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(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.)

Bertie Faye “Nana” Metzger, 85

Born Wednesday, April 1, 1936

Died Thursday, December 2, 2021

Bertie Faye Jones Metzger, age 85, passed away peacefully at home on December 2, 2021. She was the 9th child of Chester McReynolds Jones and Ida Mae Davis Jones. She and her twin brother Bert would complete the Jones family of 10 siblings on April 1, 1936. The April Fool’s joke that day was that second, unexpected baby. Bertie attended Braggs Schools and graduated with the Class of 1954. After high school, she worked at Woolworth’s, and in the 1980’s, she worked at Anthony’s for a few years.
Bertie would meet the man who stole her heart, Jerry Fredrick Metzger, in high school in 1948. They would marry on March 26, 1955 and share more than 66 years of marriage. They would make their home on the farm where they grew cotton, soybeans, maize, corn, wheat and sod through the years. Bertie worked alongside her husband in the fields many years driving tractors and hauling loads of cotton to the gin. The farm life allowed her to instill these hardworking values in her children. Her hands were rarely still as she canned many of the vegetables that they grew in the garden which helped to provide huge lunch spreads on the table day after day.
Bertie loved to love on people, especially her children and grandchildren, spoiling them often with her fried chicken, chocolate cake, tomato relish, chicken enchiladas and homemade fudge. She enjoyed growing flowers and plants, and keeping an immaculate yard. She also had a love for hummingbirds. She loved to travel to Colorado and Arizona and no one could pack a RV as efficiently as Bertie. She, along with Jerry, was a member of HOACGA where they spent their free time exhibiting their huge collection of carnival glass.
Bertie knew without a doubt that Jesus was her Savior. She and Jerry attended Crescent Valley Baptist Church where they were baptized together. This is the greatest gift for her family to know that she is now safely and eternally in the arms of Jesus.
Bertie is survived by her husband, Jerry F Metzger, of the home; daughter Melinda Goodnight and husband Phillip; son Jerry L Metzger and wife Cindy; son Toby Metzger and wife Sheila; 8 grandchildren: Eric Goodnight and wife Jessica, Patrick Goodnight and wife Brittany, Ryan Metzger, Travis Metzger and wife Rachel, Hayden Metzger, Hannah Mann and husband Derrek, Wyatt Metzger and Jerry C Metzger; 5 great-grandchildren: Isiah, Haley, Jacee, Evelyn and Tanner. She was preceded in death by her parents, seven brothers and two sisters.
Memorial service will be held 2:00 P.M., Monday, December 6, 2021 at South Bethel Cemetery in Braggs, OK with Rev. Sam Dunn officiating. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, the family would be honored if donations were made to the Gideons International, PO Box 204, Muskogee, OK 74402.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences can be made to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

W. Bruce Madding, 60

Born Thursday, September 7, 1961

Died Thursday, December 2, 2021

Graveside Service for W. Bruce Madding, 60 of Gore, Oklahoma will be at 2:00 PM on Monday, December 6, 2021 at Gum Springs Cemetery in Webbers Falls, Oklahoma under the direction of Agent Mallory Martin Funeral Service, Inc.

He was born on September 7, 1961 in Muskogee, Oklahoma to Versie (Booth) Daniels and Archie Roy Madding and passed away on December 2, 2021 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He was married to Belinda (Wooten) Madding on August 7, 1981 in Webbers Falls, Oklahoma. He graduated from Webbers Falls High School in 1979 and graduated from OSU with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics. He was a contractor for Cullum Construction and retired from OG&E. He was also a rancher. He liked to hike and hunt in New Mexico. Bruce enjoyed hunting for Indian Artifacts, spending time with his family and sports.

Survivors are:

Wife, Belinda of the home;

1 Daughter, Acia and Brandon Watts of Keefeton, OK;

2 Sons, Andy and Jannifer Madding of Webbers Falls, OK and Alex and Taren Madding of Sallisaw, OK;

1 Brother, Brent and Valerie Madding of Webbers Falls, OK;

Mother, Versie Daniels of Muskogee, OK;

10 Grandchildren, Jalei and Braden Watts, Emmalie, Alanah, Adreann, Hunter, Adyson, Kaydence, Dexx and Livv Madding;

and several other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Archie Madding; and step-father, Jerry Daniels.

Active Pallbearers will be Andy Madding, Alex Madding, Brandon Watts, Brent Madding, Toney Wooten and Zac Madding.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Coletta Peyton, Josh Taylor, Bryan Karnes, Mike Weaver, Danny Eichling, Jason Smith, Terry Ward, Chad Clay and Casey Pevehouse.

Viewing and Visitation will be 3 - 7 PM Saturday, Noon - 7 PM Sunday and 9 AM - Noon Monday at Agent Millsap Event Center in Gore, OK where the family will greet 2 - 4 PM Sunday.

