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  • Margaret Callie Cantrell

    Margaret Callie Cantrell

    Born: 9/11/1909

    Died: 1/7/1976

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Mrs. Margaret Callie Cantrell, 76, died January 7, 1976 at Talihina, Oklahoma. Mrs. Cantrell was born September 11, 1909 in Latimer County and was a lifelong resident of the local area. She was a member of the Choctaw Nation and attended the Krebs Baptist Church. Her husband Charlie Cantrell preceded her in death in 1954.

    Survivors include three daughters, Wilma Tate of Tulsa, June Browne of Oklahoma City and Gale Painter of Allen, Texas; five sons, Homer Cantrell and Dennis Cantrell both of McAlester, Butch Cantrell of Oklahoma City Bob Cantrell of Orange Park, Florida, and Dale Cantrell of Krebs; 19 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

  • Bill Christian

    Bill Christian

    Born: n/a

    Died: 4/5/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Bill Christian, 81, of Heavener, Oklahoma, passed away April 5, 2004, in Heavener.

    A longtime resident of Heavener, Mr. Christian was a decorated Choctaw veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army. He was of the Baptist faith and a member of the American Legion and Disabled Veterans of America.

    He was preceded in death by two brothers, R.P. and Hawes Christian, and three sisters, Geraldine Bissell, Leon Mae Sterling and Betty Holley.

    Survivors include his wife, Brenda Christian; daughter, Sandra Legendre and husband, James, of Yelm, Washington; son, Paul Christian and wife, Lorraine, of Brookville, Ohio; brother, Bob Cunningham and wife, Pam, of La Habra, California; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

  • Michael DeWayne Cusher

    Michael DeWayne Cusher

    Born: 1/29/1976

    Died: 3/16/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Michael DeWayne Cusher, 28, passed away March 16, 2004, at Little Rock, Arkansas. He was born January 29, 1976, at Talihina, Oklahoma, the son of Myrtle Williston of Idabel, Oklahoma.

    Michael had been a resident of McCurtain County for most of his life and a graduate of Broken Bow High School in 1994. Michael and Annette Golliver were married on December 9, 1995, at Fayetteville, Arkansas. He was employed as a Correctional Officer and was a member of the Emergency Response Team at the Arkansas Department of Correction Diagnostic Unit. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing football and basketball. He was affiliated with Yasho United Methodist Church in Broken Bow, Oklahoma.

    Michael was preceded in death by his grandfather, Lee Cusher Sr.; uncle, Lee Cusher Jr., and two cousins, Neko Dodson and Taloa Noley.

    Survivors include his wife, Annette Cusher; one son, Michael Adrian, and two daughters, Sara and Tori, all of Little Rock; his mother, Myrtle Williston of Idabel; two brothers, Kyzer and Chacen Williston, both of Idabel; maternal grandmother, Ennie Cusher of Broken Bow; four aunts, Susie Dodson of Broken Bow, Ada and Richard Smithson of Dallas, Texas, Sharon and Grayson Noley of Norman, Oklahoma, and Georgia and Charles Griffin of Horatio, Arkansas; five uncles, Elias Pete Cusher of Broken Bow, Alfred Cusher of Broken Bow, Eddie and Ruthie Cusher of McAlester, Oklahoma, Johnny Tonihka of Durant, Oklahoma and Kenneth and Leslie Tonihka of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and many cousins and friends. Michael will be missed dearly by his family and all who knew him.

    Michael DeWayne Cusher

  • Rosie Davis Carn

    Rosie Davis Carn

    Born: 11/20/1915

    Died: 1/20/2004

    Maiden Name: Davis

    Honorific: n/a

    Rosie Davis Carn, 88, of Wright City, Oklahoma, passed away January 20, 2004, at Christus St. Michael Hospital, Texarkana. She was born November 20, 1915, at Glover, Oklahoma, the daughter of Osbourn and Lena (Thomas) Nakishi.

    She was married to the late Sam Carn. Rosie was a lifetime resident of McCurtain County, a homemaker who loved gardening, crocheting, quilting and flowers, very active in the Wright City Choctaw Senior Citizens group and a member of the Nanih Chito United Methodist Church.

    She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; three brothers, Benjamin Davis, Alfred Watson Davis and Jessie Davis, and one sister, Serena Davis.

    Survivors include son, Gerald Davis of Wright City; granddaughter, Felecia Lynn Herd of Idabel, Oklahoma; two great-grandchildren, Alexander Battiest and Victoria Battiest of Broken Bow, Oklahoma; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

    Rosie Davis Carn

  • Charlie J. Clarkson Jr.

    Charlie J. Clarkson Jr.

    Born: 9/11/1925

    Died: 6/10/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Commander Charlie J. Clarkson Jr., USN (retired), 78, passed away June 10, 2004, at his home in Austin, Texas. He was born September 11, 1925, in Electra, Texas, to Maggie Louise Nale and Charlie John Clarkson Sr. Maggie Louise was the daughter of Luann Fulton Nale and Robert F. Nale who were both original enrollees of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

    Charlie began his Naval career in 1943 and after World War II he received his college education through the GI Bill. After college Charlie married Zelda Lucille Lynch on October 20, 1950, and rejoined the Navy as an officer. During his time with the Navy Charlie was a combat aviator serving as a pilot in the Korean War with CVA-36 on the USS Antietam and with CVA-37 on the USS Princeton. In April 1953, his plane was shot down in Won Son Bay, Korea, for which he received the Purple Heart. Charlie received a total of ten Aviator Awards as well as numerous medals and decorations.

    In 1955 Charlie became a Jet Instrument Instructor in Kingsville, Texas. In later years he served the Navy as an Intelligence Officer for the Nuclear Weapons Training Group in San Diego, California. On December 31, 1971, Charlie retired from the Navy and began his second and third careers in the private sector. On December 20, 1974, Charlie married again to Atelia Prince and later adopted her two sons as his own. Charlie will be remembered by all who have met him. He was kind and generous, soft-spoken and polite. Those who knew Charlie also knew of his passion for golf. An avid golfer until the end he came close to shooting his age on a number of occasions. He lived his life by the rules of the game, often citing one of the primary rules of golf, Play the course as you find it and the ball as it lies.

    Survivors include his former wife, Zelda; daughters, Karen Clark-son and Anne Clarkson; sons, Charles Clarkson and John Clarkson; current wife, Atelia; sons, Gavin Clarkson and Derek Clarkson; 13 grandchildren; one great-grandchild and numerous cousins.

    Charlie J. Clarkson Jr.

  • K.C. Conner

    K.C. Conner

    Born: n/a

    Died: 1/13/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Kermit Curtis K.C. Conner, 77, passed away quietly at home surrounded by family and friends on January 13, 2004, in Walnut Creek, California. Mr. Conner loved Walnut Creek (except for the downtown traffic) where he moved in 1982 to be near his beloved grand twins, Marika and Robin. He was born and raised in central Oklahoma and was very proud of his Okie roots, both white and American Indian.

    He spent most of his life in California and Arizona, enjoying the opportunities for growth these expanding areas provided. Because of his quick wit, sparkling intelligence, unparalleled charm, movie-star looks and strong will, he took that poor little Okie boy with a tenth grade education and turned him into a successful businessman. Along the way, he used his natural generosity to enrich the lives of those he was close to. He served this country in World War II as a seaman in the Navy. His favorite pastimes were horseback riding, cowboy movies and dealing in used cars.

    Mr. Conner was retired from International Hair and Scalp Specialists Inc., the company he founded in Phoenix, Arizona, about 40 years ago. He was the respected elder of his family and a leader among his friends. We will miss his wonderful energy and easy smile.

    Survivors include his wife, Marsha; sons, Gary and Tim; sister, Deana; brothers, Bill and David; his loving grandchildren, nephews and nieces, as well as many friends who shared life with him.

  • Mary Frances Clay

    Mary Frances Clay

    Born: 4/11/1934

    Died: 4/11/2004

    Maiden Name: Chubbee

    Honorific: n/a

    Mary Frances Clay of Antlers, Oklahoma, passed away March 20, 2004. She was born April 11, 1934, in Keota, Oklahoma, to the late Sampson and Louisa M. McClure Chubbee. After moving to the Antlers area in 1976, she worked at two local nursing homes as an LPN. She was a devoted mother and grandmother who traveled all over the country to watch her sons and grandsons play baseball and basketball. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Eugenia Gail Clay; son, Kerry Dale Clay, and brothers, Rayson Billey and David Chubbee.

    Survivors include sons, David Clay and wife, Oma Nell, of Rattan, Oklahoma, Kevin Clay of Antlers, Darrell Clay and wife, Laura, of Moore, Oklahoma, Wendall Clay and wife, Norma Perk, of Oklahoma City, Kenneth Clay and wife, Susan, of Hugo, Oklahoma, Russell Clay and wife, Ginger, of Atoka, Oklahoma, and Leslie B. Clay of Antlers; daughter, Sharon Robertson and husband, Monroe, of Antlers; sisters, Lucinda Morgan of Lubbock, Texas, and Lila Wiggin and husband, Gordon, of Muskogee, Oklahoma; 25 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; niece, Lisa Shaffer and husband, Darren, of Plano, Texas; nephew, John Morgan of Lubbock, and a host of loved ones and friends.

  • Chola Joan Canody

    Chola Joan Canody

    Born: 10/31/1933

    Died: 6/10/2004

    Maiden Name: Robison

    Honorific: n/a

    Joan Canody, 70, of Idaho City, Idaho, passed away on June 10, 2004, with Jim, her loving husband of 49 years, at her side. She was born Chola Joan Robison on October 31, 1933, in Smithville, Oklahoma, to Ray and Helen Robison. Joan was the granddaughter of original enrollee Calvin Watson. The Robison family moved to Idaho City in 1948. Joan attended schools in Oklahoma, Idaho City and St. Theresa’s Academy in Boise, Idaho. In late 1953, Joan met the love of her life, James S. Jim Canody. They were married on May 17, 1955, in Idaho City at her parents’ home. They made their home in Idaho City for the past 49 years, wintering in Arizona after their retirement. Joan and Jim had two children, Phillip and Shannon. In the early 1960s, after her children were in school, Joan began her career with the Boise County Assessor’s office and retired in 1996 as the Boise County Assessor.

    She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.

    Survivors include husband, Jim, and son, Phillip Canody and wife, Rora, all of Idaho City; daughter, Shannon Canody-Fink and husband, Lee, of Anchorage, Alaska; four grandchildren, Sarah Fink, Jared Fink, Marlo Justice and Bill Phillips; five great-grandchildren; her sister and brother-in-law, Gene and Sandra Brown; nephews, Brandon Brown and wife, Tara, and Jeb Brown, and great-niece, Grace Brown; aunt, Alta Harris; a special cousin and her husband, Patsy and Cotton Myers; a very special aunt and uncle, Wallace and Lavon Watson; numerous cousins and many friends. She will be missed by all who knew her.

  • Lennie Compelube

    Lennie Compelube

    Born: 12/25/1918

    Died: 4/11/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Lennie Compelube, 85, passed away April 22, 2004, at her home in Stockton, California. She was born December 25, 1918, in McAlester, Oklahoma, to Christopher Columbus Compelube, an original enrollee, and Sallie Pusley.

    She was raised in McAlester and met and married Cecil Miller. They were married for 20 years. After they divorced, Lennie moved to Stockton to be near her sister, Ruby. She cared for Ruby after she had a stroke until she passed away in 1984. Lennie worked for the Stockton Unified School District for 17 years as a cafeteria manager. She retired in 1981.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Chris, Benny, Betis and Judy; and three sisters, Nellie, Ellen and Ruby.

