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HOLDENVILLE - Nancy Harjo BEAVER was born March 3, 1903. She died November 29, 1998, at Holdenville General Hospital. Wake services were held December 1 at the Hudson-Phillips Chapel, followed by funeral services December 3 at Salt Creek United Methodist Church. Officiating were Rev.Harry Long and Rev. Thomas Roughface and Elder Kelly Tiger. Interment was at the Harjo Family Cemetery.  
She was reared in the Salt Creek and Yeager communities and attended Euchee Boarding School. She was married to John BEAVER in 1927 and they resided in the Salt Creek and Yeager communities. At the time of her death, she was recognized as the oldest member of the Yeager community and of the Salt Creek United Methodist Church. She had been active in the United Methodist Women, the Northeast Senior Methodists, the Holdenville Indian Community and was a post member of Yeager Home Demonstration Club. She was the daughter of Lilla and Rhoda SCOTT HARJO. She was Atayacvlke and a member of Tukvpvtce Tribal Town.
She is survived by one son, Eugene BEAVER of Holdenville; three daughters, Norean TIGER, Cora BEAVER, and Wanda POSTOAK, all of Holdenville; and two grandchildren, Colleen LARNEY of Oklahoma City and Kelly TIGER, Jr. of Tulsa.

YARDEKA - Johnny William BILLY was born June 22, 1954 in Claremore. He died September 24, 1998, at St. Frances Hospital, Tulsa. Funeral services were held September 28 at Yardeka Baptist Church with Rev. Judson Deere and Rev. Thompson Gouge officiating. Pallbearers were Floyd Bales, Richard Beaver, Terry Lunsford, Woodrow Harjo, Willie Frye, and Buster Bear, Jr. Interment was at the Harjo Family Cemetery.
He was the son of William and Nora BILLY. He was raised in Hanna and graduated from Hanna High School and later attended Connors State College. He was married to Celia MICKEY BILLIE on April 7, 1979. He was a member of Hillabee Baptist Church in Hanna. He also was a member of the Dustin Mason lodge and actively involved in community service. He had been employed by the Turnpike Authority, Muscogee Nation Community Health Representative, and various tribal towns.
He was preceded in death by both his parents; a daughter, Melissa BILLY; and a sister, Melissa GOUGE. He was survived by his wife; two sons, Johnny BILLY, Jr. and Jonathon BILLY; two daughters, Chastity BILLY and Kimberlee BILLY, both of the home; three brothers, Felix GOUGE of Oklahoma City and Cecil GOUGE of Tulsa, and Zerndorf BILLY of Okemah; and two sisters, Sarah WILSON of Tulsa and Della CHERRY of Holdenville.

ROCK SPRINGS, WYO. - Larrissa Kendelle HALE was born November 5, 1998. She died November 13, 1998, at Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Wake services were held November 15 in the home and the funeral followed November 17 at the First Assembly of God Church in RockSprings, Wyoming. Rev. Jesse Ybarra officiated. Pallbearers were her father and brothers. Interment was at Rock Springs Municipal Cemetery.
She was the daughter of Anthony HALE, Jr. and Tabatha LEVEQUE. She is survived by her parents, two brothers, Anthony HALE, Jr., Mark HALE, and her sister, Kaila ALBISTON, all of Rock Springs.

SASAKWA - Rev. George JESSE was born August 16, 1922, in Carson. He died December 13, 1998. A wake service was held December 15 at Stout Chapel in Wewoka followed by funeral services on December 16 at Spring Baptist Church. Officiating were Rev. Richard Pickup and Kellos Walker. Interment was at Springs Church Cemetery.
He was the son of Bunnie and Adeline Robinson JESSE. He attended school at Lamar, Cully, and Sasakwa where he played football, basketball and softball. He was an Air Force veteran of World War II. He was ordained as pastor of Spring Baptist Church on December 22, 1962, and served 26 years. He was a member of the Muscogee-Seminole-Wichita Baptists Association and served for awhile as the director and moderator. He was a member of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma.
He married Ruby Cully on December 19, 1941 in Sasakwa. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Timmy JESSE, Ben JESSE and Abe JESSE, and one sister, Juanita BURGESS. He is survived by his wife of the home; his two sons, Alex JESSE of the home and David JESSE of Okmulgee; his daughter, Linda LARNEY of Seminole; five sisters, Eliza FOSTER and Mary Ann BROWN, both of Wewoka, Mattie KEYS of Sasakwa, Della BERNO of Ponca City, and Amy PALMER of Konawa; one aunt, Ruth ROBINSON of Sand Springs; and grandchildren, George JESSE, Timothy BUNNIE, Jennifer JESSE, and Sherrie, Susan, Julie and James LARNEY.

OKMULGEE - Patricia Lorraine LASARGE was born December 28, 1948 in Claremore. She died December 11, 1998 in Tulsa. Wake services were held December 13 at Kelley Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services were held December 15 at Okmulgee Baptist Church. Rev. Robert Washington officiated. Interment was at Okmulgee Baptist Cemetery.
She was the daughter of Lowley and Vera Littlebear BARNETT. She lived in Sapulpa all her life and graduated from Sapulpa High School. She was a member of Okmulgee Baptist Church and worked for Creek Nation Tulsa Bingo.
She was survived by her husband, Burban LASARGE of the home, her two sons; Michael HOOPER of Sapulpa and Steven HOOPER of Natura; her two daughters, Genell LASARGE and Brandi LASARGE, both of Sapulpa; one brother, Charles BARNETT of Bothel, Washington; and one sister, JerilynFREEMAN of Sapulpa.

HENRYETTA - John Chenoskey MANLEY was born June 18, 1979 in Claremore. He died December 28, 1998 at Stillwater Medical Center. Wake services were held January 1, 2000 at Yardeka Baptist Church followed by her funeral January 2 also at the church. Officiating was Bunny Hill. Pallbearers were Wesley Butler, Jr., Ronnie Lowe, Billy Hill, Chebon Gouge, Farron Cully, and Rockey Lindsey. Interment was in Yardeka Baptist Cemetery.  
He was the son of Hillis and Elizabeth MANLEY. He was preceded in death by an uncle, John Al THOMAS, and his grandfather, George MANLEY. He was survived by his mother, Elizabeth PHILLIPS of Okmulgee, his father of Dewar; one brother, Wolfe PHILLIPS of Okmulgee; four sisters, Wenona BUNNY, Naomi PHILLIPS, and Chenena PHILLIPS, all of Okmulgee, and Senora MANLEY of Tulsa.

CROMWELL - Rev. Jacob MARSHALL was born September 5, 1910. He died November 26, 1998 at Creek Nation Community Hospital in Okemah. Wake services were held November 28 and 29 at Stout Chapel and Little Quarsarty, respectively, followed by his funeral November 30 at Little Quarsarty Baptist Church. Rev. George Jesse and Rev. Fred Lindsey officiated. Interment was at Little Quarsarty Cemetery.
He was the son of Lewis and Mandy Herron MARSHALL. He married Nancy CHUPCO in February 1949. He was a member and former pastor of Little Quarsarty and served as interim pastor of Salt Creek Baptist Church at Wetumka, also.
Preceding him in death were his parents, four sisters and two brothers. He was survived by his wife, of the home; his six daughters, Rosalee MARSHALL of the home, Diane FACTOR of Cromwell, Semary MARSHALL of Seminole, Pauline LEVI of Midwest City, Nancy NIBS of Aberdeen, SD, and Elsie BRUNER of Bixby; his son, Famous MARSHALL of Okemah; one stepson, Robert LENA of Eufaula; and one granddaughter, Nanci MARSHALL of the home; four sisters, Mary LANDSBURY and Ruth HARJO, both of Wetumka, Christine HARJO of Salem, and Ella HERROD of Holdenville; three brothers, Paul MARSHALL of Wetumka, Jim MARSHALL of Shawnee, and George MARSHALL of Dustin; 19 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren; and a host of relatives and friends.


