1959 Classmates Who Have Passed

 Gerald Preston Herron

Martha Ann Dillard

Leon Lamb

Carl Eugene Oldham

Margaret Ann Burnes (Sandlin)

Thomas Richard Wilson

Phillip Wayne Eacret

Mary Sue Rackley (Mosier)

Sonja Semore (Kilgore)

Nelson (Jr.) Ford

C.W. "Dub" Rose

Robert "Sonny" Greenmyer

Robert "Bob" Hope

Mack Gordon Stanley

Donald Stacy Falconer

Dennie Marie Locke (Williams)

Glen Ray Watley

Roy "June" Bishop

Barbara Wilson


Scroll down to view information about deceased classmates .

Memory Page also contains information about others connected to Keota's graduating class of 1959 that have passed (Jimmy Brown, Gene Majors, Albert Perry, Dan Deloache, John O'Dell, Mary Belle Clay, Cathy Tucci Perryman, David Falconer, June Hendrix Kemp, John Allen Whiteside, Clifford Lee 'Butch' Clyma).

 Gerald Herron graduated with the class of 59, recieved his Bachelor and Master's Degrees from Northeastern Oklahoma State University, Tahlequah. Gerald was a retired teacher from the Ft. Smith Public schools when he passed away at 61 years of age on January 9, 2003.

 Martha Dillard graduated with the class of 59. She was living in Florida when she passed. 

Leon Lamb attended school at Red Hill through the 8th grade. He started the 9th grade with our class, but quit school sometime during the 55-56 school year.

Carl Oldham attended Keota schools and was in the class that graduated in 1959. His family moved from Keota after Carl's ninth grade year. He graduated from Stroud high school in 1959. Carl was a retired United Steel Worker living in Bristow, Oklahoma when he passed away on October 9, 2008 at 67 years of age.

Margaret Ann Burnes (Sandlin) passed away in Tulsa on Thursday, January 27, 2011. She was 69 years old at the time of her death. She leaves behind her husband, Murl Sandlin, three daughters and six grandchildren. Margaret previously worked as an inspector with Bryan Production and as a sales clerk with the Postman Hallmark store.


Tommy Wilson with his hand on the table is standing between Gordon Stanley (with the cane) and George Cole with his hand in his pocket at the 70th Birthday Party in November. Ruth Ann Cole, Janet Gee and  Robert Gee are on the left.  Mary Lois Flippin is in the far right background.

Thomas Richard Wilson Keota High School class of 1959 passed away Monday afternoon, February 20, 2012, in Wills Point, Texas. Tommy was born July 19, 1941, in Springdale, Arkansas, the son of Jefferson Lynnwood Wilson and Dorothy Marie Sears Wilson. He was raised in Oklahoma and during his school years was very active in sports, especially in football and baseball. In 1959, he graduated from Keota High School. Tommy proudly served his country in the United States Navy, having served during the Vietnam Era. During his service of twenty years, he received several awards and medals. After retiring from the Navy, he worked in the shipyards in San Diego for ten years. He married Cora Lynn Toothman. Prior to moving to Wills Point in 1991, he lived in San Diego, California. Tommy enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and restoring his 1953 Chevy. One thing he always looked forward to each year was attending his 1959 Class Reunion. He was a member of the American Legion, where he helped raise money for the Van Zandt County Veteran's Memorial Plaza in Canton. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Wills Point. Preceeded in death by his parents; grandparents, Rev. J.L. & Maggie Wilson and Thomas Richard & Florence Ray Sears; sister, Shirley Anne Wilson Johnson and former wife, Cora Lynn Wilson. Tommy is survived by his brother, Joe K. Wilson & wife, Cynthia K., of Rowland Heights, California and sister, Joy Honea & husband, Turner, of Wills Point; three nieces, Tabatha Wilson, Kimberly Wilson and Tammy Miles; four nephews, Joe K. Wilson, Jr., Jacob Allen Wilson, James Kelly Wright, Jr. and Michael Sean Wright and several great nieces and great nephews.

