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  • Bill Pappan

    Bill Pappan

    Born: 10/11/1923

    Died: 4/19/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Bill Pappan, 80, of Oklahoma City passed away April 19, 2004, in Oklahoma City. He was born October 11, 1923, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to William and Grace (Maxfield) Pappan.

    Bill graduated from Chilocco High School and lived in the Midwest City area for over 50 years. He served in the Air Force during World War II, was a purchasing supervisor at Tinker AFB and retired in 1980 after 35 years. He was a Presbyterian and liked golf.

    His parents; wife, Loretta; son, Bill, and two sisters, Carolyn Walkabout and Jerry Crow, preceded him in death.

    Survivors include a son, Jeff Pappan and wife, Victoria, of Kennewick, Washington; daughters, Sandy Reed and Grace Kostiuk and husband, Stefan, all of Oklahoma City; brother, Steven Mac Maxfield and wife, Carmen, of San Diego, California; two granddaughters, Jordan Dwight and Alena Pappan; nephew, Jerry Walkabout, and many other relatives and friends.

  • Roger James Phillips

    Roger James Phillips

    Born: 4/20/1943

    Died: 6/26/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Roger James Phillips, 61, of Hugo, Oklahoma, passed away June 26, 2004, at the Veterans Hospital in Dallas, Texas. He was born April 20, 1943, in Boswell, Oklahoma, the son of Custer and Alma Jacob Phillips.

    He lived in the area most of his life, traveling the United States working for Brown and Root as an iron worker. He also served in the U.S. Army.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Eric Phillips, and one brother, Anthony Phillips.

    Survivors include a daughter, Marsha Houston of Dallas, Texas; two stepsons, Joseph Houston and Anthony Markham of Dallas; a brother, Eugene Phillips of Boswell; four sisters, Janet Phillips of Boswell, Marcline Lawson of Avenger, Texas, Leona Vaughn of Hugo and Christina James of Boswell, and five grandchildren.

  • Oda Viola Potts

    Oda Viola Potts

    Born: 1/1/1910

    Died: 5/27/2004

    Maiden Name: Pebsworth

    Honorific: n/a

    Services were held for Oda Viola Potts of McAlester, Oklahoma, on May 27, 2004. Born January 1, 1910, the daughter of James Lee Pebsworth, an original enrollee, and Mary McKinney Pebsworth, she grew up and attended school in the Ada, Oklahoma, area.

    She and her husband, Harvey Potts, owned and operated leather shops in New Mexico, Texas and California. She lived in Hugo, Oklahoma, for a number of years and they owned a shoe and boot shop there. She later moved to Wills Point, Texas, where she and her son, Rudy, owned and operated a shop until his death in 1994. Well-known for her work with riding clubs and junior rodeos, she enjoyed working with the young people. She was nominated to be inducted into the Cowgirl Western Heritage Hall of Fame, Ft. Worth, Texas. She was of the Baptist faith and a member of the Rebekah Lodge Order.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey Potts, and son, Rudy, and his infant daughter.

    Survivors include son, Gary Potts of Dallas, Texas; daughter, Judy, and husband, Sam Osborne, of McAlester, Oklahoma; brother, Cecil Pebsworth of Mountainview, California; sister and brother-in-law, Wana and Ralph Paulsen of Cottonwood, California; grandchildren and spouses, Barry and Pat Potts of Longview, Texas, Ricky and Darlene Potts of Terrell, Texas, Rudy and Bertha Potts of Wills Point, Texas, David and Charissa Horne of Mountainview, Lori and Allen Sensibaugh of McAlester, and three grandchildren of Gary Potts of Dallas; seven great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

    Oda Viola Potts

  • Calvin Dean Prock Sr.

    Calvin Dean Prock Sr.

    Born: n/a

    Died: 6/11/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Calvin Dean Prock Sr., 72, passed away Friday, June 11, 2004, along with his son, Lester Ray Prock, in a truck and car accident in Oklahoma City. He made his home with Lester and his family in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Calvin was a linotype operator and had worked in Oklahoma City, Seminole and Ada. He attended Jones Male Academy, Hartshorne, Oklahoma, and graduated from Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kansas.

    He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Lester Jefferson and Robert Prock.

    Survivors include daughter-in-law Linda Prock of Shawnee; three daughters, Leila Prock of Rochester, New York, Phyllis Prock of Hawthorne, New Jersey, and Dianna Macais of Madison, Wisconsin; two sons, Calvin Dean Prock II of Rochester and Charles Prock and wife, Sherry, of Oklahoma City; three sisters, Doris and husband, Benny Grayham, of Oklahoma City, Mattie Jones of Kiowa, Oklahoma, and Anna Nance of Fresno, California; brother, V.W. Buster Jefferson and wife, Jerry, of Oklahoma City; 12 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

    Calvin Dean Prock Sr.

  • Helen (Barnett) Philippi

    Helen (Barnett) Philippi

    Born: 1915

    Died: 6/3/2004

    Maiden Name: Barnett

    Honorific: n/a

    Helen (Barnett) Philippi, 88, passed away June 3, 2004, in Honolulu, Hawaii. She was born in 1915 in Stonewall, Oklahoma, the daughter of Ella (Barnett) and John A. Cowling, originally of Cowlington, Oklahoma.

    She was raised in McAlester, Oklahoma, married Roy Edward Philippi, also of McAlester, and moved to Hawaii in 1938. On December 7, 1941, while her husband, who was a civilian employee at Pearl Harbor, fought fires and helped to pull wounded sailors from Harbor waters, Helen stood on Kailua Beach, holding her eight-month-daughter and watching U.S. pilots from Kaneohe Naval Air Station follow a Japanese plane flying at the level of the coconut trees in front of their Kailua home.

    From an early age she had a very active life as a volunteer. She was a member of Assembly No. 1, Order of the Rainbow for Girls which began in McAlester, and her daughters and granddaughters were also very active in Rainbow in Hawaii and California. She was active in the Daughters of the Nile where she spent many hours working to support the children at the Honolulu Shriners Hospital for Children; and the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a Girl Scout leader and camp counselor; a teacher at Castle High School in Kaneohe, and retired as Vice President of Personnel for Andrade and Co. in Honolulu. Helen’s kind and generous spirit made friends of most everyone she met. She was a strong, positive and loving influence on her family and friends, and will be truly missed.

    Helen was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Roy; a brother, Kelly Cowling, and four sisters, Lorita Merrill, Frankie Newcomb, Louellyn Combs and Carolyn Cowling.

    Survivors include daughters, Louise Philippi-Derr of Chico, California, and Joan Navales of Aiea, Hawaii, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

  • Ethel Mae (Johnson) Perry

    Ethel Mae (Johnson) Perry

    Born: 8/30/1908

    Died: 7/26/2004

    Maiden Name: Johnson

    Honorific: n/a

    Ethel Mae (Johnson) Perry, 95, of Keota, Oklahoma, passed away July 26, 2004, at Stigler, Oklahoma. She was born August 30, 1908, in Haskell County, Oklahoma, to Alexander and Elizabeth Johnson.

    She was a member of the Only Way Baptist Church.

    Preceding her in death were her husband, Charlie Perry; a son, Julus; daughter, Lenora Davis; her brothers, sisters and parents.

    Survivors include one daughter, Alice Pauline Tom of Red Oak, Oklahoma; one son, Albert Perry Jr., of Keota; 16 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and great-great-great-grandchildren.

  • Alfred Junior Pearce

    Alfred Junior Pearce

    Born: n/a

    Died: 1/1/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Alfred Junior Pearce, 84, passed away at his home in Hemet, California. Born in Oklahoma, Mr. Pearce lived in Hemet 47 years. He was a general contractor in Arcadia and Hemet for 40 years.

    He graduated from Hartshorne High School in 1938 and attended A&M College before moving to California.

    Mr. Pearce served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

    Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Alta; four daughters, Sharon of Oregon, Bille Kercmar of Hemet, Teresa of Oregon and Patricia Partridge of Arizona; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Anna Lois Klein of LaQuinta, and a brother, James of LaQuinta.

  • Sham Parish

    Sham Parish

    Born: 8/17/1915

    Died: 5/10/1998

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Sham Parish, age 82, a lifelong resident of Antlers, Oklahoma passed away on May 10, 1998. He was born on August 17, 1915 in Darwin.

    He was a retired sawmill worker and a member of the Methodist Church. He enjoyed auctions and playing dominoes.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Elias and Melissa Parish; his wife, Anna Mae Parish; one son, Mark Dewayne Parish, and two brothers, Noah and Elijah Parish.

    Survivors include two sons, Sham Parish, Jr. of Hollywood, Florida and Larry Parish of Muskogee; five daughters, Sina Hopper of Harrah, Oklahoma, Mary Butler of Antlers, Fay Cleveland of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Lucille Loman of Midwest City, Oklahoma and Francine Thornton of Tulsa, Oklahoma; one step-daughter, Ruth Gibson of Oklahoma City; one brother, Sampson Parish of Darwin; one sister Elizabeth McKenzie of McAlester; one niece, Eva Parish of Corona, California; 20 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

  • Minnie Pearson

    Minnie Pearson

    Born: 6/26/1912

    Died: 7/23/1998

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    MMinnie Pearson, age 86, passed away on July 23, 1998 in Wilburton, Oklahoma. She was born on June 26, 1912 in Wilburton to Joe and Nancy J. (Jones) Pebworth. She lived in this area most of her life and married Busby (Red) L. Warford on March 19, 1932 and he passed away in 1947. She then married Albert L. Pearson on January 22, 1948 who passed away in 1969.

    She was also preceded in death by her parents; one son, Richard Lee Warford, and two grandchildren.

