Friday, December 6

Tai Chi for Better Balance
Garden of Lights 2019 Season
2019 Polar Express Pajama Party
Deck The Hall with Buddy Holly - Angel Tree benefit
Create & Sip
Open Enrollment Event - Muskogee
Spaghetti Dinner And Silent Auction
CPR, AED, & First Aid for Business
Homeschool Recess

Saturday, December 7

Garden of Lights 2019 Season
2019 Polar Express Pajama Party
Craft & Ingram Family Toy Drive
Muskogee, OK Fresh Farms Delivery
Ride to The Garden of Lights - Muskogee
It’s Christmas
Petco Adoption Day!Home For Christmas
2019 Christmas Home Tour
Grand Re-Opening at Teased Salon
Muskogee SANTA Sessions!
Mistletoe & Memories Holiday Market.

Sunday, December 8

It’s Christmas
Muskogee SANTA Sessions!
Redeemed2Freedom Ladies' Sunday School Class
Little Drummer Dude
Adult and children’s choir Christmas service
New Hope Women’s Christmas Party
Church Family Holiday Meal

Recent deaths

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

Bob “Willie Bob” Glenn Strait, 69

Born Tuesday, February 7, 1950

Died Saturday, November 23, 2019

Bob “Willie Bob” Glenn Strait passed away in Park Hill, OK at his home on Sugar Hollow Road on November 23, 2019 at the age of 69.
Bob is survived by his wife Carol Strait; children Stacia Strait of McKinney, TX; Brandi White and her husband, Dave, of Broken Arrow, OK; Darin Zumwalt and his wife, Kati, of Bixby, OK; and Holli Gaskins and her husband, Jake, of Broken Arrow, OK; and seven grandchildren, Jada Walker, MaKayla and Kamaree Baul, Tristin White, Carter and Keeli Zumwalt, and Poppi Gaskins. He is preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Nancy Strait, and his brother, Clayton Strait.
Bob was born on February 7, 1950 in Tulsa, OK to Bob and Nancy Strait. He graduated from McLain High School in 1968 and Tulsa Community College with a degree in Theatre Arts. Bob served his country in the Army from May of 1970 – May of 1973 as a Morse Code Interceptor while serving overseas in Okinawa, Japan during the Vietnam War. He married Carol Strait on June 29, 1991 and enjoyed over 28 years of marriage. During that time, the couple welcomed four children into their home.
A funeral is scheduled for December 2, 2019 at 11:00 am at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home in Fort Gibson, OK with a committal service immediately following at the Fort Gibson National Cemetery. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Bob’s life.
The family appreciates everyone’s thoughts and prayers while Bob was fighting his battle with Leukemia.
The family of Bob Glenn Strait has entrusted his care, services and burial to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson. 918-478-2555.
Online condolences may be left at

Clifford D. Garrett Family Funeral Home

Coleman Nelson, 95

Born Saturday, February 9, 1924

Died Friday, November 22, 2019

“Ever heard of Saipan?” he would ask. And then Coleman Nelson would tell you it’s the largest of the Northern Mariana Islands, on the Pacific Ocean. He was a very young Marine when he fought and fell there from a bullet wound in World War II on July 4th, 1944. He would tell you how they put him on the Hospital Ship for evaluation, first in the lower deck. He learned later that this was procedure for patients not likely to survive. But he held on and was moved to a higher unit where he could feel sunshine. “That made the difference”, he said. He would tell the whole story, except the part about being awarded the Purple Heart. That was Coleman, a humble man who would never boast about a military decoration, or anything else. And he didn’t have to. Everyone who knew him found something wonderful and honorable in him.

Coleman was born on February 9, 1924 in Tuskahoma, Oklahoma to Monroe Nelson and Demma (Moon) Nelson. He left to reunite with wife Fleeta on November 22, 2019. For the 95 years that fell between, Coleman was kind and loving in every family role: son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather. Everyone was welcome at his house; everyone found love, patience and generosity. Coleman was the oak and the anchor at the center of the Nelson family, especially when Fleeta was by his side. They found strength in each other and he missed her every day after her passing on June 8, 2016.

Coleman is survived by his sister, June Tarr of Austin Texas; two sons, Dr. Jim Nelson, and wife Mary Gail of Wagoner, OK and Dr. Bill Goad, and wife Rita of Edmond, Oklahoma; two daughters, Vicky Watkins of Muskogee and Nancy Murray, and husband Jimmy, of Acworth, Georgia; two daughters-in-law, Cheryl Nelson-Bowyer of Muskogee, and husband Butch Bowyer, and Dr. Adrienne Ruby of Winslow, Arizona; grandchildren, Shane Nelson, and wife Heather of Oklahoma City, OK Jody Nelson of Muskogee, OK; Becky Frye and husband John of Kansas City, MO, Mary Katherine Nelson of Tulsa OK, Rueben Nelson of Kansas City, MO; Amy Ashing and husband Michael of Muskogee OK, LeeAnn Garland and husband Rodney of Muskogee OK; Ashley Knickmeyer and husband John of Norman, OK, Addison Watkins and wife Sandy of Glenco, OK; Spencer Goad and wife Vanessa of Orlando, FL, Kelci Fowler and husband Kevin of Edmond, OK, Parker Goad and Bryson Goad of Edmond OK; Macy Murray and Braden Murray of Acworth GA; great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Coleman was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Leonard Nelson and Cecil Nelson; two sisters, Paula Patton and Lenora McKibbon; two sons, Larry Nelson and John Nelson.

