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Obituaries

Robert “Catfish” Kenneda, Sr.
Funeral services for Robert “Catfish” Kenneda, Sr. were held Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah. Interment followed at the Morse Cemetery north of Okemah.
Robert Earl Kenneda was born Aug. 3, 1947 in Okemah to Earl L. Kenneda and Jesse Evelyn (Connell) Kenneda. He passed away Sunday, May 22, 2016 at his home in Okemah at the age of 68.
Robert Kenneda, known as “Catfish”, had been a lifelong resident of Okemah and a 1965 graduate of Okemah High School. He and Dawn Overtuff were married June 2, 2001 in Henryetta, Okla. Catfish retired from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation after 25 years of employment and enjoyed hunting, fishing and working with bird dogs.  He also served his country with the United States Army.
He is preceded in death by his parents and one son, Robert E. Kenneda, Jr.
Survivors include his wife, Dawn Kenneda of the home; one son, Clint Kenneda and wife Christi of Henryetta; two step-daughters, Morgan Kenneda of Okemah and Karyssa and wife Keri Rowan of Tulsa, Okla.; one brother, Randy J. “Boomer” Kenneda of Okemah; one step-sister, Linda Graham of Okemah, and one granddaughter, Lindsey Kenneda of Round Rock, Texas.
Serving as pallbearers were Randy Kenneda, Doug Collins, Bill Kenneda, Wyly Kenneda Sr., James Kenneda and Kyle Landers.
Honorary bearers included Jim Haddox, Roger Hickman, Gary Franks, James Burlin, Carol Hardin and Wyly Kenneda Jr.
Services were under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Bro. Mike Neal.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.



Rody Thomas Tierney
Funeral services for Rody Thomas Tierney will be held Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah. Interment will follow at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah.
Rody Thomas Tierney was born Dec. 28, 1923 in Springfield, Mo. to Rody T. Tierney and Olive June Tierney.  He passed away Monday, May 16, 2016 in Tulsa, Okla. at the age of 92.
Rody worked many years with the R.L. Sweet Lumber Company in Kansas City, Kan. He was also a longtime crop adjuster for Continental Insurance Company. Rody served his country with the United States Marine Corps and was a member of the American Legion 123 of Okemah. On Feb. 1, 1982, in Miami, Okla., Rody married Dorothy Gates. He enjoyed playing golf and was the President of the Okemah Golf Cllub for three years.
He is preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Robert, William and Donald Ray Tierney.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Tierney of the home; two step-sons, Randall D. Loyd and wife Debbie of Saginaw, Texas and Kevin R. Loyd and wife Cheryl of Shawnee, Kan.; one daughter, Teresa J. Wallace and husband Steven of Mission, Kan., and one grandson, Joseph Lewis Loyd of Plano, Texas.
Serving as pallbearers will be Roger Gates, Kenneth Gates, Rusty Rash, Loren Aldridge, Bob Beets and Bill Beets.
Honorary bearers include Ernie Fox, Carl Cantrell, Nokey Klutts, Dean Geller, Kurt Titsworth, Tom Sexton and Lance Warn.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Bro. Don Beasley.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.



Tom Ned
A memorial service for Tom L. Ned will be held Friday, May 27, 2016 at 12 p.m. at the Choctaw Community Center in Coalgate, Okla.
Tom Ned, resident of Okemah, passed away Saturday, May 14, 2016 in Tulsa, Okla. at the age of 61 after a long battle with health issues. Tom was born to George and Charlotte Ned on April 15, 1955 in Phoenix, Ariz.
Tom was loving and devoted and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother Bill Ned and first wife, Carolyn Marie (Frazier) Ned.
Survivors include his wife, Vicki Ned of the home; children, Sarah Ned of Okemah, Chrystie Shatswell Heath and husband Jason of Gravette, Ark., Harley Joe Shatswell of Rogers, Ark., Daniel Hall of Wardville, Okla. and Kathy Ned and family.  He is also survived by two brothers, Chuck Ned of Okemah and George Ned, Jr. of Snowflake, Ariz.; grandchildren, Katie Jo Baker, Gary N, Rachel and J.T. Heath and Dylan Rosson; adopted grandchildren, Dorry, Amena, Avery and Ben. Tom leaves behind aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and many dear friends.
All arrangements were handled by Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah, Oklahoma.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com. 



Wendy Michelle Kennedy
Funeral services for Wendy Michelle Kennedy will be held Friday, May 20, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Parks Brothers Funeral Chapel in Okemah. Interment will follow at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah.
Wendy Michelle Kennedy was born Nov. 15, 1973 in Okemah to James Steven Kennedy and Carol (VanWinkle) Mulliniks. She passed away Monday, May 16, 2016 in Tulsa, Okla. at the age of 42.
Wendy had been a resident of Okemah all her life and was a 1992 graduate of Okemah High School. She retired from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections having worked at J.H. Lilly Correctional Facility for 12 years. Most of all, Wendy loved spending time with her children, “they were her life”, and was of the Baptist Faith.
She is preceded in death by her father, Steve Kennedy; her grandparents and her aunt, Donna Mooring.
Survivors include her two sons, Kes Tillery and Konnor Tillery of Okemah; one daughter, Stevi Tillery of Okemah; two brothers, James Steven “Jamie” Kennedy of Okemah and Christopher Kennedy of Okemah; her mother, Carol Mulliniks and husband Dale of Dustin, Oklahoma and her uncle, Jack Mooring and wife Sherry of Paden, Okla.
Serving as pallbearers will be Kes Tillery, Konnor Tillery, Donnie Tillery, Jamie Kennedy, Mitchel Guinn, Kevin Tillery and Tristan Guinn.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Wade Harelson.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.



Kathryn “Katie” Harriet Hannon
Kathryn “Katie” Harriet Hannon (Kretchmer / Jennings) passed away on Friday, May 6, 2016 after living in the Blythe, Calif. area for the last decade with her daughter.  She previously resided in Okemah and Elmira, N.Y.
Katie was born on Oct 17, 1924 in Ralston, Pa. where she graduated in 1943. Katie is survived by her daughter Anita and Mel Bowers of Blythe, Calif., granddaughters Michele and Mike McDermott of Trout Run, Pa., and Doreen and Mike Bowers of Magila, Calif. and son Karl Kretchmer. Her parents, siblings and son Niles preceded her in death.
At Katie’s request, her body will be donated for the advancement of science.



Paul Cradduck
Services for Paul Allen Cradduck, 60, of Okemah will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at the Criswell Funeral Home Chapel in Ada, Okla., with Revs. Earl Blankenship and Ronnie Snyder officiating. Burial will follow at Rosedale Cemetery in Ada.
Mr. Cradduck passed away Saturday, May 14, 2016 at a Tulsa hospital. He was born Sept. 6, 1955 in Ada to Calvin and Willa Jean Norman Cradduck. He attended Ada schools and graduated from Ada High School.
He was appointed by Speaker of the House, Carl Albert to attend the U. S. Air Force Academy. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma and attended Officers Candidate School in San Antonio, Texas as 1st Lieutenant. Mr. Cradduck was a Materials Management Specialist for the Boley Prison for 19 years.
Survivors include his parents, Calvin and Willa Jean Cradduck of Ada; a brother, Kevin Cradduck and his wife Dinah of Ada; a niece, Alicia Crew and her husband Derrick of Ada; and a great-niece, Willa Crew.
He was preceded in death by a nephew, Jeremy Cradduck in 2014.
Bearers are Mike Haddox, Mike Massey, Jack Massey, Ronnie Snyder, Kevin Cradduck and Rick Orr.
Obituaries may be viewed and online condolences sent to criswellfh.com.
Services are under the direction of Criswell Funeral Home, Ada.



Orvil Gene Neal
Funeral services for Orvil Gene Neal will be held Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Victory Christian Center Church in Okemah. Interment will follow at the Bearden Cemetery.
Orvil Gene Neal was born Jan. 17, 1937 in Clearview, Okla. to Charlie and Ida (Smith) Neal. He passed away, Monday, May 9, 2016 at his home in Cromwell at the age of 79.
Mr. Neal worked as a farmer and also for Okfuskee County for 10 years. He and Olivia Marie Lane were married Oct. 17, 1963. Mr. Neal enjoyed playing the fiddle, singing, gardening and animals.
He is preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Helen LePoint; two sisters, Eula Moore and Julia Moore and two brothers, Fred and Roy Neal.
Survivors include his wife, Olivia Neal of the home; four sons, Lonnie Neal of Wewoka, Hank Neal of Wewoka, Charlie Neal of Okemah and Jerry Neal of Cromwell; 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Serving as pallbearers will be Timmy, Jedidiah and Benjamin Neal, Darrel Shackleford, Seth Neal and Roy Neal.
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. 



Brandon Scott Haydon
A memorial service for Brandon Scott Haydon will be held Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 1 p.m. at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah. Interment will follow at the Highland Cemetery also in Okemah.
Brandon Scott Haydon was born March 20, 1972 to Galen Haydon and Nancy Lyons. He passed away, Monday, May 9, in Tulsa, Okla. at the age of 44.
Brandon was a resident of Tulsa and past resident of Okemah. He worked many years as a copy repairman and also served his country with the United States Navy. Brandon enjoyed anything dealing with aviation, keeping up with history and fishing. He and Kimberly Anne Reynolds were married in May of 1993 in Georgia.
He is preceded in death by his grandfather, Wayne Goodenow; his grandparents, Robert and Norma Saye and maternal uncle, Rob Roy Goodenow.
Survivors include his wife, Kimberly Anne Haydon of Bartlesville, Okla.; his father, Galen Haydon and wife Patricia of Bristow; his mother, Nancy Lyons and husband Jerry of Broken Arrow; one son, Dylan Scott Haydon of Bristow; one daughter, Shelby Daniele Haydon of Bristow; one sister, Brigit Schaefer of Norman and husband Brent and step-sister, Amy Hawkesworth and husband David of Owasso, Okla.
Serving as pallbearers will be Dylan Scott Haydon and Galen Haydon.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com. 



Andy Girty
Funeral services for Andy Girty were held Monday, May 9, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Springfield Methodist Church in Okemah. Interment followed at the Yarholar Family Cemetery in Okemah. A wake service was held Sunday, May 8, at 6 p.m. at the Springfield Methodist Church.
Cherokee Name: Jo sa yi
Andy was born on Feb. 15, 1934 in Claremore, Ok. He was the eldest son of Tobacco and Jennie Whitewater Girty.
Andy’s first 8 years of life was spent at Cherokee allotted lands of Greenleaf also known as Yellowhammer located near Fort Gruber, Okla. Andy’s family along with 44 other Cherokee families were forced to relocate elsewhere immediately to make room for the expansion of Fort  Gruber due to the escalation of the United States involvement in World War II. Andy and family relocated to the Woodall community near Tahlequah, OK also known as New Greenleaf. He attended Woodall Primary School and graduated from Tahlequah High School in 1955. During his high school years he worked summer jobs at the Ozark Nursery Company in Tahlequah. Andy attended the Haskell Institute in Lawrence, KS from 1955-1957 graduating with a Printing Certificate while working at the Haskell Press.
In 1957, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed primarily at Fort Lee, Virginia as a Vehicle Parts Clerk in the Motor Pool. Andy was honorably discharged in 1959. He returned to Haskell in 1959 and was hired as an Instructional Aide, working in the Tinker Hall Boys Dormitory. In 1962, Andy was promoted to the position of Offset Photographer within the Haskell Printing Department. Andy eventually became a Offset Printing Instructor and retired from Government Service after 30 years at Haskell as a full-time Government employee. After retiring from Haskell he drove the shuttle bus for the Senior Services Center for a short time.
Not ready for actual retirement Andy was offered the position as a Cherokee Language Instructor. He also taught Cherokee Language class at the Mid-American Native American Center in Kansas City. Andy taught Cherokee language for 25 years. Andy was a charter member of the Lawrence Indian United Methodist Church serving many roles including Administrative Chair, Trustee Chair, Song leader and certified as a Lay Speaker and Lay Leader. Andy enjoyed playing and coaching Indian Fastpitch Softball, Bowling, and Basketball. He actively played Fastpitch for about 24 years and coached and managed teams for about 12 years. As a player he finished runner-up at the Oklahoma City All-Indian Fastpitch Tournament in 1961. As a coach manager of the OK/KS All Stars he won the same tournament in 1994, 1996, 1997 after many years of finishing in the top 5.
Andy married Frances Scott in June 1960 at the Haskell Baptist Mission. Together they have three living children, Gary and Loa Girty of Piedmont, Okla. Stephen Girty of the home, Richard and Kerry Cuny of Okinawa, Japan and Sherry Girty (deceased). His grandchildren are Logan Girty of Tahlequah, Okla.; Garrett and Cheryl Girty, Oklahoma City; Walker Girty, Weatherford, Okla.; and Christopher Bowers, San Diego, Calf.  Andy had one great-granddaughter, Jaelynn Girty of Tahlequah. He is survived by brothers Rufus and Linda Girty, Dallas, Texas; Robert and Flossie Girty, Tahlequah; George and Peggy Girty, Tahlequah. Sisters are Edna “Sue” Thompson, of Tahlequah; Lorene and Butch Ballard of Tahlequah; Judy Whitewater Johnson of Tahlequah and many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.



