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Obit for James Monroe Sooter
From Tulsa Tribune 7Nov66

Parents were General Price and Rhoda Bayless Sooter

Submitted by Lovena Norton Jan04

Obit for Ocie M. Sooter, wife of James M. Sooter
In Tulsa Tribune 21Aug50

Submitted by Lovena Norton Jan04

General Price Sooter Obit

Parents were Franklin & Margaret Smith Sooter

Submitted by Lovena Norton Jan04

Submitted by Lovena Norton Jan04
Compiled, Transcribed & Submitted by:
Shelley Lynch
CLOWDUS -- W.H., 81 years, 8 months, 19 days, passed away Sunday, December 24, 2006, W.H. was born April 4, 1925, in Lone Grove, OK, to W.C. and Emma Jane (Gatlin) Clowdus. He worked as a professional truck driver. He was a member of the Turley Roundup Club, VFW Post 9077 and the Turley Lions Club. He served in WWII on the USS Bunker Hill as a radar technician. He loved to go fishing. He was a lifetime horse trader and storyteller. He never met a stranger. He is survived by: sons, Larry Clowdus and wife, Sharon of Huntsville, AL, David Clowdus and wife, Linda of Leander, TX and Roger Clowdus and Nicki of Broken Arrow, OK; daughters, Lois Wilson and husband, Jeff of Horatio, AR, Judy Hause and husband, Carl of Coweta, OK; 3 stepsons; 15 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by: wife, Shirley M. Clowdus; first wife, Shirley A. Clowdus; daughter, Patty A. Clowdus; parents, W.C. and Emma Jane Clowdus. Service will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, December 28, 2006, at Johnson Funeral Chapel, Sperry, OK. The Dr. Chet Veazey will officiate and burial will follow at Rest Haven Cemetery in Sperry. Johnson Funeral Home (918) 288-6334. Published in the Tulsa World on 12/28/2006. Information furnished by Shelley Lynch
RIVETT -- Mildred L. Frye Madison, 83, Tulsa resident, passed away Saturday, January 6, 2007 at her home. Mildred was born February 3, 1923 in White Oak, OK, to Sarelda (Williams) and Earnest Frye. She enjoyed her family, teaching Sunday School classes and the great outdoors. Mildred was a member of the Plainview Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by: 1 son, Jerry Wayne Madison; 1 brother, Jim Frye; 7 sisters, Edith Sanders, Rose Lee, Leola Finney, Francis Frye, Carolyn Johnston, Cecilia Smith and Vinita Hillburn. Mildred is survived by: 2 sons, Roger Allen Madison (wife, Karen) of Claremore,OK. and Lyle Lee Madison (wife, Pattie) of Tulsa; 1 daughter, Tanya Lyn Cantrell (husband, Albert) of Tulsa; 1 brother, Earnest J. Frye of Vinita,OK; 1 daughter-in-law, Linda Jo Madison; 1 sister-in-law, Rosalie Frye, both of Tulsa; 12 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be held 1 p.m., Tuesday, January 9, 2007 at Plainview Baptist Church, 14531 E. 21st St. Tulsa, OK, with interment at Memorial Park Cemetery, Tulsa. Funeral services entrusted to Moore's Eastlawn Chapel, (918) 622-1155. www.moorefuneral.com. Published in the Tulsa World on 1/9/2007. Information furnished by Shelley Lynch
John O Larkins
Submitted by: Jesse Larkin on 26Jan2007
Norman "Bub" Pruitt, Sr.

Norman "Bub" Pruitt, Sr. was born on March 7, 1936 in Hulbert, Oklahoma to Norman C. & Gladys L. (Black) Pruitt. He passed from this life on December 10, 2006 in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of 70 years, 9 months & 3 days.

"Bub" came to the Bixby community as a young man and had lived here for most of his life. He was proud to have served his country as a member of the United States Navy and was active in Navy reunions for many years. He was retired from American Airlines where he worked as a crew chief for 32 years, 3 months & 2 days. He loved to travel. He and Sandy have wintered in South Padre Island for the past several years and he always enjoyed picking up shells along the beach. He loved his family very much and will always be remembered for his ability to make people laugh and for being a big tease.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of over 50 years, Sandra S. (Cameron) Pruitt, 3 children; Teri Ladd and husband Bill, of Broken Arrow, Norm Pruitt and wife Patti, of Bixby & Rhonda Kerr and husband Marlin, of Owasso, 2 sisters; Tessie Voison of Escalon, California & Billie LaFerry of Haskell, 7 grandchildren; Daniel Ladd, Mindy Ladd, Tammy Lockwood and husband Derrick, Dana Singer and husband Jeremy, Pete Pruitt, Matt Kerr & Brooke Kerr, 3 great-grandchildren; Jacob & Allie Lockwood and Gracie Singer as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and good friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 sister; Veva Dell Stephens.

