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Sue Hearons Obit Collection
Submitted by: Sue Hearon


Janice D. Acton
MULDROW - Janice D. Acton, 41, of Muldrow died Thursday, July 18, 2002, in Houston. She was a waitress at Ole South restaurant in Sallisaw and a Baptist.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Muldrow with burial at Blackjack Cemetery in Muldrow under the direction of Agent Funeral Home of Muldrow.
She is survived by her husband, Manue; three sons, Johnny Chad Acton, Joshua Shawn Acton and Christopher Johnson, all of the home; her mother, Carolin Tounzen of Muldrow; her father, Don Tounzen of Sallisaw; two brothers, Phillip Anthony Tounzen of Cliff Island, Maine, and Donald Tounzen of Ozark; a sister, Darla Reben of Broken Arrow; and two stepsisters, Deborah Bussey of Sallisaw and Valorie Lewis of Stigler.
Pallbearers will be Andrew Boswell, Matthew Allen, Austin and Dustin Day, Matthew Matlock, Erik Cherry and Bebo Lewis.
The body may be viewed from 1 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.


PHILLIP C. ADAMS
Phillip C. Adams, a Fremont resident for forty-two years, died on Thursday, July 19, 2001. He was fifty-three years old.
Mr. Adams was born on December 16, 1947, in Portland, Oregon. He was employed with the Canteen Corp. in San Jose for twenty-seven years. He was a member of Teamsters Local No. 78.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia M. Adams, of Fremont; sons, Jason P. Adams, Timothy S. Adams, and Adam G. Adams, Fremont; mother, Ottie Adams, Oroville; sisters, Candy Cawthra, Salt Lake City, Utah; Leona Dennis and Belinda McFadden, Oroville; Melinda Braback, Oregon; brothers, Steve Adams, Fremont; Larry Adams and Ricky Adams, Oroville; Kim Adams, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Preceding him in death were his father, Charles William (Chuck) Adams, and a sister, Sharry Adams.
A private family gathering will be held.



Ruby Adams
MCCURTAIN - Ruby Keller Adams, 75, of McCurtain died Saturday, April 13, 2002, in Stigler. She was a member of McCurtain First Baptist Church. Funeral will be 2 p.m. today at McCurtain First Baptist Church with burial at Miners Cemetery in McCurtain under the direction of King & Shearwood Funeral Home of Stigler.
She is survived by her husband, Andrew; a daughter, Bonny Bradfield of Pueblo, Colo.; a son, Danny Sontchi of Maud, Texas; a stepdaughter, Sharon Rogers of Grass Valley, Calif.; a sister, Julie Simiskey of Moab, Utah; a brother, Perry Keller of St. George, Utah; several grandchildren, stepgrandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Harvey Way, Raymond Lane, Brooks Shaw, Harold and Kelley Madewell and Paul Orr.



Herman Earl Allison
Herman Earl Allison, 73, of Red oak, passed away Sunday, May 12, 2002, in Heavener. He was born Nov. 13, 1928 to W.W. and Della (Pack) Allison in Wister.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Howe. He was a retired truck driver and played the fiddle for the Poteau Valley Jamboree. He loved to make music, especially with his friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Edgar Allison, Jewel Allison, Virgle Allison and Dale Allison.
Survivors include one daughter, Marla and Don Sumpter of Red Oak; one son, Terry Earl Allison of Wister; four sisters, Ruth Luman and Ruby Waldon, both of Poteau; Glenna Johnson of Siloam Springs and Gean Waldner of Bullhead City, Ariz.; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews and many special friends.
A family visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 14 at Grace Manor Funeral Home in Poteau.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 15 at First Baptist Church in Howe with the Rev. Leon Glenn officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. View Cemetery in Glendale under the direction of Grace Manor Funeral Home of Poteau.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Tolbert, Denver Turner, Will Charlton, Jim Hacker, Carl Lockhart and Johnny Janway.
Honorary pallbearers will be Ryan Sumpter, Brian Allison and Shawn Walker.



Marie Ellen Ames
STIGLER = SUE OBITS- Marie Ellen Ames, 91, of Stigler, formerly of St. Louis, died Sunday, March 5, 2000, in a Haskell County hospital. She was the widow of Raymond W. Ames.
Memorial service will be 2 p.m. today at Stigler Catholic Church with burial at Stigler City Cemetery under the direction of King & Shearwood Funeral Home of Stigler.
She is survived by one son, Edward of Stigler; one sister, Ann Levine of St. Louis; three grandchildren, Edmond L. James of Hoyt, Okla., Edward Ames Jr. of Fort Worth, Texas and Judith Mabery of Splendora, Texas; six great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Monte Bankhead, Randy Mathews, Judson Brock, Paul and Ben Cooper, and Allen Jones.



Billy Charles Archey
Billy Charles Archey, 66, of Shady Point, a machinist for 35 years, died Saturday, June 12, 1999, at his residence in Shady Point.
He was born May 12, 1933, in Cameron.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Margery Ann Archey of the home, on June 21, 1997; his daughter, Mary Margaret Archey; his sister, Foy Brown; and five brothers, Jim, George, Roy, Robert, and Jiggs Archey. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Rhonda Archey of Shady Point; three grandchildren, Marissa, Carmen, and Anthony Archey of Shady Point; three brothers, Ray Archey of Shady Point, Delbert Archey of Shady Point, and Buck Archey of Cameron; and, three sisters, Lois Brown of Congerville, Ill., Francis Loomis of Cameron, and Elsie Hale of Cameron.
Graveside Services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 16, with burial at Knothole Cemetery, Cameron. Rev. Jim Cook and Rev. Mike Bunch will officiate.
Arrangements are under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home, Poteau.



Donna Jo Archey
Donna Jo Archey, 40, of Fort Smith, passed away to be with her Lord Friday, Oct. 19, 2001. She was born March 27, 1961 in Poteau to Roy and Jo Archey.
Survivors include her mother and stepfather, Jo and Troy Martin of Greenwood, Ark.; one sister and brother-in-law, Karen and Randy Shock of Fort Smith; two nephews, Ty and wife Kristy Floyd and Noah Shock, all of Fort Smith; one niece, Raina Floyd of Seattle, Wash.; and two grandnieces, Summer Floyd and Autumn Floyd, both of Fort Smith.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. in Fairhill Cemetery at Cameron, Monday, Oct. 22 under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.



