Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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  • Alma Lula (Walker) Gooldy

    Alma Lula (Walker) Gooldy

    Born: 5/10/1918

    Died: 3/6/2004

    Maiden Name: Walker

    Honorific: n/a

    Alma Lula (Walker) Gooldy passed away on March 6, 2004, while at her daughter’s home in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. She was born May 10, 1918, at the Walker home place near Kent, Oklahoma, the third child of Green ‘Tubby’ Walker and Irrie (Ketchum) Walker.

    Alma was very proud of her American Indian heritage and was a member of the Choctaw tribe. Her father, Tubby Walker, was an original enrollee. She lived in Tulsa with her family for many years, returning to her birthplace during her senior years. Alma was a loving mother and homemaker. She loved flowers and had quite a ‘green’ thumb. She knew the Lord and stayed in the Word, even in her latter years through Christian broadcasting and music when her vision prevented her from reading.

    During World War II, she was a ‘Rosie the Riveter’, helping the cause of freedom at aircraft factories in California and Oklahoma.

    She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; brothers, Woodrow Walker and Robert Lois Walker; sister, Hotona ‘Tonia’ Roebuck, and granddaughter, Rona Kayann Harrison.

    Survivors include one sister, Oleta Bell of Goodland Route, Hugo, Oklahoma; three children, Joann Shoemake of DeSota, Texas, Cheryl Hein of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Ronald Harrison of Hominy, Oklahoma; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. All will miss her!

  • Charles Wayne Gipson

    Charles Wayne Gipson

    Born: 10/17/1944

    Died: 1/14/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Charles Wayne Gipson, 59, passed away January 14, 2004, in the Veterans Hospital, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He was born October 17, 1944, in Bentley, Oklahoma.

    He spent his childhood in Oklahoma and graduated from Kaining High School in Kaining, Oklahoma. Upon graduation, he entered the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Long Beach, California. He did a tour of duty in Vietnam.

    Charlie married Rita Patterson on December 29, 1978, in Ravinia, South Dakota. He worked for Yankton Sioux Construction as a carpenter for many years. Charlie will always be remembered for his love of family and especially his grandchildren. He had a big heart and was always willing to pitch in and help anyone in need. He also loved the sound of laughter.

    His mother, three brothers and one sister preceded him in death.

    Survivors include his wife, Rita Gipson of Lake Andes, South Dakota; three daughters, LaHoma Gipson and Tracy Dion of Lake Andes and Yvonne Dion of Rapid City, South Dakota; and one son, Douglas Dion of Fort Thompson, South Dakota.

    Charles Wayne Gipson

  • Clayton D. Gibson

    Clayton D. Gibson

    Born: 8/13/1939

    Died: 4/13/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Clayton D. Gibson, 64, of Denison, Texas, passed away April 13, 2004, in Denison. He was born August 13, 1939, in Hendrix, Oklahoma, to William and Thelma (Franklin) Gibson.

    He married Susan Tamara Philagios on March 12, 1984, in Denison. Some of his favorite hobbies include fishing, gardening, playing dominoes and working on cars. He will be missed by all who knew him.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Jimmy Wayne Gibson; brothers, Sonny and Amos Gibson, and sisters, Serena Gibson and Marie Harkins.

    Survivors include his wife, Susan Gibson of Denison; sons and daughters-in-law, Clayton Jr. and Lori Gibson of Kingwood, Texas, and Gary and Tina Gibson of Bokchito, Oklahoma; daughters and sons-in-law, Terry Ann and Mark Woodall of Denison, Tammy Gibson of Mena, Arkansas, Ginny and Michael Delo and Wendy and Dale Needham, all of Ben Lomond, Arkansas, Tamara and Shane Able of Pottsboro, Texas, Teresa and Maynard Roberts of Denison, and Crystal Gibson of Sherman, Texas; sisters and brothers-in-law, Linda Newsom and Nerma and Teddy Embry, all of Denison, and Wynona and Eddie Lawrence of Mead, Oklahoma; an uncle, Benny Gibson of Bennington; 22 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

    Clayton D. Gibson

  • Christine Compelube "Tine" Gann

    Christine Compelube “Tine” Gann

    Born: 12/5/1924

    Died: 5/5/2004

    Maiden Name: Compelube

    Honorific: n/a

    Christine Compelube “Tine” Gann, 79, of Mountain Home, Idaho, passed away May 5, 2004, at home with her family. She was born December 5, 1924, in McAlester, Oklahoma, the daughter of Ethel (Pace) Compelube and Nicholas Compelube. An original enrollee of the Choctaw Nation, Christine was one of five children, Cecil, Jesse, Audrey and Dorothy.

    Christine was a high school graduate and a member of the VFW 1965 Women’s Auxiliary. She resided next door to her sister, Dorothy Jenkins, throughout most of their adult lives. She met and married Paul C. Gann in January of 1943. Together they had two sons, Kenneth R. Gann and Paul Truman Gann. Paul Truman passed away at the tender age of two years of diphtheria and is buried in Pima, Arizona. Paul, Christine and Kenneth moved to Wasco, California, where they resided for more than 50 years. Due to health reasons, they then moved to Mountain Home in 2002 to live with their son, Kenneth, and his wife, Letha, and was cared for by her granddaughter, Tammy Presley.

    Christine battled a severely debilitating stroke in 1969 and her husband, Paul, and sister, Dorothy, cared for her for many, many years. Christine never gave up and with determination and perseverance got back on her feet. She was and always will be an inspiration to us all. She was a treasure, with admirable strength and will. Christine collected beautiful dolls and loved a good practical joke. She will be greatly missed and loved by all whom she touched.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Cecil and Jesse Compelube; a sister, Audrey, and son, Paul Truman Gann.

    Survivors include her husband, Paul C. Gann; son, Kenneth Gann and wife, Letha; sister, Dorothy Jenkins; granddaughters, Tammy Presley and Stacey Knight and husband, Jimmy; great-grandchildren, Jamie and Kyle Knight and Paul, Shellie and Holly Presley, and five great-great-grandchildren.

  • Wanetta Glenn

    Wanetta Glenn

    Born: 1/21/1911

    Died: 7/9/2004

    Maiden Name: Siddle

    Honorific: n/a

    Wanetta Glenn, 93, of Hugo, Oklahoma, passed away July 9, 2004, at Hugo. She was born January 21, 1911, in Givens, Texas, to Stephen Elmer and Mary Alice Chambers Siddle.

    Wanetta married Henry Glenn on April 19, 1930, in Hugo. She had lived in Hugo since 1920 after moving there from Roxton, Texas.

    She was preceded in death by her husband; a son, Billy Glenn; two sisters, Nan Lou Slagle and Kathryn Walker; and one grandson, Victor McIntyre.

    Survivors include two sons, Larry and Parker Glenn, both of Hugo; four daughters, Mary Glenn of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Dorothy Glenn of Omaha, Nebraska, Kay McIntyre of Gallup, New Mexico, and Fayetta Glenn of Hugo; ten grandchildren, Shelley Russell, Vandy Lujan, Aurelia McIntyre, Henry, Kelly and Kenny West, Gina Self, Amber Glenn, Alicia Mitchell and Avery Amos; 14 great-grandchildren, Ryan and Brandon Self, Nicolas Dees, Sara and Greg Lujan, Ambree and Anica Ramirez, Kaleb and Taylor West, Candall and Stephanie West, Coy, Carson and Coy Mitchell, and two great-great-grandchildren, Jackson and Brianna Self.

  • Lisa Jo (Roebuck) Giles

    Lisa Jo (Roebuck) Giles

    Born: 6/2/1958

    Died: 7/16/2004

    Maiden Name: Roebuck

    Honorific: n/a

    Memorial services were held for Lisa Jo (Roebuck) Giles on July 16, 2004. Lisa was born June 2, 1958, the beloved daughter of Johnnie Sanders and Ulysses Pete Roebuck and loving sister to Sandy (Roebuck) Lowe, Donnie Roebuck, Stepheanie (Roebuck) Bullard, Paula (Roebuck) Cain and B.J. Pierce Reynolds. She was favorite to six nieces, one nephew, seven great-nieces, three great-nephews and two great-great-nieces. Lisa was also a proud surrogate mother to Barney and Andy.