Phillip Wayne Eacret, Keota class of 1959, passed away around 9:00 A.M., Sunday, March 31, 2013. Phillip Wayne Eacret was born on November 30, 1941, in Keota, OK. He later, as an adult, moved to Oklahoma City and worked at Scrivner-Fleming Foods for 35 years. When he retired from there, he worked at Graphic Solutions Group for 5 years. At age 71, Phillip went home to his heavenly father on March 31 with his wife, Carolyn Eacret, and his brother, Jim Eacret, at his bedside. He was a strong Christian and loved the Lord. Everything he did demonstrated Christ’s love in his life. He is survived by a large family who all loved him very much: wife, Carolyn Eacret; children, Kelly Eacret, Randy Eacret and wife, Lisa, Christopher Taylor and wife, Kayla, Victoria Taylor; 3 brothers, Ben Eacret & wife, Ann, Hershel Eacret & wife, Helen and Jim Eacret & wife, Cindy; 1 sister, Linda Stoll & husband, Bob; 6 grandchildren, Alisha, Ashlee, Madison, Paris, London and Bo; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Jessie Eacret; 3 sisters, Marge, Midge and Wilma.


Mary Sue Rackley (Mosier) Mary Sue (Rackley) Mosier 71, passed away May 14, 2013 in Sun City, Arizona. She was born in Paris, Arkansas but grew up in Eastern Oklahoma near Keota. Mary Sue graduated from Keota,Oklahoma High School in 1959. She lived several years in Los Vegas before moving to Arizona where she resided for the past 15 years. Survivors include her daughters, 9 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Preceeding her in death are her infant son, and her husband Charles Mosier who passed away in 1998. Funeral services were held on Friday, May, 17, 2013 in Sun City, Arizona. Mary Sue was buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix, Arizona.


                                          Sonja Semore (Kilgore)

Sonja Semore (Kilgore) of Stigler, Oklahoma was born February 21, 1941, in Bugscuffle, Oklahoma to Shuler and Jewel (Parker) Semore. She passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Stigler, Oklahoma at the age of 74 years. She was a homemaker and a die-hard fan of the Oklahoma Sooners. She loved babysitting her grandkids and great grandkids and watching ballgames. She will be remembered most for her quick wit and her love for her family and friends. Sonja is survived by her husband, Milburne of the home; one son, Fred Kilgore and wife, Mary Jo of Stigler, Oklahoma; one daughter, Shanna Grogan and husband, Tim of Red Oak, Oklahoma; fourteen grandchildren, Ryan Adams and Necole, JD Kilgore and Erica, Courtney and Brett King, Shelby and Bryar Barrs, Randi Mayhall, Mallory and Caleb Knowlton, Lane, Nathan and Ty Grogan; twelve great grandchildren, Jaydin, Luke, Jax, Chole, Emily, Finley Sonja, Lola, Jasper, Allie, Madison, Sydni and Briley Dru; one brother-in-law, Charles Kilgore and wife, Debbie of Stigler, Oklahoma and two sisters-in-law, Fronia Carter and husband, Gene of Muskogee, Oklahoma and Ramona Harms of Salem, Oregon. She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, three nieces and one nephew.


Nelson Leon "Junior" Ford Jr.  a resident of Stigler, died August 7, 2015 in Tulsa at the age of 74. He was born February 27, 1941 in Stigler, Oklahoma. He was preceded in death by his parents, Nelson Leon Ford Sr. and and Iona (Bittle) Ford.Junior is survived by his wife Gaylen Ford of the home' two sons: Dwayne Ford of Keota, and Tim Ford of Stigler; three stepchildren: Scott Duncan and wife Sherri of Henryetta, Michelle Jackson and husband Dave of Springfield, Missouri, and Matt Guynes and wife Andrea of Henryetta; grandchildren, Amber Duncan, Taylor Duncan, Jordan Rogers, Trey Rogers, Lanie Guynes, and Adam Kleveno; one great grandchild, Gavin Trimm; sister, Virginia Moyer' four brothers: Euel Ford and wife Jean, Kenneth Ford, Alfred Dee Ford, and Guy Ford and wife Evelyn as well as a host of other relatives and friends.
Viewing will be from 12 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10, 2015 at Integrity Funeral Service.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the Wilson Baptist Church with Rev. Jerry Turner and Rev. Don McAlvain, officiating. Interment will follow at Salt Creek Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Integrity Funeral Service.

