A memorial service for Bradley Eugene Middleton will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at the University of Oklahoma Student Union Courtyard.
Brad was born Jan. 16, 1953 in Holdenville to Dale and Jeanne Doup Middleton and died April 1, 2016 at Integris Hospice House in Oklahoma City following a long illness.
He enjoyed a wonderful small-town upbringing which included the formation of lifelong friendships, sports, academics and outdoor life.
Brad attended Diamond Elementary, Holdenville Jr. High and High School, graduating in the class of 1971.
He entered the freshman class at the University of Oklahoma in 1971. He was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity, sang in the Men’s Glee Club and worked at Varsity Book Store throughout college.
Brad completed a BA in Social Work in 1975. One month following graduation, he and Ann Shiffer married on August 23, 1975 in Ardmore. At the time of his death, the couple had been married 40 years. The couple moved to Duncan in November of 1975 and lived there for 37 years before moving to Oklahoma City.
He served for 16 years as a Family Support Specialist for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. In 2006, he pursued a career in hospice/end of life social work, most recently for Faith Hospice.
Brad was a skilled outdoorsman, an avid hunter and fisherman and a crack shot.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Mary Ann Middleton.
Survivors include his wife, Ann; his son, Mark Middleton of Oklahoma City and his sisters, Lori Middleton of Holdenville and Mona Middleton of Moore as well as cousins, Richard Morgan of Beloit, WI., Craig Dearing, Patty Matney, Mona Trice, Carolyn Wright, all of Edmond, many cousins and extended family as well as and friends.
In lieu of flowers, family members request monetary contributions be made on behalf of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and the Oklahoma County Humane Society.
Funeral services were held April 19, 2016 for Brett Lee Birdcreek at the First Baptist Church in Weleetka. Interment followed at Hillcrest Cemetery in Weleetka.
Brett was born May 25, 1976 at W.W. Hastings in Tahlequah and died April 13, 2016 in Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City at the age of 39 from injuries sustained after a car accident.
He attended Weleetka Public Schools from kindergarten through the 12th grade, graduating in 1994.
Brett was a proud Weleetka Outlaw football player, a hard core Gater fan, KC Royals fan and Minnesota Vikings fan.
He loved to watch NASCAR and wrestle with his cousin Kaleb.
His grandparents, Eugene and Dora Mae Birdcreek preceded him in death.
Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Sylvia and Joe Crawford of the home; four aunts, Joyce Harrison of Weleetka, Charlene Scott of Tulsa, Bertha Birdcreek of Missouri and JoAnn Birdcreek of Clearview; three uncles, Louis Scott of Tulsa, Stanley Birdcreek of Weleetka and Marty Birdcreek of Henryetta; nine cousins who were more like his brothers, a host of other relatives and many friends.
Pallbearers were Sherman Micco, Nick Noah, George Thomas, Randy Hudson, Daniel Factor, Jarod Ware, Victor Quick and Michael Manley. Honorary pallbearers were his cousins, Roger, Bryan, Elliott, Paul Birdcreek, Jeremy Mayes, Blaine Harrison, Brandon, Shane Scott and Tommy Dale Fisher.
Arrangements were under the direction of Williamson-Spradlin Funeral Home of Wetumka and Weleetka.
Services for Pauline Poe will be held Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Stillwater with Rev. Mike Chaffin officiating.
Pauline was born Feb. 14, 1926 to William Dodson and Adra LaCompte Dodson in Dustin and died April 13, 2016 in Tulsa at the age of 90.
She attended school in Dustin.
Pauline married Joe H. Poe on July 26, 1945 in Oklahoma City. They started the Poe Cartage Trucking Business in 1961 and worked together in that business until Joe’s death in 2003. Pauline remained active in the business as long as she was able.
She was a member of the Elks.
Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband Joe, her brothers, Joe Dodson and Sam Dodson and sisters, Katherine, Sylvia and Barbara.
Survivors include one son, Joe Poe and wife Pam of Stillwater and one daughter, Paula Martin and husband Jim of Stillwater; three grandchildren, Sherry Martin, Morgan Poe and Madison Poe; four great grandchildren, Devin, Paula, Seth and Adran; a host of other relatives and many friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Mrs. Poe’s memory may be sent to Judith Karman Bristol Hospice, P.O. Box 818, Stillwater, Oklahoma, 74076.
