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  • Dr. Julius A. LaCroix Jr.

    Dr. Julius A. LaCroix Jr.

    Born: 6/13/1919

    Died: 2/26/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Julius A. LaCroix Jr., June to family members, passed away February 26, 2004. He was born June 13, 1919, on a Red River farm south of Soper, Oklahoma, near the community of Bluff, which was a part of his mother’s allotment from the Choctaw Nation. He was the third child (second son) of Julius Alfred LaCroix and Ruth (Randell) LaCroix. LaCroix Sr. was of Scots-Irish and French descent from Louisiana and his mother was of Scots-English and Choctaw descent, one of the original enrollees of the tribe.

    Dr. LaCroix attended elementary school at Goodland Indian School, junior high school in Antlers, Oklahoma, and graduated from Antlers High School in 1937. He entered Bacone College in the fall of 1937 and graduated in May 1940. While at Bacone he was active in many school activities and was a member of the famous Singing Redmen glee club. He attended Oklahoma A&M College one year before entering military service.

    Julius was a member of Bacone’s National Guard Company I 180th Infantry, 45th Division, and was mobilized for active duty with the company on September 16, 1940. He remained with the company as Supply Sergeant until 1942 when he transferred to the Army Air Corps. Julius completed navigation training at Mather Field on June 13, 1942, his 23rd birthday. He served in England in the Eighth Air Force and later in North Africa, Sicily, Italy and Germany with the Troop Carrier Command. His group was engaged in dropping airborne troops behind enemy lines and delivering troops by airborne gliders into combat zones as well as transporting supplies and munitions. He was separated from the service at the end of the war in 1945 with the rank of Captain.

    Julius set a goal early in life and though the odds appeared great, persevered until his goal was reached  to be a medical doctor. He practiced medicine in Hugo, Oklahoma, Choctaw County, for 32 years, retiring in September 1990. His service to the community has been outstanding and through his efforts and leadership, the county has one of the most modern hospitals in Southeastern Oklahoma. His dedication and devotion to his profession and the service rendered to his community is legend.

    Dr. LaCroix married Charlene Fields on June 18, 1942. He received his M.D. in 1950 and moved to Hugo in 1952.

    He has been an avid supporter of Bacone College throughout the years and is a member of Phi Beta Phi Fraternity, the American Medical Association, past president of the Oklahoma Medical Association, former Chief of Staff of the Choctaw Memorial Hospital, a founding member of the Choctaw Indian Veteran Warriors Society, board member of Bacone College and Supply Sergeant for many past reunions of his I Company comrades from Bacone. He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlene, and his older brother, Thomas E. LaCroix of Ft. Worth, Texas.

    He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlene, and older brother, Thomas E. LaCroix of Fort Worth.

    Survivors include his two children, Deborah (LaCroix) Taylor and Charles Chuck LaCroix, and one grandson, Chadwick L. Taylor, all of Hugo, Oklahoma; siblings, Christina Crews of Hugo, Jack Alfred LaCroix of Enid, Oklahoma, Eugene LaCroix of Port Arthur, Texas, and Judy LaCroix of Ft. Worth, the widow of his older brother, Thomas; sisters-in-law, Novella LaCroix of Enid and Mary Ann LaCroix of Port Arthur; many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and colleagues.

    Dr. Julius A. LaCroix Jr.

  • Tracey Ranay (Dickson) Love

    Tracey Ranay (Dickson) Love

    Born: 7/24/1962

    Died: 5/13/2004

    Maiden Name: Dickson

    Honorific: n/a

    Tracey Ranay Dickson Love, 41, passed away May 13, 2004, surrounded by family and friends in the loving comfort of her parents’ home in Blue Ridge, Texas. Tracey was born July 24, 1962, in McKinney, Texas. She grew up, lived most of her life, and raised her loving children in Blue Ridge. She was active in the community, schools, and anything her children pursued. She loved the outdoors, flowers, and friends and family. She was involved in the Garden Club, PTA, Blue Ridge Riding Club, and Race for the Cure. Tracey was a member of the First Baptist Church of Blue Ridge.

    Tracey was a woman of great strength and devotion as well as caring and compassionate. She was an inspiration to others and truly a blessing to her family and many friends. She touched the life of everyone she came in contact with. Tracey was deeply grateful to her loving family and many wonderful friends who helped her through her courageous eight-year battle with cancer.

    Survivors include her loving children, Amanda and Brent Love; loving partner, Wayne Sneed, and his children, Jenna and Philip Sneed; parents, Billy John and Pam Dickson; brother, Duane Dickson, and his children, Jason, Shania and Matt Dickson; numerous aunts including her Aunt Delphine Webb Dickson of Durant, Oklahoma, uncles, cousins, friends, and her loyal dog, Maggie.

  • Hope Evans LaShier

    Hope Evans LaShier

    Born: 1/2/1911

    Died: 9/21/2003

    Maiden Name: Evans

    Honorific: n/a

    Hope Evans LaShier, 92, of Lawrence, Kansas, formerly of Amarillo, Texas, passed away September 21, 2003. She was born January 2, 1911, in Millerton, Oklahoma, the daughter of Lon and Susan Leona McClain Evans. She married William S. LaShier in 1930 in Clovis, New Mexico. Mrs. Lashier was a dental assistant for 25 years for doctors C.D. Ewing and Kingston Smith. She was a 50-year member of Amarillo Chapter No. 787 Order of the Eastern Star and had been a member of Clovis Chapter in 1930. She had been a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church since 1933. Mrs. LaShier was also a longtime member of Panhandle Professional Writers and was organizer of the Scribblers and Craig Crooners. She was a member and secretary of her PEO Chapter in Amarillo. Hope moved to Lawrence from Amarillo in July 2003.

    She was preceded in death by her husband on March 2, 1993.

    Survivors include a son, William S. LaShier Jr. of Lawrence, two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

    Hope Evans LaShier

  • Vicky Lynn (Barnes) Lester

    Vicky Lynn (Barnes) Lester

    Born: 9/27/1955

    Died: 5/26/2004

    Maiden Name: Barnes

    Honorific: n/a

    Vicky Lynn Barnes Lester, 48, of Niceville, Florida, passed away May 26, 2004. Vicky was born September 27, 1955, at the Talihina Indian Hospital to Vernon and Wanda Porterfield Barnes.

    Vicky was a longtime employee of Buffalo Rock (Pepsi), both in Huntsville, Alabama, and Pensacola, Florida.

    She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend to many.

    Survivors include her husband, Donald Lester, of the home; sons, Brandon Lester of the home and Bryan Lester and wife, Jessica, of Freeport, Florida; mother, Wanda Porterfield Barnes and Vernon Barnes of Destin, Florida; sister, Teketha Barnes Ray of Pensacola, Florida, and a brother, Michael Barnes of Destin, Florida; grandmother, Ruby Pauline Porterfield of Talihina, Oklahoma; uncle and aunt, Tony and Nauni Barnes of Summerfield, Oklahoma; aunt and uncle, Jimmie and Harold Gibson of Wister, Oklahoma; aunts and uncles in California and Arizona; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

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

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

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

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

  • Harry S. Love Jr.

    Harry S. Love Jr.

    Born: 8/20/1927

    Died: 7/11/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Harry S. Love Jr., 76, passed away July 11, 2004, in Ada, Oklahoma. He was born August 20, 1927, in Idabel, Oklahoma, to Harry S. and Kate (Kirby) Love, both original enrollees.

    He graduated from Idabel High School in 1945 and attended Oklahoma State University where he earned bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees. Dr. Love taught science in public school in Oklahoma and Kansas. He moved to Ada in 1967 and was a biology professor at East Central University until his retirement in 1990.

    He served as a Corpsman in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean Conflict. He married Jane (Gernand) Love of Antlers, Oklahoma, in 1952.

    His parents and a sister, Elma Watson of Idabel, Oklahoma, preceded him in death.

    Survivors include his wife, Jane Love; one daughter, Lisa Blankenship and her husband, Dan, of Loveland, Colorado; one son, Steven Love of Norman, Oklahoma, and one grandson, Scott Blankenship of Palo Alto, California.

  • Kenneth D. Leach

    Kenneth D. Leach

    Born: 9/28/1949

    Died: 12/24/1996

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Kenneth D. Leach passed away on December 24, 1996 in Boron, California at the age of 47. He served in the military and was at the time of death currently working for U. S. Boraz Corporation. He was born in Clovis, New Mexico on September 28, 1949 to Robert and Almeta Leach.

    He is survived by his wife; one daughter, Lora; one son, Keith, all of Boron; one grandson, Ricki; his mother, Alameta Smith; brother, David Leach and family and sister, Debbie Passmore and family.

  • Tina Ann Little Thunder-Hines

    Tina Ann Little Thunder-Hines

    Born: 1/15/1961

    Died: 10/3/2004

    Maiden Name: Little Thunder

    Honorific: n/a

    Tina Ann Little Thunder-Hines, 43, passed away October 3, 2004. She was born January 15, 1961, in San Diego, California, the daughter of John and Francis Silva-McKinney. She attended school in National City, California.

    She was a cook at Unity Health Center, North Campus. She also worked as a caregiver CMA at Rose Manor.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, John Hines, on December 31, 2003; a granddaughter, Alexandria Hair, and a brother-in-law, Terry Wapskineh.

    Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Jason Little Thunder and David and Tillie Little Thunder, all of Shawnee, Oklahoma; daughters and sons-in-law, Jenni and Arthur Hair of Shawnee and Becky and Charles Gibson of Tecumseh, Oklahoma; five grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert Ledbetter of San Diego, California, and Johnny and Christine McKinney of Earlsboro; sisters and brothers-in-law, Loretta and Mike Tall Bear of Asher, Alicia McKinney and Cecilia and Mark Noteware, all of Shawnee, and Karen Silva of Stockton, California, and many nieces and nephews.

