Tuesday, February 20

Homeschool Genealogy Meeting
Zumba at the Library
Bare Bones Movie and Mixer

Wednesday, February 21

Adults Craftastic
Oil painting in the painterly style

Thursday, February 22

Girl Scout Cookie and Beer Night
Greg Jacobs with Kenny Cornell

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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.)

Virginia Mary Dunevant, 86

Born Thursday, July 23, 1931

Died Thursday, February 15, 2018

Virginia Mary Dunevant, age 86, nurse aide, Lancaster<TX; formerly of Muskogee, OK; answered her Master's call, Thursday, February 15, 2018 in Westridge Nursing Home & Rehab, Lancaster, TX.

Arrangements are pending

House of Winn Funeral Home

Edna R. Bruce, 88

Born Wednesday, July 17, 1929

Died Thursday, February 15, 2018

Services 11:00 AM, Thursday, February 22, 2018, Christ Kingdom Builders Ministry, 1801 Baltimore Avenue

Heaven gained an angel in Edna Josephine Riley Bruce.  At age 88, she slipped into peaceful slumber on February 15, 2018 at University of Colorado Health Center in AuroraColorado.  Edna was born July17,1929, in Muskogee, Oklahoma, the daughter of the late Derrick and Mabel (Garrett) Riley. She was one of two children and now joins her brother, William Derrick Riley Jr and her parents. While we know that she has joined her loved ones and is at peacethat her struggles are at an end, there is pain and sadness for those left behind. Even though she is gone, she has left the legacy of her love and perseverance.

Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors Inc.

Richard Wayne “Dutch” Hughes, 80

Born Sunday, January 16, 1938

Died Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Richard Wayne “Dutch” Hughes, 80, longtime resident of Porter, passed away peacefully February 14, 2018. He was born January 16, 1938 to Dallas and Bertie (Dowdy) Hughes in Muskogee, OK. He grew up and attended public schools in Muskogee, later transferring to Porter and graduating with the class of 1957.
His professional career was with OG&E, working as a professional welder. He worked there until his retirement with over 35 years of service.
His hobbies included fishing, attending to his cattle on his farm, going boating with family and friends at the lake and dancing (proficiently at two-stepping). His daughters, grandchildren, nieces and nephews and many friends remember that he tirelessly loved story-telling and pulling practical jokes. Dutch, a nickname that he was known by, was loved by his family and friends and will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dallas and Bertie Hughes; brother, Bill Hughes; sisters, Charlotte Brenner and Sue Moreland; and grandson, Jarrid Kennedy.
Richard is survived by his daughter, Diana Kennedy and fiance’ Dewayne Stratton of Porter, and Dana Parr and husband Chris of Louisburg, KS; sister, Betty Honea and husband Dr. Tom Honea of Muskogee; grandchildren, Carmon Wieden of Bixby, Lindsey Parr Hall and husband Brandon of Seattle, WA, and Madison Parr of Kansas City, MO, great grandchildren, Lilian Wieden and Birdie Wieden of Bixby; numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
A celebration of life will be 10:00 A.M. Saturday, February 17, 2018, 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, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family online at

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Laura Young, 79

Born Tuesday, October 25, 1938

Died Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Laura Young, 79, of Fort Gibson was born October 25, 1938 in Muskogee, OK to Earl and Alta (Tidwell) Garrison and entered her Heavenly Home on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at her home surrounded by her family.
Laura grew up in the Muskogee, Fort Gibson area. She met and later married the love of her life, Loyd Young on November 28, 1968 in Stilwell, OK. Laura’s passion in life was real estate, especially the first-time homebuyers and the joy of helping young families make a house into a home. She owned Laura Young Real Estate for 24 years in Fort Gibson where she lived over 50 years. She was a faithful member of South Ridge Baptist Church. Her pride and joy were her grandkids and her love for her family was expressed in everything she did.
Laura was preceded in death by her parents and brother, George Garrison.
She is lovingly survived by her husband, Loyd of the home; daughter, Dena Howe and husband David; grandson, Lane Howe; granddaughter, Laura Kate Howe all of Fort Gibson, OK; brothers, Earl Gene Garrison and wife Faye of Muskogee, OK, John Garrison and wife Sue of Eldorado, AR and Larry Garrison and wife Barbara of Muskogee, OK; nieces and nephews, and many friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made in Laura’s name to the South Ridge Baptist Church PO Box 247 Fort Gibson, OK 74434.
A visitation will be held Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home in Fort Gibson with family receiving friends 1PM-3PM.
Funeral services are 12:30PM Tuesday, February 20, 2018 in the South Ridge Baptist Church in Fort Gibson with Pastor Chris Dover officiating.
Committal prayers and interment will follow in the Citizens Cemetery in Fort Gibson with David Howe, Tim Moxley, Chad Garrison, David Sevier, Steve Howe and Tommy O’Laughlin serving as casket bearers.
The family of Laura Young has entrusted her 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

