Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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  • Bennie Martin Harkins

    Bennie Martin Harkins

    Born: 7/21/1926

    Died: 2/5/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Bennie Martin Harkins, 77, passed away February 5, 2004, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The eldest of four children, he was born July 21, 1926, in Shady Point, Oklahoma, to original Choctaw enrollees Adam Harkins and Lena (Whistler) Harkins. He lived in the LeFlore County area until moving to Broken Arrow in the fall of 1965.

    He served in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1947. He was a member of the Masonic Order, Grottos of North America, Amrita Grotto in Ft. Smith, Arkansas, and Saba Grotto of Tulsa where he served as Monarch in 1973. He was also a member of the American Legion, VFW, Moose Club of Tulsa and Cosmopolitan Club of Tulsa.

    Mr. Harkins was a retired teacher of 30 years, 16 in Broken Arrow public schools. The remainder of those years were in LeFlore and Haskell counties. He married Oleta Maxwell on August 30, 1948.

    His parents, and brothers, Troy and Jackie Dean Harkins, preceded him in death.

    Survivors include his wife, Oleta, of the home; daughter, Joyce Farrimond of Checotah; grandchildren, Kari Rowe and Daniel Farrimond; sister, Lela Gaston of Ft. Smith, several nieces and nephews, and a large number of dear friends and relatives.

    Bennie Martin Harkins

  • David Holloway

    David Holloway

    Born: 6/1/1935

    Died: 3/4/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    David Holloway, 68, of Boswell, Oklahoma, passed away March 4, 2004, at Paris, Texas. He was born June 1, 1935, in Cade, Oklahoma, the son of Roland Holloway and Neva (Olson) Holloway and was raised in the Boswell area.

    David moved to Dallas and returned to Boswell four years ago after retiring from truck driving. He married Mary A. Waters on June 2, 1956, in Irving, Texas.

    His parents preceded him in death.

    Survivors include his wife, Mary A. Holloway; two daughters, Kay Haines and Mary C. Holloway, both of Boswell; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren

  • Angie Hazelwood

    Angie Hazelwood

    Born: 6/1/1916

    Died: 4/6/2004

    Maiden Name: Thompson

    Honorific: n/a

    Angie Hazelwood, 87, of Idabel, Oklahoma, passed away April 6, 2004, at Idabel. She was born June 1, 1916, in Hugo, Oklahoma, the daughter of Joel J. Thompson Sr. and Ira (Williams) Thompson.

    Angie was a homemaker and a member of the Central Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening and had lived in the Idabel area for 25 years, moving from Talco, Texas.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and five sisters.

    Survivors include her brother and sister-in-law, Joel and Lena

    Thompson of Waco, Texas; a niece, Sheila Lopez; special friends, Jane Whitten, Irene Houston, Karen Conaway and Marion Hamill, and a host of other relatives and church family.

    Angie Hazelwood

  • Ludie "Lou" Hunter

    Ludie “Lou” Hunter

    Born: 1/6/1922

    Died: 11/26/2003

    Maiden Name: Sage

    Honorific: n/a

    Ludie Lou Hunter, 81, of Helendale passed away November 26, 2003, at the home of her son, Jay, where she had lived for the past seven years. She was born January 6, 1922, in Jones County, Texas, along with her 12 brothers and sisters, and had been a resident of Pomona, Ontario, and Alta Loma, before moving to Helendale. She was a cook for 40 years at Flo’s Cafe, Chino.

    Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Lee and Larry Davidson of Post Falls, Idaho, Emma and Don Beekman of Gavilon Hills, Linda and Ken Steslicki of Helendale, and Rita Koch of Indiana; sons, Jay Hunter of Helendale and Calvin Hunter of Ridgecrest; sisters, Helen De Clereq of Shelly, Michigan, and Ellen Forrester, Joan Koases and Shirley Hardester, all of Alta Loma; brothers, Raymond Sage of Upland and Elmer Sage of Alta Loma; grandchildren, Susie and Sean Miller, Michele and Rob Blischke, Donna and Greg Otta, Brook and Gregory Steslicki, Sheila Rhodes, Roger Fullenwider, Kelly and Jason Hunter, John Beckman, Ron Beckman, Angie Hunter, Josh Hunter and Tosha Hunter; great-grandchildren, Ashley Miller, Dylan and Brennan Otta, Felicia, Chad and Bobbie Rhodes, Jacob, Jason and Jonathan Hunter, and Morgan and Kylie Steslicki.

  • Ada Hammons

    Ada Hammons

    Born: 6/20/1916

    Died: 6/15/2004

    Maiden Name: Wade

    Honorific: n/a

    Ada Hammons, 87, of Ft. Towson, Oklahoma, passed away June 15, 2004, at Paris Regional Medical Center, Paris, Texas. She was born June 20, 1916, in Marlow, Oklahoma, the daughter of Thomas Jefferson Wade and Myrtle Elizabeth (Hopkins) Wade.

    Ada was a homemaker for her family and had lived northwest of Ft. Towson since 1964. She was married to the Rev. Lonnie W. Hammons on March 1, 1941, in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He preceded her in death in 1972.

    She was also preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Paul Wade; one sister, Margie Wade; four grandchildren, Taylor Wallace, Vicki Creacy, Stephen Hammons and Chuck Creacy.

    Survivors include her children, Jerry and Sandy Hammons of Shreveport, Louisiana, Glen Hammons of Sulphur Springs, Texas, Jack Hammons of Phoenix, Arizona, Johnie and Johnny Rosson, Bennie and Debbie Hammons and Rodney and Nomia Hammons, all of Ft. Towson, Linda and Jim Wallace and Mary and Mike Mitchell, all of Hugo, Oklahoma, and Lonnie and Susie Hammons of Holly Creek; three brothers, James Wade and Tony Wade, both of Duncan, Oklahoma, and T.J. Wade of Hugo; two sisters, Vinney Wheatley of Duncan and Agnes Bohanon of Hugo; 31 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews.

  • Florence Ethel (Hulsey) Henry

    Florence Ethel (Hulsey) Henry

    Born: 8/8/1929

    Died: 5/5/2004

    Maiden Name: Hulsey

    Honorific: n/a

    Florence Ethel (Hulsey) Henry, 74, of Tamaha, Oklahoma, passed away May 5, 2004, in Poteau, Oklahoma. She was born August 8, 1929, in Garland, Oklahoma. She and her husband and children moved to Tulsa in 1957. The family moved back to Tamaha in 1983 to be near other relatives and to be close to where she had grown up so many years before.

    Her father, Henry Hunter Hulsey, an original enrollee, and her mother, Ida Atlas Rainwater Hulsey, preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her sisters, Hester Marie Hulsey Chronic and Mildred Lucille Hulsey Henry, and brothers, Murle Maurice Hulsey, Walter James Hulsey, Gerald Wayne Hulsey, Clinton Lee Hulsey, and Leon Melvin Cotton Hulsey.

    Survivors include her husband of the home, Leon Rooney Henry; one daughter, Deborah Jane Henry Herr of Poteau; one son, Larry Wayne Henry and wife, Patricia, of Tamaha; four grandchildren, Karen Lynn Lockwood and husband, Steve, of Sand Ridge, Kevin Dewayne Jones and wife, Lorna, of Poteau, Christopher David Jones and wife, Sara, of Ft. Smith, Arkansas, Cathryn Marissa Katie Herr of Poteau; and four great-grandchildren, Matthew Jones of Ft. Smith, Connor Burge, Hallei, and Malin Lockwood of Sand Ridge, and a host of relatives and friends.

  • Wanda V. (Nelson) Harris

    Wanda V. (Nelson) Harris

    Born: 1/28/1922

    Died: 6/27/2004

    Maiden Name: Nelson

    Honorific: n/a

    Wanda V. (Nelson) Harris, 82, of the Winslow House Care Center, Marion, Iowa, passed away June 27, 2004, following a terminal illness. She was born January 28, 1922, in McAlester, Oklahoma, the daughter of George and Ione Wallace Nelson.

    She married Ralph Wilson Harris on July 9, 1939. He preceded her in death on February 6, 1988. She was also preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Bob.

    Wanda attended Oklahoma Presbyterian College in Durant, Oklahoma. She worked at Metropolitan Supply Co. for several years and then in 1965 began working at Wathan’s Flying Service. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Brethren.

    Wanda and Ralph enjoyed taking trips across the country. She was an able and devoted Sunday School teacher for many years. With the help of Chris Elam, activities director at Winslow House, she started a scripture study group where she shared her faith and Bible knowledge. She was always thankful for the staff at Winslow House, making many friends, distributing miniature Tootsie Rolls and spiritual encouragement. Another favorite pastime was feeding the sparrows. Many will miss Wanda, her sense of humor, compassion and the positive nature of a gracious mother, grandmother and friend.

    Survivors include daughters, Pamela Coppes and husband, David, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Betty Whitmore and husband, Richard, of Marion and Pat Thomas and husband, Brian, of Palo, Iowa; ten grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and a great-great-granddaughter.

  • MacArthur "Butch" Henry

    MacArthur “Butch” Henry

    Born: 3/3/1942

    Died: 6/14/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    MacArthur “Butch” Henry, 62, of McAlester, Oklahoma, passed away June 14, 2004, at the Choctaw Nation Health Care Center in Talihina, Oklahoma. MacArthur was born March 3, 1942, in Talihina to Roosevelt and Lula Thompson Henry. He attended school at Jones Academy and graduated from Chilocco Indian School.

    MacArthur married Henrietta Osceola in 1964 in Sherman, Texas. He worked as a plate maker for Princeton Packaging Co. of Dallas, Texas. He was a member of the First Indian Baptist Church in McAlester and enjoyed gospel singing.

    Survivors include his wife of the home; sons, Joey Henry and wife, Brenda, and Michael Henry, all of Florida; daughters, Maria Wilson and husband, Dewayne, of Shawnee, Oklahoma, and Helena Henry of Florida; grandchildren, Russell Wilson, Christina Wilson, Erik Wilson, Ayze Henry, Nauthkee Henry, Ko’Oshee Henry; brother, Cordell Henry of Clinton, Oklahoma; sister, Joann Bruner of Lawton, Oklahoma; several nieces, nephews and other family and friends.

  • Claude Donald Hiberd

    Claude Donald Hiberd

    Born: 9/18/1925

    Died: 5/18/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Claude Donald Hiberd passed away May 18, 2004, from complications of diabetes and cancer. He was born September 18, 1925, in Durant, Oklahoma, to original enrollee Claude Bornet and Maude (Anderson) Hiberd. He was extremely proud of his Choctaw heritage.

    Claude’s mother passed away when he was 12 years old and he moved to Texas to live with an older brother. He was too young to join the military when the war broke out, but joined the naval reserves before war’s end. He proudly served overseas on active duty as a lifeguard on Waikiki Beach in Hawaii for wounded and invalid soldiers. He earned an honorable discharge and came back to the states.

    He met Willene Easterly and they married in Denison, Texas. Their marriage lasted, through sickness and health, until her death in 1999. They had three sons, Charles Donald, Gary Michael and Larry William Hiberd.

    Mr. Hiberd moved his family to Chicago, Illinois, in 1949 to find work. There he learned the skills needed to be a tool and die maker, which he did until retirement. He brought his family back to Texas in 1965.

    He was preceded in death by his wife, Willene; son, Larry William; two brothers and two sisters.

    Survivors include sons, Chuck Hiberd and his wife, Sharon, and Gary Hiberd and his wife, Kathy, and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren who will miss him dearly.

    Claude Donald Hiberd

  • Champ C. Huddleston

    Champ C. Huddleston

    Born: 4/19/1911

    Died: 5/22/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Champ C. Huddleston, 93, of Midwest City, Oklahoma, passed away May 22, 2004. He was born April 19, 1911, in Ada, Oklahoma, to Frank and May (Smith) Huddleston. He had lived in Midwest City since 1947.

    Champ worked as an accountant and inventoryman for Sohio Petroleum until he retired at the age of 65. He then went to work for BP on the Alaskan Pipeline and retired again around 1976.

    Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Mary, of the home; son, Clark and wife, Mary, of Harrah, Oklahoma; daughter, Carol Wilson of Rock Hill, South Carolina; brother, Woodrow and wife, Lil, of Pompano Beach, Florida; two sisters-in-law, Helena of Austin, Texas, and Clarice of Seminole; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

    Sarah E. Taylor was born April 19, 1928, in Antlers, Oklahoma, to Alfred H. and Icy O. (Cypert) Clark.

    She married Newman Taylor on May 5, 1972, in Hugo, Oklahoma. They loved and cared for each other for 32 years.

    During her life she enjoyed working with children at Exchange Avenue Daycare and Liddle Kiddles Daycare. Her babies never cried, sure of her love for them and any child who came to her home. No one could cook fried potatoes like Mother.

    She was a member of the Liberty Worship Center. She was loved by all who knew her and she will be greatly missed.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and three sisters.

    Survivors include her loving husband, Newman, of the home; sons, Tommy Livingston and wife, Kay, of Tuttle, Oklahoma, and Jack Livingston and Bruce Livingston and wife, Sandra, all of Oklahoma City; daughters, Marlene Terry, Evelene Martin and husband, Phillip, and Darlene Breeden and husband, Dean, all of Oklahoma City; brother, R.W. Clark, and sister, Junita Gooch, both of Antlers; 14 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and many nephews and nieces.

    Champ C. Huddleston

  • Barbara Ann (Hussey) Hill

    Barbara Ann (Hussey) Hill

    Born: 4/2/1934

    Died: 8/9/2004

    Maiden Name: Hussey

    Honorific: n/a

    Barbara Ann (Hussey) Hill passed away August 9, 2004, in her beloved home in Bagdad, Florida. Born April 2, 1934. in Touro Infirmary, New Orleans, Louisiana, she was the daughter of Alvin M. Hussey and Cora Mecklin Hussey. She was a descendant of two Revolutionary War heroes, the Rev. John Simpson and Col. John Moffett.

    After attending the Convent of the Sacred Heart, she held positions at the Japanese Consulate and WDSU. She married Ray Hill on December 18, 1957, at Chase Field Naval Air Station near Beeville, Texas. During 46 years of being married to Ray and the Navy, she traveled the western world, facing all life’s challenges confidently and bravely, using them as learning experiences. She read extensively, especially history archaeology and religion, and was a consummate communicator. Besides English, she knew French and German, and had even studied Egyptian Hieroglyphics.

    Barbara attended the University of West Florida in 1986, 1987 and 1988, studying pottery making.

    She was preceded in death by her daughter, Lynn M. Moore.

    Survivors include her husband, CDR Raymond W. Hill, USN Ret., of Bagdad, and her brother, James H. Hussey of New Orleans.

    Barbara Ann (Hussey) Hill

  • Irene M. Hudson Heard

    Irene M. Hudson Heard

    Born: 11/12/1897

    Died: 7/27/1998

    Maiden Name: Hudson

    Honorific: n/a

    Irene M. Hudson Heard, age 100, of Haileyville, passed away Monday July 27, 1998, in McAlester, Oklahoma.

    Irene was born November 12, 1897 at the Tuskahoma Female Academy, Indian Territory. She was the daughter of Peter J. and Amanda Jane Bohanon Hudson. She attended Haskell Institute at Lawrence, Kansas and later the Drury College in Springfield, Missouri, and Southeastern State College at Durant, Oklahoma.

    She worked as a sales lady and alterations for J. C. Penney’s in McAlester and taught school at Adamson and Haileyville before retiring from Jones Academy in Hartshorne.

    She was a member of the Edgewood Methodist Church where she was an organist and Sunday School teacher working with the youth.

    She was a 60 year member of the Order of Eastern Star, currently Antekoma Chapter No. 2. She was an original enrollee of the Choctaw Tribe, a former member of the Ohoyohoma Indian Womens Club of McAlester, a Choctaw delegate of the Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes, she served two terms as President, Vice President and Chaplain of the Pittsburg County Choctaw Council and a member of the Oklahoma Federation of Indian Women.

