THINGS TO DO

Friday, October 18

Tai Chi for Better Balance
5th Annual Video Game Tournament
Halloween Dinner
Muskogee: Learn How to Start & Run a House Buying Business (No $ or Credit)
DNOW 2019
Coffee with CASA
Ahna Jennings
Papilion Pumpkin Celebration
Honor Heights Park Fall Night Hike

Saturday, October 19

Muskogee: Learn How to Start & Run a House Buying Business (No $ or Credit)
DNOW 2019
The Shakos/ Blackout/ Couch Naps/ and Esc Ctrl @The Rainbow
2019 Frightseeing Ft. Gibson BUS tour SOLD OUT
Household Pollutants Collection
Haunted History Tours
Family Fall Festival
Shayla Coplen
Food Pantry and Free Clothing!
AFGE Presents Coco

Sunday, October 20

New Christian Life Study
New Young Couples' Class Bible Study
Paint & Sip
Deacons and Widow Dinner

Recent deaths

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

Emma Lee Bankhead, 86

Born Friday, April 14, 1933

Died Thursday, October 17, 2019

Emma Lee Bankhead was born April 14, 1933 to Jenny and Ed Melton. She died on October 16, 2019. She was the next to the youngest of six children. Her family lived in Shamrock, Oklahoma where Emma attended grade school and high school.
She worked briefly as a telephone operator in Drumright, Oklahoma, before entering X-Ray technologist school in Tulsa, Oklahoma after graduation. She began employment with St. John Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She worked as an X-ray technologist starting in 1962 and worked there until her marriage in February of 1964. Emma has always had an interest in politics. She served as a representative of the local Republican party membership. She took a class in cooking while living in Denver, Colorado shortly after marriage. She attended four colleges taking two to three hours a semester while working full time at Muskogee Bone and Joint Clinic. It took her thirteen years to get her bachelor’s degree from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, where she graduated Summa Cum Lade. She met all the teaching requirements to teach 5th grade and taught briefly. She was also a 5th grade home room mother and substitute teacher occasionally.
Emma learned to appreciate and love art and art paintings. She produced many of her own beautiful oil paintings on canvas. She took several religious college courses on a part time basis. She was a Director of one of the children’s departments at the First Baptist Church in Muskogee for several years. She learned to line dance and enjoyed it for many years. She planted and cared for flowers and other plants in her family garden in Muskogee.
She is survived by her loving and faithful husband of 55 years, James Bankhead. Her only child, Roy W. Bankhead, M.D. and wife Amy and grandson’s William and Christopher Bankhead all of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Nieces and nephew, Alice Lee Williams of Grand Prairie, Texas, Norma Talbott of Odessa, Texas, Linda Simon of Yale, Oklahoma, and Jan and Gary Griffin of Springdale, Arkansas. The main loves of Emma’s life were her husband, son and grandsons. She was a God loving woman that will be dearly missed by her family.
Services will be held in Muskogee, Oklahoma on Saturday, October 19th, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. with a graveside service at Green Hill Cemetery, 1500 North York Street, Muskogee, Oklahoma 74403. 918-684-6215.
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.

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Kenneth Kyle Pierce “KK”, 54

Born Saturday, May 1, 1965

Died Wednesday, October 16, 2019

KK, 54, of Oktaha, OK passed away October 16, 2019 at Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa OK.

KK was the son of Kenneth Pierce and Gloria Camp-Pierce. He was born May 1st, 1965, Muskogee, OK.

KK worked 16 years in Production at the Muskogee Phoenix Newspaper. He enjoyed camping, fishing, cheering on his beloved Sooners and spending time with his granddaughter. He is predeceased by both parents Kenneth Pierce & Gloria Pierce, Brother-in-laws Kevin Austin, Terry Sowers & Frank Rankins. Survived by Son and Daughter-in-law, Damon & Destiny Pierce of Muskogee, OK, Step Mother, Kathryn Pierce of Teesto, AZ, Sister, Charity Austin of Oktaha, Kim Sowers of Salina and Stacy Rankins of Claremore. Step Brother Robert Brown of Norman, Half Brother Charles Pierce, Broken Arrow, OK and Half Brother, James Pierce
of Gallup, NM. A host of nieces/nephews and great nieces and nephews as well as his beautiful grand daughter, Ariona Pierce and many friends.

Memorial Service will be Friday, October 18, 2019 at 4:00pm at Jubilee Christian Center in Muskogee, OK.

