There are never enough words to honor the notable men and women we lost this past year, yet here we celebrate their contributions to the spirit and character of the Tulsa community. We remember business, civic and military leaders; philanthropists and public servants; educators and legislators; musicians and performers; broadcasters and restaurateurs who enriched the Tulsa landscape for decades. 

We also remember:

Larry Merritt, Owner of Merritt’s Bakery: Feb. 10, 1951-Sept. 26, 2021

Bill Thompson, Former CEO of MAPCO who was a civic leader and supporter of the arts: April 19, 1934-June 27, 2021 

Mary Warner, Former Tulsa school board member who was a key supporter of voluntary integration: Nov. 9, 1931-Aug. 5, 2021

Ed Wheeler, Army Brigadier General whose post-military life focused on advertising and corporate PR: Jan. 22, 1938-Aug. 31, 2021 

Bill White, Owner of Bill White Chevrolet and once one of the largest downtown landowners: June 3, 1931-Jan. 2, 2021

Ronnie Wilson, Founding member of iconic Tulsa music group The GAP Band: April 7, 1948-Nov. 2-2021

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