A celebration service will be held for Coleman on Tuesday, November 26, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 North York, Muskogee, Oklahoma, with Dr. Bill Goad officiating. Interment will follow at Green Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandsons, Shane Nelson, Jody Nelson, Rueben Nelson, Spencer Goad, Parker Goad, Bryson Goad, Addison Watkins and Braden Murray. Honorary Pallbearers are granddaughters Becky Frye, Mary Katherine Nelson, Amy Ashing, LeeAnn Garland, Ashley Knickmeyer, Kelci Fowler and Macy Murray.

Friends are welcome to drop in at Cornerstone between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. on Monday, November 25, 2019, to remember Coleman’s life with those who were truly blessed to be in his family.

Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 North York Street, Muskogee Oklahoma. Condolences can be made at

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Fred Hutton, 85

Born Wednesday, November 22, 1933

Died Thursday, November 21, 2019

On November 22, 1933, in Huttonville, Oklahoma a precious, baby boy was born to Ferdinand an Ophelia [Simon] Hutton. They named him Fred.

Fred accepted Christ at an early age and attended school in Huttonville until his family relocated to Eufaula, Oklahoma. In 1956, Fred enlisted in the United States Army, and after his honorable discharge, he returned to enjoy life.

In 1970, Fred came to Oklahoma, where he met his wife, Rosie Warrior. He worked for Gilbert Construction for 22 years, until his retirement. He then went back to work for APEC until they closed, then he worked for Pinkerton as a Security Guard for Fort Howard/Georgia Pacific.

Fred enjoyed working outside. He loved family gatherings, watching football and basketball games with his sons and grandsons and Sunday dinners.

Mr. Hutton battled his illness for years, and on Thursday morning, November 21, 2019, while surrounded by his loved ones in the comfort of his home, Fred went on to his final journey to eternal rest. His loved ones in Paradise who were there to greet him; his wife, Rosie, his daughters, Monica and Gwen, his parents, Ferdinand and Ophelia Hutton, his step-parents, Ben and Ester Perry, his grandson, Theus, Deonta' and Damion, his brother, Rudolph, his sisters, Maddie Lou and Deloris, his niece, Vacie Nunley, and other loved ones.

Those left ot celebrate his life and treasure his memories; his children, Sabrina Hutton-Edmond, Pamela [Daniel] Battle, and Jackie Hutton; his step-children; Wanetta Martin, Donna [Ervin] Walters, Rosemary [Robert] McDowell, Larry [Gloria] Burnell, Joseph [Jackie] Martin, Manuel [Julie] Martin, Oliver [Carla] Martin and Todd Martin; forty grandchildren; fifty-Three great-grandchildren; a caravan of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends who will dearly miss him.
The Hour of Remembrance for Brother Fred will be on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 2:00 PM in the New Hope Baptist Church of Huttonville, Oklahoma. Pastor Sanford Nero will officiate and Reverend Samuel Harper will give the Eulogy.

Burial will follow with Military Honors in the Huttonville Cemetery, Huttonville, Oklahoma, west of Eufaula.

You may visit Mr. Hutton on Friday from 12 Noon until 5:00 PM at the funeral home in Muskogee.

Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc.

Addie Mae Turner, 76

Born Thursday, January 28, 1943

Died Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Addie Mae Hayes was born to Robert and Ethel [Reynolds] Hayes on January 27, 1943 in IXL, Oklahoma. She was the third of six children in the family. Addie received her education in Anderson Chapel and Boley School systems.

"Mae," as she was affectionately referred to, united in Holy Matrimony to Clarence J. "C.J." Turner, Sr., and they were blessed with three children. She was a member of Pleasant Hill AME Church in IXL, Oklahoma and later moved her membership to Ward Chapel AME Church in Boley, Oklahoma, where she remained a faithful member until her health began to fail.

Mae loved singing, cooking, and her family, the Hayes sisters sang as a group in the Boley and surrounding area for many years. Her smile was an expression of love. Mae will be greatly missed by her family, friends and all that knew her.

On Tuesday evening, November 19, 2019, the Lord God almighty called our dear loved one to her eternal home in the sky. She leaves to cherish her memories; a son, C. J. Turner, Jr., Shawnee, Oklahoma; two daughters, Ethel Turner, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Dana Turner, Boley, Oklahoma; a brother, Leo and Naomi Hayes, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; two sisters, Betty and Carl Kemp, and Doris Becall, all of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law; along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The Sacred Farewell to Mrs. Turner will commence on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 11:00 AM in the Amos Temple CME Church, Boley, Oklahoma. Pastor Betty Shelby is the gracious host, Pastor Cleophus Jones, Officiating and Pastor Homer Williams, Eulogist.

Burial will follow in Eastlawn Cemetery in Boley.

You may visit Mrs. Turner, as she slumbers in sweet repose at the funeral home on Friday from 12 Noon until 5:00 PM.

Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc.

Caleesi Eden Mullens

Born Monday, April 8, 2019

Died Sunday, November 17, 2019

Caleesi Eden Mullens was born April 8, 2019, in Tulsa, OK, to Hunter and Kaegan (Anderson) Mullens. She passed away on Sunday, November 17, 2019, surrounded by her loving family and a multitude of friends.
Caleesi loved her Mommy and Daddy and her sisters. She loved sucking on her two favorite fingers and watching her sisters play. She also loved to eat; the sight of her mommy coming home to nurse her at lunch, or of a bottle being brought toward her seemed to be the highlights of her day. Her favorite show was “The Office” and she loved to dance to the song on the opening credits of “House”. She had a toothless smile that would light up any room and she wasn’t afraid to show it off to anyone. She also gave the best snuggles.
The week before her passing, she was lucky enough to get to go on a cruise with her parents to the Bahamas where she was complimented for her beauty and behavior by countless strangers, both on the flights and on the ship.
Although she wasn’t able to celebrate her first Christmas, she was overjoyed to see the lights and decorations that her mom had already put around the house.
Caleesi will have a lasting impact on the lives of all those fortunate enough to have met her in her short seven months on this earth and will be sorely missed by everyone.
She is survived by her parents: Hunter and Kaegan (Anderson) Mullens and her sisters, Cohen and Conlee of the home; paternal grandparents: Terry and Shary Mullens of Muskogee; maternal grandparents: Sarah Anderson (Matt Abel) of Muskogee and Christopher and Nicole Buckmaster of Oklahoma City; paternal great-grandparents: Paul and Traci Mullens of Lost City; maternal great-grandparents: Tim and Joy Anderson of Broken Arrow; uncles: Austin Mullens, Corey (Ashley) Keifer, Tanner Mullens, Colby Mullens (Hannah Fletcher), Jonathan Abel (all of Muskogee), and Lucas Miller of Oklahoma City; aunts: Devon Buckmaster, Kinnady Miller, and Emma Mandelski of Oklahoma City; and cousins: Laila Lancaster of Broken Arrow and Jonah Mullens of Muskogee.
Caleesi’s family will receive friends 5:30PM-7:30PM, Friday, November 22, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.
A celebration of Caleesi’s life will be 11AM, Saturday, November 23, 2019 at Southeast Baptist Church with Rev. Derek Steele officiating. Pallbearers will be Miles Jackson, Corey Keifer, Colby Mullens and Tanner Mullens. Honorary pallbearers will be Chandler Cotner, Derek Altman, Scott Rodden, Caleb Sexton, Alli McClain, Bailey Speake, and Devon Buckmaster.
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

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Clyde Oscar Oman Jr, 87

Born Sunday, October 30, 1932

Died Sunday, November 17, 2019

Clyde Oman, Jr. (Bud), 87, of Tulsa, Oklahoma passed away Sunday November 17, 2019 in Tulsa Oklahoma. He was born October 30, 1932 to Clyde Oman, Sr. and Grace Gibbs Oman. He grew up in Muskogee where he attended Whittier and Irving elementary schools, Alice Robertson Jr. High and Central High School. He graduated with the class of 1950.
He proudly served in the United States Army from which he received an Honorable Discharge.
After returning home Clyde moved to Tulsa where he worked for Scott Rice Office Equipment until his retirement.
His hobbies included woodworking, hunting and fishing. He loved making a big garden and would share everything with neighbors and family in Muskogee.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Delores; his brothers, John
Charles Oman, James Paul Oman, David Lynn Oman, William "Bill" Allen Oman Sr. and Steven Michael Oman; his sister, Rosemary Oman.
Clyde is survived by his son, Jeffrey Scott Oman of Tulsa Oklahoma; his brother, Jerry Oman and wife Shirlene of Muskogee, Oklahoma; his sisters, Patsy Davis, Linda Rozelle and husband James, and Karen Duke all of Muskogee, Oklahoma.
Funeral services for Clyde will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, November 22, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Chapel with Chaplain Bill Crow officiating. Interment will follow at Greenhill Cemetery with military honors.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 North York Street, Muskogee Oklahoma. Condolences can be made at

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Eric D. Byrd, 46

Born Monday, December 11, 1972

Died Friday, November 15, 2019

Eric Darin Byrd, 46, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away Friday, November 15, 2019 with his family at his side. He was born December 11, 1972 in Muskogee to Ross Byrd III and Linda (Ogden) Byrd.
He attended public schools from which he graduated.
Eric worked for Coburn Optical and later worked for the Port of Muskogee as a scale operator until his health began to fail. He also worked as a firefighter for the Brushy Mountain Volunteer Fire Department.
Eric will always be remembered for the love he had for his family; they meant the world to him.
He was preceded in death by his dad, Ross Byrd III.
Eric is survived by his wife, Christy, of the home; sons, Dalton Byrd, Blake Byrd and his girlfriend, Brittany Cantrell; his grandson, Bentley Cantrell; mother, Linda Byrd; siblings, Scott Byrd, Brandi Mocha and husband Nick; nieces, Courtney Stone, Hannah Mocha, and Tara Parrish; nephew, Matt Lott; along with other family members and many friends who will miss him dearly.
Funeral services celebrating Eric’s life will be 2PM, Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at Muskogee First Baptist Church with Mr. Roger Pratt and Mr. Russ Pratt officiating. Interment will follow at Greenhill Cemetery with Dalton Byrd, Blake Byrd, Scott Byrd, Nick Mocha, Cody Gritts, and Dakota Ballard serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Brushy Mountain Fire Department, Bubby Morgan, Dalton Clay, Gary Clay, Kevin Faucett, Mark Carson, and Matt Lott.
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

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Kasrandra Ellen Brice, 58

Born Thursday, July 27, 1961

Died Thursday, November 14, 2019

Services will be announced at a later date....

