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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.)

Thomas Roy Hebb, Sr., 62

Born Thursday, May 30, 1957

Died Friday, May 29, 2020

Thomas Roy Hebb, Sr., 62, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away on Friday, May 29, 2020. He was born on May 30, 1957 in Washington, Pennsylvania to Brennis Leeroy Hebb, Sr. and Elsie Silcott. On May 26, 1983 he married Linda (Risley) Hebb in Fort Smith, Arkansas. They spent over 37 memorable years together.
Thomas is preceded in death by his parents, Brennis Leeroy Hebb, Sr. and Elsie Silcott Hebb; grandson, Rizley Gene Hebb.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Hebb of Muskogee, Oklahoma; sons, Thomas Hebb, Jr. of Pryor, Oklahoma, Christopher Hebb and wife Jessica of Locust Grove, Oklahoma, and Michael Hebb of Muskogee, Oklahoma; daughter, Amanda Seger and husband Jake of Wagoner, Oklahoma; sisters, Linda Hebb and husband Jim of Fort Gibson, Oklahoma, Connie Bell and husband James of Wagoner, Oklahoma, Debra Hightower of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Sandra Wallace of Muskogee, Oklahoma; brothers, Randall Hebb and wife Linda of Muskogee, Oklahoma, Brennis Hebb, Jr. of Texas; 12 grandkids, and a host of cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Public visitation will be held 9:00am-8:00pm Monday, June 1, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.
The family will celebrate Thomas’s life with a private family service with John Baumert officiating. Interment will be at Greenhill Cemetery.
Cremation provided by Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 North York St, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Maxine Tate, 53

Born Tuesday, December 20, 1966

Died Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Maxine Tate, age 53, a resident of Okmulgee, transitioned in her home, with family at bedside, Monday, May 26, 2020.

A Home Going Service is scheduled Saturday, June 6, 2020, 2:00 p.m., Conversion Ministry Church, 1330 Martin Luther King Dr., Okmulgee, OK, Pastor Gregory Richardson eulogist.

Visitation, Friday, June 5, 2020, 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

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




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Kevin Lee Guy, 57

Born Thursday, November 1, 1962

Died Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Kevin Lee Guy went to be with our Lord in Heaven on Monday, May 25, 2020 at the age of 57. He was born on November 1, 1962 to Robert Wayne Guy and Sarah Ann (Tuggle) Guy in Joplin, Missouri.
Kevin worked as a police officer for Delaware County, and has a long history in law enforcement as it was his passion to serve and protect.
Kevin also had a passion for nature which he enjoyed by exploring, camping, hunting and lots of fishing. Most important to him was spending time with his family and spoiling his grandbabies.
Kevin loved his family unconditionally and spoke of them often. He always knew how to make the best of every situation and how to make anybody smile and laugh. Kevin grew up to be a loving, caring, and selfless man that didn’t sweat the small things. When he married his angel, Tina Brock on January 22, 2010, Kevin was the happiest he’d been. Tina remembers looking into his eyes and feeling their hearts intertwine. She knew God had made them for one another.
Kevin will also be remembered for loving his daughter, Kryslynn’s singing voice, his quirky shenanigans, his love for 80’s music, his great sense of humor, the way he became a kid again when his grandbabies came around and the way he cared for everyone he knows.
Kevin is survived by his wife and angel, Tina (Brock) Guy of the home; daughters, Tiffany Guy of Sallisaw, OK, Kryslynn Berryman of Gore, OK, Heather Heeley of Leslie, MO, Chelsea Guy of OKC, OK, and Shawna Guy of Checotah, OK; sons, Kevin Allen Guy of Miami, OK, Jordan Bond of Joplin, MO, Jacob Woods of Claremore, OK, Tyler Woods of Gore, OK, and John Kelly of San Antonio, TX; grandchildren, Aleyah Guy, Michael Pollard, Aiden Kelly, Ellina Rutherford, Jacobie Woods, Viktor Guy and Karlie Guy; brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Rhonda Guy; nephew, Robert Guy, Jr. all of Neosho, MO; and many other family members and friends.
A celebration of Kevin’s life will be 1PM, Monday, June 1, 2020 at Box Cemetery in Vian, OK with Chaplain Bill Crow officiating. Pallbearers will be Jacob Woods, Tyler Woods, Chris Davis, Robert Guy, Sr., Robert Bowman and Robert Guy, Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Garner, Ralph Feather Zhan Snider and John Kelly.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 North York St, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Howard S. Jayne, 75

Born Sunday, July 9, 1944

Died Sunday, May 24, 2020

Howard Jayne was born in Muskogee, OK on July 9, 1944. He passed away on May 24, 2020. Howard had a happy childhood, and he loved to tell stories about the fun he had playing in his neighborhood with his friends. His father, Fred, was an owner of a neighborhood grocery store on Jefferson Street in Muskogee. His mother worked at the home and cleaned houses on a part time basis.