Casket bearers were Daniel Ladd, Norman Troy Pruitt III, Matt Kerr, Derrick Lockwood, Jeremy Singer & John Baikie. Honorary bearers were Herschel Edwards, Vernon Morgan, Alvis Houser, Paul Neafus, Ferrell Palmer & Morris Dale O'Hern. Music was provided by Cynthia Foster.
Submitted by: Shelley Lynch on 28Jan2007

McBRIDE -- Matthew Michael, died at age 25, in Grapevine, TX, on Sunday, February 4, 2007. The son of Michael Kenneth McBride, Grapevine, and Elizabeth Ashby, Vancouver, WA. Matthew was born in Salina, KS, on November 11, 1981. Educated in Tulsa, Matthew graduated from Project 12 High School and later attended Tulsa Community College. Matthew was baptized and confirmed in the Episcopal Church. Recently, Matthew had been employed by Wal-Mart in Roanoke, TX. Matthew was a gifted artist and devoted friend to many. In addition to his parents, he is survived by: his grandparents, Mary Ashby, Tulsa, and Pat and Doug McBride, Bigfork, MT; great-uncle, George L.Carver, Tulsa; sisters, Sarah McBride Wright, Tulsa, and Alexandra Hope McBride, Flower Mound, TX; brother, Corey Jennings McBride, Flower Mound; aunts, Anne Ghost Bear, Tulsa, Julie Todd, Ada, and Kathy Vance, McLoud; cousins, Jenny Elizabeth McElroy, Oklahoma City, and Amy Katherine Beaudoin, Denver, CO; nephew, John Ashby (Jack) Wright, Tulsa. Other family members of Matthew's include Tim DeMoss, John Ghost Bear, Kristi Ford, Carol McBride, Ted Ghost Bear, Danny Carey, Justin Todd, Jeb Todd, Jake Todd, Kelly Vance, Samantha Vance, Jeff McBride, Tracey McBride, Kim McBride, Justin Chancellor, Kyle Wright, Lincoln McElroy, Christopher Beaudoin, Maynard James Keenan, Adam Jones and Susan Mealey. Matthew's grandfather, John F. Ashby, died in 2001. Matthew's life will be Celebrated 2 p.m., Sunday, February 11 at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 9th and Yale, Tulsa. Donations in Matthew's honor may be made to Valley Hope, Cushing, OK. Published in the Tulsa World on 2/10/2007. Compiled, Transcribed & Submitted by:
Shelley Lynch <leeshlynch@gmail.com>


HEATH -- Gaylen Douglas, born August 27, 1935 in Rush Springs, OK, to Walter and Alberta Heath, and he passed away Friday, March 23, 2007 at his home in Sand Springs, OK. A Korean War Veteran, he served in the Marine Corps from 1952 to 1959. Working in the trucking industry for the majority of his civilian life, he had been employed by The Waggoners Trucking Co., for over 20 years. He is survived by: his wife, Tatiana; brother, Don Heath; sisters, Brenda Lechner and Yvonne Morrall; half-sister, Neoma Jean Rensvold; and sons, Michael, Patrick, Christopher, and James. Cremation Society, 599-7337.

