Saturday, February 16

Loureda vs Fletcher Watch Party
SBR Defensive Training
2019 Kids' Space Daddy Daughter Dance
Soulful Hangout
Estate Sale
Tyler Brant
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Zumba with Kaylon
SBR Defensive Training
Oklahoma Kids!
Donut's and Doggy's
ECC Ladies Breakfast
Murder suicide house
Valentine's Dinner for Two
Oscars Celebration

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.)

Edith Laverne Warren, 97

Born Monday, October 31, 1921

Died Thursday, February 14, 2019

Edith Laverne Warren, 97, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away on Thursday, February 14, 2019. She was born on October 31, 1921 to Lovely George Rogers and May (Dean) Rogers in Gore, Oklahoma.
Edith did many things in her life including, driving a race car and a motorcycle. She enjoyed being outside planting flowers in her garden. Edith loved listening to gospel, bluegrass and zydeco music. She loved her family very much and enjoyed spending as much time possible with them.
Edith was preceded in death by her parents, Lovely George and May Rogers; daughter, Nelly Wanice Lykins; brother, L.G. Rogers; and sister, Ruth Scoggins.
She is survived by her sons, Billy Wayne Chandler, of Okay, OK, and Dana B. Chandler of Broken Arrow, OK; brother, Vernon Rogers of Muskogee, OK; 11 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
No services have been planned at this time.

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Jason Scott Faulconer, 45

Born Saturday, February 2, 1974

Died Monday, February 11, 2019

Jason Scott Faulconer, 45, of Pryor, Oklahoma entered Heaven’s Gates on early Monday morning, February 11, 2019. He was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma on February 2, 1974 to Russell Lee Faulconer and Marcy Pigg-Price. He grew up and attended public schools in Muskogee, including Tony Goetz, Alice Robertson and Muskogee High School. He later earned his GED.
On March 26, 1994, he married the love of his life, Pennie Phillips, in his grandma’s living room in Wagoner, Oklahoma. They shared almost 25 years of a happy life and marriage together. Jason and Pennie are members of Oldham Memorial Baptist Church.
Jason worked with Schenker Logistics as a forklift driver for several years until his health forced his early retirement. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, spending time with his family and witnessing for the Lord. He will always be remembered as a good son, husband, and father and also an amazing papa.
He was preceded in death by his father, Rusty Faulconer; brother, Nathan Coffman; grandparents, Jack and Wanda Pigg, and Barbara and Winford Faulconer.
Jason is survived by his wife, Pennie of the home; children, Cody Faulconer and Carlee Faulconer, both of Pryor; granddaughter, Bailee; mother and step-father, Marcy and Buzz Price of Muskogee; sisters, Lori Mabe and husband Chris of Muskogee, Chelsea Freeman and husband Colby of Muskogee, Lyndi Coffman of Muskogee, John Faulconer of Wagoner; sisters-in-law, Katherine Atkison, Julia Odle, Jennifer Atkison and Johnnie Atkison; stepbrother, Erick Price; stepsisters, Melanie Jones and husband Ryan, Tamara Parker and husband Erik, Emily Adams and husband Garrett; dad, Donald Coffman; mother and fathers-in-law, Jessie and Terry Jones, Johnny and Marla Atkison; numerous other family members and many friends.
A celebration of Jason’s life will be 2:00 P.M. Friday, February 12, 2019 at Oldham Memorial Baptist Church with Pastor Glen Little officiating. Private interment will be in Three Rivers Cemetery at Okay, OK. Brady Eddington, Chris Mabe, Billy Baker, Colby Freeman, Greg Williams and Patrick McDaniels will be serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Erick Price and Erik Parker.
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

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Opla Crawford, 87

Born Tuesday, October 13, 1931

Died Monday, February 11, 2019

Her journey began when God sent her to this world October 13, 1931 in Summit, Oklahoma to Fannie Logan and Paul Bolden. Her parents were blessed to have 18 children.

She met and married Marion Lee Crawford and lived in Hutchinson, KS from 1939 to 1966, attending Second Street Baptist Church with Rev. Charles Alexander, pastor. God blessed them with 7 beautiful children. Opal moved to Colorado Springs, CO in 1966 and attended St. John Baptist Church under Rev. Milton E. Proby till 2005. Opal worked as a LPN for Penrose Hospital and St. Elizabeth Hospital. When she retired, she moved back to Muskogee, OK and joined Mt. Calvary Baptist Church under the Leadership of Rev. J. A. Reed Sr., and after he passed away, Rev. Gary Hall became her Pastor. Opal loved her church and her faith in God is what kept her going.

God has now called Opal home and she will be with her husband, parents and her son, Carl Edwayne Crawford.

She leaves to cherish wonderful memories, her sons, Marion Lee (Amanda) Crawford Jr., Denver, CO, Mark Anthon Crawford, Muskogee, OK, Hebert Darnell (Phyllis) Crawford, North Dakota, her daughters, Karen Brooks, Wichita, KS, Aneta llene Jones, Tampa Bay, FL, Cynthia Ann Crawford, Colorado Springs, CO, her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren, her sister, Jean Fulbright and a host of family members.

Speak of me as you have always done. Remember the good times, laughter, and fun. Share the happy memories we've made. Do not let them wither or fade.

I'll be with you in the summer's sun, and when the winter's chill has come.
I'll be the voice that whispers in the breeze. I'm peaceful now, put your mind at ease.

I've rested my eyes and gone to sleep, but memories we've shared are yours to keep.

