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  • Monroe Thomas "Jay" Isom Sr.

    Monroe Thomas “Jay” Isom Sr.

    Born: 1/13/1927

    Died: 4/3/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Monroe Thomas “Jay” Isom Sr., 77, passed away April 3, 2004, at his home in Daisy, Oklahoma. He was born January 13, 1927, in Daisy to Angie and Charlie Isom, the seventh of nine children.

    Growing up in Southeastern Oklahoma in the 1930s was difficult to say the least. Jay learned the value of free enterprise at an early age. By the time he started school, he was given a runt pig which he raised to a sow, which rewarded him with a litter of pigs. He traded his pig crop for a pair of jennies and bartered for a wagon which he hired out for light hauling. He was now in the freight hauling business. During his early teens, he figured that if you could play music, you would be invited to lots of parties, so he traded for a secondhand guitar and taught himself to sing and play. Later, Jay’s sister, Virgie, married and moved to California, so Jay went West.

    He lived with his sister and worked in the shipyards where he welded the inside seams of containers that bigger welders couldn’t reach. When the war broke out in the ’40s, he went to serve his country in the Army, serving his first hitch in the Philippines, and seeing much action in the field and on the base. He actually served two military hitches in the Army and was Honorably Discharged a Sergeant. After his discharge, he worked in the cotton fields in New Mexico where he met his future bride. Norene recalls seeing this handsome, cocky young man that seemed so full of himself.

    One day, the trailer that held the picked cotton somehow caught on fire. Everyone in the field stood around wondering what to do, when this dashing young man jumped into the smoldering trailer and threw out the burning cotton to save the trailer. He won her admiration and her heart. She was 15 and he was 22, so his future mother-in-law drove with them to Texas to forge a marriage that would last for over 55 years. Their first home was in New Mexico on a cotton farm where they plowed, planted and irrigated the cotton crop. Their first crop was a record crop of tall, healthy plants, averaging 30 boles to the stalk. Their farming future was looking very promising, when, just before harvest, a big hailstorm beat the cotton into the ground. In one afternoon, a farming career ended.

    The young couple came to Daisy and built a house on the side of a mountain. They tried to make a living cutting logs with a crosscut saw, but that was a very meager living for a growing family. During the summers, they would go West to work construction jobs in New Mexico, logging jobs in Washington and in Colorado. Wherever they went, you could count on several family members or friends living along with them. Jay was always very concerned about his friends and neighbors.

    When he was 41 years old, he was involved in a construction accident while working on the Indian Nation Turnpike that left him missing his left leg and disabled for life. Shortly after coming home to Daisy from the hospital, he decided that the community needed a sawmill. Many of his neighbors were living on a fixed income, and needed the extra income to make ends meet. The sawmill was a place to work when you needed to without punching a time clock. Jay spent many long, happy hours leaning on his crutches at the mill with a hurrah string in his hand. We say happy because he was happiest when he was working. Many people in Daisy Valley got a paycheck and an education at Jay’s sawmill. He stood on one leg and ran that sawmill for several years.

    After ill health forced him out of the sawmill business, he turned back to his love of music. Needing to stay busy at least 99% of the time, one of his favorite sayings was, Let’s do something, even if it’s wrong! That was not the case when he hooked up with some area musicians to form a band. The Daisy Valley Boys have played for events all around the Sooner State, as far away as Kingfisher and Chickasha. They stayed busy playing for local parades, fundraisers, rodeos and VFW events. Jay’s gift of gab made him a natural to lead the band and emcee many of the events that they played. They recorded a couple of songs, but who would have guessed that 45s would be outdated?

    One of his proudest accomplishments was to organize and preside over the South Central Chapter of the Sooner Fiddler’s Association. They had their meetings and played music at the Farmer’s Market in Atoka and commonly greeted over 100 people in attendance. Jay’s love of live and zeal for living made him a great friend and husband. His genuine concern for others made him a great dad.

    He was preceded in death by his mother, Anganora Billy; father, Charley Henry Isom; daughter, Phyllis Isom; grandson, Billy Colter Isom; brothers, Frank Page, Bob Page, Adolphus Isom, and Joe Isom, and sister, Opal Burleson.

    Survivors include his wife, Norene Isom of the home; children, Ramona Lucas of Holdenville, Oklahoma, Monroe Thomas Isom Jr. and wife, Tracey, of Daisy, Fred Isom and wife, Floretta, and Kevin Isom and wife, Ruth, all of Kingfisher, Oklahoma; 13 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; brother, C.H. Isom and wife, Nadine, of Daisy; sisters, Audrey Burleson, Virgie Stout and Alice Hutson, all of Daisy; several nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

    Monroe Thomas 'Jay' Isom Sr.