Howard was 13 when hard times fell on the family. His dad had a serious heart attack and could no longer work. His mother worked cleaning houses, but very little income was possible. By the time Howard was 16, it was time for him to find work he could do after school. The job he got and enjoyed for many years was working at the Ritz Theater in Muskogee.

The Ritz Theater was owned by Procter & Marsh, and he met Lillian Procter on his first day of work. Lillian was just 12, but he immediately knew that she was the one for him. Lillian will tell you that she felt the same about Howard.

When Howard was 18 his father passed away. He was the sole supporter of his mother and his brother, Joe, who was 12 at the time. Therefore, he got two other part time jobs besides the one at the theaters. Keeping down three jobs and going to school was a challenge, but Howard never wavered on his responsibilities.

Finally, after a long courtship, Howard and Lillian were married on Sept. 1, 1969. In 1970, Howard and Lillian graduated from Northeastern University. Howard's intention was to teach in college & he earned an assistantship from Kansas University. Howard and Lillian moved to Lawrence, Kansas where he began his studies. However, after a short time, Howard decided that college teaching was not what he wanted. So, he and Lillian came back to Muskogee where he got a job teaching history and political science at Muskogee High School.

Howard taught at Muskogee High School for 20 years and then finished his last 6 years of teaching at Alice Robertson Middle School. He earned quite a reputation as an educator. His former high school students will remember fondly his "Jaynie Awards" that he gave them every year. The annual event for 17 years where the seniors stole "Johnny Podium" and held it for ransom and his mock trials are only a few of the experiences that many students remember about being in class with Mr. Jayne. Howard was recognized by many as an outstanding educator. In 1992, he was selected Muskogee "Teacher of the Year." Throughout his career, many civic groups in Muskogee recognized him and several articles featuring Howard were published in the Muskogee Phoenix.

Happily, Howard was able to enjoy a great 50th year wedding anniversary party with Lillian on September 1, 2019. Their children, son Andy and wife Jodi plus son Dan and wife Candace and four grandchildren; Evelyn, Ben, Carter, and Ivy surprised Howard and Lillian with a great party which Howard thoroughly enjoyed.

Howard was preceded in death by father, Fred Jayne, and mother, Nell Jayne.

Howard is survived by wife, Lillian; children and grandchildren mentioned above; brother, Joe Jayne; sister-in-law, Anne Morton and brother-in-law, Rob Morton.

Howard Jayne was a loving husband, a devoted father, a dedicated educator, and a most outstanding "Pappy" for his grandchildren.

Because of Covid 19, a memorial service celebrating Howard's life will be held at a later time.

Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 North York St, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Floretta L. Leatherman, 80

Born Thursday, August 31, 1939

Died Saturday, May 23, 2020

Floretta LaViena (Reheard) Leatherman, a lifetime resident of Muskogee, Oklahoma, passed on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at the age of 80. She was born August 31, 1939 at the Baptist Hospital in Muskogee to Billy Z. and Virginia (Allen) Reheard.
Floretta married the love of her life and best friend, Robert Lloyd “Bob” Leatherman on March 25, 1955, at the home of Rev. Shoemacher in Stigler, Oklahoma. They shared more than 46 years of life, marriage, and memories.
She was the owner of Floretta Leatherman Real Estate and Tax Services along with her husband Bob, who owned and operated Bob’s Office Machines.
Floretta was actively involved and supported many community activities. She made angel food cakes for Muskogee FFA pie auctions for 50+ years and was inducted as a Muskogee FFA honorary member in 2000. She was an active member of local and national VFW ladies auxiliaries, the Rebecca’s, served on the election board, Muskogee County PARB board, a member of Eastern Oklahoma Woodcarvers Association, and the Muskogee Genealogical Society. She also played an active role, for over 30 years, at Memorial Day services held at cemeteries.
Floretta was a member of Meadowbrook Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bob; and daughter, Jeanetta Lynn Leatherman Lane.
Floretta is survived by her children, Michael Lloyd Leatherman, Jason Lance Leatherman and wife Christie; son-in-law, Johnny Ralph Lane, all of Muskogee; grandchildren, Kena Danielle Lafave and husband Robert, Jeremy Scott Lane and wife Sarah, Whittney Karlese Briley Leatherman, Dustin Skylar Leatherman, Miranda Cole Leatherman-Detty and wife Tiffany, Dylan Garrett Durossette, Blaise Lance Leatherman and Savanna Nicole Lane; great-grandchildren, Tyler Roy Lafave, Rylen Alexis Lafave, Landon River Lafave, Connor Donahue, Ember Dawn Lane, Kolten Graham Leatherman, and Kenzington Mae Leatherman; siblings, Belinda Sue Hall-Garrett of Oktaha and Billy Jerome Reheard of Muskogee; brothers-in-law, Dan Leatherman and wife Cheryl, Walter Lee Leatherman and wife Linda, all of Muskogee; along with numerous nieces,nephews, family and special friends.
Visitation for family and friends will be Thursday, May 28, 2020 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Cornerstone Funeral Home.
Funeral services celebrating Floretta’s life will be 11AM, Friday, May 29, 2020 at Mountain View Baptist Church with Chaplain Bill Crow officiating. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery with Robert Lafave, Tyler Lafave, Dylan Durossette, Connor Donahue, Blaise Leatherman, Jeremy Lane, and Dustin Leatherman serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be John R. Lane, William Wolfe, Jason Leatherman, Michael Leatherman, Billy J. Reheard, Dan Leatherman, Larry Leatherman, Justin Hall, Josh Hall, Landon Lafave and Shawn Reheard.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 North York St, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

