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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.)

Aileen Pitts, 89

Born Thursday, November 26, 1931

Died Sunday, April 11, 2021

Alieen Pitts, 89, of Muskogee, Oklahoma went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, April 11, 2021. She was born on November 26, 1931 to John Nicholas Cook and Annie Loucrecia (Stewart) Cook in Haskell, Oklahoma. She was a graduate of Muskogee Central High School
She married the love of her life, Paul Gene Pitts, Sr., on July 23, 1953 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. They shared many years of life, marriage and many happy memories together.
Cookie worked at Brockway Glass for 17 years until her retirement in 1987.She also worked at the voter’s precinct. She was a faithful member of New Hope Assembly of God for many years. Cookie used to work with the mom’s ministry at Grace Ministries. She loved the Lord and enjoyed spending early mornings reading her bible and praying. Cookie enjoyed spending time with her family and working in her flower beds. She will be missed by everyone who knew and loved her.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul G. Pitts, Sr.; her son, John Mark Pitts; and her parents, John and Annie Cook.
Cookie is survived by her son, Paul Pitts, Jr. and wife Joanie; daughter, Becky Walker and husband Eddie; grandchildren, Alisha Hall, Shane Pitts, Jay Walker and wife Amber, Elisha Walker, Andrea Fulton, Sara Hyslope and husband BJ, Lacey Durossette and husband Dalton; Katie Pitts, Jeremy Huff, Austin Huff and Aaron Glass; 18 great-grandchildren; her sisters, Alma Brannan and husband Leonard, and Imogene Smart and husband Bill; and many other family members and friends.
A celebration of Cookie’s life will 12PM, Monday, April 19, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Tony Hodgson and Pastor Anthony Roe officiating. Interment will follow at Fort Gibson National Cemetery with Shane Pitts, Jordan Walker, Dalton Durossette, BJ Hyslope, George Barton and Jay Walker serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearer will be Garrett Barton.
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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Juanita June Frazier, 91

Born Monday, June 17, 1929

Died Saturday, April 10, 2021

Juanita June Frazier,91, went to be with her Lord and Savior on April 10, 2021. Juanita was born in Oktaha, Oklahoma to Glen and Edna Elam on June 17, 1929. She attended Oktaha Public Schools.
Juanita married Eugene Ray Frazier on January 10, 1948 and spent the last 73 years together making memories.
Juanita spent many years of her life working at Tony Goetz Elementary School, Muskogee Iron Works, Henderson Coffee and retired from Muskogee Beepers.
Juanita was a wonderful Christian mother and a strong woman of faith. She was a dedicated member of the York Street Christian Church. Juanita loved cooking, sewing and crocheting for her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents Glen and Edna Elam and brother, Clarence Elam.
Juanita is survived by her husband, Eugene Ray Frazier of Muskogee; daughter, Debbie Allen and husband Jerry of Vian, OK; son, James A. Frazier of Philadelphia, PA; grandchildren, Matthew P. O’Brien and wife, Suzy of Phoenix, AZ; great-grandchild, Timothy Nicholas O’Brien of Phoenix, AZ; sisters, Glenda Faye Bemo of Muskogee, OK and Betty Ann Jackson of Muskogee; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will greet friends from 6-8PM, Wednesday April 14, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.
Services celebrating Juanita’s life will be at 2PM, Thursday, April 15, 2021 at Memorial Park Mausoleum with Rev. Gene Thompson officiating. Interment will follow. Pallbearers will be Jeff Bemo, Brian Jackson, Ronnie Pevehouse, Todd Jackson, Tim Elam and Brian Frazier.

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Viola Piggee, 88

Born Saturday, February 11, 1933

Died Saturday, April 10, 2021

Viola Piggee, age 88, a long time resident of Muskogee transitioned, Saturday, April 10, 2021 in Pleasant Valley Care Center.

A Home Going Celebration will be conducted, Thursday, April 15th at 10:00 a.m. in Oasis Community Church, 800 W. Peak Blvd. Muskogee,OK with Rev. Sir Michael Ragsdale, eulogizing. Interment will follow in Ft Gibson National cemetery. Public visitation, Wednesday, April 14th in the Precious Memories Chapel of House of Winn Funeral Home-Muskogee, beginning at 1:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M. followed by WAKE service until 6:00 P.M.

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

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Robert Fox, 85

Born Monday, February 3, 1936

Died Friday, April 9, 2021

Robert Charles Fox was born on February 3, 1936 in Grayson, Oklahoma to Myrtle Lee Farr and Charlie Fox. He departed this life on April 9, 2021 after a brief illness.

Robert attended elementary through high school in Grayson, Ok where he graduated in 1955. On January 22, 1958, he joined the Army, but received an honorable discharge later that same year. After his discharge from the military, he moved to El Centro, CA and eventually on to Los Angeles, CA.

While living in California in 1962, he began dating Ruby Jean LeGrand, whom he had known since childhood in Grayson. On June 20, 1964 they were united in marriage. Together they raised 3 children. In 1966 he began a career with Kelly Pipe as a long haul truck driver. He stayed with the company for 35 years before retiring in 2001. In 2003, he and Ruby Jean returned to Grayson, Oklahoma. During his time in the country, he enjoyed hunting and sporting his 1973 Ford Ranger Truck. This is also where they would spend the remainder of their 56 years together.

