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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.)

Bobby Lee Lyle, 65

Born Saturday, October 1, 1955

Died Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Bobby Lee Lyle, 65, of Muskogee, OK passed away Wednesday, January 13, 2021. He was born in Muskogee, OK to Kirby Lyle and Martha Lee Imogene Garland-Lyle on October 1, 1955. He worked in site services/LFT for many years until later retiring.
Bobby married the love of his life and best friend, Gayla Jo Lyle on July 20, 1973 in Ft. Smith, AR. They shared 47 happy years of life and memories together. They were also active and faithful members of New Hope Assembly of God Church. Bobby loved his family and church family very much and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife, Gayla Lyle of the home; daughters, Deborah Hedge and husband Michael, and Tiffany Frazier; grandchildren, Brittney Hedge, Zachary Hedge, Tavry Hohner, and MahKenzie Hohner; sister, Cosetta Lyle; brothers-in-law, Don Mangrum, Ed Mangrum and wife Nickie; niece and nephew, Erin Mangrum and Sam Mangrum; good friend, Bill Mosteller; several other nieces, nephews, cousins, other family, friends, and his two dogs!
A celebration of Bobby’s life will be 10am, Monday, January 18, 2021 at New Hope Assembly of God with Monte Humphrey, John Overton, and Anthony Roe officiating.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home. Condolences may be made to the family online at http://www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.


Service Info:10AM, Monday, January 18, 2021 at New Hope Assembly of God.

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Rico Robertson, 49

Born Sunday, January 9, 1972

Died Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Rico Robertson, age 49, resident of Okmulgee, OK, transitioned, Tuesday, January 12,2021 in Muscogee Creek Nation Medical Center.

Arrangements pending with House of Winn Funeral Home-Okmulgee.

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Sandra Hine, 91

Born Saturday, August 17, 1929

Died Monday, January 11, 2021

Sandy Jean Hine, 91, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed from this life at home with her caregiver husband of 71 years by her side on January 11, 2021. She was born on August 17, 1929 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Her parents were Dr. and Mrs. John Haddock. She graduated from Shawnee High School in 1947. She attended the University of Oklahoma where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She met Ted Hine at OU and they married in 1949. She graduated from Draughns Business College and worked as a business secretary while they lived in Kansas City, Missouri where Ted was attending the dental school that both of their fathers and later their son attended.
They moved to Muskogee, which was Ted’s hometown when he graduated in 1952. She became a fulltime mother, and her greatest joy was caring for her family and being involved in the activities of her children.
During the 70 plus years with Ted, she enjoyed their traveling abroad and also in their RV, the Round Up Club trail rides and her quarter-horse, Babe, her pets, Lulu and Friskie, being Ted’s co-pilot and part time office assistant, water skiing, tennis, golf, dancing, and big band music.
Sandra was a volunteer at the Muskogee Regional Medical Center for many years. She was a devout Christian and a deeply knowledgeable student of the Bible. She was an active member of the St. Paul United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter, Linda Susan, her son, Mark, and sister Shirly Bowers Wilcoxson.
Sandra is survived by her much-loved husband Ted; son, Dr. Craig Hine; daughter, Kim Hine; sister Sharon Schick and her husband Bob; sister-in-law Jerry Jorgensen and her husband George; and grandchildren Kirsten Perl, Whitney Reid and her husband John, Adam and his wife Amber, Ted Cameron Hine, Alison Hine Priscilla Romine, and Max McGuirk.
She has requested memorials be sent to St Paul United Methodist Church in Muskogee.
A private family service to honor Sandra’s life will be 11:30am, Thursday, January 21, 2021 at St. Paul United Methodist Church with Rev. David Burris officiating. The services will be live streamed via the Facebook page and YouTube.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home. Condolences can be made to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Estelle Nutt, 101

Born Wednesday, September 24, 1919

Died Sunday, January 10, 2021

Estelle (Carter) Nutt, 101, of Fort Gibson, OK was born September 24, 1919 in Avant, OK to Jerry and Sally (Thompson) Carter and peacefully passed away Sunday, January 10, 2021 in Muskogee, OK.
She married the love of her life, Cobie Nutt, on November 9, 1935 in Fort Gibson, OK. To this union, three children were born, Bobbie, Bill, and Carol. She was saved and baptized in her early adulthood. Estelle was employed with Griffins Foods for 56 years, retiring in 2005 at the age of 85 and also at the Elks Lodge as a waitress for 29 years. She loved her job and made many friends throughout her career. Estelle enjoyed playing her guitar and singing gospel music. She loved vacationing with family and friends, playing bingo, as well as watching her daughters and grandson bowl.
Estelle is lovingly survived by her daughters, Bobbie Moffett of Petersburg, IL; and Carol (Hoopie) Pingleton of Fort Gibson, OK; daughter in law, Phyllis Nutt of Muskogee, OK; granddaughters, Terri Randle and husband Don of Petersburg, IL; and Vickie Harkreader and husband Robert of Wagoner, OK; grandsons, Doug Pingleton (Tisha) of Muskogee, OK; Brian Nutt and wife Leslie of Muskogee, OK; and Alan Nutt of Muskogee, OK; 18 great grandchildren; 15 great great grandchildren; and one great great great grandson soon to be born; many nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Cobie; son, Bill Nutt; son in law, Earl Moffett; great granddaughter, Cassie Nutt; four sisters, four brothers, several sister and brother in laws.
Estelle was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend. She was loved by many and has blessed her family with great memories.
Special thanks to Johnny, Sandra, Susan, and Mike for all of their loving care.
A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date.
The family of Estelle Nutt has entrusted her cremation to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson, OK. 918-478-2555.
Online condolences may be left at clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com

