Friday, May 25

Muskogee High School graduation
USS Runner Special Event

Saturday, May 26

David Cargill and John Simpson play

Sunday, May 27

Stevens Family at Cornerstone Church
Oklahoma Handgun Carry Course


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.)

Gary Michael “Mike” Rogers II, 49

Born Tuesday, July 15, 1969

Died Saturday, August 18, 2018

Gary Michael "Mike" Rogers II, 48, of Ft. Smith, Arkansas passed away Friday, May 18, 2018. He was born July 15, 1969 to Gary Michael Rogers and Mary Lynn (Scott) Rogers in Norman, OK. Mike attended school in Sallisaw, Oklahoma and enjoyed upholstery and spending time with his friends and family.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Lynn (Scott) Crutchfield; and brother, David Rogers.
Mike is survived by his father and stepmother, Gary and Bonnie Rogers of Muskogee, OK; his son, Michael Dean Rogers and wife Brittani Rogers and their daughter, Daisy Rogers of Sallisaw, OK; his daughter, Destiny Rae Rogers and wife Christina Rogers and their son, Bentlee Rogers of Ft. Smith, AR; brother, Chris Rogers and wife Denise and their daughters, Hannah Johnson, Brynlee Johnson, and Bristol Rogers of Ft. Gibson, OK; sister, Sheila Fritz and her daughters, Emily Fritz Shellman and husband Jordan, Sarah Fritz and Addison Fritz of Muskogee, OK; sister, Debbie McGarrah of Wewoka, OK; as well as many other friends and family members.

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Rochelle Marie Thomas, 62

Born Sunday, February 5, 1956

Died Thursday, May 24, 2018

Rochelle Marie Thomas, age 62, a resident of Muskogee, OK; slipped the bonds of this earthly realm onto eternity on May 24, 2018 at St. Francis hospital, Tulsa, OK.

Arrangements are pending.

House of Winn Funeral Home

Hattie Coleman, 95

Born Monday, September 4, 1922

Died Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Mrs. Hattie Coleman, traveled from Labour to Refreshment in the early morning hours of May 23, 2018 in Owasso, Oklahoma.

Services are currently pending in the Tulsa Chapel.

Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors Inc.

Clifford G. Redd, 74

Born Saturday, March 11, 1944

Died Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Clifford G. Redd, age 74, a resident of Los Angeles,CA and a former resident of Okmulgee,OK, transitioned Tuesday, May 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA.

Arrangements pending.

House of Winn Funeral Home

Clifford G. Redd Sr., 74

Born Saturday, March 11, 1944

Died Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Clifford G. Redd Sr. age 74, a resident of Los Angeles,CA and a former resident of Okmulgee,OK, transitioned Tuesday, May 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA.

Arrangements pending.

House of Winn Funeral Home

Edna B. Johnson, 96

Born Sunday, February 26, 1922

Died Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Services Friday, May 25, 2018, 10:00 A.M., Shipman Funeral Home Chapel, 2980 US 69 Wagoner, Oklahoma 74467

Edna B. Johnson - Obituary
Edna Bernice Johnson peacefully passed this life on the morning of May 22, 2018 at the age of 96, at her home in Welling, OK, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on February 26, 1922 in Howe, OK to George B. Sanders and Mary Mae (Morrison) Sanders.
Edna attended Pea Vine School in Adair County, OK. She married the love of her life, Jesse H. Johnson, on September 10, 1938 in Waxahachie, TX and they spend many wonderful years together until his passing. Edna loved her family and she was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-great grandmother. She was an excellent seamstress and a wonderful cook. In her free time she loved canning vegetables from her garden. Edna was a member of the First Baptist Church in Tahlequah, OK.
Edna was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one sister, Ethel Carter, four brothers, Everett, Elmer, G.B. and Frank Sanders and one daughter, Geneva Sue Johnson.
She leaves behind two daughters, Davidaa and husband Raymond Cleek of Tahlequah, OK, Sandra Blagg of Wagoner, OK, two sisters, Georgia Gerbitz of Tahlequah, OK, and Nadean Phillips of Bixby, OK. She will also be missed by seven grandchildren, sixteen great - grandchildren and sixteen great-great grandchildren.

Shipman Funeral Homes

Gerald Wayne Jones, 59

Born Saturday, May 9, 1959

Died Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Services 11:00 AM, Saturday, June 02, 2018, Timothy Baptist Church, 821 E. 46th St. North

Funeral Services for Mr. Gerald Wayne Jones will be Saturday June 2, 2018 at 11AM at Timothy Baptist Church in Tulsa.

