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January 2002

CHECOTAH - Ollie Mae Bittle CAREY was born June 13, 1925, in Pierce. She died in September 2001. Funeral services were held September 6, 2001, at the First Baptist Church in Checotah. Officiating the services were Rev. Wayne Brown, Rev. Bill Sherril, and Rev. Harry Dodd. Pallbearers were Don, Jay, Jim, Robert, and Bill Bittle, Dr. Bill Winter, Johnny Carey and Ed Working.Interment was at Greenlawn Cemetery.
She graduated as salutatorian from Pierce High School and from Northeastern Teacher’s College, earning the most outstanding record and a Bachelor of Arts degree in education, with a major in mathematics. She taught school until 1951 when she married Ramond CAREY at Checotah. She joined the church at age 12 and remained active in the First Baptist Church for 48 years. She taught different classes throughout her life and was the senior adult women’s teacher when she became ill. She also was active in numerous community
organizations: McIntosh County Homemakers Club, Girl Scout leader, book reviewer and member of Chapter BX of P.E.O. since 1963, and she was a founding member of the Katy Depot Museum.
She was survived by her husband of the home, two sons, Dr. John Christopher CAREY of Phoenix, AZ, and Mitchell Porter CAREY of Edmond; two grandson; two granddaughters; four brothers, Jim LITTLE of Checotah, Robert BITTLE of Tulsa, Don BITTLE of Preston; three sisters, Norma WINTER of Bartlesville, Dr. Cheryl BITTLE of Portland, OR, and Ina BITTLE; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

OKMULGEE - Jacob B. ELLIS was born October 14, 1918. He died December 6, 2002. Graveside services were held December 7 at Bald Hill Cemetery.
He was the son of Abner Doolie and Nellie Bruner ELLIS. He was a inventor and held three patents. He was a rancher, a farmer and was a retired heavy equipment operator for the City of Tulsa. He was a a World War II Veteran. a graduate of Oklahoma State Technical School, an artist and instructor, counselor, and friend to many.
He was survived by his wife, Laurabelle Elizabeth (maiden name not given); his son, Michael Anthony ELLIS; and siblings Lilllian, Willie, Richard, Dorothy, Nellie, Pandora and Andrew.

DUSTIN - Eugene HARJO, Sr., was born April 7, 1945 in Talihina. He died in November, 2002. Funeral services where held November 23 at Thewarley Methodist Church with Rev. Malcolm Tiger and Rev. Alex Lowe officiating. Pall bearers were Kevin Atchico, Bear McClain, Legus Barnett, Roger Butler, Jack Yargee, and Harry Harjo. Honorary pall bearers were George Cook, Bobby Yargee, Roley Johnson, Curtis Smith, Turner Scott and John King. Interment was the Johnson Family Cemetery.
He was raised in the Ragtown area and attended Moss School where he was active in Baseball.  He also attended Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kansas where he played football. He graduated from Haskell in 1964, joined the Army and served from 1964 to 1966. He was a welder and joined General Motors when it opened and worked
there until his retirement.
He married Linda Gouge and was an active member in Thewarley Methodist Church and also supported Alabama/Quassarte. He was an avid University of Oklahoma fan, coached his son’s little league team and was a football chain gang for Crooked Oak High School during his son’s football years there.
He was the son of Wade and Linda Johnson HARJO, who preceded him in death. Three of his siblings also preceded him in death, brother Marcey HARJO, and two sisters, Diane Harjo LOWE and Lydia Harjo BLUEBOOK.
His survivors include son, Eugene HARJO, Jr.; three daughters, Teresa NOTCH, Callie GARCIA and Jessica STEWARD, all of Oklahoma City; eight grandchildren; four sisters, Anna SMITH and Eliza BARNETT both of Wetumka; Donna HARJO of Mt. Juliet, TN, and Florence ATCHICO of Harrah; two brothers, Willie HARJO
of Chelsea and Jimmy HARJO of Wetumka; several nieces and nephews; and a host of relatives and friends.

HANNA - Margaret Ann HARJO was born October 4, 1936, in Hanna. She died in November, 2001. Funeral services were held November 17 at Hillabee Baptist Church, officiated by Rev. Gene HARJO and Rev. Robert Berryhill. Pallbearers were James Buckner, Victor Davis, George Factor, John Hill, Jackson Hill, Brian Postoak, Billy Don Scott, and James Shaw. Interment was at Hillabee Cemetery.
She enjoyed sewing baby blankets, attending stomp dances, and spending time with and taking care of her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Sampson and Roseanna Brown HILL; two brothers, Jackson HILL and John HILL. She was survived by her husband, Jackson HARJO, whom she married June 25, 1954, in Oklahoma City; her daughter, Patricia Ann HARJO of Wetumka; three sons, Silas HILL of Wetumka, Jackson HARJO, Jr., of Horton, KS, and Marcus Wayne HARJO of Tecumseh; two brothers, Wilson HILL and Benjamin HILL, both of Oklahoma City; five grandchildren and one great granddaughter.

