Mon. Mar 30, 2015 obituaries


David Lee Byrd, 54 of Muskogee, entered Heaven's gates Thursday, March 26, 2015 surrounded by his family. A longtime resident of Muskogee, David was born April 23, 1960 in Bakersfield, California to Fred and Mary Sue (Simmons) Byrd. He grew up and attended schools in California. On September 19, 1998, David married the love of his life, Beverly Jean Kidd in Muskogee. They celebrated almost 17 years of marriage together. David was an active member of Grandview Baptist Church where he was baptized in May of 2003. He participated in the bus ministry and was a Co-Teacher for the Jerusalem Adult Sunday School Class. Since 2004, David and Beverly worked side by side with MARC and SNAP as a Coach and Partner. By trade, David was a Tree Expert for Asplundh, where he was employed for several years until his health forced his early retirement. His family remembers him as a very hard and devoted worker. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Gary Byrd. David is survived by his wife, Beverly of the home; his daughters, Alexis Byrd of Muskogee and Crystal Lavonne Timko and her husband Ryan of DeLand, FL; his sons, David Lee Byrd Jr. of Sarasota, FL and Michael L. Cordell and his wife LeeAnn of Fort Gibson; his grandchildren, Morgan Moore, Michael Moore, Jace Brody Cordell, Nathanel Cordell, Colby Timko, Hayden Timko,and Owen Timko; his sister, Patty J. (Byrd) Coleman of Muskogee; his brothers, Richard G. Byrd and Allen Byrd both of Muskogee; numerous other family members and friends. The family would like to extend a "special thanks" to the staff of Hometown Hospice for their kind and compassionate care to David during his illness. Their care will not be forgotten. A celebration of life will be 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at Grandview Baptist Church with Pastor Danny Mills officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be Michael Leon Cordell, Richard G. Byrd, Gary M. Kidd, Jim Sharp, Phillip King, Terry Bruce Kidd. Honorary pallbearers will be Kenneth Wayne Kidd, Earl Allen Kidd, Allen Byrd, James Thompson, Verlin Crigger and John Fossey. Interment will be Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at Resthaven Cemetery in Oklahoma City. Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee. Condolences may be made to the family online at


Funeral services for Walter J. Hanson, 93, of Muskogee, OK, will be held at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, March 26, 2015 at Christian Chapel with Reverend Conrad Barrett officiating. Pallbearers will be Jay Hanson, Jason Haas, Walter Cole Hanson, Jeramiah Phillips, Keith Price, and John Johnson. Honorary pallbearers will be Cody Dean Livingston, Brandt Hanson, Jim Price, Evert Baty, H. V. Roberts, Steve Stevens, and Darrell Gilbert. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery under the direction of Lescher-Millsap Funeral Home of Muskogee.

Walter was born July 30, 1921 at Muskogee, OK, the son of Frank W. and Callie Gertrude (Thompson) Hanson and died Sunday, March 22, 2015 at Muskogee. Walter served his country in the U. S. Navy and was a retired horseshoer (Farrier) and trainer.

Survivors include his grandchildren, Lisa Hanson and Tim Phillips of Muskogee, Jay Walter Hanson and wife, Melissa, of Braggs; six great-grandchildren, Cody Livingston, Jeramiah Phillips, Katelyn Phillips, Angel Phillips, Walter Cole Hanson, and Brandt Hanson; three great-great-grandchildren, Masun Livingston, Kylan Stevens, and Nevaeh Phillips. He was preceded in death by his wife; son, Wayne Hanson; five brothers and two sisters.


Funeral services for Jim D. Dillon, 48, of Collinsville, OK, will be held at 1:00 P.M. Friday,. March 27, 2015 at Lescher-Millsap Funeral Home Chapel with Kelvin Linbocker officiating. Burial will be in South Bethel Cemetery in Braggs, OK.

Jim was born November 13, 1966 at Muskogee, OK, the son of James and Clursa (Tate) Dillon and died Monday, March 23, 2015 at his home in Collinsville. On August 8, 1988 Jim married Ellen Beth Parson in Amarillo, TX. Jim worked as a systems engineer for Verizon.

