A memorial service will be held Friday, March 25, 2016 for Jesse Lee Gann at 1 p.m. at the Wetumka Assembly of God Church with Rev. Curt Bellinger, pastor, officiating.
Jesse was born Sept. 6, 1929 in Lamar, Oklahoma to William Lawrence and Pearl Lee (Slawson) Gann and died at his home in Wetumka on March 20, 2016 at the age of 86.
He was raised in Lamar and attended Lamar School.
As a young man he entered the United States Navy and honorably served his country during the Korean Conflict.
Following his discharge he married Betty Anderson. They made their home in the Wetumka area most all their life. She preceded him in death in December 1985.
A sister Geraldine Brooks and brother Leonard Gann also died earlier.
Jesse worked as an electrician. He first worked as a private contractor before becoming a lineman for Canadian Valley Co-op.
In 1980, he was elected Hughes County Commissioner, a position he held until 1983.
Later, he worked for the City of Wetumka before relocating to Stillwater. There he worked for Oklahoma State University in electrical maintenance some 10 years before retiring.
He returned to Wetumka where he once again began working as a private electrician.
He enjoyed horses and in his younger days was involved in individual calf roping and team roping.
Unknown to most he also enjoyed playing the fiddle.
He had been a member of the Masonic Lodge, the Jaycees, Kiwanis and served on the Wetumka School Board.
Survivors include his four sons, J.F. Gann of Prattville, Joe Gann and wife Wendi of Jenks, Kenneth Gann and wife Chrissy of Derby, KS, and Craig Gann of Wichita, KS; three brothers, Dale Gann and wife June and Charles Gann and wife Marlene, all of Lamar and Bob Gann of Georgia; four sisters, Colene Pack and husband Finis of Wetumka, Karlene Sanborn and husband Mark of El Dorado, KS, Jean Wolfe of Broken Arrow and Sue Loftis of Holdenville; his longtime sweetheart Marie Holford of Wetumka; six grandchildren, two great grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Services will be under the direction of Williamson-Spradlin Funeral Home of Wetumka.
Funeral services were held March 12, 2016 for Dakota Grant Weaver at the First Church of God in Holdenville with Rev. Jon Ewers officiating.
Dakota was born Jan. 10, 1988 in Wewoka to Billy and Tonja Weaver and died March 8, 2016.
He graduated from Holdenville High School in 2007.
Working hard was important to Dakota. He worked for many people throughout the Holdenville area doing odd jobs while growing up.
He enjoyed working for John and Nick Janes Tree Service. For the last two years, he worked for Mid Continent Well Logging Service as a mud logger in the oilfields of Oklahoma.
More than anything, Dakota loved his little girl, Sadie, the pride and joy of his life.
Dakota was talented artist loving to draw and paint and work on things in his dad’s shop. He enjoyed fishing and riding 4-wheelers with his friends.
Hailey Scroggins was the love of his life and he was excited to marry her in June.
Preceding him in death were his great-great-grandmothers, Maggie Maroon and Ona Mae Brittain, grandparents Shirley (Brittain) and Jake Weaver Jr., great-grandparents Jake and Carrie Weaver Sr. and a cousin Danny Weaver.
Survivors include his daughter, Sadie Weaver, fiance’ Hailey Scroggins, parents Billy and Tonja Weaver of Holdenville, sister, Dallas Weaver of Madill, grandparents Richard and Connie Day of Ft Smith, Arkansas, John Painter of Seattle, Washington, Uncle Johnny Weaver and wife Sherry of Gordonville, Texas, Aunt Brenda Weaver of Holdenville, Aunts Cassie Anderson and Maggie Day of Ft Smith, Arkansas, Uncles Jeff Day of Allen and Brandon Day of Oklahoma City, great-uncles Wendell Weaver and wife Gayle of Byers, Eldon Brittain and wife Lorrie of Holdenville, Bobby Brittain and wife Loretta of Vanburen, Arkansas, great-aunts Sue Moore and husband Charles of Holdenville, and Billie Fitzgerald of Holdenville, as well as a host of other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were Bo Babb Jr., James Parker, Jackie Babb, Nick Janes, Shane Copeland, Shan Moore. They will wear boutineeres made with love by Dakota’s mom for his groomsmen to wear at his wedding. Honorary bearers will be Michael Nichols, Case Grizzle, Trevor Gavin, Jacob Weaver and Trevor Keefer.
