April 27, 2022

Services for Rev. Terry Garrett, the husband of our classmate, Arthalia (Wilkerson) Garrett are scheduled for Saturday, April 30, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at The Worship Community Center in Muskogee.  
April 26, 2022

Word has been received of the passing of Rev. Terry Garrett, the husband of our classmate, Arthalia (Wilkerson) Garrett.  Please keep Arthalia and their family and ministry in prayer.  Services are pending with Biglow Funeral Home in Muskogee.  As soon as the information is released, we will pass it on.  
March 31, 2022

The Memorial service for Mr. Lee John Oliver (husband of Mary Cotton Oliver) is scheduled for Thursday, April 7, 2022, at 11:00 a.m.  The service will be held at Gilcrease Hills Baptist Church, 2001 W. Newton, Tulsa, OK 74127.
Please continue in prayer for Mary and their family.
March 30, 2022

With supreme trust in God, Who does all things well, I inform you of the transition of Mr. Lee John Oliver (husband of our beloved friend/classmate, Mary Cotton Oliver) earlier today.  Please lift Mary and their family to the LORD in prayer during this difficult season.  Arrangements are pending at this time.  Once they are set, the info will be posted here.

It is with great sadness that I share the early morning transition of our beloved classmate, Wanda F. Price Payne. Please lift her offspring, sibling, and entire family to the LORD for His peace and comfort during this difficult time. 

CORRECTION:  Connie Elliott Williams is correct name for Marva's sister; I had sent an email making her last name Wilson.  So sorry.

Please be in prayer for our classmate, Marva Elliott Hill Knotts and family.  Her sister, Connie (Elliott) Wilson(MTHS Class of 1967), transitioned on Saturday, November 20 in Houston, TX.  Services are planned for Saturday, November 27, 2021 in Houston.  Please reach out to Marva, but especially lift them before the LORD for His comfort and peace.

Word has been received of the transition of one of our schoolmates- Malcolm V. Royal, Sr., (MTHS Class of 1964) passed away on Sunday, November 21, 2021, in Oklahoma City.  Per his wishes no services will be held.  Please reach out to the Royal family, but most of all, keep them in your prayers doing this difficult time.
November, 2017

With extreme sadness, we announce the transition of Preston Norwood early this morning.  Preston is the younger brother to our classmate, Berta Norwood.  Please lift Berta, his wife, Sandra Gail, their children, and entire family to God in your prayers for comfort and peace.  Rest now, Preston.

The significant other of our classmate and friend, Edward "Drop" Marshall, transitioned to her eternal home on Friday.  Please keep Drop and her children in prayer.  Her name is Deloris Tillman, fondly called "DeeDee" by Drop and other loved ones.
Services are being planned for Saturday, August 29, 11:00 am at Temple and Sons Funeral Chapel.

We have received word that our classmate, Joyce Laverne Jackson, transitioned back to her Creator on yesterday evening.  Please keep her family in your prayers.  Thank you.

The family of our classmate and friend, Shirley (Corbin) Gray, has provided the following information:

West-Hurtt Funeral Home
217 S. Hampton Road
DeSoto, TX 75115
FAX 972-223-1322


Wednesday, December 30, 2020
10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. at West-Hurtt Funeral Home

Funeral Service
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
11:00 a.m.--12:00 p.m. at West-Hurtt Funeral Home

Wednesday, December 30, 2020
12:15 p.m.
Holy Redeemer Cemetery 
1500 S, Westmoreland Road
DeSoto, TX 75115

Please continue in prayer for Shirley's family.  

Shirley (Corbin) Gray’s son just notified me that she made her transition.  Please keep her sons, Bernard & Byron, her granddaughter, Paige, and her brother, McIra in prayer.  Further information will be sent to classmates as it is received.  

Please be in prayer for our classmate, Shirley (Corbin) Gray.  She suffered a cerebral aneurysm today and is on life support.  Please be in prayer for her and her boys.  

Home Going Services for
Reginald “Reggie” Turner

Public Viewing 
Date: Sunday, December 6th, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
             6:00 pm - Rosary Ceremony 
Location: Chaney- Harkins Funeral Home
                    528 S. 3rd St.
                    McAlester, Ok. 74501

Home Going Services
Date: Monday, December 7th, 2020
Time: 10:00 am
Location: St John’s Catholic Church
                     300 E Washington Ave
                     McAlester, Ok. 74501

Late last night, Helen (Phillips) Turner's husband, Reginald,  went to be with the LORD.  Please keep Helen and their family lifted to the LORD.  Feel free to give Helen a call today, as she is at home alone, because she has to quarantine until Friday.  You can reach her at (918) 426-0870 (home) or (918) 318-0016 (cell).
Thank you for your prayerful support.  

Helen (Phillips) Turner just called to request prayer for her husband, Reginald.
He is hospitalized at St. John Hospital in Tulsa in critical condition from serious health problems complicated by Covid-19.  Helen has tested negative but is quarantining at home in McAlester.  Please offer your prayers for their health and well-being.  Stay home!  Mask up!  Be safe!!!

We have just received word from Elverta Wells Palmer, that her mother, Vera DeLoney,passed.
Services are planned for Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 11:00 am at Restoration Church of God of Prophecy, Tulsa, OK.  Please reach out to Elverta with comfort and kindness, and keep her and her family in prayer.
This info was posted on Facebook; I told Henry I would pass it on to classmates requesting prayer:
I am at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento where I received a kidney transplant on last Friday morning.  It went well and I will be released on Wednesday or Thursday.  I thank God for this blessing and all of you for your prayers.  You have been so supportive and I can't thank you enough.  Sorry, but this is the most information I can share.
Please keep Henry and his family lifted in prayer.

Just received word of the passing of Sherry Lynette Henderson, daughter of our deceased classmate, Shirley Turner Walker.  Please pray for this family.  Details of services can be found at biglowfunerals.com.

Our classmate, Wanda Price Payne, upon receipt of the 55th Reunion cancellation notice, suggested we think about trying to do a ”reunion” via Zoom.  

I will be happy to work on a plan for a virtual event if there is any interest among classmates.  All it will cost is you signing into Zoom on your computer, tablet or phone.  (I will not work on a plan until I hear the desire of the class.)

Please RSVP yes or no, no later than August 29, indicating you would participate.


Harry Robinson, Class of 1963, and brother of our classmate, Helen Phillips Turner, transitioned from earthly life to eternal life on May 28.  Services have been scheduled for Friday, June 5, 2020 at 1:00 pm. at Deans Chapel Baptist Church in Muskogee.  
Please keep this family in your prayers and reach out to Helen in some compassionate expression.

With great sadness, we lift our classmate and friend, Darlene Atkinson Scott, to the LORD in prayer.  Her daughter, Elitha, transitioned back into the arms of her Loving Creator, The All-Wise God, earlier this afternoon.  Please keep our friend and her family before the LORD during this difficult time.  Reach out to her with compassion, comfort and care.  

Thank you.
March 11, 2020



For the sake of everyone's safety and well-being, please stay home and take the necessary precautions to not expose yourself to the Coronavirus Covid-19.

We are still planning our Reunion for September, so watch your email for updates and deadlines.  Our reunion has been planned to be a time of gathering just for the pleasure of being together (much like Spring Fling). 
We are hopeful that by then this pandemic situation will be much improved and we can gather in September!

Please take care of yourself!  Hoping to see you in September!
Proverbs 3:5-6
Psalm 91

Easter Davis, a Douglass elementary student who was our classmate through the seventh grade, sent this note and  announcement today.

She says:  This is to inform you of the passing of Easter Davis Grant's older brother, Fred (who also attended Muskogee schools until the family moved away.
He passed away Saturday, January 25, 2020
Want to let all that knew him know about it.
Thanks, Easter

Name: Fred J. Davis Jr.
Final Arrangements Entrusted to:
Clay & Clay Mortuary 3101 Lyons Ave. Houston, TX 77020
Church where Service will be held:
Heart of Faith Worship Center 12275 Homestead Rd Houston TX 77050 Pastor John Baines - Officiating
Funeral will be: Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Visitation (Viewing) will be at 10:00 a.m. Celebration (Service) will began at 11:00 a.m.

