THINGS TO DO

Friday, January 24

Bull Riders Inc. National Finals

Saturday, January 25

Bull Riders Inc. National Finals
JJ Hall Band plays Muskogee Brewing Company
Indian Nations in the Civil War presentation
Ribbon Skirt Workshop

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.)

Jerry Patterson, 77

Born Sunday, December 27, 1942

Died Monday, February 17, 2020

Jerry L. Patterson, 77, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed from this life on January 18, 2020 at Brookdale in Broken Arrow with his family by his side.
Jerry was born on December 27, 1942 in Rensselaer, Indiana to Elaine Patterson Stath and Glen Patterson. He attended all 12 years of school in Mount Ayr, Indiana. After moving to Oklahoma, Jerry graduated from Northeastern State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in business administration.
Jerry met Caren at a dance. While dancing, she told him she was fourteen. He stopped and told her to look him up when she turned 18 then left the dance floor (He was nineteen). Five years later, they met again then married. After having two little girls, Amy Janelle and Heather Lynn, they decided to move to Oklahoma to finish college. Jerry and Caren both worked in the library and took classes during the day and night finishing their degrees in 1972.
Jerry went to work for Gardner Denver in Pryor, Oklahoma until 1976. He then went into partnership with his father-in-law, Bill Rathbun, in cattle ranching near Haskell, Oklahoma. He ranched until 1995 when a disabling auto accident ended his career due to a spinal cord injury.
He was a family man and loved more than anything to have Amy and Heather with him on the ranch; preferring their company to anything else. He turned most things into teaching moments for them from pulling a calf to playing basketball or golf.
He will be forever missed by everyone who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his father, Glen Patterson; mother, Elaine Stath; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bill and Dorothy Rathbun.
Jerry is survived by his loving wife, Caren Patterson; daughter, Amy Patterson Buchert and husband Darrin of Tulsa, OK, and Heather Patterson Talley and husband Jeff of Harrah, OK; grandchildren, Rylee Buchert, Reese Buchert both of Tulsa, OK, Tatum Talley and Madden Talley both of Harrah, OK; and many other family members and friends.
The family would like to thank Good Shepherd Hospice and Jerry’s caregivers, Lisa, Hillary (Hickory) and Cody (Coyote) for all of the dedication and loving care.
In lieu of flowers the family has suggested memorials be made to: the Christopher and Dane Reeve Foundation, Stem Cell Research at 636 Morris Turnpike Suite 3A, Short Hills, NJ 07078 or at christopherreeves.org/donate, and the First United Methodist Church of Muskogee, Oklahoma at: 600 East Okmulgee Muskogee, Oklahoma 74403.
A celebration of Jerry’s life will be 2PM, Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mike Smith officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be Rylee Buchert, Tatum Talley, Jeff Talley, Darrin Buchert, Ron Hickman, Mark Gelsinger and Jim Burley.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Frank Delmedico, 87

Born Monday, October 17, 1932

Died Monday, January 20, 2020

Obituary information pending


Visitation
Friday, January 24th, 2020 - 09:00 AM to 05:30 PM - (CST) - Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory - Muskogee
1830 North York Street - Muskogee, OK - 74403

Visitation
Saturday, January 25th, 2020 - 01:00 PM to 05:00 PM - (CST) - Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory - Muskogee
1830 North York Street - Muskogee, OK - 74403

Visitation
Sunday, January 26th, 2020 - 01:00 PM to 05:00 PM - (CST) - Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory - Muskogee
1830 North York Street - Muskogee, OK - 74403

Family Visitation
Sunday, January 26th, 2020 - 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM - (CST) - Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory - Muskogee
1830 North York Street - Muskogee, OK - 74403

Service: 10AM, Monday, January 27, 2020 @ Crescent Valley Baptist Church
25641 S Crescent Valley Rd
Tahlequah, OK, 74464

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Kevin Dean Brannon, 55

Born Tuesday, August 4, 1964

Died Monday, January 20, 2020

Obituary pending...


