Okmulgee County News Source

May 28th

William “Bill” Lucien Dangott, age 82, passed away on Friday, May 23, 2014.  He was born in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania on September 30,1931 to Lucien J. and Emma Glean (Clawson) Dangott.  Bill served in the U.S Army following high school graduation.  He married Leslie Helen Doerzbacher on April 29, 1953 and moved to Okmulgee in 1954.  He worked at American Saint Gobain for 23 years and retired from TEMP-SAF, Inc. in 1995.  Bill was a member of the First United Methodist Church and Okmulgee Elks Lodge.  He was devoted to his family, enjoyed playing golf and poker with his friends, and socializing at the YMCA (with an occasional workout).
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Leslie of 55 years; three bothers: Don, Fred, and Robert Dangott; and a sister, Marge Thomas.
Survivors include his two sons; Bill Dangott and wife Mary Anne of Okmulgee and Bobby Dangott of Okmulgee; a daughter, Robyn Feltner and husband Ray of Lenexa, Kansas; a sister Nancy Garver and husband Hub of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; two sister- in- laws, Alice Dangott of Morris, Oklahoma and Carole Dangott of Mequon, Wisconsin; five grandchildren; Josh and Amber Dangott, Laura Dangott, Stephen Dangott, Britney and Bailey Howell, and Lindy Anderson; two great granddaughters, Emily Dangott and Grace Dangott; and one great grandson, Jobey Howell.
Services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Brian Matthews officiating.  Viewing will be Wednesday, May 28 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home in Okmulgee.  Condolences may be made at mcclendon- winters.com.  Contributions in memory of Bill may be made to the American Lung Association; Okmulgee County Family YMCA; and the First United Methodist Church Pantry of Okmulgee, Oklahoma.

George Wesley Morgan, a 59 year old resident of Morris, OK passed from this life on Friday, May 23, 2014.  George was born March 31, 1955 in Muskogee OK to George William and Freila Margaret (Yocham) Morgan.  He was united in marriage on August 25, 1972 to Kathy Wright in Paris, TX, and they were blessed with two children.  George owned and operated Morgan Fab-Services LLC in Morris.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Michael William Morgan in 1953.  He is survived by wife, Kathy of the home in Morris; son, Wesley Scott Morgan and wife, Valarie of Boynton; daughter, Lorinda Beth Morgan-Morris and Shannon Graves of Morris; brothers, Charles William "Bill" Morgan of Boynton, Carl Donald Morgan (Connie) of Checotah, Kenneth Wayne Morgan (Jo) of Moore; sisters, Donna Sue Morgan, Norma Eileen Bird and Mary Alafar Van Brunt (Archie) all of Hitchita and Janice Marie Price (Allen) of Morris; grandchildren, Jayla Dawn, Hayden Scott, Newton Todd, Tyler Lane, J.W. Graves, William Colby Graves, Kloie Darleen, Brittany Paige Graves, and Halley Shannon Graves.
 Visitation will be 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Funeral Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday both at Crosstown Pentecostal Holiness Church, Okmulgee.  Reverend Wesley Berry and Reverend Raymond Doke will officiate.
Those serving as Pallbearers will be Chad Speaks, Brett Qualls, Eric Harris, Courtney Howard, Mark Howard, Bill Catcher, Bryan Smotherman, and Randy Pierce.  Honorary Pallbearers will be Don Spurgeon, Bill Row, Charlie Sunday, Darren Montgomery, Randy Hayes, Gerald Bobo, Jim Greeson, Linda Schwab, and Robert Waits.  Burial will be at Liberty Cemetery.
 In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions in George's name to the Crosstown Missions Fund. Arrangements have been entrusted to Gary Kelley's Add'Vantage Funeral Service, Tulsa.  www.garykelleyfunerals.  

Claude L. Oliver
Claude L. Oliver, a former resident of Okmulgee, passed away Saturday, May 24, 2014 in Salem, Oregon at the age of 96.
 Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, June 2, 2014 at the Jackson Funeral Home Chapel in Okmulgee with Dr. Dennis Taylor officiating. Burial will follow the service at the Ft. Gibson National Cemetery under the direction of the Jackson Funeral Home and Crematory in Okmulgee.
Friends may send their condolences to www.jacksonfhandcrematory.com

Alan D. Youngblood
Alan D. Youngblood, 51, a resident of Okemah,OK, passed away, Monday, May 26th in a Tulsa hospital.
Arrangements are pending with House of Winn Funeral Home.