Left to cherish him are his wife, Beth Parson Dillon; daughter, Lorna Schofield and son-in-law, Stacie; step-mom, Diana Dillon; sisters and brothers, Sherrill and Doug Thurber, Jackie and Sam Horlacher, Andrea and Paul Jordan, Rachelle Dillon, Cody Dillon; step-dad, Gene Donnelly; brothers and sisters, Misti Donnelly, Wendy and Byron Eby; the special crew, David Parson, Gail and Derek Hake, Tammy and Tina Kennedy, Sherri, Willy, Kim Tate; his adored nieces and nephews; his loving and supportive Verizon and Faith Fellowship/Driven families. He loved you Caesar, Pookie, and Sylvie! He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

Jim had many accomplishments in life. His proudest relationship was with The Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He was blessed with a loving family and friends. He was a simple man with a complex mind, a gentle spirit always lending his talent to those in need. He lived by this scripture, "This is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it." Until we meet again. Special love to Heather and Jeremy and the Rivercross Hospice Team, Christina, Kim, and Jennifer; Jaime McFarland of Integris; Tulsa MDA.

For those wishing to honor Jim: Faith Fellowship Church, Collinsville, OK; South Bethel Cemetery, Braggs, OK; Tulsa MDA Muscle Walk, Team "Chillin Dillons".


Carolyn Jean Hallman Fisher, devoted wife, Mother, Grandmother, and dear friend who enjoyed bowling and working outdoors, passed from this earth in a peaceful rest on Thursday, March 26, 2015 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, at the age of 72 years, 10 months, and 5 days. Carol was born on May 21, 1942, in Broken Bow, Nebraska and was the sixth of seven children to the parents of Albert Elmer Hallman and Olive Ruby Ducker. She resided in the house on the hill in Ansley, Nebraska until she was 10 years old before moving to California where she was raised through her formative years, graduating from Watsonville High School in 1960. Carol worked in Blake Fisher's apple orchard and pie processing plant where he played cupid to her and his younger brother, Kirby, who was stationed in the Army in Worms, Germany. His insistence of Carol to initiate a long distance relationship with Kirby by correspondence led to a continued courtship upon return to the states. After several years of dating, Kirby and Coke were married on January 26, 1964 in Watsonville, California. As Kirby and Carol relocated to Kirby's birthplace of Tahlequah, Oklahoma to raise their future family, she supported him in his many business endeavors of a furniture store named Sandy's of Sharon Hills and the Hillcrest Restaurant. A very hardworking lady, Carol enjoyed raising her children in the community where the kids were plugged into many sports and activities throughout their school years. She was the glue that held the family together and kept the plans organized. Being a very social person, Carol enjoyed bowling with her friends as well as playing cards with several couples. She was employed at Reasor's Discount Foods for fifteen plus years as the Health and Beauty Aids supervisor and video games manager. When Kirby opened up a commercial blackberry farm named Briar Patch Farms, she labored vigorously on the picking machines which provided berries to wineries as well as Knotts Berry Farm in California. Carol enjoyed keeping her nearby grandkids and visiting those in Texas. Working on the property and spending time with family was what she truly enjoyed.

Carol is survived by three wonderful children, Sandi and Garth Shipley of Copper Canyon, TX, Alan and Anna Fisher of Arlington, TX, and Jeannie and Bryan Morgan of Park Hill, OK, five grandchildren, Jordan Shipley, Jacob Shipley, Drew Morgan, Alex Morgan, Robert Fisher; two amazing brothers, Ronald Hallman of McPherson, KS and Bernard Hallman of Redding CA; many nieces, nephews, cousins, as well as a host of friends and loved ones. Carol and Kirby were devoted to each other and married for 51 glorious years. She was a wonderful person and friend and will be missed by those who knew her. The family would like to especially thank the caring staff of Grace Living Center for their wonderful and continued care and attention of their Mother, Carolyn, these last three years. We would also like to extend our gratitude and thanks to the multitudes of family and friends for their ongoing love and support. We love you and will miss you, Mom. You demonstrated a hard work ethic and displayed a loving and friendly manner to all whom you encountered. Even though your departure from this earth is a tragic one, you are now reunited with Dad, the love of your life, where I'm sure you are both dancing with Jesus in heaven.


