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January 2001

BENSON
MORRIS - Clinton Dale BENSON was born September 24, 1961, in Tulsa. He died at his home December 16, 2000. Funeral services were held December 19 at the Church of Christ, with Kelly BROWN officiating. Casket bearers were Mike Creason, Mark Ledbetter, Tim DeArmon, Kip Johnson, Stan Sowder, and Randy Edmonds. Interment was in Okmulgee Cemetery.
He graduated from Morris High School and had worked at John Zink in Tulsa, Creek Nation at Okmulgee, and was currently working at Cindee’s Janitorial Service. He was the son of Phillip and Shirley BENSON.  
He was preceded in death by an infant sister, Kaleen BENSON; maternal grandparents, Sumner and Edith TAYLOR; and paternal grandfather, Edward BENSON. He was survived by his parents, Phillip and Shirley BENSON, of Okmulgee; a brother, Kevin BENSON of Tulsa; a sister, Beverly KIEHL of Morris; and his grandmother, Stella BENSON of Okmulgee.

FREEMAN
BRISTOW - Charles Franklin “Frank” FREEMAN was born May 1, 1912, in Bristow.  He died December 12, 2000, in Juneau, Alaska. Funeral services were held December 18 at the Schumacher Funeral Home. Interment was in Sunrise Cemetery in Kellyville.  
He was retired from Wickham Packing Company in Supulpa. He had served in the Army in the Philippines Campaign during WW II and was active in several civic and religious organizations. He was on the boards of the Allen-Bowden School District, the rural water district and the First Church of the Nazarene in Sapulpa. After 85 years in Creek County, he had moved to Juneau recently to be near family members.  
He was the son of William Thomas and Blanche Self FREEMAN. He was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters. He is survived by his wife, Eathel Fern of Juneau; his son, Frank FREEMAN of Juneau; and three grandchildren, Heidi, Seth and Matthew, all of Juneau.

HARJO
OKMULGEE - Edna Mae Berryhill HARJO was born March 3, 1922, in Okmulgee. She died November 18, 2000, in Edmond. Funeral Services were held November 22 at Okmulgee Indian Baptist Church with Rev. Robert Washington, Rev. Leon Postoak and Rev. Harley Barnoski officiating. Pallbearers were Jimmy Dale, Geno Berryhill, Pete McDaniel, Marcus Marshall, J.E. Marshall, and Charles Gray. Honorary pallbearers were Dean McDaniel and Pat Gray. Interment was in Okmulgee Indian Baptist Church Cemetery.
She was survived by her children: Leona MARSHALL of Guthrie, Johnnie McDANIEL of Morris, Chibon MARKS of Oklahoma City, Rocky MARKS of Shawnee, and Raymond MARKS of Guthrie; a sister, Billie Marie SOONTAY of Dallas, TX; and one brother, Ernest Dean BERRYHILL of Guthrie.

KETCHESHAWNO
EUFAULA - Millie Ketcheshawno was born February 9, 1937, in the Shell Creek Community. She died on December 11, 2000, at University Hospital in Oklahoma City. Wake services were held December 14 at Gregg Funeral Home Chapel followed by funeral services December 15 at the Missionary Baptist Church. Officiating the service were Rev. Ledtkey McIntosh and Rev. Allison Phillips. Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery.
She was educated at Carter Seminary elementary school and Haskell Institute high school in Lawrence, KS. She had resided in northern California since the late 1950s and eventually became involved in filmaking and movie production. She produced the documentary film “Alcatraz Is Not An Island” shortly before her death. She was the daughter of Daniel and Amand Hill PHILLIPS and a member of Artussee Baptist Church in Eufaula.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Vernon; a brother, Daniel PHILLIPS; an infant brother, Bunny PHILLIPS; and her aunt, Emma LEWIS. She was survived by: her sons, Gino BARICHELLO of Albany, CA, Jeff KETCHESHAWNO of Los Angeles, CA, and Jay KETCHESHAWNO of Zuni, NM; her daughter, Leslie DEER of Holdenville; grandsons Caleb DEER and Aaron LEADER and Chris LEADER; great-grandson Drew WAGON; two brothers, Birdcreek PHILLIPS of Stidham, and Franklin PHILLIPS of Pittsburg, KS; nieces, Mona BEDFORD, Susie DEERE, Jena LOMA, Amanda MIDDLETON, Debbie DEER, Becky JONES, Alayne PHILLIPS, Georgeann PHILLIPS, Tina GUERRA and Victoria SILVA; nephews, James PHILLIPS, Ben PHILLIPS, Joe PHILLIPS, Paul PHILLIPS, Jason PHILLIPS, Cedric KETCHESHAWNO and Tyrone KETCHESHAWNO.