Sharon Wyrick
Funeral services for Sharon Wyrick were held Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah. Interment followed at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah.
Sharon Wyrick was born April 5, 1939 in Fentress, Okla. to Willis and Violet (Boren) Keener. She passed away Saturday, April 23, 2016 in Oklahoma City at the age of 77.
Sharon was a 1957 graduate of Okemah High School and resident of Oklahoma City and also Meeker, Okla. She and Tom Wyrick were married June 27, 1963 in Okemah.  Sharon worked many years in the Oklahoma City area as a medical records director. She also ran a dog and cat rescue shelter in Meeker, Okla. for fourteen years. Sharon enjoyed shopping and was a member of the Morning Star Baptist Church in Meeker.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors included her husband Tom Wyrick of Oklahoma City and two brothers, Carol Keener and Riley Keener.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Bro. Bryan Pain.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.




Guynn Allen Hodges
Guynn Allen Hodges was born March 10, 1950 in Okmulgee, Okla. to Alfred Allen Hodges and Gaile (Bean) Hodges. He passed away Monday, May 2, 2016 in McAlester, Okla. at the age of 66.
Mr. Hodges was a longtime resident of Okemah and a 1968 graduate of Okemah High School. He worked many years as a truck driver and enjoyed working on the farm and fishing.
He is preceded in death by his father.
Survivors include his wife, Minta Kay “Judy” Killmer of Oklahoma City; his mother, Gaile Hodges of Okemah; his daughter, Gena Rice and husband Jimmy of Prague, Okla.; his sister, Janet Albright and husband Jimmie of Eufaula, Okla. and two granddaughters.  He is also survived by a step-son, Tommy Wood and his children, Ashley and Michael of Oklahoma City and one step-daughter, Lisa Downey and husband David and children, Lance Payden and Mackenzie of Harrah, Okla.
All arrangements were handled by Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah.



Jeanie Cox
Jeanie Cox was born Sept. 4, 1945 to J W and Myrtle Cox in Pharoah, Okla. She left this world on March 22, 2016 at her home in McKinney, Texas.
Both her parents and 12 siblings all preceded her in death.
Her siblings were Zella Duty, Elsie Denney, Ted Cox, Jack Cox, Thelma Moffitt, Donald Cox, Pauline Coplin, Marvin Cox, Elizabeth Ward, Sara Gott, Darrell Cox and Frances Cox. Jeanie is also survived by a number of nieces, nephews and friends living across the United States.
She was a member of the 1964 graduating class of Okemah High School.
She resided for most of her adult life in the Dallas, Texas area. She worked in accounting and property management. In her later career she traveled to many parts of the country for her work as an administrator for assisted living facilities.
The family and friends of Jeanie will have an informal memorial at Highland Cemetery in Okemah on Saturday, May 7, at 11 a.m.
Our Maintjean has left us and there is a tremendous hole in our hearts. She is so very missed!



Phillip Klutts
Funeral services for Phillip Klutts will be held Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Okemah. Interment will follow at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah.
Phillip Klutts was born Sept. 20, 1935 in Boley, Okla. to Quinton L. Klutts and Voysie (York) Klutts. He passed away Wednesday, April 27, at his home in Okemah at the age of 80.
Phillip was one of three children raised on a farm in Seminole County. After graduating from High School as class valedictorian, he earned a degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma with high scholastic marks including Pi Epsilon Tau (Petroleum Engineering Top Ten Percent), Tau Beta Pi (Top Five Percent all Engineering) and Sigma Tau. He worked as an engineer and engineering supervisor over thirty years in the oil and gas and aircraft industries. He was a project design and construction management Engineer at Tinker Air Force Base and Project Engineer in the design, testing and operation of aircraft components and systems. During these same years, he built successful farming and ranching and insurance businesses. At the same time, he was involved in a broad range of community service activities. He served on the local school board and various other local boards. He helped organize and was actively involved in building a rural water district to serve his home community, was its chairman for more than 22 years and had served on the Board of Directors. While holding a full time job and farming and ranching, he owned and operated a very successful insurance agency. He also became active in the Oklahoma Rural Water Association, was elected to the Board of Directors, having served as president. During his years as President of the Oklahoma Rural Water Association, he was actively involved in relocation of the state headquarters into a new office facility near the State Capitol in Oklahoma City.  He was actively involved in legislation at the national level to allow rural water systems to buy back their loans from the Farmers Home Administration at deep discounts, saving Oklahoma’s rural water systems millions of dollars and billions nationwide.  In the mid-1980s, he purchased a local Farmers Union insurance agency, and later was elected to the State Board of Directors. Thereafter he was elected President of Chief Executive Officer. Phillip also served on the Board of Directors of the National Rural Water Association. In addition, as Board Chairman, he was actively engaged in the Washington, DC-based national, non-profit organization, Experience WORKS, Inc., in setting policy, directing and communicating with management to benefit and provide jobs to approximately 20,000 low income, older Americans throughout the nation.  He also was a landowner providing a home for the Okemah Lt. Governor’s Turkey Hunt for more than 20 years. On Dec. 17, 1954 in Eufaula, Okla., he married Josephine Bean and was a member of the Okemah First Baptist Church.
Other professional accomplishments and awards include:
Board member and original organizer of Rural Water Chairman District 2, Okfuskee, County
Recipient of the Friend of the Cattle Industry Award from the National Livestock Market Association
CY Carpenter Award in 2009 given to a “person whose leadership has helped lived of low income and older Americans”
Oklahoma Rural Water Association “Hall of Fame Pioneer Award” in 1994
Water Pioneer of Oklahoma awarded at the Governor’s Water Conference
Man of the Year Award from the OK Rural Water Assoc.
Honorary FFA Chapter Degree award from the Okemah FFA
Honorary 4-H Club Membership Award from the Okfuskee County 4-H Club.
Inducted into the Okemah Hall of Fame for a lifetime work and accomplishment in community service.
The founding director of ORWAAG that insured local rural water districts (1988-2016)
He is preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Jack Klutts and one sister, Sue Nell Brown.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Josephine Klutts of the home; one son, Stanley Klutts and wife Netta of Okemah; one daughter, Annette Bohannon and husband Johnny of Eufaula; five grandchildren, Sage Klutts, Cheyenne Klutts of Okemah and Gus Klutts of Wilburton, Okla. and Kelby Bohannon and wife Michelle of Southwest City, Mo., and Ty Bohannon and wife Brandi of Eufaula, and six great-grandchildren, Brody, Bryor, Baylor and Braddock Bohannon, Keaton Givens and Antonio Graham.
Serving as active pallbearers will be Gus Klutts, Kelby Bohannon, Ty Bohannon, Antonio Graham, Jake Stapp and Raynor Bean.
Honorary bearers include: Dorn Weaver, Dan Boren, Leon McCoy, Steve Stanley, Jim Bill Copeland, Ron Vick and Gene Rainbolt.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Wade Harelson.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.



Melvan Poole
Melvan grew up living in the Welty area most all his life.  At the age of 20, he met his love, Jo Ann Heard. They married on Nov. 7, 1956 in Okemah and to this union were blessed with two children, Melba and Monte. They enjoyed over 57 years together before her passing on April 21, 2014.  
After 20 years of employment, Melvan retired from the Creek County Highway Department. In his free time, Melvan enjoyed playing the guitar with family and friends, gardening, hunting, fishing and tinkering with cars.  As well, he enjoyed metal detecting, and panning for gold. In his younger years, Melvan would reenact gunfights at Territory Town. Shortly after the loss of his wife, Melvan accepted the Lord as his Savior and was baptized. He commented that he only wished he had done it sooner.
Melvan is survived by two children, Melba Bradley and husband, Jerry of Welty, Okla. and Monte Poole and wife, Melissa of Welty, Okla.; one sister, Karen Boatright; four grandchildren, Teresa Coppola and husband, Tom of Mulvane, Kan.; Cheryl Masingale and husband, Jason of Wichita, Kan., Cody Poole of Edmond, Okla., and Colton Poole and fiancé Justice of Sapulpa, Okla. and six great-grandchildren with one on the way.  
He is preceded in death by parents, Paul “Buck” and Ruby Poole; wife, Jo Ann Poole; one brother, Alton Poole; two brothers-in-law, Marvin Boatright and John Gilley and one sister-in-law, Margie McGuire.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 28, at Hutchins-Maples Matherly Funeral Chapel with Reverend John Tidwell officiating. Interment will follow at Welty Cemetery. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.hutchinsmaplesfuneralhome.com



Roscoe Lee Neal
Funeral services for Roscoe Lee Neal will be held Friday, April 22, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the Skyview Baptist Church in Okemah. Interment will follow at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah.
Roscoe Lee Neal was born Dec. 8, 1927 in Okemah to Robert Lewis Neal and Mary Elizabeth (Scott) Neal. He passed away Monday, April 18, near Henryetta, Okla. at the age of 88.
Roscoe had been a longtime resident of the Okemah area and was a graduate of Bearden High School. He had been a resident of Henryetta for the past 25 years. Roscoe married Billie Mae Earnest; she later preceded him in death in September of 1981. In 1989 he married Dorothy Edwards. Roscoe served his country with the United States Army during the Korean War. He was the owner and operator of Neal’s Radio and TV for nearly 50 years. Roscoe was a very talented musician; having played with Porter Wagoner and on the Grand Ole Opry. He also, at the age of 70, qualified for the show “You Can be a Star”. Roscoe enjoyed playing golf and was named “Citizen of the Year” for the state of Oklahoma in the early 1980s. He was also on the 1966 Okemah Braves sandlot baseball team that won the State Championship. Roscoe was enjoyed playing music for residents on the Okemah Care Center for many years and was a member of the Skyview Baptist Church of Okemah.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Billie Mae Neal; one son, Jerry Dale Neal; one daughter, Lucretia Mae Lay and two sisters.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Edwards of Henryetta; two sons, Roscoe Neal, Jr. and wife Twyla of Cushing, and Robert Neal and wife Kellie of Keller, Texas; one brother, Robert Ray Neal of Oklahoma City; two sisters, Corena of California and Gay of Cushing; nine grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Serving as active pallbearers will be Stephen Lay, Robert Paul Lay, Riley Lay, Bobby Neal, Nick Neal, Brian Lay and Hunter Lay.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home and officiated by Pastor Robert Lee Lay, Jr. and assisted by Rev. David Hamilton.
Visitation and viewing will be Wednesday, April 20 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. and Thursday, April 21, 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.



