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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.)

James Haskell “Jim” Gibson, 80

Born Tuesday, August 6, 1940

Died Tuesday, July 27, 2021

James Haskell “Jim” Gibson, 80, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away on Tuesday, July 27, 2021. He was born on August 6, 1940 to William Gibson and Gertrude (Carr) Gibson in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Jim graduated from Muskogee Central High School with the Class of 1958.
He served in the United State Army as a sergeant from 1961-1964 and received an honorable discharge. While he was in the service, he worked as a chemist assistant in the medical lab. He also was a pitcher for the Army baseball team. Later, Jim worked in the crime lab at the FBI in Washington D.C., before transitioning to sales and marketing positions at various trucking companies. Jim retired from Trucks For You in 2008.
Jim married the love of his life, Connie Joyce Slay, on July 6, 1963. They shared 58 years of marriage, life, family and memories together.
He was a faithful member of Muskogee First Baptist Church for over 45 years where he served as a deacon and a teacher in the Children’s Ministry. Jim’s love of baseball gave him opportunities to serve as an umpire. In 2006 he was inducted to the Oklahoma State Association Hall of Fame for Umpires. Jim enjoyed driving the golf cart as he volunteered at Muskogee St. Francis Hospital. He also loved to golf and fish, especially with his grandkids. Some of his favorite times were watching and supporting his grandkids in all their activities. Jim will be missed by everyone who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Gertrude Gibson.
Jim is survived by his wife, Connie; daughters, Cathy Hook and husband Jamie of Edmond, OK, and Kellie Aylor and husband Brad of Owasso, OK; brother, Billy Gibson and wife Mary of Plant City, FL, and Les Gibson and wife Faye of Eufaula, OK; grandkids, Mason and Micah Hook of Edmond, OK, Addison, Andrew and Austen Aylor of Owasso, OK; numerous nephews, nieces, great-nephews, and great nieces and many other family members and friends.
Jim’s family will greet friends from 7:00PM-8:30PM on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 in the parlor at First Baptist Church of Muskogee.
A celebration of Jim’s life will be at 10AM, Thursday, August 5, 2021 at the Fort Gibson National Cemetery with Brad Aylor officiating and Jamie Hook singing.
It was Jim’s wish that any memorial tributes be made in the form of charitable donations to the Children’s Ministry at First Baptist Church of Muskogee.
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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William Carl Collins Jr., 91

Born Friday, July 11, 1930

Died Tuesday, July 27, 2021

William Carl Collins Jr., age 91, of Council Hill, Oklahoma passed from this life on Tuesday, July 27, 2021. He was born on July 11, 1930 near Boynton, Oklahoma to W. C. and Jewel (Hill) Collins. Jr. graduated from Wainwright High School in 1948 and served 4 years in the Navy during the Korean Conflict.
Jr. and Mary Jack (Nelson) were married August 9, 1958 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He was a rural mail carrier in the Council Hill area from 1957 to 1986.
He was proud of his family and enjoyed working with horses, cattle and his gardens.
Jr. was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Jerry Collins; sisters-in-law, Ellen Collins and Alberta Nelson; brothers-in-law, Archie Dee Crabtree, Norman Hager, Lee Roy Jones, Burl Overmon, Burt Nelson and Curt Nelson; and niece, Jerrie Dean Collins.
Survivors are his wife, Mary Jack of the home; daughter and son-in-law, Carla and Greg (Slick) Holland of Wainwright; son, Clay Collins of Council Hill; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Aundrea and Jesse Getson of Denver, Colorado; sisters, Nina Overmon of Checotah, Sue Crabtree of Henryetta, Nila Jean Jones of Hitchita; sister-in-law, Sharon Nelson of Bakersfield, California; and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
Jr’s life will be celebrated at 10AM, Saturday, July 31, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Ryan Wells officiating. Interment will follow at Council Hill Cemetery with military honors being presented. Pallbearers will be Kenny Hager, Johny Crabtree, Clay Collins and Greg Holland. Honorary pallbearers will be Jamie Neumeyer, Eldon Staton, Brent Williams, Bill Holland, Bob Sisson and Billy Crabtree.
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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Terrance Jerel Blackshear, 32

Born Wednesday, November 9, 1988

Died Monday, July 26, 2021

Terrance J. Blackshear, age 32, a former resident of Muskogee, transitioned, Monday, Juy 26, 2021 in Integris Baptist Medical Center, Oklahoma City, OK.

