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Sequoyah County Times December 1999

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December 2, 1999

Jean B. BAUCOM, 85, of Heavener died Thursday, Nov. 25, 1999, in Poteau. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at Dowden Funeral Home Chapel in Heavener. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery in Heavener, under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home. Survivors include her husband, Elbert; one daughter, Annis; two sons, Gene and Joe; five grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Ruth Lee BUTTERY, 57, of Vian were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Blackgum Harvestime Temple, with the Rev. Chris Armer officiating. Burial was in Box Cemetery in Blackgum, under the direction of Millsap Funeral Service in Webbers Falls. Mrs. BUTTERY was born April 24, 1942, in Gore, to Henry and Minnie (LAYMON) CHISUM. She died Friday, Nov. 26, 1999, at Sequoyah Memorial Hospital in Sallisaw. Survivors include her husband, Clyde BUTTERY; two sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis and Ruth Ann and Barry and Cindy; four grandchildren; one brother, Eules; and special sister, Marie; other relatives and friends. Mrs. BUTTERY was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Tim and Albert CHISUM.

Funeral services for Gladys V. CLICK, 72, of Muldrow are being held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Agent Chapel in Muldrow, with the Rev. Andy O'Neal officiating. Burial is in the U. S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith, Ark., under the direction of Agent Funeral Home in Muldrow. Mrs. CLICK was born June 13, 1927, in the Boyd Flat community, to John and Lucy (WATERS) RIDDLE. She died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999, in Fort Smith. She married Herbert Bascom CLICK July 2, 1970. He died Dec. 15, 1993. Survivors include two daughters, Deborah Jean and JoAnn; one son Thomas; three stepdaughters, Sue, Vickie and Judy K; five stepsons, Herbert Lee, Tommy, Glenn, Charles and Larry; 27 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and four brothers, Owen B., Clarence, Fred and Andy. Mrs. CLICK was also preceded in death by her first husband, Leroy Thomas RHODES.

Graveside services for Billy George McCLURE, 52, of Spiro are being held at 11 a.m. Thursday in New Hope Cemetery in Spiro, with the Rev. Robert Hill officiating. Mr. McCLURE was born Aug. 4, 1947, in Sallisaw, to George O. McCLURE and Carmon Ruth (REMY) McCLURE. He died Monday, Nov. 29,1999, in Spiro. Survivors include his father George O. McCLURE; one brother, Gary Lee; two sisters, Patsy, and Linda; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends. Arrangements are under the direction of Agent Funeral Home in Sallisaw.

Funeral services for Charles Albert REED, 53, of Muldrow were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Agent Chapel in Muldrow, with the Rev. Magellan O'Neal officiating. Burial was in Liberty Cemetery, north of Roland, under the direction of Agent Funeral Home in Muldrow. Mr. REED was born Oct. 18, 1946, in San Bernardino, Calif., to George Ancil REED and Florence Marie (MONTGOMERY) REED. He died Saturday, Nov. 27, 1999, in Fort Smith, Ark. He married Shirley Jean WILLIAMS April 7, 1971, in Arkoma. Survivors include his wife, Shirley REED of the home; two daughters, Jessica and Tasha; two sons, Chuck and Kennith; his mother, Marie REED; one sister, Irma; two brothers, Calvin and Darrell; and three aunts, Wilma, Flossie, and Eva Jo.

Graveside services for Steven Jay THOMAS, 28, of Sallisaw were held at 2 p.m. Monday at Rocky Point Cemetery, north of Sallisaw, with he Rev. Lee Killer officiating. Mr. THOMAS was born Aug. 10, 1971, in Sallisaw, to Wilbur Fay THOMAS and Willie Roberta (BROWN) THOMAS. He died Saturday, Nov. 27, 1999, in Sallisaw. Survivors include one daughter, Courtney Mechell; one son, Triston Samuel; one sister, Lenora; three brothers, Dewayne, Mitch and Doug; and his paternal grandmother, Vida. Mr. THOMAS was preceded in death by his parents; and his grandfather, Walter THOMAS. Arrangements were under the direction of Agent Funeral Home in Sallisaw.

Dale Alvin WISE, 80, of Sallisaw died Saturday, Nov. 27, 1999, in Sallisaw. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Agent Chapel in Sallisaw, with the Rev. Jerry Green officiating. Burial will be in Sallisaw City Cemetery, under the direction of Agent Funeral Home in Sallisaw. Mr. WISE was born June 3, 1919, in Pompeii, Mich., to Alvin and Ruth (WALKER) WISE. He married Meryl Irene HOLLOWAY July 11, 1936, in Jay. She preceded him in death Jan. 13, 1998. Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Jean Ann and Tom; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several other relatives and friends. Mr. WISE was also preceded in death by one daughter, Sarah Lou JONES in 1994; and one brother, Kenneth in 1992.

Sunday, December 5, 1999

Orba Gerald ELMORE, 69, of Oklahoma City, formerly of Witcherville, Ark., died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999, in Deaconess Hospital in Oklahoma City. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Bethesda Assembly of God Church in Oklahoma City, with the Revs. Cecil Brown and Craig Dacus officiating. Burial was held Friday at Huntington Cemetery in Huntington, Ark., following a 2 p.m. funeral service at the Huntington Assembly of God Church. Mr. ELMORE was born Aug. 19, 1930, in Witcherville, to Otis Green ELMORE and Mary Celiste (MOORE) ELMORE. He married Mona Faye MAYO on July 14, 1959. Survivors include his wife, Faye ELMORE of the home; four sons and daughters-in-law, the Rev. Byron and Diana and David and Rhonda and Lonnie and Pam and the Rev. Duane and Misty; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Nelson and Joe and Eula; one brother-in-law, Loren; two sisters, Mildred and Marie; two sisters-in-law, Ruby and Geneva; nine grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Mr. ELMORE was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Fred, M.J., Albert, Reuben and Buford ELMORE; one sister, Mattie LEWIS; and an infant daughter, Clara Mae ELMORE. Arrangements were under the direction of Wilson-Little Funeral Home in Purcell.