Interment followed services at the Yeager Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home of Holdenville.
Funeral services were held March 14, 2016 for Ruby Mae Salazar at the Holdenville Cemetery Chapel. Interment followed in the cemetery with Rev. Marvin Hudson officiating.
Ruby was born Nov. 16, 1925 in Seminole to Bert Clinton Smith and Ira Nettie (Martin) Smith and died March 9, 2016 in Edmond at the age of 90.
She lost her mother at the age of 9, and was brought up by her grandmother, Mary Jane Martin.
She married Fred A. Salazar on May 11, 1942, in Holdenville. They lived for a while in Oklahoma City, and then in San Francisco and Orange, California, where Ruby worked many years for ITT Microelectronics as a Line Supervisor.
After retirement in 1982, they returned to Oklahoma and made their home in Holdenville.
Ruby’s favorite pastime was bowling. She belonged to two separate leagues in Shawnee, and last December was presented with a bowling pin autographed by many friends, a gift she treasured. She was a homemaker at heart, and loved taking care of her home. Above all, she loved taking care of Fred, her beloved sweetheart and husband of 73 years. She was of the Methodist faith.
Ruby was preceded in death by her parents; her infant daughter, Yvonna Nadine Salazar; three brothers: Raymond Smith, Earnest Smith, Kenneth Smith; one sister, Betty Crabtree and her grandmother, Mary Jane Martin.
She is survived by her husband, Fred A. Salazar, of the home; three children: Jim Salazar (Marsha) of Holdenville, Catherine Gail Hotop of Riverside CA, and Christopher Allen Salazar (Kathy) of New Concord KY; seven grandchildren: Matthew Salazar of Whidbey Island WA, Brenda Salazar of Oklahoma City OK, Amanda Hotop, Philip Hotop, Cody Hotop, all of Riverside CA, Alex Salazar and Allison Salazar of New Concord KY; three great grandchildren: Matthew Salazar Jr., Rebecca Salazar, and Lucas Salazar, all of Whidbey Island WA; nieces and nephews, other family members, and many friends.
Services were under direction of Fisher Funeral Home of Holdenville.
Wanda Jean Thompson, 67 of Holdenville, died March 10, 2016. She was born April 25, 1948 to J P Hearn Jr. and Juanita Brinlee Hearn.
For many years she worked as a clerk and waitress.
She enjoyed working at Robinson Dry Cleaners and The Bottle Shop for many years.
She loved her customers and visiting with them about life events. She was always friendly and willing to help those she met. Her pride and joy was her granddaughter, Marli.
Wanda loved her family and family gatherings. Knitting and watching games shows were how she enjoyed spending her evenings.
She and her husband Roy loved to go fishing when they could get away.
She was preceded in death by her father JP Hearn Jr., mother Juanita Wilkes and siblings Jesse Hearn and Georgia Johnson.
Survivors include her husband, Roy of the home, sons Shelby Thompson and wife Telesha of Holdenville, Tom Cary East III of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, daughter Tammi East Peters of Moore, five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, siblings Sandy Henry and husband Sonny of Holdenville, Ed Hearn and wife Tess of Moore, Steve Hearn and wife Theresha of Holdenville, Lena Anderson and husband Chuck of Earlsboro, Kenny Hearn of Holdenville, Dean Wilkes and wife Dianna of Holdenville, aunt Evie Howard and husband Don of Derby, Kansas, as well as several nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
The family will honor Wanda’s wishes and no services are set at this time.
Services are under the direction of Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home in Holdenville.
