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  • Kevin Don "Babe" Aaron

    Kevin Don “Babe” Aaron

    Born: 4/10/1986

    Died: 4/17/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Kevin Don “Babe” Aaron, 18, passed away April 17, 2004, in Ardmore, Oklahoma. He was born April 10, 1986, in Ada, Oklahoma, to Daryll and Annette Joe Aaron.

    Kevin was an exceptional athlete, friend, brother and son. His passions were football and powerlifting and that passion carried him to many achievements and honors.

    Although his name didn’t appear in the stat sheets, he played the role he was asked, and attacked everything he did in the same manner by outworking everyone else.

    Kevin Don “Babe” Aaron

  • Christina Ruth (Harp) Akers

    Christina Ruth (Harp) Akers

    Born: 1/21/1945

    Died: 1/6/2004

    Maiden Name: Harp

    Honorific: n/a

    Dr. Christina Ruth Harp Akers, 58, passed away January 6, 2004, at Via Christi Hospital, Ponca City, Oklahoma. She was born January 21, 1945, in Pawnee Indian Hospital, Pawnee, Oklahoma, to Chris and Florence Sumpter Harp. She grew up in Fairfax and Ponca City.

    Christina graduated from Ponca City High School in 1963. She then attended Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa, receiving her A.A. in Social Science in 1965. She then attended Northwestern Oklahoma State University, receiving her B.S. Ed. in Library Science in 1967 and received her M.L.S. in Library Science from Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas, in 1971. She then attended Oklahoma State University, receiving her Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration in 1990.

    Dr. Akers was employed at Northern Oklahoma College from September 1967 to November 1998 as Assistant Librarian and Instructor of Library Science. She became Librarian in 1983 and Director of Library Services in 1991. She was consultant/evaluator for the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Commission and Institutions of Higher Education, visiting more than 35 colleges as consultant/evaluator from 1972 to 1997. She was Designated Reader from 1985 to 1990. Her honors and awards include taking leadership and developing grant applications for library materials as Title II-A, part of the Higher Education Act of 1973. In 1977, she drafted and submitted for publication, Acquisition Policy for Library and Learning Resources Center for Northern Oklahoma College. The policy was chosen as one of 14 to be reprinted in its entirety from over 500 submissions in Futus: Library Acquisition Policies and Procedures. In 1990, she served as Docent at the governor’s mansion. She was elected Tonkawa City Council Member from 1987 to 1991. She was appointed to the Governor’s Oklahoma Library Technology Advisory Committee in 1993. She was a founder of the Native American Heritage Club, member of the Women’s Club, an avid reader and enjoyed traveling, shopping, and most of all, family.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Herman Longstar; four nephews and one sister-in-law.

    Survivors include one son, Chris M. Akers; his wife, Christy, and their daughter, Lita. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

  • Osborne Lee Anderson

    Osborne Lee Anderson

    Born: 8/7/1916

    Died: 6/30/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Osborne Lee Anderson, 87, passed away June 30, 2004, in Las Vegas, Nevada, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was born August 7, 1916, in Pittsburg, Oklahoma, the oldest son of original enrollee Osborne B. Anderson and Iva Pearl (Weathers) Anderson.

    Osborne attended 12 years of schooling at Pittsburg and attended college at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas, majoring in accounting and business. His first job after college was with the Civil Service Department in Gallup, New Mexico.

    He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942, serving three years as Yeoman First Class during World War II, stationed in San Francisco and San Diego, California. After his discharge from the Navy, he continued his position with the Civil Service Department.

    His parents; two brothers, Otis Roy and Ben Bernie Anderson and wife, Marjorie (Hoffman) Anderson, preceded him in death.

    Survivors include five sisters, Ruby Mae Layne, Rosetta Jean Staley, Ruth Joan Crain, Patsy Meder, and Rosemary Kauffman; several nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts and friends.

  • Thelma Fay Austin

    Thelma Fay Austin

    Born: 11/4/1925

    Died: 4/23/2004

    Maiden Name: Folsom

    Honorific: n/a

    Thelma Fay Austin, 78, of Caddo, Oklahoma, passed away April 23, 2004, at Atoka Memorial Hospital. She was born November 4, 1925, at Caney, Oklahoma, the daughter of Tandy James Folsom and Hattie Bell (Summers) Folsom.

    A homemaker, she was a member of Caney Pentecostal Holiness Church and the Order of Eastern Star Caddo Chapter. She was married to Doyal E. Austin on November 6, 1943, in Atoka, Oklahoma. He preceded her in death on October 17, 1997.

    Also preceding her in death were her parents and a brother, Alvin C. Folsom.

    Survivors include a brother, Clarence J. Folsom of McAlester, Oklahoma; one niece, Glenda Kay Brook of Allen, Texas; good friends and neighbors, Loyd and Betty Whitmire of Caney; several other nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

    Thelma Fay Austin

  • Park J. Anderson, Jr.

    Park J. Anderson, Jr.

    Born: 4/5/1917

    Died: n/a

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Park J. Anderson, Jr.

  • Phillip Bryan Ashmore

    Phillip Bryan Ashmore

    Born: 7/9/1971

    Died: 6/12/2003

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Phillip Bryan Ashmore passed away on June 12, 2003 in Oklahoma City in an automobile accident. He was born July 9, 1971 in Muskogee, Oklahoma, the youngest of Phillip Ashmore and Doris Hughes.

    Bryan was a happy, affectionate and a tenderhearted person who loved his family dearly. He liked pick-up trucks, ball caps, OU football, country music, fishing and Grandma’s cookies. He was very proud of his Choctaw heritage.

    He was preceded in death by a son, son Garrett Alan Ashmore in 1993.

    Survivors include his wife, Jaida, and two daughters, Morgan and Molly, of the home; father, Phillip Ashmore and wife, Kathy, of Glenpool; mother, Doris Hughes of Ft. Gibson; sisters, Ralana and husband, Frank Byrd, Jr., of Warner, Oklahoma, Vanessa Hughes of Ft.Gibson and Angela Ashmore of Glenpool, Oklahoma; brothers, Michael Ashmore and wife, Jacque, of Yukon, Oklahoma and Jeff Clark and wife, Megan, of Oklahoma City; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Hershel Ashmore of Warner, Mr. and Mrs. Billy Joe Torix of Ft. Gibson and Tom and Sammy Upton of Oklahoma City; great-grandmother, Mrs. Effie Clay of Muskogee; three nephews, five nieces, aunts, uncles and many, many friends.

  • Betsy Jo (Brownsfield) Aaron

    Betsy Jo (Brownsfield) Aaron

    Born: 2/18/1927

    Died: 6/26/2003

    Maiden Name: Brownsfield

    Honorific: n/a

    Betsy Jo (Brownsfield) Aaron, 75, of Hugo, Oklahoma passed away June 26, 2003 at her residence. She was born February 18, 1927 in Hugo, Oklahoma, the only child of Lee Nabors and Lizzie (Kaneubee) Nabors. She had lived all her life in the Hugo area.