    Survivors include her nieces, Audry Scarbrough and Mae Stalling, both of Texas, and Patricia Udell of Clovis, California; nephews, Ralph Racacho of Stockton and Paul Racacho of Hinesville, Georgia; great-niece, Christine Duerksen; great-nephews, Paul Raby and Robert Racacho; sister-in-law, Emma Compelube, and numerous great-great-nieces and nephews.

    Lennie Compelube

  • Senator Harding Colbert Sr.

    Senator Harding Colbert Sr.

    Born: 4/18/1921

    Died: 8/3/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Senator Harding Colbert Sr., 83, of Ada, Oklahoma, passed away August 3, 2004, at Oklahoma City. He was born April 18, 1921, at Stonewall, Oklahoma, to John Henry Colbert and Ella Mae (Bennett) Colbert.

    He attended school at Stonewall and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Mr. Colbert was owner and operator of service stations in Ada and was also a farmer. He was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. He married Nora Johnson on June 17, 1946. She preceded him in death on March 17, 1976.

    Also preceding him in death were a son, Senator Harding Colbert Jr., April 24, 2004; his parents; a sister, Carrie Allene Richardson; two brothers, Dewey Dewayne Colbert and Theodore Roosevelt Colbert, and one grandson, Shawn Sanders.

    Survivors include two daughters, Mary Ann Sanders and Joyce Yvonne Gage, both of Midwest City, Oklahoma; two sons, LeRoy Colbert and Dewayne Colbert, both of Ada; a brother, John Wesley Colbert of Joplin, Missouri; a sister, Geraldine Bolton of Kansas City, Missouri; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

  • Albert Clay Crowder Jr.

    Albert Clay Crowder Jr.

    Born: 11/4/1947

    Died: 8/17/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Albert Clay Crowder Jr. passed away August 17, 2004, in Billings, Montana. He was the beloved son of Verdie May Flowers Crowder Coffey and the late Albert Clay Crowder. He was born September 4, 1947, in Ashdown, Arkansas, and grew to be a tall man like most of the Crowder men, but was a gentle person, slow to anger.

    He was a Vietnam veteran who served his country proudly and followed in the footsteps of his father and uncles, all World War II veterans. His grandfathers were the late Bolden Crowder and John F. Crowder, a veteran of World War I. He was proud of his Choctaw and Cherokee heritage and loved Montana because he felt at home in the wilderness, a true American Indian.

    Survivors include his daughter, Tammy Crowder of Sacramento, California; son, Albert Clay Crowder III of Billings; his mother; two brothers, Billy Bob Cordes and Theodore R. Coffey Jr.; four sisters, Ollie Mae (Vicky) Church, Betty Sue Baines, Vickie Sue Stokes and Mary Catharine Crowder.

    Albert Clay Crowder Jr.

  • Scottye Maurice Carr

    Scottye Maurice Carr

    Born: 1/20/1930

    Died: 12/6/1996

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Scottye Maurice Carr, age 66, of Gilbert, Arkansas passed away on December 6, 1996. She was born on January 20, 1930 in Soper, Oklahoma.

    She was a postal clerk and was Secretary and Treasurer of SPG Water Association - Treasurer of Leader Arkansas Searcy County, former mayor of Gilbert and member of First Families Society of Oklahoma.

    She is survived by her husband, Wendell Carr of Gilbert; three sons, Johnny Baldwin of Tollhouse, California, Michael Drew of Gilbert and Maurice Drew of St. Joe, Arkansas; one sister, Marcelle Stille of St. Joe and nine grandchildren.

  • Joseph Shane Chrisman

    Joseph Shane Chrisman

    Born: 1/21/1974

    Died: 7/22/1998

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Joseph Shane Chrisman, age 24, of Whitesboro, Oklahoma, was born January 21, 1974 in Arlington, Texas. He passed away July 22, 1998 near Muse, Oklahoma.

    Shane was a lifetime resident of the Whitesboro area where he was a member of the Assembly of God faith. He graduated from Whitesboro High School in 1992. He attended Carl Albert Junior college at Poteau, Oklahoma and received his degree in Forestry from Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wilburton, Oklahoma. He was active in roping, hunting, fishing and being outdoors. He was employed with the Choctaw Nation Forestry in the Fire Service Division.

    Survivors include his parents, Joe Chrisman of Muse and Judy Rose of Whitesboro; three sisters, Candace Caldwell of Whitesboro, Tammy Chrisman of Mena, Arkansas and Codi Chrisman of Whitesboro; maternal grandparents, Ernie and Anna Mae Rose of Whitesboro; paternal grandmother, Mav Chrisman of May Pearl, Texas, and numerous nieces, nephews, friends and other loved ones.

  • Sealin Carterby Carney Marris

    Sealin Carterby Carney Marris

    Born: 6/24/1935

    Died: 3/15/2000

    Maiden Name: Carterby

    Honorific: n/a

    Sealin Carterby Carney Marris, 64, of Ardmore, Oklahoma, passed away March 15,2000. A full-blood Choctaw, she was born to Jacob and Edna Carterby on June 24, 1935 in Bethel, Oklahoma. She attended Chilocco, graduating in 1955. She lived in California for several years and married Virgil Carney in 1958. She returned to Ardmore in 1973 where she worked at Carter Seminary for several years and various other jobs including being a foster grandparent for the Chickasaw Nation Head Start.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Julies Carterby, and two sisters, Minnie Dwight and Susan Tom.

    Survivors include one son, Daniel W. Carney of Ardmore; three daughters, Dana Carney and Donna Carney Taylor, both of Ardmore, and Debra Carney of Russell, Kansas; sisters, Myrtle Strait of Whittier, California, and her twin Cealis Carterby of Ardmore; eight grandchildren, Erica Carney, Darnell Tay-lor, Matt Taylor, Rein Taylor, Ethan Taylor and Zachary Reed, all of Ard-more, and Garrett Carney and Desiree Parker, both of Russell; two great-grandchildren, Elijah Walls and Britney Carney, both of Ardmore.

  • Barbara Jean Carnes

    Barbara Jean Carnes

    Born: 2/7/1951

    Died: 8/4/2003

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Barbara Jean Carnes, 52 of Cartwright, Oklahoma passed away Monday, August 4, 2003 at Texoma Medical Center in Denison, Texas. She was born Wednesday, February 7, 1951 in Lane, Oklahoma to Allen and Mary (Tikubie) Carnes.

    Barbara attended Victory Life Church. She was employed as a truck driver and for the last three years worked as a secretary for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters; Elizabeth Allen and Mildred Webb, and brother, Ben Carnes, Jr.

    Survivors include sons, Kenneth Fults of Rockwall, Texas and Joe Fults of Cartwright; sisters, Tina Fields of Cartwright, Mary Bully and Virgina Bully, both of Durant, and Shirley Duran of Boyd, Texas; grandchildren, Roni Lynn Fults and Justin Monroe Fults, both of Rockwall, and numerous nieces and nephews.

  • Michael Loren Carnes

    Michael Loren Carnes

    Born: 8/9/1965

    Died: 6/7/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Michael Loren Carnes, 39, of Cartwright, Oklahoma, passed away June 7, 2005, at his residence. He was born August 9, 1965, in Durant, Oklahoma, the son of Mildred Carnes Webb. He was a maintenance worker.

    Michael and JoeAnn Gibson were married on June 2, 2005, in Cartwright. A maintenance worker, he loved his family dearly and will be greatly missed.

    Survivors include his wife of the home; sons, Michael Anthony Loren Carnes and Timothy Allen Carnes, both of Cartwright; daughters, Tajahara Harvey of Carrollton, Texas; brothers, Christopher Wayne Webb of Cartwright and Billy Wayne Webb of Grapevine, Texas.

    He was preceded in death by his mother; his grandmother, Mary Tikubbie, and his grandfather, Allen Carnes.

    Michael Loren Carnes

  • Shirley Calvin

    Shirley Calvin

    Born: 1/13/1947

    Died: 4/16/2003

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Shirley Calvin, 56, passed away April 1602,Ola Bea Parnell Steigler”

  • Angielene Jeanette "Jean" Chambers

    Angielene Jeanette “Jean” Chambers

    Born: 2/14/1923

    Died: 2/23/2003

    Maiden Name: Goforth

    Honorific: n/a

    Angielene Jeanette “Jean” Chambers of Ore City, Texas passed away Sunday, February 23, 2003 in Longview, Texas. She was born February 14, 1923 in Sulphur, Ok648,Georgia Delilah Luce”

  • Bertha Anna "Nana" Cantrell

    Bertha Anna “Nana” Cantrell

    Born: 8/28/1907

    Died: 10/10/2002

    Maiden Name: Carter

    Honorific: n/a

    Bertha Anna “Nana” Cantrell, 95, passed away Thursday, October 10, 2002 in Monroe, Oregon. She was born August 28, 1907 in Sulphur, Oklahoma to James Carter and Susie Folsom Carter.

    She married Floyd Cantrell in Pierce, Oklahoma on July 13, 1923. They moved from Oklahoma to Oregon in 1925.

    Bertha was a homemaker and she enjoyed canning, sewing, quilting and gardening. She especially enjoyed reading her Bible. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Junction City, Oregon for 45 years.

  • Myra Oneta Folsom Collins

    Myra Oneta Folsom Collins

    Born: 5/6/1924

    Died: 7/14/2005

    Maiden Name: Folsom

    Honorific: n/a

    Myra Oneta Folsom Collins, 81, of Nashville, Tennessee, passed away July 14, 2005. She was born May 6, 1924, in Caddo, Oklahoma, to Hoyle Pushmataha and Eunice Arnold Folsom.

    She always had a smile for you and never met a stranger. She was very proud of her Choctaw heritage. She attended Goodland School and had many fond memories.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Newton Collins.

    Survivors include her daughter, Linda Montgomery; son, Jimmie F. (Marcia) Chandler Sr.; grandchildren, Lynn (Leon) Greif, Monty Montgomery, Jimmy (Michelle) Chandler Jr. and Brian (Becky) Chandler Sr.; great-grandchildren, Ashley Chandler, Austin Chandler, Brian Chandler Jr., and Anthony Chandler.

  • Mildred Beames Cleveland

    Mildred Beames Cleveland

    Born: 9/22/1917

    Died: 8/24/2005

    Maiden Name: Beames

    Honorific: n/a

    Mildred Beames Cleveland passed away August 24, 2005, at Purcell Municipal Hospital. She was born September 22, 1917, in Bokchito to Josiah and Minnie Beames.

    She married C.J. Cleveland and they later moved to Oklahoma City, where they raised five children, Mildred, Buzzy, Shirley, Jerry and Bobby. Mildred enjoyed attendi809,Vicky D. Thomas Hayes”

  • Sid Carney

    Sid Carney

    Born: 3/26/1920

    Died: 8/9/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Sid Carney, 85, of Anadarko passed away August 9, 2005, in Concord, New Hampshire. He was born March 26, 1920, in Quinton to Wallace and Berthena Carney.

    Mr. Carney attended Jones Academy at Hartshorne and Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kansas. He then went to Northeastern State to study business.

    He met Ema Smith in 1942 at Brownwood, Texas, where he was stationed at Camp Bowie, where she was employed as a Harvey Girl. They married in 1943 at the First United Methodist Church in McAlester.

    He served in the U.S. Army as a Field Artillery Captain in the European Theatre during World War II. After WWII, he attended Oklahoma State University where he received his MBA. In 1949, he taught accounting at Eastern State College in Wilburton, during 1949-1957.

    Sid Carney

  • Abner Louise Coxey

    Abner Louise Coxey

    Born: 2/11/1920

    Died: 3/28/2000

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Abner Louise Coxey, 80, of Mustang, Oklahoma passed away March 28, 2000 at his Mustang residence. He was born Feburary 11, 1920 at Albany, Oklahoma to Frank A. and Minnie M. Pulsey Coxey.

