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Delores "Pat" M. BOOKER - Compiled, Transcribed, & Submitted by Shelley Lynch

Pat Booker was born Tuesday, July 15, 1930 to Joe Calvin and Clara Elizabeth (Shimp) Sweet in Talala, Oklahoma.  On May 19, 1971, she married  Lawrence (Larry) J. Booker in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Broken Arrow.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Booker in July 1995.
Survivors include: one daughter: Anita Salyer; one son: Joe Lambert; five step-children: Mary Rice, Suzie Booker, John Booker, Larry Booker Jr. and Linda Wyrick; three sisters: Lucy Patterson, Marie Bedingfield and Jo Fox; two granddaughters: Leslie Salyer and Stephanie Fultz; one grandson: Danny Lambert; three grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren and two step-great grandchildren.
Delores M. “Pat” Booker, a former resident of Broken Arrow passed from this life on Wednesday, January 4, 2006 in Webster, Texas. She was 75 years, 5 months and 19 days old.
BOTTOMS, Lester Lee  -Compiled, Transcribed, & Submitted by Shelley Lynch  ~  Published in Muskogee Phoenix on 02/06/2007
Lester Lee Bottoms was born October 4, 1925 in Holdenville, Oklahoma to Grover Cleveland and Addie Belle (Tucker) Bottoms. He passed away Saturday, February 3, 2007 in Tulsa at the age of 81 years.
Lester married Verna Lou McCluskey on December 25, 1948 in Seminole, Oklahoma. He served with the United States Navy Submarines during WWII where he was a radioman and electronic tech on the U.S.S. Pompon from 1943 to 1945. He attended Seminole Junior College and OSU before working in the oil field for National Supply Company in Healdton, Oklahoma and then Thompson Pump Company in Drumright. While working in the oil field, Lester was called into ministry after which he graduated from seminary at S.M.U. in Dallas, Texas. He began his ministry as pastor in the United Methodist Church in Ft. Gibson-Woodall in 1966. He also served as pastor at Aline-Cleo Springs, Fargo-May, Shidler-Grainola-Foraker, Hydro, Selecman-St.Paul United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City, in Alva at Oterbein and Hartshorne-Haileyville. Lester retired in June of 1991. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, an avid genealogist and a member of the WWII Sub Vets serving as both National and State Chaplain. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Verna on February 5, 2006 and one brother.

Lester is survived by his son, Dr. Keith L. Bottoms and wife, Lynne, of Broken Arrow, Carl S. Bottoms and wife, Carol, of Ponca City, Glen E. Bottoms and wife, Aurora, of The Colony, Texas and Leslee Dale Bottoms and wife, Cindy, of Wagoner; nine grandchildren; five great grandchildren; brothers, Garrell Bottoms of The Woodlands, Texas and Loyd Bottoms of Nixa, Missouri; sisters, Naomi Rafferty of Cushing and Julia Fairbanks of Shawnee, Oklahoma and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral Services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 7, 2007 in the First United Methodist Church in Wagoner with the Reverend Randy Mitchell officiating. Interment will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Seminole at 3:00 p.m.
Funeral arrangements and services are under the direction of Hersman-Nichols Funeral Home, Wagoner 918-485-2213.

GARROUTTE, Robert Compiled, Transcribed, & Submitted by Shelley Lynch   ~   Published in the Muskogee Phoenix on 04/17/2007
Robert L. Garroutte Funeral Services for Robert Garroutte of Muskogee, Oklahoma will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, April 17, 2007 at Abiding Life Fellowship Church, 1407 Callahan Street in Muskogee, Oklahoma with Pastor Denver Callahan officiating.
Robert was born November 3, 1935 in Porter, Oklahoma to Edwin and Pearl (Brown) Garroutte and he went to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 14, 2007 at his home while surrounded by the love and comfort of his family.