MURRAY
DURANT - Bed Edward MURRAY was born August 31, 1914, in Checotah. He died November 22, 2000, in Durant. Funeral services were held November 20 at the First Baptist Church with Revs. James Robinson and Carroll Hooper officiating. Pallbearers were Sterling Campbell, Henry Gold, Aubrey Griffith, Johnny Corbin, Leon Sherrer and Joe Barrett. Interment was in Green’s Cemetery in Checotah.
He moved to Durant in 1948 where he and his wife founded Murray Funeral Home, operated it until 1968 and, in recent years, returned to assist with its operation part-time. He held offices in many organizations: On Murray State College Board of Regents; as a deacon in the First Baptist Church, Durant; as a 33rd Degree Mason, past president of the Durant Masonic Lodge, past president of the 39th Masonic District, past president of the Scottish Rite Society, and past master of the Rose Criox Chapter of the McAlester Consistory. He was a member of the Rose Criox Funeral Team, held the Demolay Cross of Honor and instituted the first Demolay Cross of Honor. He was the makeup man for the Scottish Rite Degree Teams, a member of the Guthrie Masonic Nursing Home Committee, the Durant Lions Club, the Odd Fellows Lodge in Claremore and Durant’s Lodge #57. He was an amateur radio operator and a coordinator for the worldwide natural disaster program called Emergency Net.
He was one of thirteen children of John and Lucy McCalvey MURRAY. He married Elizabeth Marie Jones on July 9, 1934, in Eufaula. He was preceded in death by: his wife on February 2, 2000; his parents; his sons, Richard Dale, in 1946, and Ben Ronald, in 1994; a granddaughter, Angela Richelle, in 1980, and 11 brothers and sisters. He was survived by a granddaughter, Debbie Murray DEPEW and Georgetown, TX; grandson Doug MURRAY of Castle Rock, CO; Great-granddaughters Angela Carisse MURRAY, Kristen Richelle DEPEW, and Allison Marie MURRAY; and a sister, Billy FREEMAN of Yates Center, KS.

ROBISON
LAKEPORT, CA - Willis Holmes ROBISON was born February 16, 1919, in Weleetka. He died November 17, 2000, at his home. Funeral services were held November 22 at Chapel of the Lakes with Rev. Richard Robert officiating. Interment was in Lakewood Memorial Park in Hughson, CA.
He moved with his family from Weleetka to California in 1940. He worked consturction and then in civil service. He retired in 1976 to Upper Lake, CA.
He was the son of Joe and Zelma Jane ROBISON. He is survived by his wife, Louise ROBISON; his daughters, Lee Ann COX of Nice, CA, Velma Jane ROBISON of Upper Lake, and Shirley Mae ZUCHS of Murphy, ID; and his sisters, Artie LANGSTON of Anchorage, AK, Zelma QUIGLEY of Chresent, CA, and Bernice KIRKLAND of Anchorage; his brothers, Robbie ROBISON of Adrian, CA, and Raydean ROBISON of Anchorage.
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FEBRUARY 2001

BIBLE
CONCORD, CA - Noel “Pete” BIBLE was born January 29, 1928, on his father’s allotment land at Lone Stare (Broken Arrow). He died November 19, 2000. No information about date or place was given for his funeral. His remains were cremated and interred at Oak Grove Cemetery in Broken Arrow.
He had relocated to California in 1936 where he worked as a cabinet maker until he retired in 1995.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Emmet and Mable Box BIBLE and his grandparents, Mulsey CHISHOLM and Lewis BIBLE. He was survived by his former wife, Ann; his daugher, Dana of Walnut Creek, CA; his son, John BIBLE; two granddaughters, Melissa and Kristin BIBLE of Germantown, MD; a brother, Dana BIBLE of San Leandro, CA; a sister, Bobbe KENNEDY of Glenpool; nieces and nephews, John MADRID, Mark MADRID, Dennis KISH, Lisa MADRID, Margo O’DELL, and Jaime FARIS.

