Wed. Dec 17, 2014 obituaries


Donald "Don" Briscoe passed away on Sunday, December 14 at the age 74. The funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 17 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel, 1830 North York Street, Muskogee, OK. with Chaplain Cindy Culver officiating. There will be a private family interment. Pallbearers will be nephews, Darrel Atchison, Curtis Boyd, Phillip Henderson and Harley Jr. Seabolt. Honorary Pallbearers will be Steve Boyd and Robert Capps. The family will receive friends from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.

Don was born on March 12, 1940 in Muskogee, OK to Malcolm and Anna Mae (Pruitt) Briscoe. Both parents died when he was 4 years old. Don was raised by his maternal grandmother in Glendale, CA. When she passed away, he came back to Muskogee and lived with his paternal grandmother.

Don started his pipeline career in 1958. He joined the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 627 in 1959. His work took him to various states and overseas to Libya and the Persian Gulf. In 1976, Don went to work for National Steel Erectors where he worked until he retired in 2002. Working for National Steel took him to many places in the United States as well as Puerto Rico and Iceland. After Don retired, he enjoyed working outdoors keeping his lawn looking great, sitting on the porch with his wife, Bonnie and their dogs Mitzi and Ace, playing Texas Hold'em with family and friends, watching golf and Nascar.

Don is survived by his loving and caring wife of 55 years, Bonnie; a son, John Briscoe of Tulsa, son and daughter-in-law Ron and Sheri Briscoe of Carrollton, TX, a daughter, Rhonda Wallace of Tulsa; four grandchildren, Morgan Briscoe, Alex Briscoe, Austin Wallace and Emily Wallace; sister and brother-in-law, Alma and Fred Stewart. Don had many nieces and nephews and loved each of them very much, along with a special cousin, J.R. Tillotson of LaGrande, OR, and Don's very dear friend since 1956, Gerry Dixon. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff of Hometown Hospice for their dedication and effort to provide quality care. It was a heartwarming blessing to the entire family. When they first came into our lives they told me, we are your family now and they have been there everyday.

We thank God for the gift of Don's life and the blessing of the time we spent with him.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hometown Hospice at 2307 South York Street, Muskogee, OK 74403 or the American Cancer Society, Donation Mailing Address, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73123-1718 or online at


Karen D. Hall of Wagoner, Oklahoma passed this life on Friday, December 12, 2014, at the age of 45. She was born to Katherine (Milliken) and Dennis Hughes in Sapulpa, Oklahoma on May 6, 1969. Karen came back to Oklahoma from Kimberly, Idaho in 2005. Karen enjoyed crafts, beadwork and candle making. She was paralyzed in 2007 and she lived just to make sure her children were taken care of. She lived to raise her girls. She had a lot of medical issues, to manage along the way. She was a loving daughter, mother and sister to her family. Her family was her life.

She was preceded in death by her mother Katherine Drake, one infant son, Brad Ayden Hall of 9 days and one brother Dennis Daniel Hughes, Jr. Karen is survived by her father Dennis Hughes and wife Estalee Hughes of Wagoner, two daughters; Amanda Shaye Rash and Smantha Bryann Hall of the home, three brothers, David Macon Hughes of Bartlesville, and Paul Damion Hughes of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Jerry DeWayne Wright of Chanute, KS, one sister Kathleen Denise Carrigan of Pea Ridge, Arkansas, four step-brothers; Frank, Anthony, Eddie and Marden Hailey and one step-sister Mary Stoller, numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends, that are sure to miss her.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, December 20th, 2014 at 2:00 p.m, at The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints, in Wagoner, OK. In lieu of flowers the family request memorials be given to the Karen's children. Cremation and arrangements are under the care of Shipman Funeral Home & Crematory.


Jerry Bryan passed this life on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at his home in Wagoner, at the age of 76. He was born in Broken Bow, Oklahoma on February 28, 1938 to Lorene (Nichols) Bryan and Farris L. Bryan. Jerry joined the U. S. Marines in April of 1955, he was stationed in Bremerhaven, Germany-MO Communication Electronics), and was honorably discharged in April of 1959 as Lance Corporal.

He had four children Lora Lee, Jeffrey Warren, Sandra and Kelley. He was preceded in death by his daughter Lora Lee Bryan in February 1965. Jerry married Geri Lynn (Daigre) Bryan in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on May 4, 1974, Together they had a daughter Jennifer Lynn Riley. Jerry retired from Capital Printing and Publishing in Nashville, Tennessee, as president and a plant manager. He was currently a driver for the Muskogee Transit Company.

He is survived by his wife Geri of the home, their children, Jeffrey Bryan of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Sandra Turner and Kelley James both of Denham Springs, LA and Jennifer L. Riley and her husband James of Wagoner, OK, step children Paul Juneau and Cynthia Luttrell, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and step grandchild, Colin Luttrell.

A memorial service was held at 2:00 P.M., on Thursday, December 18, 2014, at the Shipman Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Mark Pointer officiating. Cremation and arrangements were under the care of Shipman Funeral Home & Crematory.


Funeral services for Jewel P. Graham, 90, of Oklahoma City, formerly of Muskogee, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at Lescher-Millsap Funeral Home Chapel with Eric Fletcher officiating.

