THINGS TO DO

Saturday, December 15

Muskogee Christmas Parade
The Magic of Michael Grandinetti
Wreath-Laying at Fort Gibson National Cemetery
Interested Cookies with Santa
Fur Babies Adoptions and Rescue Adoption Event
Pay off your Mortgage in 5-7 Years and save over $100,000* in Interest -...
Christmas at The Roxy
MPHC Holiday Game Night Fundraiser
Escort Wreaths Across America
Underwood Christmas Open House
Dance
Oklahoma Kids!

Sunday, December 16

Santa's Reindeer Visit

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.)

Charlotte Anderson, 76

Born Tuesday, May 19, 1942

Died Sunday, December 2, 2018

Services Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 10:00 A.M., Tahlequah City Cemetery

Charlotte Anderson - Obituary
Obituary will be posted when available

Shipman Funeral Homes

Loretta “Niecy” Crutcher, 56

Born Monday, January 29, 1962

Died Sunday, December 2, 2018

On January 29th, 1962 in Haskell Oklahoma, Ernest Chaplin and Iretta Smith welcomed a beautiful baby girl and oldest daughter into the world, they decided to name her Loretta Denise Chaplin, she was affectionately known as “Niecy” to family and close friends.

Niecy accepted Christ at an early age at Jerusalem Baptist church, she was known for her beautiful voice and she loved to sing around the house and in the choir at church. She later joined Greater Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church where she was further led to Christ under the leadership of former Pastor Vanzelen Brown

Her family later moved to Muskogee Oklahoma where she attended Muskogee Public Schools in her youth where she graduated with the class of 1980, although she was never fond of attending college, she later decided to further her education in Tulsa Oklahoma at Tulsa Beauty College, she graduated in 1989 from the cosmetology program.

On August 3rd, 1980 Loretta met and married Thomas Demetrious Dooley, of this union 5 children were born, after the dissolution of this marriage she met and married Arthur Lee Crutcher in 2002 whom she remained married to until her departure from this earth.

Loretta was well known in the Muskogee community for her talent in being a great beautician, everyone that sat in her chair left with something, the main thing being a beautiful hairstyle, but she always was an open ear to her clients, she was a friend and she always gave a positive word of advice. She was the owner/operator of several salons in the Muskogee area, her most popular being Exclusively “U” salon where she maintained a large clientele and was known for cutting hair and her use of the marcel iron. She was very skilled and would spend several late nights at the salon making sure her client's needs where met.

Loretta has always possessed a giving spirit with an open-door policy, she would literally give the shirt off her back with no questions asked and you were always welcome to come stay in her home be it for 1 night or several years, she never turned anyone away. She was selfless in every aspect of the word. She maintained several special friendships with so many that it would be hard to name them all, but one of her special bonds was with her friend LaNeeta Bradley, they not only worked together but they lived together, and they had a “sister” like bond that was never broken throughout the years. She had a close bond with several others that will miss her daily “wake up call” that she was known for.

After a short illness while staying with her daughter in Broken Arrow, OK the Lord decided that her assignment here on earth was complete and early on December 2nd, 2018, she was welcomed home by her loved ones for rest.

She is welcomed in heaven by those preceded in death: her parents, William & Iretta Wilson, Ernest & Girtha Chaplin, Uncle Marlin Brown, Michael Brown and Anthony White along with her paternal and maternal grandparents and her late ex-husband Thomas.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory in God's hands: her loving husband of 16 years Arthur Crutcher, 2 brothers, Ernest Chaplin and Timothy Wilson, 3 sisters, Tamarcia (Ronnie)Woodard, Joanna (Chris) Marshall, and Aleda Chaplin, step-brothers and sisters Ray, Deadra, Brenda, Ivan and Anthony, her 5 children, Geoffrey, Demetrious (TJ), Kimberly, Christopher, & Darren and step-child, Arthur Crutcher-Hopkins, special nieces, that she treated like her daughters, Niccaro and Markita, her grandchildren, Trinitee, Tristyn, Taccara, Ky’Zen, Kevin, Destinni, Mia, Demetrious, Christopher, Jhaiesyn, Christian, Daceveon, Xion, Cherish, Kristen, Da’Niyah, Da’Ciah, Kemoni, Serenity, Journey, and Zara, aunts, Jeanetta Brown and Helen Chaplin, uncles, George (Minnie) Smith and Charles (Evelyn) Chaplin, her special friends, Zella, Angela (Von), Andrea, and Shawn, special cousins Linda, Brian and Larry along with a large host of other family, friends, clientele and loved ones.

A Memorial Service is scheduled Saturday, December 15, 2018, 1:00 p.m., Greater Shiloh Baptist Church, 701 Altamont Street, Muskogee, OK.