    Survivors include two daughters, Hazel L. Warford Hollis of McAlester, Oklahoma and Hope Pearson Bench of County Line; two sons, Clifford E. Warford of Granbury, Texas and Albert Pearson, Jr., of Wilburton; two sisters, Mildred Toombs of Okmulgee, Oklahoma and Alberta Studerman of Wiburton; 12 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

  • Paul L. Pierce II

    Paul L. Pierce II

    Born: 12/13/1957

    Died: 9/11/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Paul L. Rocky Pierce, 46, passed away September 11, 2004, at his home in Missoula, Montana. He was born on December 13, 1957, at Offutt Air Force Base, Omaha, Nebraska. He grew up in Burbank, California, where he was a star Little League pitcher. It was in California that he learned to surf and it was through this that he developed his love for the ocean.

    Rocky was a dreamer who had an adventurous, poetic and passionate spirit that took him all over the country. His dreams and his attraction to the sea took him to Hawaii as well as to the Virgin Islands where he ran a small fishing and sailboat rental company on the bay. He dreamed of someday becoming a proficient diver and boat captain.

    Everyone who knew Rocky enjoyed his easy-going nature, generosity of spirit, and sense of humor. A natural comic, he could find humor in almost any situation. In his life, Rocky was also a roofer, handyman, runner, mountain biker, storyteller, musician, and philosopher. Most important to him though, was his beloved son, Jack, whose birth eleven years ago changed Rocky’s life forever. He was so very proud of Jack and loved him more than anything. From the moment Jack took his first breath, Rocky found new purpose and meaning. We will miss Rocky’s accents and the faces he would make. We will miss the pleasure and humor he could find in simple things. Above all else, we will miss his huge heart, which loved so much it hurt. Only someone who loved so much, could suffer so greatly. Solace can be found in knowing that his spirit is free to return to the ocean that he felt such a connection to.

    He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Blackie Chock Jennings; grandmother, Eula; aunts, Paula and Gig; uncles, Sonny, George and Darnell; and cousins, Eric, Donna and David.

    Survivors include his son, Jack; mother, Bobi; stepfather, Rusty; sister, Michelle; niece, Sunshine; grand-nephew, David; two aunts, Linda and Penny, and numerous cousins.

    Paul L. Pierce II

  • Paul Henry Perkins

    Paul Henry Perkins

    Born: 4/20/1922

    Died: 7/6/2000

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Paul Henry Perkins, 78, passed away July 6, 2000. He was born April 20, 1922 in . Caney, Oklahoma to Noah and Jincy Perkins. He met and married Tillie Cole Perkins and they had seven children.

    Mr. Perkins was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served and fought during World War II in North Africa, France and Italy. He later earned the Silver Star, the second highest honor in the nation.

    He received a certificate from a technical trading school in Okmulgee.

    In 1957, the couple made their home in California where he worked as a heavy equipment operator for many years until he retired. After the death of his wife, he lived with his son in Idaho for a year and later returned to Atoka where he resided until his passing.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son, Lewis Paul Perkins; daughter, Dolores Kay Perkins; sisters, Alene Tucker, Ozella Woolsey, Lillie Trimmer and Lula Gay; brothers, Silas James Perkins and Impson Perkins, and two grandchildren.

    Survivors include his sister, Ida Perkins, and her husband, Bill, of Caney; sons, Be-Arker ‘Tinker’ Perkins and wife, Donna, of Pocatello, Idaho, Phillip Perkins, Sr. and wife, Gloria, of St. Michaels, Arizona, Keith Perkins and James Perkins, both of Anaheim, California, and Noah Bo” Perkins of Durant, Oklahoma and numerous nieces nephews and grandchildren.

    Paul Henry Perkins

  • Mary Adeline (Boland) Power

    Mary Adeline (Boland) Power

    Born: 2/6/1914

    Died: 12/10/2004

    Maiden Name: Boland

    Honorific: n/a

    Mary Adeline (Boland) Power passed away December 10, 2004, at the Caddo Nursing Home, Caddo, Oklahoma. She was born February 6, 1914, in Caddo to John L. Boland and Elizabeth Marie Turnbull, an original enrollee.

    She attended Caddo Public Schools and graduated from Southeastern State College in 1935. She worked at the Durant Democrat and Caddo Herald until 1941. She married William Horace Power in 1937 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.

  • Michael Preston Pebsworth

    Michael Preston Pebsworth

    Born: n/a

    Died: 2/6/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Michael Preston Pebsworth, 51, of Wasilla, Alaska, passed away February 6, 2004, at his home. He was born January 14, 1953, in Birmingham, Alabama, and grew up in Oklahoma.

    He moved to Alaska in June 1966. He graduated from Dimond High School in 1971 and received his bachelor of science degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

    Mr. Pebsworth served overseas in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged. He was the owner and operator of Preston Homes Construction Co., a master builder of residential and commercial dwellings in the Matanuska Valley for more than 20 years. He was an ICC certified inspector, plans examiner, and mechanical and residential combination inspector. He was also an aircraft mechanic.

  • Ruth Jean Pilkinton

    Ruth Jean Pilkinton

    Born: 12/11/1930

    Died: 5/12/2003

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Ruth Jean Pilkinton, 72, passed away May 12, 2003. She was born December 11, 1930.

    She was preceded in death by her husdand, Charles G. Pilkinton, Sr.; daughter, Merilyn Richardson, and a son, Ronnie Dee Pilkinton.

    Survivors include her sons, Charles G. Pilkinton, Jr. and Grady Earl Pilkinton, both of Durant, Oklahoma, David Lee Pilkinton of Garland, Texas, and Daniel Norris Pilkinton of Tampa, Florida; daughters, Betty Ruth West and Georgia Fay Huffman, both of Dallas, Texas, Charlotte Baker of Durant and Loretta Larch of Richardson, Texas; brothers, James E. Ludlow of Hartsthorne, Oklahoma, Ellis E. Ludlow, Jr. of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, Willie Ludlow of Durant and Sham Ludlow of Farmers Branch, Texas; sisters, Pearlyene Carnes od Durant and Merrill Thomas od Denison, Texas.

  • Ted Perry

    Ted Perry

    Born: 4/23/1934

    Died: 5/16/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Ted Perry, 71, of Stigler, Oklahoma, passed away May 16, 2005, at his home. He was born April 23, 1934, in Stigler to Houston Perry and Ola Mae Perry. He grew up at Havana where he received his formal education. Mr. Perry made his home in Dallas, Texas, for several years before moving to Chicago where he began a career with Am-Track. His career spanned some 32 years, and he was a conductor at the time of his retirement. He made his home in Stigler following retirement in 1996.

    His parents preceded him in death.

    Survivors include four brothers, Jerry Perry, Burt Perry and wife, Vivian, Gerald Perry and wife, Debra, and Ron Perry and wife, Sherry; and one sister, Linda York, all of Stigler; two aunts, Ona Perry and Ilena Krausch, both of Stigler; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

  • Elizabeth "Betty Jo" Prince

    Elizabeth “Betty Jo” Prince

    Born: 11/29/1939

    Died: 5/25/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Elizabeth “Betty Jo” Prince, 65, passed away May 25, 2005, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was born November 29, 1939, in Durant, the daughter of William Haskell and Helen Iva Clayton Prince. She was raised predominantly in Stigler, Oklahoma, and lived in Eufaula, Oklahoma, at the time of her death.

    She received a bachelor’s degree in speech/psychology and a master’s degree in counseling/junior college education from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah in the early 1970s. She worked in counseling and teaching roles for Sapulpa schools, American Christian College in Tulsa, and Rose State College in Midwest City. She also had been involved with the United Way and the Boy Scouts of America.

    An enduring interest in her Choctaw heritage led her to research genealogy dating to 1500, making her a deep source of history for relatives. She also enjoyed drama, speech, debate and art, while once practicing skydiving and trick horseback riding.

    Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Barbara Elizabeth and Derrell W. Cox; son, Charles Allen Guy; and grandchildren, Rebekah R. Cox, Christopher D. Cox, Jeremiah W. Cox, Bethany K. Cox, Channah E. Cox, Jonathan G. Cox, Joshua P. Cox, Caitlyn I “Cayla” Cox and D. Clayton Cox.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; children, William James Bean, Jacquiline Jo Bean and William Brian Bean.

  • Clyde A. Pebworth

    Clyde A. Pebworth

    Born: 12/28/1933

    Died: 3/11/2003

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Clyde A. Pebworth, 69, of Stonwall, Oklahoma passed away March, 11, 2003 at Stonewall. He was born December 28, 1933 in Coalgate, Oklahoma to Preston Grant and Vera Ethel Locke Pebworth.

    Mr. Pebworth was a Korean War veteran and 32nd degree mason. He married Linda Pebworth on November 9, 1974 in Nashville, Tennesse.

    Survivors include his wife, Linda, of the home; three daughters, Erin Barton of Dubuque, Iowa, Marie Mulligan of Independence, Iowa and Shelly Lee of Minco, Oklahoma; three sisters, Ira Jean Pebworth of Madres, Oregon, June Loretta Greenwood of Ada, Oklahoma, and Barbara Lavern Galloway of Tyler, Texas; two brothers, Louise Grant Pebworth of Tupelo, Oklahoma and Alfred Grant Pebworth of Houston, Texas; and thirteen grandchildren.

  • Delores Plumlee

    Delores Plumlee

    Born: 5/4/1928

    Died: 3/14/2003

    Maiden Name: Landis

    Honorific: n/a

    Delores Plumlee, 74, of Salina. She was born May 4, 1928 in Tupelo, Oklahoma.