    He moved to Ardmore, Oklahoma and served in the Army during World War II, receiving the Overseas Service Bar, Good Conduct and American Theater medals, European African Middle East Theater Medal with Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Distinguished Unit Badge, Croix De Guerre and World War II Victory Medal. He lived in Oklahoma City where he married Nettie Marie Locke on March 6, 1948, and returned to Ardmore in 1972 to work at Coxsey Honda. He had also worked at Jandebeur Motorcycle Company. He was a member of American Legion, DAV Chapter 30 and New Covenant Fellowship Church.

    Mr.Coxey was preceded in death by his wife, March 12, 1996, and had lived in Mustang since 1999. Also preceding him in death were his parents and a sister, Wanonah Reynolds.

    Survivors include a daughter, Vickie Wells, Oklahoma City; three sons, Abner, Jr. of Watanga, Texas, and Robert P., both of Ardmore; a sister, Lawana Coyle, Ardmore; a brother, Gene, Fulton, Texas; 18 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

  • Lucille "Lou" Campbell

    Lucille “Lou” Campbell

    Born: 4/20/1907

    Died: 4/26/2000

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Lucille “Lou” Campbell, 93, of Earth, Texas passed away April 26, 2000 at the White Dove Nursing Home Center in Littlefield, Texas. She was born April 20, 1907 in Choctaw Territory, Oklahoma.

    Mrs. Campbell was a member of the First Baptist Church of Earth, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, and a life member of the Eastern Star, belonging to the Earth and Olton Lodges of the Eastern Star. She attended Wheelock Academy.

    She married “B” Campbell in Durant, Oklahoma.

  • Rosa Lee Smith Coleman

    Rosa Lee Smith Coleman

    Born: 12/23/1923

    Died: 5/9/2000

    Maiden Name: Smith

    Honorific: n/a

    Rosa Lee Smith Coleman, 76, passed away May 9, 2000 at Idabel, Oklahoma. The daughter of original enrollees Wesley Smith and Missie Jones Smith, she was born December 23, 1923 near Krebs, Oklahoma.

    She received her education in Indian boaring schools, first at Eufaula, then at Carter Seminary in Ardmore, Oklahoma. She graduated in 1943 from Haskell Institute.

    Her parents preceded her in death, her mother in 1930 and her father in 1947.

    In 1944, she married Louis Coleman at Hugo, Oklahoma and they produced three children, Diana Lee Coleman Dillard of Cleburne, Texas, Alan Louis Coleman of Idabel, and Patti Sue Coleman who passed away infancy.

    Her husband, who survives her, resides at Idabel.

  • Elizabeth Corbin

    Elizabeth Corbin

    Born: 2/26/1921

    Died: 8/23/1999

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Elizabeth Corbin, 78, of Tulsa, Oklahoma passed away August 23, 1999. She was born on May 26, 1921 in Wister, Oklahoma to Nettie Free Dorrough and Blant Dorrough.

    She married George Corbin on March 15, 1943. They enjoyed many happy years together until his death. At that time she moved to Tulsa to be with her family. But in her heart Heavener and the beautiful countryside of Southeastern Oklahoma remained home.

    Among the many things she loved were history, hunting artifacts, flower gardening, all of God’s little creatures and her Indian heritage.

    She was very proud of her Indian heritage and taught all of her family about their heritage. She was an avid collector of Indian artifacts and she donated many artifacts to the Kerr Museum in Poteau, Oklahoma.

    She is survived by one brother, one sister, and many loving family members. She richly blessed our lives and she will be greatly missed.

  • James Frederick "Sarge" Choate

    James Frederick “Sarge” Choate

    Born: 1/2/1929

    Died: 4/18/2006

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    James Frederick “Sarge” Choate, 77, of Drain, Oregon, passed away April 18, 2006, from age-related causes. He was born January 2, 1929, in Indianola, Oklahoma, to George R. Sr. and Lois Edens Choate.

    He became an Eagle Scout in 1946. He graduated from high school in Watonga, Oklahoma, in 1947 and he served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1948 to 1968, serving at Chosin Reservoir, Korea, in 1950. He received a Marine commendation for bravery under fire in Korea. During his life, he traveled around the world.

    He married Connie Dickenson in Drain. He enjoyed being outdoors, hunting and fishing.

    He was preceded in death by his wife and one brother, George R. Choate Jr.

  • Thelma Pearl Campbell

    Thelma Pearl Campbell

    Born: 5/10/1926

    Died: 10/10/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Thelma Pearl Campbell, 79, passed away October 10, 2005. Born May 10, 1926, in Insipio, she was the daughter of original enrollee Ann Lowe.

    She married Monroe Campbell on August 29, 1943, and they had seven children - Peggy Sue, deceased, Sandra June, Vera May, Louise, Nyoka, Rick James and Roger Dean.

    She worked at Knudsen’s Frozen Foods in Santa Maria, California, for 20 years. She loved church, going fishing and playing cards. She will be truly missed.

    Thelma Pearl Campbell

  • Kenneth R. Cambron

    Kenneth R. Cambron

    Born: n/a

    Died: 5/15/1997

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Kennith R. Cambron, 59, Overland Park, Kansas, passed away May 15, 1997, at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. He was born in Grandfield, Oklahoma and had lived in the Kansas City area for the last 31 years. He as a partner and paint contractor for Galaxy Painting and Decorating Company, Inc. for 19 years. Kennith was a member of Masonic Lodge # 183 in Lawton, Oklahoma, and was a member of the Olathe Eagles Lodge.

    Survivors include wife, Dorothy Cambron, of the home; sons, Micky Cambron, Belton, Missouri, Marcus Pennington, Lansing, Kansas, and Danny Knapp, Springfield, Missouri; daughters, Michelle Cambron, West Virginia, Sheri Peters, Moberly, Missouri, Gina Printy, Belton, Missouri, Ronie Knapp, Shawnee Mission, Kansas and Wendy Anfinsen, Kansas City, Kansas; brothers, Herman Payne, Geronimo, Oklahoma, RamÛn Payne, Fredrick, Oklahoma, and Homer Joe Adams; 24 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

    Ken Chief was one of those people you notice right away although he wasn’t away of his striking presence. He was not only large in stature but large in generosity and deed. His family and friends can attest to that. Hard work did not detour him, whether it was painting, plumbing, mechanizing, and task or helping someone, he would stay till the job was done. He was a very straight forward man. He always told you what he though about something, He is sorrowly missed by his family, friends, and all those he touched in his life. May God go with you, Ken.

  • Emmy Christie

    Emmy Christie

    Born: 8/18/1946

    Died: 3/5/1999

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Emmy Christie was born August 18, 1946 in Hartsborne, Oklahoma to Dean and Irene (Dix) Sensibaugh. She passed away March 5, 1999 at McAlester Regional Hospital at the age of 51. She married Leo Christie on December 18, 1963 in Haileyville.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Roy Franklin Sensibaugh, and two infant sisters.

    Survivors include her husband of the home, five children, Gordon Lee, Gaylan Todd, and Belinda Renee of Wilburton, Oklahoma, Tammy Lavonne Rod of Houston, Texas and Velda Kay Howze of Midland, Texas; two sisters, Ruthie Wunsick of Haileyville and Mary Ann Holdscraw of Gainesville, Texas; a brother, Jimmy Lee Sensibaugh of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews and cousins.

  • Stanton B. Carroll, Sr.

    Stanton B. Carroll, Sr.

    Born: 1/10/1902

    Died: 1/20/1999

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

  • Lodosca Marie Cariker

    Lodosca Marie Cariker

    Born: 12/13/1928

    Died: 2/5/2007

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Lodosca Marie Dot Cariker, 78, passed away February 5, 2007, at a Wenatchee, Washington, hospital. She was born December 13, 1928, in Bokoshe, Oklahoma, the daughter of Turner and Beulah Thomas Cariker.

  • Jesse David Coffman

    Jesse David Coffman

    Born: 12/11/1942

    Died: 2/11/2007

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Jesse David Coffman passed away February 11, 2007, in Bakersfield, California. He was born December 11, 1942, in Richmond, California, the son of Jess and July Coffman.

    Jesse was an honest and caring person who gave of himself and asked very little in return. He was a renowned storyteller who could entertain as well as educate through one of his stories. Jesse and his stories will be greatly missed by all who knew him. When anyone met him as a stranger they left with a new friend. Jesse loved driving trucks and was employed by Sullivan Petroleum for 30 years until 1999 and then Wholesale Fuels until 2007.

    He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, John Coffman and Ralph Coffman.

    Survivors include his wife, Patricia Coffman; son and daughter-in-law, Jesse and Lori Coffman; daughter and son-in-law, Julia and Tony Kelly.

    Jesse David Coffman

  • Ronald V. Christie

    Ronald V. Christie

    Born: 4/19/1940

    Died: 9/15/2007

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Ronald V. Christie, 67, of Wilburton passed away September 15, 2007, at St. John’s Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Missouri. He was born April 19, 1940, in Talihina, Oklahoma, the son of Lawrence and Syble Maxine Mooneyham Christie.

    Mr. Christie had been a roofer by trade.

    He is survived by children Ronald Christie Jr. of Aberdeen, South Dakota, Tammi Kellington of Talent, Oregon, Jeannene Christie of New Orleans, Louisiana, Dennis Christie of Orange Park, Florida, Damien Christie of Odessa, Texas, and Isham Andrew Christie of Bismarck, North Dakota; and siblings Christine Angel of San Diego, California, Shirley Christie of Wilburton and Roger Christie of Irving, Texas.

  • Kerry M. Carnes

    Kerry M. Carnes

    Born: 2/16/1942

    Died: 5/16/2007

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Kerry Martin Carnes, 65, of Houston, Texas, passed away May 16, 2007, in Tomball, Texas. He was born on February 16, 1942, in Houston, Texas, to Tracy and Hellen Hickman Carnes.

    Mr. Carnes graduated from San Jacinto High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Fort Huachuca, Arizona. He was retired from Emery Worldwide Freight Services. He married Merry Fexer in 1967. He was a member of the Houston Farm and Ranch Club and served as a committeeman for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

    He was preceded in death by his father and a sister, Sandra Carnes.

    Survivors include his daughters, Amy Carnes Lott and husband Dallas of La Porte, Texas, and Keri Carnes Ellison and husband Greg of Magnolia, Texas; grandson, Dallas Greyson Lott of La Porte; step-granddaughter, Alyssa Ellison of Magnolia; his mother, Hellen Hickman of Hugo; brother, Ken Carnes of Houston; sisters, Karol Carnes of Hugo and Kelleyne Mackey of Houston; one nephew; two-grandnephews and one grandniece; and former wife, Merry Carnes of Houston.

  • Karol Kathleen Carnes

    Karol Kathleen Carnes

    Born: 8/17/1947

    Died: 8/29/2007

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Karol Kathleen Kathi Carnes, 60, passed away August 29, 2007, at her home in Hugo. She was born on August 17, 1947, in Houston, Texas, to Tracy and Hellen Hickman Carnes.

    She graduated from San Jacinto High School in Houston. She married Steve Maxwell in 1970. Miss Carnes worked in the international freight forwarding industry and was a manager at a variety of Houston businesses including Garden Ridge Pottery, Kroger’s, Ceiling Fans Unlimited and Cactus Office Supply. She moved to Hugo in 2001, and spent her time raising grandchildren, learning to speak Choctaw.

  • Evelyn Clifton

    Evelyn Clifton

    Born: 9/6/1909

    Died: 3/21/1997

    Maiden Name: Brummett

    Honorific: n/a

    Evelyn Clifton, age 87, passed away March 21, 1997 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma after battling a long illness. She was born on September 16, 1909 in McCurtain County to Alfred G. and Selin Maytobe Brummett.

