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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.)

Linda Gale (Strickland) Mullins, 76

Born Sunday, May 7, 1944

Died Sunday, January 3, 2021

Linda Gale Strickland Mullins joined her Lord and Savior on Sunday, January 3, 2021, following a lengthy illness. By her side throughout this time were her daughter, Leslie, and her sister, Shirley. She was born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma on May 7, 1944 to Leonard Gale and Vivian (Sockey) Strickland. She was raised in Muskogee where she graduated from Central High School in 1962.
Linda’s two great loves were caring for her family and serving her Lord. As a homemaker she took a great deal of pride in cooking for her family. Her homemade yeast rolls, strawberry pretzel salad, and cookies were always family favorites. When younger, she loved picking up her daughters from school. They would stop by Baker’s Tastee Freeze for a cherry Dr Pepper and then take a drive to talk about the day’s events. She loved all holidays, but especially Christmas. She was crazy about her granddaughter, Alexandra. Her birth only added to the magic and merriment. She loved everything about Christmas. She loved the music, the food, getting together with family and gift giving. The best gift she gave her family though, was her time. As she said at her daughter Caroline’s funeral, “your children do not need designer clothes, they need your time!” It is through time spent together many treasured memories were created.
She also gave her children a love for Christ. She was the model of a Christian wife and mother. Proverbs 31:28 says it best, “Her children will rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, will praise her.” For over 20 years she volunteered in the church nursery at Grandview Baptist Church. Cuddling the sweet babies was a joy to her. For many years, she also prepared and served snacks to the Sunday School and Vacation Bible School children. They affectionately called her the “Cookie Lady”. Her sweet spirit and kindness lifted those around her. She was a prayer warrior, praying for those in need. It didn’t matter if she personally knew the individual or not. If they were in need, they were on her prayer list. Her Bible was worn, the pages filled with notes in the margins documenting her walk with Christ. And while she could readily quote scripture, she didn’t have to for others to see Christ in her. Her life was her testimony. She would often tell her daughters, “leave it better than you found it” and that’s exactly what she did with her time on earth.
Linda was preceded in death by her loving husband of 41 years, Robert Mullins; her daughter, Caroline Abbott; her brother, David Strickland; and her parents, Leonard Strickland and Vivian Strickland-Wright. She is survived by her daughter, Leslie (Hensley) Diaz and husband Luis; granddaughter, Alexandra “Allie” Diaz; sister, Shirley Wise and husband Mike; brother Jerry Strickland and wife Thelma; step-daughter, Marlene DeGiulio; step-daughter, Bonita Mullins, step-son Curt Mullins and wife, Heidi; numerous nieces and nephews, as well as other extended family members.
A celebration of her life will be held at Central Baptist Church, Muskogee, Oklahoma on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Linda’s favorite charities: St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Wounded Warriors Project, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, or Central Baptist Church of Muskogee.
The family of Linda Gale Mullins has entrusted her services to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson. 918-478-2555.
Online condolences may be left at clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com

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Barbara J. Powell, 83

Born Friday, December 3, 1937

Died Saturday, January 2, 2021

Barbara J. Powell, 83, of Muskogee, Oklahoma went to be with her Lord and Savior on January 2, 2021. She was born on December 3, 1937 to J.B. Parker and Cleo (Bailey) Parker in Eufaula, Oklahoma. She married the love of her life, Clyde Powell, Jr., on October 24, 1953 in Eufaula, Oklahoma. They shared over 67 years of life love and marriage together. They faithfully ministered to Elm Grove Road Assembly of God for many years and adored their church family.
Barbara was a housewife until her kids started to school. Even though dementia had taken over the last few years, she spoke of her family and friends often remembering the past. She woke up every day ready to get ready for church. During the last few years, her husband was her rock and never left her side. She loved her kids and grandkids.
Barbara was extremely proud that she went through the 10th grade, and years after got her GED and master’s degree from Northeastern State University. She was a member of NSU PiGamma, National Social Science Honor Society, RLTO Gamma Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, International Honor Society in Education and Alphi Chi, a national academic society. She graduated from college the same year her daughter graduated from high school and began her teaching career. Barbara often talked about her students and looked forward to going to work every day. It was such a thrill after she retired to run into her kids and give them a hug.
Barbara loved her family very much. She and Buddy are together again and that is exactly where she wanted to be. They will be missed by everyone who knew and loved them.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, J.B. and Cleo Parker; her husband, Clyde Powell; her brother, Lowell Parker; son-in-law, Jess Tolliver and her sister-in-law, Faye Parker.
She is survived by her son, Rick Powell; daughter, Pam Tolliver; grandchildren, Krysti (Dusty) Nail, Joshua Powell, Cody (Autumn) Powell, Dakota Nail, Jaron Nail, Rylan Nail, Grace Nail, Quinton Powell, Uly Parker and Maddie Powell; special uncle, Ralph Parker; sisters, Suzy Nodine (Ron), and Janice Herbeck; and many other family members and friends.
A celebration of Barbara’s life will be 10AM, Thursday, January 7, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tim Allen officiating. Interment will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery with Joshua Powell, Jaron Nail, Dakota Nail, Rylan Nail, Cody Powell and Dusty Nail serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Ralph Parker, Cyrus Spears, Brian Lester and Wendt Weston.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home. Condolences may be made to the family online at http://www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Shirley Jean (Finley) Williams, 67

Born Friday, June 26, 1953

Died Saturday, January 2, 2021

"I Shall Wear A Crown" Shirley (Finley) Williams, age 67, a former resident of Checotah,OK , transitioned, Saturday, January 2, 2021 in OSU Medical Center, Tulsa, OK.