Agent Mallory Martin Funeral Home

Bill D. Chanslor, 88

Born Saturday, June 3, 1933

Died Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Bill D. Chanslor, 88, of Fort Gibson, OK was born June 3, 1933 in Ponca City, OK to William Henry Chanslor and Della Ann (Eddings) Chanslor and peacefully passed away Wednesday, December 1, 2021 in Tulsa, OK with his loving family by his side.
In June of 1952, Bill joined the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged in June of 1956 as an Airman First Class.
Bill met, fell in love and later married the love of his life, Opal Moore on July 15, 1960 in Cushing, OK. Bill was a devoted husband to Opal for 61 years, making precious memories together.
He was employed with Southwestern Bell Telephone Company as a Communication Technician for almost 30 years. Bill retired in 1987.
At the age of 63, he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior, and was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Fort Gibson, OK.
Bill was an avid fisherman. He was a master tinkerer and inventor who spent hours in his oversized garage, barn and shed that doubled as a hardware store. One of his inventions was the Tubo, a styrofoam fishing tube complete with a trolling motor mount. He raced the Tubo in the Tulsa Great Raft Race in his 80’s. Bill also had a boxing career that spanned over 30 years with his participation in a Tough Man contest at the age of 48.
Bill and Opal lived in Fort Gibson for almost 50 years. He was fiercely devoted to his family and friends. Bill only had one biological child, but served as a father figure to many more. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Bill is lovingly survived by his wife, Opal of the home; son, Mike Chanslor and wife Cindy; granddaughters, Martyne Farris and Grace McCoy; great-grandson, Gawain Farris; great-granddaughter, Eilonwy Farris; and extended family and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jimmy Chanslor; sisters, Mattie Kimbrel and Betty Driesbach; nephews, John Chanslor, Bob Kimbrel and Frank Kimbrel.
Viewing for Bill will be 12PM-5PM Monday, December 6, 2021 at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home in Fort Gibson.
A service Celebrating Bill’s life will be 12:30PM, Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at the First Baptist Church in Fort Gibson, OK with Brother Butch Cook officiating.
Committal prayers and interment will follow at 2:30PM in the Fort Gibson National Cemetery with Lonnie Broomfield, Gene Cottom, Veto Delmedico, Jimmy Jackson, Jr., Richard Kimbrel and Gary Smith serving as casket bearers. David Chanslor will serve as honorary casket bearer.
The family of Bill D. Chanslor has entrusted his care, service and burial to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson, OK. 918-478-2555.
Online condolences may be left for the family at clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com

Clifford D. Garrett Family Funeral Home

Larry D. Cragg, 69

Born Sunday, February 17, 1952

Died Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Larry Douglas Cragg or Link as many of his family and friends call him was born on February 17, 1952 in Muskogee, Oklahoma to Harold Eugene Cragg and Mary Lu Ellis Cragg. He was the fourth of five children. He grew up in Muskogee and attended Sally Brown, Hyde Park and Muskogee Schools before graduating from Muskogee Central in 1970. Larry attended Connors State College for two semesters.
Larry’s first job was working for Glen Reed’s gas station. He later went on to work at Katy Railroad and then finally found his calling in 1976 when he started at the Muskogee Fire Department where he spent the next 25 years. He retired on August 1, 2001. Larry stayed busy after retirement by working several different jobs including Ken Frazier Insurance, Earl’s RV and Stewart Martin Kubota. He owned several businesses through the years including Pepper Mattress, Elite Cards and Comics and Country Classics Antiques.
Larry married the love of his life Lynn Ausmus Davis on September 16, 1994 in Eureka Springs Arkansas. They were married 27 years and were blessed with a daughter, Rachel, on June 7, 1999.
Larry made a profession of faith during VBS at Hyde Park Baptist Church when he was a child. He was active in his church, Grandview Baptist. He went with the children to camp for many years and always enjoyed giving the kids a hard time.
Larry was a 32nd degree Mason and was a member of Alpha 12 in Fort Gibson and Trinity 502 in Muskogee. He served as secretary for both lodges for many years.
Larry joined Bedouin Shrine in 1998 and was a member of the Clown Unit. He was known as “Missing Link”. He loved clowning around and having a good time. He was a member of the Bedouin Shrine Divan and served as Potentate in 2019. Larry believed in the philanthropy of the shrine, the shrine hospitals that help children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate. He had recently taken on the duty as Hospital Chairman for Bedouin Shrine.
Larry had many hobbies. He collected baseball cards, comics and coins. He liked antiques and enjoyed going to garage sales to find treasures. He also enjoyed metal detecting, hunting and fishing. He was good at fixing things and working with wood to restore furniture .
Larry was a beloved father, brother, and son who breathed love and humor into everything he did. He knew how to light up a room whether that was cracking jokes and doing magic tricks or pestering all the cousins and grandkids. He lived his life with love and laughter, which he spread to all of those he knew.
Larry is survived by his wife Lynn of the home; mother Mary Lu Cragg of Muskogee; son Jason Cragg of Muskogee, son Aaron Cragg and wife Dawn of Muskogee; daughter Rachel Cragg of Fayetteville, AR; step-son Nathan Davis and wife Meagan, step-son Jon Davis and wife Angel of Muskogee; sister Linda Roberson of Tomball, TX; brother Richard Cragg of Muskogee, brother Terry Cragg of Joplin, MO; grandchildren Madison Cragg of Muskogee, Kaden Cragg and Acelan Cragg of Eufaula, Ryder Cragg, Jessica and Jordan of Muskogee, Reid Davis, Tucker Davis and Kade Davis of Muskogee; and great-grandchild Chandler Moore of Muskogee; as well as many other close family members.
He was preceded in death by his son Larry Michael, father Gene, brother Jim and brother-in-law Tom Roberson.
There will be visitation for family and friends from 6:00 to 8:00 on Monday, December 6th at Cornerstone Funeral Home.
Larry’s celebration of life will be 10AM, Tuesday, December 7th, 2021 at Grandview Baptist Church with Brother Danny Mills presiding. Interment will follow at Greenhill Cemetery with Jason Cragg, Aaron Cragg, Nathan Davis, Jon Davis, Tony Delmedico and Gary Page serving as pallbearers.
The service will be livestreamed on Grandview Baptist Church’s Facebook page.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences can be made to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.




