Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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  • Cyrus Dewey Ward

    Cyrus Dewey Ward

    Born: 1898

    Died: 5/29/1977

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Cyrus Dewey Ward, roll number 7859, passed away May 29, 1977.

    He was the grandson of Eliza LeFlore Ward.

    Eliza was a descendant of the LeFlore family which was prominent in tribal affairs. In 1833 Eliza was in a Choctaw wagon train moving from Mississippi to Indian Territory. They camped on the Mississippi river bank when the stars fell. The Choctaws considered this a direct warning that they were not to change their residence and the entire party turned back to their original home. Several months later they again set out for the west and located at Skullyville where Eliza lived to be 107 years old. A January 10, 1928 paper with a Spiro dateline reads: "Mrs. Eliza LeFlore Ward, 107 years old, and perhaps the oldest person in Oklahoma, a full blood Choctaw and a descendant of a Mississippi tribe of Indians, died Saturday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Quent Bowan, in Spiro. "Funeral services were conducted at 11:30 o’clock Monday morning with Rev.. J. Jackson, Choctaw ministers, conducting the ceremonies, which were given in the Choctaw language. Only the songs were in English. Burial was at Skullyville in the family burying ground. Her oldest living is R.J. Ward of Palestine, Texas who is 77. Two older children are dead. Her youngest child is Mrs. John Rogers of Hugo who is 59. The other children are Mrs. Quent Bowan of Spiro and a son J.D. Ward of Spiro.

    Cyrus Dewey Ward, Eliza’s grandson, was born in Milton, Indian Territory in 1898. He attended Jones Academy. He married Alta Horn who lives in Norwalk, California now but was born near Cameron in Indian Territory. Cyrus and Alta have a son, Wayne Ward, also living in Norwalk, California.

  • Constance Tanner Wesley

    Constance Tanner Wesley

    Born: 3/24/1999

    Died: 2/29/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Constance Tanner Wesley, 4, passed away February 29, 2004, at Atoka Memorial Hospital, Atoka, Oklahoma. She was born March 24, 1999, in Oklahoma City, the daughter of Tim and Heather Wesley.

    A sister, Shelby Lynn Snow, preceded her in death on March 19, 2000.

    Survivors include her parents, Tim and Heather Wesley of the home in Atoka; grandparents, James and Dolly Williams and Woodrow and Vivian Morris, all of Atoka, and Charles and Madeline Snow of Tempe, Arizona; great-grandparents, Linnie Mae Williams and Reed and Lizzie Williams, all of Atoka, and Mae and Keith Hill of Tushka, Oklahoma; numerous aunts, uncles and other relatives and many very dear and loved friends.

    Constance Tanner Wesley

  • Ralph Walter Williams

    Ralph Walter Williams

    Born: 4/17/1940

    Died: 3/29/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Ralph Walter Williams, 63, passed away March 29, 2004, in Dallas, Texas. He was born April 17, 1940, in Pawnee, Oklahoma, to Ralph and Helen (Ledbetter) Williams.

    Ralph lived most of his life in Dallas. He graduated from McCurtain, Oklahoma, High School and studied history at Oklahoma State University. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kersage and the nuclear submarine USS Alexander Hamilton.

    Survivors include his loving daughter, Holly Williams; sister, Stephanie Sick and husband, Bill, of Winnetka, Illinois; brother, Pitch Williams and wife, Gina, of Winnetka; nephew, David Sick and wife, Stacey Carr, of San Francisco, California; niece, Jill Sick of Winnetka, and former wife and friend, Julie Speilman and husband, Richard, of Dallas.

  • Ricky Wilkins

    Ricky Wilkins

    Born: 4/14/1963

    Died: 4/21/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Ricky Wilkins, 41, of Hugo, Oklahoma, passed away April 21, 2004, at Choctaw Memorial Hospital, Hugo, Oklahoma. He was born April 14, 1963, in Hugo, the son of Robert Wilkins and Patsy Mitchell. Ricky lived most of his life in Choctaw County. He was an auto mechanic. He married Nancy Robin Whitson on February 27, 1987, in Paris, Texas.

    His father preceded him in death.

    Survivors include his wife, Nancy Robin Wilkins; mother, Patsy Mitchell and stepdad, Rex Mitchell, of Durant, Oklahoma; son, Christopher Stanford of Amarillo, Texas; daughter, Amber Stanford of Hugo; two brothers, Roger Wilkins of Hawaii and Michael Wilkins of Washington; two sisters, Becky Houchen of Millerton, Oklahoma, and Melissa of Durant, and one grandson, Jesse Stanford of Hugo.

  • Frances Williams

    Frances Williams

    Born: 4/29/1925

    Died: 4/24/2004

    Maiden Name: Ott

    Honorific: n/a

    Frances Williams, 78, of Idabel, Oklahoma, passed away April 24, 2004. She was born April 29, 1925, in the Goodwater Community, the daughter of Sam and Fannie (Going) Ott.

    She was a homemaker and enjoyed fishing, sewing and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a member of the Bible Baptist Church and was a lifetime resident of McCurtain County. She was proud of the Choctaw Nation.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Hampton Williams in 2001; sons, Donell Williams and Sonny Williams; daughter, Lucille Seeley; grandsons, Benny Williams and Delvis Battiest; granddaughters, Tasha Williams, Marie Ann Harley, Atiya Williams.

    Survivors include her sons and daughter-in-law, Marcus Williams and Timmy and Vivian Williams, all of Idabel; daughters and sons-in-law, Linda Ott of Oklahoma City, Lydia and Mike McClure of Idabel, Viola and Luther Battiest of Wright City, Oklahoma, Rose and Jim Shemwell of Idabel, Loretta and Ivan Battiest of Broken Bow, Bonnie Holt of Stilwell and Rita and Clayton Anna of Wright City; a brother, Buddy Tonihka of Albuquerque, New Mexico; sisters, Pauline Eyachabbe of Oklahoma City and Mary Belle Williston of Idabel; 27 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

    Frances Williams

  • Helen Faye Wilson

    Helen Faye Wilson

    Born: 11/30/1927

    Died: 6/3/2004

    Maiden Name: Brandy

    Honorific: n/a

    Helen Faye Wilson, 66, passed away June 3, 2004, in Garland, Texas. She was born November 30, 1937, in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, to the Rev. Lewis and Donna Jack Brandy.

    A loving wife, mother, grandmother, and sister, Helen lived her life taking care of her family. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her as Mama, Honey and Aunt Helen.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Rebecca Sant, and a brother, Curtis Brandy.

    Survivors include her husband, Hugh Wilson; a daughter, Ladonna Wilson; a son, Robert J. Wilson; and a granddaughter, Ashley Nicole Wilson, all of Garland, Texas; two sisters, Mary Sockey of McAlester, Oklahoma, and Geraldine Tipps of Dallas, Texas, and a brother, Lewis Brandy Jr. of Antlers, Oklahoma.

    Helen Faye Wilson

  • Martin J. Ward

    Martin J. Ward

    Born: 12/2/1908

    Died: 6/13/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Martin J. Ward, 95, of Marshall, Missouri, passed away June 13, 2004, at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall. He was born December 2, 1908, in Spiro, Oklahoma, the son of Jefferson D. Ward and Helen I. Hahn Ward.

    He married Mildred L. Lembrock on August 21, 1938, in Gilliam. He received a bachelor of science degree from Northeastern Oklahoma State University and juris doctor degree from College of Law of the University of Oklahoma, where he was a member of Phi Delta Phi honorary legal fraternity. He also attended University of Arkansas and Tulsa University.

    Admitted to practice in 1935, Mr. Ward was a senior member of Oklahoma State Bar and a member of the Missouri Bar since 1947. He was in private practice in Tulsa and was a district attorney for the price administration office. During World War II, he was an instructor in the U.S. Signal Corps. He was associated in practice in Marshal with CHO Leimbrock until his retirement and afterward with Edward P. Cleary. In 1947, he was appointed a federal administration law judge, hearing black lung cases in Virginia and West Virginia. He was also admitted to practice in the federal courts, U.S. Tax Court, Interstate Commerce Commission and Federal Communications Commission. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, holding various offices within the local church and serving on church conference boards. He was also a former member of the Marshall Optimist Club and Marshall Chamber of Commerce.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Maud H. Skinner and Freida I. Moore, and one brother, Jeff D. Ward.

    Survivors include his wife, Mildred Ward, of the home; two nieces, Sallie Morton of Marshall and Joyce Kief of Bloomington, Illinois; nephew, Willard Morton of Willowbrook, Illinois; three great-nieces, Leesa Morton, Rebecca Morton and Jessica Morton, all of Marshall; two great-nephews, Stephen Morton of Houston, Texas, and David Morton of Waco, Texas, and other nieces and nephews.

    Martin J. Ward

  • Lewis Ray Watson

    Lewis Ray Watson

    Born: n/a

    Died: 5/12/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Lewis Ray Watson, 61, passed away from cancer on May 12, 2004, at his home in San Jose, California. He was born in Paris, Texas, and raised in Idabel, Oklahoma, until he moved to San Jose when he was 15 years old. He was the son of Walter Jesse Watson and Ida Ruth (Stone) Watson and the grandson of Silsiney (Jones) Watson, an original enrollee. Lewis was especially proud of his dear relative, the late Charley Jones of Idabel, Oklahoma.

    Lewis attended school through the ninth grade in Idabel. He then graduated from Andrew Hill High School in San Jose in 1961. He attended one year of college at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

    He married Wanda Allen of Burleson, Texas, in 1965 and they had one child, Renee. Wanda died of cancer in 1970. Lewis later married Marsha in 1972 and together raised Renee and their two sons, Benjamin and Jared, and daughter, Kathleen.

    Lewis worked at Space Systems Loral (formerly Ford Aerospace) for 40 years. He was a Christian man who was faithful to Christ and his family. He lived his life with the Bible as his guide for all his actions. He was an active member of Liberty Baptist Church in San Jose, an ordained deacon, and loved music. He participated in the choir, sang solos and sang bass in gospel quartets at church. He desired to praise and worship the Lord through music. He will be remembered for his bass voice and the ability to harmonize.

    Lew had a great interest in studying World War II. He also had re-established his hobby of model trains and had begun collecting garden railroad trains for a future project in his backyard. He was also a detailed person who enjoyed working on home improvement projects with Marsha.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Wanda, and Lewis and Marsha’s son, Jared Kyle Watson.

    Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Marsha Watson; a daughter, Renee Wharton, and her children, Jonathan, Amie and Zachary, of Bakersfield, California; a son, Benjamin Watson, and his wife, Veronnica, of San Jose; a daughter, Kathleen Watson, also of San Jose; brother, Mark Watson of Houston, Texas; aunt, Margaret Perkins, and her daughter, Barbara Mayberry, of Huntsville, Texas.

    Lewis Ray Watson

  • Nancy Ileen (Bell) Wrigley

    Nancy Ileen (Bell) Wrigley

    Born: 5/11/1946

    Died: 6/27/2004

    Maiden Name: Bell

    Honorific: n/a

    Nancy Ileen (Bell) Wrigley, 58, passed away June 27, 2004, at her home in Manteca, California. She was born May 11, 1946, in San Jose, California, the daughter of Everett and Evelyn Bell. Previously of Oklahoma and San Jose, she was a resident of Manteca for one year.

    Nancy was lead supervisor for various electronic corporations for 12 years. She loved the ocean and the Lord. She also enjoyed the beach, riding rollercoasters and shopping. Nancy also liked to travel, especially road trips. Her favorite flower was yellow roses. Nancys family called her the historian of the family. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to many and will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

    She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Edwin Bell.

    Survivors include her husband of 33 years, Edward M. Wrigley Jr. of Manteca; children, Edward III and Nelda Wrigley of Elmwood, New Jersey, Carol Wilson of Roseville, California, Dennis Pacheco of Los Banos, California, Stacy and Richard Landry of Manteca, Jason Wrigley and Nicole McGilvrey of Boise, Idaho; grandchildren, Mark Wrigley and Matthew Wrigley of New Jersey, Trevor Landry, Tyler Landry and Taylin Landry of Manteca, Jenifer Wilson of Roseville, and Jordan Wrigley of Boise.

  • Violette (Brogdon) Wiley

    Violette (Brogdon) Wiley

    Born: 6/9/1912

    Died: 7/7/2004

    Maiden Name: Brogdon

    Honorific: n/a

    Violette (Brogdon) Wiley, 92, passed away July 7 in a Pryor, Oklahoma, hospital. She was born June 9, 1912, at Calvin, Oklahoma, to Pearl and Madison Brogdon.

    A graduate of Shawnee High School, she was married to Eugene L. Wiley on September 1, 1931. They were residents of Pryor from 1939 to 1955 where she worked for the telephone company and as a deputy in the county clerk’s office.

    She and her husband moved to Sells, Arizona, and then to Warm Springs, Oregon, where they worked on Indian reservations for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Upon her husband’s retirement in 1970 from the BIA in Tahlequah, they returned to Pryor. Violette was a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees and had received a lifetime membership from the organization.

    She was preceded in death by her husband in 1977 and a brother, Paxton Brogdon.

    Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Virginia and Billie Joe Cottongim of Plano, Texas, Dorothy and Bert Roy and Joyce and Haskell Gaither, all of Pryor; ten grandchildren, 20 grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and a twin sister, Virginia Diggs of Enid, Oklahoma.

    Violette (Brogdon) Wiley

  • Lila Lillian Wiggin

    Lila Lillian Wiggin

    Born: 7/6/1924

    Died: 8/15/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Lila Lillian Wiggin, 80, of Muskogee, Oklahoma, passed away August 15, 2004. She was born July 6, 1924, in Keota, Oklahoma, the daughter of Sampson Austin and Louisa Margaret (McClure) Chubbee.

    She lived in Muskogee for over 20 years. Her mother was a part of a small group that established the First Indian Baptist Mission. Lila was a longtime active member of the First Indian Baptist Church. She married Gordon Rodgers Wiggin on September 17, 1960. He preceded her in death on July 14, 2004.

    Mrs. Wiggin worked at Muskogee Regional Medical Center as a supply tech, retiring in 1992. She enjoyed her life and continually thanked God for her many blessings and for many friends.

    She was also preceded in death by her parents; her brother, David Chubbee; half-brother, Rayson Billey, and her sister, Mary Clay.

    Survivors include a sister, Lucinda Morgan of Lubbock, Texas; eight nephews, John Morgan, David Joe Clay, Wendall Clay, Keno Clay, Russell Clay, Leslie Clay, Kevin Clay and Darrell Clay; two nieces, Lisa Morgan-Shaffer and Sharon Robertson.

  • Eastman Wade

    Eastman Wade

    Born: 8/11/1935

    Died: 7/20/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Eastman Wade, 68, of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, passed away July 20, 2004, at Wadley Regional Hospital, Texarkana, Texas. He was born August 11, 1935, in Talihina, Oklahoma.

    Mr. Wade was a member of Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed fishing and singing. In his early childhood he loved to play ball and play piano.

    He was preceded in death by his mother, Caroline Wade, and uncles, Carlo Wade, Samuel Wade and Hansen Wade.

    Survivors include two brothers, William Wade of Wewoka, Oklahoma, and Melvin Williams of Pickens, Oklahoma; one sister, Verda Lou Wade of Collinsville, Oklahoma, several relatives and a host of friends.

  • Narcissa Wilson

    Narcissa Wilson

    Born: 4/27/1922

    Died: 8/13/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Narcissa Wilson, 82, of Muskogee, passed away August 13, 2004, at Muskogee Regional Medical Center. She was born April 27, 1922, in Smithville, Oklahoma, to Noah and Carrie (Johnson) Wilson, both full-blood Choctaw original enrollees.

    Narcissa graduated from Smithville High School and attended Oklahoma Presbyterian College (OPC) in Durant. She also attended the Ganado, Arizona, Nurse Cadet Training Program. She worked as a registered nurse in Tacoma, Washington, Pawnee, Oklahoma, Talihina, Oklahoma, Baptist Hospital in Muskogee, and retired from the Veterans Administration Hospital in 1977.

    Narcissa was a member of the Fife Memorial United Methodist Church and served as Local Church Treasurer for many years. She also served as Conference Treasurer for the United Methodist Women (formerly Womens Society of Christian Service, or WSCS) of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference.

    She was preceded in death by her parents.

    Survivors include two daughters, Joyce C. Deere and husband, Lyle, and Rowena D. Beach and husband, Robert, all of Muskogee; four brothers, Woodrow Wilson of Muskogee, Freeman Wilson and wife, Ida, of San Francisco, California, Dale Wilson of Oklahoma City and Curtis Wilson and wife, Bettie, of Seminole, Oklahoma; three sisters, Mae Wilson of Okmulgee, Oklahoma, Ramona Harjo and husband, Josh, of Canadian, Oklahoma, and Edwina Malaske of Pawhuska, Oklahoma; four grandchildren, Mark, Acee, Taryn Allen and Carissa Beach; five great-grandchildren, Robert, Bailee, Sarah, Blayne Allen, and Joseph Shoemake, and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

    A special thank you

    On behalf of Narcissa Wilson, full-blood Choctaw, I wish to thank the Choctaw Nation for use of the new community center in Smithville. We appreciate members of the community who donated food and provided assistance for the meal. Special thanks to Christine Ludlow, Ruthie Bohanon, Silvena Bush, Ada Hopper, Eugene and Opal Ludlow and Debbie Connelly. May God bless.

