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  • Joe DeWayne "Bubba" Rodgers

    Joe DeWayne “Bubba” Rodgers

    Born: 4/18/1966

    Died: 10/5/2003

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Joe DeWayne “Bubba” Rodgers, 37, of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, passed away on October 5, 2003. He was born April 18, 1966, at DeQueen, Arkansas.

    A lifetime resident of the Broken Bow area, he was a skidder driver and loved hunting, fishing and horses.

    He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Nettie (Whitehead) and William Charles “Willie” Rodgers and Opal (Wilson) and James Edward “Ed” Karr, and an uncle. C.J. “Sonny” Rodgers.

    Survivors include his father, Joe Ray Rodgers, and mother and stepfather, Reba (Karr) and Gene Osterdock; children, Joshua DeWayne Rodgers and Maria Dawn Shomo; sister and brother-in-law, Ellen and Robert Bean; nieces and nephews, Erica, Randy, Rhiannon and Ethan Bean; stepbrothers and stepsister, Wesley and Anita, Cecil and Marta Osterdock, Tanya and Albert Soliz, Genea and Michael Lott; six nephews and four nieces; aunts and uncles, Louise Hendrix, Harold Wayne Rodgers, George and Billie June Rodgers, Everett Lee “Chucky” and Pat Karr, Jeannie and Jay Norvill, Vicky Hillard, Sandy Gallagher, James Earl and Wanda Smith, Claude and Olivia Smith, Eddie and Dottie Smith, and a host of family and friends.

    Joe DeWayne 'Bubba' Rodgers

  • James Alexander Roden

    James Alexander Roden

    Born: n/a

    Died: 1/22/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    James Alexander Crowfeather Roden passed away January 22, 2004, after a brief courageous battle with cancer.

    James was a computer programmer in Dallas, Texas. He leaves behind to all those who loved him many pictures - reminders of his enormous talent to capture life in all its beauty. As he interpreted, A look at the world by a free spirit with a camera. He kept his camera by his side at all times. On his last visit to the hospital in Talihina when he was so weak, he grabbed his camera before he left, always ready to photograph what his eyes could not resist saving.

    He lived in Clayton, Oklahoma. Many days were spent there enjoying the beauty and peacefulness of his land. He was also the founder of the KOOKS, Kiamichi Order of Kinder Souls, a society of free spirits. He was also an artist and writer. James was a wonderful son, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.

    Survivors include his mother, Peggy Roebuck; daughter and son-in-law, Lori and Mike; granddaughters, Tiffany and Kristi; grandson, Mikey; great-granddaughter, Brookelynne; brothers, Ray, Bob and John; sisters, Peggy, Linda and Barbara, and many nieces and nephews.

    We will miss him forever. His smile will always remain in our hearts.

    James Alexander Roden

  • Gorman Edward Rose Sr.

    Gorman Edward Rose Sr.

    Born: 5/3/1931

    Died: 5/16/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Gorman Edward Rose Sr., 73, passed away May 16, 2004, at Kaiser Medical Center in Vallejo, California. He was born May 3, 1931, in Ryan, Oklahoma, to Hubert and Tommie Rose.

    Gorman was a truck driver for 20 years and also was self-employed mowing weeds for the state as well as private individuals. He met Chief Gregory Pyle and his wife, Pat, in October 2000 when they came to visit in Sacramento, California. Gorman and his mom talked to Chief Pyle for quite a while and Gorman was very proud to have had that opportunity.

    He was preceded in death by his children, Gorman Rose Jr., Linda and Laura Rose; his parents, and a brother, Russell Rose.

    Survivors include his wife, Eleanor Rose of Fairfield, California; grandsons, Shawn Rose, Casey Rose and Randy White; great-granddaughter, Cassandra Rico; sister, Kathryn Wilson of Fillmore.

  • Pat Rutherford

    Pat Rutherford

    Born: 5/28/1930

    Died: 2/18/2001

    Maiden Name: Walner

    Honorific: n/a

    Pat Rutherford, 70, passed away Sunday, February 18, 2001 at Hospice House in Odessa, Texas. She was born May 28, 1930 to Hugh and Pauline Walner in Wynnewood, Oklahoma Pat moved to Odessa in 1947 from Wynnewood. She married Bob Rutherford on February 27, 1956 in Ruidoso, New Mexico. She loved Mojo football and was an avid golfer. She was a two-time state ladies bowling champion, loved fishing, playing cards, and, being a big animal lover, enjoyed her dog, Mo. Her parents and two brothers, Paul Leon and R. H. Walner, preceded her in death. Survivors include her husband, Bob Rutherford of Odessa; a daughter, Rebecca Rutherford of Albuquerque, New Mexico; a sister, Laverna Chantry of Arlington, Texas and several nieces and nephews.

  • Larry Dewayne Reid

    Larry Dewayne Reid

    Born: 11/26/1958

    Died: 4/16/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Larry Dewayne Reid, 45, of Electra, Texas, passed away April 16, 2004, at his home. He was born November 26, 1958, in Electra. He was a loving son, father and brother who is greatly missed by family, friends and all who knew him.

    He was preceded in death by his mother, Nadine (Branch) Reid, and one brother, Randy Reid of Electra.

    Survivors include his father, Jim Reid and wife, Roxy, and one son, Laren Boyd Reid, of Electra; son, Dustin Dewayne Reid of Eunice, New Mexico; stepsons, Cody and Wacey of Bluegrove, Texas, and Dustin of Henrietta, Texas; two sisters, Dianna McWharter of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Charlotte Peters of Granbury, Texas; two brothers, Darrell Reid of Wichita Falls and Wayne Owens of Granbury; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

  • Norma (Plummer) Ray

    Norma (Plummer) Ray

    Born: 2/1/1927

    Died: 7/17/2004

    Maiden Name: Plummer

    Honorific: n/a

    Norma (Plummer) Ray, 77, passed away July 17, 2004, from complications of diabetes. She was born February 1, 1927, in Coalgate, Oklahoma, the daughter of Edward and Olive Plummer.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William E. Ray, and two brothers, James and Jerry Plummer of Oklahoma City.

    Survivors include three sons, William E. Ray Jr. of Crossett, Arkansas, Dan M. Ray of Minden, Louisiana, and Bobby Ray of Shreveport, Louisiana; two daughters, Sandra Gent of Shreveport and Vicki Butler of Minden; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Ruth Plummer and Marie Sanders of Oklahoma City, Betty Litton of Cheneyville, Louisiana, and Billi Harrel of Lecompte, Louisiana.

    She will be missed by all who loved her.

  • Jacob Bryan Raleigh

    Jacob Bryan Raleigh

    Born: 1/1/1924

    Died: 10/2/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Jacob Bryan Raleigh, 80, passed away October 2, 2004 in Kansas City, KS. He was born January 1, 1924 in LeFlore, OK to James B. and Irene (McCann) Raleigh. Jacob spent his early childhood in the Latimer County area, attending Denman Public Schools. In 1941, he moved with his father, grandparents and siblings to Stilwell, where he attended Adair County Public Schools.

    On December 2, 1942, Jacob enlisted in the Army Air Force. After completing munitions training at Dyersburg AAF Base, TN, he was assigned to the 41st Fighter Squadron, 35th Fighter Group as a munitions specialist. During World War II, 1942-1946, he was assigned to the following combat areas: the Southern Philippines at Luzon; the Western Pacific Ryukyus Island of Okinawa, and New Guinea. His support unit helped to halt the Japanese advance in Papua, New Guinea and continued to furnish munitions support for the Allied offensive that recovered the rest of New Guinea.

    At Luzon, Jacob’s unit served as a support unit for the Allied air and ground forces. In 1945, his unit supplied munitions support for the Allies air strafing of railways and airfields in the Japanese held areas of Kyushu Island and Korea. In October 1945, he was reassigned to Irumagawa, Japan for completion of his tour of duty. Jacob served his country in World War II with distinction, earning numerous combat ribbons, including the World War II Liberation Ribbon with one star. He was honorably discharged from the Army Air Force on January 14, 1946.