A Home Going Service is scheduled, Monday, February 18, 2019, 11:00 a.m., Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 622 N. 6th Street, Muskogee, OK; with Rev. Gary Hall, eulogizing. Interment will follow in Booker T. Washington Cemetery, Muskogee, OK.

Visitation will be Sunday, 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

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

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Jerri Ann Cook, 49

Born Sunday, July 27, 1969

Died Sunday, February 10, 2019

Jerri Turney Cook, Special Education School Teacher, passed at her home in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma on February 10, 2019 at the young age of 49.
Jerri was born July 27, 1969 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma to Lon and Barbara Turney. She graduated from Tahlequah High School in 1987, then graduated from Northeastern State University with a bachelor’s degree in Special Education. She taught for thirteen years and retired from teaching to stay at home to take care of her children. She owned and operated Gibson’s Car Wash. She loved taking care of Logan, Madalyn, and husband, Kelly and always called Logan her “blessing.” Jerri enjoyed crocheting, (especially for new babies), junking for priceless antiques, rescuing animals, and socializing on Facebook. She was passionate about helping others that had children with the same diagnosis as Logan.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents; Iris and Frank Purget; her paternal grandparent, Plez Turney; her paternal bonus grandparent, Don White; her maternal bonus father Glenn Gibson.
She is survived by her husband; Kelly Cook; her children, Madalyn Cook and fiancé, Kyle Peck, Logan Cook, and Ashley Cook Morgan and husband, Patrick of Baltimore, Maryland; her mother, Barbara McMurtrey and husband, L.J.; her father, Lon Turney and wife, Tammy of Muskogee; paternal grandmother, Christine Turney; her sister, Chrissy Turney and partner, Sean Bilby of Hulbert, Ok; her niece, Paige Shepherd and fiancé, Baylee Gann of Broken Arrow; her brother-in-laws, Donald Cook Jr. and wife, Karen, Tim Cook and wife, Janie, Tom Cook and wife, Trisha, Justin Cook and wife, Kathleen; sister-in-law, Janet Freeling; her bonus siblings; Kris McMurtrey and partner, John Partin, Brian McMurtrey and wife, Jolynda, Clayton McMurtrey, Tyler Baccus, Courtney Brassfield, and Shelby Brassfield and wife, Megan along with numerous nieces and nephews who loved her dearly.
In lieu of flowers, family requests memorial contributions be made in Jerri’s name to the Oklahoma Autism Center Foundation P.O. Box 42133 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123 or you can contribute online at in memory of Jerri Turney Cook.
Viewing will be 1PM-7PM Thursday, February 14, 2019 at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson, OK.
A Celebration of Life will be held 10AM Friday, February 15, 2019 at the Crescent Valley Baptist Church, Tahlequah, OK with Pastor Ben Mangrum officiating.
Committal prayers and interment will follow in Starnes Cemetery in Fort Gibson, with Scott Turney, Bobby Turney, Mike Turney, Frank Turney, Brian McMurtrey and Sean Bilby serving as casket bearers.
The family of Jerri Turney Cook has entrusted her care, services and burial to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson. 918-478-2555
Online condolences may be left at

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Violet Marie Jenks, 86

Born Tuesday, June 14, 1932

Died Sunday, February 10, 2019

Violet Marie (Shaw) Jenks, 86, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away Sunday, February 10, 2019. She was born June 14, 1932 in Albion, Oklahoma to James and Nora Shaw. Violet attended public school and graduated from Lyle (WA) High School in 1950.
She married the love of her life, Dennis Leo Jenks, on May 14, 1952 in Gentry, Arkansas. They shared more than 64 years of life and marriage together until his passing.
Violet owned and operated Violet’s Beauty Shop in Braggs for more than 35 years where she also worked as a beautician. She then invested in rental properties and founded and operated Jenks Property Management Co. with her husband.
Violet was an active and faithful member of Chandler Road Church of Christ.
She will always be remembered for her love of her family and friends. She loved to garden and work in her flowerbeds; transform run down homes into clean, affordable rent homes; and loved to cook delicious meals for her family and friends. Violet also enjoyed sitting with and serving sick patients.
She was loved by many and will be greatly missed.
Violet was preceded in death by her parents, James and Nora Shaw; husband, Dennis L. Jenks; son, Randy Lee Jenks; sisters, Lily Williams, Mildred Stoynoff, and Jimmie Lee; brother, Bob Shaw; and daughter-in-law, Debbie Jenks.
She is survived by her son, Dennis Duane Jenks and wife Wendy of Muskogee; grandsons, Tracy Jenks and wife Nydia, and Marcos Jenks, all of Ft Worth, TX; granddaughter, Becky Jenks Shaw and husband Jim of Fromberg, MT; great-grandsons, Nathan and Noah Shaw of Fromberg, MT; four nephews, three nieces; along with other family members and friends.
A private family memorial service is planned for a later date.
Cremation services performed by Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York St, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be sent to the family online at

