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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 (Bob) Wilks, 84

Born Monday, September 20, 1937

Died Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Bobby (Bob) Wilks was born to Mannie and Lois Wilks on September 20, 1937, in Fort Gibson. He was raised on the Grand River by his grandparents, Press and Lettie Cooper. He graduated from Fort Gibson High School in 1956, where he was active in Vo Ag and was an excellent basketball and baseball player. After high school he went to work for Getty Oil Co. and played first base and pitched for the company softball team. He married his high school sweetheart, Ann Sheffield, and they raised four children together. He purchased and operated a backhoe for several years before going to work for the Town of Ft. Gibson. After retiring from the city, he managed and worked for several rural water districts in the area. In the mid 70’s he bought a ski boat and the “Wildwood years” began. All summer and many evenings were spent on Ft. Gibson Lake pulling kids behind his boat. The Wilks backyard was locally famous for weekend volleyball games. It started in fun and quickly turned into a lighted court, permanently marked boundaries and lots of friendly (mostly) arguments. Bob was always tinkering on and building things. His truck could only be compared to Mary Poppins’ magic bag, if you needed anything it was in there. He later met and married Billie Ballew and they spent many happy years together enjoying their grandchildren and great grandchildren. Bob is lovingly survived by his daughters, Wendy Hatley and husband, Mark of Fort Gibson and Bobbi Butler of Fort Gibson; sons, Alan Wilks and wife, Sherry, of Fort Gibson and Gary Paul Wilks and wife, Tye of Oktaha; granddaughters, Ashlie Ryan and husband, John, of Waco, TX, Alana Hatley and husband, Josh English, of Houston, TX, Chelsea Heath and husband, Dustin, of Lequire, OK, Alicia Moore and husband, Steven, of Whitefield, OK; grandsons, Justin Wilks and wife, Heather of Dallas, TX, Nick Wilks and wife, Robin of Muskogee, Mark A. (Andy) Hatley, of Fort Gibson, Michael Butler and wife, Savannah of Fort Gibson; 18 great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; sister, Linda and husband, Gene Faulconer, of Fort Gibson and many friends. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Mannie Wilks and Lois and Hamilton Gray; grandparents, Press and Lottie Cooper; brother, Johnny Gray; sister, Janice Battenfield; as well as his son in-law, Paul Butler. A celebration of Bob’s life will be held 10AM Wednesday, August 24, 2022, at First Freewill Baptist Church in Fort Gibson. The family of Bobby Wilks has entrusted his cremation and service 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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Larance S. Hill, 67

Born Wednesday, October 20, 1954

Died Monday, August 15, 2022

"Peace in the Valley for Me" Larance S. Hill, age 67, a resident of Okmulgee, OK, transitioned, Monday, August 15, 2022 in Hillcrest Medical Center, Tulsa, OK.

