Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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  • Leonard Jones

    Leonard Jones

    Born: 3/25/1938

    Died: 4/23/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

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    Leonard Jones, 88, passed away April 23, 2004, in Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital. He was born July 9, 1915, on Dollie Duncan Mountain in the Bell Community, Adair County, Oklahoma, the son of Frank and Geneva Jones. He was married to Juanita Kester on March 25, 1938. They recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary and their union was blessed with four sons, Vonnie, Herman, Dewey and Morris Jones.

    Leonard accepted Christ as his Saviour at an early age and was a charter member of the Bell Baptist Church where he remained faithful until his death. He served as the official bell ringer along with many other positions in the church. He also served the community as a charter member of the Bell Rural Fire Department. He was a farmer and worked construction as a carpenter. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, trapping and working in the timber. Affectionately known by many as Grandpa Jones, he loved all children and always took the time to entertain them with his many colorful stories and to teach them by generously sharing his wealth of knowledge and experience.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Albert Kester and Claude Phillips; one sister, Annie Littledeer; a stepsister, Viola Sutton; a special buddy, his daughter-in-law, Peggy Jones; two great-grandchildren, Kaleb Hopkins and Heather Marie Edwards.

    Survivors include his wife, Juanita, of their home in Stilwell, Oklahoma; four sons, Vonnie and wife, Shirley, Herman, Dewey and wife, Joann, and Morris and wife, Kaye, all of Stilwell; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren, one helper and friend, Regina Bogart, and a host of other relatives and friends.

  • Norman Duane Jefferson

    Norman Duane Jefferson

    Born: 6/14/1942

    Died: 9/13/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Norman Duane Jefferson, 62, of Mill City, Oregon, passed away September 13, 2004. He was born June 14, 1942, at Clayton, Oklahoma.

    Mr. Jefferson had been a resident of Mill City for 30 years, arriving in the mid-1970s. He loved his heritage and the Sooner football season. He loved the outdoors and the preciseness of silence.

    Survivors include a daughter, Alemeta of Oregon; son, Andrew of Oregon; brothers, Charles, Edith, and Michael of California and Joe David of Arkansas; sisters, Wanda of California, Ruth of Oregon and Paula of Colorado. He is also remembered by his family and coworkers at Kettle foods.

  • Geraldine (Byington) Johnson Barker

    Geraldine (Byington) Johnson Barker

    Born: n/a

    Died: 5/18/2004

    Maiden Name: Byington

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    Geraldine (Byington) Johnson Barker, 69, passed away May 18, 2004, in Klamath Falls, Oregon. She was the only living child of James and Juanita Byington.

    Born and raised in Duncan, Oklahoma, she married Almer Ray Johnson on October 12, 1952. Blessed with two children, April and Rusty, the Johnsons lived in various areas, returning to Oklahoma regularly for visits. After 18 years of marriage, Mr. Johnson passed away in May of 1971. Geraldine then met and married Alfred K. Barker and settled in Knights Landing, California.

    In 1981, the loss of her only son prompted Mrs. Barker to retire from work. She loved to knit and crochet and made many beautiful things for family and friends. On many occasions, she took home the prize when playing her favorite card game, bridge. Geraldine enjoyed gatherings of family and friends, taking particular joy in Christmas, her favorite holiday.

    In 1998, Geraldine and Al moved to Macdoel, California, to realize their dream of retirement until his untimely death in 2002.

    Although her last visit to Oklahoma was more than ten years ago, she continued her connection with friends. Geraldine was proud of her Choctaw heritage and passed on her knowledge to those who survive her. She is greatly missed by all who knew her.

  • McSweeney Dewey Johnson

    McSweeney Dewey Johnson

    Born: 12/2/1922

    Died: 9/19/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    McSweeney Dewey Johnson, 81, passed away September 19, 2004, in Ardmore, Oklahoma. He was born December 2, 1922, in Calera, Oklahoma, to Freeman Johnson and Lena Jackson.

    He married Alice Taylor on November 25, 1944, in Bryan County. She preceded him in death on March 20, 1987.

    Also preceding him in death were four brothers, Sigus, Roger, Cibie and George Johnson; three sisters, Lucille Gibson, Mellisa Johnson and Stella Mae Johnson-Taylor; one great-granddaughter, Rochelle Marris, and a son-in-law, Dawes Columbus.

    He loved being with his family, attending church, sharing his faith, studying his Bible and listening to gospel music. He was a deacon of Durwood Baptist Church for many years.

    Survivors include a son, Dave Johnson and wife, Lucretia, of Ardmore; two daughters, Vivian Murray and husband, Ron, and Wanda Columbus, all of Madill, Oklahoma; ten grandchildren, Chris Baptiste and wife, LouAnn, Christine Galindo and husband, Danny, Chasity Strebeck and husband, Donald Toog, Hubert Johnson and wife, Jackie, Kim Johnson, Carla Sampson and husband, Warren, Sandra Knight and husband, Sam, Harold Popo Marris and wife, Sue, Shana Columbus, and Bruce Columbus and wife, Jolene; 15 great-grandchildren, Brandon Strebeck, Jacy Johnson, Cherissa Johnson, Allyson, Leslie, Sara, Madison and Jordan Sampson, Brittany, Lane, Leandra and Andrea Marris, and Morgan, Matt and Jackson Columbus.

  • Cecil Everidge James

    Cecil Everidge James

    Born: 1/19/1917

    Died: 11/27/2004

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    Cecil Everidge James, 87, of Colbert, Oklahoma, formerly of Talihina, passed away November 27, 2004, in Denison, Texas. He was born on January 19, 1917, in Sardis, Oklahoma, to Moses and Emma Anderson James.