February, 1999

OKEMAH - Jacob HALE was born December 2, 1946.  He died January 14, 1999, at his home in Okemah. Funeral services were held Jan. 11 at Greenleaf Baptist Church with Rev. Boots FIXICO and Walter McGIRT officiating. Pall bearers were Rober FRANK, Ronnie FRANK, Reuben DUNN, Kenneth COOPER, Frankie COACHMAN, and Terry MOSLEY. Honorary pallbearers were Eddie FRANK, Franklin LOWE, Eddie McKANE, and Manuel COON. Burial was a Little Quarsarty Cemetery.
He was the son of Billy and Lucy (COKER) HALE. He is survived by 10 siblings: David HALE of Cromwell, Donald HALE of Glenpool, Anderson HALE of Bixby, Jaspar HALE of Hominy, Marie BERRYHILL of Okemah, Mary Louise RANDALL of Oklahoma City, Betsy Sue HEWITT of Okemah, Carolyn TUCKER of Tulsa, Maggie COON of Cromwell, and Joyce Ann HALE of Okemah; one uncle, Thomas COKER of Tulsa, and numerous nephews, nieces and several friends.

TUSKEGEE - Thomas McCOMBS was born January 6, 1920.  He died Nov. 8, 1998, at a Tulsa hospital. Funeral services were held Nov. 12 with Dr. Jim Shock officiating. Pallbearers were Red Eagle McCOMBS, Dan BARNETT,  Taylor PHILLIPS, Bud McCOMBS, Bird Creek PHILLIPS, and Phillip COON. Burial at Greenwood Cemetery with full military honors was conducted by Eufaula Lake Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8798.
During his military service, McCombs was awarded the American Theater Campaign Medal; World War II Victory Medal; EAME Campaign Medal with two Bronze Stars; Good Conduct Medal; and a Purple Heart. He was a member of the Tuskegee Baptist Church. He was the son of James and Ella (McINTOSH) James McCOMBS, Jr.  
He is survived by his wife, one sister and two brothers: Martha McCOMBS of Okmulgee; Elmer McCOMBS and Perry McCOMBS both of Eufaula; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

March 1999

MOUNDS - Caroline Louise Squire HARRY was born April 28, 1924, in Shawnee. She died January 23, 1999, at St. Francis Hospital. She was a member of Duck Creek Ceremonial Ground. Funeral services were held January 26 at the home, with Revs. John FIXICO, George DOYLE, and Jim  ALEXANDER officiating.  Pallbearers were Matthew LITTLEHEAD, Freddie BEAR, Jim LITTLEHEAD, Mitchell LITTLEHEAD,Jay LITTLEHEAD, Branon LITTLEHEAD, and Robert Yargee. Interment was a Bixby Cemetery.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bessie CLARK and Sage SQUIRE, her husband Marchie HARRY, and one sister, Nancy KASECO.
Her survivors are her five children, Jimmy LITTLEHEAD of Tulsa, Carolyn TIGER of Liberty Mounds, Gary LITTLEHEAD of Sapulpa, William LITTLEHEAD of Santa Fe, NM, Addie LITTLEHEAD of the home in Mounds; her five brothers, William SQUIRE and Jerry SQUIRE, both of Shawnee, Charles SQUIRE of Coweta, Thomas SQUIRE of Sapulpa, and Marvin SQUIRE of Glenpool; one sister, Nora LITTLEHEAD of Shawnee; 14 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

DENVER - Polly SULLIVAN was born November 7, 1954, in Okmulgee. She died December 25, 1998.
Funeral services were held December 31 at Bethel Baptist Church. No other information was given on the funeral service or interment.
She attended schools in Colorado, graduating from Hinkley High School in Aurora, CO, She was a member of the Arizona State Bar. With her background in both law and mortgage banking, she was instrumental in developing and managing the Crooked Tree housing project, a tenement for the homeless. While in Denver, she was an active member of the Denver Indian Center.
Preceding her in death were her grandparents, George and Elizabeth Burgess SULLIVAN and Bill and Minnie CASEY, all of the Okmulgee area.
She is survived by her parents, Shirley and Lieurance SULLIVAN, her sister, Linda GRUNO; her niece and nephew, Sean GRUNO and Asha BAUER; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

HOLDENVILLE - Lvmhe Toby WATSON was born December 29, 1998. He died December 29, 1998, at Carl Albert Hospital in Ada. Funeral services were held January 1 at Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home with Rev. Joe BRUNER and Rev. Jimmy ALEXANDER officiating. Interment was at Carson Cemetery.
He was preceded in death by his great-grandfather, Toby ALEXANDER of Lamar.
He is survived by his mother, Stacy WATSON, of the home, his father, Terry YAHOLA of Holdenville; maternal grandparents, Bob and Abbie LARNEY of the home; great-grandmother Hattie ALEXANDER of Lamar; one aunt, Konawa WATSON of Holdenville; three uncles, Raymond WATSON of Holdenville, Cecil WATSON, Jr., of Flagstaff, AZ and Katcv LARNEY of the home.

MONTESOMA - Bertha Frances YAHOLA was born November 11, 1911 in Castle. She died January 11, 1999. Services were held January 15 at Montesoma Baptist Church with Rev. Carl NOON and Rev. Jimmy ANDERSON officiating. Pallbearers were grandsons, Mike DUNSON, Brandon DUNSON, Jeremy DUNSON, Justin YAHOLA, Darren YAHOLA, Ashley YAHOLA, Asi YAHOLA, and Opothle YAHOLA.   Interment was at Montesoma Cemetery.
She was educated at Eufaula Boarding School and completed her high school and junior college at Bacone College. She attended Bacone on a piano scholarship. Her piano lessons were paid for by the Montesoma church. She did her education practice teaching at Carter Seminary in Ardmore, a boarding school for Choctaw and Chickasaw girls. She was the church pianist at Montesoma church for over forty years. She also served the church as church treasurer, Sunday school teacher, activities leader, mission support chairperson, and women’s leader. She served the larger Baptist association as assistant secretary of the Women’s Missionary Union, treasurer for the Baptist Assembly Training Union, and Women’s Missionary Union Association President. In 1997, she was inducted into the Falls Creek Baptist Assembly Hall of Fame in recognition of her many years of service in her church. She married Lyman YAHOLA on July 3, 1937.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Sunda and Ella Scott TAYLOR, her husband, an infant son, and two brothers. She is survived by six of her children, Thomas YAHOLA and Elizabeth YAHOLA, both of Wetumka, David YAHOLA of Tulsa, Lela DUNCAN of Bixby, Leon YAHOLA of Muskogee, and Joyce CORE of Tulsa; a step daughter, Zelma WIND; two sisters, Myra ALEXANDER of Wagoner and Myrtle DENNEY of Okemah; one brother, Bob HICKS of Los Angeles, CA; 21 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. _______________________________________________________________________

