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January 2000

BRISTOW - Jordan Lynn BARNETT, infant son of Donna and Joe BARNETT, Jr., was born and died January 6, 2000. Wake Services on January 7 were held at the home of Joseph Barnett and funeral services were held on January 8 at Hutchins-Maples Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bernadine Dowdy officiating, assisted by Woodrow Wilson. Interment was at the Barnett Family Cemetery.
He is survived by his parents of Broken Arrow, brothers, Nolan LANE of Coweta and Ryan and Tanner LECHNER of Broken Arrow, one sister, Jackie KIPNER of Borken Arrow; grandparents, Joseph BARNETT and Rachel BARNETT, both of Bristow, and Art and Margaret VONSTETTON of Tulsa; and may other relatives.

BROKEN ARROW - Almon Donald BEAVER was born July 27, 1933 in Broken Arrow. He died November 11, 1999, at his home in Broken Arrow. Funeral Services were held November 15 at Haikey Chapel United Methodist Church officiated by Rev. Berndine Dowdy. Pallbearers were his brothers and sons. Honorary pallbearers were member of the Oklahoma Masonic Indian Degree Team and the Akdar Shrine Indian Unit. Interment was at Bixby Cemetery.
Beaver was the owner of Clean Air Systems of Tulsa, an electrostatic air cleaning business. He had previously worked 18 years at Baker Hughes. He was a veteran and a green baret paratrooper in the 101st Airborn Division. He was active in several clubs and lodged, including the Tulsa Delta Masonic Lodge #425 where served as a past worshipful master; Tulsa Scottish Rite; Akdar Shrine of Tulsa; Oklahoma Masonic Indian Degree Team; Native American Veterans of Broken Arrow Color Guard, Intertribal Indian Club of Tulsa (where he was part of the scholarship committee and dance troop); He was a champion southern style straight dancer and a member of Haikey Chapel.  
He was preceded in death by his parents, Amos and Stella Moody BEAVER, and a brother, Mike BEAVER.  He is survived by two daughters, Donna BEAVER of Henryetta and Leigh Ann ROBISON of Beggs; a son, Terry BEAVER of Baton Rouge, LA; five brothers, Vance of Kinder, LA, Glade of Blackhawk, CO, Milo of Broken Arrow, OK, Gary of Ft. Worth, TX, and Harry of Payallyp, WA; one sister, Vivian BLACKWELL of Riverridge, LA; six grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

BIXBY - Jimmie GREENE was born February 28, 1926 in the Pickett Prairie area. He died November 23, 1999, in Tulsa. Funeral Services were held November 26 at North Heights Church of Christ, where he was a member, and were officiated by Minister Milton Smith. Interment was at the Bixby Cemetery.
Greene lived in the Bixby area all of his life and had attended LIberty Mounds and Bixby schools. He had retired as grounds keeper at Southern Hills Golf Club. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Lochar Tecarna GREENE; four sisters, Sadie, Hannah, Ella and Elsie; and one brother, Mac. He was survived by two sons, Jimmie J. GREENE of Kellyville, Gary D. GREENE of Bixby, one daughter, Wanda A. GREENE of Bixby; six grandchildren, Daniel, Rebecca, John, Lee, Kacy and Belinda, and seven great-granchildren.

HOLDENVILLE - Eliza LOWE was born March 26, 1923, in Okemah. She died December 23, 1999.  Wake services at the Holdenville Indian Community Center preceeded funeral services on December 27 at the center. Rev. Joe Lowe, Jr. conducted the services. No information was given on pallbearers. Interment was at the Wewoka Church Cemetery.

During WW II, Lowe worked at Douglass Aircraft. She was a member of te United Metodist Women, Senor Methodists , and the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference. She was the daughter of Albert and Alice Byrd BERRYHILL.  She is survived by her husband, John LOWE; two sons, Merle BERRYHILL of Okmulgee, and Frank LOWE of Oklahoma City; two brothers, Eugene and Albert BERRYHILL; one sister, Mary ROGERS; three grandchildren, Amy and Erica LOWE and Rene BERRYHILL; and one great-grandchild.