Anne L. Layman, 77

Born Tuesday, May 7, 1940

Died Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Anna Laura Patrick Layman (Anne), 77, passed away Tuesday, February 13, 2018 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was born May 7, 1940 in Kansas City, MO and adopted shortly after birth by Ruth Alice West Patrick and Weldon Thomas Patrick, who preceded her in death. She graduated from Muskogee High School in 1958.
Anne worked as Secretary to J.E. Arnold of Scott Paper Company while attending classes at OBU. She worked as secretary to the Dean of Women at Oklahoma Baptist University. She also worked as a Patient Service Representative for the Miami Baptist Hospital in Miami, Oklahoma as well as for Freeman Hospital in Joplin, Missouri as an insurance clerk. She was the co-owner of the Layman Music Center in Moore, OK. Anne taught the elementary children in various schools in Oklahoma and Missouri. She served as the remedial reading teacher and librarian in middle school. She enjoyed working with the kindergarten children the most, and after retirement, continued to substitute particularly in elementary music and kindergarten. Anne directed the children’s choir in Oklahoma and Missouri for 30 years as they moved. She also taught private landscape painting lessons for 10 years. She became involved in taking her arts and crafts business, “Country Traditions” to the larger shows in Oklahoma and Missouri. Her great love was God, family, love for children, music and art. She was a member of New Friends and Genealogy Club and also Kappa Kappa Lota and Beta Sigma Phi. Anne spent a great deal of time researching family history. She was happiest studying God’s word and attending church and Bible study. She loved sewing, crafts, floral design, jewelry, photography, painting, collecting cookbooks, and reading. Piano was another love of hers as well as music.
Anne was a member of the First Baptist Church in Muskogee. It gave her great joy to sing in the choir and all the special programs and recordings. She sang in the choir all her adult life. She grew up from cradle roll to the day she married in 1959 at Central Baptist Church in Muskogee to her high school sweetheart and they remained married for 36 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Richard Alan Patrick.
Out of the marriage is one daughter, Kris Layman of Yukon; two sons, Jay Alan Layman and wife Buffy of Ponca City, Craig Layman and wife Billie of Kaw City; grandchildren, Amanda, Morgan, Heather, Matt, Brendon, Carter, Alisha, Casey, Dylan, and Tayber. Her 10 beautiful grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren were the lights of her life.
A memorial service celebrating Anna’s life will be 1PM, Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Cornerstone Funeral Home with Rev. Jon Ward officiating.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family online at

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Jesse Grant Daniels, 28

Born Monday, March 6, 1989

Died Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Jesse Grant Daniels, 28, of Webbers Falls, Oklahoma received his Heavenly healing and eternal home on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. He was born March 6, 1989 in Muskogee, Oklahoma to Randy and Rockolyn Daniels. Jesse attended Oktaha Public Schools and graduated in 2007. He proudly served his country as a member of the Air National Guard for 6 years. After his Honorable Discharge, he furthered his education receiving his Associates Degree in Applied Science-Electrical Engineering in May 2016.
Jesse married the love of his life, Kristin Lee Hill, on July 27, 2013 at Keefeton Trinity Baptist Church. Their marriage was blessed with the birth of their daughter, Audrey.
His hobbies included hunting, fishing, 4 wheeling, snowboarding, rock climbing, kayaking, but more important was spending time with his family.
Jesse was an active and faithful member of Keefeton Trinity Baptist Church. He will always be remembered as a man of faith and was always willing to share his testimony and the love of Jesus.
He was preceded in death by grandfather, Donnie Daniels and great-grandfather, Leonard B. Wood.
Jesse is survived by his wife, Kristin; daughter, Audrey, both of the home; parents, Randy and Rockolyn Daniels of Webbers Falls; brothers, Dustin Daniels and wife Suzi and their daughter, Chloe Allen of Tahlequah, Augustus Daniels and wife Faith and their daughter, Emma, of Webbers Falls; grandparents, Donald and Patsy Gragg of McAlester, Patty Daniels of Oktaha; great grandmother, Alice Wood of Indianola; uncle, Donnie Gragg and wife Casey and their children, Presley and Zathan of McAlester; cousin, Dakota Daniels of Checotah; father and mother-in-law, Lloyd and Susan Hill of Henryetta; brother-in-law, Phil Hill and wife Rachel and their daughter, Addilyn of Glenpool; along with other family members and many friends who will greatly miss him.
The family requests memorials to be made, in Jesse’s honor, to Dan’s House of Hope, PO Box 8444, Houston, TX, 77288-8444 or online at
The family will greet friends from 2-4PM, Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.
Funeral services celebrating Jesse’s life will be 10AM, Monday, February 19, 2018 at Keefeton Trinity Baptist Church with Pastor James Taylor officiating. Interment will follow at McLain Cemetery with Dustin Daniels, Augustus Daniels, Shiloh Bullard, Zac Miller, Colton Croftcheck, Phil Hill, and Ben Martin serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Dakota Daniels, Michael Reid, Laramie Combs, Zathan Gragg, Eric Conner, Eric Evans, and Tim Allison.
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