April 1999

Okemah - Dean BROOK was born May 19, 1908, in Okemah. He died February 24, 1999, at his home. Funeral services were held February 27 at the Parks Brothers Chapel with Rev. Carl CLAY officiating. Pallbearers were Bobby BEAN, Jimmy SMITH, Don BAKER, Gordon GEREN, Cecil CAMPBELL and Leon SHEPARD. Honorary pallbearers were Nolan RUTLAND, Claude KEZER, Ira SKINNER, Nolan ADAMS, Harlan SWINFORD and Terry SWINFORD. Interment was at Highland Cemetery.
He was a rancher and active for many years in the Okemah Round-Up Club, the Oklahoma Cattleman’s Association and a member of First Baptist Church in Okemah.
He was the son of John and Jeanetta Harvison BROOKS. On June 14, 1923, he married Margaret Alyne GEREN in Wetumka. She survives. His other survivors include his sons John BROOK of Tulsa, and Dan BROOK of Okemah; his daughter, Candee COLLINS of Killgore, TX; two sisters, Virginia BIRK of Santa Barbara, CA, and LuCretia HARKEY-ROBERTS of Okemah; three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Okemah - Susie Jane SCOTT was born January 23, 1908, in Bryant. She died March 2, 1999, at Fountain View Nursing Home in Henryetta. Wake services were held March 4 at the Parks Brothers Chapel with funeral services following on March 6 at Springfield United Methodist Church , where she was a member. Speakers for the funeral service were Jerry BAKER in English and Justin DEERE in Creek. Pallbearers were Dempsey MICCO, John MICCO, Clarence YARHOLAR, Thomas YARHOLAR, Gene BERRYHILL, Jim HUMBLE, and Mike LITTLE. Honorary pallbearers were Barton LOONEY, Sandy BARNETT, Solomon FIELDS, Albert BERRYHILL, and Wiley SCOTT. Interment was at the Yarholar-Scott family cemetery.  
She was a member of the Deer Clan and the daughter of Josiah and Fannie Sullivan LOONEY, both deceased. She attended school in Bryant from 1912 to 1922 and Eufaula Boarding School from 1922 to 1928. She was a member of Arbeka Baptist Church near Bryant before joining the Springfield church in 1935. At Springfield UIMC she had been a Women’s Leader, a member of the United Methodist Women’s Club, a Sunday school teacher, and a delegate to the Indian Missionary Conference. She also was a member of Thlopthlocco Tribal Town.  
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ellis SCOTT; son John Ellis “Sundala” SCOTT; two brothers, George “Barney” LOONEY and Sullivan LOONEY; and two sisters, Becky B. LOONEY and Beck L. “Beggy” LOONEY. She is survived by her two sons, Jesse (Sousa) SCOTT of Weleetka, and Vernon D. YARHOLAR of Oklahoma City; her daughter, Frances (Hokte) Scott GIRTY of Lawrence, KS; 15 grandchildren, Gary GIRTY of Tahlequah, Steve GIRTY, Sherry GIRTY and Kerry GIRTY all of Lawrence, KS, Sandra PRINGLE of Okmulgee, Suzanne HICKS, Jesse E. SCOTT, Travis SCOTT, and Ruth “Ellen” BIBLE all of Okemah, Stacy SCOTT of Weleetka, Robyn YORK of Germantown, MD, Alexis CROSLEY of Bristow, and Brittany RYAN and D.J. YARHOLAR of Oklahoma City; 21 great grandchildren; five nephews, three nieces, 20 great-nephews and great-nieces; and a host of friends.

Okemah - Edna YAHOLA was born September 1, 1902 in Schulter. She died January 24, 1999, in Okemah. Wake services were held January 27 with funeral following January 28, both services were held at the High Springs Baptist Church, where she was a member. Officiating the funeral were Rev. Wayne HARJO, Rev. George DOYLE, and Rev. Felix TIGER. Pallbearers were Chris DUNSON, Joseph DUNSON, Dug SHARP, Terry YAHOLA, Justin YAHOLA, Daniel DUNSON, Bradley WILSON, Ricky CANTRELL, Phil JACKSON, Bob JACKSON, Kelly SADONGEI, and Jeffery PHILLIPS.  
Honorary pallbearers wee Jerry MONDAY, Leo BLAND, Sid BIRDSONG, John LEWIS, Percy SHARP, Darrell TIGER, Eugene HARJO and Joseph HARJO. Interment was at the Yahola family cemetery.
She belonged to the Bear Clan. She and her sister Annie were orphaned by the death of their mother in an epidemic around 1910, when Edna was eight. They were raised by Albert and Yarna BURGESS. They both attended boarding school at Nuyaka Mission, and later Dwight Mission and Haskell Indian School in Lawrence, KS. She was devoted to the High Springs church and was considered the mother of the church. She served as church secretary, MUM treasurer, Sunday school teacher, and delegate to the Muskogee, Seminole and Wichita Indian Baptist Association and the convention. Early in her life she wrote many obituaries in the Creek language for ministers who couldn’t read English. She taught Creek culture in public school in Okemah when invited.  
She was the daughter of March MONDAY and Lizzie London Randall MONDAY, both deceased. She was married to Willie E. YAHOLA August 24, 1920, in Okmulgee. He preceded her in death on November 18, 1973. She was also preceded in death by her two daughters, Berdina Minnie YAHOLA and Elizabeth YAHOLA; two brothers, Jackson Lewis MONDAY, and Martin MONDAY; and her sister Annie Monday TIGER. She is survived by her son, Raymond Ellis YAHOLA of Oklahoma City; her four daughters, LaDonna YAHOLA-SHARP of Okemah, Lowena YAHOLA-BIRDSON of Dallas, TX, Novena YAHOLA of Irving, TX, and Madelina YAHOLA-SEAGO of Carrollton, TX; 11 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren.


May 1999

HOLDENVILLE - Eugene BEAVER was born June 16, 1930. He died January 29, 1999, at Holdenville General Hospital. Funeral services were held February 2 at the Salt Creek United Methodist Church, where he was a member. Officiating were Rev. Malcomb TIGER and Rev. Mike HARJO. Interment was at the Harjo family cemetery.
He was raised in the Salt Creek community and attended Lone Star, Friendship, Bethel, Jones Academy, and Euchees Mission schools. He served in the U.S. Army and worked in construction and for Boeing Aircraft. He retired in the late 1960s. He had coached baseball and softball teams as a hobby.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Nancy Harjo and John BEAVER, Sr.; his wife, Minnie Beaver, whom he married in 1954 in Ada; his son, Jackie Lee BEAVER; one brother, John BEAVER, Jr.; two nephews, Jimmy POSTOAK and Glen LARNEY. He was survived by his daughter, Shirley HARRISON of the home; and five grandchildren, Timmie CASSELMAN of the home, Renea YOUNG and Steven YOUNG both of Oklahoma City, Jackie BEAVER, Jr. of Lawton, Anna BEAVER of MA; four sisters, Wanda POSTOAK of Tulsa, Cora BEAVER of Holdenville, and Betty WATT of Westville; ten grandchildren and nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

BRISTOW - Kelly Don BUCKTROT was born January 6, 1953, in Claremore. He died February 4, 1999, in Bristow. Funeral services were held February 8 at the Bucktrot family home with Rev. George MILLER officiating. Interment was at the Bucktrot Family cemetery.
He was Chief of Sand Creek ceremonial grounds and a member of Mutteloke Church. He had lived in Bristow all his life and was a construction worker and welder. He enjoyed working on cars as a hobby.
He was the son of Rosa Jones and Wade BUCKTROT, Sr., both deceased. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Stephanie BUCKTROT; one brother, Mike BUCKTROT, and one sister, Debbie BUCKTROT. He was survived by his wife, Sallie Little BUCKTROT, of the home; his three sons, Leland BUCKTROT, Sr. of the home, Jason BUCKTROT and Keith BUCKTROT; his daughter, Natalie BUCKTROT of Okmulgee; one stepdaughter, Susie BUCKTROT; three brothers, Wade BUCKTROT, Jr., and Robert BUCKTROT both of Tulsa, and Jerry BUCKTROT of Stillwell; one sister, Mona GIBBS of Sapulpa; two grandchildren, Leland BUCKTROT, Jr., and Brittany WALLACE; and a host of other family members and friends.