Marcia Jennings Granger is being cared for by the House of Winn in Muskogee.  Their website states that a Memorial Service is planned for February 14 @ 2:00 pm in the chapel at The House of Winn, 2020 Military Drive, Muskogee.

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the transition of our classmate/friend, Marcia Jennings Granger.  Please lift Marcia’s cousins and other family to the LORD in prayer during this season of bereavement.  God bless us all...

We received this request from our classmate/friend, Berta Norwood.  Please add it to your prayer list.  Thank you!
Please add my brother Preston to the list. He has stage 4 lung cancer. But God is good and through faith and prayer, he is doing well now.

Hello Classmates!
The following needs have been offered for us to remember in our prayers.

Tommy Jordan is battling health issues.
Darlene Atkinson Scott's daughter, Elitha, is recovering in a Tulsa hospital from a serious ailment.
Marcia Jennings Granger is in ICU in the Muskogee St. Francis hospital

Please remember these friends/classmates in prayer!


Services for June Ray are planned for Friday, November 8, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. At the Mt Calvary Baptist Church, 622 N.6th St.  Muskogee,OK, with Pastor Gary Hall, eulogizing.

The family has been cared for by House of Winn-Muskogee.  Continue in prayer and other support for this family as you are able.

October 31, 2019
Word has been received that June Marie Ray, the sister of our twin classmates, Geraldine Ray Travis and Charlene Ray Wilson, transitioned on yesterday in Muskogee.  Please be in prayer for this family.  When we hear of arrangements to celebrate June’s life, we will post it here.
October 31, 2019

I don't have any details, but I read on Facebook that our classmate, Sharon Daniels Ray, recently had a sister who transitioned from this life.  Please prayfor Sharon and reach out to her.
We have received word that Leroy “Bo” Craig, the brother of Helen Craig Mitchum went to be with the LORD on Wednesday, March 13.  Many Douglass and Sadler schoolmates will remember Leroy.  Please keep the family lifted in prayer during this time of bereavement.  Services are scheduled for Thursday, March 21,at 11:00 am atNew Zion Baptist Church in Muskogee.

Also, late last month we received word that Lonnie “Dickie” Edmondson had passed.  No publication was made of his passing or services.  Please take a moment to remember Lonnie and pray for any family members who may yet be grieving.
Our classmate, Wanda Price Payne’s husband, Rev. John F. Payne of KC, MO, transitioned back into the arms of his Loving Creator on Saturday, November 3. Please keep Wanda and her family in prayer as they plan and prepare for services on Saturday, November 10.  The family is being cared for by Elite Funeral Chapel of KC, MO, so any expressions of sympathy and care can be sent to Wanda through them.  

Services for William Gray are set for Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 11:00.  Viewing is at 10:00 at the church.

Friendship West Baptist Church 

2020 West Wheatland Road

Dallas, Texas 75232

(972) 228-5200


Holy Redeemer Cemetery 

1500 S. Westmoreland Road

DeSoto, Texas 75115

June 28, 2018
With great sadness, I inform you of the sudden passing of our classmate and friend, William Gray, early this morning. That is all I know at this time. Please keep Shirley, their sons, their granddaughter and William’s siblings and family in your prayers.
Services for Roy Milam
ROY L. MILAM Obituary
Mr. Roy L. Milam, 69 KCMO died Sept. 30, 2016 in Overland Park, Ks., services sat October 8, 2016, 2pm at Watkins Heritage Chapel. visitation 12noon. Interment in Booker T. Washington Cemetery in Muskogee, Ok.
Published in Kansas City Star on Oct. 4, 2016
- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kansascity/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=181715007#sthash.g4OswQSY.dpuf
July 23, 2016

Word has been received that Lillie Mae Hunt Wright, sister of classmate, Betty Walker Morrison has transitioned from this life.  Please keep Betty and family in your prayers!
July 22, 2016

Proud and devoted classmate/member, Lloyd David Brown made his transition back to his Maker.  Services are pending.  Please keep his family in prayer.
July 11, 2016

Word has been received that Class mate, Nathaniel Stanford, has transitioned back to husband Creator.  Services are pending.  Please keep his family in your prayers.
May 10, 2016

With great sadness, I share the shocking news of the sudden transition of our classmate, Shirley Turner Walker early this morning.   No details are known at this time, but let's join in fervent prayer for Shirley's family, especially her children.  I will update you as I know more.

Services for Markus Walker (son of classmate, Shirley Turner Walker)were held on December 28, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Faith Deliverance Christian Center in Muskogee.

Services for classmate, Lottie Miles Simmons, are scheduled for December 29, 2015, at 11:00 at Schaudt's Funeral home in Glenpool, OK, with burial at the National Cemetery at Fort Gibson, OK.
December 23, 2015

Classmates, please join in prayer for two of our classmates who have had children make their transition from the earthly realm to eternity within the last week.
Tiara Lee, the daughter of LeeAntoinette Green, made her transition on December 10 in Tulsa.  Services were held on December 18 in Tulsa.
Markus Walker, the son of Shirley Turner Walker, made his transition on December 22 in Muskogee.  Services are pending at this time.
During this season of joy, please remember our friends who are experiencing deep sorrow.  
Word has been received that our classmate, Lottie Miles Simmons, transitioned from this earthly life on December 10 in her home.  You will recall that Lottie's husband, Archie, passed in September this year.  Please keep their children and other family in your prayers.  No info has reached me about services.
December 1, 2015

Dr. Robert McFrazier, brother of our classmate, Carolyn McFrazier, passed from this life to life eternal on November 24, in Topeka, KS.  Please keep Carolyn and the family lifted in prayer.  This is the second sibling in their family to transition in just a few months.  
Services for Dr. McFrazier will be held on December 2, 2015, at the Mount Carmel Baptist Church of Topeka.
Middle Passage, aka, Charles Woods Services

Classmates, please remember the family of our classmate, Charles Woods, aka Middle Passage, as his services will be held on October 29, 2015, at Adams State College in Alamosa, CO.  The National President of the NAACP will deliver the eulogy .  Please remember to whisper a prayer for his wife, children, grandchildren and siblings on that day.  
Joice Rivers Carter

The webmistress apologizes for the lateness of this news, but something happened in cyberspace and it did not go through when I posted it last week.  

Tommie Jean Jackson, of Itasca, TX, the younger sister of our classmate, Joice Rivers Carter, made her transition early last week.  Services were held Ssturday, October 24, 2015, in Itasca.

Please keep Joice and her family in your prayers.  
Ms. Joyce Chairs Diles, with loving family by her side, peacefully Dozed into Eternal Rest, Wednesday Morning, October 14, 2015 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

Ms. Diles will have a visitation in Tulsa on Wednesday October 21, 2015 from 12Noon until 7PM in Tulsa, and a visitation on Thursday October 22, 2015 from 12Noon until 6PM in Muskogee. 

Her funeral service will be Friday October 23, 2015 at St. Paul United Methodist Church located at 2130 W. Okmulgee Street in Muskogee at 12Noon. 

Burial will follow at Booker T. Washington Cemetery in Muskogee.


Broad coalition of partners including the Democracy Initiative, Communications Workers of America, Common Cause, NAACP Legal Defense Fund,  Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, 1199 SEIU, The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Sierra Club, National Bar Association, and Black Women’s Roundtable Announce 860-mile March from Selma, AL to Washington, DC featuring nationwide demonstrations, teach-ins, and #JusticeSummer campaign


One of the things we were taught during our years at dear ole Manual was that we had a responsibility to help make the world a better place.  Many of us have tried to live our lives to that end.  One of our classmates took to heart the fight for justice, participating in the NAACP's Journey for Justice.  Middle Passage, aka Charles Woods, completed his life sojourn while journeying for justice.  The president of the NAACP pays tribute to him in a video. That video can be viewed at https://youtu.be/xoeZW9X2qps.    See this video as well:  http://youtu.be/Jt34PiRdiF
Archie Simmons Commital service
FYI:  The commital service for Archie Simmons will be 11:00 on Monday, October 5, 2015, at the National Cemetery at Fort Gibson, OK
October 1, 2015
Lottie Miles Simmons husband's services
Funeral services for Archie Lorenzo Simmons will be held on Friday, October 2nd at 11:00 at Schaudt's Funeral Home in Glenpool, ok. 719 East 141st St. Glenpool 74033 (918) 291-1700. Interment at Ft. Gibson National Cemetery. 
September 23, 2015

