill of Okemah; uncles, Danny Lindsey, Chapman Hill, Josie Hill, Jacob Hill, and Billy Hill and several nieces and nephews.

Serving as active pallbearers will be Michael Flynn, Chris Flynn, Johnny Powell Jr., Adam Hill, Alex Bear Wacoche and Calvin Hill.

Honorary bearers include Frank Lindsey, Taylor Yahola, Samuel Flynn, Rick Powell, Stephan Powell and Tristan Lindsey.

There will also be services held at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel Saturday, 6-8 PM.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Kenneth Cooper and Rev. Wilson Hicks.

Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.





Velma Wright Wilson
Graveside services for Velma Wright Wilson will be held Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah.Velma Wright Wilson was born May 27, 1919 in Altus, Arkansas to Floyd Chaffin and Matilda (Cargile) Chaffin. She passed away Thursday, July 17, 2014 in Okemah, Oklahoma at the age of 95. 
Mrs. Wilson was a resident of the Okemah area most of her life. She and Carl Wilson were married May 15, 1970 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Raymond C. Wright (1960); one son in law, Cecil Campbell; three brothers and two sisters.
Survivors include two step-sons, Larry Wilson and wife Diane of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and Lyndol Wilson and wife Shirley of Ponca City, Oklahoma; two daughters, Patricia Zaletel and husband Sam of Okemah and Betty Campbell of Okemah; four grandchildren, Keith Zaletel and wife Ida, Lisa Duncan and husband Chris, Chad Campbell and wife Shelly and Michelle Daily and husband Curtis; 9 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. David Hamilton.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.



Lillian A. Laine


Funeral services for Lillian Adelia Laine will be held Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Morse Cemetery north of Okemah.

Lillian Adelia Laine was born August 3, 1922 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to John and Erna (Hauvonen) Laine. She passed away Wednesday, June 25, 2014 in Lima, Pennsylvania at the age of 91.

Ms. Laine worked and later retired from the United States Navy.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Harold Laine.

She is survived by her nephew, Hal Laine of Beaumont, Texas

Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Pastor Richard Vaughn.

Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.




Harold John Laine


A memorial service for Harold John Laine will be held Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Morse Cemetery north of Okemah.

Harold John Laine was born May 6, 1919 in Virginia to John Laine and Erna N. (Hauvonen) Laine. He passed away Wednesday, June 11, 2014 in Beaumont, Texas at the age of 93. 

Mr. Laine retired from Westinghouse Turbin Division after 43 years of employment. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Gladys E. Laine. 

He is survived by his son, Hal Laine of Beaumont, Texas.

Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Pastor Richard Vaughn.

Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.




William "Wid" Cooper


William "Wid" Cooper, 90, of Yakima died Sunday July 6, 2014 in Yakima, WA. He was born to Albert and Zellie Mae (Welcher) Cooper on January 11, 1924 in Dermott, Arkansas.

Wid was a respected logger for 33 years in the Yakima Valley and enjoyed his family and friends with honor and grace.

He leaves Ruby the mother of his children; Barbara (Jerry), Billy (Marie) and was preceded in death by his daughter Peggy Lou. In addition, he leaves his wife of 39 years Joyce and 3 step children, Elizabeth, Bobby and Dorie. He leaves 4 grandchildren, 6 step grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday July 10, 2014 at 10:00 AM in the Rainier Memorial Center with concluding services and burial to follow in the Terrace Heights Memorial Park. To share memories of William please visit www.keithandkeith.com 


Virginia Pauline Fairres

Virginia Pauline Fairres was born December 3, 1931 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma to Earl Smith and Georgia Couch Smith and passed from this life on July 6, 2014 in Okemah, Oklahoma at the age of 82. 

Mrs. Farris spent her earliest years in Okmulgee where she attended the Okmulgee School. As a young lady she moved with her family to Okemah. There she met Champ Curtis Farris and they were married in Holdenville in 1949. They made their home in Okfuskee County, except for a brief time in New Mexico. In 1968 they relocated north of Wetumka. In addition to being a loving homemaker she also worked for Seamproof in Holdenville, the Wrangler Corporation in Okemah, and as a CNA for both Pioneer Nursing Home and private practice. 

Mrs. Farris enjoyed sewing, crocheting, gardening and reading. Perhaps one of the first things that comes to mind of those who knew her were the wonderful cinnamon rolls she baked.

She was preceded in death by her husband Champ Curtis Farris; her brothers, Clarence, Finis and Eugene Smith; her sisters, Frances Walls, Millie Stevenson and Margie Fairres.

Survivors include: Brothers, Jack and Charles Smith of Okemah; Three Children, Virginia Green and husband Jerry of Holdenville; Donna Osborn and husband Dennis of Kenai, Alaska and Jimmy Fairres of Wetumka. Nine grandchildren: Curtis Green and wife Heather of Oklahoma City; Kevin Green and wife Courtney of Holdenville; Kenny Green and wife Tiffany of Tecumseh; Christy Morrow and husband Richard of Front Royal, Virginia, Lisa Rolph and husband Zachary of Kenai, Alaska; Joshua Osborn of Soldotna, Alaska; Jeremy Fairres and wife Crystal of Okemah; Lacey Fairres and Jimmy Wakeley of Holdenville; and Crystal Klimek and husband Kris of Nicoma Park. Twenty-one great grandchildren; Logan, Hailey, Abigail, Owen, Gage, Claire, Austin, Alexis, Adam, Olivia, Elliot, Poppy, Trenton, Jon, Kendal, Scotlyn, Londyn, and Krew. Several nieces, nephews and other relatives and many friends.

