Recent deaths

(Death notices and obituaries are taken from area funeral homes and presented here as-is. The respective funeral homes are responsible for their content. They are published here free of charge in chronological order by date of death.)

Darwin Eugene Parker, 48

Born Thursday, January 21, 1971

Died Monday, August 26, 2019

Darwin Eugene Parker was born from the union of Joe Curtis Parker and Alice Mae Parker on July 21, 1971 at 9:32 A.M. in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

Better known as "Turtle" by those close to him, he attended Muskogee Public Schools as a child before later transferring to Taft Moton High School in 1988.  He graduated from there with the Class of 1989.

Darwin enjoyed music, dancing and spending time with his nieces and nephews.  He joined Cummings-Cole Christian Methodist Episcopal Church at an early age under the late Reverend Ophelia Harris.  During his lifetime, he worked in the healthcare field in Kansas before returning to Oklahoma in 2000.

In his 48th year, Darwin Eugene Parker transitioned from life to everlasting memory on August 26, 2019 from Muskogee Oklahoma.  The Lord called him home to Glory.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Alice Mae [Gamble] Parker on December 25, 2018, along with his grandparents, George and Flora Davenport, and John T. Parker and Janie Mae Parker, five Aunts and three Uncles, and other relatives.

He leaves to lament his death and cherish his memories;  his father, Joe Curtis Parker [Bobbie], Mesquite, Texas;  his sister, Dyone Elaine Johnson [Mike], Muskogee, Oklahoma;  his brothers, James E. Johnson, Jr.[Melanie] and Joseph E. Johnson; two special friends, Shanna Buckner and Juanita Parker; along with a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

The final hour with Darwin will commence on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at High Noon in the Taft Resource Center.  Burial will follow in the Taft City Cemetery.  

You may visit Mr. Parker, as he slumbers in peaceful repose at the funeral home in Muskogee on Friday from 3 PM until 6 PM.

Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc.

James W. Abston, 61

Born Wednesday, April 16, 1958

Died Sunday, August 25, 2019

James William Abston, 61, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away Sunday, August 25, 2019. He was born April 16, 1958 in Friona, Texas to Claud and Lula Jane (Tennison) Abston. He attended public schools and graduated from Hereford High School in Hereford, Texas.
James said he didn’t need school; he was born to drive. He worked as a truck driver for over 35 years, a job he loved doing every day.
He met his life partner, Donnell Winters, and she became his bride on April 15, 2012; one day before his birthday. Their first date consisted of going to church, going out to eat, and going for a drive. They were blessed with many wonderful memories in the seven years they shared.
James loved nothing more than spending time with Donnell, his family and friends, trucking, and riding his motorcycle. He died doing what he loved.
He was loved by many and will be dearly missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Claud and Lula Abston.
James is survived by the love of his life, Donnell of Muskogee; sisters, Debra Branch and husband Bennie; LaDale Holt, all of Guthrie, Oklahoma; along with numerous nieces, nephews, other family members, and a host of friends.
Funeral services celebrating James’ life will be 10AM, Friday, August 30, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. John Derr officiating. Interment will follow at Summit View Cemetery in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Pallbearers will be Ronnie Fairchild, Ronnie Pack, Randy Talley, Dennis Patterson, Johnny Braxton, and Ernie Ralph. Honorary pallbearer will be Steve Pilkington.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N York Street, Muskogee. Condolences may be made to the family online at

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Belle Cobb Cahoon, 96

Born Tuesday, April 17, 1923

Died Saturday, August 24, 2019

Belle C. (Brown) Cahoon, 96, of Fort Gibson, was born April 17, 1923 in Fort Gibson to Charles and Edna (Spurlock) Brown and peacefully passed away Saturday, August 24, 2019 at her daughter Carolyn’s home in Muskogee with her family by her bedside.
Belle grew up in Fort Gibson where she received her formal education, graduating with the class of 1941. She continued her education at Northeastern State College and Draughns Business College. Belle met and later married Alvin R. Cahoon on October 31, 1947 in Fort Gibson. She had many different jobs throughout her life, of which she was a legal secretary with Lloyd Payton and later with QB Boydston. Belle was a member of the Fort Gibson Presbyterian Church since age twelve. Her hobbies included genealogy, reading and spending time with friends and family.
Belle is preceded in death by her husband, Alvin R. Cahoon; son, Charles F. Cahoon; sisters, Helen Castleberry, Edna Bastlanelli and Janie Cook; brother, Charles M. Brown; her parents, Charles H. and Edna Spurlock Brown.
Those left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Anne Marie Baldwin of Marina, CA and Carolyn Diane Watts and husband Bob of Muskogee, OK; granddaughters, Angela Rusher and husband Stephen of Moraga, CA and Dianna Vidales and husband Eloy of Concord, CA; great granddaughters, Avery and Willa Rusher of Moraga, CA; brothers, Forrest David Brown and Dan ‘Mickey’ Brown both of Fort Gibson and a host of extended family and many friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly request memorial donations to the First Presbyterian Church @ P.O. Box 1563 Fort Gibson, OK 74434, to the Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma at or any charity that supports the less fortunate.
A visitation is planned for Friday, November 29, 2019 at the First Presbyterian Church in Fort Gibson with the family receiving friends 5PM-7PM.
A celebration of Belle’s life will be 1:00PM Saturday, November 30, 2019 in the Fort Gibson First United Methodist Church with Clergy, family and friends officiating. A social hour with refreshments will be immediately following Belle’s Life Celebration. Everyone is encouraged to attend.
The family of Belle C. (Brown) Cahoon has entrusted her cremation and memorial service to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson. 918-478-2555.
Belle’s family would appreciate your thoughts and memories of her on our online condolence page @, as this would be most meaningful to them all.