Niecy was cremated.

The family has been cared for by House of Winn Funeral Homes.

House of Winn Funeral Homes

Charles Charlie “Sonny” Spencer, 71

Born Tuesday, December 17, 1946

Died Saturday, December 1, 2018

Charles “Charlie” “Sonny” Spencer, 71, of Muskogee, Oklahoma went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, December 1, 2018. He was born on December 17, 1946 to Charlie Thomas Spencer and Myrtle Lucy (Trout) Spencer in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He was raised in Ft. Gibson and had many fond memories of his time there. Sonny married Vicki Renee Bebee, on June 3, 2002 in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. They shared over 16 years of life and marriage together. Charlie worked as a plumber for many years and then was self-employed selling used furniture and appliances until his retirement in 2011. He loved to sing and was a gospel singer for many years. He loved his animals and enjoyed taking care of them. Charlie also loved cars and enjoyed going to car shows where he had won many trophies. He enjoyed spending as much time as possible in the yard and in his garden. Everyone who knew and loved him will miss him. He was preceded in death by his parents, Myrtle (Trout) Hankins and Charlie Thomas Spencer; and his son, Tommy Spencer. Charlie is survived by his loving wife, Vicki Spencer of the home; son, Calvin E. Spencer of Sand Springs, OK; grandchildren, Allison Spencer, Audra Spencer and Clint Spencer all of Sand Springs, OK; sister, Shirley Mullen of Alvarado, TX; nephew, Larry Wayne Mullen, Jr. of Alvarado, TX; great-nephew, Larry Wayne Mullen III of Alvarado, TX; and many other family member and friends. A celebration of Charlie’s life will be 10AM, Thursday, December 6, 2018 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Charlie Ford officiating. Interment will follow at Greenhill Cemetery. Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York St, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Vickie L. Ferguson, 56

Born Saturday, April 28, 1962

Died Friday, November 30, 2018

Services Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 12:00 P.M., Shipman Funeral Home Chapel, 2809 S Hwy 69 Wagoner, Oklahoma, 74467

Vickie L. Ferguson - Obituary
Vickie L. Ferguson age 56, passed away while in Wagoner, Oklahoma on Friday evening. She was born on April, 28, 1962 in Jackson, Alabama to Jimmy Lynn Echols Sr. and Joyce Mae (Brewer) Echols.
It was in April of 1988 that she was united in marriage to her husband Henry also known as "Hank". To this union they both were blessed with one daughter Shelly. Vickie had many passions in life one being serving God, she served as a member of the Immanuel Southern Baptist Church in Wagoner. She had an infectious laugh and many will always remember her for the love she had for animals. Vickie was a mom to many kids and she was referred to as "Mama 2" by all of them.
Vickie was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Roger Dale.
She is survived by her husband, Hank, one daughter, Shelly D. Ferguson, both of the home, one brother, Jimmy Echols Jr. and wife, Judy of Riverside, Texas, two sisters, Laura Ann Echols and partner of Oakhurst, Texas and Kelly Echols and her husband Jess Paddy Jr. of Riverside, TX and one sister-in-law, Lu Ann Howerton, of Wagoner, Oklahoma and one brother-in-law Ray Ferguson and his wife Lu along with many aunts , uncles, nieces, nephews ,and friends who will miss her tremendously.

Shipman Funeral Homes

Mary Ann Merryfield, 92

Born Thursday, September 23, 1926

Died Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Mary Ann Pauline (Tompos) Merryfield, 92, of Muskogee, OK was born September 23, 1926 in South Bend, Indiana and entered Heaven’s Gates on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 in Tulsa, OK with her family by her side.
Mrs. Merryfield received her formal education in South Bend, Indiana. She was with her aunt visiting an uncle in California when she met and later married the love of her life, Julian Keeth Merryfield. Mary worked many years for the OSU Extension Office as a secretary. She was a devout Catholic and was a faithful member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church. Her hobbies included bowling and was the sitting Women’s City of Muskogee Champion for many years. She was inducted into the Bowlers Hall of Fame. Mary loved cooking for everyone. Her family was her life.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years; Julian Keeth Merryfield.
Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter; Julie Rowland of Muskogee; granddaughter, Debbie Inks and husband Jason of Fort Gibson; grandsons, Keeth Rowland and wife Amber of Muskogee, Robert Rowland and wife Robyn of Tahlequah and David Rowland of Dallas, Texas; great grandchildren, Bailey Blake and husband James, Tori Rowland, Brandon Thompson, Riley Rowland, Alex Rowland, Trace Ford, Gage Rowland, Avery Rowland and Walker Rowland; great great grandchildren, Kyleigh Blake, Carson Blake, Kate Blake, Kennedy Blake and Titus Thompson; extended family and many friends.
A memorial service to celebrate Mary’s life will be 11:00AM Friday, December 7, 2018 at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home Chapel, Fort Gibson, with Father Richard Cristler officiating. Committal prayers and interment will follow at Fort Gibson National Cemetery.
The family of Mary Ann Merryfield has entrusted her cremation and service 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