Robert was a faithful member of Abiding Life Fellowship and taught bible classes in rest homes for ten years. He was a Lab Foreman for Monsanto Chemical Company in Alvin, Texas. On August 18, 1961, Robert married Nola Gail Bass and they have shared the past 45 years together. In 1986, Robert retired from Monsanto Chemical Company and he and Gail returned to Muskogee where they have made their home for the past 20 years.
Robert loved to fish, golf, go bowling, gardening, watching OU football games and spending time with his family.
On Saturday, Robert entered his Heavenly home and was welcomed by his mother, Pearl (Brown) Daugherty and his father Edwin Garroutte. He will be missed by his wife Nola Gail Garroutte, his brothers; Henry Leon Garroutte and wife Janet from Austin, Texas, Charles Edwin Garroutte and wife Roberta of Nesbit, Mississippi. Sisters Gi Gi Garroutte and Edwina Peterson, both of Amarillo, Texas. Numerous nieces, nephews and his church family.
Funeral services and burial arrangements are under the direction of Shipman’s Muskogee Cremation & Funeral Service, 1325 North York, Muskogee, Oklahoma. For additional details call 683-1700.
HOLBROOK, Jerry - Compiled, Transcribed, & Submitted by Shelley Lynch   ~   Published in the Tulsa World on 10/04/2007
Jerry HolbrookHOLBROOK - 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.

HOWE,Imelda Jane (Mac)  Compiled, Transcribed, & Submitted by Shelley Lynch   ~   Published in the Tulsa World on 10/23/2007
Imelda Jane (Mac) HoweHOWE - Imelda Jane (Mac), left this life on Thursday, October 18, 2007. She was born to Martin Henry and Mary Agatha McNamara on January 21,1925, in Wagoner, OK. She was the "baby" of six children.
After graduating from Wagoner High School she attended Oklahoma A&M and graduated as an RN from St. John's School of Nursing. She married Elliott (Bill) Howe in 1950 and they enjoyed 56 years of marriage. For many years she was the owner and operator of Penn Messenger Transfer Company.
She had a passion for showing and racing horses, fishing, football, and at least attempting to pull off jokes.
She is survived by: daughter, Sally Howe Smith, son-in-law, Jerry L. Smith, and grandson, Tucker Judson Smith; son, Elliott H. Howe, Jr. and granddaughter, Virginia Katelynn Howe; daughter, Nancy Howe Lassiter, son-in-law, Stephen C. Lassiter; grandsons, Hunter Howe Cates and Dustin Howe Cates; brother, Dan McNamara; as well as many cherished nieces and nephews.

Her warmth, compassion, devotion, loyalty, spirited personality and sense of humor will be greatly missed by those who love her and we are all the better for having her in our lives.
Rosary will be held 7 p.m., Tuesday October 23, 2007 at Ninde's Brookside Chapel. Funeral Mass will be held 10 a.m., Wednesday October 24, 2007 at Calvary Chapel. 742-5556.

JONES, E. Eugene (Gene) Compiled, Transcribed, & Submitted by Shelley Lynch   ~   Published in the Tulsa World on 10/07/2007
E. Eugene (Gene) JonesJONES - 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 wasrecognized 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.

KITCHENS, Joe T. Compiled, Transcribed, & Submitted by Shelley Lynch   ~  Published in the Muskogee Phoenix on 10/23/2007
Joe T. KitchensFuneral 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 associate’s 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 Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Muskogee, Oklahoma for 30 years, retiring in 1976. Joe was a member of Clearview Baptist Church, the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars and a volunteer for Meals on Wheels Program. The family request Memorial to the Oklahoma Baptist Children’s 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.