Compiled, Transcribed & Submitted Apr2007 by: Shelley Lynch <leeshlynch@gmail.com>
While transcribing the Wapanucka Press this obituary was found
The Wapanucka Press, 9 March 1905

Bride and Groom of a Week Die Together by Agreement

W. F. Neet and his wife, bride and groom of a week, were found dead Saturday morning on a road north of the city. By agreement he had shot his wife and then committed suicide. Both were cold when discovered by an oil well driller. From letters found, one written by the husband and the other by the wife, it is evident that the affair had been arranged the night before and both had agreed to the details.
They were married February 26, at Longton, Kansas. The arrived here two days later and stopped at a local hotel. Neet left the hotel and went to the home of his father. In an hour the bodies were found in the road. No cause is assigned for the double tragedy. Both were on the streets the evening previous, apparently happy. The letters simply made statements for their funeral and disposition of their property. Neet was 25 years old, while his bride was 18.
Transcribed by: Mary Achterhof of Yorba Linda, Calif. and posted on 20Apr2007
WAGGENER - Linda L., age 72, of McAlester, formerly of Tulsa, died Friday, September 14, 2007 at McAlester Regional Hospital. She was born in Detroit, MI on January 10, 1925 and lived in Tulsa much of her adult life, where she worked for a major property management/development company for 18 years. She is survived by her husband, J. P. "Jim" Waggener. Memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m., Thursday, September 20, 2007 at Brumley-Mills Funeral Home in McAlester, (918) 426-0404.   
Published in the Tulsa World on 9/20/2007.
Submitted by Shelley Lynch  <leeshlynch@gmail.com>


HOLBROOK - Jerry, 74, died Wednesday, October 3, 2007. Jerry was born in Elk City, OK, January 23, 1933 to Lonnie and Clara (Hogan) Holbrook, Sr. Jerry proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean conflict. After the service he worked in banking and finance. Survived by: spouse, Patricia Jane of the home; son, Jeremy C. Holbrook; daughters, Machelle G. Metcalf, Malinda Ann Gray, Malanie Lynn Rubin. Also survived by: brother, Lonnie Holbrook, Jr. Preceded in death by: parents; and son, Mark W. Holbrook. Service 1 p.m., Friday, October 5, 2007, Moore's Southlawn Chapel with interment following at Park Grove Cemetery, Broken Arrow, OK. Moore's Southlawn, (918) 663-2233.
Published in the Tulsa World on 10/4/2007

Submitted by Shelley Lynch  on 4Oct2007

PICKARD - Dr. Rick K., 64, of Tulsa, died Saturday, September 22, 2007 at St. Francis Hospital, after a short illness. Rick was born April 20, 1943 in Woodward, OK, to Helen and Walter Pickard. He married Beverly Ann Saltmarsh on May 28, 1966. He was a member of the United States Air Force, where he served for 4 years as an Air Rescue Medic. He attended his beloved alma mater Oklahoma State University, where he received a Master of Science degree and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. He was an avid football fan and a staunch supporter of all things OSU. He was a practicing Veterinarian for over 30 years and was a member of All Saints Procathedral, where he served in many capacities, most notably that of Senior Warden, Master Craftsman and member of the Bishop's standing council. Rick had many interests in life and was most passionate in his work as a Veterinarian and providing care for the gentlest of God's creatures. He was an avid fly fisherman and was always content to "flail the water" with loving friends and family. He was a consummate craftsman and the fruits of his labor lovingly grace the homes of his family members and his church. Rick is survived by: his loving family: wife, Beverly; daughter, Stephanie Elias and husband, Jason; granddaughters, Abigail Grace and Emma Rose, daughter, Sherrie Martin and husband, Dallas; brother, Devert Pickard and wife, Marsha; mother-in-law, Orvetta Saltmarsh; and brothers-in-law, Richard Saltmarsh and family and Russell Saltmarsh and family. Rick will be missed by his adoring family and caring friends, both in his public life and church community. He was preceded in death by both of his parents. Funeral service will be 10 a.m., Thursday, September 27, at All Saints Procathedral, 4040 E. 91st St., Tulsa. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m., Wednesday, September 26, at Fitzgerald Southwood Colonial Chapel, 3612 E. 91st St. South. Burial will take place at All Saints Procathedral Cemetery immediately following service. Memorials may be made in honor of Rick to All Saints Procathedral, Tulsa. Fitzgerald Southwood Colonial Chapel, 291-3500.