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Dale H. Garrigues Jr., 74

Born Friday, March 29, 1946

Died Sunday, January 10, 2021

Dale Holcomb Garrigues, Jr., 74 of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away on January 10, 2021 with his family by his side. Dale was born on March 29, 1946 in Baltimore, Maryland and lived in Long Beach, California where he met his wife Sherry. In 1977 Dale and his family moved to Oklahoma. He was a barber for 52 years, 42 of those years in Muskogee, Oklahoma where he met and befriended the citizens of Muskogee. Dale loved fishing, and fished all over the country, but loved bass fishing in Oklahoma the most. He volunteered at the Muskogee Community Foodbank and found great joy in helping others. He attended church at the First Community Church of Oktaha where he loved helping the fall carnival with candy.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents, Dale and Elizabeth Garrigues; wife, Sherry Garrigues; sister Carol Craddock; Uncle Fred Blockston; and Aunt Virginia Albrent
He is survived by brother, Kent Garrigues and wife Patricia; sister, Nancy Miller and husband Tom; daughter, Tina Coleman and husband Rodney; son, Dale "Tony" Garrigues; and daughter, Tara Lindsey and husband Greg; grandchildren, Chris Coleman and wife Kaycee, Beth Reese and husband Chris, Sarah Stewart and husband Blake, Nathan Coleman and wife Gabrielea, Ian Lindsey, and Nora Lindsey; great-grandchildren, Logan Coleman, Benjamin Reese, Sophia Coleman, Noelle Coleman, Evelyn Reese and Preston Reese.
Dale’s family have suggested that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to the Muskogee Community Foodbank, 601 E Broadway St, Muskogee, Oklahoma.
A family conducted memorial service will be held at First Community Church of Oktaha on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 2pm with Ron Lindsey officiating. Seating is limited and masks are encouraged.
Cremation services provided by Cornerstone Funeral Home Funeral. Condolences may be made to the family online at http://www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Jimmy O’Dell, 82

Born Tuesday, June 21, 1938

Died Sunday, January 10, 2021

Jimmy Allen O’Dell, 82, of Park Hill, OK was born June 21, 1938 in Fort Gibson, OK to John and Cora (Luna) O’Dell and peacefully passed away January 10, 2021 in Tulsa, OK.
Jim grew up in Fort Gibson, where he received his education. He furthered his education at Northeastern State University. He married his best friend, Joyce Ann Willyard on August 30, 1958 in Fort Gibson, OK. Jim worked for the Tahlequah City Hospital in Tahlequah, OK as the Medical Technologist, serving as a Chief Chemist and Hospital Administrator. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Southside Baptist Church. He loved bluegrass music, computers and was well versed in woodworking. Jim loved his family dearly and will be missed by all that knew him.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Monica Leigh O’Dell; and sons, Joseph Anthony O’Dell and Jimmy Allen O’Dell, Jr.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Joyce of the home; son, Justin A. O’Dell of Wagoner, OK; daughter, Jessica A. O’Dell of Tahlequah, OK; brothers, Johnny A. O’Dell of Fort Gibson, Danny M. O’Dell of Vian, OK, Donald O’Dell of Broken Arrow, OK, and Stanley O’Dell of Fort Gibson, OK; extended family and many friends.
A family conducted memorial service will be held 2PM Saturday, January 16, 2021 at the Citizens Cemetery Pavilion in Fort Gibson, OK.
The family of Jimmy Allen O’Dell has entrusted his cremation to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson. 918-478-2555.
Online condolences may be left for the family at clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com

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Bennie Duane Pittman III, 46