    He was very proud of his American Indian heritage and being a Navy veteran of World War II. He married Ruth James on December 21, 1947, in Stigler, Oklahoma. He graduated from high school at Chilocco Indian Agricultural School and later received a bachelors degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State College. He taught and coached at Sardis and Tuskahoma schools and later worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs Department of Education for 28 years, where he served in many capacities until his retirement in 1983. He was of Choctaw/Chickasaw heritage and was very active in tribal functions. He was one of the founding members of the Choctaw Nation Historical Society and the Talihina Indian Club. He was of the Baptist faith and he enjoyed doing work for his church. He was also a member of the Texas Southwest Cattleman Association.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Neoma Rainwater, and two brothers, Eugene and Woodrow James.

    Survivors include his wife, Ruth, of the home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Gwen and William Takes Horse of Colbert and Sharon R. James-Schmidt, M.D., and Joe Schmidt of Welling, Oklahoma; one son, Mark Stephen James, M.D., of Oklahoma City; grandchildren, Adam and Tana Takes Horse and Jacob, Aaron and Kara Schmidt; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Wynona and Joe Gibbs of Sherman, Texas, and Ramona and Henry Hartgers of San Jose, California; and numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

  • Juanita (Denison) Jenkins

    Juanita (Denison) Jenkins

    Born: 11/17/1914

    Died: 1/27/2005

    Maiden Name: Denison

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    Juanita (Denison) Jenkins, 90, of North Canton, Ohio, passed away January 27, 2005. She was born November 17, 1914, in Garvin, Oklahoma, to Dr. B.L. Denison and original enrollee Susan (Oakes) Denison.

    Juanita graduated from Idabel, Oklahoma, High School and attended Oklahoma College for Women. Juanita married Harold Jenkins on November 28, 1935. They relocated from Jackson, Ohio, in 1998 to The Waterford in North Canton.

    Juanita was a longtime member of the Jackson First Presbyterian Church, the Progress Club and was a RoAnn in Jackson, Ohio. She served, at different times, as both the clerk and the assistant clerk of the Jackson County Board of Elections.

    She and Harold belonged to Fairgreens Country Club for more than 40 years. In addition to playing golf, Juanita was an avid bridge player all of her life.

    She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Roy, Harry, Hilliard, Wyota Sue and Charles.

    Survivors include her husband; children, Janice Baker (Richard) of North Canton, Susan Jenkins of Waynesville, North Carolina, and Michael Jenkins (Mary) of Kent, Ohio; grandchildren, Kimberly Perduk (Ambrose) of North Canton, Kathryn Bush of Maderia Beach, Florida, Susan Nauman (Mark) of Coos Bay, Oregon.

  • Jonsey J. Jones

    Jonsey J. Jones

    Born: 8/5/1923

    Died: 2/28/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

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    Jonsey J. Jones, 81, passed away February 28, 2005, in Healdton, Oklahoma. He was born August 5, 1923, in Noble, Oklahoma, to Jess Edward and Mary E. (Roberts) Jones.

    Jonsey, a World War II Navy veteran, served aboard the USS Pennsylvania and the USS Burleson in the South Pacific. He piloted a gig and personally escorted Admiral Nimitz from ship to ship. Jonsey earned the rank of Boatswain Mate 2nd Class and was honorably discharged on December 24, 1945.

    Jonsey was a proud member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and is noted for his Native American beadwork and his native dancing. He and his wife, Edna, were avid participants in many powwows throughout Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico and followed the powwow circuit for more than ten years. He also e345,Darrell Wayne Hudson

  • Jackson Jesse James, Jr.

    Jackson Jesse James, Jr.

    Born: 8/3/1940

    Died: 3/20/2003

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  • Katherine James

    Katherine James

    Born: 11/1/1934

    Died: 7/17/2003

    Maiden Name: Baker

    Honorific: n/a

    Katherine James, 68, of Rufe, Oklahoma passed away July 17, 2003 at Hugo, Oklahoma. She was born November 1, 1934 in Ringold, Oklahoma, the daughter of Laymon and Marie (Holmes) Baker.

    Katherine lived in the Rufe area all her life and was a member of the Hampton Chapel Methodist Church.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew James, Sr.; two sisters, Pearline Myers and Rosie May Baker, and two nephews.

    Survivors include four sons, Andrew James, Jr, of Wilburton, Oklahoma, Michael James of Hinton, Oklahoma, Mark James of Hugo, Oklahoma and Patrick James of Rattan, Oklahoma; two daughters, Donna Justice of Soper, Oklahoma and Jacqueline Jennings and Kelly James, both of Hugo; 22 grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and one nephew.

  • Lena Mae Johnson

    Lena Mae Johnson

    Born: 12/11/1928

    Died: 6/14/2005

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    Lena Mae Johnson, 76, of Holdenville, Oklahoma, passed away June 14, 2005, at Valley View Hospital in Ada, Oklahoma. She was born December 11, 1928, in Lennox, Oklahoma, to Jolum Noah and Joanna Williams Noah.

    She was raised in the Kiamichi Mountains close to Whitesboro. She moved to Bennington and attended Wheelock Academy. Lena graduated from Sequoyah High School. She married Jimmy Johnson Sr. in Wewoka and the couple spent many years there. She was a resident of Holdenville for the last nine years. Lena enjoyed sewing and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

    Survivors include five children, Brenda Johnson of Sasakwa, Peggy Rodriguez, Jimmy Johnson Jr. and Loretta Johnson, all of Wewoka, and Floyd Johnson of Holdenville; a sister, Christine Noah Collins of Oklahoma City; 19 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

  • Florence Irene (Gould) Jones

    Florence Irene (Gould) Jones

    Born: 10/28/1914

    Died: 10/15/2001

    Maiden Name: Gould

    Honorific: n/a

    Florence Irene Gould Jones, 86, of Poteau, Oklahoma passed away Monday, October 15, 2001. She was born October 28, 1914 in Poteau to A.O. and Judy Brown Gould. Mrs. Jones was a proud member of the Choctaw Nation. Her mother was an original enrollee.

