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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.)

Bill G. Shirel, 87

Born Saturday, February 17, 1934

Died Thursday, June 10, 2021

Rev. Bill G. Shirel, 87, of Muskogee, Oklahoma entered his eternal Heavenly home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. He was born February 17, 1934, in Adair, Oklahoma to Rev. Thomas Edward and Lottie B. (McLaughlin) Shirel. He enlisted in the United States Army on October 7, 1954. While stationed in San Juan, Puerto Rico, carrying his Bible and a songbook, he discovered a big rock on a hill overlooking the ocean. This rock became his church where he felt his call to preach. He married the love of his life, Donna June Lowe, on January 18, 1956, in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma. They spent the next 3 months in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He was discharged from the U.S. Army on October 5, 1956. He worked for 7-Up Bottling Company, JC Penney’s, B&R Chrysler and RC Bottling Company. His hobbies were reading, fishing and rebuilding salvage vehicles. They evangelized for 3 years before accepting the pastorate of the Muskogee United Pentecostal Church in 1962. He served in various elected positions for the Oklahoma District United Pentecostal Church beginning in 1964 for a total of 38 years. These positions included Sectional Youth Leader, Presbyter, Oklahoma District Children’s Ministries Director, Oklahoma District North American Missions Secretary and District Secretary for the Oklahoma District United Pentecostal Church from 1975 to 2002. Rev. Shirel also served as a Board Member for the Tupelo Children’s Mansion in Tupelo, Mississippi from 1975 until his death. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Donna Shirel; parents, Thomas and Lottie Shirel; siblings, Myrtle Shirel; Nadine Gregory; Olen Shirel; Violet Dobson; Anna Keller; Harold Shirel; Harley Shirel and Vernie Williams. He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy and Rev. Mike Hart of Muskogee, Oklahoma, Patty and John Dodson of Pontotoc, Mississippi; grandchildren, Rev. Jason and Kaitlyn Hart of Jenks, Oklahoma, Rev. Jeremy and Jamin Hart of Muskogee, Oklahoma, Kendra Dodson of Raleigh, North Carolina and Kaylin Dodson of Muskogee, Oklahoma; great-grandchildren, Boyd and Saylem Hart of Jenks, Oklahoma; two brothers, Jerry Shirel of Deer Park, Texas and Leroy Shirel of Collinsville, Oklahoma and a host of other family and friends. Visitation with family being present will be 5-7PM, Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home. Funeral services celebrating Rev. Shirel’s life will be 1PM, Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at Timothy Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Pallbearers Keith Carr, Charles Cotner, Tommy Hart, Ronnie Jones, Ryan Jones, Byran Radebaugh. Honorary pallbearers are Rev. E. G. Bass, Rev. Jack Garrison, Rev. Melvin Gray, Rick Ashing, Ivory Jones, Traeden Kirby, Kent Leamons, Danny Siedlik, Mark Smith, Chris Watson and William Watson. 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.

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Russell Gilbert “Russ” Hayes, 92

Born Friday, June 22, 1928

Died Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Russell Gilbert “Russ” Hayes, 92, of Muskogee, Oklahoma went to his heavenly home on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. He was born on June 22, 1928 to Floyd Hayes and Bertha (Riggs) Hayes in Braggs, Oklahoma. Russ married the love of his life, Norma Mae Humphreys, on December 23, 1949 in San Jose, California. They shared over 71 years of life, marriage, family and many memories together.
Russ worked as a batch man at a concrete plant in San Jose, California until his retirement on April 1, 1995. Russ was a member of Muskogee First Baptist Church. He loved his family very much and enjoyed spending as much time as possible with them. Russ will be missed by everyone who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his parents Floyd and Bertha Hayes; his siblings, Dalton Hayes, Maxine Pipkins and Evelyn Crow; and his granddaughter, Shawna Janes.
Russ is survived by his loving wife, Norma of the home; his children, Pam Lenore Janes and husband Craig of Arroyo Grande, CA, Kathleen Marie Keegan and husband Edward of Phoenix, AZ, Gilbert Leon Hayes and wife Cheryl of Paso Robles, CA, and Laura Ann Baumgardner and husband Gary; grandchildren, Cary Christopherson, Travis Hayes, Tanner Hayes, Tucker Hayes, Matthew Baumgardner, and Andrew Baumgardner; great-grandchildren, Blade Kerns, Taelor McEwan, Camron Christopherson, Christopher Christopherson, Carter Christopherson, Carly Christopherson, Natalie Baumgardner, Addy Hayes, Logan Hayes and Brody Gallegos; brothers, Ken Hayes and Gerald Hayes; and many other family members and friends.
His family will greet friends 6PM-8PM, Monday, June 14, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.
A celebration of Russ’ life will be 2PM, Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Donnie Echols officiating. Interment will follow at South Bethel Cemetery.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory at 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences can be made at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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David Ronald Franklin, 75