GOUGE
HANNA - Wilford GOUGE was born December 6, 1953 in McAlester and Died January 12, 2001. A wake service was held January 15 at the Freewill Baptist Church, followed by funeral services conducted January 16, also at the church. Rev. David Deere officiated the funeral. Pallbearers were Woodrow Harjo, Sonny Gouge, Charles Harley, Sarge Friday, Mitchell Wood, and Raymond Francis. The Mvskoke Nation Honor Guard conducted military honors and interment was at the Gouge Family Cemetery.
He was an army veteran and an artisit.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Sallie Spaniard GOUGE; his sister, Melissa GOUGE; and a brother, Ernest GOUGE. He was survived by his son, Delsin GOUGE of Oklahoma City; brothers, Felix GOUGE of Oklahoma City, Cecil GOUGE of Tulsa, Chebon GOUGE of Eufaula, William GOUGE of Oklahoma City; sisters, Elizabeth TOWNSEND of Okmulgee, Evelyn WOOD of Oklahoma City, Sarah GOUGE of Tulsa, Helen GOUGE of Oklahoma City, Nancy DEERE of Okmulgee, Peggy GOUGE of Oklahoma City, and Kristine GOUGE of Toronto, Canada.

HARJO
OKEMAH - Elmer Lee HARJO was born February 10, 1931. He died January 5, 2001, in Okemah. Funeral services were held January 9 at The House of Prayer with Rev. Tim Dodson officiating. Pallbearers were Jerry Harjo, Debbie Harjo, Josh Harjo, Gene Shields, Gary Brown, and Scotty Brown. Interment was at Castle Cemetery.
He was a member of the House of Prayer. He married Mary Nelson HARJO on December 13, 1956, in Coahella, CA.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Barney and Nina Collins HARJO, and one infant daughter. He was survived by his wife, of the home; his daughters, Delores STRODE of Okemah, Linda DALE, Deborah LITTLE, and Kathryn WELKLEY, all of Fayetteville, AR; his sons, Elmer HARO, Jr. of Stroud, and Jerry HARJO of Fayetteville, AR; his brothers, John HARJO of Okemah, Ben HARJO of Bullhead City, AR; and his sisters, Elsie TIPKEN and Lena McCORMICK, both of Okemah.

MARSHALL
COWETA - Freeman MARSHALL was born February 4, 1909, in Porter. He died December 31, 2000, at Hillcrest Hospital in Tulsa. Funeral services were held January 3 at Wright Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. George Miller and Rev. Ronald McHenry officiated. Pallbearers were Ronald McHenry, Chuck McHenry, Harry Perryman, Robert “Sam” Bush, Richard Gandy, and Thomas James. Interment was at Vernon Cemetery in Coweta.
He graduated from Haskell Institute in Lawrence, KS. He enlisted in the Army Air Force on March 6, 1942, and served during WW II until honorably discharged on September 13, 1945. He worked for 25 years as a nurseryman and retired in 1971. He was an active member and worker at Broken Arrow Indian United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Setty Apeuka MARSHALL, his sister, Mary JAMES; and his brothers Thomas, Arthur, and Billy. He is survived by his son, Richard GRIMSTER of England; his grandchildren, Lucy and Marcus of England; nephews, O.E. “Sonny” JAMES and Thomas JAMES, both of El Reno; and a niece, Anna GANDY of Coweta.

STARR
OKMULGEE - Joshua STARR was born July 5, 1916, in the Salem area. He died January 1, 2001, in Henryetta. A wake services was conducted January 4 at Okmulgee Indian Baptist Church followed by funeral services on January 5, also at the church. Officiating was Rev. Eugene Harjo. Interment was at Okmulgee Baptist Church cemetery.
He had been a long time member of Hutchechubba Church, attended Salem school and serve in the Army during WW II.
He was the son of Lewis and Mehala Chotkey STARR. He was preceded in death by his wife, Melissa, his daughter, Karon STARR, two brothers and two sisters. He was survived by his daughters, Helen BUTLER of Henryetta, Marie STARR of Morris, Darlene STRATTON of Henryetta, and Rhonda STARR of Okmulgee; His brother, Geronimo STARR of Stillwater; his sisters, Pauline PROCTOR of Nuyaka and Rosina JOHNSON of McAlester; his 14 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

