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Rev. William Thomas "Tom" Shelton passed away August 28, 2015 in Hospice Care of St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, He celebrated his 75th birthday August 1 with a party for friends and family in his home. Services will be held Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 1 p.m. at Muskogee's First Baptist Church. Pastors Billy Parker, Glen Little and Ed Chaney will officiate. Burial will follow at Greenhill Cemetery. ​He was born August 1, 1940 in Muskogee to James Thomas "Pete" and Gaude Leona Nichols Shelton. His parents preceded him in death. He married Charlotte McIver September 2, 1960 in Muskogee. Tom was her caregiver during an eight-year illness until her death Sept. 13, 2011. He married his junior high and high school friend, Micki Farmer Van Deventer, Oct. 6, 2012 at All Souls' Episcopal Church in Oklahoma City. ​Tom attended Irving and Alice Robertson Jr. High and was a 1958 graduate of Muskogee Central High School. He attended Northeastern State University for two years. He was a data processing manager for Anderson Wholesale for 42 years. ​From 1966 to 1979, he was a bi-vocational music and youth minister at Oldham Memorial, Immanuel, Coweta, Morris and New Hope Baptist churches. He became pastor at Oldham Memorial December 5, 1979 and served there 24 years. Since 2011, Tom has been the visiting pastor at First Baptist Church in Boynton. During his ministerial career, he conducted 150 revivals in most of Muskogee's Southern Baptist churches and led more than 1,000 people to Christ. At the time of his death, he was a visiting pastor for Muskogee's First Baptist Church members who were homebound, in hospitals and nursing homes. He also was on staff at Cornerstone Funeral Home, frequently performing services for those without a church home. Tom's life was a tribute to the dedication he had for serving Christ and the love he had for his family. ​He is survived by his wife, Micki, of the home; daughters, Detra LaCrone and Oweta Shelton, Muskogee; and sisters, Nancy Shelton, Muskogee; and Patsy Mills, Waller, Tex. Also surviving are granddaughters, Rachel Colina and husband, Pedro, and Shelly Gloria, and husband, Jessie, Muskogee; grandsons, Austin Hood, and wife Samantha, Muskogee, and Garrett LaCrone, and wife, Stephanie, Lacey, WA. Surviving great grandchildren are Cruz and Xavi Colina, and Jordi Colina, expected in September, Adrianna and Isandro Gloria, Tyra and Victoria Livingston, all of Muskogee; Kaden and Lucas LaCrone, Lacey, WA. A niece, Jeanne Stockton, Tomball, TX.; and a nephew, Zachary Shelton, stationed with the U.S. Army in Ft. Carson, CO., also survive. The family has entrusted Tom's care and services to Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York, Muskogee, (918) 682-1500. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 111 S. 7th St., Muskogee, 74401, Boynton First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 185, Boynton, 74422, and Oldham Memorial, 3705 Tahlequah St., Muskogee,74401.


