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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.)

Linda E. Potts, 70

Born Tuesday, November 16, 1948

Died Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Linda Earline Potts, 70, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away Tuesday, August 13, 2019. She was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Earl and Mildred (Brittain) Mullinax on November 16, 1948. Following the death of her parents, she was raised by her grandparents, Walter and Myrtle Brittain. Linda attended school at Hamilton Schools in Tulsa. She later married Burley Potts on October 27, 1978 and they began their lives together in Lost City, Oklahoma where they raised two children, David and Jeanetta. Linda worked as a teacher’s aide at Lost City Public Schools and then later as a cafeteria cook. Her last job was being a cafeteria cook at Hulbert Public School.
Linda and her family attended Swimmer Baptist Church in Lost City where she loved to hear gospel music. She enjoyed spending time with her grandkids and loved to cook for them.
Burley passed away on December 31, 2014 and Linda longed to be with him. Her family and friends have great comfort knowing they are now together in Heaven.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Mildred Mullinax; brothers, Gary, Hobart, and Raymond Mullinax; and her husband, Burley Potts.
Linda is survived by her daughter, Jeanetta Wilson and husband Scott of Muskogee; son, David Marrs of Hulbert; grandchildren, Jace, Brinley, and Colton, all of Muskogee; sister, Ruth Fielden of Hulbert; along with other family members and friends.
Funeral services celebrating Linda’s life will be 2PM, Friday, August 16, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bobby Botts officiating. Interment will follow at Lost City Cemetery in Hulbert, Oklahoma. Pallbearers will be Zach Brittain, Chris Brittain, Mark Fielden, Wayne Fielden, Will Bookout, and Doug Russell.
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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Edward M. Marshall Jr., 60

Born Wednesday, January 28, 1959

Died Thursday, August 8, 2019

Edward Monroe Marshall Jr., 60 of Wagoner, Oklahoma passed away Thursday, August 8, 2019. He was born January 28, 1959 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Edward Monroe Marshall Sr. and Faye Ellen Marshall. He attended Leonard Public School until the 8th grade and then attended Bixby High School where he was a graduate of The Class of 1977.
Ed met Sherry Lu Phillips on November 8, 2008 at her work and 2 months later asked her for a date. They married on March 1, 2014 at Stidham Baptist Church and made many happy memories together.
Early in life, Ed attended Leonard Baptist Church and was baptized at Haskell Lake. He then attended Lindsay Chapel Baptist Church.
He had a love for the outdoors, hunting, fishing and horses; but most important was his family, whom he loved more than life. For years, Ed worked with his family as a commercial roofer at Marshall Roofing and later at Keith’s Hardware in Fort Gibson.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Robert Marshall, Audrey Marshall Burns, Frank Burns, Charlie Lee, and Carrie Lee; grandson, Noah Jones; and uncle, Dale Marshall.
Ed is survived by his wife, Sherry of the home; father, Edward Monroe Marshall Sr.; mother, Faye Ellen Marshall Hathcoat; children, Terra Faye Marshall Jones and husband Robbie, Chris Marshall and wife Katy, Trevor Marshall and wife Jacqua, Shelby Steele and husband Jason, Dax Marshall, and Jessie Joplin; grandchildren, Zachariah Jones, Isaiah Jones, Faith Jones, Kamden Jones, Wyatt Stepp, Treyce Marshall, Nova Marshall, Titan Marshall, and Kase Steele; brothers, Robert Marshall and wife Kathy, Matthew Marshall and wife Paula, and Hans Marshall; sister-in-law, Anita Anderson; nieces and nephews, Jessica Shaw, Marshall Shaw, Jamie Balthis, David Balthis, Krystal Stowe, John Stowe, Stacey Tipton, and Luke Tipton; great nieces and nephews, Alexander Shaw, Harrison Shaw, Jadyn Balthis, Conner Balthis, Easton Balthis, Ellie Balthis, Gavin Tipton, Layla Tipton, Kristopher Anderson, Kayla Burris, and April Houston; along with other family members and friends who will miss him dearly.
The family will receive friends from 5:30-7:30pm, Monday, August 12, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.
Funeral services celebrating Ed’s life will be 11AM, Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Tim Turner and Mr. Patrick Christiansen officiating. Pallbearers will be Ken Stark, Trevor Marshall, Robbie Jones, Chris Marshall, Zachariah Jones, Isaiah Jones, Patrick Christiansen, Wyatt Stepp and Kristopher Anderson “Kritter”.
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
Sunday, August 11th, 2019 - 01:00 PM to 05:00 PM - (CDT) - Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel
1830 N. York St. - Muskogee, OK - 74403

