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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.)

Mary “Ruthie” Justice, 74

Born Thursday, June 14, 1945

Died Monday, February 24, 2020

Mary Ruth (Bush) Justice was born on June 14th, 1945 and passed from this life on February 24th, 2020. She was born in Hugo, Oklahoma to David Arthur (Hoss) Bush and Edna Lee (Crimmins) Bush. Mary was most commonly known to family and friends from her youth as Ruthie. Services will be graveside on Thursday, February, 27th, 2020 at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Hugo, Oklahoma.
Mary was the second of 4 children and the oldest girl. She was known for always taking care of those around her so it was only natural that she pursued a nursing career. Mary graduated from Hugo High School in 1963 and then Hillcrest Nursing School in Tulsa, OK in 1966. Mary worked in various nursing roles from surgery, ER, nursing homes and ended her nursing career in industrial/corporate nursing. Caring for those lonely and mentally challenged was her calling in life.
Mary was blessed with two daughters, Diana and Charlotte and two grandchildren, Marin and Mason that she adored beyond the stars.
She loved to craft, play scrabble, tend to her flowers and play with her critters. She passed her passion for caring for those lonely or in need and helping all types of animals on to her children and grandchildren.
She is survived by her daughters, Diana Justice (Sharon) of Braggs, Oklahoma and Charlotte Harp (Chad) of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, her grandchildren, Marin and Mason Harp of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, her sisters, Nita Pence and Joy Setzer (Bill) of Hugo, Oklahoma, numerous nieces, nephews and a host of family and friends.
Mary is preceded in death by her father Hoss Bush, her mother and step-father Edna and Andy Hammock, her brother David “Jody” Bush, her sister-in-law Wanda Bush, and her brother-in-law Noel Pence.
Viewing for Mary will be 5PM-6PM Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home in Fort Gibson, OK.
A graveside service will be held 1PM Thursday, February 27, 2020 at the Darrough Pavilion in the Mount Olivet Cemetery in Hugo, Oklahoma with Chaplain Jeanna Howell officiating.
The family of Mary Ruth ‘Ruthie’ Justice has entrusted her care, services and burial to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson, OK. 918-478-2555.
Online condolences may be left at clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com

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Wanda L. Clark, 91

Born Thursday, January 31, 1929

Died Saturday, February 22, 2020

Wanda Lucille Clark, 91, of Muskogee, Oklahoma went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, February 22, 2020. She was born on January 31, 1929 in Haskell, Oklahoma to Harvey and Bertha Damme. Wanda grew up in a large family and graduated from Muskogee Central High School. Shortly after graduation, Wanda proudly served her country as a member of the United States Air Force as a radio operator stationed at Kessler Air Force base in Mississippi. She went on to receive an honorable discharge for her time in the service.
She was a proud employee of Humpty Dumpty where she worked until her retirement after 25 years of service. She met the love of her life, Athel D. Clark, and proudly became his wife on November 5, 1970 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. They shared 44 years of marriage together.
Wanda enjoyed spending time outdoors. Her hobbies included fishing, boating and reading books. She loved attending sporting events and other activates of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Wanda was always active in church and truly had a servant’s heart. She looked for ways to help others and will be missed by everyone who knew her.
Wanda was preceded in death by her husband, Athel D. Clark; her parents, Harvey and Bertha Damme; brother, Floyd Damme; sisters, Mildred Shelton, Geraldine Richmond, Rowena Levine, Roberta Stephens, Elizabeth Wilson, and Dorma Jeane Damme; son, Terry Ball; daughter, Rene’ Smith; and step-son, Dewayne Clark.
She is survived by her son, Gene Ball of Muskogee; daughter, Darcy Teeples and husband, Larry of Fort Gibson; daughter-in-law, Cindy Ball of Muskogee; son-in-law, Elwood Smith of Fort Gibson; step-son, Nick Clark and wife Debra of Wagoner; step-daughter, Sharon Barton and husband Larry of Thompsons Station, TE; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many friends.
Her family would like to give a special thanks to the staff at Country Gardens, Good Shepherd Hospice, and Sooner Home Health for all the love and care they showed Wanda.
A celebration of Wanda’s life will be 10AM, Thursday, February 27, 2020 at Memorial Park Mausoleum with Chaplain Bill Crow 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 www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.


