Okmulgee Times News & Obituaries for

April 30th Edition

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 Chief George Tiger receives national award
NEW ORLEANS — Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief George Tiger was presented with the "Tribal Leader of the Year" award April 15, 2014 at the 32nd Annual Native American Financial Officers Association (NAFOA) Conference in New Orleans.
The award is given in recognition of the recipient’s ability to effectively lead a tribal nation and make major financial decisions. It also honors a leader who displays significant foresight and resolve in the financial advancement of his or her nation.
Bill Lomax, NAFOA President stated in his introduction at the conference, "Chief Tiger is a transformative leader. In just over two years as principal chief, he has overseen and implemented considerable advancements for his people...It is clear that the Muscogee (Creek) Nation is flourishing under Chief Tiger's leadership.”
Lomax cited several projects such as the MCN acquisition of the Okmulgee Memorial Hospital, RiverWalk development in Jenks, Okla., the Margaritaville themed expansion of River Spirit Casino and establishment of the Nation’s own Community Development Financial Institution.  
MCN was the recipient of the 2013 NAFOA "Deal of the Year" award for the RiverWalk purchase.
Upon receiving the award, Tiger responded, "As Native people, we recognize that when anyone of us succeeds; we all succeed.”
He also recognized the participation of the MCN National Council in supporting the Nation's success.
“I’d like to express my appreciation for our National Council for its support,” Tiger said. “This was a joint effort that would not have been possible without the support of our tribal legislature. I accept this award for those we serve – the Mvskoke people.”
Other awardees included:
• Education Program of the Year - Our Native American Business and Enterprise Network (ONABEN)
• Deal of the Year - Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
• Deal of the Year - Tribal-State Agreements: Oneida Indian Nation, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe and Seneca Nation of Indians
• Executive of the Year - Lacey Horn, Cherokee Nation

White-tailed Deer Management Workshop

scheduled for May 1st at OSU Extension
It may not be deer season in Oklahoma, but hunting enthusiasts never stop thinking about the most economically-impactful game species in our state. According to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s (ODWC) website, deer hunting is the most popular hunting season in Oklahoma with an overall economic impact of over $600,000,000.
Oklahoma State University and the University of Tennessee Extension are partnering with The Noble Foundation and the ODWC to provide tips of the trade to ensure landowner s properties are suitable and productive for white-tailed deer in an upcoming workshop.
“This field day would be beneficial for anyone interested in improving white-tailed deer habitat or deer populations on their property,” said Dr. Dwayne Elmore, OSU State Extension Wildlife Specialist.
The workshop will be held at the Okmulgee County Fairgrounds, May 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The event is free to the public. Those interested should contact Dr. Elmore at (405) 744-9636 or dwayne.elmore@okstate.edu to RSVP by April 30.
The professionals from OSU, UT, The Noble Foundation and the ODWC will discuss forest management for deer, Quality Deer Management, aging bucks, key food plants for deer, the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) and food plot management.
“Forest management will cover the various types of harvest and timber stand improvement techniques and how they impact white-tailed deer forage,” said Elmore. “A field trip to the Okmulgee Wildlife Management Area in the afternoon will illustrate many of these concepts.”
The food plot management session will discuss the pros and cons of planting supplemental forages for white-tailed deer along with recommendations. The DMAP, administered through the ODWC, will be explained to landowners so they can decide if it is a program that will help them with their deer management objectives.
The topic of Quality Deer Management will also be presented with an emphasis on improving buck age structure in Oklahoma and balancing sex ratios.
“The workshop will provide landowners an opportunity to interact with knowledgeable professionals who have years of experience managing white-tailed deer,” Elmore said.
There are very few of these workshops offered each year in the state of Oklahoma, so serious deer hunters and land managers are encouraged to RSVP soon. Oklahoma Cooperative Extension and Oklahoma State University offer their programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran and are Equal Opportunity Employers.