    Delores had lived in Salina since 1981, moving there from Pryor, Oklahoma. She attended school in Tupelo, graduating from Tupelo High School in 1947. Delores worked for Phoenix Federal Savings and Loan and retired in 1985. She had been Head Loan Officer, Vice President and Assistant Manager during her employment with Phoenix Federal. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, a lifetime member of the DAV Auxiliary, and a member of the Pryor Apostolic Church.

    Delores married Blackie Plumlee on October 13, 1981 in Miami, Oklahoma. She enjoyed crocheting, gardening and was an avid fisherwoman. She was most proud of her family. Her children and grandchildren meant everything to her and she will be greatly missed by all.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, William Henry and Jessie Landis; first husband, Marvin Joe Teel; brothers, Alvin Landis, Orval Landis, Davie Landis and Lee Landis; sisters, Thelma Cranfield and Nadine Harmen, and son-in-law, Delbert Wood.

    Survivors include her husband, Blackie (Raymond) Plumlee of the home; sons, Joe Don Teel and wife, Sharla, of Adair, Oklahoma and Raymond Plumlee and wife, Myrtle, of Claremore, Okalhoma; daughter, Judy Wood of Pryor, Judith Castor and husband, Kenneth, of San Antonio, Texas and Gwendolyn Edith Plumlee, and a brother Gail Landis of Tennessee.

  • Brian Long Pham, Sr.

    Brian Long Pham, Sr.

    Born: 2/7/1980

    Died: 1/8/2003

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Brian Long Pham, Sr., 22 of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma passed away Tuesday, January 8, 2003. He was born February 7, 1980 in Oklahoma City, the son of Sherry (McGuire) Beeler.

    He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Beatrice “Marie” Roy, and his aunt, Patricia “Trit” Hadley.

    Survivors include his mother and step-father, Sherry and Calvin Beeler of Stigler, Oklahoma; one brother, Sean McGuire of Stigler; one son, Brian Pham, Jr. of Oklahoma City; grandfathers, Harold “Gene” McGuire of Sallisaw, Oklahoma

  • David Andrew Powell

    David Andrew Powell

    Born: 3/17/1933

    Died: 11/3/2000

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    David Andrew Powell, 67, passed away Friday, November 3, 2000. He was born March 17, 1933 in Antlers, Oklahoma, living in Hemet nine years.

    He owned Boday Oil Co. in Homeland for nine years and was also the regional and district manager for Pioneer Texas Oil Co. in Texas. He enjoyed fishing and hunting.

    Survivors include his wife, Ardith; three sons, Shawn of Grand Junction, Colorado and Todd and David Jr., both of Langley, Oklahoma; four daughters, Linda Smith of Canon City, Colorado, Barbara Babe of Chesney, Kansas, Davine Ford of Magnolia, Texas and Tara Powell of Oklahoma; 19 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ted of Antlers and Neal of Tulsa, Oklahoma; and a sister, Mamie Thorburn of Springdale, Arkansas.

  • Helen Nadine (Oakes) Petty

    Helen Nadine (Oakes) Petty

    Born: 12/10/1921

    Died: 7/27/2001

    Maiden Name: Oakes

    Honorific: n/a

    Helen Nadine (Oakes) Petty, 79, of Hugo, Oklahoma passed away Friday, July 27, 2001 in Paris Texas. She was born December 10, 1921 in Soper, Oklahoma to Edger Omega and Annie Marie (Rives).

    She lived briefly in Oklahoma City where she married her late husband, Neely Petty in 1980. Nadine’s first marriage wa to Clifford Hamby in 1940.

    Both Clifford and Nadine were active in programs for Choctaw County. Youth Groups, FFA, FHA and worked with the Extension Service.

    The greatest love for Nadine, Neely and Clifford was the Jackson Street Church of Christ congregation. They were faithful members and cherished the brotherhood, where service, memorials and God’s blessings abound.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Clifford Hamby in 1977; her second husband, Neely Petty in 1988; two brothers and one sister.

    Survivors include two stepsons, Billy Petty of Houston, Texas and Ronald Petty and wife, Betty of Durant, Oklahoma; two brothers, Tom Oakes and wife, Lucille, of Wheatland, California and Robert Oakes and wife, Connie, of Decatur, Illinois; three sisters, Wilma Hammond, Edna Montgomery Loftin and husband, Ralf, and Betty Lyles and husband, Roy, all of Hugo, Oklahoma; two step-grandsons, two step-granddaughters, two step-great-grandsons, two step-granddaughters, two step-great-grandsons and many nieces and nephews whom she loved very much.

  • William Ray Pope

    William Ray Pope

    Born: 12/31/1929

    Died: 9/8/2001

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    William Ray Pope, 71, of Wewoka, Oklahoma passed away Saturday, September 8, 2001 at Holdenville Genreal Hospital. He was born December 31, 1929 in Quinton, Oklahoma to Noel and Judy (Sexton) Pope.

    Mr. Pope grew up and was educated in the Quinton area. He entered the U.S. Navy in 1953 and was stationed in Washington. After serving in the Korean War, he was dicharged from the Navy and remained in the Washington area for a number of years before moving to Wetumka and them Wewoka in 1996.

    Mr. Pope was a resident of the Elmwood Nursing Home in Wewoka.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Paul Pope, Embery Pope, Alfred Pope and Leroy Pope, and sisters, Millie Anderson, Lizzie Janes, Sue Amos and Frances Harrison.

    He is survived by on sister, Mattie Starr of Wewoka.

  • Teresa A. Baumstark Postoak

    Teresa A. Baumstark Postoak

    Born: 4/16/1950

    Died: 4/12/2000

    Maiden Name: Baumstark

    Honorific: n/a

    Teresa A. Braumstark Postoak, 49, passed away April 12, 2000 at Ardmore, Oklahoma. She was born April 16, 1950 at Ardmore to Sam and Bernice Gillard Postoak.

    A lifelong resident of Ardmore, she graduated from Plainview High School. She worked at the Uniroyal tire plant for 26 years. She was a member of McAlester Indian Baptist Church.

    She was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

    Survivors include one daughter, Ginger Wallace of Ardmore; six brothers, Calvin Postoak of Ft. Worth, Texas, John Poataok and Walter Postoak, both of Ardmore, Ed Postosk of Ada, Oklahoma, Wayne Postoak of Lawrence, Kansas and Keith Postoak of Dallas, Texas; five sisters, Marte Watson, Etta Johnson and Lucille Watson, all of Ardmore, Nora Birdshead of Anadarko, Oklahoma and Barbra Postoak of Oklahoma City; three grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and a special friend, Carl Baumstark.

  • Bobby Joe Palmer

    Bobby Joe Palmer

    Born: 10/9/1948

    Died: 9/28/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Bobby Joe Palmer, 56, passed away September 28, 2005. He was born October 9, 1948, in Ardmore to Edward Palmer and Mona Hattensty.

    Raised in Ardmore, he was a longtime resident of Talihina and former director of the Choctaw Nation Alcohol-Drug Recovery Center. He started alcohol-drug recovery centers for various Indian tribes across the United States for the past 25 years. He was a devout Christian and loved his family and friends. He enjoyed being active in outreach ministries where many have come to know Christ as their Savior.

    He and Ethel Lou Smith were married on September 19, 1984. She preceded him in death on September 3, 2004. He was also preceded in death by a son, Bobby Joe Palmer Jr.; his father, and a brother, Wilbur Palmer.

    Survivors include sons, Robert Palmer, Talihina, and Cpl. Jeremiah Palmer, 29 Palms, California; stepsons, Jason Smith, Norman, and Adrian Smith, Allen; daughters, Tjuana Hill, Mannsville, and Courtney Palmer, Ada; mother, Mona Hattensty, Ardmore; stepfather, Steve Bond; brothers, Edward A. Palmer, Durant, Steve R. Bond, Ardmore, and Melvin Palmer, Idabel; sisters, Carolyn Parker and Lisa Ingram, Ardmore, and Starr Linch, Tahlequah, and 10 grandchildren.

  • Jerry Lynn Parnell

    Jerry Lynn Parnell

    Born: 10/31/1955

    Died: 7/27/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Jerry Lynn Parnell, 49, of Lawton passed away July 27, 2005, in Lawton. He was born October 31, 1955, in Oklahoma City to Clifford and Barbara Jean Wimberley Parnell. He grew up in Oklahoma City and attended Capitol Hill High School.

    He was in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and was an electrician for 25 years. He led meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous and did volunteer work for the organization. He was the District Chairperson (DCM) for the AA for District 80 and recently earned his 10-year pin. He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church for eight years.

    He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Myrtle Wimberley; and a sister, Debra Jeanne Evans.

    Survivors include his mother of the home; a brother and sister-in-law, Ken and Sandra Evans, Colorado Springs, Colorado; a niece and her husband, Jason, and Cheryl Albro, Broken Arrow; and a great-niece and nephew, Nathan and Nicole Albro, Broken Arrow.

    Jerry Lynn Parnell

  • Ola Marie Patterson

    Ola Marie Patterson

    Born: n/a

    Died: 9/4/2000

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Ola Marie Patterson, 95, of Heavener, Oklahoma passed away Monday, September 4, 2000 in Macon, Mississippi.

  • William E. "Bill" Paddock

    William E. “Bill” Paddock

    Born: 1/13/1929

    Died: 10/30/1999

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    William E. “Bill” Paddock, 70, of Caddo, Oklahoma passed away Saturday, October 30, 1999 in Durant, Oklahoma. The son of Choctaw original enrollee William Henry and Gertrude Lilliam (Long) Paddock, he was born on Sunday, January 13, 1929, Bryan County, Oklahoma.

    Mr. Paddock was a carpenter, member of the Armstrong Baptist Church and loved to hunt and fish and to go to auctions. Her served in the Navy during World War II and in Japan after the bombing of Hiroshima.