LEONARD, Lanette - Compiled, Transcribed, & Submitted by Shelley Lynch   ~  Published in the Muskogee Phoenix on 10/06/2007
Lanette Leonard - 1920-2007Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church for Lanette Leonard, 87, of Wagoner. She died Friday, Oct. 5, 2007, in Muskogee. Born Feb. 9, 1920, in Dozier, Ala., she graduated from high school in Sarasota, Fla., where she met her husband, E.L. Leonard, who was in the Army Air Corps. They were married Aug. 16, 1943, in Orlando, Fla.
The Leonards and their children moved to Wagoner in May 1956 from Chattahoochee, Fla. He began a medical practice here. Both E.L. and Lanette touched the lives of many youngsters and adults as they got involved in the community. Lanette always said yes when asked to help in community events and organizations. She served as president of the Band Parents Club, taught third and fourth grade Sunday school classes at First Methodist Church for 10 years, was junior choir mother several times and was active with the Boy Scout and Camp Fire activities.
She was a member and served in many officer positions of the Arts and Crafts Literary Club and chapter EU of PEO. She also had been a member of the East Central Medical Auxiliary, president of the American Legion Auxiliary and chairman of the oral polio Vaccine clinic in Wagoner. She was the first treasurer of Oklahoma Historic Fashions Museum and still served as treasurer of the successor organization, Friends of the Wagoner City Historical Museum.
She was very active in the Wagoner bowling leagues, playing on as many as three leagues at one time and continuing her bowling well into her 80s.She served as vice president of the Wagoner Women’s Bowling Association and also as vice president of the Thursday Night Bowling League at Wagoner Bowl. She was voted into the Wagoner Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 1989. Throughout her life in Wagoner, Lanette was a member and supporter of First United Methodist Church. While she enjoyed her community work and involvement, Lanette's friends and family always were the focal point of her life.
She is survived by her children and their spouses, Tom and Nancy Leonard of San Antonio, Texas, and Lynda and Michael Gardner of New York; a granddaughter, Heather Leonard of San Antonio; a sister, Helen Holland of Fayetteville, Ga.; a brother, Henry Merrill of Lakeland, Fla.; and nine nieces and newphews.
The family prefers memorials to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation or the First United Methodist Church of Wagoner. Services are under direction of Shipman Funeral Home and Crematory. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery.


McCARTHY,Kelly Renee  Compiled, Transcribed, & Submitted by Shelley Lynch
Kelly Renee McCarthy, 36, a resident of Tulsa, died Friday, August 10, 2007 at St. Francis Hospital. She was born December 21, 1970 in Tulsa to Mike and Donna (Robinson) McCarthy.
She graduated from Jenks High School and was a phlebotomist at St. John’s Medical Center in Tulsa. Kelly lived in Beggs for several years before recently returning to Tulsa. She enjoyed swimming and dancing.
Survivors include her parents, Mike and Donna McCarthy, her children, Thomas Kristopher McMillen, Alyssa Renee McMillen and Samantha Lane McMillen, all of Beggs, a sister, Misty McVey of Hanau, Germany and her husband Stf. Srg. John C. McVey, stationed in Iraq, two nephews, Zander James Michael McVey and Cason Blakely McVey, of Hanua, Germany, paternal grandparents, Betty McCarthy and the late Charles McCarthy, God parents, Lawrence and Virginia Rexroat of Eufaula and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
A funeral service will be held 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at the Crossroads Baptist Church in Beggs with Pastor Travis Markes officiating. Interment will be at 12:00 noon at Floral Haven Memorial Gardens in Broken Arrow. The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM Tuesday evening at the funeral home chapel.


McDANIEL, Leo - Compiled, Transcribed, & Submitted by Shelley Lynch
Leo was the third child born to Jasper Lee and Lydia Mae (Goad) McDaniel on January 22, 1920 at Porter, OK. He was called to his eternal home on Wednesday, October 3, 2007.  He was a life long resident of the Muskogee area. His profession was in dry cleaning business. He owned and operated Non Parrell Dry Cleaning for many years and then later retired from Teel Dry Cleaning.

Leo enjoyed his retirement years visiting with family and friends; stopping at Braum’s for breakfast and visiting with the employees. He had a dry sense of humor and a mischievous gleam in his eye. We will miss his presence.
Leo was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Maureen (Booker) McDaniel; brothers, Alfred and Edward; sister, Lorene (McDaniel) Tyner and his second wife, Granola Deane (Rippman) McDaniel.
He is survived by his daughter, Martha Jane Overstreet of Arlington, TX; three grandsons, Jeffrey, Nicholas and Christopher and one great granddaughter, Lauren Leigh.; four brothers, Louie & wife, Georgia of Ft. Smith, AR; Junior & wife, Juanita of Muskogee, OK; Doyl and wife, Helen of Colbert, OK and Alvie & wife, Ruby of Muskogee, OK; sister-in-law, Cecile McDaniel of Coweta, OK and a host of nieces, nephews and friends to cherish his memory.
A funeral service for Leo will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 6, 2007 at the Bradley Belltower Chapel with Pastor Denver Callahan officiating. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery with Billy Applegate, Jr., Alvie Clark, Brandon Haney, Gary Rogers, Jim Tyner, Sam McDaniel and Brad McDaniel serving as pallbearers.
The family has entrusted Bradley Family Funeral Service of Muskogee with the arrangements.