WETUMKA - Rev. James WESLEY was born January 1, 1924, in Okemah. He died April 6, 1999, in Okemah. Funeral services were held April 10 at Middle Creek #1 Church with Rev. Bill HOBIA and Rev.Mark SMITH officiating. Interment was at Kialegee Cemetery.
He attended school at Hickory Ridge, graduated from Bearden High School, and attended Okmulgee Tech school in 1951 where he learned dry cleaning. He worked 31 years in this trade before retiring. He played professional baseball with the “old” Boston Braves National League in 1946 as a major league pitcher. He served as a tank commander under General George S. Patton in World War II during the Normandy Invasion and earned a Silver Service Star and the EAME service ribbon. He was baptized April 24, 1949, at Salt Creek Baptist Church by Rev. Dan SCOTT and was ordained a deacon on March 17, 1950. He became a licensed minister July 18, 1954 and was ordained by Rev. Elliot LEITKA and Rev. Coleman LEWIS on October 27, 1957 at the Salt Creek church. He served as the Director of Cultural and Heritage for the Kialegee Tribal Town and was elected Meeko for 16 years.
He was the son of Polly Scott and John “Adam” WESLEY, both deceased. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Minnie Jean Yargee WESLEY, whom he married November 4, 1945; and one grandchild, Taylor James WESLEY. He was survived by his three sons, Gary WESLEY of Oklahoma City, Lowell WESLEY of Wetumka, and Leo WESLEY of Dallas, TX; his two daughters, Geraldine HARJO of Dallas, TX, and Sharon SMITH of Dustin; 1 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

WETUMKA - Minnie Jean Yargee WESLEY was born September 11, 1923, in Okfuskee County. She died January 25, 1999, at Tulsa Regional hospital. Funeral services were held January 29 at Wetumka Baptist Church with Rev. Don TIGER and Rev. Mark SMITH officiating. No information was given on the place of interment.
She attended school at Lawnwood and Mingo Schools in Wetumka and Eufaula Boarding School. She was Women’s Leader, Sunday School secretary, and treasurer at Wetumka Baptist Church, where she had been baptized in 1935. She worked the Ranch-O-Tel restaurant for 18 years, as a teacher’s aide at Wetumka school, and supported her husband in his church ministry.
She was the daughter of Mary Manley and Sam YARGEE, both deceased. Also preceding her in death were her husband Rev. James WESLEY, whom she married November 4, 1945, in Wetumka; and her grandson Taylor WESLEY. He was survived by her three sons, Gary WESLEY of Oklahoma City, Lowell WESLEY of Wetumka, and Leo WESLEY of Dallas, TX; her daughter, Sharon SMITH of Dustin; 17 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

FULLERTON, CA - Lillian THOMAS was born September 23, 1917. She died February 17, 1999, in Anaheim, CA. Funeral services were held in Anaheim with Thomas CLAUSE, Tracey HOLMES, and Huron CLAUSE officiating. Interment was at West Minister Memorial Park, Garden Grove, CA.  
She was the daughter of Theodore and Roseanna Harjo FREEMAN, both deceased. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Johnson Bailey THOMAS; and one child. Her survivors include her three sons, Mack THOMAS, Riley THOMAS, and Johnson THOMAS; her four daughters, Ramona THOMAS, Kogee THOMAS, and La Vonna KING, all of California, and Virginia THOMAS of Anchorage, AK.


June 1999

WETUMKA - Mollie BUSTER was born March 5, 1914, in Okfuskee County. She died March 2, 1999, at Carl Albert Hospital. Funeral services were held March 6 at the Sand Creek Baptist Church, where she was a member. Officiating the service were Rev. George DOYLE and Harry ANDERSON. Interment was at the Sand Creek Cemetery.
She was a member of Wind Clan, and an active member of both Kialegee Etvlwv and Sand Creek Baptist Church where she had served as women’s leader.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Stephen and Kogee HARJO. and her husband (unnamed); (relationship unlisted on the following two deceased relatives) Elmer HARJO; Maxey BUSTER; her brothers, Fred HARJO, Lonnie HARJO, Albert (Mongee) HARJO, Elmer HARJO, Ben HARJO, and John HARJO; and her sisters, Freda BUCK and Mary (Tochee) MCLEMORE. She is survived by one son, Elmer HARJO of Wetumka; and one sister, Leola BARNETT, of Wetumka; numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.

EUFAULA - Martha CUMMINGS was born September 7, 1928, in Eufaula. She died March 4, 1999, at Tulsa Regional Medical Center. Wake services were held March 6 followed by funeral services March 9, both at Little Coweta Church. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Earnest BEST, Rev. Kenneth LOMA, and Rev. Tom PICKERING. Pallbearers were James HIGGINS, Jess DREADFULWATER, David CUMMINGS, Loyd CUMMINGS, Jr., Brian DREADFULWATER, Matthew CUMMINGS, Joe DREADFULWATER, Thomas CUMMINGS, III, and Joshua CUMMINGS. Honorary pallbearers were Adam JONES, Jr., Andy KILLINGSWORTH, Billy MCNEAL, Byrd FARROW, Greg ANDERSON, Robert FRANCIS, and Paul BELL. Interment was at the Charles Family Cemetery.
She had attended schools at Eufaula, Wheelock Academy, Haskell Institution, and Creek Nation GED. She was a member of West Eufaula Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Suny and Sallie Hill BELCHER; her husband, Washington David CUMMINGS; and one sister, Bessie ASBURY. She was survived by (relationships to all survivors not given) Jack BELCHER of Eufaula, Oscar BELCHER of Oklahoma City, Franklin BELCHER of Tulsa, Loyd CUMMINGS, Sr. of Grand Prairie, TX; and Thomas CUMMINGS, Washington CUMMINGS, Jr., Robert CUMMINGS, Pauline HAMMONS, Paulette THOMPSON, and Susie HIGGINS all of Eufaula; 15 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

OKEMAH - Edward “Dean” DEERE was born September 20, 1956. He died May 8, 1999. Wake services were held May 13 at Schumacher Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was at Nuyake Cemetery. No information was given on survivors.

WEWOKA - George DEER was born August 14, 1924, in Okemah. He died April 15, 1999, at Elmwood Nursing Home. Wake services were held April 15 at Stout Chapel, followed by memorial service April 16 and funeral services April 17 both at Akasvmkv Baptist Church. Officiating the funeral services was Rev. Dan FACTOR. Interment was at the Little Quarsarty Church Cemetery.
He was enrolled at age 5 at the Bacone Orphanage Home in Muskogee. He served in the U.S. Army from July 13, 1943, to January 17, 1946. He had retired in 1987 after many years as a municipal water treatment plant operator for the city of Wewoka.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Sparney and Nancy Harjo DEER; (no relationship given for the following relatives) Josiah DEER, and Alfred DEER. He was survived by (no relationship given on the following survivors) Edward DEER of Wewoka and Jerry DEER; many other nephews, nieces, and other relatives and friends.