May 25th

Loretta Fay McCall, longtime Nuyaka resident, passed away Tuesday evening, May 20, 2014 at Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa.  She was 67 years of age.  Loretta was born October 14, 1946 in Okmulgee to Boyd Orville and Nellie Ann (Arnold) Bailey.  She married Truman McCall on September 7, 1975 in Okmulgee Oklahoma.  Loretta enjoyed being outside and planting flowers in her garden. She loved farming and caring for her cows. Loretta cherished raising family and grandchildren and being involved in all of her kid’s lives.
    She is preceded in death by an infant daughter, Jeanice Henderson, her parents, brothers,  Alan Bailey and Daniel Bailey, sisters, Shirley Shipley, Reba Bailey and Alene Bailey and sister-in-law Peggy Miller.
    Survivors include her husband Truman of the home, daughter Kimberly McCall and husband Jason Watson of Morris, sons James Henderson and wife Stephanie of Ponca City, and Robert Henderson of Idabel, sister Alla Jean Beasley and husband Donnie of Morris, brother Jerry Bailey and wife Marlene of Mannford, brother - in- law Terry Miller of Okmulgee,  grandchildren,  Ashley Battista and husband Dominic of Holiday Island, Arkansas, Wayland Henderson of Bristow, Joshua Henderson of Okmulgee, Brent Henderson and fiancé Alyssa Pannell of Nuyaka, Tanner Henderson of Nuyaka, Kattie McCall of Morris, Kala Watson of Coalgate and Brody Watson of Morris.  
    A Funeral  Service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, May 27 at the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home Chapel in Okmulgee with Reverend David Hamilton and Reverend Chad Eads officiating. Interment will follow in the Okmulgee Cemetery. Casketbearers will be Jimmy Couch, Terry Miller, Dickey Melton, Steve Ennis, Jim Arnold and W.R. Cypert.  Friends may visit the funeral home on Monday from 12-8 P.M. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. at the funeral home.  Arrangements are under the direction of the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee.

Helen Marie Smit, a resident of Okmulgee, passed away Thursday, May 8, 2014 at the age of 73.
 Memorial Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at the Calvary Baptist Church in Okmulgee with Reverend Bill Fuller officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the Jackson Funeral Home and Crematory in Okmulgee.
Friends may send their condolences to www.jacksonfhandcrematory.com

May 21st

Lloyd Edward Smith, 82 year old Checotah resident, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 17, 2014 in Muskogee at Jack C. Montgomery Veteran’s Medical Center. He was born on Wednesday, January 27, 1932 in Newton County, Arkansas to J.C. and Vesta Oneal Smith.  Lloyd grew up in Arkansas where he received his education.  He entered the United States Army on Tuesday, August 24, 1954 and served his country faithfully. He received an Honorable Discharge on Thursday, August 23, 1956. After his discharge he moved to Los Angeles, California where he began working for Lockheed Aircraft as an Air Frame Mechanic. Lloyd retired and began to travel, enjoyed fishing and dancing. On Thursday June 3, 2004 he married Patricia Galligher in Eureka Springs, AR. When they came back to Checotah and told people they got married in Arkansas, their friends told them that it wasn’t a legal marriage, so on Saturday, October 29, 2005 they were married in Moore, OK by Lloyd’s brother, Reverend Jerry Smith.
They shared 10 wonderful years together and enjoyed attending church at the Lighthouse Christian Center in Eufaula. He will be greatly missed by all who loved and knew him. Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents; 5 brothers, Argie Smith, Eulyes Smith, James D. Smith, Lewis Smith and Archie Smith; 2 sisters, Leona Teague and Janet Sue Rutherford. He is lovingly survived by his wife Patricia of the home; 2 step-sons, Joseph Guy French and his wife Candy of Coweta, John Dale French of Olympia WA; 2 brothers, Gerry Smith and his wife Sandra of Henryetta, Jerry Smith and his wife Connie of Moore. Also surviving are 2 nephews and 4 nieces, other extended family and a host of friends.
Services celebrating the life of Lloyd will be held 10:00 AM Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at Fort Gibson National Cemetery with Reverend Jerry Smith, ministering. Military Honors will be rendered by the United States Army Funeral Honor Guard.
You may share online condolences with Lloyd’s family @ www.garrettfamilyfuneralhome.com . The family of Lloyd Smith entrusted his care, services and burial to John & Kim Garrett of Garrett Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service 311 SW Second Checotah, OK 74426 (918) 473-2244.

