Graveside services for Tommy Blackbird, 87, of Butler, have been set for 10:00 a.m., Friday, April 17, 2015 at the Butler Cemetery in Butler, OK, under the direction of the Kiesau-Lee Funeral Home.


Tommy was born July 17, 1927 in Stilwell, OK to William and Carrie (Guinn) Blackbird and passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2015 in Cordell, Oklahoma.


Tommy was raised in eastern Oklahoma and attended school there, he worked hard his whole life as a farm hand.  He moved to Butler, OK in 1971.  He enjoyed building bird houses and fishing.


Tommy was preceded in death by both parents; his wife, Gladys; five sisters, Leora Murphy, Judy Brewer, Oleta Bunch, Louisa Blackbird and Georgia Ward.


He is survived by his daughter, Shirley Hubbard of Tahlequah; two step daughters, Geogena Ray of Elk City and Mary Bradley of Ft. Walton Beach, FL; one son, Kenneth Blackbird of Tahlequah; three step sons, Dick Gray of Butler, Lester Gray of Sayre and Billy Baker of Elk City.




Funeral services for Michael A. Jackson, 57, Cordell resident, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 23, 2015 at The First United Methodist Church in Cordell.  Michael Jackson was a regulatory chemical consultant and died on April 12, 2015.  Funeral services are under the direction of Musick Varner Funeral Home in Cordell, OK.







Funeral services for Dixie Lou Isaac, 59, Clinton resident, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 15, 2015 in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, officiated by Rev. Dale Nease.  Burial will conclude in the Clinton Cemetery, under the direction of the Kiesau-Lee Funeral Home.


Dixie Lou Isaac was born October 4, 1955 to Sydney E. Abbott and Mary (Kezzer) Abbott in Oxford, Nebraska and passed away Sunday, April 12, 2015 in the Clinton Regional Hospital Emergency Room.


Dixie was raised in Nebraska, Tennessee and California.  She was married to Dennis Isaac May 3, 1975 in Westerville, NE.  They had made their home in California, where she was very involved in her children's school activities, acting as PTA president, homeroom teacher and she served as Girl Scout leader.  They moved to Oklahoma and settled in Clinton in 1989.  She had worked for various families doing domestic type work and she cooked for her church at Cumberland Presbyterian.


She was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, serving in many capacities; she was a Sunday school teacher, worked in the nursery, as well as helping with the teenagers.


She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Gary Abbott and a son, Jesse Isaac.


She is survived by her husband, Dennis of the home; daughter, Misty McKellips and husband, Brandon of Elk City; a son, Dennis Isaac, Jr. of Clinton; four sisters, Grace Shelafoe and husband Roger of AR, Billie Jo Peters of Clinton, Dathy Dudek and husband, Michael of Cordell and Patty Munoz of AR; three brothers, Tony Abbott and wife, Donna of Covington, GA, Donnie Abbott of GA and Scott Abbott of Omaha, NE.


She is also survived by five grandchildren, Bryce, Brock, Jocilyn, Madison, Hannah and Grant.




Funeral services for Gwendolyn Merrill-Luckett, 82, Clinton resident will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, April 13, 2015 in the Broadway Heights Baptist Church, officiated by Rev. Truman Smith and Rev. George Knapp. Burial will conclude in the Clinton Cemetery, under the direction of the Kiesau-Lee Funeral Home.


Gwen passed away Thursday Morning in the Integris Clinton Regional Hospital.


A full story will appear in the Clinton Daily News Weekend Addition.





Martha Borchers, 92, of Big Spring, TX, formerly of Clinton, passed away Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at her residence.  Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Clinton Cemetery in Clinton, Oklahoma, under the direction of Kiesau-Lee Funeral Home.


She was born December 21, 1922 in Corn, Oklahoma to Helen (Wiebe) and Peter J. Flaming.  She married Carl Borcher on March 8, 1943 in Hobart, Oklahoma.  She and her husband farmed in the Rocky and Bessie area for most of their lives, they also did custom combining from 1952 until 1970.  She moved to Big Spring in 2005 from Cordell, Oklahoma.  She loved flowers and she was a Baptist.


She is survived by two daughters, Beverly Sasseen and husband, Euell of Foss, Oklahoma and Charlotte Shelton of Big Spring; four brothers, Harvey Flaming and wife, Doris of Yukon, OK, Jay Flaming and wife, Virginia of Weatherford, OK, Jerry Flaming and wife, Norma of Prague, OK and Larry Flaming of Arizona; five grandchildren, Christine Calvert of Clinton, OK, Edward Sasseen of Bentonville, AK, Joan McNeil of Weatherford, OK, Melissa Gibson of Navarre, FL and Laurel Voight of Big Spring and 12 great-grandchildren.


In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband; three sisters, Goldie Neufield, Bertha McCain and Lou Ella Morrison; three brothers, Virgil Flaming, Orvill Flaming and Marvin Flaming and a son-in-law, Dr. James Shelton.




Funeral services for Linda Romans, 62, Clinton resident, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, April 10, 2015, in the Clinton Indian Community Building (west of Lucky Star Casino), officiated by Rev. Gerald Panana and Rev. Paul Bear Track.  Burial will conclude in the Clinton Indian Cemetery, under the direction of Kiesau-Lee Funeral Home.


An all-night wake service will start at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 9, 2015, in the Clinton Indian Community Building.


Linda Kay Romans was born January 29, 1953 to Vernon Romans and Eithel (Nibbs) Tomans in Clinton, OK and passed away Monday, April 6, 2015 in the Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, OK.


Linda was raised in Seiling, Oklahoma and Salt Lake City, Utah.  She graduated from Grantsville High School in Grantsville in 1971.  She was married to Emerson Ellis and she had worked for the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes in the Housing Authority and Clinton Indian Health Center.


