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(Death notices and obituaries are taken from area funeral homes and presented here as-is. The respective funeral homes are responsible for their content. They are published here free of charge in chronological order by date of death.)

Emmitt Othell Maxey, 79

Born Tuesday, June 23, 1942

Died Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Emmitt Maxey, 79, was born in Muskogee on June 23, 1942 to Tom Maxey and Laura Rhodes and peacefully passed away Wednesday, October 20, 2021 in Muskogee. Emmitt lived a full life and loved his family. He began his military career by serving in the Army National Guard to be followed by serving in the United States Navy. He received an honorable discharge in October 1965. He started his career being a proud Firefighter for the City of Muskogee, where he served the citizens until he retired after 20 years. Emmitt's service was not complete, he went on to help serve his fellow Veterans with a career at the VA Hospital. Emmitt loved to share stories with his co-workers or pester and play jokes and he never met a stranger.
Early in his life Emmitt was not afraid of a challenge or a fight. He often remarked that, "I might not have won every fight I was in, but I guarantee that other guy knew he was in a fight." That was before his life was changed by the blessing of his family. He loved his kids and always worked hard to provide for them. Later in life he was always accompanied by his loyal and loving dog Jack, truly a companion to the end.
Emmitt is survived by his son, Jerry Maxey; and daughter, Teri Cox; granddaughters, Brandi Edwards and husband Kyle and Heather Maxey; great grandchildren, Trey, Delaney, and Kyler; brother, Tommy Maxey; and sister, Evelyn Kelly, many friends and extended family. He is preceded in death by his parents, Tom Maxey and Laura Rhodes; and his wife, Lorene Maxey. Emmitt’s obituary was beautifully written by his family. A memorial service celebrating Emmitt’s life will be held 11:00AM Friday, October 29, 2021 at Fort Gibson National Cemetery with Pastor Roger Pratt officiating. The family of Emmitt Maxey has entrusted his care, service and cremation to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson. 918-478-2555. Online condolences may be left for the family at clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com

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Charles Alonzo Wright, 88

Born Thursday, December 22, 1932

Died Tuesday, October 19, 2021

"Going Home" Charles Alonzo Wright, age 88, U.S. Army veteran and resident of Checotah, OK, transitioned, Tuesday, October 19,2021 in St Francis Medical Center-Muskogee, with family at bedside.

Graveside rites, will be conducted, Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021 at 2:30 P.M. in Ft Gibson National Cemetery with Rev. Starla Abraham, eulogizing. Public Visitation, will be Wednesday, Oct. 27th in the Precious Memories Chapel/House of Winn Funeral Home-Muskogee, during the hours of 1:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M.

Full Military Honors provided by American Legion Post 20, Ft Gibson, OK

MASKS mandatory at all services

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

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Gordon “Jack” Morrow, 87

Born Friday, June 1, 1934

Died Monday, October 18, 2021

Gordon Jack Morrow, AKA Abstract Jack, was born at home in Morton, Texas on June 1, 1934. The family acquired Muskogee Abstract and Title company in 1948 and the Morrow family joined the Muskogee Community.
Jack was number 65 on the Muskogee Roughers State Championship winning Dream Team football team. He was also a boy scout and active in the ROTC.
In 1952 Jack pledged Phi Gamma Delta at the University of Oklahoma. For those of you that know anything about the Fiji house, at OU, no further explanation is needed. He graduated in 1956 with a degree in letters. He was commissioned in the United States Army in 1956. He attended the Fort Sill artillery school and headed to Korea in 1957.
Jack met Lou Ann McCollum in March of 1967 on a blind date. She knew the second she opened the door she was going to marry him. In December of 1967 they were married in the Rowsey Chapel at St. Paul Church in Muskogee. He was and is the wind beneath her wings.
They welcomed their only child, Kristi, in 1968.
Jack was an avid golfer, he loved to ski, he hunted birds with his many friends and he enjoyed fishing as well. The family moved to Still Creek Ranch in 1974 where they bred beautiful Arabian horses and National Show horses. He liked to win.
Jack has two granddaughters, Isa and Kloe, that he adored. He was an Old Maid expert as wall as domino player. Both the girls helped him beat his cancer.
Throughout that entire battle, he never complained or gave up. The girls kept his spirit up the whole time and we all considered the dark time some of the best times because we were in it together.
Jack departed this world October 18, 2021 at his beloved Still Creek home, with his daughter by his side. He is missed by many, but his memory will live on. Good thoughts, good words, good deed. Rest in Peace Abo. Rock on.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Gordon Franklin and Cleo Stringer Morrow; sister, Patsy Ruth Voss.
He was survived by his wife Lou Ann Morrow of McAllen, TX; daughter, Kristi Morrow of Muskogee; granddaughters, Khloe Elizabeth Ward of Muskogee, OK, Isabella Grace Morrow of Broken Arrow, OK; nephews, Dusty Voss of Carrizozo, NM, Mike Voss of Phoenix, AZ and niece Laurie Voss.
Memorial services will be held 11:00 A.M., Saturday, October 23, 2021 at St. Paul Rowsey Chapel in Muskogee, OK with Rev. Emery Mason, Mr. Cliff Cate and Mr. Ed Gage officiating.
Cremation services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences can be made to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Marvin Henry Gilliland, 74