  • Agnes Jane (Phillips) Leslie

    Agnes Jane (Phillips) Leslie

    Born: 9/9/1928

    Died: 10/20/2004

    Maiden Name: Phillips

    Honorific: n/a

    Agnes Jane Leslie, 76, of Kiowa, Oklahoma, passed away October 20, 2004, in Carrollton, Texas. She was born September 9, 1928, in Pittsburg, Oklahoma, to Eli and Mary (Bob) Phillips. Her parents were Choctaw original enrollees from Meridian, Mississippi.

    Agnes married Oswald Leslie in Coalgate, Oklahoma. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Kiowa. Agnes loved cooking and she loved animals.

    She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

    Survivors include her daughter, Kathi Gibson and husband, Steve, and her granddaughter, Lindsey Gibson, all of Carrollton; brothers, Tommy Phillips of Kentucky and Vernon Phillips and Anthony Phillips, both of California; sister, Martha Carter of Odessa, Texas; nephews, Carl Wayne Johnson of Austin, Texas, and Steve Gibbs of Dallas, Texas, and several other nieces, nephews, family and friends.

    Agnes Jane (Phillips) Leslie

  • Rosa Lawrence

    Rosa Lawrence

    Born: 9/3/1902

    Died: 1/20/2001

    Maiden Name: Lawrence

    Honorific: n/a

    Rosa Lawrence, 98, was born September 3, 1902 in Stuart, Indian Territory to Pikey and Osborne S. Lawrence. She was an origi-nal enrollee. Rosa passed away January 20, 2001 at Deaconess Hospital, Oklahoma City. She had been staying at the South Park Health Center.

    In her younger years, she went to beauty -college and was a homemaker most of her. life. She enjoyed crocheting, quilting and sewing and would save every little scrap of material. All the things she made warmed our hearts. A hard worker, she loved canning and cooking. Whether it was a home cooked meal or a clean bed to sleep in, she was prepared.

    Mrs. Lawrence was an unselfish woman, always kind and thoughtful and didn’t complain about anything. She loved the earth, planting, working the soil and watching things grow. She loved and cared for her little bird and dog as if they were her children.

    Everyone will remember her wit, her loving heart, pleasant personality and her strength to keep going.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, three husbands, three brothers, one sister, one daughter, and two great-grandsons.

    Survivors include two daughters, Gladys L. Cook and Barbara R. O’Neal; eight grandchildren, Rose N. Poole, Rosemary Damron, Pat Marcotte, Harvey R. Cook, Jean Elcyzyn, Michael O’Neal, John D. Bennett and Mickie Sutton; 24 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; one great-great-great-grandson, and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

    Rosa Lawrence

  • James "Doug" Luna

    James “Doug” Luna

    Born: 5/1/1926

    Died: 11/5/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    James “Doug” Luna, 78, of Minden, Nevada, passed away November 5, 2004, in Carson City, Nevada. He was born May 1, 1926, in Stewart, Oklahoma, to Marcus and Martha (Tilly) Luna.

    Mr. Luna was raised and educated in Oklahoma. He moved to the northwest to work in road construction out of Portland, Oregon. He was a project manager and superintendent in road construction for 48 years.

    Mr. Luna was married for 54 years to his wife, Nellie.

    The Lunas retired to Minden. He was a member of Mensa and Kiwanis clubs in California and Elkin, Idaho, and the Catholic church.

    Survivors include his wife; sons, Grant Luna of San Diego, California, and Greg Luna and daughter-in-law, Mari, of Spokane, Washington; daughter, Shelley Hill, and son-in-law, Britt, of Minden; grandsons, Derek and Clayton Weaver of Minden, Gregory Jr. and Anthony Luna of Spokane, and Erik Luna of Salt Lake City, Utah; brother, Wayne Luna of Stanton, Texas, and sister, Mary Helen Rowland of Lubbock, Texas; eight nieces and four nephews.

  • William Joe Lingo

    William Joe Lingo

    Born: 6/11/1931

    Died: 10/21/2003

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    William Joe Lingo passed away on October 21, 2003, after a long illness from prostate cancer. Known as Billy Joe Lingo or Tushk-Chito, he was born on June 11, 1931, in Lone Grove, Oklahoma.

    Bill joined the army when he was 15 years old to enlist in World War II. He served in Korea and Vietnam, retiring in 1968. He earned a combat badge in Korea, participated in 12 ocean crossings while in the service, and received four presidential citations, two in Korea and two in the United States. After Bill retired, he was self-employed in small contracting and in rock masonry. His hobbies were poker, photography, gardening, fishing and traveling. He traveled in over 29 countries.

    Mr. Lingo helped over 200 people receive their Indian papers in a 30-year time span. He was also a lifetime DAV member. He was a charter member of TREAS Retired Enlisted Association and a 32nd degree Mason. He and his wife, Carmen, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on October 3, 2003.

    Survivors include his wife; four children, Joe, Lee and Darlin.

    William Joe Lingo

  • Rosley "Goldie" LashBrook

    Rosley “Goldie” LashBrook

    Born: 2/21/1939

    Died: 9/2/2003

    Maiden Name: Cole

    Honorific: n/a

    Rosley “Goldie” LashBrook, 64, of Durant, Oklahoma passed away Tuesday, September 2, 2003. She was born Tuesday, February 21, 1939 in Atoka, Oklahoma to Tom and Ruby (Cole) McCarty. She was a homemaker and a member of the Baptist faith.

    She was preceded in death by her parents and stepmother, Abbie McCarty.

    Survivors include her sons, Jim Thomas Ray Bledsoe of Caddo, Oklahma and Robert Lee Vroome of Odessa, Texas; daughters, Shirley Ann Neal of Durant and Barbara Ann Wilson of Kettle Falls, Washington

  • Raymond Lewis Landreth

    Raymond Lewis Landreth

    Born: 12/15/1940

    Died: 9/18/2003

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Raymond Lewis Landreth, 62, of Carlsbad, New Mexico passed away September 18, 2003 at Carlsbad Medical Center. He was born December 15, 1940 in Ada, Oklahoma.

    As a youth, Ray overcame a birth disability and went on to ride a bike with casts on both legs and to letter in baseball. He graduated as valedictorian from Fitzhugh High School and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from East Central University in Ada. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Missouri at Rolla.

    Following graduation, he moved to Carlsbad and on December 24, 1965, he married Patricia Fincher at Carlsbad Bible Church. He taught mathematics and coached baseball, football, and wresling at Carlsbad Mid High and Carlsbad Senior High School Schools for 32 years. He also taught mathematics part-time at New Mexico State University-Carlsbad for 18 years. He was always willing to help any ballplayer with academics and, over the years, he had coached many successfull players who went on to play in college or professionally. He retired from teaching in 1996 but continued coaching baseball part-time each spring through May of 2003. He was an avid bow hunter and enjoyed camping and hunting. Mr. L515,George A. Michie Jr.”

  • Robert "Trouble" Lewis

    Robert “Trouble” Lewis

    Born: 7/21/1937

    Died: 8/5/2003

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Robert “Trouble” Lewis, 66, of Durant, Oklahoma passed away Tuesday, August 5, 2003 at Southern Pointe Living Center. He was born Wednesday, July 21, 1937 in Ardmore, Oklahoma to Edward and Lucy (Allen) Lewis.

    He married Bertha Jean White. He served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a member and service worker for the Choctaw Nation and a member of Grace Indian Baptist Church.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Lisa F. Lewis, and brother, Allen Folsom, Raymond Lewis, James

  • Kristin Leigh Leflore

    Kristin Leigh Leflore

    Born: 4/30/1987

    Died: 5/20/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Kristin Leigh Leflore passed away May 20, 2005. She was born April 30, 1987. Although the years were short, Kristin touched so many lives.

    Kristins parents are Tommy and Kathy Leflore of McAlester, Oklahoma. Grandparents are the Rev. Wesley Anderson and Katherine Anderson and Herman Leflore and Mary Leflore.

    She attended school in McAlester and was pursuing a career in nursing. She had a very tender place in her heart for children. She planned to specialize in pediatrics and OB. Kristin always had a beautiful smile and loving heart for everyone. To know her was to love her. She is loved and missed by so many.

  • Steven K. Love

    Steven K. Love

    Born: 6/10/1961

    Died: 3/10/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Steven K. Love, 43, passed away March 10, 2005, in Norman, Oklahoma. He was born June 10, 1961, in Wichita, Kansas, to Harry S. Love Jr. and Jane Gernand Love. He was the grandson of Harry S. Love Sr. and Katie Kirby Love, both original enrollees.

    Steven graduated from Ada High School in 1979 and from the University of Oklahoma in 1983. He had a wonderful sense of humor and he loved music, animals, and the outdoors. Among his favorite activities were bicycling, fishing, and hiking.

    He was preceded in death by his father in 2004.

    Survivors include his mother, Jane Love of Ada; sister, Lisa Blankenship and husband, Dan, of Loveland, Colorado; nephew, Scott Blankenship of Palo Alto, California; and longtime girlfriend, Barrie Roberts of Norman.

    Steven K. Love

  • Reba Loretta Loyd

    Reba Loretta Loyd

    Born: 5/23/1934

    Died: 1/25/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Reba Loretta Loyd, 70, of Summerfield, Oklahoma, passed away January 25, 2005. She was born May 23, 1934, the daughter of John and Ora Cox. She was the granddaughter of Buck and Angeline White. Reba was one-fourth Choctaw Indian and proud of her tribe.

    Mrs. Loyd was a Christian and an active member of the Summerfield Church of Christ. She and husband Curtis C. Loyd were married in 1951. She enjoyed cooking, quilting, gardening and taking care of her family.

    Survivors include her husband; daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Jerry Wiser; sons and daughter-in-law, Ray Loyd, Stanley Loyd, Scotty Loyd, and Tracy and Daphne Loyd; sisters, Louise Earls and Freda Barrick; brothers, Orbia Cox, Ivan Cox, Harold Cox, Sherman Cox, Jim Cox and Delton Cox; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones and a host of beloved friends.

    She was preceded in death by her parents and two of her brothers, Dale and J.C. Jr.