KVNCATE - Melanie Marie PARKER was born April 19, 1984. She died October 17, 1999, in Tulsa.  Wake services on October 31 were held at Leonard and Marker Funeral Home Chapel and were followed by the funeral on November 1 at Concharty United Metodist Church. Rev. George Miller, Rev. Jerry Byrd, and Bill Nowabie officiated the service. Pallbearers were Joe Hooper, Danny Miller, Doug Juneau, Dennis Juneau, Anthony Barnett and Chris Quammer. Honorary pallbearer was Junior Whitlow. Interment was at Duck Creek Cemetery.
Parker was a sophomore at Preston High School. She was the daughter of Douglas F. PARKER and Rhonda JUNEAU.
She is survived by her parents; two brothers, Ronald E. PARKER and Jeremy MORGAN; grandparents, Evelyn M. PARKER, Clyde Tag PARKER, Joe and Maggie McNAC and Royce JUNEAU; and many relatives and friends.


June 2000

HENRYETTA - Ella Mae HILL was born August 6, 1953, in Claremore. She died May 11, 2000, at her home. Song services were held May 14 at Robert Simons Funeral Home Chapel. Wake services were held May 15 and funeral services were conducted May 16, both at Yardeka Baptist Church. Rev. Amos HARJO and Rev. Mitchell TAYLOR officiated. Pallbearers were: Warren Frank, Brian Proctor, Norman Frank, Jr., Brandon Lasley, Byron Proctor, Brent Bruner, and Vince Williams, Jr. Honorary pallbearers were Felix Frye, Willie Wind, Bruce Frye, Josh Jumper, Samuel Soloman Lee, and John Zerilli. Interment was at Yardeka Indian Cemetary.
Hill was a self employed hairdresser at the Hair Depot in Henryetta at the time of her death.
She was the daughter of Jackson and Rosie Frye BRUNER. She was preceeded in death by her husband, Jimmy Bunny HILL and her father. Her survivors were her two daughers, Sandra SAPULPA of the home and Vanessa HILL of Lawrence, KS; one son, Jo Mekko HILL of the home; her mother, Rosie Bruner of Henryetta; and her six sisters, Pat FRANK, Minnie PROCTOR, Emma BRUNER and Wanda WILLIAMS, all of Henryetta, Nellie LASLEY of Okmulgee, and Cinda BRUNER of Tulsa; five grandchildren.

HOLDENVILLE - Rev. John P. LOWE was born November 7, 1917, He died May 13, 2000. Services were held May 16 at Baggerly-South Funeral Home of Oklahoma City, followed by wake services that evening at the community center. Funeral services were held May 17 at Holdenville Indian Community Center. Interment was at Wewoka Indian United Methodist Church Cemetery. Pallbeareres included Robert King, Jr., Quincy Rinkle, Harry Walker, Chuck McHenry, James Lowe, Ronnie Bosin, and Jerry Lowe. Honorary pallbearers were Ben Larney, Sam Brooks, Charles Little, Johnny Johnson, and Mitchell Musgrove.
He was the son of Rev. Canucky and Tochee LOWE, a highly decorated World War II veteran and a Purple Heart recipient. He served as a Methodist minister for 45 years.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Eliza LOWE; his brother, Joe LOWE; and one sister, Sally LOWE. He is survived by his two sons, Frank LOWE of Oklhaoma City and Merle BERRYHILL of Okmulgee; three grandchildren, Amy and Erica LOWE and Rene BERRYHILL; one great-grandchild, Sheyenne STEPHENS; one brother, Angel LOWE; and two sister, Lizzie BROOKS and Louise MUSGROVE.

CROMWELL - Nancy MARSHALL was born October 28, 1920, in Seminole County. She died April 22, 2000, at the Creek Nation Community Hospital in Okemah. Funeral services were held April 25 at Little Quarsarty Baptist Church where she had been a lifelong member. Rev. Fred LINDSEY, Huston TIGER and Robert BERRYHILL officiated. pallbearers were Famous Marshall, Jr., Randal Marshall, James Factor, Jeremy Factor, Kevin Marshall, and Timothy Bruner. Honorary pallberers were Robert Lewis Lena, Johnny Levi, Anthony Nibbs, Timothy Nibbs, Jr., Jacob Lena, Bernie Allenswerth. Interment was at Little Quarsarty Church Cemetery.  
She was the daughter of Joseph and Louisa Benton CHUPCO and was reared and educated in the Butner area. She was married to Rev. Jake MARSHALL in 1949.  
She was precded in death by her parents, her husband, two sisters, Sallie BRUNER and Lucinda LINDSEY, and three brothers, Ben HARJO, Louis CHUPCO, and Jim NOON. She was survived by: eight daughters, Rosalee MARSHALL and Nanci Lee Ann MARSHALL, both of the home; Diane FACTOR of Cromwell, Semary MARSHALL of Seminole, Elsie BRUNER of Bixby, Joann ARMSTRONG of Texas City, TX, Nancy NIBBS of Austin, TX, and Pauline LEVI of Midwest City; two sons, Robert D. LENA of Eufaula and Famous MARSHALL of Okemah;one sister, Annie HALE of Wewoka; 20 grandchildren 26 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren.