Dorothy C. White, 90

Born Saturday, December 8, 1928

Died Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Dorothy Charlotte “Dottie” White, 90, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away on Wednesday, October 16, 2019. She was born on December 8, 1928 to Charles and Mary (Decoursey) Hancock in San Francisco, California. She was a high school graduate.
Dottie was a health care provider until her retirement in 2000. She also worked for the railroad as a driver for the crew. Dottie had a love for animals and was around horses and cattle all of her life. She leaves behind her beloved dog, Princess.
She was preceded in death by her parents; 3 sisters; and 1 great-grandson.
Dottie is survived by her sons, Roy White and wife Ruby of Fayetteville, AR, Garey White and wife Tracy of Muskogee, OK, Allen White and wife Nee of Oktaha, OK, and Larry White and wife Tammi of Weatherford, TX; daughter, Jane White of Muskogee, OK; 7 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
A celebration of Dottie’s life will be 11AM, Monday, October 21, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Bill Crow officiating. Interment will follow at Holland Cemetery with Rick Jones, Blake White, Paul Mullican, Ryan Dame, Donald Perry and Jake Misilton serving as pallbearers.
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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Jimmy Lee Bradley, 77

Born Saturday, January 17, 1942

Died Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Jimmy Lee Bradley was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, on January 17, 1942 to Wren Eugene Bradley and Ellen Lena Phillips. He was a longtime resident of Fort Gibson. Jimmy went to be with our Lord on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at the age of 77.

He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He was a mechanic/adjuster at Georgia Pacific for over 35 years. He graduated from Fort Gibson High School in 1960. As a young man his love of horses led him to compete in many rodeos as a steer wrestler and later as a team roper. He was also the president of the Fort Gibson Round Up Club for several years. As he aged, he traded for the “safer” hobby of IMCA Factory Stock Racing. He built many engines and race cars for family and friends. Jimmy could be found most evenings sitting in his shop or carport with his dog Peanut, “thinking”, as he put it. He was always ready to visit with anyone who stopped by. He married his High School sweetheart, Billie Jean Faddis on June 21, 1960. They were blessed with 3 children.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 59 years Billie Jean of the home; twin brother, John Bradley and his wife Elwanda of Fort Gibson; his daughters, LeAnn (Paul) Killman of Muskogee, Norma (Alan) Cooper of Fort Gibson, and son, Michael Bradley and fiancé (Michele Marshall) of Fort Gibson; 6 grandchildren; Adrienne (Tim) Berres, Evan (Leigh) Cooper, Carrigan Bradley and Haddison Bradley all of Fort Gibson, OK, Mallory (Cody) Cook of Portage, Indiana, Brittany (Kevin) Cooper of Mannford, OK; 10 great grandchildren, Gabriel and Ben Berres, Remington and Taylor Cooper all of Fort Gibson, OK, Jameson, Ireland and McKinley Cook all of Portage, IN, Paige, Cheyenne and Ty Cooper all of Mannford, OK. Along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and longtime friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Euel, Marvin, P.J., and Bill Bradley; only sister Pauline Yeager.

A visitation will be held from 5PM-7PM Thursday, October 17, 2019 at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson, Oklahoma.
A service celebrating Jimmy’s life is scheduled for 11AM Friday, October 18, 2019 at Calvary Faith Church in Fort Gibson with Pastor Don Reed and Pastor Fred Huffman officiating.

Committal prayers and interment will follow at Citizens Cemetery in Fort Gibson with Evan Cooper, Johnny Ray Bradley, Kevin D. Cooper, Shannon Reheard, Ron Leach,Jon Landers and Darrell Merrill serving as casket bearers. Honorary casket bearers are John Jeffries, Jimmy K. Taylor and Don Underwood.

The family of Jimmy Lee Bradley 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

Clifford D. Garrett Family Funeral Home

Lisa Ousley, 36

Born Sunday, November 7, 1982

Died Monday, October 14, 2019

Lisa Tran Nguyen Ousley, 36, entered eternal peace on October 14, 2019 in Muskogee, OK.

Mrs. Ousley was born on November 7, 1982 in Grand Rapids, MI to Xuan Tran Nguyen and Duc Thanh Nguyen.

She graduated high school in 2000 from Boulevard Christian School in Muskogee, OK. She attended Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK and Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK.

She married Allando "Lando" Wendell Ousley on July 6, 2013. They have one son, Landon Scott Nguyen Ousley, 5.

Lisa worked for Walgreens from 2005-2017. She was involved in her community that included volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, serving on church committees, and was an award winning baker. Lisa was known for her infectious smile and her presence that could light up a room. She had the gift of baking and cooking which she loved to share with everyone around her. Lisa will always be known for her hospitality, her love for animals, and watching reality television. Lisa enjoyed going to beach and state fairs with her family. Her friends meant a lot to her, she loved creating memories with them along with reminiscing.

Lisa is survived by her husband, Lando, and son, Landon of the home; parents, Xuan and Duc of Muskogee, OK; brother, Phan Nguyen, his wife, Jessica and their children, Jude & Selah of Muskogee, OK; and numerous other nephews, nieces, cousins, and beloved friends.

A memorial service celebrating Lisa’s life will be at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at Boulevard Christian Church in Muskogee, OK with Minister Steve Moss officiating.

Honorary pallbearers will be Duc Nguyen, Xuan Nguyen, Phan Nguyen, Landon Ousley, Jude Nguyen, Mark Tony Smith, and Mark Kyle Hatfield.

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.

