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

Albert Carl Lorenz Jr., 81

Born Friday, November 25, 1938

Died Sunday, July 26, 2020

Albert Carl Lorenz, Jr. of Muskogee, OK, passed away on July 26, 2020.
A.C., as his friends and family knew him, was born on November 25, 1938 to Albert Sr. and
Anna Lorenz in Wellston, OK. After graduating from Wellston High School in 1957, he attended
Central State College in Edmond, received a masters degree in education and began teaching
in Edmond and Oklahoma City. He sold cars during the summer months and ultimately made a
40 year career in the automobile industry as a salesman and manager, exclusively at Ford

In 1955, A.C. met the love of his life, Garlene Bacon. They wed in 1959, going on to have 3
children, Chris, Ronnie, and Lisa.

After retiring as General Manager of James Hodge Ford in Muskogee, in 2009, A.C. spent his
time tending to many animals on his beloved acreage in West Muskogee, loved Country
Western and Bluegrass music and enjoyed attending festivals of all kinds. He showed
unconditional love for his family, and his grandchildren were his pride and joy.
A.C. is survived by his wife of 61 years Garlene; his sister Linda Fruendt and her husband
Ralph; his three children, Chris Lorenz, Ronnie Lorenz and his wife Angela, and Lisa
Lorenz-Potts and her husband Robert; and his 4 grandchildren, Trey, Bethany, Joshua and

Services are not planned at this time and will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to First Lutheran Church of Muskogee.

Cremation services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be made to the family online at

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Virgil Lagow, 95

Born Monday, November 17, 1924

Died Sunday, July 26, 2020

Virgil Lagow, Muskogee resident, passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2020 in Muskogee, OK at the age of 95. He was born on Monday, November 17, 1924 in Okmulgee, OK. His parents were John and Cora (Robbins) Petree, both members of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. His father passed away when he was very young. His mother remarried Charles E. Lagow who adopted him. He grew up on a working farm and had to do chores before going to school. In 1943, Virgil graduated from Liberty Mounds High School. He was drafted into the United States Navy in May of 1943 and served faithfully in World War II. In the Navy, he received the Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and European-African Middle Eastern Medal. After his time in the service, he went to Oklahoma State where Virgil earned a Master’s Degree in Agronomy. He worked for the US Department of Agriculture with the Soil Conservation Office. He met and married Thelma West while working in Sayre, OK. They moved to Borger, TX and he went to work for Phillips Petroleum. They moved back to Okmulgee to work the family farm. Later, they moved to Muskogee, where he began a career as a Life Insurance Agent. He loved to garden flowers and vegetables and he loved hunting and fishing. Virgil had his pilot’s license and loved flying. Spending time with his grandchildren brought him great joy. He was known to always have Snickers in his pocket for his grandchildren. Virgil was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Thelma F. Lagow; and his sister, Francis Irene Rainey. He is lovingly survived by his daughter, Janet Sanders of Ft. Gibson, OK; his son, Virgil Lagow II of Muskogee, OK; his grandchildren, Dante J. Sanders II and his wife Becky of Howe, OK; Randy A. Sanders and his wife Shirl of Wagoner, OK; and Lauren W. Fleetwood of Muskogee, OK. Virgil is also survived by his great grandchildren, PFC Spencer R. Sanders, USMC of Wagoner, OK, 2nd LT Riley T. Sanders, USMC and his wife Kylie of 29 Palms, CA, Airman Sean C. Bliss USN and his wife Elizabeth, Joshua K. Night of Poteau, Carrissa L. Fleetwood and Tyler L. Fleetwood both of Muskogee, OK, and Londen C. Sanders of Howe, OK; his great -great grandchildren, Remington J. Knight of Poteau and Harper M. Sanders of 29 Palms, CA as well as numerous nieces, nephews, the extended family Billy Gene and Helen Sanders and a lifetime of friends.
Services celebrating the life of Virgil will be held at 1:00 PM on Monday, August 3, 2020 at Fort Gibson National Cemetery with Dr. Steve Rose officiating. Military Honors will be rendered by the United States Navy Funeral Honor Guard.
You may share online condolences with Virgil’s family at The family of Virgil Milo Lagow entrusted his care, services and burial to John & Kim Garrett and the dedicated staff of Garrett Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service 311 SW 2nd Checotah, OK 74426 (918) 473-2244.

Garrett Family Funeral Home and Cremation Service

Charlotte Childrey Johnson, 73

Born Thursday, May 8, 1947

Died Sunday, July 26, 2020

Charlotte Childrey Johnson of Drakes Branch, VA passed away peacefully on July 26, 2020. She was born on May 8, 1947 to the late Robert and Louise Childrey in Halifax, VA. She is preceded in death by her husband Charles Benjamin (Benny) Johnson; daughter Dr. Angela Kozlik; brothers Lee Childrey, James Childrey, Thomas Childrey, Louis Childrey; sister Mable Johnson; and special friend Marvin Elliott Locke.

She survived is by her daughters; Annette Puller of Jacksonville, FL and Shirley Robinett of Muskogee, OK; her grandchildren; Aaron Adams of Richmond, VA, Charlotte (Jerry) Stieg of Powhatan, VA, Zach Puller of Jacksonville, FL, Erin Puller of Richmond, VA, Joshua (Jamie) Robinett, Cheyenne Robinett, & Austin Robinett, all of Muskogee, OK; her very special great-granddaughter Amelia Stieg of Powhatan, VA; and her sisters Betty (Jerry) Tuck of Cloverdale, VA, Sara Powell of Scottsburg, VA, and Rebecca(Gary) Allen of Halifax, VA and numerous nieces and nephews.

