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.)

Charles McCullouch, 78

Born Saturday, July 26, 1941

Died Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Charles McCullouch, age 78, a resident of Muskogee, OK, transitioned, Wednesday March 25, 2020 in St. Francis Medical Center-Muskogee, OK.

Arrangements are pending.

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Cheryl Lynn Tollette, 47

Born Friday, June 23, 1972

Died Sunday, March 22, 2020

Cheryl Lynn Tollette, 47, of Fort Gibson, was born June 23, 1972 in Muskogee, OK to Earl and Velma (Blankenship) Tollette and peacefully passed away Sunday, March 22, 2020 in Wagoner, OK with her loving family by her side.
She received her Bachelors Degree in Speech Pathology from Northeastern State University, in Tahlequah, OK. She also earned an Associates in Forestry from Bacone College, in Muskogee, OK.
Cheryl loved to read and write fantasy stories. Her favorite thing to do was to attend the Renaissance Fair at the Castle of Muskogee. She even participated as a number of different characters from a bar maid to a lady pirate. Her skill of crafts and arts helped those characters come alive.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents; William Earl and Betty (Barker) Blankenship of Bolivar, MO; paternal grandparents; William Earl (Buck) and Dessie (Stubbfield) Tollette of Mounds, OK.
Cheryl is lovingly survived by her parents; Earl G. and Velma C. Tollette of Wagoner, OK; brother, Robert Tollette and his wife Marilyn of Boynton, OK; sister, Kimberly Goad of Adair, OK and Errol Goad of Shawnee, OK; nephews and nieces, Sean Goad of Tulsa, OK, David Goad of Greenville, S.C., Chelsea Tollette of Muskogee, OK, Devin Tollette of Boynton, OK, Stephen Tollette of Muskogee, OK and one great niece, Persophone Mitchell of Muskogee, OK.
Cremation services are provided by Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson, OK. A Celebration of Cheryl’s Life will be held at a later date
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK. 73123 or you may call 1-800-227-2345 or you may visit their website, donate3.cancer.org to help find a cure for this disease.
The family of Cheryl Lynn Tollette has entrusted her care, service and cremation 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

D.D. Hayes, 72

Born Tuesday, November 4, 1947

Died Saturday, March 21, 2020

D.D. Hayes, 72, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2020. He was born on November 4, 1947 in Muskogee, Oklahoma to Melvin J. Hayes and Audrey Essary Hayes. D.D. attended Pershing, West Junior High, and Central High School. He participated in many sports but excelled in football. He was named All Conference Guard 1965-66. He graduated from Northeastern State University in 1969 and from the University of Tulsa Law School in 1974. In 1980, D.D. argued before the Supreme Court of the United states and won. The decision was nine to zero. He also served in the Army Reserves 1970-1975.
D.D. became a Christian at age seven. He was a long-time faithful member of First Baptist Church. He led the men’s Bible study on Tuesday night at his office. These men covered the whole Bible more than once.
Work characterized D.D.’s life. He tirelessly worked for his clients. He worked from age 13 until he couldn’t work anymore. He worked at Chet’s as a young man to put himself through school. He taught History and English at West Junior High, he worked as a Police legal advisor and as the City Attorney for Muskogee. He was also a partner with Bonds, Matthews, Bonds and Hayes in private practice. He established Hayes Law Office in 2001. His son Andy Hayes joined the firm in 2008. He was one of the first attorneys to use every form of technology to help him in his work. He worked while fighting cancer, and even worked on vacations (which were few).
He celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary with Marcy Ann (Lange) Hayes on March 7th, 2020. He passed on his mother’s birthday.
D.D. is preceded in death by his mother, Audrey Hayes; father, Melvin Hayes; sisters, Roberta McCullum and Brenda Leggett.
He is survived by his wife, Marcy Hayes; brother Melvin Hayes and wife Diane; brother-in-law, Dr. John Lange; sister-in-law, Nancy Scoggin and husband Dr. Steve Scoggin; son, Andy Hayes, wife Katie, and their daughter Annie Hayes; daughter, Jennifer Kent and her four children, Andrew Ericson, Olivia Ericson, Eloise Ericson, and Hayes Ericson; numerous nieces, nephews, and other family.
Visitation for D.D. will be 9:00am-5:30pm Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home and 9:00am-8:00pm Thursday, March 26, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.
The family has chosen to celebrate D.D.’s life with a private family service with Gary Sizemore, Weldon Stout, Dr. Jewell Daniels, David Helms, Paul Glover, Mike Leonard, Steve Scherer, Drew Wilcoxen, and Bob Locke serving as Honorary Pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist renovation fund.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 North York St, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Jean Walters, 86