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

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Linda McDonald, 79

Born Tuesday, July 20, 1943

Died Sunday, August 14, 2022

Linda Raye Cory McDonald passed away at the age of 79 on August 14, 2022 from complications of Polycystic Liver and Kidney Disease, which is an genetic disorder that causes many fluid-filled cysts to grow. She did everything possible to be healthy but after struggling for 40 years her liver and kidney failed.
Born in 1943 on July 20th in Perry, Oklahoma to Raymond Bert Cory and Laura Mae Anglin, she was a smart child that excelled in school and loved reading. Linda deeply loved family, especially her next younger brother, John Cory. Throughout her life she wanted to please people and show love. Being the oldest of seven siblings, she spent a large part of her early life taking care of and raising her younger brothers and sisters.
Married in 1963 on February 14th to Leon Leslie McDonald, she was a devoted wife and later mother to their three children; David Leon, Larry Shane and Kesa Lin. As a young bride her father provided the down payment on a sewing machine and she learned to sew. She blessed her husband and children with homemade clothes, dolls and toys, and special gifts. Even though they were poor, Leon kept the family fed by working hard and gardening. Linda carefully managed the funds and harvested the garden in order to spoil her husband and children with wonderful meals. Linda was an excellent cook and baked delicious desserts. The children truly enjoyed the yearly heart shaped sugar cookies to remember and celebrate their parents’ wedding day.
After the birth of their youngest child in 1973, Leon and Linda brought their family home, which was a source of joy. Linda kept a spotless home and was always happy to host anyone that visited. Their neighbors encouraged the young family to attend church and Linda was saved in 1974 at Muskogee Christian Church in Muskogee, Oklahoma. She remained a faithful Christian until her death.
For joy Linda researched ancestry, kept track of recording family details, took pictures and created beautiful photo albums of each year. She thought it important to pass down family knowledge. To promote family bonds, Linda constantly sent cards and letters and accepted collect phone calls. She fed and clothed loved ones in need and gave gifts of handmade crochet, cross stitch, embroidery and sewing projects. Her children, nieces and nephews treasured their dolls, Winnie the Pooh collection, and the yearly Christmas ornaments. From 1980 to 2020, every new baby was blessed with an embroidery Prayer blanket.
She took delight in watching her children grow and cared about their friends. As home-room mother, girl scout leader, and church volunteer she stayed involved in her children's lives and along the way, influenced many of their classmates. Her focus was serving her family and showing God's love to anyone in her path.
Linda was determined to give her children the best education possible and never accepted less. In the days before federal laws required equal education for all people, Linda pushed for a deaf and hard of hearing class for her oldest son. Facing hardships around every corner, she kept working hard until Muskogee Public Schools finally permitted a class for hearing impaired pupils. The public service announcements, holding meetings at the public library and in her home, finding students and the teacher, and securing state funding to begin the program was well worth it thirteen years later when those students walked across the stage at Indian Bowl to receive their high school diploma.
After years of testing, her youngest child was finally diagnosed with hearing perception disorder, which required special classes and many hours of assistance to overcome that learning disability. Linda pushed her daughter to reach high standards. By junior high her daughter was removed from LD classes, and never received additional services, but achieved many honors throughout high school. After adulthood, Leon and Linda would not financially support their children, but to reduce the cost of college expenses, Linda drove her daughter to and from Northeastern State University (NSU). While studying math came easy, Kesa struggled with reading and writing. So, Linda proof read her daughter's term papers and kept encouraging her to be successful. Writing the thesis for the master's degree was agony, all the difficulties of researching tortured Kesa and all the stress of coping with a learning disability surfaced. Linda comforted her child and helped her deal with the emotional pain. Linda wanted the best for her children and her sacrifice, love, encouragement, and dedication greatly benefited them. As a result of hard work and determination, Kesa graduated from NSU with a bachelors in December 1998 and a masters degree in May 2010. Since earning her education, Kesa has taught math to thousands of young people, showing the same love and kindness as her Mother demonstrated. Over the years, many college students in Kesa's path have been influenced by Linda and grown to love and appreciate Mama McDonald.
In addition to their children, God blessed Leon and Linda with three grandchildren; Emmie Lue, Carrie LeAnne, and David Leslie; and two great-grandchildren; Lyla Hope and Athena Lee.
As old age and the chronic disease took a toll on her body, she slowed down but never stopped loving people. On her death bed she often said, "I just want to see God. I want people to know faith, hope and peace. I want people to know that I love everyone".
Linda was predeceased in death by her parents and husband of 39 years. She is survived by her children, grand children, great grandchildren, and a host of family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) foundation at P.O. Box 871847; Kansas City, MO, 64187.
The family will receive friends from 4-8PM, Thursday, August 18, 2022 @ Cornerstone Funeral Home.
A celebration of Linda’s life will be at 10AM, Friday, August 19, 2022 at York Street Christian Church with Pastor Gene Thompson officiating. Interment will follow at Greenhill Cemetery in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
Funeral services provided by Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory, 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences can be made to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

Visitation
Thursday, AUG 18. 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM.
Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory
1830 North York Street
Muskogee, OK 74403

Family to greet friends
Thursday, AUG 18. 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM.
Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory
1830 North York Street
Muskogee, OK 74403

Service
Friday, AUG 19. 10:00 AM.
York Street Christian Church
1125 S. York St.
Muskogee, OK 74403

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Joan Ann (Benge) Gladd, 87

Born Friday, December 28, 1934

Died Sunday, August 14, 2022

Joan Ann (Benge) Gladd, 87, of Fort Gibson, was born December 28, 1934, in Fort Gibson to Floyd and Anna Lee (Taylor) Benge and peacefully passed away Sunday, August 14, 2022, in Tahlequah, OK. She grew up in Fort Gibson, where she received her formal education and graduated from Fort Gibson High School in 1952. After graduation, she met and married the love of her life, W.L. ‘Bud’ Gladd, who preceded her in death. Together they had two children, Lee and Shryln Gladd. Joan and her husband, Bud, were successful business owners of Gladd’s Racing Stables for many years, raising and racing quarter horses in Oklahoma and surrounding states, making many lifelong friends. Joan enjoyed the horses, but she also had many other interests and hobbies. She loved all sports, rodeo’s, trail rides, quilting, sewing, crocheting (giving most of it away) and antiquing (junking) with her nieces, she enjoyed working crossword puzzles and cooking, and also reading with her circle of reading friends. She was a member of Norwood Baptist Church. Joan is lovingly survived by her grandsons, Preston Lee Gladd, Ethan Gladd and Garrett Gladd; granddaughters, Stephanie Clinton and Tracey Patrick; great-grandsons, Blake Patrick and Harrison Gladd; great-granddaughters, Brookelyn Smith, Alexia Gladd, Alyza Gladd and Rylee Clinton; great-great-granddaughters, Brayleigh Patrick and Wytlee Smith; great-great-grandsons, Rhett and Sutton Patrick; brother, Dewey Benge and wife Jewel. extended family and many friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, W.L. ‘Bud’ Gladd; daughter, Shryln Lee; son, Warren Lee ‘Bully’ Gladd; and parents, Floyd and Anna Lee Benge; sisters, Elnora Benge Worley and Mae Benge Bradley; brothers, Tom Benge and Robert (Sonny) Benge; and sister-in-law, Eloise Benge. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions in Joan's name to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org or the American Heart Association at www.heart.org. A celebration of Joan’s life will be held 1PM Friday, August 19, 2022, at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Gibson with her grandson, Preston Gladd officiating. Committal prayers and interment will follow at Citizens Cemetery in Fort Gibson with Preston Gladd, Stubby Worley, Donny Worley, Tim Benge, Ronnie Benge, Tim Clinton, and Robert Sevier serving as casket bearers. Honorary casket bearer is Tom Benge. The family of Joan Ann Gladd has entrusted her care, service 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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Bobbie Jean Johnson, 88

Born Friday, December 22, 1933

Died Friday, August 12, 2022

“And God proceeded to form the man out of dust from the ground and to blow into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man came to be a living soul.” Genesis 2:7

On December 22, 1933, Bobbie Jean Johnson was born to Felton LaViolette and Carrie LaViolette in Nuyaka, OK. She was the 4th of 5 children born to this union.

