Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

The Great Seal of the Choctaw Nation
  • Elmer Sage

    Elmer Sage

    Born: 7/12/1934

    Died: 2/5/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Elmer Sage, 69, of Alta Loma passed away February 5. He was born July 12, 1934, a twin, in Anson, Texas, as one of 12 children. Following the family to Pomona, he graduated from Pomona High School in 1953. Retired from 27 years of working for the Retail Clerks, along with successfully owning A&B and Michaels Market, he was a member of First Church of God, Pomona, the Moose Lodge, Pomona, and Retail Clerks. Survivors include his three daughters and sons-in-law, Lional and Debbie Hardcastle, Jr., James and Barbara Mulhall of Ontario, and Danny and Brenda Rosales of Anacortes, Washington; sisters, Helen DeClercq of Shelby, Michigan, Ellen Forrester, Joan Kosse, and Shirley Sage, all of Alta Loma; brother, Raymond Sage of Upland; grandchildren, Jennifer Daudel, Lional Hardcastle II, Cody and Steven Hardcastle, Michelle Mulhall, Daniel and Amanda Rosales; great-grandchildren, Katlyn and Megan Hardcastle and Theodore James Daudel; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

  • Emmie Susie Seeley

    Emmie Susie Seeley

    Born: 12/26/1938

    Died: 4/30/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Emmie Susie Seeley, 65, of Talihina, Oklahoma, passed away April 30, 2004, at the Choctaw Nation Health Care Center. She was born December 26, 1938, in Honobia, Oklahoma, to Preston and Carrie Ward Ludlow.

    She worked for several years at the Talihina Manor Nursing Home and was a member of the Greenhill Baptist Church. She married Dallas Seeley on March 24, 1988, in Mena, Arkansas, and was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She will be missed by many friends.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Ruby, and sister, Susie Jacobs.

    Survivors include her husband, Dallas, of the home; five sons and daughters-in-law, Elwood Jr. and Sally Ludlow of Tyler, Texas, Ernest and Cathy Ludlow of Ada, Oklahoma, Donald and Faye Ludlow of Talihina, Oklahoma, Richard and Debbie Ludlow of Daisy, Oklahoma, and Arvil Keith and Elizabeth Ludlow of Talihina; two daughters and one son-in-law, Laverne and Vernon Higinite of Bixby, Oklahoma, and Cheryl Ludlow of Checotah, Oklahoma; one stepdaughter, Betty Ludlow of McCloud, Oklahoma; 15 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; four sisters and three brothers-in-law, Anna and Mack Carlile of Talihina, Virrie Jean and Raymond Johnson of Mesquite, Texas, Pearl and Bill Hope of Honobia, and Lodean Starr of Talihina; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Preston Jr. and Joann Ludlow of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Clarence and Vivian Ludlow of Lancaster, Texas, James and Debbie Ludlow of Represa, California, and Elvis and Christine Ludlow of Catoosa, Oklahoma; three aunts; two uncles; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

  • Rufus Clark Spring

    Rufus Clark Spring

    Born: 4/28/1908

    Died: 7/18/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Rufus Clark Spring, 96, of Hugo, Oklahoma, passed away July 18, 2004, at Choctaw Memorial Hospital, Hugo. He was born April 28, 1908, in Hugo, the son of John and Dora (Elrod) Spring.

    A farmer, Mr. Spring lived all of his life in Hugo. He married Lorene Mae Elkins high up on a little hill on the east side of Hugo on September 13, 1941.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Houston Scoot Springs; one sister, Susie Calder; seven half-brothers, Christopher Springs, Ike Springs, Louis Springs, Ben Springs, Eli Springs, John Springs Jr. and Jackson Springs, and two half-sisters, Melinda Springs and Maude Springs.

    Survivors include his wife, Lorene, of Hugo; two daughters, Sue Roebuck of Hugo and Shirley Cummings of Tecumseh, Oklahoma; six grandchildren, Angie Cooke and husband, Randy, Annette Upton and husband, Mark, Patty Payne and husband, Steve, and Amanda Whitlow and husband, Kent, all of Hugo, Tommy Cummings and wife, Rena, of Dean, Texas, and Michael Cummings of Tecumseh; nine great-grandchildren, Jeffery and Taylor Payne, Anthony and Amber Upton, Spencer Cooke, Elizabeth and Lillabeth Whitlow, Jessica Cummings, and Tawny Cummings; a sister, Mary Ethel Bug Wallace, and many other relatives and friends.

  • Verna Estene Stamback

    Verna Estene Stamback

    Born: 7/30/1941

    Died: 7/21/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Verna Estene Stamback, 62, passed away July 21, 2004, in a Lubbock, Texas, hospital. She was born July 30, 1941, in Indio, California, to Vernon and Ruby Estelle (Williams) Plaster. She was the granddaughter of Henry and Josephine Mathis Plaster.

    She married Mel Stamback on September 15, 1956, in San Jacinto, California. Mrs. Stamback moved to Graham, Texas, in 1992 from Amarillo with her husband to pastor the Abundant Life Center Church in Graham. She was a member of Impact Ministries and the Abundant Life Center. She loved to garden and to read. She made beautiful quilts for her grandchildren. She was very active in her church and was a wonderful Bible teacher.

    She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Barbara Carnes.

    Survivors include her husband, Mel Stamback of Graham, Texas; four daughters, Lovelle Goretskie and husband, George, and Renee Hargrove and husband, Charles, all of Lubbock, Texas, DanaKay Tinney and husband, Ray, of Hartshorne, Oklahoma, and Janelle Simons of Graham; sister, Sandra Van Der Linden of Hemet, California; 13 grandchildren, Jill and husband, David Haymes, Stefan Goretskie and wife, Melissa, Geoffrey Goretskie and wife, Maria, Stacey Walton and husband, Chris, Diana Hargrove, Robert White III, Charles Hargrove III, Andrea and Alissa Tinney, Kenneth John Morrill III, and Nicole, BreAnna and Kendra Walker; and three great-grandchildren, Jay Vasquez, Myka Walton and Ashton Goretskie.

  • Steve Stallaby

    Steve Stallaby

    Born: 3/29/1920

    Died: 6/9/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Steve Stallaby, 84, of Red Oak, Oklahoma, passed away June 9, 2004. He was born March 29, 1920, to Duke and Emeline (Baker) Stallaby of Red Oak.

    Mr. Stallaby was a World War II veteran.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, John Stallaby, who was killed in World War II, three sisters, four nephews and three nieces.

    Survivors include three sisters, Carrie Carriger of Seminole, Oklahoma, Annie Barber of Whitefield, Oklahoma, and Janey Tomlinson of Mantesa, California; 13 nephews, 13 nieces, and a host of great-nephews, great-nieces, cousins and friends.

  • Leslie S. Shelton

    Leslie S. Shelton

    Born: 7/27/1965

    Died: 8/15/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Leslie S. Shelton, 39, of Ada, Oklahoma, passed away August 15, 2004, at her residence. She was born July 27, 1965, in Ada to Glen and Sharon Carmelia (Colbert) Shelton.

    She graduated from Byng High School in 1983 and later earned her bachelor’s degree in science at Cimarron College.

    Ms. Shelton served in the U.S. Army from which she retired after 16 years of service with an honorable discharge as 1st Sergeant. She received many accommodations including the National Defense Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal and the Army Achievement Medal. She lived in several different areas including Seoul, Korea, Ft. Sill and Oklahoma City. She moved back to the Ada area from Augusta, Georgia, in 2003. She was also a member of Philemon Baptist Church.

    She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Theodore Roosevelt Colbert and Henryetta Marie (Harp) Colbert.

    Survivors include her parents, Glen and Sharon C. Shelter; a dear friend, Marshall Turner; two sisters, Carol Parker and husband, Reggie, and Alexandria Shelton, and a niece, Armani Parker.

  • Marty Edward Smith

    Marty Edward Smith

    Born: 8/26/1961

    Died: 6/16/1998

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Marty Edward Smith, age 36 was born on August 26, 1961 in Roma, Texas and passed away June 16 1998 in Amsterdam, New York.

    Survivors include his father, Hazel Edward Smith of Glendale, Arizona.

  • Louisa Marie (Ott) Sam

    Louisa Marie (Ott) Sam

    Born: 4/30/1919

    Died: 10/17/2004

    Maiden Name: Ott

    Honorific: n/a

    Louisa Marie (Ott) Sam, 85, passed away October 17, 2004. She was born April 30, 1919, at Haywood, Oklahoma, to Minnie Traut and Sam Ott Sr.

    She was joined in marriage to Charley Sam on February 14, 1938, at Holdenville, Oklahoma.

    Louisa had a generous spirit and loving nature. During her life, she not only raised her eight children, but she also worked outside the home as a restaurant worker, home care provider, and cotton-picker. She will be remembered for the many times she helped others in need.

    She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; son, Tommy Sam; granddaughters, Alyce Sam and Pamela Sam; grandson, Dennis Sam Jr.; great-grandson, Danny Sam; sister, Ruth Sexton; three brothers, Bill Ott, Ezekial Ott and Sam Ott Jr., and daughter-in-law, Mary Sam.

    Survivors include four sons, Charles Sam and wife, Kay, Dennis Sam and wife, Friga, and John Henry Sam, all of McAlester, Oklahoma, and Jimmy Sam and wife, Emma, of Kyle, South Dakota; three daughters, Sue Hood and husband, Murray, of Quinton, Oklahoma, Bessie Sam of McAlester, and Louise Mitchell and husband, Bill, of Hartshorne, Oklahoma; her favorite niece, Rose Munholland of Border, Texas, and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

    Louisa is loved and cherished by her large extended family. Her loving nature will be forever in their hearts.

  • Isla Sturkie

    Isla Sturkie

    Born: n/a

    Died: 12/12/2003

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Isla May Toni Perry Sturkie, 79, passed away December 12, 2003, in Stigler, Oklahoma. She was employed for 30 years with Royal Globe Insurance in Dallas, Texas.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen W. Sturkie.

    Survivors include her daughter, Marilyn Espinoza and husband, John; granddaughters, Sherian Brown, Cynthia Flournoy, and husband, Jason, and Vanessa Espinoza; great-granddaughter, Jordan Brown; great-grandsons, Aaron Brown and Ryan Espinoza; sisters, Ona Perry and Ilena Krausch, both of Stigler, Oklahoma; numerous nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

  • Leroy Scott

    Leroy Scott

    Born: 3/21/1923

    Died: 3/8/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Leroy Scott, 81, passed away March 8, 2005, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was born March 21, 1923, in the Damon Valley Community, the son of Alexander and Sarah Frazier Scott.

    Leroy served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans. He married Dollie Coley on March 12, 1966, in Wilburton, Oklahoma.

    Survivors include his wife, Dollie Scott, of the home; stepson, Daniel Frank Coley of Wilburton; nephews, Wayne Scott, George Scott, Kenneth Scott, Tom Scott, Frank Scott and Charley Scott; nieces, Josephine Scott, Sarah Grimes, Regina Scott and Martrisha Wilson.

    He was preceded in death by his parents.

  • Gertrude Cecil Sweany

    Gertrude Cecil Sweany

    Born: 11/6/1910

    Died: 7/28/2003

    Maiden Name: Foreman

    Honorific: n/a

    Longtime Grady and Stephens County, Oklahoma resident Gertrude Cecil Sweany, 92 passed away Monday, July 28, 2003 at Duncan Reginal Hospital. She was born November 6, 1910 to Joe E. and Carrie (Sperling) Foreman in Elgin, Oklahoma.