    She was no stranger to hard work. Growing up, she helped her parents on their farm near Daisy, Oklahoma. During World War II she was a welder in the Kaiser Shipyard in Richmond, California and for 25 years she worked in carious nursing homes.

    Evelyn lived in the Oklahoma City area since 1945 and on October 21, 1960 she married John Clifton in Las Vegas. Evelyn loved gardening but most of all she loved raising her children and her grandchildren.

    She and her husband, John Clifton have maintained a home near Antlers, Oklahoma since 1971.

    She was preceded in death by a son, Vernon T. Stormes and two daughters, Avis Irene Gentry and Clara Mae Stormes.

    Survivors include her husband, John Clifton of the home; a daughter Viola Faye Stewart of Oklahoma City; one brother Alfred G. Brummett of Mounds, Oklahoma and three sisters, Anna Mae Risner of Oklahoma, Hilda Walker of Choctaw, Oklahoma and Genevieve Uzzell of Ardmore, Oklahoma; nine grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews and other family.

  • Vina Carpenter

    Vina Carpenter

    Born: 3/8/1913

    Died: 5/5/1997

    Maiden Name: Shields

    Honorific: n/a

    Vina Carpenter was born on March 8, 1913 in Coalgate, Oklahoma to Henry and Selena Shields. She was a resident of McAlester, Oklahoma. She passed away on May 5, 1997.

    Vina was a full blood Choctaw. She was active at District # 12 Senior Citizens Center in Coalgate. She was known for teaching Choctaw classes at Grace Christian Fellowship and her good cooking. She will be missed by all.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Selena Shields; husband, Frank Carpenter; daughter, Grace Carpenter; and three step-sons, George Carpenter, Benjamin Carpenter and Albert Carpenter.

    Survivors include two daughters, Mary Jane McClure of Coalgate and Paula Carney of Coalgate; three step-daughters, Pauline Brown, Beatrice Tekubie, both of Ada, Oklahoma and Dorene Carpenter of Albuquerque, New Mexico; 32 grandchildren, 61 great-grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren.

  • John Everett Carlton, Sr.

    John Everett Carlton, Sr.

    Born: 3/8/1927

    Died: 6/8/1997

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    John Everett Carlton, Sr passed way at the age of 70 on June 8, 1997 at a hospital in Sacramento, California. He was born on March 28, 1927 in Oklahoma. Mr. Carlton had been a resident of Camino for the past 24 years.

    He and his wife, Chlorus Ione Carlton had recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on May 14, 1997. The party was a family reunion that broth together 30 family members to join them in celebrating. He was retired from the United States Navy after 20 years of service. He served in World War II and the Korean Conflict.

    He worked as a self-employed custom drapery manufacturer for 27 years.

    He was a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and the Fleet Reserve.

    His family said he loved the quiet of the mountains and the music of Janis Joplin and of Louie Armstrong.

    He is survived by his wife, Chlorus of Camino, two sons, John E. Carlton Jr of San Ramon and James A. Carlton of Pennsylvania two daughters, Judith L. Carlton of San Diego and Jacqueline Kroeber of Camino. He will be greatly missed by his six grandchildren. Mr. Carlton was preceded in death by his brother and two sisters.

  • Helen Christy

    Helen Christy

    Born: 3/23/1910

    Died: 4/16/1997

    Maiden Name: Luce

    Honorific: n/a

    Helen Christy, age 87, of Stigler, Oklahoma died April 16, 1997 at the Haskell County Hospital.

    A native of Keota, Oklahoma, Helen was born on March 23, 1910 to Thomas and Salina (James) Luce. Helen attended grad school in Keota and the Chilcoo Indian School in Lawrence, Kansas where she received her formal education. She was married to Tobias Christy on June 13, 1943 in McCurtain, Oklahoma where they made their home. She instilled in her children strong Choctaw values and made sure they were all fluent in the Choctaw Language. She was a member of Siloam Springs United Methodist Church and was honored as a Gold Star Mother by the Veterans of Foreign Wars on behalf of Tandy and Hakin Christy. She cherished her family visits and adored her grandchildren.

    She is preceded in death by her husband, Tobias in 1961; three brothers, Lester, Albert, and Herbert. Luce and two sisters, Hester and Sophie Luce.

    She is survived by one son, Thomas Christy and wife, Wanda of McCurtain; two daughters, Linda Christy Stephenson and husband, David of Stigler, and Julia Christy Hensley and husband Kenneth of McCurtain; one grand-daughter Marlena Christy Crase and husband, Chad of Stigler; three grandsons, Brian Thomas, Jr. and Stephen Christy of McCurtain; one great-grandson, Cord Crase of Stigler; two cousins, Oscar and Viola McCurtain of Talihina; niece and husband, Patricia and Larry Tennyson of Phoenix, Arizona and four step-grandchildren, Bonnie Mouse, Misty Hare, Daniel and Michael Durham.

  • Evelyn Ann Cross

    Evelyn Ann Cross

    Born: 7/12/1908

    Died: 7/1/1997

    Maiden Name: Tomey

    Honorific: n/a

    Evelyn Ann Cross, age 88, of Talihina, Oklahoma was born on July 12, 1908 in Mayetta, Kansas. She passed away on July 1, 1997 at the Calera nursing home in Calera, Oklahoma. She was the daughter of John and Mary Tomey.

    She was a member of the Greenhill Baptist Church. The church was her life. She was very active as a Sunday school teacher at Clinton Indian Baptist Mission in Clinton, Oklahoma. She worked as a nurses aide at Clinton Regional Hospital at Clinton for 15 years.

    She was preceded in death by her husband Joe Cross in 1980.

    Survivors include six daughter, Carol James of Talihina, Oklahoma, Mary Patterson of Buena Vista, California, Jody Lewis of Syracuse, New York, Jeraldine Red Corn of Norman, Jennifer Wilson of Norman, and Sharon Cross of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; two sons, Phillip Cross of Norman and Joe Cross of New York City, New York; two sisters, Angie Kukebal and Pauline Eisenberger, both of Pawhuska, Oklahoma; 32 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, eight great-great grandchildren and numerous friends and loved ones.

  • Truby M. Cutsinger

    Truby M. Cutsinger

    Born: 5/1/1910

    Died: 5/20/1997

    Maiden Name: Lowe

    Honorific: n/a

    Truby M. Cutsinger of Shawnee, Oklahoma was born May 1, 1910 in Stuart, Oklahoma to Manuel and Emma Lowe. She passed away on May 20, 1997 at a local hospital.

    She grew up in the Calvin, Oklahoma area and graduated from Hilltop High School. She married Harold Cutsinger in 1943. She lived in Calvin until 1952 and subsequently moved to Shawnee in 1959 and was a resident there at the time of her passing.

    She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Harold Cutsinger in 1978.

    Survivors include one brother and sister-in-law, Clayton and Virginia Lowe of Shawnee; one nephew and his wife, Ron and Debbie Lowe of Springfield, Illinois; one niece and her husband, Margaret and Andy Jackson of Palmdale, California and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

  • Sadie Cogburn

    Sadie Cogburn

    Born: 2/1/1901

    Died: 9/2/1997

    Maiden Name: Johnson

    Honorific: n/a

    Sadie Cogburn, long time resident of Coal County, Oklahoma, passed away September2, 1997, at the home of her daughter, Shirley in Grants Pass, Oregon.

    Sadie was born in Non, Indian Territory, February 1901 to Maude (Deloach) and Jep Johnson.

    She married John Haney and had four children; Nelson, Todd, Captola and Johnola. She then married Ode Cogburn and had three lovely daughters Mary, Joanne and Shirley. She raised both families in Coalgate. Sadie was a member of the Coalgate Methodist Church. She was an original Choctaw Indian enrollee. Her mother enrolled her on April 24, 1901 in Indian Territory when she was only two months old.

    James Dorman passed away January 1997, at Biloxi Veterans Hospital in Biloxi, Mississippi. He was born January 5, 1925. James was buried in the hospital cemetery. He was a World War II veteran.

    James is survived by on daughter, Vickie Karon Mounce; ten grandchildren and eleven great- grandchildren.

  • Thelia M. Clevenger

    Thelia M. Clevenger

    Born: 7/21/1929

    Died: 9/4/1997

    Maiden Name: Jefferson

    Honorific: n/a

    Thelia M. Clevenger, age 68, of Choctaw County, Oklaho a, passed away on September 4, 1997. She was born July 21, 1929, in Mt Herman, Oklahoma to Perry and Evelyn (Winship) Jefferson.

    She married Woodrow M. Clevenger, on July, 1953 in Witchita, Kansas. The moved to Choctaw in 1965 where they raised their family. She was a member of the Oklahoma Choctaws.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, Perry and Evelyn Jefferson and one son, Woodrow, Jr.

    Thelia is survived by her husband, Woodrow, of the home; three daughters, Jan Baranek of Midwest City, Oklahoma, Jody Yeager of Arlington, Texas and Jahnett Godwin of Coppell, Texas; three sons, Jon M and James R Clevenger both of Wichita,. Kansas and Glen M Clevenger of Modesto, California; 15 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three brothers, Teddy P, Thurman L. Jefferson and T. Roy Gibson and two sisters, Thora Sue Sali and Thelma L Brooks.

  • Marvin K Campbell

    Marvin K Campbell

    Born: n/a

    Died: 3/11/1994

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Seaman First Class Marvin K Campbell passed away on March 11, 1994 of military service related illness.

    Proud of his heritage he chose Choctaw Man as his CB handle. A patriotic American he was proud to served aboard the good ship U.S.S. Shangri La, Being in the forward thrust during the first atomic bomb test conducted on the South Pacific island of Bikini, as a young sailor, his body absorbed more radiation than a human should be exposed to in a lifetime,. It was believed to be the cause of the rare heart and lung disease which shortened his life.

    Mr. Campbell’s only brother, Delbert, served on the proud vessel, U.S.S. Blue Ridge during the same time and place plus four more test conducted on the island of Eniwetok. Today he is a cancer survivor. Both Mr. Campbells sons served in the US Navy.

    Delbert has spent much time researching the Campbell’s Choctaw roots. His sister Patsy has joined him in that endeavor. She visited the Choctaw Center in Mississippi earlier this year and brought home to their sister, Betty Jo a writer, copies of the Choctaw history and the Choctaw Dictionary. Her next novel will be constructed around the Choctaw Trail of Tears.

    Having served his nation with pride all his life, this Choctaw man is fondly remembered as a loving brother, husband, and father as well as a patriotic American who strived to his death to bring honor to his Choctaw connection.

    Having his CDIB card his great-grandfather, Ephraim Campbell and his grandfather, William Walter Campbell, were original enrollees, His father; Emory Campbell was born shortly after the rolls closed.

    Along with his wife, Leona (McLeister) Campbell, Emory owned and operated Campbell’s Dairy at Calera, Oklahoma for many years. He serviced an extensive route in Durant.

    Marvin’s mother, Leona descended from Irish Immigrant, John McLeister. He came to the United States on the fair ship U.S.S. Shenandoah to escape the harsh results of the potato famine. The Choctaw Nation saw Ireland’s struggle with that catastrophe and sent aide to help in their relief.

    He was preceded n death by his parents and all of his grandparents.

    He is honored in memory by his brother, Delbert L. Campbell of Colleyville, Texas and his two sisters, Betty Jo Campbell and Patsy Jon Johnson both of Azle, Texas.

  • Jewel K. (White) Carruth

    Jewel K. (White) Carruth

    Born: 11/26/1911

    Died: 12/12/1997

    Maiden Name: White

    Honorific: n/a

    Jewel K. (White) Carruth, age 86 of Dallas Texas, passed away on December 12, 1997 in Dallas. She was the daughter of William Thomas White and Clara Bell (Davis) White. She was born on November 26, 1911 in Durant, Oklahoma. She married Glenn H. Carruth.

