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Richard Olen Liles

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


L.T. Case

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


Barbara June Kerns


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


Evert Paul Guinn


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


John R. Thomas


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


Rita Jean Flynn


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


Clara Allen


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


Joyce Hale


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


Johnnie Phillips

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


Ashley Habecker


Funeral services for Ashley Ann Habecker will be held Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 10:00 AM at the Skyview Baptist Church in Okemah.  Interment will follow at the Shamrock Cemetery.
Ashley Ann Habecker was born February 26, 1984 in Drumright, Oklahoma to Curtis Habecker and Ronda (Stottlemyer) Baker.  She passed away Tuesday, February 2, 2016 in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of 31.
Ashley worked as a hostess for the Studio 6 Hotel in Tulsa, Oklahoma and was very involved with N.A. of Tulsa.
She is preceded in death by one brother, Jeff Fraizer.
Survivors include her father, Curtis Habecker and wife Cathy of Okemah; her mother, Ronda Baker and husband Roger of Okemah; two sons, Brandon Wynn of Sapulpa and Bentley Habecker of Okemah; one daughter, Kalalee Wynn of Sapulpa; the children’s father, Brian Wynn; 9 brothers, Curtis Habecker, Jr. and wife Marie of Edmond, Oklahoma, Cody Habecker and wife Jessica of Okemah, Jason Fraizer and wife Carrie of Cleveland, Oklahoma, Josh Fraizer and wife Lindsey of Drumright, Jeremy Fraizer of Oregon, Colt Habecker of Okemah, David Baker of Okemah, Jeremy Baker of Okemah and Avery Baker of Okemah; 5 sisters, Catlyn Habecker of Okemah, Dorry Baker of Okemah, Katie Baker of Okemah, Amena Baker of Okemah and Johnna Baker of Okemah; grandparents, John and Doris Stottlemyer of Olive, Oklahoma, Velma Leighan of Oregon and Roy and Diane Pederson of Cromwell, Oklahoma.  She is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Serving as active pallbearers will be Cody Habecker, Curtis Habecker, Jeremy Baker, Colt Habecker, Jason Fraizer, Burris Cleveland and Josh Fraizer.
Honorary bearers include:  Jeremy Fraizer, David Baker, Avery Baker, Gabe Habecker and Conner Stacy.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. David Hamilton and assisted by Cody Habecker.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


Sharon Kay Tobey


Services are pending for Sharon Kay Tobey.
Sharon Kay Tobey was born February 2, 1950 in Okemah, Oklahoma to Oliver and Stella (Henshaw) Lancaster.  She passed away Wednesday, January 27, 2016 in Okemah at the age of 65.
Mrs. Tobey had been a resident of the Okemah area since 1997.  She worked many years as a cook for Oakes Elementary School and had worked as a CNA for the Colonial Park Nursing Home.  She and Roger Dale Tobey were married December 6, 1982 in Bakersfield, California; he later preceded her in death April 10, 2009.  Mrs. Tobey was a member of the Victory Christian Church of Okemah.  She was a devoted Christian who never gave up on faith.
Also preceding her in death were her parents and two brothers, Troy and Howard Eugene Lancaster.
Survivors include two brothers, Rick and Belinda Lancaster of Okemah and Larry and Tiny Lancaster of Bakersfield, California; one sister, Opal Young of Okemah; three grandchildren, C.J. Williams, Kevin Duford and Cassidy Williams and numerous nieces and nephews.
All arrangements were handled by Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah, Oklahoma.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.

Mary Allene Anderson

Mary allene (kenneda) anderson, age 87, passed away Sunday January 24, 2016, at the OSU Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Allene was born july 10, 1928, to William R. Kenneda and  Alice (Campbell) Kenneda, at Morse, Oklahoma. She attended  Morse grade school and Mason High School, graduating in 1946.  She was valedictorian of her class. After graduation she went  To bartlesville, Oklahoma, where she was hired by Phillips  Petroleum.
After marrying Frank Eugene Anderson in 1955, she moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, and was hired by: Kewanee Oil. She retired from the Chevron Oil company. She and Gene made their home in Owasso, Oklahoma where they spent the last 50 plus years.
Allene was preceded in death by her husband Frank e.”Gene” Anderson; parents Bill and Alice Kenneda, brother Paul; sisters Wilma Dobbs, Vera Hannum and Gloria Christian. She is survived by her sister Eva Joyce (Midge) Huston of Tulsa, Ok; her step-son Dale Anderson and wife Cindi, of Redlands, California; her nephew Bill Huston and wife Stephanie, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and other nephews and nieces.
Her services will be held january 28, 2016, at 1:00 pm, both at Dighton-Moore Funeral Service chapel in Owasso, Oklahoma, interment to follow at Fairview Cemetery, Owasso, Oklahoma.

Frances Red Elk


Frances Eileen Ray Red Elk, 75, of Anadarko, Okla. passed away on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 at her home. She was born Oct. 17, 1940 in Pawnee, Okla. to Juanita and W.S. Ray of Okemah. She married Ronald Red Elk on Oct. 31, 1961.
She is survived by her husband Ronald Red Elk of Anadarko and her four daughters, Rhonda Freie of Anadarko, Lisa Moser of Anadarko, and Kayleen and Eddie Tecumseh of Grandview, Mo., Tuetsi the Chihuahua; seven grandchildren, Steven and wife Emily Freie, Staci Freie, Shelby Red Elk and wife Valland Sage, Kellie and Brendan Moser, and Kayla and Kayce Tecumseh; twelve great grandchildren; one sister Billie Pilgram of Beardan, Okla., and many nieces and nephews.
Frances is preceded in death by her parents Juanita Rachel Dunson Ray and William Shelby Ray and her son Michael Ray Red Elk.
Frances was a long time resident of Anadarko. She worked for the Anadarko Public Schools in which she retired from in 2001.
She competed in bowling events for many years and was an active golfer.  She loved to spend time working in her flower beds and feeding her birds. Her greatest joy came from following her grandchildren to all their sporting events. It also brought her great happiness to watch and listen to her great grandchildren play and tell their stories.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at the First Baptist Church of Anadarko. Interment followed in the Walters Cemetery, Walters, Okla. under the direction of Ray & Martha’s Funeral Home, Anadarko. The service was officiated by Pastor Lynn Bellamy.
The family requests donations be made to Anadarko Public Schools Foundation.
Casketbearers were Brendan Moser, Steven Freie, Shelby Red Elk, Lance Red Elk, William Nelson, G.G. Red Elk.
Honorary Casketbearers were Gene Red Elk, Eddie Tecumseh, Frankie Sumienski.

