THINGS TO DO

Friday, October 18

Tai Chi for Better Balance
5th Annual Video Game Tournament
Halloween Dinner
Muskogee: Learn How to Start & Run a House Buying Business (No $ or Credit)
DNOW 2019
Coffee with CASA
Ahna Jennings
Papilion Pumpkin Celebration
Honor Heights Park Fall Night Hike

Saturday, October 19

Muskogee: Learn How to Start & Run a House Buying Business (No $ or Credit)
DNOW 2019
The Shakos/ Blackout/ Couch Naps/ and Esc Ctrl @The Rainbow
2019 Frightseeing Ft. Gibson BUS tour SOLD OUT
Household Pollutants Collection
Haunted History Tours
Family Fall Festival
Shayla Coplen
Food Pantry and Free Clothing!
AFGE Presents Coco

Sunday, October 20

New Christian Life Study
New Young Couples' Class Bible Study
Paint & Sip
Deacons and Widow Dinner

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.)

Sheila JoAnn Hatfield (Wright), 74

Born Thursday, March 15, 1945

Died Sunday, September 29, 2019

Sheila JoAnn Marmor was born March 15, 1945 and was almost immediately adopted by the people who would for the rest of her life become her parents, Forrest and Anna Marmor of Decatur, Illinois.

A precocious and delightfully funny child, young Sheila convinced several neighbors that she was an alien, landed from a foreign planet to integrate with humans. Along with her older siblings Walter and Ruth, she grew up in a lower-middle-class neighborhood, the child of a World War I veteran and his devoted wife in the glory days following the end of World War II.

In early 1965, she conceived her first child, Troy Charas, and moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where she met and married the man who would raise Troy as his own, Jimmie Keys Wright. From the moment she laid eyes on her firstborn son, Sheila's life attained purpose, meaning: she was destined to be a mother, and to that end, she rearranged her life as much as she could to accommodate her children's needs.

A year later, her first daughter, Candis Ann (named after both grandmothers), was born. Immediately, Troy and Candis became inseparable, almost twins in practice, if not in age. The pair would go on to study dance, acrobatics and gymnastics together, becoming an award-winning team across the midwest and the nation.

In 1969, Sheila gave birth to her second son, Leif Mason, who, as her other children, inherited her love of reading, and specifically Stephen King novels. After his birth, the family moved from Memphis to Sikeston, Missouri, then to Pikeville, North Carolina and finally to Saint Louis, Missouri, where in 1980, Sheila gave birth to her fourth and final child, Tia Rhea, who became the punctuation on the story of her children.

In Saint Louis, Sheila's compassion for her family became apparent. As her father, Forrest, aged and became dependent on constant care, Sheila and the family took him in, caring for him day and night as he approached the twilight of his days suffering from the devastating effects of the chemical weapons used in World War I. Later, she took in her nephew, Russell, and finally her brother Walter, who were facing dire financial and personal situations.

In 1982, the family moved first to Norman, Oklahoma and then, six months later, to Muskogee, Oklahoma, where Walter moved with them, and eventually, so did her sister Ruth's daughter Karen. At every step, Sheila displayed her compassion for those in challenging circumstances by taking them in and helping them get back on their feet.

In 1989, after she divorced from Jimmie, Sheila met the man who would become the love of her life, Charles Hatfield, formerly of Tahlequah, Oklahoma and finally of Arlington and Ferris, Texas. In Charlie, she would find a soulmate, a business partner, a friend and a companion who could accommodate her eccentricities while embracing her penchant for helping relatives and friends get back on their feet.

The couple moved to Arlington and then Ferris, raising Tia along the way, while starting and expanding a local newspaper, the Ferris Press, which later became the Ellis County Press, which thrives to this day. Stringently Christian, while not affiliating with any specific church, Sheila and Charlie strove to share their faith at every opportunity, believing their calling was to demonstrate the love of a merciful God to a lost and dying world.

In 2008, Sheila suffered a series of massive strokes that paralyzed the left side of her body and forced her to learn to speak and walk from scratch. As with most challenges in her life, she attacked this new situation with gusto, rehabilitating first in a hospital, then in a nursing home (which she called the "silver slammer"), and finally at home with Charlie, who along with her beloved dog Elmer, attended any needs she could not tend to herself. As she recovered, Sheila slowly regained her ability to take over responsibilities at the newspapers she and Charlie owned, and did her best to cover, edit and publish stories that uncovered corruption, graft and wrongdoing at the local level in Red Oak, Ferris and the greater Ellis County area.

In late August of 2019, Sheila fell and broke her hip, requiring major surgery to replace the broken bone with a titanium replacement. Doctors overcorrected on antibiotic treatment, killing off helpful digestive tract bacteria, which led to her hospitalization in September. Later that month, doctors found her unresponsive after a massive stroke on the other side of her brain, which left her essentially paralyzed and functionally unable to mentally recover.

Sheila had long before informed her husband and her children of her unwillingness to be kept alive by artificial means. Per her wishes, she was removed from life support.

She leaves to mourn her passing her husband, Charles Hatfield of Ferris, Texas, sister Betty Hill, children Troy Wright, Candis Ryczkowski, Leif Wright and Tia Mogged. In addition, she leaves step-children Erik Hatfield and Stephanie (don't know her last name). She also leaves grand-children Sara Kessler, Jacob Ryczkowski, Leif Absalom Wright, Asa Wright and Avery Mogged.

