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  • Charlie Frank Ogletree

    Charlie Frank Ogletree

    Born: 2/2/1920

    Died: 2/29/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

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    Charlie Frank Ogletree, 84, passed away February 29, 2004, in St. Helena, California. He was born February 2, 1920, in Indianola, Oklahoma, to Katie Gertrude Nale and Charlie Frank Ogletree.

    Charlie came to the Napa Valley in the late 1930s. During those first years in the valley, Charlie Frank worked at various ranches and also Oakville Grocery Store. Due to an early injury in his teens, he was not able to enlist in the military. He contributed to the war effort by working as a welder at Mare Island Shipyard. This is where he learned the welding and steel trade and met his sweetheart and wife of 56 years, LaVerne.

    After leaving Mare Island, Charlie Frank and LaVerne decided to go into their own business. They first opened Ogletree’s Machine Shop. Then they decided to build low-income apartments after seeing the need for housing for the elderly on a fixed income. His sons are still operating both of these businesses today. His contributions to the community are many and include a four-year term on the city council, driving an ambulance for Morrison Funeral Home, the Food Pantry and Brown Bag program, volunteer police reserves and a 54-year dedicated member of the Masonic Lodge. He was always interested and supportive of organizations that would better the lives of other Native Americans, specifically Native American children.

    Charlie Frank enjoyed big game hunting and trophy fishing. He enjoyed all outdoor activities and vacations were most often spent camping. He owned a ranch in Oroville and loved going up there whenever time allowed. In Oroville, he enjoyed raising his own vegetables and stock for meat. He built his home in St. Helena so family and friends would surround him, which was the most important thing in Charlie Frank’s life. When at home there he always had a small vegetable garden and all envied his tomatoes.

    Not always having as intense a commitment to raising dozens of cats and small pets, including squirrels and birds, as his wife, LaVerne, in her memory Charlie Frank continued to nurture and care for these critters after his wife’s passing two years prior to his own. This provided him comfort and company during his last years.

    Survivors include his daughter, Dorothy, and her husband, Mike, of Oroville; his sons, Ron, and wife, Sally; Bob and wife, Karen, Bill and Tod, all of St. Helena; two sisters, Meda and her husband, Cy Maxwell, of Placerville and Tilla Neller of St. Helena; brother, Larry McKivergan and wife, Beverly, of Antioch; 16 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and several cousins in Oklahoma, Alabama and Georgia.

  • Mary Sue Owen

    Mary Sue Owen

    Born: 3/25/1934

    Died: 4/16/2004

    Maiden Name: Crowder

    Honorific: n/a

    Mary Sue Owen, 70, of Unger, Oklahoma, passed away April 16, 2004, at the Antlers Nursing Home after a four-month illness. She was born March 25, 1934, to Thomas G. Crowder and Lola Sleepy Edge Crowder.

    Mary lived most of her life in the Boswell area, her home at Unger. She was a retired cook and of the Jesus Name Pentecostal faith.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Willliam Owen, and a brother, Clark Crowder.

    Survivors include a son, Richard F. Owen of Bokchito; two daughters, Melody Beddo of Denison, Texas, and Pamela Beddo of Talihina; one sister, Gail West of Unger; three brothers, Tommy Crowder of Unger, Julius Dude Crowder of Boswell, and Ed Crowder of Shawnee, Oklahoma; eight grandchildren, Jennifer Turner, Ronnie Hampton Jr., Israel Beddo, Crystal James, Ramey Simpson, Bill Beach, and Kandice and John Thomas Owen; six great-grandchildren, Tyler and Kylee Hampton, Virginia and Ethan Beddo, Kaytlin Beach and Gracie Simpson.

    Many thanks to precious sister-in-law Dorothy Crowder and numerous friends and relatives.

    Mary Sue will be forever loved and missed and always in our hearts.

  • Chester D. Oakes

    Chester D. Oakes

    Born: 9/7/1908

    Died: 7/26/1998

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    Chester D. Oakes, age 89, of Paris, Texas was born September 7, 1908 in Hugo, Oklahoma to George W. and Rose Buchanan Oakes. He passed away Sunday, July 26, 1998 in McCuistion Hospital.

    He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church and served as Justice of the Peace in Prec. 5, Place 2 from 1971 to 1979 and in Pre. 5, Place 1 from 1981 until 1988.

    Chester enjoyed baseball and coached many young people in Paris. He had a great love of people and family, having married many couples in the Paris area. Two of Mr. Oaks favorite saying where: Anyway I can help, you let me know, and Be careful.