PORTLAND, OR - Dovie Pauline Simmer ROGERS was born October 12, 1924, in Okemah. She died March 21, 2000, at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland OR. No details were given on funeral services except the she was cremated. Her remains were interred at the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.  
She was the daughter of Jesse Simmer of of McAlester and a member of Fish Pond Tribal Town. She was a retired bookkeeper for Marshall Russo and Company and had also served as Postmaster for Douglas City, CA.  
Preceding her in death were her husband, Arthur C. “Art” ROGERS. She was survived by one daughter, Alivia A. LONG of Gresha, OR; two sons, Richard ROGERS of Vancouver, and Raymond ROGERS of Shasta Lake City, CA; six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

DEL CITY - Timothy Ray SCOTT was born Juy 24, 1976 in Lawton. He died April 2000. Funeral services were held at Mary Lee Clark Memorial United Methodist Church. Interment was at Kolb Cemetery in Spencer.
He was the son of David and Marlene SCOTT. He graduated from U.S. Grant High School in 1995 and was employed with Integris Southwest Medical Center at the time of his death.  
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Lewis HARJO and Mose SCOTT, and his stepgrandfather, Russell THOMPSON. He is survived by his parents, his brother Jonathan SCOTT; grandmothers, Nonie SCOTT and Irene THOMPSON; a nephew, Kyncate ATKINS; four nieces, Leandra SANDS, Hoktuce SANDS, Mariah ATKINS; five uncles, Gilbert SCOTT, Bill SCOTT, Legus RANDY, Ron HARJO, Jerry HARJO, and Lewis HARJO, Jr.; and three aunts, Nancy PIGEON, Lou CHOTKEY, and Melody ROBINSON.

HENRYETTA - Van TARYOLE was born October 4, 1915, in Okfuskee County. He died before April 23, 2000 (no death date was given). Funeral services were held April 23 at Shurden Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Wayne TARYOLE, Thomson “Tom” GOUGE, and Judson DEERE officiating. Pallbearers were Shawn Taryole, Matthew Roberts, Jerome Roberts, James Tiger, Hully Tiger and Clarence Tiger, Jr.  Interment was at Taryole Family Cemetery near Nuyaka.
He attended Euchee Boarding School and Sequoyah Indian School. He played baseball and traveled with the Okemah American Legion team. He also won many archery trophies as a marksman over the span of his life. He was a retired ground crewman from Line Service Company of Tulsa.
He was the son of Prince and Marfy Mikey TARYOLE and was married to Sophia COON Taryola for 65 years. He is survived by his wife; one daughter, Sally TIGER of Sapulpa; two sons, Sonny TARYOLE of Henryetta and Ken TARYOLE of Okmulgee; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.


July 2000

EDITH, Mo - William Leroy GRAYSON was born July 19, 1921, at Red Fork. He died May 4, 2000, at Baptist Regional Health Center in Miami. Funeral services were held May 6 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Lloyd CARTER officiating. Pallbearers were: Richard Helms, Jim Helms, Sid Helms, Robert Helms, Earl Wayne Meads, and Rocky Meads. Interment was at Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and a retired pipeline welder from Williams Brothers company. He was a member of Kelso Faith Baptist Church.
Preceeding him in death were his parents, Willie and Beatrice Weaver GRAYSON, and his wife, Velma Jane MEADS, whom he married September 10, 1952 in Rogers, Arkansas. He was survived by: His two daughters, Ragina SUMLER of Afton and Janice SIMMONS of Springfield, MO; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