Arrangements are under the direction of Strode Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held April 13, 2016 for Barbara Sylvetta (McCullar) House at Fisher Funeral Home’s Lillye Chapel in Holdenville. Interment followed the Vamoosa Cemetery in Vamoosa.
She was born July 29, 1976 in Pauls Valley to Raymond McCullar Jr. and Eunice (Easley) McClullar and died at her home in Davis on April 8, 2016 at the age of 39.
She was brought up and attended schools in the Antlers community.
Barbara married Jerry Wade House in 1997 in Waldron, AR.
She lived for the past 15 years in Sasakwa. Her favorite thing was music, she loved listening to music of all kinds. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Raymond Sr. and Mildred McCullar and her maternal grandparents, Rod and Delma Easley.
Survivors include her three children, Floyd House of Lavaca AR, Desaree Harjo (Zackery) of Ada, Alexas House of Holdenville; three grandchildren, Zophia Harjo of Ada, Bentley McClain of Elk City and Adrian House of Konawa; her father, Raymond McCullar Jr., and her mother, Eunice Easley, both of Wewoka; one brother, Raymond McCullar III of Antlers, and two sisters, Stacey Willis of Sasakwa and Andrea McCullar of Oklahoma City; 16 nephews, 12 nieces, six great nieces, and 10 great nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Pallbearers were Floyd House, Nick House, Jonathan Willis, Levi Willis, Micheal McCullar, Zachery McCullar and Marcos McCullar.
Services were under direction of Fisher Funeral Home of Holdenville.
Funeral services were held April 18, 2016 for Sandra Clois Fisk at the First Assembly of God Church in Wetumka with Rev. Mason Leftwich and Rev. Curt Bellinger officiating.
Sandra was born Oct. 23, 1948 to Emmitt Leftwich and Lahoma Manfield Leftwich in Wetumka and died April 15, 2016 in Weleetka at the age of 67.
She attended school in Wetumka where she excelled in playing basketball and completed her high school eduation.
Sandra loved life, adored her family and enjoyed time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She always looked ofrard to the 4th of July get together at her brother Emmitt’s house.
Sandra worked as a caregiver.
She loved dancing and had a great sense of humor.
Her mother and father and one grandchild, Aaron Smith, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her daughter, Shana Martin and husband Joe of Springdale, AR.; her son, Terry Fisk and wife Jennifer of Weleetka; her brother, Emmitt Leftwich and wife Sue of Wetumka; grandchildren, Charlotte Smith, Sissy Harley, Jacob Smith, Hailey Fisk, Aaron Fisk, Taylor Fisk and Cole Fisk; great grandchildren, Kursten Smith, David Lewis, Nick Lewis, Emma Smith, William Lewis, Zachariah Smith, Samuel Harley, Jacob Harley and Dustin Harley; a host of nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Services were under the direction of Williamson-Spradlin Funeral Home of Weleetka and Wetumka.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 16 at 10 a.m. for Billy John Hudspeth at First Baptist Church in Wetumka followed by burial at the Wetumka Cemetery.
Billy was born June 17, 1932 on Mulberry Hill near Sand Springs, Oklahoma to John Riley and Grace Rae Hudspeth and died April 12, 2016.
He grew up in Prue going to school and working on the family farm baling hay and chopping cotton.
He graduated from Prue High School in 1949. Then, he attended Oklahoma A & M for one semester.
Billy then moved with his family to Glendale, Arizona when Prue was flooded by Lake Keystone. He was then drafted into the army and served two years.
At the end of the Korean conflict he attended Grand Canyon College in Phoenix and completed his degree in education in two and a half years.
In Arizona, he met and married his wife of 53 years, Lula Moquita Wilson. They built their life together there with teaching careers and the birth of their daughters.
In 1976, he decided to move his family back to his beloved Oklahoma where they settled in Wetumka and he lived until his illness.
During his career, he enjoyed teaching in schools in Glendale, Arizona and Wetumka.