White-tailed Deer Management Workshop
May 1, 2014
Okmulgee County Fairgrounds
Okmulgee, Oklahoma
9:00a.m.  Welcome    Doug Maxey, OSU
9:10a.m.  Forest Management   Craig Harper, Univ.  of  Tennessee
9:40a.m.  Aging Deer    Russell Stevens, Noble Foundation
10:00a.m.  Quality Deer Management  Heath Herje, OSU
10:20a.m.  BREAK
10:40a.m.  Key Food Plants   Mike Porter, Noble Foundation
11:10a.m.  DMAP     Erik Bartholomew, ODWC
11:30a.m.  LUNCH
12:30a.m.  Food Plot Management  Craig Harper, Univ. of  Tennessee
1:00p.m.  Depart for Okmulgee WMA
1:30p.m.  Forest Mgmt on Okmulgee WMA Bruce Burton, ODWC
3:30p.m.  CONCLUDE

Okla. Cooperative Extension Service is
celebrating 100th  anniversary May 8

May 8, 2014 marks the 100th year of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service and the Okmulgee County Board of Commissioners signed a proclamation Monday proclaiming the historic event.
On hand for the proclamation signing was Okmulgee County OSU Extension Service Director Doug Maxey along with Melody Ennis, FCS Educator and 4-H Youth Development for the county.
The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service (OCES) is dedicating 2014 to celebrating its 100th anniversary of extending knowledge and changing lives. Since it was created with the passage of the Smith-Lever Act in 1914, Extension has worked on-on-one, side-by-side with the farmers and families of Oklahoma solving everyday challenges and local issues.
The Okmulgee County OSU Extension Office invites  the public of Okmulgee County to join them  in a celebration of the Centennial on Thursday, May 8th, from 2:30-4:30 pm at the Okmulgee County Fairgrounds.  
There will be several activities ongoing to reflect where we came from and where we are headed in the future.  Some of the activities include soap making, bread making, quilting, card making, and robotics.  They will also have some agriculture displays as well.  
“Our way of life has changed drastically over the past 100 years and the Cooperative Extension Service has always been on the forefront of those changes and bringing information to the people.”
In other county business:
• Approved minutes from last regular meeting
• Blanket Purchase Orders
• Employee Status Reports - Micah Driver, District 1, temporary/seasonal
• Private Property Agreements - Jeremy Meaders with District 1 for disposal of ditch dirt.
• Approved donation of employee sick leave from David Taylor to Harold Carter
• Approved Memorandum of Agreement with Muscogee (Creek) Nation pending approval from the district attorney (Arbeka Road)
• Approved Detention Transportation Claims for OJA
During last week’s session, the commissioners approved the following items:
• Transfer of Appropriations  -$300.00 out of Highway Maintenance & Operations and into Highway Unemployment Tax.
• Disposing of Equipment #14-13 to junk for parts (1) Highway E 2020 Sand Spreade  for District #2.  
•  Letter to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in Washington D.C., in support of Muscogee (Creek) Nation and their request for funding from the FTA for a particular project.
• Okmulgee County Emergency Management to be a part of a Dozer Task Force with Beggs Volunteer Fire Department and Twin Hills Volunteer Fire Department.
The commissioners approved Resolution #14-14 to acquire certain realty by eminent domain.  A public necessity exists for the acquisition of this realty for construction, improvement and maintenance of a Jail Annex and to provide Public Parking for the Jail Annex and adjacent Okmulgee County Courthouse.  
Under New Business: The Board approved the Bridge Inspection Invoice for Circuit Engineering District #2 for Local #188 Bridge Project in District #2, in the amount of $225.00.  

Okmulgee Relay for Life event begins Friday on the square
The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Okmulgee will be held May 2-3, 2014 on the square in downtown Okmulgee.  The event begins at 6 p.m. Friday evening and concludes at 6 a.m. Saturday morning.
Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising activity.  This event is designed to celebrate survivorship, remember loved ones lost and fight back by raising money to support the American Cancer Society’s mission of eliminating cancer!
Many local teams have been gearing up for this event and raising much needed funds in the fight against cancer.


