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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.
Jill Leanne Grant went home to be with her Lord on Monday, January 16th at her home in Preston, Oklahoma at the age of 54. She was born on June 23, 1962, in Henryetta, Oklahoma to Virgil and Maxine “Pat” Norris. She was a 1980 graduate of Okmulgee High School. On July 16, 1979, Jill married Dale Grant in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. She worked with her parents at several successful businesses, and for the last 27 years she owned and operated The General Store in Okmulgee with her mother. She was a lifelong member of Second Baptist Church in Okmulgee and spent 10 years as Youth Leader. She loved spending time at her country home watching the wildlife and fishing in her pond. She was preceded in death by her parents, Virgil and Pat Norris. Those left to cherish her memories are her husband Dale of Preston, daughter Danielle Neldon and her husband Joshua of Okmulgee, brother Ronald Norris and his wife Brenda of Okmulgee, niece Melissa Brown and her husband Shawn of Morris, nephew Andy Norris and his wife Tonya of Okmulgee, and several great nieces and nephews. Viewing will be at McClendon-Winters Funeral Home on Thursday, January 19th, from 2:00pm-8:00pm. The family will be present from 5:00pm-7:00pm. Memorial services will be held at Second Baptist Church in Okmulgee on Friday, January 20th, at 10:00am. A graveside service will follow at Hoyt Cemetery in Hoyt, Oklahoma. Pastor Steve Gallagher will be officiating. Casketbearers will be Mike Cook, Bob Hurt, Allen Klaus, Wade Lackey, Randy Waldrop, and John Yeager.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee.
Memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family on Jill’s Tribute Page of our website at www.mcclendon-winters.com
Allan Wayne Wassom, 83, died Saturday, January 14, 2017, in Tulsa Oklahoma. He was born July 3, 1933 in Skiatook, Oklahoma to W. C. and Helen Mae (Cunningham) Wassom. The family moved several times to small towns in the Texas Panhandle, settling in Bovina, Texas where he grew up with his three sisters and one brother. Al matured quickly and began working for a local farmer at a very young age to help support his mother and siblings. He enjoyed the work driving farm machinery and his love of tractors remained with him his whole life. He graduated from Bovina High School in 1951, and with the support and encouragement of his teachers, enrolled at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.
During his first two years at Texas Tech he worked full time and continued to provide financial support to his family in Bovina. He enlisted in the U. S. Army and served two year at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. When his enlistment ended he returned to Lubbock and completed his degree in Petroleum Engineering, graduating in 1958.
Al began employment that year with the Federal Power Commission in the Bureau of Natural Gas. There was a young woman working there who took an interest in Al and who began finding excuses to visit his floor. Romance blossomed, and on December 19, 1964, Allan and Barbara Stewardson became husband and wife. Their first child, Paul, was born in 1966. In 1968 Cities Service Gas Company, in Oklahoma City came calling and offered Allan an opportunity to return to the part of the country he loved. He and Barbara moved to Oklahoma City where their daughter Sarah was born. He served as a rates analyst and was named manager of the rates and certificates department in 1972. In 1978 Allan was elected Vice President, Rates and Certificates.
Following the Purchase of Cities Service Gas Company by Northwest Central Pipeline Company, and their subsequent purchase by The Williams Companies, Allan, Barbara, Paul and Sarah moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1984. He served as Vice President of Rates and Regulatory Affairs until his retirement in 1990. He consulted for Williams for three years. Allan remained active in retirement and served as an adviser for S.C.O.R.E. (the Service Corps of Retired Executives) for many years assisting entrepreneurs in the establishment of new businesses.
In 1997 Allan and Barbara moved to Okmulgee, Oklahoma to escape the encroaching development near their home near 101st and Yale. They encountered a community that welcomed, embraced, and loved them as they had never before been welcomed, embraced and loved. They joined the First Presbyterian Church of Okmulgee, where Allan was elected and ordained as an Elder. He served on numerous committees and was a Trustee for many years. His friendships among the members there were some of the strongest he ever experienced.
Allan was preceded in death by his parents, his infant brother James George, and his sister Mary Davis. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, his daughter Sarah Alexander, son-in-law Jeff, and their children Riley and Connor; by his son Paul, daughter-in-law Diana and their children Matt and Michael; a brother Doyle of Dimmitt, Texas, sister Jane of Quinlan, Texas, and sister Christine of Lubbock, Texas; two sisters-in-law Joyce Young (Bob) of Woodbridge Virginia, and Janice Beach of Gordonsville, Virginia; brother-in-law Bill Davis, of Henrietta, Texas, and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Robert Hauger and to the nursing staff of St. Francis Hospital in the neurology and respiratory departments for their compassionate care and loving concern for the family.
A celebration of Al’s life will be held at First Presbyterian Church Okmulgee, on Saturday January 21, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the First Presbyterian Church Foundation , Okmulgee.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee.
Memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family on Al’s Tribute Page of our website at www.mcclendon-winters.com
Donald Ray Maxey, Sr., passed away Thursday, January 12, 2017 on his 82nd birthday. He was born January 12, 1935 in Vera, Oklahoma to the late Charles and Lula (Poyner) Maxey. He married Wahleha “Sissy” Wofford in 1957. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a 50 year resident of Preston. Don owned and operated a radio and television repair store in Tulsa. He later made a living by buying and selling property and raising cows. Don adored his wife Sissy and missed her every day. He was known for his flair for telling stories, “pulling your leg” and had the gift of gab. Don enjoyed fishing and going to auctions. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.
Survivors include three sons, Don Maxey, Jr. and wife Tink of Wagoner, David Maxey and wife Lynn of Lenapah and Doug Maxey and wife Vickey of Preston, three sisters, Leota Yeck and husband Jim of Council Bluff, Iowa, Faye Chambers and husband Jim of Ark City, Kansas and Charlene Riddle of Miami, Oklahoma, grandchildren, Michael Don Maxey and wife Shelly and Michelle Owen and husband Eric, all from Wagoner, Justin Maxey and wife Chrissy and Megan Robbins and husband Levi, all from Lenapah, Leah Youngren and husband Westley and Kendra Maxey, all of Lawrence, Kansas and T.W. Finley and wife Samantha from Sapulpa, ten great grandchildren and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Friends may visit the funeral home on Tuesday from 2:00 P.M.- 8:00 P.M.
A funeral service will be held 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at the First Baptist Church of Beggs with Reverend Chad Eads officiating. Interment will follow in the Beggs Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wagoner Chapter of the Riders United 4 Children.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Beggs.
Memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family on Don’s Tribute Page of our website at www.mcclendon-winters.com
Russell "Rusty" Boyd Howell, a resident of Dewar, Oklahoma, passed peacefully from this life on Sunday, January 15, 2017 in Dewar at the age of 51. Rusty was born on December 13, 1965 in Okemah, Oklahoma to William Boyd Howell and Judith Fraser.
Rusty grew up in the Wilson community and spent several years living in Muskogee as well. Following his education, Rusty joined the U.S. Army where he served for approximately two years. Later, Rusty attended college for two years at OSU Tech in Okmulgee where he studied marketing and management and heat and air. Rusty spent most of his adult life serving in a variety of management roles in convenience store operations. He worked as a district manager for Git N Go and for Pantry in the state of Florida. His love for this type of work was evident locally, as Rusty spent approximately 10 years in management with Love's Country Store operations in Henryetta, Ardmore, and Guthrie. Rusty loved to fish and ride his Harley Davidson motorcycle. He was an accomplished mechanic and was often found working on automobiles and trucks for friends and family. Rusty was a huge fan of the Dallas Cowboys and spent countless hours over a 5 year span sharing his love of the game with Henryetta PeeWee football teams which he coached. But most of all, Rusty loved his family. He was a loving son, brother, father, and grandfather and he will be missed by the many people he served through his work, and that he touched with his gentle kindness.
Rusty is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Virgil and Viola Howell and by his maternal grandparents, Elton and Jean Fraser.
He is survived by his three daughters, Whitney McLeland and husband Brian of Henryetta, Katie Hurst and husband Buddy of Okmulgee, and Courtney Howell of Inola; three sons, Kyle Henry of Muskogee, William Cody Howell of Dewar, and Brandon Howell and wife Emily of Tulsa; by five grandchildren, Waylon McLeland, Bryton Howell, Allison Howell, Gunner Howell, and Carnynn McLeland; mother, Judity Henson and husband David of Henryetta; a father, William Boyd Howell and wife Martha of Okmulgee; two brothers, Bobby Howell and wife Cindi of Morris and Shawn Howell of Wilson; two sisters, Holly Pritchard and husband Kevin of Morris and Heather Henson-Longan of Morris; two step-brothers, Johnny Page and wife Jessica of Ft. Gibson and Will Page and wife Brynn of Ft. Gibson; by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and other extended family; as well as many good friends.
Viewing for Rusty will be held on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at Integrity Funeral Service from 1:00pm until 8:00pm.
A funeral service for Rusty will be held on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 2:00pm at the First Baptist Church of Dewar with Rev. Ryan Wells officiating. Interment will follow immediately at Salt Creek Cemetery in Wilson under the direction of Integrity Funeral Service of Henryetta.
Pallbearers will be Shawn Howell, bobby Howell, Cody Howell, Brandon Howell, Brian McLeland, Dylan Howell, and Matt Howell. Honorary bearers will be Buddy Hurst and Zac Dickey.
The family has designated the Children's Miracle Network, c/o Love's Corporation, Attn: Kyla Turner, 10601 N. Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City, OK 73120 as appropriate for memorial contributions.