A private memorial is planned.


Kenneth H. McIntosh, Jr., 75

Born Tuesday, February 20, 1945

Died Saturday, July 25, 2020

Kenneth "Spike" H. McIntosh Jr. was the first child born to Kenneth Sr. and Pauline McIntosh on February 20, 1945 in Tulsa, OK.

He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, OK in 1962.

Following high school, Spike met the love of his life, Christine Shannon in 1963. They were married in Tulsa, OK on August 8, 1964 and have spent 55 years together. Many may not know this, but they met at The Hut in Okmulgee, OK after the Okmulgee Rodeo. Chris said, "she roped her a cowboy."

Spike and his family resided in Tulsa for several years and then relocated to the country in Collinsville, OK. Spike always had a love for the outdoors, country life and animals. Among his many hobbies were training bird dogs and horses, calf roping, fishing, hunting, saddle making and leather working. Spike was a jack of all trades. He could do anything he set his mind to. Spike worked for American Airlines as a mechanic. He later left American to start his own business as an automotive mechanic for over ten years. He also enjoyed many years as a car salesman at Riverside Chevrolet where he retired and frequently made "Salesman of the Year".

Spike was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses on August 11, 1961. He had the privilege of serving as a ministerial servant and an elder for many years. Anyone that knows Spike knew he had a love for people and never met a stranger.

One of his greatest joys was participating in bible
education work, teaching others about Jehovah and HIS promises for the future. He served as a full time evangelizer from 2011-2013 and devoted his life to faithfully serving Jehovah God until his death.

Spike died Saturday, July 25, 2020 at Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa, OK. He was proceeded in death by, his father, Kenneth McIntosh Sr.; step-father, James Jackson Jr,; mother, Pauline Jackson; brother, Marcus McIntosh; and daughter, Janai McIntosh.

He leaves behind his wife, Christine McIntosh; five sons, Kenneth H. McIntosh III (Rhonda), Marlin "Moon" McIntosh (Alisha); Bryan "Kooda" McIntosh; Matthew "Boogie" McIntosh (Laura); Zachary McIntosh (Kacy); one sister, Jan Longley (David); one brother, Parris Jackson; one sister-in-law, Debra McIntosh; eight granddaughters, Taylor (Gus), Mekenzie, Hailey (Gaetano), Asia, Olivia, Adriana, Alyssa, Ava; three grandsons, Austin, Mattox, Zachary; and a host of other family and friends. Spike was loved by so many and will be greatly missed,
but we'll see him again soon, "it's just around the corner."

Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc.

Dr. James Earl Christian, 82

Born Saturday, May 14, 1938

Died Friday, July 24, 2020

James Earl Christian was born on May 14, 1938 in Hobbs, New Mexico to Pauline and Alvin. Migrating from New Mexico to Texas, the family settled in Muskogee, Oklahoma when James was young. He had an insatiable thirst for knowledge--he was often found reading the dictionary. James attended Muskogee Public Schools and graduated from the historic Manual Training High School in 1956. After completing two years at Muskogee Junior College, he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Science Education from Northeastern State University. He would later go on to complete a master’s of educational administration from Northeastern State University and continue post-master’s education at Arizona State University, Kansas State Teachers College, and the University of Tulsa. His education culminated with a Doctor of Education from the University of Oklahoma.

James was a proud alumnus of Manual Training High School. He returned to the institution to complete his student-teaching and formally began his career in education as a science teacher in 1962. In 1972, Christian was appointed Director of Secondary Education for the newly integrated school system. In 1974, he became a consultant for the University of Oklahoma Continuing Education Center. Dr. Christian returned to Muskogee as Director of Secondary Education in 1979 and began serving as Assistant Superintendent in 1984.

In 1987, after serving as the interim, Dr. James E. Christian was named Superintendent of Muskogee Public Schools.

Dr. Christian was widely regarded by colleagues as a communicator with a sincere concern and interest in people. He extended respect to everyone. He had the utmost respect for and of teachers and remained a teacher at heart.

Christian’s accomplishments while serving as superintendent are deeply impressive. Curriculum, instructional programs, enrichment programs, non-instructional management, city involvement, staff involvement, community communications all improved under his expert leadership. While at the helm, Muskogee Public School District received the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Dropout Prevention Award for the district’s model alternative program, the Exemplary Award for having a district with an Outstanding Chapter 1 Program in the United States, and he was appointed to serve as Education Representative of Oklahoma to the Regional State Conference on “Drug Free Schools.” He started the Public School Foundation, opened schools, ensured that students had access to state of the art technology, organized task forces, improved instruction, and secured millions of dollars in grant funding.

All kids can learn. Dr. James E. Christian’s legacy is deep and far-reaching. Beyond his educational expertise, Dr. Christian’s commitment to quality education, equal access, and community is obvious in his lifetime pledge to his beloved fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. He was a lifetime member and local treasurer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He’s served as a member of the State Legislative Task Force for Literacy, the Steering Committee for Oklahoma School Funding Reform, and the Committee for Research and Policy Development. He served on the board of directors for the Muskogee Chamber of Commerce, the advisory boards for Conners State College and Bacone College, Muskogee Rotary Club, as well as many other professional and community-based organizations and committees. He’s received countless awards and recognition for his contributions to education and his community.

James was preceded in death by his father, Alvin Christian, beloved mother, Pauline Jeffrey, and brothers, Alvin Huby and Johnnie. He is survived by his brothers, Charles, Willie, and Herman, loving nieces and nephews as well as innumerable friends, students, colleagues, and acquaintances whose lives he profoundly impacted throughout his life.

