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SEQUOYAH COUNTY TIMES

 
 JANUARY 2013

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Funeral services for Norma Jeane HARVEY-BROOKS, 87, of Cookson were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at Cookson United Methodist Church under the direction of Reed-Culver Funeral Home of Tahlequah.

Erma Jean BURGESS of Vian was born on June 9, 1945, to Clyde and Freddie (HERSHEY) McNAMEE, and passed away on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, in Vian at the age of 67. She married Eddie BURGESS on Sept. 9, 1967. She is survived by her husband, Eddie of the home; one son, Michael and his wife, Beatrice of Haskell; one daughter, Kellie ROGERS and husband, Allen of Pocola; three sisters, Elmyra MORRISON and husband, Johnny of Muskogee, Velma ZACHARY of Webbers Falls and Blanche McNAMEE of Vian; three brothers, David McNAMEE of Muskogee, Clyde McNAMEE Jr. of Haskell and Fred McNAMEE and his wife, Shelly of Tamaha; and four grandchildren, Brooklyn and Keisha MORRIS and Deavon PHILLIPS and Michah THOMAS. Erma was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Howard, Dale and Billy McNAMEE; and one sister, Joyce McNAMEE. She loved to garden, fish and hunt. Pallbearers are Sean Zachery, Duane Malcolm, Louis Bland, Johnny Ellis, Archie Johnson, and Greg Johnson. Honorary pallbearers are her nephews. Flower girls are her nieces. Funeral services are being held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at the Vian Baptist Church with the Revs. Mack Jackson, Kevin Harvell, J.D. Jones and T.D. Drew officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Cemetery in Vian under the direction of Agent & Mallory-Martin Funeral Home in Sallisaw. Please sign Ms. Burgess’ online guestbook at www.mallorymartinfuneralhome.com.

Funeral services for Marie SMITH ECHOLS, 90, of Sallisaw are being held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at the Agent-Mallory-Martin Chapel in Sallisaw with the Rev. Vernon Stone officiating. Burial is at Sallisaw City Cemetery under the direction of Agent & Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Sallisaw. Mrs. ECHOLS was born on July 21, 1922, in Carlisle to Robert Lee SMITH Sr. and Minnie Ann (CRAIG) SMITH. She died on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, in Sallisaw. She was a secretary and homemaker. She married Chester Lee ECHOLS on Aug. 4, 1946. He preceded her in death on Dec. 14, 2012. Survivors include one brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Lee SMITH of Sallisaw; and one sister, Nina WHITE of Tulsa. She was also preceded in death by her parents; five brothers and sisters, Vannie TAYLOR, Lelis SMITH, Sylvia STINNETT, Glendean APPLEBY and R.L. SMITH Jr.

Funeral services for Carl Edward FRY, 74, of Muldrow are being held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, at Mineral Springs Free Will Baptist Church with Pastor Mike Fields officiating. Burial is at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Fort Smith, Ark., under the direction of Lewis Funeral Chapel of Fort Smith. Mr. FRY was born on June 15, 1938, in Fort Smith to Tony and Hascel (SPAULDING) FRY. He died on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012. He married Joyce Ellen TAYLOR in 1959. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, he traveled the rodeo circuit, both as a cowboy and a clown, participating in the Old Fort Days Cowboy Reunions, served several terms as the mayor of Big Cabin, owned a restaurant, and was an OTR trucker. Hobbies including raising cattle, chasing chicken, attending auctions, gardening, playing with the grandchildren and operating the family trucking business. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Joyce FRY; three children, Karla MARVIN and Jane HOVIOUS, both of Van Buren, Ark., and Grant FRY of Big Cabin; one brother, David of Muldrow; two sisters, Wilma STORMES of Albany, Ga. and Mary DAVID of Greenwood, Ark.; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several other family members and friends. Pallbearers are Donnie Krug, Fred Miller, Charles Smith, Josh Blackman, Greg Howard, Coy Pruitt and Larry Lux.

Funeral services for Zenia Bell LOCKWOOD, 84, of Roland are being held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Roland with Terry Colwell officiating. Burial is at Roland City Cemetery under the direction of Agent & Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Muldrow. Mrs. LOCKWOOD was born on Aug. 30, 1928, in Ozark, Ark., to Clifford NICHOLS and Susie Marie (TEDFORD) NICHOLS. She died on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, in Roland. She was a seamstress for Ayers Furniture. She married Hial Parker LOCKWOOD on Feb. 17, 1951, in Van Buren, Ark. He preceded her in death on July 27, 2011. Survivors include two sons, Calvin LOCKWOOD and Myron LOCKWOOD, both of Roland; five sisters, Mae BARNES of Russellville, Ark., Dena SMITH, Aberdean, Miss., Mary HURST of Fort Smith, Ark., Helen EMBERTON of Mountainburg, Ark., and Sharon HIGFILL of Ozark; one brother, Harlan NICHOLS of Altus, Ark.; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Pallbearers are Shawn Meeker, Jonathan Faircloth, Lance Lockwood, Tyler Lovett, David Smith and Stewart Lockwood.

David Wayne YOUNG, 71, of Vian passed away on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, in Fort Smith, Ark. He was born Sept. 25, 1941, in Vian to A.C. “Clifton” YOUNG and Ethel Evelyn (COURTNEY) YOUNG. He graduated from Vian High School and attended Connors State College and Northeastern State University. He then served in the U.S. Army and was a Vietnam veteran. He was a retired pipefitter and a member of Plumbers and Pipefitter’s Local 430 in Tulsa. Since he retired, he raised black angus cattle, spoiled grandchildren and spent time with friends. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 120 in Sallisaw, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion. Daivd married his wife, Jessie, of 44 years, on July 22, 1968. He is survived by his wife, Jessie of the home; one daughter, Dr. Carla YOUNG of Southlake, Texas; one son and daughter-in-law, Lt. Billy YOUNG and wife, Kimberly of Smithfield, Va.; six grandchildren, David YOUNG II, Jeremy YOUNG, Daniel LUNDSTRP, Lilly LUNDSTROM, Jake LUNDSTROM and Dakota PATRICK; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Thomas and Glenda JOHNSON YOUNG of Vian and A.C. YOUNG Jr. and Glenda WILLOUGHBY YOUNG of Bunker Hill, W.V.; and a host of other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, David Keith YOUNG; one brother, William “Bill” YOUNG; and two sisters, Bonnie KVIDERA and Judy McHENRY. Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at Vian Baptist Church. Burial will be at the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith, Ark., under the direction of Agent & Mallory-Martin Funeral Home in Sallisaw. Viewing will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday. The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at Agent Mallory-Martin Funeral Home in Sallisaw. Active pallbearers will be his nephews, Steve Young, Robert Young, Paul Young, Darrell Young, Shaun Young and Robert McHenry. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Gilbreath, Alec Andrews, Jack Casebolt, John Speer, Thomas Davis and Jerry Castillo. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Connors Development Foundation at Connors State College, Route 1 Box 1000, Warner, OK 74469, Attn: Young Family Scholarship Fund. The family wishes to thank family members and friends for all their kind remembrances and prayers.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Funeral services for Myrtie Mae CHILDERS, 81, of Gans were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at Gans Assembly of God Church with Chris Stevenson officiating. Burial was at Gans Cemetery under the direction of Agent & Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Sallisaw. Mrs. CHUILDERS was born on June 2, 1931, in Redland to Vester JONES and Myrtie (REED) JONES. She died on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Fort Smith, Ark. She was a cook. Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, James CHILDERS and wife, Jane of Fort Smith, Wayne CHILDERS and wife, Leigh Ann and Mark CHILDERS and wife, Tatia, all of Gans; two daughters and sons-in-law, Donna BELT and husband, Roger of Nicut and Sherry LUTTRELL and husband, Gerald of Vian; one brother, Jim JONES of Roland; one sister, Betty HEARD of Shreveport, La.; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Cleve CHILDERS Jr. in 1980; and one sister, Nancy COLLIER. Pallbearers were Bryan Blake, Daniel, Brandon, Kadin and Trey.

Graveside services for Versie Belle JACKSON, 69, of Sallisaw were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at Buffington Cemetery in Sallisaw with the Rev. Raymond Esteban officiating under the direction of Agent Funeral Home of Sallisaw. Mrs. JACKSON was born on Jan. 3, 1943, in Sallisaw to John Elmer RICHARDSON and Cora (PETREE) RICHARDSON. She died on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, in Sallisaw. She was a homemaker. She married Donald Charles JACKSON on June 3, 1959, in Sallisaw. Survivors include her husband, Donald C. JACKSON of the home; four daughters, Sherry PAYNE, Melba MOORE, Kim BRANHAM and Terri OREN, all of Sallisaw; one son, Donnie JACKSON of Sallisaw; one brother, Garvin RICHARDSON of Sallisaw; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Matilda WALLS; two brothers, Bill and Thurman RICHARDSON; and an infant girl, Donna JACKSON. Pallbearers were her grandsons.

Funeral services for Peggy Ann JONES, 69, of Muldrow will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at the Agent & Mallory-Martin Chapel in Muldrow with the Rev. Anthony Williams officiating. Burial will be at Lee’s Chapel Cemetery in Muldrow under the direction of Agent & Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Sallisaw. Mrs. JONES was born on Feb. 14, 1943, in Woodland, Calif., to James Edwin GASTINEAU and Eura WOODY. She died on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark. She married Charles Leroy JONES on May 4, 1964, in Stilwell. Survivors include her husband, Charles of the home; one daughter, Pamela STUDDARD of Mountain Home, Ark.; three sons, Michael JONES of Spokane, Wash., Randall JONES of Conway, Ark., and David JONES of Muldrow; two sisters, Geraldean RUSSELL of Redland and Clara ROGERS of Muldrow; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Michael Jones, Randall Jones, David Jones, Jeremy Hope, Jimmie Plank, Jeff Russell, James Hickman, Hobie Jones, and Roman Henry.