    Jacob was employed in highway construction work in 1947-1948. On September 18, 1949, he married Juanita Parker and they made their home in Kansas City, MO. On November 29, 1949, Jacob was employed by the General Motors Corporation plant in Kansas City, KS, where he worked until his retirement on April 1, 1986.

    Jacob enjoyed outdoor activities and was a master gardener. He enjoyed fishing and hiking in the mountains in Adair County, and photographing the beautiful fall foliage colors. He was also an outstanding checker player and enjoyed many competitive games with his father and brothers.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Sylvia Mize McFall; one brother, Paul Raleigh; and daughter-in-law Tang Raleigh. Survivors include three sons, Randall of Kansas City, KS; Ricky of Versailles, MO; and Lance of Fulton, MO; brothers Jennings Raleigh of Stilwell, and Earl Raleigh of Weatherford; and sisters Elizabeth Watkins, Stilwell; Marilyn Keith, Talihina; and Bonnie Turner, Tulsa. Jacob is also survived by grandchildren Mary Sweet, April Marie, Heather Adell, Geraldine, Jennifer, Melissa and Jesse Raleigh; his step-mother Nettie Raleigh, Stilwell; and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

    Jacob Bryan Raleigh

  • Joseph "Jody" Roberts

    Joseph “Jody” Roberts

    Born: 1/11/1937

    Died: 9/28/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Joseph “Jody” Roberts, 67, of Hugo, Oklahoma, passed away September 28, 2004, at Presbyterian Hospital, Dallas, Texas. He was born January 11, 1937, in Soper, Oklahoma, the son of Joshua and Jincy (James) Roberts. He had lived all of his life in the Hugo area. Jody loved spending time in the outdoors, fishing, camping and hunting.

    He was preceded in death by his parents.

    Survivors include his companion, Shirley Phillips of Hugo; three sons, Joseph H. Roberts Jr. of Hugo, Curtis Knight of Motlow, Oklahoma, and James J. Hughes of Florida; stepson, Tommy Phillips Jr. of Hugo; stepdaughter, Setina Reynolds of Hugo; brother, Arnett Roberts of Hugo; three grandsons, one granddaughter and seven step-grandchildren.

    Joseph 'Jody' Roberts

  • Charlett Juanita Ray

    Charlett Juanita Ray

    Born: n/a

    Died: 9/28/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Charlett Juanita Ray, 70, passed away on September 28, 2004. A native of Oklahoma, Mrs. Ray had been a resident of Madera, California, for the past 61 years.

    She worked in nursing homes as a social director for 17 years and was a founding member of the Freewill Baptist Church in Madera.

    Survivors include her son, Richard Bud Ray of Madera; brothers, Ernest and Donald Caldwell, both of Arkansas; sisters, Pansie Phillips and Esther Stanley, both of Madera, Iness Wyrick of Sanger, California, and Margaret Voels of Minnesota, and numerous nieces and nephews.

    Charlett Juanita Ray

  • David June Reese

    David June Reese

    Born: 10/23/1927

    Died: 8/30/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    David June Reese, 76, of Durant, Oklahoma, passed away August 30, 2004, at the Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma. He was born October 23, 1927, in Durant to Carrie (Fisher) and John Theodore Reese. He was a longtime resident of Durant.

    He married Mae Long (Morrow) Reese on June 10, 1960. He loved riding his motorcycle with his dog, Charlie, and fishing. As a chef, he loved to cook for people. He was proud of his Choctaw heritage. He came from a long line of original enrollees, his father, John T. Reese; his grandmother, Mollie (Durant) Reese, and his great-grandfather, Dixon Durant.

    He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Dorothy Reese.

    Survivors include his wife of the home; sons, John Reese of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Joey Reese and wife, Angel, of Perry, Oklahoma; stepson, James Jim Morrow and wife, Debbie, of Edmond, Oklahoma; son, David Reese Belveal of Houston, Texas; sister, Johnnie Lee McLaughlin and husband, Don, of Hemphell, Texas, and Patricia Jennyn of Ft. Worth, Texas; ten grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

  • Thelma Lucille Reed

    Thelma Lucille Reed

    Born: 3/27/1924

    Died: 3/23/2001

    Maiden Name: Long

    Honorific: n/a

    Thelma Lucille Reed, 76, of Panama, Oklahoma passed away Friday, March 23, 2001 at her residence in Panama. She was born March 27, 1924 in Poteau, Oklahoma. Mrs. Reed was a Christian and a homemaker. A resident of Panama for many years, she was known for her delicious cooking and scrumptious desserts. Lucille always knew a way into people’s hearts, not just by her one-of-a-kind personality but by the way she made people smile. Known and loved by many, she will always be remembered.

    Her husband, Ralph Reed, preceded her in death.

    Survivors include two daughters, Jan Burke of Ohio and Gayle Griner of Norman, Oklahoma; three grandsons, Billy Jack Wilson of Panama, Bryan Coats of Florida and Gabrial Futisha of Lexington, Oklahoma; two grand-daughters, Tina Coats of Ohio and Tia Coats of Oklahoma City; a brother, Jewel Long of Florida; a sister, Verlon Cimino of Atlanta, Georgia, and 17 great-grandchildren.

  • Newman James Robinson Jr.

    Newman James Robinson Jr.

    Born: 1/27/1948

    Died: 2/3/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Newman James Robinson Jr., 57, a general contractor, passed away February 3, 2005, at a North Richland Hills, Texas, hospital. He was born January 27, 1948, in McAlester, Oklahoma, the son of Newman J. Robinson Sr. and Opal (Sears) Robinson.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Linda Vick; grandparents, original Choctaw enrollees Raymond L. Robinson and Auntie Folsom Robinson, and Walter and Susie Sears.

    Survivors include his loving wife, Mary Lou, of Bedford, Texas; daughters, Stacey Ramsey and husband, Steve, of Colleyville, Texas, Missi Wood and Ronnie Griggs of Cleburne, Texas, Jennifer Dickerman and husband, Greg, of North Richland Hills, and Lori Russ of Irving, Texas; son, Brad Robinson and wife, Lindsey, of Cleburne; grandchildren, Kevin Stagner and Chase Wood, Ashley Dilmore, Kristin and Casey Newman Dickerman, Dalton, Rayne, and Scye and Bryce Newman Robinson; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

    Newman was truly loved by family and friends. Precious memories are in our hearts of Newman’s unselfish love for his family. He will be missed but not forgotten.

    Newman James Robinson Jr.

  • Mary Lois Cawthon Robinson

    Mary Lois Cawthon Robinson

    Born: 9/20/1942

    Died: 12/21/2004

    Maiden Name: Cawthon

    Honorific: n/a

    Mary Lois Cawthon Robinson passed away December 21, 2004, at Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler, Texas. She was born September 20, 1942, in Jacksonville, Texas, the daughter of William Sr. and Daisy Mae Guess Cawthon.

    She was reared in Jacksonville and Hugo, Oklahoma. She attended and graduated from Jacksonville Public Schools and after graduation, completed barber college, receiving her license to practice as a barber. The bulk of her working career, 36 years, was spent working at Max Daiches Jewelers in Kilgore, Texas, until her retirement. In early adulthood, she married Jesse Willard Robinson Jr. and three daughters were born to this union. After her divorce, for 24 years, she was a companion to Lee Davis, whom she adored and loved until her final breath.

    Her parents; a sister, Betty Ray; a brother, William Cawthon Jr., and a brother-in-law, Claude Robinson, all preceded her in death.

    Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Kimberlyn and Joseph Wilkins of Missouri City, Texas, Tina Rena Ray and Gayland Roberson of The Colony, Texas, and Tracy Elaine Robinson-Roy of Kilgore, Texas; loving companion, Lee Davis of Tyler; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Shirley and Scottie McDonald of The Colony, Janice and Johnny Harvest of Stafford, Texas, Paige Cawthon of Sugarland, Texas, and Regina Cawthon of Houston, Texas; one brother, Donald Ray Cawthon of Jacksonville; eight grandchildren, Tasheka McCane, Jessica Jackson, Whitney Roy, Brandon and Marissa Roberson, Joshua, Jacob, and Jordan Wilkins; and three great-grandchildren, Adrian and Brandon McCane and Trazeion Sanders; four aunts, Mary Ray of Kansas City, Kansas, Elnora Crisp of Lancaster, California, Catherine Cawthon of Englewood, California, and Thelma Williams of Atlanta, Georgia; stepmother, Doris Cawthon of Jacksonville; devoted cousins, Mary Ann Harris and Freeman Cawthon, both of Dallas, Texas; a cherished mother-in-law, Callie Robinson of Kilgore; a son-in-law, Freddie Roy of Longview, Texas; three sisters-in-law, Brenda Nobles of Dallas, Texas, Marilyn Stroud and Carolyn Herd, both of Kilgore; one brother-in-law, George Robinson of Kilgore, and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  • Elvis Roebuck

    Elvis Roebuck

    Born: 6/13/1922

    Died: 6/22/2003

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Elvis Roebuck, 81, of Norman, Oklahoma, passed away June 22, 2003 in Norman. He was born June 13, 1922 in Soper, Oklahoma, the son of the late Oscar and Inez Roebuck.

    Mr. Roebuck was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II in New Guinea, Southern Philippins and Japan. He received the Purple Heart and the Philippines Liberation Ribbon.

    He was preceded in death by two brothers, Roy Roebuck of Oklahoma City and Fred Roebuck of Soper.

    Survivors include his wife, Doris, of the home; a daughter, Judy West of Orlando, Florida, Sharon Roebuck of San Antonio, Texas; a special daughter, Kristanna Roebuck, of the home; Anthony Roebuck, Mary Roebuck Stahl and Marvin Roebuck, and a brother, Melvin Roebuck of Soper

  • William Joseph Roth

    William Joseph Roth

    Born: 2/25/1922

    Died: 7/12/2003

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    William Joseph Roth, 81, a retired pilot with American Airlines, passed away Saturday, July 12, 2003 at a Fort Worth, Texas care center. He was born on February 25, 1922 in McAleater, Oklahoma to Francis and Ida Mae (Welsh) Roth. He was a graduate of McAleater High School and Wilburton College.

    William began working for American Airlines during World War II, doing his contract work for the U.S. Army Air Corps. He flew for American Airlines for nearly 40 years, retiring on the Boeing 747 as #3 pitol. He remained an aviator during his 20 years of retirement

    Survivors include his wife, Margaret (Grable)Roth; daughter, Laurie Barnes of Maryland; brother, Gene Roth of Springfield. Missouri; sister, Helen Roth Ball of McAlester; sister-in-law, Dilys Roth of Fort Worth, and nieces, Melanie Miln and Glynis Roth.

  • Kenneth Dean Renehan

    Kenneth Dean Renehan

    Born: 8/24/1961

    Died: 5/1/2003

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Kenneth Dean Renehan, 41, of San Antonio, Texas passed away May 1, 2003. He was born on August 24, 1961 in Burbank, California. His parents are Patrica Ann (Wright) Ammann of San Antonio and Walter Claude Renehan of Rowland Heights, California.

    Kenneth was very proud of his Choctaw heritage and was learning the language. He was an accomplished musician on the accordion, clarinet and guitar. He wrote music and lyrics and also enjoyed all types of music. He also wrote poetry and had been published by the National Poetry Society. He was nominated as poet of the year several times. He enjoyed woodworking, making tables, bookselves, headboards, CD racks, plaques, etc. Kenneth loved helping people and making them laugh. He had a keen sense of humor and delighted in pulling jokes on his friends. He loved animals and loved to romp and play with them. He was a member and usher of Churchill Baptist Church in San Antonio. He was very patriotic and was a U.S. Army veteran. Kenneth’s favorite saying was, Never let the child in you die!

  • Helen LaVerne Hale Randolph

    Helen LaVerne Hale Randolph

    Born: 8/4/1923

    Died: 6/17/2005

    Maiden Name: Hale

    Honorific: n/a

    Helen LaVerne Hale Randolph passed away June 17, 2005. She was born August 4, 1923, in Rush Springs, Oklahoma, the daughter of Gladys Ivy McAdoo Hale and Olie Webster Hale. She graduated from Rush Springs High School in 1941. She and Arthur Randolph were married November 28, 1940. They had been married 62 years at the time of his death on August 13, 2002. LaVerne was also preceded in death by her mother in 1928; her father on June 15, 1982; and her stepmother, Lillie Hale, on November 17, 1991.

    Survivors include her daughter, Loretta Randolph Wright, and her husband, Winfred, of Oklahoma City; two brothers, Olie Junior Hale of Rush Springs, and Archie Hale of Abilene, Kansas; numerous nieces, nephews, and a multitude of longtime friends, most of whom she met during the 55 years in the car business and antique collecting, which was her passion. One of her greatest joys was giving to others with a heart of gold. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Chickasha, Oklahoma. Those of us who were blessed by knowing LaVerne will miss her.

    Helen LaVerne Hale Randolph

  • Ruby Joyce Rose

    Ruby Joyce Rose

    Born: 7/8/1930

    Died: 6/7/2002

    Maiden Name: Latimer

    Honorific: n/a

    Ruby Joyce Rose, 71, of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma passed away Friday, June 7, 2002 at the Ada Retirement Care Center in Ada, Oklahoma. She was born July 8, 1930 in Wynnewood, Oklahoma to Warren Mike and Christine Lee (Cregger) Latimer.

    She and William Glenn Rose were married on August 21, 1948 in Pauls Valley.

    Joyce worked at the Four Sands Motel for many years as a desk clerk and was a member of Pentecostal Church of God. The Pauls Valley and Wynnewood area has been her home most of her life.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband on August 30, 1978; two sons, David Allen Rose and Jimmy Rose; a brother, Larry Latimer, and a sister, Vera Norman.

    Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-laws, Carol and A. C. Hinton of Pauls Valley and Glenda and Tom Williams of Cleveland, Oklahoma; two sisters, Linda Ashley and Elaine Brown and her husband, Benny, all of Pauls Valley; three grandchildren, Lynn Lyles, Michael Doughty and David Hinton; two great-grandchildren; two aunts, Sue Elliott of Del City, Oklahoma and Bebe Elliott of Stonewall, Oklahoma, and a host of nieces and nephews.

  • Timothy Justin Riddle

    Timothy Justin Riddle

    Born: n/a

    Died: 8/23/2000

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Timothy Justin Riddle, 18 passed away August 23, 2000 in Cabot, Arkansas.

    Survivors include his father, Timothy Andrew Riddle of Durant, Oklahoma, and his grandmother, Zelma Riddle of Cabot.

  • Martin Douglas "Doug" Ricord

    Martin Douglas “Doug” Ricord

    Born: 1/10/1957

    Died: 1/10/2000

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Martin Douglas “Doug” Ricord, 43; passed away January 10, 2000. He was born January 10, 1957 in McAlester, Oklahoma. he lived in Southlake, Texas and graduated from Carroll High School in 1975. He later attended Haskell Indian College in Lawrence, Kansas, where he was valedistorian in 1977. He then graduated from the University of Oklahoma.

    He was most happy when he was playing music on his guitar. He especially loved the the blues. He enjoyed wood carving, gardening, hunting and fishing.

