THINGS TO DO

Saturday, April 20

Easter Egg Hunt
Easter Egg Hunts at the USS Batfish!
2nd Annual Glow In The Dark Egg Hunt
Free Banjo Clinic! - Earl Scruggs Style
Easter Celebration
JJ Baldwin & Casey West Live @ Max’s Garage
Candy From Heaven Helicopter Candy Drop
The Choice
Women's Professional Basketball Team Tryouts
Harley Tinsley
9th Annual WISH benefit
"Celebrate 420 On Broadway"
Movie Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Honor Heights Park - Azalea Festival
420 Grand Opening Party
Downtown Muskogee Walking Tour
Oklahoma Open/Concealed Carry Class (OSDA Class)
Chalk it Up with Keya
Traveling Exhibition: Blessings of Liberty & The Bill of Rights
Journey To Jesus

Sunday, April 21

Easter At Genesis
Annual Easter Services & Egg Hunt
The Choice
Easter at New Community Church
Honor Heights Park - Azalea Festival
Easter Sunday Services
Traveling Exhibition: Blessings of Liberty & The Bill of Rights
Home Church of Muskogee Gathering/Discussion
Christian Life Class - Jonah - You Can't Outrun Grace
Young Couples' Class - "Think Differently"
Sunday Celebration Service 10:30 AM
Easter 8:30am Experience
Easter at Eastside
Margaret Artist Taylor - Citizen of the Arts Award
Easter...The Life
Easter Sunday
Easter 11:30am Experience
Easter Sunday!

Monday, April 22

Ceremonial Swearing In: Evelyn Hibbs, Ward 1 City Councilor
Honor Heights Park - Azalea Festival
Traveling Exhibition: Blessings of Liberty & The Bill of Rights
April Foundations
MIN 4523: American Indian Ministry Internship 2019
Financial Fitness at Your Library
Microsoft Excel II - An Intermediate Course
Responsible Beverage Service & Sales Training (RBSS) - Muskogee

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.)

Karen Sue Nelson, 61

Born Tuesday, August 27, 1957

Died Friday, March 29, 2019

Karen Sue Nelson, 61, of Gore, Oklahoma passed away Friday, March 29, 2019. She was born August 27, 1957 in Muskogee, Oklahoma to Thomas Priest Jr. and Maxine (Hill) Priest.
She married Gerald Nelson on September 1, 1972 at Fairview Baptist Church in Muskogee. They shared more than 46 years of life and marriage together.
She was preceded in death by her father, Thomas Priest Jr.
Karen is survived by her husband, Gerald; mother, Maxine Hill of Stigler; sister, Barbara Priest of Muskogee; sister-in-law, Judy Nelson of Muskogee; brother-in-law, David Nelson and wife Carolyn of Chouteau; along with several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services celebrating Karen’s life will be 10:30AM, Friday, April 5, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Mike Murray officiating. Interment will follow at 12PM at Fort Gibson National Cemetery with Larry Isom, Hershel Mayle, Billy Hughes, Al Hallum, and Steve Cumbey serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Emmanuel Sunday School class of Southeast Baptist Church.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory, 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Bertha Lee Byrd, 81

Born Tuesday, February 15, 1938

Died Thursday, March 28, 2019


Bertha Lee Byrd, 81 of Muskogee, passed away Thursday, March 28, 2019 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. She was born February 15, 1938 at home in Boone County, Arkansas to William Ernest and Pearl Lee (Everly) Davis. Her family moved a lot when she was young because they were farmers and worked the harvests each season. She attended public schools in Arkansas and California.
She met the love of her life, Billie Junior Byrd, while living in California and they were married on August 27, 1954 at the Court House in Las Molinos. They established their home in Muskogee and shared over 54 years of marriage and life together.
Her family remembers that her hobbies included fishing, crocheting and studying her family genealogy. She loved her family very much and wanted others to love them as well; she made sure each of them minded and respected others. Her favorite color was purple and she was of the Baptist faith.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Billie Byrd; her parents, William and Pearl Davis; all of her 10 siblings; and a granddaughter, Virginia Byrd.
She is survived by her children, Randal Byrd and wife Twana, Robert Byrd, Patty Vanzant and husband Kavin, Billy Byrd, Tommy Byrd and wife Eula, and Janet Parent and husband Rick; 22 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great grandchildren; numerous other family members and many friends.
A celebration of Bertha’s life will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at the pavilion of Greenhill Cemetery with her grandson, Jeremy Byrd officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be Ryan Parent, Joey Byrd, William Byrd, T.J. Byrd, Greg Byrd and Kenny Byrd. Honorary pallbearer will be Dylan Byrd.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Gordon Burnell Short, 80