Graveside services for Katheryn Bernice MOORE, 85, of Roland will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at Lee’s Chapel Cemetery in Muldrow with Ted Stamps officiating under the direction of Agent & Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Muldrow. Mrs. MOORE was born on Oct. 12, 1927, in Muldrow to Roy Ernest BROWN and Ruby Pauline (HAYWOOD) BROWN. She died on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, in Roland. She worked for Wortz Biscuit Company for 42 years. Survivors include one son, Jimmie MOORE of Roland; one brother, Leroy BROWN of Kansas City, Kan.; one sister, Virginia CHANDLER of Muldrow; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several other family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Orin MOORE in 1989; her parents; two sisters, Patsy HUGHES and Nina RUSSELL; and one brother, Damon BROWN.

Funeral services for Maxine STEPHENS PILANT, 93, of Tulsa were held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at the Agent & Mallory-Martin Funeral Chapel in Sallisaw with the Rev. Jerry Copeland officiating. Burial was at Sallisaw City Cemetery under the direction of Agent & Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Sallisaw. Mrs. PILANT was born on Sept. 4, 1919, in Sallisaw to Oscar Lewis STEPHENS and Mattie (STEWART) STEPHENS. She died on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, in Tulsa. She was a homemaker. She married Troy Earl PILANT on Sept. 14, 1984, in Sallisaw. He preceded her in death on Oct. 13, 2010. Survivors include two daughters, Kathy Ruth REED of Sallisaw and Carolyn Fostine MEYERS of Tulsa; one stepson, Steven Wayne PILANT of Owasso; one brother, H.E. “Tank” STEPHENS of Vian; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents; five sisters, Katherine BOYD, Opal RAMSEY, Katie BENGE, Jerri TURNER and Mildred MAYNARD; five brothers, W.L. “Bill” STEPHENS, Ted STEPHENS, O.L. STEPHENS, J.D. STEPHENS and Steve STEPHENS; and one grandchild.

Robert Eugene STEELE, 88, of Gans died on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, in a local hospital. No formal service is planned at this time. Cremation is under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren, Ark. Mr. STEELE was a retired civil service mechanic, an Army veteran of World War II and of the Pentecostal faith. Survivors include one daughter, Darlene GRAVLIN and husband, John of Las Vegas, Nev.; four sisters, Lucy TACKITT of Missouri, Mary TACKITT of California, Barbara STAPLES of Oklahoma and Virginia WISEMAN of Mississippi; one brother, Kenneth STEELE of Gans; and one granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dortha STEELE; and three sons, Robert Lee STEELE, Jimmy Don STEELE and Larry STEELE.

Funeral services for Imogene Grace WILSON, 98, of Roland are being held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Roland with the Rev. David Johnson officiating. Burial is at Roland City Cemetery under the direction of Agent & Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Sallisaw. Mrs. WILSON was born on Sept. 4, 1914, in Bloomer, Ark., to Jess Lee COOK and Laura Naomi (DURHAM) COOK. She died on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark. She was a homemaker and worked at Gerber Foods for 11 years. She married Tommy Lee WILSON on June 27, 1937, in Barber, Ark. He preceded her in death on April 2, 1994. Survivors include four sons, Tommy K. WILSON of Stilwell, Steve WILSON of Liberty and Bruce and Randy WILSON, both of Roland; two daughters, Colleen PHILLIPS of Siloam Springs, Ark., and Rosemary STOUT of Muldrow; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by one son, Mitchell WILSON; one daughter, Lou Jean TOMLIN; her parents; seven brothers; and two sisters. Pallbearers are Michael Wilson, Stephen Wilson, Michael Stout, Jared Stout, Michael Bridges, Don Kinser and Chris Foster.

Richard Lee “Rick” WRIGHT, 51, of Mountainburg, Ark., died on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. No formal service is planned at this time. Cremation is under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren, Ark. Mr. WRIGHT was a welder. Survivors include his father, Robert WRIGHT of Cedar Park, Texas (formerly of Mountainburg); one son, Rick WRIGHT of Clinton, Ark.; two sisters, Rhonda TANNER and husband, Kevin of Cedar Park and Patricia HAWKINS and husband, Jeff of Orem, Utah; and one brother-in-law, Terry MOORMAN of Mountainburg. He was preceded in death by his mother, JoAnn WRIGHT; and one sister, Barbara MOORMAN, both of Mountainburg.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Funeral services for Blanche E CASH, 76, of Warner will be held at 10 a m Thursday, Jan 10, 2013, at the First Baptist Church in Warner with the Rev Sam Dunn officiating. Burial will be at South Bethel Cemetery in Braggs, under the direction of Milsap Funeral Service of Webbers Falls. Mrs. CASH was born on Oct 2, 1936, in Braggs to Earl and Lena Ella (TRANTHAM) MARLOW. She died on Sunday, Jan 6, 2013, in Muskogee. She was a graduate of Porum High School and a lifelong resident of the area. Prior to retirement she worked as a meat wrapper. She married Joe CASH on July 8, 1980, in Fort Gibson. Survivors include her husband, Joe of the home; four children, Terry Ann FLANAGAN of Warner, Tammy Lee BOEHM of Gore, Tracy DeAnn McMULLEN and Chris of Cookson, and Jody Dean CASH and Dawn of Muskogee; three brothers, Darrell MARLOW of Muskogee; John MARLOW and Linda of Webbers Falls and David MARLOW of Braggs; one sister, Chlories BLACKWOOD of Gore; 14 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several other family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Donald BOEHM; a daughter, Donna Kay PERSONETTE; and a sister, Mary Jewell MARLOW.

Stillman CONNACHER, 64, of Muldrow died on Friday, Jan 4, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark. He was born on Aug 23, 1948, in Houston, Texas to Robert CONNACHER and Mary Frances (ROACH) CONNACHER GLASS.  No formal service is planned at this time. Cremation is under the direction of Agent & Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Sallisaw. He was a vending machine repairman. Survivors include three daughters; and several other family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son; and one brother.

Dr Michael Wayne  FARMER, of Sallisaw was born on April 5, 1957, to James Virgil and Mary Elizabeth (ROSS) FARMER, and passed away on Saturday, Jan 5, 2013, in Sallisaw at the age of 55. He graduated from OU and was a Board Certified Emergency Room Specialist Doctor. He was a member of Eastside Baptist Church. He is survived by his father, James Virgil FARMER of Sallisaw; three brothers, James Leo FARMER and wife Shiree, Stephen FARMER and wife Janet, and Barry FARMER and wife Nichole, all of Sallisaw; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends; his love of his live, his Jack Russell Terrier  "Rosie". He was preceded in death by his mother. Funeral services will be 2 p m Thursday, Jan 10, 2013, at Eastside Baptist Church in Sallisaw with Wayne Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in Sallisaw City Cemetery under the direction of Agent Mallory-Martin Funeral Home in Sallisaw. Pallbearers will be Leo Farmer, Joseph Farmer, Stephen Farmer, Derek Farmer, Barry Farmer, Dewayne Burgess, Jay Farmer and John Farmer. Honorary pallbearers will be members of Maverick Sunday School Class at Eastside Baptist Church.

Alpha Lee TAYLOR McKINNEY was born on Oct 26, 1924, to Bill TAYLOR and Walcy (TURNER) TAYLOR in the Bluff community, near Sallisaw. She passed this life on Thursday, Jan 3, 2013, in Sallisaw, after reaching the age of 88 years. She married the love of her life, Wayne McKINNEY, on Jan 31, 1942, after dating for only three weeks. They were married 55 years until his death in 1997. She is survived by five children, Robert McKINNEY  and wife, Myrna of Claremore, Mike McKINNEY  and wife, Linda, Deborah MATTHEWS and Dianne RHOADES and husband, Eddy, all of Sallisaw and Mark McKINNEY  and wife, Cindy of Owasso; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents; and one sister, Marie (TAYLOR) TIMMERMAN. Alpha was a beautiful person. She loved cooking and gardening, but her greatest love was her family. Funeral services were 10:30 am Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013, at the Watts Holiness Church, southwest of Sallisaw, with the Rev Terry Guthrie officiating. Interment followed in Buffington Cemetery under the direction of  Agent & Mallory-Martin Funeral Home in Sallisaw. Active pallbearers were her grandsons. Please sign Mrs. McKINNEY's online guestbook at agent-funeralhome.com

Funeral services for Geraldine MURPHY, 56, of Bunch are being held at 2 p m Wednesday, Jan 9, 2013, at Dry Creek Baptist Church in Bunch under the direction of Reed-Culver Funeral Home of Tahlequah. She was a sanitation technician at Cherokee Nation Casino.

Funeral services for Jimmie L LOWE PEREGO, 72, of Vian are being held at 10 am Wednesday, Jan 9, 2013, at the Vian School gymnasium with Jim Murphy officiating. Burial is at Round Mountain Cemetery in Gore under the direction of Agent & Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Sallisaw. Mrs. PEREGO was born on July 12, 1940, in Vian to Jim LOWE and Addie Delores (GLASS) LOWE.. She died on Saturday, Jan 5, 2013, in Vian. She was a homemaker. She married Donald PEREGO on April 28, 1961, in Sapulpa. Survivors include her husband, Don of the home; three daughters, Sheila WILLIAMS of Owasso, Shelly FUSCA of China and Dawn Marie EVERETT of Vian; one son, Wayne PEREGO of Locust Grove; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several other family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; and one infant daughter. Pallbearers are Steve Carter, Heath Eubanks, Ed Barton, Trent Holt, Kyle Holt, Paul Parrott, Joe Johnson, Ryan Tyler and Billy Mac White.