Born Wednesday, August 23, 1933

Died Saturday, March 21, 2020

Emma Jean Walters, 86, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at St. Francis Hospital, Muskogee.
Emma Jean was born on August 23, 1933 in Muskogee to Paul and Rosa (Bullock) Thompson. She graduated from Muskogee Central High School with Class of 1951. She chose to drop her first name after graduation.
On the 4th of July, 1953, Jean married Keith Edward Walters. They shared 67 years of a happy and loving marriage. Every year the celebrations got bigger and louder with fireworks. Jean’s neighbors, the Dealy’s, baked them a beautiful red, white & and blue cake for their anniversaries. Their sons kept the skies bright and sparkly.
Jean worked at Southwestern Bell Telephone, Callery Chemical, Container Corporation and retired from Commercial Bank in 1980.
She was a member of the American Business Women’s Association and the Twirlers Square Dance Club. She and Keith made many lifelong friends square dancing through the years. They also watched 0U football games with special friends, Chuck and Carol Boyd of Norman.
Jean was big sports enthusiast, but her real love was for Oklahoma Sooners. Jean loved taking trips especially with their dear friends, Jim and Shirley Wallace. She was always ready for ballgames, concerts, entertaining visits to Branson or just going out to eat. Jean enjoyed doing ceramics and generously gave her beautiful hand painted items to friends and family. She was a whiz playing Scrabble and had her share of wins playing Dominoes. Jean was happiest when she had a house full of people enjoying her cooking. She loved to bake and provided her sister with her famous Brown Eyed Susan cookies for all her Food Days at work, luncheons or just because. Thanksgiving was her favorite holiday making fudge, pumpkin bread and all the goodies with her daughter.
Jean is preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Frank Murray and Charles Thompson.
She is survived by her husband, Keith; daughter, Paula Jean Gorden and husband, Doug; sister, Beth Sizemore; sister-in-law, Wyvonna Thompson; nieces, Carrie Stokes, Cindy McCormick (David), Connie Dockrey (Jack); and nephews, Stephen Sizemore (Debbie), Charles Thompson Jr (Cathy), Cole Thompson and one special niece, Susan Dees, who was born on her birthday.
Jean, known for her sweet smile, even in the hospital, was loved very much by her family and friends and will be missed by all who knew her.
In lieu of flowers Jean's family has requested memorials be made to In Touch Ministries in Atlanta, GA at: https://store.intouch.org/p-3991-general-fund.aspx?Source=5019&utm_source=intouch.org&utm_medium=donate.

A celebration of Jean's life will be at a later date due to the current situation in our nation.

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Juanita Wilson, 84

Born Tuesday, October 22, 1935

Died Thursday, March 19, 2020

At this time there will be a private family burial.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 26th and Friday, March 27th, 2020, 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., Precious Memories Chapel, House of Winn Funeral Home, Okmulgee, OK.

A Memorial will be announced at a later date. Please watch our website for memorial information.

Obituary

In the year of 1935, God blessed Charlie Grant Jr. and Savannah (Scroggins) Grant with a beautiful baby girl on October 22. This beauty was named Juanita Grant. She was the third born child from this loving union and arrived in Helenbelle, Oklahoma.

Juanita grew up in Okmulgee where she attended school in the Okmulgee School District area. She accepted Christ into her life at an early age. She began her faithful service at New Salem Baptist Church then relocated to New Jerusalem Baptist Church where she continued The Lord’s work until her assignment was complete.

In October of 1952, she married Carmon Wilson and was blessed with seven children: Linda, Leatrice, Carmon Jr. (Dent), Arlene, Victor, Terry, and Lavida.

Juanita was an employee of Okmulgee Public Schools for 31 years, where she was a dedicated worker until retirement.

Early Thursday morning, March 19, 2020, Juanita Wilson, in her 84th year, transitioned from LABOR to REWARD surrounded by family, engulfed in love.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, five brothers, one grandson, one great granddaughter, two great grandsons, one great-great granddaughter, and one great-great grandson.

Juanita leaves in God’s care her husband, Carmon Wilson Sr., of the home; children: Linda Payne, Leatrice (Gay) Talton, Carmon Jr. (Gloria) Wilson, Arlene Wilson, Victor Sr. (Rayneka) Wilson, Terry Talton, and Lavida Jones; one sister, Charlesetta Mahone; one brother, Chester (Joyce) Grant; 32 grandchildren; 50 great grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; as well as an abundance of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.

TO KNOW HER WAS TO LOVE HER!

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

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Jarrett Fleetwood, 67

Born Monday, March 16, 1953

Died Wednesday, March 18, 2020


Jarrett Lee Fleetwood, 67, of Okay, Oklahoma passed away on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. He was born on March 16, 1953 in Sapulpa, Oklahoma to Jimmy Jarrett Fleetwood and Barbara Sue (Bennett) Lawrence. He graduated from Poteau High School in 1971.
Jarrett worked as an owner, operator, and truck driver for many years before retiring in 2017, he also attended Okmulgee Tech. He loved woodworking and watching Nascar and OU. Most of all, he loved his parents, children, grandchildren, and life itself.
Jarrett is preceded in death by his father, Jimmy Jarrett Fleetwood; son, Rocky Manard.
He is survived by his parents, Barbara and Tommy Lawrence; spouse, Brenda Fleetwood; children, Jeanette Fleetwood, Dawn Davis, Shawn Erie, and Carrina Caldwell; brothers, Jimmy Dell, Leroy, and Jamie Fleetwood; sister, Lorna Igert; grandchildren, Kaitlyn Fleetwood, Kolbi and Kailey Miesner, Aubrae Sharp, Easton and Riley Davis, Haven Erie, Trenton and Bryson Miller, and Sunnie Snider,; great-grandchildren, Braiden Fleetwood, Sophia and Ava Richardson, and Adalyn Camarena; along with many nieces and nephews.
Public Viewing will be 1:00pm-5:00pm on Saturday, March 21, 2020 and 1:00pm-5:00pm Sunday, March 22, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.
The family has chosen to celebrate Jarrett’s life with a private service, with Jimmy Dell Fleetwood, Jamie Fleetwood, Billy Floyd, Raul Camarena, Blake Warren, and Trent Sharp serving as Pallbearers. Honorary Pallbearer will be Braiden Fleetwood.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 North York St, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Carla Kay Wardlow, 73

