Funeral services were held May 6 for Donald Eugene Brewer at the Holdenville Nazarene Church.
Mr. Brewer was born Jan. 20, 1943 in Holdenville to Recil Eugene Brewer and Reva Loretta (Dooley) Brewer and died May 2, 2013 in Oklahoma City at the age of 70.
A 1961 graduate of Spaulding High School, he later served in the Oklahoma National Guard. On Oct. 5, 1963, he married Linda Wonella Timmons in Holdenville. Mr. Brewer was a plumbing, heat and air contractor for many years. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, horse racing and golf with his best friend, his son Ryan.
He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and numerous other relatives.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Wonella Brewer; a son, Donald Ryan Brewer and Britnie of Holdenville; a sister, Vicki Lynn Stotts of Holdenville; a brother, Kenneth Wayne Brewer and wife Gayle of Byng; mother-in-law, Audra Timmons of Holdenville; sister-in-law, Jeannie Hill of Shawnee; brother-in-law, Dan Timmons and Martha of Conroe, TX.; nephews, Toby Brewer, Kim, Tyler and Sydney of Moore, Paul Hightower, Kay and Reece of Elk City, James Edwards, Mikal, Carter and Charlee of Lookeba; nieces, Julie Hightower of Holdenville, Janet Lyn White, Keith, Zachery and Keiton of Ninnekah; three special granddaughters, Summer, Taylor and Jessica; a host of other relatives and many friends.
Pallbearers were Tony Carpenter, Gary Whitton, Steve Huff, Steve Enos, Gary Brinlee and Larry Scroggins. Honorary pallbearers were Wayne Howard, Lloyd Collis, John Gibbs, Victor Pryor and Harold Heath.
Interment followed services at Holdenville Cemetery under the direction of Fisher Funeral Home of Holdenville.
Funeral services will be held Friday, May 10 at 2 p.m. for Wayne Matthews at the Dustin Assembly of God Church with Rev. Bob Wingo, pastor, and Rev. Don Williamson officiating.
Mr. Matthews was born March 3, 1941 in Hanna to Benjamin F. Matthews and Bessie Morton Matthews and died May 8, 2013 in Ada at the age of 72.
Raised in Hanna and as a young child he attended Hanna School. When he was only 10 years old his father died and a short time later he relocated to Dustin with his mother. There he attended the Dustin School. His family often did seasonal farm and crop labor in California. While doing farm labor one summer he met Claudia Rogers and they were married in 1959 in Fresno. They returned to Dustin where they made their lifelong home. Mr. Matthews began working as an electrician and was employed for several years by OG&E in Muskogee working on various aspects of the power plant. He later began working as a truck driver transporting hazardous materials.
He was a member of the Dustin Assembly of God Church where he had served many years as a deacon and was also a long time member of the Dustin Board of Education. He loved to hunt and fish until his failing eyesight hindered his activities. But he continued to enjoy raising animals, especially goats and chickens, and spending time with his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Claudia, of the home; a son, J.D. and wife Jo Anna of Dustin; a brother, Kenneth and wife Lou of Broken Arrow; a sister, Margaret Nicholson of Bowlegs; five grandchildren, one great grandson, along with several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
His nephews, Andy Amann, Adam Amann, Will Rogers, Jason Rogers, Billy Mott and Mark Mott will serve as pallbearers.
Interment will follow services in the Dustin Cemetery under the direction of Williamson-Spradlin Funeral Home of Wetumka.
Funeral services were held May 7 at the Calvin High School auditorium for Tanya Iker Harris with Rev. Walter Kuhlman and Luke Kuhlman officiating.
Mrs. Harris was born July 19, 1976 in Holdenville to Phillip and Kathy Frederick Iker and died May 3, 2013 at her home in Calvin.
Raised in Calvin, she attended Calvin Schools and graduated there. Mrs. Harris was raising her family in Calvin and was employed by the Calvin School System for 15 years as a second grade teacher. She married Bill Harris on July 24, 1998. Mrs. Harris was affectionately known as "Panda" by her grandchildren. She loved being with children daily giving each one her special attention, hatching baby chickens and sharing them with the youngsters. She shared other loves: gardening, animals and her genuine love of life and learning.
She was preceded in death by a son, Michael “Chea” Austin and her father, Phillip Iker in 2012.
