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Gary Hopper, a resident of Dewar passed away Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 in Pawhuska at the age of 73. He was a graduate of Dewar Public Schools and served with the United States Marines. Services are pending with Integrity Funeral Service.
Helen (Koenig) Foster departed this world on Jan 26, 2017, in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of 87, to again be with her pre-deceased husband and love of her life, Joe Foster. Helen was a diminutive woman under five feet tall, but family and friends have no doubt that her fierce independence and a great love for family and friends defied her small stature. As she would say when her children expressed glee at becoming taller, “You may be taller than me, but you will never be bigger than me”. That same love of family and friends, with a good helping of independence, lives on with her children.
Helen was brought into this world by her parents, Frank and Alma (Jenkins) Koenig, in Horton, Kansas on Jan 19, 1930. Helen was the second child to her four brothers and two sisters. After having moved with family to Amarillo, Texas as a child, she graduated from Amarillo (Texas) High School in 1947. Helen was swept off her feet in late 1947 by her future husband, Joe Foster, in what started out as a blind date. She later graduated from Amarillo College with an Associate of Applied Science in 1950, also receiving her School of Nursing Certificate from Northwest Texas Hospital. She wed Joe Foster in Aug 1950 in Little Rock, Arkansas. She became a Registered Nurse in September 1950.
Helen continued her long career as a Registered Nurse in many places throughout Arkansas and Texas, during which time she also enjoyed the challenge of being the Red Cross Chairman for Swisher County, Texas for two years. She and her family finally settled down in Okmulgee, Oklahoma in 1972. She retired from a Nursing career in the late 1970’s, taking on a second career to run the Licensed Practical Nursing program at Oklahoma State Tech in Okmulgee.
She received her BA in Psychology from Northeastern Oklahoma State University at Tahlequah, Oklahoma in 1985, becoming a lifetime member of Delta Tau Kappa Social Science Society. She retired from Oklahoma State Tech in 1992. She felt the most satisfied in her role as a teacher for a new generation of Nurses. Helen enjoyed family, flowers, quilting, crocheting and renovation of an old house. She loved to read and work puzzles. She remained in Okmulgee after retirement until moving to Tulsa in 2015.
Helen is survived by her siblings, Frank Koenig, Jr. of Hooper, Nebraska; Bill Koenig (wife Irma) of Nashville, Tennessee and Marvin Koenig (wife Lourdes) of Amarillo, Texas.
Helen is survived by her seven children, J. Anthony Foster, Jr. (late wife Linda) of Ft Davis, Texas; Tamara Blount (husband Charley) of Ft. Worth, Texas; Kerry Foster (wife Sandra) of Gruver, Texas; R. Suette Freerksen (husband David) of Waxahachie, Texas; Nathan Foster (wife Martha) of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Al Foster (late wife Sue) of Houston, Texas: and Vincent Foster (wife Elise) of Middletown, Connecticut. Helen is also survived by 21 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.
Joe is certainly ecstatic to have Helen again at his side in Heaven to watch over us, but family and friends left behind will miss her always.
Viewing will be held from 5:00p – 8:00p, Jan 31, 2017 at Schaudt’s Funeral Services Okmulgee OK.
Service will be held at 2:00p, Feb 1, 2017 at Schaudt’s Funeral Services Okmulgee OK with interment following in the Okmulgee Cemetery.
The family has entrusted arrangements to Schaudt Okmulgee Funeral Service, 220 S. Alabama Ave., Okmulgee. Friends and family may leave condolences at www.schaudtfuneralservice.com
Flowers in remembrance for Helen are appreciated, as well as donations to any charity for Alzheimer’s research on behalf of Joe Foster.
John T. Morris, a resident of Dewar passed away Monday, January 30th, 2017 in Henryetta at the age of 85. He was born August 26, 1931 in Henryetta to John Morris & Verda (Jarnegan) Morris.
John Married Merle Jean Ritter on December 19, 1968 in Dewar. He was a member of Dewar First Baptist Church.
John was a man of many trades, he worked for many years as the manager of Henryetta Daily Freelance and as manager for the local radio station, KHEN. John was emcee for many events as his bass voice was widely known. It was possible when you would call a local business that the message while you were on hold was that of John Morris. He loved music and sang in various quartets including the Rainbow Quartet, The Henryettan's and had the Genesis Quartet for 12 years. He was well known to sing solos in church and other events. He also worked for many years as an insurance retiring from Prudential Life Insurance Company. He was a jack of all trades and could build or repair anything.
He is preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Wayne Morris.
He is survived by his wife Merle Jean Morris of the home;
Four children: Dennis Morris & wife Mary Beth of Henryetta;
Terry Morris & wife Debi of Henryetta;
Michelle Winn & husband Roger of Morris;
Donna Fields & husband Harvey of Jenks;
Eight grandchildren: Kristen Averie Long, Randy Morris, Mollie Lilly, John David Cowan, Sarah Stockholm, Allison Palmer, Kyle Morris & Ambria Winn.
Fifteen great grandchildren & seven great-great grandchildren
One brother: Don "Tootie" Morris of Henryetta;
One sister: Phyllis Luensmann of Texas;
As well as a host friends and other relatives.
Viewing will be on Thursday at Integrity Funeral Service from 5-8pm and Friday from 8am - 8pm with family present to greet friends from 5-7 pm & Saturday from 8am-11am.
Pallbearers will be David Long, Kyle Morris, Randy Morris, John David Cowan, Brandon Long, & Justin Long.
Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Dewar First Baptist Church with Rev. Jack Vance and Rev. Matthew Martin officiating. Interment will follow under direction of Integrity Funeral Service.
David Jacobs, a resident of Wewoka passed away Saturday, January 28th, 2017 in Oklahoma City at the age of 64. He was born September 14, 1952 in rural McIntosh County to Joseph Jacobs, Sr. and Emma (Billie) Jacobs. He is a member of Hickory Ground #1 Indian Baptist Church.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Jacobs, Sr. and Emma (Billie) Jacobs, by two brothers, James Jacobs and Paul Eugene Jacobs, an infant son, Daniel Lee Jacobs, also by two infant sisters, two aunts, and five uncles.
He is survived by three sons, Houston Jacobs of Calvin;
Richard Jacobs of Wewoka;
Charles Jacobs of Oklahoma City;
Two daughters, Josephine Jacobs of Allen;
Joanna Jacobs of Oklahoma City;
Thirteen grandchildren, including a grandson Charles Jacobs who he raised like a son;
Two sisters, Linda Jacobs Harjo & husband Edward of Holdenville;
Martha Jacobs of Henryetta;
Three brothers, Johnny Jacobs of Henryetta;
Joseph Jacobs, Jr. of Okmulgee;
Russell Jacobs of Henryetta;
Also by a host of friends and other relatives.
Viewing will be on Wednesday from 1pm - 4pm.
Wake services will be at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at Hickory Ground #1 Indian Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, February 2, 2017 at Hickory Ground #1 Church with Rev. Mitchell Taylor & Rev. Wallace Gambler officiating. Interment will follow in Jacobs Family Cemetery under direction of Integrity Funeral Service.
Herman Lee Brown, 60, longtime editor of the Okmulgee Times, died Friday, January 20, 2017 at his home in Okmulgee.
Herman was born Nov. 15, 1956 in Holdenville to Lawson Lawrence Brown and Ollie Jo Davis Brown. He joined the United States Army in 1974 and graduated from Lawton High School in 1976. While in the army, he served as a motor transport operator stationed in Germany. He was honorably discharged in 1977 with a rank of SP4 (E-4).
His love for writing while serving in the military led him to his first job at the Holdenville Daily News as a news writer. After working for the Wewoka newspaper, Brown was hired at the Okmulgee Daily Times in December 1980, as sports editor, reporter and photographer under longtime editor Bettye Grant.
After leaving the Times, Brown went to work for the Bonham (Texas) Daily Favorite as managing editor. After a few months there, he moved back to Oklahoma to serve as editor of the Wewoka Daily News before transferring to the Holdenville Daily News. He was editor and sports editor there before being hired at the Okmulgee Daily Times as editor under Publisher Jerry Quinn in September 1990.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother Leon David; and two sisters, Mary and Bernice.
Herman is survived by his wife, Terri Hasten Brown of the home; son Aaron of the home; daughter Emily Galvez and husband Tony of Broken Arrow; Amber Barricklow and husband James of North Chicago, Illinois; daughter Lacie Long of Alma, Arkansas; grandchildren, Brayden, Savannah, Gabriel, Sagelee, Locke and Hendrix; brothers, Clayton Brown and wife Connie of Portland, Oreg. and Jerry Brown and wife Vernette of Holdenville; sister, Irene Lovell and husband Steve of North Carolina; host of nieces and nephews and friends who adored and loved him.
Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, January 29, 2017 at Brock Memorial Gym on the campus of Okmulgee High School. A Celebration of Herman’s Life and time to share memories will follow the service at the First Baptist Church Gymnasium at 5th and Seminole. Burial will be held 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 30, 2017 at the Oakhill Cemetery near Yeager.
Friends may visit the funeral home on Friday, January 27, 2017 from 9:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Arrangements are under the direction of the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee. Tributes may be made on Herman’s page at www.mcclendon-winters.com
Michael Stratford Graham, a resident of Beggs, passed away Monday, January 16, 2017 at his home. He was 72 years of age. Mike was born February 9, 1944 in Stillwater to Travis “Buz” and Norma (Baker) Graham. He married Marlana Kaye Bruce on February 19, 1971. Mike worked as a warehouseman for BP Amoco and served his country in the U.S. Army Reserve. A committal service will be held 2:00 P.M. Friday, January 20, 2017 at the Oakwood Cemetery in Mounds. Arrangements are under the direction of the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Beggs.
Andrea Sue Winn, a resident of Dewar passed away Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 in Henryetta at the age of 53. She was born September 23, 1963 in Claremore, Oklahoma to Legus Lowe and Ruby Watters. Andrea went to college and obtained her nursing degree and worked in pediatrics with the Creek Nation Medical System. She had also worked at Bono Nursing Home.
Andrea is preceded in death by her father, Legus Lowe.
She is survived two children, Matt Riddle & wife Amber of Wilson;
Rachel Riddle of Tulsa;
Two grandchildren, Khloe Riddle of Wilson;
Gaven Arthurs of Tulsa;
Her mother, Ruby Wilson of Dewar;
Two sisters, Kandi Hawkins & husband Kelly of Henryetta;
Gina Devore & husband Brian of Collinsville;
Also by a host of friends and other relatives.
Viewing for Andrea will be 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
A wake service is scheduled at 6:00 p.m., Sunday, January 22, 2017 at Integrity Chapel with Rev. Tim Lowe, officiating.
Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 23, 2017 at Integrity Chapel with Rev. Ryan Wells officiating. Services are under direction of Integrity Funeral Service.