  • Hagar Hatama Betts Pettigrew

    Hagar Hatama Betts Pettigrew

    Born: 8/6/1910

    Died: 10/25/2005

    Maiden Name: Betts

    Honorific: n/a

    Hagar Hatama Betts Pettigrew, 95, passed away peacefully at home on October 25, 2005. Born August 6, 1910, to David Clinton Betts and Emma Virginia Baxter Betts on the family’s Choctaw land allotment in what is now Atoka, Oklahoma, she was the seventh of nine children.

    Hagar married her sweetheart, Dewey Lee Pettigrew, and they met life’s challenges and shared its joys for nearly 72 years prior to his death in July 1998. One very difficult experience was the death of their firstborn, Anna Lou, due to childhood illness. Having lost one child already, it was not easy to send their oldest son to fight in Korea and their youngest to fight in Vietnam.

  • James David Price

    James David Price

    Born: 1/19/1942

    Died: 12/21/2006

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    James David Price, 64, retired engineer and devoted family man, was killed instantly on December 21, 2006, in an automobile accident. He was born January 19, 1942, in Hartshorne to Garret H. and Sarah Willis Price.

    David was equally proud of his Choctaw heritage and his academic achievements, including a B.S. from the University of California at Berkeley and a master’s degree from the University of San Francisco. David’s family moved to Antioch, California, in 1947 when he was 5 years old. After graduating from Antioch High, he attended Diablo Valley College and eventually transferred to UC Berkeley. After graduating from Cal, he was offered a position at Westinghouse in Newark, New Jersey, where he met his wife, Ellen.

    After a successful career at Westinghouse, David decided to seek greener pastures back in California. In 1979, the Price family, now sporting two children, landed in San Ramon, where they stayed for 20 years. During their time in San Ramon, David became heavily involved in his children’s activities, including many years as an accomplished baseball coach, producing one championship season yielding multiple trophies.

    When not going to Giants, Forty Niners, Cal Bears and New Jersey Devils games with family and friends, David enjoyed playing poker and Mexican horseshoes, brewing beer and barbecuing.

    After many years dedicated to providing for his family, David retired to enjoy helping his children with various engineering projects and babysitting. David was always eager to help anyone needing his assistance without hesitation.

    James David Price

  • Evelyn Billy Pickens

    Evelyn Billy Pickens

    Born: 12/31/1916

    Died: 2/3/1999

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Evelyn Billy Pickens, 82, of Durant, Oklahoma passed away Wednesday February 3, 1999 in Durant. The daughter of Williamson and Lucinda (Thompson) Billy, she was born Sunday, December 31, 1916, in McAlester, Oklahoma.

    Mrs. Pickens was a homemaker and member of Grace Indian Baptist Church.

    She married Eastman Pickens in Madill. He preceded her in death.

    She was also preceded in death by sisters, Naomi Billy and Christine Poyner; brothers, Schlicht Billy (Choctaw Code Talker), Lonnie Billy, James Billy and Loy Billy.

    Survivors include daughters, Linda Bundy and Suzanne Camp, both of Durant; a sister, Gladys Hosay of McAlester; granddaughters, Priscilla Powell, Dianne Camp, Tanya Thannisch, Victoria Camp, Evelyn Self, Melinda Self and Belinda Self, all of Durant; grandsons, Larry Camp, Michael Camp, Isaac Camp Jr., Wendell Camp and Quinton Camp, all of Durant; great-granddaughters, Khrystina Tannisch and Taloa Camp both of Durant, and Tabatha Camp of Achille, Oklahoma; and great-grandsons, Robert Dylan Powell, Joseph Pah-she-ka Easley, Avery Camp Brese, Joey Camp, Ryan Camp and Derick Camp, all of Durant.

  • Albert William Payton

    Albert William Payton

    Born: 2/21/1933

    Died: 2/8/1999

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Albert William Payton passed away February 8, 1999. He was born February 21, 1933 at Bennington, Oklahoma.

    He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a member of VFW Post 1695.

    He is survived by his wife, Sherma Morrell Payton; one son, William M. Payton; one daughter, Kim Payton; three granddaughters, Messica, McKenzie and baby daughter, and Sara Payton; daughter-in-law; brothers, Robert of Boswell, Oklahoma and Mack of Lubbock, Texas, and one sister, Pearl of Rodgers, Texas.

  • Betsy Phillips

    Betsy Phillips

    Born: n/a

    Died: 3/28/1999

    Maiden Name: Amos

    Honorific: n/a

    Betsy Phillips, Wynnewood, Oklahoma, passed away March 28, 1999 at the age of 77. Betsy was full-blood Mississippi Choctaw and an original enrollee. Betsy’s father was Bennet Amos.

    She has six sons and four daughters, two of which preceded her in death. She is also survived by several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a step son.

  • Preston Junior Pebworth

    Preston Junior Pebworth

    Born: 10/5/1928

    Died: 4/15/1997

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Preston Pebwroth age 68, of Eufaula, Oklahoma passed away at his home on April 15, 1997. He was born on October 5, 1928 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Preston Grant and Vera Ethel Pebworth; two sisters, Dorothy Lee and Geraldine and two brothers, Leslie Preston and Daniel Don.

    Survivors include his wife, Vester Lou of the home; three daughters, Shirley Burchett, Shelia Pebworth of Oklahoma City and Paula Pebworth of Washington; a son, Ted Pebworth of Washington; four sisters, Ira Jean Burleson of Oregon June Rogers, of Shawnee Oklahoma. Bobbie Galloway of Tyler Texas and Opal Dean of Wellington of Dallas Texas; three brothers, Clyde Alvin Pebworth of Stratford Oklahoma Alfred Grant Pebworth of Houston Texas and Lewis Grant Pebworth of Centrahoma, Oklahoma.

  • Cora Lee Peniska

    Cora Lee Peniska

    Born: 11/11/1923

    Died: 5/6/1997

    Maiden Name: Speers

    Honorific: n/a

    Cora Lee Peniska was born on November 11, 1923 in Talihina, Oklahoma to Caroline James Speers and George Speers. She passed away on May 6, 1997 in Downey, California.

    Cora Lee was an active member of the Native American Senior Citizens Group in City of Commerce, California.

    She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Mable Thomas and Juanita Williams.

    Survivors include her husband, Paul Perry Peniska of Bell, California and seven children, William Eugene Gross of Raytown, Missouri, Shirley Louise Williams of Bell, Wallace James Gross of Hominy, Oklahoma, Joel Andrew Gross of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, Yvonne Arriola of San Leandro, California, Ramsey Lee Thompson, Jr. of Vell and Eveylena Thompson of Paramount, California, 33 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren, and one great-grandchild on the way and many, many friends.

    Cora Lee was well loved by all who knew her and especially by her family who will miss her dearly, she is resting and at peace, her journey is over and a new life just beginning.

  • Hampton Polk

    Hampton Polk

    Born: 9/13/1932

    Died: 6/12/1997

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Hampton Polk of Bennington, Oklahoma was born to Willis and Annie E. (Carney) Polk on September 13, 1932 in Bennington. He passed away on June 12, 1997.

    Hampton was married to Ruth (Bully) Polk on May 23, 1966 in Durant, Oklahoma. He worked as a piano tuner. He was a member of the Sulphur Springs United Methodist Church; he was also a Lay Speaker for the church.

    He loved music and gospel music.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Willis and Annie Polk and his son, Darrell Polk who passed away in 1995.

    Survivors include his wife Ruth, two daughters, Lesha Polk of Durant, Oklahoma, Julie Ann Polk of Bennington; one brother, Dick Polk of Bennington; one sister, Sue Thompson of Wright City, Oklahoma and one grand-daughter, Jessica Polk of Bennington.

  • Johnie Mae Portman

    Johnie Mae Portman

    Born: 10/5/1908

    Died: 6/13/1997

    Maiden Name: Whitfield

    Honorific: n/a

    Johnie Mae Portman of Silo, Oklahoma was born October 5, 1908 in Weight City Oklahoma to John and Ida Whitfield. She passed away on June 13, 1997 in Calera, Oklahoma.

    She was married to Joe Portman on August 8, 1931. He passed away on December 26, 1981. She was a member of the Baptist faith. Her great-great-great-grandfather, Thomas LeFlore, brought the first Choctaws to Oklahoma. She loved to crochet, paint and make dolls. She was a retired school teacher of 25 years. She taught elementary school at Reynolds Chapel, Nida, Silo, Kenefic, Bradley and Mead.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Ida Whitfield, husband, Joe Portman and one sister, Sue.

    Survivors include special sister-in-law, Alma Filan of Durant; tow sons, Jerry Portman of Haymarket, Virginia, Mark Portman and wife Judi of Weatherford, Texas; two daughters, Dolores White and Sylvia Timmons, both of Silo; three brothers, Sam Whitfield of Riverside, California, Guy Whitfield and wife, Ineta of Gilmer, Texas, and Betty Vedder and husband Dick of Gilmer, Texas; eight granddaughters, Joan Iker and husband, Steve of Silo, Sharon Inkman and husband, Bill of Ft. Worth Texas, Carolyn Sarafian and husband Richard of Brooklyn, NY, Cheryl Hawkins of Sherman, Texas, Linda O’Riley and husband Lester, of Durant, Beth Evans and husband, Gary of Hagerstown, Maryland, Leslye Smith an husband, Tom of Lewisville, Texas; four grandsons, Royce White of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, David White and wife, Dana of Kent Washington, Clifton Timmons and wife, Kim of Cartwright, Brian Portman of Ft. Washington, Maryland Joe Portman and wife, Heather of Keller, Texas; four great-granddaughters, Holly Iker of Norman, Oklahoma, Natalie Iker of Stillwater, Oklahoma, Hannah White of Santa Barbara, California and Sabrina Jaber of Sherman, Texas; two great-grandsons, Brandon Iker of West Point, New York and Devron Smith of Lewisville, Texas.

