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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.)

Judy Louise Davis, 73

Born Wednesday, October 8, 1947

Died Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Judy Louise Davis, 73, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away Tuesday, July 13, 2021. She was born October 8, 1947 in Holbrook, Arizona to Russell Martin and Grace Van Doris (Jones) Leak.
Judy loved nothing more than spending time with her family. She enjoyed taking care of kids and her grandkids. She also enjoyed reading, working puzzles and coloring.
She had worked in the laundry service business and as a beautician but most of all, she loved being a homemaker for her family.
Judy was preceded in death by her parents, Russell and Grace Leak; son, Jerry Robert Davis; and her 9 siblings.
She is survived by her sons, Steven Russell Ellis and wife Darla, William (Billy) Ellis and wife Cheryle, Donald Davis and wife Mandye, and Ricky Davis; grandchildren, Michael, Brittany, Brett, Tyler, Dakota, Samantha, Chris, Dakota, Patric, Caden, Whitney, Alexis, Cole, and Kori; 13 great-grandchildren; along with other family members and friends.
Judy will be greatly missed.
A memorial service celebrating Judy’s life will be 10AM, Saturday, July 24, 2021 at Stevenson Cemetery in Gum Springs, Oklahoma with Mr. Aaron Ellis officiating.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory at 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences can be made at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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GLENDA JOYCE HERRERA, 78

Born Thursday, January 7, 1943

Died Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Glenda Joyce Herrera, 78, of Muskogee, Oklahoma went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 with her family by her side. She was born on January 7, 1943 to Bill Walters and Opal (Mackey Walters in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Glenda graduated from Muskogee Central High School and later graduated from OSU with a degree in commercial lending in 1991.
Glenda married the love of her life, Gene A. Herrera, on August 9, 1968 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. They shared just shy of 54 years of life, love, family and many memories together.
Glenda was promoted to vice president at Citizen’s Bank and was responsible for all aspects of commercial lending. She was a board member of Muskogee Welfare Association, The Red Cross, and the Civitan Club for many years. Glenda also served on the board for CASA, Muskogee Day Nursery and United Way. She was a faithful member of Muskogee First Baptist Church. Glenda loved her family and cherished every moment with them. She will be missed by everyone who knew and loved her.
Glenda was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Opal Walters; brother, Billy Don Walters; and niece, Vickie Walters.
She is survived by her husband, Gene of the home; daughters, Angela Garrett and husband Mark of Muskogee, OK, and April Cluff and husband Mark of Wagoner, OK; grandchildren, Cayden and Kendall Cockle of Muskogee, OK, Sarah, Marshall, and Tora Garrett of Muskogee, OK, Michael, Mitchel and Tucker Cluff of Wagoner, OK; brother-in-law, Max Herrera of Tulsa, OK; sister-in-law, Mamie Palmer of Muskogee, OK; all her special nieces; special friends, George and Betty Ladd; and many other family members and friends.
We would like to give a very special thank you to our hospice nurses, Katie, Jimmey, Morgan and Ashley. You provided such compassion and care. Thank you also to Katie Garner and Joy Nelson for taking such good care of mom. She adored you girls.
A celebration of Glenda’s life will be 10AM, Saturday, July 17, 2021 at Muskogee First Baptist Church with Dr. George Ladd officiating.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences can be made to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com

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CAROLYN LOUISE DUNCAN, 74

Born Tuesday, December 31, 1946

Died Saturday, July 10, 2021

Carolyn Louise Duncan, 74, of Warner, Oklahoma passed away on Saturday, July 10, 2021. She was born in Dalhart, Texas on December 31, 1946 to LW Grove and Sammy (Brown) Bowen. She attained an associate degree from Connors State College and went on to work for the US Postal Service as a postmaster until retiring in 1999. Carolyn was also a faithful and active member of The United Methodist Church.
She married the love of her life, Troy Rayford Duncan, on August 14, 1964 in Clayton, New Mexico. They shared 56 happy years of marriage together.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Troy Duncan; father, Loyal Grove; stepfather, William Bowen; mother, Sammy (Brown) Bowen; father-in-law, Troy Duncan; mother-in-law, Mozelle Duncan; and brother, Joe Grove.
She is survived by her son, Troy Duncan II and wife Julie of Tupelo, Mississippi; son, Mickey Duncan and Gina Gilliam of Muskogee, Oklahoma; son, Spencer Duncan and wife Charlene of Owasso, Oklahoma; sister, Charlene Taylor and husband Bill; sister-in-law, Sara Lawanda Mitchener and husband Steve of Jones, Oklahoma; brother-in-law, Donald Duncan and wife Shari of Nixa, Missouri; grandchildren, Justin Duncan and wife Lisa, Britany Vance and husband Chris, Tyler Duncan, Bradley Duncan and wife Amanda, Baylee Duncan, Nikki Duncan, and Chloe Duncan; great-grandchildren, River Airmet, Charles Duncan, and Ariel Vance.
A celebration of Carolyn’s life will be 11am, Thursday, July 15th, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jeremy Jones 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 http://www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.


Service info: 11am, Thursday, July 15, 2021 @ Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel.