Born Thursday, December 26, 1946

Died Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Carla Kay Wardlow, 73 of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2020. She was born on December 26, 1946 in Bakersfield, California to Thomas Calton Smith and Norma Roberts. She is preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Norma; husband Leslie of the home; son, Justin Chad Wardlow of Warner, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Tyler Wardlow, Lauren Walker, husband Hunter, and their son Waco, and Savanna; sister-in-law, Marilyn King, husband Gary; and other family and friends.
A celebration of Carla’s life will be held 2:00pm Monday, March 23, 2020 at Warner Memorial Cemetery with Pastor John Overton officiating.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 North York St, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Peggy Ann Vanderford, 89

Born Friday, January 23, 1931

Died Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Muskogee resident, Peggy Ann Anderson Vanderford, age 89, died Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Peggy was born in Ellisville, Mississippi, to Earl T. and Lena Sue Bond Anderson. She was a graduate of Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, Mississippi.
After a whirlwind, 27 day courtship, she married U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant, Bobbie E. Vanderford, on August 6, 1950. They moved to Selma, Alabama where one year later, their daughter, Betty was born. The next four years were spent in Germany and Italy, before returning to the U. S. and settling in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where their son, David was born in 1955.
The next 22 years, Peggy devoted herself to her husband, her children, and her career at the CPA firm of Deloitte. In 1976, Bob took an international engineering job in Puerto Rico and she retired. From 1976 until 1984, when they retired to Muskogee, Bob and Peggy lived in Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Indonesia. They visited 22 countries in their time together, but their greatest joy was their children, Betty Malone (Kelly) Orlando and David (Sue) Vanderford; and their grandchildren, Christian Malone of Gainesville, FL, Zach Malone of Tulsa, OK, Dallas Vanderford (Jennifer) of Tulsa, OK, Drew Malone of Orlando, FL, Chelsey Jones (Billy) of Muskogee; and her three great-grandchildren, Vann Dee Jones, Berkley Sue Jones, and Gemma Laine Vanderford. Peggy is also survived by her sisters, Laura Faye Riggs of Jacksonville, FL, Frances Berry (Wayne) of Saucier, MS, Patti Anderson (Wendell) of Gainesville, FL; her brothers, R. E. Anderson, (Margaret), and K. A. Anderson (Carolyn), all of Ellisville, MS.
After Bob’s death in 1993, Peggy busied herself volunteering at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, substitute teaching in Muskogee area schools, and making “cow patties” at Cowboy’s Bar-B-Q Restaurant.
The family particularly wishes to thank Sandy Ailshie, Annette Mann, Susan Forrest, and Hillary White for their loving care of Mimi these past several years.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the St. Paul United Methodist Church or the hospice of your choice.
A graveside service honoring Peggy’s life will be 3PM, Friday, March 20, 2020 at Greenhill Cemetery Pavilion; interment to follow.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.


Visitation
Thursday, March 19th, 2020 - 02:00 PM to 08:00 PM - (CST) - Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory - Muskogee
1830 North York Street - Muskogee, OK - 74403

Visitation
Friday, March 20th, 2020 - 09:00 AM to 01:00 PM - (CST) - Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory - Muskogee
1830 North York Street - Muskogee, OK - 74403

Service
Friday, March 20th, 2020 - 03:00 PM - (CST) - Greenhill Cemetery
1500 N. York Street - Muskogee, OK - 74403

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Greta Delores Davis, 84

Born Tuesday, July 16, 1935

Died Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Mother Greta D. Davis, after 84 years, is now resting in the presence of her Savior.

Our Mother, Greta Delores Dean was born July 16, 1935 to Samuel Dean and Asilee (Johnson) in Muskogee Oklahoma. She was the last survivor of the nine children born to this union.


A lifelong member of the Muskogee community, she grew up on the south side in Deans Addition, attending Douglas elementary, Sadler Junior High and graduated from the historic Manual Training High School with the class of 1953. She continued her educational pursuits by completed additional college credits and a variety of continuing education coursework.


She was an excellent seamstress and used her outstanding talent by receiving sewing requests at her home for many prominent people of the community at that time. Being a stay-at-home Mom for three daughters, she was committed to volunteering at the schools and community and church programs and events. When it was time for our younger brother to attend school, Mom was a Head Start Teacher and Teacher’s Aide in the Muskogee Public School system.