She was a member of the Skyview Baptist Church in Okemah. She also attended the Okemah Pentecostal Holiness Church where her grandson, Jeremy Fairres is the Pastor.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, July 10 at 10:00 a.m. at Williamson Funeral Home Chapel in Wetumka. Viewing was held on Wednesday, July 9. 

Pallbearers were grandsons, Curtis, Kevin and Kenny Green, Jeremy Fairres ; sons-in-law Jerry Green and Dennis Osborn. Great- grandchildren Logan Fairres and Kendal Green; and grandchild Owen Rolph were honorary pallbearers.

Interment was at the Wetumka Cemetery under the direction of Williamson- Spradlin Funeral Home. 




Virginia Cabral ConceicaoVirginia Cabral Conceicao, 76, of Choctaw, Oklahoma passed away peacefully at her home on July 12, 2014. She was born in Brooklyn, New York on May 5, 1938. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Manuel Conceicao; sons Manny Conceicao and wife Debby; Ricky Conceicao and wife Angel; daughter Linda Conceicao Fraser; Sons John Conceicao and wife Alice; Tony Conceicao and wife Kathy. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Services for Virginia will be held Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 2PM in Candlewood Chapel at Ford Funeral Service. Visitation will be held Tuesday and Wednesday. The family would like to thank Hospice Quality Care for their wonderful support. Sammie Eldene Ainsworth

Sammie Eldene Ainsowth, born May 7, 1934 in Buffalo Wyoming. Died June 25, 2014 in Tulsa Oklahoma. 

Preceded in death by her parents, Samuel Elden Grinder and Ester Pearl Stanley, daughters Maudie Ray Munyon-Davis and Sandy Miller, and sons Calvin Lee Bean-Snow and Sammy Elden Bean.

She leaves behinds daughters Jean Massey of Okemah, Oklahoma, Ruby Taylor of Stafford Virginia, Georgia Martin of Bakersfield, California, Lynn O’Conner of Okmulgee, Oklahoma, and son Robert Snow of Pass Christian, Mississippi. Grandchildren Vester Joe Williams II, Vance Jacob Williams, Rachel Garibaldi, Anna Taylor, Kashanna Munyon-Stagg, Adam Snow, David Martin, Thomas MArtin, Phillip Martin, Paul Martin, Monique Snow, Robert Snow II, Jeremy Snow, Marcom, and James Kirton. 

19 Great-Grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren and her sister, Pat LeStrange of Mesa, Arizona.

She also leaves behind a host of other family and friends. Sammie was cremated and her ashes buried on July 14, 2014. 

“May the Lord give her family and friends peace of mind, body, and soul in the knowledge that she is with the Lord”

Anna Merle Guthrie

Anna Merle Guthrie of Midwest City passed away July 2, 2014. She was 97 years old.

Anna was born November 5, 1916 in Santa Anna, TX the daughter of Murf and Ada (Goff) Gideon. Anna moved from Midland , Texas to the Midwest City area in 1967. Anna worked various jobs for the J.C. Penny company ranging from Clerk to Stocker, to the catalogue department. At the age of 75 she retired from J.C. Penny’s. Anna was also a member of the First Baptist Church of Midwest City and enjoyed the times spent with her church family. Anna will be greatly missed by all who knew her. 

Anna is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Roy, 6 brothers and 2 sisters.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters Marie Nunley and husband Dan, and Mary Ann Ivie and husband Gayland, five Grandchildren Kathrin, Karen, Perry, Mark, and Leanna, 21 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, July 9 at the Barnes Friederich Funeral Home Chapel. The Family will be available to greet friends on Wednesday morning at 10:00 AM at the funeral home. A graveside service will be held Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 P.M. at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah. In Lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made to the Huntington Disease Society.



Clifford W. Miller

Funeral services for Clifford W. Miller, 82, were held Monday, June 30, 2014 at First Baptist Church in Sperry. Reverend Andy Anquoe officiated and burial was in Rest Haven Cemetery in Sperry. Pallbearers were Adrian Miller, Travis Miller, Frank Miller, Jason Miller, Jimmy Van Winkle, Joey Van Winkle, Christopher Miller, and Dominic Miller. Honorary casket bearers were Alex Miller, Matthew Tanner, Garrett Miller, Dagan Miller, Jesse Miller and Jeff Miller. Arrangements and services were entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home, Sperry.

Clifford was born November 17, 1931 in Osage, OK to Irven and Clara (Smithee) Miller. Clifford passed away June 24, 2014 at his final home, in Okemah, OK, he and his wife, Darlene, made together 38 years ago.