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Elaine Myrna Prest, 73

Born Monday, June 21, 1948

Died Saturday, July 10, 2021

It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that the family announces that on the evening of July 10, 2021 Elaine Prest, beloved wife of Keith Prest of the home, much-loved mother of Diane Kivisto of Muskogee, Oklahoma and Robert Kivisto (Dawn Hayter) of Jefferson, Oregon, cherished grandmother of Brian (Catrina) Kivisto of Albany, Oregon, Alex Houghton & Jaden Isom both of Muskogee, Oklahoma, Brianna (Daniel) Lopez of Newberg, Oregon and Talon Kivisto currently serving overseas in the United States Marine Corp, and adored great grandmother to Mia, Phoenix, Layla, Trinity, Namira and Alicia Kivisto all of Albany, Oregon, Aleonna Kivisto of Eufaula, Oklahoma, and Draygen, David, Dante and Anthony Lopez all four of Newberg, Oregon took her final journey home to rest in paradise with Jesus. Having courageously battled COPD for many years, Elaine, under hospice care, passed peacefully in her sleep with her beloved husband Keith, who has loved and cherished her for nearly 30 years, by her side in their home in Albany, Oregon.

Elaine was and ordained minister and took great joy in spreading the word of Jesus every chance she got. She was also as an accomplished songwriter having won Las Vegas Songwriters Association’s ‘Songwriter of the Year’ award in October 1993. She was a stay-at-home wife, a role she both loved and enjoyed, and loved hosting dinners and singing karaoke with her family and friends whenever possible. Over the years she worked as a seamstress and had an amazing talent in the art of quilting, upholstery and crafting. Elaine had an infections sense of humor and was known to prank her friends and family. In their spare time, she loved the outdoors and spent much time fishing and camping (and perhaps searching for the elusive Big Foot too). Elaine and Keith also enjoyed going to the casino together and spending time at home alone with one another.

Along with family members listed above, Elaine will be dearly missed by other surviving family members: sister Rachel Lacey of Muskogee, Oklahoma; brother Lloyd Gray Sr. of Muskogee, OK; sister Carolyn Thomas of Benton, Missouri; and sister Sylvia (Dennis) Rivas of Noel, Missouri. A special mention to her nieces Metha Christopher and Veronica Gilbert to whom she shared a special bond with over the years. Elaine will be remembered and sorely missed by her many nieces and nephews in addition to the many friends she made in her lifetime in several states.

Elaine is preceded in death by her parents Ruby Fountain (Gray), and Jesse F. Gray; the man she considered a father figure James Lacey; bothers Harley Gray, Jesse W. Gray, Ronnie Gray, Donnie Gray, Bonnie Gray, Aaron Gray, and Jeremy Gray; and sisters Velma Gray & Pamela Gray.

No service arrangements are planned at this time; the family are still making plans and will announce later. Fisher Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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David Tucker, Sr. , 72

Born Wednesday, October 20, 1948

Died Friday, July 9, 2021

David Wayne Tucker, Sr., 72, Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away on July 9, 2021. He was born on October 20, 1948 to James Wesley Tucker and May Laverne (Eslick) Tucker in Muskogee, Oklahoma. David was a high school graduate and earned his associates degree. He served in the United States Navy and received an honorable discharge.
David worked as a postal worker in Muskogee for many years until his retirement in 2011. He enjoyed working crossword puzzles and playing board games. David was a huge dog lover. He enjoyed singing hymns and volunteering at retirement homes. David always put others first. He had a sense of humor and sarcasm was mandatory when you were around him. He always knew how to make people laugh. David loved spending time with his family, especially his grandkids. He will be missed by everyone who knew and loved him.
David was preceded in death by his parents, James and May Tucker.
He is survived by his sons, David Tucker, Jr. of Tulsa, OK, Matthew Tucker of Muskogee, OK and Nathan Tucker of Topeka, KS; grandchildren, Celestial Rizo, Jonathan Liddle, James Taylor, Brett Tucker and Carter Haden; sisters, Ruby Nicholson of Muskogee, OK, and Laura Bergmann of Wagoner, OK; and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of David’s life will be 10AM, Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Bill Crow officiating. Interment will follow at Oktaha Cemetery with Dave Tucker, Nate Tucker, Mathew Tucker, Celestial Rizo, Jonathan Liddle and Carter Haden serving as pallbearers.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences can be made to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com

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Joyce Ann (Combs) Vaughn, 76

Born Saturday, April 14, 1945

Died Thursday, July 8, 2021

Joyce Ann (Combs) Vaughn, 76, of Checotah, OK was born April 14, 1945 in Checotah, OK to Ted and Eula (Scott) Combs and peacefully passed away Thursday, July 8, 2021 in Muskogee, OK.
She received her formal education at Checotah Public Schools, graduating with the class of 1963. Joyce loved her job at Creek Nation as an accountant and retired after 30 years of service. She really enjoyed the people she worked with.
Joyce loved spending time with her grandchildren, whom she adored. In her spare time, she enjoyed sewing and spending time with friends. Joyce will be missed by all that knew and loved her.
She is lovingly survived by her son, Randal Brison; grandchildren, Tye and wife Bethany, and Christine; her great-grandson, Hesston; sisters, Wanda Brandan, and Edna (Rick) Thompson; nephews, Doug Smith, Eddie (Sonya) Grant, Greg (Hollie) Johnson, Darran Johnson, Trey Thompson and Larry (Debbie) Leiker; nieces, Vicki (Don) Dicks, Chana Jones, Cari Combs, and Cheryl Smith; special daughter in law, Beverly Davis, extended family and many friends.
Joyce is preceded in death by her parents, her daughter, Angela Brison; sisters, Margie Smith and Helen Johnson, and a brother, Clell Combs.
A celebration of Joyce’s life will be held 1:00PM Tuesday, July 13, 2021 in the Serenity Chapel at Garrett Funeral Home in Checotah, OK with Pastor Nate Capps officiating.
Burial will be a private family committal in Greenlawn Cemetery in Checotah, OK.