She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Inez Hamilton Romans and Ramona Lynn Romans and a brother Clifton Romans.


She loved to do bead work, bowling and shoot pool, spending time with her grandchildren and fishing.


She is survived by a daughter, Laurie Ann Ellis and husband, Chabon Warden; three sons, James Clifton Stoneman of Rapid City, SD, Emerson Ray Ellis, Jr. and wife Laquita Whiteman of Clinton and Redmon Paul Ellis and wife, Emerald of Clinton.


She is also survived by thirteen grandchildren and niece and nephew, Robert Dean Franklin and Ramona Dawn Franklin.




Don L. White, 70, went to be with our Lord on April 4, 2015 after a short but hard fought battle with cancer. 


He was born to Leland and Geraldine White on January 10, 1945 in Sentinel, Oklahoma.  Don attended Sentinel Schools and was a proud member of the "Class of 1963."  He received his Bachelor's Degree from Southwestern State in Weatherford and his Master's Degree from OU.  While at Southwestern, he met the love of his life, Kaye Kelsay.  After a 5 year courtship, they married on August 8, 1970.  Together, they shared an adventure teaching school on the island of Oahu, Hawaii for the first two years of their marriage.  In 1972, they returned to Oklahoma and made their home in Bethany.  They attended West 10th Street Baptist Church for almost 30 years, teaching and serving where needed.  For the last several years, Trinity Baptist of Yukon had been their home church. 


In 1975, Don and his dad Leland, became co-owners of Central Commission company at the Oklahoma City Staockyards.  At the age of 49, Don feld called to return to the classroom.  The Lord led him to Southwest Covenant Christian Schools in Yukon, OK.  There, he taught several math classes and Sr. Bible.  As the Sr. Bible teacher, his goal was to help equip each young person to be "The Salt and Light" in the world.  Don's life lessons and unique sense of humor always kept the classroom instruction interesting.  Of the 20 years that Don taught at SWCS, 15 years were spent coaching Jr. and Sr. high school football.  He loved coming up with unique plays that would catch the opposing team off guard.  Don often said that teaching and coaching at SWCS was such a blessing that he never wanted to retire. 


Don was preceded in death by his parents, Leland and Geraldine White.  He leaves behind Kaye, his wife and best friend of 44 years; his son, Brandon White; daughter, Tara Lee and her husband Brooks and 5 precious grandchildren wo proudly call him "Poppy."  He also leaves behind his brother, Rick White and his wife Delores; his extended family and many wonderful friends.  On Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 2:00 p.m., we will celebrate Don's life at Covenant Community Church, 2250 S. Yukon Parkway in Yukon, Oklahoma.  In lieu of flowers, please feel free to donate to the Southwest Covenant School's Building Fund, White Memorial, 2300 S, Yukon Parkway, Yukon, Oklahoma, 73099.




Funeral services for Joseph W. Belknap, 85, Clinton resident, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 8, 2015 in the Trinity Lutheran Church, officiated by Tammy Evans and Jeff McDowell.  Burial will conclude in the Clinton Cemetery, under the direction of the Kiesau-Lee Funeral Home.


Joseph was born August 4, 1929 to Floyd and Gertrude (Alexander) Belknap in Hobart, Oklahoma and passed away Friday, April 3, 2015 in his Clinton home.


He was raised in Hobart and moved to Clinton when he was about 10 years old.  He graduated from Clinton High School.  He was married to Bolina Mae Mueller on June 19, 1949 in Clinton.  He was drafted in the United States Army in 1952 on his 23rd birthday, August 4, 1952 and served in the Korean Conflict; he received his honorable discharge in July of 1954.  He had worked for Nash Finch, Piggly Wiggly and Safeway Stores before entering the military.  Retuning to Oklahoma and settling back in Clinton, he worked for the Clinton Packing Plant as a meat cutter for several years and then he worked for Dolese and retired in 1995.


He was preceded in death by his wife; a daughter, Deborah Ann in 1952; a granddaughter, Sara Shea Bowman and a grandson, Bryan Bradley Bowman; brothers and sisters, Herschel Belknap, Thelma Bishop, Loretta Douglas, Audrey Stewart, Ina Nell Belknap, Charles Belknap and Kathleen Moore-Wilson.


He was a longtime member of the Trinity Lutheran Church and was baptized on June 12, 1949.  He enjoyed woodworking, bird watching, his dogs and he read the Bible faithfully.


He is survived by two daughters, Brenda Butler and Karen Bowman and husband, Frank, both of Clinton and Bret Belknap and his wife, Rennie of Arapaho; sister, Dorothy Gabler of Clinton and two sisters-in-law, Kathleen Lucas and husband, Dwight of Clinton and Florence O'Hara and husbad, Max of El Reno; brother-in-law, Bob Wilson of Perry, OK.


He is also survived by grandchildren, Stuart Butler and Jonathan Myer, Matthew Butler, Adrieane Bowman, Melita Bowman and Cody Grandstaff, Valissa Bowman, Sarah Belknap and Maxton Andrus and great-grandchildren, E.J. Belknap, Ryan Bowman, Cole Bowman, Frank Bowman, Meleana Nolin, Blake Nolin and one great-grandchild on the way, Kadene Louann Grandstaff.


The family will greet guests at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at the family home at 414 South 16th, Clinton, OK.




Funeral services for Bonnie Burch, 88, Cordell resident and homemaker, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 9th, 2015 at First Baptist Church in Cordell. Bonnie Burch died April 6, 2015.  Burial will be at Strickland Cemetery, under the direction of Musick Varner Funeral Home.