Mary Sue Waller, 79

Born Wednesday, May 3, 1939

Died Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Mary Sue Waller, 79, of Muskogee was born passed away Tuesday, November 27, 2018 with her family by her side. Mary was born on May 3, 1939 in Muskogee, OK to Wesley and Ethel Sells.
She was preceded in death by her parents Wesley and Ethel Sell; husband Douglas Waller; daughter Cindy Turman; brother Jay Sells; and sister Fay Kymes.
Mary is survived by her brother Jim Sells; brother Roy Sells and wife Sherry; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Mary’s life will be held at 11:00A.M. Saturday, December 1, 2018 at Greenhill Cemetery, Muskogee, Oklahoma, with Bill Crow officiating. Pallbearers will be Jim Sells, Brian Sells, and Michael Parris.
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

Georgia Reynolds, 88

Born Sunday, April 13, 1930

Died Monday, November 26, 2018

It was on April 13, 2018 that the joy of another baby girl blessed the union of Henry and Elizabeth Simpson, making her the fourth child born to this union. They named their bundle of joy, Georgia Mae, but she soon became known as “Deary” to her family and friends.

Finding faith in God came to Deary as she was baptized at a young age. In her young adult life she met and married her husband, Eugene Reynolds. Deary spent most of her working years at Western Hill Lodge until her blindness kept her from continuing on.

It was on Monday, November 26, 2018 that her wings were given and God called his angel home. She’ll be joined at the gates of Heaven, by her parents, husband, son, Larry Joe Reynolds, daughter, Edna Carter, granddaughter, Tammy Drew, great-grandson, Dominic Cotton, three brothers, and six sisters.

Those she leaves behind to cherish her memories are her grandson, Kenneth Reynolds of Muskogee, OK; six great-grandchildren, Tasheba Drew of Tulsa, OK; Gary Drew Jr. of Sidney, OH, Donny Drew of Muskogee, OK; Janelle Lee of Arlington, TX; Myah Hardaway of Muskogee, OK; Ta Ta Reynolds of Kansas and a host of great-great-grandchildren, two sisters, Ora Lee Mayfield of Fort Gibson, OK; and Lucille Stone of Muskogee, OK; along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

A Memorial Service is scheduled, Saturday, December 8, 2018, 2:00 p.m., Four Mile Branch Baptist Church, Ft. Gibson, OK. Inurnment will follow in Four Mile Branch Cemetery.

Mrs. Reynolds was cremated.

The family has been cared for by House of Winn Funeral Homes.

House of Winn Funeral Homes

James Michael McNiel, 65

Born Thursday, May 14, 1953

Died Sunday, November 25, 2018

James Michael McNiel, 65, was born May 14, 1953 in Pawhuska, OK to Calvin Coolidge and Elda June (Morrell) McNiel and passed away peacefully Sunday, November 25, 2018 at his home in Muskogee.
James or “Mike” as he was known, spent his younger years moving from coast to coast with his parents and two brothers as they were a military family. The McNiel family later settled in Muskogee where Mike excelled in sports. He achieved both scholastic and sports honors.
After graduation, he attended college at Bacone where he continued his baseball career. At the height of his college career, Mike was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds Baseball Organization. He also received an associate degree at Bacone.
After his baseball career ended, Mike returned to Muskogee where he became a construction contractor. He was known by everybody as a handyman and could fix anything. Mike married Sarah Ann and his son, Bronson was born out of this union. He continued in life as a handyman and was a caretaker to all.
He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church in Muskogee.
Mike was preceded in death by his father; Calvin McNiel; grandparents; four uncles and two aunts.
Those left to cherish Mike’s memory are his mother; Elda June McNiel of Muskogee; son, Bronson McNiel and his wife Erica of Tahlequah; grandchildren, Aiden Blackwood, Grayson McNiel and Brentley McNiel all of Tahlequah; brothers, Gene McNiel and wife Monte, Sheldon McNiel and wife Jamie; many nieces, nephews and many friends.
A visitation will be held Wednesday, November 28, 2018 with family receiving friends from 5PM-7PM at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home in Fort Gibson.
A celebration of Mike’s life will be 1:00PM Thursday, November 29, 2018 at Trinity Freewill Baptist Church in Muskogee with Pastor Woody Wilson officiating. Committal prayers and interment will follow at Greenhill Cemetery with Sheldon McNiel, Bronson McNiel, Sam McNiel, Ryan Tiger, Joshua McNiel and Brian Budniewski serving as casket bearers.
The family of James Michael McNiel has entrusted his service and burial to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson. 918-478-2555 Online condolences may be left at clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com