  • Rachel Martha Perry

    Rachel Martha Perry

    Born: 5/5/1912

    Died: 11/7/1997

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Rachel Martha Perry age 85 of El Reno Oklahoma passed away November 7, 1997.

    Rachel a full blood Choctaw was born on May 5, 1912 in Stigler Oklahoma to Levinia and Steve Perry.

    A hard worker, retired presser in the laundry industry, Rachel was a colorful person but with a heart of gold.

    She outlived her family she had no children.

    Survivors include one niece and her family, Peggy, Larry and Brian Larney of Dallas, Texas; special extended family include Suzanne Myers and her children and Lefty Persalia.

  • Doris Ann Mullens Percell

    Doris Ann Mullens Percell

    Born: 11/9/1948

    Died: 7/25/1997

    Maiden Name: Mullens

    Honorific: n/a

    Doris Ann Mullens Percell passed away on July 25, 1997 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She was born November 9, 1948 to Hurshell and Dorothy Paddock Mullens at Pleasant Hill Oklahoma.

    She lived in Bryan County most of her life and had been a beautician for over 30 years. She attended Victory Tabernacle in Durant. She mostly loved to help others. Mrs. Percell enjoyed fishing at home in her pond and loved growing flowers.

    She married David Percell on May 18, 1977 in Bonham Texas.

    She was preceded in death by her patents; sisters, Mauzell Brockhouse and Dora Dean Kennedy; brothers, Jurel Mullens and Jerry Paul Mullens.

    Survivors include her husband of the home; daughter Danni Austin and husband David of Durant, Oklahoma; step sons Stacey Percell of Durant and Shannon Percell of Dallas Texas, brothers, William Edly Mullens and wife, Sondra and Billy J Mullens and wife, Lisa all of Armstrong, Oklahoma; sisters, Delphia James and husband, Rogers, Becky Lester and husband, Gary all of Armstrong; grandchildren Jake Wayne Allen and Jon Michael Blue both of Durant; and brother in law J.T. Kennedy of McAlester.

  • Alfred L. Peters

    Alfred L. Peters

    Born: 10/15/1927

    Died: 10/25/2007

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Alfred L. Peters, 80, of Tulsa passed away October 25, 2007, in Tulsa. He was born October 15, 1927, in Glover, Oklahoma.

    He grew up in Glover and had lived in Tulsa since 1985. He and his wife, Glenda, were married in Harrison, Arkansas, in 1996. Alfred was a precision welder by trade and of the Pentecostal faith. He enjoyed fishing and traveling.

    He was preceded in death by a son, Keith Peters; a brother, Jack Peters; and a sister, Viola Barnett.

    Survivors include his wife; three sons, Roy Peters of Coweta, David Peters of Great Falls, Montana, and Steve Peters of Conway, Arkansas; four daughters, Sandy Molash of Kiefer, Teresa Powell of Owasso, Leslie Calderin of Broken Bow, and Suzy Peters of Tulsa; two stepsons, Rodney Cantrell of Valliant and Clint Henderson of Tulsa; a brother, Isom Bootsie Westbrook of Clover, South Carolina; 18 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and a host of other family and friends.

  • Sheila Pelts

    Sheila Pelts

    Born: 2/3/1951

    Died: 12/29/1997

    Maiden Name: Hammons

    Honorific: n/a

    Sheila Jo Pelts age 46 of Hunt passed away December 29, 1997 in her home. She was born February 3, 1951 in Chickasha, Oklahoma and was the daughter of Cecil and Margie Hammons. She was a homemaker, a member of the Coal Hill Church of Christ, a first responder and a firefighter.

    She was preceded in death by her father and a sister, Cecilia.

    Survivors include her husband, Ben; three sons, Jonathan Andrew Pelts of Harmony and Daniel Travis and Donald Ivan pelts both of the home; her mother Margie Hammons of Rogers and two brothers, Randy Hammons of Wichita, Kansas and Rick Hammons of Rogers.

  • Evelyn Prock

    Evelyn Prock

    Born: 2/26/1929

    Died: 7/10/2008

    Maiden Name: Moore

    Honorific: n/a

    Evelyn Prock, 79, loving mother and grandmother, was called to her glorious homecoming with the Lord July 10, 2008. She died peacefully at her home in Wilburton, surrounded by her loving family. Evelyn was born to Tecumseh and Classie Alberson Moore on February 26, 1929, at Weathers, Oklahoma .

    Evelyn attended Carter Seminary in Ardmore and Haskell Institute in Lawrence , Kansas . She was an accomplished artist, seamstress, avid painter, enjoyed making arts and crafts and was an Indian doll maker. Her dolls went worldwide.

    She was an active member and prayer warrior of the First Indian Baptist Church of McAlester. She loved her Church and the fellowship she received there. Evelyn enjoyed spending time with her family and traveling with the Choctaw Nation Seniors. She never met a stranger.

    She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Edmond and Ida Alberson; parents, Tecumseh and Classie Moore; husbands, Robert L. Prock Sr., Norman Christie; son, Clinton Jay Prock; and great-great-grandchild, Skyla Prock.

    Survivors include a son, Robert Prock and wife Carolyn of Wilburton; daughters, Kitsey Popple and husband Doug, Marilyn Marty Lalonde and husband John, all of New York; Audrey Audie Prock and Alan Smith, Jennifer Prock-Woods and Tom, Roxanne Morris and husband Ed, all of Wilburton; 14 grandchildren, Doug Popple, Angela Popple, Willie Prock, JoAnne Prock, Jeremy Dennis, James Summers, Raymond Noriega, Kyle Mote, Classie Mote, Zach Mote, Ashley Roberts, Amber Roberts, Curtis C.J. Prock, Julian Taco Leal; 17 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; an uncle, Melvin Alberson, and his family; brothers and sisters-in-law, Doris and Benny Grayham, Buster and Jerry Jefferson, Anna Lou Nance, Mattie Jones and Quinne Day; special friends, Ginger McIntosh, Ola Draper, Bernice Long and J.R. Taylor.

  • Raymond John Randall Palmer

    Raymond John Randall Palmer

    Born: 11/5/2006

    Died: 6/28/2008

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Raymond John Randall Palmer, 1 year 7 months old, passed away June 28, 2008, in Oklahoma City . He was born November 5, 2006, in Ardmore .

    He was preceded in death by a sister, Alison Ely; paternal grandmother, Freda Roberts; and great-grandparents, Francis and Otis Roberts and Millie Palmer.

    Survivors include his parents, Tamara Ely and Conrad Nedd Jr. of Ardmore; a sister, Navia Nedd of Ardmore; grandfather, Conrad Nedd Sr. of Tulsa; grandparents, Carrie and Paul Wallace of Ard-more and Winston Palmer of Ardmore; great-grandfather, Raymond Palmer of Ardmore; seven uncles and six aunts.

  • Florene G. Harrison Ponder

    Florene G. Harrison Ponder

    Born: 11/8/1914

    Died: 7/17/2008

    Maiden Name: Harrison

    Honorific: n/a

    Florene G. Harrison Ponder, 93, of Hoyt passed away July 17, 2008, in Stigler. She was born November 8, 1914, in Whitefield , Oklahoma , to Ben and Hattie Tackett Harrison.

    Florene was a member of the Homemakers Club and a past member of the Eastern Star. She was the postmaster in Hoyt and also a postal clerk in Tulsa . She was a member of the Main Street Baptist Church . She was the niece of William H. Harrison, the 22nd chief of the Choctaw Nation.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Carl Ponder Sr.; two sons, Carl Ponder Jr. and Timothy Harrison Ponder; and two brothers, William H. Harrison and Benjamin F. Harrison.

    Florene is survived by two daughters, Patricia Harrison Ponder of Hoyt and Gwendolyn Gay Ponder Partney and husband Leon of Tulsa; son, Michael Ponder and wife Charlotte of Hoyt; sister, Lue Harrison Haines of Lindsay; nine grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchildren.

    Paul L. Pierce II

  • Jesse Willard Packnett

    Jesse Willard Packnett

    Born: 8/13/1919

    Died: 11/3/1994

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Jesse Willard Packnett, born August 13, 1919 in Eagletown, Oklahoma, died on November, 30, 1994 in Alturas, California. He was the son of John Reno Packnett and Elsie Bohanon Packnett.

    Survivors include his wife, Zelma (Due) formerly of Eagletown, currently living in Aluturas; daughters, Juanice Schram of Bend, Oregon and Treva Buhlig of Reno, Nevada; brothers, Jack Packnett of Eagletown; sister, Doris Nicodemus of Freemont California; granddaughter, Amy Buhlig of San Francisco, California and numerous nieces and nephews.

  • Gregory Guy Poynter

    Gregory Guy Poynter

    Born: 10/9/1963

    Died: 8/2/1994

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Gregory Guy Poynter of Rancho Santa Fe, California passed away on August 2, 1994 at his home. He was 30 years old.

    He was born in Seattle Washington on October 9, 1963 and moved to California with his family in 1966. He attended Rancho Santa Fe School and graduated from Torrey Pines High in 1981. Greg the attended Cuesta College before moving to Los Angeles where he worked until 1992. He returned to Rancho Santa Fe that year.

    Greg is survived by his parents, Virgina and Allan Johnston of Rancho Santa Fe and Robert Poynter of Fremont, California; sisters, Stacy Poynter, Darcee Navarra and Alena Guest; brothers, Roby Poynter and Craig Johnston, all of California; paternal grandparents, Gene and Alma Poynter of Leavenworth, Washington and maternal grandparents, Regenia Sadler Christophel of Springfield, Virgina and Martin D. Bohreer of McAlester, Oklahoma.