Clifford Wesley (C.W. or Dub) Rose

C.W. "Dub" Rose passed away January 26, 2017. He was a lifelong resident of Keota and a master carpenter. He build many homes and buildings in eastern Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas. Dub leaves behind his wife of 54 years, June Rose, three daughters, Misty Brigance and husband Mark of Poteau, Heather Slater and husband David of Poteau, and Ginger Cooper and husband Todd of Shady Point; grandchildren Daniel Brigance and wife Kristyn, Jessica Brigance, Aaron, Michael, Rebecca and Aubree Slater, Jenson, Jacob and Bindi Cooper; and great-grandchildren Wyatt and Laurel Brigance; sister Linda Brassfield Ross, sister Wanda Kendrick, and brother Paul Rose.


Robert "Sonny" Lewis Greenmyer passed away on April 8, 2018. Sonny was born on October 24, 1941 in Keota, Oklahoma to Robert J. Greenmyer and Nell (Yost) Greenmyer. He made his home in Wagoner, Oklahoma at the time of his death. Sonny worked for Affiliated Foods for more than 20 years. He loved the outdoors, especially fishing, hunting, and riding horses. A memorial service was held on Saturday, April 28, 2018 in Stigler, Oklahoma. 



Robert "Bob" Hope passed away on April 30, 2018. Robert (Bob) Hope was born August 28, 1941 in Keota, Oklahoma to Onis Bryan Hope and Belle Marie (Wilhite) Hope. Bob leaves behind his wife of 54 years, Mary Johnson Hope; two daughters and their families, Delinda and David Reed of Claremore, OK, Rhonda and Jimmy Foster of Claremore, OK; his grandchildren, Nathan and DaLayna Reed, Brandon and Lauren Reed, Hope and Grant Hibbard, and Blake Foster; three great-grandchildren: Emma Reed, Ryker Toone, and Rory Reed; two brothers: Buford Hope and Byron Hope; three sisters: Betty Moore, Berta Mae Hill and Beverly Stevens.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers: Onis Bryan Hope, Jr., Jess Hope, Harrell Hope, J.C. Hope, Gene Hope, U.L. Walton, and Dub Mathis; his sisters: Eunice Jetton, Wanda Hayes, Dixie Hope, and Bertha Mahan.

Bob served proudly in the United States Army for three years, being stationed in Germany. Bob enjoyed taking care of his cattle, mowing the lawn, hunting, fishing, and spoiling his grandkids. Bob had a strong conviction that a man ought to work and he enjoyed working. He preached this daily to his children and grandchildren. He was very proud of all the accomplishments of his family.

Bob never met a stranger. He was talkative, likeable and a friend to all. No matter where he went he found a friend or a friend of a friend in just a matter of minutes. His smile, caring personality and love for his family was evident in his daily life. Bob was a devout Christian and was an active member of the Stone Canyon Church of Christ, Claremore, Oklahoma.




Mack Gordon Stanley of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, passed away February 19, 2019. Gordon was born December 29,1941 in Keota, Oklahoma to parents Mack and Leda Stanley. He married Lois Pearl O’Kelley and they were blessed with children Mickey Gordon and Deborah Renee and granddaughter Morgan Marie Stanley.

Gordon served in the Air Force, worked in data processing and retired at age 58 to pursue golf and slots. After the death of his wife, Gordon enjoyed the remainder of his life with his “lady friend” Sue Hicks. He loved the Oklahoma City “Thunders” and the Weather Channel.