“In fact, also, when we were with you, we gave you this rule: If anyone does not want to work, neither let him eat.” Thessalonians 3:10

Bobbie Jean was educated in Rosenwall school in Henryetta, OK. She worked at Garrison Garment in Bristow, OK for 20 years. She also worked at several clothing stores in Okmulgee, OK as well as the Okmulgee Public School system, retiring from Denette Clothing Store. Bobbie was very well known for how wonderful she dressed. Bobbie loved doing yard work, gardening, going on trips, cruises, and especially shopping at her favorite store NBC.

“Further, God blessed them and God said to them: Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it.” Genesis 1:28

Bobbie was united in marriage to Forrest Johnson now deceased. To this union two sons were born, Reginald Johnson and Ray Johnson.

“Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will acknowledge him before my Father in heaven…” Matthew 10:32

She accepted Christ and attended Shady Grove Baptist Church in Nuyaka, OK, New Salem Baptist Church and St. Matthews Baptist Church in Okmulgee, OK.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4

On August 12, 2022, God called Bobbie Jean Johnson from labor to refreshment. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Onazel LaViolette, brother, Curtis LaViolette. She leaves to celebrate, her sons, Ronald and Ray Johnson both of Okmulgee, OK, brother, Raymond LaViolette, Detroit , MI, sisters, Orena Jones, Los Angeles, CA, Herlean Bird, Houston, TX, seven grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Home going celebration will be conducted on Saturday, August 20, 2022, at 10:00 am in the St. Matthews Baptist Church, 1001 E. Chicago, Okmulgee, OK with the Pastor of New Salem Baptist Church, Rev. Harold White, eulogizing. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Public visitation Friday, August 19, 2022 in the Precious Memories Chapel of House of Winn Funeral Home-Okmulgee during the hours of 1:00 pm to 5:00 PM.

MASK wearing is REQUIRED at the funeral SERVICE.

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

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Arthur A. Tillman, 78

Born Saturday, February 5, 1944

Died Thursday, August 11, 2022

Obituary information pending

Visitation
AUG 16. 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM.
Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory
1830 North York Street
Muskogee, OK 74403

Family to greet friends
AUG 16. 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM.
Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory
1830 North York Street
Muskogee, OK 74403

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Linda Sue Milam, 63

Born Thursday, July 16, 1959

Died Thursday, August 11, 2022

Linda Sue Milam, 63, passed away Thursday August 11,2022. She was born July 16, 1959 in Shattuck, Oklahoma to Donald and Eutie Reece.
Upon graduation from high school, Linda and her family moved to Springfield, Missouri. While living in Springfield, Linda attended Southwest Missouri State University, earning a dual Bachelor’s degree in Math and Physics, as well as a Master’s in Physics.
After graduation, Linda moved to Muskogee, Oklahoma. She obtained a position at Bacone College in 1985. Linda taught different math and physics-related classes for many years. She then became the Coordinator of Institutional Data. Her final position at Bacone College was that of Registrar.
Linda married Ralph Wayne Milam on December 20, 1993 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. They shared almost 29 years of marriage together.
Linda loved animals, of all stripes. Especially her cats. Linda also enjoyed reading, logic puzzles, singing, cooking, sewing, coloring with her mother and writing.
Linda was preceded in death by her parents Donald and Eutie Reece; sisters Connie Fraser and Catherine Ellen Reece; brother Gary Reece; nephew Jonathan Frazier.
She is survived by her brothers, Ronald Reece of Texas City, TX and Donald Reece, Jr. of Sedalia, MO; and husband Ralph Milam of Muskogee, OK; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A celebration of Linda’s life will be held at 2 PM, Thursday, August 25, 2022 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Christopher Jones officiating.
Funeral services provided by Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory, 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences can be made to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Roswitha “Rosie” T. Stairs, 81

