, Muskogee, OK


November 7, 2012

Dortha Lee Bivins

1928 – 2012

— Dortha Lee Bivins, 84, of Checotah, died Monday, November 5, 2012. She was born October 16, 1928 near Checotah, Oklahoma to Jasper and Lola (Ross) Holloway. Dortha attended school at Victor and Checotah. She played basketball at Victor and a little at Checotah. While in school, she met Loyd Bivins. The couple married and made their home in Checotah where he worked doing carpentry and at a lumber yard. Dortha was a homemaker, a great mother, Mamo, sister and friend.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Loyd Lee Bivins; her parents, Lola and Jasper Holloway; sisters, Jo Evelyn Lamb, Jean Clark and Betty Joyce Holloway; brothers, Ted, John, Rich, Virgil, Grady, Wady, Eugene “Bog”, Leroy “Case”, and Robert “Skinner” Holloway; niece, Konawv Holloway and nephews, Acel Clark, Ronnie Holloway and Darrin Roberts.

Dortha is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Rusty Cramer of Owasso, Doris and Steve Reynolds of Collinsville; two sons and daughters-in-law, Grady and Roena Bivins of Checotah and Loyd and Marsha Bivins of Tulsa, granddaughter and her husband, Carla and Stan Norton; grandson, Grady W. Bivins; great-granddaughters, Emilee and Madalyn Norton; sister, Rachel “Babe” Roberts; sisters-in-law, Esther Holloway, Mary Holloway, and Rosalee “Mickie” Bray; nieces, Carol Winn, Norma Jennings, Gaye Wheeler, Lisa Simmons, Rebecca Torres, Deborah McGuire, Pam Cox, and Kim Duncan and nephews, Virgil L. Holloway, Johnny Lamb, Rick Holloway, Robert K. Bray, Bruce Roberts, Eddie Bray,  Eastman Holloway, Todd Holloway, many cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 9, 2012 at the First Assembly of God Church in Checotah with Pastor Paul Butler officiating. Interment will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Checotah. Pallbearers will be Dortha’s nephews: Virgil L. Holloway, Johnny Lamb, Rick Holloway, Robert K. Bray, Bruce Roberts, Eddie Bray, Eastman Holloway and Todd Holloway. Honorary pallbearers are Bryan Winn, John Conger, Matthew Holloway, Grant Francis, Russell Lamb, Jared Lamb, Eastman Grady Holloway,Robert Jenkins, Shane Jenkins, Cheylon Clark, Bryant Clark, ZackHolloway, Jacob Holloway, Stephanie Conger, Erica, Corey and Aaron Bray, Jennifer, Wesley, Kalli, Micheala and Doc Bray, Mia Torres, Katie Holloway, Kris, Kolby, and Kaylee Cox, Ryan Roberts, Sigrid Lamb and Holly Duery.

Funeral service arrangements are under the direction of Checotah Funeral and Cremation Service. Condolences to the family may be made at

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