Gordon was preceded in death by his wife, parents, and brothers Vernon, Charley, and David Stanley. He is survived by his children, granddaughter, brother Campbell and sister – in – law, Norma Stanley.



Donald Stacy Falconer, passed away on the morning of February 19th, 2019 in Moore, Oklahoma. Donald Falconer was good a good friend, noble classmate, and president of the Keota High School graduating class of 1959. If you were his friend and needed help along life's highway, you could count on him. Donald was never alone! From conception, through birth, and during his early years, he shared life with his twin brother, Ronald. During his adult years, he shared his life with his wife and soul mate, Kathy. He shared the day of his death with his longtime friend, and graduation classmate, Gordon Stanley. And in death Donnie does not have to stand alone! 



Dennie Marie Williams went home to live eternally with the Lord on Saturday morning.  August 8, 2020.  She was 80 years old. Dennie was born November 1, 1939 to Cullen and Ruby (Leopard) Locke in St. Jo, Texas.  The family later moved to Keota, OK where Dennie attended school.  Dennie was united in marriage to LD. Williams on July 29, 1959 and they made their home in Bartlesville. Dennie enjoyed being a homemaker, caring for her children, and keeping a clean home.  She was a master seamstress and sewed many dance costumes, dresses, shirts, and Halloween costumes for her children. Dennie also enjoyed staying active in her church and had a strong faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ.  Her relationship with Christ was the most important thing to her and she held to that faith her entire life.  She was an adamant prayer warrior who was so loved and will be very missed. Dennie is survived by a daughter; Christi Heald and her husband Brad of Tulsa, a grandson; Ryan King, two step grandchildren; Nolan and Kyra, two brothers; Frank Locke and his wife Kay, Robert Locke and his wife Sue. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son Larry “Duane” Williams, a sister; Doris Jean Preston, and a brother Orville Locke.


Glen Ray Watley

Glen Ray Watley, 79, of Fort Walton Beach, FL. passed away at his residence on January 27, 2021. Glen joined the US Navy at 17 years od age and served 4 years as a flight crewman delivering supplies during the Vietnam War stationed at Ft Dix in Trenton, NJ. At the age of 19 he attended a USO dance on the base where he met his wife of 59 years, Marie Elaine Dotter. After serving his country, Glen received as Associate Degee in Mechanical Engineering. He held various positions throughout his career focusing on aeronautical engineering and later retiring from his business, Percision Engineering in FWB, FL. He was also a member of St. Mary Catholic Church. Glen was the son of the late Mont Ray Watley and Edith Bell Watley. Glen is preceded in death by both parents, Sisters Norma Carter, Louise Jenkins, Wanda Scott, and Peggy Rhinehart. He is survived by his wife Marie Elaine Watley, Son Jefre Ray Watley (Jennifer), Gregory Ray Watley, and daughter Linda Beech (Ray). He leaves behing his grandchildren; Jessica Alvarez (Steven), Brittany Watley, and Cole Beech, as well as a great Grandchild Elianna Alverez. Glen also leaves behind brother in laws, Joseph Dotter (Linda) and George Dotter and Sister in law Barbara Buttram.


Roy Bishop Jr.

Roy Bishop, also known as June to family and close friends, passed on Saturday April 24, 2021 at the place he enjoyed the most, Cabin on the lake in McCurtain, Oklahoma encompassed by the love of his family.

Roy was born September 21, 1941 in Keota, Oklahoma, he was the oldest of seven children.  He graduated Keota High School while also attending welding school at night.  A man always dedicated to supporting his family, working hard to meet their needs.  He did construction, worked in coal mines, and in the late 70’s purchased a used dodge pick-up and converted it to a welding truck, one of his dreams come true and worked hard to build Bishop Welding Service, which was one of many successful businesses.  He took pride in his work and always enjoyed helping others.

He loved working with his hands anything from drawing out house plans to working on machinery, he was amazing at math and enjoyed figuring out on paper what he would need to get the job done.  He was first and foremost a beloved father, husband, son, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend.  He loved to laugh and cut-up every chance he got and never missed an opportunity to help a friend.  His main purpose in life was to care for the people he loved, and he did it well. 