Reva F. Arter
Reva F. Arter, 90, of Bokoshe, passed away Friday, June 14, 2002, in Poteau. She was born Oct. 2, 1911 at Long to John Thomas and Edith McCaslin Beshers. She was a housewife.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elbert Arter; brothers and sisters; one son, R.B. Arter; and one grandson, Walter Darcy.
Survivors include two daughters, Leatric Ascraft of Wilmington, N.C. and Ethel Darcy of Sallisaw; one son, Philip Arter of Bokoshe; 12 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 18 at the Old Cache Cemetery under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Spiro.



Rotha F. Balentine
Rotha F. Balentine, 86, of Wister, passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2002, in Fort Smith. She was born June 24, 1915 in Ione, Ark.
She was a retired schoolteacher, a member of the First Baptist Church of Wister and a member of the Retired Teachers Association.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Baysul Balentine on Jan. 20, 1999.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Audrey and Treca Balentine of Wister; one grandson and wife, Bobby and Ina Balentine of Lexington, Ky.; two great-granddaughters, Molly Blackburn and Sarah Blackburn; and Ruthie Gatlin of El Centro, Calif. and Mental Balentine of Wister; three brothers, Farmer Wann and Gaylord Wann, both of Pocola and Coolidge Wann of Poteau; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones; and a host of beloved friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, May 17 at Southside Baptist Church in Poteau with the Revs. Dale Rogers and Clarence Barton officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. View Cemetery in Glendale under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.
Pallbearers will be Ernie Cauthron, Bentley Hill, Neil Brannon, Mike Andrews, Raymond Glenn and Ronald Glenn.



B.C. Ball
SALLISAW - B.C. Ball, 75, of Sallisaw, formerly of Alma, died Friday, July 5, 2002, in a local hospital. He was an ordained minister of the Pentecostal faith, a retired truck driver and an Army veteran of the Korean War. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Ocker Funeral Home Memorial Chapel in Van Buren with burial at Mount McCurry Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Hazel; four daughters, Anita Chambers of Vian, Beverly Beaver of Ozark, Debbie Bridges of Van Buren and Teresa Christie of Sallisaw; five sons, Jack Ball of Fort Smith, Ken and Bill Ball, both of Vian, Wes Ball of Phoenix, Ariz., and Eddie Ball of Hitchcock, Texas; two sisters, Pat Stewart of Fort Smith and Lucille Radley of Paris; a brother, George Ball of Madison, Wis.; and nine grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 19 great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Chris and Richard Chambers, Bobby Ball, Devlin Brown, Raymond Ingram and Richard Bridges.



Charlie Ballard
MCCURTAIN, Okla. - Charlie Ballard, 68, of McCurtain died Thursday, July 4, 2002, in Fort Smith.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Keota with burial at Antioch Cemetery in Stigler under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home in Stigler.
He is survived by his wife Caroline; two daughters, Sheila McDuffie of Shady Point and Crystal Patton of Keota; three sons, Glenn of Whitefield, Dennis of Spiro and Charles of Little Rock; two sisters, Eulema Henderson of Eufala and Florence Lanier of Stigler; three brothers, Ronnie of McCurtain and Ray and Bill, both of Keota; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.



Annie May (Holdridge) Bass
Mrs. Annie Bass, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Egbert Holdridge, was killed in a car accident in Milpitas, California, on Friday, April 13, 1973. She was born March 2, 1936.
She is survived by her parents; husband Victor Bass; two daughters, Vickie and Karen, of the home; sisters, Judy Harrison, Betty Asher, Chris Linn, Mrs. Pauline Garrett, and Ruby Teehee; brothers, Bob Holdridge, Wayne Holdridge, and Kenneth Holdridge.



Mamie Lee Baughman
July 29, 1912 -- Aug. 5, 2002
Mamie Lee (Bledsoe) Baughman, 90, of Keyes died of natural causes Monday at Evergreen Nursing & Rehabilitation Hospital, Modesto.
Mrs. Baughman was a native of Bokoshe, ( Leflore County) Oklahoma. She lived in Keyes 54 years. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Keyes Assembly of God Tabernacle.
She is survived by her children, J.R. Baughman of LaPine, Ore., Shirley Doster of Modesto and Jimmie Baughman of Sacramento; brother, Len Bledsoe of Vacaville; and six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents William Melvin and Minnie Lee (Edmonston) Bledsoe. and her husband, William Odell Baughman.
A funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Keyes Assembly of God Tabernacle. Burial will be at Ceres Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Ceres Chapel of Franklin & Downs.



Karen Lee Baxter
POTEAU - Karen Lee Baxter, 47, of Poteau died Monday, Sept. 4, 2000, in her home. She was a human resources coordinator at Encor Technologies for 19 years.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Evans Chapel of Memories in Poteau with burial at Dog Creek Cemetery in the Dog Creek Community in Oklahoma.
She is survived by her husband, Danny; one daughter, Tonya Dennis of Poteau; one son, Terry of Poteau; her father, Eugene Darneal of Panama; one sister, Sharon Remy of Panama; one brother, Clinton E. Darneal of Midwest City, Okla.; and four grandchildren, Abie Lutz, Nicole Gilstrap and Layne Dennis, all of Poteau, and Alex Baxter of Fort Smith.



Ruth Richardson Baylis
Funeral services were held for Ruth Richardson Baylis at 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 6, 1994, at the Pentecostal Church of God in Panama, Oklahoma. Officiating were Reverend J.C. Walls and Reverend E.H. Irby.
She was born May 1, 1911, and passed away May 4, 1994.
Her survivors include two daughters, Myrl Christenberry and Jackie Taylor; two sons, Elton Richardson and Donald Richardson; two sisters, Cleo Hall and Jewel Forna; fourteen grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Interment was in National Cemetery, Fort Smith, Arkansas, by Evans and Miller Funeral Homes of Poteau, Oklahoma



Patricia Bean
ARKOMA - Patricia Diana Bean, 56, of Arkoma died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2000, in a local hospital. She was a homemaker and a member of the Holiness Church.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. today at Putman Funeral Home Chapel of Fort Smith with burial at Woodlawn Memorial Park of Fort Smith.
She is survived by her husband, Wayne; one daughter, Nikki Adamson of Fort Smith; two sons, Ricky of Van Buren and Robert of Arkoma; four sisters, Bernice Perew and Carol Light of Fort Smith, Helen Glasgow of Mansfield and Faye Cauthran of Milltown; one brother, Alan Bennett of Fort Smith; and six grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Unruh, Lewis Williams, Van Overstreet, Keith Davis, Gary Reamer, Wesley Glasgow, Owen Lawrence and Gary Adamson.



