VERBA LEONA GOUGLER
Verba Leona Gougler, 89, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2005, in Talala, where she had been a lifelong area resident. Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Norman and Judy Gougler, Jr. of Talala and Bob and Julia Gougler of Coppell, Texas; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Lucille Long of Collinsville and Maxine and Paul Thompson of Claremore; five grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. Verba was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Itis (Ramsey) Owens; husband, Norman Gougler, Sr.; two brothers, Ira Owens and Arthur Owens; and one sister, Nellie Stout. The service was held at the First Christian Church in Vera on Wednesday Feb. 9, with Bill Lawrence officiating. Interment was at Ridgelawn Cemetery in Collinsville, under the direction of the Collinsville Funeral Home.
LECELL MCCORKLE, JR.
Lecell McCorkle, Jr., 77, heavy-equipment operator, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2005. Services were held on Feb. 1 at Floral Haven Funeral Home with Pastor Tom Gamble presiding. Interment was at Floral Haven Memorial Gardens. Lecell was born to Lecell McCorkle, Sr. and Maudie Cogburn. Survivors include his wife, Mabel (Johnson) McCorkle; and two children, Leroy McCorkle and LaQuita McCorkle, of Oologah.
CLAREMORE SERVICE SET TODAY FOR JAMES R. MAY
The Oklahoma memorial service for newspaper columnist James R. May will be held at 10 a.m. today (Thursday, November 17, 2005), at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 220 N. Seminole, Claremore. Pastor Mark Burger will officiate. ABLE Commission Administrative Law Judge Luke Simms and Oologah Lake Leader Publisher John Wylie will deliver eulogies. A two-member ABLE honor guard will attend. May was an Oologah Lake Leader columnist for 19 years and twice was named Oklahoma columnist of the year. His career as a law enforcement officer and executive included positions with the Irving, Texas Police Department, the Dallas Organized Crime Task Force, the Rogers County (Okla.) Sheriff’s Department and the ABLE Commission. He also was the founder of It’s the Pits BBQ in Claremore. May died Oct. 27 in Dallas. The Texas memorial service was held Oct. 31 in Irving.
IRA EARL “BILL” MCMILLEN
Ira Earl “Bill” McMillen 86, of Amarillo, Texas died Monday, Oct. 24, 2005. McMillen was born on Feb. 14, 1919, in Grovespring, Mo. to John and Sara McMillen. He moved to Oologah in 1930, where he grew up. He moved to Amarillo in 1938, where he married Emma Richardson. Services were held on Thursday, Oct. 27 at the Rector Funeral Home Osage Chapel. Survivors include three sons, Earl Lee and wife Faye, Carl Allen and wife Brenda, and Billy Raymond all of Amarillo; a step-daughter, Yvonne Richardson of Groesbeck, Texas; two sisters, Jean Woods of Pawnee and Ruby Willhite of Oologah; seven grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren.
Ruby Catherine Ballard
Graveside services for Ruby Catherine Ballard of Talala will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, May 26, 2006 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Oologah under the direction of Nick Reynolds Funeral Service of Collinsville. Mrs. Ballard passed away Monday, May 22, 2006 in Tulsa at the age of 62. She was a homemaker. She is survived by her husband Bobby Ballard; a son, Mike Ballard; a daughter, Denise Speaks; two granddaughters, Cassie Speaks and Carrie Ballard; a sister-in-law, Marilyn Foley, and numerous other family members and friends.
Gladys Mae Rogers
Funeral services for Gladys Mae Rogers, grandmother of Oologah Sonic manager Robert Rogers, will be at 10 a.m. Friday, May 26, 2006 at the Chapel of the Garden at Rice Funeral Service in Claremore with Father Paul Eichhoff officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. Friends may call from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday, May 25 at the funeral home. Mrs. Rogers, 88, of Claremore, passed away Saturday, May 20, 2006. She was born April 4, 1918 to Walter and Esther McConnell Coombs. She was a retired computer programmer. She is survived by her son, Jerry Rogers and wife Janet of the Claremore; grandchildren Chris Ross, Jeff Ross, Leighann Cordova, Roxanne Burch, Grover Rogers and Terry Rogers; seven great grandchildren; her sister-in-law Anna Sue Coombs of Bixby; three nieces, and four nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her son Earl Rogers and her brother Leo Coombs.
