Kay Delores Metzer
1932 – 2010
Kay Delores Metzer was called home on Thursday,
November 18, 2010. She was born to Harold Bernard Metzer & Elizabeth
(Swimmer) Metzer on December 8, 1932 at Presbyterian Hospital in Denver, CO
while the family was on vacation. Kay attended and graduated from the
Oklahoma School for the Blind in the eighth grade. She has been an active
member of First Baptist Church for her entire life and received a fifty year
pin for perfect Sunday School attendance, but has already passed the sixty
Kay was a charter member of the Sheltered Work Activity Program, known as
SWAP since its inception, and was still working in the workshop at her
passing. Kay enjoyed competing in the Oklahoma Special Olympics and had
many gold, silver, and bronze medals in track and field, bowling and music.
She was featured in the Daily Oklahoman as the oldest competing Oklahoma
Special Olympian. She was an accomplished piano player and enjoyed playing
for her friends at SWAP. She enjoyed dancing and was a member of the “MARC
Squares” square dance group. She also sang in the SWAP choir. In addition,
she enjoyed many years of camping at the Kiwanis Camp for the disabled, now
known as Camp Bennett.
In later life Kay traveled to Arizona to visit Chris, at the time her last
surviving family member. She enjoyed many visits to Branson with her SWAP
friends, spent a week at Disneyland, made a trip to Memphis, and in 2009
sailed to Mexico on a Carnival cruise with several of her SWAP friends. She
leaves behind many good friends at First Baptist Church, Greenleaf
Apartments, and INCOR who mourn her passing. We rejoice that she will, at
last, be rejoining the love of her life, Mr. Ozzie Beymer who passed in
A celebration of Kay’s life was held Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at the
First Baptist Church Chapel with Reverend Clint Hayes officiating.
Interment followed in Greenhill Cemetery with Michael Pease, Josh Adair,
Derrick Reed, Ed Breen, Chris Reynolds, and Omari Gray serving as
pallbearers. Shawn O Reilly-Vaughn and Quinton Vaughn were honorary
(1963) Judy Pool
1945 - 2007
61, passed away Friday,
February 23, 2007 at Integris Baptist Hospital in Oklahoma City. She was born on
June 13, 1945 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Judy was survived by her husband, Don Hansen.
Services were held on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at
Smith and Kernke Chapel, 1401 NW 23rd ST.
(1973) Randy Earl Chapman
1954 - 1998
(1982) Durwood "Smokie" Bonner II
1963 - 2009
Pawhuska resident, Durwood "Smokie" Bonner II,
passed away Monday, June 8, 2009, in Jane Phillips Medical Center in
Bartlesville. He was 45. Smokie was born Nov. 10, 1963, in Talihina, the son
of Durwood and Lula Dell Sharp Bonner. A 1982 graduate of the Oklahoma School
for the Blind, he also attended Northern Oklahoma College and Rogers State
University. Well-known around the area as an accomplished musician, Smokie had
worked in the construction business for several years. He was a member of the
OCIB motorcycle organization. In his spare time, Smokie enjoyed hunting,
fishing and riding his four-wheeler.
Surviving family were his parents, Durwood and Lula Bonner of Fairfax; three
children, Christopher Alan Bonner of Fairfax, Biven Earl Bonner of Pawhuska
and Allee Jayne Alfaro of Fayetteville, Ark.; three grandchildren, Trystan
Bonner, Jayden Cotton Bonner and Dixie Bonner; his extended family, Tammy
Wilson, her children, Margaret and Richard, and her grandchildren, Abagail and
Arayua; as well as a host of other family and many friends.
The funeral was held Saturday, June 13, at 10 a.m.
at the Assembly of God Church in Pawhuska. The Rev. Lewis Bernard, assisted by
the Rev. George Weston, officiated. Interment was in Pawhuska City Cemetery.
McCartney's Johnson Funeral Home of Pawhuska was in
charge of arrangements.
(1983) Ulysses Augusta
Houston, 45 years old,
July 29, 1963 - March 23, 2009
July 29, 1963, a baby boy was born to Ulysses Augusta Houston and Patricia
Ann Alford in Muskogee, OK. They named him Ulysses Augusta Houston, better
known by family and friends as "Bug". Bug grew up in Muskogee, attended
Parkview School for the Blind, and College in Ada, OK. He accepted Christ
into his life at an early age and attended Turning Point New Deliverance
Church from 1989 until his homegoing. As a child, he excelled in wrestling
and had a passion for music . Although he could not see to read the music,
one could never tell if they ever heard him play because he could play
better than some that could read music. "Bug" left to mourn his mother,
Patricia Ann Houston; Stepfather, Raymond Porter, Sr.; 3 sisters: Pauline (Linky)
Houston (Willie Whitfield), Melinda (Duck) Houston, and Ethel (Lee Lee)
Houston; 3 brothers, Stacy (Caveman) Houston, Cornelius (Corndog) Houston,
Thadeus (Flip) Murray; and 1 Step Brother, Raymond (Bean) Porter, Jr. all of
Muskogee; 7 nieces, 2 nephews, 8 great-nieces, 6 great-nephews, 1 (Favorite)
Aunt Tyrra " Andy" Shaver, a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
The Tribute was on Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 10:00 A.M. in the Timothy
Baptist Church. Pastor J. E. Harris, Officiant. Burial followed in the
Booker T. Washington Cemetery.