Word has just been received that Archie Simmons, the spouse of classmate Lottie Miles, (and brother of deceased classmate, Patricia Simmons) passed.  Please keep Lottie and the family in prayer.  
September 13, 2015

Word has been received that classmate, Charles Woods, aka Middle Passage, suffered a fatal heart attack on yesterday.  More information will be passed on as it is received.  Please pray for his family.
Davis, Dee 69, US Marine Corps, died Thursday, August 13, 2015. Rosary will be at 6:00 P.M. Friday, August 21, 2015. Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, August 22, 2015, both at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. On Wednesday, April 24, 1946, a handsome baby boy was born to the union of David & Elizabeth Goudeau-Davis. He was given the name Dee Hampton Davis after his paternal grandfather. Dee married his high school sweetheart, Doris Harlin, & from this union came 3 beautiful daughters: Zondra Dee, Donna Lynn, & Doris Jr. Later Dee met & married Cecilia Wambugu. This union was blessed with 3 beautiful children: Elizabeth, Kelly & his beloved son DeeIsaac. Dee loved being a father to his children. He enjoyed cooking, ironing for his children, chauffeuring them to school & traveling. He made 2 trips to Kenya, Africa. Dee was educated in Muskogee, OK public schools, graduating from Wheatley Elementary, Sadler Junior High & the historic Manuel Training High School in the class of 1965. After high school, Dee enlisted in the Marine Corps & served in the Vietnam War. He was wounded in combat, & was a recipient of the Purple Heart Award. Immediate family who proceeded him in eternal rest were his parents; father-in-law, Isaac; brothers, Robert & Marion Chamberlain; sisters, Millicent Charles, Tiny Teague, & Evelyn Sells; daughter, Donna Lynn; & recently grandson, Trey. Then left to cherish his memory are his wife, Cecilia; mother-in-law, Elizabeth; daughters, Zondra (Johnny) of Boley, OK, Doris Jr. (Herchelle) of Grand Prairie, TX, Elizabeth, Kelly & DeeIsaac of Wichita, KS; sisters, Helen Johnson (Thomas), Susy Morris, Marianne Ball, Stella Childers (Marion), all of OK, Patricia Taylor (Wyman), Robbie Holt (Roger), Lynell Mack (Kenny), Jacquelyn Morris (Pha), all of Wichita, KS; brother, Tommy Chamberlain (Stacy) of Lawrence, KS; 5 grandsons, Lamar (Cocoa), & Julius (Jennifer) Phillips of Tulsa, OK, Cameron, Kendell, & Bryson Brown, of Grand Prairie, TX; 3 granddaughters, Kocrese Nash (Chase) of Tulsa, OK, Jordan Keys of Grand Prairie, TX, Kiera Bird of Boley, OK; & a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, & Friends. A memorial has been established with Kelly W. Davis Running International, 202 N. Chelmsford, Wichita, KS 67230. Downing & Lahey Mortuary East. Share tributes online at: www.dlwichita.com
August 13, 2015


On August 4, 2015, Renaldo (Ronnie) Boulware, the husband of our classmate, Barbara Fennell, transitioned from this life to life eternal.  Services were held on August 10th.  The obituary may be seen at biglowfunerals.com

Word has been received that our classmate, Dee Hampton Davis, made his transition this morning,  please pray for his family.  

July 12, 2015

Please lift classmate, Hylda Taylor Jackson, and her family in prayer.  Hylda's
23-year-old grandson, Frederick Farmer, passed away unexpectedly.  Our classmate asks for our prayers during this tough time!
June 29, 2015
Word has been received that Mrs. Annie Jewel Mure Vaughn, the mother of Charley Epperson, passed on June 22, 2015 in Oakland, CA, where she had been residing with her daughter, Joyce.
Plans are underway to return her to Muskogee for a service and burial.  Time and place to be confirmed later today.
Please keep Charley and his family in your prayers!
June 29, 2015

I apologize that I did not get this announcement out sooner, as I was dealing with the critical situation of my own son.  
I am sure that most of you are aware by now that Margaret Jean McFrazier, the younger sister of Carolyn McFrazier made her transition on June 16, 2015.  Services to celebrate her life were held on June 27, 2015, at Macedonia Baptist Church in Muskogee.
Please keep Carolyn and the family in your prayers!

Sandra Cullom 
(November 27, 1947 - April 27, 2015) 

A golden heart stopped beating, hard-working hands went to rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us He only takes the best. 

On November 27, 1947 a beautiful daughter was sent from Heaven to join the union of Eldon, Sr. and Laura Jean Lyday. They named her Sandra Elaine. As a child she attended Jerusalem School and in 1965, she graduated from the Historic Manual Training High School. After graduation from High School, she went to Job Corps. Sandra then returned to Muskogee to enter the work force as a Nurses’ Aide and worked at various Nursing Center in Muskogee. She met and married Dewey B. Cullom and to this union a daughter was born. The marriage was later dissolved and she met Eddie Robinson. From this union two sons were born. After many years together and her love to help people, she decided to further her education and went on to become an LPN and graduated with straight A’s and President of her class. She also worked at night at Muskogee General Hospital.

She wanted something better so she moved her and her children to Tulsa, Oklahoma where she resided until her death early Monday Morning April 27, 2015 at her home in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In her 67th year, Sandra dozed into eternal peace of slumber and was met at Heaven’s Gate by her parents, two brothers, and two sisters.

Those remaining to lament her death while yet cherishing loving memories of her smile, her loving, giving, beautiful soul are her three childen: one daughter Lori Ann Cullom, Dallas, TX, and her children Alden D. Cullom, Alexia D. Cullom, Andrew D. Cullom, Mishayla E. Cullom, and Quentin D. Cullom, her oldest son Eddie Robinson (Jessica), Tulsa, OK., their children Danielle L. Colbert, Javia D. Robinson, Eddie T. Robinson, Jr. Rayden T. Dean, and Raylee A. Dean, her youngest son Damion Robinson (Jamie), Tulsa, OK. and their children: Dylan L. Sutter, Keonte L. Robinson, and Damion J. Robinson, Jr., all of Tulsa, OK., two sisters: Patricia Bryant (Jerry), Tulsa, OK., Janie Moore (Vernon), Muskogee, OK, a very special lil-sister cousin Randy McNac (Arthur), Muskogee, OK., a variety of great-grandchildren from Tulsa to Texas, along with a caravan of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Services for Ms. Sandra Cullom will be Saturday May 2, 2015 at 1PM inside Biglow's All Faiths Chapel in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Visitation will be Friday from 12Noon until 7PM in Tulsa. 






Word has been received that Mrs. Velma Brown, mother of classmate, Cedrie Brown, went to be with the LORD this morning.  Arrangements are pending.
Please keep Cedric and family in prayer.
Services celebrating the life and the home-going of Mr. James Rudolph Cotton, Sr.,have been scheduled for Friday, January 23, 2015 at 10:00 am, at St. Mark Baptist Church, Muskogee.  Burial will be at the National Cemetery at Fort Gibson, OK. Arrangements being handled by Granger-House of Winn.
Mr. James Rudolph Cotton, Sr..(Class of 1956), brother of Mary Cotton Oliver, transitioned to his Eternal Rest early yesterday morning, January 19, 2015.  Please keep the entire family in prayer.  Arrangements are pending.
January 5, 2015
I just spoke with Marcia Jennings Granger.  This morning  Mrs. Jennings transitioned from this life to Life Eternal.  Please reach out to Marcia with your love and care.  Keep her in your prayers.  Information will be posted here if and when a service is scheduled.
YOU SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED THIS EMAIL IN June; if you did not, please go to classmates page and update your information.  


From: Mary Cotton Oliver <grammi07@sbcglobal.net>
Date: June 18, 2014 at 11:48:58 AM CDT
To: "grammi07@sbcglobal.net" <grammi07@sbcglobal.net>
Subject: June 08,2014
June 08,2014

Dear classmate:
Can you believe that it has been almost 50 years since we graced the halls of dear old Manual? Where did the time go? I'm sure you have had some of the same trials, joys, disappointments, and blessings that I have had.