  • Corinne (Moore) Rabon

    Corinne (Moore) Rabon

    Born: 4/25/1904

    Died: 5/22/2000

    Maiden Name: Moore

    Honorific: n/a

    Corinne (Moore) Rabon, 96, of Kinta, Okalhoma passed away Monday, May 22, 2000 in Kinta. She was born April 25, 1904 in Kinta, Indian Territory.

    Her mother, Lena McCurtain, was born in Sana Bois, Indian Territory on August 9, 1881 and her father, Herbert McClain Moore, was born in Skullyville, Indian Territory on July 2, 1878. She is the granddaughter of Green McCurtain, who became principal chief of the Choctaw Nation in October, 1896, serving two terms until 1900, and again held that same office from 1902 to 1910.

    She attended college at Lindenwood, a girl’s school in St. Charles, Missouri, and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in English and French. While at OU she played the violin in the orchestra. She taught school for many years, first at Porter and then in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Having a deep love of teaching, she then went on to teach English at Kinta High School and then at Quinton.

    She was married to Otway Rabon on August 25, 1929 in McAlester, Oklahoma. Besides teaching, Mrs. Rabon held the role of being a minister’s wife and held that title with great honor. She was very musical, playing a number of different instruments. She enjoyed painting, growing flowers, knitting, cooking and collecting antiques. She was a very virtuous woman and her family always came first with her.

    Survivors include her husband; daughters, Nancy Rabon Lewis of Pryor, Oklahoma and Carol Rabon and Ray Shelton of Barnsdall, Oklahoma; sons, James and Laurel Sloan of Prior and Phillip and Patsy Janeway Rabon of Lawton, Oklahoma; one sister, Betty Patricia Ward of Muskogee, Oklahoma; eight grandchidren and 12 great-grandchildren.

  • Millie Gertrude (Beames) Roberson

    Millie Gertrude (Beames) Roberson

    Born: 4/6/1908

    Died: 7/12/2000

    Maiden Name: Beams

    Honorific: n/a

    Millie Gertrude (Beams) Roberson passed away July 12, 2000 at the home of her daughter, Minnie, and son-in-law, Troy Welch, in Oxnard, California. She was born April 6, 1908.

    Mrs. Roberson lived a full and meaningful life. She was instrumental in buliding six churches in Santa Cruz and Watsoneille, California. Her food will always be remembered by many of the church families.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Lowell Lynn Roberson; parents, Josiah and Minnie (Sauls) Beans; son, James Lowell Roberson; grandson, Gary James Roberson; great-granddaughter, Alyssa Roberson; six brothers and three sisters.

    Survivors include daughters, Dorothy Seiverson of San Andreas, California, Betty Markley of Redding, California, Peggy Wher of Aptos, California and Minnie Roberson of Oxnard, Califonia; sons, Bobby Roberson of Oraville, Califonia and Jerry Roberson of Capitola, California; 21 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren and 34 great-great-grandchildren.

  • Calvin Lee Robinson

    Calvin Lee Robinson

    Born: 10/10/1919

    Died: 7/27/2000

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Calvin Lee Robinson, 80, passed away on Thursday, July 27, 2000 at Carl Albert Indian Hospital in Ada, Oklahoma. He was born October 10, 1919 to Loring and Sophina (Moore) Robinson in Caney, Oklahoma.

    He served in the Army for two years and in the Air Force for six years. He served during World War II and the Korean War.

    He was active in church with Victory Baptist Church and Pentecostal Church of God. He married Lorene Harjo on February 20, 1950.

    Mr. Robinson enjoyed listening to gospel music, playing his guitar and being around his grnadchildren and great-grandchildren.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a son, two sisters and one brother.

    Survivors include son, Bobby Robinson, and daughter, Katie Yellowfish, both of Konawa, Oklahoma; nine grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, one niece, two great-nephews and a host of friends.

  • Joel N. Robinson

    Joel N. Robinson

    Born: 8/25/1961

    Died: 9/10/2000

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Joel N. Robinson, 39, of Boswell, Oklahoma passed away Sunday, September 10, 2000 at Texoma Medical Center, Denison, Texas. He was born Friday, august 25, 1961 in Andrews, Texas.

    Mr. Robinson was self-employed and worked as a welder and a truck driver. He moved to Boswell from Andrews in 1998. He was a member of the Assembly of God in Boswell.

    He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Polly Brinkley, and brother, Brice Allen Robinson.

    Survivors include his parents, Hoot Robinson of Boswell and Roxie Adair of Andrews; a son, Joel G. Robinson of Andrews; daughters, Rebecca Rains of Midland, Texas and Jennifer Rains of Andrews; brother, Byrne Robinson of Bennington, Oklahoma and Wendall Ellett of Andrews, and numerous nieces and nephews.

  • Meada Creason King Rusco

    Meada Creason King Rusco

    Born: 9/19/1927

    Died: 12/25/2005

    Maiden Name: King

    Honorific: n/a

    Meada Creason King Rusco, 78, of Austin, Texas, passed away December 25, 2005. She was born September 19, 1927, in Durant, Oklahoma, to Pallie and George Creason.

    Meada spent a lifetime giving of herself in the nursing field. After graduating from high school she attended the Paris School of Nursing in Paris, Texas, and graduated with her Registered Nurse license. She lived with a determination to do something every day to make the world a better place.

    Survivors include two children, Judy and Jimmy; two grandchildren, Stepheny and Andrea; one sister, Flo Dillard; and one cousin, Dorothy Green.

    Meada Creason King Rusco

  • James William Renshaw

    James William Renshaw

    Born: n/a

    Died: 2/5/2006

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Chief Boswainmate James William Renshaw, U.S. Navy retired, 56, passed away February 5, 2006.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Lavada Renshaw.

    Survivors include his wife, Xenia Renshaw; daughters and sons-in-law, Ivette and Jose Valdez, Janeth and Richard Oster, Xenia Lynn and Robert John, Elizabeth Ann and Richard Garza and Jamie Leah and Randy Robison; sisters, Betty Jones and husband, James Ray, and Holly Webb and husband, Charlie; grandchildren, Jose Jr., Alicia, Leticia, Ian, Brandon, Briana, Andrew, Hunter James, Holton Robert, Ella Ann, Brady, and Jacob.

  • Pete Roebuck

    Pete Roebuck

    Born: 9/3/1921

    Died: 3/17/2007

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Pete Roebuck, 85, of Seabrook, Texas, passed away March 17, 2007, at Seabrook. He was born September 3, 1921, in Soper, the son of Ulysses G. Roebuck and Minnie B. Fennell Roebuck and grew up in the Boswell area. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during World War II. He was a drywall contractor and he enjoyed hunting and fishing. Anyone who met him would say that he was the greatest man they ever knew. His passing leaves a vast hole in the hearts of his family that will never be filled.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Gwendolyn, Vivian, Pearly Lou, Fern and Joyce; his first wife, Juanita; and a daughter, Lisa.

    Survivors include his wife, Jean Roebuck; two brothers, Joe Ben Roebuck and his wife, Grace, of Oklahoma City and Floyd Roebuck and his wife, Loraine, of Boswell; four children.

  • Otway Thomas Rabon

    Otway Thomas Rabon

    Born: 2/12/1905

    Died: 7/16/2007

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Otway Thomas Rabon, 102, longtime Kinta area minister, passed away July 16, 2007, at his home. A native of Kinta, Indian Territory, he was born February 12, 1905, to J.W. Rabon and Mary Edmonds Rabon.

    He grew up and graduated from Kinta High School in the early 1920s. He continued his education at Oklahoma Baptist University. He was married to Corinne Moore on August 25, 1929. Otway farmed and ranched for several years before being called into the Baptist Ministry in 1937. He served in several area churches including Lequire, Kinta, Enterprise and Copan, as well as many other churches in a career that spanned almost 70 years as he never retired. He will be remembered as a kind and gentle man who dedicated his life to his family and ministry. He was a member of the Enterprise Baptist Church and was an original Choctaw enrollee.