    On December 14, 1929, she married Henry Joshua Sweany in Grady County. He preceded her in death on November 12, 1993. She was also preceded in death by her parents and a daughter, Loretta Garrison.

    Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Darrel and June Sweany of Marlow, Oklahoma; two daughters and a son-in-law, Rosemary and Dennis Howard of Urbana, Missouri and Norma and Cecil Winberry of Poplar Bluff, Missouri; eleven grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 33 great-great-grandchildren, and a sister, Ruth Helen Ray of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

  • Leo Skinner

    Leo Skinner

    Born: 11/23/1921

    Died: 6/1/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Leo Skinner passed away June 1, 2005. He was born November 23, 1921, in Hartshorne, Oklahoma.

    In 1942, he entered the Army for World War II, serving in the Pacific - Guadalcanal and other islands ending in the Philippines. He was recalled for the Korean War and stayed in for 30 years, retiring from Ft. Huachuca on July 1, 1967, as a Chief Warrant Officer. He had lived in Tucson, Arizona, since 1967. He worked for the Tucson Post Office from 1968 to 1984.

    Survivors include his wife, Norma Skinner; one brother; five children and stepchildren; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

  • J.D. Benton Smith

    J.D. Benton Smith

    Born: 7/15/1931

    Died: 1/22/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    J.D. Benton Smith, 74, of Odessa, Texas, passed away January 22, 2005, in an Odessa hospital. He was born July 15, 1931, to Ray and Kate Smith of Boswell, Oklahoma.

    He served his country in the Army during the Korean Conflict. He worked most of his life in oil fields at home and overseas.

    His parents, four sisters and four brothers preceded him in death.

    Survivors include his wife, Jerry Smith, of the home; one son and one daughter, Claude Ray and Dawn, both of Odessa; two brothers, Arvel Smith of Texarkana, Texas, and Robert Smith of Haworth, Oklahoma; and one sister, Leota McKinney of Andrew, Texas.

  • Finnis Raymond Stanley

    Finnis Raymond Stanley

    Born: 11/22/1944

    Died: 9/19/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Finnis Raymond Stanley, 60, passed away September 19, 2005, at his home in Arkansas City, Arkansas, after a battle with cancer. He was born November 22, 1944, in Drumright to Jessie Finnis and Dorothy Marie Johnson Stanley, the eldest of six children. He was reared and educated in Drumright, graduating in 1963.

    He married Judy Fay Kuykendall on May 25, 1963, in Stroud and they moved to Arkansas City in 1966. Stanley worked at the General Electric Jet Engine Facility from 1966 to 1974 and then from 1984 until his retirement in 2002.

    He was preceded in death by his daughter, Tracy Lynn; his father; and a brother, Jim.

    Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Judy, of the home; son, David and wife, Jodie, of Riverside, California; daughter, Shannon and husband, David Norton, of Arkansas City; mother of Drumright; brother, Rocky Stanley of Drumright; sisters, Susie Stanley of McAlester, Jeannie Rigsby of Drumright and Brenda Vann of Olive; seven grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

  • Bettie E. Stanton

    Bettie E. Stanton

    Born: 4/13/1903

    Died: 2/4/2000

    Maiden Name: James

    Honorific: n/a

    Bettie E. Stanton, 96, of Chickasha, Oklahoma passed away Friday, February 4, 2000 in Chickasha. She was born on Easter Sunday, April 13, 1903, near Chickasha, Indian Territory, the daughter of Rogers and Gertha (Moody) James.

    She attended Elmeta Bond College in Minco and graduated from Meridian School.

    She married Bob Smedley in 1922. He preceded her in death . In 1946, she married Earl Strickland, who also preceded her in death. She then married Ansel Stanton on October 19, 1949 in Anadarko, Oklahoma.

    She was a lifelong resident of Chickasha. At the time of her death, Mrs.Stanton, an original enrollee, was still living on the same land where she was born and recieved her Indian allotment. In 1999, the Choctaw Nation honored her as one of only 41 original enrollee, still living.

    She worked at Chickasha Cotton Gin, Stevenson Brown Lumber Company and a bakery. She and her husband then moved to the country where she shared the work running their farm. She was a member of Christian Womens Fellowship since 1930’s and was a Sunday school teacher at the Christian Church in the 1940 and ’50s.

    Also preceding her in death were her parents; sister, Mabel Hoaglin, Esta Lee Cloud and Sarah Alla Hart; one son, Ray Smedley; and a granddaughter, Donna Phillips.

    Survivors include her husband, Ancel, of Shanoan Springs Nursing Home, Leon Karr

  • Paul Melvin Sexton

    Paul Melvin Sexton

    Born: 2/29/1940

    Died: 6/10/2000

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Paul Melvin Sexton, 60, of Atoka, Oklahoma passed away Saturday, June 10, 2000 at Durant, Oklahoma. He was born February 29, 1940 at Atoka to David and Ruth Mae (Ott) Sexton.

    Mr. Sexton was a retired/disabled automatic transmission mechanic and a vetran. He was a member of the Cane Hill Methodist Church in Bentley, Oklahoma.

    He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Beatrice Casey, Edith Greenwood and Betty Lou Jefferson.

    Survivors include two sons, Paul Melvin Sexton, Jr. and wife, Jennifer, of Sherman, Texas, and David Christopher Sexton of Texas; two daughters, Rita Diane Sexton of Las Vagas, Nevada and Sherry Darlene Sexton of Lebanon, Oregon; ten grandchildren; four brothers, the Rev. Daniel Sexton and wife, Cathrine, and Isaac David Sexton and wife, Wanda, all of Caney, Oklahoma, Joshua J. Sexton and wife, Debra, of Sherman and Timothy C. Sexton and wife, Shirley, of Asher, Oklahoma; several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

  • Lucille Heck Schofer

    Lucille Heck Schofer

    Born: 1/28/1912

    Died: 4/27/2000

    Maiden Name: Heck

    Honorific: n/a

    Lucille Heck Schofer, 88, passed away April 27, 2000 in Idylwood Care Center of Sunnyvale, California. She was born January 28, 1912 in Centrahoma, Oklahoma, the daughter of Mattie Maybell Wallace and Tom Mitchell Heck.

    Lucille married Howard Schofer of Utica, New York in 1941. At the time, Howard was serving in the Air Force and was stationed at Moffett Field Army-Air Force Base in Mt. View.

    She enjoyed being a homemaker. During her husband’s years of service, they traveled throughtout the United States and all over the world. Mr. Schofer served for 25 years and retired from the Air Force as a Lt. Colonel. After his death in 1984, Mrs. Schofer continued to enjoy traveling with her dear frind, Erna Root. The Schofers were members of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church since 1956. Lucille served the church community with love and devotion for many years. She taught Sunday School to the children for many years. She also served as president of the Womens’s Group.

    Survivors include sister, Christine Heck of Santa Clara; nieces, Donna Parnell and her family of Santa Clara and Pat Mochel and her family of Salinas, California and several other nieces, nephews and cousins throughtout Southern California and Oklahoma.

  • Jack Jason Shivery

    Jack Jason Shivery

    Born: 8/18/1976

    Died: 5/22/2000

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Jack Jason Shivery, 23, of Jacksonville, Florida passed away Monday May, 22, 2000 in Jacksonville. He was born August 18, 1976 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Harry and Michele Shivery.

    He had been a senior at the University of Oklahoma; was a 3rd degree black belt in Karate and a certified scuba diver. Jack began competing as a marial artist at the age of five years old. An example of Jack’s generosity was displayed in 1996 when he donated over 200 of his trophies to help a Dojo(karate training facility) in their effort to hold a tournament.

    He was featured in several newspapers and magazines. While in high school he competed as a member of the Memphis All Stars” karate team. In 1984 he placed third in the National Finals and in 1998 he ranked fifth in the world by the NBL as a Featherweight. He was a naturalist and cared very much for the plight of animals. Jack was a beloved son and a caring friend.

    Survivors include his parents both of Jacksonville; grandmother Martha E. Shivery of Tulsa Oklahoma; grandmother Nancy E. Mendenhall of Tulsa; aunts April R. Horton of Sand Springs Oregon and Nora G. Grammer of Broken Arrow Oklahoma; uncles Michael E. Mendenhall of Cleveland Oklahoma and many caring friends and relatives.

  • Guy L. Sewell

    Guy L. Sewell

    Born: 4/13/1916

    Died: 5/21/2000

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Guy L. Sewell, 84, passed away May 21, 2000 at Shelton, Washington. He was born April 13, 1916 at Provence, Oklahoma to Nettie Jack Sewell and Wallace Sewell.

    Mr. Sewell married Pearl Bailey of Ardmore, Oklahoma on May 29, 1940. They had six children, Mary, Barbara, Danny, Nettie, Wally and Martha.

    Guy entered the Army in November 1940, training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and Abilene, Texas with the 45th Division. He volunteered for the Rangers, trained by the British Commandos. Darby’s Rangers fought in North Africa, Sicily and Italy. He was discharged in November 1945, having been awarded the Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal, American Defense and ETU Ribbons with four battle stars.

    After World War II, they moved to Washington State where Guy worked for Simpson Lumber Co. until he retired after 30 years. They then moved back to Oklahoma for a few years before returning to Shelton, Washington in February 2000.

  • Loretta Jane McNoel Shipman

    Loretta Jane McNoel Shipman

    Born: 8/23/1940

    Died: 10/28/2005

    Maiden Name: McNoel

    Honorific: n/a

    Loretta Jane McNoel Shipman passed away October 28, 2005, when her Arkoma, Oklahoma, family residence caught fire. She was born August 23, 1940, in Talihina, the daughter of Johnny and Agnes Tom McNoel.

    Loretta began taking care of little ones when she was 15 years old. After losing their mother, she became the family manager and did so with loving care. This became her purpose and passion. She continued to care for children when she volunteered for the Head Start program. She later became a Head Start director, retiring after 25 years. She held many positions in her community, PTA and City Council. During elections her home became a poll precinct. She was always there in time of need. She loved and gave unconditionally. The house on Choctaw Hill was open to all and welcomed by Ms. Shipman. After Loretta retired, she spent many hours with Don and her granddaughter, Courtney, scouring places in search of objects to show her creative talents through her artwork and crafts.

    She was proud of her Choctaw heritage. She will be greatly missed.

    Her accomplishments were many and although she was taken away, the cherished memories she left will remain alive with us all.

    She was preceded in death by her parents.

    Survivors include her husband, Donald Shipman of Arkoma; three children, Kathy Arey and Christopher Shipman, both of Arkoma, and Amy Shipman of Fort Smith, Arkansas; brothers and sisters; Mildred Gish and Rick Schalski of Arkoma, Bettye Karbo, Donna Robinson, Debbie McNoel, Sharon McNoel, Lisa Schalski and Floyd McNoel; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

    To all who contributed and sent flowers, thank you very much. Many thanks to the Skullyville Choctaw singers who were greatly appreciated. They were an inspiration at our going away farewell to our wife, mother, friend, and sister, Loretta Jane McNoel Shipman. Surrounded by family and friends, the singers touched one and all. Thank you for the outstanding finale.