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Bobbye Steele, 94

Born Saturday, September 11, 1926

Died Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Bobbye Jean (Bledsoe) Steele peacefully passed away in her home at 10:06 p.m. on July 7th, 2021. Bobbye went to be with the Lord at the age of 94 years young. She is lovingly remembered by her four daughters and three sons-in-law, Jeanette and Jim Ward of Braggs, Teresa and Don Cunningham of Fort Gibson, Judith and Ron Elliott of Stillwater, Becky Edwards of Muskogee; nine grandchildren, Jeff Ward and his wife, Dachelle, Jarrod and Deana Ward, Ginger and Jeff Owens, Retonya and James Walters, Amy and Wade Brand, Matt and Jody Edwards, William Elliott, Michael and Emily Elliott, Sarah and Lance Kaminski; nineteen great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
Bobbye was born on September 11th, 1926 in Braggs, OK. She graduated from Braggs High School in 1943 before marrying the love of her life, Relton Steele, on January 22,1944. They shared a wonderful 57 years together before Relton went to be with the Lord in 2001.
Throughout Bobbye’s career she worked for a private lab as a lab technician for 20 years and later worked with Dr. Hodge. Bobbye was always active in her church. She was an honorary member of 4-H Club, an occasional substitute teacher, and Vice President of the Muskogee County Home Demonstration Club for two terms.
She loved to read, cook, and she made room for some sewing. She stayed very busy helping her mother care for her grandparents and later cared for her mother in a special way.
Bobbye was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and now a great-great-grandmother. She wants most of all to be remembered for being Relton’s right hand man (so to speak) on the farm. The Steele family was named the farm family of the year in 1958.
Bobbye always commented that she had a very full life and enjoyed every moment of it. She loved and appreciated how her grandchildren visited her often and the wonderful, very close relationship she shared with her four daughters.
A graveside memorial is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on July 12th, 2021 at Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Bobbye has asked that donations be sent to: Chandler Road Church of Christ at 3507 Chandler Road, Muskogee, OK 74403 or you can find a donation tab on the church website. You can send memorials to Braggs School Restoration Fund in honor of former graduate P.O. Box 59 Braggs, OK 74423.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences can be made to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com

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Joshua Roy “Josh” Taylor, 43

Born Wednesday, September 21, 1977

Died Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Joshua Roy “Josh” Taylor, 43, of Fort Gibson, was born September 21, 1977 in Muskogee, OK to Roy and Janiece (Lewis) Taylor and peacefully passed away Tuesday, July 6, 2021 with his loving family by his side.
He spent his grade school years in the Fort Gibson School system, and finished his formal education at Muskogee High School.
Josh was a carpenter by trade, working for his grandpa, Leroy Smith’s Cabinet Shop in Fort Gibson for most of his working career. His passions in life were wood working, playing golf, wetting a hook at his favorite fishing spot, stock car racing and watching pro-wrestling.
Josh is lovingly survived by his mother and his step-father, Janiece and Bryan Lewis of the home; brothers, Michael Taylor and wife Trish of Fort Gibson, OK; Jerry Taylor and wife Melanie of Eufaula, OK; Roger Taylor of North Carolina; Bryan Lewis and wife Kristi of Sand Springs, OK; and Cody Lewis and wife Lashawn of Fort Gibson, OK; grandparents, Leroy and Patsy Smith of Fort Gibson, OK and Larry and Caroll Lewis of Muskogee, OK; aunts and uncles, Chuck Brosz and wife Sheila of Dallas, TX; Marvin Smith and wife Ellie of Fort Gibson, OK; Mark Smith and wife Kelly of Tulsa, OK; Lance Lewis and wife Shawnna of Muskogee, OK; Brad Lewis of Muskogee, OK; James Taylor of Fort Gibson, OK; Jimmy Taylor and wife Barbara of Tulsa, OK; Doug Gilliland and wife Erin of Fort Gibson, OK; nieces and nephews, Shelby, Leah, Sara, Trapper, Fisher, Scout, Carsen, Maggie, Reed, Elizabeth, Orion, Harley, Drayden, Jayde, Xander, Mason, Camron, Serenity and Abby; several cousins, numerous extended family and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Roy Taylor and his grandmother, Lois Cook.
A celebration of Josh’s life will be 1:00PM Saturday, July 24, 2021 at First Baptist Church in Fort Gibson with Brother Butch Cook officiating. Michael Taylor, Jerry Taylor, Bryan Lewis, Cody Lewis, Kenny Clemmens and Rome Nichols will serve as urn bearers.
The family of Joshua Roy Taylor has entrusted his care, cremation and service to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson, OK. 918-478-2555.
Online condolences may be left for the family at clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com