Born Sunday, November 17, 1946

Died Sunday, October 17, 2021

Marvin Henry Gilliland, 74, of Fort Gibson was born November 17, 1946 in Fort Gibson to Marvin and Annabelle (Kennedy) Gilliland and peacefully passed away, Sunday, October 17, 2021 at his home in Fort Gibson with his loving family by his side.
Marvin was a lifelong resident of Fort Gibson, and graduated from Fort Gibson High School with the class of 1964. After graduation, he joined the Oklahoma National Guard and was honorably discharged in 1968 as an E-4.
Marvin was the owner of A1 Auto Repair from 1969 until he retired from his business in 1992. On February 19, 1980 he married the love of his life, Susan Carol Irving in Denison, Texas. Together they shared forty-one years, seven months and twenty-eight days making precious memories together. Marvin was a member of the Fort Gibson First Baptist Church, Elks Lodge, and the Masonic Lodge for many years. He loved to hunt, fish, go camping, and was also a hunting guide. He made many memories with his kids and grandchildren taking them hunting and fishing and just spending time outdoors. Marvin enjoyed cooking for his family and friends and he really loved to eat.
Marvin is lovingly survived by his wife, Susan of the home; sons, Gary Isbell and wife, Kandi of Fort Gibson, Mike Gilliland and wife, Michele of Fort Gibson, Mark Gilliland of Fort Gibson, Ray Isbell and wife Paula of Braggs; daughter, Linda Carpenter and husband, James of Porter; honorary sons, Jeff Rose and wife, Cassie of Fort Gibson and Rowdy Honeycutt and wife Amanda; honorary daughter, Donnell Johnson; grandchildren, Brett, Brad, Julie, Nick, Zach, Bryce, Laney, Donnie, Becca and Jonathan, Hannah, Alesia and Jolee; 9 great grandchildren; sister, Anita Brawley and husband, Mike of Muskogee; brother, John Gilliland and wife, Kay of Fort Gibson, extended family and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Annabelle Gilliland; sister, Karen Honeycutt; paternal grandparents, Henry and Lucy Gilliland; maternal grandparents, Monroe and Nancy Kennedy.
A Celebration of Marvin’s life will be 10:00AM Thursday, October 21, 2021 at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Gibson with Pastor Glen Rowan officiating. Honorary urn bearers are Jim Yandell, Wade Rousselot, Tony Irving, Eugene Meeks, Bill Mocha, Mike Shoemake and Larry Morgan.
The family of Marvin Henry Gilliland has entrusted his care, service and cremation to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson. 918-478-2555.
Online condolences may be left for the family at clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com

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Deann D. Gist, 52

Born Thursday, March 13, 1969

Died Sunday, October 17, 2021

"Sign Me Up for the Christian Jubliee.. I Want to be Ready when Jesus Come".... Deann D. Gist, age 52, a resident of Haskell, OK, transitioned, Sunday, October 17, 2021 in the Haskell Health Care Center.

A Home Going Celebration will be conducted on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. in the First Baptist Church, Haskell, OK with Rev. Jesse Gist eulogizing. Interment will follow at Mt. Zion Cemetery, Haskell, OK. Visitation, Friday, October 29, 2021, during the hours of 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. in the House of Winn Precious Memories Chapel, Muskogee.

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

MASKS are mandatory at all SERVICES

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Lucille Brown Brooks, 92

Born Monday, January 14, 1929

Died Saturday, October 16, 2021

On January 14, 1929 a beautiful baby girl named Lucille was born in Summit, OK to the union of Odie Malone, Sr. and Doretha Smith Malone. She was the 5th of 8 children and attended Hall Chapel Grade School and later DuBois High School in Summit.

Early in her life she accepted Christ and joined First Baptist Church Summit under Rev. F. Roberts. In 1951 she met and married Leslie Brown. To this union 7 children were born: Edward, Beverly, Leslie Jr., James, Larry, Cheryl, and Ronnie. The couple remained united for 54 ½ years until his passing in 2005.

In 1962, the family joined Shiloh Baptist Church in Muskogee, Oklahoma. While there she faithfully served for 25 years in various capacities including teaching Primary, Junior, Intermediate, Young Adult, and Senior Sunday School classes; President of the Mission; and Church Treasurer along with husband, Deacon Leslie Brown, Sr. Additionally, she worked tirelessly in the District, State, and National Baptist Conventions for many years.

While in Muskogee, Lucille worked for 15 years for the J.F. Rooney family and for 10 years as a machine operator alongside husband Leslie at the WP Milling Company. In her later years she served as a private duty caregiver.

In 2007, she moved to Tulsa and joined Antioch Baptist Church under Rev. M.C. Potter. She enjoyed being active in Sunday School, Wednesday evening bible study and the Senior Adult Ministry. She also loved fellowshipping with the Carver Senior Citizens group where she had many friends.

In 2010, Lucille married her second husband, Deacon Carl Brooks, Sr. and moved back to Summit. There she became a member of First Baptist Church Summit under Rev. Charles Moore.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Leslie Brown, Sr., her parents, 3 brothers, 5 sisters, a grandson, and her second husband, Carl Brooks, Sr.

Lucille leaves to cherish her memory 2 daughters: Beverly Clark (Joseph) of Tulsa, Cheryl Brown-Ferrell (Quincy) of Ft. Worth, TX; 5 sons: Edward Brown of Tulsa, Leslie Brown, Jr. of Oklahoma City, James Brown of Muskogee, Larry Brown of Tulsa, and Ronnie Brown (Stephanie) of Muskogee; a special granddaughter/daughter, Beverly Brown of Ft. Wort, TX; a sister, Myrtle Calloway of Los Angeles, CA; a sister-in-law, Marie Jamerson of Muskogee; 22 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren; the children and grandchildren of the late Carl Brooks, Sr; and a host of family and friends who loved her and will miss her dearly.