Clifford D. Garrett Family Funeral Home

Tommy Duane Cookson, 77

Born Wednesday, November 5, 1941

Died Saturday, August 24, 2019

Tommy Duane Cookson, 77, of Fort Gibson was born on November 5, 1941 in Cookson, Oklahoma to Richard Howard Cookson and Lila Jewell (Blair) Cookson and passed away Saturday, August 24, 2019 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Tommy lived in Tulsa, OK from the age of 2 years until he was 17 years old. He graduated from Tulsa Central High School May of 1959.
Tommy enlisted in the United States Navy on August 25, 1959. His boot camp was spent at San Diego, California. He then attended Naval Air Technical Training in Philadelphia, PA. He served on the U.S.S. Hornet CVS-12 in Long Beach, California and the U.S.S. Constellation CVA-64 in San Diego, California. He was honorably discharged August 25, 1968 after serving 8 years 11 months and 11 days. He received several commendations, Good Conduct Award with One Star, National Defense Award, Navy Unit Citation with One Star, Vietnamese Service 1960-1968, and Vietnamese Campaign Ribbon with Three Stars.
On February 23, 1961 he married Linda Jean Toner, to this marriage two children were born, Kelly Renea Cookson and Michael Duane Cookson.
After serving with the US Navy he began working at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK from November 1967 to March 1970. He began his truck driving career with B & B Truck Line from March 1968 to March 1975, then worked for Campbell “66” Express from March 1975 to March 1980 then worked for Yellow Freight Lines.
Tommy started his Stain Glass Business April 1980 in Miami, OK. His passion in life was making stain glass which are spread all over the United States.
He really enjoyed country music, reading and traveling all over the United States and Canada with his sister Mary. Tommy’s fondest memory was rebuilding his 1966 Chevelle.
Tommy is survived by his son; Michael Cookson of Owasso, OK; sister, Mary Ellen (Cookson) Lee of Baxter Springs, Kansas and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and daughter, Kelly Cookson.
Viewing will be noon to 1:45PM Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home in Fort Gibson.
A Celebration of Tommy’s Life will be held 2:00PM Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at Fort Gibson National Cemetery. Full Military Honors will be observed.
The family of Tommy Duane Cookson has entrusted his care, services and burial to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson. 918-478-2555.
Online condolences may be left at

Clifford D. Garrett Family Funeral Home

Howard G. Jones, 85

Born Thursday, August 31, 1933

Died Thursday, August 22, 2019

Howard (Tink) Guy Jones, 85, of Fort Gibson, OK, passed away on August 22, 2019 at home surrounded by his family.

Visitation for family and friends will be held on Sunday August 25, 2019 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Muskogee, OK.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday August 26, 2019 at First Baptist Church in Fort Gibson, OK with Pastor Billy Parker and Brother Bob Dewoody officiating. Burial will follow immediately at the Fort Gibson National Cemetery. Arrangements are by Cornerstone Funeral Home in Muskogee, OK.

Tink was born in Ballard, OK to John Wesley and Mary Lee Anna Jones on August 31, 1933. He graduated from Watts High School in 1952. He went on to earn his associates degree from Connors State College in 1976. He married Darlene Hester his wife of nearly 62 years on September 6, 1957 in Tulsa, OK. He joined the Oklahoma Highway Patrol in 1962 and retired in 1987 with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant with over 25 years of service. His years of service and dedication to the OHP remained a source of great pride throughout his lifetime. In March 2019 he was recognized for fifty years of membership in the Oklahoma Sheriff’s and Peace Officer’s Association. He was a veteran of the Korean War and served in the United States Army from 1954 - 1957 as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne, 505th Infantry Division where he achieved the rank of Corporal. As members of Fellowship Bible Church in Fort Gibson, OK he and Darlene thoroughly enjoyed their church family. More than anything he enjoyed gathering with family and friends no matter the occasion. Following the Fort Gibson Tiger Basketball Teams provided some of his best memories in his later years. He also enjoyed traveling, reading, and cooking.

Tink is preceded in death by his parents, daughter Patty Lou, brothers Ralph Jones, Charles Jones, Robert Jones, and Bill Jones, brothers in laws Arnold Hester, Danny Hester, Vaden Hester, and Ronnie Hester.

Tink is survived by wife Darlene of the home, daughter Linda Clinkenbeard and husband Brad of Fort Gibson, son Tracy (T.J.) Jones and wife Lisa of Fort Gibson, brothers Kenneth Jones and wife Linda of Watts, OK, Vernon Jones and wife Sandy of Casselberry, FL, and sister Linda Jackson of Watts, OK. Grandchildren include Payton and Emerson Jones of Fort Gibson, grandsons Adam Clinkenbeard and wife Brandy of Owasso, OK and Jared Clinkenbeard of Fort Gibson. Great Grandchildren Karleigh Clinkenbeard of Stillwater, OK, Sam, Anna, and Ben Clinkenbeard of Owasso, OK, and Isis and Sebastian Clinkenbeard of Muskogee, OK. Sisters in laws Joyce Hester, Barbara Hester, and Ardella Hester. Brother in law Bentz Hester and wife Dorthy along with many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be members of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Fellowship Bible Church of Fort Gibson. The family of Tink wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the many family, friends, Troopers, and medical professionals who visited and/or cared for Tink during his final months at home and in the hospital. We would also like to acknowledge and thank the staff of the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center, 5th floor rehabilitation unit, in Muskogee for their kindness and compassion to both Tink and his family.

