Thu. Jan 29, 2015 obituaries


Jolene Darling (Hill) Doering, 88, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away Tuesday, January 27, 2015. She was born October 8, 1926 in Haskell, Oklahoma to Mark H. Hill and Alta Darling (Sanders) Hill. Jolene graduated from Muskogee Central High School with the class of 1944. After graduating from High School, Jolene attended Northeastern State University and received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in English Education. She was a member of Epsilon Sigma Alpha, AAUW, Delta Kappa Gamma, and Kappa Kappa Iota. Jolene married the love of her life, William David Doering on March 1, 1952 at Boston Avenue Baptist Church in Muskogee, Oklahoma. They shared 62 years of marriage together. She worked for Muskogee Public Schools at Alice Robertson Junior High as an English Teacher until her retirement in 1987. Jolene also worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Welfare Dept. She was a member of Boston Avenue Baptist Church where she served as the organist for many years. Jolene was preceded in death by her parents, Mark H. Hill and Alta Darling (Sanders) Hill; and brothers, Alton Dale Hill and Paul Hill. She is survived by her husband William D. Doering of the home; daughters, Christina Boyd and husband Rick of Collinsville, OK, and Jill Perkins and husband Tim of Texarkana, AR; grandchildren, Corey and Kristy Perkins of Jay, OK, Lauren and Brad Reichard of Lynchburg, VA, and Jessica Perkins of Texarkana, AR; great-grandson, Killian Reichard of Lynchburg, VA; sisters, Polly Page of Muskogee, OK, and Bo Dene Moses and husband Barney of Muskogee, OK; brothers, Gale Hill and wife Johnnie of Muskogee, OK, Jerry Hill and wife Jimmie Sue of Muskogee, OK, Terry "Lucky" Hill and wife Sarah of Muskogee, OK, and Dare Hill and wife Jane of Fort Gibson, OK; numerous other family members and friends. A celebration of Jolene's life will be 10:00 A.M., Friday, January 30, 2015 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Donnie Echols and Rev. Timothy Perkins officiating. Interment will follow at Greenhill Cemetery with Jason Hill, Zachary Hill, Reuben Hill, Jordan Hill, Caleb Hill, Seth Hill, and Corey Perkins serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Leo Andrews, Verlin Kindy, and P. A. Jones.


Steve Daniel Whittinghill, 56, of Muskogee, died Sunday, January 25, 2015 at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa. He was born March 21, 1958 in Bloomington, Illinois to Harold Eugene Whittinghill and Thelma Rea (Craddock) Whittinghill. Steve was one of a kind and he loved The Lord and his family. He enjoyed the outdoors and was happiest when he was in a tree stand on a cool morning. He was always up for an adventure whether it was cliff jumping, skiing down a black diamond, bare-footing behind a ski boat, or having the chance to set something on fire. He was a muscle car enthusiast and he could tell you the year, make, and model of any classic car from a mile down the road. Steve was the original "MacGyver." He could finagle his way out of any and every challenging situation. He worked with great zeal and truly enjoyed running the family disposal business. Steve delighted in ministering to people, especially those at the Gospel Rescue Mission. He was ready and willing to help family members, friends, or strangers in need. Steve was loved by many and he will be dearly missed and fondly remembered. His family requests memorials be made to: The Gideon's International, P.O. Box 204, Muskogee, OK 74402 or Military Warriors Support Foundation of San Antonio, Texas at Steve was preceded in death by his father, "Gene" Whittinghill. He is survived by his wife, Donna Whittinghill of Muskogee; two daughters, Julie Whittinghill and Jessica Fishburn and her husband, Kyle, of Oklahoma City; son, John Whittinghill of San Antonio; mother, Thelma Whittinghill of Muskogee; four sisters and their spouses, Terry and Henry McCray of Roatan Island, Honduras, Nancy Perkins of Leander, Texas, Vicki and Ken Herringshaw of Muskogee and Becky and Lewis Godby of Mt. Home, Arkansas; brother, Roy Whittinghill and his wife, Karen, of Bloomington, Illinois; 12 nieces and nephews and 10 great nieces and nephews. Viewing will be from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 28, 2015; the family will greet friends Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Memorial services will be 11:30 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church with Pastor Brad Schell and Dr. Randy Scott officiating.


Helen Lorene Withrow, 86 year old, Checotah resident, passed away on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 in Warner, Oklahoma. She was born to Walter and Elsie (DeLozier) Anderson on Wednesday, February 22, 1928 in Canadian, Oklahoma. She was raised in Canadian where she attended school. Helen met W. H. Bill Withrow and they were united in marriage in January of 1950 in Yuma, Arizona. They moved back to Checotah where she became a wife, homemaker and mother. She loved to cooking, gardening and canning and always kept a clean house. Helen enjoyed feeding cattle with her daughter and son-in-law and spending Friday nights and Sunday mornings with her church friends. She loved being a grandmother enjoying time with her great grandson, Jake. Helen was very loving, caring, giving and always doing for others. She attended the Church of Christ. Helen was preceded in death by her parents; husband, W. H. "Bill" Withrow; son, Billy "Cowboy" Withrow; grandson, Rowdy Joe Withrow and infant daughter, Mary Jane Withrow. She is lovingly survived by her daughter, Debbie Mullen and her husband Jon of Checotah and their children, Alisa Cox and her husband Dusty of Salina and their son Jake, Jonny Mullen and his wife Branny of Mounds; daughter-in-law, Dixie Withrow, and her children, Nicole and Colleen Withrow all of Checotah; daughter, Paulette Smith and her husband D.C and their daughter, Candy Smith all of Muskogee. Helen is also survived by her sister, Wanda McBride and her husband Lewis of Muskogee; sister-in-law, Juanita Withrow of Checotah; very special friends, Nellie Davidson and the Hood family.

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

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