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Obituaries



George Howard

Services for George Edwin Howard will be held Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 1:00 PM at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah.
George Edwin Howard was born November 12, 1958 in Bakersfield, California to Harvey Edwin Howard and Charlene (Asbury) Howard.  He passed away Friday, August 14, 2015 in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of 56.
George had been a resident of the Okemah area for over ten years.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing.  George was a kind and sweet man who loved to help others.  He worked with the Milk Ministry in Okemah and was just an all-around good guy.
Survivors include his parents, Harvey Howard of Okemah and Charlene Howard of Paden and one sister, Sabrina Gilbert of Paden.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Sabrina Gilbert and Jacon Harbour.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com


Tom R. Condict

Funeral services for Tom R. Condict will be held Monday, August 17, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Tom Condict Panther Dome in Okemah, Oklahoma. Interment will follow at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah.
Tom R. Condict was born April 9, 1952 in Okemah, Oklahoma to Willis Ray Condict and Lena Mae (Harrison) Condict. He passed away Thursday, August 13, 2015 at his son’s home in Wagner, Oklahoma at the age of 63.
Mr. Condict was a longtime resident of the Okemah area and was a 1970 graduate of Butner High School. He later received an associate’s degree from Seminole Junior College and went on to receive his Bachelor’s from East Central University in Ada, a Master’s from South Eastern University and his Superintendent Certificate from University of Central Oklahoma. He and Pamela Kay Sanders were married August 27, 1971 in Welty, Oklahoma. Mr. Condict began coaching high school football at Ringling High School. He then went on to coach at Deer Creek Lamont, Okemah, Broken Bow (won a state title), Okmulgee, Jones and Dewar High School. He began his administrative work at Dewar before returning to Okemah and eventually retiring after working with McAlester Schools. Mr. Condict was inducted into the Oklahoma Coaches Hall of Fame and also the Seminole Junior College Hall of Fame. He enjoyed music and especially traveling. He also loved being outdoors, playing golf and was a deacon at the Okemah First Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Pamela Condict of Okemah; two sons, Dale Condict and wife Sherry of Wagner, Oklahoma and Michael Scott Condict and wife Susie of Edmond, Oklahoma; two brothers, Dennis Condict and wife Kim of Okemah and Tim Condict of Dustin, Oklahoma; two sisters, Laura Dean and husband Ralph of Choctaw, Oklahoma and Christy Jones and Charles of Cromwell, Oklahoma and six grandchildren, Austin, Condict, Abby Marlo Condict, Collin Condict, Trent Condict, Kendra Condict and Cale Condict.
Serving as active pallbearers will be Keith Russell, Larry Sanders, John Harelson, Dwight Grady, Tom Howell and Steve Hudson.
Honorary bearers include: Jerry Dean, Greg Baldwin, Johnny Bohannon, Billy Green, Mark Willis, Terrell Turman and Denton Fox.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Wade Harelson.
To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Tom R. Condict please visit our Sympathy Store.



Melreta D. Smart


Melreta D. Smart, age 95 years a long time resident of Wewoka went to her Heavenly home July 20, 2015. She was born June 18, 1920 to Dexter King and Sadie (Sullinger) King in Bowlegs, OK.
Later moving to a rural community south east of Cromwell. She attended Quasada where she sang in the school quartet and played basketball before going to high school in Cromwell.
She married Harold Smart August 27, 1938 in Okemah, OK and to this union two sons were born Clayton Ray and Harold Dale Smart. Both sons were graduates of Wewoka High School and East Central University. Clayton later graduated from Oklahoma State University and Dale from Tulsa University.
For the most part Melreta was a homemaker. She also worked ten years for Lillian Russell. She taught sunday school for many years at the Mission that the First Baptist started and sponsored.  Years later Harold and Melreta joined Mission Home Baptist Church near their home.
Preceding Melreta in death are her parents, husband Harold, grandson Clay Smart, granddaughter Cayla Renee Smart, brother Basil King and sister Delphia Pounds.
Survivors include sons Clayton Smart, former daughter-in-law Judith Smart, and Harold Dale Smart; daughter-in-law Bonnie, grandchildren Dane, Ryan, Chris, Carol and nine great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Larry Sawyer, Dan Houser, Edward Crump, Jim Stafford, Leon Collier, and  Randy Patton.  
Honorary pallbearers will be Jesse Sawyer, Glenn Able, Ralph Morton, Ron Keesee, Derick Christopher, and Rick McKibbin.
Funeral service will be 10:00 Thursday, July 23,2015 at Mission Home Missionary Baptist Church, and burial to follow at Oakwood Cemetery.
Arrangements by Stout-Phillips Funeral Home
An Online Guestbook is available at PhillipsFuneralService.com.


John Charles “Jake” Stewart


Memorial services for Jake Stewart will be held Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 1:00 PM at the Pharoah Baptist Church with Bro. Roy Rogers officiating.  A luncheon will be held Saturday 12:00 – 1:00 PM also at the Pharoah Baptist Church.
Jake Stewart was born November 9, 1955 in Ft. Scott, Kansas to Melvin and Florine Stewart. He passed away Friday, July 17, 2015 at his home near Okemah at the age of 59.
Jake worked over 40 years in the Oilfield Service.  He enjoyed his work and being outdoors.  Jake met a lot of people along the way and was never shy about striking up a conversation with them.  Jake was an avid hunter and fisherman.  Everyone knew when they went along with him the trip wouldn’t just last a couple of hours.  They were lucky to be back when the sun came back up.  No one would try to clean the fish because they all knew Jake would do it and that he enjoyed that kind of thing.  He was also know by all of the trips he made to the store.  He would be gone for hours buying who knows what.  But it was those kind of things that made him who he was.  He wasn’t perfect, but he would give his shirt to those in need.  He was always helping someone out and loved doing things for his grandkids.  They brought joy to his life and he enjoyed teaching them things even if he didn’t know it he would figure it out.  He was someone they could always call on.  Jake also had a passion for guns. He collected them and would go to gun shows.  Those are the things he enjoyed most.  Jake fought his illness the best he could and stayed strong for his family.  He never wanted to seem weak but what he didn’t know was his family saw him as one of the strongest people they knew.  He is at peace now and will forever live in their hearts.
The family would like to thank Debbie Cassady, Melody Gallman, Jim Tarwater, and the nurses at Mays Plus, Nurses to Go, Angelica Hospice, Church Family and many other family and friends for their love and support during this difficult time.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Florine Stewart, grandparents, Mary and John Stewart and John and Violet Wagner, nephew Jason Lewis and 2 nieces, Tina Lewis and Jada Stewart.
Survivors include his wife Carla Stewart of the home; three children, Shenna Stewart of Kansas and Amy Lee and Starla Murray of Shawnee; 8 grandchildren, Emilee Lever, Ethan Lever, Caylee Robisons and Gary Lee of Weleetka, Grant and Gibson French of Shawnee and Kelsey and Brody Stewart of Kansas; 3 sisters and brothers in law, Mary and Van Micheals of Texas, Gloria and Donnie Eaton of Kansas and Melva Jo and Butch Norman of Kansas and a brother, Dale and Karen Stewart of Tennessee; mother and father in law, Tom and Joy Collins; Father in law, Floyd Ancell and several brothers and sisters in law and many extended family and friends.
All arrangements were handled by Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah, Oklahoma.
A memorial fund has been established in memory of John “Jake” C. Stewart at the Okemah Citizen’s State Bank.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com” www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


Jewel D. Roastingear

Funeral services for Jewel D. Roastingear will be held Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Alabama Indian Baptst Church in Weleetka, Oklahoma. Wake services will be Wednesday from 5:00-7:00 PM at Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel, Okemah, Oklahoma.
Jewel Roastingear was born July 12, 1969 to Jackie Cooper and Linda Wise. She passed away Sunday, July 19, 2015 in Lindsey, Oklahoma at the age of 46.
Jewel was a 1987 graduate of Sequoyah High School and attended Bacon College for one year.  She and David Roastingear were married February 27, 1999.  Jewel enjoyed sports and played fast pitch softball with David.  She also enjoyed watching soap operas, fishing, dancing and singing.  She loved spending time with her grandchildren, visiting with friends and family and listening to George Strait.
Preceding her in death was her mother, Linda Kay Harjo Cooper and one grandson, Miciah Dale Fixico.
She is survived by her husband, David Roastingear of Okemah; three daughters, Heather Cooper, Corena Roastingear and Amber Fancher and husband Larry; two brothers, Jackie Cooper Jr. and Gary Cooper; Gwendolyn Harjo of Broken Arrow, Janese Cooper of Shawnee and Cheryl Cooper of Okemah and 11 grandchildren.
Serving as active pallbearers will be Larry Fancher, Justin Harjo, Harlan Lewis, Jimmy Hicks, Seth Harjo, Sherman Micco, Michael Manley and Jeremy Cooper.
Honorary bearers include Jimmy Fixico, Gunther Lee Cooper, Rowdee Cooper and Rocky Cooper.
Services will under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah, Oklahoma officiated by Rev. Kenneth Cooper.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com” www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


Betty Jo Thurman Davis
 
Betty Jo Thurman Davis, 94 longtime resident of Vernon, passed away on July 19, 2015 after a brief illness. She joined Kelly Davis, her beloved husband of 41 years, who had preceded her in death.
Betty was born July 24, 1920, in Okemah, Oklahoma to Floyd B. Thurman and Mary Frances Jones. After attending school in Okemah, she worked for 28 years in operations at Citizens State Bank in Okemah. She married Charles Kelly Davis on July 30, 1960, and they moved to Vernon, Texas where she was employed as Assistant Vice President of Operations at Herring National Bank. She retired in 1991, after seventeen years of service and helped organize the Herring Bank Retirement Group. Betty was a longtime, active member of First Baptist Church in Vernon. She was a member of the Faith Sunday School Class, an outreach leader, Insurance Committee member and former member of the Budget and Finance Committee, which she chaired for one year. She was a member of the Red River Valley Museum; she loved to play bridge and continued to be part of two bridge groups up until her passing.
Betty will be remembered by her many friends for her kindness and her loving devotion in the care of her family. Gathering with family and friends were always filled with laughter and joy.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Kelly Davis; son Joe Kelly Davis; her brothers Jim and Reeves Thurman; sisters, Alice Booze, Dorothy Thurman and Mary Barber. She is survived by her three grandchildren, Katherine Anne Davis, of Austin, Texas; Taylor Jovella Davis and Jackson Kelly Davis, of Boulder, Colorado. She is also survived by her nieces, Lori Barber of Lindsay, Oklahoma; Linda Thurman Wolf and her husband Scott, of Okmuglee, Oklahoma; Diane Booze, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Charlyn Grijalva, mother of granddaughter Katherine Davis.
Services will be held Friday, July 31, 2015 at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Vernon. Officiating will be Rev. Gib Baskerville. Graveside interment will be held at 4 p.m. at Highland Cemetery in Okemah, Oklahoma. Officiating will be nephew Scott Wolf.
Visitation will be Thursday, July 30, 2015, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Sullivan Funeral Home.
Memorials can be made at First Baptist Church Fund in Vernon or First Christian Church in Okemah, Oklahoma.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfunderalhomevernon.com


Jean “Nana” Smith

Funeral Services for Jean “Nana” Smith will be Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 10:00 AM at Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah. Interment will be held at the Highland Cemetery also in Okemah.
Jean Smith was born February 17, 1945 in Eddy County, New Mexico to Limul and Martha (Butler) Scott. She passed away Friday, July 17, 2015 at her home in Okemah at the age of 70.
Jean was a resident of Okemah most of her life. She operated and owned a day care in Okemah for many years. She cared for many children in all the years she had the day care. Everybody knew her as “Nana Jean”. She also loved to read and work puzzle books. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Husband “Buddy”, 1 Brother, 2 Granddaughters, Sarah and Zorah and 1 son-in-law Mike Nichols.
Survivors include her three daughters: Donna Maxon and Husband John of Tecumseh, Oklahoma, Linda Davis and husband Clifton of Okemah, Oklahoma, and Vickie Lynn Nichols also of Okemah, Oklahoma. Three Sisters; Faye Johnson of Ada, Oklahoma, Viola Mix of Reno, Nevada, and Lil Chaffin of Atoka, Oklahoma. Seven Grandchildren; Michael Maxon, Amber “Tooter” Doerr, Stephanie Davis, Tiffany “T.J.” Wright, Shannon “Coco” McGee, Matt Yocham and Rebecca Yocham. Eleven Great-Grandchildren; Jordan, Chelsea, Addy, Joseph, Aiden, Jessie, Jaxon, Lane, Raegan, Ellie and Kagen.
Serving as active pallbearers will be Alan Mackey, Mike Yocham, Jeremy Fairres, Kenny Stotts, Darrel Hart and Rodney Watts, Don Hart, and Calvin Mosley.
Viewing and Visitation will be Sunday, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM and Monday, 8:30 AM - 8:00 PM.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Evert Smith and Bro. L.D. Davis and Rev. Jeremy Fairres will officiate a graveside service at the cemetery.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


James Day


James Victor Day was born January 14, 1943 to George Everett and Dollie (Egnor) Day in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. He died July 17, 2015 in Marietta, Oklahoma.  Jim began his lifelong passion for communication and electronic equipment repair at a very young age rebuilding and repairing the first television sets in the early 1950’s.  He was very successful in the two-way radio business and later in construction and operation of cell phone towers.  He had a great love of music, boating and cooking and was a HAMM radio operator since his teenage years, making many friends worldwide.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Judy (Hoover) Day and one son Robert Glenn Day.  
Survivors include wife Judy (Harris) and son Levi of the home; son James Andrew Day and wife Julie of Hartselle, Alabama; daughter Kristi Day Williams and husband Eddie of Mountain View and daughter-in-law Annie Day of Okemah. Grandsons Dustin Day of Burns Flatt;  William Day and wife Jami of Weatherford; Neal Smith of Okemah; Gabriel Day and Casey, Joanna and Lauren Speer of Hartselle, Alabama. Great-grandchildren Edan and Markus Day of Burns Flatt; Chanceton and Chasen Day of Weatherford; Sister, Jan Day Stanford Coale of Okemah and brother Ken Day of Saraland, Alabama.  Nieces Jennifer Stanford of Okemah, Holly Stanford George of Oklahoma City and Kendra Day Bumpers of Germantown, Tennessee.
Internment was held Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at the Day family plot at Sand Creek Cemetery in Seminole County.          


Myrtie Marie Kanawyer


Funeral services for Myrtie Marie Kanawyer will be held Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 10:00 AM at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah.  Interment will follow at the Castle Cemetery.
Myrtie Marie Kanawyer was born April 13, 1921 to Ivan J. Geller and Mary Ethel (Renfroe) Geller.  She passed away Saturday, July 18, 2915 in Okemah, Oklahoma at the age of 94.
Mrs. Kanawyer had been a longtime resident of the Okemah area and was a graduate of Mason High School.  She worked at Libby’s Cannery in California and later as a bank teller for the Bank of America in Sunnyvale, California.  She also worked as a floor supervisor for the Pharoah Garment Plant and the Bristow Sewing Factory.  Mrs. Kanawyer enjoyed playing bingo and dominoes with her friends Zora, Ruth and Leland at the Colonial Park Nursing Home.  She was baptized at an early age at the White Rose Freewill Baptist Church.  She and Chester Mervin “Pug” Kanawyer were married October 25, 1958 in Las Vegas, Nevada; he preceded her in death, May 29, 2001.
Also preceding her in death were her parents, one son, Raymond Kanawyer, three brothers, Loy, Harvey and Gene Geller and one sister Macy Pearl Sullivan.
Survivors include her two sons, Gary Kanawyer of Nipoma, California and Bob Kanawyer of Santa Clara, California; 8 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren.  She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Serving as active pallbearers will be Dean Geller, Jack Geller, Randy Kanawyer, Doug Maddux, Mike Tillman and Clyde Walker
Honorary bearers include Phillip McMahan, Dean Moline, Herb Rakestraw and Orvel Wilson.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by her great nephew Pastor John-David Meissner.
Online condolences may be made at  HYPERLINK “http://www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com” www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


Mary Jo Morrison
 
Mary Morrison passed away Sunday, June 28 at the Unity Hospital in Shawnee, OK.
Mary was born in Okfuskee County on April 9, 1932 to J.E. and Lila Farris.
Most of her life and education was in the Okemah area.
Mary had lived in several states and also Germany, but called Okemah home.
She was known to all for her many creative talents.
She had owned a flower shop in Okemah.
She was preceded in death by her husband Chuck, her parents, a brother Robert and sister Maxine.
Survivors include her daughter Shirley (Derick) Nunn of OKC; grandchildren Deedra, Brent, Jayson and Joseph as well as several great grandchildren all of OKC, and include many nieces and nephews.
She has four sisters; Betty Brackin of Okemah, Mildred (Tommy) Parker of Cromwell, Carolyn (Learoy) Pinkston, of Eufaula, Sue (Ed) Payne of Dover, Arkansas.
She has two brothers; James (Faye) Farris and Gerald (Dee) Farris of Okemah.
Memorial services will be held August 1 at 10:00 a.m. at the Little Cemetery Chapel.

Raymond Geller


Funeral services for Raymond Eugene “Gene” Geller will be held Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 10:00 AM at the Freewill Baptist Church in Okemah, Oklahoma.  Interment will follow at the Okfuskee Cemetery.
Raymond Eugene “Gene” Geller was born January 10, 1925 in Mason, Oklahoma to Ivan and Mary Ethel (Renfro) Geller.  He passed away Tuesday, July 7, 2015 in Okemah, Oklahoma at the age of 90.
Gene was a veteran of World War II having fought in the Battle of the Bulge.  He proudly served his country in Germany after leaving high school early to enlist in the Army.  He and Maxine Deaton were married October 16, 1947 in Fort Smith, Arkansas.  Gene was a longtime resident of Mason, Oklahoma and a farmer well known for the bountiful crops that he loved sharing with friends and neighbors.  He also worked for the Okemah Police Department and had served as police chief for over ten years before retiring in 1982.  Gene and Maxine were member of the Freewill Baptist Church and had served as a deacon for many years.  Gene also worked as a bus driver for Mason Schools and had previously worked at the Boley Boys Training School.
He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Loy and Harvey; one sister, Macy Pearl Sullivan and one great-grandson, Nathan.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Maxine Geller of the home in Mason, his daughters, Donna Jean Lambeth of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Kathryn Marie Rasmussen and husband Jim of Mason, Oklahoma and Mary Janell Basden also of Mason; his grandchildren, Ronna Lambeth of Coweta, Mary Wofford and husband John of Coweta, Oklahoma, Jessica Leal of Waterbury, Vermont, John-David Meissner and wife Corrie of Owasso, Oklahom and Chris Basden of Springfield, Missouri; his great-grandchildren, Connor, Jaden and Caroline Meissner; his sister, Myrtie Kanawyer of Okemah and many other beloved family members and friends.
Serving as active pallbearers will be Clyde Walker, Roger Ennis, Alan Banta, Dan Rose, Danny Rutland and Christopher Basden.
Honorary bearers include Doyle Been, Dale Hardin, Ron Rogers, Keith Robertson, Vince Adams and Bob Root.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Pastor Jamie Perry and assisted by Pastor John-David Meissner.
Donations may be made in memory of Gene to the Bridge Builders for the Cross.  PO Box 2623, Ada, Oklahoma 74821.
Online condolences may be made at  HYPERLINK “http://www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com” www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


Charles Stacy

Funeral services for Charles Eugene Stacy will be held Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 1:00 PM at the Skyview Baptist Church in Okemah.  Interment will follow at the Rock Creek Cemetery south of Okemah.
Charles Eugene Stacy, known by all as Gene Stacy, passed from this life July 6, 2015 at his home in Okemah at the age of 77.  
Gene was born in Pharoah, Oklahoma, March 4, 1938, the ninth of ten children to Virgil and Lillie Stacy.  He married Nancy Carrol Mobley in Ukiah, California on December 7, 1956.  He finished the 7th grade before working the fields with his family.  Gene worked as a mechanic in the saw mills in California before moving to Oklahoma in 1977 where he worked at J&L Diesel.  Gene enjoyed time at the lake with family and Nascar Racing.  He built his cars and also raced in Ukiah and Lakeport, California.  He was rookie of the year and high point champion and track champion.  Racing was his passion.  He was a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Stacy; grandson, Ronnie Stacy; brothers, Elmer Stacy, Short (G.C.) Stacy and Silas Stacy and one sister, Juanita Henderson.
He is survived by his sons, Richard Stacy of Oklahoma City, Ronald Stacy of Henryetta and Ross Stacy of Okemah; daughters, Ruth Stacy Degge of Okemah and Regina McGee and husband Steve of Okemah; grandchildren, Barry Stacy and wife Julie of Yreka, California, Jennifer Degge of Edmond, Steven McGee and wife Crystal of Ada, Amanda Landrum of Okemah, Joshua Degge and wife Val of Okemah, Nick McGee of Okemah, Ross Ty Stacy of Mason and Joseph Degge of Okemah; six great-grandchildren, Ambree, Caleb, Graysn, Sophia, Mason and Silas; three brothers, Omar Stary of Okemah, Ray Stacy and wife Lottie of Morris and Billy Stacy and wife Helen of Okmulgee; two sisters, Wanda Wilbourn of Okemah and Oma Edwards of Okemah; sister in law, Ruby Stacy of Okemah and a host of nieces and nephews.
Visitation and viewing will be Tuesday 4:00 – 8:00 PM and Wednesday, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah, Oklahoma.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Raymond Stacy.
 A luncheon and reception will be held Thursday at 11:00 AM at the Skyview Baptist Church in Okemah.
Online condolences may be made at  HYPERLINK “http://www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com” www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


Donna Mae Bobbitt

Donna Mae Bobbitt was born January 30, 1938 in Illinois to Edward and Mariam (Nelson) Vostry.  She passed on to heavenTuesday, June 30, 2015 in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of 77.
Donna was originally from La Grange, Illinois and later resided in Wagoner, Oklahoma before moving to Okemah in 2001.  She and Gerald Bobbitt were married September 2, 1989 in Wagoner, Oklahoma.  Donna, who could play several instruments, love playing, singing and witnessing for the Lord.
She is preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Barbara.
Survivors include her husband Gerald of Okemah; one son, James of Riverside, California; daughter, Cara of Okemah; four granddaughters, Christina, Brittany, Skyler and Kayla and one great-granddaughter, Jayne.
Donna really loved her family and others.  She was a faithful prayer warrior and will be greatly missed.
All arrangements were handled by Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah, Oklahoma.
Online condolences may be made at  HYPERLINK “http://www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com” www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.