    Mrs. Aaron was a homemaker and the Baptist faith.

    Survivors include two sons, Larry Brownfield of Valliant, Oklahoma and David Brownfield, and three grandsons.

  • Herbert Andrew Allen

    Herbert Andrew Allen

    Born: 10/7/1908

    Died: 6/8/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Herbert Andrew Allen, 96, of McAlester, Oklahoma, passed away June 8, 2005, at McAlester Regional Health Center. He was born October 7, 1908, in McAlester to Andrew Bart and Leona Maggie Pitchlyn Allen.

    He attended school in Crowder and later attended in McAlester. He married Charlotte Lee England on November 25, 1934, in Eufaula, Oklahoma. Herbert owned and operated Allen’s Auto Service in McAlester for a number of years before working as a service equipment pipeline foreman for R.H. Fulton out of Lubbock, Texas, and later retired from William Brothers out of Tulsa, Oklahoma. After his retirement he was an avid fisherman and he enjoyed working in his yard where he loved growing a garden. Herbert was a member of Grand Avenue United Methodist Church and a lifelong resident of Pittsburg County.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a daughter, Herbie Kay Gates; two sisters, Thelma Randel and Eunice Sue Williams; and a brother, V.J. Allen.

    Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Annalee and George Rowland of Hobbs, New Mexico; five grandchildren and spouses, Glenda and Scott Bearden and Mark Rowland, all of Hobbs, Boyd and Donna Rowland of Lovington, New Mexico, Charla and Derek Woodgate of Austin, Texas, and Sherry and Tim Maret of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania; ten great-grandchildren, Brandon McLemore, Brock McLemore, Cory Guy Rowland, Michael Maret, Kimber Hicks, Brooke McLemore, Jordyn Rowland, Keysha Rowland, Georgie Rowland and Holly Wood; a great-great-grandson, Keaton Hicks; five nephews, Tom Williams, Eugene Bonino, Jimmy Bonino, Allen Lee Dunn and Eddie Dunn; three nieces, Jessie Randel, Janice Barker and Patty Finch; numerous cousins, including Velma Toole and Sue Walker; and several wonderful friends and neighbors, including special friend Garry Cartlidge of McAlester.

  • Sue John Askenette

    Sue John Askenette

    Born: 1/27/1922

    Died: 6/8/2005

    Maiden Name: John

    Honorific: n/a

    Sue John Askenette, 83, of Neopit, Wisconsin, passed away June 8, 2005, at her home surrounded by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was born January 27, 1922, in Stanley, Oklahoma, the daughter of the late George and Anna Anderson John.

    She graduated from Haskell Indian School in Lawrence, Kansas. On May 14, 1941, Sue was united in marriage to Alexander Askenette Sr. in Ottawa, Kansas. Alex preceded her in death on December 17, 2003. Sue worked with the Head Start Program in Keshena and Neopit for 17 years and also did volunteer work. She was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and the Great Lakes Grandparent’s Program. Sue enjoyed going to the lake, watching her grandchildren, gardening, dancing, and reading.

    She was also preceded in death by a son, Alex Jr.; a great-grandchild, Anthony; her parents; three sisters, and two brothers.

    Survivors include her daughters, Barbara L. Askenette and Linda Caldwell and husband, Eugene, all of Neopit, and Patricia Chapman and husband, Jerry, of Keshena; her sons, Orin L. Askenette of DePere, Donald E. Askenette and wife, Darnell, of Milwaukee, Wendell Askenette and wife, Susan, of Keshena, and David Askenette of Neopit; 14 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Alice Brenner and husband, Eugene, of California.

    Sue John Askenette

  • Roy Leon Allen

    Roy Leon Allen

    Born: 10/21/1929

    Died: 6/22/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Roy Leon Allen, 75, passed away June 22, 2005, in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. He was born October 21, 1929, in Harrold, Texas, the second son of Siemon and Maseline Allen, an original enrollee.

    He grew up in Atoka, Oklahoma, where he met and married his beautiful wife, Miss Vina Jacob, the daughter of original enrollees Fulsom and Martha Jacob, on April 9, 1949. This happy union produced three sons and one daughter.

    He moved his family to California in 1959, coming back frequently to Oklahoma to visit. He lived in California for over 40 years, during which he worked in landscaping both on and off golf courses, before moving back permanently to Atoka in 2001.

    Roy enjoyed life, was always laughing and joking. He played many musical instruments, including guitar, violin, mandolin, and steel guitar. Many times, he played with and for friends and family, much to his and his audience’s pleasure. He even practiced with the brothers playing the music at assemblies in earlier years.

    He dedicated his life to doing Jehovah God’s Will and was able to serve as a full-time Evangelizer for two years before having to stop for health reasons. He was very faithful, serving as an Elder as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in both California and Oklahoma. He eagerly shared his belief with family, friends and everyone he could talk to about the Bible. He loved reading the Bible daily, especially his favorite scripture, John 5:28-29 about the hope of the resurrection.

    His parents; two brothers, Cecil and Ray Stanley; and one half-sister, Ohio, preceded him in death.

    Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Vina Allen of Atoka; three sons, Ray Leon Allen and his wife, Marie, of San Jose, California, Steve Roy Allen and his wife, Anita, of Oklahoma City, and Jacob Robert Allen of Atoka; one daughter, Sharon Lynn Longwell and husband, Tim, of Atoka; two sisters, Christine Campbell of Atoka and Lois Jack and husband, Al, of Maysville, Oklahoma; 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and two more due very soon, as well as other relatives and many friends.

    Roy Leon Allen

  • Donald Mitchell Atwood

    Donald Mitchell Atwood

    Born: 10/14/1930

    Died: 5/12/2003

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Donald Mitchell Atwood, 72, passed away on Monday, May 12, 2003 in Talihina, Oklahoma. He was born on Tuesday, October 14, 1930 in Heavener, Oklahoma to Clyde and Ida (Harris) Atwood.

    Mr. Atwood retired from the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Postal Service in the Dallas area.

  • Charliss A. Tootie Anderson

    Charliss A. Tootie Anderson

    Born: 9/4/1946

    Died: 6/24/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Charliss A. Tootie Anderson, 58, of Hartshorne, Oklahoma, passed away June 24, 2005, at St. John’s Medical Center in Tulsa. She was born September 4, 1946, in Haileyville, Oklahoma, the daughter of Thomas and Violet Jewell Hulsey Smith. She lived in the Haileyville-Hartshorne area all of her life. She graduated from Haileyville High School in the class of 1964.

    She married Butch Davidson on December 25, 1963.

    For many years she was self-employed at Butch’s Station and Grocery in Haileyville until the store closed in 1981. She later worked as a payroll clerk at the U.S. Army Ammunition P788,Gertrude Kathryn Beene”

  • Eric Howard Andrews

    Eric Howard Andrews

    Born: n/a

    Died: 8/4/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    U.S. Navy LCDR Eric Howard Andrews, 45, of Bonita, California, formerly of Wichita, Kansas, passed away August 4, 2005.