    Narcissa Wilson

  • Jimmy Harold Winship, Jr.

    Jimmy Harold Winship, Jr.

    Born: 12/2/1964

    Died: 7/3/1998

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Jimmy Harold Winship, Jr., age 33, was born December 2, 1964 in Antlers, Oklahoma to Jimmy Winship, Sr., and Linda Winship. Harold passed away on July 3, 1998.

    Harold was a 1983 graduate of Rattan High School and a member of the first state championship baseball team at Rattan High School in the spring and fall of 1981 where he played second base. He was also voted most athletic of his senior class. He graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 1987 with a B.S. Degree in Electronics. He was employed by Weyerhaeuser Company in Wright City as a Plywood Maintenance Supervisor. This year marked his ten year anniversary with the company.

    Harold enjoyed eight years of marriage to his wife, Sherry. They have three children: Lyndsi, five, Kayli, two, and Easton, ten months. He was a devoted father and husband.

    Harolds hobbies included hunting and fishing and he was a member of the Pusmataha County Sportsman Club where he won big Bass of the Year in 1997. Harold loved spending time with his hunting and fishing buddies and most of all his family. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him and will always remain in their hearts.

    Survivors include his father, Jimmy Harold Winship, Sr., of Rattan; mother, Linda Winship, of Finley, Oklahoma; grandfather, Anderson Winship, of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, grandmother, Alma Fuller of Hugo, Oklahoma; a brother, Terry Don and wife, Terri of Durant, Oklahoma; a sister, Sherry Winship and husband, Jackie Cook , of Bonham, Texas; a niece, Loghann Winship, of Bonham, and Kike Cook, also of Bonham, and numerous cousins, relatives and friends that he enjoyed.

  • Lewis Oliver Whitfield

    Lewis Oliver Whitfield

    Born: 8/24/1916

    Died: 8/9/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Lewis Oliver Whitfield, better known as L.O., of Golden, Oklahoma, passed away on August 9, 2004. He was born August 24, 1916, at Glover, Oklahoma, the #1 son of O.C. Whitfield and Ida May Merry Whitfield.

    The family moved to Golden where Lewis began his school years and finished the eighth grade. He rode the school bus to Broken Bow High School. After finishing the eleventh grade, he dropped out of school in order to work and help support the family. Previously, he had gone to Folsom Training School at Smithville. At Folsom, he learned what farm work, dairy work, yard work and goofing off was all about.

    His real lesson in hard work was learned when he went to work as maintenance supervisor at Wheelock Academy. He often considered that job much more rewarding than he had expected. Here he met the love of his life, Miss Violet Box. They were married on March 6, 1937. Their home was blessed with one boy, Robert, and three girls, Alfreda, Sue and Anna Mae.

    While living at Wheelock, he was inducted into the Army. When he returned home from the Army, he worked for Douglas Aircraft Co. The company transferred him to California to work for approximately two years. When he left California, he returned to his home at Golden, where he spent most of his life as a child, an adult, a church member, and an owner of a small general merchandise business, which he established and managed. Years later, he sold the business.

    He enjoyed fishing, hunting, caring for cattle and spending time on the ranch. Due to failing health, he was homebound and spent much of his time watching TV.

    He was a dad and granddad who truly enjoyed loving and spoiling his children and grandchildren.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one daughter, Anna Mae, and one brother, Omagene, who was killed while serving in World War II.

    Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Susie Whitfield of Golden; daughters and sons-in-law, Alfreda and Larry Sandridge and Sue and Ronnie Severn, all of Wright City, Oklahoma; sisters, Elma Severn of Valliant, Oklahoma, and Ouida Carroll of Golden; eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

  • Mary S. Wright

    Mary S. Wright

    Born: 10/2/1900

    Died: 5/23/2000

    Maiden Name: Kendrick

    Honorific: n/a

    Original enrollee Mary S. Wright, 99, of OIeta, Oklahoma passed away Tuesday, May 23, 2000 at Pushmataha Hospital in Antlers, Oklahoma. She was born October 2,1900 in Hugo, Indian Territory to William Kendrick and Martha (Springs) Kendrick.

    Mrs. Wright was preceded in death by her husband, Allen Hurlburt “Squeeze” Wright, and two children, William Thomas Wright and Eugenia Wright Almand.

    Survivors include one son, Robert Lee “Bob” Wright of OIeta; one daugh-ter, Juanita L. Wright Marsh of Antlers.

    Mary S. Wright

  • Tillis McCann Wilhite

    Tillis McCann Wilhite

    Born: n/a

    Died: 11/7/1997

    Maiden Name: McCann

    Honorific: n/a

    Tillis “McCann” Wilhite, age 77, of Sperry ,Oklahoma, formely of Stigler, Oklahoma passed away on November 7, 1997.

    Mrs. Wilhite was a member of New Hope Baptist Church.

    Survivors include five daughters, Joyce Cast of Sperry, JoAnn Bugg of Skiatook, Oklahoma.

  • Henry Wesley Jr.

    Henry Wesley Jr.

    Born: 9/10/1930

    Died: 1/28/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Henry Wesley Jr., 74, of McAlester, Oklahoma, passed away January 28, 2005, at a local nursing home. He was born September 10, 1930, in Blanco, Oklahoma, to Henry and Planna (Ward) Wesley.

    He graduated from Pittsburg High School and joined the U.S. Army in 1951. He served in the Korean War, fought at Pork Chop Hill, and was awarded two Bronze Stars.

    After his discharge, Mr. Wesley attended Eastern Oklahoma State College. He married Sherry Stevens and they lived in Oklahoma City where he worked as a truck driver until his retirement. She preceded him in death in 1992.

    He returned to McAlester where he lived the remainder of his life. He was a member of the Brushey Missionary Baptist Church and taught Sunday school for several years. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1098.

    He was also preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, William Taft Wesley and Johnny Wesley.

    Survivors include four sisters and a brother-in-law, Mamie Billy of McAlester, Josephine and Louis Mitchell of Midwest City, Oklahoma, Ruby Manor of McAlester and Edith Billy of Blanco, Oklahoma; a stepson, David Stevens of Lead Hill, Arkansas; a grandson, Nathan Stevens of Lead Hill, Arkansas; sister-in-law, Billi327,Newman James Robinson Jr.

  • Bertha Jane Wilson

    Bertha Jane Wilson

    Born: n/a

    Died: 2/21/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Former McCurtain County, Oklahoma, resident Bertha Jane Wilson, 81, passed away February 21, 2005, in the Florin Health Care Center, Sacramento, California.

    A native of Valliant, Oklahoma, Bertha had lived 28 years in the San Francisco Bay area, seven years in Pacifica, California, and the last seven years in Sacramento. She loved sewing, quilting, beading, and loved being a Sunday school teacher and youth choir leader. She was proud of her Choctaw heritage and enjoyed going to all Indian events and powwows. Most of all, Bertha loved the Lord and loved to praise Him by singing Choctaw hymns and gospel songs and she loved spending time with family and friends.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, Felker and Stella Austin, and a brother, Ervin Austin.

    Survivors include three brothers, Bill Baken, Buddy Austin, and Benny Austin, all of Valliant; a sister, Eva Parrish of Riverside County, California; four sons, Jonathan Wilson of Alaska, Calvin C. Wilson Jr. of Pacifica, Anthony Wilson of Los Angeles, California, and Max Wilson of California; one daughter, Linda Wilson of Sacramento; eleven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

    Bertha Jane Wilson

  • Billie June (Nutt) White

    Billie June (Nutt) White

    Born: 1/11/1924

    Died: 1/2/2004

    Maiden Name: Nutt

    Honorific: n/a

    Billie June (Nutt) White, 79 passed away January 2, 2004, at the Deer Creek Nursing Center, Wemberley, Texas. She was born January 11, 1924, at Oklahoma City.

    She married Le Roy W. White on March 6, 1951, at Houston, Texas.

    June had been a resident of the Deer Creek Nursing Center for most of the past five years. She received the best loving care that could have been provided by anyone. Through all her pain, memory loss and many emergencies, she never lost her presence-cheerfull and smart-mouthed to the last and always with a comeback to any question or remark made to her.

    Survivors include her husband of 53 wonderful years, Le Roy W. White, of Driftwood Texas; a dauhgter, Gerida Nadine Brown of Houston, and a brother, John A. Nutt of Cleveland, Texas.

  • Vernona Scott Willey

    Vernona Scott Willey

    Born: 6/25/1918

    Died: 10/21/2002

    Maiden Name: Scott

    Honorific: n/a

    Vernona Scott Willey, 84, passed away Monday, October 21, 2002 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was Born June 25, 1918 in Stigler, Oklahoma to George w. and Alice McCurtain Scott.

    Her parents; three brother, Breckenridge, George and Folsom Scott, and two sisters, Catherine and Yvonne, preceded her in death.

    Survivors include her brother, McCurtain Scott of Stigler.

  • Donald Gene Wilson

    Donald Gene Wilson

    Born: 2/25/1948

    Died: 7/4/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Donald Gene Wilson passed away July 4, 2004, at the VA hospital in Oklahoma City. He was born February 25, 1948, to Donald Gene and Rena Stone Wilson.

    He married Norma Jean Robison in 1967 in Boswell, Oklahoma, and moved to Oklahoma City from Bennington in 1968. Wilson was a postmaster who loved to work on cars and watch sports. He also served in the U.S. Army.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brother, Willie Wilson, and an aunt, Helen Wilson.

    Survivors include his sons, Donald Gene Wilson III and Kevin Wilson; a daughter-in-law; and two grandchildren, all of Oklahoma City; brothers, Ollie Wilson and Woodrow Wilson, both of Calera, Oklahoma, and Jack Wilson of Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.

  • Joyce Nadine Williams

    Joyce Nadine Williams

    Born: 9/15/1934

    Died: 3/29/2003

    Maiden Name: Oakes

    Honorific: n/a

    Joyce Nadine Williams, 68, passed away March 29, 2003 in Dallas, Texas. She was born September 15, 1934 in Hugo, Oklahoma to Albert and Elva (Chambliss) Oakes.

    Joyce had worked as a nurse’s aid administrator for the Hugo Manor Nursing Home for 37 years.

    Survivors include her husband, David Williams, of Hugo; two sons, Steve Rouse and Paul Rouse, both of Hugo; two brothers, Doug Oakes of Arkansas and Jack Oakes of Shawnee, Oklahoma; one sister, Boodie Jo House of Soper, Oklahoma, and three grandchildren.

  • Virginia Mae Williams

    Virginia Mae Williams

    Born: 2/2/1938

    Died: 7/26/2003

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Virginia Mae Williams, 64, of Atoka, Oklahoma passed away on Friday, July 26, 2003 at the Atoka Memorial Hospital. She was born February 2, 1938 in Bentley, Oklahoma to Mose Boyd and Harriett (Peters) Williams.

    In 1957, she married Donald Lee Criner in Atoka.

    She dedicated many hours to caring for others. Virginia devoted 24 years of her life helping to care for her three grandchildren. She was also a nurse’s aid performing duties in numerous nursing homes, including Colonial Manor in Atoka. She was a lifelong member of the Cane Hill Methodist Church in Bentley. Virginia was exceptionally proud of her heritage and ancestry.

    Virginia was preceded in death by her parents; a brother; Sylvester, John, and sister, Marie Parker.

    Survivors include her daughter, Pam Sefcik of Atoka; grandchildren, Patricia (Sefcik) Sharp of Kansas City, Missouri and Robert Sefcik and Felix Sefcik, both of Atoka; great-grandchildren, Ashton Sharp, Savannah Sharp, Nicholas Sefcik, Tanner Sefcik and Dylon Sefcik; sisters, Geraldean White of Victorville, California and Mildred Williams of Atoka; aunt, Auddie Lewis of Ardmore; nephews, Larry Parker and Michael Williams of Atoka, and numerous other relatives and many dear and loved friends and family.

  • Jacqueline "Tootsie" White

    Jacqueline “Tootsie” White

    Born: 2/26/1934

    Died: 4/26/2003

    Maiden Name: Hodges

    Honorific: n/a

    Jacqueline “Tootsie” White, 69, of Lewiston passed away peacefully with her husdand and children by her side on Saturday, April 26, 2003 at her Lewiston home. She was born February 26, 1934 to William Lewis and Georgia Marie Hodges in Nashoba, Oklahoma.

    She graduated from Nashoba High School and attended Southeastern College in Durant, Oklahoma for two years.

    Tootsie married James Rollins White on November 20, 1951 in DeQueen, Arkansas while he was on leave from the Navy.

  • Thelma Jean Wilcox

    Thelma Jean Wilcox

    Born: 8/1/1945

    Died: 4/11/2003

    Maiden Name: Martin

    Honorific: n/a

    Thelma Jean Wilcox, 57, passed away Friday, April 11, 2003. She was born August 1, 1945 in Delano, California to Edgar Louis Martin and Ruth Lorene (Lathem) Martin.

    Jean’s family moved back to Matador, Texas when she was four years old, and then to Southard, Oklahoma after her mother and father divorced. She attended school at Southard, Watonga, Canton and graduated fron Waynoka, Oklahoma, High School, in 1963.

    She met Edward Doyle Wilcox while in high school and they were married on August 30, 1963 in Clayton, New Mexico. After they were married, they lived on the Case Ranch for many years. She worked as a secretart and bookkeeper most of her life, in addition to being a homemmaker.

    Jean loved teaching Vacation Bible School, working with children, animals and horses and she especially loves her family. She loved her cowboy and their way of life. She was very proud of her Indian heritage, had done a lot of research about the Choctaw Nation and was trying to learn the language. She also loved to sing and play music and was an exceptional artist. Jean was a member of the Orion Baptist Church and WMU women’s organization and also belonged to the American Quarter Horse Association.

    In 1992, she and Ed moved to their present home eleven miles west of Fairview where they raised quarter horses. They had been married 40 years.

    She was preceded in death by her mother and a half-brother.

    Survivors include husband of the home; a son, Lee Wilcox of Mustang, Oklahoma; a daughter, Dixie Parker of Fairview, Oklahoma; a brother, David Martin of Watonga; a half-brother, Alan Cropp of Geary, Oklahoma; four grandchildren; her father, Ed Martin of Prosser, Washington, and a host of other relatives.

  • Hanson Lee Wade

    Hanson Lee Wade

    Born: 6/1/1927

    Died: 1/8/2003

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Hanson Lee Wade, 75, passed away January 8, 2003 at Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma in Durant. He was born June 1, 1927 at Bethel, Oklahoma to Robinson Wade and Malium Carterby (Leflore, Wade) Cobb. His father passed away when he was three years old. His mother remarried to Albert Cobb.

    Hanson married Josephene Fobb on July 10, 1951 in Tipton, Oklahoma. He was of Presbyterian faith, a member and deacon at Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church in Pickens, Oklahoma.

    They had lived in and traveled between Battiest and Frederick, Oklahoma. At one time they had lived in Ft. Worth, Texas. Then in June of 1964, relocated to Los Angeles, California through the BIA relocation program. In Los Angeles, he found employment with a manufacturing company for the first year. Later, in 1965, he gained employment with Los Angeles City Unified School District. Where he worked until he retired in June of 1990 as Plant Manager III.

    After returning from California in December 1990, he settled in Broken Bow, Oklahoma until the last year of his life when he resided in a nursing facility in Durant, Oklahoma.

    Mr. Wade loved sports, playing baseball and basketball as a youth. He also spent some time as a bronc and bull rider in rodeos. He loved country/western music and enjoyed singing gospel songs. He was an avid guitar player in his younger days. At one time in his teens, he played with Bob Wills. He also sang with Ernest Tubb.

    He was an exceptional and strong Christian worker. He enjoyed going to gospel singing at different churches, no matter the distance. As a Christian, he beleived in helping others. No one was turned away when asking for help.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepdad; his wife; six sisters, Dena Hensley, Lorincie Hicks, Amanda Marshall, Artemisue Wade, Suzanne Burris and Nellie Faye Beers; toe brothers, Carlo Wade and Samuel Wade; nephews, Joe Ray Hicks, and niece Pearline Osburne.

    Survivors include a sister, Josphine Reyes of Frederick, Oklahoma; two sons, Thomas Noah, Sr. of Broken Bow, Oklahoma and Jimmy L. Wade of Calera, Oklahoma; a daughter, Joyce L. Gilmore of Calera; seven grandchildren, Eli Noah, Chris Steele, Thomas Noah, Jr., Geneva Cervantes, Kristy Tales, Garrison Gregg and Josephine Rosa Gilmore; 13 great-grandchildren, Tommy and Austin Noah, Dylan and Alexandros Yazzie, Nokoda Noah, Delan616,Richadeen York”

  • Evelyn (Battiest) Windship

    Evelyn (Battiest) Windship

    Born: 7/25/1920

    Died: 1/28/2003

    Maiden Name: Battiest

    Honorific: n/a

    Evelyn (Battiest) Winship, 82, of Broken Bow, Oklahoma passed away Tuesday, January 28, 2003 at the Broken Bow Nursing Home. She was born July 25, 1920 in Oak Hill, the daughter of Eliase Carnes.