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Carol Louise (Tilley) Karnes McCool, 93

Born Friday, May 7, 1926

Died Friday, February 21, 2020

Carol Louise (Tilley) Karnes McCool, 93, of Fort Gibson, was born May 7, 1926 in Yakima, Washington to Luther Augustine and Leda Myra (Rowin) Tilley and peacefully passed away Friday, February 21, 2020 in Fort Gibson with her loving family by her side.
Carol received her formal education in Welch, OK and graduated from Welch High School. She made Fort Gibson her home for the last 60 years. She loved working in her flower garden, tending to her favorite flower, roses. Carol also had a passion for sewing, art and was an excellent baker. Her love of music was evident in the number of musical instruments she was well versed in like the organ, harmonica and even the accordion.
She was a member of the Christian Church in Fort Gibson for many years. Her legacy of music, love and devotion will live on through her family.
Carol is lovingly survived by her sons; Johnie Dee Karnes Jr. and his wife Jennie, Luther Joe Karnes and his wife Jeanette; daughters, Linda Arnett, Kathy Carter and her husband Sam; 14 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren and 11 great great grandchildren, extended family and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Johnie Dee Karnes; husband, Bill McCool; son, Billy Dee Karnes; son in law, Billy Glen Arnett; grandson, Luther Joe Karnes; great granddaughter, Haley Sue Carter; sisters, Peggy, Betty and Shirley and her brothers, Luther and Noan; stepson, Floyd McCool.
Mrs. Carol Karnes McCool will lie in state from 10AM-5PM Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home. A family visitation will be Wednesday, February 26, 2020 with family receiving friends from 5PM-7PM at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home in Fort Gibson.
A service Celebrating Carol’s life will be 12:30PM Friday, February 28, 2020 at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Gibson, OK. with Pastor Don Branscum officiating.
Committal prayers and interment will follow at Fort Gibson National Cemetery with Sam Carter III, John Carter, Billy Arnett, Brian Karnes, Adam Karnes and Garrett Arnett serving as casket bearers. Ivan Karnes will serve as honorary casket bearer.
The family of Carol Louise (Tilley) Karnes McCool has entrusted her care, service and burial to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson, OK. 918-478-2555.
Online condolences may be left at clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com



Viewing: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 from 10AM to 5PM Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson, OK

Viewing: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 from 10AM to 5PM Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson, OK.

Family Visitation: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 from 5PM to 7PM Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson, OK.

Viewing: Thursday, February 27, 2020 from 10AM to 5PM Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson, OK.

Service: 12:30PM Friday, February 28, 2020 Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home Chapel, Fort Gibson, OK.

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Dauna W. Bebee, 85

Born Friday, October 26, 1934

Died Thursday, February 20, 2020

Dauna Bebee, a lifelong resident of Oktaha, OK, was born October 26, 1934 to Don and Dolly Hayden and went on to be with the Lord on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at her home in Oktaha with her loving family by her side. She was known by many and loved by all. She was a wife, mother, grandmother (Mom), and friend. She worked harder than most and possessed a positive, never give up mentality. She and Tom were married in Ft. Smith, Arkansas on March 7, 1952. They had a strong, beautiful marriage with a love that most will never know. They were soulmates and worked side by side for many years; you never saw one without the other. Over the years, they lived in Haskell, on County Line Road, and eventually settled in Oktaha. Every summer from 1952 to 1954, she went to California to swamp potatoes with Tom. Then after they were married, they began raising dairy cattle, and many years later had registered Brangus cattle. If you knew her, you knew the love she had for their cattle and farm; the only things she loved more, was Tom and their family. She loved telling stories about their “glory days” and traveling to livestock shows all over the country. She and Tom retired after 45 years in the dairy business. She was a longtime member of Chandler Road Church of Christ. She is preceded in death by her parents; her loving spouse and soulmate, Tom Bebee(Papa); sons, Todd Bebee, Bill Bebee and Tommy Bebee; brother, Johnny Lee Hayden; sisters, Sue Ann Hayden, and Emma Hayden; brothers-in-law, Bud Bebee, Clyde Bebee, and Steve Syner; sisters-in-law, Mary Syner and Billie Ruth Ricketts.
Those left to cherish her memory are her sister, Paula Hayden; brother, John Hayden; daughter, Tammy Ford and husband Richard of Oktaha, OK; grandsons, Thomas (T) Bebee and wife Rebecca of Ft. Gibson, OK, Billy Bebee of Stidham, OK, and Richard Ford of Oktaha, OK; granddaughters, Billie Ruth Williams and husband Jonathan of Scottsville, KY, Jessica Russell of Oktaha,OK, Ginny Bebee of Chapman, KS, and Erica Bebee of Stafford, Kansas; great-grandsons, Todd Williams of Scottsville, KY, Landon, Lance and Lane Bebee of Wagoner, OK, Benjamin Ford of Oktaha, OK, and Alexander Sergio of Chapman, KS; great-granddaughters, Hadley Williams of Scottsville, KY, Aubrielle Hawke of Oktaha, OK, and Alexis Sergio of Chapman, KS; and numerous other loved ones.
Dauna’s family would like to extend a special thank you to Good Shepard Hospice for the care and compassion they bestowed on Dauna and her family.
Dauna’s family will receive friend 5:30PM-7:30PM, Monday, February 24, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory.
A celebration of Dauna’s life will be 10AM, Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at Chandler Road Church of Christ with Minister Harry Fitzgerald and Minister Vance Davis officiating. Interment will follow at Greenhill Cemetery with Mike Perkins, Mike Daniels, Thomas Bebee, Jonathan Williams, Mickey Hamby and Johnathan Hawke serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Chuck Jordan, Robert Fultz, Jim Treadway, Lynn Shane, Tim Fidler, Howard Avery, William (Boyd) Johnson, Jim Fultz, Richard Ford and Stan Cole.
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 www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Timothy C. “Tim” Innis, 58