  • Jessie Lang

    Jessie Lang

    Born: 3/18/1927

    Died: 5/22/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Jessie V. Lang, 78, of the Lona Valley Community in Oklahoma passed away May 22, 2005, in Lona Valley. She was born March 18, 1927, in Lona Valley to Jasper and Grace Fitzer Johnson.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William Lang; three brothers, Leroy Johnson, Tom Johnson and Doyle Johnson; and two sisters, Aline Satterfield and Darlene Bidwell.

    Survivors include a daughter, Karen Henson, and husband, David, of Eufaula, Oklahoma; one son, Michael Lang of Lona Valley; two sisters, Betty Spears and husband, Sonny, of Quinton, Oklahoma, and Irene Hughart of Oklahoma City; three grandchildren, Melanie Clark of Eufaula, Derrick Williams of Lona Valley and Megan Henson of Eufaula; three great-grandchildren, Reed Clark and Elizabeth Clark, both of Eufaula and Christian Williams of Lona Valley.

  • Angela Rae Lewis

    Angela Rae Lewis

    Born: 6/21/1979

    Died: 5/21/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Angela Rae Lewis, 25, of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, passed away May 21, 2005, at Broken Bow. She was born June 21, 1979, at Talihina, Oklahoma.

    She was affiliated with Bible Baptist Church in Wright City, Oklahoma. Angela enjoyed spending time with her children and family and friends. She was employed by the Choctaw Casino in Broken Bow.

    She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Randal Lewis and Esther Lewis Bohanon; one aunt, Rhonda Peters; two uncles and two cousins.

    Survivors include her husband, J.R. Battiest, of the home; her children, Kysar Quentin, Kyle Blake and Lindsey Rose, all of the home; her mother and stepfather, Doris and Kenneth Jones of Oklahoma City; her mother-in-law, Rose Shemwell of Idabel; one sister-in-law, Kurtrina James of Broken Bow; two brothers, Arlin Tisho and Ike Tisho, both of Broken Bow; two nieces, Maleah and Alexia, and one nephew, Braiden, all of Broken Bow; several aunts, uncles and cousins, and a host of friends.

    Angela Rae Lewis

  • Ruth Mae Lemmond

    Ruth Mae Lemmond

    Born: 9/13/1932

    Died: 1/14/2003

    Maiden Name: Alexander

    Honorific: n/a

    Ruth Mae Lemmond, 70, of Hugo, Oklahoma passed away Tuesday, January 14, 2003. She was born September 13, 1932 in Pine Valley, Oklahoma, the daughter of Enoch and Nancy “Billy” Alexander. She married J.C. Lemmond on December 26, 1968 in DeQueens, Arkansas.

    Mrs. Lemmond was an active member of Oak Grove Baptist Church. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to all who knew her.

  • Mattie Bell Loman

    Mattie Bell Loman

    Born: 11/8/1916

    Died: 5/6/2002

    Maiden Name: Litchford

    Honorific: n/a

    Mattie Bell (Litchford) Loman, 85, passed away Monday, May 6, 2002 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was born November 8, 1916 in Willow Springs, Oklahoma, the daughter of James and Sillena Litchford.

    She married Louis Loman on August 12, 1933 in Willow Springs.

    Mrs. Loman was a longtime member of 49th and Tacoma church of Christ in Tulsa.

    Her parents, husband and two sisters preceded her in death.

    Survivors include two sons, Isaac Loman of Moorcroft, Wyoming and Jim Loman Sr. of Sand Springs, Oklahoma; one daughter, Sillena Roeder of Tulsa; two sisters, Margie Ryan of Tuttle, Oklahoma and Mary Murray of Tulsa; a brother, James A. Litchford, Jr. of Wichita, Kansas; eleven grandchildren and several great and great-great-grandchildren.

  • Meb Jack LeFlore, Jr.

    Meb Jack LeFlore, Jr.

    Born: 4/21/1971

    Died: 5/15/2001

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Meb Jack LeFlore, Jr., 30, known to the family and friends as “Little Jack”, passed away May 15, 2001. He was born April 21, 1971 in Talihina, Oklahoma to Meb Jack and Peggy LeFlore.

    He attended Jones Academy for 12 years and graduated from Hartshorne High School in 1990. He was active in football, softball, weightlifting and enjoyed all sports, especially wrestling on TV. He was employed at Pioneer Masonary as a forklift operator for four years.

    Survivors include his wife, Dawn (Chawee), and daughter

  • Mary Elizabeth Lovelace

    Mary Elizabeth Lovelace

    Born: 12/29/1955

    Died: 12/29/1999

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Mary Elizabeth Lovelace, 44, of Odessa, Texas was born on December 29, 1955 in Hugio, Oklahoma. She passed away on December 29, 1999 at Odessa.

    She was dearly loved by all her friends. Her sweet smile and her great personality and sense of humor will be missed by all. She loved wildflowers and loved to dance. She was very proud of her Choctaw heritage.

    Survivors include daughter, Alana Jade Lovelace; parents, the Rev. John and Joyce Lovelace; brothers, Michael Lovelace, Leroy Redfearn, Ricky Redfearn and David Lovelace; and sisters, Carole LeFlore, Quanah Lynn Perry and Laura Lovelace.

    A heart full of thanks to Colleen Lee and Brenda Ingo for being there in her time of need and to the wonderful organization of hospice. Also, thanks to Double Springs Presbyterian Church and Baptist Church in Lane, Oklahoma, and the Double Springs Presbyterian Church for the good food at the community center.

  • Ellis E. Ludlow Jr.

    Ellis E. Ludlow Jr.

    Born: 5/14/1941

    Died: 9/25/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Ellis E. Ludlow Jr., 65, of Broken Bow passed away September 25, 2005, at Antlers. He was born May 14, 1941, in Ludlow, Oklahoma, the son of Ellis and Roda Harrison Ludlow.

    He served in the U.S. Army and worked several jobs, retiring from a tree-trimming service contracted through the electric companies.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Ruth Pilkinton; five brothers, Benjamin Ludlow, Ray D. Ludlow, Willie Ludlow, Marjie Coleen Airington Harper

  • Thurman James Linker

    Thurman James Linker

    Born: 6/11/1943

    Died: 1/9/2000

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Thurman James Linker, 56, was born on June 11, 1943 to Thurman “Son” Linker and Gracie Etoy McLellan Linker in Coalgate, Oklahoma. He passed away January 9, 2000 in Glendale, Arizona.

    He was preceded in death by his father, his grandparents, James and Cora McLellan and Foster and Clennie Linker.

    Thurman is survived by his mother, Gracie, of Phoenix, Arizona; two brothers, Loyd Linker and w957,Jeremiah C. Thompson

  • Mildred Ruth (Scott) Lang

    Mildred Ruth (Scott) Lang

    Born: 1/30/1939

    Died: 6/24/2000

    Maiden Name: Scott

    Honorific: n/a

    Mildred Ruth (Scott) Lang, 61, of Perry, Oklahoma passed away Saturday, June 24, 2000 at her residence. A former lnogtime Atoka County resident, she was born January 30, 1939 in Atoka, the daughter of Jessie Woodrow and Mabel (Nowabbi) Scott. She attended school at Prairie Grove in Atoka County and Limestone Gap, and attended nursing school in Norman, Oklahoma.

    She married Floyd Eugene Lang on January 19, 1960 in DeQueen, Arkansas. She was a member and elder of Coal Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church. She was a nurse many years at Atoka Memorial Hospital and Atoka Care Center.

    She was preceded in death by her husband on June 24, 1988; her parents, and a brother, Simon Gibson.

    Survivors include two sons, Eugene Lang and wife, Carol, of Atoka and Terry Lang of Madill, Oklahoma; four daughters, Glenda Tatum and husband, Rick, and Amy Barone and husband, Joe, all of Perry, Cheryl Horn of Oklahoma City and Brenda Lang of Atoka; 13 grandchildren, Daniel Lang, Brent Lang, Gina Lang, Jessica Lang, James Horn, Rikki Tatum, Melissa Lang, Stormy White, Jessie White, Amber Lang, Willaim Graves, Jerome Graves and Garvin Barone; two great-grandchildren, Jaden Perry and Alexia Baker; two sisters, Norma Cole of Atoka and Betty Johnson of Moyers, Oklahoma; three brothers, Leroy, Charles and Steve Scott, all of Atoka; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many dear loved friends.

    Mildred Ruth (Scott) Lang

  • Georgia Brown Lovelace

    Georgia Brown Lovelace

    Born: 3/15/1908

    Died: 8/14/2000

    Maiden Name: Brown

    Honorific: n/a

    Georgia Brown Lovelace, 92, of McAlester, Oklahoma passed away Monday, August 14, 2000 at a local nursing home.

    Born March 15, 1908 in Red Oak, Oklahoma, she was the daughter of Mary Brown. She was reared in Red Oak and Wilburton, Oklahoma and went to school in Latimer County.

    She married Oscar Mathews in August 1929 and Ed Lovelace in 1945 in McAlester.

    Mrs. Lovelace was a homemaker and a member of Hillcreast Baptist Church. She was a Matron of Antek Homa Lodge of the Order of Eastern Star in North McAlester and three-time Noble Grand ans Past District Deputy of Rebekah Lodge No. 54 in Hartshorne, Oklahoma.

    She was very proud of her Choctaw heritage and its culture. She had attended Wheelock Academy as a young girl. Last year, at age 91, she took a Choctaw language course and earned a certificate of complition. She was very proud of this accomplishment.

    Mrs. Lovelace was a beautiful seamstress and could sew or design anything. She loved to fish and travel. Also, she loved flowers and enjoyed nurturing them. A Christian, she loved reading her Bible and going to church. Her family and friends will miss her greatly.

    She was preceded in death by her husband; a son, Jimmy Lee Taylor

  • David Wayne Lewis

    David Wayne Lewis

    Born: 3/27/1968

    Died: 9/27/2006

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    David Wayne Lewis, 38, of Talihina passed away September 27, 2006, at his home. He was born March 27, 1968, in Norfolk, Virginia.