Born Tuesday, September 4, 1945

Died Tuesday, June 8, 2021

David Ronald Franklin, 75, passed away on June 08, 2021 in Muskogee, OK. He was born on September 04, 1945 to Myrle and Juanita Franklin in Sulphur, OK.
After graduating from Muskogee Central High School in 1964, David attended and graduated from OSU Okmulgee Tech. He married Karen Bishop in 1967, then continued his education at NSU in Tahlequah, graduating with a Vocational Teaching degree. David taught in the Printing Department at OSU Okmulgee Tech and later taught at Muskogee High School, where he continued his education earning a master’s degree from Oklahoma State University.
His first son, Ronnie was born in 1969, the day he was to leave for basic training. He served in the National Guard and Army Reserve for 6 years. His second son, Scott was born in 1972. David was thrilled he had two sons that would grow up together in love and mischief, as they do to this day.
In 1977, after several years of teaching, David opened his own printing business, Franklin Graphics, later Franklin Digital, where it continued until shortly before his death.
David loved sports. He especially loved the baseball field. Many childhood memories and friendships were forged there. He moved to the softball field as he got older to play with church leagues with many of his same childhood friends. There were many evenings a basketball game went into overtime with his boys in the driveway. There might even have been a few sock football games breakout in the living room.
David loved a great mountain view on the back of a motorcycle from dirt bikes and four wheelers in the Ozarks to a picturesque view of the Grand Canyon on his Gold Wing. Every trip home was the start of the next trip back.
David loved family and friends. He was always available for a helping hand or a word of advice. Always putting others needs in front of his own.
David was preceded in death by his parents, Myrle and Juanita Franklin; daughter-in-law, Tara Franklin; brothers-in-law, Boyd Stiles and Terry Bishop.
David is survived by his sons, Ronald Franklin and wife Shellie of Oklahoma City, OK, Scott Franklin of Athens, AL; ex-wife, Karen Franklin of Muskogee, OK; grandchildren, Britany Dennis and husband Shiloh, Taylor Franklin, Addie Franklin, Trinity Hendrick and Brylee Franklin; great-grandchildren, Ellie Dennis and Rollo Dennis; sister, Myrlita Stiles of Plano, TX, brother-in-law, Bruce Bishop and wife Laurie; sisters-in law, Jacque Knapp and husband Steve, Patty Bishop and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2pm, Saturday, June 12, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Steve Rose officiating.
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.