In addition, she leaves nieces Jackie Doehling, Regina Cavenaugh, Darla Sanborn, Lisa Hynes, Monique Decker and Michelle Arnold. Sisters-in-law Shelley Watkins and Tina Richardson, as well as her sister-in-law, Ellen Marmor.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Walter Marmor, Ruth Marmor and her late niece, Karen Marmor.

Texas

Walter William Fielder Jr., 77

Born Thursday, January 1, 1942

Died Sunday, September 29, 2019

Walter William Fielder Jr. 77, of Okay, Oklahoma passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2019. He was born on January 1, 1942 to Walter William Fielder Sr. and Rachel (Bagwell) Fielder in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Walter married the love of his life Ellen Maxine (Smith) Fielder on September 5, 1986 in Wagoner, Oklahoma.
Walter was an Auto Mechanic for most years of his life. He also worked at Fansteel Metals and Southern Material. He also served in the Army during the Vietnam era. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, raising pigeons, beating his grandkids at cards and watching them play sports. He enjoyed watching OU Football and Nascar as well. Most of all, he had a passion for gardening and loved sharing it with family, friends, and neighbors.
Walter is preceded in death by his parents, Rachel Fielder and Walter Fielder Sr; sister, Patricia Fielden; and daughter, Stephanie Elaine Pearson.
He is survived by his wife, Ellen Fielder; brother, Don Fielder; children, Melanie Thayer, Tony and Jennifer Fielder, Jimi Ouzts, Billy Ouzts, and Charles Pearson; grandchildren, Cortney Berry and Coop Reagor, Whitney Pearson, Amanda and Ricky Merrill, Jessica Pearson, Megan Fielder, Autumn Rowell, Kristil Ouzts, and Cody Fielder; great-grandchildren, Jayden, McKinleigh, and Callan; special cousin, Roger and Cheryl Williams; and a host of other family and friends to cherish his memories.
A celebration of Walter’s life will be held 5:30pm-7:30pm Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home. The grandchildren, Megan, Jessica, Cody, Whitney, Amanda, Cortney, Kristil, and Autumn will be 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 www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com

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Linda Berger, 67

Born Friday, November 23, 1951

Died Sunday, September 29, 2019

Linda Berger, age 67, retired health care provider in Wagoner, OK, transitioned, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019 in St. John Medical Center, Tulsa, OK.

Cremation with no services planned.

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

House of Winn Funeral Homes

Billy Dean Fausett Sr., 70

Born Tuesday, July 12, 1949

Died Sunday, September 29, 2019

Billy Dean Fausett, Sr., 70, of Muskogee was born July 12, 1949 to William Franklin Fausett and Rubie Ethyl (Clark) Fausett and passed away peacefully Sunday, September 29, 2019 at his home with his loving family by his side.
Bill joined the United States Army September 19, 1966 in Little Rock, AR. He served his country in Vietnam and received an Honorable Discharge on November 10, 1972 from Ft Meade, MD with the rank of Sergeant. Bill received his formal education at Plumerville High School and furthered his education at Connors State College. He married the love of his life Glenda Nail on May 1, 1999 in Eureka Springs, AR and made their home in Muskogee, OK.
Bill started his career after the military as a transmission mechanic and then worked for many years in various roles at H B Eagan (Camel Tire, Shrader-Bridgeport), eventually retiring from V & M Star. Some of his favorite things were to be outside, to listen to birds sing, and gardening. He was very artistic and enjoyed oil painting and woodworking. Most of all, Bill loved to spend time with his kids and grandkids. The bond between Bill and his grandkids was one of his most cherished things. His four-legged best friend “Mongul” (dog) was very special to him as well. His legacy of love and devotion will live on through his family.
Bill was preceded in death by his father; William Franklin Fausett; mother, Rubie Ethyl Fausett; brothers Danny Franklin Fausett, Ronnie Ray Fausett, Toney Wayne Fausett, and Larry Amos Fausett; father-in-law Ray Nail and mother-in-law Betty Nail.
He is survived by his loving wife; Glenda Fausett of Muskogee; son Billy Fausett Jr and wife Jennifer of Jenks; daughters Melissa Chestnut and husband Troy of Tulsa, and Amanda Fausett of Muskogee; step-son, Bryan Cooper of Ft Gibson; sister Karen Bennett and husband Dan of Rockvale, Tennessee; special sister-in-law Deb Carlton and husband Ron; grandchildren Amber Barker and husband Eric of Jacksonville NC, Jonny Hebert of Tulsa, Devin Fausett and wife Sarah of San Diego, Eli Fausett of Muskogee, Mekinzie Foreman of Muskogee, Gage Foreman of Muskogee, Caleb Cooper of Ft Gibson, Morgan Cummings of Jenks, and Gage Alcorn of Jenks; great-grandchildren Jillian Barker, Jachin Barker, Ezmae Hebert, Charlotte Woodard, and Erika Woodard.
Memorial services 10:00AM Friday, October 4, 2019 at Fort Gibson National Cemetery Pavilion, Fort Gibson, Oklahoma.
The family of Billy Dean Fausett Sr. has entrusted his 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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George P. “Junior” Henson, Jr., 64