Family to greet friends:
5:00pm-7:00pm Friday, January 24, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home

Service:
10:00am Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Fort Gibson Church of Christ

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Charles Berry Smither, 82

Born Saturday, January 30, 1937

Died Monday, January 20, 2020

Charles Berry Smither, 82, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away Monday, January 20, 2020. He was born on January 30, 1937 to James Gabriel Smither and Ludie Ree (Rackley) Smither in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Charlie was a graduate of Haskell High School. He joined the U.S. Army National Guard and later received an honorable discharge.
Charlie married the love of his life, Nina L. Pregler, on March 14, 1956 in Haskell, Oklahoma. They shared many years of life and marriage together.
Charlie was a mechanic and maintenance man for many years and owned his own service station. He loved going deer hunting and fishing and enjoyed taxidermy. Charlie loved his family very much and enjoyed spending as much time as possible with them. He will be missed by everyone who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Gabe and Ludie Smither; his wife, Nina Smither; and sister, Shirley Fuller of Estelline, TX.
Charlie is survived by his son, Dwayne Smither and fiancé Cindy Petz of Goddard, KS; daughter, Brenda Eubanks and husband Brian of Oktaha, OK; grandchildren, Travis Smither and wife Bridget of Olathe, KS, Brianna Eubanks and Will Eubanks both of Oktaha, OK; and many other family members and friends.
A celebration of Charlie’s life will be 1PM, Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Bill Crow officiating.

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Brenda Kay Rose, 57

Born Saturday, August 4, 1962

Died Friday, January 17, 2020

Brenda Kay Rose, 57, of Eufaula, Oklahoma Entered Eternal Life on Friday, January 17, 2020. She was born in Mt. Pleasant, Texas to James Logan and Jenelle (Brown) Logan on August 4, 1962. She attended and graduated from Alvin High School in Texas. On May 17, 2014 she married Robert Edmond Rose, spending more than 6 memorable years together.
Brenda grew up as a preacher’s kid, she moved around a lot with her family in her younger years. Her heart was full of love and passion for all her grandchildren. She loved to cook, and She also loved to go to Branson, Missouri, they went 7 times last year, especially to see the Presley’s Country Jubilee and Dolly Parton Stampede. She was also a loyal member of Stidham Baptist Church.
Brenda is preceded in death by her grandparents, Louis and Maurice Logan, Malvern and Faye Brown; brother, Wayne Carrol Logan; husband Donald Howard Bullard “Gramps”; many aunts and uncles.
She is survived by her husband, Edmond Rose of Eufaula, Oklahoma; son, Bradley Bullard and wife Brittany of Greenville, Texas; stepchildren, Emmanuel Rose & wife Sara of Henryetta, Oklahoma, and Kelly Rose; parents, James and Janelle Logan of Mount Pleasant, Texas; brother David L. Logan and wife Sherry of Fort Worth, Texas; grandchildren, Aaliyah, Nevayah, Kinsleigh, Stephen, Tucker, and her Texas grandchildren that called her “Mimi”; numerous nieces and nephews, and one very special friend Cathy Martinez of Texas.
A celebration of Brenda’s life will be 2:00pm Friday, January 24, 2020 at Stidham Baptist Church with Pastor Gene Cook officiating. Interment will follow at Lenna Cemetery with Channey Keidel, Luther Couthon, Ray Neuenschwander, Jurl Underwood, Art Kenyon, and Dustin Green serving as Pallbearers. Honorary Pallbearers will be Cherry Scott and Gene Cook.
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:
9:00am-5:30pm Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home
9:00am-8:00pm Thursday, January 23, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home

Family to greet friends:
5:30-7:30pm Thursday, January 23, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home

Service:
2:00pm Friday, January 24, 2020 at Stidham Baptist Church

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Roy E. McGraw Jr., 68

Born Tuesday, January 1, 1952

Died Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Roy Edward McGraw, Jr., 68, of Muskogee, Oklahoma, passed away on Wednesday afternoon, January 15, 2020.

Roy, the son of Roy Edward McGraw, Sr. and Scholley Jane McGraw was born January 1, 1952, in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He was raised in Okay, Oklahoma, where he graduated from Okay High School, with the class of 1970. Following high school, Roy attended Northeastern State University.

Roy was a kind soul, with a gentle heart; he was a best friend to many.

Roy spent most of his life working at the family business, known as McGraw Motors, which was situated under a neon sign on East Side Blvd. He started working there as a child washing cars for $1.00 per hour. The company was known in Muskogee by many as the “working man’s friend,” and Roy himself was a friend to all.

When Roy was not at work, he loved to be outdoors, whether working in the yard, grilling on his patio with his wife, playing golf with friends, feeding animals (both pets and wildlife), fishing with family, or chasing after his granddaughters.