It's time for us to get together one more time.  Plans are underway for our 50th reunion.  We want this Golden Anniversary to be the greatest one ever.  The dates are May 22-24,2015(Memorial Day week-end).  

You may make reservations at Marriott's Fairfield Inn & Suites, 1650 North 32nd Street, (918-683-6700), fairfieldinn.com. Room rates are: $90.00 for double queen and $100.00 for executive suites.  Rates include a complimentary hot breakfast. Please inform them that you are with the MTHS Class of 1965.  The hotel suggests that you make your reservations by March 15, 2015

Activities include: 
Friday, May 22, 2015, 4pm-9pm, - Registration, meet and greet, time of sharing, Fairfield Inn & Suites; Saturday, May 23,2015, Picnic (inside), 11am, Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, 401 S. 3rd Street1:00 p.m., tour of City, Back to School, free time; Banquet 5pm-7pm, Dance and Social hour, 8pm-11pm, Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame; Sunday, May 23,2015, brunch 12:30-2:30, Golden Corral, 423 W. 
Shawnee, Worship and Memorial Service, 3pm, St. Mark Baptist Church, 1020 S 2nd Street.

Our Souvenir Book will include photos from our humble beginnings in elementary school to the 2015 Spring Fling and messages and information about you and your family that you wish to include.  We hope that you will want to be a part of this book.  The deadline for submitting materials will be March 01, 2015.  No material/ads will be accepted after this date.
Cost as follows:  Full Page            $100.00
                           Half Page.              50.00
                           Fourth Page.          25.00
                           Bus. Cards.            15.00
                           Patrons.                   5.00
If pictures are a part of your ad, please increase the cost by $5.00 per picture.

The registration fee of $100 per person or $150 per couple covers all reunion activities; the souvenir book, the registration souvenir bag and button, a memorial DVD, and 1t-shirt.  Items and events may be purchased individually.  Cost of individual events and items:  Souvenir Bag and Contents   $65.00
                                              Banquet                                   25.00
                                              Picnic                                      20.00
                                              Dance                                      15.00

Please respond ASAP if you plan to attend :  Collotta Cade-Bailey, email to greenacres7@hughes.net, Helen Craig-Mitchum, phone(918-441-0501), Web Page(mths1965.com)
Phone-(918) 441-0501
Web Page  mths1965.com

Make checks payable 'MTHS class of 1965' and mail to:
Shirley Hunt Davis, 15009 E 120th Street North, Collinsville, Ok 74021

Our dream is to have at least 50 classmates attend our 50th reunion. Please respond immediately if you are planning to come and all reunion fees will be due by March 15, 2015. Please enclose T-shirt size when you RSVP.  Thanks. 

If you have any photos that you are willing to share with the class, especially elementary school photos, please scan them and email them to Mary Cotton-Oliver(grammi07@sbcglobal.net), or mail them to her at 791 N Zenith Avenue, Tulsa, ok 74127.  She will take good care of them and return them ASAP

Please find enclosed a list of classmates that we haven't been able to locate.  If you have information for any of these please email, call, or put it on the web page. We don't want to leave any classmates out. Wouldn't it be great to have 50 plus classmates at our 50th reunion?

Hoping this letter finds you happy and well and hoping to hear from you soon. 

Helen Craig Cade Mitchum
50th Reunion Chair-person

Mary Cotton-Oliver
50th Reunion Vice chair

This page was previously our ANNOUNCEMENT PAGE that kept up with deaths and happenings in other classes.  That page has been archived and is being replaced with this one...stay in touch...prayer requests, both joys and concerns can be sent to the WebMistress (revsister@sbcglobal.net) and she will post here.

May 1, 2014

i have not been able to post this year like in past years as I have been busy closing out my official roles.  I retire June 1, 2014 and will be more diligent in posting info.   I sincerely apologize to those classmates who have endured life-changing events that have not been posted.  Feel free to submit an article that was missed that you would like posted.   Submit using the CONTACT US thread.  Thank you and God bless you!

Shirley Turner's mom passes

Mrs. Emma Craig Taylor, mother of classmate Shirley Turner-Walker, passed away on May 8, 2014.  Arrangements are pending.
Services for Shirley Turner Walker's mother will be Thursday, May 15th at Faith Deliverance Christian Center in Muskogee at 12 noon.
May 1, 2014
Word has been received that Troy, the son of classmate Oster Woolridge and schoolmate Ruby Faye (Martin) Woolridge, class of 1966, passed away on yesterday.  Please keep this father and mother and all the family in your prayers.  Arrangements are pending and will be posted when available.
Oster A (Trois) Woolridge III passed away on April 30, 2014.  Trois was born in Muskogee Oklahoma on April 20, 1967.  He attended schools in Muskogee, Oklahoma City and Arlington Texas.  He graduated from Arlington's Lamar High School in 1985.

After High School, Trois attended the University of Oklahoma and played on their championship football team before enlisting in the United States Army.  He performed a variety of duties and served in Panama and South Korea.  Trois was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm in 1991.  He obtained the rank of Sergeant prior to his medical retirement.  

After the military, Trois was an Air Traffic Controller for the Western Pacific region. He was also an Aircraft Dispatcher for Raytheon Aeronautics in Wichita Kansas. 

Because Trois was diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome he had to give up his career in the Aviation industry.  He returned to Texas because of the gradual disinigration of his health from this degenerative illness.  Trois lived in Ft Worth Texas at the time of his death.  He continued to advocate for Veteran Benefits and medical support throughout the remainder of his life.  Through his tireless effort and advocacy, Trois was chosen as a delegate to the 2014 Texas State Democratic Convention.  

While in the Army, Trois met and married Sheri (McIntyre) Woolridge.  They had two children.  Jourdan Alexander passed away in 1994 from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome(SIDS).  Ashleigh Elizabeth will graduate with Honors from Amphitheater High School in Tucson Arizona this month.  Ashleigh will be attending the University of Arizona in the fall.  She has been accepted into the UofA Honors College and will be pursuing a degree in Aerospace Mechanical Engineering.  Trois and Sheri divorced in 2004, but remained friends and raised Ashleigh together.  

Services will be held at The Potter's House of Dallas on May 17, 2014 at 11am.  
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In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made in honor of Oster A Woolridge III to the Disabled Veterens for America or the Woolridge Family Fund  PO Box 121026 Arlington Texas 76012.  We would like to use donations made to the Woolridge Family fund to start a foundation to assist disabled Veterens. 

Ruby Martin Woolridge
On September 18, 1947, in Muskogee, OK, a boy was born to A.G. and Willia Mae Harris. He was the second born of four children. The couple named their beloved gift, Albert George Harris Jr. Later to be widely known in surrounding communities as “Bunky.”
At a young age Albert Jr. was baptized into the family of God and was a member of Metropolitan Baptist Church.
Albert Jr. was educated in the Muskogee Public School system and graduated from Manual Training High School with the class of 1965. During his studies at Manual Training, Albert Jr. satisfactorily completed 1015 hours of instruction in vocational barbering, a skill that he loved and later practiced for many years.
In 1970, Albert Jr. entered into a committed relationship with Christine Vann and started a family.
Albert Jr. served in the United States Army and received an honorable discharge in August 1973. Albert Jr. worked at Muskogee General Hospital and the U.S. Post Office in a janitorial capacity until his physical health prevented any further pursuits of gainful employment.
In his 66th year, Albert G. Harris Jr. went home to be with the Lord, Monday, April 21, 2014. He is preceded in death by his parents, his beloved Christine, a daughter, Marsha Ann, and sister, Barbara Ann Porter.
Family members who remain to cherish memories of his life, a daughter, Renette (Shannon) Ousley, four grandchildren, Chaunda, Cortney, Cameron, and Daquarius, 3 great-grandchildren, step-daughter, Cora Garrett and her family, brother, Jimmie (Janis) Harris, sister, Janie Harris, God sister, Antonia Walker, devoted brother-in-law, Alan Vann, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The Harris family invites you to come share with them your memories of “Bunky” on Monday, April 28, 2014, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Granger Colonial Chapel.
Arrangements have been entrusted with Granger House of Winn Funeral Home. Online condolence and registry may be expressed at www.houseofwinn.com
June 29, 2013
Aaron Burr, Class of 1966, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday morning, June 27, at his home in Akron, OH.  Arrangements are pending.  Please pray for his family and his classmates!

