Okmulgee County News Source


(Published 2-16-14)

SGM RALPH GLEN BUSBY JR.
SGM Ralph Glen Busby, Jr., was born on April 30,1932 in Los Angeles, California from the union of the late Ralph Glen Busby, Sr., and the late Madres Laura Busby.
 He enlisted in the United States Army following his high school graduation in 1949 and served his Country honorably for 30 years before his retirement in 1980.  He met and married Frances M. Warren on June 15, 1977 and made his home in Okmulgee.  He was also a carrier for the Okmulgee Daily Times for 15 years.
 Mr. Busby passed from this life on Friday, February 7, 2014 from his home.  He leaves to cherish his memory;  his loving wife, Frances M. Warren, of the home in Okmulgee;  his sons, David P. [Gioia] Busby, St. Louis, Missouri and Gerald J. Warren, Kansas City, Missouri and Edward P. Busby, Columbia, Missouri;  an honorary son, Gary Goree, Okmulgee;  his daughter, Sherry Thrower, Los Angeles, California; his step-children, Gerald J. Warren, Kansas City, Missouri, Janet Zachary Russell,Oklahoma City, and Joyce Powdrill, Maple Grove, Minnesota;  15 grandchidlren and one great-granddaughter; along with other relatives and many friends and customers who will remember his presence.
The Final Salute was given on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 10:00 AM in the Greater Praise and Worship Ministies, 1316 East 4th street in Okmulgee.  Pastor Rudelle Israel Brown, Sr., Pastor, officiated, followed by Burial with Full Military Honors at 1:00 PM in the National Cemetery at Fort Gibson, Oklahoma.  Arrangements were under the direction of the Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc. - Okmulgee Chapel..


 FLOYD H. FRIEND    
Floyd Harper Friend, a longtime resident of Henryetta was born May 21, 1926 to Charles Henry Friend and Willie Mae (Lumpkin) Friend. He graduated from Dewar High School and was a Veteran of WWII. He married Doris Mae Coleman July 15, 1950 in Henryetta, Oklahoma.
At the age of 15 Floyd traveled to California and became a welder. He later went to work for PPG Industries in Henryetta. After the closing of PPG in Henryetta, he and Doris moved to Marshall, Minnesota and later retired from PPG Industries. He had many occupations including painting.  He painted boats, cars, tanks, locks and dams and also owned and operated Friend & Youngblood Boat Salvage Company. He also worked as an X-ray Technician on Pipeline. They made their home at Lake Eufaula and eventually retired and made their permanent home back in Henryetta.
He is preceded in death by his wife Doris Mae Friend, his parents Charlie & WIllie Mae Friend, one brother, Earnie Friend, and two sisters, Jannie Bell Watteau and Mary Alice Walker.
He is survived by four sisters: Patsy H. Spurlock & husband Billy of Henryetta; Ruth Ann Travis of Okemah; Dedee Morris & husband Lloyd of Denton, Texas; Donna Quick & husband Gary of Okmulgee; several nieces & nephews which include Danne Spurlock & wife Linda of Henryetta, & Catherine Remer & husband Charles of Okmulgee.A host of friends and other relatives.
Viewing was Thursday from 5 - 8 pm and Friday 8am - 8pm with the family present to greet friends from 6-8pm.
Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Integrity Chapel with Diane Reader, officiating.  Interment will be in Westlawn Cemetery under direction of Integrity Funeral Service.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Humphry, Charles Remer, Maurice Mims, Bobby Claiborne, Chad Spurlock & Josh Remer. Honorary Pallbearers will Rusty Johnson, Everett Crandell, Mel Blondell, Ray Duca & Bill Robertson.
An Online Guestbook is available at www.integrityfuneralservice.com.


Billy Ray Dunn, Jr
Billy Ray Dunn, Jr. went to Billy Ray Dunn, Jr., “Spud” or  “Rerun”, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, February 12, 2014 at his home in Chocotah, Oklahoma at the age of 51. Billy was born on June 12, 1962 in Henryetta, Oklahoma to Billy and Karion Dunn.    
Billy enjoyed playing Bingo and visiting with his kids. He loved to cook, and was best at grilling outside.
Billy received the Lord back in his life. He was a member of the Shady Grove Baptist Church in Checotah and cooked for the church on many special occasions.  
Billy is survived by his two children, daughter Brianna Dunn of Okmulgee, Oklahoma and son Samuel Ray Dunn of Checotah, Samuel’s mother, Juanita Brown of Checotah, his mother Karion Dunn of Okmulgee, one sister Donna Dunn and companion Bon of Okmulgee; two brothers Thomas Dunn and Kimmie, mother of their two children, of Okmulgee; Jody Dunn and wife Stephanie of Dewar; also, several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Billy was preceded in death by his father, Billy Dunn, Sr. and his brother, Maxey Dunn.
A wake service will be held 7:00 P.M., Sunday, February 16, 2014 at the Harvest Community Church.  The funeral service will be held 2:00 P.M. Monday, also at the church, with Reverends Paul Ramsey and Michael Ballew officiating.  Arrangements are under the direction of the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee.
Memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family on Billy’s Tribute Page of our website at www.mcclendon-winters.com


REV. CECIL CAROLE CHISUM
Reverend Cecil Carole Chisum passed away February 14, 2014 in Alexandria, Louisiana at the age of 74.  He was born April 30, 1939.  Reverend Chisum had pastored many Assembly of God Church’s and prior to going to Louisiana to be with his brother, he resided in Miami, Oklahoma.  Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 P.M., Saturday, February 22, 2014 at the First Assembly of God Church in Hugo, Oklahoma.  Interment will follow in the Forest Chapel Cemetery in Forest Chapel, Texas.  Arrangements are under the direction of the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee.


MARY ROSE SPIEHLER
Mary Rose Spiehler 86, entered into Eternal rest January 21, 2014. She is survived by one son,  Victor Mariano Sr. (wife Glenda, sons Victor, Jr, Michael) Mariano, four daughters Jeanne Sirey,  Andrea Spiehler (children Christopher, Crystal, Donivan Murphy), Annalora Spiehler and  husband David, Trina Spiehler, 8 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements provided by Forest Lawn in Slidell, La.


January 12th

JOHN STEPHEN HILLMAN
Retired Capt. John Stephen Hillman passed away in his sleep on January 6, 2014 at 2:55 AM in Fayetteville, AR after a valiantly fought battle with cancer.  He lived on this earth for 67 years, 6 months and 6 days.  John was the only son of Col John L. Hillman and Geneva Francis (Betts) Hillman born on June 30, 1946 in Okmulgee, OK.  John attended school in Okmulgee and was preceded in death by both of his parents.  
He is survived by his two daughters: Heather Hillman-Easley and husband Lt Col John C. Easley of Siloam Springs, Arkansas and Stephanie Jamison and husband Trey of Houston, Texas; three grandchildren: Charles Ray Easley and wife Trish of Middleton, Wisconsin, John William Greenberry Easley and Mollie Marina Michaelle Easley both of Siloam Springs, Arkansas; his first cousin Pamela Acton who is known to the family as “Aunt Puddle”, and a countless number of other cousins.
John was a multifaceted man but he could first and foremost be defined by his love of country and his level of patriotism which he inherited from “The Colonel”.  John followed in his father’s footsteps as an infantryman enlisting into the Army National Guard, 45th Division on July 1, 1963.  He later was commissioned to 2nd Lt. on September 22, 1965.  The beginning of the Vietnam War compelled John to join the US Army and become a pilot.  He entered Vietnam on April 27, 1969 as an O1-L19 Birddog Pilot, being stationed in Phu Bai.  This is where he became a man among men and found the brotherhood he would spend the rest of his life trying to recreate but never imitate.  As a member of the 220th Catkillers Unit, John, AKA Indian John, has been described by those who served with him as “fearless warrior, loved by everyone, Brother, larger than life, loyal to everyone.”  While in country, he earned 3 Distinguished Flying Cross medals and 1 Bronze Star with Valor among countless other ribbons.  His second tour was cut short due to the drawdown and so he found himself leaving Phu Bai on November 24, 1970.  He was stationed at Ft. Rucker until his honorable discharge on September 3, 1973.
John continued the education he had started prior to his enlistment, enrolling at Embry Riddle University, later graduating with a BS in Aeronautics with a minor in Management.
John began a multi-decade career as a Personnel Director first for GTE then for Creek Nation.  This took him from San Angelo, TX to Texarkana, AR and back to his home town of Okmulgee, OK.
After John retired, he decided to pursue a second full time career as a poker player.  He was well known around the tables as “Two Dogs” and was always greeted by fellow players with a smile as they wondered in the back of their minds if he would walk away with their chips, and he often did.
John’s personal passions included hunting, fishing, listening to blues music, dancing and cooking: above all cooking.  He was considered by most as an accomplished chef without any formal training and many looked forward to a meal they knew John had a hand in cooking.
John found comrade in the Masonic Fraternity and was a member and Past Master of the Okmulgee Masonic Lodge 199.  He was also Worthy Noble and Past Assistant Potentate of the Bedouin Shiners and other Orders of the Shrine.  He is a master of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite and a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.  The friendships created during his time spent with these organizations were invaluable and could never be replaced.    
John’s greatest achievements were his 2 daughters and no one could be prouder of them for their personal growth and accomplishments.  He will be missed by all.
    A graveside memorial service celebrating John’s life will be held at the Okmulgee Cemetery on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. with Dan Sulivant officiating.  There will be Masonic Rites.  The military honors will be done by Creek Nation Color Guard.  The family request memorial contributions be made to the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center c/o Palliative Care Unit, 1011 Honor Heights Dr. Muskogee, OK  74401.   Arrangements are under the direction of the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee.  Memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family on John’s tribute page at www.mcclendon-winters.com