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Thelma I. Girty, 90

Born Wednesday, July 11, 1928

Died Sunday, February 10, 2019

Thelma Irene (Davenport) Girty, 90, of Warner, passed away from this life on Sunday, February 10, 2019. She was born on July 11, 1928 in Centralia, OK to Orville and Leda Davenport.
She loved and cherished her 23 grandchildren along with numerous great-grandchildren, of which she lost count of how many.
Thelma worked as a cook all her life in several cafés, colleges, and retired from Winfield State Hospital.
She enjoyed cooking for everyone, going to yard sales, sewing and quilting, planting flowers, visiting with family and friends, writing letters and sending cards, collecting and dressing her dolls, showing everyone her dolls and quilts, and setting on her porch swing in the sunlight.
She will always be remembered as a loving mom, granny, sister, aunt, and friend. She will be missed by all.
Thelma was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Danny Davenport, Jane Livingston, Orvilla Moody; her children; Donna Hopps, Jimmie Claggett, Shirley Boggs, and Geneva Girty.
Survivors include her brothers, Jack Davenport and wife Faye, and Duane Davenport; sons, Lester Claggett, Larry Claggett, Billy Claggett, and Albert (Boy) Girty; daughters, Georgia Justice and Doree Girty; along with many other family members and friends.
Funeral services celebrating Thelma’s life will be 10AM, Thursday February 14, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel in Muskogee. Graveside services and interment will be at 2:00 PM at Bluejacket Cemetery in Bluejacket, Oklahoma.
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

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Philemon “Phil” Thomas, 68

Born Tuesday, August 8, 1950

Died Sunday, February 10, 2019

Philemon Mathew Thomas or “Phil” as he was affectionately referred to by his parents and siblings, was born on a farm west of Summit, Oklahoma on August 8, 1950, to Clarence Weldon and Bessie Berniece Thomas.

Phil was the seventh living child to this union at the time of his birth. Later on, he was joined by three additional siblings. He really loved his Grampa Ed Thomas and was the “spitting” image of him in size and height, wearing only western attire. His favorite pastime was watching western movies and his favorite TV shows, Gunsmoke and The Rifleman.

Phil accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at First Baptist Church in Summit under Pastor, H.P. Anthony. He attended grade and junior high school at Dubois School in Summit, and graduated from historic Manual Training High School, class of 1968.

While at Manual Training High School, Phil followed his older brothers, Clarence and Wilbur, joining the New Farmers of America (NFA), under the legendary leadership of Mr. W.G. Parker. He participated in livestock, poultry and vegetable production projects, and entered many competitions in the Muskogee area. He furthered his studies in Agriculture at Northeastern A&M University in Miami, Oklahoma, receiving his Associates degree in Agriculture.

Phil joined the U.S. Navy in 1972, choosing US Naval Construction Battalion (SEABEE) carpentry, as a career. He later served in the same capacity for over 20 years in the US Navy Reserves and received many awards for his achievements.

Phil was gifted and talented. He could literally erect a house from scratch with no assistance from any contractors. Carpentry became his primary occupation. He became an entrepreneur, hiring and teaching young men to build. He often worked long and hard hours during the night to finish some jobs.

Phil enjoyed outdoor activities with his brothers, cousins and sons. Being an avid hunter and fisherman, his freezer was stocked with fish, deer, rabbit and frog legs. He prepared meals often, barbequing for family reunions and others.

Phil married the love of his life, Rebecca Davis on August 3, 1975, bringing her from California to the country where they built their own farm. Becky was a complete partner to Phil, assisting him in building and other farm projects. They became a blended family with children: Philemon, Phyllis and Anthony. Later, three children were born to this union, Clevon, Coleise and Jake. Phil enjoyed his life and loved to spend time with his family. He was a great husband, father, grandfather and brother. Many children loved him, and he became their Dad too. He made countless friends and colleagues in his personal and professional career.

Phil was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Phyllis, three brothers and one sister. He leaves to cherish his memories: his devoted wife pf 43 years, Rebecca Thomas, four sons, Philemon Currin (Keisha), Tullahasse, Oklahoma, Anthony Edwards (Felicia) Irving, Texas, Clevon Thomas, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Jake Thomas, Muskogee, Oklahoma, and one daughter, Coleise Thomas, Muskogee, Oklahoma, 23 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. His siblings include: Betty Gibson, Long Island, New York, Lurlene McDaniel (Earnest) Duluth, Georgia, Dr. Wilbur Thomas and Betsy Oakley, Muskogee, Oklahoma and Debra Fields (Ronald) Garland, Texas.

A Home Going Service is scheduled Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 11:00 a.m., First Baptist Church, Summit, OK; with Interment to follow in New Hope Cemetery, Oktaha, OK.

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

The family has been cared for House of Winn Funeral Home & Cremations, Muskogee

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Joseph Fairlynn Hoover, 75

Born Friday, August 20, 1943

Died Friday, February 8, 2019

Joseph Hoover, known to his friends and close associates as "Joe," passed away Friday, February 8th, 2019, at the age of 75 years.

Joe was born and raised in Heavener, Oklahoma where he actively played sports including his most loved sport, football. He attended college in Wilburton, Oklahoma and attended Southwestern, in Weatherford, Oklahoma where he completed pharmacy school and attained a Dr. of Pharmacy in 1968. It was during his time in Weatherford he met his lovely bride to be, Montie Thomason, also a student at Southwestern, who received a Master’s in English Education.

Joe and his family moved to Stigler, OK in 1968 where he worked alongside Harlan Shields at a drugstore on the corner of Main Street and Broadway. After a fire destroyed the building, Joe opened Hoover Drug where it remained a Stigler landmark until he retired.

Joe stayed involved in his local community serving as a Chamber of Commerce board member, a local Jaycee member and chapter president. He was recognized as Jaycee of the Year in Oklahoma in 1973. Joe also served on the Oklahoma Pharmaceutical Association advocating for patients and independent retail druggists throughout Oklahoma.

Joe was also a member of the Masonic Lodge where he contributed to local newsletters, provided pictures and through the help of others drew attention to local charities and scholarship programs sponsored by the Masons.