Visitation:
Sunday, December 5th, 2021 - 01:00 PM to 05:00 PM - (CST) - Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory

Visitation:
Monday, December 6th, 2021 - 09:00 AM to 08:00 PM - (CST) - Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory

Family to greet friends:
Monday, December 6th, 2021 - 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM - (CST) - Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory

Service:
Tuesday, December 7th, 2021 - 10:00 AM - (CST) - Grandview Baptist Church

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Jimmy Lee Bryson, 83

Born Thursday, July 28, 1938

Died Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Jimmy Lee Bryson, 83, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away on November 30, 2021. He was born on July 28, 1938 to Frank Andrew Bryson and Maxing Thresa (Irving) Bryson in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Jim was a graduate of Braggs High School. He joined the United States Navy in October of 1955 and served until July of 1959, receiving an honorable discharge.

Jim married the love of his life, Deborah Joan Thompson, on June 10, 1986 in Carrell, Arkansas. They shared many years of life, marriage, family and many memories together.

Jim worked at Brockway in management for many years until his retirement. Jim was devoted to his family and loved spending time with family and friends. He will be missed by everyone who knew and loved him.

Jim was preceded in death by his, parents, Frank and Maxine Bryson; his loving wife, Deborah Joan Bryson; and his brother, Bobby Bryson.

He is survived by his daughters, Debbie Diane Sumter, and Ronna Kay Bryson; his sons, Terry Andrew Bryson, Jeff Camp, Danny Camp, Caleb Camp, and Casey Camp; grandchildren, Damon Michael Dunn, Terah Brynn Bryson, Geffon Camp, Silas and Hudson Camp and Elliot Camp; great grandchildren Ethan and Kaylee Dunn and many other family and friends.

The family will be holding a small private ceremony in Braggs, OK. on Saturday, December 4th, 2021.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations to be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at https://act.alz.org.

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Wilhelmina Bentley, 55

Born Wednesday, December 22, 1965

Died Monday, November 29, 2021

"Safe In His Arms" Wilhelmina Bentley, age 55, a resident of Tulsa, OK, transitioned in her home, Monday, Nov. 29th with family at bedside.

A Home Going Celebration will be conducted on Friday, December 10, 2021 at 12:00 noon at Harvest Time Outreach Ministry Church, 2333 E. 48th St. N., Tulsa, OK. Interment will follow at Crown Hill Cemetery, Tulsa, OK. Public visitation will be on Thursday, December 9th at Harvest Time Outreach Ministry Church, 2333 E. 48th St. N., Tulsa, OK during the hours of 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Mask wearing is encouraged at all services.