Funeral services for Perry D. "Pat" EMBERTON, 89, of Muldrow were held at 2 p.m. Friday at Agent Chapel in Muldrow, with the Revs. Tim Adair and Dale Coble officiating. Burial was in Akins Cemetery, northeast of Sallisaw, under the direction of Agent Funeral Home in Muldrow. Mr. EMBERTON was born July 30, 1910, in Akins, to George and Katie (McCUEN) EMBERTON. He died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1999, in Muldrow. He married Evie J. ENGLAND May 29, 1947, in Fort Smith, Ark. She preceded him in death Dec. 10, 1996. Survivors include two daughters, Patricia and Debbie; one son, Perry L.; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one sister, Viola; one brother, Gene; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for John Henry FLURRY, 70, of Moffett are being held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at 9th Street Church of Christ in Fort Smith, Ark., with Tommy Brooks and Charles Hubbard officiating. Burial is in Centerpoint Cemetery, south of Muldrow, under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home in Sallisaw. Mr. FLURRY was born March 17, 1929, in Gans, to William and Minnie (NICKERSON) FLURRY. He died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999, in a Fort Smith hospital. Survivors include five sisters, Evelene, Virginia, Willie Mae, Irene, and Ora Belle; Mr. FLURRY was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Billie Jo ROBINSON; and four brothers, Jessie FLURRY, William FLURRY, Leroy FLURRY and Wallace FLURRY.

Funeral services for Dorothy Alma MOSBY, 90, of Sallisaw are being held at 2 p. m. Saturday at Agent Chapel in Sallisaw, with the Rev. Larry Don Marley officiating. Burial is in Brushy Cemetery, north of Sallisaw, under the direction of Agent Funeral Home in Sallisaw. Mrs. MOSBY was born July 20, 1909, in South Greasy, to Robert Richard BALL and Effie Lee (GRIFFIN) BALL. She died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1999, in Sallisaw. Survivors include three daughters, Florence Sue, Dorothy Francis, and Alma; three sons, Earl Denville, Sherrell Wilbur, Joseph Ray Sr.; 36 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, LaVeda and Omega; and one brother, Junior. Mrs. MOSBY was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Wilbur MOSBY Sept. 3, 1951, in Sallisaw.

Graveside services for Grace THOMAS OSBURN, 86, of Vian were held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Rocky Point Cemetery, north of Sallisaw, with Dr. Lee Woodard officiating. Mrs. OSBURN was born March 12, 1913, in Sequoyah county, to George Washington THOMAS and Martha Elizabeth (JAMES) THOMAS. She died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999, in Sallisaw. She married John OSBURN SR., in August 1936 in Sequoyah County. He preceded her in death May 14, 1989. Survivors include two sons, John and Jimmy; two grandchildren; four great-granddaughters; one sister, Hester; one brother, Wilson; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends. Mrs. OSBURN was also preceded in death by one son, George Henry OSBURN. Arrangements were under the direction of Agent Funeral Home in Sallisaw.

Juanita (RESCH) McDANIEL REEDING, 68, of Fort Smith, Ark., died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999, in Fort Smith. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday at Fentress Mortuary Chapel in Fort Smith. Burial was in Steep Hill Cemetery in Fort Smith, under the direction of Fentress Mortuary. Survivors include her husband, Jimmy REDDING of the home one brother, Paul M. ; one niece; and several nephews.

Funeral services for Johnny Ray SUNAGOOWIE, 47, of Sallisaw will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Cedar Springs Baptist Church in Notchietown, with the Rev. Allison Phillips officiating. Burial will be in Webber Cemetery, north of Gore, under the direction of Agent Funeral Home in Gore. Mr. SUNAGOOWIE was born Aug. 5, 1952, in Tahlequah, to Jack and Ella Louise (TECUMSEH) SUNAGOOWIE. He died Monday, Nov. 29, 1999, in Tulsa. Survivors include two sons, Aaron and Eric; two daughters, Lindsey and Sheana; four sisters, Francis, Irene, Betty, and Ester; two brothers, Tex and Jack Jr.; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Mr. SUNAGOOWIE was preceded in death by one sister, Geneva SOVO.

Thursday, December 9, 1999

Funeral services for Jewell Pearl BROWN, 78, of Vian were held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Way of the Cross Free Will Baptist Church in Sallisaw, with the Revs. Laymon Garrison and Martin Douthit officiating. Burial was in Round Mountain Cemetery, west of Vian, under the direction of Agent Funeral home in Sallisaw. Mrs. BROWN was born Sept. 17, 1921, in Gore, to Edward Franklin ROBINSON and Hester Louola (KENDRICK) ROBINSON. She died Friday, December 3, 1999, at her home. She married William Ervin BROWN April 10, 1950, in Van Buren, Ark. He preceded her in death in 1966. Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Doris and Doyle, Norma and Butch, Linda and Dwayne; seven sons and daughter-in-laws, Billy and Doris and Eddie and Gurlean, Ricky and Wanda, Freddie and Barbie, James and Bink, Floyd and Rose Brown, and Jackie and Trina; 40 grandchildren; 56 great-grandchildren; and two sisters and brothers-in-law, Helen and Blue and Connie and Clifford.

Funeral services for John BURT, 83, of Porum are being held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mallory Chapel in Spiro. Burial is in Cowlington Cemetery, under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home in Stigler. Mr. BURT was born Oct. 7, 1916, in Hulbert, to Joe and Nel (CHARONEAU) BURT. He died Sunday, Dec. 5, 1999, in Muskogee. Survivors include one daughter, Margaret ; three sons, Glen, Ronnie, and Lonnie; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren; Mr. BURT was preceded in death by one son, Johnny BURT.

Funeral services for Vida Fay BURTON, 87, of Gore, formerly of Palestine, Texas, were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Calvary Baptist Church in Palestine. Burial was in Oak Lawn Cemetery in Center, Texas, under the direction of Millsap Funeral Service in Webbers Falls. Mrs. BURTON was born Sept. 9, 1912, in Anderson County, Texas, to Charlie and Lanie Belle (BAIRD) WARDELL. She died Friday, Dec. 3, 1999, at the Gore Nursing Home. Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, A.M. and Rosemary; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mrs. BURTON was preceded in death by her husband, Omar BURTON in 1959 as a result of a vehicle accident.