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Dorothy Ann Wachob, 96

Born Friday, August 15, 1924

Died Monday, July 5, 2021

Dorothy is survived by sons, Jack Wachob and wife Linda, and Jerry Wachob and wife Carol; grandchildren, Dena Wachob, Derek Wachob and wife Nora, Stacy Woody and husband Kevin, Cindy Adkins and husband Eric; great-grandchildren, Whitney Hudgins and husband Tim, Abigail Wachob and fiancé Jordan “Jersey” Harris, Kylee Barnett, Morgan Flinn, Madison Wachob, Kaelyn Boydstun, Kristen Barnett and Emily Boydstun; and great-great grandson, Luke Hudgins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Mabel and Jack Courtney; husband, Dick Wachob; son, Richard Wachob; sisters, Mary Dean Lawrence and Betty Garrison; and grandson, Brett Wachob.
A special thank you to Patriot caregivers, Natasha, Mary, Tessa, Tammy, Margie, Carrie, Justice, Kimber, Linda, and Parlene; and to her personal handyman, Alan Cruce. If we missed anyone, we apologize and want you to know how much we appreciate you.
A celebration of Dorothy’s life will be 12PM, Friday, July 9, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Monty Baggett officiating. Interment will follow at Greenhill Cemetery with Alan Cruce, Greg Foreman, Don Flanagan, Jason Rush, Brian Barnett and Elijah Lapham serving as pallbearers.
The family will be having lunch after the service at 1:30PM at Eight Ten Ranch 800 N Country Club Rd Muskogee, OK 74403.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory at 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences can be made at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Sherry J. Calcote, 71

Born Wednesday, August 10, 1949

Died Monday, July 5, 2021

Sherry Jean Calcote, 71, passed away on July 05, 2021 in Muskogee, OK. Sherry was born August 10, 1949 to Willard Stufflebeam and Elva Striplin in Muskogee, OK.
Sherry graduated from Muskogee Central High School in 1967. She married Donald Wayne Calcote on January 4, 1994. Sherry was a housewife for many years. She went on to work for Pleasant Valley Nursing Home working on the floor as a nurse aide. Sherry was a member of York Street Christian Church. She enjoyed reading, dancing and traveling. She loved spending time with her family and making precious memories.
Sherry was preceded in death by her father, Willard Lee Stufflebeam; mother, Elva Stufflebeam; sister, Robbie Jackson; brother, Glenn Stufflebeam; nephew, Russ Jackson and daughter, Shelley Marie James.
She is survived by her husband, Donald Calcote; daughters, Alicia Majors-Faddis and husband Stephan, Kristy Sheley and fiancé Eric; son, Larry W. James; sister, Linda White and husband Jerry; brother, Sonny Stufflebeam and wife Liz; grandchildren, Elvalina Marie Faddis-Ganje and husband Michael, Blake Faddis and wife Stephany, Cody Faddis, Stephanie Faddis, Jerry Alexander, Buddy James, Jesse James, Danika James, Stephen James, Lincoln James, Amory James; great-grandchildren, Makayla Ganje, Mia Ganje, Brynnlee Faddis, Krossen Faddis, Cambreigh Faddis, Emma Faddis, Salina Alexander, Blayze Alexander and several nieces and nephews.
Family will be conducting a memorial service at 11am on Friday, August 6, 2021 at York Street Christian Church with Gene Thompson officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be Blake Faddis, Cody Faddis, Jerry Alexander, Buddy James, Jesse James, Stephen James and Lincoln James.
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 www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Jewell Irene Lashley, 98

Born Saturday, December 16, 1922

Died Saturday, July 3, 2021

Jewell Irene (Epps) Lashley, 98, passed away on July 3, 2021 in Muskogee, OK. Jewell was born on December 16, 1922 to Cleveland Fountain Epps and Lue Ella Hicks in Heavener, OK.
At the age of 4 Jewell became a lifelong resident of Muskogee, OK. She attended Muskogee Public Schools. After graduation she attended Draughn’s Business School. She worked as an administrative assistant during World War 2 at Davis Field Air Base. She went on to work for the VA Hospital for over 30 years of service.
She married Norris S. Lashley on June 11, 1948 in Haskell, OK and shared 44 years together before Norris’s death in 1992.
Jewell was an active member of the Eastside Church of Christ.
Jewell enjoyed cooking, sewing, quilting, bowling and traveling with her family. She very much enjoyed talking and laughing.
She was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather, G.C Pack; husband, Norris Lashley, 2 sisters, 1 brother and 3 stepbrothers.
She is survived by 3 children, Pat English and husband Jack of Fayetteville, AR, Bob Lashley and wife Judi of Edmond, OK, Steve Lashley and wife Kay of Seminole, OK; 6 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and a large number of nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held at 11 am, Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Jack English officiating. Pallbearers will be Andy Lashley, Jay Lashley, Todd Holland, Chris Young, Lucas Ross and Jeremiah McDaniel. Honorary Pallbearers will be Dylan Holland, Steven Holland, Braden Young, Bode Lashley, Henson Ross and Simon Ross.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.


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Harold K. Haxton, 89

Born Sunday, December 13, 1931

Died Friday, July 2, 2021

Harold Kenton Haxton, 89, passed away on July 2, 2021 in Muskogee, OK. Harold was born on December 13, 1931 to Milan Haxton and Alice Josephine (Kenton) Haxton in Hobart, OK.
Harold attended Gotebo Schools and was part of the Class of 1950. He attended Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma Law School. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Muskogee Rotary Club and the Oklahoma Bar Association.
Harold married Brenda Sue Seabolt in 1980. Harold was an Attorney for the Department of Veterans Affairs. He retired from the Veteran’s Administration in 1996 after many years of service.
Harold was preceded in death by his parents, Milan and Alice Haxton; brother, Manford Haxton and wife, Brenda Haxton.
He is survived by his children, Jim Moran, David Moran, Roger Haxton, Susan Moran, Charleen McCracken, Anthon Haxton; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Family will greet friends 5:00 -7:00 pm on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Muskogee, OK.
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 www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.