    She was a current member of the Jones Academy School Board and served as Chairman in 1977078. She served on the Choctaw Election Board in 1971, 1975 and 1978 and was on the Board of Directors of the Foster Grandparent Program and was the Goodwill Ambassador of the Choctaw Tribe. She was named one of three Outstanding Indian Women of Oklahoma and named International Mother of theYear, an award presented by representatives of ten foreign countries.

    She was the first woman Honorary Highway Patrol Trooper in Oklahoma, served on the Health Board at Talihina Choctaw Nation Hospital, was past President of the Hartshorne-Haileyville Parent and Teachers Association.

    Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating declared July 29, 1998 as Irene M. Heard Day in remembrance of her many contributions to others.

    She lived for 80 years in Pittsburg.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, brothers and sisters, and a special son-in-law, Charles Wayne Watson.

    Survivors include her daughters, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

  • Abel Henry Hopkins

    Abel Henry Hopkins

    Born: 5/11/1917

    Died: 6/25/1998

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Abel Henry Hopkins, 81, of Silo, Oklahoma passed away June 25, 1998, at his residence. He was born May 11, 1917, in Bray, Oklahoma to Thomas Otto Hopkins and Dora (Wade) Hopkins.

    He attended Bray Schools and was a member of the Armstrong Baptist Church. He was a retired farmer and a mechanic. He also drove a bus and was a mechanic for Silo Schools.

    Mr. Hopkins married Lorene Fryer on November 9, 1935 in Caney, Oklahoma.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Dora Hopkins, daughter Charlotte Sheffield on November 26, 1995, son, Teddy Hopkins, in 1953, and one sister.

    Survivors include his wife, Lorene Hopkins, Silo; sons Donald Joe Hopkins, Silo, and Eddie Don Hopkins, Duncan, Oklahoma; daughters, Betty Scarborough, Whiteface, Texas, Karen Schmitz and Toby Greenhill, both of Silo, Peggy Harris, Denison, Texas, Sheila Lamon, Ada, Sherry Richey, Mason, Texas, and Donna Bush, Pottsboro, Texas; brothers Thomas Lee Hopkins and Roy Paul Hopkins, both of Caddo, and Sam Hopkins, Silo; sisters Rosie Fry, Jewell Pair and Lucille Hopkins, all of Durant, Ruby McCrady, Mead, and Mary Seales, Wichita Falls, Texas, 23 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

  • Ruby (Watson) Hibdon

    Ruby (Watson) Hibdon

    Born: 6/2/1904

    Died: 12/20/2004

    Maiden Name: Watson

    Honorific: n/a

    Ruby (Watson) Hibdon, 100, of Pilot Point, Texas, passed away December 20, 2004. She was born June 2, 1904, in Page, Oklahoma, to Burk and Sarah (Brewer) Davis.

    She married Albert Leonard Gilliland on December 12, 1926. Mr. Gilliland passed away in 1952. She married John Clarence Hibdon on April 3, 1962. He passed away in 1982. Mrs. Hibdon was a homemaker and a member of Antioch Baptist Church.

    She was also preceded in death by one son, Wesley Gilliland, and two stepsons, W.C. Hibdon and Earl Hibdon.

    Survivors include two sons, Bailey Wayne Gilliland and Johnny Ray Gilliland, both of Pilot Point; three daughters, Lottie Marks of San Marcos, Texas, Julia Dane of Pilot Point and Frances Taylor of Carrollton, Texas; 15 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

  • Froy L. Harris

    Froy L. Harris

    Born: n/a

    Died: 1/28/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Froy L. Harris passed away on January 28, 2004, at Methodist Hospital in Dallas, Texas. He was born in Mt. Herman, Oklahoma, to Edna and Floyd Harris. Froy had worked for Texaco before becoming disabled.

    He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Ferrell A. Harris, Floyd Harris, Jr., and Freeman Butch Harris.

    Survivors include his wife, Diana Harris; daughter, Robbie Harris, son-in-law, Alfredo Murillo, and daughter, Leticia Lewis; granddaughters, Cami Lewis, Krista Lewis, Jarrah Harris, and Tessa Murillo; grandson, Alexander L. Harris; sister, Fern Bicente of New Mexico; brother, Franklin Harris of Millerton, Oklahoma; three favorite sisters-in-law, Ruth (Harris) Jacob, Marry Harris of Valliant, Oklahoma, and Patricia Harris of Broken Bow, Oklahoma. Also, Eriss McKinney, Hannah Blackowl, and mother-in-law, Georgia McKinney of Idabel, Oklahoma; a host of nephews and nieces in the McCurtain County area and many friends in Dallas, Texas.

  • Joseph Mike Hodges

    Joseph Mike Hodges

    Born: n/a

    Died: 4/25/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Joseph Mike Hodges, 65, of Eunice, Louisiana, passed away April 25, 2005, at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Lafayette, Louisiana.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph M. and Helen Redlich Hodges.

    Survivors include four sisters, Diane Montegut of Houston, Texas, Margaret Frey of Eunice, Jennifer Fann of Church Point, Louisiana, and Joann Toups of Basile, Louisiana.

  • Paula Yvonne Tyler Hodge

    Paula Yvonne Tyler Hodge

    Born: 8/14/1958

    Died: 2/26/2005

    Maiden Name: Tyler

    Honorific: n/a

    Paula Yvonne Tyler Hodge passed away February 26, 2005. She was born August 14, 1958, in Orlando, Florida.

    Paula attended Orlando Christian Reform Church Elementary School, Lockhart Jr. High and graduated from Edgewater High School. She moved from Orlando to California in 1990.

    She was a paralegal before she became too ill to work. She will be greatly missed and long-remembered by all of her family.

    Survivors include her husband, Raymond Lee Hodge of Palmdale, California; one son, Pvt. Raymond Paul Hodge, stationed in Montery, California; two daughters, Zenobia Marie Carver, Apopka, and Raymna Yvonne Noel, Palmdale; mother and father, Zenobia and Paul Tyler of Orlando; her only sister, Cynthia Gail Phillips, Orlando; one niece, Shelby Phillips of Orlando; four grandchildren, Christopher Ryan and Alexandra LeeAnn Noel, all of Palmdale, and Hallie Marie and Troy James Olswfski of Orlando.

  • William "Woody" Hughes

    William “Woody” Hughes

    Born: 10/5/1916

    Died: 6/12/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    William “Woody” Hughes, 88, of Durant, Oklahoma, passed away June 12, 2005, in Bonham, Texas. He was born October 5, 1916, in Coal County, Oklahoma, to P.D. and Lilley McKinney Hughes.

    He married Mary Cubley on May 4, 1945, in Durant. He was a member of the Baptist faith, loved to raise cattle and was a salesman for Colbert Dairy in Durant. He was a sergeant in the Army Air Corps during World War II and a member of the B-29 Airplane squad. He was Salesman of the Year for the City of Durant and a member of the American Legion and DAV in Durant. He loved his family and raising his Here-ford cattle. He was a Christian gentleman with a smile and a cheerful greeting for everyone.

    His parents and three brothers preceded him in death.

    Survivors include his wife of Durant; son, Kenneth Woodrow Hughes and wife, Lina, of Durant; daughter, Sherry Deanne Gandy of Moore, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Benjamin Bennett of Plano, Texas, William Bennett of Durant, Bie Raquiza of the Philippines, Lucky Raquiza and Maria Raquiza, both of Durant; and great-grandchildren, K.C. Raquiza of the Philippines and Tory Coucghran of Durant

    William 'Woody' Hughes

  • Elizabeth "Chick" Grace Holman

    Elizabeth “Chick” Grace Holman

    Born: 11/18/1915

    Died: 6/22/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Elizabethd “Chick” Grace Holman, 89, of Idabel, Oklahoma, passed away June 22, 2005, at Champaign County Nursing Home, Urbana, Illinois. She was born November 18, 1915, at Idabel to Sidney J. and Mary Taylor Herndon. She married Orville E. Holman in December 1933 at Idabel.

    Elizabeth was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church, Idabel. She was Miss Idabel in the early 1930s and was Idabel’s first and only parking meter maid. She was employed at Ray’s Steak House and Tootie Wilmoth’s Western Auto for many years.

    She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; one brother; three half-brothers; and one half-sister.

    Survivors include one son, Orville E. Holman Jr. of Champaign; one daughter, Vada L. Boyce of Mesa, Arizona; and one sister, Mary L. Stewart of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

  • Walter Allen Humphrey

    Walter Allen Humphrey

    Born: 9/30/1936

    Died: 3/10/2003

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Walter Allen Humphrey, 67, of Corning, California passed away March 10, 2003 in Chico, California. He was born September 30, 1936 in Ryan, Oklahoma.

    Mr. Humphrey served his country in the U.S. Navy, then later retired from dry wall construction. He was very proud of his Choctaw heritage. He enjoyed gardening, traveling and visiting with friends and family.

    Survivors include his wife, Jackie Humphrey of Corning; sons, Walt, Jr. and Wally; daughters, Dannette Davidson, Charlene Mac Alpine and Robin Brown; stepchildren, Tom Bust and Debbie Moore; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and six brothers.

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

  • Helen Sue Intermann Humphrey

    Helen Sue Intermann Humphrey

    Born: 1/14/1949

    Died: 10/16/2002

    Maiden Name: Intermann

    Honorific: n/a

    Helen Sue Intermann Humphrey, 53, passed away Wednesday, October 16, 2002 in Tucson, Arizona. She was born January 14, 1949 in Wichita, Kansas.

    Helen Sue was very proud of her Choctaw Heritage. She was the daughter of Margie and Earl Intermann of Wichita, Kansas. She was the granddaughter of alice and Benjamin Spring of Kinta, Oklahoma and the great-granddaughter of Peter Conser.

    She graduated from Emporia State Teachers College in Kansas in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree

  • Cameron Wolfe Hodge

    Cameron Wolfe Hodge

    Born: 1/1/2000

    Died: 7/21/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Cameron Wolfe Hodge, 6, of Waldron, Arkansas, passed away July 21, 2005, in Waldron. He was a student and was of the Christian faith.

    He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Earl Hodge, Arthur Morehead, Arizona Elizabeth Morehead, David Bond, Caroline Bond, Laverne Edwards and Raymond Watson.

    Survivors include his parents, Alvin and Sheala Hodge of Waldron; brother, Jordan Arthur Hodge of Waldron; grandparents, Alvin R. Hodge of Waldron, Ledora Annette Perryman of Russellville, Arkansas, and George R. and Daisy Mae Watson of Watson, Oklahoma; great-grandmother, Winnie Hodge of Dallas, Texas; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

  • Beulah Pulliam Harrison

    Beulah Pulliam Harrison

    Born: 1/12/1917

    Died: 2/27/2000

    Maiden Name: Pulliam

    Honorific: n/a

    Beulah Pulliam Harrison, 83, of Big Spring, Texas passed away Sunday, February 27, in a local hospital in Big Spring. She was born January 12, 1917 in McAlester, Oklahoma.

    She worked in restaurants as a cook for many years in Seminole and Big Spring. She married Marion Arthur Melton on March 20, 1935 in Seminole, Oklahoma where she raised her family. He preceded her in death. She married Clyde C. Harrison on April 21, 1971 in Big Spring. He preceded her in death on March 23, 1995.

    Also preceded her in death were a daughter, Gearldine Melton; parents Willis and Melissa Pulliam; grandmother, Jincy Nail; two brothers, Lee Pulliam and Robert Pulliam of Seminole, and half-brother, Rose Moore of Maysville, Oklahoma.

    Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law; Christine and Clarence Schaefer of Coahoma, Texas, JoAnn and Tommy Williams of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Mary and James Grummitt of Big Spring; sister, Elise Seyfert of Seminole; brother, Joe Pulliam of Seminole; eight grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

  • Patricia L. "Trit" Hadley

    Patricia L. “Trit” Hadley

    Born: 3/29/1966

    Died: 4/15/2000

    Maiden Name: McGuire

    Honorific: n/a

    Patricia L. “Trit” Hadley, 34, of Oklahoma City passed away on Saturday, April 15, 2000. She was born March 29, 1966 in Talihina, Oklahoma to Harold and Beatrice “Marie” McGuire.

    She was preceded in death by her mother.

    Survivors include her father, Charles McGuire of Sallisaw, Oklahoma; husband, David L. Hadley, Sr.; three children, Mindy S. McGuire, David L. Hadley, Jr. and Melissa J. Hadley; brothers, Harold E. McGuire, Jr. of Keota, Oklahoma and Charles McGuire of Oklahoma City; sisters, Sherry

  • Thomas Partick Harley

    Thomas Partick Harley

    Born: 6/19/1918

    Died: 3/22/2000

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Thomas Patrick Harley, 81, of Oklahoma City passed away March 22, 2000. He was born June 19, 1918 in Bristow, Oklahoma to Patrick Joseph and Anna Teresa Harley. Tom graduated from Bristow High School and later attended Oklahoma State University and University of Oklahoma where he received a Juris Doctorate degree.

    In his younger years, Tom was a bronic rider in rodeos. He served his country in World War II, was a prosecutor in the District Attorney’s office in Oklahoma City and later in private practice. He was loved by his family and many friends. Everyone knew him as a great storyteller.

    He was preceded in death by his parents and grandson, Jason Patrick Pitzer.

    Survivors include his wife, Kate Harley; brother, Paul Harley of Cushing, Oklahoma; children, Ann Johnstone, Kay Harley and Pat Harley, all of Oklahoma City; grandchildren, Clint Pitzer, Jordan Jacob and Luke Harley, all of Oklahoma City; great-grandchild, Anna Pitzer of Oklahoma City, and cousin, John Harley of Michigan.

  • Gladys (Billy) Hosay

    Gladys (Billy) Hosay

    Born: 7/5/1925

    Died: 5/27/2000

    Maiden Name: Billy

    Honorific: n/a

    Gladys (Billy) Hosay, 74, passed away Saturday, May 27, 2000 at the McAlester Regional Health Center. She was born on July 5, 1925 to Williamson and Lucinda (Thompson) Billy in Blue Community, Oklahoma. She attended grade school in Tannehill and junior high and high school at the Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kansas. It was at Haskell that she met Alexander Hosay whom she married on June 8, 1947 in Ft.Smith, Arkansas. They made their home on the Apache Reservation near Phoenix, Arizona.

    They moved to St,Louis, Missouri where she worked as a frame maker for almost 30 years. She and her husband moved to McAlester in 1986, when she began working as a cook for the Gene Stipe Senior Citizens Center, finally retiring in 1998. She was a member of the Zion Bpatist Church.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Aubrey Hosay; daughters, Cheryl Hosay and Lou Jean Jundt; brothers, Schlicht Billy, Lonnie Billy, Loy Billy and James Billy, and sisters, Evelyn Pickens and Christine Poyner.

    Survivors include her husband; three sons, Elgie Hosay and wife, Trenda, and Glenn Hosay and wife, Regina, all of McAlester, Oklahoma, and Gordan Hosay and wife, Stacey, of Krebs, Oklahoma; two daughters, Ione Lingo and husband, Floyd, of San Diego, California, and Marsha Hosay of Logan, Iowa; grandchildren, Greg Jundt, Lisa Leonard, Jennette Hosay, Sean Hosay, Brooke and Brittany Hosay, Nichelle, Tessa and Jason Lingo, and Adriane and Ryan Hosay; seven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nepews and other relatives.

  • Richard Earl Hughes

    Richard Earl Hughes

    Born: 10/12/1946

    Died: 5/19/2000

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Richard Earl Hughes, 52, passed away May 19, 2000 near his home in Youngsville, Louisiana. He was born in Lawton, Oklahoma in the Kiowa Indian Hospital on October 12, 1946.

    He was an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War. He received his degree in Computer Science from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette, Louisiana. He was an independent consultant and computer engineer.

    Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Renee Elizabeth Hughes White and Willie White, and two grandchildren, Kristin T. White and Willie Paul White II, all of Youngsville; two sons, Nick Hughes of Youngsblood and Mark Hughes of Louisiana; one brother and sister-in-law, Jerry Wayne Hughes and Linda Sue Hughes of Welsh, Louisiana; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Linda Hughes Lancaster and Tim Lancaster of Youngsville and Kristina Hughes Miller and Benny Miller of Evening Shade, Arkansas; his mother, Catherine York of Crowley, Louisiana, and his father, Noel Spence Hughes of Lake Arthur, Louisiana; three nephews, Lance Hughes, Lee Hughes of Welsh, and Lee Miller of Iota, Louisiana; a great-nephew, Dillon Hughes of Welsh, and two nieces, Kari Miller of Evening Shade and Mindy Winona Lancaster of Youngsville.

    Also surviving are his former wife, Elsie Hebert Hughes of Gueydan, Louisiana, and many friends and colleagues from around the world.

  • Faie Suzanne "Suzie" Harris

    Faie Suzanne “Suzie” Harris

    Born: 4/18/1940

    Died: 11/30/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Faie Suzanne Suzie Harris passed away November 30, 2004. She was born April 18. 1940, in Oklahoma City, the only child of Mittie Faie Hughes Harris and Jack LeFlore Harris, both of whom preceded her in death.

    After graduating from Northwest Classen High School in 1958, Suzie began her college career at OSU. She later transferred to Central State University. After obtaining a BA in business, Suzie was a lady with a thirst to try many things and she did them well. Her career included secretarial work for Little Giant Pump Co., stewardess for Braniff Airways and insurance fraud investigator for Pinkerton’s. In 1970, Suzie began a 23-year career as a pardon and parole officer with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. She was a person who loved working with people and had the ability to gain their trust and respect.

    Survivors include her family of choice, Letha Casey, Lynn and Heather Casey and their children; Sandy and Mark Tarver and son, Blase; Carla and Cory Stutts and children; Jeff Bremer and her babies, CeeGee, Catfish and Sammy Jo. Also surviving are three cousins who along with Suzie, referred to themselves as The LeFlore Legions. Suzie was also known as her own cousin, since she descended from both Greenwood LeFlore, the last Choctaw Chief east of the Mississippi, and his half-brother, Forbis LeFlore, who came from Mississippi on the Trail of Tears in 1832.

    An accomplished photographer, Suzie delighted her cousins with professional-looking photographs of their LeFlore ancestors, as well as photos of their tombstones, which helped establish family birth and death dates. Suzie was so very proud of her Choctaw ancestry. She drove thousands of miles visiting other LeFlore descendants, museums, courthouses, cemeteries, etc. Especially important to Suzie was trying to find information on James Clark Harris, husband of Rebecca Cravat LeFlore, daughter of Greenwood LeFlore and Priscilla Donly LeFlore, whose son, John L. Jack Leflore, was Suzie’s grandfather. Unfortunately, Mr. Harris remains an enigma.

    Faie Suzanne 'Suzie' Harris

  • William E. Harris

    William E. Harris

    Born: 2/18/1941

    Died: 6/20/2000

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    William E. Harris, 59, passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2000 at his home in McCook, Nebraska. He was born on February 18, 1941 to Claude Fletcher

    and Lottie Jewel (Barnes) Harris at Hollycreek, Oklahoma. He attended school in Idabel Gray, Oklahoma, graduating from high school in 1959.

    In 1967, he entered the U.S. Army and served during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged in 1968 and continued to serve in the Reserves until 1973.

    Only July 16, 1970, he married Eva Marie Clapp. They made their home in McCook. Mr. Harris was enjoyed by Dayco as a destriper operater until his health forced him to retire. He and Eva kept themselves busy babysitting for children in the McCook community and become known to over 200 children as Eva and PaPa. Mr. Harris enjoyed going to all the baseball and softball games, carving wood, and sitting outside on his porch smoking his pipe. He was a member of the McCook American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

    He was preceded bin death by his wife on December 29, 1998; parents; two brothers, Franklin and Hiram Harris; five brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law.

    Survivors include his children, Jennifer Propes and husband, Kurt, of Phoenix, Arizona, Mindy Leah Harris of McCook, Judy Connell and husband, Jim, of Thornton, Colorado, stepchildren, Willaim Hagemann and wife, Sue, of Culbertson, Albert Hagemann of Auburn, Darla Stitzman and husband, Ron, of Salina, Kansas; ten grandchildren; all of Eva and Papa’s children; ten siblings, Claude and Jody Harris, Robert and Jo Harris and Maxine and Dwight Goodwin, all of Texas, David and Gwen Harris of Kansas, Stan and Susan Harris of North Carolina, Larry and Barbara Harris of Washington, Doris and Fred Bray of Ohio, Lucille and Darrell Banshaf of McCook, Louise and Dale Fields of Oklahoma and Pete Harris of Colorado; all of the Clapp Family; many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

  • Jimmy Charles Hatcher, Sr.

    Jimmy Charles Hatcher, Sr.

    Born: 3/11/1937

    Died: 11/20/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Jimmy Charles Hatcher Sr., 68, an Atoka area resident, passed away November 20, 2005, at Wilson N. Jones Hospital in Sherman, Texas. Born March 11, 1937, at Whitesboro, Oklahoma, he was the son of Clyde Roy and Stella Woods Hatcher. He was of the Baptist faith and was a member of the Iron Workers Union.

    Mr. Hatcher had worked as an iron worker and built communication towers across the United States and Iran.

    He was married to Carole Aikman on January 8, 1975, at Shawneetown, Illinois.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Jimmy Charles Hatcher Jr.; one sister, Ruth Wheat; and a brother, Bobby Hatcher.

    Survivors include his wife of the home; stepmother, Clio Hatcher of Talihina; nine children, William Curtis Mayhugh, Mark Alan Mayhugh and wife Teresa, James Edward Mayhugh, Lisa Duffy and husband Dennis, Kristie Powell and husband Donald, Mary Siegers and husband Lester, and Karen Wallis and husband Rick, all of Evansville, Indiana, Brian Miller and wife Susan of San Antonio, Texas, and Hubert Mayhugh Jr. and wife Jamie of Durant; four grandchildren of his home and 22 other grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; brother, Bill Hatcher and wife Mildred of Purcell; sisters, Lois Ann Cawlfield and husband Arnold of Lubbock, Texas, and Edna McFatridge and husband Haskell of Comanche; along with numerous other relatives and many very dear and loved friends.

  • Wanda Geraldine (Bullock) Hayslip

    Wanda Geraldine (Bullock) Hayslip

    Born: 11/22/1943

    Died: 6/23/2000

    Maiden Name: Bullock

    Honorific: n/a

    Wanda Geraldine (Bullock) Hayslip, 56, of Coalgate, Oklahoma passed away Friday, June 23, 2000 at the Carl Ablbert Indian Hospital in Ada, Oklahoma. She was born November 22, 1943 at hugo, Oklahoma to Lewis Gerald and Opal Alene (Colley) Bullock.

    She attended school at Davenport, Oklahoma and graduated from Stroud High School. She also attended nursing school in Oklahoma City.

    She married Joe C. Hayslip in 1986 at Antlers, Oklahoma.

    Mrs. Hayslip was affiliated with the Pleasant View Freewill Baptist Church and the Cornerstone Praise and Worship in Coalgate. She was a homemaker and had worked many years as a nurses aid.

    She was preceded in death by her husband and a daughter, Karla McGuire.

    Survivors include five children, Kevin McGuire and wife, Rene, of Middletown, Ohio, Kim Featherstone and husband, Jimmie, and Joseph Hayslip, all of Coalgate, Deeann Strickland and husband, David, of Caddo, Oklahoma and Kelly Trammell and husband, Johnnie, of Greenville, Tennessee; her mother, Opal Cogburn of Oklahoma City; grandchildren, Chelsey and Lance Featherstone and Tyler and Brandon Wolfe, all of Coalgate, Nicholas Strickland of Caddo, Elizabeth, Benjamin and Andrew McGuire, all of Middletown, and Karley and Joshua Trammell of Greenville; one sister, Beverly Bishop of Oklahoma City; one brother, Charles Mooney of Jones, Oklahoma, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and dear and loved friends.

  • Homer G. Homer

    Homer G. Homer

    Born: n/a

    Died: 7/21/2000

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Homer G. Homer passed away on July 21, 2000 at Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Canter. Born in Durant, Oklahoma, Mr. Homer had lived in Riverside, California for 48 years.

    He worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs for 40 years. He also worked for Sherman Indian High School for 38 years before retiring in 1980.

    He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II when he became disabled.

    Survivors include five daughters, Fannae Sheilds of Dallas, Texas, Mary Ahtone of Ada, Oklahoma, Janet Tudor of Victoria, Texas, LaVonne Taylor of Victorville, California and Barbara Reinhardt of Westlake Village, California; a son, Homer G., Jr. of Schaumberg, Illinois; 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

  • Leona W. Harber

    Leona W. Harber

    Born: 10/26/1925

    Died: 11/18/2000

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Leona W. Harber, 75, of McAlester, Oklahoma passed away Saturday, November 18, 2000 at a McAlester nursing home. She was born October 26, 1925 in Indianola, Oklahoma to Ed N. and Elsie Myrtle (Nale) Clayton.

    She attended school at Indianola and later worked at the U.S. Naval Ammunition Depot and Seampruf.

    After moving to Wilburton, Oklahoma in 1960 she was the cashier at Fern’s Restaurant and was a member of the Cedar Heights Church of Christ in Wilburton.

    She was a former president of the American Legion Post #145, Ladies Auxiliary in Wilburton and moved back to McAlester in 1995.

    Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Buck and Brenda Harber of Wilburton; three daughters and sons-in-law, Caroll and John Short of Wilburton, Debbie and Mike Woody of Nacogdoches, Texas, and lisa and Larry Turney of McAlester; a sister, Wynema Bell of McAlester; sister-in-law, Dorothy Stiedley of Denver, Colorado; ten grandchildren, Tina Aaron, Destry Harber, Darren Harber and Jason Conley, all of Wilburton, Dustin Harber of Plano, Texas, Jessica Brooks of Diboll, Texas, Melissa Woody of Nacogdoches, Justin Turney and Laira Turney, both of McAlester, and Micah Short of Stillwater; four great-grandchildren, three nieces, a nephew and several cousins.

    She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Howard Stiedley.

  • Bonnie Harreld

    Bonnie Harreld

    Born: 2/1/1929

    Died: 8/28/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Bonnie Harreld, 76, of McAlester, Oklahoma, passed away August 28, 2005.

  • Ida Mae Perkins Hawkins

    Ida Mae Perkins Hawkins

    Born: 10/23/1938

    Died: 6/20/2006

    Maiden Name: Perkins

    Honorific: n/a

    Ida Mae Perkins Hawkins, 67, of Caney passed away June 20, 2006, at her home. She was born October 23, 1938, in Caney.

    She married Billy E. Hawkins on August 23, 1982, in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. She was a member of the Caddo Full Gospel Church, was very active in the church and enjoyed visiting with friends. Ida Mae was a nurse and had worked as a Community Health Representative for the Choctaw Nation. She was retired.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, Noah W. and Jincey Gibson Perkins; brothers, Paul, Silas and Impson Perkins; and sisters, Ozella Woolsey and Alene Tucker.

    Survivors include her husband of the home; nephews, Michael Perkins and Willard Mitchell

    Ida Mae Perkins Hawkins

  • Thomas C. Holleman Jr.

    Holleman, Thomas C. Jr.

    Born: 11/17/1923

    Died: 9/10/2006

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Thomas C. Geronimo Holleman Jr., 82, passed away September 10, 2006, in New Iberia. He was born November 17, 1923, in McAlester, the son of Thomas C. Holleman Sr. and Angie Dearen Holleman.

    He was a graduate of McAlester High School and attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University on a football scholarship. He was sent to SLI, now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, by the U.S. Marines, for the V-12 Program during World War II. Mr. Holleman then served in World War II and the Korean War as a member of the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Regiment, receiving the Bronze Star with combat V, Navy Commendation Ribbon with combat V, Korean Service medal with bronze star and the United Nations Service medal. He was a past commandant of the McIlhenny Marine Corps League. Mr. Holleman was one of the founders of Cardinal Wireline Specialist in New Iberia.

    He was preceded in death by his parents and by his wife of 59 years, Eleanor Landry Holleman.

    Survivors include his sons, Thomas C. Holleman III and wife Vicki of New Iberia, John Holleman and wife Betsy, and James A. Holleman and wife Kelly of New Iberia; daughters, Mary Holleman Beaullieu and husband G.A. Buster Beaullieu of New Iberia, and Eleanor A. Holleman of Indianapolis; grandchildren, Gerald Beau Beaullieu IV, Charlie Beaullieu, Paul Beaullieu, Helen Bayard, Thomas Holleman IV, Lindley Holleman, Andrew Holleman, Rebecca Holleman, Robin Boatright, Elizabeth Holleman, John Holleman Jr. and Lindsay Holleman; and great-grandchildren, Mary-Alizabeth Beaullieu, Emma T. Beaullieu, Gerald A. Beaullieu V, Thomas L. Beaullieu, Noah T. Bayard and Kennedy A. Holleman.

  • Sophina Hicks

    Sophina Hicks

    Born: 11/25/1910

    Died: 1/31/2007

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Sophina Hicks, 96, of Frederick passed away January 31, 2007, in Frederick. She was born on November 25, 1910, in Eagletown to Quitman and Timesy Wall Ashalintubby.

    She attended schools at Chilocco Indian Schools in southeast Oklahoma. She married Laymon C. Hicks on March 23, 1932, in Mena, Polk County, Arkansas. They moved to Frederick in November of 1952 from Smithville. When she was young, she worked as a caregiver providing care for the elderly. She was a homemaker and loved flowers and her garden, but most importantly, loved spoiling her grandchildren. She was very active in her church work as a member of the First Assembly of God, Frederick.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Laymon Hicks, on October 3, 1996; a daughter, Virginia Hicks; three sisters, Irene Blueye, Lylie Going and Silis Vanderver; a brother, Benjamin Bohannon; and two grandsons, Paul and Degan Dennis.

    Survivors include her son, Houston Hicks, and wife Norma of Frederick; three daughters, Rena Cornelius and husband Bill of Muskogee; Mary Teague and husband Charlie and Dora Williams, all of Frederick; 12 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren.

  • Lillian Frances Hamill

    Lillian Frances Hamill

    Born: 7/5/1930

    Died: 4/17/1999

    Maiden Name: Sanders

    Honorific: n/a

    Lillian Frances Hamill. 68, of Bennington, Oklahoma passed away Saturday April 17,1999 in Durant, Oklahoma. She was born July 5, 1930 in Bennington, the daughter of Daniel Sanders and Mary Fobb Sanders. She had lived in the Bennington area most of her life and also had lived a few years in Bryan, Texas.

    Mrs. Hamill worked in a factory for many years and was a licensed provider by the State of Oklahoma.

    She was preceded in death by three sons; Harold Glenn Hamill in 1967, Aldon Vaughn Hamill in 1982, and Albert Luther Hamill in 1985.

    She is survived by a daughter, Deborah Lynn Williams of College Station, Texas; four sons, Richard Hamill of Hugo, Oklahoma, Jarvis Hamill, Roger Hamill and Kenneth Paul Hamill all of Bennington; one brother, Robert Sanders of Bennington; two sisters, Allmena Cole and Lorene Blaine, both of Durant; 15 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

  • Doris Dean Young Hynes

    Doris Dean Young Hynes

    Born: 3/5/1917

    Died: 9/1/1999

    Maiden Name: Young

    Honorific: n/a

    DDoris Dean Young Hynes, 82, of Rockport, Texas passed away Wednesday, September 1, 1999 at her residence. She was born March 5, 1917 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma to Walter and Marian Reid Young.

