Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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  • Margie Lee Evans

    Margie Lee Evans

    Born: 1/14/1935

    Died: 3/15/2004

    Maiden Name: Edwards

    Honorific: n/a

    Margie Lee Evans, 69, of Norman, Oklahoma, passed away on March 15, 2004, in Norman. She was born January 14, 1935, in Lexington, Oklahoma, to Algie “Doc” Edwards and Grace Marie Walker. Margie attended school at Lexington.

    After school she spent many years working at Norman Regional Hospital then went on to work in home health care. She enjoyed her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed Gospel music and attending church and Bible study regularly.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Jimmy and Jerry Don; a granddaughter, Jessica Mulligan; and a beloved nephew, Quanah Gale Carr.

    Survivors include sons, Ronnie Jones of Lexington and Billy Evans of Norman; three daughters, Marilyn Berry of Norman, Tammy Nunn and her husband, Bill, of Lindsay, and Kimberly Aiken and her husband, Gary, of Washington; a brother, Don Edwards and wife, Martha, of Norman; a sister, Kathy Carr and husband, Donnie, of Purcell; 18 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by all.

  • Madeline (Peters) Elix

    Madeline (Peters) Elix

    Born: 10/12/1926

    Died: 4/29/2004

    Maiden Name: Peters

    Honorific: n/a

    Madeline (Peters) Elix, 77, of Durant, Oklahoma, passed away April 29, 2004, at Calera Manor Nursing Home. She was born October 12, 1926, in Overbrook, Oklahoma, to Richardson and Lucy (Tubbee) Peters.

    Madeline lived in Bryan County all of her life and attended Liberty schools. She later attended the Denison Business College. She married Clayburn Elix on July 9, 1946, in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. She worked as a housewife and also worked for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, from which she retired. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She will be greatly missed.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Abel Arkansas, Atchman Arkansas and Ervin Peters, and sisters, Emiline Shoemaker and Mae Peters.

    Survivors include her husband, Clayburn; daughters, Beverly Elix, Gwen Elix, Laura Elix, Tammy Elix and Tracey Elix, all of Durant; special cousin, Susie Pistubbee of Durant; grandchildren, Leigh Suzette Long, Vince Long, Vance Long and Todd Long; two great-grandchildren and many other relatives and a host of dear friends.

  • Peggy Sue Enos

    Peggy Sue Enos

    Born: 11/9/1944

    Died: 10/21/2003

    Maiden Name: Campbell

    Honorific: n/a

    Peggy Sue Enos passed away October 21, 2003, at Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria, California. She was born November 9, 1944, in Mesa Arizona, to Monroe and Pearl Campbell. Her family moved to Santa Meria in 1945.

    Peggy was the granddaughter of original enrollee ann Elizabeth (Low) Motly of McAlester, Oklahoma. She was proud of her Choctaw and Cherokee heritage. Survivors include her husband Richard E. Enos of Santa Maria; daughters, Carolyn Jean Enos of Monterey, California, and Tracy R. Smith and husband Larry, of Santa Maria; a son, Ron E. Enos and wife, Deanne, of Santa Maria; her mother, Pearl Campbell; sisters, Sandy J. Miller, Vera M. Hall and Louise Maddison, all of Santa Maria, and Noyka J. Galindo of Lompoc, California; brothers, Ricky J. Campbell of New Cuyama, California, and Roger D. Campbell of Harrison Idaho; five grandchildren, Richard Carlson, Ashley Barlow, Jennifer Malm, Danielle Molinella and Ryan Enos, and two great-grandchildren, Sylvia Carlson and Daniel Barbrow.

  • Bill Eeds

    Bill Eeds

    Born: 1/4/1921

    Died: 8/26/2001

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Bill Eeds, 80, of Apache, Oklahoma passed away Sunday, August 26, 2001. He was born January 4, 1921 in Durant, Oklahoma. He married Donna Warner on February 3, 1946 in Apache.

    Mr. Eeds served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and flew 30 missions in the European Theater. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters and the Good Conduct Medal.

    He was employed by Southern Airways as a helicopter mechanic and supervisor until he retired in 1977, when he moved to Apache from Mineral Wells, Texas. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Apache. He was an avid fisherman.

    Survivors include his wife of the home; three daughters, Sherry Robertson of Okmulgee; DeeDee Maynard of Eastland, Texas; Gail Martinson of Lawton, Oklahoma; four grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and a brother, Gene Eeds of Ardmore.