The family has been cared for by House of Winn Funeral Home-Muskogee

House of Winn Funeral Homes

Judy Gayle Hill, 78

Born Sunday, May 23, 1943

Died Saturday, November 27, 2021

Judy Gayle Hill, 78, of Fort Gibson, OK was born May 23, 1943 in Collinsville, OK to Uvaughn and Maxine (Griffith) Youngblood and peacefully passed away Saturday, November 27, 2021 in Tulsa, OK.
Judy worked for 20 years as a Chiropractic Assistant for several different Chiropractors in the Muskogee area. She lived in Collinsville for 18 years, then moved to Fort Gibson where she lived for the last 53 years.
Judy was a woman whose presence was larger than life with a kind spirit and generous heart. She met, fell in love with and later married her best friend Jim E. Hill on September 21, 1962 in Collinsville, OK. Together they shared 59 years, two months, and six days making beautiful memories together.
Judy was first and foremost of all a loving mother to her three children. She loved bluegrass music, gardening, camping and helping others in their time of need. Judy was a devoted “Gigi” and gave them endless love and memories, they will cherish forever. Judy loved her family and friends unconditionally. She loved her Church and was a faithful member of the Fort Gibson Church of Christ. She was loved by many and will be greatly missed.
Judy is lovingly survived by her husband, Jim of the home; daughters, Robin Gray and husband Billy of Owasso, OK, Carol Evans and husband Brent of Sallisaw, OK; granddaughters, Hillary Traylor of Owasso, OK, Christina Mitchell of Owasso, OK, Haleigh Emerson of Euless, TX, and Hope Evans of Sallisaw, OK; grandsons, Jared Hill, Justin Hill both of Grand Prairie, TX and Hayden Evans of Muldrow, OK; great granddaughters, Roseleigh Evans, Lillianna Traylor, and Josiella Traylor; great grandson, Ramsey Mitchell; brother, Jimmy Youngblood of Catoosa, OK; sister Louise Tounzen of Collinsville, OK; extended family and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her mother; Maxine Griffith; father, Uvaughn Youngblood; step-mother, Faye Youngblood; son, Steven Hill.
Judy will lie in state from 12PM-7PM Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home in Fort Gibson with the family receiving friends from 5PM-7PM.
A service Celebrating Judy’s life will be 10AM Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at Fort Gibson Church of Christ with Minister Dan Rouse officiating.
Committal prayers and interment will be 1PM at Starnes Cemetery with Hayden Evans, Brent Evans, Josh Mitchell, Mike Goats, Nathan Traylor, Henry Petree serving as casket bearers. Honorary casket bearers are Jim Youngblood, Tom Moore and Lyle Tolbert.
The family of Judy Gayle Hill has entrusted her care, service and burial to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson, OK. 918-478-2555.
Online condolences may be left for the family at clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com

Clifford D. Garrett Family Funeral Home

Betty McGuire (Shipman), 85

Born Friday, January 24, 1936

Died Saturday, November 27, 2021

Betty McGuire (Shipman) was born on January 24, 1936, to Riley and Gertrude Shipman in Lenna, Oklahoma, and departed from this life on November 27, 2021. 

She was the fifth child out of a family of thirteen children.  The Shipman family were farmers who farmed in both Oklahoma and California. 

Betty was valedictorian of her eighth-grade class while living in California.  Betty married Clarence Dewey McGuire (C.D.) on December 27, 1951.  They had four children: Rex, Michael, Debra, and Marvin. 

Betty was a successful business owner who established Mac's Drive-In in 1963, located in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma and owned and operated it for 30 years.  She was an institution to the community and many people recall fondly how she always had a kind word and would offer a helping hand to members in and around the community.  She baked daily for her restaurant and was known for her delicious pies and other goodies.  She enjoyed traveling with C.D. and friends to rodeos.  Her hobbies included cooking, baking, sewing, gardening, and playing cards and dominoes with family and friends.  She was a member of Crescent Valley Baptist church when living in Fort Gibson and a member of Lenna Baptist Church while residing in Lenna.  She was truly an angel on earth who will be greatly missed! 

Betty is preceded in death by both parents, siblings Christine, Robert, Albert, Lois, John, Doris, Susie, and Donald as well as her husband C.D., and son Rex McGuire.  Those left to cherish her memories are sons Michael (children Christopher McGuire, Shannon Walton, and Jonathan McGuire) son Marvin (daughters Sherry Dawn Harris and Paige Cochran), daughter Debra Grounds (spouse Bob, and their children Corey Grounds, Samuel Grounds, and daughter Mary Beth Beckham.)  Grandson Clarence McGuire (Little C.D.) as well as many great grand-children, sibling and friends.  

A funeral service will be held 1:30 p.m., Friday, December 3, 2021, at the Lenna Baptist Church. Burial will follow at the Lenna Cemetery under the direction of Hunn, Black & Merritt Funeral Home & Crematory. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.hbmfuneralhome.com.

Hunn, Black and Merritt, Eufaula

John Ronald Preston, Sr., 89

Born Sunday, November 20, 1932

Died Saturday, November 27, 2021

Obit coming soon.

Visitation: 10AM-11:30AM Friday, December 10, 2021 at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson.

Graveside Service: 1PM Friday, December 10, 2021 at Citizens Cemetery, Fort Gibson.