God called Lucille home on October 16, 2021.

A Home Going Celebration will be conducted Saturday, October 23, 2021, 9:30 a.m. in Timothy Baptist Church 5530 W Okmulgee Ave., Muskogee,OK with her son Rev. Larry L. Brown eulogizing. Entombment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday October 22, 2021 beginning at 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the House of Winn Funeral Home/Precious Memories Chapel- Muskogee.

Casket will be open one hour prior to services Saturday in the church.

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William Harrell “Bill” Gilder III, 65

Born Monday, July 30, 1956

Died Friday, October 15, 2021

William Harrell “Bill” Gilder III passed away on October 15, 2021 in Muskogee, OK. He was born on July 30, 1956 to William (Bill) H. Gilder, Jr. and Joan( Earnest) Gilder in Muskogee, OK.
He married Donna Elliott Gilder in Eureka Springs, AR on May 31, 2017.
Bill grew up in Muskogee and attended Harris Jobe Grade School. He attended Shuttuck Military Academy in Minnesota and then graduated from Muskogee High School.
Bill served in the United States Coast Guard. He worked at Coburn Optical, Tubular, The Foundry and started at Georgia Pacific in 1997 where he retired in July 2021.
Bill is preceded in death by his father, William (Bill) Gilder, Jr.; mother, Joan (Earnest) Gilder and nephew, Brian Story.
He is survived by his wife, Donna Elliott-Gilder of the home; daughter, Cristy McSpadden and husband Mike of Wainwright, OK; step-mother, Daryl Gilder of Punta Gorta, FL; brothers, Earnie Gilder and wife Marilyn of Muskogee, OK, Jack Rose of Broken Arrow, OK, Jeff Rose and wife Brenda of Rockville, MA; sisters, Tara Gilder Winner and husband Jim of Muskogee, OK, Susan Story and husband Steven of Punta Gorta, FL; grandsons, Blake Guthrie, Lane Thompson, Hunter Hammons; nephews, Wesley Gilder of Oklahoma City, OK, Kevin Rose of Austin, TX, Jake and wife Rose of Maryland; and niece, Samantha Story of Florida.
Funeral Services will be held 2:00 P.M., Monday, October 18, 2021 at Christian Chapel Assembly of God in Muskogee, OK with Rev. Cecil Guthrie, Rev. Clarence Guthrie and Rev. Al Davis officiating. Interment will be held at Greenhill Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Lane Thompson, Blake Guthrie, Hunter Hammons, Mike McSpadden, Jack Rose and Chris Albrin. Honorary Pallbearers will be Earnie Gilder, Don Vermillion, Ronnie Ledford, Dale Boudreaux, Larry Bookout and Jarod Thomas.
Visitation will be at Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N York St, Muskogee, OK 74403, on October 17, 2021 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory. Condolences can be made to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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KEITH RAY BREWSTER, 65

Born Thursday, March 15, 1956

Died Thursday, October 14, 2021

Keith “Ray” Brewster left this earth for a heavenly adventure on October 14, 2021 in Tulsa, OK. He was born on March 15, 1956 to Keith Brewster and Doenye Elaine Webb in Muskogee, OK.
Ray graduated from Muskogee High School in 1974 where he was a drummer in the Rougher Marching Band.
Ray married the love of his life Carole Lynn Michals Brewster on May 22, 1976 in Muskogee, OK. They shared 45 years of life, marriage and memories together.
Ray began his career at City Chevrolet in Muskogee, OK in the paint and body shop. He later moved to State Farm Insurance Company in Tulsa, OK where he worked his way up to become an adjuster. He left there to start Brewster’s Paint and Body Shop in Muskogee, OK. After 15 years of success, Ray bought Property Damage Appraisers in Tulsa, OK where he and his wife worked together for the next 16 years until they retired in 2016.
Ray enjoyed fishing, riding his motorcycle, restoring antique firearms, collecting knives, firearms and NASCAR diecast. He loved watching anything from dirt track to NASCAR racing. He was also a certified Glock Armorer. His most prized possession was his family and grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Keith and Doenye Brewster; father and mother-in-law, Joe and Grace Michals; and brother Mike Brewster.
Ray is survived by his wife, Carole Brewster of Tulsa, OK; daughter, Melissa Howell and husband Kenny of Denton, TX; granddaughter, Emma Grace Howell; son, Stephen Brewster and wife Krista of Edmond, OK; granddaughters, Stevie Rose and Saige Nichole; bonus son, Antonio Graham and wife Shawna of Tulsa, OK; granddaughter Tatum; grandson, Zachary; sisters-in-law Sharon Michals of Tulsa, OK, Pam Upton and husband Mike of Muskogee, OK; brothers-in-law, Buddy Michals and wife Kathy of Muskogee, OK, David Michals and wife Valarie of Evans, GA and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Memorial services celebrating Ray’s life will be at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor David Yarbrough officiating.
The family would like to express a special “Thank you” to Roserock Hospice for their excellent care and compassion.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences can be made to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Bonnie “Naomi” Moore, 86