Funeral services for Coy V. CARDIN Sr. of Gans are being held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Agent Chapel in Muldrow, with Bro. Royce Martin officiating. Burial was in Gans Cemetery, under the direction of Agent Funeral Home in Muldrow. Mr. CARDIN was born Feb. 18, 1943, in Sequoyah County to Oscar E. and Lillie Delilah (SMITH) CARDIN. He died Sunday, Dec. 5, 1999, in Fort Smith, Ark. He married Myra Jane "Janie" REAVIS May 28, 1961, in Muldrow. Survivors include his wife, Janie of the home; two daughters, Marlene and Denise; one son, Vincent; five grandchildren; one sister, Charmine; five brothers, Oscar E., Kenneth, Mike, Dennis and Max; and several nieces and nephews. Mr. CARDIN was preceded in death by one brother, Jim CARDIN.

Funeral services for Donavan DEAN, 68, of Webbers Falls were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Lighthouse Tabernacle Pentecostal Church in Gore. Burial was in Fields Cemetery in Porum, under the direction of Millsap Funeral Service of Webbers Falls. Mr. DEAN was born Oct. 4, 1931, in Depew, to William Clifton Dean and Gertrude Marie (DUNLAP) DEAN. He died Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999, at his home. He married Frankie STEPHENS April 2, 1982, in Tulsa. Survivors include his wife, Frankie DEAN of the home; his children, Ron, Lisa, and Lorrie; two brothers, William Clifton; and Walter Clifton; and five grandsons; Mr. DEAN was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Eugene Wilson DEAN; and one sister Monsaretta Marie OSBURN.

Penny Gail GRAVES, 44, of Van Buren, Ark., died Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999, in a local hospital. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren. Burial was in Gracelawn Cemetery in Van Buren, under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home. Survivors include her husband, Victor "Speedy" GRAVES of the home; two stepdaughters, Vickie and Leighanne; her parents, Hiram and Nancy REASON; five sisters, Jana, Becky, Martha, Judy,and Ruth; six brothers, Wade, Micah, Tim, Larry, Johnny and Roy; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Larry Don HINES, 28, of Sallisaw died Monday, Dec. 6, 1999, in Purcell. Graveside services will be held at Brushy Cemetery, north of Sallisaw, with the Rev. Larry Don Marley officiating. Mr. HINES was born July 8, 1971, in Fort Smith, Ark., to Larry Wayne HINES and Goldie Faye WHISENHUNT. Survivors include his mother, Goldie; his father and stepmother Larry and Gaylene; one sister, Brittany; one brother, David; paternal grandparents, Don and Willene; step-grandmother, Mildred; three aunts, Angela, Nelda and Joyce; and two uncles, Ernest and Donald David. He was preceded in death by one brother, Joseph Dale Thomas HINES in December 1993. Arrangements are under the direction of Agent Funeral Home in Sallisaw.

Funeral services for Verlie Mae "Mott" JONES, 65, of Spiro were held at 10 a.m. Monday at Harvest Hill Assembly of God Church in Spiro, with the Rev. Gene Hewitt officiating. Burial was in Summerfield Cemetery in Summerfield, under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home in Spiro. Mrs. JONES was born March 14, 1934, in Stigler, to Albert and Cora (WELLS) MACKEY. She died Friday, Dec. 3, 1999, in A Fort Smith, Ark., hospital Survivors include two daughters, Sharon and Debbie; two sons, Dennis and Ruben L.; three sisters, Irene, Maebell and Ruby; four brothers, Johnny, Louis, Lee and Rev. Robert E.; ten grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Ms. JONES was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Vernie and Luther MACKEY.

Funeral services for Curtis Charles MEADOWS, 70, of Sallisaw were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Agent Chapel in Sallisaw, with the Rev. Monroe Lowrimore officiating. Burial was in Sallisaw City Cemetery, under the direction of Agent Funeral Home in Sallisaw. Mr. MEADOWS was born Jan. 9, 1929, in Claremore, to Henry Russell MEADOWS and Addie Mae (McCOMBS) MEADOWS. He died Sunday, Dec. 5, 1999, in Fort Smith, Ark. Survivors include four sisters, Jessie , Eva, Winnie and Eunice; one brother, Bill; and several nieces and nephews.

Stella Marie PENCE, 92, of Stigler, formerly of Charleston, Ark., died Monday, Dec. 6, 1999, in Stigler. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Mount Hope Community Church in Charleston, with the Rev. Jimmy Kersh officiating. Burial was in Mount Hope North Cemetery, under the direction of Smith Mortuary Inc. in Charleston. Mrs. PENCE was born Feb. 11, 1906, in Rudy, Ark., to Joe and Laura (BAKER) DOTSON. Survivors include two daughters, Margie and Anna; two sons, Manuel Garland Jr. and Floyd Ray; one sister, Pearl; one brother, Jim; 16 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; Mrs. PENCE was preceded in death in death by her husband, Manuel GARLAND PENCE; and one son, Robert Lee PENCE.

Funeral services for Joe Ray RICHISON SR., 84, of Spiro, are being held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Mallory Chapel in Spiro, with Geary Ridenour and the Revs. Sid Ree, and Tom Hill officiating. Burial is in Woodlawn Memorial Garden in Fort Smith, Ark., under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home in Spiro. Mr. RICHISON was born Jan. 17, 1915, in Bloomer, Ark., to Zephniah Boss RICHISON and Lillie (SWEENEY) RICHISON. He died Monday, Dec. 6, 1999, at his home. Survivors include his wife, Norma Ruth (PERSON) RICHISON of the home; four daughters and sons-in-law, JoAnn and Bill, Delores and Carl, Cindy and Howard, and Pam and Terry; one son and daughter-in-law, Joe Ray Jr. and Lorie; one sister, Opal; one brother, Grady; 20 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren. Mr. RICHISON was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; one son, Ronald Ray RICHISON; and two grandsons, Kenneth Joe RICHISON and Jason WARD.

Funeral services for Bernice TAYLOR, 87, of Stilwater are being held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church, with the Revs. Matt Miles and Harry Boydston officiating. Burial is in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Stilwell, under the direction of Strode Funeral Home in Stillwater. Mrs. TAYLOR was born July 3, 1912, in Akins, to George Allen CHEEK and Viva Mae (BOYDSTON) CHEEK. She died Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999, in Stillwater. Survivors include her husband, W.C. TAYLOR; one son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Connie; two daughters and sons-in-law, Shirley and Jerry, and Lanna and Ken; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, George and Clayton; and one sister, Cleo. Mrs. TAYLOR was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers; and one grandson.