His greatest joy was playing with and entertaining children, from sharing his candy bowl to watching his grandchildren, nothing made him smile like being around any one of them. 

He was preceded in death by his father Roy Bishop Sr., his beloved mother, Drucilla Mae Bishop (Jukie), and his great-grandson John Darmon Anderson IV.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 37 years, Karen Bishop of the home; his children: Steven Bishop, Vicki Kilgore, Ricky Bishop, Jeremy Bishop, and Kara Tritschler; his brothers and sisters: Leda Faye Nixon, James Bishop, Jimmie Ann Duke, Gary Bishop, Harvey Bishop, and Glenda Lowrimore; his uncle Carl Hefley and aunt Inez Crook; and countless grandchildren and great grandchildren.


Barbara Wilson


November 8, 1941


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Barbara Wilson's passing has been publicly announced by Moore Funeral Home - Southlawn Chapel in Tulsa, OK.



Friends of Class of 1959

Jimmy Brown Classmate And Friend Of Class Of 1959

Although Jim Brown was not in our grade, he was a beloved schoolmate. Had he not moved from Keota at the beginning of his junior year, he was destined to be Keota's greatest all-time, all around athlete.  In spite of all his athletic talent and abilities he was a greater human being. He always took the time to encourage and acknowledge others. He was truly a friend of ours.

(The Modesto Bee) - Former East Union football coach Jim Brown, who led the Lancers to a 78-95-1 record and three Valley Oak League crowns, passed away while vacationing in Georgia. 

Jim Brown entered into rest on April 11, 2011 in Atlanta Georgia while vacationing with his beloved wife Jan. Jim was born in Keota, Oklahoma as the 5th of six children. He joins many family members in heaven including his parents; Beulah & Homer Brown, siblings; Bobby Brown, Jody Brown, and Sue Brown and his mother-in-law and father-in-law Genevieve & Earnest Holmes.

Jim is survived by his wife of 49 years Jan (Holmes) Brown. His children are Kirk and his wife Lisa Brown and Lisa Goodwin and her husband Randy. He was blessed with 4 grandchildren; Lynae Brown and her fiancé Ricardo Ovalle, Ryan Brown, Reed Goodwin and Marly Goodwin. His future great-grandchildren are Andrea Ovalle and Juan Ovalle. In addition, Jim has two surviving brothers Nuel Brown and his wife Yvonne and Tilton Brown and his wife Michelle. In addition Jim has one brother-in-law Truman Brown and one Sister-in-law Sandra Miller and her husband Hap as well as numerous nieces and nephews who loved him dearly.

Jim married his high school sweetheart and began a family of his own in Manteca, Ca in 1962. He was an educator in Manteca Unified School District for over 38 years. Jim's enthusiasm about coaching never went unnoticed. Over the years as a coach he experienced many ups and downs, but win or lose he loved the kids. Jim’s true passion and love in his life was his family. Jim will always be remembered as a man of integrity and conviction who gave of himself freely to family, friends, his community and to his home church of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.

Jimmy Brown will never be forgotten by his Keota classmates, schoolmates and teammates. He was a wonderful inspiration to so many!




Kenneth Gene Majors Coach for Class of 1959

Most of you remember Coach Majors. He coached Keota sports from the Fall of 1956 through the Spring of 1959.

He had his family by his side, when he died on February 24th, 2008 only a few days past his 75th birthday--as a result of pneumonia and complications of Alzheimer's Disease. He was born February 13, 1933 in Red Oak, Oklahoma, the second youngest of six children. After graduating and playing basketball on full scholarship at Texas Western University (now UTEP), he became a successful teacher, coach, school counselor and rice farmer. An early resident of Bel Marin Keys, he was a charter member and commodore of its local yacht club.