  • Dorothy "Merle" Smithson

    Dorothy “Merle” Smithson

    Born: 11/2/1932

    Died: 6/20/2000

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Dorothy “Merle” Smithson, 67, of Antlers, Oklahoma passed away on Tuesday, June 20, 2000 at Christus St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paris, Texas. She was born November 2, 1932 in Spencerville, Ok,Charles Gene Anderson

  • Densel Smith

    Densel Smith

    Born: 2/17/1919

    Died: 10/28/1999

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Densel Smith, 80, passed away October 28, 1999 at McAlester General Hospital. He was born February 17, 1919 at Crowder, Oklahoma to Dick and Hazel Smart Smith.

    He was preceded in death by his father, Dick Smith; mother, Hazel Smith; sister, Betty Farris; sister-in-law, Mary Smith; brother-in-law, Homer Farris, and grandson, Gary Don Martin.

    Survivors include his wife, Mildred, of the home and four sons and daughters-in-laws, Carley and Kim Smith and David Smith all of San Jose, California, and Ray and Carol Smith and Claude Smith, all of Tulsa, Oklahoma; two daughters and sons-in-law, Vickey and Rad Connelly of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Nancy and Pat Coleman of San Jose; sister, Lois Prichard, of Massillon, Ohio; two brothers and sister-in-laws, T. Bone and Goldie Smith of Crowder, Oklahoma and Seth Smith of Stigler, Oklahoma; 16 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

    He was dearly loved by his family and he will be missed as will his cheerful smile and wonderful sense of humor. We were lucky to have him. He was proud of his Choctaw Heritage.

    Densel was of the Baptist faith and a veteran of World War II, serving in the South Pacific. He was also a member of the American Legion and a lifetime member of the VFW Post #1098.

  • Tracie Dee Lawrence Stallcup

    Tracie Dee Lawrence Stallcup

    Born: 9/25/1960

    Died: 10/4/1999

    Maiden Name: Lawrence

    Honorific: n/a

    Tracie Dee Lawrence Stallcup of Bethany, Oklahoma passed away Monday, October 4, 1999 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oklahoma City after a sudden illness. She was 39. Tracie was born September 25, 1960 at Miami, Oklahoma.

    She graduated from the Miami Public Schools with the class of 1978. She lived in Tahlequah, Oklahoma prior to moving to Oklahoma City. She was employed at the Children’s Medical Center, Oklahoma City.

    Tracie was on Choctaw and Cheyenne heritage and was Indian Princess at vaious powwows throughout the area. She often did the Lord’s prayer in sign language for various organizations. She was a member of the Free to Live Animal Society and of the First Baptist Church, Miami.

    She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. J. Owen Bradshaw.

    Survivors include a daughter, Danielle Nicoele Stallcup, Bethany; a son William Tyler Stallcup, Bethany; their father, Christopher Stallcup, Bethany; a brother, Brad Craig, Morgantown, North Carolina; her parents, Mike and Jackie Craig, Miami; and her grandmother, Lucretia Ramsey, Miami.

  • William Otis (W.O.) Sirmans

    William Otis (W.O.) Sirmans

    Born: 3/9/1927

    Died: 1/16/2006

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    William Otis (W.O.) Sirmans, 78, of Hartshorne passed away January 16, 2006, at his home. He was born March 9, 1927, in Brooken, the son of Daniel Willis and Elpha Criner Sirmans. He married Blanche Bales on January 18, 1947, in McAlester. He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Plunkett-Hancock American Legion Post No. 180 in Hartshorne. He enjoyed gardening.

    He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; two brothers, Vernon Sirmans and Wilburn Troy Sirmans; and his grandparents, William O. and Elsa Frazier Sirmans and Mr. and Mrs. Criner.

    Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Marjorie Ann and Julius Hass of Hartshorne; his grandchildren, Melissa and Joe Whitehouse and Courtney and Perry Johnson Jr.; great-grandchildren, Meara Johnson and Perry Johnson III; and three sisters, Ima Lorene Barnes of Hartshorne, Laverne Melendy of Tulsa and Uvonne Gianini of Hartshorne.

  • Ophelia Schattenburg

    Ophelia Schattenburg

    Born: 2/23/1921

    Died: 1/18/2006

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Ophelia Irene Schattenburg, formerly Walker, passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 18, 2006. She was born February 23, 1921, in Allen to Grace Esta Lee Green Rail and William Andrew Rail. The family moved to California in the 1930s.

    Ophelia married LaRoy Walker in Dinuba where they farmed and raised three children. They were active in the PTA, 4-H Club, and Dinuba Church of Christ.

    Every member of her family was beloved by Ophelia. This lady was valiant, with great dignity, poise and grace. She was a member of the Choctaw Nation through her father’s bloodline and her life has been lived with the great American Indian spirit, delighting in laughter and merriment.

    From a famous quote, There is nothing so strong as true gentleness, there is nothing so gentle as true strength. In the last decade Ophelia became the Rail family matriarch, from a long line of matriarchs. As before her, the family was blessed that she was strong and gentle. As a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who provided wisdom to all the family, she was also known to be a talented writer and family historian, while a scientist also lived at the core of her intellect.

    Throughout her life Ophelia was forever a student of the Holy Bible, and she always believed that with God’s Hand she could research the right herbal remedies to improve her health. Ophelia, lovingly called Alphie, Auntie O, Alphie Bird, and Grandma O, spoke often of joy and laughter, looking for the joy in life for everyone. A bird does not sing because it’s happy - it sings because it has a song to sing. Ophelia had a song to sing and with a beautiful voice. It is said that the only true way to teach is by example. If this is true, Opehlia was a shining example to a family who loved and treasured her deeply.

  • Jo Ann Swink

    Jo Ann Swink

    Born: 1/9/1929

    Died: 6/13/2006

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Jo Ann Swink, 77, of Swink, Oklahoma, passed away June 13, 2006, in Hugo. She was born January 9, 1929, in Swink, the daughter of H.M. Mahon and Grace Harkins Mahon and had lived in the Swink community for about eight years. Jo Ann was the granddaughter of original enrollee J.H. Jim Harkins who was a member of the Senate of the last Choctaw Council.

    She married David Swink on November 25, 1945, in Amarillo, Texas. She liked to dance and play slot machines. She worked as a switchboard operator in McCuistian Hospital in Paris, Texas. She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary for the Girl Scouts, member of the Eastern Star and a Campfire Girl. She enjoyed people and being with her family and friends.

    She was preceded in death by her parents and one grandson, Jeffery Sizemore.

    Survivors include her husband of the home; son, David M. Swink of California; daughter, Laura Joan Sizemore of California; one grandson, David Justin Sizemore; two sisters, Barbara Luke of Oklahoma and Kay Hughes of Paris, along with a host of other family and friends.

  • Valgene Smith

    Valgene Smith

    Born: 10/24/1925

    Died: 11/16/2006

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Valgene Smith, 81, of Pauls Valley passed away November 16, 2006. He was born October 24, 1925, at Maysville, Oklahoma, to Thomas Jefferson and Onie Edith Givens Smith.

    He grew up in Maysville until leaving in 1942 to join the U.S. Navy. Upon his return, he graduated from Maysville High School in 1946.

    Valgene was married to Barbara Meek in November 1956 and moved to Yukon where he and his family lived for over 30 years. He worked for Johnson Larimer Co. of Oklahoma City for several years, then became employed by the Main Post Office in Oklahoma City. He later moved to the Yukon Post Office to become Rural Route 2’s mail carrier for over 20 years. He retired in 1980 with over 30 years with the U.S. Postal Service.

    He was preceded in death by his wife and the mother of his children, Barbara L. Smith, and his father.

    Survivors include his wife, Nola Faye of Pauls Valley, and her three daughters and their families; his son, Val Thomas, and wife Kathy, granddaughter Kendall and grandson Kal Thomas; his daughter, Carol, and husband Ridge, granddaughter Valerie and husband Ed, all of Yukon; grandson Brian of Austin, Texas; his mother, Onie Smith White of Pauls Valley; three sisters, Jackie Mulford and husband Cleo of Wayne, Jimmie Church and husband Riley of McAlester, and Janice Downey and husband Joe of Harrisonville, Missouri; and Seth S. “Pete” Smith

  • Timothy William Singler

    Timothy William Singler

    Born: 12/28/1959

    Died: 7/9/2007

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Timothy William Singler passed away July 9, 2007. He was born December 28, 1959, the son of Mary and Joseph Singler. He was the grandson of William and Katie Merryman; great-grandson of Gibson Van Merryman; and the great-great-grandson of David C. Merryman.

    Tim was a gentle spirit and will be missed by everyone who knew him.

  • Mario Sam

    Mario Sam

    Born: 5/9/1948

    Died: 7/17/2007

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Mario Sam, 59, of McAlester passed away July 17, 2007, in Talihina. He was born May 9, 1948, in Santa Rosa, California, to James M. and Nellie Ripley Sam.

    Mario worked as a machinest in Oklahoma City.

  • Mary Polk Shoemake

    Mary Polk Shoemake

    Born: 4/30/1921

    Died: 8/30/2007

    Maiden Name: Polk

    Honorific: n/a

    Mary Polk Shoemake, 86, of Boswell passed away August 30, 2007, in Paris, Texas. She was born April 30, 1921, near Bennington, the daughter of Joseph and Alice Hampton Polk. She had lived in the Bennington-Boswell area all of her life.

    She enjoyed sewing and working on her arts and crafts.

    Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Tony Page of Boswell, Herschell Page and wife Diane and James Page and wife Holly, all of Paris, Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Bridgitt Kelley and husband Jimmy of Powderly, Texas; one brother, Jonah Polk of Los Angeles, California; two grandchildren, Gerry Page and wife Amy of Sparta, Illinois, and Billie Malone of Powderly; and two great-grandchildren, Garrett Page of Sparta and Austin Spears of Powderly.

  • Ethel Stoliby

    Ethel Stoliby

    Born: 4/30/1913

    Died: 3/14/1997

    Maiden Name: Knapp

    Honorific: n/a

    Ethel Stoliby age 83 passed away on March 14, 1997 in Vancouver, Washington.

    She was born April 30, 1913 in Caney, Oklahoma to Lyman and Eliza Knapp and was married to Ruben Stoliby in 1931.

    Mrs. Stoliby was a homemaker and during World War II worked in the shipyards in Vancouver. A nature lover, she enjoyed gardening, raising flowers, birds, travel and her family. She was a member of the Woodland Christina Church.

    Her eldest son, Wayne Stoliby died in 1989.

    She is survived by her husband, Ruben, of the home; three daughters, Ruby Moll and Faye Allen, both of Vancouver and Joyce Nance of Portland, Oregon; a son, Wayland Stoliby of Vancouver, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

    Remembrances may be made the Alzheimer’s Association 1015 NW 22nd Ave, Portland, OR 97210.

  • Cynthia Jean Simmons

    Cynthia Jean Simmons

    Born: 8/8/1958

    Died: 8/7/1997

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Cynthia Jean Simmons age 39 former Clinton Oklahoma resident passed away August 7, 1997 at Minneapolis, Minnesota after being involved in an automobile-pedestrian accident.

    She was born on August 4, 1958 I Altus, Oklahoma the daughter of Irvin J, Simmons and Fay Tekubie.

    She lived in the Clinton area as a small child and attended school here before moving to California where she graduated from high school.