Clifford D. Garrett Family Funeral Home

Thomas “Jack” Ross, 89

Born Wednesday, June 29, 1932

Died Saturday, November 27, 2021

Thomas Jack Ross, a proud member of the Cherokee Nation, was born on June 29, 1932, and passed away November 27, 2021, at the age of 89 in his hometown of Muskogee, OK.
Jack married the love of his life, Betty Jane Brown, on February 4, 1952. They stayed happily married for 67 years until Betty’s passing in 2019.
Jack and Betty were blessed with four sons: Tom (Teresa) Ross of Northlake, Tx; Mike (Jan) Ross of Muskogee, OK; Alan (Janice) Ross of Tulsa, OK; and David (Sharon) Ross of Muskogee, OK. They were also blessed with 8 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Jack spent his entire career climbing the ranks in the heavy construction trade to become one of the preeminent structure superintendents in the country. From humble beginnings as a Union carpenter working on Keystone Dam, to a Superintendent constructing highways in California and Texas, locks and dams in Mississippi and Washington State, mass transit systems in our Nation’s Capital, to airports here in Oklahoma, Jack left a permanent mark on our landscape with the projects he constructed.
Jack loved to play golf in retirement. He continued to do so as long as his body allowed, but he never gave up the thought, as he kept his favorite set of clubs ready for the next round.
He loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He loved watching them bowl, race dirt-track cars, or play football. They were truly his joy in life.
Although Jack spent his life constructing projects all over the country, his legacy is not material. His legacy is his sons, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, and the indelible mark he left on us all. He taught his four sons what a man should be. He taught them what a father should be. Most importantly, he taught everyone he met what a family should be.
Graveside service for Jack will be at Greenhill Cemetery, Friday 12-3-2021 at 11:00 a.m.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences can be made to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Emmanuel Barnett, 77

Born Monday, January 31, 1944

Died Saturday, November 27, 2021

Emmanuel (Katcv) Barnett was born January 31, 1944 in Lenna, Oklahoma to Hammer and Jeanetta (Moore) Barnett. Emmanuel went to be with his Heavenly Father Saturday, November 27, 2021.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hammer and Jeanetta Barnett; his sister, Lena Primeaux; and his brothers, Sammy Beaver and Joe Ray Barnett.
Emmanuel is survived by his wife, Pan Ella Barnett of the home; his daughters, Diane and husband Tim Meeker of Muskogee, OK, and Melissa and husband Troy Ambler of Muskogee, OK; his son, Chris and wife Julie Barnett of Butler, PA; his grandchildren, Lauren and husband Cody Hatcher, Andrew Ambler, Madison Ambler, Brittany and husband Sam Fahnestock, Christian Barnett, Asher Barnett, Selah Barnett, Phoebe Barnett and Ruby Barnett; his great-grandchildren, Jett and Mia Hatcher, Elijah, Atley and Deacon Barnett; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Emmanuel married Pan Ella Jordan June 1, 1963, he worked as a civil Engineer at the Bureau of Indian Affairs designing and overseeing the building of roads and bridges in eastern Oklahoma until he retired. He was also a music director of The Creek Youth Indian Nation Baptist Association and the music leader at Little Coweta Indian Baptist Church for many years.
Emmanuel loved spending time with his family. One of his favorite things to do was to go on vacation choosing a city that had an amusement park. He also enjoyed singing praises to the Lord, fishing, hunting, camping, watching westerns and OU football.
The family will receive friends 4PM-6PM, Thursday, December 2, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel.
A wake service will be 6PM-8PM, Thursday, December 2, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel.
Funeral services will be 2PM, Friday, December 3, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Gary Hawkins officiating. Interment will follow at Greenhill Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Troy Ambler, Tim Meeker, Andrew Ambler, Cody Hatcher, Louis Hogner, and Gage Ellis (for Madison Ambler).
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences can be made to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Jerald Leroy “Buddy” Allison, 76

Born Tuesday, March 20, 1945

Died Friday, November 26, 2021

Jerald Leroy “Buddy” Allison, 76
Jerald was born on March 20, 1945 in Niles, Kansas and passed away on Friday, November 26, 2021.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Val; sister, Carolyn Prochazka of Casa Grande, AZ; sister, Beverly and Monty Bednasek of Wichita, KS; brother, Gene of Columbia, MO; brother, Rodger of Salina, KS; sister-in-law, Sherry Allison of Humansville, MO; sister-in-law, Renie and Ken Toles of Santa Maria, CA; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He attended Solomon High School in Solomon, KS graduating in 1963.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Evelyn Allison of Niles, KS; and brother, Ronnie of Humansville, MO.
Jerald was a firefighter with the Muskogee Fire Department and retired in 1999 after 26 years at the rank of captain. He loved being a firefighter and always stated he had the “Best Job in the World”.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Muskogee Fire Department, Local 57, Benevolent Fund, P. O. Box 2562, Muskogee, OK 74401.
No services are planned.
Cremation services provided by Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences can be made to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Dennis R. Adcock, 83

Born Wednesday, June 22, 1938

Died Friday, November 26, 2021

Dennis R. Adcock, 83, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away Friday, November 26, 2021. He was born to Jeff and Ruby (Hix) Adcock on June 22, 1938 in Hulbert, Oklahoma where he was raised and worked on the dairy farm with his family.
In January 1959 he proudly joined the Army and served his country in Korea and received an honorable discharge.
Dennis retired from Coburn Optical after 30 years of service.
He loved to hunt and repair small engines and enjoyed going to auctions, car races and attending Connors College basketball games.
Most importantly he loved his family. He will always be remembered as a kind, loving and generous man who enjoyed helping others. He was also a very Patriotic man.
Dennis is survived by one sister, Carol Lambert of Tahlequah; five daughters, Phyllis Kinsey of Austin, TX, Sue Averyt of Muskogee, Joyce Blinkenberg of Orlando, FL., Judy Gipson and husband Randy of Hinton, Ok and Leah Davis of Muskogee; six grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.
A graveside service for Dennis will be 1:30pm, Wednesday December 1, 2021 at Fort Gibson National Cemetery.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences can be made to the family at: www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Makia Renee Anderson, 34

Born Thursday, September 17, 1987

Died Thursday, November 25, 2021

Makia Renee Anderson, age 34, a resident of Beggs, OK, transitioned, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021 at her home, with family present.