Born Thursday, June 20, 1935

Died Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Bonnie “Naomi” Moore, 86, of Muskogee, Oklahoma entered her eternal Heavenly home on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. She was born June 20, 1935 in Topeka, Kansas to Hailey Homer and Bonnie Isabella (Smith) Howard.
Naomi married the love of her life, Grover Cleveland “G. C.” Moore on July 1, 1953 in Nevada. They shared more than 67 years of life, marriage and memories together until G. C. passed on December 15, 2020.
She loved caring for her many plants along with dogs and birds she had over the years. She also enjoyed camping, going to church and 4-wheel driving (when her husband behaved).
Naomi will always be remembered for her love of talking; if you needed to know something, find Naomi! She loved listening to gospel and country music, especially when it was her husband singing. Most of all, she loved her family. She was loved by all but probably not as much as her husband, G. C.
She will be greatly missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, G. C. Moore; daughter, Nina Foster; and great-granddaughter, Tommi Lynne Mariano.
Naomi is survived by her son, Kevin (Janell) Moore; daughter, Traci Moore; grandchildren, Nathan (Julie) Harvey, Allen (Rosalee) Foster, Amber (Jason) Demicheli, Jake (Cindy) Mariano, Jackie (Josh) Robinson; great-grandchildren, Laynnye (Austin) Warwick, Jayccye Mariano, Jacob Mariano II, Zoren Robinson, Antonio Meza, Nina Vargas and LuLu Harvey; along with other family members and friends.
Graveside services for Naomi will be 2:30pm, Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at Fort Gibson National Cemetery where she will be laid to rest beside her husband. Pastor Eric Reeve will be officiating.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences can be made to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com

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Johnnie Ruth Knight, 91

Born Thursday, January 9, 1930

Died Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Johnnie Ruth (Williamson) Knight was born January 9, 1930, in Deemer, MS to John and Sadie (Spears) Williamson. She departed this world on October 13, 2021, at 91 years old, in Buckeye, AZ for a much-anticipated meeting with Jesus and reunion with her husband and other family and friends.
Johnnie is survived by her daughter Phyllis Curtis (Mike) of Buckeye, AZ; her son Larry Knight (Brenda) of Brownsville, TX; granddaughter Austin Steveson (Blake) of Scottsdale, AZ; granddaughter Leigh Anne Knight of New York City, NY; granddaughter Karen Morven (Joshua) of Tolleson, AZ; grandson Jason Knight (Claudia) of Germantown, MD; and grandson Jeremy Knight (Kristen) of Brownsville, TX. She is also survived by nine great grandchildren: Vincenzo Prisinzano, Ryan Thomas, Santino Prisinzano, Dylan Thomas, Kayleigh Knight, Kaitlyn Knight, Hailey Thomas, Bella Morven, and Abbi Morven.
Johnnie was preceded in death by her parents, John and Sadie Williamson, husband, Felix Knight, her brother Billy Williamson and wife, Willa, and her brother Herman Williamson, and wife, Louise.
Johnnie was a member of First Baptist Church, Muskogee, and helped with Kindergarten Sunday School for several years. She always looked forward to Sunday morning services and could be seen sitting in the balcony.
Johnnie graduated from high school at age 17 and was Salutatorian of her class. She went on to attend business college in Jackson, MS, where she met Felix Knight, a handsome, young Marine.
They were married on June 5, 1951. Immediately after marriage they traveled to Honolulu, Hawaii, the first of many duty stations, until Felix's retirement in 1968. They were married until Felix died on October 26, 1995.
Most of her life, Johnnie was a dedicated wife, mother, and homemaker but she was also a federal employee for several years at Tinker AFB and, lastly, at Ft Sill, Oklahoma in the Civilian Personnel Office. She enjoyed her work and was known to be punctual, efficient, and hard working.
Johnnie and Felix raised two children and were blessed with grandchildren and great grandchildren. Johnnie loved spending time with her family and enjoyed cooking for them. She was an excellent seamstress and an outstanding cook. The birthday dinners and holiday meals she prepared were always highly anticipated. Her dessert specialties were banana pudding, fudge pie, pink pie, and uncooked fruitcake.
Johnnie was blessed with excellent math skills and a competitive spirit. Since childhood, she played keen games of dominoes and checkers and was difficult to beat. She thoroughly enjoyed card games as well, especially Rook, and had a knack for always knowing what had been played and by whom. Johnnie was an avid gardener and known for her green thumb. Her yard brimmed with flowers and tomatoes were always plentiful. She enjoyed canning and sharing the fruits of her labor.
Johnnie's favorite pastime was square dancing. She attended dances in other states and looked forward to traveling to South Texas to spend a week dancing and hearing new callers. She began square dancing in her forties and danced regularly until she was 89 years old. Her square dance friends were so dear to her, like extended family, and played an important part in her life. Their love and friendship helped lift her up to keep moving and dancing after the death of her husband. She never forgot that outpouring of kindness.
A celebration of Johnnie's life and legacy will be 12:30P.M., Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Eric Fletcher officiating. Interment will follow at Fort Gibson National Cemetery.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences can be made to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Kimberly Raye Haile, 58