Visitation:
Wednesday, May 27th, 2020 - 09:00 AM to 05:30 PM - (CST) - Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory

Thursday, May 28th, 2020 - 09:00 AM to 08:00 PM - (CST) - Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory

Family to greet friends:
Thursday, May 28th, 2020 - 05:00 PM to 07:30 PM - (CST) - Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory

Service:
Friday, May 29th, 2020 - 11:00 AM - (CST) - Mountain View Baptist Church

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Frank Steven Carvajal, 73

Born Friday, June 14, 1946

Died Saturday, May 23, 2020

Frank Carvajal, 73, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed on Saturday, May 23, 2020. He was born on June 14, 1946 in San Pedro, California to Frank Carvajal and Adela (Baylon) Diaz. He attended Banning High School and Carson High School in California. He also attended Connors State University, receiving an Associate of Art degree, then attended NSU. On December 25, 1994 he married Victoria Lavone (Rice) Carvajal in Muskogee, Oklahoma. They spent over 25 memorable years together.
Frank worked as a Corrections Case Manager for many years. He was a devout fan of USC Trojans football. He loved ocean fishing, and his family.
Frank is preceded in death by his parents, Frank Carvajal and Adela Baylon; sisters, Carolina Gonzalez and Lilly Dominguez; brother, Robert Gonzales.
He is survived by his wife, Victoria Lavone Carvajal of the home; sons, Christian Frank Carvajal and wife Amanda Stevens of Tumwater, Washington, Richard Anthony Carvajal and wife Cheryl of Valdosta, Georgia, Andrew Michael Carvajal of Shelton, Washington; daughter, Monica Diane (Carvajal) Beben and husband Tom Beben of Shelton, Washington; grandchildren, Crystal Carvajal and Brandon Carvajal of Valdosta, Georgia, and Grace Beben of Shelton Washington; sisters, Josie Manqueros of Racho Palos Verdes, California, and Adora Beebe of Tulsa, Oklahoma; brother, Ray Diaz of San Francisco, California; a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and friends.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the American Cancer Society at https://donate3.cancer.org or to your favorite animal rescue organization.
There are no services planned at this time.
Cremation provided by Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 North York St, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Kathryn Joyce Cookson, 82

Born Friday, December 24, 1937

Died Friday, May 22, 2020

Kathryn Joyce Cookson, 82, a lifelong resident of Fort Gibson, was born December 24,1937 in Fort Gibson to Ira and Pearl Cordell and peacefully passed away Friday, May 22, 2020 at her home with her loving family by her side.
Mrs. Cookson received her formal education at Fort Gibson schools. She married Bobby Cookson on March 26, 1982 in Stigler, OK and they made their home in Fort Gibson. Kathryn had the most important occupation as a homemaker to her husband, children and grandchildren. Her passion in life was her family. Kathryn collected children and beautiful pieces of jewelry. She was well versed at crafting and loved going on rides with her husband.
Kathryn is preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Sherry Leigh Livingston; brothers, Don Cordell, Buddy Cordell, and Jackie Cordell; and a sister, Billie White.
She is lovingly survived by her husband, Bobby of the home; her daughters, Darlene Aldridge and husband Jeff of Alton, IL; Robyn Boswell and husband Ronnie of Muskogee, OK; Amanda Probst of Chillicothe, TX; her sons, James Earl Harmon, Jr. of Springdale, AR; Steven Harmon and wife Shelly of Fort Gibson, OK; Donald Harmon and wife Sherri of Fort Gibson, OK; Patrick Harmon and wife Edie of Fort Gibson, OK; and James Cookson and wife Amy of Claremore, OK; her furbabies, Bandit and Blondie; her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and many friends.
A private family service will be held May 27, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Committal prayers and interment will be in Citizens Cemetery with James Harmon, Jr; Steven Harmon, Sr; Patrick Harmon; Steven Harmon, Jr; Cole Schaive; Jeremy Harmon; Ethan Ratterree; and Jakob Livingston serving as casket bearers.
The family of Kathryn Joyce Cookson has entrusted her care, service and burial to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home in Fort Gibson.
Online condolences may be left for the family at clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com