    He was preceded in death by his wife; three children, Nancy Lewis, O.W. Rabon, and an infant daughter; and three sisters.

    Survivors include his three children, James Rabon and wife Laurel of Pryor, Carol Shelton and husband Stanley Ray of Barns-dall, Phil Rabon and wife Patsy of Lawton; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

  • Luke Roberson

    Luke Roberson

    Born: 1/14/1907

    Died: 1/3/1997

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Luke Roberson passed away on January 3, 1997. He was born on January 14, 1907. He lived and died in Grass Valley, California.

    He was preceded in death by his wife, Margie McAlester, in 1984; his son Dale Roberson in 1985 and his eldest son, T.J. Roberson in 1989.

    He is survived by his daughter Davie Roberson Mathews and grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

  • Pauline Samuel Reynolds

    Pauline Samuel Reynolds

    Born: 7/1/1921

    Died: 5/10/1997

    Maiden Name: Jones

    Honorific: n/a

    Pauline Reynolds was born on July 1, 1921 in Smithville Oklahoma to Silas Samuel and Silway Jones.

    She passed away May 10, 1997 at Claremore Indian Hospital,

    In March 1996 she received an Honorary Life Membership in Women’s Association for Outstanding Service. She was loved very much and will be greatly missed by her family and many close friends.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, William Reynolds and brother, LeRoy Samuel and half-sister Levida Going.

    Survivors include two sons, Robert and James; one daughter, Margaret; two granddaughters, Crystal and Dolly; three sisters, Leona Francis, Condie Heimeh of Victorville California and Louise Amos of Garvin Oklahoma and a cousin, Charlie Jones.

  • Beatrice Ringwald

    Beatrice Ringwald

    Born: 7/31/1920

    Died: n/a

    Maiden Name: Roebuck

    Honorific: n/a

    Beatrice Ringwald, age 76, of Falfa, Oklahoma passed away. She was born on July 31, 1920 in Antlers, Oklahoma. She was the daughter of David. A. and Elizabeth Underwood Roebuck.

    She was a housewife, homemaker and of the Assembly of God faith.

    She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and Joe Rose and Norma and Herbert Anderson, all of Talihina, Oklahoma; two granddaughters and spouses, Kim and Terry Davis of the Colony, Texas and Tonja and Mike Smalling of Falfa; three great-grandchildren, Courtney Davis, Ashley and Weston Smalling; a brother, Jesse Roebuck of Burkburnett, Texas; three sisters, Viola Fromme and Vivian Allen, both of Antlers and numerous nieces and nephews.

  • Ella Louise Raney

    Ella Louise Raney

    Born: n/a

    Died: 7/21/1997

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Ella Louise Raney, 92, of Stigler died July 21, 1997 at the Haskell County Nursing Center.

    Funeral services were held July 26, 1997 at the First Untied Methodist Church of Stigler with Rev. Donald Horton, Rev. James Edmison and Mr. Bob White officiating. Burial was in Stigler Cemetery.

    Raney taught piano at the Oklahoma School for the Blind in Muskogee and taught private lessons for numerous years. She was also the organist at the First United Methodist Church of Stigler for over 58 years and was a former choir director. She obtained her Masters degree in Music from the Lindenwood College, St. Charles, Missouri and the American Conservatory in Chicago, Illinois.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank; and one son, Clark Frank Raney.

    She is survived by one daughter Mimi Raney White of Denver, Colorado; two sisters, Ruth Clark Bradt of Stigler and Phebe Varner of Poteau; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two nieces and one nephew.

  • Lesa Roberts

    Lesa Roberts

    Born: 2/1/1889

    Died: n/a

    Maiden Name: Phillips

    Honorific: n/a

    Lesa Roberts was born on February 1, 1889 in Meridian, Mississippi to Bush and Lucy Lott Phillips and passed away in the Chowchilla Convalescent Hospital at the age of 105.

    She was preceded in death by her parents and three daughters, Nellie Neal, Pearl Collum and Juanita Baugher.

    She is survived by a daughter, Gladys Ross; two sons, Carl Billey and William Roberts all of Chowchilla, California; 12 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and 21 great-great-grandchildren

  • George Roberson, Jr.

    George Roberson, Jr.

    Born: 4/8/1936

    Died: 8/11/1994

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    George Roberson, Jr. was born to the late Mr. and Mrs. George Roberson, Sr. on April 8, 1936 in Shaw, Mississippi. He was the second of five children born to this union.

    He confessed a hope in Jesus Christ at the New Salem Baptist Church in Venice, Illinois at an early age.

    George was united in a holy matrimony to Annie M. Hodges. TO this union four children were born.

    George worked fourteen years for the Federal Reserve Bank. He was employed at Brinks, Inc. at the time of his death.

    He departed this life on Thursday, August 11, 1994 at DePaul Hospital. He was preceded in death by a son and a brother.

    He is survived by his wife, Annie Mae; daughters, Maria Roxane and Lynette; son, Donnell; three sisters, Elizabeth Sawyer, Roberta Montgomery and Annie B Brown, all of Chicago Illinois; five grandchildren; a mother in law on daughter in law, two sisters in law, and a host of aunts uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

  • Gladys Buell Roberts

    Gladys Buell Roberts

    Born: 12/25/1900

    Died: 1/16/1996

    Maiden Name: Buell

    Honorific: n/a

    Gladys Buell Roberts, age 95, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma passed away on January 16, 1996 in Oklahoma City.

    She was born on December 25, 1900 in Kansas City, Missouri to Ward D. and Rosa Lee Buell. Gladys was a descendent of Dixon Durant, the founder of Durant, Oklahoma and she was on the rolls of the Choctaw tribe.

    She worked as a secretary until her retirement. She was preceded in death by her husband and two sisters.

    She is survived by two daughters, Estella Francis Patterson of Oklahoma City and Homa Buell Holland of Canadian, Oklahoma; nine grandchildren, Carol Webster, Marilyn Conyer and Bryan Holland of Oklahoma City, Patty Bystrom of Atlanta Georgia, David Holland and Randy Holland, both of California and Susan Holland, Lisa Peurrung and Pamela Harley, all of Oklahoma and 14 great-grandchildren.

  • Ted Robertson

    Ted Robertson

    Born: 12/31/1899

    Died: 8/6/1994

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Ted Robertson, 87, of McCurtain Oklahoma died August 6, in Spiro Nursing Home. He was a retired coal miner.

    The funeral was held August 9th in the Freewill Baptist Church of McCurtain, with Rev. John Bates Officiating. Burial was at Miners Cemetery in McCurtain under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Spiro.

    He is survived by four sons, Norman of Downing, California, Don of Tulsa Oklahoma, Johnny of McCurtain and Tommy of Bayou Vista Louisiana; four daughters, Carol Sue Olson and Teddy Brassfield of Des Moines, Iowa, Glenda Brown of Bokoshe, Oklahoma, and Ranell Mahan of Panama Oklahoma; two sisters, Alma Graham of Eufaula, Oklahoma and Inez Dixon of Stigler, Oklahoma; one brothers, Clyde Robertson of Stigler, Oklahoma; 19 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

  • Hubert Russell Rose

    Hubert Russell Rose

    Born: 4/29/1925

    Died: 3/17/1996

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Hubert Russell Rose, age 70, of Salt Lake City, Utah, passed away March 17, after a long illness. Russell was born on April 29, 1925 in Hugo Oklahoma to Hubert and Tommie (Yeley) Rose.

    He is survived by his wife, Elinor Rose of Salt Lake City; mother Tommie (Yeley) Rose of Fairfield, California; daughter, Helen Rachael of Salida, California; brother, Gorman Roase of Fairfield; sister, Kay Wilson of Fillmore, California and two grandsons Richard and Robert Brindos of San Jose, California and two nephews.