Thelma Juanita Collier

Funeral services for Thelma Juanita Collier will be held Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 3:00 PM at the Freewill Baptist Church in Okemah, Oklahoma.  Interment will follow at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah.
At 12:25 AM, January 15, 2016, Thelma “Juanita” (Kinslow) Collier entered into the gates of heaven, greeted by her Savior, Jesus Christ.  Also waiting for her the past eight years, was her husband, Albert Lee Collier.??She entered this life, August 23, 1919 west of Okemah in the Excelsior community.  She passed from this life at the age of 96 years and 6 months.  She has been a resident of the Colonial Park Nursing Home for the past six months.  At the nursing home; she and her friend Maxine Geller raced up and down the halls pushing their walkers until Maxine had an accident and broke her hip and then Granny had a fall and broke her hip.
She was known by people by the name of Granny.  One of her concerns for her family was that everyone had plenty of warm covers at night.  Being a “get it done” person, work was not a stranger to her.  There was nothing she would not try.  Her hobbies were sewing, crocheting, baking pies and cakes and spending a lot of time fishing.  Ice cream was her favorite food.  She loved to go to church and was a great pastor’s wife.  She was a member of the Okemah Free Will Baptist Church in Okemah.??She is preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Calvin and Florence Kinslow; three brothers, baby Virgil Kinslow, Guy Kinslow and Manton Kinslow; one sister, Audry Kinslow Madole and the love of her life, her husband, Albert Lee Collier.??Survivors include her daughter, Alnita Collier Young and husband Frank of Ardmore, Oklahoma; her son, Loy Collier and wife Paula of Okemah; two brothers, Dale Kinslow of Norman and Marvin Kinslow of Terrell, Texas; 5 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 6 (and soon to be 7) great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews who were all very precious to her.  She is also survived by many other relatives and dear friends.??Serving as active pallbearers will be Randy Collier, Dylan Smith, Chandler Smith, Aaron Williamson, Joe Legako and Donald Smith.
Honorary bearers include:  Clyde Walker, Danny Rutland, Alan Banta, Joseph Walker and Jamie Perry.??Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by son-in-law, Frank Young.
Online condolences may be made at  HYPERLINK "http://www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com" www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.



Mary Jean Bond


Funeral services for Mary Jean Bond will be held Friday, Jan. 22, at 10 a.m. at the Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Okla. Graveside services will follow at 3 p.m. at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah.
Mary Jean Bond was born April 30, 1948 in Denver, Colorado. She passed away Monday, Jan. 18, at her home in Tulsa, Okla. at the age of 67.
Mrs. Bond was a graduate of Nathan Hale High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma and later from Southeastern State in Durant, Okla. She and Ron Bond were married Sept. 21, 1968 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Mrs. Bond was a former director of American State Bank Holding Company of Broken Bow, Oklahoma and Director of American Family Mortgage Company, Inc. Board of Directors, Tulsa.  She was a past member of the Okemah PEO and a very active member of Asbury United Methodist Church of Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Previous employment included the American State Bank of Broken Bow, Warren Clinic of Tulsa retired from the Cancer Treatment Center, Tulsa. She enjoyed gardening, doing yardwork and helping those in need.  She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren.
Survivors include her husband, Ron Bond of the home in Tulsa; two daughters, April Irene Stacy and husband Tony of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Angela Marie Alexander and Mitch Cave of Broken Arrow, Okla.; 6 grandchildren, Riley Howard Harrison, Brady Bond Harrison, Mitchell Blake Longacre, Landon James Longacre, Blake Stacy and Blair Stacy.
Grandchildren will be serving as pallbearers.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home Okemah and officiated by Rev. David Thomas. Graveside services will officiated by Rev. Raymond Stacy.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothers FuneralHome.com.

Kaysen Lee Sanders and Riyah Mae Sanders


Kaysen Lee Sanders and Riyah Mae Sanders, infant children of  Kyle Sanders and Meske Bowers were born into the arms of Jesus Jan. 11, 2016 at Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa.
They are survived by their parents; grandparents; Polly Sanders of Okmulgee, Adrienne Bowers of Okemah, and Michael Bowers of Henryetta; great-grandparents, Edna Fixico-Tiger of Tulsa, Alfred and Estella Berryhill of Okemah, Edna Blair of Tulsa, and Truman Bowers of Hollywood, Fla.; as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.
A wake service was held Thursday, Jan. 14, at the family home in Okemah.
Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. on Friday at the Berryhill-Holahta Cemetery in Okemah. Pastor Jesse Wind and Jeff Phillips were officiating.
Arrangements were entrusted to Schaudt’s Okmulgee Funeral Service of Okmulgee.