The family chose cremation with no services planned.

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

House of Winn Funeral Homes

Charles Capps, 92

Born Monday, September 3, 1928

Died Saturday, January 2, 2021

Charles F. Capps, 92, went to his Heavenly home on Saturday, January 2, 2021. He was born September 3, 1928 in Muskogee, Oklahoma to Levi and Sleethea Capps.
He married Blanch L. Hughart on May 6, 1947 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. They shared 66 years together before Blanch passed away on December 9, 2013.
Charles served in the United States Navy from 1945 to 1948 under Admiral Byrd in Operation High Jump in Antarctica on the USS Olympus.
In 1957, he gave his life to Jesus, which began a 62 year ministry with the Assemblies of God. Charles and Blanch pastored numerous churches and through their ministry many lives were changed by the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Charles will be remembered by his family and friends as a true man of God who lived what he preached.
On March 18, 2017, Charles married Debbie Greer. They made their home in Wagoner and attended Christian Chapel.
The joy of life was his family. He loved to play dominoes, eat home cooked meals, fish, and just be outside in the fresh air.
Charles is survived by his wife, Debbie Capps of Wagoner; daughter, Joyce Nelson and husband David; son, Mike Capps, all of Warner; step-son, Vince Greer and wife Michelle of Wagoner; grandchildren, Brandy Miller and husband Jody, Christy Potts and husband Stacy, all of Warner, Michael Capps and wife Felicia of Muskogee, Jeremy Capps and wife Emmy of Warner; great-grandchildren, J.D. Miller and wife Erika, Cody Potts and wife Haley, Triston Potts, and Cheyenne Miller; great-great-grandson, Stetson Potts; step-grandson, Brett Greer and wife Heidi; and step-great-grandson, Kaden Greer.
The viewing for Charles will be from 9AM-8PM, Thursday, January 7, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Muskogee.
Charles’ life will be celebrated at 1PM, Friday, January 8, 2021 at Christian Chapel in Muskogee with Pastor Josh McElyea, Rev. Cecil Guthrie, and Rev. John Overton officiating. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Capps, Jeremy Capps, J.D. Miller, Cody Potts, Jody Miller, and Stacy Potts.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory. Condolences can be made to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Barbara Sue Cunningham, 80

Born Sunday, February 25, 1940

Died Saturday, January 2, 2021

Barbara Sue Cunningham, 80, of Muskogee, OK was born February 25, 1940 in Muskogee, OK to George and Edith (McLaughlin) Foutch and peacefully passed away Saturday, January 2, 2021 in Tulsa, OK.
Barbara received her formal education at Haskell Schools, graduating with the class of 1958. She met and fell in love with the love of her life, Joe and they were married on August 31, 1956. Together they shared 64 years, four months and two days. She attended cosmetology school and started her career as a hair dresser, owning Broadway Beauty Salon in Muskogee until her retirement in 1997, after 35 years of making women beautiful. She enjoyed skiing and boating at the lake with her family and friends. Barbara loved living on their ranch in Braggs, where they were raising cattle. She loved working in her yard and had many beautiful house plants that she cared for. She was a faithful member of First Baptist Church in Muskogee. Her love for her family and friends was evident in everything she did.
Barbara is lovingly survived by her husband, Joe of the home; sisters, Pauline Crowe of Coweta, OK, Joyce Foutch of Tahlequah, OK, and Carol Martin and husband Mike of Muskogee, OK; brother, George Foutch, Jr. and wife Michelle of Eldora, IA; brother in law, Buck Cope of Haskell, OK; nieces, Sharon Hutchison and husband Joel, Kathy Ewing, Debbie Greeson and husband Jim, Janice Clocker and husband Barry, Raenee Bennett and husband Carl, Vicki Barnhouse and husband Tim, Lindsey Pledger and husband Jeremy, and Vickie Freeman and husband Bryan; nephews, Ron Sullivan and wife Tempest, Bobby Sullivan and wife Lisa, Randy Foutch and wife Jean, Rick Foutch and wife Janet, Josh Foutch and wife Ashley, Donnie Crowe and wife Kelly, Bill Foutch and wife Leslie, P.J. Foutch and wife Natalie, Johnny Adams and wife Maree, Nate Martin and wife Lori, Lin Cope and wife Dianna, Mitch Cope and wife Christy, and Eddie Cope and wife Sheree, extended family and many friends.
Barbara is preceded in death by her parents; George and Edith Foutch; sisters, Jean Sullivan and Betty Cope; a brother, Raymond Foutch; sister in law, Sue Foutch; brother in laws, Pete Crowe and Bob Sullivan; nieces, Heather Martin and Linda Osburn.
A visitation will be held Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home in Fort Gibson with the family receiving friends 5PM-7PM.
Services celebrating Barbara’s life are 11AM Thursday, January 7, 2021 at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Gibson, with Pastor Corey Seitz officiating.
Committal prayers and interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery Mausoleum in Muskogee, OK with Lin Cope, Mitch Cope, Eddie Cope, Anthony Greeson, Bobby Sullivan and Donnie Crowe serving as casket bearers. Honorary casket bearers will be Ron Sullivan, Randy Foutch, Rick Foutch, Bill Foutch, P.J. Foutch, Josh Foutch, Johnny Adams, and Nate Martin.
In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial contributions in Barbara’s name to the charity of their choice.
The family of Barbara Sue Cunningham has entrusted her care, services and burial to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson. 918-478-2555.
Online condolences may be left for the family at clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com