    She was retired from Certainteed.

  • George M. Goins

    George M. Goins

    Born: 4/4/1916

    Died: 5/23/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    George M. Goins, 88, of Stigler, Oklahoma, passed away May 23, 2004, in Stigler. He was born April 4, 1916, in Stigler to William and Ada (Baker) Goins. He grew up in Stigler and graduated with the Class of 1935.

    He and Tena Owens were married on June 29, 1935, in Stigler. They made their home in San Jose, California, for 39 years where he worked as a fitter-welder for Westinghouse until his retirement.

    He and his wife toured with an Art Guild for three years across the country. He was an award-winning ballroom dancer and made two appearances on the Lawrence Welk Show by winning a dance competition.

    They made their home in Stigler in the early 1970s where he enjoyed fishing, gardening and yard work. He snowbirded in Florida in the winter, was an accomplished metal sculptor and a member of the Stigler First Baptist Church.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Bessie Dun-can of Stigler; four brothers, Taze and Roy Goins of Stigler, Harry Goins of Bakersfield, California, and Ed Goins of Mariposa, California.

    Survivors include his wife, Tena, of the home; five nieces, Susy Adcock of Stigler, Mary Gardner of Ramona, Ada Belle Nickell of Lake Isabella, California, Mary Beth Gilliam of Bakersfield, California, and Carolyn Parche of Mansfield, Texas; three nephews, Gary Goins of Whitefield, Oklahoma, Boyd Goins of Benton, Arkansas, and Billy Goins of Hemet, California; several cousins; many great-nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

    George M. Goins

  • Buster Gardner

    Buster Gardner

    Born: 12/2/1921

    Died: 10/9/1997

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Buster Gardner, age 75, of New castle, Texas died October 9, 1997. He was born December 2, 1921 in Wynnewood, Oklahoma to the late James A. and Aora Ellen Frances Gardner. He was raised in the Texas Panhandle near Shamrock. He was a member of the Methodist church..

    He served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a sergeant in the 184th Infantry Regiment He served in the South Pacilic Campaign. He received a Good Conduct Medal. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans.

    Mr. Gardner married Catherine Eileen Wilson on December 4, 1946, in Wheeler, Texas. He was a retired dairy farmer, mechanic and construction worker. He moved from Southern California to Newcastle in 1982-.

    Survivors include his wife, Eileen Gardner of Newcastle; six sons, Loyd Darrell of Holtville, California, Bennie Doyle of Christmas Valley, Oregon, Robin Cecil of Draper, Utah, Rondel Delbert of Crescent City, California, Gary Eugene and Jesse Dale, both of Newcastle; three daughters, Lynda Eileen Haislip and Cathie Jeynell Eubanks, both of Niland, California, Clarissa Ellen Gardner of Sedona, Arizona; one brother, James A. of Cabazon California; two sisters, Cleta Wigley and Freda Tate, both of San Jacinto, California; nineteen grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.

  • William C. "Bill" Guthrie

    William C. “Bill” Guthrie

    Born: 5/16/1917

    Died: 12/5/2003

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    William C. “Bill” Guthrie, 86, passed away December 5, 2003, at St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City. He was born May 16, 1917, at Antioch, Oklahoma, to Charley and Winnie (Gunter) Guthrie.

    Bill had been a lifelong member of the area. He attended school at Antioch and Maysville, Graduating in 1936. He married Helen Haney at Pauls Valley on July 30, 1936.

    Bill and Helen lived on the home place at Antioch since 1948. He had livestock and worked in the oil patch for Schlumberger, Sinclair, and later Arc

  • Woodrow Gaines

    Woodrow Gaines

    Born: 1/14/1929

    Died: 12/19/2003

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Woodrow Gaines, 74, of McAlester, Oklahoma, passed away December 19, 2003, at his home. He was born January 14, 1929, in Red Oak, Oklahoma, to William and Ada (Jefferson) Gaines.

    He married Lucinda Beebe on June 20, 1958, in Eugene, Oregon.

    Mr. Gaines was of the Baptist faith and was a member of the Choctaw-Chickasaw Association. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and had lived the past 20 years in McAlester.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Robert Winlock and Lewis Gaines, and one sister, Betty Owens.

    Survivors include his wife, Lucinda Gaines, of the home; two sons, Paul Gaines of Proctor, Oklahoma, and Stephen Gaines of Greenville, Illinois; three daughters and son-in-law, Rebekah and Randy Williams of Ada, Oklahoma, Lois and Dennis Mayo of Eufaula, Oklahoma, and Sarah and Jimmy Holland of Talihina, Oklahma; grandchildren, Carey, David, Keith and Dakota of Ada, Crystal, Tiffany and Erica of Eufaula, and Krystal, Jason Kassie an Jerry of Talihina; five great-grandchildren and numerous other special grandchildren; brothers, Wesley, William Ray and David Gaines, Henry and Watson Postoak; brother-in-law, Kennion Beebe of Estacada, Oregon; sisters, Willie Joy Jack, Hattie Williamson, Lizzie Carney, Joy Lynn White-Buffalo, Lula Mae Sailor and Willie Joy, and numerous nieces and nephews.

  • Malacha Austin Gaddy

    Malacha Austin Gaddy

    Born: n/a

    Died: 9/5/2003

    Maiden Name: Austin

    Honorific: n/a

    Malacha Austin Gaddy, 75, of Valliant, Oklahoma, passed away September 5, 2003.

  • Octavia (Locke) Grimes

    Octavia (Locke) Grimes

    Born: 11/14/1911

    Died: 6/26/2003

    Maiden Name: Locke

    Honorific: n/a

    Octavia (Locke) Grimes, 91, passed away June 26, 2003 in Lubbock, Texas. She was born November 14,1911 in Hugo, the daughter of Wilson and Susan (Hampton) Locke.

    She married Howard Grimes on November 16, 1935. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by a grandson, Andy Wilson.

    Mrs. Grimes was a member of the Church of Christ, the VFW Auxiliary, and a proud member of the Choctaw Nation.

    Survivors include two sons, Thurman Locke, Jr. of Whiteface. Texas and Billy Jack Grimes of Lubbock; two daughters, Frankie Jo Grimes and Nancy Kay Jones, both of Lubbock; one brother, Edward Locke of Purcell; one sister, Ernestine Locke of Hugo; nine grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

  • Amos Gibson

    Amos Gibson

    Born: 9/9/1925

    Died: 4/6/2003

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Amos Gibson, 77, of Hendrix, Oklahoma passed away April 6, 2003 at the Texoma Medical Center in Denison, Texas. He was born September 9, 1925 in Hendrix, the son of William and Thelma (Franklin) Gibson.

    Mr. Gibson was lead man for W.J. Smith Cross Tie Co. He was of Baptist faith and loved hunting, fishing and playing dominoes. Amos also enjoyed ranching, raising cattle and gardening. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Sonny Gibson; sisters, Serena Gibson and Marie Harkins; nephew, Bobby Norton and niece, Quida Hawkins.

    Survivors include sisters, Wynoma Lawrence and husband, Teddy, and Linda Newsom, all of Denison; brother, Clayton Gibson, Jr. of California, Michael Embry and wife, Brenda, of Hendrix, Ricky Embry and Charles Lee Newsom, both of Denison, Greg Newsom of Durant, Oklahoma and Kenneth Norton of Mead, Oklahoma; nieces Terri Woodall and husband, Mark, Debra Fuller, Brenda Newsom, Betty Norton, Crystal and Teresa, all of Denison, Texas, Cheryl Jimenez and husband, Steve, of Sherman, Texas, Mary Vogel and husband, Craig, of Dallas, Texas, Tammy Gibson, Wendy and Ginny, all of Arkansas; two great-nephews, Danny Fuller of Denison and Michael Embry, Jr. of Hendrix; three great-nieces, Jennifer Embry and Christy Hawks and husband, Bobby, all of Calera, Oklahoma, and Michelle Gibbons of Denison; one great-great-niece Sarah Embry of Calera, and numerous other great-great-nieces and nephews.