    Gregory’s Choctaw heritage was very meaningful to him. Following his wishes to be buried in the Choctaw Nation, he was laid to rest on September 2, 1994 among many family members at Oak Hill Cemetery in McAlester.

  • Lucile Spring Parks

    Lucile Spring Parks

    Born: 1/17/1912

    Died: 1/4/1995

    Maiden Name: Spring

    Honorific: n/a

    Lucile Spring Parks passed away on January 4, 1995 after a long illness. She was born on January 17, 1912 to Issac Spring and Cardila Garfarth Spring.

    She was preceded in death by both parents, four sisters and two brothers.

    She is survived by her husband, Howard of 64 years; two sons, Don and Wendel, both of Oklahoma City; two sisters, Ruby Adams of Oklahoma City and Jessie Clarks of Durant Oklahoma; one brother, Alvin Spring of Edmond, Oklahoma; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

  • Darrell Willie Polk

    Darrell Willie Polk

    Born: 2/14/1968

    Died: 3/12/1995

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Darrell Polk, the son of Hampton and Ruth Polk, was born February 14th, 1968 bin Durant. He died Sunday, March 12th in a tragic car accident two miles south of Bennington.

    Survivors include his parents; two sisters, Lesha Polk of Cartwright and Julie Polk of Bennington; a niece Jessica Polk of Bennington; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

    Darrell was a Community Health Representative for the Choctaw Nation. He was recently voted the best sign painter in Durant.

    Darrell was an accomplished musician and artist. He started out playing the drums in his Dad and Uncle Dicks band. His aunt Barbara remembers that he told her one day he wanted to learn to play guitar and by the next time they had a jam session, he was playing.

    Darrell was very talented, and learned quickly. He went on to play with his cousin, Michael, in a rock band and then with a young country band. Darrell also enjoyed playing gospel music with his family.

    Darrell was a very fine artist, from painting portraits to signs. He was often requested to paint signs for the Choctaw Nation. His work can be seen at the Tribal Complex in Durant and the Council Grounds at Tushka Homa. Darrell is the artist who painted the new entrance sign at the Capitol Grounds last year.

    Services were held at Sulphur Springs United Methodist Church at Bennington on March 14th, with Chief Hollis Roberts and Rev. Paul Samuels officiating.

  • Jason Dawayne Porter

    Jason Dawayne Porter

    Born: 11/21/1976

    Died: 12/10/1995

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Jason Dawayne Porter, 19, of Duncan, Oklahoma passed away on Sunday, December 10, 1995 as a result of an automobile accident.

    Jason was born on November 21, 1976 in Tahlequah to Danny G. and Diane (Ranallo) Porter. He was a 1995 Empire High School graduate and a freshman at Cameron University. He was a member of FBLA, Key Club, FFA, Empire Academic Team, CYF, State Football Official Association, President’s Environmental Club and National Honor Society. He was recently listed on the Dean’s Honor Roll. He participated in track and football and had been captain of the wrestling team. Jason served as chaplain for the FFA and was a Eucharistic minister at Assumption Catholic Church, where he was a member for 19 years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

    His survivors include his parents of Duncan; four brothers, Jesse Porter, Danny DJ Porter, Jr., Robert Porter and Clayton Porter, all f the home; grandparents, Joe and Blanche Ranall of Hartshorne, Oklahoma; step-grandmother, Katherine Porter of Hartshorne; 29 aunt and uncles, 40 cousins and one godchild, Tyler.

    He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Robert and Nancy Porter.

    God never picks the fruit until it is perfect.

  • Harry Phillips

    Harry Phillips

    Born: 8/29/1955

    Died: 12/27/1995

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Harry Phillips, age 40, of Durant, Oklahoma passed away on December 27, 1995. He was born in Boswell Oklahoma on August 29, 1955 to Etta Mae Stevens. He is a hog farmer.

    He is survived by his mother, Etta Mae Stevens; tow uncles, Fred Simes and Gerald Roberts both of Boswell; three brothers. Ricky Allen Stevens and Edgar Ray Stevens, both of Boswell and Mark Nathan Stevens of Olney, Texas; seven sisters, Peggy Sue Sanders, Vickey Ellen Allen, Rita Gail Minyard, Betty Lou Stevens, Anita Jeanetta Stevens, all of Boswell, Rebecca Mae Acuna of Olney, Texas and Wanda Louise Stevens of Durant and several nieces and nephews.

  • James Robert Pittman

    James Robert Pittman

    Born: 2/19/1941

    Died: 7/24/2008

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    James Robert Pittman, 67, of Bennington passed away July 24, 2008, in Duncan. He was born February 19, 1941, in Talihina to Dallas James and Helen Louise Wesley Pittman.

    He attended and graduated high school in Choctaw. He moved to Bryan County and worked as a mechanic. He married Cleta Coulter on December 31, 1972, in Durant and they spent 35 wonderful years together. James enjoyed spending time with family and friends, going to flea markets and garage sales. James will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

    He was preceded in death by his father; grandparents; sister-in-law; two nephews and a daughter-in-law.

    Survivors include his loving and devoted wife of the home; mother, Helen Pittman of Calera; sister, Barbara Phares of Talihina; sons, Randy Bully of Durant, Jeff Bully and wife Emily of Mapleton, Georgia, and Dallas James Pittman and wife Raelynn of Ratcliff City; daughters, Tracy Ussery and husband Tim of Duncan and Lesia Moore and husband Steve of Chickasha; 21 grandchildren; numerous other relatives and a host of friends.

  • Raymond Patton

    Raymond Patton

    Born: 6/17/1917

    Died: 9/27/2008

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Raymond Patton, 91, passed away on September 27, 2008, in Stigler. Raymond was born on June 17, 1917, in McCurtain to Prosper and Leona McDonner Patton.

    He was a retired coal miner who enjoyed fishing and spending time with family.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Alva Patton; and three brothers, James Patton, Virgil Patton and Jim Bill Patton.

    He is survived by one daughter, Patsy Kates of Stigler; one son, Ronnie Patton and wife Betty of Baker, Florida; three sisters, Helen Honeycutt, Dorothy Mayberry and Mona White, all of Stigler; two brothers, J.C. Patton of Van Buren, Arkansas, and Charles Patton of Keota; grandchildren, Terry Kates of Boston, Massachusetts, and Teri Irwin and husband Mike of Baker, Florida; great-grandchildren, Courtney, Sarah and Taylor; and his friend, Sassy.

  • Joseph E. Payne

    Joseph E. Payne

    Born: 9/25/1924

    Died: 12/12/1994

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Joseph E. Payne, 70, of Moyers, Oklahoma passed away on December 12, 1994 in Talihina. He was born September 25, 1924 in Kosoma.

    He resided in the state for most of his life and in the Moyers area for the past 46 years. He had worked as a construction worker, rancher and drove a school bus for Moyer School. He was a member of the Christian Church and the American Legion.

    Survivors include his wife, Lois, of the home; one daughter, Linda Moon of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; one son, Roger Payne of Eubanks; one brother, Joshway Payne of Valliant, Oklahoma; two sisters, Josie Phillips of Asher, Oklahoma and Jewell Crump of Sapulpa; one grandson, Kevin Payne of Eubanks, and several nieces and nephews.

  • Lloyd George Paddock

    Lloyd George Paddock

    Born: 9/17/1919

    Died: n/a

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Lloyd George Paddock, 74, Armstrong, a lifelong resident of Bryan County, died at the Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma.

    Services were held at First Baptist Church, Armstrong, with the Rev. Michael Calhoun officiating. Burial was in Gethsemane Cemetery, Caddo, with the Cunningham’s Caddo Funeral Home.

    Military honors at the graveside were preformed by the Durant VFW Post 3916 honor guard.

    Born September 7, 1919 in Midway Oklahoma, Mr. Paddock attended Midway Caddo schools and Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He was a member of the Army Nation Guard.

  • Michael Jay Pitts

    Michael Jay Pitts

    Born: 12/11/1961

    Died: 2/14/2009

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Michael Jay Pitts, 47, of Stigler passed away February 14, 2009, in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He was born December 11, 1961, in Coalinga, California.

    Michael enjoyed being outdoors, hunting and fishing. He loved to work with his hands; and in his later years when he was mostly homebound, he built many models of aircraft and other military memorabilia. Although Michael was quiet, he was friendly to everyone, loved to laugh and never met a stranger. Michael never complained about the medical hardships that he had to endure.

    He was preceded in death by his father; brother, Scott James Pitts; paternal grandparents, Charlie H. and Julia E. Pitts; and maternal grandmother, Hester Marie Cronic.

    Survivors include his mother of the home; two sisters, Julie Marie Klineline and husband Cole of Sallisaw and Ramona Rhea Pitts of Roland; brother, Randy Wayne Pitts of Bakersfield; nephew, Zachary Klineline of Sallisaw; nieces, Rebekah Klineline of Sallisaw and Tanya Pitts Higbee of Fresno, California.

  • Kirk D. Pickens

    Kirk D. Pickens

    Born: 9/4/1949

    Died: 8/3/1999

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Kirk D. Pickens was born September 4, 1949 to Charles and Minerva (Gibson) Pickens in Oklahoma City. He passed away on August 3, 1999 at the Southwest Medical Center in Oklahoma City at the age of 49.

    He lived in Tuttle, Oklahoma for 17 years, coming from the Bridge Creek area. He attended Goodland School in Hugo, Oklahoma and graduated from Grand High School, Gran, Oklahoma, entering college at Clarksville, Arkansas. He then enlisted in the Marines in Dallas on March 9, 1969 and was discharged on August 31, 1973; He was with the Military Police Division and received the Good Conduct, Rifleman and National defense Service medals. After his years in the service he attended OCU, Oklahoma City, majoring in Commercial Art and Elementary Education.