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Jonathan Ray Puffer, 36

Born Friday, May 11, 1984

Died Saturday, January 2, 2021

Jonathan Ray Puffer, 36, of Muskogee, OK passed away on Friday, January 2, 2021. He was born on May 11, 1984 to Jimmy Kyle Puffer and Rhonda Sue (Hall) Puffer in Tomball, TX.
He worked for Georgia Pacific as an allocator for several years.
Jonathan enjoyed spending as much time as possible with his family. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Rhonda Sue Puffer; grandfather, Johnnie Bogs; grandmother, Shirley Bogs; and grandfather, Ron Hall.
He is survived by his father, Jimmy Puffer of Muskogee, OK; step-mother, Helen Puffer of Muskogee, OK; grandparents, Bob and Nancy Ferriman of Houston, TX; grandmother, Peggy Hall of Claremore, OK; sister, Monica Coker and husband David of Mannford, OK; nieces and nephews, Reagan Coker, Elijah Coker, and Braden Coker all of Mannford, OK; sister, Candace Weathers and husband Frank of Bartlesville, OK; nieces and nephews, Sydney Weathers, Emily Weathers, and Kyle Weathers all of Bartlesville, OK; aunt, Sharee Wilson and husband Casey of Houston, TX; cousins, Jeromy and Matt Linares of Houston, TX; uncle, Eddy Puffer of Houston, TX; aunt, Angel Ables and husband David of Houston, TX; uncle, Randy Puffer of Houston, TX, several other nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
A celebration of Jonathan Puffer’s life will be 10am, Friday, January 8, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. David Smith officiating.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home. Condolences may be made to the family online at http://www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.


Visitation: 9am-8pm, Thursday, January 7, 2021 @ Cornerstone Funeral Home.

Service: 10am, Friday, January 8, 2021 @ Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel.

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Lisa Dawn Gant-Travis, 49

Born Saturday, July 10, 1971

Died Saturday, January 2, 2021

Lisa Dawn Gant-Travis, 49, of Webbers Falls, OK passed away on Saturday, January 2, 2021. She was born on July 10, 1971 to Frank Allen Carman and Birdie Inez Willis-Carman in Muskogee, OK.
She worked as a carpenter with Jack Travis (Papa Bear) for much of her life but also cooked at Gore Nursing Center. She did maintenance for Park View and Oaks Village Apartments in Gore, OK. She always said she was a jack of all trades but a master of none.
Lisa was a proud supporter of the NRA and enjoyed fighting chickens. Her favorite pastime was spending time with her family and taking way too many pictures of her grandchildren. She loved to hunt deer and snag for spoonbill at the Webbers Falls Dam. She had a heart as big as she was for anyone she had ever met. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. She liked to yell at the OU Sooners when they played. They were the only football team she watched. She let everyone know she was a Sooner fan. She described herself by saying, “I’m country from my boots to my roots, born a woodsman and a river runner."
She was preceded in death by her mother, Birdie Carman; father, Frank Carman; and sisters, Donna Rushmore and Diane Walker.
She is survived by her daughter, Lacie Webb and husband Taner of Webbers Falls, OK; daughter, Debrah Brown and husband Dax of Keota, OK; son, Christopher Gant of Poteau, OK; grandchildren, Rocky Greenfield, Allyanna Grey, Maddison Self, Alexander Brown, Ryder Webb, Nashoba Brown, Clyde Webb; brother, Scott Higginbothom and wife Deann of Perkins, OK; sister, Tammy Carman of OKC, OK; sister, Cindy Higginbothom-Kingery of Hulbert, OK; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

A family conducted memorial service will be 1pm, Saturday, January 23, 2021 graveside at Elm Grove Cemetery in Muskogee, OK.

Cremation services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory. Condolences can be made to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Carol K. Mills, 81