 Published in the Tulsa World on 9/25/2007.
Submitted by Shelley Lynch  on 1Oct2007
McLAURIN - Frankie Mae (Phillips), was born July 18, 1925, in Okmulgee County and passed from this life on Wednesday, September 26, 2007. She worked as a nurse's aide for many years and retired from Hillcrest in 1998. She was preceded in death by: her son, Chester O'Neil Phillips; and her sister, Bobbie Ruth Bennett and is survived by: her daughter, Mary Diane Powers; grand- children, Melvonnie Gayle Phillips, Elizabeth Dian Phillips-Cahill, Joseph Donald Powers, and Kimberly Omanski; great-grandchildren, Elizabeth, Erica, Bryce, Faidra and Flynn. A Funeral service will be held in her honor at 2 p.m., Monday, October 1, at Moore's Eastlawn Chapel. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery, Moore's Eastlawn Chapel, 622-1155. 
 Published in the Tulsa World on 9/30/2007.
Submitted by Shelley Lynch   on 1Oct2007
JONES - Jimmy K., a man devoted totally to his family, died on Saturday, October 6, 2007. He passed at home at the age of 83 in the presence of his loved ones. Jimmy Jones was born July 14, 1924, in Okmulgee to James Russell and Maud Katherine Tapp Jones. He attended school in Tulsa, marking the beginning of his lifelong relationship with the city. Jimmy graduated Central High School in 1942, where he met the love of his life and the genesis of his family, Annahlee Morris. They were married October 3, 1943, while Jimmy was attending V12 Officer's training preparation for World War II. Jimmy's family life began early with the birth of his first daughter. Shortly after her arrival he left to defend his country as a PT boat captain, serving with honor and distinction in the Pacific Theatre. Upon his return Jimmy completed his education at Oklahoma University, where he lettered in track and football while studying the arts and sciences. Jimmy graduated with a law degree and was a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association for over 50 years. Jimmy Jones was the earliest multifamily apartment builder in Tulsa, providing housing for countless people. A driven innovator, he was the first builder to use concrete slab foundations in 1955 and soon owned over 2000 apartment units. Jimmy was also an early member of the Tulsa County Planning Commission and an active participant in the development of Grand Lake, handling all the title work for the Corp. of Engineers. Jimmy was the president and founder of Mortgage Clearing Corporation and the co-founder of Triad Bank. An invaluable member of both businesses, he worked alongside his son in each venture, and was eventually joined by his grandchildren. Jimmy's hard work is evident in real estate throughout Tulsa, including such notable properties as the London Square Shopping Center. In addition to his success with Mortgage Clearing and Triad, Jimmy was devoted to the happiness and prosperity of his family. He constructed the Double J Ranch at Grand Lake as a place for his loved ones and friends to come together. Jimmy and Annahlee were accomplished pilots and enjoyed traveling the world. Jimmy's legacy is his family, who honor his life and aspire to follow his strong values and tireless work ethic. He is survived by his wife of 64 years and his children: Pam and Bill Franks, Jay and Dorothy Jones, Jarry and Lolly Jones, Janell and Rik Helmerich, and Jill and Jim Deck; alongside grandchildren, Jeff and Annahlyn Pugh and husband, Jeff, Emmi Strain and husband, Jimmy, Laurie Jones, Mark Franks and wife, Whitney, Mike Franks, Jennifer Carroll and husband, Roux, Chris Jones and husband, Lee, Matt Franks and wife, Ashley, Ryan Jones, Jordan Helmerich, Jimmy Jones and wife, Mindy, Jeff Jones, and wife, Ashley, Erika Massey and husband, Aaron, Jason Deck, James Deck and Jessie Dick and 14 great-grandchildren. A man as defined by his many accomplishments as by the enduring love of his family, he will be dearly missed. The funeral service will be 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 9, 2007 at Freeman Harris Funeral Home Chapel. Family suggests donations be made to your favorite charity. Family and friends may leave condolences at www.freemanharris.com, Freeman Harris, 749-3333.