Mom was raised in Deans Chapel Baptist Church and during her lifetime, attended regularly and made sure we attended and participated in church activities. She humbly held many positions in the church over the years. Until her passing, she was recognized as the “Oldest Living Dean Descendant” at Deans Chapel Baptist Church. Mom was proud of “her church” and was known for providing support and encouragement; especially to the youth and their programs.


She was a faithful and dedicated wife to our Dad, the late Rudolph Thomas (R.T.) Davis for over 25 years.


We are so blessed that Mom was with us for 84 years as she overcame numerous medical surgeries and procedures. But on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, as Mom was surrounded by her three daughters, son and granddaughter, heaven gained a new angel, as she traveled home to glory to be welcomed in the Father’s arms.


She was preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Asilee Johnson Dean, two brothers, Fred and Claude, six sisters, Jean, Josephine, Narcine, Claudette, Valeria and Beverly.


She is survived by her children: Rev. Mark T. Davis, Cedar Hill, TX; Rhonda Parish, Tulsa, OK; Debara Davis, Muskogee, OK; Virilyaih Scroggins, Tulsa Ok; grandchildren: Dr. Dayna Parish-Dennis and husband Jamaal Dennis, Oakland, CA; and great-granddaughters Jada and Journey Dennis.
In addition to her immediate family, she loved, nurtured and mentored a host of loved ones that made up her extended family. Including: Nephews/Nieces: Raymond (Tina) Ware; Tony Jenkins; Michael (Jeanette) Jenkins; Dawn (Willie) Graham; Paulette (Gerald) Parker; Vanessa Dean; Harlan Dean; Adrienne Thomas; Cory Dean; Son-in-Law: Jacfus Parish, Tulsa, OK; Stepchildren: Sam Davis Sr., Muskogee, OK; Georgia Davis, Muskogee, OK; Special Cousins: Gladys Johnson, Sacramento, CA; Erma Farmer, Ft. Worth TX; Beatress Fentress, San Diego, CA; Special niece: Dorothy Betts.


Special Acknowledgements: Ms. Eunice Nunley, Mother Juanita Anderson, Mrs. Jonelle Jackson, and Cheryl Chatman.
A “Special Thank You” to the Deans Chapel Baptist Church; the Muskogee community; staff and friends at the Senior Citizens Nutrition center at Rayfield Baptist Church; St. Francis Medical Center and ICU staff; Dr. Brent Dennis; Dr. Michael Malloy; and Dr. David Harris.



Her Sacred Farewell will be held on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 11:00 AM in the Dean's Chapel Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Booker T. Washington Cemetery.

Because of the social distance recommendations, attendance in the sanctuary will be limited to the recommended 50 persons in the family. Those wishing to pay respects are welcome to meet at the cemetery following the church ceremony.

Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc.

Orville Lee Spears, 85

Born Wednesday, February 6, 1935

Died Monday, March 16, 2020

Orville Lee Spears, 85, of Gore, Oklahoma strode into Heaven on Monday March 16, 2020 free of Parkinson’s disease. His strong steady hands without tremor opened the gates.
Orville was born on February 9, 1935 to Osval and Junie (Mannon) Spears in Gore, Oklahoma as the first of twelve children and ten that lived to adulthood. Being the eldest brother to his younger siblings was a role he cherished to the end.
He met his wife of 58 years, Lahoma Hefley, of Webbers Falls on a blind date in 1961. They married on April 21, 1962 at Webbers Falls Assembly of God. They resided in Tulsa where Orville worked for Firestone as a front end mechanic until 1971. They then moved their family to the Gore/Webbers Falls area.
They were blessed with 4 children in 5 ½ years: Denise, Leanne, Scott and Steve. Being a good father and provider for his family was the focus of his life. He worked six days a week at Firestone, built our home and his business, Orville’s Wheel Alignment, with his own hands, and provided his children with music lessons, sports, and education opportunities. He taught us to work hard and expected us to do our best in all activities.
Orville lived his life with personal integrity and gentle strength. He was honest and generous in all areas of life, including his business where he always gave more than he received in compensation. He was the best example to his family and friends of a faithful man. Micah 6:8 “What does the LORD require of you but to act justly and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”
Orville loved the community of Gore and the surrounding areas, Gore Pirate sports, and OU football. He loved music, especially country and gospel music. He also loved to attend music shows and gospel singings. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. He took his kids skating most Saturday nights and swimming in Lake Tenkiller on Sunday afternoons. He willingly gave all he had to his community, friends, and his family with love in his heart and a smile on his face. Making others happy made him happy.
We would like to thank the caregivers and staff of Compassus Hospice, especially Michaela Capps, who gave loving compassionate care for the past 9 months. Orville died in the home he built with his own hands from 1972 – 1974 with U.S. savings bonds. He was surrounded in his final days with all of his family and the many friends that he loved dearly.
Orville was preceded in death by his parents, Osval and Junie Spears; his beloved grandson, Steven Lee Spears; his brothers, Don Spears and Floyd Spears; and two infant sisters.
He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Lahoma (Hefley) Spears, who provided 24/7 care for the last 7 years; daughters, Dr. Denise Roddy of Bixby, and OHP Lt. Leanne Spears of Muskogee; sons, Scott Spears of NYC and Steve Spears of Gore; grandchildren, Grant Roddy and wife Allis of Owasso, Joey Spears and wife Tiffany of Vian, Kate Roddy of Chicago and Dalton Spears of Gore; great-granddaughters, Addysen Spears and soon expected Lakely Spears; great-grandson, Alex Santacruz all of Vian; siblings, Dorothy Rice and husband Wayne of Gore, Delbert Spears of Vian, Cathy Johnson of Gore, Linda Marlow and husband John of Webbers Falls, Betty Spencer of Gore, Gerald Spears and wife Carol of Webbers Falls, and Rick Spears and wife Jeannie of Gore; more than 30 nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to the Michael J. Fox foundation at: https://www.michaeljfox.org/donate in honor of Orville. Also the family suggested donations be made to the Gore Rural Fire Department.
Due to the current crisis in our country Orville’s family will have a private family service. A public celebration of Orville’s life will arranged at a later date. Pallbearers will be his grandsons Grant Roddy, Joey Spears and Dalton Spears; his nephews, Brian Warren, Joe Spears and Heath Spears. Honorary pallbearers Howard Doolin, Wayne Sloan, Steve Conrad, Bob Neely, Jerry Priddy, Troy Bell, Don Carter and The Gore Rural Fire Department.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 North York St, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Gary Richard Wilson, 65