Visitation
Monday, August 12th, 2019 - 09:00 AM to 08:00 PM - (CDT) - Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel - Muskogee
1830 N. York St. - Muskogee, OK - 74403

Family Visitation
Monday, August 12th, 2019 - 05:30 PM to 07:30 PM - (CDT) - Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel - Muskogee
1830 N. York St. - Muskogee, OK - 74403

Service
Tuesday, August 13th, 2019 - 11:00 AM - (CDT) - Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel - Muskogee
1830 N. York St. - Muskogee, OK - 74403

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Jason Ryan Smith, 27

Born Monday, February 10, 1992

Died Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Jason Ryan was born February 10, 1992 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Kevyn and Chester Smith Jr. adopted Jason in 1997 at the age of 5 years old.

Jason attended the Northside Evangelistic Temple Church of God in Christ, in Preston Oklahoma. He sang in the children’s choir and during the Christmas and Easter programs at church, he was proud to recite his 10-paragraph speeches without error. Jason was intellectual at a young age and was a math scholar, who loved to read. Jason attended the Preston and Tulsa Public Schools and later earned his General Education Diploma. He enjoyed playing basketball, football, reading, and writing poetry.

Jason was friendly and energetic, with a ready smile that could lighten a mood in a room. He was easy going and had upbeat energy that put you at ease. He was one of the most fiercely loyal, and loving individuals you would ever know.

He cherished every moment with his nieces, Amiya and Amerie during their recent routine outings at the park, helping Amiya to ride her bike, and sharpen her softball skills. Amiya had him wrapped around her little finger and Amerie will miss his dreads swinging in the air for her entertainment.

Jason recently developed a close relationship with Raven Wallace and hoped that his newfound friendship would develop into a long-term relationship. Unfortunately, their friendship ended much too soon.

In his 27th year with us, Jason transitioned from "Earth to Everlasting" on Wednesday afternoon, August 7, 2019 from Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was preceded in death by his Grandfather, Elder Ralph Bagby and a cousin, Deon Raphael Bagby.

He leaves to cherish his memories sister, his mother, Kevyn Bagby of Tulsa,Oklahoma; his sister, Jessica Mariah Smith, of Okmulgee, Oklahoma; his sister Tiffany Joy Tipton (Oscar Tipton) of Mississippi and his brother Thomas Logan Grayson of Kansas, his Grandmother, Velma Bagby, of Preston, Oklahoma;his devoted aunt, Gesille Keene (Gerald Keene) of Preston, Oklahoma, nieces, Hezekirah Tipton, Josiah Tipton, Zachariah Tipton, Amiya Lewis, Amerie Liew, a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins to cherish his memory.

A Celebration of Life for Mr. Smith will commence on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 10:00 AM in the Jubilee Christian Center, Highway 75 and North 230 Road in Okmulgee.. Rev. Jerrell Ivey will Officiate and Elder Jackie Jones will give the Eulogy. Burial will follow in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Okmulgee. Services are under the direction of the Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc.

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Earline Guidry, 64

Born Wednesday, October 27, 1954

Died Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Earline Guidry, age 64, resident of Okmulgee, OK, slipped the bonds of this earthly realm onto eternity Tuesday, August 6, 2019, from Rebold Manor, Okmulgee, OK.

Home going celebration will be conducted, Saturday, August 24th, 2019 at 12 noon in Precious Memories Chapel, 607 E. 5th Street, Okmulgee, OK. Visitation, Friday, August 23rd, 1 p.m. until 6 p.m.

Interment in Rolling Hill Cemetery, Richmond, California.

