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Monday, 04 September 2017 20:16

Dovie Letruss (Brasher) Coleman obit

Dovie Letruss (Brasher) Coleman, a longtime resident of Henryetta, passed from this life on Saturday, August 26, 2017 in Henryetta at the age of 94.  Letruss was born on December 4, 1922
to Otto Brasher and Olive Whitworth Brasher.

Letruss moved to Oklahoma from Missouri with her family as a young girl.   She attended school in the Henryetta area.  She met and married the love of her life, Harold Coleman on October 11, 1941.  Shortly after their marriage, Harold left to serve in the military and Letruss moved to San Fransisco where she worked as a welder during the war.  She remained happily married to Harold for 39 years until Harold's death in 1980.  Letruss was a longtime member of the First Christian Church of Henryetta.  She also loved gardening and working in her flower beds, and maintaining her home.  She loved traveling and vacationing with family.   Letruss was a loving daughter, sister, wife, aunt, mother and grandmother and she will be missed by the many people who were touched by her love.

Letruss is preceded in death by her mother and father; her husband, Harold Coleman who died in 1980; 2 daughters, Carol Coleman and Nancy Orms; a son-in-law, Robert Orms; grandsons, Brett Money and Scott Money; by two brothers, William Truman Brasher and Rube Milo Brasher; and by two sisters,  Fairy Ellen Pruitt and Clemmie Brown.

She is survived by four granddaughters, Heather Orms of Henryetta, Lauri Hall and husband Lonnie of Henryetta, Lisa Powell and husband Albert of Checotah, and Tammy Money of Henryetta; seven great grandchildren, Audrey Powell, Logan Hall, Lainey Hall, Kimberly Mustin, Amos Martin, Chase Martin, and Shane Price; several great great grandchildren; a niece, Diana Bowe; a nephew, Roger Pruitt; and numerous other extended family and many good friends.

Following cremation, a memorial service will be held at the First Christian Church in Henryetta at 2:00pm on Saturday, September 2, 2017 with Rev. Jarrod Dummond officiating.  

Services are under the direction of Integrity Funeral Service of Henryetta.

Monday, 04 September 2017 20:15

Cathryn Rene Chadwell obit

Cathryn Rene Chadwell born Tuesday, August 20, 1974 to the late William Joseph, Jr. and Gertie Lamb in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Rene passed away at her home on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at the age of 43. She enjoyed reading a good book and being outdoors, wither it was camping, fishing, or playing dominos. Rene loved taking care of people and she did that well through her many years of being an awesome CNA/LPN. Rene loved playing video games with her son and spouse. She was a great mother to her four children and an even better grandmother to her two grandsons. Rene was a terrific spouse to Kenny and was so fun to be around.

Rene is preceded in death by her parents. Left to cherish all of her wonderful memories are her spouse

Kenneth Suggs, Jr., her children Gertie Chadwell, Freddie Chadwell, Joshua James Suggs, and Kenneth Suggs III, grandson Shane and Tristan all of Okmulgee and one brother William "Jay" Champlain of Welling, OK.
Private family services are to be held at a later date. Arrangements and cremation services have been entrusted to the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee.

Memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family on ’s Tribute Page of our website at www.mcclendon-winters.com

Monday, 04 September 2017 20:14

Rose Mary (Rogers) Mills obit

Rose Mary Mills was born on Friday, December 22, 1961 to the late Tucker Oswald and Ada Pearl (Brittain) Rogers in Sugar Land, Texas. She passed away Monday, August 28, 2017 at the age of 55. Rosie met the love of her life Greg Mills and later married on October 10, 1989.

Rosie took pleasure in picking black berries and pecans. She raised chickens and had a green thumb for her garden and plants. Rosie and Greg adored the time together riding on their motorcycle. She was so proud that she had her life time fishing license and enjoyed going fishing with her husband and son Michael. In her spare time she would crochet. Rosie's pride and joy were her three grandchildren.

Preceding Rosie in death are her parents, a brother James Rogers, and granddaughter Serenity Mills. Left to cherished all of the great memories of Rosie are her husband of the home, step-son Gregory Mills of Okmulgee, sons Jacob Lavern Linwood Mills of Okmulgee, and Michael James Mills of West Virginia, granddaughters Justyce Mills, Azzy Mills, and Adelyn Gale Mills, sisters Jeaneen Wayland of Tennessee, and Juleen Lee of Georgia.

A funeral service for Rosie will be held 11:00 A.M. Friday, September 1, 2017 at the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home Chapel in Okmulgee with Pastor Terry Wilson officiating. Interment to follow at the Okmulgee Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jimmy Wayland, Jeramie Rogers, Matt Neals, Gregory Mills, Michael Mills, and Jacob Mills. Friends may visit the funeral home Thursday, August 31, 2017 from 12:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M. Arrangements have been entrusted to the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee.

Memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family on Rosie’s Tribute Page of our website at www.mcclendon-winters.com

The September 12 Republican meeting will feature two more candidates for the 2018 election cycle. This is a great opportunity for all Registered Republicans, or those who are considering voting for one of the Republican candidates for the 2018 election cycle, to get an early first impression.

This month's featured candidates are Matt Pinnell, who is running for Lt. Governor and Glen Mulready who is running for Insurance Commissioner.

Matt has the honor of being the youngest Republican State Party Chairman in the U.S. at the time of his election. He was so successful in this role he was asked by Reince Priebus to serve as the State Party Director for the Republican National Committee. He then lead the transition team when Reince went to Washington D.C. Matt and his wife Lisa are entrepreneurs who created a new baby product that has now grown into an international business. Matt and his family live in Tulsa.

Glen Mulready spent 13 of 33 years in the private sector insurance industry working on the executive teams of Oklahoma's two largest health insurance companies. Glen currently serves the public in the House of Representatives as the Majority Floor Leader. He previously served as chair of the House Insurance Committee leading efforts to reform our state's insurance laws. Glen and his family live in Tulsa.

Also, we will be receiving a brief update on the budget situation from Representative Scott Fetgattter.

Monday, 04 September 2017 19:59

Death Notice Billy Buckley Jr.

Dateline: HENRYETTA, Oklahoma

Name: Billy Buckley Jr.

Age: 44

Date of Death: Saturday, September 2, 2017

Place of Death: Morris, Oklahoma

Arrangements: Integrity Funeral Service

Monday, 04 September 2017 19:46

Lions Club Calendar for September

September 5 Nate Williams Oklahoma State Champion Noodler
Dolph Hayden, Program Chairman

11 Board Meeting

12 Bruce Force Okmulgee Airfest
Kyle Powell, Program Chairman

19 Jeff Tibbits Oklahoma Dept. of Wildlife
James Gray, Program Chairman

26 Chris Tiews Tour of Germany
David Fetgatter, Program Chairman

30 Airfest Okmulgee Regional Airport
Oklahoma Lions Clubs Mobile Health Screening Unit & spot vision camera

Jubilee Christian Center will be hosting the Women of Legacy Conference with the theme, "Passing the Power of Prayer to the Next Generation" on Friday, September 8th with services at 6:30 PM and Saturday, September 9th with services at 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM. The conference is free and includes a luncheon at noon on Saturday. Jubilee Christian is located 1/2 mile north of the Muscogee Nation Physical & Rehab Center on Hwy 75.

For more information call the church at 918-756-5338 or visit okmulgeechurch.com

Wednesday, 16 August 2017 19:50

Strong, Beautiful, and Confident

Written By: Tina Pierce LMFT

I often tell my daughter how beautiful I think she is. One day she returned the compliment in a unique way. She asked me if I thought one of her daddy’s friends was handsome. I said he was, but not as handsome as daddy. She beamed with pride saying yes daddy is very handsome. So I added that her little brothers are lucky to look like daddy. Then this vibrant little girl stopped me in my tracks by saying no, baby looks like mommy and mommy is beautiful.

I know it is hard to feel good about yourself in a culture that increasingly idealizes sex and perfectly shaped bodies. However, it is important to remember all of that is learned behavior. Think back to when you were a child around age five or six. If you are like most children, you thought your mother was the most beautiful woman in the world. And you were right, she is beautiful. She cared for you, encouraged you, loved you, and guided you as best she could. Then the world snuck in and tried to taint your view of beauty. But still she is beautiful continuing to care and nurture well into your later years.
Even most teens, would still say that the most beautiful woman they know is their mom. One teen told me the most beautiful part of her mom were the stretch marks on her stomach because every mark represented her and her sisters and her mom’s willingness to have them. Another teen told me that her mom is the most beautiful person she knows because she is so strong and has worked so hard to raise her and her siblings. So moms, next time you look at yourself in the mirror see the woman you truly are. Strong, beautiful, and confident.

Tina Pierce LMFT
You Place, LLC

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Sunday, 06 August 2017 22:11

Coach David Dunlap Visits Okmulgee Lions

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Pictured is Program Chairman Lion R.C. Morrow, Coach David Dunlap, and President Lion Duaine Janzen.

Tuesday's Lions Club meeting was another amazing story of "local boy does well" with championship results, presented by David Dunlap, a 1997 Okmulgee High School graduate and Head Coach of the 2017 Okmulgee Bulldogs Baseball Academic State Champions. What a marvelous turn-around from four years ago when Coach Dunlap took over the baseball team, and recounted that two of his freshman players had grade point averages of 1.36 and 1.85, and 18 of his 22 players were on the "ineligible list".