An avid traveler, he enjoyed visits to China, Russia and Europe. He was married and is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Patricia, her three children and six grandchildren. He is also survived by his family from Oklahoma, including his two daughters, Jan Mace and Jerri Wells, and grandchildren Deana and Brian Young, Dale and Dana Moody, Will and Lindsey Hart and Jana Holt. He is survived by three great grandchildren, Kendall Young and Payton and Jackson Moody. Also surviving are  two sisters, Alline Hoover and Louise Chirico, and his brother, Jack Majors. Preceding him in death were a brother, Marty Majors, and a sister, Juanita Bowser.


Albert Junior Perry A Brother of 1959 Classmate Dewayne Perry

Albert Perry, the brother of our classmate Wayne Perry, passed away on Wednesday, September 14, 2011. Albert was a retired professional rodeo cowboy. He was 81 years old. The Perry family is a integral part of  Keota history and folklore. The Perry family were Choctaw and most colorful. I can still visualize Perry's father strolling downtown  Keota with his broad brim western/rodeo hat and his five inch gun belt neatly wrapped around his waste. He was outgoing and never met a stranger. His children also had that same deameanor. Rodeo life was a passion of the Perrys. They were fearless when it came to riding broncs, bulls or any critter with four legs,and they are legends in rodeo circles.


Dan Deloach Principal for Class of 1959

Seniors of 1959 should remember Keota's High School principal during the Spring Semester of 1957 and the Fall and Spring Semsters of 1958. Wonder why his tenure at Keota was not included as a high-light in his obituary?

Dr. Dan Franklin DeLoache transcended this life on March 14, 2012, his 78th birthday. Born in Wilburton, Oklahoma, on March 14, 1934 to Sam and Ernestine (Funderburg) DeLoach, he graduated from Wilburton High School in 1952 and went on to earn a bachelor’s of education degree from East Central State College in Ada, Oklahoma, followed by a master’s degree and PhD from the University of Oklahoma. He taught in the College of Education at NSU from 1966 until his retirement in 2004 after 39 years of teaching at NSU and a total of 45 years of teaching in Oklahoma. During his years at NSU he also served as head coach for the men’s soccer team (1981- 1992), which he had helped to establish together with assistant coaches Dr. Lee K. Quiett and James K. Malone. He continued his association with the soccer program by serving as assistant coach under Head Coach Charlie Mitchell in both the men’s and women’s programs from 1992 through 2005. He was named NAIA District IX Soccer Coach of the year 1982-83, and 1986-87 as well as serving as the Chairman of the NAIA District IX Soccer Committee for Oklahoma, 1981-93, in addition to being a member of the Tahlequah Committee which founded “Indian Nations Soccer Club’ in 1978-79, and led the Club as President in 1979-81. He was the author of the NSU Honors Awards Program, 1968-69 and served as Chairman of the Honors Awards Committee 1968-80, a member of the inaugural class of NSU Centurions, and an inductee into the NSU Athletic Hall of Fame. In October 2011, he was honored for his accomplishments with the soccer program by having the NSU soccer field named for him, “Dr. Dan F. DeLoache Field.” In 1975, he received the Kate Frank Meritorious Service Award from the Human Relations Commission of the Oklahoma Education Association. He was especially proud of having received the 32nd degree in Freemasonry from the Tulsa Scottish Rite in 1997, of being a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, the Sons of the Revolution, and the National Huguenot Society. Above all else, he loved his family and his country. Those who will always cherish his memory include his wife Sharon Olive DeLoache, his sons Dr. Christopher Sarrett DeLoache (wife Mari and children Danika Ashlyn- Marie DeLoache, and Dradan Christopher- Scott DeLoache of Tahlequah), Sam Hudson DeLoache (wife Christie of Bixby and children Jacob Tyler DeLoache and Henry Oliver DeLoache of Bixby), and daughter Danielle Lynette DeLoache Carroll (husband Rodney Carroll and children Rachel Danielle Carroll, Brian Daniel Carroll of McKinney, Texas), brother James DeLoach (son Jason), and sister Frances DeLoach Erwin (husband Bill) both of Sapulpa, and sisterin-law Betty Gibson DeLoach of Brentwood, California, as well as by the young men and women whom he coached, taught, and mentored.