Roy was preceded in death by his father, Roy E. McGraw, Sr.

Roy is survived by his wife, Rebecca McGraw, of the home; his mother, Scholley Jane McGraw; his brother, Jeff McGraw; his son, Rake; his daughter, Alison McGraw Miller and husband Christopher; granddaughters, Coco Cox, Lucy Cox, Kaylee McCoin and Klara McCoin; step-daughter, Christen McCoin; step-son, Clint Caldwell; nephew, Dustin McGraw and wife Jennifer; any many cousins, in-laws, and other family members.

Memorial service for Roy will be at the Presbyterian Church of Muskogee, on Saturday, January 18, 2020, at 10a.m.

Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1380 N York Street, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Richard Lee Hunter, 99

Born Thursday, August 12, 1920

Died Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Richard Hunter 99 was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma to Sam and Hallie Hunter. He attended Douglas School and Manual Training High School. He grew up in Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Years later he married Bernice Crumpton and they joined a holiness church under Elder Lambert. He was a World War II Veteran.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his three sisters and his wife.

Those left to cherish his memory are his sister Lucille Morris, his nephews Horace Hazelton, Darryl Morris, Darryl Jr., Christopher Morris, nieces Carol Walker and family, Clara Powell and family, Jessie Jackson, and family, Willie Mae Lightner and family and other relatives and friends.

Home Going service is scheduled for Thursday, January 23, 2020, 11:00 a.m., Precious Memories Chapel, House of Winn Funeral Home, 2200 Military Blvd, Muskogee, OK. Interment will follow in Ft. Gibson National Cemetery, Ft. Gibson, OK.

Visitation will be Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

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

House of Winn Funeral Homes

Linda M. Manning, 68

Born Sunday, April 8, 1951

Died Wednesday, January 15, 2020


On April 8, 1951, Linda Mae Manning was born in Detroit, Michigan from the union of Freddie Manning and Clarece Ledbetter-Manning.  Linda was the second child born to this union.  Linda was raised in Muskogee, Oklahoma and attended Manual Training High School.  Linda loved the Lord and accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and was baptized for remission of her sins at an early age.  She lived a blessed life and was very active in several local congregations and was a member of Rayfield Baptist Church while she lived in Muskogee.   Though Linda loved living in Muskogee, she decided years ago to relocate to Norman, Oklahoma so she could spend time with her son, daughter in law, grand children and great grandchildren. She found a new church home when she moved to Norman at Everlasting Baptist Church.

Linda was well known around Muskogee and has countless friends and relatives who count themselves lucky to have known her.  She was full of life and loved to be around other people.  She enjoyed reading, word search puzzles, dancing, and spending time with family.  Linda was a dedicated mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend.  

This loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend was called to glory on January 15, 2020 at 1: p.m.  at Cedar Creek Living Center in Norman.  Linda is survived by two siblings, Freddie Jackson, Jr and Brenda Jackson both of Muskogee. Linda was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, four sisters and two brothers. 

Linda's son Terran Manning is married to Felicia Craft-Manning and they reside in Norman.  Linda was blessed to be able to spend time with her three grandchildren; Tiara Manning, Briana Manning and Darius Manning as well as her four great grandchildren Kendrick Manning, Kellen Manning, Brooklyn Manning and Kyrie Manning all who reside in Norman.  Linda was very close to several of her nephews, Tony Jackson, Nathaniel Jackson, Latron and Neoshia Jolly, Adam Jolly (Deceased), Allen Jolly, Latron Jolly, Jr., Tyson Jolly, Adam (A.J.) Jolly, D.J Jolly and niece Angel Jolly.  Special family friend Sheretta White and her family of Muskogee.  Linda has numerous relatives who reside in Muskogee, Tulsa, Texas, California, Louisiana and the Kansas City area.  The Rayfield Church family, the Everlasting Baptist Church family and other friends and family members across this country.  



Her sacred farewell will commence on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. in the most holy sanctuary of the Rayfield Baptist Church.  The Pastor, Reverend Leroy Walker, Sr., will officiate.  Burial will follow in the Booker T. Washington Cemetery in Muskogee.

You may visit Ms. Manning, as she slumbers in sweet repose in the Peoples Chapel at the Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc., in Muskogee on Friday from 1:00 PM until 6:00 PM.

Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc.