(1986) Ruth Oleana Keller-Wong
Ruth Oleana Wong, age
42 of Kennesaw was
born January 18, 1968,
and passed on Thursday
October 28, 2010. Services were held Saturday, October 30, 2010 at the
chapel of Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home, with burial at Pine Ridge
Memorial Park. Memorial at http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Ruth-Wong&lc=7132&pid=146298081&mid=4426428
(1992) Matthew David Gray
1973 - 2007
Matthew D. Gray, a resident of Henryetta was born February 24, 1973 in
Henryetta, Oklahoma to Susie and George David Gray. He passed away March 7,
2007 at Henryetta, Oklahoma at the age of 34 years and 13 days. He was a
member of the Tulledega Baptist Church in Henryetta and was an avid Chicago
Cubs Baseball Fan. He was preceded in death by his maternal
grandparents: Dimple & Rheba Glover, his paternal Grandparents: George & Lucy
Gray. He wass survived by: His Mother, Susie Rose & husband Todd, of the home in Henryetta,
His Father, George Gray & wife Kathryn, Dustin, Oklahoma
1 Brother, Brandon Gray, Dustin, Oklahoma, 3 Sisters,
Amy Gray, Dustin, Oklahoma, Heather Fowler & husband Matt,
Glenpool, Oklahoma Michal Rose, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 2
Nephews, Brooks Fowler, Glenpool, Oklahoma, Chandler Fowler,
Glenpool, Oklahoma As well as a host of friends and, other relatives.
Pallbearers were Scottie Powders, Kenny Powders, Nick Andrews, Ronnie Ruth,
Clayton Stone, and Joe Fowler. Honorary Pallbearer were Jack Polson,
Carolyn Sheirmann, & Smokey P Services were held Saturday, March 10, 2007 at
1:00 pm at Shurden Chapel officiated by Rev. Dale Huckabay. Burial was at
Mellette Cemetery under the direction of Shurden Funeral Home.
(2000) Erin Elaine Ketner
1981 - 2008
Erin Elaine Ketner, 27, of
Washington, Oklahoma, went home to be with the Lord June 28, 2008 at Glorieta,
New Mexico. Funeral Services were held at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 3, 2008,
at Bethel Baptist Church, Norman, Oklahoma. Interment was at I.O.O.F.
cemetery in Noble, Oklahoma. Pallbearers were Alan Brakefield, Riley Phillips,
J.D. Kinard, Coen Barnes, Dick Davis, Craig Towery, Kory Kirkland, and Keith
Hamilton. Honorary pallbearers were Matt Mattingly, Ken Maynard, Hoyt Burns,
and Bronell Ratliff. Services were under the direction of Havenbrook Funeral
Home of Norman, Oklahoma.
Erin was born June 25, 1981 in Lubbock, Texas to
Elaine and Russ Ketner. She grew up in Austin, Texas, Lebanon, Connecticut and
Washington, Oklahoma. She started school in Lebanon, Connecticut, attended
Washington Schools until the age of sixteen and graduated from Parkview School
(Oklahoma School for the Blind) in Muskogee, Oklahoma where she was class
Valedictorian. She was currently attending East Central University in Ada,
Oklahoma where she had earned a Bachelor's degree in English with a Spanish
minor, and was pursuing a second Bachelor's degree in Legal Studies. She
planned to get a Master's degree in Political Science and teach at the college
level. Erin loved her family and friends and enjoyed spending time with them.
She also loved to read. Her life was devoted to serving God. She spent three
summers as a counselor at Camp Nunny-Cha-Ha working with girls. She accompanied
her church on two-week-long summer mission trips to Cimarron, New Mexico.
While attending East Central University she worked part-time for two years at
the Ada Public Library. Erin was recently appointed Executive Director of the
Oklahoma Political Science Association as well as Managing Editor of Journal
of Oklahoma Politics. She was working as summer staff at the Lifeway Conference
Center in Glorieta, New Mexico, when the Lord called her home. She went to
sleep in New Mexico and woke up in the arms of Jesus. Erin was survived by her
parents, Elaine and Russ Ketner; brothers (of whom she was very proud) Tyler, Jacob, and Luke, of the home; grandmother Polly Millican of Robert Lee, Texas;
grandparents Billie and Frank Ketner of Noble; and many aunts, uncles, cousins,
and friends. She was preceded in death by her granddad Conrad Millican of
Robert Lee, Texas.
(1996 ex rel) Anna Kathryn Roberts 1983 - 2011
Anna Kathryn Roberts, current resident of Denver, Colorado and former resident of Harrah, Oklahoma and Fairfax, Oklahoma, passed Friday, January 28, 2011 at her mother's home in Harrah. She was 27 years of age.
Anna was born March 31, 1983 at Claremore, Oklahoma, the daughter of Richard Roberts and Loislin (Heard) Roberts Gibson. She attended the Parkview elementary school in Muskogee, Harrah Jr. High and High School, graduating Harrah High School in the year 2000. She then attended the University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Community College and Oklahoma University. She also attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where she was on the Honors Program as a Student of International Women’s Studies.
Anna was a member of the National Organization of Women and the National Federation for the Blind where she was a 2007 scholarship recipient. She had won Ms. Harrah talent in 1998-99. Her enjoyments included music, playing various instruments that included the guitar, banjo, violin, saxophone and harmonica. She also wrote poetry and enjoyed reading her poetry and singing the songs she wrote at the Mic-Night in Denver, Colorado. She also was an avid reader.