Born Monday, May 10, 1954

Died Monday, March 16, 2020

Gary Richard Wilson, 65, of Fort Gibson, Oklahoma passed away on Monday, March 16, 2020. He was born on May 10, 1954 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma to Oren Wilson and Lucinda Lucille (Scuggins) Wilson. He attended and graduated from McAlester High School and Christian Brothers University (CBU). He married the love of his life Galia Jo (Benton) Wilson on June 19, 1988 in Crowder, Oklahoma.
Gary proudly served in the United States Navy during Vietnam. He loved to ride motorcycles and was a part of the Combat Vets 10-2 and the American Legion Post 15, where he served as Commander. He retired from TCI to open and run his own business, Data Video Systems.
Gary is preceded in death by his parents, Oren Wilson and Lucinda Lucille Wilson, sisters Doodle Hayes and Regina Fern Wilson; brother, E.J. Wilson.
He is survived by Galia Wilson, spouse, of Fort Gibson, Oklahoma; Aimee (Donald) Acuff, daughter, of Muskogee, Oklahoma; Carrie (Spencer) Miller, daughter, of Collierville, Tennessee; Casey (Chris Walls) Bates, son, of Dallas, Texas; Jacob (Melissa) Wilson, son, of Muskogee, Oklahoma; Tammy Wilson, daughter, of Hornlake, Mississippi; Travis (Brooke) Wilson, son, of Muskogee, Oklahoma; siblings, Dorothy Ellington of Enid, Oklahoma, Bob Wilson of Checotah, Oklahoma, Jean Reeves of Muskogee, Oklahoma, Peggy Fulkersin of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Fran Mattias of Shawnee , Oklahoma, Jerry Wilson of Wilburton, Oklahoma, Becky Schorr of Porter, Oklahoma, Betty Joslyn of Homer, Alaska, Lou Medley of McAlester, Oklahoma, and Terry Adams of Ovalo, Texas; and grandchildren, Briana and Madison, Jeremy, Joshua, Alex and Kyle, Ethan and Evan, Keirleigh and Chancli, Hadlee and Kaylee.
A celebration of Gary’s life will be held 10:00am Friday, March 20, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Donnie Echols officiating. Jacob Wilson and Carrie Miller will be conducting Family Remembrances. Interment will follow at Fort Gibson National Cemetery with Barrett Medley, Dustin Medley, Billy Taylor, Derek Taylor, Ivan Taylor, and Jeremy Henson serving as Pallbearers. Honorary Pallbearers will be Will Riley, Colby Winford, Jimmy Colvin, Carmine Capparello, Joshua Henson, Danny Almendarez, and Dan Hobbs.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 North York St, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