    She was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She will be remembered for her unceasing love of her family and children. She spent her entire life caring for others and teaching them about selfless love.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, T. Willis “Ty” Hynes, and her son, Patrick Dean Hynes.

    Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Cathy Hynes; daughters and sons-in- law, Bobby Rae and Jon Turnbull, Fran Gudim and Molly and John Collinsworth; 14 grandchildren, Michael Hynes II and his wife, Tracey, Cathleen Hynes, Sean Hynes, Megan Hynes, Molly Hynes, Patrick Hynes, Doris Hynes, Jon Turnbull, Deana Turnbull, Rockford Gudim, Rustin Gudim, Ty Collinsworth, Taryn Collinsworth and Tobyn Collinsworth; one great grandchild, Wesley Rey Gudim.

  • Carrie Lee Harrison

    Carrie Lee Harrison

    Born: n/a

    Died: 10/22/2000

    Maiden Name: Palmour

    Honorific: n/a

    Carrie Lee Harrison, 92, of Pasadena, Texas passed away Tuesday, October 17, 2000. As a young woman, she was an All-American baksetball player at Oklahoma Presbyterian College which is now Oklahoma State University. She was a member of the Choctaw Nation and one of the original employees of Foley’s.

  • Cordell Henry

    Cordell Henry

    Born: 7/5/1940

    Died: 7/26/2007

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Services were held July 26, 2007, for Cordell Henry, 67, of McAlester, Oklahoma, who passed away in his home. He was born July 5, 1940, in Red Oak, Oklahoma, to Roosevelt and Lula Thompson Henry.

    Cordell spent his early years in the Red Oak and McAlester area. He attended Jones Academy and Wilburton grade school. He went on to graduate from Chilocco Indian School. He married Irene Elaine Oldcamp. Clinton worked as a diesel mechanic for John Cornell Construction where he retired in May of 1988.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; two brothers, Arthur and McCarther; two sisters, JoAnn and Dorothy; three daughters, Leandra, Cheryl and Tonya; two sons, Neal Henry and Everett Oldcamp; and 10 grandchildren.

  • Estella Marie Harkins

    Estella Marie Harkins

    Born: 5/22/1919

    Died: 11/15/1996

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    George Eliot and Estella Marie Harkins

    George Eliot Harkins was born on March 27, 1912 in Tupelo, Oklahoma and passed away on November 15, 1996 in Orange, California. Estela Marie Harkins was born on May 22, 1919 in Fletcher, Oklahoma and passed away on November 15, 1996 in Orange.

    George was the oldest of five children, one brother and three sisters. Marie was the sixth child out of ten children. Marie had five brothers and four sisters. One sister died in infancy.

    As a boy, George only completed two years of high school, but ended up living a very rich life full of experiences. In 1933 he met Estella Marie and married her on December 2 of that same year. Back in the 1940’s George picked oranges. He had a reputation of being the best at what he did. When the war broke out, he worked at Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach. At the time, his job was to install the top gun turret of the B-29 bomber.

    After the way George worked with the Orange County Road Department driving a core drilling rig.

    When their children were born, they became the best of parents. Carolyn the daughter remembers getting up early on cold school mornings to find mom ironing her clothes right before putting them on in order to keep warm.

    Marie went to Orange Coast College to get her Licensed Vacationing Nurse training and certificate. She was so proud when she graduated. She graduated the same year as Gene - the same school too. George worked with the road department for 24 years and retired after having his stroke in 1978.

    Both George and Marie liked attending Zion Christian Center and were a part of the church from its inception. Although George worshipped at Zion, he still held their membership at Boise City Oklahoma Friends Church where eh was baptized as a boy.

    They are survived by three children, Gene of Oklahoma City, Joel of Fullerton, California and Carolyn of Corona, California. George has one living brother, Robert of Walla Walla Washington, and two sisters; Agnes of Amarillo, Texas and Tillie of Boise City, Oklahoma. Estella is survived by one brother, Bill of Santa Ana, California and two sisters, Lois of Orange, California and Bernice of Boise City. They are also survived by seven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. They were married for 63 years and still are.

    George wanted to be remembered as a good husband and father who loved his wife and children very much. Marie was a loving mother who made his life sweet and gloriously rich.

  • Alma Halcomb

    Alma Halcomb

    Born: 9/10/1902

    Died: 8/18/1997

    Maiden Name: Shoemake

    Honorific: n/a

    Mrs. Alma Halcomb went to be with the Lord on August 18, 1997. She was born near Bennington, Indian Territory on September 10, 1902. She was the daughter of Joseph E. Shoemake and Estella Hutcherson Shoemake. She was an original enrollee of the Choctaw tribe.

    Mrs. Halcomb was the oldest of eleven children. At an early age she developed a love for education. She attended White Sane and Bennington High School and received her Bachelors and Masters Degree from Southeastern Teachers College in Durant, Oklahoma. She started her teaching career before cars, buses, cooks and custodians. She was all things to all children which included her younger siblings. The much loved career lasted for 42 years. 38 of those years were spent at Crystal School in Atoka County. She is well remembered and loved in this little community. Mrs. Halcomb (called by all in the community) taught most of the parents and grandparents in that area. She was matriarch to her whole family. Future generations became professional people because of her examples.

    Mrs. Halcomb was a Christian and worshiped with the members of the Soper Church of Christ. She attended every service faithfully until her health became so poor that she was no longer able to attend. Family and friends will celebrate her memorial. We will truly miss this beautiful lady.

    Mrs. Halcomb married C.Y. Davis February 26, 1926, he died in August 1933. She then married Andy Halcomb in 1935, he died in August 1983.

    She has three surviving sisters, Mary Mills of Boswell, Oklahoma, JoElla Suddreth and Clara Self of Soper and a host of nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great-great-nieces and nephews.

    She was also preceded in death by her two parents, two infant brothers, one sister, two grown brothers, Lowell and Alazano Shoemake, are buried at her beloved Crystal Cemetery where she too was laid to rest.

  • Mary Belle "Mable" Hewitt

    Mary Belle “Mable” Hewitt

    Born: 2/14/1897

    Died: 11/9/1997

    Maiden Name: Culbertson

    Honorific: n/a

    Mary Belle “Mable” Hewitt, age 100, passed away Sunday, November 9, 1997.

    She was born February 14, 1897 in Kiowa, Oklahoma, Indian Territory. She was the granddaughter of Mary M Flint and B.F. Rogers, pioneer Atoka residents. Her grandmother came from Winston County Mississippi.

    She was the daughter of Charles E. Sr and Sophia Flint Culbertson who were pioneer residents of Pittsburg County Oklahoma. She was an original Choctaw Enrollee. She married James A. Hewitt Sr on September 28, 1916 in Kiowa. They moved to Hartshorne Oklahoma in 1928 and then to McAlester, Oklahoma in 1932 and had lived there since that time.

    A few weeks before Mary passed away; Chief Gregory E. Pyle came by Colonial park Nursing Home in McAlester and presented her with the Choctaw nation of Oklahoma Award for 100 years of dedication to her tribe. She also received awards from President Clinton, Senator Don Nickels, Governor Frank Keating and the Centenarian Club of Oklahoma.

    She was a homemaker and past member of McAlester Fort-Nightly Club and the Pricilla Club. She was a charter member of the Daughters of the Confederacy and a longtime member of Grand Avenue United Methodist Church and the T & L Sunday school class.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; five brothers, Charles Culbertson Jr., W. Flint Culbertson, Pete Culbertson, Jack Culbertson, and B.F. Culbertson; and five sisters, Chloe Sherrill, Lois Sherrill, Zelma Cothran, Lucille Watkins and Juanita Culbertson.

    She is survived by two sons and daughters in law, James A. Jr. and Chattie Hewitt of McAlester, Cecil Flint and Joan C. Hewitt of Midwest City, Oklahoma; four granddaughters and spouses, Janelle Chadwick of Fort Worth Texas, Patricia and Harris Armstrong of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Stephanie and Jim Herndon of Choctaw Oklahoma and Natalie and Grant Price of Edmond Oklahoma. Eight great-grandchildren and spouses, Karen and Andy Kuykendall of Fort Worth, Carrie Armstrong or Houston Texas, Drew Austin and James Houston Herndon both of Choctaw, Grant Evan Price and Hilary Hewitt Price of Edmond; two great-great-grandchildren Jonathan and Lauren Kuykendall of Fort Worth; two sisters and brother in laws, Gerta and Lloyd Burns of McAlester and Eunice and L.L. “Jack” Hewitt of Wichita Kansas; two sisters in laws , Billie Culbertson of Eugene Oregon and Cleo Hewitt of Ponca City, Oklahoma and numerous nieces and nephews.

    Mary Belle 'Mable' Hewitt

  • Doyal Hancock

    Doyal Hancock

    Born: 5/1/1929

    Died: n/a

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Doyal James Hancock (Ret. CPO) age 68, of Krebs, Oklahoma passed away at his home.

    Doyal was born May 1, 1929 in Featherston, Oklahoma. He was the son of Jefferson Lee and Annie Ensharkey Hancock. He attended school at Jones Academy and married Louise Carter and she preceded him in death. He latter married Lorraine Shelly in 1971 and had worked AAP, retiring in 1987.

    He joined the U.S. Navy in June 1946 and served during World War II, the Korean Conflict and Vietnam.

    He was a life member of the VFW Post NO 1098 and a member of the U.S. Fleet Reserve.

    Doyal was preceeded in death by his parents; his second wife; a son, Carl Hancock and a sister, Mary Opal.

    Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Glenda and James house of McAlester, Oklahoma, Darlene and Ken Moser of Sand Springs, Oklahoma and Tina and Frank Kemper of Mannford, Oklahoma; son and daughter-in-law, William and Sharon Hancock of McAlester, Oklahoma; six sisters and brothers-in-law, Lucille and Carl Jameson of Crowder, Oklahoma, Everlyn Hancock, Jean and Doug Cameron and Virginia and Louie Sam, all of McAlester, Oklahoma, Jurline and Gene McGill of Kiowa, Oklahoma and Betty and Robert Carr of McAlester; two brothers and sister-inlaw, Solemn and Gladys Hancock of El Reno, Nevada and Walter and Sarah Hancock of McAlester; eight grandchildren and a great-grandchild

  • Dixie Lee Harris

    Dixie Lee Harris

    Born: 8/4/1918

    Died: n/a

    Maiden Name: Hallmark

    Honorific: n/a

    Dixie Lee Harris age 79 of Lawton Oklahoma was the daughter of Jennie Hallmark Mills and the granddaughter of Sarah James Hallmark. She was born August 4, 1918 in Lyla Oklahoma.

    Dixie married Aubrey Harris on June 12, 1937 in Tulsa. She lived in Lawton for more than 50 years and was a homemaker.

    Survivors include her husband, of the home; one son, Michael Ray of Plano Texas; one daughter, Mary Lorraine Harris Thompson of Las Cruces, New Mexico; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

    Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the Arthritis Foundations.

  • Wendell Holder

    Wendell Holder

    Born: 9/30/1934

    Died: 9/22/2007

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Wendell Holder of Petaluma, California, passed away September 22, 2007. Born on September 30, 1934, in Hoyt, Oklahoma, Mr. Holder was the eldest son of seven children born to Rolf and Ora Gideon Holder.

    Retired from Interbay Lumber Company of Marin, he enjoyed many pastimes. As a member of the Choctaw Nation, he kept in touch with Choctaw news and events throughout Oklahoma. He took nearly annual driving trips to visit family and friends from the Midwest to the East Coast. He was a passionate auto enthusiast who not only enjoyed watching televised and live car races of all kinds, but who throughout his adult years, owned more than 60 cars. In recent years, he volunteered numerous hours per week maintaining the buildings and grounds at Eastside Baptist.

    Mr. Holder will be remembered for his generosity and willingness to help others whenever he could. To his children and grandchildren, he demonstrated a life of integrity through his strong work ethic and compassionate heart.

    He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jeanette Eddy, whom he married in 1955; a daughter, Michelle, who died in 1963 at age 1; and a sister, Helen Jean Wyatt.

    Survivors include his wife, Mary Reynolds Holder; daughters, Sheryl (Vanderburg) Holder and Cathy Ball; son, Scott Holder and daughter-in-law Patricia; grandchildren, Brett Vanderburg and Kelli Vanderburg, Julie Ball Meyer, Miranda Holder and Brittany Holder; Mary’s four children and their spouses, Kevin Reynolds and wife Jeanette, Tim Reynolds and wife Theresa, Laurie Gibson and husband Mike and Sue Rogers, and their children, Jeff, Steven and Nicholas Reynolds, Tabitha and Tiffany Reynolds, Michael and Joshua Gibson and Anthony Custer and Kris Rogers; and siblings, Ramona Allen, Nadine Read, Elaine Bigger, Reginald Holder and James Mitchell Holder.

  • Floyd Ray Hart

    Floyd Ray Hart

    Born: 11/4/1934

    Died: 5/15/2008

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Floyd Ray Hart, 73, of Oklahoma City passed away May 15 at his home after many months of battling heart disease. He was born on November 4, 1934, in Hugo, the first born of Floyd M. and Amelia B. Black Hart.

    He attended Southeast High School in Oklahoma City . He was a drywall contractor for over 50 years in which he worked in many locations throughout the years such as the Chicago, Illinois, area; all over Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Colorado, Connecticut and Alaska.

    He did some truck driving in his early years and some later in life. He had a hobby of restoring old bicycles and browsing through flea markets.

    Survivors include his wife, Margaret Webb Hart; five children, daughter Ginger Shaw of Midwest City and sons Floyd Jr. of Moore, Steven of Chattanooga, and Mark and Barry, both of Oklahoma City; brothers John, Karl and Shane, all of Oklahoma City, and R.G. of Moore; a sister, Markredith Schenk of Chickasha; 11 grandchildren, Clayton Hart, Brandy Hart Snow, Olivia Hart, Daniel Shaw, Emerald Shaw Lacy, Nathan Hart, Jacob Hart, Joseph Hart, Victoria Hart, Lynlea Hart and Claudia Hart; and three great-grandchildren, Lucas Snow, Samuel Lacy and Amos Lacy.

    Floyd had taken upon himself the care and upkeep of the family cemetery some years ago when it came to a point that someone needed to step up and take charge in this endeavor. He did so with great pride and love for our ancestors and family members laid to rest before him. This had a great influence on many members of the family to join him in the upkeep of our beautiful cemetery. Floyd was the grandson of original enrollee Rev. John Hart and a descendant of Elsie Beams Roebuck Hart Walker (ìLittle Blue Henî). She was a niece of David Folsom of the Northwest District in Mississippi before the tribe came to Indian Territory . Floyd had his own unique way of sharing his life experiences and stories that not only were interesting but humorous as well. Floyd took great pride in the family history and his Choctaw heritage. He had a great memory on family facts and not hearing him talk about, or being able to ask him questions regarding family history or members, will be greatly missed. This was a trait that he most certainly inherited from his mother. Becoming friends with someone came easy for him. He dearly loved his family and friends and he most certainly will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege to know him.

  • David Hiram Harkins

    David Hiram Harkins

    Born: 8/1/1924

    Died: 1/24/1995

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    David Hiram Harkins was born on August 1, 1924 in Hugo, Oklahoma to Levi Harkins and Eliza Roberts Harkins. He went to be with our Lord on January 24, 1995. A faithful father and husband, he was loyal to his God, Country and Native American People. His journey is over and his glories are now in heaven.

    He served the Lord as an ordained Minister in Talihina and McAlester and in Dallas., Texas. At the age of 17, David joined the U.S. Navy and served his country during the World War II. He moved his family to Dallas in 1960 where he became a leader in the Native American Community.

    He was proud to be a Choctaw and he helped to establish the Dallas Council of Choctaws. He was also a founder of the Dallas Inter-Tribal Center, which became the first health clinic in North Texas to serve Native Americans exclusively.

    He was preceded in death by his father, mother, sister and brother.