She is survived by her mother, Lois Gibson of Harrah; her father, Richard Roberts of Tulsa; her two brothers, Richard Roberts of Moore, Oklahoma and Mitchell Roberts of Harrah; one step-brother, Nick Gibson of Stillwater; her maternal grandparents, JoeAnn Nowakowski and Frank Heard; 14 cousins, Angela Roberts, John Jake, Terrance Roberts, Lucian Johnson, Cortney Keil, Christy
Stiger, Misty Stiger, Chanlie Tillman, Jonathan Stiger, Joseph Tillman, Mallory Knight, Kathryn White, Simean White and Timothy Keil; one nephew, Joseph Goode Roberts and one niece, Anna Grace Roberts; cousins, Matthew Holmes, Rachel
Holmes, Jacob Heard, James Cropp and Blake Heard.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, James and Anna Kathryn Roberts and paternal great grandparents, Hall and Maggie Goode.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, January 31, 2011 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fairfax with Father Bruce Brosnahan presiding. Burial followed in the Grayhorse Cemetery near Fairfax. Arrangements were under the direction of the Hunsaker-Wooten Funeral Home of Fairfax.
Casket bearers will be Landon Salyer, Jimmy Milligan, Jake Barnes, Robert Hicks, Brandon Shinn and Justin Booth.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Colorado School for the Blind, 2233 West Shepperd Ave., Littleton, Colorado 80120 or to The Nathan Shinn Foundation, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73189.
(1993) Ira 'Trey' Hamilton Lookout
Ira (Trey) Hamilton Lookout age 36, of Pawnee, Oklahoma passed away Sun., March 6, 2011 at Stillwater Medical Center, Stillwater, Oklahoma. lra was born Sept. 20, 1974 in Ponca City, Oklahoma to Ira Edward Lookout and Lela Mae (Gast) Palmer. He graduated in 1993 from Parkview School for the Blind in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He had moved to Pawnee, Oklahoma from Pawhuska, Oklahoma about five months ago. He was self-employed as a musician and was a member of the Native American Church.
Ira is survived by his mother, Lela Palmer of Pawnee, Oklahoma; his father, Ira Lookout of Pawhuska, Oklahoma; a step-father, Norman D. New Rider; three siblings: Joycce Pearl New Rider of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Christina Delores New Rider and Teri Nicole New Rider, both of Pawnee, Oklahoma; a half sister, Shelia Lookout of Hominy, Oklahoma; a half brother Michael Lookout of Pawhuska, Oklahoma; a step brother, John Starr Bighorse; four nieces: Holly P. Beardsley, Heaven R. Beardsley, McKenzie R. Beardsley, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Tacora N. New Rider of Pawnee, Oklahoma; and a nephew, Johnathan Joseph New Rider of Pawnee, Oklahoma; maternal grandmother, Delores W. Dailey of Hominy, Oklahoma; maternal grandfather, John Joseph Gast of Topock, Arizona; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Ira was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Sophie Hamilton Lookout and Randolph Lookout Sr.; niece, Eden Paige White; cousin, Kenneth Wheeler; uncle, James Edward Hamilton; aunts: Connie and Becky Dailey; grandfather, Louis B. Dailey Sr.; uncle, Louis B. Dailey Jr.; and great-great-grandfather, Tom Bigchief.
Visitation and service were both held at the Dailey-Sampson residence in Hominy. The funeral was held Fri., March 11, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. with speakers: Scott Kohnle, Cameron Pratt, Mogric Lookout, and Everett and Jake Waller. Casket bearers were Eddie Pratt, KC Bills, Timmy Lookout, Henry Lookout, Clark Saxton, and Raymond Beardsley. Honorary casket bearers were John Starr Bighorse and Michael Lookout. Interment was in the A.J. Powell Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Powell Funeral Home, Hominy, Oklahoma.
(1956) Sherman Strain 1933-2011
Sherman Lee Strain, 77, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, died Thursday, March 31, 2011. He was born August 10, 1933 in Sperry to James Paris Strain and Gertrude Lois (Newberry) Strain. He attended the Oklahoma School for the Blind in Muskogee and was active with the League for the Blind. Sherman loved to listen to the radio and he especially loved to listen to country western stories. His favorite authors were Louis L’amore and Zane Grey. Sherman was adept at repairing any electronic equipment. The twenty years prior to his retirement Sherman was the owner/operator of vending stands through the State of Oklahoma.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia in 1995. He is survived by Mark Strain and his wife, Vicki of Tulsa, Roger Strain and his wife, Vivian of Owasso, and Phillip Strain of Oklahoma City; brother and sister-in-law, Curtis and Theresa Strain of Atlanta, GA; 4 grandchildren.
Memorial Service was Saturday, April 2, 2011 at Add’Vantage Funeral Service Chapel. Pastor Bruce McCarty of Owasso 1st Assembly of God Church officiated. Interment will follow at a later date at Memorial Park Cemetery, Tulsa, under the Direction of Gary Kelley’s Add’Vantage Funeral and Cremation Service, Tulsa OK
Catherine Hornbarger - Nurse
1924 - 1989
Mildred Celine Neff - Food Supervisor
1917 - 1994
Clenton Lawrence Wilks - Science Teacher
1941 - 2007
Wilks was born in Beland, Oklahoma to Strawder and Ollie Beard Wilks, on
November 21, 1941. Lawrence attended Beland Public School and graduated from
Manual Training High School. He continued his education by attending and
graduating from Northeastern State University. He served thirty-four years as a
public school teacher. He enjoyed his time at the Moton Pubic Schools and
Oklahoma School for the Blind. He was a faithful and loving husband to Linda
Wilson, whom he married after graduating from Northeastern. Lawrence believed in
stressing the importance of all people getting an education, and loved to help
people in any way he could. He was a faithful and dedicated member of Mt. Zion
Baptist Church, were he served as a deacon. God decided to call his child,
Lawrence home on January 19th, 2007, while he was staying at York Manor, which
served as an emergency shelter during the power outages in Lawrence’s
neighborhood during the ice storm.