  • Boytt Impson

    Boytt Impson

    Born: 3/4/1922

    Died: 8/16/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Boytt Impson, 82, of Lawrence, Kansas, passed away August 16, 2004, at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor. He was born March 4, 1922, in Bokchito, Oklahoma, the son of Thomas Cap Jefferson and Sadie (Lester) Impson.

    Mr. Impson attended the Jones Academy and Chilocco Indian School. He received his bachelors degree in business education from Southeastern State College and his masters degree in career counseling from East Texas State University in Commerce .

    Boytt, Bon and Cale Impson all served together in the Army during World War II. He served with the 134th Engineer Combat Battalion in Sicily, Italy, and received the American Defense Service Ribbon, two Purple Hearts, an Oak Leaf Cluster and four Bronze Stars.

    He retired in 1982 from Haskell Indian Nations College where he was a career counselor for 23 years. Prior to moving to Lawrence, he was a high school teacher in Idaho and Wyoming. He was also a chemist for Gates Rubber Co. in Denver, Colorado, and was a rough neck on oil rigs in Texas and Wyoming.

    Mr. Impson was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, the American Legion Dorsey-Liberty Post No. 14 in Lawrence, the Lawrence Tennis Club, the Square De-Lites Square Dance Club, the River City Round Dance Club and the Haskell Retirees Club.

    He married Jane Curtis. They later divorced.

    Survivors include his companion, Betty Loucks of Lawrence; sons, Loren Impson of Mt. Ida, Arkansas, and Keiller Impson and wife, Maribeth, of Dayton, Tennessee; daughter, Delene Impson of Ottawa, Kansas; brother, Bon Impson of Wynnewood; sister, Sadie Dot Hampton of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Lucille Thomas of Jerseyville, Illinois; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

    Boytt Impson

  • Melvin Joe Ivins

    Melvin Joe Ivins

    Born: 9/28/1927

    Died: 12/14/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Graveside services were held December 14, 2004, for Melvin Joe Ivins, 77, of Lone Grove, Oklahoma. Mr. Ivins was born September 28, 1927, in Rubottom, Oklahoma.

    He was a farmer and served in the U.S. Army in occupied Japan following World War II. He was of the Holiness faith. Mr. Ivins was very proud of his Choctaw heritage. He and his wife, Rita, were active in the local Chickasaw community.

    Survivors include his wife, Rita Ivins, of the home; two brothers, Otis Ivins of Jimtown, Oklahoma, and G.W. Dub Ivins of Azel, Texas, and two sisters, Helen Betts of Lindale, Texas, and Hattie Welch of Marietta, Oklahoma.

  • Rita Ishcomer

    Rita Ishcomer

    Born: 3/16/1960

    Died: 6/4/2002

    Maiden Name: Ishcomer

    Honorific: n/a

    Funeral services were held June 4, 2002 for Rita Ishcomer. Rita was born March 16, 1960 in Hugo Oklahoma.

    She lived in the Sobol and Ringold, Oklahoma area most of her life until she moved to California. She had recently moved back to Oklahoma.

    Rita enjoyed doing good deeds for the church and listening to gospel music. She was a loving and caring wife, sister and daughter. Rita enjoyed life, always smiling or grinning with a great sense of humor. She was a big sports fan of the Dallas Cowboys and Sacramento Kings.

    She was preceded in death by grandmothers, Susanna Wickson and Josephine Ishcomer, and grandfather, Daniel Ishcomer and Dave Wickson.

    Survivors include her loving parents, Leroy and Ethel Ishcomer of Sobol; husband, Ike Snavely, and daughters, Keanna Fuente and Jada Ishcomer, of Swink; brothers, Leroy, Jr. and wife, Glenda, of Ada, Oklahoma, and Robert, Johnny, Julius and Neil of Sobol; sisters, Linda and husband, Harold Cannon, of Antlers, Oklahoma, Lena and husband, Jean Priddy, of Ft. Towson, Oklahoma, Mary and husband, Turner Woody, of Ashdown, Arkansas, and Sara and Don Kuykendall of Sobol; several aunts and uncles, James Laflore and Sonny Wickson, both of Hugo, Fred Wickson of Frogville, Holiston Wickson of Garvin, Ray Wickson of Ft. Towson, Curtis Ishcomer of Altus, Nathan Ishcomer of Quanah, Texas, Melvin Ishcomer of Eldorado, Oklahoma, Anita Ishcomer of Texas, Freda of Dodd City, Texas, Carolyn Cushion of Harrah, Oklahoma, Gladys Wickson of Rufe, Oklahoma, Annie Wickson of hugo, Judy Phillips of Goodland, Oklahoma; five nephews, Jacob, T.J., and Josh Woody of Ashdown, Perry Cannon of Antlers and Eric Ishcomer of Broken Bow; two nieces, Cheryl Ishcomer and Corey Cannon, both of Antlers, and one grandchild, Aileyea Marie Brown.