WEWOKA - Bryant JESSE was born November 11, 1920, in Lamar and died May 1, 2000, at his home in Wewoka. Wake services were held on May 3 at Stout Funeral Home Chapel. All night wake services were held May 4 followed by funeral services on May 5, both at Bird Creek Baptist Church. Rev. Bill HOBIA officiated. Pallbeareres were Larry Jesse, Dale Jesse, David Jesse, Russell Bemo, Jerry Sumka, and Richard Palmer, Honorary pallbearers were Johnnie Campbell, Tony Frazier and fellow ministers. Interment was in Bird Creek Church Cementery.
He grew up in Seminole County and attended school at Sasakwa. He served in the U.S. Army from 1940 until 1944, was wounded and recieved a Purple Heart during his tour. After his discharge, he attended A&M Tech school and worked at Tinker Field in Oklahoma City until his retirement in 1969. After retirement, he returned to Wewoka where he had served as an ordained minister of Bird Creek Baptist Church since September 17, 1955, a position he held until his death. He was a member of Blue Lodge, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and was a board member of Muscogee Nation for 20 years.
He was the son of Willie and Ruth Hartford JESSE, who preceded him in death. Also preceeding him in death were his first wife, his second wife, Lillie STEVENSON whom he married in May 1985; one son, Willis JESSE; one infant daughter; and two sisters, Juanita BAUGHN and Kathryn JONES. He was suvived by his wife, Irene JESSE; one daugher, Johnnie WEST of Leavenworth, KS; one grandson, Perry Lee WEST Jr. of Weleetka; three great-grandchildren; two foster children, Toney LITTLEMAN of Snailsville, NC and Victor HARJO of Shawnee; one brother, Larry JESSE of Konawa; and four sisters, Marie JESSE, Sally FRAZIER and Bernice CAMPBELL, all of Konawa, and Brenda JESSE of Hopkinsville, KS.

EUFAULA - Legus Lee LEWIS was born July 30, 1916, in Wagoner. He death date was not given, but funeral services were held May 3, 2000, at Gregg Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating was Rev. Raymond BEAVER. Pallbearers were George Lewis, Francis Lewis, Charlie Dowling, Charles Lewis, Jr., Jackson Lewis, and Taylor Fields. Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Creek Nation Honor Guard.
He attended school in Eufaula and served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946. He attended Okfuskee Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ellis J. and Ida Marshall LEWIS; a sister, Marie LYONS; three brothers, Charlie LEWIS, Washie Allen LEWIS, and Lolus LEWIS. He is survived by two brothers, Garfield J. LEWIS of Eufaula and Glenn D. LEWIS of Wichita, KS; and a host of nieces and nephews.

SALEM - Jerry Wade MINYARD and his twin brother, Tony, were born March 29, 1942, in the Salem community southeast of Henryetta. Jerry died May 29, 2000, in Tulsa. Funeral services for him were held May 23 at Salem Baptist Church where he had been baptized in 1966. Officiating was Rev. Terry PITTMAN. Pallbearers were Terry Mordecai, Eddie Wilhite, Mark Wilhite, Jimmy Davis, Donnie Pangle, and Robert Brison. Interment was at Sonora Cemetery southeast of Henryetta.
Jerry attended school at Salem, Graham and Henryetta. He moved to Dallas, TX, when he was 18 years old and worked there 30 years operating heavy equipment and working construction jobs until retiring in 1990. Upon his retirement, he returned to Henryetta to live. He was preceded in death by his parents, Nealy F. and Lorena Thompson MINYARD, one sister, Bessie Alene MINYARD, his maternal grandparents, Thomas and Martha Sands THOMPSON, and his paternal grandparents, Charles and Lizzie MINYARD. He is survived by: His son, Stephen Wade MINYARD of Dallas, TX; two daughters, Stephanie MINYARD ROGERS of Okmulgee, and Ann Michelle HAAS of Arlington, TX; two brothers, Thomas C. MINYARD and Anthony Wayne “Tony” MINYARD, both of Salem community; three sisters, Lou Jo KINNEY of Salem, Martha Charlena DUNLAP of Beggs, and Billie Sue ALLEN of Tahlequah; three grandsons, Alan William MINYARD, Elias Alexander HAAS, and Jaboni MINYARD; one uncle, Charles D. MINYARD of salem community; and one aunt Lucille MINYARD of Okmulgee.

