Emmitt Othell Maxey, 79

Born June 23, 1942

Died October 20, 2021

Charles Alonzo Wright, 88

Born December 22, 1932

Died October 19, 2021

Gordon "Jack" Morrow, 87

Born June 1, 1934

Died October 18, 2021

Deann D. Gist, 52

Born March 13, 1969

Died October 17, 2021

Marvin Henry Gilliland, 74

Born November 17, 1946

Died October 17, 2021


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Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 7:01 AM

A portion of south Main Street will be dedicated to Avalon Reece, Oklahoma’s first female city council member and the first black female city council member, on Sunday, October 10 at a ceremony in honor of her many accomplishments.

​Reece was a distinguished educator with the Muskogee Public School system for 45 years and was recognized as the first and only female band director for much of that time. In addition to her accomplishments in education, she was elected to serve as a member of the Muskogee City Council in 1972, making her the first black female council member in the state of Oklahoma.

In 1980, she was appointed to the Oklahoma Regents for Higher Education and helped establish a scholarship program for aspiring teachers at Langston University. Reece received many local and state honors and was active in numerous professional, civic and community organizations. She served a total of 9 years as a Muskogee City Council member.

​Her legacy will be honored at a ceremony, in the parking lot of St. Mark Baptist Church, located at 1020 S. 2nd Street at 2:30 p.m. where a portion of south Main Street will be dedicated to her posthumously.

For more information on the dedication ceremony, Deputy Mayor Derrick Reed at (918) 235-7596.