Known for his stories, humor and of course, his love for OU football, he traveled extensively to watch the Sooners play not only in Norman but several bowl games, including a national championship win in the 2001 Orange Bowl against Florida State. Photography was also a hobby Joe adopted and was awed by the splendid majesty of the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Park. Jackson Hole was his favorite place to visit with its breathtaking scenery, natural wildlife and great locals and tourists alike.

He is survived by his wife of over 50+ years, Montie, and son Ken as well as his sister Laveene Cooper and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members. We take great comfort in knowing that Joe is now with his brother, Lee, running defensive schemes to help guide the Sooners next season and his mother Lona Queen Hoover who was taken early in her life. She was surely proud of the man Joe became.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel, 1830 N. York Street in Muskogee, OK on February 13th, 2019 at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you please make a donation to the charity of your choice in the name of a loved one in your family.

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

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John William Wyatt, 77

Born Tuesday, October 14, 1941

Died Thursday, February 7, 2019

John William Wyatt, 77, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed from this life on Thursday, February 7, 2019. He was born October 14, 1941 in Wagoner, Oklahoma to Walter Wyatt and Velma (Shehorn) Wyatt.
John proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army for 20 years. He served in Vietnam and later worked as a Finance Manager for the Army.
He met Sandra Lee Seguine, who was also a member of the United States Army, and they were married in 1975 in Germany. They shared more than 44 years of life and marriage together.
John loved to make things and enjoyed sewing as well.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra, of the home; son, Ryan of Muskogee; 7 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; sister, Mary of Texas; along with several nieces and nephews; other family members and friends.
A graveside service celebrating John's life will be 2PM, Thursday, February 14, 2019 at Fort Gibson National Cemetery with Full Military Honors presented.

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Aubrey A. Morgan Jr., 88

Born Wednesday, May 28, 1930

Died Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Aubrey A. Morgan Jr. of Troy, IL, 88, was born May 28, 1930 at Oktaha, Oklahoma. He passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at his residence.
Aubrey was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during the Korean War (July 1948-July 1953). He retired from AT&T Co. after 30 years of service and from the Civil Service after 10 years of service.
He was preceded in death by his father, Aubrey; his step-father, Noble Walden; his mother, Hilda (Foreman) Morgan Walden; two half sisters, Patty and Betty Walden; paternal and maternal grandparents; son, John A. Morgan; and grandsons, Jeffrey D. Morgan and Dustin D. Morgan.
Aubrey is survived by his wife, Janice M. (Woods) Morgan, whom he married on December 26, 1951; son, David W. Morgan; grandson, Timothy Morgan; granddaughters, Teresa (Rocky) Nevels and Myrinda Morgan; seven great-grandchildren; half brother, Russ Walden; along with numerous cousins, nephews, and nieces.
Aubrey requested no flowers. If you feel the nees to make a donation, Aubrey’s favorite charities were DAV (Disabled American Veterans), VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars), USO (United Service Organization) or the Humane Society of Missouri.
Funeral services celebrating Aubrey’s life will be at the Fort Gibson National Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 12, 2019.
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

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Jane Kilpatrick, 83

Born Saturday, December 14, 1935

Died Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Jane was born on December 14, 1935 in Muskogee. She was raised primarily in Wagoner, Ok along with one brother. Jane attended Wagoner Public School and graduated in May of 1955. On May 15, 1955 she married the love of her life, Lloyd Kilpatrick.

Jane worked for Rickett’s Music Store for several years as the bookkeeper. Then she went to work at Kubota as a bookkeeper for several more years. Her final position was as the evening secretary at ICTC. She retired from this position in July, 2001.

Jane was a devoted Christian. She was baptized into Christ in May 1956 at Central Church of Christ and remained a faithful servant throughout her life. She never missed a service until health issues prohibited her attendance. She loved baking desserts for church dinners and always remembered everyone’s favorite pie or cake.

Jane loved gardening. She always eagerly waited for spring so she could get her hands in the dirt and tend her flowers. Jane always said that her greatest accomplishment were her three children. She was so proud of the adults that they became. She was equally proud of her grandchildren reveling in all of their many accomplishments.

Jane went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 surrounded by her family. She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and loved her.

Jane was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Kilpatrick; brother Billy Douglas; sister-in-law Linda Kilpatrick; three brothers-in-law, Gerald Tackett, Bud Miller and Bill Kilpatrick; as well as her parents, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Jane is survived by one son, Chris Kilpatrick and daughter-in-law, Shelli Kilpatrick of Oologah; two daughters, Sherrie West of the home and Jan Brown of Coweta; three grandchildren, Matthew West of the home, Zachary and Courtney Kilpatrick of Oologah; one brother-in-law, Troy Kilpatrick and his wife Joyce of Romeo, Michigan; three sisters-in-law, Cona Mae Tackett of Sallisaw, Gilberta Walker and her husband Granville of White Horn Cove, and Edith Miller of Abilene, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service celebrating Jane’s life will be 2PM, Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Ken Tackett officiating.