John O'Dell, Coach When Class of 1959 Were Freshmen

John W. O’Dell, 87, passed away on December 14, 2012 in Tucson, Arizona.  He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Barbara; daughters, Christine and Vicki; grandson, William; sister, Patricia and brother, Jim.  He was a veteran of WWII and a member of the American Legion.  John graduated from Ball State Teachers College in Muncie, Indiana before moving to Keota, Oklahoma with his family in 1949.  He taught and coached basketball and baseball at Keota High School until moving to Owasso, Oklahoma in 1956, where he coached basketball and taught at Owasso High School.  He moved his family to Tucson, Arizona in 1958, where he continued to coach and teach.  He returned to Owasso High School in 1969 to teach and coach for 3 years before retiring.  John maintained a lifelong bond with his friends in Oklahoma, and returned as often as he could.  He will be interned at Ft. Gibson Veterans Memorial Cemetery following a memorial service on January 15, 2013 at 10:30 am at Mallory-Martin Funeral Chapel in Stigler, Oklahoma.

 On one of the annual reunions to honor him Coach O'Dell was presented a framed copy of "An ode to Coach O'Dell".

                                Ode to Coach O’Dell

He hails from up Indiana way where they say he got his education.

We all know his schooling started when coaching became his vocation.

He came to the town of Keota with a style of dignity and grace.

Back in Indiana they were saying, “Where in the world is this place?”

He brought to sports great knowledge and a passion for winning every game.

Little did he know there would be scores of coaches trying to do the same.

He coached every sport authorized by the school athletic association.

And if put on the list, no doubt he would have coached the Chippendale aggregation.

He was always neat and flawless from his head to the bottom of his feet.

And his flat top hair cut with white sidewalls was ideally suited for Oklahoma’s heat.

He acquired a saucy vocabulary that could be both persuasive and accommodating.

But if you happen to be wearing a stripped shirt, it could be most dehabilitating.

He developed a reputation for demonstrating a quick and volatile temper.

Somewhere there is an old medicine kit that can still be identified by its whimpers.

He later moved to the southwest where he joined the retirement gang.

But his love, devotion and appreciation for competitive sports never waned.

He still greets you with a firm handshake, a twinkling eye and a great big smile.

And some of the sports stories he tells will have you rolling in the aisles.

In his coaching career He casts a long shadow of firmness, perseverance and tenacity.

But when it comes to love and concern for his players there is an unlimited capacity.

There have been coaches before and since, and some are in the hall of fame.

But to those who played for Coach O’Dell, there is none better in the game.

Your Oklahoma Friends


Mary Belle Clay
The graduating class of 1959 should remember Mrs. Mary Clay, the math teacher at Keota High School in 1956-57 and 1957-58 school years. Mrs. Clay passed away on November 5, 2019. She was born on March 7, 1929; the only child of William and Lizzie Byrd House. She was a math teacher in the Panama, Keota and Moore Public schools. She taught in the Keota District 2 years and the Moore School District for 26 years. Mary is survived by her daughter, Kathy McCormick and husand, Joe, and by her son, Conny Clay and his wife, Chris. She has one grandson, Mark McCormick and his wife, Ashley, and two great grandchildren, Cael and Claire McCormick. She was buried in the Vaughn Cemetery in Poteau, Oklahoma.
Catherine Tucci Perryman Obituary
Catherine Tucci Perryman (Wife of Classmate Gary (Max) Perryman)

Catherine Tucci Perryman, 72, died on September 25, 2013, following a long illness. Cathy worked tirelessly on behalf of children in the community as a teacher and administrator in the Granite School District in Utah, and a longtime advocate for the Utah Youth.



From left to right Donnie, Norman, David, Joyce and Ronnie.