Loretta Lynn Underwood

Funeral services for Loretta Lynn Underwood will be held Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Cromwell Pentecostal Holiness Church.  Interment will follow at the Welty Cemetery.
Loretta Lynn Underwood was born March 20, 1968 in Bristow, Okla. to Donald Rich and Charlsie (Bevan) Rich. She passed away Wednesday, Jan. 20, in Okemah at the age of 47.
Loretta was a 1986 graduate of Mason High School. She and Richard Underwood were married April 29, 1988 in Cromwell, Okla. Loretta was a former daycare worker; having worked for Webbs Daycare near Cromwell. She also worked for the sewing factory in Pharoah, Okla. and the Wrangler Plant in Okemah. Loretta enjoyed fishing and was a member of the 8th Street Community Holiness Church of Okemah.
She is preceded in death by her father and grandparents.
Survivors include her husband Richard Underwood of Castle, Okla.; her mother, Charlsie Rich of Okemah; one brother, Mark Rich and wife Terita of Okemah and her grandmother, Emily Bevans of Okemah.
Serving as active pallbearers will be Josh Mosley, Kelwin Ashley, Edward Dodson, Nicholas Dodson, Bruce Brown and Bill Chesser, Jr.
Honorary bearers include Allen Carter and Eddie Jones.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Ruby Nail York and assisted by Rev. Larry Chesser.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.



Sherry Lynn Briggs


Services for Sherry Lynn Briggs will be Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 at 1 p.m. at the Highland Cemetery Gazebo in Okemah with Rev. Valerie Steele officiating.
Sherry Lynn Briggs was born Jan. 26, 1957 in Wichita, Kan. to Jerry Joe Briggs and Marleta Sue (Ommen) Briggs. She passed away Friday, Jan. 8, at her home in Okemah at the age of 58.
Sherry Lynn Briggs was a longtime resident of Okemah and an Okemah High School graduate.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, William “Bill” Wintz.
Survivors include her two brothers, Steve Briggs and wife Cindy of Okemah, and Jim Briggs and wife Jackie of Tuttle, Okla., and her grandmother, Minnie Ommen of Okemah.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah, Oklahoma.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.

Donnita DeAnn Severs

Funeral services for Donnita DeAnn Severs were held Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the High Spring Baptist Church south of Okemah. Interment followed at the High Spring Cemetery.
Donnita DeAnn Severs was born July 1, 1990 in Tulsa, Okla. to Larry Lecuyer and Rachael Ann Severs. She passed away Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 in Okmulgee, Okla. at the age of 25.
Donnita was a resident of Bristow, Okla. She was a graduate of Sequoyah High School and later received her Associate’s Degree from the College of Muskogee Nation.  Donnita enjoyed participating in the Sand Creek Stomp Grounds.  She loved spending time with her boyfriend Anthony Cargil and her three children, Tvpvsanv, Cvstvle and Tvfolope Cargil.  She worked as an intake specialist for the Muskogee Creek Nation employment job and training department.
She is preceded in death by her mother, one brother and two children.
Survivors include her boyfriend, Anthony Cargil of Bristow; her three children, Tvpvsanv, Cvstvle and Tvfolope Cargil of the home in Bristow; five brothers, Kyle Severs of Wewoka, Lincoln Newton, Jr. of Tulsa, Seth Newton of Okemah, Stoney Newton of Perkins and Cody Little of Okemah; two sisters, Precious Severs of Okemah and Heather Little of Okemah; and grandparents, Junior and Lizzie Severs of Okemah and Bobby and Janet Cargil of Bristow.
Serving as active pallbearers were Mitch Jack, Lewis Green, Kirby Green, Christopher Butler, Curtis Cargil and Terrell Wright, Jr.
Honorary bearers included: Junior Severs, Bobby Cargil, Robert Severs and Bobby Joe Cargil.
Services were under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Jesse Wind and Rev. Don Tiger.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


Lee Roy Earnest

Services for Lee Roy Earnest, 70, of Oklahoma City were held Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, 1 p.m. at Bethesda Church with Rev. Kenny Searcy and Rev. J.R. Alexander officiating. Interment followed the service at Moore City Cemetery in Moore. Mr. Earnest was born April 8, 1945 in Okemah to Dewey Clifton Earnest and Margie Bell (Coslett) and left this earth to be with his Heavenly Father On Dec. 24.
Mr. Earnest worked for Guy James Garment Factory in Okemah, there he met his wife Phyllis Kellogg of Welty. They were married on June 30, 1967 and later moved to Oklahoma City. Mr. Earnest worked for Fred Jones Manufacturing in Oklahoma City for 31 years. He enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, and woodworking.
He is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and one sister.
Survivors include his wife, Phyllis, of the home, one daughter, Brenda, of Oklahoma City, four brothers, J.R. Earnest of Odessa, Texas, Dois and Clara Earnest of Okmulgee, Doil and Betty Earnest of Tulsa, and Buddy and Gloria Earnest of Bristow; six sisters, Mary Musgrove of Okemah, Peggy Kinsey of Okemah, Lois Marie Garrison and husband Ray of Okmulgee, Darlene Welf and husband Morris of Oregon, Sally McEllyea and husband Jim of Tulsa, and Linda Lou Orr and husband Charles of Okemah, and many nieces, nephews, and family members, and a host of friends.
Services were under the direction of John M. Ireland Funeral Home & Chapel, Moore, Okla.