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

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William E. “Bill” Sherrill, 66

Born Thursday, July 3, 1952

Died Tuesday, February 5, 2019

William E. “Bill” Sherrill III, was born on July 3, 1952 in Tulsa, OK to William E. Sherrill II and Doris (Franks) Sherrill and entered eternity on February 5, 2019.
Bill graduated from US Grant HS, OKC in 1970. After high school he attended broadcasting school and worked in Christian radio. Sensing God’s call to ministry, he earned a BA in religious studies from OBU in Shawnee, OK and a M.Div. from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO.
While attending OBU, he met the love of his life Beth Northum. They were married in 1977 and had two children, Heather Diane and Steven Gregory.
Bill spent his life in the service of the Lord as a youth pastor, associate pastor, pastor, and director of missions in Oklahoma and Missouri. He was passionate about sharing the Gospel and urged others to do the same. He was a wonderful encourager with a great sense of humor. Whether it was teaching God’s word from a pulpit, training church leaders as director of missions, serving meals with the disaster relief team, or attending church camp with children and youth, his goal was always the same—speak Truth in love and point people to Jesus.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William E. Sherrill II and Doris (Franks) Sherrill, and brother, Gregory Alan Sherrill.
Bill is survived by his wife, Beth (Northum) Sherrill of the home; daughter, Heather Schwartz and husband Brandon of Weatherford, OK; son, Steven Sherrill and wife Amy of Skiatook, OK; brother, James M. Sherrill and wife Dale of River Falls, WI; grandchildren, Lillie, Isaac, Charlie, and Henry Sherrill of Skiatook, OK and William and Libby Schwartz of Weatherford, OK; father and mother-in-law, Charlie and Pat Northum of Tahlequah, OK; brother-in-law, Brian Northum and wife Mary of Buda, TX; sister-in-law, Amy Gonzalez and husband George of Benton, AR; and many beloved aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Gideon’s International or to Disaster Relief, BGCO, 3800 N. May Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73112.
Bill’s family will receive friends 5:30PM-7:30PM, Thursday, February 7, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.
A memorial service will be 2PM, Friday, February 8, 2019 at Grandview Baptist Church in Muskogee, OK with Dr. Danny Mills officiating. Interment will follow at Greenhill Cemetery with Kim Crissler, Mike McElreath, Howard Hill, Jeff King, Kenny Rader, Wes Stanley, Rick Nichols, Larry Cragg, Carl Boyes and Greg Mashburn serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be the Oklahoma Baptist Directors of Missions and The Muskogee Baptist Association Ministers.
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

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Rosie Mae Jones, 86

Born Tuesday, September 6, 1932

Died Monday, February 4, 2019

Rosie Mae Jones was born September 6, 1932 to Lillie Mae Carr-Lollis and George Lollis, Sr (both parents predeceased). She grew up with her family (siblings) in the small town of Rentiesville, Oklahoma Historic Landmark (Battle of Honey springs). There were ten children born in this union, and Rosie Mae was the second to the oldest child. Her brothers and sisters who proceeded her in death were Clemmie Lollis, Dan Lewis Ragsdale, Willis Lollis, Danny Lollis, George Lollis, Jr. Delois Lollis-Henderson, Elizabeth (Lizzie) Lollis-Byrd, Patricia (Tish) Lollis-Harris and her great grandson, Major Lee Jones. Rosie Mae received her formal public education from schools in Rentiesville, Oklahoma. Rosie Mae received Christ into her life at an early age in her hometown of Rentiesville, Oklahoma. She received her advanced education when she moved to Kansas City, Kansas, where she obtained her Associates Degree from Kansas City, Kansas Community College.

Rosie Mae was married to Timothy Jones (deceased) to this union three children were born, Timothy Jones, Robert S. Jones and Linda Mae Jones. Rosie was married to Mitchell Branch, Sr to this union one son was born Mitchell R. Branch, Jr.

Rosie Mae worked at Western Electric in Lee's Summit Missouri for approximately twenty-years. She also worked with her family at Wades and Denny's Restaurants in Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri. She continue to work even when she moved back to her hometown Rentiesville, Oklahoma to retire, which didn't happen until her failing health. She always kept busy even raising her chickens and giving their eggs to her family and friends. Rosie Mae enjoyed cooking large meals for her family, especially during holidays. She always cooked something sweet to go along with her meals, pies and cakes. Rosie enjoyed traveling and watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Along her journey, Rosie Mae lived in Topeka, Kansas, Junction City, Kansas and Kansas City, Kansas.

Rosie Mae leaves behind her children whom she cherished, Timothy Jones (Chandra), of Tulsa Oklahoma, Robert S. Jones (Alice) of Rentiesville, Oklahoma, Linda Mae Jones-Jackson (Terry) of Kansas City, Missouri, Donald Ray Holland, Sr (LaBrea) of Kansas City, Kansas, Mitchell R. Branch, Jr. (Michelle) of Kansas City, Missouri, Regina Lollis-Burnside (Andrew) of Kansas City, Kansas and Douglas Ray Lollis (Faye) of Rentiesville, Oklahoma. She also leaves behind her two brothers James Lollis (Adrian) of Rentiesville, Oklahoma, Sherman Lollis (Judy) of Rentiesville Oklahoma and her special grandchildren Chasity Jones of Muskogee and Montel Jones of Checotah, Oklahoma who took care of her in her last days, and her husband Leroy Jones of the home in Rentiesville, Oklahoma. Finally, she leaves behind her beloved Forty-two grandchildren, Fifteen great grandchildren, Fourteen great-great grandchildren and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.

Rosie Mae was a member of the First Baptist Church of Rentiesville, Oklahoma under the pastorage of Pastor Donald E. Brown.

A Home Going Service will be conducted Saturday, February 16, 2019, 1:00 p.m., First Baptist Church, Rentiesville, OK; with interment to follow in Honey Springs Cemetery, Rentiesville, OK.

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

The family has been cared for by House of Winn Funeral Homes & Cremations, Muskogee.

