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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.)

Georgia Belle Waggoner, 85

Born Tuesday, October 3, 1933

Died Monday, August 19, 2019

Obit coming soon.

Service Information:
85, cook, died Monday. Visitation, Thursday, August 22, 2019 5PM-7PM at funeral home. Service 10:30AM Friday, August 23, 2019 at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home Chapel, Fort Gibson. Online condolences clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com

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John W. Shiew, 75

Born Sunday, September 19, 1943

Died Sunday, August 18, 2019

John William Shiew, 75, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away on Sunday, August 18, 2019. He was born on September 19, 1943 to Bert and Sybil (Jestice) Shiew in Muskogee, Oklahoma. John graduated from Muskogee Central High School with the class of 1961. He married the love of his life, Linda Joyce White, on October 14, 1961. They shared 57 years of marriage together.
John worked at Sears as a service technician until his retirement in 1999. He worked on guns and he also worked at Centralized Service. John’s favorite name was Papa, and he was also called Johnnie and Dad. He loved horses and enjoyed riding whenever he could. He also loved making things out of wood. He always made sure it was precise and sturdy. John was a gunsmith and had a good selection of guns that he was proud of. He also made hat bands out of real snake skins. While on vacation and touring a cave, a lady following behind John asked the guide if there were snakes in the cave because she had been hearing the rattling of a rattlesnake from the hat band on John’s hat! He also made knives out of deer antlers and made their coverings out of leather. John gave the knives he made to family members and friends. He also made a wooden stand for equipment at his Baptist Church.
In his younger days he managed a little league team and even coached some at games. He was president of the Muskogee Roundup Club and helped wherever he could to be with his son. He was also leader of the Webelos Cub Scouts.
He loved his family very much and enjoyed the time spent with his granddaughters and especially his five great-grandchildren. He will always be remembered as a very talented and generous man.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Bert and Sybil Shiew.
He is survived by his loving wife, Linda Shiew, of the home; son, Danny Shiew and wife Brenda of Muskogee, OK; siblings, Claude Shiew of Lexington, MO, Wayne Shiew and Dewayne Shiew both of Muskogee, OK, Jimmy Shiew of McAlester, OK, Sharon Perry of Muskogee, OK, Leonard Shiew of Tulsa, OK, Betty Touchette of Tulsa, OK, and Judy Thomas of Muskogee, OK; granddaughters, Amber Horn and husband Matt of Muskogee, OK and Amy Shiew of Purcell, OK; his precious great-grandchildren, Seth Shiew, Angel Shiew, Misti Horn, Cody Horn, and Anna Shiew all of Muskogee, OK; and many family members and friends.
A celebration of John’s life will be 2PM, Friday, August 23, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Roger Pratt officiating.

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

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Paul E. Webb, 78

Born Monday, April 14, 1941

Died Friday, August 16, 2019

Paul Earl Webb entered Heaven’s gates on Friday, August 16, 2019 with his family by his side. He was born April 14, 1941 in McLain, OK to Glee and Flores (Fuller) Webb. He grew up and attended the public schools in McLain, Elm Grove and Haskell. Shortly after he finished his high school education, he enlisted with the United States Air Force. He proudly served during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged in April of 1965.
On July 30, 1965, Paul married the love of his life, Patsy Darlene Shipley, at his sister’s home in McLain. Together they have shared more than 54 years of life and marriage together.
Paul’s professional career was spent as being a Maintenance Man. He enjoyed working with his hands and used this talent to provide a living for his family. His family recalls that he loved to grow huge gardens. He often rented other land to make a garden big enough to share vegetables and fruits with those he loved. He will always be remembered for the huge watermelons that his gardens produced. He was a longtime member of Buckhorn Baptist Church and Muskogee Chapter of the DAV. He also enjoyed OU Football, Oklahoma City Thunder Basketball and NASCAR.
He is preceded in death by his parents; 4 sisters, Fern Chrysler, Wilma Coppin, Margaret Edwards, and Charlene Ferguson; 2 brothers, Stanley Webb and Virgil Webb.
Paul is survived by his wife, Patsy of the home; children, Rodney Webb (Denise) of Rock Hill, SC and Angie Lemon of Muskogee; grandchildren, Amber Piorkowski (Michael), Holly Webb, Dustin Webb, Patricia Lemon, and Nicole “Indigo” Lemon; great-grandchildren, Serenity, Alexis, Jakob and Lukas Piorkowski; siblings, Leamon Webb (Linda) of Webbers Falls, Homer Webb(Judy) of Muskogee and Pebble Herriman (J.B.) of Webbers Falls; brother-in-law, Bob Shipley (Deb) and sisters-in-law, Barbara Johnson and Linda Jackson (David); numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
A celebration of Paul’s life will be 11:00am Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Cardell Coppin officiating. Michael Piorkowski, Cayce Ellard, Aaron Shipley, Brian Shipley, Quinton Webb and Russell Webb will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Virgil Hughey, Gary Shipley and David Jackson. Interment will be in Fort Gibson National Cemetery with honors.
Paul’s family will receive friends on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm.
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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Joy Hayes, 66

