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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.)

Paul Edward Turley Sr, 80

Born Sunday, April 24, 1938

Died Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Paul Edward Turley passed away Wednesday morning, September 19, 2018.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sharon; his two sons, Paul Turley II and Stephen Turley; his daughter-in-law, Nicole Turley; and his beloved grandson, Benjamin Matthew Turley along with numerous other family members and friends.
Paul was a devoted family man beginning with his 6 siblings, Allen, Louise, June, Mary Evelyn, Sue and Joe, whom he maintained close ties with all his life.
He served four years in the Air Force, then spent over three decades as a tradesman at Corning Glassware, retiring in the early 90’s. When the quiet life of retirement didn’t suit him, he started a second career with Harran Aircraft at Davis Field working as a jack of all trades. He then turned his love of cars into a third career driving all over the country for local dealerships.
Some of his favorite daily activities were meeting friends for coffee and breakfast over the years and more recently taking his grandson, Ben to school every morning.
He loved to travel, taking Mountain retreats with Sharon, annual fishing trips to the San Juan River in NM with his boys, and visiting Disneyworld many times with Ben.
He loved electronics and technology, tinkering with computers so much he became proficient enough to fix them for friends and family.
After raising two sons that he adored, Paul Edward spent the last 10 years of his life cherishing his role as a grandfather. Spending time with Ben and watching him grow gave him renewed spirit and kept him vibrant.
Funeral services celebrating Paul’s life will be 2PM, Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel. A private family interment will be at a later date.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York St, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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David P. Peters, 86

Born Thursday, January 28, 1932

Died Tuesday, September 18, 2018

David P. Peters, 86, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away on Tuesday, September 18, 2018. He was born January 28, 1932 in Leavenworth, Kansas to Joseph and Ruth Peters. David graduated from Alma High School in Alma, Arkansas. He then attended The University of Central Arkansas in Conway. David proudly served in the United States Navy during the Korean War and received an honorable discharge.
He married Linda Helms, on October 8, 1976 at Muskogee First Baptist Church. They shared over 41 years of life and marriage together.
David was a business man for Burroughs Corp for many years until his retirement in 1991. He was a member of Muskogee Citizens Police Academy and volunteered for the Muskogee Police Department. David loved his family very much and enjoyed spending as much time as possible with them. He will always be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend.
David was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Ruth Peters; brothers, Joe Peters and William Peters; and sister-in-law, Jacqueline Peters.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Peters of the home; step-daughter, Lisa Peddy and husband Jack Peddy of Muskogee, OK; step-son Jody Standridge and wife Michelle of Muskogee, OK; granddaughters, Payton Peddy, Caitlyn Holinsworth and Callyn Holinsworth all of Muskogee, OK; and many other family members including 4 other children and many friends.
In lieu of flowers David’s family has requested memorials be made to The War Memorial Park (USS Batfish) at www.warmemorialpark.org or to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund at www.NLEOMF.com.
A celebration of David’s life will be 10:00 A.M., Thursday, September 20, 2018 at Memorial Park Mausoleum with Reverend Sam Dunn officiating. Entombment will follow in Memorial Park Mausoleum.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Eugene Parker, 75

Born Saturday, November 7, 1942

Died Monday, September 17, 2018

Eugene Parker, age 75, a resident of Boynton, OK; transitioned Monday, September 17, 2018 in St. Francis Health System, Muskogee, OK.

A Home Going Service is scheduled Saturday, September 22, 2018, 1:00 p.m., Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Boynton, OK.  Interment will follow in Lee Cemetery.

Visitation will be Friday, 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

The family has been cared for by House of Winn Funeral Home & Cremations.

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Elmer D. Cunningham, 88

Born Monday, January 20, 1930

Died Sunday, September 16, 2018

Services 12:00 PM, Thursday, September 27, 2018, New Hope Bapist Church, 12358 South 40th Street West

U.S. VeteranMr. Elmer D. Cunningham, after 88 years with us, went to be with the Lord on Sunday evening, September 16, 2018 from his home near Eufaula, Oklahoma in the Huttonville community.

The Sacred Farewell to Mr. Cunningham will be on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 12 Noon in the New Hope Baptist Church in Huttonville.  His Pastor, Reverend Sanford Nero will Preside.