    Evelyn was a homemaker and a member of

    Tohwali United Methodist Church. She enjoyed quilting, singing, attending church, and spending time with her family. She also enjoyed attending Choctaw Nation Citizens Group. She was a lifetime resident of Oak Hill.

    She was preceded in death by lifelong companion, Anderson Winship; daughter, Gwendoyln Marie Battiest, and one granddaughter.

    Survivors include five daughters and two son-in-law, Barbara and Austin Battiest of Broken Bow, Una and Michael Harley of Idabel, Oklahoma, Oneida Winship of Durant, Oklahoma, Dennita Whinship of Thackerville, Oklahoma and Venita Whinship of Broken Bow; five stepchildren, one half-brother, one half sister, 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, numerous step-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and friends.

  • Marie Watson

    Marie Watson

    Born: 9/11/1916

    Died: 7/17/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Marie Watson, 88, of Paris, Texas, passed away July 17, 2005, at Paris Regional Medical Center. She was born September 11, 1916, in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, a daughter of G.W. and Rosa Oakes.

    She was a homemaker and member of United Pentecostal Church of Paris. She married the Rev. James David Watson in 1930.

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

    Survivors include her husband of Paris; children, Rose Mary Nabors and husband, Don, and Glenn Watson and wife, Linda, all of Paris, and Elsie Hughes and husband, Greg, of Ore City, Texas; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

  • George K. Kechi Wilemon

    George K. Kechi Wilemon

    Born: 9/1/1917

    Died: 6/23/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    George K. Kechi Wilemon, 87, passed away peacefully at home on June 23, 2005. He was born September 1, 1917, in Anadarko, Oklahoma, and resided in Kern County for 46 years.

    He was a U.S. veteran, serving his country during World War II. George was very proud of his Choctaw Indian heritage, faithfully attending the Choctaw gatherings held each year in Choctaw Valley.

    Kechi loved the Lord Jesus Christ and served him for 45 years at Liberty Christian Center Assembly of God.

    He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 52 years, Pauline Wilemon.

    Survivors include his loving wife, Mabel Wilemon; sons, Wesley Wilemon and Alan Wilemon; daughters, Leoma Dempsey, Ramona Price, Suzette Garza, and Letha Suiter; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was loved by all who knew him and will be greatly missed for his wonderful personality and sharp wit.

    George K. Kechi Wilemon

  • Woodrow Raymond Williams

    Woodrow Raymond Williams

    Born: 3/16/1939

    Died: 1/15/2001

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Woodrow Raymond Williams, 61, a longtime resident of the Lane, Oklahoma area, passed away Monday January 15, 2001 at Valley View Hospital in Ada, Oklahoma. He was born March 16, 1939 at Lance to Graymon Tom and Sophia M. (LeFlore) Williams.

    He attended school in Lane and was a member of the Pine Grove Methodist Church. Woodrow was in the Oklahoma National Guard’s 45th Infantry Division. He and his brother, Gilbert Williams, once served as guards for President Kennedy when the President visited the area.

    Woodrow was preceded in death by his father, Graymon Tom Williams; brother, Gilbert Bon Williams, and sister, Nancy Irvin.

    Survivors include his mother, Sophia Woods of Lane; seven children, Raymond Williams, Kenith Williams, Elton Williams, Vannette Turner and husband, Robert, and Jenetta Dodson and husband, Gene, all of Lane, Quannah Watson and husband, Kenny, of Midwest City, Oklahoma, and Royal Williams of Lawton, Oklahoma; 21 grandchildren; one great-greandson; sisters, Norma Gean Howe and husband, Vernon, of Wilburton, Oklahoma and Shirley Hamilton of Durant, Oklahoma; favorite cousin, Vivian Marris and husband, Woodrow, of Tushka, Oklahoma; an aunt, Isable Williams and husband, Reed, of Tushka, Oklahoma; an aunt, Isable Williams and husband, Reed, of Tushka; and many other cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends.

  • Myrtle Beatrice Ware

    Myrtle Beatrice Ware

    Born: 3/22/1905

    Died: 1/4/2001

    Maiden Name: Harris

    Honorific: n/a

    Myrtle Beatrice Ware, 95, passed away January 4, 2001. She was born March 22, 1905 in Boswell, Oklahoma to Paralee James and Nathan Matthew Harris and was one of eight children.

    She united with Timber Hill Baptist at an early age. During 1968, after relocating from Boswell to McAlester, Oklahoma, she united with East Star Baptist Church where she faithfully attended and served until illness prevented her from doing so.

  • Vinnie Mae "Viney" Frazier Watts

    Vinnie Mae “Viney” Frazier Watts

    Born: 10/11/1910

    Died: 4/9/2001

    Maiden Name: Frazier

    Honorific: n/a

    Vinnie Mae “Viney” Frazier Watts, 90, passed away Monday, April 9, 2001 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was born October 11, 1910 at Nashoba, Oklahoma.

    A homemaker and longtime resident of the area, she had also worked in farming and in the cotten fields in Califonria and Arizona for many years, but Pushmataha County was always home.

    She enjoyed gardening, quilting, cooking and especially going to Choctaw Nation Senior Citizen’s Center.

    Mr. Watts was preceded in death by her parents, Ben and Martha L.

  • Frank Williams Jr.

    Frank Williams Jr.

    Born: 1/21/1916

    Died: 6/13/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Frank Williams Jr., 89, passed away June 13, 2005, at his home in Peoria, Arizona. He was born January 21, 1916, in Centrahoma to Frank Williams and Ella Tindal. He had two brothers and four sisters.

    Frank married Udell Scott of Coalgate on February 1, 1938. He was 21 and she was 16. They were married 57 years until her death in 1996. Frank and Udell had eight children - four boys and four girls, 22 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Frank took his young family from Oklahoma to California where he was a welder in the shipyards. From there they moved to Arizona where he lived the remaining years of his long life. Frank was also a master mechanic. He could build and repair anything! He serviced his own truck, irrigated and mowed an acre of grass until he became ill this year. Our dad was a kind and loving family man. He taught his children the importance of work. He loved to tell stories of his life and experiences. He also loved telling tall tales to his large family. Most of all he loved the reaction he got when people realized that he had been pulling their leg. Frank was very proud of his Choctaw heritage. He was proud to have served his country in World War II. He was an Army PFC in Custer Company, serving overseas in Italy.

    Our dad left us many great gifts, the best was that we could call him friend. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

    Frank Williams Jr.

  • Ted Sanderson Williams

    Ted Sanderson Williams

    Born: 4/15/1950

    Died: 8/9/2001

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Ted Sanderson Williams 51, of Stigler, Oklahoma passed away Thursday, August 9, 2001 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was born April 15, 1950 at Stigler to James and Edith Morris Williams.

    Ted was a flute maker. For those who knew him he always had time to talk, to listen and to play the flute. His flute music came from the heart. He had special songs for special times. A philospher of life, he called himself, “Lone Wolf”. His favorite saying was, “If it makes you happy, go your own way, do your own thing.

  • Dorothy N. "Dot" Wallace

    Dorothy N. “Dot” Wallace

    Born: 1/21/1906

    Died: 7/19/2001

    Maiden Name: Pebsworth

    Honorific: n/a

    Dorothy N. “Dot” Wallace, 95, of Longview, Texas passed away Thursday, July 19, 2001. She was born January 21, 1906 in Paoli, Oklahoma to James Lee and Anna Mae Horn Pebsworth.

    She had been a resident of Longview for more than 60 years. A homemaker, she enjoyed gardening and traveling. Mrs. Wallace was a member of the Woodlands Hills Baptist Church. She married Carl Wallace on August 20, 1932, in Shreveport. He preceded her in death December 13, 1981.

    Survivors include two daughters.

  • Serena Ward

    Serena Ward

    Born: 6/13/1943

    Died: 11/8/1999

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Serena Ward, 56, of Bethal, Oklahoma passed away Monday, November 8, 1999 at Wadley Medical Center in Texarkana, Texas. She was born June 13, 1943 at Bethal, the daughter of Preston and Annie Jefferson.

    She married Charles Ward on February 14, 1959.

    Serena was a homemaker, a member of Kulli Chito Presbyterian Church and had lived in the Bethal area all of her life.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Macian Bond and Pearline Jefferson, and one brother, Oleta Merry Boyce

  • Alan Lee Washington

    Alan Lee Washinton

    Born: 1/18/1947

    Died: 1/11/2000

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Alan Lee Washington, 53, passed away on January 11, 2000 in White Memorial Hospital, Los Angeles, California. He was born January 18, 1947 at Ft. Sill, Lawton, Oklahoma. His late father, William T. Washington, was full blooded Choctaw.

    He is survived by one daughter, Linda Lee; three sons, Jesse, Arron and William T. Washington III, and a sister, Patricia A. Nonahan.

    Also, aunt, Kathryn F. Greenlee; nephews, Chuck and Mike Young; nieces, Cheryl M. Young; great-nephews, Tommy W. Young; great-nieces, Alaica and Erica Young; cousin, Bonnie Howard, Larry Newton, Janet Stockly, Yvonnie Van Dyke, and Crystal C. Tetrick.

  • Warren R. "Bill" Westbrook

    Warren R. “Bill” Westbrook

    Born: 2/10/1921

    Died: 12/16/1999

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Warren R. “Bill” Westbrook, 78, of Big Springs, Texas passed away December 16, 1999 at his residence. He was born February 10, 1921, in Idabel, Oklahoma and married Clara Mae Richardson on September 4, 1945 in Idabel.

    He worked in the restaurant business and owned and operated several cafes. He was self-employed as a concrete contractor and had also sold cars for a number of years.

    Mr. Westbrook was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene where he was active in the children’s bus ministry.

  • Shirley Sue Wilson

    Shirley Sue Wilson

    Born: 4/20/1948

    Died: 5/6/2000

    Maiden Name: Ludlow

    Honorific: n/a

    Shirley Sue Wilson, 52, of Talihina, Oklahoma passed away May 6, 2000 at the Choctaw Nation Health Care Center. She was born April 20, 1948 to Osmont and Bertha Anderson Ludlow in Talihina.

    She married Paul Wilson on March 13, 1983 in Talihina, Mrs. Wilson was a nurse at Oak Dell Manor.

    She was preceded in death by her father and one brother, Randall Anderson.

    Survivors include her husband; daughter, Samantha and Armando Olivares of Poteau, Oklahoma; two sons, John and Connie Melton and Emerson and Debbie Melton, all of Oklahoma City; mother, Bertha Anderson of Talihina; two sisters, Eva Jo and Bud Head and Sharon Hernandez, all of Talihina; four granddaughters, Ashley, Jessica, Amber and Felica, all of Oklahoma City; grandsons, Alex of Oklahoma City; niece, Shawna Head; five special nephews, Travis, Curtis, Mark, Chris and Shane, and one aunt, Katherine Ward.

  • Anderson Winship

    Anderson Winship

    Born: 12/25/1904

    Died: 6/25/2000

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Anderson Winship, 95, of Broken Bow, Oklahoma passed away Sunday, June 25, 2000 at McCurtain Memorial Hospital in Idabel, Oklahoma. He was born December 25, 1904, the son of Isaac and Ennitte Winship. Born in Indian Territory, Mr. Anderson was an original enrollee of the Choctaw Nation.

    He was a member of Tohwali United Methodist Church, enjoyed fishing and hunting and had lived in the Broken Bow area most of his life.

    Mr. Anderson was preceded in death by nine brothers, two sisters, one grandson, two granddaughters, two sons, one daughter, and one stepdaughter.

    Survivors include four sons, Cornelius Winship of Fort Worth, Texas, Clifford Winship of Vernon, Texas, Jimmy Winship of Oleta, Oklahoma and Kenneth Winship of Hugo, Oklahoma; seven daughters, Irene Priest of Tennessee, Rena Going of Fort Worth, Barbra Battiest and Lynn Winship, both of Broken Bow, Una Harley of Idabel, Oneida Winship of Durant, Oklahoma and Dean Winship of Paris , Texas; three brothers, Aaron Baker and Floyd Baker, both of Battiest, Oklahoma and Owen Baker of El Paso, Texas; two sisters, Mary Tisho of Broken Bow and Edith Gem of California; 32 grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; 53 great-grandchidlren; four stepgreat-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

  • Myrtle M. Cusher Terry Williams

    Myrtle M. Cusher Terry Williams

    Born: 11/1/1918

    Died: 7/19/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Myrtle M. Cusher Terry Williams, 86, passed away July 19 in Spearman, Texas. She was born November 1, 1918, in Beachton, Oklahoma, and had been a Hutchinson County, Texas, resident for 30 years.

    She was a homemaker and member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.

    She was preceded in death by her son, David Bo Terry, in November 1998 and her husband, Eason Williams, in March of 2003.

    Survivors include her daughter, Linda Terry of Stinnett; brother, Allen Cusher of Broken Bow; sister, Laura Carney of Smithville; three grandchildren, Stephanie Daley, David Terry and Angela Morris; and one great-granddaughter, McKenzie Morris, and numerous nieces and nephews.

  • Randall Wilson

    Randall Wilson

    Born: n/a

    Died: 12/12/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Randall Wilson passed away October 14, 2005, in Chickasha, Oklahoma. He was born in Eagletown, Oklahoma, the son of Calvin Wilson (Choctaw code talker) and Cornelia Ward Wilson.

    Randall grew up in Eagletown where he attended and graduated from Eagletown High School. He had fond memories of growing up in Southeast Oklahoma.

    In 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving in World War II aboard the submarine USS Barb and also during the Korean War aboard the USS Pomodon.

    He married his love of 50 years, Leona Impson, in 1955 in Antlers. He worked as an agent for the Frisco Railroad and later the Burlington Northern Railroad in Chickasha for over 30 years.

    Randall enjoyed working in his yard, fishing, and spending time with his family and many friends.

    He was preceded in death by both parents; two brothers, Grant and James Wilson; and a half-brother, Jesse Stafford.

    Survivors include his wife of the home; four daughters, Margaret McWilliams and husband Larry, Tracy Wilson, and Sandy Wilson, all of Oklahoma City, and Donna Tawkoyty of San Antonio; one son, Michael Wilson and wife Nancy of Waukesha, Wisconsin; ten grandchildren, Caleb, Zachary, and Kendall McWilliams, James Johnson, Jared Wilson, Phillip Tawkoyty, and Benjamin, Sarah, Abigail and Katherine Wilson.

    Randall Wilson

  • Noah Bolin Wheeler

    Noah Bolin Wheeler

    Born: 10/23/1944

    Died: 11/8/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Noah Bolin Wheeler, 61, passed away November 8, 2005, in Dallas, Texas. He was born October 23, 1944, in Broken Bow, the son of Robert V. and Frances Bernice Wheeler.

    Buddy attended school in Broken Bow until moving to Dallas in his teens where he enjoyed playing football for North Dallas High School. He and Linda were avid bowlers for many years with the American Indian Bowling League. They spent many hours traveling with friends to bowling tournaments in Texas and Oklahoma.

    Buddy was a Cowboys fan. In the early years, it was sitting in the cold and rain of the Cotton Bowl, suffering through the heartbreaking losses of Next Year’s Champions and in the ’70s, celebrating the victories of the Super Bowl years in Texas Stadium.

    Buddy became a NASCAR fan in his later years, collecting model race cars of his favorite drivers, Dale Earnhardt and Dale Jr. You would find him in front of the TV whenever the races were on.

    Before his passing, with the help of the Rev. Arge Brockles, pastor of the NorthLake Baptist Church in Dallas, Buddy rekindled his faith and made his peace with the Lord.

    His parents preceded him in death.

    Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Linda Bernice Wheeler; two sons, David and Bruce Wheeler; two grandchildren, Nicole and Bobby Wheeler; longtime friends, Charles and Ruby Coleman, Ardis and Alene Mose, Linda Alexander; numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

    Noah Bolin Wheeler

  • Mollie Sue Drennan Williamson

    Mollie Sue Drennan Williamson

    Born: 10/10/1935

    Died: 12/2/2005

    Maiden Name: Williamson

    Honorific: n/a

    Mollie Sue Drennan Williamson, 70, passed away December 2, 2005, at her home in Alex, Oklahoma. She was born October 10, 1935, in Chickasha, the daughter of Stonewall and Birdie Wilson Drennan.

    She married Billy E. Williamson on January 31, 1954, in Coalgate. She was a homemaker and a member of Hawkins Freewill Baptist Church. She lived most of her life in Grady County and owned and operated the Alex Family Center for many years. She loved to collect antiques, garden, sew, crochet and spend time with her family.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant sister, Betty Jo Drennan; sister, Alice Mae Lents; and grandson, Scott Williamson.