Edith Estelle Grissom, lifelong Okmulgee resident, passed away Monday, May 19, 2014 in Okmulgee at 86 years of age.  She was born January 6, 1928 to James Homer and Kitty Mae (Howell) Garner in Okmulgee.  She married Fred Grissom on August 23, 1952 in Okmulgee.  Edith loved to fish and camp and enjoyed making candy and cooking.  She worked for many years at Fritch’s Master Cleaners where she took pride in making clothes look perfect.  Edith spent time at the Henryetta Senior Citizen’s Center and was a member of the Crosstown Pentecostal Holiness Church.  She learned to play the guitar with her companion, Sterling Rice, when she was 74.  Edith was preceded in death by her parents, James Homer and Kitty Mae Garner, husband, Fred Grissom, best friend and companion, Sterling Rice, a daughter, Sharon Marris of Anchorage, Alaska and two sons, Rickey Worley of Ft. Mill, South Carolina and Dale Rowe of Texas.  Survivors include her children, Danny Worley and wife Debbie of Okmulgee, Connie Neitch and husband Carrie of Gerald, Texas, Donna Story of Okmulgee and Bill Grissom of Okmulgee, fourteen grandchildren and several great grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held 2:00 P.M. Friday, May 23, 2014 at the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home Chapel.  Interment will follow in the Okmulgee Cemetery.  Friends may visit the funeral home on Thursday from 12:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.  

Sally (Whitlow) Holuby
Sally (Whitlow) Holuby, 89, a resident of Dustin, OK, died  Saturday, May 17, 2014      
A Wake Service was held Tuesday, May 20 at 7pm at Thewarle Indian Baptist Church
The Funeral Service  will be at 1:00 PM Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 at the Thewarle Indian Baptist Church, Dustin, Oklahoma.  Burial will be in the  Fairview Cemetery, Dustin, Oklahoma, under the direction of the Integrity Funeral Service of Henryetta.