He also enjoyed raising cattle, farming, Farmall tractors and teaching his Sunday School class at First Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Lula Moquita; two daughters, Teresa Pointer and husband Mark and Dawn Fry and husband Jerry; granddaughters, Sydney and Chloe Pointer; grandsons, Ethan and Evan Fry; two sisters, Donna Rae Brown and husband Paul and Carol Salinas; his aunt, Ruth Cranford; a host of nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Services are under the direction of Williamson-Spradlin Funeral Home of Wetumka.
Graveside rites will be held Friday, April 15 at 2 p.m. for Gertrude Cline at the Wetumka Cemetery with Rev. Claude Butler officiating.
Gertrude was born Jan. 24, 1929 at Fort Gruber, Oklahoma to Henry James and Beatrice McCuistiin James and died April 10, 2016 in Seminole at the age of 87.
She was raised near Tahlequah where she attended a rural school. She dearly loved school and was saddened because she was not able to attend as much as she would have liked.
As a young lady she moved to California where she lived several years before relocating to Wetumka in about 1971. She loved it gardening, raising cattle, and other animals. She worked for many years at the Quick Way convenience store for Lawrence and Kathy White who she considered to be family.
She enjoyed sewing and baking and is remembered for baking bread for nearly everyone in town!
She was preceded in death by two sons Richard Smith and Larry Davis and by five siblings.
Survivors include her six children: Yvonne Slatter of Bakersfield, California, Marilyn Mills-Haynes of Walnut Creek, California, Cole Smith and wife Flor of Crosby, Texas, Charlene Anderson and husband Johnny of Wetumka, Diana Smith of Tucson, Arizona, and Jack Smith and wife Donna of California; her daughters-in-law Renne Smith of Dobbins, California, Sharon Davis of Bakersfield, California, Shelley Stephens of Beggs, Oklahoma, and Karla Smith of Holdenville; her brother Alford James and sister Mary James both of Tahlequah; 17 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild on the way; along with several other relatives and many friends.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Anderson, John Anderson, Charlie Anderson, Allen Smith, Jesse Smith and Andy Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be Rhett Anderson, Tyler Newton, Wyatt Ballenger, and Clay Ballenger. Interment will follow under the direction of Williamson-Spradlin Funeral Home of Wetumka.
Funeral services will be held for Anna Fish Cobble Friday, April 15 at 1 p.m. at the Sand Creek Indian Baptist Church with Rev. Harry Anderson, Pastor, officiating.
Anna was born Sept. 4, 1934 at Hanna, Oklahoma to Harper Givens and Ellen Sulphur Givens and died April 11, 2016 in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of 81.
She spent her earliest years in Hanna where she attended West Liberty School. She later attended the Eufaula Boarding School.
As a young lady she married Charlie Curtis Fish. They made their home in Tulsa for a short while before coming to Hughes County in about 1966.
She had worked at the Wetumka General Hospital and the Creek Nation Community Center but is primarily remembered as a loving wife, mother, and homemaker.
Following her husband entering the ministry they pastored the Sand Creek Indian Baptist Church some five years. He preceded her in death April 8, 1986.
She later married Billy Cobble and they made their home in Paden. He died July 3, 2004 and she soon returned to her home in Hughes County east of Wetumka.
She enjoyed working on small engines, taking care of livestock, embroidery, and she loved to play the piano. She is also one of the last of the fluent Creek language speakers. She was also preceded in death by a great granddaughter Morningstar.
Survivors include her seven children, Ellen Jean Hawzipta and husband Leon of Pawhuska, Charlie Curtis Fish, Jr. of Rapid City, South Dakota, Terry Fish of Morris, Willie Fish and wife Sue of Norman, Angela D. Fish of Wetumka, Stacy Taylor and husband Jeff of Noble, and Charlotte Conant and husband Michael of Norman; a brother James Givens of Konawa; a sister Veronica Pedersen of Des Moines, Iowa; a stepsister Lula Schwegman of Broken Arrow; her stepchildren Dennis, Laura, and Carrie; 18 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, and one great great granddaughter; along with several other relatives and many friends.