Burial will follow in the Huttonville Cemetery.

You may visit Mr. Cunningham on Thursday morning, beginning at 10:30 AM until 11:45 AM in the New Hope Baptist Church in Huttonville.

Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors Inc.

Joseph Lee Chaffin, 64

Born Monday, July 26, 1954

Died Sunday, September 16, 2018

On July 26, 1954, Joseph Lee Chaffin, was born to William Clifford and Gracie Leyon (Starkey) Chaffin in Okemah, Oklahoma. He grew up and attended public schools in Surprise, Arizona, where his parents owned their own custom cotton harvesting business. His family worked together in the cotton and vegetable fields.
Later, he began a career in construction; working at first with his oldest brother, David, later with older brother Danny. Danny and Joe worked many years for ERC Construction building apartments.
But Uncle Joe’s, as his family fondly called him, most important job was making the gravy for the Sunday morning family breakfasts at Danny’s. He was known as the “Gravy King.” Gravy and fry bread were his specialties.
His hobbies included making miniature trinkets, riding his Harley, watching OU and New England Patriots football, reading, and going to yard sales. He always will be remembered as someone that helped others…everything he purchased at the yard sales, he gave to others. He loved El Camino’s and always wanted one with strictly snakeskin interior.
Uncle Joe passed away peacefully at his home in Muskogee on Sunday evening, September 16, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Gracie; and his brothers, David and James Chaffin.
He is survived by his brother, Danny Chaffin and wife Laurie; sisters, Charlotte Brothers and Jeannette Sanchez and husband Manuel; nephews, Shane Chaffin, Joey Chaffin (Jami), J.D. Chaffin, J.J. Chaffin (Hailei), Manuel Sanchez Jr (Kaylin), Billy Dye and James Skaggs; nieces, Shauna Padgett (Rob), Alicia Grasmick (J.W.), Gracie Chairez (Eddie), Tina Garrison and Carol Jones; along with other family members and many friends.
A celebration of his life will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday September 26, 2018 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Bill Crow officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be Shane Chaffin, Shauna Padgett, Joey Chaffin, Gracie Chairez, James David Chaffin, Jesse James Chaffin, Alicia Grasmick, and Manny Sanchez Jr.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com

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Pollie Sampson Williams, 79

Born Tuesday, March 14, 1939

Died Saturday, September 15, 2018

Services Saturday, September 22, 2018, 1:00 P.M., Antioch Baptist Church, 100 Cedar Ave South - Tahlequah, Oklahoma 74464

Pollie Sampson Williams - Obituary
Pollie (Sampson) Williams was born in Simonton, Texas on March 14, 1939 to Mary( Moshay) Sampson and Willie Sampson. She passed this life on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at the Northeastern Health System, at the age of 79.

Shipman Funeral Homes

Russell Crosby, 58

Born Friday, January 1, 1960

Died Saturday, September 15, 2018

Funeral Services for Mr. Russell Crosby will be Friday September 21, 2018 at 11AM at St. Luke Baptist Church in Tulsa.

Visitation for Mr. Crosby will be Thursday from 1PM until 7PM in the Tulsa Chapel.

Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors Inc.