  • Dallas Wayne "Poppie" Gilstrap

    Dallas Wayne “Poppie” Gilstrap

    Born: 9/28/1925

    Died: 2/14/2003

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Dallas Wayne “Poppie” Gilstrap, 77, passed away Friday, February 14, 2003. He was born September 28, 1925, in Stigler, Oklahoma to Roy and Edna Gilstrap.

    Dallas was a longtime member of the Church of Christ. He served in World War II as an Aviation Radioman, third class, U.S. Navy. After retirement from the Farmers Insurance, he worked for Secure Horizons and BFMC. He was a wonderful, kind and loving husband, Daddy, Grandpa and friend. He touched many lives and will be greatly missed.

  • Anna "Dovey" Gunby

    Anna “Dovey” Gunby

    Born: 2/14/1905

    Died: 4/10/2001

    Maiden Name: Wilson

    Honorific: n/a

    Anna Dove “Dovey” Wilson Autry Gunby, 96, passed away April 10, 2001 at her home in Pioneertown, California. She was born February 14, 1905 in Oklahoma Territory to Willie W. and Ollie M. (Phillips) Wilson.

    Her parents and six siblings preceded her in death.

    Survivors include a daughter, Barbara McAlpine; son, Russell C. Autry, Jr.; seven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

  • Henry W. Guest, Jr.

    Henry W. Guest, Jr.

    Born: 8/12/1928

    Died: 5/5/2001

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Henry W. Guest, Jr., 72, of Millerton, Okalhoma passed away Saturday, May 5, 2001 at his home. He was born August 12, 1928 in Idabel, Oklahoma, the son of Henry W., Sr. and Mellie Guest.

    He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served his country during the Korean Conflict. Henry was a retired school teacher, a member of the First Baptist Church of Wright City and had lived in this community most of his life. He enjoyed gardening, fishing and loved his Choctaw heritage.

    His parents preceded him in death.

    Survivors include six brothers, Donald Ray Guest and Gerald Guest, both of Valliant, Oklahoma, and Bill Guest, David Guest, Larry Guest and Gary D.D.” Guest

  • Nela McAlvain Dutton Givens

    Nela McAlvain Dutton Givens

    Born: 7/19/1916

    Died: 9/29/2001

    Maiden Name: McAlvain

    Honorific: n/a

    Nela Givens was born to Walter and Effie McAlvain on July 19, 1916 in Wister, Oklahoma.

  • Jason Ray Greenwood

    Jason Ray Greenwood

    Born: 4/6/1973

    Died: 11/29/2001

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Jason Ray Greewood passed away November 29, 2001. He was born April 6, 1973 in French Camp, California.

    Survivors include a daughter, Jessica White; parents, Justin and Carol Greenwood; brother, Dennis Greenwood and his wife, Regina; sisters, Mildred Ellen Wright and her husband, Michael; Fonda Marie Wall and her husband, Carl; grandparents, Walter and Barbra Thompson, M.T.Greenwood, and many uncles, aunts, and other loving family.

  • Col. Robert E. Gardner, Ret.

    Col. Robert E. Gardner, Ret.

    Born: n/a

    Died: 9/8/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Robert Bob E. Gardner, 71, of Payson, Arizona, passed away at his home on September 8, 2005, surrounded by his loving family. Bob, the second of five children, was born in Bisbee, Arizona, to Elmer and Delores Lola Gardner.

    A graduate of Glendale High School, Bob went on to earn an Associate in Science Degree from Central Arizona College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management from the University of Phoenix.

    In 1954, Bob started two separate and distinct careers: one with Arizona Public Service Company (APS); the other with the Arizona Army National Guard. His success in both was based on his being an enthusiastic self-starter and always taking the initiative. At APS, Bob started as a groundsman rising to Casa Grande and Central Phoenix Customer Service Manager upon until his retirement in 1984. With the Arizona National Guard, Bob quickly rose through the ranks starting as a private with the Heavy Mortar Company, 158th Infantry and retired as a colonel in 1994. In 1984, Bob started a third career when he moved to Dallas, Texas, and became the Assistant Director of Business for Dallas Water Utilities from which he retired in January 1999.

    He was preceded in death by his parents and an older sister, Anna Jean Cullinan.

    Survivors include his loving wife, Matalyn; sons, Robert M. and Thomas F. Gardner, both of Phoenix; daughter, Cathy L. Samuelson of San Diego, California; stepsons, William and John Harp of Reno, Nevada; stepdaughters, Marcia Elliott of Wheaton, Illinois, and Michelle Sanders of Dallas; brother, William Gardner of Glendale; sisters, Betty Larsen of Brookings, South Dakota, and Carol Hardy of Kingwood, Texas; 15 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and countless nieces and nephews.

    Col. Robert E. Gardner, Ret.

  • Edna Imogene Williams Gibson

    Edna Imogene Williams Gibson

    Born: 5/8/1932

    Died: 1/15/2000

    Maiden Name: Gibson

    Honorific: n/a

    Edna Imogene Williams Gibson, 67, passed away Saturday, January 15, 2000 at Norman Reginal Hospital in Norman, Oklahom. She was born on May 8, 1932 in Finley, Oklahoma to Harvey and Ethel (Sherred) Williams.

    Edna attended school in Finley, Antlers, Goodland and Chilocco Indian School, graduating in 1951 from Chilocco. She then attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Oklahoma from 1951 to 1953, majoring in elementary education. She met her husband, Bennie Gibson, in 1951 while at Southeastern. They were married on June 6, 1953 at Old Cedar Church in Finley, Oklahoma and shortly thereafter moved to Shiprock, New Mexico to start their teaching careers.

    Mrs. Gibson worked for the schools on the Navajo Reservation in Shiprock, first as a teacher and later as a librerian. She loved books and passed it on to her children and grandchildren who are avid readers.

    Edna and Bennie were founding members of the Methodist Church in Shiprock and continued as charter members after retiring to Finley.

  • Louie Ernest Griffin

    Louie Ernest Griffin

    Born: 8/7/1907

    Died: 3/4/2000

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Louie Ernest Griffin, 92, of Durant, Oklahoma, passed away Saturday, March 4, 2000 in his residence. The son of John Isac and Mattie Birkett Griffin, he was born August 7, 1907, in Honey Grove, Texas.

    He married Ora Belle Wilkinson. Louie attended school in Fannin County and later worked for Libby’s Canning Factory in California. He spent many years in Bryan County raising cattle around Bennington and Bokchito areas. He enjoyed fishing and playing bingo.

    Preceding him in death were his parents, wife in 1995, two brothers and a sisiter.

    Survivors include nieces, Wanda Hyde of Durant, Joella Orbison, Crowley, Texas, Joyce Johnston, Sherman, Texas, Janet Percell, Irving, Texas, and Dorothy Heacock of Oregan; nephews, Frank Percell, Durant, and his special friends, Dellie Faye Owens and Joe and LaVern Elrod of Durant.

  • Evaline T. Gomez

    Evaline T. Gomez

    Born: 9/21/1935

    Died: 8/6/2000

    Maiden Name: Thompson

    Honorific: n/a

    Evaline T. Gomez, 64, passed away on Sunday, August 6, 2000 at Comanche County Memorial Hospital in Lawton, Oklahoma. She was born September 21, 1935 in Broken Bow, Oklahoma to Hoffman and Sarah (Brandy) Thompson.

    Mrs. Gomez grew up in Broken Bow and graduated from Broken Bow High School. She went on to college where she earned a B.A. and master’s in Business Administration. She and Pete Gomez, a former paster of the J.J. Methvin United Methodist Church, were married on April 13, 1958.

    A member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, she went to work in Civil Service for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, her first appointment being at Chilocco Indian School. During her 30-year career she worked at Teesnospos, Arizona at the boarding school, then at the Ship Rock (New Mexico) Agency and the Gallup (New Mexico) Agency. She was then promoted to the Muskogee Area Office and finally to the Anadarko Area Office, where she retired from the BIA in 1995.