    He is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Marie Gibson Harkins; two daughters, and sons in law, Mary and Kraig Vogel and Quida and Audie Ramirez and numerous relatives and friends.

  • Megan Nicole Hill

    Megan Nicole Hill

    Born: 1/7/1995

    Died: 1/7/1995

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Megan Nicole Hill, infant daughter of Ricky and Carolyn Hill died on January 7, 1995 in Talihina, Oklahoma.

    She was born on January 7, 1995.

    Surviving relatives include parents, Ricky and Carolyn Hill, grandparents, Floyd and Charlotte and Bonnie Hill and the late Oscar Hill; great-grandmother, Jessie Lawrence.

  • Martha Jean Hudson

    Martha Jean Hudson

    Born: 1/25/1935

    Died: 11/25/1995

    Maiden Name: Imotochey / Wright

    Honorific: n/a

    Martha Jean Hudson was born on January 25, 1935. She passed away on November 25, 1995 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She was born at the Lawton Indian Hospital. She was the daughter of the late Charles Imotochey and Ora Mae Wright and the granddaughter of the late Rev. I.S. Wright.

    She was a devoted wife and mother and friend to many. She accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at a young age and served Him all her life until the lord called her home. She was raised in Ft. Towson and went on to school at Carter Seminary. She was a member of a Glee Club at Carter and Chilocco Indian School where she graduated in 1954. She began her ministry for the Lord as a Sunday School teacher and held several positions in different churches in the Oklahoma City area. She stood with her husband James as they helped to start and serve several small churches, sometimes traveling 120 miles on Sunday. She loved any kind of Christian fellowship, revivals and singing in English and Choctaw Hymns. She and her sisters were often requested to sing at many church affairs. She was secretary of the Cheyenne- Arapaho Association. Her main concern in life was witnessing and leading people to Christ. She passed away knowing all her children are born-again Christians.

    She is survived by her husband, the Reverend James Hudson of the home; sons, Charles D. Hudson and wife, Rejeania of Moore, Oklahoma and Darrell W. Hudson and wife, Shirley of Oklahoma City; daughters Jimmie C. Merrival and husband Mike of South Dakota, Nita Kay Bovie and husband, John of Colorado, Sarah J. Platt and husband, Curtis of Oklahoma City; one brother, Forrest Tims of Oklahoma City; sisters,. Carol Kemp of Hugo, Oklahoma, Wanna Moore of Holiday, Florida, Lila Kemp of Ft. Townson, Oklahoma, June Kemp of Oklahoma City; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

  • Keith Kelly Harjo

    Keith Kelly Harjo

    Born: 9/6/1973

    Died: 12/31/1995

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Keith Harjo, 22, of Broken Bow, Oklahoma died Sunday, December 31 in Broken Bow. He was born September 6, 1973 in Talihina.

    A member of Myrtlewood Baptist Church in Broken Bow, Harjo worked in medical records at the Indian Clinic in Broken Bow. He had lived in the community all his lie.

    He was a well-known athlete when he attended Broken Bow High School.

    As a sophomore, he was a member of the Savage football team that won a state championship and was on teams that won three district championships. His senior year he was named to the all-district teams. The Broken Bow head football coach, Rich Jones, said Harjo being named to the all-district team was well deserved because of his great work habits and attitude.

    Survivors include his father, Wilbert Harjo of Oklahoma City; his mother and stepfather, Patsy (Harjo) Pilant and Michael Pilant; two brothers, Michael Pilant and Steven Pilant, both of Broken Bow; four sisters, Renita Harjo, Mellissa Harjo, Renee Harjo and Stephanie Pilant, all of Broken Bow; his paternal grandmother, Ella Harjo of Sasakawa; his maternal grandmother Louise Ishcomer of broken Bow; one nephew, Sabastian Cowen of Broken Bow; and several aunts and uncles.

  • Sara Annie Garland Haynie

    Sara Annie Garland Haynie

    Born: 10/7/1903

    Died: n/a

    Maiden Name: Garland

    Honorific: n/a

    Sarah Annie Garland Miss Annie Haynie, 92, of Millerton, died in Valliant. She was born October 7, 1903 in Parsons, Indian Territory.

    Haynie had lived her entire life in McCurtain County. She was a loving wife, mother and homemaker. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Idabel, a member of the Eastern Star, the Historical Society, the Millerton Home Extension Club and Moms of America. She was also an original enrollee of the Choctaw Nation.

    Miss Annie was preceded in death by her husband, Herschel Haynie in 1971 and five sons, Clarence, Lowell, John Burl and Clifton.

    Survivors include three sons, Don Haynie and Roger Haynie both of Garvin and Phillip Haynie of Oklahoma City; two daughters, Marie Jamerson of Garvin and Ross Helmet of Culbertson, Montana; a half-sister, Oletha Fowler of Fresno, California; one niece Jonnie Garland Simmons of Fullerton, California; 21 grandchildren. 37 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

    Funeral services were held at Norwood-Leonard Chapel in Idabel with the Rev. Gene Strickland officiating. Burial was at Wheelock Cemetery.

  • Wilhelmina Harp

    Wilhelmina Harp

    Born: 4/7/1920

    Died: 2/23/1996

    Maiden Name: Sam

    Honorific: n/a

    Wilhelmina Pokie Catherine Harp, 75, of Bennington, Oklahoma died on February 23, 1996 in Denison, Texas. She was born on April 7, 1920 in Bennington to Huddleston Sam and Martina Simpson Sam. She was a retired homemaker.

    She married Leonard Harp on March 15, 1941. He survives her at the home.

    Other survivors are a son, Clark D. Harp of Garland, Texas; a daughter, Katherine Monroy of Garland, Texas and three grandchildren, Letitia Monroy, Crystal Dee Harp and Raven Cheyenne Harp.

  • Floye E. Cochnauer Holt

    Floye E. Cochnauer Holt

    Born: 7/13/2008

    Died: 5/20/1916

    Maiden Name: Cochnauer

    Honorific: n/a

    Floye E. Cochnauer Holt passed away July 13, 2008, in Oklahoma City. She was born on May 20, 1916, to original enrollees David William and Rhoda Robinson Cochnauer in Bokchito.

    Floye was married to Charles Franklin J. Holt Jr. on March 7, 1941. She was a beauty operator until her retirement; however, she never quit working to help others. She was a faithful member of Wilshire Church of Christ in Oklahoma City where she helped quilt to raise scholarship funds for college students. Floye, an accomplished seamstress and quilter, designed, embroidered and hand quilted the Seals of the Five Civilized Tribes for a quilt that she donated to the Oklahoma Historical Society in Oklahoma City.

    Floye was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; five brothers and five sisters.

    She is survived by many nieces and nephews, including the family of Robert and Mary Cochnauer of Oklahoma City.

  • Clara Gertrue Hutchinson Hampton

    Clara Gertrue Hutchinson Hampton

    Born: 4/10/1902

    Died: 7/15/1995

    Maiden Name: Hutchinson

    Honorific: n/a

    Clara Gertrue Hutchinson Hampton, age 93, passed away on July 15 in Duncanville, Texas.

    She was born on April 10, 1902 in Bryan County, Indian Territory. She was of the Protestant faith and attended school in Wade, Oklahoma. She was an original enrollee of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

    She was employed as an office manager and resided in Duncanville.

    She was preceded in death by five brothers.

    Survivors are a don, Eugene Hampton of Dallas, Texas; two daughters, Almeda Glass of Duncanville, and LaJuana Cross of Nampa, Idaho; six grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

  • George Hudson

    George Hudson

    Born: 2/2/1897

    Died: 7/16/1995

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    George Hudson, age 98, of Talihina, Oklahoma, was born February 2, 1897 in Eagletown, Oklahoma. He passed away on July 16, 1995 at the Oklahoma Veterans Center in Talihina. He has served in the US Army during World War I and was honorably discharged.

    He had lived in the Talihina area all of his life. He married Berta Trammell on September 13, 1930 in Idabel, Oklahoma. They had been married for 64 years. He was a member of the Assembly of God Church at Talihina and a member of the DAV post of Talihina and he had been very active in the church where he had been the pianist for 30 years.

    He is survived by his wife, Berta, of the home; one son, Charles E. Hudson of Talihina; one daughter, Bernice Fields of Talihina; 10 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; 26 great-great-grandchildren and numerous friends and loved ones.

  • George L. Hampton

    George L. Hampton

    Born: 5/29/1913

    Died: 2/3/1989

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    George L. Hampton, 75, passed away February 3, 1989. Hampton, a resident of Durant, was formerly of Boswell Oklahoma.

    Born May 29, 1913, Mr. Hampton was a retired truck driver and member of the Boswell Assembly of God.

    He was preceded in death by his first wife, the former Mozell Parker in 1983

    In July of 1988, he married Lagatha Putman. He is survived by his wife, Lagatha, of the Durant Home; two sons, Larry Hampton, Wylie, Texas, and Danny Hampton, Hugo; one daughter, Janie Miller, Durant; three stepsons, Billy Putman, Durant, James and Mike Putman, both of Calera; one stepdaughter, Marilyn Burkett, Durant; two sisters, Geneva Holcomb, Boswell, Emma Marriott, Oklahoma City and five grandchildren.

  • Agnes Woolridge Harris

    Agnes Woolridge Harris

    Born: 10/9/1900

    Died: 4/4/1995

    Maiden Name: Woolridge

    Honorific: n/a

    Mrs. Agnes Woolridge Harris, original enrollee of the Choctaw Nation , passd away on April 4, 1995 She was born in Haskell County, Oklahoma on October 9, 1900. She married Bishop A. Harris on November 13, 1920.

    Services were held April 6, 1995 at Mallory Chapel. Rev. Don Horton, Stigler United ethodist Church officiated. Burial was at San Bois.

    She is survivied by two children, Lillian Ogle of Sandridge, Oklahoma and Iva Spring of Dallas, Texas; eight grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, eleven great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Florine Woolridge and Birdie Carver; two brothers, Perry Woolridge and Thomas Shropshire.

    Pallbearers were Joe Ogle, Johnnie Ogle, Kenneth Whitehead, Boyd Woolridge, Jr., Ralph Woolridge and James Ogle.

    Honorary pallbearers were Joe Spring, Andy Hubbard, Pat Ogle and Perry Woolridge.

  • George Eliot Harkins

    George Eliot Harkins

    Born: 3/27/1912

    Died: 11/15/1996

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    George Eliot and Estella Marie Harkins

    George Eliot Harkins was born on March 27, 1912 in Tupelo, Oklahoma and passed away on November 15, 1996 in Orange, California. Estela Marie Harkins was born on May 22, 1919 in Fletcher, Oklahoma and passed away on November 15, 1996 in Orange.

    George was the oldest of five children, one brother and three sisters. Marie was the sixth child out of ten children. Marie had five brothers and four sisters. One sister died in infancy.

    As a boy, George only completed two years of high school, but ended up living a very rich life full of experiences. In 1933 he met Estella Marie and married her on December 2 of that same year. Back in the 1940’s George picked oranges. He had a reputation of being the best at what he did. When the war broke out, he worked at Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach. At the time, his job was to install the top gun turret of the B-29 bomber.

    After the way George worked with the Orange County Road Department driving a core drilling rig.

    When their children were born, they became the best of parents. Carolyn the daughter remembers getting up early on cold school mornings to find mom ironing her clothes right before putting them on in order to keep warm.

    Marie went to Orange Coast College to get her Licensed Vacationing Nurse training and certificate. She was so proud when she graduated. She graduated the same year as Gene - the same school too. George worked with the road department for 24 years and retired after having his stroke in 1978.

    Both George and Marie liked attending Zion Christian Center and were a part of the church from its inception. Although George worshipped at Zion, he still held their membership at Boise City Oklahoma Friends Church where eh was baptized as a boy.

    They are survived by three children, Gene of Oklahoma City, Joel of Fullerton, California and Carolyn of Corona, California. George has one living brother, Robert of Walla Walla Washington, and two sisters; Agnes of Amarillo, Texas and Tillie of Boise City, Oklahoma. Estella is survived by one brother, Bill of Santa Ana, California and two sisters, Lois of Orange, California and Bernice of Boise City. They are also survived by seven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. They were married for 63 years and still are.

    George wanted to be remembered as a good husband and father who loved his wife and children very much. Marie was a loving mother who made his life sweet and gloriously rich.

  • George D. Hunt

    George D. Hunt

    Born: 3/11/1941

    Died: 7/15/2006

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    George D. Hunt, 65, of McAlester passed away July 15, 2006, at St. Francis Heart Center, Tulsa. He was born March 22, 1941, in Lawton to George Leon and Opal Adkins Hunt.

    George attended grade school in Sterling before moving to McAlester. He graduated from McAlester High School in 1959. He served three years in the Army then worked out of state before returning to McAlester in 2004.

    George was preceded in death by his stepfather, Martin Bohreer.

    Survivors include his mother, Opal Bohreer of the home; father and stepmother, George and Renaute Hunt of Everette, Washington; brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Clare Hunt of Huntington, West Virginia; sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and Gilbert Spurlock of Huntington; nephews, Jerry D. Hunt and wife Vickie and family of McAlester and Jay Hunt and family of Hartshorne; nieces, Jennifer Murray and family of Ada, Carman Swanson and family of Spencer, Nebraska, and Billie Jean Williams and family of Ada.

  • Marjie Coleen Airington Harper

    Marjie Coleen Airington Harper

    Born: n/a

    Died: n/a

    Maiden Name: Airington

    Honorific: n/a

    Marjie Coleen Airington Harper, 61, passed away September 13, 2005, at her residence in Durant. She was born August 9, 1944, Hollis, Oklahoma, the daughter of Clarence Robert Johnny and Mattie Agnes Lee Airington. She had worked as a cook and was a member of the Baptist faith. She loved to go and visit her family and enjoyed gardening, canning, fishing, camping, and cooking.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant daughter, Cynthia Ann Douglas; granddaughter, Shania Douglas; and her second husband, Larry Dean Adams.

    Survivors include a son and his wife, Robert and Stacey Douglas of Durant; daughter and husband, Susan and Ed McCarty of Atoka; grandson, Britt Douglas of Durant; granddaughters, Makayla Douglas and Ashlyn Douglas, both of Durant; brothers and sisters-in-law, James and Patsy Airington of Durant and Bobby and Rita Airington and Johnny and Wilma Airington, all of Woodward; and sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Charles Bates of Durant.

  • Vicky D. Thomas Hayes

    Vicky D. Thomas Hayes

    Born: 11/5/1953

    Died: 9/4/2004

    Maiden Name: Thomas

    Honorific: n/a

    Vicky D. Thomas Hayes passed away September 4, 2004. She was born November 5, 1953.

    She is survived by her parents, Aubry and Lavenia Thomas; one son, Brad Hayes of Ft. Bliss in El Paso, Texas, and one brother, Doug Thomas.

    Vicky D. Thomas Hayes

  • Katie Elaine Hunnicutt

    Katie Elaine Hunnicutt

    Born: 9/25/1930

    Died: 7/30/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Katie Elaine Hunnicutt, 74, of Durant passed away July 30, 2005, at Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma. She was born September 25, 1930, in Caddo to Cal Jackson and Mary Ella Owens.

    Mrs. Hunnicutt was a bookkeeper and managed Arrowhead Lodge for the Choctaw Nation.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Mozelle Price, and a brother, J.T. Jackson.

    Survivors include son, Robert C. Hunnicutt and wife, Kathleen, of Phoenix, Arizona; grandchildren, Jennifer Phillingaes of Florida, Justin Hunnicutt of Illinois, and Jesslyn Hunnicutt, C.J. Hunnicutt and Jackson Hunnicutt, all of Phoenix; sisters, Emogene Smith and Lucille Brimage, both of Durant; brother, Otis Jackson and wife, Pat, of Purcell; two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

  • Flora Estella Underwood Henry

    Flora Estella Underwood Henry

    Born: 7/2/1923

    Died: 4/11/2001

    Maiden Name: Underwood

    Honorific: n/a

    Flora Estella Underwood Henry, 77, passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2001 in St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Beaumont, Texas. She was born July 2, 1923 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, the daughter of Thomas Jefferson Underwood and Lucy Williams Underwood. Her father was an original enrollee of the Choctaw Nation. A member of the Choctaw Nation, Mrs. Henry was very proud of her American Indian heritage.