Born Saturday, October 8, 1938

Died Thursday, March 28, 2019

Gordon Burnell Short passed from this life into the next on Thursday, March 28, 2019 in Claremore, OK. Gordon was born October 8, 1938 to Gordon B. Short and Mary Virginia (Maxwell) Short in St. Louis, MO. After graduating from Central High School in Tulsa, OK, Gordon joined the U.S. Navy, leaving the service as a Naval Air Corp Airman E-3. He later attended Cal State Poly where he earned his Bachelor of Science with a major in city and regional planning. Gordon served as a city planner for Paso Robles, CA for several years. Gordon met the love of his life while living in California. He married Barbara Glavin in 1974. Together they raised her three children, whom Gordon loved very much. Gordon was especially devoted to his step-son, Robbie, who has Downs Syndrome, encouraging Robbie to learn to care for himself and be helpful to others, and eventually be able to live a successful life in a group home. Gordon devoted his life to caring for Barbara until she passed away. Gordon learned to ride horses at a young age which grew into a love of riding motorcycles. Gordon was a member of the Masonic Lodge and was an avid model train collector. Although a man of meager means, Gordon was known to actually have given the shirt off of his back to others in need. He was a man who did not see the color of someone’s skin, but rather the content of one’s character and heart instead. Gordon loved animals, especially his little dog, Dominic. Having the IQ of a genius, Gordon also enjoyed computers and intellectual conversations with other like-minded people. He was also a tutor to several young men, helping them successfully master physics and calculus, enabling them to graduate. He also had his vices – Dr. Pepper, pizza, listening to music, watching his favorite television shows, and driving fast. His favorite quote is that of Patrick Henry, “Give me liberty, or give me death.” Gordon was the ultimate hippie. Gordon was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Short; his parents, Gordon and Mary Virginia Short; his brother-in-law, Robert “Lee Roy” Baldridge; dear aunt, Dorris Maxwell; special cousin, Bill Gallatin; one great-nephew, Matthew J.J. Baldridge; and two great-great-nephews, Matthew C.A. and Layton Baldridge. Gordon is survived by his sisters, Virginia Baldridge of Tulsa, OK and Mary Ann Rogers of Plano, TX; step-daughter Linda (Jim) Hayden of Colorado; step-sons Robbie Glavin of Paramount, CA; John (Laurie) Glavin and daughters Heather and Nicole of Norco, CA; his 3 step-grandchildren, Courtney, Devin, and Anthony; his nieces, Ginger and Heather Rogers of Plano, TX; nephews, Damon (Lisa) Baldridge of Sapulpa, OK; Greg (Diane) Baldridge of Tulsa, OK; Chris (Tonya) Baldridge of Collinsville, OK; great-niece, Tonukkah Baldridge and children (Anikah, Lucaya, Nicollette, and JaReez) of Fort Meade, MD; great-nephews Joshua (Sarah) Baldridge and children (Alexis and Aiden) of St. Louis, MO, and Padon Baldridge of Collinsville, OK; great-nephews and great-niece: Dakota, Dylan and Harley Rose Baldridge of Tulsa, OK; special cousin, Sondra Gail Gallatin of Cedar Rapids, IA; special family friends, Pat and Eddy Davis of Tulsa, OK, as well as several dear cousins. A memorial service celebrating Gordon’s life will be held 2PM Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at Fort Gibson National Cemetery Pavilion, Fort Gibson, OK with Pastor Carolyn Spencer officiating. The family of Gordon Burnell Short has entrusted his service, cremation and burial to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home and Cremation Service. 918-478-2555 Online condolences may be left at clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com .