Born Thursday, April 25, 1974

Died Saturday, January 9, 2021

Bennie Duane Pittman III, 46, of Oktaha, OK passed away Saturday, January 9, 2021. He was born on April 25, 1974 to Bennie Duane Pittman, Jr. and Donna Kay (Miller) Pittman in Muskogee, OK. Ben attended public school and graduated from Oktaha High School. He then worked at the Muscogee Creek Nation Casino as a Sgt. Of Security for many years.
Ben enjoyed civil war reenactments with his boys and wood working. He was a member of the Checotah Masonic Lodge #86 and a member of the Bedouin Shrine in Muskogee, OK. Most importantly he loved spending time with his family. Ben will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Joe Eagletayl Pittman and Jesse Therman Pittman; paternal grandmother, Grace (Redeagle) Pittman; maternal grandmother, Susie (Taylor) Miller; and a very special aunt, Lena (Tudy) Skaggs.
He is survived by his children, Taylor Ford Pittman of Oktaha, OK, Tanner Fox Pittman and wife Haley of Catoosa, OK, and Trapper Folsum Pittman of Oktaha, OK; father, Bennie Duane Pittman, Jr. of Oktaha, OK; mother, Donna Kay Pittman of Oktaha, OK; paternal grandfather, Bennie Duane Pittman, Sr. of Oktaha, OK; maternal grandfather, Elza T Miller and wife Mary of Muskogee, OK; aunts, Linda (Pittman) Puckett and husband Charles of Oktaha, OK, Glenna (Miller) Murr and husband Jerry of Wainwright, OK, and Beverly (Ann) Newton and husband Michael (David) of Checotah, OK; numerous other family members and friends.
A celebration of Ben’s life will be held at a later date.
Cremation services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home. Condolences may be made to the family online at http://www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Scoby Anderson, 67

Born Tuesday, April 14, 1953

Died Friday, January 8, 2021

Scoby Anderson, age 67, a resident of Okmulgee,OK, transitioned, Friday, January 8, 2021 in OSU Medical Center-Tulsa.

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

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Jack Bolden, Jr., 58

Born Saturday, December 29, 1962

Died Friday, January 8, 2021

Jack Bolden, Jr. was born December 29, 1962 in Muskogee, OK to Syzyline Marshall and Jack Bolden.

Jack accepted Christ at a young age where he attended Rayfield Baptist Church. Jack went to elementary school in Tullahassee, OK at Carter G. Woodson and played little league football for Robert Perkins. He then went to Muskogee High School in Muskogee, OK, where he played football, basketball and ran track. He was very active in sports. Jack had a good sense of humor, if you ever met him you would never forget him, he was always laughing and joking around.

Jack met Annetta Glenn and they were blessed with a daughter LaToya Glenn (Tulip). He then met Sharon Jackson and they were blessed with a son Jonathan Bolden and a step daughter Tonya Jackson. Later on in life he met Kimberly Rachell Maxey who later became Kimberly Bolden, together they raised two beautiful kids Brian Williams and Geeaneka Gifford.

Jack is meeting in Heaven his mother Syzyline Marshall, his father Jack Bolden, his grandmother Pearlee Marshall and his wife Kimberly Bolden, uncle Clarence Marshall, his aunt Mildred Graham.

He leaves to cherish his loving memories a son Jonathan Bolden of Muskogee, OK, a daughter LaToya Glenn of Oklahoma City, OK, four sisters Sadie Mayfield of Tulsa, OK, Shirley Casey of Muskogee, OK, Martha Bolden of Muskogee, OK and Patricia Bolden of Muskogee, OK, a special sister Gallie Teague of Tulsa, OK, five grandchildren, Royalty, Miltiana, Dashia, Milton and Sereanna, a special aunt Bertha Harlin, two very special kids Brian Williams and Geeaneka Gifford, a special nephew Corey Cotton and a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family and friends.

A Service of Memory will be conducted, Friday, January 15,2021 at 1:00 P.M. in the Precious Memories Chapel of House of Winn Funeral Home-Muskogee. Interment will follow in Booker T. Washington cemetery. Visitation, Thursday, January 14th in the Precious Memories Chapel-Muskogee, during the hours of 1:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M.
The family has been cared for by House of Winn Funeral Home-Muskogee.

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Jeffery Todd Whitman Jr , 34