Born Wednesday, May 14, 1941

Died Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Roswitha “Rosie” T. Stairs, 81, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away Wednesday, August 9, 2022. She was born on May 14, 1941 in Sandhofen Germany to Jakob and Emma (Bittner) Schick where she attended and graduated from public school.
Rosie married Paul Richard Stairs on June 4, 1983 in Copperas Cove, Texas. They shared more than 39 years of life, marriage and making memories together.
Rosie worked at Darnell Army Medical Center for a time and at her daughter’s store, “Dill’s Gifts” but her greatest joy was being a homemaker.
Known as “Oma” to almost everyone, she loved spending time with her family and loving on her grandkids. Rosie and Paul enjoyed evenings on the porch watching the sunsets and spur of the moment slow dances. She enjoyed crocheting hand towels that she gave to everyone she met.
She attended First United Methodist Church and was a member of the Blue Star Mothers, Order of the Eastern Star, and a girl scout leader. She will always be remembered for her patriotism and her love for America.
Rosie was dearly loved and will be missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jakob and Emma Schick; sister, Beate Rorrer; nephew, Hans Dieter Born; grandson, Dustin J. Hawkins; niece, Shirley Shinabargar; and sister-in-law, Nancy Hawkins.
Rosie is survived by her husband, Paul of the home; sons, Bob Hawkins and husband Mike Martin of Round Rock, TX, Tom Hawkins and wife Glenda of Wilburton, OK, Don Hawkins of Wilburton, OK, Richard Stairs and wife Jennifer of Elgin, OK; daughter Ramona Dill and husband Bobby of Oktaha, OK; grandchildren, Amanda Dill-Wofford of Oktaha, OK, Jason Hawkins of Owasso, OK, Waylon Dill and wife Jordan of Muskogee, OK, Sonja Tucker of Muskogee, OK, Brandon Dill of Oktaha, OK, River Stairs and wife Kaitlyn of Elgin, OK, Brooke Foshee and husband Norman of Canton, TX, Kai Stairs of Muskogee, OK, Bradley Wofford of Muskogee, OK, and Sabrina Moore of Warner, OK; 18 great-grandchildren, Landon, Lakota and Linkin Wofford, Kaden McConnell, Raylon, Sawyer and Sayler Dill, Trenton, Treyden and Savannah Tucker, Colt, Channing, and Kendra Dill, Emma, Grace and Liam Hawkins, Camryn and Cooper Stairs; brother, Dean Stairs; sister, Ronda Slauenwhite and husband Kenny; niece, Donna Schanuth and husband Terry; along with several nieces, nephews, a ton of honorary grandchildren, other family members and friends.
Rosie’s life will be celebrated at 11AM, Saturday, August 20, 2022 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Patrick D. McPherson officiating.
Funeral services provided by Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory, 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences can be made to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

Memorial service:
11AM, Saturday, August 20, 2022 @ Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel

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Gail Ashworth, 70

Born Thursday, August 7, 1952

Died Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Linda “Gail” Ashworth, 70, entered her Heavenly home on Tuesday, August 9, 2022. She was born August 7, 1952 in Oakland, California to Alfred Wesley and Willie Mae (Box) Dudley. She attended public schools and graduated from Arroyo High School in San Lorenzo, California with the class of 1970.
Gail married the love of her life and best friend, Donald Oliver Ashworth Jr on August 19, 1972 in San Leandro, California. They shared more than 48 years of life, marriage and making memories.
Gail and Don moved their family to Muskogee where they made their home. Her primary job was being a homemaker and taking care of her family was her #1 priority. She was also a devoted wife and caretaker for her ailing husband.
They owned and operated a restaurant, “Mama Mia’s” for several years where she loved cooking and serving the many friends that she made.
She attended Timothy Baptist Church where she actively served and enjoyed fellowship with her church family until her health began to fail.
She loved spending time planting flowers in her flowerbeds. She loved crafting and was known for her personalized Christmas trees that she made for friends and family. Cooking was her specialty. She was famous for her carrot cake, snickerdoodle cookies and lasagna.
She loved spending time with her family and friends. Most of all with her grandkids; the light of her life.
To know her was to love her and all her long conversations. Gail will be dearly missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Willie Mae Dudley; and her husband, Don Ashworth Jr.
Gail is survived by her daughter, Traci West and husband James; son, Dustin Ashworth, all of Muskogee; grandchildren, Chelsi Jacobs of Broken Arrow, Trey Ashworth of OKC, Aubri West and Candon West, both of Muskogee; sister, Debra Ayers of Salt Lake City, UT; aunt, Bennie Eller of Muskogee; cousin, “bonus sister” and caregiver, Pam Jestice of Muskogee; along with nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members and friends.
The family will receive friends from 3-5PM, Sunday, August 14, 2022 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.
Funeral services celebrating Gail’s life will be at 11AM, Monday, August 15, 2022 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Kelly Payne officiating. Interment will follow at Greenhill Cemetery with Dustin Ashworth, James West, Trey Ashworth and Candon West serving as pallbearers.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences can be made to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

Visitation
AUG 13. 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM.
Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory
1830 North York Street
Muskogee, OK 74403

Visitation
AUG 14. 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM.
Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory
1830 North York Street
Muskogee, OK 74403

Family to greet friends
AUG 14. 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM.
Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory
1830 North York Street
Muskogee, OK 74403

Service
AUG 15. 11:00 AM.
Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel
1830 N. York St.
Muskogee, OK 74403