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Marian J. Hankins, 78

Born Saturday, September 5, 1942

Died Friday, July 2, 2021

Marian Jean Williams-Hankins, or Pat as she was fondly called, was born on September 5, 1942, in Haskell, OK; the third child of Gilloe and Corene Williams. She attended Elementary School in Boynton, OK and later attended Manual Training High School in Muskogee where she marched in the band as a majorette. After graduating high school in 1960 she attended nursing school and received her LPN License.

Marian met and married Ollie Hankins on January 10, 1962, and they moved to Palo Alto, CA. To this union they were blessed with three children. The marriage did not last, and they divorced in 1982, she never re-married. Marian loved her children and loved to read her novels. She was a crossword puzzle enthusiast and she enjoyed spending time at the casino where she frequently won.

Marian accepted Jesus Christ at an early age and attended Little Rose Baptist Church. She was a member of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Muskogee where she was active in the women’s mission and taught Sunday School. Later in life she became a member of Vision of Faith in Broken Arrow where she was an Usher and taught Sunday School. She retired from the VA Hospital in 2008 where she worked in administration. She was also an active member of Blacks in Government.

Marian was called to her heavenly home on July 2, 2021.

Preceding her in death are her parents, a brother Clyde Williams, and a sister Verniece ‘Tiny’ Johnson.

She leaves to cherish her memory daughters Tracey Sanders and Kimberly Hankins, a son Mitchell Hankins all of Tulsa, OK; three grandchildren Talore Sanders Tulsa OK; Nick Sanders Dallas, TX; and Sydney Jackson Tulsa, OK. A sister, Dorothy James Muskogee, OK and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A Home Going Celebration will be conducted, Friday, July 9,2021 at 11:00 a.m. in the Precious Memories Chapel of House of Winn Funeral Home-Muskogee, with Rev. Gregory Fields, eulogizing. Interment will follow in Booker T. Washington cemetery. Public visitation, Thursday, in Precious Memories Chapel during the hours of 1:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M.

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

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Junie R. Kizzia, 40

Born Saturday, May 2, 1981

Died Thursday, July 1, 2021

Junie Rian (Garner) Kizzia was born on May 2, 1981 and passed from this life on July 1, 2021. Junie was loved by many friends and coworkers, as well as three big families, the one she was raised by, the one she was born to, and the one she married into. She loved to play and watch sports, including winning the 1996 Class A Girls Basketball State Championship with the Webbers Falls Lady Warriors. Her biggest accomplishment in life are her children, Kutter Jo and Rian Jacelyn from the marriage of William Tucker Kizzia. She loved being a mother and a #proudaunt to her nieces and nephews. Junie was baptized on March 12, 1995 at the Webbers Falls First Baptist Church. She graduated from Webbers Falls High School in 1999, Connors State College in 2001, and Northeastern State University in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. She started working at the Department of Veterans Affairs the summer after her high school graduation and continued there for the next 22 years as a Senior Veterans’ Claim Examiner. She loved Elvis and was able to celebrate a surprise 30th birthday party with the King. She will be greatly missed!
As a member of the Comanche Nation, Junie had tremendous pride in her tribe and her heritage. She was a descendant of Comanche Chief Santa Anna-Comanche War Chief and a direct descendant of Shoshoni Lemhi Band Sacagawea. She was also a descendant of Quanah Parker- last Comanche Chief and Comanche Code Talker Haddon Codynah.
Junie was preceded in death by members of her birth family; Mary Elizabeth Pandocony (paternal grandmother); Michael Mathis (paternal grandfather); Jackie L. Codynah (maternal grandfather); Velia “Heart” Silverhorn (maternal grandmother); and Kevin J. Codynah (uncle).
Junie is survived by her birth family; Leonard John Douglas Mathis (father); Kimberly A. Codynah (mother); Karen J. Kaniatobe (grandmother); sisters, Haley Mathis, Alicia M. Wheeler, Keyone C. Gonzalez, Yawnna V. Arkeketa, Destiny A. Arkeketa, and NiTaya S. Perez; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.
In September of 1982, Junie became a Garner and was the pride and joy of the family. She quickly paved her way through life with her free spirit and headstrong ways. Preceding her in death are her mother, Cristella Jo Garner; paternal grandparents, Cecil and Helen Garner; maternal grandmother, Doris Dea Bias; father-in-law, Terry Kizzia; brother-in-law, Dean Kizzia; uncles, Tank Patterson and John Seabolt.
Surviving family members, her children Kutter Jo and Rian Jacelyn Kizzia; father, Butch Garner (Jan); sister, Regan Foreman (Bob); brother, Jordan Garner (Amanda); nieces and nephews, Carson, Jensyn, and Jackson Foreman, Anistyn and Glavin Garner, Mallory Barrett; special cousins, Jaide Wallace and Kristian Jo Clay; mother-in-law, Sheila Kizzia; and lifelong best friend, Amie Perry; and a host of nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.
Junie’s family will receive friends from 6-8pm, Thursday, June 8, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.
Junie’s life will be celebrated at 11AM, Friday, July 9, 2021 at Webbers Falls Event Center with Reverend Sam Dunn officiating and Eulogist Brother Rick Shelby. Interment will follow at Fields Cemetery in Porum. Serving as pallbearers will be Bob Foreman, Carson Foreman, Brent Perry, Evan Wallace, Mike Kizzia, and Garrett Kizzia. Honorary pallbearers are Ronald Garner, Donald Garner, Heath Garner, Jim Richey, Kameron Ramirez, and Jamie Kizzia.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Gery “Juice” Moore Triggs, 64

Born Wednesday, December 26, 1956

Died Thursday, July 1, 2021

Gery was born in Boynton, Oklahoma on December 26, 1956 to Harold and Annie Mae Triggs.