Public visitation:
2-4PM, Saturday, October 19, 2019 @ Cornerstone Funeral Home

Memorial service:
2PM, Wednesday, October 23, 2019 @ Boulevard Christian Church

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Randy Diane Hibdon, 58

Born Monday, December 12, 1960

Died Monday, October 14, 2019

Randy Diane Hibdon, 58, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma passed away on Monday, October 14, 2019. She was born on August 12, 1961 to Harry A. “Bunkie” Tatum Jr. and Patsy Ruth (Cavin) Tatum in Muskogee, Oklahoma. She married Michael Hibdon in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on September 29, 1991.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Patsy Ruth Tatum.
She is survived by her husband, Michael Hibdon; daughters, Holly Cabe and husband Kevin, Samantha Hibdon, and Keri Hibdon; sons, Chris Silence and James Hibdon; father, Harry A. “Bunkie” Tatum; brother Derek Tatum and wife Suzi; sister, Keeley Tatum; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Randy’s life will be 2:00pm Friday, October 18, 2019 at Greenhill Cemetery in Muskogee, Oklahoma with Pastor Margaret Warden officiating. James Hibdon, Keri Hibdon, Chris Silence, Holly Cabe, Samantha Hibdon, and Kevin Cabe will serve as Honorary Pallbearers.
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.



Visitation:
9:00am-8:00pm Thursday, October 17, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home

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Theresa Kay “Teri” O’Dell, 62

Born Saturday, July 27, 1957

Died Saturday, October 12, 2019

Theresa “Teri” Kay O’Dell, 62, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away on Saturday, October 12, 2019. She was born on July 27, 1957 to James and Catherine Norton in Muskogee, Oklahoma. She graduated from Muskogee High School with the class of 1975. Theresa worked for OG&E, Coburn Optical, and NFI Industries.
Teri loved her family and enjoyed taking care of them. She loved playing games, enjoyed going to family reunions and most of all she adored cheering on her daughter and the boys. Teri loved to see people happy and there was always someone on her mind to care for. Her family recalls that she was the matriarch of the family. She will be missed by everyone who knew and loved her.
Teri was preceded in death by her parents, James and Catherine Norton; grandparents; and many aunts and uncles.
She is survived by her daughter, Kyla O’Dell Clay and husband Steve “Bub” Clay of Wagoner, OK; her grandsons (her boys), Alyk Shawn Keefe, and Brock Austin Clay both of Wagoner, OK; sister, Karen Norton of Muskogee, OK; brother, Dave Norton and wife Christy of Muskogee, OK; nephews, Jeremy Walker and wife Camille of Oklahoma City, OK, and Quinton Norton of Muskogee, OK; She is survived by many other adoring loved ones.
In lieu of flowers the family suggest memorial be made to Hilldale Crimson Vanguard Activity Account.
A celebration of Teri’s life will be 10AM, Thursday, October 17, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. David Yarbrough officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be Steve “Bub” Clay, Jeremy Walker, Alyk Keefe, Quinton Norton, Dave Norton, Brock Clay, Lance Moore, and Derek “Cornbread” Lasiter.
Kyla and family would like for all loved ones to join in the services at Ash Street Baptist Church for Teri’s final family reunion.
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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Kenneth Wayne Sellers, 83

Born Sunday, June 28, 1936

Died Thursday, October 10, 2019

Kenneth Wayne Sellers, 83, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away Thursday, October 10, 2019. He was born June 28, 1936 in Council Hill, Oklahoma to William Henry and Susie (Epperson) Sellers. He graduated from Council Hill High School and furthered his education at Okmulgee Tech.
Kenneth proudly served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War and received an honorable discharge in 1958.
He married Joyce L. Pruitt on May 16, 1958 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. They shared more than 61 years of marriage and life together.
Kenneth worked as a supervisor at Sola Optical from which he retired.
He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by parents, William and Susie Sellers; and his siblings, Doc Sellers, Frances Esco, Edward Sellers, Virgil Sellers, and Wynona Frazier.
Kenneth is survived by his wife, Joyce, of the home; sons, William Keith Sellers, Jerry Dale Sellers and wife Lora, all of Muskogee, Jeffery Wayne Sellers of Tulsa, and David Kent Sellers and wife Valerie of Mountain Top, PA; extended family, Carolyn Patocka, Marilyn Patocka, Ron and Cathy Clutter, all of Muskogee; grandchildren, Jay Sellers, Jeremy Sellers, Zachary Sellers, Corban Sellers, Alissa Parpart, Michael Wesley Sellers, Noah Sellers, and Amelia Sellers; great-grandchildren, Grant Lindsey, Logan Sellers, and Madeline Parpart; along with numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
Kenneth’s life will be celebrated at 2PM, Monday, October 14, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jeremy Jones officiating. Interment will follow at Council Hill Cemetery with Randy Broaddus, Keith Perceful, William Earl Perceful, Don Jones, Kevin Bierig, and Steve Osborn serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Don Broaddus, Neal Talley, and Ray Defoor.
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.