    During this time, she graduated from Cothern Methodist University Seminary School and became an ordained Methodist minister. She has pastored at Albert Horse United Methodist Church, the J.J. Methvin UMC, and the three-church Bennington circuit of Sulphur Springs, White Sands, and William Anderson United Methodist Churches. Upon her retirement in 1995, she became a full-time minister. She was also involved in the campus minisrty at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Oklahoma. She worked with the UMC Women’s Organization and held several offices, including Conference President and District President. She served on several boards within the Okalhoma Indian Missionary Confrence. She enjoyed working with youth and college kids, encouraging education and good study habits. She was a volunteer math tutor in public school. She especially enjoyed her children and grandchildren and taught them the Choctaw language and to sing their native hymns. She also enjoyed playing the piano and reading.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, who passed away last year, William J. Williston

  • Alfred Allen Goforth

    Alfred Allen Goforth

    Born: 6/22/1929

    Died: 8/28/1999

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Alfred Allen Goforth, 70, passed away August 28, 1999 in Davis, Oklahoma. He was born June 22, 1929 in Sulphur, Oklahoma to Andrew and Celia Cox Goforth.

    A retired Army veteran, he served during the Korean War. He was a prisoner of war for 32 months while in Korea.

    He was preceded in death by two sisters, Sylvia Chronister and Norma June Kirk.

    Survivors include his wife, Linda; two daughters, Jennifer James and Tammy Epperly, and one grandson, Jason, all of Oklahoma City; seven sisters, Lorene Randall and Frankie Church, both of Lexinton, Oklahoma, Jean Chambers of Ore City, Texas, Marie Lynch of Eunice, New Mexico, Virginia Batson of Ardmore, Oklahoma, and Helen Goforth and Ellen Greene, both of Roff, Oklahoma.

  • Arletta Owassa Grove

    Arletta Owassa Grove

    Born: 7/10/1923

    Died: 12/7/2005

    Maiden Name: Owassa

    Honorific: n/a

    Arletta Owassa Grove passed away December 7, 2005, in Denver, Colorado. She was born July 10, 1923, in Capulin, New Mexico, to Ernest and Ola Johnson Inlow.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, George, and her son, George Lanny.

    Survivors include her son, Allen Grove, and her daughter, Rebecca Sauve; sisters, Wanetta Hoskins and Stella Williams, both of Kerr-ville, Texas; seven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

  • Brunetta Bernard Griffith

    Brunetta Bernard Griffith

    Born: 3/9/1919

    Died: 1/11/2006

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Brunetta Bernard Griffith, 86, of Duncan passed away January 11, 2006, in Duncan. She was born March 9, 1919, in Rush Springs to C.E. and Gertrude Sperling Bernard.

    She graduated from Rush Springs High School. She studied six years under Professor Derald Swineford of Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts. Brunetta married Joe Griffith on June 4, 1945, in Indianapolis, Indiana. She lived in Florida for 15 years before settling in Rush Springs. She began painting oils in the early 1970s. Her artwork has received many awards and hangs in the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center, the Choctaw Nation Headquarters in Durant, the Veterans Hospital in Lawton, and numerous other places. Her series of the Leaders of the Five Civilized Tribes was purchased for display in Washington, D.C. Brunetta painted several historical murals, one depicting early Rush Springs hangs in the Rush Springs Library.

    Brunetta was very proud of her Choctaw heritage and keenly interested in Oklahoma History. She did extensive research for each one of her historical and Indian paintings. Brunetta was a longtime board member of the Oklahoma Historical Society where she was selected as Outstanding Artist. She was also a member of the D1181,Thomas Edwin Oakes Sr.

    Brunetta Bernard Griffith

  • Opal Goggins

    Opal Goggins

    Born: n/a

    Died: 7/5/2006

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Opal Goggins, 81, of Jonesboro, Arkansas, passed away July 5, 2006, at St. Bernard’s Medical Center. Born at Wister, Oklahoma, she lived in Jonesboro most of her life and was a homemaker. She was a descendant of Chief Jackson Frazier McCurtain.

    She was a member of Revival Tabernacle Church.

    Preceding her in death were her parents and two brothers.

    Survivors include her husband, John T. Goggins, of the home; three sons, Donald, Richard and Larry Goggins, all of Jonesboro; one daughter, Ann Freeman of Jonesboro; three brothers, Debert Brown of Paragould, Kenneth Brown of Rochelle, Illinois, and Ronnie Brown of Oklahoma; two sisters, Ellen Smith of Paragould and Nadine Long of Little Rock; eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

  • Alice Fay Roebuck Gentry

    Alice Fay Roebuck Gentry

    Born: 11/27/1947

    Died: n/a

    Maiden Name: Roebuck

    Honorific: n/a

  • Willie A. Gallop

    Willie A. Gallop

    Born: 1/18/1934

    Died: 3/9/1999

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Willie A. Gallop, 65 of Altus, Oklahoma passed away Tuesday, March 9, 1999 at Jackson County Memorial Hospital. He was born January 18, 1934 in Popular Branch, North Carolina, to Cleo Gallop of Dunstance who preceded him in death.

    Mr. Gallop joined the Christian Advocate Baptist Church in Popular Branch at an early age. He graduated from Curritick Union High School in 1952. During his high school years, he was an avid basketball player. Following his high school graduation, he enlisted in the Air Force where he served 20 years as a security policeman. He received his associate’s degree in criminology from Western Oklahoma State College and attended Cameron University.

    Willie and Frances Aline Williams were married April 9, 1971, in Vernon, Texas. After military retirement, he joined the Altus Police Department where he was chosen Police Officer of the Year in 1993. He served 23 years and retired in 1996 as a lieutenant.

    He was a member of the Macedonia Baptist Church where he served as a financial secretary for many years. He was a 33rd Degree Mason, a member of Golden Limit Consistory, Past Master of St James Lodge #229, and member of James Crane Chapter #37, Holy Royal Arch Mason, Worthy Joshua of Myrtle B. Scott Court #78 Heroines of Jericho.

    Mr. Gallop is survived by his wife; mother, Adgenora Case of Jarnisburg, North Carolina; three children, Veronica Dubose and Willie Gallop, Jr. both of Vallejo, California, and Joseph Gallop of Hercules, California; four step-children, June Lee of Altus, Valerie Robinson of Lakenheath, England, Patricia Valmore of Houston, Texas, and Charles Jackson of Dallas, Texas; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Fleetwood Dunstance, Jr. of Atlanta and Myron Dunstance of Chapel Hill, North Carolina; one sister-in-law, Mildred Neely and husband, Thomas of Lompor, California; one brother-in-law, Junious Williams, Jr. of Altus.

  • Toney Goodman Jr.

    Toney Goodman Jr.

    Born: 8/15/1935

    Died: 5/7/2007

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Toney Goodman Jr., 71, a resident of Claremont since 1973, passed away at his home on May 7, 2007, after a battle with kidney cancer. He grew up in Madill where was born on August 15, 1935.

  • Mattie Leola (Carter) Glass

    Mattie Leola (Carter) Glass

    Born: 8/7/1913

    Died: 4/24/1997

    Maiden Name: Carter

    Honorific: n/a

    Mattie Leola (Carter) Glass was born on August 7, 1913 in Hartshorne, Oklahoma and passed away on April 24, 1996 in Coalgate, Oklahoma.

    She was 82 years, eight months and 17 days old.

    Funeral services were conducted by the Church of the Nazarene by Rev. Robert Thomas. Burial was in Coalgate Cemetery.

  • Lahoma King Goodwin

    Lahoma King Goodwin

    Born: 3/21/1925

    Died: 6/1/1997

    Maiden Name: King

    Honorific: n/a

    Lahoma King Goodwin age 72 was born March 21, 1925 at Ashland Oklahoma. She passed away June 1, 1997 in Edmond Oklahoma.

    She married Troy Goodwin November 30, 1944 they resided in Oklahoma until 1980 then they moved to Montana for 14 years; retiring and moving to Green Valley, Arizona.

    She is survived by her husband Troy, two sons, Jim of Birmingham, Alabama and Ben of Coolidge, Arizona; four grandsons, Jon, Lane, Ryan and Paul, and one granddaughter, Lisa.

    Lahoma was preceded in death by her parents, Silas and Ivah King.