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Lisa Kay Mullen, 56

Born Wednesday, June 26, 1963

Died Friday, May 22, 2020

Lisa Kay Mullens, 56, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away on Friday, May 22, 2020. She was born on June 26, 1963 to William Burtchett and Anna Mae (Ledbetter) Burtchett. She attended Okmulgee High School, Class of 1981, and Okmulgee Tech for Medical Aide certification. On March 16, 1984 she married Randy Layne Mullen in Muskogee, Oklahoma. They spent over 36 memorable years together.
Lisa had many hobbies that include playing at the casinos, bingo, making floral arrangements, traveling with her husband and sister, and watching her grandchildren play baseball, soccer and basketball. She always loved a good fight and being right.
Lisa is preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Anna Burtchett; son, Randall Lukus; brother and sister-in-law, “Bub” and Debbie Burtchett.
She is survived by her husband, Randy Mullen of Muskogee, Oklahoma; son, Nicholas Mullen and wife Tiffany of Fort Gibson, Oklahoma; grandsons, Zachary and Kobie Mullen of Fort Gibson, Oklahoma; sisters, Debbie and Gaylen Spence of Crowley, Texas, Kathy and Don Thomas of Okemah, Oklahoma, Martha and Jerry McKee of Morris, Oklahoma; brothers, Mike Burtchett of Drumwright, Oklahoma, Rick and Brenda Mullen of Muskogee, Oklahoma; mother-in-law, Imogene Mullen of Muskogee, Oklahoma; special nieces and nephews, Tammy, Bradley, Kari, Jeffrey, Joseph, Erin, Scott, Shannon, Stacy, Mark, Matthew, Kristen, Jared, Staci, Lori; and numerous cousins, extended family, and friends.
A celebration of Lisa’s life will be 10:00am Saturday, May 30, 2020 at Warner Memorial Cemetery with Jarred Callahan officiating. Joanne Perryman, Renee Clark, Jamie Forrest, Michelle Reeves, Debbie Dorsey, Megan Terrell, Gina Davis, and Elisha Cook will serve as Honorary Pallbearers.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 North York St, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

Visitation:

9:00am-5:00pm Thursday, May 28, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home

9:00am-8:00pm Friday, May 29, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home

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Thomas R. Meeker, 81

Born Friday, February 24, 1939

Died Thursday, May 21, 2020

Thomas Riley Meeker, age 81, of Eufaula, OK, passed away peacefully May 21, 2020. Tom was born February 24, 1939 in Spencerville, OH to parents Robert E. Meeker and Edna Trippy Meeker. At age 5, his mother passed away from a vehicle incident and later was raised by stepmother, Ruth Meeker. He was a Christian and attended church at various locations through the years. He was married to Janice Ann Meeker since 2018. Tom was in the US Army, stationed at Fort Hood, TX with the 2nd armory division from 1959-1962. He worked for UPS and retired after 33 years; and from the few highlights in his career, one significant highlight was helping to bring service to Muskogee by opening and managing the UPS Center for many years. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Akdar Shrine of OK.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by one sister, Lois Lee, from Lima, OH, his sons, Tom Meeker and wife Wendy of Oktaha, OK, Tim Meeker and wife Diane of Muskogee, OK, Bill Meeker of Gravette, AR, and Toby Meeker and wife Karla of Coweta, OK; nine grandchildren, Ashley, Heather, TR, Kyndra, Garrett, Mason, Cortney, Tobi, Grace; three step-children Jamie Storment, Jonathon Storment and Jill Conklin, and a host of great grandchildren, relatives and friends.
The family has asked that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Masonic Lodge #28 of Muskogee, OK. Visitation is set for Monday, June 1st from 9am-8pm and the Funeral Services held Tuesday, June 2nd beginning at 1pm at Cornerstone Funeral Home.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 North York St, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Shirley Ann Jackson, 79