Born Friday, October 3, 1986

Died Friday, January 8, 2021

Jeffery (Jeff) Todd Whitman, Jr., 34, of Wagoner, OK was welcomed into heaven by his grandfather, Kenneth McGehee and grandmother, Toka Whitman on Friday, January 8, 2021. He was born on October 3, 1986 to Jeffery Todd Whitman, Sr. and Kimberly Faye (McGehee) Rogers in Muskogee, OK. Jeff attended public school and graduated from Hilldale High School in 2005. He then worked as an insurance salesman for much of his life.
Jeff was a scary/thriller movies fan. He enjoyed listening to music and reading, especially any book by John Grisham or Stephen King. He was always so funny and had a laugh you couldn’t forget. Most importantly, Jeff loved his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by grandfather (Papa), Kenneth McGehee; grandmother, Toka Whitman; and uncle, Harley Whitman.
He is survived by his father, Jeffery Todd Whitman, Sr. of Muskogee, OK; step-mother, Deborah Whitman of Muskogee, OK; mother, Kim Rogers-McGehee of Checotah, OK; step-father, Rusty Rogers of Checotah, OK; brother, Derek Whitman of Muskogee, OK; brother, Taylor Whitman and wife Kalyn of Checotah, OK; niece, Addisyn Garvin of Checotah, OK; nephew, Waylon Whitman of Checotah, OK; sister, Emily Rogers of TX; nieces, Madelyn, Natalie, and Kamryn of TX; brother, Matt Rogers and wife Brittany of TX; niece and nephew, Erin and Caden of TX; grandparent, Dorothy Stewart-McGehee and husband David of OKC, OK; grandfather, Walter Whitman of Claremore, OK; special best friends, Craig and Ashley Wyatt and their children who considered Jeff as their uncle, Rialey and Hunner; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
A celebration of Jeff’s life will be 12pm, Tuesday, January 19, 2021 graveside at Greenhill Pavilion with Mr. David Stewart officiating.
Funeral services provided by Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences can be made to the family at cornersetoneofmuskogee.com

Service: Graveside 12pm, Tuesday, 01/19/2021 @ Greenhill Cemetery.

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Elizabeth Lucille Stubbs, 102

Born Wednesday, February 13, 1918

Died Thursday, January 7, 2021

Elizabeth Lucille Starnes Stubbs was set free from her imperfect earthly body to be in the presence of God on Thursday, January 7, 2021 in Muskogee, Oklahoma at the age of 102.

Elizabeth was born on February 13, 1918, to Pastor and wife Thomas and Cora Jane (Brewsaugh) Starnes in Fort Gibson, Indian Territory, Oklahoma. She attended school in Muskogee, Ok and graduated from Shawnee (OK) High School in 1936. She went on to attend college at Bethany Nazarene College in Bethany, OK. She and her family moved back to Muskogee where her father pastored First Church of the Nazarene. She married Schuyler Miller Stubbs, Jr. on November 23, 1940 in Muskogee. She worked at the Kress's Store in Muskogee before beginning her family and becoming a stay at home mother. Later, they moved to Fort Gibson and lived there for many years.

After her daughters were older, she worked at Department of Human Services, then went on to become manager of Gunn Brothers Stamp Store in Muskogee. After the store closed, she worked at Muskogee General Hospital in Admitting and Communications and retired from there in 1982. Many close friendships were made everywhere mother worked; she was simply loved by everyone because she gave love freely.

Elizabeth was a founding member of First Nazarene Church, Muskogee, OK, and remained a faithful, loyal member until her health prevented her from attending services. She loved her church family and served in many capacities. She was elected many years to be a delegate to the NE Oklahoma Nazarene Assembly, and served as teacher, event organizer, and treasurer. But her passion was people, and she was most at home serving as the welcoming, smiling greeter for visitors and members for many years. She had a God given gift for making people feel wanted and loved.

Elizabeth began traveling in her 60's and took trips all over Europe and the United States both in guided tours and with siblings and friends. There were many wonderful mother/daughter trips that are precious memories, and she was always agreeable to whatever adventures were suggested, making each trip special. She loved travel, being with people she loved and meeting new people all along the way.

Elizabeth loved to knit, crochet, and sew. She made almost all of her and her daughters’ clothes, and lovingly worked all night many times to finish a dress for one of the daughters to wear to church or an event. She patiently curled hair and pressed clothes to get five little girls to church every Sunday. She was an excellent cook, and no one can forget her awesome chocolate pies, which were requested at every family gathering.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Schuyler Stubbs; daughter, Carol Jeanne; sisters, Marcella Starnes, Louise Belcher, Rosemary Garrett; brother, John Starnes; and sons-in-law, Wendell Maden and Steve Yaffe.

Survivors include daughters, Nancy and Ellis Williams, Linda Maden, Betty and Claude Guy, Mary Yaffe, and Debbie and Ricky Kirkhart; grandchildren, Anita and Jeff Berry, Jeff and Haley Williams, Pam and Kevin Rudnitzki, James Maden, Becky and Cole Barnhart, Greg Burchfiel, Mark and Kathy Guy, Matt and Andrea Guy, Lisa and Jason Cooper, Chad and Jamie Kirkhart, Kristy and Randy Crowder, Valerie and Kevin Devol, and Sheli and Jarrod Wise. She had 37 great grandchildren and many great-great grandchildren.
She loved and was loved by all.

Services are scheduled for 3:00pm, Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Muskogee, OK with Pastor Claude Guy officiating. Graveside services will be determined at a later date.

Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory. Condolences can be made to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Donald Gladney, 78

Born Sunday, April 19, 1942

Died Thursday, January 7, 2021

Donald Gladney, age 78, resident of Haskell, OK, slipped the bond of this earthly realm onto eternity on January 7, 2021 in St. Francis Medical Center, Muskogee, OK.

A Home Going Celebration will be conducted, Saturday, January 23,2021 at 2:00 P.M. in Christ Kingdom Builders church, 1801 Baltimore Ave. Muskogee, OK. Interment in Memorial Park cemetery. Visitation, Friday, January 22nd in the (Precious Memories Chapel)House of Winn Funeral Home during the hours of 1:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M.

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

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Ronald Leroy Maurer, 87

Born Saturday, November 25, 1933

Died Thursday, January 7, 2021

Ronald Leroy Maurer, 87, of Sand Springs, OK was born November 25, 1933 in Woodford, Wisconsin to Floyd Maurer and Freida Steiner and peacefully passed away January 7, 2021 in Tulsa, OK.
Ron spent his early years in Wisconsin. The family moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota where he graduated from high school. He enlisted in the United States Army on June 22, 1953 in California. He was transferred to Hawaii for basic training before serving as a weapons infantryman in the Korean War. He was honorably discharged on May 17, 1955 then served in the reserves through 1962. He began a career with the California Highway Department in 1956 working in maintenance as a Tree Supervisor through 1998. He loved his family and will be missed by all that knew him.
Ron is preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Maurer and a grandson, Robert Perritt.
Those left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Glenda Perritt and husband Gary of Adair, OK; granddaughters, Rhonda Tilson and husband Patrick of Sand Springs, OK; Linda Deselle and husband Matt of Locust Grove, OK; and Jeanette Fine and husband Chad of Locust Grove, OK; great grandchildren, Alicia Tilson of Sand Springs, OK, Joey Tilson of Towson, MD, Benjamin Tilson of Sand Springs, OK, Meagan Perritt of Locust Grove, OK, Natalie Perritt of Locust Grove, OK, Jessika Deselle of Locust Grove, OK, and Zac Perritt of Corsicana, TX; his sisters, Rose Blomquist of Summerfield, FL; and Elaine Miller of Minneapolis, MN; extended family and many friends.
Services for Ronald are scheduled for 10AM Monday, January 18, 2021 in the Fort Gibson National Cemetery in Fort Gibson, OK with Military
Honors. The family of Ronald Leroy Maurer has entrusted his care, services and burial to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson. 918-478-2555. Online condolences may be left for the family at clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com

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Alamae “Polly” Cordelia Ferguson, 86

Born Saturday, September 29, 1934

Died Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Alamae Cordelia (Gibbs) Ferguson, entered eternal rest on January 6, 2021, at the age of 86.
Alamae, known to most by her preferred childhood nickname Polly, was born in Delta, Colorado to James and Cordelia (Wilkinson) Gibbs, on September 29, 1934. Her family moved several times as her father searched for work to feed his family. She had an abiding respect for her hardworking parents. Rather than dwelling on the difficulties they experienced, her memories were colored with joyful snapshots of her family reading the Bible, playing musical instruments, and singing together. Eventually, her family moved to Loving, New Mexico, again searching for work. She had a lifelong love for the scenery of New Mexico, in particular her memory of being able to see El Capitan from her family’s home.
Polly met and married H.B. Ferguson, Jr., in Carlsbad, New Mexico, on June 7, 1952. Their daughter Patricia Ann was born in Carlsbad in 1953. In 1955 their son Ronald Dean was born in Mountain Home, Idaho.
Polly lived on or near Air Force bases for the first twenty years of her marriage. She lovingly raised their children while H.B. served his country. After retiring from the Air Force, they moved to Gore, Oklahoma where they opened their own business, Gore Marine, which they operated for over thirty years. Polly worked tirelessly alongside her husband over the decades.
Polly deeply loved her Savior, Jesus Christ. She faithfully read the Bible and prayed with her grandchildren and was always pointing them to Christ. She adored her family. She spent hours with them visiting, reading, singing, praying, and laughing. She enjoyed playing her guitar, sewing, reading her Bible and religious books, reading and writing poetry, and cooking for her family.
Polly was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, H.B. Ferguson, Jr.; both of her parents; siblings Lilly Gibbs, Faye Turney, and Sherry Buss; and granddaughter Rebecca Ferguson. She is survived by her daughter Patricia Ashwood (John) of Fort Gibson; son Ronald Ferguson (Debra) of Webbers Falls; grandchildren Joshua (Maria) Ashwood, Caleb (Elisabeth) Ashwood, Samuel (Joy) Ashwood, Sarah (Steven) Blackwell, Mercy (Jeremy) Ogea, Hannah (Joel) McGee, Amanda (Joshua) Spiegel, Emily Ferguson, Bethany Ferguson, Christiana (Jake) Petry, Rachel (Daniel) Hinkle, Sierra (Isaiah) See, Heather (Zachary) Rowton, Laura Ferguson, and Ronald Ferguson, Jr.; 32 great-grandchildren; siblings Jimmie Sanders, Vera Allen, and Wayne (Bud) Gibbs; and multiple nieces, nephews, and friends.
Viewing for Alamae will be 1PM-5PM Sunday, January 10, 2021 at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home in Fort Gibson.
A celebration of Alamae’s life is scheduled for 10:00AM Monday, January 11, 2021 at Sovereign Grace Church in Muskogee with Pastor Samuel Ashwood officiating.
Committal prayers and interment will be 11:00AM Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at the Fort Gibson National Cemetery with Joshua Ashwood, Caleb Ashwood, Samuel Ashwood, Joel McGee, Steven Blackwell and R.J. Ferguson serving as casket bearers. Ronald Ferguson, Joshua Spiegel, Jake Petry, Daniel Hinkle, Isaiah See and Zachary Rowton serving as honorary casket bearers.
The Family of Alamae Cordelia Ferguson has entrusted her care, services and burial to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson. 918-478-2555.
Online condolences may be left for the family at clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com