Born Sunday, November 12, 1939

Died Friday, January 1, 2021

Carol Kay (Murphy) Mills, 81, a long-time resident of Muskogee and rural Fort Gibson, Oklahoma, went to be with her Lord on Friday, January 1, 2021 at the Cherokee County Nursing Center in Tahlequah, Oklahoma where she resided for the last several months.
Carol was born in Galena, Kansas on November 12th, 1939 to Ralph and Eula (Maxwell) Murphy and was the fourth of four daughters the couple had. She graduated from high school in Southwest City, Missouri in 1957. After moving to Muskogee, Oklahoma, Carol met her life-long companion, George Davis Mills. They wed on February 27, 1959 at the Eastside Church of Christ in Muskogee and began a nearly sixty-two year union. In October 1961, George and Carol welcomed their first son, Leslie Davis Mills and were blessed again in September, 1963 with their second son, Donald Eugene Mills. Carol was a homemaker and spent years transporting and cheering on her boys during their numerous sporting events. After the boys graduated from high school, George and Carol moved to 80 acres just east of Fort Gibson, Oklahoma where they turned the property into their dream farm and raised cattle. Carol loved to cook. She was a master at canning vegetables they grew in their garden and made amazing jellies, salsa and pickles. She was an avid picker of pecans that fell from the many pecan trees on their farm.
Carol and George were long-time members of the Eastside Church of Christ in Muskogee where they made many lifelong friends.
Carol is survived by her husband, George, of the home; her sons, Les and his wife Nancy of Rocky Comfort, Missouri and Don of Rogers, Arkansas; three grandchildren, Ashley of Bella Vista, Arkansas, Josh and wife Amanda of Lowell, Arkansas and Taylor and partner Megan of Reston, Virginia; four great-grandchildren, Ava Lynn, Ava Sue, Evelyne and Bryer; one sister, Allene Clark of Rogers, Arkansas; and several nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Dorliene Baxter and Ralphagene Holloway.
A viewing will be held on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 from 9:00am to 8:00pm at the Cornerstone Funeral Home in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
Carol's life will be celebrated at 2:00pm on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Robert B. McDoniel officiating. Interment will follow at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Muskogee.
Funeral Services are under the directions of Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory at 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences can be made to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Lyle Vernon Rambo, 88

Born Friday, November 18, 1932

Died Friday, January 1, 2021

Lyle Vernon Rambo, 88, of Wagoner, OK was born November 18, 1932 in Wheeler, Wisconsin to Harold and Evelyn (Larson) Rambo and peacefully passed away January 1, 2021 in Tulsa, OK.
Lyle joined the United States Air Force in 1949, serving in Korea and received an honorable discharge. He joined the United States Army, serving in Vietnam and received another honorable discharge. Always ready to serve, he transferred to the Air National Guard and was honorably discharged in 1992.
Never one to set still, Lyle volunteered at the St. Paul/Minneapolis Air Force Base into his eighties. He enjoyed repairing and salvaging used vehicles, driving his golf cart with Millie (his dog), and burning in the fire pit. Lyle, with his dog, Millie were affectionally known as the lawn enforcement officers at their home. Not a stick or leaf could be found and you didn’t dare park in the yard. Lyle loved spending time with his family and friends from Oklahoma, Texas, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. He was always there to lend a helping hand to his family and friends. He will be missed by all that knew him.
Lyle is preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Evelyn Rambo; sons, Larry S. Rambo and James S. Rambo; wife, Norma Jean Rambo; and uncles, Art, Bill, and Frank Rambo.
Those left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Debra Carlton and husband Ron of Wagoner, OK and Glenda Fausett of Muskogee, OK; granddaughter, Jamie Todd and husband Jason of Wagoner, OK; grandsons, Dan Rambo of St. Paul, MN, Jeff Rambo of Isle, MN, and Jesse Rambo of Crivitz, WI; a brother, Wayne Rambo of Wheeler, WI; great-grandchildren, Briar Todd of Wagoner, OK and Jenny and Joe Rambo of Afton, MN; his beloved dog by his side to the end, Millie and many friends.
Lyle’s family are honoring his wishes to be cremated. A service will be held soon in Fort Gibson and Wheeler, Wisconsin.
The family of Lyle Vernon Rambo has entrusted care, cremation and service to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home in Fort Gibson. 918-478-2555.
Online condolences may be left for the family at clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com

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Helen Sue Farrow, 71

Born Sunday, February 27, 1949

Died Thursday, December 31, 2020

Helen Sue Farrow, 71, passed away on December 31, 2020. She was born February 27, 1949 to Willie and Helen (Roberts) Howard in Muskogee, Oklahoma. She graduated from Ft. Gibson High School in 1967. Sue married her one and only love, Paul Farrow, on December 5, 1969 and they made their home in Fort Gibson, OK.
Sue was employed at Fort Gibson Public Schools from December 1978-May 2018. She retired after working 40 years as a Child Nutrition Clerk. She truly enjoyed her job and made sure every child had a meal, even if it meant paying for the meal out of her own pocket.
In 2006, Sue was diagnosed with colon cancer. After surgery and treatments, she was deemed cancer free and was a 14-year cancer survivor. Sue’s hobbies included crocheting, traveling, collecting purses, and spending time with her children and her two granddaughters.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Helen Howard and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Otis and Edith Farrow.
She is survived by her husband, of the home, Paul Farrow; daughter, Dana Perryman and husband Grady, of Tulsa, OK; son, Cullen Farrow and wife Angela, of Fort Gibson, OK; Granddaughter, Sophie Edwards and husband Nick of Fayetteville, NC; and granddaughter, Kylie Farrow of Fort Gibson, OK.
Sue’s life will be celebrated at 11AM, Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Don Reed officiating. Interment will follow at Fort Gibson National Cemetery with Grady Perryman, Steve Jackson, Jeff Jackson, Tommy Farrow, Bobby Harris, and Jonathan Drake serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Mitchell Farrow, Nick Edwards, Remi Garza, and Jimmy Taylor.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests monetary donations be made to The Fort Gibson Public Schools Cafeteria to ensure no child goes hungry. Donations can be made by calling Fort Gibson Cafeteria at 918-478-2191 and speaking with Connie Melton.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory. Condolences can be made to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Loretta Garvin, 81

Born Tuesday, January 31, 1939

Died Thursday, December 31, 2020

Loretta Jean (Bush) Garvin, 81, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away Thursday, December 31, 2020 due to Covid-19. She was born January 31, 1939 in Brooken, Oklahoma, daughter of Pearl Jane (Green) Bush and Everett Edward Bush. On November 27, 1958, she married Dan Garvin at the age of 19 years old.

Loretta was a devoted wife and mother. Loretta retired from the Muskogee Public Schools working in child nutrition. Dan and Loretta loved to travel and were able to travel throughout the United States and to France and Italy. She was an avid gardener who took pride in walking people through her yard to show her flowers. She loved her friends and family dearly and took pleasure in cooking them meals. When she became unable to cook big meals, she still valued sharing meals with those she loved insisting on taking them to dinner at a restaurant.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother Edward and wife Dorothy, and sister June and husband Raymond Hughart.

Survivors include her children, son Derek and wife Pamella, and daughter Kim, along with numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews.

Viewing will be Monday, January 4, 2021 from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Muskogee, OK. The family has chosen to have a celebration of Loretta’s life with a private service.

Friends may send condolences to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com. The family has entrusted Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory with the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association - act.alz.org/donate

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Tex Owen Gilliam, 80

Born Tuesday, May 14, 1940

Died Thursday, December 31, 2020

Tex Owen Gilliam, 80, of Fort Gibson, was born May 14, 1940 in Muskogee, OK to Ira Herbert and Buelah Lee (Harris) Gilliam and peacefully passed away Thursday, December 31, 2020 at his home in Fort Gibson.
Tex received his formal education at Riverside School in Muskogee and SDA School in Gentry, Arkansas. In August 1963, he proudly enlisted in the United States Army. He served as a specialist with AMeds and was honorably discharged October 1965.
In his younger years, Tex worked with his family at Gilliam Broom & Supply. He also worked at Fort Gibson Public Schools in the maintenance dept before working at Fort Gibson National Cemetery. In his later years, Tex worked with his family again at Strike Pipeline. He was a faithful member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Muskogee for many years. When Tex was not at work, you could find him with a fishing pole in hand. He loved to travel with friends and family. He will be missed by all that knew him.
Tex is lovingly survived by his wife, Sandra Gilliam of the home; sons, Kelly Gilliam and his wife Dianna of Fort Gibson, OK and Jeffrey Gilliam and his wife Crystal of Louin, MS; grandchildren, Brock Gilliam, Morgan Gilliam, and Jace Gilliam all of Fort Gibson, OK; Lexi Gilliam of Muskogee, OK; Zack Gregory and Macie Gregory of Conroe, TX; and Tanner Guynes of Louin, MS; special family members, Anthony Harris of Conroe, TX; John Piragine of Brazil; Ray Isbell of Braggs, OK; and Jeff McElhaney of Hitchita, OK; nephews, Steve Bietz, Doug Bietz, Kevin Gilliam, Greg Gilliam, and Kent Gilliam; sister in laws, Martha Shipley, Barbara McFarland, and Bettie Jordan; brother in law, Rowe Dean Ragsdale; cousins, Maxine Dixon, Vicky Beutler, and Randy Gilliam; extended family and many friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Irel Dean Bietz; and brothers, Charles Gilliam, Delano Gilliam, and Lorin Gilliam.
Viewing for Tex will be 12PM-7PM Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home in Fort Gibson.
A graveside service celebrating Tex’s life will be 2PM Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at Fort Gibson National Cemetery will Jerry ‘Butch’ Cook officiating. Brock Gilliam, Morgan Gilliam, Jace Gilliam, Rick Rolland, Greg Gilliam, and Rod McFarland will serve as casket bearers. Honorary casket bearers will be William Raper, Claude Fields, John Gragg, Jerry Gragg, Mike Gragg, James Holmes, Lyle Tolbert, Steve Paris, and Ricky White.
The family of Tex Owen Gilliam has entrusted his care, services and burial to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson. 918-478-2555.
Online condolences may be left for the family at clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com

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Charlotte E. Johnsey, 67

Born Sunday, June 7, 1953

Died Thursday, December 31, 2020

Charlotte Elaine Johnsey, 67, of Park Hill, Oklahoma passed away Thursday, December 31, 2020. She was born June 7, 1953 in Fort Benning, Georgia to Charles Storey and Nina Davidson Parks.
Charlotte attended Lawton High School and furthered her education at OKC Junior College.
She married the love of her life, Larry Glenn Johnsey on August 21, 1970 in Lawton, Oklahoma. They later moved to Muskogee to raise their family and shared more than 50 years of life, marriage, and memories together.
Charlotte will always be remembered as an outstanding daughter, wife, sister, mother, and Larry’s best friend of 52 years.
She was loved by many and will be greatly missed.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Nina D. Parks; stepfather, Aubrey Parks; and father, Charles W. Storey.
Charlotte is survived by her husband, Larry of the home; sons, Shannon Johnsey and Sean Johnsey and wife Nancy; grandchildren, Lily Johnsey and Parks Johnsey, all of Muskogee; brother, David Storey of Marlow, OK; along with other family members and friends.
Charlotte’s life will be celebrated at 2PM, Thursday, January 7, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Steve Moss officiating.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home. Condolences may be made to the family online at http://www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Ann Wheeler, 88

Born Wednesday, November 30, 1932

Died Thursday, December 31, 2020

Virginia Ann Ferry Wheeler was born November 30, 1932 to Ralph and Jean Elliot Ferry in Muskogee, Oklahoma. On the day she was born, a snowstorm blanketed Muskogee and the doctor had to walk to her home on 9th Street to deliver her. Ann died of complications from COVID-19 on December 31, 2020 at St. Francis Hospital, Muskogee.

Ann attended Franklin Elementary School, West Junior High School, and graduated from Muskogee Central High School in 1950. She attended the University of Oklahoma where she was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority. She married her high school sweetheart, Louis Wheeler, on October 10, 1953. Louis and Ann lived in Texas, California, Florida, and Germany during his 12 years in the Air Force. It was during this time that she was blessed with four sons. In 1964, Louis, Ann, and their sons returned to Muskogee. Ann worked as the Office Manager and Pastor’s Secretary at First Baptist Church for 25 years, retiring on April 15, 1995.

Ann had many hobbies including basket weaving, crochet, embroidery, quilting, and gardening. She loved music and sang for many years in the FBC Choir. Louis and Ann loved to travel in their RV and a highlight was a two-month trip to Alaska in 1999. The following year, she required brain surgery for a ruptured aneurysm. She was left paralyzed on her left side and partially blind for the remaining 20 years of her life. Although she was severely physically restricted, she continued to garden and faithfully served her church by creating and maintaining an email prayer chain that reached nearly 300 people.

Ann was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Louis Wheeler, son Mike Wheeler, and great-grandchildren, Clara Howard and Matthew Marcinkevicius. She is survived by her sons Cliff and wife Brenda, David and wife Jermaine, Kenneth and wife Denna all of Muskogee. Grandchildren Melissa Daly (Joe), Lisa Marcinkevicius (Scott) of Muskogee, Elizabeth Howard (Billy) of Coweta, Lawrence Wheeler (Kenzie) of Marlow, Winston Wheeler of Willowbrook, IL, and Rachel Wheeler of Oklahoma City. Great-grandchildren Josh Daly, Ava Ann, Garrett, and Tana Marcinkevicius, Whitney (Tyler) Starkey, Wyatt, Aaron, Jacob, and Trenton Howard, Evelyn and Emilia Wheeler. Great-great grandchildren Braydon and Kennedy Starkey and Grayson Marcinkevicius, brother Pat Ferry (Betta) of Little Rock, Arkansas and niece, Alicia Ferry Larkin of Addison, TX.

A private family ceremony to honor Ann will be held on Monday, January 11,
2021 at 1:00 P.M. at First Baptist Church in Muskogee with Paul Bowman officiating. Since there will be no public service due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the service will be live-streamed via the FBC Facebook page and website. A family burial will take place immediately following.

Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory. Condolences can be made to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Jackie D. Willmon, 64

Born Sunday, September 23, 1956

Died Thursday, December 31, 2020

Jackie Don Willmon, 64, of Fort Gibson, Oklahoma passed away Thursday, December 31, 2020. He was born September 23, 1956 in Muskogee, Oklahoma to James and Juanita (Moore) Willmon. He attended Whittier Grade School from 1st to 6th grade then went to Alice Robertson Junior High School from 7th to the 9th. Jackie completed his education at Muskogee High graduating in 1974.
He worked for O. I. Brockway Glass and retired in 2009 after 35 years of service.
Jackie married Pamela Denise Riley on February 14, 1998 at Bacone Chapel in Muskogee. They shared more than 22 years of life, making memories, and marriage together.
He loved his family and will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Juanita Willmon; his mother-in-law, Adaina Riley.
Jackie is survived by his spouse, Pamela Riley Willmon of the home; daughter, Delacey Woods and husband Jeff of Fort Gibson; stepson, Jarred Riley of Burlington, WA; grandchildren, Ethan Woods and Livvi Woods, both of Fort Gibson; siblings, Charla Wilson and husband Barry, James Willmon and wife Debbie, and Barbara Strickland and husband Stan, all of Muskogee; along with many nieces, nephews, and lifetime friends.
A celebration of Jackie’s life will be 2PM, Friday, January 8, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Greenhill Cemetery with Wayne Adams, Jeff Woods, Stan Strickland, Ethan Woods, Shane Strickland, Chris Wilson, and Jarred Riley serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be James Willmon, John Timothy Riley, and Tom Payne.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home. Condolences may be made to the family online at http://www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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James “Jim” Wood, 69

Born Saturday, July 14, 1951

Died Wednesday, December 30, 2020

James (Jim) Larry Wood was born July 14, 1951 to James Daniel Wood and Mary Virginia Clyma Wood Sasser and was born to eternal life December 30, 2020. Called Larry by his family, he was raised by his grandparents, James Ona and Martha Lou Zena Wood, in Keota, Oklahoma. After graduating Keota High School in 1970, he attended Eastern Oklahoma State College for one year, then enlisted with the Oklahoma National Guard Reserve and earned the rank of sergeant E-5 as a military police officer.
On March 5, 1972, he married Diane Caviness, with whom he spent the next 48 years.
Jim and Diane completed their family with three children. He was “Pop” to his kids: James Wood (spouse Anjeana DeMoss Wood), Victoria Wood (spouse Dustin Wallace), and Patrick Wood. He was Papa to eight grandchildren: Michael Wood, Amanda West Laws, Dakota Wood, Niandra West Murillo, Sadie Wood, Cassidie Wallace, Baylee Wallace, and Katie Wallace, as well as four great-grandsons.
As a teen, Jim gave his life to Jesus and worshiped God with the Freewill Baptist family throughout his life. He served many years in the Muskogee 1st Freewill Baptist Church and Fort Gibson 1st Freewill Baptist Church.
Jim lived in Muskogee, OK and then Fort Gibson, OK in the 1970s to 1990s before moving to Jenks and finally Winchester, OK. He worked for Muskogee Iron Works then Fansteel in Muskogee, before joining the maintenance crew of Kimberly Clark-Jenks in 1990. After retiring from KC, he maintained friendships with the crew.
A ham radio operator, Amateur Extra class, N5LW spent many years talking with others around the world and building equipment. “Silent Key” will be called on N5LW Winchester repeater, 147.150 at 12:00 p.m.on 01/16/2021, by his family.
Jim was a member of the Choctaw Tribe, loved his country, cooking for his family, and helping people find solutions to problems, especially when anything mechanical was involved. He loved to read and to learn new things. He could fix any engine, build any structure, was a licensed private pilot, dog lover, bird watcher, and never met a stranger.
James’ life will be celebrated at 10AM, Saturday, January 9, 2021 at the 1st Free Will Baptist Church in Muskogee with Mr. Herman Wood officiating. Interment will follow at Cache Cemetery in Keota, Oklahoma.

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: II Timothy 4:7

Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home. Condolences may be made to the family online at http://www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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H.B. Ferguson Jr., 88

Born Wednesday, July 27, 1932

Died Tuesday, December 29, 2020

H.B. Ferguson, Jr., entered eternal rest with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on December 29, 2020, at the age of 88.
H.B. was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma to H.B. and Frances (Allen) Ferguson, Sr., on July 27, 1932. He grew up on the family farm outside of Gore, Oklahoma. In his late teens, he moved to Carlsbad, New Mexico, to pursue further farm work. There he met his wife Alamae (Polly) Gibbs. They were married in Carlsbad on June 7, 1952. Their daughter Patricia Ann was born in Carlsbad in 1953. In 1955, their son Ronald Dean was born in Mountain Home, Idaho.
H.B. enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1951. He served his country for twenty years and achieved the rank of Master Sergeant. He had a fierce love for his country and considered his time in the Air Force one of the greatest honors of his life. During the course of his military career, he specialized as a boom operator on a KC-135 refueling aircraft. He also served through both the Korean and Vietnam Conflicts where he was engaged in over one hundred combat missions. He served all over the world and lived in multiple locations throughout the United States.
H.B. retired from the USAF in 1971 and he and his wife Polly settled in Gore, Oklahoma, where he opened his own business, Gore Marine. He owned and operated Gore Marine for over thirty years and continued to do personal work for customers off and on long after his retirement.
In his spare time, H.B. enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, OU football, traveling, and spending time with his family.
H.B. was preceded in death by both his parents; siblings, Paul Ferguson, James Ferguson, Helen Rodden, Virginia McDonald, and Roy Lee Ferguson; and granddaughter, Rebecca Ferguson.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Polly Ferguson, of Muskogee; daughter, Patricia Ashwood (John) of Fort Gibson; son, Ronald (Debra) Ferguson of Webber Falls; grandchildren, Joshua (Maria) Ashwood, Caleb (Elisabeth) Ashwood, Samuel (Joy) Ashwood, Sarah (Steven) Blackwell, Mercy (Jeremy) Ogea, Hannah (Joel) McGee, Amanda (Joshua) Spiegel, Emily Ferguson, Bethany Ferguson, Christiana (Jake) Petry, Rachel (Daniel) Hinkle, Sierra (Isaiah) See, Heather (Zachary) Rowton, Laura Ferguson, and Ronald Ferguson, Jr.; 32 great grandchildren; siblings, J.P. Ferguson, Gladys Rooks, Elsie Johnson, Velma Henry, Zelma Verostko, and Tex Ferguson; a host of nieces, nephews, and many friends.
A funeral service will be held 2PM on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at Sovereign Grace Church, in Muskogee, OK with Pastor Samuel Ashwood officiating.
Viewing will be 1PM-5PM Sunday, January 3, 2021 at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home in Fort Gibson, OK.
A committal service will be held at noon on Monday, January 4, 2021 at Fort Gibson National Cemetery, in Fort Gibson, OK with Joshua Ashwood, Caleb Ashwood, Samuel Ashwood, R.J. Ferguson, Steven Blackwell, and Joel McGee serving as casket bearers. Ronald Ferguson, Joshua Spiegel, Jake Petry, Daniel Hinkle, Isaiah See, and Zachary Rowton will serve as honorary casket bearers. Military honors will be observed.
The family of H.B. Ferguson, Jr. 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 clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com

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Ferrel Veo Scoggins, 90

Born Saturday, December 27, 1930

Died Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Funeral Service for Ferrel Veo Scoggins, 90 of Muskogee, Oklahoma will be at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at Choices Church in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Burial will follow at Cookson-Proctor Cemetery in Cookson, Oklahoma under the direction of Agent Mallory Martin Funeral Service, Inc.

He was born on December 27, 1930 in Keota, Oklahoma to Nellie (Ross) Scoggins and Jess Lee Scoggins and passed away on December 29, 2020 in Sallisaw, Oklahoma. Mr. Scoggins was a general laborer and mechanic.