Jimmy Lee Sweet
Jimmy Lee Sweet, 78, of Claremore, died Friday, May 19, 2006. He was born January 11, 1928 at Talala to Orlando and Ethel Wofford Sweet. He was the retired owner of Sweetco Sales. He leaves his wife, Faye, of the home; his children Marsha Reech and husband John of Rowlett, Texas, and Steve Sweet and wife Vicki of Claremore; his grandchildren Sandy Kane and husband Pete of Evergreen, Colo., Kasey Remy and Tom of Tulsa, and Matt Sweet and wife Amber of Claremore; great grandchildren Laci Sweet, Karis Kane, Benjamin Kane, AnnaBelle Remy, Ben Remy and Lillyanna Sweet; his brothers, Bill Sweet and Glenn Sweet, both of Talala, and his sister, JoAnn Compston, of Tulsa. Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter Annie Sweet and his brother Bob Sweet. Services were to be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at the First Baptist Church of Talala with Earl Skaggs sharing words of comfort, with burial in the Fairview Cemetery in Talala under the direction of Rice Funeral Service.
Doris Elaine (Worden) Thomason, 80, longtime resident of Oologah, died Friday, May 12, 2006, in Tulsa. She was born May 11, 1926, in Oologah, the youngest of nine children to John Burd and Mary (Roberts) Worden. She grew up in Oologah and was a graduate of Oologah High School. She spent over 20 years with Murphy Manufacturing Corporation. Family members include: daughter and son-in-law, Loretta and James Boyd of Claremore; two sons and daughters-in-law, Clifford and Gloria Thomason of Collinsville and Leonard and Kim Thomason of Oologah; eight grandchildren, Roberta Kickapoo and husband Collins of Collinsville, Dustin Lester and wife Bobbie of Talala, Dana Abshere and husband Glen of Neosho, Mo., Chad Thomason and wife Ami of Broken Arrow, Jeremy Thomason and wife Tawnya of Silver City, Heath Thomason and wife Ginger of Collinsville, Jessica Vivion and husband Shain of Pryor, and Jason Thomason of Pryor; eight great-grandchildren and one on the way; one sister; Bernice Kepler of Owasso. She was preceded in death by four sisters, infant sister Worden, Ola Mae Ferguson, Minnie Lula Lambert, and Beulah Fern Hostetter; three brothers, Charley Worden, John Wesley Worden, and Cleve Hubert Worden. Funeral services were held Monday, May 15, 2006, at Liberty Free Will Baptist Church in Oologah with Pastor Casey Warford officiating. Committal services and interment followed in Fairview Cemetery in Talala. Arrangements were entrusted to Mowery Funeral Service of Owasso.
Lawrence Arthur Hubert, 64, of Houston, Texas, died May 1, 2006 in Houston. Services are 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 6 at Collinsville Funeral Home Chapel. Interment is in Fairview Cemetery, Talala, under the direction of Collinsville Funeral Home.
EUNA MARIE WHITE
Services for Euna Marie White will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 14 at First Baptist Church of Nowata.
Euna White, 86, of Owasso, died Friday, Aug. 11, 2006. She was born in Talala on Feb. 29, 1920 to James and Bertha Sweet. She lived in the Talala, Watova and Nowata areas. She is survived by her sons Bryan White and his wife Debbie of Talala and Robert White and his wife Kristen of Sedona, Arizona; daughers Arlene Lavender and her husband Dave of Meridian Idaho and Linda Latham and her husband Larry of Grove; 12 grandchildren and many great grandchildren. Benjamin Funeral Service is handling arrangements.
Etta Elizabeth Vancuren, 96, long time resident of Oologah, died Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2006, in Collinsville. She was born March 9, 1910, in Bushyhead to Ira Irvin and Rebecca Jane (Dillion) Carter. She married Theo Vancuren in 1935 and moved to Oologah. She had been an educator at Bushyhead, Sequoyah and Oologah Schools. She was a faithful member of the Oologah United Methodist Church since 1957 and an avid Mustang supporter. She leaves behind her daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Bill Brunson of Oologah; son and daughter-in-law, Ted and Ada Vancuren of Owasso; six grandchildren, Rick Brunson of Tulsa, Neal Brunson and Steve Foutch of Haskell, Keith Brunson and his wife Denise of Oologah, Brook Brunson of Oologah, Mark Vancuren and wife Sheila of Owasso and Angie and Zach Harbaugh of Owasso; 15 great grandchildren; nine great great grandchildren; two sisters Louanna Evans of Chelsea and Dorothy Carney of Henryetta. A celebration of life was held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, at the First Baptist Church of Oologah with Pastor Ben Williams of the Oologah United Methodist Church officiating. Interment was in the Chelsea Cemetery in Chelsea. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Oologah United Methodist Church Building Fund, 210 South Locust, Oologah, Oklahoma 74053. Arrangements and services were entrusted to Mowery Funeral Service of Owasso.