  • Brenna Jane McKinney Garrison

    Brenna Jane McKinney Garrison

    Born: 8/12/1981

    Died: 11/4/2007

    Maiden Name: McKinney

    Honorific: n/a

    Brenna Jane McKinney Garrison, great-granddaughter of original enrollee Ervan Barnett, was lost to her family and friends in an auto accident on November 4, 2007, in Athens, Georgia. She was born August 12, 1981, in Bryan, Texas.

    Brenna was a 2005 graduate of the University of Georgia and was employed as an accountant in the External Affairs Division at the University of Georgia.

    She was a letter athlete in high school and enjoyed music, theater and the outdoors. She left many friends who will miss her ready smile and sharing nature. She was proud of her heritage as a Choctaw.

    Survivors include her two children, Kelsey and Hunter; husband, Steve Williams; her parents, Ginger and Ervan; and her brother, Ian.

    Brenna Jane McKinney Garrison

  • Mildred Darneal Parent Gibbs

    Mildred Darneal Parent Gibbs

    Born: n/a

    Died: 11/4/2007

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Mildred Darneal Parent Gibbs, 84, of Spiro passed away November 4, 2007, in the Peachtree Hospice in Fort Smith.

    She was a member of the Baptist faith, a proud Choctaw and the granddaughter of lighthorseman James Darneal.

    She was preceded in death by her husbands, Clifford Parent and Garland Bud Gibbs; her daughter, Myrna DePierne; and great-grandson, Zachary James.

    Survivors include her son, Ronnie and Jane Parent of Spiro; one grandson, Brandon Parent of Spiro; four granddaughters, LeAnn Parent of Spiro, Stacey DePierne of Barling, Shelley and Jack James of Lavaca, and Serena and Bob DeMent of Oklahoma City; eight great-grandchildren, Jacob, Joshua, Caleb and Noah James of Lavaca and Olivia, Rachel, Katie and Ian DeMent of Oklahoma City. She also leaves many friends and extended family.

  • Robbie F. Garland

    Robbie F. Garland

    Born: n/a

    Died: 1/31/1998

    Maiden Name: Folsom

    Honorific: n/a

    Robbie F. Garland age 101 passed away in February 1998 at local nursing home. She was born on February 13 in the Garland Community to Robert and Alice (Cox) Folsom. She was a homemaker.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond; her parents, one some Donald; one sister, Maude Beene; two brothers, Dewey and Haskell Folsom and two infant brothers.

    Survivors include tow daughters Dorothy M. Vaughn of Greely Colorado and Doris L. Holley of Idabel Oklahoma; on son, Dennis Garland of Phoenix, Arizona; one sister, Maye Copeland of Stigler, Oklahoma; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

  • George Lanny Grove

    George Lanny Grove

    Born: 9/2/1950

    Died: 1/27/1998

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    George Lanny Grove of Aurora, Colorado passed away on January 27, 1998.

    He was 47 years old. He was born on September 2, 1950 in Denver, Colorado.

    He was a glazier for a glass shop.

    He was a carpenter and made many beautiful pieces of furniture for parents and family.

    Survivors include his parents, George Lee and Arletta Grove of Aurora; one brother, Allen Grove of Cody, Wyoming; and a sister and brother in law, Rebecca and Michael Sauve of Aurora.

  • Lucyle Hudson Garvin

    Lucyle Hudson Garvin

    Born: 3/29/1916

    Died: 2/15/1995

    Maiden Name: Hudson

    Honorific: n/a

    Lucyle Hudson Garvin, born on March 29, 1916, passed away on February 15, 1995 in Cottonwood Arizona.

    Lucyle had a rich heritage of Choctaw blood and her heritage was documented by the enrollment of her grandfather, Adah Barnett Hall on the 1896 Dawes Commission Final Rolls of the Choctaw Nation.

    She was the oldest of eleven children born to Nettie and Luther Hudson.

    Lucyle was bon in a log cabin on a farm near Iron Chapel that was her mother’s Indian Allotment.

    She was married in 1934 in Blanchard to Lloyd Garvin from Chrism, Oklahoma. They spent most of their young adult years in Alpaugh, California where they raised a family of six children. Lloyd and Lucyle then moved to Porterville, California and finally retired in Cottonwood, Arizona.

    Her favorite pastime was playing the piano, which she learned as a young girl at the Baptist churches around her home town in Oklahoma. She was the pianist often at her church in Alpaugh and Porterville.

    Lucyle had many talents for crafts and quilt making, but her special talent was as mother and grandmother.

    Lucyle was preceded in death by her parents, Nettie and Luther Hudson; a brother, Wilburn; husband, Lloyd Gravin and son, Sidney.

    She is survived by a brother, Buck; sisters, Lorene, Ada, Inez, Nora Lee, Pansy, Donna, Jeanine and Rosemary; daughters, Nelyn and Barbara; sons, Leland, Loran and Carroll; 21 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

  • Francis Haskell Gardner

    Francis Haskell Gardner

    Born: n/a

    Died: 12/12/1995

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Francis Gardner, age 86, passed away December 12, 1995 in Hemet, California.

    He was born in Wynnewood, Oklahoma to James Adelphus and Flora Ellen Gardner.

    He is survived by his wife, Katherine of 61 years; four daughters, Wanda Hogan of Waukomis, Oklahoma, Shirley Prendez, Carol Ruiz and Kathy Rogers; two sons, Wayne and Donald Gardner both of Hemet; 21 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.

  • Jessie Mae (Bailey) Glover

    Jessie Mae (Bailey) Glover

    Born: 12/7/1917

    Died: 1/19/1995

    Maiden Name: Bailey

    Honorific: n/a

    Jessie Mae (Bailey) Glover, passed away on January 19, 1995. She was born on December 7, 1917 to J.W. and Ida May (McClue) Bailey,

    She grew up in Broken Bow and attended Wheelock Indian Girls School.

    She married H.W. Glover, Sr. in Idabel and moved to Ponca City, Oklahoma where she lived until her passing.

    Her grandparents were Freeman and Laura (Dryer) McClue and the great-granddaughter of the Rev. James Dyer of Eagletown, Oklahoma.

    She is preceded in death by her husband and one son, Melvin.

    She is survived by many cousins, including Hellen Wolf of the Broken Bow area. Other survivors include 7 children, 18 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

  • Larry Lendell Garland

    Larry Lendell Garland

    Born: 7/5/1946

    Died: 1/31/2009

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Larry Lendell Garland passed away January 31, 2009. He was born July 5, 1946, in Bakersfield, California, to Gilbert and Pauline Garland.

    He was preceded in death by his mother; loving stepfather, Wesley H. Colquitt; brother, Joseph Wayne Garland; and his father.

    Survivors include his three sisters, Eunice and Ernie White of Elfrida, Arizona, Chris and Cleo Brannon, Paula and Don Johnson, and brother, Gil and Janice Garland, all of Wasco; 14 nieces and nephews, 30 great-nieces and nephews, and three great-great-nieces, with one more due in June. Larry was a favorite uncle of all his nieces and nephews. He loved to tease and teach them funny things to show their parents and friends.

    Larry graduated from Wasco High School in 1964 and started college in Long Beach when drafted by the Army and served in Vietnam. After discharge he worked for the Forestry Service, in food production in Oregon for 20 years and the last eight years has been an employee of Frito Lay. He was an avid non-fiction reader.

    He loved his fantasy basketball, his many travels to different places around the world and his vegetable garden, which no one could match. Larry was proud of his Choctaw heritage and wore his Choctaw shirt with pride. He will be missed by his lifelong friends, Bill McDonald of Wasco, Tim Gilmer of Oregon and Mike Gilmer of Shafter. He also leaves behind all of his special working family at Frito Lay.

  • Uela Dell Rice Gragg

    Uela Dell Rice Gragg

    Born: 2/10/1926

    Died: 10/17/1991

    Maiden Name: Rice

    Honorific: n/a

    Uela Dell Gragg of Sand Springs, Oklahoma died Thursday, October 17, 1991 in Sand Springs at the age of 65.

    She was born February 10, 1926 in Valliant, Oklahoma to Frank and Nela (Thompson) Rice. She married A. Ray Gragg on December 17, 1947 in Sand Springs.

