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Obituaries

Francis Joan Brown
Funeral services for Francis Joan Brown will be held Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at the Sand Creek Cemetery in Okemah.
Francis Joan Brown was born Jan. 23, 1933 in Shawnee, Okla. to Jesse Earby Wright and Rosa Lee (Owens) Wright. She passed away Sunday, July 17, 2016 in Prague, Okla. at the age of 83.
Francis was a loving homemaker and longtime member of the Church of Christ in Prague. She and Donald C. Brown Married on May 21, 1951 in Okmulgee, Okla. Francis was employed with Butner Schools for 20 years and enjoyed cooking, gardening and canning. She also enjoyed embroidery, sewing and shopping with her grandkids.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Jesse Calvin Wright.
Survivors include her husband; Donald C. Brown of the home; one son, Jimmy Don Brown and wife Kathy of Prague: two daughters, Nancy Rosann Crockett and husband Jim of Henryetta, Okla., Karen Raelene Childress and husband Mark of Seminole, Okla.; two sisters, Ruby McMahan Wright of Las Cruces, N.M., and Mary Elizabeth Graves and husband Bob of Stuart, Fla., and two grandchildren, Nathan and Kaitlin Childress of Seminole, Okla.
Serving as active pallbearers will be Jim Crockett, Mark Childress, Nathan Childress, Brian Henson, Trey Caldwell and Ray Meeks.
Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Tim Atkins.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah, Oklahoma and officiated by Bro. Lonnie Hutton.



Judy Sparks
Judy Jimelene Wells Sparks age 73 of Delaware, Ark. died Saturday, July 9, 2016 at Baptist Health in Little Rock. She was born June 16, 1943 at Evansville, Ind. to the late Lloyd Wells and Lorene Seletha Swinford. She loved reading, fishing and watching basketball, but most of all she loved coloring and playing cards with grandkids. She was preceded in death by her father, Lloyd Wells; mother and stepfather, Lorene Swinford and Henry Joe John Sr; one son, Michael William Harris and one great grandson, Zachary Wilburn.
Survivors include her husband, Troy Sparks of Delaware, Ark.; three children, Denise Johnson (Alan) of Dardanelle, Stephen Harris (Bonnie) of Oklahoma, Dee Watkins (Charley) of Ola, Ark.; two stepchildren, Marsha Pratt (Mark) of Clarksville, Ark; Tonya Hettel (Glen) of Clarksville, Ark.; two brothers, Henry John Jr. (Patsy) of Austin, David John (Mary) of Oklahoma; one sister, Marilyn Graham of Oklahoma and lots of grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at Bethel Worship Center with Pastor Eva Houston officiating. Burial followed at Dacus Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Jesse Hopkins, Walter Adney, Brian Roina, Kayo Johnson, Eric Johnson, Lance Johnson, Shawn Johnson, Charley Watkins, Seth Jones.
Arrangements were by Cornwell Funeral Home in Dardanelle, Ark. Online guest book and condolences at www.cornwellfuneralhomes.com



William “Bill” Campbell
Funeral services for William “Bill” Campbell were held Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah. Interment followed at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah.
William Campbell was born Jan. 9, 1929 in Bearden, Okla. to Alph and Rabie (Brumfield) Campbell.  He passed away Tuesday, July 5, 2016 in Tulsa, Okla. at the age of 87.
Mr. Campbell was a 1947 Bearden High School Graduate and a resident of the Okfuskee County area most all of his life. He and Minnie Rhea were married Nov. 20, 1948 in Okemah. Mr. Campbell retired from Oklahoma Natural Gas and enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and spending time at his cabin on Okemah Lake.  He was also very involved in different Okemah organizations including the Kiwanis Club and the Chamber of Commerce.
He is preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Velva Fullbright; one brother, Wayland Campbell and one great-grandson, Cross William Davis.
He is survived by his wife, Minnie Campbell of Okemah; one son, Dal Campbell and wife Lynn of Oklahoma City; one daughter, Maeva Folsom of Okemah; four grandchildren, Garrett Davis and wife Lyndie of Muskogee, Dal W. Campbell and wife Amy of Oklahoma City, Tom Davis and wife Justice of Oklahoma City and Cory Campbell of Oklahoma City and seven great-grandchildren.
Serving as active pallbearers were Garrett Davis, Dal W. Campbell, Tom Davis, Cory Campbell, Kyle Richey and Cody Campbell.
Honorary pallbearer was Trevor Kelly.
Services were under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Pastor Starland Davis.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.