Funeral services for Lucy TONEY, 93, of Webbers Falls, were held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Oak Grove Baptist Church, with the Revs. Charlie Thompson and Dennis Sixkiller officiating. Burial was in the Toney Family Cemetery, under the direction of Millsap Funeral Service of Webbers Falls. Miss TONEY was born Jan. 29, 1906, in Webbers Falls, to Lee and Malinda (MUSKRAT) TONEY. She died Thursday, Dec. 2, 1999, in the Gore Nursing Home. Survivors include one niece, Bonnie of the home; five great-nieces and nephews; 13 great-great-nieces and nephews; and three great-great-great-nephews.

Sunday, December 11, 1999

Chester BENTON, 47, of Moffett died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1999, in a local hospital. Funeral services are being held at 1 p.m. Saturday at New Morning Star Baptist Church in Moffett. Burial is in Center Point Cemetery, in Redland, under the direction of Rowell-Parish Mortuary in Fort Smith, Ark. Survivors include one son, Jeryron; eight sisters, Sarah, Tilda, Doann, Laura, Berniece, Earnestine, Mary and Sally; and four brothers, James, Bobby, Vernell and Ozell.

Funeral services for Mary Jane RILEY, 95, of Webbers Falls are being held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel in Muskogee, with Mrs. RILEY's son-in-law, the Rev. Louis Maxwell officiating. Mrs. RILEY was born June 26, 1904, in West Plains, Mo., to William Newton RILEY and Leah (CARTER) RILEY. She died Thursday, Dec. 9, 1999, in the Gore nursing home. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Dorothy Margaret and Louis; two grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; one brother Edgar; and one sister, Fetna. Mrs. RILEY was preceded in death by her husband, John J. RILEY in 1955; one son, John Gordon RILEY on March 12, 1999; and one grandson, Michael "Mike" RILEY in 1993. Arrangements are under the direction of Millsap Funeral Service in Webbers Falls.

Thursday, December 16, 1999

Funeral services for Shirley Oletha BARTHEL, 79, of Muskogee, formerly of Roland, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Agent Chapel in Muldrow. Burial will be in Roland City Cemetery, under the direction of Agent Funeral Home in Muldrow. Mrs. BARTHEL was born Jan. 30, 1920, in Moffett, to Frederick Wilder KRUMSIEK and Alice Mae (COOPER) KRUMSIEK. She died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1999, in Tulsa. She married Roy Wallace BARTHEL Jan. 16, 1938, in Roland. He preceded her in death June 22, 1977. Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Dr. Dee and Buddy; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Bob and Leah, Buddy and Marilyn, and Tom; nine grandchildren;15 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Joie, Geraldine and Barbara; and one brother, Royce R.

Graveside services for Melba Joyce HINDMAN, 64, of Princeton, La., formerly of Sallisaw, are being held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Benge Family Cemetery, north of Sallisaw, with Dr. Lee Woodard officiating. Mrs. HINDMAN was born April 23, 1935, in Sequoyah County, to Ridge and Ada (MILTON) BENGE. She died Sunday, Dec. 12, 1999, in Shreveport, La. Survivors include companion, David; one daughter, Sheila; one son,Craig; two grandsons; two sisters, Lorene and Jo; and one brother, Bill. Arrangements are under the direction of Agent Funeral Home in Sallisaw.

Funeral services for Ellie Belle LASITER, 73, of Sallisaw are being held at 10 a.m. Thursday at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, northeast of Sallisaw, with the Rev. Wayne Efurd officiating. Burial is in Upper Camp Creek Cemetery, northeast of Muldrow, under the direction of Agent Funeral Home in Sallisaw. Mrs. LASITER was born Dec. 31, 1925, in Muldrow, to John Wesley PETREE and Martha Jane DAVIS. She died Monday, Dec. 13, 1999, in Fort Smith, Ark. She married Henry Jackson PETREE Jan. 25, 1949, in Van Buren, Ark. He preceded her in death Feb. 19, 1979. Survivors include one daughter, Lavon; three sons, John, James, and Clarence; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Dovie, Ruth and Nettie; five stepdaughters, Pearl, Leona, Goldie, Elsie and Jewell; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends. Mrs. LASITER was also preceded in death by three sisters, Bonnie BALLINGER, Mattie REED and Cora RICHARDSON; and three brothers, Marion PETREE, Burl PETREE and Sterling PETREE.

Okla MABRAY, 93, of Muldrow died Sunday, Dec. 12, 1999, in a nursing home. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Muldrow First United Methodist Church. Burial was in Muldrow Memory Gardens Cemetery, under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home in Fort Smith, Ark. Survivors include one daughter, Martha; two sons, Bill Ed and Don Moton; 13 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren. Mrs. MABRAY was preceded in death by her husband, W.R. MABRAY.

Violet Louise "Granny Hall" McGRATH, 74, of Roland died Sunday, Dec. 12, 1999, in Roland. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Blunt Baptist Church, north of Sallisaw, with the Rev. Leroy Reid officiating. Mrs. McGRATH was born Aug. 27, 1925, in Frederick, to James Otis MORGAN and Tinnie Marie (KITTRELL) MORGAN. She married Jim McGRATH. in 1969 in Panama. Survivors include her husband, Jim McGRATH of the home; three daughters, Ella, Lena and Tanya Jo; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one stepson, Jimmy Alan; two stepdaughters, Reba Marie and Ramona Michelle; nine step-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Iris and Judy.

Funeral services for Louella Mae NORWOOD, 91, of Sallisaw were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Agent Chapel in Sallisaw, with Chaplain J.D. Stewart and the Rev. Robert L. Polvado officiating. Burial was in McCoy Cemetery, northwest of Sallisaw, under the direction of Agent Funeral Home in Sallisaw. Mrs. NORWOOD was born Feb. 3, 1908, in Okmulgee, to M.N. and Rosa Lee (DANIEL) DANIELS. She died Sunday, Dec. 12, 1999, in Sallisaw. She married S.W. "Bill" NORWOOD in April 1926 in Checotah. He preceded her in death on Feb. 6, 1976, in Richland, Wash. Survivors include one son, Wayne; one daughter, Wanda; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Willis and Thelma; and two brothers, Lester and J.C.

Ret. Army Col. Charles Gunter OLENTINE Sr., 73, of Oak Crest, Md., formerly of Muldrow, died Monday, Dec. 13, 1999, at John Hopkins Hospital. Funeral services will be held Friday at Oak Crest Chapel in Baltimore, Md. Survivors include his wife, Mary Barbara (PATTERSON) OLENTINE; two sons, Charles gunter Jr. and Stephen Patterson; and five grandchildren.