Francis Hoffman


Francis Robert Hoffman, 61, of Okemah, Ok, passed away Monday, June 15, 2015 in Okemah of natural cause.
Fran was born April 10, 1954 in Wilmington, DE to Carolyn Saegar.  After graduating from Brandywine High School in 1972, he enlisted in United States Army. He served his country for 8 years.  Being honorably discharged, he started his 36 year oilfield career working for different oilfield companies. In his 36 year oilfield career, he worked his way from just being a field hand to an operation manager.  He finished his career as assistant manager at Family Dollar.  Fran enjoyed fishing and playing his cheesy iPhone games.
Fran was survived by his two children Heather Hoffman (Wayne Gladin) of Jeffersonville, In and Brandon Hoffman (Shelli Hoffman) of Fort Smith, Ar. He had three grandchildren, Daniel Hoffman, Carolyn Hoffman, and Harrison Gladin.  His siblings are Belinda Hoffman, Salisbury, Md, Barbara North, Littletown, PA, Sherry Odom, Ga, and Edgar Saegar, Elkton, MD.  He was preceded in death by his mom Carolyn Saegar, step-dad Edgar Saegar, and brother Roy Hoffman.
Visitation will be Friday, June 19th from 5-7 pm at home of Benita Daniels, 611 South 4th Okemah, Oklahoma. Burial will be at a later date at Fort Smith National Cemetery.


Wallice Summers


Wallice “Brother” Summers, a former resident of Boley, OK passed away on Sunday afternoon, June 14, 2015. Services will be held at Metropolitan Baptist Church 1228 W. Apache, Tulsa, OK, Friday, June 19, 2015 at 1:00 .p.m. Flowers may be sent to New Jerusalem Baptist Church, 3427 N. Birmingham Avenue, Tulsa 74110 (918) 425-1369.

Rev. Dave Hill


Funeral services for Rev. Dave Cyclone Hill as held Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Greenleaf Baptist Church in Okemah.  Interment followed at the Greenleaf Cemetery in Okemah.  Wake services were Tuesday at 7:00 PM at the Greenleaf Baptist Church Cemetery.
Rev. Dave Cyclone Hill was born June 10, 1952 in Okemah, Oklahoma to Dave Cyclone Hill, Sr. and Mandy (Screechowl) Hill.  He passed away Saturday, June 13, 2015 at his home in Okemah at the age of 63.
Rev.  Hill had been a lifelong resident of the Okemah area and was a graduate of Weleetka High School.  He and Jo Ann Fish were married April 21, 1986; she preceded him in death, March 11, 1999.  Rev. Hill was a pastor at the Greenleaf Baptist Church of Okemah and also enjoyed fishing.
Also preceding him in death was his father and one great-grandson, Jarrod Hicks.
Survivors include his mother, Mandy Hill of Okemah; two daughters, Sylvia Fish of Weleetka and Dana King and husband Jimmy of Weleetka; two brothers, Calvin Hill of Okemah and Kenneth Hill of Okemah; two sisters, Nellie Hill of Okemah and Salina Alexander of Konawa; five grandchildren, Tanna Fixico, Michael Evans, Jordan Hicks, Tyler Evans and Taylor Hicks and nine great-grandchildren.
Visitation and viewing was Tuesday, 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home.
Services were under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Wayne Harjo and Rev. Houston Tiger.
Active pallbearers were Norman Heneha, Earnest Heneha, Michael Evans, Isaac Landers, Jordan Hicks and Tyler Evans.
Honorary bearers included Taylor Hicks, Seneca Smith and many nephews and extended family.
Online condolences may be made at  HYPERLINK “http://www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com” www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.

Opal Rae Spencer


Opal Rae (Wallis) Spencer, a long-time resident of Okemah, passed away, Saturday, June 6, 2015 at the age of 79.
Opal was born on December 6, 1935 in Agra, Oklahoma to Charles E. Wallis and Cannie (Kilgore) Wallis.  She is preceded in death by her son Randall L. King, husband Marvin E. Spencer and former husband Herbert King, three brothers, Darrell L. Wallis, Lawrence E. Wallis, Charles O. Wallis and two sisters Wilma J. Plattenburger and Ida L. Sullenger.
Survivors include four brothers Howard O. (Bud) Wallis of Lubbock, Texas, Harmon W. Wallis of Idaho, Marshall L. Wallis of Stroud, Oklahoma and Kenneth Wallis of Okemah; one sister, Ona Aileen Goode of Magnolia, Arkansas; three sons, Stanley King and Jeffery King of El Dorado, Arkansas and Gregory King of Austin, Texas; two daughters, Cheryl McGall of El Dorado, Arkansas and Beverly Nemeth of Woodbridge, Virginia; eleven grandchildren, Stephanie Melton, Angela King, Katrina Jenkins, Randall King, Jr., Rachael Arnold, Joshua Nemeth, Lauryn Nemeth, Timothy King, Ryleigh King, Desiree Steele and Harrison King; nine great grandchildren, Kelsey Farley, Jaden Jenkins, Ryan Harris, Brendie King, Brendan King, Elijah King, Taylor King, Dakota Coppedge,  Braedon Steele; and one great-great grandchild, Serena Farley; and countless nieces and nephews.
All arrangements were handled by Parks Brothers Funeral Home of Okemah, Oklahoma.
Online condolences may be made at  HYPERLINK “http://www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com” www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


Barbara Ann Cupps


Barbara Ann Cupps was born August 23, 1941 in Phoenix, Arizona to Era Perkins. She passed away Friday, June 5, 2015 in Okemah, Oklahoma at the age of 73.
Barbara attended school in Amarillo Texas. She was married to Jerry Dennis Cupps for 46 Years.  Barbara also worked as a convenience store manager and later retired.
She is preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her husband Jerry Dennis Cupps of the home; one son JD Cupps also of the home.
All arrangements were handled by Parks Brothers Funeral Home of Okemah, Oklahoma.
Online condolences may be made at  HYPERLINK “http://www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com” www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


Terry Huu Hoang


Funeral services for Terry Huu Hoang will be Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 1:00 PM at the Springfield Methodist Church near Okemah.  Interment will follow at the Barnett Family Cemetery near Weleetka.  Wake services will be Friday, June 12th, 7:30 – 10:00 PM at the Springfield Church.
Terry Huu Hoang was born August 10, 1979 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Hoanh Huu Hoang and Denise (Barnett) Meshaya.  He passed away Monday, June 8, 2015 in Oklahoma City at the age of 35.
Terry enjoyed working with beads and playing handball.  He was also involved with Native American ceremonies and was a member of the Springfield Methodist Church of Okemah.
He is preceded in death by his sister, Baby Girl Barnett.
Survivors include his father, Hoanh Huu Hoang of Arlington, Texas; his mother, Denise Meshaya of Wetumka, Oklahoma; his son, Tailee Hoang of Midwest City, Oklahoma his daughter, Tana Janaie Hoang of Midwest City; one brother, Daniel Andrew Barnett and wife Marty of Norman, Oklahoma and a host of other family members and friends.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Clarence Yarhola
Online condolences may be made at  HYPERLINK “http://www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com” www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


Charlene Westrope Kunze


Funeral services for Charlene Westrope Kunze will be Friday, May 29, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Highland Cemetery Gazebo in Okemah, Oklahoma.
Charlene Westrope Kunze was born February 6, 1940 in Heavener, Oklahoma to Lester Terry and Ruby (Burnett) Terry.  She passed away Thursday, May 28, 2015 at her home north of Okemah at the age of 75.
Charlene had been a resident of the Okemah area since 1964.  She and Robert “Bob” Westrope were married November 5, 1964; he later preceded her in death July 11, 2003.  Charlene and Bob owned and operated Okemah Realty and Bob’s Bonding in Okemah for many years.  In 2004, Charlene and Robert George Kunze were married; he preceded her in death January 2, 2011.
She is survived by many close friends who will miss her dearly.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Bro. Randy Clark.
Online condolences may be made at  HYPERLINK “http://www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com” www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


James “Jimmie” Waddle


Graveside services for Jimmie Waddle will be held Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Welty Cemetery.
James Waddle was born August 16, 1954 in Detroit, Michigan to Frank E. Waddle and Christine (Williams) Parkinson.  He passed away Thursday, May 28, 2015 in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of 60.
Jimmie was a resident of Sapulpa, Oklahoma and worked as a carnival employee.
He is preceded in death by his parents and four brothers.
Survivors include his son, James Waddle of Michigan; four brothers, Freddy Doner of Florida, Larry Doner of Tennessee, Ronnie Dale Johnson of Michigan and Ricky Johnson of Hope, Arkansas; three sisters, Linda Dover of Sapulpa, Oklahoma, Rhonda Johnson of Indiana and Renee Kaechle of Warren, Michigan and one granddaughter, Sylvia of Michigan.
Visitation and viewing will be Friday, May 29th, 2:00 – 8:00 PM at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah, Oklahoma.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah.
Online condolences may be made at  HYPERLINK “http://www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com” www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


Ronald Gahm

Ronald Joe “Rock” Gahm, a longtime resident of Henryetta, passed away peacefully at home in Henryetta on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at the age of 64.  Rock was born on August 29, 1950 to Orbra Gahm, Sr. and MIldred Cavanaugh Gahm.  He grew up in Henryetta, attending Henryetta Public Schools and graduating from Henryetta High School in 1968.
Rock attended college at Okmulgee Tech where he studied business.  Following his education, Rock worked in Tulsa for Affiliated Foods as a shipping/receiving warehouseman.  He later worked for several years at Henryetta Pallet Company as a night foreman.   He spent approximately 15 years working at Anchor Glass Company where he finally retired as an inspector.  Rock married the love of his life, Rita Ross in 1979.
Rock loved to fish and play golf.  He was a loving husband, son, and father and he will be missed by the many who know and loved him.
He is preceded in death by his wife Rita, who died in 1983; his mother and father; and a sister, Patricia Lay.
Rock is survived by his son, Justin Ross Gahm and wife Amanda of Henryetta; step-sons, Kurt Titsworth and wife Jannet of Okemah and  Kevin Titsworth of Okemah; a brother, Orbra Gahm of New Orleans, LA; and a good friend, Rodney Maynard of Broken Arrow, OK; as well as numerous other extended family and many good friends.
Viewing and visitation will be held at Integrity Funeral Service on Thursday, May 21, 2015 from 10:00am until 8:00pm.
A funeral service for Rock is scheduled for Friday, May 22, 2015 at 10:00am at Integrity Funeral Service with Rev. James Page officiating.  Interment will be at Westlawn Cemetery of Henryetta under the direction of Integrity Funeral Service.
Pallbearers will be Rodney Maynard, Butch Glover, Robert Lewis, Dean Green, Nip Rogers and Keith Palmer.  Honorary pallbearers will be Don Gaither, Tom Henry, and Eldon Overson.


 Joanna Bee Gelle


 Joanna Bee Geller, 79, of Marlow, Oklahoma passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2015, in her home surrounded by family.
Services were held on Friday, May 22, 2015 at Hope Community Church, Marlow, with the Rev. Jack Greenwood officiating. Services were under the direction of the Don Grantham Funeral Home, Duncan, Oklahoma.
Joanna Bee was born Feb. 15, 1936 in Okemah, Oklahoma to Beatrice and Leslie Anderson. She graduated from Okemah High School.
Joanna married Jack Geller June 11, 1955 in Okemah. She and Jack were longtime members of Hope Community Church.
Joanna loved cooking and exploring new recipes. She was a proud homemaker and loved tending her family. Joanna also enjoyed music, tennis and crossword puzzles and later in life, researching family history through genealogy. She worked as a paralegel for many years.
Survivors include her husband, Jack Geller, of the home; three children: Robin Epperson and husband James of Tatum, NM, Rhonda Geller of Oklahoma City and Jack Geller II and wife Laura of Duncan; five grandchildren: Cothy Phillips, Eric Spencer, Ryan Spencer, Kyle Geller and Konnor Geller; three great-grandchildren: Kynnadi, Leighton and Liam Phillips; a sister, Nola Fisher; and a brother, Don Anderson and wife Erika; and many other loving family members.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Beatrice and Leslie Anderson; her cat, Wesa and dog, Blackie.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to: Hope Community Church Choir; 5915 Hope Rd.; Marlow, Oklahoma 73055
You may send condolences to the family at: www.granthamfuneralhomes.com

Ernest (Ernie) Charles Pulse


Oklahoma City resident, Ernest (Ernie) Charles Pulse, 89, passed from this life to the next on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. He was born on April 6, 1926, in Brooken, OK, to Austin Pulse and Edna Pulse (Thompson). Ernie joined the United States Navy on Aug. 25, 1943, at the age of 17. He served on the USS Minneapolis during World War II, where he earned the Victory Medal, and the Campaign Medal and Ribbon for his service in the Asiatic-Pacific confrontation and the Philippines.  He was honorably discharged on March 31, 1946. After the war, he became a welder, being the first Stainless Steel Welder in the Panhandle of Texas.  He worked at the Celanese plant in Pampa, Texas, from 1952 until his retirement, in 1980, where he supervised maintenance and construction at Celanese.  After retiring in Pampa, TX, he became a Consultant with Celanese, where he worked in Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and China, supervising the building of plants.  He then returned to Oklahoma to retire permanently in 1997. Ernie was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend who will be dearly missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Austin Pulse, father, Edna Pulse Thompson, mother, and Mike Thompson, step-father; son, Dr. Terry Pulse; brother, Herbert Clifford Pulse.
He is survived by his wife, Jane Pulse, Oklahoma City, OK;  his children, son, Charles Pulse and wife, Beverly, Crossville, TN; son, Lee Haslam and wife, Yvonne, Lakeway, TX; son, Clifford Pulse and wife, Joyce, Ft. Worth, TX; daughter, Lynn and husband, Michael, Cypress, TX; son, Bryan Pulse and wife, Darla, White Deer, TX; Randy Pulse, Rhome, TX; daughter, Cindy Pulse, Amarillo, TX; son, Yang Pulse, Oklahoma City, OK; 17 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by his sister, Patti Spencer and husband, Dr. Wayne Spencer, Shawnee, OK; cousin, Kenneth Epley and wife, Sara, Shawnee, OK; and nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Graveside services to celebrate Ernie’s life will be Saturday, June 13, 2015, 1:30 p.m., Highland Cemetery in Okemah, OK.



Willodean Ott

Funeral services for Willodean Ott will be held Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 10:00 AM at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah.  Interment will follow at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah.

Willodean Ott was born March 13, 1929 in the Freck Community of Arkansas.  She passed away Sunday, May 31, 2015 west of Cromwell, Oklahoma at the age of 86.

Mrs. Ott had been a longtime resident of Okfuskee County.  She and Fred Ott were married October 17, 1953; he preceded her in death August 10, 2009.  Mrs. Ott was a loving homemaker who enjoyed gardening and sewing.  She was also a longtime member of the Okemah Church of Christ.

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

Survivors include her two sons, Duane Ott and wife Patti of Springfield, Missouri and Calvin Ott Stephanie of Tulsa, Oklahoma; one daughter, Diane Pederson and husband Roy of Cromwell; one sister, Lula Belle King of Yellville, Arkansas; 10 grandchildren, Roger, Lori, Chris, Dalaina, Dillion, Duston, Daniel, Caleb, Gene and Denise; 27 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great-grandchildren with two on the way.

Serving as active pallbearers will be Chris Baker, Roger Baker, Daniel Ott, Caleb Ott, Tyler Thomas and Jeremy Baker.

Viewing and visitation will be Monday, 12:00 – 5:00 PM and Tuesday, 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM with family at the funeral home to greet friends Tuesday 6:00 – 8:00 PM.

Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Dr. Roger Thompson.

 



Winona Fay Goddard


Funeral services for Winona Fay Goddard will be Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah.  Interment will follow at the Okmulgee Cemetery.
Winona Fay Goddard was born August 27, 1911 in Medford, Oklahoma to Grover Gilbert Gormly and Minnie Francis (Love) Gormly.  She passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2015 in Shawnee, Oklahoma at the age of 103.
Mrs. Goddard had bene a resident of the Okemah area most all of her life and was a 1930 graduate of Nuyaka Schools.  She and Alfred Roscoe Goddard were married July 4, 1932 in Schulter, Oklahoma.  Mrs. Goddard worked as a bookkeeper at Nuyaka after school.  She later worked for Montgomery Wards in Okmulgee and at the Orpheum Theater in Okmulgee.  Mrs. Gormly enjoyed life and loved visiting with family and friends.  She was also a member of the Last Chance Baptist Church of Okemah.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three sisters and three brothers.
Survivors include her brother, Lois Gormly of Okemah and numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.  She is also survived by her longtime caretaker and friend, Lilly Goff.
Visitation and viewing will be Friday, 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah, Oklahoma.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Donald Baker.
Online condolences may be made at  HYPERLINK “http://www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com” www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


Kenneth Leroy Wilson


Graveside services for Kenneth Leroy Wilson, formerly of Waynoka, will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21, 2015, at the Fair Valley Cemetery, Freedom, Oklahoma. Arrangements are under the direction of Marshall Funeral Home of Waynoka.    
Kenneth Leroy Wilson, son of the late Walter and Stella Marie “Dolly” (Neft) Wilson was born May 18, 1937, in Wellington, Kansas, and passed away May 12, 2015, at Share Convalescent Home in Alva, Oklahoma, after an extended illness at the age of 77.
Kenneth, or “Red”, as he was known to many was a barber in Waynoka for many years. He also drove a truck and worked in the oilfield.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dora Lou; a son, Kenneth, Jr.; a daughter, Rosie; a great granddaughter, Lyndsay Clark; older twin brother and sister, Billy Jo and Anna Mae Wilson, and his younger sister, Leona Morris.
Kenneth is survived by his daughters, LaDonna Clark and husband, Mark, of Woodward, and Eva Wilson of Okemah; a son, Chad Wilson and wife, Kelly, of Hardtner, Kansas; his younger brothers, Edward Wilson and wife, Julie, of Seminole, and Richard Wilson and wife, Mary, of Clarion, Pennsylvania; numerous grandchildren, nephews, and nieces, other relatives and friends.
Remembrances may be shared with the family at www.marshallfuneralhomes.com.