    Our greatly beloved sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great-gradmother was a talented musician who also loved painting, growing flowers, feeding birds and especially watching bluebirds raise young in her back yard.

    A dedicated Christian, her main goal in life was for her family and acquaintances to personally accept and know her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She was a 61-year member of the Poteau First Church of the Nazarene where she had served as church pianist and substitute organist.

    Mrs. Jones and her late husband, Maurice, established and owned the Maurice Jones Insurance Agency in Poteau from 1961-1988.

    She was preceded in death by husband, Maurice, on May 10, 1992; her parents; a sister, Margaret Chitwood, and two brothers, Homer Gould and Bill Gould.

    Survivors include a daughter, Connie Tucker of Poteau; grandson, Russell Gene Tucker of Poteau; granddaughter, Brenda Kay Pearce of Sallisaw; two great-grandsons, Travis Maurice Tucker and Wesley Evan Pearce; one brother, W.H. Ace Gould of Poteau; and three sisters Frances Whiteaker of Fort Smith, Arkansas Doris Drake of Ojai, California and Bette Erb of Puyallup, Washington; numerous nieces nephews other relatives and loved ones; and many beloved friends.

  • Allie May Jones

    Allie May Jones

    Born: 3/2/1906

    Died: 7/5/2005

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    Allie May Jones, 99, passed away July 5, 2005. An original enrollee of the Choctaw tribe, she was born March 2, 1906, in Wadesville Community near Whitesboro, Oklahoma, to Josiah Henry and Winnie Eli797,Katie Elaine Hunnicutt

  • Emaline Jordan

    Emaline Jordan

    Born: 11/19/1924

    Died: 9/25/2001

    Maiden Name: Martin

    Honorific: n/a

    Emaline Jordan, 76, longtime Lequire, Oklahoma resident passed away Tuesday, September 25, 2001 at a Fort Smith hospital. A native of Lequire, she was born November 19, 1924 to William and Charlotte

  • Gilbert Jones

    Gilbert Jones

    Born: 5/14/1947

    Died: 7/3/2001

    Maiden Name: n/a

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    Gilbert Jones passed away at his home on July 3, 2001. He was born May 14, 1947 to Louis and Mattie Jones in Broken Bow, Oklahoma.

    A loyal member of Myrtlewood Baptist Church, he was often heard proclaiming his love for the Lord and his church. Gilbert served as Sunday school superintendent for four years as well as Choctaw/Chickasaw Association Brotherhood president for one year.

    His father, mother and a sister, Mae Jackson, preceded him in death.

    Survivors include his wife, Minnie of Broken Bow; two daughters and sons-in-law, Aurita and Cary Peters and Tracy and Robbie Tisho, all of Broken Bow; three sons, and one daughter-in-law, Danny and Edith Jones, Gary Jones and Joseph Jones, all of Broken Bow; ten grandsons, Ryan, Bryan, Alexander, Cody, Joey, Kyle, Danny Jr., Derek, Dylan and Dusty; one granddaughter, Zoe; two sisters, one brother-in-law, Mary Lewis of Broken Bow and Tony Gregory

  • Charlene James

    Charlene James

    Born: 1/24/1946

    Died: 9/5/2005

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    Honorific: n/a

    Charlene James passed away September 5, 2005. She was born January 24, 1946.

    Survivors include one son, J.D. James; one daughter, Ruthy Lee; two sisters, Sue James and Galenda James-Coatney; two grandchildren, Ona and Issiah Lee; four nephews, Daniel and Kim James, Doug James, Johnny and Sherry Hartin, and Jerry and Malinda James; one niece, Shelly and Mike Taylor; nine great-nephews and nieces and a host of friends.

    Galenda James-Coatney of San Diego, California, and the James family would like to express their appreciation to the Choctaw Nation and to Councilman Joe Coley for their assistance with burial expenses. The family would like to thank all staff members of the Talihina Indian hospital. Our special thanks to Marie Waggner, excellent care by the home health care and the provider. The family greatly appreciated the members of the Green Hill Church for the meal preparation and everyone who sent flowers, cards and food. Thank you to all who came to visit and pay respects to our loved one, Charlene James. Thank you for the kindness and empathy at a time that was deeply appreciated. May God bless you.

  • Harry Jefferson

    Harry Jefferson

    Born: 7/14/1919

    Died: 3/20/2000

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    Harry Jefferson, 80, Millerton, Oklahoma passed away Monday, March 20, 2000 at McCurtain Memorial Hospital in Idabel, Oklahoma. He was born July 14, 1919 in Smithville, Oklahoma, the son of Eddison and Sealy “Impalaumbi” Jefferson.

    He lived in McCurtain County all of his life and had been employed in the maintenance department of the City of Wright City.

  • Levi "John" James, Sr.

    Levi “John” James, Sr.

    Born: 5/19/1943

    Died: 3/11/2000

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    Levi “John” James, Sr., 56 of Atoka, Oklahoma passed away Saturday, March 11, 2000 at Atoka County Hospital in Atoka. Levi James was born May 19, 1943 in Sobol, Oklahoma to Anderson and Frances (Thompson) James. He married Mary Ann Roberts on August 3, 1964 in Ada, Oklahoma.

    Mr. James worked for the Choctaw Nation at the Hugo Finishing Plant for about ten years before moving to work at Choctaw Bingo in Durant, Oklahoma for the last nine months. He lived in the Hugo area for most of his life.

  • David Jackson

    David Jackson

    Born: 10/21/1934

    Died: 5/22/2000

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    David Jackson, 65, of Keota, Oklahoma passed away Monday, May 22, 2000 in Spiro, Oklahoma. He was born October 21, 1934 in Keota, to Susie Ann Jackson. He was a retired laborer.