    Survivors include a brother, Phillip Andrews of Wichita; sisters, Mmichelle Roach, Karen Ray, Connie Andrews-Jones and Edith Arline, all of Wichita; a host of nieces, nephews, firneds and shipmates.

  • Marian M. Aaron

    Marian M. Aaron

    Born: 12/2/1943

    Died: 3/18/2000

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Marian M. Aaron, 56, of Wright City, Oklahoma passed away on March 18, 2000 at the McCurtain Memorial Hospital in Idabel, Oklahoma. She was born December 2, 1943 in Soper, Oklahoma, the daughter of Dave and Suzanna (Nehka) Wickson and had lived most of her life in Wright City. She married Joel Aaron on September 9, 1960 at Hampton Chapel Church in Spencerville, Oklahoma.

    Mrs. Aaron loved going to church, singing and talking with her family. She had worked for the Choctaw Nation as a Community Health Representaive for the past 20 years. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Joel Aaron, Jr., in 1970, and a brother, Edmond Wickson.

    Survivors include her husband; four daughters, Lucille Gibson, Sandra Franklin, Cynthia Aaron and Jeanetta Aaron, all of Wright City; four brothers, Dave Wickson, Jr., of Hugo, Oklahoma, Ray Wickson of Ft. Towson, Oklahoma, Holliston Wickson of Garvin, Oklahoma and Fred Wickson of Frogville, Oklahoma; one half-brother, James LeFlore of Hugo; three sisters, Gladys Moore of Rufe, Oklahoma and Annie Wickson and Judy Phillips, both of Hugo; one half-sister, Ethel Ishcomer of Sobol, Oklahoma; one uncle, Elum Wesley of Detroit, Texas; eight grandchildren, Stephanie Gibson, Geneva Gibson, Almn Gibson, Kristin Franklin, Adam Gibson, Justin Franklin, Dustin Franklin and Channing Battiest; 31 nieces and nephews, several cousins and a host of friends.

  • Keith Akins

    Keith Akins

    Born: 1/28/1964

    Died: 12/7/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Keith Akins, 41, of Bokchito passed away December 7, 2005, at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa. He was born January 28, 1964, in Arlington, Texas, to Charles Wesley Akins and Suzanne Robinson. He lived most of his life in Bokchito and was a certified welder for Rodman Excavation.

    He enjoyed hunting, camping, fishing and cooking, but most of all, his pride and joy were his three girls and family. He was a member of the Church of Christ in Bokchito.

    He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Holland Elmer Robinson and Elmer Akins.

    Survivors include his daughters, Brianna Nicole Akins, Caleigh Paige Akins and Madison Suzanne Akins, all of the home; parents of Bokchito; brother, Brian Akins and wife Marianne, Hartshorne; grandmother, Juanita Akins, Bokchito; nephews, Brett and Tyler Akins, Hartshorne; aunt, Lanell Dollins, Bokchito; uncles, Joe David Robinson, Bokchito, John Mike Robinson and wife Pat, Durant, and Jack L. Robinson and wife Sharon, Durant; and numerous cousins and friends.

  • Richard O."Andy" Anderson

    Richard O.”Andy” Anderson

    Born: 8/15/1936

    Died: 11/3/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Richard O. Andy Anderson, 69, passed away November 3, 2005, in Visalia, California. He was born August 15, 1936, in Talihina to Richard and Grace Anderson. Andy grew up in Oklahoma and was schooled there.

    He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, obtaining the rank of sergeant. He moved to Lakewood, California, in 1953 and graduated from Long Beach State and Pacific Law School, obtaining his law degree. Andy worked for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department as an officer, serving 34 years and retiring as a sergeant.

    He and Judy Dolan married in Lakewood on May 21, 1983, and came to Exeter, California, in April 1999 where he became active in community affairs, serving as commander of American Legion Post 94, member of the Exeter Planning Commission for several years, Exeter Presbyterian Church and as an active member and chaplain of the Exeter Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce. He was proud to be a member of the Choctaw Nation.

    Andy loved Exeter and his coffee group at Hometown Emporium. He was a loving and giving man.

    Survivors include his wife of Exeter; two sons, James (Tammy) Anderson of Florida and John Anderson of Lakewood; daughter, Karen (John) Cooper of Mountain View; two stepsons, Michael Dolan of Orange, California, and Kevin (Jeri) Dolan of Valencia, California; two brothers, Gary and Don Anderson, both of Oregon; two sisters, Betty Anderson of Los Angeles and Mary Wiltshire of Stanton, California; and five grandchildren.

  • Otis Roy Anderson

    Otis Roy Anderson

    Born: 7/24/1919

    Died: 3/13/2000

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Otis Roy Anderson, 80, passed away March 13, 2000 at his home in Thousand Oaks, California. He was born July 24, 1919 in Pittsburg, Oklahoma, the second son of Osborne B. and Iva Pearl Weathers. Osborne was an original Choctaw enrollee.

    Otis attended public school, 12 years at Pittsburg, junior and high school. After graduating he attended Haskell Institute, majoring is business.

    He married Jessica Loristine Byrne in Eufaula, Oklahoma in 1938. Jessica preceded him in death in September 1986. They were married 48 years.

    Mr. Anderson served in the U.S. Navy in World War II, stationed at Norfolk, Virginia, and later trasferred to Le Havre, France. He continued to his college education at George Washington University, while working with the federal government. He accepted a job with the Internal Revenue Service and moved to Los Angeles, California, working at that position and retiring at an early age.

    He enjoyed traveling. His last trip was to China. He loved music and collected mostly oldies.” He also collected coins and enjoyed searching the family genealogy records. He dad a deep love for his family and was proud of his Choctaw heritage. He had a good memory and will be missed for his humor and good stories about the good old days growing up in Oklahoma.

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  • Cassie V. Allen

    Cassie V. Allen

    Born: 9/21/1903

    Died: 7/22/2000

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Original enrollee Cassie V. Allen, 96, passed away July 22, 2000. She was born September 21, 1903 in Debble, Indian Territory. She was a member of the Eastern Stars for many years.

    Her husband, Other C. Allen, preceded her in death September 4, 1990.

    Survivors include two children, daughter Wanda H. Faulk of Fort Worth, Texas and son Othel C. Allen Jr. “Jack” of Norman, Oklahoma; seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends.

  • Sherry Ann Dry Abrahamson

    Sherry Ann Dry Abrahamson

    Born: 1/17/1952

    Died: 12/28/2005

    Maiden Name: Dry

    Honorific: n/a

    Sherry Ann Dry Abrahamson, 53, of Madill passed away December 28, 2005, in Madill. She was born January 17, 1952, in Durant to Aaron and Martha Jean Fuller Dry.

    Sherry grew up in Madill and later moved to El Reno where she graduated high school in 1970. While pursuing her nursing degree from Murray State College, she was on the Academic Vice President’s Honor Roll. In 1996, she received her registered nursing degree and began working as an ER nurse at Integris Marshall County Medical Center in Madill. Sherry had also earned a doctorate in education with a minor in education administration.

