Recent deaths

(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.)

Virgil Lee Woodworth, 71

Born Tuesday, June 1, 1948

Died Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Obituary information pending..

1:00pm-5:00pm Saturday, April 11, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home
1:00pm-5:00pm Sunday, April 12, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home
9:00am-8:00pm Monday, April 13, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home

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James Wiley Drew, Sr., 85

Born Tuesday, October 30, 1934

Died Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Mr. James Wiley Drew, Sr., after 85 years, passed from life to everlasting memory on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 from the Jack C. Montgomery Regional Veterans Administration Medical Center in Muskogee.

A resident of Haskell, Oklahoma, Mr. Drew will be cremated and a public memorial ceremony will be held at a later date.

Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc.

Anthony Earl Patrick, 90

Born Wednesday, January 8, 1930

Died Monday, April 6, 2020

Anthony Earl “Pat” Patrick of Wainwright, Oklahoma passed away at the age of 90 on Monday, April 6, 2020. He was born on January 8, 1930 in Raton, New Mexico. He grew up in Roy, New Mexico until his early teen years. The family then moved to Montrose, Colorado where he became a high school track star.
After high school, Pat joined the Navy and served three and a half years on the U.S. Manchester during the Korean War. During this time, he married Ruth Lucille Burns and they had a daughter, Billie. They made their home in Santa Rosa, California.
After his military service, Pat was a manager for H. S. Kress Company to restore and renovate their stores. He later became an accomplished builder and contractor. It was during this time his wife, Ruth, passed away.
In 1976, Pat met and married Sue Ellen Sedano and they continued to live in Santa Rose while he continued working in the carpentry field. He was very active in the Knights of Columbus and attended Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.
After retiring in 2007, Pat and Sue moved to Wainwright, Oklahoma where he donated his time and talents in the Wainwright community. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Agnes, and Clara Patrick; and brother, John Patrick.
Pat is survived by his wife Sue Ellen of 44 years; daughter, Billie Patrick; sister, Irene Williams; stepsons, Hector Sedano and Mike Sedano; stepdaughter, Lisa Sedano; and multiple loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Pat’s family will celebrate his life privately at a later date.
Services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 North York St, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family online at

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Mary Kathryn Kirby, 66

Born Wednesday, December 9, 1953

Died Monday, April 6, 2020

He called her name, “Mary,” April 6, 2020. The warrior saluted her Heavenly Father and entered the honor walk with loved ones surrounding her into her heavenly home.
As a Masters prepared OR nurse, she fought for her patients. She often saw her patients the day before surgery and would tell them that tomorrow you might not recognize me but I want you to know that someone awake and alert will be looking out for you.
Mary’s sons, Michael, Lee, and Heath grew up as military brats as Mary spent 21 years in the USAF Nurse Corps retiring as a LTC in 2002. It never bothered them a bit to hear “your momma wears combat boots” because their momma actually did!
As a member of New Hope AOG, she took the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit and passed with comfort and peace knowing that she was ready to meet the Savior she loved.
Besides her sons, Mary leaves behind six grandsons (Tyler, Hunter, Christopher, Connor, Chase and Carson), two granddaughters (Lacey and Destiny) and one great-grandson, Jace, two great-granddaughters (Daisie and Oaklynn), two sisters (Mona and Janis) and one brother (Wallace). Along with two daughters-in-law (Jody and Sonja), many endearing nieces, nephews, cousins, and a multitude of friends.
Her parents, DE and Lillie, one brother Leonard, and one grandson, Anthony welcomed her into the throne of God. With tears in our eyes, we will miss you, Mary, but know that we will see you soon. The circle will be unbroken. Psalm 91:14... “I will set him on high, because he has known My Name.”
Public viewing will be held Wednesday, April 8, 2020 9:00am -5:30pm and Thursday, April 9, 2020 9:00am-8:00pm at Cornerstone Funeral Home. A private family service is planned. Her grandsons, Tyler, Hunter, Christopher, Connor, Chase, and Carson will be serving as 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

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Ira Lee Boss, 100

Born Sunday, December 28, 1919

Died Monday, April 6, 2020

Ira Lee Boss, 100, of Muskogee, Oklahoma departed this world on April 6, 2020 with his loving family by his side. He was born on December 28, 1919 to Douglas and Maude (Arbogast) Boss in Wainwright, Oklahoma. Ira graduated from Wainwright High School with the class of 1939.
He married the love of his life, Mabel Irene Guthrie, December 15, 1942 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. They shared over 77 years of a happy life and have provided an example of a faithful and loving marriage to their family.
He served in the United States Army during World War II, was inducted at Fort Sill, and completed basic training at Camp Wallace and artillery training at Fort Bliss. Stationed in New York City, he served in an anti-aircraft battalion to protect the city from enemy planes. After some months and reassignments, Ira was sent overseas into France and then across the Rhine River into Germany. He returned home and was honorably discharged in December of 1945, and began family life in Oklahoma.
Ira worked for two lumber companies as a woodworker for 20 years. Woodworking was one of his favorite hobbies. He made cabinets, coffee tables, and hutches for his own home that he shared with Mabel. He also worked at an appliance store and at Nelson Furniture until his retirement in 1982.
Ira was a member of Chandler Road Church of Christ and served as an elder for many years. He had many hobbies, including golfing, making wood crafts, and playing games with all of his grandchildren. He loved his family very much and enjoyed spending as much time as possible with them. Ira was a faithful and principled man who provided love and support to all who knew him. His example provided a template of how to live life, and he will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his parents Douglas and Maude Boss; and sisters, Claire Boss and Pauline Dodds.
Ira is survived by his loving wife, Mabel Boss of the home; sons, Chuck Boss and wife Susie of Eufaula, OK, Gary Boss and wife Radine of Anchorage, AK; grandchildren, Brytnee Hammonds and husband Greg of Eufaula, OK, Chelsi Parnosky and husband Kevin of Tulsa, OK, Darbye Cotner of Coweta, OK, Evynn Tapp and husband Dennis of Jones, OK, Favour Straughn and husband Lance of OKC, OK, Dominic Williams and wife Sarah of Anchorage, AK; great-grandchildren, Amylea and Bryndl Hammonds of Eufaula, OK, Stella and Erin Tapp of Jones, OK, Gaines and Miles Straughn of OKC, OK, and Zeke Williams of Anchorage, AK; sister-in-law, Alice Sutton and husband Lloyd of Tulsa, OK; and many nieces, nephews and other family members and friends.
Ira’s family has chosen to have a private family service under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 North York St., Muskogee, Oklahoma.
Condolences may be made to the family online at If one chooses, donations are appreciated to the Burnt Cabin Christian Youth Camp.

