DEATHS

Mary Katherine Dawson, 67

Born July 24, 1952

Died July 2, 2020

Mary Inez Sims, 79

Born September 1, 1940

Died July 2, 2020

Teresa Dawn Reid, 36

Born August 10, 1983

Died July 2, 2020

Shawn Wayne Wheeler, 51

Born February 4, 1969

Died July 1, 2020

John B. Bebee, 89

Born April 25, 1931

Died July 1, 2020

Linda L. "Poni" Wilson, 69

Born October 11, 1950

Died June 29, 2020

Kenneth Ray Benton, 83

Born May 17, 1937

Died June 29, 2020

Roy Dale Jenkins, 80

Born December 11, 1939

Died June 29, 2020

Micheal Joseph Motte, 63

Born December 4, 1956

Died June 27, 2020

Warren Clay Graham Sr., 82

Born October 14, 1937

Died June 26, 2020

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Friday, January 31, 2020, 8:05 AM

The Muskogee County Board of Commissioners held a special meeting just now to appoint a new sheriff to fill the remainder of the term of Rob Frazier, who resigned to take the position of Fort Gibson police chief.

Commissioner Ken Payne said the commissioners thought all four candidates interviewed well for the position.

“One of our priorities was to not undermine the upcoming election,” Ken Doke said.

“I make a motion to appoint Terry Freeman,” Payne said. The board voted unanimously to appoint him.

Freeman is not an interim sheriff, DA Orvil Loge said. He is the official sheriff for the remainder of Freeman’s term, until Dec. 31 of this year.

Freeman was undersheriff for Frazier and his predecessor, Charles Pearson, who was also one of the candidates. Freeman told MuskogeeNOW.com last week that he has no interest in running for the office in the upcoming election, in which Pearson and Muskogee Police Lieutenant Andy Simmons have both already declared their candidacies.

“We just wanted someone who could come in and Day One run the sheriff’s office,” Doke said. “And he can do that.”

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