    David married Tonya Burnett on August 18, 2006, in McAlester.

    He was a very caring person and was always willing to lend a helping hand.

    He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, William J. and Jo Ann Jobe, and paternal grandmother, Lillie Thompson.

    Survivors include his wife of the home; sons, David Lewis Jr. of Lake Arthur, Louisiana, and Trevor Collin Lewis of Talihina; stepson, Dale Waterback of Poteau; stepdaughter, Hailei Emde of Talihina; daughter, Victoria Belle Lewis of Poteau; father, Dallas Lewis of Talihina; mother, Kay Quinn of Wilburton; sister, Ann and husband Thomas Walls of Talihina; nieces, Heather Long of Poteau and Kimberly Walls of Talihina; nephews, Michael Long of Poteau and Jimmy Green and Thomas Walls Jr., both of Talihina; uncles, Jerry Thompson of Durant, James Quinn of Talihina and Jacky Bush of Heavener; mother-in-law, Sharon Burnett of Talihina; and numerous other relatives and a host of friends.

  • Frances Lowery

    Frances Lowery

    Born: 9/27/1942

    Died: 1/14/2006

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Frances Lowery, 63, of Purcell passed away January 14, 2006, at OU Medical Center. She was born September, 27, 1942, in Terrell, Texas, the oldest of five children of Mitchell Hayes and Zora Mae Thrift. She grew up in the Dallas area.

    At the age of 18 she married Sydney Kadwell and they had four daughters. Mrs. Lowery worked at various jobs in the Dallas area where she raised her children. After moving to Purcell she worked for Little Stinker Bait Co. On December 12, 1987, she married Roy Lowery in Purcell where they made their home.

    She was preceded in death by her parents.

    Survivors include her husband, Roy Lowery, of Purcell; four daughters, LaVanda Stone and her husband, Patrick, of Ada and Theresa Haynes and her husband, Rocky, Elisha Groom and Michelle Engert and her husband, Mike, all of Purcell; three brothers, Mitchell Hayes and his wife, Evelyn, of Valley View, Texas, Roy Hayes of Killeen, Texas, and Tim Hayes and his wife, Linda, of Gainesville, Texas; one sister, Mary Cornelison of Mesquite, Texas; 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

  • Berta Bell Robinson Lewison

    Berta Bell Robinson Lewison

    Born: 6/20/1907

    Died: 3/13/1997

    Maiden Name: Robinson

    Honorific: n/a

    Berta Bell Robinson Lewison passed away on March 13, 1997. She was born on June 20, 1907 to William F. Robinson. He was 3/8 Choctaw.

    She is preceded in death by her father and mother, eight sisters and one brother. She is survived by one sister and lots of nieces and nephews.

  • Orble Frank Labor

    Orble Frank Labor

    Born: 6/3/1917

    Died: 6/20/1997

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Orble Frank Labor was born on June 3, 1917 in Caddo, Oklahoma to William Labor and Mary (Tyler) Labor.

    He passed away on June 20, 1997 in Allen Texas, at his daughters residence. Orble and his wife, Edith resided in Durant, Oklahoma.

    Orble as a retired Fire Chief was a member of the Durant Fire Department for 21 years and Chief for five years. He was with the Masonic Lodge for over 25 years.

    He was precede din death by his first wife, Helen Winfred Smith Labor on November 16,k 1984; his parents William Henry Labor and Mary Easter Labor, one brother, William Labor and one sister, Rachel Labor.

    Survivors include five brothers, Chester Labor of Hartshorne, Oklahoma, Roy Labor of McAlester, Oklahoma, Lois (Peachie) Labor of Pittsburg, Oklahoma , John Labor of McCurtain, Oklahoma, Jim Labor of Red Oak, Oklahoma; two sisters, Opal Oldham of Antlers, Oklahoma, Nita Faye Wade of Antlers; two sons, Wyndel Labor and Orble Frank Labor, Jr. both of Mead Oklahoma; four daughters, Marquita Westerman of Allen, Texas, Juanita Mitchell of Plano, Texas, Stabr Terrazas of Blue Ridge, Texas and Karen White of Lilburn, Georgia; 16 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

  • Marjory Griffin Leake

    Marjory Griffin Leake

    Born: 8/15/1918

    Died: 10/23/1997

    Maiden Name: Griffin

    Honorific: n/a

    Marjory Griffin Leake passed away October 23, 1997.

    Marjory Griffin Leake, a Choctaw Indian, the daughter of John T Griffin and Mary Ada Toole Griffin was born August 15, 1918 in McAlester, Oklahoma. Her family moved to Muskogee in 1925 when her father made Muskogee headquarters for Griffin Grocery Company.

    She was educating in Muskogee and attended Christian College at Columbia, Missouri and the University of Oklahoma where she graduated in 1940. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. She met James C. Leake, the love of her life at OU where both were students. They were married don September 10, 1940. Mr. and Mrs. Leake began their family in Dallas, Texas. They returned to Muskogee in 1945 where she resided until her death. She had four children, James C. Leake Jr., John Griffin Leake, Jean Leake and Nancy Leake Sevenoaks.

    The Griffin/Leake families were pioneers in the wholesale grocery business as well as radio and television broadcasting. They founded Channel 9 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Channel 8 in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Channel 7 in Little Rock Arkansas in 1953 and 1954. Mrs. Leake was an active businesswoman as well. She owned a world respected antique furniture gallery. Mrs. Leake was a long time member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and Methodist charities especially the Methodist Children’s Home in Tahlequah where they family donated Griffin Hall.

    Her joy for life led her to become an active member of many clubs and charitable organizations with a lifelong love of gardening. As a master gardener her home and grounds were some of the most beautiful in the state. She and her husband enjoyed entertaining and her ability as a hostess and chef have been renowned through the years.

    Marjory was proud of her Choctaw Indian Heritage as a direct descendant of an original enrollee.

    She donated countless hours to many organizations. Some of her many interest included: The Garden Study Club of Muskogee, Tulsa Garden Club, Five Civilized Tribes Museum, Preservation of Honor Heights Park, and Methodist Children’s Home in Tahlequah, Stahlin Cancer Foundation of Houston, Texas and the Jewish Hospital in Denver Colorado.

    Mrs. Leake was preceded in death by her parents, Brother John T. Griffin, and two of hr children, John Griffin Leake and Jean Leake.

    She is survived by her husband of 57 years James C Leake of Muskogee; two children James C. Leake Jr., and Nancy Leake Sevenoaks both of Tulsa; and eight grandchildren.

    Marjory Griffin Leake

  • Preston Wade Lemons

    Preston Wade Lemons

    Born: 3/23/1959

    Died: 10/17/1997

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Preston Wade Lemons passed away on October 17, 1997 at the age of 38 at his home near Watonga Oklahoma. He was born on March 23, 1959 in Carlsbad, New Mexico.

    He moved to Tupelo Oklahoma in 1967 and then to Yukon Oklahoma in 1970. Where he graduated from high school and was a member of the Yukon FFA and received the Star Farmer Award.

    Wade married Shawnna Smith on April 25, 12990 and moved to Watonga in 1992, where he worked as a diesel mechanic and driver.

    His parents are Mr. John Willard Lemons, Sr. and Mrs. Velma Jane Pebworth Lemons.

    He is preceded in death by original enrollee, grandfather, Thomas Jefferson Pebworth.

    Wade is survived by his wife, Shawnna Lemons of the home; Zane Thomas Lemons and Amie Elizabeth Smith of Watonga, Joshua Wade Lemons and Jennifer Dawn Radgosky of Mustang Oklahoma; parents J.W. and Velma Lemons of Yukon; three brothers, John Lemons, Jr. of Yukon, Mike Yogi Lemons of Arkansas and Russell Lemons of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; two sisters, Janette Smith of Yukon and Laura DeAnn Paul of Oklahoma City; and father and mother in law Bob and Sandy Smith of Geary.

  • Orin Billy Ludlow

    Orin Billy Ludlow

    Born: 7/24/1940

    Died: 11/20/2007

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Orin Billy Ludlow, 67, of Nashoba passed away November 20, 2007, at the Renaissance Hospital, Terrell, Texas. He was born July 24, 1940, in Honobia, the son of Ray Ludlow and Adeline Johnson Ludlow.

    Mr. Ludlow was a self-employed laborer and a member of Rock Creek Presbyterian. He loved being outdoors and he loved animals. He was a kind, gentle and loving husband, father and grandfather who was loved by all.

    Survivors include his wife, Sandy of the home; sons, Chris Ludlow, Robert Ludlow, Michael Ludlow and Timmy Joe Ludlow; grandson, Nathan Ludlow-Warner; sisters, Mary Jane Jefferson of Broken Bow and Sarah Ann Ludlow of Broken Bow; brothers, Lolin and Jimmie Davis Ludlow of Talihina; stepson, Jeff and Michele Crawford of Terrell; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

  • LeRoy Long III

    LeRoy Long III

    Born: 12/13/1929

    Died: 12/21/1997

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    LeRoy Long, III, M.D. passed away at his home on December 21, 1997. He was born December 13, 1929 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Dr and Mrs. LeRoy downing Long (Mary Louise Cylmer).

    He grew up in Oklahoma City and graduated from Shattuck School, Faribault Minnesota in 1948. In 1951 he received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Oklahoma where he became a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and the Society of the Sigma XI. On July 2 1953 he married Jessamy Hines. He earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1955 and went on to complete and internship in Laboratory Research and Surgical Residency at the University of Illinois Research and Educational Hospitals in Chicago, Illinois. He served as a Captain in the United States Air Force  Scott Air Force Base Illinois. He returned to Oklahoma City in 1963 and established his private surgical practice. He was a partner in Surgical Specialists, Inc. While at Harvard medical School, Long was a member of Nu Sigma Nu, Aesculapius club and the Stork Club. His professional membership included: The Warren Cole Society; the Southern Society of Clinical Surgeons, The Western Surgical Association, Diplomat and past Examiner of the American board of Surgery and the Oklahoma City Surgical Society. He was a charter member of G.S.O.E. In addition he was also past President of both Oklahoma Surgical Association and the Oklahoma Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. He was a Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at the University Of Oklahoma School Of Medicine, as well as the former Director of the Surgery Training Program at St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City. He served on the AMVARE Board

    Survivors include his wife, Jessamy; one son, and his wife, LeRoy and Carol Long of Edmond, Oklahoma; three daughters and their husbands, Martha and Bert Marshall of Edmond, Mary and Tory Imke of Hinsdale, Illinois and Kathleen and Joe Messenbough of Oklahoma city; one sister, Margaret parker of Austin, Texas and seven grandchildren, Taylor, Hugh and Madeline Long, Sarah and Jessica Marshall and Michael and Jerre Imke.