    She attended Salinas, Minnesota College and had lived in Minnesota for the past 12 years, doing clerical work. Cynthia was full-blood Choctaw and in the process of moving back to Clinton.

    Cynthia was preceded in death by her father, Irvin J. Simmons and step-father, Leland Roman.

    Survivors include her mother, Fay Tekubie Roman of Big Bear, California, a daughter, Buffy Lorenzo of Acoma, New Mexico; a son, Whirlwind Lorenzo also of Acoma; a sister, Terri F. Gilvin of Big Bear City; four brothers, William Simmons of Seattle Washington, Larson Simmons of San Francisco, California Steven Roman of Naytahwaush, Minnesota, Warrior Roman; a grandson, Ramon Lorenzo of Acoma and Aunt Marie Tekubie of Oakland, California.

  • George W. Scott

    George W. Scott

    Born: 7/13/1912

    Died: 9/12/1997

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    MGeorge W. Scott age 85, passed away on September 12, 1977 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was born July 13, 1912, to George Sr. and Alice McCurtain Scott in Kinta, Oklahoma.

    He was the Grandson of the late Governor Green McCurtain. The last Principal Chief of the Choctaw Nation, in Indian Territory. He was married to the former Sara E. Smith.

    Survivors include his wife, Sara, of the home; one sister, Vernona S. Wiley of Stigler, Oklahoma and one brother, McCurtain Scott of Stigler.

  • Joe Frank Statham

    Joe Frank Statham

    Born: 9/28/1915

    Died: 10/22/1997

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Joe Frank Bill Statham passed away on October 22, 1997 in Broken Arrow. He was bon September 28, 1915 in Milton Oklahoma and married Mildred Olivia Joyce December 25, 1936 in Spiro Oklahoma. His parents are the late Frank Tedford Statham and Allie Mae Folsom Statham both of Spiro. For the last few months he resided with his son in Coweta Oklahoma.

    Bill graduated from Spiro Public School in 1935 and started his work career with Swifts Meat Packing Company in Tulsa Oklahoma. He later returned to Spiro where he worked for O.C. Clayton as a fuel truck driver and ran the local power plant. During the later years of World War II he became a commercial bus driver for Crown Coach/Greyhound Bus Lines, later to become Jefferson Lines. He managed the Jefferson Bus terminal in Fayetteville Arkansas for two years and then returned to driving. He retired from Jefferson lines after 35 years. Bill was active in the Boy Scout of America as both a member and as a Scout Leader. In the past he was president of the Spiro School Board, A Spiro City Council Member and Mayor of Spiro. He was a member of Murrow Lodge # 49 for 51 years and the Amrita Grotto of Ft. Smith. He was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Spiro and a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

    He is survived by his wife, Mildred Olivia Tooter Statham of the home; one son, Larry Wayne Statham of the home; two daughters, Betsy Lynn Criswell of Muldrow and Joyce Ann Bridges of Spiro; one brother, George Albert Statham of Ft. Smith Arkansas; two sisters, Dora Ella Davies of Spiro and Virginia Jo Remer Rhoades of Stigler Oklahoma; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

  • James Wilson Sockey, Sr.

    James Wilson Sockey, Sr.

    Born: 8/28/1913

    Died: 12/18/1997

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Rev. James Wilson Sockey, Sr. age 84, of McAlester Oklahoma was bon on August 28, 1913 to Lewis and Levina (Kincaid) Sockey near Shay Point. He died on Thursday December 18, 1997 in a McAlester hospital. He was a retired minister.

    James went to school and graduated form Panama High School. He worked on the family farm near Shady Point until he enlisted in the United States Army on September 14, 1940 to serve his country with Company 1, 180th Infantry until his discharge on November 13, 1945. He returned home to the Shady Point area and was called to the ministry and received his license to preach on September 16, 1948 in Idabel. James became a minister for the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference of the United Methodist Church.

    He served as a minister at churches in Valliant, Antlers, Hugo, Whitesboro, Talihina, Quinton and Connersville. James and his wife of 43 years Mary Jane Brandy were married on November 24, 1956 in Antlers.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Zelma Sockey and a granddaughter, Cassie Nicole Sockey.

    He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane of the home; four sons, Leland and his wife, Felicia of Stigler, Oklahoma James Jr. of Kinta Oklahoma, Marvin of McAlester and Angie Ray of Tulsa, Oklahoma; four grandchildren, Kely, Kyle, Whitney and Brandy.

  • Mona Rae Smith

    Mona Rae Smith

    Born: 11/23/1935

    Died: 8/14/2007

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Mona Rae Smith, 71, of Battle Ground, Washington, passed away August 14, 2007. She was born November 23, 1935, at Fort Davis, Texas, to Otis Utah Halliburton and Julia Mae Carr, an original enrollee.

    Mona honored truth, honesty and strong work ethics above all and diligently instilled these traits in her children.

    She was preceded in death by a daughter, Helen Maureen Gibson.

    Survivors include children, Karla J. Branch, Julie S. Clayton of Alaska, Kelly D. Haifley of Washington, John D. Smith of Idaho, and Michael D. Smith; 10 grandchildren and two wonderful sons-in-law, Gary Clayton and Bob Haifley.

    Mother passed as she lived, with quiet strength and grace. She was very much loved and will be greatly missed.

  • Robert Dudley Stephenson III

    Robert Dudley Stephenson III

    Born: 12/31/1957

    Died: 11/7/2007

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Robert Dudley Stephenson III, 49, of Canyon, Texas, passed away November 7, 2007. He was born December 31, 1957, in Dennison, Iowa, to Robert Dudley and Ann Martin Stephenson.

    He graduated from Borger High School and attended college at Oklahoma State University, Texas Christian University, and West Texas State University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies. He played football for Oklahoma State University and Texas Christian University.

    Not only was Dudley an amazing father to his children, but he also gave countless hours of service to the younger generation of the panhandle. He was a father figure to every person he was involved with. His love for service through coaching radiated through the community. Not very many athletes went through Canyon High School without being trained by Dudley at some point in their life and he had an amazing gift of being able to see the hidden potential in every child. He was the perfect husband, father, son, brother and friend.

    Survivors include his wife, Tammy Stephenson of the home; children, Robbie Stephenson of Los Angeles, California, Laci Waner and husband Chris of San Antonio, Texas; Caleb Stephenson and wife Natalie of Canyon and Dana Stephenson of Canyon; a grandson, Kylen Waner; his mother, Ann Stephenson of Canyon; his father, Robert Stephenson and wife Melinda of Amarillo; a brother, Douglas Stephenson and wife Kenna of East Texas; sisters, Sarah Black and husband Charles of Amarillo, Valenica Muniz and husband Alvero of Amarillo, Elise Heil and husband Shaun of Meridian, Idaho, Tracy Dodd and husband Eric of Lake Meredith, Allison Stephenson of Amarillo and Meridith Stephenson of Amarillo; and numerous nieces and nephews.

  • Minnie Jack Guess Simons

    Minnie Jack Guess Simons

    Born: 9/14/1903

    Died: 1/5/1998

    Maiden Name: Guess

    Honorific: n/a

    Minnie Simmons age 94 of McAlester, Oklahoma passed away on January 5, 1998 in McAlester. She was born on September 14, 1903 in Bryan County Indian Territory to John and Maude Bracket Guess. She attended Goodland and Tuskahoma Indian Schools before attending the Presbyterian College in Durant.

    She married Claude D Simmons in September 1925 in Quinton Oklahoma. She retired from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and was an original enrollee of the Choctaw Tribe. She was also a member of the Victory Park Baptist Church and the Eufaula Rebekah Lodge.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sisters, Ruth Jackson and Vivian Frazier; a brother, Lester Guess; a daughter Sybil Drew Jaynes; a son, Jack F Simmons; two sons in law Ralph E. Drew Everett and Robert E Drew Sr, and a grandson, Robert E Drew Jr.

    She is survived by a daughter, Claude (Pokie) Everett of McAlester; seven grandchildren and spouses, Claudia and Gary Lester of Dayton, Nevada, Richard Simmons of Oklahoma City Oklahoma, David and Lisa Everett of McAlester Iris Ann Drew of Santa Fe, new Mexico, Stanley and Donna Drew of Tempe Arizona, Pricilla Drew of Muskogee and Michael Drew of Oklahoma City; two sisters, Zona Hastings of Carson City, Nevada, and Eloise Guess of California; a brother and sister in law, Herman Bruce and Louise Guess of California; eleven great grandchildren and spouses, Dennis and Andrea Lester of Eureka Illinois, Brian and Stacy Lester of Midwest City Oklahoma, April and Paul Savola of Dayton Nevada, Jenna and Jessica Everett of McAlester, Luke Drew of Santa Fe, Baylor Bear Drew of Tempe, Melanie Mace of Minnesota, Sarah brown of Muskogee and Serenity and Jennifer Drew of Winnebago Nebraska; six great great grandchildren and several nephews and cousins.

  • Janie Armstrong Smith

    Janie Armstrong Smith

    Born: 12/19/1903

    Died: 9/26/1997

    Maiden Name: Armstrong

    Honorific: n/a

    Janie Armstrong Smith was born on December 19,1903 in Atoka Indian Territory an passed away on September 26, 1997 in Mustang, Oklahoma. She was the daughter of Lewis William Armstrong and Eliza Jacobs Armstrong. She was an original enrollee of the Choctaw Nation and was formerly a manager of a boarding house.

    She was married to Ben Levi Smith in Coalgate.

    She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents, Lewis and Eliza Armstrong and three brothers, Edmond Buck Armstrong, Aaron H Armstrong and William Bill H Armstrong.

    Survivors include two sisters, Opal Berci of Yucaipa, California and Hildred Marlow of Atoka Oklahoma; three brothers, Sherman Armstrong of Collinsville, Oklahoma, Virgil Armstrong of Kirkland, Washington, and Fred Armstrong of Atoka; numerous niece, nephews great and great-great-nieces and nephews and lost of friends who were counter as her extended family

  • Ann-Lynne Keplar Samole

    Ann-Lynne Keplar Samole

    Born: 2/13/1949

    Died: 12/2/1997

    Maiden Name: Keplar

    Honorific: n/a

    Ann-Lynne Keplar Samole was born on February 13, 1949 and passed away on December 2, 1997.

    She was Director of Strategic Planning and Business Development at Coulter Electronics where she was employed from 1975-1993. She received her B.S. from the University of Kentucky and her M.B.A. from the University of Miami. Throughout her career she received numerous honors and appointments. She left Coulter to devote her energies to her family and community where she was President of the 200 Club, a Den Leader in the Cub Scouts, Director of DIARD (diabetes, insipidus and related disorder) and President of the Beth David School Board and Executive Board Member of her synagogue. Ann-Lynne was our family historian and thoroughly researched our Choctaw heritage. She submitted several articles to the BISHINIK including on printed in January 1998 issue. She worked tirelessly caring for the homeless mentoring her associates and constantly organizing and setting in motion projects she felt would benefit her community and the larger world. She leaves a great hold in our lives and a fine example for us to follow.

    She was preceded in death by her mother, Margaret Crabtree Keplar and a son, Jacob Samole.

    Survivors include her husband, Dr. Yale Samole; two sons, Adam and Andres; father Kenneth W Keplar; father and mother in law, Harry and Bess Samole; her sisters and brothers, Kathryn Chambers, Lisa Keplar, Sudan Schaler and Ken Keplar; her sisters in law and brothers in law, Donald Gilmore, Frances Davis, Carl Schaler, Connie Keplar, Sidney, Sharon, Myron, Sandi Stanley and Abi Samole and many nieces and nephews. Anne-Lynne was the glue that held this large and diverse family together.