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Orville D. Moss, 79

Born Saturday, August 20, 1938

Died Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Services Monday, February 19, 2018, 2:00 P.M., Shipman Funeral Home Chapel, 2980 US 69 Wagoner, Oklahoma, 74467

Orville D. Moss - Obituary
Orville D. Moss was born on August, 20, 1938 in Hulbert, OK, to Orvil Moss and Opal (Moore) Moss. He passed this life on February 13, 2018 at the age of 79. Orville loved trading chickens and spending time with friends. He liked being outdoors and he loved animals.
Orville is preceded in death by his parents, Orvil and Opal (Moore) Moss. He is survived by his son Wesley Moss and wife Traci of Wagoner, OK, his daughter Loretta Collis and husband David of Wagoner, OK, his stepsons, Jimmy Peeks of Muskogee, OK and Peter A. Peeks of Hulbert, OK ,his sister Mamie Squyres of Ozark, MO. Orville also leaves behind five grandchildren and ten great -grandchildren.

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Altha Martin Dorn, 85

Born Wednesday, January 18, 1933

Died Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Services 10:00 AM, Saturday, February 24, 2018, Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 622 North 6th Street Rev. J. A. Reed Avenue

Mrs. Altha M. Dorn, in her 85th year, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 from Muskogee, Oklahoma.

It all began on January 18, 1933 in Eufaula, Oklahoma, when a beautiful, bouncing, baby girl was born ot James Martin and Dallas West.  They decided to name this precious daughter Altha Martin.

Altha grew up in Eufaula, Oklahoma, where she graduated from high school and later  attended college at Langston University.  After graduating from Langston University, she moved to Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, where she taught school and married Alfred Dorn.  This union was bless with two boys;  Kenneth Wayne and James Alfred.  After some years went by, this marriage was later dissolved.

Altha taught school in Caffe, Oklahoma and she would later move to Muskogee, Oklahoma, where she began her teaching career for Muskogee Public Schools.  She taught at Dunbar Elementary, Jefferson Elementary and Whittier Elementary schools.  She also taught GED classes and her subject she taught was Government.  Mrs. Dorn furthered her education by going back to school and earning her Master's Degree  from Central State University, [now UCO] in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Anyone who knew Altha knew that her favorite hobby was working out in her yard.  She loved flowers and her yard would always show the beauty of her work. 

She joined the Mount Calvary Baptist Church, where she enjoyed working with Vacation Bible School and singing in the Choir.  Altha was also a member of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., and a member of the Oklahoma Retired Teachers Organization.

Mrs. Dorn's family was her life.  She was so excited when she was blessed with grandchildren.  After she retired from teaching, she kept her grandson, James Dorn, II, until he was able to go to school.  She looked forward to picking him up everyday from school, where she would bring him home and make him very good snacks to eat.  She enjoyed shopping and would pick up her granddaugher, Jameica Dorn Seay and they would shop for hours before coming home and showing off all they had bought. 

In later years, she was blessed with a great-granddaughter, Kaleese Seay and she was the apple of her eyes.  She enjoyed when Kaleese came to visit.  She would always have gifts for her and she enjoyed listening to Kaleese play the Organ and Piano and would join in and play with her.