    He married Ester Young on March 11, 1930 in Hugo.

    Chester was a member of the Choctaw Tribe and attended school at Goodland Academy for Indian Children and Jones Academy.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, three sisters, and an infant son, Mickie Harold.

    Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Ester Oakes of Paris, three sons, Winford Oakes and wife, Martha, of Joshua, Texas, Boyce Oakes and wife, Milly , of Austin, Texas and Larry Oakes and wife, Patti, of San Antonio, Texas; two daughters, Karon Floyd and husband, Gary, and sons, Kasey and Jeffrey, of Paris and Donna Manning and husband, Earnie , of Carrollton, Texas; sister, Marie Watson of Paris; 12 grandchildren.

  • Patsy Ruth Tollett Oglesbee

    Patsy Ruth Tollett Oglesbee

    Born: 1/1/1901

    Died: 10/15/2001

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Patsy Ruth Tollett Oglesbee was born the daughter of L.B. and Carrie Tollett in Non, Oklahoma, where she was raised and attended Non School. She graduated High school at Gerty, Oklahoma and trained as a surgical nurse at the Muskogee General Hospital. She met John Oglesbee in Muskogee and they were married at Denton, Texas on December 25, 1959. She became a full-time homemaker, raising four children and sustaining her husband through medical school and 31 years of medical practice. She was making her home in Grove, Oklahoma when she passed away at Tahlequah, Oklahoma on October 15, 2001.

    Patsy was saved in the Missionary Baptist Church at Non and was a faithful Christian all her life. She was a member of the Antioch Missionary Baptist Mission in Carthage, Missouri at the time of her death.

    Survivors include her husband, Dr. John Oglesbee of the home; four children, Jonathan Oglesbee and Robin Oglesbee, both of Tahlequah, Patricia Hanks of Lanagan, Missouri and Mary Wood of Lakewood, Washington; her mother, carrie Tollett of Allen, Oklahoma; two brothers, Bobby Joe Tollett of Holdenville, Oklahoma and Bufford Dwayne Tollett of Allen; a sister, Barbara Boyd of Allen; 14 grandchildren, John Adam, Patrick, Nathan, Rebecca, Natalie, Paul, Will, Samantha and Jennifer Oglesbee, Dayton, Gabriel and Autumn Hanks, Zachary and Nicholas Wood; and a host of cousins and other relatives.

  • Benjamin Arvel Olsen

    Benjamin Arvel Olsen

    Born: 11/3/1915

    Died: 4/29/2000

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    Benjamin Arvel Olsen, 84, of Calera, Oklahoma passed away Saturday, April 29, 2000 at the Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma in Durant, Oklahoma. He was born November 3, 1915 in Cade, Oklahoma to Thomas A. and Sarah Ethel Lindsey Olsen.

    Mr. Olsen attended Boswell and Cade schools. He married Ruth Elizabrth Wortham on September 24, 1938 in Hugo, Oklahoma. He was a farmer who was active in the Farmers Union and Rural Development. He lived most of his life in the Calers area and was of the Baptist faith.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Cecil Olsen, in 1983 and sister, Ada Busby, in 1967.

    Survivors include his wife of the home; sons, Donald Lee Olsen and wife, Janice of Bokchito, Oklahoma and Benny Olsen and wife, Jeannie of Achille, Oklahoma; daughters, Glenda Moore and husband, Floyd, of Oklahoma City, Zelda Brady of the home and Dalphine Kelley and husband, Bill, of Garland, Texas; brothers, Willard Olsen and wife, Faye, of Atoka, Oklahoma and Tommy Olsen of Moyers, Oklahoma; sisters, Dora Lee Barnett and husband, Alton, of Odessa, Texas; sister-in-law, Ellen Olsen of Choctaw, Oklahoma; 14 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and numerous other relatives and friends.

  • Ola Pauline Owens

    Ola Pauline Owens

    Born: 3/12/1910

    Died: 6/19/2006

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    Ola Pauline Owens passed away June 19, 2006. She was born March 12, 1910, in Purdy, Oklahoma, to John Candy Farris and Martha Elizabeth Freeney. Her family moved to Phoenix, Arizona, in 1919 and she had been a resident of Gila Valley since 1962.

    She was endowed with many talents, capabilities and abilities so that she would be a blessing to her family and friends. As a natural homemaker, she was a loving wife, mother, grandmother to three generations and a wonderful friend.

    She was preceded in death by her devoted husband of 59 years, Lloyd Swenton Owens; her son, Jerry Lee; grandsons, Vince, Travis and Monte, and granddaughter, Bunny.