  • Corinzo Ben Smith

    Corinzo Ben Smith

    Born: 3/6/1923

    Died: 12/3/2007

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Corinzo Ben Smith passed away December 3, 2007. He was born March 6, 1923, in Vian where his mother, Callie Smith, lived with her parents, Ben and Elbie Smith. He professed faith in Christ at an early age, was baptized and united with the First Baptist Church in Vian. Corinzo enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his country honorably during World War II.

    In 1941, he met and married Flora Mae Critten. From this union, 10 children were added, four preceding him in death. He worked to provide for his family as a concrete finisher in the construction industry for many years.

    Survivors include his mother, Callie Gladney of Muskogee; three sons, the Rev. Larry H. Smith Sr. and wife Delores and Corinzo Ben Smith Jr., all of Muskogee and Benjamin Smith of Sacramento, California; three daughters, Wyvette Anderson and husband Walter, Penny Smith and Loraine Smith, all of Muskogee; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; three brothers, Charles Gladney and wife Barbara and Donald Gladney and wife Dorothy, all of Muskogee, and Raymond Gladney and wife Janice of Kansas City, Missouri; three aunts, Frances Finny of Vian, Gladys Hood of Camden, New Jersey, and Della James of Tulsa, along with a caravan of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

  • Rodney Smith

    Rodney Smith

    Born: 9/19/1964

    Died: 1/9/2008

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Rodney Smith, 43, of Hugo passed away January 9, 2008, at Choctaw Memorial Hospital in Hugo. He was born September 19, 1964, in Hugo, the son of Sampson Smith and Hazel Rodriguez Smith. He lived all of his life in Hugo.

    He was preceded in death by his mother and a brother, Joel Smith.

    Survivors include his father of Hugo; two brothers, Eddy Smith and Michael Smith, both of Hugo; five sisters, Terri Frost, Shelley White, Lisa McClour and Rhonda Smith, all of Hugo, and Janie Mitchell of Millerton; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

  • Ima Jean Sexton

    Ima Jean Sexton

    Born: 10/10/1927

    Died: 11/28/1994

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Ima Jean Sexton, 67, of Broken Bow, Oklahoma died on November 28, 1994 in Broken Bow. She was born on October 10, 1927 in Goodwater Oklahoma.

    She has lived in this area 21 years moving here from Hugo. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Broken Bow.

    She was preceded in death by her mother, Edith Going, in 1941 and her grandmother, Sophie Byington in 1975.

    Her survivors include one aunt and Uncle Helen and Sam Whitehead of Broken Bow and Three cousins, Kelvin Whitehead of Seminole, Oklahoma and Lisa McCarrell and Sherry Dollarhide , both of Broken Bow and numerous relatives and friends.

  • Lorene Scott

    Lorene Scott

    Born: 4/19/1924

    Died: 2/28/1995

    Maiden Name: Harris

    Honorific: n/a

    Lorene Scott, age 70, of Wilburton, Oklahoma passes away on February 28, 1995.

    She was born on April 19, 1924 in LeFlore, Oklahoma to Daniel Harris and Dora Jack Harris.

    She was a homemaker and a member of the Boiling Springs Baptist Church of Wilburton.

    She is survived by three daughters, Nora L. Scott of Wilburton, Marian R. Winlock of McAlester and Eliza J. Scott of Wilburton; two sisters, Velma Baker and Annie L. Coley both of Valliant; 19 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, Daniel Harris and Dora Jack Harris and two sons, Leroy Dealy, Sr. and David Willis Ramsey.

  • Laverne N. Shirley

    Laverne N. Shirley

    Born: 11/17/1922

    Died: n/a

    Maiden Name: Newton

    Honorific: n/a

    Laverne Newton Shirley, 72, of Stuart, Oklahoma passed away in Ardmore.

    She was born on November 17, 1922 in Stuart; she was the daughter of Robert Buzz and May Long Newton. She graduated from Turart High School and received her Bachelor Degree from Oklahoma A&M and her Masters Degree from Oklahoma University.

    She began her teaching career at Stuart School.

    She married Thomas Lee Shirley on March 31, 1950 in McAlester. They moved to Oklahoma City in 1953 where she taught at Putnam City School for 22 years.

    After the death of her husband, she returned to Stuart. She was a rancher and taught for McAlester schools retiring in 1987 after 33 years in education. She was known for being the first agriculture teacher at Stuart.

    She was a member of Stuart United Methodist Church. She was past president of Ohoyohoma Women’s Club, past president of McAlester Writers Guild and a member of Retired Teachers Association.

    She is survived by two daughters and son-in-law, Melanie Lamoine Worthman of Ardmore and Sonia and Jimmy Wilson of Stuart; three grandchildren, Danny Wilson of Stuart, Justin Waltham of Ardmore and Felicia Wilson of Stuart.

  • Oleta Mae Nicewarner Schultz

    Oleta Mae Nicewarner Schultz

    Born: n/a

    Died: 1/7/1996

    Maiden Name: Nicewarner

    Honorific: n/a

    Oleta Mae Nicewarner Schultz, 74, of Houston Texas passed away on Sunday, January 7, 1996 in a Houston hospital after a long illness.

    She was a Choctaw Indian and was a veteran of the VAC’s in the Army in World War II. She received a medical discharge.

    She was a member of the Methodist Faith and was a wife and mother for 51 years.

    She is survived by her husband, Raymond Schultz, Sr.; three sons, Raymond Schultz, Jr., of Austin, Texas, David Lee Schultz of Ft. Collins, Colorado and Keith Wayne Schultz of Houston; one daughter, Phyllis B. Charvarria of Houston; two sisters, Ruby Worhtam of Pasadena, Texas and Dorothy Cline of Conroe, Texas; one brother, Leroy Nicewarner of Bienville, Louisiana; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

  • Minerva Helene Spencer

    Minerva Helene Spencer

    Born: 5/19/1921

    Died: 6/10/2008

    Maiden Name: Gibson

    Honorific: n/a

    Minerva Helene Spencer, 87, of Tuttle passed away on June 10, 2008, at the Norman Regional Hospital. She was born May 19, 1921, in Antlers to Morris and Levicy Gibson.

    Minerva was a proud member of the Choctaw Nation. She attended Goodland Indian School in Hugo. Minerva and Maynard Spencer were united in marriage in 1957 in Oklahoma City. For several years she wrote the Bridge Creek News. Later, she wrote a weekly column called Minerva’s Corner in the Blanchard newspaper. Minerva enjoyed her family and friends. She also enjoyed her hobbies of crocheting, writing, reading, attending pow wows and visiting with her friends daily.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Maynard Spencer and Charles Johnson Pickens; son, Kirk Pickens; and sisters, Irene Watkins and Ada Perry.

    Survivors include her sons, Charles Pickens of Purcell, Eugene Pickens of Union City and Maynard Spencer of Tuttle; daughters, Betty Wolfe and Charlie of Moore, Verda Haines and Edward of Blanchard, Kathy Thompson and John of Blanchard and Myra Pierson and Mike of Purcell; grandchildren, Bryan Kitchen, Stacy Kitchen, David Haines, Tasha Wilk, Jacob Fleck, Christian Redhat, Candace Redhat and Ramona Redhat; eight great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends who will miss her greatly.

  • Bertie Shelton

    Bertie Shelton

    Born: 11/12/1918

    Died: 7/10/2008

    Maiden Name: York

    Honorific: n/a

    Bertie Shelton, 89, passed away on July 10, 2008. She was born on November 12, 1918, in Honey Grove, Texas, to Harley Stephen and original enrollee Zennie Cochanuer York.

    She married Robert Ed Shelton on January 13, 1934, in Boswell. Bertie resided in Wright City for the past 53 years. She worked for Dr. Zimmer and Dr. West in Valliant for the past 14 years. She was a homemaker, a member of the First Baptist Church in Wright City and a member of the Eastern Star. She loved quilting, crocheting, music and her job.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one sister, Bertha Maxwell, and three brothers, Rosco York, Franklin Bud York and William York.

    Bertie is survived by five sons and daughters-in-law; Jimmy Shelton of Broken Bow, Ray and Rita Shelton of Columbus, Ohio, Danny and Gina Shelton, John and Phyllis Shelton and Dooley and Katie Shelton, all of Wright City; eight daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Lee Wynn of Soper, Jo Ann and W.T. Wynn of Waxahachie, Texas, Helen Young and Charlene and Boyce Harrison, all of Wright City, Dorothy and Rusty Martin of Lake Dallas, Texas, Pauline and Jim Castleman of Halton City, Texas, Donna Wilson of Paris, Texas, and Sharon Shelton Barnett of Valliant; one brother, Henry Radford Rad York; one sister, Reatha Freeman of Hugo; 34 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, 16 great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

  • Colonel William F. Stevens

    Colonel William F. Stevens

    Born: n/a

    Died: 11/12/2008

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Colonel William F. Stevens, 92, passed away on November 12, 2008, in Livermore, California. He was born in Caddo to Eulin Stevens and Jewel Dillard Stevens.

    He will be laid to rest with full Military Honors in Arlington National Cemetery. He was the first in his family to graduate from high school. He graduated during the Great Depression. Despite the poverty brought by the Dust Bowl, he followed a recruiter’s invitation and worked his way through Indiana University mopping floors at the student union. He lettered in football as a starting tackle weighing only 185 pounds. He was proud to note he played offense and defense in the age of leather helmets with no substitutions. He became the first college graduate in his family in 1939.

    The attack on Pearl Harbor prompted him to leave his position with Phillips Petroleum to join the Army Air Corp where he served as a navigator/bombardier in the 315th Bomb Wing in WWII.

    Colonel Stevens’ military career spanned 28 years during which he flew several different types of planes throughout the world with him retiring as Director of Engineering for the U.S. Air Force.

    After the loss of his first wife, he eventually returned to Texas, where he married his high school sweetheart.

    Colonel Stevens was preceded in death by his first wife, Adna Madeline Bridges Stevens; his second wife, Inita Beaver Calder Stevens, and five brothers.

    He is survived by sisters Nadine Parker and Mary Ellen Evans; children, William Bridges Stevens, Tandy Leone Stevens Gotschall and Riley Randolph Stevens; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

  • Wesley Samuels

    Wesley Samuels

    Born: 11/24/1923

    Died: 6/1/1998

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Wesley Samuels, former Choctaw Nation Councilmember, passed away in Oklahoma City on Monday, June 1, 1998. He was 74 years old.

    He was born on November 24, 1923 in Smithville, Oklahoma to Jerry Harris and Rosie Nell Mayabb Samuels. He attended school in Smithville and Idabel and married Charleen Mowery on February 23, 1943 in Idabel.

    While working for a military insurance company, even though not required to, he enlisted in the U.S. Army.

    He served during World War II in Southern France, Rome-Arno Rhineland Ardennes and Central European with the 505 Parachute Invasion at Normandy and was awarded seven battle stars which included Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, Holland, Belgium and Germany. He was wounded several times and received the Purple Heart with two Oak Leaf Clusters, along with the Good Conduct Meal, World War II Victory Ribbon, EAME Theater Ribbon with one Silver Service Star and one Bronze Arrowhead Purple Heart.