Billy Joe ROBERTS, 79, of Vian died on Friday, Jan 4, 2013, in Vian. He was born on March 6, 1933, in Green Forest, Ark., to John William ROBERTS and Nellie Laura (RHODES) ROBERTS. No formal service is planned at this time. Cremation is under the direction of  Agent & Mallory-Martin Funeral home of Sallisaw.  He was a retired truck driver. He married Beatrice TWIST on April 28, 1961, in Springdale, Ark. Survivors include his wife, Bea ROBERTS of the home; one son, Billy Galen ROBERTS of Wichita, Kan.; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and five sisters.  

Kimberly Ann ROSENBAUM was born on April 3, 1967, in Oklahoma City and passed this life on Friday, Jan 4, 2013, in Sallisaw at the age of 45. Kim loved her family, her dogs and her horses. She was an avid horse rider and loved to compete in barrel racing. At one time she was ranked 13th in the Wold Championship Barrel Racing Futurity in Fort Smith, Ark. She graduated high school in Rockwall,. Texas and worked as a licensed court reporter in Lawton, where she met her husband Alan. They married on April 7, 1990, in Oklahoma City. Survivors are her husband, Alan ROSENBAUM of Sallisaw; two daughters, Laurie THORNTON and Sharla FINLEY; granddaughter, Natalie ROSENBAUM; her mother, Linda GASKILL of Fort Smith; one sister, Gaila ROSS; one niece, Hannah ROSS of Durant; her grandmother, Billie CROCKET of Fort Smith; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, W C MEANS; her grandfather, Freeman E GARRETT; and grandparents, Wilson and Ila MEANS. Funeral services were held at 2 p m Tuesday Jan 8, 2013, at Mallory-Martin Chapel in Spiro. Burial followed at Old Bokoshe Cemetery under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Sallisaw. To send a condolence to the family visit www.agentfuneral-home.com.

Shirley Ann WALTERS of Sallisaw was born on Jan 15, 1938 in Sallisaw to Marvin William and Nettie Mae (TULLOS) HARVEY, and passed away on Friday, Jan 4, 2013, in Sallisaw at the age of 74. She was retired from Baldor Electric. She loved to play dominoes, go shopping and was known for her cake decorating. She also love to quilt and garden. She was a former hairdresser. She leaves to mourner passing three daughters, Sandra HARROLD of Baytown, Texas, Janette PRESLER of Independence, Mo. and Denita WALTERS of Mililani, Hawaii; two step-daughters, Pam WEBB and Brenda WALTERS, both of Sallisaw; one son Stephen HARROLD of Crosby, Texas; one brother, Ronald HARVEY of Sperry; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dewey; an infant daughter, Sheila; one sister, Ruth Marie ESKEW; and one brother, Wallace Clifford HARVEY. Funeral service was 2 p m Monday, Jan 7,2 013, at Agent &Mallory0Martin Chapel in Sallisaw with the Rev Monroe Lowrimore. and the Rev Vernon Stone officiating.Burial followed in Sallisaw City Cemetery under the direction of Agent & Mallory-Martin Funeral Home in Sallisaw. Pallbearers were Calvin Harvey, Richard Looper; Ronald Harvey, Ronnie Harvey, Jamie
Taylor and Alexx Hinkle.

Funeral services for Ruby Marie WEAVER, 100, will be held at 10 a m Thursday, Jan 10, 2013, of Mineral Springs Baptist Church in Muldrow with the Rev Tommy Treat, Bruce McQuain and Mike Fields officiating. Burial will be at Upper Camp Cemetery in Muldrow under the direction of Agent & Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Sallisaw. Mrs. WEAVER was born on July 14, 1912, in Alma Ark., to John Henry :"Johnny" JAMES and Rose Ella (BROOKS) JAMES. She died on Sunday, Jan 6, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark. She was a homemaker. She married Harry Everett WEAVER on Sept 29, 1930 in Liberty. He preceded her in death  on May 29, 1980. Survivors include six daughters, Twila YOUNGER of Roland, Janice Marie McQUAIN of Atlanta, Ga., and Barbara LEE, Ella Fern RIGGS, Ruth ULMER and Carolyn STUDIE, all of Muldrow; 24 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be David Weaver, Joe Van Lee, Garry Wayne Ulmer, Michael Wilson, Raymond Weaver and Anthony Boggs.

Funeral services for Elzey Nelson WEST, 98, of Muldrow will be held at 2 p m Friday, Jan 11, 2013, at the Agent-Mallory-Martin Funeral Chapel in Sallisaw with the Rev Curtis Mitchell officiating. Burial will be at Akins Cemetery under the direction of Agent Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Sallisaw. Mr.
WEST was born on April 10, 1914, in Mt Juliet, Texas to Samuel Wilson WEST and Leona (SUMMERS) WEST. He died on Monday, Jan 7, 2013, in Muldrow. He was retired from Sears and Roebuck, a truck driver and farmer. He married Ruby Isabell ROGERS on June 22, 1948, in Van Buren, Ark. Survivors include his wife, Ruby WEST of the home; two sons, Waylon WEST of Muskogee and Rogers WEST of Muldrow; and one grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Winnie WEST CORLEY and Vera WEST; and three brothers, Novel, Ben and S W WEST.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Funeral services for Floyd Buffard DEWITT, 72, of Roland will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at the Agent Chapel in Muldrow with Steve Rutherford officiating. Burial will be at Upper Camp Creek Cemetery in Muldrow under the direction of Agent Funeral Home of Muldrow. Mr. DEWITT was born on Dec. 20, 1940, in Golden City, Ark., to Stephen Louis DEWITT and Dartha Marie KIRBY. He died on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark. He was an inspector at Riverside. He married Jeanette Marie MOORE on April 29, 1961, in Bowlegs. Survivors include his wife, Jeanette DEWITT of the home; two daughters, Kim JONES of Hackett, Ark. and Dana BURRIS of Muldrow; one sister, Viola LATINO of Fort Smith; and one brother, Ray DEWITT of Shawnee. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Sallie Marie DEWITT; and one great-granddaughter. Pallbearers will be Brandon Paul Burris, Kyle Burris, Brian B.R. Rutherford, Anthony Dewitt, Brandon Dewitt, Arlie Jones and Randy Burris Jr.

Funeral services for Karen Faye HENNING, 69, of Sallisaw will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 at Prices Chapel in Sallisaw with the Rev. Raymond Esteban officiating. Burial will be at Akins Cemetery in Sallisaw under the direction of Agent & Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Sallisaw. Mrs. HENNING was born on July 13, 1943, in Gentry, Ark., to L.E. COCHRUM and Leatha (MARTIN) COCHRUM. She died on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark. She was a restaurant cook. She married Robert Dale HENNING on June 23, 1960, in Granite. Survivors include her husband, Robert of the home; five children, Sharon SPRINKLE and husband, Timothy and Bobby HENNING and wife, Katie, all of Chamberlain, S.D. and Dale HENNING, Ricky HENNING and Michael HENNING, all of Sallisaw; one brother, Roy MARTIN of Sallisaw; one sister, Mary PHILPOT of Sallisaw; 15 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Teresa HENNING; her parents; and a grandson. Pallbearers will be Scotty Cooper, Joey Stevens, Jamie Robertson, Robert Collins, Jeremy Philpot and Jeremy McInerny.

Memorial services for Anna Faye MEGGS, 59, of Sallisaw will be held at noon at Christ The King Church in Vian under the direction of Agent & Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Sallisaw. Mrs. MEGGS was born on July 6, 1953, in Gore to John Wayman ANDERSON and Bessie (HUNTER) ANDERSON. She died on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, in Sallisaw. She was a homemaker. She married Charles Edward MEGGS Sr., on July 7, 1979, in Warner. Survivors include her husband, Charles of the home; one daughter, Janie POLLARD of Fort Smith, Ark.; seven sons, Charles MEGGS Jr. of Roland and Stacy, Jimmy, Bobby, Terry and David WALKER, and Jessie MEGGS, all of Fort Smith; four sisters, Ida CAGLE of Collinsville, Laura WILSON of Muldrow and Wanda HOLEMAN and Alice RISLEY, both of Sallisaw; 20 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and several other family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; and numerous brothers and sisters.

Larry Dwight OSBURN, 57, of Pocola was born on Aug. 26, 1955, in Sallisaw. He died on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, in Fort Smith, Ark. No formal service is planned at this time. Cremation is under the direction of Lewis Funeral Chapel of Fort Smith. He was a former limousine builder and of the Baptist faith. Survivors include his wife, LaGail of the home; two daughters, Amanda and Christy OSBURN, both of Fort Smith; three sons, Sean OSBURN of Pocola, Jesse OSBURN of Roland and Willy OSBURN of Fort Smith; and eight grandchildren.

Jacob Arthur PECK, known by his friends as “Jake” was born on Feb. 9, 1949, in Fort Worth, Texas and left this life on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at the age of 63 years. He was the son of Gene and Mildred PECK. Jake served two tours of duty on the Mekong River in Vietnam on a Navy patrol boat. He worked for Parker Drilling and Tri-State Drilling Company, traveling all over the United States. He married Marla MAIDEN in 1990 and soon after moved to Liberty, Oklahoma where he became General Farm Manager for Willow Creek Farms and was a much loved member of the community, ready to help any and everyone in their time of need. As a volunteer fireman for the Liberty Fire Department he helped save many homes and lives. Jake is survived by his wife, Marla and son, Ethan of the home; son Oliver of Dallas, Texas; and daughter, Leslie and grandson Jacob of Houston, Texas; his brothers Larry of Weatherford, Texas, Bob of San Antonio, Texas and Dennis of Dallas. He was preceded in death by his brother, Tom PECK of Houston and his parents. Pallbearers were Bill O’Neal, Larry George, Butch Floyd, Buddy Spradlin, John Paul Buie and Roger Dean. Honorary pallbearers were the members of the Liberty Volunteer Fire Department. Services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at the Agent & Mallory-Martin Chapel in Muldrow with Shirley Harrod officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made to the Liberty Volunteer Fire Department in memory of Jake Peck at P.O. Box 757, Roland, OK 74954.