David E. Sovia, 55

Born Wednesday, November 11, 1964

Died Wednesday, January 15, 2020

David Earl Sovia was born to Gary Sovia and Montie Eck on November 11th 1964. He passed from this life on January 15, 2020. He loved football and always rooted for his favorite team the Oklahoma Sooners. He also loved fishing with his family and enjoyed being outdoors. He also loved watching his nieces and nephews play sports.
David is survived by sisters, Peggy Lamb and husband Dale of Stiwell and Susan Stewart and husband John of Muskogee; longtime friend, Matthew Cochran of Wagoner; nephew, Dale Lamb and wife Brandy of Muskogee; niece, Michelle Littlejohn and husband Jay of Stillwell; great-niece, Kara Ely and husband Josten of Webber falls; nephew, Josh Sovia of Columbus, Josh Stewart and wife Cambri of Muskogee; great-niece, Lindsay and husband David of Owasso; nieces, Nicole Sovia of Cushing, and Rhonda Goad and husband Anthony of Oktaha; great-nephew, Hunter Littlejohn and wife Taylor of Tahlequah, and Tyler Littlejohn of Stillwell; niece, Lucy Sovia of Cushing; great-nephew, Daxton of Muskogee, Scotty of Oktaha and Easton of Oklahoma City; great-great-nephew, Bowen of Webber falls, great-great-niece, Zoey of Webber falls; great-nephew, Asher of Muskogee; great-niece, Rhonda Rose of Oktaha; great-great-niece, Aspen of Tahlequah, and two more on the way.
David was preceded in death by his dad, Gary Sovia; mother, Montie Eck; stepdad, Ronald Eck; sister, Donna Sovia; brother, Mitch Sovia; and several other family members.
A celebration of David’s life will be 1PM, Monday, January 27, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Eric Reeves officiating. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery with Josh Stewart, John Stewart, Jared Stein Bach, Josh Sovia and Dale Lamb, Jr. serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Dale Lamb, Matthew Cochran and Anthony Goad.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Michael Anthony Reagan, Jr., 44

Born Tuesday, December 2, 1975

Died Monday, January 13, 2020

His Birth:

On December 2, 1975 a bouncing baby boy was born to Jearlean (Teeny) and Michael Reagan Sr. 

His Love For Christ:

Michael accepted Christ at an early age at Northwest Baptist Church in Okmulgee. He participated in the choir and acted as an usher growing up.  On August 4, 2013, Michael rededicated his life to the Lord and joined First Baptist Church, Okmulgee under,  Dr. Dennis Taylor. 

His Life:

He attended Preston Public Schools where he was active on the basketball team until graduating in May 1995. After graduating High School, he attended Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology for Air conditioning & Refrigeration. He worked at Git-N-Go Convenient Store until he started his career at Anchor Glass in 2001.  He was employed at Anchor until an accident there left him disabled. He loved spending time with his family, making making people laugh, studying the bible, lifting weights, boating, hunting, fishing and raising dogs.

Michael married Sarah Chastain on June 6, 2001 in Eureka Springs, AR. They had two beautiful children, Michael Anthony Reagan III and Ciara Dorthy Ann Reagan who he loved dearly. 

His Memory:

Michael Anthony Reagan, Jr., in his 44th year, surrendered his soul on Monday, January 13, 2020. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, John and Dorothy Wilson and Carl Reagan, Sr. 

He leaves to cherish his memory; Wife, Sarah , his children, Michael and Ciara Reagan, his parents, Michael and Jearlean (Teeny) Reagan; grandparents, Bernice and Al Biglow; his brothers, Marcus Reagan, Cory Traylor and Steven Hammon;  and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews and his friend, Megan Hunt.  

The Hour of Remembrance for Mr. Reagan will commence on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 10:00 AM in the First Baptist Church, 5th and Seminole Streets.

Burial will follow in the Okmulgee Cemetery.

You may visit Mike, as he slumbers in peaceful repose in the Chapel of Peace of the Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc., in Okmulgee on Friday from 12 Noon until 6:00 PM.

Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc.