On March 25, 2015, the Lord whispered her name, Lillie Mae Kirby, and took her home. Her days were filled with songs of praise and in the final days before her flight, one could often hear her sing, "Oh, Beulah Land, Sweet Beulah Land, Oh, please let me stand in Beulah Land." That's where she is standing right now, face-to-face with her beloved Savior. One likes to imagine that standing there with her are all her loved ones that have gone on before: her husband, Doris E Kirby; parents, BG and Annie (Parker) Hamm; brothers, Elijah and his wife Marie (Roberts), Garner and Paul; sisters, Gladys and her husband Kenneth Pendley, Grace and her husband Jimmy Prater and Velma and her husband Leo Thomason; daughter-in-law Shirley (King), four infant brothers and two infant sisters. Memories of Lillie are all that are left for her children, Mona (Bill) Ridge, Wallace (Ethel) Kirby, Leonard (Marty) Kirby, Mary Kirby, Janis (Brad) Jones along with 17 grandchildren, 29 great- grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren but what memories there are! Memories of stories that preceded the children like the story of Lillie's birth on a cold 11 Feb 1920 in Hanna, OK where the doctor put her aside on a sewing machine thinking she was dead and how her grandmother grabbed her up and took her to a warm kitchen and revived her. Or stories of how she talked her sister into writing love letters for her to Doris before they married in 1941. The children cherish the stories about standing on a chair to cook gravy when she was six, picking cotton growing up, walking to school for miles and miles, working in a canning factory in California, delivering a neighbors baby or her experiences while working at Cedars Nursing Home. She had a special story about all her loved ones too that she loved to tell and one doesn't have to think hard to remember their own story (and often to our chagrin) - Mona throwing her books down and fighting some boy picking on Wallace; Wallace and Leonard eating arsenic; Mary and Irene patting down the bread dough; Janis and Annette painting a turtle with tar; Harley who always promised not to laugh if she would dance for him. Many, many stories and such wonderful memories of Lillie's telling and laughing. It's now the children and grandchildren's time to pass Lillie's stories on. Share her stories as she loved to do because her loved ones were very important to her and those stories were a way to keep special moments in time alive for her. If you share nothing else, share that Christian heritage she passed down. Know that she called everyone of her loved ones names out at night during her hours of prayer. She had special prayers for her sisters-in-law, Estelle (Hammond) Hamm, Margaret (Sparks) Hamm, Faye (Kirby) Dornan and Eloise (Kirby) Morrison. She remembered the folks from the news when bad things happened and called on the Lord on their behalf. She prayed for her "Spacebook" friends and their loved ones, her roommates and care takers at Eastgate. While you are sharing the stories please remember to pass on that when you look up and see clouds forming what she always said to us "someday the Lord is going to come in a cloud like that, are you ready?" Be ready friends and family so that we may join her in Beulah Land one day. The family will greet friends from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2015 at Checotah Funeral & Cremation Service. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday at First Freewill Baptist Church in Checotah. Interment will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery. Funeral service arrangements are under the direction of Checotah Funeral & Cremation Service. Condolences to the family may be made at


Stu was born on December 22, 1938 in East Chicago, Indiana to Jack Sheldon and Wanda (Goe) Ludwig. He graduated from VMI High School in Albany, NY. Stu worked as a life insurance agent. In 1964, he married Peg E. Tallmadge. They were married for twelve years. Stu served for four years in the United States Marine Corp. On March 5, 1978, he married Terri Jo Huff in Oklahoma City. They were married for thirty-seven years. Stu coached softball and baseball at Canadian High School. Survivors include: his wife, Terri, of Muskogee; sons: Stewart Ludwig, Jr and wife, Lorianne, of Muskogee, OK; Daniel Ludwig, of Eufaula; daughters: Lori Lane, of Missouri; Cheri Hinkle and husband, Mike, of Moore, OK; brother, David Ludwig, of Florida; sister, Diane Burwick, of Colorado; and six grandchildren: Jack, Shawn, Stewart, Shelby, Cody, and Gracie. He is preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Steven.


Larry Moran, of Stigler, Oklahoma, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2015, in Stigler, at the age of 67. He was born February 25, 1948, in Antlers, Oklahoma, to Fred and Haley (Watson) Moran. He is survived by; Wife: Gwen Moran of the home One daughter: Crystal Carlyle and husband, Michael of Albuquerque, New Mexico One sister: Charlotte Spencer of Connecticut Three brothers: Sammy Moran, and wife, Tiny of Albuquerque, New Mexico Al Moran of Albuquerque, New Mexico Marvin Moran and wife, Georgeann of Roswell, New Mexico Numerous nieces and nephews Larry was preceded in death by one brother, Oscar Moran; one sister, Sue Boggs; and his parents. Larry worked as General Manager for M & J Sign Company before his retirement.

Arrangements are under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home & Crematory of Stigler.

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