  • Ruth R. Riley

    Ruth R. Riley

    Born: 10/4/1923

    Died: 1/25/2009

    Maiden Name: Beck

    Honorific: n/a

    Ruth R. Riley, 85, a lifelong resident of Norman, passed away January 25, 2009. She was born October 4, 1923, to Samuel Joe Scott Beck and Myrtle Carter Beck in Midway.

    Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Paul H. Riley; sisters, Hazel Bolding and Nell June Allen; brother, Lewis Beck; niece, Pamela K. Winblood; nephews, Melton M. Moran and Neal Keith; great-nephew, G. Scott Grissom; great-nieces, Kae Dawn Winblood and Brandi Winblood; and her children, Raven Wahkinney and William Scott Weber; sister-in-law, Phyllis and husband John Chatterton; and good friend, David Herring.

  • Thomas Jefferson Riddle Jr.

    Thomas Jefferson Riddle Jr.

    Born: 1/12/1929

    Died: 11/15/2008

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Thomas Jefferson Riddle Jr. of Edmond passed away November 12, 2008. He was born January 12, 1929, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Thomas Jefferson Riddle Sr. and Barbara Coax Riddle.

    The family moved to Oklahoma City in 1930, where Tom attended Foster and Capitol Hill High Schools, graduating in 1949 from Central High School after his military service. He served his country with honor in the U.S. Merchant Marine, the U.S. Navy, and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. He led a remarkable, courageous, and adventurous life, including witnessing the atomic bomb test at Bikini Atoll, and assisting in quelling the infamous prison break and subsequent riot known as The Battle of Alcatraz in 1946. He boxed in Golden Gloves and was the welterweight boxing champion of the U.S. Navy 7th Fleet. He was also a local blues singer known among Oklahoma City blues musicians as South Dallas.

    He then began a 28-year career as a firefighter, serving in the Midwest City and Tinker Fire Departments before joining the Oklahoma City Fire Department in July of 1951. He retired June 30, 1978. As a young firefighter, Tom saw a good friend and fellow firefighter severely injured while fighting a fire. The injured man was not allowed to seek medical attention until his shift was over the next morning. Gangrene set in due to lack of prompt medical attention and the injured firefighter’s leg was amputated. This experience inspired Tom to take action in support of his fellow firefighters. His life’s work and passion was to fight for employee dignity, fair wages and benefits, and job-site justice for firefighters in the public sector. A pioneer is one who, with no guarantee of success, leads with courage and conviction, convincing others to follow into uncharted territory. Tom Riddle was a pioneer who led Oklahoma City and Oklahoma state firefighters into the new arena of collective bargaining.

    Among his achievements he was a charter member of the International Association of Firefighters Local #157 (formerly #1524) - 1964; and helped to pass legislation providing Worker’s Compensation benefits to firefighters. Prior to this, Oklahoma firefighters who routinely put their lives on the line for the good of the public had no state on-the-job injury or death benefits; helped to pass legislation in 1971 establishing the Fire and Police Collective Bargaining Act, which guaranteed firefighters the right to bargain with their municipality regarding wages, hours and terms and conditions of employment. Under this new act, he conducted negotiations for the first contract between firefighters and the City of Oklahoma City. He served as president of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local #157 (Oklahoma City) 1971-1976; served two terms as president of the Professional Firefighters of Oklahoma, an association of 73 firefighter local unions from all over the state. He also established the first successful Affirmative Action program for firefighters within the United States.

    As an independent labor consultant, he negotiated for numerous Oklahoma firefighter local unions, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal employees, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodges, the International Union of Police Associations, the Allied Paint and Trades Councils, the Office and Professional Employees Internation, OKC Principals’ Association, and the American Federation of Teachers. He negotiated and arbitrated contracts between the respective cities and International Association of Firefighters’ locals in Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, and New Mexico. As advocate, he fought and won the Oklahoma City Firefighters’ first arbitration case with the City; fought and won the first reinstatement of a wrongly discharged firefighter through the process of binding arbitration in Oklahoma. He participated in writing the firefighter overtime requirements which were included for the first time in the Fair Labor Standards Act of the United States Department of Labor; Oklahoma AFL-CIO Executive Board member and parliamentarian for eight years; served as secretary-treasurer of the Oklahoma County Democrat Party; and was an Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area United Way trustee. He represented Oklahoma firefighters in more than 1,000 arbitration cases as their official advocate. Tom was also inducted into the Oklahoma Labor Hall of Fame in 2003.

    Tom was the son of an original enrollee of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. He married Winona Dee Hodel Henderson on February 11, 1966. He was a member of Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church of Edmond.

    He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Paige.

    Survivors include his wife; four children, Sherri Henderson, Tamlyn Jordan and husband Matthew, Robin Riddle and Thomas Jefferson Riddle III and wife Ashley; five grandchildren, Patrick Delaney, Nicholas Snodgrass, Sydney Riddle, Shaun Stephenson and Zachary Jordan; brother, Peter Riddle and wife Barbara of Lincoln, California; and nephew, Jerry Riddle and wife Michelle Shipley of Los Angeles, California.

  • Lela Rodriguez

    Lela Rodriguez

    Born: 2/12/1910

    Died: 1/20/1989

    Maiden Name: Morris

    Honorific: n/a

    Mrs. Lela Rodriguez, a resident of Hugo, died January 20, 1989. She was 78 years old.

    A homemaker by occupation, she was a member of the Clayton Avenue Baptist Church.

    She was born February 12, 1910 in Soper Oklahoma. Her parents were Clemmens and Lissie (Stephens) Morris.

    Mrs. Rodriguez was preceded in death by her husband Daniel Rodriguez, on December 20, 1982.

    Survivors include twos sons, Henry Rodriguez and Joe Daniel Rodriguez, Both of Hugo, Six daughters, Helen Roberts, Donna M. Mickel, Ann Tyler, Ramona Summer, Hazel Smith and Elsie Freeman, all of Hugo; 25 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

    Services were held January 23 with Rev. Bertram Bobb and Rev. Bill Stone officiating. Burial was in the Mount-Olivet Cemetery.

    Pallbearers were Randle Durant, Ryman Battiest, Dale Cox, Billy Paul Baker, Perry Thompson, Ted Dosh and Greg Pyle.

  • Lonnie Frank Ray

    Lonnie Frank Ray

    Born: 4/6/1920

    Died: 11/8/1994

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Lonnie F. Ray, age 74, died at his home in Geronimo, Oklahoma on November 8, 1994 after a long illness. He was born on April 6, 1920 to Winnie (Dodson) Ray and Manuel King Ray in Bokchito, Oklahoma. In 1925 his mother, brother, sister and himself moved to the Lawton area after his father’s death.

    Lonnie joined the Army at age 18 in 1938 where he received an honorable discharge in 1952. He was in the Calvary Infantry and Airborne. He received Army Occupation Medal (Japan) the Europeean-Africian-Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbon with Bronze Stars, the World War II Victory Medal and the American Theater Ribbon.

    He married Jean B. Silcock on December 20, 1953 in Wichita Falls, Texas.

    After the military he was employed as a neon sign fabricator and erector, until his retirement due to ill-health in 1972. Lonnie was a proud member of the Choctaw tribe, also a life-member of the Geronimo Chapter of the VFW and the DAV.

    He is survived by his wife of the home, two daughters, Robin Lee Hinson of Geronimo, and Virginia Neal of Noble, Oklahoma; two granddaughters, Lohny Pilkington and Cammie Hinson; three grandsons, Ross Pilkington, Bobby Ledford and Skip Harrison.

  • Billy Dan Robinson

    Billy Dan Robinson

    Born: 7/20/1924

    Died: 9/27/2007

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Billy Dan Robison, 83, of Dekalb, Texas, passed away on September 27, 2007, in Christus St. Michael Health Care Center in Texarkana, Texas. He was born on July 20, 1924 in Hugo, Oklahoma to William H. and Ethel Robison.