Clifford was the oldest of 6 children. He attended school in Osage Public Schools, Rock School north of Sand Springs, and Sand Springs High School. While attending Rock School, he and his brothers’ exceled in basketball and tormenting his favorite teacher, Miss Weir.

Clifford’s education also started at the age of 4 years old, helping his grandfather, Frank, hitch up teams of horses to start the day’s work on their Osage Farm at 4:30 am. Horses became his passion and by his teenage years, Clifford realized horses could become a source of income by breaking horses to ride for people in the area. He heard of a neighbor who had a horse that needed broke When he arrived at the home of Herbert Holcomb, he knew he had his work cut out for him but, not with the horse that needed broke. His challenge was figuring out how he could get a date with Mr. Holcomb’s daughter, Darlene. His plan was to do an extra good job with Mr. Holcomb’s horse and Mr. Holcomb might agree to let him go out on a date with Darlene. His plan worked. A few years later of courting and following Darlene to high school, Clifford and Darlene were married on April 15, 1950.

After struggling with severe drought and high unemployment around Tulsa in the 50’s, the family decided to move to Idaho where other family members were able to make a living. Clifford became employed laboring on the pipeline in 1955. After laboring a few years, Cliff got a chance to breakout operating a side boom tractor handling the pipe. He realized quickly he found his second calling because latching onto pipe wasn’t much different than roping a horse. Shortly after, he became a member of the Operating Engineers Union, Local #627 in Tulsa, eventually becoming a National Charter Member. Cliff spent the rest of his working years driving a side boom, traveling over the entire United States with Darlene and eventually raising 6 children. In 1977, Clifford, Darlene and the youngest children moved to the small ranch they bought in Okemah, OK with enough property to begin raising registered Appaloosa horses. 

After 40 years of pipelining and 20 years raising horses, Cliff decided to retire in 1995. Clifford lived a long, very rewarding and full life before he fell asleep in his recliner and went to be with Darlene and visit with “That Feller Upstairs.”

Clifford is survived by his six children, Terry of Okemah, Carla of Sand Springs, Bill of Sand Springs, Mark of Tulsa, Mike of Keystone and Margie of Owasso; 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Darlene; great-grandson, Hunter Hopkins; parents, Irven and Clara Miller; and brothers, Dale and Sam Miller.

Online condolences can be made at johnsonfhsperry.com.



Dianne Hurst Rich

   PELL CITY – Memorial service for Dianne Hurst Rich, age 63, will be held Thursday, July 3 at 3:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Kilgroe Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends from 1 until 3 p.m. at the funeral home.

  Mrs. Rich died July 1, 2014.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Ed Hurst; brothers, Peavy & Tommy Hurst.  Ms. Dianne worked in childcare for 15 years at Ms. Violets Childcare.  Ms. Dianne was a wonderful daycare person and will be greatly missed.

  She is survived by husband, Earl “Cooter” Rich; daughters, Candy (Michael) Newton, Suzy (Ed) Smith, Deborah Dean; step-daughter, Gail Brewster; brothers, Ed Hurst, Charlie Hurst, Joe Hurst; sisters, Peggy Hollis, Nancy Brewster, Shirley McKinnon, Violet Guthrie; grandchildren, Matt Perkins, Chelsey, Ethan & Adam Newton, Brooke Bright, Sydney & Gracie Smith, Turner Dean; great-grandchildren, Lexi & Kambrie Barksdale, Paisley Smith, Cooper Bright. Condolences may be offered online at www.kilgroefh.com Kilgroe Funeral Home – Pell City will direct the service,  2219 2nd Avenue North,  Pell City, AL



Delphia Marie Mellington

Delphia Marie Mellington, 92, passed away on June 4, 2014 in Okemah, OK. Delphia was born on March 28, 1922 in Chelsea, Oklahoma to William Oscar and Marie Magdeline (Timmons) Kinsey. Delphia loved reading especially murder mystery books. She was a member of the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ in both Del City and Okemah, OK where she taught Sunday school and was a member of the women's fellowship. She enjoyed gardening and bird watching. Her favorite bird was a cardinal and favorite flower was Sweet William. In her younger years, she traveled to many museums across the country. 

Delphia was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 53 years, Dale E. Mellington; sister, Wanda Kinsey; brothers William Kinsey and Don Kinsey; daughter, Karen Freeman; and grandson, Jeran Bishop. Survivors include her daughter, Sharon Bishop and husband Wayland; son, Dale Mellington; son, Keith Mellington and wife Andrea. grandchildren, Krista Carpenter and husband Rick, Rhett Walker, Justin Bishop and wife Mary, Joshua Mellington, Emily Mellington, and Drake Mellington; great-grandchildren, Heather Aultz, Kaden Carpenter, Tyler Walker, Gavin Walker, Peyton Perry, Jeran-Michael Bishop, and Annmarie Bishop, Alaizha Bishop, and Allyssa Bishop; sisters, Chris Klutts, Jean Parker and husband E.B., and Nancy Cunningham; and numerous loved nieces, nephews, and friends who will all miss her dearly. 

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at the Bill Eisenhour Southeast Chapel. 