Services for Cleo Gladys SMITH, 78, of Tulsa are being held at 2 p.m. Thursday at South Lawn Chapel in Tulsa, with the Rev. Brad DrowningBear officiating. Mrs. SMITH was born Feb. 1, 1921, in Bunch, Adair County, to Jesse Green McCONNELL and Josie CHUCULATE McCONNELL. She died Sunday, Dec. 12, 1999, at her home. Her grandparents were William McCONNELL and Mary "Molly" HALL McCONNELL, and Zeke and Lizzie (SINKINGWATER) CHUCULATE. Survivors include one daughter, Saundra; one son Ronald "Ronnie"; one brother, Zeke; one granddaughter; three great-grandsons; and numerous other relatives and friends. Mrs. SMITH was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh E. SMITH in 1981; one brother, Alec McCONNELL PANNELL in 1977; one son, Gary ROLEN in 1963; and one grandson, John Edward ELLIS in 1988. Arrangements are under the direction of Moore Funeral home in Tulsa.

Funeral services for Deween SMITH, 80, of Sallisaw were held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Sallisaw, with the Revs Harvey Johnson and Robert Krahn officiating. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at Floral Haven Cemetery in Tulsa, under the direction of Agent Funeral Home in Sallisaw. Mrs.. SMITH was born Oct. 4, 1919, in Wisner, Neb. to John and Anna (JACOBSON) RABE. She died Thursday, Dec. 9, 1999, in Sallisaw. She married Saint Elmo SMITH March 22, 1941, in Cassville, Mo. He preceded her in death Oct. 3, 1991. Survivors include five daughters, Marilyn, Barbara, Shirley, Winona, and Pauline; 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and one sister, Verleda. Mrs. SMITH was also preceded in death by one daughter, Ardath Pauline WRIGHT on Feb. 12, 1942; and one brother, Linoel RABE.

Funeral services for Neata (LEE) SMITH, 80, of Gore were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day SAints in Gore with Elder Farley Ward officiating. Burial was in White Cemetery in Gore, under the direction of Millsap Funeral Service in Webbers Falls. Mrs. SMITH was born Dec. 19,1 918, in Gore, to Rufus Lynn and Martha Ann (SMITH) LEE. She died Friday, Dec. 10, 1999, in the Gore Nursing Home. She married Clarence SMITH July 2, 1936, in Gore. He preceded her in death May 8, 1999. Survivors include one son, Don L.; one daughter and son-in-law, Donna L. and George; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Mrs. SMITH was also preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, Coon LEE, Gaines LEE, Spi James LEE, and Eugene LEE; and two sisters, Oral FINE and Mary ENSMINGER.

Paul Ray TYLER, 69, of Fort Smith, Ark., died Sunday, Dec. 12, 1999, in a local hospital. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Putman Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Smith.Burial was in the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith, under the direction of Putman Funeral Home. Survivors include his wife, Denelta of the home; one daughter, Renee; one stepdaughter, Betty; one son, Darryl; one stepson, Brandon; one sister, Sharon; three brothers, James, Bill and Jerry; and 10 grandchildren.

Lorine Eda WILLIFORD, 84, of Gore died Sunday, Dec. 12, 1999, in Muskogee. She was born March 13, 1915, in Okmulgee County, to James Wade JONES and Aggie Anna (DRAPER) JONES. She married Frank WILLIFORD, who preceded her in death in 1967. Survivors include one brother, Duane; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends. Cremation is under the direction of Agent Funeral Home in Sallisaw.

Funeral services for Bobby Dale YOUNG, 62, of Sallisaw were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Calvary Temple Full Gospel Church in Sallisaw, with the Revs. Jerry Green and Edward Markham officiating. Burial was in Sallisaw City Cemetery, under the direction of Agent Funeral Home in Sallisaw. Mr. YOUNG was born Dec. 19, 1936, in McCoy to George Washington YOUNG and Sophia E. (WOODS) YOUNG. He died Saturday Dec. 11, 1999, at his home. He married Sarah Ann HAWTHORNE Oct. 6, 1962, in Perryton, Texas. Survivors include his wife, Sarah YOUNG of the home; two daughters, Vickie and Tammy Diane; three sons, Lloyd Ray, Keith and Roger Dale; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one brother, Billy G.

Sunday, December 19, 1999

Graveside services for Annette S. HANSON, 41, of Vian were held at 1 p.m. Friday at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Vian, with the Rev. Steve Spyres officiating. Mrs. HANSON was born March 2, 1958, in Sulphur, to Alfred and Lillie (SIDES) WALLACE. She died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1999, in a Fort Smith, Ark. hospital. Survivors include her husband, Tom Mefford of the home; two daughter, Penny and Lora; two sons, Daniel and Larry; two brothers, Wilburn and Louis; and six grandchildren. Arrangements were under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home in Sallisaw.

Funeral service for Sankie Louis LYNCH, 73, of Sallisaw are being held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Agent Chapel in Sallisaw, with the Revs. Randy Farmer, Leroy Reid and Sankie Price Lynch officiating. Burial is in Memory Gardens Cemetery in Muldrow, under the direction of Agent Funeral Home in Sallisaw.Mr. LYNCH was born Dec. 7, 1926, in Muldrow, to Robert L. "Bob" LYNCH and Rose Mildred (OWENSBY) LYNCH. He died Thursday, Dec. 16, 1999, in Sallisaw. He married Winnell CASON Nov. 10, 1956 in Poteau. Survivors include his wife, Winnell LYNCH of the home; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Tamhra, Joy and Drew and Susan and Tim, and Glenda and Ruland; one son and daughter-in-law, Sankie Price and Jamie; four grandchildren; two brothers, R.L. and Don.

Funeral services for Ruby (MORTON) STANFILL, 87, of Goose Creek, S.C., formerly of Gore, were held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Gore United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Bill Buttruam officiating. Burial was in South Bethel Cemetery in Braggs, under the direction of Millsap Funeral Service of Webbers Falls. Mrs. Stanfill was born Feb. 12, 1912, in Webbers Falls, to Neal and Alma (RODGERS) MORTON. She died Monday, Dec. 13, 1999, at Charleston, S.C. Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Elmer Jr. and Geraldine; one brother, Lloyd; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Mrs. STANFILL was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer E. STANFILL on May 4, 1993; one daughter, Bertie HEFLEY; her parents; two brothers, William MORTON and Troy MORTON; and one sister, Blanch BEACH.