  • Finis Ewing Impson

    Finis Ewing Impson

    Born: 7/26/1936

    Died: 5/14/2008

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Finis Ewing Impson, 75, of Lawton, passed away May 14, 2008. He was born on July 29, 1936, to Dickey and Myrtle Impson.

    Mr. Impson was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp., during the Korean War. He worked as a barber, maintenance worker for the Indian hospital, and in later years as a cab driver. Most of all, he was a good father and a loving brother.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Dickey John Impson Jr., David Warren Impson and Preston Wayne Impson; and one sister, Mildred Walker.

    Survivors include his wife, Ruby Impson Konowa; daughter, Cindy George; son, Paul Impson and wife Kimberly; five grandchildren, Shane Impson, Lillian and Lidia George, and Christopher and Colby Impson; stepson, Calvin Harjo and his children, Katrina, Casey and Mariah Harjo; three great-grandchildren, Christopher Shane, Hunter Franklin and Jan Lee Impson; six sisters, Leona Wilson of Chickasha, Emma Nelson, Sophia Impson and Margie Davis, all of McAlester, Claudine Wheeler of Mesquite, Texas, and Elizabeth Impson of Talihina; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

    Finis Ewing Impson

  • Bob Impson

    Bob Impson

    Born: 9/27/1931

    Died: 4/21/1989

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Funeral services for Robert C. Bob Impson of Antlers were held April 24, 1989.

    Impson was born September 27, 1931 in Finley. He passed away April 21, 1989.

    He served as the Pushmataha County Sheriff since January of 1989. He was an Oklahoma Highway Patrolman for 21 years, member of the Pryor Masonic Lodge, the Muskogee Shrines, and served in the Army Reserves for seven years, active M.P. for two years and inactive for one year. He married Marcheta Teague June 2, 1953.

    Survivors include: wife, Marcheta of the home; two sons: Robert K. Impson of Ardmore and Richard K. Impson of Idabel; two daughters-in-law, Cindy and Creda; his mother, Aline Impson of Antlers; and five grandsons.

    The OHP Honor Guard served in the graveside ceremonies with a 21 gun salute and the folding and presentation of the American Flag to Mrs. Impson

  • Dorothy Cartlidge Irvin

    Dorothy Cartlidge Irvin

    Born: n/a

    Died: 7/23/2007

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Dorothy Cartlidge Irvin passed away on July 23, 2007, at Baylor Hospital, Grapevine, Texas. Her father, Edward Cartlidge Jr., was an original enrollee.

    She was preceded in death by her mother, Viola Cartlidge; her father; and brother, Clifford.

    Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Johnny of Roanoke, Texas; son, Larry of Hughes Springs, Texas; daughters, Karen of Keller, Texas, and Dee of Southlake, Texas; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

  • David Warren Impson

    David Warren Impson

    Born: n/a

    Died: n/a

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    David Warren Impson

  • Lena Helen Impson

    Lena Helen Impson

    Born: n/a

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    Lena Helen Impson

  • Anna Lea Iker

    Anna Lea Iker

    Born: Died: 05/01/2009 Maiden Name: Peters Honorific: n/a

    Anna Lea Iker passed away on May 1, 2009. She was preceded in death by her father, William T. Peters; mother, Myrtle Beatrice White Calvert; two sisters, Betty Joe Cogburn and Linda Sue Peters; brother, Wayne Edward Caldwell; sister-in-law, Joy Tudor Caldwell, and son-in-law, Chuck Burkes. Anna is survived by her husband of 54 years, Alvin E. Iker of Whitesettlement, Texas; two sons, Gary and Ruby Iker of Whitesettlement and Chet Iker of Amarillo, Texas; two daughters, Kay and Freddy Rios of Fort Worth, Texas, and Barbara Burkes of Coalgate; siblings, Delores Vechnak, Harlen Peters and wife, Connie of Antlers, William and wife, DeAnna Peters, Dennis Don Peters, Ted Allen Peters, Jerry Lynn Peters, all of Clayton, Velton Caldwell and wife Sharen of Tushka, and Lynn Calvert of Lehigh, and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family and friends.