OKMULGEE - Lee Roy JOSHUA was born October 11, 1937, in Holdenville. He died in October, 2001, and funeral services were held October 12 at Belvin Baptist Church. Officiating were Rev. David Deere, Rev. Sonny Bear, Rev. Malcolm Tiger and John Buckner. Pallbearers were Steve Mangum, Rick Powell, B.J. Wagoner, Sammy Howell, Mike Tiger, and W. E. Howell. Honorary pallbearers were Stanley Harjo, Sam Beaver, Jr., Albert Tyson, Anthony Beaver, Mitchell Dean Littlehead, and Louis Scott, Jr. Interment was at Tallahasse Methodist Church Cemetery.
He was the son of Edmond, Sr., and Dorothy Tiger JOSHUA. He attended Many Springs Baptist Church in Holdenville and was a lifetime resident of Okmulgee. He was a self-taught artist who worked in oils, pastels, tempra, watercolors and sculpted in bronze. His work has been displayed in museums and galleries
throughout Oklahoma and various other states: Oklahoma Historical Museum, Oklahoma City; Creek
Council House Museum, Okmulgee; Five Civilized Tribes Museum, Muskogee; Red Cloud Museum, Pine
Ridge, SD; Tagachady Gallery, Chattanooga, TN; Elaine Horwich Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ; White Buffalo
Gallery, Wichita, KS; Oklahoma Art Gallery, Oklahoma City; and Two Feathers Gallery in Siloam Springs, AR. He has received art awards in many art shows at these museum, as well as from the Heard Museum Guild, Scottsdale National Art Show, Albuquerque State Fair, and Intertribal Indian Ceremonial, Gallup, NM.
He was survived by his wife, Lucille of the home, and others (relationship not given): Lee JOSHUA, Jr.; Lloyd and Lawanna BEAVER; Richard and Betty BEAVER all of Okmulgee; Ward and Laura BEAVER of Morris; Sherri JOSHUA; Siadienia JOSUA; Betty and Stanley HARJO; Leslie and Rick POWELL all of Okmulgee; Regina TIGER of Shawnee; Edmond JOSHUA, Jr. of Wetumka; Randall JOSHUA of Tulsa; and Martin JOSHUA of Oklahoma City

OKEMAH - Isaac DeVaughn STEWART was born and died on November 28, 2001. He was the son of Kelly STEWART and Denise HICKS of Oklahoma City. Funeral services, officiated by Rev. Wayne Harjo, were held December 6 at Buckeye Baptist Church. Pallbearers were Justin HICKS and Jeremiah STEWART. Honorary pallbearers were Ryan and Simon Hicks. Interment was at the Hicks Family
Preceding him in death were is maternal grandparents, Norma Jean HICKS and Wessie GRAMMER; paternal great grandmother, Jeanne Vee RICHMOND; paternal ;great-great grandparents, L. T. and Rosalee PIGGIE. Survivors include his parents, half-brother, Carlos STEWART; half sister Celeste STEWART, both of Depew; maternal grandfather, Branson HICKS of Okemah; paternal grandparents, Ralph and Christina STEWART, Sr., of Chandler; eight uncles, three aunts and many cousins.

TULSA - Lena Carr TIGER was born March 21, 1913. She died November 24, 2001. Funeral services were held November 26 at Jenk’s Regular Baptist Church, where she was a member, with Rev. Troy Hayes officiating. No other information was available on the services, other participants or place of interment.
Tiger liked horses and enjoyed attending rodeos. In her earlier years, she played baseball and softball and was a member of one of the first women’s baseball teams from Liberty Mounds. She later established and sponsored women’s softball teams. She was interested in collecting antique jewelry and attending flea markets.
Preceding her in death were her husband, George TIGER and a son, Benny TIGER. She was survived by her sons Connie Mack TIGER and Daniel TIGER, her daughters Delores FREEMAN and Jane CORNELL, all of Tulsa; four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a sister, Emma MARSHALL of Liberty Mounds.


February 2002

WICHITA, KS - Virgil “Blue” HARJO was born July 25, 1924, at Henryetta. He died in November 2001. Funeral services were held November 30 at the Wichita Indian United Methodist Church, where he was a member. No other information was given on funeral services, participants or place of interment.
Harjo attended Euchee Indian Boarding School and Haskell Indian School, where he lettered in football, basketball, and baseball. He served in the Navy during WW II and finished high school after his tour of duty. He worked at Coleman Company, Cessna Aircraft, Boeing Aircraft, Chilocco Indian School and retired in 1991 from Learjet. He was a member of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, the American Legion, and Pine Bay Men’s Golf Club. He and his wife enjoyed playing golf together.
Preceding him in death were his wife, Geraldine CERRE, whom he had married May 19, 1943, in Newkirk; his parents, Chaparney and Rose Kernel HARJO; a brother, Jessee HARJO; and a sister, Lily. He was
survived by his son, Gerald Blue HARJO, and his daughter, Elizabeth HARJO, both of Wichita; his sister, Mary Jane BLACK of Pawnee; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

MADERA, CA - Wayland WARE was born January 4, 1916, in Bristow. He died November 16, 2001, at the Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, Auburn, CA. Funeral services were held November 20 at the Arbor Vitae Cemetery, with Rev.Dwight Koopmans officiating.
Ware attended Pine Hill Grade School and Olive High School where he was on the basketball team. He met his wife, Mildred Ruth LOW of Broken Arrow, while he was working at the CCC Camp. They were married June 29, 1935. He spent most of his life on the west coast in Oregon and California. He retired from McDonnell-Douglas in 1975. He enjoyed repairing old furniture, going to swap meets and garage sales, restoring old cars, working in his yard, doing jigsaw puzzles, collecting Indian artifacts and watching college football.
Preceding him in death were his grandmother, Julia Carter SKEEN; his parents, Henderson and Lula WARE; brothers Oren WARE, Flaxie HARJO, and Richard HARJO, his sisters, Iva WARE and Juanita
JONES; and his daughter, Norma WARE. Survivors include his wife of Grass Valley, CA; his sister, Lorene DASHER and brother, Otis HARJO, both of Madera, CA; his sons, Gary HARJO of Grass Valley and David HARJO of Honolulu, HI; grandchildren, Kary of Stockholm, Sweden, Paul of Honolulu and Cynthia of Auburn.