Roy Ball, Jr. 68, of Big Cabin, passed away Sunday, Aug. 6, 2006 at the VA Medical Center in Muskogee. He was born Feb. 14, 1938 in Stone, Kentucky to Roy and Edna (Trout) Ball. He was a minister and previously served at the First Christian Church in Talala. He leaves behind his wife Mary Ann (Barbarisi) Ball; two daughters Carmela Elizabeth Pyle of Oklahoma City and Debra Ann Thompson of Dallas, Texas; son James Christopher Ball of Cincinnati, Ohio; one grandchild Halley Ball; one sister Gloria Sue Lemieux of Forgan and several nieces and nephews as well as a host of loving family members and friends. Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 11 at the New Hope Christian Church in Miami with Pastors Joe Garman and Max Adams officiating. Arrangements were made through Luginbuel Funeral Home of Vinita.
OKLA HOMMA BLACKMAN
Okla Homma Blackman, 87, died Saturday, July 29, 2006 at Evergreen Nursing Home in Owasso. The daughter of Robert Ruben and Mary Belle (Knox) Homma was born July 30, 1918, in Leon. She grew up in Tulsa and graduated from Chilocco Indian School, Arkansas City. On Dec. 11, 1938, Okla married Hardy Blackman. They lived in California before moving to Oklahoma in 1976. Okla was a member of the First Baptist Church in Oologah. She was proud of her Choctaw heritage, and enjoyed sewing and art. Okla was listed in the Ripley’s Believe It or Not because of her name. Okla is survived by her son, Hardy Eugene “Gene” Blackman of California; sister, Audrey Beach of Claremore; five grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral service for Okla Homma Blackman were Tuesday, Aug. 1, at Musgrove-Merriott-Smith Chapel with Rev. John Lay officiating. Burial followed at Woodlawn Cemetery. View Okla’s online tribute and sign her memory book at www.mmsfuneralhomes.com.
Ann Dunn, 54, Tulsa, passed away Monday, July 24, 2006. She was born Nov. 19, 1951 in Oklahoma City, to Glen and Ruby (Bradley) Bailey. She was a graduate of Owasso Beauty College but spent much of her life as a wife and mother. She married Greg Dunn Oct. 2, 1976 in Sand Springs. She leaves behind her husband Greg Dunn of the home; two daughters, Lisa Baily and Missy Mize and her husband Mark; four grandchildren, Lauren, Michael, Celina and Trevian; two great grandchildren, Anaya Tisdale and Donnovan Tisdale; two sisters, Sue Bennett and Doris Baily; two brothers, Keith Baily and Darrell Baily; and mother Ruby Bailey. Funeral services were held Friday, July 28, 2006 at the Glorious Church Fellowship in Collinsville with Pastor Lee Morgans and Pastor George Shafer officiating. Committal services and interment were in Oak Hill Cemetery in Oologah. Arrangements and services were entrusted to Mowery Funeral Service of Owasso.
WILLIE MAE PILKINGTON
Willie Mae Pinkerton, 75, of Oologah, passed away at her home on Sunday, July 1, 2007 after a brave battle with cancer. She worked for many years as a rural mail carrier at the Collinsville post office. Services are at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 5 at the Baptist Tabernacle Church in Talala with internment following at Oakhill Cemetery in Oologah. She is survived by her husband of almost 55 years, G.L. Pinkerton. Other survivors include daughter Debra Burchett of Talala, son Gary and daughter-in-law Gail Pilkington of Oologah, son Clay Pilkington of Oologah, daughter Zenda and son-in-law John Cahse of Woodward; grandchildren Dax and wife Amber Burchett, Luke Pilkington, Matt Burchett, Joe Pilkington, Tristan Todd; great grandchild Jaxson Burchett; siblings Jackie Kirk, Guy and Ester McCollum, Willis and Hope McCollum, Geraldine and Robert Hall, Beulah and Don Sullivan, Ray McCollum, Betty McCollum, Cornell and Nadine McCollum, Shelby and Karen McCollum, Billy and Sandy McCollum, Bobby and Kathy McCollum. Arrangements are being handled by Collinsville Funeral Home.