    After the war he returned to Idabel adn then to Dumas, Texas, where he worked for the American Zinc Smelting Company and at the same time worked in the construction of homes and also a butcher. After retirement he moved to McAlesster and had lived there ever since.

    He was also a former Jones Academy Board Member. He and his wife, Charleen, published the book, The Life and Times of the Choctaw Original Enrollees”. He was the president of the Pittsburg County Council of Choctaws and worked for the Choctaws no matter what they needed.

  • Engle R. Southard

    Engle R. Southard

    Born: 4/30/1902

    Died: n/a

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Engle R. Southard, 92, of Flint, Texas formerly of Tyler, Texas passed away.

    He was born on April 30, 1902 in Bisbee, Arizona and attended Oklahoma State University. He was a member of the Chandler United Methodist Church and a retired postman serving 35 years with the U.S. Postal Service. He was a longtime Smith County resident.

    Survivors include his wife Ellen Ellis Southard of Flint; two sons, Engle D. Southard of Charleston, West Virginia and J. Mark Southward of Chicago, Illinois; one step son, George  Buddy Heitman of Tyler; two daughters, Gaye Glaser of Honolulu, Hawaii and Mary Ann Kougl of Bremerton, Washington; three brothers, Jentry Southard of Victorville, California, Charlie Southard of Cleveland, Ohio and Sonny Southard, Oklahoma; seven sisters, Eva Wallace of Norfolk, Virginia, Myra Gievers of Rivera, Arizona, Sylvia Herndon of Clovis, New Mexico, Frankie Piccolo of Oklahoma City, Velda Satterfield of Quinton, Oklahoma, Betty Ruth Bunyard of Midwest City, Oklahoma and Bew Anderson of Belen, New Mexico; nine grandchildren.

  • Aaron Thomas Stokes

    Aaron Thomas Stokes

    Born: 2/7/1940

    Died: 6/15/1995

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Aaron Thomas Stokes, 55, of San Fernando California was born on February 7, 1940 to Mary E. Harkins Stokes and William Stokes in Ada, Oklahoma. He passed away on June 15, 1995.

    He is survived by his sister, Sharon Little of Lake View Terrace, California; daughter, Bambi Harlett of Tacoma, Washington; two sons, Aaron T. Stokes, Jr. of Portland, Oregon and Lonnie Stokes of Newhall, California; parents Marty Harkins and William Stokes of Sun Valley California.

  • Virgil Samuels

    Virgil Samuels

    Born: 12/24/1946

    Died: 1/17/2009

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Virgil O. Samuels, 62, of Idabel passed away January 17, 2009, at Mercy Hospital, Oklahoma City. He was born December 24, 1946, in Talihina, the son of the Rev. Eli and Minerva Ward Samuels.

    He was a member of Kulli Chito Presbyterian Church in Bethel. He enjoyed playing music with the church, watching sports, especially OU Sooners football, and he loved to make people laugh.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Naomi Ruth Taylor; and a brother, Jonathon Samuels.

    Survivors include three sons, Chris Samuels of Norman, Fabian Samuels of Wewoka and Dion Samuels of Norman; daughters, Stacey Samuels of Wewoka and Kelly Wade of Oklahoma City; brothers, Gavin Samuels of Del City and Leland Samuels of Germany; eight sisters, Olivene Wadley of Norman, Ruby Taylor of Antlers, Lois Samuels of Kansas, Laura Wells of Valliant, Loretta Heuberger of Hugo, Sharon Walker of Bartlesville, Sherlene Samuels of Denton, Texas, and Leah Samuels of Oklahoma City; one grandchild, Elise Wade; one aunt, Jan Francis; one uncle, Norris Samuels; several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

  • Edith L. Cook Simmons

    Edith L. Cook Simmons

    Born: 10/12/1919

    Died: 12/20/1991

    Maiden Name: Cook

    Honorific: n/a

    Former longtime Wenatchee resident Edith L. Simmons, 72, of Chelan, died Friday December 20, 1991 in Lake Chelan Community Hospital at Chelan.

    She was born October 12, 1919 to Olen and Annie (Danenhour) Cook at Kellyville, Oklahoma. Annie was an original Choctaw Enrollee. She married Chris Simmoms on July 7, 1939 at Bentonville, Arkansas. They moved to Washington in 1941 and lived at Wenatchee until moving to Chelan four years ago.

    Survivors include her husband, at home; a son, Olen Simmons of Wenatchee; a daughter, Annette Robinson of Reno, Nevada; and one grandson, David Robinson of Seattle, Washington and two great-grandsons, David and Olen Robinson of Anchorage, Alaska.

    The Rev. Kenneth Briggs officiated. Private Committal and Interment was at Wenatchee Cemetery, next to her mother.

  • Robert H. Sockey

    Robert H. Sockey

    Born: 3/19/1915

    Died: 1/3/1989

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Choctaw Robert H. Sockey (Bob), passed away January 3, 1989 Near Bokoshe at the age of 73.

    He was born March 19, 1915 at Bokoshe, Oklahoma. He attended grade school at the Jones Academy Indian School, Hartshorne, Oklahoma. He attended High School at Panama, Oklahoma for two years before joining the Civilian Consecration Corps, Indian Division Five Civilized Tribes at Bull Hollow Camp, Oklahoma.

    He served with Company I of the 180th Infantry Regiment, 45th Division during World War II.

    Services were held at the Freewill Baptist Church in Panama with Reverend Carl G. Pugh officiating. Burial was in the Johnico Indian Cemetery west of Panama. He was very active in community affairs.

    He is survived by one sister, Evalena W. Garrison of Woodward, Oklahoma; three brothers, Elza of Hackensack, New Jersey, Reuben L. of Tuskahoma, Clennon e. of Mudlrow and several nieces and nephews.

  • Jasper J. Scott

    Jasper J. Scott

    Born: 8/15/1920

    Died: 4/18/1989

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Rev. Jasper J. Scott, 68 year old Atoka Co. minister, passed away April 18, 1989.

    Mr. Scott was born August 15, 1920 in Choctaw County, the son of Samson and Margaret Crowder Scott.

    He was married April 9, 1952 in Hugo to Savannah Williams who survives him.

    Mr. Scott was a WWII veteran with the 440th Automatic Weapons Battalion who went through 5 major battles, receiving a Good Conduct Medal, four Hash Marks, a Unit Citation, five Bronze Stars and one Silver Star.

    He had been a Choctaw Cumberland Presbyterian Minister for 23 years throughout the Choctaw Nation and served a term as Choctaw Councilman. He was highly respected by all who knew him. He died peacefully in his sleep.

    Survivors include: his wife, Savannah of the home in Tushka; two daughters, Margaret Bohanon and Stella Hardy, both of Atoka; seven sons, Preston Scott of Douglas, KS, Sampson Scott of Sherman, TX, Ronald and Jimmie Scott of Tushka, Roger and Martin of McAlester and Nathan of Atoka; 18 grandchildren; one brother, Jesse Scott of Atoka; two sisters, Lorena Cooper of Stringtown and Naomi Johnson of Choctaw; and a host of nieces and nephews.

    Services were held at Atoka Funeral Home. Chapel with Rev. Lee Burris and Randy Jacobs performing services in Choctaw and English with Rev. Elwood Ludlow on Stand-by. Burial was in Coal Creek Presbyterian Cemetery.

    Pallbearers were James Nelson, Leon LeFlore, Marty Bohanon, Woody Marris, Frank Peters and Frank Cruse. Alternate pallbearers were T.R. Nelson, Jr., and Nathan Daney.

    THANKS: The family of Jasper J Scott would like to express their appreciation to everyone who sent cards, food, flowers, offered condolences, provided assistance and support during our time of sorrow and to those who showed their respect at the death of our father and husband. Thanks also to Jerry Haney and members of The Vietnam Era-Veteran Inter-Tribal Association for furnishing Jasper J Scott with a full military salute.

  • James Martin Spring

    James Martin Spring

    Born: 8/30/1924

    Died: 12/7/2006

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    James Martin J.M. Spring, 82, of Waco, Texas, passed away December 7, 2006, in a Waco hospital. He was born August 30, 1924, to John and Ruth Spring in the Horton Community in east Texas. Upon graduation from Commerce High School, he enlisted in the Army and served in the Philippines in World War II. After being honorably discharged from the Army, J.M. enrolled in East Texas State Teachers College where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

    While attending college, J.M. met Imogene Dunn of Cooper, Texas. They married on July 9, 1948, in Commerce, Texas.

    J.M. spent 32 years as an educator in Texas, serving as a teacher, coach, and administrator. His years were spent in the school districts of Honey Grove, Commerce, Mt. Pleasant, Seymour, Graham, and Crandall. He spent his retirement years farming in Delta County.

    Following the death of his wife in the late 1990s, he moved to Paris, Texas, where he was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church. J.M.’s final years were spent in Waco.

    He was very proud of being a member of the Choctaw Nation. Ancestors on his paternal side can be traced from Mississippi to Oklahoma on the Trail of Tears.

    J.M. was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; brother, John Dennis Spring; and sister, Lorene Spring Palmer.

    Survivors include three daughters, Peggy Spring of San Antonio, Texas, Judy Spring of Waco and Sherry Spring Harmon of Fort Worth, Texas; four grandchildren, James Kaspar of Aubrey, Texas, Sarah Kaspar of Curitiba, Brazil, Daniel Harmon of Kilgore, Texas, and Stephanie Harmon of Houston, Texas; one great-grandchild, Sydney Kaspar of Aubrey; five siblings, Katherine Spring Chilton of Commerce, Susie Spring West of Mena, Arkansas, Faye Spring Ingram and Margie Spring Williams of Quinlin, Texas, and Jack Spring of Commerce; and numerous nieces and nephews.

  • Seth S. Smith

    Seth S. Smith

    Born: 8/13/1917

    Died: 9/9/2006

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Seth S. Pete Smith, 89, of Tamaha, Oklahoma, passed away September 9, 2006, in Tulsa. He was born August 13, 1917, in Crowder, Oklahoma, to Theodore and Hazel Smart Smith.

    Mr. Smith was a World War II veteran and served in the South Pacific. He lived in the Tamaha area for 53 years and was a retired farmer. He loved hunting and fishing and was a longtime member of the Tamaha Free Will Baptist Church.

    He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; two brothers and two sisters.

    Survivors include two daughters, Loretta Burge and husband McArther of Tulsa and Charlotte Smith of Stigler; three sons, Dick Smith of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Larry Smith and wife Linda of Tulsa and Charlie Smith and wife Marcia of Poteau; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

  • Edward Duane Southard

    Edward Duane Southard

    Born: 7/3/1933

    Died: 10/28/2006

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Engle Duane Southard passed away peacefully on October 28, 2006, with his wife, Shelley, and daughter, Emily, by his side. He was born July 3, 1933, in Clovis, New Mexico, the son of Engle Southard and Revel Crorey.

    He graduated from the University of New Mexico with a B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering. He spent his dedicated career at Union Carbide and retired from DOW Chemical in 2002. Engle was known for his passion for life including his own Native American art, appreciation of nature, and his athletic ability. The passion he has inspired in others will be left as his legacy. He will be missed greatly. His parents preceded him in death.

    Survivors include his son, Steven Southard; daughter, Paula Glaser; brother, Mark Southard; and sisters, Gaye Glaser and Mary Ann Kougl.