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

1:00pm-5:00pm Saturday, August 24, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home
1:00pm-5:00pm Sunday, August 25, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.

Family Visitation:
2:00pm-4:00pm Sunday, August 25, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home

10:00am August 26, 2019 at Fort Gibson First Baptist Church.

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Elouise Jones Wooten

Born Friday, April 12, 2019

Died Wednesday, August 21, 2019

On April 12, 1936, Elouise Jones (Woodfork) Wooten was born to Willie Jones and Aretha Goudeau Jones at Pierce,Oklahoma. She was the third of six children. 

She was born and raised in the Pierce community and received her formal education at Warrior school. She graduated from Rentiesville High School in Rentiesville, Oklahoma in 1954. Shortly after graduating, she was united in marriage to Curtis Eugene Woodfork. They had been courting since elementary school when he was ten and she was eight and they were blessed with seven children. 

Better known as “Tookie” which she was fondly called, centered her life around her family and friends. She enjoyed fishing,sewing,cooking, caring for her children and making sure the members of her family were well groomed and very well fed at all times. She was also a Master seamstress, making clothes, blankets and anything she put her mind to. She worked at White Stag for many years. 

 Later in life, she met and married Clarence Wooten. They enjoyed traveling cross country,going to rodeos and spending time with her grandchildren.   

After 83 Chapters of life, Elouise Jones Wooten passed from life to everlasting on Wednesday morning, August 21, 2019 from her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was preceded in death by her parents Willie and Aretha, an infant son Steven, brother Billy Jones, sister Miljean Stack and husbands Curtis Woodfork and Clarence Wooten. 

She leaves in God's care:   Six children, Michael(Charlene) Woodfork, Stanley Woodfork, Jeanine(Merald) LeDuff, Curtis Woodfork Jr., Conrad(Susan) Mitchell, and Joselyn(Duane) McClellan;  two sisters, Irma Jones ,Lillian Johnson and and Sister-in-law Ruby Pennington and brother Willie Jones; Six grandchildren, Fanta Thompson, Malca Woodfork, Steven Woodfork, Joshua and Joel Hornsby and Kristen Delligatti; . Eight great-grandchildren, Paxton and Sydney Thompson, Asha Truit, Jaidey Hornsby, Jolee Hornsby, Jackson Hornsby, Reagan Woodfork and Carter Delligatti; and a host of nieces , nephews, cousins and friends and her trusty sidekick, Snowball. 

The family will be hosting a Celebration of Tookies Life on Sunday, September 1, 2019 At the home of Merald and Jeanine LeDuff at 5:00 p.m.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Thursday morning, August 29, 2019 at 9:00 AM in the St. Paul Catholic Church of Eufaula, Oklahoma.  Father KingsleyGeorge-Obilonu will be the Celebrant.

Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc.

Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc.

Ronald Chilton Boren, 59

Born Sunday, January 24, 1960

Died Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Ronald Chilton Boren, 59, of Muskogee, passed away on Tuesday, August 20, 2019. He was born on January 24, 1960 to Horace and Martha R. (Burns) Boren.
Ronald grew up in Muskogee, attending Longfellow Elementary, Cascia Hall (Tulsa), West Junior High, and graduating from Muskogee High School in 1978. He was the youngest of five sons.
Ronald’s father, Horace, was a professional photographer and owned and operated radio stations. As such, Ronald developed a passion for photography and music at an early age. His earliest influence was his mother who studied at Ward Belmont in Nashville. As a youngster he developed an ear for blues/rock music. At the age of 14, Ronald quietly rolled his family's sedan down the street, eventually driving all the way to Cain's Ballroom where he snuck in to see and photograph, using his Dad’s camera, legends; Johnny Winters, Lightning Hopkins, and Bugs Henderson. Subsequently, Ronald became close friends with fellow musician Mike Antle, a young guitar player from Muskogee. Mike had a huge impact, musically, on Ronald before his untimely death at a young age, but Ronald continued to give Mike accolades for years to come for his incredible guitar skills. Those experiences set his passion for music which never waned.
Ronald was a founding member of the band, The Shakers. He also was a member of 6ft Landing, The Swon Brothers, and Buddy Holly and The Legends of Rock ‘n Roll. Ronald felt extremely blessed to play percussion in the “Mini but Mighty Orchestra” for the production of “Nanyehi” with Becky Hobbs and Duane Sciacqua.
Ronald worked in the music industry his entire adult life as a musician, recording studio owner and engineer, and was employed by John Michael’s Music and Square Deal Music. He was a founding member of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, becoming the tour guide and curator for the museum not long after it was opened in 2002. Ronald considered his greatest blessing was working at St. Paul United Methodist Church with the Youth Group from 1998 through 2011.
Ronald was known for his encyclopedic knowledge of music history and his passion for cars, Formula 1 and NASCAR in particular. However, his greatest attribute was most often described by his friends as being a kind and gentle soul who strived to lift up everyone he encountered. He was well known for his firm handshake, followed by that tight hug and three slaps on the back. Most conversations with friends ended up with him saying “Love you brother” or “Love you Sweetie”.
Ronald was proud to be a 40+ year cancer survivor far surpassing doctors prognosis by 30 years. Ronald loved sharing this story with other cancer patients as inspiration. He was predeceased by his father, Horace Boren, his mother, Martha Boren, and brother, Alex Miller. He is survived by brothers Barry Boren of Muskogee, Burnie G. Miller(Dorcas) of Waco, Texas, and Connell R. Miller (Judy) of Bentonville, Arkansas; nephews Alex Reynolds, Scott Miller, and Chase Miller; nieces Leslie Kemp and Alisha Yates Marshall; aunt Patricia Halford King; and many great nieces and nephews as well.
Services will be held at St. Paul United Methodist Church at 10am on Saturday, August 24, 2019. Pall Bearers specifically selected by Ronald will be Shane Curtis, , Bobby Young, Robert Watson, Lou Hays, Mac Durnil, Nick Young, Tony Olzawski, Colton Swon, Zach Swon, and Jim Thompson. For Honorary Pall
Bearers, he selected Ted Aukerman, Michael Davis, Kem Frix, Chris James, Harley Hamm, Jim Blair, John Dellamaggeria, Dave Howell, Jermaine Mondaine, Jeff Harlin, Andy Kay, David Kay, David Watson, Kelly Swon, Barry Love, Derek Gibson, Phil Sapienza and John Hasler.
Ronald identified many close friends that he is survived by, including Jennifer Bockius Todd, Mellisa Hollifield Smith, Zoee Rolland, Sarah Rolland Herig, Susan Thompson, Ineta Bebb, Joyce McFarland, Becky Hobbs, Andrea Ditto, Marian Dellamaggaria, Evelyn Hibbs, Marjorie Szabo, Willie Reaves, Chris Tracy, Kyle Beard and George New.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Ronald’s name to Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame Youth Instrument and Music Instruction Fund, P.O. Box 3221, Muskogee, OK 74401. The family’s wish is to establish this specific purpose fund to help possible future Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame legends in Ronald’s name.
A music celebration will be held on Sunday, September 15th at 12pm at The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame
Services are under the direction of Bradley Funeral Home with the arrangements.