WELLS
OKEMAH - Lou Anna WELLS was born June 10, 1935, in Clearview. She died January 3, 2001, in Stilwell. Wake services were held January 7 at Creek Chapel Methodist Church followed by funeral services on January 8, also at the church. Officiating was Rev. Edwin Jimboy. Pallbearers were George Fixico, Bruce Randell, Noah Jack, Pete Jack, Stanley Birdcreek, and Jacob Fixico. Interment was at Creek Chapel Cemetery.
She was a long time member of Creek Chapel and enjoyed making quilts, knitting, sewing, and cooking.
She married “Dick” Frank WELLS in 1961. He preceded her in death, as did her parents, Pete and Annie Marsey HARJO, and a sister, Minnie BEAVER. She is survived by her daughters, Teresa GOLDEN, Mary WELLS, and Lendy HARJO, all of Stillwell, and Jo Anna HARJO of Tulsa; her sons, Jerry GOLDEN of Pinecreek, George GOLDEN of Bristow, James GOLDEN of Tulsa, and Walter WELLS of Okemah; and her sisters, Helen JIMBOY of Clearview and Lettie RANDELL of Henryetta.

WILLIE
MORRIS - Maryland WILLIE was born June 18, 1914, in Okemah. She died December 21, 2000, in Okmulgee. Funeral services were held December 26 at Big Cussetah Methodist Church, preceded by a wake on December 25, also at the church. Officiating were Rev. Jim Alexander, Rev. Mike Harjo, and Rev. William Alexander. Pallbearers were Neal John, Lindell Berryhill, Brando Berryhill, David Layton Jr., Louie Layton, Richard Myers, Mitchell Aaron, Eugene Layton, David Layton, and Tooskey Willie. Pallbearers were her great- grandsons. No information was given on where she was interred.
Her parents were Leney Eufaula and Susie Soloman HARJO.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George Tooskey WILLIE, a son, Sam WILLIE; two infant children; and one great-grandson, Anthony STOUT. She was survived by her daughters, Georgia LAYTON of Okmulgee, Carolyn JOHN of Idabel, Katherine WILLIE and Christine BERRYHILL, both of Morris; her sons, Johnny WILLIE of the home and Darvin WILLIE of Tulsa; twelve grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, and several step grandchildren and great-granchildren.

APRIL 2001

DEERE
SEMINOLE - Rev. Jackson Edmond DEERE was born February 19, 1917, in Seminole. He died February 1, 2001, at his home in Tulsa. Funeral services were held February 3 at Hitchita Methodist Church. His grandsons served as pallbearers. No information was given on the place of interment.    
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Airborne and served in WW II in Greenland. He had served as a Methodist minister and pastored at Yeager Circuit, Coska Circuit, and Grant Chapel.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Nicy DEERE; three sisters, Annie PRUITT, Cindy HARJO and Lizzie HARJO; and three brothers, Sammie DEERE, Jesse DEERE, and George DEERE. He was survived by his wife, Beatrice DEERE of the home; his daughter, Brenda HOWELL of Glenpool; his sons, Richard BARNETT of Tulsa, Ben CONARD of Tulsa, Marty CONARD, Daniel WIND, and Richard BARNETT, Jr.; one brother, Buster DEERE of Seminole; 18 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

PICKERING
SAPULPA - James A. PICKERING was born August 3, 1992 (?), in Washunga. He died January 22, 2001, at his home. Funeral services were held January 25 at Little Cussetah Baptist Church with Rev. Jim Alexander officiating. Pallbearers were Francis Harjo, Jr., Gene Daniels, Erick Pickering, James Harjo, Sheridan Pickering, and Judd Pickering. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Hampton, Howard Dale, David Dale, Joseph Teehee, Morris Harjo, and Larry McCosar. No other information was given on his funeral.  Interment was at South Heights Cemetery.
He was educated at Pawnee Indian Boarding School, Chilocco Indian School, and Haskell Institute. He worked for Santa Fe Transporation in Tulsa until his retired after 33 years. He had lived in Sapulpa most of his life. He belonged to the Deer Clan. He was married to Edna Ruth BURGESS in Tulsa on August 28, 1943.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Isaac and Mary Edith PICKERING; his brothers, Isaac Melvin PICKERING and Archie PICKERING; his sisters, Sarah WEST and Luchille KNIGHT; and one infant son, Phillip Eugene PICKERING. He was survived by his daughters, Sally HAMPTON of Sapulpa, Janie McCOSAR of Bristow, and Janette HARJO of Sapulpa; his nine sons, James PICKERING of Sapulpa, Timothy PICKERING of Sapulpa, Charles PICKERING of Sapulpa, Tommy PICKERING of Eufaula, Jeff PICKERING (of ?), Ricky PICKERING of Sand Springs, Johnathan PICKERING (of ?), Samuel PICKERING of Chicago, IL, and Zachary PICKERING of Sapulpa; a brother, Danny HAYES; 22 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