Born Friday, May 12, 1961

Died Thursday, February 20, 2020

Timothy C. “Tim” Innis, 58, of Wagoner, Oklahoma passed Thursday, February 20, 2020. He was born on May 12, 1961 to Leroy D. Innis and Betty Jo (Pilkington) Innis in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He attended Muskogee High School, Class of 1979 and Tulsa Community College receiving his Associates Degree in 2007. On July 24, 1992 he married Martha (Wofford) Innis in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. They spent over 28 memorable years together.
Tim enjoyed motorcycle riding and hunting. He was also a life member of the DAV and VFW and the American Legion. Tim worked as a biomedical technician at the VA Medical Center in Oklahoma City for many years, he retired in 2017. He also worked at Coburn Optical. Tim served in the United States Navy as Petty Officer Second Class. He also served as a Staff Sergeant in the Air National Guard.
Tim was preceded in death by his grandparents, Charles Elver Innis, Anna Easter Jordan Innis, James Byron Fountain Pilkington, Nancy Minni Ridge Pilkington; father, Leroy Daniel Innis; sister-in-law, Donna Innis.
He is survived by his mother, Betty Jo (Pilkington) Innis of Muskogee; wife, Martha Renae (Wofford) Innis; brother Danny Joe Innis and wife Tearsa of Muskogee; nephew, Charles Andrew Innis and wife Jennifer of Wichita Falls, TX and their children Jaden Innis, James Innis, Carson Innis, and Charles Timothy Innis, nephew, Phillip Michael Innis and wife Rebecca of OKC, nieces, Faith Innis of OKC, Melissa Smith of Bixby, Tiffany Smith of Checotah, and nephews Levi Smith of Tulsa, and Bo Mullins of Oktaha; along with many other nieces, nephews, other family members and many friends.
The family will receive friends from 5:30-7PM, Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.
A celebration of Tim’s life will be 12:00pm Thursday, February 27, 2020 at York Street Christian Church with Reverend Mark Pointer and Reverend Art Remington officiating. Interment will follow at Fort Gibson National Cemetery with Ricky McFarland, M.D. Gibson, Tim Landry, Johnny Huggins, Sr., Jeff Phillips, and Kendell Cook serving as Pallbearers. Honorary Pallbearers will be Charles Innis, Phillip Innis, Levi Smith, Bo Mullins, Danny Innis, and Paul Wofford.
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 www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.


Service:
12:00pm Thursday, February 27, 2020 at York Street Christian Church.

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Norma Cross McDaniel, 78

Born Saturday, March 29, 1941

Died Tuesday, February 18, 2020

"I Want to be at the Meeting around God's Throne" Norma Cross McDaniel, age 78, a resident of Okmulgee, transitioned, Tuesday, February 18, 2020 in OSU Medical Center, Tulsa, OK with family at bedside.

Arrangements are pending.

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John V. Allen Jr., 65

Born Thursday, December 9, 1954

Died Sunday, February 16, 2020

John Vernon Allen Jr.

Surviving family: Son Sean Allen and wife Laura of Tulsa, Daughter Kelly McCollom and Husband Trevor of Broken Arrow, Son Matthew Allen and Julie Ledbetter of Muskogee, Karen Renfro of Tulsa, His brother Nick Allen and family, brother David Allen and family, sister Susan Gaylor and family and brother Steve Allen and family. He was a very proud papa to his twin grandsons Easton John and Westin Mark McCollom.

Preceded in death by his parents Jack and Joan Allen, sister-in-law Barbara Allen and many cousins, aunts and uncles.

John was called suddenly to Heaven on February 16th in the early hours of the morning. John was born in Tulsa on December 9th of 1954, the second of 5 siblings. He lived most of his life in Muskogee, attending Sacred Heart Catholic School, West Junior High, and Muskogee High School. He loved football and was a proud Rougher that went on the play at North Eastern Oklahoma A&M as a Norseman. That is where he met Karen Reece, the mother of his three children Sean, Kelly, and Matt. After completing his bachelor's degree at Northeastern, John began his career of nearly 30 years at Griffin Foods and then went on to work for Dal-Tile for 17 years. John was a lifelong member of St. Josephs Catholic Church and that is where you would find him on most Saturday nights. University of Tulsa football and basketball was a true passion and he very rarely missed a home game. If you needed John he was with family or at the “plant.” In the last five years, the true light of his life was his grandsons. He was a dedicated Papa John and spent every Friday with his boys.