Bradley Funeral Service

Georgia Bell Waggoner, 85

Born Tuesday, October 3, 1933

Died Monday, August 19, 2019

Georgia Bell Waggoner, 85, of Fort Gibson was born October 3, 1933 in Bakersfield, California to Sam and Pansy (Watkins) Hall and passed away Monday, August 19, 2019 in Muskogee with her loving family by her side.
She received her formal education in California and graduated from Delayno High School, Delayno, California. Upon graduation she worked in the cotton gin. She met and later married the love of her life John Dewey Smith in 1954 and there were six children born into this marriage, they made their life in California where she worked as a seamstress and homemaker raising her children. She lost her husband while pregnant with Denise living in Twenty-Nine Palms, California.
Georgia later met and married her new love Dean Waggoner on December 24, 1976. She worked at the Fort Café, later working at Love’s Country Store as manager and then Harp’s Grocery Store where she earned “Employee of the Month”.
Georgia had many jobs and worked very hard to raise her children by herself as a young widowed mother at the age of 29. She sometimes worked two jobs to provide an honest living for her children. Making their clothes, and taking in ironing for others.
She loved to garden and can for family. Her children looked forward to her home cooked meals and all the jelly, jams and canning, she loved to make for them.
Georgia loved family gatherings and cooking meals for her family. With Georgia’s passion and talent for sewing, she made most of her children’s clothing including wedding dresses for her daughters Denise and Kathy. She would sew for her grandchildren and make beautiful quilts for each grandchild and great grandchildren along with sewing for many others. She was very giving and generous in her giving.
Georgia crocheted lap blankets for dialysis patients, hats and scarfs for the homeless as well as crocheting hats for newborns and donating them to the Muskogee Hospital.
Danny said that grandma instilled the belief that nothing was given to you, you had to earn everything by working for it, even in love and life.
She was a faithful member of New Hope Assembly of God in Muskogee, OK.
Georgia is survived by her sons; John Smith and wife Sandy of Fort Gibson, OK, Eddie Smith and his wife Cathy of Temecula, CA; daughters, Natalie Schoemann and husband Joe of Wanette, OK, Kathy Nichols and husband John of Fort Gibson, OK and Denise Hoos and husband Rick of Wagoner, OK; grandchildren, Crystal Johns, Lisa Koumbis, Jerry Tadlock, Andrea Albin, Eddie Smith, Steven Smith, Danny Nichols, T.J. Nichols, Jennifer Markle, Kimberly Condi, John D. Smith, Rocky Ballard, Adam Hart and Joe Michael Schoemann; 22 great grandchildren who were the happiness and joy of her life.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; John Dewey Smith and Dean Waggoner; sisters, Billie Hall and Verta Snowden; son, Charles Smith; and great granddaughter Kasey Marie Aley.
A visitation will be held 5PM to 7PM Thursday, August 22, 2019 at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home in Fort Gibson, OK.
A celebration of Georgia’s life will be held 10:30AM Friday, August 23, 2019 in the Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor John Overton officiating.
Committal prayers and interment will follow in the Fort Gibson National Cemetery with Jerry Tadlock, John Nichols, Danny Nichols, T.J. Nichols, Rick Hoos and Joe Schoemann serving as casket bearers. Jennifer Markle, Andrea Albin and Kimberly Condi serving as honorary casket bearers.
The family of Georgia Bell Waggoner has entrusted her care, services and burial to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson. 918-478-2555.
Online condolences may be left at