Hoyt R. Disney, 80

Born Tuesday, June 20, 1939

Died Monday, January 13, 2020

Hoyt Ray Disney, 80, of Fort Gibson, was born June 20, 1939 in Canadian, OK to Durwood and Ruby (Lemons) Disney and peacefully passed away Monday, January 13, 2020 in Fort Gibson, with his loving family by his side. When Hoyt was 2 ½ years old his father passed away. Ruby later married Chalk Benson and they moved to Muskogee, where he finished his education. Hoyt served in the United States Army, serving his country in Germany and was honorably discharged. Hoyt came back to Muskogee, met, fell in love with and later married the love of his life, Billie Arlene Harris. The day they met, Hoyt knew he would marry her. They married on August 8, 1963 in Fort Gibson, OK. They were blessed with 2 daughters, Nancy and Bonnie. When Nancy was 1 year old, they moved to Greenleaf State Park where Hoyt worked as a Park Ranger. Later, moving to Fort Gibson where they made their home. Hoyt worked for the City of Fort Gibson for several years. Later he went to work for John Monks, owner of Thunderbird Chemicals, whom became a great friend and hunting partner. After John’s passing, he went to work for Gene Wallace at Muskogee County District #1 where he remained until his retirement. Hoyt and Billie loved going to Gospel Concerts together and went to as many as they could. They did everything together. They were each other’s best friends. They would drive down the road always holding hands. When Billie passed away on March 3, 2019 Hoyt’s life wasn’t the same. From the day of Billie’s passing, he waited to meet her in Heaven. Hoyt is lovingly survived by his daughters; Nancy Winn and husband Tom of Muskogee, OK, and Bonnie Coy and husband Brad of Fort Gibson, OK; four grandchildren; six great grandchildren; one sister; several sister in laws and brother in laws; and a special adopted granddaughter, Paula Ascencio. She was Hoyt’s provider and quickly became family. He was preceded in death by his sweetheart of 56 years; Billie Disney; his parents; his mother in law and father in law; five brother in laws; one sister and one brother; and step dad, Chalk Benson. A memorial service Celebrating Hoyt’s life will be held 2PM Friday, January 17, 2020 at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Gibson, OK with Reverend Clyde Powell and Mr. Bob Burgess officiating. Military honors will be observed. The family of Hoyt Ray Disney has entrusted his cremation and services to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson, OK. 918-478-2555. Online condolences may be left at clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com

Clifford D. Garrett Family Funeral Home

Phillip Earl King , 67

Born Thursday, September 25, 1952

Died Sunday, January 12, 2020

Phillip Earl King, 67, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed on Sunday, January 12, 2020. He was born in Modesto, California to Marlin Wilson King and Eva Geraldine (Walker) King on September 25, 1952. On May 27, 2016 he married the love of his life, Patty (Byrd) King, in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He worked in construction for many years of his life, later retiring in 2016. He also worked as a driver for Tommy Nix and at Riverside Dodge.
Phillip is preceded in death by his parents, Marlin Wilson King and Eva Geraldine (Walker) King.
He is survived by his wife, Patty King of the home; his four legged best friend, Misha; brothers, Melvin Wilson King and Sandi of California, and Paul Steven King of Oregon; sisters, Armelda Sue King of California and Aloice Jean King of California; children, Kevin King of Washington, Keith King of Australia, and Anthony King of California; 5 grandchildren; Patty’s children, Sheila Harrison, and Shannon (Andrew) Wilson, 6 grandchildren, and other family and many friends, including one very special friend, Steve Tiner of Oklahoma.
A celebration of Phillip’s life will be 10:00am Wednesday, January 22, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Danny Mills officiating. Interment will follow at Fort Gibson National Cemetery with Dustin Smith, Richard Byrd, Julian Pierce, Plez, Jordan Ellis, and Ricky Woods serving as Pallbearers. Honorary Pallbearers are his sons, Kevin King, Keith King, Anthony King, Jayson Harrison.
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:
9:00am-5:30pm Monday, January 20, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home
9:00am-8:00pm Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home

Family to greet friends:
5:30pm-7:30pm Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Service: 10:00am Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Joan Williams, 85