    She was a retired customer service employee for Public Service, retiring after 25 years in 1982. She was preceded in death by a son, Steve Gragg in 1978. She was a member of Church of God.

    Survivors include her husband, A. Ray Gragg of the home; a daughter, Susan Smith of Tulsa; two sisters, Melba Songers of Valliant and Betty Sullivent of Preston, Missouri; a brother, Shelby Rice of Ft. Scott, Kansas and grandchildren, Megann and Nicholas Smith and Stephanie Gragg.

    Funeral services were held October 21 at the Church of God. Rev. David Williams officiated.

    Interment was at Woodland Cemetery.

  • Ray Garland

    Ray Garland

    Born: 12/3/1893

    Died: 6/26/1989

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Ray Garland, 95, of Stigler, dies Monday June 26, 1989, in a Ft. Smith, Arkansas hospital.

    Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, in Mallory Chapel, with the Rev. Vernon Lawrence officiating. Burial was in Garland Cemetery under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home.

    Pallbearers were Bill Cook, Hershel Prentice, Larry Holley, John Fulsom, Jim Elliott and Clinton Garland.

    Garland was born December 3, 1893, in Tamaha to William G. and Mary Beller Garland. He worked for years with Garland Coal and Mining Company as an accountant and later worked as county treasurer of Haskell County for several years. Garland was º Choctaw and worked with the BIA Indian Agency, retiring in 1963.

    After returning to Stigler, Ray continued to work for the Housing Authority as an accountant, retiring twice from this service.

    Survivors include his wife, Robbie of the home; two daughters, Dorothy M. Vaughn of Greely, CO. and Doris L. Holley of Idabel; two sons, Donald R. Garland of Stigler and Dennis O. Garland of Phoenix, AZ.; three sisters, Grace Buttrum, California, Bill Prentice and Virgie Wilson, both of Stigler; two brothers, George Garland of Sand Springs and Lester Garland, of Dallas; seven grandchildren; one step-granddaughter and one step-great-granddaughter.

    He was preceded in death by two brothers, Clint and Garrett and three sisters, Lavina, Lee and Myrtle.

  • Mary Amelia Gilliam

    Mary Amelia Gilliam

    Born: 8/12/1937

    Died: n/a

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Mary Amelia Gilliam, 57, passed away in a Wichita Falls hospital. She was born on August 12, 1937 in Soper, Oklahoma. She was a waitress for Pioneer Restaurant No. 8 for 20 years. She had lived in Wichita Falls since 1972, coming from Athens, Greece. She was a member of the Floral Heights Assembly of God. She and Bobbie Gilliam were married on May 17, 1962 in Denver, Colorado.

    Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Cynthia of Wichita Falls; six sisters, Ann Motley of Wichita Falls, Mildred Fagan of Paris, Texas, Pauline Wright of Hugo, Oklahoma, Marie Forlines of San Jose, California, Jo Gilbert of Henderson, Nevada, Sina Chalupa of Riverside, California and a grandson Jerry Perryman of Wichita Falls.

    Memorials may be made to Women-in-need Fund, Floral Heights Assembly of God, P.O. Box 4641, Wichita Fall, Tx 76308

  • Tony Pat Gregory

    Tony Pat Gregory

    Born: n/a

    Died: 11/9/2001

    Maiden Name: n/a

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    Tony Pat Gregory, 58, passed away Friday, November 9, 2001 at the family home in Heavener, Oklahoma. He was born in his grandparents home in Stapp, Oklahoma.

    Tony will be remembered as a standout football player, first at Ramsey High School in Fort Smith, Arkansas and later as an All-Confrence Halfback with the Heavener Wolves. After graduation from heavener and two years at Eastern Oklahoma State University in Wilburton, Tony enlisted in the Marine Corps National Guard and experienced his boot camp at Twenty-Nine Palms, California.

    Tony followed his dad’s vocation and made his living as a mason specializing in rock work and fireplaces. He was an avid hunter and naturalist and spent 20 years stomping the grounds around Cripple Creek, Colorado. Tony was a member of the Choctaw Nation, a member of the Elks Lodge in Cripple Creek, a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Heavener and a member of the Loyle Order of Moose in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Pat and Oynotis Gregory, and younger brother, Steve, of Heavener.

    Survivors include his son, Guy Gregory of Oklahoma City; three brothers, Dana, John and Jim Gregory, all of Heavener; two cousins whom he considered his fifth and sixth brothers, Jerry Gregory of Pocalo, Oklahoma and Joe Gregory of Heaverner; two aunts whom he considered his only sisters, Ann Kirksey of Heavener and Marilyn Pledger of Poteau, Oklahoma.

  • Vivian F. Groves

    Vivian F. Groves

    Born: 7/1/1948

    Died: 7/2/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Vivian F. Groves, 57, passed away July 2, 2005, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was born July 1, 1948, to Jewell LeFlore in Oklahoma City. Vivian grew up in the Keota area until the first grade, then moved to Muskogee where she finished high school in 1966. She later went on to earn a B.A. from Northeastern State University.

    Vivian married George Groves and had two children. They loved to travel together. Vivian enjoyed cooking, but more so, she enjoyed feeding those she worked with at the Veterans Affairs office in Muskogee, Oklahoma. She spent more than six years with the VA office. Her grandchildren became the pride of her life.

    Vivian is survived by her husband of Muskogee; son, Bryan and Cheryl Groves of Landers, Wyoming; daughter, Jani and Shawn Reheard of Muskogee; sister, Wylene and Tommy Hudson of Skiatook; niece, Cara Hudson; nephew, T.J. and Keli Hudson and their son, Cameron Hudson; grandchildren, Roman Groves, Kayla Groves, Seth Reheard, Hunter Reheard, and Skyler Reheard, and many coworkers and friends.

  • Hunter Scott Goines

    Hunter Scott Goines

    Born: 12/19/2001

    Died: 11/23/2002

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Hunter Scott Goines, 11 months old, of Coalgate Oklahoma passed away Saturday, November 23, 2002 at Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was born December 19, 2001 at Poteau, Oklahoma.

    Survivors include his mother and father, Scott and April Goines of the home; two brothers, Jace Hardy and Ashton Cripps, both of the home; grandparents, Lottie Flanary and Robert and Debbie Goines; great-grandparents, Anna Flanary, Buck and Elly Nickles and Earline Carter; one aunt, Angie Goines; two uncles, Joe Hardy and Justin James, and numerous other relatives and loved ones.

  • Bobbie Green Gardner

    Bobbie Green Gardner

    Born: 10/16/1929

    Died: 10/18/2002

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Bobbie Green Gardner, 73, of Madill, Oklahoma passed away on Friday, October 18, 2002 at the Veterans Center in Dallas, Texas. He was born October 16, 1929 in Bokchito, Oklahoma to the late Green and Ona Norris Gardner.

    Bobbie was reared in Madill. He served in the U.S. Army and Air Force and was honorably discharged on October 1, 1960. Bobbie lived in San Francisco, California for several years before moving back to Madill in 1991. He had lived in Bonham, Texas for the last two years. He enjoyed golf and cross-word puzzels.

    Survivors include his ex-wife, Louise Gardner of San Francisco; sons, Lonnie Porter of Madill, Terrance Gardner and Melvin Green Gardner, both of San Francisco, and Marcel Gardner of Wichita, Kansas; brother, John Gardner of Madill, Cecil Gardner and Sonny Gardner, both of Wichita, and Richard Gardner of Nebraska; sisters, Mary Beth Watson of Altus, Oklahoma and Deloris Gardner of Oklahoma City, and one grandchild, Romone Gardner.

  • Eunice Inez Gray

    Eunice Inez Gray

    Born: 6/2/1925

    Died: 2/13/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Eunice Inez Gray, 79, of Denison, Texas, passed away February 13, 2005, at Homestead Nursing Home in Denison. She was born June 2, 1925, in Tuskahoma, Oklahoma, to Edmond Calvin and Nora (Frazier) Calvin.