Born Monday, July 22, 1963

Died Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Kimberly Raye Haile, 58, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away on Tuesday, October 12, 2021. She was born on July 22, 1963 to Donald Ray Goad and Marilyn Jean Goad in Muskogee, Oklahoma. She graduated from Muskogee High School with the class of 1981. Kim went on and obtained her bachelor’s degree in 1984 and a master’s degree in reading in 2007.
She married the love of her life, Mark Alan Haile, on May 25, 1984 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. They shared over 37 years of life, love, marriage and family together.
Kim was a teacher at Boulevard Christian School for many years. She loved her job and all the children she taught. Kim was a member of Brushy Mountain Church. She was an avid reader and loved spending time in a good book. Kim loved her family very much and will always be remembered as a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, Gammy and friend.
She was preceded in death by her father, Donald Goad; great-grandmother, Ruth Mackenzie; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bill and Rosalie Haile.
Kim is survived by her husband Mark Haile of the home; son, Christopher Haile and wife Jasmine of Midwest City, OK; daughter, Katie Payne and husband Matthew of Verdigris, OK; mother, Marilyn Goad of Muskogee, OK; brother, Mark Goad and wife Diane of Muskogee, OK; sister, Tina Goad of Muskogee, OK; 3 nephews all of Muskogee, OK; granddaughter, Ayana of Midwest City, OK; and many other family members and friends.
A celebration of Kim’s life will be 10AM, Monday, October 18, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Gary McKeen officiating. Interment will follow at Greenhill Cemetery with Christopher Haile, Matthew Payne, Mark Goad, T.J. Hutson, Anthony Goad and Tyler Goad serving as pallbearers.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory 1830 N York St Muskogee, Oklahoma 74403. Condolences can be made to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Cecil Sherman Hubbard, Jr., 87

Born Monday, September 3, 1934

Died Sunday, October 10, 2021

Cecil Sherman Hubbard, Jr., 87, of Elk City, OK formerly of Fort Gibson was born September 3, 1934 in Dover, AR to Cecil Sr., and Mary Edna (Laymon) Hubbard and was promoted to Heaven on Sunday, October 10, 2021 in Clinton, OK.
Cecil received his formal education and graduated from Van Buren High School with the class of 1952. Cecil enlisted in the United States Navy on August 20, 1952 in Little Rock, AR. He served on the USS Eldorado and was stationed at the U.S. Naval Amphibious Base in Coronado, CA. He received an honorable discharge on August 19, 1955 in San Diego, CA. Cecil married Sandra Sue (Hogan) Hubbard Boepple in Ponca City, OK in 1960. To this union three children were born. Cecil started his career in the industrial supply business. Cecil’s career as an industrial supply salesman took him many places and made him many friends across the U.S. His hobbies included fishing, reading, hunting, feeding ducks but his true passion was his family especially his grandchildren. He will be missed by many.
Cecil is preceded in death by his parents, sister, Evelyn Yager; and his brothers, Denver Marcellus Hubbard, Van Harold Hubbard and David Dale Hubbard.
He is lovingly survived by his daughter, Danica Hubbard Henderson and husband Mark of Elk City, OK; sons, Douglas Sherman Hubbard and wife Dawn of Fort Gibson, OK, and Damon Dee Hubbard and wife SueAnn of Gothenburg, NE; his grandchildren, Ashley Callahan and husband Jared of Muskogee, OK, Cody Hubbard and wife Emily of Fort Gibson, OK, Hunter Mae Hubbard also of Fort Gibson, Hayden Hubbard and wife Caylee of New Bern, NC, Madison Hubbard of Camarillo, CA, Kaylee Hubbard of Gothenburg, NE, Benjamin Henderson and Jake Henderson both of Elk City, OK; nine great-grandchildren; extended family, and many friends.
Viewing will be noon-5PM Thursday, October 14, 2021 at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home.
A celebration of Cecil’s life will be held 2:30PM Friday, October 15, 2021 at Fort Gibson National Cemetery in Fort Gibson, OK with Rev. Jared Callahan officiating. Casket bearers are Cody Hubbard, Hayden Hubbard, Benjamin Henderson, Jake Henderson, Madison Hubbard, and Kaylee Hubbard. Honorary casket bearers are Brad Coy, Danny Hubbard, Dave Hubbard, John Hubbard, Ashley Callahan, and Hunter Hubbard. Military honors will be observed.
The family of Cecil Sherman Hubbard, Jr., has entrusted his care services and burial to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson. 918-478-2555.
Online condolences may be left for the family at clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com

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Carmelia Michelle Smith, 56

Born Sunday, November 29, 1964

Died Saturday, October 9, 2021

Carmelia M. Smith, age 56, a resident of Okmulgee, OK, transitioned, Saturday, October 9, 2021 in Ascension St John Medical Center, Tulsa, OK

You Don’t Really Know Me

On November 29, 1964 I was born to Wardell Smith and Wilma Ray Smith.

You don’t really know me, you don’t know me, my name was Carmelia Michelle Smith Wheaton. But everybody called me Grumpy. I’m the twelfth child in the line but the second of three.

But as I said before you don’t know me, I had for boys named Shawn, Wardell, Jessie, Raymond but we call him Lucky. You really don’t know me, I was born a “fisher of men” but my hearts love and soul mate is named Lee Anderson.

You really don’t know me, I keep trying to tell you but these few little words will start allowing you to see, I have loved and am loved by so many people it fills my heart with glee.

You don’t know me, I was raised in a holiness church and a follower of Jesus Christ, but just know that did not mean that I didn’t like to cuss, argue or fight.

You really didn’t know me and I hope that now you do a little more, I was even favored with lots of grandkids with plenty of potential in store.

You really know me, I had been praying to God that he’d take me from this painful world and I suffer no more for his sake now I am walking on golden street with the light shining so bright as I strolled through heaven’s pearly gates.