Arrangements under the direction of Bill Eisenhour Funeral Home, Del City, Oklahoma.



George M. Nickle

George Maurice Nickle was born January 5, 1945 in Chino, California to Maurice Nickle and Ruth Lucille (Gilbert) Nickle.  He passed away Thursday, June 26, 2014 at his home in Okemah at the age of 68.

Mr. Nickle was born and raised in California.  He received a masters degree in computer science from the University of California, Riverside.  On August 26, 1984 he and Rose Skinner were married.  Mr. Nickle worked as a camp manager for the Wewoka Woods 7th Ave. Center.  He enjoyed working with his train sets as well as hunting, fishing, shooting guns at the range, cooking and riding his motorcycle.  He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren.  Mr. Nickle also served his country with the United States Army.

He is preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Bob Nickle.

Survivors include his wife, Rose Nickle of the home in Okemah; three sons, James Tomlin, Eric Nickle and Aaron Nickle all of California; five daughters, Ronda Nye of Boynton, Oklahoma, Windy Williams of Inola, Oklahoma, Mary Milligan-Miller of California, Dannielle Alred of Okemah and Elizabeth Nickle of New Jersey; 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
All arrangements were handled by Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah.

Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.



Nolen Douglas McCord 

Nolen Douglas McCord was born on April 23, 1947 in Tulsa, OK.  He left this world on June 19, 2014 with his family by his side.
Douglas was preceded in death by his parents, Durwood H. McCord and Mary Jane Nolen McCord; and his brother Michael D. McCord.
He is survived by his sister, Agatha Luanne McCord Alexander of Okemah, OK; two nieces and their families:  Jenna Kramer, her husband Leroy, and their two children Alec and Seth of Wylie, TX; and Heather Everett, her husband Andy, and their two children Piper and Sam of St. Martin, Guernsey, Channel Islands; And by his wonderful partner of 32 years Rick Moses of Oklahoma City, Ok.
Douglas graduated from Harding High School 1965.  He attended Oklahoma Baptist University, the University of Central Oklahoma, and finished his college career at Oklahoma State University.  Douglas valued education and was in a continuous search of knowledge.   He enjoyed educating others and was frequently heard saying: "Oh, no you're wrong.  Let me tell you why you're wrong".
Douglas was the owner of Concept Framing as a Master Picture Framer for over 40 years. He excelled at growing orchids and was a member of The Orchid Society.  Douglas also was a proud member of both Red Tie Night and The Democratic Party.
Not only did Douglas love entertaining his friends and family, he took pride in his orchids, gardening, debating, the Arts, and cooking, where the usage of a microwave was strictly prohibited. Douglas was an avid reader on a wide array of subjects and he prided himself on his extraordinary memory.
While we ask to everyone celebrate Douglas' life in their own way, it would be perfectly acceptable to drink a glass of Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whisky in his memory.
Special thanks and considerations go to Dr. Carla K and staff and to Crossroads Hospice of Oklahoma City, OK.
Charitable Contributions may be made to the Cancer Center Emergency Fund at stephensoncancercenter.org or by mail to 800 N.E. 10th, Oklahoma City, OK 73104 and OK AIDS Care Fund.

Services are pending under the direction of Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper


Dora Beatrice Woods Kinslow

Dora Beatrice Woods Kinslow, age 85, passed away Saturday, June 21, 2014 after a brief struggle with cancer.
Bea was born May 30,1929 in Oriental, a rural area of Okemah, OK to Nora Cordelia and William Earl Woods. She grew up as the only girl in a family of four brothers whom she loved dearly. She celebrated 68 years of marriage to Dale Wilson Kinslow. They lived many years in the Houston, TX area and eventually returned to Oklahoma. Residences included Midwest City, Cromwell, Okmulgee, and Shawnee with brief stints in Dallas, TX and Cedar City, UT. Throughout her life, Bea was sustained by her faith and family and was a very devoted member of the LDS Church. She is survived by her husband, Dale; daughter, Linda (Richard) Manning; 5 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; step-children John (Caroline) Kinslow and Sharal Kay Mata; as well as her brothers, Bobby (Bobbie Nell) Woods, Dale Franklin Woods and Kenneth David Woods.
Services will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 100 North Indian Meridian in Choctaw on Tuesday, June 24 at 11:00am. Interment will follow at Highland Park Cemetery in Okemah. Funeral arrangements by the Ford Funeral Home in Midwest City.

Garry Skinner

Garry Skinner was born on May 13,1944 to Robert and Wanda Skinner in Okemah, Oklahoma and went home to the Lord on June 15, 2014 at the age of 70. During his life, he served in the Army National Guard for six years, welded for local companies and retired from the Sapulpa School District after 26 years. Garry valued time with his family and friends. He enjoyed camping with his family, fishing with his friends, sitting and talking in his garage and making sinkers. He was happiest when he was outdoors. He took pleasure in working with his hands as he mowed neighbor's yards, made fishing tackle and wood crafts.

Garry is lovingly survived by his wife/Linda, of the home after forty-eight years of marriage and two daughters, Kristi Fulghum of Fayetteville, Arkansas and Kelli Edwards of Sapulpa. He had four grandchildren, Cody Rosson of Stillwater, Oklahoma, Emily Edwards of Sapulpa, Jessica and Garrett Fulghum of Fayetteville, Arkansas. He is also survived by a twin brother, Larry Skinner of Stroud, Oklahoma and a brother, Mike Skinner of Tyler, Texas.

Funeral services were held 10 am at Westside Freewill Baptist Church on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 with the Reverend Len Blanchard officiating.  He was laid to rest at 2:00 pm in Highland Cemetery, Okemah, OK. Arrangements are under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, 1208 S. Main St., Sapulpa, OK.

Cindy Sue Yahola

Funeral services for Cindy Sue Yahola will be held Monday, June 23, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church of Okemah.  Interment will follow at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah.  Wake services will be held Sunday at 7:00 PM at the Thlopthlocco United Methodist Church south of Okemah.

Cindy Sue Cheek Yahola was born March 4, 1947 in Okemah, Oklahoma.  She passed away June 19, 2014 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma after a six year fight with liver failure and short-lived successful transplant.  

She is survived by her husband, Sam Yahola, son Kevin Yahola, daughter Kerri Yahola, and grandson Austin Harrigill.  Her surviving brothers and sisters include:  Wanda Weaver of Sapulpa, Julia Langan of Stillwater, Weaver Cheek of Perkins, Mary Cheek of Glenpool, Brenda White of Okemah, Hazel Bunner of Okmulgee, Perry Cheek of Okemah, Nina Ozment of Oklahoma City and Timmy Cheek of Okemah, Oklahoma.  She is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews.  

She enjoyed reading, arts and crafts, crossword puzzles, Bunko, watching sports and playing softball in her younger years.  Cindy was very loyal to her family and was in attendance at as many events and activities as humanly possible.  Most of all she loved to watch her grandson Austin play sports.  She was and always will be his biggest fan.  She graduated from Bearden High School in 1958 and married Sam Yahola on April 29th, 1967.  Cindy became a homemaker after the birth of her children.  She served as Treasurer for the Thlopthlocco Tribal Town from 1996 to 2002.  She enjoyed the tribal work experience, meeting other tribes, traveling and learning the history of Thlopthlocco.  

Viewing and visitation will be Saturday, 12:00 – 8:00 PM and Sunday 12:00 – 3:30 PM at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Randy Mitchell.

Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.

Nancy Jane Sowder

Nancy Jane Sowder was born December 9, 1961 in El Reno, Oklahoma to James Vian and Pat Wilson.  She passed away Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at her home in Cromwell at the age of 52
Preceding her in death is her mother, Pat Wilson.
Survivors include her ex-husband, Mike Sowder of Cromwell; four sons, Timothy McEllean, Josh Cypert and Nick Morland of California and Kevin Michael Sowder of Stratford, Oklahoma; two daughters, Melissa Wilson of Tecumseh and Misty Hallmark of California; her father, James Vian of Ardmore; her step-mother, Sue Vian of Ardmore; one brother, Allen Hake of California; two steep-sisters of Ardmore; and fifteen grandchildren.
All arrangements were handled by Parks Brothers Funeral Home of Okemah.

Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.

Hazel Louise Bacon

Funeral services for Hazel Louise Bacon will be held Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 10:00 AM at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah.  Interment will follow at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah.

Hazel Louise Bacon was born March 3, 1938 in Okemah, Oklahoma to James Richard Hart and Mary Elizabeth (Tinkle) Hart.  She passed away Tuesday, June 17, 2014 in Oklahoma City at the age of 76.
Hazel, a resident of Oklahoma City, worked many years as a general laborer.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald Leroy Bacon; one son, James Leslie Blevins; one daughter, Lorie Beth Pierce and three brothers, Robert, Forrest Leon and Richard Monroe Hart.
Survivors include her two sons, Floyd Bacon and Donnie Bacon of Oklahoma City; 17 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Pastors Floyd and Jimmy Bean.

Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.



Norma Jeanette (Mogridge) Dix

Services for Norma Jeanette (Mogridge) Dix will be held Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 11:00 AM at the Castle Baptist Church.  A private burial will be held Monday, June 23, 2014 at 12:00 PM at the Ft. Gibson National Cemetery.

On June 15, 2014, Jesus called Norma Jeanette (Mogridge) Dix to her eternal home in Heaven, surrounded by her children at her home.

Norma, daughter of the late Roy and Clara Mogridge, was born September 11, 1922.  She proudly served her country as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corp during WWII.  There she met the love of her life, Roy Dix, and married him in February of 1945.  Norma continued caring for others as an R.N. until she retired in 1982.  Norma and Roy raised their four children in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  After retirement, they returned to live in Oklahoma on Norma’s family farm.  Norma was a loving mother, grandmother, wife and friend.  She loved being with family and friends, gardening vegetables and flowers, helping others, cooking and baking (pasties and cinnamon rolls were her kids favorites), music and singing, watching OKC Thunder basketball and playing dominoes (everyone called her the domino queen).  She attended Castle Baptist Church until her failing health but then continued strengthening her faith by watching Sunday services on television.

Surviving Norma includes her children, Sandy Barancin and husband Jim, Richard Dix (son and caregiver), Ron Dix and wife Carol and Cheri Karttunen and husband Gary; her brother, Floyd Dennis and wife Caroline; grandchildren, Michelle Dell’Isola and husband John; Shannon Whiton, Rachel Roberts and husband Tobias, Wendy Whiton, Brandon Dix and wife Lois, Jason Karttunen and wife Jan, Danielle Caflisch and husband Derrek, and Michael Barancin and wife Lisa; great-grandchildren, Brady, Maddie, Olivia, Elena, Owen, Grant and Greyson; many nieces and nephews as well as her children’s friends who she considered family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Roy Dix and their infant twins, John and Teresa; and her sisters, Vivian Maloy, Billie Larrance and Kathryn Hardy.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Mike Lewis.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Castle Baptist Church, Millennium Home Health of Bristow, Oklahoma or Rivercross Hospice of Tulsa.

Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.



Dwight “Dee”  Marlin Jones

Funeral Services for Dwight “Dee”  Marlin Jones will be held Saturday June 14, 2014 at 10:00 am at Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel.  Interment will following at the Welty Cemetery, Welty, Ok.

Dwight Jones was born October 13, 1943 in Stratford, Oklahoma to Casey Collins Jones and Ruby “Pat” Kinness Norwood Jones.  He passed away Thursday, June 12, 2014 at the age of 70.  

Mr. Jones graduated from Konawa High School and OSU Tech Okmulgee, Ok. He and Sharon Deaton were married on December 30, 1968 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Dwight Jones retired from The Daily Oklahoman after 37 years where he was a pre-press composing room manager.

Mr. Jones returned to this area to make his home in 2002.

Mr. Jones loved his grandchildren, gardening, hunting and fishing.  He was very active in the Woody Guthrie Coalition here in Okemah.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Sharon Jones; and one brother, Dale Jones.

Survivors include: one son, Kevin Dale Jones and wife Ann of Stigler, Ok; one daughter, Kimberley Ransford and husband Phillip of Oklahoma City, Ok; one brother, Richard E Jones and wife Jean of Tulsa, Ok; two sisters Gail Jones, Edmond, Ok; and Rose Neely and husband Charles of Prague, Ok. four grandchildren.

Family members will be serving as pallbearers.

Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah.



John Scott Miller

John Scott Miller was born on May 10, 1961 in Kansas City, Missouri to John and Betty Miller. He passed away on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at his home in Okemah. 

He grew up in Leawood, Kansas along with a brother and a sister. He graduated from Shawnee Mission East High School in 1979. On December 30, 1985, he married his high school sweetheart, Carol Lynn Beaver at Leawood United Methodist Church. They lived in Olathe, Kansas along with their three children, Jason and twin girls, Amanda and Vanessa, until he moved his family to Okemah, Oklahoma in 1989, where they still live today. In 1991, Amber, their fourth child was born. In 2002 he started his career as an Armed Security Guard. Scott also loved the outdoors. He loved, camping, fishing, and gardening. Most of all he loved playing with his grandchildren. 

John Scott is survived  by is wife Carol Lynn Miller of the home, son, Jason Beaver & wife Marlene Fitch of Tulsa, daughter, Amanda Ryba of Maud, Oklahoma, daughter, Vanessa Johnson & husband Gabriel of Henryetta, and daughter, Amber Scott & husband John of Okemah, 6 grandchildren, and one grandchild expected any day, his parents, John Earl and Betty Jo Miller of Prairie Village, Kansas, brother, Jeff Miller & wife Gina of Springhill, Kansas, as well as a host of other relatives and friends. 

A Memorial service was held at Integrity Funeral Service Chapel in Henryetta at 2:00 pm, on Friday, June 13, 2014 with Rev. Edwin Jimboy, officiating. Burial will follow at Jimboy Family Cemetery near Okemah under the direction of Integrity Funeral Service. 



Sandra G. Earnest
 
          Sandra Gayle Earnest, a resident of Okmulgee, passed away Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at the age of 49. She was born July 7, 1964 to Hayward Norman Bailey and Joyce Charlene (Doyle) Bailey in Greenville, Mississippi.
          She was preceded in death by her parents, Hayward Norman and Joyce Charlene Bailey; son, Jesse Lee Earnest and uncle, “Tiger” Gregory Lee Bailey.
          Survivors include her daughter, Ker’a Jo Deats and husband, Michael of Okmulgee; brothers, Bruce W. Bailey of Okmulgee and Ronald N. Bailey of Owasso; five grandchildren, Kylie Deats, Nevaeh Earnest, Michael Deats, II, Bryson Hollands and Eli Adcock and numerous other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Jackson Funeral Home in Okmulgee.
          Graveside Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at the Okmulgee Cemetery with Reverend Roger Lobush officiating.
Service are under the direction of the Jackson Funeral Home and Crematory in Okmulgee.
          Friends may send their condolences to www.jacksonfhandcrematory.com


Eddie L. Farries, Jr. 

Mr. Eddie L. Farries, Jr., age 71 and a resident of Boley, Oklahoma, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 24, 2014 from his home in Boley.
  
Eddie Lee Farries, Jr., was born on July 19, 1942 to Eddie and Velma Farries, Sr., in Cornerstone, Arkansas. His family moved to Boley, Oklahoma when Eddie was around the age of six, where he attended school in the Boley Public School District.
  
He accepted Christ and was baptized at an early age. Eddie attended several Churches in Oklahoma City and the Boley area.
Mr. Farries spent his early years living in Chicago and Boley. He was often called by those who knew him best as "Mead" or "Mr. Ed." Eddie returned to Boley in the early seventies and was a simple man, yet very adventurous. He worked in the construction business for many years.
  
Eddie married Louise Logan and remained married for several years. His favorite saying was "Float like a butterfly, sting like a be, that's why they call me, Eddie Lee." He never met a stranger and if he did, that stranger soon became a friend.
In 1986, Eddie met and later, married Carol J. Steele, the love of his life. They were blessed with ten children.
  
Eddie leaves to cherish his memory; his wife and best friend, Carol, whom he lovingly called "Baby Girl"; five daughters, Donnetta [Reggie], Benneville, MI, Kayla [Kevin], Oklahoma City, Micelea [Ronald], DeAngela [James "J.T."] and Chantel, all of Boley; three sons, Eddie "James" [Nancy], Samuel DeWayne and Stefon Lavell, all of Boley; nine grandchildren, Azariah, Zachariah, Laniah and Keylun, all of Okemah, Jamarion, Oklahoma City, Jerrika, Ronjnae, Andrea and Andrinee, all of Boley; three step-children; three sisters, Isie Sanders and Velma Osborne, Oklahoma City, and Rosie Anderson, Midwest City, Oklahoma; four brothers, Elijah, Detroit, MI, Elisha, Boley and Sammy and Lloyd D., all of Oklahoma City; a special sister-in-law, LaDora Lightner, Jones, OK; several sisters and brothers-in-law; his second mother, Nordine Tryon, Boley; and a caravan of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
  
He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, a daughter, eight sisters and two brothers.
   
Service of Memory for Mr. Farries was held on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. in the Amos Temple CME Church.
Burial followed in the Harper-Farries Family Cemetery in Boley. Services were under the direction of the Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc., of Okmulgee. 
 
Friends may convey condolences and sign the online register at www.biglowfunerals.com.

Joe Ed Nutt


Joe Ed Nutt was born on February 11, 1946, in Amity, Arkansas, and departed this life on Monday, June 9, 2014, in Shawnee, Oklahoma, at the age of 68.

 Joe, the son of Beebe Joe and Iva Louester (Brooks) Nutt, was a resident of Paden.  He married June (Clonts) Nutt on August 11, 1964.  They were married for 40 years until her death in 2004.  He worked as a plumber for the State of Oklahoma.  He loved to hunt and fish.

 His parents, wife and two sisters preceded Joe in death.

 Survivors include: Sons and daughters-in-law, Todd and Susan Nutt of Cushing and Jason and Teri Nutt of Paden; Sister, Shirley George of Paden; Three grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and other family and friends.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at 2:00 PM at Paden Cemetery with Rev. Jim Eastep officiating.  Services are under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Service in Prague.

 A guest book is available to share your memories on-line. Please visit www.ParksBrothers.net



Harry Allen, Jr.

Funeral services for Harry Allen will be held Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah.  Interment will follow at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah.

Harry Allen was born April 18, 1941 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma to Willis Waverly Allen and Mary Emoline (Pinion) Allen.  He passed away Saturday, May 31, 2014 at his home in Castle at the age of 73.
Harry graduated from Mason High School in 1959 and was a resident of this area all of his life.  He and Judy Smith were married June 24, 1961 in Welty, Oklahoma.  Harry enjoyed fixing up and repairing damaged vehicles and making them look like new.  He also worked as a rancher and loved to fish and hunt and was a member of the Welty Church of God.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Allen of the home; one son, Nick Allen and wife Sandi of Castle; his daughter, Nychelle Hill and husband John of Broken Arrow; his sister, Ramona York and husband Don of Castle; three grandchildren, Ty Allen, Allie Allen and Dalton Hill; one niece, two nephews and a host of friends.

Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Bro. Chris Shaffer.

Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.





C. N. Kerley

Funeral services for C. N. Kerley will be held Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM at the Welty Church of God. Interment will follow at the Welty Cemetery with military honors.

C. N. Kerley was born October 17, 1918 in Tecumseh, Oklahoma to Charlie Graves Kerley and Cordie Belle (Roland) Graves. He passed away Sunday, June 1, 2014 in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of 95. 

Mr. Kerley graduated from Gypsy High School and joined the U.S. Army and later went into the Air Force and retired after 21 years of service. He fought in five major battles including the Battle of the Bulge in WWII and the Korean War. After retirement from the military he worked as an auto mechanic and retired from Bowlin Ford in Bristow. He and Lorraine Mae Dotson were married December 6, 1941 in Bristow, Oklahoma. Mr. Kerley had been an area resident most all of his life and was a member of the Welty Church of God. 

He is preceded in death by his parents; two sons, John and David Kerley; one brother, Jack and one sister Juanita Dobson. 

Survivors include his wife, Lorraine Kerley of the home in Castle; three sons, Charles Kerley and wife Marilyn of Leander, Texas, Phillip Kerley and wife LaDonna of Oklahoma City and Mark Kerley and wife Kristi of Castle; four daughters, Charlotte Boyle and husband Norman of Stroud, Judy McVeigh and husband Leon of Castle, Anita Rowan and husband Jody of Welty and Paula Thomas and husband Frank of Durant; one brother, Pat Kerley of Ardmore; five sisters, Helen McArthur, Buena Vista, Arkansas, Ona Lee Cearley of Tecumseh, Betty James of, Hiawatha Edsell of Shawnee, Ann Stone and husband Dale of Anadarko; 27 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren.

Serving as active pallbearers will be grandsons: Jeff and Jason McVeigh, Matthew Kerley, Brandon Rowan, Dustin Kerley and John David Kerley. 

Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Gene Jackson and Paul Heard.

Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.



Omer Ray “Scrooge” Henry

Funeral services for Omer Ray “Scrooge” Henry will be held Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 10:00 AM at the Okemah Church of Christ.  Interment will follow at the Welty Cemetery.

Omer Ray Henry was born February 19, 1941 in Sardis, Oklahoma to Homer Henry and Nellie (Gordon) Henry.  He passed away Sunday, June 1, 2014 in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of 73.
Mr. Henry was a 1959 graduate of Mason High School.  He was a “cowman” who enjoyed fishing and hunting.  He also enjoyed playing Mexican Train dominoes, watching and supporting Mason High School basketball, watching the P.B.R. and especially spending time and having cook-outs with his family. 

He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, James and Dee Henry; one sister, Estella Bacon and one infant son, Dewayne Henry.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Frances (Enlow) Henry of the home; his son, Billy Henry and wife Connie of Okemah; two brothers, Zeek Henry and wife Virginia of Welty and Avery Henry and wife Dorothy of Sardis, Oklahoma; one sister, Lois McGill of Milfay, Oklahoma; two grandchildren, Jessica and Colt Henry; eight great-grandchildren, Race, Camara, Alexa, Jett, Dax, Jasper, Lillie and Logan and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

Serving as active pallbearers will be Beau, Josh and Odie Henry, Coby Howery, Derek Woolridge and Cory Woolridge.

Honorary bearers include:  Heath Henry and Jim Gill, Jr.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Dr. Roger Thompson.

Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.







 Robert “Bob” Franks, Sr.

Funeral services for Robert “Bob” Franks, Sr. will be held Friday, June 6, 2014 at 11:00 AM at the First Presbyterian Church of Oklahoma City.  Interment will be held at 3:30 PM at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah.

Robert “Bob” Franks, Sr. was born November 14, 1929 in Okemah, Oklahoma to Wallen S. Franks and Pearl A. (Sands) Franks.  He passed away Friday, May 30, 2014 in Oklahoma City at the age of 84.
Mr. Franks graduated from Bowlegs High School and later graduated from OBU in Shawnee and the Southwestern Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas.  He and Sallie Frances Dollins were married August 17, 1951 in Paragould, Arkansas.  Mr. Franks was a retired Baptist minister and also did missionary work for many years.  He also worked as a radio announcer and tuned pianos for 27 years.  Mr. Franks was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Oklahoma City.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Sallie Franks of Oklahoma City; one daughter, Dr. Francita Franks and husband Eric Fields, Rogersville, Missouri; two sons, Steve Franks and wife Evelyn of Okemah and David Franks and wife Nancy of Okemah; 7 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Serving as active pallbearers will be Adam McBride and Hugh Franks
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Dr. Matt Meinke.

Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.



Amanda Beatrice Martin Amanda Beatrice Martin was born June 22, 1928 in Choctaw, Oklahoma to Jess Moran and Nettie Pearl (Huffman) Moran. She passed away Thursday, May 29, 2014 in Okemah, Oklahoma at the age of 85.

Graveside services for Amanda Beatrice Martin will be held Monday, June 2, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery in Ponca City, Oklahoma.


Mrs. Martin was a loving homemaker and housewife and a resident of Okemah. She and Gibb H. Martin were married June 22, 1946 in Winfield, Kansas; he later preceded her in death October 14, 2011. Mrs. Martin enjoyed going to garage sales and auctions and especially liked to refinish antique furniture. At a younger age; she and her siblings enjoyed singing.

Also preceding her in death were her parents; one granddaughter, one bother and three sisters.

Survivors include her daughter, Brenda Thompson and husband Orville of Okemah; one brother, Leo Moran of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; one sister in law, Abby Mae Fulmer of Conway, Arkansas; two grandchildren, Martin Thompson and wife Sandy and Levi Thompson and wife Stacy and three great-grandchildren, Daniel, Deanna and Ashley Thompson.

Visitation will be Friday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Saturday, 12:00 – 4:00 PM and Sunday 12:00 – 8:00 PM at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home.

Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Pastor Richard Smith.

Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.




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