    Mr. Jackson was preceded in death by his mother.

    Survivors include five cousins, Ina Jackson of Stigler, Oklahoma, Andrew Johnnie, Betty Wiedmann and Charlotte Jackson, all of Keota, and Lorena Sweeney of Duncan, Oklahoma.

  • Hagen Michael Jordan

    Hagen Michael Jordan

    Born: 2/19/2000

    Died: 6/4/2000

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Hagen Michael Jordan, three months and 15 days old, passed away Sunday, June 4, 2000 in a Tulsa hospital.

    Hagen was born February 19, 2000 in Talihina, Oklahoma to Michael and Tanya (Varnell) Jordan.

    Survivors include his parents; grandparents, Mike and Katie Jordan of Lequire, Oklahoma and Lee and Joanne Varnell of Stigler, Oklahoma; great-grandparents, Emaline Jordan of Lequire and John and Betty French of Bakersfield, California, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

  • Ruby (Patterson) Josserand

    Ruby (Patterson) Josserand

    Born: n/a

    Died: 6/22/2000

    Maiden Name: Patterson

    Honorific: n/a

    Ruby (Patterson) Josserand, 93, passed away June 22, 2000 in Scottsdale, Arizona. She was born in Bokchito, Oklahoma.

    Mrs. Josserand was preceded in death by her husband, Dwight Louis Josserand in 1933.

    Survivors include sons, Howard Josserand of Globe, Arizona and Gordon Josserand of Scottsdale; daughter, Ella Jean Hansen of Dewey, Arizona; brother, Buel Patterson of Arlington, Texas; eleven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

  • Inez Juanita James

    Inez Juanita James

    Born: 7/23/1925

    Died: 7/19/2000

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    Inez Juanita James, 74, of Keota, Oklahoma passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2000 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She was born July 23, 1925 at Kanima, Oklahoma to Charles Mac and Artemissa Takkubbee James. She was a homemaker and a member of the New Hope Indian Baptist Church.

    Survivors include three sisters, Vicey James, Della James and Lisa James, all of Keota; one brother, Lee James of Keota; five nieces, Mary James, Wanda Leach, Tonya Leach, Gail James and Helen Tolbert; eight nephews, Charles, J.B., Ralph and Dan James, Kyle, Caleb and Gary Leach and Christopher Smith, and a host of other relatives and friends.

  • Leslie James

    Leslie James

    Born: 12/12/1999

    Died: 6/19/2006

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    Former Choctaw Councilman Leslie Allen James, 84, of Talihina, Oklahoma, passed away June 19, 2006, at Tulsa Regional Hospital.

    Leslie was a very prominent figure in the Choctaw Nation and it saddens me to hear of his passing, said Chief Gregory E. Pyle. His work with the tribe and within his community leaves a lasting legacy.

    Leslie grew up in a Choctaw home and community. He spoke the Choctaw language fluently as this was his first language. Leslie was one who went quietly about daily doing things for people. Many times only the person that he was helping knew.

    Leslie served on the Choctaw Tribal Council under the old constitution from 1981 through 1983. Re-elected, he served under the new constitution 1987 through 1999. He worked closely with government agencies and with high government officials. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. During World War II, Leslie served in the infantry on the front lines in Germany, Belgium, France and Italy. General George Patton personally pinned the Silver Star on Leslie in the field after the Battle of the Bulge. As a civilian, Leslie continued to fight for veterans and their families for entitled benefits. Leslie was Service Officer for both American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars; that was Leslie’s philosophy - to be of service to his fellow man.

    Leslie served on the LeFlore County Draft Board until Congress abolished the board. The Oklahoma Governor appointed Leslie to three state advisory boards.

  • Vesta Murphy Jackson

    Vesta Murphy Jackson

    Born: 3/1/1906

    Died: 1/13/1997

    Maiden Name: Browder

    Honorific: n/a

    Vesta Murphy Jackson was born March 1, 1906 in Caddo, Oklahoma, Indian Territory. She passed away January 13, 1997 in Durant, Oklahoma.

    Vesta’s father William Browder called his oldest daughter Vester and Vester was how she was listed on the Choctaw Rolls.

    Vestas’s mother’s name was Ollie McLellan Browder fondly called Polly.

    Vesta attended school through the eighth grade. She was such an avid reader of all kinds of books that at the age of 54 she graduated from Southeastern State University. Vesta and her youngest son, Butch, attended and worked their way through college at the same time.

    Vesta retired form teaching at Shonto and Kaibeto on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona.

    Vesta loved teaching and after retirement returned to Ringling, Oklahoma to care for her elderly mother Polly. She also taught kindergarten at Ringling for several years. Vesta and her mother then went to live with her youngest son Butch and his family for the next 24 years of her life. Vest loved living in the Sand Point area of Lake Texoma.

    Vesta was of the Baptist faith and lovingly supporter her church,

    Vesta loved beauty in plants, wildlife, art and music. She loved to paint and make beautiful things with her hands. Her family was what meant the most to her though. She will be greatly missed.

    Vesta is survived by three of her four sons, W.C. Pete Murphy of Mead, Oklahoma, David Murphy of Big Springs, Texas, William Butch Jackson of Mead and one foster son, Doil Burns of Euless, Texas; a brother, Jack Browder of Ringling; seven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

    Vesta was preceded in death by her mother, Polly Browder, father Will Browder, brother, Bob Browder, sister, Loretta Tarris and son, Arthur Mac Murphy.

    Vesta was proud of her Choctaw heritage. She was also proud that she earned her one way while on this earth. Vesta never had much materialistically but her life was very rich. At the time of her death she was 90 years old.

