Obituaries

Thu
22
Jun

Gina Marie Drummond, 1963 - 2017

Gina Marie Drummond was born January 23, 1963 to Francis and Lavon Williams in Seminole. She departed this life June 22, 2017, at the age of 54 years, four months and 30 days. She graduated from Bristow High School in 1980. She owned and operated an in home daycare for a number of years. She later worked for Bristow Public Schools in the cafeteria. Gina had a number of things she enjoyed such as traveling, camping and playing bingo. She also played in a bowling league in which she bowled a perfect game. Her favorite thing was to spend time playing with her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband, Gary Drummond, of Bristow; children, Jessica Scott, Ricky James, Robin Branscum and husband, Will; Summer Hotchkiss and husband, Brandon; Desirae Drummond, John Paul Drummond, Gregory Drummond and wife, Andrea and Justin Drummond; one sister, Deborah Bell and husband, Stevan; father, Francis Williams and 11 grandchildren.

Thu
22
Jun

John Cook, 1945 - 2017

John Edward Cook was born Nov. 10, 1945, to Summers H. and Berniece (Baker) Cook in Watonga. He departed this life June 20, 2017, at the age of 71 years, seven months and 10 days. John grew up an only child attending Watonga Public Schools and was a member of the graduating class of 1963. John served his country faithfully in the United States Air Force from 1966 to 1972. His services would take him to such places as the Philippines. John and Carol Kronberger were united in marriage July 26, 1979, in Tulsa. They spent nearly 38 wonderful years together. John worked many years as an elevator service technician and was a member of the local union. John and his wife, Carol, made Bristow their home in 2011, moving here from Sapulpa. John loved to read novels, and in his spare time, he enjoyed turning the pages of any book that would spark his interest. John is survived by his wife, Carol, of the Bristow home. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Tue
20
Jun

Larry Coy, 1945 - 2017

Larry Coy, son of Noble Coy a nd the late Claudia Coy, was born on April 24, 1945, in Elk City and passed away in Austin, Texas on June 14, 2017. His fierce intelligence, extraordinar y integrity and playful sense of humor will be sorely missed by all those who loved him. Larry grew up in Retrop, Oklahoma and attended schools in both Retrop and Carter, Oklahoma. After graduating from high school, he furthered his education at the University of Oklahoma and Southwestern Oklahoma State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences. He then worked as a high school biology teacher for the school districts of And over, Kansas and Sayre, Oklahoma, where he met his wife, Cheryl Elaine ( Williams) Coy. Th ey were married in Sayre on Dec. 27, 1968 . After their marria ge, Larry en listed in the U nited States Navy and served during the Vietnam era sta teside in Washington State and Alaska.

Thu
15
Jun

Jimmy Ellis Shamas, 1934 - 2017

Jimmy Ellis Shamas, 82, died Monday, June 5, 2017, in Lone Tree, Colorado. He leaves a wife of 61 years Annawyn; daughter Laura Shamas ( Jon Klein); son, Jimmy Shamas, Jr. (Annette Shamas); daughter, Ellen Shamas-Brandt (George Brandt); sister, Emilene Fisher; brother, Mitchell Shamas (Sue Lynn Shamas); uncle, Ray Shamas; five grandchildren: Jimmy Ellis Shamas, III, Alec Shamas, Michael Shamas, Kaylene Wright and Annamarie Wright and nephews and nieces. Jimmy Ellis Shamas was born in Bristow in 1934, where his Lebanese-descendants had settled prior to Oklahoma statehood. He attended grade school in Tulsa and Bristow. Shamas graduated from Bristow High in 1952. He was cocaptain of the football team. His parents owned Shamas Dry Goods in Bristow, where Shamas also worked part-time. In the summers during his college years, he worked as a forest ranger in Idaho. He married Annawyn DeBenning, in Stillwater, in November 1955.

Tue
13
Jun

Carrie Annie Tar yole, 1988 - 2017

Carrie Annie Taryole was born Feb. 4, 1988, to Norman Lee Taryole and Marian Alice Leitka in Claremore. She departed this life June 8, 2017, at the age of 29 years, four months and four days. She was currently a resident of Bristow but had lived in Boulder, Colorado; Cary, North Carolina and Austin, Texas before moving back to Oklahoma where she graduated from Shawnee High School in 2006. She was a big Tweety Bird and Oklahoma Sooner fan; as well, she enjoyed going to the casino and going on adventures with her mom. They traveled to Canada, the Black Hills, Mount Rushmore, Glacier Park, Yellowstone Park, Crowfair and Wounded Knee as well as many other places.

