, Muskogee, OK

January 11, 2013

Thank you - 1.12.13

— ON BEHALF OF my late husband, George Denton, and myself, I would like to say thank you to the friends, neighbors, and family who have been a constant source of love, support, and help through the past six years of surgeries, disabilities, and multiple health issues.  You know who you are and how much you are loved and appreciated by us.

Thank you to the VA Hospital for many years of healthcare and support. A special thank you to Lynette Gunn and her staff at the VA wound care clinic. They gave real caring along with the medical care.

Thank you to the home health caregivers since 2006; Shelly, Rosie, Brenda, Patty, Dana, and many others, you became family in the true sense of the word. To our Boulevard Christian Church family, thank you for giving us the inspiration, hope, and faith to continue looking ahead trusting in Jesus’ promises.

Thank you Pleasant Valley Health Care Center for the care you gave. It was an opportunity for making new friends, enjoying new activities and a renewal of joy and hope in Jesus. Michele, John, Angel, Sarah, Courtney, Shelly, and others may God bless you for the love and attention you gave George. My appreciation to Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory for the sensitive, caring and professional way you carried out the arrangements for George’s funeral.

Brenda Denton

AS WE BEGIN our journey into 2013, I want to thank everyone who supported the American Red Cross in 2012. Thank you to all our monetary donors and disaster response volunteers. It is because of you that we were able to provide $71,232 in financial assistance to 121 families (386 individuals in Adair, Cherokee, and Muskogee Counties) overcoming the horror of becoming homeless as a result of natural disasters. I also want to thank all our blood donors who save lives every day. Thank you to my Advisory Board (Wren Stratton, Kelly Faltyn, Xan Bryant, Michael Anthamatten, Gary Jackson, Mike Garde, Beth Seim, Derrick Reed, Nick Thompson, Tracy Blair, Kelly Epperson, and Brian Sitsler). This office would not be successful without your guidance and support. I want to thank our local media outlets, who graciously run stories keeping area residents aware of current events! Thank you to our dedicated members of the fire departments, law enforcement, emergency management, ambulance services, county health departments, and all other partner agencies who ensure our safety and welfare on a daily basis.

I would be remiss to not make a plea for help. We continuously need monetary donations and volunteers who want to help those families that will experience disasters in our three-county service area as we never know when or how extensive our next disaster response will be. For more details, please call me at (918) 682-1366 or stop by my office at 566 N. 6th St. Muskogee, OK  74401 (inside the Muskogee Swim & Fitness Center). You can also like us on Facebook at

Ryan Hardaway


American Red Cross

Serving Adair, Cherokee and Muskogee counties

ON CHRISTMAS Eve, I was in Homeland on South York. I was at the cashier stand to pay for my groceries when the checker said “this man wants to pay for your groceries.” He was a stranger so I said “no, I pay for my groceries” then he said, “yes, I want to pay for your groceries.” I thought he was joking or trying to confuse me (which he did).

I was opening my billfold when he reached over and paid the clerk. I was speechless but he walked away. Yeah Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. That deserved many thanks and appreciation. God bless you Santa wherever you are.

Merna D. Lowrance


WE WOULD LIKE to say “Thank You” to Dylan Goforth for the awesome job he did in writing the article concerning naming American Legion Post 403 in Oktaha. Our Commander Lanny Cartwright and Legionaires were very pleased with the coverage and the response we received. It spread through the news media, and Commander Cartwright received several calls from others wanting to cover the event.

We would also like to thank Editor Ed Choate for the follow-up editorial. It has been superb having the Muskogee Phoenix backing the veterans in Muskogee and surrounding area. The entire staff has been awesome to work with in covering different events concerning our veterans. We are looking forward, to the ceremony in naming of A.L. Post 403 and what it will accomplish in Oktaha. Thank you so very much and looking forward to working together with you in future events helping our Veterans. “Veterans Helping Veterans.”

Commander Lanny Cartwright and Legionaires

of Future Joshua M. Seal American Legion Post 403, Oktaha