MERRELL,America Kanazada (Young)  Compiled, Transcribed, & Submitted by Shellie Neighbors  ~  Published in Wagoner Tribune in November 1972
Funeral services for Mrs. Meck Merrell, 80, were held Monday at 2 P.M. in Mallett Funeral Chapel with Ben Adams officiating. 
Burial will be in New Home Cemetery.  Serving as pallbearers will be grandsons, Danny Merrell, Mike Merrell, Dale Merrell, Mike Merrell, Larry Isley and Tommy Copp. 
Born September 29, 1891 in Indian Territory, Mrs. Merrell died Friday in a Local nursing home here.  A life-long resident of Oklahoma, she lived most of her life at Yonkers.  She was a member of the Church of Christ. 
Survivors include three sons, Raymond and Floyd, both of Wagoner and Orval of Tulsa; four daughters, Ruby Isley of Wagoner, Dollie Joice of Locust Grove, Ida Copp of Tulsa and Iva Wheeler of Owasso; three step-daughters, Birda Simpson of Joplin, Mo, America Hankins of Jasper, Missouri, and Lea Parr of Pittsburg, Kansas; a brother, Joe Young, of Wagoner; 23 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter.

This is the obituary for America Kanazada "Meck" Young Merrell (Grama Meck).  Meck was born in Peggs and was the daughter of Jacob Young and Sarah Elizabeth Musgrave Young.  Her fraternal grandparents are James Young and Sarah Stokes and her maternal grandparents are James "Anderson" Musgrave and Milley Elizabeth Young Musgrave.  There is a typo in the article listing Tommy Copp as one of her pall-bearers.  We have no Tommy Copp.  It would have been Timmy Copp or Tommy Joice who are both grandsons.  My Daddy thinks it was Timmy Copp who was the pall-bearer.
~  Shellie Merrell-Neighbors


MERRELL, Phillip Clayborn -Compiled, Transcribed, & Submitted by Shellie Neighbors  ~ Published in Wagoner Record-Democrat on 07/28/1962
Rites At New Home for Phillip Merrell 
Phillip Clayborn Merrell, 80, died Saturday at his home in Locust Grove.  He was a retired farmer and native of Missouri.  He had made his home in Oklahoma since 1905 and lived in the Yonkers area for about 46 years. 
Funeral services were to be conducted at 2 p.m. today at the New Home Church near Peggs.  Interment was at New Home Cemetery under the direction of Green Funeral Home of Wagoner. 
Merrell is survived by three sons, Raymond Merrell, Locust Grove; Orval Merrell, Tulsa and Floyd Merrell, Purcell;  seven daughters, Mrs. Birda Sampson, Joplin, Mo.;  Mrs. Ameria Hankins and Mrs. Nellie Parr, both of Pittsburgh, Kans.;  Mrs. Ruby Isle, Wagoner;  Mrs. Dollie Joyce, Locust Grove;  Mrs.  Ida Copp and Mrs. Iva Dixon, both of Tulsa;  two sisters, Mrs. Lieu Jackson, Pryor and Mrs. Iva Cook Wagoner;  a brother, George Merrell, Locust Grove;  35 grandchildren and 20 greatgrandchildren.
The above is an exact transcription of a newspaper clipping from the Wagoner Record-Democrat July 28, 1962.  I am aware that there are names spelled incorrectly and that Phillip Merrell died at his home in Yonkers.   Locust Grove is the PO for Yonkers community.
~ Shellie Merrell-Neighbors