He is preceded in death by his parents Myrtle Farr and Charlie Fox, his step-father Rolie Crisp, one son David Ray Fox, and several siblings. He leaves behind to cherish his memory; his loving wife Ruby Jean Fox; three children; Tommy Lewis Jr, Lenora Lewis, and Robert Hendrix. Two sisters; Louise White and Dannella Taylor. Three brothers; Harvey Fox, Earl Crisp, and Tommie Crisp. He also leaves to cherish his memory a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

A Home Going Celebration will be conducted, Saturday, April 17,2021 at 1:00 P.M. in Union Baptist Church, 24075 Union St., Grayson, OK, with the Pastor, Rev. Jerell Ivey, eulogizing. Interment will follow in Grayson cemetery. Visitation, Friday, April 16th in House of Winn-Okmulgee, chapel during the hours of 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.

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April Rene’ Blakeslee, 51

Born Sunday, April 27, 1969

Died Thursday, April 8, 2021

April Rene’ Blakeslee, 51, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away on Thursday, April 8, 2021. She was born on April 27, 1969 to Halidon George Blakeslee and Glenda Joyce (Goolsby) Blakeslee in Muskogee, Oklahoma. April graduated from Muskogee High School with the class of 1987.
April worked at Domino’s Pizza as a dishwasher and was affiliated with Incor. She loved going to the Special Olympics where she won several medals. She also loved going bowling and roller skating. She was a member of Trinity Methodist Church. April loved her family very much and enjoyed spending time with them. She will be missed by everyone who knew and loved her.
April was preceded in death by her grandparents, Glen and Geneva Goolsby, and Evelyn Blakeslee.
She is survived by her father, Hal Blakeslee of Muskogee, OK; her mother, Glenda Blakeslee of Muskogee, OK; her brother, Michael Blakeslee of Muskogee, OK; her uncles, Bill Blakeslee of Muskogee, OK, and John Blakeslee of Texas; her aunts, Helen Cantrell of Oklahoma and Margaret Jansen of Titusville, FL; her special friends, Gerald Brostek, Patrick O’Reilly, and Dallas Brostek all of Muskogee, OK; and many other family members.
A celebration of April’s life will be 10AM, Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at St. Paul United Methodist Church with Pastor Emery Mason officiating. Interment will follow at Greenhill Cemetery with Darvin McClellan, Jeffrey Seward, Cheri Dixon, Tom Heathcock, Gregg Modell and Jim Montgomery 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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Duane Aaron Anderson, 60

Born Thursday, April 21, 1960

Died Thursday, April 8, 2021

Duane Aaron Anderson, 60, of Braggs, OK was born April 21, 1960 in Crossett, AR to Duane and Elizabeth (Neas) Anderson and peacefully passed away Thursday, April 8, 2021 at his home in Braggs, OK with his loving family at his side. Duane received his formal education at Braggs Schools and graduated from Braggs High School. He continued his education at Indian Capital Technology Center, where he received multiple Vo-Tech Certificates. Duane started his 42-year career at Fort Howard/Georgia Pacific and served as a Senior Millwright at the time of his passing. Duane enjoyed collecting guns, hunting, fishing, and attending gun shows. He spent many hours target practicing and reloading his own ammunition. Working with cattle wasn’t work to him. Duane enjoyed the local flea markets, and always had a project he was working on. Spending time with his wife and family was his passion. Duane is lovingly survived by his wife, Paula of the home; sons, Noah Anderson and his fiancé Candace of Braggs, Derek Smith and his wife April of Braggs, Dallas Banks and his partner Braxton of Oklahoma City, OK; daughters, Dana Caviness and her husband Joe of Tahlequah, OK; Memory McElhaney and her husband Joe of Guthrie, OK; son, Gabriel Anderson of McAlester, OK; sisters, Monique Pierce and her husband Clark of Knoxville, TN; Marilynn Huddleston and her husband Larry of Waldran, AR; Jenny Ware and her husband James of Folsom, CA; brothers, Maynard Anderson and his wife Amy of Farmington, AR; Edward Montgomery and his wife Becka of Rison, AR; Mike Anderson and his wife Linda of Columbia, TN; grandchildren, Honesty (Hammer), Danika (Louie), Maden (Mad Man), Gus, Lori, Tye, Baylee, Audrey, Addie, Oliver, Eli, Judah, Asher, Gracie, Ruger, Gunner, Reagan, Kyle, Anthony, Chaz, and Lizzy; father and mother in law, Jess and Patricia Crum of Braggs; brother in law; Jason Crum and wife Carla of Terlton, OK; numerous nephews, nieces, extended family and many friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Duane Anderson; mother and step-father, John and Elizabeth Montgomery. A visitation will be held Monday, April 12, 2021 at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home in Fort Gibson, with the family receiving friends 5PM-7PM. A celebration of Duane’s life will be 12:30PM, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at New Hope Assembly in Muskogee, with Pastor Anthony Roe and Pastor Jason Crum officiating. Committal prayers and interment will follow at South Bethel Cemetery in Braggs, OK with Noah Anderson, Derek Smith, Dallas Banks, Joe Caviness, Joe McElhaney, Maden Smith and Braxton Banks serving as casket bearers. Johnny Capps, NDN White Eagle, Edward Montgomery, Maynard Anderson, Larry Huddleston, and Gabriel Anderson will serve as honorary casket bearers. The family of Duane Aaron Anderson has entrusted his care, service and burial to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Fort Gibson, OK. 918-478-2555. Online condolences may be left for the family at clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com