MUSKOGEE - Billy WASHINGTON, Jr. was born February 5, 1959, in Tahlequah. He died December 12, 2001, at St. John’s Medical Center, Tulsa. Funeral services were held December 15 at Butler Creek Baptist Church. Rev. Norman Daniels and Rev. Woody Wilson officiated. Pallbearers were his nephews: Michael WASHINGTON, Derrick WASHINGTON, Chris WASHINGTON, Thomas ADAIR, Thomas WILSON, Ray DEARMAN and Brian McBRIDE. No information was given on the place of interment.
He was preceded in death by his father, Billy WASHINGTON, Sr.; maternal grandparents, Rev. Lee and Katie WOLF; and his paternal grandparents, Thomas and Martha WASHINGTON. He was survived by his mother, Susie WASHINGTON; two brothers, Mike WASHINGTON and James WASHINGTON, both of Muskogee; two sisters, Cindy DANIEL and Pamela WILSON, both of Muskogee; one uncle, Rev. Robert WASHINGTON of Okmulgee; one aunt, Darlene BUCKNER of Okmulgee; three nieces, four nephews, seven great-nieces and three great-nephews.

MUSKOGEE - James Keith WASHINGTON was born August 4, 1962, in Tahlequah. He died December 16, 2001. Funeral Services were held December 19 at Butler Creek Baptist Church. Rev. Norman Daniel and Rev. Woody Wilson officiated. Pallbearers were his nephews Michael WASHINGTON, Derrick WASHINGTON, Chris WASHINGTON, Thomas ADAIR, Thomas WILSON, Ray DEARMAN, and Brian McBRIDE. No information was given on the place of interment.
Washington grew up in Muskogee and attended Muskogee and Oktaha schools.
He was preceded in death by his father, Rev. Billy WASHINGTON; brother Billy WASHINGTON; son, James WASHINGTON, Jr.; his maternal grandparents, Rev. Lee and Katie WOLF and his paternal grandparents, Thomas and Martha WASHINGTON. He was survived by his mother, Susie
WASHINGTON of the home; one brother, Mike WASHINGTON of Muskogee; two sisters, Cindy DANIEL and Pamela WILSON, both of Muskogee; one uncle, Rev. Robert WASHINGTON of Okmulgee;
one aunt, Darlene BUCKNER of Okmulgee; three nieces, four nephews, seven great-nieces, and three great-nephews.

EUFAULA - Charles Osce WILSON was born January 13, 1972, at Tahlequah. He died December 10, 2001. Funeral services were held December 15 at Tuskegee Baptist Church, where he was a member,
officiated by Rev. Ruben Kenney and Rev. Ernest Marshall. Pallbearers were Spencer McIntosh, Tyler McIntosh, Eli McIntosh, Shannon Shackelford, A.J. Jones, Chad Lemasters, Chebon Abernathy, Tvse Wilson, Barry Wilson, and Julea Wilson. Honorary pallbearers were the 1990 Eufaula High School Ironhead football team and coaches. Interment was at the Marshall Family Cemetery.
He graduated from Eufaula High School and was a member of the Ironhead football team. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp from November 1990 to his honorable discharge in August 1998. He was a firefighter with the BIA/Muscogee Nation Fire Supression Program.
Preceding him in death were his grandparents, Alfred and Ruth WILSON; maternal grandfather, Ben MARSHALL; aunt, Sue BIBLE; and his uncle, Homer WILSON. He was survived by his parents, Kenneth and Sandra Marshall WILSON of Tulsa and Eufaula; maternal grandmother, Henryetta MARSHALL of
Eufaula; two brothers, Barry WILSON of Eufaula and Tvse Ben WILSON of Durango, CO; sister, Julea WILSON of Durango, CO; aunts and uncles, Bonita and Ron ABERNATHY, of Muskogee, Hannah FRANCIS of Glenpool, Edna NATSEWAY of Tulsa, Tony and Lorraine MARSHALL of Owyhee, NV, Jerry FRANCIS, Mike FRANCIS of Coalgate; Lewana TANNER, Carol WEST, Pansy POTTS, Leona HARCROW, Alfred and Sandy WILSON, Charles WILSON, Johnny WILSON, Jerry and Colleen WILSON; nieces and nephews, Kayla Dee WILSON, Hiyuce WILSON, Chebon ABERNATHY and Sally ABERNATHY.

