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February 1980

WILEY: Okmulgee, Okmulgee Co., OK
Bessie Scott WILEY died Friday, January 25, in the Okmulgee Memorial Hospital at the age of 78. Services were held at 2 p.m. January 28, 1980, at Thewarle Indian Baptist church. Officiating was Rev. Gene HARJO. Burial was at the Robertson family cemetery east of the Graham community. Shurden Funeral Home of Henryetta directed.
Born July 12, 1901 at Dustin, OK, she was the daughter of Lucinda and Turner SCOTT. Survivorss include children , Charles WILEY of Weleetka, Frances MILLER and Nettie SCOTT, both of Weleetka, and Etta CONNER of Okmulgee; three brothers and four sisters: Jack ROBERTSON of Dustin, Richard ROBERTSON and Robert ROBERTSON, both of Oklahoma City, Sallie HARRY of Bristow, Susie PANGLE of Oklahoma City, Lucille TIGER and Janice RAMSEY, both of Tulsa; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildfen.

CAPTAIN: Miami, Ottawa Co., OK
Thomas A. CAPTAIN, former Chief of the Shawnee Nation from the mid 1940s through the late 1950s, died Feb. 11, 1980 in Miami, OK. He was 95. Services were held in the East Side Christian Church. Burial was at the Wyandotte Indian Cemetery.
Captain was born on the Shawnee Reservation near Miami before statehood. He is survived by his wife, Florence of the home, two sisters and seven children: George CAPTAIN, Leo CAPTAIN, Charlie CAPTAIN and Sandy CAPTAIN, all of Miami, Thelma SULLIVAN of Peoria, Virginia HART of Cochronton, PA, and Sue CROPP of Quapaw; 23 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and seven great-great- granchildren.

Creek Citizens: (names and hometowns only were listed)

Newman BERRYHILL, Wetumka, Hughes Co. OK
Jess COKER, Okemah, Okfuskee Co., OK
Tommy HARDRIDGE, Kellyville, Creek Co.OK
Sam GOUGE, Hanna, McIntosh Co.OK
Elizabeth DAVIS, Okmulgee, Okmulgee Co., OK
Yarner TEBE, Holdenville, Hughes Co., OK
Eliza GEORGE, Sapulpa, Creek Co., OK
Mandy BARNETT, Hannah, McIntosh Co., OK


July 1980

MCINTOSH: Hitchita, McIntosh Co.,OK
Annie Kernal McINTOSH was born 20 June, 1899, at Hitchita, OK. She died in July, 1980 (no date given.) Wake services were July 4, 1980, and the funeral was held July 5 both at Newtown Methodist Church. Rev. Roley HAYNES and Harley PANOSKY officiated. Mrs. McIntosh was a member of the Okmulgee Indian Baptist Church.
She is survived by her daughter Martha MENDOZA of Tulsa, an adopted daughter, Princess White Eagle; sons Bill McINTOSH of Sapulpa and Sam McINTOSH of Tulsa; eighteen grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

BERRYHILL: Muskogee, Muskogee Co. OK
Unah D. BERRYHILL died in June, 1980 (no date given) at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Muskogee. Wake services were held 20 June at the Cantrell Ivory Chapel and funeral services were June 21 at Newtown Indian Methodist Church, with Rev. Thomas LONG officiating. Pallbearers were Robert FREEMAN, Dave POWELL, Curtis SIMMERS, Lawrence KAHBEAH, Abraham SIMMERS, and Johnny MORGAN. Berrybill was a member of Tallahassee Methodist Church.
Survivors include his mother, Celia BERRYHILL, brothers Aaron and Benjamin BERRYHILL both of Okmulgee, sisters Elsie DOUGLAS of Bullhead City, AZ, Hepsey FREEMAN of Shawnee, KS, and Martha BERRYHILL of Okmulgee.

FOX: Sapulpa, Creek Co., OK
Barbara Rose FOX was born 6 July, 1947 and died 24 May, 1980, in Sapulpa. No details of the funeral were given. She was employed by the Creek Nation in the Accounting Department. She was a member of the Dripping Springs Baptist Church.
She is survived by her mother, Lorene BROWN, a daughter Bettie Jo FOX, both of the home; brothers Louis BROWN, Bobby BROWN, Ricky BROWN all of Sapulpa, and Kenneth BROWN of Tulsa, her grandparents, Ralph and Martha DUNN of Sapulpa and a host of relatives and friends.

BERRYHILL: Okmulgee Co., OK
Cecil Kent BERRYHILL was born 11 January, 1957, in Los Angeles, CA, was raised in Okmulgee, OK, where he died in June, 1980. Funeral services were held 23 June. No location given.
Survivors include his father Benjamin BERRYHILL of Okmulgee, brothers, Ronald BERRYHILL of Oklahoma City, Harrison BERRYHILL and Wayne BERRYHILL both of Tulsa, and Bruce BERRYHILL of Okmulgee; sisters Regina WEATHERLY, Deborah BEAN and Celia ALTON all of Shawnee, Cynthia STRAESSLE of Okmulgee, and Wanda KELLY of Morris; and her grandmother, Celia BERRYHILL of Okmulgee.