Those loving family members who were waiting on her at Heaven's gate were; her parents, brother, uncles and aunts.

She leaves in God's care to cherish her memory;  her sons,  Kenneth Dorn and James Dorn, Sr. [Beverly];  her grandchildren, Jamecia Dorn Seay and James Dorn, II;  her great-grandchildren, Kaleese MaeElla Sean and Kerry Titus Seay;  a special cousin, Marie Smith;  her loving caregiver, MureLisa Titsworth;  two very special friends, Mary Wynn and Virginia Schoats;  as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Her sacred farewell will commence on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 10:00 AM in the most holy sanctuary of the Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 622 North J. A. Reed, Sr., Boulevard in Muskogee.  Her Pastor, Reverend Gary Hall, Sr., will officiate.  The Christian committal will follow the ceremony in the Booker T. Washington Cemetery.

You may visit Mrs. Dorn, as she slumbers in sweet repose on Friday, February 23, 2018 at the Mount Calvary Baptist Church from 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM.

Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors Inc.

Freddie A. Jackson, 65

Born Friday, November 14, 1952

Died Monday, February 12, 2018

Freddie A. Jackson, age 65, cook, a resident of Muskogee, OK; slipped the bonds of this earthly realm unto eternity, Monday, February 12, 2018 in St. Francis Hospital, Muskogee, OK.

Arrangements are pending.

House of Winn Funeral Home

Freddie Ann Jackson, 65

Born Friday, November 14, 1952

Died Monday, February 12, 2018

Freddie Ann Jackson, age 65, head cook at Hamlin's El Toro restaraunt, a resident of Muskogee, OK; slipped the bonds of this earthly realm unto eternity, Monday, February 12, 2018 in St. Francis Hospital, Muskogee, OK.

Arrangements are pending.

House of Winn Funeral Home

Roberta Louise Norton, 77

Born Tuesday, November 19, 1940

Died Monday, February 12, 2018

Services Pending, Private Family gathering at a later date, No Public Viewing

Roberta Louise Norton - Obituary
Obituary Pending

Shipman Funeral Homes

Johnnie Edward Romo, 60

Born Thursday, November 14, 1957

Died Monday, February 12, 2018

Johnnie Edward Romo, 60, of Tahlequah, OK, was born November 14, 1957 at Lawton, OK, the son of Johnnie Romo and Connie (Winchester) Romo and went to be with the Lord on Monday, February 12, 2018 in Tahlequah.

Johnnie was a grateful believer in Jesus Christ and was not afraid to share what He meant to him. He loved music and if you knew Johnnie, when a song played you could not stop those feet from tapping! Through Johnnie’s life struggles, he has served as a mentor to many and always had words of encouragement for those in need.

Surviving family includes wife, Stacy Jameson-Romo, of their home; two sons, Johnnie Romo of Tulsa, OK, Jason Romo of Mounds, OK; four sisters, Brenda White of Wichita, KS, Tabatha McReynolds of Muskogee, OK, Rita Schamberger of Belton, MO, and Shirley Lense of Kiefer, OK; three brothers, Ricky Dean Romo of Kiefer, OK, James Champlain of Muskogee, OK, and Kevin Romo of Stockton, CA; two granddaughters, Cooper and Madilyn Romo of Mounds, OK.

A memorial service for Johnnie will be held Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Central Baptist Church, 624 Eastside Blvd, with Brother Gary Smith officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Lescher-Millsap Funeral Home of Muskogee.

Lescher Millsap Funeral Home

Linda Lou Newton, 74

Born Thursday, June 24, 1943

Died Sunday, February 11, 2018

Services Monday, February 19, 2018, 10 am, Shipman's Muskogee Funeral Chapel, 1325 North York Street - Muskogee, Oklahoma