He attended and graduated from Boynton High School in 1975. Gery went on to attend Connors State College where he played Basketball with long time friends Lawrence Howell and Marcus Penney.

Gery Worked for Western Electric in Oklahoma City for a while. He later moved to Wichita, Kansas where he joined the Street Ministry. He was always very proud to share that experience with whomever would listen.

He joined Sanders Baptist Church with his devoted and big brother Harold Jr. Gery enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Gery’s friends affectionately to him as “Juice”. Gery will be greatly missed. Rest in Peace our Dear Brother.

Matthew 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

Gery was preceded in death by his beloved mother, Annie Mae Triggs, brothers: Sanford, Eugene, and Leon.

Gery leaves to cherish his memory: his father, Harold Triggs Sr., brothers and sisters, Calvin Triggs, Harold Triggs Jr. (Annie Mae), Donald Earl Triggs (Samantha), Rita Williams (Lesley), Patricia Cook, Annaretta Triggs Hodge (Jimmy), Bridgette Randolph, Rhoda Grayson, Yvette Bell (Marcus); along with a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

A Service of Memory will be held on Saturday, July 10, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. in Mt Zion Baptist Church, 125 N. 1st St., Boynton, OK with his brother Rev. Harold Triggs, Jr. eulogizing. Interment will follow in Cane Creek Cemetery, Boynton, OK.

Public Visitation will be Friday, July 9, 2021, 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. in the Precious Memories Chapel of House of Winn Funeral Home-Muskogee, 2200 Military Blvd, Muskogee, OK.

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

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Joy Michelle McGann, 68

Born Sunday, August 24, 1952

Died Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Joy Michelle McGann, 68, passed away on June 30, 2021 in Fort Gibson, OK. She was born on August 24, 1952 to Lynn Rogers McGann and Hazel “Maurine” Dugger in Syracuse, New York.
Joy enjoyed sewing, working crossword puzzles, word searches, watching I Love Lucy, Andy Griffith Show and Matlock. She loved spending time with her daughter and family and making precious memories.
Joy is preceded in death by her parents, Lynn McGann and Maurine Dugger; brother, Ronald McGann and sister, Cheryl Leavell.
She is survived by her daughter Melissa and son-in-law Sam Allen of Tulsa, OK; brother-in-law, Loren Leavell.
Services will be held 1pm, Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at Memorial Park Cemetery in Enid, OK with Rev. Bob Hancock officiating.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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J.C. “Papaw” Smith, 84

Born Wednesday, November 25, 1936

Died Wednesday, June 30, 2021

J.C. “Papaw” Smith, 84, of Muskogee, Oklahoma went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. He was born on November 25, 1936 to James Edward Smith and Verdie (Capps) Smith in Muskogee, Oklahoma. J.C. grew up attending Muskogee Public Schools.
He married the love of his life, Bonnie Ruth Stevens, on August 31, 1956 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. They shared over 64 years of life, marriage and many memories.
J.C. worked at Yaffee Iron and Metal for many years. He also worked at Indian Capital Technology Center. He was a handy man, and #1 furniture and delivery man for Office Connections. J.C. had been a member of PCOG and Assembly of God church affiliations and was currently a member of Muskogee First Assembly of God. He loved bluegrass music, Chris Stapleton and short sermons. J.C. was a loving husband, dad, papaw and friend to all.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Verdie Smith; brothers, Homer Smith, Cecil Smith and Wayne Smith; and sisters, Dorothy Mobley, Georgia Williams, Mildred Randall and Sue Todd.
J.C. is survived by his loving wife, Bonnie Smith of the home; daughter, Saundra Vaughn and husband Bill of Muskogee, OK; grandson, William Vaughn IV of Tulsa, OK; granddaughter, Nikki Carlson and husband Jeff of Tulsa, OK; great-granddaughters, Ava Carlson, Emma Vaughn Carlson and Ruby Monroe Carlson; and numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
His family will greet friends 5PM-8PM, Monday, July 5, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.
A celebration of J.C.’s life will be 10AM, Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at Muskogee First Assembly of God with Dr. Steve Rose officiating. Interment will follow at Greenhill Cemetery with Ronnie Smith, Larry White, Jimmy Todd, Johnny Todd, Steve Todd, John Howe, Jay Goodman, Scottie Goodman, Curt Smith and Mike Smith serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Clift Harris, Ken Catlett, Dusty Campbell, Gene Bebee and Leon Clymer.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory at 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences can be made at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Mary Louise (Douglass) Lusk Reynolds, 93

Born Wednesday, September 28, 1927

Died Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Mary “Louise” (Douglass) Lusk Reynolds, 93, passed away on July 1, 2021 in Little Rock, Arkansas. She was born on September 28, 1927 to Eldridge Parrish Douglass, Sr. and Claudia (Carvill) Douglass in Cotton Plant, Arkansas.

Louise was a homemaker and worked for a brief period as a dental assistant.