Jeffrey Lee "Jeff" Romine, 59, of Tulsa, passed away on Saturday, May 17 after a valiant 8 year battle against cancer.  Jeff was born on February 17, 1955 in Pryor, Oklahoma to Mary Bailey and Roy Kenneth Romine. He spent his youth in Okmulgee, Oklahoma and graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1973.  Though everyone knows Jeff for his quietude and diplomacy, as a youngster he could play a mean game of “Risk,” especially against his brother, Chris.  Though tempers would flare, Jeff usually ended up as the ultimate victor.  He rolled the dice hard and fast, and professed himself the conqueror of the world.
Jeff attended the University of Oklahoma, graduating with an accounting degree.  He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity where he served as house manager. It was there where he made many of his closest lifelong friends and where he mastered the art of listening, brotherly caring, foosball and “liars dice.”
While at OU Jeff met his perfect match, Jane Frantz, and they married on December 30, 1978. They moved to Tulsa where Jeff earned a Juris Doctor from Tulsa University. Jeff worked for several years at a local accounting firm before he launched his own accounting practice, Jeffrey L. Romine, Inc., which he grew and successfully ran for 27 years.   In January 2013 he joined Briscoe, Burke, and Grigsby LLP. Jeff was ever thankful for his clients and business relationships that blossomed into another group of close personal friends.
Jeff was an avid sportsman. From a young age he could defy gravity on a slalom water ski.   He loved Oklahoma Sooner football, was a great hunter (except when it came to hunting for bear), was an even better fisherman and was an absolutely horrible golfer!
When something piqued Jeff’s interest, he was all in. This passion for life and adventure was one of the first things that drew Jane to Jeff.  It is a rare man who might suggest scuba diving for a first outing together, but it was just the bait that Jane could not resist.  
Jeff’s passions extended to photography, mountain biking, snow skiing, dog training and writing stories about his life.  But his greatest passion was devotion to being an involved and loving father to his children, Andrew Frantz Romine and Megan Bailey Romine. He was a cub master for Andrew's scout pack, Indian Princess chief, and would brave sleet, heat and Oklahoma wind to attend every one of his kids’ soccer, hockey, football, basketball, and volleyball matches.  Jeff and Jane were thrilled to add their 5th family member when Andrew married Lindsay Farrington in 2012.
As an adult, Jeff developed his second greatest passion, fly fishing, which he learned from Jane's father. He spent the last twenty years traveling throughout North and South America with a group of buddies in pursuit of the perfect stream and most lively catch.  These buddies were serious about their fishing, even if they were not the nattiest dressers on the river.  When they showed up with trash bags for ponchos and duct tape for patching material, they were forever dubbed The NETOC (Not Exactly The Orvis Crowd) Nation.  
There is photographic evidence of great trophies from those fishing adventures, but, being the consummate sportsman, each catch was returned to the river to bring a heightened pulse and wide grin to another fisherman on another day; which just so happens might be his son or daughter as Jeff passed his love of fly fishing on to them.  
A mighty bond was developed within this intrepid group of NETOC fishermen and therein laid the foundation for the trifecta of special friendships assembled by Jeff.  
Jeff was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Bailey Romine. He is survived by his father, Roy Kenneth Romine and wife Louise of Scottsdale, Arizona; wife, Jane of Tulsa; son, Andrew Frantz Romine and wife Lindsay of Tulsa; daughter, Megan Bailey Romine of Oklahoma City; and brother, Christopher Kenneth Romine of Tulsa.  Jeff’s humor, friendship, warm touch, and frequent phone calls will be dearly missed but we are certain that heaven has gained a great son, father, brother, friend and by all means fisherman.  
Jeff, shall you rest in a place where the trout are always rising and a snag never interferes with the perfect back cast.  Your eloquent words to loved ones as you faced your fiercest challenge are not forgotten.  They demonstrate your courage, strength, intellect and unwillingness to accept defeat, even in death:
“I have stage 4 melanoma.  If you are fortunate and know little or nothing about stage 4 melanoma, I am envious.  The significance of stage 4 is best understood knowing that there is no stage 5.  It has taken me months to have the courage to write those words.  I am not sure what I was afraid of, probably the fear of being treated differently.  I have developed a very satisfying family, social and professional life and for some reason I thought the utterance of “stage 4” would somehow negatively impact what I hold as dearest.”  
“I will begin what I consider a scorched earth battle. There is no cure for melanoma.  The best we can do is fight a defensive retreat against an army that has never been beaten, while hoping for a medical breakthrough. I want to say again how much I value your prayers. The difficultly of this fight is made easier knowing that so many loved ones are pulling on the rope.”  
“One cannot have fished the places I have fished and seen the wonders I have seen without believing in a power greater than oneself.   I have faith that God has my back in all this mess.”
“It is worth repeating that cancer can rob me of much but it cannot take away my sense of humor without my permission.  I have always been a believer of positive imagery, and in closing would like for all of you to imagine my super charged immune system attacking the melanoma tumors quicker than a hungry Sooner devouring a Fletchers Corny Dog at the Texas State fair on OU/Texas weekend.”
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, May 23 at 2:00 pm at St. John Episcopal Church,
4200 S. Atlanta Place, Tulsa, OK.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Memory of Jeff  to the Cancer Research Institute at the following link: http://www.cancerresearch.org/giving-to-cri/honor-memorial-giving.
Please visit Jeff’s website at www.StanleysFuneralHome.com.

Marion Thomas (Sonny) Shipman, age 75, passed from this life on Saturday, May 17th, 2014 in Tulsa.
He was a resident of Okmulgee, Oklahoma. He was a glass worker, retiring from Ball Brothers in 1990 after 28 years. Sonny attended Schulter Christian Assembly of God. Sonny enjoyed his church family and served in various roles throughout the years. He especially enjoyed working with youth.
He was born on August 15, 1938, the only son of Doy Aden Shipman and Letha (Love) Shipman. He loved his sisters, Douglas Winters, Betty Thomas and Dorlin Beene.
Sonny married his wife, Lola Shipman on January 14, 1974 in Bee Branch, AR   His children from a previous marriage, Debbie, Ronnie and Doyle, welcomed Lola into the family. A few years later, Doy was born.
Survivors include his wife of the home, Lola Shipman, Debbie Ashing of Agra, Doyle Shipman and wife Kim of Agra, and Doy Shipman and wife Jennifer of Morris. Grandchildren include: Trish Combs and husband Tony, Michael Ashing and wife Amy, Jennifer Wright and husband Lloyd, Allie Fine,  Mikayla Ott, Braxton Shipman, and Madison, Cody and Mason Shipman. His family blessed him with 14 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and step-father, Curtis Wittman, his son Ronnie Shipman, two of his sisters, Douglas Winters and Betty Thomas.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Schulter Christian Assembly of God.