Aaron Burr, former HR director at Beacon, dies at 65


By Marilyn Miller 
Beacon Journal staff writer
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Aaron Burr was a towering, yet gentle, soft-spoken leader, who rose through the ranks during his two decades at the Akron Beacon Journal.

Mr. Burr worked at the Beacon Journal for 23 years, eventually leading the newspaper’s circulation and human resources departments.

He was also a retired school teacher and assistant principal in the Akron Public School system, where he worked 15 years.

He taught history and social studies at Ellet High School, Litchfield Junior High and East High School. In 1982, he became assistant principal at Hyre Junior High.

Mr. Burr worked in circulation for six years before taking over as the newspaper’s human resources director in 1996. He stayed in the position until he retired on April 1.

Mr. Burr died Thursday at his home of natural causes. He was 65.

Family members and friends said he was working hard on his health, determined to feel better.

“He was so proud of how well he did last week when we walked a mile together in the park,” said his wife, Margaret, of 25 years. “He wasn’t feeling well but I couldn’t get him to go to the hospital or call the doctor. He thought whatever it was, it would pass and it didn’t.”

Ironically he died on the anniversary of their first date, June 27, 1983, when they celebrated the July 4th festival in downtown Akron and then went to the Goodyear Metropolitan Park to eat and talk.

His daughter, Marlette, said her father was passionate about good food and “loved a good hamburger.” She said he had made himself a hamburger the day he died.

“You have to understand the significance of that. He ate every morsel of that hamburger, then he died in his sleep,” she said.

Mr. Burr stood 6 feet 6, but he is remembered as a quiet, yet smooth person, who was easy to talk to and a good listener.

“He was an exceptional leader, who guided the Beacon Journal through many changes, especially when the newspaper was sold,” said Publisher Andrea Mathewson. “It was quite a big task to bring in all the HR functions that were once housed at Knight-Ridder corporate offices.

“I called the HR department ‘The Little Department That Could’ because Aaron had to figure out how to get it all done. I always thought he was one of the most steadfast leaders at the Beacon.”

She said he was solid like a rock.

“A lot of times you would solve your own issue by just talking to him because he would guide the conversation, even with senior managers, without being too opinionated to let people come to their own conclusion,” Mathewson said.

A native of Muskogee, Okla., Mr. Burr was the oldest of five children. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history and secondary education at Northeast Oklahoma State University and later his master’s degree in education administration at the University of Akron.

Mr. Burr moved to Akron in 1971. His wife said he came to the area on the advice of his aunt, Lucille Burr, who claimed there would be better opportunities for him in the Akron Public School system over the Muskogee school system, where he was employed as a teacher.

Mr. Burr loved playing golf. He was president of Tire Town Golf Charities the past 12 years and a member of the organization for about 25 years.

“He was a good golfer and a good president, he made quality decisions and was a good organizer. We will miss his leadership,” said Joe Patterson, Tire Town tournament director. “I saw him on Tuesday and talked with him on Wednesday. He was excited about our tournament coming up on July 13, and we talked about new ideas.”

Patterson also worked with him at the Beacon for several years in circulation and said his friend moved up the ranks quickly.

“I trained him as a district manager and he went on to become my boss as the supervisor of circulation. He picked up things very easily.”

Mrs. Burr said her husband’s father named him Aaron Burr because it was a catchy name and would always draw attention. Mr. Burr said he had his fair share of jokes with his name while teaching history, but not so much from his family or friends.

“Who would tease a 6-foot-6 guy about his name? I know I never did,” said Patterson, who stands a foot shorter. “It was more like, ‘How are you doing, Mr. Burr?’ ”

An active member at St. John Christian Methodist Episcopal Church on South Hawkins Avenue, Mr. Burr also served on various United Way committees, the First Tee Board of Directors and Legacy III. He was also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

Mr. Burr is survived by five children: Ericka Burr, Shonnie (Steve) Phillips, Marlette (Jess) Brantley, Rachel (Mario) Cobian and Johnnie (Endura) Robinson; six grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Funeral arrangements will be handled by Stewart & Calhoun, 529 W. Thornton St., in Akron. Details have not been finalized.

June 1, 2013
Rozina Lyles, mother of our classmate, Wanda (Price) Payne, passed away on yesterday in Kansas City.  Please keep Wanda and her sister, Pat, and all their family in your thoughts and prayers.  Services are scheduled for Saturday, June 8 @ 11:00 am. at the Temple of Faith Baptist Church in Kansas City, MO..
June 1, 2013
The webmistress offers sincere apologies to classmate, Darlene (Atkinson) Scott and sisters for not posting the passing of their mother.  The webmistress was having computer and Internet issues during that period.  Please accept my sincere apologies.  Because of that, I am posting your mother's entire obituary.
Eola Mae Atkinson 
(January 16, 1920 - January 29, 2013)   
On January 16, 1920, James and Aplis Jones were blessed with their fourth of seven children in Rentiesville, Oklahoma. She was given the name Eola Mae, but affectionately called “Daught.”
After completing her education through the Rentiesville Public School System, she completed two years at Langston University in Langston, Oklahoma. Later in life, she met a handsome gentleman, Lonnie C. Atkinson. They were married and their union was blessed with four daughters.
After 16 years of marriage and the loss of her husband, she no longer could be a homemaker and pursued a career as a cook and later, became the manager of the Sonic Drive-In located on West Okmulgee Avenue. After leaving their employment, she established a childcare business in her home, where she cared for and mothered many who became her life-long friends.
As a faithful member of Greater Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, she has served faithfully as a Deaconess, member of the Mission, Choir, Kitchen Committee and wherever she was called to serve. Since October 14, 2007, she has been recognized as the “Mother of the Church.” When her health began to fail, she continued to support her church, prayerfully and financially.
On Tuesday, January 29, 2013, Eola Mae Atkinson, after 93 years, “took flight with Angels to thine place of rest.” She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a daughter, Elrita Brown, a brother, Lincoln Jones, her sister, Hestella Brown, Bernice Sheppard and Irene Parrett.
Those left to cherish her beautiful memory; her children, Darlene Scott, Muskogee, and Lonnita Atkinson and Deborah Atkinson, both of Tulsa; her sister, Thelma Jackson, Dallas, Texas; her brother, Albert Jones, Kansas City, Missouri; her grandchildren, Marcus Scott, Sr., Richard [Tonya] Atkinson, Javonna Shumate, Elitha Scott, David Atkinson, Sr., Carmell [Chris] Best; her great-grandchildren, Morgan Scott, Marcus Scott, Jr., Derrick Hill, Jr., David Atkinson, Jr., Jonothan Atkinson, Micaela Atkinson, Crystal Best, Christopher Best, and Carlee Best; a great-great-grandson, Lathon Scott; two cousins; a host of nieces, nephews, her church family and many, many friends.
The Sacred Farewell will be shared on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 10:00 AM in the most Holy Sanctuary of the Greater Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church. Reverend Vanzelen G. Brown, Sr., Pastor, will Preside.
The Christian Committal will follow in the Booker T. Washington Cemetery.
You may visit "Daught" as she slumbers in sweet repose at the funeral home on Friday from 12 Noon until 6 PM.
 October 10, 2012

Willard " W. G. " Giddings Parker 
(March 30, 1914 - October 8, 2012
Mr. Willard G. "W. G." Parker, after 98 years, "dozed from earth to everlasting" on Monday afternoon from Muskogee.  Servic
e arrangements are pending in Muskogee.
 Please keep his family in prayer; we will place arrangements here when they are made.



October 5, 2012
Mrs. Kathrine Swift, mother of our classmate, Osie Winn, passed away yesterday in Houston, TX.   Services are planned for next Saturday, October 13th in Muskogee. Check back here for more information as it comes in.  Please keep Osie and family in your prayers.
 August 10, 2012
The mother-in-law of classmate Marjorie (Johnson) Kyle passed away this morning in Arizona at the blessed age of 97 years.  Please pray for Stanley and his family.

Regretfully, we just received word of the passing of one of our classmates' mothers--Mrs. Beatrice Thompson Robinson, the mother of Fredrick Thompson.  Her services were held on yesterday.  Her obituary is below.  Please pray for Fredrick and the family.