MOMAN Sr.,Joseph "Wesley" -Compiled, Transcribed, & Submitted by Shelley Lynch   ~   Published in Tulsa World on 02/02/2007
Joseph "Wesley" Moman, Jr.MOMAN -- Joseph "Wesley", Sr., after 77 seasons, dozed into eternity last Monday, January 29, 2007. Wesley was born in Red Bird, OK, the son of Artemus and Betty Oliver Moman.
He attended school in Tulsa, graduating with the Booker T. Washington Class of 1947. He retired from McDonnell-Douglas and was a Master Carpenter.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; his wife, Essie Mae; and a daughter, Pamela. He leaves 4 children, Cynthia, Debra, Wesley, Jr., and Patti; 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.
You may visit Mr. Moman, as he slumbers at the Funeral Home from 12 Noon to 7 p.m., Friday, February 2.
The Final Hour will be 11 a.m., Saturday, February 3, 2007 in the All Faiths Chapel at Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc. Rev. Lorenzo Landrum.

OLIVER, Irvin Lynn  Compiled, Transcribed, & Submitted by Shelley Lynch   ~   Published in Tulsa World on 02/03/2007
OLIVER -- Irvin Lynn, 75, formerly of Tulsa, died Thursday, February 1, 2007, at his Wagoner home. He was a longtime Tulsa firefighter, retiring as Captain, and was past President of the Firefighters' Union.  Irvin was the first Oklahoman wounded in the Korean War. He sang bass in the gospel group, Charity, and was known as the "Candyman" to children in his church.
Survivors are his wife of nearly 54 years, Ella Mae Oliver; son, Don Oliver and wife, Roberta; daughter, Sandy Carolan; 4 grandchildren, Christy and Mike Allen, Scott Oliver and A.J. and Casey Carolan; and mother-in-law, Virgie Thompson.
A Visitation will be held 2 - 4 p.m., Sunday, February, 4, at Mallett Funeral Home in Wagoner. The Funeral service will be at 2 p.m., Monday, February 5, at the Coweta First Assembly of God, with Rev. Gary Rogers officiating.
The Honor Guard will be provided by the Tulsa Fire Department. Interment will be in Elmwood Cemetery in Wagoner. Mallett Funeral Home.


ROBBINS, Renee  -Compiled, Transcribed, & Submitted by Shelley Lynch   ~   Published in Muskogee Phoenix on 10/25/2007
Renee Robbins, 36, of Porter was born November 30, 1970 in Tahlequah, OK to Melvin & Shirlene (Coleman) Pashica. She passed away, Monday, October 22, 2007 at Muskogee Regional Medical Center.  Renee was a homemaker. She enjoyed fishing and spending time with her family.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Shirlene Vann. She is survived by her husband, John O. Green of the home; her children: Johnathan Toney, Daniel Toney and Cecilia Toney, all of Muskogee; her step children: Wendy Rogers of Tulsa and Josh James and Jonathan and Megan Green, all of Porter and her brothers: Ian Pashica, Brian Pashica, and Rodney Pashica, all of Muskogee and Darren Vann of Washington.
A funeral service for Renee will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 26, 2007 at the Freewill Baptist Church of Porter with Pastor Bobby Jenkins officiating. Interment will follow in Clarkesville Cemetery, Porter with Paul Davis, John Liles, Joseph Rhoades, Johnny Sowers, Ronald Shanks and Bobby Joe Williams serving as pallbearers. Kevin Jenkins and Andy Meeks are honorary pallbearers.
The family has entrusted Bradley Family Funeral Service of Muskogee with the arrangements.