Kasrandra “Sandi” Ellen Brice, 58, of Fort Gibson Oklahoma passed away on Thursday, November 14, 2019. She was born on July 27, 1961 to Marion John Kerns and Barbara Joyce (Ford) Kerns in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
For 58 years the world was made brighter by her presence. A free spirit that viewed life as an adventure. Sandi lived passionately and ferociously, leaving a lasting impression on all who encountered her. Her love of life was contagious. Her sweet smile lit up a room and her laugh was the sound of pure joy that will echo in our hearts forever.
She will be remembered for her tremendous generosity, her fierce love of family, friends, and her babies, and her life-long love of riding. Though her time on earth was much too short, it was a life well lived.
Kasrandra is preceded in death by her mother and father, Marion and Barbara Kerns.
She is survived by her husband, Tony R. Brice; 4 children; 4 grandchildren; brothers, Johnny Lee Kerns and wife Lisa, and Jimmy Dale Kerns and wife Jamie; sister, Tina Kizzia and husband Mark; and numerous nieces, nephews, and many friends.
A celebration of Kasrandra’s life will be planned in the coming weeks.
Ride free, sweet Sandi! Your legacy will live on in all who loved you!

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Joseph Bernard Flusche Jr., 64

Born Wednesday, July 6, 1955

Died Thursday, November 14, 2019

Joe has completed his earthly journey.
Joseph Bernard Flusche Jr. Was born July 6th, 1955 in Muskogee, Oklahoma and died November 14th, 2019 on the family Ranch where he had lived all his life. He was the son of Joseph Bernard and Barbara Bennett Flusche. His grandparents were Albert H. and Josephine Flusche and Woodrow and Margaret Francis Bennett.
On July 15, 2004 Joe married Brenda Carpenter Payne at a small catholic church that had been built by his family in the early 1900’s, and was active for many years. His grandparents, aunts, and uncles were married in that same church. Joe was proud to carry on the family tradition by marrying Brenda there.
Joe was one of six sons born to Bernard and Barbara. His older brother, Edward Anthony, died at birth. Surviving brothers are John Albert (Karen), Muskogee; James Howard, Tulsa; Jeffrey Mark (Sherri), Muskogee; and Jason Patrick, Muskogee.
His children, held in his heart with pride and love, are Emily Ann Pierce (Joey), Weatherford, Texas; Joseph Bernard Flusche III (fiancé Stephanie), Lubbock, Texas; Matthew Kane Flusche (Breanne), Oklahoma City; Ali Marie Highers (Jake). His Grandchildren are Reese, Logan, Adam, Paizlee, Nora and Madeline.
Joe attended school at Longfellow Elementary, West Junior High School, and Graduated from Muskogee High School in 1973. He was active in FFA while in high school and competed in local, state and national livestock events. He received his baccalaureate degree in Agriculture from Oklahoma State University in 1977. He was a 1973 Pledge of OSU Phi Delta Theta. He was employed with Fort Howard Paper Company for 25 years. He developed a cattle herd while in high school and college and ranching was always a part of his life.
Joe was baptized into the Catholic Church in 1955.
Joe enjoyed many kinds of music, stock car racing and was a vocal fan of “Thunder”. Oklahoma State Cowboys was his football team. His joy was in his work and enjoyment of the outdoors.
In addition to his wife, Brenda, her daughter Traci Schoeppel and her grandson, Seth; Joe’s brothers and their families; his children and their families, Joe is survived by his mother Barbara and her husband, Jim Eller of Franklin, Texas.
A memorial service for Joe will be held Monday, November 25th at 11:00 a.m., at Cornerstone Funeral Home with Reverend Kelley Payne officiating.
In lieu of flowers or other memorials, please donate to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 841125, Dallas, Texas 75284-1125