John leaves a legacy of hard work, loyalty, grit, and generosity that will remain with the many people whose lives he touched. His loss will be felt deeply and leaves a void that will be hard to fill, but that is a statement to the wide network of family, friends, and coworkers that loved and respected John.

In lieu of flowers, contribution to Neighbor for Neighbor would be appreciated as it was a charity near and dear to John.

A rosary is planned for 6PM, Thursday, February 20, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral services celebrating John’s life will be 10AM, Friday, February 21, 2020 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Richard Cristler celebrant.

Honorary Pallbearers: Mario Hernandez, Kenny Dean, Tom Doerner, Steve Waters, Randy Burton, Cliff Wheeler, Bill Gillock and Kevin Harlan.

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 www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

Rosary: 6PM, Thursday, February 20, 2020 @ Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel

Memorial service:
10AM, Friday, February 21, 2020 @ St. Joseph Catholic Church

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Jimmy Ray “JR” Hutson, 73

Born Sunday, May 5, 1946

Died Sunday, February 16, 2020

Jimmie Ray (JR) Hutson, 73, of Muskogee, Oklahoma, passed away on Sunday, February 16, 2020 at his home. JR was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma on May 5, 1946 to Theodore Albert Ray & Robbie Lucille Hutson. He was 4th out of 9 children. His early school years were spent at Sequoyah Elementary School in Muskogee County. Then he attended Oktaha Public Schools, where he graduated in 1963. Following graduation, JR enlisted into the United States Army, and was active during 1966-1968. He served in the Korean War in the DMZ Zone. After returning home, JR met and married Wynona Kay McGuire on September 1, 1973. And on February 10, 1979, they welcomed home their son, Chad David Hutson.
JR attended church at Southeast Baptist Church in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
JR was a rancher. He loved working with his cows. He and Wynona even made a point to name most of them. If you were lucky, JR might have even named a cow after you! He also enjoyed bowling, golf, and watching sports of any kind. He and Wynona loved to travel, taking numerous trips over the years. JR was always up for visiting with family and friends. He never met a stranger. He would strike up conversations with anyone who was standing by him, whether they wanted to talk or not. He liked to make people laugh. But his favorite pastime was spending time with his grandbabies, Rylee, Myka, and Jep. They truly were the light of his life.
JR was a very devoted son, brother, husband, father, papa, and friend. He will truly be missed by many.
JR is survived by his wife, Wynona of the home. Son, Chad and wife Amber; granddaughters Rylee and Myka; grandson Jep, all of Muskogee. Sisters, Alta Davis, Judy Croftcheck and husband Tom, Wanda Stewart and husband Larry, Sandy Stout and husband Barry; Brothers, Mack Hutson and wife Carolyn, Kenneth Hutson and wife Sue, and Tommy Hutson; as well as numerous family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Theodore Hutson and Robbie Hutson. Brother-in-law, Bearl Davis, sister, Addie Reese and brother-in-law Jim Boy McGuire.
A celebration of JR’s life will be 2:00pm Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at Southeast Baptist Church with Pastor Mike Murray and Reverend Adrian Totty 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 www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Myrtle M “Punkie” Staton, 80