A Home Going Celebration will be conducted Saturday August 1, 2020 at 11:00 AM in Boulevard Christian Church, 1700 W Shawnee St, Muskogee, OK 74401 with Pastor Marlon Coleman, Antioch Temple of Hope Church, Eulogizing. Interment will follow in Booker T. Washington Cemetery, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Visitation, Friday July 31, 2020 beginning at 12:00 noon until 6:00 p.m.

In observance of COVID regulations, Masks are mandatory.

Charitable donations may be made to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s Thurgood Marshall Institute in memory of Dr. James E. Christian (

Dr. Christian's services will be live streamed by Boulevard Christian Church ( beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday.

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

House of Winn Funeral Homes

Tommy Wilson Starr, 70

Born Wednesday, February 1, 1950

Died Friday, July 24, 2020

Tommy Wilson Starr, age 79, transitioned, Friday, July 24, 2020 in St John Medical Center, Tulsa,OK.

On April 11, 1941 a baby boy was born to Emory Tommy Wilson and Kate Bernice Vann. That child’s name was Emery Tommy Vann. Tommy was given to Alice and Houston Starr the age of two months. His name was legally changed to Tommy Wilson Starr at the age of 16. He attended Winthrow high school and graduated in 1959. Tommy enlisted in the Navy reserves in 1958 and was discharged in 1964. Tommy met Josephine Davis at a very young age and married and out of that marriage came four children. They were married for 16 years. Tommy then married Virginia Redman. They were married 16 years. Then Tommy wed Valeta Alexander. They were married for 16 years. He married Michelle Wyatt for 8 and a half years after they dated for 11 years. Tommy then married Janelle Norton. He was preceded in death by Josephine and Morning Starr, Virginia Starr and Michelle Starr. He leaves behind 10 children, five siblings and a wife at home along with a host of grand and great grandchildren.

Service of Memory will be conducted Monday, August 3, 2020, 12 noon, Precious Memories Chapel, House of Winn Funeral Home, 2200 Military Blvd, Muskogee, OK. Interment will be at 2:00 p.m., Ft. Gibson National Cemetery, Ft. Gibson, OK.

Visitation, Sunday, August 2, 2020, 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

MASKS MANDATORY with maximum occupancy of 50 mourners at all services.

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

House of Winn Funeral Homes

Cletus W. Gibbs, 55

Born Sunday, October 4, 1964

Died Thursday, July 23, 2020


On the 4th day of October of 1964, a robust, 11 pound, 4 ounce baby boy was born to Herman W. Gibbs and Minie M. Brady. They named him Cletus W. Gibbs. He attended Muskogee Public Schools. Cletus would boast that he was tremendously blessed to meet and marry his soulmate, the love of his life, Sandra Jean Gibbs. Cletus was proud to be the Daddy of four wonderful children.

Cletus, Sandra and children relocated to Wichita, Kansas, where he worked numerous jobs before he began his janitorial services. He was able to employ others and yet continued to work demanding hours.

Cletus world seemingly fell away when Sandy, his wife and best friend died. Without his best friend Sandy by his side, He found himself in a struggle. He relocated back to Muskogee, where he served as the Maintenance man for First Presbyterian Church until it closed its doors in 2015. While working at the Church, Cletus would train young men in the art of cleanliness and diligence to clean, paint and maintain a buiding. Cletus was a stickler for cleanliness and that was seen in his home.

Proverbs 18:24 states, "But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother." Cletus found those words to be true. His struggle became lighter as he developed his relationship with Jesus, his new best friend. The last years of his life, he spent time reading his Bible, boasting in the LORD, walking with his dog, Red, sharing words of wisdom with his children, family and friends; mostly he spent time doing his favorite saying, "Minding my own business and staying out of other people's business."

Cletus started life as a robust baby, became a robust man, had a robust laugh and shared an abundance of love and friendships.
In his 56th year of living, He heard the call from his Best Freind and to Heaven he ascended to dwell in his new abode and received his crown; for death had no victory!

After Cletus entered the gates, he took time to sit at the Master's feet, then those who greeted him included his parents, two brothers, two sisters and his oldest, handsome, loving, basketball playing grandson, Marion Terrell.

He leaves to remember his love and laugh; his son, Reginald E. Gibbs, Walnut Ridge, AK; his daughters, Shatara Gibbs [Marion], Shatera Gibbs [Laine], and Marcleta Gibbs-Smith [Anthony], Wichita, KS; his grandchildren, Mirakle, Latejea, Sandra, Shaman, Deja, Laine, Coryeon, Kamariyae and Brylin; his brother, Kenneth McCLendon, Hinesville, GA; his sisters, Carolyn Love, Candice Milton, Muskogee, OK, Shelia Love, Tulsa, OK, Eartha Gibbs-White, IL, and Patricia Gibbs-Parker, Broken Arrow, OK.

Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc.