  • David William Jones

    David William Jones

    Born: 10/11/1958

    Died: n/a

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    David William Jones age 38, formerly of McAlester, Oklahoma was born October 11, 1958 in Talihina. He was the son of Jonny and Mary Jane Amos.

    David enlisted in the Navy in August 1981 and served until August 1993. He then worked as a landscaper.

    He was preceded in death by his father.

    Survivors include his mother, Mary Jane Jones of McAlester; four brothers and sisters in law, Johnny and Ruth Jones Jr. of McAlester, Leon and Kay Jones of Honolulu Hawaii, Daniel and Elaine Jones of Ada, Oklahoma Samuel and Janet Jones of Pacific Missouri; seven sisters and brothers in law, Ruth Settlemyre of Muskogee Oklahoma, Linda and Mose Sawyer of Sapulpa, Oklahoma, Betty and Kenneth William of Maud Oklahoma, Wanda and Gary Garrett of Barnsdall, Oklahoma Helen and Atan Gulley of Rockwall Texas, Elizabeth and Eddie Banks of Palm Coast Florida, Ruby Jones of Dallas, Texas and numerous nieces and nephews.

  • Kenneth H. Jones

    Kenneth H. Jones

    Born: 5/1/1923

    Died: n/a

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Kenneth H, “Skinny Jones, a lifetime Velma/Duncan, Oklahoma resident passed away in Duncan. He was 74 years old.

    He was born on May 1, 1923 in rural Stephens County to Lee and Lena (Sanner) Jones. He owned and operated Jones Construction for over 30 years and was a member of Countyline First Baptist Church. On June 25, 1975 he married Anita Pruitt in Duncan.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, J.W. Jones.

    Survivors include his wife, of the home; a son and his wife.

  • Patsy Ruth Baken Johnson

    Patsy Ruth Baken Johnson

    Born: 4/4/1939

    Died: 11/2/2007

    Maiden Name: Baken

    Honorific: n/a

    Patsy Ruth Baken Johnson, 68, passed away November 2, 2007, at the Four Seasons Nursing Home, Durant. She was born April 4, 1939, in Talihina to Deseth J. Baken and Lillian Columbus Baken.

    She attended the Chilocco and Wheelock Indian schools and later received her associate’s degree in computer science from DQ University in Davis, California. Patsy moved to Johnston County in 1991 from California and had been working as the deli supervisor at the Choctaw Travel Plaza in Durant.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Bobby Lee; and five brothers, Sam, Joe, Nelson, Jesse and Tommy Baken.

    Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Suzanne Johnson of Coleman; daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Randy Wade of Ravia; two brothers, Layman Baken of Grand Prairie, Texas, and Billy Joe Baken of Valliant; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

  • Billy Ray Johnson

    Billy Ray Johnson

    Born: 8/21/1935

    Died: 12/12/2007

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    The Rev. Billy Ray Johnson, 72, of Van Buren, Arkansas, passed away December 12, 2007, in Fort Smith. He was born August 21, 1935, in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, the son of James and Hazel Johnson.

    He was a retired Freewill Baptist minister, a member of River View Fellowship, a reserve deputy for the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, former chaplain for Van Buren Police Department and Crawford County Sheriff’s Department and was a former pastor in Idaho, California, Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

    Survivors include his loving wife of 50 years, Bentrena; daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Tim Wood of San Jose, California; son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Sally Johnson of Van Buren; sister and brother-in-law, Martha and Frank Vowell of Van Buren; two grandchildren, Alison Wood and Brian Wood and wife Katie of San Jose.

  • Mary E. Jackson

    Mary E. Jackson

    Born: 5/21/1899

    Died: 1/20/1995

    Maiden Name: Owens

    Honorific: n/a

    Mary E. Jackson age 95 of Durant Oklahoma passed away on January 20, 1995 at Four Seasons Nursing home in Durant.

    She was born on May 21, 1899 near Caddo Indian Territory to John Owens and Katie Ballard Owens. She had lived in this area her entire life and was buried in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Which is near her place of birth.

    On December 20, 1916, she was married to Cal Jackson in Caddo; He preceded her in death on July 5, 1962. She was also preceded in death by a son, James T. Jackson, daughters, Mozelle Jackson Price, a grandson, her parents, four sisters and a brother.

    She is survived by three daughters, Emogene Smith, Lucille Brimage, Katie Hunnicutt, all of Durant; a son and daughter in law Otis R. and Patricia Jackson of Purcell, Oklahoma; 16 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

  • Lawrence Wayne Jones

    Lawrence Wayne Jones

    Born: 8/1/1934

    Died: 1/13/1995

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Lawrence Wayne Jones, born August of 1934 in Oklahoma City passed away on January, 13, 1995 at home in Okmulgee, after a long illness.

    His great-grandfather was half Cherokee and his great-grandmother was half Choctaw. His father and grandmother were both on the Dawes Rolls as Choctaw. His grandmother having lived her early years among the Choctaw people considered herself Choctaw.

    Her was very proud of his Indian Heritage and had an avid interest in the history of the Indian tribes of Oklahoma.

    His survivors are his wife, Frankie; two sons, Mike Jones and Mark Jones; four grandchildren and three brothers and a sister.

  • Dorothy Mae James

    Dorothy Mae James

    Born: 5/17/1924

    Died: 11/30/1995

    Maiden Name: Vann

    Honorific: n/a

    Funeral service for Dorothy Mae James, 71, of Davis Oklahoma, was held December 4, 1995 at the First Baptist Church, Davis. Reverend Finis Steelman, Dr. David M. Eggenberg and Reverend Lonny Lee officiated.

    Dorothy Mae James was born May 17, 1924 in Berwyn, Oklahoma the daughter of George David and Rosa (Burrough) Vann and died November 30, 1995 in and Oklahoma City hospital after a long illness.