Louise married Jimmy Fields Lusk, and they enjoyed a long and happy life together. After Jimmy’s death Louise moved to Little Rock and married Ray Reynolds.

Louise was a graduate of Brinkley High and was privileged to attend the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She loved her country home life in Muskogee, raising her only child Robert, and spending time with the greatest love of her life, Jimmy Lusk. Louise loved gardening, riding horses, taking in stray dogs, and entertaining her friends in her home. In 1999 Louise became a grandmother for the first time, and she adored her triplet grand babies. She loved helping take care of them and spending time with family and friends. Louise LOVED to talk on the telephone! She enjoyed traveling and had a host of friends. Louise was a faithful member of several churches and was always involved in church activities. She was a long-standing member of Trinity UMC in Muskogee, and when Louise moved to Little Rock, she joined and was an active member of St. Paul UMC on Durwood Road. She was a lifetime member of P.E.O and enjoyed her involvement with this philanthropic organization. Louise loved reading the Bible and her favorite devotional book “Jesus Calling.” She had an infectious laughter, a servant’s heart and was always willing to go above and beyond to help anyone in need. Louise loved all people as God loved her.

Louise was preceded in death by her parents Eldridge Parrish Douglass Sr., and Claudia Carvill Douglass; first husband, Jimmy Fields Lusk; son, Robert E. Lusk; second husband, Raymond Reynolds; sister, Martha Douglass Dorland; brother, Eldridge Parrish Douglass, Jr., nephew John Lusk, Jr.; and sister-in-law Dorothy Jean Lusk Myrick.

She is survived by daughter in law, Kathy Lusk of Little Rock, AR, triplet grandchildren, Kate Lusk and Jimmy Lusk of Little Rock AR, Martha Lusk of Englewood, FL, and great-granddaughters, Elliott and Magnolia McGarrett of Englewood, FL. She is also survived by brother in Law John Lusk, Sr. (Becki) of El Dorado, AR and sister-in-law, Sara Douglass of Dallas, TX, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren of Texas. Louise is survived by nieces Mici Lusk Ryberg (David), children of California; Linda Lusk Heironimus (Dan), children and grandchildren of Missouri, and Mary Lou Lusk of Texas; and Philip Lusk, children and grandchildren of AR. Louise is survived by niece Margaret Dorland, children and grandchildren of Arkansas and Texas; Kenneth Dorland (Mary), children and grandchildren of TX, and Doug Dorland (Shirleen), children of Oklahoma. Louise is also survived by David Myrick (Annette), children and grandchildren; Nancy Maines, children and grandchildren; Diane Burcke (Gary), and Mary Jane Chupp (Dennis), children and grandchildren, all of Texas. Louise is also survived by stepchildren, Roger Reynolds (Lisa), step granddaughter Celeste Gladden and step great grandson Jase Gladden of Arkansas; Ramona Rook (Alec), step granddaughter Lindsey Gerdes (Nick) and step great grandson Kaleb Gerdes of Kansas; and Ricky Reynolds (Diana) of Little Rock, AR. She is also survived by a host of other family members and friends who adored and cherished their “Sister in friendship” and their “Aunt Louise.”

Graveside service only will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at Fort Gibson National Cemetery, 1423 Cemetery Road, Fort Gibson, OK 74434, where she will be laid to rest with her first husband, Jimmy Lusk.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the St. Paul United Methodist Church, 2223 Durwood Road, Little Rock AR 72207, or the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 30, 2223 Durwood Road, Little Rock, AR 72207.

A celebration of Louise’s life will also be held in Little Rock, AR at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 2223 Durwood Road, Little Rock, AR 72207, on Saturday August 14, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.

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

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Frances Marlene (Byrd) Bryan, 85

Born Monday, May 11, 1936

Died Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Frances Marlene Byrd Bryan was born May 11, 1936 to Syble Elizabeth (Nelson) Byrd Harper and Arther Eugene Byrd in Muskogee, OK; she departed this life on June 29, 2021. She is predeceased by her beloved grandmother Sarah Frances (Sally) Johnson of Fort Gibson, her parents, brother Donald Eugene Byrd of West Memphis, AR, sister Margie Ann Byrd (O’Del) Arnett of Fort Gibson, sister Kathrine I. Harper Fulmer of Cabot, AR, brother Paul Neal Harper of Oklahoma City. She is survived by husband William W. (Walt) Bryan of the home, son William W. (Bill) Bryan III and wife Susan of Warrenton, VA, grandchildren, Nathan Avery Bryan and wife Laura of Falls Church, VA, Cailtlin Marie Bryan Kirby and husband Adam of Arlington, VA, Lauren Alane Bryan of San Diego, CA, and Mallory Faith Bryan of Warrenton, VA; brothers Charles Harper of Vilonia, AR, Victor Harper of Newton, KS, nieces and nephews Sandra O’Dell Imel, Michael O’Dell, and Christie Leann Arnett Edwards of Muskogee.

From her childhood through early teens, Marlene was lovingly nurtured by her beloved grandmother, Sarah Frances Johnson. Upon graduation from West Memphis High School, she relocated to Houston, TX, where she worked as a waitress while attending Massey Business College.