April 2002

HOLDENVILLE - Sam Brooks was born April 15, 1918 in Wetumka. He died in March 2002. Funeral services were held March 8 at Hudson-Phillips Chapel with Rev. Eugene Harjo and Rev. Joe Lowe Jr. officiating. Pallbearers were Frank Lowe, James Lowe, Jerry Lowe, Mitchell Musgrove, Harry Walker and Roley Johnson. Honorary pallbearers were Ben Marney, Angel Lowe, Dana Musgrove, and Dan Narcomey. Interment was at the Holdenville Cemetery.
Brooks served n the Army during WW II and earned a Purple Heart. He was raised in Wetumka and attended school at Greasy Creek. He married Elizabeth LOWE July 3, 1957, in Holdenville. He worked in
the construction industry and enjoyed working in leather crafts, fishing and watching sports.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Anne BIRD and Joe BROOKS, one brother and one sister. He was survived by his wife, one sister, Evelyn McGIRT of Holdenville; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

EUFAULA - Funeral services for Nathan Scott DUKES were held February 24, 2002, at Gregg Funeral Home Chapel officiated by Gary and Mary Gregg. No information was given on the date or place of birth, nor the date and place of death. Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery.
He was survived by his parents, Tammy Marie NIXON and Todd Allen DUKES; grandparents, Eve and Mike SMITH, Freddy and Mary NIXON, Beverly STASEL and David DUKES; cousin Matthew VAUGHN; and aunts and uncles, Shelly and Allen VAUGHN, Kenneth NIXON, Nicole SMITH and Ashley

OKEMAH - Johnson Jensen HARJO was born January 18, 1907, west of Okemah. He died around the beginning of April, 2002. Funeral services were held April 6, 2002, in Schumacher Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. John Lowe officiated. No information was given on pallbearers. Interment was at the Harjo Family Cemetery.
He lived in Okemah most of his life, served in the Army during WW II and was a rancher and farmer. He was in the Color Guard for Creek Nation and a former member of the American Legion. He was WIND
CLAN, NUYAKA Tribal Town, and an ordained Deacon in Greenleaf Baptist Church. He recently attended the Prairie Springs No. 2 Church.
He was preceded in death by one son, Geronimo HARJO; one daughter, Alice ROBERTS; two brothers, Abner HARJO and Josiah HARJO; and two sisters, Lizzie Harjo ROBINSON and Melissa TIGER. He is survived by six daughters, Geneva HARJO and Augustine HARJO, both of Okemah, Delores BONITZ of Okmulgee, Betty WHITEBIRD and Esther COLLINS, both of Oklahoma City, and Bonnie THOMPSON of San Francisco, CA; grandchildren and great grandchildren; and numerous other family and friends.

ARKANSAS CITY, KS - Willie “Bummie” JAMES was born February 6, 1919, in Depew. He died in February 2002. Funeral services were conducted on February 20 at Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home by Rev. Willie McCaslin of Mounds. No information was given on pallbearers or place of interment.
James attended Euchee Indian Mission School from 1926 to 1936. He graduated from Ft. Wingate (NM) High School in 1939 where he was active in football and track. He served in the Army 8th Air Force Bomb Squad from 1940 to 1944. He was a B-17 ball turret gunner and flew twenty-five bombing missions over Germany. He worked as a bus driver for the Bureau of Indian Affairs at Chilocco, retiring in 1987. He was a championship bowler, winning several Indian bowling titles in Oklahoma and one title in Los Angeles, CA.
He was a member of the TIGER CLAN, and the KELLYVILLE EUCHEE Ceremonial Ground. He married Imogene SCUGGINS August 24, 1944, in Gallup, NM, and they made their home in Miami, OK, until moving to Arkansas City in 1960.
Preceding him in death was his parents, John Henry JAMES (Zondeoteetay) and Lucy Tiger JAMES; his wife; his son Jimmie JAMES; a brother, Jesse JAMES; sisters, Stella FANNIN and Juanita BROWN; and half brothers, John Dee and Page.
He was survived by his son Gary JAMES of Arkansas City; daughter
Virginia MOLLER of Tuba City, AZ; half sisters Mary SMITH and Birdie McCASLIN of Mounds; granddaughters Mardee DeSANTIS of Columbus, OH, Kelli YOST and Jodie JAMES of Arkansas City; and
one great-grandson.

EUFAULA - Louis “Yahola” Henry MCINTOSH was born April 15, 1932, in Eufaula. He died in March, 2002. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Raymond Beaver on April 4 at First Free Will Baptist Church. Pallbearers were George McIntosh, Ricky McIntosh, Cornelius McIntosh Jr., Louis Postoak, Gary Jim, and William Spain. Interment was at the McIntosh Family Cemetery.
McIntosh served in the Army from 1953 to 1955 and remained in the Reserve until 1961. He was a retired welder and affiliated with the West Eufaula Indian Baptist Church.
Preceding him in death were his parents, George W. McINTOSH and Ethel Scott McINTOSH, and brothers Luke Scott MCINTOSH, Red Eagle MCINTOSH, and Alfred Frank MCINTOSH. He was
survived by one brother, Cornelius and Gerilyn MCINTOSH of Oklahoma City, and two sisters, Ethel PITTMAN of Stedham and JoAnn VOICE of Stringtown.

EUFAULA - Red Eagle MCINTOSH was born November 24, 1932, in Eufaula. He died in March, 2002. Funeral services were held April 4 at First Free Will Baptist Church, officiated by Rev. Buddy Powell.
Interment was at the McIntosh Family Cemetery.
McIntosh served in the U.S. Army from 1947 to 1952, including a tour of duty in Korea. He was a truck driver employed by J.M.’s Restaurant before he retired. He was a member of the Eufaula VFW Post 8798 and the Elm Grove Assembly of God Church.
Preceding him in death were his parents, George W. MCINTOSH and Ethel Scott MCINTOSH; brothers Luke Scott MCINTOSH, Louis Henry MCINTOSH, and Alfred Frank MCINTOSH. He was survived by his wife, Gracie Rice MCINTOSH, of Sacramento, CA; two daughters, Kim and Marlow HAYES of Fresno, CA, and Leslie and Jerry DANIELS of Sacramento, CA; one brother, Cornelius and Gerilynn MCINTOSH of Oklahoma City; two sisters, Ethel PITTMAN of Stidham and JoAnn VOICE of Stringtown;
and two grandchildren.