The family he
left behind to thank the Lord for the celebration of his life include his
wife, Linda of the home, two daughters Candi Washington, of Muskogee, OK and
Christy Washington, of Oklahoma City, OK. Two grandchildren, Lauren Wilks and
Nathaniel Washington, both of Oklahoma City, OK. Two brothers, Eddie Wilkes, of
Tulsa, OK and Charles Wilkes, of Muskogee, OK. Four nieces, three nephews, along
with other relatives.
Funeral Services for Bro. Lawrence, were held Saturday, January 27th, 2007 at
11:00 a.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, with Rev. David Ragsdale Jr. serving as
host Pastor. Officiating the services was Rev. Paul S. Washington, Pastor of
Little Rose Baptist Church, under the direction of Ragsdale Funeral Center.
Capteon Brown III - Custodian
Capteon Brown III, son of Capteon and Dorothy
Mae (Board) Brown II was born September 25, 1946 in Louisville, Kentucky. He
attended Cotter Elementary School, Duvalle Middle School and Central High
He confessed a belief in Christ, was later
baptized and became a member of the Church of Christ where the family
Affectionately known as “Jackie” by his family
and friends, he was very obedient, respectful and dependable. At the age of six
he began taking care of younger siblings due to his mother’s extensive work
hours and father’s declining health. He would often tell his siblings, “I raised
Capteon started his work experience as a young
man in a local restaurant and later began work in the Supply Department at the
Kentucky School for the Blind, where his mother worked as a cook.
In 1965, Capteon met Billy Joyce (Beckner)
Epps. In 1967 they married in Gary, Indiana. Later, the couple moved back to her
hometown of Muskogee, Oklahoma. To this union three children were born; Captoria,
William and Eugene. Capteon and Billy Joyce were married 26 years, until the
dissolution of the marriage in 1993.
Capteon along with his family were united with
the Flipper Chapel A.M.E. Church where his father-in-law, the late Rev. B. J.
Beckner served as Pastor. Following his father-in-law's reassignment, the family
later united with Bethel A.M.E. Church, where Capteon served faithfully on the
After establishing residence in Muskogee,
Capteon labored as a custodian at the Taft State Hospital and witnessed the
hospital's transition to the Oklahoma Childrens Center and eventually to The
Jess Dunn Correctional Center. It was during this time that Capteon transferred
his employment to Parkview School (Oklahoma School for the Blind), Muskogee, Oklahoma, working
until his retirement after 32 years of service. Capteon also worked for
Tackett-East Janitorial Service as a second job for several years.
Capteon was preceded in death by his mother,
Dorothy Mae (Board) Brown and two brothers, Earl Gillian and Private Donald
He left to cherish his memory his daughter, Captoria Brown, Irving, TX; two sons, E. Eugene Brown and Rev. William James
Brown (Janice), both of Muskogee, OK; the mother of his children, Billye Joyce
Brown Woodfork, Tulsa, OK; three step-grandchildren, Orteca Nunley, Irving,TX,
Laticia Nunley, Muskogee, OK and Patricia and Lang (Robert), Boynton, OK and one
step-great-granddaughter. Also to cherish his memory he leaves, his father, Capteon Brown II (Joan); two brothers, Leon Brown and Bruce Brown; four sisters,
Rosetta Brown, Marva Jean Finley (Darrell), Pamela Mitchell and Francis Johnson,
all of Louisville, KY; four aunts, Velma Yovonne (Board) Calhoun, Mildred Board,
Mae Francis Board and Robert Board all of Louisville, KY; two special cousins,
Love Priest and Terri Board both if Louisville, KY; a host of cousins, nieces,
nephews and friends.
A service of memory was conducted, Saturday, 11 a.m. in the Flipper Chapel A.M.E. Church Taft, OK with his son minister William Brown delivering the
eulogy. Interment followed in Booker T. Washington Cemetery. The family was cared for by Granger-House of Winn.
Marie Williams Elliott - Food Service
Williams was born March 3, 1921, in Mexia, Texas to Henry and Sylvester Lila
Gertrude Newton Williams. She was the youngest of seven children. Bernice began
her formal education in Muskogee, Oklahoma and graduated from Manuel Training
High School in 1938, she also studied cosmetology under Ms. Miller and enjoyed
In November of 1940,
she married the love of her life Denyveaus Olden Elliott, Sr. This marriage was
blessed with four children, but Patricia Elliott died at birth. Bernice worked
61 years, and retired at the age of 78. The last 30 years she worked with
Parkview School for the Blind. Bernice was a very proud wife, mother, and friend
to others. Bernice for a majority of her life was a straight shooter, if you did
not mean her or her family any harm, “love” would prevail; if not, you would
understand where you stood with her.
Christ as her Lord and Savior at a very early age; her father was a Deacon. She
was a active member at First Missionary Baptist Church for many years serving in
the Choir, Women’s Missionary Union, Sunday School, and various other
committees. She was also a member at One In Christ Outreach Christian Center.