OKMULGEE - Evelyn Jean Anderson HARJO was born July 10, 1941, in Wetumka. She died March 13, 1999, in Okmulgee. Funeral services were March 17 at Sand Creek Baptist Church, where she was a member, with Rev. Harry ANDERSON officiating. Interment was at Sand Creek Cemetery.
She was the daughter of Henry ANDERSON and Amanda FIELDS and a student at OSU-Tech (mother is not listed by name as a survivor). She is survived by her husband, James HARJO of Kansas; (no relationship was given to any of the other relatives) J. R. KELLOGG of Oklahoma City; John JOSIE, Kevin JON, and Herbert HARJO, Jr. of Morris; Victor JEROME, Daniel HARJO, and Miranda HARJO of Tulsa; Henry ANDERSON (her father?), Bonnie DEER, Mahaley HARJO, Freda MILLER, and Samantha SHATSWELL, all of Wetumka; Mose ANDERSON of Muskogee; Mike DEERE of Shawnee; Jennie LILLARD of Calvin; Linda FISH and Harry ANDERSON of Holdenville; twenty four grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and a host of relatives and friends.

LAMAR - Faren Don McGIRT was born April 15, 1974, in Talihina. She was reported missing March 31, 1999, near the Peninsula of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Memorial services were held April 3 at Middle Creek #1 Baptist Church with Rev. Mark SMITH and Rev. Joe Wallace BRUNER officiating.
She was survived by her mother, Deborah McGIRT and stepfather, Robert REEDER, of Okemah; her grandfather, Raymond MCGIRT; (no relationship was given to the following survivors) Brian McGIRT of Lamar; Billy SMITH of Carson; Betty MCGIRT of Schulter; Wisey GIVENS of Okemah; and numerous relatives and special friends.

MUSKOGEE - Rina Richard URQUHART was born May 7, 1906, at Richardville. She died in March, 1999. No date of death was given. Funeral services were held March 8 at Bradley Belltown Chapel with Rev. James KERR and Rev. Herbert SNIDER officiating. Interment was at Greenhill Cemetery.
She attended school at Eufaula and Bacone College. She was preceded in death by her parents, Eastman and Yannah (Timothy) RICHARD; her husband, Bunn URQUHART; (relationships not given for the following relatives) Patsy MILLER and Eastman RICHARD, Jr. She was survived by (no relationship was given to the following relatives) Viola BERRYHILL of Muskogee; Helen OSBURN of Tahlequah; Betty SNIDER of Muskogee; Nina LOFTICE of Oktaha; Eastman HOWELL of Zena; Phillip (Tony) URQUHART of Springdale, AR; Leona FOX of Checotah; Wanda CURTIS of Tulsa; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and other loved ones.

July 1999

BROKEN ARROW - Geronimo ALEXANDER was born September 20, 1907 at Bixby, Oklahoma. He died February 8, 1999, in Tulsa. Wake services were held February 10 at Bixby Funeral Home with Rev. Bill ALEXANDER and John LOWE officiating. Funeral services were held February 11 at Haikey Chapel United Methodist Church with Rev. Bernadine DOWDY, Jerry WALKER and Jim ALEXANDER officiating. Pallbearers were Steve McHENRY, Joe McHENRY, Eli McHENRY, Jay HUNTER, Major McHENRY, and Shane VAUGHN. Interment was at Bixby Cemetery.  
He attended Euchee Mission School from 1917 to 1927 where he trained as a plumber. He worked in New Mexico at a local Indian school and at Kirkland Air Base during World War II. He retired from Sandia National Laboratories in 1970 as a plumber and pipe fitter. In 1987, he moved to Broken Arrow. He was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of Masonic Lodge Temple No. 6 in Albuquerque and a Shriner, a member of the Ballut Abyad Shrine Temple. In 1996 the New Mexico Scottish Rite Masons dedicated the Geronimo Alexander Museum and Library at Temple Lodge No. 6 in his honor. He was also a silversmith. He was a member of Locapokv Tribal Town and the Bear Clan. He was lifelong member of Haikey Chapel and had served as a board trustee.
He was the son of Willie T. and Nancy Cox ALEXANDER, both deceased. He was married to Elsie NAHARKE in 1944. She preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by four brothers and one sister. He was survived by his son Micco ALEXANDER of St. Louis Park, MN; one sister, Josephine Dollie McHENRY of Broken Arrow; Jessica MONROE (relationship not given); and many relatives.

BAKER, LA - David Osie “Chief” BARNETT was born January 4, 1915. He died May 24, 1999, at Lane Memorial Hospital in Zachary, Louisiana. Funeral services were held June 3 at First Christian Church with Odus JACKSON officiating. Interment was at Wetumka Baptist Church.  
He was a retired heavy equipment operator, a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 406, and a member of Northside Baptist Church in Baker. He had been a resident of Baker since 1957.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel and Addie Frank BARNETT; his wife, Helen BARNETT; his son, Louis BARNETT; and his brother, Timothy BARNETT. He was survived by two sons, David BARNETT of Baker, and Daniel BARNETT of Gonzales, LA; two sisters, Betty BLAND of San Diego, CA, and Josephine CHASTAIN of Wetumka; one brother, George BARNETT of Sherman, TX; and grandchildren, Melissa FONTENOT of Baton Rouge, LA; M.L. PEEL, Jr. of Zachary, LA, and Helen BONNETT of Baton Rouge, LA.

SAPULPA - James Harrison BARNETT was born March 14, 1930. He died June 8, 1999, at his Sapulpa area home. Prayer services for the family were held June 9 at Smith Funeral Home followed by Funeral services June 11 at Pickett Chapel United Methodist Church, where he was a member. Officiating the service was Rev. Jerry BAKER and Joe LOVE, Jr.. Interment was at Green Hill Memorial Gardens.
He was medically retired from Hale Halsell in 1995. He was active in the Pickett Chapel church and held various church offices during his membership.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wesley and LouAnne Tom BARNETT; one daughter, Liz BARNETT; three brothers and three sisters. He was survived by his wife of 42 years, Maxine BARNETT; his son, Don WILDCAT of Sapulpa; two sisters, Mary J. WATASHE of Kellyville and Nancy Jo HARRY of Mounds; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