Robert Eugene Thornton


Graveside services for Robert Eugene Thornton will be held Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 10:00 AM at the Castle Cemetery.
Robert Eugene Thornton was born March 19, 1939 in Stidham, Oklahoma to Ralph Marion Thornton and Edna Viola (Adams) Thornton.  He passed away Friday, May 8, 2015 in Muskogee, Oklahoma at the age of 76.
Mr. Thornton grew up in Checotah, Oklahoma and was a current resident of Fort Gibson, Oklahoma.  He and Helen Louise Mann were married July 25, 1960 in Eufaula, Oklahoma; she later preceded him in death December 27, 2003.  Mr. Thornton worked as a manager of a regional auto paint store.  He enjoyed fishing, reading western books, visiting with family and especially loved to eat.
Also preceding him in death were his parents and two sisters, Katherine and Bonnie.
Survivors include his son, Steven Eugene Thornton and wife Susan of Mountain Home, Arkansas; his daughter, Susan Lynn Pannell of Fort Gibson, Oklahoma; one brother, Floyd Thornton and wife Carolyn of Checotah; 7 grandchildren, Jacob Bradshaw, Laura Holmes, Jennifer Coral, Matthew Miller, Joshua Miller, Steven Thornton Jr. and Amanda Allyn.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. David Hamilton.
Online condolences may be made at  HYPERLINK “http://www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com” www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


Emil Nelki “Bobby” Lacquement


Services for Emil Nelki “Bobby” Lacquement will be Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Cowboy Crossroads Church in Okemah with Bro. Terry Edminsten officiating.
Emil Nelki “Bobby” Lacquement was born May 23, 1987 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma to Bro. Bob Lacquement and Beverly (Smith) Lacquement.  He passed away Friday, May 8, 2015 near Tecumseh, Oklahoma at the age of 27.
Mr. Lacquement was a resident of Asher, Oklahoma and was currently working in the maintenance department of the Shawnee Wal Mart.  He enjoyed fishing, riding four wheelers and hauling hay.  He was also a member of the New Life Missionary Baptist Church of Live Oak, Texas.
He is preceded in death by his father, Bro. Bob Lacquement and grandparents, James and Liddie Smith and Chester and Blanche Lacquement.
Survivors include his mother, Beverly Lacquement of Asher, Oklahoma; his sister, Jennifer Harjo and husband Joey of Seminole; his adopted siblings, Shawn and Kayla Martin of Konawa, Oklahoma; his aunts and uncles, whom were more like grandparents to Bobby, Lillie, Lois, Joe and Jim Patterson all of Okemah; his girlfriend, Leslie Underwood of Bowlegs, Oklahoma; his very close friend, Cindy “Mama Lou” Allison of Seminole and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Bro. Terry Edminsten.
Online condolences may be made at  HYPERLINK “http://www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com” www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


Martha Jackson


Funeral services for Martha Jackson will be held Friday, May 15, 2015 at 10:00 AM at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah.  Interment will follow at the Sandcreek cemetery near Okemah.
Martha Jackson was born March 26, 1934 in Okfuskee County, Oklahoma to Robert Jackson and Annie (Brown) Jackson.  She passed away Sunday, May 10, 2015 in Shawnee, Oklahoma at the age of 81.
Ms. Jackson was a lifelong resident of the Okemah area.  She was a homemaker and caretaker who enjoyed working jigsaw puzzles, gardening and working in her flower beds.  She was also a member of the Arbeka Indian Methodist Church of Okemah.
She is preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Bobby Jackson.
Survivors include her sister, Ann Harjo and husband John of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; two nephews, Mike Harjo and wife Charlene of Okemah and Johnny Harjo and wife Juanita of Midwest City and five nieces, Sandra Chambers and Roger Vorheis of Mustang, Oklahoma, Ramona Bender and husband George of Anna, Texas, Margaret Dunivan and husband Jim of Powhatan, Virginia, Rita Newton and husband Michael of Van Buren, Arkansas and Paula Jackson of Arlington, Texas.
Visitation and viewing will be Tuesday, 12:00 – 5:00 PM, Wednesday 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM and Thursday, 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Andy Young.
Serving as active pallbearers will be Johnny Harjo, Robby Harjo, Christopher Harjo, Boone Griffin, Prevon Erving and Nathan Martin.
Honorary bearers include Chad Harjo and Dakota Wernke.
Online condolences may be made at  HYPERLINK “http://www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com” www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


K.R. McKinney


K.R. McKinney, 90, was born on May 12, 1924 in Okemah, Oklahoma to Harry and Ida McKinney. He passed away Thursday morning, April 23, 2015 in his home in Okmulgee, surrounded by his loving family.
K.R. was a longtime oil business man, and throughout his life served on the Board of Directors at Citizen’s Bank, and at one time was the President of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association. He also honored our country by serving in the Army during World War II, stationed in the South Pacific.
K.R. is survived by his wife of sixty-eight years, Joanne McKinney, of the home, son James McKinney of Okmulgee, and daughter Joan Brasier and husband Ron White of Dallas, TX, as well as three grandchildren: Denise Brasier, Chris McKinney, and Lori McKinney, and eight great-grandchildren.
A celebration of K.R.’s life was held on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. at the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Ray Moffeit officiating. Memorial donations may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice,  6218 S Lewis Ave Suite 110 Tulsa, OK 74136.
Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to McClendon-Winters Funeral Home, Okmulgee.
Memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family on K.R.’s Tribute Page of our website at www.mcclendon-winters.com


Marilyn Virginia (Cook) Callahan

 
Marilyn Virginia (Cook) Callahan was born January 15, 1936 in Wetumka, Oklahoma to James (Jim) and Emma Lynn Morrison and passed from this life April 23, 2015 in Tulsa at the age of 79.
Marilyn moved to California as a child during World War II and attended grade school there. She had fond memories of life in southern California where her parents worked in the Imperial Valley fruit orchards.
When she was only thirteen years old her mother passed away. Shortly thereafter she and her father returned to Wetumka and then moved away again to live near relatives. After living and attending school in Haskell, Oklahoma; they returned to Wetumka where she continued high school. In 1965 she was married to James Donald (John) cook. They first made their home in Wetumka but relocated to Oklahoma City for three years. No matter where Marilyn lived she always came home to Wetumka.
Her husband James preceded her in death on November 4, 2007. In 2008 she married Bill Callahan. She had lived the past few years in Okemah but recently, as was true to her nature, returned home in Wetumka.
She enjoyed reading and raising potted plants. She is remembered as one having a “green thumb”. She enjoyed sewing and tailored many of her children’s clothing items when they were in school She loved animals and taught her children to never mistreat them. She taught them to show the same compassion to people as well. Marilyn had been an only child thus took a special delight and pride in all her children and grands.
Survivors include: 4 children, Angela Pamam and husband Fred of Roland, Michael Cook of Okemah, Shelley Jacobs of Glenpool, and Kirsten Pack and husband Scott of Holdenville; 15 grandchildren; and several beautiful great grandchildren.
A funeral service was held Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 1 p.m. at the Williamson Funeral Chapel in Wetumka with Rev. Don Williamson and Rev. Finis Pack officiating. Pallbearers were Jason Factor, Celeb Mills, Nick Cook, Tyler Cook, and Mike Cook. Interment followed at the Wetumka Cemetery under the direction of Williamson-Spradlin Funeral Home of Wetumka.


 Frank Earl Duncan

Funeral services for Frank Earl Duncan will be held Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 10:00 AM at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah.  Interment will follow at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah.
Frank Earl Duncan was born June 21, 1924 in Okemah, Oklahoma to Charlie Duncan and Myrtle (Wallace) Duncan.  He passed away Friday, April 24, 2015 in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of 90.
Mr. Duncan had been a lifelong resident of the Okemah area and had attended the Lone Star School in Okemah as a child.  He and Emma Lou Foster were married August 22, 1943 in Okemah; she later preceded him in death August 22, 2005.  Mr. Duncan was the owner and operator of Duncan Tank Truck from 1960 until his retirement in 1990.  He enjoyed raising cattle, hunting and especially trout fishing in Colorado which he did every year for 35 years.  Mr. Duncan was the first Mayor of the City of Okemah and was a member of the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church of Okemah.  He also served his country with the United States Navy during World War II.
Also preceding her in death were his parents and 2 brothers, Raymond and Homer.
Survivors include his daughter, Cheryl Bartosh of Okemah; his son, Ronnie Duncan and wife Lynne of Okemah; two brothers, Jimmy Duncan and wife Glenda of Earlsboro, Oklahoma and Elmer Duncan and wife Janice of Tahlequah; one sister, Betty Lou Armstrong of Winchester, Virginia; seven grandchildren, Noel Bartosh of Jenks, Joel Bartosh and wife Wanda of Quapaw, Oklahoma, Fletcher Duncan and wife April of Tulsa, Rebekah Bartosh of Cleveland, Oklahoma, Leigh Anne Harelson and husband Trent of Okemah, Amy Hays and husband Jerry of Cleveland and Rachel Wyrick and husband Eddie of Atoka; and 13 great-grandchildren, Foster Duncan, Spencer Duncan, Xander Duncan, Ester Grace Duncan, Asher Duncan, Riley Harelson, Jacie Harelson, Abby Harelson, Michael Christian, Duncan Wyrick, Grant Wyrick, Hunter Wyrick and Samuel Hays.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Wade Harelson.
Serving as active pallbearers will be Joel Bartosh, Noel Bartosh, Fletcher Duncan, Trent Harelson, Jerry Hays and Ron L. Gott.
Honorary pallbearer will be Gene Shields.
Online condolences may be made at  HYPERLINK “http://www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com” www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


Wallace Thomas Hodges

ANOTHER MEMBER OF THE GREATEST GENERATION HAS COME AND GONE.  Wallace Thomas Hodges’ journey on this earth ended April 20, 2015, after a courageous struggle with congestive heart failure.  Born on January 14, 1924 to Edgar and Effie Hodges, Tom was a graduate of Stigler High School.  In 1943 he entered the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Monterey in the Pacific Theater, World War II and was honorably discharged in 1946.  He attended Eastern Oklahoma State College, Wilburton, OK graduating with an Associate Degree and graduated from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK in 1951 where he earned his B.S. in Agricultural Education.  Tom later earned a Master’s Degree from OSU.  After his initial graduation from Oklahoma State University, he taught veterans of the World War II and Korean Wars in Veterans’ Agricultural Training Classes.  In 1954 he joined the Oklahoma State Cooperative Extension Service and in 1985 retired after a full career of over 30 years.  Tom’s Extension Service career began in McCurtain County, Idabel, OK and later served the counties of McIntosh County, McClain County, Garvin County, concluding his career serving Okfuskee County.  In 1983 he was awarded the National Distinguished Service Award by the national Association of County Agricultural Agents.  Upon retirement from the Cooperative Extension Service, Tom owned and operated a cow and calf ranch in Okemah, OK until 2008. In 1948, he married his longtime love, Betha M. Vance Hodges.  Tom and Betha have resided in Yukon, OK since 2008.  Tom and Betha have been lifelong members of the Church of Christ with Tom serving as elder and deacon for several congregations.  They have three sons, Wallace Lynn Hodges, Danny C. Hodges, and Steve M. Hodges.  Tom was preceded in death by his father Edgar and his beloved mother, Effie.  He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Betha; sons, Lynn and wife Rita, Waxahachie, TX; Danny and wife Doris, Yukon, OK; Steve and wife Jackie, Mandeville, LA.  And two brothers, Floyd Hodges and Doyle Hodges and wife Pauline, both of Stigler, OK and a number of nephews and nieces.  Tom had many happy memories and great stories to tell of growing up and his life.  He will be missed by grandchildren Brad Hodges, Edmond, OK, Cara Severson, Henderson, CO and Krista Hodges-Eckhoff and husband Don, Yukon, OK and great-grandchildren Brooke Severson and Madeline, Emery, and Kinley Eckhoff.  He will forever be missed and cherished.  A Visitation will be held April 23, 2015, at the Yanda & Son Funeral Home, Yukon, OK from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with the family in attendance from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at the Okemah Church of Christ, Okemah, OK at 10:30 a.m., April 24, 2015 with graveside services at the Antioch Cemetery, Stigler, OK at 3:00 p.m. The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the people of Crossroads Hospice and Noval Senior Care for their exceptional care of our loved one. Online condolences may be signed at www.yandafuneral.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Yanda & Son Funeral Home, Yukon, OK.


Billy Dale Wade


Billy Dale Wade, 78, Sand Springs, Oklahoma, passed from this life Thursday, April 9, 2015.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Mobley-Dodson Funeral Service of Sand Springs, Oklahoma. A chapel service celebrating Billy’s life will be 10:00 am, Monday, April 13th, 2015 in the Mobley-Dodson Chapel with a graveside service to follow at Woodland Memorial Park, Sand Springs, Oklahoma. Viewing and visitation hours will begin, Saturday, April 11th, 2015 from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Sunday, April 12th, 2015 from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm with the family receiving friends from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Mobley-Dodson.
Billy was born June 10, 1936 in Okemah, Oklahoma to Noel Leon and Eula Mae (Cole) Wade. He attended school in Nuyaka, Oklahoma before receiving his high school diploma. Billy proudly served his country with the United States Army. He married Patricia A. (Ross), September 23, 1982 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Billy worked for many years as a self-employed draftsman in the Steel Industry before retiring. He enjoyed reading, fishing and numerous sports. Billy had a contagious smile and loved being known as a prankster and jokester to those he loved. Billy will be missed by many, but never forgotten.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Noel and Eula Wade; daughters, Loretta Everett and Carolyn Shanks; sister, Fern Beets.
Billy is survived by his loving wife, Patricia Wade; children, Randy Wade and wife Monica, William Wade, Deborah Creason and husband John, Sherolynn Cleveland, John McGuire and wife Debra, JeanAnn Caywood and husband Rick, Sheila McGuire; grandchildren, C.J. Wade, Kaleigh Wade, Austin Wade, A.J. Wynn, Carrie Wynn, Katlynn Wynn, Kheva Cruz and fiancé Josh, Dillon Shanks, Andrea Shanks, Sara Putman and husband Brian, Whitney McGuire, Kelsi McGuire, Justin Caywood, Shawn Caywood, Casey Caywood; brother, James Wade; sister, Betty Ackley; numerous other extended family members and a host of friends.
Condolences and messages to the family may be left at the funeral home website, www.mobley-dodsonfuneralservice.com


Earl H. Morphis


Earl H. Morphis passed away in his home on April 17, 2015. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 1:00 pm in the Cromwell Penecostal Church.
Earl was born August 19th, 1936 at Castle, OK to Theadore Earl Morphis and Ila May Floyd Morphis. Earl graduated from Mason High School and later married Nelda Middleton. He worked many years as a production foreman for Big Yank.
Earl is preceded in death by his parents, wife Nelda Jean Middleton Morphis, Brother; Jerry Morphis, sisters; Darlene Morphis Julian and Sue Morphis Larney. He is survived by his Children; Larry and wife Rebekah Morphis of Ponca City, Eugene Morphis of Wewoka, and Frankie and wife Juanita Morphis of Wewoka, grandchildren; Melanie, Christopher, Stephen, Earl, Ted, Ryan, Isaiah, and Kevin Morphis, sisters; Audrey and Bill Miller of Blackwell, Barbara and Bob Shackelford of Wewoka, brother Allen and Margie Morphis of Newton, Alabama, relative Donald and Bessie Morphis and numerous other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers are Christopher Morphis, Ted Morphis, Ryan Morphis, Earl Morphis, Kevin Morphis, Stephen Morphis, and Isaiah Morphis.
Services are under the direction of Stout-Phillips Funeral Home.
An Online Guestbook is available at PhillipsFuneralService.com.


Joel Edward Brown


Joel Edward Brown age 25 years old passed April 10, 2015. He was born April 28, 1989 to John Wallace Brown Jr and Brenda Bolding. He was a 2008 graduate of Okemah High School. By age 16, Joel came to live with Shannan and Tracey (Golden) Humphrey where he graduated high school and remained a lasting member of their family.
Joel Brown was always larger than life and enjoyed making anyone around him happy. He loved his family, fiancé and so proud to be a father to his sons. He never thought twice about helping a stranger change a flat tire or anyone in need. He was a hero, even in death.
Joel is preceded in death by his biological father John Wallace Brown Jr, maternal grandparents James and Helen Bolding, paternal grandparents John and Sherry Brown, infant nephew Damien Brown and adoptive grandmother Nancy Golden.
Survivors include his fiancé Brittany Witt, sons Gabryiel Nicholas Brown (2yo) and Grayson Matthias Brown (5months old), parents Brenda Bolding, Shannan & Tracey Humphrey, sister Karrie Brown, brothers Gene Brown, Dean Lee, Gabe & Brett Humphrey.
Memorial services are will be held at Springfield Methodist Church, April 25th at 2 pm. Shannan Humphrey officiating.


Donald Eugene “Gene” Sharp

 
Donald Eugene “Gene” Sharp was born on August 20, 1941, in Paris, Texas, and departed this life on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Paden, Oklahoma, at the age of 73.
Gene, the son of Lawrence and Johnnie (Hayes) Sharp, was a resident of Paden.  He graduated from Safford High School in Safford Arizona with the class of 1959, and then earned his Associates Degree in Business from Santa Rosa Community College.  He proudly served his country in the United States Army.  He married Carolyn Gulley on November 21, 1969, in Santa Rosa, CA.  He worked as a grain elevator operator for Shawnee Milling Company for over 20 years.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Paden.  Gene and his wife hosted over 48 exchange students throughout his life.
Gene’s parents, two brothers, Chester and Sonny Sharp, in-laws, Cleo and Iola Gulley, and sister-in-law, Marilyn Gulley preceded him in death.
Survivors include: Wife of 45 years Carol Sharp of the home, Daughter Stacey Sharp of Paden, 2 grandchildren Brooklynn and Denver Fipps of Prague, Brother Clifford Sharp of Santa Maria, CA, Sisters Willie Ray of Casa Grande, AZ, and Dorothy Griffin of Napa, CA and other family and friends.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2015, at 2:00 PM at Parks Brothers Funeral Chapel in Prague with Wayne Dempsey officiating.  Interment will follow at Prague Cemetery.  Services are under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Service in Prague.
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Doris Lee Cooper


Funeral services for Doris Lee Cooper will be held Monday, April 13, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah.  Interment will follow at the Welty Cemetery.
Doris Lee Cooper was born March 11, 1940 in McAwber, Oklahoma to Ules Edward Cooper and Ila Inez (Welcher) Cooper.  She passed away Thursday, April 9, 2015 in Okemah, Oklahoma at the age of 75.
Doris had been a lifelong resident of the Okemah area.  She was a member of the Midway Church of Christ in Paden where she loved to sing.  She enjoyed fishing and traveling.  She especially loved going to Branson, Missouri to watch all the music shows.
She is preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Louise Largent.
Survivors include her four brothers, Ed Cooper and wife Joan of Okemah, Dwain Cooper and wife June of Rogers, Arkansas, Jackie Cooper and wife Betty of Okemah and Darryl Cooper and wife Mary Beth of Okemah.
Viewing and visitation will be Saturday, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM and Sunday, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Bro. Steve Massey and Bro. Ronald Massey.
Doris’s nephews will be serving as pallbearers.
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Steven L. “Smitty” Smith


Funeral services for Steven L. Smith will be held Friday, April 17, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah.  Interment will follow at the Wetumka Cemetery in Wetumka, Oklahoma.
Steven Smith was born June 29, 1962 in Wetumka, Oklahoma to Gerald Smith and Patty (Mead) Smith.  He passed away Monday, April 13, 2015 in Tulsa at the age of 52.
Smitty loved his family. Spending time with his grandkids was the highlight of his day.  He and Diane Pack were married March 26, 1982. Smitty loved to hunt and fish, and enjoyed going camping and always had to make his chocolate gravy for Crystal while at the lake.  He would build a big fire and just sit around talking. He enjoyed fighting fire and was usually the first one at the station ready to go.  Smitty was always doing something around the house or going down to Jerry’s to give him a hard time or help him with something.  He never met a stranger and could go anywhere and would always see someone he knew.  He would help anyone that needed help and was currently working for REACH program in Okemah.
He was preceded in death by his parents
Survivors include his wife Diane of the home in Okemah; 3 daughters; Misty Pack and Donald Bowman of Wetumka,  Emily and Dirk Wood of Okemah, and Crystal and Roy Neal of Okemah; one brother, Timothy Smith of Holdenville, Oklahoma; one sister, Kristi Mills and husband Richard of Lamar, Oklahoma; 10 grandchildren: Chasity Morris, Danielle Morris, Rowdie Wood, Shooter Wood, Kane Wood, Jessica Neal, Kelsie Neal, Tianna Neal, Paige Neal, and Addy Neal all of Okemah and a host of dear friends.
Pallbearers will be John Strianese, Chance Shields, Jerry Ackerman and the Okemah Fire Department.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Bro. Mike Neal
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Shirley Ann George

Shirley Ann George was born on May 5, 1942, in Amity, Arkansas, and departed this life on Thursday, April 2, 2015, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at the age of 72.
Shirley, the daughter of Beebe Joe and Iva Louester (Brooks) Nutt, was a resident of Paden.  She graduated from Live Oak High School with the Class of 1960.  She married James Cox in Sacramento, California.  They remained married until his death in 1965.  Shirley then married Wayne Newton, they were married for 27 years.  Shirley was a member of the Paden Free Will Baptist Church.  She enjoyed square dancing and helping people.
Shirley’s parents, husband, son, Joe Cox, two sisters, Emma and Donna and one brother and sister-in-law, Joe and June preceded her in death.
Survivors include: Ex-husband Wayne Newton, Sons and daughters-in-law, Jim and Libby Cox of Paden and David and Mary Jane Newton of Moore, Granddaughters April Ford, Hailey Clason, and Jennie Cox, 7 great grandchildren Cyan, Bobby, and Elsa Ford, Trae and Jacee Clason, Daniel and Daxton Cox and other family and friends.
The Cox family will receive friends on Sunday, April 5, 2015, from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Parks Brothers Funeral Home in Prague.                                                         
A graveside service will be held on Monday, April 6, 2015, at 10:00 AM, at Paden Cemetery in Paden with Bro. Jim Eastep officiating.  Services are under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Service in Prague.
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James Lewis


James Brandon Lewis, age 35 a Yale resident formerly of Okemah passed away on March 22, 2015 at his home in Yale.   Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the Highland Cemetary.  
Brandon was born on November 5, 1979 in Okemah, Oklahoma to Norman Lewis and Kathy Johnson.  He grew up and attended school in Okemah, graduating from Okemah High School in 1997. Brandon married Kim Minney on May 12, 2005.  He enjoyed visiting on face time, fishing and playing in pool tournaments. Brandon loved spending time with his family.
Brandon is survived by his wife Kim of the home, sons Tyler Lewis of Skiatook , Logan Lewis of Skiatook and Noah Lewis of the home, daughters Graycee Lewis and Madelyn Lewis both of the home, brother Kevin Johnson of Okemah, sister Amber Walker Okemah, parents Norman Lewis and Kathy Fairres Johnson both of Okemah.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents James and Shirley Fairres, Grandpa and Grandma Lewis.