Born Sunday, July 8, 1934

Died Saturday, January 11, 2020

Joan Williams, 85, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away on Saturday, January 11, 2020. She was born on July 8, 1934 to James Bennett Steen and Virgie Novella (Henshaw) Steen in Checotah, Oklahoma. She married her high school sweetheart, Bobby Andrew Williams, on May 10, 1952 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. They shared more than 62 years of life and marriage together.
Joan loved taking care of her family and loved them dearly. She will be missed by everyone who knew and loved her.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bobby Williams; sister, Juanita Allison; and brother-in-law, Sonny Allison.
Joan is survived by her children, Bobby Williams and wife Pat of Fort Gibson, OK, and Vicki Tracy and husband Danny of Muskogee, OK; grandchildren, Jason Clark and wife Marisa of Porter, OK, Bryce Clark and wife Andi of Muskogee, OK, Necia Hutson and husband Mat of McAlester, OK, Kristin Keel of Tahlequah, OK and Brad Tracy and wife Tonya of Owasso, OK; great-grandchildren, Andrew, Olivia, and Isaac Hutson, Hunter, Tanner, and Rylee Keel, Myles and Maxton Clark, Jayci, Easton, and Jett Clark, and Chelsea Cahwee; along with other family members and friends.
A celebration of Joan’s life will be 10AM, Friday January 17, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Gene Thompson officiating. Interment will be at Fort Gibson National Cemetery with Jason Cark, Bryce Clark, Mat Hutson, Brad Tracy, David Woods, and Chris Allison serving as pallbearers.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Deena Yvonne Bowles, 71

Born Saturday, May 15, 1948

Died Friday, January 10, 2020

Deena Yvonne Stephens Bowles, 71, was born in Muskogee, Ok on May 15, 1948 to Louie and Cora Lee Stephens. She went to be with our Heavenly Father on January 10, 2020 with her family by her side.
She graduated from Central High School in 1966. She worked at the Banner Grill to earn money to purchase her first car, worked daycare at Boulevard Christian Church and in later years worked as payroll clerk/bookkeeper at Teel Laundry and Tinnin Construction. May 11, 1970 Yvonne married Jimmy Alan Bowles and they were blessed with sons, Mark Alan and Jeremy Dewain Wilson.
She loved to write short stories, she would also write down cute conversations she would have with her grandsons, Blake Wilson and Chase Lain. She would never turn down a card game and would sometimes stay up all night playing with her grandsons. When she would make her shopping list for you, it was a guarantee you would find drawings on them that were sure to put a smile on your face while doing her shopping. Her favorite thing to do was spend time with her grandsons; they were her whole world. She loved them dearly.
She is preceded in death by her parents Louie and Cora Lee Stephens. Husband, Jimmy Bowles. Sons, Mark Bowles and Jeremy Bowles
Those left to cherish her memory are, her sister, Paula Sue Webster and husband Carl Jr, brother, Steve Stephens and nephew, Jerry Dewain Stephens of Muskogee. Her best friends, Katie Lee Webster (her niece) Terri Simmons, and her special cat, Bear.
Grandsons, Blake Bowles, Chase Bowles, bonus grandsons, TJ Ashwood, Tristin Ashwood. Granddaughters, Bailey Tiger and Raley Hawkins, Aunt Genevieve Boernecke
In addition, some very special people in her life that she aquired through her daughter in law Crystal Ashwood, her husband Howard, who she claims as a bonus son, and bonus son Jeremy Fortney. Her bonus brother, Cruce Simmons. Along with Numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Yvonne’s life will be held at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, January 16th, 2020 at 2pm. Flowers may be sent to Cornerstone Funeral Home. Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York St, Muskogee, Oklahoma.
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

Mary Sue Ashlock, 83

Born Tuesday, January 5, 1937

Died Thursday, January 9, 2020

Mary Sue Ashlock, 83, of Gore, OK was born January 5, 1937 in Gore, OK to Tom James and Ge-hue-gah Noisey and peacefully passed away Thursday, January 9, 2020 in Gore, OK with her loving family by her side. She was a strong and loving mother, grandmother and a fantastic cook. She loved to spend time working in the yard and her flower beds or sitting on the front porch. She was always cooking something on the stove and would always say suppers ready, ”such as it is.” Her grandkids were her little goombas and she loved them fiercely. She loved playing games with her family and her favorite was bingo. She loved to gamble and would play poker and Yahtzee all night. She was an award-winning quilter and made each member of the family numerous quilts. Mary loved a good “Hershey Bar” and a “fresh Pepsi” and you could find chocolate stashed all over the house. She loved all kinds of music, everything from Tony Bennett to Willie Nelson. Mary is lovingly survived by her daughters; Susan Cates and husband Ross of Norman, OK, Renella Capps and husband Johnny of Gore, OK; grandson, Kyle Shores of Braggs; granddaughters, Taralee Montgomery and husband Colton of Gore, OK, Savanna Isbell and Orlando Colina of Broken Arrow, OK, Katelyn Pearson and husband Alex of Owasso, OK; great granddaughter, Reece Montgomery of Gore, OK; sister Ruby Nutt of Fort Smith, AR; son in law, Bill Shores of Braggs, extended family and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert Ashlock; daughter, Carla Shores; grandson, Christopher Shores; sisters, Edna Brown and Nellie Pigeon; brothers, Jess James, Charley Williams, Bob James and Oscar Noisey. A visitation will be held Monday, January 13, 2020 at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home in Fort Gibson with family receiving friends from 5PM-7PM. A graveside service Celebrating Mary’s life will be held 11AM Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at South Bethel Cemetery, Braggs, OK with Pastor Jeff Green officiating. The family of Mary Sue Ashlock has entrusted her care, services and burial to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson, OK. 918-478-2555. Online condolences may be left at clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com