    Survivors include her husband of the home; sons, Billy Williamson and wife Sheila of Alex and Danny Williamson and wife Mary of Oklahoma City; daughter, Dessie Allison and husband Robert of Alex; granddaughters, Sandy Trotter of Houston; Shannon Roadifer and husband Dustin of Alex, and Robbie Starns and husband Brad of Keller, Texas; grandsons, Russell Allison and wife Monica of Ingalls, Indiana, and John Williamson of Oklahoma City; and four great-grandchildren.

  • Harold Allen West

    Harold Allen West

    Born: 2/25/1927

    Died: 11/10/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Harold Allen West, 78, a 20-year resident of Bullhead City, Arizona, passed away November 10, 2005. He was born February 25, 1927, in Cedar Hill, Colorado, the son of Allen and Janet West.

    Harold was an honorably discharged Naval veteran of World War II, proudly serving the United States as Carpenter’s Mate Third Class from 1944-45. His ship was the USS Caliante which was at the signing of the treaty in Tokyo Harbor at the end of World War II.

    He made a career of heavy duty mechanics and worked 22 years for Los Angeles Water & Power at their yard in Mojave, California. He retired and moved to Bullhead City in 1985 with wife June, who survives him. He loved his motorcycles.

    He is also survived by one son, Eddie A. West (Josie) of Lakewood, California; three daughters, Linda (Adrian) Rodriques of Clarkville, Tennessee, Diana (Kim) Shelly of Joseph City, Arizona, and Jackie Ricker of Tallahassee, Florida; and one stepson, Kenneth E. Bowers Sr. of Bullhead City; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.

    He was preceded in death by his parents and an only sister, Christine Moschetti of Grass Valley, California.

    Harold Allen West

  • Margaret Virginia Garland Wilson

    Margaret Virginia Garland Wilson

    Born: 10/7/1902

    Died: 11/5/1999

    Maiden Name: Garland

    Honorific: n/a

    Margaret “Virgie” Garland Wilson, 97, passed away on November 5, 1999 at the Gore Nursing Home in Gore, Oklahoma.

  • John Ray Wallace

    John Ray Wallace

    Born: 8/20/1938

    Died: 12/3/2000

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    John Ray Wallace, 62, of Douglass, Kansas and Copan, Oklahoma passed away Sunday, December 3 in the St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Mr. Wallace was born August 20, 1938 in Lawton, Oklahoma, the son of John Ray Wallace, Sr. and Maude (Meely) Wallace Cruse. He received his schooling in the Jones Academy in Hartshorne, Oklahoma and graduated from Haskell Junior College, Lawrence, Kansas in 1958.

    He and Barbara Falleaf were married on May 12, 1992 in Douglass. Mr. and Mrs. Wallace have made their home in Douglass and Copan since that time.

    Mr. Wallace begin his 40-year career with Cessna Aircraft Company in Wichita, Kansas in 1960 and was tooling welder at the time of his death. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Douglass.

    Survivors include his wife, Barbara, of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, Alvin Bub” and Lori Wallace of Douglass; his mother Maude Cruse of Sulphur Oklahoma; two sisters and brothers-in-law Lavella and Emmett Allison of Blanchard Oklahoma and Donna and Junior Smith of Sulphur; three brothers Frank Cruse and his wife Pam and Jimmy Cruse and his wife Vicky all of Atoka Oklahoma and Carl Cruse of Oklahoma City; two step sons Ed Anna of Arizona and keith Anna of Colorado Springs Colorado; a stepdaughter Tonya Ann of Ohio; four grandchildren and seven step grandchildren.

  • Phillip Michael Willis

    Phillip Michael Willis

    Born: 11/9/1954

    Died: 1/5/2006

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Phillip Michael Willis, 51, of Yukon, Oklahoma, passed away January 5, 2006. He was born November 9, 1954, in Lawton, Oklahoma, to Henry J. and Carole Willis.

    Mike was of Choctaw and Kiowa descent. He graduated in 1973 from Stratford High School where he excelled in sports, lettering in football and track; music, placing superior ranking in state and tri-state competitions; and academically, receiving numerous medals in math and science. He attended the University of Oklahoma and became a lifetime avid OU fan and supporter. He was a member of the Crimson Reign Sooner Fan Club.

    Mike was employed by Wells Fargo Financial, where he had worked in auto sales and auto financial management for over 25 years, receiving numerous sales awards and recognitions. One of his favorite awards was winning a trip to the Orange Bowl to see his beloved OU play. Mike developed and initiated an auto financing program that still exists today, which has provided opportunities for many persons to receive financial assistance in purchasing automobiles.

    He supported, attended and was a member of Yukon First United Methodist Church, where he held many offices including administrative chairperson and missions chair. He taught Sunday School for 14 years and worked with the youth group. He was a diligent worker and leader at their annual Groundhog Day fund-raising where he was affectionately called Bossy Hog. Mike’s leadership extended to various organizations and community events.

    Survivors include his daughter, Mallori Renee of Yukon, a student at OU, to whom he was a wonderful and loving father. He is also survived by his parents; two brothers, Tim Willis and wife, Vicki, of Cary, North Carolina, and Carl Willis of Lawrence, Kansas; four sisters, the Rev. Julienne Elaine Judd and husband, Rev. John, of Lawrence, Kansas, Sandra C. Poolaw and husband, Robert Jr., of Anadarko, Victoria Willis of Norman and Michelle Estrada and husband, Rudy, of Oklahoma City; 10 nephews, Michael, Steven and John (Jr.) Judd, Dane, Jeffrey and Elias Poolaw, T.J. and Tristan Williams, and Phillip and Matthew Estrada; two nieces, Caroline Judd and Marisa Poolaw; five great-nieces, and one great-nephew namesake.

    Mike’s family extends their unending appreciation for the support of the Choctaw Nation, Chief Pyle, Assistant Chief Bailey, Joy Culbreath, and the Choctaw Language Department.

    Phillip Michael Willis

  • Dan D. Wilson

    Dan D. Wilson

    Born: 1/27/1918

    Died: 9/11/2006

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Dan D. Wilson, 88, of Cooper, Texas, passed away September 11, 2006, at Paris Regional Medical Center. He was born January 27, 1918, in Broken Bow, the son of Tom Wilson and Della Bailey Wilson.

    He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army. He retired from the Dallas Times Herald where he was a linotype operator, completing his career of more than 40 years in the newspaper industry. He was of the Baptist faith.

  • Quanah Jean Williston

    Quanah Jean Williston

    Born: 12/17/1950

    Died: 2/8/2007

    Maiden Name: Baker

    Honorific: n/a

    Quanah Jean Williston, 56, of Hugo passed away February 8, 2007, at Plano, Texas. She was born December 17, 1950, in Hugo, the daughter of George Dukes Baker and Betty M. Charles Baker.

    Quanah lived in the Hugo area all of her life. She loved being with her family, cookouts, watching football and softball.

    Her husband, Jimmy Williston, preceded her in death in 1973. She was also preceded in death by her father.

    Survivors include her mother, Betty Baker of Hugo; two sons, Jim Williston Jr. and Dustin Williston and wife Sonja, all of Hugo; two grandchildren, Alison and Devin Williston; three sisters, Patricia Ann Baker, Vivian Baker and Tammye Baker, all of Hugo; one brother, Michael Baker of Hugo; a nephew, Jason Baker and his wife, Stephanie, along with their daughter, Hayden Grace; one niece, Courtney Baker; three aunts, Gladys Wood of Hugo, Lucille Olive of Bennington, and Norma Aunko of Tulsa; two uncles, William Charles and Pete Noah Jr.; several cousins, Natalie Wood, Debbie Raper, Robin Taylor, Dorothy Potts, Julia Durrence, Jan Bridges, Floyd Olive, Charles Olive, and Judy Olive; along with a host of other family and friends.

    Quanah Jean Williston

  • Mary Ellen Ward

    Mary Ellen Ward

    Born: 8/5/1940

    Died: 3/12/1997

    Maiden Name: Cooper

    Honorific: n/a

    Mary Ellen (Cooper) Ward, 56, of Garland died Wednesday, March 12, 1997 at Haskell County Hospital. A native of Garland, Mary was born on August 5, 1940 to Abel and Levina (Perry) Cooper. Mary grew up in Garland and McCurtain where she graduated from high school with the class of ‘58. After graduation she was married to Tony Ward and made their home in Tulsa. After several years, Mrs. Ward returned to Garland.

  • Kevin Dale Wallace

    Kevin Dale Wallace

    Born: 2/26/1964

    Died: 4/4/1997

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Kevin Dale Wallace age 33 a resident of Mansfield, Texas, formerly of Hugo Oklahoma passed away on April 4, 1997 at Hugely Hospital in Burleson, Texas. He was a bookkeeper for United Auto Salvage in Mansfield.

    Mr. Wallace was born on February 26, 1964 in Orange, California to Benson, Jr and Eleanor Sue Jacobs Wallace. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Reverend Benson Wallace Sr., his maternal grandparents Reverend Robert Jacobs and his father Benson Wallace, Jr.

    He is survive by his mother, Elenor Wallace of Hugo; two brothers, Kenneth Dewayne Wallace of Hugo and Korey Daniel Wallace of Tishomingo, Oklahoma; one sister Khristy Dawn Wallace of Hugo and a host of other family and close friends.

  • D.W. Wilson

    D.W. Wilson

    Born: 4/18/1929

    Died: 4/8/1997

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    D.W. Wilson was born in Haworth, Oklahoma on April 18, 1929 to Daruis Willis Wilson and Edyth (Yeargin) Wilson. He died on Tuesday, April 8, 1997 at the Veteran’s Hospital in Oklahoma City at the age of 67 years, 11 months, and 20 days following a short illness.

    He was fondly known by family and friends as Chief. He grew up in southeastern Oklahoma, attended school in Haworth and graduated from Goodland Indian School in 2947. He attended Oklahoma State University briefly and graduated with a degree in accounting from the University of Oklahoma in Norman.

    Wilson raised his family in Chickasha, working for Pet Foods and Jim Parker as an accountant. He was active in the Civil Air Patrol and directed the Chickasha unit.

    D.W. moved to Nashville, Tennessee in the late 1980’s where he was an accountant with the Indian Health Department, retiring in 1992 and returning to live in Haworth.

    He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in Germany in the early 1950’s. He was a member of the Choctaw tribe of Oklahoma.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Elnora Crain Wilson and Dura Ann Pool and a daughter-in-law Sandra Wilson.

    Survivors are two sons, John Wilson of Chickasha, Oklahoma and David Wilson of Oklahoma city; three daughters Susan Dilbeck Beal of Saudi Arabia, Carolyn Myers and her husband, Mark of Anadarko, Oklahoma and Cindi Davis and her husband, Jessey of Mustang, Oklahoma; eleven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; one brother, Woodrow Wilson of Richardson, Texas; three sisters, Juanita Garnick of Hugo, Oklahoma, Marge Dietrich of Greenville, North Carolina and Dorothy Jefferson of Oklahoma City and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

  • Solomon David Wesley

    Solomon David Wesley

    Born: 4/28/1912

    Died: 5/1/1997

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Solomon David Wesley passed away at Sam Rayburn Veteran’s Medical Center on May 1, 1997. He was born on April 28, 1912 to Emma Dyer and Harris Wesley near Idabel, Oklahoma.

    He was a devoted son and a loving dad, greatly loved by his family. He graduated from Goodland High School in 1933. He was a World War II veteran and had mentioned many times that he was proud to have served his country in the U.S. Navy. He was honorably discharged in 1947.

    He retired from the Chrysler Corporation in 1971, where he had been a longtime employee. He was proud to have worked for the UAW and for such a reputable company in Maywood California. Soon after retirement he moved back to Oklahoma with Sarah, his wife of a second marriage.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, on sister and his wife of 28 years.

    Survivors include two daughters, Reta J. Tiger of Okemah, Oklahoma and Patricia A. Chowning of Cypress, California; grandchildren, Ernest Patrick Watkins of Las Vegas, Nevada, Thomas Allen Watkins and Scott Douglas Sakiestewa, Bertha Leeper of Ponca City, Oklahoma, David W. King, John Kirk King of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Helen Jimenez of Bell Gardens, California and other persons not mentions but respected and loved are nieces, nephews, great-grandkids and many friends.

  • Evaline (Eva) James Wynand

    Evaline (Eva) James Wynand

    Born: 8/3/1894

    Died: 3/30/1997

    Maiden Name: James

    Honorific: n/a

    Evaline (Eva) James Wynand was born on August 3, 1894 near Hartshorne, Indian Territory and died March 30, 1997 in Casper, Wyoming.

    Eva’s sisters were Alice Adams, Mae Hargis, Anna Mackey and one brother, Ellis E. James Sr. Her parents were Emerson James and Mary Breedlove James. She married Carl Williams in 1912. They lived in Indian Territory until they moved to Wyoming, homesteading in Converse County, Wyoming. While providing their homestead she lived the life of a pioneer woman, they had four children and like others they were victims of the great depression and were divorced in 1935. She later married Herman Wynand. During World War II she worked at the Kaiser Ship yards and later at the Air base outside of Casper. She was always a busy person and worked to provide food and lodging for her family, which was always here uppermost purpose in life.

    In later years she was an avid gardener and rock hound. She always enjoyed her family.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, one brother, on son Carl Williams, Jr., two daughters, Mary Ellen Nichols and Patricia (Pat) Shields and one grandson, Larry Shields. She will be missed by many friends and relatives.

    Survivors include her daughter, Alta M. Meek of Lindsay California; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren numerous nieces and nephews and many cousins.

  • A.H. "Mace" Watson

    A.H. “Mace” Watson

    Born: 3/15/1898

    Died: 10/9/1997

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    A.H. “Mace” Watson 99 years old, of Fort Smith Arkansas passed away on October 9, 1997 at Fort Smith Hospital following a short illness.

    A.H. was born in McAlester Oklahoma Indian Territory March 15, 1898 He, his mother and two sisters were original enrollees of the Choctaw Tribe on the Dawes Roll. Orphaned at age 11, he was raised by an aunt and uncle Judge and Mrs. John P Connors at Canadian Oklahoma. He graduated from Canadian High School and worked in the banks of Crowder and Canadian before moving with his wife to Fort Smith n the early 1920’s.

    Watson retired form the Fort Smith Paper Company in 1967 and then operated his own small rubber stamp shop until he was forced to quit working at the age of 92. He and Mrs. Watson celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary in 1993 several months prior to her death. They were both members of the First United Methodist Church joining in 1927. Mr. Watson was active in the Rogers Bible Class at the church or over 50 years. Mr. Watson was a member of the Uplifters Class. A.H. was an avid golfer and played until he was 94 years old.

    A.H. was an active Mason being a member of Belle Point #20 in Fort Smith and Canadian Lodge #22 at Indianola, Oklahoma. HE was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite and was honored as a 75 year member, a rare distinction of that body. He was also honored as being a 75 year Past Master of the Canadian Lodge # 22 again a rare distinction.

    He lived independently until he was hospitalized September 29th. He was known for his sharp wit, his rare ability for recollection of events and people, and particularly his dry sense of humor. His philosophy included a need to laugh at least once a day.

    A.H. is survived by his son, A.H. Watson Jr. and daughter in law Peggy; his daughter, Marjorie Reed and son in law J. Ralph Reed, all of Fort Smith; two step grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren; six nieces and two nephews.

  • Irene Whitten

    Irene Whitten

    Born: 12/19/1911

    Died: 11/19/1997

    Maiden Name: Thompson

    Honorific: n/a

    Irene Ira Ha-Yip Thompson Whitten, age 85, of Idabel Oklahoma passed away on November 19, 1997 at the McCurtain Memorial Hospital.

    She was born on December 19, 1911 at Spencerville. She was a store clerk and a member of Forest Hill Baptist Church.

    She was married to Horace Whitten on January 12, 1948 in DeQueen, Arkansas and has lived in the community all of her life.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, Joel J. Thompson and Ira Mae Thompson; two sisters, Eula Greer Thompson and Helen Grace Moore. Joel J. Thompson Sr. was æ Mississippi Choctaw.

    Survivors include her husband, Horace Whitten of Idabel; one brother, Joel J. Thompson, Jr. of Waco Texas; two sisters, Callie Little of Mt. Vernon Texas and Angie Mae Hazelwood of Idabel and several nieces and nephews.

  • Johnie Spencer Woods Jr.

    Johnie Spencer Woods Jr.

    Born: 7/17/1941

    Died: 11/11/2007

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Johnie Spencer Woods Jr., 65, of Alex, Oklahoma, passed away November 11. He was born July 17, 1941, in Alex to Johnie and Dortha Agnes Woods.

    He lived in Alex all his life.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother and an infant sister, all of Alex.

    Survivors include two daughters, Peggy Lin Woods-McBride of Minco, Oklahoma, and Linda Garcia of Oklahoma City; a brother, Jo Dell Woods of Maysville; and an ex-wife, Mona Mills of Chickasha.