OKMULGEE - Sallie Beaver MOORE was born December 3, 1919, in Okmulgee County. She died June 3, 2000. Funeral services were held June 7 at Big Cussetah Methodist Church. No informatin was given on officiating minister or pallbearers. Interment was at Big Cussetah Church Cemetery.
She attend public school at Morris and Fort Smith, AR. She was a 1938 graduate of Bacone College High School and attended college at Lindenwood College in St. Louis, MO, and Oklahoma A & M in Stillwater, and has been very active with the OSU Alumni Association through the years. She retired as a clerk stenographer from the Bureau of Indian Affairs in South Dakota and as a medical records technician from the Indian Health Service in Oklahoma. She also was very active in the Big Cussetah Methodist Church, and followed her mother as president of the Indian Mission District Conference of Women’s Society of Christian Service, who was the first president of MSCS.
She was the great-great-granddaughter of Muscogee Chief OPOTHLEYAHOLA. Her parents were Rev. and Mrs. William H. and Miley Alexander BEAVER. Both preceded her in death, as well as four brothers, Solomon BEAVER, Robert BEAVER, Wilson BEAVER, and John BEAVER, and one sister, Annie DANIELS, and one half-brother, Mose DANIELS. She is survived by her husband, Edwin S. MOORE of Muskogee, whom she married on February 3, 1940, in Wagoner. Also surviving are: her three sons, Edwin S. MOORE of Tulsa, William B. MOORE of Cushing, and David G. MOORE of Billings, MT; her daughter, Kelly Roberta MOORE of Billings, MT; one brother, Ben BEAVER of Okmulgee; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other relatives and friends.


August 2000

SALT CREEK - Danny BERRYHILL was born August 6, 1946. He died May 22, 2000, at St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way, Washington. Wake services were held at the Salt Creek Baptist Church on May 26. Funeral services were held May 27 at the church with Rev. Eugene WHITLOW of Thlewarle Indian Baptist Church officiating. Este Cate (Muskoke Nation) Veterans Honor Guard served as pallbearers. Interent was at Salt Creek Cemetery.
He was a member of Salt Creek church, a graduate of Wetumka High School, Haskell Junior College, Lawrence, KS, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, and Cameron College, Lawton. He was also a Vietnam veteran and, during his service there, he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal and the Bronze Star.
He was survived by his mother, Polly HILL of Wetumka; his children, Gregory BERRYHILL of Auburn, WA, and Arica BERRYHILL of Des Moines, WA; a half-sister, Daria HICKS of Okemah; one aunt, Wynema FISH of Wetumka; and three foster sisters, Doroty GUITERREZE of Amarillo, TX, Margie SCOTT of Oklahoma City, and Sylvana JACKSON of Wetumka.

OKMULGEE - Roberta Lynn JONES was born August 10, 1987, in Okmulgee. She died June 23, 2000. Wake services were held June 26 at Robert Simons Funeral Home in Henryetta. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Jim ALEXANDER and Rev. Harry LONG at Big Cussetah Church. Interment was at the Jones Family cemetery.
She was a resident of Dewar and attended Ryal School. She was the daughter of Glen and Elizabeth Scott JONES. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Robert and Lillie Soweka SCOTT. She was survived by her paraents; four sisters, Jackie Sue JONES, Jennifer Lynn JONES, and Brenda Sue JONES, all of the home, and Harriett JONES of Grayson; one brother, Scott JONES of the home; one nephew, D’Mon Carter JONES of the home; and paternal grandparents, Elmer and Mahaley JONES of Okmulgee.

MORRIS - Susie Randall MONDAY was born April 23, 1907, in the Tiger Flats area. She died June 30, 2000, at Okmulgee Memorial Hospital. Wake services were held July 2 at McClendon Funeral Home in Okmulgee with funeral services on July 3 at Big Cussetah Methodist Church. Interment was at the church cemetery.
She was the daughter of Timmie and Louisiana Sloan RANDALL. She held many positions in the Big Cussetah church, including Church Mother. She served on the parsonage committee and with the United Methodist Women group. She sat with the sick often, sewed her own clothes as well as quilts and was skilled in Maskoke cooking.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Rev. Jackson Lewis MONDAY; two children, Virginia LASLEY and Wesley BEAR; two brothers; and six sisters. She was survived by three grandsons, Nathan “Pee Wee” TONEY of Okmulgee, Milton LASLEY and Louis MONDAY of Okmulgee; and one granddaughter, Bernadette “Bernie” WHITLOW, also of Okmugee; one sister, Hepsey GILROY of Wilson Community; one brother, Willie RANDALL of Hitchita; one stepdaughter, Marijo BRAUD of Irving, TX; and one stepson, Jerry MONDAY of Oklahoma City.