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Virginia Lee Tutt, 82

Born Monday, January 16, 1939

Died Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Virginia Lee Tutt entered Heaven’s gates on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at the age of 82. She was born January 16, 1939 in Vian, Oklahoma to Manual Lawrence and Lorraine (Anderson) Thomas.
Virginia enjoyed so many things in life such as cooking, gardening, sewing, traveling, horse races, fishing and her family / friends / loved ones. She was one of the neighborhood Mothers to all children with so many still calling her Mamma Tutt now. She loved children everywhere. She never had a bad word to say about anyone. Everyone loved her that knew her, and she loved all. Raising 5 children she taught them all to serve God, pray, worship God, and always treat everyone kindly. She believed in developing a personal relationship with God for every one of her children. Her Bible was worn out when the children were grown as she applied to her teachings daily.
She raised the children and then got her health and life insurance license which she retired from after 20 years. She was such a life force for anyone who got the joy of knowing her.
She was the best mother, sister, daughter, aunt, friend, grandmother, great-grandmother, and life instructor.
She will be dearly missed forever.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Manual and Lorraine Thomas; siblings, Manuel (Butch) Thomas, William “Bill” Henry Thomas, infant sister, Mary Thomas; grandchild, Jimmy Luke Sheridan; son-in-law, Tommy Bebee; daughter-in-law, Susan Weisser.
Virginia is survived by her brother, Tommy Thomas; children, Michael Dale Sheridan and wife Lisa, Jimmy Lee Tutt, David Edward Tutt, Sheri Kay Scripter and husband Marvin, and Dawn Denise Tutt; grandchildren, Michael Sheridan and wife Amy, Kyle Sheridan and wife Jessica, Eric Sheridan, Ginny Nicole Bebee, Richard Jones and wife Taylor, Jacoub Shahin, Susan Duncan, and Crystal Allen; great-grandchildren, Kenadee Jones, Myles Jones, Jude Jones, Alexander Sergio, Alexis Sergio, Bryce Sheridan, Tristian Sheridan, Kyia Sheridan, Katelyn Sheridan, Landon Sheridan, Ryder Sheridan, Trey Gatzman, Gabi Gatzman, Jeri Kaye Ward, and Zachary Laster.
Funeral services for Virginia will be 2PM, Monday, June 14, 2021 at Memorial Park Cemetery Mausoleum with Pastor Garry Guthrie officiating.
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.

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Jean H. Kelly, 87

Born Thursday, September 7, 1933

Died Monday, June 7, 2021

Jean Helen Kelly, 87, went to her heavenly home on Monday, June 7, 2021. She was born on September 7, 1933 to Matthew Robertson and Helen (Gregg) Robertson in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Jean graduated from Pawhuska High School and continued her education at Northeastern State University where she received her A.D. in Nusing with honors. She furthered her education and earned a B.A. in Psychology and a M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern State University.
Jean worked for a short time as an R.N. at the Muskogee General Hospital and the Veterans’ Administration Hospital in Muskogee. She went on to pursue her career as a counselling psychologist with Exceptional Children Services from 1980 to 1982. Additionally, Jean volunteered as a counselor, where she worked with hospice nurses.
Jean married the love of her life, Michael E Kelly, on May 11, 1972 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They shared many years of marriage, life, family and loving memories together.
Jean is remembered as a loving mother, devoted wife, adoring and fun grandmother. She and Mike loved traveling and traveled the world. Jean enjoyed camping and the great outdoors. She had an appreciation for theater and the arts. Jean was a master gardener and an avid walker. Jean was strong in her Christian faith, and lived it out daily. She will be missed by everyone who knew and loved her.
Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Michael E. Kelly.
She is survived by her four children, Frank Pangburn, John Pangburn, Virginia Qualiardi and Shannon Purnell; her 9 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
Jean’s family would like to thank the kind staff at Aberdeen Heights in Tulsa, Oklahoma for their compassionate love and care.
A celebration of Jean’s life will be at 2PM, Friday, June 11, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Frank and Anita Pangburn officiating.
Memorial services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory at 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences can be made at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Anita Jean Rigler, 92