Arrangements are pending with House of Winn Funeral Home-Muskogee.

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Alan Francis Fillmore, 76

Born Tuesday, May 22, 1945

Died Sunday, July 25, 2021

Alan Francis Fillmore, 76, of Muskogee, OK was born May 22, 1945 in Portsmouth, VA to Edmond and Juanita (Edwards) Fillmore and peacefully passed away Sunday, July 25, 2021 in Muskogee.
Alan moved to Anderson, California from Portsmouth at a very young age with his family, while his father was in the service. He received his formal education from Anderson High School. Alan attended college at Shasta College in Redding, California. He enlisted in the United States Army in Redding, CA on May 26, 1965 and received an Honorable Discharge three years later. He started his career over the road hauling with an 18-wheeler semi-truck until his retirement.
Alan was a family man. He enjoyed keeping up with friends and family, talking on the phone for hours. Alan was heavily involved in his children’s school activities and he always volunteered to help any time he got the chance. He liked to catch the occasional wrestling match on TV if he couldn’t find an old western to watch. Alan also loved trains. He collected them, visited many train museums, and liked to take rides on them. Since he was a young teen, Alan enjoyed restoring old cars. He also liked going to car shows. Later in life, Alan found a love for woodworking, making jewelry boxes and clocks.
Alan is survived by his wife, Barbara Aline Fillmore; 11 children; Georgia Ward and husband Lonnie Blackledge, Eddie Fillmore-Rusinko, Buck Ward, Mary Osborn and husband Mark, Frances Boyd and husband Robert, Judy Bukowski and husband Beau, Angel Fillmore, Tiara Fillmore, Tiana Fillmore, Elaine “Bubbles” Fillmore, and Brian Fillmore; 24 grandchildren, J.J., Meilinda, Juanita, Kimberly, C.C., Yavonne, David, Alan, James, Francis, Jacob, Bucky, Alicia, Jeremy, Ashley, Samantha, Jonathan, Tieler, Whittney, Amanda, Alexis, Scott, Zack and Ethan; and 30 great-grandchildren; brother, Jim Fillmore; sisters, Deb Fillmore, Lisa Downing and husband Brian: aunt, Grace Fillmore; cousin, Sandie Fortes and husband Fred; extended family and many friends.
Alan was preceded in death by his parents; son, David Fillmore-Ward, grandsons, Damian Bukowski and Jason Murphy; great-grandson, Leeland Hurst; sister, Denise Fillmore; and brother, Edmond “Dub” Fillmore.
A service Celebrating Alan’s life will be 2:00PM Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at Fort Gibson National Cemetery with Bishop Chris Emler officiating. Military honors will be observed. Casket bearers are Mark Osborn, Beau Bukowski, Robert Boyd, Jonathan Jackson, Scott Bukowski and Zack Bukowski, Tieler Osborn and Raymond Hurst.
The family of Alan Francis Fillmore has entrusted his care, service and burial to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson, OK. 918-478-2555.
Online condolences may be left for the family at clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com

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Charlotte Corene Adair, 77

Born Tuesday, September 14, 1943

Died Sunday, July 25, 2021

Charlotte Corene Adair was born September 14, 1943 to Buster and Margie Williams in Webbers Falls, Oklahoma. She went to her Heavenly home July 25, 2021 at the age of 77.
Charlotte married the love of her life Maxi Adair on December 10, 1965. They were blessed with three children, Darrell, Debbie and Diane. She was a homemaker and pastor’s wife. She proudly did both of those jobs. Charlotte loved God and her family with all her heart.
Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents, Buster Williams and Margie Millsap, her husband Maxi, and brother, Charles Chapman.
She is survived by one son Darrell Adair and wife Shelley, two daughters, Debbie Ennis and Diane Finley; ten grandchildren, Colby Wilson and wife Jessica, Kristen Adair, Beth Ramos and husband Cory, Joshua Ennis and wife Nikki, Kyle Adair and wife Shawnna, Jacob Ennis, Braden Mosteller and wife Katie, Cameron Mosteller and wife Makenzie, Becca Ennis, and Perri Mosteller; seventeen great-grandchildren, Ashston, Brooklyn, KayLee, Rhyan, Bella, Tielar, Alexis, Addalyn, Aniyah, Arizona, Ainslee, Colt, Kinsley, Boone, Maverick, Lane and Isaac; brother, Wayne Williams; special family, Stacey McGowen and a host of church family and friends.
Family will greet friends 6pm-8pm, Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Muskogee, OK.
Funeral services will be held 2pm, Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at Eastern Heights Baptist Church with Dr. Darren Wallace officiating. Pallbearers will be Bobby Allen and grandsons, Colby, Joshua, Kyle, Braden and Cameron. Honorary pallbearers will be great-grandsons, Colt, Rhyan, Boone, Maverick, Isaac and Lane. Interment will follow 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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Ruby Almeda Tarbutton, 97