Born Friday, July 19, 1940

Died Monday, May 18, 2020

Shirley Ann Jackson, 79, of Eufaula, Oklahoma passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 17, 2020. She was born on July 19, 1940 to Boise Clifford Fulkerson and Teresa Agnes (West) Fulkerson in Norman, Oklahoma. Shirley graduated from Newport Harbor High School. She married Ray Dill, May 10,1958. They moved to Oktaha,Oklahoma in February 1969. Shirley worked at the Oktaha School Cafeteria many years, Bought and ran Wolfinger's Drive In and worked as stock room manager at Checotah Walmart. Her marriage to Ray dissolved in the mid-80's and on December, 11, 1987 she married the love of her life, Kenneth Ray Jackson. They shared over 32 years of life and marriage together.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Boise and Teresa Fulkerson; siblings Ann Johnson, and Lee Fulkerson, son-n-laws Jim Reynolds and Mike Walker.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Jackson of the home; children Randy Dill and wife Martanna of Checotah, OK; Bob Dill and wife Ramona of Oktaha, OK; Ruth Walker of Checotah, OK, Tim Gildhouse of Chectoah, OK; Becky Tackett and husband Bryan of Claremore, OK; John Friday and wife Sharon of Evansville, IN; grandchildren Travis Duvall, Amber Austin, Shiloh Dill, Amanda Wofford, Waylon Dill, Brandon Dill, Jonathan Walker, Leland Walker, Caden Walker, Kari Robbins, Nikki Friday, Adam Friday, Alex Friday and Alizabeth Friday. 26 great-grandchildren; and many other family members and friends.

Services to be announced at a later date.

Cremation services provided by Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com

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Robert Lloyd Cox, 47

Born Friday, June 23, 1972

Died Sunday, May 17, 2020

Robert Lloyd Cox, 47, of Fort Gibson, was born June 23, 1972 in Houston, Texas to Robert and Elizabeth (Greene) Cox and peacefully passed away Sunday, May 17, 2020 in Tahlequah.
Robert received his formal education and attended college. He loved to travel and enjoyed driving a truck. Robert married Tina Triplett on April 28, 2018 in Fort Gibson. He enjoyed fishing and took pride in catching more fish than Tina. He enjoyed woodworking, working on cars, and being a BBQ grill master. He had a passion of making people laugh and singing about fishing in his truck. He was a loving father and was proud of his kids. He enjoyed throwing a tennis ball to Shadow, his dog. Robert was a member of the American Legion Sons and donated his time to making fund raising crafts for the American Legion Post 20 in Fort Gibson.
Robert is survived by his wife, Tina of the home, his sons, Justin Cox of Burkburnett, Texas, and Deakon Cox of Fort Worth, Texas; his daughter, Autumn Cox of Fort Worth, Texas; his parents of Burkburnett, Texas; his sister, Sharon Cox of New Castle, Texas; his grandchildren, Hanalee Cox, Hadelyn Cox, Brayden Cox and Mason Killian all of Burkburnett, Texas, his mother in law and father in law, Loretta Hernandez and Nieves Hernandez of Muskogee; his brother in laws, Jeff Triplett and family of Muskogee, and James Hight and family of Muskogee, as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews and many friends.
Robert’s wishes were to be cremated. No services are planned at this time.
In lieu of flowers, you may make donations in Robert’s name to the Frank Gladd American Legion Post #20 at 201 Southeast Rail Road Fort Gibson, OK 74434.
The family of Robert Lloyd Cox 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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Earnest L. Edwards, Sr., 81

Born Wednesday, February 8, 1939

Died Saturday, May 16, 2020

Earnest Edwards Sr., 81 years of age, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed peacefully to his place of rest.

He was born on February 8, 1939 in Rentiesville, Oklahoma, to Clarence and Louisa Edwards. He later married his sweetheart Jeanette to whom he would spend the next 61 years loving. As a faithful member of Antioch Baptist Church for 65 years, he served the Lord in several capacities. Earnest was also proud to serve his country through his enlistment in the U.S. Army and later Air Force Reserves.

As a talented barber, he opened his own business in 1970, Earnest Edwards Barber Shop. His life was a living example of Ephesians 4:32; "Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you."

He leaves behind his wife Jeanette, and five children Constance Lee of Vancouver, WA; Bernard Edwards, LaDoris Harlin of Muskogee, Earnest Edwards Jr. of Luther, OK; and Anita Paxton (Melvin) of Prosper, TX. He was a fun-loving grandfather and admired by his 7 grandchildren and host of great grandchildren; his brothers and sisters Earlene Crawford of Wichita, KS; Roy Edwards, Edner Lockett (Ellis), Cornelius Edwards (Cathy) of Muskogee; Wilmer Edwards of Rentiesville, Carolyn Relf (Donald Relf) of Luther, OK and Emma Edwards a sister-in-law and a special cousin Rudelia Grayson.

Earnest was preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Louisa Edwards, his brothers David Edwards, Bobby Edwards and Hardy Colbert and will be missed by his family, church members, many customers and friends.

You may visit Mr. Edwards, as he slumbers in peaceful repose at the funeral home on Thursday from 1:00 PM until 6:00 PM.

The final hour with Mr. Edwards will be on Friday, in the People's Chapel, with the limited family members, followed by burial in the Fort Gibson National Cemetery, Fort Gibson, Oklahoma.

