Marguerite Dorothy Hayward, 81

Born January 30, 1940

Died January 17, 2022

Orville Grant Griffith, 65

Born August 12, 1956

Died January 15, 2022

Malcolm Don 'Sonny' Satterfield , 88

Born May 2, 1933

Died January 15, 2022

Mable Marie Taylor, 88

Born October 25, 1933

Died January 15, 2022

Barbara June Shackelford-Beaver-Whiteaker, 65

Born January 16, 1956

Died January 14, 2022

Albert G. Gresham, 84

Born September 26, 1937

Died January 14, 2022


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Monday, December 27, 2021, 7:31 AM

U.S. Army veteran, Specialist Robert Scott Hilkert, will be laid to rest at the Fort Gibson National Cemetery during an unclaimed veteran memorial service today at 1:30 p.m. Unclaimed Veterans are former service members whose next of kin is unknown or loved ones cannot attend their service. Burial arrangements have been made by a public administrator, a VA medical center, or some other authorized entity.

“When a veteran doesn’t have family to claim them, we become their family,” said David Van Meter, Fort Gibson and Fort Sill National Cemeteries director. “No Veteran is buried alone. Fort Gibson National Cemetery staff is present at every single burial and committal service. We ensure each service member who passes through our gates receives the proper tribute.”

Open to the public, the memorial service includes military funeral honors with the playing of “Taps” and the presentation of a folded American flag. VA Clinical Staff Chaplain and American Legion Post 20 will also patriciate in the service.

Fort Gibson National Cemetery is one mile northeast of Fort Gibson. It is situated on land that was once part of the military reservation and is within the limits of the Cherokee Nation.