Friends may visit Mr. Jones on Friday from 1PM until 7PM in the Tulsa Chapel.

Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors Inc.

Howard Leo Antwine, 75

Born Thursday, November 5, 1942

Died Monday, May 21, 2018

Services 10:00 AM, Saturday, May 26, 2018, First Baptist Church South Beggs, 8150 HIghway 16

Mr. Howard Antwine after 75 years, closed his eyes for eternal rest on May 21, 2018.

Services will be Saturday May 26, 2018 at 10AM at First Baptist Church South in Beggs.

Burial will follow at Beggs City Cemetery in Beggs, Oklahoma.

Visitation will be Friday from 10AM until 6PM on Friday in the Okmulgee Chapel.

Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors Inc.

Ladonna Rose Yandell, 85

Born Thursday, February 16, 1933

Died Monday, May 21, 2018

Ladonna Rose Yandell, 85, of Muskogee, Oklahoma entered Heaven’s gates on Monday, May 21, 2018. She was born February 16, 1933 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma to Robert Howard Reece and Pearl (Caviness) Reece. Ladonna attended Fort Gibson Public Schools.
She met and later married her best friend, Leroy Ivan Yandell on April 9, 1950 at the First Pentecostal Holiness Church in Ft. Gibson. They had shared more than 67 years of life and marriage together when Leroy passed away on April 15, 2017.
Ladonna worked at Muskogee Regional Hospital for many years and retired in 1994. She previously worked for Teel Laundry, Santa Fe Meat Packing, and Swift Processing.
Ladonna will always be remembered for her love for God, attending church functions, and being an active and faithful member.
She enjoyed going to garage sales on Saturday morning with her sister-in-law, Shirley Yandell, and she also enjoyed camping with her family. Most important was spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and being a part of their lives.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Pearl Reece; husband, Leroy Yandell; daughter, Debbie Thomas; sisters, Betty Reece Wilson and Peggy Reece Powell; and her daughter-in-law, Linda Carol Yandell.
Ladonna is survived by her daughter, Linda Russell; sons, Robert Yandell, Darrell Yandell and wife Tonya; grandchildren, Greg and Charla Jackson, Deanne and Charlie Randolph, Jr., Dalton Yandell, Derick Yandell, Kim Yandell, Heather and Shawn Clay, Leroy and Kathryn Parris, Cydney O’dell, Tiffany Battenfield, Matt and Misty Smith, Joe and Tammy Crossland; great-grandchildren, Paige, Payton, Austin, Charlie III, Sierra, Casey, Daniel, Jeremy, Alexis and Autumn, Taia, Tommy, and Kathryn, Michael, Heather, Brandon, Heather, Amaya, Colby, Olivia, Elliott, Krystalin, Andrew, and Makyla; sister, Phyllis Stretch and husband Ben; brother, Dan Reece and wife Blanche; along with other family members who will miss her greatly.
Funeral service celebrating Ladonna’s life will be 12PM, Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Ben Stretch officiating. Interment will follow at 2PM at Fort Gibson National Cemetery with Kenneth Yandell, Jimmy Yandell, George Jr Yandell, Jerry Yandell, Billy Yandell, and David Yandell serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Daniel Parris, Jeremy Parris, Michael Parris, Tommy Parris, and Brandon O’Dell.
The family would like to express a very special “Thank You” to all the healthcare personnel who cared for their Mom and Dad over the last years of their life.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee. Condolences may be made to the family online at