  • Alvin "Blackhawk" Ervin

    Alvin “Blackhawk” Ervin

    Born: 6/28/1916

    Died: 6/7/2000

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Alvin “Blackhawk” Ervin, 83, passed away June 7, 2000 at his home in Hartshore, Oklahoma. He was born on June 28, 1916 in the Craig community south of Harshorne to Columbus Williams and Lillie Mae (Tucker) Ervin. His father, born at Ft. Towson, was an original enrollee of the Choctaw Nation and one of the first Indian students to attend Jones Academy when it was just a one room school. Hawk also attended Jones for a short while.

    He was the great-great-great-grandson of Hopia Iskini (Little Leader)

  • Rebecca Garland Edwards

    Rebecca Garland Edwards

    Born: 3/20/1922

    Died: 7/17/1999

    Maiden Name: Garland

    Honorific: n/a

    Rebecca Garland Edwards, 77, of Stigler, Oklahoma passed away Saturday, July 17. 1999 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She was born March 20, 1922 in Stigler to Josiah Garland and Susan Bond.

    She was a homemaker.

    Survivors include her husband, Harding Edwards of the home; one daughter, Sharon Hood of Arizona; four sons, James, Jerry and Rickey Edwards, all of Stigler, and Ronnie Edwards of Spiro, Oklahoma; 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

  • Robert (Bob) Evans

    Robert (Bob) Evans

    Born: 2/4/1956

    Died: n/a

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Robert (Bob) Evans age 41 passed away at Latimer County Hospital. He was bon on February 4, 1956 in McAlester to Charley and Lora Mae (Isaac) Evans.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, Robert Evans and Mary Lour Evans and an Uncle Hugh Evans.

    Survivors in clued his wife, Glenda Evans of Wilburton Oklahoma; a daughter, Nichole Evans of Wilburton; a son, Nathan Evans of Wilburton; his mother, Lora Mae Evans of Wilburton; four sisters, Ann Lillie of McAlester, Oklahoma, Edith Sue Moore-McEuers of Orange Park, Florida, Shirley J. Nye of Jacksonville, Florida and Deborah Evans Williamson of Longview Texas; three nephews, C.L. Moore Jr., Daniel W. Moore and Troy Williamson; two nieces, Lora Ann Robinson and Amy Bacio; his grandmother, Lillie Butler; three uncles, Thornton Evans, Presley Isaac, Jr. and Joe Charley Isaac; four aunts, Lorine Gray, Helen Prescott, Louise Boyd, and Mary Evans and numerous other relatives.

  • Iona K. Battles Ellerbee

    Iona K. Battles Ellerbee

    Born: n/a

    Died: 11/30/2007

    Maiden Name: Battles

    Honorific: n/a

    Iona K. Battles Ellerbee, 80, a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away November 30, 2007. She was born in Ashland, Oklahoma.

    She was a member of the Family Worship Center and a mother to all who knew her.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, J.V. Yancy; her parents; and brothers, Ted and A.T. Battles.

    Survivors include her husband of 38 years, Jake Ellerbee; daughter, Debria Wagnone and husband Charles; son, Pastor David Yancy and wife Kim; sisters, Sue Gragg and husband Jerry, Ruth Morris and husband Johnny and Clara Luker; brothers, Claude Battles and wife Earline, Bill Battles and wife Ramona and John Battles and wife Mary; grandchildren, Eugene Wagnone and wife Tamara, Jake Yancy and wife Crystal and Michelle Yancy; great-grandchildren, Savannah Yancy, Karley Yancy, Kamaro Yancy, Jeff Yancy and numerous nieces and nephews and a multitude of friends and loved ones.

  • Betty Jo Kerr Everett

    Betty Jo Kerr Everett

    Born: n/a

    Died: n/a

    Maiden Name: Kerr

    Honorific: n/a

    Betty Jo Kerr Everett was bon in Norman Oklahoma and had lived in New Orleans Louisiana for 26 years and had more than 40 years of experience in public works design passed away in December. She was 71 years of age.

    She began her career in city government in 1970 as a civil engineer in the Streets Departments. She later worked as capital projects coordinator during Mayor Moon Landrieu’s administration.

    When not working for the city, Mrs. Everett taught engineering in college and worked for the State Highway Department and the Port of New Orleans. In 1978 she founded Chatah Inc., an oil service company.

    During her tenure, Mrs. Everett oversaw about $250 million in street construction. She earned a reputation as an outspoken administrator who often warned elected officials that the city was investing only a fraction of what was needed to maintain its streets which deteriorate rapidly on a foundation of unstable soil.

    She resigned in November 1995 and moved with her husband to New Mexico where she took a teaching position on an Indian Reservation.

    She received a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and a Masters Degree from Louisiana State University. She was a registers professional engineer in Louisiana Texas, Oklahoma, and Mississippi.

