David Chafin age 57 of Wyandotte, Oklahoma passed Sunday, December 27, 2020, at his home. He was born on January 15, 1963, in Miami, Oklahoma the son of Clyde & Loren (Newberry) Chafin.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and 2 brothers, Ronald Chafin and Stephen Chafin.
He is survived by his wife Rhonda, of the home; a son, Brandon Chafin of the home, 2 daughters, Cassandra Birdsong of Wyandotte, Oklahoma, and Savannah Birdsong also of the home. Also surviving is a sister, Linda Johnston, of Wyandotte, Oklahoma, 2 grandchildren, Casey Shallenburger and Cooper Birdsong, both of Wyandotte, Oklahoma a nephew Jeremy Chafin and other nephews and nieces and other relatives and friends.’
Funeral services and Native American Rites for David Chafin were held 10:00 AM, Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at the Modoc Tribal Gathering Center, with Paul Barton, officiating. Pallbearers were Casey Shallenburger, Casey Shallenburger II, Bill Shallenburger, Kenny Phillips, Jeremy Chafin, and Brandon Logan. Interment will be in the Modoc Cemetery, East of Miami, Oklahoma. Funeral arrangements were under the care of the Paul Thomas Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Miami.
Rhonda Jean McDowell, 54, of Branson MO, passed away on Saturday, October 24th, 2020.
Visitation was from 6pm to 7pm Thursday, October 29th at Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home in Seneca, MO. Funeral services were held on Friday, October 30th at 10am at the Modoc Gathering Building in Wyandotte OK, with Minister Joshua Frakes of Seneca Christian Church officiating. Burial was in the Modoc Indian Cemetery with Mike McDowell, Tabitha Crawford, Ben Crawford, Casey McDowell, Alex McDowell, and Jonas Crawford serving as pallbearers.
Rhonda was born in Joplin MO to Ronald and Ramona Rosiere on March 5th, 1966. She was a member of the Modoc Nation, Native American tribe of Oklahoma and she went to school in Wyandotte, OK. She married Michael McDowell on May 5th 1984, at the Modoc Church. She worked in the Restaurant Industry most of her life, loved being outdoors and being with her loved ones.
Rhonda is preceded in death by her father Ronald, and her grandmother Betty Rosiere.
Rhonda is survived by her Husband of 36 years, Michael McDowell, her four children; Mike McDowell and wife, Misty, of Miami, OK, Tabitha Crawford and husband Ben, of Miami, OK, Casey McDowell and wife Erin, of Miami, OK, and Alex McDowell of Miami, OK, her mother Ramona Rosiere of Joplin, MO, her three sisters; Gina McGaughey and husband Brad of Owasso, OK, Leslie Hall and husband Sloan, of Kingswood, TX, and Mona Craven and husband Danny, of Joplin, Mo, and 13 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.
QUAPAW, OKLAHOMA: Tom G Burkybile, age 69, passed away at 5:09 p.m. Wed., June 24, 2020, with his family at his side.
Tom was born June 10, 1951, in Baxter Springs, KS. His parents were Joe Lee and Cecil L (Ball) Burkybile. He had lived in the Quapaw area all of his life.
He graduated from Quapaw High School with the class of 1969. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and was a lifetime member of the VFW. Tom worked for 37 years as a route salesman for Frank Evans Distributing from 1977 until his retirement in 2014.
He was a member of the Peoria (OK) Baptist Church. He was a proud member of the Modoc Nation and also of Ottawa and Quapaw descent. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and woodworking. He loved vacationing in Florida and was known by his family and friends as a practical joker.
Tom was married to JaneAnne Trease on November 19, 1970, in Carthage, MO. She survives.
Additional survivors include two daughters, Tammy Burkybile, Runnells, IA, and Tara Moore, Cave Springs, AR; three grandchildren, Hayden Burkybile, Olivia Prunty and Hudson Moore; and three brothers, Phil Burkybile, Galena, KS, Bill Burkybile, Texas, and Joe Burkybile, Joplin, MO.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Tommy Burkybile; two brothers, Robert Burkybile and Charles Burkybile; and one sister, Layvetta Lambeth.
He lay in state at his home from Friday afternoon June 26 through Monday, June 29. Friends and family were invited to visit at the house throughout the weekend. Military graveside services were held at 3:00 p.m., Monday, June 29, 2020, at the Ottawa Indian Cemetery, rural Miami, OK. Layman Dale Heatherly officiated. Indian rites were led by JC Dawes. Arrangements were under the direction of Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena, KS. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations were made to American Missionary Fund in care of the funeral home.
Those he leaves to cherish his memories are his children, Angela Carden and husband Mike of Pauls Valley, Monty Miller and wife Shannon of Kilgore, Texas, John Miller of Wynnewood, Oklahoma, Andrea and Keith Miller of Wynnewood; grandchildren, Briana Miller, Brandon Garrett, Blaine Garrett, Makenzie Miller, Chance Whittington, Phoenix Pruiett; great-grandchildren, Brendon, Sadie, Aaliyah, Legacy Garrett, Olivia Honeycutt; siblings, Junior Miller, twin sister Glenda Goodwin, Edd Miller, Wanda Winters, David Miller, Don Miller and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends who will deeply miss him.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, at 2:00 PM at Eastern Gate Baptist Church in Wynnewood.
Phil Follis, 84, a longtime Miami resident passed away on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at Integris Miami Hospital. Phil was known for his generous spirit and contagious smile. He will be missed. Services are pending and have been placed in the care of Brown-Winters Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Miami.
Friends and family may send the family notes of encouragement by viewing Mr. Follis’ Tribute Page at www.brown-winters.com.