Survivors are:

1 daughter: Patricia Daniels and Jarrod Varrera of Muskogee, OK;

5 sons: Kenneth Scoggins and Gaila of Schwedelbach, Germany, Johnny Scoggins and Bobbie of Tahlequah, OK, Steven Scoggins and Tracey of Muskogee, OK, Tony Scoggins and Michelle of Vian, OK and Joseph Scoggins and Tonya of Tulsa, OK;

35 grandchildren, 95 great grandchildren and 27 great great grandchildren;

1 brother: Harold Scoggins of Maysville, OK;

a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by 2 daughters: Melissa Scoggins and Brenda Scoggins, 1 son: Ricky Scoggins, his life companion: Alice Scoggins, 2 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; 3 sisters: Mary Sue Bennett, Marie Scoggins and Merle Bennett and 3 brothers: Harvey, Jim and Jess Scoggins.

Active Pallbearers will be Johnny Scoggins, Steven Scoggins, Tony Scoggins, Joseph Scoggins, Jarrod Varrera and Sherman Olive.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Bailey Scoggins, Robert Rife, Dylan Perry, Nicolas Scoggins, Christian Jones and Braxton Cunningham.

Viewing will be 10 am - 4 pm Saturday, 2 - 8 pm Sunday and 10 am - 8 pm Monday at Agent Mallory Martin Funeral Home in Sallisaw.

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Wilma Jean Stacey, 73

Born Thursday, October 9, 1947

Died Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Wilma Jean Stacey, 73, of Fort Gibson, was born October 9, 1947 in Stuart, OK to Alvie and Annalene (Jones) Stacey and peacefully passed away on Tuesday, December 29, 2020.
Jean grew up in Stuart, OK area where she received her education. She went to work at Texas Instruments for a few years before working for Levi Strauss Company. She later worked for Wayerhauser and completed her working career with the Kiowa Elementary School as a Support Staff Member.
Ms. Stacey enjoyed crocheting, bingo, along with cards, dominos and Yahtzee. She liked her yard to be immaculate and tended to her garden where she would can many vegetables she grew. She was a great cook and was always ready to host or be a part of family gatherings. Jean loved singing and dancing. Her favorite outdoor activity was fishing and loved to give advice to her brothers on how to catch the big one. Jean was a member of the Church of Christ Faith for many years. Her love for her family was evident in everything she did. Jean’s legacy of love and devotion will live on through her family.
Jean is preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Duane Shaw.
Those left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Melissa Ross and husband David and Stacy Farley all of Durant, OK; granddaughters, Macey Yeary of Dallas, TX and Ashlyn Farley of Haworth, OK; grandson, Judson Farley of Haworth, OK; brothers, Bill Stacey and wife Mary of Fort Gibson, OK, Leon Stacey of Lennox, GA, Troy Stacey and wife Gayle of McAlester, OK, James Stacey of Sarcoxie, MO, and Roger Stacey and wife Melodie of Fort Gibson, OK; her devoted sister and caregiver Brenda Fullwood and husband Stan of Fort Gibson, OK; numerous extended family and many friends.
Jean’s family are honoring her wishes to be cremated. With the ongoing pandemic, the family will celebrate her life at a later date.
The family of Wilma Jean Stacey has entrusted her care and cremation to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson. 918-478-2555.
Online condolences may be left at clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com

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James Carl Woods, 77

Born Thursday, November 25, 1943

Died Sunday, December 27, 2020

James Carl Woods, age 77, retired auto mechanic, transitioned, Sunday, December 27,2020 in Muskogee Nursing Center.

James Carl Woods of Tulsa, OK passed from this life on December 27, 2020 at the age of 77. James was born in Tulsa, OK on November 25, 1943. James was the second born son of Jonny Woods and Rosebud Gray.

James was born a Lutheran and continued with his faith through his entire life. James grew up in Tulsa, OK where he graduated from Booker T. Washington High School. Within his adult years James also known as Baby Jake, or Seekie, he worked as a construction worker and for American Airlines. His hobbies included walking, bull riding, roping, watching his favorite western shows, and shooting the bull with his family and friends (let’s be honest he shooted it with everyone).

Seekie was preceded in death by his loving wife Evelyn (Voncel) Sallis Woods, his parents Jonny Woods and Rosebud Gray, 1 sister and 1 brother.

James leaves to cherish his memory two sons Carl (Michelle) Woods of Oktaha, OK, Kenneth Woods of Tulsa, OK; three daughters Lakeesha Sallis of Muskogee, OK, Tashia Morrison of Tulsa, OK, Donna Woods of Tulsa, OK. He also leaves to cherish his memory seventeen grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren. James leaves his sister Wilma Patterson of Raytown, MO, three brothers Earl Snell of Tulsa, OK, Norvell Gray of Tulsa, OK and Michael Gray of Tulsa, OK. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of sisters-in-laws and brothers-in-laws.

“For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his”. Romans 6:5

A Service of Memory will be conducted, Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. in the Precious Memories Chapel of House of Winn Funeral Home-Muskogee, with Rev. Donald Brown, eulogizing. Interment will follow in Four Mile Branch cemetery, Ft. Gibson, OK. Visitation, Friday, January 8th beginning at 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the chapel.

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

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