Clifford D. Garrett Family Funeral Home

Joe Loyd Scivally, 76

Born Monday, August 17, 1942

Died Sunday, November 25, 2018

Joe Loyd Scivally, 76, of Muskogee, Oklahoma entered Heaven's Gates on Sunday, November 25, 2018. He was born on August 17, 1942 in Azle, Texas to Eugene Dwight Scivally and Edith Arlie (Brewer) Scivally. Joe attended both Mingo and Owasso elementary schools and graduated from Owasso High School with the class of 1960. He was a drum major in the Owasso Rams High School Marching Band and received the John Phillip Sousa Award. Joe later attended Grayson County College in Sherman, Texas.
He served in the United States Air Force during Vietnam and received an honorable discharge in 1966.
Joe married the love of his life, Sandra Ann Hunt, on March 3, 1966 in Sherman, Texas. They shared over 52 years of life and marriage together.
Joe worked as a Railroad Conductor for Frisco and then BNSF Railroad until his retirement in 2004. He was a Mason in Madill, Oklahoma and served as DeMolay Leader and Rainbow Dad. He also served as Scout Master in Sherman, Texas. Joe was a volunteer fire fighter in Owasso, Oklahoma and in Pottsboro, Texas where he served as fire chief.
Joe was a member of Warner First Baptist Church. He loved his family and enjoyed spending as much time as possible with them. Joe will be missed by everyone who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Edith Scivally; brother, Jerry Scivally; and niece, Amy Hunt Latham.
Joe is survived by his wife, Sandra Scivally of Muskogee, OK; daughter, Kim King and husband Ray King, Jr. of Warner, OK; son, Steven Scivally and wife Carol of Owasso, OK; grandchildren, Tosha King and Fiancé Eric Stout of Warner, OK, Ray King and wife Savannah of OKC, OK, Joe C. Scivally of Owasso, OK currently serving in Kuwait, Kacie Scivally and Zachery Scivally both of Owasso, OK; brother Jim Scivally and wife Frances of Owasso, OK; nieces and nephews, Monica Kendall and husband Chris of Owasso, OK, Brian Scivally and wife Karen of Allen, TX, Susan Scivally, Ron Scivally and wife Shelly all of Skiatook, OK, Dan Hunt and wife Susan of Tulsa, OK, and Doug Hunt and wife Dawn of Sherman, TX; 9 great-nieces and great-nephews; sister-in-law, Carolyn Scivally of Skiatook, OK; brother-in-law, Ronnie Hunt and wife Betty of Sherman TX; and many friends.
The family will received friends and family members 5:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M., Wednesday, November 29, 2018 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.
A celebration of Joe’s life will be 10:00 A.M., Thursday, November 29, 2018 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Sam Dunn officiating. Interment will follow at Fort Gibson National Cemetery with Ray King III, Zachery Scivally, Ron Scivally, Chris Kendall, Eric Stout, Doug Hunt and Dan Hunt serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be PFC Joe C. Scivally, and Brian Scivally.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York St, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Mary Pauline Frost, 98

Born Friday, January 16, 1920

Died Sunday, November 25, 2018

Mary Pauline (Lawson) Frost, 98, of Muskogee was born January 16, 1920 in Vivian, OK to Charlie and Fida (Pollard) Lawson and passed away Sunday, November 25, 2018 in Tulsa with her family by her side.
Pauline was a homemaker that loved her family and made it her life’s mission to care for them. She was a Godly woman that loved her church. She went as often as she could but she had to depend on others for a ride. She only drove a little while she was young. Her husband was teaching her to drive but after she ran down several fence posts, she said, never again.
She enjoyed shopping, but hardly ever bought anything, she would always say, “I don’t have the money right now.” She really did, but after living during the depression, she learned to be thrifty and save money.
Pauline loved flowers and gardening. Her front porch was adorned with many different flowers. During the summer she would have tomatoes growing there also. She enjoyed making quilts and playing with her grandchildren.
She always said that she never got to go anywhere but somehow managed to visit 18 states. We asked her to go to Alaska to visit her granddaughter and family, but she refused to fly so that wasn’t going to happen. Pauline would say, “if God wanted me to fly, he would have given me wings.” When she had the stroke on Friday, they flew her to the hospital in Tulsa. We don’t know if she was conscious or not. We do know now that God has given her wings to fly to Heaven. She will be missed.
She was preceded in death by her husband; Vester Frost; sons, Seth Robert and Jack Frost; sisters, Charlsie Yandell, Ermalee Craig and Jean Spradlin; and her brother Preston Lawson.
Pauline is survived by her children; Jerry Lawson and wife Tammy, Ann Thornton and her husband Wayne Lusk, Margaret Hazelwood, Janice Hazelwood and husband Mike, Charlotte Smith, Helen Martin; daughter in law, Kathy Frost;14 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren; one great great grandson and one great great granddaughter on the way; siblings, Joyce Dillingham, Elbert Lawson and wife Darlene; numerous nieces, nephews and many friends.
A viewing will be held Wednesday, November 28, 2018 from 12PM-7PM at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson, OK.
A celebration of Pauline’s life will be held 1:00PM Thursday, November 29, 2018 at the Fort Gibson Church of Christ with Pastor Kelly Payne and Pastor Roger Pratt officiating. Committal prayers and interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Muskogee, OK with Troy Thornton, Eric Ellis, Timmy Frost, Charles Frost, Mikie Hazelwood, Robert Hazelwood and Jeff Hazelwood serving as casket bearers. Honorary casket bearers are Richard Williams, Britney Williams, Lisa Williams and Rick Williams.
The family of Mary Pauline Frost has entrusted her service and burial to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson. 918-478-2555 Online condolences may be left at clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com