Joan Cherry Shepherd, a resident of Okmulgee, passed away Monday, April 28, 2014 at the age of 62. She was born on February 21, 1952 to Joe and Joan Cherry (Albert) Zuniga in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.
 She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Joan Zuniga; husband, John Joseph Shepherd; brothers; granddaughter, Aurora Rose Shepherd and two great grandchildren.
  Survivors include her longtime partner, James Dickerson of Okmulgee; four children, Sherry “Pumpkin” Contreras and husband, Gerardo of Mounds; Mary Solorzano of Okmulgee, Joeann King and husband, Jeff of OKC and John Shepherd of Okmulgee; sixteen grandchildren; great-granddaughter, Michelle Proctor and four other great grandchildren; one great grandchild on the way; Aunt Babe of Okmulgee and numerous other relatives and friends.
 Visitation will be Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Jackson Funeral Home Chapel in Okmulgee.
 Wake Services will be held at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at the Jackson Funeral Home Chapel in Okmulgee.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, May 1, 2014 at the Jackson Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Johnny Leybas and Reverend Mitchelle Taylor officiating. Burial will follow the service at the Okmulgee Cemetery under the direction of the Jackson Funeral Home and Crematory in Okmulgee.      Following the service, dinner will be served at the Okmulgee Indian Community Center.
Pallbearers will be Martin, Mario, Marty and Marcos Solorzano, Gerardo Contreras, Jeff King, Tyler King and Joey Anguiano.
 Friends may send their condolences to www.jacksonfhandcrematory.com

Regina Ann Mabry
Regina Ann Mabry, a 61 year old resident of Muskogee, OK passed away on Thursday, April 24, 2014 in Muskogee.  Regina was born July 24, 1952 in Okmulgee, OK to Bob Paterson and Lucy (Sweet) Paterson.  On May 30, 1971 she was united in marriage with David Mabry and together they raised one son.  Regina retired from Lescher Funeral Home where she had worked as Office Manager for over 36 years.  She is survived by her husband, David Mabry of the home in Muskogee, OK; mother, Lucy Paterson of Okmulgee, OK; son, Bob Mabry and wife, Liz of Lumberton, TX; brothers, Bob Paterson and Bill Paterson and wife, Louise all of Okmulgee, OK; and 3 precious grandchildren, Alex, Brooke, and Austin. Regina was laid to rest in Okmulgee Cemetery on Saturday, April 26, 2014.  Arrangements were entrusted to Gary Kelley, Add'Vantage Funeral Service, Tulsa, OK. www.garykelleyfunerals.com.

Michael Patrick McGuire
 Michael Patrick McGuire, a resident of Okmulgee, passed away at the age of 50 years old. He was born May 19, 1963 to William John and Beulah Mae (Rainbolt) McGuire in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. He attended St. Anthony Church in Okmulgee. He was a transit driver for KATS. Michael was a big Texas fan and a WWE fan. He loved spending time with his niece, Holly Zinno, nephew, Bubba Zinno and great niece, Gabriella Harjo. He thought a lot of his adopted sisters, Danell Canady-Barmore and Amber Mattingly.
 He was preceded in death by his grandparents, R.T. and Ora Elizabeth Rainbolt and J.B. and Mary Jo McGuire.
  Survivors include his parents, John and Beulah McGuire of Okmulgee; step-daughter, Shannon Mullins and husband, Joshua; sister, Mary Zinno of Okmulgee; brother-in-law, Anthony Zinno, Jr. of Muskogee; niece, Holly Zinno; nephew, Bubba Zinno; great niece, Gabriella Harjo and numerous other relatives and friends.
 No services are planned at this time.
 Arrangements are under the direction of the Jackson Funeral Home and Crematory in Okmulgee.
Friends may send their condolences to www.jacksonfhandcrematory.com
Carmon L. Brinkley, 44, a resident of Tulsa, OK, died Wednesday, April 23, 2014.
A Service of Memory will be conducted, Saturday, May 3, 2014, 11:30 a.m., Shorter Chapel A.M.E. Church, with interment to follow in Our Lady of Grace Cemetery.
Visitation will be Friday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The family has been cared for by House of Win Funeral Home.