Beatrice E. Robinson
08/02/2012 11:39 PM


Mrs. Beatrice E. Robinson, in her 84th year, “looked to the hills” on Monday, July 30, 2012 from Muskogee.
On May 6th, 1928 a beautiful baby girl was born in Beggs, OK to Abbiemittie (Maxwell) & Frank Gardenhire. They named her Beatrice Ella Marie.
As a child the Gardenhire family moved to Eufaula and later to Muskogee, where Beatrice professed her love for Christ and was baptized at Union Baptist Church.
Beatrice married Clyde Frederick Thompson on July 5th, 1944. To this, union they were blessed with 4 wonderful sons, Clyde Edward, Fredrick Harold, Leonard Howard and Lawrence Allen, and one beautiful and devoted daughter, Cathy Elaine. Beatrice was a faithful and loving wife until Clyde’s death on January 15th, 1966.
She served as a faithful member at Union Baptist until she married her husband, and she changed her membership to Dean's Chapel Baptist Church.  She loved people and was a living testimony to the effect of: “If I can help somebody as I pass along then my living shall not be in vain.”
She later married Mr. Theodore “Papa” Robinson in May of 1978. The two of them spoiled their grand-kids and taught them to cook, until December 3rd, 2000, when Papa went HOME to be with the Lord.
Preceding her to Heaven were her parents, Frank and Abbiemittie, her siblings, Martha, Frank, “RC”, JoAnn, Ben, Clifford “Butch”, Ruth, James Dee; her husbands, Clyde and Theodore; her oldest son, Clyde; two daughter-in-laws, Margie Faye and Catherine Ann; grandchildren, Lynetta Thompson and Shalake Blair and one great granddaughter, Ashari Lyday.
She leaves to cherish her wonderful memory  her children, Fredrick Thompson (Kathy) of Muskogee, Leonard (Robyne) Thompson of Clinton Township, MI, Lawrence (Latressia) Thompson, Cathy (Cornelius) Edwards all of Muskogee. Her siblings, Frank “Pap” Gardenhire Jr. & Viola Piggee, both of Muskogee. A multitude of grandchildren, Clyde’s children, Stevie (Valorie), Sarah (Odell), Cynthia, Karen, Tim, Clyde Jr. Uhl, Charles (Carol), Carmen (Larry), Travis, Jody (Michelle), Freddy, Bob, Stephan (Victoria), Varon, Joseph, Christy, Brandon, Turk and Tubby, Fred Harold’s children, Amanda, Cinnamon & Megan, Leonard’s children, Chris (Nikki), Imesia, Roger (Angie), Clyde, Kevin, Tamarsha, Brandon “BT”, and Kendra (David), Lawrence’s children, Philemon Jr. “Peppy”, Rodney (Robin), Lawrence Jr., Christa (Oliver), Rondale, Courtney (Lori), La Toya (Claudell), Dustin (Cathy), Lanita, Ely (Joanna), Tiarra, Ron “RJ”, Jada, Lydia, Cathy’s Children, Clarence, Crystal (Billy), and CleAndrae Ms. Beatrice Robinson leaves over 100 great grandchildren and many great great-grandchildren. There was not one child that Ms. Robinson didn’t love with her whole-heart.
In addition to cherishing the great memory of Ms. Robinson are several nieces and nephews, other family members and friends that will always fondly recall wonderful times with the one and only Ms. Beatrice Robinson.
The Celebratory Tribute to say Farewell will be held on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. in the Timothy Baptist Church. Pastor Kelly Payne is the gracious host Pastor, and Reverend Don Dumas, Pastor of Dean's Chapel Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will follow in the National Cemetery at Fort Gibson at 12 Noon. Her Final Hour will be a Signature Service by the Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc.
You may visit “MeMaw”, as she slumbers in sweet repose  on Friday at Timothy Baptist Church from 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM. The Casket will not be opened at the conclusion of the Ceremony.
Friends may convey condolences and sign the online register at www.biglowfunerals.com.

Comfort, caring & understanding

July 13, 2012
 SOMETHING WE CAN BE PROUD OF-this article about our classmate, Taft Hickman, came via the Northeastern State University News:   Taft Hickman, Muskogee Manual graduate, former NSU student and  an educator for the past 40 years, will appear onNBA TV, along with current New Orleans Hornet Basketball coach Monty Williams. Taft was a High School Basketball coach at Frederick Douglas High School where he coached Shawn Merriman, a top five (5) high school basketball on the East coast and currently playing for the San Diego Charges of the National Football league. Taft won two (2) Maryland State High School Championships, was State Runner-up twice. He coached Monty Williams, Head Basketball Coach for the New Orleans Hornets and starting Sunday, July 15th at 5:30pm, Monday @5:30pm, Friday @5:30pm and Saturday, July 21 @ 1:30pm on NBA TV, Taft will be a guest coach with the New Orleans Hornets in Las Vegas for the NBA Summer League.  Let's give Taft our support and view the NBA TC channel on these dates. Congratulations Taft, hopefully we will see you as an NBA assistant or Head Coachin the near future.
Services for Byron Hill, III (grandson of Marva Elliott-Hill) will be held Friday, June 22, 2012 @  1 p.m. @ the Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church, Mattock and Green Oaks in Arlington, TX.  Please continue to pray for Marva and her family.
Last evening Byron Hill, iii, 15 year-old grandson of our classmate, Marva Elliott-Hill, drowned in a lake near Altus,OK. He was attending a camp in the area.  Please keep Marva, her son and daughter-in-law in your prayers as they go through this difficult time.  Arrangements are pending.
May 8, 2012
Funeral services for Mr. Robert Carter will be held on Friday, May 11, at 11:00 at the Peter's Chapel AME Church near Muskogee. 
Please keep Mary and her family in your prayers and reach out to her in your own way. 
May 7, 2012
Mr. Robert Carter passed this past Saturday.  He is the father of classmate Mary Carter Cullom.  Services are pending at Ragsdale's Funeral Center.  Please keep Mary and her family in your prayers.


February 25, 2012

Services for Mrs. Ellen Brown, the mother of Lloyd David Brown, will be held on February 28, 2012, at the Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, 6335 Elam Road in Dallas, TX 75217 at 12 noon.  Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. on February 28, as well.  Continue to lift Lloyd and family in your prayers.

February 23, 2012
Mrs. Ellen Brown, the mother of classmate, Lloyd David Brown, passed from this life to the next on February 22, 2012 at the blessed age of 95 years old.  Arrangements are pending at this time.  Check back here for further information.  Please keep Lloyd and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
A couple ladies from our childhood have passed on. As a MTHS Web page, we need to honor them. They are Mrs. Lola Hudson, our English and Speech Teacher and Mrs. Elizabeth "Liz" Duncan, who made sure we experienced the best hot link of all times at Liz's barbeque. Remember these families in prayer. 


Lola D. Hudson

1909 - 2012

— Lola Hudson was born, January 30th, 1909, at Muskogee, Oklahoma, to Will and Roma Tucker, the second of three children. Her father came from Texas to work on the railroad, and her mother migrated with her family from Tennessee to Indian Territory. Lola graduated from Manual Training High School at Muskogee, earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the Colored Agricultural, and Normal University (Langston University), and a Master’s Degree from Kansas State University, at Pittsburg, KS. She also did work toward a Doctorate Degree at the University of Chicago and at Oklahoma State University.

In 1932, she married Reverend Robert L. Hudson, Pastor of Union Baptist Church, Muskogee, OK and Superintendent of the Taft Public Schools, at Taft, OK. They later had one daughter, Bobbye Hudson. Mrs. Hudson’s teaching career lasted 45 years. She taught English, Drama, and Speech at Manual Training High School & Sadler Arts Academy, Muskogee Junior College, and Alice Robertson Junior High School. For the last 15 years of her career, she taught English and Humanities at Northeastern State University. Lola served on the Muskogee School Board (1979-1989), two years as President. She was chosen “Teacher of the Year” in Muskogee. She was appointed by President John F. Kennedy to his Commission for the Employment of the Handicapped.