    A native of Durant Oklahoma she moved to Dallas in the 1940s/. Mrs. Carruth was a SOSU graduate and a member of Durant First Christian Church. She was a co-owner with her husband of Carruth Laboratories until her retirement in 1966.

    She was preceded in death by her husband and parents.

    Survivors include a son, Garland E. Gibson of Dallas and daughter, Patricia A. Hubbard of Whitewright, Texas; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

  • John Carl Culver

    John Carl Culver

    Born: 11/10/1937

    Died: 8/17/2007

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    John Carl Culver passed away August 17, 2007. He was born November 10, 1937, in Pryor to Nancy Voncille Sumpter and Leonard Brandy Culver.

    After high school he enlisted in the Navy and in 1960, while stationed near San Francisco, he met and married Judy Jewett. They had four children. Later in his life he established a domestic partnership with Christine Johnson of San Ramon, California.

    As a Navy pilot, he flew A-4 and A-7 fighter jets and retired in 1978 from the Naval Reserves after 23 years of service. John graduated from San Jose State University and subsequently the University of California at San Francisco’s School of Dentistry. He maintained private practices in San Francisco’s east and south bay areas until his retirement. John’s professional relationships were deeply important to him and he regarded his associates and employees as extended family.

    John loved to fly and over the years he owned a number of private planes - most recently a Skybolt open-cockpit biplane he flew as frequently as possible. He was curious about indigenous cultures, traveled often, and in 1997 earned a second bachelor’s degree in archaeology from San Jose State University. He loved listening to Dixieland jazz and reading pocket novels. He was an avid moviegoer. He had a lazy streak and a relaxed sense of humor.

    John’s accomplishments were many, but most importantly he was part of a big family that stretched from Oklahoma to California and most states in between. We all loved him and wish we had more time with him. He will be deeply missed.

    John Carl Culver

  • Linda Lou Scott Coursey

    Linda Lou Scott Coursey

    Born: 11/25/1944

    Died: 11/9/2007

    Maiden Name: Scott

    Honorific: n/a

    Linda Lou Scott Coursey, 62, of Detroit, Texas, passed away November 9, 2007, at her residence. She was born on November 25, 1944, in Loma Linda, California, a daughter of Neil Carter and Ida Lee Self Scott.

    She married John D. Coursey on March 27, 1964, in Mesquite. She was Paris Rodeo and Horse Club Queen in 1963 and was Cowboy Sweetheart Representative at the Fort Worth Fat Stock Show. She was retired from Campbell Soup Company where she was a Campbell Soup Quality Circle Member, on the Safety Committee and received the Circle of the Month achievement award. She contributed to the Campbell Soup Newsletter.

    She was a winner of the Choctaw Labor Day Festival Art Show and was the Heritage Award Recipient. She was a member of Chisum Trails Cowboy Church.

    She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, James Russell Scott.

    Survivors include her husband, John D. Coursey; daughter, Vickie Lee Chapman and husband, Jeff, of Faught; grandchildren, Jessica Lee Chapman and Jordan Dale Chapman of Faught; sisters, Onlee Mower of Oregon and Edie Belew of California; nieces and nephews, Wendy Moore and Jennifer Roshala, both of California, Richard Mower of Oregon, James Scott of California, Gena Iglehart, Christy Miller, Greg Coursey and Chad Coursey, all of Paris, Jeremiah Coursey of Tyler; Aunti Henryetta Arriola of California; her very, very special cousins, Ginger Rodrigues, Candace Saporito and Stevie Arriola, all of California; and brother-in-law, Gene Coursey.

  • Thad Morland Costilow

    Thad Morland Costilow

    Born: 11/13/1911

    Died: n/a

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Thad Morland Costilow was born on November 13, 1911 in Broken Bow, Oklahoma and resided in Kern County for 63 years.

    He was employed as a custodian bus driver for Rosedale Elementary School for 25 years. He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II and was discharged as a Medical Staff Sergeant. He was a 41 year member of Niles Assembly of God Church where he was church secretary and a member of the Board of Deacons for many years.

    He was preceded in death by his brothers, Bill and Elijah and sister Lena Touchstone.

    Survivors include his beloved wife, Lorene; brother, Henry Costilow and his wife, Rexlee; sister in law Lois Ferrell and numerous nephews, nieces and friends.

  • Betty Jean Curtis

    Betty Jean Curtis

    Born: 8/25/1925

    Died: 1/3/2008

    Maiden Name: Cacy

    Honorific: n/a

    Betty Jean Curtis passed away January 3, 2008, in Monrovia, California. She was born August 25, 1925, in Mc-Alester, the daughter of the Rev. Homer Everett Cacy and Gelia Sirmans Cacy. Her mother was an original Choctaw enrollee.

    Betty married Charles Curtis on July 21, 1947; their marriage ended in divorce in 1965. She worked for Richfield Oil and Southwestern Bell in Mc-Alester, was an avid reader, and enjoyed crossword puzzles and Bingo.

    Mrs. Curtis moved to California in 2003 to be near her son, William Reppert Curtis of Monrovia. Her daughter, Carol Lynn Grisham, lives in Lake Havasu, Arizona.

    Survivors also include her brother, Jerry Don and Loyleta of Ada; and sisters, Mary McWaters and Anna and husband Clifford Polk, all of McAlester, and Eva Sue March of Palmer, Texas, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; former husband; a sister, Frieda Lavada Cothran; two brothers, H.E. ‘Junior’Cacy and Daniel W. Cacy Sr

  • Josephine Massey Cole

    Josephine Massey Cole

    Born: 2/6/1915

    Died: 7/21/2008

    Maiden Name: Massey

    Honorific: n/a

    Josephine Massey Cole, 93, passed away July 21, 2008, in Corona, California. She was born February 6, 1915, in Crowder to original enrollee Oliver and Arizona Crouch Massey. Josephine is the granddaughter of William Wilson and Martha Isabell LeFlore Massey, founder of Massey, Oklahoma.

    In 1941 Josephine along with her husband and two children moved to Southern California. She was a longtime resident of Gardena, California. Josephine was a member of First Southern Baptist Church of Gardena. She was a good friend to all who knew her and she will be greatly missed. She was always willing to help out when she was able. Josephine enjoyed cooking (everyone loved her home-baked yeast rolls and home-made pies), traveling and visiting with family and friends. Josephine was proud of her Choctaw heritage. She was a homemaker all her married life.

    Josephine was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents; her husband, Champ Woodrow Cole; a granddaughter, Elizabeth Kobierowski; one brother, William Baxter Massey; one sister and brother-in-law, Irene and W.A. Davenport; one son-in-law, Harry Robinson; one nephew, Rolla Davenport, and one niece, Wantha Rene Davenport Barnett.

    Survivors include her three daughters; Patricia Adkins Robinson of Yucca Valley, California, Donna Rae Cole Faulhaber and husband Jerry of Torrance, California, and Darla June Cole Martin of Fountain Valley, California; two sons; Charles William Cole and wife Barbara of Shreveport, Louisiana, and James Carroll Cole and wife Gail of Corona, California; seven granddaughters, Judy Robinson, Terri Robinson Starnes and husband Ray, Penny Robinson Nagel and husband Steve, Debbie Robinson Dufford and husband Garry, Joy Cole Aull and husband Zeke, Brandy Cole Antuzzi and husband Norman and Melissa Martin Shively and husband Sean; six grandsons, Mike Robinson and wife Darcy, Steve Robinson and wife Shelly, Chris Cole and wife Traci, Rick Faulhaber and wife Sherry, Jimmy Cole and David Faulhaber and wife Jen; 27 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

    Josephine Massey Cole

  • Roxie Ann Crews

    Roxie Ann Crews

    Born: 10/3/1896

    Died: 12/23/1994

    Maiden Name: Jacobs

    Honorific: n/a

    Roxie Ann Crews, age 98, of Hugo Oklahoma, passed away on December 23 in Hugo.

    She was born on October 3, 1896 in Goodland, Indian Territory to Elias and Cardelia (Nelson) Jacobs. She had lived in this county near Goodland all of her life. She was a homemaker and had served with her husband as a supervisor for the Goodland Presbyterian Homes for twelve years. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Jess Crews in 1976 and two sons, William Crews in 1933 and Harry Crews in 1994.

    She is survived by one daughter in law, Christina Lacroix Crews of Hugo; one granddaughter and grandson in law, Haralyn and Richard Shatswell of Hugo; four great-grandchildren, Pamela Haynie, Eileen Hackler, Barry Shaswell, all of Houston, Texas and Billy Jess Shatswell of Hugo; four great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews

  • Tristan Briar Cannady

    Tristan Briar Cannady

    Born: 1/23/1996

    Died: 1/26/1996

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Tristan Briar Cannady, infant son of Albert and Christy Cannady, was born on January 23, 1996 at the Choctaw Indian Hospital in Talihina, Oklahoma. He passed away on January 26 at Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

    he is survived by Albert and Christy Cannady of Talihina; one sister, Taylor Cannady of the hone; grandparents, Mike and Letha Warren, Janice and Albert Cannady, Sr., all of Talihina; great-grandparents, Delia Warren of Talihina, Ethel and Elster Tallent of Albion, Oklahoma and J.D. and Inez Brown of Odessa, Texas and numerous aunts uncles and loved ones.

  • Harold E. Clark

    Harold E. Clark

    Born: 9/29/1928

    Died: 9/24/2008

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Harold E. Clark, 79, of Evansville, Indiana, passed away September 24, 2008, at his residence. He was born September 29, 1928, in McAlester. Harold was a member of Salem United Methodist Church, the church choir, and Salem Bell Tower Club. He was a past president of the Darmstadt McCutchanville Kiwanis Club. Harold was a precinct committeeman for Center Township.

    He enjoyed camping at West Boggs Park, fishing, river barge cruises and singing, belonging to the Evansville College Choir and the Society for Preservation of Barbershop Quartets. Harold was a graduate of Bosse High School and Evansville College with a BS degree in geology.

    He served with the Indiana National Guard for 10 years. Harold obtained his pilot’s license at the age of 25 and was a business partner with his father at Coy Aviation for 10 years and Clark and Clark Petroleum Producers from 1940-1960. He was a Real Estate Appraiser for the Indiana State Highway Commission for 27 years and was a member of the Indiana Appraiser’s Association.

    Harold is survived by his wife of 59 1/2 years, Shirley Clark; daughter, Teresa Ellis and husband Tom, of Bloomfield, Indiana; sons, Steve Clark and wife Sandra of Bloomfield, Michael Clark and wife Estralita of Coupeville, Washington, and Mark Clark and wife Brenda of Evansville; sister, Ramona Laster of Reagan, Tennessee; grandson, Bruce Dayvolt of Evansville; stepgrandsons, Scott Ellis of Detroit, Michigan, and David Ellis of Helena, Montana; granddaughters, Sarah Rizza of Austria and Tasha Hudson of Worthington, Indiana; grandson, Scott Clark of Bloomington; granddaughter, Cassandra Clark of Marysville, Washington; stepgranddaughter, Rubi Ginapp of Oak Harbor, Washington; five great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; eight nieces; and one nephew.

  • Goodwin Keener Cobb III

    Goodwin Keener Cobb III

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    Died: 10/20/2008

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    Goodwin Keener Cobb III, 63, of Newark, Delaware, passed away on October 20, 2008.