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Thema Maxine Collins, 86

Born Monday, December 26, 1932

Died Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Thelma Maxine “Mickey” (Barnes) Collins passed away Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at St. Francis Hospital in Muskogee, OK. She was born December 26, 1932 to Richard and Mabel Barnes in Wainwright, OK. She attended Boynton Public Schools until the 11th grade before moving to Berryhill High School where she graduated. Mickey then earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Northeastern State University.
On August 10th 1958, she married Archie Wayne Collins. They shared a loving marriage for almost 50 years before his passing in 2008.
Mickey was an educator at Webbers Falls Elementary School for 20 years until her retirement in 1994. Mickey was also a long-time member of First Baptist Church of Warner. Mickey deeply loved her family and was loved in return, but her greatest joy came from spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren teaching them to read and playing games.
Mickey is survived by her children: Mark Collins and Nancy of Inman, KS; Jeffrey Collins of Warner, OK; and Janet Miller and Erec of Muskogee, OK. Grandchildren: Jessica Randolph and Michael of Vian, OK; Megan Collins and Josh Williams of Inman, KS; and Katelyn McMullin and Zachary of Comanche, OK. Great-grandchildren: Joshua Williams, Jr, Mikayla Randolph, Hailey Williams, Mark Williams, and Liam Randolph. Brother: Bill Barnes and Shelba of Okmulgee, OK.
She is preceded in death by her husband; parents; sisters: Gladys Badgwell (Lawrence); Irene Swain (Kenneth); bothers: Richard Barnes, Jr. and Gene Barnes (Della); sister-in-law, Louise Patterson (Alva).
A celebration of Mickey’s life will be Monday, November 18th, 2019 at 1:00pm at First Baptist Church of Warner with Blaine Ross officiating. Interment will follow at Warner Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Bradley Kilpatrick, Josh Stafford, Michael Randolph, Zachary McMullin, Josh Williams, and Kevin Wallis.
The family would like to thank Dr. Faisal Wasi, Encompass Home Health and all the nurses and aids at the skilled units for taking care of Mickey. The family would also like a special thank you to Denise Johnson for her loving care and patience.
In lieu of flowers the family asked that donation be made to Warner First Baptist Church “Backpack for Kids”.
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

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Melissa Louise Orman, 45

Born Thursday, December 27, 1973

Died Wednesday, November 13, 2019

On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, Melissa “Missy” (Dillard) Orman, wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, passed away suddenly at the young age of 45. Missy was born on December 27, 1973, about 2 weeks overdue, which as all who knew her knew, she took her time and arrived when she was ready and presentable. She was born and raised in Muskogee where she remained and began raising her own child. She had always showed an interest in all things medical and when the opportunity presented itself, Missy earned her Associate’s degree as a surgical technologist, where she excelled. However, her most favorite thing she ever did was become a mother. Missy loved being a mother to her son and put everything she had into giving him the best life she could.
Missy is survived by her husband, Johnathan; son, Johnathan Leland “LJ”; dad, Carroll Dillard; sister, Stacie Dillard-Self and husband Mike; brother, Terry Ceaser and wife Lori; aunt, Patricia Parker and husband, Dale; four (4) nieces, Chelsea Rottnek, Sheila Kosbab, Nancy Ceaser, and Jordyn Dominguez; three (3) nephews, Jeremy Ceaser, Christopher Ceaser, and Julian Self; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, other family members and friends.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Judie Dillard; sister, Tammy Ceaser; nephew, Jayson Ceaser; maternal grandparents, Charles “Chuck” and Marny Pierson; paternal grandparents, Floyd and Louise Seabolt; uncle, Jearl Dillard; cousin, Kevin Dillard, and many other family and friends.
The family would like to express our heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to the physicians, nurses, and other staff in the critical care ICU at Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa and to the staff of LifeShare Oklahoma, who all showed genuine compassion and care for Missy and our family while she was at Saint Francis Hospital.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to either the Meningitis Foundation of America Inc., PO Box 1818, El Mirage, AZ 85335, online at or the National Meningitis Association, Inc., PO Box 60143, Ft. Myers, FL 33906, online at .
A celebration of Missy’s life will be 11AM, Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Kelly Payne 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

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Helen Louise Hardin-Weaver, 91

Born Tuesday, July 10, 1928

Died Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Helen Louise Hardin-Weaver, 91, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed on Wednesday, November 13, 2019. She was born on July 10, 1928 to Elva White and Thressa (Schmeider) White in Wagoner, Oklahoma. On October 11, 1946, she married Jim Hardin. Jim and Helen were married for 46 years until Jim’s death in 1992. On July 22, 1998 she married Robert A. Weaver, spending over 21 memorable years together.
Helen and Jim were proud business owners of Hardin Office Equipment for many years until their retirement in 1981. Helen loved sewing, quilting, gardening and cooking. She was also a member of First United Methodist Church in Muskogee, and many clubs, such as Epsilon Sigma Alpha for 46 years, Muskogee Area Quilters Guild, Christmas Home Tour Committee, Happy Homemakers (OSU Ext.), and the Tenkiller Sams Camping Club.
Helen is preceded in death by husband, James V. Hardin, and sons Charles Hardin and Douglas Hardin.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Weaver of Muskogee, Oklahoma; daughters, Patsy Hardin Timmons of Milford, Massachusetts and Diana Hardin Brown of Muskogee, Oklahoma; granddaughters, Carol Hardin Hubbard of Bedford, Texas and Tierney Brown of Muskogee, Oklahoma; grandsons, Jeff Timmons of Middletown, New Jersey, Brian Timmons of Milford, Massachusetts, Eric Hardin of Fort Worth, Texas, CJ Hardin of Fort Worth, Texas, Cayce Hardin of Fort Worth, Texas, and Jake Hardin of Fort Worth, Texas; 13 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild and a host of other family and friends.
A celebration of Helen’s life will be at 2:00pm Saturday, November 23, 2019 at First United Methodist Church in Muskogee with Reverend Mike Smith and Chaplain Cindy Culver officiating. The members of the Nu Delta Chapter of ESA will serve as Honorary Pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
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