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Floyd C. Rowe, 91

Born Monday, October 18, 1926

Died Monday, May 21, 2018

Floyd Collins Rowe, 91, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away Monday, May 21, 2018. He was born October 18, 1926 to Robert Franklin Rowe and Flossie Kindrick Rowe in Gore, Oklahoma.
He graduated from Gore High School. He also graduated from Plumbing School in Kansas City, Missouri. Floyd served in the United States Army during World War II.
Floyd was married to Nona Ruth Adams from June 1, 1946 until her death on August 2, 1992.
He married Eldee Durossette on November 30, 1998 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Upon his marriage to Eldee, he gained a son, John Standridge; daughter-in-law, Soozie; grandchildren, Joshua, Cheyenne, and Lucas; and later a great-granddaughter, Paisley, as Eldee’s family became his family.
Floyd was a plumber by trade. He worked many years for Hogle Plumbing Company until his retirement. He also taught plumbing and welding classes in Muskogee.
He attended and served in the Baptist Church for many years. He was also a Sunday School teacher.
Floyd believed in hard work and in developing talents. The Bible was important to him and he strived to pattern his life after the teachings of Jesus Christ. He spoke of the parable of the talents found in Matthew 25:14-20. Floyd believed that everyone receives talents and will be held accountable for the use or misuse of them. He continued throughout his life working and developing his talents.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Flossie Rowe; first wife, Nona Adams Rowe; sisters, Juanita Ballew, Vivian Stewart, Norma Osborn, and Virginia Anthony; two brothers, Robert Rowe Jr and Mitchell Rowe; sisters-in-law, Marceline Anthony Rowe, Doris Gates Rowe, Martha Henry Rowe; brothers-in-law, Robert Stewart, W.F. “Kipp” Osborn, J.D. Anthony, and Lee Roy Keener.
Floyd is survived by his wife, Eldee, of the home; son, John Standridge and wife Soozie of Oktaha; grandchildren, Joshua of Muskogee, Cheyenne of Idabel, and Lucas of Oktaha; and great- granddaughter, Paisley of Muskogee; sisters, Joy Keener of Tulsa, Irma Hubler and husband Lynn of Gore; along with several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
A celebration of Floyd’s life will be 2PM, Thursday, May 24, 2018 at Muskogee First Baptist Church Chapel with Chaplain Bill Crow officiating. Interment will follow at Greenhill Cemetery with Joshua Standridge, Lucas Standridge, Pete Schrader, Fred Hogle, Joe Hull, Warren Cross, and James Keasling serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Terry Miller, Sharon Billings, and Rev. Rex Wilkinson.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee. Condolences may be made to the family online at

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Marjorie Eubanks, 88

Born Sunday, January 12, 1930

Died Sunday, May 20, 2018

Marjorie Jean Eubanks

Marjorie Eubanks, age 88, died May 20, 2018, with her family by her side of natural causes complicated by a full life. She was born to Jewell and Dolly (Whitson) Phipps on January 12, 1930 in Nowata, Oklahoma and raised in Coffeyville KS. In April 1950, Marjorie married Paul J. Underwood. She was a founding leader of Girl Scout Troop 4 in Pawhuska, OK and was employed and retired from Corning Glass Works when the plant closed operations in Muskogee, OK. In 1971, Marjorie married and joined the family of Robert Eubanks.

Marjorie was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Eubanks; parents; and brother, Norman Phipps. She is survived by her three children, Paula Underwood of Laurel, MD, Donald and wife Candice Underwood of Bushnell FL, and Troy and wife Charolette Underwood of Muskogee, OK; three grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to: Epsilon Sigma Alpha St. Jude Fund, of which Marjorie was a 28 year member. Donations made be sent to ESA , 363 West Drake Road, Fort Collins, CO 80526, Attention: St. Jude Memorial ESA# 107097, (970) 223-2824.

A funeral service celebrating the life of Marjorie Eubanks will take place at 3:00 pm, Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at the Bradley Belltower Chapel with Mr. Gene Haddock officiating. Entombment will take place at a later date at Memorial Park with her husband Robert Eubanks.

The family has entrusted Bradley Funeral and Cremation Service with the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to

Bradley Funeral and Cremation Service

Robert E. Madewell, 68

Born Tuesday, February 7, 1950

Died Saturday, May 19, 2018

Robert E. “Bob” Madewell, 68, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away Saturday, May 19, 2018. He was born on February 7, 1950 to J.W. Madewell and Lora Sue (Rucks) Madewell in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He graduated from Muskogee Central High School with the class of 1968.
Right out of high school, Bob joined the United States Marine Corps and served in the Vietnam War. After being injured in 1969 he received a Purple Heart Medal and retired in 1971 after receiving an honorable discharge.
Bob loved his family very much and enjoyed going to the Hilldale games with his best friend, Gary Drain. He also enjoyed going hunting and fishing. Bob will always be remembered as a loving brother, father and grandfather.
He was preceded in death by his parents, J.W. and Lora Sue (Rucks) Madewell; and brother, Rick Madewell.
Bob is survived by his son, Matthew Madewell; daughter, Amanda Madewell-Moler and husband Jeremy; sister, Donna Sue Madewell; grandsons, Logan Elmore and Gabriel Moler; and other family members and friends.
A celebration of Bob’s life will be 12:00 P.M., Friday, May 25, 2018 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at with Marine Military Honors presented at Fort Gibson National Cemetery.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee. Condolences may be made to the family online at