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Mildred Noblin Henderson, 95

Born Monday, August 10, 1925

Died Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Mildred Louise Noblin Henderson, 95, of Muskogee, passed away peacefully at her residence on January 6, 2021 with her family by her side. She was born on August 10, 1925 at the Watts Ranch in Pittsburg County, Oklahoma. Mildred graduated from high school in Hartshorne, then continued her education at Southeastern State College and Oklahoma State University where she received a lifetime teaching certificate. She taught school in McAlester for several years before raising her family.
Mildred married Billy Ray Noblin on November 3, 1949 and they owned Noblin Wholesale. Mildred was a homemaker until 1970 when she went to work at Noblin Wholesale. Billy preceded her in death on March 29, 1973.
She married R.E. “Chub” Henderson on October 1, 1982 and they owned Henderson Coffee. Chub passed away on November 25, 2006.
Mildred was a longtime member of St. Paul United Methodist Church. She loved traveling, enjoyed reading and lived for her children and grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents Clyde and Martha Jane (Ott) Watts and Ray and Kearney Noblin; both of her husbands; son-in-law, Zoltan Varga; grandson, Brent R. Noblin; siblings, Mose A. Watts, Johnny Clyde Watts and Frances L. Spears.
Mildred is survived by her daughters, Sherry K. Varga, and Billie Jane Noblin Flinn and husband Roy Flinn, Jr. all of Muskogee, OK; granddaughter, Erin Cook and husband Steve of Ft. Gibson, OK; great-grandchildren, Alexis Jane Cook, Madison Elizabeth Cook, Ella Louise Cook, and Colby Cook and wife, Laura; great-great-grandchildren, Max and Ava Cook; sister Nancy Miller; special nieces, Betty Compton and Jayna Santine; many other nieces and nephews; and her special cat, Nigel.
The family would like to thank Kindful Hospice for their wonderful care and caregivers, Linda Simmons, Leeanna Billings, Martha Bolden, Mildred Harvey, Zelma Simmons and Marcia Guthrie for their love and care of Mildred.
Mildred’s family has suggested memorials be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church at: https://stpaulmuskogee.com or at: St Paul UMC Muskogee 2130 W. Okmulgee Muskogee, OK 74401.
A graveside service in honor of Mildred’s life will be 11AM, Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at Greenhill Cemetery Pavilion with Rev. Roger Miller officiating.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home. Condolences may be made to the family online at http://www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Joan Marie Cottrell, 77