Born Thursday, June 15, 1939

Died Saturday, February 15, 2020

Myrtle M. ‘Punkie’ (Henderson) Staton, 80, of Muskogee was born June 15, 1939 in Fort Cobb, OK to Alphonso Creed and Cora Mae (Hardesty) Henderson and received her eternal reward on Saturday, February 15, 2020 in Muskogee with her loving family by her side. Myrtle grew up in Fort Gibson where she received her formal education. She received her nickname ‘Punkie’ as a young girl and if ever asked, it was her real name. She met and later married the love of her life for 61 years, Thomas Arthur Staton on August 16, 1958 in Fort Gibson. He preceded her in death on Sunday, November 24, 2019. Myrtle was a homemaker by choice but on occasions would work outside the home as a bookkeeper and office clerk for the MFA Feed Store and tax preparer for H & R Block. She actively served at the Fort Gibson First Baptist Church until 1960, when she joined Keefeton Trinity Baptist Church serving as pianist, organist, treasurer and Sunday School Teacher. Myrtle loved to quilt, making numerous quilts, welder hats and beautiful dresses for ceramic dolls. She was a great cook and was a rancher beside her husband, TA. Her love for her family and church family was evident in everything she did. Myrtle was preceded in death by her parents and husband; son, Jimmie Edward Staton; brother Robert ‘Bob’ Henderson; nephew, David Sheffield; niece, Kathy Pirkle and brother in law, William ‘Bill’ Pirkle III. She is survived by her daughters, Judy Lanier of Tulsa and Cindy Jackson and husband Ira of Warner; sons, Tommy Staton and wife Linda of McClain and Larry Staton and wife Chris of Council Hill; her sisters, Clara Sheffield and husband Dick of Fort Gibson, Betty Pirkle of Fort Gibson, Bonnie Ballard and husband Harold of Fort Gibson and Connie Fuss and husband Mark of Pawnee; brother, Phillip Henderson and wife Leona of Fort Gibson; sisters in law, Elaine Henderson, Vickie Staton, Louise Eubanks and Geneva and husband John Eaton; grandchildren, Michael Wesley and his wife Lisa Lanier, Kenneth Lanier, Katie Lanier, Sheena and husband Noah Morgan, Shiloh Bullard, Ote Allen Staton, Clint Jackson, Hannah Staton and Brian Spencer; great grandchildren, Karissa and her three children; Amanda, Steven, Rebecca and Dakota Smith and their child Beaux, Kailyn, Cheyenne and Levi; and all of her brothers and sisters of Keefeton Trinity Baptist Church and many special friends and family of the Broadway Manor Nursing Home. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations in Myrtle’s name to the Baptist Children’s Home care of Keefeton Trinity Baptist Church 10404 US 64 Highway Muskogee, OK 74403. Viewing for Mrs. Staton will be noon-7PM Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home in Fort Gibson. A service celebrating Myrtle’s life will be 10:00AM Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at the Keefeton Trinity Baptist Church with Reverend Dean Haley officiating. Committal prayers and interment will follow in the Agnew Cemetery. With Wesley Lanier, Kenneth Lanier, Noah Morgan, Steve Croftcheck, Joe Croftcheck and Brian Spencer serve as casket bearers. Tom Croftcheck, Clint Jackson, Kyle Shelton, J.D. Shelton, Scott Moore, Shiloh Bullard and Ote Staton will serve as honorary casket bearers. The family of Myrtle Marie Staton has entrusted her care, services and burial to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson. 918-478-2555. Online condolences may be left at clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com

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Mary Lois VanBeber-Coffman, 94

Born Wednesday, September 2, 1925

Died Saturday, February 15, 2020

Mary Lois VanBeber was born September 2, 1925 to Arthur Granville and Celia Charity VanBeber in the town of Leach, Oklahoma. Her mother first named her Ollie Lee, but her mother being a devout christian, while praying one day she said God instructed her to rename her Mary Lois. She acquired a lawyer and made the change. Mary attended Leach schools and helped her parents and 9 siblings work the farm.
They moved to Muskogee and she attended Okay and Porter high schools. She received a business degree from Draughon’s Business College and she had several secretarial jobs.
After the war, Mary met and married Roy J. Coffman and they had two children, Lynn and Judi. She was a devoted wife and mother and raised her family in church. She taught many different Sunday school classes for children as well as ladies classes in her later years. Mary loved her church.
She became an LPN and worked at Muskogee General Hospital as well as the Odd Fellows and Rebecca’s Home in Checotah.
After Roy passed away, she moved to Country Gardens Assisted Living where she was a blessing to the many residents there.
Mary was an excellent seamstress for many years as well as a quilter; making many quilts for all her grandchildren. She done alterations and repairs for the residents as well as making them all beautiful bibs to wear to the dining table. She really helped to cut down on laundry!
Mary read her Bible and prayed for her family every day. Her prayer for her family was that they would know God as she did. They would know Him to be the gracious, miraculous, forgiving, merciful, loving good Father; always there to lift them up in time of need, and to lead them through life and safely lead them home to Heaven one day.
She will be greatly missed by all!
She is survived by her son, Lynn Coffman and wife Carolyn; daughter, Judi Carlson and husband Bob, all of Wainwright; grandchildren, Tiffany Puckett, Jeff Coffman, Brent Lawson, Matthew Carlson, and Brandi Alderman; great-grandchildren, Tyler Root, Brittany Root, Alex Puckett, Bailey Puckett, Bradley Carlson, Alizay Carlson, Kelsey Carlson, Kayleigh Tippit, and Sophia Carlson; great-great-grandchildren, Paisley Carney, Aidyn Carney, Anthony Carlson, and Aaliyah Tunley; along with other family members and friends.
The family will receive friends from 5-7PM, Thursday, February 20, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.
Mary’s life will be celebrated at 1PM, Friday, February 21, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Steve Rose officiating. Interment will follow at Elm Cemetery in Leach, Oklahoma. Pallbearers will be Matthew Carlson, Brent Lawson, Tyler Root, Anthony Carney, Alex Puckett, and Bailey Puckett.
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 www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.