OKMULGEE - Glenn March MOORE, Sr., was born March 16, 1924, in Morris at the Half Moon Ranch. He died in March 2002. Funeral services were held on March 16 at the First Baptist Church. No information was given on participants in the service nor the place of interment.
He was the son of William N. and Leona Matlock MORRIS. He attended Euchee Indian Boarding School with three of his older brothers from first through fourth grade before returning to Morris for 5th grade. He was active in Music and Sports at Morris High School and graduated Salutatorian of his class in 1942. He attended the University of Oklahoma, but transferred to Oklahoma A & M College at Stillwater in 1943 where he played right end on both offense and defense football. This team defeated OU in the 1944-45 season and went on to win the Cotton Bowl. They repeated this performance on the 1945-46 season, beating OU by a score of 47-0 and then winning the Sugar Bowl. After graduation Moore had to turn down offers to play professional football because of injuries. He went on to a teaching and coaching career at Bacone College in Muskogee. He left there to become Postmaster of the City of Morris and held that position for 37 years, retiring in 1992. He remained active in
civic affairs even after retirement. He was elected to Creek Nation as representative of Okmulgee District in 1997 and was elected as first speaker of the Muscogee Creek Nation National Council under the newly revised Constitution of Creek Nation. He became affiliated with the Masonic Lodge and served numerous times as Worshipful Master of Morris Lodge 471. He was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason and a member of the Bedouin Temple of the Royal Order of Nobles of Mystic Shrine in Muskogee. He also was a member and active in the Morris Lions Club, Secretary of Morris Alumni Association from 1964-1985 and President from 1986- 1989, Treasurer of the
Morris High School Alumni Association, Secretary of the Morris Cemetery Association and Lifetime member of the First Baptist Church of Morris. He was a dedicated musician and leader of his own orchestra composed mostly of his family whom he taught
to play a variety of musical instruments. His band once performed at the Oklahoma Governor’s Mansion for then Governor Henry Bellmon’s 50th wedding anniversary. Governor Bellmon was a close personal friend.  Moore loved horses and was an expert trainer and roper. His hobbies also included beadwork.  
He was survived by his wife, Jane SUMPTER Moore, who had been a college coed from Central High School when Moore attended Oklahoma A & M. They were married September 26, 1946. Also surviving were his four children: Glen, Marcy, Susie and Lucy; seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren; and three brothers.

CHECOTAH - Bruce Allen SMITH was born November 18, 1978, at Tahlequah. He died in March 2002.  Funeral services were held March 15 at the First Free Will Baptist Church with Rev. Bill Welch officiating. Interment was at Greenlawn Cemetery.
He was a 1997 Checotah High School graduate. He was a laborer and enjoyed spending time with his friends and family and playing cards and dominoes.
Preceding him in death were his grandfathers, Owen SMITH and Sam HARPER. He was survived by his parents, Robert and Sandra Harper SMITH; his sister, Kendra and Ruston ROUND; grandparents, Mary
Lou SMITH and Junior FREDERICK and Sue HARPER, all of Checotah; aunts and uncles, Judy and Norman CLARK of Nixon, NV, Sam HARPER of Eufaula, Onzell and Gerald KEAHBONE and Nathan HARPER, all of Checotah, and Ramond and Joy GREEN of Coppell, TX; and numerous other relatives and friends.

OKMULGEE - Felix Medester TIGER was born May 17, 1925. He died in March 2002. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Dwayne Pratt at Okmulgee Indian Baptist Church, where Tiger was a member.  Pallbearers were Dennis LEEPER, Phillip Jackson Jr., Phillip Jackson, Mark Jimboy, James Jimboy, Robby Tiger and Randy TIGER. Honorary pallbearers were Edwin Jimboy, Franklin Beaver, Donnie McNac and Paul McNac. Interment was at the Fort Gibson National Cemetery.
Tiger was a Baptist Minister and also worked as an aircraft mechanic. He was the son of Phillip Seba TIGER and Annie Monday TIGER. He was married to Reta WESLEY on November 12, 1977.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Stanley TIGER and Amos TIGER; and one son, Michael TIGER. He was survived by by his wife of the home; two sons, Darrel “Bo” TIGER of Freemont, CA, and Gary C. TIGER of Tucson, AZ; a sister, Mae JACKSON of Okemah; and a host of other relatives and friends.

DEPEW - John Thomas “Big Tom” WATSON was born February 5, 1916, in Dustin. He died in March 2002. Funeral services were held March 11 at the Church of God, where he was a member. Pastor Clyde McGuire officiated. Interment was at the Watson-Wiley Cemetery located three miles north of Dustin.
Watson graduated from Graham High School east of Holdenville. He served in the Army during WW II.  He later served as constable and Mayor of Dustin and for a time was a bounty hunter. He was employed by the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority in Turnpike Maintenance until his retirement. He was a member of the Bristow VFW Post 3657 and active in the Bristow Indian Community. He loved to hunt rattlesnakes and to watch his great granddaughter play softball and basketball.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Santa Anna WATSON and Annie Howell WATSON, two sisters and two brothers. He was survived by two sons, Tommy Joe WATSON and Sandy WATSON both of Bristow, and John R. and Judy WATSON of Anaheim, CA; one sister, Hattie WALLIS, of Bristow; four grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; his former wife and mother of their two sons, Dorothy BLUE of Tulsa; and a host of other family and friends.

