Kathryn Joyce Cookson, 82

Born December 24, 1937

Died May 22, 2020

Terry Lee Shipman, 65

Born June 2, 1954

Died May 19, 2020

Shirley Ann Jackson, 79

Born July 19, 1940

Died May 18, 2020

Robert Lloyd Cox, 47

Born June 23, 1972

Died May 17, 2020

Leon Gilyard, 77

Born February 8, 1943

Died May 16, 2020

Earnest L. Edwards, Sr., 81

Born February 8, 1939

Died May 16, 2020

Rhunella Lillian Bailey, 83

Born August 9, 1936

Died May 16, 2020

Reverend Dr. Ray K. Gaines, 81

Born July 29, 1938

Died May 12, 2020

Hoy Gene Parson, 78

Born October 15, 1941

Died May 11, 2020

Louise Ward, 91

Born August 25, 1928

Died May 11, 2020

Anna Belle Perry, 82

Born August 16, 1937

Died May 11, 2020


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Tuesday, December 31, 2019, 9:00 AM

The Bass Reeves Conference Committee, called “the Posse,” will honor U.S. Deputy Marshal Bass Reeves near the 110th anniversary of his death in 1910. A special memorial event will be held on Saturday, January 12, 2020 at 3 p.m. at the Three Rivers Museum in Muskogee.

In period dress, re-enactors with the Bass Reeves Legacy Troupe will remember the legendary lawman who concluded his 34-year career serving as a Muskogee police officer. Music and individual tributes will celebrate his life. This will be followed by refreshments at the museum. The museum will charge its regular admission fee for this event of $5 for adults and $3 for children.

Reeves was among the first African-Americans to serve as marshal west of the Mississippi. Reeves’ more than 3,000 arrests during his illustrious career marks him as one of the most successful lawmen in U.S. history. Though his gravesite in Muskogee is unknown, his tombstone is displayed at Three Rivers Museum.

The Posse is currently raising funds to create a larger-than-life statue of Reeves to be placed near the police beat he walked while a Muskogee officer. The hat will be passed at the conclusion of the memorial for those wishing to donate to the statue fund.

Each year, the Conference Committee also hosts the Bass Reeves Western History Conference to bring attention to this outstanding Oklahoma lawman. This year’s event will be held on July 24 and 25 in Muskogee. More information is available at