Lynne Flusche, 55

Born Wednesday, November 14, 1962

Died Saturday, September 15, 2018

Lynne Marie Flusche , November 14, 1962, a beautiful baby girl was born to Ima Jean and Francis Flusche. She was given the name Lynne Marie. On Saturday September 15, 2018, God called her from her earthly home to her Heavenly home.
She was preceded in death by her father, Francis Flusche, maternal and paternal grandparents, and several aunts and uncles.
Lynne is survived by her mother, Ima jean Flusche, brother Gary Flusche and wife Stephanie, best friend Tom Alford, niece Madison Hunt and husband Adam, nephew Miles Flusche, nieces Brett Allen, Destrie Etier and husband Zack, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Lynne attended Tony Goetz Elementary, Alice Robertson Junior High School, and graduated from Muskogee High School. She continued her education at Connors State college and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Northeastern State University. She was employed with the Department of Juvenile Affairs, McCoys, Principal at McCoys’s Alternative School, and was the director of the CIC program under the sheriff’s department. Lynne loved and was dedicated to working with children of all ages. Over the years, she made lasting friendships with her staff and co-workers.
Lynne’s love of animals and nature is reflected in the poem in the memorial folder. She enjoyed being on the farm helping her dad feed the cattle, checking fence lines and whatever needed to be done. She was truly a daddy’s girl and was his helper until he passed away in 1999.
Lynne and her co-workers enjoyed helping the Gospel Rescue Mission by taking tins of popcorn and hot chocolate mix to them at Christmas. She would collect money to buy gloves, stocking caps and scarves. It gave her great joy to see how appreciative the residents were to receive these gifts.
Even though Lynne is no longer with us physically she will always be in our hearts and our love for her will never fade.
Memorials may be given to The Gospel Rescue Mission and Fluscheville Wildlife Rescue and Rehab, 4710 Elm Grove Road., Muskogee, OK 74403. Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York St, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Herbert Earl Weber, 64

Born Sunday, February 7, 1954

Died Friday, September 14, 2018

Services Pending

Herbert Earl Weber - Obituary

Herbert Earl Weber passed this life on September 14, 2018 in Broken Arrow, OK at the age of 64. He was born on February 7, 1954 to Albert Henry Weber and Almaree (Bulla) Weber in Joplin, MO.
Herbert was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Teresa Craig. He is survived by four sons, Daniel Weber of Fairbanks, AK, Joel Weber of Coweta, OK, John Weber of Coweta, OK, Michael Weber of Tulsa, OK and one daughter, Sarah Hiller of Newport News, VA.
Arrangements are under the care of Shipman's Muskogee Cremation and Funeral Service, Muskogee, OK.

Shipman Funeral Homes

Lillie Mae Morrison, 91

Born Tuesday, February 22, 1927

Died Thursday, September 13, 2018

Lillie Mae “Lil” Morrison, 91, of Muskogee, Oklahoma entered Heaven’s Gates on Thursday, September 13, 2018. She was born on February 22, 1927 to Earl and Inola (Neff) Underwood. She married Floyd Edgar Morrison and they were blessed with 4 children.
Lillie attended Smith Chapel Baptist Church in Rose, Oklahoma for many years. She loved gardening and loved to visit with people. Lillie was a very strong woman and enjoyed taking care of her family and friends in any way that she could. She adored her family and loved spending as much time as possible with them. Lillie will always be remembered as a loving mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Inola Undewood; husband, Floyd Edgar Morrison; sisters, Lenora Lawson, Bonnie Romo, Gearldine Sparkman and Lavon Underwood; brothers, Emmitt Underwood, William Richard Underwood, Charles (Chuck) Underwood and Billy Burns Underwood.
Lillie is survived by her children, Wayne Lawson of Muskogee, OK, Shirley Stepp of Coweta, OK, Edgar Morrison of Locust Grove, OK and Barbara Marsh of Windom, TX; grandchildren, Bryan Lawson of Muskogee, OK, Mark Lawson of Ft. Gibson, Alyssa Chidester of Claremore, OK, Gary Marsh of Melissa, TX and Cindy Clem of Windom, TX; 9 great-grandchildren; siblings, Winson Underwood of Arizona, Willie Gungl of Coolidge, AZ and Lavern O’Laughlin of Muskogee, OK; and many nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
Lillie’s family will receive friends and family 2:00P.M.-4:00P.M., Sunday, September 16, 2018 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel.
A celebration of Lillie’s life will be 10:00A.M., Monday, September 17, 2018 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Bill Crow officiating. Interment will be at Rose Cemetery in Rose, Oklahoma with Bryan Lawson, Gary Marsh, Mark Lawson, Gage Lawson, Ryan Chidester and Donnie Stepp serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Ronald Hornback and Jerry Clouse.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Geraldine Wilson, 88

Born Friday, June 20, 1930

Died Thursday, September 13, 2018

Services 2:00 PM, Monday, September 24, 2018, Green Acres Memorial Gardens, 12410 N. Yale Ave.

Services for Mrs. Geraldine Wilson will be Monday September 24, 2018 at 11AM at Morning Star Baptist Church in Tulsa.

Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors Inc.

Avadna Mitchell, 98

Born Wednesday, December 31, 1919

Died Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Ms. Avadna Mitchell, in her 98th year, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 from her home in Okmulgee.

A Memorial Ceremony will be shared on Saturday morning, September 15, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. in the Chapel of Peace at the Keith D. Biglow Fuenral Directors, Inc., in Okmulgee.

Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors Inc.

Eldee Durossette-Rowe, 90

Born Saturday, October 29, 1927

Died Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Eldee Durossette Rowe went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. She was born October 29, 1927 to Charles and Lucy (Price) Arbuckle in Eufaula, Oklahoma. She attended public school in Eufaula to the 8th grade then Muskogee Public School, graduating from Central High School in 1945. Eldee also was an alumni of Oklahoma A&M.
She married A.J. Standridge and they became the proud parents of a son, John. She worked for First National Bank in Muskogee for over 40 years obtaining the position of a Vice President.
After the dissolution of her marriage to A.J., she was married to Terry H. Durossette from 1973 until his death in 1992. Eldee later married Floyd C. Rowe in 1998 until his death on May 21, 2018.
She was very proud of her Creek heritage. After her retirement, she enjoyed traveling the world with Floyd and attending the weekly lunches with the Rowe family. Eldee also enjoyed weekly card games with friends, playing golf, and attending First Baptist Church in Muskogee.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Terry Durossette and Floyd Rowe; brother, Charlie Arbuckle; and nephew, Hal Arbuckle.
Eldee is survived by her son, John and wife Soozie; grandchildren, Joshua, Cheyenne, and Lucas; great-granddaughter, Paisley; nephew, David Arbuckle (Shannon); nieces, Sherry Newsome (Tommy) and Carol Kinsley (Tim); 4 great nephews; 2 great nieces; sisters-in-law, Irma Hubler (Lynn), and Joy Keener and their families; along with other family members and friends who will greatly miss her.
Funeral services celebrating Eldee’s life will be 2PM, Friday, September 14, 2018 at First Baptist Church Chapel in Muskogee with Dr. Johnny Derouen and Rev. Rex Wilkinson officiating. Interment will follow at Greenhill Cemetery.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York St, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Eva Marie Frederick , 87

Born Friday, February 27, 1931

Died Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Services Friday, September 14, 2018, 2:00 P.M., Shipman Funeral Home Chapel , 2980 Hwy 69

Eva Marie Frederick - Obituary
Eva "Marie" Frederick entered eternity on September 11, 2018 at the age of 87, surrounded by family. She was born on February 27, 1931 in Welty, OK to Henry S. Lunsford and Maudie (Coffman) Lunsford.
Marie attended Porter School District and later in life owned several Convenience Stores in Prairie Grove , AR, as well as a Janitorial Service. In her free time Marie enjoyed shopping and outdoor activities, especially camping. She loved to spend time and work in her garden. Marie attended The First Assembly Of God in Wagoner, OK.
Marie was preceded in death by her parents and her stepfather, Clyde Brunson, who raised her and her brother Dean Lunsford. She is survived by one daughter, Pamela Caywood, of Wagoner, OK, three brothers, James Brunson, Gerald Brunson and Kenneth Brunson. She also leaves behind four sisters, Effie Brunson, Margie Lamberson, Ann Collins and Kathy Tedder, a special niece, Vaunita Tackett and her husband Richard, two grandchildren, Lisa Cable and husband, Josh, and Angela Nuckolls and also five great-grandchildren, Christina, Ava, Colton, Riley and Jaxton.

A ceremony to honor the life of Eva will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, September 14, 2018 at the Shipman Funeral Home Chapel in Wagoner, OK, with Pastor Tim Boyett officiating. Arrangements are under the care of Shipman Funeral Home & Crematory in Wagoner, OK.

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Joseph B. Motte, 89

Born Thursday, October 4, 1928

Died Monday, September 10, 2018

Joseph B. Motte, age 89, retired butcher, transitioned, Monday, September 10, 2018 in St. Francis Medical Center, Tulsa, OK.

Arrangements pending.