William McCuan

Funeral services for William Edward McCuan will be held Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah. Interment will follow at the Little Cemetery in Seminole County, Okla.
William Edward McCuan went to his Heavenly home on Jan. 3 in Midwest City, Okla. He was born to James Arthur and Iva Mae (James) McCuan on March 16, 1927 in Watson, Okla.
Mr. McCuan spent most of his childhood growing up in Oregon and New Mexico where he began working in the saw mills at an early age. He did civilian duties during WWII at Alamogordo, N.M. and later moved to California where he met and married Ruth Louise Morphis. They were married June 23, 1953 in San Joaquin, Calif. It was there that he began a lifelong love for operating heavy equipment. He worked as head repairman at Cal Portland Cement Plant for 10 years. After moving to Oklahoma he worked for Seminole County and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. He retired from there after 20 plus years of employment. Mr. McCuan was a member of the Talladega Masonic Lodge where he served as grand master two times. He was very creative with everything he attempted to make of fix. The things that he loved the most was his Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, and his family.
He is preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Wanda Louise McCuan and one brother, Fred McCuan.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Ruth Louise McCuan of the home; two daughters, Eva Woodruff and husband David of Cromwell, Okla., and Tina Wilcox and husband Mike of Cromwell; two brothers, Junior McCuan and wife Betty of West Monroe, La., and Robert McCuan and wife Charlotte of Fresno, Calif.; two grandchildren, Jonathan and Jessie Woodruff both of Cromwell, and five great-grandchildren, Tyler Woodruff, Haylie Wheeler, Kalab Woodruff, Wyatt George and Sydnie George.
Serving as active pallbearers will be Jonathan Woodruff, Tyler Woodruff, Justin George, Brian Morphis, Mike Morphis and Tim Morphis.
Honorary bearers include Kalab Woodruff, Wyatt George, Wayne Morris, Donald Morphis and David Morphis.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Andy Young and assisted by Ruby York.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


Marvin McCurdy

Funeral services for Marvin McCurdy were held Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah. Interment followed at the Highland Cemetery also in Okemah.
Marvin McCurdy was born May 22, 1929 in the Mountain Grove Community of Okfuskee County. He passed away Friday, Jan. 1, in Oklahoma City at the age of 86.
Mr. McCurdy lived in Okfuskee County all of his life except for fifteen years in California working on a thoroughbred horse ranch. He spent several years in the oil fields of Oklahoma and also served his country with the United States Army during the Korean War. He enjoyed coon hunting, yard work and watching baseball. He and Polly O’Kelly were married Nov. 7, 1998 in Okemah. Mr. McCurdy was also a member of the First Baptist Church of Okemah.
He is preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Ada Mae Nakaya and Shirley Niko and one brother, Melvin McCurdy.
Survivors include his wife, Polly McCurdy of Okemah; one son, Dwight McCurdy of Oklahoma City; two nephews, Melvin Niko and Kevin Niko and two nieces, Paula and Susie Nakaya all of California.
Serving as active pallbearers were Randy Rutland, Danny Rutland, Daryl Bean, Don Wilburn, Tommy Klutts and Ron Gott.
Honorary bearers included Phil Hatcher, Keith Robertson, Nick Lambeth, Dave Walker, Robert Reilly, Steve Alcorn, Davey Walkup and Brian Benson.
Services were under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Ledtkey McIntosh.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.



Cecil Lawrence Matlock

Funeral services for Cecil Lawrence Matlock were held Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Okemah. Interment followed at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah.
Cecil Lawrence Matlock was born June 7, 1919 in Okemah to Cecil L. Matlock and Flora (Ryker) Matlock. He passed away Friday, Dec. 25, 2015 in Okmulgee, Okla. at the age of 96.
Mr. Matlock was a 1937 graduate of Okemah High School. He and Vinita Rachel Simpson were married Jan. 24, 1941 in Okmulgee. Mr. Matlock worked many years as a farmer and rancher and was voted Okfuskee County Farm Family of the Year. He served on the Okfuskee County Conservation Board for many years and was a longtime member of the Okemah First Baptist Church. Mr. Matlock also proudly served his country with the United States Army having served overseas during WWII. He was a Drill Instructor at five different bases before being deployed to the Aleutian Islands.
He is preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Wanda Compton, Ione Ewertz, Virginia Brewer and Inez Gray; one daughter, Delores Coale and one grandchild.
Survivors include his wife, Vinita Matlock of Okmulgee; two sons, Cecil Lawrence Matlock and wife Jessie of Okmulgee and Michael Wayne Matlock and wife Darla of Prague; one sister, Jo Ann Williams of Luther; 8 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Serving as active pallbearers were Johnathan Matlock, Daniel Matlock, Drew Endres, Sean Mossman, Chance Silas and Paul Smith.
Services were under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Lawrence Matlock and Rev. Michael Matlock.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


James Edward Hampton

A memorial service for James Edward Hampton will be held Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016 at 1 p.m. at the Choctaw Nation Community Center in Coalgate, Okla.
James Edward Hampton was born April 20, 1941 to Edmond G. Hampton and Doris I. (Ned) Hampton. He passed away Monday, Dec. 28, 2015 in Tulsa, Okla. at the age of 74.
Survivors include his two sons, Jimmy Edward Hampton, Jr. of Hereford, Ariz. and David Hampton of Oklahoma City; three daughters, Tina Doris Hampton of Arizona, Tonya Atzbach of Huachuca City, Ariz. and Darlene Hampton of Alabama; two brothers, Don Hampton of Las Vegas and Dennis Crawford of Newkirk and one sister, Lynn Crawford of Pauls Valley.
All arrangements were handled by Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah, Okla.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


Clara Allen

Clara Allen, 71, of New London, Ohio and formerly of Okemah, Okla., died Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015 at the Laurels of New London. She was born on Oct. 25, 1944, in Oklahoma, to the late Marion and Elva (nee Crane) Dodson.
Clara grew up and lived most of her life in Okemah moving to Ohio recently to be with family. Since moving to Ohio, she has enjoyed trips to Toledo and playing Bingo with friends.
Clara is survived by her children, Carl Tilton of Norwalk, Ohio, Bobby Allen of Hilliard, Fla., and Lisa Parker of Okemah, and a brother, Junior Dodson.
A memorial service and luncheon will be provided by her family at a later date. The family requests that there be no donations.