Thursday, December 23, 1999

Funeral services for Thelma Irene BENNETT, 89, of Gore were held at 10 a.m. Monday at Agent Chapel in Gore, with the Rev. John Lindell officiating. Burial was in Garden of Memories Cemetery in Vian, under the direction of Agent Funeral Home in Gore. Mrs. BENNETT was born April 5, 1910, in Vian, to Peter Joshua WARREN and Cora Lee (DOTSON) WARREN. She died Friday, Dec. 17, 1999, in Gore. She married Jewell Willieby BENNETT Dec. 22, 1984, in Bakersfield, Calif. Survivors include her husband, Jewell W. BENNETT of the home; five sons, Arnold, Fred, Honk, W.J. "Pete", and Charles; one stepdaughter, Gwenda Lynn; one stepson, Kerm Allen; 15 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; eight sisters, Vera, Amanda, Berlie, Cora, Doris, Katherine, Helen, and Mary; and three brothers, J.T., Lewis and Hoover. Mrs. BENNETT was preceded in death by her first husband, Gleason George BENNETT on Dec. 19, 1978 in Gore.

Judy CLARK, 73, of Fort Smith, Ark., died Friday, Dec. 17,1 999, in a Fort Smith hospital. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Monday at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Smith. Burial was in Barling City Cemetery in Barling, Ark., under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home. Survivors include two daughters, Sherry and Pam; four sisters, Clara, Rose Marie, Jane, and Joey; and two grandsons; Mrs. CLARK was preceded in death by her husband, J.F. CLARK JR.

Funeral services for Ronnie Gene COATNEY, 39, of Sallisaw are being held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Akins Assembly of God Church, northeast of Sallisaw, with the Rev. Monroe Lowrimore officiating. Burial is in Akins Cemetery, under the direction of Agent Funeral Home in Sallisaw. Mr. COATNEY was born May 23, 1960, in Sallisaw, to Fred and Shirley Mae (MARTIN) COATNEY. He died Saturday, Dec. 18, 1999, in Sallisaw. Survivors include one son, Steven Lee; two daughters, Becky and Ashley; his parents, Fred and Shirley; five brothers, Roger, Larry, Charles, Mike and Tony; one sister, Sheila Ann; and several nieces and nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Gordon W. CULLISON, 85, of Sallisaw died Saturday, Dec. 18, 1999, in Sallisaw. Services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Harper Cemetery in Harper, Kan. Mr. CULLISON was born April 21, 1914, in Anthony, Kan. to Robert Bruce CULLISON and Carrie (WALTERS) CULLISON. He married Mildred L. HELSBY March 7, 1937, in Medicine Lodge, Kan. She preceded him in death July 31, 1999. Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Keith and Sherry, and Marc and Janet; one grandson, two granddaughters; one great-grandchild; and other relatives and friends. Mr. CULLISON was also preceded in death by five brothers, Jess, Hugh, Carl, Albert and George. Cremation is under the direction of Agent Funeral Home in Sallisaw.

Graveside services for Jerry Dale FLEETWOOD Jr., 31, of Tulsa. formerly of Sallisaw were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Fleetwood Cemetery, northeast of Sallisaw, with Dr. Lee Woodard officiating. Mr. FLEETWOOD was born July 21, 1968, in Bakersfield, Calif., to Jerry Dale FLEETWOOD SR. and Barbara (SHORES) FLEETWOOD. He died Thursday, Dec. 16, 1999, in Tulsa. Survivors include companion, Nancy; one son, Nathaniel; his parents, Jerry Dale and Barbara; two sisters, lori and Melanie; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Mr. FLEETWOOD was preceded in death by one daughter, Tesiamia FLEETWOOD; one sister, Lisa TURNER; and one cousin, Patrick BURLESON. Arrangements were under the direction of Agent Funeral home in Sallisaw.

Funeral services for Hubert HOLMAN, 76, of Sallisaw were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1999, in the Mallory Chapel in Sallisaw with the Revs. Tommy Hawkins and Bill Epps officiating. Interment followed in the Sallisaw City Cemetery, under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home in Sallisaw. Mr. HOLMAN was born Dec. 30, 1922, in Tucker, to Boon and Donnie (BALLARD) HOLMAN. He died Friday, Dec. 17, 1999, in Sallisaw. Survivors include his wife, Betty Jo (DOCKERY) HOLMAN of the home; one daughter and son-in-law, Catherine and Ted; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Dale and Sandra, Bill and Georgetta and Eddy; two sisters, Faye and Raye; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Mr. HOLMAN was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Thurman D. HOLMAN and Lenard HOLMAN.

Claudie Gene NEAL, 50, of Wister died Friday, Dec. 17, 1999, at his home. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Lewis Funeral Chapel in Fort Smith, Ark. Burial was in the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith, under the direction of Lewis Funeral Chapel. Survivors include one daughter, Elizabeth; one son, Steven; his mother, Dorothy; his father, Claude; his maternal grandmother, Clara; two sisters, Debbie and Linda; one brother, Alan; and six grandchildren.

Funeral services for Pauline Ida PATRICK, 84, of Ponca City were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Agent Chapel in Sallisaw, with the Rev. George Gilliand officiating. Burial was in Memory Gardens Cemetery in Muldrow, under the direction of Agent Funeral home in Sallisaw. Mrs. PATRICK was born Nov. 23, 1915, in Muldrow, to Benjamin Franklin FARGO and Talitha Carolina (BETHEL) FARGO. She died Sunday, Dec. 19, 1999, in Ponca City. She married John Wesley PATRICK Feb. 14, 1931, in the Brent community. He preceded her in death April 1956. Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Phyllis June and Billy Joe; one son and daughter-in-law, Donald Ray and Wanda Maxine;five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends. Mrs. PATRICK was also preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Benjamine Ernest FARGO; and three sisters, Mae Evelyn CAVINS, Carmen Charla COX and Aline Minnie FOREMAN.

Norma "Granny" WATSON, 74, of Alma, Ark. died Sunday, Dec. 19, 1999, at her home. Funeral services are being held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Edwards Van-Alma Chapel in Van Buren, Ark. Burial is in Newberry Cemetery in Alma, under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home. Mrs. WATSON was born Jan. 10, 1925, in Crawford County, Ark., to Jim and Walsie STALLINGS of the Catcher community. Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Pat and Tommy; two sons and daughters-in-law, Edwin and Eva Sue and Donnie and Peggy; four sisters, Fern, Mary, Betty Sue and Dorcie Lee; two brothers, Turner and Burrell; seven grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. Mrs. WATSON was preceded in death by her husband, Billy E. WATSON.

Sunday, December 26, 1999

Minnie Belle ANDREWS, 85, of Spring, Texas, formerly of Sallisaw and Fort Smith, Ark.. died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1999, in Spring. Funeral services are being held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren, Ark. Burial is in Gracelawn Cemetery in Van Buren, under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home. Survivors include one daughter, Betty; two sons, Burl and Charles; 21 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Mrs. ANDREWS was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis ANDREWS; her parents, the late Sallisaw residents Dan and Kate STREBECK; two sons, David and Jimmy ANDREWS; and two daughters, Ruth ANDREWS and Linda HAWKINS.

Thursday, December 30, 1999

Funeral services for E.C. "Bully" CARTER, 79, of Webbers Falls were held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Assembly of God Church in Webbers Falls, with Harvey Young and the Rev. Clifford Hyslope officiating. Burial was in Fort Gibson National Cemetery, under the direction of Millsap Funeral Service in Webbers Falls. Mr. CARTER was born May `19, 1920, in Canadian, to Jim Dee CARTER and Maudie "Rhodden" CARTER. He died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Muskogee. He married Rena JONES March 18, 1942, in Webbers Falls. Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, James and Debbie, and Ralph and Patricia, and Euial and Galelia; two sisters, Bobbie Dean and Lena Fern; one brother, James A.; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Mr. CARTER was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Rena CARTER; two grandsons, Jamie CARTER and Jason CARTER; his parents; three sisters; and three brothers.

Funeral services for Garland W. CHEEK, 82, of Sallisaw were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Eastside Baptist Church in Sallisaw the the Rev. Marvin Merrill officiating. Burial was in Akins Cemetery, northeast of Sallisaw, under the direction of Agent Funeral Home in Sallisaw. Mr. CHEEK was born Sept. 13, 1917, near Sallisaw, to Beautine Douglas "Beaut" CHEEK and Stella (PETERS) CHEEK. He died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, in Sallisaw. He married Maxine HARPER Aug. 10, 1942, in San Diego. She preceded him in death Aug. 31, 1990. Survivors include two grandchildren, Michelle and jennifer; two great-grandchildren; one daughter-in-law, Terri; four sisters, Nadine C., Kathleen, Doris and Jennie; two brothers, Barnie and Bernie; one daughter-in-law, and several nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

F.B. "Fritz" CHERRY, 90, of Bakersfield, Calif., formerly of Roland, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, in Bakersfield. Services are being held Thursday in Bakersfield. Survivors include one son, Bruce; one daughter, Velma Jean; one stepdaughter, Pauline; six grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two brothers, W.O. and James T.; five sisters, Mildred, Evelyn, Jo,, Alta, and Bernice; and other relatives and friends. Arrangements are under the direction of Mish Funeral home in Oildale, Calif.

Ruby Elizabeth CULLUM, 90, of Sallisaw died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, in Sallisaw. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at Agent Chapel in Sallisaw, with the Rev. Monroe Lowrimore officiating. Burial was in Fleetwood Cemetery, east of Sallisaw, under the direction of Agent Funeral Home in Sallisaw. Mrs. CULLUM was born Feb. 18, 1909, in Sallisaw, to James Fernando Jack ANDERSON and Elizabeth (SCOGGINS) ANDERSON. She married James Everett Buck CULLUM Aug. 29, 1925, in Sallisaw. He preceded her in death Jan. 21, 1978. Survivors include five daughters, Euna, Mary, Betty, Theresa, and Jean; one son, Frank; 27 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Alice; and one brother, Oscar; Mrs. CULLLUM was also preceded in death by one daughter, Eva GILLIAM: and three sons, Freddie Morris CULLUM, Carl Morrow CULLUM and James Earl CULLUM.

Funeral services for Donald DEES, 50, of Keota were held at 10 a.m. Monday at Mallory Chapel in Spiro, with the Rev. Tommie Parker officiating. Burial was in New Hope Cemetery in Spiro, under r the direction of Mallory Funeral Home in Spiro. Mr. DEES was born Sept. 28, 1949, in Bakersfield, Calif., to Stanford and Fern (CERRY) DEES. He died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, in Muskogee. Survivors include his wife, Maureen (MURRAY) DEES of the home; one daughter and son-in-law, Stacey and Brad; five sisters, Norma, Jo Anna, Tammy, Naomi, and Zona; three brothers, Steve, Dave, and Mike; two grandchildren; and numerous aunts,uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services for Irene GANTT, 67, of Muldrow were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Agent Chapel in Muldrow, with the Rev. Harvey Rogers officiating. Burial was in Cottonwood Cemetery, south of Muldrow, under the direction of Agent Funeral Home in Muldrow. Mrs. GANTT was born May 27, 1932, in Stilwell, to Evitt and Evelyn (WALKINGSTICK) SEATON. She died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, in Fort Smith, Ark. Survivors include seven daughters, Kathy, Alice, Sherry, Debra, Myra, Nettie and Susan; two sons, James and Bill; 17 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Kahleetah and Sue; and one brother, Earl;

Funeral services for Essie Mae GIBBONS, 83, of Muldrow were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Cottonwood Free Will Baptist Church, south of Muldrow, with the Revs. Jimmy Waldrop and Ricky Owens officiating. Burial was in Cottonwood Cemetery, south of Muldrow, under the direction of Agent Funeral Home in Muldrow. Mrs. GIBBONS was born Dec. 5, 1916, in the Cottonwood community, to John B. OWENS and America Lucinda (WANN) OWENS. She died Friday, Dec. 24, 1999, in Fort Smith, Ark. She married James Elbert "Elb" OWENS May 8, 1936, in the Paw Paw bottoms. He preceded her in death Dec. 24, 1997. Survivors include three sons, James Junior, George and Gary Don; two daughters, Margaret and Wanda; six grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; four sisters, Marie, Hazel, Lela and Ruth LaFern; one brother, Edward; and one adopted brother, Donald. She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Dorothy Mae GIBBONS; and two grandchildren, Contrina GIBBONS and Rhonda CARTER.

Lena C. GOODWIN of Wiser died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, at her home. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First Assembly of God Church in Wister, with the Rev. Frankie Harris officiating. Burial was in Tamaha Cemetery, under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Home in Poteau. Survivors include her husband, Raymond GOODWIN of the home; one daughter, Joan; three sons, Randell, Rick and Jack; three stepsons, Gordon, Garth and Ratha; 21 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Sally, Lee, and Pauline; one brother, Alex; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Mrs. GOODWIN was preceded in death one son, Charles CONLEY.

Graveside services for Eugene G. HOLT, 70, of Security, Colo., formerly of Sallisaw, are being held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Sallisaw City Cemetery, with the Rev. Jerry Brown officiating. Mr. HOLT was born Sept. 29, 1929, in Ames, to John and Vina (ADAMS) HOLT. He died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999, in Colorado Springs, Colo. He married his wife, Ruby June, Dec. 3, 1955, in Oklahoma City. Survivors include his wife, Ruby June HOLT of the home, formerly of Sallisaw; one brother, Jack; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends. Arrangements are under the direction of Agent Funeral Home in Sallisaw.

Rev. Tommy O. JAMES, 76, of the Gum springs community, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, in Fort Smith, Ark. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at Gum Springs Free Will Baptist Church, with the Rev. Alex Warren and Bro. John Barnes officiating. Burial was in Gum Springs Cemetery, under the direction of Agent Funeral home in Gore. The Rev. JAMES was born Aug. 17, 1923, in Gum Springs, to Tom E. JAMES and Sarah Gertrude (GOINS) JAMES. He married Callie Eunice RISLEY July 8, 1944, in Sallisaw. Survivors include his wife, Callie JAMES of the home; one son, Chester; two sisters, Ruby and Martha; three nieces; and four nephews.

Funeral services for Roy ROBERTSON, 85, of Marble City were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Agent Chapel in Sallisaw. Burial was in Dwight Mission Cemetery, west of Sallisaw, under the direction of Agent Funeral Home in Sallisaw. Mr. ROBERTSON was born Nov. 13, 1914, in Marble City, to Grover Cleveland ROBERTSON and Elizabeth (WALLACE) ROBERTSON. He died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, in Fort Smith, Ark. He married Julia Adeline Belle YOUNG in 1939 in Sallisaw. She preceded him in death Sept. 8, 1983. Survivors include two daughters, Loretta and Doris; two sons, Donald "Sonny" and Frank; 11 grandchildren; and several step-grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three sisters, Lorene, Ruby and Louise; one brother, Levi; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends. Mr. ROBERTSON was also preceded in death by one son, Jim ROBERTSON; four stepsons, William, John, Lloyd and Richard LEAF; and stepdaughter Goldie LITTLEJOHN.

Funeral services for Anna Mignon RUSSELL, 92, of Vian were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church in Vian, with the Rev. James Ogden officiating. Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery, under the direction of Agent Funeral Home in Sallisaw. Mrs. RUSSELL was born Jan. 25, 1907, in Heber Springs, Ark., to Collie Carl YANCEY and Mollie (DODDS) YANCEY. She died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, in Sallisaw. She married Albert Nolan RUSSELL Nov. 17, 1924, in Beggs. He preceded her in death March 23, 1987. Survivors include one daughter, Molly Nell;two grandsons; four great-grandchildren.

Curtis Lee SMITH, 76, of Haywood died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, in the McAlester Regional Health Center in McAlester. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at Haywood Baptist Church, with the Rev. Clarence Brinkley officiating. Burial was in Hickory Grove Cemetery, under the direction of Bishop Funeral Service in McAlester. Mr. SMITH was born May 17, 1923, in Gore, to Andrew and Lulu Mae (COOK) SMITH. He married Venita Mae McGEE June 3, 1955, in Waterford, Calif. Survivors include his wife, Venita SMITH of the home; one son, John; five daughters and four sons-in-law, Jeannie, and Jeraldine and Howard, Janet and Dick, Debbie and Larry, and Patty and Robert; 15 brothers and sisters; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Mr. SMITH was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Terry Lee SMITH on Dec. 4, 1978; and seven brothers and sisters.

Funeral services for Vivian Louise SMITH, 71, of Sallisaw were held at 10 a.m. Friday at Lee's Creek Assembly of God Church in Nicut, with the Rev. Janie James officiating. Burial was in Seabolt Cemetery, northeast of Muldrow, under the direction of Agent Funeral Home in Sallisaw. Mrs. SMITH was born Nov. 23, 1928, in Oklahoma City, to Joseph and Bessie (LAXTON) LAMBETH. She died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999, in Sallisaw. She married Wren Robert SMITH Sr. Oct. 5, 1946, in Las Vegas. he preceded her in death Jan. 20,1988. Survivors include three daughters, Bobbie Jo, Pat and Debbie; two sons, Robert and Frankie Willard; 17 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one sister, Jessie; and one brother, Leroy. Mrs. SMITH was also preceded in death by one daughter, Pamela L. ARRUDA; her parents; and one sister, Stella Eatmon.

Graveside services for Lorene THOMAS, 66, of Sallisaw were held at 11 a.m. Friday at Rocky Point Cemetery, north of Sallisaw, with the Revs. Lee Killer and LeRoy Reid officiating. Mrs. THOMAS was born July 14, 1933, in Webbers Falls, to George Harvey NEW and Euna Audrey (POLLARD) NEW. She died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999, in Fort Smith, Ark. She married J. B. THOMAS June 29, 1950, in Fort Smith. Survivors include her husband, J. B. THOMAS of the home; one son and daughter-in-law, Troy Leon and Beverly; two daughters and one son-in-law, Leanne and Billy and Kathy; four grandchildren; three brothers, Bud, Billy Ray and John; and three sisters, Evelyn, Linda K. and Charlotte. Arrangements were under the direction of Agent Funeral Home in Sallisaw.

Franklin T. WILKERSON, 75, of Vian died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 199, in Vian. He was born Jan. 21, 1924, in Pawhuska to Hattie (WILKERSON) FRANZ. He married his wife, Roberta, Dec. 20, 1956, in Reno, Nev. Survivors include his wife Roberta WILKERSON of the home; one daughter, Toni; two grandchildren; and several cousins, other relatives and friends. Cremation is under the direction of Agent Funeral Home in Sallisaw.

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