    Mr. Pickens was a welder and supervisor at Climate master in Oklahoma City.

    He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Pickens; grandparents, Johnson and Magdalene Pickens and Morris and Levicy Gibson.

    Survivors include his mother, Minerva Spencer of Tuttle; aunt, Ada Perry of Dallas, Texas; three brothers, Maynard Spencer and his wife, Debi of Newcastle, and Charles and Eugene Gene Pickens, both of Tuttle; sisters and their spouses, Myra and Mike Pierson and Kathy and David all of Purcell, Oklahoma, Betty and Charlie Wolfe of Norman, Oklahoma and Verdun and Ed Haines of Tuttle; nieces, Tasha Fleck Purcell, and Stacy Kitchen, Norman; grandniece, Devon Rae Kitchen, Norman; and nephews, Jacob Fleck, Purcell, David Haines, Tuttle and Bryan Kitchen.

  • Christine Billy Poyner

    Christine Billy Poyner

    Born: 3/11/1927

    Died: 1/10/1999

    Maiden Name: n/a

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    Christine Billy Poynor, born March 11, 1927 at Tannehill Prairie, Oklahoma, passed away January 10, 1999 at Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City after a long, courageous battle with Lupus. A Choctaw, she lived most of her life in Oklahoma City. She was a graduate of Blackwood Business College, was a volunteer at the Native American Salvation Army in south Oklahoma City and a member of Oklahoma Choctaws in Oklahoma City.

    She is survived by daughter, LeAnne Howe and son-in-law, James Wilson of Iowa City, Iowa; son, Billy Poynor, and daughter-in-law, Sandra Poynor of Oklahoma City; daughters, Auda Goomda and Kathy Poynor of Oklahoma City; grandchildren, Joe Craig, Randy Craig, Donnie Goomda, Eli and Lacey Poynor; five great-grandchildren and a sister, Gladys Hosay of McAlester, Oklahoma. Her sister, Evelyn Pickens, passed away shortly after Christine.

  • Ronnie Lee Price

    Ronnie Lee Price

    Born: 1/11/1948

    Died: 9/11/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

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    Ronnie Lee Price passed away September 11, 2005, in Oklahoma City. He was born January 11, 1948, in Poteau.

    Ronnie was a graduate of Moore High School. He attended Droughns Electronic School whereupon graduating he became an electronics technician. He was proud of his Indian heritage and was asked to lecture on several occasions on the history of the Choctaw Nation. Among the Indian tribes, he went by Choctaw Ronnie and in Osage he went by Ochanee, which means one eye.

    He enjoyed OU football and was an avid Sooner fan. Ronnie was licensed to operate amateur radios and CB radios. His call sign was KD50MS and his radio friends called him TV Man because he was good at repairing TVs. Ronnie also enjoyed doing carpentry work and working with his hands. He was a master craftsman on Native American jewelry and art. He was also a member of Moore Masonic Lodge 539 where he held a perpetual lifetime membership and was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, which he received in McAlester. His first love was spending time with his family.

    Survivors include his wife, Deborah Price, and son, Richard L. Price, of Pittsburg, Oklahoma.

    Ronnie Lee Price

  • Anna Lavoyce Jennings Parks

    Anna Lavoyce Jennings Parks

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    Anna Lavoyce Jennings Parks

  • S. Gabe Paxton

    S. Gabe Paxton

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    S. Gabe Paxton

  • Roy G. Pebsworth

    Roy G. Pebsworth

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    Roy G. Pebsworth

  • Mary Elizabeth Choate Poorman

    Mary Elizabeth Choate Poorman

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    Mary Elizabeth Choate Poorman

  • Ted Lloyd Powell

    Ted Lloyd Powell

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    Ted Lloyd Powell

  • Austin Prough

    Austin Prough

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    Austin Prough

  • Richard Parks Jr.

    Richard Parks Jr.

    Born: 08/21/1965 Died: 07/10/2011 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a

    Richard “Ritchie” L. Parks Jr. passed away on July 10, 2011, in Anchorage, Alaska, of heart failure. He was born on Aug. 21, 1965, in Fort Lewis, Wash. He graduated from Olympia High School in 1984, moved to California and became an extreme sports instructor. He found his way home and became a well-known plumber in Olympia working for his close friend and brother, Kevin Boyd, at Boyd’s Plumbing. Ritchie loved to hunt and had a sense for adventure. He had a wonderful smile and laugh and knew how to lighten up a room. He was very proud of his Choctaw heritage.
    He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Parks Sr.; sister Teresa Parks-Queen; great-grandparents, John Sumpter, who was Choctaw, and Amanda Lomer-Sumpter, who was Chickasaw; grandparents, Charles Wilson and Mamie Sumpter-Wilson and Elmore and Delma Parks. Ritchie is survived by his mom, Cheryl Wilson, of Anchorage; his brother, Charles E., and Lisa Parks and their children of Yuba City; his sister, Julie Palm and family of Olympia; aunts, Bara Brian Wyatt of Shelton, Wash., and Shelia Wildman of Terra Haute, Ind.; and uncles, Richard Wilson and Tommy Wilson of Olympia.

  • Doris Pettyjohn

    Doris Pettyjohn

    Born: 04/24/1937 Died: 07/06/2011 Maiden Name: Fraizer Honorific: n/a

    Doris Helen Pettyjohn, 74, of Whitesboro passed away on July 6, 2011, at her residence. Mrs. Pettyjohn was born in Talihina on April 24, 1937, the daughter of the late Tobias and Ancey (Hampton) Frazier. She married Boyd Pettyjohn on Oct. 11, 1961. She worked as an LPN since 1958. She retired from the Choctaw Nation Health Care Center – Med/Surg in 2002. Doris was a family oriented person, always loving and encouraging each one to do their best. This characteristic carried over into her church and the community as she served and encouraged others. She was preceded in death by her husband, Boyd Pettyjohn. She is survived by her daughter, Deborah and Waylon Wilson; grandsons, Cole and Evan Wilson; sisters, Velma Angel, Helen Hatton, Sue Daney and Betty Novak; brother Toby Frazier; sisters-in-law, Lorene Pettyjohn, Annie Marie and Rheanolte LeBarbour.

  • James Patterson

    James Patterson

    Born: 04/15/1926 Died: 03/31/2011 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: Veteran

    James Thomas “Tom” Patterson, 84, of Muskogee passed away on March 31, 2011, at the Claremore Veterans Center. He was born April 15, 1926, in Durant to John Stephen Patterson and Exie Wall Patterson. During World War II, Tom served in the U.S. Air Force from June 1, 1944, until Nov. 6, 1945. Tom furthered his education at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant where he received his bachelor’s degree in 1952. He earned a master’s degree at Lawrence, Kan., in 1958 and in 1975 received a Ph.D. equivalent at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. Tom was employed 40 years at the U.S. Department of Interior as an educator for the Bureau of Indian Affairs.He was a member of the First Baptist Church and very active in his Sunday School class. Tom was preceded in death by his first wife, Billie Jean Patterson, after 43 wonderful years of marriage. He married his second wife, Ruthie Bass, in August of 1991, and God gave them 18 wonderful years together. Also preceding him in death were his son, Pat Patterson; daughter Cindy Patterson; and mother Myrtle Patterson. Survivors include his daughter-in-law, Brenda Patterson of Polacca, Ariz.; two grandchildren, Jamie Patterson of Tahlequah and Johnny Patterson of Polacca; and one sister, Roberta Guenzel of Reydon.

  • Perry Pritchard

    Perry Pritchard

    Born: 09/13/1950 Died: 03/01/2011 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a

    Perry Lynn Pritchard passed away on March 1, 2011, in Pyote, Texas. He was born on Sept. 13, 1950. He was raised in Wickett, Texas. He went to Monahans High School and then to Texas State Technological Institute in Sweetwater, Texas. He also served on the Pyote Texas City Council for 14 years. He is the grandson of Mary Elizabeth Frazier Buchanan, one of the Choctaw original enrollees. He was also grandson of Larkin Pritchard and Emma Roundtree, and the son of Mildred Christine Buchanan, and the late Alton Perry Pritchard, from Spencerville. Perry was a proud husband and father. He enjoyed working with his cows, making hand-made spurs, in which he took much pride. He also enjoyed cowboy poetry gatherings in Alpine, Texas, Jean Prescott music, a good rodeo and researching his genealogy. He was proud to be Choctaw/Cherokee. Most of all, he enjoyed knowing good people. He was quiet and he “listened” with his eyes. His briskets would make one’s mouth water. He was on an award-winning cooking team. He and God walked in his pasture together. After his passing, his friends continued working on Perry’s shop, a place he worked so hard to finish. He is survived by his wife, Abigail B. Pritchard of Pyote; daughter, Alexis P. Collins of Monahans, Texas; sons, Seth Pritchard of Andrews, Texas, and Nolan Pritchard of Del Rio, Texas; two grandchildren, Leighton Collins and Maddox; brother L. Gene Pritchard of Red Oak, Texas; sister Beverly P. Biggs of Raleigh, N.C.; nieces and nephews, Julie and Emily Pritchard, and John, Jay and Brendy Biggs; aunts, Mary, with Jim Davis of Ft. Towson, and Marie B. Nelson of Bakersfield, Calif. Go rest easy, Cowboy.

  • Albert Perry Jr.

    Albert Perry Jr.

    Born: 02/15/1930 Died: 09/14/2011 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a

    Albert Perry Jr., 81, Keota resident, passed away on Sept. 14, 2011, in Fort Smith, Ark. He was a retired Rodeo cowboy. He was born on Feb. 15, 1930, and was in the U.S. Army, serving in Korea.