Born Thursday, August 16, 1923

Died Saturday, July 24, 2021

Ruby Almeda Tarbutton was born in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma to Ernest and Alma O’Dell on August 16, 1923. She passed from this life on July 24, 2021 in Fort Gibson. Ruby was preceded in death by her father Ernest O’Dell, her mother Alma O’Dell, her husband Ray Pierce, her husband John Tarbutton, her sisters, Pearl Mounts, and Opal Gustus.
She is survived by her sister, Diamond Franklin of Fort Gibson and numerous nephews, nieces, great nephews, and great nieces.
Ruby was a member of The First Presbyterian Church of Fort Gibson, Oklahoma. Ruby graduated from Fort Gibson High School in 1942.
She worked as an accountant and bookkeeper for several retail businesses and retired from Kmart in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
Ruby loved to sing and traveled throughout Oklahoma, Alabama, Arkansas, and Tennessee with her sisters Pearl and Opal singing gospel songs.
Ruby loved creating interesting desserts and dishes. She lovingly shared those recipes with family members and friends. Those desserts and dishes are being carried on today.
Ruby was an outstanding gamer. She excelled in bingo, dominos, and casino games. She could win in many situations and kept us all surprised with how good she was.
Ruby lived a great life and shared so many experiences with all of us. We are her children. We celebrated life, holidays, birthdays, dinner dates, and anything else we could come up with. She was loving and helpful to all of us and will be greatly missed. Through our faith we will see her again.
A visitation is scheduled for Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home with family receiving friends 5PM-7PM.
Ruby’s celebration of life will be held 10AM Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at the First Presbyterian Church in Fort Gibson with her Nephew Ernie Franklin and Reverend Bill Bailey officiating.
Committal prayers and interment will follow at noon in the Fort Gibson National Cemetery with Ernie Franklin, Robbie Franklin, Nathan Franklin, Joe Paul Mounts, Ron McNear and Joe Cookson serving as casket bearers.
The family of Ruby Almeda Tarbutton has entrusted her 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
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions in Ruby's name to the First Presbyterian Church, PO BOX 1563, Fort Gibson, Oklahoma 74434.

Clifford D. Garrett Family Funeral Home

David G. Espinoza, 77

Born Friday, March 10, 1944

Died Friday, July 23, 2021

David Gustavo Espinoza Carreon mejor conocido como “El Tío Gus” nació un 09 de Febrero de 1944 en el poblado de Tlancualpican,Puebla, Mexico. Sus padres fueron Don Manuel Espinoza Tlaseca✝️ y Celia Carreon Vergara✝️. Fue uno de 8 hijos [Manuel✝️, Teodoro✝️, Reyna Venancia✝️, Carmelo✝️ Francisco✝️, Elio y Maria Elena]. Su niñez la vivió en su pueblo que entre el río y la pila de sus amores, su clavado van a extrañar.
Estudió en la Universidad Autónoma de México donde recibió medalla de oro en natación y la Sonora Santanera adorno su Graduación. Después regresó a su pueblo querido enfocándose en su pasión por el Fútbol, formó una liga donde fue partícipe de infinidad de juegos ganados. Construyó a su familia al lado de la Sra. Gudelia M. Rodriguez Gutierrez, originaria de Tepoxmatla, Puebla, México. Procreó 6 hijos Celestino, Filomen, Crisálida, Valente✝️, Kira y Orla. La poesía y el canto se incorporan a su lista de pasiones. Formó el Mariachi Madrugador para que cada 15 de Agosto honrar a su “linda potroncita” Santa Maria de la Asunción con su cantar. También sus poesías fueron parte de su ser, que con más de mil composiciones a más de uno hizo estremecer. Falleció el día 23 de Julio del 2021, heredando a sus 15 nietos más de una de sus tantas cualidades que vivieran en ellos para ser transmitidas a los nuevos integrantes.
Rosary: 8PM-9PM, Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.