POPE   Delayed Announcement
YARDEKA - Gregory Allen POPE was born March 6, 1964, in Henryetta. He died July 1, 1998, Wake services were held July 5, 1998 at Shurden Funeral Home Chapel. The funeral was held July 6, 1998, at Hickory Ground #1 Baptist Church with Rev. Mitchell TAYLOR officiating.
He was preceded in death by a nephew, Christopher Lynn POPE; maternal grandparents, Annie and Jay HAYNES; paternal grandparents, Minnie and Johnny Raymond POPE; and an aunt, Sylvia BEADS. He was survived by three children, Gregory Allen POPE, Jr. of Weleetka, Phillip SHATSWELL of Oklahoma City, and Nicholas SHATSWELL of OklahomaCity; mother, Cindy SMITH of Weleetka; father, Bobby POPE of Henryetta; two brothers, Johnny POPE of Henryetta and Harold HAYNES of Wewoka; and two sisters Jeannie EDWARDS and Lisa POPE of Henryetta.


September 2000

EUFAULA - Morris “Shawn” BAHE was born March 7, 1982, at Tulsa. He died in August 2000 (no date was given.) Funeral services were held on August 21, 2000, at Artussee Baptist Church with Rev. Birdcreek PHILLIPS and Rev. Allison PHILLIPS officiating. Pallbearers were Joe Dale, Jack White, Nathan Barnett, Marcus Barnett, Joe Horton, and Kenneth Carr. Honorary pallbearers were his five uncles.
He was the son of Samuel BAHE and Gwendalyn BARNETT. He attended school at Checotah High School, Indian Capital Vo-Tech at Muskogee and the North Peoria Campus Vo-Tech at Tulsa. He was baptized at the age of eight and was a member of the Artussee church.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents Mercedes BARNETT, Daniel and Katie SCOTT and Roman and Mindy BARNETT; and a nephew, Baby BARNETT. He was survived by his mother of the home; a brother, Scott BAHE of the home; his grandfather, Morris BAHE of the home; a sister, Tammy BARNETT of Tulsa; five uncles, Darrell “Sonny” BARNETT of Oklahoma City, Fred BARNETT of Tulsa, Eddy BARNETT of Tulsa, Bruce BARNETT of Eufaula, and Rosco BARNETT of Checotah.

BROKEN ARROW - Annabelle Hotvle DIACON was born prematurely and died on June 27, 2000, at St. John’s Medical Center at Tulsa. Graveside services were held on June 30 at Floral Haven’s Garden of Angels in Broken Arrow. Rev. Bill Thompson officiated the service.
She was the infant daughter of Johnnie and Nikki DIACON of Tulsa. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents Margaret Harjochee BRIDGEFORD, Cecil IRON, and Helen DIACON; and paternal great-grandparents Adam and Jennie HARJOCHEE. She was survived by her parents; three sisters, Mika DIACON, Chrissa HICKS, and Melissa DIACON; and maternal grandparents Michael and Carolyn STEPHENS.

EUFAULA - Stephen Lewallen LEWIS was born November 30, 1929, at Canadian. He died August 21, 2000, at his home. Funeral services were held August 24 at the Gregg Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Raymond BEAVER officiating and Tom PICKERING assisting. Pallbearers were Robert Lane, Bob Tanner, Steve Jones, Kevin Harris, Carl Wiles, and Hershel Burngarner. Honorary pallbearers were Isiah Jones and Tom Craig. Burial was at Lenna Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Muskoke Nation Honor Guard.
He was a member of West Eufaula Baptist Church, an Army veteran who served from January 1949 to April 1966, and he also did service in the National Guard. He was a retired dump truck driver.
He was a member of West Eufaula Baptist Church, an Army veteran who served from January 1949 to April 1966. He also serviced in the National Guard. He was married to Wilma PEARCE on May 23, 1967, at Stigler.
He was preceded in death by his father, Benjamin LEWIS, his mother and stepfather Janie Scott LEWIS CHARLES and Rufus CHARLES; his grandparents; one brother, Nolan DABBS; a grandson, Stephen DUNCAN; and an infant son. He was survived by his wife; a son, Daniel LEWIS; two daughters, Stephanie DUNCAN and Nancy LEWIS, both of Eufaula; four grandchildren, Anthony LEWIS, Jacob LEWIS, Alyssa DUNCAN, and Kyle PUCKETT, all of Eufaula; three sisters, Margie CHARLES of Eufaula, Ellen PEPIAKITAH of Jones, and Jacqueline SANDERS of Tahlequah; and his brother, James CHARLES of Eufaula.