Charley Belt
Funeral services were held at Evans Chapel of Memories, > Poteau, Oklahoma, on Tuesday, February 12, 1991, for Charley Belt. The10:00 a.m. services were officiated by Reverend Jim Cook.
Mr. Belt, who was born November 25, 1910, passed away February 9, 1991.
Surviving are one daughter, two sons, two sisters, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and a host of other family members, friends, and loved ones.
Interment was in Dog Creek Cemetery, Dog Creek Community, Oklahoma. Evans and Miller Funeral Homes of Poteau, Oklahoma, and Pocola, Oklahoma, supervised.



Sophia Mae Benham
Sophia Mae "Jean" Benham, 88, formerly of Spiro, passed away Friday, June 21, 2002 in Loveland, Colo. She was born April 1, 1914 in Alma to Wallace H. and Ruth Elizabeth Sherman Babb. She was a past member of the Garden Club, the Grange of Spokane, Wash. and also of the Dwellers, which is a gold prospecting club. She was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church in Arkansas and enjoyed ceramics, gardening, singing and loved children and dancing. She had been crowned Ms. Sierra Vista in 1994 and had won four gold medals and three silver medals in the Senior Olympics. She previously lived in Fort Smith and Florida before moving to Loveland in 1994.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, C.B. Autry, one son, Derryl Autry; one sister and four brothers.
Survivors include one daughter, Annie Saul and husband Don of Loveland; one sister, Ruth Smith of Fort Smith; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 25 at Spiro City Cemetery with the Rev. Robert Maxwell officiating, under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Spiro.



Delora Benson
POTEAU - Delora Benson, 62, of Heavener died Saturday, Dec. 23, 2000, in Poteau. She was a lifelong resident of the Heavener and Howe, Okla., area.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Dowden Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Howe Cemetery in Howe under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener.
She is survived by two brothers, Johnny Johnson of Heavener and Jerry Johnson of Poteau.
Viewing will be 8:30 a.m. Tuesday until service time at the funeral home.



Orville Benson
Orville Benson, 82, of Heavener, passed away Sunday, May 5, 2002, in Fort Smith.
He was a longtime resident of Heavener and a member of the Assembly of God Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife Vernice; and two brothers, Cameron and Clarence.
Survivors include one daughter, Martha Lemmons and husband Jimmie of Heavener; one son, Raymond of Heavener; one sister, Dena Stacy of Shady Point; four brothers, Delmer, J.C., D.B. and James, all of Heavener; one granddaughter, Tracie Lemmons of Heavener; several nieces and seven nephews.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 7 at First Assembly of God in Heavener. Burial will be at Oakdale Cemetery in Heavener under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener.



Laverne Beshears
POCOLA - Laverne Beshears, 80, of Pocola died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2002, in a local nursing home. She was a homemaker and attended the Church of Christ.
She was the widow of James "Bruce" Beshears.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Bloodsworth Cemetery in Tate community under the direction of Martin Funeral Home of Mansfield.
She is survived by a daughter, Norma Jean Hall of Hackett; two sons, James Beshears of Pocola and Jimmy Beshears of Oklahoma City; three sisters, Clarice Norris of Fort Smith, Joyce Habberfield of California and Winnie Phillips of Poteau; two brothers, Hoyce Solley of Greenwood and Carl Solley of Fort Smith; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The body may be viewed 3 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.



James Bicknell
VIAN - James Robert Bicknell, 54, of Vian died Tuesday, July 16, 2002, in Vian. He was born Oct. 23, 1947, in Fairmont, Minn. He was a former draftsman and a member of Blackgum Baptist Church.
The body was cremated under the direction of Agent Funeral Home of Sallisaw.
He is survived by a sister, Shirley Keck of Welcome, Minn.; two brothers, Don and Jerry Bicknell, both of Vian; and several nieces and nephews.



Ada McKenzie Billy
HOWE - Ada McKenzie Billy, 84, of Howe died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2000, in Poteau. She was disabled and the widow of Nolen James McKenzie.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Evans Chapel of Memories in Poteau with burial at Springhill Cemetery in Monroe.
She is survived by one daughter, Linda Nolen of Howe; three sons, Bobby Ray of Wister, Okla., James Ray of Howe and Larry McKenzie of Poteau; 11 grandhildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.



Roy Bruce Blagg
Roy Bruce Blagg, 40, of Spiro, passed away Friday, May 3, 2002, in Fort Smith. He was born Sept. 13, 1961 in Fort Smith to Steele Roy and Sue Anna (Chance) Blagg.
He was a surgical supply tech at Sparks. He loved to play golf, computer games, travel, loved to talk and joke and visit.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his fiancee Karen Sloan of Spiro; two sisters, Teresa Blagg of Cambridge, Mass. and husband, Edmond Hatfield and Dottie Miller of Greenwood, Ark. and husband John; and his paternal grandmother, Edith Blagg of Spiro.
A memorial service was held at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 4 under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Spiro.



Ethel Blair
CHARLESTON - Ethel Lee Ratliff Blair, 107, of Charleston died Sunday, Oct. 6, 2002, in Charleston. She was born Sept. 23, 1895, at Hickory Ridge Community in Franklin County. She was a cook for Coney Island and at the Arlington Hotel, employed at Ward's Furniture in Fort Smith and was a Baptist.
Graveside service will be 11 a.m. today at Tate Cemetery northwest of Charleston under the direction of Smith Mortuary of Charleston.



Charles Blankenship
PANOLA, Okla. - The Rev. Charles "Chuck" Blankenship, 71, of Panola, Okla., died Friday, June 2, 2000, in Panola. He was a retired Baptist minister and retired as supervisor of tourism and recreation of Robbers Cave State Park, Wilburton, Okla.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Red Oak with burial at West Liberty Cemetery in Quinton under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Stigler.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; four sons, Kenneth Mikeal Blankenship of Spiro, Ronald Eugene Blankenship of Quinton, Donald Dwight Blankenship of Lake of the Hill, Ill., and Rickey Wayne Blankenship of Alexandria, La.; two sisters, Hazel "Sally" Armour of Dustin and Neva Blankenship of Henryetta, Okla.; five brothers, Lonnie Blankenship of California, Edmond Tie Blankenship of Henryetta, Arthur Alton Blankenship Jr. of Las Vegas, William Bill Blankenship of Del City, Okla., and Frank Blankenship of Dustin, Okla.; 21 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Bradley, Jared, Eric, Justin, Kevin, Bryan, Jordan, Tanner, Hayden and Bryce Blankenship, Nathan Short and Josh Reames.
The body may be viewed at the funeral home in Quinton.