William Vaughan

William Ray Vaughan, 93, passed away on Dec. 20, 2015 in Cassville, Mo.
Ray Vaughan was born on Oct. 3, 1922 in Bakersfield, Mo., to James McClellan and Minnie Atkinson Vaughan. His family moved to rural Seminole, Okla., when he was four years old, and he graduated from Mountain View High School near Seminole in 1940. While in high school he excelled in varsity basketball and baseball.
Ray married Cuma Brock on July 10, 1942. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps on Nov. 23, 1942 and learned to assemble gliders while stationed in Sedalia, Mo. He assembled the first dual controls on gliders. He traveled aboard the USS America to Sydney, Australia, from San Francisco and then traveled on to New Guinea. He accrued many hours of flying time as a co-pilot while stationed in New Guinea. He also served in combat zones on the Ie Shima Island, Japan and in the Philippines. In recognition of his service he received several medals and awards, including the Good Conduct Medal, Sharp Shooter Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal, World War II Victory Medal, American Service Medal and seven bronze stars. He was discharged from the U.S. Army Air Corps on Oct. 31, 1945 with the rank of Corporal.
After returning from the war, Vaughan worked construction and with concrete. He went on to spend 31 years working for Exxon, retiring as its chief safety officer, traveling around the United States giving safety presentations at company posts.
He and Cuma made their home in Seminole where he worked as a driver for National Concrete Company. He later began work with Humble Oil Company (now known as Exxon Corp.), and his work took them to Ada, Bartlesville and finally Okemah, Okla. While in Okemah he also served as a volunteer assistant for the boys’ basketball team and took up basketball refereeing as a hobby, refereeing junior high, senior high and junior college games. They moved to Cassville, Mo. in 1984 upon Ray’s retirement. In Cassville he continued his volunteer coaching at Cassville High School. In Cassville he was instrumental in the construction of a new Senior Citizen Center; serving as chairman of the building committee and president for several years.
Ray is survived by: one daughter, Donna Drew Fry of Owasso, Okla.; one son, Johnny Vaughan and his wife Shirley of Bartlesville; five grandchildren, Brent Vaughan and Tami of Edmond, Okla., Greg Vaughan of Oklahoma City, Rachel Allyn and Philip of Tulsa, Jessica Kirkhuff of Riverton, Utah, and Jodi Steele and Caleb of Owasso; nine great-grandchildren, Kaley Vaughan of Rockwall, Texas, Abby Vaughan, Chloe Vaughan and Brennen Vaughan, of Oklahoma City, Austin Vaughan of Edmond, Jackson Steele, Elija Steele and Eden Steele of Owasso and Graham Allyn of Tulsa. He was preceded in death by Cuma Vaughan, his parents, brothers Austin Vaughan, Houston Vaughan and Carl Vaughan, and one sister, Alice Chestnut.
He was a member of the Mill Street Church of Christ.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30, at Mill Street Church of Christ, Cassville, under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Ron Cowan conducted the services. Burial with military honors followed at Painter Cemetery, Shell Knob, Mo.
A memorial has been established at Cassville Church of Christ, and those who wish to make a contribution in memory of Ray may do so at: Mill Street Church of Christ, 1104 Mill Street, Cassville, Missouri 65625.
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Eugene D. Harjo

Rev. Eugene D. Harjo was born April 27, 1924 in McIntosh County near Hanna, Oklahoma to James and Mattie (Byrd) Harjo and passed from this life December 17, 2015 at the Henryetta Medical Center at the age of 91.
Rev. Harjo attended school at Pharoah where he participated in basketball, baseball, and track. He was a graduate of Pharoah High School in May of 1941. In July of that same year he worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps in the Grand Mesa National Forest in Mesa, Colorado and later learned to weld with the National Youth Administration. He accepted Christ as a young man during an associational meeting at the Tuskegee Baptist Church. Shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor he was baptized at the Weogufkee Indian Baptist Church near Hanna. In September 1942 he joined the United States Navy. He honorably served his country during World War II and was discharged in February 1946. The following September he enrolled at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee as a Religious Education Major. After attending OBU some three years he left and was employed by Tinker Field 1n 1950. In 1952 he enrolled Oklahoma City University to continue his education. In 1960 he began attending OCU full time and later received a Bachelor of Science and Business degree. In April 1960 he was employed by the Federal Aviation Administration and Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City. While there he operated as an Airman Applications Examiner along with other responsibilities and retired from the federal government after some 32 years of service. Desiring to remain busy and productive he went to work for the Villa Teresa Catholic School in Oklahoma City as a maintenance supervisor for nearly a year. He had spent the past several years in Weleetka.
Rev. Harjo was a long time member of the Central Baptist Church in Oklahoma City where he served as the church treasurer and in finance some forty-five years. In 1972 he was the chairman of the church building committee overseeing the completion of the new gymnasium.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Wanda Jean Wind and Josephine Wind, and a brother Joseph Harjo.
Survivors include a sister Bernice Sealy of Weleetka; two special people who Rev. Harjo verbally adopted as his own, Steve Lilley of Wolf Creek, MT and Nicole Jackson of Hollywood, CA; along with several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 22 at 1:30 p.m. at the First Free Will Baptist Church in Weleetka with Rev. Leon Postoak officiating. Pallbearers were Cliff Werito, Clifford Sealy, Charles Sealy, Grayhawk King, Eagledale King, and Jay Harjochee. Interment was in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Weleetka under the direction of Williamson-Spradlin Funeral Home.


