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Area Obituaries

Wanda Lee Butler

Wanda Lee “Mema Butter” Butler, 88, of Shawnee passed away on Friday, April 2, 2021 in Shawnee. She was born on October 4, 1932 in Okemah to John B. and Nellie (Crawford) Ricketts. Wanda grew up in Cromwell. She lived in other places but, most of her life in Shawnee. She graduated from Butner High…

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Fred L. Carson

Funeral services for Fred L. Carson were held Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 2:00 PM at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah. Interment will follow at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah. Fred L. Carson was born January 1, 1951 in Hanna, Wy. to Fred N. and Oletta Merle Carson. He passed away Friday,…

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Melissa Marie Battaglia

Funeral services for Melissa Marie Battaglia were Monday, April 5, 2021 at 2:00 PM at the Okemah Church of Christ with Bro. Richard Foster officiating. Melissa Marie Battaglia was born August 14, 1963 in Okemah to O. Mac Smith and Marilyn (Coker) Smith. She passed away Thursday, April 1, 2021 in Okemah at the age…

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Lois A. Gormly

Graveside services for Lois A. Gormly were held Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 2:00 PM at the Okmulgee Cemetery. Lois A. Gormly was born January 5, 1942 in Konawa, Okla. to George and Lois Morrow. She passed away Thursday, April 1, 2021 at her home in Okfuskee at the age of 79. Lois was a…

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Jimmy Dale Crosby

Funeral services for Jimmy Dale Crosby were Friday, March 12, 2021 at 10:00 AM at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah. Interment followed at the Morse Cemetery. Jimmy Dale Crosby was born February 26, 1936 in Okemah to Robert F. “Frank” Crosby and Sylvia Jane (Smiley) Crosby. He passed away Tuesday, March 9,…

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James Ray Barkley

Services for James Ray Barkley will be held Monday, March 29, 2021 at 2:00 PM at the Welty Church of God in Welty. James Ray Barkley, of Paden, passed away Friday, March 19, 2021 in Shawnee, Okla. at the age of 62. James was born in Prague, Okla. to Louis and Georgie (Ellison) Barkley on…

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Jim Johnson Jr.

Funeral Services for Jim Johnson Jr. were held Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Parks Brothers Funeral Home in Wetumka. Interment followed at Salt Creek Cemetery in Wetumka. Jim Johnson Jr. was born in Oklahoma City on November 13, 1956 to Jim Johnson Sr. and Lela Mae Foley. He passed…

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Marguerite “Mack” Bush French

Marguerite Bush was born to the late Manuel Bush and Pinkie Golden Bush on August 18, 1916, and was basically raised by her maternal grandmother, Dollie Golden, in rural Okfuskee County, Okla. Marguerite Departed this life on Friday, March 19, 2021, at 104 years of age, being a lifelong resident of Clearview. Her Story: Known…

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Jimmie Dean (Nick) Nichols

A private graveside service was held on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 10 a.m. at Bentonville City Cemetery in Bentonville, Ark. for Jimmie Dean (Nick) Nichols. Jimmie, the youngest of seven children, was born to Okfuskee County Pioneers, Oscar and Zorah (Ward) Nichols on August 23, 1935 on the family farm. He attended the Banner…

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Benjamin Chotkey

A memorial service for Benjamin Chotkey was held Monday, March 8, 2021 at 6:00 PM at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah. Benjamin Chotkey, who was called “JoJo” or “Benji” by his family and friends, was born August 15, 2021 in Weleetka to Nancy and Raymond Chotkey. Benjamin departed from this life on…

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