Survivors include her husband, Bill Harris of the home, five children: Danielle Anderson and husband Jesse of Calvin and their daughter Jaida, Joe Robert Harris of Alva, Abigail Catherine Harris of the home, Hannah Janae Lea Harris of the home; a nephew, G-Man Martinez of the home; Christina Dawson and her son Charlie were under her wings; her mother, Kathryn Iker of Calvin; one brother, Brian Iker and wife Shannon of Calvin; other beloved sisters, Lori Bulen and Katrina Holman; a host of other family members and friends.
Pallbearers were Carl, Scott and Cody Frederick, Mark Bulen, Corey D. Martin and Bryant James. Honorary pallbearers were Jeremy Fultz, Bobby McDaniel, David Martinez, Ledger Dean, Leonard Brojakowski and Bobby Harris.
Burial followed services at the Calvin Cemetery.
Graveside services were held May 8 for Marvin Eugene Spencer at Resthaven Memorial Gardens east of Seminole with Rev. Frank Moppin officiating.
Mr. Spencer was born March 12, 1933 in Shreveport, LA. to Spence Spencer and Agnes (Ratcliff) Spencer and died May 3, 2013 in Ada at the age of 80.
He was brought up in Fitztown and Wewoka, and was a graduate of Wewoka High School. Mr. Spencer served in the U.S. Army with the 45th Division Thunderbirds in Korea and was awarded the Bronze Star. He worked for the Rock Island Railroad in various capacities, including Conductor and for PanAm Airlines. He also worked in the oilfield, where he acquired the nickname ‘Smooth Operator’. He married Opal (Wallace) King in Eldorado, AR., and has lived the past several years in Okemah. Mr. Spencer was an avid OU fan and loved to gamble at casinos.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Kim Spencer; one stepson, Randy King; and one sister, Nadine Jackson.
Survivors include his wife, Opal, of the home; two children, Sheryl Spencer Austin and Mark Spencer, both of Shawnee; five stepchildren: Cheryl King, Stanley King and Jeff King, all of Eldorado, AR., Beverly Namath of Virginia and Greg King of Austin, TX.; four grandchildren: Ricci Michelle Austin (John McPherson) of McLoud, Michael Dane Austin (Amanda) of Edmond, Andrew Spencer and Tosha Spencer; 11 stepgrandchildren: Stephanie King, Timothy King, Autumn Ryleigh King, all of Eldorado, AR., Lauren Namath and Joshua Namath, both of Virginia, Trina King, Rachel King and Randy King, all of Eldorado, AR., Greg King Jr., Desuree King and Angela King, all of Austin, TX.; seven great-grandchildren: Tallen, Destiny, Corbin, Madison, Syndey, Brie and Chelsea; many other relatives and friends, including two close friends, Arthur Orsburn of Wewoka and Melvin Morgan of Okemah.
Honorary pallbearers were Arthur Orsburn and Melvin Morgan.
Services were under the direction of Fisher Funeral Home of Holdenville.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 9 at 2 p.m. for Lois Jean (Sister) Harjo at the Kialegee Life Center in Wetumka with Rev. Mark Smith and Rev. Bill Hobia officiating.
Ms. Harjo was born July 29, 1956 in Wetumka to Henry Harjo, Sr. and Judy Mae Wesley Harjo and died May 5, 2013 at her home in Wetumka at the age of 56.
Raised in Wetumka, she attended the Wetumka School system and graduated from WHS in 1974. She made Wetumka her lifelong home. For 20 years, Ms. Harjo worked for Pioneer Nursing Home as a Certified Nurse Aide. Later, she worked for the Creek Nation Head Start program in Yeager and as a driver for the Kialegee Tribal Town public transportation system. Ms. Harjo loved to sew and spend time with her family. She is remembered as a wonderful cook and she enjoyed fixing meals for large family gatherings. She was an active member of Grace Baptist Church in Wetumka.
Two children, Justin and Darla, her parents and a brother, Melford Hobia preceded her in death.
Survivors include her five children, James Harjo and wife Kerry of Wetumka, Kevin Harjo of Ranger, TX., Michael Fields of Weleetka and Courtney Eaton and Kimberly Shelby of the home; three brothers, Henry Harjo Jr. and Andrew Harjo of Wetumka and Phyllis Jean Battle of Ranger, TX.; five grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Pallbearers will be David McGirt, Amos Yahola, Earl Pool Jr., Tiger Hobia, Cecil Fuentres, Jason Fuentres and Kenny Wayne Shelby.
Interment will follow services at the Salt Creek Indian Baptist Cemetery under the direction of Williamson-Spradlin Funeral Home of Wetumka.