ROBINSON Jr.,George  Compiled, Transcribed, & Submitted by Shelley Lynch

George Robinson, Jr.
(April 12, 1934 - October 4, 2006)
 Mr. George Robinson, Jr., after 72 years, dozed into eternal rest on Wednesday, October 4, 2006 from Coweta Manor Nursing Home. The second child born from the union of George and Velma [Middleton] Robinson, Sr., arrived in Red Bird, Oklahoma on April 12, 1934. He was named after his father, George Robinson, Jr. George grew up in Red Bird and professed a hope in Christ at an early age, under the leadership of Reverend Bradford at the First Baptist Church of Red Bird.
His formal education began at Miller Washington School in Red Bird, where he graduated with the Class of 1955. He then enlisted in the United States Navy, where he served his country honorably for two years. He united in Holy Matrimony to Lillian Finch and this union was blessed with four children, one which preceded him in death. After this marriage ended, he later met and married Virginia Jones. This marriage was later dissolved.  He met and married Marilyn Mayberry, who preceded him in death in January of 2001
He leaves to lament his passing; two daughters, Beverly McPherson [Alfonzo], Catherine Sanders [James], all of Wichita, Kansas; a son, George Robinson, III, Wichita, Kansas; four step-children, Diane Johnson, Muskogee, Oklahoma, Rosalind McHenry, Bixby, Oklahoma, Mary Steele, Coweta, Oklahoma and Anthony Alexander, Haskell, Oklahoma; two brothers, Herbert Robinson [Rebecca] and Tony Robinson [Janetta], all of Porter, Oklahoma; seven sisters, Doretha Sharp [Edward], Muskogee, Oklahoma, Alice Collins, Los Angeles, California, Ophelia Jackson [Frank], Inglewood, California, Essie Robinson and Gloria Clayton, both of Wichita, Kansas, Zelma Ledbetter, Carrolton, Texas and Tamara Bowens, Tulsa, Oklahoma; one aunt, Essie DeFlora, Seattle, Washington; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

The farewell will be on Wednesday, October 11, 2006 in the First Baptist Church of Redbird. Reverend William Janey will officiate. Burial will follow in Redbird City Cemetery.
You may visit Mr. Robinson, as he slumbers at the funeral home in Muskogee on Tuesday, from 12 Noon until 6 PM.

SELLERS,Alice Irene  Compiled, Transcribed, & Submitted by Shelley Lynch  ~  Published in Muskogee Phoenix on 10/25/2007

Alice Irene Sellers

1923 - 2006 
Alice Irene Sellers was born in Wagoner, Oklahoma to Jess Goodpaster and Mary Elizabeth Crowder. She graduated from Wagoner high School. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Tom Sellers, one son, Tommy Dale Sellers and his wife, Barbara, one daughter, Libby Crandell and her husband, Ron, one brother, Wayne Goodpaster and his wife, Mary, two grandsons, David Sellers and Rocky Kithchingham, 5 great-grandchildren, special niece, Arlene Hays and numerous other nieces & nephews, great nieces and nephews. 
Irene & Tom were married on April 1, 1947 in Muskogee, OK, where they resided until 1980. Irene attended West Side Church of Christ in Muskogee until moving to Gore, OK and had been a member for 26 years at Lakeside Church of Christ in Gore. She had a loving, supportive church family and many close friends. 
Irene worked for Muskogee Public Schools as secretary for 26 years before retiring in 1985. She loved to travel, visit & joke with people, have lunch with the girls, fish for crappie on Lake Tenkiller and enjoyed life.  She was a devoted Christian, wife and mother and has now gone home to be with the Lord. 
Funeral services for Irene Sellers will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, October 26, 2006 at Lake Road Church of Christ in Gore with Don Cherry officiating. Pallbearers are David Sellers, Rocky Kithchingham, David Hays, Ronnie Hays, Frankie Hays, Dennis Hays and Mike Hays. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Lescher-Millsap Funeral Home, 2801 Chandler Road, Muskogee.

SHOOPMAN, Mary Danie  Compiled, Transcribed, & Submitted by Shelley Lynch

Born In
: Arkansas
Resided In: Wagoner, Oklahoma
Mary Danie Shoopman, 86, of Wagoner, left this life March 22, 2005. Mary was born April 6, 1918 in Arkansas to James and Nora (Scarbrough) Waters. Mary was a wonderful mother and grandmother. She loved to fish, read mystery novels and enjoyed crossword puzzles. Mary loved the slots and bingo and she absolutely adored the bright lights of Las Vegas. Mary was preceded in death by her husband Outher "Bud" Shoopman.Funeral service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Friday, March 25, 2005, Floral Haven Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Floral Haven Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, friends may contribute to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.
Survived By: her daughters, Sharon Corley and her husband Freddie, Sr. of Catoosa, OK and Linda Gilliss and her husband Tracy of Broken Arrow, OK; grandchildren, Angela England and her husband Mark of Catoosa, OK, Jeff Davis and girlfriend Sheila Fisher of Broken Arrow, OK, Freddie Corley Jr. and his wife Pamela of Frisco, TX, Mary Moore and her husband Teague of Boston, MA and Nick Sudar of Wagoner, OK; great-grandchildren; Levi, Lexie, Noah and Talen.