Visitation
Sunday, October 13th, 2019 - 01:00 PM to 05:00 PM - (CDT) - Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory - Muskogee
1830 North York Street - Muskogee, OK - 74403

Monday, October 14th, 2019 - 09:00 AM to 01:00 PM - (CDT) - Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory - Muskogee
1830 North York Street - Muskogee, OK - 74403

Service
Monday, October 14th, 2019 - 02:00 PM - (CDT) - Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel - Muskogee
1830 N. York St. - Muskogee, OK - 74403

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Ollie Ray Capps, 94

Born Thursday, June 18, 1925

Died Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Ollie Ray Capps, a lifetime resident of Oklahoma, passed away Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at the age of 94. He was born June 18, 1925 in Ft Gibson, Oklahoma to Levi and Seletha (Sells) Capps.
He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy during WWII and received an honorable discharge.
Ollie married the love of his life, Cora Lee Banks on August 6, 1947 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. They shared more than 71 years of life, marriage, and memories together when Cora passed on January 1, 2019.
He worked as a dairy farmer from 1961 to 1972. He then owned and operated the Okie Dokie Drive-In in Muskogee. He retired in 1987 from P&H Plumbing.
Ollie faithfully attended Central Assembly of God Church (now known as LifePoint) and served as a Deacon for many years.
He will always be remembered as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather, brother, and friend.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Levi and Seletha Capps; wife, Cora Capps; siblings, Arvie Lee Capps, Leon Capps, and Geraldine Shackelford; daughters-in-law, Carolyn (Beaty) Capps and Kathy Marie (Miller) Capps; and grandson, Mark Wayne Capps.
Ollie is survived by his children, Danny Ray Capps, Buddy Capps, Michael L. Capps, Phyllis J. (Capps) Alvarez and husband Tony, all of Muskogee, and Cathy S. (Capps) Cope of Bixby; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Charles Capps, Chester Capps, Jerry Capps, and Larry Capps; and sister, Alma Capps; along with other family members and friends who will greatly miss him.
Ollie’s life will be celebrated at 9AM, Monday, October 14, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Guy Parrish, Rev. Clyde Powell, and Rev. Tony Alvarez officiating. Interment will follow at Fort Gibson National Cemetery with military honors being presented. Pallbearers will be Michael Shawn Capps, Brent Keys, Michael Edward Capps, Nick Harper, Trenton White, Camden Cargill, and John Fox. Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Wayne Capps, Logan Thomas Eskue, Matthew Herriman, Dallus Tyler Capps, Scott White, and Brian White.
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.



Visitation:
1:00pm-5:00pm Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home

1:00pm-5:00pm Sunday, October 13, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home

Service:
9:00am Monday, October 14, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.

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Ralph Dale Armstrong, 87

Born Friday, July 8, 1932

Died Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Ralph Dale Armstrong was born on July 8, 1932 in Sasakwa, Oklahoma to Dalton and Retha (Ramsey) Armstrong. On Tuesday, October 8, 2019 he passed away peacefully at Tahlequah City Hospital at the age of 87, his son and daughter by his side as he left his earthly home and entered into the gates of Heaven to his everlasting home.
After graduation from high school in 1950 he made the decision to enlist in the military and proudly served his country in the Navy during the Korean War from August 10, 1951 to August 4, 1955 on the USS John R. Craig DD-885.
He married the love of his life Anna Lee Torix on May 25, 1953 in San Diego, California. In December of 1957 they were blessed to welcome their first child and son, Clayton Dale Armstrong. In January of 1962 they were blessed once again with the birth of their daughter, Tonya Kim Armstrong.
In 1965 he moved his family east of Fort Gibson and bought a simple country home along with 20 acres. There are so many memories we have growing up on those country roads with our precious dad.
Ralph retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in 1988. He was a devoted member of the Fort Gibson First Baptist Church and took an active role as Youth Director, Sunday School Director and Sunday School Teacher. He rarely missed a Sunday at church until the last few years due to declining health and caring for his beloved wife. He was also a very faithful and passionate volunteer at the Frank Gladd American Legion Post #20 in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma. Among some of his favorite things were most definitely music, singing and playing his guitar. His love for his family and friends were beyond measure.
Proceeding him in death are his parents; Dalton and Retha Armstrong; and brother, Bobby Armstrong.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory; wife, Anna Lee Armstrong of 66 years; son, Clayton Armstrong and wife Toni; daughter, Tonya Bowden and husband David; sister, Charlene Ross of Mulvane, Kansas; grandchildren, Jarrod Armstrong, Kevin Armstrong and wife Memory, Ryan Bowden and wife Jennifer, Jillian Cooper and husband Levi, Amanda Napier, Melissa Laurenceau and husband Christophe, Sydni Touchet and husband Jeff and special sister in laws, Josephine Nelson and Faye Armstrong.
A visitation will be held from 1PM-6PM Sunday, October 13, 2019 at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson, Oklahoma. A service celebrating Ralph’s life will be 11AM Monday, October 14, 2019 at the First Baptist Church in Fort Gibson with Pastor Nate Capps officiating. Committal prayers and interment will follow at Holland Cemetery, Woodall, Oklahoma with Ryan Bowden, Kevin Armstrong, Jim Price, Transic Armstrong, Levi Cooper and Ronnie Holuby serving as casket bearers. David Bowden and Bill Chancellor will serve as honorary casket bearers. Military honors will be observed.
In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made in Ralph’s name to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis Tennessee, 38105 or you may make donations online at stjude.org/donate or by calling 1-800-876-4302.
The family of Ralph Dale Armstrong 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