Clifford D. Garrett Family Funeral Home

David Barefoot, 72

Born Thursday, March 28, 1946

Died Wednesday, March 27, 2019

David Barm Barefoot, 72, of Braggs, OK was born March 28, 1946 in Gorman, Texas to Reginald and Vetress (Weatherman) Barefoot and peacefully passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2019 in Tulsa with his family by his side.
On November 25, 1989 he married the love of his life, Isabel Gallegos. They shared over 29 years of marriage together. They were the love of each other’s life.
David worked as a concrete foreman. Later he was a self-employed contractor.
David is survived by his wife of the home, Isabel; sons, Robert Barefoot of Braggs, Bryan Barefoot of Muskogee and Jerry Wood of Vian; daughters, Barbara Gatzen and husband Darin Webster of Muskogee, OK, Sherri Black and husband Tye of Chelsea, OK, Cheri Watkins and husband Joseph of Muskogee; brothers, Reginald Gerald Barefoot and wife Martha of Conroe, TX, Paul Barefoot and wife Sharon of Muskogee, OK; sister, Jackie Cadenhead and husband Jimmy of Midlothian, TX, grandchildren, Joshua Wood, Mickel Wood, Devin Gatzen, Tyler Gatzen, Gabrielle Watkins, Beth Thomas, Brooke Thompson, Colby Watkins, Wesley Wood, Ashley Thompson, Haley Gatzen, Faith Schlegel, David Schlegel and Christopher Barefoot; great grandson, Jake Schlegel and many nieces, nephews and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; Reginald and Vetress Barefoot; son, David Lee Barefoot; sister, Deria Lee Barefoot and brother, Robert Dan Barefoot; niece, Jamie Cadenhead.
Viewing will be held 11AM to 1PM Sunday, March 31, 2019 at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home Chapel, Fort Gibson, Oklahoma.
Burial will follow the visitation at South Bethel Cemetery, Braggs, Oklahoma with Joshua Wood, Mickel Wood, Devin Gatzen, Colby Watkins, Wesley Wood, Christopher Barefoot and Tyler Gatzen serving as casket bearers.
The family of David Barm Barefoot has entrusted his care, visitation and burial to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home and Cremation Service.
Online condolences may be left at clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com

Clifford D. Garrett Family Funeral Home

Ella Georgina Peavler, 56

Born Sunday, September 23, 1962

Died Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Ella Georgina “Gina” Peavler, 56, of Checotah, Oklahoma passed from this life on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. She was born in Fort Smith, AR on September 23, 1962 to George Washington Bolton and Freda Bolton (Qualls). Gina attended school at Greenwood Highschool and graduated in 1980, she later continued her education to West Arkansas Community College.
Gina married the love of her life, James Steven Peavler, on July 14, 1990 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. They spent over 28 memorable years together. Gina spent most of her life as a nurse until she retired. She also served in the Army during Desert Storm.
Gina is preceded in death by her parents, George and Freda Bolton.
She is survived by her husband, James “Steven” Peavler; brother David Been; sister Kathy Marvel; father-in-law James Peavler; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Steve and Debbie Woods; nieces Stacy Falwell and Ashley Falwell.
A celebration of Gina’s life will be 2:00pm Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at Fort Gibson National Cemetery with Reverend Steve Moss officiating.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory, 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

Service: 2PM, Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at Fort Gibson National Cemetery Committal Shelter.

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Anthony Michael Green, 3

Born Monday, June 1, 2015

Died Wednesday, March 27, 2019

A precious baby boy, Anthony Michael Green, was born June 1, 2015 to Wesley James and Michelle Jean (Wilson) Green in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He entered Heaven’s gates on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at the age of 3.
His parents recall some of his favorite things were learning shapes, letters, and numbers, also playing with cars, tractors, puzzles and dinosaurs. He loved going on camping trips with his family and collecting coins. Spending time with his sisters was among his favorite daily activities. He will be remembered as a total sweetheart and loved having hugs and kisses at every good-bye.
Anthony was preceded in death by his great grandmother, June Wilson. He is survived by his parents, Wesley and Michelle Green; sisters, Abigail, Audrey, and Autumn; grandparents, Mike and Sherry Green of Muskogee, Clark and Kathy Wilson of Crescent, OK and Ron and Peggy Gossmer of San Clemente, CA; great-grandmothers, Elizabeth Traxel of Bellflower, CA and Mae Green of Haskell, OK; other family members and many friends.
Family visitation for Anthony will be 5:30pm-7:30m Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.
A celebration of Anthony’s life will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Steve Moss officiating. Interment will be at Greenhill Cemetery.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.


Visitation will be 9:00am-8:00pm Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel.
Family Visitation will be held 5:30-7:30 Tuesday, April 2, 2019.
service info: 10:00 am Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be at Greenhill Cemetery. obituary information coming soon