She wed Walt on February 1, 1955 in Houston, TX, where she was employed as a waitress and attended Massey Business College while Walt was attending Texas A&M. They established their first home in College Station and Bryan, TX, in August 1955, where she was employed as secretary to the Pastor, First Methodist Church of Bryan, TX, to help finance Walt’s final three years’ college studies. They then relocated to Waxahachie, TX, where she gave birth to their son, Bill, on February 6, 1959. From February 1959 until March 1989, she devotedly followed the relocations and resettlements of Walt’s military, uprooting and reestablishing their household in ten different locations over 30 years. They relocated to Cookson, OK, in June, 2001.

Marlene was a selfless, loving, nurturing, caring, industrious, “best friend,” loving and faithful wife, and nurturing mother for her entire adult life! She also became father as well as mother, chief executive officer, head of household, chief financial officer, and chief logistics officer during Walt’s frequent and lengthy mission absences and numerous Vietnam deployments. She was a meticulous homemaker and gourmet chef! She was active in numerous Methodist churches performing a range of committee and volunteer positions. She was also in Officers’ Wives Clubs and in charity works at numerous Air Force Base Thrift Shops and the Assistance League of Redlands, CA. She was an avid and skilled bridge player, accumulating Masters’ points before departing Redlands.

Marlene daily followed Jesus’ Command in Matthew 22:37-39: “... ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

The family of Frances Marlene Bryan has entrusted her care and service to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson, OK. 918-478-2555.
Online condolences may be left for the Bryan family at clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested to please make donations to the MDS Foundation - 4573 South Broad Street, Suite 150 - Yardville, N.J. 08620 - or call 1-800-637-0839 or visit their website mds-foundation.org/contact-us/


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Phyllis Jane (Sadler) Ragsdale, 74

Born Monday, August 12, 1946

Died Sunday, June 27, 2021

Phyllis Jane (Sadler) Ragsdale,74, passed away on June 27, 2021 in Tahlequah, OK. She was born on August 12, 1946 to John Ed and Mary Jane Sadler in Muskogee, OK.
Phyllis graduated Muskogee Central High School in 1964. After high school she attended Oklahoma State University and University of Central Oklahoma. She married Pat Ragsdale in 1966 and they shared many years together with their daughters. She worked for Federal Aviation Administration and the United States Attorney’s office as an Administrative Assistant.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, John Ed and Mary Jane Sadler of Muskogee, OK.
She is survived by her two daughters, Kristen Clark of Nashville, TN, Lori Enlow of Tahlequah, OK; brothers, Dr. John Ed Sadler, Jr.of Boulder, CO, Bobby Sadler of Tulsa, OK; grandsons, Noah Enlow of Tahlequah, OK, Ethan Enlow of Tahlequah; granddaughter, Avery Enlow of Tahlequah, OK and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial service and remembrance will be 3:30PM, Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com

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John A. Ausmus, 90

Born Sunday, September 21, 1930

Died Sunday, June 27, 2021

John Arthur Ausmus was born September 21, 1930 to Amo and Irene Ausmus in Kiefer, Oklahoma. He was the 3rd child of 7 children. He grew up in Keifer and graduated from Keifer High School in 1953. He would have graduated sooner but left during his senior year to serve in the Navy. John served his country from1949 to 1952. John played football and fast pitch softball. John was an avid golfer and enjoyed hunting quail.

He married the love of his life, Donna Yarger on January 21, 1955. They celebrated almost 63 years of marriage before Donna passed away on January 5, 2018. During their marriage they were blessed with two children Lynn Ausmus Cragg and Kent Ausmus. John and Donna completed their undergraduate work a Sol Ross University in Alpine, Texas and their Master’s degree from Northeastern State University. During his over 30 years in education John was a teacher, coach and counselor at East Central in Tulsa before moving to Vian as high school principal and later to Fort Gibson as high school principal. He retired in 1988 and then went with Donna to Germany. While Donna taught for the Department of Defense in Germany, John golfed and had coffee at the Officer’s Club with friends. They had many enjoyable times and traveled to many different countries during the 15 years they spent in Germany.

John was preceeded in death by his father Amo and mother Irene, his wife Donna and son Kent.

He is survived by his daughter Lynn and husband Larry of Muskogee; sister, Ethel Davis of Sapulpa, brother, Robert Ausmus of Sapulpa, brother Dutch Ausmus of Kiefer, sister, Susie Romine and husband Gary of Sapulpa, brother, Dude Ausmus of Sapulpa, sister, Winona (Babe) Miller of Kiefer; grandson, Nathan and wife Meagan Davis of Muskogee, grandson, Jon and wife Angel Davis of Muskogee, granddaughter Rachel Cragg of Fayetteville, Arkansas and granddaughter Jade Ruckman and partner Brys Weldon of Mannford; great-grandchildren, Reid and Tucker Davis, Kade Davis and Bryr Weldon. He also leaves behind many other family and friends.

John was a member of Boulevard Christian Church and has many cherished brothers and sisters in Christ.

John’s life will be celebrated at 9AM, Thursday, July 1, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Tony Blumenberg officiating. Interment will follow at Fort Gibson National Cemetery with military honors being presented. Serving as pallbearers will be Nathan Davis, Jon Davis, J.R. Romine, Aaron Cragg, Jason Cragg, and David Romine.

The service will be live streamed on Cornerstone’s website. Go to cornerstoneofmuskogee.com, click on John Ausmus page, click tribute wall, then click on the webcast at 9am.

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

Family to greet friends 5:30-7:30PM, Wednesday, June 30, 2021 @ Cornerstone Funeral Home

Service:
9AM, Thursday, July 1, 2021 @ Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel

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