Born Wednesday, July 11, 1928

Died Sunday, June 6, 2021

Anita Jean Rigler,92, passed away on June 6, 2021. She was born on July 11, 1928 to Andrew and Emma Flickner in McPherson, Kansas.
Anita married Kennith Eugene Rigler in September 1955 in Marion, Kansas.
Anita graduated college with a master’s degree in elementary education. She dedicated her life to teaching and retired in the 1990’s. Anita was a great organist and played at Trinity Methodist Church. She was a member of Eastern Star, Cruisin Angels Car Club, Breakfast Optimist, Oklahoma Antique Tractor Association and Wesley Guild.
Anita is preceded in death by her husband, Kennith Rigler; daughter, Sherri and grandson, Andy.
She is survived by her son, James Rigler of Muskogee, OK; daughter-in-law, Susan Young of Muskogee, Ok, numerous nieces and nephews, and a great- great niece Aniyah Phillips.
Memorial service will be held 10 am Friday, June 11, 2021 at Greenhill Cemetery Pavilion with Cody Robinson and Jinx Barber officiating. Larry Ross, Gene Dye, Randy Worden, Gary Fields, Blake Falling and Dylan Falling will be Honorary Pallbearers.
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.

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Helen Delores Harris, 85

Born Saturday, April 11, 1936

Died Thursday, June 3, 2021

"I Can Hear my Saviour Calling" Helen Delores Harris, age 85, a resident of Taft, OK, transitioned in her home, Thursday, June 3, 2021. Arrangements are pending with House of Winn Funeral Home-Muskogee.

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Kirby Chester-Ralph Chapman, 62

Born Wednesday, December 17, 1958

Died Thursday, June 3, 2021

Kirby Chester-Ralph Chapman, 62, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away Thursday, June 3, 2021. He was born December 17, 1958 in Brockton, Massachusetts to Arch and Era Louise (Barney) Chapman. He attended public schools in Fort Wayne, Indiana where he graduated from Homestead Junior - Senior High School. He was an Eagle Scout and enjoyed his tenure as an Assistant Scout Leader while living in Fort Wayne.
Kirby enjoyed playing golf, tennis, racquet ball and cards. His was an over-the-road truck driver driving 30 years, with over 5 million miles accident-free. He also worked in the computer industry, installing networks and point of sale systems.
Kirby was a people person; one who never met a stranger.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Louise Chapman and his life partner, Gail Wildoner.
Kirby is survived by his father, Arch Chapman, sisters, Kay Louise Chapman and Kimber Rose Chapman; niece, Kathryn (Ben) Heeren; nephews, Justin (Sheena) Hinga, Joseph "JJ" (Leyla) Claypool; 5 great-nephews; 1 great-niece; and his special friend and guardian angel, Thelma Roberts; plus the many friends he made family throughout his life.
Kirby’s celebration of life is at 11AM, Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Mayor Marlon Coleman officiating.
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.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to Good Shepherd Hospice of Muskogee Oklahoma.

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Billye Joyce Brown Woodfork, 74

Born Friday, July 26, 1946

Died Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Billye J. Brown Woodfork, known to many as “Mama B.J.” and to her co-workers as “B.J.” was the daughter of Rev. William and Carrie Beckner. She attended Muskogee Elementary Schools and Manual Training High School. A servant, she was obedient and dedicated to God’s work on this land.

She was baptized and introduced to Christ by her parents early in life and she continued her spiritual growth throughout her teenage years. She began playing the piano as a child and soon was playing for her parent’s church. During her early twenties’ she left home and met Capteon Brown III, who she later married in Gary, Indiana. Soon after her marriage to Capteon Brown her father the late Rev. William James Beckner took sick and Billye decided she must return home to help her mother take of her father. Capteon and Billye moved back to Muskogee where they started a family. To this union three children were born: Captoria, Eugene and William. Capteon and Billye Joyce were married 26 years until the dissolution of the marriage in 1993.

Billye started her work experience as a hairdresser while raising her children and once they became of school age, she decided to go back to work. She worked for Oklahoma State University (OSU) Extension office of Muskogee, Okmulgee & Eufaula. She also worked with the school systems of Oklahoma to educate children concerning personal hygiene and the tough subject of sexual education. She became well known to all the young people in the school system as a resource for those who did not have one for those much needed topics and discussions. She retired from OSU extension office but never retired from doing God’s work.