Clifford D. Garrett Family Funeral Home

M. Jay Stout, 72

Born Thursday, August 28, 1947

Died Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Maynard Jay Stout was born August 24, 1947 in the Old Baptist Hospital in Muskogee, OK to Von and Lillian Stout and was the oldest of five children. He was a lifelong resident of Muskogee County, a 1965 graduate of Warner High School and 1969 graduate of Northeastern State University. Jay served in the United States Army and was a Vietnam veteran. He was later employed by Acme Engineering for many years and was the horticulture market representative when he left to pursue other opportunities. Before retiring he was a sales representative for American Plant Products based out of Oklahoma City. He made many friends in the horticulture industry and had the opportunity to travel both domestically and internationally. After retiring he devoted his time to his family, traveling, attending ballgames, following the St. Louis Cardinals and taking care of his cows. He is survived by his wife, Linda, of the home; daughter, Lacey and husband Russell Huff, Bartlesville, OK; son CJ, Neosho, MO; and son, Daniel, Tahlequah, OK. His four grandchildren will miss their Papa; Madeline and Sutton Huff and Sawyer and Owen Stout. Also remaining are his brothers, Don, children Melissa (Michael) Crawley, and Eric (Tosha) Stout and families; Barry (Sandy), and Steve (Jan), and their families, and sister, Karen Stout, son, River Rolston, all of Muskogee.
A celebration of Jay’s life will be held at Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 10AM. Burial will follow at Ft. Gibson National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions be made to Three Rivers Museum or any charity of choice.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Richard Wayne Thompson, 69

Born Monday, June 19, 1950

Died Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Celebration of the Life for Richard Wayne Thompson
“I cowboy’d up!”

Richard Wayne Thompson was the sixth of seven children to be born into the loving union of Willie Mae (Parker) and Relford “Bear” Thompson ,Sr. from the time he was old enough to step into his daddy’s boots he knew he wanted to be a cowboy and take care of the farm. At a young age he gave his life to Christ and was member of Mt. Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. He was a very gifted musician and played several instruments. Richard graduated from Wagoner High School and went on to further his education at Northeastern State University. He decided to leave college because he had a love for the farm, so he went back home to help.

While starting his home he married Betty Trout, but their union ended after some time. He ventured out and left the farm and moved to the city where he worked for the phone company as a telephone repairman. He also worked on the railroad for several years. Richard fell in love with Mary “Jan” Vulgamore and they had two beautiful and amazing children together. The love for the fam life eventually called him to the country and he moved back to Tullahassee and started working on the farm again. The Thompson brothers teamed up and a dream they had for the Bear Thompson Rodeo Arena came to life and many rodeos and events have been held there and it was always a guarantee that he would greet you with a hug and a smile. He spent his last days doing what he loved the most which was spending time with his long-lasting life partner, family and farming.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Willie Mae and Relford Thompson, Sr.; his infant sister, Carolyn; and brothers, Relford Jr. and Alfred Thompson.

He will be missed by many and leaves to cherish his memory his son Reginald (Michelle) Vulgamore; his daughter, Regina Vulgamore; his sisters, Doris “Betsy” Mackey, Barbara Moore and Linda Smith; his loving companion, Terrie Gordon; his 5 grandchildren; Mariha, Marley, Alyssa, Shyne, and Elijah; his aunt, Gerldine Craig and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A Service of Memory, will be conducted, Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. in Mt Bethel Baptist Church, Porter,OK with the pastor,Rev. Hank McVay, Jr., eulogizing. Interment will follow in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

Visitation, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, 1:00 P.M. until 5 P.M. in the Precious Memories Chapel.