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



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Sherry Ann Barnes, 79

Born Tuesday, May 14, 1940

Died Monday, August 5, 2019

Sherry Ann Barnes, 79, resident of Wagoner, Oklahoma passed away Monday, August 5, 2019 at her home. She was born May 14, 1940 in Graham, Texas where she attended public school and graduated from Graham High School in 1957.
Sherry married Harry Edward Barnes Jr on July 2, 1983 in Wagoner County where they made their home.
She worked at Wagoner Eye Clinic for more than 20 years where she retired as the office manager in 2005.
She will always be remembered for her love of her family, her home, and her pets. She loved watching animals, birds, and butterflies.
Sherry is survived by her husband, Harry, of the home; children, Jim (Trish) Schlittler, Bill (Kim) Schlittler, and Ron (Connie) Schlittler; grandchildren, Kara, Jason, Carson, and Brennan; great-grandchildren, Daphnee, Darla, and Patrick; sister, Connie Strickland; mother, Mildred Berry; along with nieces, nephews, other family members and friends who will miss her dearly.
In lieu of flowers, per Sherry’s wish, please donate to Best Friends of Pets, PO Box 14547, Oklahoma City, OK 73113-0547 or online at bestfriendsofpets.org.
No public services are planned.
Cremation services performed by 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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Betty Jean Campbell, 79

Born Tuesday, February 6, 1940

Died Sunday, August 4, 2019

Betty Jean Campbell, Age 79 of Muskogee, Oklahoma, our beloved wife, mother, and Meemee was called home to heaven, unexpectedly on August 4, 2019 at 7:24AM.
She was born on February 6, 1940 in Dallas, Texas. She graduated from Hillcrest High School and continued on to begin her most treasured job of being a momma in 1957. She met and married the love of her life on April 23, 1976. They enjoyed 44 years of raising a blended family, going on church mission trips and teaching Sunday School classes for 12 years. She was most proud of being a nanny for 10 years, before being forced to retire due to illness. In later years, she traveled with her husband to multiple job sites in many states.
Betty was preceded in death by her mother and father, Daisy Ruth and Jim Grandstaff; her brothers, George, Jack, Dub, Earl, and Bill; her beloved sister, Edith; and daughter-in-law, Linda Wildman.
She is survived by her faithful and loving husband, Dusty; her sons, Randy Wildman of Muskogee, OK, and Rusty Wildman and wife Shawn of Forney, TX; her daughter, April Campbell of Austin, TX; her grandchildren, Randall Wildman and wife Deanna of Springfield, MO, and Baylei Wildman of Forney, TX; her great-granddaughter, Ruby Wildman of Springfield, MO; as well as countless nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly; her best friend and confidante, Betty Cornett; and other family members and friends.
A special thanks for the countless hours of care-taking, house sitting and errand running, which was all done in love by Sherry Lewis and her daughter, Courtney.
Betty loved to cook and had a vast library of cookbooks and countless recipes. She was an avid reader and loved to work crossword puzzles. She treasured her home and yearly Thanksgiving dinners when their family would all pile in and fill their home with laughter, love and blessings. She was especially fond of her “African Room” she decorated with many mementos she brought back from a church mission trip to Africa with help from her best friend, Betty Cornett.
Betty was a friend to all, the center of our family, a gracious and meticulous hostess and her presence will be dearly missed.

A celebration of Betty’s life will be 2PM, Thursday August 8, 2019 at Muskogee First Assembly of God with Dr. Steve Rose officiating. Interment will follow at Fort Gibson National 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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Thelma Tompkins, 99

Born Friday, July 16, 1920

Died Sunday, August 4, 2019

Thelma L. Crisp born July 16, 1920 to Rollie and Egypsi Crawford Crisp in Grayson, Oklahoma. She attended Grayson High School where she also graduated.

She met and married Earl A. Tompkins (Doc) and to this union 12 children were born with two who preceded them in death. Her husband Earl Tompkins preceded her in death as well.

She leaves to cherish her memories 10 children, Jean (Horace) Stevenson, Elnora (O.T.) Dotson, Barbara Hastings, Herman (Michelle) Tompkins all of Okla. City, OK. Theresia Tompkins, Grayson OK, Hollis (Artis) Tompkins, Carolyn (Charlie) Phipps, Thelma Tompkins all of Tulsa, OK, Velma Tompkins, Marcus Tompkins, Grayson, OK.

Thelma leaves to cherish her memories siblings; Earl Crisp, Grayson, OK, Louise White, California, Daniella Taylor, Texas, Tommie (Barbara) Crisp, Wichita, KS, and Robert (Ruby) Fox, Grayson , OK, 15 siblings preceded her in death.

She has 20 grandchildren, 56 great-grandchildren and 29 great-great-grandchildren which results in 5 generations. She leaves a host of nieces and nephews as well.

A Home Going Celebration, will be conducted, Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 11 a.m. in St. Matthew Baptist Church 1001 E. Chicago St., Okmulgee, OK. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart cemetery, Grayson, OK.