David Lee Falconer
David was a friend of the Keota 1959 graduating Class and a brother to 1959 classmates, Donnie and Ronnie Falconer who are pictured on the left and right ends. He was a brother to Norman Falconer second from left, and sister, Joyce (Falconer) Parker second from right who were also graduates of Keota High School.
David Lee Falconer passed away on Thursday, February 2, 2017. David, was the son of the late Leared T. and Alva E. (Tom) Falconer, and a brother to Ronnie and Donnie Falconer, graduates of the Class of 1959. David enjoyed basketball, hunting and fishing and being with his  grandchildren. David leaves behind his wife of 43 years, Florence Falconer of the home; sons and daughters-in-law, Ronnie Wayne Falconer of Shawnee, David Robert and Patty Petty of Cashion, and Donald Wayne and Becky Lippert of Edmond; daughters Eva Marie of Denver, and Caroline Rogge of Stroud. Graveside services were held February 11, 2017 at Old Cache Cemetery near Cartersville and Keota. David along with his parents, his brother- Norman, sister- Joyce. and brothers- Ronnie and Donnie, were an intergral part of the Keota community for many years. When the children attended Keota High School in the 1950's they were the the heart and soul of Keota Schools.
Nelda June (Hendrix) Kemp
June (Hendrix) Kemp was a school mate of the Keota graduating class of 1959. She was member of the 1958 graduating class. Nelda June (Hendrix) Kemp was born April 10,1940 in Keota, Oklahoma to Arthur Elijah and Alice (Cook) Hendrix.She passed away on December 4, 2017 in Ft. Smith, Arkansas at the age of 77. She is survived by; Three sons: Roger Kemp of Keota, OK, Cory Kemp and girlfriend, Amber Sweet, of Keota, OK. Lee Kemp of Keota, OK. Two sisters: Loustana Drummonds and husband, Levi, of Keota, OK, Velma Huckaby of Keota, OK. One brother: Chester Hendrix and wife, Kathryn, of Fort Gibson, OK. One Grandson: Bradley Ryan Kemp of McAlester, OK. Three Great Grandchildren: Hunter, Sean, and Jacob Kemp. Nelda June (Hendrix) Kemp was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Eugene Kemp; one brother, George Hendrix; and her parents.




John Allen Whiteside
John Allen Whiteside was a school mate of the Keota graduating class of 1959.
He was a member of the 1957 Keota High School  graduating class. John Allen Whiteside lived in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He was born March 24, 1939 to JT and Eva Whiteside. He passed away on February 24, 2018 in Sand Springs, Oklahoma at the age of 78. He is survived by; Two Sons: Allen Thomas Whiteside and partner, Debbie Chandler, of Muskogee, Oklahoma; Rhorn Scott Whiteside of Inola, OklahomaStep-Children: Darla Egleston and husband, Craig, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma;Rick Goodson of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; Brother: Bobby Whiteside and wife, Carolyn, of San Marcos, Texas; Sister: Mary Ann Parkhurst of Claremore, Oklahoma. Two Grandsons: John Thomas Whiteside and wife, Jessica, of Bentonville, Arkansas; Timothy Ryan Whiteside and wife, Rebecca of Muskogee, Oklahoma.

Clifford Lee Clyma

Clifford Lee (Butch) Clyma, a graduate of Keota High School in 1958, passed away on March 6, 2018. Clifford was born on January 30,1940 in Keota, Oklahoma. He was a long time resident of Verdigris, Oklahoma and was living there at the time of his death. Clifford completed grades one and two at Rockford Grade School, a small dependent school in Haskell County. He then attended Keota Public Schools, grade three through twelve, and graduated from Keota High School in 1958. Clifford married Faye Jane Clark on August 30, 1960. After his first wife's death, Clifford married Wilma (Lamb) Clyma, who graduated from Keota High School in 1960. Clifford attended classes at the University of Tulsa and worked for the Flint Steel before he started his own company in 1983. His company was Tower Components, Inc, a builder of communication towers. Clifford's sister, June (Clyma) Bailes is a member of the 1959 Keota High School graduating class.









































































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