Wesley Bledsoe
Wesley Gilbert Bledsoe, 79, passed away Dec. 18, 1995. He was born April 7, 1916, in Albion, to Charles and Edna (Richardson) Bledsoe. He retired from Tinker Air Force Base in 1971 as a Civil Service employee. Wesley was a member of the Tinker Retired Employee Association and Grand Blvd. Baptist Church. He was a former Howe resident.
He was preceded in death by his wife Bennie in 1989, and daughter Linda Gayle Bledsoe.
Survivors include a son and daugher-in-law, Larry and Carolan Bledsoe of Yukon; a daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Louis Lansbury of Oklahoma City; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Services will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 21, at South Colonial Chapel.



WILLIAM BIRDTAIL
SALLISAW - William "Bill" Birdtail, 82, of Vian died Saturday, Nov. 4, 2000, in Sallisaw. He was a retired construction worker and worked for OG&E. He was a Baptist and the widower of Flora Washington Birdtail.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Agent Chapel in Gore with burial at Redbird Smith Cemetery north of Vian.
He is survived by four daughters, Marie Elbon of Blackgum, Okla., Susie Abshere of Muskogee, Okla., Rosie Watts and Lora Cortez, both of Gore; seven sons, Richard of Newalla, Okla., Leon of Marble City, Okla., Henry of Porum, Okla., George and Hank, both of Tybee Island, Ga., Marvin of Mountainburg and Roy of Alma; two sisters, Maggie McElhaney of Vian and Susie Spencer of Fort Gibson; one brother, Lee Birdtail of Muskogee; 27 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Luis Cortez, Richard Elbon, Eric Spears, and Marvin, Roy, Jerrald, Robert and Norman Birdtail
The body may be viewed from 1 to 8 p.m. today, and an all-night wake will be at the funeral home.



Doris Blassingame
Doris Blassingame, 90, of Heavener, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2002, in Poteau. She was a resident of Heavener since 1936, an active member of the First Baptist Church and in the church choir, a retired schoolteacher with 42 years of teaching experience in the Heavener School and surrounding area, a member of the Oklahoma Retired Teachers Association, Oklahoma Education Association and the Good Sam's Club.
She was preceded in death by two sisters; and two brothers.
Survivors include one daughter, Pat Bateman of Fort Smith; two grandchildren, Keith Bateman and Jeannine France and her husband Oscar; two great-grandchildren, Wes and Audrey.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 at the First Baptist Church of Heavener. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery in Heavener under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener.



Pamela Delores Bohanon
Pamela Delores Bohanon, 51, of Albuquerque, N.M., passed away Saturday, May 4, 2002, in Talihina. She was born Jan. 31, 1951 to Eric and Dora Lee Bohanon.
She lived in the Talihina area most of her life and was of the Protestant faith.
She was preceded in death by her father; one brother, Kenneth Ray Bohanon; and one sister, Beverly Bohanon.
Survivors include one daughter, Amelia Bayer; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Jan and Joy Bohanon of Ada and Terry and Laverda Bohanon of Tahlequah; her mother of Talihina; one aunt and uncle, Virginia and Bob Hack of Moore; two nephews, Brian and Barry Bohanon; one niece, Tera Windham; and two great-nephews, Eric Bohanon and Seth Windham.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 9 at the Talihina Funeral Home with the Rev. Gene Wilson officiating. Burial will follow at Bohanon Cemetery under the direction of Talihina Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Barry Bohanon, Brian Bohanon, Gene Clarke, Arron Cooper, Allen Dukes and Jackie McClelland.



Susie Bolt
STIGLER - Susie "Jimmy" "Susan" Bolt, 96, of Stigler died Sunday, April 2, 2000, in Fort Smith. She was a homemaker.
Funeral will be 2:30 p.m. today at Mountain Home Church with burial at Mountain Home Cenetery under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Stigler.
She is survived by three daughters, Louise Nixon of Stigler, Sally Whitfield of Porum and Sadie Lewallen of Claremore; two sons, Lee Allen Bolt of Tulsa and Bill Bolt of Midwest City, Okla.; two sisters, Nell Underwood of Stigler and Sadie Volrath of Cameron; one brother, Jude Green of Williams, Okla.; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Larry Webb, Earl Garten, W.H. Underwood, George Wagnon and Walter Ford.



Ben Boone Jr.
SPIRO - Ben Boone Jr., 63, of Spiro died Monday, Aug. 19, 2002, in Fort Smith. He was retired from OK Foods as a supervisor plant processing. There will be a private service for family. Arrangements are under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Spiro.
He is survived by his wife, Lois; three sons, Ben Boone III of Westville, Okla., Bradley and Billy Joe Boone, both of Spiro; and eight grandchildren.
The body may be viewed at the funeral home.



Willard Austin Boyd
Funeral services have been held for Willard Austin Boyd, beloved husband of Flora Mae Boyd. Mr. Boyd, who was born April 18, 1915, died on June 8, 1974.
Pall bearers were Eddie Christian, Charles Campbell, Robert Shockley, Earl McCann, L.D. Maxwell, and Cecil Bledsoe.
Honorary pall bearers were Jim Wilson, Jimmy Nichols, Woodrow Chaney, Enie Tobler, Jr., Dee Sanders, Bid Jefferies, Charles Cox, Jack Craig, Roger Kite and County Highway Workers. Ushers were Michael Tanner and Austin Morton.



Oneta L. Brandon
Oneta L. Brandon, 77, of Pocola, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2002. She was born Oct. 24, 1924 at Hackett, Ark. She was a retired minister's wife.
Survivors include her husband Kenneth Brandon of the home; one daughter, Alta Brandon of Fort Smith; three sons, Dennis Brandon of Irving, Texas, David Brandon of Pocola and Carl Brandon of Oklahoma City; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three sisters, Marie Higgins of Fort Smith, Bonnie Higgins of Pocola and Bobbie Carter of Spiro; five brothers, Lloyd Lovell of Fort Smith, Oren Lovell Jr. of Spiro, Harold Lovell of Pocola, Kenneth Lovell of Cave Springs, Ariz. and Jimmy Lovell of Hackett, Ark.; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones; and a host of beloved friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 at Murray Spur Free Will Baptist Church in Spiro with Pastor Bill Burgess and the Rev. Gene Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in Macedonia Cemetery at Pocola under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Pocola.