Visitation, Friday, 1:00 p.m. until 6 p.m. in the Precious Memories Chapel of House of Winn Funeral Home.

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

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Mary Motte, 88

Born Monday, October 6, 1930

Died Saturday, August 3, 2019

Mary Malone Motte was born October 6, 1930 in Albany, Georgia to the late Ozell Malone and Martha Malone Kelson. Later, her stepfather, Sam Kelson (Mr. Sam), helped to raise her and was a major influence in her life. Mary loved God, her family and her friends but most of all she loved life. She was a member of Uganda Martyrs Catholic Church where she celebrated her life with her fellow parishioners. She was surrounded by her family when she was called home on August 3, 2019.

She met the love of her life, Joseph B Motte, in Fayetteville NC when he was in the Army and they married on February 20, 1954. They had 6 children – Linda, Jerry, Michael, Richard, Mary Elizabeth and Nita.

It is difficult being a military wife, but Mary thoroughly embraced it. Joe commented that he could not have accomplished what he did in his military career if not for Mary. She traveled with him around the world, with children in tow, by car or ship, making sure all the children and belongings arrived safely. She taught herself to sew and loved making clothes for herself and her family. She also enjoyed cooking (boy could she cook) and it pleased her knowing people appreciated her food.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband Joe B. Motte, her parents, her sisters Louise Watson, Martha Malone Cook, and her daughters Mary Elizabeth Motte and Linda Joyce Motte. She leaves to cherish her memory her sister Mildred Arrington of Fayetteville NC, her daughter Nita of Oklahoma City, OK, her sons, Jerry (Vickie) of Oklahoma City, OK, Michael (Shirley) Arlington, TX, Richard (Janet) Forney, TX, 10 grandchildren (Danneva, Candice, Crystal, Charmaine, Brandon, DeLantay, Toron, Corey, Jessica and Marcus, her nephew Dwayne Motte and his wife Jean whom were like Son and Daughter to her.

Funeral mass will be celebrated, Thursday, August 8, 2019, at 10 a.m. in Uganda Martyrs Catholic Church, followed by interment in Ft. Gibson National Cemetery. The rosary will be recited, Wednesday, at 7 p.m. in the church.

Visitation will be Wednesday in the Precious Memories chapel, during the hours of 1:00 p.m. until 6 p.m.

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

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Arthur “Art” Hugh Higley, 83

Born Wednesday, October 23, 1935

Died Thursday, August 1, 2019

Arthur Hugh ‘Art’ Higley, 83, of Fort Gibson was born October 23,1935 in Shawnee, OK to Arthur and Bluie (Wolfe) Higley and peacefully passed away Thursday, August 1, 2019 in Tahlequah.
Art lived most of his life in Tulsa, OK where he attended Central High School. He met and later married the love of his life Judy Gower in Tulsa. A marriage that stood the test of time of 57 years. They started a family and moved to Fort Gibson in 1975.
Art worked in the plastering business for many years. He later went into the boat manufacturing business with his brother Don. They operated Custom Marine Mfg. Company in Muskogee, OK where they built custom Lunker bass and Tahiti and Cobra jet boats.
Art was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, Don Higley.
He is lovingly survived by his wife Judy of the home; son, Michael Higley and wife Michelle of Fort Gibson; daughter, Jamie Clyma and husband Randy of Claremore; grandchildren, Mycah Higley and husband Wiley Abbott, Madison Higley and Kaylee Clyma; many other beloved family members and friends.
A memorial service celebrating Art’s life will be 11:00 AM Thursday, August 15, 2019 at the Fort Gibson Church of Christ with Minister Dan Rouse officiating.
The family of Arthur Hugh Higley has entrusted his cremation to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home. Fort Gibson. 918-478-2555
Online condolences may be left at clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com

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Nellie “June” Sewell, 90

Born Tuesday, November 27, 1928

Died Thursday, August 1, 2019

June Watson Sewell was born on November 27, 1928 in Ryal, Oklahoma to Beryl and Joe Bob Watson. She was the youngest of seven children. Her father owned a country store at Ryal and, because her mother ran the store, June was raised in the center of the small community.

She graduated as valedictorian from Graham High School in 1947 and attended East Central State College in Ada where she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in education in 1950. While attending college, she met and married the love of her life, Raymond Sewell. They were married for 71 years.