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

David Ray Roach, 24

Born Thursday, October 14, 1993

Died Saturday, May 19, 2018

David Ray Roach, 24, of Muskogee, passed away Saturday, May 19, 2018, as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. He was born October 14, 1993 in Claremore, Oklahoma and attended Warner Public Schools.
He is survived by his son, Blaze Ray Roach; parents, Tracy Kirk-Roach and Billy Roach; sister, Tristen Roach; paternal grandparents, Coye and Jean Roach; maternal grandfather, Ray Kirk; eight uncles, six aunts; and numerous cousins. He also had a multitude of friends and brotherhood of tower dawgs who loved him dearly.
David was preceded in death by his great grandparents, Albert and Mamie Kirk; great-grandmother, Wynema Anderson; grandmother, Barbara Kirk; and cousin, Skyler Heaton.
David’s kind heart and boundless joy for life live on in his two year old son, Blaze Ray. David was a loving and devoted father, son, and brother. He was a selfless friend; always the life of the party, and will be forever missed in the lives of those who loved him.
A celebration of David’s life will be 1PM, Friday, May 25, 2018 at New Hope Assembly of God Church with Pastor Jeff Anderson officiating. Interment will follow at Tahlequah City Cemetery.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee. Condolences may be made to the family online at

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Kathy (Katy) Lynn Pirkle, 54

Born Sunday, August 25, 1963

Died Friday, May 18, 2018

Kathy Lynn (Katy) Pirkle was born in Muskogee Oklahoma on August 25, 1963 to William (Bill) and Betty (Henderson) Pirkle.
She passed away after a lengthy illness on May 18, 2018.
Kathy graduated from Fort Gibson High School in 1981 and the University of Oklahoma School of Music in 1986.
After graduation Kathy spent most of her adult life in the Oklahoma City area working for Hartford Insurance until falling ill and returning to Fort Gibson.
Kathy loved OU football, music and cats.
She is preceded in death by her father. She is survived by her mother Betty of Fort Gibson, her brother Steve and wife Crystal and her niece and nephews: Marissa, Tristan and Austin Pirkle all of Broken Arrow, and numerous Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.
A brief memorial service will be held at Clifford Garrett Family Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Gibson on Tuesday, May 22, at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Don Blankenship officiating.
The family of Kathy Lynn Pirkle has entrusted her cremation and services to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson. 918-478-2555.
Online condolences may be left at

Clifford D. Garrett Family Funeral Home

Bessie Payne, 77

Born Saturday, May 17, 1941

Died Friday, May 18, 2018

Mrs. Bessie Payne peacefully traveled to Eternal Rest on the evening of Friday May 18, 2018 in Tulsa.

Memorial Services will be held at World Won for Christ 2121 N Harvard Ave Tulsa, Oklahoma 74115 at 7:00PM.   

Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors Inc.

Alvin Wayne Mixon, 80

Born Monday, February 7, 1938

Died Friday, May 18, 2018

Services 1:00 PM, Saturday, May 26, 2018, Jesus First Baptist Church, 1024 South 3rd Street

It all began on February 7, 1938, when Hunter Mixon, Sr., and Della Ann [Williamson] Mixon celebrated the birth of a son, Alvin Wayne Mixon in Stroud, Oklahoma.  Better known as "Moon" to family and friends, he was the first of eight children born from this union.
Alvin received his education from the South Stroud Public School system.  After reaching manhood, he was employed with Littert Brothers Construction Company for over 20 years until his retirement.  Alvin united with the St. Matthew Primitive Church in Oklahoma City and was a member at the time of his death.  He was united in marriage to Helen Cozetta Davis and five children were born from this union.
After "Four-Score" years with us, Alving Wayne Mixon, Sr., left this life for a life eternal from Muskogee, Oklahoma.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen;  two children, Alvin Wayne Mixon, Jr., and Vanessa Daniels;  two brothers, Orville Dean Mixon and James Floyd Mixon; two sisters, Levonne Davis and Doris Annette Mixon.
He leaves to lament his passing;  his sons, Stevie Mixon, Prague, Oklahoma, Marvin Mixon[ Alisha], Texarkansas, Arkansas;  his daughter, Pamela Mixon Carlis [ Rev. Stanley ], Rentiesville, Oklahoma; a step-daughter, Sandra Dillard [Ricky] Stroud, Oklahoma; 15 grandchildren;  18 great-grandchildren;  a brother, Hunter Mixon, Tulsa, Oklahoma;  two sisters, Shirley Goodman [ Lindell ], Midwest City, Oklahoma and Jeanell Britton, McKinney, Texas;  one aunt, Mildred Coleman;  a sister-in-law, Veronica Mixon;  a brother-in-law, David Daniels; and a caravan of other relatives and friends.