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Danny C. Chaffin, 67

Born Thursday, August 14, 1952

Died Monday, August 19, 2019

On August 14, 1952, Danny Clifford Chaffin was born to William and Gracie Leyon (Starkey) Chaffin in Glendale, Arizona. He passed away on 8/19/2019 at 8:19 AM; fifteen years to the day of his dad’s passing.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Gracie Chaffin; and his brothers, David, Joe and James Chaffin.
Danny is survived by his wife, Laurie; sons, Shane Chaffin, Joey Chaffin (Jami); daughter, Shauna Padgett (Rob); sisters, Charlotte Brothers, and Jeannette Sanchez (Manuel); nephews, JD Chaffin, JJ Chaffin (Hailei), Manuel Sanchez, Jr. (Kaylin), Johnny Chaffin, Billy Dye, James Skaggs and Donnie Chaffin; nieces, Alicia Sanchez, Gracie Chaffin, Tina Garrison, Carol Jones and Kim Chaffin; grandchildren, Tiffany, Shane, Jr., and Haley Chaffin, Kylie and Rylie Bauer, and Emma Padgett; along with many other family members and friends.
Danny was third in the line of 6 kids and the responsibility of helping raise the younger 3 fell on his shoulders. He worked hard all his life starting out in the cotton and vegetable fields. His parents owned their own custom cotton harvesting business in Surprise, Arizona.
He began working construction early, traveling to Tulsa in his senior year to work for his Uncle John building the Falls Apartments. He sent most of his paychecks home to help support the family while his mom battled breast cancer, a fight she did not win. He ran his own crew of characters for several years working many years with ERC Construction. In between jobs, he had a lucrative sideline as a mussel diver. He retired from Case and Associates in May of 2018.
Danny enjoyed motorcycle riding, building antique trucks, and working in his garden. He loved to put something delicious in the oven that would cook all day while he sat in front of the TV complaining that there was never anything on and he would read and re-read old western books at the same time. He loved making Sunday morning breakfasts complete with cowboy biscuits from scratch, fried potatoes with onions, bacon and eggs while his brother Joe made the gravy. Enchiladas in his big iron skillet, tacos and tostados were also family favorites. We miss those delicious meals!
Danny was receiving excellent care through Transitions Life Care Hospice since October, 2018. They did an amazing job along with many prayers of keeping him comfortable throughout his whole ordeal with pancreatic cancer.
A celebration of Danny’s life will be 1PM, Saturday, August 31, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Bill Crow officiating.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be made to the family online at

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John W. Shiew, 75

Born Sunday, September 19, 1943

Died Sunday, August 18, 2019

John William Shiew, 75, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away on Sunday, August 18, 2019. He was born on September 19, 1943 to Bert and Sybil (Jestice) Shiew in Muskogee, Oklahoma. John graduated from Muskogee Central High School with the class of 1961. He married the love of his life, Linda Joyce White, on October 14, 1961. They shared 57 years of marriage together.
John worked at Sears as a service technician until his retirement in 1999. He worked on guns and he also worked at Centralized Service. John’s favorite name was Papa, and he was also called Johnnie and Dad. He loved horses and enjoyed riding whenever he could. He also loved making things out of wood. He always made sure it was precise and sturdy. John was a gunsmith and had a good selection of guns that he was proud of. He also made hat bands out of real snake skins. While on vacation and touring a cave, a lady following behind John asked the guide if there were snakes in the cave because she had been hearing the rattling of a rattlesnake from the hat band on John’s hat! He also made knives out of deer antlers and made their coverings out of leather. John gave the knives he made to family members and friends. He also made a wooden stand for equipment at his Baptist Church.
In his younger days he managed a little league team and even coached some at games. He was president of the Muskogee Roundup Club and helped wherever he could to be with his son. He was also leader of the Webelos Cub Scouts.
He loved his family very much and enjoyed the time spent with his granddaughters and especially his five great-grandchildren. He will always be remembered as a very talented and generous man.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Bert and Sybil Shiew.
He is survived by his loving wife, Linda Shiew, of the home; son, Danny Shiew and wife Brenda of Muskogee, OK; siblings, Claude Shiew of Lexington, MO, Wayne Shiew and Dewayne Shiew both of Muskogee, OK, Jimmy Shiew of McAlester, OK, Sharon Perry of Muskogee, OK, Leonard Shiew of Tulsa, OK, Betty Touchette of Tulsa, OK, and Judy Thomas of Muskogee, OK; granddaughters, Amber Horn and husband Matt of Muskogee, OK and Amy Shiew of Purcell, OK; his precious great-grandchildren, Seth Shiew, Angel Shiew, Misti Horn, Cody Horn, and Anna Shiew all of Muskogee, OK; and many family members and friends.
A celebration of John’s life will be 2PM, Friday, August 23, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Roger Pratt officiating.

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

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Booker T. Blackmon, Sr., 83

Born Sunday, February 16, 1936

Died Sunday, August 18, 2019

ooker T. Blackmon was born on February 16, 1936, the son of Jimmy and Christine [Marks] Blackmon in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma.

Booker grew up in the Four Mile Branch community and attended Thompson School. Being a hard worker, he worked numerous jobs during his lifetime. At a young age, he began working and worked an extended period of time at Bowers Feed and Mill in Muskogee and Omaha, Nebraska.

As a young man, he met and later married Ceola Post. Two children were born from this union. This marriage was later dissolved. He later married Mary Stout in Muskogee, Oklahoma and three children were born from this union.

As time progressed, Booker began his career in the concrete business. He was best known as a Concrete Entrepreneur, an expert at concrete finishing and his art of Bulldogging in the Rodeo circuit throughout the United States.