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Ralph “Kevin” Joice, 63

Born Tuesday, October 4, 1955

Died Sunday, February 3, 2019

Ralph “Kevin” Joice, 63, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away Sunday, February 3, 2019 at his home. He was born October 4, 1955 in Muskogee to Leftridge and Madelyn (Clapper) Joice. Kevin was raised in Muskogee by his grandmother, Connie Clapper. He attended Irving Elementary, Alice Robertson Jr High, and graduated from Muskogee High School. He furthered his education at Connors State College and Northeastern State University where he graduated with a double major in Mass Communications and Criminal Justice.
Kevin married his best friend, Twila Janice Hart, on May 8, 1982 in Muskogee. They shared more than 36 years of life and marriage together.
He worked as an accounts manager for Remco Rentals until his health began to decline.
Kevin was loved by many and will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ralph and Connie Clapper; parents, Leftridge and Madelyn Joice; brother, Rick Joice; mother-in-law, Theresa Timmons; and brothers-in-law, Dubby Hart and Jerry West.
Kevin is survived by his wife, Twila, of the home; sisters-in-law, Gayla Hart and Cherry West Thompson; brother-in-law, Bruce Thompson; father-in-law, William Dub Hart; nieces, Andrea Joice, Mandi Harris and husband Shawn and their children, Candace Bowden and husband Aaron and their children, Melody Hart and her children, Jennifer Stamile and husband, Jessica Burma and husband, and Jacki Johnson and husband; nephews, Jonathan Hinton, John Gibson and wife Michelle and their daughter Mallisa, and William Hart IV; great niece, Lillian Joice; great-great niece, Maddy Lynn Joice; along with other family members and friends.
Memorial services will be planned at a later date.
In lieu of flowers Kevin’s family has requested memorials be made to the Arthritis Foundation at
Cremation services performed by Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York St, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be sent to the family online at

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William Doering, 92

Born Wednesday, May 5, 1926

Died Thursday, January 31, 2019

William David Doering, 92, of Muskogee, Oklahoma went to his Heavenly Home on Thursday, January 31, 2019. He was born on May 5, 1926 to Edward Emil Doering and Bertie Lee (Perkins) Doering in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Bill attended Washington Elementary and graduated from Muskogee Central High School.
Bill married the love of his life, Jolene Hill, on March 1, 1952 at Boston Avenue Baptist Church. They shared over 62 years of a happy life and marriage together.
Bill was a supervisor in the decorating department at Brockway Glass where he worked for 43 years and retired in 1990. He was a longtime member of Boston Avenue Baptist Church in Muskogee and also a member of Brockway Bees Bowling League. Bill was a hardworking man and was always “Mr. Fix It”. He was ruthless when it came to playing checkers, pitch or dominoes. Bill adored his family and loved taking care of them. He thoroughly enjoyed spending as much time as possible with them. Bill will always be remembered as a loving father and a kind, gentle man.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Helen Lee Brown; brother, Jimmy Doering; niece, Marilyn H. Bronaugh; and sister-in-law, Edna Doering.
Bill is survived by his daughters, Christina Bill (Doering) Boyd and husband Rick of Collinsville, OK, and Jill (Doering) Perkins and husband Tim of Lequire, OK; grandchildren, Corey and Kristy Perkins of Ashdown, AR, Lauren and Brand Reichard of Lynchburg, VA, and Jessica Perkins of Enid, OK; great-grandchildren, Killian and Selah Reichard both of Lynchburg, VA; nephews, David Brown of Fort Worth, TX, William and Janey Brown of Lawton, OK, Mike and Alma Brown of Fort Gibson, OK, and Tommy and Deb Doering of Guadalupita, NM; special niece, Tracy Fenton and husband Mark; many other great-nieces and nephews, and their families; several in-laws and their families of the Hill Bunch, Page and Moses families; his church family; his Brockway Glass family; and his many friends.
A celebration of Bill’s life will be 10AM, Monday, February 4, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Donnie Echols and Rev. Timothy Perkins officiating. Interment will follow at Greenhill Cemetery with Jason Hill, Joel Hill, Seth Hill, Jordan Hill, Corey Perkins and Mark Fenton 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