  • Raymond C LeFlore

    Raymond C LeFlore

    Born: 3/13/1927

    Died: 1/12/1998

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Raymond C. LeFlore 70 of Millerton Oklahoma died January 12 at Texarkana, Texas. He was born March 13, 1927 in Keota Oklahoma.

    LeFlore had lived in Millerton for four years, moving there from Idabel, Oklahoma. He was a retired drivers education and GED teacher for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma a member of the United Pentecostal Church of Valliant Oklahoma and a member of the Hochatown Golf Club. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army and Navy.

    He and Janice Lynn Whiteman were married February 7, 1986 at Idabel.

    Raymond was preceded in death by his father Columbus LeFlore.

  • Eldridge Allison Locke

    Eldridge Allison Locke

    Born: 10/9/1918

    Died: 1/19/1998

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Eldridge Allison Locke age 79 of Hugo Oklahoma, passed away on January 19, 1998 in Hugo. He was born on October 9, 1918 in Messer to Wilson and Susan (Hampton) Locke.

    He was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church in Hugo, the VFW of Hugo and a retired insurance agent. Eldridge first served in the famous 45th infantry division from 1938-1940. At the outbreak of World War II he joined the United States Navy in 1941, serving until 1945. His first assignment was on the U.S.S. Elliott an attack troop transport ship as Yeoman first class, he participated in the invasion of Guadalcanal. On this operation the Elliot was sunk by a kamikaze pilot and Eldridge spent one day in the water before being rescued by at PT boat. After this he transferred the U.S.S. Fuller again in the capacity as Yeoman on an attack troop transport involved in the military operations at Saipan, Taipei, Leyte Gulf, and Okinawa. He served his country well.

    Uncle El came home to orders to attend his fathers funeral in November of 1945 after receiving orders for assignment to the U.S.S. Missouri, the battleship on which General McArthur accepted Japans surrender.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Crystal Darter, Mary Parke and Alma Fern Locke and three brothers, frank Locked Woodrow Locke and victor Locke.

  • Jason Ryan Ludlow

    Jason Ryan Ludlow

    Born: 11/28/1973

    Died: 12/12/2007

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Jason Ryan Ludlow, 34, of Broken Bow, passed away December 12, 2007, at the Paris Regional Medical Center. He was born November 28, 1973, in DeQueen, Arkansas, the son of the Rev. Joel Dean and Isabelle Cleo Maytubbi Ludlow.

    Jason graduated from Battiest High School in 1992. He enjoyed spending time with his niece and nephews and was a member of the Goodwater Presbyterian Church of Broken Bow.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, David and Mary Ludlow and John and Christie Maytubbi; uncles, Quincy Maytubbi and Gary Burch; and an aunt, Gladiola Burch.

    Survivors include his sister and brother-in-law, Jennifer and Abbe of Broken Bow; a brother, Marsill Jacob Ludlow of Broken Bow; aunts and uncles, Joyce Maytubbi, Gale Amarez, Floyd Maytubbi, all of Broken Bow, Ann and Randy Cameron of Pickens, John Wayne Maytubbi of Idabel, David and Gerri Ludlow of Oakcliff, Texas, Paul and Francis Ludlow of Arlington, Texas, Geraline and Phillip Rowell of Hochatown, Rozella Boyter of Grand Prairie, Texas, and Samuel Ludlow of South Dakota; a niece, Pillar Christine Noah of Broken Bow, nephews, Kobi Joel Noah, Gabriel Shane Noah of Broken Bow and Jonathan Reed Battiest Jr. of Wright City; other relatives and a host of friends.

  • Carol H. Lewis

    Carol H. Lewis

    Born: 10/17/1932

    Died: 12/18/1994

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Carol H. Lewis, age 62, lifelong resident of Pittsburg County, passed away on December 18, in McAlester.

    He was born on October 17, 1932 in Indianola, Oklahoma to Herskel and Louise Francis Smith Lewis. He married Mary Ella Webb on July 22, 1958 in McAlester and retired from the Dolese Cement Company as a truck driver. He loved horses and was a member of the McAlester Round-Up from 1974 until 1978. He was a member of the East Lawn Church of God.

    He was preceded in death by his father, his step-father, Woodrow Smith and two brothers-in-law, Gene Meadows and Sammy Copple.

    He is survived by his wife, Mary Ella Lewis of the home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Carol and Vicky Lewis of Bache, Oklahoma and Ricky and Brenda Lewis of McAlester, Oklahoma; one daughter and son-in-law Lawanna and Brian Whitlock of McAlester, mother, Louise Smith of McAlester; one brother and sister-in-law. Billy and Shirley Lewis of Mesquite, Texas; two sisters and brother in law, Louella Copple and Alice and Coy Shatley, both of McAlester, 13 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

  • Opal Orbadine Leckenby

    Opal Orbadine Leckenby

    Born: 10/20/1921

    Died: 1/15/1995

    Maiden Name: Perkins

    Honorific: n/a

    Opal Orbadine Leckenby, age 73, of Nebraska City, Nebraska passed away on January 15, 1995 at the Nebraska City Manor in Nebraska City.

    She was born on October 20, 1021 in Atoka Oklahoma the daughter of Shelby and Malinda Thompson Perkins.

    She was untied in marriage in 1945 at Plattsmouth, Nebraska to George Allen. He preceded her in death in September of 1050. She then married George Leckenby on October 22, 1955 in Plattsmouth. He preceded her in death on August 27, 1976

    Opal was a former resident of Oklahoma. She moved to Nebraska City in 1952. She was a cook at St. Marys Hospital in Nebraska City for many years.

    She served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. She was a member of the American Legion, VFW, DAV and the Blinded Vets of America where she served as treasurer.

    She was preceded in death by two brothers and sisters.

    Her survivors are children, Anthony L. Allen of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Jaqueline Hull of Lincoln Nebraska, George Allen and wife, Jackie of San Angelo, Texas and Ellis (Mrs. Ed.) Harms of Nebraska City; ten grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

    Memorial may be directed to the Blinded American Veterans of America.

  • Pearley Mae Louis

    Pearley Mae Louis

    Born: 4/28/1916

    Died: 1/13/1995

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Pearley Mae Louis, 78, of Wright City, Oklahoma passed away on January 13, 1995 at the Broken Bow Nursing home. She was born on April 28, 1916 in Glover Oklahoma.

    A homemaker, Mrs. Louis was a member of the United Methodist Church and had lived in the community all her life.

    She is survived by six sons, Ben Franklin of Broken Bow Nelson Louis, B.C. Louis and Rev. Jesse Louis all of Wright City, William A. Louis of Duncanville, Texas and Horton Ray Louis of Durant; three daughter, Marie Davis of Balch Springs, Texas, Dorothy Beller of Broken Boy and Lillian Sue Louis of Dallas, Texas; 23 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. William Louis April 30, 1992.

  • Chief A. Lewis

    Chief A. Lewis

    Born: 12/14/1917

    Died: 1/1/1995

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Chief A., Lewis, 77, a native of TiValley, passed away.

    He was born on December 14, 1917 and later married Geraldine Pralle Lewis, a native of Fairmont.

    He was an active member of the Choctaw tribe of Oklahoma. His Native American blood could be traced back through his father, Sullivan Lewis, who was on the Dawes Roll. His mother was Alice Goad Lewis.

    He was a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War and was honored with several presidential citations. As a commissioned officer, he began his Army career as a flight instructor, training pilots for World War II. He flew a total of 55 night combat missions during the Korean War and was a member of the 452nd Bomb Wing.

    He was awarded a pair of Chinese Air Force Wings and also the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was honorably discharged in 1964 with the rank of Captain.

    He continued his career as a helicopter pilot in the oil service industry. He also maintained his pilots license and flight instructors license up until hi death.

  • Leo Glen Loveless

    Leo Glen Loveless

    Born: 5/2/1928

    Died: 2/26/1995

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Leo Glen Loveless, 66, passed away on February 26, 1995 in Oklahoma City. He was born in Arkansas on May 2, 1928.

    He attended schools in Stigler Oklahoma and was a veteran of the Korean War. Leo owned and operated a car dealership in Oklahoma City for over 20 years.

    He was the son of the late Lester and Cordie Loveless and the grandson of the late C.C. Garland.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Mildred Loveless Mourney.

    Survivors include two sons, David and Rickard of Tulsa; and a brother, Garland Loveless of Garland, Texas.

  • Tolan A. Lewis

    Tolan A. Lewis

    Born: n/a

    Died: 12/15/1995

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Tolan A. Lewis passed away on December 15, 1995 in Long Beach California at the age of 88.

    Tolan was born in Hickory, Oklahoma. His parents were James A. Garfield Lewis and Ola Marlow. His younger siblings were Alta Maureen Lewis and Billie Marlow Lewis.

    He married Dolores Mae Whitchurch of Leota, Kansas in 1928.

    He is survived by one son, William J. Lewis of Lakewood, California; one daughter, Virgina Ann Danforth of Missouri City, Texas; four grandsons and six great-grandchildren.

  • Barbara Diane Lowrimore

    Barbara Diane Lowrimore

    Born: 1/21/1955

    Died: 1/14/1996

    Maiden Name: Sockey / Caldwell

    Honorific: n/a

    Barbara Diane Lowrimore, age 40, of Panama, Oklahoma passed away on January 14, 1996 in Panama.