John F. Whittington
Funeral services for Reverend, John F. Whittington, Lt. Colonel, Retired, 85, Midwest City, were held on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 2 p.m. in Willow View United Methodist Church with Pastor Lesly Broadbent officiating. Full military rites were conducted by the United States Army. Services are under the kind guidance of the Amy Stittsworth Funeral Service and Cremation Directors.
Reverend Whittington was born on April 14, 1930 in Shawnee, Okla., the son of WK and Ora Garnett Hinkle Whittington, and passed away on April 11 at Alliance Midwest City Hospital. He was raised and educated in Oklahoma City, attending Capitol Hill High School where he excelled at football, graduating high school with the class of 1949.  
Reverend Whittington married Josephine Belle Minton in Oklahoma City on Oct. 12, 1949. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, serving three years. They returned to Oklahoma where John worked for Phillips Petroleum. He returned to active duty, this time in the Army, in 1969 and retired with rank of Lt. Colonel in 1993.
Reverend Whittington graduated from Phillips University with a Masters of Divinity. He was ordained in the Methodist Church and served many churches, including, Kremlin and Nash, Hunter, Seiling and Taloga, Tipton and Manitou, Leedey and Camargo, Custer City and Independence, Britton Road in Oklahoma City, Tyrone, and retiring from Spencer. They retired to the family farm in Okemah, later moving to Midwest City. Reverend Whittington received his 50 year pin from the Mason’s.
Survivors include his wife, Josephine (Jo) of the residence; sons, Kendall and wife Shirlene Whittington of Medford, Larry and wife Dee Whittington of Peoria, Ariz., John “Jack” Whittington and significant other Kandi McDaniel of Midwest City, Robert and wife Delia Richter of Drummond, Wesley Richter and significant other, Laura Bates of Okemah; daughters, Becky and husband Harold Noell of Enid, Bertie and husband Steve Holliday of Enid; 23 grandchildren, 44  great-grandchildren. two great-great-grandchildren; sister-in law, Gladys Whittington of Oklahoma City, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.  
Reverend Whittington was preceded in passing by his parents, daughter, Deborah Hamm, son-in-law, Robert A. Richter, daughter-in-law, Karen, brother, Tommy, sister, Ora Dale Rodgers, one great-granddaughter, Baby Rummel.
The family has selcted Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Dimentia and or Spinal Cord Research as appropriate for memorial donations, with the Stittsworth’s Coordinating.  Remembrances may be shared online at www.stittsworthfuneralservices.com.



James “Jim” Patterson Parks, II
James Patterson Parks, II, a long-time resident of Prague, Okla. was born on May 16, 1953 in Okemah to James Patterson and Mary Jane (Selby) Parks, and departed this life on Friday, April 15, 2016 in Oklahoma City at the age of 62.
Jim earned the Eagle Scout Award at the age of 13, the youngest at that time to achieve that award. While still in high school, Jim upgraded the accounting system for the family businesses, Parks Hardware and Parks Brothers Funeral Homes in Okemah and Prague. Following his graduation from Okemah High School, he attended The University of Oklahoma where he earned a BBA in Accounting with special emphasis on Federal Taxation from the OU School of business. While at OU, Jim was named Outstanding Senior Man in 1975, Big Man on Campus in 1974 and 1975, and Member of Sigma Chi Fraternity serving 3 years as treasurer. Upon the death of the last of the original Parks Brothers, Jim, at the age of 23, became the second owner/operator of a now 100-year-old Parks Brothers Funeral Service. At age 30, he built a new funeral home building in Prague and at age 32 he purchased the Curry Funeral Homes in Stroud, Chandler, and Meeker which solidified the Lincoln County business.
Jim married Janet Kaltenbach Fairbanks on Dec. 6, 2002. He was an avid fan of OU football and Thunder Basketball. Jim also loved to travel with family and friends.
Jim was past president of the Prague Chamber of Commerce,  president of Prague Builders for the last 15 years, past president of the Kolache Festival, and past president of the Oklahoma State Funeral Board. He was a long-time member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church where he chaired the building committee to build the parish hall, a community director of BancFirst of Prague for over 20 years, and a supporter of the Food 4 Kids weekend backpack food program. Jim also volunteered 20 consecutive days with the Medical Examiner’s Office following the Oklahoma City Bombing.
Jim learned compassion and caretaking from his mother, and generosity and hard work from his father -- traits he cherished and shared throughout his life. He loved his family, was Papa to the grandchildren and Daddy to his puppies. He will forever be in the hearts of those who loved him.
His parents and an infant sister preceded Jim in death.
Survivors include his wife, Janet Parks of the home; daughters and sons-in-law, Rebecca and Duane Fernandez of Tulsa, and Kristina and Steve Degraffenreid of Shawnee; sons and daughters-in-law, Jade and Angie Parks of Prague, Kash Parks of Oklahoma City, and Doug and Vicki Fairbanks of Prague; sister, Mary Margaret “MM”” Reilly Greene of Prague; step-siblings and their spouses, Rev. David and Anna Faye Rose of Oklahoma City, Morri Rose of Oklahoma City, and Jenny and George Knopp of Edmond; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bob and Connie Reilly of Okemah, and Joe and Shari Parks of Okemah; step mother, Margaret Parks of Prague; mother-in-law, Pearl Kaltenbach of Prague; grandchildren, Dustin Chastain and his wife, Ashley, Anna Degraffenreid, Hannah and Haley Fairbanks, and Ella and Jase Parks; great-grandchildren, Allena and  Bentley Degraffenreid; and special nephew and caretaker, Tony “Denbe” Greene of Fairview, Texas; special cousin and her husband, Gay and Dr. Mike Steward of Shawnee; and numerous other relatives and many, many friends.
A Rosary will be held on Tuesday evening, April 19, at 6:30 p.m. and family visitation will follow at Parks Brothers Funeral Home in Prague.
A Celebration of Jim’s life will be held on Wednesday, April 20, at 2 p.m., at the First Baptist Church in Prague with Bro. Tim Emmons 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



Brenda “Gaye” Tipton
Funeral services for Brenda “Gaye” Tipton were held Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the United Pentecostal Church in Okemah. Interment followed at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah.
Brenda Gaye Tipton was born July 10, 1960 in Chicago, Ill. to Larry Hollis, Sr. and Peggy Sue (Hurst) Hollis. She gained her angel wings and entered the gates of Heaven Thursday, April 7, at her home surrounded by family at the age of 55.
Gaye was a longtime resident of Okemah and a graduate of Okemah High School. She and Jimmy Tipton were married Feb. 11, 1983 in Okemah. Gaye and Jimmy owned and operated Tipton’s Grocery in Okemah for 25 years. She was a loving housewife who enjoyed cooking for her family and collecting cookbooks. Most of all, Gaye, was a devoted mother, wife and sister who loved her family dearly.  
Survivors included her husband, Jimmy Tipton of the home in Okemah; her parents, Larry and Peggy Sue Hollis of Okemah; three sons, Brandon Tipton and wife Kristen of Tulsa, Dustin Tipton of Okemah and Dusty Blain Tipton of Okemah; one brother, Larry Hollis and wife Misty Okemah and 6 grandchildren, Dalton, Jaiden, Snowy, Hailey, Brittanee and Candace. She is also survived by her longtime best friend, Joy Williams of Seminole.
Serving as active pallbearers were Larry Hollis, Brandon Tipton, Jeff Losh, Shane Anderson, Mason Blalock and Tim Dunn.
Services were under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home and officiated by Rev. David Shatwell and Rev. Donald Baker.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com. 



Lenord Caesar
Funeral services for Lenord Caesar will be held Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 1 p.m. at the St. Johns Baptist Church in Paden, Okla. Interment will follow at the Caesar Family Cemetery in Boley, Okla.
Lenord Caesar was born Sept. 6, 1934 in Boley to Taylor and Lucille (Burdine) Caesar. He passed away Sunday, April 10, in Okemah at the age of 81.
Lenord was the first child of eight children. He attended West End School in Paden and Boley High School.  In 1954 he married Bertha Mae Thomas and to this union, three children were born, Kenneth Benard Caesar, Lenord Eugene Caesar and Eileen Caesar.  Later he married Velma Wilson in 1997 and joined Travel Vine Ministries in Spencer, Okla. Lenord served on the usher board until he moved back to Boley.
Left to cherish his memory are his two sons, two sisters, Zelma Guess and Mildredge Ramsey and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his daughter, four sisters, Emory Grayson, Dollie Mae Badgett, Vice Hillmon and Icy Ree DuBose and one brother, Windell Lewis Caesar.
Nephews will be serving as pallbearers.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Elmer LuGrand, Jr.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.



Joel Gott Bartosh
Funeral services for Joel Gott Bartosh will be held Friday, April 15, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah. Interment will follow at the Highland Cemetery also in Okemah.
Joel Gott Bartosh was born July 2, 1971 in Okemah to Carl Leon Bartosh and Cheryl (Duncan) Bartosh. He passed away, Monday, April 11, at his home in Quapaw, Okla. at the age of 44.
Joel was a resident of Quapaw and a 1989 graduate of Okemah High School. He and Wanda Johnson were married, Dec. 13, 1993 in Fort Smith, Ark. Joel, along with Wanda, was the owner and operator of J.W. Pilot Cars for the past three years. He loved his career; being able to travel all over the United States and even into Canada. Joel enjoyed working with electronics and was known for his sense of humor and wit.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Frank and Emma Lou Duncan and Ernest and Marie Bartosh.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda of the home in Quapaw; one brother, Noel Bartosh of Jenks, Okla.; two sisters, Becky Bartosh of Cleveland, Okla., and Amy Hays and husband Jerry of Cleveland; three nephews, Samuel Hays, William Otis Beeler and Christian Jose Martinez and one niece, Selina Alexis Martinez.
Serving as active pallbearers will be Joe Robison, David Whitmire, Trent Harelson, Fletcher Duncan, Jerry Hays and Noel Bartosh.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home.
Visitation and viewing will be Thursday, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.



Quinton Darnell Armstrong
Quinton Darnell Armstrong of Castle, Okla. born Sept. 7, 1956. He unexpectedly went to his forever home on Monday, April 4, 2016.
Quinton was born in Casper, Wyo. to Boris and Mary Armstrong and relocated to Oklahoma later in his adult life. Quinton married Darla on Sept. 9, 1980 in El Reno Okla., they had two daughters. He worked as a truck driver for many years and later in life graduated from welding school and worked as a pipe fitter and fabricator.
Quinton enjoyed riding and rebuilding his Harley Davidson motorcycles, fishing, OU football and most of all spending time with his family, especially his daughters and grandchildren. Quinton was a joy to be around and had an amazing spirit, he never met a person who didn’t instantly fall in love with his humor and mischievous smile. He was an active supporter of the military and enjoyed putting out flags at our veterans graves every Memorial Day. He was also an avid supporter of the BACA motorcycle club. His greatest accomplishments were his two daughters and his eight grandchildren.
Quinton was preceded in death by his parents, Boris and Mary Armstrong, sister, Mildred McCormick, brother, Danny Armstrong, cousin, James Armstrong, and nephew, Colt Armstrong. He is survived by the mother of his children, Darla Armstrong of Norman Okla.; two daughters, Brandi and spouse Steven Tillery of Okemah,  Shanell and spouse Shane Stanfill of Seminole, Okla.; three sisters, Mary Lou Armstrong and spouse Eddie Monk of Tahlequah, Okla., Linda Scott and spouse Shawn Watts of Castle, Okla., and Brynda Tweddell of Coweta; several nieces and nephews to include Mary Perkins, Steven Armstrong, Jesse Scott, Gwendolyn Scott, Robert Tweddell, Keri Romans, Lori Ward, Sheila Armstrong, Emily Johnson, Nikki Causey, and Tess Fallier; eight grandkids, Breanna, Byron and Alexis Shepard, Logun and Mason Bennett, Ryeley Stanfill, Daxton and Shaylin Tillery; and a multiple great nieces, nephews and other extended family whom he loved very much.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 21, 2016. Quinton’s last ride will begin at noon at Cowboys Last Chance (Prague Okla.) the parade of bikes will travel down Highway 62 and conclude at The 62 Bar in Okemah, where a huge party to celebrate his life will be held. All are welcome to ride with the bike parade and celebrate with all his friends and family.
 


