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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 Patrick Crossno, 98

Born Tuesday, May 20, 1924

Died Saturday, May 21, 2022

James Patrick Crossno (JP), 98 years and one day, of Hulbert, OK was born May 20, 1924, in Stigler, OK to Buford and Viola Katherine (Wilson) Crossno and peacefully passed away May 21, 2022, at his home with his loving family by his side.
He joined the United States Army on January 17, 1944, and served in WWII receiving the World War II Victory Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, EAME Theater Ribbon and One Bronze Service Star, and was honorably discharged on May 22, 1946.
James married his best friend and the love of his life Laura Mayfield in 1951. She preceded him in death in September 2000. Together they shared many years of precious memories.
He was employed with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers at the Ft. Gibson Dam Project Office in Ft. Gibson, OK for 23 years, retiring in 1986.
James enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, and watching his wildlife while drinking his coffee. Saturday mornings were spent playing dominos with his family and friends. James was very competitive and took it very seriously. He loved spending time with his family and friends, sharing memories & teaching valuable life lessons.
James is lovingly survived by his daughters, Alta Goldston and husband Roy, La Quita Stover and husband Steve, and Janine Goodwin and husband Bill; sons, Pat Crossno and wife Robbie, Mike Crossno and wife Charlene, and Phillip Crossno and wife Bonnie; a sister, Joan Coward; 26 grandchildren; multiple great grandchildren; several great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his 3 brothers; wife, Laura; and son, James (JL) Wilson.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested making a donation in James’s name to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, https://gift.omrf.org
A viewing will be held Friday, May 27, 2022, from noon to 5PM at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home in Fort Gibson, OK. Family will receive friends during visitation on Monday, May 30, 2022, from 5PM to 7PM at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home.
A graveside service will be held 1:30PM, Tuesday, May 31, 2022, at Fort Gibson National Cemetery with Pastor John Martin officiating. Full Military Honors will be observed.
The family of James Patrick Crossno has entrusted his care, service and burial to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson. 918-478-2555.
Online condolences may be left at clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com


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Joann Mangum, 82

Born Wednesday, December 6, 1939

Died Thursday, May 19, 2022

"I'll Just Walk Around Heaven All Day" Joann Mangum, age 82, a long time resident of Okmulgee, OK, transitioned, Thursday, May 19, 2022 in her home with loving siblings and family at her bedside, rejoicing in her Home Going.

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

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Brandon Jordan, 37

Born Friday, September 7, 1984

Died Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Brandon Jordan, age 37, formerly of Okmulgee, OK, transitioned on Wednesday, May 18, 2022.

A Service of Memory will be conducted on Saturday, May 28th at 2:00 p.m. in the First Baptist Church, 311 W. 5th St., Okmulgee, OK.

Mask wearing is encouraged at all services.

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

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John Taylor ‘Porky’ Gragg, Jr., 78

Born Wednesday, March 1, 1944

Died Tuesday, May 17, 2022

John Taylor ‘Porky’ Gragg, Jr., 78, a lifelong Muskogee resident was born March 1, 1944, in Muskogee to John, Sr. and Margaret (Ragsdale) Gragg and peacefully passed away Tuesday, May 17, 2022.
John received his formal education at Muskogee Schools and furthered his education at Northeastern State University, receiving his bachelor’s degree in education. He started his career at Alice Robertson Jr. High and retired from teaching at West Jr. High.
John met and later married his best friend, Geneva Bowles and made their home in Muskogee.
Porky was an avid fisherman and hunter. He fished many local jackpots and was well known for his knowledge of the area lakes, especially Fort Gibson and Tenkiller. He had a love for nature and was always ready to go on a hunting trip to Colorado with his son, Jeff and many lifelong friends. Porky was an exceptional card player. He was only known to deal one specific hand, his game, two and twenty-two and had the uncanny ability to draw the right cards. Porky could fix or build anything. From tuning race cars to building shop buildings his knowledge was vast. Porky had a great sense of humor and was extremely quick witted. He was quick to offer a hand to help anyone in need. His legacy of love, devotion, and giving spirit will live on through his family. John will be missed by many.
John was preceded in death by his parents, John and Margaret Gragg; brother-in-law, Jimmy Bowles; sister-in-law, Yvonne Bowles; nephews, Mark and Jeremy Bowles.
Those left to cherish John’s memories are his wife Geneva of the home; son, Jeff Gragg and wife Marty; daughter, Jennifer Davis; brother, Mike Gragg; his grandchildren, Jeff Gragg, Jr., Taylor and Laynie Gragg; Meghan Combs and husband Shelby, and Alec Davis; great grandkids, Adeleyna and Grayson.
John’s memorial service will be held 2PM, Thursday, May 26, 2022, at Greenhill Cemetery Pavilion in Muskogee, OK.
The family of John Taylor Gragg, Jr., has entrusted his care, cremation, and service 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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Joseph Eugene Walker, 57

Born Friday, November 27, 1964

Died Monday, May 16, 2022

Joseph Eugene Walker, age 57, a resident of Muskogee, OK, transitioned, Monday, May 16, 2022.