JENNIFER MARIE AGUILERA
    Jennifer Marie Aguilera, 27,  died in Tulsa on January 8, 2014.  Jennifer was born January 12, 1986 in Dallas Texas.  She graduated from Okmulgee High School Class of 2004.  In 2003 she got to go to Europe with the Oklahoma Band Association .  She enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, watching movies, playing and loving on her dog.  Jennifer always had a smile and was more of a professional hugger being a friend to everyone.
    Jennifer was preceded in death by her grandmother Marie Venette McIntire.  She is survived by her mother Robin Aguilera, sister Ashley Aguilera, nephew Devon Aguilera, grandfather Bob McIntire, Aunt June McIntire, Aunt Denise Lippoldt and husband Wynn, Uncle Mike McIntire and wife Sarah, cousins: Ryan Lippoldt and wife Rachel, Zachary McIntire, Abby McIntire, Lexus McIntire, Robert McIntire and Silas Lippoldt, Aunt Kerensa McIntire, numerous great aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends including the Okmulgee High School '04 Rugrats.
    A funeral service celebrating Jennifer's life will be held at the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home on Monday, January 13. 2014 at 1:00 PM with Dr. Dennis Taylor officiating.  Interment will follow at the Okmulgee Cemetery.  Viewing will be on Sunday from 1-6 PM with the family present to greet guests from 1-2 PM.  Please visit her tribute page at www.mcclendon-winters.com

Nona Lucille (Stanley) Cypert
Nona Lucille (Stanley) Cypert was born to Manley Wilson and Almira (Sumner) Stanley on December 29, 1921 in Choctaw, Arkansas.  She passed away on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at her home in Nuyaka.  Lucille was 92 years of age.  Nona Lucille and Glen Dale Cypert were married October 24, 1939 in Okmulgee.  She loved making quilts, helping her family and her community.  She and her husband donated the land for the Nuyaka Baptist Church and Nuyaka Fire Department.  Lucille was a member of the D.A.R. for 32 years, the Home Extension Club, where she received her 50 year pin in 2012, the Nuyaka Baptist Church and Nuyaka School Association.  
She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen Dale Cypert in 1997, son, Sherman Theodore (Ted) Cypert, her parents, two sisters, Osa Olivia Stanley and Genevieve Stanley Ledbetter and a brother, Thomas Clinton (T.C.) Stanley.
  Survivors include her children, Nona Yvonne Sowder and husband Luther Ray of Okemah, Wilson Riley Cypert and wife Shirley of Wilson, Glenna Kay Ritter and husband Losson of Nuyaka and Myra Dale Gregory of Nuyaka.  She is also survived by nine grandsons, two granddaughters, twenty five great grandchildren, five great great grandchildren, a sister, Delorse Courson, a sister-in-law, Billie Stanley and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.
A funeral service will be held 10:00 A.M. Monday, January 13, 2014 at the Nuyaka Baptist Church with Reverends Jarrod Kendall and Chad Eads officiating.  Interment will follow in the Okmulgee Cemetery.  Casketbearers will be Lucille’s grandsons, Bret Garrison Ritter, Floyd Parker Ritter, Robert Weston Turner, Jr., Robert Dale Turner, Theodore Wilson Cypert, Seth William Cypert, Carl Sheldon Cypert, Stanley Loyd May Sowder and Morris Denney Sowder.  Friends may visit the funeral home Sunday from 1-6 P.M.  Arrangements are under the direction of the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee.  

 

Ruth Laverne Endres
Ruth Laverne Endres, a resident of Preston, passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the age of 83.      She was born May 19, 1930 to Everett and Molly (Lane) Snelson in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. She was a member of the Second Baptist Church in Okmulgee.
          She was preceded in death by her husband, L.D. Endres in 1994; her parents, Everett and Molly Snelson; brother, Elmer Snelson and sister, Gladys Hudson.          
          Survivors include her four children, Dorothy McCaslin and husband, Bob of Preston; Linda Vaughn and husband, Larry of Preston; David Endres and wife, Georgeana of Okmulgee and Mike Endres and fiancé, Lisa of Morris; two sisters, Alta Mae Hollaway and husband, Ray of Preston and Barbara McNabb and husband, Pete of Alabama; one brother, Robert Snelson of Beggs; thirteen grandchildren; thirty-nine great grandchildren and numerous other relatives and friends.
Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 13, 2014 at the Jackson Funeral Home Chapel in Okmulgee with Reverend Tom Tidwell officiating. Burial will follow the service at the Westlawn Cemetery in Henryetta under the direction of the Jackson Funeral Home and Crematory in Okmulgee.
   Visitation will be Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Jackson Funeral Home in Okmulgee.
Pallbearers will be Eugene Endres, Ethan Endres, Jonathan Endres, Leon Endres, Andrew Alton and Mike Endres.
   Honorary Pallbearers will be Joe McCaslin and Kevin Endres. Friends may send their condolences to www.jacksonfhandcrematory.com


MARJORIE COLEMAN
Funeral service for Marjorie Coleman, 90 of Henryetta, Oklahoma are pending with Integrity Funeral Service. She died on Thursday, January 9, 2014, in Henryetta, Oklahoma.


CLAYTON LEE SMITH
Clayton Lee “Boo” Smith died January 8, 2014 in an automobile accident.  He was 18 years of age.  Clayton was born July 13, 1995 in Ft. Smith, Arkansas to Wayne Mark Smith and Ronda Fay (Sunderman) Epperson.  He helped his mom at the Coalton Feed store.  He enjoyed fishing, duck hunting and especially baseball.  Clayton was a graduate of Morris High School and had just received a scholarship to play baseball for Highland Community College in Highland, Kansas.  He never met a stranger and was always making new friends even if they were with the opposing team, their coach or the umpire.  He attended Crosstown Pentecostal Holiness Church in Okmulgee.
    Clayton was preceded in death by both grandfathers: Ronald Sunderman and Vernell Lee Botkins.  He is survived by his mother Ronda Epperson and husband Ray, his father Wayne Smith, seven siblings: brother Dusty Foreman, sister Shonda Foreman, brother Trey Foreman, sister Rebecca Washington, Brother Matthew Epperson and wife Toni, sister Ashley Williams and husband Roy, maternal grandmother Bletta Sunderman and grandfather C.O. Layman, Uncle Derek Sunderman and wife Marcy, paternal grandmother Elizabeth Botkins, Uncle Mark Smith, Uncle Mario Sotkins, aunt Helen Baker and husband bill, Uncle Stormy Botkins and wife JoAnn, a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and his many many friends.
    A funeral service celebrating Clayton’s life will be held on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at the Crosstown Pentecostal Holiness Church in Okmulgee with Reverend John Wesley Berry officiating.  Interment will follow at the Morris Cemetery.  Viewing will be at the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home in Okmulgee on Monday from 3-8 P.M.  Memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family on Clayton’s tribute page at www.mcclendon-winters.com


PAUL LEN HAYDEN
Mr. Paul Len Hayden, age 59 and a resident of Okmulgee, passed away on Friday, January 3, 2014 at his home in Okmulgee.
 Service of Memory for Mr. Hayden will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. in the Chapel of Peace of the Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc., of Okmulgee.  Reverend Martin Lang will officiate.  Burial will follow in Newtown Indian Cemetery.
 You may visit Mr. Hayden on Friday from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM at the funeral home.  Friends may convey condolences and sign the online register at www.biglowfunerals.com.


WILLIE WILLIAMS SR.
Willie Williams Sr. “Bill”, raised in Grayson, died on Thursday, January 2, 2013 in Oklahoma City, OK. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Boley, OK. Burial will be in the Eastlawn Cemetery, Boley.
Arrangements were cared for the Rolfe Funeral Home of Oklahoma City.


CLARA MOZELLE CRUTCHMER
Clara Mozelle Crutchmer, 90, of Okmulgee, Oklahoma, entered her eternal home, Monday, January 6, 2014.  She was born on June 19, 1923, in Rosebud, Texas.  She married the love of her life, the late Vernon T. Crutchmer, in Okmulgee and resided there most of her life.  She was an exceptional and very special wife, mother, “Nanaw”, and friend to her family and countless friends.  She worked for many years at JC Penney’s and CR Anthony’s sharing her kindhearted nature and always present smile with everyone she met.  As a teenager, she was an accomplished athlete, competing in various sporting events, including the National Amateur Basketball Tournament.  As a young wife, she endured a world war and began a family with her husband.  Later, she became a fixture at educational and athletic events, always in support of her three sons.  Her life was well lived, she was loved by family and friends and she will be greatly missed.  
She was preceded in death by her oldest son, Larry Crutchmer.  She is survived by her two sons, Steve Crutchmer of Okmulgee, and his wife, Julia; and Clyde Crutchmer of Tulsa, and his wife, Colleen.  She is also survived by her grandchildren, Kevin Crutchmer, and his wife, Tina, of Tulsa; Amy Washington of Lawton; Matt Crutchmer, and his wife, Arianne, of Shoreview, Minnesota; Josh Crutchmer of Buffalo, New York; Wes Crutchmer, and his wife, Allison, of Red Wing, Minnesota; and Callie Crutchmer of Tulsa.  She has eleven great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made in Clara’s name to the First Christian Church of Okmulgee.
Arrangements are with McClendon-Winters Funeral Home.  Service will be held at the First Christian Church, Okmulgee, at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 11, 2014.  Viewing will be at the funeral home on Friday, January 10, 2014 from 12-8 p.m.  Memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family on Clara’s tribute page at www.mcclendon-winters.com