    She was a homemaker and registered nurse at St. Edward Mercy Medical Hospital and for Dr. Zufari. She was a graduate of Wister High School and of Carl Albert College where she received her nursing degree.

    She was born on January 21, 1955 in Poteau, Oklahoma to Reuben Lamar Sockey and Marjorie Irene Bowen Sockey Caldwell. She married Carroll Dewayne Lowrimore on June 15, 1974 in Stigler, Oklahoma.

    She was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Panama, Oklahoma.

    She was preceded in death by her mother, Marjorie Caldwell.

    Her survivors include her husband, C.D. Lowrimore of the home; one daughter, Michelle Lowrimore of the home; her father, Reuben Sockey of Tuskahoma, Oklahoma; one sister, Norma Austin of Clayton Oklahoma; two brothers, Billy D. Sockey of Snow Oklahoma and R.L. Sockey of Poteau and several nieces and nephews.

    Pallbearers were Sam Lowrimore, Bill Lowrimore, Louise Holstead, Stephen Sockey , Mike Sockey and Ryan Adams.

  • Josephine LeFlore

    Josephine LeFlore

    Born: 11/16/1918

    Died: n/a

    Maiden Name: 10/11/2008

    Honorific: n/a

    Josephine LeFlore, 89, of Frederick passed away October 11, 2008, at Memorial Hospital, Frederick. She was born on November 16, 1918, in Pickens to Joel and Maleum Carterby LeFlore. She grew up in the Pickens and Battiest area in southeast Oklahoma.

    Mrs. LeFlore worked at the ammunition plant in McAlester during World War II. She came to Tillman County in 1958 and established her home. She raised two nephews and did babysitting for numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews as well as caregiving for others in need. She made a significant impact and contribution to the lives of her nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. She enjoyed playing pool, cards and dominoes. She also enjoyed quilting and made numerous quilts to donate for church fundraisers. She enjoyed singing Choctaw hymns and was a member of the Apostolic Faith Church in Frederick.

    She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Carlo Wade, Hanson Wade and Samuel Wade; five sisters, Lorancie Hicks, Amanda Marshall, Suzanne Burris, Nellie Fay Beers and Dena Henson.

    Survivors include numerous nieces and nephews including local nephew Eddie Joel Hicks of Frederick and local niece Vera Hudson and her husband, Cordell, of Frederick; numerous great-nieces and nephews including great-niece and caregiver, Lori Dawn Perez and husband Braulio of Frederick.

  • Bradley Lee Lemons

    Bradley Lee Lemons

    Born: 12/12/1991

    Died: 2/14/2009

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Bradley Lee Lemons, 17, of Garvin passed away February 14, 2009. He was born December 12, 1991, in Talihina, the son of Bobby Lee Lemons and Jacqueline James Jennings.

    Bradley lived the last eight years in Garvin, moving to that area from Choctaw County. He was a freshman at Valliant High School. His desire was to graduate with his friends; they would say he was a good friend. He loved playing basketball and truly enjoyed being a team player for the Bulldogs. Bradley liked to fish. He was a member of the Hampton Chapel Methodist Church in Spencerville, Oklahoma.

    He was preceded in death by his father; grandparents, Bill and Mollie Lemons, Leon Jennings and Andrew and Katherine James; and a sister, Jacqueline Lemons.

    Survivors include his mom and stepdad, Jackie and Willie Jennings of Garvin; seven sisters, Tammie Brown of Millerton, Kay Bagsby of Idabel, Rhonda Felan of Caddo, Lena Smith of Cumby, Dana Saine of Kemp, Texas, Yarnell Smith of Lindale, Texas, and Mary Ann Buhrkuhl of Broken Bow; eight brothers, Robert Lemons of Lexington, Bobby Lemons of Paris, Texas, Billy Lemons of Corrine, Michael Lemons of Caddo, Harley Davidson of Valliant, Shawn James of Idabel, Dennis James of Bennington, and Billy Jennings of Glover; and a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

    Bradley Lee Lemons

  • Billy Mont Tom (Tommy) Jack Lawson

    Billy Mont Tom (Tommy) Jack Lawson

    Born: 3/2/1954

    Died: 2/24/2009

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Tom (Tommy) Jack as he was known to family and friends passed away on February 24, 2009 in Fairbanks, Alaska. He was born in Antlers on March 2, 1954 to Iva (Logan) Tubbs and the late Mont Lawson, Jr. Tom had a great zest for life and adventure. He loved to get on his bike and travel the country. He loved surprising his family by calling them on special days or by dropping in from Alaska.

    He was a former resident of Albion and attended both Albion and Talihina Schools. He had proudly served in the U.S. Navy.

    He is survived by his mother, Iva Tubbs, and stepfather, Buddy Tubbs, of Oklahoma City. His brother, Benny Lawson, sister in law, Jennifer, and their daughter, Shelby, of Anchorage, Alaska, son, Kelly Lawson, of Fairbanks, Alaska, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

    He was preceded in death by his father, Mont Lawson, Jr., of Albion, brother, Durand Essman, of Oklahoma City, maternal grandparents, Laura (Potts) Logan and Reverend W.F. Logan, Sr. and paternal grandparents, Mont Lawson, Sr and Bertie Lawson, of Albion/Talihina. Tommy Jack will be missed.

    Ode to Tommy Jack

    His mama knew, right from the start,
    This baby boy, she held so dear,
    Would be a man with a great, big heart
    Always living his life in high gear.

    Born with a spirit wild and free,
    He would never hurt anyone,
    He loved life and his family,
    He was and is his mama’s son.

    Laughter of his so loud and boisterous,
    I can still hear and that makes me smile,
    Fond memories I have of him and someday,
    He will take us to Jesus to walk that last mile.

    The past few years he suffered in pain
    Afflicted with a terrible condition
    No more pain, he has been called Home
    This was the Lord’s decision.

    He would say, please do not mourn me
    Loved ones will welcome me and show me the way
    All our ancestors who have gone before, I will see
    We will meet again, bow your head and pray.

    Written by Icee Cokeley

  • Sarah Lewis

    Sarah Lewis

    Born: 12/21/1912

    Died: 1/4/1992

    Maiden Name: Hepsin

    Honorific: n/a

    Sarah Eunice Lewis, 79, died January 4th in the Haskell County Hospital in Stigler.

    Born in Oklahoma December 21, 1912, to John and Rachel (gage) Hepsin, she was a homemaker and a member of the New Hope Indian Baptist Church. She was active in the Choctaw and Chickasaw WMS and served as president for several years. She was the widow of Dixon Lewis, Sr.

    Services were Monday January 6, at Mallory Chapel with Rev. Doyle Baker officiating; Burial was in Simon Isaac Cemetery under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home.

    Pallbearers were Lee Carshell, Tom Miller, Paul Wiedemann, Kevin Jackson, Ruben Kemp and Royce Falconer.

    Mrs. Lewis is survived by four sons, Donald Anderson, Dixon Lewis, Jr., and John Lewis all of Stigler and Melton Lewis of Keota; and five grandchildren

  • Lorene Furry Laughlin

    Lorene Furry Laughlin

    Born: 4/22/1900

    Died: 4/23/1995

    Maiden Name: Wyers

    Honorific: n/a

    Lorene Furry Laughlin, 95, a lifelong resident of Pittsburg County, passed away on April 23, 1995 in McAlester.

    She was born on April 22, 1900 in McCurtain, Indian Territory to John W. and Irene Breshears Wyers. She was an original enrollee of he Choctaw Nation and was a member of a pioneer Oklahoma family. She married Robert Furry on May 13, 1921 in McCurtain, Oklahoma and they operated the dry goods store in Quinton, Oklahoma for many years. She was ember of the Wesley United Methodist Church of McAlester and a former Worthy Matron of the Quinton Order of Eastern Star. She was a community leader in Quinton for many years and belonged to various community social organizations.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Robert on April 14, 1959, nine brothers and sisters and her son-in-law, frank Regan on March 25, 1984.

    Her survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Frank Marcella Regan of McAlester, Oklahoma; three grandsons and their wives, Charles and Brenda Regan of Wilburton, Oklahoma, Bob and Kathy Regan of Dallas, Texas, and Pat and Marcy Regan of Estill Springs, Tennessee; one granddaughter and her husband, Marsha Nan and Clint Purcell o Lexington Oklahoma and five great-great grand sons.

    The family request memorials to be made to the McAlester Youth Emergency Shelter, the Wesley United Methodist Church or the Domestic Violence Division of the Oaks.

  • John Rudell Logan

    John Rudell Logan

    Born: 12/14/1928

    Died: 2/15/1997

    Maiden Name: n/a

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    John Rudell Logan was born on December 14, 1928 to W.F. Logan and Laura Potts Logan at Albion, Oklahoma and passed away on February 15, 1997 at the Choctaw Nation Indian Hospital.

    He retired as a Superintendent for the Oklahoma Highway Department after having loyally served the state for 35 years.

    He was a Sergeant in the Korean War and was awarded a Bronze Star.

    He served and volunteered on many Choctaw Nation elections, as well as with local and county elections, He served on the Albion School Board for 20 years and was also a board member for Rural Water District # 2. He loved the town of Albion and the southeast area of Oklahoma.

    He enjoyed the company of his grandchildren children, family and many friends. He enjoyed reading history, gardening and he was an avid sports fan. He was an outdoorsman, who held an appreciation for wildlife and nature.

    He was very proud of his heritage and was researching his genealogy.

    John is survived by his wife, Inez of Albion, and five loving children, three daughters and sons-in-law, Bobbie and Charlie Miller of Greenwood, Arkansas, Kathy and Jeff Fish of Albion and Charlene and Craig Hibbs of Durant, Oklahoma; two sons and daughters-in-law, Rick and Beverly Logan of Plano, Texas and Larry and Suzanne of Dallas, Texas; six grandchildren, Nicole Logan, Angelique and Christian Fish of Albion and Savannah Smith of Dallas; six sisters, Jewel Eden of Riverside, California. Glenna Creasy of Portland, Oregon, Erma Williams of New Mexico, Iva Mae Tubbs of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Eva Foster of Jacksonville, Florida and Lucille Keeney of Albion; three brothers, Raymond Logan of Cushing, Oklahoma, Bill Logan of Poteau, Oklahoma and Charles (Buck) Logan of Bailey, Mississippi and is survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews and numerous friends. He will be dearly missed by all.