A Home Going Celebration will be conducted on Saturday, December 4, 2021, 11:00 a.m. in First Baptist Church-South, Beggs, OK with Rev. McKinley Rice eulogizing. Interment will follow in Beggs Cemetery, Beggs, OK. Public visitation will be Friday, December 3, 2021 in the Precious Memories Chapel/House of Winn Funeral Home-Okmulgee during the hours of 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 pm.

Mask wearing is encouraged at all services.

The family has been cared for by House of Winn Funeral Home-Okmulgee.

House of Winn Funeral Homes

Mary Catherine Wolken, 83

Born Tuesday, June 7, 1938

Died Monday, November 22, 2021

Mary Catherine Wolken, 83, was born June 7, 1938 in Akron, OH to Dwitt Kuehne and Helen Sunier and peacefully passed away Monday, November 22, 2021 in Muskogee. Mary's family are honoring her wishes to be cremated. There are no services planned at this time.

Clifford D. Garrett Family Funeral Home

Audrey Lou (Eaton) Ewing, 85

Born Saturday, July 11, 1936

Died Monday, November 22, 2021

Audrey Lou (Eaton) Ewing went to her heavenly home on Monday, November 22, 2021, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was born on July 11, 1936, to Carl Wilburn Eaton and Sarah Ann (Moore) Eaton in Colorado City, Texas.
She graduated from high school in Midland, TX and married Hodges Feaster in 1954. From that union, she had two sons and one daughter. Hodges was killed in an industrial accident in 1962. In April of 1965, she married Andy Ewing, a widower with three children. They adopted each other’s children blending into one family.
In 1971, they moved to Muskogee, OK where they owned and operated a Toyota dealership until 1997 and an Oldsmobile-GMC dealership in Wagoner, OK from 1987-2003. Audrey managed the offices/bookkeeping for both stores for thirty-two years. In May of 2010, Audrey and Andy moved to Tahlequah, OK where they lived until returning to Muskogee in 2013. In 2020, they moved to Oklahoma Methodist Manor, now known as Trinity Woods Retirement Community, in Tulsa, OK.
Audrey was always active in her church and community. After she and Andy retired from the automobile business, they were members of the Roving Volunteers in Christ’s Service, an interdenominational Christian organization. For ten years, they traveled in their R.V. and did missionary service work in churches, conference centers and children’s camps across the United States and several places in Canada.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Hodges Feaster; son, Tony Feaster Ewing; parents, Carl and Sarah (Sadie) Eaton; sister, Marjorie Jamison and brother, Wilburn Eaton.
Audrey is survived by her husband, Andy Ewing; sons, Terry Ewing and wife Shaun, Steven Ewing and wife Emma; Stanley Ewing and wife Susan; daughters, Tammy Ewing , Stacy Sprinkle and husband Jim; brother, John Eaton and wife Geneva; grandchildren, Blake Ewing and wife Julie, Tony Ewing and wife Anastasia, Garrett Ewing and wife Alexa, Andrea Mendez and husband Jhonatan, Brad Ewing and wife Bonnie, Kevin Ewing and wife Alyssa, Brent Ewing and wife Natasha, Kelly Ewing, Nick Ewing and wife Rachel, Sarah Acosta and husband Warren, Alex Ewing, Audra Greene and Noah Sprinkle; bonus grandchildren Miles Alexander Krabill and Emily Marie Krabill, Jessi Schmidt-lgwebuike and husband Thomas, Chas Schmidt, Alicia VanDine and Marshall Sprinkle; great-grandchildren, Skyler, Scout and Indie Grace Ewing, Hazel Maddox Ewing, Rio and Hazel Mendez, Miles Andrew and Tessa Jean Ewing, Ruby Alice and Luna Michele Ewing, Aisha, Ismerelda, Camilla and Z’Mar Acosta. Bonus-great-grandchildren, Malakai Hibler, Ayriana Ashton, Jennessa and Jayla lgwebuike; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A viewing will be held from 5:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M., Thursday, December 2, 2021, at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Muskogee, OK.
A Celebration of Life service will be held 11:00 A.M., Saturday, December 4, 2021, at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Muskogee, OK with Bro. Billy Parker of Fellowship Bible Church, Fort Gibson, OK, and Bro. John Lee of Park Hill Baptist Church, Tahlequah, OK, officiating. Following the service, all attendees are invited to stay for lunch and fellowship in the Dining Hall at St. Paul United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to be made to Plumbline Ministries at 8990 S. Sheridan Rd., Suite A, Tulsa, OK 74133 or Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children at 12700 E. 76th St. N., Owasso, OK 74055.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences can be made to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Louis Cruz, 56