House of Winn Funeral Home

Helen Frances Kent-Hughes, 82

Born Saturday, March 28, 1936

Died Monday, September 10, 2018

Helen Frances Kent-Hughes, 82, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away Monday, September 10, 2018. She was born March 28, 1936 in Garfield, Georgia to Virgil and Eula Deal. In 1953, at the young age of 16, Helen married Lamar Kent. They were blessed with four children and shared many years of life and marriage together until he passed in 1982.
In 1990, she married Jimmy Hughes who also preceded her in death. They enjoyed spending time together traveling and bowling on a league.
Her hobbies included listening to country music on the radio or on her computer, playing computer games, and watching the baby reality show, “Outdaughtered”. She was a huge NASCAR fan with Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr being her favorite drivers. BOOGITY, BOOGITY, BOOGITY!
Helen was of the Baptist faith. She enjoyed nothing more than spending time with her family. She will always be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Virgil and Eula Deal; husbands, Lamar Kent and Jimmy Hughes; and grandson, Matt Foreman.
Helen is survived by her sister, Marjorie Brown; son, Jerry Kent (Patti); daughters, Deborah Hill-McClendon (Mike), Charlotte Frazier, Sandra Rineheart (Jimmy); grandchildren, Jean Ann Skou (Lasso), Aaron Kent (Crystal), Abbie Kent, Ethan Kent, Justin Hill (Jodi), Andrea Frisby (Nathan), Jon Mark Foreman, Radean Ritchie Foreman (Matt), Chase Rineheart, and Joshua Rineheart; great grandchildren, Emma Skou, Julie Skou, Ryder Kent, Holly Kent, Hailey Hill, Zack Hill, Tatum Frisby, Avery Foreman, Lane Foreman, Kinsli Foreman, Lola Baker, and Sinea Girdner; many extended grandchildren; along with other family members and friends.
Hours of visitation for Helen will be 9AM-5:30PM, Wednesday, September 12, 2018 and 9AM-8PM, Thursday, September 13, 2018 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.
Funeral services celebrating Helen’s life will be 11AM, Friday, September 14, 2018 at Oktaha Cemetery with Chaplain Bill Crow officiating. Interment will follow with Justin Hill, Jon Mark Foreman, Joshua Rineheart, Chase Rineheart, Nathan Frisby, and Aaron Kent serving as pallbearers.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York St, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Lansing Eugene Lee, 65

Born Thursday, January 15, 1953

Died Sunday, September 9, 2018

Services 6:00 PM, Friday, September 14, 2018, The Antioch Church, 500 West Broadway

U.S. VeteranMr. Lansing E. Lee, after 65 seasons of life, "was scripted in Poetry from Heaven" on Sunday morning, September 9, 2018 from his home in Muskogee.

Lansing Eugene Lee was born on January 15, 1953, in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He is preceded in death by his parents, Mary E. Wright and Woodrow Lee, sisters, Debra Wright and Jewell Johnson, and brothers, Floyd Wright and Frank Lee.

Lansing attended Douglass Elementary School, Sadler Junior High and Manual Training High School in Muskogee, Oklahoma, where he excelled in English, drama and debate. He graduated at the top of his class at Muskogee High School as senior class president in 1971. He attended Langston University, where he also excelled academically. Lansing became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., while at Langston and forged many life-long relationships within the brotherhood of Alpha. Upon earning his bachelor’s in English Education, Lansing began working in the public school system as an English teacher in the town of Boley, Oklahoma. Lansing also received his Master’s degree in Education Administration at Oklahoma State University in 1977.

Lansing served in the United States Army from 1985–2001, where he served in Operation Desert Storm as a Personnel Management Sergeant and as the Unit Administrator for the 827th Quarter Master Company in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

Lansing accepted Christ at the age of 10 and was baptized at Rayfield Baptist Church in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He was a member of the youth choir and an active participant in numerous church plays.