Linda Lou Newton - Obituary
Obituary is Pending

Shipman Funeral Homes

Patricia Ann Ralls-Price “Nana”, 64

Born Wednesday, August 5, 1953

Died Sunday, February 11, 2018

Patricia Ann Ralls- Price “Nana “, 64, of Muskogee Oklahoma, passed away Sunday, February 11, 2018 surrounded by her family. She was born August 5, 1953 in Bokoshe, Oklahoma to Dock and Dorotha Ralls. She graduated from Muskogee High School with the class of 1971.
Patricia worked at Container Cooperation as a Clerical Assistant. She retired from Fort Howard/Georgia Pacific as a Machine Operator after 24 years of service.
Patricia had a love for animals. She loved her two dogs Abby and Saddie. She loved nothing more than spending time with her family; especially her grandchildren.
She was greatly loved and will be truly missed. However this is not the end; this the beginning. Patricia will be waiting in Heaven for all of her family and friends with open arms and a big smile.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Dock and Dorotha Ralls; sister, Janet Ralls; and nephew, Chris Moore.
Patricia is survived by her son, Mike Price and wife Crissy of Muskogee; granddaughters, Kylie Weaver and husband Aaron of Inola, McKenzie Price of Muskogee, McKenna Price of Muskogee; great grandson, Rhett Weaver of Inola; siblings, Debbie Little of Bokoshe, Shawn Ralls of Bokoshe, Grant Ralls and wife Sandy of Poteau; along with numerous nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews; and other family members and friends.
The family requests memorials be made to Muskogee Animal Shelter, 4002 Border Ave, Muskogee OK 74401.
A memorial service celebrating Patricia’s life will be 10AM, Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Donald Cherry officiating.

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Cleo Inez Stick, 87

Born Tuesday, February 10, 1931

Died Sunday, February 11, 2018

Services Thursday, February 15, 2018, 2:00 P.M., Shipman Funeral Home Chapel, 2980 US HWY 69, Wagoner, OK

Cleo Inez Stick - Obituary
Cleo Inez Stick passed this life on February 11, 2018 at the age of 87. She was born February 10, 1931, to William Payne and Fannie (Hunnicutt) Payne in Bunch, Ok.

Cleo attended school in Marble City, OK. She married the love of her life, Calvin Stick, on April 17, 1950. They shared 63 wonderful years together. Cleo worked as a cake decorator and baker for many years. She was a faithful member of The Episcopal Church. Cleo loved spending time with her family and her miniature dachshunds and in her spare time she enjoyed reading and watching TV, especially game shows and Westerns.

Cleo is preceded in death by her parents, William and Fannie Payne, her husband Calvin, daughter in law, Veronica Stick, brothers; Gene Payne, Johnny Johnson, James Payne, sisters; Mary Hensley, Sara Elizabeth Branham and Francis McDowell. She is survived by her sons; Larry Stick and wife Mary Ann of Tahlequah, OK, Gary Stick and wife Pam of Wagoner, OK, Michael Stick of Bixby, OK, brothers Don Payne and wife Cindy of Porum, OK, Kenneth Johnson and wife Mina of Tahlequah, OK, Mark Johnson of Lexington, OK, sisters; Nettie Jenkins of Hutchinson, KS, Earline Lee and husband Jay of Ft. Gibson, OK, seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

A Service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Thursday February 15, 2018 at the Shipman Chapel in Wagoner, OK with Dr. Michael R. Stick officiating. Arrangements were under the care of Shipman Funeral Home in Wagoner, OK.

Shipman Funeral Homes

Hoyt F. Payne, 90

Born Sunday, November 6, 1927

Died Sunday, February 11, 2018

Hoyt F. Payne, age 90, entered into Heaven’s gate on February 11, 2018. He was born November 6, 1927 in Russellville, Arkansas to A.A. and Pearl Payne. Hoyt attended Porter Public School and graduated from Muskogee Junior College with his Associate’s Degree in Business. Hoyt proudly served his country in the US Army and later received an Honorable Discharge.
On January 4, 1948, he married his high school sweetheart, Alma Lee Acree, his wife of 39 years. Hoyt worked for Union Pacific Railroad until he retired at the age of 58. After Alma passed away in 1987, he found another love in his life, Betty Wright. They were married 23 years until Betty passed away in 2014. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, driving the ski boat, playing dominoes and cards, reading, and OU football, but his greatest love was spending time with his family. Hoyt spent many years as a song leader and in leadership roles in the Church of Christ.
Hoyt’s family will always remember his faith in God, his kindness to others, his jokes that he thought were funnier than anyone else, and his love for his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, A.A. and Pearl Payne; his first wife and mother of his children, Alma; his second wife, Betty; his sister, Jewel Butler; his brother, Cletis Payne; and his son-in-law, Randy Williams.
Hoyt is survived by his daughters, Joy Williams of Enid, Gayle Honea and husband Rusty of Rogers, AR, and Jennifer Martin Draughon and husband Mark of Muskogee; two stepdaughters, Connie Watson and husband Marion of Natural Dam, AR, Jennifer Cox and husband Gary of Fairbanks, AK; two sisters, Helen Wilson and Jo Decker both of Tulsa; along with numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, other family members and friends.
The family will receive friends from 5:30-7:30pm, Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.
Hoyt’s life will be celebrated at 2PM, Friday, February 16, 2018 at Muskogee Church of Christ, 3206 N York Street, with Minister Ron Lashley officiating.
Pallbearers are his grandsons, Nick Honea, Tyler Williams, Chase Williams, Kyle Martin, Zach Martin, sons-in-law, Rusty Honea and Mark Draughon. Spiritual pallbearers that greeted him in heaven, Tommy Lashley, Fred Guinn, JT Anderson, Johnny Anderson, Charlie Cook, Gerald Tackett, and Randy Williams. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery immediately following services.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family online at