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George Clinton Ward, 93

Born Tuesday, July 5, 1927

Died Wednesday, April 7, 2021

George Clinton Ward was born on July 5, 1927 in Wardville, OK to Reverend John and Nita (Wyrick) Ward. He passed away in his home on Wednesday morning, April 7, 2021 in Braggs, OK.
George’s family moved around a lot when he was young and they landed in Braggs when he was in 4th grade. While in Braggs, he met Louise Mackey. They married on April 8, 1945 in Muskogee, OK. They were married for 75 years. They lived their entire lives in Braggs where they raised their children.
While George was a young man he was a farmer. He retired from HB Egan and was a proud member of the Masonic Lodge. George loved telling stories and could be found sitting on the porch with family and friends. He loved drinking Mt. Dew, working in the garden, and shelling peas on the porch. You can drive around Braggs and see his work in yards all over town. His birdhouses and metal work crafts are a staple in the community.
George was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Ward; his parents, John and Nita Ward; his brothers, Everett and Bill Ward; sisters, Juanita Harris and Naomi (Rushie) Irving; nephews, Jerry Ward, Dale Ward, Billy Ward, John Arnold Irving, and Jack Harris.
He is survived by sons, Jimmy and wife Jeanette, Johnny and wife Opal, and George Allen and wife Martha, all of Braggs; grandchildren Terry Ward of Okmulgee, Jeff Ward and wife Dachelle of Braggs, Bryan Fink-Ward and husband Clay of Sand Springs, Jarrod Ward and wife Dena of Braggs, Traci Thomas and husband Brett of Claremore, Brad Ward and wife Jolene of Muskogee, Tonya Kizzia and husband Rodney of Haughton, LA, and Crystal Ward of Morris, 25 great grandchildren, 14 great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and many other loving friends.
George’s life will be celebrated at 10AM, Monday, April 12, 2021 at South Bethel Cemetery in Braggs with Mr. Keith Weant 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: 9am-8pm, Friday, 04/09/2021

Visitation:
1pm-5pm, Saturday, 04/10/2021 @ Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory.

Service info: 10am, Monday, 04/12/2021 @ South Bethel Cemetery.

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Charles Wayne Evans, 77

Born Thursday, July 22, 1943

Died Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Charles Wayne Evans, 77, of Checotah, Oklahoma passed away Tuesday, April 6, 2021 with his family at his side. He was born July 22, 1943 in Eufaula, Oklahoma to Hugh and Zonelle Flora (Hunter) Evans.
Charles married Sherlon Kay Williams on April 28, 1962. They shared many years of marriage, family and making memories together.
He worked as a Correctional Officer for the Department of Corrections. He retired in 1998 after many years of service.
He was loved by many and will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sherlon Kay Evans; daughter, Carole Evans; granddaughter, April Robertson; mother, Zonelle Bevans; stepfather, Tom Bevans; father, Hugh Evans; stepmother, Mary Evans; and brother, Carol Evans.
Charles is survived by his daughters, Connie Morgan and husband Carl, Christi Williams and husband Toad, all of Checotah; grandchildren, Denni Maher, Evan Williams, Kaylon Williams, and KT Sands; great-grandchildren, Victor Kivlehen, Dusty Robertson, Jake Kratz, Ciara Robertson, Austin Robertson, Cydney Kratz, Mackenzie Maher, Ryan Shamblin, Brody Williams, Cameron Maher, Bronx Williams, and April Maher; great-great-grandchildren, Maveric Robertson and Rylan Rodrigue; siblings, Butch Evans, Mark Evans, and Kathy Wilcox; along with other family members and friends.
A memorial service is planned for a later date.
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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Donald Clifton Faith, 82

Born Thursday, January 5, 1939

Died Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Donald Clifton Faith, 82, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away Tuesday, April 6, 2021. He was born January 5, 1939 in Hartshorne, Oklahoma to John E. and Ora Mae (Serber) Faith. He attended public schools and graduated from Haileyville High School in 1957.
After graduation, Donald proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army. He received an honorable discharge in 1961 and then furthered his education at Eastern A&M in Wilburton, Oklahoma.
Donald married Janice Bruton on December 2, 1989 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. They shared more than 31 years of life, marriage, and memories together.
He will always be remembered as a lifetime rancher who loved spending time outdoors. He worked as a Human Resource Representative for Oklahoma Gas & Electric for many years and retired in 1994.
He loved his family very much and enjoyed spending time with them.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Ora Faith; sisters, Hazel Brown, Murel Kay, and Willie Mae Copeland; brothers, Edward Faith, Glen Faith, and Raymond Faith.
Donald is survived by his wife, Janice of the home; children, Donnette Caywood of Muskogee, Diane Woods of Tulsa, and Dana McCann of Muskogee; sister, Margie Davis of Washington; grandchildren, Hailey Thomas (Kelly), Ethan Caywood, Tanar Campbell (Kevin Ray), Blake Woods (Laura Beth), Kyle Woods, Tatum Pettrey (Luke), Brooklyn Edwards, Brody Edwards (Caitlin), and Lane Bradley; 12 great-grandchildren; along with other family members and friends.
Services celebrating Donald’s life will be 2PM, Monday, April 12, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Father Blake Woods officiating. Interment will follow at Greenhill Cemetery with Rodney Faith, Brody Edwards, Randy Faith, Kyle Woods, Lane Bradley, and Ethan Caywood serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Dennis Fatih, Ed Faith, Tracy Kay, Ronnie Copeland, Mike Brown, Donald Brown, Juston Scott, Jerron Scott, J.J. Scott, Kevin Cambell, Kelly Thomas, and members of the Berean Sunday School Class.
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.