    Mrs. Henry and her husband, Louis Henry, were longtime residents of Edinburg, Texas. They married in Eninburg on January 2, 1941. Mrs. Henry moved from Edinburg in 1988 shortly after the death of her husband.

    Also preceded her in death were her parents; a son, Bobby Joe Henry; and three brothers, William Underwood, Lawrence Underwood and Olen Andrew Underwood.

    Survivors include her sons, Charles Henry of Livingston, James Henry of Onalaska, Texas, Billy Henry of Livingston, Texas and Robert Henry of LaPorte, Texas; daughter, Carolyn Lookwood, Lois Starns and Betty McDonald, all of Livingston, Judy Jones of Woodville, Texas, and Joyce Barrett of LaPorte; 31 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; Sisters, Ethelene Trahan of Winnie, Texas, Delores Guillory of Tyler, Texas and Lily May Lee of Mathis Lake, Texas; and a brother, John Underwood of Dallas, Texas.

  • Jerry Wendell Horton

    Jerry Wendell Horton

    Born: 11/17/1938

    Died: 11/8/2002

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Jerry Wendell Horton, 63, passed away Friday, November 8, 2002 at his home in Panama, Oklahoma. He was born on November 17, 1938 near Milton, Oklahoma to Guy Quincy and Montie Olean (Leflore) Horton. His grandfather, Turner Lee Leflore, was an original Choctaw enrollee.

    Mr. Horton was a member of the Lord’s church and worshiped with members of the local church of Christ in Bokoshe, Oklahoma. As a lifelong resident of Leflore County, he attended Folsom Country School near Milton and graduated from Bokoshe High School in 1956. Shortly thereafter, he served in the U. S. Army from 1957-1959 in Germany and was honorably discharged in 1963 after being recalled during the Berlin Crisis.

    Jerry was an honest, hard-working gentleman with a great love of the outdoors. He will be fondly remembered as a loving and caring husband, Dad and Papaw. Above all, his strong faith and Christian example endured.

    He will be deeply missed by his wife, the former Sue Kirwin of McCurtain, Oklahoma. They would have soon celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary. His father, Guy, preceded him in death.

    Survivors include his loving wife, Sue; a daughter, Carla Bare and husband, Greg, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; a son, Scott Horton and wife, Shannon, of Spiro, Oklahoma; four grandchildren, Lindsey Bare of Malibu, California, Garrison Bare of Broken Arrow, Breckin Horton and Kirwin Horton of Spiro; his mother, Olean, of Bokoshe; one sister, Ann Walker of Spiro; three brothers and their wives, Loren and Jean Horton and Donald and Melba Horton, all of Bokoshe, and Joe and Sharon Horton of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; numerous nieces and nephews and countless friends.

  • Ted Roy Hicks

    Ted Roy Hicks

    Born: 3/27/1955

    Died: 6/7/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Ted Roy Hicks, 50, of Frederick, Oklahoma, passed away June 7, 2005, at the Frederick Memorial Hospital. He was born March 27, 1955, in Lawton, Oklahoma, to Pearlene Hicks.

    He attended Frederick Public Schools. He was active in the Frederick Little League and an adult softball and baseball team, where he served as a head coach for the Warriors. He was a member of the Apostolic Faith Church, where he served as trustee for 15 years. He was very good with arts and crafts. He was noted for telling his Indian stories and enjoyed singing Choctaw hymns. He went to be with his favorite cousin, Leon J. Hicks.

    He was preceded in death by his mom in 1992 and his grandparents, Jefferson and Lorancie Hicks.

    Survivors include sons, Jeff Hicks and wife, Linda, of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, Jeremy Hicks of Mena, Arkansas, and Wesley Hicks of Buena Vista, Georgia; brother, Alden Osborn of Childress, Texas; and three sisters, Debra Osborn and Sharon Ochoa, both of Altus, Oklahoma, and Alicia Osborn of Wewoka, Oklahoma; five grandchildren, Jacob, Gaven, Malkine and Ashton Hicks and Jalen Wesley; three aunts, Ann Fobb, Vera Hudson and Rosie Hicks, all of Frederick; uncle, Eddie Hicks of Frederick, and numerous cousins.

  • Darrell Wayne Hudson

    Darrell Wayne Hudson

    Born: 11/17/1958

    Died: 1/6/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Darrell Wayne Hudson, 45, passed away on January 6, 2004. He was born November 17, 1958, to James and Martha Hudson.

    Darrell came from a large family and will be loved and missed by all. He was a longtime employee of Southwestern Roofing. He loved sports, especially fast-pitch softball where he had teams that he played and coached. He was involved in keeping alive the tradition of the Indian State tournament, held annually at Wheeler State Park. He was a member of the Indian Ink Committee who coordinated the 50th anniversary of the Oklahoman Indian Men’s Fast-Pitch Tournament. He was also the director of the ONASA, the committee that is continuing the Indian State Tournament.

    Darrell was a member of Victory Baptist Church where he was baptized June 4, 1995.

    He was preceded in death by his mother, Martha, and son, David.

    Survivors include his wife, Shirley; son Tony; daughter, Darah; granddaughter, Robyn, and grandson, Ocean, all of the home; father James, of Hugo, Oklahoma; brother, Charles and Rejeania of Oklahoma City; sisters, Carol and Mike Merrival of South Dakota, Kay and John Boisevert of Colorado, Sarah Hudson of Oklahoma City, and mother-in-law, Delores Factor of Oklahoma City.

  • Pauline Ruth Hunter

    Pauline Ruth Hunter

    Born: 1/8/1912

    Died: 11/17/2004

    Maiden Name: Rogers

    Honorific: n/a

    Pauline Ruth Hunter, 92, passed away November 17, 2004, in Hugo, Oklahoma. She was born January 8, 1912, in Hugo, the daughter of John J. and original enrollee Onie (Ward) Rogers.

    She married Charles Edward Buck Hunter on July 30, 1930, in Hugo. She had lived in the area all of her life and was a devoted wife, mama and granny.

    Mrs. Hunter was a member of the Emanuel Baptist Church, a member of the Old Rebekah Lodge #125, a lifetime member of Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary #60, and a member of the Hugo American Legion Auxiliary #59. She had worked in the food service for many years and retired from Choctaw Memorial Hospital and the Golden Age Home. She loved to cook and do things for her family and multitude of friends. She was proud of her Choctaw Heritage and was happiest when she was helping someone.

    Survivors include six sons, Doyle Hunter, David Hunter, Jimmie Hunter, Jerry Hunter, all of Hugo, Oklahoma, Billy G. Hunter of Stringtown, Oklahoma, and Howard Hunter of Dallas, Texas; two daughters, Patsy Ruth Thompson and Judy Kay Campbell, both of Hugo; one sister, Effie Rogers of Hugo; 29 grandchildren; 57 great-grandchildren, and nine great-great-grandchildren.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Edward Buck Hunter Sr.; two sons, John Douglas Hunter and Charles Edward Hunter Jr.; her parents; one brother, Johnnie Rogers; two half-brothers, Preston McIntyre and Burl McIntyre.

    Pauline Ruth Hunter

  • Wallace Solomon Harrison

    Wallace Solomon Harrison

    Born: 11/12/1917

    Died: 8/27/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Wallace Solomon Harrison passed away August 27, 2004, in Houston, Texas. He was born November 12, 1917, in Soper, Oklahoma, and was the second child of Solomon Harrison and Nannie Lou Johnson. Wallace was proud of his American Indian heritage.

    During World War II he was a 1st Sergeant in the European theater and was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in battle.

    Wallace worked many years for Public Service Company in Tulsa, Oklahoma, before his move to Houston, Texas. In Houston, he was a longtime accountant for Brown & Root Company.

    After retirement, he spent many hours working in his vegetable garden and shared his harvest with many a neighbor and friend. Wallace was an avid Oklahoma University football fan and enjoyed watching baseball. He donated his time to his church’s food bank and Sunday school.

    Survivors include his wife, Jean Harrison of Houston, Texas; one brother, Kenneth Harrison of Mesquite, Texas; twin children, Ronald Harrison and Cheryl Hein of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; three grandchildren, Tanya Woollard of Broken Arrow, Lisa Hanna of Tulsa, and Ronald Harrison Jr. of Boswell, Oklahoma, and three great-grandchildren.

    Wallace Solomon Harrison

  • Taylor Michele Hager

    Taylor Michele Hager

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    Taylor Michele Hager

  • Jesse Carl Hall

    Jesse Carl Hall

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    Jesse Carl Hall

  • Leslie Dean Hamilton

    Leslie Dean Hamilton

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    Leslie Dean Hamilton

  • Julius Wade Hampton

    Julius Wade Hampton

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    Julius Wade Hampton

  • Della Adelia Doak Harrison

    Della Adelia Doak Harrison

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    Della Adelia Doak Harrison

  • Dennis Harrison

    Dennis Harrison

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    Dennis Harrison

  • Charlene Ladd McIntosh Hay

    Charlene Ladd McIntosh Hay

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    Charlene Ladd McIntosh Hay

  • Edward Wilson Herndon

    Edward Wilson Herndon

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    Edward Wilson Herndon

  • Oma Pauline Hokett

    Oma Pauline Hokett

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    Oma Pauline Hokett

  • Tillman Laverne Hokett, Jr.

    Tillman Laverne Hokett, Jr.

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    Tillman Hokett Jr. was born on Feb. 22, 1955, in San Diego, Calif. He was a pipe liner, then was disabled due to epilepsy and retired to San Marcus Texas. He loved to fish and hunt. He married Jerrie Hokett on March 18, 1985. He had a son, Cody Charles Hokett, and stepdaughter, Kristy Ingle.

  • Thelma M. Brownen Hooker

    Thelma M. Brownen Hooker

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    Thelma M. Brownen Hooker

  • Samuel Hopkins

    Samuel Hopkins

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    Samuel Hopkins

  • Rodney D. Hubbard

    Rodney D. Hubbard

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    Rodney D. Hubbard

  • Marial Hudson

    Marial Hudson

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    Marial Hudson

  • Dale Wayne Havniear

    Dale Wayne Havniear

    Born: 12/22/1954 Died: 01/21/2010 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a

    Dale Wayne Havniear, 55, of Medford, Ore., passed away at his home on Jan. 21, 2010.
    Dale was born Dec. 22, 1954, in Medford, to Barbara and Floyd Havniear. He was the youngest of three boys. The family moved to Pleasant Hill, Calif., where Dale spent his childhood, growing up playing baseball and football. When he was in his teens, the family moved back to the Medford area where he attended Medford High, graduating class of 1973.
    After high school, Dale started a career in fabrication and soon found a life-long passion for racing stockcars. He raced the #65 car at the young age of 19. With the support from his family, friends, and sponsors, Dale successfully won many races with the cars that he built throughout his career. His career in welding and fabricating took him into the boating industry for over 20 years with local business. At the age of 45, Dale changed careers and took a job as the commercial truck salesman for Town and Country Chevrolet.
    On Feb. 9, 1980, he married Janice Flannery and together they raised three children, Kendra, Tonya and Matthew. His life was filled with love for his family and friends, racing and building stock cars, hunting, fishing, camping and golfing. He enjoyed cheering on his children, nieces and nephews during their sporting and school events. He was actively involved in supporting our military troops and proud of his son, Matthew, who enlisted in the Marine Corps. His biggest joy was playing with his grandchildren.
    Dale was dearly loved and will be incredibly missed by his family and friends. His big hugs, laugh, and the giving heart he showed to everyone will be remembered.
    He is survived by his wife, Janice Havniear; daughter Kendra and husband Jonathan Theiring of Ashland; daughter Tonya and husband Nathaniel Staller of Central Point; son Matthew Havniear of the United States Marine Corps; mother Barbara Havniear of Medford; brother Ron and wife Carol Havniear of Gold Hill; brother Larry and wife Lisa Havniear of Redmond; grandsons, Tanner, Colsten and Gavin; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, and nieces.

  • Ruth Hankowsky

    Ruth Hankowsky

    Born: 02/11/1920 Died:
    Maiden Name: Thompson Honorific: n/a

    Ruth Hankowsky was born Feb. 11, 1920, to Gilbert “Webb” Thompson and Anna Thompson. Her father, Webb, was a fullblooded Choctaw who received his government land allotment near Wilson. Her mother, Anna, was a school teacher who retired when their first child was born. Ruth was the second of five children. Farm chores, school work and church activities kept her busy growing up. Learning, teaching and her Choctaw heritage were Ruth’s passions. After elementary school in Wilson, she attended Chilocco Indian School then graduated with a B.S. in Education from Southeastern University in Durant. Her 30 year teaching career began and spanned all levels - elementary (including Music), secondary, and college. In the early 50s she had completed her master’s degree in education and accepted a position in the Speech Dept. at the University of Oklahoma.She taught classes while working on her thesis dissertation for her Phd. Ruth was active in Native American activities at O.U. and served briefly as one of the first directors of Native American Studies. The topic of her thesis dissertation was a study of the Choctaw language.
    During her time at O.U., she married John Hankowsky and they became huge O.U. sports fans, traveling to many football and bowl games. Retirement in the 80s brought a lot more time for family, O.U. sports, and traveling. Her grandchildren, Kendall and John, were both athletes and Ruth and Hank loved watching their soccer, baseball, track, basketball, and cheerleading activities. She remained active and served as an officer in the Chilocco Alumni Association. She was an honored elder member of the First American United Methodist Church in Norman.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, Webb and Anna Thompson; husband John Hankowsky; brother Webb Thompson; sister Lorraine Cummings; and daughter Louann Langston.
    She is survived by daughters Ellen Lack and husband Jim of Norman, Jane Van Setten of Moore; grandaughters Denise Dalmas and husband Art of Glen Gardner, N.J., and Kendall Lack Portland,Ore.; grandson John Lack and Jenny of Portland, Ore.; sisters Dorothea Forrester and Naomi Brown of Tulsa; and great-grandchildren Nathaniel and Kristina Dalmas of Glen Gardner.

  • Jack Walton Hopkins

    Jack Walton Hopkins

    Born: 01/13/1923 Died: 03/22/1991 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a

    Graveside services for Jack Walton Hopkins, 68, of Valliant, Oklahoma were held Friday, March 22, 1991. He died March 20 following a sudden heart attach. He was born January 13, 1923 in Oklahoma City. He had lived in the Valliant area for 20 years. He was a retired farmer and rancher and a member of the Idabel Main Street Church of Christ.

    He was a descendant of Robert Freeny and Sarah Ellis Freeny, Choctaws who settled in Southeastern Oklahoma in 1832, following removal from Mississippi.

    He is survived by his wife; Nadine Hopkins, of the home; one son, Stephen Hopkins, of Garden city, Kansas; one daughter, Gena Hopkins Fowler of Valliant; one brother, Freeny Hopkins of Goldsby; two sisters, Ruth Finley of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Holly Savage of Anadarko, Oklahoma and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by parents .E. Hopkins and Edna Freeny Hopkins.

  • Salinia Elizabeth (Washington) Heflin

    Salinia Elizabeth (Washington) Heflin

    Born: 1923 Died: Maiden Name: Honorific: n/a

    Funeral services were held February 8, 1991 for Salinia Elizabeth (Washington) Heflin, 68, of Heavener, Oklahoma. Services were held at First Baptist Church in Wister, Oklahoma. Mr Heflin was a homemaker and had lived in the area all of her life. She was very proud of her Choctaw heritage. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roney, in April 1989. Survivors include four daughter; Wilma Sullivan and Frances Payne, both of Heavener, Oklahoma, Wanda Long of Clayton, Oklahoma, and Dorothy Hughes of Eunice, New Mexico; one brother, David Washington of Arlington, Texas; one sister, Lavada (Washington) Byaus of Arlington, Texas; step-sister Mary Richardson of Arlington, Texas; and one aunt, Nancy Roberts of Heavener, Oklahoma. Mrs. Heflin had nine grandchildren and four great=grandchildren. Interment was in Maxey Cemetery in Wisner, Oklahoma.