MOUNDS - Hazel Irene Wills POWELL was born August 31, 1901, at Mounds, Indian Territory. She died February 21, 2000, at her home in Webbers Falls. Funeral services were held February 24, 2000 at Mounds cemetery with Rev. Phil Pack officiating. No information was given on burial, except that her funeral was at the Mounds cemetery and probably meant to imply that she was buried there, too.
{She was an original Creek enrollee, # NB522}. Her parents were Henry F. and Mary Ann Linkhart WILLS. She attend school at Mounds, Tulsa Central High School and graduated from Conway-Brun School in Tulsa. She was a member of Boston Avenue United Methodist Church in Tulsa and had lived in Webbers Falls for the last eight years of her life. She married F. Park POWELL on December 17, 1921.  
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three brothers and a sister. She was survived by two daughters, Bonnie BIRKES of Webbers Falls and Mary McGOODWIN of Oklahoma City; grandchildren, Kenneth P. BIRKES of Russellville, AR, David J. BIRKES of Tulsa, Jimmy McGoodwin of Oklahoma City, Mary Ann McGoodwin


October 2000

NUYAKA -Thelma Jane BARNETT was born July 1, 1944, in Nuyaka. She died August 27, 2000, in Glenpool. Wake services were held August 30 at Nuyaka Indian Baptist Church with funeral services conducted August 31, also at the church. Rev. Wayne TARYOLE, Rev. Wilson HICKS and Rev. Robert WASHINGTON officiated the service. Interment was at the Taryole Family Cemetery.
She was the daughter of Thomas “Nick” and Winey Lowe TARYOLE. She grew up in the Nuyaka community, graduataed from Pharoah High School and attended Haskell Indian Junior College. She was an accountant at the corporate offices of Warehouse Market.
She was preceded in death by her father in March 1994 and her mother in December 1907, her daughter, Thomasena BARNETT, in June 1991, and one great-nephew, Jason COOK, in November, 1997. She was survived by two sons, Thomas BARNETT and Tyrone BARNETT both of the home; one brother, Newman TARYOLE of Bristow; and five grandchildren.

OKEMAH - Albert Eugene “Gene” BERRYHILL was born November 8, 1932. He died September 6, 2000. Wake services were held September 9 at Baggerly-South Funeral Home Chapel and on September 10 at Springfield Methodist Church, followed by funeral services on September 11 at the church. Officiating were Rev. John LOWE, Walter McGIRT, and James SMITH. Pallbearers were Torrey Reyes, Clarence Yarholar, Kenton Tiemann, Jeremiah Garcia, Vernon Yarholar, and Jim Humble. Honorary pallbearers were Bob Jackson, Sandy Barnett and Bill Coon. Interment was at Highland Cemetery in Okemah.
He was the son of Rev. Albert and Ellis BERRYHILL and was the owner and operator of Berryhill Tree Service. He was a member of the “Berryhill’s Quartet” gospel singing group which was formed in 1975 and often acted as masters of ceremonies at gospel singing meetings.
He was survived by his wife, La Vera BERRYHILL; son, Albert BERRYHILL; Adopted children, Stephanie TIEMANN and Blake BERRYHILL; one brother, Junior BERRYHILL; one sister, Mary ROGERS; and two grandchildren, Zachary TIEMANN and Jarrod TIEMANN.

HENRYETTA - Steven DeWayne STARR was born October 17, 1967, in Tahlequah. He died August 14, 2000, in Sapulpa. Memorial services were held August 16 at the Starr residence and wake services were on August 17 at the Robert Simons Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services were August 18 also at the funeral home. Rev. Mitchell TAYLOR officiated. Interment was at the Starr Family Cemetery.
He was the son of Bennie FIXICO and Rose Lea STARR Ragsdale. He attended Graham and Muskogee public schools and graduated in 1986 from Dustin Public Schools. He was a member of Little Cussetah Baptist Church and employed at Fabwell as a welder. He was married to “Angela KILLIAN on May 15, 1992.
He was preceded in death by his mother; one sister, Stephanie FIXICO; and grandparents, Eli and Lena Taylor STARR. He was survived by his wife, of the home; his children, Eric STARR and Brittany STARR, both of Muskogee; stepchildren, J. R. DRYWATER, Chrystle Gayle DRYWATER, and Amanda Marie DRYWATER; his stepfather, Bennie FIXICO of Okemah; two brothers, Ronnie D. FIXICO of Tulsa and Dennis TAYLOR of Muskogee; one sister, Melanie Fixico LOCUST of Albuquerque, NM; aunts, Sally JACKSON, Janey PARKS, Allene STARR, Emma FACTOR and Amy REAGAN; and one uncle, James STARR.