    She was a member of the Society of Women Engineers and several boards at the University of Oklahoma where she was named the Distinguished Graduates Society. She received the Achievers Award, the Outstanding Engineer Award the Women in Communication Award and the National Supplier of the Year Award.

    She was a former member of Munholland United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school and was on the board of trustees.

    In 1984 mars Everett was sleeved as one of 39 U.S. engineers to tour China and the Soviet Union.

    Survivors include her husband, Rex Minter Everett; a son, don Everett of Houston Texas, two daughters, Lisa Jo Everett of New Orleans and Sheri Everett and two grandchildren.

  • James R. Earl

    James R. Earl

    Born: 12/5/1995

    Died: n/a

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    James R. Earl, age 77, of Arlington, Virginia, passed away on December 5, 1995.

    He was born in Idabel, Oklahoma to James R. Earl and Helen Stanley Earl.

    Mr. Earl served with the Army Corps of Engineers during World War II and attained the rank of Major.

    His survivors include his wife, Dorothy Earl and his children, who reside in Arlington and his sister, Wyota Earl Davis of Oklahoma City.

    In gratitude for his Choctaw heritage, he was able to make a contribution or a scholarship.

  • Ben Eugene Engavo Sr.

    Ben Eugene Engavo Sr.

    Born: 3/5/1965

    Died: 9/16/2008

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Ben Eugene Engavo Sr. passed away September 16, 2008, at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper. He was born March 5, 1965, in Lander, Wyoming, the son of Billie Daney Engavo and Joseph Engavo Sr. and the grandson of the late Rev. Ben and Edith Daney of Talihina. A traditional Indian funeral was held at the family residence in Fort Washakie, Wyoming.

    Ben enjoyed art, drawing, music, horses, and being with family and friends. He attended school at Fort Washakie, Riverside Indian School in Anadarko, and Lander Valley High School. He was a carpenter by trade.

    Survivors include his mother; brothers, Joseph Jr., Eric and Tom Engavo of Fort Washakie and John Engavo of Riverton, Wyoming; sisters, Vickie and Teresa Engavo of Fort Washakie, Eunice Engavo of Blackfoot, Idaho, and Edith Woodley of Newberg, Oregon; his children, Ben Engavo Jr. and Tiffany Ann Engavo of Missoula, Montana; grandson, Vincent Eugene Zavarelli, and numerous other family members in Oklahoma.

  • Juanita Mae Estes

    Juanita Mae Estes

    Born: 1/13/1920

    Died: 10/20/2008

    Maiden Name: Dunn

    Honorific: n/a

    Juanita Mae Estes, 88, a lifelong resident of Durant, passed away October 20 at the Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma. She was born January 13, 1920, in Durant to John O. and Susie Thompson Dunn.

    Juanita graduated from Durant High School and married Haskell Estes on May 15, 1937, in Atoka. She was an instructor for the Choctaw Nation, teaching arts and crafts, and a member of the Achille Baptist Church. Some of Juanita’s hobbies included being a leader for the Campfire Girls, Indian dance, and arts and crafts. Juanita loved Choctaw Pow Wows. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Haskell; her parents; a son, Johnny Ray; and a daughter, Charlotte May.

    Survivors include her three daughters, Mary Sue Hess of Arlington, Texas, and Melba Sheller and Linda Roberts, both of Durant; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

  • Eugene Ellison

    Eugene Ellison

    Born: 12/12/1919

    Died: 1/1/1995

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Eugene Ellison, 75, of Anadarko, Oklahoma passed away at his home. He was born on December 12, 1919 in Fort Towson to William Franklin and Susan J. Snead Ellison.

    He and the former Gertrude Amos were married on December 13, 1958 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

    He grew up in Fort Towson and graduated from Fort Towson High School. He lived in the Albuquerque when World War II began and in February 1942, entered the U.S> Army where he served until December 1945. He was in the Pacific Theater of Operations where he was a tank driver. Following his discharge from the Army, he went to college on the G.I. Bill and attended Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado for two years.

    He then went to Oklahoma A&M, now Oklahoma State University and received a degree in animal husbandry in 1950.

    He began his career with the Bureau of Indian Affairs as an extension agent on the Navajo Indian reservation in Arizona. He transferred to the Dort Apache reservation in Whiteriver, Arizona, then to the Hualapai Indian reservation in Valentine, Arizona He later transferred to the Stewart Indian reservation in Carson City, Nevada. He moved to the Albuquerque BIA office to serve as credit officer and served in the same capacity in Phoenix, Arizona.