Clifford D. Garrett Family Funeral Home

David Lamar Koone, 69

Born Wednesday, October 26, 1949

Died Monday, October 7, 2019

David Lamar Koone, 69, of Tahlequah, OK was born October 26, 1949 in Oklahoma City, OK to Ray and Berchie (Taylor) Koone and peacefully passed away Monday, October 7, 2019 in Tahlequah, OK.
David grew up in the Oklahoma City area where he received his formal education. David enlisted in the Air Force on October 7, 1968 in OKC. He served in Vietnam and received an Honorable discharge on October 6, 1972 in Shreveport, LA. David was a self-employed cabinet maker and a member of the VFW. He was affectionately known as Paw Koone. His family chose each other, a few misfits who came together to form a very tight nit family. He was a loving father figure, a compassionate listener and a very good role model. His prayer everyday was for God to keep him mindful of the needs of others.
David’s life will be celebrated with love, honor and respect on Friday, October 25, 2019 at 2:00PM at the Fort Gibson National Cemetery by his family, Charles Stamps, Danielle Martin and April Smith.
The family of David Lamar Koone has entrusted his cremation to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Fort Gibson. 918-478-2555
Online condolences may be left at clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com

Clifford D. Garrett Family Funeral Home

William B. Freeman III, 93

Born Monday, October 19, 1925

Died Monday, October 7, 2019

William B. “Bill” Freeman III, 93, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away on Monday, October 7, 2019. He was born on October 19, 1925 in Denison, Texas to William Bedford Freeman, Jr. and Helen Elva (Dutton) Freeman. He attended and graduated from Muskogee Central High School. Bill met Mary Louise (Brandenberger) Freeman on Bill’s first day at Muskogee Central High School, and it was love at first sight. He had 10 days of boot camp leave from the Navy, he rushed home to marry Mary Louise on April 24, 1944 at Boulevard Christian Church in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
Bill was the Chief of the Administrative Division at the VA Regional Office. After his retirement, he opened his own paper company. He loved to go for drives, especially in his 1969 Pontiac convertible. He enjoyed bowling, tennis, and water skiing and camping with their best friends Gene and Ruby Dye. He has also been a member at Trinity United Methodist Church since 1948.
Bill is preceded in death by his parents William B. Freeman and Helen Elva (Dutton) Freeman.
He is survived by his wife Mary Louise Freeman of the home; son, Robert Lane Freeman and wife Mary of Muskogee, Oklahoma; cousins, Marilyn Mahan of Okmulgee, Oklahoma, Raelynn and Kealey Oliver of Moore, Oklahoma, and Brad and Lisa Taylor of Okmulgee, Oklahoma, John Wayne Hunt of Bastrop, Texas, David Hunt of Marble Falls, Texas, Michael Hunt of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Roger Lynn Hunt of Kaufman, Texas.
A celebration of Bill’s life will be 10:00am Friday, October 11, 2019 at Fort Gibson National Cemetery in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma with Reverend Cody Robinson officiating.
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.


Visitation:
9:00am-8:00pm Thursday, October 10, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Muskogee.

Service:
10:00am Friday, October 11, 2019 at Fort Gibson National Cemetery, Fort Gibson, OK 74403.

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Carol Sue Rodenberger, 75

Born Wednesday, September 20, 1944

Died Saturday, October 5, 2019

Carol Sue Smith Rodenberger, longtime resident of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away October 5, 2019. She was born September 20, 1944 in Pryor, OK to Sybil Pauline Shields Smith and Ralph Leo Smith. Carol married Robert W. Rodenberger on December 23, 1966.
Bob and Carol were married for 53 years. Sadly they passed 23 days apart.
Carol graduated from Central High School in 1962. She then completed business school and continued her long career in accounting and administrative positions for several businesses in Tulsa and Muskogee.
Carol was preceded in death by her parents; step father, CP (Jake) McCleery; and husband, Bob.
She is survived by her daughter, Rebecca Rodenberger; grandson, Geoffrey Wall (Tomika Walls); brother, Ralph Smith; nephew, Larry Smith; and niece, Karen Smith.
A celebration of Carol’s life will be 2PM, Thursday, October 10, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Bill Crow officiating. A private family interment will follow.
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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Arnee Oakley Sample, 84

Born Friday, December 28, 1934

Died Friday, October 4, 2019

Arnee Oakley (Harris) Sample was born on December 28, 1934 in Oktaha, Oklahoma to the parents of Harrell and Irene (Winn) Oakley. She was the fourth of 15 children born to this one union. She began her education in New Hope and Dubois High School in Summit.