Virginia Carol Savage-Bowlan, 74

Born Wednesday, October 10, 1945

Died Thursday, July 23, 2020

Virginia Carol Savage-Bowlan, 74, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away on Thursday, July 23, 2020 surrounded by her family. She was born on October 10, 1945 to Alva and Johnie (Jordan) Baker in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. She was a high school graduate.
Virginia was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, serving with the youth and children for many years. She had much fun in life jumping out of airplanes and hot air ballooning. Virginia loved her family very much and enjoyed spending as much time as possible with them. She will be missed by everyone who knew and loved her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Alva Edison Baker and Johnie Ethal (Jordan) Baker; and brother, Alva Lee Baker.
Virginia is survived by her sisters, Susie Parris and husband Jack of Muskogee, OK, and Linda Johnson and husband Jim of Muskogee, OK; children, Wes Savage and wife Shari of Muskogee, OK, G’Ann Scott and husband Kevin of Mill Creek, WA, and Steven Savage and wife Christie of Keefeton, OK; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A celebration of Virginia’s life will be 10AM, Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Bishop Chris Emler officiating. Interment will follow at Citizen’s Cemetery with Parker Savage, Brandon Savage, Bill Parris, Steve Crary, Brandon Harris and Gavin West serving as pallbearers.
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

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Coach John F. Blake, 59

Born Monday, March 6, 1961

Died Thursday, July 23, 2020

John Fitzgerald Blake, in his 59th year, "Scored a Victory, with Jesus" on Thursday morning, July 23, 2020 in Dallas, Texas.

First Quarter

On a bright Monday morning on March 6, 1961, in
Rockford, Illinois, a bundle of joy entered the lives of
Dorothy Haley-Blake and James Blake Sr. His life was
marked for greatness when his parents chose to name
him after beloved president John Fitzgerald Kennedy,
and John Fitzgerald Blake would come to embody his
namesake’s courage, charisma, and belief in justice and
equality for everyone.

An Extraordinary Life and Legacy: The way John
lived— in service to God, a man of integrity, an incredible
family man, a legend guided by love. John’s enthusiasm
for life and his love for others was infectious. Throughout
his life, he showed that he possessed a true servant’s
heart. He took the time to pray with anyone who needed
it including strangers, he shared the glorious word of
God, and gave countless gifts anonymously, always more
interested in making people smile and feel loved than he
was in getting credit. As his blessings in life grew, so
did his generosity. He believed in and lived the scripture,
“To whom much is given, much is required.” From the
moment you encountered John, you knew you were in
the presence of greatness. Always wearing a smile that
reflected the love and joy in his heart, he shone with a
light and a presence that was beyond charismatic—it was
magnetic. He was anointed in the way he could make
everyone he encountered feel special, and he used that
God-given talent to serve others daily.

Second Quarter

John’s family relocated to Sand Springs, Oklahoma
in 1969, where his mother and father brought up he
and his five siblings, in a loving home. As the second
oldest of his siblings, John was a natural leader. Blessed
with a sharp mind, incredible physical abilities, and an
unstoppable work ethic, John stood out at home and
at school. Whether the subject was sports, cooking, or
dancing, his competitive spirit was always there. He
would spend hours studying dance moves while watching
Soul Train, a true talent once he hit the dance floor, his
facial expressions matched his confident moves as he
floated light on his feet and smooth like butter.

In high school, John was known not only as an outstanding
athlete and student, but as a masterful jokester.
Throughout his life, he began every day thinking about
how he could make people laugh and bring joy to their
lives. His hilarious, catchy, infectious “Booisms” started
long before he got the nickname “Boo.”
However, it was John’s athletic talent and passion that
shaped the direction of his life. Throughout high school,
he was as an exceptional athlete. As a senior he won
countless awards and honors, including MVP of the
Oil Bowl and First Team All-State in football. He was
awarded a scholarship from the University of Oklahoma
under the legendary coach Barry Switzer. At OU, John
continued to excel. Playing the position of nose guard,
he was instrumental in helping the team win two Big
Eight Titles and two Orange Bowls. He was named
team captain his senior year and earned the respect of
coaches, fans, and his teammates for his tenacious play
and infectious positivity.

Third Quarter

While at OU, John began working with the defensive line
as a student assistant and earned a national championship
ring. More important, during this time he earned his
bachelor’s degree in public relations and recreation.
This was a perfect fit because his enthusiasm for building
relationships with people made his next move an obvious
one: Coaching.

John’s first full-time assistant position was at the
University of Tulsa, where he coached the tight ends
and wide receivers. He returned to his alma mater as
the Sooners’ defensive line coach, and then served as
linebacker’s coach. It wasn’t long before John earned a
reputation among his players for being one of the easiest
people to talk to. They all felt that he truly cared about
them. Everybody knew John as a coach who loved and
respected all of his players and brought out the absolute
best in them. He was always positive, genuine, loved
recruiting, and had a passion that you could feel radiating
from him.

In 1993, Hall of Fame coach Jimmy Johnson hired John
to join the Dallas Cowboys as defensive line coach. That
year Dallas won Super Bowl XXVII.

For John, the highlight of that season was marrying
the love of his life, Freda Harris. When he saw Freda,
“Celebrating the Life and Honoring the Legacy of...”
John Fitzgerald Blake

it was love at first sight. Using the classic Blake charm,
it didn’t take long for him to steal her heart, and the rest
was history.

Life continued to unfold in a way that was almost too
blessed to believe…after winning Super Bowl XXVII
the Cowboys won Super Bowl XXVIII. In 1994, Coach
Switzer became the Cowboys’ head coach and John was
reunited with his mentor.

Still, somehow, life got even sweeter when, in 1996, John
landed his dream job. At just 34 years old, he was named
head football coach of the University of Oklahoma. He
made history as the first African-American coach of
any sport at OU. John went to work recruiting the best
players from all over the U.S. to come to Oklahoma and
help improve the Sooner football program. Known as
one of the most gifted recruiters of all time, during his
three year tenure, Coach Blake brought some of the
best players in the program’s history. Many of John’s
recruits were an integral part of OU’s 2000 National
Championship team.