January 7-8

DESMOND VERNON COCKBURN
Desmond Vernon “ D.V.” Cockburn died in Tulsa January 4, 2014 at 66 years of age. D.V. was born May 7, 1947 in Wister, Oklahoma to Louise and Desmond Cockburn, Sr. D.V. was a Registered Nurse and worked at George Nigh here in Okmulgee. He enjoyed history and many outdoor activities like gardening, landscaping, fishing and motorcycles. The love of his life was family and his grandkids.
D.V. was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of almost 28 years, Diane, of the home, six daughters: Jeri Elliott and husband Troy of Broken Arrow, Lisa Stites and husband Kevin of Bokoshe, Oklahoma, Susan Torbett and husband Zach of Jenks, Rebecca Doede-Perkins and husband Aaron of Brighten, Michigan, Sarah Cockburn of Morris and Rachel Cockburn of Okmulgee, nine grandchildren: Britney Elliott, Bailey Elliott, Nathan Foreman, Dylan Stites, Ethan Stites, Shaye Torbett, Audry Torbett, Drake Vernon Cockburn and Jackson Berry, two brothers: Tommy Leon Cockburn and wife Cindy and Bobby Cockburn and wife Brenda and a host of other relatives including great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
A funeral service honoring D.V.’s life will be held on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. at the First United Methodist Church in Okmulgee with Reverend Brian Matthews officiating. Casket bearers are Tommy Cockburn, Bobby Cockburn, Ed Osborn, Tom Hanson, Doug Mitchell and Troy Elliott. Honorary casket bearers are Drake Cockburn, Jackson Berry, Bob Alexander, Walt Baumann, Duane Janzen and John Hillman. Viewing will be at the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home in Okmulgee on Monday from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M.


RUTH ANN CHISHOLM
Ruth Ann Chisholm, 77, of Bethany, OK, died January 2, 2014. She was born November 29, 1936 in Muskogee, OK to Roy and Ursula (Douglas) Jones. She married Tommy Chisholm June 19, 1955. Ruth received her Medical Assistant diploma from the Bryan Institute in 1988, and was a member of First Baptist Church of Bethany. She retired as office manager for Pediatrician, Dr. Mills. Ruth enjoyed time with her best friend, Cherry Taylor, playing dominoes with all their friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Tommy Chisholm and Don Osburn; sister, Rita Bosserman; and brother, Roy Lee Jones. Survivors include daughters, Connie Zimmerman and husband Quinton, Terri Majors and husband Len; and grandchildren, Crystle Nelson and husband Joseph, Brandon Zimmerman, Adam Majors and Corey Majors. Services will be Wednesday, January 8, 10:00am at Bethany First Baptist Church with interment at 2:30pm in Okmulgee Cemetery, Okmulgee, OK. To share a memory or condolence, visit www.mercer-adams.com


CLARA MOZELLE CRUTCHMER
Clara Mozelle Crutchmer, 90, of Okmulgee, Oklahoma, entered her eternal home, Monday, January 6, 2014.  She was born on June 19, 1923, in Rosebud, Texas.  She married the love of her life, the late Vernon T. Crutchmer, in Okmulgee and resided there most of her life.  She was an exceptional and very special wife, mother, “Nanaw”, and friend to her family and countless friends.  She worked for many years at JC Penney’s and CR Anthony’s sharing her kindhearted nature and always present smile with everyone she met.  As a teenager, she was an accomplished athlete, competing in various sporting events, including the National Amateur Basketball Tournament.  As a young wife, she endured a world war and began a family with her husband.  Later, she became a fixture at educational and athletic events, always in support of her three sons.  Her life was well lived, she was loved by family and friends and she will be greatly missed.  
She was preceded in death by her oldest son, Larry Crutchmer.  She is survived by her two sons, Steve Crutchmer of Okmulgee, and his wife, Julia; and Clyde Crutchmer of Tulsa, and his wife, Colleen.  She is also survived by her grandchildren, Kevin Crutchmer, and his wife, Tina, of Tulsa; Amy Washington of Lawton; Matt Crutchmer, and his wife, Arianne, of Shoreview, Minnesota; Josh Crutchmer of Buffalo, New York; Wes Crutchmer, and his wife, Allison, of Red Wing, Minnesota; and Callie Crutchmer of Tulsa.  She has eleven great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made in Clara’s name to the First Christian Church of Okmulgee.
Arrangements are with McClendon-Winters Funeral Home.  Service will be held at the First Christian Church, Okmulgee, at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 11, 2014.  Viewing will be at the funeral home on Friday, January 10, 2014 from 12-8 p.m.  Memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family on Clara’s tribute page at www.mcclendon-winters.com


LARRY VAUGHN LEKA
Larry Vaughn Leka, a longtime Yale area resident, passed away early Monday, January 06, 2014 in the Stillwater Medical Center at the age of 73 years.
Memorial services have been entrusted to the care of the Palmer Marler Funeral Home in Yale and will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 9, 2014 in the First Baptist Church, Yale, OK with Pastor Barry Richards officiating.
The son of the late Vaughn Leka and Ruby (Olive) Leka, Larry was born on December 31, 1940 in Cushing, OK.  He grew up in Yale, attending and graduating from Norfolk Schools.  Following high school, Larry moved to Okmulgee where he attended OSU Technical School.  He graduated from there studying Autobody and Automotive Restoration.  While living in Okmulgee Larry met the love of his life, Johnita McCoy.  They were married on December 9, 1962, at Johnita’s parent’s home in Okmulgee. They made their home on a farm in Yale, where they have lived for over 50 years.
Larry had most recently been a member of the First Baptist Church in Yale, but had also been a member and song leader at Council Valley Baptist Church, Oak Street Baptist Church in Cushing, and First Baptist Church in Drumright.
Larry worked most of his life farming and doing automotive restoration.  He was a member of the Tulsa Cacti & Succulent Society and the Indian Nations Pontiac & Oakland Car Clubs.
Larry is survived by one son Laurence Leka of Yale, daughters Lynda “Lori” Martin and husband Kenny of Yale, Heather Leka of Yale, grandchildren Loranda Baker and husband Kurt Baker, Kyle Martin and wife Morgan, Nathaniel Leka, Logan and Keegan Martin, great grandchildren Kyler and Lettie Martin, Wesley and Ethan Baker.
In addition to his parents, Larry was preceded in death by his wife Johnita, one granddaughter, Lyndsey Martin, one brother, and one sister.
Condolences and an online guestbook are available at www.PalmerMarlerFH.com.


ANECA MAREA WINN
Aneca Marea Winn, a resident of Okmulgee, passed from this life on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014 in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of 56.  Aneca was born on March 2, 1957 in Checotah, Oklahoma to Garrett Boyd Cantwell and Ilda Hall Cantwell.  Aneca spent the first 13 years of her life in Checotah before moving to Dewar.  She attended school in Dewar and graduated from Dewar High School, class of 1975.
After high school, Aneca attended college and earned her Licensed Practical Nurse license.  She worked for several years at Okmulgee Hospital.  She was a member of the House of Fire Church in Okmulgee.  She loved to sew and she was an accomplished cook.  But most of all, Aneca treasured the time she got to spend with her grandchildren.  She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and sister and she will be greatly missed.
Aneca is preceded in death by both her mother and father; one brother and one sister.
She is survived by her son, Roger Winn, Jr. and wife Leigh of Glenpool, OK; a daughter, Alysha Rose and husband Jacob of Salina, KS; by six grandchildren, Jordan Winn, Tyler Winn, and Ryan Winn all of Glenpool, Arianna Rose, Ireland Rose, and Arielle Rose all of Salina, KS; a sister, Jakietta Herzog of Muskogee, OK; a niece, Cecily Lenore Chick of Muskogee, OK; numerous other extended family and many good friends.
Viewing will be held at Integrity Funeral Service on Saturday from 4-8pm and Sunday from noon-8pm.
A funeral service from Aneca will be held on Monday, January 6, 2014 at Integrity Chapel with Trish Sims officiating.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Integrity Funeral Service of Henryetta.


NAPOLEON EUGENE MANOUS
Napoleon Eugene Manous, 60,  a resident of Tulsa, OK; formerly of Okmulgee, OK; passed away, Monday, December 30, 2013.
A Home Going service will be conducted Saturday, January 11, 2014, 3:00 p.m., Precious Memories Chapel, 607 E. Fifth Street, Okmulgee, OK. Visitation will be Friday, 1 - 6 p.m.
The family has been cared for by House of Winn Funeral Home. On Line condolence and registry may be expressed at http://www.houseofwinn.com/


JOHN STEPHEN HILLMAN
John Stephen Hillman died in Fayetteville, Arkansas on January 6, 2014 at 67 years of age.  Services are pending with the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee.  Memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family on John’s tribute page at www.mcclendon-winters.com


PAUL LEN HAYDEN
Paul Len Hayden, 59, of Okmulgee, died Friday, January 3, 2014 in Okmulgee. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Biglow’s Chapel of Peace. Visitation will be Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of the Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc. - Okmulgee Chapel.


BOBBY BRISON
Bobby Brison, a resident of Pharoah died Sunday, January 5th, 2014 in Pharoah. Services are pending with Integrity Funeral Service.


TERESA D. CRAWFORD
Teresa D. "Teri" Crawford, a longtime resident of Weleetka, died  January 3, 2014 at her home in Weleetka at the age of 52. A funeral service for Teri was held at 2:00pm on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at First Baptist Church of Weleetka with Bro. Dale Smith officiating. Interment followed immediately at Westlawn Cemetery in Henryetta under the direction of Integrity Funeral Service.


SHIRLEY (BERRY) SMITH
Shirley (Berry) Smith, a resident of Schulter, died  Thursday, January 02, 2014 at her home in rural Schulter, OK at the age of 64.
A funeral will be held for Shirley at 2:00pm, Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at Integrity Chapel (410 East Trudgeon St. Henryetta, Oklahoma) with her nephew, Rev. Wesley Berry, officiating. Interment will follow at New Sonora Cemetery under the direction of Integrity Funeral Service.