Memorial services for Peggy Jane WILEY, 83, of Fort Smith, Ark., will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at the Mallory-Martin Chapel in Spiro with the Rev. Shawn Caldwell officiating under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Spiro. Mrs. WILEY was born on Oct. 3, 1929, in Sweetwater, Texas to Dee BOZARTH and Emma (ALLEN) BOZARTH. She died on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, in Fort Smith. She was an LPN for Dr. R.L. Winters in Poteau. Survivors include one son, Rodney BROWN and wife, Karen of Fort Smith; four brothers, Carl BOZARTH of Eufaula, Johnny BOZARTH of Fortson, Ga., Bill BOZARTH of Fort Smith and Pat BOZARTH of Poteau; and one grandson. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jackson E. WILEY; two sisters, Faye TURNEY and Grace TAHSUDA; and one brother, Howard BOZARTH.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Graveside services for Retha Ann BERNARD, 74, of Muldrow are being held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at Seabolt Cemetery in Muldrow with Vance Mooney officiating under the direction of Agent & Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Sallisaw. Mrs. BERNARD was born on June 24, 1938, in Short to John Franklin VANN and Mina (SPEIR) VANN. She died on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark. She worked at the cutting table at Ayers Furniture Factory. She married W.L. BERNARD on Aug. 26, 1957, in Poteau. He preceded her in death on Nov. 18, 2007. Survivors include one daughter, Sherry JOHNSON of Nicut; one son, Donald BERNARD of the home; two sisters, Mary Lou VANN and Sandra STAMPS, both of Muldrow; two brothers, Jack VANN of Fort Smith and John Ralph VANN of Sallisaw; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several other family members and friends. She was also preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Dayton and Faye VANN. Pallbearers are Leon Nofire, Jeremy Johnson, Roger Sanchez and Clinton Orr.

Funeral services for Coming B. BLACKBIRD, 79, of Evening Shade are being held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at Set Free Ministries Church in Marble City with Bro. John Flute and Sis. Missy Flute officiating. Burial is at McCoy Evening Shade in Vian under the direction of Agent & Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Sallisaw. Mr. BLACKBIRD was born on March 16, 1933, in Vian to TooLate BLACKBIRD and Easter (HENDRIX) BLACKBIRD. He died on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark. He worked in construction. Survivors include his wife, Ruth Ann (LOCUST) BLACKBIRD of the home; four daughters, Lucy SEQUICHIE of Vian, Josie CHEATER and Susanna BLACKBIRD, both of Marble City and Irene RAMIREZ of Sallisaw; five sons, Georgie ROBERTS and John BLACKBIRD, both of Marble City, James BLACKBIRD of Vian. Eli BLACKBIRD of Sallisaw and Jim BLACKBIRD of Evening Shade; 25 grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three sons, Robert LOCUST, Adam BLACKBIRD and John E. BLACKBIRD; his parents; two sisters, Mayme and Fannie BLACKBIRD; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Pallbearers are Joshua Blackbird, Joe Sequichie, Jeremy Cheater, Eli Blackbird, Brandon Cheater, Billy John Christie and Jeffrey Roberts.

Funeral services for Virginia Kay BROYLES, 70, of Muldrow were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at First Assembly of God Church in Muldrow with the Rev. Shawn Money officiating. Burial was at Blackjack Cemetery in Muldrow under the direction of Agent & Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Sallisaw. Mrs. BROYLES was born on July 26, 1942, in Fort Smith, Ark, to Perry William FAULKNER and Dallas Marie (MORGAN) FAULKNER. She died on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, in Muldrow. She was a retired educator. She married James Leroy BROYLES on April 4, 1959, in Sallisaw. Survivors include her husband, James L. BROYLES of the home; one daughter, Kimball Marie RUSSELL of Muldrow; one son, Perry BROYLES of Muldrow; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; and one great-grandson.

Graveside services for Susan Deanna BUTLER, 65, of Sallisaw were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at Roland City Cemetery with the Rev. Tommy Noel officiating under the direction of Agent & Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Sallisaw. Mrs. BUTLER was born on Sept. 30, 1947, in Broken Bow to Charlie Joe BROWN and Katherine Faye (McCONNELLl) CATE. She died on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, in Tulsa. She was a homemaker and waitress. Survivors include one daughter, Katherine Lucille BROWN of Sallisaw; two sons, Higgie Joe HIGHSMITH Jr. and Alvin Lee HIGHSMITH, both of Sallisaw; two sisters, Carolyn COLLIE of Sallisaw and Angela Irene ROBERSON of Houston, Texas; one brother, Gary CATE of Sallisaw; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchild

Funeral services for Dorothy Jean CLABORN, 83, of Muldrow will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at the Agent Chapel in Muldrow with the Rev. Delbert Hodges officiating. Burial will be at the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith, Ark., under the direction of Agent Funeral Home of Muldrow. Mrs. CLABORN was born on Dec. 19, 1929, in Van Buren, Ark., to Henry F. RICHMOND and Frances BOX. She died on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, in Roland. She was retired from Tip Top Cleaners. She married Raymond CLABORN on April 17, 1946, in Fort Smith. He preceded her in death on Nov. 4, 1975. Survivors include two sisters, Rosa REDDEN of Muldrow and Mary JEREMIAH of Van Buren; one brother, Henry RICHMOND of Olympia, Wash.; one grandson; and two great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Gary Jeremiah, Mark Jeremiah, Ronnie Mathis, Jimmy Richmond, Jr. Richmond and Arlis Needham.

Funeral services for Edgar P. GREGORY, 95, of Spiro were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at the Mallory-Martin Chapel in Spiro. Burial was at Macedonia under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Spiro. Mr. GREGORY was born on April 18, 1917, in Pocola to Edwin Shepard and Algia (MANLEY) GREGORY. He died on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, in Poteau Survivors include one son, Allen GREGORY and wife, Misti of Spiro; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; two daughters, Norma CONRAD and Laverda HAYES; one son, Bill BLEVINS; three sisters, Mary SCRIVNER, Lilly RIDENOUR and Ruby COLLEY; and one brother, John GREGORY. Pallbearers were Allen Gregory, Josh Anderson, Scott Harrison, Stanley Conrad, Eddie Conrad and Clay Hayes.

Funeral services for Doris Lorine MORGAN, 71, were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, 2012, at the Mallory-Martin Chapel in Spiro with the Rev. Eddie Blankenship and James Rice officiating. Burial was at Macedonia Cemetery in Pocola under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Spiro. Mrs. MORGAN was born on April 28, 1941, in Fresno, Calif., to Ralph LILE and Lorene (CARTER) LILE. She died on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, in Spiro. She was a factory worker and a member of Calvary Baptist Church. Survivors include two daughters, Mary FIELDS and Kallie BAXTER, both of Spiro; three sons, James RICE and wife, Andi of Parma, Ohio, Harvey RICE of Houston, Texas, Rueben WILLIAMS and wife, Marie of Van Buren, Ark.; five sisters, Minnie WHITE of Josephine, Texas, Beverly TATMAN of Sigra Vista, Ariz., Lynn WOOTEN and Anita ERWIN, both of Spiro, and Judy BOLLIN of Pocola; one brother, Walter LILE of California; 14 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Louie MORGAN

Funeral services for Juanita “Nita” NICHOLS, 86, were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Smith, Ark. Burial was at Roselawn Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home of Fort Smith. Mrs. NICHOLS was born on Feb. 27, 1926, in Short to Feris and Sallie Ann (SUMMERHILLl) PARKER. She died on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, in Fort Smith. She was a retired waitress, a member of Harvest Time Tabernacle Church and a caregiver for many years. Survivors include two daughters, Sally McELROY of Allen, Texas and Sheila PANNELL and husband, John David of Mulberry, Ark.; one son, Leon WOOD of Mulberry; three grandsons; and six great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were Shannon Daniels, James and Tim Wood, Kevin Peoples, Mike Conner and Preston Dubina. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Oklahoma and Arkansas Chapter, 2408 S. 51st Ct., Ste F, Fort Smith AR 72903..

Winnie Grace ROBINSON, 88, of Sallisaw was born on Sept. 26, 1924, in Paris, Texas to Essie (JOHNSON) GRAY. She died on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, in Sallisaw. No formal service are planned at this time. Cremation is under the direction of Agent & Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Sallisaw. Mrs. ROBINSON was a homemaker. Survivors include two daughters, Brenda Kay BRAZELL and Karen WHITTLESEY, both of Sallisaw; one son, Jesse Ray ROBINSON of Burnsville, N.C.; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick Raymond ROBINSON; her parents; five brothers and sisters, Alvin, Arthur, Hoss, Mildred and Vivian “Toots”; and two grandchildren.