Born Wednesday, September 29, 1954

Died Friday, September 27, 2019

George P. “Junior” Henson, Jr., 64, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away on Friday, September 27, 2019. He was born on September 29, 1954 to George Phillip Henson, Sr. and Patricia (Hull) Henson in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Junior married the love of his life, Margaret Ann Quinton, on August 1, 1981 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. They shared over 38 years of life and marriage together.
Junior worked for the VA Hospital for a few years, then went to work for Al Pevehouse Construction as a carpenter and handyman. He loved doing drywall work and was the best at it. Junior also worked for Jack Pevehouse of Jack’s Transmission for over 10 years as a mechanic. He did a few odd jobs here and there until he started having health problems and was unable to work.
Junior enjoyed watching his favorite westerns, the Andy Griffith Show, game shows, Godzilla movies, and he especially enjoyed OU football. He also enjoyed the St. Louis Cardinals baseball and the Miami Dolphins. When he was having a good day, he loved keeping his yard looking good. Junior was the best cook around and could make the best homemade turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, and banana pudding for each holiday. He loved his family and his grandkids and enjoyed spending as much time as possible with them. Junior became very ill in the last four months and fought hard until the end. He will be missed by everyone who knew and loved him.
Junior was preceded in death by his parents, George Henson, Sr. and Patricia Henson; two brothers, Roy Henson and Jimmy Henson; three sisters, Nadine Rushing, Georgia Crossland and Phyllis Newberry; and grandsons, Landon, Ladon and Ryker Roark.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret of the home; children, George Henson and wife Trisha of Muskogee, OK, Pamela Hamil and husband Kevin of Muskogee, OK, Matthew Henson and wife Dovey of Muskogee, OK, Amanda Roark and husband L.V. of Muskogee, OK, and Amber Henson of Muskogee, OK; grandchildren, Bailey Henson, Cailey Henson, Ashley Jordan, Colton Woodworth, Ethan Henson, Carter Henson, Lil’ L.V. Roark, Hayden Roark and Hudson Roark; sister, Kay Newberry of Tulsa, OK; and many nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
A celebration of Junior’s life will be 11AM, Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Frank Miller officiating. Interment will follow at Citizen’s Cemetery with George Henson III, Matthew Henson, Colton Woodworth, Kevin Hamil, L.V. Roark and Michael Woodworth serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Lavando Roark III and Ethan Henson.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Jacqueline “Jackie” C. Smith, 72

Born Tuesday, August 19, 1947

Died Friday, September 27, 2019

Jacqueline “Jackie” C. Smith, 72, of Fort Gibson, OK was born August 19, 1947, in her childhood home, in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma. She passed away peacefully Friday, September 27, 2019 at her home in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma.
Jackie was one of nine children born to Robert Jackson Cooper and Ana Lucille (Smith) Cooper.
She started working at Fort Gibson Public Schools as a cook in 1978 where she retired from. After retirement, she went onto cleaning homes and help the elderly until she was no longer able.
She married the love of her life Kenneth Smith on March 27th, 1965 in Stillwell, Oklahoma. They had three children William Jackson who passed at birth, Kenneth Shawn, and Kimberly Rena.
Jackie loved life. She loved spending time with family boating and camping at Tenkiller Lake. She loved playing co-ed softball and enjoyed watching her children in their activities. She loved working in the yard and planting flowers. Jackie enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren who affectionately referred to her as Granny Jack, the name stuck so well that’s how everyone referred to her. Shawn recalls his mother being extremely supportive of everything he did, including when he wanted to be in band playing the drums. Kim enjoyed cooking with her mom, sneaking around with her to watch TV shows that Kenneth found silly, always being able to call her and ask about recipes, and take care of Trent when he was young. Mike recalls anytime he would go help around the house or yard she would make him beans and cornbread. No one can make cornbread like Granny Jack. Trina recalls that Jackie welcomed her into the family immediately. Jackie would teach Trina the family recipes. Trent always enjoyed his Granny Jack's biscuits and gravy and helping her pick up sticks around the yard to have weenie roasts. They always played "Sorry". When Trent was in a car seat, they would drive around in the blue van and Trent would make noises to drive Granny Jack crazy. Aubrae recalls Jackie’s soft hugs every visit, always including her like her own grandchild. Gavin recalls Granny Jack teaching him to cook bacon and biscuits and gravy and chocolate milk. He hated when she would call him her little man.
Jackie is survived by her children; Shawn Smith and wife Trina, Kim Sharp and husband Mike; grandchildren Trent and wife Aubrae Sharp and Gavin Smith; nieces and nephews and many friends.
The family would like to invite everyone to Jackie’s Celebration of Life 3:00PM Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at Frank Gladd American Legion Post #20 in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma.
The family of Jacqueline “Jackie” C. Smith has entrusted her 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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Evelyn Loye Gladd, 79

Born Tuesday, January 9, 1940

Died Friday, September 27, 2019

Evelyn Loye (Mcfarland) Gladd was born on January 9th, 1940 to Henry and Esther Mcfarland. She passed from this world on Friday, September 27, 2019 in Tahlequah.

Evelyn graduated from Fort Gibson High School in the class of 1958. She married Jerry Gladd Sr and they shared 61 years of marriage residing in Tahlequah. Together they had three children.
She was employed for 17 years as Food Service Coordinator at NSU in Tahlequah. Later in life, she enjoyed being a Retail Specialist for Twice as Nice in Muskogee and was ever to be found working at her passion: hand quilting. She was best known by her family and friends for being an excellent cook, a collector of flea market and antique treasures, lover of gardening and hummingbirds. She loved decorating and keeping house.