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John Floyd Sheppard, 71

Born Tuesday, August 16, 1949

Died Thursday, July 22, 2021

John Floyd Sheppard, age 71, a long time resident of Muskogee,OK, transitioned, Thursday, July 22, 2021 in St Francis Medical Center-Muskogee.

A Memorial Service is scheduled, Friday, August 6, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. in Boulevard Christian Church, 1700 W. Shawnee St. Muskogee, OK.

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

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Robert Charles Wainman, 83

Born Sunday, February 6, 1938

Died Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Robert Charles Wainman, 83, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. He was born on February 6, 1938 to Harry and Thelma (Russel) Wainman in Moira, New York. Robert enlisted in the United States Marines right after school and later received an honorable discharge.
He married the love of his life, Shirley Brazil, June 7, 1958 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. They shared many years of marriage, life and family together.
Robert was an aircraft mechanic at Kaman Aircraft for many years until his retirement in 1994. He also owned Park “O” Tel Garage in Muskogee and several other stations in the 60’s. Robert was a Mason for 60+ years. He enjoyed playing golf and traveling whenever he had the chance. He also attended Muskogee United Methodist Church. Robert loved his family very much and enjoyed spending as much time as possible with them. He will be missed by everyone who knew and loved him.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Thelma Wainman; and his wife, Shirley B. Wainman.
He is survived by his daughter, Cheryl W. Piotrowski and husband John-Henry of Arizona; son, Robert C. Wainman and wife Meg of Connecticut; granddaughter, Lori Walling; grandson, Trey Wainman; great-granddaughter, Abby Berrios; and many other family members and friends.
Cremation services are 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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PAULINE MAXINE DIX, 85

Born Monday, February 3, 1936

Died Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Pauline Maxine Dix, 85, Muskogee, OK passed away on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. She was born on February 3, 1936 to Ernest Jennings Brown and Dorothy Elizabeth Rutherford in Clifton Forge, VA.
Nanny Pauline worked as a seamstress for Appomattox Sewing factory for many years until retiring in 1995. Shopping and going dancing were some of her favorite things to do. She loved mornings and would wake up every day at 4 A.M. to get ready for her day.
She was a faithful and active member of the First Baptist Church. Pauline loved her church family dearly. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Pauline was preceded in death by her father, Ernest Brown; mother, Dorothy Rutherford; husband, Kinkel Campbell; husband, William Dix; brothers, Charles Brown and Kenneth Brown.
She is survived by her son, James C. Campbell and wife Linda; granddaughters, Kristie Dugan, Sheryl Cruse, Wendy Seabolt, and Mary McFadden; great-grandchildren, Whitney Huff, Tyler Grandstaff, Cassidy Cruse, Dalton Cruse, Kenzie Cruse, Devon Seabolt, Aubree Seabolt, Dakota McFadden, Hailey McFadden, Kinsleigh Grandstaff, Liam Foster, and Peyton Grandstaff.
A celebration of Pauline’s life will be 2pm, Saturday, July 24, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Ron Cole officiating.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory at 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences can be made at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Barbara Sue Haynes, 72

Born Friday, February 11, 1949

Died Sunday, July 18, 2021

Barbara Sue Haynes, 72, of Muskogee, OK passed away on Sunday, July 18, 2021. She was born February 11, 1949 in Amity, Arkansas. She was the daughter of Waylan Anders and Mattie Partridge. She attended and graduated from public schools in Mena, AR.
Barbara married the love of her life, Frank Haynes in Muskogee, Oklahoma on May 8, 2012 by Judge Norman. They shared many happy years of marriage and memories together.
She drove a truck for 20 years across the country. She loved her truck named Tommy. Barbara later retired and took care of her home for the rest of her life.
She loved working on her yard, working with her flowers, keeping her house clean and beating Frank at dominos. She also loved spending her time with her baby, Monkey. She loved decorating her house and forcing Frank to go to yard sales.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Waylan Anders and Mattie Partridge; sister, Delois Willis; brother, Jimmy Buckley; child, Monkey Haynes; one grandchild; one great-grandchild; and special friend, Brenda Rose.
She is survived by her husband, Frank Haynes; children, Walter Dewayne Tallant, Jason Scott Tallant, Kathy Sue Chamberlain, Lori Haynes, Connie Kenyon and husband Art, Bobbie Sue Rose, Robin Whittle and husband Chris, and Robert Edmond Rose; siblings, Winnie Ann Hughes and husband Bill, Ellen Belcher and husband Steve, David Chote and wife Barbara; brothers/sisters-in-law, Frances Sandal and husband James, Fred Haynes and wife Nan, and Floyd Haynes and wife Judy; 19 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; a host of other family members and friends.
The family will receive friends from 6-8pm, Thursday, July 22, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.
A celebration of Barbara’s life will be 2pm, Friday, July 23, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mike Dunn and Rev. Cecil Guthrie officiating. Interment will follow at Greenhill 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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Oletha Pearl Thompson, 89