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Melvin Ray Hardy, 78

Born Sunday, May 5, 1940

Died Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Melvin Ray Hardy, 78, of Fort Gibson was born May 5, 1940 in Phillip, MS to Vernon Fred and Edgle Cristeen (Camp) Hardy and peacefully passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2019 in Tulsa with his loving family by his side. Melvin served four years in the Air Force stationed at Elgin Air Force Base in Florida. There he served as assistant crew chief on SAC bombers. Following his honorable discharge, Melvin went into the agricultural business where he managed numerous grain elevators in Mississippi, Alabama and Oklahoma. Not a lot was required to make Melvin happy. He had various interests at different times in his life. At one time he did a little woodworking and fishing. Whenever possible, he loved to be on the go. Whether out to eat, to ballgames, or on family trips, just say “go” and he was ready. Not only did he enjoy the sights we went to see, but the many interesting conversations he initiated with people along the way. In every aspect of his life Melvin was known as a “people person”. Whether he knew you or not, he was going to talk to you. By the time the conversation was over, he knew at least who you were, where you lived, your occupation, and usually a lot more. Despite the person’s circumstances or what they looked like he was interested in what they had to say. During several years of deteriorating health, Melvin made an indelible impression on so many people because of his positive attitude. From family to friends to doctors, time was spent enjoying his relationship with them instead of being dispirited by his physical condition. One of the most obvious things to anyone knowing Melvin was that he loved his family. He grew up with five siblings who were always close. When he married and had children and grandchildren his happiness was not dependent upon his wants and needs but on theirs. He truly gave unconditional love to his family. The gift was not wrapped in a fancy package but it has endured through the years and will always continue in our memories. Melvin is survived by his wife; Katherine of the home; son, Jeff Hardy and wife Amy; daughter, Katrina Whiteday and husband Greg; granddaughters, Anna Hardy, Abigail and Emsley Whiteday; grandson, Fletcher Hardy; sisters, Dean Harris of Huntsville, AL., Gay Moorehead and husband Milton of Issaquah, WA; brother, Danny Hardy and wife Mary Ann of Stuttgart, AR; numerous nieces and nephews and many friends. Preceded in death by his parents; Vernon & Edgle Hardy; sister, Marion Bailey; brother, Kim Hardy. A memorial service celebrating Melvin’s life will be held 11AM Thursday, April 4, 2019 at Southeast Baptist Church in Muskogee with Pastor Mike Murray and Pastor Steve Moss officiating. Inurnment will follow at Fort Gibson National Cemetery, Fort Gibson, Oklahoma with military honors. The family of Melvin Ray Hardy has entrusted his cremation and service to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Fort Gibson, Oklahoma. Online condolences may be left at clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com

Clifford D. Garrett Family Funeral Home

Juanita Escoe, 69

Born Saturday, April 23, 1949

Died Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Juanita Escoe was born April 23, 1949 in Moton Hospital Tulsa Oklahoma to Alton and Opal Guess.

She attended and graduated from Webster High School. After High School Juanita worked at a Nursing Home where she also took care of both of her parents.

Juanita accepted Christ at an early age, she rededicated her life to Christ at New Hope Baptist Church, Oktaha Oklahoma. Juanita met John C. Escoe and later married Feb 10, 1970.

Juanita’s passion was her family. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved family gatherings. She was all about helping anyone who needed a hand or a kind word.

Juanita a resident of New Hope Community Oktaha, OK, transitioned in the arms of her loving husband, John C. Escoe Sr. at their home, Tuesday, March 26, 2019.

She was preceded in death by father, Alton Guess, mother, Opal Guess, sister, Betty Guess, brother's, Alvin and Melvin Guess, son, Rodney Escoe, daughter Tonya Escoe.

She leaves to cherish in her memory her husband, John C. Escoe Sr., son's John Escoe, Bryant Escoe and Zack Escoe, Tulsa OK, sister, Lillie Mae Hooks (Gene Hooks) Bristow, OK, sister in law's, Joella Escoe Huntington, WV, Lovie Radford (Mohandis Radford), Linda Harris, Kim Sherrrill (Michael Sherrrill) all of Tulsa Oklahoma, brother in law, Ronald Escoe (Maira Escoe) Louisiana, a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

When tomorrow starts without me,
And I'm not there to see,
If the sun should rise and find your eyes
All filled with tears for me,
I know how much you love me,
As much I love you,
And each time that you think of me
I know you'll miss me too

So when tomorrow starts without me,
Don't think we're far apart,
For every time you think of me,
I'm right here, in your heart.
David Romano

A Home Going Service is scheduled, Saturday, April 6, 2019, 11:00 a.m., Precious Memories Chapel, 2200 Military Blvd, Muskogee, OK; with interment to follow in Booker T. Washington Cemetery, Muskogee, OK.

Visitation will be Friday, April 5, 2019, 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

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

House of Winn Funeral Homes

Pamela Ann O, 71

Born Sunday, October 5, 1947

Died Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Pamela Ann O’Connell went to be with the Lord on March 26th, 2019.
She was preceded in death by parents Olan Epley and Martha Deskin; husband Tommy O’Connell; children Kelly O’Connell and Tammy O’Connell.
She is survived by her grandson Connor Keene; siblings Teresa Hull, Ricky Destin and Randy Deskin; dear friends Kim Satterfield, Karen Morgan, and Mike Riggs; other family members and many dear friends.
Graveside services 1:30pm Monday, April 1st, at Brooken Cemetery with Rev. Bill Fitzer officiating.
Viewing will be 1:00pm-5:00pm Saturday, March 30th, 2019 and 1:00pm-5:00pm Sunday, March 31st, 2019.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory, 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Barbara Ann Sommers, 79