    He was a member and past Sunday School Superintendent and teacher of the Dalby Springs Methodist Church. At the time of his military career, he served in the U.S. Army and later transferred to the U.S. Air Force with a total amount of 23 years service. His declarations and citations include Purple Heart, Distinguished Unit Badge of Good Conduct Medal, Pacific Theater Ribbon with two Bronze Service Stars and Bronze Arrowhead Combat Infantryman Badge, Nation Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal with Silver Loop, Air Force Commendation Medal, The Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, and Certificate Award in Participation in the Presidential Inaugural Parade for President Dwight David Eisenhower. His overseas service includes South Pacific 1943-1945, Turkey 1952-1955, and France 1962-1965. After retiring from the military, he retired from Day and Zimmerman and Lone Star Steel from the personnel department.

    He is preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Dortha Ruth.

    He is survived by his wife of 61 and a half years, Norma Willene Robison of Dekalb, Texas; a son and daughter-in-law, Billy and Rhonda Robison of Tyler, Texas; four daughters and sons-in-law, Norma Jean Robison of Texarkana, Carolyn and Randy Pirkey, and Debora and Jackie Ford all of Dekalb, and Lisa and Ross Lennon of Avery, Texas. He is survived by 12 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

  • Billy Joe Reynolds

    Billy Joe Reynolds

    Born: 4/19/1944

    Died: 5/19/2006

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Billy Joe Reynolds, 62, of Caddo passed away May 19, 2006, in Denison, Texas. He was born April 19, 1944, in Colbert, the son of Jake and Willie Reynolds.

    Joe and Geraldine Wright were married on January 18, 1969, in Pauls Valley. He was an auto mechanic, a member of DAV, a proud member of the Choctaw veterans and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. He enjoyed spending time at the local coffee shops and taking care of his yard. However, his greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Elmer, A.J., Kenneth and James Clinton Reynolds; and sisters, Onida Clark, Francis Stout, Ann Burgess and Gertrude Davis.

    Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Billy J. Reynolds and Cindy of Houston, Texas, and Terry Reynolds and Kassie of Stillwater; daughter and son-in-law, Tammy Beauchamp and Brian of The Colony, Texas; brother and sister-in-law, David Reynolds and Jayne of Denison; sisters, Trudy Gilbert of Choctaw and Patsy McDaniel of Haltom City, Texas; and grandchildren, Aaron Beauchamp, Mollie Beauchamp and Bethany Beauchamp of The Colony, Noah Bass and Rylan Reynolds of Stillwater.

  • Clifton L. Richards Sr.

    Clifton L. Richards Sr.

    Born: 3/1/1886

    Died: 10/17/1998

    Maiden Name: n/a

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    Clifton L. Richards Sr., a businessman and philanthropist known as Mr. Shoes for his support of the Assistance League of Tulsa, Oklahoma, passed away Saturday, October 17, 1998. He was 102.

    Mr. Richards was born in McAlester, Indian Territory, on March 1, 1886. He lived there until he went into the service during World War I. he was a Sergeant in the Ambulance Corps at the time of his discharge in 1919.

    He moved to Tulsa in 1925 and started Vendome Tank Car Co., an 800-tank car fleet that covered the Untied States and Canadian railways before oil pipelines. He sold the company in 1962 and turned his interest to oil production in Oklahoma and Kansas.

    Mr. Richards supported many charitable organizations in Tulsa including the Assistance League of Tulsa School Bell Program, Tulsa Boys Home, March of Dimes, Tulsa Center for the Physically Limited and the Children’s Hospital of Tulsa.

    He also supported many civic activities of Tulsa, including Tulsa Ballet Theater, Tulsa Philharmonic, Philbrook Museum of Art and the Gilcrease Museum. In 1992, he formed the Richards Foundation to carry on his philanthropy.

    He was a 75-year member of the North McAlester Masonic Lodge, a member of the York Rite of McAlester, and a 33 degree member of the Scottish Rite. He was the Past Potentate of Akdar Shrine in Tulsa. Until his passing, he was the oldest living Past Potentate in all of Shrine.

    Survivors include his two sons, Clifton L. Richards, Jr., of Del Mar, California, and Edwin T. Richards of Tulsa, Oklahoma; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

  • Leona Mae Baker Roberson

    Leona Mae Baker Roberson

    Born: 4/12/1928

    Died: 12/5/2000

    Maiden Name: Baker

    Honorific: n/a

    Leona Mae Baker Roberson, 72, passed away December 5, 2000 at her home. She was born April 12, 1928 at Nashoba, Oklahoma to Noel Samuel and Roxie (Loman) Baker.

    She attended Goodland, Wheelock and Sequoyah Schools. She worked in Food Service at Kullihoma and McCall’s Chapel.

    Leona married Ellis Carnes in 1948. They later divorced. She married Berman Roberson on January 7, 1971 at Antlers, Oklahoma. He preceded her in death on August 13, 1998.

    Survivors include three sons, S.B. Hone-sa of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Noel Samuel Carnes of Ada, Oklahoma and Darren Roberson of Denison, Texas; seven daughters, Toni Bowers and Belva Roberson of Denison, Mary Hayes of Pryor, Oklahoma, Georgia Jarvis of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Lillie Dusenberry and Peggy Henderson, both of Ada, and Phyllis Carnes of Tahlequah; 19 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

  • Albert Daniel Roberts

    Albert Daniel Roberts

    Born: 3/16/1935

    Died: 3/11/2001

    Maiden Name: n/a

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    Albert Daniel “Bob” Roberts, Sr., 65, of Stockton, California passed away on March 11, 2001 in Stockton. He was born on March 16, 1935 in Hochatown, Oklahoma.

    Mr. Roberts served his country during the Korean Conflict in the U.S. Air Force and attained the rank of E-5 during his rnilitary service. He worked for Fibreboard Products, Hughes Industries in Los Angeles, California and then as maintenance mechanic at Tri Valley Growers until his retirement.

  • Bernice Andrews Ramirez

    Bernice Andrews Ramirez

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    Bernice Andrews Ramirez

  • Thelma Christine Redfern

    Thelma Christine Redfern

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    Thelma Christine Redfern

  • David Russell Roberts

    David Russell Roberts

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    David Russell Roberts

  • Lueda Robertson

    Lueda Robertson

    Born: n/a

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    Lueda Robertson

  • Robert C. Roebuck

    Robert C. Roebuck

    Born: n/a

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    Robert C. Roebuck

  • Effie Sister Rogers

    Effie Sister Rogers

    Born: n/a

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    Effie Sister Rogers

  • Tommie Mae Yeley Rose

    Tommie Mae Yeley Rose

    Born: n/a

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    Tommie Mae Yeley Rose

  • Teresa M. Roth

    Teresa M. Roth

    Born: n/a

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    Teresa M. Roth

  • Sherry Lois Rush

    Sherry Lois Rush

    Born: 8/14/1960

    Died: 10/31/2009

    Maiden Name: Glover

    Honorific: n/a

    Sherry Lois Rush was born on Aug. 14, 1960, in Oklahoma City to Nina (Kelley) Park and Loyd Glover. She passed away Oct. 31, 2009, in Altus. She attended school in Wellington, Texas. She worked alongside her sisters at Jimbo’s convenience store for several years and at the Dollar General. At both places, she enjoyed being around people, associating with the public and was liked by all her customers. She loved collecting antiques, Coca-Cola products and rocks from Quartz Mountain. She liked working on jigsaw puzzles, reading Stephen King books, collecting jewelry boxes, painting, gardening and being outdoors. Her maternal and paternal grandparents, Jess and Grace Kelley and Miles and Edna Glover, preceded her in death.

    Survivors include son Billy Mack Rush of Oklahoma City; mother Nina Park of Altus; father and stepmother Loyd and Ann Glover of Chickasha; sisters Nita Glover of Altus and Virginia Cass and husband Brandon, of Kingsville, Texas; and brothers Tony and Johnny Glover, both of Amarillo, Texas; nephews Daniel Glover of Aurora, Colo., and Nathaniel Jackson of Kingsville and many friends.