Herbert L. Brasher
Herbert L. Brasher, 90, of Fort Smith died Saturday, Oct. 5, 2002, in Fort Smith. He was a retired carpenter, a member of Park Hill Church of Christ and an Army veteran of World War II, receiving six Bronze Stars, a Silver Star and the Purple Heart.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2002, at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Smith with burial at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith. He is survived by his wife, Marie; a stepdaughter, Della M. Yocum of Fort Smith; a brother, Roy Brasher of Tulsa; three step-grandchiildren, Brent and Brian Yocum and Terry Rushing; and six step-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Charley Douglas, Earl Flood, Elvis Thurman, Richard Broyles, Dan Medley and Matt Griffin.



Jack Brewer
HEAVENER - Jack E. Brewer, 73, of Heavener died Friday, Jan. 14, 2000, in Fort Smith. He retired as postmaster from the post office in Heavener and was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce and the American Legion. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the First National Bank of Heavener.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Monday in Dowden Funeral Home Chapel of Heavener with burial at Memorial Park in Heavener.
He is survived by his wife, Lynda; one daughter, Dana Scott of Heavener; one son, Tim of Broken Arrow, Okla.; two sisters, Mary Ann Zimmerman and Betty Hamer, both of Tulsa; three brothers, Oren of Coweta, Okla., Jerry of Broken Arrow and Bill of Bartlesville, Okla.; and one grandson, Jeremy Scott of Norman, Okla.



Betty Jean Bristow
Funeral services for Betty Jean Bristow, 64, of Chickasha, will be held Monday, May 20, 2002, at 1:00 p.m. in the Ferguson Funeral Home Chapel, with Mike Bates officiating and Wes Warren assisting.
Betty J. Bristow was born July 15, 1937, in Bradley, Oklahoma, the daughter of Andrew McClintock and Lessie Davis McClintock. She died Friday, May 17, 2002, in Oklahoma City.
Betty grew up in the Bradley area and attended Bradley Public Schools.
She married Walter Ross Bristow in Wichita Falls, Texas, on May 8, 1972.
Betty had been employed at Clyde?s Cafe and Lawrence's Cafe as a waitress, however she spent most of her life as a homemaker, caring for her children.
She attended the Cement Assembly of God Church.
Betty enjoyed cooking, canning, and most of all, spending time with her children and family. She enjoyed visiting with people and never met a stranger.
She was preceded in death by both parents and one brother.
Survivors include her husband, Walter Ross Bristow, of the home; three daughters and sons-in-law: Cheryl and David Turner, of Cement, Angela and Tommy Bunch, of Minco, Gail and Don Evans, of Chickasha; seven sons and daughters-in-law: Jimmy and Linda Bristow, of Amarillo, Texas, Tommy Bristow, of Wilburton, Oklahoma, Charles Bristow, Ron Bristow and Don Bristow, all of Amarillo, Texas, Myron and Tonya Loman, of Chickasha, and Kevin and Paula Bristow, of Chickasha; one brother and sister-in-law, Riley and Tracy Owens, of Grants Pass, Oregon; fifteen grandchildren, six great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Interment will be in the Bradley Cemetery under the direction of Ferguson Funeral Home.



Jewell Brock
ROLAND - Jewell Shade Brock, 72, of Roland died Tuesday, April 30, 2002, in Roland.
Funeral will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Shady Grove Baptist Church with burial at Shady Grove Cemetery in Roland under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Sallisaw.
She is survived by two daughters, Diane Hudson of Muldrow and Kathy D. Brock of Garland, Texas; four sons, Thomas w. Brock Jr. of Fort Smith, Donald L. Brock of Bolingbrook, Ill., Allen Brock of Pittsboro, Ind. and Randall E. Brock of Barling; a sister, Emogene Spencer of Kansas City, Mo.; five brothers, Raymond L. Shade of San Diego, Joe L. Shade of Muldrow, Eugene and Theodore Shade, both of Kansas City, Mo., and William Shade of Columbus, Ohio; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Jamie Williams, Marvin and Kevin Shade, Michael and Ocie Lee Releford Jr. and Irvin Morris.
The body may be viewed at the funeral home.
The family will visit with friends from noon till 8 p.m. today.



Rosy Statham Broking
Rosy Ruth Broking, 92, of Casa Grande, passed away Thursday, July 11, 2002. She was born Feb. 17, 1910 at Bokoshe to Samuel P. Statham and Louise Choate. She and her family moved to Coolidge from Bokoshe in 1937, she was employed for many years at the Arizona Training Center in Rudolph.
She was preceded in death by one son, Thomas Wilson; her husband, Conrad Broking; one daughter, Jimmie Lou Pearce; one son, Jerry Broking; one son-in-law, Thomas N. Pearce; and a great-great-granddaughter, Kimberly Hulcy.
Survivors include one daughter-in-law, Dorothy Broking; eight grandchildren, Beth Hulcy, Kathy Ruiz of Glendale, Tom Pearce of Lake Havasu City, David Broking, Darrell Broking of Mountain City, Tenn., Deanna Broking, Debra Dunsmore and Daniel Broking, both of Flagstaff; 12 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 15 at Cole and Maud Chapel of the Valley in Coolidge. Burial followed at Mountain View Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, the Alzheimer's Association, the National Parkinson Foundation or the Arizona Humane Society.



Rachel M. Brooks
SALLISAW - Rachel M. Brooks, 81, of Sallisaw died Thursday, May 2, 2002, in Sallisaw. She was born July 2, 1920, in McKey. She was a graduate of Sallisaw High School, a homemaker, a CMA at Sequoyah Manor Nursing Home for 20 and half years and member of First Christian Church in Sallisaw. She was the widow of Jack Franklin Brooks.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Sallisaw City Cemetery Gazebo under the direction of Agent Funeral Home of Sallisaw.
She is survived by a daughter, Jackie Farrar Harrison of Fort Smith; a son, Robert Lee Brooks of Sallisaw; two sisters, Opal Young of McKey Community and Betty Jo Lasswell of Deepwater, Mo.; a brother, John A. Holt of Sallisaw; and four grandchildren, Randall P. Davis of San Francisco, Tonya and Stephanie Nicole Mitchell, both of Fort Smith, and Joseph N. Lindquist of Fayetteville.
Pallbearers will be her nephews.
The body may be viewed 1 to 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Donald W. Reynolds Cancer Support House, 3324 South M St., Fort Smith, AR 72903.