Despite the accolades and achievements, John acquired
his most cherished title—father— when he and Freda
welcomed Jourdan Fitzgerald Blake into this world.
Even with the demands of being head coach, John made
sure Freda and Jourdan always remained the center of
his universe.

Fourth Quarter

The years that followed unfolded with one joy and
accomplishment after another. John returned to the
sidelines by becoming the defensive line coach at
Mississippi State University, working with Hall of Fame
Coach Jackie Sherrill. After one season he took a similar
role at Nebraska, he was widely regarded as one of the
best college recruiters in the nation. That skill paid big
dividends during John’s tenure at Nebraska, as he was
credited with being largely responsible for the Huskers
signing the nation’s fifth-ranked class in 2005—
the school’s top-ranked class in the modern
recruiting era.

Those very accomplishments led to John and his family
relocating to the University of North Carolina, Chapel
Hill, where he assumed the position of defensive line
coach. Shortly, after leaving North Carolina, he joined
the staff as defensive line coach with the Buffalo Bills
under head coach Rex Ryan.

After taking a break from professional football, John
enjoyed his newfound freedom. He was able to watch with
joy and gratitude, as his son Jourdan played two years at
quarterback for Princeton High School in Princeton, Texas.
Jourdan led the team to its first district championship in
more than 30 years in 2012 and 2013.

Given John’s extraordinary gifts and background in sports,
it was inevitable that school officials would see a need
they felt could only be met by his talents—and equally
inevitable that John would say “yes” to inspiring young
people and being part of the sport he loved. He went from
watching his son play games to a few years later assisting
the Princeton High School football program and working
on staff. At the high school, John was able to do what he
loved best: help others. He took great pride in guiding and
motivating students to fulfill their potential. The young
lives he touched during his time at Princeton High School
will be forever changed for the better.

He went from guiding and coaching at the school to
mentoring young men at their place of worship, One
Community Church in Plano, Texas. Cataloging the lives
John touched would require many more pages. Everyone
who worked with him and learned from him was impacted
by his greatness. To know him was to love him. John
Fitzgerald Blake’s character and work both on and off the
field created a legacy of honor for decades to come.
“A life is not important except in the impact
it has on other lives.”—Jackie Robinson

John is preceded in death by his father James Blake Sr., his
Grandmother Virgia Blake, his Grandfather Lumas Blake,
his Sister-in-law Sonya Blake, his Niece Brianna Blake.
He leaves to cherish his memory: his wife Freda Blake, and
son Jourdan Blake; his mother Dorothy Blake; his sisters
Sandra Lyons (Charles), Cynthia Rentie (Caesar), Sylvia
Blake; brothers Andre Blake, James Blake Jr.; nieces:
Shauntoria lyons, Shalonda Lyons, Shalena Lyons, Shamika
Lyons, Mykah Davis, Kory Lyons Shaleeka Roberts,
Sarah Hamilton Carra Rentie, Chloe Rentie, Ty’rell
Davis, Zion Davis, And Olivia
Davis; nephews: Clarence Pitts
Jr., Sean Pitts, James Adkins,
Dennis Veals, Jayqan Jacob
Scales, Jah’cori Isaac Hammond,
Javonni Hammond, Anthony
Lyons, James Blake 3rd (JT),
Zachary Blake and a host of
other relatives and friends.

A Celebratory Worship Service honoring the life of Coach John Blake will commence on Saturday, August 8, 2020 at High Noon, in the most holy sanctuary of the Friendship West Baptist Church, 2020 West Wheatland Road in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Frederick Douglas Haynes, III is the gracious host Pastor, with Pastor Caesar Rentie and Pastor Henry Nelson, officiating.

You may visit Coach Blake on Saturday at the Church, beginning at 10:30 AM until 11:45 AM.

ALL persons attending the services are kindly required to wear masks and observe Social Gathering Guidelines, please.

You may also visit Coach Blake on Sunday, from 1:00 PM until 6:00 PM in the All Faiths Chapel of the Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc., in Tulsa, Oklahoma and on Monday morning, beginning at 10:00 AM until 11:30 AM. The funeral procession to the Cemetery will depart from the funeral home at 11:45 AM.

Coach Blake will rest in the Green Acres Memorial Gardens, 126th Street North and North Yale Avenue, Skiatook, Oklahoma.

Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc.

Jeanne Treadway, 94

Born Saturday, April 17, 1926

Died Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Ruby Jeanne Treadway, 94, of Muskogee, Oklahoma entered Heaven’s gate on Tuesday, July 21, 2020. She was born on April 17, 1926 to Robert Oda Stockton and Effie Glen (Bennett) Stockton in Cassville, Missouri.
Jeanne grew up during the Great Depression, the daughter of a sharecropper. She was the second youngest of 10 children. At the age of 18, she married a soldier and moved to western New York. After nine years, she left New York with two children and returned to dairy farming in southeast Muskogee. She eventually took a job with a commercial finance company, where she met Jim. They married July 1, 1967, they embarked on a 54-year journey together.
Jeanne spent most of her life in the banking industry. She loved to cook for her family, especially for her grandkids. She cherished Christmas time with her kids and grandkids. She was a long-time member of Business Professional Women of Oklahoma and was the first woman Vice President of a bank in the state of Oklahoma.
She is survived by her husband Jim Treadway, daughter Eileen Pitts, son Jeff Pitts (Cathy), sister-in-law Virginia Stockton, several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren.
Jeanne is preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Effie Stockton; siblings, Orville, Don, Doyle, Carl, Hazel, Cleo, June, Bobby, and Tony.
A celebration on Jeanne’s life will be 10:00am Friday, July 24th, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Vance Davis officiating. Interment will follow at Fort Gibson National Cemetery with Free Kennedy, Billy Raynor, Ryan Pitts, Matt Trammell, Dustin Raynor, and Tobias Lindell serving as Pallbearers. Honorary Pallbearers will be Darin Stockton, Daryl Stockton, Wayne Stockton, Ted Maplethorpe, Greg Russell, and Kenny Raynor.
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

12:00pm-8:00pm Thursday, July 23, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home

Family to greet friends:
5:00pm-7:00pm Thursday, July 23, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home


10:00 Friday, July 24th, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Luella Johnson, 61

Born Monday, October 20, 1958

Died Monday, July 20, 2020

Luella Johnson was born October 20, 1958 to Sam and Mildrean Johnson in Boley, Oklahoma.

