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Eddie C. Howard, lifelong Okmulgee area resident, passed away Sunday, February 19, 2017 at Hillcrest South Hospital in Tulsa. He was 86 years of age. Eddie was born December 17, 1930 in Okmulgee to the late Elice C. and Minnie May (McCullough) Howard. He graduated Valedictorian from Nuyaka School in 1949. He joined the United States Army in 1952, serving in Germany, and received an honorable discharge in 1954. Eddie received his B.S. Degree in Accounting in 1959 from Oklahoma State University. He married June (Fleming) Franklin on June 13, 1959 in Okmulgee. In 1966, Eddie graduated from the Southwestern School of Banking in Dallas. He retired from Citizens Bank of Okmulgee as a Vice President. He enjoyed gardening and serving others. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Okmulgee where he was active in the B.A.L.L. Group, serving as Tour Chair for 17 years and President, leader of the R.A. Group, taught Junior Boys Sunday School and Men’s Bible Class, was active in the Building Committee and was instrumental in the building of the new sanctuary, and served on several pulpit committees. He was also active in the Nuyaka Alumni Association, having served as an officer, former Treasurer of the Optimist Club, and former Treasurer of the Creek Indian Memorial Association.
Eddie was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Betty Burkett Crawford.
Survivors include his wife June Howard, of the home, sons, James “Jim” Franklin of Collinsville and Glen Howard and wife Serap of Bethesda, Maryland, brother, Gene Howard and wife Virginia of Tulsa, couisin, Rosalee Clifford of Okmulgee, grandchildren, Zach and Kendra Mark of Sapulpa, Steven & Lacie Franklin of Tulsa, Kevin Franklin of Tulsa, Kenneth Carpenter of Hurst, Texas, and Matthew and Katie Carpenter of New York, great grandchildren, Crew Franklin and Reed Franklin and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held 1:00 P.M. Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the First Baptist Church with Dr. Dennis Taylor officiating. Interment will follow in the Okmulgee Cemetery. Casketbearers will be Glen Howard, James Franklin, Kevin Franklin, Stephen Franklin, Lee Wilson and Zack Mark. Honorary casketbearers will be Henry Stone, Jack Tyree, David Carson, Charles Otto and Gary Mount.
Friends may visit the funeral home on Friday from 12:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M. The family will receive friends from 6:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church for the Food for Kids Program or to the Project Hope Worldwide (www.projecthopeworldwide.org)
Arrangements have been entrusted to the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee.
Memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family on Eddie’s Tribute Page of our website at www.mcclendon-winters.com
Marshia "Sue" Chisholm, a lifetime resident of rural Henryetta passed away Saturday, February 11th, 2017 in Okmulgee at the age of 79. She was born May 5, 1937 in Henryetta to Barney Hawkins, Sr. and Verna (Earnhart) Hawkins. She married Billy Joe Chisholm February 8, 1957 in Henryetta. She was a longtime member of the Henryetta Church of Christ.
She is preceded in death by her husband Bill Chisholm, her parents and one brother, Barney Hawkins, Jr.
She is survived by two daughters:
Tonya Price & husband Randy of Henryetta;
Kim Wittman & husband Tommy of Nuyaka;
Seven grandchildren: Billy Jones & wife Maranda of Edmond:
Stephanie Klimek & husband Josh of Wilson;
Chad Price of Lindsay;
Christina Guevara & husband Jose of Broken Arrow;
Shawn Gobin & wife Kisha of Henryetta;
Keith Jones of Tulsa;
Stacy Gobin of Morris;
Eleven great-grandchildren: Riley Morrow, Kaycee Klimek, Kasedi Gobin, Karsyn Morrow, Chloe Klimek, Hunter Gobin, Madison Price, Carter Price, Jentri Jones, Tyson Wieland, & Adriana Guevara;
Three sisters: Mercedes Odom of Eufaula;
Aundrea Jackson & husband Mickey of Fayetteville, Arkansas;
Paula Crew of Ft. Smith, Arkansas;
Also by a host of nieces, nephews, friends and other relatives.