He leaves to cherish his memories, wife, Kathy Lee; a sister, Marcella Reed; daughters, LaVerne Lee Parchman, LaVonne Lee Duncan, Quenitia Walker and Lanastacia Lee; stepdaughter, Ashley Rooks; sons, Lamar Lee, Lamont Lee, and Damian Sammons; stepsons, Chantwuan Reed, Marsalis Reed, and Quinton Graham; brothers-in-law, Kevin Graham and Samuel Brown; along with 18 grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

The Celebratory Service for Brother Lee will commence on Saturday morning, September 15, 2018 at 10:00 AM in the most Holy sanctuary of The Antioch Church, 500 West Broadway Avenue.  Dr. Brother Marlon J. Coleman is the gracious host, Pastor Brother Stephen Wiley, Officiating and Pastor Aundrea Jones, Eulogist.

You may visit Brother Lee, as he slumbers in peaceful repose on Friday from 3 PM until 6 PM at The Antioch Church.  Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., will conduct their Memorial Omega Service Ritual beginning at 6:06 PM at The Antioch Church.  The public is welcome to attend.

The Christian Committal for Brother Lansing Lee will be on Monday, September 17, 2018 at 1:00 PM in the Fort Gibson National Cemetery, Fort Gibson, Oklahoma.

Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors Inc.

Orlando Whittaker, 55

Born Monday, June 17, 1963

Died Saturday, September 8, 2018

Services 1:00 PM, Friday, September 14, 2018, Macedonia Baptist Church - Okmulgee, 1029 North Sioux

Mr. Orlando Whittaker, in his 55th year, transitioned from Earth to Everlasting on Saturday, September 8, 2018 from Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Orlando Whittaker, lovingly known as “Sandy”, was born on Monday, June 17, 1963 in Okmulgee, OK as the 3rd child of Enoch, Sr. and Beatrice (Brooks) Whittaker.  As the middle child he always was adventurous and a little bit of a fighter. His favorite toys were Tonka Trucks which were the only toys that could withstand his roughness.  Within his teenage years is when he found his love for sports, clothes and being around people; while also working with his older brother and father cleaning offices.

Orlando graduated from Okmulgee High School with the Class of 1981.  He loved attending the class reunions always taking the opportunity to catch up with his classmates.  After graduating he held jobs as a laborer in construction and warehouses. 

He accepted Christ as an adult and continued his walk with Jesus with his attendance at Macedonia Baptist Church. 


Orlando is remembered as having a big heart and always giving advice even when you didn’t want it. He loved a good party and being around his friends just sitting around and talking. He never met a stranger, as Orlando had something in common with everyone. He had such a great love for his nieces and nephews in that each one of them were given unique nicknames that only he was allowed to call them.

Orlando loved a good meal, as well as loyally watching the Super Bowl with his Uncle Kenneth and The Young and The Restless with his mom particularly without disturbance.  He was very meticulous when it came to keeping a clean house.  

God saw that he had endured enough pain and suffering and in the early morning hours of Saturday, September 8, 2018, on his big sister’s birthday, he quietly slipped away from his earthly home into the eternal arms of Jesus.


He leaves to cherish his memory until they meet again in Heaven; his parents, Enoch Sr and Beatrice, his brother Enoch Jr (Darla) of Broken Arrow, OK. Three sisters, Katherine Wilson of Carrollton, TX; Dee Ann (Mark) Parham of Douglasville, GA and Joey Denise (Derry) Williamson of Tulsa, OK; Four nephews; Nathan Wilson Jr of Carrollton, TX; Troy Parham (Amanda) of Douglasville, GA; Trenton Parham of Douglasville, GA; Darius Williamson of Tulsa, OK; Two nieces; Taylor Nicole Whittaker of Tulsa, OK and Marquise Parham of Douglasville, GA; Three great-nephews and one great-niece.  He also leaves to cherish his memory his aunts and uncles who cherished him dearly; Elgie & Edna Brooks, Rosetta Moore, Jeff & Sandra Brooks, Esau & Gloria Marie Brooks, Esther & Kenneth Davis, Gloria Ann & Eric Bagby and a host of cousins and friends.  


Service of Memory for Mr. Whittaker will be on Friday, September 14, 2018 at 1:00 PM in the Macedonia Baptist Church of Okmulgee.  Reverend Judson Fields, Pastor, will officiate.  Burial will follow in the Northwest Cemetery in Okmulgee.

You may Visit Orlando, as he slumbers in peaceful repose at the funeral home in Okmulgee on Thursday from 12 Noon until 6:00 PM.

Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors Inc.
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