During the morning hours of August 18, 2019, while convalescing at the Wagoner Care Center in Wagoner, Oklahoma, the Lord relieved Booker of his suffering, when he called him home, from labor to refreshment. He was preceded in death by parents, a baby girl Phyllis, a great grandchilid, three brothers, Isiah, Theodore and Alex; and three sisters, Genoa, Ethel and Annie.

He leaves to cherish his loving memory; his precious children; a son, Booker T. Blackmon, Jr., Muskogee, Oklahoma, three daughters, Sharon Elaine Blackmon [Thomas], of North Carolina, Marilyn Blackmon Current, Muskogee, Oklahoma and Kelly Blackmon Alexander [Tony], Muskogee, OKlahoma; six grandchildren; a brother, Herman Blackmon [Cheryl], Muskogee, Oklahoma; four sisters, Geneva Smith, Muskogee, Oklahoma, Velester Payne, Denver, Colorado, Betty Dawson, Phoenix, Arizona and Georgia Nero, Fort Gibson, Oklahoma; along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Service of Memory for Mr. Blackmon will be held on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. in the Antioch Temple of Hope. Dr. Marlon J. Coleman is the gracious host Pastor and Reverend Walter Brown, Jr., will officiate. Burial will follow in the Four Mile Branch Cemetery in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma.

You may visit Mr. Blackmon, as he slumbers in peaceful repose at the funeral home on Tuesday from 1 PM until 6 PM.

Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc.

Kenneth Lee Pasture, 67

Born Wednesday, April 16, 1952

Died Saturday, August 17, 2019

Kenneth Lee Pasture 67, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away suddenly on Saturday, August 17, 2019. He was born on April 16, 1952 in Newark, New Jersey to Leon Edward Pasture and Frances Julie (Gilsenan) Pasture. He love his family very much and enjoyed spending as much time possible with them. Kenneth never met a stranger as he had a multitude of friends. He will be missed by everyone who knew and loved him. No services at this time.

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Paul E. Webb, 78

Born Monday, April 14, 1941

Died Friday, August 16, 2019

Paul Earl Webb entered Heaven’s gates on Friday, August 16, 2019 with his family by his side. He was born April 14, 1941 in McLain, OK to Glee and Flores (Fuller) Webb. He grew up and attended the public schools in McLain, Elm Grove and Haskell. Shortly after he finished his high school education, he enlisted with the United States Air Force. He proudly served during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged in April of 1965.
On July 30, 1965, Paul married the love of his life, Patsy Darlene Shipley, at his sister’s home in McLain. Together they have shared more than 54 years of life and marriage together.
Paul’s professional career was spent as being a Maintenance Man. He enjoyed working with his hands and used this talent to provide a living for his family. His family recalls that he loved to grow huge gardens. He often rented other land to make a garden big enough to share vegetables and fruits with those he loved. He will always be remembered for the huge watermelons that his gardens produced. He was a longtime member of Buckhorn Baptist Church and Muskogee Chapter of the DAV. He also enjoyed OU Football, Oklahoma City Thunder Basketball and NASCAR.
He is preceded in death by his parents; 4 sisters, Fern Chrysler, Wilma Coppin, Margaret Edwards, and Charlene Ferguson; 2 brothers, Stanley Webb and Virgil Webb.
Paul is survived by his wife, Patsy of the home; children, Rodney Webb (Denise) of Rock Hill, SC and Angie Lemon of Muskogee; grandchildren, Amber Piorkowski (Michael), Holly Webb, Dustin Webb, Patricia Lemon, and Nicole “Indigo” Lemon; great-grandchildren, Serenity, Alexis, Jakob and Lukas Piorkowski; siblings, Leamon Webb (Linda) of Webbers Falls, Homer Webb(Judy) of Muskogee and Pebble Herriman (J.B.) of Webbers Falls; brother-in-law, Bob Shipley (Deb) and sisters-in-law, Barbara Johnson and Linda Jackson (David); numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
A celebration of Paul’s life will be 11:00am Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Cardell Coppin officiating. Michael Piorkowski, Cayce Ellard, Aaron Shipley, Brian Shipley, Quinton Webb and Russell Webb will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Virgil Hughey, Gary Shipley and David Jackson. Interment will be in Fort Gibson National Cemetery with honors.
Paul’s family will receive friends on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N York Street, Muskogee. Condolences may be made to the family online at

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Joy Hayes, 66

Born Sunday, February 22, 1953

Died Friday, August 16, 2019

Joy M. Hayes, 66, of Braggs, Oklahoma was born February 22, 1953 to Clarence and Helen McElhaney in Muskogee, Oklahoma. She peacefully passed away Friday, August 16, 2019 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She grew up in Braggs, Oklahoma and graduated high school at Berryhill in 1971.
Joy truly loved spending time with her family and friends. She loved to travel. She will be remembered as an awesome wife, mother, granny, JoJo, sister, and friend.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Barbara McElhaney.
Joy is survived by her husband, Ron of the home; sons, Derek Irving and wife Deana of Edmond, Nathan and Allison Hayes of Broken Arrow; brothers, Darrel McElhaney and wife Dee Dee of Sallisaw, Jeff McElhaney and wife Mary of Hitchita; sisters, Sherry Cauthon and husband Charles, and Kathy McElhaney of Braggs; grandchildren, Samantha, Allison, and Emma Irving, and Bishop Hayes; along with many other very loved nieces, nephews, other family members, and friends.
Joy will be greatly missed.
A memorial service celebrating Joy’s life will be at 3PM, Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home with Mr. Bobby Burris officiating.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N York Street, Muskogee. Condolences may be made to the family online at