Pallbearers will be William Fish, Eli Hawzipta, Terrell Fish, Jered Fish, Eric Fish and Anthony Dutchy. Honorary pallbearers will be Jeff Taylor, Choctaw Givens, Michael Conant and Leon Hawzipta. Interment will follow services in the Sand Creek Cemetery under the direction of Williamson-Spradlin Funeral Home of Wetumka.
Services will be held Friday, April 8 for William Ronald Osborn at 2 p.m. at the East Main Church of Christ in Holdenville. Larry Bailey and Kevin Wright will officiate.
Ronald was born in rural Hughes County April 14, 1942 to Uyless and Gladys (Pruitt) Osborn and died April 4, 2016 in Oklahoma City surrounded by his family singing his favorite song, “I’ll Fly Away.”
He was raised in the Wetumka area and attended schools at Lone Oak, Wetumka and Moss. He was a graduate of the Moss High School Class of 1960.
On Sept. 12, 1960, he went to work for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company and retired from there on Aug. 1, 1998.
Ronald and Phyllis Towery were married on Aug. 5, 1961 at the East Main Church of Christ in Holdenville. To this union three children were born.
In his younger days, he enjoyed hunting and fishing and traveling. He and Phyllis have taken a lot of car trips over the years.
In his later years, Ronald enjoyed trips to McDonalds for coffee and visiting.
No matter what he did, family always came first. He loved his family deeply and sincerely. He loved big family gatherings and big meals.
Ronald was a very talented and unique person. He possessed many abilities, whether it be remodeling a house, overhauling a motor or fixing a broken piece of furniture, he could always figure out a way to make it work.
He was a longtime member of the East Main Church of Christ in Holdenville.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents; an infant son on July 19, 1964; his father on June 15, 1997; his daughter-in-law Robin on March 20, 2009 and his sister, Sue Huff on June 7, 2012.
Survivors include his wife Phyllis of the home; his mother, Gladys Osborn of Wetumka; his son, Ronald Wayne and wife Melanie of Konawa; his daughter, Betty Ann Johnson and husband Steve of Seminole; grandchildren, John William and Michelle Osborn of Konawa, Ronald Lee and Valarie Osborn of Ada, Amanda and Will Lampkin of Ada, Stephanie Johnson of Seminole, Nick and Cassie Glenn of Shawnee; great grandchildren, Dakota, Elizabeth and Amber of Konawa, Lexie of Shawnee, a host of other relatives and many friends.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons, John Osborn, Ronnie Lee Osborn, Will Lampkin and nephews, Steve Huff, Russell Huff and cousin, Randy Osborn.
Interment will follow services at the Wetumka Cemetery under the direction of Williamson-Spradlin Funeral Home of Wetumka.
Funeral services will be held for Chuck Speyrer at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 7 at Harvest Time Church in Holdenville. Bro. Jimmie Freeman will officiate.
Chuck was born March 15, 1950 in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana to Alfred C. “Nick” and Ethel Claire (Schiele) Speyrer and died April 5, 2016 in Oklahoma City.
He graduated from Austin High School in Texas. Chuck became a master plumber and owned/operated his own business for over 45 years. Those who knew him knew he could fix anything and would come at a moments notice to help those in need.
He served many members of this community over these years and enjoyed not only his work but the fellowship it allowed him with others. He loved his Lord and Savior and took opportunity to share God’s good word with others.
He was a member of Harvest Time Church. His ministry the last few years was serving those in prison through the Kairos Ministry.
Preceding Chuck in death were his parents and brother Anton Speyrer.
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Tena of the home, children Robby Miller and wife Michelle of Holdenville, Lori Inman and husband Tim of Holdenville, Matthew Dolle and wife Tabetha of Abernathy, Texas, Michele Speyrer of Austin, Texas, Kristina Wells of Holdenville, grandchildren Marissa, Logan, Ashley, Taylor, Shauna, Taylon, Justin, Jordan, Veronica, Marissa, Cedric, Christian, Jacob, Kaitlyn, Brooklyn, Alexia, Avery, Morgan, ten great-grandchildren, sister Sue Mayne of Brunswick, Maryland, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers will be Robby Miller, Matthew Dolle, Logan Miller, Taylon Labs, Jordan Herring, and John Massad.
Interment will follow services at the Holdenville Cemetery.
Services are under the direction of Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home of Holdenville