Tue
13
Jun

Billie Colleen Lofty, 1950 - 2017

Billie Colleen Lofty was born Jan. 13, 1950, in Perry, to Colleen FawFaw and adopted by Pauline and James Piper. She departed this life, June 3, 2017 at the age of 67 years, four months and 21 days. She was raised in Modesto, California. She moved to Oklahoma to take care of her ailing mother. She loved her family dearly. She was an elder member of the Otoe Missouria Tribe. She is survived by her life companion, Bryan Gore; three daughters, Tanya Miller, Michelle Miller and Paula Lofty; grandchildren, Jackie Scaff, Melissa Palmer, Justin Palmer, Sarah Finley, Mia Fisher, Mila Fisher and Justin Alex Lofty; great grandchildren, Jasmine Strain, James Miller, Elaina Scaff, Bradley Scaff, Junior Scaff, Bianca Molina, Timothy Nestlerode, Colby Palmer-Varner and Addison Palmer-Varner. Her ex-husband, Ronald Alex Lofty passed away on the same day.

Tue
13
Jun

Jimmy Thomas Myers, 1960 - 2017

Jimmy Thomas Myers was born Dec. 29, 1960, to Velda and Earl Myers in Rogers, Arkansas. He departed this life June 6, 2017, at the age of 56 years, five months and eight days. He spent his youth in Rogers, Arkansas. He was currently residing in Sapulpa for the last 15 years, moving there from Bristow. He was a faithful member of Assurance Church in Mounds. He loved the lord and loved his church. Jimmy was well known in Sapulpa as he walked around town making regular stops visiting with friends. He had previously worked at Freddie’s Steakhouse until his health wouldn’t allow him to work anymore.

Tue
13
Jun

Deon Edward Jamison, 1967 - 2017

Deon Edward Jamison was born Dec. 21, 1967, to Ira Lee and Yvonne ( Johnson) Jamison in Bristow. He departed this life June 4, 2017, at the age of 49 years, five months and 14 days. He graduated from Bristow High School in 1986. While in high school he was very active in sports lettering in football and wrestling. He was currently manager of Cheezies Pizza in Tulsa. On Oct. 20, 2016, Deon Edward Jamison and Christina Jo Potts were united in marriage. He enjoyed spending time with his family and working as much as possible. He is survived by his wife, Christina Jamison, of the Bristow home; five children, Deidrah Jamison, Deon Jamison, Deshya Jamison, Devon Jamison and Dequan Jamison, all of Bristow; six siblings, Joseph Johnson, of Midwest City, Donna ( Johnson) Washington, of Bristow; Connie Jamison, of Bristow; Gwendolyn ( Jamison) Bills, of Bristow; Kortina Gaines, of Oklahoma City and Mark Jamison, of Bristow; three grandchildren, Darien and Javien Dansby and Skylar Jamison.

Tue
06
Jun

Michael Gene Bethel, 1954-2017

Michael Gene Bethel passed away on May 10, 2017, at the age of 62 after a brief illness. Mike was born in Richmond, California on November 18, 1954, to James and Susan Terry. Mike attended school in Bristow and moved to Corpus Christi, Texas, prior to graduating high school. Mike joined the US Coast Guard immediately after high school and was stationed in the South Pacific in Iwo Jima and in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was a self-employed contractor and loved fishing and horses. He is survived by three brothers, Steve Bethel, of Humble, Texas, Ricky Bethel and Rody Bethel, of Mannford. There will be a celebration of life ceremony at the Bristow Christian Center at 909 S. Main on Friday, June 9, 2017 at 2 p.m.

Tue
06
Jun

Elmer Taylor, 1925 - 2017

Elmer Taylor was born March 1, 1925 to George and Viola Taylor in Pawnee. He departed this life June 5, 2017, at the age of 92 years, three months and four days. He attended Chiloco Indian School. He was united in marriage to Alice Blower March 26, 1960. They enjoyed 48 years together before her passing in 2008. Elmer retired from Kwikset Corporation. He enjoyed Indian painting and watching basketball games. He is survived by several nieces and nephews and close friends, Frank and Margaret Keeter and George and Diane McMillan, along with numerous other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife and sister. Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m., Thursday, June 8, 2017, at Hutchins Maples Matherly Funeral Chapel with Reverend Billy Fechner officiating. Condolences can be sent to www.hutchinsmaplesfuneralhome.com.

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