    Survivors include two sons, Ben and Steve, and two daughters, Norma and Linda, as well as her 15 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and her 21 great-great-grandchildren.

    Ola Pauline Owens

  • Marie Orman

    Marie Orman

    Born: 11/18/1920

    Died: 8/26/2006

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Marie Orman, 85, of Stigler, Oklahoma, passed away August 26, 2006, in Muskogee, Oklahoma. She was born November 18, 1920, in McCurtain, Oklahoma, to Wilburn and Lizzie Johnson James.

    Marie was preceded in death by son Ramsey Lee Thompson Jr.; daughter Evylena Thompson, Wilburn James and Lizzie James, and her husband, Joe Orman.

    Survivors include four daughters, Carol Doecha Harris and husband, Carson, of Star, Oklahoma, Betty Tanner and husband, George, of Eufaula, Rosetta Copeman and husband, Charles, of Stigler and Linda Nunn and husband, Bill, of Stigler; three granddaughters, Marilyn Bullock, Gwendolyn Leflore and Deborah Darrow; five grandsons.

    Marie Orman

  • Darlene Onstott

    Darlene Onstott

    Born: 2/27/1942

    Died: 7/4/1997

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Darlene Onstott passed on to be with Jesus on July 4, 1997. She was born on February 27, 1942 in Concord, California to Robert Onstott and Jewel Green Onstott, whose grandmother was featured in an article in the June 1997 BISHINIK titled, Elizabeth lizzie Barnett, resident of McClain County for many years.

    Intensely proud of her Choctaw roots, she was well respected as an honest and hard working lady, one who lived well by her Christianity.

    She is survived by her husband, Paul Lane; three children, Craig M. Boeger, Scott M. Boeger and Tracy A. Boeger; siblings, Robert Onstott, Lillian Onstott Blumer, Dwayne Onstott and Don Onstott. She is greatly missed.

  • Rebecca Lynn O'Donnell

    Rebecca Lynn O’Donnell

    Born: 1/2/1960

    Died: 10/4/2008

    Maiden Name: Hill

    Honorific: n/a

    Rebecca Lynn O’Donnell passed away on October 4, 2008. She was born on January 2, 1960, to Othel Hill and Doris Green Hill.

    Rebecca, known locally as Miss Becky, was a woman strong in spirit, especially in her battle with cancer. We were fortunate to have her in our lives and be touched by her.

    Rebecca is survived by her husband, Robert Kyle O’Donnell; brothers, Gerald and Wesley; and sisters, Dorothy, Joyce and Deborah; children from a previous marriage to Jim Lee Turpin, Georgian, Faith and Jimmy Lee Turpin; grandchildren, Joshua, Chance, Cash, Kian, Kyle and Corinne.

    Rebecca Lynn O'Donnell

  • Benjamin Loftus Olsen

    Benjamin Loftus Olsen

    Born: 12/23/1890

    Died: 5/11/1989

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Benjamin Loftus Olsen, an original enrolled Choctaw, died May 11, 1989, at the age of 98. He was born in Jackson County, Choctaw Nation, December 23, 1890. He attended Chishichtok Mission School.

    He married Dona McCuen in 1911.

    Their Children are Bennie Olsen of Lawton, Neva Holloway of Durant and Esther Cummings of Bokchito.

    Mr. Olsen was the son of Benjamin Olsen, a Norwegian emigrant, and Sarah Ann Smallwood of Nelson, Choctaw Nation. His grandparents were William Smallwood and Mary Barefeld of Nelson, both of whom had been in the Choctaw Removal from Mississippi.

    Mr. Olsen had been a farmer, carpenter, and a school bus driver at Boswell before retirement. He loved to hunt and fish. He never lived far from Boggy Creek which he fished all his life. His coon and fox hounds were family members. He will be greatly missed by his three children, five grand-children, eleven great-grandchildren and six great-great-granddaughters, many relatives, and a host of friends.

  • Thomas Edwin Oakes Sr.

    Thomas Edwin Oakes Sr.

    Born: 1/23/1919

    Died: 11/21/2005

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    Thomas Edwin Oakes Sr. passed away November 21, 2005. He was born January 23, 1919, in Soper to Edgar Omega and Annie Marie Rives Oakes.

    He lived in Choctaw County until he enlisted in the Army Air Corps after high school graduation. This began his 25-year career in the Air Force which took him to Texas, Italy, Florida, Japan and California. After the Air Force he continued working with the federal government for 15 more years.