MAY 2002

EUFAULA - Hattie JONES was born August 26, 1908, at Lenna. She died in April, 2002. Funeral services were held April 13 at the Little Coweta Baptist Church. The service was officiated by Rev. Ernest Best and Rev. Gary Hawkins. Pallbearers were A.J. Jones, Terry Jones, Chadd Lemasters, Tim Jones, Jack Jones, and Carlton Dale Cook. Honorary pallbearers were Paula Hawkins, Bobbie Gail McLaughlin, Shelley Hunter, Kelly Smith, Regina Cook, Tina Marie Wilkes, Dana Johnson, Cara Williams, Lindsey Brantly, and
Jackie Stevens. Interment was at the Morrison Cemetery.
Jones was a homemaker and an active member of Little Cussetah Indian Baptist Church all her life. She served as church treasurer for 21 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Adam JONES, Sr., whom she married in May 1929 at Eufaula. Also her parents, Major C. and Carrie Wood MORRISON; son, George JONES; daughter, Tiny JONES; two sisters, Eloise MORRISON and Hettie ROBERTSON; two brothers, Jackie MORRISON and Bufford MORRISON; grandson Tommy JONES, Jr., and great-grandchild, Tesse DOYLE. Survivors include her daughter, Carrie WILLIAMS of Stidham; three sons, Bobby JONES, Adam JONES, Jr., both of
Stidham, and Tommy JONES of Tulsa; four sisters, Lizzie SPEERS of Dustin, Dortha REED of Lenna, Leora COPELAND of California, and Mary EDWARDS of Arvin, CA; one brother, John MORRISON of Ohio; fifteen grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

HENRYETTA - Irene Louise LEWIS was born August 11, 1958, in Henryetta. She died in April, 2002.  Funeral services were held April 10 at Yardeka Baptist Church, where she was a member, with Rev. Donnie McNac and Rev. Matt Tiger officiating. Pallbearers were Jeff Long, Michael Winap, Norman McNac, Todd Chamberlin, Matt Chamberlin, Mark Taylor, Tom Taylor, Kevin McNac, and Chris Jacobs. Honorary flower girls were Kay Noah, Louise McNac, Pam Chamberlin, Marcy Hill, and Stephanie Ganote. Interment was at the Lewis Family Cemetery near Dustin.
She was a longtime member of her church, and an avid sports woman. She enjoyed playing volleyball and softball and doing beadwork.
She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Lewis LONG, Sr. She was survived by her husband, Walter LEWIS, Jr., whom she married May 27, 1978, in McIntosh County. Also her two daughters,
Roberta HAMRIC of Henryetta and Felicia LEWIS of the home; her two sons, Santana LEWIS and Jeremy LEWIS, both of Henryetta; her mother, Neta Jacobs TAYLOR, of Henryetta; two sisters, Jessica WADDLE of Okmulgee and Rena PATTERSON of Weleetka; four brothers, Jefferson LONG of Arkansas, Andrew LONG, Robert LONG, and Billy Jack LONG, all of Henryetta; five grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.

CASTLE - Shaun Edmond SMITH was born March 12, 1983, in Okemah. He died in April, 2002. Funeral services were held April 13, at Prairie Springs Baptist Church with Rev. Richard Fixico officiating.
Casketbearers were Billy Ray HARLEY, J.D. Harley, Danny Tiger, Wayne Tiger, Amon Tiger and Jason Smith. Honorary casketbearers were Cody Fitzpatrick, Ronnie Smith, and Michael Smith. Interment was at the Smith Family Cemetery.
Smith had resided in Henryetta all his life and attended Henryetta High School where he was a senior at the time of his death. He enjoyed art, his computer, his friends and his family.
He was survived by his parents, Paul E. SMITH and Betty Harley SMITH of the home; two brothers, Ronnie SMITH and Michael SMITH of the home; maternal grandparents, Tim and Lois HARLEY of Henryetta; paternal grandfather, Eddie SMITH of Okemah; and many other relatives and fiends.

June 2002

WETUMKA - Geneva FISH was born November 21, 1917 in Wetumka. She died in April 2002. Funeral services were held May 1 at Sand Creek Baptist Church. No information about the services or place of interment was available.
She was raised in the Wetumka area and attended Hobson and Sacred Heart Boarding School in Konawa. She was a long time member of Sand Creek Baptist Church and was a women’s leader for many years. She taught Sunday School for over 40 years, served as church secretary and treasurer, served as Women’s Missionary Union president, and worked many years as an associate worker for the Muscogee-Seminole-Wichita Baptist Association. In February 1995, she was awarded recognition from her church for her 54 years service and dedication.. She also enjoyed quilting and helped raise money for her church by making quilts.
She was the daughter of Rufus and Gussie Coachman BUCKLEY. She was preceded in death by her husband, Josie FISH. Also preceding her in death was an infant daughter; brothers Kozy BUCKLEY, Harvey BUCKLEY, Ledon BUCKLEY, Henry BUCKLEY, Watie BUCKLEY and Louis BUCKLEY; her two sisters Yvonne MARTIN and Mary BUCKLEY.
Survivors include: Her three children, Melosie BERRYHILL, Paulie STARR and Curtis SMITH, all of Wetumka; Marie ASBURY of Wichita Falls, TX (relationship not noted); her sisters, Betty HILL of Okmulgee and Martha ALLEN of Gore; seven grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