 Published in Tulsa World on 9Oct2007  Submitted by: Shelley Lynch   on 9Oct2007
JONES - E. Eugene (Gene), died on Thursday, October 4, 2007, in Oklahoma City, OK. He was born January 24, 1922, in Miami, OK, to Elbert and Jessie Bynum Jones. Gene attended school in Miami and graduated from Coweta High School in the Class of 1940. He attended the Oklahoma Military Academy on a football scholarship and Northeastern Oklahoma College. In 1942, he enlisted in the US Navy in 1942 and served in the North Sea on a destroyer escort during World War II. On March 15, 1942, Gene married Margaret Louise Knox, the love of his life. They lived, worked and enjoyed family and friends in Muskogee, Little Rock and Tulsa all the 65 years of their marriage. Serving as an elder and deacon at First Presbyterian Church in Tulsa, he greatly enjoyed the mission work at its Helping Hands Ministry for 15 years. He worked as a pharmaceutical sales representative for 30 years. Gene was a member of Coweta and Pilgrim Lodges, Tulsa Scottish Rite Masons and Akdar Shrine of Tulsa. He was a long time contributor to Circus Dads for needy children and was recognized as a 50 year member of Coweta Lodge and Tulsa Scottish Rite. He is survived by: his beloved wife, Margaret Louise Knox Jones; his daughter, Judith Kay Jones Burton, of Edmond; son-in-law, Michael; grandsons, Kristopher of Shelby, MT and Matthew, of Vance Air Force Base in Enid, OK; his son, the Rev. Dr. Gregory Knox Jones; daughter-in-law, Camilla Cofer Jones of Wilmington, DE; and 3 grandchildren, Les Russell, his wife, Kristin of Potomac, MD and 2 great-grandchildren, Maddy and Teddy; Grandison Burnside, her husband, Mark of Richmond, VA, and 3 great-grandchildren, Matthew, Lily and Hayes; and Alexia Knox Jones of Boston, MA. He is also survived by: his sister, Marguerite Lane; sister, Margie Sumter and her husband, Troy of Claremore; brother, Gerald Jones of Tulsa; sister, Louise Clark of Claremore; and sister-in-law, Joyce Jones, Claremore. Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m., Sunday, October 7, at Moore Southlawn Funeral Home, 9350 E. 51st Street. A family graveside service will be held 11 a.m., Monday, October 8, prior to the Celebration of the Resurrection at First Presbyterian Church, 709 South Boston Avenue, Tulsa. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be given to Helping Hands Ministry at First Presbyterian Church, Tulsa or the Tulsa Scottish Rite Childhood Language Disorders Clinic. Moore's Southlawn Chapel, 663-2233,  
Published in the Tulsa World on 10/7/2007. Submitted by Shelley Lynch on 7Oct2007
RITCHIE - Dr. Thomas Alexander, 80, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, October 21, 2007. He was born in Lordsburg, NM to Arbella and Jim Ritchie on July 27, 1927. After serving his country in the navy during WWII he was one of the 26 men who graduated from the first Veterinary Medicine class at Oklahoma A&M
*Added info (OSU Stillwater was Originally known as Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College (Oklahoma A&M)) . While at 0SU he was a member of Kappa Alpha Order and president of the Student Government Association. After graduation he married Catherine Bridget Fletcher who has remained his loving wife for 56 years. As the first practicing veterinarian in Creek County he has owned and operated Ritchie Animal Clinic in Sapulpa for 55 years. He and his son, Jimmy have also run R&R Ranch, a working cattle operation in Kiefer for 16 years. Tom and Catherine's vested interest in continuing education led to the development of their annual freshman scholarship fund which they give to a deserving Sapulpa High School Senior. As the devoted father of ten Sapulpa High School graduates he was instrumental in the growth of Sapulpa's athletic programs. Through coaching tennis, basketball and various other sports he touched the lives of many young men who grew to love and respect him. He served as city commissioner in Sapulpa, athletic director of Sacred Heart Catholic School, and was a member of the Jaycees and Kiwanis organizations. He is currently a proud member of Rancheros Visitadores, Sacred Heart Men's Club and the Oklahoma State Alumni Association. His most endearing roles however were as a husband, father and grandfather. With 10 children, 26 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild, his living legacy will be carried on by those he spent his life loving and providing for. He was a man motivated by compassion and committed to the well being of others. He was preceded in death by: his parents, Jim and Arabella; as well as Cecil 'Dave' Wilkins, a loyal and lifelong friend. He is survived by: his devoted wife, Catherine Ritchie; his younger siblings, Mary Kathleen Roggenbuck, James Edward Ritchie, and David Eugene Ritchie; his 10 children Michael, Karen Sontag and husband, John, Pat and wife, Linda, Jimmy and wife, Liz, Kelly and wife, Regina, John and wife, Linda, Tim and wife, Cheri, Tom and wife, Mary, Missy Nicholas and husband, Jerrad, Ryan and wife, Kara; as well as their 26 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. The family would like to express their heart felt appreciation to Dr. Steven Gawey for the care he has provided to Tom for the past 10 years as well as the outstanding and ongoing service of Brenda Malone with Barnes Home Health and Infinity Hospice Care. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Sacred Heart Men's Club, 521 S. Park Sapulpa, OK 74066. Rosary will be 7 p.m., Tuesday October 23, and service 2 p.m., on Wednesday, October 24, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1777 E. Grayson Ave. in Sapulpa. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery, on 91st and Harvard, in Tulsa. Fitzgerald Southwood.
Published in the Tulsa World on 10/23/2007  Submitted by Shelley Lynch on 23Oct2007