  • Amos Sorrells

    Amos Sorrells

    Born: 12/11/1932

    Died: 6/19/2006

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    MAmos Sorrells passed away June 19, 2006. He was born December 11, 1932.

    The Sorrells family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to Chief Gregory E. Pyle and Assistant Chief Mike Bailey as we were extremely honored by the participation of the Choctaw Nation Color Guard honoring us at the funeral of Amos Sorrells. Amos was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served this great nation during the Korean War. He was very proud of his Choctaw heritage.

  • Vera B. Shelton

    Vera B. Shelton

    Born: 5/31/1919

    Died: 4/27/2006

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Vera B. Shelton passed away April 27, 2006. She was born May 31, 1919, to Sarah Evaline Oakes and Lewis Bevan. She was a lifelong resident of Choctaw County and a member of First Baptist Church, Hugo.

    She began working for the Indian Health Services in 1958 and for 26 years took great pride in helping those who came to the clinic. She was particularly knowledgeable about her Choctaw ancestry, enjoying genealogy, planning reunions and sharing history with others.

    While oil painting and gardening were hobbies, her excellent cooking skills endeared her to her family, even drawing her into catering for a while. She was very active until a recent period of declining health.

    Her husband, George A. Shelton Sr., preceded her in death.

    Survivors include her daughters, Ava and husband Craig Terry of Southlake, Texas, and Pat and husband David Johnson of Bethany; her son, Dr. George A. Shelton and wife Patti of Norman; three grandchildren, Mark Johnson, Lt. Col. Gregg Shelton and Dana Floyd, as well as several extended grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters, Lillie Bowman, Myrtle Bevan and Hazel Platten; and brother, Louis Bevan.

  • Anna Mae Stinson

    Anna Mae Stinson

    Born: 10/29/1906

    Died: 5/3/2000

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Anna Mae Stinson, 93, of Boswell, Oklahoma passed away in May 3, 2000 at her residence in Boswell, Oklahoma. She was born October 29, 1906 in Boswell, the daughter of John Frazier and Mary (Steward) Frazier and had lived all her life in the Boswell area.

    She was a homemaker and a member of Goodsprings Presbyterian Church.

    She married Jack Stinson on January 24, 1926 in Boswell.

    Mrs. Stinson was preceded in death in death by her husband on January 8, 1988; her parrents; three sisters, Emma Phillips, Virgie Belvin and Ella Phillips, and one brother, Ben Frazier.

    Survivors include one foster daughter, Rhonda Robinson of Boswell; two foster grandchildren, Mary Kaye Robinson and Toby Wayne Robinson, both of Boswell; numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and greatnephews, and many other relatives and friends.

  • Lequita "Keet" Belline Hampton Sanders

    Lequita “Keet” Belline Hampton Sanders

    Born: 8/31/1934

    Died: 10/6/2001

    Maiden Name: Hampton

    Honorific: n/a

    Lequita “Keet” Belline Hampton Sanders, 67, of Longview, Texas passed away October 6, 2001. She was born August 31, 1934 in Ada, Oklahoma to Collen and Jessie Wylie Hampton.

    Keet grew up in rural Oklahoma and attended school at Byng. She retired to Longview with her husband, U.S. Air Force MSgt. Bobby Joe Sanders, in 1976.

    She was well loved by many people in the area, especially by her family and close friends.

  • Leah Sweat

    Leah Sweat

    Born: 9/4/1905

    Died: 4/30/2001

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Leah Sweat, 95, of Tulsa, Oklahoma passed away April 30, 2001 at Tulsa. She was born September 4, 1905 in Ada, Oklahoma to Ira Jefferson and Lillie (Hampton) Carter.

    A former resident of Hugo, Oklahoma she was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and had been employed as a sales clerk. She had lived in the Hugo area most of her life. She was married to Arthur Sweat who preceded her in death in 1980.

    Also preceded her in death were a son, Robert Sweat, and a daughter, Nancy Moore.

    Survivors include a daughter, Gail Boyne of Sapulpa, Oklahoma, eight grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

  • Jentry Allan Southard

    Jentry Allan Southard

    Born: 8/9/1939

    Died: 6/1/2002

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Jentry Allan Southard, 62, passed away Saturday, June 1, 2002 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was born on August 9, 1939 in New Mexico.

    Mr. Southard was a longtime resident of San Gabriel, California. He was very proud of his Choctaw heritage. He enjoyed life to the fullest and loved people.

    Survivors include his two loving daughters, Tammy Lynn Christopherson and Tiffany Lane Southard; four grandchildren, Patrick, Brian, Ashley and MacArthur; a great-grandchild, Desiree; and a dear and beloved friend, Elaine Ingersol, Jentry will never be forgotten by his great number of close friends. We will never forget him in our hearts he will stay.

  • W.O. Smith

    W.O. Smith

    Born: 8/9/1937

    Died: 1/11/2001

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    W.O. Smith, 63, of Brunswick, Maine, formerly of Oklahoma, passed away January 11, 2001 at his home after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born August 9, 1937 in Ti Valley, Oklahoma to W.S. and Naomi (Anderson) Smith. His mother was an original Choctaw enrollee. W.O. attended Tuskahoma School and after graduating joined the U.S. Air Force where he served as an aircraft mechanic. In 1985, he moved to Branenton, Florida to be with his dad until his death that same year. Mr. Smith met his wife in 1989 in Sarasota, Florida. They did a lot of traveling together and returned to her home state of Maine in 1994. He was then hired by L.L. Bean, where he remained until his illness. He took great pride in his position as a Quality Assurance Auditor.

    Mr. Smith was an avid acoustic guitar player and country/blues singer. He enjoyed fishing, camping, gardening and watching car races. Most of all he loved to spend time with family and friends. He shared his talents of singing and playing guitar by volunteering at a local nursing home. He will surely be missed by all who knew him.

    A member of the Choctaw Nation, he was planning to retire in Oklahoma. Whenever possible, he returned to his Grandpa’s house where he often shared memories with family and friends about his youth. In his soft-spoken quiet manner he would tell tales of school friends, family and Choctaw ways. Upon visiting Oklahoma, close friends and family would welcome him with his favorite Choctaw dish, Pashofa, and cornbread. Mr. Smith was very proud of his Native American heritage.

    Survivors include his wife, Kathleen od Brunswick; a son, Billy Don Smith of Arizona; a daughter, Linda Knight of Poteau, Oklahoma; a sister, Nelma E. Nelson of Plano, Texas; two grandsons, three step-daughters of Maine, seven stepgrandchildren of Maine and nieces and nephews of Texas.

    His wife would like to extend a special heartfelt thank you to Ed Tackett for his kind help and support and Dee King for his thoughtful generosity.

  • Ola Bea Steiger

    Ola Bea Steiger

    Born: 1/25/1918

    Died: 5/2/2003

    Maiden Name: Parnell

    Honorific: n/a

    Ola Bea Steiger, 85, also known as “Grannie Goose,” passed away May 2, 2003, surrounded by her family in the comfort of her daughter’s home in Cloverdale, California. She was born January 25, 1918 in Muse, Oklahoma, the daughter of Thomas Omer Parnell and Roxie Leona (Kennedy) Parnell.

    Her brothers and sisters were Stella Jewel Moore, James Harrison Parnell, Myrtie Lee Stickle, Artie Theodore Parnell, Gracie Maybell Blake, Gladys Ethel Green, Nola Bea Blake (her twin), Opal Roxie Phillips

  • Randle Swink

    Randle Swink

    Born: 3/19/1922

    Died: 6/23/2003

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Randle Swink, 81, of Swink, Oklahoma passed away June 23, 2003 at the VA hospital in Dallas, Texas. He was born March 19, 1922 in Swink, the son of Bert R. Swink and Ina Lou (Stroud) Swink.

    Mr. Swink was a World War II Navy veteran serving with the Seabees. He Attended Swink School and Ft. Towson High School. He was in construction most of his life, most recently in Hawaii on the island of Maui where he was a genral contractor for 20 years. He returned to Choctaw County briefly in the 1950’s and worked for the State Highway Department as supervisor for the Hugo District, served as Post Commander for the Ameriican Legion in Ft. Towson, and joined the Masonic Lodge. He was president of the Barstow, California Lions Club and an officer in the Kilei Lions Club in Maui. Randle retired to Swink in 1993 with his wife, Lila, and founded the Swink Historical Preservation Association which owns and operates the District Choctaw Chief’s House at Swink where his father was born. He served on the Board of Directors for Kiamichi County Travel Guide and was an original member of the EZ/EC and Champion Community Steering committees. He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and can trace his Swink ancestors back to the Revolutionary War. A lifelong Democrat, he was Swink Precinct Chairman, served on the County Central Committee and this year was a county delegate to the state convention.

    Survivors include his wife, Lila Swink; three sons, Burt R. Swink, Jack R. Swink and David R. Swink, all of Maui; nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; four first cousins and some 100 other relatives around the country and many friends near and far.

  • Ruben Stoliby

    Ruben Stoliby

    Born: 1/18/1913

    Died: 8/8/2003

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Ruben Stoliby, 90, passed away August 8, 2003, in Vancouver, Washington. He was born January 18, 1913, in Nelson, Oklahoma, the son of Folsom and Julia Dixion Stoliby.

    Tragedy struck in 1923, which forever changed his life when both his parents died within three months leaving five orphaned boys, ages two to 17.

    Rubin married Ethal Knapp in 1931, a union that lasted 65 years until her death in 1997. He married Hilda Thomas 1998. She passed away in 1999. He then married Ginger Cambell in 2001.

    Joining thousands of others Midwesterns, fleeing the devastion of severe drought in 1938 with four and a half children, Ruben and Ethal migrated to Woodland, Washington. He maintained his home there for 65 years.

    Being in depths of the great depression, Mr. Stoliby sought any kind of work to provide food for the family. In 1942, during World War II, he went to work in the Kaiser Shipyards in Vancouver, learning to weld on navel ships for the war effort. After that he traveled all over the country working on major construction projects to support his family.

    He had a passionate love for baseball. He loved and understood all the intricacies of the game. As a young man in Oklahoma, he pitched in a sandlot league. His other passion was music. Picking his guitar, playing a harmonica and singing were major recreations in his life.

    He was also preceded in death by two wifes, Ethal Knapp and Hilda Thomas, and one son, Wayne Stoliby.

    Survivors include his wife Ginger Campell, of the home; daughters, Ruby Moll and Faye Allen of Vancouver; Joyce Nance of Portland, Oregon; a son, Wayland Don Stoliby of Vancouver, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

  • Evelyn Ruth Samelson

    Evelyn Ruth Samelson

    Born: 1/12/1908

    Died: 1/17/2001

    Maiden Name: Phillips

    Honorific: n/a

    Evelyn Ruth Samelson, 93, passed away January 17, 2001 in Idabel, Oklahoma. She was born January 12, 1908 in Redland, Oklahoma to Tob and Annie (Wilson) Phillips.

    She had been married to Robert Perryman, an Assembly of God minister. She loved going to church and serving God. She later married Harry Samelson of California and Charlie DeGroot of Idabel.

    She was preceded in death by her par-ents; four sisters, Dora, Julia, Minnie Lee and Leola, and two brothers, Jeff and Mitchell.