WYATT
YARDEKA - Ethel WYATT was born May 14, 1944, in Pierce. She died March 13, 2001, at her home. Funeral services were held March 17 at Yardeka Indian Baptist Church. officiating were Rev. Judson DEERE and Rev. John WAYNE, Tulsa. Pallbearers were Jory Hardison, Justin Jackson, Ruben Freeman, Jr., David Artussee, Steven Thompson, and Howard Jackson. He was Interred at the Wyatt Family Cemetery.
She was a member of the Silver Springs Baptist Church at Tiger Mountain. She enjoyed quilting, being outdoors, Bingo, and watching Oklahoma University football games.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Newman and Cinda Sootawake THOMPSON, an infant daughter, and an infant son, James William WYATT, Jr.; her brothers, Henry THOMPSONand Russell THOMPSON; and a sister, Bessie Mae FREEMAN. She was survived by her daughters, Kathy BEAR of Tulsa, Sharon BRITT of Checotah, and Karen CARNES of Henryetta; her sons, Richard WYATT of Sapulpa and Brian WYATT of Henryetta; sisters, Etta DICKERSON of Wetumka and Sarah HARJO of Tulsa; brothers, Emmanuel THOMPSON of Eufaula, Newman THOMPSON, Jr. of Henryetta, Marshall THOMPSON of Granada, AZ, Daniel THOMPSON of Henryetta; and two grandchildren.
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MAY 2001

CHAMBERLAIN
MUSKOGEE - Elizabeth Davis CHAMPERLAIN was born April 15, 1919, in Pierce. She died March 21, 2001, at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, KS. Funeral services were held at Faith Deliverance Christian Center on March 31 with Rev. Ralph Boyattia officiating. Pallbearers were Dr. Robert Johnson, Timmy Davis, Roy Antoine Teague, Prentice Phillips, Wyman Taylor, Jr., Bryan Taylor, Robbie Taylor, Roger Taylor, Byron Jones, Kenneth Mack, Jr., Kaston Mack, Reu Chamberlin, Reggis Cazenave, Jr., and Donta Davis. Interment was at Taft City Cemetery.  
She attended the Church of the Living God. She was married to David DAVIS until their marriage dissolved, then she married Robert C. Chamberlain, Sr.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Mitch and Mary Deere GOUDEAU; both husbands; her two sisters, Rosetta Currin GOUDEAU, Alice BRUNNER, and Annie Mae JORDON; three brothers, Willie GOUDEAU, Frank GOUDEAU, and Don GOUDEAU; her son, Robert DAVIS, Sr.; a grandson, Robert “Bubba” DAVIS, Jr.; a granddaughter, Debbie EVANS; and a great-granddaughter, D’Shana SIMMONS; and a foster daughter, Dollie ADAMS.
She was survived by; four sons, Dee DAVIS, Tommy CHAMBERLAIN, both of Wichita, KS, Marion CHAMBERLAIN of Tallahassee, FL, and Ricky DAVIS of Muskogee; eleven Daughers, Helen JOHNSON, Suzy MORRIS, Tiny TEAGUE, Marianne BOLDEN, Evelyn AVERLY, and Stella CHILDERS, all of Muskogee, Patricia TAYLOR, Robbie HALT, Lynnell MACK, and Millicent CHARLES, all of Wichita, KS, and Jacqueline CAZENAVE of Coweta; eight special children; five brothers, Connie of Phoenix, AZ, Freddie of Okmulgee, and Mitch, Leroy, and Alfred GOUDEAU, all of Hoffman; and 83 grandchildren, 102 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren.

DAY
HENRYETTA - Pearline DAY was born January 14, 1923, in Dustin. She died April 5, 2001, in Okmulgee.  Wake services were held April 8 at Shurden Funeral Home Chapel, followed by funeral services conducted by Rev. Mitchell TAYLOR on April 9, also at the church. Pallbearers for the funeral were Phillip Agee, Michael LeGrand, Tony Day, Clint Jennings, Kirby Jennings, and Caleb Hudson. Interment was at Robertson Cemetery.
She held a degree in culinary arts from Oklahoma State University Technical School and worked as head cook at Eufaula Boarding School for 18 years. She retired in 1988. She was a member of Thlewahle Baptist Church.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Henry and Yarner Watson DAY; four brothers, Bob DAY, Roman BEAVER, Otis DAY, and Bill DAY; sons, Henry JENNINGS and Tommy CURRAN; grandson, Kevin Ray JENNINGS; great -granddaughter, Rae-Lynn SILLS.
She was survived by four sons, Danny DAY of Owasso, James JENNINGS, Bobby JENNINGS, both of Okmulgee, and Kenny JENNINGS of Okemah; two daughters, Jean LeGRAND of Okmulgee and Lou HUDSON of Luther; 21 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