Published October 23, 2007 Muskogee Phoenix
KITCHENS, Joe T. 1922 - 2007  Submitted by Shelley Lynch on 23Oct2007

Funeral services for Joe T. Kitchens have been scheduled for 2:00 PM, Tuesday, October 23, 2007 at the Hayhurst Funeral Home Chapel in Broken Arrow. Rev. Larry McDonald and Rev. Kent Shirley will minister. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery in Muskogee under the direction of Hayhurst Funeral Home.

Joe T. Kitchens was born September 8, 1922 in Leflore, Oklahoma the son of Jesse Pete and Ellen (Ferguson) Kitchens. He died at his home in Broken Arrow on Saturday, October 20, 2007. He was 85 years of age.

Joe T. Kitchens was a 1940 Graduate of Leflore High School. He received an associateís degree in Business from Muskogee Junior College. Joe was married to the former Miss Arline Cundiff on June 29, 1967 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He was a World War II veterans, have served with the United States Army. He received the Good Conduct Medal and two Bronze Stars for his service in Europe. He worked for the Veteranís Administration Hospital in Muskogee, Oklahoma for 30 years, retiring in 1976. Joe was a member of Clearview Baptist Church, the Veteranís of Foreign Wars and a volunteer for Meals on Wheels Program. The family request Memorial to the Oklahoma Baptist Childrenís home, 12700 East 76th Street North, Owasso, OK 74055.

He is survived by his wife, Arline Kitchens, of the home. Daughter, Helen Stopp, Anchorage, Alaska. Sons, Perry McKee, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Robin and wife Pat McKee, Rogers, Arkansas. Granddaughter, Aimee and husband Sonny Williams. Grandson, Tyler McKee. Brothers, Marion Kitchens, Rushford, Minnesota, W. C. Kitchens, Wister, Oklahoma. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and two brothers.

SEIGEL - Jacqueline Yetta, 83, devoted wife, mother, grandmother and good friend to many peacefully passed away on Monday, October 15, 2007. Yetta was an exceptional person of constant faith in her religion and the goodness of people. She was born February 7, 1924 in Drumright, OK to Jake and Anna Glenn who were immigrants from the Ukraine. She moved to Tulsa, OK at the age of 12 and graduated from Tulsa Central in 1942. She attended college at the University of Illinois and was married to her beloved Lenny in May of 1944. They remained inseparable until his death in 1991. She enjoyed great wealth in terms of her many devoted friends and loving family. Yetta volunteered at the Tulsa Jewish Retirement and Health Center and constantly showed up there and many places with brownies in hand as she loved to bake. Her needlepoint was a pathway she used to give of herself to others and you would count yourself very fortunate to receive a purse, wall hanging, pillow or other beautiful artistic handiwork. She is survived by: her son, Bob and his wife, Sheila of Denver, CO, Andy and his wife, Jamie of Tulsa and also her daughter, Kathryn and husband, Victor Levine of New Jersey as well as 12 grandchildren. Donations to the Tulsa Jewish Retirement and Health Center, 2025 East 71st Street, 74136 for: "Yetta's Bakery". Yetta led a full, rich and loving life. Her wonderful smile and gentle presence will be greatly missed. Funeral service 1p.m., Wednesday, October 17, 2007 at the Congregation B'nai Emunah. Interment to follow in the New Jewish Section of Rose Hill Cemetery. The Fitzgerald Ivy Chapel, 585-1151.
Published in the Tulsa World on 10/16/2007 . Submitted by Shelley Lynch on 22Oct2007
BATTISTO - Steve, age 78, of Yukon, OK, died Sunday, October 14, 2007 after a brief illness. He was born July 14, 1929 in North Little Rock, AR to Steve and Lucy (Ouletta) Battisto. He grew up there and was a graduate of the University of Arkansas. He moved to Tulsa, OK in 1952 where he worked for Douglas Aircraft, TD Williamson Oil Co and eventually North American Rockwell, now known as Boeing Aircraft. Part of his job was designing hardware for the space shuttles. He worked at North American Rockwell for 37 years, retiring in 1990. He moved to Yukon in 1998. He was a dedicated and involved member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church and was co-chairman of the "JOY" Group. He was preceded in death by: his parents; 1 son, Jamie; 3 brothers, Tom, Nick and Frank; and 1 sister, Angie. He is survived by: his wife of 58 years, Jeanette of the home; and 2 daughters, Stephanie Henderson and husband, Paul of Yukon, OK and Jody McBride and husband, David of El Reno, OK. He is also survived by: 1 sister, Rose Christian of North Little Rock, AR; 6 grand children, Shannon, Dustin, Barrett, Courtney, Steven and Bethany; and 1 great- grand daughter, Grace and one "on the way". A wake service will be held at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, October 17, and Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, October 18, 2007 both at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Mustang, OK with interment at 3 p.m. at Floral Haven Cemetery, Broken Arrow, OK, under the direction of McNeil's Mustang Funeral Service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Holy Spirit Catholic Church Building Fund in care of the funeral home.
Published in the Tulsa World on 10/17/2007. Submitted by Shelley Lynch on 21Oct2007
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Marjorie Thornton Bostic on 12Dec2008
Rites for Johnnie Davis set Saturday