PAULINE HOWK
Pauline Jean Howk, a former longtime resident of Henryetta, died January 2, 2014 in Arlington, Texas at the age of 83. A funeral service  was held on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 10:00 am at the Dewar United Pentecostal Church.  Interment followed at Hoffman Cemetery under the direction of Integrity Funeral Service.


January 4-5


 Alice Margaret Marsh Payne
Funeral services for Alice Margaret Payne were held Friday, January 3, 2013 at 12:00 PM at the Ft. Gibson National Cemetery.
Alice Margaret Payne also known as “Mammaw” and Aunt Alice, of Okemah was 69 years old when she went home to be with the Lord, on Dec 29, 2013 at 4:23 PM at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City. She died due to uncertain medical causes.  She was a long time Okmulgee resident.  Okmulgee is where she was raised and that is where she raised her family.  Alice worked at OSU, Gibson’s, Rebold Manor, and Lisa’s Pizza in Okmulgee. She also worked at Colonial Park Nursing Home in Okemah.
Alice was born on Jan. 16, 1944 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. Alice was the daughter of John Marsh Jr. and Leatha Burt Marsh Scott.  She had two siblings, John Marsh III and Susan Orr. Alice married the love of her life Bob Len Payne. She finished her education later in life, getting her GED from Okmulgee High School. Alice donated and gave her time helping at the local Food Bank for years.  Helping others and serving Jesus Christ, and loving her family that was what she lived for every day. She attended Crosstown Pentecostal Church and North Side Assembly of God in Okmulgee.   
She is survived by 5 Children: 2 sons, James “Sonny” Payne and Len Payne both of Okmulgee. 3 daughters, Deborah Blakley of Bowlegs, Oklahoma, Kathryn Lee and husband Tony Lee of Coweta, OK, Amber Blackard Dawson and husband Mat Dawson of Prague, OK.  She had 13 Grandchildren, and several Great Grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister, Susan Orr of Okemah, OK and a host of nieces, nephews and other family members.
Alice was preceded in death by her husband Bob Len Payne, three Grandchildren, one brother, John Marsh III, a sister Rebecca Marsh of Elreno, OK, parents John and Leatha and grandparents Richard and Alice Burt.
Lovingly known as Mammaw, she adored all those she considered her babies.  She served Jesus Christ and loved the Lord. She spent her final days surrounded by her precious grandchildren and now is wrapped in the arms of the Lord.
Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Rick Orr, Brian Orr, James Payne, Len Payne, Tony Lee and Junior Shoats.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.


NAPOLEON EUGENE MANOUS

Napoleon Eugene Manous, 60,  a resident of Tulsa, OK; formerly of Okmulgee, OK; passed away, Monday, December 30, 2013.A Home Going service will be conducted Saturday, January 11, 2014, 3:00 p.m., Precious Memories Chapel, 607 E. Fifth Street, Okmulgee, OK.Visitation will be Friday, 1 - 6 p.m.The family has been cared for by House of Winn Funeral Home.On Line condolence and registry may be expressed at http://www.houseofwinn.com


BOBBY JOE BELTON
Bobby Joe Belton, 69, laborer, a resident of Tulsa, OK; formerly of Boynton, OK; passed away, Monday, December 30, 2013.
A Home Going Service will be conducted, Saturday, January 4, 2013, 2:00 p.m., Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Boynton, OK.  Interment will follow in Lee Cemetery, Boynton, OK. Visitation will be Friday 1- 6 p.m. The family has been cared for by Granger-House of Winn Funeral Home.
On line condolence and registry may be expressed at http://www.houseofwinn.com/


BETTY KEMPTON
Funeral service for Betty Kempton, 57 of rural Henryetta, Oklahoma are pending with Integrity Funeral Service. She died on Wednesday, January 1, 2014, in rural Henryetta, Oklahoma.


PAULINE HOWK
Funeral service for Pauline Jene (Moore) Howk, 83 of Henryetta, Oklahoma are pending with Integrity Funeral Service. She died on Wednesday, January 1, 2014, in Fort Worth, Texas.


PATRICIA ANN CASH
Patricia Ann Cash died peacefully on December 31, 2013, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She was 79.
Born in Mt. Jewett, Pennsylvania, on April 30, 1934, to Oscar and Agnes Dewey, Pat was very close to her two sisters, Susan Sverha (and husband John of Rockville, MD) and Jeanne Cox (and husband Phil of Yukon, OK), brother Bill (and wife Susan of Midwest City, OK) and cousin Mary Ann Lambertsen (and husband John of Tucson, AZ).
Pat attended primary school in Mt. Jewett, PA, and middle school in New Kensington, PA, before moving with her family to Okmulgee, OK, in 1949. She graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1952, and from Muskogee Baptist Nursing School in 1955. Pat remained close to her high school and nursing school friends throughout her life.
Pat was a devoted sister, wife, mother, aunt and great aunt. In May 1955, she married Dean Cash of Muskogee, OK, and together they had two children: James Dean Cash (and partner Sheila) and Brett William Cash (and partner James), both of MWC. Pat and Dean celebrated their 58th anniversary this past year. Pat adored her family, and will be remembered as beloved aunt by her niece and nephews Lisa Dewey (and husband Steve), Dr. John Sverha, Michael Dewey (and wife Tina), Jeffrey Cox (and wife Christina), Jason Cox (and wife Kendy); and nine grand nieces and nephews Aidan, Anna, Bailey, Skyler, Stefan, Lauren, Nolan, Joseph, and Bennett. She will also be remembered by longtime friends and caregivers John and Marie Hatfield of MWC.
Pat worked as a registered nurse at Hillcrest Hospital in Tulsa and at Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center, OKC, for approximately 25 years, and was a faithful and active member of Faith Lutheran Church, OKC, and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, MWC.
Pat loved and was loved by her many family members and close friends. She taught her family to treasure and honor family traditions, a source of great joy. She and her husband Dean built a spacious house on an acreage and made it a home for countless enjoyable gatherings with family and friends over the years. Following her husband Dean's retirement, Pat and Dean took memorable cross country trips in their motor home. She enjoyed arts & crafts, the performing arts and caring for others. Pat maintained her love for learning throughout the years. Pat struggled with physical limitations for many years, and her determined spirit, extraordinary strength and unconditional love will be missed dearly.
Family and friends may call on Saturday, January 4, 2:00 - 4:00, at Bill Eisenhour Funeral Home, 8805 NE 23rd Street, Oklahoma City. A service of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Sunday, January 5, at 2:30, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 700 N. Air Depot Blvd., Midwest City.
Memorial contributions may be made in Pat Cash's name at the following links: American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org), Alzheimer's Association and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church ( www.goodshepherdok.org).


SHIRLEY SMITH
Shirley (Berry) Smith, a resident of Schulter, passed away Thursday, January 02, 2014 at her home in rural Schulter, OK at the age of 64. She was born August 30, 1949 in Hanna, OK to Frank Reed Berry & Vallie (Robertson) Berry.
Shirley worked for many years for Joe Brown Shoes, for C.R. Anthonys, and Sharpes, she dearly loved her time in retail sales as it afforded her the chance to make many friends.
She married the love of her life, Roger J. Smith, on January 26, 1989 in Schulter, Oklahoma.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Vallie Berry, 2 brothers, Jim Berry and Ronnie Berry, 2 sisters, Verda Lee Jenson, and Jeanie Douglas
Shirley is survived by her husband, Roger Smith of the home,  her son, Jerrell Don Smith & wife Mindy of Schulter,  3 grandchildren, Bailey Humphrey,  Braden Humphrey, and Samantha Smith all of Schulter,  one brother, Donald Berry & wife Jewell of Hanna,  niece, Teresa Jo of Texas,
as well as many other nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.
Viewing will be held from 2-8 pm on Monday, January 6, 2014 and Tuesday, January 7 from 8am-8pm at Integrity Funeral Service.
A funeral will be held for Shirley at 2:00pm, Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at Integrity Chapel (410 East Trudgeon St. Henryetta, Oklahoma) with her nephew, Rev. Wesley Berry, officiating. Interment will follow at New Sonora Cemetery under the direction of Integrity Funeral Service.  
An Online Guestbook is available at http://www.integrityfuneralservice.com.


MICKEY SMITH SR.
Funeral Services are currently pending  for Mickey Smith, Sr. who passed away Friday, January 3, 2013 in Tulsa at the age of 77. Arrangements will be announced by the Integrity Funeral Service of Henryetta.


ANECA WINN
Funeral service for Aneca M Winn, 56 of Okmulgee, Oklahoma are pending with Integrity Funeral Service. She died on Thursday, January 2, 2014, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


December 31/January 1

KENNETH PARKER
Kenneth L. Parker, 69, a resident of the city, transitioned, Saturday, Dec. 28,2013.
Kenneth Lawrence Parker was born on September 14, 1944 to Travis Parker and Maxine (Wilson) Parker in Okmulgee, OK.
He attended Dunbar High School and OSUIT. Kenneth retired as a cook at OSUIT.
He was a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church where he loved to sing in the brotherhood choir.
Kenneth entered his eternal rest on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, OK.
Preceding him in death was: his parents, and his only brother Travis Parker, Jr.
He leaves to mourn two sisters: Linda Parker, and Carol Parker Smith, both of Okmulgee.
A Home Going service will be conducted, Thursday, January 2, 2014, 11:00 a.m., in Okmulgee Cemetery, with Rev. David Burks, eulogizing. Visitation will be Wednesday, 1 – 6 p.m.
The family has been cared for by the Winn family at House of Winn Funeral Home.