WILLIE
MORRIS - Darvin Wayne “Wilson” WILLIE died April 4, 2001, in Hillcrest Medical Center, Tulsa. He was born in Claremore, but no date of birth was given for him. A wake Service was held April 6 at Big Cussetah Church, followed by the funeral on April 7, also at the church. Rev. Jim Alexander, Rev. Sonny Brasswell and Willie Johnson officiated. Pallbeaers were Jerry Roberts, Joe Factor Jr., Lindell Berryhill Sr., Jeff Murphy, Gary Oberly, Tommy Morgan and Richard Morgan. Interment was at Big Cussetah Church Cemetery.
Preceding him in death were his parents, George T. and Maryland Harjo WILLIE; one brother, Sam WILLIE; and one great-nephew, Anthoy STOUT.
He is survived by his wife, Tess WILLIE of the home; two daughters, Tricia Alley AMERICAN HORSE, and Jennifer ROSALES, both of Tulsa; four sisters, Georgia “Maxine” LAYTON of Okmulgee, Carolyn JOHN of Idabel, Katherine “Kay” WILLIE, and Christine “Christy” BERRYHILL, both of Morris; one brother, Johnny WILLIE of Morris; and six grandchildren.
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July 2001

BEAVER
OKMULGEE - Ben BEAVER died May 22, 2001, at Okmulgee Memorial Hospital. He was born in Okmulgee, but no birth date was given. Funeral services were held May 26 at McClendon Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Amos Harjo and Rev. Matthew Tiger officiating. No information was given on the place of interment.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp and had been a dorm supervisor at Haskell Indian Junion College. He was the son of Hallyamson and Miley Alexander BEAVER. He is survived by his wife, Louise Chism BEAVER; his sons Tom BEAVER of Kansas City, MO, and Richard BEAVER of Woodberry, MN; a sister-in-law, Beulah BAZEMORE of Blytheville, AR; a brother-in-law, Edwin S. MOORE, and a grandson.

JIMBOY
OKEMAH - Bessie JIMBOY was born January 15, 1914, in Weleetka. She died June 3, 2001, in Okemah. Funeral services were held June 7 at Creek Chapel Methodist Church and were officiated by Rev. Malcolm Tiger and Edwin Jimboy. Interment was at the Creek Chapel Cemetery.
She had married Benjamin JIMBOY on April 5, 1937 and she had lived in the Okemah area with her reitired husband since 1972. She was a housewife who enjoyed quilting and church work.
She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents, Tifney ANDERSONand Susie CANARD. She was survived by her sons, J. Martin JIMBOY, Lonnie JIMBOY, and Loby JIMBOY, all of Oklahoma City; her daughter, Augustine McNAC of Okemah; six grandchildren; five step grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; one step great-grandchild and one great-great-grandchild.

PIGEON
DUSTIN - Matthew PIGEON was born December 17, 1985, in Ada. He died May 26, 2001. A wake service was held May 29 at Faith Baptist Church in Dustin. It was followed by funeral services on May 30 at Dustin High School Gym with Rev. A.J. Tiger and Rev. Richmond CARR officiating. Pallbearers were Johna Goodman, Billy Harjo, Chris Holuby, Eric Coley, Dale Mahan, and B.J. Hill. Honorary pallbearers were Anthony Dunson, Cordell Huffman, Johnny Goodman, Lance Weeks, Erick Starr, and Joseph Proctor. Interment was at the Pigeon Family Cemetery in Dustin.
He was a student at Dustin High School where he played basketball and baseball. He also enjoyed playing on the computer and spending time with his cousins.
Preceding him in death were his grandfather, Sunny PIGEON and his great-grandmother, Judy PIGEON. He was survived by his mother, Kimberly Rena PIGEON of San Antonio, TX, his father, John Roger COLEY of Rochester, NY; siblings, Willard James, Temisha Rena, Faith LaDawn, and Starla Ann CULLY, all of San Antonio, and Leisha, Jonathan, and Anthony COLEY, all of Rochester, NY; and an aunt, Lela GOODMAN of Dustin.