Born Monday, June 7, 1943

Died Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Joan Marie Cottrell was born on June 7, 1943 in West Los Angeles, California. She was the youngest child born to Maynard and Lillian (Ukkestad) Larsen. She had two sisters, Kathy and Eleanor, with whom she shared a bond that lasted throughout their lifetimes. Joan passed away on January 6, 2021.
She was a mother to four children. The happiest times of her life were spent traveling the country with her husband, Edward Cottrell (Junior), and their family.
She enjoyed crossword puzzles, Scrabble, Kevin Costner films and ‘her shoot-em-ups’ Westerns; Sean Connery and Anthony Hopkins were ‘her men’. She was an avid yard sale shopper and kept the tidiest home. She loved rabbits and proudly displayed bunny décor. She had a basket of rocks that were acquired through her travels, or as gifts from loved ones, and would often critique the rocks – pressing them to her face to feel their coolness. She was a fan of the Lemon Drop candies and the carnation was her favorite flower.
Joan made dishes that were particularly special to her family, and our most favorite meals were her: Mac-n-Cheese, Burrito Meat, Enchiladas and Chicken Divan. She shared her recipes with her children and grandchildren, and they will continue to be passed along.
She is survived by her son, Steven Bell; daughter, Deanna Sanders and her husband Patrick; son, John Cottrell and his wife Amber, all of Muskogee, OK; her grandchildren, Kristen Bell of Raeford, NC, Kelin Stratton (Bell) and her husband Scott, of Muskogee, OK, Ashley Gilbert of Muskogee, OK, Brandon Cottrell of Muskogee, OK, Jada Morgan (Bell) of Fayetteville, NC, Josh Gilbert of Muskogee, OK, Steven A. Bell and his partner Adrianna Darden of Tulsa, OK, Ian Cottrell of Muskogee, OK, and Mackenzie Cottrell of Muskogee, OK; great-grandchildren, Eden Dennis-Stratton, Killian Stratton, Willa Bell, Declan Stratton and Naomi Bell.
Joan was preceded in death by her parents and sisters; her husband, Junior Cottrell; her son, James Cottrell; and her beloved pets, Cooper, Maggie and Charlie.
The family would like to express their gratitude to LaWanda Armstrong who dedicated so much of her time providing compassionate care to Joan in her time of need.
Joan’s legacy lives on through the hearts and memories of those who will always love her.
A celebration of Joan’s life will be 1pm, Monday, January 18, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Wren Stratton officiating.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home. Condolences may be made to the family online at http://www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

Visitation: 1pm-5pm, Saturday, 01/16/2021 and 1pm-5pm, Sunday, 01/17/2021 @ Cornerstone Funeral Home.

Service: 1pm, Monday, 01/18/2021 @ Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel.

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Donza E. Settles, 30

Born Monday, April 30, 1990

Died Wednesday, January 6, 2021

On Monday, April 30th, 1990, a jolly baby boy was born to Romona Duckett Herrion and Eugene Settles. He was the second oldest child of six children.
Donza always had a smile and was very respectful to everyone. He grew up with his other siblings who he didn’t mind giving a helping hand. He attended grade school at Hawthorne, Debra Brown, Union Middle School, and McClain High School. Donza loved sports.
He gave his life to God at a young age. Donza lived with his grandparents, who took him to church. So, he knew the way. Donza also had another family that he was very close to. He calls them his God Parents, the McCaskell. They took time out with him. But most important his birth mother, Romona, who loved him beyond words, so we all grieve in our own way, he touched so many lives at a young age. Donza loved his girls, Mariah and Jayla. He always tried to be there for them.
Donza was preceded in death by his brother, Dontay Settles, grandfather, Levin Releford and Johnnie, Wanita Herrion. He leaves to cherish his memory 2 daughters, Mariah, Jayla of Tulsa, OK, mother, Romona (Steve) Herrion, Tulsa, Father, Eugene D. Settles, Kansas City, MO, grandparents, Teresa (Roosevelt) Hall, Kansas City, MO Airmenat Obie and Edzar May, Kansas City, MO, 8 siblings, Demarco Releford, Stephanie, Devin, Samona Herrion, Tulsa, OK, Eugene D. Settles, Kansas City, MO, Steve, Demetra, Montwan Herrion, Tulsa, OK, host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Graveside rites, Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. in Elmwood cemetery, 9th & Parkinson St., Wagoner, OK, with Elder Tony Maxville, eulogizing.
Visitation, Wednesday, January 13, 2021 in the Precious Memories Chapel, of House of Winn Funeral Home-Muskogee, during the hours of 1:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M.
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Michael Franklin Plant, 73

Born Sunday, May 11, 1947

Died Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Michael Franklin Plant, 73 of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away on January 5, 2021. He was born on May 11, 1947 to David and Delphina (Montgomery) Plant in Springfield, Massachusetts. He attended Springfield High School. After school Michael played for Tri County Massachusetts Minor League Baseball Team.
He married the love of his life, Karen Deon Epps, on July 5, 1974 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. They shared many years of life, marriage and love.
Michael worked as a power plant operator at Fort James until his retirement in 1998. He enjoyed playing golf. Michael loved his family very much and enjoyed spending as much time as possible with them. He will be missed by everyone who knew and loved him.
Michael was preceded in death by his loving wife, Karen Plant; his parents, David and Delphina Plant; his brothers, David Plant and Jim Bucher; his sisters, Sharon Dellagiustina and Ellen Curcio; his brothers-in-law, Lee Epps and Dee Epps.
He is survived by his son, Michael Plant and wife Stephanie of Muskogee, OK; his daughters, Starla Barton of Forney, TX and Shari Paul of Muskogee, OK; his grandchildren, Haley Plant of Oklahoma City, OK, Tatum Barton of Muskogee, OK, Kendall Barton of Muskogee, OK, Jace Paul of Muskogee, OK, Tyler Plant of Muskogee, OK, Michaela Plant of Orlando, FL, Ashley Plant of Muskogee, OK, McKensie Plant of Porum Landing, OK, Logan Plant of Muskogee, OK, Addyson Bean of Muskogee, OK, Aubrey Shackelford of Muskogee, OK, and Jayce Moore of Oklahoma City, OK; his great-grandchildren, Mackson Marrel of Porum Landing, OK, and Everleigh Hensley of Muskogee, OK; his brother, John Plant of Springfield, MA; sister-in-law, Joyce Epperson and husband Carl of Muskogee, OK; life long friends, Roger Durand and Gary Cutler; and several nieces, nephews other family members and friends.
A celebration of Michael’s life will be 10AM, Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Sam Dunn officiating. Interment at Greenhill Cemetery will follow with Nick Thompson, Josh Thompson, Gary Epperson, Dustin Frazier, Don Gullet and Bronson Bebee serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Tyler Plant, Jace Paul, Logan Plant and Mackson Marrel.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home. Condolences may be made to the family online at http://www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Mark Anthony Bolding, 61