    Throughout her life and career she was active in children’s school activities and hospital fund-raisers. She was also a member and at one time had worked for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. She was employed in the tribe’s CETA/Manpower Program from 1976-1979. She had also worked at one time as executive secretary to the director of the Albuquerque Zoo.

    She was christened at the Presbyterian Church in Madill when she was three months old and later was confirmed at the Presbyterian Church in Broken Arrow.

    Sherry Ann Dry Abrahamson

  • David Wayne Ashalintubbi

    David Wayne Ashalintubbi

    Born: 1/1/1999

    Died: 4/29/2006

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    David Wayne Ashalintubbi, 56, of Idabel passed away April 29, 2006. He was a lifetime resident of McCurtain County who was a friend to anyone and an enemy of no one.

    David was an eight-year veteran of the U.S. Army and served proudly in Vietnam.

    He was preceded in death by his mother, Aline James; stepmother, Sue Ashalintubbi; stepfather, Henry James; and two sisters, Verloyn and Candice Ashalintubbi.

    Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Brenda Worley Ashalintubbi of the home; two sons, DeLano Ashalintubbi of Bartlesville and Matt Ashalintubbi of Hampton, Virginia; two daughters, D’Anna Ashalintubbi of Forney, Texas, and Diedra Ashalintubbi of Wilburton; three brothers, Dennis Ashalintubbi of Eagletow

    David Wayne Ashalintubbi

  • Charles Guyton Anderson III

    Charles Guyton Anderson III

    Born: 1/29/1930

    Died: 11/18/1998

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Charles Guyton Anderson III passed away November 18, 1998 at St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City, where he was born 68 years ago on January 29, 1930 to Charles G. Anderson, Jr. and Maurine Freeman Anderson.

    He was raised in Oklahoma City, graduating from Classen High School in 1948. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia and continued his studies at Vanderbilt and Harvard before receiving his Ph.D at Georgetown University. He also studied at McGill in Montreal, Canada; Exeter College in Oxford, England and the Sorbonne in Paris, France. He earned a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Sao Paulo, Brazil. His teaching career spanned 35 years in the Washington, D.C. area where he taught Latin and French.

    Proficient in seven languages, Guyton was truly a citizen of the world, enjoying a great deal of travel, particularly in Europe where he had many friends.

    A descendant of the Choctaw Chief, Pushmataha, he was proud of his Oklahoma heritage. He considered himself a sixth generation.

  • Frances J. Anderson

    Frances J. Anderson

    Born: 1/4/1921

    Died: 11/19/1998

    Maiden Name: West

    Honorific: n/a

    Frances J. Anderson, 77 of McAlester, Oklahoma passed away Thursday November 19, 1999 at a local nursing home.

    Born January 4. 1921 in Ada, Oklahoma to James Madison and Emiley Elizabeth Pigg West, she attended school at Maude through the ninth grade and then attended Konawa High School. She later received her GED and attended Eastern State College at Wilburton, Oklahoma.

    She married Grady L. Anderson on January 12, 1940 in Konawa and moved to McAlester in May of 1946, where she lived the rest of her life.

    She was a housewife and mother; she had worked for Troy Cleaners and as cafeteria manager for St. Marys Hospital and the Rocket Bowling Lanes. She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church and received an honorary membership with the Choctaw Tribe.

    Survivors include her husband, Grady L. of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, Gary Wayne and Darlene Anderson, Tulsa, Oklahoma; three daughters and son-in-laws, Ginger and Kent Tucker, Ardmore, Oklahoma, Beth and Doug Sullivan, Checotah, Amy and Clint Collins, Treynor, Iowa,; eight grandchildren Kim Wallace, Timi Rene Smart, Clinton DeWayne Collins, Andre LaQua Anderson, Terry Sullivan, Cindi Michelle Collins, Michael Wayne Anderson and J.D. Thompson and eight great-grandchildren.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Robert Landrum and a sister Helen Parks.

  • Viola Marie Alford

    Viola Marie Alford

    Born: 1/22/1930

    Died: 11/26/2006

    Maiden Name: Brown

    Honorific: n/a

    Viola Marie Alford passed away November 26, 2006, in Paris, Texas. She was born January 22, 1930, in Tom, the daughter of Willard Brown and Flora Horn Brown.

    Violas greatest pride in her life was her family and her goal was to always take care of them. She was a tremendous cook and at every holiday all her family would gather at her home. Viola could piece quilts with the best of them. She would spend many, many hours piecing and hand-quilting beautiful quilts for her family members and friends.

    After her boys were grown, she went to work at the nursing home. Later she worked at Haworth Schools until her health would not allow her to do so any longer. She never met a stranger and was a joy to be around. Viola was a faithful member of the Bokhoma Community Church.

    She was preceded in death by one grandson, Jeremy Alford, and one great-granddaughter, Morgan Alford.

    Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Jack Alford; four sons and daughters-in-law, Edward and Barbara Alford of Marshall Hill, Kenneth and Mary Alford of Moon, Ricky and Debbie Alford

  • Stella Austin

    Stella Austin

    Born: 1/7/1912

    Died: 10/12/1999

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Stella Austin, 87, born January 7, 1912 in Valliant, Oklahoma, passed away October 12, 1999.

    She is survived by four sons and three daughters-in-law, Ervin Austin, Warren and Betty Jo Austin, Benny Ray and Quannie Austin, and Billy Joe and Jerri Baken, all of Valliant; two step-daughters, Bertha Wilson of Sacramento, California and Eva Jean Austin of Riverside, California; 15 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

  • Randall Gene Anderson

    Randall Gene Anderson

    Born: n/a

    Died: 7/8/1999

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Randall Gene Anderson, 37, of Talihina, Oklahoma passed away July 8, 1999 in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

    He was an employee of the Fabric Plant in Mena, Arkansas.

    He is survived by his wife, Sara, of the home; son, Michael Anderson, San Diego, California and stepdaughter, Ronnie Stokes of Mena; mother Bertha Anderson of Talihina; sisters, Eva Jo and Travis Head, Shirley Wilson and husband, Paul, and Sharon Hernandez, all of Talihina; a special nephew Travis Anderson and several other nephews and nieces.

  • Lavern Lee Argo

    Lavern Lee Argo

    Born: 12/4/1941

    Died: 6/16/1997

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Lavern Lee Argo, 55, of Orange, California, a truck driver, died June 16, 1997 of lung cancer. He was born on December 4, 1941 in Coalgate, Oklahoma.

    He was preceded in death by his mother, Lillian Thomas of Coalgate, Oklahoma.

    He is survived by his wife, Donna; and two sons, Donald and James of Orange; two daughters, Laura and Jackie of Little Rock, Arkansas; father, Leonard and step-mother, Inez of Coalgate; two sisters, Jo Hickman of Coalgate and Barbara Woods of Leavenworth, Kansas and one brother, Gary of New Mexico and two grandchildren.