Memorial services for Arvin WILHITE, 78, of Roland were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Roland under the direction of Lewis Funeral Chapel of Fort Smith, Ark. Mr. WILHITE was born on March 22, 1934, in Odell, Ark. He died on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, in Fort Smith. He was an Army veteran and served in the Korean Conflict. Survivors include his wife, Betty. Memorials may be made to Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Roland.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Memorial services for Frances CHILDERS, 59, of Muldrow are being held at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at Akins Cemetery in Sallisaw. Mrs. CHILDERS was born on Jan. 8, 1954, in Fort Smith, Ark., to Ralph Wilson GILLENWATER and Mary Elizabeth (RINEHART) GILLENWATER. She died on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, in Sallisaw. She worked as a carhop for 12 years at the Muldrow Sonic. Survivors include one daughter, Sherry CHILDERS of Sallisaw; one son, Ricky CHILDERS of Muldrow; three sisters, Diane JOHNSON of Sallisaw and Ida CURTIS and Sondra WORST, both of Fort Smith; one brother, Rodney GILLENWATER of Muldrow; and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services for Odis Odell CRAIGHEAD, 74, of Vian will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at the Assembly of God Church in Webbers Falls with the Rev. Wendall Cox officiating. Burial will be at Vaught Cemetery in Webbers Falls under the direction of Agent & Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Sallisaw. Mr. CRAIGHEAD was born on May 19, 1938, in Vian to George CRAIGHEAD and Bessie (BALLARD) CRAIGHEAD. He died on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in Tahlequah. He was a jockey. He married Shelia MENIE in May 1983, in Stigler. Survivors include his wife, Shelia CRAIGHEAD of the home; three sons, Danny CRAIGHEAD of Luther, George CRAIGHEAD of Claremore and Brian CRAIGHEAD of Sallisaw; one daughter, Denise McINTYRE of Vian; five stepchildren, Shannon MILLER of Webbers Falls, Chad MILLER and Jody MILLER, both of Warner, and Chris LOCKLEAR and Shawn LOCKLEAR, both of Vian; two brothers, Wayne CRAIGHEAD and Archie CRAIGHEAD; one sister, Fran CRAIGHEAD; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Westley CRAIGHEAD; his parents; one sister, Pauline EAST; and one brother, Robert CRAIGHEAD. Pallbearers will be George Church, Wayne Church, Bill Weger, Carl White, Dale Holt and Nolan Peevehouse.

Memorial services for Flora Louise “Sissy” CROW, 63, of Webbers Falls will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at Boulevard Christian Church in Muskogee with the Rev. Tony Blumenberg officiating. Cremation is under the direction of Shipman’s Muskogee Cremation Funeral Service of Muskogee. Mrs. CROW was born on May 3, 1949, in Vian to Richard and Minnie (YOUNG) BASSHAM. She died on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, in Tulsa. She was a long time resident of Webbers Falls and worked a number of years as a caregiver. She was also a homemaker and enjoyed cooking, baking and crocheting. She enjoyed crocheting blankets and hats as gifts for newborns at area hospitals and baking cakes for special family occasions. Survivors include her husband, Alfred “Bo” CROW of the home; three daughters, Deann YOUNG and husband, Scott of Ripley, Johnnie SEARS and husband C.L. of Gore and Micki WRIGHT of Prue; one brother, Billy YOUNG and wife, Carol of Mesa, Ariz.; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Richard BASSHAM; two brothers, Eddie BASSHAM and Archie PERRYMAN; one sister, Nina LEE; and three great-grandchildren.

Rick D. GATES, 41, of Muldrow was born on Feb. 24, 1971 in Fort Smith, Ark. He died on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, in Muldrow. Private family services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Serenity Funeral Home of Tulsa. He worked in construction. Survivors include his wife, Diana GATES; and children, Daniel GATES, Chris GATES and Laura GATES.

Memorial services for Danny Marshall GRIFFIN, 57, of Denison, Texas, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at the First Baptist Church in Jenny Lind, Ark., under the direction of American Funeral Service of Denison. Mr. GRIFFIN was born on Jan. 3, 1955, in Greenwood, Ark., to Clifford James GRIFFIN and Grace GRIFFIN. He died on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, in Denison. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Jenny Lind. He attended church at Parkside Baptist Church in Denison and was an avid member of the Sunday Bible Seminar. Survivors include his wife, Carrie GRIFFIN of Sherman, Texas; three sons, David GRIFFIN of Branson, Mo., John GRIFFIN of Denison and Army Pvt. Cody GRIFFIN of Fort Knox, Ky.; three grandchildren; and eight brothers and sisters. He was preceded in death by his parents; six brothers and sisters; and one son, Daniel Marshall GRIFFIN.

Funeral services for Mary Helen MATLOCK, 81, of Muldrow are being held at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at First Assembly of God Church in Muldrow with the Rev. Tommy Treat and Don Brewer officiating. Burial is at Blackjack Cemetery in Muldrow under the direction of Agent & Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Muldrow. Mrs. MATLOCK was born on May 22, 1931, in New Orleans, La. She died on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark. She was a homemaker. She married Vernon Harold MATLOCK on Aug. 6, 1948, in Van Buren, Ark. Survivors include her husband, Vernon of the home; two daughters, Becky TABOR of Muldrow and Melissa ANTHONY of Little Rock, Ark.; three sons, Mike MATLOCK, Mark Pepper MATLOCK and Todd MATLOCK, all of Muldrow; 14 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her mother, Willie; and one grandchild. Pallbearers are Case Jordan, Matt Matlock, Dustin Tabor, Joseph Hogan, Shane McHale, Nathan Asbill, Moose Tune and Audomn Allen.

Graveside services for Connie Joyce MEADOWS TAYLOR, 70, of Sallisaw will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at Sallisaw City Cemetery with the Rev. Gary Mullin officiating under the direction of Agent & Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Sallisaw. Mrs. TAYLOR was born on Oct. 29, 1942, in Sallisaw to William Debs MEADOWS and Elsie Mae (McNATT) MEADOWS. She died on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, in Sallisaw. She was a self-employed business woman. She owned Taylor Investments, Connie’s Lounge and Connie’s South. She was a member of Eastern Star Chapter No. 53 since 1970. Survivors include one sister, Debbie MEADOWS of Sallisaw; one brother, Mick MEADOWS of Tulsa; and several other family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Lucille WOODY and three brothers, Bob, Dale and Jimmy MEADOWS.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Joyce Adair BACHUS, 79, formerly of Sand Springs passed away on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in Tulsa. She was born to Kinnie ADAIR and Ola Marie (ESTES) ADAIR on May 25, 1933, in Stilwell. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Jerry ADAIR, stepmother, Dorothy ADAIR; and half-brother, Dennis Wayne ADAIR. She is survived by her two daughters, Janet EDGAR of Sand Springs and Jamie BONDS and husband, Jimmy of Sallisaw; four grandchildren, Austin EDGAR and Lindsay EDGAR, both of Tulsa, Ashley MONROE WATTS of Sallisaw and Ryan MONROE and wife, Shari of Seminole; three great-grandsons, Brayden WATTS, Kylar WATTS and Riley MONROE. She is also survived by her K-9 companion, Mr. Lucky. At her request no service is planned.

Lenora COLEMAN, formerly of Blue, Okla., passed away at Roland, Okla., on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at 77 years of age. She was born on April 21, 1935, in Morton, Texas to Homer and Ollie (HENDERSON) GRAY. She married Troy COLEMAN on Sept. 21, 1981, in Green River, Wyo. Mrs. COLEMAN was a homemaker and a member of Blue Baptist Church. She loved to square dance and ran the salebarn café. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary and Eastern Star. She was preceded in death by her husband, Troy COLEMAN. Survivors include sons, Billy GROVE and Marcia of Calera, Okla., Bobby GROVE and Sunny of Colbert, Okla., Benny GROVE and Kathy of Muldrow, Okla.; daughter, Patty ROPER and Steve of Bokchito, Okla.; grandchildren, Daniel GROVE and Cerena, Kerri DENNY and Aaron, Shonda SHIRES and Chance, Shay GROVE, Eddie ROPER, Angelica ROPER, Cecilia ROPER, Leo ROPER, Sam ROPER and Stephanie ROPER; great-grandchildren, Madison Johnson, Addison Sweeney, Crash DENNY, Brody ROPER and Sam HERNADEZ; sisters, Barbara HOLDMAN and Mary Ann STOVALL; and brothers, Jim, Abe, Earl, Elmer and David GRAY. Family and friends may send online condolences and view tributes at www.holmescoffeymurray.com. Services are under the direction of Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home, Durant, Okla.

Johnie Leon “John” CRAWFORD, longtime resident of Owasso, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, at the age of 66. John was born on Feb. 28, 1946, in Wewoka to Roy Lee and Billie Jo (HOUSE) CRAWFORD.  He was raised by his stepfather Wesley ROSS, whom he always considered his daddy. John was raised in Sallisaw where he attended school and graduated from Sallisaw High School. On Oct. 12, 1968, he and Betty LOUX were united in marriage. To this union, two children were born. Following their marriage, they made their home in Sallisaw before moving to Tulsa, then to Owasso in 1977. John was a member of the Owasso Masonic Lodge No. 545 and the Tulsa Akdar Shrine. At the time of his retirement, he was a safety manager for Ingersoll Rand. Those that survive include his wife, Betty of the home; children, John W. CRAWFORD and wife, Michelle of Broken Arrow and Amy VICTORY and husband, Roy of Owasso. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Mitchell BROWN, Aidan and Lauren VICTORY; as well as siblings Jerry CRAWFORD, Joe ROSS, Walter ROSS, Ellen STOVALL, David ROSS and Susan HOWARD, all of Sallisaw. John was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Ricky ROSS. John enjoyed restoring old cars, talking about cars, and collecting car parts. He also enjoyed smoking bologna, whittling and spending time with friends and family, including his best friend of 55 years, Glen WHITWORTH of Tulsa. The light of his life was his grandchildren. He was the best Paw a kid could ask for. Even as his health was failing he did everything he could to show love to his grandchildren, including watching cartoons with them every afternoon while they were perched on his lap. He was very proud that his oldest grandson, Mitchell, is joining the Marines this year. John was a loyal friend and brother who was famous for telling jokes and stories. One had to know John a long time before they ever heard the same story twice. Memorial services for John are being held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, in the Chapel of Mowery Funeral Service with Greg Taylor officiating. Masonic rites will be accorded by the Owasso Masonic Lodge. The family has requested that those who would like to honor John’s memory may do so by contributing to : Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Fl 33607. Arrangements and services were entrusted to Mowery Funeral Service of Owasso. www.moweryfs.com.

