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Services for Johnny Lee Emarthla, 78, of Konawa are at 1 p.m. Friday at the Criswell Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Don Jacob will officiate. Burial will follow at the Emarthla Cemetery. A Wake service will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Criswell Funeral Home.
Mr. Emarthla passed away Monday, June 19, 2017, in Oklahoma City. He was born Oct. 22, 1938, in Konawa to Marcus and Lucy Frank Emarthla.
He married Mary Ann Larney Feb. 26, 1965, in Anadarko. They then moved to Konawa and made their home there. Mr. Emarthla was a truck driver for Seminole County District 1. He was a member of Mitchell Memorial United Methodist Church in Ada.
He truly loved gospel music, singing Choctaw hymns, talking to people and always encouraging everyone. He never met a stranger. He loved getting in the car and driving and looking at the scenery. Mr. Emarthla was a Chaplain for the Bryan County Convention, a member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma and a member of the Tallahassee Band. He was also a Bird Clan.
Survivors include his wife, Mary of the home; three daughters, Sandy Cellars and her husband, Terry, of Sasakwa, Nan Micco and her husband, Frisco, and Lucy Postoak, all of Konawa; a son, Chebon Emarthla and his wife, Malinda, of Konawa; a brother, Tommy Emarthla of Tulsa; five grandchildren, Marissa Patterson of Del City, Zachary Postoak, Micco, Sylus and Levi Emarthla, all of Konawa; one great-grandson, Isaiah Patterson of Del City; and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers and sisters; and a son-in-law, Stephen Postoak.
Bearers will be Chebon Emarthla, Greg Chilcoat, Jonah Bushy, Solomon Bushy, Zachary Postoak and Randy Northcott. Honorary bearers will be Charlie Hill and Edward Palmer.
Published on June 20, 2017
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