  • Lisa Ledbetter Arthur

    Lisa Ledbetter Arthur

    Born: 6/27/1959

    Died: 8/7/1997

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Lisa Ledbetter Arthur, 38, passed away Thursday August 7, 1997 in a Wichita Falls, Texas hospital.

    Mrs. Arthur was born June 27, 1959 in McAlester, Oklahoma. She was a 1977 graduate of Burkburnett High School and a Midwestern State University graduate. She worked as a medical lab technician at Wichita General Hospital. She was a longtime resident of Wichita Falls.

    Her late great-grandmother, Minnie Robinson Shockley was an Original Enrollee. During many years of afflictions and illness, she was greatly encouraged by the knowledge that her great-grandmother had likewise suffered and demonstrated great strength as a Choctaw.

    Survivors include a daughter, Heather Kae Ledbetter of Portland, Oregon; her parents, Ronald Ledbetter of Wichita Falls and Bette Morrow of Tulsa, Oklahoma; three sisters, Carole Holman of Glendale, California, Oman Bogart of Wichita Falls and Stacey Terry of San Diego, California; two brothers, Michael Ledbetter of Tulsa and Todd Ledbetter of Wichita Falls.

  • Patsy (Pat) Ann Avants

    Patsy (Pat) Ann Avants

    Born: 11/24/1938

    Died: 9/12/1997

    Maiden Name: Franklin

    Honorific: n/a

    Pat Avants, 58, of Durant, Oklahoma, passed away September 12. 1997, at the Medical Center of Southern Oklahoma.

    Pat, the daughter of Alfus R. and Ada Alga Moran Franklin, was born on November 24, 1938, in Caney, Oklahoma.

    Pat was a housewife and mother. She attended school in Midway, Oklahoma and Caddo, Oklahoma and was of the Baptist faith. Pat was an avid outdoors person; she loved her horses and dogs. It was hard for her to realize that she had to sow down as she become ill. She loved her family very much.

    She married Jimmy Dale Avants on June 18, 1986 in Durant. They were very happily married.

    Pat was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Connie Gene Anderson, who passed away in 1982; two brothers; A.J. Franklin and Danny Franklin and one sister, Louise Houser.

    Survivors include four sons, Charles Gene Anderson and wife, Adale of Wynnewood, Oklahoma, Billy Joe Ander son of Princeton, Texas, Freddie Ray Anderson of the home and Kevin Wayne Advants and wife, Laney of Durant; three daughters, Brenda Lou Wilson and husband, Randall, Belinda Alga Webb and husband, Charley and Shirley Ann Anderson, all of Durant, Oklahoma; three brothers, James Franklin of Snow, Oklahoma, Alvin Franklin of Blue, Oklahoma and Bob Franklin of Durant, eight grandchildren Eric Littrell, Marissa Dill, Earon Anderson, Jimmy Anderson, Amy Ander son, Michael Anderson, Jessica McElrath and Dylan Anderson; one great-grandson, Cainen Littrell and numerous nieces and nephews.

    We love and miss you greatly. You are in our dreams.

  • Juanita Geneva Williamson Amos

    Juanita Geneva Williamson Amos

    Born: 10/5/1922

    Died: 9/12/1997

    Maiden Name: Williamson

    Honorific: n/a

    Juanita Geneva Williamson Amos was born on October 5, 1922 and went to be with the lord on September 12, 1997.

    She was a lifetime member of Salem United Indian Presbyterian Church, holding the position of an Elder since 1994. She was born in Sulphur Oklahoma and lived there for some time before moving to Tulsa Oklahoma in 1989 to be near her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed being with her family.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, Edmond and Fronie Davis Williamson; her husband Everette Lee Amos; one son Raymond Glen Amos and one sister Rena Wakolee.

    She is survived by one daughter, Carrie Lynn of Claremore, Oklahoma; two sons, Alvis Amos Leonard Amos both of Tulsa; two granddaughters and husbands, Sabrina and Dan Krause of Georgetown, Texas and Marlana and Dixon Harrison of Tulsa; five grandsons Kevin and List Amos of Tulsa; Chirrs and Diana Lynn of Sulphur, Gregory and Amy Lynn of Claremore, Oklahoma, Rodney Lynn and friend, Stephanie Gonzales and Martin Lynn all of Claremore; 13 great-grandchildren, Daniel and Donovan Amos of Tulsa, Andrew and Ashley Lynn of Sulphur Greggory Jette, Kristen, Cameron, Acasiea, Jason and Rebecca Lynn all of Claremore, Gary and Alisa Beth Harrison of Tulsa and Alexandria Lynn of Tulsa; two sisters, Elsie Lewis of Sulphur, Zona Gaines of Hominy Oklahoma; one brother Armond Williamson of Sulphur and several nieces and nephews.

  • Josiah Amos

    Josiah Amos

    Born: 10/3/1918

    Died: 12/10/2007

    Maiden Name: n/a

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    Josiah Amos, 89, passed away December 10, 2007. He was born October 3, 1918, in Duncan, Oklahoma.

    A beloved father, grandfather and friend, Josiah lived a long and a good life. He touched many hearts. He will be greatly missed but never forgotten.

    He was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Mae; his sons, his mother and brothers.

    Survivors include his children, Dorothy, Rufus, Naomi, Truman and Louise; his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends.

  • Katherine Anderson

    Katherine Anderson

    Born: 8/13/1920

    Died: n/a

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    Katherine L Kitty Anderson age 77 of McAlester Oklahoma passed away in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

    She was born on August 13, 1920 in Muskogee Oklahoma. Her parents are William Huitt and Jane Anderson. She married Wesley B Anderson in 1937 in Stuart and was a lifetime resident of Pittsburg County.

    She was a homemaker and a member of Brushy Missionary Baptist Church.

    She was past president of W.M.U. of Brushy Missionary Baptist Church.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a brother, Melton Anderson.

    Survivors include two daughters and son in law, Joyce Anderson Botone and Katherine and Thomas LeFlore all of McAlester; a sister Etta Green of McAlester; six grandchildren, Kristin LeFlore, Harold Botone, Anthony Botone, Roland Botone, Charles Toyebo and David White; 12 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

  • Gladys Louise Archiquette

    Gladys Louise Archiquette

    Born: 4/12/1928

    Died: 12/14/1997

    Maiden Name: n/a

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    Gladys Louise Archiquette was born April 12, 1928 to Mary Magdaene Carnes in Adel Oklahoma. She went to be with her Creator December 14, 1997 at her home in Tulsa, surrounded by her husband of 50 years and daughter.

    She was preceded in death by her mother and a son.

    She is survived by her husband, Bob of the home; daughter Kristy and husband, Gregory Evans of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; grandsons, Travis and Barret Craven; granddaughters, Cassie Lacie and Candace Craven all of Bucks Harbor, Maine, Susan Eastman and husband, Tom of Tulsa Oklahoma; great-grandchildren, T.J., Kayelee and Chelsa Eastman of Tulsa. She was our wonderful wife, mother and mam maw and will be sorrowfully missed by all of her family and friends. She loved taking great care of her family home and her many pets she had throughout the years

  • James Curtis Ainsworth, Jr.