Clifford D. Garrett Family Funeral Home

Ruby Joyce Scott, 81

Born Wednesday, March 31, 1937

Died Saturday, November 24, 2018

Ruby “Joyce” (Kilpatrick) Scott was born March 31, 1937 to Jeff and Francis Kilpatrick of Keefeton, Oklahoma. She graduated valedictorian of Warner High School and married the love of her life, Donald “Nub” Scott soon thereafter in Muskogee. They were blessed with two children, Reginald Gene and Kathy Dawn.
Children loved Joyce and she loved them. She was a natural at babysitting and taught a 5-year-old Sunday School Class for over thirty years at Keefeton Assembly of God, where she was a life-time member. She hosted large family Sunday dinners with ease and loved to serve behind the scenes. Her crocheted afghans were treasured by all who received them, and she also enjoyed sewing, gardening, and reading. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Most importantly, she was a prayer warrior whose faith was an inspiration to all who knew her. Joyce was truly the Proverbs 31 woman.
Joyce received her eternal home and crown on November 24, 2018. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Howard Kilpatrick, and sisters Kewpie Wilson, Nola McDaniel, and LaVina Jo Climer.
Joyce is survived by her husband of 63 years, Donald “Nub” Scott; her son, Dr. Reggie Scott (and wife Kathy) of Tulsa; her daughter, Kathy Warren (and husband Tony) of Muskogee; along with her grandchildren Codi (Warren) Heinzeroth (and husband Joel, with their children Emma and Rhett) of Snyder, Scott Warren (and wife Leslie, with their children Evelyn, Zane, and Ryker) of Ft. Gibson, Regina Scott of Tulsa; brothers , Jeff Kilpatrick, Jr. of Sapulpa, Jim Kilpatrick of Keefeton, Bill Kilpatrick of Sapulpa; sisters, Susie Maynard of Connecticut, Jennie Louise Morgan of Elm Grove, Judy Rector of Gore, Jane Price of Keefeton, and Mary Love of Little Rock, Arkansas; special caretaker and friend, Dorothy Moore; along with other family members and friends who will cherish her memories.
The family would like to extend a special “Thank you” to the loving staff of Eastgate Village Healthcare Center and Hometown Hospice.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl, Memphis, TN, 38105 or online at www.stjude.org. or Keefeton Assembly of God Church.
A service celebrating Joyce’s life will be 10AM, Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Joedy Hendrix and Rev. Cardell Coppin officiating. Interment will follow at Agnew Cemetery with Scott Warren, Joel Heinzeroth, Curt Price, Kelly Kilpatrick, Riley Kilpatrick, and Clayton Kilpatrick serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Jud Scott, Jeffrey McDaniel, Kevin Kilpatrick, Kerry Kilpatrick, Trapper McDaniel, and Jason Edgar.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York St, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Jimmy “Jim” Dean Duncan , 68

Born Monday, November 13, 1950

Died Thursday, November 22, 2018

Jimmy Dean “Jim” Duncan was born on November 13, 1950 to John Clark Duncan and Opal Mae Dooty (Varnell) in Cherokee, Oklahoma. He passed from this world at the young age of 67 on November 22, 2018 in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

Jim served his country well with two tours in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, whereafter he received an honorable discharge. Jim worked at the Wichita Postal Service, Cessna, and Boeing/Spirit Aerosystems, where he later retired. In his spare time, Jim loved to fish, cruise in his pontoon, listen to Phil Collins, and old country music, and spending time camping with his family at the lake.