Evelyn is survived by her husband Jerry; children, Latricia (Trish) Gladd Waddell, Jerry Gladd Jr, Larry Gladd and wife Dondi; grandchildren, Betty Jo Compton and husband Jack, Jamie Stillwell and husband Jesse, Georgia Whitesides and husband Robert, Katie Schmitt, Justin Terrapin, Patrick Carlile and husband Matt, Angel Terrapin and wife Bri, Blanche Sumner, Gabe Gladd, Jessi Gladd and Logan Gladd, great grandchildren; Derrick, Gunner, Jackson, Jake, Mariska, Galaxy, Emily, Jace and Lexi (Pie); nieces, nephews, brothers; Tom Mcfarland and Dale Mcfarland; extended family and many friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, sister, son-in-law and daughter-in-law.

A visitation will be held Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home in Fort Gibson with family receiving friends 5PM-7PM.

Funeral services celebrating Evelyn’s life will be 11AM Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Kevin Webster officiating.

Committal prayers and interment will follow in the Holland Cemetery in Woodall, OK.

The family of Evelyn Loye Gladd has entrusted her 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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Sherman W. Woodworth, 69

Born Friday, January 27, 1950

Died Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Sherman Woodworth, the son of Eddie and Bertha Woodworth, was born on January 27th, 1950 in Muskogee Oklahoma and departed this life on September 24th, 2019 at the age of 69. Sherman being the lifelong “Okie” that he was went into the family business as a concrete finisher after high school. He married the love of his life, Deanna Nail, on July 21st, 1977. Their union was blessed with one daughter in 1978 and twin sons in 1982.
Sherman retired from Whitlock Packaging. After retirement, Sherman enjoyed watching his grandkids and watching old western shows, The Price Is Right, boxing, Nascar, and Little House On The Prairie. You could guarantee he’d be watching the Barret Jackson Auction if it was on.
Sherman enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, looking at and working on cars, and of course, bingo and the casino. You could always count on Sherman for a good “Dad Joke” and he would always let you know where to find the good deals around town.
He will be missed dearly.
Sherman is survived by his wife, Deanna Woodworth of Muskogee; daughter, Melissa and son-in-law, Adam Brown of Broken Arrow; son, Mike Woodworth of Muskogee; grandsons, Colton and Clayton Woodworth; son, Mitch Woodworth and daughter-in- law, Terri; grandchildren, Cooper, Payton, Woodworth; brother, Virgil Woodworth and wife Sandy of Muskogee; sister, Delores Prescott and husband Johnny of Tulsa; along with several nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Funeral services celebrating Sherman’s life will be 2PM, Friday, September 27, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Billy Fowler officiating. Interment will follow at Agnew Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ronnie Woodworth, Mike Nicoloff, Charles Prescott, Johnny Prescott, Matt Davis, and Daniel Woodworth. Honorary pallbearers will be his sons, Mitch and Mike Woodworth, grandsons, Colton, Clayton and Cooper Woodworth.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N York Street, Muskogee. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.





Visitation:
Thursday, September 26th, 2019 - 09:00 AM to 08:00 PM Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory

Family Visitation:
Thursday, September 26th, 2019 - 05:30 PM to 07:30 PM Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory

Visitation:
Friday, September 27th, 2019 09:00 AM to 1:00 PM Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory

Service:
Friday, September 27th, 2019 02:00 PM Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel

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Jerry O. McDaniel, 76

Born Friday, December 25, 1942

Died Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Jerry Oneal McDaniel, 76, of Sallisaw, Oklahoma passed away Tuesday, September 24, 2019. He was born December 25, 1942 in Stigler, Oklahoma to Otho Oneal and Lilly Mae (Spain) McDaniel. Jerry attended public schools and graduated from Porum High School with the class of 1960.
He married Lavonne Sanders in 1962 and shared 10 years of life and family together.
He attended Okmulgee Tech where he studied small engine repair and graduated at the top of his class. Jerry was a jack of all trades as he worked as a carpenter and could build or fix anything. He will always be remembered as a hard worker.
He met and later married Sherry Troutman in 1996 in Gore, Oklahoma. They shared many years of life, marriage, and memories together.
Jerry loved reading books, especially Louis L’Amour, usually reading one or two books nightly. He will always be remembered for his love of the country life. He loved hunting, fishing, shooting guns, his dog Hank, feeding the cows, and gardening. But most important was his love for his children and grandchildren and spending time with them.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Otho and Lilly McDaniel; wife, Sherry Troutman; sister, Sheen Harvey and her husband Paul; grandchildren, Leslea and Jason Ford; nephews, Rick McDaniel and Pauldean Harvey.
Those left to cherish his memory include his siblings, O.H. McDaniel and wife Jo of Overland Park, KS, Shirley Driskill and husband Doug of Porum; children, Shirlene George and husband Rusty of Oktaha, Brian McDaniel of Webbers Falls, Robin McDaniel and wife Valerie of Warner, Leigh Chambers of Muskogee, Matthew McDaniel and wife Crystal of Gore; grandchildren, Ryan Maxwell and wife Erin of Webbers Falls, Amanda Jackson and husband Shelby of Muskogee, Eric Walters and wife Tabby of Ft Gibson, Justin McDaniel of Porum, Derryk Franco and wife Kayla of Webbers Falls, Jeffery Franco and wife Jessica of Warner, Jordan McDaniel of Muskogee, Kalei McDaniel of Muskogee, Laine McDaniel of Gore, Grant McDaniel of Gore; great-grandchildren, Colton Jackson, Montana Maxwell, Chandler Jackson, Bailey Walters, Ashton Walters, Rody Maxwell, Joshua Ford, Caleb Ford, Aubri Franco, Madalyn McDaniel, Bryson Franco, Hunter Franco, and Cayson Franco; along with other family members and friends.
A memorial service celebrating Jerry’s life will be 10AM, Friday, September 27, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Wendell Cox officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be Ryan Maxwell, Eric Walters, Justin McDaniel, Derryk Franco, Jeffery Franco, Jordan McDaniel, Laine McDaniel, and Grant McDaniel.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Cynthia Jean Holt, 74