Visitation
Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 - 09:00 AM to 05:30 PM - (CST) - Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory - Muskogee
1830 North York Street -
Muskogee, OK - 74403

Visitation
Thursday, February 20th, 2020 - 09:00 AM to 08:00 PM - (CST) - Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory - Muskogee
1830 North York Street - Muskogee, OK - 74403


Visitation
Friday, February 21st, 2020 - 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM - (CST) - Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory - Muskogee
1830 North York Street - Muskogee, OK - 74403


Service
Friday, February 21st, 2020 - 01:00 PM - (CST) - Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel - Muskogee
1830 N. York St. - Muskogee, OK - 74403

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Hazel Carmella Tate, 68

Born Sunday, November 11, 1951

Died Saturday, February 15, 2020

s. Hazel Tate, after 69 years, dozed into Eternal Slumber on Saturday morning, February 15, 2020 in Muskogee.

Hazel Carmela Tate, also known as the “Baby Sis”, was born to the late Elizabeth (Elston) and Walter Tate, Sr., on January 11, 1951, in Boynton, Oklahoma. After Hazel’s mother’s death at a young age, Hazel’s father married Viola Mae (Henry) Tate and she was raised by her Aunt Emma Tate.
Hazel was a member of the Wilson Chapel Baptist Church until she graduated from Taft Moton High School, where she was Valedictorian of her class of 1969. She then moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, where her loving son, Aaron Tate was born. Hazel eventually moved to Kansas City, Kansas, where she lived for many years and worked at North American Insurance Company. She also was a waitress at night and an active member of Missionary Baptist Church in Kansas City, Missouri.

After relocating to Chicago, Illinois, because of her job, Hazel lived there for many years until she retired and became ill, at which time she returned home to Oklahoma. Hazel was an avid sports fan of all sports. Of course, the Chicago Bears and Chicago Bulls were her favorite teams. Hazel loved to read all types of books but mystery and sci-fi books were among her favorites. She loved the Lord and read her bible daily before bed.

Her legacy lives on through my son, Aaron S.Tate (Reda), and her grandchildren, Erin Tate, Ryan Tate (Bethany) and Myla Tate.
Hazel also leaves her sister, Erma Jean Lewis (William), Tulsa, Oklahoma; her brothers, Walter Tate, Jr, Muskogee, Oklahoma, Allen Sherron (Eugenia), Taft, Oklahoma, Cleo Durant, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Pete Durant, Richard Tate (Danetta) Muskogee, Oklahoma and a host of nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in in death were her mother, Elizabeth (Elston) Tate, her father, Walter Tate, Sr, her bonus mom, Viola Mae (Henry) Tate, her sisters, Laura (Tate) Walker and Harrien (Tate) Hale, her brothers, Franklin Tate, Dwight Tate, Jeff Tate and Donald Ray Durant.

The final hour will be on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 2:00 PM in the Greater Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church. Reverend Rooshawn Pratt, Pastor, will officiate.

Burial will follow in the Doyle Cemetery at Yahola, Oklahoma.

You may visit her as she slumbers in sweet repose at the Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc., on Friday from 1 PM until 6 PM.

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Jessi Michelle Haworth , 15

Born Friday, September 3, 2004

Died Saturday, February 15, 2020

Jessi Michelle Haworth, 15, of Braggs, Oklahoma went to her heavenly home on Saturday, February 15, 2020. She was born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma to Billy Edward Haworth and Tina Michelle (Cash) Haworth on September 3, 2004. She was a student and played basketball at Braggs High School.
Jessi loved to hang out with her friends, especially her best friend, Montana. She loved goats, dogs, and all other animals. She often attended Master’s Call Cowboy Church in Braggs, Oklahoma.
Jessi is preceded in death by her, grandpa, Bill Haworth; great-grandpa, Howard Haworth; great-grandpa, J.D. Rogers; great-grandma, Faith Ellis; great-grandpa, Don Cash.
She is survived by her dad, Billy Haworth; mom, Tina Haworth; brother, Justin Haworth; paternal grandma, Tina Dobson; maternal grandparents , Don and Teresa Cash (Pa and Nana); Mamaw Net, Annette Thompson; great-grandma, Roberta Rogers; great-grandpa, Jerry Ellis; paternal great-grandma, JoAnn Haworth (Granny); numerous cousins, aunts, uncles, and family; as well as her Wildcat family and community, and very other person whose life she touched.
A celebration of Jessi’s life will be 10:00am Monday, February 24, 2020 at Allen Field House (New Gym) at Braggs Public Schools, with Pastor Danny Doolin officiating. Interment will follow at South Bethel Cemetery in Braggs.
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 www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.
Visitation:
9:00am-8:00pm Thursday, February 20, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home

9:00am-8:00pm Friday, February 21, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home

1:00pm-5:00pm Saturday, February 22, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home

1:00pm-5:00pm Sunday, February 23, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home

Family to greet friends:
2:00pm-4:00pm Sunday, February 23, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home

Service:
10:00am Monday, February 24, 2020 at the Allen Field House (New Gym) at Braggs Public Schools.