  • Sebastian Pugh

    Sebastian Pugh

    Born: 08/30/2010 Died: 10/09/2011 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a

    Sebastian D’Wayne Pugh, infant son of Billy D’Wayne and Cyndi Victoria (Wheeler) Pugh passed away on Oct. 9, 2011 in Durant. He entered this life on Aug. 30, 2010, in Oklahoma City. Sebastian is survived by his maternal grandparents, Shawn and Daniel Cress of Antlers, and Tom Wheeler of Durant; paternal grandparents, Lavana Lee Pugh and Brian Keith Millard of Durant; maternal great-grandmother Lucille Frasher of Truckee, Calif.; paternal great-grandmother Mary Millard of Silo; aunts and uncles, Keith and Jennie Pitts, Roy Wheeler, Travis and Fawn Cress, Kari and Duke Dill, Nathan and Sandy Cress, Danette and Jeff Sons, Danny and Melissa Cress and Herbert Andrew Bliss; cousins, Shawna Pitts, Riley and Trevor Wheeler, Sondra, TJ, Troy and Moses Cress, Karina, Tonya, Shade and LeAndra Dill, Nathan, Nicholas and Autumn Cress, Garland and Staci Percell and MaKenzee Sons, Madison and Blake Cress; honorary family, Lora Speers and daughter Alizye Speers, Megan and Bradly Jackson, Mark and Kayla Nunnally and Frank and Tonya Bell and son “Little Frank”; and numerous other relatives. Sebastian was preceded in death great-grandparents Louise Brewer, Mary Idaho Shastid and Walter Baumann.

  • Mattie McFarland Palmer

    Mattie McFarland Palmer

    Born: 08/01/1911 Died: 10/23/1995 Maiden Name: McFarland Honorific: n/a

    Mattie McFarland Palmer of El Sobrante, California originally from this area was born to Leavy and Florerence Everidge McFarland on August 1, 1911 near Spencerville, Oklahoma and passed away on October 23, 1995 at Drs Hospital in Pinole, California. She attended Goodland Indian School and was a 3/8 Choctaw Indian. Her mother was an original enrollee.

  • Vera Lorene Puckett

    Vera Lorene Puckett

    Born: 03/10/1926 Died: 09/14/1995 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a

    Vera Lorene Puckett, 69, of Oklahoma City, passed away on September 14, 1995. She was born March 10, 1926. She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Roy; her parents; two sisters and a baby brother, who died in infancy. Her survivors include one son, Robert Puckett of Hinesville, Georgia; one daughter, Judy Dunn of Moore, Oklahoma; eight brothers, Dossie, Lamon, Edward, Walter, J.O., Bill, Eugene and Dale Humphrey; 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren

  • Lula Parker

    Lula Parker

    Born: 3/06/1921

    Died: 10/09/2012

    Maiden Name: Marris

    Honorific: n/a

    Lula (Marris) Parker, 91, passed away on Oct. 9, 2012, at her home in Lone Grove, surrounded by her family. She was born on March 6, 1921, in Overbrook, to Arch Marris and Sallie (Farve) Marris.

    Lula loved to watch baseball games. Her favorite team was the Atlanta Braves. She also loved to listen to gospel music, especially the Choctaw hymns. She loved all animals. Lula was a member of the McAlister Baptist Church.

    Lula was preceded in death by her parents; son Dolph Baptiste Jr.; and brothers, Ralph Marris, Bennett Marris, Leonard Marris and Christian Marris.

    She is survived by her daughters, Evelyn Rose Miller of Lone Grove, Yvonne Vansill with husband Gerald of Gainesville, Texas, Angela Snyder with husband Clarence of Anchorage, Alaska, and Shauana Hartman with husband Phillip of Overbrook; sons, Kenneth Ray Baptiste of Ardmore, Alden Williams of Mesa, Ariz., Aaron Williams with wife Maria of Albuquerque, N.M., and Shay Miller of Lone Grove; grandchildren, Angie and Arch Baptiste of Anchorage, Ranai Baptiste of Magnolia, Ky., Randy and Raquel Baptiste, Rhonda Perez and Becky Nash of Ardmore; great-grandchildren, Amber, Josh, Mariah, Trey, Vincent Baptiste, Jeron Booker, Nathan and Noah Conn, Timberly Hartman, Amanda Holybee, Slade Kendrick, Easton and Weston Miller, Aaron, Chase, and Aaralyn Perez, Tylen White, Arianna and Philecia Williams; sisters, Allie Johnson with husband Jay, and Lela Cooper, all of Lone Grove.

  • Kathryn Pinson

    Born: 9/11/1909

    Died: 1/7/1976

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    Kathryn Pinson, 87, of Hugo, passed away peacefully in her sleep, on the morning of Jan. 1, 2013, in Bonham, Texas. Kathryn was born on July 31, 1925, in Bennington, to Arthur Murray and Luella (Jones) Murray. Following Luella’s death in January of 1934, Arthur later remarried, and Arthur and Alma Murray continued to raise Kathryn

    On Aug. 15, 1945, better known as “V-J Day”, while attending Arizona University, she caught the eye of Leslie Clay Pinson of Barboursville, W.V. To this day he will tell you that it was love at first sight. Following his honorable discharge from the Army Air Corps at the end of World War II, he resumed his pursuit of a bachelor’s degree at the University of Arizona. He also picked up where he left off in attempting to woo Kathryn. They married in Nogales, Ariz., on March 22, 1947. During their early years, they were involved in the farming industry in Arizona. In the late 1950s, they left farming when he took employment with Hughes Aircraft in Tucson, Ariz. By then, they had two daughters, Carey and Becky, and a son, Clay. In 1964, the Pinson Family moved to Texas, when Leslie Clay Pinson accepted an opportunity to work with Campbell Soup Company’s new plant in Paris. In the Spring of 1968, Kathryn and “Les,” as she called him, purchased the Village Inn Motel and later Marbut’s Restaurant, located next door; it become the Village Inn Motel and Restaurant. Later, they purchased the Karriage House Motel and expanded into the longtime goal to own and operate a cattle ranch, which was named the 5P Ranch. Kay and Clay had been married over 65 years and their relationship was something very special to see. Kathryn and Leslie Clay Pinson’s children blessed them with six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Carey and Bill Warren of Fort Towson have two daughters, Kelly and Lendy; Kelly and Brett Brame of Miller Jumbo have two sons, Zach and Garrett; Lendy and Kooney Duncan reside near Noble; Becky and Hank Dennis have a daughter, Lynn, and a son, Cody; Cody and Andrea Dennis have a son, Cody Jr., and a daughter, Ally Kay, and all reside in Wanette; Preston Clay and Eva Pinson and son, Sam, reside in Heath, Texas; daughter Tillie Pinson resides in Rockwall, Texas

    Her brothers, Grover and William, formerly of the Bennington area, preceded her in death.

  • William Power

    William Power

    Born: 1946

    Died: 1/24/2013

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    William Lloyd “Bill” Power, MD, passed away on Jan. 24, 2013, in Albuquerque, N.M., from complications due to a stroke. He was born in 1947, in Sherman, Texas, the son of the late William H. and Mary Adeline Boland Power. He was the grandson of Elizabeth Turnbull Boland, an original enrollee, and John L. Boland of Caddo. Bill was valedictorian at McAlester High School in 1965. He attended Oklahoma State University studying engineering and pre-med until he was accepted by Oklahoma University School of Medicine, where he graduated in 1972. He was at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, D.C., until he became a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service, Indian Health Service. He served as a general practitioner on the Alamo Reservation, N.M., from 1973-1975, and at the Albuquerque Indian Hospital from 1979-1984. He became chief of medical staff at both places. He went into private practice with Neurology Consultants, Ltd., in 1984, until health issues forced him to retire in 1998. Bill and his wife of 40 years, Kathleen Breenan, were avid cyclists and went on several long distance cycling trips. They enjoyed outdoor activities of all varieties including cross-country skiing, hiking and sailing. Bill was also a photographer and musician. He converted a small bathroom at his home into a darkroom and spent several years developing black and white photographs. A musician since childhood, he played piano, clarinet, guitar, mandolin and harmonica.

    He is survived by his wife Kathleen; daughters, Celeste and Corina; brothers, Jim with wife Marsha of Kansas, and John of Chicago; as well as numerous Choctaw cousins in Oklahoma and Texas.

  • Betty Ruth Pineda

    Betty Pineda

    Born: 1/28/1828

    Died: 12/14/2012

    Maiden Name: Lewis

    Honorific: n/a

    Betty Ruth (Lewis/Perry) Pineda passed away Dec. 14, 2012, in Chula Vista, Calif., She was born Jan. 28, 1928, to Izora Alice (Perry) Lewis and Samuel Thomas Lewis of Heavener. While attending Heavener High School during World War II she was the class president. Betty was the third oldest daughter of four which included sisters Aletha, Dorothy and Martha Dean. Her mother, Izora Alice Perry, is listed on the original Dawes Roll. During World War II the Lewis family moved to San Diego following the oldest daughter, Aletha, in search of jobs. The family settled in National City, Calif., where her father was a general contractor and her mother worked at General Dymanics. Betty met her husband, Edward Eugene Pineda in 1947, when he was discharged from the Navy. The two were married Dec. 12, 1947, and had two sons, Mike and Tom. Betty was a stay-at-home mother until the mid 60s when she earned a degree as a dental assistant. She worked in the dental field until her retirement. She was proud to see both of her grandsons participate in lacrosse.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and sisters, with her being the last of the Perry side of the family in California. She is survived by her two sons, Mike and Tom; grandsons from Tom are Christian Daniel, now attending St. Johns University in Queens, New York, and Matthew Nathaniel, a junior in high school.