Born Sunday, December 31, 1944

Died Monday, September 23, 2019

Cynthia Jean Holt, 74, of Fort Gibson, was born December 31, 1944 in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma to L.G. and Margie (Baughman) Torix and peacefully passed away Monday, September 23, 2019 at her home with her loving family by her side. She received her formal education at Fort Gibson Schools. Jean continued her education and received her cosmetology degree and went to work for Palmers Beauty Shop where she worked 35 years. Later, she received her real estate license and worked for Shelton Real Estate for four years before retiring in 2003.
On September 21, 1991 she married Clarence Lee Holt in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma, sharing 28 years and two days together. She loved going to Church, playing cards, dominos, watching Sooner Football, sewing and spending time with family. Jean was a faithful member of New Community Church in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Her legacy of love and devotion will live on through her family.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents; L.G. and Margie Torix; brother, Billy Torix; sister, Shirley Stewart; and grandson, Joshua Jackson.
She is lovingly survived by her husband; Clarence Lee Holt of the home; sons, Jimmy Ray Jackson Jr. and wife Michele and Robert Dale Jackson and wife Kimberley; Torix brothers, Raymond, Ricky, Leslie and Allen; sisters, Carol Elam and Donna Childress; grandchildren, Jarrell, Shelbie, Madison, Brandon and Wesley; several great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
A visitation will be held Thursday, September 26, 2019 with family receiving friends from 5PM-7PM at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home in Fort Gibson.
Graveside services are 10AM Friday, September 27, 2019 at Citizens Cemetery Pavilion in Fort Gibson with Elder Matt Vandiver officiating.
The family of Cynthia Jean Holt has entrusted her care, service 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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David Dwight Southerland, 63

Born Thursday, October 20, 1955

Died Monday, September 23, 2019

David Dwight Southerland, 63, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away on Monday, September 23, 2019. He was born on October 20, 1955 to Aurthur Dean Price and Cherry (Bassett) Price in Shamrock, Texas. He attended Olustee High School. David served in the United States Army during Vietnam and received an honorable discharge. David was very patriotic and loved his country very much.
He was a volunteer fire fighter for many years until he was hurt in the line of duty. He also took care of the fire department grounds.
David was the program director for the Department of Corrections and retired after serving for 30 years. He assisted with the Special Olympics’ golf tournaments and he got to go to the National Olympics in the 1980’s. David always helped his sister with her son. He coached generations of kids in softball and baseball and was called the “Umpire King”. Unfortunately he had to give up coaching due to health reasons.
David loved his family and was very loyal to the ones he loved. He also loved spending as much time as possible with them. He will be missed by everyone he knew and loved.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Dale Southerland and Edwin Price; and 1 great-nephew.
David is survived by his sisters, Becky Palmer and husband Leroy of Altus, OK, and Twilla Perkins of Hollis, OK; sister-in-law, Joyce Southerland of Tulsa, OK; nieces & nephews, Chris Davlin, Jason Davlin, Brandon Davlin, Jennifer Johnston, Julie Lovett and Kevin Southerland and wife Chandra; 9 great-nieces and great-nephews; and many other family members and friends.
A celebration of David’s life will be 2PM, Thursday, September 26, 2019 at Fort Gibson National Cemetery with Rev. Danny Mills officiating.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Leon Brock, 86

Born Tuesday, October 18, 1932

Died Sunday, September 22, 2019

On September 22, 2019, surrounded in love by his family, Marion “Leon” Brock entered Heaven’s gates. Leon was born on October 18, 1932 in the Elm Grove community to Francis and Viola Brock, he was born 6th of their 8 children. He grew up working on the family ranch, which he tended his entire life. October 2019 will mark the 100th anniversary of his beloved family ranch.
He met and later married the love of his life, Glenna “Sue” Brock on September 26, 1953 in Haskell, Oklahoma. They made their home in the Elm Grove Community, where they raised their son, Mitchell Brock. They shared over 60 years of life, love, and marriage, as well as countless celebrations and milestones. A longtime member of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, Leon was an avid outdoorsman. He was an unparalleled provider for his family and whether by the cattle he raised, hunting, or fishing he always ensured that there was meat on the table.
Leon was fiercely protective of what was his and he worked hard to ensure that his family had all that they needed. Leon loved watching the St. Louis Cardinals and watching his grandchildren play sports. He was at his happiest when he was either watching baseball or fishing. Leon was proud of his family and frequently enjoyed family dinners surrounded by his grandchildren and later his great grandchildren. Leon’s eyes would light up when he would get to spend time with his great grandchildren. Leon’s work ethic and strength are a legacy that will be passed down for generations to come. The true measure of a man is not in the wealth that he has amassed but rather in the strength of the love he gives his family. By those standards Leon stood as a giant among men.
Leon was preceded in death by his wife of over 60 years Glenna “Sue” Brock; parents, Francis and Viola Brock; brother, Wesley Brock; sisters, Mary Brock, Gladys Shackle and husband Jack, Ora Lee Raines, Mildred Fields and husband Clyde; brothers-in-law, Bud Sallee, Claude Sallee and wife, Rita, and Raymond Sallee; sisters-in-law, Martha Denison, Georgia Anderson and husband Jack.
He is survived by his son, Mitchell Brock and wife Cindy; grandchildren, Clint Brock and wife Megan, all of Elm Grove, Tara Dearman and husband Patrick of Muskogee; great-grandchildren, Brody Brock, Piper Brock, and Harlie Jo Dearman; sisters, Faye Brock of Elm Grove, Naomi Payne of Wichita, KS; brothers and sisters-in-law, Paul and Diane Sallee, Billy and Fern Sallee, Allen Sallee, Virgil and Linda Sallee, Maurine and Bob Flood, Joyce Sallee, and Bob Denison; along with many cousins, nieces, nephews, and other family members.
Leon’s family will be at the funeral home to visit with friends from 5:30-7:30, Tuesday, September 24, 2019.
Funeral services celebrating Leon’s life will be 2PM, Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Steve Rose officiating. Interment will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery with Ronnie Rains, Darrell Corser, Virgil Sallee, Jackie Sallee, Allen Sallee, and Paul Shackle serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Allen Payne, Lee Sickler, Bryan Sickler, Rod Burress, and Tony Burress.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Nannye B. Talton, 84