  • Ruby Grace Vancil Riley

    Ruby Grace Vancil Riley

    Born: 02/23/1903 Died: 03/31/1991 Maiden Name: Woods Honorific: n/a Ruby Riley, age 88, of Talihina passed away March 31, 1991 at the Baylo Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Daughter of Simon and Nancy Woods, she was born February 23, 1903 in Whitesboro, Indian Territory.

    She lived in the Talihina area all her life. Her employment had been with the Public Health Services Hospital in Talihina until her retirement in 1963. She was a member and Elder of the First Presbyterian Church, Talihina Business and Professional Women’s Club, Choctaw Senior Citizens’ Organization and Presbyterian Women’s Club.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Fay W Riley, in 1971 and a son, John G Vancil in 1975.

    Survivors include two daughters, Jo Ellen Pearce of Dallas and Claudette Zurn of Ridgecrest, Ca; one son, Paul Vancil of Atlanta, Georgia; two sisters, Reba Hoskins and Janevieve Riddle, both of Oklahoma City; 16 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren, and numerous friends and loved ones. Interment was at Whitesboro Cemetery at Whitesboro, Oklahoma

  • Leona Scantlen Rucker

    Leona Scantlen Rucker

    Born:10/15/1901 Died: 03/24/1991 Maiden Name: Scantlen Honorific: n/a

    Leona Scantlen Rucker, 89, of Stigler, died Sunday, March 24, in her home.

    Mrs. Rucker was born October 15, 1901, in Indian Territory to James and Laurena (Garland) Scantlen. She was a retired evangelist, serving 42 years. Leona was an original enrollee with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

    Services were at the Mallory Chaplin in Stigler with Rev. Carl Hill officiating. Burial was in Garland Cemetery.

    Mrs. Rucker is survived by one daughter, Mildred Robertson of Broken Arrow; two sons, Kenneth Bales of Broken Arrow and Jack Bales of Haughton, LA; one sister, Velma Durant of Stigler, two brothers, Lucian Scantlen and Haskell “Doc” Scantlen, both of Stigler, 10 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

  • Carrie “Carol” Roberts

    Carrie “Carol” Roberts

    Born: 04/11/1919 Died: 03/27/1995 Maiden Name: Jacobs Honorific: n/a

    Carrie “Carol” Roberts was born on Friday, April 11, 1919 in Atoka County, Oklahoma to Wilson N and Lutie (Byington) Jacobs. She passed away on Monday, March 27, 1995 in Denison, Texas. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Durant and graduated from the Haskell Institution in Lawrenece, Kansas with a degree in commercial Arts and Craft. She was a very talented art worker, she loved to paint and work in her greenhouse raising flowers and cactus. She married Herman Roberts on December 23, 1937 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. She was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Ken Roberts in 1984. She is survived by her husband, Herman Roberts of Durant, Oklahoma; one son and daughter in law, David and Dottie Roberts of Madill, Oklahoma; one grandson and wife, Don and Jamie Roberts; one granddaughter and husband Diane and Penty Wheeler; three great-grandsons and one great-granddaughter.

  • Francille Mackey Roberts

    Francille Mackey Roberts

    Born: 02/21/1919 Died: 01/01/1901 Maiden Name: Mackey Honorific: n/a

    Francille Mackey Roberts, age 76, of Midwest City, Oklahoma passed away. She was born on February 21, 1919 in Savanna, Oklahoma to David M and Blanch Newman Mackey. She was a longtime member o the Wickline United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women and Midwest Regional Hospital volunteer. She finished the 12th grade at Goodland School and went to college at Southeastern State University in Durant. She is survived by her husband, Arnett of the home; her sisters, Elizabeth Shannon of Midwest City, Laverne Murphy of Huntington Park, California; one brother, Raymond C. Mackey of Oklahoma City. Memorials may be made to the Youth Department of the Wickline United Methodist Church.

  • Ida Raydon

    Ida Raydon

    Born: 07/25/1894 Died: 09/21/1995 Maiden Name: Pusley Honorific: n/a

    Ida Raydon, 101, a lifelong resident of McAlester, Oklahoma passed away on September 21, 1995. She was bon on July 25, 1894 in Indian Territory to Lyman and Lizzie Adams Pusley. She was married to Albert Wesley Raydon on September 7, 1913 in Gerty, Oklahoma. She was a member of he Main and Oklahoma Church of Christ and was a housewife. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Wesley Raydon; one daughter, Mary Ann Thompson; one son, Clarence A. Raydon; two brothers, Frank and Smallwood Pulsey; one half-brother John Pulsey; two sisters Evaline Hayes ad Bertha Hunter. Survivers include; one daughter, Clara Mae Braswell of McAlester, one daughter-in-law, Ester Raydon of Sacramento, California; one sister, Minnie Harris of McAlester; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

  • Kenneth Rodebush

    Born: 12/30/1957

    Died: 12/12/2012

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Kenneth Darrell Rodebush, 54, of, McAlester, passed away on Dec. 12, 2012. He was born to Kenneth D. and Willow Bell (Dozier) Rodebush on Dec. 30, 1957, in Oklahoma City. He grew up in Shamrock and in Oklahoma City. Kenneth worked for the Oklahoma State Fair, the City of Oklahoma City as a crossing guard at public schools and Terry Reynolds Plumbing. He also was a bell ringer for the Salvation Army. Kenneth liked camping, being outdoors, attending the OK Choctaw Alliance events, and enjoyed OU football. The family would like to thank the Heritage Hill Nursing Center and Heartland Hospice, both of McAlester, for their care and compassion. The family would like to thank the Choctaw Nation for the help during the time of his passing.

    He was preceded in death by his parents and two infant brothers. He is survived by sisters, Carolyn Slane of Newalla, Bonnie Cole of Oklahoma City, and Diana Whited of Norman; nephews, David Slane, John Cole, Richard Cole, Chris Slane, Amos Vann and Adam Vann; nieces, Amber Vann and Angela Vann; special friends, Tiffany Goff, Terry Reynolds, Sandy and Charlie Wells and Robin Dorman; along with other family and friends.

  • Christopher "C.J."Jay Rawls

    -Christopher “C.J.”Jay Rawls

    Born: 10/22/1977

    Died: 12/14/2012

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Christopher “C.J.” Jay Rawls, 35, a Centrahoma resident, passed away on Dec. 14, 2012, in Coalgate. He was born Oct. 22, 1977, in Denton, Texas, to Glenn Franklin and Bernice “Rabbit” (Homer) Rawls. He attended Panola school and married Brandie DeAnn Webb on Dec. 2, 1999, in Coalgate. He was a baptized at Sulphur Springs Baptist Church in Wilburton. C.J. was an artist and enjoyed drawing tattoos.

    He was preceded in death by his son, Gabriel Michael Mormon Rawls; and niece Jarrah Lynn Lawrence. He is survived by his wife, Brandie Rawls of Centrahoma; children, Josh Ford of Wilburton, Samantha Ford of Coalgate, and Jessie Ford of Quinton; grandchildren Shakota and Sky Fisher of Coalgate; siblings, James Franklin Rawls and Valerie of Cottonwood, Felicia Ann Lawrence and Justin of Longtown, and Marvin Homer and Sheila of Atoka; nephews and nieces, Joseph Cooper, C.J. Cooper and Jamie Cooper, all of Atoka, Ocean Rawls and James Rawls, both of Cottonwood, and Kora Ann Lawrence, Javen Lawrence and J.J. Lawrence, all of Longtown; mother Bernice Homer with f’iance George Clark of Longtown; mother-in-law Regina Cunningham with husband Nathan of Centrahoma; father Glenn Franklin Rawls of Longtown; along with numerous aunts, uncles and other relatives.