Franklin Robison


Funeral services for Franklin D. Robison will be Friday, April 10, 2015 at 10:00 AM at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah.  Interment will follow at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah.
Franklin D. Robison was born November 6, 1947 in Mississippi to Joseph Pierce Robison and Gertrude (Davis) Robison.  He passed away Monday, April 6, 2015 at his home in Okemah at the age of 67.
Mr. Robison grew up in the Red Bay area of Alabama.  He and Kathy Entrop were married November 8, 1969 in California.  Mr. Robison worked for more than twenty years in sales and was currently working as a cashier at Loves.  He was also the pastor of the Revival Time Ministry in Okemah.  He enjoyed working with the “Milk Ministry” in Okemah and just helping people out in general.
He is preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Roxy Robison.
Survivors include his wife, Kathy Robison of the home in Okemah; his son, Joe Robison and wife Jennifer of Okemah and Cindi Robison – Haney and husband James of Okemah; four brothers, Dave Robison of Red Bay, Alabama, Manoah Robison and wife Linda of Ripon, California, Nolan Robison and wife Dorothy of Tennessee and Melford Robison and wife Lavon of Alabama; one sister, Alice Parker and husband Alvin of Hamilton, Alabama and three grandchildren, Dakota Stouse, Nicole Robison and Harley Robison.
Viewing and Visitation will be Thursday, April 9, 2015, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home.
Serving as pallbearers will be Terry Mosley, Melvin Morgan, James Haney, Dakota Strouse, Steve Hargrove and Jessie Bond.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah.
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Cleo Dunham


Funeral services for Cleo Maxine Dunham will be held Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 10:00 AM at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah.  Interment will follow at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah.
Cleo Maxine Dunham was born October 11, 1927 in Sallisaw, Oklahoma to James Eunis Farris and Lila Bell (Goff) Farris.  She passed away Monday, April 6, 2015 in Houston, Texas at the age of 87.
Ms. Dunham, former resident of Okemah, was a resident of Houston, Texas for the past 25 years.  She was a loving housewife who enjoyed reading and especially attending and volunteering at the Presbyterian Church of Clearlake, Texas.
Survivors include her son, Ronald G. Dunham and wife Retha of Cleveland, Georgia; her daughter, Glenna Crist and husband George of Houston, Texas; two brothers, James and wife Faye and Gerald Farris and wife Dee of Okemah; five sisters, Betty Brackin of Okemah, Mildred Parker and husband Tommie of Cromwell, Oklahoma, Mary Jo Morrison of Okemah, Carolyn Pinkston and husband Learoy of Eufaula, Oklahoma and Barbara Sue Payne and husband Ed of Dover, Arkansas; three grandchildren, Elisabeth Murphy, Megan Horvat and Daniel Dunham and eleven great-grandchildren.
Serving as pallbearers will be Colton Bach, Leo Bach, Luke Bach, Norbert Horvat, George Crist and Barry Forgerty.
Visitation and viewing will be Friday 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Manuel Kishketon.
In lieu of flowers; donation may be made in memory of Maxine to the National Kidney Foundation.
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Da’ Mucci Quantrell Murray Miller


Graveside services for Da’Mucci Quantrell Murray Miller will be held Friday, April 3, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Culley – Johnson cemetery in Okemah with Bill Coon officiating
Survivors include his mother, Shana Miller of Mustang, Oklahoma; grandmother, Denise Miller of Oklahoma City; great-grandparents, Audrey and Francis Miller of Mustang, Oklahoma; aunt, Jasmaine Aaron of Moore, Oklahoma and grandfather, Verdell Hawthorne of Oklahoma City.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah.
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Ruthanne Rex


Funeral services for Ruthanne Rex will be Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah.  Interment will follow at the Carson Cemetery in Carson, Oklahoma.  Wake services will be Wednesday, April 1st, 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home.
Ruthanne Rex was born February 13, 1984 in Ada, Oklahoma.  She passed away, Sunday, March 29, 2015 in Bristow, Oklahoma at the age of 31.
Ruthanne was a graduate of Okemah High School where she played basketball and softball.  She enjoyed cooking out and spending time with her family.  She was a very outgoing person with a big heart and beautiful spirit and rarely met a stranger.  When around Ruthie; her presence was always heard through her joyful yet contagious laughter.  We all loved her so much and she will be deeply missed.
She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Raymond and Lydia McGirt.
Survivors include her two children, Talon and Talia Rex; her parents, Thomas and Wisey Givens of Okemah and her siblings, Carmen Cruce and husband Dustin of Okemah; Jarett Givens of Okemah; John Givens of Okemah; Daniel Givens and wife Robin of Auburn, Washington, Laura Cline and husband Robert of Auburn, Washington, Thomas Givens, Jr. of Auburn, Washington and Berne Givens of Auburn, Washington.  She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.
Serving as active pallbearers will be Cody Ousley, John Sands, Timmy Smith, Matt Smith, Jeff Brown and Dustin Cruce.
Honorary bearers include Michael Bowers, Sam Deere and Buster Bear.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Frank Moppin.
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Janet Lynn Wise


Funeral services for Janet Lynn Wise will be held Friday, March 27, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Montesoma Indian Baptist Church in Okemah.  Interment will follow at the Montesoma Cemetery also in Okemah.  Wake services will be Thursday, March 26th from 7:00 – 10:00 PM at the Montesoma Indian Baptist Church.
Janet Lynn Wise was born March 23, 1956 in Hugo, Oklahoma to Russell James Simpson and Sandra (Stroud) Simpson.  She passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at her home near Wetumka at the age of 59.
Mrs. Wise was a 1974 graduate of Charles Paige High School in Sand Springs, Oklahoma.  She was a retired Child Development worker and manager.  Having been the director with Thlopthlocco Center for 15 years.  She and Timothy Wise were married May 5, 1975 in Wewoka, Oklahoma.  Mrs. Wise enjoyed baseball, traveling, camping and most of all spending time with her grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Garrell Simpson.
Survivors include her husband, Timothy Wise of the home near Wetumka; three sons, Zane Wise of Tulsa, Zachery Wise of Weleetka and Blaine Wise of Glenpool; one sister, Brenda Cummings of Del City, Oklahoma and nine grandchildren.
Serving as active pallbearers will be Jason Wise, Jacob Wise, Brandon Noon, Josh Lowe, Terry Wise and Jared Simpson.
Honorary bearers include Lance Corporal Jordan Young, Brandon Buster, Eric Buster and Aaron Simpson.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Jay Downing.
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Wilma Lucille Dobbs


Funeral services for Wilma Lucille Dobbs will be Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah.  Interment will follow at the Morse Cemetery.
Wilma Lucille Dobbs was born October 6, 1925 in Morse, Oklahoma to Bill Kenneda and Alice (Campbell) Kenneda.  She passed away Saturday, March 21, 2015 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma at the age of 89.
Mrs. Dobbs was born and raised in Okfuskee County.  She and Charles W. Dobbs were married June 16, 1964 in Fort Smith, Arkansas; he later preceded her in death September 7, 2009.  Mrs. Dobbs was a devoted homemaker who enjoyed sewing, cooking and entertaining.  She especially loved helping raise children.
Also preceding her in death were her parents; one brother, Paul; two sisters, Gloria Christian and Vera Hannum and three brothers in law.
Survivors include two sisters, Aliene Anderson of Owasso, Oklahoma and Eva Joyce Huston of Tulsa, Oklahoma; one brother in law, Bob Christian of Oklahoma City; two step sons, Randy Thomas Dobbs of Russellville, Arkansas and Keith Lynn Dobbs also of Russellville; one step daughter, Rhonda Kay Sigle and husband Lynn of Dardanelle, Arkansas; two grandchildren, Angel Sigle of Dardanelle and Austin Dobbs of Atkins, Arkansas; numerous nieces and nephews including Lisa Gaile of Oklahoma City and also by granddaughter, Sarah Geary of Parkhill, Oklahoma.
Serving as active pallbearers will be James Gaile, Bill Huston, Thomas Jordan and Dennis Barnett.
Honorary bearers will be:  Aliene Anderson, Eva Joyce Huston, Clarence Cordell and Bob Christian.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Bro. Wilson Peace.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


Alice Marie Mayfield

 
Alice Marie Mayfield was born on June 13, 1941, in Shafter, California, and departed this life on Sunday, March 22, 2015, in Prague, Oklahoma, at the age of 73.
Alice, the daughter of Stallard Virginia and Mabel Bell (Packer) Reed, was a resident of Paden.  She married Melvin Mayfield on July 11, 1959, in Riverbank, California.  She worked as a seamstress for Wrangler for 23 years.
Alice’s parents, infant daughter, Carolyn, brother and two sisters preceded her in death.
Survivors include: Husband of 55 years Melvin Mayfield of the home, Sons and daughter-in-law, Clifford and Beth Mayfield of Paden, and, Perry Mayfield of Paden , Daughters and son-in-law, Sharon Havens of Fort Worth, TX, and, Karen and Carl Inman of Depew, OK, 11 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and other family and friends.
The Mayfield family will receive friends on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Parks Brothers Funeral Home in Prague.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 2:00 PM, at Burnett Mission Church in Paden with Bro. Curtis Watts, Bro. Tim Emmons and Bro. Paul Heard officiating.  Interment will follow at Paden Cemetery.  Services are under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Service in Prague.
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Betty Simpson


Betty L. “Scottie” Simpson was born July 27, 1924 near Cromwell, OK. She was the oldest of four children of Marion F. and Mabel (Roberts) O’Kelly. Scottie’s family followed their father’s work in the oil fields and she graduated from Okemah, OK High School.
After high school, Scottie moved to Tulsa and attended Draughon School of Business and went to work for Sinclair Oil Co. While at Sinclair, Scottie went on a blind date at the Playmore Ballroom in Tulsa where she met Ralph Simpson for the first time. They were married in May 1947 and began their life together.
Ralph’s work took them to Denver and Detroit before returning to Tulsa in 1972. Betty worked for Renberg’s stores downtown and in Southroads Mall where she proved to be a wonderful representative and a gifted salesperson. She filled her free time creating beaded jewelry and reading, but her favorite activities were always her family and friends. Before Facebook and Twitter, there was Scottie. She never met a stranger, never forgot a face, and never allowed a birthday to go unacknowledged. She was truly the matriarch of her family. Her pride was her family and her home. Her coffee pot was always full, her house was always prepared for company, her face was always smiling, and her heart was always open to one and all.
Scottie passed away on March 8, 2015 in Tulsa at the age of 90. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Sherra Lee Padilla; brother, Patric O’Kelly; and son, Ron Simpson. She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Ralph; sons, Randy, Rob and Bill Simpson; four grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held 10:00 AM Monday, March 16, 2015 at Memorial Park Cemetery Chapel.
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Odrey Genevieve Muncy

 
Odrey Genevieve Muncy was born on October 30, 1921, in Paden, and departed this life on Thursday, March 19, 2015, in Shawnee, Oklahoma, at the age of 93.
Odrey, the daughter of Almer “AH” and Bessie (Dawson) Landrum, was a resident of Oklahoma City.  She married Herbert “Clyde” Muncy on June 21, 1947.  They remained married until his death in 1978.  She enjoyed painting, crocheting and gardening.
Odrey’s parents, husband, and four brothers, J.O. “Jo” Landrum, Jack Landrum, Don Landrum and Joyce Kenneth Landrum, and three sisters, Audrey Addington, Jo Rehage and Sybil Berry preceded her in death.
Survivors include: Son Herbert “Pepper” Muncy of Oklahoma City, Grandson Adam Muncy of Norman, Granddaughters Tristan Pierce of Chandler, and Garin Hightower of Moore, Sister Doretha Lowery of Shawnee and many other family and friends.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 23, 2015 at 2:00 PM, at Parks Brothers Funeral Chapel in Prague with Pastor Doyle Seeley officiating.  Interment will follow at Paden Cemetery.  Services are under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Service in Prague.
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Elizabeth “Beth” Jean Magness


Funeral services for Elizabeth “Beth” Magness are as follows.  Thursday, March 19th, 6:00 – 8:00 PM, visitation will be held at the Restland Funeral Home in Richardson, Texas.  A funeral will be held Friday, March 20th at 10:00 AM at the Heights Baptist Church in Richardson.  After the service on Friday the family will host a visitation at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home in Okemah from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Graveside services will be Saturday, March 21st at 10:00 AM at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah with Dr. Steve Dominy officiating.
Elizabeth Jean Magness was born June 22, 1983 in Dallas, Texas to Sam Wilson and Barbara (Green) Wilson.  Elizabeth Jean Wilson Magness was born June 22, 1983 and transitioned to heaven, March 15, 2015. Beth married Michael Magness June 11, 2005.  Their two sons Derek (4) and Brendan (2) were the delight of her life.
In addition to her husband and sons, Beth is survived by her parents, Sam and Barbara Wilson; her brother and sister-in-law, Jon and Christin Wilson; her sister and brother-in-law, Katie and Daniel Lairmore; her grandmothers, Patricia Green and Winona Wilson; her great-grandmother, Doris Cooper; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Beth was a child of breathtaking intelligence who learned to read at age 3, devoured chapter books before kindergarten and was part of the RISD REACH program in elementary school.  She followed a perfect score on the PSAT with a perfect score on the SAT and casually remarked that “it was easy.”  Beth graduated in the top 10 at Berkner High School in 2001 as a National Merit Scholar.  She was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and graduated summa cum laude from Baylor University as a University Scholar with a concentration in mathematics and earned a Masters in math from University of Wisconsin, Madison.  
Beth earned her Gold Award in Girl Scouts and was a member of an award winning Odyssey of the Mind/Destination Imagination team from second grade to her senior year.  Beth played cello beautifully in the Berkner and Baylor orchestras, the Shawnee Community Orchestra, and in church music programs.  She and Michael were avid game players with their friends:  board games, mystery evenings with storylines composed by Beth, and games in IFGS chapters in Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Texas.  She also enjoyed Western Martial Arts German Long Sword, hand spinning wool and computer programming.
Beth made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ at an early age, so we are confident she was warmly greeted in heaven by her grandfathers: Walter Green and George Wilson.
We pray for both justice and mercy for the intruder who snatched her life from us.
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” Psalm 34:18
“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then.” Ephesians 6:13.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah.


Kristin Rae Hinkle


Funeral services for Kristin Rae Hinkle will be Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Thlopthlocco Methodist Church south of Okemah with Rev. Donald Baker officiating.
Kristin Rae Hinkle was born August 14, 1980 in Des Moines, Iowa to Cecil Norris and Sheila (Scribner) Norris.  She passed away Thursday, March 12, 2015 at her home in Okemah at the age of 34.
Kristin was a 1999 graduate of Interstate 35 High School in Truro, Iowa.  She and Randell Hinkle were married April 24, 2004 in St. Charles, Iowa.  Kristin enjoyed taking care of her son, Carter and spending time with her friends.
Survivors include her husband, Randell Hinkle of Okemah; her parents, Cecil and Sheila Norris of Smyrna, Tennessee; her son, Carter John Hinkle of Okemah; step-daughter, Bailey Hinkle of Okemah and one brother, Ryan Norris and wife Kara of St. Charles, Iowa.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.

Alton Brock

 
Alton Barnett Brock a resident of Okemah, OK passed away on March 1, 2015 in Okemah, OK at the age of 90. He was born August 25, 1924 in Wilson, NC.
Alton served aboard the Air Craft Carrier “WASP” during WWII. He was a member of Jaycee’s in Okemah. He was retired Quality Inspector from Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City.
 He is survived by his wife of sixty nine years, Mary Ellen Lawson. Children: Kaye and the late Kenneth Lee of Okemah, Eugene and Judy Brock of Saluda, NC, Michael and Vicki Brock of Oklahoma City, Beverly and Johnny Taylor of Panama City, FL and Shane Brock of Oklahoma City, ten grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
Serving as active pallbearers were Clint Armstrong, Robby lee, Eric Wilson, Dylan Edwards, Brock Taylor and Shane Brock.
Services were at 2 p.m., Friday, March 6, 2015 at the Rogers Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed at the Salt Creek Cemetery with the US Navy conducting Military Honors under the direction of the Rogers Funeral Home.

George Daniel Scott


Funeral services for George Daniel Scott will be held Friday, March 20, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Salt Creek Church in Wetumka.  Interment will follow at the Salt Creek Cemetery.  Wednesday, 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home will be a visitation and viewing.  Wake services will be held Thursday, March 19th at 7:30 PM at the Salt Creek Church.
George Daniel Scott was born November 24, 1955 in Claremore, Oklahoma to Rev. Mose Scott and Elouise (Tiger) Scott.  He passed away Monday, March 16, 2015 in Okemah at the age of 59.
Mr. Scott had been a longtime resident of the Okemah area.  He was a 1974 graduate of Okemah High School and later graduated with an Associate of Arts Degree from Bacon Jr. College.  He also attended East Central University and Central State.  Mr. Scott worked for more than 15 years as Town King with Thlopthlocco Tribal Town.  He enjoyed playing guitar and playing sports.  Mr. Scott was also a very talented writer and poet.  He has poetry published in American Poetry Anthology and The Poetry of Life: A Treasury of Moments.  He had received the Golden Poet’s Society Award for some of his work.  Mr. Scott enjoyed life and was dedicated to helping and inspiring his tribal members and native people.  He was a talented man and will be missed by those who knew him.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his four brothers, Marcus Scott of Oklahoma City, Alan Scott of Wewoka, Curtis Scott of Oklahoma City and Elliott Scott of Yukon; three sisters, Gwen Espinosa of Oklahoma City, Roseanna Harjo of Glenpool and Julie Sharp of Okemah; 16 nieces and nephews and 11 great-nieces and nephews.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Sidney Lee and Rev. Eugene Whitlow.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


Wilma Fern Johnson


Funeral services for Fern Johnson will be held Monday, March 9, 2015 at 10:00 AM at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah.  Interment will follow at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah.
Fern Johnson was born May 7, 1926 in Okfuskee County to Calvin Wilson and Ella (Branscum) Wilson.  She passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at her home in Okemah at the age of 88.
Mrs. Johnson had been a longtime resident of Okemah; having been a 1944 graduate of Okemah High School.  She and Paul E. Johnson were married September 16, 1943 at the Last Chance Baptist Church; he preceded her in death March 22, 1999.  Mrs. Johnson worked many years at the Citizen’s State Bank in Okemah and was a homemaker.  She was also a member of the Landmark Missionary Baptist Church.
Also preceding her in death were her parents.
Survivors include her two sons, John E. Johnson and wife Donna of Holdenville and Timothy M. Johnson and Brenda Klutts of Okemah; four grandchildren, Jon Paul Johnson of St. Louis, Missouri, Diane Smith of Austin, Texas, Jerimiah Johnson of Austin, Texas and Amber Johnson of Okemah, Oklahoma and one sister, Bernice Palmer and husband Claude of Okemah.
Visitation will be Friday, March 6, 2015, 12:00 – 5:00 PM and Sunday, 12:00 – 5:00 PM.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Rick McVeigh.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.

Theresa Lavon Turbeville


Graveside services for Theresa Lavon Turbeville will be held Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 10:00 AM at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Weleetka, Oklahoma with Rev. David Hamilton officiating.
Theresa Lavon Turbeville was born August 30, 1936 in Okemah, Oklahoma to Benjamin Harrison Childers and Dessa Mae (Davis) Childers.  She passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2015 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma at the age of 78.
Ms. Turbeville had been a longtime resident of the Okemah area.  She was a homemaker and past owner and operator of American Rig and Machine in Okemah.  She also received a Certified Nurse’s Assistant degree and helped take care of the elderly at the Baptist Retirement Village in Okmulgee.  She enjoyed her work and received the 2009 Championship Award for Experience Works outstanding participant of the year.  Ms. Turbeville enjoyed spending time with her children and especially her grandchildren.  She loved to decorate and re-decorate her home, doing yard work and working on her flower beds.
She is preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, two sisters; two grandchildren, Krystal Cole and Jamie Morton and one great-grandchild, William Ferry.
Survivors include her son, Gary Turbeville and wife Teresa of Okemah; two daughters, Karen Morton and husband Jimmy of Morris, Oklahoma and Rebecca Manen and husband David of Okemah; five grandchildren, Michael Turbeville and wife Leanndrea of Austin, Texas, Melonie Ferry and husband Stephen of Okemah, Tracey Franco and husband Frank of New Jersey, Matthew Turbeville and wife Tina of Okemah and Cameron Manen of Okemah and her niece and little helper, Kim Pinner.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


Maydean Lovelady

Funeral Services for Maydean Lovelady will be held Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the First Baptist Church in Okemah, Oklahoma.  Interment will follow at the Weleetka Cemetery in Weleetka, Oklahoma.
Maydean Lovelady, former resident of Okemah, passed away on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital, Columbia, SC.  She was 95 years young.  Maydean was born in Weleetka, OK, on July 6, 1919 to the late Nevada and Lula Belle Rappe
She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Wayne Lovelady.  Her sisters Myra Cleaver, Mary Baker, Jewel  Ellison,  Ada Bacon, Opal New, Lillian Dennis;  brothers Carl Rappe, Roy Rappe and Nevada Rappe, Jr.   Her beloved grandsons Lon Wayne Goodspeed and Dane Tolson.   
Survivors are her four children; Alleene (Curtis) Holland of Columbia, SC; Brenda Goodspeed, Norman, OK, Stanton Lovelady, San Francisco, CA, and Jeanie Lovelady, Atlanta, GA; grandchildren Cheryl (Doug Quackenbush)Holland, Kyle(Wendy) Holland, Lori(John) Eikel, David (Julie) Goodspeed, Chanel(Sebastian) Katic.  Eight great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.  Sisters-in-law Helen Rappe, Oklahoma City and Norma Rappe , Okemah.  She leaves behind many nieces and nephews who adored her.
Those who knew Maydean would describe her as a self-sacrificing, devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend.  Known to her family as Mimi, she cherished every precious minute she spent loving them. Her God given gift was to make everyone feel special and loved.
She was gifted, generous and energetic during her years spent in Okemah and could do “just about anything.”  She helped give many baby and wedding showers at the First Baptist Church. She worked tirelessly as a home room mother during her children’s elementary school years.  As they entered middle and high school, she was president of the band mothers during which time she helped raise funds for new band uniforms.  She was a gifted seamstress and made costumes for many school plays, football queen gowns and even a wedding gown for her daughter that was loaned out to anyone in Okemah who was a size 8.
After moving to Seminole, she made many new friends including the sister of Woody Guthrie.  She and Mary Jo traveled all over Oklahoma visiting schools to educate children about the legacy of Woody.
She loved her time as a member of the First Baptist Church of Seminole.  Her freezer was always full of cakes, pies and casseroles to take to anyone in need of a beautiful smile and a HUG!  There will never be another Maydean.   As she was on her way to heaven, a great-great grandson was born to join the Lovelady family.  We will celebrate her life and his birthday on the same day every year.           
The memories of her and her wonderful siblings will be with her family forever.
Serving as active pallbearers will be DeLoss McGraw, Kutter Goodspeed, John Eikel, Tyler Ford, Lance Warn, Nick Lambeth and Justin Eikel.
Honorary bearers include Curtis Holland, Kyle Holland, David Goodspeed and Joe Baker.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Lawrence Matlock.
Family will greet friends at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Tuesday, March 10th, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.



Eugene “Gene” Edward Mahoney


Graveside services for Eugene “Gene” Mahoney will be held Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 10:30 AM at the Highland Cemetery Gazebo with Bro. D. Van Washington officiating.
Gene Mahoney was born July 31, 1926 in Lewistown, Montana to Gabriel J. Mahoney and Alice Ann (Crowley) Mahoney.  He passed away Monday, March 9, 2015 in Okemah at the age of 88.
Mr. Mahoney was a resident of Okmulgee County for approximately 19 years.  He worked as a handyman and with Shell Refinery.  Mr. Mahoney also was a cook and former Baptist Minister.  He and Ina Mae Massey were married October 3, 1956 in San Francisco, California.
He is preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Shirley Renee; one brother, Jerimiah; and 5 sisters, Dottie, Peggy, Eva, Beverly and Donna.
Survivors include his wife, Ina Mae Mahoney of Okemah; one son, David Lawrence Mahoney and wife Kelly Ann of Penrose, Colorado; one daughter, Anna Marie Stockholm and husband David of Henryetta; 9 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


Opal Louise Mayfield

 
Opal Louise Mayfield was born on January 29, 1931, in Paden, Oklahoma, and departed this life on Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Shawnee, Oklahoma, at the age of 84.
Opal, the daughter of Simpson and Gladys (Funchess) Wilson, was a resident of Paden.  In her younger years, she picked cotton on her grandparents farm and was quite the pecan picker.   She married Vester Mayfield on June 29, 1951.  Opal worked at Bluebell Wrangler in Okemah, the Prague Nursing Home, and was a member of the Burnett Mission Church.
 Her parents; son, Roger Mayfield; and sister, Helen Ray, preceded Opal in death.
 Survivors include: Her husband of 63 years: Vester Mayfield of the home , Daughter and son-in-law: Brenda Bob Rosson of Shawnee, Grandchildren: Jason, Aaron, and Joseph Rosson. And other relatives and many friends.
The Mayfield family will receive friends on Sunday, March 8, 2015, from 5:00 to 7:00 at Parks Brothers Funeral Home in Prague.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 9, 2015, at 2:00 PM at the Burnett Mission Church in Paden with Bro. Curtis Watts and Bro. Paul Heard officiating.  Interment will follow at Paden.  Services are under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Service in Prague.
A guest book is available to share your memories on-line.
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Sharon Ann Kitchen

 
Sharon Ann Kitchen was born on August 10, 1938, in Okemah, and departed this life on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in Paden, Oklahoma, at the age of 76.
Sharon, the daughter of Homer Lee Igleheart and Jewel R. (Nichols) Igleheart-Hutcherson, was a resident of Paden.  Sharon was a the organist and a very active member of the Paden First Baptist Church, for Sharon the church family was her family.  She also enjoyed travelling, taking many trips with her brother and sister-in-law Warren Dale and Frances, she particularly enjoyed going to Branson with her family.
Sharon’s parents, and brother and sister-in-law Warren Dale and Frances Igleheart preceded her in death.
Survivors include: one daughter Alecia Frailey of Mannford, grandsons Justin Frailey of Mannford and Tyler Frailey of Mannford, nephew Gary and Deanna Igleheart of Edmond, cousins Mike Igleheart of Oklahoma City and Dianna Igleheart Oklahoma City and her church family.
The Kitchen family will receive friends on Sunday, March 8, 2015, from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Parks Brothers Funeral Home in Prague.
Paden First Baptist Church is hosting a lunch at noon on Monday.  The family would like to extend an invitation to anyone who would like to stop by and visit with them at that time.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 9, 2015, at 2:00 PM at First Baptist Church in Paden with Bro. Ledtkey McIntosh and Bro. Terry Pittman 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 on-line.
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Rhame Paul Wood


Rhame Paul Wood was born on Sept.  17, 1925 in Okemah, OK to William Paul and Marette Aetna (Rhame) Wood.  He passed from this life on Mar. 3, 2015 in Tulsa, OK at the age of 89 years, 5 months & 14 days.
Rhame attended school in Okemah and in December, 1942 entered the Oklahoma Military Academy.  In December, 1943, he joined the United States Navy and served until the spring of 1946. He spent most of his service time in the South Pacific.  Upon discharge from the Navy, he attended East Central University in Ada, OK.  In the fall of 1947, he entered dental school at The University of Kansas City School of Dentistry in Kansas City, MO.  Upon graduation in 1951, he entered private practice in Nowata, OK.  In 1962 the family moved to Bartlesville, OK.  Dr. Wood continued to practice in Bartlesville until his retirement in 1991.  He was a Deacon at the First Baptist Church of Bartlesville and served as Chairman of the Building Committee for many years.   Rhame was also a member of the American Dental Assoc. and the Oklahoma Dental Assoc. serving in various leadership roles.  He served three terms as a Dental Examiner and served as President.  He married Betty Ruth on July 1, 2005.  
Rhame was preceded in death by his parents and 1 granddaughter: Shelby Kidwell.  
He is survived by his loving wife, Betty Ann Wood, of the home, 4 children: Dr. Carol Caraway of Indiana, PA, Mark Wood of Los Angeles, CA, Rhande Wood of Weatherford, TX & Dr. Khem Wood of Miami, OK. 2 step-children: Jesse Ruth and Angela Ruth, 1 brother:  Joe T. Wood of Anchorage, AK, 1 sister: Mary June Cashman of Okemah, OK, 3 grandchildren: Robert Wood, Leigh Wood & William Wood and 2 step-grandchildren: Taylor Ruth and Kyle Kidwell.
Services by Leonard & Marker Funeral Home of Bixby.


Pearly Mae Hill


Funeral services for Pearly Mae Hill will be Friday, March 6, 2015 at 10:00 AM at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah.  Interment will follow at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah.
Pearly Mae Hill was born September 10, 1925 in Russellville, Arkansas to Jasper Newton Wilbanks and Ora Ellen (Bynum) Wilbanks.  She passed away Saturday, February 28, 2015 in Okemah at the age of 89.  
Mrs. Hill had been a resident of the Okemah area most all of her life.  She and George Calvin Hill were married November 4, 1946 in Okemah; he preceded her in death July 21, 1981.  Mrs. Hill worked for Guy H. James in Okemah and worked at Zebco in Tulsa before returning to Okemah.  She was also a member of the First Christian Church of Okemah and helped with the children in the nursery at the church.
Also preceding her in death were her parents; three brothers, three sisters, two sons and one grandchild.
Survivors include her son, George hill of Okemah; two daughters, Georgia Lea Bain of Oklahoma City and Emma Mae Hill of Beggs, Oklahoma; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Serving as active pallbearers will be Doug Sharp, Brett McMahan, James Smith, Leonard Lovins and Josh Ishmael.
Honorary bearers include Phillip McMahan, Lee Downing, Leland Scrimshire, Scott Jackson, Bobby Barr, R.L. Wilbourn, Freddy Allen, Ricky Mitchell, Roy Roberts, Kelwin Ashley, Walter Dearman and B.I. Brewer.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. James Poulin.
Viewing and visitation will be Thursday, 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.



Charles D. Cruce


Services for Charles D. Cruce will be held Friday, March 6, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the First Baptist Church in Okemah.  Committal services will follow at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah with U.S. Army Honors.
After a lengthy illness, Charles left this earth on February 27, 2015 on his 78th birthday surrounded by his children.  Charles was born February 27, 1937 to R.D. “Bill” Cruce and Kathleen (Witham) Cruce.
Charles was born and raised in Okemah, Oklahoma.  He had a passion for sports and people.  In 1956, he married his high school sweetheart, Carma (Leeper) Cruce.  Charles attended Oklahoma State University and East Central University on football scholarships.  He obtained a BS in Education and moved to Okmulgee to teach and coach at the High School.  In 1972, he returned to Ada, Oklahoma to receive a Master’s in Education and become Offensive Coordinator for the ECU Tiger football team.  His love for Okmulgee, once again, brought him back to become Athletic Director for the Bulldogs.  However, Charles was not finished coaching so he also coached several seasons and then later became the transportation director for the school district.  Charles was inducted into the Oklahoma Schools Association Hall of Fame as an Athletic Director and later he was inducted in the Hall of Fame as a coach.  Not only did he have a passion for working with young people; he also loved his country.  Charles served in the Army National Guard and Army Reserve for over 28 years before retiring with full honors.  In 1990, Charles retired on Lake Eufaula.  He loved to boat, fish and spend time with his family.  He loved life and never met a stranger.  He will truly be missed by everyone who knew him.
He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Carma; his parents, Bill and Kathleen Cruce; siblings, Robert Cruce, Ruthann Benychek and Gerald Cruce.
Survivors include his children, Dana Ravert and husband Derek of Spring Hill, Kansas and Jason Cruce and wife Sheryr of Claremore, Oklahoma; five grandchildren, Kaley Ray and husband Greg of Okmulgee, Arielle Thompson and husband Seth of Okmulgee, Betsy Bailey of Norman, Lacey Swift of Claremore and Derek Swift of Tulsa; six great-grandchildren, Alexa, Lyla, Everly, Blaize, Luke and Jaxon; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation and viewing will be Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah.
Serving as honorary pallbearers will be the Okemah High School Class of 1956 and his ECU Tiger teammates.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
Jim Lucas Checotah Library
626 W. Gentry Ave.
Checotah, OK 74426
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Dr. Layoid Woodson.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.

Jerry Eugene Rempe


Funeral services for Jerry Eugene Rempe will be held Wednesday, March 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah.  Interment will be held at 2:00 PM at the Chandler Cemetery.
Jerry Eugene Rempe was born September 3, 1931 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Ben and Lucy (Gunther) Rempe.  He passed away Saturday, February 28, 2015 at his home in Okemah at the age of 83.  
Mr. Rempe worked many years as a rancher and farmer.  He and Rosemary Turk were married May 18, 1955 in Oklahoma City.  Mr. Rempe served on the board of trustees for East Central Electric for 20 years.  He also served on the Okfuskee County Soil Conservation Board for 50 years and was president for 40 years.  He was given the honor of outstanding young farmer with the state of Oklahoma, Farm Family of the Year and was inducted into the Okemah Hall of Fame.  He was also on the building committee for the St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Okemah.
He is preceded in death by his parents; five brothers and five sisters.
Survivors include his wife, Rosemary Rempe of the home; four sons, Gerald Rempe and wife Kelli of Okemah, Jeff and wife Angie of Henryetta, Jerome Rempe of Tulsa and James and wife Tammy of Prague; two daughters, Katy Ellis and husband Ron of Tahlequah and Anita Vardasco and husband Joe of Broken Arrow; one sister, Maggie Gonzales and husband Robert of San Diego, California; 12 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
Serving as active pallbearers will be grandsons, Justin Mitts, Christopher Mitts, Adam Rempe, Eric Rempe, Phillip Desy, Ruben Ellis and Ronnie Ellis.
Honorary bearers include, Pat Martin, Lloyd Pickering, Joe Edgar Cheatwood, Steve Standley, Don Bean and Orvel Wilson.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Father Peter Phung.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the St. Theresa’s Catholic Church of Okemah to BancFirst in care of Jerry Rempe.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.

Tressie Nadean Wilkerson

Funeral services for Tressie Nadean Wilkerson will be held Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah.

Tressie Nadean Wilkerson was born November 2, 1933 in Lamar, Oklahoma to Nanie Lucas and Blanche (Warren) Lucas.  She passed away Monday, February 23, 2015 in Oklahoma City at the age of 81. 

Mrs. Wilkerson was a longtime resident of the Wetumka area and was a 1951 graduate of Wetumka High School.  She and William G. Wilkerson were married March 15, 1952 in Wetumka.  Mrs. Wilkerson was a devoted and loving housewife and mother who enjoyed taking care of children.  She also enjoyed working with puzzles and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Wetumka.

She is preceded in death by her parents; four sisters and four brothers. 

Survivors include her husband, William G. Wilkerson of Wetumka; three sons, William George Wilkerson, Jr. and wife Patsy Lynn of Oklahoma City, Roy David Wilkerson and wife Dottie of Tulsa and John Wilkerson and wife Dusti of Wetumka; one daughter, Jo Brenadette Shaw and husband Robert of Seminole; one sister, Ressie Morrison of New Mexico; seven grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

Viewing and visitation will be Wednesday, February 25, 2015 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah, Oklahoma. 

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

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



David Dale Thompson

David Dale Thompson, 60 of Bristow, OK passed from this life on Wednesday, February 18, 2015.  David was born on December 8, 1954 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  to Louis Dale Thompson & Kaara Ann (Coffey) Thompson.   

David was preceded in death by his father, Louis Dale Thompson and brother Chet Holman Thompson.

David is survived by his wife Hazel (Thornton) Thompson, Daughters: Felicia Everidge and her husband Josh of Allen Texas;  Rachel Beasley and her husband Dustin of Choctaw, Oklahoma and their mother Marilyn Winter of Choctaw, Ok.  Brothers: Roger Thompson and his wife Pam of Okemah, OK; Mike Thompson and his wife Samantha of Mustang, OK; Keith Thompson and wife Jannean of Sand Springs, OK and Kevin Thompson of Mountain View, California. His Mother:  Kaara Ann Thompson of Choctaw, Oklahoma.

One Granddaughter Alivia; and three Grandsons Cody, Brody and Wyatt.

Services were held on Saturday February 21, 2015 at the Choctaw Church of Christ at 10:00 a.m.  Marty Kessler and Mike Mazzalongo, Ministers of the Choctaw congregation officiated the service.  Interment was at the Elmwood Cemetery in Choctaw, OK.  Pallbearers were Lynn Thompson, Alex Thompson, Nick Thompson, Kyle Thompson, Caleb Thompson and Preston Thompson. Funeral Service under the direction on Gary Kelly Add’Vantage Funeral Homes, Tulsa



 Wanda June Todd

Funeral services for Wanda June Todd will be held Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Skyview Baptist Church in Okemah.  Interment will follow at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah.

Wanda June Todd was born September 2, 1951 in Okemah, Oklahoma to Jim Spain and Beulah (Fisher) Spain.  She passed away Saturday, February 14, 2015 in Okemah at the age of 63. 

Mrs. Todd had been a resident of the Okemah area most all of her life.  She and Harold Todd were married August 2, 1968 in Okemah.  She was a loving Mom and Grandma and her grandkids were her everything.  She also worked as a sewing machine operator for the Wrangler and Ferguson Plant for seven years and enjoyed playing bingo.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Jim and Beulah Spain and one brother, Jack Spain.

Survivors include her husband, Harold of Okemah; two daughters, Tammy Carman and husband Steve of Okemah and Kim Dunn and husband Chuck of Okemah; three brothers, Ray Spain and wife Patti of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Donald Spain and wife Walson of Niceville, Florida, and Jerry Spain and wife Josie of Dallas, Texas; one sister, Sheila Coon and husband Wendell of Okemah; 10 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Serving as active pallbearers Waylon Bogle, Camron Bogle, Robby Deere, Harley Bogle, Dakota Bogle and Dylan Carman.

Honorary bearers include Robert Carter and Rusty Myers.

Visitation and viewing will be Tuesday 4:00 – 8:00 PM, Wednesday, 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM.

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

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



Fern Lambeth

Funeral services for Fern Lambeth will be Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 10:00 AM at the First Baptist Church in Okemah.  Interment will follow at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah.

Fern Lambeth was born October 19, 1913 in Okemah, Oklahoma to Joe and Annie (Ryker) Lewis.  She passed away Sunday, February 15, 2015 in Okemah at the age of 101. 

Mrs. Lambeth had been a resident of Okfuskee County most all of her life.  She was a 1931 graduate of Ada High School and later received her teaching certificate from East Central University in Ada.  In November of 1936, she and Nelson Lambeth were married in Calvin, Oklahoma; he preceded her in death April 15, 1986.  Mrs. Lambeth was a former school teacher and worked as a bookkeeper for Citizen’s State Bank in Okemah for 17 years.  She also worked as a cashier at the Grapevine Restaurant and Hen House in Okemah.  She was a longtime and devoted member of the First Baptist Church of Okemah and Sunday School Teacher with the church.  Mrs. Lambeth helped with the Okfuskee County Election Board and was a member of the American Legion Auxillary.

Also preceding her in death were her parents; two sons, Mike and Ron Lambeth; one daughter in law, Doris Lambeth; five sisters, 1 brother and one great-grandchild. 

Survivors include her son, Nick Lambeth of Okemah; daughter in law, Wilma Lambeth of Okemah; 4 grandchildren, David Lambeth and wife Yvonne, Ronna Lambeth, Bruce Lambeth and wife Teri and Mary Wofford and husband John; and eight great-grandchildren.

Serving as active pallbearers will be L.D. Smith, David Dawley, Chris Trainer, Gerald Glenn, Phil Hatcher and Tommy Klutts.

Honorary bearers include Keith Robertson, Nokey Klutts, Bob Tinsley, Hugh Branscum, James Bennett, Don Wilbourn, Steve Alcorn, Jason Bean, Larry McKinney and Jason Martin.

Visitation and viewing will be Tuesday, 4:00-8:00 PM and Wednesday, 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home. 

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

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



Bonnie Evelyn Elsner

Bonnie Evelyn Elsner was born July 30, 1933 in Okemah, OK to John and Maude Scrimshire. She went to her heavenly home Monday, February 16, 2015. Bonnie was the youngest of five children and played basketball and softball at Pharoah  High School. It was in high school that she met the love of her life, Ken. They married in 1955 and moved to Shawnee where Ken was attending OBU. They had three children and made a home in Cromwell, Oklahoma where Ken was a coach and school administrator. She enjoyed those years being a homemaker and mother. Bonnie also loved to read and when the family moved to Edmond in 1969 Bonnie attended UCO and received her bachelors degree in English and a masters degree in Library Science. She taught English at Edmond Middle School and was the librarian/media specialist at Edmond High School. She enjoyed planning and designing the high school library when North High School opened. Bonnie thoroughly enjoyed her years in public schools and treasured the lifelong friendships she made with her colleagues there. Bonnie liked nature and had an interest in birds. She loved to provide shelter, feed and watch the birds in her backyard. Bonnie and Ken enjoyed traveling to South Korea, Scotland, Paris, London, Canada, and Newfoundland. After she retired she enjoyed spending time with her husband, children and granddaughters. Ken and Bonnie were active with the Happy Timers church group at First Baptist. She will be remembered for her loving spirit and sweet smile she had for everyone she met.

Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents John and Maude Scrimshire; brother, Holland Scrimshire; sister, Zelda Tolleson; and son, Randy Elsner. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Elsner; son, Russ Elsner; daughter, Robin Thomas; granddaughters, Lindsey Thomas and Dana Thomas, all of Edmond; sister, Zora Laws; and brother, Leland Scrimshire of Okemah.

A funeral service celebrating her life will be held Friday, February 20th at 10:00am at First Baptist Church of Edmond. A graveside service will be at 3:00pm on the 20th of February at Highland Cemetery in Okemah, OK.



Thomasene Matthews

Thomasene “Tommie” D. Matthews, a longtime resident of Weleetka, Oklahoma passed from this life in the late night hours of February 11, 2015 in Henryetta at the age of 84.  Tommie was born on January 7, 1931 in Henryetta, Oklahoma to O.J. Pharoah, Jr. and Betty Mabel McKinley.  Tommie grew up in the Henryetta and Pharoah areas.  She graduated from Pharoah High School as her senior class’ valedictorian and basketball queen.   Later, Tommie attended business school in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where she received training for her work as a bookkeeper.

Tommie married the love of her life, M.V. “Skip” Matthews, on April 24, 1948 in Sapulpa, Oklahoma and they remained happily committed for 66 years.  From that union the couple was blessed with two remarkable children, Jim and Neketa, whom Tommie loved so very deeply. Tommie was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother and she will be missed by many people, both friends and family.

Tommie is survived by her husband, Skip Matthews of the home; her son, Jim Matthews and wife Sue of Henryetta; a daughter, Neketa Landrum and husband Lanny of Jay, OK; 5 grandchildren, Amy Norman and husband James of Jay, OK, Jay Matthews and wife Tara of Henryetta, Tawnya Wardrope and husband Bobby of Coalgate, Audra Tate and husband Thomas of Jay, and Nacole Mowdy of Coalgate; by 11 great grandchildren, Brittany Norman of Jay, Jaylyn Matthews of Henryetta, Bradley Sims and wife Danica of Henryetta, Taci Sims of Henryetta, Shelby Davidson of Tupelo, Gavin Tate of Jay, Braelynn Wardrope, Braxton Wardrope, Braedy Wardrope, and Holly Estep, all of Coalgate; by other extended family and many good friends.

She is preceded in death by her mother and father; and one brother, Jim Pharoah.

Viewing for Tommie will be held on Friday, February 13, 2015 at Integrity Funeral Service from 5-8pm.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11:00am at Integrity Chapel with Rev. Robert Adams officiating.  Interment will follow immediately at Westlawn Cemetery in Henryetta under the direction of Integrity Funeral Service of Henryetta.

Pallbearers will be Dave Miller, Bob Miller, Bill Nelson, Kenny Beven, Jay Matthews and Jim Matthews.

The family has designated the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN  38105 as appropriate for memorial contributions.



Jalen Lee Scott

Funeral services for Jalen Lee Scott will be held Friday, February 20, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the First Baptist Church in Okemah.  Interment will follow at the Yarholar / Scott Cemetery east of Okemah.

Jalen Lee Scott was born February 4, 1995 in Ada, Oklahoma to Travis Scott and Jessica Hargrove.  He passed away Sunday, February 15, 2015 in Okemah at the age of 20. 

Jalen had two hobbies he truly loved; golf and coon hunting.  He started both around four years of age and went on to win many awards in both.  Jalen started this life as a tiny 2 lb. and 11 oz. baby; but finished at 6’ 3” tall.  It was hard to keep up with those long legs, whether walking to the next hole playing golf or getting to a treed dog.  When it came to cattle, he could drive into a pasture and tell you which ones were sick before you even got close.  Jalen had a huge heart and a world of compassion for his fellow man; but he definitely would tell you how he felt.  He could joke and laugh with the best of them, but if you ever cried, he cried right along with you.

He is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Jesse Scott; his maternal grandfather, Larry Hargrove; great-grandfathers, George Ivan Gordon, Travis Walker; paternal grandfather, Tony Davis and uncle, Jesse “Peanut” Scott.

Survivors include his father, Travis Scott and wife ShaRee of Okemah; his mother, Jessica Hargrove of Weleetka; sisters, Laren Traylor of Coalgate, ShaLyn Edmunson of Okemah; brothers, Mason Scott of Okemah, Tagon Scott of Okemah and Kyle Davis Scott of Shawnee and his mother, Allison Davis Scott. grandparents, Roger and Sharon Walker of Okfuskee, Betty Jo Scott of Okemah, Anna Gordon of Weleetka; and Wanda Walker of Okfuskee; and aunts and uncles, Keith and Ella Walker of Okemah, Darrell and Delores Walker of Haydonville, Gallen and Carol Walker of Okfuskee, Todd and Sandra Pringle of Glenpool, Suzanne Hicks of Okemah, Linda Reddick of Weleetka, Stacey Scott of Weleetka, Steve and Travalene Fish of Weleetka and Rhonda Walker of Okfuskee. 

Serving as active pallbearers will be Justin Hicks, Ryan Hicks, Scott Pringle, Steven Hargrove, Tony Dominguez, Holden Rodriguez and Randy Leader. 

Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Bert Robison and Rev. Clarence Yarholar.

Viewing and visitation will be Tuesday, 4:00-8:00 PM, Wednesday, 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM and Thursday, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM.

Wake services will be Thursday, 8:00 PM at the First Baptist Church in Okemah.

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



Joe Kelly Davis

Joe Kelly Davis, 52 of Lafayette, Colorado died on Saturday, February 14, 2015, in Lafayette, Colorado.

Services will be held Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. Gib Baskerville. 

Joe Kelly Davis was born in Oklahoma City, Okla. on February 22, 1962 to Betty Jo Thurman Davis and the late Charles Kelly Davis. He grew up in Vernon, Texas where he graduated from Vernon High School in 1980. While attending Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, he pledged Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and graduated in 1984 with a Bachelor of Art degree.

He began his banking career working for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in Allen, Texas and later was employed by JPMorgan Chase Bank as Executive Vice President Regional Field Manger and traveled throughout the west and southwest.

He loved music, outdoor activities, bicycling and especially enjoyed a round of golf with his many friends. Those closest to Joe knew him as an articulate, highly intelligent man with many interests and abilities. He was a loving and caring son to his mother and dearly loved his three children. He was a former member of the First Baptist Church in Vernon, Texas. 

He is survived by his mother Betty Jo Davis of Vernon, and his three children: Katherine Anne Davis, Taylor Javelle Davis and Jackson Kelly Davis and his fiancé Kathleen Garrison. 

Visitation will be 10:00 AM Saturday till service time at Sullivan Funeral Home.

Burial will be held Monday, February 23, 2015 at 2:00 PM at Highland Cemetery in Okemah, OK. Coordinated by the Sullivan Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Joe’s honor to the American Heart Association at honor.americanheart.org.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com



Carol McElyea

Carol Darlene Scott McElyea passed away the early morning of Monday February 9th, 2015 to be with our Lord. Born and raised in Weleetka, Oklahoma,  she was the 11th of 12 children of Bruce and Effie Scott.  

She is survived by Annamaria Goglia Salazar and Walter (Waldo) McElyea, two grandsons and five great grandsons. Numerous family and friends.

Darlene was an avid reader and a green thumb gardener.  She will be greatly missed by all.  

Per her wishes there will not be a ceremony.

An Online Guestbook is available at http://www.integrityfuneralservice.com.



W.C. “Tip” Tinkler

Funeral services for W.C. “Tip” Tinkler will be held Tuesday February 10, 2015 at 10:00 AM at the First Baptist Church of Wetumka.  Interment will follow at the Wetumka Cemetery.

W. C. “Tip” Tinkler was born August 5, 1929 in Seminole, Oklahoma to James Oscar Tinkler and Pearl Belle (Lair) Tinkler.  He passed away Friday, February 6, 2015 at his home near Wetumka at the age of 85. 

Mr. Tinkler had been a longtime resident of the Wetumka area.  He graduated from Bearden High School and later attended the Wetumka Junior College.  He and Joetta Rogers were married December 24, 1951 in Fort Smith, Arkansas.  Mr. Tinkler worked many years as a pipeline superintendent and was a member of the Wetumka First Baptist Church.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Charles and one son, William Keith Tinkler. 

Survivors include his wife, Joetta Tinkler of the home; one daughter, Connie Johnston and husband Rick of Okemah; one son, James R. Tinkler and wife Kim of Skiatook, Oklahoma; one brother, H.L. Tinkler and wife Louise of Okemah; four grandchildren, Heather Rowe of Tulsa, James C. Tinkler of Wetumka, Rachel Fletcher of Broken Arrow and Joshua Miller of Broken Arrow and six great-grandchildren, Matthew, Clara, Aden, Sammie Jo, Bradley and Aaron.

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

Serving as active pallbearers will be Virgil Anderson, David Walker, Ken Kasner, Clif Tinkler, Josh Miller and Kyle Goodwin.

Honorary bearers include Josh Lee and Clint Meadors.

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



James Ralph Flanders

James Ralph Flanders was born in Okemah, Oklahoma on November 16, 1939 and died February 7, 2015 at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, KS. Jim (aka Butch or Poppa) was 75 years young and had recently moved to Wichita, Kansas, after 35 years in Russellville, in order to be more involved with his youngest grandsons.

Survivors include Deanna, his wife of 50 years, two children, Son: Jason R. Flanders (wife, Maggie) of Wichita, KS; Daughter: Deanna Lynn Flanders Weaver of Russellville, AR, and a granddaughter (daughter of the heart), Alexandra Lynn Duvall Flanders of Little Rock, AR, whom Jim & Deanna raised. Three grandsons: Christopher Daniel Duvall of Russellville, Daxon James Flanders and Jackson Pierce Flanders of Wichita, KS.

If you knew Jim at all, you know he had a quick and agile mind. He insisted for years that the phrase, “The Weasel Cries at Midnight” be included in all remembrances. None of us know what it means. 

Jim was a graduate of Oklahoma State University, class of 1963, with a degree in Forestry and began his career with the US Forest Service where he worked until 1994 when he retired.

In the  mid to late 1970’s he became interested in antiques (furniture, clocks and music boxes) and began collecting and delighted in researching their ages and histories. This passion for antiques led Jim to learning how to repair antique clocks, which he did for many years. He was a member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors for 40+ years and was active in the Arkansas chapter.

In addition to antiques and clocks, Jim was greatly interested in history, maps, Maxfield Parrish prints, scantily clad Indian maiden prints, and Tuvian throat music.

His true passion was his family. He was a doting and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. 

A memorial service will be held at 11AM Thursday, February 12, 2015 at All Saints Episcopal Church in Russellville, AR. Interment will take place in the Memorial Garden at the church, among the flowers

The crying midnight weasel is now silent.



James J. Packwood

Funeral Service at Skyview Baptist Church, Okemah, Friday, February 13 at 2:00 p.m., Rev. Ark Noel officiating under the direction of Hart-Wyatt Funeral Home in Walters, OK. Interment to follow at West Lawn Cemetery, Henryetta. Viewing will be held at Skyview Baptist from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. prior to the service. See online guestbook at www.hart-wyattfuneralhome.com

James Jackson Packwood, “Jack” or “J.J.”, was born to John Henry and Mollie Parlie (Eaton) Packwood on May 13, 1918 at Indianola, OK and departed this life in Lawton, OK on February 9, 2015 at the age of 96 years, 8 months and 27 days.

J.J. grew up in and around Indianola, Pharoah, Sapulpa and Okmulgee. He married Blanche Addlene Snow on August 6, 1936 at Henryetta. To the union 4 children were born. They made their home at Morris and then Mountain Grove before settling in Okemah around 1948. He spent a lifetime in the oilfield as a pumper, retiring at age 83, and was also a lifelong rancher.  

As a young man he participated in rodeos. He was a member of Okemah Roundup Club and was always fond of his cows and horses. He enjoyed telling jokes, playing pranks, dominos and drinking his coffee.

He loved The Lord and was a faithful member of the Nazarene Church’s in both Okemah and Henryetta, working with the youth in Henryetta and serving as Sunday School Superintendent at both. He had last attended Skyview Baptist Church before moving to Walters, OK in January of 2011 to be near his daughter.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Blanche; 3 children, Johnny, Jerry and Jackie Delton Packwood; and 3 siblings, Sid Packwood, Josey Woods and William Packwood.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Jan Jennette and Bob Johnson of Walters, OK; a sister, Edith Kiesling of Tulsa; 5 grandchildren and spouses, Diana and Jack Armitage of Calera, OK, Sandra and Jeff Simpson of Walters, OK, Bobby Johnson of Sterling, OK, Doug Packwood and Dave Packwood both of California; 3 great grandchildren, Jeffrey Simpson, Tony Simpson, Sara Nuncio; 3 great-great grandchildren, Lane Simpson, Paisley Simpson and Gatlin Simpson; other relatives and friends.



Alana Jenkins

Alana June Jenkins DVM passed away on February 1, 2015 at the age of 30. Born October 7, 1984 in Stillwater, Ok to James Stanley and Pamela sue (Lucas) Jenkins.

She is a member of the church of Christ.

Alana graduated from Wilson High School in 2003 and began her studies in Veterinary Medicine graduating from Oklahoma State University Veterinary College in 2009. Alana did her internship in Maryland and then practiced in Spiro for a year, then practicing in Frisco TX.

She is a member of the Oklahoma Veterinarian Medical Association, American Veterinarian Medical Association in Texas and licensed to practice in Oklahoma, Texas and Maryland.

Alana discovered the joy of dancing and was active with the Arthur Murray Dance Studios.

Survived by her parents; Dr. Stanley and Pamela Jenkins of Henryetta

Brother: James Austin Jenkins of Henryetta

Sisters: Erin Rae Jenkins of Stillwater

Cheryl Leigh Boatner and husband Joseph of Okmulgee

Nephew and Niece: Lane Sabin Boatner and McKinlee Reed Boatner

Paternal Grandparent: Thurlene June Jenkins of Wetumka

Funeral service will be 10:00am, Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at the Church of Christ in Okemah, Ok (701 W Broadway) with Lyndal Werner officiating. Interment will follow at the Westlawn Cemetery under the direction of the Rogers Funeral Home.



Harold “Hal” Laine, Jr.

Graveside services for Harold “Hal” Laine will be held Sturday, February 7, 2015 at 11:00 AM at the Morse Cemetery north of Okemah.

Longtime resident of Beaumont, Texas, Harold John Laine, Jr. passed away suddenly on January 30, 2015 in the arms of his beloved wife. 

Harold “Hal” John Laine, Jr. was born on August 4, 1943 in Chester, Pennsylvania.  He was the only child of Harold John Laine and Gladys Elizabeth Symons Laine.  Hal met the love of his life, Shirley Ann Johnson while she was an airline attendant for Delta Airlins.  Hal and Shirley were married for forty six years.  A graduate from Baylor Law School; Hal opened his first law office in Port Arthur in his wife’s parents’ Kirby Vacuum cleaner business and later moved his practice to Beaumont.  Hal was a solo practicing criminal defense attorney for almost fifty years who was empathetic with the humanity of his client.  He was a rare man of independent thought and deed.  Hal’s friendships transcended race, station in life or background.  Hal graduated from Ridley TWP Sr. High in Folsom, Pennsylvania, attended Penn State University and later graduated from Penn Morton College with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science.  He served our country in the Navy Reserve of the USS Farragut.  At the age of 21; Hal was featured as “Hero of the Week” in the county of Delaware, Pennsylvania for international travel in which he was a proctor in German and Russian in his travels to West Germany and Russia.  By the age of 23, Hal traveled abroad extensively from a “weekend in Paris”, England, Italy, France, Switzerland, Holland to Finland, home of his father’s family.

But all of the accomplishments of Hal’s life, his unconditional love of his family and friends were foremost.  His two sons, Bryan Sperry Laine and Kevin Symons Laine have followed their father’s lead and now serve as attorneys.  Upon Hal’s death both sons said the greatest inheritance they received was the legacy of their father’s love.  Hal Laine had a fierce work ethic, lived a full life and was extremely proud of his grandson, Sam and granddaughter, Sarah in whom he was teaching how to play chess.  Hal was a devote Christian who loved the Lord.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Harold John and Gladys Elizabeth Laine.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Ann Laine; two sons, Bryan Sperry Laine and wife Victoria and Kevin Symons Laine and wife Marianne; five grandchildren, Samuel “Sam Laine, Sarah Evelyn Laine, Joshua Richard Roy, Luke Anthony Roy and Jacob Vaughan Roy and six great-grandchildren.  He also leaves behind  cousins, Lynda Kay Makin and husband James, Gwynn Kirkpatrick and husband Ron and Arja Harla and husband Rijo.

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

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


Philip E. Landers

Funeral services for Philip Edward Landers will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2015 in the Okemah High School Panther Dome at 2:00 PM.  Interment will follow at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah.  Viewing and visitation will be Wednesday and Thursday, 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM and Friday, 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home.

Philip Edward Landers was extremely proud and happy to be a life-long citizen of his beloved Okemah, Oklahoma. He was proud of his hometown, his home state, and he greatly enjoyed the oil and gas production industry. He was born October 30th, 1933 as the first and only son of John and Vilena (Krumme) Landers.  Philip and his sister Phyllis, who was two years younger, grew up in a peaceful and loving family atmosphere.

Philip was active in school and community activities and in high school played on the Okemah High School basketball team. The summer before his senior year, he joined a wheat harvesting crew as they moved northward; during that experience Philip decided that working in the oil industry might be better than harvesting wheat and he returned to Okemah to complete his education.  In 1948 his father had formed Landers Well Service and Philip began to work on weekends and during school holidays as a hand. After high school he started in the oil industry as a roughneck and very soon became a driller, the youngest in Oklahoma. In 1954 he joined his father and uncle, Virgil Landers, at Landers Well Service. 

During the late 1950’s Philip was in the National Guard, 45th division, and was stationed on the East Coast for six months. He served his hometown in 1965-6 as President of the Okemah Jaycees and in 1966 he was recognized by the United States Jaycees as Jaycee of the year. In 1968-9 he was elected Mayor of Okemah and in 1970-1 he served on the Okemah Utility Board.      

After eleven years in the well service business he met his good friend Marvin Musgrove. In 1965 they formed Landers & Musgrove Oil Company and recompleted their first well that year. 40 years later they were still going strong. When Marvin passed in 2007, they had significant production in central and northern Oklahoma as well as Kansas. Landers Oil & Gas, Inc formed in 2008 and Philip continued on. Philip was proud to be an active member of the OIPA (Oklahoma Independent Producers Association) and vocal member of the Board of Directors. Philip had no desire to be an officer, so in recognition of his active and vocal support, he was tabbed OIPA’s Ambassador at Large. He had a smile, enthusiastic personality, pride, energy and love for the industry that attracted others to join OIPA and to find pleasure in business activities.

 In 1992 Governor David Walters appointed Philip as a founding member of the Commission on Marginally Producing Oil & Gas Wells. He also became active in the OERB Petro Pros, a program whereby producers went into classrooms to teach students about the importance of the industry.

Philip also expressed his love for the Okemah High School programs with strong financial support for scholarships and building projects like the PantherDome. In 1990 he commissioned wood sculptor Clayton Coss to carve the school mascot - a life size crouching panther. Philip gave it to Okemah High School as a Christmas gift. Philip was also hopeful that the “hot/cold” watertowers might be preserved as well, contributing to the cause.   

 Philip made his home three miles north of Okemah that he named Rabbit Hollow; he loved the outdoor life and often fished in the two small lakes east of his house.  He really enjoyed hunting deer, in season of course, from his back porch and bedroom window. Philip Landers was full of love and happiness and certainly enjoyed life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Vilena Landers. 

He is survived by his sister, Dr. Phyllis Landers Logsdon and husband Guy, Tulsa; his daughter Cynthia Jean Landers, Tulsa; two sons - Philip Warren Landers and his wife, Susan of Tampa, Florida and Dr. John Landers and his wife Gretchen of Tulsa; eight grandchildren - Angie and Mandi; Brad, Emilee, Jesse; and Derrick, Parker, and Gentry; three great grandchildren and many relatives and friends.

Serving as active pallbearers will be John Landers, Philip W. Landers, Russ Witham, Steve Massey, Andy Tucker and Ed Landers.

Honorary bearers include:  Pat Martin, Ron Stepp, John Cassidy, Pete Brown, George Krumme and David Lucas.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church Stained or to the Okemah Public Schools Foundation.

Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Brian Matthews and Rev. Valerie Steele.

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



Leonard Ewing Wilson

Funeral services for Leonard Ewing Wilson Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the First Baptist Church of Okemah.  Interment will follow at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah.

Leonard Ewing Wilson was born December 14, 1927 in Oakman, Oklahoma to Virgil E. Wilson and Bernice E. (Bandy) Wilson.  He passed away Saturday, January 31, 2015 at his home in Okemah at the age of 87. 

Mr. Wilson had been a resident of Okemah since 1981.  He was a graduate of Wayne High School in Wayne, Oklahoma.  He and Ellen Frances Hawkins were married July 4, 1948 in Bryant, Oklahoma.  Mr. Wilson was a retired manager for Allied Supermarket for 35 years and later in 1977 purchased and operated Jimmy’s Grocery in Okemah until 1984.  He was also the owner and operator of Wilson’s Red and White until his retirement in 1993.  Mr. Wilson was a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne of the United States Army from 1946-47.  He was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Okemah and enjoyed golf, dominoes, sports and singing.  He was also an avid University of Oklahoma sports fan.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Glenn Wilson and four sisters, Verlie Anderson, Beulah Richardson, Ruby Brandon and Geraldine Porter.

Survivors include his wife Frances Wilson of the home; one son, Dennis Wilson and wife Phyllis of Crossville, Tennessee; two daughters, Janet Bridal and husband Scott of Yukon, Oklahoma and Robyn Custar and husband Danny of Okemah; two brothers, Herman Wilson and wife Elsie of Seminole and Jerry Wilson and wife Jeannie of North Pole, Alaska; four grandchildren, Holly Hay, Josh Bridal, Beau Custar and Ben Custar and three great-grandchildren, Elijah Custar, Halle Custar and Emmett Custar.

Serving as active pallbearers will be James Franks, Paul Franks, Kevin Elledge, Keith Elledge, David Wilson and Lloyd Wayne Richardson

Honorary pallbearers will be the First Baptist Church Men’s Sunday School Class.

Visitation and viewing will be Monday, February 2, 2015, 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM.

Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Ledtkey McIntosh and assisted by Rev. Wade Harelson.

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



Dolores Early

Dolores Fern Early was born April 5, 1965 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Melford and Edith Marie Hewitt.  She passed away Sunday, January 25, 2015 in Okemah at the age of 49.

Dolores had been a longtime resident of Okemah and was a graduate of Okemah High School.  She and Willard Marlon Early were married October 18, 1985 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her husband Marlon Early of Okemah; two brothers, Joe Gryder, of Clearview and Larry Coleman of Okemah and two sisters, Christine Shuris and Shirley Sholz.

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

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



Minnie I. Walker

Funeral services for Minnie Ivabelle Walker will be held Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Assembly of God Church in Okemah.  Interment will follow at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah.

Minnie Ivabelle Walker was born June 30th, 1923 in Okfuskee, Oklahoma to Joseph and Elizabeth (Bynum) Walker.  She passed away Saturday, January 24th, 2015 in Okemah, Oklahoma at the age of 91.  

Never married, she was known to the Walker family as “Aunt Minnie”.  She was preceded in death by her mother and father, 9 brothers; Ora, Frank, Bill, Vernon, Paul, Horace, Alva, Travis, and George, and 4 sisters; Nettie (Walker), Gladys (Woods), Alza (Buie), and Kathryn (Ingraham). 

She is survived by 14 nephews and 27 nieces. 

Minnie was raised in the Okfuskee community, attending Okfuskee School through 8th grade, then high school at Nuyaka, graduating at the age of 16 as the Class of 1940 Valedictorian.  

Her first year after graduating she stayed on the farm, then enrolled at the University of Oklahoma fall 1941.  With the bombing of Pearl Harbor, she joined the war effort work force at Douglas Aircraft Company in Tulsa as secretary in the Reimbursement Department, until the war ended.  Her boss encouraged her to stay, but she was determined to pursue an education.  She spent fall 1945 at Oklahoma State University, then spring 1946 at East Central State College.  She returned to Okfuskee School for the 1946-47 school year to teach 5th and 6th grades, teaching 29 pupils and coaching girls’ basketball on an outdoor court.  Summer 1947, she attended East Central again and obtained enough credits to teach high school, then taught at Mason during the 1947-48 school year along with directing the school play.  She studied summer 1948 at East Central, then was convinced by two sisters and a friend to go to Sunnyvale, California to work in Libby’s Cannery during the fall canning season.  With her prior experience with Douglas, she obtained a position in Libby’s Personnel office.   Spring and summer 1949, she studied at East Central, achieving a Bachelor’s degree in Business Education and minor in English.  After graduating, she went to work for Carnation Milk Company in Tulsa as an accountant, keeping in touch with the County Superintendent regarding open teaching positions.  In February 1950, an opening came in Liberty Mounds for an English and Business teacher, which she accepted.  She finished that school year and the next 4 teaching, directing school plays, and coaching grade and high school girls’ basketball.   While at Liberty Mounds, Minnie began work on her Master’s degree by attending summers at East Central and Oklahoma State and night classes at Okmulgee Tech.  During the summer of 1954, a superintendent from Mossyrock, Washington came calling.  He inspired Minnie, her sister, and two other friends to teach in Washington the 1954-55 school year.  Along with teaching business subjects, she taught a journalism course that produced the school newspaper and yearbook.  Studying at Oklahoma State University summer 1955, she received her Master’s degree in Business Education, then returned to Washington to teach the following school year.

Minnie began her 30 year Eastern Oklahoma State College teaching career fall 1956.  When the college president interviewed her, he told her he thought he needed a man teaching accounting, but was so impressed with her credentials, he hired her as the only full-time teacher in the Business Department.  In 5 years she became the Chairman of the Business Division over 8 professors. In 1964, she began work on her Doctorate taking a one year sabbatical to study at the University of Nebraska, completing the course work summer 1967.  During her tenure at Eastern, she was awarded many honors including Eastern Oklahoma State College “Teacher of the Year”, “Outstanding Educator of America”, “Who’s Who of World of Women”, “Personalities of the South”, and in 1986, “Oklahoma Junior College’s Business Teacher of the Year”.  She also served two years as the secretary of the Oklahoma Junior College Association.

In May 1986, Minnie retired form Eastern and was honored at a reception by naming the Business Lounge in Mitchell Hall, as the “Minnie Walker Lounge”.  She became a life member of the Retired Educators Association, serving as treasurer and secretary in various years.  She also was active with memberships in En Avant Study Club, National Business Education Association, National Honorary Professional Graduate Society in Business Education, Delta Kappa Gamma, and Delta Pi Epsilon.  In 1993, she was recognized by the Oklahoma Retired Educators Association as “Very Important Member”.  In 2012, she was awarded the first “Distinguished Former Faculty Award” of Eastern Oklahoma State College at a banquet in the college Student Union.  In 2013 she was honored as a “50 Year Member” of Delta Kappa Gamma at a luncheon held in Oklahoma City.  She enjoyed retirement by traveling to many places across the US, Europe, and Israel.  She loved to visit, read, travel, cook, and do crafts.  She never forgot a birthday, anniversary, graduation, or special event.  If you ever met Minnie Walker, she considered you a friend.  She will truly be missed. 

Serving as active pallbearers will be Darrell, Wayne Clyde and Joseph Walker, Keith Stanton, Justin Wayne Stanton, Arville Baldridge and Norman Richards.

Honorary pallbearers include:  Ricky, Kenny, Gallen, Roger, Howard and Bill Walker, Harold Matthews, Tom Flemming and James Walker.

Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah, Oklahoma and officiated by Rev. Jeremy Fairres.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to your favorite charity.

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



Janice Louise Finnemore Easler Leach

Janice Louise Finnemore Easler Leach passed away peacefully after a brief battle with cancer at Southern Acres on January 7, 2015. She was born December 6, 1952, the daughter of George A. Finnemore Sr. and Geraldine E. Day Finnemore. 

She is survived by her husband, Harold Leach, of Okemah, OK; sons Edward Easler, Daniel Easler of Washburn, ME, Michael Easler of El Reno, TX; two brothers, George Finnemore Jr. of Preque Isle, ME, Gordon and wife, Rebecca Finnemore of Gulf Port, MS; four grandchildren, Brody Easler and Zander Easler of Preque Isle, ME Chase Levasseur and Julia Levasseur of Westbrook, ME; two uncles, Arthur Day and partner Sue Young of Presque Isle, ME, and Gary Day and wife, Mimi, of CT; aunts, Shirley Day of Mars Hill, ME and Gloria Belmain and husband, Bill, of Washburn, ME; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. 

She was predeceased by her parents, George A. Finnemore Sr. and Gerlaldine E. Day Finnemore. 

Special messages from Janice go to Harold Leach and the two dogs, Baby Girl and Hobo, and to her many friends and family of Okemah, OK “Miss you and love you forever; also to a special friend, Sue Young, for doing all you did for me in the last couple months in my time of need, mostly just being with me, thank you. Love, Janice.” 

A special thank you to the staff at Southern Acres Residential Care Facility for all your care and support to Janice for the last couple of months. 

There will be a Spring Burial at Johnson Cemetery, Presque Isle.


 Jack H. Smith

Funeral services for Jack H. Smith was held Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah.  Interment followed at the Highland Cemetery with military honors.

Jack H. Smith was born February 27, 1933 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma to Earl and Georgia (Couch) Smith.  He passed away Thursday, January 15, 2015 in Talihina, Oklahoma at the age of 81. 

Mr. Smith had been a longtime resident of the Okemah area.  He and Norma Lee Bean were married July 17, 1952 in Ozark, Arkansas; she later preceded him in death July 2, 2013.  Mr. Smith retired from the Cherokee Nation Housing Authority and also worked as an Okfuskee County Deputy.  He served his country with the United States Army; having served during the Korean War.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting and especially spending time with his family.

Also preceding him in death were his parents; two sons, Jack Lee Smith and Michael Jack Smith; four sisters and three brothers. 

Survivors include his two daughters, Robin Smith and husband James of Okemah and Tonie Branscum and husband Marty of Okemah; one brother, Charles Smith of Okemah; six grandchildren, Holly Houlton of Wilburton, Oklahoma, Jared Wilson of Okmulgee, Jamia Smith of Wilburton, Tiffany Griffis of Wister, Oklahoma, Savannah Randolph of Sallisaw, Oklahoma and Curtus Branscum of Okemah and twelve great-grandchildren.

Serving as pallbearers was Mitchell Guinn, Billy Smith, Luster Guinn, Jared Wilson, Curtus Branscum and Scott Griffis.

Services were under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Jeremy Fairres.

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


Tamara A. Tobler

Funeral services for Tamara A. Tobler will be held Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah.  Interment will follow at the Prairie Spring Cemetery of Okemah.

Tamara Tobler was born August 15, 1974 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to James & Elsie (Johnson) Tobler.  She passed away Saturday, January 17, 2015 in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of 40. 

Tamara went to elementary school in Oklahoma City and later junior high in Boley, Oklahoma before graduating from Shawnee High School.  She worked as a nurse’s assistant and medical aide.  Later Tamara moved to Tulsa where her mother was living.

She is preceded in death by her father, James C. Tobler Sr. and paternal grandparents, Aaron and Emma (Henneha) Johnson, Howard Tobler, Sr. and Rosie Lee Ellison. 

Survivors include “mother dear”, as she called her mother, Elsie Tobler of Tulsa, Oklahoma; four sisters, Kimberlie Tobler and boyfriend, Robert of Tulsa, Whitney Tobler of Oklahoma City, Kendra Williams of Tulsa and Tracey Williams of Tulsa; four brothers, Chauncey Johnson and wife Crystal of Tulsa, Brian Johnson of Shawnee, James Tobler and wife Sohalah of Shawnee and Willie Tobler of Spencer, Oklahoma.  Tamara had no children of her own but leaves behind 15 nieces and nephews, 6 great-nieces and nephews and a host of aunties, uncles, cousins and very dear friends.

Serving as pallbearers will be Cliff Johnson, Randy Osborn, Danzel Stockstell, Eddie Johnson, Jr., Learon Tobler, Christopher Johnson and Cletus Mitchell.

Flower girls will be Veronica, Pam, Violet, Ronisha, Paige and Fatimah.

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

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


Steven Gene Hulstine

Steven Gene Hulstine was born July 11, 1955 in Holdenville, Oklahoma to Dale and Betty (Kiser) Hulstine and passed from this life January 4, 2014 at his home in Wetumka at the age of 59.

Steve was raised in Wetumka and was a graduate of Wetumka High School. He later attended Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wilburton and Seminole Junior College. Steve began a career as a pipeliner and worked all across the continental United States as well as Alaska. Although he worked in many locations Wetumka was always home. He was a member of the Pipeliners Union #798.

On his birthday in 1995 he married Nancy Lewis Carter. They made Wetumka their home and together operated S and N Trucking hauling gravel, rock, and other materials.

Steve enjoyed riding motorcycles and hunting and doing other activities with his grandchildren. He was a big fan of the Antique Road Show and was happy when he was able to get tickets and attend an episode filmed in Tulsa. He enjoyed working with children and helped coach little league baseball.

In 2013 he was involved in a tragic truck/train accident. He was badly injured and during his recovery he gave his life to Christ. He was baptized on July 27, 2014 and was a member of the Wetumka Assembly of God Church.

Survivors include: His wife Nancy of the home; 4 children, Lindsey Langer and husband Brian of Colorado, Misty Harrison, Tina Carter, and T.J. Carter and wife Casey all of Wetumka; his parents, Dale and Betty Hulstine of Wetumka; a sister Vickie Hulstine and husband David Laughrey of Tulsa; his father-in-law Bunny Lewis of Wetumka; a nephew Devin Medeiros of California; 18 grandchildren, Drake, Preston, Brent, Griffan, Kaelyn, Raymond, Joy and Milly Langer, Keanon, Grace, Kody, and Colee Giles, Sebastian, Bailey, Zachary (Budda), and Natalie (Sunshine) Williams, and Trey and Easton Carter; 1 great grandson Shooter Kade Giles, and one great grandchild on the way.

Services will be Friday, January 9, at 2:00 P.M. at the Wetumka Assembly of God Church with Rev. Curt Bellinger, pastor, and Rev. Bo Gibbs officiating. Pallbearers will be Emmitt Leftwich, Eddie Williams, Thomas Giles, Hartsell Brinlee, Jimmy Basquez, and Ricky Griggs. Interment will be in the Wetumka Cemetery under the direction of Williamson-Spradlin Funeral Home.


Richard Randall

Richard Randall was born July 14, 1930 in Okemah, Oklahoma to Sandy and Hettie (Fields) Randall and passed from this life January 1, 2015 in Okemah at the age of 83.

Mr. Randall was raised south of Okemah. He was educated at the Lone Star School, Euchee Indian Boarding School, and later Okmulgee State Tech. As a young man he married Agnes Lewis and they made their home in the Okemah, Weleetka, and Henryetta areas. He entered the United States where honorably served his country during two tours of duty. Following his discharge he relocated to Oklahoma City for a short time before returning to Okfuskee County. He had worked for several years as a heavy equipment operator for Indian Health Services. His wife Agnes preceded him in death in October 2008. Three sons, John, Sandy, and Allen, and two grandchildren also died earlier.

Survivors include: 7 children, Virginia Micco Plenge of Tulsa, Kogee Randall of IXL, Hanna Thorton of Okmulgee, Wesley Randall, Mickey Randall and wife Michelle, James Randall, and Jeanetta Randall all of Okemah and Steven Randall of Madill; a half sister Letha Randall of Weleetka; a great uncle Joe Fish of Wellston; 17 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, along with several other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services will be Thursday, January 8, at 2:00 p.m. at the Creek Chapel Church near Clearview with Rev. Edwin Jimboy and Rev. Malcolm Tiger officiating. Men of the church will serve as pallbearers. Interment will be in the Creek Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Williamson-Spradlin Funeral Home of Wetumka and Weleetka.


Amelia Lois Shannon

Amelia Lois Shannon was born February 18, 1964 in Sapulpa, Oklahoma to Lloyd Shannon and Christine Fox Shannon and passed away December 20, 2014 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at the age of 50.

She graduated Mason High School and was a Registered LPN. She is preceded in death by her father Elsie Lloyd Shannon one brother Rickey Lloyd Shannon, Grandparents Lee and Ida Shannon, Cleve and Lois Fox.

Survivors include her Mother Christine Shannon of Mason; three sons, Cody Sayers and Wife of Oklahoma City, Dillon Magness and Zackery Taylor of Mason. One sister, Connie Rogers and husband Galen, niece Faith of Welty, One nephew, Leif Shannon and wife Lakin and baby Timber.

A short memorial service will be held a Welty Cemetery, Saturday January 10, 2015 at 2 p.m. Rev. Chris Shaffer officiating.


Ronald John Strianese

 

Ronald John Strianese was born on April 8, 1944, in Buffalo, New York, and departed this life on Thursday, January 1, 2015, in Okemah, Oklahoma, at the age of 70.

Ron, the son of J.R. and Marie (Pinto) Strianese, was a resident of Okemah.  He married Deanna Winburn on January 30, 1967.  Ron was of the Catholic faith.  He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force and worked as a Radiology Tech for 34 years in Okemah, Okmulgee, Henryetta, Biloxi, Fayetteville, Chicago, Lubbock and Oklahoma City.  Ron loved bass fishing, both competitively and hosting tournaments.

His parents preceded Ron in death.

Survivors include: Wife of almost 48 years:

Deanna Strianese of the home, Sons: John Strianese of Okemah, James Strianese of Okemahand Jeff Strianese of Okemah, Sister: Penny Hensel ofPahrump, Nevada, six Grandchildren, three Great-grandchildren. 

Services are private.

Arrangements by Parks Brothers Funeral Service in Prague.

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

 Please visit www.ParksBrothers.net


Rose Marilyn Gorr

Rose joined Heaven’s angels on Jan 5, 2015. She was born Dec 15, 1928 in Okemah, OK to her parents, Granvell Edward & Kathleen Clowers. Rose attended Oklahoma University & then graduated from SWOSU with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education. On Apr 9, 1966, Rose married her sweetheart, G. Larry Gorr and this union of marriage was blessed with 4 children.  Rose was an artist, author, musician, historian, dreamer and matriarch. She taught all the beauty of play & the power of imagination. Preceded in death by her parents, husband, Larry; brother, Paul Clowers & wife, Mabel. She leaves cherished memories with her loving children: Patsy Shepherd, Kathy Shellenberg & husband Wayne, Gwynn Lumpkin & husband Kim, Julie Arnold & husband Ken; 14 Grandchildren: Kerry Knisley, Casey Shepherd, Rose Ann Holzman, Robert Robbins, Jeremy, David & Kevin Elbert, Christopher & Johnathon George, Beth Pryor, Maggie Minor & Ginny Meuser, Valerie Mize & Vanessa Lumpkin; 22 Great Grandchildren; and 1 great-great grandchild. She was “Mama Rose” to all of them; and nephew, Dennis Clowers & wife, Susie.  Viewing will be at Vondel Smith Mortuary. S. Western from 4-8 PM Wednesday & Thursday with the family greeting friends from 6-8 PM Thursday. Services to celebrate her life will be held 10:00 AM Friday, Jan 9, 2015 at South Colonial Chapel with burial following at 2:00 PM at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah, OK. Friends may leave condolences for the family at vondelsmithmortuary.com. Services are under the direction of Vondel L. Smith & Son Mortuary, 6934 S. Western Ave, OKC, OK 73139.


Freda Faye Cates

Freda Faye Cates, age 85, longtime resident of Coweta, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday morning, Jan. 3, 2015 at Broken Arrow Nursing Home in Broken Arrow, OK.  She was born on Feb. 26, 1929 to John F. and Spray (Waters) Barnhart in Okemah, OK.  For the first eight grades of school she attended Frentress, which was a small school about two miles from her home.  She graduated from Okemah High School in 1947.  Freda and Gene Cates were married on May 17, 1947 in the Nazarene Church in Okemah, OK.  She was a homemaker and faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Coweta.  She enjoyed watching sports and loved reading.  Freda was preceded in death by her parents, 1 son, Larry Eugene Cates, 5 sisters, May Smithee, Gladys Barnhart, Vera Belcher, Velma Ogren and Mildred Karsten, 6 brothers, Lloyd Barnhart, Carl Barnhart, Everett Barnhart, Lorin Barnhart, Leonard Barnhart and Bertrand Barnhart.  Freda is survived by her husband of 67 years, Gene Cates of the home in Coweta, OK; 1 daughter, Carole Carter and husband, Phil, of Coweta, OK; 1 daughter-in-law, Cecilia Cates of Coweta, OK; 4 grandchildren, Shane Carter, Kimberly Soloman, Christina Hampton and Cassandra Cates; 10 great grandchildren, Courtney, Madeline, Chloe, Anna, Jacob, Sarah, Nolan, Avery, Van and Sonny James; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Viewing will be from 9 AM - 8 PM on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 at the funeral home.  Funeral services celebrating Freda’s life will be at 10 AM on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 at the First Baptist Church in Coweta, OK with Rev. David Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery in Okemah, OK.  Honorary Pallbearers are James Murray, Gordon Burress, Vurnell Morgan, Carl Main, Richard Mason, Bill Hall and Jim Rogers.  You may view the obituary and send condolences to Freda’s family online @ www.brownfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family of Freda Faye Cates entrusted her care and services to Wright-Brown Family Funeral Home, 210 S. Broadway, Coweta, OK 74429, 918-486-5515.


Easton Little Bear

Funeral services for Easton Little Bear will be held Friday, January 2, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Little Family Cemetery.  Wake services will be held Thursday evening, January 1, 2015 at the Cromwell Indian Community.

Easton Little Bear was born May 7, 2013 in Bristow, Oklahoma to Keith Bear and Heather Little.  He passed away Sunday, December 28, 2014 in Okemah, Oklahoma at the age of 19 months.
Easton is preceded in death by his baby sister, Millienna Renee Bear; maternal grandpa, Harvey Little; and maternal great-great grandparents, Buster and Millie Little.
Survivors include his parents, Keith Bear and Heather Little of Okemah; one brother, Kaiden Bear of Okemah; two sisters, Nikki Bear and Kierra Bear both of Okemah; aunts, Emmillie and Cheyan Cruz; uncles, Mason and Michael Cruz; grandparents, Larry and Cynthia L’ecuyer and a host of other aunts, uncles and extended family members.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Wayne Harjo.

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



Larry James Pederson

Funeral services for Larry James Pederson will be Friday, January 2, 2015 at 10:00 AM at the Cromwell First Baptist Church.  Interment will follow at the Little Cemetery in Little, Oklahoma.

Larry James Pederson was born December 26, 1923 in Checotah, Oklahoma to John Neils Pederson and Gertrude Babe (Cole) Pederson.  He passed away Monday, December 29, 2014 in Shawnee, Oklahoma at the age of 91.
Mr. Pederson was a longtime resident of Cromwell, Oklahoma.  He and Ruby Jean Pederson were married April 3, 1944 in Cordell, Oklahoma; she later preceded him in death August 21, 2005.  Mr. Pederson served his country with the United States Air Force and worked many years in oilfields and as a rancher.  He was also a member and past Sunday school teacher at the Cromwell First Baptist Church.
Also preceding him in death were is parents.
Survivors include his son, Roy Pederson and wife Diane of Cromwell; his daughter, Tanya Wood of Cromwell; four grandchildren, Roy Pederson, Jr., Rebecca Denise Reed, Paul Milner, III and wife Ashley and Larry Milner and seven great-grandchildren, Rebecca Paige Pederson, Britney Nicole Reed, Blake Paxton Story, Teresa Reed, Ryan Jackson, Jacob Milner and Cayden Milner.

Serving as active pallbearers will be Todd Vaught, Johnny Wood, Logan Dunmire, Paul Milner III, Larry Milner and Paul Milner, Jr.

Honorary bearers include:  Kevin Crook, Lloyd Sanders, Clarence Romines, Dr. Ronald Sutor, Dick Wood, Chris Baker, Roy Pederson Jr. and Dale Sanders.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Lynn Jones.

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



Cristy Deann Coplin

Funeral services for Cristy Deann Coplin will be held Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 10:00 AM at the First Baptist Church in Okemah.  Interment will follow at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah.

Cristy Deann Coplin was born March 3, 1966 in Panama to Alton W. Franks and Loretta (Hawkins) Franks McClain.  She passed away Sunday, December 28, 2014 in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of 48.
Cristy was a 1984 graduate of Moore High School and later received her degree in early childhood education from East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma.  She worked as an elementary school teacher for many years; having started her career in education with Shawnee Schools and later taught at Okmulgee Schools and Boley.  She was currently employed at Oakes Elementary Schools in Okemah.  Cristy and Todd Coplin were married July 18, 1986.  Cristy enjoyed fishing and going to the lake.  She loved her animals, scrapbooking, shooting, arrowhead hunting and especially loved spending time with her children and family.  She was also a member and past Sunday school teacher at the First Baptist Church of Okemah.
She is preceded in death by her father, Alton W. Franks.
Survivors include her husband, Todd Coplin of Okemah; her three sons, Ethan, Blake and Nate Coplin of Okemah; her mother, Loretta (Hawkins) Franks McClain and husband Bill of Okemah; two brothers, Jim W. Franks and wife Brenda of Moore, Oklahoma and Paul Franks and wife Debbie of Okemah and two sisters, Marva Dudley and husband Terry of Moore and Carol Clark and husband Greg of Sherwood, Arkansas.
Serving as active pallbearers will be James Turner, Joe Turner, Steve Alcorn, Jeremy Strickland, Scott Robison and Anthony Landers.

Honorary bearers include Phil Hatcher, Willie Pigeon, Nick Lambeth and Keith Robertson.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Ledtkey McIntosh.

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


Bobbie Lou Vanzant

Funeral services for Bobbie Lou Vanzant will be held Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Gypsy Holiness Church.  Interment will follow at the Welty Cemetery.

Bobbie Lou Vanzant was born April 30, 1938 in Depew, Oklahoma to Clyde Youngblood and Zella (Yates) Youngblood.  She passed away Sunday, December 28, 2014 in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of 76.
Bobbie married Donald Vanzant July 15, 1956 in Bristow, Oklahoma.  She attended Gypsy Holiness church and enjoyed telling stories to grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Bobbie could keep the attention of a two year old.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Clyde and Zella Youngblood; one sister, Frankie Pitts and three grandsons, Troy Don Vanzant, D.J. Vanzant and Bobby Ron Vanzant. 

Survivors include her husband Don Vanvant of the home; one sister, Berta of Kemah, Texas; one brother Robert Youngblood of Missouri; five sons, Larry Vanzant, Gary Vanzant, Terry Vanzant, Steve Vanzant and Donny Vanzant and wife Tina; 19 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren.

Serving as active pallbearers will be Don Vanzant, T.J. Vanzant, Michael Gill, Mark Blyth, Calvin McDaniel and Adrian Wood.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Bro. Dustin McDaniel and Bro. Larry Wood.

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


Wanda (Jo Bob) Logan 

Wanda (Jo Bob) Logan was born January 7, 1926 in Weleetka, Oklahoma to Jim Burden and Lula Minyard Burden and passed from this life December 24, 2014 in Henryetta at the age of 88.Jo Bob was raised in Weleetka and attended Weleetka School. In October 1945 she was married to Vester (Blackie) Logan. They made their home in Wetumka for a short time before relocating to Parker, Arizona where they made their home for several years. In 1968 they moved to Wetumka. She briefly resided in a few other Oklahoma communities but Wetumka was always her home. She had worked as a cook for a local nursing facility and had also operated a daycare in Wetumka. Blackie preceded her in death on September 1, 1999. A grandson Utah Johnson, a great granddaughter Shyla Rupe, and six siblings also died earlier.She loved sewing and gardening, whether it be growing tomatoes or roses. Many local people remember her well-kept and beautifully decorated yard.

Survivors include: 7 children, Carolyn Caballero and husband Manuel of Okemah, twin children Mary Ellen Johnson and husband Drew and David Logan and wife Paula of Wetumka, Randy Logan and wife Melissa of Woodward, Louanne Ray and husband Burke of Wetumka, Robert Logan and wife Connie of Wetumka, and Donna Marie Hutcherson and husband Donnie of Memphis, TN; 2 sisters, Lottie Quinones and Viola Mae (Pet) Phipps of Texas; 18 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, 6 great great grandchildren, along with several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services will be Monday, December 29 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Wetumka with Rev. Claude Butler, pastor, officiating. Her grandsons Timmy Logan, Johnny Johnson, Donny Ray, Corey Logan, Manuel Caballero, Jr., and Ryan Logan will serve as pallbearers. Honorary bearers will be Anthony Logan, Mason Hutcherson, Sonny Caballero, and Logan Meeks. Interment will be in the Wetumka Cemetery under the direction of Williamson-Spradlin Funeral Home.



Angela Rowan

Angela Rowan was born March 14, 1976 in Ponca City, Oklahoma to Glen Edward and Hazel (Landers) Rowan. She passed away December 19, 2014 at her home in Welty at the age of 38.

Angela graduated from Mason High School in 1994. She worked as a nurse’s aide at Colonial Park Nursing Home in Okemah and also at the Rainbow Nursing Home in Bristow. She started working at Wal-Mart in Bristow in 2000 and was currently employed there. Angela enjoyed reading, working puzzles, spending time with her family and her dogs, Rocky and Spike.

Survivors include her parents, Glen Edward Rowan and Hazel (Landers) Rowan of Welty; one brother, Timothy Rowan of Welty; one nephew, Braiden; one niece, Taiylor and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
All arrangements were handled by Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah, Oklahoma.

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



 Rachael Ann Severs

Funeral services for Rachel Ann Severs will be held Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the High Spring Baptist Church south of Okemah.  Interment will follow at the High Spring Cemetery in Okemah.  Wake services will be Friday, December 12th at 7:00 PM at the High Spring Church.

Rachael Ann Severs was born August 11, 1972 in Okemah, Oklahoma to Junior Severs and Lizzie (Chotkey) Severs.  She passed away Tuesday, December 9, 2014 in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of 42.
Rachael had been a resident of the Okemah area most all of her life.  She enjoyed reading her bible, cooking for her children, going to yard sales with her mother and watching her kids play basketball.  Family was very important to her.  She enjoyed helping her family with whatever they needed and especially loved spending time with her grandchild, Raven.  Rachael was also a talented writer and poet.

She is preceded in death by her son, Darrin Severs.

Survivors include her parents, Junior and Lizzie Severs of Okemah; four sons, Kyle Severs of Wewoka, Lincoln Newton, Jr. of Okemah, Seth Newton of Miami, Oklahoma and Stoney Newton of Okemah; two daughters, Precious Severs of Okemah and Donnita Severs of Bristow; one brother, Robert Severs of Okemah; two sisters, Augustine Butler of Tulsa and Nancy Severs of Oklahoma City; 11 grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends who she loved very much.

Serving as active pallbearers will be Ramsey Butler, Isom Chotkey, Chauncey Severs, Terrell Wright, Jr., Doniel Gaines, Jeremy Baker and Anthony Cargil.

Honorary bearers include Tommy Frank, Hanson Hicks and Vcenv Bowers.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Jesse Wind and Rev. Jeff Phillips.

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


Senior Chief Master Sgt. Howard Thomas Baldwin

Services for Howard Thomas Baldwin will be held December 18, 2014 at 1:00 PM at the Living Water Church in Wetumka, Oklahoma with Bro. Mike Winters officiating.

Howard Thomas Baldwin was born June 29, 1934 in Yeager, Oklahoma.  He passed away Tuesday, December 9, 2014 in Okemah, Oklahoma at the age of 80.
Mr. Baldwin was a longtime resident of Wetumka having been a 1954 graduate of Wetumka High School.  He and Wanda Blalock were married July 16, 1955 in Charleston, South Carolina; she later preceded him in death June 28, 2001.  Mr. Baldwin is a retired Senior Chief Master Sergeant with the United States Air Force.  He retired after 28 years of service having served during the Korean and Vietnam Wars.  He enjoyed spending time with his family and listening to country music. He was an avid University of Oklahoma fan and was involved with the Masons and Shriners.
Also preceding him in death was his mother; one grandson, Wayne Alen Hudson; one son in law, Larry Trout and one sister, Madene Byrd.

He is survived by two daughters, Cheryl E. Worden of Okemah and Joy Trout of Checotah; two brothers, Larry Baldwin and wife Robbie of Texas and Earnest Young and wife Sue of Owasso, Oklahoma; three sisters, Janet Maldia and husband Earnest of Lubbock, Texas, Janey Crelia and husband Bob of Catoosa, Oklahoma and June Stufflebean and husband Les of Jenks, Oklahoma; five grandchildren, Michele Crawley, Randy Hudson, Justin Trout, Stephanie Trout and Austin Trout.  He is also survived many dear friends and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah.

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


Tony Mitchell, Jr.

Funeral services for Tony Mitchell, Jr. will be held Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 3:00 PM at the Hannah Community Center. Wake services will be held Wednesday at 7:00 PM at the Hannah Community Center. Interment will follow at the Mitchell Family Cemetery west of Hannah.

Tony Mitchell, Jr. was born July 12, 1965 in Wetumka, Oklahoma to Tony Mitchell, Sr. and Cilla Mae (Harjo) Mitchell. He passed away Wednesday, December 3, 2014 in Los Angeles, California at the age of 49. 

Tony is preceded in death by his parents and four brothers.

Survivors include his two brothers, Danny Mitchell of Seminole and Johnny Mitchell of Hartshorne, Oklahoma; and two sisters, Judith Garza of Shawnee and Tana Clark of Ada, Oklahoma.

Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Charles Ray Mitchell and Rev. Tim Lowe.

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



Vera E. Hannum


Services for Vera E. Hannum will be 10:00a.m. Today, Dec. 9, 2014 at the Little Chapel of the Roses, with Pastor Sam Woods officiating.  She will be laid to rest at Resthaven Memory Gardens.  Vera went home peacefully December 6, 2014.  She was born Sept. 10, 1930 in Okemah.  After she married Don Hannum she and her son Kent moved from Okemah to Oklahoma City, where their daughter Lisa “Hannum” Gaile was born.  With Don’s career as a truck driver, he and Vera formed the club “Retirees of Transcon”.  She faithfully worked not only for her job, but also the church and for her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Don; son, Kent; brother, Paul; and sister, Gloria “Tutty”.

Vera is survived by her daughter, Lisa (James); sisters, Wilma, Aliene and Midge; daughter-in-law Gayle; as well as other family and friends.  She was loved by all and will be dearly missed.  The family would like to thank Meadow Lake Estates and Excel Hospice for their loving care of Vera.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Resthaven Funeral Home and Memory Gardens, www.resthavenokc.com.



Lyndol Ray Story


He was born to Doyle and Rhetta Story on September 8th, 1946 in Okemah, Oklahoma. 

Lyndol Ray Story, 68, passed from this life on December 6th, 2014 in Sapulpa, Oklahoma.

Lyndol graduated from Okemah High School in 1964. He served in the Army National Guard in 1966.  He was employed by Southwestern Bell, Oklahoma Natural Gas, and Sun Oil.  Lyndol enjoyed being outdoors, hunting, fishing, and being with his friends and family.  He also enjoyed listening to southern gospel and country western music

Lyndol was preceded in death by his parents Doyle and Rhetta Story, his nephew Michael Eldon Story and his granddaughter Heaven Rae Story.  He is survived by his three daughters Lesley Morales, Monica Story, Amanda Story and their mother Betty Story Pirtle, two brothers Jimmie and Dennis Story, eight grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.  Lyndol also had many nieces and nephews and numerous friends.

 


Funeral Services will be 1:00pm Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at The Harvest Church1601 W. 4th Street in Sand Springs. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Smith Funeral Home 1208 South Main Street in Sapulpa.





Eugene Waldon

Funeral services for Eugene Waldon will be held Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 10:00 AM at the Montesoma Indian Baptist Church in Okemah, Oklahoma.  Interment will follow at the Montesoma Cemetery.  Wake services will be held Friday evening at 7:00 PM at the Montesoma Baptist Church.

Eugene Waldon, 81, passed away on December 2, 2014 in Dallas, Texas.  He was born to Roy and Emma Lewis Waldon on June 19, 1933 at Butler Creek Baptist Church in Oktaha, Oklahoma.

Gene attended Euchee Boarding School, then Chilocco Indian School, after which he served in the U.S. Army from 1953-56.  He married Florence King on March 6, 1959.  Together they had three children:  Rhonda, Annette and Carolyn; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He accepted Christ as his savior on May 31, 1964 at the First Southern Indian Baptist Mission in Bell Gardens, California and was baptized by Reverend Emmit Saraseno.  At First Southern Indian Baptist Mission he served as director of Sunday School and of the Baptist Training Union.  Upon returning to Oklahoma; he joined Montesoma Indian Baptist Church at which he served as Brotherhood Director, a youth Sunday School teacher and also went on mission trips.  In Dallas, Texas, Gene worked for Texas instruments; retiring after twenty years.

Gene is remembered by his loved ones as a cheerful, easy-going man who loved sports and spending time with his family.  He will be missed dearly by those who knew him.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Jimmy Anderson.

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


Jessie Evelyn Kenneda

Graveside services for Jessie Evelyn Kenneda will be held Friday, December 5, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Morse Cemetery in Okemah.

Jessie Evelyn Kenneda was born August 31, 1924 in rural Okfuskee County to Jess Connell and Ida Mae (Burleson) Connell.  She passed away Tuesday, December 2, 2014 in Okemah at the age of 90.
Mrs. Kenneda had been a resident of the Okemah area all of her life.  She and Earl L. Kenneda were married December 26, 1946 in Okemah and he preceded her in death July 11, 2002.  Mrs. Kenneda worked for years in cafes in Okemah and was a loving housewife.
Also preceding her in death were her parents; one sister, Frances Garner; one brother, Lonnie Connell and one grandson, Robert Kenneda.
Survivors include her two sons, Robert “Catfish” Kenneda and wife Dawn of Okemah and Randy J. “Boomer” Kenneda of Okemah; one daughter, Linda C. Graham of Okemah; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Lloyd Raimer.

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




Joe Dean Nichols


Joe Dean Nichols passed away Tuesday, October 21, 2014, in Ft. Worth, TX.

A Memorial Service was held on October 27, 2014 at Genesis United Methodist Church, Ft. Worth, TX. Graveside service will be held at Highland Cemetery, Okemah, OK, 1:00pm, November 15, 2014.

Joe was born July 14, 1931 in Skiatook, OK. His parents were Roy Fred Nichols and Julia Weaver Nichols. When Joe was in the second grade, the family moved to Okemah. Joe attended Okemah Schools, graduated and joined the Army. Upon discharge from the Army, he enrolled at Oklahoma State University. He was awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1955. He married Mary Jenoese Grissom in 1955 and the following year was awarded the Master of Science Degree.

He was hired by the Soil Conservation Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and worked as a field soil scientist, a county party leader, and state soil correlator in Oklahoma and state soil scientist in Colorado.

A promotion in 1971 brought him to Ft. Worth as an assistant principal soil correlator for the Southern states. Another promotion in 1976 moved him into the position of principal soil correlator and head of the soils staff. He held this position until his retirement in 1993.

An accomplished writer, Joe had 3 papers and book chapters in print and was cited for making a major contribution to the chapter in “Soil Taxonomy on Desert Soils”.

Retirement did not mean idleness for Joe. He was an adjunct professor at Texas Christian University and worked part time for Texas A&M University as well. He participated in the Soil Conservation Retirement Group and the Texas Archeology Society. He served on the Genesis United Methodist Church Council, Board of Trustees, and as President of Methodist Men. His artistic skills won him awards at the Texas State Fair for his woodcarvings.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Mary Nichols.

Survivors: Daughter, Lynn Nichols, Boston, MA; brother, Bobby Nichols (Melvalene), of Okemah, OK, nephews, Brett Nichols of Okemah, OK; Rex Nichols of Tulsa, OK; Brian Grissom of Choctaw, OK; Steve Grissom of Shawnee, OK; and nieces, Anita Nichols of Collinsville, OK; Cindy Lacina of Tulsa, OK.   




Nancy Sue Golden

Memorial Services for Nancy Sue Golden will be held Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 1:00 PM at the First Baptist Church with Shannon Humphrey officiating.

Nancy Sue Golden was born December 10, 1952 in Dumas, Texas to Bert Allen and Dealey (Turner) Allen. She passed away Wednesday, October 29, 2014 in Oklahoma City at the age of 61. 

Mrs. Golden was a longtime resident of the Okemah area and was a 1971 graduate of Weleetka High School. After graduation she married her high school sweetheart, Sanford Golden. They had four children, Paul, Tracey, Stephanie and Dawn. She worked as a Correction Lieutenant for many years. She loved spending time with her kids and grandkids, going to the casino and playing bingo. She was an avid sports fan and loved supporting the Okemah School sports.
She is preceded in death by her parents; four Brothers, Edward Allen, David Daniel Allen, Jackie Wayne Allen and Charles Allen: five sisters, Mae Calvin, Becky Richardson, Joyce Tabor, Shirley Case, and Brenda Jean McDow.

Survivors include her son, Paul Golden and wife Karen of Okemah; three daughters, Tracey Humphrey and husband Shannon, Stephanie Sims and husband Josef, Dawn Berry and husband Antwoin all of Okemah; 13 grandchildren, Michael, Dean, Cameron, Maegan, Andre, Kenna, Chelsea, Breanna, Aerial, Gabe, Jaraett, Brett, and Ashton; one sister, Betty Moon of Okemah; lifelong friends; Penny Sexton and Ken and Becky Williamson; and a host of dear friends and extended family.

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

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

 



 Joyce J. Marsh

 

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

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

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

 Survivors include:

 Daughter

Jennifer E. Baird of Shawnee

 Father of her daughter

Phillip Marsh of Prague

 Granddaughter

Samantha Baird of Shawnee

 Brother and sister-in-law

George and Diane Jepsen, III of Shawnee

 Sister and brother-in-law

Jane and Alan Martin of Prague

 Nephew

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

 Niece

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

 

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

 

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Chapman “Chitto” Hill

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

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

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

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


Frankie Lee (Strain) Yadon


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Velma C. Miller 


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


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

 

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


Loyd Dean "Red" Nichols

 

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Harvey Lee Haddox

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Carl Willard Tilton, Sr.

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

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

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

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

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



Raymond Joe Taylor

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Rev. Otto L. Goins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




Alexis “Lexii” Nicole White-Wilson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
Janice Marie Nail

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

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

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


Elgerene Moore

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

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

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


George Rudolph “Rudy” Bertges

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Roy Bear


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

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

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



Bruce Wayne Bailey


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

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

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

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

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

Friends may send their condolences to www.jacksonfhandcrematory.com



Pauline Maggie Kidwell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Homer Hawkins, Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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




Rose M. Nickle

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

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

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

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

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

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



Ima Jo Myers

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Charlyne Oliver

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

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

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

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


Bobby Eugene Jackson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

Peggy Jean (Strain) Cline

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



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


Vicki “Shar” Sharon Fitschen

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

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

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

Online tributes may be made at www.ockerputmanfuneralhome.com






Jesse Robert Wilson

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

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

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

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

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






Dora Irons Brewer

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

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

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

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






JAMES L. ARMSTRONG

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


Grant Vincent Berry

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

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

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

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

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.


John James Harjo

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

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

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

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

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





Jean Choate

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






Joyce J. Marsh

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Helen JoAnn Dearman

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

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

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

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

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

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

Honorary pallbearer will be Rosa Lee Mahan.

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

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



Edna Marie Earnest


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



OBITUARY:  

Vernie M. Jordan

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Steven Wayne Cross

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

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

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



Tiffany Carol Williams


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

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

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

Private family services will be held.

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




Cuma Brock Vaughan


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

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

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