SAMPSON
HITCHITA - Wiley SAMPSON was born August 13, 1904. He died May 28, 2001, at Leisure Manor in Okmulgee. Funeral services were held May 31 at Gravecreek Baptist Church with Rev. Alex Lowe and Rev. Mitchell Taylor officiation. Interment was at Gravecreek Cemetery.
He was a retired laborer and farmer and had served as deacon at the Gravecreek church for many years. He was the son of Washsington and Cinda Hill SAMPSON, who preceded him in death. Also precediing him in death were a son, Will SAMPSON; a daughter, Shirley Ann SAMPSON; brothers, Edmond RABBIT, Joe FACTOR, and Walter FACTOR; sisters, Rosie FIELDS, Amanda DEERE, and Lizze ROBERTS; and two grandchildren.
His survivors include his daughters Verna RANDALL and Norma BIBLE, both of Okmulgee; a sister, Alice FREEMAN of Morris; 23 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren, and 35 great-great-grandchidren.

WASHINGTON
SUPULPA - Abbey Wilson WASHINGTON was born September 15, 1898, in a log cabin in Bixby. She died June 14, 2001. Wake services were held June 17 at Smith Funeral Home, followed by funeral services June 18 at Little Cussetah Baptist Church. Pallbearers were Greg Washington, Buster Washington, Chebon Buck, Jerry Harjo, Bill Lane, and John Bachman. Honorary pallbearers were Phillip Fox, Richard Bachman, Herbert Fox, and Woodrow Wilson. Interment was at Little Cussetah Cemetery.
She was a fullblood original allottee of the Bear Clan and Tuskegee Tribal Town. She attended Euchee Mission Boarding School where she met her husband, Walter Johnson WASHINGTON. They were married October 13, 1925, in Okmulgee and remained married until his death in 1982. She was active in WMU and prayer group at her church. At one time, she was the church treasurer. Until her eyesight diminished, she enjoyed cooking, quilting, gardening, writing pen pals, and collecting postcards, salt and pepper shakers and handkerchiefs. At the time of her death, she still lived in her home on her allotment land where she was cared for by family members.
Her husband preceded her in death, as did her parents, Solomon and Mahala Tiger WILSON; brothers, William BIGGS, Noonley WILSON, Simon WILSON, Absolom LEADER, and Edward LEADER; two great-great-grandchildren, Timothy LANE and Tesla LANE; and two nieces, Pauline ASBURY and Juanita WILSON.
She was survived by her six children, Bill WASHINGTON of Arlington, VA, Bemita BUCK of Holdenville, Jerry WASHINGTON of Ada, Wiley WASHINGTON of Glenpool, Esther LANE and Loretta HARJO, both of Tulsa; 14 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and 14 great-great-grandchildren.
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August 2001

CHESBO
PAWHUSKA - Floriene Mazilla CHESBRO was born September 24, 1918, in Muskogee. She died May 28, 2001, at Pawhuska Hospital. Funeral services were held May 30. No details were given on the place or particulars of the funeral or the place of interment.
She was a retired beautician and had enjoyed gardening, fishing, reading, and spending time with her family. She was the daughter of Frank and Effie Childers WOODARD. Her parents, a brother, Troy, and a grandson, Kevin VEHEY, preceded her in death. She is survived by two of her other children: Bob CHESBRO of Pawhuska and Susan FAATZ of Columbus, IN; a brother, Joe Charles WOODARD; and three grandchildren, Clair LEMKE, Mackenzie CHESBRO and Cameron CHESBRO.

DEERINWATER
OKEMAH - George Amos DEERINWATER was born October 15, 1934, in Braggs. No date was given for his death. Wake services were conducted June 29, 2001, at Buckeye Baptist Church followed by the funeral service at the church on June 30. No information was given on the place of interment.
He grew up in Okfuskee County, served in the Air Force and worked in construction. He had moved to Arizona in 1952, returning to Okemah to care for his mother from 1982 until HER DEATH six years ago. Afterwards he returned to AZ and resided there until his death.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Louise Hicks DEERINWATER, and one brother, John DEERINWATER.
He was survived by six daughters, Melinda DEERINWATER of Okmulgee, Christine LEWIS, Janice VAN WINKLE, Sherri BARTON, Georgene DEERINWATER, and April JENSEN, all of Scottsdale, AZ; and his son, Canaan DEERINWATER of Tahlequah; three sisters, Susanna BEAR and Rosalie DIXON of Okemah, and Laverna PEARSON of Bristow; and two brothers, Alex DEERINWATER and Gary DEERINWATER, both of Bristow.