Jim is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Karen Duncan; his sons and their wives and families, Jeremy and Brandy Duncan, Jason and Deanna Duncan, Michael and Hope Duncan and grandchildren, Grace and Faith Duncan; His mother, Opal Mea Dooty; five sisters, Linda Chapman, Kay Gibbs, Cherry Fowler, Terri Lynn Owing and Janet Owens; brother, Phillip Owens; and many other family members and friends who will miss him dearly.

His deep love for his family shown the best through his last words “I love my boys, and all my family, and I especially love my wife.”
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York St, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

No Service information at this time.

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Richard Henry Smart , 88

Born Saturday, August 30, 1930

Died Thursday, November 22, 2018

Richard “Dick” Henry Smart, 88, of Muskogee, Oklahoma, passed from this life Thursday, November 22, 2018. He was born to George and Marie Smart in Benton Harbor, Michigan on August 30, 1930. Dick graduated from Benton Harbor Schools. He continued his education at the University of Michigan where he received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. He then received his master’s degree in Electrical Engineering at UCLA California.
Richard married the love of his life, Gloria Smart, on October 18, 1980 in Palm Desert, California, they spent more than 38 memorable years together. Dick worked for many years in the aerospace industry where he had many responsibilities managing over different aerospace systems. He later retired from McDonnell Douglas Corp. in 1990, they then moved to Muskogee, OK the following year.
Dick had a love for volunteering, he volunteered at AARP, the Monarch Inc., and CASA. He later served on the Board of Directors at Monarch Inc. and Green Country Behavioral Health Services. Dick was also a loyal member at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Dick is preceded in death by his father George Smart; mother Marie Smart; brothers: George Smart and John Smart; and nephew Tommy Smart.
He is survived by his wife, Gloria Smart of Muskogee, OK; son Richard “Richie” Smart of Muskogee, OK; brother Edward Smart of St. Joseph, MI; sister-in-laws, Jean Smart, Murial Smart, and Mary Jones; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Dick’s life will be 10:00 A.M. Friday, November 30, 2018 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Richard Cristler officiating.
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.


Memorial Service: 10:00am Friday, November 30, 2018 at Cornerstone Funeral Home

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Rosetta Price, 93

Born Friday, April 3, 1925

Died Thursday, November 22, 2018

Rosetta (Love) Mathews Price was born on Friday, April 3rd, 1925 to parents Jimmy and Smith Ann (Muskrat) Love in Oktaha, Oklahoma. She was one of 5 children: James Love, Iva Lee Love, Robert (Baby) Love and Anna Jean (Love) Wooten.

The family later moved to Checotah, Oklahoma. Rosetta had many fond memories of her many friends and loved ones over her life growing up and raising her family in Checotah; which included the adventures of her favorite pet horse named Maydella.

Rosetta was a lifetime member of and eventual Associate Pastor of Eastside First Baptist Church Checotah. She sang in the choir over this time until her health prevented her from singing. Rosetta was also a member of the traveling Checotah Community Choir under the strong direction of Mrs. Pearline Robinson. This choir made a studio recorded album and performed on television in Tulsa.

Rosetta was involved in several community organizations over the years. One being the "Jesus's Bible Class" Some of the members over the years included Viola Ross, Rita Fulsom, Corine McNac, Loni Burkhaulter and Ruby Scott. They met weekly, gave offerings to families in need, hosted revivals, and assisted in many capacities in the community.

She was also a past member of the Gardenia Arts Club; which was an affiliate with National Association of Colored Women's Club Inc. with Dr. DeLois McGee as current club president.

Rosetta was one of the 1st African American women to be employed by the White Stag Sewing Company, Checotah, Ok. Which provided her the oportunity to clothe her children and nieces in the latest fashions. Rosetta also worked tirelessly as a Langston/OSU Cooperative Extension Representative until her retirement. She and her co-workers Ruth Kindred (Checotah) and Mrs. Freeman (Muskogee) provided nutrional support, home economic projects, financial, health and sewing workshops to the area communities.

Rosetta loved to sew and spent numerous hours on various projects including quilts, clothing, bedding and decorative home furnishings.

She was lovingly married to M.D. Mathews until his death in 1986. Of this union their three children Tony, Senora and Annita were born. Rosetta later married Joe S. Price until his passing in 2011.