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Virgil “Lynn” Holloway, 67

Born Wednesday, January 16, 1952

Died Thursday, January 31, 2019

Virgil Lynn Holloway was born January, 16, 1952 in Shawnee Oklahoma to Virgil Holloway and Thelma Louise Holloway. He was a blessing to his family and the first and only son. He was raised in Seminole until the age of four. In Seminole they went to the Highway Baptist Church. A favorite family story is, as a little boy, he had a pocket full of marbles that his mother told him to leave at home. Needless to say as the sermon was going on, he lost the marbles and they all began rolling down the floor right towards the pulpit. When he was four the family was transferred for Virgil's work to Sand Springs, OK, and he lived there until the age of eight. Then the family was transferred to Drumright.
They lived in the Tidewater Oil Field Camp which was a place built and used previously by Tidewater Oil employees, but Virgil's job was with Sunray DX Oil Company. It was a great place to grow up with many other families and a tightknit community. What they didn't have in material things was always made up for in love. Lynn as he always went by, from all who knew him, attended Lincoln Grade School where he met his lifelong friend, Raymond Hilgendorf. They were always together, whether shooting pool or riding horses. This friendship continued till his passing. His principal there was a man named Mr. Riddle who shaped his life and taught him many life lessons. As a child he loved to play outdoors and loved animals. He would ride his bike anywhere and once rode it from Prattville to Berryhill which is probably almost ten miles. He loved his sisters Carol and Gaye as well as his dog Meme. In Drumright, he attended the First Baptist Church and was very involved and always loved his summer trips to Falls Creek.
He attended Drumright High School and graduated in 1970. While in school, he played football and basketball. He also was very involved in FFA and while in AG his teacher, Mr. Formby, made a lifelong impression on him. Lynn was very popular in school and everyone loved him, except maybe a teacher or two. He always told a story of sneaking into the town swimming pool and not getting caught because they were breathing through straws. He also told of seeing Freckles Brown ride Tornado, a feat that had never been done. He made many friends there that would last a lifetime. He always had a knack for talking to anyone and a smile you would never forget. He loved going to his Grandpa and Grandma Hicks’ place in Seminole and always talked of his grandpa's orchard. He also loved to going to Checotah to see his many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He especially loved his grandmother Lola. He always told of when he tried to sneak up on her, due to her being blind; and, she would always say, “Well hello Virgil Lynn.” He was amazed by that.
After high school, he went to work for the Santa Fe Railroad and had a lifelong love for trains. His uncle John Holloway was a yardmaster, and before long Lynn and Raymond both worked with him. They lived in Oklahoma City in a house full of people and made many great memories. He was a brakeman and worked the switch yard. During this time, he bought a brand-new Dodge Charger that he loved. He had little fear whether animals, motorcycles, cars, boats, or anything that would go. He had all of these things more than once and wrecked probably half of them. He was always a cat with nine lives. He also loved music and had many musician friends. He saw countless big-name bands at the zoo amp theater with another dear friend, Jim Shelton, and their other friend, Sam Latham, who would get them passes back stage.
Later he attended OSU Okmulgee to learn the electric trade. He worked nonunion electric shops for a few years. During this time, he met the love of his life, Cynthia Gentzen Holloway, and they were married in April of 1988. In November of 1988 they had a baby boy named Matthew who was Lynn’s pride and joy. In 1992, he joined The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) which changed his life forever. He loved the brotherhood and all it stood for. In 1991 the family moved to Fort Gibson, Oklahoma to be close to his sister Carol and her family. Before long the whole family called Fort Gibson home. He traveled all across the country doing electric work and being with his brothers. His road dogs meant a lot to him including Curtis Sparks, Carl Roberts, and Lynn Phelen. In 2006 Cindy passed away and he came home for good to raise his son. He also worked for Cherokee Nation Enterprises during this time and was loved by all he came in contact with. During his last years of work, his son got into the IBEW apprenticeship and they spent many hours together driving to work in Pryor, Tulsa and all over Oklahoma. He retired after some health issues in 2017. He was a simple man and lived for his family and friends. He once said "A simple man will never starve." He lived a wonderful life full of love and he had a long-standing relationship with his Lord and Savior and was never scared of death. So, in closing we can all rest easy knowing he is smiling down on us right now with that big grin from ear to ear.
Lynn was preceded in death by his wife Cindy Holloway, his father Virgil Holloway and his mother Louise Holloway.
He is survived by his son, Matthew Holloway; sister Carol Winn and her husband David and Gaye Wheeler all of Fort Gibson, OK; nephews, Brian Winn, Tyler, Ross and niece Rylynn, all of Tahlequah, OK; Nephews Grant Gentzen, of St. Louis, MO, and Jeffery Gentzen, Charleston, SC; and, his only living aunt, Rachel "Babe" Roberts of Checotah, OK. Also, many cousins, friends, and union brothers.
Viewing for Lynn will be noon-7PM Monday, February 4, 2019 at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home in Fort Gibson.
A service celebrating Lynn’s life will be 12:00PM Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at the Crescent Valley Baptist Church in Tahlequah with Pastor Bill Parker officiating.
Committal prayers and interment will follow at the Citizens Cemetery in Fort Gibson with Eric Olivares, Austin Truitt, Ben Harris, Alvin Andrews, Carl Roberts and Sam Latham serving as casket bearers. Honorary casket bearers are Raymond Hilgendorf, Jim Shelton, Grant Gentzen, Lynn Phelan, Jeffrey Gentzen, Brian Winn, Ross Winn, Tyler Winn, Curtis Sparks, Bruce Roberts, Lloyd Wayne Bivens and Grady Melton Bivens.
The family if Virgil Lynn Holloway has entrusted his care services and burial to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson. 918-478-2555
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James Alfred Cooper, 95

Born Saturday, February 3, 1923

Died Tuesday, January 29, 2019

James Alfred Cooper, 95, was born February 3, 1923 in Natchez, Mississippi to Charles and Ruth (Starnes) Cooper and peacefully passed away Friday, January 29, 2019 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
He proudly joined the United States Navy during WWII and served on the 3rd Fleet of the USS Orvetta. Before deployment he married the love of his life Dimie Cooper in Los Angeles, California. After the war James and Dimie moved to Muskogee, OK and started his career at Owens Brockway Glass and held the position of Foreman on the hot end for over 30 years. He retired in 1988.
James loved music and spent his time playing his guitar with family and friends. James was a faithful member of the Valley View Church in Fort Gibson where he was a charter member.
James was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dimie Cooper; daughter, Orvetta Cooper; and granddaughter, Orlando Cooper.
He is survived by his grandson; Jackie McBroom of Great Falls, Montana and his wife Cary; great grandchildren; Anabelle McBroom, Jayme McBroom of Great Falls, Montana, Jacqueline McBroom, Trey Stach of Fort Gibson, OK; nieces; Lynn Etheridge of Texas, Phyllis Lolewelyn of Mississippi, Barbara Hill, Carla Farley, Cortney Fills, Autumn Farley, Myan Farley, Sharon Kay Cleaton all of Oklahoma; great nieces; Toni Metzner, Angie Fuller from Oklahoma; great nephews, Barry Moon of Fort Gibson, Carl Drake and Brian Fuller of Oklahoma and many more nieces, nephews from all over the country and many friends.
A service celebrating James’ life will be 10:00AM Saturday, February 16, 2019 at the Valley View Church in Fort Gibson with Reverend Don Rhyne officiating.
Committal prayers and interment will follow in the Park Hill Cemetery in Park Hill, OK with Jackie McBroom, Barry Moon, Trey Stach and Carl Drake serving as casket bearers.
The family of James Alfred Cooper has entrusted his care, services and burial to Clifford D. Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson, OK. 918-478-2555.
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John Ed Compelube, 63