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Frederick Swanson, 70

Born Sunday, January 1, 1950

Died Sunday, April 5, 2020


At this time there will be a PRIVATE family burial

Public visitation, Friday, April 10, 2020 , 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m in the Precious Memories Chapel of HOUSE OF WINN FUNERAL HOME-Muskogee.

Frederick Douglas Swanson, better known as “Swamp” or “Dae Dae” to his loved ones, was born on January 1, 1950 to George Swanson and Jessie Randles in Haynes, Oklahoma.

He attended Phyllis Wheatley School in Gibson Station, Carter G. Woodson High School in Tullahassee, OK, and later earned a certificate in Diesel Mechanics from Indian Capital Technology Center in Muskogee. Throughout the years he worked as a laborer and was well known for his ability to train horses. In his free time he enjoyed fishing, coon hunting, driving his classic cars, horseback riding, spending time with family, and most definitely eating. He was an outspoken and witty guy who made everyone he encountered laugh.

On April 5, 2020, Swamp was called home. Preceding him in death were his parents, his brother Calvin Joe Swanson, his sisters Arzella Betts, Georgia Swanson, Ruby Lee Swanson, Merline Henry, Mary Ann Swanson, his son James Earl Youngblood and daughter Vonyonna Perry.

He will be remembered by his children Jackie Bryant, Brian Swanson, and Dawnyale Chandler; his sister Mary Duncan; his grandchildren Dameon Daniels (Tiffani), Vincient Youngblood, Monique Bryant, Jasmine Perry, Jordan Perry, De'Azia Chandler, Le'Dasia Chandler, Ladon Chandler, My'Asia Chandler, Christopher Chandler, Eri'Ann Chandler, Kristin Chandler, Brian Swanson, Bria Swanson, and Kelia Swanson; his great-grandchildren Quincy Daniels, Mckenzie White, Camdyn White, and Violet Youngblood; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and other loved ones.

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

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Gail Doris Neale-Thompson, 64

Born Sunday, March 18, 1956

Died Saturday, April 4, 2020

A gorgeous baby girl named Gail Doris was born on March 18, 1956. She was the 3rd child of Eddie Lee Daniels and Lottie Ruth Neale Chilliest. She transitioned to glory on Saturday, April 4, 2020.

Gail enjoyed spending summers with her maternal grandmother, Elzora Tillman Neale on the family land in Bigelow, Arkansas. Her grandmother whom she affectionally called Big Mama taught her how cook, quilt and sew.

Gail graduated from James Madison High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in January 1974. At the age of 18, Gail gave her life to Christ and married the love of her life, Leroy Thompson on July 27, 1974. Nine children were born from this union.

Gail along with her husband relocated to Summit, Oklahoma in 1975. She praised and worshiped God at The House of Deliverance Church. She has served in many capacities but was currently serving as the Assistant Pastor under the leadership of Pastor Wayne and First lady Jessie Neale.
Sister Gail was indeed a virtuous woman. She loved being a homemaker for 22 years and some would say she spoiled all nine of her children. She was an excellent seamstress. She challenged herself in doing what she called “experimenting” and designed wedding, prom and Easter dresses, tuxedos, curtains, pillows, pajamas, African attire, baby clothes, blankets, coats, gloves, hats and lace socks. She even designed couch slip covers and upholstered furniture. She’s made clothes that were shipped to Barbados and pillowcase dresses that were taken to Uganda, Africa.
Twenty years after high school, Sister Gail enrolled at Connors State College. She was determined that she wasn’t going to let all of those young minds outsmart her. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Connors State College and later graduated with honors with a Bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Science from Northeastern State University. Sister Gail was a Nutrition Instructor for Connors State College from 2004 to 2016. Gail was passionate about teaching and she loved sharing about her big family to her students.