Born Sunday, February 22, 1953

Died Friday, August 16, 2019

Joy M. Hayes, 66, of Braggs, Oklahoma was born February 22, 1953 to Clarence and Helen McElhaney in Muskogee, Oklahoma. She peacefully passed away Friday, August 16, 2019 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She grew up in Braggs, Oklahoma and graduated high school at Berryhill in 1971.
Joy truly loved spending time with her family and friends. She loved to travel. She will be remembered as an awesome wife, mother, granny, JoJo, sister, and friend.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Barbara McElhaney.
Joy is survived by her husband, Ron of the home; sons, Derek Irving and wife Deana of Edmond, Nathan and Allison Hayes of Broken Arrow; brothers, Darrel McElhaney and wife Dee Dee of Sallisaw, Jeff McElhaney and wife Mary of Hitchita; sisters, Sherry Cauthon and husband Charles, and Kathy McElhaney of Braggs; grandchildren, Samantha, Allison, and Emma Irving, and Bishop Hayes; along with many other very loved nieces, nephews, other family members, and friends.
Joy will be greatly missed.
A memorial service celebrating Joy’s life will be at 3PM, Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home with Mr. Bobby Burris officiating.
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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Sandra L. Hampton, 65

Born Monday, November 2, 1953

Died Friday, August 16, 2019

Sandra Lea (Brockmeier) Harms Hampton passed from this life on Friday, August 16, 2019 to be with her beloved Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Sandy was born November 2, 1953 and was one of three children for Russell and Jean (Spink) Brockmeier of Forreston, Illinois. She was an excellent student and took pride in being named Miss Flame and Miss Blackhawk while at Forreston High. She earned her Associates Degree in nursing and became a registered nurse.
She and her son moved to Muskogee in 1982 where she met her husband, Nick Hampton. They married in Porter on February 5, 1983 and she was the love of his life for the next 36 years. As a nurse, she touched the lives of many patients and co-workers in over 30 years of dedicated service. She spent most of her service as an operating room nurse at Muskogee Regional Medical Center. She was also an OR supervisor at OSU Medical Center in Tulsa and at Three Rivers Surgery Center in Muskogee, and a house shift supervisor at Tahlequah City Hospital until her retirement in 2014. Sandy enjoyed teaching Sunday School at Boulevard Christian Church several years. Her compassion and charm were what stood out most to those who knew her.
Sandy was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Charley; and sister, Kim.
She is survived by her husband, Nick, of the home; sons, Erik Harms and wife Mandy; granddaughter, Brooke, of Geneseo, IL.; Dr. Jerrod Hampton and wife Bethany of Little Rock; grandson, Austin Harms, currently in the US Air Force; granddaughter, Brianna Harms; great-grandson, Henry Stauffer-Talbot of Checotah; cousin, Traci Ackerman of Bixby; and “adopted” daughter, Jamie Cannon of Muskogee.
A memorial service celebrating Sandy’s life will be at 10AM, Friday, August 23, 2019 at Boulevard Christian Church with Pastor James McCracken presiding.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Fur Babies Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 3883, Muskogee, OK 74403, or online at furbabiesadoptions.org.
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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Lorri J. Terrell, 56

Born Wednesday, September 12, 1962

Died Thursday, August 15, 2019

Lorri Jalene (Wooten) Terrell, 56, of Warner, OK, passed from this life on Thursday, August 15, 2019. She was born on September 12, 1962 to Bill Wooten and Shirley (Macon) Wooten in Muskogee, OK. She graduated from Warner High School in 1980 and later attended Connors State College.
Lorri worked as an administrative technician in the Office of Juvenile Affairs. Her hobbies were golfing, watching football, cooking, and quilting. She loved sports and was a big fan of Oklahoma State and Phil Mickelson.
Lorri is preceded in death by her father, Bill Wooten of Gore, OK and grandmother, Ellen “Dimp” Trotter of Webbers Falls, OK.
She is survived by her son, Christopher Snodgress and wife Casey of Lewisville, TX; daughter, Nicole Smock and husband Lucas of Bixby, OK; granddaughter, Presley Smock of Bixby, OK; mother, Shirley
(Macon) Wooten of Gore, OK; sisters, Alisa Terrell of Webbers Falls, OK, and Billye Casinger of Gore, OK; former spouse, Kennith Terrell of Webbers Falls, OK; partner, Lucky Tarkington of Warner, OK, Lucky’s children, Christy Chapman of Coweta, OK, and Amanda Allen of Owasso, OK; Lucky’s grandchildren, Ashley Hollis of Coweta, OK, Hailey Allen, Hope Allen, and Gracie Allen of Owasso, OK; as well as several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Lorri’s life will be held at 1:00pm Thursday, August 22, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Donnie Echols officiating.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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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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