Luella attended elementary and high school in Boley, Oklahoma, while later attending Langston University. She was a member of the St. John Baptist Church. She was a loving mother, sister, daughter, and aunt.

Luella is preceded in death by her father and brother.

She leaves to cherish her on earth, her daughter Lakesha Ramsey to grandsons Karon Parker and Jaceyon Parker; two brothers Walter Johnson , Andrel Johnson and one sister LaQuta johnson and two nephews that she treated like her own Ricky Johnson and Corde Johnson along with a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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Vernell A. Redo, 80

Born Sunday, July 23, 1939

Died Monday, July 20, 2020

Vernell Redo was the 4th child born to Cornelius T. and Flossie (Scott) Redo on July 23, 1939, in Boynton, Oklahoma. Family and close friends called him “Fuzzy”.

The family soon relocated to Muskogee, Oklahoma. Vernell gave his life to Christ at an early age and was an active member of Antioch Baptist Church.

Vernell was an outstanding student and athlete throughout his school years. He graduated from Historic Manual Training High School with the class of 1958. He attended Langston University on a football scholarship and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Langston University, followed by a Master’s degree from Northeastern State University.

Vernell was an educator at Manual Training High School and Sadler Jr. High in Muskogee, and at Carver Jr. High School in Tulsa. He withdrew from his teaching career to join the Redo Real Estate business.

While attending Antioch Baptist Church, he met ArmaLene Oakley who was active in the junior choir. Upon graduating high school, Vernell and Arma Lene were married on July 3, 1960. From this union they were blessed with two children and 60-years of marriage.

Being true entrepreneurs, the couple made an outstanding life here in Muskogee, and have been honored with distinguished awards from many clubs and organizations.

Vernell was a beloved member in good standing with Rayfield Baptist Church, and enjoyed all aspects of the services. He was a life member of Kappa Alpha Phi Fraternity; and served as president of the Muskogee Langston Alumni. He was an avid golfer and a member of Muskogee Country Club.

Vernell transitioned from this earthly life into the presence of the Almighty God on Monday,

July 20, 2020, at the age of 80 years+362 days. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cornelius and Flossie Redo; sisters Anna Noel and Maxine Ford Stoughter; brothers Cornelius (“Sonny”), and Jerry Redo.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60-years, Arma Lene “Toni” Redo; son, Victor Redo; daughter, Lisa Redo (Eddie Holmes); sister, Semonia Jean Taylor; five grandchildren, Victor Redo, Jr., Jeremiah Redo, Sr., Jasmine Redo, Norman Mitchell (Casie), and Jordon Mitchell; three great grandchildren, Jordon Mitchell, Jr., Shayla Redo, Jeremiah Redo, Jr.; sisters-in-law, Cheryl Redo, Bobbie King, Margie Oakley, Bhavani Indu, Rita Carter, Brenda (Wayne) Brown, LaTressia (Lawrence) Thompson, Tejuana Sallis, and Alinda Mathis; brothers-in-law, Charles (Margaret) Oakley, Marvin (Marie) Oakley, Rayford Oakley; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.

A Service of Memory will be conducted Saturday July 25th, 2020 at 5:00 PM in the Rayfield Baptist Church, 601 Indianapolis St. Muskogee, OK with Pastor Leroy Walker Sr. eulogizing. Visitation Friday 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM.

MASKS MANDATORY with maximum occupancy of 50 mourners at all services.

In lieu of flowers you may contribute to:

The Manual Training High School Alumni Scholarship
PO Box 722601
San Diego, CA 92172

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

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Tramaine Marquis Marks, 32

Born Sunday, October 11, 1987

Died Monday, July 20, 2020

Tramaine Marquis Marks (affectionately Known as “DJ/ Lucci” ) was born on October 11, 1987, to Deborah Ann Marks and Anthony Watts in Chicago Illinois, He and his family then moved to Tulsa, OK to reside and start a new life. He became a member of The Branch Of Jerusalem Church, where he was baptized and was also a dedicated and faithful church member. He attended William Penn Elementary, Monroe High School where he played football then, later on, attended Mclain High School of Science & Technology. He worked at Greater Green Lawn Care. He also had dreams of starting a business in Deep Sea Welding.

Tramaine was the youngest of four. He was full of life, he loved music and video games, he was a kid at heart. He was always singing and rapping. Tramaine enjoyed playing basketball and indulged in UFC kickboxing. His favorite rapper was NBA Youngboy and his favorite song was “WE POPPING”. We called him “Mr. Turn-Up King” because he was definitely the life of the party. He had the craziest dance moves. He was a whole vibe, he had great energy and a smile that could light up any room, he was so silly and full of love. He always greeted you with a hug and a smile.

Tramaine Kept us laughing and would give you the shirt off his back. He loved the idea of helping others. He was a very outgoing and positive person. He loved his family and friends & showed it in every way possible. Tramaine is one of a kind and such a sweetheart, he was very loving, affectionate and caring, and souls like that are hard to come by.