    James Curtis Ainsworth, Jr.

    Born: 7/20/1921

    Died: n/a

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    James Curtis Ainsworth Jr. was born on July 20, 1921 in Albany New York. His parents were James Curtis Ainsworth Sr. and Hazel Griffin. He was the second oldest of four children.

    He was very proud of his Choctaw Indian heritage and loved to learn about them. He served 4 Ω years in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged on January 29, 1947. He loved his years in the Navy. Before and after his Navy duty he worked as a Machinist for the Southern Pacific Railroad in the Round House in Sparks, Nevada. He spent eight years in Idaho working on farms and for the city of Burley Idaho. He then came back to Sparks and worked for Isabell Construction and Tholl Fence Company, He then moved to Buellton California to help Irene with the care of her parents for several years before eventually coming back to Sparks. He was twice injured on the job, once in Sparks and once in Lompoc, California.

    Having quit school to care for his parents who were both ill, while living in Lompoc, at the age of 50 he went back to night school and graduated from Lompoc High. He then moved back to Nevada and went to school at the Reno Business College where he graduated with honors.

    A devoted husband and father he spent his life serving others, He and his wife served a one year mission at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, which they dearly loved. He held many positions of responsibility in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints due to his strong belief in the truthfulness of the Gospel. He would always find good in others and he loved life. His wonderful smile and sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Ernestine and his brother, Edgar C. Ainswroth.

    Survivors include his wife, Ethel Irene Ainsworth seven children, James C. Ainsworth, III of Sun Valley, Dr. Ronald Eugene Ainswroth of Paradise, California, Mary Ann Klingler of Rancho Cordova, California, John Charles Ainswroth of Silver Springs, Nevada, Patricia Louise Proctor of Riverside, California, Thomas Edward Ainsworth of Danville, California and Gary Raymond Ainsworth of Reno Nevada; he also has 28 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

  • Pearl Allen

    Pearl Allen

    Born: 10/21/1906

    Died: 12/16/2007

    Maiden Name: Richardson

    Honorific: n/a

    Pearl Allen, 101, passed away December 16, 2007, in Yukon, Oklahoma. She was born October 21, 1906, in the Arch Community of Indian Territory to Wesley Pryor and Maggie Mae James Richardson.

    Pearl and her husband, Jay, had maintained a home in Harts-horne and a farm in Atoka where they raised cattle. During World War II, Pearl worked at a naval ammunition depot in McAlester.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Arthur Jay Allen; son, Kenneth Wesley Lance; grandson, Benny Lance; sisters, Marie Lyles and June Collins; brothers, Bud Richardson and Robert Hargis; and a son-in-law, K. Hudson Jr.

    Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Alone and George Monks of Yukon and Geneva Hudson of Yukon; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

  • Jess Willard Ainsworth

    Jess Willard Ainsworth

    Born: 9/20/1918

    Died: n/a

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    Jess Ainsworth was born March 20, 1918, in Mt. Pleasant, Texas to James and Charlotte Carr Ainsworth.

    He finished High School in Mt. Pleasant and attended Prairie View College in Prairie View, Texas. After finishing Prairie View College, Jess enlisted in the Army Air Corps and was recruited for the first racially integrated Officer Training Program in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He served in the military for 25 years and retired at the rank of Lt. Colonel in 1970. During his military career, Jess served in many different countries and locations, including Korea, the Philippine Islands, Japan, Hawaii, Norway, Sacramento, California, and Amarillo, Texas, before retiring in Denver. In 1954, he met the love of his life, Henriette Matulessy.

    He is survived by his wife; son, James; grandson, Morris; daughter, Sharon, from a previous marriage, and her children, Avery and Alex; and his sister, Juanita.

  • Addie B. Graves Arterberry

    Addie B. Graves Arterberry

    Born: 3/28/1916

    Died: 12/24/1994

    Maiden Name: Airintong

    Honorific: n/a

    Addie B. Graves Arterberry died December 24, 1994 at Convalescent Center of Grady County in Chickasha, Oklahoma. She was 78 years of age.

    Addie was very proud of her Choctaw Heritage.

    She was born March 28, 1916 in Grady County the daughter of James D. and Ada M. (Stanley) Airington.

    She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ben Graves and her parents.

    She lived in Grady County all of her life. She and Bennie Arterberry were married in 1966. She was a member of the Southern Baptist Chapel of Alex, Oklahoma.

    Survivors include her husband, Bennie N. Arterberry of Chickasha; three sons, W.A. Bill A. Graves of Chickasha, Boyce Leroy Graves of Oakdale, California and Maynard T Graves of Petal, Mississippi; two daughters, Wanda V. Scribner of Coleman, Oklahoma and Bonnie M. Hamilton of Alex; a granddaughter reared by Mrs. Arterberry Ronda Huffiness; one stepson, Jimmy Wayne Arterberry of Lawton, Oklahoma; four step-daughters, Minnie Lee Rhodes, Linda Carol Carter, Mandy Dodie Ferrell, all of Cache Oklahoma and Elizabeth Cable of Lawton; three brothers, J.D. Airington of Modesto, California, Stanley E. Airington of Norman, Oklahoma, Vernie J. Airington of Oklahoma City; one sister, M. Lucille Purlsey of Chickasha; 14 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

  • Pauline O'Dell Alsup

    Pauline O’Dell Alsup

    Born: 9/9/1912

    Died: 2/9/1995

    Maiden Name: O’Dell

    Honorific: n/a

    Pauline Alsup, affectionately known as Polly passed from this life on February 9, 1995 at Memorial Hospital in Ardmore Oklahoma.

    She was born on September 9, 1912 to Gilbert O’Dell and Jessie Lovett O’Dell in Kingston, Oklahoma. Most of her school years were spent in Boswell, Oklahoma but she moved to Madill her senior year and graduated from high school there. She met and married Lee Alsup of Madhill in 1931 and lived the rest of her life in that community.

    Polly was a Southern Baptist. She loved the lord and was an Adult Sunday School teacher at the First Baptist Church for many years. She was very proud of her Indian Heritage and instilled that pride in her children and grandchildren.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and three grandsons.

    She is survived by her husband, Lee Alsup of the home; two daughters, June Jackson of Ardmore Oklahoma and Janet Weldon of Madhill; three grandchildren, Sherry Tilley of Madill, Michael and Cameron Jackson of Ardmore and one brother, Max Taylor of Shawnee Oklahoma and seven great-grandchildren.

    She was loved by many and will be missed by all.

  • Leroy Anderson

    Leroy Anderson

    Born: 8/31/1926

    Died: 8/27/1994

    Maiden Name: n/a

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    Leroy Anderson, age 68, of Talihina Oklahoma was born on August 13, 1926 at Lennox, Oklahoma. He passed away August 27, 1994 at St. Edwards Medical Center at Fort Smith Arkansas. He was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church of Talihina, Oklahoma and had lived in the Talihina area all of his life.