Born Tuesday, December 15, 1959

Died Monday, January 4, 2021

Mark Anthony Bolding, 61, of Muskogee, OK entered Heaven's gates on Monday, January 4, 2021. He was born on December 15, 1959 to Lewis and Doris Bolding in Wichita, KS.
Mark attended grade school in the U.S. and overseas while his father served in the military. He was baptized on September 10, 1972 at the age of 12 in the Mediterranean Sea. Mark graduated from Muskogee High School in 1977 and then attended Connors State College. Mark met the love of his life and soulmate, Brenda Ellis and they were married on June 24, 1978. They were able to spend 42 years together welcoming two children, Danny and Samantha, to their family.
Mark worked at Acme Engineering for 31 years as a computer programmer analyst before finding his dream job in Emergency Management where he worked for the state of Oklahoma. He then worked for the City of Muskogee as the Emergency Management Director until later retiring in 2017. Mark also served on the Hilldale School Board for 15 years from 1987 to 2002. He enjoyed racing, shooting guns, metal detecting, spending time with his family, and coaching his kids' sports teams.
Mark was preceded in death by his father, Lewis Bolding; brother-in-law, Sidney Ellis; mother-in-law, Lavern Ellis; father-in-law, T.R. Ellis; and nephew, Cody Cookson.
Mark is survived by his wife, Brenda Bolding of the home; daughter, Samantha Bolding of the home; son, Danny Bolding and wife Kelly of Muskogee, OK; and one incredibly special granddaughter who was his pride and joy, Keyley Bolding; mother, Doris Bolding of Muskogee, OK; brothers, Mike Bolding, Robert Bolding and wife Julia, and Stephen Bolding and wife Brenda, all of Muskogee, OK; brothers-in-law, Allen Ellis and wife Marsha, Brian Ellis and wife Elise both of Muskogee, OK; sister-in-law, Diane Ellis of Muskogee, OK; and numerous nieces and nephews whom he loved, enjoyed spending time with and mentoring.
A celebration of Mark Bolding’s life will be 11am, Saturday, January 9, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home with Mr. Tony Blumenberg officiating. Interment will follow at Greenhill Cemetery with Kelly Hoffman, Jason Bass, Kaden Bass, Shawn Bass, Matt Ellis, and JJ Miranda serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Joel Bolding, River Stairs, Stephen Bolding, and Patrick Bolding.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home. Condolences may be made to the family online at http://www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.


Visitation: 9am-8pm, Friday, January 8, 2021 @ Cornerstone Funeral Home.

Service: 11am, Saturday, January 9, 2021 @ Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel.

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Harold Wayne Cook, 71

Born Sunday, November 6, 1949

Died Monday, January 4, 2021

Harold Wayne Cook, a resident of Checotah, Oklahoma passed away on Monday January 4, 2021 in Muskogee, Oklahoma at the age of 71. He was born on Sunday November 6, 1949 to Marshall and Verneice (Osborn) Cook in Checotah, Oklahoma. Harold graduated from Checotah High School with the class of 1968. After high school he worked at Muskogee Ford for 35 years and the City of Checotah for the last 15 years.
Harold was preceded in death by his parents, Marshall and Verneice Cook; his son, Harold Wesley Cook; and his grandparents.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sandra Cook of the home; his children, Jennifer Brown and husband Zack of Checotah, OK, Douglas Cook and special friend Jayme Smith of Broken Arrow, OK; his sister, Barbara Hughes of Sapulpa, OK; his grandchildren, Corbin Cook, Angelina Smith and Rosemary Peppers; his great-grandchildren, Paisleigh Smith and Madilynn Smith; his fur baby, Molly; and a host of many relatives and friends.
A private family memorial service will be at a later date.
Cremation services provided by Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences can be made to the family at cornersetoneofmuskogee.com.

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