BOBBY JOE BELTON
Bobby Joe Belton, 69, laborer, a resident of Tulsa, OK; formerly of Boynton, OK; passed away, Monday, December 30, 2013.
Arrangements are pending with Granger-House of Winn Funeral Home.


GREGORY A. WYNKOOP
Funeral service for Gregory A Wynkoop, 56 of Beggs, Oklahoma are pending with Integrity Funeral Service. He died on Saturday, December 28, 2013, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


DANIEL M. RUSSELL
Daniel M. Russell, a resident of Hitchita, died Sunday, December 29, 2013 in Henryetta at the age of 61.
Arrangements are being cared for by the Integrity Funeral Service of Henryetta.


JOHNNY FRYE
Johnny Frye, 72, a resident of Del City, OK, died Friday, December 27, 2013 in Midwest City. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 at the Thewarle Indian Baptist Church, Henryetta, Oklahoma Interment:    Harjo Family Cemetery under the direction of the Integrity Funeral Service of Henryetta.


CLIFFORD LEON WILSON

February 22, 1951 - December 25, 2013
Services: Saturday, January 4, 2013
Mr. Clifford L. Wilson at age 61 completed the final page of his book on Wednesday morning December 25, 2013.  Clifford Wilson began to fill the pages of his book on February 22, 1951 in Okmulgee, OK.  He was born the fourth child of James Sr. and Estella Wilson.  
Survived by his wife Carolyn Ann Wilson; his daughter Monique (Kaslon Grady, Chicago, IL); one grandson PFC Derrick D Bush, Fairbanks, AK; his brother Ronnie L. Wilson (Okmulgee, OK); sisters Joyce Wilson and Cheryl Wilson (Coweta, OK); Cynthia (Ronnie Jackson, Garland, TX); Jackie E. Wilson and Carol J. Wilson (Okmulgee, OK); sister-n-law Charlene Wilson (Okmulgee, OK); and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A memorial service will be held at St. Mary's Christian Center,  710 North Hillman Avenue, Okmulgee, OK, Saturday, January 4, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.


JOHN JEFFERSON LEWIS
Mr. John Jefferson Lewis of Temple, Georgia, died Sunday, December 22, 2013 in Temple at 71 years of age.
A committal service will be held 2:00 P.M. Thursday, January 2, 2014 at the Hoffman Cemetery.  Arrangements are under the direction of the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee.  
Memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family on John’s Tribute Page of our website at www.mcclendon-winters.com


Willa Sue Ford Willa Sue Ford “Wilbourn” of Okemah, passed on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at the age of 67. She was born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma on December 4, 1946 to Haden and Margie Wilbourn. She enjoyed John Wayne movies but the love of her life were her children and grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her mother Margie, her first husband Gary Baldridge and her second husband “Sonny” Ford. Willa is survived by her father Haden Wilbourn, her six children: Gary, Mary, Wanda, Bobby, Dutch and Casey, her four sisters, fourteen grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and numerous step-children/grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other family members. A graveside service will be held on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at the Beggs Cemetery with Dennis Melton officiating. Honorary casket bearers are Danny Earhart, Jeff Earhart, T. J. Myers, Cody Baldridge, Michael Privette and R. J. Misner. Viewing will be at the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home in Beggs on Thursday from 12:00 – 8:00 P.M. 

December 29th


Ruth Kendrick Gilder Temple
February 7, 1921-December 18, 2013
Ruth Kendrick Gilder Temple passed away December 18, 2013, at Guardian Angel homes in Richland after a short illness.  She was the youngest of five children born to Edward Jackson Gilder and Anne Ruffin Pegram in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, February 7, 1921.  The others in the family had been born in Alabama as the family had moved to Oklahoma shortly before Ruth’s birth.  She was raised in Okmulgee skipping second grade and graduating as valedictorian of her Okmulgee High School class in 1938 where she was known as Ruth Anne.  During her senior year she participated in the Oklahoma Interscholastic competition sponsored by Oklahoma University placing third in the US History and first in the English grammar competition.  She attended Okmulgee Junior College receiving an Associate of Arts degree in 1940 graduating Magna Cum Laude.  During World War II she worked in an army hospital located near Okmulgee and later was a teller and a bookkeeper at Citizens’ Bank in Okmulgee.
While in High School she met Lewis A. (Jack) Temple at a dance.  They were married on October 19, 1946, at Church of the Redeemer Episcopal Church in Okmulgee.  They initially lived in Oklahoma City as Jack was doing graduate work in biology at the Oklahoma University Medical School.  In 1948 they joined Jack’s brother Gene and his family who had moved to Richland, Washington two years before.  Later that same year Jack’s mom and dad also immigrated to Richland as did her sister Cecile and her family in 1951.  Ruth thoroughly enjoyed the many family get togethers and picnics especially for holidays or the birthdays of the members of the four households in the 1950’s and early 1960’s until transfers and deaths resulted in separations.  She had been a member of All Saints’ Episcopal Church since arriving in town and loved the parish.  She taught Church School and for many years, using her bookkeeping skills, served as church envelope secretary.  In the 1950‘s she participated in what was then the Children’s Orthopedic Guild chairing the annual bazaar.   Her son remembers being with her riding his tricycle and delivering Penny Drive envelopes.  For a long time Ruth enjoyed bridge and joined neighbors and with Jack other couples to play regularly.  She loved and loved being with her grandchildren and was always present to support them in their many activities.  In the last three years she received great pleasure from getting to hold her great-grandchildren.
It is sad that over the last few years her great mind waned under the scourge of dementia, and many who have only known her recently did not have the opportunity  to connect with the strong self-assured woman that she once was.  When Jack developed multiple sclerosis in the early 1950’s, the two decided that it was best to limit themselves to one child an unusual family structure in those days.  She not only supported their one son but also encouraged, loved, and educated him to succeed.  She never failed to take an interest in his friends and was always adored by them.   Her grandchildren have said that she was the original “Tiger Mom.”  If not that, she was a true southern lady, a real “Steel Magnolia.”
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband Jack, her father and mother, her sisters Lizzidell Laurie Gilder and Cecile Pegram Cazort, also by her brothers Edward Jackson Gilder Jr, and Joseph Abney Gilder, and by nephew Abney Wayne Gilder.    She is survived by her son, Edward Houston Temple MD (Elizabeth), granddaughter Molly Anne Foley (Jason), and grandsons Robert Edward Temple and John Houston Temple (Cianna),  and great-grandchildren Lorelai Morgan, Brinnon Elizabeth and Easton Daniel Foley.  She is also survived by nieces Laurie Elaine Beets, Gertrude Anne Simons,  Annis May Hull, Laurie Ruth Dwyer, and Jamie Elizabeth Temple, and by nephews Edward Jackson Gilder III and David Houston Temple.
A memorial service will be held at All Saints’ Episcopal Church 1322 Kimball in Richland on Saturday, December 28, 2013, at 11:00 am.  In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be sent to All Saints’ Episcopal Church or to Guardian Angel Homes, 245 Van Giesen, also in Richland where she received wonderful loving care for her last seven months. 
Express your thoughts and memories in the online Guest Book at  www.einansfuneralhome.com.


JOHN JEFFERSON LEWIS
Mr. John Jefferson Lewis of Temple, Georgia, died Sunday, December 22, 2013 in Temple at 71 years of age.
Mr. Lewis was born August 12, 1942 in Morris, Oklahoma to the late Hattie Essie Peters Lewis Kaufman and the late Clady Amos Lewis. He was a 1960 graduate of Okmulgee High School. He obtained an Associates Degree in Science in Engineering from Connors State College. He worked for Winn Dixie Stores as a driver/dispatcher and retired after twenty five years of service.
Survivors include his wife, Shelby Lindsay Lewis of twenty seven years, daughter, Betty Lewis Woodard and grandson, Jordan Alexander Woodard of Dalton, Georgia; son, James Kenneth Lewis and grandson, James George Lewis of Mableton, Georgia; step-children and families, Tonia and Paul Hendrix, son Zack Wallace of Snead, Alabama; Jimmy and Wendy Hand, children, Jessica and Jarrod of Arab, Alabama; Gregory and Joy Hand, children, Kaleigh, Devin, Oliva, Lindon and Wyatt of  Hiram, Georgia; sister and brother-in-law, Mary Jo and David Janes of McAlester, Oklahoma, niece and nephew, David Wayne and Rachael Janes and great nieces and nephews, Davah Elizabeth Hannah Janes, Becky Freeman and Isaiah Freeman of  Kiowa, Oklahoma; niece Brandy Leigh Janes of McAlester, Oklahoma; step-brother and family, Bill and Sandra Kaufman, Houston, Texas, niece, Angela Kaufman and Jack Poehlman, great nephews, Conner and Owen Poehlman-Kaufman of Ft. Worth, Texas.  He is also survived by several cousins and friends.
A committal service will be held 2:00 P.M. Thursday, January 2, 2014 at the Hoffman Cemetery.  Arrangements are under the direction of the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee.  
    Memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family on John’s Tribute Page of our website at www.mcclendon-winters.com


DEE E. WILLIAMS
    Dee E. Williams died in Muskogee at the Eastgate Village Healthcare Center where he received excellent care & made many friends. on December 24, 2013 at 91 years of age.  Dee was born December 8, 1922 in Hackett, Arkansas to William “Bill” Williams and Cleo Williams-Masters.  He grew up in Okmulgee and was pastor of Calvary Baptist Church for fifteen plus years in the 60’s and 70’s while owning and operating Dee’s Body Shop at 13th and Wood Drive.  He also pastured at Nuyaka Baptist Church for a while and did many revivals in the surrounding area.  He loved his beagles and enjoyed catfishing and hunting and always shared whatever he caught.  Dee was a veteran of the United States Army who proudly served during WWII and was a member of the VFW.
    Dee was preceded in death by his first wife Betty Ann Williams, who was the mother of his children, one daughter D’Anne Klein, four brothers: Harvey Williams, Bill Williams, Bob Williams and Elmer Williams and two sisters: Pauline Sandifer and Sarah Carter.  He is survived by two daughters: Pat Horn and husband Jeff of Checotah,  Debbie Morrow and Larry Morrow of Okmulgee, six grandchildren: Paula Cordes, Susan Rainbolt, Kenneth Carter, Shane Morrow, Amy Way and Dale Brewer, eight great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren, Dora Williams who was his wife of thirty years, his companion dog Molly and a host of other relatives and good friends.
    A funeral service celebrating Dee’s life will be held at the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Dale Litsey officiating.  Interment will follow at the Okmulgee Cemetery.  Casket bearers are Kenneth Carter, Shane Morrow, Jeff Horn, Larry Morrow, Darrell Way and Dale Brewer.  Friends may see Dee at the funeral home on Monday from 2:00 – 8:00 P.M.  Memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family on Dee’s tribute page at www.mcclendon-winters.com


PAULINE DAVIS
Pauline Davis, 76, died December 19, 2013 in Okmulgee. A memorial service was held  Friday December 27, 2013 at  11 a.m. at the Seventh Day Adventist Church (Okmulgee). Arrangements were under the direction of the      Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc.-Okmulgee Chapel.