She leaves Lee Anderson of the home, four sons, Raymond Coleman, Shawn Mitchell, Wardell Melton, Jessie Melton all of Tulsa, OK, a lot of sisters and brothers, grandchildren, cousins, family and friends.

Service of Memory will be conducted Saturday, October 23, 2021, at 2:00 P.M. in Mt Zion Baptist Church, 1500 N. Miami St., Okmulgee, OK

Public visitation, Friday, October 22nd, 2021, during the hours of 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. in the Precious Memories Chapel/House of Winn Funeral Home-Okmulgee.

MASK are mandatory at ALL services

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

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Mary Alliene Stanley, 75

Born Tuesday, May 21, 1946

Died Saturday, October 9, 2021

Mary Alliene (Taylor) Stanley, 75, of Tahlequah, was born at home on May 21, 1946 in Cherokee County to Leonard and Mary Taylor and peacefully passed away Saturday, October 9, 2021 at her sons-in-law’s home in Braggs.
She was loved by many and loved all people. Mary loved to talk to people about God. She loved spending time with family and friends. Her eyes would light up every time she was with her great grandkids. Mary greatly enjoyed spending time with her sister, Pauline and brother-in-law Don, especially when they would go on trips and out to eat together.
The Stanley family would like to give a very special thank you to Mary’s niece, Linda Milton, for her loving care and staying by her aunt’s side. We would also like to thank everyone at Hometown Hospice for taking wonderful care of our precious Momma/Granny.
Those left to cherish Mary’s memories are her children; daughter, Linetta Seabolt and husband Mike of Tahlequah; son, Richard Stanley of Webbers Falls; son-in-law, Eric Hutchins of Braggs; sister, Pauline Summerlin and husband Don of Fort Gibson, numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Mary Taylor; daughter, Jackie Hutchins; brother’s, Leo Taylor, Jess Taylor, Albert Taylor, Bill Taylor, Tommy Taylor and Major Langston; and sister, Lois Phillips.
A visitation will be Tuesday, October 12, 2021 from 5:00PM to 7:00PM at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home in Fort Gibson.
A Celebration of Mary’s life will be held 11:00AM Thursday, October 14, 2021 at Greenleaf Cemetery in Tahlequah with Joyce McFarland officiating. Joseph Seabolt, Brian Seabolt, Stevens Hutchins, David Hutchins and John Ashwood III are honorary casket bearers.
The family of Mary Alliene Stanley has entrusted her care, service and burial to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson. 918-478-2555.
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Mark Anthony Crawford, 69

Born Sunday, September 21, 1952

Died Saturday, October 9, 2021

Mark Anthony Crawford passed away on October 9, 2021 in Muskogee, OK. He was born on September 21, 1952 to Marion Crawford and Opal Bolden in Hutchinson, KS.
Mark served in the United States Army as an Intelligence Analyst.
He loved to fish, watch westerns and ride his motorcycle.
Mark was preceded in death by his parents Opal and Marion Crawford; brother, Carl Edwayne Crawford.
He is survived by his daughter, Tia Niccole Crawford (Mario) of Dallas, TX; sons, Anthony Deshon Crawford (Lathena) of Colorado Springs, CO, Isaac Thomas Crawford (Kolyn) of Colorado Springs, CO; grandsons, Anthony Thomas Brown of Denver, CO, Jamal Ashley Johnson of Denver, CO; great-grandsons, Julian Lindel Brown of Cincinnati, OH, Nykoli Joseph Brown of Denver, CO; granddaughter, Araia Nicole Crawford of St. Augustine, FL; grandsons, Apollo Rojos Crawford of Frederick, CO, DeAndre Blanks of Virginia; granddaughter, Queen Yura Crawford of Colorado Springs, CO; grandsons, King Isean Crawford of Colorado Springs, CO, Injiya Tyreek Crawford of Denver, CO; brothers, Marion Lee Crawford, Jr. (Amanda) of Colorado Springs, CO, Hebert Darnell Crawford (Phyllis) of North Dakota; sisters, Karen Brooks of Wichita KS, Aneta Ilene Jones of Las Vegas, NV , Cynthia Ann Crawford of Colorado Springs, CO and a host of family.
Memorial service will be held 10 A.M., Saturday, October 16, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel in Muskogee, OK with Pastor Cynthia Alexander officiating.
Cremation services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences can be made to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Eric Ladd Hayles, 69

Born Thursday, April 24, 1952

Died Friday, October 8, 2021

Eric Ladd Hayles, 69, of Muskogee, was born April 24, 1952 in Mobile, AL to Hobdy and Lynne (Dobbs) Hayles and received his eternal reward on Friday, October 8, 2021 in Muskogee, OK. On August 31, 1972, Eric enlisted in the United States Army and received and honorable discharge as a PFC on August 30, 1974. Eric worked in retail sales and was a handyman, specializing in painting and wallpaper. He had a great sense of humor and will be missed by many. He was a member of the Muskogee Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Eric is survived by his brother, Byron Hayles and wife Clara of Spanish Fort, AL; granddaughter, Sydney Hayles of Leavenworth, KS; and a grandson, Beau Hayles of Glenpool, OK.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his son, Allen Hayles.
Eric's life will be celebrated at 10:00AM on Friday, October 22, 2021 at Fort Gibson National Cemetery with Pastor Pat Milligan officiating.

