Ellen Moslene Sockey Beathard, 86, of Bokoshe, OK passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2015 in Ft. Smith, AR. Ellen, known to everyone as "Granny Eeen" born November 6, 1928 in Bokoshe, OK to Edward & Emiline Jackson Sockey. Ellen used to sing in a gospel quartet "The Smiling Four", loved to crochet, eat chicken and dressing and chicken and dumplings. She quilted and loved to work in the yard with her flowers. But most of all she loved to have her family around her while watching the kids play. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Alma Lawanda Sutton; grandson, Gary Lynn Beathard II; sister, Marjorie Katherine "Tish" Atkinson; brothers, Wyland Dean, Eddie Joe and Charles "Tiny" Sockey; adopted daughter/niece, Leisa Atkinson.
Survivors include her son, Gary Lynn Beathard and wife, Kay, of Eufaula, OK; daughter, Marilyn Lou Beathard Culwell and husband, Larry, of Bokoshe, OK; 3 grandchildren, Stacy Culwell Hall and husband, J.J., of Park Hill, OK, John Culwell and wife, Autumn, of McCurtain, OK, Keith Beathard and Sharon Kay Tackett of Bokoshe, OK; 11 great grandchildren, Landon, JoHanna and Alexa Beathard and Emma Attig all of Fletcher, OK; Jagger and Caz Hall of Park Hill, OK; Stone Beathard of Wister, OK, John Daniel Culwell of Bokoshe, OK, Alli Culwell, Trace and Makenna Murdock all of McCurtain, OK and one great granddaughter on the way ; nephews, Ty & Clint Statham; nieces, Janet Kay Sockey Taylor, Phyllis Ann Sockey Hogan; other relatives, loved ones and friends.
Services will be 2 pm Friday, June 26, 2015 at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau, OK with Rev. Leroy Orr officiating. Interment will follow in Old Bokoshe Cemetery, Bokoshe, OK. Pallbearers will be her oldest great grandchildren, Landon Beathard, John Daniel Culwell, Stone Beathard, Jagger Hall, JoHanna and Alexa Beathard. Honorary pallbearers will be great grandchildren, Alli Culwell, Caz Hall, Makenna and Trace Murdock, Emma Attig; and very special friends, Gladys Doussett, Effie Minks, Elaine Reed, Angela Stewart, Linda Bowden and Sue Turner; cousin, Dr. Gene Sockey.