Mama B.J. loved children and had a special gift to inspire children to sing with her love for music and her ability to play the piano. Her magnetic spirit drew young people to her and she formed several children and young adult mass choirs of fifty or more throughout Northeastern Oklahoma and children loved her immensely. With this ability she taught her children how to love the Lord and encouraged their special gift provided by God. Anyone who knew B.J. realized she was a special lady and brought many souls to Christ. She would make sure practice was perfected before Sunday and every section knew their part. She was a Director that expected you to give your best. Even with her desire for perfection choir members knew it was all for the glory of God.

In 1995, Billye J. Brown met and married Clarence E. Woodfork Jr. of Tulsa, OK. To this union no children were born, but the families were blended with three girls and three boys.

BJ was preceded in death by her mother and father, Rev. Carrie Elma McGee Beckner and Rev. William “BJ” Beckner, her sister, Mary Elma (Beckner) Wilkins, the father of her children, Capteon Brown, and her husband Rev. Clarence (Skip) Woodfork, and Bonus Son, Clarence Eugene Woodfork III.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her children, Captoria Brown, Eugene Brown, William (Janice) Brown; Bonus Daughters Erica Ivey, Kimberly Johnson (Eric), and Michelle Myers; Grandchildren Stephen (Ashlie) Ivey, Brittany Ivey, Orteca (Larry) Barnes, Patricia Nunley, Laticia Nunley, Jordan Robinson, Kennedy Johnson, Zaria Johnson, Naomi and Valarie Woodfork, Josiah English and Gabrielle West; Her nephew Leroy Wilkins Jr. and nieces Joyce Wilkins, Carrie Harris, and Mary Wilkins; 10 Great-Grandchildren, Cousin Curtis R. (Devonne) McClinton Jr., God-Daughter Renee Russell, Special Son Alphaeus Washington, and a host of Relatives and Friends.

Graveside rites, will be Friday, June 11, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. in Booker T. Washington cemetery, Muskogee, OK, with her son, Rev. William Brown, eulogizing. The casket will remain closed at the graveside service. Public Visitation, Thursday, June 10th 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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John Joseph Spencer, 59

Born Tuesday, May 22, 1962

Died Tuesday, June 1, 2021

John Joseph Spencer,59, passed away from this earth on June 1, 2021. He was born on May 22, 1962 to Floyd and Betty Spencer in Kingfisher, OK.
John graduated from Kingfisher High School in 1980. He attended UCO from 1980-1983 where he was part of Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity.
John married the love of his life and best friend, Rhonda Jean Walton on April 11, 1992. They have spent the last 30 years building a life together and making precious memories.
John retired from Joe Cooper Ford in 2019. He was a member of Henderson Hills Baptist Church from 1998-2008, Crossings Community Church 2005-2017 and current member of Life Church.
John and Rhonda moved to Lake Eufaula 2 years ago after retiring and were living the dream. John designed their home to be the perfect place to live and enjoy. He loved everyone but found the lake to be his favorite place with the best lake family ever!
John was known as a loving, gentle and caring man. If you wanted a light in the room or help fixing anything you would invite John. He always brought joy and excitement to every situation. John never met a stranger. He would welcome them into his life as a new friend. John was a hard worker and creative in many ways. John had an infectious personality and could make anyone laugh. John was always coming up with different ways to do things. He was a great husband, dad and friend. He will truly be missed.
John is preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Betty Spencer of Kingfisher, OK and sister, Sally Stratton of Alma, KS.
He is survived by his wife, Rhonda Spencer of Porum, OK; daughter, Stacy (Seth) Kastner of Oklahoma City, OK; sons, Ryan (Amy) McWhorter of Guthrie, Andrew Spencer of Yukon, OK, Dakota Malone and girlfriend, Monica Casillas of Yukon, OK; grandchildren, Madilyn and Cooper McWhorter of Guthrie, OK; sisters, Patti Caughell of Kingfisher, OK and Sherry Spencer of Edmond, OK; mother-in-law, Beverly Wittrock of Cashion, OK; and many nieces, nephews and friends that adored him.
Family conducted memorial services will be held at 11am on June 19, 2021 at LifeChurch at 9001 Broadway Ext, Oklahoma City, OK.
Cremation 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.