Service:
2PM, Monday, April 12, 2021 @ Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel

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Billie Jean Davis, 89

Born Friday, September 25, 1931

Died Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Billie Jean (Followell) Davis, 89, of Fort Gibson, was born September 25, 1931 in Parsons, KS to Rex and Edna (Young) Followell and peacefully passed away Tuesday, April 6, 2021 in Tulsa, OK.
Ms. Davis received her formal education and furthered her education with two more years of college. She started her career in bookkeeping in Odessa, TX; moving to Mancos, CO; and set roots in Fort Gibson, where she worked as an Office Manager for Soper Eye Clinic. Billie enjoyed to read, watch television and loved anything elephant. Her collection of elephant memorabilia numbered in the thousands. She will be missed by all that knew and loved her.
Billie is preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Jim Followell.
She is lovingly survived by her sons, Edward Tom Davis of Fort Gibson, OK and Chris Allen Davis of Huntsville, AL; a sister, Pat Hamilton of Fort Gibson, OK; grandchildren, Jessica Davis of Fort Gibson, OK, Tawny Hillis of Huntsville, AL, Shane Davis of Huntsville, AL, and Jacey Long of Andrews, TX; great grandchildren, Aspyn Thorton of Farmington, NM and Danny and Kira Hillis both of Huntsville, AL; nieces and nephews, and many friends.
The family of Ms. Davis are honoring her wishes to be cremated.
No services are planned at this time.
The family of Billie Jean Davis has entrusted her care and cremation to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Fort Gibson. 918-478-2555.
Online condolences may be left for the family at clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com