Born Tuesday, March 30, 1965

Died Sunday, November 21, 2021

Louis “Louie” Manuel Cruz, 56, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away on November 21, 2021. He was born on March 30, 1965 to Miguel Cruz, Sr. and Eva Balogh in Hempstead, New York. His family moved to Hollywood, Florida when he was 7 years old and that is where his love for martial arts began.
Bruce Lee was his idol that fueled his love for martial arts. Louie and his brothers started karate together in Florida. They moved to Tennessee then to Las Vegas and eventually back to Florida. At the age of 14, Louie’s family moved to Oklahoma where he attended Muskogee Public Schools and met his junior high sweetheart.
When Louie was 18 he wanted to see what life had to offer. Louie moved to New York where he lived with his great Aunt Caroline. After living in New York Louie moved to Hollywood, Florida where he furthered his education by becoming a certified HVAC technician. Louie was able to continue his education in Florida with the help of a special friend, Donna who was like a mother to him. Louie also discovered his love for Tae Kwon Do while living in Florida.
Louie then moved back to Oklahoma where he rekindled his relationship with his Jr. High Sweetheart, Lynn Chubick. They had two children together Ryan and Brandon Cruz. Louie continued his career in the heating and air industry working for various heating and air companies in the Tulsa and Muskogee area and started his own heating and air business on the side. Louie’s most recent work in the heating & air industry was done at Johnstone Supply working the parts counter. Louie enjoyed visiting with all the technicians that came into the store and made many friends over the several years that he worked for Johnstone Supply.
In 1998 Louie was able to continue his love for the martial arts by opening his own Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai and kickboxing school “Dragonfly DoJo”. Over the 23 years of teaching in the Muskogee community Louie has touched the lives of many students both young and old. Louie has also been a mentor to many of the kids from the DoJo and he has left a lasting impression on their lives forever. Louie also had many Muay Thai fighters that he trained over the years that won championship belts. Louie also formed his own combating style of martial arts known as Jan Gun Son “meaning General’s hand”. Over the many years that Louie devoted to Tae Kwon Do he was able to obtain many black belt rankings. Prior to his death Louie was 6th degree master black belt. Louie passed his love for marital arts onto his sons Ryan and Brandon who spent many hours training with their father. Louie’s brother Charlie shared the same love for martial arts and was Louie’s head instructor at DoJo. They plan to carry on Louie’s legacy at “Dragonfly DoJo”.
After becoming a Master Mason, Louie joined the Bedouin Shrine as another way to support his community and raise money for the many Shriner Hospitals that provide medical care to children in need.
In 2015 Louie met Temre Morgan while at a kickboxing fight in Tulsa. Over the next several years their friendship developed and she became the love of his life. Louie proposed to Temre during an XFN fight on national TV. They planned to be married on the beach in Florida however due to COVID they were forced to postpone their wedding. Temre and Louie shared a passion for the fight industry and acting. Louie was able to start choreographing fight scenes in the film industry which he enjoyed.
Louis was preceded in death by his aunt, Caroline Kovi; stepfather, George Meggyes; niece, Kari (Darnel) Cruz; ex-mother-in-law and father-in-law, Jerry and Joy Chubick.
He is survived by his sons, Ryan Cruz and fiancé Keely Phillips of Muskogee, OK, and Brandon Cruz of Muskogee, OK; mother, Eva Balogh of Muskogee, OK; fiancé, Temre Morgan of Lincoln AR; brothers Mike Cruz and wife Alicia of Muskogee, OK, Charlie Meggyes of Muskogee, OK, and Chris Meggyes of Muskogee, OK; grandchildren, Kolten Cruz, Scout Cruz, Hunter Cruz all of Muskogee, OK, Addison Balcom, Hailey Coll and Landen Lane all of Arkansas; nephew, Jon Meggyes of Muskogee, OK; niece, Krystle Cruz of Tulsa, OK; special family members, Donna, Linda, Erika, Ryan and Derek all of Florida; and numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends; and special support pup, Gus Rocket.
Visitation will be 9am-8pm, Friday, November 26, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.
The family will greet friends 5PM-7PM Friday, November 26, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel.
A celebration of Louis’ life will be at 2PM, Saturday, November 27, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Donnie Echols and Rev. Roosevelt Roy, Jr. officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be Scott Wiseley, Scott Shultz, Alex Arnall, Robbie Rainwater, Jon Meggyes, Cody Jackson, Colten McCaslin, and Chris Barnes.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences can be made to the family at: www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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John William Baldwin Jr., 28