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Michael Floyd Backes, 73

Born Tuesday, September 14, 1948

Died Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Michael Floyd Backes, 73, of Fort Gibson, Oklahoma went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, August 9, 2022. He was born September 14, 1948 to Floyd Burnell Backes and Margaret Irene (Ferrell) Backes in Coffeyville, Kansas. Mike graduated from Muskogee Central High School with the class of 1966.
He served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War as a Seabee and received an honorable discharge.
Mike married the love of his life, Beverly Ann Riley, on November 3, 1975 in Muskogee, Oklahoma and were remarried on July 27, 2016 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They shared many years of life, marriage and love together.
Mike was a welder and worked at Port City Steel and later Braden Winch until his retirement. He attended Crescent Valley Baptist Church and loved serving the Lord and others. Mike was an avid OU football fan and enjoyed piddling with anything and everything. He dearly loved his wife Beverly, his family and his country. He was very proud to have served his country, was a gentleman, never met a stranger, would go out of his way to help anyone, never complained and was always smiling.
Mike will be missed by everyone who knew and loved him. His furry friends Sam and Happy will greatly miss him as well.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Margaret Backes; brother, John Backes; sister, Debbie Backes; and nephew, Kent Backes.
Mike is survived by his loving wife, Beverly Backes; son, Kevin Michael Backes and wife Angel; daughters, Teka Stephens and husband Tim, and Tonya Wesley; grandchildren, Darick Wesley, Jocelyn, Lillebeth, and Brinklee Backes, Leslie Kolmer and husband Tony, Lauren Stephens, Rileigh Stephens, Markie Carman and wife Haley, Cortni Seward and husband Will; great-grandchildren, Gemma, Henry and Beckham Kolmer, River and Denver Carman; brother, Kevin Backes and wife Sharon and children; sister, Dixie Backes; and many other family members and friends.
A celebration of Mike’s life will be 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, August 17, 2022 at Crescent Valley Baptist Church with Pastor Chadd Pendergraft officiating. Interment will follow at Fort Gibson National Cemetery with military honors presented. Honorary pallbearers will be Casey Rowe, Nate Branchcomb, Chuck London, Matt Denham and Brent Moore.
Funeral services provided by Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory, 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences can be made to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Jack Thomas Keeling, 91

Born Thursday, October 2, 1930

Died Monday, August 8, 2022

Jack Thomas Keeling, 91, passed away peacefully August 8 in Tulsa. The heart of a large, tight-knit family, he was surrounded by those he loved. Fittingly, a favorite John Wayne movie played and the melody of Merle Haggard’s “Okie from Muskogee” filled the room.
Jack was born Oct. 2, 1930, in Frisco, Texas, the third of five children to parents Jesse Jake and Velma Edith Keeling. He graduated from Sallisaw High School before joining the Marines and serving in the Korean War from 1951-52. Following his military service, he attended Connors State College and Oklahoma State University. He then took a job for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation in Muskogee, primarily working there for around 45 years until his retirement.
Jack always believed his greatest accomplishment was his family. He married Virginia Rose McDonald in April 1954. Together, the couple raised four boys — Mac, John, Sam and Paul — which led to a larger family he took pride in connecting and nurturing.
Jack loved traveling and the outdoors, often hunting and fishing. But he was never happier than when he was holding court with his boisterous voice, joyful demeanor and frank words. He always had a story to tell — often ending with a hearty smile and laugh — and advice to give. An old-school soul of high character, there was no favor or generosity he spared for family, friends and those in need. And it was an unspoken rule to never leave his home on an empty stomach.
Jack is survived by wife Virginia; son Mac and wife Cindy, son Sam and wife Michele, and son Paul and wife Kathy. Jack had 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. He is also survived by sister Nancy Steveson; brother, Ron Keeling and wife Carolyn, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Sue Norman; brother, Joe Keeling; and son, John, along with countless friends.
A memorial service honoring Jack’s life will be at 11 a.m., Monday, August 15, at First United Methodist Church, 600 E. Okmulgee St., Muskogee, OK 74403.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Porta Caeli House, 2440 N Harvard Ave, Tulsa OK 74115 or online at www.portacaeli.org.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences can be made to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Robert Lee Williams, 81

Born Wednesday, October 9, 1940

Died Sunday, August 7, 2022

Robert L. Williams, 81, passed this life on Sunday, August 7th, 2022.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Elizabeth Williams; his 2 younger brothers, James Williams and Thomas Williams; and his 1st wife, Martha Williams.
Robert is survived by his wife, Lynn Williams; son and daughter-in-law, Gregory and Laura Williams of Ewa Beach, Hawaii; daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly and Roy Fryer of Broken Arrow; step-daughter and son-in-law, Heather and Billy Comfort of Houston, TX; step-son and daughter-in-law, Cody and Mia Holcomb of Ada; 10 grandchildren, Kevin Kling and wife, Talhia, Kayla Williams, Blake Fryer and wife, Olivia, Hannah Agee and husband, Marc, Ryan Williams, Caden Williams, Austin Fryer, Sam Holcomb, Bella Holcomb, and Maverick Holcomb; 1 great-grandchild, Roen Kling.
Robert served over 30 years in the Army and Air National Guard and retired as a Senior Master Sergeant.
He was a cherished husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
He was an avid motorcycle enthusiast and enjoyed being at the lake house building fires in the fireplace or taking family on boat rides.
A celebration of Robert’s life will be 2PM, Friday, August 12, 2022 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Kevin Chartney officiating.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to U.S.VETS Barbers Point https://tinyurl.com/memoryofbobwilliams
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory, 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences can be made to the family at: www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.