Sister Gail was a prayer warrior. She was full of love, wisdom and compassion. Her beautiful smile was contagious and she would kiss and hug anyone who would let her. Sister Gail was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Elzora Tillman Neale, mother-in-law, Thelma Rogers, mother, Lottie Ruth Neale Chilliest, son, James Gabriel Thompson and grandson, Tylan Lee

She leaves to cherish her memory, her devoted husband, Leroy Thompson; her sons Matthew Thompson, Summit, Ok, Javan Thompson, St. Louis, Missouri, Mark Thompson, Summit, Ok; her daughters, Rachel Thompson-Lee (Greg Lee), Muskogee, Ok, Angel Thompson, Muskogee, Krystal Thompson, Summit, Ok, Mary Daniels (AD Daniels), Fort Gibson, Ok, Lottie Thompson, Summit, Ok; Special daughters; Karlena Collins, Samantha Miller, Larena Robinson and Desiree Starks, Her grandsons; Derrick King, Jonathan Thompson, Carter Lee and Kamden Daniels, Her granddaughters; Barbara King, Teresa Lee, Aniyah Daniels and Jalea Daniels and great grand-children; Tamia King, King Bray and Nova King. Her brothers; Wayne Neale (Jessie Neale), Summit, Ok, Alvin Neale (Wanda Fayee Neale), Milwaukee, WI, Ricardo Chilliest(Lois Chilliest), Summit, Ok, her sisters; Edna Mack-Pettigrew (Calvin Pettigrew), Little Rock, AR, Wanda Chilliest, Little Rock, AR, Sherry Pettigrew(Albert Pettigrew), Summit, OK; her aunt Bertha Neale of Bigelow, AR and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Her sacred farewell will commence on Saturday, April 11, 2020 in The House of Deliverance Church of Summit, Oklahoma. Pastor Wayne Neale will officiate. Burial will follow in the Booker T. Washington Cemetery.

Although the service will be limited to 10 immediate family, other family and friends may assemble at the Church and remain in your vehicles. You are welcome to join in the funeral procession to the cemetery to show support to the family. You may also remain at the cemetery, but must remain in your vehicles there as well. Thank you for your support and understanding for the family.

Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc.

Herbert Smith Jr., 74

Born Thursday, April 26, 1945

Died Friday, April 3, 2020

Herbert Smith Jr. age 74, a US veteran, and a long time resident of Okmulgee, transitioned, Friday, April 3, 2020 in St. Francis Medical Center-Tulsa, OK.

Arrangements are pending with House of Winn-Okmulgee.

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James Robert “Jim” McPherson, 82

Born Friday, August 20, 1937

Died Friday, April 3, 2020

James Robert “Jim” McPherson, 82, of Muskogee, Oklahoma went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, April 3, 2020. He was born on August 20, 1937 to Guy and Edith (Foster) McPherson in Claremore, Oklahoma. Jim taught music for twenty-five years in Oklahoma. He was a graduate of Hooker High School and earned both a Bachelor’s and Masters of music education degrees from Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma. While at Phillips University, he was a member of the Forty-Fifth Infantry Division National Guard Band, earning the rank of staff sergeant and becoming the director of the Stage Band.
He married the love of his life, Rudena Mae Krausse, on June 20, 1960 in Enid, Oklahoma. They shared over 59 years of a happy life and marriage together.
His teaching career began in the Waukomis Public Schools (1959-1963), where he taught both instrumental and vocal music. From 1963-1967 he taught instrumental music in the Cordell Public Schools, in 1967-1968 at Woodward. He then continued his music career as a sales associate and field clinician with the Southwestern Music Company in Weatherford, Oklahoma. In 1969 he returned to teaching in Muskogee, and taught two years at Alice Robertson Junior High, two years at West Junior High, and eleven years at Muskogee High School, where he was the director of the symphonic band, stage band and Jazz ensemble. He also taught classes in Music Theory. Jim spent his final years in education as the principal of Harris Jobe and Cherokee Elementary Schools, and retired in 1991. Organizations under Jim’s direction won the Oklahoma Sweepstakes Awards in 1980 and 1981. In 1981, the symphonic Band was selected as an Honor Organization for the Oklahoma Music Educators Association State Convention. During his career, the Symphonic Band won many honors in concert performance, including four “superior plus” ratings and ten “superior” ratings. Under his direction, The Muskogee Band was chosen to march in the Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington D.C. in 1982.
The Muskogee band programs under Jim’s direction won many awards in the area of jazz education. The Alice Robertson Jr. High Jazz Ensemble was named Most Outstanding at the Tri-State Music Festival. The MHS Jazz Ensemble was five times named Most Outstanding at OSSAA contests. They were also named Most Outstanding at Phillips University Jazz Festival in Enid, Oklahoma; Southwestern Music Festival in Amarillo; the northeastern Jazz Festival in Tahlequah; and the University of Tulsa Festival. The 1978 MHS Jazz Ensemble was selected by the National Association of Jazz Educators to perform as the High School Honor Band during the National MENC Convention in Omaha, Nebraska. In 1976, The Jazz Ensemble was selected by Jazz Tours International to tour in Europe for two weeks. They performed in Paris, France; Brussels, Belgium; Amsterdam in the Netherlands; Zurich and Lucerne, Switzerland. Jim served as State Chair of the Oklahoma chapter of ASBDA, President of the Oklahoma Unit of NAJE, and in 1976, as president of OBA. He also served as the OBA Marching Band Chair, and in 1978 was chair of the Oklahoma All State Band. In 1982, Jim was named the OBA Band Director of the Year.
Jim was a member of Boulevard Christian Church for many years. Jim loved his family very much and enjoyed spending as much time as possible with them. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Guy and Edith McPherson; brother, Norman McPherson; brothers-in-law, Ted Williams and Maurice Mitchell.
He is survived by his loving wife, Rudena McPherson of the home; daughters, Kim Brownell and husband Mark of Muskogee, OK, Terri Bookout and husband Daryl of Depew, OK, and Shari McPherson and John Clark of Muskogee, OK; grandchildren, Kali Anderson and husband Jacob of Norman, OK, Seth Brownell and wife Rhianna of Broken Arrow, OK, Cade Brownell and wife Leah of Bixby, OK, Meredith Bentley and husband Tommy of Choctaw, OK, and Elizabeth Martin and husband Wade of Prague, OK; great-grandchildren, Maxine Joy Anderson, Callie and Skyler Davis, Bentley Wade; Christian, Cannon, and Elianna Bentley; sisters, Patrica Williams Boliver, MO, and Kathryn Mitchell of Hooker, OK; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
In lieu of flowers Jim’s family has requested memorials be made to the Muskogee Alumni Community Band. ttps://
Jim's family will celebrate his life with a private family graveside service with Dr. Stephen Wiley and Pastor James McCracken officiating. his grandchildren, Kalie and Jacob Anderson, Seth and Rhianna Brownell, Cade and Leah Brownell, Meredith and Tommy Bentley, Elizabeth and Wade Martin will be serving 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