Born Thursday, December 17, 1992

Died Saturday, November 20, 2021

John ‘JJ’ William Baldwin, Jr., 28, of Fort Gibson, OK passed away on Saturday, November 20, 2021. He was born on December 17, 1992 to Arnold and Clarissa Sebree in Tulsa, OK. He attended and graduated from Oktaha Public Schools. He was currently working for Acme in Muskogee, OK as a general laborer.
JJ enjoyed fishing, hunting, and cooking out on the grill. He was a local artist who had a passion for music and entertaining those around him. JJ loved being a jokester and was always making everyone laugh! He was an exceptional son, grandson, brother, and friend. JJ will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his nana, Virginia Morrison; poppy and granny, Bill and Shirley Baldwin; uncle, Marvin Sebree; and aunts, Dawn McHenry and Carolyn Dalton.
He is survived by his parents, Arnold and Clarissa Sebree; sisters, Ginny Baldwin and Ashley Baldwin; brother, Andrew Sebree; grandmother, Helen Lance; girlfriend, Kayleigh Stevens; and two nieces, Leah Ann Adamson and Kinzey Marie Byrd.
Visitation will be 9am-8pm, Friday, 11/26/2021, 1pm-5pm, Saturday, 11/27/2021, and 1pm-5pm, Sunday, 11/28/2021 all at Cornerstone Funeral Home. Family will greet friends 3pm-5pm, Sunday, 11/28/2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.
A celebration of JJ’s life will be 10am, Monday, November 29, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Donnie Echols officiating. Interment will follow at Sperry Rest Haven Cemetery in Sperry, OK. Serving as pallbearers will be Arnold Sebree, J.D. Morrison, Andrew Sebree, Thomas Jones, Jeff Morrison, and Kelsey Holman. Honorary pallbearers are Nick Brown, Nathan Byrd, Brian Fowler, Justin Whittmor, and Ashley Baldwin.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home 1830 N York St Muskogee, Oklahoma 74403. Condolences can be made to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

Visitation: 9am-8pm, Friday 11/26/2021, 1pm-5pm, Saturday 11/27/2021, and 1pm-5pm Sunday 11/28/2021 all @ Cornerstone Funeral Home.

Family to greet friends: 3pm-5pm, Sunday 11/28/2021 @ Cornerstone Funeral Home.

Service: 10am, Monday 11/29/2021 @ Cornerstone Funeral Home. Interment will follow @ Sperry Rest Haven Cemetery in Sperry, OK.

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Jacob Anderson, 87

Born Saturday, January 13, 1934

Died Friday, November 19, 2021

"I Shall Wear A Crown" Jacob Anderson, age 87, a long time resident of Porter, OK, received his crown, Friday, Nov. 19, 2021 in St Francis Medical Center-Tulsa, with family at bedside.

Arrangements are pending with House of Winn Funeral Home-Muskogee.

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Alfred Martin Green, 98

Born Sunday, October 21, 1923

Died Friday, November 19, 2021

Alfred Martin Green, 98, of Muskogee, OK passed away on Friday, November 19, 2021. Al was born at home on October 21, 1923 in Cordell, Oklahoma to Walter and Grace Green. He celebrated his 98th birthday in October of this year. His parents were wheat and dairy farmers.
He attended school in Cordell and continued his studies at Oklahoma A&M, graduating in 1947. While he was in college, he was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, whose house was next door to the Chi Omega sorority house. The two houses shared many social activities, and it was at one of these that he met the love of his life, and his wife for 66 years, until her death, Anita Letts. They were married August 2, 1947. Right after they graduated, they took teaching jobs in Del City until 1949. That year Al became the Vocational Agriculture teacher for the Lawton school system where they started their family.
A few years later he took a sales position with Superior Feed Mills and moved the family to Oklahoma City. That job evolved into a sales position with American Cyanamid where he sold agricultural chemicals. When Cyanamid asked him to move to their home office in New Jersey he answered with a resounding no. He was determined his daughters would not grow up on the East Coast. Calling on one of his good customers in Muskogee, the Muskogee Seed Company, he found out the owner was looking for a partner and he jumped on the opportunity. Once in Muskogee he settled into the business and enjoyed every minute of it for many years until he ultimately sold it and retired. But his retirement didn't last long. He became the Muskogee United Way Director for the next several years of his 'retirement'. It was during this time that he was primarily responsible for the air shows that benefited United Way.
Al was preceded in death by his parents Grace and Walter Green; wife, Anita Mae (Letts) Green and brother Ted Green.
He is survived by his daughters, Kathy Hewitt (Perry) and Karee Steele (Jim); grandchildren Perry Hewitt, IV., Mike Hewitt, Chris Hewitt, Kristen Parks and Sarah Allen; great-grandchildren, Kaitlin Hewitt, Jacob Lujan, Daniel Hewitt, Carson Hewitt, Mila Hewitt, Kate Hewitt, Jack Hewitt, Abbey Scott, Jolie Mae Allen, Bronx Duren; great-great-granddaughter, Evie Ledezma; special nephew, Lynn Green, special cousin, Frances Burris, special “third” daughter, Heather Lafitte.
A celebration of Al’s life will be Friday, December 3, 2021 graveside at Memorial Park Mausoleum with Mr. Ronnie McKee officiating.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Muskogee Meals on Wheels at Grace Episcopal Church at 218 N 6th St, Muskogee, OK 74401.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences can be made to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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