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Arthur “Carl” Kelley, 64

Born Saturday, February 16, 1957

Died Saturday, April 3, 2021

"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts." ~Shakespeare
On February 16, 1957, the curtain rose and the spotlight shone when Arthur Carl Kelley made his debut into this world in Muskogee, OK. His parents, AJ and Shirley Elaine (Sullivan) Kelley were thrilled and proud to welcome him. Their pride would only continue to multiply over the years at his many endeavors. A few years later his sister Dena arrived to complete their family of four. Growing up in Muskogee he and his family were active members of New Hope Baptist church. Carl grew up on "Riverside" attending the small public elementary school there where he established some lifelong friendships. He continued on to Alice Robertson Jr. High and finally to Muskogee High School where he was active in (no surprise) theater and choir. He had an absolutely beautiful voice. He graduated in 1975.
Starting as a teenager and into adulthood, he worked summers alongside his good friend, mentor and neighbor, Joe Rector selling fireworks. Perhaps that is where he first learned to love working under pressure in a successful seasonal business. Even though it was long hours, hot and hard work, he enjoyed it immensely and held fond memories of that time throughout his life.
While attending New Hope Baptist, he became acquainted with a young woman who caught his eye. Carliss Ann (Jo) Stiglets and Carl wed in a ceremony there in the church. Their daughter Heather rounded out the trio. When son Jason Carl joined the family, he could not have been more proud. In 1979 Carl joined the ranks of the Muskogee Police Department where he served in many capacities. First on patrol, on to undercover work and then on the "DARE" campaign visiting schools and the community as "McGruff the Crime Dog" educating against the dangers of drug use. Carl and Jo bought a home in Grandview so their children could attend Hilldale schools. They were welcomed and became ingrained in the neighborhood establishing many friendships that have continued to today. As it sometimes happens, a show has a short run. The curtain came to a draw on this First Act but there was much more to come.
His Second Act began with meeting a shy but stunning brunette. Carl met Carrie Faye Worley in 1983 where after a whirlwind romance they wed in June 1984. It might have been a quick courtship but their love and commitment grew and sustained for 37 years. Along with Heather and Jason their family multiplied with the addition of Fallon Nicole and finally Jordan, who made his appearance in 1986 to complete the Kelley clan. Carl loved his children fiercely and equally. Raising them with high standards; he wanted nothing but the best for them all and expected nothing less from them as well.
With any exceptional story, the Third Act was full of change, excitement and adventure. With his family expanded, Carl grew to broaden his horizons on the career front. He left the police department to work as a law enforcement coordinator/victim witness specialist with the U.S. Attorney's office. Although he pursued with great success other business ventures, his true calling and love was always law enforcement. It came to pass though that when opportunity knocked, Carl Kelley would swing the door wide open and usher it in with gusto. While still employed with the U.S. Attorney's office, he and Carrie, after many obstacles and opposition opened Garfield's Restaurant & Pub which they owned and operated it for ten years from 1992-2002. The work they put in led the way for changes to local laws which in turn ushered in a host of new restaurants. This turned the tide for the Muskogee restaurant industry. They went on to open AJ's restaurant and also partnered in Little Italy, both great additions to the expanding restaurant scene in the community. Unable to keep up with the increasing demands of two full-time jobs, he reluctantly made the choice to leave law enforcement to focus his efforts on business projects. 1995 saw the purchase of the Jackson Hewitt tax franchise. What started out as a good investment expanded over the course of 27 years, three additional territories, five states and 105 offices. His time as a teen working under pressure, selling fireworks, served him well in the long run. Not to rest on his haunches, in 2011 he added yet another franchise. This time, something altogether different, SERVPRO. In every one of these enterprises, although varied, he along with his partner Carrie, built each one from the ground up to achieve incredible prosperity. Now with his children, these ventures will continue to serve the needs of the community. As if that wasn't enough, Carl was highly involved in many charitable and worthy organizations. A founding member of the Exchange Club of Muskogee, he was instrumental in the creation of the annual Chili Cookoff. His support was also strong in CASA, the Education Foundation of Ft. Gibson schools, 4H and FFA in the area.
The Final and Fourth Act. It is hard to tell if he entered the world this way or just evolved but there is no doubt he was larger than life. Not only did he work hard, he played hard. Free time was spent riding Harleys, traveling, playing golf and finding respite in Florida in the water and on his boat. In addition to the many accomplishments and accolades his greatest pride and joy in life was undoubtedly his 6 grandchildren. It began with Colton, followed by Zander, then Thatcher, Rayke, Jack and the most recent addition, Finley Faye.
The close of curtain occurred on April 3, 2021. The Broadway worthy performance that was the life of Arthur Carl Kelley may have ended its run but his legacy will live on for years to come.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Carrie Faye Worley Kelley; daughter Heather Ezell and her husband Kevin; son Jason Carl and his wife Ginger, their two children, Colton and Zander; Fallon Nicole Kelley, sons Thatcher, Rayke, Jack and their father, Brandon Wilson; son Jordan, wife Annie Felts and their daughter Finley Faye; his mother, Shirley Elaine Kelley Kilgore and her husband Robert; his Aunt Ruby, numerous cousins and extended family which meant the world to him, and many good friends as well as innumerable invaluable and long-term employees that he treated like family.
Services are to be held at 2:00pm on Friday, April 9, 2021 at Crescent Valley Baptist Church with interment immediately following at Citizens Cemetery in Ft Gibson.
The family respectfully requests that a mask be worn for all services.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in Carl’s memory to CASA, P.O. Box 1274, Muskogee, OK 74402 or online at www.casa.ok.org
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 will be at the family home on Tuesday 4/6, Wednesday 4/7, and Thursday 4/8 all day from 10am-8pm.

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Beverly Jean Lord, 67

Born Tuesday, June 2, 1953

Died Saturday, April 3, 2021

Beverly Jean Lord, age 67, went to be with the Lord on April 3, 2021. She was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma on June 2, 1953. She is the daughter of Raymond and Elda Mae Royse. Beverly graduated from Muskogee High School in 1971. She was married to Glen Lord on May 7, 1979. Beverly or as most know her, “Auntie”, was the kindest and most loving person you could ever meet. She loved her family and the Lord with all her heart. Babies and children were the light of her life. She never met a stranger and would give you the shirt off her back or her last dollar if someone needed it.
Beverly is survived by her husband Glen Lord and many other family members.
Sister Marilyn Thouvenel and her husband Jim, their children Beau and his daughters Mylee, Brylee, Bobby and his son Case of Muskogee, OK.
Brother, Raymond Dale Royse, his wife Debbie and their children Katy Thomson, sons Tanner and Griffin of Muskogee, OK, Cheryl Jackson and her husband Jared and their children, Dylan, Jennifer, Carter, and Jackson of Tulsa, OK, Robbie Jackson and his wife Bridgette, their children, Hunter, Lexi, Andrew, Maxx, and Sonny of Muskogee, OK.
Sister, Brenda Burchett and husband Jim of Muskogee, OK. Nieces, Melissa Burlison and husband Joseph of Tulsa, OK; and Mollie Goosman of Muskogee.
Great nephew and nieces: Micah and his wife Lu and their children, Jacob, Cloey, Brycen and Conner; Megan Teague and her husband Brett and their children, Darcy, Kirbi, and Jaxon; Jaycie Puga and her husband Joe; Amanda Hyson and her husband Shayne, and their daughter Ellie; Emily Goosman and Jordan Burlison.
Sister, Linda Hartt and her husband Bob of Sequim, WA. A niece, Laura Walden-Cummins of Texas and her children, Meagan, Josh, Brandon, Destinee, David and Hannah. A nephew Eric Peterson and wife Donna of CA and their children, Hannah, Ben and Joe.
A service celebrating Beverly’s life will be 10AM, Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at the pavilion at Greenhill Cemetery with Rev. Adrian Totty officiating. Pallbearers will be Beau Thouvenel, Bobby Thouvenel, Tanner Thomson and Griffin Thomson.
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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Charles H Dye Sr., 93