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Harold H. Brown, Sr., 62

Born Monday, September 5, 1955

Died Saturday, February 10, 2018

Services 10:00 AM, Saturday, February 17, 2018,


On September 5, 1955, Harold Harrison Brown, Sr., was the 4th of 6 children born to Sedera and Raymond Brown, Sr., in Kansas City, Missouri.

Harold attended Moton High School in Taft, Oklahoma, where he played the trombone in the school band.  He graduated with the Class of 1973.  Immediately after graduation, he was hired by O. G. & E. where he worked for the next 18 years.  He attended Connors State College and received a Technical Engineering Certification.  Shortly after leaving O.G.& E., he became a home health care provider.

Harold enjoyed fishing, playing cards and dominoes.  He had a deep love for cars and collecting them.  Mr. Brown was united in marriage to Shirley Roberts in Taft, Oklahoma.  From this union, three children were born.  This union was later dissolved.

On February 10, 2018, Harold H. Brown, Sr., after 62 years, surrendered his soul from his home in Taft, Oklahoma.  His smile, laughter, sense of humor and personality will be greatly missed.  We've lost a wonderful man who can never be replaced.   Hearing his quotes of "I Got You" and "Whats up Partner" will always be missed.   He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Glenoyd Brown and Raymond Brown, Jr., and other relatives to take him by the hand and walk him down Heaven's pathway.

He leaves to cherish his memory;  his wife, Mildred Jones;  his sons, Harold H. Brown, Jr., Brandon Brown and Khristofer Brown, all of Tulsa, Oklahoma; his daughter, Blanch Etta Lang [William], Fayetteville, Arkansas;  his sisters, Angela Brown, Topeka, Kansas, Sylvia Wilson, Taft, OKlahoma and Teresa Caldwell, Kansas City, Missouri;  his brothers, Randy Brown, Taft, Oklahoma, Ron Lowe, Muskogee, Oklahoma, Myron Ford, Kansas City, Missouri and William Ford, Hayti, Missouri;  his brothers-in-law, Ray Wilson and Ronald Caldwell;  his sisters-in-law, Earline Lowe, Muskogee, Oklahoma and Toni Ford, Kansas City, Missouri;  his grandchildren, Trevione Brown, Shyanne Brown, Kha'rmauri Brown, Staisha Lang, Joziah Lang and Jentzen Lang;  his great-grandchild, Nahla Lang;  and a host of other relatives and friends.

The final hour with Harold will commence on Saturday morning, February 17, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. in the most holy sanctuary of The Antioch Church, 500 West Broadway in Muskogee.  Dr. Marlon J. Coleman is the gracious host Pastor and Pastor Terry Garrett, Pastor of No Walls Community Church will Officiate.  Burial will follow in the Taft Cemetery.

You may visit Harold, as he slumbers in peaceful repose at The Antioch Church on Friday from 1:00 PM until 6:00 PM.

Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors Inc.

Emmagene White, 65

Born Saturday, April 12, 1952

Died Friday, February 9, 2018

Services 3:00 PM, Saturday, February 17, 2018, Booker T. Washington Cemetery, Highway 69 North and Fern Mountain Road

It was a marvelous, spring day on April 12, 1952, when a beautiful, baby girl was born to Johnny Morris and Pearlie Mae White in Bonita, Louisiana.  They named her Emmagene White.  Emmagene grew up and attended school in Merouge, Louisiana, where she attended St. Matthews Elementary and Union High School.  She graduated with the Class of 1971.