Charles Eldridge Beard passed away Thursday, August 27, 2015 in Muskogee, OK. He was born July 26, 1915 in Amarillo, TX to Corrine Pittman Freeman and Simeon Eldridge Freeman. His father died when he was three years old. He continued to live in Amarillo with his mother and younger sister, Louise. His family moved to Wichita Falls, TX, when he was nine, where his adoptive father, Vernon Beard, established the Beard & Roberts Dental Laboratory. In 1925, his family moved to Muskogee, OK, and Vernon founded the Beard Dental Lab. In his early teens, Charlie began taking trombone lessons from a neighbor in exchange for doing yard work and odd jobs. He and his lifelong friend, Kenneth Sadler, outfitted their trombone cases with wheels, and could be spotted walking to school with cases in tow. He continued to play the trombone in high school under the direction of Mr. Tony Goetz. During high school and college, he played in the Muskogee Symphony Orchestra and various dance ensembles. Charlie continued to play the trombone throughout his adulthood; playing his final concert with the Muskogee Alumni Community band at the age of 93. He graduated from Muskogee Central High School in 1935, and attended the University of Tulsa on a trombone scholarship. Upon the failing health of his father, Vernon Beard, Charlie returned to Muskogee to lend a hand at the lab and learn the dental technology business. Prior to Vernon's untimely death, his uncle, Kenneth K Beard, moved to Muskogee from Minnesota to take over the business. His twice-widowed mother later married Kenneth, whose exuberance, wisdom and paternal predisposition helped displaced their household grief. The family assembled a music ensemble and played for local gatherings, with his sister, Louise on the violin, Kenneth the banjo, his mother the piano, and Charlie on the trombone. He continued to work at Beard Dental Lab until his induction into the Armed Forces. He married Martha Gorman in 1938, and in 1942 he was inducted into the Army Air Corps. Following Basic Training, Charlie graduated from the Billings School of Dental Technology in Indianapolis, IN, where he subsequently joined the faculty until his deployment to the European Theatre of Operations with the 358th Fighter Group. He served as a dental technician and medic; administering medical care on the battlefield during the Battle of the Bulge. He also retrofitted an abandoned German Army ambulance, turning it into a mobile dental operatory. Upon his honorable discharge in 1945 at the rank of Sergeant, he returned to Beard Dental Lab in Muskogee and continued his studies as a business major at Muskogee Junior College. Following the death of his step-father, Kenneth Beard, in 1950, Charlie assumed ownership and management of the dental lab until 1980. The Lab prospered under his leadership. As a small business owner, he performed numerous roles: CEO, Sales & Marketing, HR, and Master Certified Dental Technician & mentor. In 1982, he and Dr. Mike Stephens established Stephens Dental Laboratory where he crafted dental prosthetics until he was 95 years-old; driving himself to work and arriving at the office by 6:30 AM most days. On the weekends, he could be seen mowing his lawn until he was 96 years-old. Earlier in his adult life, Charlie was active at Grace Episcopal Church as a member of the vestry, choir, and as a lay reader, conducting worship services at regional churches in the dioceses during pulpit vacancies. He later joined First Baptist Church, Muskogee, where he was song leader in his Sunday school class for over 10 years. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and past Worshipful Master of Muskogee Lodge number 28. He was also a member of the Bedouin Shrine and York Rite Bodies of the KT. He was also active in the Sertoma Club. Charlie was preceded in death by father, Simeon Eldridge Freeman; mother, Corrine Freeman-Beard-Harper and husband E. B. Harper; adoptive father, Vernon Beard; stepfather, Kenneth K Beard; brother, Vilas V Beard; sisters, Mary Sue Eisenschmidt and Louise Thrall; wives, Martha G Beard and Charlotte B Beard; and nephew, Travis Thrall. He is survived by his wife of the home, Jean Engelbrecht-Beard; daughter, Leslie Cates and husband Rich of Tulsa; daughter, Jo Ellen Beard of Tulsa; son, Ken Beard and wife Rhonda of Muskogee; stepdaughter, Betsy Smith and husband Frank of Edmond; stepsons, John Engelbrecht and wife Rhonda of Muskogee, Tom Engelbrecht and wife Darla of Muskogee, and Mike Engelbrecht and wife Sheri of Tulsa; grandchildren, Austin Bond and wife Jennifer of Tulsa; Lindsay Parker and husband Trent of Tulsa; Cassie Bachman and husband Andrew of Oklahoma City; Vann Beard of Columbus-Ft. Benning, GA; Kyle Beard of Oklahoma City; April Smith and husband Jacob of Muskogee; Chandler Engelbrecht of Muskogee; Sarah Smith of Dallas, TX; Curtis and Ashley Smith of Kansas City, MO; Kelcie Eaton and husband Andrew of Muskogee; John Engelbrecht of Muskogee; Keelie Engelbrecht of Muskogee; Katy Engelbrecht and Macy Engelbrecht of Tulsa. Charlie's grandchildren cherished their visits to Grandpa/Papa & Nana's, characterized by swims in the pool, burgers from the Hasty Bake, and rides on the lawnmower, and occasionally his motorcycle. Their most cherished memories were the individual chats they had with him. He is survived by great-grandchildren, Tessa, Ellen and Charlie Bond of Tulsa; Jonathan Parker of Tulsa; Beau and Linley Smith of Muskogee; and Calaway Smith of Kansas City. He is also survived by nieces Terry Goranson and husband Ron of Dallas, Jane Konkler and Husband Gerald of Tulsa, nephews Jim Thrall and wife Maggie of Yuma, AZ, and Chuck Thrall and wife Karen of Houston, TX. The family will be accepting visitors at Cornerstone Funeral Home on Monday, August 31, 2015 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM Tuesday, September 1 at Grace Episcopal Church, Muskogee, with Reverend Bob Wickizer officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery with full military honors. Pallbearers will be Vann Beard, Kyle Beard, Austin Bond, John Engelbrecht, Curtis Smith and Chandler Engelbrecht. Honorary pallbearers will be Andrew Eaton, Jacob Smith, Andrew Bachman, Trent Parker and Dr. Mike Stephens.

Friends may wish to remember Charlie by making memorials to the Shriners Hospital.

Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee. Condolences may be made to the family online @


Cecil "Butch" Ashlock, Jr. Butch Ashlock, Jr. passed this life on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at his home in Wagoner at the age of 68. He was the son of Gladys (Williams) and Cecil Wayne Ashlock, Sr. born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on March 5, 1947. He was a 1964 graduate of Hale High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Butch also attended Okmulgee Tech from 1965 to 1967 and received a degree in Industrial Electronics and Electrical Maintenance. Butch joined the U. S. Navy in September of 1967 and was honorably discharged in July of 1971 and received two service Vietnam medals. He married Elizabeth (Ellis) Ashlock on December 27, 1969 in Las Vegas, Nevada, to that union came two daughters, Aimee and Amanda. They shared 28 years until her death in 1997. Butch met Flossie (Rarig) at a church they both were attending in Coweta. They were married there May 1, 1999. They later became members of Jubilee Ministries church in Locust Grove. Butch retired in 2004 from Transok where he was a Electronic Technician for the gas industry. Butch later was led to become an ordained Minister. He was very active in his church, always ready to help. He enjoyed traveling, fishing and at the age of thirty seven was selected to pitch for the Tulsa All Star fast pitch team. Butch also liked to be outdoors and work in their yard. He was a loving father, husband and grandpa. He was preceded in death by his mother and father and his first wife Elizabeth. He is survived by his loving wife Flossie Ashlock , two daughters Aimee Hoffmann and her husband Mike of Broken Arrow and Amanda Cowan of Branson, MO, four step children, June Craig and her husband Bob of Owasso, Kevin Kibler of Owasso, Becky Blasier and her husband Kevin of Enid, OK and Vonda Dotson and her husband Gary of Ardmore, OK, one granddaughter Rachel Hoffmann and six step-grandchildren, nine step-great grandchildren, other family members and church family. Services will be held Monday, August 31, 2015 at the Jubilee Ministries in Locust Grove with Pastor John Blackwell. In lieu of flowers the family request memorials be made to the Jubilee Ministries Church, 701 E. Ross, Locust Grove, OK 74352. A private burial will be held in Henryetta, Oklahoma at the Westlawn Cemetery. Arrangements and cremation are under the care of Shipman Funeral Home & Crematory in Wagoner, OK.

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