    Mrs. James graduated from Berwyn High School in 1942. She received a bachelors and masters degree in Education from East Central University, Ada, Oklahoma. Mrs. James retired in 1986 after 28 years of public school teaching. The last 18 years she taught 1st grade in the Davis School System. She was a member of the Oklahoma Education Association and the Murray County Education Association.

    She and Dillard Black James were married October 12, 1946 at Gene Autry, Oklahoma.

    Mrs. James first love was her Lord and His Church. She began teaching Sunday school as a high school junior. She taught adult Sunday school classes all 27 years she resided in Davis at the First Baptist Church where she was a member. For the last 18 years she enjoyed teaching the Dorcus Class for women 82 and up.

  • Jacob Jackson James, Jr.

    Jacob Jackson James, Jr.

    Born: 5/9/1940

    Died: 11/27/1995

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Jacob Jackson James, Jr. age 55, of Wilburton Oklahoma was born on May 9, 1940 at Shady Point, Oklahoma to Jacob and Edna (Cahoon) James. HE passed away on November 27, 1995 at Okmulgee, Oklahoma. He was a member of the Jehovah Witness Faith.

    He had been a resident of Wilburton for the past 10 years. He was married to Hilda Cannon at Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1960. He had worked in the Weyerhaueser Lumber Mill at Ft. Townson, Oklahoma.

    He was preceded in death by his father, Jacob James, Sr. in 1973 and half-sister, Ada McGee.

    He is survived by his wife, Hilda of the home; one son, Michael Ray James of Talihina, Oklahoma; one daughter, Teresa Davis of the home; three sisters, Patsy Gail Prock of Okmulgee, Oklahoma, Carol Ann Smith of Ft. Smith, Arkansas and Brenda Lucille Campbell of Ft. Smith; two brothers, Charles Cutis James of Poteau, Oklahoma and Billy Wayne James of Clarmore, Oklahoma.; his mother, Edna James of Okmulgee; three grandchildren and numerous friends and loved ones.

  • Robert E. Jacob Jr.

    Robert E. Jacob Jr.

    Born: 4/6/1926

    Died: 12/20/1995

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Robert E. Jacob, Jr., age 69, of Broken Bow, Oklahoma passed away on December 20, 1995 at Medical Arts Hospital in Texarkana.

    He was born on April 6, 1926 in Broken Bow. He was a retired Strader truck operator for Weyerhauser in Wright City. He was a member of Tohwalli United Methodist Church and had lived in the community all of his life.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Lecian Crosby Jacob and Robert E. Jacob, Sr. and brother Daniel Jacob.

    Survivors include his wife, Mable Tisho Jacob of Broken Bow; two sons, Teddy Jacob of Bridgeport, Texas and Bruce Jacob of Broken Bow; two daughters, Elizabeth Jacob and Norma Jones, both of Broken Bow; one sister, Eleanor Sue Wallace (Jacob) of Hugo, Oklahoma; a half-sister, Rena Noah of Broken Bow, 10 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and many friends.

  • Marie Johnson

    Marie Johnson

    Born: 8/2/1925

    Died: 3/4/1996

    Maiden Name: LeFlore

    Honorific: n/a

    Marie Johnson, age 70, of Atoka Oklahoma passed away on March 4, 1996.

    She was born on August 2, 1925 in Webster, Oklahoma to Moses and Marie Battiet LeFlore. She was a retired nursing home employee. She married E.J. Johnson on October 9, 1951.

    She was preceded in death by three sons, Alvin Johnson, Jerry Wayne LeFlore and Edward Eugene Johnson.

    Survivors are husband, E.J. Johnson of Atoka; three sons, Kenneth Johnson of Durant, Oklahoma, Richard Johnson of Atoka and Bobby Johnson of Atoka; one adopted son, Richard Gutierrez of Lampe Missouri; four daughters, Cleta Buly of Tushka, Anita Jones of Atoka, Debbie Crain and Anna Johnson of Durant, Oklahoma; 16 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

  • Anna Marie Johnson

    Anna Marie Johnson

    Born: 9/15/1964

    Died: 12/4/2008

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Anna Marie Johnson, 44, passed away December 4, 2008, in Atoka. She was born on September 15, 1964, in Talihina to E.J. Johnson and Marie Leflore Johnson.

    Anna attended school at Lane and Atoka High School. She studied Business Administration at Okmulgee Tech. She was employed as an administration assistant for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma for 23 years and an active participant in the summer youth programs. She was of the Baptist faith.

    Anna was preceded in death by her mother and brothers, Jerry Leflore, Edward Johnson and Alvin Johnson.

    She is survived by her father; sisters, Cleta Billy of Atoka, Anita Jones and husband Roger Coslow of Coalgate, Deborah Williams and husband John of Achille; brothers, Kenneth Johnson and wife Darlene of Achille, Richard Johnson and wife Pat and Bobby Johnson and wife Sara, all of Atoka; nieces, Misty Lynch and husband Emmit of Atoka, Holly Jones of Tulsa, Shannon Billy, KAnna Billy, Shawn Sublette, all of Atoka, Marla Johnson of Moore, Kari Peterson and husband Steve of Kiowa and Consetta Leflore of Stringtown; nephews, James Billy and wife Mary of Tushka, Samuel Billy, Marcus Mills and wife Mary, Jeremy Johnson, David Sublette, all of Atoka, Eddie Johnson and wife Terra of Coweta; special friends, Oneida Winship, Terri Englutt and Susan Edwards, along with numerous cousins, family and friends.

  • Gladys Jacobs

    Gladys Jacobs

    Born: 7/12/1925

    Died: n/a

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Gladys Jacobs, 69 of Wright City, Oklahoma passed away in Pomona, California. She was born on July 12, 1925 in Carney.

    A housewife, Jacob was a member of the Nanih Chito United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Jacob, Jr. in February 1980. She has lived in the community for the last 25 years, moving from Dallas, Texas.