HENRYETTA - Thomas Paul BERRYHILL was born July 21, 1940, in Tahlequah. He died May 6, 1999, at the family home in the Wilson Community. Funeral services were held at Robert Simons Chapel officiated by Rev. Harry LONG and Rev. Jay SWALLOW with traditional leaders Red HICKS, Eunice HILL and Sam PROCTOR speaking. Pallbearers were Doug PARKER, Danny POTTS, Junior WHITLOW, Roger BARNETT, Barton WILLIAMS, and Jerry TAHSEQUAH. Honorary Pallbearers were Ralph PALACE, Michael BERRYHILL, Perry BERRYHILL, Elliott BERRYHILL, Earl KELLY, and Butch POWELL. Interment was at the Berryhill Family Cemetery.
He attended Wilson High School, Haskell Institute and graduated from Sequoyah Indian School. He was a self taught saxophone, guitar, and harmonica player and had played with various bands and musicians. His artwork is exhibited in private collections and various museums throughout the United States and at the Australian Supreme Court. He was an ordained minister with 15 years service. He was associated with the United Tribes for Christ, the ministry of Bud Chambers, and served as an evangelist to tribes in Montana and Arizona. He served as an Okmulgee District representative on the Muscogee (Creek) National Council for six years, served on an advisory council to Amnesty International and a board member of the Creek Council House Museum. He acted as a consultant at universities and was a resource person and speaker on Muskoke history to other groups. He was the spiritual advisor for the Redstick Political Party from 1985 through 1990. He was a member of the Alligator Clan and Kasetv Tribal Town and an adopted member of Apekv Tribal Town.  
He was preceded in death by his mother, Blanche Pakoska BERRYHILL; aunts, Pauline Pakoska BILLY and Helen POOLE. He was survived by his father Thomas BERRYHILL; his wife, Janice TIGER, whom he married May 25, 1991 at Apekv Ceremonial Grounds; his children , Mark BERRYHILL, Aaron BERRYHILL, Tonya JIMBOY, all of Lawrence, KS, and Michael BERRYHILL of Denver, CO; one sister, Rita WILLIAMS of Wilson Community; three brothers, Michael BERRYHILL of Henryetta, Perry BERRYHILL of Broken Arrow, and Elliott BERRYHILL of Colorado Springs, CO; four step-children and eight grandchildren.

HOLDENVILLE - Curtis Charley DAVIS was born December 20, 1934, in Lawton. He died May 29, 1999, at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Oklahoma City. Funeral services were held June 2 at the Hudson Phillips Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ray TAINPEAH officiating. Interment was in the Davis Family Cemetery.  
He was the son of Wilson and Stella Harjo DAVIS. He attended school at Lawrence, KS, and married FLORA BUTLER in 1975. She survives. He is also survived by four sons, Anthony DAVIS and Mickey DAVIS, both of Seminole, Kelly DAVIS of Konawa, and Anson DAVIS of the home; his two daughters, Terri Davis FOSTER of Bowlegs and Sherry BULTER of Sapulpa; one sister, Virginia TIGER of Wetumka; one brother, Jeff DAVIS of Ada; fourteen grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

HENRYETTA - Chebon Jesus FRY was born March 13, 1999,, and died March 13, 1999, in Henryetta.  Funeral services for the infant were held March 18 at Yardeka Baptist Church with Rev. Bunny HILL officiating. Pallbearers were Sam and Sandy LEE. Interment was at Yardeka Cemetery.  
He is survived by his mother, Beatrice FRY; his brother, Emmanuel FRY; his grandmother, Bertha FRY; aunts, uncles, and many other relatives and friends.

HENRYETTA - Rev Jimmy “Bunny” HILL was born April 2, 1950, in Tahlequah, OK. He died June 17, 1999, at Okemah. Funeral services were held June 21 at Yardeka Baptist Church with Rev. Victor KANEUBBE, Amon HARJO, and Cloyd HARJO officiating. Pallbearers were Bo COLBERT, Randy COLBERT, Jim SCHENEDORE, John HARJO, Felix FRYE, Alfred BERRYHILL, Brent BRUNER, and Sonny HARJO. Honorary pallbearers were Niegel BIGPOND, Matt TIGER, Vincent WILLIAMS, Rusty POWELL, Moses JUMPER, Donny McNAC, Len WAGGONER, Bill PROCTOR, and William WASHBURN. Interment was at Yardeka Cemetery.  
He was the pastor of Yardeka Baptist Church, administrator of Okmulgee Health Center and was formerly a manager of Muscogee Nation Social Services. He served on the Promise Keepers Task Force and as chairperson of Eufaula Indian Community.  
He was the son of Jess and Medella Colbert HILL. He was preceded in death by his father and a sister, Peggy Louise HILL. He was survived by his mother; his wife, Ella HILL; his children, JoMekko HILL and Sandra SAPULPA of the home, and Venessa HILL of Lawrence, KS; brother Belvin HILL of Sparks, NV; five grandchildren; and a host of other relatives.

GLENPOOL - Solomon Randolph McINTOSH was born May 6, 1955. He died June 9, 1999. Funeral services were held June 12 at Liberty Faith Center with Rev. Kyle TAYLOR officiating. Interment was at Okmulgee Indian Baptist Church Cemetery.
He was preceded in death by his brother William James McINTOSH. He was survived by his parents, William and Leaster McINTOSH; his brother, Donald McINTOSH; his six sisters, Adeline McINTOSH and Vickie McINTOSH, both of Sapulpa, Marilyn McINTOSH of Tulsa, Shirley LITTLEHEAD of Coweta, Patty TIGER of Glenpool, and Sheila FOX of Kellyville; and many other relatives and friends.

OKMULGEE - Nacoma DeWayne THORTON was born December 1, 1977. He died June 5, 1999, in Okmulgee. Wake services were held June 8 followed by funeral services June 9, both at Big Cussetah United Methodist Church. Officiating the funeral was Rev. Andrew JOHNSON. Pallbearers were Kevin STARR, Tony KNUCKLES, Sanders McLEMORE, Lyndell BERRYHILL, Samuel Sandy ROBERTS, Sr., and Keith LOWREY. Honorary pallbearers were Samuel Sandy ROBERTS, Jr., Jonas THORTON, Dennis MITCHELL, Jr., and Tooskey WILLEY. Interment was at Okmulgee Cemetery.  
He graduated from Sand Springs High School in 1996 and attended Oklahoma State University-Okmulgee, majoring in accounting.
He is survived by his mother, Ruby ROBERTS; his father, Samuel Sandy ROBERTS, Sr.; his sons, Darius THORTON; brothers Jonas THORTON and Samuel ROBERTS; and many friends and relatives.

WEWOKA - Leslie Ann WALKER was born June 4 (1999?) in Oklahoma City. She died June 10, 1999. Funeral services were held June 12 at Seminole Baptist Church with Rev. Dorsey NERO and Rev. Houston TIGER officiating. Interment was at Seminole Baptist Church Cemetery.  
She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Joan BURGESS. She is survived by her parents, Terry and Joammie WALKER; her brother, Wesley ROULSTON of Shawnee; two sisters, Theda ROULSTON of Washington D.C., and Tiffany WALKER of Konawa; grandparents, Alex BURGESS of Spaulding and Christine GIBSON of Konawa; nephew, Alex ROULSTON of Shawnee; uncles, Charles BURGESS of Wolf, George BURGESS of Coalgate, Dean WALKER of Seminole, Sam HARRISON and David WALKER, both of Shawnee, Claude Ronnie BURGESS and Jonas BURGESS, both of Seminole, Joe CARPITCHER of Eufaula, Mark GIBSON of Okemah, Toney GIBSON of Konawa, and Roman HARJO of Bing; aunts, Gwen WARRENBURG of Tecumseh, Marcella BRUNER of Tahlequah, Nita JACOBS of Holdenville, Shirley HARRISON of Shawnee, Carol CATHY of Bowlegs, Kay LEHMAN and Gina BURGESS, both of Ada, Joammie HARRISON of Wewoka, Francis TANYAN and Martha PALMER, both of Seminole, Evelyn PUNKTA of Shawnee, Joan STORY