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Leland Patrick Smith, 69

Born Thursday, October 5, 1950

Died Thursday, April 2, 2020

Leland Patrick Smith, 69, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2020. He was born on October 5, 1950 in Muskogee, Oklahoma to Hoak Smith and Imogene Frances (Andrews) Smith. He attended and graduated from Muskogee Central High School, class of 1968. From 1969-1971, he served in the United States Navy - USS Independence during the Jordanian Crisis. He was awarded the Admiral Flatley Memorial Award in 1970. On January 31, 1986, he married the love of his life Kimberly Jo (Kelly) Smith at the Muskogee Court House. They spent over 34 years together with many good memories. Kim always called him the “Energizer Bunny” because even through his bad health issues, he would bounce back and keep going.
Leland was a hard worker and always provided for his family. He worked at Brockway Glass from 1978-1998, he also worked at Sherwin Williams, Muskogee Regional Hospital as a security Guard, and as Jailor for the city of Muskogee. He was also a member at the Church of Christ (Westside). Leland loved playing basketball when he was younger. He also loved fishing, camping, and watching sports, particularly OU. Most of all, he loved his children, grandchildren, family, and friends. He would give the grandkids popcorn, they loved him. He loved people, never meeting a stranger, he loved to joke and make people laugh. Leland loved life; he was a fighter in the long battle with his illness.
Leland is preceded in death by his parents, Hoak and Imogene Smith; father-in-law, Charles Kelly; sister, Deva Tidwell; brother, Terry Smith; brother-in-law, Glen Johnson; grandparents, Lee and Helen Smith, Opal and Lura Andrews.
He is survived by his wife, Kim Smith; sons, Kyndle Smith and spouse Chelsea, Lee Smith and spouse Traci, Olin Smith and spouse Jen, and Danny Price; daughters, Kelly Duck and spouse Jim, and Dawn Yenik and spouse Steven; sisters, Judy Johnson, Carol McDaniel and spouse Sam; mother-in-law, Joye Kelly; special nephew, David Thomas, who helped and called him often; grandchildren, Raelynn, Hayden, Steffan, Kadence, Joshua, Leannah, Kaylee, Karson, Nathan, Brianna, Tessa, Frankie, Payton, Maddox, Isaiah, Angeleena, Jaidyn, and Luke; longtime friend, Kim Asay; special friends, Bud (deceased) and Dorothy Boyd; numerous other nieces, nephews, family, and friends.
Visitation for Leland will be 1:00pm-5:00pm Saturday, April 4th, 2020, 1:00pm-5:00pm Sunday, April 5th, 2020, and 9:00am-8:00pm Monday, April 6th, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.
Leland’s life will be celebrated with a private family service with Reverend Donnie Echols officiating. Kim Asay, Leroy Andrews, Larry Beavers, Tony Heinrichs, and Troy Manasco 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

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Joyce Marie Springfield, 84

Born Thursday, March 5, 1936

Died Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Joyce Marie Springfield, 84, peacefully passed away Wednesday, April 1, 2020 in her home in Fort Gibson, Ok with her loving family by her side. Joyce was born March 5, 1936 in Wyandotte, Michigan to Harold and Marie (Selz) Mitchell. Joyce received her formal education in Wyandotte Schools and graduated from Roosevelt High School in Wyandotte, Michigan. She worked as a clerk for Michigan Bell Company for 32 years, where she held multiple positions. She retired in 1990.
After living in Michigan for 55 years, she moved to Fort Gibson, OK which was her home for the last 29 years, where she became known as “Nana” to her family and their friends. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Ft. Gibson. She was involved with the United Methodist Woman’s Group, American Legion Auxiliary, Volunteer RSVP, church committee, Salvation Army, and Home Town Hospice Volunteer for 5 years. She bloomed into our beautiful, “social butterfly”.
“Nana” was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside. She definitely wasn’t your typical Grandma as she had a great sense of humor and at times made our lives interesting. She was a peacemaker, enjoyed volunteering, gave selflessly, loved deeply, forgave freely, and served others without thinking twice about it. She was independent, strong willed, had an immeasurable love for her family and friends. We are grateful for her example of unwavering faith and her love of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Joyce is survived by her daughters; Lisa Springfield of Muskogee, Angela and husband Curtis Tyner of Okay. Joyce is the proud Nana of 4 grandchildren; Bethany and husband Chris Russell of Lebanon, Tennessee, Jennifer and husband Devin Voyles of Monticello, Illinois, Cody and wife Amber Springfield Of Yuma, Arizona, and Matthew Springfield of Fayetteville, Arkansas. She is also survived by 5 great grandchildren; Maverick Russell, Maryn Russell of Lebanon, Tennessee, Noah Voyles, Eli Voyles, and soon to be Luke Voyles, of Monticello, Illinois as well as nieces, nephews, dear friends and family who miss her greatly but God assures we will see her again. She is preceded in death by her parents; Harold and Marie Mitchell, and 3 siblings; Keith Mitchell, Gene Mitchell and Kay Robinet as well as a great granddaughter Maven Russell, all of whom are overjoyed to see her. A celebration honoring her life is planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers the family has requested to make donations to the Fort Gibson First United Methodist Church in memory of Joyce Marie Springfield. The family would like to thank her friends, extended family and Emerald Hospice of Wagoner for their love, support and prayers throughout this emotional and difficult time. The family of Joyce Marie Springfield has entrusted her cremation and service to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson. 918-478-2555. Online condolences may be left for the Springfield family at