Born Tuesday, May 21, 1935

Died Sunday, September 22, 2019

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

On a beautiful sunny Tuesday morning in May, God created Nannye B. Griffin and sent his tiny angel to William Griffin Sr. and Ella (Owze) Griffin in Okmulgee, OK. The youngest of the Griffin clan, Nannye was a true gift from God. As a small child, Nannye grew up in Okmulgee and at the tender age of 9 her family moved to Beggs, OK. While living in Beggs, she accepted Christ at an early age at The Hardy Chapel AME Church under the pastorship of Reverend M.L. Peterson.

Nannye loved Beggs, OK! While there, she received her formal education from Wheatley High School where she was active in Track and Field, Basketball, Cheerleading and that beautiful smile was even crowned Homecoming Queen of her Senior Class. After high school Nannye moved back to Okmulgee where she attended Oklahoma State Tech, graduating in 1971.

Making great strides in her life, Nannye yearned to fill her life with the love of God. At the advice of a close friend, Nannye visited Osage Avenue Christian Church where she not only developed a closer relationship with God, but also made lifelong friends. Nannye officially joined Osage Avenue Christian church in 1956 under the pastorship of Reverend W. H. McNeely.
Nannye was a loyal and devoted member of Osage Avenue until her death. Nannye served in every capacity of the church from cook, grounds keeper, Sunday school teacher, secretary, treasurer, to deaconess. Nannye was also an integral part of the Okmulgee City Wide Prayer Band and the Red Hatter’s Association.

With God on her side and in her heart Nannye was sent a very special man. Nannye and Charles met, fell in love and were later married on March 19, 1971. Nannye and Charles were blessed by God to love and raise seven children.

In November 1972, Mr. Odis Furr offered Nannye a job working in the Okmulgee County Assessor’s Office. With some hesitation and placing her trust in God, Nannye accepted the position. Her beautiful smile, witty personality, brave strength and education totally blew Mr. Furr away. At that time, she had no clue what doors God would begin to open for her. Nannye started a job as Deputy County Assessor that later blossomed into a lifelong career in public service. Unbeknownst at the time, Mr. Furr was planning to retire, leaving two years of his remaining term to someone in his office. He recommended to the County Commissioners that Nannye be appointed to office and she once again graciously accepted the opportunity. Twice Nannye was elected to serve 4 year terms as the Okmulgee County Assessor, winning by majority vote. This election in 1982 made Nannye the first African-American female to be elected to a county office in the state of Oklahoma. Nannye was commended for this accomplishment and featured in the January 1983 issue of Jet magazine. Nannye remained committed to her work in civil service by volunteering with the Okmulgee County Election Board until her death.

On Sunday, September 22nd, 2019 Nannye was greeted into Heaven by: Her father and mother William and Ella Griffin, twin sons Ronald and Randall, a daughter Janice, five sisters, Della, Gearldine, Evelyn, Maxine, and Espinetta; one brother The Great William (Bill) Griffin Jr., one granddaughter Kimberly and two nephews Jimmie and Clyde that Nannye loved and helped raise like her very own sons.

Those left to cherish her memory are: Her loving husband of 48 years, Charles; four children Deborah, Nathan, Charles Dewayne and Collette; six grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; a lifelong best friend that she considered to be more like a sister Bernice Biglow; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A Home Going Celebration will be conducted, Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. in Mt Zion Baptist Church, 1500 N. Miami Street, Okmulgee, OK with her pastor, Elder Charles Williams, (Osage Avenue Christian church), eulogizing. Interment will follow in Okmulgee cemetery.

As she had requested, "Nannye" will lie-in-repose in the sanctuary of her home church, (Osage Avenue Christian Church), 1101 E. Smith Street, Okmulgee, OK on Friday, Sept. 27th, during the hours of 12 Noon until 5:30.P.M.