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Marifrances “Mari” Wilson, 89

Born Thursday, January 14, 1932

Died Thursday, October 7, 2021

Marifrances “Mari” Wilson was born January 14, 1932 in Hamilton County, Indiana. She passed peacefully at her home in Muskogee on October 7, 2021 to her forever home with the Lord she loved.
She was born to Edwin Newby of Walnut Grove, IN and Mable Whitehead Newby of Perkinsville, IN. Mari was one of seven children. Upon her mother’s death, Mari, at the age of 3 and four of her siblings were placed in foster care. Mari remained in foster care, mainly on the Brown’s Indiana farm, until her marriage to Harold Evan Wilson at age 18. A few years later, the Wilsons moved to Ramona, CA in 1957, then McAlester, OK in 1968 and Muskogee, OK in 1977. After a divorce, Mari worked as a health food store assistant manager in Curt’s Mall and custodian at Hilldale Elementary School until her retirement. She enjoyed playing the piano in church, and gardening and crafts.
Mari was a devoted Christian and member of Elm Grove Assembly of God. She was called to be a prayer warrior. Her love for the Lord carried her through many trials and hard times. In the early 1960’s in Ramona, CA, while waiting at the school bus stop, she was abducted at gun point. She gives all the glory to God that led her to fire the abductor’s rifle through the top of the Jeep and jump from the moving vehicle, rolling down the hillside to the ravine bottom. She crawled on her hands and knees through the sagebrush to a home that got her to medical and police personnel.
Mari’s greatest accomplishment, she would say, was being a loving mother. She was her children’s best friend, defender and supporter.
She was preceded in death by her parents; six siblings; and son, Kyle Evan Wilson.
Mari is survived by her sister, Joan Newby Foley of Longview, TX; daughter, Oyana Wilson of Muskogee, OK; son, Kim Wilson of Tucson, AZ; daughter-in-law, Audrey Veldman; granddaughters, Nora Veldman Wilson, all of Tucson, AZ and Alison Veldman Wilson of Austin, TX; along with other family members and friends.
Mari will be laid to rest in Greenhill Cemetery in Muskogee.
Funeral services provided by Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences can be made to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Danny Wayne Houston, 58

Born Saturday, October 20, 1962

Died Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Danny Wayne Houston, 58, passed away on October 6, 2021 in Okmulgee, OK. He was born on October 20, 1962 to Charles Joseph Houston, Jr. and Oma Maxine (Hughes) Bolding in Muskogee, OK.
Dan grew up in Muskogee, OK with his two sisters and one brother. He was always looking after them and was a great brother. Growing up his family was very close. They enjoyed going on picnics, fishing, camping and hunting trips.
He married at 19 and was blessed with a 4-year-old stepson who he loved as his own. A year after marriage he was blessed with another son.
Dan was a man of many trades. As a child he learned how to butcher meat and later in life learned how to dive for shells at surrounding lakes. He also became a self-taught welder. He worked at UNARCO as a supervisor for many years. He later went on to become a truck driver. Dan could do about anything he put his mind to.
Dan was a hard worker, but his true love was rodeo. He rode his first bull at ten years old. He team-roped from a young age until his passing. He won many saddles and belt buckles and even made it to nationals in Texas.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, rodeoing, golfing and spending time with his family. He was a tough man and when he was blessed with grandchildren his life changed. He fell in love with his grandbabies and they had him wrapped around their tiny fingers. His grandkids could do no wrong in his eyes. When you saw Dan in the roping and feed stores you would always see his grandbabies with him. He loved spending his free time and weekends with them. He loved being a grandpa.
Dan was preceded in death by his mother, Oma Maxine Bolding; father, Charles Joseph Houston, Jr.; grandmother, Padie Hughes and grandfather, Walter Lee Hughes.
He is survived by his sons Hondo Houston and wife Ashton of Muskogee, OK, Perry Ray Hatcher and wife Kelley of Coweta, OK; grandchildren, Lily’ann Houston, Danny Houston, Brandon Hatcher and Bryan Hatcher; siblings; Joe Houston of Muskogee, OK, Candi Houston Spears and husband Danny Spears of Muskogee, OK, April Bryan and husband Jeremy Bryan of Boynton, OK and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Funeral services will be held 1 P.M., Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Rex Griffin officiating.
Funeral services provided by Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences can be made to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Lorine Howell, 82

Born Wednesday, December 28, 1938

Died Monday, October 4, 2021

God must have looked down from Heaven and saw that Lorine’s soul was tired, then He looked at His record and saw her work was done. On October 4, 2021, He sent a Guardian Angel to carry her soul on home.

Lorine Carter Howell was born December 28, 1938 in Muskogee County to Bee and Pearl Carter who preceded her in death.

Lorine attended Wheatley Public School. She united in marriage to John Moton Howell, this union was blessed with five children. She professed hope in Christ as her savior at an early age, she united with Mt. Zion Baptist Church. She served as a Church Clerk, Sunday School Secretary, Treasurer, and Assistant Superintendent. She was an inspiration to all who knew and loved her for her zest in life and positive outlook.

Lorine is preceded in death by her sisters, Birdie Mae Liddell, Katherine Younger, and Rachel Carter, brothers, Eddie Smith, and James Carter, a daughter, Dianne Howell, sons-in-law, James Lang and Henry Wilkins.