September 1980

Bertha FISHER was born January 23, 1904, in the Bryant community. Funeral services were held September 4, 1980, at the Arbeka Indian Baptist Church, where she was a member. The service was officiated by Rev. Roley HAYNES. No other details of the funeral service or interment was given.
Survivors include five daughters, Nancy KALER of Weleetka, Sue WHITE, Lillian LEYBAS, Glayds LANDSBERRY, and Joann DAGGETT, all of Okmugee, and a son, Virgil ALBERT of Tucson, AZ; a sister, Fannie WATSON of Bryant; 36 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren.

Warren ALLEN was born August 24, 1921, in Bristow. He died August 22, 1980. No details were given on the funeral services or interment.
He had lived in the Bristow area all his life. He was a retired rancher and a member of Muttloke Methodist Church. He was appointed to the Creek Nation Advisory Council, representing Euchee District, in November 1976 and served until January 1980.
He is survived by his children, Robert ALLEN of Muskogee, Corkey ALLEN of Wewoka, Byron D. ALLEN of the U.S. Navy, Poni Gayle ALLEN of Tulsa, and Adrianne ALLEN of Bristow.

Internationally acclaimed Creek artist Fred BEAVER was born July 1, 1911, at Eufaula. He died in August, 1980, in the Muskogee General Hospital. No information was given on the place of the funeral. He was a member of Eufaula Okfuskee Southern Baptist Church. At the artist's request, funeral and graveside services were conducted in English and Creek by his boyhood friend Rev. Archie THOMAS. Pallbearers were Freeman MITCHELL, Dr. Rennard STRICKLAND, Jack DOYLE, Slim HAMILTON, C. J. BROWNING, Charlie HAM, Hugh RIDDLE and R. L. SIMPSON, III. Interment was at Fort Gibson National Cemetery.
He was a 1935 graduate of Haskell Institute, Lawrence, Kansas. He was one of nine recognized masters of American Indian Art. His Creek name was Itshersewah (Brown Head). He was honored last May by the City of Eufaula and received the McIntosh County Historical Society's distinquished citizen award at a banquet held at Fountainhead Lodge. Other festivities that week included the hanging of some of his works in the Eufaula Public Library and a reception held there in his honor.
He is survived by his wife, Vyta Corbin BEAVER of Sycamore Bay, one sister, Mattie BEAVER of Wetumka, and numerous other relatives.

Jessie L. HAIKEY, was born March 9, 1904 in Broken Arrow. He died July 31, 1980, in Tulsa. Funeral services were held at Haikey Indian Methodist Church in Broken Arrow officiated by Jesse SULLIVAN and Willie GOODEN. Interment was in the Bixby Cemetery.
He served in the Merchant Marines and was a heavy construction worker until returning to Broken Arrow, where he worked for the Tulsa County Road Department for 20. His interest in art and Indian artifacts led him to join with a co-owner to established the Two Feathers Indian Shop in Broken Arrow.
His survivors include one daughter, Lavonne SPRADLING of Bixby; his grandchildren, Shawna and Jack SPRADLING; one sister, Ruby PARKER; one great-grandson, Jason SPRADLING; one step-daughter, Morna CLENDENING, and two step-grandchildren, Ted and Tina CLENDENING.

Annie GRAY was born January 1, 1886, in Hitchita. She died August 12, 1980, at a local nursing home. Services where held August 15 at Graves Creek Baptist Church in Hitchita, where she was a member. Officiating was Rev. Roley HAYNES. No other information about the funeral or interment was given.
Her survivors include her daughter, Lucille HOUTS of Muskogee; and a niece and nephew, Mary GONZALES, and John POLK, both of Hitchita.

Washington KELLY was born July 31, 1913. He died July 23, 1980, at the St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa. Services were held at the Hutcha Chuppa Indian Baptist Church in the Dustin-Graham Community. Services were officated by Roley HAYNES. Interment was in the Hutcha Chuppa cemetery.
Survivors include his four children, Washington KELLY, Jr. and Richard Lewis KELLY, both of Sapulpa, Eugene KELLY of Henryetta, and Ruby Mae WATSON of the Graham community; one brother, Willie KELLY of Dewar; one sister, Louise WEST of Weleetka; and nine grandchildren.

Funeral sevices for Christopher Lynn POPE, age two and one half months, were conducted August 20, 1980, by Rev. Roley Haynes. Interment was at Hickory Ground No. One. No other information on funeral services where given.
His survivors include his mother, Letha POPE of Weleetka, maternal grandmother, Cindy SMITH of Weleetka, maternal great-grandparents, and Jay and Annie HAYNES of Okmulgee.

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