Born Thursday, June 2, 1932

Died Friday, July 16, 2021

Oletha Pearl Thompson, 89, passed away on July 16, 2021 in Muskogee, OK. She was born on June 2, 1932 to Buster Parris and Juvie Andis Parris in Muskogee, OK.
She married William (Bill) Dean Thompson on November 28, 1980. She worked as a retail clerk for many years. Oletha loved to garden and spend time with her family.
Oletha was preceded in death by her husband, William Thompson; her parents, Buster Parris and Juvie Andis Parris; 2 brothers and 3 sisters.
She is survived by her sons Joe (Kathi) McCoy of Lincoln, CA, Ernie (Carol) McCoy of Oktaha, OK, 5 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held 11AM, Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at Greenhill Cemetery in Muskogee, OK with Rev. Glenn Little officiating. Honorary pallbearers will by Andy McCoy, Matt McCoy, Joe White, Aaron Chambers, Jade Purdin and Bradley McCoy.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Lula Bell Childs, 85

Born Tuesday, July 16, 1935

Died Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Lula Bell Thomas- Childs was born in Batesville, MS on July 16,1935 to the late Stanley J. Thomas Sr. and Minnie L. Griffin-Thomas. She was one of thirteen born from their union.

Lula Bell accepted Christ at an early age at the Concord Missionary Baptist Church.

Later on she was joined in holy matrimony to the late Mark D. Childs and spent 47 1/2 years married before his passing in 2000.

During their time together they moved to Chicago, IL before settling in Tulsa, OK 1955. She became a mother to her 3 children Joseph Bernard Childs (Deceased), Linda Sue Childs (Deceased) and Wanda Faye Childs (Tulsa, OK)

In 1980, they settled the residency in Oktaha, OK where she joined New Hope Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. Ted Fulson. During her time she served as the Sunday School Teacher and Adult Class Teacher. She later became ordained as a minister and continued to serve God. She was also in nursing for 20 years where she served the community. Her most beloved hobby was quilting. She stitched with love and would often give away what she had made.

She precedes in death with eleven of her twelve siblings. Lula leaves behind her sister Wilkie Heinz of Batesville, MS, her devoted sister- in-law Amie Thomas, her companion of 20 years Vernon Walker (Oktaha, OK), one daughter Wanda Faye Childs (Tulsa, OK), eight grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

A Home Going Celebration will be conducted, Saturday, July 24th at 11:00 a.m. in New Hope Baptist Church, Oktaha, OK with Pastor Micheal Logan, eulogizing. Interment in Concord cemetery, Batesville, MS. At the request of family the casket will remain closed.