HENRYETTA - Walter Kano LEWIS was born January 18, 1941, in Hanna, OK. He died in May, 2002. Funeral services were held May 22 at Robert Simons Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Gene Harjo officiating. Casketbearers were Marvin Lowe, Steve Randall, Jerry Sumka, Rusty Powell, Barton Looney, Timmy Lowe and Johnny Micco. Honorary casketbearers were Rev. John Lowe, Robert Soloman, Keith Cochran, Smiley Barnett, Bobby Gallegos and Willie Randall. Interment was at the Lewis Family Cemetery.
He was a member and Deacon at Hutchechuppa Baptist Church. He was retired from the City of Henryetta Water Department. He enjoyed fishing, farming, traveling and gospel singing.
He was the son of Jonas Lewis KANO and Alice Simmons LEWIS. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant daughter; his two brothers, Kenneth LEWIS and Eldon LEWIS; one sister, Nahka
CARPITCHER; and his two wives, Mary Ann Barnett LEWIS and Alice Harjo LEWIS.
His survivors include two daughters, Leah SOLOMON of Sapulpa and Wanona COCHRAN of Henryetta; two sons Walter LEWIS, Jr. of Henryetta and Sunday LEWIS of Sapulpa; a sister, Fannie BARNETT of Dewar; two brothers, Sonnie Lewis KANO of Dustin and Bunny LEWIS of Hanna; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

MUSKOGEE - Harley Gene LITTLE was born August 25, 1930, in Bearden, OK. He died in April 2002. Funeral services were held April 24 at First Baptist Church with Dr. David Becker officiating. Pallbearers were Simon Mitchell, Robert Smith, Johnny Tonihka, Kenneth Tonihka, Johnny Anderson, Terry Rich, Jack King, and Eugene Escoe. Interment was at Fort Gibson National Cemetery.
Little was reared on campus at Bacone College from pre-school to junior college at the Murrow Indian Children’s Home. He was a member of Oklahoma’s 45th Infantry Division and served as a medic during the Korean War. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in education and lettered in academic excellence.
He was employed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs at Jones Academy as boys’ advisor in 1954. He served later at Bacone College as Dean of Students, with the BIA as principal of Carter Seminary and superintendent of Okmulgee Agency. He worked for Muscogee Nation and served as a National Council Representative for several years until his death. He also was a basketball, baseball, softball and football official for 45 years. He also volunteered at the Shrine Tournament.
He was the son of Nora DOUGLAS and Buster LITTLE. He was survived by his wife, Gerri; daughter, Jeannette ASKINS of Bartlesville; sons, Gene LITTLE of Carrollton, TX and K.J. LITTLE of Akron, OH; six grandchildren; a brother, D.S. LITTLE of Sundown, TX; several half-brothers and half sisters; two nephews; one niece; and many friends and former students.

EUFAULA - Marcus “Bear” Sampson McGIRT was born March 3, 1980, at Tahlequah. He died in April 2002. Funeral services were held April 29 at Eufaula Lighthouse Christian Center with Rev. Jack Hopkins officiating and Rev. Donald Jones and Rev. John Parrish assisting. Pallbearers were Shane Long, Nathaniel Grayson, Timothy Grayson, Michael Ward, Guymon Marshall and Joe Lewis. Honorary pallbearers were Lewis McGirt, Cordell McGirt, Charlie Harrison, Harold Island, and Kevin Pruitt. Interment was at Charles Cemetery.
He was self-employed and affiliated with the First Assembly of God Church in Eufaula.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Rose HADLEY, paternal grandfather, Chester McGIRT; and uncles Marcus McGIRT, Ernest HADLEY and Sampson HADLEY. Survivors include his parents, Chester Gene and Lillie McGIRT of the home; three brothers, Lewis McGIRT and Cordell McGIRT, both of the home, and Arnold BROWN of Arizona; one sister, Gena McGIRT of the home; maternal grandfather, Mark HADLEY of Arizona; paternal grandmother, Betty McGIRT of Eufaula; four aunts, Cecelia H. BEGAY and Marie YAZZIE both of Arizona, Chris ESTEP of Eufaula, and Patricia HUDSON of Oklahoma City; four uncles, David HADLEY of Arizona, Benson HADLEY of New Mexico, Pat McGIRT of Oklahoma City, and Mike McGIRT of Eufaula; two nieces, Lisa ESTEP of Eufaula and Betty Ann McGIRT of Alabama; and a nephew, Joe McGIRT of Eufaula.

TULSA - Okemah B. RANDALL was born December 23, 1925 in Broken Arrow. She died in April 2002. Funeral services were held May 2 at Haikey Chapel United Methodist Church with Rev. Bernadine Dowdy officiating and Rev. Mitch Randall assisting. No other information was given on the services or place of interment.
She was a 1944 graduate of Broken Arrow High School and attended Bacone College. She married Lester L. RANDALL, Jr., on November 23, 1949, in Ft. Smith, AR. She was a lifelong resident of Broken Arrow, served on the Muscogee National Council, was a member of Tulsa Creek Indian Community, Oklahoma Federation of Indian Women, and Broken Arrow Indian Pow Wow Club.
She was survived by her husband; her son, Rod RANDALL of Broken Arrow; daughters, Shonday HARMON of Tulsa and Michelle WOLFVOICE of Broken Arrow; six grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

TULSA - Shelby Cordell Harjo WASHINGTON was born January 25, 2002, and died the same day. He was survived by his parents, Rachel HARJO and Shanon WASHINGTON, his brother, Ross HARJO, and many relatives. No information was given on the place of interment.