    Johnie was loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

  • Lee Anthony Winlock

    Lee Anthony Winlock

    Born: 2/6/1951

    Died: 11/5/2007

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Lee Anthony Winlock, 56, of Wilburton passed away November 5, 2007, in Tulsa. He was born February 6, 1951, at Idabel to James and Lavina Stewart Winlock.

    Lee worked as a general laborer and was a member of the Seventh Day Sabbath Assembly.

    He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Victor Winlock, Jimmy Winlock and Larry Winlock.

    Survivors include his longtime companion, Margaret, of the home; brother, Virgil Winlock of Dallas, Texas; sisters, Dorothy Ann Davis of Oklahoma City, Shirley Bonaparte of Red Oak, Jerri Sumka of Glenpool, Karen Winlock of Dallas, Janice Winlock of Tahlequah, and Ruthie May Smith; aunts, Millie Chapman of Tahlequah and Loretta Rice of Ada; numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews and other family members and friends.

  • Willie Ward

    Willie Ward

    Born: 10/6/1934

    Died: 12/7/2007

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Willie Ward passed away December 7, 2007. He was born October 6, 1934, a few miles east of Honobia to Ramsey and Magdiline Ludlow Ward. Born a humble beginning, he died a valiant man in whom there was no evil or wickedness.

    After his mother’s death, Willie was sent to Goodland Boys Home. He was placed on a train in Talihina and traveled all alone to Hugo at the age of 6. While at Goodland, Willie learned to work and save money. He bought his first guitar and taught himself to play. He also learned to play the fiddle.

    After graduating from high school he entered the Army, which turned out to be the biggest influence in his life. He served over four years of duty overseas - Germany, Korea and Vietnam. He earned a good conduct medal, 1st through 4th medals, Vietnam service medal with four bronze stars, Armed forces expeditionary medal - Korea, and Vietnam cross of gallantry with palm. He was discharged from Fort Carson, Colorado, after 23 years, 8 months and 24 days. Willie flew the American flag every 4th of July, Memorial Day and Flag Day with true patriotic pride. The United States has lost a great American and a true friend.

    He was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew.

    Survivors include a sister, Jane Napier of Washington; half-brothers and sisters, Jerry Ward of Talihina, Dora Edith Ward of Honobia, Eva Nell Kaydle of Tulsa, Mina Collins of Florida, Dale Ward of Honobia; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

  • Samuel Woods

    Samuel Woods

    Born: n/a

    Died: 1/23/1998

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Samuel Luther Wood age 73 of Keota Oklahoma passed away January 23, 1998 in Tulsa. He was a retired farmer.

    He is survived by five daughters, Caroline Mize, Cleta Owens, both of Spiro, Oklahoma, Leta Ritnour of Shepard, Texas Deborah Martin of Heavener, Oklahoma and May Hawkins of Red Oak, Oklahoma; tow sons, James Wood and Harold both of the home; four sisters, Hazel Downing, Willene Tahakofpher, both of Norma Oklahoma; four brothers, John Wood of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Dan Wood of Prattsville, Herman Wood of Collinsville and Glen Wood of Keota; 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

  • Joan Williams

    Joan Williams

    Born: n/a

    Died: 9/26/1997

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Joan Welsa Williams of Dallas and Commerce, Texas passed away on September 26, 1997 in a tragic automobile accident. She was very proud of her Indian heritage and she was known as Many Stars by most of her friends, the Indian name she had chosen.

    Survivors include her parents, Wesley and Margie Williams; three brothers, John Mike and David Williams, two sisters, Diana Holland and Janey brown; numerous aunts, uncles nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

  • Melba Lois Woolard

    Melba Lois Woolard

    Born: n/a

    Died: 1/31/1998

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Melba Lois Woolard age 55 of Spiro Oklahoma passed away in February 1998.

    She is survived by her husband, Walter; two daughters Ramona K Suter and Sandy Masterson both of Spiro; two sons, Walter C Woolard Jr. of the home and Alan W Woolard of Ft. Smith, Arkansas. Six sisters, Meldred Gish, Loretta Shipman and Debbie Jackson. All of Arkoma Oklahoma, Betty Karbo of St. Johns Michigan, Donna Robinson of Stuarts Draft, Virginia, and Sharon McNoel of Lawton Oklahoma; one brother, Floyd McNoel of Ft Smith and five grandchildren, including one grandson, Brain Woolard of the home.

  • Buddy Leo Wall

    Buddy Leo Wall

    Born: 12/21/1939

    Died: 1/8/2008

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Buddy Leo Wall, 68, of Springdale, Arkansas, passed away January 8, 2008. He was born December 21, 1939, in Talihina to David and Patsy Doyle Wall of Whitesboro, Oklahoma.

    Buddy married Jerline Bacon at a young age and worked at a sawmill in Leflore County. As part of the BIA Relocation program, he worked for Time Magazine in Chicago, moved on to the swimming pool business in Hollywood, California, and eventually settled on a longtime career as a steel fabricator/welder in Tulsa and Springdale. In 1974, he was the President of the Choctaw/Chickasaw Alliance, an organization involved with the Oklahoma Clean Water Act. He was most fulfilled as an alcohol/drug counselor at Decision Point in Springdale which contributed to his being clean and sober the last 17 years of his precious life. He enjoyed watching sports on television, a good hamburger and Elvis.

    We will miss the twinkle in his eye, his baritone laughter, and encouraging words. His hero was Jesus Christ and a prayer chapel will be erected as a memorial to his work for the Lord.

    Survivors include his mother, Pat Presfield of Springdale; children, Patsy Jo Eyachabbe and husband Curtis, Buddy G. Wall and wife Annette, and Ted L. Wall, all of the Tulsa area; three grandsons, two great-grandchildren, seven brothers, two sisters, two aunts, two uncles, many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

  • Tina Darlene Teal Williams

    Tina Darlene Teal Williams

    Born: 1/7/1969

    Died: 8/2/1997

    Maiden Name: Teal

    Honorific: n/a

    Tina Darlene Teal Williams was born on January 7, 1969 and passed away August 2, 1997 in Dunn, North Carolina.

    She is survived by her three daughters, Amber, Ashley and Brittney Humphries; her mother, Vickie K Mounce; four brothers James R Ostiguy, Charles R Teal, John T Teal, Joseph L Teal and her grandmother Clara Elnor Miller.

  • Ed Red Wilson

    Ed Red Wilson

    Born: 10/30/1943

    Died: 9/25/2007

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Ed Red Wilson, 63, of Smithville passed away September 25, 2007, at Sparks Regional Medical Center, Fort Smith, Arkansas. He was born October 30, 1943, at Talihina, the son of Ed and

    Myrle Romine Wilson.

    Ed was affiliated with the Octavia Baptist Church and had lived in Smithville since 1983. Ed was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served as a medical technician during the Vietnam War era. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and making knives. Ed loved spending time with his family and friends.

    Ed and Judy were married June 5, 1965, in Arkansas City, Kansas.

    He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, A.C. and Calvin Wilson.

    Survivors include his wife of the home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Dianne and Tony Graham of Garvin and Myrl and Mike Jarvis of Ponca City, Oklahoma; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Raymond and Dorothy Wilson of Wister, and Gerald and Rosemary Wilson of Quapaw; four sisters and one brother-in-law, Earnestine and Jetter Norwood of Oklahoma City, Charlene Adams of Oklahoma City, Earleene Factor of Broken Arrow and Edna Kent of Arkansas City; three grandchildren, Tory Wilson, Bryce Ludlow and Randa Ludlow; seven step-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

  • Jimmy W. Wilkins

    Jimmy W. Wilkins

    Born: 2/28/1949

    Died: 5/27/2008

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Jimmy W. Wilkins, 59, passed away May 27, 2008, in Temple, Texas. He was born February 28, 1949, in Ardmore to Luther and Anna Sewell Wilkins.

    He married Carol Greene on July 2, 1993, in Mannsville.

    Jimmy was a maintenance supervisor for the Chickasaw Nation. He was a member of the Elks Lodge and past member of the Moose Lodge. He had been a home builder and general contractor, who enjoyed playing golf. He was a lifetime resident of Ardmore .

    He was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Gary Wilkins.

    Survivors include his wife of the home; a daughter, Melissa Henderson of Irving, Texas; a stepson, Jackie McDaniel of Stonewall; a stepdaughter, Leslie England of Oceanside, California; his mother of Ardmore; eight grandchildren, Austin Henderson, Blues Henderson, Khristopher England, Kaitlyn England, Kolton England, Kaleb England, Kody McDaniel and Jacie McDaniel; a brother, Roger Wilkins of Ardmore; four sisters, Mannie Shockley of Ardmore, Pat Greenwood of Moore, Joyce Bruce of Ardmore and Maxine Stevens of McCleary, Washington.

  • Rev. Harvey Thedo Williams

    Rev. Harvey Thedo Williams

    Born: 11/6/1936

    Died: 6/13/2008

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    The Rev. Harvey Thedo Williams, 71, of Broken Bow passed away on June 13, 2008. He was born November 6, 1936, in Finley to Harvey T. and Ethel Jane Sherred Williams.

    Harvey was a veteran and served his country in the U.S. Army. He and Mary Basler Colbert were united in marriage on March 9, 1985. Harvey surrendered to the ministry in 1987 and in 1988, he began preaching in the Idabel Southern Methodist University and completed that in 1993. Harvey loved preaching the word of God and had pastored several other circuits including the Chickasaw, Finley, Broken Arrow , and the Glover circuit. He enjoyed gospel singings, fishing, gardening, and spending time with his family, especially his children and grandchildren.

    He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Edna Gibson.

    Survivors include his wife; two sons, Harvey Ted Williams, Durant, and Jerry Williams, Union, Mississippi; four daughters, Ethel Williams, Durant, Cathy Chapman, Eufaula, Sandra Jimison, New Lebanon, Ohio, and Amy Johnson, Cowetta; two sisters and three brothers-in-law, Norma and Andy Choate, Lourena and Steve Billy, and Bennie Gibson, all of Finey; two brothers, John Dixon and Renee Williams of Bryan, Texas, and Mose Williams, Eagletown; special aunt, Rebecca Noah, Finley; 17 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and many friends.

  • Joshua Lynn Williams

    Joshua Lynn Williams

    Born: 1/16/1988

    Died: 8/10/2008

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Joshua Lynn Williams, 20, passed away on August 10, 2008. He was born January 16, 1988, in Durant to Dannye and Donna Williams.

    Joshua graduated from Rock Creek High School and was a member of the FFA. He then went to vo-tech school and worked as a welder for Price Gregory Construction. Joshuas hobbies included baseball, hunting, fishing, and most importantly spending time with his daughter, Kellee.

    He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Ruel and Ernie Williams; maternal grandfather, Donald R. Sweeney; aunt, DeAnna Frank; and cousin, Donald Ray Sweeney III.

    Survivors include mother, Donna Williams and Billy McFatridge of Bokchito; father, Dannye Williams and wife Gay of Bennington; daughter, Kellee Williams of Bokchito; sister, Janica Williams of Bokchito; brothers, Jerry Williams and wife Kari of Caddo and Joey Williams and wife Mandy of Bokchito; maternal grandparents, Gene and Pat Wren of Durant; girlfriend, Nikki Jordan with daughter, Madison Jade, and two nephews as well as numerous cousins.

    Joshua Lynn Williams

  • Eva B. Wallace

    Eva B. Wallace

    Born: n/a

    Died: 1/13/1995

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Eva Blanche Wallace, 90, passed away on January 31, 1995 in Lake Taylor Hospital.

    She was a native of Quinton, Oklahoma, a homemaker and loving mother, devout Christian, member of London Bridge Baptist Church and an original enrollee of the Choctaw Nation. She was the widow of Maurice E. Wallace.

    Survivors include five daughters, Darlene Rabel and Ruby Keifer, both of Virginia Beach, Arlie Kirkpatrick of Riverside, California and Mary Lou Speckheuer and Jean Litchfield, both of Norfolk; a son, Dale Crowl, Jr. of Virginia Beach; seven sisters; three brothers, 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

    Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or building fund of London Bridge Baptist Church.

  • James Kenneth "Kenny" Williams

    James Kenneth “Kenny” Williams

    Born: 3/2/1930

    Died: 10/24/2008

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    James Kenneth Williams, 78, passed away on October 24, 2008, in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He was born March 2, 1930, in Poteau to Reginald and Ann Willimas.

    Kenny graduated from Goodland Indian School in Hugo, Eastern State College and Central State College. He retired after 25 years with the U.S. Postal Service and spent many years as a welder. He was a veteran of the Korean War. He served his country with pride in the U.S. Air Force from which he retired. He greatly enjoyed participating in the Veterans Day ceremonies held at Tushka Homma each year.

    Kenny was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Vivian; daughter, Kennetha, and brother, Harrell Williams.

    Survivors include his daughter, Regina Georgette Black and her husband, Dr. Tony Black, of Tecumseh; granddaughters, Shelley and Whitney; sisters, Virginia Johnson of Poteau, and Ramona and her husband, Dr. Bill McCready, of Joplin, Missouri; brothers, Robert F. Williams of Hugo, David B. Williams of Pocola, Reggie Williams and wife Barbara of Idabel, and Neal Williams and wife Joan of Gilmer, Texas; one great-granddaughter; special friend, Billie Klug of Grand Prairie, Texas; numerous nieces and nephews, and many other relatives, loved ones and friends.


  • Arica C. Williams

    Arica C. Williams

    Born: 1/23/1950

    Died: 6/16/1995

    Maiden Name: Johnson

    Honorific: n/a

    Arica C. Williams, 45, of Bermidji, Minnesota passed away on June 16, 1995 in Bermidji.

    She was born on January 23, 1950 in Merced, California to James and Carolyn (Jones) John. At the age of five she moved with her family to Oklahoma where they lived from 1955 - 1967.

    She attended Boswell Elementary School.

  • Kenneth Wynn

    Kenneth Wynn

    Born: 5/10/1933

    Died: 2/12/1996

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Kenneth B. Buck Wynn, a longtime Grays Harbor resident passed away on February 12, 1996 after an extended illness.

    He was born May 10, 1933 at the family home at Copal’s Crossing to Thomas Jefferson and Cadrom O. (James) Wynn. His grandfather was Judge Silas James, who is listed in the book Leaders and Leading Men of the Indian Territory.

    His family lived in Oklahoma for a year when he was a baby and then moved to Doty, Washington where he was raised. He moved to Aberdeen when he was 16 and worked at the Hoquiam Chair Factory and Grays Harbor Veneer.

    He married Donna Mae Moffitt in 1951 in Doty. They lived in Aberdeen until moving to Hoquiam in 1966. She survives at the family home in Hoquiam.

    He worked for Posey Manufacturing and then for the State Department of Transportation. He worked in road maintenance and became a foreman and lead technician before retiring in 1991.

    He and his wife enjoyed taking trips in the travel trailer. They often went to Yakima to pick fruit and vegetables for canning. They enjoyed square dancing and were members of the Harbor Haylofters.

    He removed their home and enjoyed working in his garden, fishing and hunting. He belonged to the Hoquiam Eagles for more than 25 years and attended Immanuel Baptist Church of Hoquiam.

    Survivors include his wife, Donna, of the home; one son, Daniel of Oxford, Prairie; two daughters, Kay Niemi of Hoquiam and Karla Beckett of Winters, California, three sisters, Winifred Stone of Hoquiam, Inez Drevnick of Peell and Virginia Jones formerly of Aberdeen and six grandchildren.

    He was preceded in death by three brothers, Forman, Coleman, and Thomas and two sisters, Bessie and June.

  • J.L. Williams

    J.L. Williams

    Born: 2/21/1987

    Died: 2/27/2009

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    James Lonnie J.L. Williams, 22, of Hugo passed away February 27, 2009. He was born February 21, 1987, in Ardmore, the son of Wyatt and Susan Williams. He lived in the Valliant area from 1996 to 2000 and then moved to the Hugo area.

    J.L. was a security guard for the Choctaw Nation Casino in Grant. He enjoyed riding bulls, hunting, fishing, playing football, running, weightlifting and aggravating his niece, Macy Grace.

    He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lonnie Mignon Williams and Jap and Otha Williams, and his great-grandfather, James Zeke Sorrels.

    Survivors include his parents of Hugo; one brother, Josh Williams and wife Amanda of Hugo; a niece, Macy Grace Williams of Hugo; grandparents, Linda Williams of Wilson, James Leon Sorrels of Mill Creek, and Phyllis Sorrels of Mill Creek; great-grandmother, Maciel Sorrels of Mill Creek; aunts and uncles, Joni and Michael Phelps of Wilson, Chad and Wendy Sorrels of Ada, David and Marie Sorrels of South Carolina, and Dara and Bobby Cusher of Tulsa, along with a host of other family and friends.