    Survivors include one daughter, Theresa Struwe of LaVerne, California; one brother, Calvin Robinson of Konawa, Oklahoma and two grandsons.

  • Adeline Cephus John

    Adeline Cephus John

    Born: 10/2/1914

    Died: 7/18/1995

    Maiden Name: Cephus

    Honorific: n/a

    Adeline Cephus John, 80, passed away on June 18, 1995 in Texarkana, exa. She was born on October 2, 1914 in Golden, Oklahoma to the late Rev. Timothy Cephus and Luie Noley Cephus.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond John and two sons, Joshua John and Steven John.

    Her survivors include one son, Cephus Coleman John of Killeen, Texas; one sister, Ester Harley of Idabel, Oklahoma; six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

  • John W. Jarvis Jr.

    John W. Jarvis Jr.

    Born: 9/21/1937

    Died: 12/20/1994

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    John W. Jarvis, Jr., 57, OF Bosque Farms, New Mexico, passed away one December 20, 1994. He was born on September 21, 1937 in Tuskahoma, Oklahoma to John W. Jarvis, Sr. and Ollie May Fitzgerald. He was he grandson of Millie Carnes Anderson, original enrollee and the nephew of the late Richard Fitzgerald, and active leader in the Choctaw community.

    J.R. (as he was known) worked for 34 years for US West, retiring in 1993. He was active in rodeo, team roping and was an active participant in fundraising activities for the University of New Mexico Cowboys for Cancer Research team ropings over the last 12 years s well as New Mexico High School Rodeo supporters.

    He is survived by his wife, Lynda of Bosque Farms; step-mother, Evelyn Jarvis of Mt View, Oklahoma; sisters, Patsy Bryant of Canyon Lake, California and Tahana Lopez of San Antonio, Texas; brother, Cleo (Butch) Jarvis of Blanchard, Oklahoma; daughters, Robyn dawn Jarvis of Huntington Beach, California and Natalie and Billy Salopek of Las Cruces, New Mexico; sons, Blain, Ruston Richard and Bryan Richards o Las Cruces and grandchildren, Jesse and Rebecca Haynie and Brittany Richard of Las Cruces and numerous relatives and friends.

  • Edward Eugene Johnson

    Edward Eugene Johnson

    Born: 10/29/1953

    Died: 7/24/1995

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Edward Eugene Johnson, age 41, of Denison, Texas passed away July 24, 1995 at the East Texas Medial Center in Tyler, Teas. He was born October 29, 1953 in Lane, Oklahoma to E.J. and Maria Johnson. He was a lineman for Chapman Construction in Carrollton, Texas.

    He married Elizabeth Avery in July 1994 in Denison. He was of the Presbyterian faith. He was a former security guard at Choctaw Nation Bingo. He enjoyed going to the lake and joking with his fiends and was always friendly to everyone he met.

    He was preceded in death by two brothers, Alvin Johnson and Jerry LeFlore Johnson of Atoka, Oklahoma; son, Edward Eugene Johnson Jr. of Caney, Oklahoma; three brothers, Kenneth Johnson of Durant, Richard Johnson of Sulphur Springs, Texas and Bobby Johnson of Atoka; four sisters, Cleta Billy of Tushka, Oklahoma, Anita Jones of Atoka, Debbie Crain of Durant and Anna Johnson of Durant; several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

    Services were held at the Atoka Funeral Home Chapel and interment was at Butler Cemetery. Rev. Herb Wharton officiated. E was assisted by Coleman Townsend.

  • Eugene Wright Jones

    Eugene Wright Jones

    Born: 6/9/1942

    Died: 2/25/2009

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Eugene Wright Jones, 66, of Talihina passed away February 25, 2009, at Sparks Regional Medical Center, Fort Smith, Arkansas. He was born June 9, 1942, in Talihina, the son of Jackson and Sallie Wilkins Jones.

    He married Margie Ward on January 9, 1971, in McAlester and they were married for 38 years. Eugene worked at the PHS hospital, Talihina and Ada Indian hospitals until he retired in 1993. He served in the U.S. Army Rangers for four years with honors. He attended Goodland School for several years and then he attended Clayton High School, where he graduated.

    He enjoyed sports and when he was a child he was always running. He was Clayton High School basketball captain, softball catcher for the Talihina Choctaw team. He enjoyed coaching the baseball team, Talihina Warriors.

    He really enjoyed warm weather and being with his family. He never knew a stranger and enjoyed visiting. He always had a smile for you.

    He was a member of Good Springs United Methodist Church, Lenox, Oklahoma.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; uncle, Melvin Ben; sister, Evelyn Taylor; mother-in-law, Katherine Ward; grandchild, Baby Jones; and two brothers-in-law, Wendy and Melvin Ward.

    Survivors include his wife of the home; two sons, Michael and Paula Jones of Bartlesville and David and fiancÈ Gina Hearn of Talihina; daughter, Catherine and Bobby Carlson of Talihina; seven grandchildren, Christopher Jones, Zamuel Hemphill, Sammy Hemphill, Charles Hemphill, Tamara Hearn, Hailei Emde, Staicei Lewis; one great-grandchild, Donavin Evitt; two brothers-in-law, J.D. and Cindy Ward of Ardmore, Sherman and Gloria Ward of Talihina; three sisters-in-law, Daisy Perry of Bokoshe, Marie and Adam WhiteEagle of Talihina and Betty Wesley of Talihina; sister, Elizabeth Siener of California; and a very special person, Aunt Florence of Divide, Oklahoma.

  • Billy Wayne James

    Billy Wayne James

    Born: 12/22/1934

    Died: 2/2/2009

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Billy Wayne James, 74, of Tahlequah passed away February 2, 2009. He was born December 22, 1934, to Jacob and Edna Ila James of Talihina.