Amongst her many friends and family left to cherish her memory are her loving children: Arthur (Tony) Mathews of Hollywood, California; Senora Caldwell (Lewis) of Checotah, OK; Annita Haynes (Leon) of Pittsburgh, PA, Seven grandchildren: Teri Bertrand and Kiana Williams of Checotah, OK; Shanti Mathews and Chris Mathews of Hollywood, CA; Jabari Mathews, of Pittsburgh PA; DeShawn Haynes of Washington, DC and Dustin Haynes of Pittsburgh, PA. one great-grandson, Malik Slaton of Atlanta, GA. Nieces Devetta Montgomery (Clifford) and Vanessa Powell (Sylvester) And one sibling, Iva Lee Love, of Muskogee, OK; along with her loving nieces, nephews and friends.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Checotah Nursing Center, Compassion Hospice and the Eastside First Baptist Church Family, niece, Junina Love; Beautician, Chef Charles Melton, Dr. John Rice and Chauncey Warrior.

A Home Going Service is Thursday, November 29, 2018, 11:00 a.m., Eastside First Baptist Church 411 NE 4th St, Checotah, OK, Pastor Bertha Jackson delivering the eulogy. Interment will follow in Paradise Cemetery, Checotah, OK.

Visitation, Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Flowers will be received Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

The family has been cared for by House of Winn Funeral Home & Cremations.

House of Winn Funeral Homes

Joseph Washington, Sr., 80

Born Saturday, July 23, 1938

Died Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Joseph Washington, Sr., 80, of Park Hill, Oklahoma went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, November 21, 2018. He was born July 23, 1938 to Alberta (Tatumn) Hill in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Joe was a high school graduate. He joined the United States Army in 1956 and served in Korea during the Vietnam War as a Lieutenant as well as a vehicle driver and a rifle marksman. He received an honorable discharge in 1959.
Joe married the love of his life, Eunice Estella Gill, on May 13, 1959 in Tulsa Oklahoma. They shared over 59 years of life and marriage together.
Joe worked at Rockwell International as a router operator until his retirement in 1987. He was a member of New Beginnings Church in Gore, Oklahoma. Joe loved the Lord and shared his love for him every time he had chance. He cherished his family and enjoyed spending as much time as possible with them. Joe will be missed by everyone who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Alberta Hill; brother, Donald Washington; and sister, Anita Hill.
Joe is survived by his wife, Eunice Washington of the home; children, Joseph Washington, Jr. of Park Hill, OK, Delores Terry and husband Cloris of Tulsa, OK, Diana Washington of Park Hill, OK, Robert Washington of Little Elm, TX, Deborah West of Jesup, GA, Michael Washington and wife Sherri of Welling, OK; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, other family members and friends that will greatly miss him.
A celebration of Joe’s life will be 1:30 P.M., Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at Memorial Park Cemetery in Tulsa, Oklahoma with Pastor Richard Smith and Michael Washington officiating.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York St, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Marie Gassaway , 75

Born Tuesday, January 12, 1943

Died Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Marie Gassaway, 75, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away Wednesday, November 21, 2018 with her children by her side. She was born on January 12, 1943 to Ernest and Myrtle (Clampitt) Rowe in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Marie graduated from Ramona High School with the class of 1961. She married the love of her life, J.W. Gassaway, on November 3, 1973 in Moore, Oklahoma.
Marie worked at Coburn Optical for many years as the manager of warehouse operations until her retirement in 2004. She was an avid fan of youth sports especially baseball. Marie was a member of Muskogee Youth Sports Association for more than 30 years. She was instrumental in upgrading and maintaining Hatbox Field backstops, fences and concessions. Marie was also a member of Timothy Baptist Church, and charter member of the 3 Rivers Photography Club and the Muskogee Art Guild. She was an artist and enjoyed painting, pottery, blown glass and working with silver. She was an outstanding wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and supporter of the community. Marie’s loyal and generous heart will be missed by everyone who knew and loved her.
She was preceded in death by her father Ernest Rowe; and her husband, J.W. Gassaway.
Marie is survived by her sons, Clint Lechner and wife Marti of Crockett, TX, Stanley Lechner and wife Jane of Bella Vista, AR; daughters, Denise Ragsdale and husband Tom of Muskogee, OK, Donna Bentley and husband Jeff of Spencer, OK, grandchildren, Lauren Jenkins, Allison Snider, Matt Mead, John Fleming, Kyle Lechner, Cody and wife Tana, Mandi, Sonny and Autrey; great-grandchildren, Myles, William, Sarah Jane, Madison, Mary, Donovan, Benji, Logan, Sawyer, Dawson, Kase and Kane; mother Myrtle Rowe of Tulsa, OK; sisters, Mary Rowe of Tulsa, OK, Margaret Landers and husband Vern of Collinsville; and her special companion, Smoke, her dog.
The family will receive friends and family 5:30P.M. - 7:30P.M., Monday, November 26, 2018 at Cornerstone Funeral Home. In Lieu of flowers, family request donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital www.stjude.org
A celebration of Marie’s life will be 2:00P.M., Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at Timothy Baptist Church with Pastor Kelly Payne officiating. Interment will follow at Greenhill Cemetery with Mike Case, Marvin Thouvenell, Bryan Thouvenell, Jake Schnare, Nathan Frisby and T.R. Scott serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Reed, Eric McPherson, James Evans, Marshall Timmons, Jeff Eagle, Tyler Johnson, Kevin Rodden, Jakeem Johnson, Tyrone Jones, Richard Parris, Travis Bryant Alex Parris, Josh Fields and Tyler Carr.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York St, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Eloise Violet Mae Bias, 88