(Henry and Sylvester), husband (Denyveaus, Sr.) of 45 years, her daughter
(Patricia), four sisters (Jenny, Lola, Utrrie, and Henryetta) and two brothers
(Murphy and James) preceded her in death.
She left to
cherish her special memories: her daughter Denise Elliott; two sons Denyveaus
Elliott, Jr. and Darrell Elliott, Sr.; one daughter-in-law Glenda Cheadle
Elliott; four granddaughter’s Lila Johnson, Stephanie Davis Derrick, Jordyn
Elliott, and Ryan Elliott; three grandsons Denyveaus Elliott, III, Stephen
Johnson, and Darrell Elliott, II; three great-granddaughters Sydney Johnson,
Ebony Derrick and Hunter-Denise Johnson; two nieces Renette Johnson and Vetrial
Calvert; one sister-in-law Collotta Guest, and a host of relatives and friends.
Funeral Services for
our beloved Bernice were held Saturday May 5, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at First
Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Michael McDaniel officiating. She was laid
to rest eternally in Booker T. Washington Cemetery under the direction of
Ragsdale Funeral Center.
Joyce Marie Torix - Food
Funeral services for Joyce Marie Torix, 71, of Ft. Gibson, OK., were held at
1:00 P.M. Monday, June 11, 2007 in Millsap Funeral Service Chapel with Reverend
Rick Harris officiating. Pallbearers were Billy Parker, Robert Trammell,
Robert Parker, Terry Parker, Joe Dale Parker and Donald Trammell. Burial was
in Pettit Cemetery in Keys, OK.
Mrs. Torix was born July 21, 1935 at Cookson, OK., the daughter of Ralph and
Nola (Trammell) Parker and died Thursday, June 7, 2007 at Tahlequah. On January
3, 1955 she married Skeet Torix in Fort Gibson. She was a senior cook at the
Oklahoma School for the Blind and a member of the Old Mission Church.
Survivors included her husband, Skeet of the home; two daughters, Lisa Gaunt and
husband, Chris, of Fort Gibson, Tracy Taylor of Fort Gibson; two sons, Jeff Torix and wife, Paula, of Stigler, Leon Torix and wife, Joyce, of Keys; four
brothers, Bill Parker and Lois of Tahlequah, Tom Parker of Inola, Jimmy Parker
and Joy of Fort Gibson, Charlie Parker of Fort Gibson; six grandchildren, Kyle
Tyer, Ashley Carman, Kallie Morgan, Gary Torix, Justin Torix, Shanda Torix, one
great-grandchild, Krissy Torix; special family members, Kelly St. Clair, Billy
Parker and Robert Parker. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Joyce;
granddaughter, Amy; grandson, Greg Torix; one great-grandson, Austin Torix; four
brothers, Bobby Wayne Parker, Ralph Parker Jr., Raymond Parker, Joe Parker and
Billie Wilda (Mallard) Carter - Elementary Teacher
1921 - 2007
Carter, Billie Wilda (Mallard), age 85, passed
away peacefully at home on June 25, 2007. She was born to John Edward and Pearl
(Johnston) Mallard in Western Grove, Arkansas on July 31, 1921. She loved school
as she was growing up, and from her earliest memories, she always wanted to be a
teacher. In 1942, she graduated from Northeastern State University (NSU) in
Tahlequah with a double major in elementary education and English. In 1968, she
received a Master of Education from NSU, and she also completed postgraduate
work at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas. On August 16,
1940, she married Von Richard “Dick” Carter of Muskogee. They loved and adored
each other until his death in 1987. Dick was the superintendent at the Oklahoma
School for the Blind (later Parkview School) in Muskogee and Billie taught
elementary school there for thirty years.
She was survived by, son Richard and wife Mary
Carter, Broken Arrow, daughters, Janis and husband Bill Farr, Broken Arrow, Kathlyn Smith, Broken Arrow, Marilyn and husband Tom Litteer, Hamburg, NJ, eight
grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren.
A memorial service was at 2:00 PM,
Thursday, June 28, 2007 at Highland Park Christian Church in Tulsa.
Obie L. Mullen - Maintenance
Funeral services for Obie L. Mullen, 77, of Muskogee were held at 10:00 A.M.
Monday, July 2, 2007 at the graveside at Warner Memorial Cemetery with Reverend
Adrian Totty officiating. Arrangements were under
the direction of Lescher-Millsap Funeral Home.
Obie Mullen was born on January 24, 1930 in Braggs, Oklahoma, the son of
Corbette and Ida (Mannon) Mullen and died June 28, 2007 in Tulsa. He was a
lifelong Muskogee resident. He married Imogene Wickett on May 29, 1951 in Fort
Smith, Arkansas. He retired in 1986 from the Oklahoma School for the Blind. He
and his sons were avid auction attendees. He loved fishing, boating and camping.
His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the light of his life.
Survivors included his wife Imogene Wickett of the home; two sons Rick Mullen and
wife, Brenda, of Muskogee, Randy Mullen and wife, Lisa, of Muskogee; three
brothers Charles Mullen, George Mullins of Webbers Falls, J.D. Mullen and wife,
Lillian, of San Jose, CA.; two sisters, Ima Hodges of San Jose, CA., Dortha
Fowler and husband, Roy, of Salem, OR.; brother-in-law Spud Lipe of Coalinga,
CA.; three grandchildren Lori and Brian Partain of Westville, Staci and Brent
Cole of Westville, Nick Mullen and Tiffany of Muskogee; seven
great-grandchildren Brittany, Briant, Morgan, Hailey, Dusti, Ruger and Zachary;
a special aunt, Wanda Kirk of Fort Gibson; and number of nieces and nephews.