    He married Mary Lucille McWaters in 1943 and remained married to her until her death in 2003. They had a son, Thomas Jr., and a daughter, Linda Nell. In 2002, they moved to a senior apartment in Minnesota near their daughter.

    He was also preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Edgar and Jack; sister, Nadine Hamby Petty; and an infant sister.

    Survivors include his daughter, Linda, and son, Thomas Jr. and wife, Nila; grandsons, Daniel and Christopher Oakes; one brother, Robert Oakes and wife, Connie, of Decatur; three sisters, Wilma Hammond, Edna Montgomery Loftin and Betty Lyles and husband, Roy, of Hugo; and several nieces and nephews.

  • Michael E. Bear Oakes

    Michael E. Bear Oakes

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    Michael E. Bear Oakes

  • Sylvia June Bohanon O'Hickey

    Sylvia June Bohanon O’Hickey

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    Sylvia June Bohanon O'Hickey

  • Velma M. O'Rielly

    Velma M. O’Rielly

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    Velma M. O'Rielly

  • Donald Olsen

    Donald Olsen

    Born: 11/22/1941 Died: 08/01/2011 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a

    Donald Lee Olsen, 69, of Bokchito, passed away on Aug. 1, 2011, in Oklahoma City. Donald was born on Nov. 22, 1941, in Lindsey, Calif., to Benjamin Arvel and Ruth Elizabeth (Wortham) Olsen. He has lived in the Bryan County area most of his life and he graduated from Boswell High School. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy until his honorable discharge. He retired from Oscar Mayer after many years of service. Donald is a member of the Kemp First Baptist Church. He loved collecting junk to work on, going to auctions and gardening. He is preceded in death by his parents and grandparents. Donald is survived by his daughter, Darla Dian Gensen with husband Carl of Cabot, Ark.; two sons, David Dwain Olsen of Denton, Texas, and James Don Olsen of Bokchito, with fiancé LaDon Smith of Boswell; three sisters, Glenda Moore with husband Floyd of Boswell, Zelda Brady of Colbert and Dalphine Kelley with husband Billy of Sherman, Texas; one brother, Benny Wayne Olsen with wife Jeannie of Achille; and the mother of his children, Janice Gay Olsen of Sherman.

  • Shelly Ody

    Shelly Ody

    Born: 03/01/1966 Died: 07/16/1990 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a

    Shelly Denise Strait Ody, 46, passed away July 16, 2011, in Whittier, Calif. Shelly was born on March 1, 1966, in Los Angeles and was the twin of Kelly Dean Strait who passed away on May 11, 1990. Shelly loved to play jokes and her laughter will be missed. She cherished her family and being a mother to her four daughters was most important to her. She enjoyed working with children and worked as a School Aid at McKibben Elementary School in Whittier, where she also worked on the McKibben PTA, serving as its president for multiple years. Shelly loved being a Choctaw, attending the Okla Chahta Gathering in Bakersfield and many pow wows in the Southern California area. Shelly was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Myrtle Strait; her twin brother, Kelly Strait; sister Brenda Strait; and nephew Nicholas Jaragowsky. She is survived by her loving family which consisted of husband Steve Ody; daughters, Tess Gamble, Alison Ody, Samantha Ody, and Jennifer Ody; grandson Logan Chassereau; brother Gary Strait, sisters, Pam Reeder, Kathy Strait and Theresa Schulte; brothers-in-law, Ron Reeder and Mike Schulte; nieces, Lindsay Reeder and Nina Sandoval; nephews, Bill and Justin Heddy; one grandnephew and one grandniece; Ron Strait; a large extended family and many, many friends.

  • Bennie Olsen

    Bennie Olsen

    Born: 10/10/1912 Died: 01/01/1901 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a

    Bennie F. Olsen, 82, of Lawton, Oklahoma passed away. He was born on October 10, 1912 in Boswell, Oklahoma where he grew up. He married Alta M. Baughman on August 3, 1934 in Durant, Oklahoma. He farmed until coming to Lawton in 1940. He was employed by Johnson Milk and Ice Cream Company in Lawton from 1940-1978. Mr. Olsen was a member of Central Baptist church He was preceded in death by one sister, Neva Holloway in 1991. Survivors include his wife of the home,; two daughters, Benna Morgford of Irving, Texas and Sarah Ann Vaughn of Oklahoma City; a sister Ester Cumings of Talihina, Oklahoma; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Central Baptist Church Library Fund, 9th and B ave., Lawton, Oklahoma 73501