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Jessie J. McCoy, 98

Born March 24, 1923

Died July 28, 2021

William Carl Collins Jr., 91

Born July 11, 1930

Died July 27, 2021

James Haskell "Jim" Gibson, 80

Born August 6, 1940

Died July 27, 2021

LARRY ALLEN KENNEDY, 42

Born October 18, 1978

Died July 27, 2021

Donald P. Hamilton, 100

Born August 5, 1920

Died July 27, 2021

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THINGS TO DO

Friday, July 16, 2021, 7:44 AM

Aaliyah Wilson may be living in Indiana now and playing in major arenas, but the WNBA star got her start shooting hoops in her backyard in Muskogee.

Muskogee will honor her on Saturday during a welcome home celebration where the mayor will present a proclamation declaring July 17 “Aliyah Wilson Day” and present her with a key to the city.

“We are blessed as a community to see Aaliyah in the WNBA,” said Mayor Marlon J. Coleman. “We want it to be a very special day for her.”

Wilson, who graduated from Muskogee High School in 2016, went on to play college basketball at Texas A&M, before landing a first-round draft spot on the Seattle Storm. Seattle then traded her to the Indiana Fever, where she made her WNBA debut after being sidelined for a short time with an injury. During her time at Muskogee High, she led the team to three state tournament appearances, was named a McDonald’s All-American and a Jordan Brand Classic All-American. She also participated in the USA Olympic Trials in 2016 and 2017.

Saturday’s events will kick off at 1 p.m. with a presentation by Coleman and remarks by Wilson. There will be food, music and entertainment. The day will conclude with a 3 on 3 basketball tournament. The event will be held at Rotary Park at the corner of Elgin and 24th streets. The public is invited.

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