    He graduated from Bel Air High School in Bel Air, Maryland, Connnors College Northeastern State University in 1967 and earned a Master’s of Arts in Organization from the University of Phoenix. He taught at the Delaware State School for the Deaf in Newark, was a Resource Room Teacher and served as Speech Therapist in Cecil County Public Schools. He was with the Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) in Washington, D.C., where he was the Branch Chief of Planning. He was a member of the Ogletown Baptist Church in Newark, a member of Solomon Masonic Lodge #36, Aberdeen Masonic Lodge, Tuscan Royal Arch Chapter, Concordia Council, 32nd Degree, Scottish Rite of Wilmington, Delaware, York Rite Mason, Eastern Star, and the Boy Scouts. He was founder of the National BIA Very Special Arts Festival, Developed Blue Ribbon Campaign for Prevention of Child Abuse, White House Conference on Indian Education. He served the Ogletown Baptist Church as a Deacon, Bible Study Leader, on the expansion committee for the new multipurpose building and founder of Boy Scouts Troop 316. His other interests included auctioneering, crafts, activities with family and grandchildren and many ministry projects.

    Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Paula Cobb; his children, Kizzie Kalityo Cobb and husband Josh Given and their children, Noah and Zoe of Middletown; Goodwin Keener Cobb IV and wife Maria Cobb and their children, Goodwin V and Edward of Newark, and Quay Mahkila Cobb of Newark.

  • Ladascode Lou Collins Crane

    Ladascode Lou Collins Crane

    Born: 1/9/1946

    Died: 10/6/2008

    Maiden Name: Collins

    Honorific: n/a

    Ladascode Lou Collins Crane, 62, a former Idabel resident, passed away October 6, 2008, at Fort Smith, Arkansas. She was born January 9, 1946, in Talihina, Oklahoma.

    Lou was raised in the Kulli Community and graduated from Haworth High School and then attended Haskell University where she studied nursing. She joined the Air Force, where she met her first husband and father of her son. She was honorably discharged in 1969 and moved to New York City where she lived several years. Lou recently moved back to Idabel for a time before moving to Baltimore, Maryland, with her son. She was a nurse and enjoyed reading, traveling and going to the casino.

    She was preceded in death by her mother, Minerva Collins Byrum, and her husband, William Crane.

    Lou is survived by her son, Alfred Medina, and his fiancÈ, Rena, Baltimore, Maryland; granddaughter, Cheyanne Medina of Baltimore; sisters and brothers-in-law, Juanita Jane Williams of Healdton, Suzie and Tommy Chesney of Wright City, Ruth Treece of Murfreesboro, Arkansas, and Amabel and Frank Tidmore of Wright City; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

    Ladascode Lou Collins Crane

  • Cliff Crane

    Cliff Crane

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    Cliff Crane, 77, of Clyde, Texas passed away. He was born in Centralhoma, Oklahoma where he grew up and attended school. He was a retired U.S. Post Office Clerk and a Navy veteran of World War II. He moved to Clyde from Centralhoma in 1977 and was a member of he American Legion and a Methodist. He married Jody Greathouse in Norman Oklahoma in 1972.

    Survivors include his wife of Clyde; two sons, Jeff Crane of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Dr. Jerry Crane of Enon, Ohio; one step=daughter Sharon McDonald of Abilene; two brothers, Ben Crane of Lemon Grove, California and Jack Crane of Centralhoma

  • Harry Quentin Caudell

    Harry Quentin Caudell

    Born: 6/15/1919

    Died: 4/30/1995

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    Harry Quentin Caudell, age 75, of Tuskahoma, Oklahoma was born June 15, 1919 at Howe, Oklahoma to Tom and Lela Caldwell. He passed away April 30, 1995 at St. Frances Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church of Clayton, Oklahoma. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and was honorably discharged.

    He was married to Martyn Woods on January 27, 1974 as Durant, Oklahoma. He had worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs as a credit officer for 10 years until he retired in 1974.

    Survivors include his wife, Martyn Caudell of the home; two step-sons, Donald G. Haskins of Corona Del Mar, California and Paul Blackwell of Jenks, Oklahoma; one bother, Ellis Caudell of Tahlequah, Oklahoma; one sister Cleo Wood of Sacramento, California; four grandchildren; one great-grandson; and numerous friends and loved ones.

    Services were held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church May 5 at Clayton, Oklahoma. Father Joseph Dean and Father Urban Kramer S.J. officiated. Interment was at Old Town Cemetery in Tuskahoma.

    Rosary services were held May 4, 1995 at 7:00 pm in Talihina, Oklahoma.

  • Ellis Lee Cooper

    Ellis Lee Cooper

    Born: 10/13/1938

    Died: 11/13/2008

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    Ellis Lee Cooper, 70, of Savanna passed away November 13, 2008, in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He was born October 13, 1938 in Tamaha, Oklahoma, to Kirby Joseph and Gladys Ilean Johns Cooper. He married Barbara Jean Duckworth in 1966 in Johnson, Kansas.

    Lee enjoyed hunting, fishing and hauling hay. He especially enjoyed watching sports and working on cars. He was an auto-mechanic.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Russell Cooper; brothers, Joe Cooper and Bob Cooper; and sister, Josephine Fite.

    Survivors include his wife of the home; sons, Robin Watts and wife Audrey of Conroe, Texas, and Clay Cooper and wife Tammy of McAlester; daughter, Janet Latini and husband Louis III of Fairfield, California, and Janice Kelly and husband Drake of Louisville, Kentucky; grandchildren, Sarah, Anthony, Aaron, Victoria, Louis IV, Dominic, Carol, Christina, Destiny, Rebecca, Clay II and Dakota; brother, Donald Cooper and wife Louise of Wilburton; sisters, Donna Lecie Cooper of Florida, Betty Woodruff of New York, Helen Aaron and husband Kenneth of Wilburton; nieces and nephews, Nancy Aaron, Jay Aaron, Ilean Tubbs, Betty Heavener, Kenny Aaron and wife Danielle, Donald, and Jr. Bubba Cooper; great-niece, Brianna Cheyenne; cousin, Orville Williamson of California and numerous other family and friends.

  • Wilson William Caldwell

    Wilson William Caldwell

    Born: 7/3/1903

    Died: 3/10/1989

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    Wilson William Caldwell, original enrollee NB 418, was born July 3, 1903 at Rufe Community, I.T.

    He passed away after a short illness at Hugo Memorial Hospital on March 10, 1989 at the age of 85.

    He is survived by his wife, Cora Caldwell; three sons, Woodrow Caldwell, William Caldwell and Zedark Caldwell; one daughter, Christine Thompson; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

    He was buried at Rufe, Oklahoma.

  • Emma Christie

    Emma Christie

    Born: 8/18/1946

    Died: 3/5/1999

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    Emmy Christie was born August 18, 1946 in Hartsborne, Oklahoma to Dean and Irene (Dix) Sensibaugh. She passed away March 5, 1999 at McAlester Regional Hospital at the age of 51. She married Leo Christie on December 18, 1963 in Haileyville.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Roy Franklin Sensibaugh, and two infant sisters.

    Survivors include her husband of the home, five children, Gordon Lee, Gaylan Todd, and Belinda Renee of Wilburton, Oklahoma, Tammy Lavonne Rod of Houston, Texas and Velda Kay Howze of Midland, Texas; two sisters, Ruthie Wunsick of Haileyville and Mary Ann Holdscraw of Gainesville, Texas; a brother, Jimmy Lee Sensibaugh of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews and cousins.

  • Allen Crusher

    Allen Crusher

    Born: 5/21/1924

    Died: 9/15/2006

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    Allen Cusher, 82, of Broken Bow passed away September 15, 2006, at his residence. He was born May 21, 1924, at Beachton to Les E. and Sina Wilson Cusher.

    Allen retired from Weyerhaueser where he worked for many years. He was a decorated U.S. Navy veteran who served on the USS Block Island. He was a member of the VFW and the American Legion. He had lived in McCurtain County for the last 70 years.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters and three brothers.

    Survivors include his sister, Laura Carney of Smithville; nieces, Leila Spradlin of Longview, Texas, and Linda Barnes of Stinnett, Texas; nephews, Elton Carney and Con Cusher of Smithville; numerous great-nieces, great-nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

  • Eva Jane Clay

    Eva Jane Clay

    Born: 7/14/1947

    Died: 2/24/2006

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    Eva Jane Clay, 58, a longtime Atoka resident, passed away February 24, 2006, at the Jackson County Hospital in Altus. She was born July 14, 1947, in Atoka to Julius and Velma Ree Hanson Clay.

    She attended school in Atoka and was of the Baptist faith.

    She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother-in-law, Larry Brookshire.

    Survivors include three brothers, Carl Clay and wife, Linda, of Atoka, Fred Clay and wife, Beverly, of Warrenton, Missouri, and Calvin Clay of Sherman, Texas; three sisters, Helen Shea and husband, Daniel, of Tulsa, Katherine Brookshire of Sherman, Texas, and Wilda Folsum and husband, Richard, of Duncan; aunts, Josephine Newkirk of Stringtown, Vonda Collum of Atoka, and Frances Garside and husband, Ralph, of Twin Falls, Idaho, along with numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and many very dear and loved friends.

  • James Winston Campbell

    James Winston Campbell

    Born: 4/10/1932

    Died: 5/1/2000

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    James Winston Campbell, 68, of Loco, Oklahoma passed away Monday, May 1, 2000 in a Lawton, Oklahoma hospital after a long illness. He was born April 10, 1932 in Duncan, Oklahoma to Bennie and Bessie Campbell. He and Lota Ann Sutton were married May 20, 1950 at Mountain Grove, Oklahoma by the Rev. Ted Sutton and made their home in Duncan.

    Mr.Campbell was a member of the Elk Avenue Church of Christ in Duncan.

    He was a Mason and a member of the Masonic Lodge at Loco.

    Mr. Campbell was a member of the Elk Avenue Church of Christ in Duncan.

    He was a Mason and a member of the Masonic Lodge at Loco.

    Winston was formerly employed by Amerada Petroleum Corp., then was a barber in Duncan for 23 years. Winston and Ann Moved to Loco in 1977 and have owned the Loco Store for the last 18 years.

    He was an avid fisherman and hunter and also enjoyed bowling and trap shooting. He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Lyndell Ray; a sister, Rudine, and a brother, Wesley.

    Survivors include his wife; daughter and son-in-law, Bobbie and Rick Rodgers of Duncan; two grandchildren, Matthew Rogers and Allyson Rogers of Duncan; sister, Jean Adcox of Bethany, Oklahoma; several nieces and nephews, and special friends Bill and Barbra Armitstead of Arlington, Texas and Jim and Mia Martin of Round Rock, Texas.

  • Julie Anna Cates

    Julie Anna Cates

    Born: 7/24/1958

    Died: 7/27/2003

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    Julie Anna Cates, 45, of Kingston, Oklahoma passed away July 27, 2003 in a Dallas hospital. She was born July 24, 1958 in Ardmore, Oklahoma.

    Julie was raised in Dickson, Oklahoma on a small farm. She graduated from Dickson High School in 1976 and then attended Southeastern University in Durant.

    On May 26, 1978, she married Terry Gable at the First Baptist Church in Dickson. They remained married until 2002. In July 1979, they moved to Valdez, Alaska, where she worked for the Alyeska Pipeline Terminal at the Port of Valdez. Her free spirit loved Alaskan life with the wild and free frontier, which went along with her love of nature and animals. She loved fishing for salmon and halibut, playing softball in the summertime, boating, canning fish and game, and making moose jerky; but her love for her family and special children brought her back to Kingston.

    She was the great-grandaughter of Choctaw original enrollee Margaret Mahalia Cochanauer.

    She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Gladys Carlson of Bokchito, Oklahoma.

    Survivors include a son, Greg Richardson, Texas; father, James E. Cates of Ardmore; mother, Patricia L. Cates of Ardmore; two brothers, Michael Cates of San Francisco, California and Chris Cates of Ardmore; three sisters, Toni Hignight of Kingston, Teresa Carpenter of Lone Grove, Oklahoma and Laura Pack of Ardmore; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, great-niece and great-nephews whom she cherished deeply.