  • Billie Beatrice "Grandma Wood"

    Billie Beatrice “Grandma Wood”

    Born: 4/24/1914

    Died: 3/15/2009

    Maiden Name: Coleman

    Honorific: n/a

    Billie Beatrice Grandma Wood, 94, of Spiro passed away March 15, 2009, in Spiro. She was born April 24, 1914, in Shady Point, the daughter of William Henry and Olla Henderson Coleman.

    She was a member of the Spiro Church of Christ. She taught school during the war and worked at Hamlin Garment Factory. She loved sewing, gardening and painting pictures.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Waymon Wood; a son, Bobby Wood; and one sister.

    Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Joella and Odell Clark and Sue and Bill Marler, all of Spiro; son and daughter-in-law, James and Jan Wood of Spiro; 10 grandchildren, Larry Clark of Tahlequah, Terri and husband Scott Wyatt of Edmond, Ron and wife Kathy Clark of Castle Rock, Colorado, Jill and husband Lou Garcia of St. Louis, Missouri, Jamie and wife Sabrina Wood of Stillwater, Julie Wood of Oklahoma City, Dena and husband Chris Brickey of Durango, Colorado, Pat and wife Heather Garner of Spiro, Buffy and husband Greg Kephart of Harrison, Arkansas, and Kerrie Wood of Odessa, Texas; 15 great-grandchildren, other relatives and loved ones and a host of beloved friends.

    Billie Beatrice 'Grandma Wood'

  • Steve Wilson

    Steve Wilson

    Born: 7/20/1945

    Died: 3/17/2009

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    Steven Wayne Wilson, 63, passed away March 17, 2009, in Paris, Texas. He was born July 20, 1945, in Oklahoma City.

    Steve married Judy Bailey on March 15, 1968, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Steve and Judy moved to Hugo in 1969. He worked as the superintendent for the City of Hugo Water and Waste Water Treatment Department for 12 years. He then worked as a control room operator for WFEC for 15 years before early retirement due to health. Steve was active in Hugo working with the Boy Scouts for many years where he received numerous volunteer honors. In addition, he worked with children at church in many capacities. Steve enjoyed playing golf and fishing. He played so often that he actually worked as the manager for Rock Creek Golf Course for many years after his retirement. Steve studied and received his ordination for the Methodist Church where he served and preached for many years around the county. He just loved helping people in any way. He was currently a member of the First Baptist Church in Hugo.

    He was preceded in death by his daughter, Janae Wilson; stepfather, Jack Hendren; and sister, Karen Sue Smith.

    Survivors include his wife, Judy Wilson of Hugo; son, Scott Wilson of Hugo; mother, Mary Scott Hendren of Oklahoma City; father and stepmother, Howard and Sadie Wilson of Albuquerque, New Mexico; half-sisters, Gaye Liddle of Yukon and Jan Bricker of Edmond; half-brothers, Lynn Wilson of Albuquerque and James Wilson of New Mexico; and numerous nieces and nephews.

  • Daniel C. Wade

    Daniel C. Wade

    Born: 4/5/1926

    Died: 3/27/2009

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    Daniel C. Wade, 82, of Ada, formerly of Talihina, passed away March 27, 2009, at Integris Baptist Medical Center, Oklahoma City. He was born April 5, 1926, in Eagletown, the son of Clayton and Acy Fobb Wade.

    He attended Jones Academy, Haskell Institute, Bacone College, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, and the University of Oklahoma where he received a BS degree in science. He served in the U.S. Army as a PFC in World War II. He received the Bronze Star, WW II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal and a Marksmanship Medal.

    He worked as a medical technologist and retired from the Indian Health Service in 1980.

    Mr. Wade was a member of MTASCP, Elks Lodge #1640, was given the honor of Elk of the Year for the service of veterans, and was a committee chairman. He was a member of Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Tahlequah, and served as Deacon-Elder. He enjoyed bowling and golfing.

    He was the widower of AnnieBell McIntosh Wade. They were married May 26, 1952, in Hugo.

    He was also preceded in death by his parents.

    Survivors include a daughter, Acy D. and John Goggana of Rowlett; a son, Andrew C. and Shelia Wade of Ada; 10 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, seven nieces, three nephews, and a sister, Louise White of Cleveland, Oklahoma.

  • David Wayne Watson

    David Wayne Watson

    Born: 11/13/1982

    Died: 2/17/2009

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    MDavid Wayne Watson, 26, of Shawnee passed away March 17, 2009, in Oklahoma City. He was born November 13, 1982, in Ada to Julian Wayne Watson and Rosada Lynn Tiger Bowden. He was raised in Norman and attended Norman North Public Schools. He had lived in Shawnee for the past six years.

    He worked as a driller installing cable for Superior Construction. He loved playing all sports, including pool, horseshoes, grilling out and enjoying life. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. His son was the center of his life.

    He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Webster and Geraldine Tiger; paternal grandfather, Clyde Watson; uncles, Timothy Bo Tiger and Steven Tiger; and an aunt, Barbara Whittaker.

    Survivors include his mother and step-father, Rosada and Philip Bowden of Norman; father, Julian Watson; son, Gavin Layne Watson of Shawnee; grandmother, Julia Watson; three sisters, Julie and Charles Douglass of Norman, Micah Watson of Norman and Kerry Bowden of Tucson, Arizona; a brother, Zach Watson of Norman; half-brother, Cody Watson of Tulsa; aunts and uncles, Linda Tiger, Anthony Tiger and Mike Tiger, all of Oklahoma City, Patsy Tiger of Tyler, Texas, Martha Watson, Phyllis Tiger, Leonard Tiger and Daryl Tiger, all of Shawnee, Pam Tiger of Noble, Gina Hill of Mena, Arkansas, Teresa Watson, Brian Watson, Johnny Watson and Mike Watson, all of Watson; and a nephew, Christian Douglass.

  • Leo Winship

    Leo Winship

    Born: 10/23/1911

    Died: 12/31/1989

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    Leo Winship, 77, of Broken Bow, died December 31 in Oklahoma City Memorial Hospital in Oklahoma City.

    A retired Weyerhaeuser Co. employee at Wright City, Winship was also a veteran, having served in the U.s. Army during World War II. He was born October 223, 1911 at Battiest and was affiliated with the St, Matthew Church of Broken Bow.

    Winship was preceded in death by his wife, Edith Winship on March 17, 1985.

    Survivors include three daughters, Sally C. Winship and Audre E. Winship both of Broken Bow and Patsy F. Winship of Sulphur Springs, Texas; two brothers, Leroy and Anderson Winship, both of Broken Bow; three sisters, Ina Caldwell of Valliant, Edna Harris of Wright City and Mary Tisho of Broken Bow; and Five grandchildren.

  • Rev. Earl Ray Wallace

    Rev. Earl Ray Wallace

    Born: 4/30/1953

    Died: 1/1/1989

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    Rev. Earl Ray Wallace, a resident of Hugo, died at the age of 35.

    He was a Baptist minister and a member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church.

    He was born April 30, 1953 in Unger and had been a resident of Choctaw County all of his life.

    Rev. Wallace was ordained to the ministry in April of 1984.

    He married Cathy Pence on May 25, 1985. She survives him.

    Other survivors include two brothers, Donald LeFlore and Willie Jim Robinson, both of Hugo; five sisters, Bertha Jacob of Admore, Elizabeth Smithhart of Tuskahoma, Pauline Tom of Soper, and Josephine Gallant of Hugo and Cathy Nelson of Hugo; and several nieces and nephews.

    Burial was in the Mount Olivet Cemetery.

  • Jimmie D. Watson

    Jimmie D. Watson

    Born: n/a

    Died: 3/29/1989

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    Jimmie D. Watson, SFC U.S. Army retired, passed away March 29 at the age of 52.

    He had been a resident of El Paso, Texas for over 20 years.

    He is survived by his wife, K.C. Watson of El Paso, 4 sisters and 1 aunt all of Oklahoma.

    Mr. Watson was very proud of his Choctaw Heritage and spent much of his life in the Mt. Zion community.

  • Norma Willie

    Norma Willie

    Born: n/a

    Died: 1/1/1989

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    Norma Willie, 52, Ada, a former Broken bow resident, has passed away.

    Burial was in McGee Cemetery.

    A student at East Central University, Mrs. Willie dies at Granbury, Texas. She was born at Hochatown and had lived most of her life in McCurtain County.

    She was a member of McGee Chapel Presbyterian Church of Broken Bow.

    Survivors include her mother, Lucinda Gipson, Broken Bow; two sons, William Willie, Ada, and Gregory Willie, Waco, TX; one daughter Latricia Parkhurst, Granbury, TX.; four brothers, Harry Gipson, Del City, Ben Gipson, R.V. Gipson, and Steve Gipson all of Tulsa; four sisters, Nellie Shomo, Idabel Hattie Fender, Tacoma, Wash., and LaWana Pewewardy and Sue Feathers both of Broken Bow.

  • Violet Wishon

    Violet Wishon

    Born: 10/8/1936

    Died: 8/9/2007

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    MViolet Wishon passed away on August 9, 2007, at her home in Oklahoma City. She was born October 8, 1936, in Waurika, Oklahoma. She was given an award for being a diabetic since being diagnosed at three years old. She was a very loving woman and was proud of her heritage.

  • Lucile Wade

    Lucile Wade

    Born: 9/6/1900

    Died: 7/28/1999

    Maiden Name: Cenotto

    Honorific: n/a

    Lucille Lucy Wade, 98, of Talihina, Oklahoma was born September 6, 1900, at Poteau, Indian Territory to Amillo and Dominca Cenotto. She passed away July 28, 1999 at the Choctaw Nation Indian Hospital in Talihina. She was been a resident of Talihina since she was 16.

    Lucy was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Talihina where she was very active in her church work until her health failed her. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Lodge of Talihina.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Malcolm Delow Wade, in 1983.

    Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Malcolm and Doris Wade of Talihina and Jim and Billie Wade of Oklahoma City; one daughter and son-in-law, Betty Jean and Johnny Eastep of Norman, Oklahoma; nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren, and numerous friends and loved ones.

  • Clyde Wayne Watson

    Clyde Wayne Watson

    Born: 2/23/1937

    Died: 4/26/1999

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    Clyde Wayne Watson, 62, of Watson, Oklahoma, passed away Monday, April 26, 1999 at his home.

    He was born February 23, 1937, to the late Raymond and Mae Caterby Watson. He was united in marriage to Julia Ann Lewis on September 28, 1962 in Mena, Arkansas.

    Mr. Watson was a retired employee of Smith Pallet Company in Hatsfield, Arkansas. He was amember of the Buffalo Presbyterian Church in Watson, but enjoyed visiting various churches.

    Survivors include his wife, Julia Watson, of Watson; four sons, Julian Watson of Pryor, Oklahoma, Michael Watson of McCrory, Arkansas, Johnny Watson of Kansas City, Kansas, and Brian Watson of Watson; two daughters, Regina Hill of Durant, Oklahoma and Teresa Watson of Watson; one sister, Martha Clark of Lawrence, Kansas; two half brothers, George Watson of Watson and Aaron Watson of Grannis, Arkansas; five half sisters, Shirley Rosas of Batesville, Arkansas, Mary Hurlocker, Virginia Hernandez and Doris Gonzales, all of DeQueen, Arkansas and Arabella Sanchez of Grannis; 14 grandchildren and various nieces and nephews.

    The family of Clyde Wayne Watson would like to thank everyone who called, sent flowers and cards, and brought food during the loss of their loved one. They would like to thank Chief Gregory E. Pyle, Assistant Chief Mike Bailey and the employees of the Choctaw Nation for the flowers and food that were sent.

    They would also like to thank the staff of the Choctaw Nation Hospital, Dr. Bonin and Dr. Sattar for all the concern during his illness. Also the van driver, Joe Maple, for transporting him to Ft. Smith for his treatments and the Hospitality House staff, Ellen, Chris, Heather, and Steve for letting us stay there and making us feel at home. It was greatly appreciated.

  • Mary Weaver

    Mary Weaver

    Born: 1/11/1949

    Died: 2/28/2007

    Maiden Name: Fisher

    Honorific: n/a

    Mary Weaver, 58, of McAlester passed away February 28, 2007, at Southcrest Hospital, Tulsa. She was born on January 11, 1949, in Talihina to Anias and Matilda Thompson Fisher.

    She attended the Creek Nation Eufaula Boarding School in Eufaula. Mary married Tommy Weaver in 1972 in McAlester. She was a member of the First Indian Baptist Church and she enjoyed fishing, gardening, attending garage sales, partaking in morning coffee with her husband on the back terrace and taking adventurous trips with Tommy.

    She was preceded in death by her father and a sister, Lahoma Fisher Otts.

    Survivors include her husband of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, Anthony Wesley of Dow, Oklahoma; two daughters, Jeanelle and Corey Collins of McAlester and Michelle and Michael Winlock of Muskogee; his mother of McAlester; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Verna and Richard Watt of Kansas City, Kansas, Dora and Don Layman of Eufaula and Lenora and Ronnie Cox of Checotah, Oklahoma; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

  • Daniel Wayne Webster

    Daniel Wayne Webster

    Born: 8/10/1957

    Died: 3/16/2006

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    Daniel Redman Wayne Webster, 48, of Powderly, Texas, passed away March 16, 2006, at Paris, Texas. He was born August 10, 1957, in Talihina, the son of Daniel and Anita Nelson Webster.

    He grew up in the Sawyer community but lived in Powderly for over 25 years. He married Karen Lechliter on June 6, 1980, in Valliant. He was the owner operator of the Redman Express. He enjoyed being with his children and grandchildren. He liked to fish and was a hard worker. He lived life to its fullest and will be truly missed by his family and all who knew him.

    He was preceded in death by his parents.

    Survivors include his wife of the home; one son, Daniel Jonathon Webster of Powderly; two daughters, Tanja Forbes and husband, Jack, of Cartwright and Tiffany Parish of Powderly; three sisters, Tisha

    Reece of Fort Towson, Barbara Ford of Morrisville, Missouri, and Gail Rose of Denison, Texas; one brother, Charlie Webster of Morrisville; two grandchildren, Jadan Forbes and Austin Parish; along with a host of other friends and family.

    Daniel Wayne Webster

  • Lona Edna Warren

    Lona Edna Warren

    Born: 6/16/1914

    Died: 3/12/2006

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    Lona Edna Warren, 91, longtime Stigler resident, passed away March 12, 2006, at Coweta. A native of Lequire, she was born June 16, 1914, to Robert Noel and Chaney Spradley Noel. She grew up at Lequire where she received her formal education.

    She was married to Paul Warren in 1931 and made their home together. They moved to California for several years and started a family. She moved back to Stigler in the early 1960s.

    She will be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother who loved quilting and crocheting. She was ordained to preach in the Pentecostal Holiness Church in 1969. She loved her church and her church family. She will be missed by all who knew her.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one brother, Edward Noel; one sister, Ethel Noel; one daughter, Helen Barbee; and one granddaughter, Rhonda Lynn Ashley.

    Survivors include two sons, John Wayne Warren of Porum and Charles Fuzzy Warren of Longtown; one daughter, Diana Rose Adams of Tucson, Arizona; eight grandchildren, Janet, Scott, Lisa, Diana, Cindy, Steven, Charles, and Michelle; 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

    Lona Edna Warren

  • Everett Washington

    Everett Washington

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    Died: 11/11/1999

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    Everett Washington, 71, of Howe, Oklahoma passed away Novenber 11, 1999 in Poteau, Oklahoma. A lifelong resident of the Heavener/Howe area, he was of the Baptist faith and a member of the Choctaw Nation.

    As an active member of the Choctaw Nation, he assisted in the coordination of numerous Choctaw events. He had many professions, but was best known for his reforestation contracts. He also had a long history of contributions to the Cal Farley Boys Ranch in Amarillo, Texas.

    His last years were dedicated to his family, both biological and foster children. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Police.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Esias and Hattie Washington.

    Survivors include his wife, Clara, of the home;daughter, Lisa Washington of Howe;sons, Travis Washington of Talihina, Oklahoma, Roger Washington of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Rick Washinton of Poteau, Oklahoma, Wendell Washington and Eric Washington, both of Heavener, Brian King and Troy King of McAlester, Oklahoma, and Daniel Elam, Darrin and Jordan Barton, all of the home;brothers, Arthur Pete Peters of Harris, Oklahoma and Charles Hallum of Garvin Oklahoma; grandchildren Kevin Washington Brice Washington and Baby Washington all of Heavener Roger Washington Jr. of Laguna Nigud, California Michelle Stevens of Muskogee, Oklahoma Leigh Ann Washington of Poteau Oklahoma Christopher Washington of Tahlequah and Jerra Washington of Howe; and three great grandchildren.

  • William J. Williston

    William J. Williston

    Born: 9/23/1923

    Died: 8/24/2000

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    William J. Williston, 76, of Idabel, Oklahoma passed away Thursday, August 24, 2000 at Texarkana, Texas. He was born September 23, 1923 in Idabel.

    Mr. Williston was a lifetime resident of McCurtain County. He was a retired law enforcement officer of the McCurtain county Sheriff’s Department and had worked 35 years in law enforcement. He was also one of the last of the legendary Choctaw Nation Tribal Lighthorsemen.