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Leon Gilyard, 77

Born Monday, February 8, 1943

Died Saturday, May 16, 2020

Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that takes our breath away.

On February 8, 1943, Clemmie and Minnie [Smith] Gilyard were blessed with a baby boy that they named Leon.

On Saturday, May 16th, 2020 at 4:57 P.M., with his wife, sons and granddaughter by his side, Leon departed this earthly home. He was preceded in death by both parents, a brother, Walter, two sisters, Doris and Adeline.

Leon was educated in the Rentiesville Public School System, where he graduated with the Class of 1961. After graduation, he spent time in the United States Army. He married his wife, Connie Frances and their union was blessed with two sons.

Leon and Connie spent their adult life in Kansas City, Missouri before moving to Checotah on December 19, 2009. He was welcomed to Checotah by a young man named Jimmie Toliver and they bonded as brothers.

Leon leaves to cherish his memories; his wife of 54 years, Connie; two sons, Alfred and Kenneth; three granddaughters, Moniece [Kelly] Phillips, Kansas City, Missouri, Kimberly [James] Davenport, Cleveland, Ohio, and Ashley Gilyard, Tulsa, Oklahoma; a grandson, Korey [Janay] Gilyard, Cleveland, Ohio; extended son and daughter, Barbara and Corey, Grandview, Missouri; his sisters, Maudie Gaskin, St. Louis, Missouri, Joann Pulliam, Kansas City, Missouri and Lillian [Froncell] Shannon, Tulsa, Oklahoma; a brother, Larry [Gloria] Burrell, Kansas City, Missouri; a close nephew, Curtis Gilyard, Overland Park, Kansas; along with a caravan of other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends that always showed him great love.

You may visit Mr. Gilyard, as he slumbers in peaceful repose at the funeral home on Thursday from 1:00 PM until 6:00 PM. Burial will be in the Fort Gibson National Cemetery at 10:00 AM.

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Reverend Dr. Ray K. Gaines, 81

Born Friday, July 29, 1938

Died Tuesday, May 12, 2020

In the summer of 1938, Jewell W. and Haraletta H. [Shaw] Gaines celebrated the birth of a son on the 29th day of July. They named their new son Ray Kenneth Gaines, but was better known as "Ray Boy." Born in Muskogee, he attended school in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma, where he attended historic Lincoln High School, graduating with the Class of 1956.

He continued his education graduating from Connors State College, and also attended Northeastern State College and Bacon College as well.

Ray K. Gaines served his country honorably for over 20 years. He was a Vietnam War Veteran, serving in the United States Army as a Staff Seargent for two tours, earning two Bronze Stars with "V" device. He was a part of the Air Calvary from 1956 to 1982. He also worked for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation for 10 years.

After being called into the ministry, his first Church was Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Tullahassee, Oklahoma in 1983. After 11 years, in 1993, he was called to Pastor Central Missionary Baptist Church in Muskogee, where he Pastored until his health failed. He encouraged the church to be active in the Progessive Creek District, where he served as Moderator at Large, the General Baptist Convention of Oklahoma, where he served as Bible Instructor, and the National Baptsit Convention of America, where he served on the Evangelical Board. Pastor Gaines delivered forceful sermons aimed at saving the lost. His last sermon preached was on February 9, 2020, "Everyone needs Compassion" ....... Matthew 9:35-38.

You may be wondering why I am in my pajamas and the reason is because "I am sleeping in the arms of God."

On Tuesday evening, May 12, 2020, The Reverend Dr. Ray K. Gaines, after "Four-score and One years" became absent from the body, and present with the Lord!"

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and a son, Randy.

Those that wait upon the Lord and celebrate his home-going; his loving wife, Linda K. Gaines; his son, Ray K. Gaines, Jr., San Antonio, Texas; his daughters, Patricia A. Brown, Copperas Cove, Texas, Marcella D. Sanders, Redbird, Oklahoma, Holli M. Brown, Coweta, Oklahoma, Yolanda Jones and Belynda Clayton, both of Wagoner, Oklahoma; ten grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; a niece who was like a daughter, Angel Sherman, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Libby, his 'four legged friend that he loved as his' and a host of relatives and friends.

You may visit Pastor Gaines, as he slumbers in peaceful repose at the Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc., of Muskogee on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 from 1:00 PM until 6:00 PM and on Wednesday, from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM.

The Home-going Celebration for Pastor Gaines will commence on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 11:00 AM in the Central Missionary Baptist Church, 14th and Georgetown. Reverend Roger Stephenson will Preside and Dr. P. W. Jackson, Sr., will give the Eulogy.

Pastor Gaines will rest in the National Cemetery at Fort Gibson, Oklahoma.

Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc.

Anna Belle Perry, 82

Born Monday, August 16, 1937

Died Monday, May 11, 2020

On May 11, 2020, Anna Belle Perry, 82 our beloved and cherished mother left this earthly life to return to her Heavenly Father following a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. Known as Ann by most, and “Annie” by her loving family, spent her life residing in the Muskogee area. Ann was born in Muskogee to Harvey Clifford and Bertha Ann (Blankenship) Dickerson on 16 August 1937. The proud baby sister to her two older brothers. She graduated from Muskogee Central High School with the Class of 1955. Shortly after graduation she met and married Flentell Perry, beginning a 53-year adventure together raising and providing for their three sons. She was employed and retired as the Office Manager for the Nelson’s Furniture Company in Muskogee.
Ann was adventurous and always looking for opportunities to travel and visit new places including Sea Cruises in California, Florida, and New England, family vacations throughout the US, as well as weekend getaways to local hotspots such as Branson, Missouri. She has hiked Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore, Carlsbad Caverns, and the Arizona Deserts. Being a true Christmas enthusiast, she really enjoyed shopping excursions during the holiday season to New York City and Branson.
Ann is survived by her brother; Donald Dickerson of Muskogee; Three sons, Larry Perry, and wife Cherylee Perry, Fort Gibson, Oklahoma; Alan Perry and Ed Johnson, Wilmington, North Carolina; and Michael Perry; Dallas, Texas; Four grandchildren, Jeremy Perry and wife Lisa Perry, Phoenix, Arizona; Jami Armstrong and husband Adam Armstrong, Muskogee, Oklahoma; Madison Perry, Dallas, Texas: and Parker Perry, San Diego, California; Two great-grandchildren, Mitchell Perry, Phoenix, Arizona; and Jessie Armstrong, Muskogee, Oklahoma; Brother-in-Law, Roy Perry, Muskogee, Oklahoma; sisters-in-law, Marilyn Spencer, Tulsa, Oklahoma and Bonita Futhey, Muskogee, Oklahoma.
Ann was preceded in death by Harvey Clifford Dickerson, Bertha Ann Dickerson, brother Alex Joe Dickerson, husband Flentell Perry, and sister-in-law Mary Perry.
Ann’s beautiful blue eyes and sincere kindness will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her. A special thank you to the Fort Gibson Nursing Home for personal care provided to our Annie. A visitation is scheduled for Thursday, May 14, 2020, 12:00 to 7:00 pm, Clifford D. Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson, OK.
Funeral Service, Friday, May 15, 2020, at 1:00 pm. Clifford D. Garrett Family Funeral Home Chapel.
The family of Anna Belle Perry 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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Louise Ward, 91

Born Saturday, August 25, 1928

Died Monday, May 11, 2020

Carrie Louise Ward was born on August 25, 1928 in Braggs, OK to James and Lillie (Fanning) Mackey. She passed away on Monday morning, May 11, 2020 in Tulsa, OK.
Louise married George Ward in Muskogee on April 8, 1945. They made their home in Braggs where they lived their entire lives and raised their family. Louise supported her boys, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren by attending their rodeos and sporting events. Louise loved her family and was an amazing cook. She was the first person in Braggs to reach out and lend a hand when someone was in need. Louise worked at the Braggs Post Office for many years where she retired as Postmaster. Everyone who knew Louise loved her. She was the backbone of her family.
Louise was preceded in death by her parents, James and Lillie Mackey; her sisters, Peggy Slape and Betty Kennedy; brother, Buster Mackey; nephews, JB Slape and Scott Slape.
She is survived by her husband of 75 years, George of the home; sons, Jimmy and wife Jeanette, Johnny and wife Opal, and George Allen and wife Martha, all of Braggs; grandchildren; Terry Ward of Okmulgee, Jeff Ward and wife Dachelle of Braggs, Bryan Finck-Ward and husband Clay of Sand Springs, Jarrod Ward and wife Dena of Braggs, Traci Thomas and husband Brett of Claremore, Brad Ward and wife Jolene of Muskogee, Tonya Kizzia and husband Rodney of Haughton, LA, and Crystal Ward of Morris; 24 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Doris Isbell and husband Billy of Ft. Gibson; and numerous nieces and nephews and many other loving friends.
A viewing will be 11AM-8PM, Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Muskogee.

Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com

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Hoy Gene Parson, 78

Born Wednesday, October 15, 1941

Died Monday, May 11, 2020

Hoy Gene Parson, 78, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away Monday, May 11, 2020. He was born October 15, 1941 in Gore, Oklahoma to Cisero and Perletty (Gilstrap) Parson. Hoy attended public schools and furthered his education at Bacone College where he received an associate’s degree. He then attended Northeastern State University obtaining a double major in math and history and a master’s degree in administration.

Hoy married the love of his life and best friend, Genevieve Hunter, in 1962. Together they shared many years of life, marriage, and memories.