At an early age she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior, and after moving back to New Hope from many years of living in Minneapolis, MN, she became an active member again at New Hope Baptist Church.

She met and married Andrew Joe Harris in Minneapolis and six children were born to this union. Over the years four of her children preceded her in death.

On September 3rd, 1977, Arnee married John “Uncle Bo” Sample; they remained married for 42 years, one month, 2 days and 4 minutes, until Friday, October 4th when the angel of the Lord took her home, while her husband was by her side. John has been by her side, taking such good care of her, especially for the last 15 years, when Arnee’s health gradually began to change and slowly decline.

After Arnee returned to Oktaha, she began to work at Corning Glass, in Muskogee, as an assembly line worker, until the plant closed in 1987.

Arnee exhibited many talents, which consisted of sewing, and under the guidance of her Aunt Oda, she became a professional seamstress. She loved other hobbies, such as going to garage sales, planting and caring for her many flowers and plants and tending to her garden. Arnee loved to read, shown by the many, many collections of books, magazines, newspaper articles and recipes.

Arnee was the primary care giver for our Mom Irene and Dad Harrell, when their health became challenging over the last years of their lives, giving them tending loving care.

Arnee was preceded in death by her Beloved parents, Harrell and Irene Oakley; adult siblings, Mildred Hill, Harold Oakley Jr., Osee Oakley and William Oakley; her children, Mary Jo, her only daughter, Jeffrey, Thomas and David.

She leaves to cherish her precious memory, her devoted husband, John “Uncle Bo” Sample; two sons, Dell Harris, Clifford Harris; three sisters, Ruby Tucker, Saundra Jackson, Adlaide Oakley; two brothers; Sherman Oakley, Michael Oakley and two very special cousins raised as brothers, Fred (Jan) Brown and Wayne (Brenda) Brown; sister-in-law’s, Maxine and Betty; brother-in-law’s, Robert (Beverly), Marvin , Leon (Janice); granddaughters, Rachel (Matthew) Ritter, Jessica (Evan) Blomeyer, Yolanda Harris, Kaci Harris; grandsons, Korey Dennis and Thomas Harris; and great grandchildren, Brionte, Nizhoni , Koreyon, Kingston, Malik, Eniyah, Amilla, Bailey, Mason, Lars and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


A POEM BEFORE MARRIAGE

Last night I came over to take another look, but still cannot close the pages of my book.

For your face was a little whiter, your smile was a little deeper

But so far, you’re the keeper

I asked you once, I may get to ask you again, and if the answer is no, you’re still my friend.

But after we married, you became my wife, you remained my friend, to the end.

~John W. Sample

A Home Going Celebration is planned for Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 11 a.m. in the New Hope Baptist Church, 12358 S. 40th St. West, Oktaha, OK. Interment will follow in New Hope cemetery.

Visitation, Friday, 1 P.M. until 6 P.M. in the Precious Memories Chapel- Muskogee.

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

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Jimmy D. Baskins Sr., 83

Born Tuesday, October 8, 1935

Died Thursday, October 3, 2019

Jimmy D. Baskins Sr., 83, of Vinita, passed away Thursday, October 3, 2019. He was born October 8, 1935 in Toad Suck, Arkansas to James W Baskins and Ardell (Chisum) Baskins.
He was preceded in death by his, dad, James Baskins; mother, Ardell McRoy; wife, Wanda Pearl Baskins; twin sisters, Bernis and Bernice Chisum; son, Michael Darren Baskins; and daughter, Rebecca Faye Baskins.
Jimmy is survived by daughter, Deborah Ann Tadych of Vinita OK; son, Jimmy J Baskins and wife Barbara Baskins of Braggs, OK; granddaughters, Brandi Tadych and Kristin Kelley of Vinita, OK, Terra K Baskins of Tulsa, OK, Jennifer Stacy of Morris, OK, Sabrina Qualls of Keys, OK, and Bridgette Peters of Knob Noster, MO; and 15 great- grandchildren; along with other family members.
A graveside service celebrating Jimmy’s life will be 3PM, Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at South Bethel Cemetery in Braggs, OK with Rev. Donnie Hayes officiating. Interment following service.
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.


Visitation:
Monday, October 7th, 2019 - 09:00 AM to 08:00 PM - (CDT) - Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 - 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM - (CDT) - Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory

Service:
Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 - 03:00 PM - (CDT) - South Bethel