    He had worked for an upholstery shop in McAlester, Oklahoma for a number of years and for the Public Health Services. He is preceded in death by a brother, Johnny Anderson.

    He is survived by his wife, Stella Mae Anderson of the home; four daughters and two sons-in-law, Ramona Cummings, Lula and Roy Johnson, Margret Anderson and Judy and Amos Eaton, all of Muskogee Oklahoma; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Hampton Anderson of Muskogee and Gary and Amos Eaton of Pittsburg, Texas; two sisters, Katherine Ward and Bertha Anderson both of Talihina; four grandchildren, Tommy Cummings, Tiffany Cummings, Timothy Cummings all of Muskogee and Cherokee Anderson , Pittsburg; numerous friends and loved ones.

    Services were held at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church on August 30 at Talihina, Oklahoma.

    Rev. Taylor Harjo, Rev. Joe Wilkins and Rev. Billie Nowabbie officiated.

    Interment was at New Talihina City Cemetery in Talihina Oklahoma.

    Pallbearers were J.D. Ward, Sherman Ward, Adam Whitegate, Eugene Jones, Roy Johnson and Amos Eaton.

  • Charles Gene Anderson

    Charles Gene Anderson

    Born: 6/26/1957

    Died: 8/18/2000

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    Charles Gene Anderson, 43, of Wynnewood, Oklahoma passed away August 18, 2000 in Madill, Oklahoma. He was born June 26, 1957 in Durant, Oklahoma to Connie Gene and Patsy Anderson.

    Charles attended high school in Bennington, Oklahoma. On May 8, 1982, he married Adele Indorf in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma. They made their home in Wynnewood since that time.

    He was a person who loved the outdoors and spent every free moment enjoying fishing, hunting and playing golf. Charles was very proud of his Choctaw heritage. He never met a stranger and was a friend to all who knew him. He was a truck driver for Ryder Truck Lines for several years.

    A loving husband, father, brother, he is survived by his wife, Adele, of the home; one son, Michael Anderson; one daughter, Amy anderson; two brothers, Billy Anderson of Princeton, Texas and Freddie Anderson of Calera, Oklahoma; three sisters, Brenda Wilson and husband Randal, of Durant, Belinda Webb and husband, Charley, of Calera and Shirley Anderson of Puduach, Kentucky.

  • Bernice Bessie Anderson

    Bernice Bessie Anderson

    Born: 3/20/1931

    Died: 4/8/2003

    Maiden Name: Franklin

    Honorific: n/a

    Bernice Bessie Anderson, 72, of Sapulpa, Oklahoma passed away Tuesday, April 8, 2003 at Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was born March 20, 1931 at Haskell, Oklahoma, the daughter of Kilbert and Susan Johnson Franklin.

    She attended Sequoyah High School at Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

    Bernice and Robert Anderson were married in April 1996 at Ballenger. She retired as a nurse’s aid at the Tulsa Regional Medical Center in Tulsa.

    She was a member of the Siloam Springs Methodist Church in Haskell County and also a member of the VFW women’s auxilary in Sand Springs. She enjoyed being with her family and the time she spent with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed riding in the car both locally and on the long trips.

    Survivors include her husband, Robert Anderson, of Sapulpa; two sons, Tommy Thompson and Wife, Glenda, of Prue, and Herman Thompson and wife, Carol, of Bristow, Oklahoma; five daughters, Levetta Faye Sago and husband, Marvin, of Glenpool, Oklahoma, Loretta Perigo and husband, Gary, of Tulsa, Janie Rice and husband, Mitchell, of Tulsa, Elise Lena and husband, Ronnie, of Sapulpa, and Sandra Kay Thompson of Ponca City, Oklahoma; 20 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

    She was preceded in death by her first husband, Jermiah Thompson; her second husband, James Leroy Brown; a son, Jeremiah Thompson, Jr., her parents, two brothers, one stepbrother, and one stepsister.

  • Sidney "Sid" Allen Ashmore Jr.

    Sidney “Sid” Allen Ashmore Jr.

    Born: 8/14/1944

    Died: 4/18/2005

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    Sidney “Sid” Allen Ashmore Jr., 60, passed away April 18, 2005, at his home in Edgewood, New Mexico. He was born August 14, 1944, in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to Sidney Sr. and Ethel Lawrence Ashmore.

    He served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War and was stationed at Amarillo, Texas, Air Force Base. After several tours of duty, Ashmore owned several businesses, eventually moving to Socorro.He was an avid Ham Radio Operator. In his 40s, Sid went to college and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology when he was 50. He moved to Albuquerque and earned his master’s in human resources development and counseling. He began working in juvenile probation in the mid-1990s. As a juvenile probation officer who helped countless young people, Sid was known for the popular Kasey Says truancy prevention program. He devoted his life to helping New Mexico’s young people and was a valuable member of the state’s anti-truancy team. He retired from the State of New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department in 2003 because of health problems.

    He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Ronald Ashmore.

    Survivors include his former wife, Cynthia Ashmore, of Albuquerque, New Mexico; his first wife, Brenda Ashmore, of Socorro, New Mexico; sons, Keith Aaron Ashmore of Farmington, New Mexico, and Kirk Elliott Ashmore of Albuquerque; daughter, Karmen Marie Ashmore of Tucson, Arizona; brothers, John Ashmore and Michael Ashmore, both of Florida; and Jerry Ashmore of Kansas.

  • Earl J. Adams

    Earl J. Adams

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    Earl J. Adams

  • Robbie Jay Adams

    Robbie Jay Adams

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    Robbie Jay Adams

  • Donovan Ray Airington

    Donovan Ray Airington

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    Donovan Ray Airington

  • Doris Oucille Gamble Allen

    Doris Oucille Gamble Allen

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    Doris Oucille Gamble Allen

  • Faith Marie Allison

    Faith Marie Allison

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    Faith Marie Allison

  • Sylvestor Amos

    Sylvestor Amos

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    Sylvestor Amos

  • Kenneth Grant Anderson

    Kenneth Grant Anderson

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    Kenneth Grant Anderson

  • Kirby Lee Anderson

    Kirby Lee Anderson

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    Kirby Lee Anderson

  • Herbert Alexander

    Herbert Alexander

    Born: 09/03/1935 Died: 07/02/2011 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a

    Herbert Eldon Alexander, 75, passed away July 2, 2011. He was born Sept. 3, 1935, to Ethan and Amy Alexander in Talihina. He was the loving husband of Nancy McGahan Alexander. Herbert attended Haskell Academy and graduated from Talihina High School. After high school he joined the Air Force and was stationed in Okinawa, Japan, where he was trained as a radio operator. After his military service, he went on to work as a radio operator for Aeronautical Radio Inc. and was with the company for 30 years. Although he enjoyed traveling to foreign countries, he loved living in Hawaii, where he enjoyed the weather and the food. In Hawaii, Herbert attended Kapiolani Community College, where he majored in cooking, bartending, Asian art and gemology, all of which he really enjoyed. Surviving Herbert are his wife, Nancy; cousins, Wanda Brinkley of Sawyer, Ann Pisachubbe and family of Tulsa, Bobby Bacon and family of Tahlequah, and Ron Bacon and family of Wilburton. Herbert was a wonderful husband and a good friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