    Mr. James was a veteran who served in Korea and Japan. He retired from USPHS Indian hospital in Claremore.

    He enjoyed reading the Bishinik paper from cover to cover. He also liked to go fishing.

    Survivors include a daughter, Cheryl Washington of Calera and Lisa Wolbert of Sallisaw; sons, Derrell and David James of Okmulgee; sisters, Carol Smith and Brenda Campbell of Fort Smith, Arkansas, and Patsy James of Okmulgee. There are 12 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren who all loved him very much.

    The family would like to extend their gratitude to the Choctaw Nation Color Guard for attending the funeral.

  • Erie Johnston

    Erie Johnston

    Born: 9/18/1898

    Died: 3/8/1989

    Maiden Name: Merryman

    Honorific: n/a

    Erie Merryman Johnston, a resident of Tulsa, Oklahoma, died March 8, 1989.

    She was born September 18, 1898 in Skullyville Indian Territory. She was the daughter of John Scott and Ellen Merryman of Spiro, Oklahoma. She is survived by her only daughter, Evelyn Leake Baker, two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren of Tulsa; two sisters, Toonsey Swafford of Tucson, Arizona and Elizabeth Dunsan, Honolulu, Hawaii. Her nephew, tom Patt Swafford lives in Spiro, Oklahoma.

  • Ralph James

    Ralph James

    Born: 10/31/1925

    Died: 4/19/2007

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Ralph James passed away April 19, 2007. He was born October 31, 1925, in Kanima, Oklahoma, the son of original enrollee Daniel James and Della James. He was raised in Bokoshe.

    Mr. James was a retired petroleum engineer. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946. Ralph enjoyed his trips to Tuskahoma and always wore his Choctaw Veteran jacket with pride. He was buried at the Fort Gibson National Cemetery.

    Survivors include his daughters, Debbie of Torrance, California and Jennifer and Claudia, both of Broken Arrow; son, Donald, also of Broken Arrow; ten grandchildren; brothers, Joe of Broken Arrow and Dan of Cookson; sisters, Helen of Tulsa and Mary of Phoenix, Arizona.

  • David Jones

    David Jones

    Born: 7/24/1928

    Died: 1/10/2006

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    David Stanley Jones, 77, Idabel passed away January 10, 2006, at his residence. He was born July 24, 1928, in Boswell, the son of Joseph and Ada LeFlore Jones.

    David lived with his grandfather, James LeFlore of the Iron Stob Community, until the age of 8 at which time he was placed in Goodland Indian orphanage. He graduated from Goodland High School. David received a B.A. Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in history with emphasis in Oklahoma Choctaw History from Central State University in Edmond. He was later awarded a Masters Degree in Education Administration and Guidance and Counseling.

    David was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy for two years in the Asiatic Pacific Theater. He then served in the U.S. Naval Reserve as a Gunner’s Mate for 19 years. David then served in the U.S. Army Reserve from which he retired. He was awarded the Danforth Qualities of Leadership Award and the Masonic Teacher of Today Award. David was a 32nd Degree Mason, served on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of the Choctaw Nation, and was a member of the Choctaw Nation Color Guard and the Retired Teacher’s Association of Idabel. David was affiliated with the Bokchito Methodist Church.

    He was preceded in death by his parents.

    Survivors include his son, Quintin Jones of Garvin; daughters, Terra Jones of Oklahoma City and Lila Jones of Idabel; grandchildren, Darrell Littlehawk of Oklahoma City, Odessa Anderson of Warm Springs, Oregon, Carla Hall of Tulsa and Alicia Littlehawk of Oklahoma City; great-grandchildren, Kiersten Anderson of Warm Springs, Judy King of Tulsa, Jakovan Anderson of Warm Springs and Talisa Littlehawk of Oklahoma City; a sister, Carolyn Jones of Oklahoma City; several other relatives and a host of friends.

  • Bennie Lee Jones

    Bennie Lee Jones

    Born: 11/23/1911

    Died: 5/17/1987

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Bennie Lee Jones was born November 23, 1911 in Sopher, Oklahoma to Ellis and Lizzie Smallwood Jones. He passed away May 17, 1987 at the age of 75. He was a longtime resident of Anadarko, Oklahoma and a veteran of World War II.

    Mr. Jones was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Viola Keith, Effie Golden and Mae Johnson, and a grandson who died at birth.

    Survivors included his daughters, Margaret Dorrough, Cheryl Koch, Wanda Jones and Gayle Jones, all of Anadarko; nine sons, Gene Jones, Jimmy Don Jones, Ellie Jones and Bennie Jones, Jr., all of Anadarko; John Jones of Tulsa, Ray Jones of Sykesville, Pennsylvania, Dwayne Jones of Redding, California, Lee Jones of Norman, Oklahoma and Robert Dale Jones of London, England; 29 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

  • McDonald Johnson

    McDonald Johnson

    Born: 5/6/1918

    Died: 5/19/1994

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    McDonald Johnson, age 76, went to be with the Lord on May 19, 1994. He was born to Daniel and Mulcie (Tilley) Johnson in Durant Oklahoma on May 6, 1918.

    He is survived by wife, Naomi Ruth Scott, two daughters, Wilma and Delvagene; six sons, Jarvis, Sr., Marvin, Ulysses, Samuel, Donald and Richard; one brothers, Esiah Johnson, 18 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and many friends. He was preceded in death by his son, Melvin ray Johnson in 1965.

    On May 13, 1994 McDonald was told that he had liver cancer. Six days later he passed away. The following is a poem that was read at his funeral.


    God Saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be, so he put his arms around you and whispered, Come to Me. With Tearful eyes we watched you and saw you pass away, And though we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay. A Golden heart stopped beating; hard working hands at rest, God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the Best

    Submitted By Delvagene Johnson