Edice Ann ELWICK Sallisaw was born on April 6, 1922, to Edison James and Nora Pearl (WILLIS) STEELE in Van Buren, Ark. She passed this life on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at the age of 90 years. Mrs. ELWICK is survived by one daughter, Suzanne PENN and her husband, Bill of Vian; one son, Don C. ELWICK and his wife, Mary Kay; three grandchildren, Stephanie MOLLET and husband, Matt, Don D. ELWICK and Jennifer COOK and husband, Donny; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her natural parents; her husband, Don G. ELWICK; one grandson, Rod PENN; two sisters, Ida Mae ROSS and Jennie Margaret HOPKINS; three brothers, Fred and David STEELE and Bill STEVENSON; and her very special aunt and uncle who raised her, Alex and Ida STEVENSON. Mrs. ELWICK was past PTA President, a charter member of Sunnylane Methodist Church, a member of ONAWA Study Club, past President of the Redbud Garden Club, the Lions Club Ladies Auxiliary, a member of the First Graduating Class of the “Old High School” in 1941, Sallisaw’s Band Queen for four years, a “reunion organizer” and co-founder of The Indian Store in Sallisaw. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at the Sallisaw City Cemetery under the direction of Agent-Mallory-Martin Funeral Home in Sallisaw. The Rev Vernon Stone officiated. Honorary pallbearers were Don D. Elwick, Donny Cook, Matt Mollet, Jake Penn, Hunter Cook and Eric Cook. Please sign Mrs. Elwick’s online guestbook at agentfuneralhome.com.

Eugene R. MORNINGSTAR Sr., 88, of Muldrow died on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark. He was born on July 30, 1924, in San Bernardino, Calif., to Ray G. MORNINGSTAR and Mary (NEUMAN) MORNINGSTAR. No formal service is planned at this time. Cremation is under the direction of Agent & Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Sallisaw. He was a plumber. He married Nina TEDERMAN on March 10, 1945, in Yuma, Ariz. Survivors include his wife, Nina MORNINGSTAR of the home; one daughter, Dianna COOK of Las Vegas; one son, Eugene MORNINGSTAR Jr. of Muldrow; one grandchild; and several other family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister; and one brother.

Funeral services for Emelita “Amy” NOFIRE, 42, of Nicut will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at Belfonte Indian Baptist Church in Belfonte with Tom Cochran officiating. Burial will be at Belfonte Cemetery under the direction of Agent & Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Muldrow. Mrs. NOFIRE was born on Dec. 18, 1970, in Tahlequah to Mose NOFIRE and Mary Mae (BIRD) NOFIRE. She died on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Mike WILLIAMS of the home; one son, Tristan; her parents, of the home; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Rebecca and Josh QUALLS of the home and Sylvia and Charles HOLMES of Long; one brother, Scotty NOFIRE of Sallisaw; adopted daughter, Tiffany PREWETT of Roland; and several other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by one brother, Mose NOFIRE Jr. Pallbearers will be Daniel Nofire, Dewayne Dry, Curtis Coleman Charles Sevenstar, Jim Woodard and Donnie Garner.

Funeral services for Raymond Jess REDDEN, 87, of Roland are being held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at Gateway International Church in Roland with the Rev. Kemp Holden officiating. Burial is at Liberty Cemetery under the direction of Agent Funeral Home of Muldrow. Mr. REDDEN was born on March 23, 1925, in Liberty to Harve REDDEN and Pearl TABOR. He died on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark. He was a cattle rancher. He married Reva PREWETT on Jan. 15, 1943, in Muldrow. Survivors include his wife, Reva REDDEN of the home; one daughter, Darlene SOUTHERN and husband, Roy of Roland; three sons, Gene REDDEN, Dean REDDEN and David REDDEN, all of Roland; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several other family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, W.J. REDDEN; one sister, Wilma WHITE; and two grandsons. Pallbearers are Ray Redden, Ricky Redden, Tanner Daniels, Boston Daniels, Jeremy Wann and Ruley Sutton.

Funeral services for Joan RIGGS, 89, of Braggs will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at the Church of Christ in Braggs with Leon Brashear officiating. Burial will be at South Bethel Cemetery under the direction of Millsap Funeral Service of Fort Gibson. Mrs. RIGGS was born on Aug. 31, 1923, in Park Hill to Oswald and Leota (SMITHSON) DAVIS. She died on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, in Fort Gibson. She was a homemaker and member of the Braggs Church of Christ. Survivors include her children, Lanny RIGGS and wife, Becky of Braggs, Roddy RIGGS and wife, Karen of Highland, Ill., Johnny RIGGS of Sallisaw and Debbie LLOYD and husband, Chip of Fort Gibson; one brother, Jerry DAVIS of Kingsburg, Calif.; one sister, Audine MELTON of Bartlesville; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by baby siblings, Dolly, Dorothy, LaVerne, Birdie and Doris; sisters, Loraine, Ruth, Orlena and Katherine; and brothers, Jimmy and Novie. Pallbearers will be Brandon Riggs, Shawn Riggs, Ryan Riggs, Matt Lewis, Taliesin Riggs and Dusty Riggs

George Washington SANDERS, 85, of Sallisaw was born on Aug. 31, 1927, in Alex to Roy Oliver SANDERS and Mary Jane (BYRD) SANDERS. He died on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in Sallisaw. No formal service is planned at this time. Cremation is under the direction of Agent & Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Sallisaw. Mr. SANDERS was a dozer driver for Harris Company. Survivors include two sisters, Margie CLEMENT of Wister and Shirley ROGERS of Shawnee; one brother, Jasper SANDERS of Wister; one grandchild; and one stepgrandson.

Memorial services for Barbara Ann STINSON, 76, of Spiro are being held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at the Mallory-Martin Chapel in Spiro with the Rev. Eddie Blankenship officiating under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Spiro. Mrs. STINSON was born on Jan. 7, 1937, in Pennsylvania to George and Mabel MACK. She died on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark. She was a Certified Nurse Assistant and enjoyed gardening and yard work. Survivors include one son, Dale ULRICH and wife, Kelly of Spiro; one sister, Eilene of Bengem, N.Y.; and one granddaughter.

Funeral services for Edward “Uncle Bugs” VANZANT, 81, of Pocola, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at the Mallory Chapel in Spiro under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Spiro. Mr. VANZANT was born on Aug. 25, 1931, in Muldrow to Edgar VANZANT and Mary (LAWSON) VANZANT. He died on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark. He was a steel worker. He was a member of Pocola and Arkoma Senior Citizens and a member of Christian Grove Free Will Baptist Church. Survivors include two daughters, Margie PALMER and Donna VANZANT, both of Pocola; one sister, Edna SMITH of Pocola; half sister, Margaret LEON of Fresno, Calif.; half brother, Kenneth VANZANT of Selma, Ore.; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Elizabeth (KLAPP) VANZANT; one sister, Margie KEENEY; two brothers, Rolin VANZANT and Charles VANZANT. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at the funeral home.

Funeral services for Loyd Lee VAUGHAN, 82, of Liberty will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at the Agent & Mallory-Martin Chapel in Muldrow with Bro. Ed O’Neal and Bro. Andy O’Neal officiating. Burial will be at Liberty Cemetery under the direction of Agent & Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Muldrow. Mr. VAUGHAN was born on Mrch 4, 1930, in Liberty to Clifford David VAUGHAN and Verdia (ROGERS) VAUGHAN. He died on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, in Muldrow. He was a truck driver. Survivors include one son, Jason L. VAUGHAN of West Jordan, Utah; two sisters, Shirley JOHNS of Van Buren, Ark. and Carolyn CORBELL of Liberty; two brothers, Jeri VAUGHAN of Fort Smith, Ark. and Roger VAUGHAN of Liberty; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Dave VAUGHAN; and two sisters, Joyzell ROBERSON and Christena VAUGHAN. Pallbearers will be Jerry Vaughan, Darrell Shook, Rick Vaughan, Robert Sparkman, Dwight Keen, Arlie Keen Jr., Gary Keen, Ellis Simmons and Ken O’Neal.

Graveside services with Military Honors for Robert D. “Bob” WIGGINS, 85, of Sallisaw were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith, Ark., under the direction of Lewis Funeral Chapel of Fort Smith. Mr. WIGGINS was born on Feb. 11, 1927, in Steward. He died on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, in Roland. He was a retired Army veteran, a retired Whirlpool employee and a member of Praise Temple Outreach Ministries in Long. Survivors include four daughters, Sheena WIGGINS of the home, Sheila JONES of Roland, Phyllis DERRICK of Springfield, Tenn., and Marcella SHRUM of Mansfield, Ark.; one son, Billy ADAMS of Fort Smith; son-in-law, Don JONES of Roland; one sister, Ruby MASTERSON of Muldrow; nine grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary L. WIGGINS; one son, Bobby ADAMS; his father, Albert WIGGINS; his mother, Janey BLANKENSHIP WIGGINS; and several brothers and sisters.