She leaves to cherish her memory, three daughters and one son, Constance Loraine Howell Lang of Boynton, OK, Pattie Joe Howell Wilkins of Tulsa, OK, Dinessa Howell, Broken Arrow, OK, Melvin Eugene Howell, Royse, TX, three brothers, Johnny Carter, Raymond Carter, and Edward Carter all of Detroit, MI, thirteen grandchildren, twenty-seven great grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

A Home Going Celebration will be conducted, Monday, October 11, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in Mt Zion Baptist Church, Boynton, OK, with Pastor Anthony Folks, eulogizing. Interment will follow in Lee Cemetery, Boynton, OK. Visitation will be Sunday, October 10, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. in the Precious Memories Chapel, House of Winn Funeral Home-Muskogee.

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Ruben Ray Kisner, 52

Born Sunday, February 2, 1969

Died Monday, October 4, 2021

Ruben Ray Kisner, 52, of Fort Gibson, was born February 2, 1969 in Springdale, Arkansas to Homer George Kisner, Sr. and Rosie Mae (Taylor) Kisner and peacefully passed away Monday, October 4, 2021 in Muskogee.
He lived in Fort Gibson most of his life. Ruben received his formal education in the Fort Gibson School System. Ruben met and later married the love of his life, Gearldene Colston, on April 10, 1991 in Muskogee. Together, they spent thirty years, five months and twenty-four days making precious memories together. He will be truly missed by all that knew him. Ruben worked for the Town of Fort Gibson as a Utility Laborer for thirty years. He could tell you anything you wanted to know about the town and its waterlines.
In his younger days, he found a love for trains and loud engines. One of his greatest gifts he received growing up was a train set, which he spent the whole night playing with it. That love later developed into a love for motorcycles, which carried on through his adult years. Some special memories he had growing up were spent with his brothers and sisters. One summer he helped Homer build a house, with the help of a few siblings he held Sue down and put soap in her mouth, going trick or treating with Lynn on her wedding night, the time he locked his twin, Raymond, out of the house when he went to Vo-Tech and the time he spent with Carl and Pat in Arkansas. Ruben was an active member in the Christian Motorcycle Association, which he took great pride in. His love for Christ began when he was 11 years old and his mom bought him his first Bible with green stamps. Ruben was a member of the Fort Gibson Church of Christ for many years. He loved being outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing because it gave him time to talk to God. Ruben enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He loved helping others and went out of his way to help anyone.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Gearldene of the home; daughter, Sertha Riggs and husband, Justin of Muskogee, OK; sons, Archie Kisner and wife, Samantha of Muskogee, OK; and Patrick Kisner and wife, Mary of Fort Gibson, OK; brothers, Homer Kisner, Jr. and wife, Kathy of DeFuniak, FL; Carl Kisner and wife, Doris of Springdale, AR; and twin brother, Raymond Kisner and wife, Kim of Benton, KY; sisters, Sue Hall of Muskogee, OK; Pat Ross of Grand Rivers, KY; and Lynn Tapp of Muskogee, OK; grandchildren, Adam, Hannah, Eli Kisner and Rayden Riggs, all of Muskogee, OK; Cody, Kyler and Rosie Kisner, all of Fort Gibson, OK; nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends.
Ruben was preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Rosie Taylor.
In lieu of flowers, please bring a toy for Ruben's Toy Drive to the service at the cemetery.
A visitation will be Monday, October 11, 2021 from 5:00PM-7:00PM at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home in Fort Gibson, OK.
A Celebration of Ruben’s life will be held 10:00AM Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at Citizens Cemetery Pavilion in Fort Gibson, OK with Terry Presley officiating. Archie Kisner, Patrick Kisner, Chuck Jones, Dean Colston, Archie Colston and Justin Riggs will serve as casket bearers. Honorary casket bearers are Homer Kisner, Jr., Carl Kisner and twin brother, Raymond Kisner.
The family of Ruben Ray Kisner has entrusted his care, service and burial to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson. 918-478-2555.
Online condolences may be left for the family at clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com

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David Ralph Bower, 61

Born Thursday, December 31, 1959

Died Sunday, October 3, 2021

David Ralph Bower, 61, passed away on October 3, 2021 in Muskogee, OK. He was born December 31, 1959 in Muskogee, OK to Ralph Halfast Bower and Patricia Rose (Key) Bower. He was the youngest of three children.
He attended Muskogee Public Schools and graduated from Muskogee High School. After high school he moved to Oklahoma City for a year and then moved back to Muskogee to work in the family John Deere business with his father.
In December of 1980 he met Pamela Davis. They married in September 1982. They shared many adventures and made many memories in their 39 years of marriage.
In 1986 the family business changed from tractors and farm equipment to motor sports. They sold motorcycles and ATVs for the remainder of his life.
David and Pam were blessed with one child, Brandon Ray Bower.
David was preceded in death by his parents Ralph and Patty Bower; sister, Paula McGraw
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Pam Bower of the home; son, Brandon Bower of Muskogee, OK; grandsons, Candon, Jaston, and Owen Bower of Muskogee, OK; sister Patti Stanfill of Kansas City and numerous nieces and nephews.
Family will greet friends 6 P.M.to 8 P.M. on October 7, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel.
Funeral Services will be held at 2 P.M., Friday, October 8, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel in Muskogee, OK with Father. Bob Wickizer officiating. Pallbearers will be Brandon Bower, Hoss Cunningham, Jeff Gragg and Bobby Lee. Interment will be held at Greenhill Cemetery in Muskogee, Ok.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences can be made to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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