June taught in Oklahoma's public schools and at Bacone College for 29 years. While she taught all grades from kindergarten to college, fourth grade students were always her favorites. She also taught English, Literature, Drama, Home Economics, and, after obtaining her Master's Degree, she taught Spanish. Her final teaching years were spent in Muskogee Public Schools, where she retired in 1987. Following retirement, she volunteered to teach English to students who spoke only Spanish for which she received the One Thousand Points of Light Award. June enjoyed teaching and often said that "the gleam in a student's eye when she or he has gained a concept has no price tag." Her greatest honors included being chosen Muskogee Education Association's Friend to Education and being named Very Important Member for the Oklahoma Retired Educators Association.

She was active in the Oklahoma Retired Educators Association, the Muskogee Shakespeare Club, the Oklahoma Federated Democratic Women's Association, and the Muskogee County Democratic Party. She was a member of the Muskogee Church of Christ.

June is survived by her husband, Raymond; daughters, Sheila Sewell of Oklahoma City and Lana Reed and son-in-law Don Reed of Muskogee; grandchildren, Rachael Gilliam, Lauren Ritchie, and Donna Bray of Muskogee, Aaron and Krissy Ritchie of Broken Arrow, Alix Golden, Kayla Sewell, Julie Sewell, and Lance Sewell of Oklahoma City; and great grandchildren, Jack Gilliam, Olivia Gilliam, and Zian Bray of Muskogee; nieces, nephews, and extended family. She is preceded in death by her son, Frank Sewell; and grandson, Todd Reed.

The family extends warm thanks to the staff of Broadway Manor for the care they showed to their wife and mother.

A celebration of June’s life will be 1PM, Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. David Burris officiating. Interment will follow at Memorial Park 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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Mary Margaret Morrow , 78

Born Saturday, November 23, 1940

Died Thursday, August 1, 2019

Mary “Margie” Margaret Morrow, 78, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away on Thursday, August 1, 2019. She was born on November 23, 1940 in Pawhuska, Oklahoma to Howard R. Huff Sr and Mary Lucille (Isom) Huff. Margie attended and graduated from Oklahoma State University (OSU).
She married the love of her life Dwight Ray Morrow on February 12, 1970, spending over 49 memorable years together. She was a high school teacher through most years of her life before she retired. After her retirement from teaching, she sold insurance for a short amount of time. Margie loved fishing, traveling, red Hatters, and going to church.
Margie is preceded in death by her husband, Dwight Morrow; parents, Howard and Lucille Huff; and grandmother, Buddy Whistler.
She is survived by her daughters, Debi Estep of Wewoka, OK and Rachel Duke of Muskogee, OK; sons, Sean Morrow of Chouteau, OK and Quinton (Buster) Morrow; brother, Rusty Huff of Drumright, OK; 4 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandson; and her best phone cousin, Jarreldine Langton.
A celebration of Margie’s life will be 11:00am Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at Greenhill Cemetery with Pastor Mike Smith 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.



Visitation:

9:00am-8:00pm Monday, August 5,2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home

Service:
11:00am Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at Greenhill Cemetery in Muskogee, OK.

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Charlotte A. Dunn, 77

Born Saturday, March 14, 1942

Died Friday, July 26, 2019

Charlotte Dunn of 1634 Dorchester, aged 77, passed peacefully on July 26, encircled by her family within the comfort of her home. The daughter of Wesley H. and Bonnie M. Lightle entered this world in the spring of 1942. A born lover of learning, she ultimately earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Northeastern State University in Early Childhood Education (1964) and Reading Specialism (1965) respectfully.
It was, in the midst of this, that she met and married George V. Dunn at Muskogee’s Calvary Baptist Church in 1962, and they began to start a family of their own. Her passion for education was indeed a calling and she followed it faithfully not only within Muskogee Public Schools for 37 years, but also in retirement as she continued to tutor her grandchildren along with the children in her neighborhood. She was also deeply devoted to all the members of her family - both blood and chosen - throughout the days of her life, nursing many of them as they were claimed by death and helping to raise others that were just starting life.
As an avid gardener, lawnmower, fudge-maker, and walker, her life could hardly be described as idle; however, she generously gave her time and kindness to anyone she came across. As a devoted spouse, mother, and grandmother she was the salt and light of our family and she will be greatly missed as we attemptto follow in her rather large footsteps with our own lives.
While she goes to join her parents Bonnie and Wesley, her sister Nell, and many more relatives - she leaves behind George V. Dunn, her beloved spouse of 57 years, two dearly loved sons G. Wesley Dunn and Alan V. Dunn and their spouses Jennifer and Charlotte, and four grandchildren who grew in the warmth of her love and pride: Jillian M. Dawes, Bailey R. Dunn, D. Kacee Dunn, and Corey A. Dunn.
To honor her requests, there will be a Family Visitation on Wednesday, July 31, from 5:30PM to 7:30PM at Cornerstone Funeral Home on North York Street. The family requests that donations be made to Saint Jude’s Children's Hospital in lieu of flowers as was her desire.