Lois Mae DeSHAZO WOOD, 73, of Sallisaw died on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, in Sallisaw. She was born on Sept. 25, 1939, in Phoenix to Cecil DeSHAZO and OraBelle RIPPEY. No formal service is planned at this time. Cremation is under the direction of Agent & Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Sallisaw. She was a retired cook. Survivors include two daughters, Colleen COLLYER of Pennsylvania and Colette CRAWFORD of Sallisaw; one son, Michael CRAWFORD of Fort Smith, Ark.; three sisters, Joyce KELLEY and Marlene DUDLEY, both of Silverton, Ore., and Angela BOYD of Kingston, Ark.; one brother, Barry DeSHAZO of Oregon; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; and four brothers, Randy, David, Cary and Jerry DeSHAZO.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Graveside services for Orville A. CHANDLER Jr., 63, of Muldrow are being held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith, Ark. with the Rev. Carl Fugett officiating under the direction of Agent & Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Muldrow. Mr. CHANDLER was born on Sept. 25, 1949, in Fort Smith to Orville CHANDLER Sr. and June Bernice (ARNETT) CHANDLER. He died on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, in Muskogee. He was retired from the U.S. Postal Service in Fort Smith. Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Kari CHANDLER of Tulsa; one sister, Rosemary RIGGS of Muldrow; and one grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Helen.

Funeral services for Avis DOBBS, 81, of McKey were held graveside at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at Sallisaw City Cemetery with Wyman Dobbs officiating under the direction of Agent & Mallory-Martin Funeral Home in Sallisaw. She was born on Feb. 10, 1931, to Jackson Z. “Jack” McMILLAN and Jessie (HUTTON) McMILLAN in Porum. She died on Tuesday, January 22, 2013, in McKey. She married O.W. “Windy” DOBBS on July 24, 1950, in Angola, Ind. She was a graduate of Northeastern State University with a Bachelor’s of Education and a Master’s of Education in teaching. She was an educator for 31 years. Survivors include two daughters, Dr. Yolanda Jane McCUNE and her husband, Gary of Stillwater and Tanya Lane GREEN and her husband, Robin of Sallisaw; two sons, Dr. Wyatt Zane DOBBS of McKey and Wyman Dane DOBBS and his wife, Michelle of Sallisaw; 11 grandchildren, Destry Dobbs, Tyran and Trayton McCUNE, Tierney LAMP and Canaan DOBBS and Ashton, Caleb, Kendall, TANNER and Whitney DOBBS; six great-grandchildren, Kelsey, Jaden, Ethan, Obadiah, Peighton and one on the way; special friends and family, Jeremy, Kristle, Bailey, Chase, Cynthia, Joy, Audrey, Stephanie, Rickey, Meg, Skylar, Breck, Rocky, Bethany and numerous other family including nephews, nieces and friends, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; two sisters, Alta Jean BREEDLOVE and Susan Faye POWELL; and one grandson, Tekon McCUNE. Pallbearers were her grandsons, nephews, David Thompson and Jeff Simonds.

Funeral services for Blanche GOSVENER, 94, of Spiro will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at the Mallory-Martin Chapel in Spiro with the Rev. Shawn Caldwell officiating. Burial will be at New Hope Cemetery under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Spiro. Mrs. GOSVENER was born on Feb. 17, 1918, in Talihina to Thomas HOLT and Happy Ann MAHONEY. She died on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, in Spiro. She was a homemaker. Survivors include two daughters, Vanna GILLION and husband, Sam and Dotty HILL and husband, Jeff, all of Spiro; one son, Austin TIMMS and wife, Donna of Shady Point; one sister, Lois BARTON and husband, Jim of Clinton, Ark.; one brother, L.D. HOLT and wife, Sunny of Horatio, Ark.; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, Thomas TIMMS and Clifford “Pete” GOSVENER; one son, Budd TIMMS; four sisters, Dorothy BARNES, Mary DUNCAN, Zeffie SCOTT and Myrtle WATSON; two brothers, Tom HOLT and Jim HOLT; and one grandson.Pallbearers will be her grandsons.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Funeral services for Willie Dell TONEY ALEXANDER, 82, of Porum are being held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Webbers Falls with Henry Birdtail and the Rev. Pat Alexander officiating. Burial is at Tom Girty Cemetery in Webbers Falls under the direction of Millsap Funeral Service of Webbers Falls. Mrs. ALEXANDER was born on Dec. 29, 1930, in Porum to Jesse and Lillie (RATTLER) TONEY. She died on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, in Muskogee. She was a life-long resident of the Porum-Webbers Falls area. She grew up in the Ross community. She was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, embroidering and spending time with her family and friends. She married LeRoy ALEXANDER on Jan. 5, 1949. Survivors include her children, Ruth Maxine ALEXANDER MILLER and husband, Clem and Phillip ALEXANDER and wife, Carolyn, all of Stilwell and Roger ALEXANDER and wife, Darlene of Muskogee; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Martha TONEY ALEXANDER of Porum; and several relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; one brother, Jon Rider TONEY; and one grandson.

Funeral services for Ruth Nadine BIGGS, 89, of Stigler, were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at the Mallory Chapel in Stigler with the Rev. A.J. Robinson officiating. Burial was at Garland Cemetery in Stigler under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Stigler. Mrs. BIGGS was born on Aug. 2, 1923, in Red Oak to Frank MARTIN and Lizzie (WHITE) MARTIN. She died on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, in Van Buren, Ark. She was a homemaker. Survivors include one daughter, Kay RUSSELL of Van Buren; one brother, Eual MARTIN of Red Oak; two grandsons; one great-grandchild; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon BIGGS. Pallbearers were Eric Biggs, Tristin Martin, Brad Patterson, Brandon Norman, Wade Noah and Tommy Ober.

Funeral services for Joe Pat FLETCHER, 81, of Muldrow were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at Woodland Hills Pentecostal Church in Roland with Bro. Earl Roberts and Bro. Steven Keith officiating. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Fort Smith, Ark. under the direction of Agent & Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Muldrow. Mr. FLETCHER was born on May 12, 1931, in Muldrow to Lewis FLETCHER and Jane (CONLEY) FLETCHER. He died on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, in Muldrow. He married Doris ROBERTS on Oct. 5, 1953, in Fort Smith. Survivors include his wife, Doris FLETCHER of the home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Patti RHODES and Tori RANSON, both of Muldrow; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Ella Fern FELICE; and three brothers, Billy, Denver and Bobby. Pallbearers were Joe Fate Ransom, Clayton Rhodes, Jaime Fletcher, Rocky Fletcher, Richard Felice and Denny Fletcher.

Funeral services for Ella Mae HAMILTON, 91, of Flower Hill were held at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at the Mallory-Martin Chapel in Spiro. Burial was at Old Cache Cemetery under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Spiro. Mrs. HAMILTON was born on Jan. 19, 1922, in Nubbin Ridge to Brad MEADOWS and Novice (ALTMAN) MEADOWS. She died on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Tulsa. She was a homemaker. Survivors include one daughter, Helen FOX of Tulsa; one son, Jackie Don HAMILTON and wife, Pat of Tulsa; one sister, Bertha of California; four grandchildren; two step grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and six step great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jack Dempsey HAMILTON; two sisters; and three brothers. Pallbearers were Mike Fox, Jeff Hamilton, Jack Fox and Ronnie Broom.

Memorial services for Levunia HELTON, 73, of Shady Point will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at the Mallory-Martin Chapel in Spiro with the Revs. Elmer Bowden and Bryan Fouts officiating under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Spiro. She was born on Oct. 25, 1939, in Spiro to Loyd and Floy Lee (MAYHEW) MATHIS. She died on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in Shady Point. She was a member of Latham Assembly of God Church and enjoyed sewing, quilting and cooking. Survivors include two sons, Paul HELTON Jr. of Shady Point and Allen Wade HELTON of Poteau; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lavon Murphy PATTON of Poteau and Loeta ROBINSON and Jim of Northbay, Calif.; and three brothers, James MATHIS and wife, Odessa and Kenneth MATHIS and wife, Margaret, all of Spiro and Loyd MATHIS Jr. and wife, Judy of Missouri. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Paul HELTON; one daughter, Rhonda METZKER; one son, Gordon Dean HELTON; one grandson; and one great-grandson.

Memorial services for Paul Edward HELTON, 73, of Shady Point, were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at the Mallory-Martin Chapel in Spiro with the Revs. Elmer Bowden and Bryan Fouts officiating under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Spiro. Mr. HELTON was born on Feb. 11, 1939, in Tahona to Cleveland Columbus and Ann (GRAVES) HELTON. He died on Jan. 19, 2013, in Shady Point. He was a member of the Latham Assembly of God Church and enjoyed genealogy, gardening and taking pictures. Survivors include two sons, Paul HELTON Jr. of Shady Point and Allen Wade HELTON of Poteau; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Zannie Louise HOLLAN of Panama and Stella DURSKIN and husband, Charlie of San Antonio, Texas; and one brother, J.D. HELTON and wife, Sukie of California. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Levunia HELTON; one daughter, Rhonda METZKER; one son, Gordon Dean HELTON; one grandson; one great-grandson; three sisters, Dorothy WILSON, Stella HALL and Marie ROGERS; and a half-sister, Rosie; four brothers, Charlie HELTON, Cecil HELTON, Vernon HELTON and David Junior HELTON; and two half-brothers, Robert MASTERS and Woodrow CAME.

Memorial services for Riley Allen Rodgers METZKER, 3, of Shady Point were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at Mallory-Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Spiro with the Revs. Elmer Bowden and Bryan Fouts officiating under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Spiro. Riley was born on Dec. 28, 2009, in Poteau to Amber Lee METZKER and David RODGERS. He died on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in Shady Point. Survivors include one sister, Raelee Elizabeth RODGERS; his parents; and grandfather, Eddie METZKER. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Rhonda METZKER; great-grandparents, Paul and Levunia HELTON; and one uncle, Allen Lynn METZKER.