Evelyn Bucktrot

Evelyn Jean Bucktrot was born May 21 1945 in Wetumka, Oklahoma to Roley and Freeda (Harjo) Buck and passed from this life December 19, 2015 in Okmulgee at the age of 70.
Evelyn was raised in Wetumka and attended Wetumka Schools before transferring to the Chilocco Boarding School in Newkirk. She was a graduate of Chilocco High School and later attended Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kansas. As a young lady she married Wade Buck and to this union three children were born. They made their home in Bristow. She worked as a medical records clerk at the Bartlett Hospital in Sapulpa some twenty-three years. In 2002 she returned to Wetumka where she worked for the Kialeegee Tribal town in several departments including serving some time as Mekko. She enjoyed arts and crafts and working with the Okemah elders organization projects, especially gardening.
Evelyn was a member of the Salt Creek Indian Baptist Church, the Elders organization in Okemah, and she was a major OU Sooners fan.
She was preceded I death by her parents, two brothers Alex and William Buck and a sister Helen Sue Wetsclline.
Survivors include: 3 sons, Gary, Arlen, and Lester Bucktrot, all of Wetumka; 2 brothers Daniel and Toney Buck and his wife Ella of Wetumka; a sister Esther Gee of Okmulgee; 4 grandchildren, along with several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.
Funeral services were Wednesday, December 23 at 1:30 p.m. at the Salt Creek Indian Baptist Church With Rev. Woody Fields and Rev. Toney Buck officiating. Interment will follow in the Salt Creek Cemetery under the direction of Williamson-Spradlin Funeral Home of Wetumka.

Lou Jean Fixico

Funeral services for Lou Jean Fixico were held Monday, December 14, 2015 at the Creek Chapel Church in Okemah. Interment followed at the Creek Chapel Cemetery.
Lou Jean Fixico was born April 17, 1951 in Claremore, Oklahoma to Woodrow Fixico and Jeanie (Jimboy) Fixico. She passed away Wednesday, December 9, 2015 in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of 64.
Lou worked many years as an Elderly Nutrition Director for the Muskogee Creek Nation. She was a devoted member and secretary of the Creek Chapel Church in Okemah. Lou enjoyed singing traditional Creek Hymns and was very helpful with any funerals or events at the Creek Chapel Church. She also enjoyed fishing, sewing and cooking. Lou loved her family and friends dearly and tried to never miss a grandchild’s ballgame. She will be missed by all who knew her.
She is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Allen and George and one sister, Rena Grant.
Survivors include her son, Darrell Tilley of Iowa; two daughters, Georgina Tilley of Okemah and Karen Tilley of Weleetka; two brothers, Jake Fixico of Shawnee and Gilbert Fixico and wife Anita of Clearview, Oklahoma; one sister, Helen Fixico of Clearview, Oklahoma; one half sister, Betty Shaw and husband James of Henryetta, Oklahoma and three grandchildren, Tyson, Boogie and Jayden Micco.
Serving as active pallbearers will be Jimpsey Micco, Nick Hill, Emilio Fixico, Julian Fixico, Johnathan Fixico and Chago Perez.
Honorary bearers include Tyson Micco, James Micco, Sherman Micco, Matthew Fixico, John Nixon and Lionel Yazzie.
Services were under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Grover Wind and Rev. Paul Fixico.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


Johnnie L. Hayden


Johnnie L. Hayden passed away, December 8, 2015 at his home. He was born June 23, 1944 at Okemah to Donald and Audrey Maud Strain Hayden. He graduated from Okemah High School in 1962, and the University of Central Oklahoma in 1972. He and his family moved to Ada from Oklahoma City in 1976.
He married Carol Ann Scates September 27, 1963 in Ada. Johnnie was a Civil Engineer and long-time Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) employee. He started his career with ODOT in 1965 in the Traffic Data Department, where he became the youngest supervisor up to that time. He later became the Traffic Engineer and retired as Maintenance Engineer at Division 3. He served faithfully until he retired in 1996. Johnnie was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ada.
Survivors include his wife, Carol Ann Hayden of Ada; two daughters, Shelly L. Williams of Ada and Michana Jackson and her husband Mark of Blanchard; two granddaughters, Jennifer Bolin of Ada and Taylor Adams of Kentucky; a grandson, Tyler Jackson of Ponca City; his mother-in-law, Dorothy Scates of Ada; and an aunt, Joan Swain of Okemah and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, two sisters, Sue Ann Reynolds and Emma Lou Hayden; and a grandson, Cody Bolin.
The family says those who wish may make memorials to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 566, Ada, OK 74821.


Thomas Earnest


Graveside services for Thomas Henry Earnest were held Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah.
Thomas Henry Earnest was born December 10, 1935 in Okemah, Oklahoma to Dewey Clifton Earnest and Margie Bell (Coslett) Earnest. He passed away Friday, December 11, 2015 in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of 80.
Mr. Earnest was born and raised in the Okemah area. He and Phyllis Dean Hull were married March 6, 1959 in La Habra, California; she later preceded him in death in 1995. Mr. Earnest was a resident of California for 38 years before moving back to Okemah and buying a farm. When his health began to decline he moved to Huntington Beach, California where he resided for four years before again moving back to Oklahoma. Mr. Earnest worked as a farmer, welder and carpenter and was a member of the Sunday Sessions Church of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Phyllis Earnest; two brothers and one • sister.
Survivors include his two daughters, Tonya Culp and husband Lee of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and Tamara Bogner and husband Greg of Phoenix, Arizona; five brothers, J.R. Earnest of Odessa, Texas, Dois and Clara Earnest of Okmulgee, Doil and Betty Earnest of Tulsa, Lee Roy and Phyllis Earnest of Oklahoma and Buddy and Gloria Earnest of Bristow; 6 sisters, Mary D. Musgrove of Okemah, Peggy Ann Kinsey of Okemah, Lois Marie Garrison and husband Ray of Okmulgee, Darlene Welfl and husband Mo of Oregon, Sally Kay McEllyea and husband Jim of Tulsa and Linda Lou Orr and husband Charles of Okemah; 5 grandchildren, Kaylan Gutierrez, Daisha Seiser, Tyler Todd, Hayley Todd and Rachel Bogner and two great-grandchildren, Raelynn Gutierrez and Siena Seiser.
Serving as pallbearers will be Rodney Earnest, Ronnie Earnest, Tyler Todd, Raymond Gutierrez, Lee Culp and Greg Bogner.
Services were under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Dr. Ken Stewart.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com