Jewel was born August 26, 1924 in Clovis, NM, the daughter of Arthur and Estelle (Carter) Patton and died Saturday, December 13, 2014 in Oklahoma City. She was raised in Madill, OK, at the Royal Hotel which her family managed at the time. Prior to retirement, Jewel worked as an auditor for Sears and Roebuck. She enjoyed 30 years of retirement, traveling, and enjoying her family. Jewel's steadfast faith in God and Jesus Christ sustained her through many trials in life. She looked forward to seeing her loved ones in Heaven.

Survivors include two daughters, Sharon Boling and husband, Larry of Muskogee, Donna Sewell and husband, Bryan of Oklahoma City; son, Troy Graham and wife, Susan of Muskogee; grandchildren Kenneth Thompson and wife, Michelle, Shane Thompson and wife, Crystal, Shannon West, Wendy Thompson, Tonia Williamson and husband, Rich, Andrew and Matthew Sewell, Courtney, Carley, and Cadey Graham, Trace and Kinley Wilson; great-grandchildren, Jewel Thompson, Harrison Thompson, Peyton Thompson, Raelynn and Hayden Smith, Emma Williamson, Lyndzey Goff, Kelsey and Abbey West, and Levi Dawes. Jewel was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald; and two brothers, Walter H. Patton and Ralph D. Patton.

Her cheerful outlook and loving ways will be missed by all.


Funeral services for Roberta Fay Barton, 83, of Aurora, MO, will be held at 2:00 P.M. Monday, December 15, 2014 at Brushy Mountain Cemetery. Burial will be under the direction of Lescher-Millsap Funeral Home of Muskogee.

Roberta was born September 25, 1931 at Braggs, OK, the daughter of Carl Richard and Hazle Bell (Sipes) Barton and died Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at her home in Aurora. Prior to retirement, Roberta worked as a nurse.

Survivors include her children, Leona Clydene Alicea of Denair, CA, Donna Fay Hanson of Aurora, MO, Marcia Ann Evins of Galena, MO; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; five brothers and sisters, Carl Richard Barton Jr., George W. Barton, Mary Ann Wilcox, Linda Duvall, and David Lee Barton.


Gail Janet Callaway, 65 year old Broken Arrow resident, passed away on Saturday, December 13, 2014 in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. She was born on Monday, July 11, 1949 to Allen and Janet (Gould) Goodrich in Charleston, West Virginia.

Gail was raised in East Aurora, New York where she graduated from high school. During the summer after high school, she met David Jones, they began dating, she fell in love, went to college and they went their separate ways. She worked as a dental hygienist in the New York area. Gail married William Sleasman and later moved to Claremore, Oklahoma where she began working in Pryor for the late Dr. Eaton as a dental hygienist and after he passed away, she worked for Dr. Doherty.

She later moved to Tulsa and married Richard Callaway. Gail retired before Richard's death to take care of him. After the death of Richard, she was reunited with her long lost love, David Jones, just 3 years ago. Gail loved working on her family history, genealogy, drawing, photography, sewing, creating beaded jewelry and spending time with her family. Gail was preceded in death by her dad, and husband Richard Callaway.

She is lovingly survived by her daughter, Audrey Mitchell and her husband Chris of Checotah; grandchildren, Jacob, Ashlynn, Aidan and Seth Mitchell. Gail is also survived by her mother, Janet Goodrich; sisters, Carol Mickevicius and her husband Ray, Vicki Goodrich and her husband Gary Cathey, Eileen Goodrich and her husband Rick Wachter; aunt, Dorothea Wolfe; uncle, Leslie Gould; nephews, Raymond Mickevicius and his wife Francine and children Owen and Celena and Randy Mickevicius and his wife Karen and son, Max; the love of her life, David Jones, other extended family and a lifetime of friends. Gail asked that at the time of her death, her wish was to be cremated and she encourages everyone to remember her as she was. There are no services planned. You may share online condolences with Gail's family at

The family of Gail Janet Callaway entrusted her care, services and cremation to John & Kim Garrett of Garrett Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service 311 SW 2nd Checotah, OK 74426 (918) 473-2244.


Evelyn D. Smith was born December 11, 1920 in Pueblo, Colorado to Dudley Isaac and Beatrice "Bertha" (Brown) Odle. She was married to Gerald Smith, and they lived a long and happy life together for 65 years until his death in 2011. He was in the U. S. Army Air Corps, and they lived in Hawaii during the first years of their marriage. They later ran a dairy farm for many years. Evelyn was a wife and homemaker first. She loved cooking and sewing and traveling with Gerald. She was a member of the Immanuel Southern Baptist Church in Wagoner, and taught Sunday school. Evelyn liked to sing, and often sang with her daughter-in-law, Donna.

Evelyn Smith departed this life on Sunday, December 14, 2014 in Broken Arrow, OK, just three days past her 94th birthday. Others who preceded her in death include three sisters, Roberta Garrett, Jane L. Brazell and Rena Johnson, and two brothers, Randolph Odle and Leamon Odle.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Donna Smith of Broken Arrow; two grandchildren, Jennifer Smith and Kyle Smith; three great-grandchildren, Auryana Johnson, Kysen Smith and Cambrie Dailey; two sisters, Cherry Wilson and Maxine Hartley; one brother, Cletus Odle; numerous nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews; other relatives and friends.

The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at the Immanuel Southern Baptist Church in Wagoner. The Reverend Rick Boyne will officiate. Interment will be in Floral Haven Cemetery in Broken Arrow, OK. Pallbearers will be Kyle Smith, Rick Newman, Rick Whitehead, David Cravens, Johnny Lunow and Jeff Lunow.

Friends are invited to a Visitation with viewing on Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mallett Funeral Home in Wagoner.

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