CLIFFORD WILSON
 Clifford Wilson, 62, died Wednesday, December 25, 2013 in Norman, OK. Arrangements are pending with the Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc.-Okmulgee Chapel.


AILEENE ROSS
 Aileene Ross, a resident of Okmulgee, died Sunday, December 22, 2013 at her home in Okmulgee, Oklahoma at the age of 91. Funeral Services were held on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 2:00PM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Henryetta with Bishop Tony Gustin, officiating. Interment  followed at Westlawn Cemetery in Henryetta. Services are under the direction of Integrity Funeral Service.


FRANK L. JONES
Frank L. Jones, a longtime resident of Porum, died  Tuesday, December 24, 2013 in Muskogee at the age of 73.
Arrangements are pending with the Integrity Funeral Service of Henryetta.


JOHNNY FRYE
Johnny Frye, 72, a resident of Del City, OK, died Friday, December 27, 2013 in Midwest City. Arrangements are pending with the  Integrity Funeral Service of Henryetta.


January 22

Bill Gene Brown
 Bill Gene Brown, a resident of Okmulgee, passed away Sunday, January 19, 2014 at the age of 75. He was born April 6, 1938 to Floyd C. and Virginia (Peavler) Brown in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. He served in the United States Air force and worked for Ball Brothers for over 30 years. He was a member of the Butler Memorial United Methodist Church in Okmulgee.
 He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd C. and Virginia Brown and his wife, Mary A. Brown in November 2013.
 Survivors include his sister, Virginia Lou Payne of Ada and numerous friends.
 Graveside Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 23, 2014 at the Morris Cemetery with Reverend David Daniel officiating.  Services are under the Jackson Funeral Home and Crematory in Okmulgee.
Visitation will held Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Jackson Funeral Home in Okmulgee.
 Friends may send their condolences to www.jacksonfhandcrematory.com
 
Genevieve  Irene  Ellis
Genevieve Irene Ellis, 96, Topeka, KS, died Sunday, January 19, 2014.  She was born November 23, 1917, at Bushong, the daughter of Norman and Mildred Dennis.
  She had lived at Council Grove, Blue Rapids, Topeka, and Okmulgee, OK, before returning to Topeka in 2003.  She was a member of the First Christian Church, and the Elks in Okmulgee.
 Genevieve was married to Elmer J. Ellis on November 15, 1939, at Girard.  He preceded her in death on May 18, 1987.
 Surviving are two sons: Jay Ellis (Nola) and James Ellis (Carol) all of Topeka; five grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and six step-great-grandchildren .
 Graveside services will be at 1:30 PM, Thursday, January 23, 2014, at Okmulgee Cemetery, Oklahoma.  Genevieve will lie in state after 3:00 PM, Wednesday, at Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, 245 NW Independence Avenue, Topeka, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.
Memorial contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels, 2701 SW East Circle Drive South, Suite 2, Topeka, KS  66606 or Sunflower Health Care, 3641 SW Plass Avenue, Topeka, KS  66611.
 To leave a special message for the family online, visit wwwPenwellGabelTopeka.com.


DEBRA JO FOLSOM
Debra Jo Folsom, a resident of Noble, Oklahoma, died January 20, 2014 in Noble at the age of 62. A graveside service will be held  on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at Weleetka Hillcrest Cemetery with Rev. Charles Jackson officiating. Interment will follow immediately under the direction of Integrity Funeral Service of Henryetta.


Ilean Radebaugh
Ilean Radebaugh, a longtime resident of Henryetta passed away Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 in Henryetta at the age of 97. Ilean was a member of First United Methodist Church and was active for many years as a representative for Home Interiors. She is preceded in death by her husband George. Services are pending with Integrity Funeral Service.


Donovan Wayne Roberts
Donovan Wayne Roberts, infant son of Jennifer Lynn McAlister and Carl Wayne Roberts, died Saturday morning, January 18, 2014 at Okmulgee Memorial Hospital.  He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Carl Crumbley, paternal grandfather, Daniel Bennett, Sr., aunt, Nicole Collum and a great uncle, Jim Richardson.  Donovan is survived by his parents, two sisters, Elizabeth McAlister and Deseree Roberts, maternal grandmother, Janet Collum and paternal grandmother Nancy Bennett.  A memorial service will be held 10:00 A.M. Friday, January 24, 2014 at the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home Chapel.  Arrangements are under the direction of the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee.


Willie Benson "Bill" Boswell
Willie Benson "Bill" Boswell, a resident of Talihina and former longtime Henryetta resident, passed away January 17, 2014 in Talihina, OK at the age of 82. He was born Tuesday, January 27, 1931 in Ragland, AL to Duke Boswell & Velma Reeves.  Willie grew up in Alabama and attended school there.  During his high school years, Willie joined the U.S. Air Force, where he served for four years in Alaska, Langley AFB in Texas, and in California before his honorable discharge.
After his military service, Willie went into the floor covering business in California in order to learn the craft.  After several years, Willie and his family moved to Oklahoma to join family here.  Willie married the love of his life, Virginia Pearl Deleplank on December 8, 1951 in Arizona.  They remained happily married for 52 years until Virginia's death in 2003. Willie later worked in several capacities in the floor covering business.  He worked faithfully from 1964 until his retirement in 2005.  Willie was a member of the VFW Post 539 and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Henryetta. He was a well-known little league baseball coach who served as a positive role model for many young baseball players.  He was a loving father, grandfather, and brother, and he will be deeply missed by his family and the many people who called him friend.
Willie is preceded in death by both his mother and father; his wife, Virginia; a granddaughter, Heather Patsy Boswell; a daughter-in-law, Gaylene Boswell; and a brother, Clovis Boswell.
He is survived by his five sons, Jerry Benson Boswell and wife Anne of Okmulgee, Larry Boswell and wife Peggy Sue of Henryetta, Doug Boswell and wife Carolyn of Henryetta, Chris Boswell and wife Peggy D. of Henryetta, and Tony Boswell of Henryetta; a daughter, Rhonda Boswell of Tulsa; by 20 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren; three brothers, Otis Boswell, Frank Boswell, and Eugene Boswell all of Alabama; by numerous extended family members and many good friends.
Viewing for Willie will be held on Monday, January 20 from 3-8pm and on Tuesday, January 21 from 8am to 8pm at Integrity Funeral Service.
Graveside Services for Willie will be held on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 2:00pm at Westlawn Cemetery in Henryetta with Rev. Steve Treagesser officiating.  Interment will follow immediately under the direction of Integrity Funeral Service of Henryetta.
An Online Guestbook is available at http://www.integrityfuneralservice.com.


LaDonna Joyce Grammer
LaDonna Joyce Grammer, 60, of Beggs, passed away Saturday, January 18, 2014 at Hillcrest Heart Hospital in Tulsa.  She was born May 11, 1953 in Clinton, Oklahoma to the late Jack Freeman and Peggy Jane (Reed) Catlett.  LaDonna married Don Grammer on June 18, 1970 in Okmulgee. She loved life and being with her grandkids.  She was a faithful member of the Preston Assembly of God.  
LaDonna is survived by her husband of 43 years, Don, of Beggs, a daughter, Toni Trevier and husband Jeremy of Sparks and children Tyler, Gauge, Katy and Kodi, a son, Matt Grammer and wife Amber of Beggs and children Logan and Mason, a brother, Larry Catlett and wife Ruth of Preston, two sisters, Connie McElhannon and husband DeWayne of Okmulgee and Rita Pope of Ft. Gibson and numerous nieces and nephews.
A service to celebrate LaDonna’s life is pending.  Arrangements are under the direction of the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Beggs.    


James R. Henson, Sr.
James R. Henson, Sr., resident of Beggs, died Tuesday morning, January 21, 2014 at the age of 83.  He was born January 16, 1931 in Okmulgee to the late Robert Oscar and Gladys Evelyn (Lawson) Henson.  He attended Preston High School , East Central University, Oklahoma State University and the University of Tulsa.  He was a veteran of the United States Army.  James married Joan Gray on February 20, 1954 at the First Baptist Church in Okmulgee.   He was a retired coach, teacher and school superintendent.  James enjoyed gardening and was a builder.  He was a member of the Crossroads Baptist Church in Beggs and the Masonic  Lodge.  Survivors include his wife Joan, daughter, Janet and son Jim and four grandchildren.  Arrangements are pending with the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Beggs.