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Sandra L. Hampton, 65

Born Monday, November 2, 1953

Died Friday, August 16, 2019

Sandra Lea (Brockmeier) Harms Hampton passed from this life on Friday, August 16, 2019 to be with her beloved Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Sandy was born November 2, 1953 and was one of three children for Russell and Jean (Spink) Brockmeier of Forreston, Illinois. She was an excellent student and took pride in being named Miss Flame and Miss Blackhawk while at Forreston High. She earned her Associates Degree in nursing and became a registered nurse.
She and her son moved to Muskogee in 1982 where she met her husband, Nick Hampton. They married in Porter on February 5, 1983 and she was the love of his life for the next 36 years. As a nurse, she touched the lives of many patients and co-workers in over 30 years of dedicated service. She spent most of her service as an operating room nurse at Muskogee Regional Medical Center. She was also an OR supervisor at OSU Medical Center in Tulsa and at Three Rivers Surgery Center in Muskogee, and a house shift supervisor at Tahlequah City Hospital until her retirement in 2014. Sandy enjoyed teaching Sunday School at Boulevard Christian Church several years. Her compassion and charm were what stood out most to those who knew her.
Sandy was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Charley; and sister, Kim.
She is survived by her husband, Nick, of the home; sons, Erik Harms and wife Mandy; granddaughter, Brooke, of Geneseo, IL.; Dr. Jerrod Hampton and wife Bethany of Little Rock; grandson, Austin Harms, currently in the US Air Force; granddaughter, Brianna Harms; great-grandson, Henry Stauffer-Talbot of Checotah; cousin, Traci Ackerman of Bixby; and “adopted” daughter, Jamie Cannon of Muskogee.
A memorial service celebrating Sandy’s life will be at 10AM, Friday, August 23, 2019 at Boulevard Christian Church with Pastor James McCracken presiding.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Fur Babies Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 3883, Muskogee, OK 74403, or online at
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N York Street, Muskogee. Condolences may be made to the family online at

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Lorri J. Terrell, 56

Born Wednesday, September 12, 1962

Died Thursday, August 15, 2019

Lorri Jalene (Wooten) Terrell, 56, of Warner, OK, passed from this life on Thursday, August 15, 2019. She was born on September 12, 1962 to Bill Wooten and Shirley (Macon) Wooten in Muskogee, OK. She graduated from Warner High School in 1980 and later attended Connors State College.
Lorri worked as an administrative technician in the Office of Juvenile Affairs. Her hobbies were golfing, watching football, cooking, and quilting. She loved sports and was a big fan of Oklahoma State and Phil Mickelson.
Lorri is preceded in death by her father, Bill Wooten of Gore, OK and grandmother, Ellen “Dimp” Trotter of Webbers Falls, OK.
She is survived by her son, Christopher Snodgress and wife Casey of Lewisville, TX; daughter, Nicole Smock and husband Lucas of Bixby, OK; granddaughter, Presley Smock of Bixby, OK; mother, Shirley
(Macon) Wooten of Gore, OK; sisters, Alisa Terrell of Webbers Falls, OK, and Billye Casinger of Gore, OK; former spouse, Kennith Terrell of Webbers Falls, OK; partner, Lucky Tarkington of Warner, OK, Lucky’s children, Christy Chapman of Coweta, OK, and Amanda Allen of Owasso, OK; Lucky’s grandchildren, Ashley Hollis of Coweta, OK, Hailey Allen, Hope Allen, and Gracie Allen of Owasso, OK; as well as several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Lorri’s life will be held at 1:00pm Thursday, August 22, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Donnie Echols officiating.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be made to the family online at

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Andy Clark “A.C.” Vann, 92

Born Saturday, December 11, 1926

Died Tuesday, August 13, 2019

On December 11, 1926, a baby boy was born to Garfield and Betsey Vann. They named him Andy Clark Vann. He was affectionately known to everyone as "A.C."
A.C. had 8 siblings and on August 13, 2019 he grew his wings and joined them in God's most sacred place, Heaven!

A.C. married the Love of His Life, Lurene Smith on September 25, 1970. The two made their home in Muskogee, OK at 609 N. 12th Street. Mr. Vann was a hard working man. He provided for his family by working at the V.A. Hospital in Muskogee, OK for 32 years, the Muskogee Country Club for 25 years and Elks Lodge for 15 years. He was a faithful member of Macedonia Baptist Church where he humbly served God and the church for over 40 years.

Before television made being a Chef famous, A.C. was known throughout the community for making delicious meals. He was often called upon to cook for special occasions and he never turned down the opportunity to make good food for friends, family and the community.
A.C. was well known for making brisket, ribs, greens and don't forget about that peach cobbler. Oftentimes, family would mention that peach cobbler and the next thing you heard were the pots and pans stirring in the kitchen. A.C. loved feeding the masses and when family came over to visit or if family was coming in from out of town he'd make so much food that you'd have enough to take home to feed your individual families for a week. No request was ever too much for A.C., the "Master Chef". He'd often say, if this isn't enough, I will cook some more.

A.C. also loved gardening, cowboy boots, cowboy hats, suits, Smith & Wessons and a good old western movie, namely "Gun Smoke." He planted greens all over his yard and never said no when passersby would stop and ask if they could pick some greens. It has been said that he had the prettiest greens in Muskogee County.

Mr. Vann loved his family, especially those grand kids. Elvin and Corance spent a lot of time growing up with Grandpa, A.C. He would pile those grand kids, I mean all the kids in that van or that blue truck and they would be gone all day only to come back worn out and filled with excitement from spending time with their grandfather. A.C. also liked taking his family for rides to the country and out to Four Mile Branch, where he was raised.