  • Haskell Cooper Christy

    Haskell Cooper Christy

    Born: 3/29/1942

    Died: 3/16/2005

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    Haskell Cooper Christy, 62, passed away March 16, 2005. He was born March 29, 1942, in Stigler, Oklahoma, to Adam and Eliza Jackson Christy.

    He enjoyed fishing, golfing, and irritating his nieces and nephews, who figured out he only did it because he loved them. His greatest joy and aggravation came from watching his beloved Oklahoma Sooners play football. It was like watching a jack-in-the-box; he was up and down in his favorite chair so many times during a close game.

    He worked in the grocery retail business for 35 years and retired in September of 2004 to take care of his animals and work outside which he loved to do so well.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Adam Christy Jr. and Gilmore Christy.

    Survivors include his loving wife, Viola, of the home at Hungry Mountain; five sisters, Launa Medlock, Delores Holloway and Amelia Steen and husband, Jimmy, of Stigler, Aglae Lawson and husband, Marvin, of Jay, Oklahoma, and Sandra Leonard of Pittsburg, Kansas; a host of nieces and nephews who loved him and will miss him.

  • Harold Glenn Carey

    Harold Glenn Carey

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    Harold Glenn Carey

  • Beulah Marie Thomas Cariker

    Beulah Marie Thomas Cariker

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    Beulah Marie Thomas Cariker

  • Doyle E. Cariker, Sr.

    Doyle E. Cariker, Sr.

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    Doyle E. Cariker, Sr.

  • Bobby Carroll

    Bobby Carroll

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    Bobby Carroll

  • Catherine Ouida Carroll

    Catherine Ouida Carroll

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    Catherine Ouida Carroll

  • Janice Lou Blackwood Chilcote

    Janice Lou Blackwood Chilcote

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    Janice Lou Blackwood Chilcote

  • Verlon Oleta Long Gioka Cimino

    Verlon Oleta Long Gioka Cimino

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    Verlon Oleta Long Gioka Cimino

  • William Clifford Cleveland, Jr.

    William Clifford Cleveland, Jr.

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    William Clifford Cleveland, Jr.

  • Junior Carl Don Cochnauer

    Junior Carl Don Cochnauer

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    Junior Carl Don Cochnauer

  • Herbert Morris Cook

    Herbert Morris Cook

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    Herbert Morris Cook

  • Michael James Cox

    Michael James Cox

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    Michael James Cox

  • Robert Motor Craft

    Robert Motor Craft

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    Robert Motor Craft

  • Recie Cronemeyer

    Recie Cronemeyer

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    Recie Cronemeyer

  • Edith Bootes Cummings

    Edith Bootes Cummings

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    Edith Bootes Cummings

  • Otto Bill Cummins

    Otto Bill Cummins

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    Otto Bill Cummins

  • Tillie Ward Cundiff

    Tillie Ward Cundiff

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    Tillie Ward Cundiff

  • Mildred Sue Cusher

    Mildred Sue Cusher

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    Mildred Sue Cusher

  • James (Jack) Clark

    James (Jack) Clark

    Born: 07/18/1910 Died: 12/23/1990 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a

    James (Jack) Clark passed away on December 23, 1990 after a lengthy illness. Born in Jasper, Oklahoma on July 18, 1910, he moved to Los Angeles, California in 1943. He retired from Dillon Wells, Inc. in 1975 where he had been employed as a salesman. Jack was President of the Former Students of Goodland Alumni. He cherished his childhood friends from Goodland and Jones Academy and often shared fond memories of those friendships. He was very proud of his Choctaw heritage. He is survived by his wife, Odessa, two daughters, four grandsons, four sisters and many nieces and nephews. Thanks to all of those who have called and sent cards. He was a loving and wonderful father and will be missed.

  • Minnie May Coxley

    Minnie May Coxey

    Born: 05/08/1901 Died: 11/29/1990 Maiden Name: Pulsey Honorific: n/a

    Graveside services for Minnie May Coxey of Ardore were held November 29, 1990 at Rose Hill Cemetery with Dr. Alton Fannin officiating. Born May 8, 1901 to Abner and Sedilia Pulsey in Albany, I.T., Mrs. Coxey died November 27 in an Ardmore hospital after a brief illness. She married Frank A Coxey August 28, 1917 at Bache, Oklahoma. She was a member of the TEL Sunday School class, First Baptist Church. She was proceeded in death by her husband on December 25, 1989 and a daughter, Wenonah Reynolds in 1948. Survivors included a daughter, Lawanda Sue Coyle of Ardmore; two sons, Abner Louis of Ardore and Bennie Gene, of Lawton; a brother, Dave Pulsey of Odessa, Texas; eight grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great grandchildren.

  • Lawrence Cochnauer

    Lawrence Cochnauer

    Born: 05/01/1918 Died: 12/18/1990 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: Veteran

    Lawrence Cochnauer, 72, passed away December 18 at his home in Grandfeild. The son of Nicholas and Sally Dudley Cocnauer, he was born on May 1, 1918, in Bennington, Oklahoma, where he grew up and attended school. He moved to the Grandfield area in 1939, and he had lied there for the remainder of his life. He was a former Tillman County employee, and was a retired farm laborer. He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served from December 19, 1939 to August 29, 1942. He was a member of Grandfield Calvary Baptist Church. He was married to Rose McGarry on June 1, 1943 in Fredrick. Survivors include a daughter, Jo Ann Heuman, of Aubrey, Texas; a step-daughter, Neoma Bushy of Lewisville, Texas; a step-son, Bill McGarry, of Burkurnett, Texas; a brother, Lone Cochnauer, of Bennington, Oklahoma, and five grandchildren. One son, Jacky, preceded him in death in May 1984.

  • Billie Cantrell

    Billie Cantrell

    Born: 06/01/1929 Died: 11/05/2011 Maiden Name: Petigrew Honorific: n/a

    Billie Sue Cantrell passed away on Nov. 5, 2011. She was born in dust bowl Oklahoma at the beginning of the Great Depression on June 1, 1929, in Atoka. During her time she laughed, danced and shared the best part of her life with Roy Cantrell, her husband of 38 years. She was the second born to Dewey and Hagar Petigrew. Her older sister Anna Lou died at the age of six when Billie was just four. In her early teens, she and her family left on a Greyhound bus for Globe, Ariz., where her father found work at the Inspiration Copper Mine. There she attended Miami High School, quickly winning friends and earning the nickname “Blondie.” She eventually found her way to Tucson and decided to call it home. Along her way she picked cotton in the fields, worked on an assembly line for General Electric and staffed the jewelry counter at Hayden’s Jewelry Store. Later, with her husband Roy, she helped run B&R RV Repair in Tucson for over 12 years. She and Roy were both members of Good Sam’s and enjoyed traveling in their motor home and making good friends along the way. He lived under 14 different presidents in her lifetime. She didn’t see a television set until 25 year after she was born, yet would rather have an iPod loaded with her favorite country music. Billie loved to dance. Her children even remember her dancing with the refrigerator door when inspiration struck. She also loved to watch cooking shows, especially Rachel Ray and Paula Dean. Billie was proud of her Choctaw heritage and told the story of how her great-grandmother Emaline Betts walked the trail of tears from Mississippi to Oklahoma. She always had a positive outlook and saw the silver lining in everything she faced. She saw the bet in others by default. Billie encouraged individuality in her children and grandchildren. She had a kind word for everyone and an infectious personality that endeared her to all those who came into her life. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family and doting on her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Christmas mornings at grandma’s house were a tradition the whole family looked forward to each year. Billie was a living example of faith and positive thinking. The impression she made on the hearts of those dear to her will not be forgotten. Endowed with a fighting spirit, she willed herself to beat cancer two separate times over 27 years. She was ot able to overcome the third, but put up a commendable fight. She is fondly remembered by her husband, Roy D. Cantrell; children, Bert (Patricia) Harmon of Lincoln, Calif, Marilyn (Michael) Fabian of Tucson, Pamela (Mark) Kern of Tucson, Roy Cantrell Jr. of Clayton, Susan (Dennis) Hollingsworth of Antlers; her brothers, Dewey Edward (Anne) Pettigrew and Ellis Dwayne (Maribeth) Pettigrew, all of Orem, Utah; seven nieces and nephews; 14 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

  • Hazel Cowen

    Hazel Cowen

    Born: 04/19/1912 Died: 03/26/2011 Maiden Name: McCalla Honorific: n/a

    Hazel LaVerne Cowen, 98, a Grady County resident passed away on March 26, 2011. She was born to Thomas Richard and Emma Bailey McCalla on April 19, 1912, on her mother’s Choctaw allotment in Chickasha. She attended Friend School and then graduated from Amber High School. She graduated from OWC with a bachelor’s degree in home economics on May 29, 1935, the same day she married Chester Melcenia Cowen, a marriage that lasted 66 years until his death in 2002. She applied the home economics degree throughout her life as she raised her family. Hazel was a active member of Delphian, American Association of University Women, Eastern Star and Methodist Women’s Circle. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; brothers, Joseph Bailey McCalla, William Duncan McCalla, Thomas Richard McCalla Jr. and Woodrow Wilson McCalla; and her sister, Beulah Martha McCalla. She is survived by her son, Chester Richard Cowen with wife Linda Lee; daughter Margaret Ann Gumma with husband Victor; sister-in-law, Jean McCalla, widow of Woodrow McCalla; and many nieces and nephews.

  • Jeanivee Quintella Jackson Walker Carter

    Jeanivee Quintella Jackson Walker Carter

    Born: 11/21/1920 Died: 07/26/2009 Maiden Name: Jackson Honorific: n/a

    Jeanivee Quintella Jackson Walker Carter, 88, passed away in Oklahoma City on July 26, 2009. She was born on November 21, 1920, in Atoka to Fulsom Chelsea and Mattie Bell Mead Jackson. She graduated from Atoka School in 1938. She was employed as a phone operator for Southwestern Bell in Atoka. Jeanivee was a longtime member of Cottonwood Baptist Church, Eastern Star and Cottonwood Home Demonstration Club. She married Carl Walker in 1938 in Atoka, and later married Ernest E. Carter in 1955 in Oklahoma City. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ernest E. Carter; a grandson, Jeff Vietta; a stepson, Ernest Mac Carter; four brothers, Lamar Jackson, Lloyd Jackson, Hayden Jackson and James Jackson; a sister, Virginia Phillips; three infant sisters; and son-in-law John R. Vietta. She is survived by her children, Virginia “Gennie Bell” Vietta of Durant and Sue Ann Humphrey of Stuart; eight grandchildren, John E. Vietta and wife Debbie of Durant, James Vietta of Dallas, Texas, Heath Davidson and wife Jeanne of Coalgate, Greg Davidson and wife Krystal of Tushka, Jaila Humphrey and Seth Humphrey, both of Stuart, Brad Carter and wife Sherry, David and wife Jamie, all of Seminole; six great-grandchildren, John Michael Vietta and Jacob Logan Vietta, both of Durant, Kadencee Drinnon of Stuart, Hunter, Briar and Rainey Davidson of Coalgate; a daughter-in-law, Kathy Carter of Seminole, other relatives and many dear and loved friends.