Born Monday, March 5, 1928

Died Saturday, April 3, 2021

Charles Houston Dye, Sr., 93, of Tulsa, OK passed away on Saturday, April 3, 2021. He was born on March 5, 1928 to Robert and Pearl (West) Dye in Fort Gibson, OK.
Charles attended Oklahoma School for the Deaf in Sulphur, OK graduating in 1948. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. After receiving additional training in printing, he began work as a linotype operator in McKinney, Texas. In 1952, he moved to Tulsa. Charles worked for the Tulsa World and Tribune for 41 years, initially as a linotype operator then as a layout artist, until retiring in 1994.
He married his best friend, Janet Ruth (Hurd) Dye in September 1951. They shared many years of marriage and memories together. Charles was a faithful and active member of Boston Ave. Methodist Church in Tulsa.
Charles was an active member of the deaf community serving terms as Board President and Board Member of Tulsa Speech and Hearing Association, Inc. He received awards for his active volunteerism in the deaf community. He was active in the Oklahoma State School for the Deaf Alumni Association. Charles wrote extensively in the School for the Deaf Newsletter capturing the history of the experiences of the children attending. Charles was a powerful advocate for the deaf and hard of hearing communities, especially for children and young adults. Charles helped teach future generations of hearing people American Sign Language because of his willingness to bridge English and ASL and to share his time and his personal story.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Janet Ruth Dye; father, Robert Roy Dye; mother, Pearl M Dye; daughter, Susan E Dye; brothers, John C Dye, Robert Dye, Jr. and Billy Dye; sisters, Wanda Bradley and Rosa Lee James.
He is survived by his sons, Charles Dye, Jr of Claremore, OK and Leslie Dye of Santa Fe, NM; brothers, Gene Dye of Muskogee, OK and Henry Dye of Fort Gibson, OK; sister, Ellen Logan of Muskogee, OK; granddaughters, Kelli Dye of Tulsa, OK, Natasha Freismuth of New Haven, CT and Mahriah Dye of Seattle, WA; grandson, Noah Dye of Los Angeles, CA; great-grandchildren, Luca Legarreta of Seattle, WA, Simon Freismuth of New Haven, CT and Benjamin Freismuth of New Haven, CT.
A celebration of Charles’ life will be 10am, Friday, April 9, 2021 at Memorial Park Mausoleum with Emery Mason officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be Charles Dye, Jr., Leslie Dye, Evan Taylor, Drew Taylor, William Medicine Crow and Joe Kennedy.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Tulsa Speech and Hearing Association, Inc., 8740 E. 11th St, Tulsa, Ok 74112.
Funeral services under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory. Condolences can be made at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com

Service:
10AM, Friday, April 9, 2021 @ Memorial Park Cemetery, Muskogee, OK.

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Sherman Lyons, 70

Born Tuesday, November 21, 1950

Died Friday, April 2, 2021

Sherman Lyons age 70, U.S. Army veteran and a resident of Haskell, OK transitioned on Friday, April 2, 2021 in St. Francis Medical Center, Muskogee, OK.

A Service of Memory will be conducted, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. in the Precious Memories Chapel of House of Winn Funeral Home-Muskogee. Interment will follow in Haskell City Cemetery with military honors provided by the Haskell American Legion. Visitation, Monday, April 12th in the chapel 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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Dolores Jean Holland, 72

Born Saturday, August 14, 1948

Died Friday, April 2, 2021

Dolores Jean Holland, 82 of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away on Friday, April 2, 2021. She was born on August 14, 1938 to Claude and Rita Howard in Evansville, Indiana.
She married Leon Holland, Jr. in December 1971 at Bacone Chapel Muskogee, OK. They shared 49 years of marriage and memories together.
Dolores attended Bacone College from 1971 to 1975, graduating as a registered nurse on May 5, 1975. She began her working career at MRMC. She worked there a short while on night shift before going on to work for two different doctor’s offices. She then decided to be a stay-at-home mother and wife. After many years, Dolores decided to go back to work as a RN for Dr. Wilson. When he was forced to move his practice and downsize, she went to work with her daughter, Glenda at Sleep Centers of America. She loved working during those last years until she retired in 2007.
After retiring Dolores enjoyed being a homemaker taking care of anyone who entered her home. She could always find the good in anyone and always had a kind word, and a smile. She had a servant’s heart and touched many lives in such a profound and positive way.
She will always be remembered for being an exceptional wife, mother and friend, who will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.
She was preceded in death by her father, Claude Howard; mother, Mary Rita Schaefer; grandparents, Chris and Ester (Oberhausen) Schaefer; half-brother, Norbert Schaefer; brother-in-law, Raymond Koch; and niece, Amy Kirsh.
She is survived by her husband, Leon Holland, Jr. of Muskogee, OK; children, Ernie Ralph of Norman, OK, Greg Ralph of Muskogee, OK, Mark Ralph of Muskogee, OK and Glenda Davis and husband Tim of Muskogee, OK; brother, Charles Mayse and wife Joan of Evansville, IN; and two sisters, Sylvia Koch of Evansville, IN and Charlotte Godwin and husband Gerald of Marion, KY.
A celebration of Dolores’ life will be 2pm, Friday, April 9, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home with Mr. Leif Wright officiating. Interment will follow at Greenhill Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Ernie Ralph, Blake Windsor, Greg Ralph, Matthew Voyles, Mark Ralph, and Dennis Patterson. Honorary pallbearers will be Randy Talley and Robert Norton.
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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Patricia Gayle York, 75