  • Mary Heck

    Mary Heck

    Born: 12/14/1928 Died: 07/09/2011 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a

    Mary Lee Harris Heck passed away on July 9, 2011. She was born Dec. 14, 1928, in Coal County. She was half Choctaw and half Chickasaw. Mary was a homemaker and nurse aide. She was a wonderful cook and her home was always full of children. She donated her quilts to many organizations for fundraising. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Nancy Roberts Harris and Osborne Reason Harris; her husband, R.L. Dutch Heck; brother David Harris; sister Jessie Mae Lynch; and grandparents, Elsie Walton and Wilson Roberts and Reason and Blannie Willis Harris. She is survived by her brother, James Harris of Tupelo; daughters, Shirley with Tommy Morgan of Centrahoma; Ricky with Dan Loudermilk of Coalgate, Marilyn K. with Doyle Morgan of Ada; sons, Tom with Donna Heck and Randy Heck of Coalgate; grandchildren, Allen with Karla Chapman of Coalgate, Renay with Juan Foreman of Coalgate, Mendy with Chris Watkins of Ada, Terie with Laramie Adams of Tupelo, Matthew Morgan of Ada, Christy with Jerry Davis of Coalgate, Keyvin Heck of Coalgate, Misty with Fred Goodwin of Coppell, Texas, Kellan Heck of Colegate, Kyler Heck of Coppell, Jenniffer with Ray Gurley of Ada, Stevie Heck of Midland, Texas, Leandra Morgan of Centrahoma, Lynsey Loudermilk of Coalgate and Reece Heck of Coalgate; and great-grandchildren, Alyson and Kallie Chapman, Joseph, Seth and Luke Foreman, Zayne, Zachary and Morgan Davis, Cayman and Kai Watkins, Jolie, Kelsey and Lawson Morgan, Rhyan and Skylar Pogue and Gabriel Gurley. Mary will be missed by all her friends and family.

  • Charles Hudson

    Charles Hudson

    Born: 06/03/1922 Died: 08/18/2011 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: Veteran

    Charles Eugene Hudson, 89, of McAlester, formerly of Talihina, passed away on Aug. 18, 2011, at OSU Medical Center in Tulsa. He was born on June 3, 1922, in Haworth to George and Betty (Fitzpatrick) Hudson. He was a World War II veteran in the U.S. Army Air Corps and proud to be a Choctaw veteran serving his country. He worked 10 years for Boeing in Wichita on the flight line until they shut down. He worked for the City of Ada in the street department, retiring after 10 years. Charles was of the Assembly of God faith. He cherished all of his family very much. He was proud of his Choctaw heritage and proud to be a Talihina Tiger where he was a member of the football team. He enjoyed playing music with his son. Charles played guitar and harmonica and sat in at many clubs where his son, Jimmy, played professionally. They also liked to fish and hunt together. He was preceded in death by his parents, George Hudson and Betty Hudson; stepmother Berta Hudson; son Charles Denver Hudson; daughter Donna LeFlore; grandson Eddie LeFlore; granddaughter Kristina Sojo; and great-granddaughter Angel Martin. He is survived by his son, James Eugene Hudson with wife Diane of McAlester; daughters, Frances Martin with husband Alfred of Stuart, and Janice Carlton with husband Bill of Ada; sister Bernice Fields of Halstead, Kan.; 13 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous other family members and friends.

  • Sue Helms

    Sue Helms

    Born: 09/29/1951 Died: 02/14/2011 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a

    Sue Helms, 59, of Idabel passed away Feb. 14, 2011, in Idabel. The daughter of Pickens and Juanita McAfee Thomas, Sue was born Sept. 29, 1951, in Talihina. She was a homemaker and enjoyed going to church, going to the library to read, picking up cans and pecans, watching television and spending time with her family. Sue was preceded in death by her grandfather, Moses Thomas; parents, Pickens and Juanita Thomas; one grandson, Steven Helms; four sisters, two brothers and one nephew. She leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Fred Helms of Idabel; two sons, Joshua Helms with wife Samantha of DeQueen, Ark., and Jacob Helms of Lawton; one granddaughter, Ansley Helms; four sisters, Wauleah Wagstaff of Idabel, Christine Peniton of Idabel, Wanda Francis with husband Anthony of Wheeler, Texas, and Loretta Snyder of Broken Bow; one sister-in-law, Jean Monroe of Idabel; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

  • Cordia Bunch - Heimel

    Cordia Bunch-Heimel

    Born: Died: 08/30/2011 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a

    Cordia L. Bunch-Heimel passed away on Aug. 30, 2011, in Fontana. A native of Oklahoma, Bunch-Heimel was a resident of Fontana for more than 15 years. She was a retired LVN. She was a proud member of the Choctaw Nation. She was a long-time Dallas Cowboys fan and an avid Bingo player. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Paula Gann. She is survived by two children, Mike Bunch with wife Helen, and Linda Morrison with husband Jerry; one sibling, Lewis Amos of Oklahoma; grandchildren, Nick Bunch, Robert Bunch, Heather Bunch-Money, Joseph Bunch, Kimberly Bunch, Raoul Contreras, Lori Morrison-Contreras, Jake Morrison, Graciela Morrison, Tom Morrison, Breanne Morrison, Lee Gann, Andrew Gann, and Paul Gann; great-grandchildren, Cheyenne Nicole, Thomas Bunch, James Bunch, Addison Bunch, Sean Money, Makaley Money, Jacob Money, Cordia Contreras, Cayetano Contreras, Alex Morrison, Andrea Morrison, Madison Morrison, Olivia Morrison and Rylee Morrison.

  • Rev. Ted Hilliard

    Rev. Ted Hilliard

    Born: 08/31/1922 Died: 08/29/2011 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a

    The Rev. Ted Hilliard passed away on Aug. 29, 2011, in Fort Smith, Ark., two days prior to his 89th birthday. He was born Aug. 31, 1922, in Grapevine, Texas, to George Washington Hilliard and Daisy Dean Callahan Hilliard, who was a Choctaw original enrollee. Hilliard farmed in both Texas and California until the late 1950s. He then operated a nursery and landscape business in California, retiring from that business and relocating to Sallisaw in the early 1990s. Before leaving California, he taught high school vocational education classes in Chowchilla, Calif. He served as pastor for Round Mountain Community Church in Vian for several years. The Rev. Hilliard was proud of his Choctaw lineage, which traces to Louis Durant, one of the earliest intermarried whites in Mississippi. He served in the U.S. Army in Italy and North Africa, receiving an honorable discharge in 1945. He was preceded in death by two wives, Martha and Hattie Belle.
    He is survived by a daughter, Cheryl Marie Good of Sallisaw; and two sons, Rev. Phillip Hilliard of Alhambra, Calif., and Ted C. Hilliard of Tracyton, Wash.; six grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren.

  • Jesse Lee Howard

    Jesse Lee Howard

    Born: Died: 06/21/2011 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a

    Jesse Lee Howard passed away on June 21, 2011. Jesse Lee was the first child born to Cecil Monte Howard and Etta Scroggins Howard. He graduated from Spaulding High School. He later joined the Oklahoma National Guard. His unit was called to active duty and sent to Korea. He was a wonderful family man, a good Christian and was respected by all who knew him. He has been greatly missed by his family. Jesse is a grandson of original enrollee Emery Goodwin Howard. He was very proud of his Choctaw heritage. He was preceded in death by his father, mother and one infant sister, Jo Ann. Jesse is survived by his wife, Florence; one son, Gary with wife Susan of Oklahoma City; one daughter, Gina Meek with husband Stan of Norman; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Jesse had two brothers, Jimmy Howard with wife Norma of Oklahoma City, and Wayne Howard with wife Carolyn of Newalla; two sisters, Carlene Castañeda with husband Bob of Oklahoma City, Linda Bible and Jimmy Sanders, both of Holdenville.

  • Michael Hooten

    Michael Hooten

    Born: 06/14/1963 Died: 10/16/2011 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a

    Michael Joe Hooten, 48, formerly of Paris, passed away on Oct 16, 2011, in Casa Grande, Ariz. He was born on June 14, 1963, in Dallas to Paul Henry and Zelma Juanita Wear Hooten. He married to Glenna McKinney Hooten. He was a professional truck driver, which was his passion and he was happiest while he was on the road. He was a great grandson of Mary Irene Breashers, and original Choctaw enrollee, and the grandson of William Bailey Wyers. He was proud of his Choctaw heritage. He was preceded in death by his father; grandparents, Bill and Nellie Hooten, as well as Bailey and Gracie Wear. He is survived by his wife, Glenna Hooten; mother; son Michael James Hooten; sister Trena Renaye Hackler; half-brother Paul Clayton Hooten; half-sisters, Kathie Laverents and Debrah Williams; uncles, Jimmy Ward, Billy, Melvin, Raymond, Charles, Donald and Bobby Wear; aunts, Lemmie Chennault and Greta Baker; numerous cousins and other family members.

  • Tillman Hokett

    Tillman Hokett

    Born: 06/13/1936 Died: 10/17/2011 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: Veteran

    Tillman Laverne Hokett, 75, Wapanucka resident, formerly of Mead and Calera passed away on Oct. 17, 2011, in Ada. He was born on June 13, 1936 to Carl and Lillie Florence (Hyde) Hokett, in Atoka. He attended Kenefic, Hopewell and Caney Schools. Tillman quit school to join the Marines. Tillman was a Marine for 22 years and a rancher working in the Bryan County area. Tillman proudly served his country in The Marine Corp during the Korea and Vietnam conflicts and was highly decorated with five Purple Hearts, two Silver Stars, a Bronze Star and numerous others. He cherished his family and will be greatly missed by all that knew him. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Nina Johnson and Ina Pruitt; son Tillman Hokett Jr.; and grandmother Annie Neal, an original enrollee of the Choctaw Nation. Tillman is survived by his siblings, Shirley Bushong of Odessa, Texas, Greta Campbell with husband Johnny of Antlers, Wylie Hokett of Mead, J.D. Hokett with wife Judy of Wapanucka, and Barbara Peoples with husband Frank of Ardmore; grandchild Cody Hokett of Texas; along with numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.

  • Edna Henry

    Edna Henry

    Born: 12/29/1922 Died: 10/01/2011 Maiden Name: Whitehead Honorific: n/a

    Edna Cleo (Whitehead) Henry passed away on Oct. 1, 2011 in Purcell. She was born on Dec. 29, 1922 in Baily. He parents were Clinton Whitehead and Willie May (Henderson) Whitehead. She taught Sunday Scholl and Vacation Bible Scholl for many years. She enjoyed gardening, reading, quilting and singing. She sang in the senior choir and the Living Christmas Tree for many years at her Church in Lindsay. She married Louis W. Henry on Aug. 4, 1945, and he is still living in Lindsay. She was preceded in death by parents and six brothers. She is survived by her sister, Virginia Mann of Marlow; four children, Larry Henry with wife, Josie, Loeva (Henry) Hauser with husband John, Terry Henry with wife Carla, and David Henry; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great great-grandchild.

  • Harlon Lavern Hyde

    Harlon Lavern Hyde

    Born:06/06/1930 Died:03/06/2009 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a

    Harlon Laverne Hyde, 78, of Caddo, passed away March 6, 2009, at the Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma. He was born June 6, 1930, in Caddo to Emma Jackson and Thomas Hyde. He married Betty Jo Haddock on December 9, 1950, in Big Lake, Texas. Harlon was a devoted husband, father, and grandpa. He was known as an old-fashioned cowboy who loved the outdoors and livestock. He was a lifetime member of the Caddo Round-up Club and was presented the Pioneer Award in 2003. He was a member of the Bryan County (CHA) Coon Hunter’s Association and a proud member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Harlon has been a member of the First Baptist Church of Caddo since April 22, 1965. He will be remembered as a great friend to many as he enjoyed visiting friends at the local coffee shop and friends at home. Harlon was preceded in death by his parents, Emma Jackson and Thomas Lee Hyde; sister, Barbara Haddock; brothers, Neal and Don Hyde; and nephews, Audie and Roger Haddock. Survivors include his wife, Betty Hyde of the home; daughters, Paula and husband Randy Wingfield of Caddo, Claudene and husband Rex Williams Jr. of Calera, and Patty and husband RD Mink of Blue; brothers, Thomas Hyde of Tushka and Wayne Dean of Elk City; step-sisters, Delores and husband John Casal of Grandbury, Texas and Vivian and husband Robert Dunn of Grand Prairie, Texas and brother-in-law JR Joines of Caddo. Grandchildren include Joe Wingfield, Caddo; Josh and Kenna Wingfield, Albany; Trish and Wes Singleton, Calera; Tra Williams, Calera; Trina Dunegan, Mead; Autumn Williams, Oklahoma City; step-grandchildren include Laura and Jay Morgan, Velma; Jenifer and Jamie Shirley, Ardmore; and Vanessa and Mike Herron, Durant. Great-grandchildren are Mackenzie Singleton, Calera; Hunter Wingfield, Albany; Rowdy and Roper Swanson, Durant; and Jaxon and Jordan Shirley, Ardmore; numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

  • Cleburn M. Harrison

    Cleburn M. Harrison

    Born: 01/09/1925 Died: 05/24/2009 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: Veteran

    Cleburn M. Harrison, 84, of Marietta, Texas, passed away on May 24, 2009, in Daingerfield, Texas. He was born on January 9, 1925, in Boswell. He was a retired plumber, a Catholic, a Mason, a member of United Association of Plumbers, Pipefitters and Steamfitters, and American Legion. He was a World War II Army veteran. He is survived by his wife, Joyce Harrison of Marietta; son, Ulmont M. Harrison; two granddaughters; one great-granddaughter; and a number of other relatives.

  • Riley Franklin Hamilton

    Riley Franklin Hamilton

    Born: 05/07/1934 Died: 05/13/2009 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a

    Riley Franklin Hamilton, 75, of Mangum passed away on May 13, 2009, at the Mangum Community Hospital. He was born on May 7, 1934, in Erick to Hafford Riley and Odessa Harkins Hamilton. He was a graduate of Plainview School and valedictorian of his senior class and was known as “Plainview Hotshot Hamilton” for his basketball skills. As an active member of his community, he was a member of the Farm Service Agency County Committee for 38 years and a member of First Baptist Church of Mangum. Some of his favorite things to do were bowling, traveling, especially to Red River, New Mexico, coin collecting, watching sports and playing dominoes. But spending time with family and friends was what brought joy to his life. On February 27, 1954, he married Nola Atwood and she preceded him in death on February 7, 1971. To this union, Beverly and Ronnie were born. On April 24, 1974, he married Kaye Wileman, in Mangum, where he lived until his death. Riley is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Kay of Mangum; four children, Beverly Uecke of Burns Flat, Ronnie Hamilton and wife Cindy of Mustang, Kendal Young and husband Jeff of Yukon and Richelle Froage and husband Jason of Gage; six grandchildren, Janie Selman and husband Travis, Jason Uecke and wife Krystle, Shelby Hamilton, Madison Young, Jackson Young and Gunner Froage; three great-grandchildren, Jarrett Selman, Jaxon Selman and Tanner Uecke; six sisters, June Tramel and husband Darrell of Prescott, Arizona, Betty Nippert of Mangum, Jimmie Ruth Boyd ad husband Clyde of Cleburne, Texas, Thelma Pender and husband Buddy of Fort Worth, Texas, Nina Turner and husband Dan of Altus and Sherri Govett and husband Mark of Oklahoma City; three brothers, Wayne Hamilton and wife Norma of Mangum, Bob Hamilton and wife Barbara of Pauls Valley, and Arleigh Hamilton and wife Pat of Chandler, along with other relatives and friends.