By Staff Reports
Published: 2/17/2004  5:21 AM
Last Modified: 2/17/2004  5:21 AM

Johnnie Mae Davis, a longtime clinical psychotherapist, administrator and community activist, died Friday. She was 74.

A graveside service is set for 2 p.m. Saturday at Crown Hill Cemetery under the direction of New Dyer Funeral Chapel.

Davis was born in Pawhuska to John B. Davis and Pearl V. Davis. She graduated from Tulsa's Booker T. Washington High School in 1946 and received a bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology from Central State College in Wilberforce, Ohio, in 1950.

When she earned a master's degree is psychology at the University of Oklahoma in 1951, she was the first black woman to earn that degree from the school. Davis also was the first black person to be elected to the OU Student Senate.
She completed additional graduate work in psychodiagnostics and psychotherapy at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and at the University of Chicago. Davis was the state's first black psychotherapist. She worked as chief psychologist at the Consolidated Negro Institutions in Taft from 1951 to 1957. In 1956, she was the topic of an attorney general's ruling that advised integration of tax-supported institutions. While attending a psychology conference in Oklahoma City, she had been refused service in a cafeteria in a state building. During the 1960s, she was deputy director of Tulsa Economic Opportunity Task Force Inc., executive director of the Youth Opportunity Service, and the mayor's youth coordinator. During the 1970s, Davis worked as a psychotherapist at the Tulsa Psychiatric Center and served on the board of directors of the Tulsa Urban League and YMCA. Davis joined the Student Services staff at Langston University in 1984 as head manager of Young Hall. In 1990, she began work as a chemical dependency counselor at the Professional Counseling Center, where she also was services coordinator. In addition to her counseling duties, Davis supervised practicum students in psychology, health-care administration and criminal justice. She also taught a class in personal and social development. When she retired from Langston in 1993, she left part of her legacy to the school with the creation of the "Ms. D.'s Micro-Loan Funds." Administered through the university's Development Foundation, the program makes small loans to students for personal and emergency needs. Davis was a member of the Zeta Sigma Pi and Pi Gamma Mu national social science honor societies and the Psi Chi psychology honor society. She was an associate of the American Psychological Association since 1955 and has held membership in the Illinois Psychological Association, the Oklahoma Psychological Association, the Tulsa Psychological Association and the Oklahoma Association on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. Davis was a past Protestant co-chairwoman of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, now the National Conference for Community and Justice. She also was chairwoman of the Community Coordinating Council, a coalition of civil rights groups. Davis was an Eastern Star member and a member of Christ Temple United Methodist Episcopal Church.
She is survived by three sons, John D. Gatewood, Sr. and Fred D. Gatewood, both of Tulsa, and Dr. Harry D. Gatewood, II of Choctaw; a daughter, Marjorie Thornton Bostic of Oklahoma City; and nine grandchildren.


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