Born Sunday, November 25, 1945

Died Thursday, April 1, 2021

Patricia Gayle Strate York was born November 25, 1945, in Shattuck, Oklahoma to Kenneth Francis Strate, Sr. and Carman Glueck. Patricia transitioned from this life to her heavenly home on April 1, 2021, at St. Francis Hospital in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

Patricia, (Pat or Patsy as she was called by friends and family) owned and operated Gaddy’s Pizza in Ft. Gibson until she retired. Many in the Ft. Gibson/Muskogee area remember Ms. Pat and her pizza shop with great fondness. She enjoyed pottery and often made beautiful pottery to give as gifts to her special people. She loved Jesus and loved to talk about the Word and the comfort it gave her. Her greatest joy in life was being Mother to her two boys, Stephen and David.

Patricia is survived by her two sons; Stephen Johnson and spouse Marla, and David Johnson, as well as six grandchildren: Dara, Sarah, Chelbi, Rachael, Nick, and Luke; one great grandson, Candon; her sister Linda Skaggs of Arizona; brothers Jack Glueck of California and Robert Glueck of South Korea, many nieces and nephews and friends.

Patricia is preceded in death by her parents, her brother Kenneth Strate, Jr., and her beloved husband, William York.

A celebration of Patricia's life will be family conducted at 11am, Monday, April 12, 2021 at Fort Gibson National Cemetery.

Cremation services provided by Cornerstone Funeral Home. Condolences may be made to the family online at http://www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Nancy Ann Winn, 56

Born Saturday, July 11, 1964

Died Thursday, April 1, 2021

Nancy Ann (Disney) Winn, 56, of Muskogee was born July 11, 1964 in Muskogee to Hoyt Ray and Billie Arlene (Harris) Disney and entered Heaven’s Gates on Thursday, April 1, 2021 at her home.
Nancy grew up in Fort Gibson where she received her education. She held numerous jobs throughout her working career but her most prized job was being a Mom and Nana. She was a faithful member of Grandview Tabernacle in Muskogee. You knew where she stood with her Savior, Jesus Christ. Nancy was a giver! Whether it be advice, or to be witnessed to, or earthly possessions, she was here to give. Always willing to help in any capacity she could. She was sincere and passionate about everything she did. Her love for her family was evident in everything she did. She will be missed by all that knew and loved her.
Nancy is preceded in death by her parents, Hoyt and Billie Disney.
Those left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Jennifer Winn of Eufaula, OK; and Amanda Stang and husband Eric of National City, MI; grandson, David Stang of National City, MI; granddaughter, Kaleigh Stang of National City, MI; sister, Bonnie Coy and husband Brad of Fort Gibson, OK; nieces and nephews, Charlie and Spencer Disney of Fort Gibson, OK; Lacey and Chris Cooper of Tahlequah, OK; great nieces and nephews, but loved her like her grandchildren, Bryar, Harper, Justin, Ellie, Cullen and Ian; numerous extended family and many friends.
A family conducted memorial service will be held 1PM Friday, April 9, 2021 at her Church, Grandview Tabernacle in Muskogee, with Brother Bobby Wingo officiating.
The family of Nancy Ann Winn has entrusted her care and cremation to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson. 918-478-2555.
Online condolences may be left for the family at clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com