    She attended school in Tuskahoma, married James Lindell Gray, and lived in Southern Oklahoma most of her life. Eunice was very proud of her Choctaw heritage and her membership in the Choctaw Nation. She was also proud of her family and checked in on them often. Eunice enjoyed watching westerns on TV and visiting with family and friends. She especially enjoyed family reunions. She was of the Baptist faith and will be greatly missed.

    Survivors include her sons, Tommy Gray, Jimmy Gray, Jerry Gray, and Terry Gray; her daughters, Gloria Gray, Sherry Word and Connie Thomas; eleven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and a host of friends.

  • Jamie Don Gammon

    Jamie Don Gammon

    Born: n/a

    Died: n/a

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    Honorific: n/a

    Jamie Don Gammon

  • Gregory Gene Gardner

    Gregory Gene Gardner

    Born: n/a

    Died: n/a

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    Honorific: n/a

    Gregory Gene Gardner

  • Naomi Mae Gibson

    Naomi Mae Gibson

    Born: n/a

    Died: n/a

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    Naomi Mae Gibson

  • Todd A. Godfrey, Sr.

    Todd A. Godfrey, Sr.

    Born: n/a

    Died: n/a

    Maiden Name: n/a

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    Todd A. Godfrey, Sr.

  • Jack Louis Gooding

    Jack Louis Gooding

    Born: n/a

    Died: n/a

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    Jack Louis Gooding

  • Jimmie Thomas Gremen

    Jimmie Thomas Gremen

    Born: 12/8/1919

    Died: 2/20/2010

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Jimmie Thomas Gremen, 90, of Rosenberg, passed away Feb. 20, 2010 in Richmond. Jimmie was born Dec. 8, 1919 in Antlers. He was proud of his Choctaw heritage.

    Jimmie was a member of the American Legion Post No. 350 in Needville. He served his country in the Marine Corps, retiring after 20 years. Jimmie then went to work as a warden with the Texas Department of Corrections, retiring with them after 20 years.

    Jimmie was preceded in death by his wife, Alreeda Dunn Gremen; parents, Petross Graman and Ice Lee Garza; and brother, Jack Hart.

    He is survived by his daughter, Mary King and husband Mitch; siblings, Max Gremen and wife Bertie, Mary Jane Kent, and Billy Hart and wife Janice; along with numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  • Mary Jane Gipson

    Mary Jane Gipson

    Born: 08/15/1915 Died: 01/11/1991 Maiden Name: Barcus Honorific: n/a

    Services have been held for May Jane Gipson, who died January 11, 1991, at Carl Albert Indian Hospital in Ada. Mrs. Gipson was born August 15, 1915 in Bentley, Oklahoma, the daughter of Bob and Nannie Wilson Barcus. She was married to Willie S. Gipson, who preceded her in death on May 8, 1987. Survivors included two sons; Nehemiah Gipson of Atoka and Jeremiah LeFlore of Howe, TX; a step-son, Roger Gipson of Chicago, IL; a sister, Lena King of McAlester; and four grandsons; Steven Onssi Gipson of Atoka, Charles LeFlore of Howe, Lawrence Dale LeFlore of Ada and Roger J Gipson of Chicago. Besides her husband, Willie, she was preceded in death by two brothers; John E. Barcus and Jessie Betsey; three sisters; Agnes Wallace, Ida LeFlore and Mattie Wilson. Pallbearers were Jimmie R. Scott, Nathan Scott, Calvin K LeFlore, Lerou John, Carl Loudermilk and Larry Peters. Burial was in Bentley Indian Cemetery with Rev Joseph Jim officiating services at Macedonia Missionary Church.

  • Bena Garrett

    Bena Garrett

    Born: 08/04/1920 Died: 02/09/2011 Maiden Name: Lawrence Honorific: n/a

    Bena Vee Garrett, 90, of Shawnee and formerly of Liberty Baptist Church Retirement Center, passed away on Feb. 9, 2011, at a local hospital. Bena was born Aug. 4, 1920, in Lindsey to Harry Edwin and Selena Elizabeth Betts Lawrence. She graduated from Lindsey High School in 1940. On June 6, 1940, she married Aubrey Garrett in Oklahoma City. He preceded her in death on Feb. 27, 1992. Bena was a homemaker and a member of Liberty Baptist Church and the Sweet Adelines. She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and her siblings, Joe Lawrence, Azelle Watkins, Maxie Clymer and Olan Martin. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Jud Webster of El Reno; daughter, Judith Kay Beeson of Shawnee; grandchildren and their spouses, Christy and Judon Ritchie of Deer Creek, Darin and Jessica Webster of Cedar Park, Texas, Robin and Ben Gibson of Choctaw, Guenita Kay and Terry Giacomo of Wilburton, Edwin and Patti Edwards of Arpelar; great-grandchildren, Selena Bedard, Ricky Giacomo with wife, Brittani, Terra Giacomo, Morgan Ritchie, Jake Webster and Luke Webster; great-great-grandchildren, Aubree Giacomo, Jazmin Bedard and Avree Giacomo.

  • Parker Glenn

    Parker Glenn

    Born: 12/23/1953 Died: 07/21/2011 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a

    Parker Glenn, 57, passed away on July 21, 2011, at his home in Hugo. He was born to Henry and Wanetta Siddle Glenn on Dec. 23, 1953, in Hugo and had lived all his life in the Hugo area. He married Rubye Winters Pierce on Jan. 9, 1998, in Hugo. Parker enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time with his friends, though he especially loved spending time with Rubye, his grandkids and his brother, Larry. He had many friends and his Delta Chi Delta brothers he held close to his heart, and he had an incredible heart. He saw no color of skin and showed no judgment. He left lasting footprints and memories in the hearts of all people he met. His great sense of humor, kind understanding will forever be burned in the hearts of all who knew him. Parker was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Billy; and nephew, Victor. Survivors include wife, Rubye Glenn of the home; four daughters, Amber Leushner of Victorea, Texas, Connie Moore of Hugo, Sammye Loftin of Boswell, and Kim Crawford of Valliant; 15 grandchildren, Kristen and Brody Leushner of Victorea, J.L. Blankenship of Hugo, Falyn and Seth Moore of Boswell, Kaitlyn Crawford of Boswell, Sarrah Crawford of Valliant, Chelsey Morriss of Stillwell, Austin, Laura and Rowdy Loftin of Messer, Hunter Heady of Hugo and Devontey, Jayla and Kinion Pierce of Moyer; two great-grandchildren, Draven Moore and Trenton Robinson of Boswell; one brother, Larry Glenn of Hugo; four sisters, Kay McIntire of Gallop, N.M., Mary Littledeer of Palmer Lake, Colo., Fayetta West of Hugo and Dorothy Glenn of Hugo.

  • William Guthrie

    William Guthrie

    Born: 08/02/1949 Died: 01/14/2005 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a

    William Terrell “Woody” Guthrie passed away on Jan. 14, 2005. He was born on Aug. 2, 1949, in Oakland, Calif., to Edna Mae Guthrie and Joe Thomas Guthrie, both of Maysville. He was a long time resident of Oklahoma, living in Maysville, Garvin County, Purcell, McClain County, Norman and Edmond. He was a volunteer fireman. He was preceded in death by his parents; grandfather Edgar Guthrie; and twin sister, Gertrude (Guthrie) Holt. He is survived by Henry Michael (Hank) Guthrie, of Sanoma, Calif.

  • Wilma Garland

    Wilma Garland

    Born: 09/25/1921 Died: 10/08/2011 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a

    Wilma J. Garland, 90, passed away on Oct. 8, 2011, in Oklahoma City. She was born on Sept. 25, 1921. During World War II she worked for the federal government as a clerk in the Gasoline, Price and Rationing Office in Stigler. She married Jerry W. Garland in 1948, and they made their home in Stigler. After 30 years as a caseworker with the Department of Human Services, she retired and she and her husband became “winter Texans,” spending winter at their vacation home in Rio Grande Valley where they golfed and fished. She and her husband also enjoyed traveling to New Mexico for part of their summer, visiting Santa Fe and Pecos. In retirement, she kept busy with many hobbies especially golf, oil painting, fishing and studying Spanish. Even at age 88 she enrolled in Spanish class. She cared for her family very much and enjoyed many happy days with them after moving to Oklahoma City in September of 2006. Her friends also were very important to her and she kept in contact with many of her school friends from Stigler, including her dear friend and roommate from Connors College. She was a member of Main Street Baptist Church in Stigler. She loved her church and all of her church friends. Her family is very grateful to Mercy Hospice of Oklahoma City for the support, care and love extended during her illness. She was preceded in death by her parents, Zenos W. Garland and Leda Mae Stevens Garland; sister Lucille Garland Frizzell; brother Billy Ray Garland; brothers-in-law, Kenneth Frizzell and Eugene Merriman; and sisters-in-law, Betty Garland and Opal Garland. She is survived by her husband, Jerry W. Garland; daughter Ann Simank Bankhead with husband Gary; granddaughter Jean Ann Frank with husband Richard; grandson Edmund Dow Simank III; great-grandfather, Kaylee Simank, all of Oklahoma City; and one sister, Jo Merriman of Stigler.