KYNCATE - Isreal TECUMSEH was born November 30, 1916, in the Kyncate area and lived there all his life. He died September 17, 2000, in Okemah. Funeral services were conducted September 21 at Concharty United Methodist Church where he had been a longtime member. Rev. Harry LONG, George MILLER and Scotty HARJO officiated. Pallbearers were Marcus Brown, Sheldon Gore, Telle Tecumseh, Geronimo Tecumseh, John Wilson, and Sherman Hill. Interment was in the Tecumseh Family Cemetery.
Preceding him in death were: his wife, Wisey Scott TECUMSEH, and five brothers and sisters. He was survived by his five sons, Nero TECUMSEH, Willis TECUMSEH and Paul TECUMSEH, all of Okmulgee, Rev. July TECUMSEH of Bristow, and Ramsey TECUMSEH of Winter Haven, CA; five daughers, Jeanette WASHINGTON of Morris, Eldean TECUMSEH and Katherine TECUMSEH, both of Okmulgee, Emma Jean DOMINGUEZ of Desoto, TX, and Isabelle TECUMSEH of Dallas, TX; one sister, Mable GRAYSON of Bixby, and many grandchildren and great-granchildren.


November 2000

YARDEKA - Jess HARJO was born March 27, 1921, in Paden. He died October 9, 2000, at Hillcrest Medical Center. Wake services were held October 12, followed by Funeral Services on October 13 at Hickory Ground No. 1 Baptist Church with Rev. Mitchell TAYLOR officiating. Burial was a Soweka Cemetery.
He was employed for many years with Page Van Lines in Tulsa.
He was survived by his wife, Darcille HARJO, his three daughters, Helen MURIE of Pawnee, Betty JAKE of Hominy, and Margaret HARJO of Tulsa; his three sons, Billy HARJO ad Reuben HARJO, both of Tulsa, and Bruce FRYE of Henryetta; one sister, Mary Jane BLACK of Pawnee; one brother, Virgil HARJO of Wichita, KS; fourteen grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren.

OKEMAH - Russell Lee THOMPSON was born July 23, 1930, in Pierce. He died October 10, 2000. A wake service was held October 12 at the home followed by traditional Maskoke funeral services on October 13, also at the family home. Ceremonial ground leaders officiate the services. Pallbearers were Lijah “Bonn” Bear, Neil Fisher, Joe Bear, Jr., Aaron Burgess, Lucas Taylor, and Walter Taylor, Jr. Honorary pallbearers were Dustin Cloud, Mawata Miner, Steve Thompson, Reuben Freeman, Jr., Ray Jackson and Jeff Proctor. No information was given on where he was interred.
He was the son of Newman and Cinda Sootawakey THOMPSON. He served in the U.S. Army and was a medicine man and tribal chief for 30 years. He married Irene PROCTOR on April 10, 1992, at the old Thompson homeplace in Henryetta.
Preceding him in death were his parents; two sisters, Cindy THOMPSON and Bessie FREEMAN; one brother, Henry THOMPSON; and one newborn grandson. He was survived by his wife of the home; one son, Russell Lee THOMPSON, Jr., of Castle; four daughters, Terry CASSINGER of Porum, Elizabeth THOMPSON of Bristow, Shirley THOMPSON of Council Hill and Deborah BURGESS of Okmulgee; five stepsons, Legus HARJO, Randy HARJO, Ronnie HARJO, Lewis HARJO, Jr. and Jerry HARJO, all of Oklahoma City; three stepdaughters, Emily EDGARS of Cartwright, and Marlene SCOTT and Melody ROBERTSON both of Oklahoma City; three sisters, four brothers, twenty grandchildren, twenty-two great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.


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