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Jimmy Bryan Owens, 64

Born Saturday, March 9, 1957

Died Thursday, April 1, 2021

Jimmy Bryan Owens, 64, of Fort Gibson, OK was born March 9, 1957 in Phoenix, AZ to James and Betty (Warren) Owens and peacefully passed away Thursday, April 1, 2021 at his home with his loving family by his side. Jimmy lived in Coolidge, AZ until he was 20 years old. He moved to Muskogee, OK and resided there for the next 23 years. Jimmy met and later married the love of his life, Susan Bruner, on April 14, 1988 in Muskogee. He and Susan made Fort Gibson their home where they raised two boys. Jimmy’s career started as a Routeman for Advanced Linen, Route Supervisor, Regional Service Manager, General Manager for Superior Linen Muskogee plant, and also served as the Director of Business Development. Jimmy retired in 2019 after 36 years of service. Jimmy was passionate about the game of golf, and Oklahoma Sooners football. Jimmy’s life centered around family, golf and his lawn. His yard was his sanctuary, always perfect, rivaling Augusta National Golf Club. He instilled the love of golf in his sons, Taylor and Tanner, who have achieved great things from their father’s lessons. Perfection is something he strived for in every facet of his life. He leaves a legacy of love, devotion, and competitiveness that will live on through his family. Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents; and favorite mother-in-law, Emily Bruner. Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 32 years, Susan of the home; sons, Taylor and Tanner Owens both of Tulsa, OK; sisters, Kena Manfredi and husband Carmine of Chandler, AZ and Debi Michaels and husband Rod of Gilbert, AZ; brothers, Greg Joyce and wife Nancy of Apache Junction, AZ and Ricky Owens of Elloy, AZ; father-in-law, Jim Bruner of Sedan, KS; brothers-in-law, Brad Bruner of Wichita, KS and Greg Bruner and wife Carolyn of Topeka, KS; nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends. A memorial service celebrating Jimmy’s life will be held 11AM Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at Fort Gibson First Baptist Church with Pastor Jared Callahan officiating. Honorary urn bearers are Taylor Owens, Tanner Owens, Don Abdallah, Gale Brauchie, Rodney Callahan, Gary Johnson, Don Jones, Dino Keyes, Mike Rowe, Brad Bruner, and Greg Bruner. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Jimmy’s name to the Fort Gibson Golf Team, 500 S. Ross Street, Fort Gibson, OK 74434, Compassus Hospice, 3204 W. Okmulgee Street, Suite 3204, Muskogee, OK 74401, or the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org. The family of Jimmy Bryan Owens has entrusted his care, cremation and service to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Fort Gibson, OK. 918-478-2555. Online condolences may be left for the family at clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com

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Bobby Joe Gann, 78

Born Saturday, January 30, 1943

Died Thursday, April 1, 2021

Bobby Joe Gann, 78, of Muskogee, OK passed away on Thursday, April 1, 2021. He was born on January 30, 1943, the fourth of five children born to John and Joy Gann in Muskogee, OK. He attended Muskogee public schools and graduated from Muskogee Central High School with the class of 1961. He joined the United States Air Force fueling B-1 bombers during the Vietnam War. Bobby later received an honorable discharge and returned home to Muskogee where he went to Northeastern State University on a GI bill.
After discharge from the service, he married Lana Pingleton and they had two boys, Mark and Steve. Bobby was so proud to have two boys and was very involved in coaching them in everything they did.
He worked at Acme Engineering, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Corp of Engineers from which he retired after many years of service.
Later he married Betty Long on November 23, 1990. They shared more than 31 years of life, marriage, and memories together.
Bobby loved family reunions, holidays, and any reason for his family to gather. He will always be remembered as a very loving man who never met a stranger.
He enjoyed building cars and having several old muscle cars and corvettes over the years. Bobby and Betty spent many weekends traveling with the car club. He also was very much into bluegrass music going to many festivals and considered all his bluegrass friends as family.
Bobby was very involved traveling all over the US watching his granddaughters, Paige and Carlee, play softball and hanging out with Jordan, Caleb, and Kenzi while they rode their ATVs, rodeoed, and played ball. He also supported Colby and Mikayla’s basketball and golf activities.
In his later years, he enjoyed spending time in the garage with Mark and going to the track to watch him race. Also he enjoyed creating Native American art and jewelry.
Bobby was loved by many and will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents John and Joy Gann; son, Steven Gann; brothers, John (Wilma) Gann and David Gann; sister, Patsey Baker; and nephew, Dale Baker.
He is survived by his loving wife, Betty Gann of the home; sons, Mark Gann and Brian Long (Carla); granddaughters, Paige DeMasters (Landon), Carlee Jordan, Kenzie Gann, and Mikayla Long; grandsons, Caleb Gann and Colby Long (Alyson); great-granddaughters, Blakely Gann and Presley Long; sister, Janey Hanzarek (Jay); sister-in-law, Cheri Gann; special daughter-in-law, Nikki Gann; nieces, Terry, Sandy, Cindy, Liz, Cheryl and Teresa; nephews, Gary, John, Jay Lee, David and Chris; special friends, Mark Downing and Lorri Pontious; along with many other family members and friends.
Services will be at 10am, Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Bill Crow officiating. Interment will follow at Greenhill Cemetery with military honors being presented. Pallbearers will be Rodney Palmer, Nathan Elkins, Kyle Tingel, Colby Long, Gerald Glass and Eric Armstrong. Honorary Pallbearers will be Bob Cook, Charlie Kaiser, Howard Barton, Jimmy Harris, Larry Caughman, Bob Barker and Jerry Carlton.
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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Billy Wayne Chandler, 76

Born Thursday, August 10, 1944

Died Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Billy Wayne Chandler, 76, of Okay, Oklahoma passed away on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. He was born on August 10, 1944 to Wilbur Chandler and Edith (Rogers) Warren in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He was a high school graduate and attended college. Billy served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War and received an honorable discharge.
He was a truck driver for many years and later a tile setter and retired from Home Depot as a Flooring Specialist in 2010. Billy loved spending time with his family and friends. He will be missed by everyone who knew and loved him.
Billy was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lovely and Mae Rogers; and his mother, Edith Warren.
He is survived by son; Brian Chandler; daughter, Kelly Wentworth; brother, Dana Chandler; granddaughter, Sydney Wentworth; and grandson, Jacob Wentworth.
A family conducted graveside service will be 11AM, Saturday, April 10, 2021 at McLain Cemetery.
Cremation services provided by Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences can be made to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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