Arrangements pending with House of Winn Funeral Home-Muskogee

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Harold Lee Royse, 67

Born Wednesday, December 1, 1954

Died Sunday, May 15, 2022

Harold Lee Royse, 67, a lifetime resident of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away Sunday, May 15, 2022 with his family at his side. He was born December 1, 1954 to Troy Wilburn and Wilma Olive (Fletcher) Royse. Harold attended Pershing, Muskogee West High and graduated from Muskogee High School with the class of 1973.
He married Gail Whittiker on July 5, 1979 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. They shared 48 years of marriage and memories together.
Harold will always be remembered for his love of the outdoors. He loved hunting and fishing; especially chasing rabbits with his brother Jerry and uncle Herb. He was always chasing big whitetail bucks or big spring gobblers. He really enjoyed sitting on his front porch shooting the bull with anybody and everybody, reading his Bible and sharing the gospel with folks.
Harold loved spending time with his family, especially his grandkids (and his puppies). He was so proud of them and loved them very much.
He will be dearly missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Troy Wilburn Royse and Wilma Fletcher Royse; brothers, Darrell, Wayne and Jerry Royse; sisters, Shirley Royse Burnes and Jo Evelyn Royse Rolland.
Harold is survived by Gail Whittiker Royse; sons, Brian Lee Royse and Brandon Kyle Royse; grandsons, Bryar Lane Royse and Boone Kyle Royse; granddaughters, Emma Beth Royse and Gracelyn Jo Royse; sister, Helen Brassfield; brother, Ronnie Royse; mother-in-law, Marie Whittiker; sisters-in-law, Geneva Kaye Beaver and Linda Royse; brothers-in-law, Steve Whittiker, Roger Whittiker and wife Jan, Jerry Whittiker and wife Debbie, Larry Whittiker and wife Jan, and Kenneth Burnes; bonus sons, Trent Herriman and Allan Bemo; along with many cousins, nieces, nephews, other family members and many friends.
Harold’s life will be celebrated at 11AM, Monday, May 23, 2022 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Kenny Payne officiating.
The family would like to express a very special “Thank you” to Good Shepherd Hospice for the excellent care that was given to Harold and his family. Erica, Melissa, Shirley, Darla, Amber and Chaplain Jeff; you all were amazing.
A very special friend, Trish White, “Thank you” for all your help and support when needed the most.
“Thank you” Dinky Lee and Bella Royse for the comfort and entertainment.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N York St, Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences can be made to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

Service info: 11AM, Monday, 05/23/2022 @ Cornerstone Funeral Home.

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Clifford Andrew DeWayne Squire Sr., 68

Born Friday, October 23, 1953

Died Sunday, May 15, 2022

Clifford Andrew DeWayne Squire Sr., 68, passed away on Sunday, May 15th, 2022. He was born on October 23rd, 1953 to Jacob and Etta (Denwalt) Squire in Oklahoma City, OK. While attending public school he was a member of FFA and graduated from Kansas High School in 1972. He continued his education for 2 years at Northeastern State University for an accounting degree. He worked as an auto mechanic for Benton County Tire and Wheel until later retiring.
Clifford loved the Lord and was a full-time father, who was always with his children. Later always being with his grandchildren as well! He loved to be with his family, friends, and pets. He also enjoyed learning new things.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Etta Squire; sisters, Lorinda Squire, Patricia Squire, Emma Squire, Midge O’Field, and Loretta Mayhew; brothers, Tood Squire, Tom Squire, and Lawrence Squire; grandson, Angel Young; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and other beloved family.
He is survived by his brother, Roy Leon Squire and wife Sharon of Eucha, OK; his children, Jacob Vann and wife Wendy of Fayetteville, AR, Mishelle Cantrell and husband Billy of Wainwright, OK, and Clifford Squire and wife Chelsea of Skiatook, OK; grandchildren, Andrew Young, William Cantrell, Danny Young, Austin Cantrell, Destiny Cantrell, Etta Young, Jacklyn Squire, Emma Squire, Acaidian Cantrell, Tristian Cantrell, Saxon Cantrell, and Sheila Squire; great grandkids, Landon Shade, River Cantrell and Daisy Rae Young.
A family conducted memorial service will be held at the Squire residence in Kansas, OK on June 11th at 1 pm.
Cremation services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences can be made to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Vera Palvene Ashing, 86