Helen Leavell - Front Office
84, died Monday February 18, 2008, Service 1 p.m. Wednesday, Memorial Park
Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel. Lescher-Millsap.
Bobby Gene Rhyne -
Rhyne (Bob) was born in Fort Gibson, OK, on November 30, 1933 to Noah Oscar
and Willie Edith (Bell) Rhyne. He completed 12 years of school at Fort
Gibson. Bob was a carpenter and construction superintendent for several
years and was proud of his accomplishments around Muskogee, including Jimmy
Leake’s home and both of the then-known Phoenix Federal buildings. He had
been self-employed for several years as well as working for Lindsey
Construction and Rickett’s Construction Companies. Upon retiring from the
State of Oklahoma Construction Crew, Bob and Ruth enjoyed their retirement
by traveling and making one-day trips. Bob was of the Pentecostal faith. He
was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Bessie Ayers and Hazel
Isom, one brother, Harold Rhyne and mother and father-in-law, Lodema and
Otto Kelley. He was survived by his wife of 35 years, Ruth; one daughter,
Evelyn and Dan Hix of Mustang, one brother, Raymond and Kat Rhyne of
Muskogee; and one sister, Marie Parnell of Fort Gibson and granddaughter,
Melanie and Michael Hyden of Oklahoma City; and grandson, Stephen Hix of
Mustang, and special friends, Johnny Bybee and Wayne Starr. He also was
survived by sisters and brothers-in-law, Beverly and Scott Houser of
Muskogee, Norma Lee of Tulsa, Joyce and Dave Reich of Sasakwa, Myrtle Rhyne
of Jones, and several nieces and nephews and many friends. Also, Bob was
survived by his special 4-legged friends, that were his joy and
entertainment, Melvin, Dixie and Spud.Services for Bob were at the Lescher-Millsap Funeral Chapel on Wednesday, June 11, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. with
Gary Rhyne and Rev. Bill Shirel officiating. Pallbearers were Johnny Bybee, Ron Rhyne, Dave Citty, Norman Spencer, Spencer Roth and Wayne Starr.
Music was provided by Rosie Haddox, Sarah Broyles, Cindy Hart and Jeremy
Hart. Interment was at Citizens Cemetery in Fort Gibson, OK.
Science / Math Teacher
Francis Moske, 82, of
Muskogee, Oklahoma died Saturday, October 17, 2009 at Muskogee Regional
Medical Center. He was born February 19, 1927 in Manchester, Connecticut to
Jacob and Helen (Szafir) Moske. After graduating from high school in
Manchester, Francis continued his education and graduated from the University
of Connecticut. Then he came to Muskogee and began a career at the Oklahoma
School for the Blind. Francis met Marjorie Hopper and they married on December
22, 1950 at Grace Episcopal Church in Muskogee. Francis and Marjorie taught at
Oklahoma School for the Blind 40 years. Francis was preceded in death by his
wife, Marjorie Moske, on November 11, 1998. He was survived by one sister and
brother-in-law, Arlyne and Lyman Peck of Manchester, Connecticut. Funeral
services were 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at Memorial Park
Cemetery Mausoleum with The Rev. Jenny Pratt officiating. Foster-Petering Funeral Home.
Kenneth Eugene Laningham1928-2009
Kenneth Eugene Laningham,
81, of Muskogee, passed away Saturday, November 14, 2009, at the Muskogee VA
Hospital. Kenneth was born on March 2, 1928, in Muskogee, Oklahoma, the son of
Calvin Nathaniel and Grady Lelia (Dennis) Laningham. Kenneth enlisted in the
United Stated Navy on April 27, 1945 and was honorably discharged on June 1,
1946. Kenneth then enlisted in the United States Air Force on August 17, 1947
and was honorably discharged on September 16, 1953. He married Betty Ruth
Spradley on January 9, 1957 in Muskogee. They were happily married for 52 years.
Kenneth worked for the Muskogee Fire Department for over twenty-five years.
While serving as a firefighter, Kenneth was promoted to Drill Master/Assistant
Fire Marshal under Chief John Stevens with rank of Assistant Chief. He was later
changed to Training Officer. He also worked part-time as a State Instructor for
Oklahoma State University Fire Service Training teaching volunteer fire
departments. Kenneth attended Connors during night school while working at the
fire department and received his Associates Degree. He retired from the Oklahoma
School for the Blind after 17 years plus war time credit. Kenneth was a member
of the Muskogee Church of Christ and he taught bible classes at the West Side
Church of Christ. Survivors include: his wife, Betty, of the home; his son,
Steven Laningham of Muskogee; his daughters, Paula Morgan and husband Jack of
Fort Smith, Kimberly Edwards of Edmond and Carla Johnson and husband Jimmy of
Hulbert; his brothers, Thomas "Butch" Caster and wife Brenda of Muskogee, Calvin
Laningham and wife Debbie of Fayetteville and Curtis Laningham and wife Jeanette
of Fayetteville; his sisters, Donna Ford and husband Billy of Coweta, Lee
Roberts and husband Ted of Fayetteville and Louis Loghry and husband Mike of
Fayetteville; seven grandchildren, Bart Jones and wife Shawnda, Kendy Brown and
husband Adam, John Michael Palovik, Krista Palovik, Aubree Johnson, Landon
Johnson and Chase Johnson and six great grandchildren, Jordan Jones, Noah Brown,
Cameryn Jones, Alexis Johnson, Kane Brown and Morgan Jones. Kenneth is preceded
in death by his parents.Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m., Wednesday,
November 18, 2009, at the Muskogee Church of Christ on Okay Road with Minister
Bart Jones and Bill Johnson officiating. Pallbearers will be Jack Morgan, Adam
Brown, Jimmy Johnson, Landon Johnson, Chase Johnson, John Michael Palovik, Josh
Ford and Brandon Caster. Burial will follow at the Greenlawn Cemetery in
Checotah. Services are under the direction of Hunn, Black and Merritt Funeral
Home and Crematory of Eufaula.
