Carolyn Jean (Davis) Blackbear, born November 5, 1947, to Charley Davis and Rachel (Tanner) Davis, in Claremore. She was 74 years old and a recent resident of Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Carolyn was a lifelong member of Ribbon Baptist Church where she served in many capacities from Sunday school teacher, song leader and WMU President. She loved reading her bible, singing with her church family and a singing group Son Rise and most recently, Paula’s Son Rise. She loved to cook for any event or family gathering. Everyone loved her chicken and dumplings and frybread. She loved trying new things such as the time she tried cactus at Anita’s house and even the garnishment that was on the table. She worked at the Locust Grove Early Learning center and loved the kids and teachers there. She would get a huge smile when she would hear “Ms. Blackbear, Ms. Blackbear” while out shopping at Wal-Mart or any other store and see one of the kids. Carolyn always loved to laugh and making memories with everyone she was with. If you ever got her and her sister Dorothy together, you were in for some sore sides. They were like Diamond and Silk. She loved tending to her plants and working her crossword or word search puzzles. She also wore out several solitaire games. She enjoyed watching her shows daily and always knew what and when it was on. One of her favorites was Judge Judy and she always said, “She’s skosti.” She loved traveling to North Carolina yearly to share the music ministry. She loved meeting new people and never met a stranger. Sight seeing was something she wanted to do more of. Spending time with the grandkids was a favorite time and she always spoke to them about serving the Lord and making good choices, but no matter what, good or bad, she loved them anyway and always prayed for them and her children. Most of all, she loved the Lord and served him faithfully. She spread his word to anyone she met. She was a prayer warrior and if you had her praying for you, it was like you knew everything was going to be okay. She leaves behind many wonderful memories for all to cherish and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. Her huge smile and big laughter will be something to remember. She prayed and praised the Lord for her family, even through it all.
Funeral services for Carolyn will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 2, 2022, at Ribbon Baptist Church with Reverend Stanley Grass officiating. Burial will follow at Round Springs cemetery in Eucha, Oklahoma with Samuel Blackbear, Darian Daniels, Jason Boney, Ryan Blackbear, Kyler Blackbear, Esiah Boney serving as casket bearers. Honorary casket bearers will be Brian Soldier, Cooper Lyman, and Jared Blackbear. A wake service will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 1, 2022, in the Shipman’s Funeral Home Chapel. To leave her family a message, please visit her Guestbook at www.shipmansfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Shipman’s Funeral & Cremation Service of Pryor.
She had 5 children, Paula (Blackbear) Anderson, Charlena Blackbear and Brett of Tahlequah, OK, Anita Flores and Esteban of Springdale, Arkansas, Brian Blackbear of Spavinaw, OK, and Amy Ross and Stewart of Tahlequah, OK; siblings, Tommy Gene Davis and Sharon of Tulsa, OK, Dorothy Ann Boney and Lloyd of Salina, OK, and Janet Marie Woods; 9 grandchildren, Darian, Ryan, Jared, Samuel, Tegan, Kyler, Bailey, Jorey, and Nayeli; several nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends. Her special friend, Jan Sloan whom she met and worked with at Locust Grove Early Learning Center for at least 10 years. Carolyn is preceded in death by her parents, Charley and Rachel Davis; daughter, Paula Anderson; and sister, Janet Woods.