Sister Emmagene accepted Christ at an early age, where she was a member at the Greater Magnolia Missionary Baptist Church in Bastrop, Louisiana before moving to Muskogee and joining Evangelist Temple Baptist Church.

In 1989, Emmagene moved to Muskogee, Oklahoma with her children, where she met the love of her life, Robert Armstrong.  He helped her raise five children as if they were his own.

It was during the early morning hours of Friday morning, when our Heavenly Father whispered "Thine will be done"  to Emmagene White, in her 65th year of life,  on February 9, 2018.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her step-father, Aaron Matthews, her husband, Robert Armstrong, two brothers, Roosevelt Prater, Jr., and Bernard Prater, three sisters, Sandy Marie, Brenda Morrison and Essie Wilson, her grandparents, Jeff and Willie Belle Shelly and her mother-in-law, Della Mae Winston.

Those left to cherish her legacy of love;  five daughters, Shelia, Kimberly, Sheretta [Sam], Melody [Tommy], all of Muskogee, Oklahoma and Rozetta, Tulsa, Oklahoma;  eleven grandchildren, Nichole, DeVontay, NiAndrea, Nicholas, NiKeiya, My'Unique, Michael Jr., Marquis, Braylon, DaMarion and Emiyah;  her great-grandson, Bryson Jr.;  her brother, Larry Prater [Emma], Bastrop, Louisiana;  two sisters-in-law, Doris Davis, Muskogee and Barbara Harlin, Kansas City, Missouri; a brother-in-law, Sherman Wilson, Texas;  three aunts, Lillie Mae Jackson, Muskogee, OKlahoma, Fay Artis [Don] and Thelma Garrett [John], Dallas, Texas;  four uncles, Cliff Causey [Teresa], Elbert Roy Cause, Monroe, Louisiana, Jerry Causey and Robert Causey [Darlene], Dallas, Texas;  a close and special friend, Edna Carter; three special, God-children, Allen Jr., Angel and Edwardo; along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and freinds.

Her sacred farewell will commence on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 1:00 PM in the Christ Kingdom Builders Ministries, 1801 Baltimore in Muskogee.

Burial will follow in the Booker T. Washington Cemetery in Muskogee.

Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors Inc.

Kenneth Roger Ballew, 68

Born Monday, December 26, 1949

Died Friday, February 9, 2018

Kenneth Roger Ballew was born on December 26,1949 in Wichita, Kansas. He grew up in Broken Arrow, OK and graduated from high school in 1968 where he played football and was a state champion wrestler. He was drafted and joined the Marines during the Vietnam War where he was wounded in 1971 and received the Purple Heart. Ken went on to graduate from Northeastern State University in 1977. He was the owner and operator of an oil drilling rig until his retirement.
Ken had a carefree joyful spirit and a sharp sense of humor that kept those around him laughing and entertained. He enjoyed pheasant hunting with his father and friends in Kansas and fishing in the lakes and rivers of northeast Oklahoma.
Ken passed away peacefully on Friday, February 9, 2018 in Muskogee, OK surrounded by his family after a short illness.
The family would like to thank Good Neighbor Hospice for helping allow his children the honor of caring for him at home where they could enjoy every last minute with him.
A special thank you to Vickie Holland and Staff of the Jack C. Montgomery VA Hospital.
Ken is preceded in death by his mother, Maxine Ballew and granddaughter, Danielle Ballew.
He is survived by his father, Dr. Dewey Ballew D.D.S of Broken Arrow, OK; daughters, Heather Elgin and husband Brian of Fort Gibson, OK and Kendra Ballew of Tahlequah, OK; sons, Brian Ballew and wife Kimberly of Royse City, TX and Thomas Ballew of Paris, AR; grandchildren, Keith Ballew, Caleb Ballew and Maisie Elgin; great grandchildren, Abigail, Alexis and Tidus Luke; brother, Brent Ballew and wife Lin of Tahlequah, OK, sisters, Brenda Griffin and husband Greg of Broken Arrow, OK and Linda Newkirk and husband Shawn of Broken Arrow, OK; his dog and constant companion Ziggy; many nieces, nephews and many friends.
Memorial services celebrating Ken’s life will be held 10:30AM Monday, February 19, 2018 at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Gibson with Pastor Roy Ramsey officiating. Committal prayers and inurnment will follow in the Fort Gibson National Cemetery with Full Military Honors.
The family of Kenneth Roger Ballew has entrusted his cremation and services to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson. 918-478-2555.
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