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Deborah Moore, 61

Born Wednesday, December 10, 1958

Died Saturday, February 15, 2020

Deborah was born on December 10, 1958 in Muskogee, Oklahoma to Loyd Ray and Beatrice “Bea” Moore. She grew up on a dairy farm in South Muskogee County and received her education through Edison and Hilldale Schools. Deborah also participated in the Sheltered Work Activity Program (SWAP). In 1985, her brother-in-law and sister, Larry and Christene Fuller, began caring for her, with whom she lived with until 2013.
Deborah had a personality that was infectious and bright as the sun. She enjoyed all celebrations and holidays, such as Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and birthdays. She was involved in the Special Olympics and always loved being outdoors. She had many favorite things and also had a bit of orneriness that made every moment with her special and fun. She loved being around kids, such as her nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Deborah loved listening to music, jumping on the trampoline, riding four-wheelers and any moment spent with her family. Deborah passed peacefully in the care of Brentwood Extended Care at the age of 61.
Deborah was preceded in death by her parents, Loyd and Bea Moore; brother-in-law and sister, Larry and Christene Fuller; sister-in-laws Paulette Moore and Peggy Moore; and nephew Devin Moore.
Deborah is survived by her brothers Gary Moore of Muskogee, Oklahoma, Larry Moore and wife Patsy of Muskogee, Oklahoma and many, many nieces, nephews, cousins, great nieces, great nephews, friends, and caregivers.
The family will receive friends Friday, February 21st from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at Cornerstone Funeral Home. A celebration of her life is planned for 10:00 AM, Saturday February 22nd, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home with Pastor Cardell Coppins officiating. Interment will follow at Agnew Cemetery with Gary Moore, Larry Moore, Darrell Fuller, Mike King, Wes Huffman and Jacob Fuller serving as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Special Olympics.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 North York Street, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.


Public Visitation:
9:00am-8:00pm Thursday, February 20, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home

9:00am-8:00pm Friday, February 21, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home

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Clay Jerome Spradling Jr., 68

Born Sunday, August 5, 1951

Died Saturday, February 15, 2020

Clay Jerome Spradling, Jr., 68, resident of Hulbert, OK and citizen of the Cherokee Nation, passed away February 15, 2020. Jerome was born August 5, 1951 in Muskogee, OK to Clay Jerome and Bea Spradling.

Jerome was preceded in passing by his parents Clay Jerome Spradling, Sr. and Beatrice (Bea) Spradling, his brother Roger Dean (Call) Spradling and brother-in-law Pete Rollins. He is survived by his brother Sam Spradling and wife Vicky of Muskogee, sister Patricia Rollins of Haskell and the love of his life, Susie Stine of Hulbert; daughters, Mindy Nguyen of Stillwater, Jancy Stanton and husband Dr. Bryan Stanton of Dallas TX, Sunny Sellers and husband Jessie of Kingman, AZ and Jody Gimond and husband Paul of Irvine, CA; grandchildren, Zach Spradling and wife Ashlee, Bryce Nguyen, Grace Nguyen, Koby Nguyen, Allison Wilcox, Hunter Wilcox, Havan Gimond, Jordan Gimond, and Cianna Gimond; great grandchildren, Audie Spradling and Lucy Spradling, many precious nieces and nephews and numerous other family members and friends.

Anyone that knew Jerome, knew of his love for horses. Whether it was riding off into the sunset, training them to run fast or grooming them to look outstanding, he loved horses and they loved him. He was definitely a “Horse Whisperer”! You could also find Jerome fishing and he always caught them no matter if they were biting or not! He also loved to play in the dirt and would have a garden that he could harvest and put with those fish and cook up a delicious meal!

Jerome will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. His fun loving spirit will live on in the memories his family and friends carry with us in our hearts. Until we see you again, rest in peace our brother, father, companion, uncle and friend.

A Service of Memory will be conducted, Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. in Precious Memories Chapel, House of Winn Funeral Home, 2200 Military Blvd, Muskogee, OK, with minister Grover Wind, eulogizing. Interment will follow in Friday Cemetery, Haskell, OK.