When Coach Dunlap was introduced by Program Chairman Lion R.C. Morrow, a former Okmulgee Bulldog baseball and football player (All-State and Northeastern Oklahoma State University All-American), from the back of the room came a "holler" of "Super Dave", from none other than Lion Craig Brydges, a "forever" legendary teacher at Okmulgee High School. Coach Dunlap explained that "Super Dave" was his nickname during his school years and no wonder, he received five letters in sports in one year, was an All-State tuba player, and valedictorian. It doesn't get much better than that, does it?

Coach Dunlap explained that three of his teachers had a great influence in his decision to become a teacher, even though the pay wasn't that good, and they were Lion Craig Brydges, Lion Beth Flud (Oklahoma History and Government), and Randy Hutchinson. He requested to teach Oklahoma History because this class is required of all students, so he became the only teacher to teach every student in school, in addition to teaching Government and American History classes.

He further related that 46 of his class of 137 students received college degrees, with quite a few receiving advanced degrees. With this background, one can see why the baseball team won runner-up academic champions last year with a GPA of 3.65, winning this year with a GPA of 3.78, and two having a 4.0 GPA, and the first year that more than one player attended college (five).

Coach Dunlap began his college career at St. Louis University (Missouri) on a baseball scholarship for one year, transferring "back home" to Western Oklahoma Junior College (Altus, Oklahoma), then attending and graduating from Southwestern Oklahoma State University (Weatherford). He had played pitcher, catcher, and first base, and was drafted by the Kansas City Royals professional baseball team, but didn't sign, opting to sign with Atlanta. He spent 6 1/2 years in the minor leagues, travelling mostly all over the South, before giving it up and coming home. What a good decision for our school system because Coach Dunlap also coaches girls fast-pitch softball, and he thinks they have a good chance to be Academic State Champions this year. He related what a thrill it was for him and some of the baseball players to be guests of, and introduced by, Rep. Scott Fetgatter to the Legislators at the State Capitol.

Coach Dunlap related that his grandfather, Fred Dunlap, moved to Morris in 1976 and was Morris High School Principal from 1977-88, but Dunlap's father wanted his son to attend Okmulgee Schools to play baseball for former Coach Dan Morgan. And Coach Dunlap says he learned so much from Coach Morgan in high school that he was able to help the assistant coaches in the minor leagues with things he had learned in high school. What a wonderful compliment paid to one of our long-time former coach. And what a wonderful compliment to our community when we, as a Lions Club, say "WE SERVE".
(Photo and information provided by Dean Craig).
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Sunday, 06 August 2017 17:43

Changing Lives at Meadows of Hope

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Pictured left to right: President Lion Duaine Janzen, Program Chairman Lion R.C. Morrow, Colleen Fowler, and Bob Fowler.

Tuesday's Lions Club meeting was an update of one of our state projects, The Meadows of Hope in Perkins, which was formerly called the Oklahoma Lions Boys' Ranch. When it initially began in 1952, it was called the IOA Ranch, which represented Individual Opportunity for Achievement. Most of the boys were wards of the court or had been in trouble, and the Ranch was an attempt to provide correction and direction in a young life. Over the years, and with societal and government changes, it now is basically foster home care, and for both males and females. Even though it is funded primarily by the Oklahoma Lions Clubs, it has oversight, direction, and some funding from the Department of Human Services.

Colleen and Bob Fowler (originally from Dewar) presented the program and had been house parents to four to six teenage boys for eight years, 2007-2015. The new foster care program started out in 2015 with the Fowlers and three kids in one house, so they have been foster parents for the past two years. They are on their 93rd teenage boy. Children in Oklahoma DHS custody are separated from their siblings 50% of the time. We have built 5 homes (not houses) on our campus in order to keep brothers and sisters together. Foster parents who are willing to serve sibling sets of 4 to 6 children live in these homes free of charge. We are building a community of hope!

DHS does provide an extra stipend of $250 per child per month but does not provide food, clothing, or any other necessities. The Meadows of Hope program has had so much success that foster families with other agencies have been contacting us a lot for information and advice.

The late Paul Milburn, a Lion from Shawnee, left an endowment of up to $250,000 per year for 30 years to his three favorite charities, with The Meadows of Hope first. If the Lions of Oklahoma can raise/donate the full $250,000, we get the full $250,000 matching funds. If we don't raise the full amount, we are matched only the amount we raise, and the two other charities can receive the balance of the un-matched funds So, if you have some funds not needed, what better way to enhance society in knowing that you have helped build a stronger world. It has been said that no man stands taller than those who stoop down to help a child (or someone in need). I guess Jesus said it best when He said (paraphrase) if you have done it to the least of these, then you have done it to Me. How could one not be blessed when you consider that ALL kids are our future? The success stories that we hear from the Oklahoma Lions Meadows of Hope project make us all proud to be a Lion. "WE SERVE".

(Photo and information provided by Dean Craig, with excerpts from the Oklahoma Lions Meadows of Hope pamphlet).
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