Susan Webb
Susan Elizabeth Webb, 61, passed away on June 27, 2016 in Irving Texas. She was born to Willima K. and Mary Helen (Spickard) Ratliff in Newport, RI on June 21, 1955. Susan grew up in Okemah and graduated from Okemah High School in 1973. She was a loving wife and mother, and led a wonderful life spending much time participating in activities with her family. She was active in Boy Scouts, achieving her Woodbadge while both sons earned the rank of Eagle Scout. She exercised her skill in various arts and crafts while participating in Medieval Reenactments through Explorer Scouts and Empire of Chivalry and Steel. She loved attending Irish and German festivals, and exploring beautiful and fun locations, never declining the opportunity to conquer a mountain trail.
She is survived by two sons, William J. and Charles D. Webb, and two grandson, Riley and Price Webb, all of Denton, Texas. Also surviving her are sisters, Sally Alasin with husband Ron, Molly Reeves with husband Ron, and Peggy Wedel with husband Steve, as well as numerous nephews, a niece, and grandnephews. Preceding her in death are her husband, Charles Milton Webb, and sister Marchia Fesmire.
She will be missed but never forgotten.
A memorial service will be held July 30, at 11 a.m. at Denton Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Denton, Texas. Online condolences may be left at www.dentonfuneralhome.net.



James Asbury Waddell, Jr.
Funeral services for James Asbury Waddell, Jr. will be held Friday, July 8, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah. Interment will follow at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah.
James Asbury Waddell, Jr. was born June 12, 1922 in Leetonia, Ohio to James A. Waddell Sr. and Effie (Hinds) Waddell. He passed away Monday, July 4, 2016 in Muskogee, Okla. at the age of 94.
Mr. Waddell worked as a welder. He also enjoyed farming, ranching and fishing. He served his country with the United States Airforce; having served overseas in both World War II and the Korean War.  On June 7, 1996 in Eureka Springs, Ark., he and Judy Ennis were married.  
Preceding him in death were his parents; his first wife, Lavada Kay Waddell; two daughters, Carolyn Guinn and Jeannie Riley and one son, James Waddell, III.
Survivors include his wife, Judy Waddell of Wetumka, Okla.; two sons, L.G. Lowery and wife Patty of Stillwater, Okla. and Troy Waddell and wife Margie of Amarillo, Texas; three daughters, Jane Terrell and husband Jimmy of Cookson, Okla., Sharon Thompson of Park Hill, Okla., Patty Newberry of Paden, Okla. and Barbara Ann of Allen, Texas; four step-daughters, Juline Foutch and husband Don of Missouri, Janell Minor and husband Tom of Texas, Janice O’Brien and husband Ed of California and Rhonda Vaughn and husband Tom of California; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Serving as active pallbearers will be Bill Laycock, Gary Ramsey, Larry Fisher, Jerry Page, Sr., Walter Dearman and Gene Fuller.
Honorary bearers include Ben Haynes, Charles Stuckey and Bobby Aultman.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and Sis. Marilyn Carson.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.



Irene Thompson
Services for Irene Thompson will be held Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Faith Baptist Church in Dustin, Okla. Interment will follow at the Proctor Family Cemetery near Dustin. Wake services will be held Friday, June 24, at 7 p.m. at the Faith Baptist Church in Dustin.
Irene Thompson was born April 14, 1939 in Hannah, Okla. to Willie Proctor and Fannie (Tiger) Proctor. She passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2016 in Tulsa, Okla. at the age of 77.
Mrs. Thompson had been a resident of the Okemah area since 1993. She worked as a seamstress and was a member of the Hulubby Church near Hannah. Mrs. Thompson enjoyed sewing, playing pool and attending stomp dances.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her two husbands, Lewis Harjo and Russell Thompson; and two brothers, Sandy Proctor and Willie Proctor, Jr.
She is survived by her five sons, Legus Harjo of Okemah, Randy Lee Harjo and wife Robin of Del City, Okla., Ron Harjo and wife Erma Roxie of Oklahoma City, Lewis Harjo, Jr. of Okemah, and Jerry Don Harjo and wife Nancy of Del City; two daughters, Marlene Scott and husband David of Oklahoma City, and Melody Monica Robinson and husband Billy of Oklahoma City; one sister, Yanna Johnson of Dustin, Okla. and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.



Rosemary Darrough
Funeral services for Rosemary Darrough will be held Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 4 p.m. at the Boston Avenue United Methodist Church, Rose Chapel in Tulsa, Okla.  Graveside services will be held Saturday at the Memory Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Roswell, New Mexico.
Rosemary Darrough was born April 29, 1934 in Roswell, New Mexico to Dow and Wilma (Coppin) Busby. She passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at her son’s home south of Bristow, Okla. at the age 82.
Mrs. Darrough was a loving homemaker. She and Jack Darrough were married Aug. 12, 1951 in Dexter, New Mexico; he later preceded her in death, Dec. 22, 2015. Mrs. Darrough was a talented artist who enjoyed painting, knitting, sewing and working with ceramics.  She also enjoyed cooking and was a member of the Boston Avenue United Methodist Church of Tulsa since 1976.
Also preceding her in death were her parents.
Survivors include her two sons, Malcolm Darrough and wife Marilyn of Bristow, and Steven Darrough and wife Lillie of Tulsa; one daughter, Debra Ball and husband Michael of Broken Arrow, Okla.; two brothers, Dr. Leslie V. Busby of Alamogordo, New Mexico and Dr. Jim Busby and wife Angie of Corpus Christi, Texas; one sister, Wanda Ratcliffe and husband Roy of Conroe, Texas; 6 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and Rev. Dr. Bill Tankersley and Chaplain Henry Bartlett.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.



Billie Ruth Wilson
Funeral services for Billie Ruth Wilson Orr were held at Burnett Mission Holiness Church in Paden, Friday, June 10, at 2 p.m. Interment followed at Oakdale Cemetery in Paden. Services were under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Service.
Billie was born October 21, 1930 to Joseph Tom and Eva (Davis) Wilson in Macawber, Okla. She passed away Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at the age of 85.  She married the love of her life, Hardy Orr March 15, 1950 in Cushing, Okla. They were married 55 years before he went to prepare their place in Heaven in 2006.
Billie devoted her life to the service of others.  She worked at Parkland Manor for 36 years, before retiring at the age of 83.  She loved her old people and taught her family to dedicate their lives to the elderly and disabled.  She received a Governor’s commendation from Mary Fallin upon her retirement for her tireless dedication to others.  She missed her job and “her people” the rest of her life.
She was a dedicated member of the Burnett Mission Holiness Church in Paden for well over 50 years. She raised her children and grandchildren with a deep faith love for Jesus, and her belief that He will carry you through the hard times. It is that belief that sustains us now.
Billie always said her greatest achievement was her family and she leaves them now to carry on her legacy.
Billie was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Tom Jr. and Lloyd Wilson, sisters Hazel Willingham, Jane Case and Dorothy Wilson, and her husband Hardy Orr.
She is survived by her daughters, Diana Walkup of Tecumseh, and Darla Orr of Ada; granddaughters, Jamie Walkup of Tecumseh, Amy Walkup of Tuttle, and Destiny Smith of Ada; grandson Haden Sparks of Ada; great grandsons, Jalen Vorise and Ryker Smith; sisters-in-law, Lura Wilson of Okmulgee, Helen White of Stroud, and Pauline Orr of Paden; special family members Tommie and Sue Hinds, in life her special guardian angels, and the countless lives she touched everyday.
Services were under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Service, Prague.



Mabel A. “Rita” West
Funeral services for Mabel A. “Rita” West were held Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Buckeye Creek Baptist Church north of Okemah. Interment followed at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah.
Mabel A. West was born May 5, 1944 in Colorado to Charles Bowker and Olive (Gregory) Steitz. She passed away Thursday, May 26, 2016 in Bristow, Okla. at the age of 72.
Mrs. West was a loving mother who enjoyed playing cards, bingo and most of all spending time with her family. She and Ronnie West were married in 1982. Mrs. West was also a member of the Buckeye Creek Baptist Church of Okemah.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Donna Hill and Delores Bowker.
Survivors included her husband, Ronnie West of Oklahoma City; two sons, James Williams of Sapulpa, Okla., and Hank West and Corinne Travis of Bowling Green, Ky.; three daughters, Tina Harjo and husband Simmon of Okemah, Sheila West of Prague, Okla., and Tosha Hollis and husband Larry of Bristow; one brother, Ronnie Bowker and wife Marilyn of Texas; one sister, Judy Wyatt of Hutchinson, Kan.; eight grandchildren, Acee Harjo, Rayna Harjo, Grace West, Caleb “C.D.” Harjo, Crisha West, Makhan Harjo, Malaki Rodgers, Hank West and, (soon to be born), Brett West and one great-grandchild, Brileigh Harjo.
Serving as pallbearers were James Randall, James Hicks, Christopher Travis, William Roberts, Bonnie Fortune and Oscar Hicks.
Services were under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Wayne Harjo and assisted by Simmon Harjo.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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




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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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


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



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



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

 
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