Born Friday, June 23, 1939

Died Monday, March 25, 2019

Barbara Ann Sommers, 79, of Muskogee died Monday morning, March 25, 2019 at Pleasant Valley Health Care Center. She was born June 23, 1939 to Al and Iva Waterstradt in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Barbara grew up in New London, Wisconsin where she was educated, graduating from Hortonville High School in 1957.
Barbara married James Sommers on June 19, 1963 in Appleton, Wisconsin. The couple made their home in Green Bay, Wisconsin where she worked many years with her brother, Gary Waterstradt in the fireplace business. In 1978 she moved to Muskogee when James was transferred with the paper company he worked for and Barbara got a job working in insurance industry. They both retired in 1995. Barbara attended St. Joseph Catholic Church and volunteered and the Catholic Charities infant supply closet until her health no longer allowed. Most of all she enjoyed her grandchildren and their many activities and Green Bay Packer football.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents and her husband James. She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Britton and Danny Nevitt of Muskogee, Oklahoma and Samantha and Barry Wilson of Miliken, Colorado; her son and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Christina Sommers of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Allison and Jonathan Atwell of Bentonville, Arkansas, Ashley Nevitt, Alex Nevitt, Auston and Shae Sommers of Muskogee, Christopher and Brittni Sommers of Fort Worth, Texas, Rachael and Kirby Darbe of Edmond, Oklahoma, Elizabeth and Henry Boudreaux of Edmond, Oklahoma and Grace Wilson of Phoenix, Arizona; five great grandchildren, Britton and Lincoln Atwell, William and Lilly Darbe, and Charlie Boudreaux; seven brothers and sisters-in-law, Dan Waterstradt of Appleton, WI, Gary and Jackie Waterstradt of Green Bay, WI, Dennis Waterstradt of New London, WI, Steve & Sue Waterstradt of Palmer Lake, CO, Glen and Jeanette Waterstradt of Fayetteville, NC, David Waterstradt of Crandon, WI, Peter and Kathy Waterstradt of Green Bay, WI; and three sisters and brothers-in-law, Nancy Springstroh of Freedom, WI, Sandy and Lee Huebner of New London, WI, and Terry and Dan Geason of Green Bay, WI; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral Mass will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 28, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Richard Cristler officiating. The family will greet friends from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home. Interment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery with Alex Nevitt, Jonathan Atwell, Auston Sommers, Christopher Sommers, Bill Waterstradt and Jerome McVey serving as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Joseph Catholic School.
The family would like to thank the employees of Pleasant Valley Health Care Center for the wonderful care she received as well as the staff of New Century Hospice.

Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory, 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Thomas Bryan Lawson, 43

Born Wednesday, August 6, 1975

Died Monday, March 25, 2019

Thomas Bryan Lawson, 43, of Muskogee, Oklahoma, passed from this life on Monday, March 25, 2019. He was born on August 6, 1975 in Muskogee, Oklahoma to Larry Thomas Lawson and Loretta Sue Herriman.
Thomas is preceded in death by his father, Larry T. Lawson; nephew Toby Wyatt Lawson; and maternal grandparents Tobe and Ada Herriman; paternal grandparents Ernie and Celia Lawson; uncles Don Lawson, Ronnie Herriman, and Donnie Herriman; and aunt Pam Herriman.
He is survived by his fiancé Bobbi Benefield; son Stryker Allen Lawson; mother Loretta Lawson; brother David Shawn Lawson; niece Renee Lawson; nephew Allen Lawson; great nephews Cadrien Earl and Carter Monroe; future mother-in-law Ina Whitewater; and special friends Jason Stroud and Shelly Meeks Foster.
A celebration of Thomas Bryan Lawson’s life will be 10:00am Thursday, March 28, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home with Sanford Grigg officiating and Wade Snow assisting.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory, 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.





Visitation: 12:00pm-8:00pm Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Alice Marie Hendrickson, 82

Born Monday, February 1, 1937

Died Sunday, March 24, 2019

Alice Marie Hendrickson, 82, died Sunday, March 24, 2019. Alice was a longtime Muskogee teacher, a loving mother and grandmother, and a devoted friend to many.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, March 29, 2019, at First United Methodist Church in Muskogee with the Rev. Cindy Culver officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Family will greet friends at Cornerstone Funeral Home from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28, 2019.

Alice was born Feb. 1, 1937, in Paris, Ark., to James Leroy Fullbright and Roxanna Lucille Humphrey. The family moved to Muskogee in 1941, and Alice graduated Muskogee Central High in 1955. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas in 1959 and a master’s degree in 1974 at Northeastern State University.

Her Zeta Tau Alpha sorority sisters remained friends for life, as did many teachers at Hilldale Public Schools. Alice taught English and creative writing at Hilldale from 1974 to 1995 and was an English instructor at Connors State College from 1995 to 2009. She loved literature, travel, reading, and playing bridge and Catchphrase.