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Laurel Ann Huggins Andrews, 83

Born Wednesday, December 2, 1936

Died Monday, March 30, 2020

Laurel Ann Huggins Andrews was born at home, on what was then known as the Worterfield Farm in the Perkins area of Fort Gibson, Oklahoma, on December 2, 1936, to James Wallace and Ludy Angeline Thornton Huggins. She passed from this life at the age of 83 on March 30, 2020, in Fort Gibson at the home of her daughter. Ann and her twin sister Carol were born the youngest of 12 children, and they spent their childhood days playing on the farm with their younger siblings and being spoiled by their older ones. As a child, Ann attended the one-room Brown Schoolhouse before eventually graduating from Fort Gibson High School in 1955.
As a young woman, Ann poured her heart and energy into her children, creating a fun and secure home for them. She was a talented cook, who could turn the humblest of ingredients into the finest of meals. Visiting relatives always counted on the fact that Ann would have a pie or cake baked for them, and she probably baked at least a million chocolate chip cookies during her lifetime. Ann saw the beauty of living an uncomplicated life and blessed the lives of her children by teaching them the simple joys of making clover chains in the yard or throwing down a quilt in the field to experience the adventure of a cow-pasture picnic.
Once her children began leaving home, Ann worked as a para professional with the Fort Gibson School district. Following this, she began a 25-year career in child care, first caring for children in her own home, and then later at the Muskogee Regional Medical Center Employee Daycare, where she became known as “the baby whisperer.” Ann possessed a special knack for soothing babies and loved each one she cared for as if he or she were her own. In return, she was equally loved and valued by them and by their appreciative parents.
Ann possessed a humble and compassionate heart, and she was quick to put herself and her needs second. She possessed a warm smile that revealed her kind, loving, and accepting nature, and she was naturally gifted in putting people at ease. In fact, it was not uncommon for perfect strangers to strike up meaningful conversations with her in a doctor’s office waiting room or while standing in line to check out at a grocery store, and she never failed to take a genuine interest in both them and in their stories.
Ann was a dedicated Christian, who faithfully served God as a member of the Fort Gibson Church of Christ all of her life, leaving a deep heritage of faith for her children and grandchildren. She believed no earthly title could surpass those of “Mom” and “Mamaw,” and she was happiest when she was surrounded by her family.
Ann is survived by her children, Tammy Shrum and husband Dwayne of Oklahoma City, Beth Brannon and husband Doug of Fort Gibson, Max Andrews and wife Shelli of Cincinnati, Ohio, Becky Berkenbile and husband Mike of Fort Gibson; grandchildren, Ashley Rouse and husband Eric, Andy Brannon and wife Kenna, Kyle Shrum and wife Myka, Melissa Peters, Josh Andrews and wife Alisha, Brooke Berkenbile, Cole Berkenbile and Joseph Andrews; great-grandchildren, Maddux, Jaxon, Fischer, Gray, North, Madyson, Emma and Harper; brother, Warren Dean Huggins; twin sister, Carol Tomlinson; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.
Ann was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Stanley Mark Andrews; a grandson, Grant Shrum; brothers, Clarence Huggins, Laurence Huggins, George (Deanie) Huggins, Jack Huggins, Abraham (Bud) Huggins, Hugh Owen Huggins and Elmer Huggins; and sisters, Sara Preston and Alma Huggins.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Burnt Cabin Christian Camp Scholarship Fund at the Fort Gibson Church of Christ.
A family only service will be held noon today, April 1, 2020 on the porch of her daughter’s home in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma with Minister Dan Rouse officiating. Committal prayers and interment will follow at Citizens Cemetery with Andy Brannon, Kyle Shrum, Cole Berkenbile, Joseph Andrews, Eric Rouse and Josh Andrews serving as casket bearers.
The family of Laurel Ann Andrews has entrusted her care, service and burial to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson. 918-478-2555
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Melvin Dean Gloden Sr., 85

Born Saturday, February 16, 1935

Died Sunday, March 29, 2020

On Sunday, March 29, 2020, Melvin Dean Gloden, loving husband and father of six boys, was united in Heaven with his Lord and Savior at the age of 85.