Margaret A. Lindsay
1925-2009 Piano Teacher
Margaret A. Lindsay, age 84,
passed away December 22, 2009 in North Olmsted, Ohio. Loving daughter of the
late Thomas and Mary, Miss Lindsay taught piano for 37 years at the Oklahoma
School for the Blind. She was the dear sister of Thomas Lindsay (Joanne), Marie
Koch (Jack) and the late Joan Lindsay-Ihde; aunt of Donna, Mary Jo, Nancy,
Jack, Jean, Tom, Kathy and Linda. The memorial service was conducted Monday,
December 28, 2009, 11:30AM, at Lakewood Presbyterian Church, 14502 Detroit Ave.,
Lakewood, OH 44107. Private family interment at Sunset Memorial Park, North
Olmsted, OH. For those who wish to make a memorial contribution, the family
suggests the Cleveland Sight Center, PO Box 1988, Cleveland, OH 44106-8696 or
the charity of your choice. Arrangements by Dostal Funeral Service
Anna Marie Hunt
English and Choir Teacher
ANNA MARIE LOVEJOY HUNT, 84, of Scott Depot WV, passed away Monday, July 5,
2010, at her residence. She was born August 15, 1925, at Palermo WV, a
daughter of the late Hobert and Elwa Hill Lovejoy. She was a member of the
Trinity Methodist Church, Hamlin WV, active member of the American
Federation for the Blind, a retired teacher and choir director for the blind in
Muskogee OK, and a retired teacher and choir director at Hamlin High School.
She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Harold "Bill" Lovejoy, Ralph
Edward "Tom" Lovejoy and Jack Lovejoy. She is survived by one brother, Sharrell
(Lillian) Lovejoy of Hamlin WV; two sisters, Iva Dean (George) Cook of Scott
Depot WV, and Mary Lou (Gerald) Jones of Bridgeport WV; nieces Brenda
Sue Burford, Pamela Ann Marks-Shulman, Kim Clayton, Beth Midkiff, Suzanne Lopez,
Lee Ann Bills and Tessa Cooper; nephews David Lovejoy, Doug Lovejoy, Ralph
Lovejoy, Jack G. Lovejoy, Jeff Jones and Perry Jones; many great- and great-
great-nieces and nephews. Funeral services were Saturday, July 10, 2010, at
Handley Funeral Home, Hamlin WV, with burial in the Lovejoy Cemetery,
Palermo WV. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the West Virginia
Federation of the Blind.
Sandra Jo Hilbern
1945 -- 2010 Librarian
Sandra Jo Hilbern, of Muskogee, loving mother, grandmother, teacher and
friend was called to Heaven, Tuesday, July 27, 2010. She was born July 2, 1945
to Curtis Tom & Freda Pauline (Stout) Hamilton. Sandra graduated from Muskogee
Central High School with the class of 1963. She served in the U.S. Army
1966-1969, earned a bachelor degree from Northeastern State University in 1970,
and a masters degree in 1976.
Sandra began her teaching career with Okay Public Schools where she remained for
5 years. She accepted employment as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor with
the Oklahoma Division of Rehabilitation where she was employed for 28 years
until her retirement in 1998. She also taught as an adjunct professor for
Connors State College 1989-2000. She returned to NSU and received her
certification as a librarian in 2001. Sandra remained at the Oklahoma School for
the Blind as the librarian until her retirement in January 2008. She was a
member of the Chandler Road Church of Christ and the Ladies Red Hat Society.
Sandra enjoyed spending time with her three grandchildren and her friends,
reading, and doing various crafts.
Those left to cherish her memory are her son & daughter-in-law, Jamie & Jenny
Hilbern of Muskogee; grandchildren, Jake Hilbern, Jodi Hilbern, and Janna
Hilbern; her brother, Tom Hamilton & wife, Jan; sister, Jewel Corley & husband,
Mark; sister, Melinda Jaynes & husband, Jerry; brother, Mike Daniels & wife,
Annette, and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and many friends.
Family and friends gathered to celebrate her life Friday, July
30, 2010 with Jimie-Wray Mead and Donny Branscum officiating. She was laid to
rest in Fort Gibson National Cemetery with Mark Corley, Brian Kirkhart, Kevin
Corley, Steven Kirkhart, Jerry Jaynes, and Ray Walters serving as pallbearers.