A life-long member of Muskogee’s First United Methodist Church, Alice was in the Wesley Class at the time of her passing. She also was a member of United Methodist Women and P.E.O. Sisterhood.

Alice is survived by a son, Chris Hendrickson (Heather); two daughters, Debbie Rowan (Olen) and Karen Cox; 11 grandchildren, Josh Rowan (Rebekah), Shawn Rowan (Ashley), Jason Rowan, Blake Rowan (Sam), Amanda Butler (Jason), Zac Cox (Ryann), Jacob Hendrickson, Kayla Hendrickson, Gunnar Drake, Chandler Drake and Harper Kennedy; 10 great-grandchildren, McKenzie Rowan, Austin Rowan, Seth Leavell, Blake Leavell, Audrey Rowan, Brody Rowan, Addalyn Butler, Preston Butler, Whitlee Rowan and Kolsen Jacobson; a sister, Mary Jo Swoyer; nephews, Jim Swoyer (Susan) and Mike Swoyer (Carla).

Pallbearers will be Josh Rowan, Shawn Rowan, Blake Rowan, Jason Rowan, Zac Cox and Jacob Hendrickson. Honorary pallbearers: Jim Swoyer, Mike Swoyer, Jason Butler, Roy Entz and Dennis James.

Memorials may be made in Alice’s name to First United Methodist Church, 600 E. Okmulgee Ave., Muskogee, OK 74403.

Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory, 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Dorothy June Dunlap, 92

Born Sunday, July 4, 1926

Died Friday, March 22, 2019

Dorothy (Dotty) June Dunlap Passed away on Friday, March 22 at 3:58 P.M. at the Fort Gibson Nursing home surrounded by family. She was 92 years old. Dotty was born July 4, 1926 in Muskogee, Oklahoma to Elmer Thompson and Mary Hawkins Thompson, but lived by the Arkansas River in the Fort Gibson Bottoms. She graduated from Muskogee Central High School and received her bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University in 1948 before getting her Masters in Science Education at OSU, where she met her husband, Paul McNeel Dunlap, Jr. in a class at Camp Gruber. Paul and Dotty were married on November 17, 1950 on the stairwell at her parents’ home in Muskogee, and they shared 45 years together until Paul’s passing in 1995. Dotty had a full teaching career in both Landover Hills, MD, and Muskogee, Oklahoma, where she taught earth and life science courses at both AR and Muskogee High School. While in Landover Hills, Maryland, Dotty and Paul had four children: Susan, Neal, Frances and Keith.
Dotty was an avid rock hound and nature lover, and she had the most fun when in or around a body of water or her home garden. She enjoyed reading historical accounts, and playing games, cards, and dominos with her friends and grandkids. She was famous for her sage dressing at Thanksgiving and her signature potato salad. Dotty adored being with her family, playing Uno, watching old movies, going to nature parks, going on road trips, dressing up for Halloween, digging in the dirt, and, as Paul would say, “wallowing in the water.” Dotty was also a member of the Retired Teachers Association and St. Paul’s and Fort Gibson United Methodist Churches.
Dotty was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Mary (Hawkins) Thompson, her husband, Paul M. Dunlap, Jr. and her four siblings, Charles Thompson, Frances King, Margaret Ann McKee, and Robert Thompson. She is survived by her children, Susan and David Gourd of Tahlequah, Neal Dunlap of Iowa Park, Texas, Fran and Paul Heirich of Broken Arrow, and Keith and Sara Dunlap of Fort Gibson. Her beloved grandchildren include Jennifer and Christian Perry, Rob and Shannon Evans, Jami Dunlap, Kasie Lamb, Brian and Kimberly Heirich, Michael Heirich, Steven Heirich, David Dunlap, Jesse Dunlap, Noah Dunlap, Robbie and Jennifer Gourd, Jessica and Mickey Burke, Andrew and Kelsey Gourd, and Dillon Gourd. Her beloved great grandchildren include Jaylei, Grace, Emma, Emily, Grayson, Triston, Mickey Jr. and Rosemary. Dotty also leaves behind a multitude of dear nieces and nephews, and wonderful friends. She will be greatly missed, but fondly remembered.
Viewing will be Thursday from 12:00P.M.-1:45P.M. at the Fort Gibson United Methodist Church. Dorothy June Dunlap’s service will be officiated by Reverend Dawn Richards in the sanctuary at the Fort Gibson United Methodist Church on Thursday, March 28 at 2:00 P.M. Interment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Her pallbearers include Robbie Evans, Brian Heirich, Michael Heirich, Steven Heirich, Jesse Dunlap, Noah Dunlap, Andrew Gourd and Dillon Gourd. In lieu of flowers the family requests that you make a donation to the missions committee of either St. Paul’s or Fort Gibson United Methodist Churches.
The family of Dorothy June Dunlap has entrusted her care, service and burial to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson 918-478-2555
Online condolences for the Dunlap family may be left at clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com