Dean was born on February 16, 1935 in Elkhart, Kansas to Bart and Dorothea Gloden. He was raised on a farm in Texas County in the Oklahoma Panhandle. He attended grade school at Richland Center, Jr. High at Elkhart and in 1953, he graduated from Yarbrough High School. After high school, Dean attended Oklahoma State Tech in Okmulgee, Ok studying Diesel Mechanics. It was here he met the love of his life, Linda Marie Miller. He left Okmulgee to attend Baptist Bible College in Springfield, MO for one year before returning to Okmulgee and was married to Linda on December 24, 1957. During their 62 wonderful years together, they provided a Godly home for their sons, Steven, Melvin Jr, Mark, Alan and Joel as well as their grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Dean was employed by Curt’s Oil Company from 1959-1979. He left Curt’s to follow his passion of farming from 1979-1987. He went on to work at Whitlock Packaging in Ft. Gibson until his retirement in 2000.

After retirement, Dean enjoyed fishing, woodworking, tinkering with anything that needed fixing and watching Oklahoma Sooners football and basketball. He leaves behind cherished memories of sharing these hobbies with his family and friends. He was known for his quick wit, sly grin and hilarious one-liners.

He was a born-again Christian, accepting Christ in 1955 at Fellowship Baptist Church in Okmulgee. He served the Lord faithfully for many years teaching Sunday School and leading music. Dean loved his church family at Eastland Baptist Church where he was a member for 34 years. He was a quiet man with strong convictions who valued his family above all things and was loved by those who knew him.

Dean was preceded in death by his parents, Bart and Dorothea Gloden; son, Timothy David Gloden; brothers, Emerson Lee and Kenneth and sister Maxine Fowler.

Those left to celebrate his life include his wife Linda, their sons Steven (Rhonda), Melvin Jr. (Sharon), Mark (Kathy), Alan (Shelly) and Joel (Mary Gonzales). Dean will be fondly remembered by his grandchildren Melanie Dipprey (Jason), Melissa Blundell (Brad), Dara Gloden, Devonie Melnik (J.C.), Michael, Myles and Matthew Gloden, Laura Loomis (Josh), Krista Thompson (David), Anna, and Hailey Gloden. His great grandchildren are Joey Melnik, Lynlee, Lacey and Landrie Dipprey, Kylie and Keira Blundell, Brooklyn, Evelyn and Raelyn Loomis and Paityn Thompson. His siblings that have precious memories of him are his brother Bobby (LoRee) and sister Imogene Hetzel. Dean also leaves behind many nieces, nephews and friends that were honored to be loved by him.
A private family service will be held at Citizens Cemetery with Pastor Phillip Housely officiating. A memorial service to honor Melvin’s life will be held at a later date.
Family request no flowers at this time.
The family of Melvin Dean Gloden has entrusted his care, service and burial to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson. 918-478-2555.
Online condolences may be left at

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Viola Sanders, 88

Born Thursday, July 2, 1931

Died Sunday, March 29, 2020

At this time there will be a PRIVATE family burial.

Visitation will be Tuesday, April 7, 2020 during the hours of 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. in the Precious Memories Chapel of House of Winn Funeral Home, Muskogee.


On July 2, 1931 Viola was born to David and Ada Sanders in Boynton, OK. She attended Wheatley Schools in Boynton. Viola was baptized at an early age at Mt. Zion Baptist Church Boynton, OK where she served on the Missionary Board and President of the Usher Board until her health began to decline, although she couldn’t be there physically her heart was there.

Viola worked as a home health provider for several years in the Boynton Community showing love and always willing to help others.

On March 29, 2020 Viola or Granny as she was known to everyone closed her eyes for eternal rest. She will be greeted at the Heavenly Gates by those that have gone on before her. Her parents, 6 brothers, 2 sisters, 1 daughter Fayedean and her life long companion and friend Eugene Parker.

Viola or Granny will be greatly missed by all that knew her. Granny was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.

Left to cherish all her memories are her sisters Yvonne Sanders of Okmulgee, OK and Sarah Sanders of Muskogee, OK, her children Mae Wright of Spencer, OK and Odell Brown (Rose) of Tulsa, OK, a special granddaughter Monica Mason, several grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and family members.

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

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Thomas “Tom” A. Coburn, 72

Born Sunday, March 14, 1948

Died Saturday, March 28, 2020

Thomas Allen Coburn (1948-2020)