SMITH, Marjorie Pauline Compiled, Transcribed, & Submitted by Shelley Lynch  ~  Published in Muskogee Phoenix on 10/25/2007
Memorial services for Marjorie Pauline Smith, 76 of Park Hill, Oklahoma, formerly of Porter, were held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 26, 2007 in Greenwood Cemetery in Porter with the Reverend Tommy Hobbs officiating.
Mrs. Smith was born April 6, 1931 to her parents, William Paul and Louise Parthina (Williams) Hutton. She grew up and attended school in the Vann’s Lake Community near Porter. Marjorie worked for several years as a waitress and cook at Baker’s Restaurant. She later owned and operated an auction and resale shop in Keys, Oklahoma. She enjoyed being on the water, fishing and boating and she became quite skilled as a Keno player in the casinos. Her greatest love was her family, to whom she devoted her life. Marjorie passed away Monday, October 22, 2007 at her home near Keys.
Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ralph S. Smith in June, 1976 and by her eight brothers and sisters. She is survived by her children, Marilyn Smith Nickerson and her husband, David of Grove, Oklahoma, Jimmy Spitler and his wife, Jenny of Woodall, Oklahoma, Ira Smith and his wife, Dana of Keys, Scott Smith and his wife, Sandy of Porter and Blaine Smith and his wife, Susan also of Porter; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a great number of nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
Cremation and memorial services were directed by Mallett Funeral Home of Wagoner.

STATON, Larry D. -Compiled, Transcribed, & Submitted by Shelley Lynch  ~  Published in Tulsa World on 10/12/2007
STATON -- Larry D., Sr., 65, passed away Monday, October 9, 2006, in Coweta, OK. Born June 27, 1941, in Tulsa, OK, to Clyde and Margie Staton.
Graduate of Central High School in 1959. Veteran of Air National Guard. Larry was a Loss Control Inspector with Farm Bureau, retiring in 2003. He loved to fish, play games, and spend time with family and friends. He truly enjoyed watching his grandchildren in all of their many activities.
Survived by his wife, Marilyn of the home; 2 sons, Larry D. Staton Jr. and Netta Moss of Coweta, Gary Staton and Danielle Teakell of Broken Arrow; 2 daughters, Dianna (Young) Hampton and husband, Steve of Broken Arrow, Debbie (Young) Davis and husband, Randy of Skiatook; 2 grandsons, Gavin Staton and Colton Brewer, also another grandson on the way, Drake Staton; 2 granddaughters, Heather Massey and Kali Davis; 1 brother, Gary Staton and wife, Jeanne of Guys, IL; 2 sisters, Patty Salzman and husband, Ron of Broken Arrow, and Linda Jensen and husband, Wayne of Shawnee, KS; myriad of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Service will be 2 p.m., Thursday, October 12, 2006, at Moore's Southlawn, with interment at Memorial Park Cemetery. Moore's Southlawn Chapel, (918) 663-2233,
STEWART, Boyce Clifford  Compiled, Transcribed, & Submitted by Shelley Lynch  ~  Published in Muskogee Phoenix on 12/05/2006
Funeral services for Boyce Clifford Stewart, 88 of Wagoner, OK will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 5, 2006 at the Shipman Funeral Home with Reverend Carl Tinnea officiating.
Pallbearers will be Matthew Tierney, Bill Moon, Jerry Fields, Eddie Johnson, Daniel Foreman and Arthur Lucas. Burial will be at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Muskogee, OK.
Mr. Stewart was born January 10, 1918 in Gideon, OK, the son of Bert Boyce Stewart and Mae (Herrin) Stewart and he died on Saturday, December 2, 2006 in Tahlequah. Mr. Stewart attended schools in Moody and in Tahlequah. In 1940 he married Clara Christine Downing. They moved to Detroit, Michigan where he learned his trade as Machinist, at Republic Aircraft. During WWII he was sent by the draft board to work in the U.S. Naval dry docks, Terminal Island in San Pedro, CA, until 1946 doing large machine work.
In 1946 he moved to Muskogee and went to work for Brockway Glass Company mould shop where he worked for 33 years. The last 15 years he was supervisor, retiring in 1978. At the age of 10, Cliff taught himself to play the fiddle and was a well known fiddle player in the area, winning several fiddling contests. Later while living in California he organized an eight piece band called The Easy Riders. They played for ballroom dances around L.A., for two years until he left. He always enjoyed playing and singing. He also enjoyed square dancing and playing golf. In 1993, after 53 year of marriage, Clara died and four years later he married Jean Sargent on March 12, 1998, in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. He joined Boulevard Christian Church in Muskogee in 1951. He had been an active member of First Christian Church in Wagoner since 1984 and had served as a Deacon for several years. He had also been a member of the Muskogee Oriental 430 Masonic Lodge.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife; Clara, two brothers; Delmar and Gayle.
Mr. Stewart is survived by his wife Jean of the home, a daughter; Sharon Silliman of Burnsville, MN. Granddaughters; Jennifer Ide and her husband Todd of Mapleton, MN, and Nicole Larson and her husband Dan of Burnsville, MN. One great-granddaughter; Amber Thomson of Burnsville, MN, a nephew; Arthur Lucas and a niece; Nadine Downing, several cousins and friends.
In lieu of flowers please send memorials to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.