George Brown
OKLAHOMA CITY - George "Joe" A. Brown, 43, of Oklahoma City, formerly of Spiro, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, in Oklahoma City. He was an oil rig worker.
A special rosary will be held Saturday at St. James Catholic Church in Oklahoma City. A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Baggerly Funeral Home Chapel of Oklahoma City.
He is survived by two sisters, Deborah Avila of Oklahoma City and Brenda Moody of Spiro; and two brothers, Tom of Spiro and Dennis of Lawton.



Mary Park Brown
Mary Park Brown, 70, of Oklahoma City, passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2002. She was born Feb. 4, 1932 in Fayetteville, Ark. to Thadeus Warsaw and Lyda Mae (Jones) Park.
Her family moved to Wister when she was a child; she graduated Wister High School 1948 where she played on the Wister Lady Wildcat's basketball team. She lived in several railroad towns before moving to El Reno in 1960 where she lived until moving to Yukon in 1973 and later to Oklahoma City in 1979. She was active in fund raising for the Arthritis Foundation and the America Heart Association. She had worked for the Joe Esco Tire Co. as a billing clerk and was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Houston Columbus Park.
Survivors include her husband Leland Brown of the home; one daughter and son-in-law, Deborah Adamson and Paul Shell of Oklahoma City; one son, Philip Adamson of Oklahoma City; her daughter-in-law, Tami Adamson of Oklahoma City; her brother, Charley Park and wife Adele of Florida; one sister, Alice Overton of Las Vegas, Nev.; nine grandchildren, Melanie Brooks and husband Dennis of Yukon, Amanda Johnson and friend Brian McVey, Chrissy Carr and friend George Wilson, Jessica Shell, Graham Shell, Rachael Shell, Megan Adamson, Geoffrey Adamson and Trevor Adamson, all of Oklahoma City; four great-grandchildren, Noel Scott, Julian Johnson, Devin Wilson and Kelli Piper Cowns; special friends, Mark and LeMinh Delafleur of Hanoi, Veitnam; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday, June 7 at the Wilson Funeral Home Chapel in El Reno. Burial will follow in Yukon Cemetery under the direction of Wilson Funeral Home of El Reno. Memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, 500 N. Broadway Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73102 or to the American Heart Association, 3545 N.W. 58th St.,



Betina Gaye Crockett
SPIRO - Betina Gaye Crockett, 39, of Spiro died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2001, in Fort Smith. She was a 1981 graduated of Bokoshe High School, a Girls Scout troop leader and a member of Eastside Full Gospel Church in Spiro.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday in Eastside Full Gospel Church with burial at New Hope Cemetery in Spiro under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Spiro.
She is survived by her husband, Norman; three daughters, Mecca Crockett of the home, Melissa Smith of Spiro and Crystal Elliott of Pocola; a son, Ted Crockett of the home; her mother, Dimple Sue Brown Buckner of Missouri; two brothers, Tommy Buckner of Fort Smith and Wayne Buckner of Missouri; and six grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Wilber Whitmore, Jack Dugan, Curtis Smith, Buddy Berry, Darrell Russell, Mike Jerrell and Tim Thompson.
The may be viewed at the funeral home.



Hoyt Bruce Duncan
Hoyt Bruce Duncan, 73, of Sapulpa, passed away Saturday, Sept. 14, 2002. He was born April 17, 1929 at Wister to Emmett and Jane Duncan. He married Ada Hardy Aug. 31, 1952. He grew up in Wister, joined the United States Navy in December 1950 and served four years during the Korean War. He attended Poteau Junior College and Southeastern Oklahoma State in Durant and graduated with a masters degree in education. He was a school administrator at Calvin, Cement and Kiefer, also working in plant management at Glenpool Schools, where he retired in 1988. He also served on the Oklahoma Secondary Activities Association Board of Directors. Mr. Duncan was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Calvin and Cement Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years; two sons, Bruce Duncan and wife Kathy and Dennis Duncan and wife Lee Ann; one daughter, Threase Anderson and husband Larry; one brother, Harold Duncan and wife Jan of Poteau; one sister, Modean Smith, also of Poteau; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17 at the Maxey Cemetery near Wister with the Rev. LeRoy Billy officiating, under the direction of Smith Funeral Home of Sapulpa.



Deere Jack Burnett
Funeral services for Deere Jack Burnett were held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 21, 1976, at Solonie Baptist Church in LeFlore, Oklahoma. Officiating were Reverend Hansel Carson and Reverend Ray Unger.
Mr. Burnett was born on February 5, 1932, and passed away on August 18, 1976.
His wife, his mother and father, and five sisters all survive.
Interment was at the Solonie Cemetery in LeFlore. Evans Funeral Home of Poteau, Oklahoma, directed.



Debra Burns
PANAMA - Debra June Burns, 58, of Panama died Saturday, April 13, 2002, in Poteau.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Leflore Baptist Church with burial at Leflore Cemetery under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Sallisaw. She is survived by a daughter, Kendra Burns Hale of Spiro; a son, Justin Burns of Spiro; three sisters, Delores Bowles of Sallisaw, Ladonna Ballard of Siloam Springs and Norma Burns of Panama; a brother, Ronnie Burns of Sallisaw; and two grandchildren.
The family will visit with friends at 2 p.m. Wednesday



David Bush
HOYT, Okla. - David Bush, 34, of Hoyt, Okla., died Wednesday, May 1, 2002, in Tulsa. He was a heavy equipment operator.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Mallory Funeral Home Chapel in Stigler with burial at Hoyt Cemetery in Hoyt, Okla.
He is survived by five daughters, Nikki Baxter Ermis of Spiro, Tassa, Brandi and Ashley Bush, all of Hoyt, and Miranda Miller of Quinton, Okla.; his father and stepmother, Charles and Shirley Bush of Hoyt, his mother and stepfather, Bonita and Darrell Fisk of Quinton; two sisters, Sheila Bray and Angie Williamson, both of McAlester, Okla.; a brother, Randy Bush of Quinton; a stepbrother, Jonathan Drolet of Houston.
Pallbearers will be Joseph and Adam Barnes, Jaime Adcock, Kenny Bond, Dustin and Mike Bush.