Memorial service:
2PM, Friday, August 12, 2022 @ Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel

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Marsenia Ann (Logan-Cooper) Wise, 68

Born Thursday, October 1, 1953

Died Sunday, August 7, 2022

In Loving Memory of Marsenia Ann (Logan-Cooper) Wise, age 68, retired educator of Tulsa,OK she transitioned, Sunday, August 7,2022 in Hillcrest Medical Center-South. Memorial rites will be conducted, Saturday, August 13,2022 at 6:00 P.M. in the Precious Memories Chapel of House of Winn Funeral Home-Muskogee.

MASKS wearing at your discretion

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

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Frank “Nick” Vann, 59

Born Wednesday, September 5, 1962

Died Saturday, August 6, 2022

Frank Nicholson Vann
1962 – 2022

Nick Vann passed away on Saturday, August 6, 2022 in Tulsa, OK. He was born September 5, 1962 in Muskogee, OK to Jean Ward Vann and Enos Nicholson Vann. Nick graduated from Muskogee High School, in 1980. He was an all-around athlete with an unyielding passion to win. As a team leader, he excelled on the Rougher gridiron as the starting quarterback. He followed a rich family tradition by attending OSU Stillwater where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and a loyal and true Cowboys fan. He also attended NSU Tahlequah where he received a B.A. in Business Management. A gifted musician, he played lead electric guitar for the local band 17B. This outstanding band was gaining momentum and had the privilege to open for the Cory Hart concert held at NSU.
Nicky loved his children and his family, they held the most prominent place in his heart. He had an ever-tender heart, with kind and compassionate ways. He easily made new friends wherever he was; Nick’s friends always received a hug or a hand shake. His sense of humor and ability to see the joyful and comedic side of life is reminiscent of his father.
Following college, he was a licensed commodities broker for Barnes Brokerage in Edmond. He went on to spend most of his career in sales and marketing with Royal Casket Company. Being raised a Christian, Nick attended church regularly and was baptized at the First Baptist Church in Muskogee.
He was preceded in death by his father, Enos Nicholson Vann and mother, Jean Ward Vann Coburn.
He is survived by his Loving wife, Judy Seber Vann of Muskogee; daughter, Riley Vann of Oklahoma City; son, Peyton Vann of New York, NY; sisters, Rhonda Beard and husband Ken of West Hartford, CT, Dr. Paula Dickmann and husband Lanny, and Carla Lovelady and husband Roger of Muskogee; brother, Greg Vann and wife Betty of Ft. Smith, AR; stepsons, Clayton Bailey and Quinn Hunter and numerous family and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM, Saturday, August 13 at Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N York St. in Muskogee.
Classmates and friends have established a football scholarship in Nick’s memory. Donations may be sent to Paula Wilburn, 300 West Broadway, Muskogee, OK 74401. Please make checks payable to Class of 1980 Nick Vann Scholarship.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory, 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences can be made to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Linda Carol Taylor, 77

Born Thursday, January 4, 1945

Died Thursday, August 4, 2022

Linda Carol Taylor, 77, of Fort Gibson, was born January 4, 1945, in Okmulgee, Oklahoma to Earl C. and Ethel M. (Schulte) Bullard and peacefully passed away Thursday, August 4, 2022, in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her loving family at her bedside. She received her formal education both at Bacone College with an Associate's Degree and then obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
Linda married the love of her life, Gerald Lee Taylor, on August 5, 1966, in Fort Gibson and they were happily married for 55 years. She passed one day before their 56th-year wedding anniversary. Linda resided in Muskogee from childhood until marrying Gerald. She worked as a medical transcriptionist at the Muskogee County Health Department. Then they moved to Shawnee, Edmond, and Midwest City, OK, where she worked as a secretary at Oklahoma Baptist University. Eventually moving back to Muskogee in 1974 until 1985, where they settled in Fort Gibson until her passing.
She was a homemaker who also had an online book business. Her favorite role in life, though, was being a Mom and Grandma. She absolutely loved spoiling her grandkids. Linda also enjoyed OU Football, shopping, going to Church & church activities, praying, reading the Bible, following Braden’s baseball games and Ben’s artwork, and live music shows. She was a faithful member of Park Hill Baptist Church and an Auxiliary Member of Gideons International. Linda will be greatly missed by her family, friends, and all that knew and loved her.
She was preceded in death by her parents; stepmother, Gracie Bullard; brothers, Donald, Harold, Gene and Johnny Bullard; and sister, JoAnn Scott; extended family and many friends. Those left to cherish Linda’s memory are her husband, Gerald of the home; son, Jon Taylor and wife Rhonda, and grandson, Braden, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; daughters, Gina Davis and husband Greg, and grandson, Ben, of McKinney, Texas and Sara Parkes and husband Mathew of Fort Gibson; and sister, Jane Horn of Muskogee, Oklahoma.
Linda’s Celebration of Life will be held 12:30PM Wednesday, August 10, 2022, at Park Hill Baptist Church in Park Hill, Oklahoma with retired Pastor John Lee officiating. Committal prayers and interment will follow at 2:30PM in Fort Gibson National Cemetery with Braden Taylor, Gary Bullard, Mike Bullard, Alan Smith, Dave Smith, serving as casket bearers. Honorary casket bearers are Ben Davis, Jerry Pease, Kendall Bullard, Clint Bullard, and Jeff Smith.
In lieu of flowers, monetary donations can be made to Park Hill Baptist Church. www.churchatparkhill.com
If unable to attend in person, her service will be livestreamed on the church's youtube channel - churchatparkhill and on the church's website under "latest sermon." It will still be available to watch even after the livestream.
The family of Linda Carol Taylor has entrusted her care, service and burial to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson. (918) 478-2555.
Due to a rise in covid cases, masks are requested to be worn during the service.
Online condolences may be left for the family at clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com