    Survivors include her stepdaughter, Lorraine Turner of Joshua Tree, California; nephew, Howard Brinkley of Pocasset, Oklahoma; two nieces, LaVerne Hoffman of Oklahoma City and Lorene Bartlett of Chickasha, Ok1ahoma; cousins, Bob Brinkley of Idabel, Mitchell Brinkley of Ada, Oklahoma, Helen Clouse Ray of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, Dovie Gunby of Pioneertown, California and Aline City of the Redland community; a host of fiiends and church family.

  • Minerva Samuels

    Minerva Samuels

    Born: 1/15/1925

    Died: 1/4/1996

    Maiden Name: Ward

    Honorific: n/a

    Minerva Samuels was born on January 15, 1925 to Henry and Amanda Ward in Honobia, Oklahoma. She passed away on January 4, 1996 at the age of 70 years, 11 months and 19 days.

    She was a homemaker and loved her family. Minerva was a member of the Springhill Presbyterian Church and belonged to the Presbyterian Women’s Ministries and enjoyed gardening. She had lived in the community for 25 years before moving from Honobia.

    Minerva attended Honobia Elementary School and nurses training in Tempe, Arizona. She married Eli Samuels and as he attended Cook Training School in Tempe, She and the wife’s of Future Pastors were very instrumental in the caring and comfort of their children and husbands.

    After Eli completed his training in Tempe, he was ordained into the Christina ministry. Ah his pastoral work began and continued, Minerva was an inspiration, a devoted and untiring helper to her husband. Always encouraging, always giving and always serving to the best of her ability.

    Being faithful with love, honor and respect for his ministry and as a dedicated wonderful pastor’s wife.

    This trait, this character reflected to her children and grandchildren. She loved and supported all her children’s activities in elementary and high school. Minerva believed wholeheartedly in the Christian values of child rearing by bringing them up in the training and admonition of the Lord. This means lost of loving, lots of instructing in God’s ways and always being there for them.

    She accepted the Bible as the Holy, inspired living word of God. It is God’s personal conversation with each of us, just as a prayer is our person conversation with him. One of her favorite scriptures was John 14:15-16; A new command I give you; Love one another, as I have loved you, so you must love one another. All mean will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, in death by her husband, Reverend Eli Samuels; one daughter, Naomi Samuels Taylor; an infant son, Jonathan Samuels; two brothers, Calvin and Sherman Ward and one sister, Carrie Ludlow.

    She is survived by three sons, Virgil Samuels of Dubuque, Iowa , Gavin Samuels of Broken Bow , Oklahoma and Leland D. Samuels of Venis Italy; eight daughters, Olivine Samuels of Norman, Oklahoma Ruby Taylor of Antlers, Oklahoma, Lois Hazel of Decatur, Arkansas Laura Wells of Horatio, Arkansas, Loretta Taylor of Antlers, Oklahoma, Sherlene Samuels of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; four brothers and four sisters; one grandson she had raised since the age of tow, 31 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

  • Frances Lucille Spears

    Frances Lucille Spears

    Born: 12/9/1923

    Died: 7/6/1999

    Maiden Name: Watts

    Honorific: n/a

    Frances Lucille Spears was born December 9, 1923 in New Hope, Oklahoma to Clyde Watts and Martha Jane Watts. She passed away July 6, 1999 in McAlester, Oklahoma.

    She is survived by her husband, Earl Spears of the home; daughter, Betty Early Compton of McAlester; son, and daughter in law Clyde Wayne and Alice Ann Spears of Hartshorne, Oklahoma; sisters and broths in law, Nancy and Dr. James Miller of McAlester, Oklahoma and Mildred and Chub Henderson of Muskogee, Oklahoma; grandchildren and spouses, Jeff and Shana Compton of Durant, Oklahoma, Craig and Meredith Compton of McAlester, and Clyde Ray Spears , Brad Spears, Brandon Spear and Riana Spears, all of Hartshorne; great-grandchildren, Taylor Compton, Kendyl Compton, Ryan Compton, Kelby Compton and Kason Brett Compton.

    She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Mose A. Watts and Jonny Clyde Watts.

  • Rebecca Sue Sant

    Rebecca Sue Sant

    Born: 10/26/1949

    Died: 2/20/2004

    Maiden Name: Brandy

    Honorific: n/a

    Rebecca Sue Sant, 54, passed away February 20, 2004. She was born October 26, 1949, in Stonewall, Oklahoma, to the Rev. Lewis and Donna Brandy.

    A loving mother, grandmother and sister, Rebecca lived her life for her children. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her as Mom, Meme and Aunt Sue.

    Survivors include a daughter, Kiwanna Sant of Durant, Oklahoma; a son, Garron Sant Jr. of Durant; two grandsons, Zachary of Durant and Montrel of Dallas, Texas; two granddaughters, Anissa and Isabella, both of Durant; three sisters and one brother, Mary Sockey of McAlester, Oklahoma, Helen Wilson of Garland, Texas, Geraldine Tipps of Dallas and Lewis Brandy Jr. of Antlers, Oklahoma.

  • Catherine (Taylor) Sexton

    Catherine (Taylor) Sexton

    Born: 12/28/1925

    Died: 1/29/2004

    Maiden Name: Taylor

    Honorific: n/a

    Catherine (Taylor) Sexton, 78, passed away January 29, 2004, at Atoka, Oklahoma. She was born December 28, 1925, at Finley, Oklahoma, to Archibald and Lena (Noah) Taylor.

    Catherine spent her childhood in Finley until school age. She attended the Goodland Indian School in Hugo, Oklahoma. While at Goodland she met Daniel Sexton, her future husband. After completing the 11th grade, and while waiting for Daniel to return from serving his country overseas during World War II, she worked as a rivet girl helping build aircraft at Douglas Field, now known as Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City. When Daniel returned, they were married on August 7, 1945, and to this union God blessed them with four children.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Sexton, on July 8, 2003; a granddaughter, Catherine Fixico; her parents, Archibald and Lena Taylor; a sister, Rhoda Notah, and three sisters-in-law, Edith Greenwood, Beatrice Casey and Betty Watkins.

    Survivors include two sons, Michael Sexton and Daniel Terry Sexton; two daughters, Lena Maturino and Cleta Mata; 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

    Mrs. Sexton was a very special wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

  • Forrest J. Siems

    Forrest J. Siems

    Born: 11/30/1925

    Died: 4/4/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Forrest J. Siems, 78, passed away April 4, 2004. He was born November 30, 1925, in Shiner, Texas, to Herbert and Lilly (Pavlicek) Siems. He married Mary Beams on March 15, 1949.

    Mr. Siems had been very involved in Candlelight Plaza Civic Club. He was a longtime member of All Saints Catholic Church in Houston and was retired from Southern Pacific Railroad. Since retiring, he had enjoyed traveling and attending reunions.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Floyd John Siems; grandparents, Vincent and Agnes Pavlicek and Gerhardt and Hedwig (Wick) Siems.

    Survivors include his loving wife, Mary; two daughters, Shelly Narciso and her husband, John, and Syd Motal; three granddaughters, Nicole, Kassidy and Kendall.

  • Mary "Starlie" Smith

    Mary “Starlie” Smith

    Born: 1/10/1910

    Died: 2/12/2004

    Maiden Name: Fitzer

    Honorific: n/a

    Mary “Starlie” Smith, 94, passed away February 12, 2004, in Shafter, California. She was born January 10, 1910, in Kinta, Oklahoma, to William and Lorenda Fitzer.

    She was a graduate of Shafter High School and married Ed Smith on February 23, 1927, in Stigler, Oklahoma. Starlie enjoyed her life and loved camping, fishing, reading, quilting and sewing. She was also an avid Avon bottle collector.

    She was preceded in death by her sons, Michael and George.

    Survivors include her son, Kenneth Smith and wife, Omega, of Shafter; daughter, Margie and husband, Alvin White, of Taft and JoAnn and husband, Dee Aller, of Whittier; sisters, Mary Jo Webb of Oklahoma and Naomi Brewer of Atascadero; nine grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

  • John Bob Spain

    John Bob Spain

    Born: 11/21/1910

    Died: 5/18/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    John Bob Spain, 93, passed away May 18, 2004, at Willis Knighton Pierremont after a brief illness. He was born November 21, 1910, in Duncan, Oklahoma, the son of Granger P. Spain and Lula M. Shelton Spain.

    Mr. Spain was a retired gas distributor, a member of First Baptist Church in Vivian, Louisiana, and was a resident of Vivian for 55 years.

    He was preceded in death by his daughter, Geraldine Lankford.

    Survivors include his wife of 75 years, Beatrice Spain, of Vivian; sons, Robert Spain and wife, Billie Ann, of Longview, Texas, Ronald Spain and wife, Bobbie, and Donald Spain and wife, Sondra, all of Gray, Texas; daughter, Ollie Terhune and husband, Steve, of Blanchard, Louisiana; sisters, Maude Bounds of Vivian and Christine Nelson of Bossier City, Louisiana; eleven grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

    The family would like to express their special appreciation to the doctors and nurses at Willis Knighton Pierremont and North Caddo Medical Center for the care John Bob received during his illness.

  • Virgil Delano Stafford

    Virgil Delano Stafford

    Born: 10/26/1937

    Died: 5/6/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Virgil Delano Stafford, 66, of Eagletown, Oklahoma, passed away May 6, 2004, in Texarkana, Texas. He was born October 26, 1937.

    Virgil was affiliated with Panki Bok Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Panki Bok Community in Eagletown. He was a retired oil field foreman. He loved to camp, fish and hunt. He also enjoyed all church functions, going to singings and spending time with his family and friends.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Jessie and Louisa Stafford; brothers, Charlie Stafford and J.D. Stafford, and sister, Geraldine Stafford.

    Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Virgil Jr. and Anna Stafford of Huntington Beach, California; daughters and son-in-law, Kim Stafford of Irvin, California, and Nicky and John Scharbach of Huntington Beach; brothers, Richard Stafford of Canton, Texas, and Vernon Stafford of Durant, Oklahoma; sister, Fern Stafford of Broken Bow, Oklahoma; seven grandchildren, Justin Miller, Zachary Miller, Eric Stafford, Steven Stafford, Tessa Scharbach, Taylor Scharbach, and David Scharbach; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; special friend, Christine Simpson, and a host of friends.

  • Flodell Sellers

    Flodell Sellers

    Born: 8/7/1937

    Died: 12/19/2004

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Flodell Sellers, 67, passed away December 19, 2004, at the St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta, Georgia. She was born August 7, 1937, in Bennington, Oklahoma, to Robert David and Ada (Wesley) Frazier.

    She was a former resident of Bennington. A loving and strong-willed woman, she loved life and enjoyed being around her family, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed the laughter and feeling of comfort her family gave her. She was a very special mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great-grandmother to all of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, daughters-in-law and sons-in-law. She also enjoyed being around her many friends.

    Flodell was truly loved by many and will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her.

    She was preceded in death by her son, Hansel Veston Sellers Jr.

    Survivors include sons, Charles Wayne Sellers of Bennington, Oklahoma, Ricky Dale Sellers of Grovetown, Georgia, and Christopher Shane Sellers of Dilley, Texas; daughters, Carol Ann Rivetti of Newtown, Pennsylvania, Margaret Sue Flores of Las Vegas, Nevada, Jonell Hernandez of Houston, Texas, and Flora Darlene Eppinger of Phoenix, Arizona; 26 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.