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












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Charlene Garcia, 65

Born Saturday, December 5, 1953

Died Sunday, September 22, 2019

Charlene Garcia, 65, of Muskogee, OK, went to be with her Lord on Sunday, September 22, 2019 after a lengthy illness. She was born on December 5, 1953 to Willard and Barbara Marshall in Whittier, California. She graduated from Whittier High School with the Class of 1972. For 28 years Charlene was an integral part of the Optometry practice of Dr. Candace Stewart, Dr. Leslie Trimble and the late Dr. Lin Moore at Broadway Vision Associates.
Charlene married the love of her life, Dan Garcia on July 15, 1972 and celebrated 47 years of marriage. She was a devoted wife, mother, sister, and friend. She touched the lives of all who knew her and loved her friends like family. Charlene gave her all and expected nothing in return. She filled her life with family and friends until the very end.
Charlene was preceded in death by her parents, Willard and Barbara; sister Bobbie Taylor and brother Jess Marshall.
She is survived by her husband, Dan Garcia of the home; son Anthony Garcia and wife Melissa; her daughter Joyce Holsey and husband Greg; sisters Penny Walters and husband Joe and Shirley Caswell; her brother Johnny Marshall and wife Barbara; grandchildren Emily Smith and Jacob Smith; great grandsons Graden Tollison and Wyatt Smith; great nieces Grace Marder and Lily Thompson and numerous family members and friends who loved her dearly.
Condolences may be made to the family online at
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Norma Sue Hansen, 87

Born Monday, February 1, 1932

Died Saturday, September 21, 2019

Norma Sue Hansen, 87, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed from this life on Saturday, September 21, 2019. She was born on February 1, 1932 in Wainwright, Oklahoma to Raymond Winsel and Sallie (Standifer) Winsel. She attended Longfellow Elementary school, West Jr. High, and she graduated from Central High School in Muskogee in 1949.
She married Ted Fewel on July 18, 1949 in Tyler, Texas, Jack Epperson on April 13, 1956 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Hans Lloyd Hansen on January 16, 1968 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Norma worked as a dental assistant for many years. She worked as a bookkeeper and pharmacy assistant as well. Norma loved to dance and play the piano, and she was a member at First Baptist Church in Muskogee since 1941.
Norma is preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Sallie Winsel; sisters, Wanda (Richard) Borum, Rado Mae (Ralph) Campbell; grandson, Paul Wayne Lewis; and husbands, Ted Fewel, Jack Epperson, and HL Hansen.
She is survived by her daughter, Cosette Fewel Lewis of Muskogee, Oklahoma; son, Stan R. Epperson and wife Marla of Rincon Georgia; grandsons, Tracy Lewis and wife Angie of Muskogee, Oklahoma, Stanley D. Epperson and wife Tanya of Ellabell, Georgia, and Eric S. Epperson and wife Alisia of Clyo, Georgia; granddaughters, Janette Lewis of Muskogee, Oklahoma, and Lanette Lewis of Muskgee, Oklahoma; great-granddaughters, Kodie Lewis of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Aaliyah Smith of Muskogee, Oklahoma, Deon Cain of Muskogee, Oklahoma, Emma Grace Epperson of Clyo, Georgia, and Jayla Lewis of Muskogee, Oklahoma; great-grandsons, Kevin Lewis of Muskogee, Oklahoma, Davion Smith of Muskogee, Oklahoma, Nathanial Lewis of Muskogee, Oklahoma, Trenton Lewis of Muskogee, Oklahoma, Thomas Lewis of Muskogee, Oklahoma, and Shane Epperson of Clyo, Georgia; and numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.
A celebration of Norma’s life will be 3:00pm Thursday, September 26, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with John Derr and Jim Shockley officiating.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N York Street, Muskogee. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Lester Farrol Morgan, 94

Born Saturday, September 12, 1925

Died Saturday, September 21, 2019

Lester Farrol Morgan entered into Heaven’s gate at the age of 94 on September 21, 2019. He was born September 12, 1925 in Blackwell, OK to William and Snowdy Morgan.

He met and married Jennie Kilpatrick on August 23, 1974 and shared 45 years of marriage and memories together.

The United States Navy was an important area of service in his life. He was a veteran of WWII, and a survivor of the explosion in New Caledonia on November 1, 1943 and was honorably discharged on January 28, 1946.

Lester worked for the MKT RRD for 36 years as a telegrapher on the Cherokee, Choctaw division. He retired on August 31, 1985. He loved gardening and opened J&L Blueberry Farm. He was self-educated in many vocations. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church Keefton, OK, and was a 32nd degree Mason.

He will always be remembered as a wonderful husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend.

Lester was preceded in death by his mother, Snowdy Tilmon; father, William Carol Morgan; brothers, Vernon Morgan, Ervin Morgan and Jimmy Tilmon.

He is survived by his wife, Jennie Louise Kilpatrick Morgan of Muskogee; sons, Gary Morgan and wife Tana of Plano, TX, Steve Morgan and wife Paula of Muskogee, OK; daughter, Marsha Nicks and husband Gary of Broken Arrow, OK; grandchildren, Steven Morgan and wife Jenny, Josh Palmore and wife Brittnie, Jada Palmore, Tyler Palmore, Gatlin Morgan, Ashley Morgan, and Darcy Ives; great-grandchildren, Brodie, Ryder, Tucker, James, Brooks, Mason, Morgan, Pierce, Ella and Owen; brother, Henry Larry Tilmon and wife Joy.