Our beloved husband, father and grandfather lost his valiant battle with cancer on March 28, 2020. Although he fought cancer for many years, he did not allow it to define him. He worked tirelessly for the country that he loved so dearly.
Tom was born on March 14, 1948 in Casper, Wyoming to O.W. Coburn and Anita Joy Allen Coburn. He was blessed with two brothers, David and Jim, and a sister, Mary Coburn Carriere. The family moved to Muskogee, Oklahoma in 1950, where Tom spent a childhood that he remembered with great fondness. He considered the friendships that he made during that time to be a great blessing of his life; these friendships continued to bring him joy and laughter until his death. He and Carolyn were members of First Baptist Church Muskogee, where they grew up together, were baptized, and later married.
After graduating from Central High School, he attended Oklahoma State University where he received a degree in Accounting and forged many lasting friendships as a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity. In 1968, he married his high school sweetheart, Carolyn Denton and they celebrated their fifty-first wedding anniversary last December. They had three daughters, Callie Coburn Bonds, Katie Coburn Boatright, and Sarah Coburn Rothermel.
After graduating from OSU, Tom and Carolyn moved to Virginia to work for the family business, Coburn Optical. When the company was sold, he changed course and attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma. Upon graduation, he returned to Muskogee, where he happily joined the practice of Dr. Virgil Matthews and Dr. Virgil Gray—two doctors that he greatly admired. He cherished the wisdom that he gained from both of these wonderful mentors.
Practicing medicine was his joy; he considered delivering babies one of the greatest privileges of his life. (Carolyn would like to add that many a family vacation was planned around the due date of a beloved patient.) He had great admiration and gratitude for the many doctors and nurses that he worked with on a daily basis.
In 1994, Tom felt called to run for Congress. He served three terms in the House of Representatives and ten years in the U.S. Senate. He had great admiration and appreciation for his wonderful staff; he believed they were the best on the Hill. During his years in Washington, he developed friendships with many people from both sides of the aisle. He grew to realize that relationships were far more important than political philosophy.
The relationship that was most important to Tom, however, was that with his Savior, Jesus Christ. His steadfast faith was an inspiration to his family and will be an enduring legacy for his children and nine beloved grandchildren.
In 2015, Tom and Carolyn moved to Tulsa, where they enjoyed being near their children and grandchildren and where he was able to slow down and play a little golf with new friends. Tom and Carolyn joined South Tulsa Baptist Church and greatly enjoyed the fellowship. Not one to ever truly slow down, Tom continued to work for Convention of States, a cause in which he passionately believed.
Tom was very grateful for a life that was full of blessings. He was an inspiration to so many and will be greatly missed. His children will always be grateful for his examples of leadership, hard work, and quiet generosity.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Crossover Scholarship Fund for the Crossover Preparatory Academy at Tom was also very passionate about his work for Convention of States; donations can be made at
Services provided by Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N York St, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be made to the family online at

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Donald T. “Baby” Criner, Jr., 51

Born Tuesday, April 2, 1968

Died Saturday, March 28, 2020

Donald Tyrone Criner, Jr., was born on May 2, 1968, the son of Donald Sr.and France[Webb] Crriner in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He was a lifelong resident of Muskogee and attended Muskogee Public Schools. He was a graduate of the Class of 1986 and a member of the State Football Championship team at Muskogee High.

"Baby" as he liked to be called, enjoyed being around his family, playing dominoes and watching football and basketball.
Baby was a people person, never met a stranger and always greeting everyone with a smile on his face. During his life, Baby had no children of his own, but treated his nieces and nephews like they were his.

Donald "Baby" Criner, after 51 years, surrendered his soul on Saturday, March 28, 2020 from his home in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Criner, Sr., his grandmothers, Odesa Criner and Cleona Webb, two brothers, Wyly Webb and Johnathan "Bam Bam" Webb and a sister, Jockalyn Webb.

Baby leaves to cherish his memory; his mother, Frances Criner; two brothers, Toby [Delores] WEbb, Tulsa, Oklahoma and Ricci Boulware, San Diego, California; a sister, Donna [Shelvin John, Lake Charles, Louisiana; a special niece who was like a sister to him, LaQuinta [Dwayne] Buchanan, Muskogee, Oklahoma; along with a host of other relatives, classmates and friends who will miss him dearly.

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Dawn M. Anderson Roach, 47

Born Thursday, January 18, 1973

Died Friday, March 27, 2020

Dawn M. Anderson Roach, 47, of Tulsa, Oklahoma passed away on Friday, March 27, 2020. She was born on January 18, 1973 in Honolulu, Hawaii to Joseph Michael Anderson, II and Frances Haynes. She attended Broken Arrow High School; she received her GED. She also attended and graduated from NSU with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. On March 17, 2003, she married Christopher Lewis Roach in Huntsville, Texas. They spent over 17 memorable years together.
Dawn enjoyed volunteering at the Kids Tent at Oktoberfest, Germanfest, and Christkindlemarket. She was an amazing mother and Oma with a wicked sense of humor, and a love for people.
Dawn is preceded in death by her father, Joseph M. Anderson II; grandparents, Kelly and Velma Haynes, Joseph and Margaret Anderson.
She is survived by spouse, Chris Roach of Tulsa, Oklahoma; children Michael Anderson (Chris), Katt Harrison and husband, Tyler, and April Roach; her mother, Frances Haynes and husband James Sandel of Tulsa, Oklahoma; step-children, Christian Kelly and wife Ashley, and Madison Penniman; grandchild, Dawson Joseph Anderson; brothers, JM “Andy" Anderson, III and wife Sheri of Claremore, Oklahoma, John Anderson and wife Julie of Coweta, Oklahoma; sister/cousin, Robin Whittle; numerous other cousins, uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, friends, and step grandchildren.
Dawn Roach’s life celebration will be announced at a later date.
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

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James E. Kelton, 64

Born Wednesday, October 19, 1955

Died Friday, March 27, 2020

James Edward Kelton, 64, of Muskogee, Oklahoma went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, March 27, 2020. He was born on October 19, 1955 to Bennie and Pearl (Fairchild) Kelton in Checotah, Oklahoma. He grew up and attended Muskogee Central High School.
James married the love of his life, Rhoda Ann DeShazer, on October 25, 1973 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. They shared over 46 years of a happy life and marriage together.
James was an owner of Unique Auto Repair and worked as a mechanic for many years. He had a love for music and enjoyed listening to and playing gospel and blue grass. James enjoyed playing his guitar and he loved to sing. He also loved racing and working on the race car with his son. James enjoyed riding motorcycles and going on rides with his wife Rhoda and their daughter and her husband, as well as many family members and friends. He played softball and eventually became an umpire.
James loved his family very much and will be missed by everyone who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bennie and Pearl Kelton; and sister, Carol Mason.
James is survived by his loving wife, Rhoda; son, James Kelton and fiancé Christina; daughter, Traci Doak and husband James; brother-in-law, Don Mason; multiple brothers-in-law, cousins, nieces, nephews, and countless friends.
A celebration of James’ life will be 10AM, Friday, April 3, 2020 at Greenhill Cemetery Pavilion with Rev. Billy Fowler officiating. Pallbearers will be Don Mason, Billy Fowler, James Doak, Fred Fairchild, Mike Doak and David McCullough.
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

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Rev. Delbert Josey, 79

Born Friday, November 22, 1940

Died Friday, March 27, 2020

Rev. Delbert Josey, age 79, pastor of Wilson Chapel Baptist Church, passed away March 27, 2020.