Cemetery:
South Bethel

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Jean H. Jackson, 92

Born Tuesday, February 15, 1927

Died Thursday, October 3, 2019

Jean Watson (Hunter) Jackson, 92, of Muskogee, Oklahoma went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, October 3, 2019. She was born on February 15, 1927 to Watson H. Hunter and Isa Pearl Dail Hunter in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Jean graduated high school at the age of 16 from a Methodist Orphanage in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1943. She took an office job with the U.S. Navy right out of high school.
Jean was raised in the Methodist Orphanage in Raleigh, North Carolina along with 325 children. Losing her parents at a young age was tragic. She was 2 years old when her mother died and 8 years old when her father died.
She married the love of her life, James Ray Jackson, on November 9, 1945 in South Mills, North Carolina. They shared over 73 years of life and marriage together. After a while, the Jacksons returned to Virginia, where two of their children were born. Jim went back to the Navy and Jean stayed home with the children. She and Jim had lived in Virginia while he was in the Navy, and when he was discharged, he took a job in Borger, Texas. Jim wasn’t a big fan of working at a union job and when the union went on strike, he took a job at Callery Chemical Co., which was just opening in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He went to work the day after Labor Day in 1958 and Jean and the children moved here three days before Christmas that year. They bought a home in Meadowbrook Addition, which was just being built. Jean appeared on the show “The Price is Right” in 1989 and won $21,000.00 in prizes.
She was the secretary to the Muskogee Police Chief until her retirement in 1989. Jean loved working in her flower beds in her free time. She enjoyed talking, eating, reading and writing letters. Jean was a member of Muskogee First Baptist Church. She loved her family very much and enjoyed spending as much time as possible with them. She will be missed by everyone who knew and loved her.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters; two brothers; and two grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, Jim; son, David Jackson and wife Debby of Aransas Pass, TX and they have two sons and five grandchildren; daughter, Jeanie Grubbs and late husband Dr. Terry Grubbs of Muskogee, OK and they have one late daughter, one grandchild, and one late son; son Allan Jackson and wife Sharon of Northlake, TX and they have two children and two grandchildren.
A celebration of Jean’s life will be 2PM, Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Johnny Derouen officiating. Interment will follow at Greenhill Cemetery with Rodney Brook, Rex Eskridge, Alan Simmons, Jim Webb, Gary Isbell and Tim Gibson serving as pallbearers.
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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Christine L. Maxwell-Byrum, 94

Born Sunday, June 14, 1925

Died Monday, September 30, 2019

Christine Lee Maxwell-Byrum, 94, of Checotah, Oklahoma passed away on Monday, September 30, 2019. She was born on June 14, 1925 to Fred Thomas Cricklin and Mary (Jackson) Cricklin in Whitefield, Oklahoma. She worked with the foster grandparent program for Checotah Public Schools helping kids with their reading until her retirement in 2010.
She loved working in her yard and enjoyed spending time with her dogs, Mia and Mr. Smith. Chris loved her family very much and enjoyed taking care of them. She loved spending time with her family and her numerous grandchildren.
Chris was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Mary Cricklin; daughter, Peggy Maxwell Gragg; son, Paul Russell Maxwell; grandson, Casey Gragg; brothers, Joe and Claud Cricklin; and sister, Annie Barrow.
She is survived by her daughters, Brenda Satterfield and husband Bill of Fort Gibson, OK, Paula Hebb and husband Ron of Fort Gibson, OK, Christie Maxwell of Checotah, OK, and Tracye Fields of Big Lake, TX; sons, Danny Maxwell and wife Teresa of Muskogee, OK, and Tony Maxwell of Muskogee, OK; 61 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; special friend, Dean Chandler of Checotah, OK; and many nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
In lieu of flowers the family has request memorial be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at: https://act.alz.org/site/Donation.
A celebration of Chris’ life will be 1:30PM, Friday, October 4, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Anita Phillips officiating. Interment will follow at Whitefield Cemetery with Barry Satterfield, Bradley Satterfield, Bryan Satterfield, Brock Hebb, Bruce Satterfield, Eric Maxwell and Colton Heath serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Kyle Maxwell, Russell Hebb, Sage Satterfield and Keaton Childs.
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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Reba H. Shunkey, 93

Born Saturday, May 22, 1926

Died Monday, September 30, 2019

Reba Helen Vaughn Shunkey was born May 22, 1926, to Owen T. Vaughn and Ida E. Bradley in Milton, Oklahoma. She was one of 6 children and the oldest daughter. Reba grew up in Bokoshe, Oklahoma and graduated from high school there.
Reba moved to Tulsa after high school to work at McDonald Douglas during WWII. She later moved to Muskogee and met Carl Homer Shunkey when he was a customer where she worked at Purity Drug Store. Reba and Carl married in 1947 and were married 26 years. They had one daughter, Carla Sue Shunkey Dunlap.
After being a stay at home mother for many years, Reba became a beautician and enjoyed her time with her customers and friends. With the death of her husband Carl, in 1974, Reba began her favorite job, babysitting her only grandchild, Sarah A. Dunlap Dennis, for several years. She eventually opened and operated Miss Abigail’s Dress Shop for 3 years. Reba went to Connors State College and took classes in accounting, maintaining a 4.0 GPA. She later entered the mortgage lending business working at Modern American Mortgage, Phoenix Federal Savings and Loan, Victor Savings, and Commercial Bank.
After retiring from lending, Reba was instrumental in helping her son-in-law, Gary A. Dunlap, start his own real estate company that is now RE/MAX of Muskogee. She obtained her real estate license and worked as a sales associate, office manager, secretary, and bookkeeper at RE/MAX for over 20 years.
Reba’s family was the most important aspect of her life. She helped care for and raise her granddaughter, Sarah, and great-grandchildren, Jacob and Haley, who filled her life with joy.
Reba was preceded in death by her parents, Owen and Ida Vaughn; her husband, Carl H. Shunkey; brothers, Norman Vaughn, William Vaughn and his wife Wilma; and brother-in-law, Jewel Gamble.
Left to celebrate her life are her daughter, Carla Shunkey Dunlap and husband Gary; granddaughter, Sarah Dunlap Dennis; grandchildren, Jacob Hartman and Haley Dennis, all of Muskogee; sisters, Thelma Gamble and Jean Hammond of Texas, Margaret Barnett of Muskogee; and many nieces and nephews, all of which loved “Nonnie” very much.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Grace Episcopal Church, 218 N 6th St, Muskogee, OK, 74401.
The family will receive friends from 2-4PM, Sunday, October 6, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.
Reba’s life will be celebrated at 2PM, Monday, October 7, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bob Wickizer officiating. Interment will follow at Greenhill Cemetery.
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.