  • Deborah Sue Halkins LaFerr

    Deborah Sue Halkins LaFerr

    Born: 10/23/1962

    Died: 1/23/2007

    Maiden Name: Halkins

    Honorific: n/a

    Debrah Sue Halkins LaFerr, 44, of Frederick passed away January 23, 2007, at her home in Frederick surrounded by her family, following a courageous battle with cancer. She was born on October 23, 1962, in Portales, New Mexico, to Jimmy Wayne and Betty Sue Doan Halkins and raised by her mother and father, Betty and Paul LaFerr.

    She attended schools in Anadarko and Frederick, graduating from Frederick High School in 1981. She was employed at Frederick Memorial Hospital in dietary for over 20 years. She was a proud descendant of the Choctaw Tribe of Oklahoma. She was a member of the Nazarene Church in Frederick.

    She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Annie Turner; uncle, James A. Doan; father, Jimmy Wayne Halkins; grandfather, Lewis Lacer; and grandparents, Ruby and Ray Halkins.

    Survivors include her parents, Paul and Betty LaFerr of Gaylord, Michigan; a brother, Mark LaFerr of Ardmore; three sisters, Ruby LaFerr of Frederick, Paula Millsap of Wayne and Melissa Hall of Indian River, Michigan; grandmother, Marcie Lacer of Anadarko; grandfather, Boyd Turner of Lawton; and numerous cousins, nephews and loving friends.

    Deborah Sue Halkins LaFerr

  • Amber Michell Ludlow

    Amber Michell Ludlow

    Born: 3/21/1981

    Died: 8/25/2000

    Maiden Name: n/a

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    Amber Michell Ludlow, 19, of Bridgeport, Texas passed away August 25, 2000 at a Fort Worth Hospital. She was born March 21, 1981 in Lamesa, Texas. Amber was actively involved in Dallas Children’s Hospital organizations.

    Survivors include her parents, Gerald and Kelli Ludlow, and brothers, Jerad and Erik Ludlow, all of Bridgeport; sister, Karenda Ludlow of Denton, Texas; grandparents, Kenneth and Karen Crouch of Sulphur, Oklahoma, Pearlyn Carnes of Durant, Oklahoma and Joe Carnes of Caddo, Oklahoma.

  • Nathan Daniel Lime

    Nathan Daniel Lime

    Born: 8/22/1982

    Died: 7/17/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

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    Nathan Daniel Nate Lime of McAlester, Oklahoma, passed away July 17, 2005, in McAlester. He was born August 22, 1982, in Talihina, Oklahoma, to Timothy Lime and Rebecca Kemp Clayton.

    Nate worked for Atlantic Meeco as a laborer in the EPS department. He enjoyed spending time with his daughter and was an artist.

    He was preceded in death by a sister, Tiffany Dawn Lime; grandmother, Yolanda Green, and an uncle, Curtis LeFlore.

    Survivors include his father, Tim Lime and wife, April, of Woodward, Oklahoma; mother, Becky Clayton and Tracy Moore of McAlester; daughter, Nadia Dawn Lime of McAlester; brothers, Derek Clayton and Zachary Clayton, both of Alderson; Hunter Lime of Woodward; grandfathers, Ruben Kemp of McAlester and Maurice Lime of Canton, Oklahoma; grandmother, Novella Kemp of McAlester; several aunts, uncles, cousins, and other family and friends.

    Nathan Daniel Lime

  • Loren Leach

    Loren Leach

    Born: 10/29/1968

    Died: 11/7/2002

    Maiden Name: n/a

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    Loren Leach passed away September 7, 2002. He was born October 29, 1968.

    Mr. Leach was preceded in death by his father, Mayes Leach; sisters Rebecca Chaparro and her husband, Jesus, Donna Pacheco and her husband, Albert, Floradean Ludlow and her husband, Boyd; aunts, uncles, numerous nieces and nephews, and friends and relatives.

  • Georgia Delilah Luce

    Georgia Delilah Luce

    Born: 11/12/1931

    Died: 7/29/2002

    Maiden Name: Luce

    Honorific: n/a

    Georgia Delilah Luce passed away July 29, 2002. She was born November 12, 1931 in Durant, Oklahoma, the daughter of Richard Lawrence Luce of Texas and Vera Fay Hill of Oklahoma and the sister of Bess Zoe Brough.

    Georgia traced her Choctaw ancestry through her great-great-grandmother, Nancy Black, who walked on the Trail of Tears with her husband, Buckholt Null. On that long walk, she gave birth to a daughter while crossing the Pearl River and so named her daughter, Pearl. Pearl married Jesse Human and their daughter, Zoe married Grandvill Ghoul Hill. Zoe and Grandville’s daughter was named Vera Fay Hill. Vera Hill was an original enrollee and the mother of Georgia Delilah Luce.

    Georgia was a horticulturist and everyone seeing her glorious garden felt surely she should charge an admission. Her garden is a botanical paradise and a wonder to behold. Luckily, she was also an avid photographer so her wondrous garden is documented for all time.

    Survivors include her daughter, Cathy, Sandra, Nancy and Zoe, and her sons, Rodger and Richard. She was very proud of her 14 grandchildren, Michael, Timothy, Jasmine, Amber, Autum, Jack, Dylan, Roger, Rachel, Ritchie, Carl, Jamie, Jessica and Brad, and also her great-grandsons, Gregory and Louis.

    She was first and foremost a mother and loved her children dearly.

  • George F. Latta

    George F. Latta

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    George F. Latta

  • Dewayne Michael Lewis, Jr.

    Dewayne Michael Lewis, Jr.

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    Dewayne Michael Lewis, Jr.

  • Edward R. Locke

    Edward R. Locke

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    Edward R. Locke

  • Olivia Denise Longoria

    Olivia Denise Longoria

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    Olivia Denise Longoria

  • Myrtle Azalea Beaver Lovin

    Myrtle Azalea Beaver Lovin

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    Myrtle Azalea Beaver Lovin

  • James Lowman

    James Lowman

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    James Lowman

  • Phil Lucas

    Phil Lucas

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    Phil Lucas

  • Crandall Jay Ludlow

    Crandall Jay Ludlow

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    Crandall Jay Ludlow

  • Phileon Lloyd LeFlore

    Phileon Lloyd LeFlore

    Born: 8/7/1938 Died: 1/9/2010 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a

    Phileon Lloyd LeFlore was born Aug. 7, 1938, and passed away Jan. 9, 2010, in Red Oak, Texas. Lloyd was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Mae Dupler, and father Herman LeFlore.
    He is survived by his wife, Trudy, of Red Oak, daughter Karen Lents and husband Louis, son Keith LeFlore; grandchildren Louis and wife Gwen, Crystal and Kayla; great-grandchildren Lauryn, Zachary, Alyssa and Kamryn; sister Betty Guthrie of Temple, Texas; bothers-in-law Charles Young and wife Billie of Georgia, Jerry Young and wife Patricia of Texas; sister-in-law Selma Helton; stepchildren Candy Clayton husband Rob of Kentucky, Larry Yarbray and wife Marcie of Georgia; step-grandchildren Chase Clayton, Lauren MCDaniel, Avery Yarbray and Lily Grace Yarbray.

  • Alvin F. LeFlore

    Alvin F. LeFlore

    Born: 09/08/1908 Died: Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a

    Graveside services for Alvin F. LeFlore of Moore, were held January 28, 1991, at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Wheatland, Oklahoma with Rev. Dan Farmer officiating. Born Sept. 9, 1908 to Allen Faubys and Ella in Boswell, Oklahoma, Mr. LeFlore died January 26 in So Comm. Hospital after a brief illness. He married Lora Johnson on July 31, 1930 in Shawnee. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary July 31, 1990. He was preceded in death by two sons, Jerry D. in 1971 and Gilbert V. LeFlore, 1982. Survivors include, his wife, Lora of Moore, son Donald E. and daughter-in-law Margie, of Farmersbranch, TX, daughter, Arlene LuRee and son-in-law Claude Reed, Jr. of Moore, 15 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren and one sister Jogene Hillman of Oklahoma City, a host of nieces and nephews and many friends.

  • Mary Ann Louis

    Mary Ann Louis

    Born: 05/08/1898 Died: 03/03/1991 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a

    Mary Ann Louis, 92, Durant, died Sunday, March 3, 1991 in the Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma. Born in Atoka County, May 8, 1898, she lived in Bryan County all her life. She was a homemaker and an original enrollee of the Choctaw Nation. She married Solomon Louis, November 30 1917, in Durant. He preceded her in death, February 19, 1972. Solomon was one of the Choctaw Coe Talkers of WWI. Two sons also preceded Mary in death, Gilbert and Solomon Louis Jr. Mrs. Louis is survived by a daughter-in-law, Wahnetah Louis of El Paso, Texas, and two grandchildren, Michael Louis and Mary Tolbert. The Rev. Jim Davis officiated the service. Burial was in Bennington Cemetery.