Born Sunday, March 30, 1930

Died Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Services Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 2:00 P.M., Maranatha Baptist Temple, 12602 N Memorial Dr, Collinsville, OK

Eloise Violet Mae Bias - Obituary
Eloise Violet Mae Moseby Bias, age 88, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at Broadway Manor Nursing Home in Muskogee, OK. She was born on March 30, 1930 to Leo Turner Moseby and Sarah Stainer. Eloise was married to Howard Bias. She is survived by six of her seven children; Debra Page, Billie Pinion, Sandra K. Moses, Michael Bias, Tammy Maxwell and Wendy Kim Bias, along with many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Family, friends and others, whose lives Eloise touched, are invited at 2:00 P.M. on November 27, 2018 to Maranatha Baptist Temple at 12602 N Memorial Dr in Collinsville, OK, to reminisce, grieve and support one another. Rev. Andy Plunk will be officiating,

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Jack Anthony Schnitski, 56

Born Tuesday, April 24, 1962

Died Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Services Pending

Jack Anthony Schnitski - Obituary
Jack Anthony Schnitski was born in Milwaukee, WI on April 24, 1962 to Gilbert "Ski" and Effie Ruth (Ratcliff) Schnitski.
He was a 1980 graduate of Adair High School. Jack was a simple but kind man. His children and grandchildren were the lights of his life.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Gilbert and Ruth Schnitski, RJ "Sarge" Koscheski and his grandparents, Donald and Edna Ratcliff.
Jack leaves behind his children, Amber Pickler and husband, David, of Bristol, IN, Roman Schnitski of the home and Jessica Schnitski of Elkhart, IN. He will also be missed by his grandchildren, Owen, Ryker and Kinslee Pickler and Noah and Hunter Mazar, two brothers, Michael Schnitski and Ron Koscheski and wife,Jennifer, four sisters, Renita Nelson, Terrye Schnitski, Debra Hammill and husband, Randall, Nancy Bingham-Case and his sister-in-law, Michelle Reider, ex-wife Sheri Roberts, two aunts Edna Ann Manley and Pearl Watson and several nieces and cousins.
The family is planning to hold a memorial service to celebrate his life in Spring of 2019. The cremation arrangements are under the care of Shipman Funeral Home & Crematory, Wagoner, OK.

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J.B. Holmes, 56

Born Saturday, September 22, 1962

Died Monday, November 19, 2018

Services Wednesday, November 21, 2018, 10:00 A.M. , Barber Cemetery , Graveside

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Ricky Anthony Shrum, 31

Born Wednesday, August 12, 1987

Died Monday, November 19, 2018

Services Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 11:00 A.M. , Shipman Funeral Home Chapel, 2980 Hwy 69, Wagoner, OK 74467

Ricky Anthony Shrum - Obituary
Ricky Anthony Shrum was taken tragically from his family on November 19, 2018 in Tulsa, OK, at the age of 31. He was born on August 12, 1987 in Poteau, OK to Ricky Eugene Shrum and Julie Ann (Harbaugh) Shrum. Ricky graduated Ft. Gibson High School in 2006 and worked in the construction industry. He was described as a very selfless person and family was his number one priority. He loved his dog Argosamos "Argos" for short, who was like a child to him. In his free time Ricky loved to fish and shoot guns. He was preceded in death by his mother, Julie Shrum, paternal grandparents, Frankie and Carl Shrum, his maternal grandfather, Jesse Allen, one brother, Brandon Shrum, one sister,Tonya Shrum and one uncle, Alvin "Jr." Shrum. Ricky leaves behind his father, Ricky Shrum and his stepmother, Radell Shrum, maternal grandmother, Nellie Walker, his significant other, Leah Honicutt, three brothers, Benny Taylor of Muskogee, OK, Michael Shrum of Muskogee, OK, Casey Martinez of Ft. Gibson, OK, four sisters, Shilo Taylor of Tulsa, OK, Hazel Armstrong and her partner, Cody McKenzie of Muskogee, OK, Shawnell Shrum of Stigler, OK, Julie Shrum of Ft. Gibson, OK , he was a loving uncle to his niece, Lexi Armstrong, nephews, Adam and Kyler Taylor, Zaiden, Sheavy and River Shrum, Trent McKenzie and of course his beloved dog "Argos".

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