Glenn Butler
ROLAND - Glenn McCall Butler, 80, of Roland died Wednesday, May 10, 2000, in Roland. He was a self-employed carpenter and retired from Harding Glass and Sparks Regional Medical Center. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Muldrow, past patron of Elcta Chapter No. 11 in Muldrow and past master of Bruton Lodge No. 30.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday in Edwards Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Smith with burial at Vaughn Cemetery in Poteau.
He is survived by his wife, Vera; two daughters, Anita Ruth Miller of Guymon, Okla., and Sue Tannehill of Fort Smith; one son, Jerry Glenn Butler of Little Rock; five sisters, Laura Logsdon of Los Angeles, Mildred Price of Lakeshore, Fla., Irene Bennett and Betty Green, both of Tulsa and Kate Cooper of Sand Springs, Okla.; two brothers, Kenneth of Fort Smith and Bill of Tuttle, Okla.; five grandchildren, Greg Butler of Fort Bragg, N.C., Bryanna Gahagan of Guymon, Okla., James Dawson of Little Rock, Jeffrey Butler of Dallas and Jamie Thomas of California; and four great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be members of the Masonic Lodge of Muldrow.



Ruth R. Cagle
Ruth R. Cagle, 96, of San Luis Obispo, Calif., formerly of Heavener, passed away Friday, July 26, 2002. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Arroyo Grande, Calif. and County Seniors and Golden Age Senior Club. She enjoyed traveling, particularly cruises. She was referred to as a "globe trotter" by friends and family.
She was preceded in death by her husband Elmer in 1964; one son, J.W.; and two grandsons.
Survivors include four daughters, Marcene Brown and husband Marion and Ernestine Forister and husband Lowell, all of Grover Beach, Calif., Janice Washipack and husband Calvin of Arlington, Va., Mary McCallister and husband Mac of Livingston, La.; three sons, Bill Cagle and wife Sue of Mooresville, N.C., Glen Cagle and wife Charlene of Borger, Texas and Roger Cagle and wife Cindy of London, England; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
Viewing will be Wednesday, July 31 at Dowden Funeral Home from 5 to 9 p.m.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1 at Memorial Park Cemetery in Heavener under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener.



Annie Belle Callicoatt
Annie Belle Callicoatt, 92, of Cowlington, passed away Friday, May 3, 2002 in Fort Worth, Texas. She was born July 23, 1909 at Flower Hill to William C. and Bertha (Greenwood) Claborn.
She was a homemaker and a longtime active member of Cowlington Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray; her son, R.L. Callicoatt and her grandson, Gary Callicoatt.
Survivors include three daughters, June Wyckoff and husband Sam of Fort Worth, Shirley Vardeman and husband Robert of Claremore and Linda Dunkin and husband Tommy of Lippan; one son, Doyle Callicoatt and wife Shirley of Oklahoma City; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren; and four nieces.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, May 10 at Cowlington Baptist Church with the Rev. Tommy Parker officiating. Burial will follow in Cowlington Cemetery under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Spiro.



Lee R. Castillo
Lee R. Castillo, 94, passed away Thursday, June 13, 2002, in Wagoner. He was born March 3, 1908 in Broken Arrow to Charlie and Josephine (Cooper) Castillo. He married Verona Mae Brown on Nov. 9, 1927 in Wagoner. He was a member of the Church of God in Wagoner and served as trustee, Sunday School teacher and song leader. He was retired from Spartan Aircraft as a mechanic and enjoyed gardening.
He was preceded in death by his wife in Dec. 15, 1990; his parents; one son, Ralph Lee Castillo in 1950; one brother, Earl Castillo; three grandsons, Chucky, Timothy and David Wayne; and one great-granddaughter, Oddessa.
Survivors include one daughter, Wanda Sowers of Tuttle; four sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and Virginia Castillo of Wagoner, Vernon and Oreta Castillo of Chouteau, David Castillo and Billie of Okay and Jerry Castillo and May of Shady Point; 20 grandchildren; 60 great-grandchildren; 37 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 17 in the Church of God in Wagoner with the Revs. Carl Murphy and Gaylon Brumley officiating. Burial followed in Elmwood Cemetery in Wagoner under the direction of Hersman-Nichols Funeral Home of Wagoner.
Pallbearers were Boyd Rice Jr., Shawn Ford, Shannon Castillo, David Castillo Jr., Jerry Lee Castillo, Adam Castillo, Randy Henson and Guy Hawk Jr.
Honorary pallbearers were Vernon Goodman, Wayne Rosenthall, Jim Gladden, Ab Nichols, Jim Smith and Roger Lawrence.



Tim Chase
Tim Chase, 20, of Summerfield, passed away Saturday, July 6, 2002, in Battiest. He was a resident of Summerfield, a 2000 graduate of LeFlore High School and was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include his parents Ray and Karen Loyd of Summerfield; his grandparents, Curtis and Reba Loyd of Summerfield; and Orb Cox of Oklahoma City; one sister, Susan Duncan of Bates, Ark.; four brothers, Chris Chase of Sherman, Texas, T.J. Huett of the home, Steven Huett of Talihina and Joseph Waddles of the home; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 9 in Summerfield Cemetery under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener.



Joseph Henley (J.H.) Chitwood
Joseph Henley (J.H.) Chitwood, 92, of Shady Point, Oklahoma, died Friday, August 18, 2000, in Shady Point. He was an oil field worker. He was born June 23, 1908, in Hartford, Arkansas. He is survived by one son, David Chitwood of Monroe; two sisters, Charm Forsight of California and Madge Pearson of Idaho; three grandchildren; numerous other relatives and loved ones; and a host of beloved friends.
Graveside services were at 10:00 a.m., Monday, August 21, 2000, at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Abbott, Arkansas, under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Home in Poteau, Oklahoma.



Mae Elizabeth Chitwood
Graveside services were held at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, > Mansfield, Arkansas, at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 8, 1986, for Mae Elizabeth ( Goins) Chitwood. Reverend E.L. Estep officiated. Interment was under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Homes of Poteau, Oklahoma, and Pocola, Oklahoma.
Mrs. Chitwood was born March 9, 1917, and passed away October 6, 1986.
Surviving are her husband J.H. Chitwood Of Shady Point. one son, two sisters, four brothers, three grandchildren, and one great-grandson.