    He was a member of Bochito Methodist Church and was also a Mason. He and Ruthie Harley were married August 26, 1957 at Hugo, Oklahoma.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Tobias and Rosa Williston; two sons, Wilton Wayne Williston and Jimmy C. Williston; two brothers, Silas and John Williston, and a daughter, Sonya Williston.

    Survivors include his wife; four sons, Bobby Williston of Dallas, and Thomas Williston, William Williston and Terry Williston, all of Idabel; a duaghter, Wanda Howard of Idabel; five brothers, James Williston, Ben Williston, Leroy Williston, Angus Williston and Kenneth Williston, all of Idabel; six sisters, Alline Johnson, Effieleene Harley, Virgina Franklin, Stella Williston an dMartha Williston, all of Idabel, and Estherleene Anderson of Broken Bow; 13 grandchildren and Seven great-grandchildren.

  • Bessie Elizabeth Wall

    Bessie Elizabeth Wall

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    Bessie Elizabeth Wall

  • Juqanita M. Nita Wallis

    Juqanita M. Nita Wallis

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    Juqanita M. Nita Wallis

  • J. Leon Ward

    J. Leon Ward

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    J. Leon Ward

  • Randy Chief Vann Watson

    Randy Chief Vann Watson

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    Randy Chief Vann Watson

  • Jason Wayne Wear

    Jason Wayne Wear

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    Jason Wayne Wear

  • Johnathon Kyle Webb

    Johnathon Kyle Webb

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    Johnathon Kyle Webb

  • Kirstan Faith Webb

    Kirstan Faith Webb

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    Kirstan Faith Webb

  • Harrison Judson Webster

    Harrison Judson Webster

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    Harrison Judson Webster

  • Douglas D. Weeks

    Douglas D. Weeks

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    Douglas D. Weeks

  • John Thomas West, Jr.

    John Thomas West, Jr.

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    John Thomas West, Jr.

  • Terry James Westmoreland

    Terry James Westmoreland

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    Terry James Westmoreland

  • Minnie Rose White

    Minnie Rose White

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    Minnie Rose White

  • Helen Whitehead

    Helen Whitehead

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  • Inez Wilkins

    Inez Wilkins

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    Inez Wilkins

  • Mary Louise Wilkinson

    Mary Louise Wilkinson

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    Mary Louise Wilkinson

  • Eli Williams, Jr.

    Eli Williams, Jr.

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    Eli Williams, Jr.

  • James Lonnie Williams

    James Lonnie Williams

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    James Lonnie Williams

  • Christopher Bryan Wilson

    Christopher Bryan Wilson

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    Christopher Bryan Wilson

  • Claude Raymond Wilson

    Claude Raymond Wilson

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    Claude Raymond Wilson

  • Kenneth Ross Winship

    Kenneth Ross Winship

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    Kenneth Ross Winship

  • Sgt. Ryan Mitchell Wood

    Sgt. Ryan Mitchell Wood

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    Sgt. Ryan Mitchell Wood

  • Delia Carterby Wesley

    Delia Carterby Wesley

    Died: 2/10/2010

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    Delia Carterby Wesley, 80, of Wright City, passed away Feb. 10, 2010, at the McCurtain Memorial Hospital in Idabel. She was born March 17, 1929, in Nashoba, the daughter of Ben and Sema (Battiest) Carterby.

    Delia was a member of the Big Lick Methodist Church, Divide Community. She enjoyed visiting with children, grandchildren and friends. She had made many honorary walks commemorating the Trail of Tears. She enjoyed attending community functions, gospel singings, and going to basketball games to watch her grandchildren play. She was a member of the Choctaw Code Talker Family; her father was a World War I Code Talker.

    Delia was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Drex, LeRoy and Calvin Loman; sisters, Rhoda Jones, Burnette Turner, Naomi Carterby, Mary Wilson, and Mae Carterby; a son-in-law, Harold Wright; a step-granddaughter, Sherrie Wallace; and a grandson, Billie Joe Davis.

    She is survived by her husband, Williston Wesley of the home; five daughters and their spouses, Geraldine Wright, Charlene and Johnny Columbus Sr., Janelle Wesley and Franklin Tonihka, Jolene and Greendale Davis, Edith and Danny Jones; five sons and their spouses, Williston and Virginia Wesley, Jimmy and Debbie Wesley, Benny and Lisa Wesley, Howard Wesley, Bobby and Susan Wesley; 37 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

  • Hilda Youngblood Buss Walker

    Hilda Youngblood Buss Walker

    Born: 10/27/1919 Died: 12/05/2009 Maiden Name: Brummett Honorific: n/a

    Hilda (Brummett) Youngblood Buss Walker passed away on Dec. 5, 2009, in Midwest City at the age of 90 years. She was born Oct. 27, 1919, in Daisy to Alfred Brummett and Susan Tina (Billy) Brummett, an original Choctaw enrollee. One of eight children, Hilda grew up in the Daisy area and on Dec. 22, 1936, she married J.D. Youngblood in Atoka County.
    Moving to Oklahoma City in 1947, she pursued a career in nursing. She was extremely proud to be a scrub nurse for the first open heart surgery performed at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center.
    She retired in 1989 and spent the next 20 years traveling the United States and Canada, as well as enjoying her family, especially her grandchildren. Hilda was a woman of strong faith and prayer. She loved the Lord and served Him as a member of the First Baptist Church of Choctaw. She also served her community as a member of the Choctaw Kiwanas Club in Choctaw, Okla.
    She is survived by her three children, Mamie Sue Heller and husband Gordon, Jesse Raymond Youngblood and Marvin Auston Youngblood and wife Diana; nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; sister Genevieve Uzzel and brother Alfred Brummett.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, five sisters and husbands J.D. Youngblood, D.D. Buss and Mell Walker.

  • Jimmy Harold Winship Sr.

    Jimmy Harold Winship Sr.

    Born: 03/09/1941 Died: 02/08/2010 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a

    Jimmy Harold Winship Sr. was born March 9, 1941, in Spencerville to Anderson and Ada (Frazier) Winship. He passed away Feb. 8, 2010, in Antlers at the age of 68.
    Jimmy was a lifetime resident of the Rattan area. He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, watching the kids play ball, visiting at Howard’s Cafe, hunting, fishing, & working on cars.
    Jimmy is preceded in death by two sons, Jimmy Harold Winship Jr. and Michael Ray Winship; parents Anderson Winship and Ada (Frazier) Winship; two brothers, Vandell Ray Winship and Wayland Frazier; sister Jewel Dean Winship; nephew Kenneth Ross Winship; and two nieces Barbara Ann Billy and Angela Ruth Frazier. He is survived by his children, Terry Winship of Rattan and Sherry Cook of Hugo; grandchildren Brandon Winship, Kike Cook, Lyndsi Winship, Kayli Winship, Easton Winship, Loghan Winship and Kelbi Winship; brothers Clifford Winship of Vernon, Texas and Kenneth Winship of Hugo; sisters Barbara Battiest of Broken Bow, Oneida Winship of Durant, Dean Winship of Broken Bow, Lynn Williston of Broken Bow, Una Harley of Idabel, Rena Goins of Fort Worth, Texas and Irene Priest of Tennessee; as well as many other relatives and friends.

  • Emmanuel Ray Williams

    Emmanuel Ray Williams

    Born: 03/16/1956 Died: 03/21/1991 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a

    Emmanuel Ray Williams, 35, Atoka, passed away March 21, 1991 at St Edwards Mercy Medical Center in Ft Smith, Arkansas, after a lengthy illness.

    Born in Taliina, Oklahoma on March 16, 1956, he was the son of Wylene and Harold D Williams, Sr. Formerly a resident of Okmulgee, he was a ember of the First Indian Baptist Church of Okmulgee.

    He was preceded in death by his father; a brother, Phillips W. Williams; grandmother, WIneyBrewer; and grandfather, Isom Williams.

    Survivors include one daughter, April Williams of Atoka; oter, Wyelene Wadley of Okmulgee; one sister, Ramona Davis of Atoka; three brothers, Harold D. Williams Jr., Bruce Wadley of Okulgee, and Anthony Williams of Mission, Texas; grandmother, Georgia Williams, Atoka; and a host of Aunts, Uncles, nieces, nephews cousins and friends.

    Pallbearers were Kenneth John, M.L. Brooks, James Nelson, Bill Jones, Don Underwood and Nathan Nelson.

  • William H Williamson

    William H Williamson

    Born: 05/10/1947 Died: 02/22/1991 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: T/Sgt. Ret.

    T/Sgt. Ret. William H Williamson, 69, of Bethany, passed away February 22, 1991, after a brief illness. Bill was born February 14, 1922 at McAlester. He was married to Freda Verner May 10, 1947 in Oklahoma City. Bethany has been their home since that time.

    Bill served in the 45th Division, E Company, 179th Infantry Regiment from 1940 through 1945, receiving the EAME Service Ribbon, two Bronze Stars, the American Defense Service Ribbon and the Purple Heart. He was a member of the machine gun crew serving in North Africa, Sicily, Salerno, and Italy during World War II.

    Bill also served in the Marine Corps from 1945 to 1947 in Peking, China in the Asiatic-Pacific area. In 1947, Sgt. Bill Williamson enlisted in the Arm Air Corps to serve during the Korean conflict with the 176th Fighting Interceptor Squadron where he received the Bronze Clasp with Four Loops.

    He retired from his military service in 1969 then served during the Vietnam War at Tinker AFB until he retired in 1976. He was preceded in death by his father, M/Sgt. Ret. Owen Williamson, USMC. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Freda; his sons and daughter in law, Billy, Terry and Linda, Bethany; his four grandchildren, Jim Kim, Benjamin and Tachi; his mother Dovie Stafford, Heavener; and brother, Paul Williamson, Clayton

  • Rev. Abner White

    Rev. Abner White

    Born: 01/06/1910 Died: 02/04/1991 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: Rev.

    Services for the Rev. Abner White, Sr., 81, were held at Grace Indian Baptist Church. The Rev. Dan McLemore, assisted by the Rev. Robert Sanders, officiated. The Rev. White died Monday February 4, in the Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma in Durant. He was born in Nashoba, OK., Jan. 6, 1910. The Rev. hite was ordained to the gospel ministry in Snow, Ok. October 16, 1949. He pastured the Cappernium Baptist Church and the pastor and member of Concord Baptist Church in Ardmore until his retirement in August 1988. His wife, Alice Mae White preceded him in death. Survivors included a son, Howard of Durant, and daughters; Anna Frazier of Antlers; Bertha Lewis, Mildred Aplin, Sue Russell, Patricia Brown and Wanda Russel all of Durant. Other survivors are a half-brother, Ben White of Snow and a sister, Lena Noah ofHugo. The Rev. White is survived by 27 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Abner White, Jr. and a daughter, Norma DeVault.

  • Henry Rawlings Woods

    Henry Rawlings Woods

    Born: 02/01/1924 Died: 09/30/1990 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific:

    Henry Rawlings Woods was born at Bentley, Oklahoma on February 1, 1924. He passed away September 30, 1990 at the age of 66. He was the son of Curus Samuel and Helen Beashers Woods. Henry was married November 4, 1954 in Durant to Carrie Stiles. He was a Choctaw Indian who served in World War II in the National Guard. He ws a truck driver by occupation and belonged to the American Legion. Henry is survived by his wife, Carrie; a daughter, Lana Smith of Pauls Valley; a son, Henry Woods, Jr. of Tulsa; two grandchildren; a stepson; three step grandchildren; and an aunt, Georgia Williams of Atoka.

  • Lorene Warren

    Lorene Warren

    Born: Died: 06/20/2011 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a

    Lorene B. Choate Warren, 90, of Atascadero, Calif., passed away on June 20, 2011, in Atascadero. She was born in Haywood and married her husband, Bob, and they were together 69 years. They moved to San Louis Obispo, Calif., in 1948, where Bob worked for the railroad and she raised their two children. Lorene was raised in the Haywood area, a community west of McAlester, and she was a graduate of Haywood High School in the late 1930s. She was a long-time member of the Atascadera Bible Church in California. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter, who was an original enrollee, and Ada Choate; and four brothers, John, Jim, George and Gordon Choate. Survivors include her husband; two children, Bobby and Betty; three grandsons; one granddaughter; special friend, Alma Henderson Bryant of McAlester; five great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law; brothers-in-law; nephews, nieces and many friends.

  • John W. Wood

    John W. Wood

    Born: 06/05/1920 Died: 07/10/2011 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a

    John W. Wood, 91, passed away on July 10, 2011. John was born June 5, 1920, to Willie Mae and Thomas L. Wood in Woodtown. He was very proud of his Choctaw heritage. He graduated from Paris Junior College, attended Southern Methodist University, and served in the U.S. Air Force. John devoted his entire professional life to the paint business. He and his wife, Shirley, were co-founders and owners of Walnut Hill Paint Company in Dallas. He enjoyed travelling with the Garland Sams Travel Club, playing cards and games with friends, being an extra on the TV series “Dallas,” and visiting with his many friends and family. John was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Shirley Wood; and brother, Jerry H. Wood. He is survived by daughters, Marsha Godfrey with husband Eddie, and Lauren Charlton with husband Don; grandson, Patrick Godfrey; great-granddaughter Madison Godfrey; and caretaker, Lolita Mora.

  • Beatrice Walker

    Beatrice Walker

    Born: 08/19/1951 Died: 07/27/2011 Maiden Name: Byington Honorific: n/a

    Beatrice Walker, 59, of McAlester, passed away on June 27, 2001, at McAlester Regional Health Center. Beatrice was born Aug. 19, 1951, in Weleetka. She was the daughter of Jesse and Lucille West Byington. She graduated from McAlester High School with the class of 1969. She worked as a licensed practical nurse in nursing homes in Tulsa and Tulsa County Jail. She also worked as a corrections officer for the Oklahoma State Penitentiary. In 2000, Beatrice moved back to McAlester and became heavily involved with the community. She was a volunteer and member of the Red Hat Society, Oklahomans for Independent Living serving on the Board and SILC Board appointed by the governor, D.A.R., Hospital Auxiliary, Choctaw Nation Senior Citizens, Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary Post No. 1098, the Oklahoma State University Extension Home Community Education Organization, Pittsburg County HCE Group (Twin Community) since 2007 and served as president and secretary, Pittsburg County Fair and the Annual Baby Fair, Make a Difference Day, coached at the Boys and Girls Club and attended Choctaw language class. She was also a member of the First Baptist Church of McAlester and was active in the clothing room, angel tree and missions. Beatrice was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Isaac Byington and Lumpsey Byington; maternal grandparents, William and Martha West; paternal grandparents, Henry and Louena Byington; and brother-in-law, Sauce July. Survivors include her sons, Robbie Zerbe of McAlester and Gus Allen Zerbe of Madill; grandchildren, Destiny Brewer, Cierra Brewer, Rylee Zerbe and Elizabeth Wardip; brothers, Joseph Byington with wife Shirley of Cushing, and Jeff Byington with wife Marilyn of Daisy; sister Sharon July of McAlester; sister-in-law Cathy Byington of Krebs; special niece Tabitha July; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family and friends.

  • Pauletta Willis

    Pauletta Willis

    Born: 08/20/1945 Died: 10/31/2010 Maiden Name: Thomas Honorific: n/a

    Wanda Pauletta Thomas Willis, 65, of Lago Vista, Texas, passed away on Oct. 31, 2010. Pauletta was born to Paul and Vineta Thomas on Aug. 20, 1945, in Lubbock, Texas. She was married to R. Nolen Willis on Dec. 1, 1965, at Westside Baptist Church in Sapulpa. Pauletta and Nolen had two children, Jeffrey Wayne Willis and Sarah Willis Dahlberg and the light of their life, grandson Logan John Dahlberg who was born on Jan. 20, 2010. Pauletta loved life and lived it to the fullest. She enjoyed traveling and designing and decorating and hand making incredibly beautiful home and personal artifacts which she liked to share with family and friends. Over the years she was engaged in a variety of “projects.” Once she had mastered a particular skill or craft, she moved on to a new “project.” In addition to being a great wife and mom, her many and varied interests included duplicate bridge, doubles tennis, flower decorating and her incredible gardens. Where ever she and Nolen lived, she always requisitioned a goodly amount of lawn which was then transformed into a beautifully landscaped garden. In 2001 Pauletta was diagnosed with stage-two breast cancer. After months of chemotherapy and radiation her doctors declared her “cancer free.” Unfortunately in April 2007, she was informed that she had stage-four breast cancer which had metastasized to her bones and liver. At the time, Pauletta declared that she was not going to let the cancer dictate her life and she continued to enjoy traveling and carrying out a myriad of “projects” she loved. After two years of a mostly normal life, Pauletta began that tortuous and difficult final decline dreaded by all cancer patients. Never willing to give up hope she was committed to continue her battle with cancer and she soldiered on. One of the things that motivated Pauletta to fight with all of her strength was the prospect of her first grandchild. In the summer of 2009, Pauletta explicitly directed her oncologist to keep her alive until her grandchild was born. Happily, on Jan. 20, 2010, Pauletta, her husband Nolen, their daughter Sarah and Sarah’s husband Greg welcomed Pauletta’s first grandchild, Logan John Dahlberg. The birth of Logan seemed to mark the beginning of the end; she had accomplished what she wanted so dearly to do, to hold and love her only grandchild. Her family could sense that once Logan arrived, Pauletta seemed to be finally resolved to fight the cancer with the knowledge that her fight would ultimately end in her passing. Pauletta was preceded in passing by her younger sister, Glenda and her father, Paul Abram Thomas. Survivors include her husband Nolen; her children, Jeff with wife Maria; Sarah with husband Greg; grandson Logan John Dahlberg; her mother, Vineta; her brother, Wayne Thomas with wife Brenda; her sister, Marilyn Evans with husband Winston Evans; her aunt, Joy Culbreath with husband Muggs; her uncles, Charles Clark with wife Kathy, Junior Clark and Eub Thomas; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other family and friends.