He began his teaching career in Dustin, Oklahoma and then he went to Webbers Falls and taught there for 34 years. He taught many subjects and also coached basketball, football, and track. Hoy made a huge impact on many of his student’s lives; both on and off the field and in and out of the classroom. He will always be remembered for his stories and advice about the lessons he learned throughout his life.

Hoy will be greatly missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing him.

He was preceded in death by his parents Cisero and Perletty; brothers Cisero David and John Anderson.

Hoy is survived by his wife of 58 years, Genevieve; sister Janie Vowell and husband Pat, sons Chuck Parson and wife Brenda, Rick Parson and wife DeVonna, and Danny Parson and wife Tracy; grandchildren, Trena Valdez and husband Daniel, Brad Morris, Cory Carter and wife Tiffany, Jessica Parson, Nicholas Parson and wife Amanda, Katie Munsell and husband Chetan, Hunter Parson, and Kali Parson; 7 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandbaby due in September; along with many other family members and friends.

Funeral services celebrating Hoy’s life will be 10AM, Saturday, May 16, 2020 at Timothy Baptist Church with Pastor Kelly Payne officiating. Interment will follow at South Bethel Cemetery in Braggs. Pallbearers will be Cory Carter, Hunter Parson, Nicholas Parson, Chetan Munsell, Floyd Brown, and Brandon Ballard. Honorary pallbearers will be Marion Dale Hunter, Bill Hunter, Brad Morris, and his “Knapping Group”.

Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 North York St, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

Visitation
Friday, May 15th, 2020 - 09:00 AM to 08:00 PM - (CST) - Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory - Muskogee
1830 North York Street - Muskogee, OK - 74403

Family to greet friends
Friday, May 15th, 2020 - 05:00 PM to 07:00 PM - (CST) - Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory - Muskogee
1830 North York Street - Muskogee, OK - 74403

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Thomas Dwight Wilson Sr., 65

Born Thursday, November 18, 1954

Died Sunday, May 10, 2020

Thomas Dwight Wilson Sr., 65, of Muskogee, OK passed away May 10th, 2020, 7:30 a.m. at Broadway Manor Nursing Home during a brief stay. His devoted wife Naomi was by his side.

Dwight was born November 18, 1954 to Dorothy Howell and David Wilson in Tullahassee Oklahoma. He was reared by his loving grandparent’s Tommy and Bernice Howell who he affectionately called Daddy and Momma. They preceded him in death.

He attended Carter G. Woodson Elementary and High Schools where he graduated in 1972. He enrolled in a vocational program and earned his certification as an Auto Mechanic. Dwight loved working on cars and serviced the community for 40 years. He also work for Green Country Casting as a Pipe Inspector.

On October 10th, 1981, Dwight united in holy matrimony with his sweetheart Naomi Wilson and to this union they were blessed with seven children.

Dwight had an inviting personality that made people love to be around him. He loved to fish and he enjoyed the beauty of nature. He enjoyed the pleasure of visits from his family and friend’s during his incapacitation for 12 years. Because of his wife’s witness and spiritual guidance Dwight learned the good news about our heavenly father Jehovah, the unmerited gift of salvation, and his kingdom that we believe is soon to come. Dwight’s confidence in his belief and blessed hope inspired him to share with joy how life will be after the resurrection of the dead: A New Earth With A New System Governed By Jesus Christ Our Lord, A New Body, And A Brand-New Life.

Dwight leaves to cherish his memory his wife of thirty-nine years Naomi Wilson of the home; four sons, Thomas Dwight Wilson Jr. (Mariah), Thyrone Darnell Wilson (Diedra), David Wallace Jr., and Tommy Wallace. He had an infant son Jeremy Dale Wilson who preceded him in death; two daughters, Nicole A. Moore (Brian), and Barbara Wallace. He has seventeen grandsons, five grand daughters’, five great- great grandsons’, and five great- great granddaughters; one sister Lanita Parker; two sister’s in-laws Geraldine Grayson, and Lavern Jones; two brother’s in-laws Rickey Scott (Katlynn), Otis Scott S. (Christein) and a host of niece’s, nephew’s, extended family and friends.

The family of Thomas Dwight Wilson Sr. would like to take this time to express our gratitude for all acts of kindness during this transition. The value of family, and friends cannot be expressed to its fullest measure during our bereavement. A special thank you to our spiritual family at The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses!

Mr. Wilson was cremated and a memorial will be announced at a later date.

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

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Ceodia Lasker, 77

Born Saturday, February 13, 1943

Died Saturday, May 9, 2020

Ceodia Lasker, age 77, a retired veteran and resident of Muskogee, transitioned, Saturday, May 9, 2020 in St. Francis Medical Center-Muskogee.

No services planned.

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

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