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Barbara Ann “Bobbie” Clayton, 84

Born Tuesday, December 29, 1936

Died Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Barbara Ann “Bobbie” (Hulet) Clayton, 84, was born December 29, 1936 at the old Baptist Hospital in Muskogee, Oklahoma to William and Agnes (Dodson) Hulet and peacefully passed away Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at her home in Muskogee, with her two favorite nieces and loving husband by her side. She attended several elementary schools in Muskogee, one being Hilldale, which at the time was a one-room School building. She then attended Alice Robertson Junior High and Muskogee Central High School graduating with the Class of 1954. Bobbie met and dated Marshall Clayton while in High School and then married him on March 18, 1955 in Muskogee, OK. Together, they shared 66 years, 2 months and 14 days of life, marriage and memories. She was a devoted wife and mother to her family and gave them endless love and memories they will cherish forever. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and Muskogee Hope Chapter #401 OES. Bobbie and Marshall followed his career to many different countries. They lived 53 years in Muskogee, OK, 12 years in Tulsa, OK, seven years in Bakersfield, California, two years in Madagascar, three years in Sumatra, Indonesia, and seven years in Tripoli, Libya. Bobbie loved visits to Branson, Missouri and Tunica, Mississippi. Going dancing was her favorite entertainment. She will be missed by many. Bobbie is preceded in death by her parents; daughter/granddaughter, Sue Ann Clayton; daughter, Marcia Ann (Clayton) Skelton; granddaughter, Jeanie Marie (Clayton) Cleveland; and a sister, Glenda Kay (Hulet) Fuller. She is lovingly survived by her husband, Marshall of the home; daughter, Cindy (Clayton) Shanks of Webbers Falls, OK; son, David Clayton and wife Debbie of Muskogee, OK; sisters, Nita Jo (Hulet) Stone of Wichita, Kansas and Billie Sue (Hulet) Easterling of Muskogee, OK; brother, W.H. (Billy) Hulet, Jr. of Broken Arrow, OK; five grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and a host of friends. A family visitation will be Monday, June 7, 2021 with family receiving friends 6PM to 8PM at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson, OK. A celebration of Bobbie’s life will be held 11AM Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at the Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Kelly Payne officiating. Committal prayers and interment will be at 2:00PM in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Muskogee with Pastor Cody Robinson officiating. George Fletcher, Lance (Bubba) White, Michael Skelton, Quenten Woodard, Billy Hulet and Bob Watts will serve as casket bearers. The family of Barbara Ann Clayton 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 for the family at clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com

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R. Lynn Tucker, 81

Born Saturday, January 20, 1940

Died Tuesday, June 1, 2021

R. Lynn Tucker, 81, of Muskogee, Oklahoma was called to his Heavenly home on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. He was born January 20, 1940 in Temple, Oklahoma to Grady and Rosie (West) Tucker. He attended public schools and furthered his education obtaining an associates degree.
Lynn taught woodshop and loved to work with his hands, even after retirement. He also enjoyed watching sports along with reading and studying the Bible. He will always be remembered for his love of helping those in need.
Lynn was very much loved and will be greatly missed!
He was preceded in death by his parents, Grady and Rosie Tucker; brother, Harold and Gene Tucker.
Lynn is survived by his wife, Joann; children, Danny Tucker and wife Melody, Marlynn Johnson and husband Ed, and Nena Fielder; grandchildren, Trinity Nichols, Lucas Tucker, Shane Tucker, Nick Tucker, Caitlin Fielder, and Gage Fielder; 5 great-grandchildren; along with other family members and friends.
Funeral services celebrating Lynn’s life will be 10AM, Friday, June 4, 2021 at Fort Gibson National Cemetery with military honors being presented.
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.

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Robert Scott Pannell, 87

Born Sunday, April 15, 1934

Died Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Robert “Red” Scott Pannell was born April 15, 1934. Red was born in Deep Fork Bottom to Alva and Genever Pannell and departed this life on June 1, 2021, at the age of 87.