Mr. Vann was a man that never wavered. He meant what he said, and said what he meant. Never to be caught off guard because he stayed on on point.

Those left to cherish the memory of A.C. are the Love of his Life, Lurene Vann of 48 years. His children: Andy Vann Jr, Ora Mae Vann, Annetta L. Vann, Lonzo C. Vann, Clarence Vann (Rhea D.), and Almmeta Jones (Lawrence). Children he helped raise, Angela R. Graham, Tonya R. Coleman (Davy, Sr.,), and Tracy E. Ledbetter (Steve). Grandchildren: Elvin L. Bell, Corance D. Chandler, Gregory L. Vann, Alicia L. Vann, Johnathan D. Vann, Steven D. Vann, Orenna M. Candies, Wauneta L. Vann, Darrin Jones, Dehran Jones, LaShawnna Camp, Jasymne Clark, Krista McKnight, DaiDrian T. Brown, Davy T. Coleman, II, Taja R. Coleman, ShaTara S. Smith, LaTia R. Smith, Steve D. Smith, D'Ron D. Smith, Jyrelle D. Smith, and T'aira R. Smith. Along with many great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends who will miss him dearly.

Services for Mr. Andy "A.C." Vann will be Saturday August 24, 2019 at 11AM at Macedonia Baptist Church in Muskogee.

Friends may be visit Mr. Vann as he slumbers on Friday from 1PM until 6PM in the Muskogee Chapel.

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Linda E. Potts, 70

Born Tuesday, November 16, 1948

Died Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Linda Earline Potts, 70, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away Tuesday, August 13, 2019. She was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Earl and Mildred (Brittain) Mullinax on November 16, 1948. Following the death of her parents, she was raised by her grandparents, Walter and Myrtle Brittain. Linda attended school at Hamilton Schools in Tulsa. She later married Burley Potts on October 27, 1978 and they began their lives together in Lost City, Oklahoma where they raised two children, David and Jeanetta. Linda worked as a teacher’s aide at Lost City Public Schools and then later as a cafeteria cook. Her last job was being a cafeteria cook at Hulbert Public School.
Linda and her family attended Swimmer Baptist Church in Lost City where she loved to hear gospel music. She enjoyed spending time with her grandkids and loved to cook for them.
Burley passed away on December 31, 2014 and Linda longed to be with him. Her family and friends have great comfort knowing they are now together in Heaven.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Mildred Mullinax; brothers, Gary, Hobart, and Raymond Mullinax; and her husband, Burley Potts.
Linda is survived by her daughter, Jeanetta Wilson and husband Scott of Muskogee; son, David Marrs of Hulbert; grandchildren, Jace, Brinley, and Colton, all of Muskogee; sister, Ruth Fielden of Hulbert; along with other family members and friends.
Funeral services celebrating Linda’s life will be 2PM, Friday, August 16, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bobby Botts officiating. Interment will follow at Lost City Cemetery in Hulbert, Oklahoma. Pallbearers will be Zach Brittain, Chris Brittain, Mark Fielden, Wayne Fielden, Will Bookout, and Doug Russell.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be made to the family online at

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Willie Junior Tate, 69

Born Tuesday, April 11, 1950

Died Monday, August 12, 2019

It all begin in Yahola, Oklahoma, where Otis Tate and Anna Bell Vealy were blessed with a son. This baby boy, the second of 12 children, was named Willie Tate Sr. Willie accepted Christ at an early age and soon became a member of Saint Mark Baptist Church of Muskogee.

Willie attended school in Kinta and Haskell, Oklahoma. He grew up living with his maternal grandparents, Willie and Martha Vealy in their home in the country of Boynton, Oklahoma. Willie was a proud veteran of the Armed services, serving honorably in the United States Army.

Willie, in his 69th year, transitioned from this life on Monday, August 12, 2019 from the Jack C. Montgomery Regional Veterans Administration Medical Center in Muskogee.

He was preceded in death by both grandparents, Willie and Martha Vealy, mother, Anna Bell Underwood, father, Otis Tate, step father, Willie Underwood, four brothers, James Barnett, Clarence, Leonard and Johnny Underwood, one sister, Brenda Kay Underwood, his son, Willie Tate Jr and aunt, Mary E. Fennell.

Loved ones left to cherish his memory; two daughters, Catina C. Dorsey of Arlington, TX and Sharon Billings-Matheny of Muskogee. 10 grandchildren, Kadeem McNac, Kevin Dorsey Jr., Faith Dorsey, Ja’Corey Billings(Christa), Jy’Esha Billings, Lawrence Billings, Mekhi Gibbs, Willie Tate III, Yasmine Tate and Gavin Mitchell. 13 great-grandchildren. 5 brothers, Edwin (Carolyn) Underwood, of Lewisville, TX, Frank (Margaret) Taylor, of Taft, OK, Raymond Underwood (Carol), of Dallas, TX, Tracy Underwood, of Muskogee, OK, Frederick (Florie) Underwood, of Arlington, TX. 3 Sisters, Melva and Willie Mae Underwood, of Muskogee, OK and Virginia Tate Stevenson, of Oklahoma City, OK. A special son, Wayne (Tate). 2 Loving Aunts, Freddie Jean Vealy, of Tulsa, OK and Synomia Vealy, of Kinta, OK and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A Memorial Ceremony will be conducted on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 1:00 PM in the St. Mark Baptist Church. The Pastor, Reverend Rodger LB Cutler will Preside.

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