Clifford D. Garrett Family Funeral Home

Mary Ann Kinion , 54

Born Saturday, February 27, 1965

Died Thursday, March 21, 2019

Mary Ann (Feenstra) Kinion, 54, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed from this life on Thursday, March 21, 2019. She was born on February 27, 1965 to Willie Otto Feenstra and Virginia Mae Brown in Ogden, Utah. She received her GED and went on to work in management of a pizza industry.
She loved to go camping and fishing, doing puzzle books, and just being outdoors. The one thing she loved most of all, was spending time with her family, especially her grandson.
Mary is preceded in death by her parents, Willie Otto Feenstra and Virginia Mae Brown; her niece, Tina Marie; and her grandparents.
She is survived by her sons, Robert Kinion of Muskogee, OK and Nick Kinion of Muskogee, OK; sisters, Sandie Feenstra of Southern, CA and Christine Guerra/ Trino of Southern, CA; brothers, Butch Feenstra of Southern, CA and Ron Feenstra of Southern, CA; grandson, Brayden Lee Kinion; other family, Robert, Krystal, Miranda, Cassandra, Travis, Jimmy, Doug, Rhonda, Robin, Tina, Sonya, and numerous other family and friends.
A celebration of Mary’s life will be 2:30 Monday, March 25, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Bill Crow officiating.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory, 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Carl Lee Cruce, 76

Born Monday, June 22, 1942

Died Thursday, March 21, 2019

Carl Lee Cruce, 76, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away Thursday, March 21, 2019. He was born on June 22, 1942 in Okemah, Oklahoma to Lee and Bertha (Brewer) Cruce. He graduated and went to work at American Foundry where he was a loyal employee for 54 years.
Carl also served his country as a member of the Army National Guard for several years before his honorable discharge on June 30, 1962.
He will always be remembered as dependable and a very kind man. He loved working in his flower garden and growing roses. Carl also enjoyed fishing, especially for striped bass at Lake Keystone and raising koi fish in the pond he built. He especially enjoyed Thanksgiving as the tradition was to have an olive eating competition to see who could eat the most.
Carl married the love of his life, Judith Ann, on January 6, 1976 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They shared more than 43 years of life and marriage together. Carl will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lee Roy and Bertha Cruce; sisters, Carol Hurley and Sharon Gillis.
Carl is survived by his wife, Judith, of the home; daughters, Rhonda Lyon and husband Billy of Cushing, Kimberly Cruce of Bristow, Mary Crawford and husband Rick of Owasso, Julie McWhirter and husband Mike of Burnsville, NC; grandchildren, Shelbie, Cody, Michael, Brian, Scott, Lindsey, and Justin; 15 great-grandchildren; along with other family members and friends.
Graveside services celebrating Carl’s life will be at 1:30pm, Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at Greenhill Cemetery Pavilion with Chaplain Bill Holcomb officiating.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory, 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Jean Capps, 87

Born Monday, November 9, 1931

Died Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Jean Capps, 87, of Muskogee, Oklahoma entered Heaven’s gates on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. She was a wonderful God filled woman, homemaker, pastor’s wife, mother, and Nanny. She sought the Lord and so loved his Holy Word. Jean had a very strong faith and accepted the Lord around the age of 8 or 9. There she learned the meaning of “unconditional love.” Even though she was basically a quiet person, she was an enormous prayer warrior and fighter. With 50+ years of being a minister’s wife, she saw many a miracle and God’s mighty hand moving, leading, and guide.
Jean loved the outdoors, especially the springtime when flowers began to bloom.
She loved music, especially gospel and John Denver’s songs about the mountains, skies, streams, and love.
Jean thrived on making her family loved and welcome, whether it be her blood family, her church family, or a neighbor family. She loved people and all of God’s creations, especially a love for dogs.
She loved her family and was so devoted to her husband for over 71 years.
She will forever be missed; ‘til we reunite in heaven.
Jean is survived by her husband, Chester, of the home; children, David Capps and wife Chrystal, Diane Plunkett and husband Gary, Judy Chastain and husband Larry; grandchildren, Tessa Cross and husband Chuck, David Fuller and wife Michelle, Jon Capps and wife Cindy, Karri Parker and husband Roy Gene, Jeff Fuller and wife Jennifer, Karen Gilfillan, Jennifer Montalvo, Brooke Wilson and husband Travis, Gary Don Plunkett, Jeff Plunkett and wife Amy, Kara Webster and husband Danny, great-grandchildren, Derrick Skinner, Katelyn Fuller, Chelsea Fuller, Hannah Fuller, Peyton Capps, Madison Capps, Kaje Doke and wife Sailor, Brittanie Coughenour, Zachary Kelly, Ryan Smith, Payton Webster, Jaxon Webster, Madison Plunkett, Alivia Plunkett, and Luke Plunkett; great-great grandchildren, McKenna Coughenour and Hadlee Wilson; along with other family members and friends.
The family will receive friends from 2-4PM, Sunday, March 24, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.
Funeral services celebrating Jean’s life will be 10AM, Monday, March 25, 2019 at New Hope Assembly of God Church with Rev. John Overton, Brother Monte Humphrey, and Pastor Anthony Roe officiating. Entombment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery with David Fuller, Jeff Fuller, Jon Capps, Gary Don Plunkett, Jeff Plunkett, and Roy Gene Parker serving as pallbearers.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory, 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Mary L. Fletcher, 66