Lola loved the Lord, delighted in singing and playing the piano, and enjoyed sewing finely-tailored clothing. She and her daughter traveled to 11 European countries. She was a member of First Missionary Baptist Church and was before her death, the only Foundering member of the Muskogee Chapter of Zeta Phy Beta Sorority. The end to her busy life came on January 10th, 2012, in Portland, OR, where she had spent the last years of her life.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, her brother, Reece, and sister, Genevieve. Left to mourn her passing are her daughter, Dr. Bobbye Hudson Davis, grandson, Jonathan Davis and family all of Muskogee, OK, sister Mary Lou Dixon, Minneapolis, MN, niece, Patricia Walker (James) and family, Lake Oswego, OR, nephew, William A. Martin (Ann) and family, Rockaway Beach, OR, as well as several grand nieces, nephews and cousins.

Graveside Services will be conducted at Fort Gibson National Cemetery, Monday January 23rd, 2012, 1:00 p.m. with Rev. C. Maurice Baccus, pastor of First Missionary Baptist Church, officiating. The funeral procession will depart from the Ragsdale Chapel at 12:30 p.m.

With many thanks, further expressions of kindness and respect may be forwarded to ldhudson918@gmail.com. There will be no public visitation.

Services will be under the direction of Ragsdale Funeral Center.

Ragsdale Funeral Center



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1923 - 2012

— Elizabeth Bradley Duncan also known as “Mama Liz”, was born to the proud parents of Henry and Pinkie Bradley, on November 12, 1923 in Baconton, Georgia. When she was nine years old the family moved to Muskogee, Oklahoma. As a youth Elizabeth accepted Christ and attended Mt. Zion Baptist Church and Collins Chapel.

Elizabeth graduated from Manual Training Senior High School at the age of 16. She was an outstanding student and was chosen Homecoming Queen. After high school she continued her education at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas.

In 1942, Elizabeth married Herbert A. Hillburn. To this union one child, Bonita, was born. Later she married Henry V. Duncan to this union five children were born, Carole, Marilynn, Henry Jr., Keith and Angelique.

In 1956 she opened Liz’s Bar-B-Que, an establishment that quickly became a hub of the community for young and old. Elizabeth’s kindness, generosity, and nurturing spirit soon earn her the name, “Mama Liz”.

Mrs. Duncan was active in the church and community. As a member of Bethel A.M.E, Church she served on the Trustee Board, where she was also a musician and choir member. After the death of her father, Deacon Henry Bradley, she rejoined Mt. Zion Baptist Church to continue the Bradley legacy.

On Tuesday morning, February 7, 2012, Elizabeth Bradley Duncan, after 88 years, "took the hand of the Master and followed HIM to Glory! She was met at Heaven's gate by her parents, Pinkie and Henry Bradley

She leaves to cherish her memory six children, Bonita Cade of Houston, TX, Carole Duncan, Muskogee, OK, Marilynn Duncan, Wilburton OK, Henry Jr. Houston and Angelique Hillmon, Muskogee, OK. She taught her children that they were whole in every way as they were a product of her. From the birth of her children she had fourteen grandchildren, Brenton, Ra’Chelle, Marshall III, Keosha, Alyssa, Tori, Henry III, Keith Jr., Kristian, Devin, McKeanna Kizz, Juanell,and Russell. From the birth of her grandchildren she had fourteen great grandchildren Braylen, Bryce, Lauren, Kristin, Braxton, Brevyn, Kiyonce’, La’Naria, Kimori, Kristinna, Deontea, Rushetta, and Briauna. She also leaves her cherished cousin Sarah “Tess” White.

The Hour of Tribute to Mrs. Duncan will commence at 2:00 PM on Saturday, February 11, 2012 in the Timothy Baptist Church. Pastor Kelly Payne is the gracious host Pastor and Rev. David Ragsdale, Jr., Pastor of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will follow in the Booker T. Washington Cemetery.

You may visit "Mama Liz" as she slumbers in sweet repose at the Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc., on Friday from 10 AM until 4 PM. The Family will be present at the Wake at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church from 5 PM to 7 PM for friends to share reflections and remarks.

Friends may convey condolences and sign the online register at www.biglowfunerals.com.


January 23, 2012
NOTICE:  The place of the services for Murrell's mom has changed to Faith Deliverance Christian Church on Independence (East of South "B" Street) in Muskogee.
January 23, 2012

Services for Lois "Margie" Sharp, the mother of classmate, Charles Maurice Murrell, will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2012, 2:00 p.m. at St. Mark Baptist Church in Muskogee, OK.  Please continue to pray for Murrell and his family and reach out to him if you are able. 
January 20, 2012

Lois "Margie" Sharp, the mother of classmate Charles Maurice Murrell, passed away last night in  Muskogee after a short illness.
Please keep Murrell and his family in your prayers.  We will keep you informed.   
Bobby Ray Collins (Class of 1963), the brother of classmate, Jessie Ann Collins, passed away on November 25 in Tulsa, OK.  Services were held today, on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Muskogee. 
Please keep Jessie Ann and the family in your prayers.
October 28, 2011
William Ballard (Class of 1970), brother of classmate Tommy Jordan, passed away earlier this week.  No other details are known at this time. Please remember the family in your prayers.
October 23, 2011
Mr. L. C. Pearson, father of Patricia Pearson, passed away on October 20, just a few weeks after his wife of 69 years.  Please keep Pat and her siblings and family in your prayers during this difficult time.  Services are pending.


Services for Dorothy Cotton, the sister of Mary Cotton(Oliver), will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Mark Baptist Church in Muskogee with Ragsdale Mortuary in charge of arrangements. 
Please continue to pray for the family. 


Mary Cotton's sister, Dorothy, (Class of 1960) went to be with the LORD late last night.   Arrangements are pending. 
Please keep Mary and the rest of the family in your prayers. 


James E. Knapper, Jr., 43 year old son of our classmate, the late James E. Knapper, Sr., was fatally wounded in Tulsa on Sunday night. 

Visitation will be held on Thursday September 8, 2011, 2pm - 8pm and
Friday Sept. 9, 2011. 9am-8pm at the Reynolds Rose Hill Funeral Home in Tulsa.

Services will be held on Saturday September 10, 2011, 10am, at the World One Church in Tulsa. Burial will be at Crown Hill Cemetery

Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers.
Update on Mrs. Opal Pearson services

Services for Pat Pearson's mom, Mrs. Opal Pearson, have been scheduled for Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at First Assembly of God, 35146 West 221st Street, Bristow, Ok.
Visitation will be Friday, September 9, 2011 from 1-6 p.m. at the Granger-House of Winn Funeral Home in Muskogee, OK.
Please remember Pat and her family.
September 6, 2011

Mrs. Opal Pearson, the mother of classmate Pat Pearson, passed away on yesterday at home.  The family is being cared for by the Granger-Winn Funeral Home; arrangements are pending.  Please keep Pat and her family in your prayers during this difficult time.  Check back for more information in a few days
Hear Ye!  Hear Ye!
Marva Elliott-Hill has RETIRED!

It’s Official
(and my HS/College Classmates would say - It’s Time!)
After 40 years in Education
(30 with Fort Worth Independent School Districtand 10 with Muskogee (Oklahoma) Public Schools)
It’s been great and I’ve loved every minute in this job….
Serving you my colleagues and friends!
At my request - there will be no “office celebration”
 … so, when the time arrives
I will slip quietly out the back door as always – without all of
the pomp and circumstance – into the day or night.
Few will know I’ve left the building … but I wanted to thank all
of you for making these years memorable, and
your friendships/working relationships even more special – I love you all.
For Compensation assistance

Contact Max Ates 817/814-2184               817/814-2184      

Marva Elliott-Hill

Good night ….








August 14, 2011

Classmates and Friends,
Please be in prayer for our beloved Junior High teacher, Cedric Johnson and family.  His wife, our beloved Junior High secretary, Inez Lyria Pearson Johnson, passed away.  You can find her obituary at www.muskogeephoenix.com in the August 13, 2011 edition.  Here's a photo that will jog your memory in case you have forgotten.
Inez Lyria Johnson.
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Lynda Taylor Vaughn (Class of 1966), sister of Hylda Taylor Jackson is facing some serious health concerns.  Hylda seeks the prayers of her classmates. Please keep Lynda and the entire family in prayer.  (Lynda serves as our volunteer Spring Fling Photographer)

Please keep Mary Cotton's sister, Dorothy Jo, in your prayers.  She is in ICU in Muskogee with serious health issues.  Please pray for her healing and for the family's strength and stamina as they seek to care for her. 