Funeral services celebrating Lester’s life will be 12PM, Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Adrian Totty officiating. Interment will follow at Fort Gibson National Cemetery with Buck Thornton, Gary Nicks, Steven Morgan, Harley Lovelady, David Johnson and Sean Ives serving as 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 www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Shirley Maxine Harris, 80

Born Saturday, November 26, 1938

Died Saturday, September 21, 2019

Shirley Maxine Harris, 80, of Muskogee, Oklahoma went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, September 23, 2019. She was born on November 26, 1938 to Jim “Dobe” Cooper and Lena (Raley) Cooper in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma. She attended Norwood Elementary School though the 8th grade and graduated from Fort Gibson High School with the class of 1957. She continued her education through evening classes and seminars. Shirley was a charter member of Indian Capital Archers Association and competed in tournaments throughout the state. She was also a charter member of the National Secretaries Association and served as president and vice president of that chapter. Shirley worked as a secretary of GRDA Fort Gibson and then at Fansteel Metals. She also worked as the administrative manager for the U.S. Courts in the Federal Probation Office in 1980 until her retirement in 2008.
Shirley committed her life to Jesus Christ at the age of 10 years old and was faithful to Him her entire life. She remained very active in church and made sure her children were raised in church. Shirley served at a board member while she attended Eastside Community Church and was a discipleship training member at Keefeton Freewill Baptist Church, and active in the Woman’s Auxiliary. She always had a smile on her face and never spoke ill of anyone.
Shirley married Marc Harris in 1992 and celebrated life for the next 27 years. She loved spending time with her family and friends. She read her bible every day and lived her life as an example of faith to everyone that knew her. Shirley had a kind and servant heart; even through the loss of 3 children and 2 grandchildren, she never wavered in her faith. She was a true hero to her family.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, James and Lena Cooper; sisters, Cora and Anna Lee Cooper; brother, John Cooper; sons, John Forrest and Jim Forrest; daughter, Sheryl (Forrest) Beckham; granddaughter, Allison Dow; and grandson, Charles McCoy.
She is survived by her husband, Marc Harris of the Home; son, Mark Forrest and wife Susan of Muskogee, OK; grandsons, Joshua Forrest and wife Chelsie of Bixby, OK, and Alex Dow of Muskogee, OK; granddaughters, Jennifer Boss and husband Randy of Ormond Beach, FL, and Natalie Delmedico and husband Dane of Muskogee, OK; step-son, Jeremy Harris of Florida; siblings, Charles “Tincy” Cooper of Fort Gibson, OK, Edna Fay Harris of Sasakwa, OK, and Frankie Cooper and wife Kathy of Fort Gibson, OK; sisters-in-law, Jill Crawford and husband David, and Alice Moschak all of Muskogee, OK; great-grandchildren, Emma Forrest, Ethan Forrest, Ella Forrest, Alizabeth Gilbertson, Liam Boss, and Zayden Miller; close friends, Robert and Lezlie Francis of Muskogee, OK; and numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
“I love you all the counters.”
In lieu of flower the family has requested memorials be made to the Keefeton Free will Baptist Church Senior Adult Class Fund at: 11701 Highway 64 S Muskogee OK 74403.
A celebration of Shirley’s life will be 1PM, Saturday, September 28, 2019 at Keefeton Free Will Baptist Church with Pastor Danny Barks officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be Mickey Capps, Robert Francis, James Fast, Kelly Garrett, Ron Ross and Danny Barks.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Kathy Jo Vidacak, 60

Born Monday, January 19, 1959

Died Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Kathy Jo Vidacak, 60, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed from this life on Tuesday, September 17, 2019. She was born on January 19, 1959 in Poteau, Oklahoma to Joseph Arnold Nelson and Emma Lee (Mix) Greenfeather. She married the love of her life, Peter J. Vidacak, on August 30, 1998 in Eureka Springs, AR. She also worked as a Supervisor at Sodexo for many years.
Kathy is preceded in death by her parents, Joseph Arnold Nelson and Emma Lee Greenfeather.
She is survived by her husband, Peter Vidacak; daughter, Melissa Welch; sons, Albert Colina and Julio Colina; brothers, Chris Greenfeather, Terry Nelson, and Randy Nelson and wife Missy; grandsons, Carson Colina and Adrian Colina; and granddaughter Kendra Ray Dill.
A celebration of Kathy’s life will be 11:00am Monday, September 23, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Bill Crow officiating.

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R. Steve Walden, 61

Born Saturday, October 12, 1957

Died Sunday, September 15, 2019

Roger “Steve” Walden, 61, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away Sunday, September 15, 2019. He was born October 12, 1957 in Jonesboro, Arkansas to Billy J. and Ruby E. (Acuff) Walden. Steve attended public schools from which he graduated.
He met and later married Tami Darlene Fields on June 9, 1976 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. They shared more than 43 years of life, marriage, and memories together.
Steve worked for the Muskogee Fire Department and retired in 2000 after many years of service. He then became the owner of B & R Electric where he worked as an electrician.
Steve enjoyed going to flea markets and pawn shops, hunting, fishing, repairing boat motors and working on John Deere tractors.
He will always be remembered as a wonderful son, husband, grandfather, brother, and friend.
He was preceded in death by his father, Bill Walden.
Steve is survived by his mother, Ruby of Muskogee; wife, Tami, of the home; children, Rosetta Walden Lee and husband David of Las Vegas, NV, Chris Walden and wife Kasey of Muskogee, and Jesse Walden and wife Stephanie of Richland, NC; grandchildren, Rachel Lee, Maddie Lee, Emma Lee, Blade Walden, Cheyenne Walden, and Ruger Walden; sister, Brenda Redfearn of Muskogee; brothers-in-law, Teddy Fields, Terry Fields, Frankie Fields and wife Cindy; sisters-in-law, Rosette Tice, Marcella McBride, Becky Dean, and Misty Hudson; along with many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, friends, and colleagues.
Funeral services celebrating Steve’s life will be 10AM, Friday, September 20, 2019 at Life Point Church. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery with the Muskogee Fire Department Honor Guard serving as 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 www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.


Visitation:
9AM-8PM, Thursday, September 19, 2019 @ Cornerstone Funeral Home


Service:
10AM, Friday, September 20, 2019 @ Life Point Church, Muskogee

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