Mary Katherine Dawson, 67

Born July 24, 1952

Died July 2, 2020

Mary Inez Sims, 79

Born September 1, 1940

Died July 2, 2020

Teresa Dawn Reid, 36

Born August 10, 1983

Died July 2, 2020

Shawn Wayne Wheeler, 51

Born February 4, 1969

Died July 1, 2020

John B. Bebee, 89

Born April 25, 1931

Died July 1, 2020

Linda L. "Poni" Wilson, 69

Born October 11, 1950

Died June 29, 2020

Kenneth Ray Benton, 83

Born May 17, 1937

Died June 29, 2020

Roy Dale Jenkins, 80

Born December 11, 1939

Died June 29, 2020

Micheal Joseph Motte, 63

Born December 4, 1956

Died June 27, 2020

Warren Clay Graham Sr., 82

Born October 14, 1937

Died June 26, 2020


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Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 5:31 PM

Jim Paul Blair poses with his wife, Katey and his assistant, Angelina Cummings, right.

Jim Paul Blair, whose passion for Muskogee and music helped shepherd the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame through its most difficult times, and advocated doggedly for the Muskogee hospital, has died of complications resulting from a recent illness. Blair’s wife, Katey Sherrick Blair, posted the news 30 minutes ago to her Facebook page.

Blair had been in the hospital for several days suffering from an undisclosed illness with pneumonia-like symptoms, friends and family said.

He was popular around town for his Buddy Holly and Hank Williams impressions, his frequent and fruitful collaborations with other Muskogee musicians and his work with the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. Blair was also in charge of the Muskogee Medical Foundation, which manages the land on which Saint Francis Hospital sits, and frequently held the hospital’s operator, Saint Francis, to the fire to fulfill the conditions of its lease.

Blair also initiated and shepherded the music festival GFest and was a founding partner in Max’s Garage.

No arrangements have been made yet.