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Carolyn Elaine LaBounty-Goats, 80

Born Thursday, September 7, 1939

Died Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Carolyn Elaine LaBounty Goats, 80, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away on Tuesday, November 12, 2019. She was born on September 7, 1939 to Homer E. Vice and Jewell Berniece (Clark) Vice in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. In November of 1994 she married Burl A. Goats, they spent over 24 memorable years together.
Carolyn taught at Warner Public Schools for over 27 years. She was also a long-time member of First Baptist Church in Warner, attending for over 55 years. She loved to read and fellowship with the Joy Class at Southeast Baptist Church, but most of all, she deeply enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Carolyn is preceded in death by her parents, Homer and Jewell Vice; husbands, Kenneth LaBounty and Burl Goats; sister, Anita Stone-Johnson; and daughter, Brenda Webb.
She is survived by her 5 children, Rick LaBounty and wife Cindy, Tony LaBounty and wife Sharon, Kenny LaBounty, Chuck LaBounty, and Shelley Branam and husband Tim; stepson, Michael Goats and wife Debbie; 4 brothers, Larry Vice and wife Jeanetta, Lynn Vice, Steve Vice and wife Janet, and Kevin Vice and wife Danyne; 19 grandchildren; 20 great-granchildren, and a host of other family and friends.
Family will receive friends 5:30pm-7:30pm Friday, November 15, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.
A celebration of Carolyn’s life will be 2:00pm Saturday, November 16, 2019 at First Baptist Church in Warner with Sam Dunn and Mike Murray officiating. Interment will follow at Warner Memorial Cemetery with Luke LaBounty, Shane LaBounty, Joshua LaBounty, Rickey LaBounty, Aaron LaBounty, and Daniel LaBounty serving as Pallbearers. Honorary Pallbearers will be Tim Branam, Ken Baird, Leo Smithson, and Mark Calavan.
In lieu of flowers the family has asked donations to be made to the Warner High School Christmas Extravaganza (ATTN: Jeremy Jackson).
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

Public Visitation:
9:00am-8:00pm Friday, November 15, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home

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Thelmarie Hill, 78

Born Wednesday, September 17, 1941

Died Monday, November 11, 2019

On September 17, 1941 a beautiful baby became a blessing to Elmarie Jefferson and Sylvester Shelton. She was the 1st of 12 children to this union and was given the name Thelmarie. At an early age she was baptized at Scipio Baptist church. She attended and graduated from Lima Public School system.

On November 25, 1959 she married her first love, Blanton Henry Hill Jr., and to this union 6 children were born. They relocated to Muskogee, Oklahoma and she became a member of Metropolitan Baptist Church. She was employed at Swifts, McIntosh Nursing Center and then later Brockway Glass where she retired early due to failing health.

She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, great grandson, Tyrone Clay, Floyd Bud” Davenport IV, siblings, Glenn, Odis, Wilton, Cleveland, Jimmy, Loretta, and Magdaline Shelton.

She leaves to mourn her death, her children: Melinda Hill, Ramona (Melvin) Parker, Blanton (Felicia) Hill, Stanley (Stacy) Hill, Camisha (Rev. David Ragsdale Jr.), Glenn (Rosa) Hill. Her grandchildren: Adrian, Andria, Andrai, Crystal, and Cryshana Hill, Marchello, Marvell, and Marvez Vealy, Brittany Penn, Kelton Williams, Corey Scott, Tommeshia Carter, Brandon, Braisha, and Blanton IV Hill, and Joseph Jenkins, Pleasant Hill, Stanley and Stacia Keith, John McGee, Tonai and Toye Black, Jayden, Cheyenne and Glenn Hill, Jr., 38 great-grandchildren, her sisters, Jamia Jenkins, Eather Stevenson, Elnora Williams, and Maggie Shelton. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Longtime friends: Doretha Beasley, Edna Smith-Love, Ann Ballard, Ann Golden, Nora Livingston, Dorothy Sue Anderson-Fennell, Gloria Scott, Charlene Evans, Pamela Wilkerson, Edna Porter , Arthalia Garrett, Minnie Loggins, Pamela Payne, Helen Cade, Frances Criner, Loretta Rucker.

A Memorial Service is scheduled, Saturday, November 23, 2019, 10:00 a.m., Temple of Hope Church, 500 W. Broadway St., Muskogee, OK.

Visitation, Friday, November 22, 2019, 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

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

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Peggy Joe Moore, 89

Born Thursday, August 14, 1930

Died Sunday, November 10, 2019

Peggy Joe Anthis was born to Nola Jean and Royal Noble Anthis on August 14, 1930 at the Oklahoma Baptist Hospital in Muskogee, OK. She was a daughter, sister, wife, mother, mother -in-law, grandmother and great-grandmother, cousin, friend and child of the King. She was the seventh and last born to her parents.