  • Lynnette Cheri Cooley

    Lynnette Cheri Cooley

    Born: 01/01/1971 Died: 07/10/2005 Maiden Name: Wilson Honorific: n/a

    Lynnette Cheri Cooley passed away on July 10, 2005. Lynnette was born on January 1, 1971, to Martricia and Jesse Wilson, and to Thomas and Shirley Porter. Lynnette attended Wilburton Public Schools, and graduated in May 1989. Lynnette’s interest was doing mechanical work. Lynnette’s hobbies were collecting eagle statues, eagle posters, fishing, playing sports and teaching her dog, Chrissy, new tricks. Lynnette was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Russell Scott and Dollie Scott; paternal grandparents, Joseph Wilson, Anna Mae Bryson, Claudine Shumauker, and Roy Rust; uncles, Marty Scott, Leory Scott, Joe Going and Rayson Going Jr., and an aunt, Nancy Daring. Lynnette is survived by parents Martricia and Jesse Wilson, and Thomas and Shirley Porter; paternal grandmothers, Alta Mae Wilson and Katie Rust; sisters, Patricia Lawrence, Tonia Cantrell, Ashley Porter and Amy Brezenski; brother, Luke Porter; brothers-in-law: Michael Lawrence, Jerry Cantrell Jr. and Ted Brezenski; aunts, Josie Scott, Tina Galvin, Blue Grimes, Brenda K. Dobson, Brenda Wilson, Charlotte Campbell, Retha Wilson, Nora Scott, Josephine Scott, Martha Scott, Inez Scott, Sharon Porter, Sherry O’Brian, Peggy Thaut and Patti Lindtengen; uncles, Wayne Scott Sr., Ken Scott Sr., Thomas Scott, Charles Scott, Frank Scott, George Scott, Bill Wilson, Curtis Wilson, Jimmy Don Wilson, Mark Wilson, Richard Wilson, Jim Porter, Ken Porter, Ronnie Porter, Bill Porter and Scott Rust; and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

  • Ann Churchill

    Ann Churchill

    Born: 02/12/1936 Died: 03/30/2009 Maiden Name: Paris Honorific: n/a

    Ann Churchill, 73, passed away on March 30, 2009, at the Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock. She was born February 12, 1936, in Freer, Texas, to the late Berlin O. and Daisy McMurry Paris. She graduated from Arkansas Tech University with an associate’s degree in early childhood education. She was the founder and operator of the Pope County Senior Companion Program until her retirement, the former director of the Appleton Head Start Center and the Arkansas Tech University Head Start Center. She was a member of the Russellville Chamber of Commerce, served in the River Valley area on various local boards and commissions, and was a former Pope County Woman of the Year. She was also a member of River Valley Designers and the Arkansas Porcelain Arts Teachers Association, and attended the Dover Church of Christ. She was also preceded in death by a grandson, James Patrick Freeman Jr. Survivors include her husband, Jamie Churchill; two sons, Jeffrey Duane Churchill and his wife, Ester, of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Tres Churchill and his wife, Maia, of Austin, Texas; three daughters, Judith Christia Churchill of Hector; Janis Juli’Ann Rowlands and her husband, Don, of Hector; and Christia D’Ann Churchill and her partner, Monica Gill, of Austin; a brother, Billy Paris and his wife, Lois, of Corpus Christi; 11 grandchildren: Summer Calais Grier of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Meaghan Nicole Tawil of Cibolo, Texas, Grant Alexander Lezama Churchill of Corpus Christi, Sara Christia Geater of Dover, Laura Suzanne Freeman of Russellville, Mary Elyse Rowlands and Catherine Grace Rowlands, both of Hector, and Gilliann Claire Churchill, Elena Christia Churchill, Elijah Rey Churchill and Noah Street Churchill, all of Austin; four great-grandchildren, Levi William Welsh of Hector, Cate Elizabeth Freeman of Russellville, Jordan Matthew Slocum Tawil of Cibolo, and Jake Allen Geater of Dover; special cousins, James and Shirlie Chadwick of Dover; and her lifelong best friend, Carolyn Klump of Goliad, Texas.

  • Hester June Carter

    Hester June Carter

    Born: 11/08/1932 Died: 07/05/2009 Maiden Name: Cook Honorific: n/a

    Hester June Carter passed away on July 5, 2009, after a 9-month struggle with lung cancer. She was born November 8, 1932, in Konawa, Oklahoma, to Marvin J. Cook and Linnie Mae James Cook. She lost her mother when she was two and spent many of her early years with various family members. June attended Mount St. Mary’s in Oklahoma City and later worked at Tinker Air Force Base where she met and married the love of her life, a pilot, James L. Carter, on May 5, 1951. In 1965, June and her family moved from Edwards Air Force Base to Oklahoma to be close to the love and support of relatives while her husband served in Vietnam. In February 1966, the Air Force reported Jim missing-in-action which remained unchanged for 38 years. She never remarried and raised three sons to adulthood providing many pearls of wisdom along the way. After living in Shawnee and Tulsa, she moved to Norman in 1970. June earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Oklahoma School of Social Work. This prepared her to work at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Oklahoma City for 17 years, retiring in April 1995. Continuing a lifelong need to help people, June joined the Peace Corps in 1998. She was stationed in St. Kitts where she provided guidance and assistance to the local social services agency. She returned two years later to Norman and friends. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, James L. and Grace Carter of Shadow Hills, California; John and Pam Carter of Norman; Joseph and Dee Ann Carter of Richland Hills, Texas; grandchildren, Shelby and husband Wes Hixson of Keller, Texas, Jena Carter of Boston, Massachusetts, Lindsey Carter of Richland Hills, and Matt Carter of Norman; and great-grandson, Preston Hixson of Keller.

  • Bobby Clark, Jr.

    Bobby Clark, Jr.

    Born: 02/10/1954 Died: Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a

    Bobby Clark, Jr. passed away. He was born on February 10, 1954 in Dallas, Texas. He is survived by his parents, Clark and Peggy Holder of Dallas, his paternal grandmother, Inez Holder of Dallas, his girlfriend, Rosie Goodwin of Dallas; several Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. Burial was in the Grove Hill Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Sid Cates, Blake McCallum, Billy Blair, Dickie Burklow, Jodi Ashford and Tab Ashford.

  • Teresa Pamela Cordua

    Teresa Pamela Cordua

    Born: 7/17/1942

    Died: 9/19/2012

    Maiden Name: Cook

    Honorific: n/a

    Teresa Pamela Cordua, 71, passed away on Sept. 19, 2012, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born July 17, 1941, in Oakland, Calif., to Loamen and Agnes (Shannon) Cook.

    She married Michael Cordua on Aug. 16, 1974, in Redlands, Calif. Teresa graduated from San Bernadino High School in 1959.She then attended Loma Linda University Nursing Program while raising her family. She worked as a pediatrics nurse in Loma Linda and later she became a correctional officer and finally a parole officer in Pomona, Calif

    Survivors include her husband; son Loamen Michael Cordua of Canton, Ga.; daughters, Michael Teresa Cordua of Leaburg, Ore., and Jamie Cathleen Cordua of Canton; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

  • Gladys William-Cooper

    Born: 12/15/1918

    Died: 9/30/2012

    Maiden Name: Williams

    Honorific: n/a

    Gladys Elizabeth William-Cooper, 93, passed away on Sept. 30, 2012, at Brewster Place in Topeka, Kan. She was born on a farm in Stigler, on Dec. 15, 1918. She was the youngest child of original enrollee Kelsey Edward Williams and his wife, Mary Eunice Fenton-Williams. She lived in Oklahoma until moving to Kansas to teach school in 1941. She was a teacher for 28 years. She married Wallace William (Bill) Cooper of Hoxie, Kan., on Jan. 12, 1945.

    She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years; grandson Matthew Yocum; brother Charlie Roy Williams; sisters, Loretta Coppick and Pauline Culver; and her parents.

    She is survived by her daughters, Elizabeth Ann Hunsecker (Don) of Maple Hill, Kan., and Mary Edith Yocum, of Topeka; sons, Michael Lynn Cooper (Yvonne) of Phoenix, Ariz., and Patrick William Cooper of Omaha, Neb.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

  • Myrtle Carr

    Myrtle Faye Youree Carr, 89, of Durant, passed away on Nov. 22, 2012, in the Durant hospital. She was born Nov. 3, 1923, in Utica, the daughter of Harry Youree and Myrtle Beale Youree. She graduated from Utica High School and attended SOSU. She married RC “Monk” Carr in January of 1943. She and Monk lived in the Utica area all of her life where she and Monk were members of the Utica Baptist Church. She was a very active member of the community for many years.

    She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Juanita Layhand and Lucille Robnett. Survivors include husband RC Carr of the home; daughter Carolyn Anderson with husband Bob of Durant; son Mark Carr with wife Debbie of Comanche; grandsons, Chris Haworth with wife Dee Ann of Utica, Kelly Haworth with wife Tammie of Blanchard, and Nick Carr with wife Amanda of Carter; great-grandsons, Tyler and Derrick Haworth of Utica, and Nate, Scott and Zack Carr of Carter, and Asa and Titus Haworth of Blanchard; great-granddaughters, Ashlee Carr of Carter, and Lydia Grace Haworth of Blanchard; brother Eugene Youree of Sherman, Texas; sisters, Pat Trostle of Denison, Texas, and Dean Sweeney of Durant; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

  • Clara Carroll

    Born: 4/22/1925

    Died: 11/30/2012

    Maiden Name: Grubbs

    Honorific: n/a

    Clara Mae Carroll passed away on Nov. 30, 2012. She was born on April 22, 1925, in Blanco to Robert and Fannie Crawford Grubbs. She married A.L. Carroll on Feb. 14, 1943, in McAlester, and together they moved to Memphis in 1948. She worked 25 years for the Hall County Hospital as a Kitchen Helper. Clara was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Memphis, the Salvation Army, and the Choctaw Nation.

    She was preceded in death by her husband on Jan. 30, 1994, and her son, Bobby Carroll. She is survived by her children, James Carroll of Childress, Paul Carroll of Memphis, Charles Carroll of Lubbock, Donnie Carroll of Uvalde, Glenda Cook of Memphis, and Charlotte Schacher of Tulia; 15 grandchildren, Robert Carroll of Amarillo, Jimmy Carroll of Childress, Jason Carroll of Amarillo, Lauri Smith of Amarillo, Susan Mathison of Childress, Shad Carroll of Amarillo, Amanda Carron of Lubbock, Heatber Brownlow of San Marcos, April Guenther of Tulia, Andrew Carroll of Lubbock, John Carroll of Fort Worth, Ryan Carroll of San Antonio, Sarah Carroll of Los Angeles, Judy Brown of Hereford, and Regena Noel of Fort Smith, Ark; and 23 great-grandchildren.

  • Grace Cotton

    Grace Cotton

    Born: 7/13/1931

    Died: 9/14/2012

    Maiden Name: Thompson Honorific: n/a

    Grace Jean Cotton, 81, of Ardmore, passed away on Sept. 14, 2012. She was born to Willie Cotton and Cecelia Thompson on July 13, 1931, in Ardmore. She worked at Walker’s Nursing Home for five years before taking a position for 11 years as a nurse at the Ardmore Convalescent Home. She was an active member in the Center Point Baptist Church and she was devoted to her church family. She was also active in the many Chickasaw senior citizen activities. As a singer, she loved gospel music and received her training with the Stamps Quartet out of Dallas, Texas. She enjoyed arts and crafts, quilting and sewing clothing for her family. In her youth, she enjoyed putting her heart into poetry and she also enjoyed sketching. Grace was an avid OU fan. She invested her time by encouraging her daughter to perform in formal dance. She spent countless hours taking her to class, performances, recitals and talent shows. Grace was a caring grandmother to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as a devoted mother.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; half-brother Sonny Wallace; and sister, Sandra. She is survived her daughter, Sharon Postoak of Ardmore; granddaughters, Deidra Marris and Kimberly F. Jim, both of Ardmore; four great-grandchildren, Stratton, Bryant, Aspen and Briar; aunt Elizabeth Rich of Ardmore; niece Jennifer Wyatt of Guthrie; nephews, Mike and Jason Wallace, both of Ardmore; five great nieces and a great nephew.