At this time there will be a PRIVATE family burial.

Visitation, Thursday, April 2, 2020, 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., Precious Memories Chapel, House of Winn Funeral Home, 2200 Military Blvd, Muskogee, OK.

On the 11th day of November 1940, a precious baby boy was born to Junious R. Josey Sr. and Frankie Mae Wafer Josey in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He was the only child born to this union. At a young age, the family moved to Kansas City. Delbert received his formal education in Kansas City and Muskogee. He later joined the United States Army and after three years, he met and married Eleanor Josey and to this union two girls were born.

Delbert accepted his call to the gospel ministry in Kansas City at Greater Progressive Baptist Church. He later moved back to Muskogee, Oklahoma and united with the Deans Chapel Baptist Church under the pastorage of Rev. Donald Dumas.

He pastored several churches in the Muskogee area. In 2004, he became the pastor of the Greater Wilson Chapel Baptist Church in Haskell, Oklahoma. Also in December 2004, he also married Rosie Briggs Harris. Delbert always said that she was the love of his life.

Rev. Josey graduated from Connors State College and earned an Associate Degree. He earned a Bachelor in Pastoral Ministry from the Sure Foundation Theological Institute, he also attended Northeastern State University. He retired from the Muskogee County Jail as a Jailer, and he also had a shoe shine stand in the Court House known as “The Shine Man”.

Waiting on his arrival are his mother, his father, his sister and his brother. Leaving to mourn his passing, his wife Rosie of the home, 2 daughters LeVetta Joy Josey of Denver, CO, Delvetta Carlotta Josey of Muskogee, OK, 7 stepchildren, 22 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren, his brother Rueben Roger Josey of Sandy Springs, GA, a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, church family and friends.

The family has been Cared for by House of Winn Funeral Homes.

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Stanley B. LuGrand, Sr., 57

Born Saturday, April 21, 1962

Died Friday, March 27, 2020


Stanley B. LuGrand Sr . was born April 21, 1962 to Emma and Elmer LuGrand in Okemah Oklahoma.


Stanley accepted Christ at an early age at the Christian Church in Boley Oklahoma under Rev C.B. Nichols. He joined by Christian experience at the Mt. Gilead Baptist Church in Wichita, Kansas under Pastor Tarrance C. Floyd 2006. He sometimes attended the Cowboy Church in Spencer on occasion with friends.


Stan as he was affectionately called was proud to be called a Boley Bear. He attended Boley elementary and high school where he excelled in sports. He was a member of the 1980 basketball team that best Paden and won the District Championship!. He paid particular attention to how he dressed and had his swag on at all times (cowboy boots of course). Stan never meet a stranger and made friends wherever he went. He was a strait shooter and you always knew where you stood with him. After graduation he worked for Smokaroma Inc., as a Supervisor and Fork-lift operator in Boley, Ok. Stanley was always a dependable, hardworking employee. He finished his work career at ETI in Oklahoma City, OK as a fork-lift operator where he received a certificate of recognition for 7 years of dedicated service.

Stanley’s deep and abiding love caused him to be protective and propelled him to be the best father he could be for his children; twins Mallissa, Larrissa, Stanley Jr, Danisha, Shayla, Nehemiah and Kyle. Stanley loved all things outdoors, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, & motorcycle riding. He was a faithful member of the Ol School Round Up Club and could always be found riding in the Boley parade. He was an excellent cook, and loved to brag that he could cook better than his sisters (not true of course, but he loved to say it).
Stanley was preceded in death by his parents Elmer and Emma LuGrand and one sister Dorothy Williams.

He leaves to cherish his memory his daughters Mallissa Gumbs, Larrissa Zachery, and Danisha LuGrand of Edmond Oklahoma, Kyle Wilkins of Hawaii, Shayla LuGrand and her mother Jackie of Midwest City, Oklahoma, Betty Williams of IXL, Oklahoma, sons Stanley Jr (Andrea) of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Nehemiah and his mother Skylar of Midwest City, Oklahoma. Grand children, Jazlyn, Crystal, Iah, Enya, Xzaiver, Maliah, Zenobia, Stanley III, Darrius, Abram, Noah, Emma, Jeremiah, Josiah, and Maurice V. His siblings Bettey Tryon of Oklahoma City, Elmer E. LuGrand( Gloria) Boley, Oklahoma, Jacqueline (Tarrance) Floyd of Wichita, Kansas, Cynthia (Ricky)Sanders of Norman Oklahoma, Eulys Fishier , Oklahoma City, Ok and Shirley Fisher, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

You may visit Mr. LuGrand, as he slumbers in peaceful repose at the Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc., in the Hyde Park Chapel, Boley, Oklahoma on Friday from 2:00 PM until 7:00 PM.

A private graveside ceremony will be held on Saturday.

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