YOCHUM Sr.,Daniel Lee  Compiled, Transcribed, & Submitted by Shelley Lynch  ~  Published in Muskogee Phoenix on 02/23/2007

Daniel Lee Yochum, Sr.
The funeral service for Daniel Lee Yochum Sr., 47, of Wagoner, will be at 10 AM Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007 at the Okay Christian Fellowship Church. The Rev. Freddy Griffin will officiate. Interment will be in Elmwood Cemetery in Wagoner. Pallbearers will be Daniel Yochum, Jr., Elijah Dwight Yochum, Bobby Yochum, Jr., Dennis Yochum, Cody Yochum and Nick Yochum. Daniel was born June 21, 1959 in Muskogee to Bobby Leon Yochum Sr. and Mary Frances (Large) Yochum. He graduated from Okay High School.
Daniel had been employed as a plumber working in new construction of commercial buildings. He loved to hunt. Daniel Yochum departed this life on Friday, Feb. 2, 2007 at his home in Wagoner. Survivors include his wife, Genenna Elise Yochum of the home; his parents, Bobby and Mary Yochum of Muskogee; three children Daniel Jr., Jamie Beth and her husband, Jeff and Elijah Dwight; three grandchildren, Page, Ty and Allie; six stepchildren, Joseph, Kanesha, Brittany, Kody, Shelby and Lacey; four step grandchildren, Stephanie, McKenzie, Tyler and Garrett; two brothers, Bobby Yochum Jr. and wife Joan and Dennis Yochum and wife Lisa; an uncle, Charles Yochum and wife, Pat; two aunts, Gerie Moss and husband, Ed and Lavonne Hayes; three nephews; two nieces; other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by all his grandparents and an infant daughter, Erika and two aunts. Services are directed by Mallett Funeral Home in Wagoner.
YOUNG, Dan - Submitted by Erin Moore on 21Mar2009

The Record-Democrat, January 1, 1925 (page 1; column 2 bottom). Pioneer Citizen Dead
Dan Young, pioneer resident of Shannon township died at his home at Okay, Tuesday. He is survived by his wife and several children, all of whom are grown.  The funeral services were held Wednesday and burial was at the Okay cemetery.  The deceased was in his 80th year. 
Dan Young is actually buried at Elmwood Cemetery.  I'm not sure if the Okay Cemetery in the obit was later renamed Elmwood,
or if it was a mistake.  Thanks, Erin Moore


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