Larry Abernathy

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Term Expires 2021

Larry Abernathy is a native to the state of Oklahoma. After graduating from Wagoner High School, Abernathy continued his education through Oklahoma State University, specializing in automotive repair. In 1977 Abernathy married his wife Rita. Abernathy is a family man who has three daughters and four grandchildren and has deep ties to the Wagoner community.

Abernathy utilized and advanced his skills as a mechanic working for a private company for 12 years and then as a Diesel mechanic for the Wagoner Public School System for 34 years before semi-retiring in 2017. For the past 34 years, Abernathy has used his position on the city council to be beneficial in advancement and change, to work with fellow Councilman to move the City towards the future and has never shied away from being a part of something bigger than himself.  He has been a member of the Prince Hall Masonic Lodge for 12 years, as well as Wagoner Area Neighbors and Wagoner Community Outreach. 

Under Abernathy’s leadership, the Martin Luther King Celebration has grown and flourished and the MLK Memorial on Martin Luther King Blvd is in large part due to his dedication and constant strive to better the Wagoner community.  Abernathy’s calling to serve the Lord has been the foundation of his commitment to his family and his community. After serving as the Pastor for Trinity Church of God in Christ for four years, Abernathy is now serving as Elder for the church and finds his time divided between being a role model to the youth of Wagoner and sharing community worship with the senior citizens.  

Abernathy believes the proven track record of the City of Wagoner’s ability to sustain the future provides many options for the City Council. He is excited about the prospect of new business, new housing and the opportunity to create a place in which the citizens of today and future generations of tomorrow can be proud. Abernathy strongly believes that determining and maintaining this quality of life is essential for every generation, not only to attract and maintain the jobs and personnel the city currently has, but to attract and increase the business opportunities for tomorrow.

Mary Jane Whisnant

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Term Expires 2019

Mary Jane Whisnant is a Wagoner Native and a 1965 graduate of Wagoner High School. Whisnant is married to her husband David and is a mother to two grown daughters and a son-in-law, Amber Whisnant and Miri and Bryan Bergeron. Whisnant graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelors of Science in Education in 1970. In 1998, Whisnant graduated from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service with an Associates in Funeral Service and is currently the Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer at Mallett Funeral Home and Crematory in Wagoner.

Whisnant was the first woman to be elected and serve on the Wagoner City Council, where she has served in Wards I, II and III as City Councilor, beginning in 1983. Whisnant was given the honor of serving as President of the Council (Vice-Mayor), Budget Chairman and has served in numerous other council committees over the years. She was also a member of the Governor’s Waterway Advisory Board and the United Way Budget Committee, as well as many more. Whisnant was the manager of the Wagoner Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Chamber Board of Directors in the past and is currently a Board member of Wagoner Community Hospital.

Whisnant has been a witness to ongoing growth and improvements in the City of Wagoner that will ensure the strength and future of the community and is proud to be a part of that process.