EUFAULA - Oscar Lee BELCHER was born October 17, 1925 in Eufaula, Oklahoma. He died July 31, 1999, at Norman Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held August 5 at Gregg Chapel with Rev.Birdcreek PHILLIPS officiating. Interment was at the Charles Cemetery.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during World War II and retired as an ironworker with Local 48 in Oklahoma City. He was a member of the Eufaula Veterans of Foreign Wars 8798.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Sonny and Sallie Hill BELCHER; a son, Oscar Lee “BG” Jr.; and two sisters, Martha CUMMINGS and Bessie BELCHER. He was survived by his wife, Hattie CARROLL Belcher, whom he married in 1967; his two daughters, Joan BELCHER of Tulsa and Carol WALTON of Del City; two brothers, Frank BELCHER of Tulsa and Jack BELCHER of Eufaula; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

ORLANDO, Fla - Jack E. MORRISON was born September 7, 1927, in Wetumka, Oklahoma. He died June 5, 1999, in Orlando, Florida. Funeral services were held June 9 at Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home, Ivanhoe Chapel. Interment was at Chapel Hill Cemetery.
He was a retired aerospace engineer from Lockheed Martin and a veteran of World War II. He received numerous distinguished service awards, including one for ground-breaking work on a patented welding process that improved the performance of the cardio-pacemaker.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Stan Waitie and Emma L. MORRISON, and his grandparents, Manny G. and Julia H. MORRISON. He is survived by his wife, Barbara MORRISON; his sons, Barton G. MORRISON of Woodbridge, VA, and Jack E. MORRISON, of Gainesville, FL; his sister, Juanita Morrison SACCO of Niceville, FL; one grandson, Bradley MORRISON; and niece, Linda FRANZEL of San Antonio, TX.

OKLAHOMA CITY - Mable WESLEY was born July 28, 1925, in Holdenville, Oklahoma. She died June 25, 1999, in Oklahoma City. A wake service was held June 17 at Bill Merritt South Chapel followed the next day by funeral services at Tachapuchee Church with Rev. Billy Joe HARJO officiating. Pallbearers were Matthew TOM, Jerry MCGIRT, Micah WESLEY, Steven WESLEY, Zachariah TOM, Shawn JEFFRIES, and Christopher WEBSTER. Interment was at the Fixico Yahola Cemetery.
She was a homemaker, a member of Salt Creek Methodist Church, and had lived in the Oklahoma City area for over 25 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Milton and Ella Yahola LONG; her husband, Tillier WESLEY; and her sister, Florence MCGIRT. She was survived by her three sons, Tillier WESLEY, Jr., of Weatherford, TX, Roscoe Davis WESLEY and Randy WESLEY, both of Oklahoma City; her five daughters, Janice TOM, Gladys PEARMAN, Freda LEAF, Loretta WEBSTER, and Paula WESLEY, all of Oklahoma City; her two sisters, Judy THLOCCO of Wewoka and Wisey SANDY of Castle; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. _____________________________________________________________________________________


OKMULGEE - Juanita Ruth BALDRIDGE was born May 19, 1946, in Claremore, OK. She died July 7, 1999, at her home in Okmulgee. Wake services were held July 8 followed by funeral services the next day.  Both services were held at Crosstown Pentecostal Holiness Church. The funeral was officiated by Rev. Dave LONG, Jr. and C. R. FRANKLIN. Interment was at Okmulgee Cemetery.
She was a graduate of Nuyaka High School and attended OCSW Junior College and Northeastern State University. She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her father, Dan MORGAN, and one brother, Dan MORGAN, Jr. She is survived by her mother, Pauline HARJO Morgan; her husband, Bob BALDRIDGE; three sons, Paul BALDRIDGE and Shawn BALDRIDGE, both of Okmulgee, and Steve BALDRIDGE, of Bransom, MO; two brothers, Kenneth MORGAN of Morris, OK, and Emanuel MORGAN of Okmulgee; two sisters, Rachel THOMAS and Dinah MITCHELL, both of Okmulgee; four grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

EUFAULA - Elizabeth DEERE was born August 27, 1914, in McIntosh County. She died August 19, 1999, at her home in Eufaula. Wake services were held August 22 followed by funeral services the next day.  Both services were held at Gregg Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ernest MARSHALL officiating, assisted by Rev. Fred LINDSEY. Pallbearers were Jomekko HILL, Richmond COLBERT, Rev. Cloyd HARJO, Jr., Lincoln HARJO, John Scott HARJO, Gary COLBERT, Rev. Randy COLBERT, Rev. Belvin HILL, and Rev. Allen COLBERT. Honorary pallbearers were Leonard SIMS, Rev. Cloyd HARJO, Sr., Scotty HARJO, Charley COLBERT, Rev. Rudolph COLBERT, Herman DEERE, Dan DREW, Roy STARR, Rev. Sam Barnett, Rev. Morris BARNETT, and Dan BARNETT. Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery.
She was a homemaker and retired form hospital work. She was a member of Tuskegee Baptist Church, Eufaula Senior Citizens and Eufaula Creek Nation Community Foster Parent program. She was the daughter of Joseph and Leah Barnett COLBERT, both deceased. She is survived by a stepson, Herman DEERE of Tulsa; foster grandchildren, Audrey BARNETT of Anadarko, Steve BARNETT and Dode BARNETT both of Gardner, KS, and Terri HERMAN and Gary HERMAN both of Rogersville, MO; two brothers, Charley COLBERT and Rev. Rudolph COLBERT both of Eufaula; four sisters, Medella HILL of Eufaula, Esther HARJO and Claudette HARJO both of Lawrence, KS, Josephine
SCHANANDORE of Ashland, WI; and many other relatives.

OKEMAH - Earl DUNSON was born December 29, 1911, in Okfuskee County. He died September 7, 1999. Wake services were held September 10 with funeral services the following day, both held at Thlopthlocco United Methodist Church. Rev. Jack Davis officiated the funeral service. Interment was at Thlopthlocco Methodist Cemetery.
He graduated from Okemah High School in 1933 and attended Southeastern State College, Durant, OK, where he played football. He attended Southern Methodist University where he pursued ministerial studies. He was preceded in death by both his parents, Thomas and Susie Walker DUNSON; a son, James Earl DUNSON; a daughter, Blanche DUNSON; his brothers Frank DUNSON and Jonas DUNSON; and his sisters, Florence DUNSON and Lucille DUNSON. He is survived by his wife, Lucille DUNSON of the home; two sons, William DUNSON of Bixby, and Steven Walker DUNSON of Mounds; four daughters, Loren LUSTY of Glenpool, Marion MITCHELL and Genese SWITCH, both of Midwest City, and Beverly PARKER of Jenks; one brother, Gene DUNSON of Wetumka; three sisters, Agnes CANARD and Virginia WEBB of Okemah, and Katheryn SCOTT of Martinez, CA; 21 grandchildren; 32 great- grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; and many relatives.

OKMULGEE - Lillian Georgia LEYBAS was born January 27, 1924 in Bryant, OK. She died August 4, 1999, in Henryetta. Wakes services were held August 9 with funeral services following the next day. Both services were held at Arbeka Baptist Church, where she was a member. No information was given on who officiated the services. Pallbearers were Kenny DAVIS, David VANSTRATEN, Jr., David DURDEN, John BROWN, Jacob LOWE, and Loper JONES. Honorary pallbearers were Lawrence WEST, Wilbert LOWE, Timmie LOWE, Tony LOWE, Rex WATSON, and Steve RANDALL. Interment was at Arbeka Baptist Church.
Her parents were Waddie and Bertha ALBERT, both deceased. She was married to Bennie L. LEYBAS who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by two children, Raymond LEYBAS and Ramona LEYBAS, and two sisters, Joan ALBERT and Nancy KALER. She was survived by none of her children, Bennie LEYBAS, Jr., Waddie LEYBAS, Mike LAYBAS, Johnny LAYBAS, and Kenny LEYBAS, Daisy MURPHREE, Shirley MCKAY, and Berth BROWN, all of Okmulgee, and Daniel LEYBAS of Oslo, Norway; two probhers, Claudie FIELDS of Weleetka and Prince ALBERT of Phoenix, AZ; 16 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and many relatives and friends.

