Frances Brown Bennett
Services for former Seminole County resident, Frances Brown Bennett, of
Oklahoma City, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, May 28, 2004, at the
Stout-Phillips Funeral Chapel in Wewoka with Rev. Frank Moppin officiating.
Bennett died Wednesday, May 26, 2004, at the age of 85, at the Central Oklahoma
Christian Home, in Oklahoma City.
Bennett was born October 19, 1918, in Sasakwa to Louis C. and Golda (Donaghey)
She was raised in Sasakwa, and left for her journey in life at the young age of
She was also a Wewoka resident for a while.
She began her college education at Bacon College, in Fort Gibson, later
attending East Central State University, in Ada, and graduating from Central
State College, Edmond, with a teaching degree.
She lived in numerous places and taught school at Chilocco Indian School, near
the Kansas border, for 10 years until it closed.
She then moved to Oklahoma City and taught until her retirement at the age of
She moved back to Sasakwa until 2001 when she moved to the Central Oklahoma
Christian Home, in Oklahoma City.
Bennett was the last surviving granddaughter of Governor John F. Brown, the
last absolute Chief of the Seminole Tribe.
She was preceded in death by her husband; and two sons, Joe Brown Bennett, and
John F. Bennett.
She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Judith Bennett, Oklahoma City, and three
granddaughters, Jaa’ Soos, Jennifer Morrell, and Lisa Bennett.
Interment will be in the Oakwood Cemetery, Wewoka, under the direction of
Stout-Phillips Funeral Home, Wewoka.
Richard Allen Bemo
Funeral services for
Konawa resident Richard Allen Bemo are scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday at Spring
Baptist Church in Sasakwa.
Interment is to follow services at the Burgess-Bemo Family Cemetery in Wewoka
under the direction of Stout-Phillips Funeral Home.
Wake services are scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday at Stout-Phillips Funeral Chapel.
Bemo, 87, died Thursday, March 17, 2005 at Carl Albert Indian Hospital in Ada.
He was born Jan. 5, 1918 in Wewoka to George and Lena
(Fish) Bemo. He attended New Model Schools for nine years and married Irene
Burgess Oct. 2, 1937 in Wewoka.
Bemo was an employee at Tinker Air Force Base for 30 years. In addition, he was
a member of the Seminole County Sheriff Auxiliary,
Ocese Band of the Seminole Nation member, who served as Chairman in the 1970's,
and served on the General Council of the Seminole Nation.
He was the adopted son of May Tobi of the Konawa Tribe and was a Spring Baptist
Church Deacon who received a 35 year plaque from the
Seminole City Indian Credit Association.
His parents; wife Irene Bemo; two daughters, Bernita Whitekiller and Roxie
Morris; two brothers, Simeon and George Bemo and sister Madeline Burgess.
Surviving him are sons Rickey Bemo of Tulsa and Charley Bemo of Twentynine
PalmsCalif.; son-in-law John Michael Morris of Stafford, Va.; brother Glenn
Sharpe of Wewoka; sister Norma Sharpe of Wewoka; six grandchildren and ten
Pallbearers for the services will be Mitch Buck, Ricky Burgess, Roy Sisco,
Michael Burgess, Russell Bemo, Tommy Gibson and Bobby Bemo.
Listed as honorary bearers are his grandsons, Bo, Kip, Eric, Michael Phillip,
David Haney,Jerry Haney (former Principal Chief of Seminole Nation) and the
Seminole County Indian Credit Associate Members.
The body will lie in state at the home from Sunday at 4 p.m. until 1 p.m.
Sergeant, U. S. Army. Home address:
Sasakwa, Seminole County, OK Louis C.
Brown, Father, Sasakwa, OK
Born August 27, 1921 Enlisted September 16, 1940
Decoration: Order of the Purple Heart.
Grandson of Governor John F.
Brown, chief of the Seminole
Enlisted as member of the Oklahoma National Guard, 1938.
Served in 45th Division. Died July 12, 1943, in action, in Sicily.
Benjamin F. Bruner
Saturday, June 10, 1939
Founder Of "Brunertown" Succumbs
After Long Illness
Seminole Freedman Born Eleven Years Before
With the passing of Benjamin F. Bruner, 87 year old
Seminole Freedman and founder of "Brunertown", last week, Oklahoma
lost another one of her native sons whose activities during the territorial days
contributed to the colorful history of the state.
Bruner died May 31 at the family home in Holdenville.
Funeral services were held at the Mt. Zion Baptist church in Seminole, Sunday
June 4. The body was interred at Turkey Creek Cemetery.
Bruner was born on the banks of the Washita River a few
miles from Calvin eleven years before freedom. His mother and father were
natives of the Indian Country. As a boy he attended the missions set up by white
church goers for the education of Negroes and Indians.
Soon after the Civil War, the Bruner family founded "Brunertown"
a community that still bears the name of the founder. Shortly afterwards, Bruner
then a young man married Jeanetta Shields and to this union were born 3
In 1880, Bruner and his wife separated and he entered
Hampton Institute in Virginia, where he studied for five years. Returning to the
territory in 1885 he taught school until 1890 when he married Ellen Rentie. Six
children were born to this union.
After his second marriage, Bruner established a home on his
freedom allotment nears Earlsboro where he lived for fifteen years. During that
time he served as a member of the Seminole Indian Council. In 1905 he moved to
Holdenville, then an open country, where he became a "land baron"
controlling 640 acres, representing an allotment to his wife and children.
On this allotment, Bruner built a $9000 home which was
included among Oklahoma's land marks as long as it stood. For the sharecroppers
and other Negroes in the section he built a school. He donated the land and then
built the Unity Baptist church, although he had joined the Presbyterian church
at Hampton, he had never been baptized, and it was one of the pleasurable
moments to recall his baptism in the church he built. He served continuously on
the deacon board of that church.
Survivors are a wife, Ellen Bruner, Holdenville; two
sons, Jack Bruner, Seminole, and Edgar Bruner, Holdenville; three daughters,
Ivory Hampton, Okmulgee, Leona Corbett and Edna Stewart, Tulsa; a brother, Tom
J. Bruner, Holdenville; a sister, Annie Payne, Seminole.
-obituary courtesy of Charles Gibson,
Benjamin Bruner's great-grandson
Maxey D. Little
30-January-1947 to 30-July-2001
Maxey was raised in the Strother
community of Seminole County and graduated from Strother High School in 1965.
was a member of the Seminole Hitchitee United Methodist Church.
He was an
enrolled member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, Mekvsukey Band member and
belonged to the Potato Clan.
Mr. Little was a veteran of the
Viet Nam War, serving in Neu Ulm, West Germany in 1965-66 and later volunteered
for duty in South Viet Nam 1966-67.
He served with the 161st Aviation Company,
(a full combat helicopter unit), 14th Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Brigade
as a radio repair specialist.
His citations included the National Defense Medal,
Viet Nam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Viet Nam Campaign Ribbon with two battle
Viet Nam Service Medal and Valorous Unit Citation.
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