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

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Everett L. Ray, 74

Born Saturday, November 10, 1945

Died Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Everett Lee Ray, 74, was born November 10, 1945 to Maurice Everett Ray and Bessie Micco Bushyhead in Sallisaw, Oklahoma. He passed away on January 7, 2020 in Muskogee, OK. Everett was a long time resident of Muskogee. After school, he spent some time in the Army. He later spent his life working as a pop salesman/merchandiser and as a truck driver, from which he retired. He most enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. His hobby consisted of buying and selling vehicles. Everett was a great man that would help anyone no matter what. He was a loving father and friend. He was known and loved by many. He will be greatly missed.
Everett was preceeded in death by his parents Maurice Everett Ray and Bessie Micco Bushyhead, his wife Alice Ray, and his son Maurice Ray. Everett is survived by his daughter Brandi Ray and grandson Brandon Ray of Okemah, OK; his daughter Lorinda Driskill, grandson Scott Miller, and granddaughter Gracie Driskill of Muskogee, OK; his son Roger Taylor of Muskogee, OK; and his dog Buddie. Everett was the youngest of 18 children. He is survived by one sister, Lolita Pettit of Tahlequah, OK; along with many other family members and special friends that will miss him dearly.
A celebration of Everett’s life will be scheduled at a later time.

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Billie H. Stout, 90

Born Wednesday, June 12, 1929

Died Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Billie Wilson Stout, age 90, passed away peacefully on January 7, 2020 in Muskogee. She was born June 12, 1929 in Higden, Arkansas to Rev. Harold and Jewel Wilson, the first of their five children. She married Weldon W. Stout (Bill) on September 2, 1947, who preceded her in death in 1994.

Billie lived her early years on a small family farm in rural Arkansas, with her mother, father, and grandmother. She attended the small school in the area, where she proved to be an excellent student and developed her passion for learning. Everyone in the family worked hard, as was necessary during those years. Billie often spoke of those happy years on the farm, in spite of the hardships, where she learned many valuable lessons. She was a great cook, and could put together a wonderful meal at a moment’s notice, with seemingly little effort. She was artistic and talented, crafting many items for her home and her family, and sewing for her daughters.

After marriage, Bill’s career as a social worker for the Bureau of Indian Affairs located the family in Talihina, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Wewoka, Oklahoma, where Bill retired. Billie worked hard, raising the children, while Bill traveled for his job. Education was important to her. She attended Arkansas Teacher’s College in Conway, Arkansas, and later East Central State University in Ada, Oklahoma. She earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. She later taught first grade in Wewoka, earning the love and respect of all who knew her. She excelled in her roles as wife, mother, and teacher.

Her large extended family was very important to her. Billie loved hosting family gatherings. Every Thanksgiving for many years, her children, four brothers and their wives, and later their children, traveled to Wewoka for an extended holiday at Bill and Billie’s home in Wewoka. The weekend fun always consisted of games, singing, card-playing, picture taking and viewing, and of course, feasting. It was an important time for all who attended.

Billie was an avid reader and traveler. She was seldom seen without a book. She and Bill explored the United States in their Winnebago, from Florida to the Northwest. They also traveled to Mexico, Spain, and England. After Bill’s death, Billie travelled with family to Maine, Greece, Italy, and other places near and far. Having a great intellect, she loved learning about the history and culture of different countries.

Billie is survived by her brothers, David (Judy) of Amado, Arizona, Charles (Beth) of Murfreesboro, Arkansas, Joe (Charla) of DeSoto, Missouri, and Bob (Paula) of Batesville, Arkansas; her children, Nancy Flemming (Mark Staniland) of Eureka, California, Weldon (Connie) of Muskogee, Mark of Norman, Oklahoma, and Martha (Glen) Taylor of Wichita, Kansas. She also leaves behind grandchildren, Lorin and Timothy Flemming, Justin (Shelly) Stout, Kellie and Jarod (Heather) Taylor; and 5 great-great-grandchildren, Reed and Cameron Stout, Alexander Taylor, and Grayson and Augustus Flemming. She will be missed also by her many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial to St. Paul United Methodist Church in Muskogee. There will be a private family burial at 2PM, Monday, January 13, at Old Hickory Cemetery in Morrilton, Arkansas.

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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