EARNIE MONEE CLEAVER
Earnie Monee Cleaver, a Henryetta resident, died on Friday, January 17th, 2014 in Henryetta at the age of 89. A graveside service was  held on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 2:00pm at Westlawn Cemetery with Rev. Braden Buss officiating. Interment followed immediately under the supervision of Integrity Funeral Service of Henryetta.


JUNE STRICKER
June Stricker, of Okmulgee, passed away Monday, January 20, 2014 in Tulsa.  She was 82 years of age.  June was born April 26, 1931 in Ada, Oklahoma to the late James Clifford and Versa Gertrude (Johnson) Kimrey.  She married Charles E. “Gene” Stricker on August 7, 1948 in Henryetta.  June  was a homemaker. She was also a substitute teacher and had served on the Morris Election Board.  June was Valedictorian of the Class of 1948 at Butner High School.  She loved taking care of people by feeding them, whether in her own café or at home.  June was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who always put her family first.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Ronnie Stricker and a sister, Pat Wood.
Survivors include her loving husband of 65 years, Gene, of Okmulgee, daughters, Rhonda Thorpe of Checotah, Vicki Willis and husband Wayne of Okmulgee, son, Kent Stricker and wife Kathy of Morris, brothers, Norman Kimrey of Tontitown, Arkansas, Don Kimrey of Wewoka, sister, Kay Pettis of Cromwell, grandchildren, Mike Armstrong, Michele Drain and husband Terry, Stacy Been and husband Justin, Jennifer Shipman and husband Doy, Danielle Honel and husband Kyle, Rhett Stricker, great grandchildren, Hannah Drain, Madison Shipman, Cody Shipman, Mabrey Been, Mason Shipman, Brayden Stricker, and Khloe Honel.
A funeral service celebrating her life will be held on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 1:00 PM at the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home in Okmulgee.  Friends may see her on Thursday from 2-8 PM. The family will be present to greet guests from 6-8 PM.  Interment will be in the Morris Cemetery.   Casketbearers will be Doy Shipman, Justin Been, Rhett Stricker, Kyle Honel and Terry Drain.
Memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family on June’s Tribute Page of our website at www.mcclendon-winters.com


CHARLEEN RAE SITTON
Charleen Rae Sitton, formerly of Okmulgee and a resident of Broken Arrow, passed away Friday evening, January 17, 2014 in Tulsa.  She was 61 years of age.  Charleen was born June 9, 1952 in Hampton, Iowa to the late Berwyn Franklin and Emmogene L. (LaRue) Henry.  She married James Robert Sitton on March 9, 1982 in Okmulgee.  Charleen had worked at Ball Glass for 19 years prior to driving a truck with her husband before retiring.  She was a faithful member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Okmulgee.  Charleen loved her church.  She was very dependable and always looked for the best in everyone she met.  
Survivors include her husband, James, of Broken Arrow, children, Elizabeth Ann Sitton Fry of Tulsa and Jamie Cantwell of New York, New York and Robert Christopher Sitton of Sapulpa and four grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held 11:00 A.M. Thursday, January 23, 2014 at the Trinity Lutheran Church with Reverend Myles Schultz officiating.  Interment will follow in the Okmulgee Cemetery.  Friends may visit the funeral home on Wednesday from 9:00 A.M. –  8:00 P.M.  Memorial contributions may be made in Charleen’s name to the Trinity Lutheran Church.
Memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family on Charleen’s Tribute Page of our website at www.mcclendon-winters.com


Gary Lee Watashe
Gary Lee Watashe, a resident of Okmulgee, passed away Tuesday, January 14, 2014 in Weleetka, OK at the age of 60. He was born April 24, 1953 in Claremore, OK to Andrew S. Watashe & Dolores (Tiger).
He was preceded in death by his wife, Tobi (Applebaum) Watashe, his mother, Dolores Wall, his father Andrew Watashe and his paternal and maternal grandparents.
Gary is survived by his daughter, Beth Mittlestet & husband Richard of Albuquerque, New Mexico, his step-son, Sean Chapman of Houston, Texas, his father Jerry Wall of Okmulgee, his sister, Joyce Burden & husband Steve of Weleetka as well as many nieces, a nephew, uncles, aunts, other relatives and friends.
A Memorial was service held on Friday, January 17, 2014 at the Chapel at Integrity Funeral Service at 2:00 PM. Services are under the direction of Integrity Funeral Service.
An Online Guestbook is available at http://www.integrityfuneralservice.com.


Wilma Marie Phillips
Wilma Marie Phillips, 70, a resident of Henryetta, died  Sunday, January 19, 2014.      
A funeral service will be held at  11:00 AM Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 at the Integrity Chapel, Henryetta, Oklahoma Interment will be in the     Council Hill Cemetery, Council Hill, Oklahoma under the direction of the Integrity Funeral Service of Henryetta.


HOWARD CARDER
Howard Carder, 51, a resident of Henryetta, died Tuesday, January 21, 2014. Services are pending and will be announced by the Rogers Funeral Home Inc. of Henryetta.


January 20

Willie Benson "Bill" Boswell

Willie Benson "Bill" Boswell, a resident of Talihina and former longtime Henryetta resident, passed away January 17, 2014 in Talihina, OK at the age of 82. He was born Tuesday, January 27, 1931 in Ragland, AL to Duke Boswell & Velma Reeves.  Willie grew up in Alabama and attended school there.  During his high school years, Willie joined the U.S. Air Force, where he served for four years in Alaska, Langley AFB in Texas, and in California before his honorable discharge.

After his military service, Willie went into the floor covering business in California in order to learn the craft.  After several years, Willie and his family moved to Oklahoma to join family here.  Willie married the love of his life, Virginia Pearl Deleplank on December 12, 1951 in Courtside, Georgia.  They remained happily married for 52 years until Virginia's death in 2003. Willie later worked in several capacities in the floor covering business.  He worked faithfully from 1964 until his retirement in 2005.  Willie was a member of the VFW Post 539 and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Henryetta. He was a well-known little league baseball coach who served as a positive role model for many young baseball players.  He was a loving father, grandfather, and brother, and he will be deeply missed by his family and the many people who called him friend.

Willie is preceded in death by both his mother and father; his wife, Virginia; a granddaughter, Heather Patsy Boswell; a daughter-in-law, Gaylene Boswell; and a brother, Clovis Boswell.

He is survived by his five sons, Jerry Benson Boswell and wife Anne of Okmulgee, Larry Boswell and wife Peggy Sue of Henryetta, Doug Boswell and wife Carolyn of Henryetta, Chris Boswell and wife Peggy D. of Henryetta, and Tony Boswell of Henryetta; a daughter, Rhonda Boswell of Tulsa; by 19 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren; three brothers, Otis Boswell, Frank Boswell, and Eugene Boswell all of Alabama;  by numerous extended family members and many good friends.

Viewing for Willie will be held on Monday, January 20 from 3-8pm and on Tuesday, January 21 from 8am to 8pm at Integrity Funeral Service.

Graveside Services for Wille will be held on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 2:00pm at Westlawn Cemetery in Henryetta with Rev. Steve Treagesser officiating.  Interment will follow immediately under the direction of Integrity Funeral Service of Henryetta.



NEVA RUTH JOHNSON FREEMAN
Neva Ruth Johnson Freeman was born July 23, 1922 to Verna Mae Bowman Johnson and Carl Albert Johnson. She had two sisters Eleanor Holding and Reba Paisley.  She was born in Clearwater, Kansas and lived the first part of her life there.  She attended her first schooling through high school in Clearwater.
    She married Vernon Lloyd Freeman on April 26, 1942.  They had a daughter Carol Ann in 1943.  They had a daughter Betty Jo and son Ronald Lloyd who were RH negative babies and they didn’t survive.  They also had a 6 month baby that was miscarried.
    In 1957 they moved to California.  She attended College of Sequoia in Visalia, California to start getting her teaching degree.  In 1964 they moved back to Clearwater and she attended Friends University in Wichita.  She got her teaching degree and taught in Haysville and Parsons, Kansas.
    Then they moved to Okmulgee in 1977 and built their house in Okmulgee.  She taught school in Okmulgee at Westside and Eastside before retiring.  Then she substituted in area schools until she was in her 70s.  She taught her great-grandkids.
    She was a member of the Nuyaka Baptist Church, Dripping Springs Home Extension and the First National Priority Club.
    She and Vernon enjoyed going to the senior citizens dances in Okmulgee.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and three of her children.
    Survivors include her daughter Carol McAfee and husband Tommy, of Okmulgee.  Also three grandchildren: Lori Edmundson and fiancé Michael Sellers, Tom McAfee, Jr. and Karla Wilson and husband Darrell.  She has five great grandkids: Amanda, Dalton, BreAnne, Audrey Wilson and Chance Edmundson.  One great-great grandchild Cheslee Farrow.  She has several step-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews, extended family and a host of friends.  
    A funeral service celebrating her life will be held on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home in Okmulgee with Reverends Jarrod Kendall and Chad Eads officiating.  Friends may see her on Sunday from 2-6 PM with the family present to greet guests from 2-3 PM.  Interment will be in Clearwater, Kansas at the Clearwater Cemetery on Tuesday at 2:00 PM.  Memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family on Neva’s tribute page at www.mcclendon-winters.com

 
Mable Asberry
Mable Asberry, 79, fied Sunday, January 12, 2014 in Tulsa.s Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc. - Okmulgee Chapel.


NOLAN OSBAN
Nolan Osban, 74, of Henryetta, died January, 15, 2014 in Tulsa. Service will be Monday, January 20, 2014 at the Dewar First Baptist Church with Rev. Jack Vance, officiating. Interment will follow at the Okmulgee Cemetery under the direction of the Rogers Funeral Home.