Jack Darrough


Funeral services for Jack Darrough will be held Monday, December 28, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Darrough family residence south of Bristow.  Interment will be held at the Memory Lawn Cemetery in Roswell, New Mexico.
Jack Darrough was born June 29, 1933 in Stonewall, Oklahoma to Harry Burford Darrough, Sr. and Lola Lenore (Null) Darrough.  He passed away Tuesday, December 22, 2015 near Bristow, Oklahoma at the age of 82. ??Mr. Darrough married Rosemary Busby on August 12, 1951 in Dextor, New Mexico.  He retired after 30 years of employment with the United States Geological Survey and also worked as a rancher.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing and especially holding and spending time with his grandchildren.  Mr. Darrough was also a member of the Boston Avenue Methodist Church of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
He is preceded in death by his parents and one half-sister, Nell Bowlby.
Survivors include his wife, Rosemary Darrough of Bristow; 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, Oklahoma; one brother, Harry Darrough, Jr. and wife Joyce of Roswell, New Mexico; 6 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Chaplain Henry Bartlett.
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William Ray Vaughan

    William Ray Vaughan, 93, passed away on December 20, 2015, in Cassville, Missouri.
    Ray Vaughan was born on October 3, 1922, in Bakersfield, Missouri, to James McClellan and Minnie Atkinson Vaughan.  His family moved to rural Seminole, Oklahoma, when he was four years old, and he graduated from Mountain View High School near Seminole in 1940.  While in high school he excelled in varsity basketball and baseball.
    Ray married Cuma Brock on July 10, 1942.  He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps on November 23, 1942 and learned to assemble gliders while stationed in Sedalia, Missouri.  He assembled the first dual controls on gliders.  He traveled aboard the USS America to Sydney, Australia, from San Francisco and then traveled on to New Guinea.  He accrued many hours of flying time as a co-pilot while stationed in New Guinea.  He also served in combat zones on the Ie Shima Island, Japan and in the Philippines.  In recognition of his service he received several medals and awards, including the Good Conduct Medal, Sharp Shooter Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal, World War II Victory Medal, American Service Medal and seven bronze stars.  He was discharged from the U.S. Army Air Corps on October 31, 1945, with the rank of Corporal.
    After returning from the war, Vaughan worked construction and with concrete.  He went on to spend 31 years working for Exxon, retiring as its chief safety officer, traveling around the United States giving safety presentations at company posts.
    He and Cuma made their home in Seminole where he worked as a driver for National Concrete Company.  He later began work with Humble Oil Company (now known as Exxon Corp.), and his work took them to Ada, Bartlesville and finally Okemah, Oklahoma.  While in Okemah he also served as a volunteer assistant for the boys’ basketball team and took up basketball refereeing as a hobby, refereeing Junior High, Senior High and Junior College games.  They moved to Cassville, Missouri, in 1984 upon Ray’s retirement.  In Cassville he continued his volunteer coaching at Cassville High School.  In Cassville he was instrumental in the construction of a new Senior Citizen Center; serving as chairman of the building committee and president for several years.
    Ray is survived by: one daughter, Donna Drew Fry of Owasso, Oklahoma; one son, Johnny Vaughan and his wife Shirley of Bartlesville; five grandchildren, Brent Vaughan and Tami of Edmond, Oklahoma, Greg Vaughan of Oklahoma City, Rachel Allyn and  Philip of Tulsa, Jessica Kirkhuff of Riverton, Utah, and Jodi Steele and Caleb of Owasso; nine great-grandchildren, Kaley Vaughan of Rockwall, Texas, Abby Vaughan, Chloe Vaughan and Brennen Vaughan, of Oklahoma City, Austin Vaughan of Edmond, Jackson Steele,  Elija Steele and Eden Steele of Owasso and Graham Allyn of Tulsa.  He was preceded in death by Cuma Vaughan, his parents, brothers Austin Vaughan, Houston Vaughan and Carl Vaughan, and one sister, Alice Chestnut.
    He was a member of the Mill Street Church of Christ.
    Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, December 30, 2015, in Mill Street Church of Christ, Cassville, under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville.  Ron Cowan will conduct the services.  Burial with military honors will be in Painter Cemetery, Shell Knob, Missouri.
    The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. Tuesday, in Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville.
    A memorial has been established at Cassville Church of Christ, and those who wish to make a contribution in memory of Ray may do so at:  Mill Street Church of Christ, 1104 Mill Street, Cassville, Missouri 65625.
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Hattie Rachel Fixico