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Thera D. Van Alstine, 85

Born Wednesday, August 2, 1933

Died Thursday, July 25, 2019

Thera Dean Van Alstine, 85, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed away on Thursday July 25, 2019 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. She was proceeded in death by her parents, Walter and Maple Downs.
Thera Dean Downs was born on August 2, 1933 in Vick, Louisiana. She attended and graduated valedictorian from Lafarque High School in Ettie, Louisiana in 1950. Thera attended Louisiana College in Pineville, Louisiana. While working at Montgomery Ward in Alexandria, Louisiana, she meet and married Donald Lee Van Alstine on December 24th 1954. They lived in various locations in Louisiana, Kansas,Texas, and Oklahoma before returning to Muskogee for retirement in 1989.

Thera Dean is survived by her husband, Donald L. Van Alstine and sons, Russell J. Van Alstine and wife Vivian , Darryl C. Van Alstine, and Kyle B. Van Alstine, Granddaughter Anna E. Moon and husband Jason Moon. She is also survived by her sister Johnnie Best Hailey and her daughter Dawn Best- Desjardins.

Cremation Services provided by Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory.

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Thomas E. “Tommy” Barnett Sr., 56

Born Thursday, September 6, 1962

Died Thursday, July 25, 2019

Thomas E. “Tommy” Barnett Sr., 56, passed away Thursday, July 25, 2019 at his home. He was born September 6, 1962 in Muskogee, Oklahoma to Johnny E. and Betty J. (Cooley) Barnett; the youngest of 5 children, all boys. He attended Muskogee Public Schools.
Tommy married Kathy LaJean Pennington on January 19, 1984 in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma. They shared more than 35 years of life, marriage, and memories together.
He worked as an electrician for Wofford Electric for 15 years until his health began to fail.
Tommy will always be remembered for his sweet and gentle spirit and for the smile you got every time you saw him. He never met a stranger. Family was Tommy’s greatest joy; he always made time for them and was a father figure to many.
His hobbies were fishing, working in his yard and garden, and playing his guitar. Tommy started playing the guitar at the age of 16 and developed his talent of playing any song by ear.
He was a Christian and loved the Lord. He accepted Christ as his Savior as a young man.
Tommy was loved by many and will be dearly missed.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Barnett; twin brothers, Darryl and Farryl Barnett; grandparents, Ralph and Inez Barnett, and Margaret Davis.
Tommy is survived by his father, Johnny Barnett; wife, Kathy Barnett; daughter, Brittany Clark and husband Ron; son, T. J. Barnett; brothers, Toby Barnett and wife Gail, Tony Barnett; grandchildren, Rhyley Pack Barnett, Kieli Clark, R. J. Clark, Kyleigh Barnett, Noah Clark, Blake Hall, and Kia Clark; great-granddaughter, Imani Hall; along with other family members and friends.
A memorial service celebrating Tommy’s life will be 3PM, Monday, July 29, 2019 at Crescent Valley Baptist Church with Pastor Chadd Pendergraft officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be Toby Barnett, Tony Barnett, Gene Ellis, David Pennington, Jack Wofford, Steve Perry, Kenny Messer, Tody Etchison, Kevin Etchison, Mark Etchison, Glenn Aldridge, and Patrick Harmon.
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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Charlene Gilyard, 68

Born Tuesday, February 13, 1951

Died Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Charlene "Tootie" Gilyard, age 68, Dallas,TX, a former resident of Muskogee,OK transitioned, July 24, 2019 in Dallas,TX.

A Service of Memory will be conducted, Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in Shiloh Baptist Church, 701 Altamont St. Muskogee,OK.