Funeral services for James Alonzo Carroll were held March 4, 2016 at the Williamson-Spradlin Funeral Home Chapel in Wetumka with Dr. Reed Lynn officiating.
James was born Oct. 21, 1940 in Lamar to Burnis Carroll and Minnie (Mahair) Carroll and died March 2, 2016 at his home near Wetumka at the age of 75.
Raised in Hughes County, he attended Moss School where he was a 1955 graduate.
In 1963, he married Helen Smith and they continued to make Hughes County their home.
James owned and operated Carroll’s Feed Store in Wetumka and was a lifelong rancher.
He dearly loved raising Hereford cattle.
Also, he was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Wetumka.
Survivors include his wife, Helen, of the home; a sister, Karen Ingram and husband Randy of Clarksville, TN.; a brother, Steve Carroll and wife Rita of Shawnee; a brother-in-law, Darrell Smith and wife Glenda of Holdenville; a sister-in-law, LaVerne Roberts of Grand Prairie, TX.; along with several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Pallbearers were Arlie Nolen, Jim Nolen, Charles Gann, Milton Johnson, Jack Rupe and Baine Sams. Honorary pallbearers were John Freeman, Dale Milam, Joe Freeman, Darrell Smith, Randy Ingram and Jim Stapp.
Interment followed services in the Lamar Cemetery under the direction of Williamson-Spradlin Funeral Home of Wetumka.
Phyllis Jean Shropshire Milroy died Feb. 25, 2016. She was born in Holdenville Jan. 31, 1945 to Dorothy and Doyle Shropshire.
She completed college work at Oklahoma Baptist and Oklahoma State Universities and worked for many years in both legal and engineering fields before working alongside Bruce with wise advice and skill in bookkeeping at their hydroponic sprout business in Charlotte, NC.
As a member of Calvary Church for over 35 years, Phyllis also found much sanctuary at Forest Hill Church.
Phyllis lived vivaciously through her cancer journey with her loving husband & daughter cheering her on daily while truly making the best of memories during this time.
Phyllis much appreciated God’s beautiful creation with special love of His farmland, and also enjoyed making friends in many places. She loved being a wife, mother, sister, and daughter where she deeply wanted to make their lives as best possible.
A celebration of life was held for Phyllis at Forest Hill Church on Jan. 29, 2016 in Charlotte, NC followed by a joy reception of fellowship. Pastor Jonathan Scott officiated.
Phyllis' home in her heart was always Oklahoma.
Another celebration of her life was held on March 9 in the chapel on the grounds of the Holdenville Cemetery with burial following. Memorial tributes may be made to Haiti medical missions c/o Phyllis' trusted family physician, Dr. William Conner, 211 W. Matthews St, Matthews, NC 28105.
Funeral services were held March 9, 2016 for Hazel Christine Allen at the Holdenville Church of the Nazarene with Rev. Dane Robinson officiating.
Christine was born Oct. 13, 1946 in Dustin, Oklahoma to Bert Henry Robison and Amy Ruby Lee (Kindred) Robison and died March 5, 2016 in Henryetta at the age of 69.
She was brought up and attended schools in Dustin and graduated from Dustin High School with the Class of 1964.
She was married in Dustin to Virgil ‘Bud’ Allen on May 25, 1964. They lived in Wetumka, Dustin and Yeager, and were blessed with 48 years together before Bud died on Aug. 20, 2012.
Christine worked as a CNA for nine years at Holdenville Nursing Home, and for 13 years at Heritage Village Nursing Home. She enjoyed making quilt tops and plastic canvas, and she loved to read.
She was very active in the American Legion Auxiliary, where she was a Gold Star Member, and served in various capacities, including President. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Dustin.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Virgil ‘Bud’ Allen; two brothers, Clarence Edward Robison and Virgil Wayne Robison and one sister, Clarice Tillery.