On July 20, 2020, the master called his child home. We are honored to have known such a wonderful soul. Preceding him in death were his beautiful mother Deborah Ann Marks, Grandmother Annie Mae Baker, His Grandfather Maurice Marks, His three Aunts Sandra, Myra, and Linda and his three uncles Greg, Michael and Maurice.

Tramaine leaves to cherish his precious memories; his brothers Antonio Watts, Jeremiah Watts, Carey Watts and (his brothers from another mother) Cori, Adrian, Jerry, Chris and Eric; his nieces and nephews; Jeremiah jr., Antonio jr., Jessica, Nadia, Jordan, and Maliyah; His cousins Patrick, Shanay, Tyjuan, Tavion, Tatiana, Quiana, Coriontay, Raniya and Kamiya and a host of Aunts, Uncles, cousins, and friends

There are no words to express how it feels to lose such a wonderful soul. To know him was to love him. He will truly be missed.

Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc.

Clint Lee Mullican, 32

Born Friday, October 23, 1987

Died Sunday, July 19, 2020

Clint Lee Mullican, 32, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away on Sunday, July 19, 2020. He was born on October 23, 1987 to Paul and Lori (Seber) Mullican in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He graduated from Hilldale High School with the class of 2006. Clint attended Bacone College Baptist Church.
He enjoyed going fishing, four wheeling, dirt biking and mudding. He loved his family very much and loved spending as much time as possible with them. Clint was always there to lend a hand to anyone who needed it and was always helping others.
He will be missed by everyone who knew and loved him.
Clint was preceded in death by his grandparents, Charlie and Dorothy Mullican, Edward Seber, and Bob Blevins.
He is survived by his parents, Paul and Lori Mullican; brother, Matt Mullican; sister, Jennifer Mullican, brother, James Mullican and Darion Owens; grandmother, Mary Seber Blevins; nephews, Dean and Wrangler Mullican; niece, Mia Fraizer; cousins, Daniel Mullican, Quinn Hunter, Clayton Bailey, Stoney Sisco, Joseph Sherrill, Wren Beach, Marilyn Kelly, Darla Mullican, Angie Mullican, Julia Mullican, Loy Beach, Steven Seber and George Mullican; aunts, Judy Vann, Barbara Mullican, Alice Beach, Karen Mullican, Ann Mullican and Marilyn Seber; uncles, Leon Mullican, Nicky Vann, Dale Mullican, Jerry Mullican, Chuck Beach Dennis Sisco and John Seber; and numerous second cousins and other family members.
A celebration of Clint’s life will be 2PM, Friday, July 24, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Gary Cannon officiating. Interment will follow at Greenhill Cemetery with David Milligan, Eric Conner, Joe Wilson, Justin Burgess, Thomas Stevens, Allen White and Clyde Thomas serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Quinn Hunter, Clayton Bailey, Stoney Sisco, Daniel Mullican, Joseph Sherill, Loy Beach, Steven Seber, George Mullican and Cody Williams.
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

Service info: 2PM, Friday, July 24, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel.

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Donald Lee Van Alstine, 90

Born Sunday, January 26, 1930

Died Friday, July 17, 2020

Beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend passed away peacefully on July 17, 2020 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Don was born in El Reno, Oklahoma and lived in various towns in western Oklahoma due to his father working for Southwestern Bell Telephone. He attended high school in El Reno, graduating in 1948. Don attended Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State University) in 1949. While in college, Don was called for duty, serving two years in the Korean War earning a Bronze Star. After returning from the war, he settled in Alexandria, Louisiana due to a love of the people, food, and the area being a sportsman paradise. Don was an avid outdoorsman enjoying hunting, fishing, and water sports.
He began his work career with Sears Roebuck as a tire salesperson in 1953. It is in Alexandria that he met and fell in love with Thera Dean Downs, marrying on December 24, 1954. In 1960, Sears moved Don to Muskogee, Oklahoma. From there his family lived in various cities throughout Texas and Kansas due to Sears relocations. His final position being store manager in Lake Jackson, Texas, retiring in 1989.
Don and Deanie retired back to Muskogee, Oklahoma where they lived the rest of their lives. Don had a love and passion for flying and nothing gave him more pleasure than being a pilot. This passion was instrumental in Don directing and bringing large air shows to Davis Field in Muskogee for many years. He served as a Colonel in the Civil Air Patrol helping train young cadets while providing emergency air missions when needed.
He was a member of the Rotary Club, serving as president. Don was a Shriner and enjoyed all the activities associated with the Shriner organization.
Don is survived by his daughter Paula Furr and husband Stephen, and sons, Russell and wife Vivian, Darryl, and Kyle Van Alstine. Grandchildren Anna and husband Jason Moon, Eric Scott and wife Nicole and Taylor Furr and great-granddaughter Annabelle Scott.

A graveside service will be 10AM, Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at Fort Gibson National Cemetery.