Visitation, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019 in the Precious Memories Chapel of House of Winn Funeral Home, during the hours of 1:00 p.m. until 6 p.m.

The family has been cared for by, House of Winn-Muskogee.

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Jearldine Washington, 71

Born Wednesday, October 29, 1947

Died Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Jeraldine Elizabeth Washington was born on October 29, 1947, in Taft, Oklahoma to Millie B. Robertson and Julius Robertson. She graduated from Moton High School in Taft, Oklahoma. She was on the Moton High School drill team and became the school secretary after she graduated. She professed a love for Christ early on in her life, and enjoyed singing. She spent her life in church choirs and singing for her friends and loved ones.

Being the youngest of eight children she loved being around her family and all of her children. She loved being an Aunt and cherished each one of her many nieces and nephews.

She became a mother to her one and only child George Bills Jr. on February 26, 1966. She loved being a mother and believed it was one of her greatest accomplishments. She was excited to become a grandmother and great grandmother and proudly became known to her grandchildren as Granny J.

She enjoyed being around people and they enjoyed her. She worked in customer service for several years at Sears, owned and operated her own Daycare Center, and retired from Walmart after many years of service.

She answered the Lord’s calling to come home on July 24, 2019 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her father and mother Julius and Millie Robertson, siblings, Viola Roberts, Phyllis Maxwell, Talmadge D. Maxwell (T.D.), Ruth E. McBride, Wilbert Robertson, and her son George Bills Jr. precede her in death.

She leaves to cherish memories husband, Pastor James Washington of Broken Bow, OK; Siblings, Dollie M. Melville of Millvalley, CA, Esther L. Maxwell of Tulsa, OK, Julland J. Robertson of Muskogee, OK; grandchildren, Tori Bills of Muskogee, OK, Alyssa Duncan of Muskogee, OK; great grandchildren, Kamdyn Anderson of Muskogee, OK, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and cherished friendships.

A Home Going Celebration will be conducted, Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 11 a.m. in the New Jerusalem Baptist Church, 1715 Wewoka St. Muskogee, OK. Interment will follow in Taft cemetery.

A visitation will be conducted, Wednesday, July 31st, during the hours of 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. with a wake service ending at 7:00 p.m.in the Precious Memories Chapel of House of Winn Funeral Home. On Thursday, August 1st viewing will begin at the church at 10 a.m. prior to services.

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

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Wayne E. Pamplin, 82

Born Sunday, June 13, 1937

Died Monday, July 22, 2019

Wayne E. Pamplin, 82, of Muskogee, Oklahoma went to Heaven to be with Jesus on Monday, July 22, 2019. He was born on June 13, 1937 to Estell “Mutt” Pamplin and Lillie (Baker) Pamplin in Paris, Arkansas. Wayne attended Sequoyah Grade School as a child and was a high school graduate of Muskogee Central High School Class of 1955. In his teenage years he hitchhiked along Route 66 several times. At the age of 19, Wayne played several seasons with the Oklahoma All Star Basketball Team against Marcus Haynes and Meadowlark Lemon of The Harlem Magicians in the basketball exhibition games.
He married the love of his life, Jeanine Staggs, on March 3, 1967 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. They shared over 52 years of life and marriage together.
Wayne worked at Corning Glass from 1966-1985 and he was also the owner of Heroes Diner. He was a member of Eastside Community Church for many years. Wayne was an avid OU fan and loved watching them play. He loved his family very much and enjoyed spending as much time as possible with them. He will always be remembered by everyone who knew and loved him.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, Estell “Mutt” Pamplin and Lillie (Baker) Pamplin; and son, Bryce Pamplin.
He is survived by his loving wife, Jeanine Pamplin; children, Stephanie Davenport (David), Debbie Underwood (Greg), Jim Wood (Darlene), and David Wood (Farrah); grandchildren, Tara Buckmaster (Chris), Megan Carroll (Tim), Christie Savage (Steve), Jeannia Capps, Mason Davenport (Traci), Holden Davenport, Evan Davenport, Myles Wood, Brent Underwood, Aaron Wood (Holly), Jacob Pamplin and Jesse Pamplin; 16 great-grandchildren; siblings, Odell Pamplin (Mary Jane), and Wanda Holland (Chick); and many other family members and friends.
A family visitation will be 5:30PM-7:30PM, Thursday, July 25, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel.
A celebration of Wayne’s life will be 11AM, Friday, July 26, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Gary Underwood 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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