OKEMAH - Double funerals were held for Juanita Kay Hill BARNETT and her husband Terry Wayne BARNETT, who died August 20, 1999, near Bristow. Wake services were held August 24, 1999, at Little Quarsarty Baptist Church with Rev. Fred LINDSEY and Rev. Mark SMITH officiating. Wake services were held August 22 at Schumacher Funeral Home Chapel and August 23 at Little Quarsarty church. The couple were married on January 17, 1986, in Slick, OK. Both had been employed at Kwikset in Bristow.  Interment was at Simmer and Hill Cemetery.
Juanita Kay Hill BARNETT was born October 9, 1958. She died with her husband August 20, 1999, near Bristow. She lived in Okfuskee County at Okemah all her life. She was the daughter of Toney Elijah and Irene Simmers HILL, both deceased. She was also preceded in death by a brother. She is survived by six brothers, Billy HILL and Stoney HILL, Jr., both of Okemah, Toby HILL and Dewey HILL, both of Lamar, Louie HILL of Wewoka, and J. D. HILL of Tulsa; four sisters, Emma JONES of Slick, Millie HILL and Wanda HILL, both of Okemah, and Christine HILL of Bowlegs; and many relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Joe JACKSON, Mose LINDSEY, Robert COFFEE, Mike CONE, Mike HICKS, and J. D. HARLEY.  
Terry Wayne BARNETT was born December 12, 1956, in Talihina, OK. He died with his wife August 20, 1999, near Bristow. He attended Sequoyah High School and had lived in Creek and Okfuskee counties most of his life. He was the son of William BARNETT of Hugo, who survives, and Pauline WESLEY, deceased. He is survived by two sons, David BARNETT and Travis BARNETT; three daughters, Wenona BARNETT, Tara BARNETT and Brenna BARNETT, all of Ponca City; one brother, Calvin BARNETT of Bristow; five sisters, Carol PROCTOR of Bristow, Calett MORRIS of Colorado, Wilma BARNETT, Cecilia BARNETT, and Anora BARNETT; six grandchildren, and many relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Roger BARNETT, Clifford BARNETT, Jake BARNETT, Jr., Thomas BARNETT, Tyrone BARNETT, and Raymond BARNETT. ______________________________________________________________________

December 1999

BROKEN ARROW - Calvin Woodrow CHISSOE was born February 3, 1934 in Coweta. He died November 9, 1999, at Catoosa. Funeral services were conducted at Haikey Chapel United Metodist Church with Rev. Bernadine Dowdy officiation. Pall bearers were Johnny Johnson, Martin Thomas, Ronnie Cissoe, Alan Chissoe, Joe Brooks, Bruce Thomas and Keith Kay. Interment was at the Ft. Gibson National Cemetery.
Chissoe served in the U.S. Army from December 23, 1940 to December 20, 1945. He was employed with the U.S. Postal Service. He married Irene LONGBONE in 1946 at Ft. Smith, Arkansas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Francis and Pauline CHISSOE, a sister, Wanema Chissoe JOHNSON, a brother, Bill CHISSOE, Jr., and a daughter, Beverly Nan CHISSOE. He is survived by his wife, two sons, Alan CHISSOE of Bartlesville and Ron CHISSOE of the home; a daughter, Jeanne LAY of Albuquerque, NM; a brother, Paul CHISSOE of Tulsa; three grandchilren, Dakota, Ronnie, and David Allen; one Great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

SHULTER - Tommy Joe CURRAN was born March 24, 1941. He died Noember 16, 1999 at his home in Schulter. Graveside services were held November 19 in Wetumka Cemetery with Rev. Jimmy Alexander officiating. Pallbearers were Robert Evans, Norman Rogers, Stanley Graham, Ray Milam, Clifford Mahan, and Frank Shurden. Honorary pallbearers were Snag Wells and Billy Brown.
Curran belonged to Deer Clan and Arbeka Tribal Town. He graduated from Weleetka High School in 1958 where he lettered in basketball, football and baseball. He worked 18 years for Ball Brothers Glass plant, later worked for Creek Nation Housing Authority and as a radiographer for Edwards Pipeline Testing Inc. He enjoyed fishing, cooking, working in his garden and being with his family.
He was preceded in death b his wife, Mary Ann ROBERTS, whom he married on Mary 19, 1958, in Van Buren, Arkansas; his granddaughter, Rae Lyn SILLS, and a brother, Henry JENNINGS. He was survived by three daughers, Cheryl GIBSON of Weleetka, Cathy TARWATER of Eufaula, and Bobbie Jo ROBERTSON of Henryetta; four brothers, Danny DAY of Owasso, James “Sonny” JENNINGS and Bobby DEAN, both of Okmulgee, and Kenneth JENNINGS of Weleetka; two sisters, Jean LaGRAND of Okmulgee, Lou HUDSON of Arcadia; his mother, Pearline DAY of Okmulgee; and a special friend, Kay WILLIE of Morris; and ten grandchildren.

BROKEN ARROW - Barbara Jean LAMBERT was born September 19, 1934 in Bakersfield, California. She died November 5, 1999, at her home in Lenna. Funeral services were held November 9 at Christian Gavlik Funeral Home with Rev. Ernest Best officiating. Pallbearers were Chester Best, Clarence Robertson, Bob Jones, Tommy Jones, Adam Jones, Jr., and Danny Williams. Interment was at Morrison Cemetery in Lenna.
Lambert graduated from Stidham School in 1952, and from the University of Central Arkansas in 1976, earning a degree in nursing. She retired from Broken Arrow Medical Center on December 31, 1993. She was married to Gordon LAMBERT on February 17, 1954.
She was preceeded in death by her father, Loyd REED, grandparents, Major MORRISON, Carrie LEVI, and Nora REED, and a son Craig LAMBERT. She is survived by her husband of the home; her son, Steve LAMBERT; her mother, Dortha REED; and a brother, Russell REED.

BRISTOW - Weetsie McNAC was born February 20, 1901, in Henryetta. She died October 28, 1999, in Bristow. Wake services were held October 31 and funeral services followed on November 1 at her home and was officiated by Rev. John Fixico, assisted by traditional speakers Bonnie DEERE and Eunice HILL.  Pallbearers were David Cloud, Billy Cloud, Dustin Cloud, William Cloud, Benny Cloud, Chapman Cloud, and Shawn Cloud. Interment was at the Johnson-McNac Family Cemetery.
Weetsie was a member of the Raccoon Clan and an elder of the Nuyaka Ceremonial Ground where she was devoted to Creek tradtional ways and her duties. She was an advocate of the Mvskoke language and cultural preservation. She a community resource for Creek language and oral history. She enjoyed gardening, sewing quilts and doing beadwork.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Little Tommy and Ellie JOHNSON; her husband, Johnny McNAC; her son, George McNAC, and her brothers, Sonny HARJOCHE and Albert JOHNSON. She was survived by her son, Amos McNAC of Bristow; her sister, Nellie JONES of Bristow; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many relatives and friends.


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