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Tahlequah, OK- Funeral service for John Chism Jr. will be held on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 at 1:00 PM at the Reed- Culver Chapel with Pastor Vernell Racy, and Pastor Walter Brown officiating. Visitation for John will be held on Thursday, March 31st, and Friday, April 1st, at Reed-Culver Chapel from 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM both days. Interment will be held at Ross Cemetery in Tahlequah, OK. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.reeedculver.com.
Pallbearers for John include Johnny Gandy, Clyde Smith, Tyree Parker, Jabarr Adams, Bill Leigh, and Richard Taylor. Honorary pallbearers include Darryl Nelson, Shannon Johnson, Jamie Mask, and Felix Gandy. The flower girls for John’s service include Corinthians Nelson, Mayetta McNack, Lovetta Riggs, Erma Sing Chism, Linda Holmes, Betty Reed, Shandra Holmes, and Amy Nunez
John Chism Jr. was born on August 26th, 1954, in Melvin, OK, the son of John Chism Sr. and Thelma Brewer-Chism. He grew up in a home with four brothers and three sisters, attending school in Hulbert, OK. John served his country in the National Guards. He was employed by the City of Muskogee as a Sanitation Technician. He was the proud father of three sons and one daughter, Chris, Ricky, Kimberly, and Shelton. He had a big heart, always looking to care for those that needed the help. Those needing a ride, needing help with a project, or just some good food, was always sure to find a little help from John. He was a really good cook, always fixing a pot of his famous beans, or a pan of fried pork chops, feeding anyone needing a plate. He was a family man who loved his wife, Carole, his kids and especially his grandchildren, they were precious in John’s eyes. Any time he had to spend with them was special. John put his trust in his Lord, Jesus Christ , serving him faithfully for the past five years at Antioch Baptist Church. John helped to care for his granddaughter, Miltiyanna Gordon and loved the chance to make her smile. John’s health began to fail him, and the Lord called this good and faithful servant home from his labors on March 23rd, 2016 in Wagoner, with his loved ones by his side. John was 61 years old. He will be missed by his many family and friends he leaves behind.
John is preceded in death by his dad, John Chism Sr., one brother, Cecil Chism, one sister, Kay Chism, and by his grandparents, Dennis and Maddie Brewer.
Those left to cherish his memory include his beloved companion of 26 years and wife of twelve years, Carole Maxey-Chism of the home in Tahlequah, OK, and his four children, Chris Whitaker and wife Leslie of Muskogee, OK, Ricky Whitaker of Muskogee, OK, Kimberly Bolden and husband Jack of Tahlequah, OK, and Shelton Maxey and wife Jeanea of Stilwell, OK. He leaves his mother, Thelma McDonald of Tahlequah, OK, three brothers and two sisters, Clerie Chism and wife Nieca of Tulsa, OK, Glendale Chism of Wagoner, OK, Rosie Jones of Tahlequah, OK, Tammy McDonald of Tahlequah, OK, and Floyd “Boo” McDonald and wife Baby Doll of Wagoner, OK. His legacy lives on in his 21 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends and loved ones.
Published on March 30, 2016
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