1942 - 2010
Independent Living Skills
Mary Carolyn (Parks) Wheeler was born December 25, 1942 in Muskogee, OK
to L. L. “Cotton” and Clara (Cannon) Parks. After living in Wagoner her first
few years Carolyn moved with her family to Muskogee where she made her home
all her life. She graduated from Muskogee Central High School in 1961 and
attended Draughn’s Business School and Northeastern State College. Carolyn
was a member of the Boston Avenue Baptist Church and ESA. She enjoyed flowers
and liked to garden, an activity she and her son, Irvin did together. Carolyn
was a teacher and had been employed at the VA Regional Office and with the
Assisted Daily Living program at the Oklahoma School for the Blind before
Carolyn died Tuesday, December 28, 2010 in Muskogee, OK. She was preceded in
death by her husband, Irvin Glenn Wheeler; a daughter, Edith (Wheeler)
Bingham; her father, Cotton Parks; and grandparents, Thomas Bessie and Bess
Cannon. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Irvin and Kim Wheeler
of Muskogee; her mother, Clara (Cannon) Parks of Muskogee; grandchildren,
Whitney Wheeler, Shelby Lee Bingham and Russell Wayne Bingham; a sister and
brother-in-law, Janet and Ray Grandstaff of Checotah, OK; many cousins,
nephews and nieces; and many friends, including her best friend, Gayle Cooley.
A funeral service was held Monday, January 3, 2011 at the
Boston Avenue Baptist Church in Muskogee. The Reverend John Curtis and the
Reverend Donny Echols officiated. Pallbearers were David Anderson,
Purvis McDaniels, Lester Wheeler, Darrel Armstrong, Jeff Blankenship, Bill
Goodwin and Harvey Edwards. Interment was in Elmwood Cemetery in Wagoner,
Online condolences may be left at www.mallettfuneralhome.com
Deborah Jean (Strange) Vecchio 1951-2010 Speech-Language Pathologist
Deborah Jean (Strange) Vecchio passed away at home on Monday January 24 after her courageous year and a half battle with ovarian cancer, at the age of 59. Born in Topeka, Kansas Debbie grew up in Marysville, Kansas. After high school she attended Cottey College, a two year women’s college in Missouri. After her graduation in 1971 she continued her education at Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts in Chickasha, Oklahoma where she would meet her future husband John. Following her graduation with a BA in speech therapy she earned her masters degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Tulsa in 1975.
Debbie spent two years working in Western Kansas then moving to Muskogee, Oklahoma where she worked as a speech-language pathologist for the Oklahoma School for the Blind until her retirement in 2004. Debbie and John were married in 1977 and had one daughter, Kat, in 1982.
After family Debbie’s great love was P.E.O., a women’s philanthropic educational organization. P.E.O’s mission is to promote educational opportunities for women through six philanthropies, including the ownership of Cottey College. Debbie became a member in 1971, and was a current member of Chapter AO in Muskogee. She served as the Oklahoma State Cottey Chairman for eight years before being elected to the Oklahoma State Board. She was serving as the Oklahoma State Board President this year.
Debbie was also an avid quilter, and had many great friends in the area guilds. She was a member of the Muskogee Area Quilters Guild, The Eufaula Piece Makers Quilters Guild, Green Country Guild in Tulsa, OQSO and on the Quilters Powwow Committee.
She was preceded in death by her mother Reva Strange of Grove, Oklahoma. She is survived by her husband John Vecchio, of the home, and their daughter Katherine Vecchio of Brooklyn, New York, her father Bill Strange of Grove, Oklahoma, her brother Stan Strange of Colby, Kansas, her sister Sheri Beck of Spiro, Oklahoma and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers gifts in her memory can be made to: Cottey College, P.E.O. International Headquarters, 3700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312-2806 or Oklahoma P.E.O. Projects Fund, Cottey Scholarship Fund Oklahoma State Chapter, Executive Assistant, P.O. Box 153, Leonard, OK 74043-0153. A memorial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, January 28, 2011 at St. Paul United Methodist Church with Larry Bailey BIL and Reverend Mark Jardine officiating. The family has entrusted Bradley Family Funeral Service of Muskogee with the arrangements.
R. L. Updike 1917 - 2011 Band Teacher
Randolph Lloyd “R.L.” Updike, 93, of Tulsa, Oklahoma passed away on April 8, 2011. He was born July 10, 1917 in King, Arkansas to Freedie Leroy and Willa Mae Updike. He graduated from Seminole High School and later received a bachelor’s degree in music from Oklahoma University. He also played trumpet in the OU marching band. He was in the Air Force during WWII.
R.L. married his wife of 62 years, Aileen Martin, in 1940. They had two children together, Jay and Linda. He taught band at Jenks High School and Oklahoma School for the Blind. He later opened his own music store, Updike Music Co., which he owned until he retired in 1987. On October 3, 2003 he married Velma Nelson Updike.
R.L. was a deacon at First Baptist Church, Muskogee; a member of the Muskogee City Council and on the board of the Salvation Army. He enjoyed antique cars, writing missionaries, gospel rescue mission work, Shriner’s band, jail ministry and weekly Bible study with Les Feldick.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife of 62 years, Aileen Updike; and sister, Gloe Updike Stith. R. L. is survived by his wife, Velma of Tulsa, OK; daughter, Linda Matthews of Mulberry, Arkansas; son, Jay Updike of Muskogee, OK; four grandchildren; Julie Matthews Hoffman of Kissimmee, Florida; Chris Matthews of New Haven, Connecticut; Jennifer Updike of Dallas, Texas; and Martin Updike of Muskogee, OK; two great granddaughters, Shiloh and Sophia Matthews; one great grandson, Ethan Matthews; and one nephew Jim Stith of Chicago, Illinois.
Funeral services were held Monday, April 11, 2011; at First Baptist Church at 11:00 a.m. Burial was at Greenhill Cemetery. Condolences may be made to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com. Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory, 1830 North York Street, Muskogee, OK.
Minnie Madeline McCutcheon 1915 - 2011 DCS