  • Wynona Gibbs

    Wynona Gibbs

    Born: 04/05/1924 Died: 10/11/2011 Maiden Name: James Honorific: n/a

    Wynona Wilma Gibbs passed away on Oct. 11, 2011, in Sherman, Texas. She was born on April 5, 1924, in Sardis to Moses James and Emma (Anderson) James. Wynona attended grade school at the Chilocco Indian School near Newkirk and graduated high school at the Indian boarding school, Carter Seminary, in Ardmore. She later attended the Wilson N. Jones nursing school during World War II from 1944-1947. She was in the cadet program and graduated as a registered nurse. She married Joe Gibbs on Nov. 27, 1947, in McKinney, Texas. She worked at Community Hospital and Medical Plaza, retiring in 1989 after 42 years of service. Wynona was a longtime member of East Sherman Baptist Church. She enjoyed church activities, getting together with her Sunday School class, and loved reading the Holy Bible. Wynona was an avid fan of the Texas Rangers and OU and OSU football. Mrs. Gibbs was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Woodrow, Cecil, and Eugene James; and a sister, Naomi Rainwater. She is survived by her loving husband of almost 64 years, Joe, of the Sherman home; son Teddy Gibbs with wife Kim of Lewisville, Texas, and their daughter, Traci Gibbs, son, Travis Gibbs with wife Melissa and their daughters, Kailey and Valorie; son Michael Gibbs with wife Gwen of Denison, Texas, and their son, Charles Beasley with wife Kim, of Anna, Texas, and their son Kamden; one sister, Ramona Hartgers, of Tulsa; and a sister-in-law, Shirley Thompson with husband Dean of Denison.

  • Etta Goar

    Etta Goar

    Born: 03/02/1930 Died: 10/18/2011 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a

    Etta Mae Goar, 81, of Kingsport, passed away on Oct. 18, 2011, in Johnson City, Tenn. Etta Mae was born March 2, 1930, in St. Louis, Okla., the youngest of three daughters born to the late William Nelson Spencer and Lessie Arena McCarey. She was a proud member of the Choctaw Nation Oklahoma and of the Jewish faith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 30 years, Rodney Grady Goar; a son, Edward Gene Goar; and sister, Oneita Elizabeth Edwards. Surviving are her daughters, Lydia Risney with husband James of Kingsport, Deborah Hansen with husband Frank of La Habra, Calif.; son Robert Goar with wife Mary Frances of Whittier, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; and one sister, Mary Lou Main of Locust Grove, Va.

  • Benny Vince Grayham

    Benny Vince Grayham

    Born: 04/12/1952 Died: 06/25/2009 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: Veteran

    Benny Vince Grayham passed away on June 25, 2009. He was born on April 12, 1952. Benny, a proud Choctaw, served his country in the U.S. Army. He loved to fish and garden. He is missed by his large family and many friends. He is survived by his sons, Christopher and Benny Jr.; his parents, Doris and Bentley Grayham of the home; sisters, Sherry and brother-in-law Jim Wilson, and Faye Heldenbrand of Texas.

  • Harve Gardner

    Born: 8/21/1918

    Died: 11/13/2012

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Harve Gardner of Lubbock, Texas, passed away on Nov. 13, 2012, in hospice care at Trust Point Hospital. He was the son of an original Choctaw enrollee, born on Aug. 21, 1918, in Bennington. His parents were Morgan McKinley and Winnie D. Gardner. Harve married Cecil Hutson on Feb. 14, 1967. He was an employee of Halliburton Oil Co. for years. After their marriage, Harve joined Cecil in the operation of Cecil’s Drapery, retiring in 1994. Both were longtime members of Woodrow Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon

    He was preceded in death by his wife; sons, James and Charles Gardner; daughter Macalynn Summers; stepson Jerry Hutson; and grandson Darrin Gardner. Survivors include two sons, Clyde Gardner of Brownfield, and Jerrel Gardner; stepson Bob Hutson of Lubbock; sister Frances Anders of Lubbock; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

  • Annie Ganote

    Annie Ganote

    Born: 12/10/1922

    Died: 11/14/2014

    Maiden Name: Leflore

    Honorific: n/a

    Annie Marie (LeFlore) Ganote, 89, of Talihina, passed away on Nov. 14, 2012, at her residence. She was born on Dec. 10, 1922 in Keota, the daughter of the late Columbus LeFlore and Edna (Tom) Carter. She was the widow of Kent Ganote, whom she married in Wichita, Kan. She was so proud to be a full-blooded Christian Choctaw. She loved her family and always wanted to know if everyone was okay. She loved visiting with people and telling her life stories. She had a love for animals and fed strays all over town by carrying something for them in her pockets. Most of all, she loved God, and would tell people goodbye by saying, “Be careful, pray, God bless,” with a smile. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Kent Ganote; Baby Boy Ganote; sister Belle Smith; and son-in-law Cleo Ritter.

    She is survived by her son, Ted and Darlene Ganote of Tulsa; daughters, Paula Ritter of Cameron, Regina and Don Mings of Talihina; grandchildren, Kevin, Chris with wife Sheila, Joanie, and Terry Ganote, Keith with wife Michelle Mings, Gregory with wife Raquel Mings, Britni with husband Michael Landers and Tawni Mings; 12 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and numerous other family members and friends.

  • Edgar Gregory

    Edgar Gregory

    Born: 4/18/1917

    Died: 1/12/2013

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Edgar P. Gregory, 95, of Spiro passed away on Jan. 12, 2013, in Poteau. He was born on April 18, 1917, in Pocola, to Edwin Shepard and Algia (Manley) Gregory. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Pearl Gregory; daughters, Norma Conrad and Laverda Hayes; son Bill Blevins; sisters, Mary Scrivner, Lilly Ridenour, and Ruby Colley; and brother John Gregory.

    He is survived by his son, Allen Gregory with wife Misti of Spiro; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous great-great-grandchildren.

  • Jessie Gibson

    Jessie Gibson



    Maiden Name: n/a

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    Jessie Gibson, 93, passed away on Jan. 2, 2013, at her longtime residence in Maricopa, Calif. Jessie was born in Oklahoma and moved with her family to California and settled in Maricopa in 1950. Jessie enjoyed her family. She loved to quilt and fish. She made annual road trips to Oklahoma until her health no longer allowed. She enjoyed gospel music and knowing that her family was close. She was considered “mom” and “grandma” by many. She will be greatly missed by all. She was the root to her family and cherished them as they cherished her. “Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same, but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.” She is preceded in death by her parents, Ben and Janie Johnson; husband Tony Gibson; children Earldean, Norma Jean, Luther Ben “LB” and Marlin Gibson; daughter-in-law Martha Gibson; son-in-law Johnny Powell; and grandchild, Curtis Gibson.

    Jessie was survived by her children, Doyle Gibson of Maricopa, Jearline Powell of Oklahoma, Harlin Gibson with wife Terrie of Morro Bay, Marvin Gibson with wife Bonnie of Maricopa; grandchildren, Tony Gibson, Chris Gibson, Keith Gibson, Ricky Powell, Brenda Taylor, Terri Prestridge, Tanya Ellison, Christy Gibson, Daniel Gibson, Anthony Gibson and Heidi Robbins; 32 great-grandchildren; and 20 great-great-grandchildren