  • Von Marie Bench Atchley

    Von Marie Bench Atchley

    Born: 04/02/1922 Died: 07/21/2009 Maiden Name: Bench Honorific: n/a

    Von Marie Bench Atchley, 87, of Troy, Missouri, passed away on July 21, 2009, at St. Joseph’s Health Center in St. Charles, Missouri. She was born on April 2, 1922, in Boswell to Daniel C. and Katie Stevens Bench of Boswell. She was married to James Beryl Atchley on January 9, 1940. After living in Oklahoma the first 13 years of their married life, they relocated to Winfield, Missouri. She was a sewing machine operator in aerospace at McDonnell-Douglas. Von Marie was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She loved her family celebrations and reunions. Her hobbies were sewing, playing Skip-Bo, watching the Cardinals play baseball, the Rams play football and circuit bull riding. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James; and two daughters, Jackie Skinner and Virginia Huffman. She is survived by two daughters, Pat Reinholz-Eberhart and husband Wesley of Bethalto, Illinois, Judy Roettger of Lake St. Louis, Missouri; three sons, Charlie Atchley and wife Leota of Balwin, Missouri, Gerald Atchley and wife Joyce of San Antonio, Texas, Russell Atchley of Kansas City, Missouri; one brother, Paul Bench and wife Flora, of Stockton, California; 21 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and friends.

  • Andy Anderson

    Andy Anderson

    Born: 05/08/1924 Died: 08/25/1995 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a

    Davis Leroy “Andy” Anderson, 71 of Gaar Corner passed away on August 25. He was born on May 8, 1924 in Atoka to Daniel and Mary Watson Anderson. He retired from the U.S. Navy as a Medic and was an active member of he Amvets. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean Conflict. He and Leah Marjorie Ashbury were married on December 30, 1950 in Oceanside, California. He was preceded in death by a don, David Anderson. His survivors include his wife, Leah of the home; two sons, Richard Anderson of Ada, Oklahoma and Scott Anderson of Gaar Corner; three daughters, Leah Delozier and Gloria Smith , both of Pickett and Louisa Lawrence of Talihina, Oklahoma; two sisters, Juanita Stiles of Gaar Corner and Edna Letterman of Stratford, Oklahoma and 12 grandchildren.

  • Warren Austin

    Warren Austin


    Born: 3/06/1939

    Died: 10/03/2012

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    Warren “Buddy” Austin, 73, of Valliant, passed away on Oct. 3, 2012, in Idabel. Buddy was born on March 6, 1939, in Valliant, the son of Felker Austin and Stella (Baken) Austin and had lived in the Valliant area all of his life.

    Buddy married Betty Lewis on Oct. 11, 1963, in De Queen, Ark. He enjoyed his daily Bible readings, morning Bible study with his loving wife, singings and Sunday dinners. He also loved socializing with friends, family and grandchildren, whom he loved dearly. Buddy was a long-distance truck driver for over 30 years and a member of the White Sands United Methodist Church.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Ervin Austin; sisters, Bertha Wilson and Eva Jean Felihktubbe. Survivors include his wife, Betty (Lewis) Austin of the home; daughter Melinda Hobbs with husband Roy of Valliant; son Billy Baken with wife Jerri Sue of Valliant, brother Benny Ray Austin with wife Quannie of Valliant; six grandchildren, Kyle Hobbs, Kandace Hobbs, Kimberly Hobbs, Kayla Williams with husband Chad, and Kisha Pannell with husband Brad; a special granddaughter, Shakya Scales; special niece, Linda Wilson; several other nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends.

  • Willie Anderson

    Willie “Ändy” Franklin Anderson

    Born: 1/06/1931

    Died: 9/24/2012

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    Willie “Andy” Franklin Anderson of San Pablo, Calif., passed away peacefully on Sept. 24, 2012. He was born on Jan. 6, 1931, in Antlers, and moved to San Pablo, with his parents when he was 10 years old. He was half Choctaw and was proud of his Native American heritage. He enlisted in the army at the age of 16 and fought valiantly in the Korean War and when he came home, married the love of his life, Anna Lou (Wolf) Anderson. He worked many jobs, such as a police officer, an insurance agent and a refinery operator before retiring from the OCAW union. He enjoyed traveling and camping, but most of all he enjoyed his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife; son Robert Prast; brothers, Jack Anderson and John Davis; sisters, Cecil (Davis) Schreckengost and Marilyn (Davis) Prast; and his parents, Frank Anderson and Anthe Margaret Anderson Davis.

    He is survived by his brother, Wilson Anderson; sisters, Margrete (Anderson) Knight and Mildred (Anderson) Voshall; sons, Willie Franklin Anderson Jr., and Blake Anderson; daughters, Victoria (Anderson) Tate, Tracy (Anderson) Rae, Alicia (Anderson) Sorvetti, Lisa Davis-Hernandez and Loveta Prast; 21 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

  • Lillie Pearl Armstrong

    Lilly Pearl Armstrong

    Born: 5/6/1939

    Died: 2/10/2013

    Maiden Name: Colley

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    Lillie Pearl Armstrong, 73, passed away on Feb. 10, 2013, in Oklahoma City. She was born May 6, 1939, in Rattan, to Elmer Lee and Cora (Stowe) Colley. Lillie lived in the Rattan area most of her life. She worked as a cook at Rattan School for 10 years. She attended church at Spencerville, and enjoyed her church family. Lillie loved to listen to gospel music and especially enjoyed listening to her great-granddaughters sing. She enjoyed cooking, camping, fishing, shopping, visiting with friends, and her greatest joy was taking care of her great-grandchildren. Lillie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bobby Armstrong; daughter Peggy Armstrong; son Rickie Gene Armstrong; granddaughter April Dawn Armstrong; sister Lou Armstrong; and brother Ronnie Colley.

    She is survived by her daughters, Gail Hudson with husband Jimmy, and Jackie Woodruff with husband William, all of Rattan; nine grandchildren, Shannon Hudson, Shawn Hurlburt, James Hudson, Justin Scott, Tanner Woodruss, Tina Armstrong, all of Rattan, George Armstrong of Fort Worth, Texas, and Kyle Armstrong of Spencerville; 15 great-grandchildren, Jordan, Kaylie, Kasey, Briar, Charlie Jo, Gracie, Easton, Tricity, Carlie, Zoey, Patrick, Arora, Amanda, Samantha and Stormy; brothers, Robert Colley of Broken Bow, and Roy Colley of Rattan; sisters, Mary Johnson of Moore, Joyce Chappell of Broken Bow, Stella Rowell of Noble, Trelma Joslin of Rattan, and Darlene Rogers of Texas; sister-in-law, Jimmie Jo Gross of Antlers; numerous nieces and nephews; as well as many other relatives and friends.

  • Vernie James Airington

    Vernie James Airington

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    Vernie James Airington