Gary proudly served in the United States Navy during Vietnam. He loved to ride motorcycles and was a part of the Combat Vets 10-2 and the American Legion Post 15, where he served as Commander. He retired from TCI to open and run his own business, Data Video Systems.
Gary is preceded in death by his parents, Oron Wilson and Lucinda Lucille Wilson, sisters Maxine Hayes and Regina Wilson.
He is survived by Galia Wilson, spouse, of Fort Gibson, Oklahoma; Aimee (Donald) Acuff, daughter, of Muskogee, Oklahoma; Carrie (Spencer) Miller, daughter, of Collierville, Tennessee; Casey (Chris Walls) Bates, son, of Dallas, Texas; Jacob (Melissa) Wilson, son, of Muskogee, Oklahoma; Tammy Wilson, daughter, of Hornlake, Mississippi; Travis (Brooke) Wilson, Son, of Muskogee, Oklahoma; siblings, Dorothy Ellington of Enid, Oklahoma, Bob Wilson of Checotah, Oklahoma, Jean Reeves of Muskogee, Oklahoma, Peggy Fulkersin of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Fran Mattias of Shawnee , Oklahoma, Jerry Wilson of Wilburton, Oklahoma, Becky Schott of Porter, Oklahoma, Betty Jaslyn of Homer, Alaska, Lou Medley of McAlester, Oklahoma, and Terry Adams of Ovala, Texas; and grandchildren, Briana and Madison, Jeremy, Joshua, Alex and Kyle, Ethan and Evan, Keirleigh and Chancli, Hadlee and Kaylee.
A celebration of Gary’s life will be held 10:00am Friday, March 20, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Donnie Echols officiating. Jacob Wilson and Carrie Miller will be conducting Family Remembrances. Interment will follow at Fort Gibson National Cemetery with Barrett Medley, Dustin Medley, Billy Taylor, Derek Taylor, Ivan Taylor, and Jeremy Henson serving as Pallbearers. Honorary Pallbearers will be Will Riley, Colby Winford, Jimmy Colvin, Carmine Capparello, Joshua Henson, Danny Almendarez, and Dan Hobbs.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 North York St, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

Visitation:
9:00am-8:00pm Thursday, March 19, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home

Family to greet friends:
5:30pm-7:30pm Thursday, March 19, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home

Service:
10:00am Friday, March 20, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.

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James Matthew Wolfe, 61

Born Wednesday, October 8, 1958

Died Saturday, March 14, 2020

James Matthew Wolfe was born on October 8, 1958 and passed away on March 14, 2020.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Wolfe; his daughter, Rachel Robertson; his son, Jason Wolfe; 2 step-daughters, Jennifer Burroghs and Nichele Taylor; 1 brother and lifelong friend, Richard Howell; best friend, Ricky Reynolds; 1 niece and 1 nephew; 8 grandkids; and numerous friends.
James loved trains and was a truck driver for many years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Betty Wolfe; his sister, LouAnn Smithling; and step-son, Shawn Reynolds.

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Gabryela Pauline Farmer

Born Friday, March 13, 2020

Died Friday, March 13, 2020

An angel was born sleeping, Gabryela Pauline Farmer, silently came into this world on March 13th, 2020. No cry she made as she softly slipped away. Her little wings brushed our hearts as only an angel’s can. Although she never breathed the air, or gazed into our eyes, that doesn’t mean she never was, for you see, Angels never die.

Gaby was met in heaven by Ma(Pauline Page) Poppa(Robert Frank Page), Papaw(Jerry McGrew), Papa(Wayne Royse), Grandpa McGrew(Lora McGrew), Grandma McGrew(Girtrude McGrew), Grandpa(Ernest Webb), Grandma(Betty Webb), Grandma(Carmelita Cassidy), and two other angel baby siblings. What a time they all have caring for this angel.

Those she left behind who always cherish and love her memory are:

Her loving parents, Andrew Farmer and McKinzee McGrew-Farmer

Her big sister Olivya Farmer

Aunts and Uncles:
Adam and Katie Farmer
Emily Farmer
Morgan and Micheal Parsons
Emmey and Jeremy Capps
Sidney Royse
Sara Royse

Grandparents:
Whitney and Jeff Royse
Anne and Shannon Farmer
Richard Posey Jr.
Shawn McGraw

Great Grandparents:
Mary Jo Posey
Shirley and Gene Jones
Bill and Bobbie Farmer
Mozell Royse

Gaby is also survived by numerous other loving family members and friends.

An angelic funeral service will be conducted in honor of Gaby at 10:00 am on Tuesday, March 17th at the Boulevard Christian Church with Steve Moss officiating

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Norman Richard Allen, 82

Born Sunday, November 21, 1937

Died Friday, March 13, 2020

Norman Richard Allen, 82, of Oktaha, Oklahoma passed away Friday, March 13, 2020. He was born November 21, 1937 in Porter, Oklahoma to William Sylvester and Rena (Munn) Allen. Norman attended Oktaha Public School.

He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army during the Cuban Missile Crisis and later received an honorable discharge.

He married Wilma Jo Walker on September 17, 1958 in Stigler, Oklahoma. They shared more than 61 years of life, memories, and marriage together.

He worked for Safeway Grocery in the warehouse and was proud to be an active member and steward of the Teamsters Local Union 886. He retired in 1994 after many years of service.

Norman loved spending time outdoors taking care of his crops, his cattle, horses, garden, or working on his tractor. He loved going to the horse races but most important was watching his grandkids play sports. He was very community minded helping friends and neighbors for many years with burials at Middleton Chapel Cemetery.

He was a member of the American Legion and the Standing Tall Antique Tractor Club and retired from the Oktaha Volunteer Fire Department.

He was preceded in death by his parents, W. S. and Rena Allen; daughter, Monica Jo Wiedel; brothers, Hugh Allen, Walter Allen, and J. D. Allen; sisters, Thelma (Allen) Gilbert and Delma (Allen) Walts.