The Angels came and carried her home to be with her Lord forever on November 10, 2019. On September 25, 1948 she married Gerald Taylor West and remained married to him for almost 50 years. He died on June 28, 1998. After his death, she married Gary Moore on December 18, 1999, who survives her. Other survivors include: her daughter, Julie Ann West Tucker and husband Jack and daughter-in-law Cherry West Thompson and husband Bruce. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Susan Jennifer Tucker of Norman, OK, Amanda (Mandi) Kaye Harris and husband Shawn P. Harris of Wainwright, OK, Jack F. Tucker, Jr. of Oktaha, OK, and Candace Jean West Bowden and husband Aaron Bowden of Muskogee and six great-grandsons, Kellen Westlee Bowden, Carson Dene Bowden and Cade Finley Bowden of Muskogee, and Dylan Ross Harris, Blake Taylor Harris, and Mason Reid Harris of Wainwright, two great-granddaughters Hannah Renee Harris, of Wainwright and Sadie Grace
Bowden of Muskogee, step-daughter Lesa Moore Hunter and husband Brian of Muskogee and step-grandsons, Jonathan Hunter and fiancé Luci Whitaker, Jeramy Hunter and a step­ granddaughter. Her sister Pauline Ward also survives her as well as many nephews and nieces and wonderful friends.

Preceding her in death are her beloved first husband, Gerald Taylor West, her wonderful son Gerald Taylor West, Jr. (Jerry), her parents Royal and Nola Anthis, two sisters, Nola Jean Rigney and Dorothy Orsbern and three brothers, Royal Noble Anthis, Jr., Robert Lee Anthis and Billie Jim Anthis and her step-son Devin Ray Moore.

Besides being a wife and mother, Peggy worked in several medical offices during her lifetime. She started out at Fite Clinic in 1954, then Dr. Ted Hine and Dr. Mike Fite at the Muskogee Women’s Clinic where she was office manager for many years. She and Gerald both retired in 1986, she from Dr. Fite's office and Gerald from Oklahoma Natural Gas Co. The West family enjoyed many activities including walks in the woods, playing games and singing in the car on their way to different events and going to gospel singings. Peggy loved horses and rode until she was 68 years old. Church attendance was at the top of their activities. It was seldom asked if we were going to Church as we all knew it would be yes. She felt so privileged to live a life of much happiness and joy and having two wonderful children and in-laws and grandchildren, two wonderful husbands and gaining another daughter, son and two more grandsons when she married Gary and her many friends were a joy to her.

Peggy loved people and loved going places and doing things. Traveling was a favorite thing she and Gerald (and later Gary) enjoyed doing together. She and Gerald were involved in square dancing with the Gad-A-Bouts in the 70's, she loved bowling and they loved visiting friends. They loved their Church family and being a part of fellowship.

After her marriage to Gary, she enjoyed time with him and his family. She and Gary enjoyed many trips together, working in the yard which they took great pride in and putting up their many Christmas lights and having cookouts for the family especially celebrating birthdays, holidays and helping Gary host the Moore Family Reunions. Peggy enjoyed life and doing things with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved cooking for them as long as she was able and having them in her home.

Peggy’s family will receive friends 5:30PM-7:30PM, Friday, November 15, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.

A celebration of Peggy’s life will be 10:30AM, Saturday, November 16, 2019 at Southeast Baptist Church with Rev. Monte Baggett and Pastor Mike Murray officiating. Entombment will follow at Oktaha Cemetery with Larry Ison, Joe Hull, Ron Null, Benny Ross, Kenny Jackson and Howard Cleeman serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Jack Tucker, Sr., Jack Tucker, Jr., Shawn P. Harris, Aaron Bowden, Bruce Thompson and Brian Hunter.

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

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Nelson James Upton, 96

Born Sunday, May 27, 1923

Died Sunday, November 10, 2019

Nelson James Upton, 96, of Muskogee, Oklahoma, formerly of Tulsa, passed away Sunday, November 10, 2019. He was born May 27, 1923 in Muskogee to James and Jennie (Wadkins) Upton. He attended Hyde Park Elementary and Muskogee Central High School.
Nelson joined the United States Air Force in January 1943 serving overseas during WWII. He received an honorable discharge in August 1945.
He married Norma Ruth Walters on June 18, 1950 in Van Buren, Arkansas. They shared more than 66 years of life, marriage and memories when Norma passed on February 19, 2016.
Nelson worked as an engineer for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. He retired in 1985 after 38 years and 8 months of service.
He loved playing golf but loved nothing more than spending time with his family. He was a member of Southwood Baptist Church in Tulsa where he faithfully attended and served for many years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Norma Ruth; and other family members.
Nelson is survived by his sons, Mike Upton and wife Pam, David Upton and wife Patsy, all of Muskogee, and Gary Upton of Plano, TX; grandchildren, Bryan Upton and wife Jenifer, Jason Upton and wife Amanda, Zachary Upton and wife Kayla, and Lindsey Cole and Travis; great-grandchildren, Kace, Daxon, Grayson, Harper, Adam, Maeve, Erik, and Nelson; along with other family members.
The family would like to express a very special “Thank you” to the staff at Hometown Hospice; especially Candy Underwood, for the care shown to Nelson.
Funeral services celebrating Nelson’s life will be 10AM, Thursday, November 14, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Alan McBroom officiating. Interment will follow at Greenhill Cemetery with military honors being presented. Pallbearers will be Mike Upton, David Upton, Gary Upton, Bryan Upton, Buddy Michals, Jason Upton, and Zachary Upton. Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Hill, Frank Russell, and Jim Coover.
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

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James Edward Scott, 78

Born Tuesday, July 22, 1941

Died Sunday, November 10, 2019

James Edward Scott, 78, of Muskogee, Oklahoma went home to heaven on Sunday, November 10, 2019 surrounded by his family. He was born on July 22, 1941 to Paul Jefferson Scott and Mildred Mae (Morris) Scott in McLain, Oklahoma. He attended and graduated from Warner High School in 1959. He continued his education and received his Associates Degree at Connors State College. He owned Warner Auto Supply for many years and retired in 2012.
James was a 32nd degree Mason from the Muskogee Masonic Lodge. He loved to golf, hunt and was a big OU fan. He was always thankful for his friends coming to see him and was always kind to his family, to whom he always opened his home.
James is preceded in death by his mother, Mildred Mae (Morris) Scott, father Paul Jefferson Scott; grandparents; brother, Glen Scott; and sister, Carolyn Ferguson.
He is survived by his sons, Chris Scott and wife Karen, and Brent Scott and wife Tiffany; daughter, Paula Price and husband Matthew; brothers, Lynn Scott and wife Barbara, Dick Scott and wife Angie, Jeff Scott and wife Marisa; sister, Judy Medlin and husband Steve; brother-in-law, Raymond Ferguson; sister-in-law, Pat Scott; aunts, Margaret Crow and Norma Jean Morris; uncle, Bill Morris; granddaughters, Latisha Sides and husband Bryon, Kailee Stonebarger and husband Jake, and Addie Scott; grandsons, Daniel Crabtree, Austin Scott and wife Emily, Kyler Scott, Keith Baughman, and Adam Baughman; 12 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of James’s life will be 1:00pm Thursday, November 14, 2019 at New Hope Assembly of God Church with Reverend Cardell Coppin officiating. Lynn Scott, Daniel Crabtree, Jeff Scott, Austin Scott, Dick Scott, and Kyler Scott will serve as Honorary Pallbearers.
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

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Donald Anderson Duffus Sr., 94

Born Monday, April 13, 1925

Died Saturday, November 9, 2019

Master Sergeant Donald Anderson Duffus, Sr., 94, passed from this world the morning of November 9, 2019 while surrounded by his loving family at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
MSgt (ret) Duffus was born April 13, 1925 in Worcester, MA to Peter G. Duffus and Ada Mills Duffus. At a very young age he learned to be self-sufficient; selling vegetables to area residents from a wagon he pulled around, driving a milk delivery truck and struggling to reach the pedals, driving a bakery truck after the driver became ill and he was the only one that knew the route. MSgt (ret) Duffus first joined the United States Army at age 16. In 1942, he transferred to the United States Marine Corps where he served honorably until retiring in October of 1963. He enlisted as a mechanic and quickly rose to the position of motor transport chief.
During 1943-1945 he served with the 1st Marine Division and participated in four amphibious landings in the Pacific; New Guinea, Cape Gloucester, Peleliu and Okinawa. From 1945-1946 he was stationed in Peking, China then later 1951-1952 in Korea. From the time he enlisted until his death he loved the Corps and was extremely proud to be a Marine.
MSgt (ret) Duffus was a devout Christian, a brave and loyal Marine, a devoted husband, a patient, loving and giving father, grandfather and great grandfather. He married Pauline L. Riddle in Reno, NV on August 15, 1947. They were by each other’s side for nearly fifty-eight years. Even after Pauline’s passing and subsequent cremation in 2005, MSgt (ret) Duffus kept her by his side while taking her ashes with him on trips across the country. Pauline has also taken her final trip and will be laid to rest in his arms.
MSgt (ret) Duffus is survived by his children; Paula K. Davidson and husband John of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Donna L. Taylor and husband Tony of Wetumka, Oklahoma, Donald A. Duffus, Jr. and wife Rita of Gulfport, Mississippi; his grandchildren, Heather A. Boss and husband Jason of Okmulgee, Oklahoma, Scott L. Taylor and wife Beverly of Stillwater, Oklahoma, Peter G. Duffus of Gulfport, Mississippi, Teri A. Park and husband Taylor of Destin, Florida; his great-grandchildren, Cameron A. Boss, Makenzie Park and Grayson Lane.
Viewing will be from 9:00AM-12:00PM Thursday, November 14, 2019 at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson, Oklahoma.
A celebration of Donald’s life will be held 1:00 PM Thursday, November 14, 2019 at Fort Gibson National Cemetery Pavilion, Fort Gibson, Oklahoma with Cameron A. Boss, Scott L. Taylor, Peter G. Duffus, Jason L. Boss, Sr., two honored Marines who served behind him on foreign shores until Valhalla, serving as casket bearers. Donald A. Duffus, Jr. and Tony R. Taylor will serve as honorary casket bearers.
The family of Donald Anderson Duffus Sr. has entrusted his care, service and burial to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Fort Gibson. 918-478-2555
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