Born Tuesday, January 28, 1936

Died Sunday, May 15, 2022

Vera Palvene Ashing, 86, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away Sunday, May 15, 2022 with her family at her side. She was born January 28, 1936 in Johnson County, Texas to Otis Ola and Ermine (Singleton) Wright.
She loved nothing more than being a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George J Ashing Jr; son, Barry L Ashing; parents, Otis and Ermine Wright; sisters, Anna Letha Dell Reed, Ermine Clara Morton and Lilith Fay Cooper; and brother, Otis J G Wright.
Vera is survived by her brother, James Dean Wright; children, Ricky and Dianna Ashing of Muskogee, Oklahoma, Cindi and Charlie Been of Morris, Oklahoma, and Pat Ashing of Muskogee, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Rebecca and Brian Engman, Stephanie Ashing, Angela and Adam Daniel, Beau and Sharlette Jordan, Chad and Angie Been, Corey and Flesha Dawn Been, Patricia and Tony Combs, Michael and Amy Ashing, Jennifer and Loyd Wright; great-grandchildren, Amber Engman, Kacie Ashing, Elizabeth and Brian Hulbert, Karli Ashing, Kurstin Daniel, Rilie Daniel, Ayden Been, Gracie Been, Aria Been, Ember Been, Malea Been, Natalie Jordan, Elisha Jordan, Chloe Jordan, Kyrie Combs, Mataya Combs, Taylon Combs, Merydian Combs, Trevor Wright, Emily Wright; great-great-grandchildren, Evangeline Schiller and Colton Keith; along with other family members.
Vera’s life will be celebrated at 2PM, Friday, May 20, 2022 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mike Hart officiating. Interment will follow at Morris Cemetery in Morris, Oklahoma. Pallbearers will be Charlie Been, Adam Daniel, Chad Been, Brian Engman, Brian Hulbert and Michael Ashing.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N York St, Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences can be made to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

Visitation: 9AM-8PM, Thursday, 05/19/2022 @ Cornerstone Funeral Home.

Service info: 2PM, Friday, 05/20/2022 @ Cornerstone Funeral Home.

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Roxie Jane Flusche, 88

Born Friday, February 16, 1934

Died Saturday, May 14, 2022

ROXIE JANE [TILLERY] FLUSCHE
Roxie was born in Muskogee on 16 February 1934 to Julius Howard Tillery and Nannie Sylvia [Miller] Tillery. Roxie was the 4th of 8 children. She spent her youth working with a local seamstress and as an employee of Purity Drug to help support the family. She attended Muskogee schools and graduated in the Honor Society from Muskogee Central High School in 1952.
Roxie married Alfred Martin Flusche Sr. on 23 January 1954 in the Catholic Church of the Assumption in Muskogee. After residing in Tulsa, Alfred and Roxie purchased and moved to their ranch property at 4281 South 89th Street West in 1957. They resided there together until Alfred’s passing in November 2021. Thereafter Roxie was in Residence with her Godson Danny Nevitt and Team at Pleasant Valley Healthcare Center where she received loving care until her passing on Saturday, 14 May 2022.
Roxie was always a model homemaker and mother. She also worked outside the home for 24 years to support the ranch and her family goals. She held positions in accounting-bookkeeping with C E Leaird Insurance, Jones Truck Line and Muskogee County Treasurer’s office. Her love of education was instrumental in both of her sons’ completion of college degrees. Of course, Roxie was also the primary partner as Alfred built his cattle operation over the years. Upon retirement, she was active as a part-time employee and volunteer with the Muskogee County Election Board.
Roxie was preceded in death by her parents Julius and Nannie Tillery; brothers Julius Jr. and Dudley Tillery; sisters Patricia and Sue Ann.
She is survived by sons Marty [Cheryl] Flusche of Broken Arrow, OK, Timothy Flusche of Plano, TX; sisters Marilyn Jackson of Pearland, TX, Peggy Tracy of Longview, TX and Carol Hill of Ocean City, MD; sister-in-law Patricia Flusche of Muskogee, OK; grandchildren, Alex [Rebecca] Flusche of Muskogee, OK, Anna [Alex] Flusche Green of Plano, TX, Aric Flusche of Allen, TX, Elizabeth Flusche of Oklahoma City, OK and Mary Flusche of Houston, TX; great-grandchildren, Aubrey Flusche, Adam Green, Austin Green, Connor Flusche and Mia Flusche.
A Funeral Wake will be held from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Thursday, 19 May 2022 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.
Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 AM Friday, 20 May 2022 in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Muskogee, OK with Father Richard Cristler as celebrant. Interment will follow at Greenhill Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Steve Ahlert, Allen Ahlert, Jeff Ahlert, Thomas Ahlert and Steve Hotz.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences can be made to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

Visitation: 9AM-8PM, Thursday, 05/19/2022 @ Cornerstone Funeral Home.

Wake: 5PM-6PM, Thursday, 05/19/2022 @ Cornerstone Funeral Home.

Service: 10AM, Friday, 05/20/2022 @ St. Joseph Catholic Church.

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Margaret Walker, 75

Born Monday, January 13, 1947

Died Thursday, May 12, 2022

Margaret Walker, age 75, retired public school bus driver and a former resident of Okmulgee, transitioned May 12, 2022, in Atlanta Medical center in Atlanta Georgia.

A Service of Memory will be conducted, Saturday, May 28, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. in the Precious Memories Chapel of House of Winn Funeral Home-Okmulgee. Interment will follow in Okmulgee cemetery. Public visitation, Friday, May 27th in Precious Memories Chapel-Okmulgee, during the hours of 1:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M.

MASKS wearing is encouraged

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

House of Winn Funeral Homes

Billy Boyd Arnett, 47

Born Thursday, November 28, 1974

Died Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Billy Boyd Arnett was born November 28, 1974, to Billy Glen Arnett and Linda Jean Arnett in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He left this earth unexpectedly on May 11, 2022.
He attended Fort Gibson Schools all of his school years, graduating in 1993. Billy enjoyed anything outdoors to include hunting, fishing and shooting guns. His passion was music and creating The Billy Arnett Band. He had been a musician for over 30 years. His band played locally and beyond, serving as a part of any benefit that was asked of him to attend and then some. He wrote his music with heart and soul and could captivate an audience with his stage presence and humor like no other. If you ever attended one of his concerts, you’d remember it. Billy was everyone’s friend. He radiated kindness, compassion and always had a smile to share.
His greatest accomplishment were his boys, Garrett and Briston. They were his life. He was a dad first and foremost and his boys were loved beyond belief. He was their Superman. Billy taught his boys everything they know about being men. He taught them how to make a joke, how to take a joke and more importantly, how to take it seriously when it was no longer funny. He was everything in a man that they could look up to. His greatest title to date was “Papa” to his precious grand babies, Brooks Wayne, Brynlee Mae and little Baylor Boyd arriving in July.
Billy was preceded in death by his dad, Billy Glen Arnett. Left to cherish his memory are his sons, Garrett Arnett of Broken Arrow, Briston Arnett of Broken Arrow; their mother, Lisa Jackson of Broken Arrow; grandchildren, Brooks Wayne Arnett, Brynlee Mae Arnett and Baylor Boyd Arnett, also of Broken Arrow; mother, Linda Arnett of Fort Gibson; sister, Carol Farguson of Fort Gibson; niece, Kiersten Farguson and her son, Cash Robbins of Muskogee; niece, Chelsea Mills and her children, Kalaya Mills, Madison Miles and Orlando Wilson Jr. all of Fort Gibson. Billy leaves behind a host of extended family and many friends.
A visitation will be held from Monday, May 16, 2022, with family receiving friends from 5PM-7PM at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma. A Celebration of Billy’s life will be 2PM Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in Muskogee, OK with Reverend Don Jones officiating. Committal prayers and interment will follow in the Citizens Cemetery, Fort Gibson, OK with Rob Waltman, Cade Waltman, Jeremy Hayes, Todd Bean, Mike Hammons and Bryan Harber serving as casket bearers. William Raper and Michael Eubanks will serve as honorary casket bearers.
The family of Billy Boyd Arnett has entrusted his care, service and burial to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson. 918-478-2555. Online condolences may be left at clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com

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Lloyd Phillips, 69

Born Friday, December 12, 1952

Died Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Lloyd “Nolan” Phillips, 69, of Fort Gibson, Oklahoma passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2022. He was born December 12, 1952 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Elvin and Bernice (Edwards) Phillips. Nolan attended public schools and graduated from Sand Springs High School.
He married Kay Rose on October 13, 2008. They shared more than 13 years of life, marriage and memories together.
Nolan worked for Baker Hughes and retired after 15 years of service.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Kay of the home; children, Chris Phillips and wife Katie of Tulsa, Matt Phillips and wife Lindsay of Tulsa, Kathy Bennett and husband Donnie of Muskogee, Chris Railey and wife Lisa of Marlow; grandchildren, Amber and Kelly Quillman of Muskogee, Ronald and Keri Allen of Muskogee, Kammi and Matt Silence of Muskogee, Logan Phillips, Christopher Phillips, Parker Hutchins, Michael Phillips, Madeline Phillips, and Matthew Phillips all of Tulsa; great-grandchildren, Kaia Quillman , Kensley Allen, Kelsey Allen, Keegan Allen, Kaden Silence, Kenna Silence and Kamden Silence; along with other family members and friends.
A family conducted memorial service for Nolan will be 4PM, Friday, May 13, 2022 at Boston Avenue Baptist Church with Pastor Donnie Echols officiating.
Cremation services provided by Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N York St, Muskogee, OK. Condolences can be made to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.


Family conducted memorial service:
4PM, Friday, May 13, 2022 @ Boston Avenue Baptist Church

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Marion Kelley, 75

Born Sunday, April 20, 1947

Died Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Marion Kelley was born in Gillette, WY and came to Muskogee, OK at nine months of age. She attended Muskogee Public Schools and graduated from Muskogee Central High School in 1965. She graduated from Bacone College and Northeastern State University and received her master's degree in Education from Northeastern as well. Marion was an elementary school teacher and taught remedial reading and reading recovery for many years before health issues forced her retirement.
Marion was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond “Ray” Perkins and Le Etta Perkins.
She was married to and preceded in death by Quinton Ozell Ross Jr., who was also a lifelong Muskogee resident. Marion and Quinton had two children, Quinton Ozell Ross III and Mysti Dawn Ross-Kelley. Quinton and Marion, Mysti and “Trae”, and their whole family, including Snowball, happily traveled the US and into Canada together until Quinton’s untimely death.
Marion met Johnnie Kelley in 2005 and they married in 2006, giving them almost 16 rewarding and happy years together. They, along with Mysti, lived happily and traveled many places together, including many trips to Disneyworld in Orlando, FL, Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, South Padre Island, TX, Gillette, WY and many places in between, whether by RV or auto.
Marion is survived by her husband, Johnnie; daughter, Mysti, both of the home; brothers, Wayne Perkins of Muskogee and Joe Perkins of Muskogee; her son, Quinton Ross III and his wife Susan of Muskogee; son, Christopher Kelley and his wife Darlene of Palm Springs, CA; and daughter, Petra Mehen and husband Patrick of Garland, TX; six grandchildren, Stefani Ross-Nunez and her husband Robby of Pryor, OK, Jackson Ross-Cox and Gracelyn Ross-Cox of Broken Arrow, OK, Maddie Clark and James Byron Clark both of Muskogee, and Elanor Mehen of Garland, TX. Marion had a host of cousins, “sisters”, nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews who loved her and appreciated her for what she was.
Marion was a godly, loving woman with a sincere heart and knew a great many people in and around Muskogee. Her thoughtfulness and companionship will be sorely missed.
The family will receive friends from 1-5PM, Saturday, May 14, 2022 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.
Marion’s life will be celebrated at 2PM, Monday, May 16, 2022 @ Eastern Heights Baptist Church with Dr. Darren Wallace and Bro. Ed Chaney officiating.
Pallbearers will be Larry Crabtree, Ron Cagle, Robert Perkins, Phillip Perkins, Christopher Kelley and Patrick Mehen.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N York St, Muskogee, OK, 74403. Condolences can be made to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.


Family to greet friends:
1-5PM, Saturday, May 14, 2022 @ Cornerstone Funeral Home

Service:
2PM, Monday, May 16, 2022 @ Eastern Heights Baptist Church

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James Lee Hudson, 68

Born Sunday, January 24, 1954

Died Tuesday, May 10, 2022

James Lee Hudson, 68, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. He was born on January 24, 1954 to Allen Wayne Hudson and Carlotta Marie (Gentry) Hudson in Van Buren, Arkansas. He was a high school graduate and later served in the United States Navy as a marine engineer and received an honorable discharge 1979.
After being in the Navy, James worked at Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center in the engineering department. He married Okcha Foster on November 19, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They shared over 6 years of life, marriage and love together. James 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.
James was preceded in death by his parents, Allen and Carlotta Hudson.
He is survived by his wife, Okcha of the home; his son, James Hudson, Jr. of Corona, CA; grandchildren, Jasmine Hudson, Joslyn Hudson and Jeasel Hudson; great-grandchild, Jaidyn Hudson; siblings, Allen Wayne Hudson, Jr. of Alma AR, Kathy Myers of Monroe, OK, Carolyn Peters of Van Buren AR, Barbara Van Pelt of Van Buren, AR, Betty Crowder of Van Buren, AR and Ron Hudson of Dyer AR; and many other family members and friends.
A celebration of James’ life will be 2:30PM, Thursday, May 19, 2022 at Fort Gibson National Cemetery with Chaplain Bill Crow 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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MyaiA Danya Edwards, 23

Born Saturday, December 5, 1998

Died Monday, May 9, 2022

On December 5th, 1998, a beautiful girl was born to a LaKesha D. Marshall and Jearald E. Edwards Sr, in Tulsa Oklahoma.

She was christened as a baby and grew up in Christ Temple C.M.E. Church.

Throughout her younger years MyaiA spent a lot of time at the North Maybee Boys & Girls club where she became an avid swimmer and was even recruited to be a lifeguard. While at the Mabee Center she developed love of the outdoors and nature because of the many camping trips she was able to partake in.

MyaiA also excelled academically especially in the areas of math and science. She attended Solid Foundation Preparatory Art School Academy and Burroughs Elementary School. She graduated from Walt Whitman 5th Grade. She then continued her education at Union Public Schools where she completed her 6, 7, and 8th grade years.

For her high school years, MyaiA returned to her north Tulsa roots and chose to attend Tulsa Central High School. While at Central she was a cheerleader, played basketball, and was a star volleyball player. During her 11th grade year MyaiA also enrolled in Tulsa Technology Center’s Certified Nursing Assistant program. In 2017 MyaiA graduated with both her diploma from Central and a CNA certificate from TTC.

With a love for science and all things medical MyaiA continued her education at Tulsa Community College’s X-ray Tech Program. When she was not attending classes, she made use of her CNA certificate by working in numerous nursing homes, home health care, and caring for many individuals in hospice facilities.

On the other hand, MyaiA was not all business. She loved hanging with her friends, she liked to go on picnics and to the lake. MyaiA never met a stranger because with her big smile, deep dimples, and big heart you could not help but call her friend.

However, the most vital role to Myaia was that of mother. She loved spending time with daughter at birthday parties, family gatherings, and sometimes just by themselves. When MyaiA looked at Ke’Myiaa you saw true love in her eyes. The pride that MyaiA took in being the best mom she could and loving her daughter should be an example for us all.

She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

MyaiA is preceded in death by her incredibly special loving Great Aunt, Finley Hubbard (Fin Fin) with whom she shared an unbreakable bond.

She also leaves behind to cherish her memory: Daughter, Ke’Myiaa D. Edwards; Mother, LaKesha Marshall; Father, Jeareld E. Edwards Sr.; Grandfather, Alvin H. Marshall Sr.; Grandmother, Lutretia A. Marshall; Brother, Hasantay L Marshall, aka her twin as MyaiA affectionately called him; Brothers, Everette Edwards, Brandon Edwards; Sister, Kyra Moses; Nephew, Davontay L. Marshall; Niece, Halo L. Marshall; Uncles, Alvin H. Marshal Jr, Terrence L Marshall Sr. (Deidre Marshall), Eddie L Marshall, Derrick O. Marshall, Michael D. Marshall; God Mother, Ruth B. Harrison (Harold Harrison); Godfather, Rev. Dr. Robert L. Peoples. MyaiA also leaves behind great uncles, great aunts, cousins, and many friends whom she loved dearly.

A Home Going Celebration for MyaiA, will be conducted, Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 2:00 P.M. in Christ Temple C.M.E. Church, 2802 N. Lewis , Tulsa, OK with, Rev. Dr. Robert L. Peoples, eulogizing. Cremation will follow. Public visitation will be held, Friday, May 20th at Jack's Memory Chapel, 801 E. 36th St. N. Tulsa, OK during the hours of 1:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.

MASKS encouraged at all services

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

House of Winn Funeral Homes

Martha Ann Witt, 67

Born Sunday, April 24, 1955

Died Sunday, May 8, 2022

Funeral Service for Martha Ann "Mark" (Echols) Witt, 67, of Sand Springs, Oklahoma will be at 2:00 PM on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at Agent Mallory Martin Chapel in Sallisaw, Oklahoma under the direction of Agent Mallory Martin Funeral Service, Inc.

She was born on April 24, 1955 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Retha Opha (Keithly) Echols and Quinton Echols and passed away on May 8, 2022 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was married to Arthur G. "Dusty" Witt, III in 1989. He preceded her in death on January 16, 2022. She was formerly an accountant.

Survivors are:

1 daughter, Teresa Delancy of Sallisaw, OK;

2 grandchildren, Zakk Delancy and fiancé, Cassie, of Vian, OK and Dustin Delancy and fiancé, Leanna, of Vian, OK;

7 great-grandchildren, Jesse Delancy, Zain Delancy, Logan Delancy, Kelsie Workman, Wayde Workman, Bella Workman and Hunter Workman;

mother, Retha Echols of Sallisaw, OK;

1 sister, Charlotte Echols of Sallisaw, OK;

and several other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by one grandson, Jesse Dale Delancy; and her father, Quinton Echols.

Viewing will be 10 AM - 8 PM Friday at Agent Mallory Martin Funeral Home in Sallisaw, OK where the family will greet 6 - 8 PM.

Agent Mallory Martin Funeral Home

Arthur Wayne “Dub” Sloan, 86

Born Monday, May 20, 1935

Died Sunday, May 8, 2022

Arthur Wayne “Dub” Sloan loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend died Sunday, May 8, 2022 in Gore, Oklahoma with his family by his side.
Dub was born May 20, 1935 in Gore, Oklahoma to C.E. and Nola Sloan. He attended Gore High School graduating in 1953. He asked for a 1953 Farmall Super C Tractor as a graduation gift. He pursued an education at Connors State College earning an Associate’s Degree in 1955. While at Connors he met his bride, Phyllis Ann Martin. They married May 26, 1955 in Checotah, Oklahoma and established their home in Gore where he pursued his farming career. They enjoyed 66 years full of love.
Weather permitting, he could be found on the farm or in his garden. Dub started Sloan Sweet Corn in 1965 in order to save money to put his children through college. It’s become a family tradition that continues every summer. He loved to grow a large garden and was known to leave vegetables every week for church members. Dub was an advocate for agriculture, and the growth of the community. He was a board member of Farm Credit for 30 years, Gore School Board Member, a Boy Scout Leader and a member of Gore United Methodist Church. In 2018, Dub received the Oklahoma Water Pioneer Award for achievement in water conservation. He and Phyllis spent many nights square dancing. They won Sequoyah and Muskogee County farm family of the year in their early and later years.
Dub was preceded in death by his parents, C.E. and Nola Sloan; and in-laws, Selma and Verlin Martin.
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis of the home; his sister, Betty Rohde and husband Bob of Tulsa, OK; his children, Dr. Phillip Sloan, Steve Sloan and wife Terry, and Kimberly and husband Art Pearson all of Gore, OK; grandson, Dr. Arthur (AJ) Pearson and wife Tiffany and their son, Arthur (AW) of Fort Smith, AR; granddaughter, Lacey Jackson and husband Michael and their son, Hendrix of Gore, OK; granddaughter, Ashley Hyde and husband Matt and their daughter, Hudson of Edmond, OK; grandson, Cody Sloan and wife Ashley and their children, Adeline, Crawford, and Clara Sloan of Gore, OK.
In lieu of flowers the family suggest memorials be made to the Gore UMC Food Pantry at: P.O. Box 273, Gore, OK 74435 or to your favorite charity.
A celebration of Dub’s life will be 10AM, Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at Gore United Methodist Church with Minister Kurt Henry and Minister Rich Brasher officiating. Interment will follow at Sallisaw City Cemetery with Dr. Arthur (AJ) Pearson, Cody Sloan, Michael Jackson, Matt Hyde, Stan Sheffield, Fowler Ray Sheffield, Steve Barrick and Keith Barrick. Honorary pallbearers will be Art Pearson, Larry Gately, Gary (Squeaky) Anderson, Randy (Rambo) Casinger, and Charles Crumpler.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences can be made to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Ira Franklin ‘Babe’ Ross, 97

Born Monday, November 24, 1924

Died Sunday, May 8, 2022

Ira Franklin "Babe" Ross was at his home surrounded by loved ones when he heard God's call Sunday, May 8, 2022. Ira was born November 24, 1924, to Rolandus and Audrey "Bailey" Ross in Cherokee County, Oklahoma. The fourth of six children, he attended school at Muskogee and Ft. Gibson. He married Mollie Vann Glad on December 24, 1942. Getting his start at Camp Gruber, he spent his entire career in the construction business working on projects including the Ft. Gibson Dam. He specialized in building water treatment plants across Oklahoma and Arkansas. Spanning 40+ years, it was his hard work, honesty, dedication, and good-natured personality that led to owning his own construction company until finally retiring due to health reasons. He had a passion for raising good cattle and did just that until a few years ago when his health no longer allowed. He enjoyed hunting trips, especially those involving quail, along with raising and training his bird dogs. From trail riding to the racetrack, Babe enjoyed raising, riding and racing horses. He was a Shriner and a member of the Ft. Gibson Masonic Lodge for 65 years. He loved the Lord and was of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mollie; son, Roger; daughter, Mary; one brother, L. R. "Louie"; four sisters, Iris, Rosemary, Ethel, and Ruth Ann; great grandchildren, Chase Conaway and Audra Tucker. He is survived by his sons, Frank Ross and wife, Sue of Ft. Gibson and Mike Ross and wife, Betty of Indianola; daughter in law, DeeDee Ross of Indianola; seven grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren; numerous nephews, nieces and many friends. Memorial services will be held 10AM Thursday, May 12, 2022, at the Fort Gibson First Baptist Church with Babe’s son, Reverend Mike Ross officiating. The family of Ira Franklin “Babe” Ross has entrusted his care, cremation and service 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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Bonnie Sue Acree, 80

Born Tuesday, September 16, 1941

Died Friday, May 6, 2022

Bonnie Sue (Garrison) Acree passed away from this life peacefully on May 6, 2022, at her home in Fort Gibson surrounded by her family. She was born in Siloam Springs, AR to Basil and Eva Garrison. Bonnie attended Colcord Schools until the fifth grade; she began school in Porter, OK where she met the love of her life, J.W. Acree. Bonnie and J.W. graduated high school together in 1959. After graduation, they began their marriage on July 1, 1960, of 59 years.
Bonnie worked for Porter Schools for 20 plus years. After retiring in 1999, Bonnie and J.W. enjoyed life traveling and spending time with family and friends. Bonnie’s passions included reading, word searches, and her family. She enjoyed spending her time supporting her kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids in their activities.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her husband, J.W. Acree; her parents, Basil and Eva Garrison; and her sisters, Virginia Keele and Judy Garrison.
She is survived by her son, Basil Kent Acree and wife, Beth; her daughter, LaDonna Sue Ross and husband, Marty; her six grandchildren, Carmon Wieden, Candace Acree, Kendra Rush and husband, Rusty, Levi Webb, Katelyn Farris and husband, Brantley, and Amber Johnson and husband, Sammy; Bonnie was blessed with nine great-granddaughters, Rylie (15), Lilian (14), Kenley (13), Kelcie (12), Birdie (9), Aspen (7), Aliya (6), Adlee (3), and Della (11 months); niece, Bonnie Mae Mayes; great nieces, Dani, Mika, Hannah, and Miley; and great nephew, Wyatt.
Bonnie’s obituary was beautifully written by her family.
A viewing is scheduled for noon-7PM Monday, May 9, 2022, at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home in Fort Gibson with the family receiving friends 5PM-7PM.
A service celebrating Bonnie’s life will be 2PM Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor David Yarbrough officiating. Committal prayers and interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Porter, OK with Levi Webb, Sammy Johnson, Rusty Rush, Brantley Farris and Wyatt Mayes serving as casket bearers. Doug Robertson, Darrell Jones, Earnest Adams and Carl James will serve as honorary casket bearers.
The family of Bonnie Sue Acree has entrusted her 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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Max E. Beshears, 68

Born Monday, May 25, 1953

Died Friday, May 6, 2022

Max Edward Beshears passed away Friday, May 6, 2022 in Muskogee, Oklahoma at the age of 68 years. He was born May 25, 1953 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Henry and Irene Beshears.
Max married Joyce (Joy) Campbell in Muskogee, Oklahoma on September 26, 1987. Max and Joy faithfully attended Greater Dimensions in Gore, Oklahoma until Max fell ill in September, 2020. Max enjoyed playing all kinds of stringed instruments and mentoring young and old alike in his love for music. He also loved fishing and was a great cook, but his greatest accomplishment was spoiling Joy.
Max was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Irene Beshears and his beloved sister, Judith G. McKinney.
Max is survived by his wife, Joy of the home; children, Terri Guthrie and husband Mark of Wainwright, OK, Randy Campbell and wife Christina of Ft. Gibson, OK, Brad Campbell and wife Shelly of Muskogee, OK, and Michael Beshears of Lake Charles, LA; brother, Clayburn Beshears and wife Regeana of Clayton, OK; sister, Carol Cook and husband Oscar of Broken Arrow, OK. Max (also known as Poppy) was very proud of his 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.
The family will greet friends from 5-8PM, Monday, May 9, 2022 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.
Max’s life will be celebrated at 2PM, Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Kenny Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Wagoner. Pallbearers will be Mark Guthrie, Austin Madewell, Grant Howell, Cory Watson, Erik Howell, Dillon Webb, Bradley Campbell and Dalton Tholl.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N York St, Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences can be made to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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