  • Rev. Isaiah Wesley

    Rev. Isaiah Wesley

    Born: 12/23/1930 Died: 09/01/2011 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: Rev.

    The Rev. Isaiah Wesley, 80, of McAlester, passed away on Sept. 1, 2011, in Oklahoma City. He was born to William Taft and Rebecca (Pickens) Wesley on Dec. 23, 1930, in Blanco. Rev. Wesley attended Blanco School and Pittsburg High School. He served as a Corporal in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He married Joyce Arlene Fuller on April 17, 1959, in Chicago. She preceded him in death in 2000. Rev. Wesley worked as a mechanic for Crane Carrier Co. in Tulsa for over 30 years before retiring. Rev. Wesley pastored several area churches including, Brushey Baptist Church, Rock Creek Baptist Church, Cedar Baptist Church and Zion Missionary Baptist Church. He enjoyed reading the Bible, watching OU football and spending time with his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Taft and Rebecca Wesley; his first wife in 2000, Joyce Wesley; and an uncle, Henry Wesley Jr. He is survived by, his wife Mary of the home; daughters, Arlene Murphree with husband Randy of Tulsa, Janet Wesley of Tulsa, Diane Whalen with husband Randall of Glenpool, and Carol Scully with husband Mark of Powder Springs, Ga.; grandchildren, Phillip Wesley, Stephen Wesley, Matthew Murphree, Elijah Whalen, Allison Scully and Ryan Scully; brother Paul Wesley with wife Leona of McAlester; sisters, Ramona Robertson, Leola Lester with husband Bill, Loyce Wright with husband Dave all of McAlester, and Rozelle Wesley of Kiowa; along with aunts, numerous nieces, nephews and other family members and friends.

  • Madeline Wren

    Madeline Wren

    Born: 07/03/1922 Died: 11/07/2011 Maiden Name: Quinton Honorific: n/a

    Madeline Christine Wren, 89, Henryetta resident, passed away on Nov. 7, 2011, in Henryetta. She was born on July 3, 1922, in Quinton to Samuel and Jalia (Gray) Quinton. She married Thurman Wren on July 21, 1943 in Quinton and was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband; four brothers; and four sisters. She is survived by her son, Sammy Wren with wife Angie of Lawton; daughters, Janice Thompson and Kathy Jozwiak with husband Larry, both of Henryetta; grandchildren, Michelle Bennett, Lisa Burger, Samuel Wren, Michael Thompson, Jennifer Case, Amanda Ogg, Catie Barr and John Mitchell; great-grandchildren, Ashley Bennett, Sara Bennett, Sydney Burger, Caden Burger, Jakob Wren, Avery Moore, Chandler Ogg, Kelbi Okk, Ryker Ogg and Lilly Barr.

  • Henry Leftrage ‘H.L.’ Waters

    Henry Leftrage ‘H.L.’ Waters

    Born: 09/27/1917 Died: 06/05/2009 Honorific: n/a

    Henry Leftrage “H.L.” Waters, 91, passed away on June 5, 2009. He was born on September 27, 1917, in Ada to Henry Leftrage and Minnie Overstreet Waters. He attended and graduated from Vanoss High School and attended East Central University. He married Estaline Loretta Little on August 8, 1937, at Gaar Corner. He was employed with Southwestern Bell Telephone Company until retirement, then moved to Gaar Corner. During his retirement, he provided volunteer service to the Pontotoc County Jr. Livestock Show. He was a member of the Vanoss School Board, Vanoss Booster Club, Masonic Lodge, Ada Miniature Aircraft Club and Community Freewill Baptist Church at Pickett. He was an originating member of the Board of Directors of Pontotoc County Rural Water District #8, an honorary chapter farmer for the Vanoss School FFA and received “Honorary Coach” and “Friend of Education.” He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, William Waters. He is survived by his wife; one son, Joe Waters and wife Oma of Gaar Corner; one daughter, Ann Stevenson and husband Thomas of Gaar Corner; 10 grandchildren, Dixie Morris of Ada, Christi Holman and husband Fred of Melissa, Texas, Renee Waters of St. Louis, Missouri, Mike Ingle of Oakland, California, Chris Fellows of Rancho Santa Margarita, California, Susan Leubscher and husband George of Orlando, Florida, Brad Stevenson of Elkins, West Virginia, Tim Stevenson of Hollywood, California, Tommy Stevenson and Blanca Aguirre, both of Sanford, Florida; 12 great-grandchildren, Lacey Calvert and husband Stephen of Ada, Jordon Morris of Yucaipa, California, Scout Morris of Ada, Rowdy Holman of Melissa, Maya Juergens-Ingle, Josh Fellows and Sophie Fellows of Rancho Santa Margarita, Michael Leubscher of Orlando, Tyler Stevenson of Hollywood, and Dakota, Mackensie, Jasmine and Isabella Aguirre, all of Sanford; one great-great-granddaughter, Aubrie Calvert; a sister-in-law, Joleeta Wallrath of Fort Myers, Florida; two nephews, Robert and Richard Wallrath, and three great-nephews, Mike, Robert and William Waters.

  • James ‘Jim’ Wietelman

    James ‘Jim’ Wietelman

    Born: 09/16/1955 Died: 05/22/2009 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: Veteran

    James “Jim” Wietelman, 53, passed away on May 22, 2009. He was born on September 16, 1955, to Bill and Newanna Wietelman. He was a disabled American veteran from the Army National Guard. Jim enjoyed fishing, boating and hunting with his fam-ily. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Carl A. and Nellie Crowder; half-brother, Carl Richard Ferrall; and aunt, Dourece Nel Miller. Survivors include his wife, Rhonda; his mother; his brother, Billy; sister, Neshia; sons, Jeremy, Chris and Nick; and their children who called him Papa Jim.

  • Anna Mae Wilkins

    Anna Mae Wilkins

    Born: 09/09/1913 Died: 05/28/2009 Maiden Name: Sewell Honorific: n/a

    Anna Mae Wilkins passed away on May 28, 2009, in the Ardmore hospital. She was born September 9, 1913, in Provence, Oklahoma, to Wallace and Nettie Jack Sewell. Anna had lived her entire life in Ardmore, and had attended school at Provence. She was owner of the Wilkins Cleaning Services, a commercial business cleaning company. She was a member of the Northeast Baptist Church. Anna married Luther I. Wilkins on February 29, 1936, in Ardmore. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sons, Gary Wilkins and Jimmy Wilkins; grandson, Eddie Ray Hill; granddaughter, Christie Wilkins; great-grandson, Mark Allen Cryer; brothers, Guy and Ed Sewell; and sister, Josphine Cantrell. Survivors include her daughters, Maxine Stevens of McCleary, Washington, Mamie Shockley and Joyce Bruce, both of Ardmore, Pat Greenwood and husband, Jimmy of Moore; son, Roger Wilkins and wife, Carla of Ardmore; daughter-in-law, Carol Wilkins of Ardmore; 19 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; 35 great-great-grandchildren; brother, Leroy Sewell and wife Robbie of Sand Springs; sister, Mary Wall of Ardmore; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

  • Leona Hickman Wylie

    Leona Hickman Wylie

    Born: 01/18/1918 Died: 01/21/2009 Maiden Name: Hickman Honorific: n/a

    Leona Hickman Wylie passed away on January 21, 2009, in Talihina. She was born January 18, 1918, and was the last surviving child of original enrollee Austin Hickman and Mary Tennessee Manley Hickman She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John Wylie; son, James Alan Wylie; granddaughter, Eva Marie Wylie; siblings, Elmer Hickman, Arlie Hickman, Harlan Hickman, Alva Daniels and Hazel Heavener. She is survived by her son, Rosser Eugene Wylie and wife Bertha; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; seven great-great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Clarkie Hickman and Alma Hickman, and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

  • Winnidell Gravitt Wilson

    Winnidell Gravitt Wilson

    Born: Died: 05/19/2009 Maiden Name: n/a Honorfic: n/a

    Winnidell Gravitt Wilson, 88, passed away peacefully on May 19, 2009, at her home in Eagan. Winnidell was born and raised in McAlester in Southeastern Oklahoma where her Choctaw ancestors located after surviving the infamous “Trail of Tears” Indian removal. She was a direct descendent of Choctaw Chief Nita-oshe and grew up proud of and involved in her Native American heritage. After graduating from Oklahoma College for Women in 1943, she moved to San Antonio, Texas, to participate in the war effort. There she met and married the handsome and dashing U.S. Army Captain John Wilson. After the war, the Wilsons migrated to Minnesota where they lived for the next 60 years. Winnie had a career teaching social studies at junior high schools in the Bloomington and Edina school systems. She was a long-time member and supporter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) where she developed many lifelong friendships. She loved to travel, read and play bridge. She was a staunch feminist supporting women’s rights and causes. She was also an ardent shopper, and many of her friends considered her to be a fashion advisor extraordinaire. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents, Andy and Winnie Gravitt, and brothers, Jack and Joe Gravitt. She is survived by her daughter, Joanne (Duane) Lindahl of Amelia Island, Florida; sons, Murray (Rebecca) Wilson of Eagan, Minnesota, and Ross (Margo Squire) Wilson of Bethseda, Maryland; six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

  • Wallace Dale Winfrey

    Wallace Dale Winfrey

    Born: 03/21/1936 Died: 06/12/2009 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a

    Wallace Dale Winfrey, 73, of Shawnee passed away on June 12, 2009, at the Valley View Hospital in Ada. He was born March 21, 1936, at Wayne to Lee Roy Winfrey and Fannie Rosetta Harrison Vinfrey. He was a graduate of Bokchito High School and attended Eastern Oklahoma State College on a basketball scholarship before serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Upon returning form Korea, he married Vaunda Carter of Durant. They made their home near Shawnee. Dale farmed and ranched, and Vaunda taught school until her death. He and his son were in the trucking business at the time of his death. Dale served in Belize, Central America, as an agriculture missionary for one year and made mission trips to India and Mexico. He was of the Baptist faith. He composed Christian hymns and enjoyed singing and playing the guitar. He was prededed in death by his parents, grandparents, and wife Vaunda. He is survived by his son and daughter, Glendayl Wayne Winfrey and Barbara Kaye Chesser, both of Shawnee; grandchildren, Samantha Russell of Oklahoma City, Randy Loper of Plano and Joseph Chesser of Shawnee.

  • Marion ‘M.A.’ Whitten

    Marion ‘M.A.’ Whitten

    Born: 08/18/1954 Died: 07/13/2009 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: Veteran

    Marion “M.A.” Whitten, 54, of the Marshall Hill Community passed away July 13, 2009, at his residence. He was born August 18, 1954, not far from where he passed away in the Marshall Hill Community. Marion was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a self-taught auto mechanic and really enjoyed working on cars. Marion liked to fish, garden and was an avid reader of the newspaper. He was affiliated with the Kulli Tuklo Methodist Church and was a lifetime resident of the Marshall Hill Community. He was preceded in death by his father, M.N. Whitten; mother, Phoebe Williams; and a sister, Fern Williams Dollar. Marion is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Lisa Whitten of Hattieville, Arkansas, Mark and Jessica Whitten, Allen Whitten, and Milton Whitten, all of Idabel; a daughter, Marian Shomo of Idabel; brothers and sister-in-law, Larry Wesley and Leon Wesley, both of Valliant, John and Susan Williams, and Horace Whitten, all of Idabel; sisters and brothers-in-law, Nancy and Henry Temples of Valliant, Wilma and Richard Emhoolah Sr., and Dimple Sharp, all of Idabel; eight grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

  • Myra Byington Wright

    Myra Byington Wright

    Born: 05/30/1908 Died: 10/20/1995 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a

    Myra Wright (Byington) of Oklahoma City passed away on October 20, She was 87 years old. Myra was born May 30, 1908 in Caddo, Oklahom. She was ¼ Choctaw and very proud of her heritage. She is survived by a granddaughter, Kimberly Boggs of San Antonio, Texas; a niece,, Nancy Ranyak of Muscoy, California and a great-niece, Sandy Drennam of Canadian, Oklahoma, plus many friends who loved and respected her. She will be missed.

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  • Rosemary Wadlow

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    Born: 10/23/1945

    Died: 12/29/2012

    Maiden Name: Smith

    Honorific: n/a

    Rosemary Ann Wadlow, 67, of Sulphur passed away on Dec. 29, 2012, in Oklahoma City. She was born on Oct. 23, 1945, in Lawton, to the late James and Rachel (Meely) Smith. She married Delvin Wadlow on July 16, 2004, in Gainsville, Texas. She spent her working career as a licensed practical nurse in area medical facilities and nursing homes. She was very proud of her Choctaw heritage and worked hard to preserve and share her culture. She spent countless hours teaching the native languages to those who were interested in learning. In earlier years, Rosemary coached softball. In her spare time, she enjoyed riding motorcycles with Delvin, sewing, cooking and dancing. She was a talented seamstress and made many Native American dresses. She was an avid Elvis fan. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughters, Sonya and Sandra Dodson; brothers, Roger Smith and Levester Buckley; grandson Kenneth Doyle Rarrott Jr., and the father of her children, Tommy J. Dodson.

    She is survived by her husband; daughters, Bobbie Sue Sledd, Sophia Thompson, both of Sulphur, and Shelly Herrera of Oklahoma City; son Shawn Dodson with wife Jodi of Edmond; stepchildren, Debbie Dobbins, Reta Wadlow and Chris Wadlow; sisters, Clara McClurken, Verna Loper and Esther Bucci; brothers James Smith; 15 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren

  • Janie Webster

    Janie Webster

    Born: 1928

    Died: 1/9/2013

    Maiden Name: Webster

    Honorific: n/a

    Janie M. Webster, 85, passed away on Jan. 9, 2013, in Snow. She was born to Summie and Agnes (Morris) Webster in Snow. Janie had been a lifetime resident of the Snow area. In her younger years, she had worked in Haskell, Kan., for a time, making bombs during World War II. Janie had an associate’s degree in science that she had earned from Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wilburton. She worked as a dietician at the Talihina Indian Hospital until her retirement. Janie was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Tuskahoma. She enjoyed reading her Bible, Ellen White books and her “Steps To Life” quarterly by John Grosball. She also liked listening to his, and several other minister’s, CD’s, such as Hal Myers and Joe Crews. Janie was fluent in the Choctaw language and she enjoyed her cat, Tom, as well as her dogs. She loved music, singing and spending time with her family and dear friends.

    Janie was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Simon Watson and Mitchell Williamson; and sisters, Frances Webster and Margaret Watson. She is survived by her son, Lee R. Webster with friend Barbara of Snow; grandchildren, Hashtula Webster and Priscilla Webster; brother Jonas Watson with wife Julie of Oklahoma City; numerous nieces and nephews; and many dear friends.

  • Arthur Wilmoth Jr

    Arthur Wilmoth Jr

    Born: 7/23/1922

    Died: 12/2/2012

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Arthur Lee “A.L.” Wilmoth Jr., 90, of Buffalo Valley passed away on Dec. 2, 2012, at his residence. He was born in Buffalo Valley on July 23, 1922, a son of the late Emma (King) and Arthur Lee Wilmoth. He joined the U.S. Marines during World War II. After the war, he learned to weld in the shipyards and joined Pipe Fitter Union #351 in Muskogee. He traveled the United States as a pipe welder until retiring in 1982, when he came home and began to work as a cattle rancher on his mother’s Indian allotment land, which he owned until his death. Arthur was very proud of his Native American heritage and was raised in the time of the Great Depression, so he knew what it was like to be poor. He was well liked and respected by all he knew. The family would like to thank the Choctaw Nation Color Guard and Choctaw Veteran’s Cemetery for all their assistance.

    He is survived by sons, Anthony Lynn and Jackie Wilmoth of Blue Ridge, Texas, Wayland Dean Wilmoth and Harper Lee Wilmoth of Conroe, Texas; daughters, Janice Eileen Buchannan of Hesperia, Calif., Carolyn Sue and Fred Jackson of Cartwright, and Kelly Shawn and David Dwyer, both of Colbert; nine grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren