Friday, January 24

Bull Riders Inc. National Finals

Saturday, January 25

Bull Riders Inc. National Finals
JJ Hall Band plays Muskogee Brewing Company
Indian Nations in the Civil War presentation
Ribbon Skirt Workshop

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.)

Lewis Edwards, 74

Born Saturday, July 7, 1945

Died Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Lewis Edwards, age 74, of Wagoner, the son of the late Madie Edwards Sr. and Annie Mae Edwards. He was born July 7, 1945 in Camden, Arkansas. He departed this life January 7, 2020 at St. Francis Hospital in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

He received his early education at Lafayette School in Camden, Arkansas, then moved to Sand Springs, Oklahoma where he finished his schooling at Booker T. Washington High School.

Lewis later received his CDL License to become a truck driver. He drove cross country for several years, then drove local for Mid-Continent Truck Company. His lifetime sport and hobby was fishing.

Lewis was preceded in death by his Father, Madie Edwards Sr., Sister Linda Edwards and two brothers Madie Edwards Jr. and Harron James Edwards.

He is Survived by his wife Marion Edwards, her daughter Marlanta Foye and Marion’s two grandchildren Standric and Mareisha Foye. Also he leaves to mourn his mother Annie Mae Edwards, his four children from a previous marriage Joe Lewis, Clifton Wayne, Gary Edwards and Tracie Alexander Edwards (husband Dexter), four brothers Clifton (wife Teresa), Charley, Milton and Willie Edwards, two sisters, Brenda Elliot, Donnie Smith (husband Don) four sisters-in-law Betty McConnell (husband Robert), Charlie Bills, Linda Clark (husband Rev. Larry), Kathy Alexander Kimble and two brothers-in-law, Larry (Loretta) Foye, Rev. Jerry (Tina) Alexander, a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and acquaintances.

Home Going Service will be Saturday, January 18, 2020, 11:00 a.m., Pilgrims Faith Ministries Church, 723 S. 3rd St, Muskogee, OK, Rev. Jerry Alexander Eulogist. Interment will follow in Booker T. Washington Cemetery, Muskogee, OK

Visitation will be Friday, January 17, 2020, 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

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

House of Winn Funeral Homes

Thomas Johnson Sr., 64

Born Saturday, April 16, 1955

Died Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Well done, thou good and faithful servant….On January 7, 2020 with his wife by his side Thomas “Tommie” Johnson Sr. inhaled on earth and exhaled in Heaven. Spending his first birthday with Jesus.

On April 16, 1955 a baby boy was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma to Henry and Mable Johnson. They named this bundle of joy Thomas Virgil Johnson. He received Christ on the direction of Dr. B. W. Noble of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church where he was a faithful servant serving as a usher, and later becoming a Deacon until his health began to decline.

Tommie attended Dunbar Elementary, Sadler Jr High, and later graduating from Muskogee High with the class of 1973. Tommie worked for the city of Muskogee Parks and Recreation for 23 years retiring in 1998.

Tommie loved his family and enjoyed coaching and mentoring his son Virgil and friends in baseball. He believed that “family was everything and he showed it by always giving lots of love”. Tommie’s heart was one of willingness, who had a servant’s heart, true to his word and without fail. You could always depend on him to help others and give a strong word of advice and a listening ear.He loved taking long drives with his wife.

He was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Mable Johnson, paternal grandparents, Rev. R.B. and Wilma Johnson; maternal grandparents, Sally Smith and Thomas Leaks; two sisters, Elaine and Barbara Johnson.

Tommie leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 48 years Patricia “Pat” Johnson of the home, his loving son, Thomas Virgil Johnson Jr. (Andreka) of Muskogee; seven grandchildren, Thomas III and Hailey Johnson, Serenity Burkhalter, Goldyn Johnson, Christopher Pace, Vi’Ryah Johnson and Tryston Johnson all of Muskogee; five sisters, Karen Frith, Deborah Loggins and Cheryl Livingston of Muskogee, Velma Pettit, Oklahoma City, Sharon Livingston, Kansas City, MO; two brothers, Michael Johnson, Kansas City, MO and Henry Johnson of Muskogee; nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Home Going Service will be Thursday, January 16, 2020, 11:00 a.m., Antioch Temple of Hope, 500 W. Broadway St., Muskogee, OK. Interment will follow in Greenhill Cemetery, Muskogee, OK.

Visitation, Wednesday January 15, 2020, 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

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

House of Winn Funeral Homes

Virgil Eugene Housley, Jr., 55

Born Sunday, June 7, 1964

Died Sunday, January 5, 2020

Virgil Eugene Housley Jr. (aka Gene) of Bristow, OK gained his wings on Sunday January 5, 2020 at the age of 55. Born in Muskogee, OK on June 7, 1964, Gene was the son of Virgil (Pa) Housley and Joan (Ma) Housley (Brintle). Gene attended Checotah High School and Connors State College. He began working as a photographer for the Muskogee Phoenix later transitioning to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol as Baker 465 working alongside his dad, Virgil (Baker 467). In 1990, when Virgil retired, Gene would receive the honor to wear Baker 467 where he would later retire from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol in 2019. Gene continued to work as a civilian with the department of public safety. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Checotah. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, photography, music, being outdoors and putting a smile on everyone’s face.
Gene was preceded in death by his niece, Abbygayle Icenogle. He is survived by his best friend, Carla Housley of Bristow, OK; children, Jessica and Jason McGuire of Cleveland, OK, Jake and Jacalyn Adkins of Oklahoma City, OK and Ruger Housley of Bristow, OK; parents, Virgil and Joan Housley of Checotah, OK; siblings, Brenda and Jim Icenogle of Checotah, OK and Julie and Kevin Smith of Checotah, OK; uncle to Frankie and Baylee; very proud pawpawpaw to Myles, Jacob, Avery, Gracie, Sawyer and Savannah; and his good boy, Duke.
The funeral service is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on January 10 at the First Baptist Church of Checotah at 210 SW 2nd St. officiated by Anthony Vogt.
Funeral service arrangements are under the direction of Checotah Funeral and Cremation Services. Condolences to the family may be made online at

Checotah Funeral and Cremation Service

John Ruben Gentry, Sr., 92

Born Friday, December 16, 1927

Died Sunday, January 5, 2020

On December 16, 1927, John Ruben Gentry, Sr. was born to Leonard and Ellen Gentry in Red Bird, Oklahoma. He attended elementary school in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. He only matriculate to the 8th grade because he had to work to support his family. At the age of 19 he was drafted into the Army and served in the Korean War. After he returned from the War, John attended Macedonia Baptist Church. He was baptized at an early age by Rev. S. Roquemore. He remained a faithful member of the church until he reached adult age, and he went on to be a deacon and the superintendent of the Sunday School.

After the War, he engaged in job training and became a shoe repairman. He worked at that job for many years, after which he entered into the grocery business and served as a dairy manager in several local grocery stores in Okmulgee.

He modeled kindness and loving concern for everyone with whom he came in contact. John was looked up to by his peers and was considered a role model for the young adults in Okmulgee.

He met Ora Mae Miller when they were both teenagers. They fell in love and got married. He and Ora Mae had five children and were married for 74 years.

Preceding him in death were his parents, five siblings, his son-in-law, Donald Butler and his grandson, Corey Butler.

Those remaining to cherish the loving memory of John are; his loving wife, Ora Mae Gentry; his children: John “Smokey” Gentry, Jr., DeLois Butler, Sandra Maxwell (Johnny), Janice Bishop (Mike), and Brian Gentry (Angie); seven grandchildren: Tracy Gentry, John Gentry III, Trevor Gentry, Amber Maxwell, Alison Maxwell, Kristen Bishop, Chelsea Bishop and Peyton Gentry; five great-grandchildren: Jai Maxwell, Isiah Gentry, Bryce Butler, McKenzie Butler and Kynadi Butler, along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins family and friends.

A Home Going Celebration will be conducted, Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 1:00 P.M., in First Baptist Church Central, 521 N. Central St., Okmulgee, OK with Pastor Preston W. Jackson Sr. eulogizing.

Visitation, Friday, 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

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

House of Winn Funeral Homes

Donna Sue Clement , 65

Born Monday, March 29, 1954

Died Sunday, January 5, 2020

Donna Sue Clement, 65, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed on Sunday, January 5, 2020. She was born in Vinita, Oklahoma to Donal Troy Rogers and Idabelle (Pace) Rogers on March 29, 1954. She attended Muskogee Central High School, class of 1972, and Bacone College, class of 1976.
Donna married the love of her life, Don Clement, on August 17, 1973; they spent over 46 memorable years together. She loved gardening and traveling. She also loved spending time at the cabin on the lake and taking care of her grandchildren.
Donna is preceded in death by her parents, Donal and Idabelle Rogers, and her daughter, Melissa Ellis.
She is survived by her husband, Don Clement of Muskogee, Oklahoma; daughter, Amanda Miller of Muskogee, Oklahoma; son-in-law, Josh Ellis of Muskogee, Oklahoma; sisters, Gayle (Rogers) Stout of Fort Gibson, Oklahoma, and Becky Johnson of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Emily Ellis of Muskogee, Oklahoma, Maddie Ellis of Muskogee, Oklahoma, and Bella Thomas of Muskogee, Oklahoma; and several nephews.
A celebration of Donna’s life will be 11:00am Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home with Reverend Roger Hammer 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

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Gracie Lee Hughes, 87

Born Wednesday, December 28, 1932

Died Saturday, January 4, 2020

Gracie Lee Hughes, 87, of Oktaha, went to be with her Lord, Saturday morning, January 4, 2020, with her family by her side. She was born to James and Nolia (Hunt) Godwin on December 28, 1932 in Lumberton, North Carolina. She grew up and attended the public schools, graduating Magnolia High School with the Class of 1948. An excellent basketball player in high school, Gracie continued that skill when she attended North Carolina State.
On July 16, 1952, Gracie and Billy Lee Hughes, were united in marriage in Muskogee, OK. Together, they shared more than 41 years of happy life and marriage. Gracie and Billy made their home in Muskogee, raising their 4 children, Denise, Billy, Jimmy and Kenneth. She and Billy both answered the call to serve our country in the United States Army during the Korean War, both later receiving an Honorable Discharge.
Gracie went to work with Brockway Glass Company; a career that spanned more than 31 years. During her tenure, she worked in many areas of the plant with her last job being on Decorating Production Crew. Her family recalls her hobbies including cooking, teaching and playing dominoes, watching TV game shows. When the kids were younger, she and Billy enjoyed camping and taking the family fishing. For many years, she raised a huge garden and helped feed many family and friends with produce. She also enjoyed making Chow Chow and flower gardening.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her son, Jimmy; and 11 siblings. Gracie is survived by her children, Denise Norris (Jim) of Bixby, Billy Hughes (Jan) of Muskogee and Kenneth Hughes of Oktaha; grandchildren, Tim Norris (Staci), Aaron Norris (Shambrella), Kellie Neal (Matthew), Katie Norris, Carrie Mohney (Vincent), Jamie Hall, Mary Brazil (Johnny), Michael Shane Basham, Jennifer Heaslet, Kristen Hughes, Kenny Lee Hughes (Leslie); great grandchildren, Vander Mohney; Beth Hall Whitney Mooney, Kelsey Hall, Cody Hughes, Rowdy Back, Destiny Hall, Autumn Brazil, Kylee Hix, Colt Hughes, Ketcher Hughes, Dallas Lane Hughes and Dylan Hughes; great-great grandchildren, Ben Hyslope, Casen Hall, Allyson Mooney and Aiden Dean Tyler; her sister, Vonnie Godwin (Samuel) of Lumberton, NC and nephew, Scotty Godwin of Muskogee; her sister-in-law, Betty and Dr. Tom Honea of Muskogee; many other family members and many friends.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Cornerstone Funeral Home. Gracie’s personal wish was for no public viewing and her family is honoring that wish.
A celebration of Gracie’s life will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home with Chaplain Phil Pack officiating. Interment will be at Fort Gibson National Cemetery with Tim Norris, Scotty Godwin, Aaron Norris, Jimmy Moreland, Kenny Lee Hughes and Darren Judkins serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Dudley Boydstun, Ryan Judkins, Ronnie Jones, Jason Jacobs, Timothy Jacobs, Samuel Jacobs, Jr. and Dale Back.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family online at

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Richard J. Owens Jr, 57

Born Sunday, September 16, 1962

Died Thursday, January 2, 2020

Richard James Owens, Jr., 57 of Porum, entered Heaven’s gates on Thursday, January 2, 2020. He was born on September 16, 1962, in Louisiana, Missouri to Richard J. and Lee E. (Chandler) Owens. He grew up and attended schools in Missouri before moving to Marianna, Arkansas when he was in the 5th grade.
After high school, he enlisted with the United States Army and served his country proudly. After his Honorable Discharge, he served in the Army National Guard, also receiving an Honorable Discharge. He then furthered his education and attended Indian Capital Technology Center in Muskogee and studied welding and diesel mechanics. Richard’s professional career was with American Foundry in Muskogee. He worked there over 25 years.
On his birthday, September 16, 1989, he and Angela Lynn “Angel” Martin, were married in Porum, Oklahoma. Together they have shared over 30 years of life and marriage. His hobbies included hunting and fishing. Richard made it a priority to take care and provide for his family; his biggest joy in life was his family and spending time with them outdoors. His family remembers him being very patriotic and always remembering what the American Flag represented.
He is preceded in death by his father, Richard Owens Sr; his daughter, Michelle Owens; brother-in-law, Steve Burke and grandson, Braxton Martin. Richard is survived by his wife, Angel of the home; his sons, Matthew Martin and wife Crystal and Richard Owens III and wife Brionne; his daughter, Hannah; his mother, Lee Owens; his sister, Sherry Owens Burke; his grandchildren, Kaylee, Mercedez, Abbi, Mattie, Kellyn, Addison, McKenzie, Rafe, Maze and Henry; his niece and nephew, Rocky Ledbetter (Rachel) and Brittany Burke; numerous great nieces, nephews and other family members and friends.
Richard’s family will receive friends on Monday, January 6, 2020 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel.
A celebration of life will be 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Wayne Lindsey officiating. Interment will be at Fields Cemetery in Porum, Oklahoma with Military Honors. Serving as pallbearers will be Rocky Ledbetter, Matthew Martin Owens, Richard Owens III, Ronald Ledbetter, Dennis McDaniel, Jose Meza and Dalton Williams. Honorary pallbearers will be Hannah Owens, Brittany Burke, Austin and Ava Ledbetter, and his grandchildren.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N York Street, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family online at

Monday, January 6th, 2020 - 09:00 AM to 08:00 PM - (CST) - Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory - Muskogee
1830 North York Street - Muskogee, OK - 74403

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Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 - 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM - (CST) - Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory - Muskogee
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Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 - 01:00 PM - (CST) - Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel - Muskogee
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Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Sandra Lee Carey, 50

Born Wednesday, December 31, 1969

Died Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Sandra Lee Washington Carey, 70, of Muskogee, Oklahoma entered Heaven’s gates on Wednesday, January 1, 2020. She was born on August 1, 1949 in Claremore, Oklahoma to Joe and Wilma (Wolfe) Washington. She attended Muskogee Public Schools and earned a degree in accounting from Connor’s State College.
Sandra married the love of her life, Dale Carey, on November 2, 1979 at Open Door Community Church. They enjoyed over 38 years of a happy life and marriage together.
Sandra retired from the Bureau of Indian Affairs Department of Interior in 2004. She worked hard all of her life. She was committed to serving Christ and her role as a Pastor’s wife. Together, with her husband Dale, they served 24 years at Vann Lake Church. During that time, she taught Sunday school, led worship, and planned events. She did the work of ten women and never complained. Sandra loved watching football and the Hallmark channel and talking about her grand babies. She loved hot tamales, sour patch kids, and Christmas nougat, even though she wasn’t supposed to have any.
Sandra always had an encouraging word or funny story to tell. She loved to pray for people and share Jesus with them.
Sandra is preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Wilma Washington; husband, Dale Carey; two sisters, Janet Washington and Leslie Deere; niece, Mandy Tubby; and great nephew, Hunter Smith.
She is survived by her daughters, Jammie Hobbs and husband Tommy of Wagoner, Oklahoma, LeAnn Malchaski and husband Darold of Yukon, Oklahoma, Maggie Cornell and husband Billy of Muskogee, Oklahoma; two grandchildren, Keaton Cornell and Meredith Malchaski; brother, Joe Washington, Jr. and wife Mary of Muskogee, Oklahoma; sisters Jo Smith and husband Terry of Enid, Oklahoma and Genell Perez of Orlando, Florida; and numerous beloved nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
A celebration of Sandra’s life will be 2:00pm Saturday, January 4, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home with Reverend Curtis Kinney officiating and Larry Drywater, Billy Cornell, Joe Washington, Jr., Darold Malchaski, and Tommy Hobbs serving 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


9:00am-8:00pm Friday, January 3, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Jere Ann Gibson, 81

Born Saturday, July 9, 1938

Died Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Jere Ann Gibson, 81, of Fort Gibson, OK was born July 9, 1938 in Muskogee, OK to Harry and Ruby Eva (Wheeler) Juergens and peacefully passed away Wednesday, January 1, 2020 in Fort Gibson, OK with her loving family by her side.
Jere received her formal education in Muskogee where she graduated from Muskogee Central High School.
On May 8, 1965 she married the love of her life Charles H. Gibson in Durant, OK.
She loved children and had watched over 100 children in her home through the years, many who were teachers’ children. She taught many of them how to swim.
Jere was involved in many things, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts, Red Cross Blood Drives, she was a speaker for the National Honor Society, Fort Gibson Coats For Kids, she was a sponsor for Up With People, Special Olympics, Meals on Wheels, an avid participant at the Old Fort Days, Famous Readers Club, Food Bank, Clothing Programs, Community Education for Fort Gibson Schools. Mrs. Gibson proudly served on the Fort Gibson School Board for 34 years, Oklahoma State School Board Association from 1987-2015, First United Methodist Church women’s group in Fort Gibson and Sunday school teacher, First United Methodist Church Greenleaf Lake Ministry.
She received many school board awards, Tribute to Education in 1997, All-State Board of Education in 1996, she was a member of the All State Board in 1996 and was one of the top 5 honored, Buddy Spencer Leadership Award in 1998, Oklahoma State School Board Academy Level in 2006.
Her more than three decades of public service and dedication to enriching the lives of children in Fort Gibson earned the respect of her colleagues. She saw many changes of public education but always kept Fort Gibson on the cutting edge.
Jere is lovingly survived by her sons; Michael Gibson and wife Donna of Fort Gibson and Matthew Gibson and wife Stephanie of Tuttle, OK; sister, Janie Human; grandchildren, Kristin, Josh, Michaela, Ashley and husband Ross Barnes, Blair, Kaylee and Cole; great grandchildren, Nathan and Colton Dixon; great great grandchildren, Lukan and Maddox.
She was preceded in death by her husband; Charles H. Gibson; mother, Ruby Ballard; son, Lewis Gibson; granddaughter, Kallie Gibson.
A visitation with family receiving friends from 5PM-7PM will be Friday, January 3, 2020 at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson, OK.
A Celebration of Jere’s life will be held Twelve O’Clock Saturday, January 4, 2020 at the First United Methodist Church in Fort Gibson, OK with Reverend Dawn Richards officiating.
Greg Moydell, Seth Tree, Jeff Delmedico, Billy Ray White, Larry Moore and Ross Barnes serving as casket bearers. Derald Glover, John Moffitt, Chester Hendrix, Robert Kelly, Larry Sands and Larry Dale Cooper serving as honorary casket bearers.
The family of Jere Ann Gibson has entrusted her care and services and burial to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson, OK. 918-478-2555
Online condolences may be left at

Clifford D. Garrett Family Funeral Home

Veronica Ann Lewis, 66

Born Friday, September 25, 1953

Died Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Veronica Ann Lewis, age 66, was born Friday, September 25, 1953 in
Okmulgee, Oklahoma at 12:30 am. She was the oldest of Five Children
born to Violetta and John Nunley. Surrounded by her husband, children,
family and friends, Veronica made a peaceful transition from this life to be
with the Lord on January 1, 2020.

Veronica attended grade school at Attucks Elementary School, middle
school at Historic Dunbar and graduated from Okmulgee High School with the class of
1972. She went on to graduate from Langston University with a Major in
Sociology and Bachelor of Science Degree in 1976.

Veronica met the love of her life, George Lewis in 1975. They were united
in Holy Matrimony on May 6, 1989 in Okmulgee. To this union, Tamiya Lewis
and George Lewis, II, was born.

Veronica worked in the social services arena for 27 years. She also was
employed at Ball Brothers Glass Plant, Anne Maroney, Creeks Behavioral
Health, Morning Star Mental Health, and Lakewood Care Center. She
retired from Okmulgee Primary School in 2014.

Veronica loved to sing, and she became active in the Okmulgee Community
Choir, Norma Noble Workshop Choir, and Voices of Zion Singing Group.
Because of her love of music and singing, Veronica had several favorite
songs that she love to sing in the Choir. “Great Is thy Faithfulness” and
“The Lord will make a way somehow.”

Veronica accepted Christ at an early age and joined the Eastside Baptist
Church in Okmulgee. She served dutifully in the youth choir, senior choir and as a deaconess.

Veronica later united with St Matthews Missionary Baptist Church in 2002,
where Rev. McKinley Rice is the Pastor. She was active in the Mass Choir,
served as a Deaconess and was on the Praise Team until her health no
longer permitted.

Veronica was preceded in death by her loving parents John and Violetta Nunley,
paternal and maternal grandparents, her nephew Johnathan Alan Nunley.

She leaves to cherish her memory; a devoted husband of 30 years, George
Lewis, of the home in Okmulgee; two children, Tamiya Lewis of Okmulgee and
George Lewis,ll (Tiffany) of Tulsa Oklahoma; Four siblings, Bryan Nunley of
Okmulgee, Clyde Nunley (Juanita) of Okmulgee, Alan Nunley (Jacqueline)
of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Tonya James (Rick) of Carrollton, Texas; Six
Grandchildren, Jeremiah Richardson, George Lewis, III, Daniel Lewis, Jacob
Lewis, Marissa Lewis, Asa Lewis and a host of nieces and nephews, friends
and family.

You may visit Mrs. Lewis on Friday, January 10, 2019 from 1:00 PM until 6:00 PM in the Chapel of Peace of the funeral home in Okmulgee. Her sacred farewell ceremony will commence on Saturday, January 11, 2019 at 11:00 AM in the most holy sanctuary of St. Matthew's Baptist Church. Her Pastor, Reverend McKinley Rice, will Preside.

The Christian Committal and interment will follow in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Okmulgee.

Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc.

Bobby George Sabin, 78

Born Sunday, October 19, 1941

Died Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Bobby George Sabin, 78 years of age, passed away on December 31, 2019 at Brentwood Nursing Home in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
Bobby was born in Muskogee on October 19, 1941. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Harold and Jessie Sabin, and his identical twin brother, Billy.
At a young age Bobby moved with his parents and brother to a farm across the road from the Sequoyah Grade School on South Highway 64.
Bobby graduated from the Sequoyah Grade School and Oktaha High School. He was a member of the Oktaha High School 4-H club. He Exhibited animals at the Muskogee Livestock Show, especially the white faced Hereford steers.
Bobby accepted Christ as his Savior and became a member of the Trinity Baptist Church in Keefeton, as did his twin brother, Billy and their father. It was their desire to be baptized in Spaniard Creek, a tributary flowing into the river near Elm Grove. The baptisms took place on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, along with others being baptized. There were many attendees.
After the death of his parents, Bobby moved back to Muskogee and became a resident of Pleasant Valley Nursing Center. He became a member of First Baptist Church. He rode the church van from the nursing center, attending church services and the Special Joy Sunday School Class, taught by his friend, Leonia Barker. Bobby and Leonia have continued their friendship through the years. He later moved to Brentwood Extended Care where he enjoyed all the recreational activities, such as gospel singing, church services, playing games, eating lots of delicious foods, and occasional outings.
Bobby loved antique dishes and antique furniture. He would find many special treasures on his walks around town and at garage sales and auctions. So much, he had to rent a storage building. He loved local and national car racing and OU Football. Billy and Bobby were known by many as the “OU Boys”.
Bobby is survived by his many friends and staff at Brentwood, his kind and loving caregivers and his longtime special friend, Ardyce Briggs.
Visitation will be 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Wednesday at Ivory Chapel, 904 W. Okmulgee, Muskogee, OK. Funeral services will be 3:00 p.m. Wednesday in the Ivory Chapel. Interment will be in Greenhill Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be all the devoted friends of Bobby throughout his years.
Friends may wish to remember Bobby Sabin by making memorial contributions to the charity of their choice, with acknowledgements sent to: Phillip Jennings, Trustee, 7625 E. 51st St, Suite 400, Tulsa, OK 74145.

Bradley Funeral and Cremation Service

Johnnie Leon Fletcher, 84

Born Saturday, December 14, 1935

Died Friday, December 27, 2019

Johnnie Leon Fletcher, 84, of Madrid, Spain was born December 14, 1935 in Eufaula, OK to John David and Clara Lenora (Ditzler) Fletcher and passed away peacefully on December 27, 2019 at King Juan Carlos Hospital, Madrid, Spain.
He graduated from Muskogee Central High School in 1954. After high school he joined the United States Air Force. He retired after 27 years of active duty. After retiring he worked for several years at the United States American Embassy in Madrid, Spain.
Johnnie married the love of his life, Maria Luisa Bermejo on October 25, 1965 in Madrid, Spain. They made Spain their home for many years.
Johnnie was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Clifford A. Fletcher, Jerry E. Fletcher and David S. Fletcher.
He is survived by his wife, Maria of the home, Villa Del Prado, Spain; son, John David Fletcher and wife Candy of Hurst, Texas; daughter, Mary France Fletcher of the home; sister, Mary E. Massing of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Rebecca L. Shires of Weatherford, Texas; brother, George E. Fletcher of Muskogee; nieces and nephews and extended family and friends.
Graveside services were held Sunday, December 29, 2019 in Villa Del Prado, Spain. No local services are planned.

Clifford D. Garrett Family Funeral Home

Reverend A. C. Jordan, 70

Born Sunday, April 17, 1949

Died Friday, December 27, 2019

A loving Pastor, Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother and friend, Reverend A.C. Jordan

On April 17, 1949 a baby boy was born to George Allen Jordan and Florence Gertrude Woods-Jordan. They named him Acie Jordan.

His name is Allen Carl (A.C.) Jordan and He attended schools in Tulsa and in Sand Springs. His senior year he attended Charles Page High School where he played football. He graduated May, 1967. While attending school, he worked for Empire Foundry, Tulsa, OK. and later worked for Sheffield Steel, Sand Springs.

His greatest past time was coon hunting. While attending school, he met Juanita Swimp, who two years later would become his wife. They were married September 8, 1967. To this union eight children were born.

A.C. has always attended Oak Hill Baptist Church, where he was ordained as a deacon and later become pastor. At the time of his death he was the proud pastor of the Oak Hill Baptist Church for Thirty-Six years.

He was preceded in death by his father, George Jordan; mother, Florence Jordan; sisters, Joyce Thomas and Marilyn Jordan; nephews, Donte' Norfleet and Craig Jordan; and niece Rita Gbadamosi.

A.C. leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of Fifty-Two years, Juanita, of the home; six sons, Stacy Jordan (Sand Springs), Allen(Jessica) Jordan, Broken Arrow, Adrian (Michelle) Jordan, Owasso, Rev. Cletus Jordan, Sand Springs; Delvin (Kim) Jordan, Sand Springs; Rhonda Jordan, Sand Springs, Alicia (Marcell) Smith, Tulsa; and Jesse (Mary) Jordan, Sand Springs; One brother, William (Sheila) Jordan, twenty-four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Public visitation for Reverend Jordan will be on Friday, January 3, 2019 between the hours of 11:00AM - 6:00PM in the Tulsa Chapel.

Funeral Services will commence on Saturday, January 4, 2019 at 10:00AM in the Mt. Olive Baptist Church-Sapulpa.

Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc.

Bennie Gahagans, 89

Born Friday, July 4, 1930

Died Friday, December 27, 2019

My Life Remembered....

Bennie Gahagans, Jr. was born July 4, 1930, in Checotah, Oklahoma, to Mary "Mae" Simon (mother) and Bennie D. Gahagans, Sr. (father).

Bennie attended Booker T. Washington High School in Eufaula, Oklahoma. He later worked in several positions demonstrating talents ranging from shining shoes, hospitality services, and later serving travelers throughout Tulsa, Oklahoma. Those close to him knew he valued his customers, as he tried to give them the best experience possible. Known for his clean looks, his sharp dress, and his smooth voice, he was referred to as “a popular man” in some circles. He could brighten up a room in his clean white suit.

Bennie spent most of his adult life in Tulsa, Oklahoma, although he had resided in other cities and states to include Oklahoma City, California, and Arizona.

Bennie is survived by his sons, James Jenkins of The Colony Texas, Clifford Gahagan of San Jose, California, Stephen Gahagans of Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Anthony Springer of Tyler, Texas. He is preceded in death by one son from Arizona.

Bennie leaves to cherish his home going: His sons, James, Clifford, Stephen, and Anthony; his sister, Esther Lee Ogans of Tulsa, Oklahoma; his very special friend, Betty Hopkins of Tulsa, Oklahoma; his niece, Jestine Allyce Gahagan of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and other cousins, nieces, nephews, grandchildren.

Bennie was preceded in death by his parents, Mary "Mae" Simon and Bennie D. Gahagans, Sr.; his step-mother, Ruth Gahagans; his sisters, Betty Smith and Earlene Thompson, of Tulsa, Oklahoma; one son Jamie Brown from Chandler, Arizona; and a great number of other relatives and friends.

“Life’s journey leads you down several paths only to end up on the one path to heaven for those who accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior”

A memorial service for Mr. Gahagans will be on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 11:00 AM in our All Faiths Chapel.

Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc.

Ronald “CQ” Smith Jr., 40

Born Monday, September 17, 1979

Died Friday, December 27, 2019

"Just A Closer Walk with Thee" Ronald "CQ" Smith Jr. age 40, a resident of Okmulgee, transitioned, Friday, December 27,2019 in Hillcrest Medical Center-South, Tulsa,OK with his parents at bedside.

A Service of Memory, is scheduled, Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. in Mt Zion Baptist church, 1500 N. Miami St. with the pastor of Macedonia Baptist church, Dr. Judson Fields, delivering the eulogy. Interment will follow in Okmulgee cemetery.

Visitation, Friday, 1 P.M. until 5 P.M. in the Precious Memories Chapel of House of Winn Funeral Home-Okmulgee

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

House of Winn Funeral Homes

Anita Dolores Lehman, 87

Born Thursday, September 29, 1932

Died Friday, December 27, 2019

Anita Dolores (Irwin) Lehman was born September 29, 1932 in Elkhart, Kansas to Paul A. Greaser and Bernice Elizabeth (Ammann) Greaser and peacefully passed away Friday, December 27, 2019 in Fort Meyers, Florida.
After the death of their second daughter, Bernice and Paul divorced.
Bernice later married Ted O. Irwin who adopted Dolores. Dolores spent her childhood in Kansas playing the clarinet and twirling in high school. At that time her father was managing a movie theater. Dolores was working in the theater when she met and fell in love with George Donald Lehman. After graduating from high school, she attended Kansas State University, but after one semester she dropped out and married George on March 31, 1951 in Great Bend, Kansas.

George worked for Seismograph Service Corp., exploring potential oil fields. They never lived in the first house that they bought. They purchased what would be today a small travel trailer and moved from work site to work site. George would come home after work, hook up the trailer and drive through the night with Dee following him in their car. Occasionally George would begin to weave the trailer back and forth to keep Dee awake.

As their first two sons grew to school age, they decided to settle in Muskogee, Oklahoma. They purchased a home that they actually lived in and soon added a third son to their growing family. They attended Trinity United Methodist Church where Dee was president of the Women's Society of Christian Service. Dee was active in the church and community. As her sons grew, she took up cosmetic sales and then sold real estate. She eventually received her broker's license and opened her own office.

When George retired, they moved to Fort Myers on their trawler where they lived aboard for about a year. They built a home in Fort Myers and took several trips on a succession of boats and RV's seeing many parts of the United States and the Bahamas. After many happy years of marriage, George died in 2008.

She then met and fell in love with Jesse Knotts whom she married on August 27, 2012 in Wagoner, Oklahoma. They have enjoyed their life together in Fort Myers until her death. During the final year of her life step-daughters Deb and Diane have cared for Dee and Jesse doing shopping, cooking, providing transportation and personal care until her death on December 27, 2019.

She is survived by her husband; Jesse Knotts of the home; brother, Dennis Irwin and wife Donna of Sun City West, AZ; sons, Donald Lehman and wife Phyllis of Oklahoma City, OK, Kenneth Lehman and wife Cindy of Muskogee, OK, Gary Lehman and wife Sally of Fort Gibson, OK; step-daughters, Deb Wilson (John) of La Belle, FL., Diane Hagewood (Barry Gose) of Bunnell, FL., Kathy Growcock of Wolcottville, IN., Karen Criswell (Eric Bortner) of Rome City, IN; numerous grandchildren; great grandchildren and many friends.

A memorial service Celebrating Dee’s life will be held 10AM Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Gibson, OK with her son Donald Lehman officiating.

Committal prayers and inurnment will follow at the Fort Gibson National Cemetery, Fort Gibson, OK.

The family of Anita Dolores Lehman has entrusted her service and inurnment to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson, OK. 918-478-2555.

Online condolences may be left at

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Terry Wayne Tanner, 71

Born Thursday, February 26, 1948

Died Thursday, December 26, 2019

Terry Wayne Tanner, 71, of Pryor, formerly of Muskogee, peacefully passed away Thursday, December 26,2019 in the Oklahoma Veterans Center in Claremore. He was born February 26, 1948 to Virgil and Colleen Tanner. He was a member of Welling General Baptist Church. His employment included co-owner of Mobil Oil Distributor in Muskogee, Borovetz Auto Repair, and Home Health Care. Terry joined the United States Marine Corp and served our country from 1968-1969 in Vietnam and went on to retire after 20 years in Oklahoma Army National Guard. Terry was an avid race fan and was an inspector at Thunderbird Speedway. He enjoyed life, family and friends. His past four months were spent in Oklahoma Veterans Center in Claremore. Survivors include wife, Delphia (Debbie) of the home; son, Matthew Tanner; daughter Lisa Childress and husband Chase; grandson, Jacob Childress all of Muskogee; nephew, Sean Taplin; niece, Shannon Faddis & husband Jamie; sons, Braiden and Reagan and his niece Kim Hofsiss. Extended wife’s family, Angie Whittmore, Kenneth Kirk & wife Regina, Lisa Cowan & husband Jerry. Terry was PaPa to numerous grandkids, great grands, and great great grands; his special friends Roy & Evelyn Dick, Sue Berryhill, and Ann Smoot. He was preceded in death by his parents, half-brother, Bill Taplin and sister, Kay Prater. He will be greatly missed. His legacy of love, honor and devotion will live on through his family. A graveside service celebrating Terry’s life will be held at noon Thursday, January 2, 2020 in the Fort Gibson National Cemetery with Reverend Owen Norwood officiating. Full Military Honors will be observed. The family of Terry Wayne Tanner has entrusted his care, cremation and services to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson. 918-478-2555. Online condolences may be left at

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Carolyn June Faith, 76

Born Saturday, December 18, 1943

Died Thursday, December 26, 2019

Carolyn June Faith, 76, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away on Thursday, December 26, 2019. She was born on December 18, 1943 to Jack William Forkner and Norma Josephine (Salmon) Forkner in McAlester, Oklahoma. She graduated from McAlester High School with the class of 1962.
Carolyn liked to stay busy with projects and enjoyed making custom drapes. She was a property manager and an entrepreneur. Carolyn loved her family very much and she will be missed by everyone who knew and loved her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Jo Forkner; and Marilyn Carey.
Carolyn is survived by her daughters, Donnette Caywood of Muskogee, OK, Diane Woods and husband Aaron of Bixby, OK, and Dana McAnn of Owasso, OK; brother, Lee Forkner of Muskogee, OK, sister, Brenda Tinker; 9 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and many other family members and friends.
A celebration of Carolyn’s life will be 2PM, Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Blake Woods officiating. Interment will follow at Greenhill Cemetery with Kyle Woods, Ethan Caywood, Brody Edwards, Lane Bradley, Kelly Thomas and Kevin Campbell serving and pallbearers.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1380 N York Street, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be made to the family online at

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Blanche Marie Johnson, 86

Born Sunday, August 6, 1933

Died Wednesday, December 25, 2019

On August 6, 1933, Blanche Marie Johnson was born to Roy Edward Johnson and Birdie Marie Clark. She was the first born to this union. Blanche accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at The Greater Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church. In 1964, Blanche became a member of the Morning Star Baptist Church, under the leadership of Dr. T. Oscar Chappelle, Sr.

Blanche began her formal education at Paul Laurence Dunbar Elementary, George Washington Carver Junior High, and Booker Taliaferro Washington Senior High, graduating in 1951 from “The Pride of the Great Southwest”. After graduation, she furthered her studies at the Tulsa Business College, the Oklahoma School of Accounting, and the University of Tulsa.

Blanche’s first fulltime employment came as a bookkeeper at Mayo’s Furniture, with part-time work at Zale’s Jewelry. In the late sixties, Blanche moved into the oil and gas business working as a bookkeeper for Sun Oil Company (later renamed, Sunoco), taking early retirement in 1983. Not content to merely sit at home, Blanche began a second career as an office administrator at Thomas Gilcrease Elementary.

On March 22, 1957, Blanche was blessed with her first-born child, Michael, from the union of she and Ernest Smith. On January 15, 1966, Blanche entered holy matrimony with the love of her life, Floyd Curtis Johnson (yes, they were high school sweethearts!). From this union, Eric Maurice (January 2, 1967) and Marc Kelly (July 10, 1971) were born. An active supporter of her children’s pursuits, Blanche was a frequent attendee at their sporting events, academic programs, and church activities.

An avid reader, Blanche loved a good book (something about romance novels and whodunnit mysteries) and always picked one out at the library or the grocery store. Later in life, she discovered her artistic side, spending at least one day a week taking a pottery class (ask Michael how many “works of art” he has stored at his house…). Ever the quick wit (really, a sharp tongue…), she enjoyed discussing anything, from current events to politics to church. Blanche was a founding member of the Chamberlain Park Neighborhood Association, devoted countless hours as a volunteer with the Tulsa Public Schools, was a past president of the Booker T. Washington Class of 1951, and served in the Deaconess Ministry along with other ministries at the “Star”.

On Christmas day, God reached down and added another flower to His heavenly garden. Blanche is preceded in death by her parents, her brother Roy Edward Johnson, Jr., husband and best friend Floyd, and beloved sons Eric and Kelly.

Blanche leaves precious memories to cherish with her son, Michael, special son, Zachery Bruner; Sister-in-Love, Lois Faye Kelley; Daughters-in-Love Carol (Michael), Yolanda (Eric), and Glenitria (Kelly); grandchildren, Ta’Keisha, Sedrick, Kelli, Michael and Marcus (Kelly), Tiara and Quiana (Eric), and Jeffrey and Evan (Michael); special life-long friends Ms. Georgia Scott and Ms. Edna Jones, along with a host of great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Services will be held for Ms. Johnson on Friday, January 3, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Morning Star Baptist Church in Tulsa. She will be laid to rest in Ft. Gibson National Cemetery.

You may visit Ms. Johnson as she slumbers on Thursday, January 2, 2020 between the hours of 1:00-6:00 PM.

Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc.

James “Randy” Randell Bennight, 71

Born Saturday, January 10, 1948

Died Wednesday, December 25, 2019

James “Randy” Randell Bennight, 71, of Webbers Falls, OK was born
January 10, 1948 in Muskogee, OK to Hubert and Peggy (Childers)
Bennight and passed away peacefully Wednesday, December 25, 2019
in Muskogee, OK.
Randy graduated from Muskogee Central High School. On December
16, 1966 he enlisted in the United States Navy where he became a
Seabee. He served two tours in Vietnam and he was honorably
discharged on February 12, 1970.
After returning from the navy he opened his own machine shop; Modern
Machine. From there he went to work for Chippers Construction and
again, later owned his own company B&B services.
On July 20, 1973 he married the love of his life Joyce Jobe in
Muskogee. Together they spent 46 years 5 months and 5 days together.
He was an avid Elk hunter for 38 years, passing on the love of the
mountains to his family.
Randy was a faithful member of Green Valley Baptist Church in
Webbers Falls, OK.
He was a huge supporter of the VA hospital in Muskogee and what they
provide for all veterans.
He was preceded in death by his father; grandparents, Walter and Gladys
Bennight and Sue Childers.
Randy is lovingly survived by his wife, Joyce of the home; daughter,
Mandy Haws and husband Greg of Fort Gibson; sons, Eddie Bennight of
Checotah and Danny Bennight and wife Krystal of Council Hill;
grandchildren Douglas and Kamren Haws of Fort Gibson, Navy
Corpsman Landon Bennight of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Greyson
and Rylee Bennight of Checotah, Shaylinn and Shane Bennight of
Council Hill; mother, Peggy Bennight; sister, Annette Brandon and
husband Don all of Porter; brother’s-in-law, Chester Jobe and wife
Thelma, Tommy Jobe and wife Gloria and Terry Jobe; sister’s-in-law,
Mary Lou Turpen, Carolyn Voss and husband Richard; a very special
friend and fellow Vietnam Seabee brother, Terry Turner of Vancouver,
Washington; nieces, nephews and many friends.
Special thanks to Muskogee VA Hospital doctors and nurses for the
level of care Randy received. He was always bragging about how well
he was taken care of while visiting there.
A committal service will be held 1:00PM Thursday January 2, 2020 at Fort Gibson National Cemetery Pavilion with Chaplain Forrest Kirk officiating. A Memorial Service will follow at 3:00PM Thursday, January 2, 2020 at Green Valley Baptist Church, Webbers Falls, OK with Brother Andy Webb officiating.
The family of James Randell Bennight has entrusted his cremation and
service to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson, OK
Online condolences may be left for the Bennight family at

Clifford D. Garrett Family Funeral Home