January 15th

Clarence Buford Merckling Jr.

Clarence Buford Merckling Jr. of Tulsa, 92, entered eternal rest on January 12, 2014. He was born on September 19, 1921 to Clarence Buford Merckling Sr. and Lydia Barrick in Okmulgee, OK. Clarence grew up in Okmulgee, OK where his father was the lake custodian. His love of fishing and the outdoors was fostered by the years he spent on and around Lake Okmulgee with his father. He continued to enjoy camping, hunting, and fishing well into his adult life which helped him introduce his love of the outdoors to his children and grandchildren.  Clarence worked for the Okmulgee fire dept. for 22years from 1948 to 1970. He moved to Tulsa shortly after and worked at Rolling Hills Redbud for close to 20 years, then retired to enjoy his senior years. Clarence served in the US Army. Preceded in death by one great granddaughter, Clarence is survived by his loving wife: Phyllis; children: Teresa McKaig of Bixby, Harold Helt of Chelsea, Vikki Handley of Salina, Brenda Jones of Tulsa, and Steve Stutchman of Tulsa; thirteen grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Visitation: Tuesday, January 14, 6-8PM, Kennedy-Kennard Chapel; graveside services: Wednesday, January 15, 2PM, Okmulgee Cemetery, Okmulgee, OK. Kennedy-Kennard Funeral and Cremation, 202 East Oak Street, Catoosa, OK, kennedycares.com


Mae Ethel Jackson
DOB 1/30/1928
DOD 1/11/2014
 Services will be 11am Saturday, January 18, 2014, Graveside at Our Lady of Grace Cemetery, Oklmulgee, OK. Visitation will be 5pm-9pm Thursday, January 16, 2014 and 9am-9pm Friday, January 17, 2014 at Temple and Sons Funeral Dir, Inc, 2801 N. Kelley Ave, OKC OK 73111


Gary Lee Watashe
Place of Residence:    Okmulgee, Oklahoma  
Age:    60
Died:    Tuesday, January 14, 2014      
Occupation:    Graphic Artist
MEMORIAL Service Date:    2:00 PM Friday, January 17th, 2014
Place of Service:    Integrity Chapel, Henryetta, Oklahoma


FLOYD DAVID STIDMAN
Floyd David Stidman, a resident of Eufaula and former resident of Okmulgee, passed away Friday, January 10, 2014 at the age of 84.
 Graveside Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 16, 2014 at the Okmulgee Cemetery with Bill Clark officiating.
  Visitation will be held Wednesday from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Jackson Funeral Home in Okmulgee.
 Military Honors will be conducted by the United States Army and the Patriot Guard Riders.
   Services are under the direction of the Jackson Funeral Home and Crematory in Okmulgee.
  Friends may send their condolences to www.jacksonfhandcrematory.com


CLAYTON LEE SMITH
Clayton Lee “Boo” Smith died January 8, 2014 in an automobile accident.  He was 18 years of age.  Clayton was born July 13, 1995 in Ft. Smith, Arkansas to Wayne Mark Smith and Ronda Fay (Sunderman) Epperson.  He helped his mom at the Coalton Feed store.  He enjoyed fishing, duck hunting and especially baseball.  Clayton was a graduate of Morris High School and had just received a scholarship to play baseball for Highland Community College in Highland, Kansas.  He never met a stranger and was always making new friends even if they were with the opposing team, their coach or the umpire.  He attended Crosstown Pentecostal Holiness Church in Okmulgee.
    Clayton was preceded in death by both grandfathers: Ronald Sunderman and Vernell Lee Botkins.  He is survived by his mother Ronda Epperson and husband Ray, his father Wayne Smith, seven siblings: sister Misty Coats, brother Dusty Foreman, sister Shonda Foreman, brother Trey Foreman, sister Rebecca Washington, Brother Matthew Epperson and wife Toni, sister Ashley Williams and husband Roy, maternal grandmother Bletta Sunderman and grandfather C.O. Layman, Uncle Derek Sunderman and wife Marcy, paternal grandmother Elizabeth Botkins, Uncle Mark Smith, Uncle Mario Sotkins, aunt Helen Baker and husband bill, Uncle Stormy Botkins and wife JoAnn, a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and his many many friends.
    A funeral service celebrating Clayton’s life was  held on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at the Crosstown Pentecostal Holiness Church in Okmulgee with Reverend John Wesley Berry officiating.  Interment  followed at the Morris Cemetery.  Viewing was at the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home in Okmulgee on Monday from 3-8 P.M.  Memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family on Clayton’s tribute page at www.mcclendon-winters.com


JAMES DALLAS STANDRIDGE
James Dallas Standridge, a resident of Henryetta,died Friday, January 10, 2014 in rural Henryetta, OK at the age of 85.Funeral Services are scheduled for Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at the First Baptist Church at 2:00PM in Dustin. Interment will follow at Dustin Cemetery under the direction of Integrity Funeral Service.

Henry Michael Bear
Henry Michael Bear, a resident of Morris, passed away Monday, January 13, 2014 at the age of 53.
 Wake Services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 16, 2014 at the Belvin Baptist Church in Okmulgee.
 Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 17, 2014 at the Belvin Baptist Church in Okmulgee. Burial will follow the service at the Bear Family Cemetery in IXL under the direction of the Jackson Funeral Home and Crematory in Okmulgee.
 Friends may send their condolences to www.jacksonfhandcrematory.com


HELEN LOUISE CALDWELL
Helen Louise Caldwell a lifelong resident of Dustin, died Saturday, January 11, 2014 in Tulsa, OK at the age of 63. Viewing will be from 4-8pm on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 and from 8am-8pm on Wednesday, January 15 at Integrity Funeral Service.
Funeral services will be held at the First Baptist Church in Dustin, Oklahoma on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 10:00am. A committal service will be held at 3:00pm at Wheelock Mission Cemetery in Millerton, Oklahoma the same day. Services are under the direction and care of Integrity Funeral Service in Henryetta.


DR. LONNY R. PARRISH
Dr. Lonny R. Parrish, 92, of Okmulgee, Oklahoma, passed away to be with his Lord on January 12, 2014, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Lonny was born in LeHigh, Oklahoma to Henry Edgar and Hattie Irvin Parrish on July 15, 1921.  He attended school in Schulter, Oklahoma, where he graduated high school in 1939.  He went on to earn a BA degree from East Central State College, Ada, Oklahoma majoring in History and Government Education. Lonny also attended the University of Oklahoma where he received his Masters Degree in Secondary School Administration and his Doctorate in General School Administration. His undergraduate work was interrupted when he served three years in the U.S. Navy during World War II as an Aviation Machinist Mate, First Class. He was attached to U.S. Navy Patrol Squadron PATSU 1-2, and he spent two years in the South Pacific.
When he completed his undergraduate degree Lonny took a teaching position in Pleasant Grove School in Seminole County, OK.  He served as Principal there from 1948-1955. Following this he advanced to hold the position of Superintendent of Schools in the Dewar, Ringling, Tahlequah, Okmulgee, and Oolagah Public School Systems.
Lonny was an active lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church. He was also active and held offices of leadership in many civic and professional organizations including: Who's Who In American Education 1963-1975; Phi Delta Kappa; OEA; NEA; Oklahoma School Administrators;  National Association of School Administrators; School Administrators Division of the Eastern Oklahoma O.E.A. District; Program and Planning Committee of The Commission on Teacher Education and Professional Standards for Oklahoma; Fifth-Year Committee of the TEPS Commission; Okmulgee County OEA.  He was a member of the Kiwanis, Lions and Rotary Clubs, as well as the Chamber of Commerce.
Lonny married his great love, Betty Lou Walker in May 9, 1942. Together they raised five daughters all of whom followed his passion for education and teaching. He excelled in sports including basketball and baseball. He was a great follower of all sports, especially the Oklahoma Sooners. He rarely missed any of his grandchildren's events. He and Betty loved traveling. He was a competitive golfer and an avid fisherman.  He remained a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather throughout his life.
Lonny was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Avern, Thurman, and T.H. Parrish. He is survived by a sister Jean Bell of Wilburton, OK, and five daughters: Lonnetta Pogue, Ringling, OK; Becky Reed, Okmulgee, OK; Nancy Greene and husband, Richard, of Okmulgee, OK; Marjory Gregory and husband,
Larry, of Carlsbad, NM; Jennifer Copeland and husband, Steve, of Oologah, OK; as well as, fourteen Grandchildren, and many great and great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 16, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church in Okmulgee with Reverend Brian Matthews, Mike McGowen and Keith Ballard speaking. Burial will follow the service at the Okmulgee Cemetery under the direction of the Jackson Funeral Home and Crematory in Okmulgee.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Jackson Funeral Home in Okmulgee.
Pallbearers will be Richard Greene, Larry Gregory, Steve Copeland, Charles Pogue, Anthony Eversole, Larry W. Gregory, Dallas Greene, and Josh Copeland.
Military Honors will be conducted by the United States Navy and the Patriot Guard Riders.
Friends may send their condolences to http://www.jacksonfhandcrematory.com/  


Lewis Jackson Gartrell
 L.J. Gartrell, a resident of Okmulgee, passed away Monday, January 13, 2014 at the age of 59.
 Arrangements are pending at this time under the direction of the Jackson Funeral Home and Crematory in Okmulgee. www.jacksonfhandcrematory.com


MARJORIE COLEMAN
Marjorie Coleman, a resident of Henryetta, died  Thursday, January 9, 2014  at age 90.    Funeral services was held at 2:00 PM on Monday, January 13th, 2014 at the Integrity Chapel, Henryetta, Oklahoma. Interment was     Westlawn Cemetery - Henryetta, Oklahoma, under the direction of the Integrity Funeral Service of Henrytta.