Visitation, Friday 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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Patrick John McNeil, 47

Born Wednesday, September 6, 1972

Died Friday, February 14, 2020


Patrick John McNeil, 47, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma passed away February 14, 2020. He was born on September 6, 1972 in Berkeley, California to Neil and Vivian (Lipari) McNeil. He graduated from Muskogee High School with the class of 1990. Patrick later graduated from Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology with his Associates Degree in automotive service technology.
Patrick worked as a mechanic for the United States Post Office for many years. He was a musician, and loved playing his guitar and attending concerts. He also loved to cook and enjoyed high tech gaming. Patrick loved history, and was an avid firearm enthusiast as well as enjoyed going to museums, the zoo and aquariums. He loved his family and all of his many friends and enjoyed spending as much time as possible with them. Patrick will be missed by everyone who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by mother, Vivian Marie Lipari; maternal grandparents, Samuel Lipari, Sr. and Virginia Lipari; and paternal grandparents, Michael and Elizabeth McNeil.
Patrick is survived by his father, Neil McNeil; sisters, Carrie Palmiter (Jeff) of Waxhaw, NC, and Juli McNeil-Powell (Shawn) of Arlington, TX; uncle, Donald Lipari (Kelly) of Fresno, CA; cousin, Candace Cornwell of Fresno, CA; aunts, Donna Lehwald (Harry), and Kathy McNeil of Vancouver, BC; Uncle, Gordan McNeil (Terry) of Creston, BC; and multiple loving cousins in California and Canada.
A celebration of Patrick’s life will be 1:30PM, Saturday, February 22, 2020 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Richard Cristler as celebrant. Pallbearers will be Brett Horton, Wes Schmidt, Kellen Smith, Monte Anderson, Ryan Riddle and Chris Washington.
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 www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com .

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Robert Eugene Elsey, 76

Born Friday, December 10, 1943

Died Thursday, February 13, 2020

Robert Eugene “Bob” Elsey, 76, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away Thursday, February 13, 2020. He was born December 10, 1943 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Robert Junior Elsey and Betty Laverne (McLean) Elsey. He attended public schools in Muskogee.
Bob married Jerry Ann Hughes on January 1, 1963. They shared more than 57 years of life and marriage together.
He spent most of his career working for the Muskogee Police Department and retired in 2018 after many years of service.
Bob enjoyed sports and cars but more than anything, spending time with his family.
He will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by parents, Robert and Betty Elsey.
Bob is survived by his wife, Jerry Ann, of the home; daughter, Lisa Thurston; son, Steven Elsey; along with many other family members and friends.
A memorial service celebrating Bob’s life will be 2PM, Thursday, February 20, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Bill Crow 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 www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

Memorial service:
2PM, Thursday, February 20, 2020 @ Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel

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Orlando Howard Wilkerson, 69

Born Thursday, April 27, 1950

Died Monday, February 10, 2020

Orlando Howard Wilkerson, born April 27, 1950 to Floyd Manuel and Pandora Arthalia Wilkerson (Davis) in Muskogee, OK.

He was raised in No Walls Church in Muskogee, OK. He departed this life on February 10, 2020. Orlando was affectionately known by the nickname “Scooter” to many family and friends. Orlando moved to Omaha, NE at an early age where he obtained a degree in Computer Programming while pursuing his passion for music at the same time. In Omaha he was a member of the group the Showpushers. Orlando later relocated to St. Paul, MN where he became employed with US Bank for 20 plus years as Database Administrator. He also continued his music career by joining Power a vocal group in MN which he performed with for many years. His vocal talents provided him opportunities to travel around the world. Having a passionate entrepreneurial spirit he led many successful businesses. Orlando was very active and loved life. He enjoyed hobbies like golfing, fishing, bowling, playing pool, and watching football which he shared with family and friends.



Orlando had eleven siblings-five sisters and six brothers. He was the father to five beautiful daughters, he has ten grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, three step children and eleven step grandchildren. He loved and cared for anyone he encountered which grew the love of many. He made a warm comfortable home in Inver Grove Heights, MN with his fiancée’ Georgiana (Gigi) Castellano who he met on May 1, 2015. Preceding his death: both parents; brothers William and Lincoln Wilkerson.


Orlando leaves to cherish his memory: his fiancée’, GiGi Castellano; daughters Felisa Matthews (Phil), Quinca Oliver (Carlandus), Dr. Orlanda Whitfield (all of Omaha, NE); Mariah Wilkerson (St. Paul, MN); Aubree Hermann (Dallas, TX); Sisters-Elizabeth Sanders (Lewis) of Omaha, NE, Arthalia Garrett (Terry), Pamela Houston, Nancy Kay Swanson (Leonard) all of Muskogee, OK, Andrea Wilkerson of Tulsa. Brothers-Carl Wilkerson (Debbie), Robert Wilkerson (Karen), Oklahoma City, Cody Wilkerson (Lisa) of Tulsa, Dion Wilkerson of Muskogee; and host of nieces and nephews, additional relatives and many friends.

The final hour with Mr. Wilkerson will commence on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 12 Noon in the Faith Deliverance Christian Center. Visitation will begin at 11:00 AM at the Church.

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

Visitation on Friday will be from 1 PM until 6 PM in the Amazing Grace Suite of the Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc. in Muskogee.

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