Born Monday, July 25, 1955

Died Sunday, January 27, 2019

John Compelube, of Park Hill, Oklahoma, passed away on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at his home in Park Hill after a courageous fight with cancer. Funeral services will be held at First Baptist Church in Fort Gibson on January 31, 2019 at 11:00 am with Pastor Gene Haddock of Crossroads Church officiating. Committal prayers and interment will follow at Citizens Cemetery in Fort Gibson with Kenny Scott, Larry Fourkiller, Shane Stanley, Rick Quinteros, Mike Salsman and Michael Nelson serving as casket bearers. Honorary casket bearers are Fred Riner and Jason Riner.
John was born in Gowan, Oklahoma on July 25, 1955 to Jimmy Ray and Mary (Bargas) Compelube. He attended school from elementary to junior high in McAlester, OK then moved to Fort Gibson in 1969 where he continued his education and graduated in 1975. He went to college in Kansas and then returned to Oklahoma. John served 8 years in the Army Reserves. He taught drafting at Indian Capitol Area Vo-Tech, worked for many engineering and architectural firms including Daniels Construction in Virginia and John-Zink in Tulsa. He worked for the engineering department at Coburn Optical in Muskogee from 1982 to 1998 where he took early retirement. He then worked for Cherokee Nation Department of Transportation as a Right of Way Supervisor from 1998 to 2017. John enjoyed the outdoors - fishing, hunting, and camping. He also enjoyed traveling, seeing new places, and meeting people. He was a wonderful cook and enjoyed cooking for work and his family and friends. Nothing lit up his eyes more than his grandchildren. He will be remembered especially for the many pieces of art that he created in his lifetime. Many are displayed at the Five Civilized Tribe Museum in Muskogee and the Choctaw Museum in Tuskahoma. He saw life as a beautiful canvas and lived life to its fullest.
John is preceded in death by his parents Jimmy and Mary Compelube, and his sister, Cynthia Kay Compelube.
John is survived by his wife and best friend Regina of the home; six children; Fred Riner and his wife Raegan of Lexington Park, Maryland; Jason Riner and his wife Hollie of Norfolk, Virginia; Bethany Salsman and her husband Michael of Hitchita, OK; Dustie Nelson, and her husband Michael of Fort Gibson, OK; Lacey Quinteros and her husband Rick of Coweta, OK; Shane Stanley of Park Hill, OK; five grandchildren; Brooklyn Salsman, Annyston Timmons and her husband Jonathon, Mikkah Nelson, Gunnar Nelson, and Adelaide Stanley; and one great grandchild, Peyton Timmons; brother Cecil Compelube and wife, Cindy, of Siloam Springs, Arkansas; a sister, Christina Marcel Compelube, of San Diego, California and many nieces, nephews and many friends.
The family of John Ed Compelube has entrusted his care, services and burial to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson. 918-478-2555.
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Gary T. Mitchum Jr., 41

Born Saturday, January 14, 1978

Died Sunday, January 27, 2019

On January 14, 1978 a baby boy was born to the union of Gary Mitchum Sr. and Gloria Ledbetter Mitchum Walker. He was named Gary Tyrone Mitchum, Jr., affectionately known as Ty.

Ty was a graduate of Muskogee High School’s Class of 1996. He played the saxophone in band and was an outstanding athlete in tennis, football and baseball. After high school he continued his education and played baseball at NEO in Miami, OK and at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, TX. He later joined the United States Air Force. After his enlistment, he made Los Angeles, California his temporary home. It was there that he began building his platform as a sports broadcaster.

Ty later moved back home to Muskogee to be close to family. His passion for sports continued as he played in Muskogee's newly formed semi pro football league, and was a well known asset of the winning team, Muskogee Timberwolves. He later became nationally known for his online sports page, "Mitchum's Sports Junkies" which highlights his love for the Pittsburgh Steelers and his knowledge of all sports.

Before Ty parted from Earth, he was a laborer at Tuboscope at the Port of Muskogee. Despite long, hard hours at work he had his own special way of reaching out to family and close friends to let them know he loved and cared for them.

Gary loved life. He took pleasure in being around his family and friends, talking about sports, ALL sports. He was so attentive to the games, he would often call out plays before they were performed.

Ty was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents, as well as aunts and uncles.

Ty leaves to cherish his life: his parents, Gary, Sr. (Helen), Gloria (Herman); his siblings Jethena Mitchell (Joshua),Robert Puckett (Miya), Sarita Mitchum and Rachel Mitchum, Kentrell Mitchum and his nephews, Michael, RaShaun and Monte’; his nieces, Jasmine and Jaliya; as well as a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

We will think of you when we are alone, for memory is the only friend grief can call its own. Like Ivy on a withered oak, when all other things decay; our love for you will still be green and never fade away.

A Memorial Service is scheduled, Saturday, February 2, 2019, 11:00 a.m., Rayfield Baptist Church, 601 Indianapolis St., Muskogee, OK, with Rev. Leroy Walker Sr. offering words of comfort.

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

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