Born Monday, October 27, 1952

Died Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Mary Louise Fletcher, 66, of Muskogee, Oklahoma entered Heaven’s gates on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. She was born on October 27, 1952 in Ada, Oklahoma to Charles “Milton” and Anna Louise (Forbes) Courtney. Mary attended public schools and graduated in 1970 from Konawa High School. She furthered her education at Oklahoma University and received a Bachelor’s degree in Administration.
Mary married the love of her life, Larry Fletcher, on April 10, 1971 in Konawa, Oklahoma. They shared more than 47 years of life and marriage together and were blessed with three daughters.
Mary worked as the Administrator for Eastgate Village Healthcare Center for many years caring for the residents.
She was an active and faithful member of Boulevard Christian Church.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Jewel and Elida Forbes, H. W. and Estelle Courtney; her sister, Anita Hawthorne; and her parents-in-law, Lawrence and Sarah Fletcher.
Mary is survived by her husband, Larry, of the home; her daughters, Amy Hardy and husband Jeff, Cary McClenan and husband Scott, all of Muskogee, Bethany Willige and husband Dusty of Norman; grandchildren, Andrew Willige, Anna Hardy, Aubry Fletcher, Fletcher Hardy; her parents, Milton and Anna Courtney of Konawa; her brother, David Courtney and wife Debbie of Chickasha; brother-in-law, Terry Hawthorne of Midlothian, TX; sisters-in-law, Tonie Calhoun and husband J.E., Faye Watkins and husband Jerry, Connie McConnell and husband Stan; brothers-in-law, Ronnie Fletcher and wife Kay, and Tommy Fletcher; along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and one aunt, June Skaggs.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jeff Hardy, Dusty Willige, Scott McClenan, Andrew Willige, Fletcher Hardy, and Terry Hawthorne.
Private family services are planned.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory, 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Billie M. Carlile, 89

Born Friday, January 3, 1930

Died Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Billie Marie Carlile, 89, of Fort Gibson, OK was born January 3, 1930 in Stilwell, Oklahoma to James Sr. and Millia M. (Rickert) Carlile and passed away Monday, March 18, 2019 in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma.
Billie received her education at Tahlequah High School. In 1970 she started her career as a Realtor and work for Billie Young Real Estate for more than 30 years.
She was a faithful member of the Muskogee Round-Up Club. Billie loved to shop and she never left the house without her lipstick and her earrings. She was always willing to help anyone. Billie loved to cook and spend time in her garden.
Billie is survived by her daughter; Leslie Zarnke and husband David of Muskogee; grandsons; Brandon Moore and Joshua Young both of Muskogee; granddaughters, Kimberly Finnerty and husband Jimmy, Tiffany Young all of Muskogee and Stephanie Silva of Tulsa; daughter in law, Monica Young of Vian; great grandsons, Rhys Tucker and Gage Finnerty of Muskogee; great granddaughters, Ashley Tucker, Candace Young and Rainee Young of Vian; great grandsons, Slade Silva and Isaiah Silva of Tulsa.
She was preceded in death by her parents; James and Millia Carlile; son, Kim Anthony Young; brother, James Carlile, Jr; best friend and former husband Lester Young.
A memorial service celebrating Billie’s life will be held 2PM Friday, March 29, 2019 at the Tahlequah City Cemetery Gazebo in Tahlequah, Oklahoma with Chaplain Kevin Webster officiating.
The family of Billie Marie Carlile has entrusted her cremation and service to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Fort Gibson, Oklahoma. 918-478-2555
Online condolences may be left at clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com

Clifford D. Garrett Family Funeral Home
<— NEWER DEATH NOTICES | OLDER DEATH NOTICES —>