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Gloria Jean Gable, 69

Born Wednesday, September 27, 1950

Died Friday, July 17, 2020

Gloria Jean Gable, 69, of Muskogee, Oklahoma entered Heaven’s gates on Friday, July 17, 2020. She was born September 27, 1950 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Haskell Hedge and Flora (Hilton) Tye. Gloria grew up in Muskogee where she attended public schools and graduated from Muskogee Central High School.
She married the love of her life, Danny Lee Gable, on January 28, 1994 in Muskogee. They shared more than 26 years of life, marriage, and making memories.
She attended Eastside Community Church. Gloria will always be remembered for her love of singing. She led praise and worship in various churches and always enjoyed singing specials. Also, she was known for loving dogs. She enjoyed rescuing strays and finding homes for them. Most important was spending time with her family.
She was preceded in death by parents, Haskell Hedge and Flora Tye; in-laws, Sunnie and Wilma Gable.
Gloria is survived by her husband, Danny, of the home; son, Michael Hedge and wife Deborah; grandchildren, Brittney Hedge and Zachary Hedge; sister, Sharon Clifton and husband Carl; nephews, Craig Clifton, Chad Clifton and family; niece, Crystal Bradsher and family; along with several cousins, aunts, and other family members and friends.
A memorial service celebrating Gloria’s life will be 10AM, Thursday, July 23, 2020 at Eastside Community Church with Rev. John Overton, Sister Charlean Callahan, and Mr. Zachary Hedge officiating.
Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Missie Callahan, Debye Vankirk, Peggy Levesque, and Pat Haddock.
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

Memorial service:
10AM, Thursday, July 23, 2020 @ Eastside Community Church, Muskogee, Oklahoma

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Curtis Price, Jr., 58

Born Sunday, November 12, 1961

Died Friday, July 17, 2020

Curtis Price was born to Curtis Goudeau and Elizabeth Price on, November 12, 1961 at St. John Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

He atteneded Tulsa Public Schools and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1980. In 1982, Curtis graduated from Okmulgee Technical School with an associates in Graphic Arts.

Raised by Revered Charles And Louise Smith, Curtis at an early age, joined the Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church in Tulsa. He later attended St. John Baptist Church where he became an ordained minister in 1989, Curtis also attended Higher Dimensions and Grace Fellowship Church.

His hobbies were karate, in which he earned a black belt, music, singing; he had a Smokey Robinson type voice, and he loved riding his motorcycle. He nicknamed his motorcycle Bad Boy Cruizin'.

Aside from all his other achievements, his greatest one was being the most dedicated husband and father. He worked multiple jobs to make sure that all of our needs were met. He didn't need a church building to continue to minister and spiritually mentor everyone he came into contact with.

Mr. Curtis Price, Jr. transitioned to Earthly Rest on Friday July 17, 2020 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

He leaves behind his wife of 34 years Tracy Price, Son Curtis A. Price (Ivanna), Daughter Ashley Price, Sisters Sandra Knauls, Darcella Price, Eunice Price, Jaime Goudeau and Debra Baskin; Brothers, David Smith, Terry Williams, Darryl Goudeau, Darren Goudeau, Daryl Brown, Odrenall Goudeau; His In-Laws, Alice Freeman, Glenda Gray (Terrance), Donald Freeman and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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Thomas Gale Barnes, 82

Born Wednesday, August 18, 1937

Died Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Thomas Gale Barnes (Papa Gale), 82, of Muskogee, Oklahoma went home to be with his heavenly father on Wednesday, July 15, 2020. He was born on August 18, 1937 in Muskogee, Oklahoma to Thomas Franklin Barnes and Minnie (Marlow) Barnes. He attended and graduated from Central High in 1955.
Gale enjoyed 30 years of retirement after being employed as a “Telephone Man”. His passion was riding his motorcycle, gold prospecting, and traveling the world. If you knew Gale, his first love was OU Football followed by his family.
Gale is preceded in death by his mother and father Thomas Franklin Barnes and Minnie (Marlow) Barnes; brother and sisters, Raymond, Lawrence, LaVerne, Louise; grandson, Tyler Barnes.
He is survived by daughter, Vicki Eller (Randy); son, Terry Barnes (Diane); grandchildren, Brandi (Eller) Cook (Marc), Josh Eller (Debbie), and Tommy Joe Barnes; great-grandchildren, Brodi and Braden Cook, Maggie Murphy and John Wayne plus several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Thomas’ life will be held 10am Monday, July 20, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Bobby Musgrove officiating. Interment will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery with Randy Eller, Josh Eller, Marc Cook, Tommy Joe, Brodi Cook, Braden Cook and David Berry serving as Pallbearers. Honorary Pallbearers will be Jerry Pack, Perry Palmer, Joe Don Palmer, Joe Brandt, and Ed Chaney.
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

1:00pm-5:00pm Saturday, July 18,2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home
1:00pm-5:00pm Sunday, July 19, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home

10:00am Monday, July 20, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home

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Daniel Lee Johnson, 98

Born Wednesday, October 19, 1921

Died Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Daniel L. Johnson was born October 19, 1921 in Nuyaka, OK. He was the tenth child of thirteen children born to Charlie and Mary Emma Johnson. He received Christ at an early age.

Dan, as he was known by many of his friends and family, met and married Charlene Mayes on November 7, 1940. To this union 8 children were born. He was a construction laborer by trade, an avid farmer who also loved to hunt. He enjoyed harvesting and peddling his crops. He continued farming well after retiring from construction work.

He was preceded in death by his wife , Charlene of 78 years, his parents Charlie and Emma Johnson, seven brothers and five sisters.

He leaves to cherish his loving memory eight children: Dannie Mae Carlis, Doris Adams (John), Charlie Johnson, Daniel Lee Johnson (Burma), Ron Johnson (Linda), Glenda Golden (Rodney Chaney), Gale Clark (Larry Morris), Jackie Tate (Roy) and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

A Home Going Celebration will be conducted, Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. in the Precious Memories Chapel of House of Winn Funeral Home-Okmulgee. Visitation will be, Friday, July 24, 2020 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

MASKS MANDATORY with maximum occupancy of 50 mourners at all services.

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

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