Survivors include her four children: Steven Ray Allen (Trina) of Holdenville, Sonia Conley (Bill) of Holdenville, Charlene Steele (Dave) of Grand Prairie TX, and Donna Crawford (Eldon) of Yeager; eight grandsons and three granddaughters; 10 great grandchildren; four sisters: Margaret Henry of Henryetta, Ruby Faye Carter and Roberta Lynn Mouser, both of Weleetka, and Carol J. Carroll of Missouri; other family members and many friends.
Pallbearers were Brant Crawford, Michael Crawford, Jeremy Crawford, Bryce Bishop, Robert Archer, Jarrell Allen and Paul Tillery.
Interment followed services in the Yeager Cemetery.
Services were under direction of Fisher Funeral Home of Holdenville.
Graveside services for Harold Eugene Ingram will be held Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 1 p.m. at the Murray Cemetery in Binger, Oklahoma.
Harold was born Aug. 27, 1927 in Gracemont, Oklahoma to George Washington Ingram and Della Mae (Cline) Ingram and died March 8, 2016 in Okemah at the age of 88.
He had been a resident of the Okemah area since 1977.
He and Betty J. Turner were married March 27, 1948; she later preceded him in death August 9, 2009.
Harold served his country with the United States Army during WWII having served overseas in Germany. He also worked many years as a farmer.
Also preceding him in death were his parents; two sisters and three brothers.
Survivors include his son, Jim Roger Ingram of Okemah and two brothers, Floyd Vernon Ingram of Grand Prairie, Texas and George Ingram of Great Falls, Montana; other relatives and many friends.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home of Okemah and officiated by Barbara Turner.
Funeral services for Margaret Bernice Palmer will be held Friday, March 11, 2016 at 10 a.m. at Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah. Interment will follow at the Rock Creek Cemetery south of Okemah.
Margaret was born April 3, 1930 in Mason, Oklahoma to John Calvin Wilson and Lou Ella (Branscum) Wilson and died March 8, 2016 in Okemah at the age of 85.
She was a longtime resident of the Okemah area and a graduate of Okemah High School.
She and Claude Albert Palmer were married January 30, 1952 in Okemah.
Margaret worked for 34 years at the Okemah Abstract Office and enjoyed reading, embroidering and working crossword puzzles.
She was also a member of the Okemah Skyview Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Fern Johnson.
Survivors include her husband Claude A. Palmer of Okemah; two daughters, Claudia Powell and husband Bill of Sapulpa and Margaret Turney of Okemah; three grandchildren, Erica Ivey and husband Gary of Tulsa, Matt Turney and wife Callie of Stillwater and Perry Powell and wife Tosha of Moore, Oklahoma and eight great-grandchildren, Jake, Kirsten, Kevin, Katie, Tegan and Rhett Turney and Ella and Cora Powell.
Services were officiated by Rev. David Hamilton.
Graveside services were held March 7, 2016 for William Doyle Baldwin at Non Cemetery.
Doyle was born Nov. 19, 1930 in Atwood to William Carroll and Opal May (Clark) Baldwin and died March 4, 2016 at the age of 85.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife Jo Ann of the home; three children: Ray and Fran Baldwin of Eufaula, Kay and Babe Milam of Chandler, and Tony Mooney of Ada; two brothers: Dale and Dean Baldwin of Bray, Dennis and Fay Baldwin of Eufaula; one sister, Nancy and Roger Harrod of Konawa; four grandchildren: Rusty and Ginger Milam of Chandler, Leslie Duncan of Chandler, Carter and Karlee Baldwin of Eufaula, and Micha Stringer; four great grandchildren: Daryan Duncan, Darbi Duncan, Lilly Milam, and William Layne Baldwin; a host of other loving relatives and friends.
Doyle worked several years driving a Meadowgold milk truck. He ran the Calvin peanut plant, and worked many years for the government as a peanut inspector. He was of the Baptist faith. He loved to fish, garden, and dance, and he has gone to be with the greatest fisher of men.
Pallbearers were Rusty Milam, Carter Baldwin, Roger Harrod, Stephen Harrod, Orville Baldwin and Ricky Baldwin.
Services were under direction of Fisher Funeral Home of Holdenville.