Velma Louise Adamson
Graveside services for Velma Louise Adamson was held Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 1 p.m. at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah.
Velma Louise Adamson was born July 15, 1941 in Okemah to Wilburn Carpenter and Dolly (Wright) Carpenter. She passed away Wednesday, March 30, 2016 in Tulsa, Okla. at the age of 74.
Mrs. Adamson was a 1959 graduate of Okemah High School and current resident of Morris, Okla. She and Doyle Harlow Adamson were married July 17, 1958 in Okemah; he later preceded her in death July 13, 2001. Mrs. Adamson was a homemaker who enjoyed going to the casino and was an avid collector.
Also preceding her in death were her parents and one sister, Wilma Henley.
Survivors include her son, Steve Adamson and wife Karen of Tulsa; two daughters, Terri Harbison and husband Mike of Mustang, Okla., and Tina Smith and husband Keith of Newalla, Okla.; seven grandchildren, Michael and Cody Harbison, Sara Tolbert, Kyle, Jared and Connor Smith and Grant Adamson and one great-grandson, Drake Harbison.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.



Lois Montgomery
Funeral services for Lois Montgomery will be held Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah. Interment will follow at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah.
Lois Montgomery born Dec. 21, 1935 in Checotah, Okla. to Rufus and Nola Adams. She passed away Saturday, April 2, in Edmond, Okla. at the age of 80.
Lois had been a longtime resident of Okemah and the Oklahoma City area; having been a 1953 graduate of Okemah High School. She and Dale Montgomery were married Aug. 8, 1953 in Okemah. Lois retired 8 years ago after owning a successful personnel agency, Adecco, for 17 years. She was also a member of the Church of God and supporter of the Okemah FFA and numerous other charities that related to the children of Okemah.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband Dale Montgomery; one son, Kevin Dale Montgomery; a sister, Thelma Wells and one granddaughter, Leslie Beachler.
Survivors include one son, Slagle Montgomery and wife Bonnie of Claremore, Okla.; two daughters, Rakell Kincheloe and husband Lee of Kingston, Okla., and Kathryn Beachler and husband Tom Brumbeloe of Choctaw, Okla.; four brothers in law, Don Montgomery and wife Nola of Midwest City, Jerome Montgomery and wife Patsy of Midwest City, Larry Montgomery and wife Betty of Oklahoma City, and Dean Montgomery and wife Joyce of Laverne, Okla.; one sister, Pauline Crook of Tulsa; 10 grandchildren, Brooklyne Ward and husband Paul, Brittaney and Brianna Montgomery, Trey Kincheloe and wife Renee, Adam Kincheloe and wife Dana, Chris Kincheloe and wife Valorie, Sean Kincheloe, Lindsey Shipman and husband Chance, Nikki Klevas and husband Alex and 12 great-grandchildren, Tanner, Makenna, Collin Dale and Carter Kincheloe, Kamryn and Dylan Klevas, Lilayna Ward, Kylee Hines, Avery and Haley Sherman and Sawyer Dale.
Serving as active pallbearers will be Rusty Adams, Chris Duncan, Randy Crook, Tommy Crook, Chance Shipman and Scott Smith.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home and officiated by Rev. Valerie Steele.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.



Kenneth Elsner
Kenneth Elsner passed from this earth into his heavenly home Sunday, April 3, 2016. Kenneth was born January 3, 1936 in Slick, Okla. to Kenneth and Eva Elsner. He grew up in the small community of Weleetka, Okla.
Ken enjoyed life on the family farm where he hunted, fished, and worked the farm with his brother John. In high school Kenneth excelled in academics, basketball and baseball, graduating from Pharoah in 1953. It was there that he met the love of his life, Bonnie. He attended OSU on a basketball scholarship then transferred to OBU where he was a member of the varsity basketball and baseball teams and worked summers in the oilfield. Ken and Bonnie were married in 1955 and made their home in Shawnee where they welcomed their first son, Randy. Ken graduated from OBU in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science degree. They moved to Excelsior and later Cromwell where Ken taught biology and coached, eventually becoming principal and superintendent of Butner Schools. While in Cromwell they had a daughter, Robin and son, Russell, completing their family. Kenneth attended the University of Oklahoma earning a M.Ed. in education followed by his doctorate of education in 1969.
Ken then moved his family to Edmond where he worked for the Oklahoma State Department of Education with the federal programs curriculum division. In 1971 Kenneth became an assistant superintendent of curriculum for Edmond Public Schools. Four years later he joined the faculty of the University of Central Oklahoma as director of student teaching and taught education administration courses. In 1987 Ken became Dean of the College of Education and oversaw the planning and construction of the new education building. He was a Past President of Phi Delta Kappa, on the executive board of Oklahoma Curriculum Improvement, Past President of the Oklahoma Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. Kenneth was recognized as “Outstanding Dean” by the Oklahoma Association of Health as well as receiving the Service Award from the Oklahoma Educators Hall of Fame where he served on the Board of Directors. Kenneth was inducted into the OBU Hall of Fame. Ken helped countless students and teachers excel through his years of dedication and service to public education.
During his time, Ken was a deacon at First Baptist Church in Edmond, enjoyed playing tennis and became a golfer. After retirement in 1996 Ken was active in the Edmond Senior Men’s Golf Association and enjoyed the fellowship of his church family at First Baptist. Ken was a devoted husband, loving father and cherished Grandad.
Kenneth is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Bonnie Elsner; and a son, Randy Elsner. He is survived by a brother, John Elsner and wife Nancy of Sugarland, Texas; son, Russell Elsner of Edmond; daughter, Robin Thomas of Edmond; as well as his granddaughters, Lindsey and Dana Thomas.
A come-and-go visitation and reception will be at 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6, at Crawford Funeral Service, Edmond. A service celebrating Mr. Elsner’s life will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 7, at Edmond’s First Baptist Church. Burial will follow at 3 p.m. at Highland Cemetery in Okemah.



Leland Scrimshire
Funeral services for Leland Thomas Scrimshire were held Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Okemah Church of Christ. Interment followed at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah.
Leland Thomas Scrimshire was born May 17, 1927 in Seminole County, Oklahoma to John Wesley Scrimshire and Maudie Leora (Tedford) Scrimshire.
Leland had been a resident of the Okemah area most all of his life. He and Letha Belle Guinn were married June 21, 1947 in Okemah; she later preceded him in death June 16, 2009. Leland was a retired electrician and elder of the Okemah Church of Christ. He was an avid supporter of all Okemah School Athletics and Organizations and, in 1997, was elected to the Okemah Hall of Fame. Leland was a true asset to the Okemah community; having served as Fire Chief, City Manager and the Civil Defense Director. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and noodling and was instrumental in the development of the Okemah Golf Course.
Also preceding him in death were his parents; two sisters, Zelda Tolleson and Bonnie Elsner; two brothers, Holland and Lonnie Scrimshire and two great-grandsons.
Survivors include his two daughters, Rita George and husband Robert of Bearden, and Beverly Lawson of Moore, Okla.; one sister, Zora Laws of Okemah; three grandchildren, Monica Williams and husband Mike of Blanchard, Okla., Matthew George and wife Audra of Oklahoma City, and Rebecca Williams and husband James of Okemah; and 8 great-grandchildren, Autumn, Samantha and Lawson Braden, Maddox and Brooklyn George and Georgiana, Stryker and Ketch Williams. He is also survived by his life-long best friend, John Ford of Okemah.
Serving as active pallbearers will be Matthew George, James Williams, Mike Williams, Max Henry, Robert Adams and Jim Bill Copeland.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah, and officiated Kelly Bowen and Bobby Green.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


Dana Ann Caddell
Dana Ann Caddell was born April 4, 1960 in Oklahoma City to Billy Lee Wilson and Delores Ann (Sweet) Wilson. She passed away Monday, March 28, 2016 at her home in Wetumka at the age of 55.
Dana was a loving housewife and resident of Wetumka since 2009. She and David Caddell were married Aug. 5, 1989 in Brownsville, Texas.
She is preceded in death by her father and one brother, Curtis Wilson.
Survivors include her husband, David Caddell of Wetumka; her mother, Delores Ann Wilson of Wetumka; and two brothers, Michael Wilson of Indian Lake, Texas and Gary Wilson and wife Tessie of Perry, Ark.
All arrangements were handled by Parks Brothers Funeral Home of Okemah, Oklahoma.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


Mary Jo Arens
Mary Jo (Simmons) Arens, the only child of William Elbert and Ora Mae (Copeland) Simmons, was born Nov. 28, 1930 in Okemah. She passed away peacefully on March 15, 2016 in Houston, Texas.
Mary Jo was preceded in death by her husband James “Jim” Leroy Arens in 2002 and her younger daughter Mary Anita in 2015. She is survived by her sons Michael (Marjorie) Arens of Wichita, Kan.; Joel (Roberta) Arens of Rockledge, Fla.; and William (Annamarie) Arens of Dothan, Ala.; and her daughter Diane (Anthony) Glick of Houston, Texas. She is also survived by her grandchildren Brenda (Jerry) Gutierrez and children Alaina and Liam, Pearland, Texas; Katherine (Chad), Orlando, Fla.; Emily (Eric) and Edison, Clarksville, Tenn.; Alycia and Johnny, Gainesville, Fla.; Carolyn Arens, Houston, Texas; Robert Arens, Wichita, Kan.; and Zachary Hornbrook, Flagler Beach, Fla. She is also survived by many cousins, and nieces and nephews.
A rosary will be held at 6 p.m. on April 28, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. on April 29 at St. John Catholic Church in Bartlesville, Okla. Please consider a donation to Houston Hospice at www.houstonhospice.org, or at 1905 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030, in memory of Mary Jo Arens.


Minnie Louise Summers
Minnie Louise (ML) Summers was born Aug. 1, 1919 in Okemah and died March 23, 2016, at age 96, in Austin, Texas.  
ML (as she liked to be called, or “Lou”) lived an obviously very long and full life. As the youngest of the family, her siblings died long before her. These include Leon Belcher, Clyde and Claude Belcher (twins), Foster Belcher and Irene Belcher.  Not yet dead are her son, Jim Summers (Austin), his wife, Susan Lippman, and three grandchildren, Aliya Summers (Seattle), Andrea Jarrell (New Orleans), and Danna Strong (Nashville).  
ML lived most of her adult life in Richardson Texas. She moved to Austin at age 88 when her eyesight prevented her from driving. She was very involved in the First Christian Church of Richardson (now called the United Disciples Christian Church). She spent many an hour working there on various tasks, most notably their fund raising bazaars.  Most of her very many friends were made while working with them at the church.  Her largest single gift to anyone or anything was the purchase of the organ used in the church to this day.  Her specialty was knitting and crochet. It seemed almost impossible to find her at a time when her hands were not busy making something.  Her creations are still in use today.
In spite of living 65 years in Texas, she always considered herself an Okie. Most of the friends she had that were not connected to the church were also originally from her hometown of Okemah.  It seems they moved to Richardson all at about the same time and lived close to each other in the same neighborhood for many years. Several were in walking distance of her home. She outlived all of them as well as her siblings.  
ML worked at S&S Sales Company for the entire time she was in Texas until she retired. Oscar Seale, her long-time boss, was also one of the Oklahoma expatriates. His children, Grace and Kim, and Kim’s children, John and Connie, were especially close to Lou.  
ML much enjoyed being a grandmother to Danna, Andrea, and Aliya. Many a Thanksgiving and Christmas, along with summer vacations, were spent with her.
Memorial services will be held at the United Disciples Christian Church of Richardson, Texas, 601 E. Main St, 75081 on April 3, Sunday, at 2 p.m. She was cremated, so no pre-memorial service visitation or graveside services will occur.
Services under the direction of All Faiths Funeral Services, Austin, Texas.


Richard Curtis “Shorty” Clark
Graveside services for Richard Curtis “Shorty” Clark will be held Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the West/Anderson Cemetery in Okemah.
Richard Curtis “Shorty” Clark was born Dec. 7, 1934 in Pawnee, Oklahoma to Ernest Jewel and Eunis (Gokey) Clark. He passed away Wednesday, March 23, in Stroud, Okla. at the age of 81.
Mr. Clark was a lifelong resident of Lincoln County. He and Elizabeth A. “Ten Cent” West were married in 1960 in Okemah; she later preceded him in death April 18, 2015. Mr. Clark worked many years in the oilfields and thoroughly enjoyed taking care of his lawn.  Most of all he loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Also preceding him in death were three sisters, three brothers, one great-grandson and one great-granddaughter.
Survivors include his daughter, Tereasa Rhodd and husband Alden of Davenport, Okla.; three sons, Tony Clark and wife Patty, Todd Clark and Tim Clark all of Davenport; one brother, Carmen Clark and wife Vera of Stoud; two sisters, Mary Eldridge of Stroud and Glenda Hodge of Cushing, Okla.; 16 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah, and officiated by the 2nd Chief of the Sac and Fox Nation, Don Abney.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


Jerome Barrett “Barry” Vorhis
Services for Jerome Barrett “Barry” Vorhis will be held Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah with Rev. Andy Young officiating and assisted by Gary Veitenheimer.
Jerome Barrett “Barry” Vorhis was born June 24, 1942 in Cortland, New York to Ralph and Esther Vorhis. He passed away Saturday, March 19, after a long battle with lung complications, at the Oklahoma City VA Hospital at the age of 73.
Barry joined the United States Army and served his country honorably.  He was a paratrooper as well as a mechanical engineer with the military. He worked on aircrafts as a mechanical engineer and would be flown to missions saving and helping anyone he could. Upon finishing his military career, he found his home in Monterey, Calif. and made a living as an engineer, and later in construction building homes and playing his music. Once retired, he moved to Okemah where he built a log cabin and settled in with his new home. In 1996, in Salinas, California, he married Linda Wilson.  Barry never met a stranger he couldn’t relate to and was known for his stories and being a perfectionist. He was a witty, and stubborn individual who was passionate for his talent in music and collecting toys. He was a active member of Christian Way Ministries and volunteered his time to Project Christmas Child. He will be greatly missed.
He is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Keith and Kaye Vorhis.
Survivors include his wife, Linda of the home in Okemah; two sons, Barrett Vorhis of Seaside, Calif., and Daniel Harvey and wife Cara of Okemah; two daughters, Cori Vorhis-Miramontes and husband Richard of Seaside, Calif., and Leah Carpenter and husband Darrell of Auburn, Calif.; 10 grandchildren and many cousins, nephews and friends.
Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Ewin and Dewayne Wilson, Jimmie Story, Gary Veitenheimer and Dennie Scott.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


Gary D. Shepard
Graveside services for Gary D. Shepard were held Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah.
Gary D. Shepard was born Sept. 14, 1940 at Last Chance, Okla. to Claud E. Shepard and Vera Mae (Ross) Shepard. He passed away Saturday, March 19, in Oklahoma City at the age of 75.
Gary was a lifelong resident of Okemah and a 1958 graduate of Okemah High School. He and Mary Lou Ogden were married June 1, 1962 in Okemah. Gary worked as a farmer and rancher and also retired from Arrow Trucking as a senior driver. He won the 1998 driver of the year award and also received the Million Mile Award. Gary also enjoyed hunting and fishing and had attended the Calvary Baptist Church.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors included his wife, Mary Lou Shepard of the home in Okemah; one son, Quince Shepard and wife Kimberly of Oklahoma City; two brothers, Richard Shepard of Okemah and Charles Shepard of Okemah; one sister, Phyllis Hairrel of Dallas, Texas and three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Services were under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah, and officiated bro. Tom Shropsher.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


Grace Kellogg
Funeral services for Grace Marie Morris Kellogg were held Monday, March 21, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the Pentecostal Holiness Church in Cromwell, Okla. Interment followed at the Little Cemetery.
Grace Marie Morris Kellogg was born March 26, 1925 in Bearden, Okla. to Fred O. Morphis and Lavina (Wright) Morphis. She passed away Thursday, March 17, in Okemah at the age of 90.
Mrs. Kellogg had been a longtime resident of the Okemah area. She and B.F. Morris, Jr. were married March 11, 1944 in Okemah; he preceded her in death, Jan. 31, 1999.  In November of 1999, she married Henry Kellogg and he also preceded her in death.  Mrs. Kellogg was a loving housewife and homemaker.  She enjoyed sewing, canning, gardening and working with her flower beds.  She especially loved taking care of children and especially her grandchildren. She was a member of the Cromwell Pentecostal Holiness Church.
Also preceding her in death were her parents; five brothers and two sisters.
Survivors included her son, Wayne Morris and wife Connie of Bearden; two daughters, Patricia Phillips of Wewoka, Okla. and Aldean Nichols and husband Jerry of Okemah; 9 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.
Serving as active pallbearers were Chris Sala, Jeff Strianese, Jimmy Don Whisnant, Donnie Armitage, Ronnie Kellogg and Leon McVeigh.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah, and officiated by Pastor Ruby Nell York and assisted by Pastor James Baldridge.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.



Jimmy A. Deere
Funeral services for Jimmy A. Deere were held Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Little Quatrsartsy Church in Cromwell, Okla. Interment followed at the Little Quartsarty Cemetery also in Cromwell. Wake services was held Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Little Quartsarty Church.
Jimmy A. Deere was born Nov. 6, 1948 in Okemah to Winey Deere Wesley and Jimmie Deere. He went to be with the Lord, March 19 at his home in Keifer, Okla. surrounded by his wife and kids at the age of 67.
Jimmy graduated from Sequoyah School and went on to attend Haskell Poly Tech for one year where he learned carpentry. Jimmy was a lifelong craftsman and worked in construction, building houses most of his adult life. He was known Nationwide for his beautiful craftsmanship in making the traditional Mvskoke ball sticks, and always had a long line of orders for his sticks.  He was a teacher to anyone that was willing to learn about his trade.  Jimmy is a member of the Little Quartsarty Church and of the Greenleaf Ceremonial Ground.  He was Heneha at Greenleaf Ceremonial Ground where he was much honored to have his duties and took his job seriously.  Jimmy traveled all over the country with Creek Nation for Demonstrations of the tribe’s Ceremonial ways.  He was always asked to do presentations of his Mvskoke ways. He was taught by his mentor Tony Hill.  With him having his mentor he went on to teach what he had learned to many young men that have come into his life; hoping that they would take what he had to teach and continue to grow in our native ways. Jimmy was highly respected in the Creek community and was always one to help others or just to be there if someone needed to talk about Creek traditions. He always influenced others to learn their language and carry on their traditions. He was quoted saying “Never let the fire burn out.”
He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Charles “Ceka” Deere and one son, Jimmy Paroah Deere.
Survivors included his wife, Suzette Squire-Deere of the home in Keifer; one sister, Kizzie Roberts and family of Cromwell; 5 daughters, Andrea Hernandez and husband Oscar of Sasakwa, Lydia Withers and husband Jon of Seminole, Rosanna Deere of Sasakwa, Josie Alberson and husband Jeremy of Ada and Patricia Deere of the home in Keifer, Oklahoma; one son, Ceka Deere of the home in Keifer; 14 grandchildren and a hose of nieces and nephews. He lived his life to love his family and they all knew he loved them greatly.
Serving as active pallbearers were Jon Withers, Jeremy Alberson, Bill Hill, Jon Cheek, Brandon Peak, Billy Hill, Sam Osborne, J D Harley and Buffalo Hill.
Honorary bearers include:  Michael Deere, Brandon Deere, Billy Alberson, Jacob Cole, Emmett Harrison, Jonas Carpitcher, Aeryk Deere, Woxie Deere, Elijah Withers, Justin Squire, Zack LeClair, Ahhole Cheek, Calvin LeClair, Marvin Squire, Rick Squire, Kenny Squire, John Squire, Donald Squire, Joseph Squire, Mike Squire and Chris Squire.
Flower girls were Michelle Pipestem, Marissa Alberson, Savannah Alberson, Sierra Squire and Rebecca Squire.
Services were under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah, and officiated by Fred Lindsey and Wotko Long.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


Raymond Lee Taylor
Raymond Lee Taylor was born on Feb. 25, 1937, in Okemah, and departed this life on Monday, March 14, 2016, in Norman, Okla. at the age of 79.
Raymond, the son of Arlie and Helen (Raper) Taylor, was a resident of Paden. Raymond proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He married Carolyon Green on Feb. 22, 1990 in Shawnee. Raymond retired from Tinker Air Force Base where he worked as a machinist. He was a member of the Paden Freewill Baptist.  Raymond enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also spent a great deal of time working on cars with his brother, Robert.
Raymond’s parents; one son, Arlie Taylor; two daughters, Dianna Moore and Deborah Taylor; two brothers, Richard Taylor and Robert Taylor; and one sister, Mary Ann Martinez preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of 26 years Carolyon Taylor of the home, sisters, Marie Woolsey of Midwest City and Melinda Beel of Prague, three grandchildren, two great grandchildren, step son, Clinton Ray Green of Prague, and other family and friends.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 17, at 2 p.m. at the Freewill Baptist Church in Paden with Rev. Jim Eastep officiating. Interment will follow at Paden Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Service in Prague.
A guest book is available to share your memories online. Please visit www.ParksBrothers.net


Cleta Faye Bonner

Graveside services for Cleta Fay Bonner were held at Welty Cemetery in Welty, Okla. on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 2 p.m. Serving as officiant was Pastor Will Gordon (who is also Cleta’s Brother) of Northside Worship Center in Henryetta, Okla. Services arrangements were entrusted to the care of Michael’s Funeral Home of Bristow, Okla. Condolences may be made online at www.michaelsfuneralservices.com.
Cleta Faye Bonner was born in Okfuskee County (at home) on Jan. 22, 1935 to the late Harace Chilton Gordon and Virgie Lee (Davis) Gordon. She passed from this life in Tulsa, Okla. on March 6, at the age of 81 years, 1 month and 13 days.  She was raised and educated in Mason, Okla. Cleta was united in marriage to the late Carl Clayton Bonner on Dec. 14, 1953 in Bristow at the age of 18. They spent several years in Redrock, Okla. and then returned to Castle, Okla. were she had resided for the last 50 years.
Cleta had a passion for singing and playing a guitar. She enjoyed telling stories about her childhood days and you could bet on her always enjoying being the boss! In addition to both parents, and her husband, Cleta was preceded in death by two sisters, JoAnn Christensen and Kathy Fern Gordon; one brother, Hershel Gordon; one daughter, Carla Faye; and three great-grandchildren.
Those left to mourn her passing include her two daughters, Melinda Lindsey and husband Wayne of Castle, and Janie Montgomery and husband Cub of Okemah; six grandchildren, Keith Bear, Clayton Lindsey, Tabatha Lindsey, Gary Montgomery, Chip Montgomery and Dale Montgomery; 20 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends.



James Edmond Sanders


A memorial service for James Edmond Sanders was held Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Schoolton Cemetery in Seminole County with Frank Howard officiating.
James Edmond Sanders was born Feb. 21, 1938 in Castle, Okla. to Billy James Sanders and Maggie Mae (Matthews) Sanders. He passed away Wednesday, March 2, at his home near Castle at the age of 78.
Mr. Sanders was a lifelong resident of Castle. He and Claudia Smith were married Sept. 24, 1982 in Okmulgee, Okla. Mr. Sanders was the owner and operator of Sanders Salvage for over 40 years and enjoyed hunting, fishing and having cookouts.
He is preceded in death by his parents; one son, James Lee Sanders; one brother, Jack Sanders and three sisters.
Survivors included his wife, Claudia Sanders of the home; one son, Larry Poe of Okemah; two daughters, Teresa Clark of Okmulgee and Patricia and Dale Jones of Okemah; one sister, Martha Jane Varnell of Subiaco, Ark., 13 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
All arrangements were handled by Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah, Oklahoma.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


Margaret Bernice Palmer

Funeral services for Margaret Bernice Palmer will be held Friday, March 11, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah. Interment will follow at the Rock Creek Cemetery south of Okemah.
Margaret Bernice Palmer was born April 3, 1930 in Mason, Okla. to John Calvin Wilson and Lou Ella (Branscum) Wilson. She passed away Tuesday, March 8, in Okemah at the age of 85.
Mrs. Palmer was a longtime resident of the Okemah area and a graduate of Okemah High School. She and Claude Albert Palmer were married Jan. 30, 1952 in Okemah.  Mrs. Palmer worked for 34 years at the Okemah Abstract Office and enjoyed reading, embroidering and working crossword puzzles. She was also a member of the Okemah Skyview Baptist Church.
She is preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Fern Johnson.
Survivors include her husband Claude A. Palmer of Okemah; two daughters, Claudia Powell and husband Bill of Sapulpa and Margaret Turney of Okemah; three grandchildren, Erica Ivey and husband Gary of Tulsa, Matt Turney and wife Callie of Stillwater and Perry Powell and wife Tosha of Moore, Oklahoma and eight great-grandchildren, Jake, Kirsten, Kevin, Katie, Tegan and Rhett Turney and Ella and Cora Powell.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah, Oklahoma and officiated by Rev. David Hamilton.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


Harold Eugene Ingram


Graveside services for Harold Eugene Ingram will be held Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 1 p.m. at the Murray Cemetery in Binger, Okla.
Harold Eugene Ingram was born Aug. 27, 1927 in Gracemont, Okla. to George Washington Ingram and Della Mae (Cline) Ingram. He passed away Tuesday, March 8, in Okemah at the age of 88.
Mr. Ingram had been a resident of the Okemah area since 1977. He and Betty J. Turner were married March 27, 1948; she later preceded him in death Aug. 9, 2009. Mr. Ingram served his country with the United States Army during WWII having served overseas in Germany. He also worked many years as a farmer.
Also preceding him in death were his parents; two sisters and three brothers.
Survivors include his son, Jim Roger Ingram of Okemah and two brothers, Floyd Vernon Ingram of Grand Prairie, Texas and George Ingram of Great Falls, Mont.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah, Oklahoma and officiated by Barbara Turner.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


John Keith Bearbow

Funeral services for John Keith Bearbow were held Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. at the Prairie Spring Indian Baptist Church in Okemah. Interment followed at the Snake Creek Cemetery in Seminole County.
John Keith Bearbow was born Oct. 6, 1965 in Pawnee, Okla. to Jean Baptiste Bearbow and Lizzie Ann (Wolf) Bearbow. He passed away Friday, March 4, in Bernice, Okla. at the age of 50.
John was a residence of Bernice, Oklahoma and a graduate of Riverside Indian School in Anadarko, Okla. At a young age John’s parents passed away. He was then raised by his grandmother, Judy Wolf who made sure he was at church whenever the doors were opened. John enjoyed playing dominoes, shooting pool and collecting things, especially knives.
He is preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
Survivors include his five brothers, LaForce Bearbow of Claremore, Okla., Karl Bearbow  and wife Trecil of Carnegie, Okla., Jimmy Don Bearbow of Denton, Texas, Dana Reese Bearbow and wife Tricia of Sand Springs, Okla. and Bobby Joe Bearbow of Tulsa, Okla.; two sisters, Lori Ann Bearbow Tilley and husband Emmitt of Claremore and Cheryl Berryhill of Okmulgee, Okla., and a host of nieces and nephews.
Services were under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah, and officiated by Rev. Richard Fixico.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.



James S. Freeman


James S. Freeman, a resident of Tulsa, Okla. passed from this life on Sunday, March 6, 2016 at his home in Tulsa at the age of 73.  Jimmy was born on Sept. 26, 1942 in Tulsa to Jessie Sullivan and Hettie Burgess. Jimmy was raised in Tulsa, attending Central High School and graduating with the class of 1960.  
Following high school, Jimmy joined the United States Air Force and served from 1961 until 1967.  An injury forced Jimmy’s retirement from the Air Force and he returned home to Oklahoma. Jimmy was a lifelong member of Thlopthlocco Indian Methodist Church near Okemah.
Jimmy loved listening to classical music, raising his prized dogs, and admired driving and owning nice automobiles.
Jimmy is preceded in death by his mother and father; an aunt, MaryLou Smith;  two uncles, Richard Sullivan, Jack Sullivan; and Janice and Steve Flock. He is survived by many other cousins and other extended family including Richard Sullivan of Tulsa and Janice Flock, and many good friends.
A funeral service for Jimmy will be held on Friday, March 11, at 2 p.m. at Thlopthlocco Indian Methodist Church near Okemah, with David Dunson and Clarence Yahola officiating. Interment will follow immediately at Thlopthlocco Indian Methodist Church Cemetery under the direction of Integrity Funeral Service of Henryetta.
Pallbearers will be Jonathan Watashe, Billy Aldridge, John Lusty, Chad Wells, Steve Dunson, and Billy Aldridge Sr. Honorary pallbearers will be Luther Johnson and Steve Flock.



Ray Burns


Graveside service for Delbert “Ray” Burns, age 67, of Frederick, Okla. will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 3, 2016, at the Fort Sill National Cemetery, in Elgin, Okla. with Reverend Ronnie Morgan, pastor of Tesca Baptist Church, officiating.
Mr. Burns passed away Friday, Feb. 26, at Frederick Memorial Hospital & Physicians Group.
He was born December 13, 1948, in Okemah to Bardwell and Pearl (Ott) Burns. Due to his father’s work, he moved around the country with his parents at an early age, including California where he attended school. He entered the United States Army on October 19, 1966, at Los Angeles, California. He served a distinguished military career including tours in Vietnam and Korea. He was honorably discharged SSGT on January 29, 1993, at Fort Benning, Ga. Among the decorations he received for military service include: Good Conduct Medal w/4 AWD, National Defense Service Medal w/1 SS, Army Commendation Medal, Sharpshooter (Rifle), Vietnam Service Medal w/4 Bronze Stars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal-Gallantry Cross w/ Palm Unit Citation, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, and Combat Infantryman Badge.
He was united in marriage to Brenda (McCoy) Atkinson on June 24, 1988, in Lawton, Okla.. He enjoyed fishing and riding his motorcycle. He was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV).
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother: Bardwell Burns and a step-son: Jimboe Atkinson.
Survivors include his wife: Brenda Burns, of Frederick, Okla.; a son: Michael Ray Burns, of Okemah; two step-sons: Don Atkinson and wife Kelli, of Edmond, Okla.; Travis McCoy, of Frederick; and five grandchildren: Tanner Atkinson, Kodey Atkinson, Amber McCoy, Skylar Atkinson and Brianna Atkinson.
Burial with United States Army military honors is under the direction of Orr Gray Gish Funeral Home.
An on-line guest book and sympathy cards are available at www.Tiptonfuneralhome.com.


Dewayne Dyer

Funeral services for Dewayne Dyer were held Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Assembly of God Church in Wetumka, Okla. Interment followed at the Wetumka City Cemetery.
Dewayne Dyer was born Oct. 8, 1956 in Orange, Calif. to Arlus Dyer and Lena (Johnson) McKee. He passed away Saturday, Feb. 27, at his home in Wetumka at the age of 59.
Mr. Dyer was a life-long resident of Wetumka, as was a 1974 graduate of Wetumka High School. He later received a technician’s certificate from Ryder Tech in Dallas, Texas in mechanics. Mr. Dyer and Donna Renfrow were married May 20, 1978 in Wetumka. He was a self-employed mechanic who enjoyed metal detecting, being outdoors, woodworking and spending time with friends and family. Mr. Dyer served on the Wetumka City Council from 2004 – 2016. He enjoyed competitive archery and was a member of the Wetumka Assembly of God Church.
He is preceded in death by his father.
Survivors included his wife, Donna Dyer of the home in Wetumka; his mother, Lena McKee of Wetumka; one son, Jason Dyer and wife Victoria of Austin, Texas; one daughter, Chandra Dyer of Guthrie, Okla.; step-brother, Danny Sparks of Garber, Okla.; three 1/2 sisters and one granddaughter, Kallista Dyer of Austin, Texas.
Serving as active pallbearers were Ernie Lee, Adam Caldwell, Jerry Oliver, Charles Pasley, Anthony Mouser and Allen Tillery.
Honorary bearers included Tommy Morris, Steve Hilton, Gary Ramsey, Ben Bachus and Joey Pack.
Services were under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Pastor Curt Bellinger and Pastor Bo Gibbs.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


Eric Ray Noon

Funeral services for Eric Ray Noon were held Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Church of Christ in Okemah. Wake services were held Friday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Okemah Church of Christ.
Eric Ray Noon was born July 25, 1974 in Claremore, Okla. to George Harvey West and Levonne (Noon) Stokes. He passed away Wednesday, Feb. 24, at his home in Okemah at the age of 41.
Eric was a resident of Okemah. He had previously worked as a cook for the College of the Muskogee Nation and was currently attending Wes Watkins Vo-Tech in pursuit of receiving a C.N.A. degree. Eric and Jennifer McCarty were married Oct. 12, 1996 in Tulsa, Okla. He enjoyed fishing and was a talented artist. Eric was a member of the Okemah Church of Christ and was a loving husband, father and son.
He is preceded in death by his uncle, Bill Noon; his grandmother, Patricia Noon; his father in law, Jack McCarty and his grandfather, Calvin West.
Survivors include his four sons, Jordan Young, Brandon Noon, Nathaniel Noon and Ashton Noon all of Okemah; his daughter, Kayla Noon of Okemah; his father, George Harvey West of Spencer, Okla.; his mother, Levonne Stokes of Searcy, Ark.; his two sisters, Heather West of Spencer, and Jenesia Dunmire and husband Shane of Cromwell, Okla. and a host of other relatives and friends.
Serving as active pallbearers were Tony Sands, Tyrone Russel, Scott Robinson, Eric Wise, Jordan Young, Adam West and Chris West.
Honorary bearers included Patrick Bear, Daniel Bear, Craig Short, Frank Bear, Declan Donnelly, Keith Bear and Joe Losh.
Services were under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Bro. Kelly Bowen.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


Clara Elizabeth Cunningham

Clara Elizabeth Bowen Cunningham, of Oklahoma City, passed away on Feb. 29, 2016 surrounded by her family. Clara was born on March 7, 1983 to Kelly Bowen and Amy Oldfield. Clara was raised at Possum Hollar in Osage County.  She was a member of the Osage Nation and her tribal name was “Me Son” meaning White Sun. She attended First Lutheran Elementary School and graduated from Ponca City High School in 2001. Clara continued her education at the University of Oklahoma where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and her Master’s Degree in Social Work. She was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority.  
As a social worker Clara served hundreds of people working as an advocate for children in foster care, supporter of hospice patients and provided court testimony as a tribal expert witness. She was a member of the Oklahoma State Post Adjudication Review Board.   
Clara’s first love was her family. Clara made her family a priority and brought humor to every family event.  She was known for wearing her OU t-shirts in a family full of OSU Cowboys fans. Clara enjoyed traveling with her mom and grandmother Frances and frequently met her dad, step-mom, sister and brother for family dinners. Clara’s greatest accomplishment was her son Emmett.  Clara created a home for her son rooted in God, teaching him the importance of kindness.  Each day Clara told Emmett “you’re the best” and he responded to her “no mommy, you’re the best”. Clara and Emmett faithfully attended Life Church.
Clara is survived by her son, Emmett Baird Cunningham of OKC; father, Kelly Bowen and wife Diana of Weleetka; mother, Amy Oldfield and Wayne Ray Mitchell of Burbank, OK; sister, Kelsey Beth Bowen of OKC; brother, Tanner Frost Bowen of Weleetka, Emmett’s father, Thad Cunningham and Emmett’s brother, Thaddaeus Cunningham of OKC; grandmother, Wanda “June” McMahan of Shawnee, Okla., and numerous other loving family and friends.  
She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Harvey Bowen, Jr., Roy McMahan, Bill and Peggy Cline, William Baird and Frances Oldfield; aunt, Nancy McMahan and uncles, Bill Oldfield and Lee Oldfield.
 A Celebration of Her Life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 3, at Life Church located at Walker and I-240 in Oklahoma City. Services will be under the direction of John M. Ireland & Son Funeral Home and Chapel, Moore, Okla.  
In lieu of flowers per Clara’s request please make donations to the trust fund of her son Emmett. Contributions can be made to the Clara E. Cunningham Trust, 227 70 Road Ponca City, OK 74604.


Ruth Elizabeth Cruce Stevenson

Graveside services for Ruth Elizabeth Cruce Stevenson were held Monday, Feb. 22, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah.
Ruth Elizabeth Cruce Stevenson was born Feb. 20, 1931 in Ava, Mo. to Henry and Alcie (Tompkins) Stice. She passed away Thursday, Feb. 18, in Okemah at the age of 84.
Mrs. Stevenson had been a resident of the Okemah area most all of her life. She worked as a nursing home medical aide and also as the head cook of the Paden Senior Citizen’s Center.  Mrs. Stevenson also worked at the Pharoah Sewing Factory and at the Okemah Wrangler Plant.  She enjoyed fishing, gardening and canning. She was also a member of the Landmark Missionary Baptist Church of Okemah.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Alcie Stice; spouses, Selvin Cruce and Bill Stevenson and four brothers, Ralph, Thomas, Kenneth and Jackie Stice.
Survivors include her three sons, Alan Lee Cruce and wife Patricia of Skiatook, Okla., Jody Dale Cruce of Okemah and Ardell Selvin Cruce of Okemah; one daughter, Judy McVeigh and husband Rick of Sapulpa; one sister, Ruby Lee Sanders of Tulsa and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Services were under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Pastor Rick McVeigh.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


Jimmie L. Sanders

Funeral services for Jimmie L. Sanders will be held Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 at 1 p.m. at the Prairie Spring Indian Baptist Church in Okemah. Interment will follow at the Butcher #2 Cemetery also in Okemah. Wake services will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Prairie Spring Indian Baptist Church.
Jimmie L. Sanders was born Nov. 27, 1932 in Henryetta, Okla. to Jimmy Sanders and Julia (Willingham) Sanders. He passed away Monday, Feb. 22, in Tulsa, Okla. at the age of 83.
Mr. Sanders was a resident of Okfuskee County. He was a Native American custom and history educator and re-enactor. He loved teaching people about the Native American Customs and ways of living. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and served his country with the United States Army during the Korean War.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Leona Butcher; one sister, Lechita Sanders and one nephew, John Buckley.
 Survivors include his two daughters, Maedine Sanders of Okemah and Cindy Sanders of Okemah; three sisters, Gay Hess of Muskogee, Betty Stone of Sacremento, Calif., and Conchita Bayhylle of Pawnee, Okla., and four grandchildren, Michael Fixico, Sarah Fixico, David Frye and Mattie Frye.
Serving as active pallbearers will be Eric Hess, Arharlock Buckley, Martin Littlebear, Travis Pigeon, Noel Grayson and Walter Gowan.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


Christine “Sweet Pea” Ackerman

Funeral services for Christine “Sweet Pea” Ackerman were held Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah. Interment will follow at the Castle Cemetery.
Christine Ackerman was born August 12, 1968 in Claremore, Oklahoma to Jerry Wayne Johnson and Jo Ann (Long) Johnson.  She passed away Friday, Feb. 19, at her home in Okemah at the age of 47.
Christine had been a resident of the Okemah area most all of her life. She worked as a home health care worker and enjoyed fishing and playing bingo. She and Don Dave Ackerman were married Marcy 27, 1998 in Henryetta, Okla.
She is preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Jerry P. Johnson.
Survivors include her husband, Don Dave Ackerman of Okemah; two sons, Johnathan Johnson of Okemah and Cody and Jess Johnson of Okemah; four daughters, Kristin Johnson of Okemah, Melinda Woodruff of Okemah, Feather Ackerman of Okemah and Rebecca Ackerman of Cromwell; two brothers, Marvin Johnson and wife Michelle of Okemah and Trampas Johnson and wife Kay of Wetumka, Okla.; four sisters, Terri Tillery and husband Steve of Okemah, Linda Williamson and husband Wayne of Okemah, Barbara Smith and husband Wes of Okemah and Kimberly Billings of Castle, Oklahoma and 10 grandchildren.
Serving as pallbearers will be Jonathan Woodruff, Austin Billings, Steven Tillery, Wayne Williamson, Jerry Williamson and Josh Mosley.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Bro. Mark and Sis. Terita Rich.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


James Delbert Rutledge


Former Okemah resident James Delbert Rutledge, age 76, departed this life on Tuesday Feb 2 , 2016 in Oklahoma City. Born June 23, 1939 in Okemah to the late Benjamin Magruder Rutledge and Flora Patrick Rutledge, he was a graduate of Okemah high school. In 1957 he joined the Unites States Air Force where he was a loadmaster stationed in Casa Blanca Morocco, North Africa. After the Air Force he became trucking manager for Safeway stores and then trucking supervisor for Homeland stores. He later worked for Oklahoma Blood Institute as a driver delivering blood to hospitals. James married Shirley Ann Stiffler on July 25, 1958 in Okemah, and three children were born to this union. He was a member of Harvest Life International Church in Midwest City. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, playing dominoes and his favorite past time was playing horse shoes. James is proceeded in death by his parents, and 2 brothers: Ed and Don.
James is survived by his wife of 57 years, Shirley Rutledge of Harrah, Okla.; daughter Melanie Washburn and son in law Kent Washburn of Choctaw, Okla.; son Kevin Rutledge and daughter in law Caroline Rutledge of Harrah; daughter April Rutledge and fiance Kenny Meridith of Harrah; 8 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Service of Remembrance will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13, at Stout-Phillips Funeral Home in Wewoka, Okla.
An online guestbook is available at PhillipsFuneralService.com.


Charles Edward Barber

Charles Edward Barber, 85, of Owensville, Mo. passed away on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, at his residence.
Charles was born in Okemah on Oct. 21, 1930 to the late Guthrie and Laura (McGrath) Barber. On June 4, 1955  in Weleetka he was united in marriage to Mary Austin. He served his country with the United States Navy receiving the China Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, United Nations Service Medal, and Korean Service Medal. He was a member of First Baptist church in Owensville.
He was also preceded in death by a son, Michael Barber.
His survivors include his wife, Mary of the home; daughters, Marsha Knight and husband, Randy of Owensville and Brenda Taylor and husband, Gary of Eugene, Oregon; sister, Eloise Burden of Okemah.; brother, James, Barber of Buffalo, Mo.; grandchildren, Eric Knight, Matthew Knight, Andrew Taylor, Toni Migneault, and Charles Taylor; and great-grandchildren, Bentley, Quinn, Liam, and Evan Knight and Astoria and Archer Migneault.
Funeral services were held on Monday, Feb. 8 at 11 a.m. at the Gottenstroeter Chapel in Owensville with Pastor Kevin Sullivan officiating. Burial followed in Countryside Memorial Gardens in Owensville with full military honors.
Services were under the direction of Gottenstroeter Funeral Home in Owensville.


Clara Allen

Memorial services for Clara Allen will be Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Eighth Street Holiness Church in Okemah. Officiated by Sis. Sue Rabold and Bro. Tim Dodson.
Clara Allen was born Oct. 25, 1944 in Bearden, Okla. She passed away Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015 in Ohio at the age of 71.
Survivors include her two sons, Carl Tilton and Bobby Allen; one daughter, Lisa Allen and one brother, Junior Dodson; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Local arrangements were handled by Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.

John R. Thomas

Funeral services for John R. Thomas were held Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the Last Chance Baptist Church north of Okemah. Interment followed at the Okfuskee Cemetery.
John R. Thomas was born June 7, 1927 in Okfuskee, Okla. to Vernie M. Thomas and Lena Mae (Davenport) Thomas. He passed away Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 at his home in Okfuskee at the age of 88.
John had been a resident of Okfuskee County all of his life. He and Betty Jo Beets were married January 12, 1945 in Okemah; she preceded him in death Oct. 23, 2013. John was a farmer and rancher and also served his country with the United States Army during WWII. He enjoyed playing cards and dominoes; but most of all he loved to watch children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow up and play ball.
Also preceding him in death were his parents; one daughter, Mary Lena Thomas-Wilson; two brothers, Charles and Velvin “Pod” Thomas; one sister, Nita Bell Lewis and two grandchildren.
Survivors include his five sons, John Russell Thomas and wife Linda of Muskogee, Gary Thomas and wife Joan of Okemah, Frank Thomas and wife Paula of Durant, Sam Thomas of Okemah and Mike Yocham and wife Annette of Okemah; three daughters, Carolyn Yocham and husband Johnnie of Denton, Texas, Linda Jo Ramey and husband Wayne of Mounds, Oklahoma and Paula Fitzgerald of Oklahoma City; one brother, Vernie Marshal Thomas of Okemah; three sisters, Wanda Walker of Okemah, Melva Jean Crawford of Great Bend, Kan. and Iva Mae Walker of Okemah; 17 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
Serving as active pallbearers were Mike Yocham, Terry Thomas, Michael Fitzgerald, Scott Wilson, John Fitzgerald and Brett Thomas.
Services were under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Donald Baker.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


Barbara June Kerns

Services for Barbara June Kerns will be held Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah. A committal service will follow at the Fort Gibson National Cemetery at 2 p.m.
Barbara June Kerns was born July 22, 1935 in Paden, Okla. to William Jennings Bryan Massey and Julia Frances (Cowan) Massey. She passed away Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 in Stroud, Okla. at the age of 80.
Barbara was a resident of Wagoner, Oklahoma and was a 1955 graduate of Okemah High School. She and Roger Gerath Kerns were married in 1968 in Oklahoma City; he later preceded her in death in 1992. Barbara worked as an Executive Director of House Keeping at the Western Hills State Lodge in Wagoner. She enjoyed animals, fishing, shopping and home decorating.
Also preceding her in death were her parents and one brother, Stanley D. Massey.
Survivors include her four brothers, Virgil B. Massey of Okemah, Ronald D. Massey and wife Karen of Prague, Bobby G. Massey and wife Kae of Okemah and Stephen M. Massey and wife Jeannette of Stroud; three sisters, Pat Aaron of Okemah, Alecia Hynson of Midwest City and Grace Holt of Sacramento, Calif.; 20 nieces and nephews, 41 great-nieces and nephews and 39 great-great- nieces and nephews.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Charles Boswell, Jr. and assisted by Alex Capron.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