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James Calvin Holt, 91

Born Sunday, December 21, 1930

Died Wednesday, August 3, 2022

James Calvin ‘Jim’ Holt, 91, of Fort Gibson, Oklahoma peacefully passed away Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022, in Muskogee with his loving wife, two sons, and daughter by his side. Jim was born on December 21st, 1930, in Walters, Oklahoma to James Edmond and Bertha (Arnold) Holt. Jim proudly served his country as a member of the Air Force over a sixteen-year period, serving during the Korean War, and receiving an honorable discharge with the rank of Captain in July of 1969. He married the love of his life, Frances Walls of Cromwell, Oklahoma on September 13th, 1958, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Jim and Fran celebrate their 64th anniversary this year. Jim was a proud graduate of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and received a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity (ATO) at the U of A. He also enjoyed seeing his name on Senior Walk next to Old Main. Jim began his career with Warren Petroleum Company. He was also employed by Burroughs Corporation and Phoenix Federal Savings. Jim retired in the year 2000 after twenty-five years at Oklahoma Rig and Supply as their Financial Vice President. Jim had many interests and hobbies. In his younger years, he was a high school gymnast. He was also a member of a boxing club. He played baseball for the Air Force, semi-professionally. Additionally, he played in many adult city and church softball leagues. Jim passed on the love of sports to his children, and in their developmental years, the family could often be found on the ball field, either watching or participating, often with Jim as their coach. Jim had a lifelong love of dancing and classic country music and could be known to spontaneously dance anywhere. Jim was a man of strong faith and was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church of Muskogee for over 50 years. Many great memories were made because of his ability to enjoy life to its fullest. In his retirement years, Jim could be found either on the golf course, enjoying working on the family property, or working on many home-improvement projects. He enjoyed time with family and friends best of all. Jim was preceded in death by his father, James E. Holt; mother, Bertha Arnold Muncy; and stepfather, Richard Muncy. Those left to cherish Jim’s memory are his wife, Fran; his children, Clay Holt and wife, Barbara, of Bentonville, Arkansas; David Holt of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Julie Holt of Newport Beach, California; grandchildren, Calvin, Cara, and Caitie; siblings, Vera Holt Woodward of Edmond, Oklahoma; Sue Muncy Pyatt, and husband Bob of Springdale, Arkansas; and Shirley Muncy Fowler of Hackett, Arkansas; extended family and many friends. Jim's committal service will be 1:30PM Friday, at Fort Gibson National Cemetery in Fort Gibson, OK with Military Honors being observed. His celebration of life will be 2:30PM at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Gibson with Chaplain Bill Crow officiating. The family of James Calvin ‘Jim’ Holt has entrusted his care, service, 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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Peggy Rebecca Miller, 87

Born Sunday, March 3, 1935

Died Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Peggy Rebecca Miller, age 87, former resident of Boynton, OK, slipped into the Lords embrace on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 in Austell, GA.

Peggy was born March 3, 1935 to Florence Charles and Cara Miller in Boynton, Oklahoma. She was truly a miracle.

She received her education at Wheatley schools in Boynton, developing a love for books.

Peggy loved reading, puzzles, sewing and cooking and passed that love to her family. She had a special bond with all of the children.

She is preceded in death by her parents and sisters, nieces and nephews.

She chose to move to Atlanta, GA in 2017, where she went peacefully to sleep in Christ.

She leaves to cherish her memory, nephews, David (Shelly) Mason and James Johns (Nina), nieces, Lilli Cherry, 3 great nephews, 3 great nieces and a host of great-great nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Revelation 21:4

A Celebration of Remembrance, will be conducted, Saturday, August 13, 2022 at 2:00 P.M. in Mt Zion Baptist Church, Boynton, OK, with Pastor Anthony Folks, eulogizing. Interment will follow in Cane Creek cemetery, Boynton, OK. Public visitation, Friday, Aug. 12th 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.

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

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Ruby Ann Goodpaster, 83

Born Tuesday, September 6, 1938

Died Monday, August 1, 2022

Ruby Ann Goodpaster passed from this life on August 1, 2022. Ruby, one of 6 children born to A.H. (Ott) and Vina Thomas, came into this world on September 6, 1938, at their home in Riverside, east of Muskogee, delivered by a midwife, who was paid by Ruby’s father with a bushel of apples.
Ruby married the love of her life, Robert Goodpaster, on March 2, 1956, just after he returned home from service in the Korean War. They celebrated 62 years of marriage before his death in 2018. Together they raised their two children in the house they built and lived in for 56 years.
Ruby went to work in the cafeteria for the Muskogee public school system soon after her daughter started first grade. She retired as manager of the cafeteria at Muskogee High School in the mid-90s.
In her free time, Ruby enjoyed sewing, quilting, crocheting, gardening, and other crafts. She was well-known for her cooking, going out of her way to make favorite dishes for each of her family members. Her life revolved around her family and church. Her family remembers holidays as being especially joyful occasions because she put so much time and love into decorating and planning the meals. One of her favorite enjoyments were picnics at Honor Heights Park with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Ruby and her husband were active members of Eastside Church of Christ and later Westside Church of Christ, where she enjoyed teaching Sunday school and helping with VBS.
Ruby is survived by her two children, son Gary Goodpaster and wife Kathy, of Austin, TX and daughter Terrye Goodpaster Hayes and husband, Don, of Haskell, OK; her two granddaughters, Amie Williams and husband, Garrett, of Bixby, OK, and Audrie Reed and husband, Jason, of Jenks, OK. She is also survived by two grandsons, Joshua Goodpaster, and Caleb Goodpaster, and wife Jamie, all from Austin, TX. Additionally, four great-grandchildren, Grace Williams, Wyatt Williams, Karsen Reed and Owen Reed; two siblings, Julie Bingham of Tulsa, OK and Barbara Brewster of Springfield, MO, along with many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, and grandson, Donald Hayes, III.
Services celebrating Ruby’s life will be at 10AM, Monday, August 8, 2022 at Central Church of Christ in Haskell, OK. Burial will take place at Ft. Gibson National Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. Pallbearers will be Joshua Goodpaster, Caleb Goodpaster, Garrett Williams, Jason Reed, Wyatt Williams, Karsen Reed and Owen Reed.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences can be made to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

Funeral service:
10AM, Monday, August 8, 2022 @ Haskell Central Church of Christ, 402 W. Main St, Haskell, OK

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Cheryl Lynn Richard, 66

Born Friday, June 8, 1956

Died Saturday, July 30, 2022

Cheryl Lynn Richard, 66, of Tahlequah, OK was born June 8, 1956, in Biloxi, MS to Jerry Richard Sr. and Barbara (Prevost) Parker and joined her Heavenly Father on Saturday, July 30, 2022, with her family by her bedside.
Cheryl enjoyed crafting, and gardening. She loved her Church and learning about other cultures. Her family was her greatest love and will be missed by all that knew her.
Cheryl was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Paula Rubow, and a brother, Rickie Richard.
Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Candice Richard; son Nathan Abel and wife Cristal all of Fort Gibson, OK; sister, Cynthia Wilder and husband Stanley of Myrtle Beach, SC; her brother, Jerry, Jr and wife Deidra of Shallotte, NC; grandchildren, Victoria Faust of Murrey, KY, Matthew Faust of Muskogee, OK, Clayton and Natalie Abel both of Fort Gibson, her stepfather, Raymond Parker of Myrtle Beach, SC; extended family and many friends.
Memorial Service, 3PM Saturday, August 13, 2022, at Cedar Tree Baptist Church, Tahlequah, OK.
The family of Cheryl Lynn Richard has entrusted her care and 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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Terry Earl Burnett, 69

Born Friday, March 27, 1953

Died Saturday, July 30, 2022

Terry Earl Burnett, 69, of Fort Gibson, was born to Earl and Betty (Mahoney) Burnett on March 27, 1953, in St. Joe, Michigan and peacefully passed away, Saturday, July 30, 2022, at his home with his family by his side. Terry attended Joliet High School in Joliet, IL. Living in Fort Gibson for most of his life, Terry owned several businesses. He was the Owner and Operator of United Auto Sales on West Shawnee in Muskogee for 30 years. He also owned two different marinas, Eufaula Cove Marina on Eufaula Lake for 15 years and Paradise Cove on Fort Gibson Lake for 20 years. He also had his hand in Commercial Real Estate. Terry hunted deer, elk and bear. He also liked fishing. He would spend hours researching civil war battlefields so he could take his metal detector and find all kinds of treasures lost form slugs to uniform buttons. Carol would go with Terry looking for arrowheads and they would walk for miles. Terry had a passion for fast cars, like his 2013 GT 350 Ford Mustang, and fast boats. He will be missed by all that knew and loved him. Terry is survived by his wife, Carol, of the home; sons, Matthew Burnett, and wife, Nikki, of Fort Gibson, Mark Burnett, and wife, Marne, of Boynton Beach, FL, Jonathan Burnett of Fort Gibson; grandchildren, Melinda Elkins of Muskogee, Levi Lively of Muskogee, Luke Pennington of Tulsa, OK, Hailey Harris of Broken Arrow, OK, Hanna Burnett of Broken Arrow, Ryleigh Burnett of Fort Gibson; 13 Great Grandchildren; mother, Betty Robertson of Hulbert, OK; brothers, Michael Davis, of Fort Gibson, Timothy Davis of Fort Gibson, Brian Burnett of MI, David Burnett of MI; sisters, Annette Davis of Hulbert, OK, and Rainy Garner of Hulbert, OK. He is preceded in death by his father, Earl Burnett of Benton Harbor, MI Services will be held 10AM Wednesday, August 3, 2022, at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Gibson, with Joey Ferland officiating. Committal prayers and interment will follow at Citizens Cemetery in Fort Gibson with Alexander, Levi, Luke, Aiden, Brayden, and Cooper serving as Casket Bearers. The family of Terry Earl Burnett has entrusted his care, service 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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