HARJO
HENRYETTA - Benjamin HARJO was born January 3, 1921, in Kansas City, MO. No date was given for his death. A wake service was held July 15, 2001, at the Robert Simons Funeral Home Chapel followed on July 16 by funeral services conducted by Rev. Mitchell Taylor. He was interred at the Buckley Family Cemetery, south of Weleetka.
He was a member of the Alabama Quassarte and Kialigee tribes. After he had enlisted in the U.S. Army as a young man, he stayed on to make it his career. He also later served in the Civil Service. He was married to Christine Marshall in 1952.
|He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Aggie Coachman HARJO, and one grandson, Craig Bucktrot. He was survived by his wife; four sons, Frank Gene HARJO of Henryetta, and James C. HARJO, William HARJO, and Bennie HARJO, all of Dustin; four daughters, Mandy ZAFAR of Tulsa, Karen POWELL of Bryant, Anna HARJO of Claremore, and Judy HARJO of Tulsa; one sister, Leona GIBBONS of Oklahoma City; 17 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

RILEY
HENRYETTA - John Watson RILEY was born December 19, 1930, in Okfuskee County. No information was given on the date or place of his death. A wake service was held July 7, 2001, at the Robert Simons Funeral Home Chapel. The funeral was held July 9 at Hutchechubba Baptist Church with Rev. Houston Tiger and Deacon Wayne Holata officiating. Pallbearers were Brent Smith, Bruce Smith, Gary Davis, Johnny Micco, Jerry Sumka, and Sidney Lee. Honorary pallbearers were J.D. Roberts, Wallace Gambler and Barton Looney. Interment was at Hutchechubba Church Cemetery.
He was a member of Hutchechubba Baptist Church and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He loved church, reading his Bible and working on the church property.
Preceeding him in death were his parents, Smitka and Ida Watson RILEY, his wife, ChristineBIRDCREEK; one granddaughter, Susan Ray RILEY; one great-grandson, Taylor Frank RILEY; four brothers, George RILEY, Joe RILEY, Thomas Arthur Lee RILEY, Bunny RILEY; and one sister, Judy Trillia RILEY.
He was survived by one son, Jonathan J. RILEY of Weleetka; two daughters, Trillia RILEY and Judy KELSEY, both of Weleetka; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one sister, Leona FRANK of Moore; one nephew, Pete RILEY of Sand Springs; one niece, Katherine FOSTER of Konawa; three great-nieces and two great-nephews.

SCOTT
DEL CITY - Jonathan C. SCOTT was born March 22, 1978, in Oklahoma City. He died June 10, 2001. Funeral services were held June 14 at Mary Lee Clark United Methodist Church. Interment was at Kolb Cemetery in Spencer.
Preceding him in death were his brother, Timothy Ray SCOTT; his grandfathers Mose SCOTT and Lewis HARJO; and his stepgrandfather, Russell THOMPSON.
He was the son of David and Marlene SCOTT. His survivors include one son, Kvncate SCOTT, two daughters, Leandra SANDS and Mariah SCOTT; his grandmothers, Irene THOMPSON and Nonie SCOTT; uncles, Gilbert SCOTT, Bill SCOTT, Legus HARJO, Randy HARJO, Ron HARJO, Lewis HARJO, Jr., and Jerry HARJO; aunts, Nancy PIGEON, Lou CHOTKEY, and Melody ROBINSON.

WALKER
HENRYETTA - George WALKER was born February 15, 1915, on his homestead in Henryetta. He died April 29, 2001, at Hillcrest Medical Center. Funeral services were held May 2, 2001, at Roger’s Funeral Home with Rev. John Wayne Tulsa Officiating. Pallbearers were Newman Taylor, Roley Taylor, William Frye, Walter Taylor, Jr., Gary Walker and Tommy Walker. Interment was at the Soweka Cemetery.
He belonged to the Bird Clan and had lived in the Yardeka/Ryal community most of his life. He enjoyed the outdoors, and was dedicated to his family.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Digie and Manda Harjo WALKER, and his wife, Mary TAYLOR; five of his children; two brothers, Robert WALKER and Alex WALKER; and three sisters, Ella TAYLOR, Hepsey FIFE, and Minnie WHITLOW.
He is survived by his son, Barney WALKER, one daughter, Helen WALKER of Henryetta; two grandchildren, Elliot WALKER and Norma WALKER, both of Henryetta; and two great-grandchildren, Jake WALKER and Aaron WALKER, both of Henryetta.
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