    In June of 1976, he transferred to the Anadarko Area.

  • Tudor Scott Morgan Evans

    Tudor Scott Morgan Evans

    Born: 12/3/1958

    Died: 2/21/2009

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Tudor Scott Morgan Evans of Arkoma passed away February 21, 2009, at his home. He was born December 3, 1958.

    He was a craftsman by trade and worked for George King and Sharp’s Auto Repair in Fort Smith.

    Survivors include four daughters, Brandy King Goff of Cedarville, Arkansas, Krista Belle Evans of Havana, Arkansas, Sara Evans of Idaho and Summer Evans Cooke of Idaho; his parents, Captain and Mrs. Simpson Evans Jr. of Fort Smith; sister, Kandace Evans of Pocola; and four grandchildren.

    Tudor Scott Morgan Evans

  • Glenda Sue Husley Embrey

    Glenda Sue Husley Embrey

    Born: 5/2/1944

    Died: 3/3/2009

    Maiden Name: Husley

    Honorific: n/a

    Glenda Sue Hulsey Embrey, 64, of Tulsa passed away March 3, 2009, in Tulsa. She was born May 2, 1944, in Tamaha, Oklahoma, to Murle Maurice and Viola Boots Benson Hulsey.

    Glenda was a successful real estate investor and a paralegal. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. Her legacy of faith was an example of Christ’s love to all who knew her. Glenda will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

    She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister and brother-in-law, Murlene Jackie Hulsey and Milton Daniel.

    Survivors include her husband of 45 years, Douglas Randall Randy Embrey of the home; two sons and daughters-in-law, David Maurice and Juli Embrey, and Daniel Edward Danny and Heather Embrey; a brother and sister-in-law, George Leslie and LaDeana Hulsey, six grandchildren, Kyleigh, Kaiti, Maegan, Ashleigh, Emily and Erin, all of Tulsa.

  • Hattie (Helen) Epperson

    Hattie (Helen) Epperson

    Born: 3/16/1896

    Died: 1/10/1992

    Maiden Name: LeFlore

    Honorific: n/a

    Hattie (Helen) Epperson, 95, of Idabel, died Friday January 10, 1992 at McCurtain memorial Hospital.

    She was born March 16, 1896 in Garvin I.T. to Louie LeFlore and Melissy McAfee LeFlore. She was an original enrollee of the Choctaw tribe. She attended Wheelock Academy at Millerton, Oklahoma and Carlisle Indian School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She was one of the Methodist faith and was preceded in death by her husband, John W. Epperson, Sr. on March 11, 1969.

    She is survived by one son, John Epperson, Jr. of Idabel; two daughters, Alice Allen of Idabel and Marie Arrington of Terrell, Texas; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild

  • Lora Mae Isaac Evans

    Lora Mae Isaac Evans

    Born: 3/5/1920

    Died: 3/28/1998

    Maiden Name: Isaac

    Honorific: n/a

    Lora Mae Isaac Evans was born March 5, 1920 in LeFlore County. She lived in Wilburton, Oklahoma most of her life. She passed away March 28, 1998 in the Talihina hospital.

    She was preceded in death by her father, Boe Isaac; grandmother, Rhoda Jones; son, Boe Evans, and husband, Bud Evans.

    Survivors include her mother, Lillie Isaac; daughters, Ann Lalli, Shirley Nye, Sue Isaac and Deborah (Evans) Williamson; grandchildren, Jr. and Danny Moore, Lora Ann Robinson, Michael Williamson, Amy Bacio, Nichole and Nathan Evans; great-granddaughters, Amber Leann Robinson and Daniele Moore, and brothers and sisters, Presley Isaac, Joe Isaac, Helen Prescott and Louise Boyd.

  • Lance Evan Erwin

    Lance Evan Erwin

    Born: 10/30/1961

    Died: 1/20/2001

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Lance Evan Erwin, 39, of Sherman, Texas passed away Saturday, January 20, 2001 at Northeast Medical Center, Bonham, Texas. He was born on October 30, 1961 in Waco, Texas, the son of Jack and Janis Kaniatobe Erwin.

    Lance was a college student and had attended Oklahoma State University and Grayson College. He was a 1980 graduate of Sherman High School. He was a member of Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity, Okalhoma University Alumni Association and the Democratic National Party.

    Survivors include his parents, Jack and Janis Erwin of Sherman; brother and sister-in-law, Kyle and Charlen erwin of Dallas; nephew, Derek Erwin, and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.

    In the words of Lance’s brother, Kyle, Lance had a positive influence on everyone he met and he will be missed for humor and outgoing personality.