December 2002

HAYDENVILLE - Mary Josie BEAR was born in 1943. She died October 11, 2002, in Tulsa. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Justin Deere and held October 15 at Montesoma Baptist Church. Interment was at the Bear Family Cemetery.
She spent most of her life in he Okemah area. She enjoyed playing bingo, fishing and watching her grandchildren play sports.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Barney and Effie Harjo LEADER; her brother Gilbert McCULLEY; and her sister Salina SANCHEZ.
She is survived by her husband, Ashley BEAR, whom she married in 1960. Also surviving were her stepmother, Liza LEADER; her five sons, Joe of Wewoka, Joe of Okemah, Timothy of Okemah, Daniel of Henryetta, and Patrick of Okmulgee; daughter Lisa BEAR of Tulsa; six brothers, Jesse LEADER of Missouri, Eddie LEADER of Henryhetta, Raymond LEADER of Lamar, Kenneth McCULLEY of Bowlegs, William McCULLEY of Pryor, and Eddie McCULLEY of Oklahoma City; five sisters, Lottie Mae COODY of Florida, Marilyn McCULLEY of Moore, and Joyce McCULLEY, Evelyn McCULLEY, and Sandra McCULLEY, all of Oklahoma City; 23 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and many relatives and friends.

OAKHURST - Leigh Marice BEAVER was born October 11, 1972, in Claremore. She died July 6, 2002. Funeral services were held July 20 at Oakhurst Indian Fellowship Church with Rev. Jimmy Alexander and Newman Crowels, Jr. officiating. Interment was at the Esther Sapulpa Family Cemetery.
Preceding her in death were her father, Sammy BEAVER, her stepfather, Bobby TIGER; grandparents Alfred and Martha BEVENUE of Sapulpa, Walter BEAVER and Jeanetta BURNETT of Stidham.
She was survived by her mother, Barbara; her brother, Sheldon BEAVER of the home; aunts and uncles, Alfred and Wanda BEVENUE of Tulsa, Mike and JoAnn WHITEHEAD of Glenpool, Patty BANKS of Tulsa, Wanda BEVENUE of Sapulpa, Josephine HANEY of Ada; and many other relatives.

BEDFORD, TX - Johnathon Stephan FISHER was born August 18, 1918, on his grandmother’s allotment land in Dustin. He died September 17, 2002. No information was given on the date, time or place of the funeral or the place of interment.
He was raised in Okemah and graduated from high school there. He worked for Corken Pump Company in Oklahoma City. He joined the National Guard 45th Thunderbird Division and served in World War II after he joined the Army Air Force. He was the owner of Fisher Motor Company in Okemah.
He was proceeded in death by his parents, Lewis and Ida Tilly FISHER and his grandmother, Christie Grayson TILLY. He was survived by his wife, Joyce Butler FISHER, whom he married in 1942; by his two daughters, Ruth LOYD of Grapevine, TX, and Diana FISHER of Lake Oswego, OR.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

EUFAULA- Grace Hawkins OVERMAN and her twin brother Bud HAWKINS were born August 23, 1911, at Stidham. She died October 10, 2002. Funeral services where held October 14 at Little Coweta Baptist Church, where she was a member. Rev. Gary Hawkins officiated. Interment was at the Hawkins-McIntosh Cemetery.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ellis OVERMAN; her parents, Dan and Rhoda McGilbray HAWKINS; five sisters, Annie BUCK, Dolly BOYD, Maybelle SKAGGS, Kigo CARNEY, and Billie GIVENS; her daughter Belle WILSON; and a grandson, Johnny Mack BROWN.
She was survived by one son, Johnny BROWN of Catoosa; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.

SAPULPA - Harmon WILEY was born May 4, 1916, in Dustin. He died October 4, 2002, at St. Johns Medical Center in Sapulpa. Funeral services were held October 8 at Faith Baptist Church with Rev. Ron Ogle officiating. The Mvskoke Nation Honor Guard gave military rites. Interment was at South Heights cemetery in Sapulpa.
He attended Euchee Mission School and graduated from Sapulpa High School and the University of Tulsa.
He was a World War II Army veteran, a member of Lions Club and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. He was a member of Faith Baptist Church of Sapulpa and a retired social services representative for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Jay Agency.
He was preceded in death by his parents Adam and Melissa Kanard WILEY; his sister, Harrietta WILEY; and his brother, Mannie WILEY.
He is survived by his wife, Anna Lee, of the home; his children, Grace Ann SMITH of Edmond, David WILEY of Shawnee, Laura O’DELL of Caney, KS, and Roger WILEY of McAlester; grandchildren, Jeff O’DELL of Tulsa, Andrea SMITH of Edmond, Erin O’DELL of Norman, Jordan and Nathan WILEY of Shawnee, and Chebon and Carmen WILEY of McAlester; and his brother, Adam WILEY of Monterey Park, CA.


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