Funeral services for Hattie R. Fixico will be held Monday, September 14, 2015 at 10:00 AM at the Greenleaf Indian Baptist Church in Okemah.  Interment will follow at the Castle Cemetery.
Hattie Rachel Fixico was born February 8, 1924 in Okfuskee County, Oklahoma to Roman Fixico and Louinie (Simmer) Fixico.  She passed away Friday, September 11, 2015 in Del City, Oklahoma at the age of 91.
Hattie worked as a secretary for the Civil Rights Staff of the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City. She retired after 40 plus years of employment.  She also served her country with the United States Army Airforce.  Hattie was a member of the Greenleaf Indian Baptist Church of Okemah and enjoyed bowling, basketball and softball.  She was also involved with the United Methodist Women.
She is preceded in death by her parents; Roman and Louinie Fixico; Robert Paddlety; one brother, Hiawatha “Boots” Fixico; three sisters, Etta Mae Fixico, Betsy Tiger and Nakomis Vila.
She is survived by her two daughters, Rhonda Durant and Curtis Franks of Oklahoma City and Donna Rocha and husband Juan of Norman, Oklahoma; one brother, Charles “Sox” Fixico of Norman, Oklahoma; one sister, Rebecca Kingsbury of Tishomingo, Oklahoma; one sister in law, Dorothy Fixico of Castle, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Byron Tsotigh, Jeana Rhae Tsotigh, Albert Bronaugh, Jr., Robert Bronaugh and Martin Bronaugh; great-grandchildren, Preston Tsotigh, Miranda Rain Parsons, Esperanza Tamez, Noelle Tamez and Isabelt Tamez; great-great grandchildren, Alianna Rae Sawyer and Nala Julisa Thai.  She is also survived by Austin Parsons of Oklahoma City and Shaila Coleman of Oklahoma City.
Serving as active pallbearers will be Byron Tsotigh, Austin Parsons, Preston Tsotigh, Albert Bronaugh, Robert Bronaugh and Martin Bronaugh.
Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Charles “Sox” Fixico, Charles Fixico, Jr., Terry Fixico, Stanley Fixico, Randy Fixico, Chris Fixico, Eddie Fixico, Billy Wofford, Justin Yearby, Jeff Yearby, Jay Wood, Curtis Franks, Scott Vila and Doran Fixico.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Wayne Harjo.
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Belva Fuller


Funeral services for Belva Fuller will be held Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 10:00 AM at the Victory Christian Church in Okemah.  Interment will follow at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah.
Belva Fuller was born December 25, 1939 in Mountain Grove, Missouri to Wayne Claude Jackson and Ruth (Perry) Jackson.  She passed away Friday, September 18, 2015 in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of 75.??Mrs. Fuller had been a resident of the Okemah area since 1984 and was a graduate of Schulter High School.  She and Gene Fuller were married in 1990 in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  She was a retired office manager from Landers Oil and Gas after 31 years of employment.  Mrs. Fuller was the treasurer and secretary for the Victory Christian Church in Okemah for many years.  She loved her church and family always considered herself very blessed.  Mrs. Fuller loved so much when all of her family would get together and visit.  She always reminded them to count their blessings and was so proud to have her children saved and serving the Lord.  Mrs. Fuller was a true blessing to other people.  She gave much of her time helping others; she truly enjoyed helping others more than herself.  She was always there to lift you up when you were down and to truly trust God.  Mrs. Fuller enjoyed Southern Gospel music and always witnessed to others about God.  She was a loving and compassionate woman who will be missed by all who knew her.??She is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Johnny Wayne Jackson and Wayne Jackson, Jr.??Survivors include her husband Gene Fuller of Okemah; son, William Delso and wife Paula of Okmulgee; step-son, Mike Fuller and wife Judy of Okemah; daughter, Teresa Harelson and husband Terry of Okemah; brothers, David Jackson and wife Nancy of Grand Coulee, Washington and Earnie Jackson and wife Sherry of Bedford, Texas; sisters, Emma Hart and Patrick Lambert of Carrolton, Texas, Marilyn Sue Frey and husband Jim of Dallas, Texas and Gerry Dock of Oletha, Kansas; six grandchildren, Melody Fuller, Shane Delso and wife Hilary, Elijah Harelson, Jesica Sparkman and husband Darren, Josh Harelson and wife Belinda and Caleb Harelson and five great-grandchildren.
Serving as pallbearers will be Patrick Lambert, Russ Witham, Steve Massey, Bobby Dearman, Isaac Eugene Fuller, Mike Fuller and John Landers.
Honorary pallbearers will be Connie Wood and Charles Harelson.??Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Mike Neal.
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Ausustine Harjo

Augustine Harjo was born August 8, 1933 and went to be with the Lord on August 31, 2015 at the age of 82. She was a former resident of Wetumka and in 1992 Augustine and her husband Leonard relocated to Okemah. Augustine was baptized at the Greenleaf Baptist Church.
She was a Christian woman and attended church regularly, always looking forward to Sunday to go to church. As a young girl she attended Eufaula and Carter Boarding Schools. Later in life she worked at Seamproof in Holdenville. When it closed she became a homemaker. Augustine dearly loved her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She always enjoyed spending time with her family and going to watch her grandchildren and great grandchildren play sports. She was their biggest fan. As her health began to fail she began watching the OU Sooners and the Oklahoma City Thunder on television. Family was her greatest joy which she adored and loved so much. Augustine was preceded in death by her parents Johnson Harjo and Nancy Tiger Harjo, a daughter Molly Harjo, a son Harold Harjo, a granddaughter Sheena Harjo, three sisters, Wanda Wesley, Alice Roberts, and Nancy Nibs, and a brother Geronimo Harjo.
Survivors include: her husband of 59 years, Leonard Harjo of the home;  2 sons, Harry Harjo and wife Mahaley of Wetumka and Herman Harjo of Holdenville; 3 daughters, Bessie Fields of Sapulpa, Lenora Deere and husband James of Wetumka, and Pam Harjo of Glenpool; 6 sisters, Pauline Levi, Betty Lou Whitebird, and Esther Collins of Oklahoma City, Delores Bonitz of Okmulgee, Geneva Barnes of Tulsa, and Bonnie Thompson of San Francisco, Calif.; 21 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren on the way; along with several nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends, which includes a special friend Annie Mae.
Wake services were held at the Randall Indian Baptist Church September 2, at 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will follow on September 3, at 1:30 p.m. with Rev. Tim Lowe, pastor, and Rev. George Harjocee officiating. Pallbearers will be Stephen Harjo, Jason Harjo, Michael Fields, Adrian Harjo, Patrick Randall, and Russell Harjo. Honorary bearers will be the rest of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Interment will be in the Harjo Family Cemetery under the direction of Williamson-Spradlin Funeral Home.

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



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.
 Please visit www.ParksBrothers.net


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.

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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 wil