Our information about Cedric Brown's sister named her as Betty.  Her name was Bobbie.  You can find her obituary
www.muskogeephoenix.com on July 14, 2011--her name is Bobbie Shane-Brown Wigfall.
A card was sent to the family as she was a sibling. 

The obituary of Rudy Boulware can also be found at

www.muskogeephoenix.com on July 7, 2011.


July 11, 2011
Today I have worked on a new part of our page that allows me to add people's email addresses even though they have not signed into our classmate page.  If you see one here that is incorrect please let me know.
If you received this email and have never visited the page, please do so and please complete your profile on the Classmates' page.
Also, word has been received that Cedric Brown's sister, Betty, passed away sometime this past weekend.  We will send more info when we have it.  Please keep this family in your prayers.

July 6, 2011

Funeral Services for Mr. Joe Price, the father of Wanda Price, will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. at Eastside First Baptist Church in Checotah, OK.  Viewing will be held at Dyer Funeral Home in Tulsa on Friday, July 8, 2011 from 1-6 p.m.  Please keep Wanda and her family lifted in prayer.

Rudy W. Boulware (MTHS Class of 1963) passed away on July 2, 2011.  Services will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. at First Missionary Baptist Church.  Please pray for this family as well.
July 1, 2011

We've just received word that Wanda Price's father passed recently.  There are no more details at this time.  Please keep Wanda and family in prayer.
 Please click on the name to read the article.
Wordie Gray Rentie
Source: muskogeephoenix.com

June 24, 2011

This is the mother of Shedra Rentie (Class of 1963) and the aunt of our classmate, William Gray.  Please keep the family in your prayers.

Also, Mary Cotton-Oliver's sister, Dorothy, is in Solara in Muskogee which is a hospice facility.  Please keep Mary and her family in your prayers.

Sunday, June 5, 2011
I have received word that Rev. B. W. Noble, longtime pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Muskogee passed away this morning in Muskogee.  Please keep Norma and Sanford and the Antioch family in your prayers.  Arrangements are pending at this time.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011
The arrangements for the home-going celebration for Pastor B.W. Noble are as follows: Thursday, June 9, 2011, public viewing 1p-6p Antioch Church, Musical Concert to follow (all are welcome to perform); Friday June 10, 2011, Official Service 11a Muskogee Civic Center w/public viewing from 9a-11a.
Please help us by telling everyone


Click on the title and read this article--this is Mr. Claude Riley's wife.
Woman faces murder charge in 1994 death
Source: muskogeephoenix.com

A woman serving a life sentence in Missouri faces a first-degree murder charge for the death of a Muskogee woman allegedly killed in 1994. Investigat
June 23, 2011

Leonard Reed (MTHS Class of 1967)
passed on the 16th in Milwaukee, WI.  His services will be Friday, June 24th in Milwaukee at the Northwest Funeral Home on Hampton Street.  He is the brother of our classmate, Myron Reed.
Please pray for this family.

Word has been received that Janice Schoats Ware, 57, teacher, formerly of Muskogee, died Thursday in Dayton, Ohio. Services are pending at Ragsdale's Funeral Center in Muskogee.

Janice is the daughter of the late Coach Albert Schoats and Virginia Schoats of Muskogee.

Keep the family in prayer
Reach out to the family with love and concern.

Services for Shirley Turner Walker's mother will be Thursday, May 15th at Faith Deliverance Christian Center in Muskogee at 12 noon.

U.S. VeteranMr. Nathaniel D. Stanford, Sr, after "Three Score and Ten Years," made his transition from life to everlasting on Saturday morning, July 9, 2016 from Tulsa, Oklahoma

Nathaniel Stanford was born May 20, 1946, in Muskogee, Oklahoma, to Azalee (Bess) Stanford and Walter Stanford. He was the youngest of their seven children. At an early age, Nathaniel professed faith in Christ, was baptized and joined Macedonia Baptist church.
He attended Langston Elementary, Sadler Junior High and graduated from Manual Training High School.

While attending Manual, he excelled in football, having a reputation of the most feared center by all his competitors. He also became a skilled barber under the leadership of Mr. Coleman.

In June, after high school, he joined the United States Army, completing his basic training in Ft Polk, Louisiana. On August 16, 1965, he married Jackie Devorah Fields. They were blessed with a son, Nathaniel Jr., while stationed in Germany and a daughter, Sherita, born in Ft. Knox, Kentucky. Nathaniel did tours in Berlin, Korea and the DMZ and was later stationed in Ft Ord, California. He retired from the Army in June 1978.

Once returning to Muskogee, he worked for the Muskogee Water Treatment plant for 14 years, was a foster parent and helped operate Jackie's Daycare Center. The experience of fostering led them to love and adopt Bryant, Andrea, Alexis, Maurice and Jacob.
Nathaniel enjoyed hunting, fishing, card games, grilling good meats and various other activities. Often, he could be found at a cafe eating breakfast and chatting with friends. When his health began to change, he found a new joy that seemed to invigorate and consume his attention. That was to help raise his granddaughter, K'Mauri Billings, the love of his life. He took care of her and she wrapped him around her fingers. 

His health took a drastic turn on June 18th. He was given love and attention by his children, family and the health professionals. 

He was preceded in death by his beloved parents, Walter and Azalee; one brother, George and three sisters: Dorothy Dedmon, Vacie Chatman and Maxine Norwood.

Those left to cherish many memories are : his wife, Jackie D. Stanford, Oklahoma City; his children, Nathaniel Stanford, Jr. (Cynthia) of Muskogee, Sherita Stanford, Oklahoma City, Bryant, Andrea, Alexis, Maurice and Jacob and Granddaughter K'Mauri all of Muskogee; One sister, Mary Alice Wallace and one brother, Sammie (Margo) Stanford, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends who will miss him dearly.

The Final Salute for Mr. Stanford will be on Friday, July 15, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at Rayfield Baptist Church in Muskogee. Burial will follow in the National Cemetery at Fort Gibson, Oklahoma at 12 Noon.

You may visit Mr. Stanford, as he slumbers in peaceful repose at the funeral home on Thursday from 10:00 AM until 7:00 PM.


Thursday, July 14, 2016
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM


Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc. - Muskogee 
549 South 6th Street West 
Muskogee, Oklahoma 74401


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The Final Salute

Friday, July 15, 2016
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM


Rayfield Baptist Church 
701 Indianapolis Avenue 
Muskogee, Oklahoma 74401


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The Christian Committal

Friday, July 15, 2016
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM


Fort Gibson National Cemetery 
1423 Cemetery Road 
Fort Gibson, Oklahoma 


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December 31, 2017

Wilbur Reed, the brother of classmate and Spring Fling host, David Reed, transitioned from this earthly life to Life Eternal on Christmas Day.  Please keep the family in your prayers.

David just called with these arrangements.  A Family visitation will be held on Friday, January 5, at 4 pm at the Rowell Parish Mortuary in Ft. Smith,AR.

The service will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at 12 Noon at Spencer Memorial United Methodist Church in Muskogee with Interment at Booker T. Washington Cemetery.  A repast will follow at place to be announced.

October 3, 2016

Word has been received that our classmate, Roy Milam, KC, MO, has transitioned back into the arms of His Creator.  Services are scheduled for Saturday, October 8, but details are not known at this notice.  Please keep Roy's family in your prayers,
April 26, 2022

Word has been received of the passing of Rev. Terry Garrett, the husband of our classmate, Arthalia (Wilkerson) Garrett.  Please keep Arthalia and their family and ministry in prayer.  Services are pending with Biglow Funeral Home in Muskogee.  As soon as the information is released, we will pass it on.  
April 26, 2022

Word has been received of the passing of Rev. Terry Garrett, the husband of our classmate, Arthalia (Wilkerson) Garrett.  Please keep Arthalia and their family and ministry in prayer.  Services are pending with Biglow Funeral Home in Muskogee.  As soon as the information is released, we will pass it on.  
April 26, 2022

Word has been received of the passing of Rev. Terry Garrett, the husband of our classmate, Arthalia (Wilkerson) Garrett.  Please keep Arthalia and their family and ministry in prayer.  Services are pending with Biglow Funeral Home in Muskogee.  As soon as the information is released, we will pass it on.