He had many different types of jobs during his life; he worked pulling cotton as a young boy at the age of 13 in Arizona, New Mexico, and different parts of Oklahoma. No matter the job he always made sure to send money home to help support the family.

Red was always talking about different adventures in his life, one that he talked about often was while in New Mexico during one of his tours picking cotton, he was locked in a house with a Mexican woman, and she had plans to keep him there so he could marry her. Eventually he was able to get free and at that point decided not to go back to New Mexico so instead he moved on to Arizona to continue picking cotton.

He also worked washing and detailing cars at McGowan Car Dealership. He worked with his brother, Junior, at the Alfalfa Mill and then later helping him pour cement. He drove the school bus for his father for a while. Red worked for the Sanford Brothers in Wichita, KS washing and buffing cars before eventually starting his own business, R & L Automotive Cleaning Service in Wichita, KS.

Red moved back to the country in Oklahoma near his brother Odell Sr. in 2009. Red loved going to church, he was an active member and became a part of “The Brotherhood” male choir, at his Church, St. Matthews Missionary Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Lora Mae, Velda, and four brothers, Austin, A.W. Jr., Augustine, and Odell Sr.

Red is survived by the mother of his children, Ruth Ann, his children Letha (Greg) and Alva; his ex-wife, LaNita, his stepdaughter DiShon and his adopted son Brandon; five sisters Everlena (Lester), Naomi, Marie (Emual), Esther (James), and Ella, one brother Arthur (Edna), 5 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, a host of loving nieces and nephews and a special friend Mary and her daughter Sherry.

A Home Going Celebration will be conducted, Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in Union Baptist Church, 24075 Union St. Grayson,OK with Rev. McKinley Rice, of St Matthew Baptist Church, Okmulgee, OK, delivering the eulogy. Interment will follow in Hawkins cemetery, Hoffman, OK.

Public visitation, Friday, June 11th in the Precious Memories chapel of House of Winn Funeral Home-Okmulgee, during the hours of 1:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M.

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Aaron Thomas Curry, 81

Born Friday, January 19, 1940

Died Sunday, May 30, 2021

Aaron Thomas Curry, 81, of Muskogee, OK was born January 19, 1940 in Keota, Oklahoma to Aaron and Mollie Powell Curry and passed away May 30, 2021 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
On April 15, 1966 Aaron married the love of his life, Shirley Gooch at the Oktaha United Methodist Church. This marriage stood the test of time, 55 years.
In January, 1958 Aaron joined the Oklahoma National Guard 45th Division, later transferring to the USAF Reserve and receiving an honorable discharge in 1968.
He obtained his BS and master’s degree in industrial technology from NSU. He was past President of Industrial Management Club of Muskogee. He retired as a Quality Control Engineer from Acme Engineering after 45 years of service.
Aaron was an avid reader and traveler with trips to England, Scotland and the Rocky Mountains always his favorite.
He was a proud member of the Cherokee Nation.
His honesty, integrity, immense love and devotion to family and friends will forever be remembered.
Aaron was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents, Lilly Mae Horn Powell and Thomas Powell, Alla Mae and Aaron Curry; his father and mother-in-law, Howard and Geraldine Gooch; sister-in-law, Vivien Weeks.
Aaron is survived by his wife Shirley; son, Dr. Aaron Todd Curry and wife Mickey of Overland Park, KS; daughter, Jill Curry Stone and husband Jeff; beloved grandson, Evan Thomas Stone; beloved granddaughter, Ella Raye Stone; step grandchildren, Cory, Jennifer and Jack Werner Robinson and Holly and Lily Robinson all of Missouri; nieces and nephews, Steven and Cassie Weeks, Casey and Lauren Booth, Angie, Gary, Rachel and Sara Kirk, Brandy, Robert, Vivian and Arthur Adams.
Memorial services celebrating Aaron’s life will be 2PM, Friday, June 4, 2021 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, OK. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.