Mark A. PHILLIPS, 37, of Sallisaw passed away on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark. He was born on May 8, 1975, in Fort Smith, the son of James PHILLIPS and Judy (HENDRIX) PHILLIPS. He was married to Monaca BREWER on Dec. 11, 2012, in Sallisaw. Mark was a 1993 graduate of Sallisaw High School. He loved football, especially the San Francisco 49ers and NASCAR. His entire world was his daughter, Shania. He was a loving and devoted father, husband, son, brother and friend. Survivors are his wife, Monaca of the home; one daughter, Shania PHILLIPS of the home; two stepdaughters, Robin and Michaela WILSON, of the home; one stepson, Hunter POINDEXTER of the home; one sister and brother-in-law, Jennifer and Ron TAYLOR of Sallisaw; one brother and sister-in-law, Eric and Tammy PHILLIPS of Sallisaw; his parents, Judy and James PHILLIPS of Sallisaw; one niece, Courtney THOMAS of Sallisaw; three nephews, Dakota and John POINDEXTER and Triston THOMAS, all of Sallisaw; and other relatives and many beloved co-workers and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents; and one aunt. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at Immanuel Baptist Church in Sallisaw with the Rev. Mike McKinney and Mark Vandiver officiating. Burial followed at Sallisaw City Cemetery under the direction of Agent & Mallory-Martin Funeral Home in Sallisaw. Active pallbearers were John Bennett, Rodney Copeland, Greg Walton, Tyler Webb, Toby Norvell and Eric Phillips. Honorary pallbearers were Tom Tackett, Dennis Risenhoover, Ron Taylor, Barney Girdner and Blakely Smith Jr. To send a condolence to the family visit www.agentfuneralhome.com.

Funeral services for Fred Lee PHILPOT, 72, of Roland will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, at the Agent Mallory-Martin Chapel in Sallisaw with the Rev. Curtis Mitchell officiating. Burial will be at Brushy Cemetery in Sallisaw under the direction of Agent & Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Sallisaw. Mr. PHILPOT was born on Sept. 8, 1940, in Hanson to Arnold Lee PHILPOT and Millie (MERRILLl) PHILPOT. He died on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark. He was a private investigator for Pinkerton Security. He married Rosa Lee MORRISON on Sept. 19, 1986, in Van Buren, Ark. She preceded him in death on June 9, 2011. Survivors include two daughters, Teresa NOACK of Clovis, N.M. and Lee Ann PHILPOT of Roland; and one grandchild. He was also preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Joyce Ann PHILPOT and Wilma FLOYD. Pallbearers will be Chris Willett, Larry Apker, Travis Apker, Stan Philpot and Johnny Philpot.

Funeral services for Mary KYLE POINDEXTER, 63, of Sallisaw were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at Blunt Baptist Church in Sallisaw with Glen Hopkins, Jeff Brown and Daryn Crawford officiating. Burial was at Marble City Cemetery under the direction of Agent & Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Sallisaw. Mrs. POINDEXTER was born on June 30, 1949, in Fort Smith, Ark., to V. KYLE and Lagena Ruth (CHEATHAM) KYLE. She died on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, in Fort Smith. She was an administrative assistant for Oklahoma State Agriculture, Food and Forestry. She married Pauley Wayne POINDEXTER on Nov. 23, 1971, in Norman. He preceded her in death on Dec. 29, 2005. Survivors include one daughter, Zora WILHITE of Stilwell; two sons, Paul POINDEXTER and Clinton POINDEXTER, both of Sallisaw; two sisters, Ruthann WAMPACH and Shirley CRAWFORD, both of Sallisaw; 13 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was also preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Sammy KYLE. Pallbearers were Paul Poindexter, Eddie Wilhite, Josh Poindexter, Isaac Poindexter, J.W. Whilhite and Jacob Gibson.

Winnie Grace ROBINSON, 88, of Sallisaw was born on Sept. 26, 1924, in Paris, Texas to Essie Johnson Gray. She died on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, in Sallisaw. No formal service is planned at this time. Cremation is under the direction of Agent & Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Sallisaw. She was a homemaker. Survivors include two daughters, Brenda Kay BRAZELL and Karen WHITTLESEY, both of Sallisaw; one son, Jesse Ray ROBINSON of Burnsville, N.C.; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick Raymond ROBINSON; her parents; one son, Jerry ROBINSON; two grandchildren; and several brothers and sisters, Alvin, Arthur, Hoss, Jerry, Mildred and Vivian “Toots.”

Jerry Paul SPARKS, 75, of Frontenac, Kan., passed away at 5:45 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at the Via Christi Village in Pittsburg, Kan. He was born on June 26, 1937, the son of Fannin Franklin and Willis Irene (HARDEN) SPARKS at Sand Springs. He graduated from Connors Community College. He then received his Bachelor’s of Science and Master’s Degree in counseling from Northeastern State University, Tahlequah. Later he received his Specialist degree in School Administration from Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kan. On July 5, 1969, he was united in marriage to Rozanne FITE at Springfield, Mo. She survives at the family home. He then moved to the Bronaugh, Mo., school system and retired in 1996, after 20 years served as a Principal and then Superintendent. Membership was held in the Bronaugh Christian Church, where he was very active and served as the Sunday School Superintendent. He was a member of the Missouri State Teachers Association, Missouri Retired Teachers Association and the Southwest District Missouri Association of School Administrators. He also enjoyed serving on several community organizations while living in Vernon County, Missouri. In addition to his wife, Rozanne; he is survived by a son, Paul SPARKS and his wife, Angela of Frontenac; a brother, Ray Douglas SPARKS of Sallisaw; two grandchildren, Randa Kate and Jonah Paul SPARKS; two sisters-in-law, Donna JOHNSON of Kansas City, Mo. and Emmy FITE of Pittsburg; and a brother-in-law, Johnny FITE of Ozark, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Wayne Reber SPARKS; and a sister, Ruth SPARKS PHILPOT. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at the Presbyterian Church in Pittsburg with the Rev. Dan Moss and the Rev. K.O. Noonoo officiating. Interment will be at 3 p.m. in the Dadeville Masonic Cemetery in Dadeville, Mo. The family suggests memorials to the Bronaugh Community Schools Scholarship Fund; the Fite Family Scholarship at Dadeville, Mo. Schools; the McAuley Catholic High School Scholarship Fund; or Via Christi Village. These may be left at or mailed to Brenner Mortuary, 114 East 4th Street, Pittsburg, KS 66762. Friends may also leave condolences online at www.brennermortuary.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary of Pittsburg.

Francis Lee STOUT, 62, of Keota died on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Keota. He was born on June 16, 1950, in Talihina to Francis Junior and Maude Leona (ROSE) STOUT. No formal service is planned at this time. The family will hold services at a later date. Cremation is under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Spiro. He was a truck driver and enjoyed camping and fishing. He attended Corner Stone Baptist Church in Cowlington. Survivors include two daughters, Shannon STOUT and companion, Daniel HARRIMAN, of Sallisaw and Shawnna TAYLOR of Spiro; one son, Kevin STOUT of Keota; five grandchildren; four sisters, Sunny June CRAWFORD of Cowetta, Sandra GRAM and Vickie DIX, both of Keota and Debbie SHORT of Magazine, Ark.; and two brothers, Allen STOUT of Keota and Robert STOUT of Charleston, Ark. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Marie LONG; and one brother, Ronnie STOUT.

Funeral services for Carroll Lynn SUTTON, 55, of Coweta will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, at the Mallory-Martin Chapel in Spiro. Burial will be at New Hope Cemetery in Spiro under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Spiro. Mr. SUTTON was born on Feb. 15, 1957, in Phoenix, Ariz., to Ray SUTTON and Velma (BAXTER) SUTTON. He died on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, in Coweta. He was a truck driver. Survivors include two sons, Isiah Dean SUTTON and Carl Albert SUTTON, both of Owasso; eight brothers, Harold SUTTON of Tulsa, Jerry Don SUTTON, George SUTTON and Robin SUTTON, all of Coweta, Randy SUTTON, James SUTTON, Darrell SUTTON and Michael SUTTON, all of Nubbin Ridge; and his mother of Nubbin Ridge. He was preceded in death by his father; one sister, Sharon Gail SANDERS; two brothers, Bobby and Gary SUTTON; and two nephews.

Howard Dale WARD was born in Sallisaw on Aug. 18, 1938, and passed this life on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Tulsa. He was preceded in death by his mother, Evelyn WARD; his father, Howard WARD; and an infant daughter, Sherry Bernadette WARD. He is survived by his sister, Jimmie Lou WHITEKILLER of Sallisaw; four daughters, Dayla Jane SEALS and Melody Nan STANHOPE, both of Sallisaw, Michella Noelle WARD of Fayetteville, Ark., and Kelli Marie WARD of Dallas, Texas. He is also survived by one niece, Lou Ann GLADD of Sallisaw and one nephew, Thomas MONROE of Tahlequah; several great nieces and great nephews, great-grandchildren, a life-time friend and companion, Brenda Mae ELLIS of Sallisaw; and a host of special friends. Dale graduated from Sallisaw in 1956. He worked for the Oklahoma Highway Department, in retail grocery business and as a motel owner and manager. He was also in the U.S. Army Reserves. He was of the protestant faith. Dale was best known as a gifted singer and songwriter and recorded his first record in 1962. He recorded with several companies, Capitol, Dot and Monument. Throughout the 1960s he lived in Nashville, Hollywood and Las Vegas. Dale loved his hometown of Sallisaw, his family and friends and returned in 1967. Honorary pallbearers were Leroy Hensley, Ed Stites, Ted Fine, of Sallisaw and Seaynoah Mayfield of Las Vegas.

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