  • Joan Lambert

    Joan Lambert

    Born: 12/27/1920 Died: 03/07/2011 Maiden Name: Jones Honorific: n/a

    Joan Toy Lambert passed away on March 7, 2011, surrounded by her beloved family. Joan was born near Minco, on Dec. 27, 1920, to original enrollees Jesse Edward and Mary (Roberts) Jones, and was the eldest of 11 children. She attended East Central State College in Ada and worked for many years at Perkins Timberlake and later at Shirlene’s in Burk. Joan was married on July 4, 1941, to Woodrow A. Lambert, who preceded her in death in 1982. Joan was a long-time member of First Baptist Church, Burkburnett, had taught the Rebekah class and was active in the senior adult ministry. She had lived in Arlington since 2000. She was an energetic worker, an avid card and domino player, liked to travel, and had many loyal friends, but she was most proud of her large family. Undoubtedly her greatest legacy to her family and to all those who knew her was her undying love for and faith in her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The family would like to thank the loving kind staff of Community Hospice of Texas for the wonderful care they provided. They afforded her the ability to maintain her dignity in her final days. We would also like to thank Dr. Anwar Khurshid, for his wonderful care and compassionate support of our mother.
    Survivors include sons, Jesse (Butch) with wife Charlotte, Thom with wife Judy; daughters Joene Cook with husband Sidney and Joyce Johnson; four sisters; one brother; 12 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and one great-great granddaughter.

  • Thompson LeFlore

    Thompson LeFlore

    Born: 02/21/1941 Died: 09/18/2011 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: Veteran

    Thompson LeFlore, 70, a longtime Atoka area resident, passed away on Sept. 18, 2011, in Bonham, Texas. He was on Feb. 21, 1941, to Thompson LeFlore Sr. and Carrie (Gipson) LeFlore, in Bentley. He graduated from Tushka High School in 1960, and went on to become a machine operator. Thompson proudly served his country in the Air Force and the Navy during the Vietnam War. He married Vonda Joyce (Reed) on Feb. 7, 1972, in Dallas. Thompson was a member of the Cane Hill Methodist Church. He enjoyed fishing with his friends and his grandson. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; daughter Dianna Kay LeFlore; and siblings, Anderson and Preston LeFlore, Charles and Harold Dean Gipson and Jo Ann Gipson Jackson. He is survived by his grandson, Thompson LeFlore, III of Dallas; siblings, Donald LeFlore with wife Rose of Sherman, Texas, Ted LeFlore with wife Mary Ann of Atoka, and Christine Dillard with husband Glen of Caney; sister-in-law Sharon Gipson of Wright City; brother-in-law Tom Mayo of Bentley; along with numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.

  • Edna Lucille Montgomery Loftin

    Edna Lucille Montgomery Loftin

    Born: 03/07/1917 Died: 06/05/2009 Maiden Name: Oakes Honorific: n/a

    Edna Lucille Oakes Montgomery Loftin passed away peacefully on June 5, 2009, after a very brief illness. She was born March 7, 1917, in Atlas, Oklahoma. Her parents were Edgar Omega Oakes, an original enrollee, and Annie Marie Rives Oakes. She was the second child of nine. She spent her early years near Soper and graduated from Soper High School. She married Henry Alexander Montgomery on July 14, 1936, in Hugo where she lived the remainder of her life. She has one son, Roy Wood Montgomery. After Henry’s death, she married Ralph Loftin. Edna worked as a bookkeeper for various businesses including those owned by the family, Montgomery Brothers Meat Market, Hugo Sale Commission and Montgomery Feed. She was very proud of her Choctaw heritage and served on the Choctaw Election Board for many years, most recently serving as the Election Board President. She also served on the Kiamichi Soil Conservation Board until her death. She was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Hugo. Edna was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Edna also leaves behind may close friends with whom she enjoyed traveling, quilting, and visiting. Edna was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Thomas, Edgar and Jack; sisters, Wilma, Nadine and an unnamed infant girl; husbands, Henry and Ralph; great-grandson, Dustin Jackson, and various aunts, uncles and cousins. She is survived by her son, Roy Wood Montgomery, and his wife Jan; granddaughters, Kim Shawhart, Christy Ray and husband James, Dee Jackson and husband Scott; great-grandchildren, Benton Ray, Kelsey Shawhart, Katlyn Shawhart, Nate Jackson, Morgan Ray, Makenzie Jackson and Hunter Ray; one great-granddaughter, Jazlyn Randal; sister, Betty Lyles, and brother-in-law, Roy Lyles; brother, Roberts Oakes, and sister-in-law, Connie Oakes, and several nieces, nephews, cousins and special relatives, Helga, Christa and Lisa Loftin.

  • Michael Anthony Lopez

    Michael Anthony Lopez

    Born: 10/01/1960 Died: 04/04/2009 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a

    Michael Anthony Lopez passed away on April 4, 2009, at Baylor Medical Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. He was born on October 1, 1960, in Los Angeles, California, to Cealis Carterby. He graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University with two BA degrees, one in design and the other in drafting. He was employed by Lockheed Martin of Fort Worth until his illness, and greatly enjoyed his job. He also enjoyed rodeos, ranch work and tribal pow wows. Survivors include his mother, Cealis Carterby of Ardmore; a sister, Michele Carterby of Ardmore; a brother, Manuel Carterby and wife Belinda; nephews, Russell Rodriguez and Juan Rodriguez of Corsicana, Texas, Cody Carterby of Caddo Mills, Texas, and Christopher Carterby and his friend, Samantha Davis, of Healdton, and numerous cousins. He also will be missed by his family, coworkers, the Spradling Family and special friend, Kevin Spradling.

  • Billy Mont Lawson

    Billy Mont Lawson

    Born: 03/02/1954 Died: 02/24/2009 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: Veteran

    Billy Mont “Tom (Tommy) Jack” Lawson passed away on February 24, 2009, in Fairbanks, Alaska. He was born March 2, 1954, in Antlers to Iva Logan Tubbs and the late Mont Lawson Jr. Tom had a great zest for life and adventure. He loved to get on his bike and travel the country. He loved surprising his family by calling them on special days or by dropping in from Alaska. He was a former resident of Albion and attended both Albion and Talihina Schools. He had proudly served in the U.S. Navy. He was preceded in death by his father, Mont Lawson Jr. of Albion; brother, Durand Essman of Oklahoma City; maternal grandparents, Laura Potts Logan and the Rev. W.F. Logan Sr. and paternal grandparents, Mont Lawson Sr. and Bertie Lawson of Albion/Talihina. He is survived by his mother, Iva Tubbs, and stepfather, Buddy Tubbs, of Oklahoma City; his brother, Benny Lawson; sister-in-law, Jennifer and their daughter, Shelby of Anchorage, Alaska; son, Kelly Lawson of Fairbanks, Alaska; aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

  • Roy Lester Labor

    Roy Lester Labor

    Born: 05/23/1922 Died: 07/06/2009 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: Veteran

    Roy Lester Labor, 87, of Wilburton passed away July 6, 2009, at the VA Medical Center in Muskogee. Roy was born in Hugo on May 23, 1922, to the late William Henry and Mary Easter Tyler Labor. Roy worked in the carpentry department at McAlester Ammunition Plant. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was of the Baptist faith, a member of the Wilburton Masonic Lodge #141 and member of the Hartshorne VFW. Roy was the husband of Gloria Labor. Roy and Gloria were married October 10, 2006, in McAlester. Roy was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Neoma Jean Labor; brothers, William Labor, Orville “Obe” Labor, Chester “Check” Labor; sister, Opal Oldham; son, Joe Labor, and son-in-law, Jimmy D. Gammons. Roy is survived by his wife of the home; his daughters, Laquita McCarty of Amarillo, Texas, Lynn Gammons of Wilburton, and Deann Gibbs of Wilburton; son, R.D. Labor of Stigler; sister, Nita Faye Wade; brothers, Loyce “Peachy” Labor and his wife, Youil, John Labor, Jimmy Labor and his wife, Shirley; grandchildren, Bret Labor and wife Jennifer of Wilburton, Bandi McPherson and husband Curt of Canadian, Texas, Christi Hall and husband Eric of Stillwater, Cody Gibbs of Stillwater, Jimmy Gammons and Chance Gibbs, both of Wilburton; great-grandchildren, Cody McPherson, Jakob Labor, Brynn McPherson, Trey McPherson, Ryley Labor; stepchildren, Gloria Elaine Voelker, John David Owen and Patty Harrison; five step-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

  • Garvin Lee Ludlow

    Garvin Lee Ludlow

    Born:03/24/1952 Died: 09/03/1995 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a

    Garvin Lee Ludlow of Sand Springs, Oklahoma was born on March 24, 1952 at Talihina,, Oklahoma to LeeRoy and Hazel (Baker) Ludlow. He passed away on September 3, 1995 in Claremore, Oklahoma. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by two children, Troy Ludlow and LaDonna Ludlow, both of Sand Springs, Oklahoma; four brothers, Oliver Ludlow and Ronald Lulow, bother of Sand Springs; Darryl Ludlow of Weleetka, Oklahoma and Dale Ludlow of Sapulpa, Oklahoma; one sister, Alice Kemp of Sand Springs; one grandchild; several nieces and nephews and many friends and loved ones.

  • Jessie Mae Lawrence

    Jessie Mae Lawrence

    Born: 9/4/1930

    Died: 12/11/2012

    Maiden Name: Lung

    Honorific: n/a

    Jessie Mae Lawrence, 82, of Hugo passed away on Dec. 11, 2012, in Hugo. She was born Sept. 4, 1930, in Clayton to John Lung and Sally (Goins) Lung and had lived for over 65 years in Choctaw County. She married Leroy Lawrence on Oct. 14, 1946, in Hugo. Jessie was a homemaker and a member of Unity Baptist Church in Hugo. She enjoyed going to church, crocheting, fishing and watching westerns.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son Kennedy Lee Lawrence; grandson Jimmy Carlile Jr.; great-grandchildren, Megan Hill, Cordell Hill, and Bradley Modlin; brothers, Henry Chubbie and Elmer Bacon; sister Pauline Small; and one of her best friends, Ramona Sumner. She is survived by sons, Russell Lawrence with wife Joyce of Rockwell, Texas, Leroy Lawrence Jr. of Durant, and David Calvin Lawrence of Fort Worth, Texas; daughters, Charlotte Heady with husband Leeroy, and Dora Carlile with husband Jimmy, all of Hugo, Betsie Hunter of Stigler, and Loretta Manasco with husband David of Laurel, Miss.; sister Rosie Bamburg of California; 16 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and her best friend, Shelba Robertson of Hugo.