The Hour of Remembrance for Mr. Mixon will commence on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 1:00 PM in the Jesus First Baptist Church of Stroud, Oklahoma.  Pastor R. D. Jacobs, Pastor will officiate.  Burial will follow in the Golden Valley Cemetery in Stroud.

You may visit Mr. Mixon, beginning at 11:30 AM until service time at the Church in Stroud, Oklahoma.

Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors Inc.

Sara Rebecca (Huggins) Preston, 85

Born Friday, March 31, 1933

Died Thursday, May 17, 2018

Sara Rebecca (Huggins) Preston was born on March 31,1933 to Ludy Angeline Huggins and James Wallace Huggins in Ft Gibson, Oklahoma and passed away Thursday, May 17, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. She lived in Ft. Gibson and she married her high school sweetheart. Sara met her husband, John Ronald Preston, Sr. when they were both students at Ft. Gibson High School. According to family lore, when John saw Sara for the first time he turned to his friend and told him that she was the girl he was going to marry. At the time of her passing John and Sara had been married for 67 years! Sara is the proud mother of four children, Teresa Ray (Preston) Owens, John R. Preston, Jr.”Ron”, Lora Preston Lyman “Lolly” and Aaron Reser Preston.

Sara was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After joining the LDS church Sara found a great passion for genealogy and family history. She became the family’s honorary historian. Because of her tenacious work much of the Preston, Huggins, and O'toole history has been discovered, saved, and passed down to the next generation. We will all be forever grateful to her for finding and preserving our stories. We are also grateful for her example of faith and for her love of the Savior, Jesus Christ.

Sara was loved by everyone who knew her. She was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside. It can be safely said that there was never a person that didn’t love Sara when they met her. She was without guile. She was a peacemaker and embodied charity. She loved deeply and forgave freely. Sara was generous and she served others without hesitation. If someone was in need Sara was the first to help. She had a talent for working with people. While never receiving a diploma past High School Sara had a natural talent for typing and office organization. She was an executive secretary or office manager most of her secretarial career and she was appreciated and valued by her employers. When John began his own business in 1983 Sara became his partner and right-hand assistant. However, no matter what she did or what she accomplished if you asked her what her greatest achievement was she would, without hesitation, say that it was her family.

Sara is survived by her husband John, her children, Ron and Aaron Preston and Lolly Lyman, siblings Warren Huggins, Laurel “Ann” Andrews, and Carol Tomlinson. Sara is the proud grandmother of 10 grandchildren, Matthew Owens, Daniel Owens, Kathryn (Preston) Gardner, Melissa Preston, J. Hansen Lyman, Tressa (Lyman) Rochester, Preston Lyman, Shayla (Lyman) Morales, Eliza Lyman and Robison Lyman. She is also survived by two great grandchildren, Fox Gardner and Adelia Rochester, as well numerous nieces, nephews, friends and family who are all feeling her absence at this time. She is preceded in death by her father and mother James and Ludy Huggins, a daughter, Teresa Preston Owens, and 5 siblings, Laurence Huggins, Clarence Huggins, George “Deanie” Huggins, Jack Huggins, and A.L.”Bud” Huggins as well as a great granddaughter Clara Gardner, all of whom we are sure are overjoyed to see her again.

Funeral services will be held on Monday May 28, 2018 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 1315 E. 33rd St, Edmond, OK 73013. A public viewing will be held at the church before the funeral service from 9:30-10:30 AM. The funeral will begin at 11:00 AM.

A viewing from 10:00-11:00 will be Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home in Fort Gibson. A committal service will be held at 1:30PM Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at Citizens Cemetery in Fort Gibson. We invite all who loved Sara to join us in celebrating her life at either or both services.

The family of Sara Rebecca (Huggins) Preston 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