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Carmon “Dent” Wilson, Jr., 64

Born Tuesday, July 24, 1956

Died Saturday, May 29, 2021

In the year of 1956, God blessed Carmon Wilson Sr. and Juanita (Grant) Wilson with a beautiful baby boy on July 24. This handsome baby was named Carmon (Dent) Wilson, Jr. He was the third child born from this loving union and arrived in Okmulgee, OK.

"Dent" grew up in rural Okmulgee and attended school in Preston,OK.

"Dent" was an employee of Patton Scaffolding Company until he retired.

Early Saturday morning,May 29, 2021, in his 64th year, he transitioned from LABOR to REWARD surrounded by family engulfed in love.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Juanita Wilson, maternal and paternal grandparents, and his son, Aundra (Bubble Gum).

"Dent" leaves in God's Care, his father, Carmon Wilson Sr., sisters, Linda Payne, Leatrice (Gay)Talton, Arlene Wilson, Terry Talton, Lavida (Chris) Hayes, one brother, Victor(Rayneka) Wilson, and a very special friend, Gloria Carter, as well as a host of nieces,nephews, and friends.

A Service of Memory will be conducted, Saturday June 5, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in New Jerusalem Baptist Church 11435 Nixon Drive, Preston, OK with pastor Willie Antwine Jr. eulogizing. Cremation to follow. Public visitation, Friday June 4, 2021 in Precious Memories Chapel of House of Winn Funeral Home- Okmulgee during the hours of 1:00 P.M until 6:00 p.m.

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Douglas Eugene Markham, 77

Born Saturday, January 29, 1944

Died Saturday, May 29, 2021

Douglas Eugene Markham, 77, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away on Saturday May 29, 2021. He was born on January 29, 1944 to Edward Warren Markham and Viola (Verguson) Markham in Flint, Michigan. Doug graduated from high school in 1962. He served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War and received an honorable discharge.
Doug married Cynthia Sue Daniels on June 1, 1997 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. They shared almost 24 years of marriage, life and many memories together.
Doug was a lineman for Davis H. Elliot Electric Company for many years until his retirement in 2008. He loved going fishing and enjoyed working in his garden. Doug loved his family very much and loved spending time with them. He will be missed by everyone who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Viola Markham; brother, Warren Markham; and son, Bart Markham.
Doug is survived by his loving wife, Cynthia; sons, Thaddeus Markham and Donald Markham; daughter, Cindy Markham; many grandkids; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members and friends.
A celebration of Doug’s life will be 2PM, Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Eddie White officiating.
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.

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Eva “Garlene” Lorenz, 80

Born Saturday, August 3, 1940

Died Thursday, May 27, 2021

Eva Garlene Lorenz of Muskogee, OK, passed away on May 27, 2021.
Garlene was born on August 3, 1940 to Gerald and Janetta Bacon in Warwick, OK. After graduating from Welston High School in 1957 at the age of 16, she immediately began working. She held several positions during her life as an administrative secretary and was an extraordinary homemaker and stay at home mom.
In 1955, Garlene met the love of her life A.C. Lorenz. They wed in 1959 and were married for 61 years until A.C.’s death in 2020. A.C. and Garlene built their life together first in Edmond Oklahoma and then in Muskogee. They have 3 children, Chris, Ronnie, and Lisa. Without a doubt, Garlene’s greatest joys in life came when she took on the role of caregiver to her grandchildren. She loved every minute of that time where she affectionately and will forever be remembered as Mimi. Garlene exuded a kind and loving nature to everyone she ever encountered making her beloved by so many.
Garlene is survived by her children: Chris Lorenz, Ronnie Lorenz and his wife Angela, and Lisa Lorenz-Potts and her husband Robert Potts, and 4 grandchildren, Trey Potts, Bethany Potts, Joshua Lorenz and Tiffani Bailey.
A double celebration of Garlene and Albert Carl "A.C." Lorenz's lives will be 2PM, Thursday, June 3, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Bill Crow officiating. Interment will follow at Greenhill Cemetery.
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.

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