Visitation
Friday, October 4th, 2019 - 09:00 AM to 05:30 PM - (CDT) - Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory - Muskogee
1830 North York Street - Muskogee, OK - 74403

Visitation
Saturday, October 5th, 2019 - 01:00 PM to 05:00 PM - (CDT) - Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory - Muskogee
1830 North York Street - Muskogee, OK - 74403

Visitation
Sunday, October 6th, 2019 - 01:00 PM to 05:00 PM - (CDT) - Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory - Muskogee
1830 North York Street - Muskogee, OK - 74403

Family Visitation
Sunday, October 6th, 2019 - 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM - (CDT) - Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel
1830 N. York St. - Muskogee, OK - 74403

Visitation
Monday, October 7th, 2019 - 09:00 AM to 01:00 PM - (CDT) - Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory - Muskogee
1830 North York Street - Muskogee, OK - 74403

Service
Monday, October 7th, 2019 - 02:00 PM - (CDT) - Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel
1830 N. York St. - Muskogee, OK - 74403






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Fayrene Guinn, 90

Born Thursday, August 22, 1929

Died Monday, September 30, 2019

Fayrene McCoy Guinn, “Mac”, age 90, passed away peacefully September 30, 2019. She was born August 22, 1929 to Dillard and Beatrice McCoy in Howe, Oklahoma. Fayrene had two brothers and one sister. Fayrene’s childhood, during the Great Depresson of the 1930’s, was spent growing up in SE Oklahoma and Western Arkansas. She graduated from high school in Springdale, Arkansas in 1947.
Upon graduation, Fayrene moved to Muskogee, Oklahoma to attend a three year Diploma R.N. training program at Muskogee General Hospital, under the supervision of Miss Edna Rockefeller. While a nursing student, Fayrene met Fred D. Guinn Jr who was attending an x-ray technician training program there at the hospital after his discharge from the Navy. Fred and Fayrene Guinn married in a double wedding ceremony with Orville and Joan Guinn Eaton on December 26, 1950 at the First Lutheran Church in Muskogee. Fred and Orville left the next day to return to Fort Polk, Louisiana and on to Japan and Korea for the next year. Fred and Fayrene had 3 sons, Michael, Patrick, and Danny, and were married for 51 years.
Fayrene spent more than 4 decades as a registered nurse here in Muskogee working at the Veterans Hospital, Muskogee General Hospital, and finally at the Muskogee Public Health Department, where she retired after 25 years of service.
Fayrene faithfully attended church at numerous Churches of Christ in the area, with her final membership at Muskogee Church of Christ. After retirement, her servant’s heart led her to volunteer at the Good Shepherd Medical Clinic and with the Meals on Wheels program. She was also involved in the Muskogee Little Theater and Audubon Society.
Fayrene’s family, church family, and professional family were everything to her. She loved to love on people and lit up the room with her beautiful smile and warm hugs. She was constantly sending encouraging notes, baking dishes, and giving gifts.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings, Dillard B. McCoy Jr and wife Hazel, Gerald McCoy and wife Darlene, and Melba McCoy Hancock; as well as her loving husband, Fred D. Guinn, Jr.
Left to celebrate her life are her three sons, Michael Guinn, Patrick Guinn and wife Wilma, all of Muskogee, and Danny Guinn and wife Linda of Moore, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Angela Skinner and husband Mike of Tahlequah, Justin Guinn and wife Megan of Bixby, Patrick Guinn (PJ) and wife Melissa of Fort Gibson; her great-grandchildren, Owen, Sophia, and Bronson Skinner, Ava and Tatum Guinn, Emily, Asher, Brock, and McCoy Guinn; along with many nieces and nephews and friends.
Fayrene’s life will be celebrated at 2PM, Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at Muskogee Church of Christ, 3206 N York St, with Mr. Derek Pfeifer officiating.
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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