Joyce Hale

Funeral services for Joyce Hale were held Monday, Feb. 1, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Greenleaf Baptist Church in Okemah. Interment will followed at the Little Quasarty Cemetery in Cromwell.
Joyce Anne Hale was born Dec. 31, 1958 in Claremore, Okla. to Billy and Lucy (Coker) Hale. She passed away Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016 in Okemah at the age of 57.
Joyce was a longtime resident of the Okemah area and a graduate of Butner High School.  She worked as a secretary for Contract Health with Creek Nation and was of the Methodist Faith. She was a fantastic cook and was considered the “family cook”. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and to watch them play sports.
She is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Jacob and Andy; two sisters, Betsy and Mary; one son, Thomas Hale and two granddaughters, Talala and Karissa.
Survivors include her husband, Phillip Deere of the home in Okemah; one son, Kuskvna Deere of Okemah; two daughters, Sheri Tiger and Culley Lowe of Okemah and Kintv Deere also of Okemah; three brothers, Jasper, Donald and David Hale of Okemah; three sisters, Marie Berryhill, Carolyn Tucker and Maggie Coon all of Okemah and 7 grandchildren, Kyla, Tayten and Karissa Fixico, Jeffery Tiger, Chasity and Lacee Thomas and Aubrey Love.
Serving as active pallbearers were Willie Hale, Dustin Tucker, Gunnar Varner, Steven Randall, Steven Fixico and Chris Randall.
Honorary bearers included David Hale, Donald Hale, Jasper Hale, Eric Wise and Leo Wassona.
Services were under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Grover Wind and Rev. Wayne Harjo.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


Rita Jean Flynn

Funeral services for Rita Jean Flynn were held Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah. Interment will followed at the Blackburn Chapel Cemetery in Shawnee, Okla.
Rita Jean Flynn was born May 29, 1955 in Oklahoma City to Arthur Mack Greenwood and Naomi Edna (Taylor) Greenwood. She passed away Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 in Okemah at the age of 60.
Rita was the co-owner and operator of ABC Insurance for many years and was also a homemaker. She enjoyed camping, boating and fishing. She also enjoyed working with arts and crafts, sewing and traveling. She and Luke Flynn were married in May of 2008 in Okemah.
She is preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Bruce Greenwood and one sister, Maxine Haese.
She is survived by her husband Luke Flynn of Okemah; three daughters, Lanetta Greenwood and husband Delandous Griffin of Belleville, Illinois; Tammy Starks of St. Louis, Missouri and Crystal M. Leravatanakul of O’Fallon, Illinois; two sisters, Ruth W. Giza and husband Ron Tripp of Shawnee, Oklahoma and June McIntosh and husband Warren of Okemah; 6 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.
Serving as active pallbearers were Jakari Starks; Jordan Griffin, Clifford Flynn, Darrel Wayne Flynn, Samuel Flynn, Clifton Flynn.
Honorary bearers included Jimmy Flynn and John Nolte.
Services were under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Brent Ferris.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


L.T. Case
 
L.T. Case was born on Feb. 27, 1929 in Paden, Okla., and departed this life on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 in Shawnee, Okla. at the age of 86.
L.T., the son of Lemuel Lewis and Anna Mae (Davis) Case, was a resident of Paden. He attended Bethel and Paden schools. He married Delores Marie Brown on March 25, 1950 in Okemah. L.T. worked as an oilfield pumper for Wilcox and Tenneco Oil Companies.  He later worked for Allied Materials in Stroud. L.T. loved baseball and riding horses. He served on the Stroud School Board for 14 years and as an elder for the Burnett Mission Church for many years.
Preceding L.T. in death were his parents, Lem and Anna Mae Case; sisters, Virginia Broyles, Mary Barlow and Toyie Adams; brother, Joe Case; and son-in-law, Robert Rainwater.
Survivors include his wife of almost 66 years Delores “D.I.” Case of the home, son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Vicki Case of Paden, daughters and son-in-law, Christy Rainwater of Prague, and Shelia and Jon Henson of Norman, brothers and sisters-in-law, Max and Edna Case of Paden, and Tex and Caroline Case of Bristow, sisters and brothers-in-law, Joan Broyles of Paden, Peggy and Harlan Wilson of Prague, and Sue and Tommie Hinds of Paden, grandchildren, Crystal Marie and Craig Makes Cry, Rachel Lorene Marie and Nathan Walker, Robbie and Lana Rainwater, Megan Charie Case, Stacy Rene Henson, Missy Elaine Case, Ashlee Kay Henson, Michael Rod Brett and Brooke Case, great-grandchildren, Madison Ann Walker, Hailey Jo Rainwater, Jace Robert Rainwater, Brody Michael Case, Blakely Dawn Case, Case Allen Makes Cry, and other family and friends
The Case family will receive friends on Thursday, Feb. 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Parks Brothers Funeral Home in Prague.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Feb. 5, at 2 p.m. at the Burnett Mission in Paden with Bro. Paul Heard and Bro Bryan Logan officiating. Interment will follow at the Paden Cemetery. 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


Johnnie Phillips
 
Johnnie Mae Phillips was born Sept. 27, 1929 in the Sandcreek Community Center, near the town of Boley. She was the second child and only daughter of John and Florence (Dukes) Phillips. As a child she enjoyed performing in plays and programs at the Sandcreek Elementary School, where she began her formal education. During her early years, growing up in the Sandcreek Community, she established close friendships that lasted throughout her life.
Johnnie attended Boley High School and graduated on May 28, 1946.She went on to attended college at Langston University. Johnnie also attended Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, Texas for one year, but returned to Langston to graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. Johnnie went on to attend graduate school at both the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University. She received her Master’s Degree in Education from Oklahoma State University.
Johnnie began her teaching career in the early 1950s at Lincoln High School, in Chickasha, Okla. She soon moved to the Dunjee Community and began teaching at Dunjee High School, which was at that time a Choctaw Public School.
On June 21, 1960, Johnnie married Lacey Stevenson Sr. They made their home for the next 37 years in the Dunjee Community. One son, Lacey Stevenson Jr., was born to their union. When Dunjee High School closed in 1972, Johnnie began teaching at Rogers Middle School in Spencer, Okla. After her husband’s death on July 1, 1997, Johnnie continued to make the Dunjee Community her home. She remained active in community organizations and with Dunjee High School alumni groups for many years. Johnnie authored a book, The Lynching of Laura, in 2005, which was a fictionalized version of an actual event that she was told of, as a child. When her health began to fail in May 2010, nearly 50 years to the day that she and her husband had established a home in the Dunjee Community, Johnnie made the difficult decision to leave her beloved community and many friends, to move to Denver, Colo. to live near her son and his family.
Johnnie departed this life in the early morning hours of Jan. 26, 2016 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. She leaves to celebrate her life and memory, one son, Lacey Stevenson Jr. and a daughter-in-law, Cynthia Stevenson, both of Arapahoe County, Colo.; two grandsons, Lacey Stevenson III, a student at Metropolitan State University of Denver and John William Stevenson, a student at the University of Colorado-Boulder; one brother, Credell Phillips (Hattie Mae) of Boley; a very special “sister-friend”, Lula Mae Marzett, of the Dunjee Community; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.


Richard Olen Liles

Richard Olen Liles, a longtime resident of Henryetta and former Henryetta Police Captain, passed from this life on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 in Tulsa at the age of 84. Richard was born in Okemah to Joseph Richard Liles and Minnie Lottie Bear Liles. Richard grew up in the Okemah area. He proudly served in the U.S. Army for several years including a tour of duty in Japan. Richard was married to Ellen C. Nichols on Dec. 22, 1965 in Muskogee, Okla. They remained happily married for forty years before Ellen’s death in 2006.
Richard served in several public service capacities during his working career.  He served as a police officer in Amarillo, Texas and in Okemah before settling in Henryetta where he served as Captain in the Henryetta Police Department until he retired after many years of faithful service.  Following his law enforcement career, Richard became well-known around Henryetta as a school bus driver where he served the children and families through the Henryetta Public School System. He was a longtime member of the Masonic Tulledega Lodge #201 of Henryetta where he served in numerous capacities throughout the years.  He was also a 32nd degree Mason.  He was a member of the Grand Enchantment of the Knights Templar.  Richard was especially blessed through the love and friendship of his church family.  Most of all Richard will be remembered as a soft-spoken gentleman, always supportive and willing to offer his help to anybody when needed.  He will be missed by the many people that knew and loved him.
He is preceded in death by his mother and father; by his devoted wife Ellen; by his stepson, Bobby Cluck; by his five brothers Joseph Liles, former Okmulgee County Sheriff Harry Liles, Paul Liles, Robert Leonard Liles, and James Liles; and by a grandson, James Patrick Bridgeford; and son-in-law, James Riley Bridgeford.
Richard is survived by daughter Detria Owens and husband Robert of Okmulgee; daughter, Trisha Withrow and husband Joe of Dewar, daughter Pat Bridgeford-Nabors and Jakie Nabors of McAlester, and daughter Dorothy Wedinger and Jeff Taylor of Missouri; grandchildren, Shanna Kinslow of Henryetta, Colton Withrow and Jessica Withrow of Dewar, Thomas Wedinger of Missouri, Dr. Michael Cluck of San Jose, Calif., Patrick Cluck of Las Vegas, Nev., Marccia Bridgeford Sczepanski and husband David of Missouri, and Lisa Green and husband Peter of Oklahoma City, and John Daniel Bridgeford and wife Brenda of Hartley, Del.; great grandchildren, Tylor Kinslow, Seth Kinslow, Miles Cluck, Max Cluck, and Lillie Cluck, Chalia Bridgeford, and Rhian Bridgeford; a daughter-in-law, Vickie Cluck of Las Vegas, Nev.; brother, Charles Albert Liles and wife Diane of California; sister-in-law, Jeannie Cox of McKinney, Texas; special friends, Bobby Patterson and wife Linda of Henryetta; other extended family and many good friends, fellow police officers, and church family.
A funeral service for Richard was held on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 2 p.m. at Integrity Chapel with Rev. Robert Hunnicutt officiating. Interment followed at Weleetka Hillcrest Cemetery under the direction of Integrity Funeral Service.  Military honors were provided by the U.S. Army.
Pallbearers were George Wayne Powell, Joe Withrow, Colton Withrow, Bobby Patterson, Jakie Nabors, and Carl Powell.  Honorary pallbearers were Richard Larney, Bob Barnett, and Dale Dickey.
An Online Guestbook is available at www.integrityfuneralservice.com.


Evert Paul Guinn

Evert Paul Guinn, age 72, passed away on Jan. 26, 2016 at his home in Kellyville, Okla. Paul was born on Aug. 3, 1943 in Red Hill, Okla. to Evert and Stella Guinn.
He worked 50 years in concrete production industry. He loved to play music and softball, he also enjoyed fishing and tending to his cows. Paul loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Paul is preceded in death by his parents, brother David Guinn, sister Paula Sue Daily, daughter Stella Christine Guinn, granddaughter Amanda Jessalie Deerinwater and great grandson Charles Weston Guinn.
Survivors include his wife Madie Guinn; children: Renee Deerinwater and husband Ray of Inola, Paul Guinn and wife Lois of Kellyville, Rhonda Shepherd and husband Darrell of Tulsa, Charles “Rookie” Owens and wife Joni of Aiea, Hawaii, Marchelle “Charli” Brown and husband Bobby of Sapulpa; 15 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; brother: Charles Guinn and wife Mary of Okemah; sisters: Linda Smith and husband Jerry Don of Okemah, Teletha Deramo of Wetumka and many extended family and friends.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, Feb. 6, at 2 p.m. at Dripping Springs Church in Kellyville. The family requests donations be sent to Tenaciously Teal, which is a non-profit dedicated to meeting the needs of cancer fighters and their families, giving them support throughout a cancer battle. Donations can be sent to 10613 Windway Avenue, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73162.


 
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