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

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Larry Dale Corley, 77

Born Monday, April 10, 1944

Died Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Larry Dale Corley, 77, of Fort Gibson, was born April 10, 1944 in Paris, AR to John and Blanche (Cravens) Corley and peacefully passed away Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at his home.
He grew up in Coweta and later met and married the love of his life, Carol Sue Nichols on November 25, 1966 in Coweta. Larry was devoted to his family and gave them endless love and memories they will cherish forever. They shared 56 years, 7 months and 19 days of life, marriage and precious memories. He will always be remembered as a devoted husband and father who loved his family and friends unconditionally.
Larry enlisted in the United States Navy in 1968 in Muskogee and was honorably discharged as a Lieutenant in Newport, RI in 1979.
He continued his education receiving a Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern State University and a Masters’ degree from Tulsa University and Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.
Larry was a Teacher and Administrator for many years. Teaching at Haskell Public Schools, before serving in the Navy. He also taught at Middletown, RI Public Schools, Coweta Public Schools as an Administrator/Teacher, Fort Gibson Public Schools as an Administrator/Teacher and also worked at ICTC in Muskogee. In 2006 he retired from his teaching career. Larry and Carol started a new career as owners and operators of an Antique Shop in Fort Gibson.
He was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in every city he lived in. Larry was a member of the Frank Gladd American Legion Post #20 in Fort Gibson.
In Larry’s spare time he was a passionate fisherman, loved hunting, woodworking and enjoyed traveling. But most of all he loved spending time with family and friends.
Larry is lovingly survived by his wife, Carol of the home; son, Joshua John Corley of Fort Gibson; granddaughter, Erin Rae Corley of Fort Gibson; brothers, Bruce Corley and wife Linda of Benbrook, TX and Bill Corley and wife Donna of Conroe, TX; sister, Charlotte Weir and husband Bob of Claremore, OK; brother in laws, Jim Nichols of Wagoner and Larry Wallace of Mannford, OK; brother in laws and sister in laws, Jane and Dane Fleming of Astor, FL and Buz and Trish Nichols of Mennard, TX; sister in laws, Polly Hogan of Coweta and Jo Ellen Corley of Coweta; many nieces, nephews and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ken Corley; sister, Sharon Wallace; and sister-in-law, Barbara Nichols.
Larry will lie in state from 12PM-7PM Wednesday, July 21, 2021 with family receiving friends 5PM-7PM, at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson.
A service Celebrating Larry’s life will be 11:00AM Thursday, July 22, 2021 at Fort Gibson First Baptist Church with Pastor Danny Gandara and Pastor Nate Capps officiating.
Committal prayers and interment will follow at 2:00PM at Haskell Cemetery in Haskell, OK with Charlie Moore, Derek Hogan, Rome Nichols, Scott Corley, Jason Corley, Seth Corley and Mark Fleming serving as casket bearers.
The family of Larry Dale Corley has entrusted his care, service and burial to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson, OK. 918-478-2555.
Online condolences may be left for the family at clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com

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Jonathan Jackson, 60

Born Saturday, June 24, 1961

Died Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Jonathan Dewayne Jackson, affectionately known as “Johnny” was born June 24, 1961 (same day as his maternal grandmother Lay Porter), in Muskogee, OK to his parents the late, Velma James Jackson and Wayne Jackson Jr. He was the eldest of the living children.

Johnny gave his life to Christ and was baptized at an early age, at the Church of Christ on 18th & Denison St. in Muskogee. As he grew older, he became a faithful member serving in the church until he was faced with health challenges.

Johnny received his education from Muskogee High School, and proudly earned his high school diploma. Also, during his early years he participated in the Special Olympics numerous times. He earned many medals, and proudly displayed them on his bedroom wall. His life’s hobbies consisted of walking, either with his mom or by himself, riding his bicycle, talking to anyone in the Muskogee community, while walking or sitting in Arrowhead Mall, and last but definitely not least, he would be watching Pro Wrestling on TV. His mom knew he loved wrestling so much, whenever the professional wrestlers would come to Muskogee she made sure he was there to attend. There were also a few times, he was able to help set up the wrestling ring, in hopes of getting a free seat or coming face to face with one of them.

Johnny’s calm humble, pure, and gentle demeanor was admired by all who knew him or by anyone who encountered him. He had an extremely close and unbreakable bond with his mother, the late Velma James. Although they were mother and son, they were the best of friends, and were each other’s world, with the purest love-unconditional and true. Their time here on earth was spent the majority of time together. His love for his daughter Crystal, his brothers, his sister, family and friends, was always expressed, heartfelt, and unconditional. He never complained or made a fuss about anything -always a friend, and never an enemy. Johnny’s Journey ended on July 14, 2021, 9 months and one day after his mother left her earthly body.

He is preceded in death by his beloved mother, best friend, caregiver, and protector, Velma L. James; Father, Wayne Jackson Jr., His bonus dad, David James; His oldest sister, Renita Davette; His maternal and paternal grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and nephew.

He leaves to treasure his sweet memories, his one and only daughter, Crystal D. Swearer of Muskogee; His brothers, all of Muskogee, Sherman Jackson (Catherine) his caregiver, Gregory James and Wayne Jackson, his sister of Tulsa, Ladonna Shanklin (Rudolph), two special cousins and one Aunt, who helped care for him during his latter days, Sherlyn Jefferson and Danna Porter of Muskogee, Aunt Norma Gilkey of Tulsa and a special cousin who care and raised his daughter, Linda Hitchye of Muskogee.

A Service of Memory will be conducted, Friday, July 23,2021 at 1:00 p.m. in the 18th & Denison St., Church of Christ.  Interment will follow in Booker T. Washington cemetery.  Public visitation, Thursday, in the Precious Memories Chapel-House of Winn Funeral Home-Muskogee, during the hours of 1:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M.

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

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