Norman is survived by his wife, Wilma Jo, of Oktaha; sons, Richard Allen and wife Donna of Muskogee, Don Allen and wife Sheri of Oktaha; siblings, Tommy Allen and wife Debbie, Sonny Allen of Haskell, Helen Boyd and husband James of Checotah; grandchildren, Tyler Allen and wife Brittany of Muskogee, Ariel White and husband Derek of Council Hill, Zane Allen of Oktaha, Dustin Wiedel and wife Elizabeth of Morris, Clint Wiedel and wife Cassy of Council Hill, and Hannah Selby and husband Roper of Hitchita; along with 7 loving great-grandchildren; numerous other family members and friends.

Funeral services celebrating Norman’s life will be 10AM, Thursday, March 19, 2020 at Oktaha Community Church with Rev. Jeff Ward officiating. Interment will follow at Middleton Chapel Cemetery with Clint Wiedel, Dustin Wiedel, Tyler Allen, Zane Allen, Derek White, and Jesse Hill serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Rocky Mosley, Gary Avant, James Washington, Jim Johnson, Tom Herron, Jerry Needham, and Darrell Allen.

Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

Visitation:
Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 - 09:00 AM to 05:30 PM - (CST) - Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 - 09:00 AM to 08:00 PM - (CST) - Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory

Service: 10AM, Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ Oktaha Community Church

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Lonnie Ray Rucker, 71

Born Wednesday, March 2, 1949

Died Friday, March 13, 2020

Mr. Lonnie Ray Rucker, after 71 years, surrendered his soul on Friday, March 13, 2020 from his home in Muskogee.

You may visit Lonnie, as he slumbers in peaceful repose at the Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc., on Thursday, March 26, 2020 from 1:00 PM until 6:00 PM.

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J. R. Trent, 89

Born Wednesday, June 4, 1930

Died Thursday, March 12, 2020

J. R. Trent was born June 4, 1930 in Muskogee, OK to L. A. Trent and Aldaray Barber Bradley. He passed peacefully to meet his wife, Colline in heaven on Thursday, March 12, 2020.

J. R. was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Colline; daughter, Theresa Trent Conley; son, John Ray Trent, Jr. and son, Thomas (Tommy) Leslie Trent.

He is survived by his daughter, Vickie Trent Wiley; husband, Barton Wiley; grandchildren Kellie Conley, Matt Hilton and Christopher Trent, great grandchildren, family and many friends.

J. R. was owner of J. R. (Ditchdigger) Trent Backhoe, Dozer and Dump Truck Service for many years.

J. R. was a longtime member of the Bedouin Shrine and an active Shriner. He loved every aspect of the Shrine organization, especially his fellow Shrine brothers.

His favorite hobby was leather work. He loved making money clips, billfolds and checkbook covers to give away to special friends.

A family conducted memorial service will be held at 10:30 am Saturday, April 4, 2020 at Greenhill Cemetery’s Pavilion. A Celebration of Life will be held for him at Civitan Park.

In lieu of flowers the family requests a donation in J. R.'s name be made to the Shriner's Hospital Transportation Fund, P.O. Box 1667, Muskogee, OK 74402.

Cremation services provided by Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Mary Chris “HiHo” Hampton, 76

Born Thursday, December 23, 1943

Died Thursday, March 12, 2020

Mary Chris “HiHo” Hampton, 76, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away Thursday, March 12, 2020. She was born December 23, 1943 in Martin, Oklahoma to Roy W Nipps Jr. and Georgia L. (Roach) Nipps.

She attended a one room schoolhouse in McLain, Oklahoma until the 4th grade. Chris moved with her family to Muskogee where she attended Whittier Elementary and Alice Robertson Junior High. She graduated from Central High School with the class of 1961.

Chris married the love of her life, Coy Dee Hampton on July 8, 1961 in Stigler, Oklahoma. They shared many years of life, memories, and marriage together.

She worked in the insurance industry and was a regional manager when she retired after many years of service.

She was loved by many and will be dearly missed.

Chris was preceded in death by her husband, Coy Dee Hampton; and her parents, Roy and Georgia Nipps.

She is survived by her daughter, Denise Hampton of Muskogee; grandson, Kyle Hughey and wife Katie; great-grandson, Kasen Coy Hughey, all of Bixby; sisters-in-law, Ann Jones of Pueblo, CO, Lorraine Hampton, Betty Hargrove, both of Haskell, brother-in-law, Steve Hampton of Owasso; her lifelong friend, Eva White of Muskogee; along with many other friends.

A memorial service to celebrate Chris' life will take place at a later date.

The family requests memorial to be made to the Shriners Children’s Hospital, 3601 NW 36th St, Oklahoma City OK 73112 or online at shrinershospitalforchildren.org.

Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Linda Jean Porter, 68

Born Sunday, January 6, 1952

Died Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Linda Jean Porter, 68, of Warner, Oklahoma passed on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. She was born on January 6, 1952 in Paterson, New Jersey to Lawrence Henderson and Dorothy Jean (Shotwell) Henderson. Linda loved to crochet, color, and watch TV, most of all, she loved spending time with her family and friends.
Linda is preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Dorothy Henderson; brothers, Danny Henderson, Dale Shotwell, and Larry Henderson; nephew, Rubin Drew.
She is survived by her daughter, Michelle Jenkins of Muskogee, Oklahoma; sons, Ray Jenkins, of Claremore, Oklahoma, David Jenkins of Hominy, Oklahoma, John Jenkins of Harrah, Oklahoma; sisters, Patricia Andrews Luckie of Newport, Pennsylvania, Darlene Drew of Muskogee, Oklahoma, Jenn Gomaa of Hershey, Pennsylvania, and Michele Casterlin of Port Jervis, New York; brothers, Stevie Henderson of Muskogee, Oklahoma and Roger Henderson; close friends, Joshua Pospishek of Edmond, Oklahoma and Nathanial Drury of Edmond, Oklahoma.
A celebration of Linda’s life will be held 2:00pm Friday, March 13, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home with Pastor Danny Scott officiating.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 North York St, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Delora Sue Moore, 67

Born Monday, February 9, 1953

Died Saturday, March 7, 2020

Delora Sue Moore, 67, of Gore, Oklahoma passed away on Saturday, March 7, 2020. She was born on February 9, 1953 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to William Howard Shope and Doris Virginia Samuels. In 1976 she married Thomas “Clyde” Moore, spending numerous memorable years together. Delora was well known around the town of Gore For her years spent working at Harps grocery store as well as Gore Drug store. She was a member for many years at Christ the King church in Vian, Oklahoma.
Delora is preceded in death by her husband, Thomas “Clyde” Moore; her parents Bill and Doris Shope.
She is survived by her son, Greg Towe and spouse Maryia of Muskogee, Oklahoma; granddaughters, Destiny Catron and spouse Brentton of Muskogee, Oklahoma, and Kynley Webb of Muskogee, Oklahoma; grandsons, Dustin Towe of Muskogee, Oklahoma, Briley Webb or Gore, Oklahoma, Dalton Towe of Muskogee, Oklahoma, and Braden Webb of Webbers Falls, Oklahoma; great-granddaughter, Kendall McKenzie Towe of Muskogee, Oklahoma; great-grandsons, Carter Brice Webb of Webbers Falls, Oklahoma and Grayson Paul Catron of Muskogee, Oklahoma; brothers, Terry Shope and Jan of Rockport Texas, Jerry Shope and spouse Shirlene of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Delora also had a bonus son: Robert Campbell and wife Paula of Webbers Falls, Oklahoma. Robert always referred to her as "momma 2"; special and close cousin Bobby Hedrick of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; best friends Carol Young of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Patty Thomas of Gore, Oklahoma.

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Ruth Ann Briggs, 81

Born Friday, March 25, 1938

Died Saturday, March 7, 2020

Ruth Ann Briggs, age 81, passed away Saturday, March 7, 2020 at St Francis Hospital in Tulsa, OK after a long and courageous fight with cancer. She was surrounded by her loving husband, children and grandchildren.

She was born March 25, 1938 in Clarksville, Arkansas to William and Dorothy (Higdon) Dismukes. She attended Muskogee Central High School and graduated from Henryetta High School in 1956.

On September 8, 1960, Ann married Ollie Dean Briggs in Muskogee. They celebrated 59 years of marriage. Together in 1978, Ann and Ollie opened a motorcycle shop, “Ollie’s Honda Place.” Ann also worked in accounting and with J.C. Penney’s Styling Salon. She was a member of the American Business Women’s Association and the Elks Club. Ann loved playing the piano, cooking, hosting holidays and events for family and special friends, and attending The Wesley Sunday School Class at First United Methodist Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her brother Billy. Ann will be remembered as a beautiful daughter, caring sister, loving wife, compassionate mother, adoring grandmother and an obedient humble servant of God.

Ann is survived by her husband and soulmate, Ollie; son, Paul Briggs and wife Mary; daughter, Lisa Rowsey and husband Jeffrey; brother, Alan Dismukes and wife Cindy; nephew, Jimmy Bliss and niece, Casey Stewart; grandchildren, Madison and Court Rowsey, Jacob Briggs, Megan Green and husband Cody; great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Ryder and Easton.

Ann’s family extends their sincerest gratitude to the staff of both St Francis Muskogee and Tulsa for the care and comfort they provided during this difficult time and a special thanks to Dr. Janjua and 4 West Oncology Nurses and Staff.

In lieu of flowers, Ann’s family suggests memorials be made to Muskogee Community Food Pantry at First United Methodist Church.

A celebration of Ann’s life will be 11:00am, Saturday, March 14, 2020 at First United Methodist Church with Reverend Mike Smith and Chaplain Cindy Culver officiating.

Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.


Memorial service:
11AM, Saturday, March 14, 2020 @ Muskogee First United Methodist Church

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James Robert Shivers, 75

Born Friday, September 15, 1944

Died Saturday, March 7, 2020

"In the Sweet By and By" James R. Shivers, age 75, a resident of Okmulgee, OK, transitioned, Saturday, March 7, 2020 in his home with family at beside.

Mr. Shivers will be cremated.

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

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