Pallbearers will be: Randy Price, Tommy Wittman, Billy Jones, Shawn Gobin, Keith Jones, & Josh Klimek. Honorary pallbearers will be: Mickey Jackson, Tony Jackson, Mark Jackson, Brian Kellehan, Gary Smythe, Craig Gobin & Chris Jones.
Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Thursday, February 16, 2017 at the Church of Christ, Fifth & Broadway, Henryetta with Rev. Jack Vance & Rex Walcher officiating. Interment will follow in Salt Creek Cemetery under direction of Integrity Funeral Service.
Emily Violet Morris, a longtime resident of Henryetta, passed from this life on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 in Okemah at the age of 76. Emily was born on September 13, 1940 in Henryetta, OK to Harley Wilford Vancil and Dora Lillian (Boyd) Vancil.
Emily grew up in Henryetta, where she attended St. Michael Catholic School, where she graduated from High School. Shortly after high school, Emily married James Buddy Morris in Texas. Emily was a hairdresser by trade and owned and operated Emily's Beauty Shop in Weleetka for approximately 10 years. She later worked in several Oklahoma City area beauty shops including Malihini's Beauty Shop in Oklahoma City where she served as manager for over 15 years.
Emily was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution organization and was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church of Henryetta. She loved genealogy and had traced her family roots back extensively. She was a loving daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother and she will be missed by the many people who knew and loved her.
She is preceded in death by her mother and father; a grandmother, Sally Green; and a grandchild, Stephanie Taber.
Emily is survived by two daughters, Cheri Hare and Beverly Ogden, both of Henryetta; by five grandchildren, Mike Morris, Chad Hare, William Hare, Shannon Dillon, and Shelby Ogden; by eight great grandchildren, Zaelon Hare, Kaeson Hare, Bretton Hare, Noah Hare, Eli Hare, Wade Hare, Makayla Morton, and Waylon Dillon; by a brother, William "Bill" Leon Boothman of Ft. Smith, AR; a sister, Glenda Jean Rolan of Oklahoma City, OK; a brother, Harley "Skip" Vancil; other extended family and many good friends.
Viewing for Emily will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Integrity Funeral Service from noon until 5:00pm. A wake service for Emily will be held at 6:00pm on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Integrity Chapel in Henryetta with Fr. Peter Phung officiating.
A funeral service for Emily will be held on Friday, February 24, 2017 at 2:00pm at St. Michael Catholic Church with Fr. Peter Phung officiating. Interment will follow immediately at Westlawn Cemetery under the direction of Integrity Funeral Service of Henryetta.
Funeral services are currently pending for Mackey Lambert, a longtime resident of Henryetta, who passed from this life on Wednesday morning, February 8, 2017 at the age of 48. Service information and survivors will be released as soon as the information is finalized. Services are under the direction of Integrity Funeral Service of Henryetta.
Letha Mae Rutherford passed away Sunday, January 29, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona at the age of 82. Letha was born to the late John Beaver and Della Mae (Fox) Beaver on June 6, 1934 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.
Letha is preceded in death by her parents, brothers William H. Beaver and John Beaver, Jr., former principle chief R. Perry Beaver, two nieces and one nephew. Left to cherish the memories of Letha is her husband Franklin "Sonny" Rutherford, her daughters Bennie Beaver Gossman and son-in-law Harold of Okmulgee, Aletha Yvonne Richard and son-in-law Harold of Toltec, Arizona, Beth Ann Rutherford of Mesa, Arizona, sisters Miley A. Hargis and husband Gene, Cora Sue Berryhill, Martha Jean Froman, Hanna L. Beaver, and Sally B. Wittman and husband Royce, brother Mose A. Pete Beaver and wife Bridget, five grandchildren Anthony Padilla, Jr. and wife Andrea, Monique Padilla, Brandy Lopez and husband Raymond, Dustin and Clayton Richard, three great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
Services for Letha will be held 1:00 P.M. February 3, 2017 at Big Cussetah United Indian Methodist Church. Family will receive friends on Thursday from 4:00 P.M until 8:00 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 Letha’s Tribute Page of our website at www.mcclendon-winters.com
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.