    Lance Evan Erwin

  • Rachelle K. Nicole Easlon

    Rachelle K. Nicole Easlon

    Born: n/a

    Died: n/a

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Rachelle K. Nicole Easlon

  • Gladys Ellison

    Gladys Ellison

    Born: 08/06/1924 Died: 08/31/2011 Maiden Name: Lain Honorific: n/a

    Gladys “Jackie” Ellison, 87, of Wellsburg, W.V., passed away on Aug. 31, 2011, at her home, surrounded by her caring family. She was born on Aug. 6, 1924, in Atoka, the daughter of Eligh and Sarah Tomlinson Lain. She was a member of the Wellsburg United Methodist Church, retired from Stone and Thomas in Wheeling W.V., and was a lifetime member of the Women of the Moose and the VFW. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Victor and Theodore Lain; and two sisters, Opal and Pauline. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Ray C. Ellison, who she married on Nov. 3, 1943; two sons, Dan Ellison of Atoka and Bob “Ace” Ellison of Toronto, Ohio; four grandchildren, Dan Jr., Lain, Kyle and Kelsey; seven great-grandchildren, Kaedyn Karson, Kale, Danielle, Victor, Grace and Aralyn.

  • Michael Eagle Sr.

    Michael Eagle Sr.

    Born: 01/02/1963 Died: 07/20/2011 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a

    Michael “Mike” Eagle Sr., 48, of Quinton passed away on July 20, 2011. He was born on Jan. 2, 1963. He was a member of the middle San Bois Methodist Church in Bascum community. Mike lived most of his life in the Bascum community. He enjoyed the outdoors and spending time with his niece and nephew. Mike worked several years as a mechanic for Buddy Dugan of Quinton. He also worked in the siding industry for Troy Dugan of Quinton. He also did many brush hogging jobs for several people in the Quinton and surrounding areas. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Leoda Eagle; grandparents, Turner Silmon and Ella Wilkin; three brothers, Reynold, Frank and Dewayne Eagle. He is survived by three sons, Dereck Eagle of Quinton, Michael Eagle Jr. and Zachary Eagle, both of Poteau; one granddaughter of Poteau; two brothers, Turner with Kathy Eagle of Tulsa, and Clifford Eagle of Tucson, Ariz.; three sisters, Walley Eagle of Oklahoma City, DeeSandra Ben of Choctaw, Miss., and Nancy Eagle of McAlester; a half-sister Helen Lester of Stockton, Calif.; two aunts, June with Dick Sidles of Durant, and Wilma with Monte Liston of Denison, Texas; uncle Turner Silmon of Shawnee; 11 nieces; four nephews; nine great-nieces; nine great-nephews; many friends; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins of the Montana area. He will be missed by all.

  • Savola Olene ‘Chockie’ Self Edge

    Savola Olene ‘Chockie’ Self Edge

    Born: 09/09/1939 Died: 07/08/2009 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a

    Savola Olene “Chockie” Self Edge passed away on July 8, 2009. She was born on September 9, 1939, in Soper. She attended Soper School and on November 3, 1956, she and Bob Edge were married in Soper. They celebrated their 52nd anniversary on November 3, 2008. In 1957, they welcomed Cynthia Deraine into their family and then were blessed again in 1960 with the birth of Eulala Dalene (Henri). Shortly after marriage, they moved to Farmington, New Mexico, where she worked waitressing until she started to college in Durango, Colorado. She received her bachelor’s degree in education and began teaching in Bloomfield, New Mexico. She taught there for a few years and then they moved back home to Soper. She and her husband went in partnership with her sister and brother-in-law to purchase the B&E Grocery in Soper. After a short period, she went to work at Soper School teaching fifth grade. She received her master’s degree in education in 1974 from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. She also completed all but the dissertation for her doctorate degree in education at East Texas State in Commerce. She spent the remainder of her career in the education field. She worked for the Oklahoma State Department of Education, was a professor of education at Southeastern Oklahoma State University and taught special education at Wright City Public Schools. Chockie was a loving wife and mother. She loved her close-knit family and would promote a get-together on just the slightest chance. She was a member of the Soper Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar Kermit “Butch” Self and Clara Louise “Granny Bell” Self; brother, Oscar Kermit Self Jr.; sister, Eulala Grace “Prill” Blankenship, and great-grandson, Lonnie Alvarez. She is survived by her husband, Bob Edge of the home; daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Terry Jackman of Wright City; daughter, Henri Edge of Soper; grandchildren, Kari and Jonathan Teague, and Amy Yarbrough, and great-grandchildren, Keeli Tsosie, Davin Anna and Kaleb Teague, all of Wright City.