  • James Hubbard

    James ‘Buck’ Hubbard

    Born: 06/11/1926 Died: 02/22/2009 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: Veteran

    James “Buck” Hubbard, 82, of Granbury, Texas, passed away in Monroe, Louisana, on February 22, 2009, at the Northeast Louisiana War Veterans Home. He was born in DeQueen, Arkansas, on June 11, 1926, to James and Maudi Spain Hubbard. He was a Navy Veteran of World War II and served onboard the USS Yorktown CV10 in 1944-45 in the South Pacific. He was the grandson of Choctaw tribal members Granger Spain and Lula Mae Shelton. He was a leader in the solid waste industry for 45 years in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. He was a member of Lakeside Baptist Church in Granbury. Buck was involved in local politics in Tarrant County, Texas, serving on the City Council of North Richland Hills, Texas, and served as Mayor of Colleyville, Texas, for 10 years. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Imogene Farrar Hubbard; daughter, Patricia Hubbard, and brother, J.C. Hubbard. Survivors include his wife, Billie Sue Porter Hubbard of Granbury; children, James “Sonny” R. Hubbard III of Houston, Ronald Hubbard of Woodland Park, Colorado, Curtis Hubbard of Valley View, Texas, Sue Kulaga of Tyler, Texas, Donna Eckhardt of Monroe, Louisana, Jan Freeman and Sheree Yarborough, both of Granbury, Rhonda Moore of Lindale, Texas; 20 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; brothers, Martin Leverts, Shirley Bounds, Lonnie Bounds and Jimmy Bounds; and sisters, Margie Dale, Betty Woodell and Carolyn Capps.

  • Ramsey J. Horton Sr.

    Ramsey J. Horton Sr.

    Born: 01/24/1922 Died: 12/08/2008 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: Veteran

    Ramsey J. Horton Sr., 86, of Groves, Texas, died December 8, 2008, at his home. He was born on January 24, 1922, in Oklahoma City to Robert Benson Horton and Eunice Mae Griffin Horton. He lived in Groves for 67 years and was retired as a supervisor from Texaco after 40 years of service. Ramsey was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church, Lion’s Club of Port Arthur, Texas, VFW Post #4820 of Port Neches, member and past president of Texaco Retirees Club and a past member of Knights of Columbus of Port Arthur. Ramsey received his schooling at Seeger Indian School in Colony, Oklahoma, Jones Academy in Hartshorne and was a graduate of Chilocco High School in Chilocco. While attending Chilocco, Ramsey was a member of the National Guard 45th Infantry Division. After graduation, he was given a discharge to attend Cameron University in Lawton. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the destroyer USS Gillespie, DD609, in the European and Pacific theaters, earning eight battle stars. Upon his return from service, he resumed his job at Texaco in Port Arthur, and also continued his education at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister and brother-in-law, Weltha M. and Frazier Kemp, brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Elizabeth Horton, sister and brother-in-law, Aileen and James L. Brown. He is survived by his wife, Genevieve Horton of Groves; two daughters, Janet Smock and Emil Riedel of League City, Texas, and Myrleen George and husband Gaylon of Cedar Park, Texas; two sons, Ramsey J. Horton Jr. and wife Patricia of Pasadena, Texas, and Ross Horton and wife Tara of Austin, Texas; 11 grandchildren, Rebecca Smock, Logan George, Dustin George, Melanie Johnson, Jonilee Pusley, Ramsey J. Horton III, Judah Horton, Josh Horton and Marie Horton; four great-grandchildren; six nieces and nephews and numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews.

  • Lucy Lee Hickman

    Lucy Lee Hickman

    Born: 01/01/1901 Died: 01/01/1901 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: Veteran

    Lucy Lee Hickman, 97, formerly of Stigler, Oklahoma passed away in Gladstone, Missouri. Miss Hickman was a veteran of World War II having served in the Yeomanettes selling Liberty Bonds from 1917 to 1918. She then worked in Muskoge,, Oklahoma at the federal building from 1918 to 1920. From there she went to Washington, D.C. and retire in 1967 as a procurement supervisor for the Department of Veteran Affairs. She movd to Gladstone to be near relatives. She is survived by a sister, Katherine Seagraves of Kansas City, Missouri; three neohews, Ben Seagraves of Kansas City, Eugene Hickman Michie of Orlando, Florida and George A. Michie, Jr. of McAlester, Oklahoma; six nieces, Beverly Sue Alcott and Jennifer Rickman, both of Germany, Lucy Joe Krumdieck of Fredericksburg, Texas, Beth Kold of Harlengen, Teas, Madelyn Specht of Lawton, Oklahoma and Catherine Long of Moncetous, Texas; and one sister-in-law, Vivian Hickman of Stigler.

  • Ellie Lee Hollis

    Ellie Lee Hollis

    Born: 07/19/1905 Died: 08/18/1995 Maiden Name: Crowder Honorific: n/a

    Ellie Lee Hollis was born on July 19, 1905 as passed away on August 18, 1995. She was born south of Boswell, Oklahoma and lived the until the age of 14 when her family moved to Sterling, Oklahoma. She was the daughter of Jesse Henry Wallace and Fannie Crowder, the granddaughter of Eli Crowder and Martha “Patsy” Goins. Ellie married Rolles Franklin Hollis on March 29, 1924 and in 1942 they moved to California. When Rolles died on Christmas of 1964, Ellie moved back to Lawton, Oklahoma where she lived until her death. She died in a hospital in Wichita Falls, Texas. Her grandfather, mother and she were originals Choctaw enrollees, which she was very proud of. Her funeral was held at the United Methodist Church in Sterling, Oklahoma. She is survived by her daughter, Carlotta Earlene Bates; grandson, Steven Blane Bates; granddaughters, Wendy Lynn Tunnessen and Victoria Ann Hoffman and great-grandson, Byron Steven Christopher.

  • Daisy Edith Gordon Hilburn

    Daisy Edith Gordon Hilburn

    Born: 03/27/1904 Died: 09/27/1995 Maiden Name: Sterling Honorific: n/a

    Daisy Edith Gordon Hilburn, 91, died peacefully on Wednesday, September 27, 1995. She passed away at the Hillhaven Healthcare Center Sierra Vista, Arizona. She was born on March 27, 1904 in Indian Teritory, near the town now known as Rush prings, Oklahoma. She was the last of 11 children born to Henry Herbert and lizabeth Henrietta (Wright) Sterling. Daisy Edith was a very proud of her Indian heritage. She was a direct descendant of Mississippi Choctaw Ni-Ti-Ka, sister to Chief Pushmataha and Ebinezer Folsom; Sophia Shenaka Folsom and Choctaw Interpreter, Major John Pitchlynn; Thoda Push-Huma Pitchlynn and Calvin Hickman Howell; Arabella Pitchlynn Howell and Chester Ashley Wright. Some of these ancestors were in the shameful forced removal fom Mississippi to Oklahoma callthe he trail of tears. Daisy was a devoted Christian wif and mother. She enjoyed painting in oils and water color, embroidering, crocheting, tatting, quilting and flower gardening. Her most enjoyable and rewarding activity was teaching Bible classes, among other sercives, for 70 years. She was an active member of the Church of Christ, serving God since 1916. She was preceded in death by her parents, Elizabeth Henrietta Wright and Henry Herbert Sperling; Creed Nunnelly Gordon (70), her husband for 49 years; Thomas Larmar Hilkburn (86), her husband for six years; two brothers, Charles; Ashley and Clairborn Herbert Speling; six sisters, Julia Arabella Southerland, Caroline Agusta Barnett, Helen Gertude Bernard, Christine Emilybel Hart,, Nathie Jewel Morris and Margaret Henrietta Saddler. Daisy is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Othella (Gordon) and Vernon Burrows of Sierra Vista, Arizona; grandchildren, Katie (Burrows) and Will York, Sierra Vista; Fred Burrows and wife, Sandy of Sacramento, California; Nancie (Burrows) and John Strobeck, Sierra Vista and Tucson, Arizona; Mary (Burrows) and Stan Pena of Burelson, Texas; Richard and wife, KC McQuiller of Sierra Vista; nine great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were grandsons, Will York, Stan Pena, Richard McQuiller and great-grandsons, Kevin Strobeck, Stephan Burrows and David York. She was interred at the Foothills Funeral Home and is buried in a double grave with Creed in Memory Gardens Cemetery in Sierra Vista. She died on their wedding anniversary.

  • Lester Hart

    Lester Hart

    Born: 11/07/1918 Died: 01/01/1901 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: Veteran

    Lester Hart, 76, of Geronimo, Oklahoma passed away in Lawton, Oklahoma. He was born on November 7, 1918 in Sayare, Oklahoma. He attended schools and graduated in Geronimo. He married Bessie Pesewonit on October 15, 1940, in Anadarko. He joined the Navy on July 8, 1942 in San Diego, California. While in h Navy, he served in the pacific. He was honorably discharged February 6, 1946 at Fort Sill. He also farmed and ranched in the Geronimo area. Mr. Hart was a member of the Geronimo First Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife o the home; a son, Victor of Lawton; a daughter, Sharon Lindley of Geronimo; four brothers, Winston and Finley, both of Lawton, Kelly of Ulysses, Kansas and Herbert of Cherry Hill, New Jersey; a sister, Virginia Bell of Columbia, South Carolina; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

  • Odessa Hamilton

    Odessa Hamilton

    Born: 08/23/1906 Died: 08/18/1995 Maiden Name: Harkins Honorific: n/a

    Odessa Hamilton passed away Friday, August 18, 1995 at age 88 in the Hensley Nursing Home in Sayre, Oklahoma where she had been a resident for the past several years. She was born August 23, 1906, in Coalgate, Oklahoma, the daughter of Albert Pike and Bessie Davis Harkins. On April 17, 1925, Odessa and Haford R. Hamilton were united in marriage and she lived in the Plainview community for over 34 years. Mr. Hamilton preceded her in death on February 18, 1948. She moved to Sayre in 1964. She was a homemaker for her family of six girls and four boys. She was a skilled seamstress and was especially good at quilting. Her survivors include six daughters, Betty Nippert of Mangum, Oklahoma, Sherry Govett of Oklahoma City, June Tramel of Prescott, Arizona, Thelma Pender of Ft Worth, Texas, Arleigh Hamilton and Nina Turner, both of Altus, Oklahoma; four sons, Bob Hamilton of Willow, Oklahoma, Riley Hamilton of Mangum, Jimmie Boyd of Ft Worth and Wayne Hamilton of Mangum; two brothers Roy Lee Harkins of Stonewall, Oklahoma and Charles Harkins of Empire, California and two sisters, Geneva Anderson of Snyder, Texas and Melba Polk of Stonewall.

  • Debbie Hicks

    Debbie Lee (Stephen) Hicks

    Born: 5/07/1963

    Died: 10/05/2012

    Maiden Name: Stephen

    Honorific: n/a

    Debbie Lee (Stephen) Hicks, 49, of Atoka, passed away on Oct. 5, 2012, in Atoka. She was born on May 7, 1963, in Talihina, to Ellis and Marbell (McCummins) Stephen. She attended Atoka High School and was a homemaker. She was a Christian, enjoyed yard sales, and spending time with her two boys.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; son Ronnie Hicks; brothers, Ron and Ferman Stephen; and granddaughter Heavenlee Hicks. She is survived by her companion Billy Coble of Atoka; sons, William and Andrew Coble of Atoka; brothers, Lynn “Cub” Stephen with wife Carolyn of Bentley, and Dale “Nub” Stephen with wife Shirley of Stringtown; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

  • Richard Harris

    Born: 8/25/1932

    Died: 11/19/2012

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Richard A. Harris, 80, passed away on Nov. 19, 2012, in Yuba City, Calif., with his wife of 55 years by his side. He was born on Aug. 25, 1932, in McClain. He graduated from Marysville High School and attended Yuba College. He courageously served his country in the United States Army as a sergeant during the Korean War. After that was, he became a retail milk delivery driver for Carnation Creamery. Later he worked for the Crystal Cream and Butter Company and had many very grateful customers. After 20 years in the milk business, he worked as real estate sales professional in the Yuba –Sutter area for 10 years. Richard finished his working career as a dedicated rural route carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Live Oak, retiring in 2000. Richard was a man respected by everyone who knew him. His family will miss him tremendously

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Logan and Glossie Harris, and his siblings, Logan and Joann. Survivors include his wife, Claudia; sons, Richard, Mark and Greg; sisters, Rose Ricketts, Sue McCaslin and Wanda Carter; and brothers, David, Bill and Glen Harris

  • Joan Held

    Born: 9/11/1909

    Died: 1/7/1976

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Joan Garner Held passed away on Dec. 30, 2012, in Oklahoma City. She was born Sept. 29, 1927, in Banty. Joan was the fourth of nine children born to Hazel and Leroy Gardner. Her passions were her family, gardening, cooking, sewing, reading, and Sooner football. From the 1970s through the early 1990s, Joan created a very successful bridal consultation and catering service. She was able to share her love of helping people, sewing, cooking and decorating. It gave her great pleasure making many a bride’s dream wedding come true throughout the state of Oklahoma. Joan was a fixture at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church for decades. She married John Klein Held on April 11, 1947, who preceded her in death.

    Joan Garner Held passed away on Dec. 30, 2012, in Oklahoma City. She was born Sept. 29, 1927, in Banty. Joan was the fourth of nine children born to Hazel and Leroy Gardner. Her passions were her family, gardening, cooking, sewing, reading, and Sooner football. From the 1970s through the early 1990s, Joan created a very successful bridal consultation and catering service. She was able to share her love of helping people, sewing, cooking and decorating. It gave her great pleasure making many a bride’s dream wedding come true throughout the state of Oklahoma. Joan was a fixture at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church for decades. She married John Klein Held on April 11, 1947, who preceded her in death.

    Joan is survived by three children, John Jr., David, and Katherine; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Integris Hospice House for their tender and attentive care during her stay.

  • Dale Hinsley

    Born: 11/7/1959

    Died: 11/21/2012

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Dale Ray Hinsley, 53, of Cooper, Texas, passed away on Nov. 21, 2012, at the Sulphur Springs Memorial Hospital. Dale was born on Nov. 7, 1959. He was the son of Leonard Hinsley and Frankie (Atwood) Hinsley, the great-grandson of original Choctaw enrollee, Alex B. Thompson. He graduated from Cooper High School in 1978, and was a member of the East Delta Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his father and grandmothers, Ella (Thompson) Hollowell, and Lillie Watkins, both of Cooper. Dale is survived by his mother, Frankie Hinsley of Cooper; brothers, Terry “Butch” Hinsley of Lake Fork, and Roy Hinsley of Kensing; sisters, Joyce Henry of Winnsboro, Texas, and Rosanne Limbaugh of Cooper.

  • Cody Charles Hokett

    Cody Charles Hokett


    Born: 7/29/1985

    Died: 7/23/2012

    Honorific: n/a

    Cody Charles Hokett, 26, of Nederland, passed away on July 23, 2012, in Groves. He was born on July 29, 1985, in Odessa, Texas, to Tillmann and Jerrie Bixler Hokett. He was an assistant manager for Baker Distributing Company. Cody was preceded in death by his father, Tillmann Hokett. He is survived by his mother, Jerrie Bixler Hokett of Nederland; sister Kristy Honig of Llano; grandmother Billie Bixler of Lumberton; nephews, Trey Watson and Samuel Honig of Llano; niece Lauren Wimberely of Llano; cousins, David Michna of Nederland, Dustin and Tracey Myers of Conroe; aunts, Beverly Keen and Gloria Kernechel, both of Lumberton, and Velencia Keen of Huntsville; uncle Noel Buff of Lumberton; and numerous cousins, family members and friends.