Effie M. Lilley Cirar
POTEAU == SUE OBITS- Effie M. Lilley Cirar, 76, of Poteau died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2000, in Tulsa. She was a nurse's aide at St. Mary's Hospital and a dealer and distributor for Stanley Home Products in Hartshorne, Okla., where she lived before moving to Poteau in 1998. She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary Post 180 in Hartshorne, the First Baptist Church of Haileyville, Okla., and later the First Baptist Church of Poteau. She was the widow of Vernon W. Lilley and Frank Cirar.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Monday in the First Baptist Church of Haileyville with burial at Elmwood Cemetery in Hartshorne, under the direction of Mills Funeral Home of Hartshorne.
She is survived by four daughters, Patsy Lilley of Okemah, Okla., Nancy Neal of Stigler, Ida McCabe of Amarillo, Texas, and Verna McKelvey of Pennsylvania; four sisters, Pinkie Scroggins of Parlier, Calif., Francis Chronister and Mary Duncan, both of Cauthron and Dora Doyle of Poteau; one brother, Clyd Lee Sr. of Cauthron; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
The family will visit with friends from 3 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.



Gladys Wren Clem
Gladys Wren Clem, 94, of Spiro, passed away Wednesday, July 10, 2002, in Fort Smith. She was born Feb. 17, 1908 at Ardmore to Rulee Washington and Minnie (Hines) Pitchford. She was a homemaker, a member of Spiro First Baptist Church, a devoted Christian for over 70 years, a member of Women's Missionary Society and volunteered at Spiro Senior Citizen's Center.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Delomar Clem; her first husband and father of her children, Roland Wren; one daughter, Margaret Delores Wren; two sons, James L. and Charles E. Wren; one sister, Eula May Dedmon; two brothers, Bo and Claude Pitchford; and one grandson, Mark Wren.
Survivors include one daughter, Nancy Campbell of Fort Smith; two sons, Jack Wren of Garner, N.C. and Roy Wren of Niceville, Fla.; one sister, Vera Stratford of Spiro; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Family will visit with friends Friday, July 12 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 13 at the Spiro First Baptist Church with the Rev. John Flanagan officiating. Burial will follow in Spiro City Cemetery under the direction of the Mallory Funeral Home of Spiro.
Pallbearers will be Enie Tobler II, Gerald Blankenship, Stearl Nelson, Bill Greenwood, Galen Sullins and John Redwine II.



Dea Cobb
Dea Cobb, 87, of Howe, passed away Saturday, June 1, 2002, in Poteau. He was a lifelong resident of the area, member, deacon, and Sunday School teacher of the Mt. View Baptist Church. He was a retired motor grade operator from the LeFlore County Highway Department No. 2 after 43 years of service.
He was preceded in death by one son, David; his parents; five brothers; and two sisters.
Survivors include his wife Opal of the home; three daughters, Doris Vaughn of Heavener, Mary Cobb and DeeAnna Helman Dollar, both of Howe; seven grandchildren; five step grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and nine step great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 5 at Mt. View Baptist Church in the Glendale community. Burial will follow in Howe Cemetery under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener.



Melva Jean Collins
Melva Jean Collins, 45, of Talihina, passed away Thursday, June 27, 2002. She was born Jan. 7, 1957 in Littleville, Texas to Melvin and Edna Craig. She was a housewife and lived in Talihina most of her life.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her husband, Samuel Collins of the home; three sons, Randal Craig of Fort Smith, Terrell Dry of Atlanta, Ga. and Michael Collins of Atlanta, Ga.; three daughters, Melinda Hicks of Spiro, Amanda Collins and Samantha Collins, both of Wilburton; six grandchildren; one sister, Wilma Coldiron of Ector, Texas; two brothers, Rocky Craig of Muse and James Craig of McAlester; as well as numerous 'adopted children' nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 1 at the Old Talihina City Cemetery with the Rev. Dennis McClard officiating, under the direction of Talihina Funeral Home



Fredrick W. Condon III
Fredrick W. Condon III, 49, of Heavener, passed away Friday, July 5, 2002. He was a member of Northside Baptist Church and a resident of Heavener for the past 12 years. He was a boilermaker welder for 25 years.
Survivors include his wife Nancy of the home; two daughters, Patrice Brown and Becky Ewalt, both of Heavener; one son, Jess Ewalt of Heavener; his parents, Col. Fredrick II and Mary Condon of Lake Charles, La.; one sister, Mary Derby of Beaumont, Texas; several nieces and nephews; and one grandson, Dillan.
Memorial services were at 2 p.m. Monday, July 8 at Dowden Funeral Home Chapel in Heavener. Cremation arrangements were under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener.



Bonnie Cook
Bonnie Cook, 81, of Keota, passed away Saturday, July 27, 2002, in Spiro. She was born Nov. 16, 1920 at Star to Arthur Elbert and Vesta Hattie (Pridmore) Cook. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Keota. She loved to sew quilts.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Beulah Hardt and Ocie Isom; and three brothers, Leonard, Elbert and Vance Cook.
Survivors include one brother, Thomas Cook of Keota; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Tuesday, July 30 and Wednesday, July. 31 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Mallory Funeral Home Chapel in Keota.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1 at Old Cache Cemetery with the Rev. Mark Cook officiating, under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Spiro.



Jerry D. Cooper
Jerry D. Cooper, 66, of Wister, passed away Friday, June 21, 2002, in Fort Smith. He was born Oct. 10, 1935 in Monroe. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Wister, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and retired from Johnson Controls. He loved his grandchildren, loved watching them and participating in their various activities.
Survivors include his wife Josephine of the home; one son and daughter-in-law, Marty and Dora Cooper of Wister; six grandchildren, Trevor Cooper, Travis Cooper, Emily Cooper, Cody Cooper, DelDeana Billinger and Monty Billinger; one sister, Sue Mahan of Rock Island; three brothers, Joe Cooper, Dickie Cooper and Ronnie Cooper, all of Poteau; numerous nieces and nephews; other relatives and loved ones; and a host of beloved friends.
Services were at 2 p.m. Monday, June 24 at First Baptist Church in Wister with the Revs. Jimmy D. Cook and Clarence Barton officiating. Burial followed in Summerfield Cemetery under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.
Pallbearers were Bo Helmert, Joe Helmert, Larry Helmert, Duck Martin, Scott Shadwick and Bud Morgan. Honorary pallbearers were Marvin Pierce, Steve Walden, Thad Martin, Poose Martin, Tony Drury, Raymond Glenn, Eddie McCroskey, Jerry Harmon and Bill Ward.



Beverly Courtney
ROLAND - Beverly L. Courtney, 77, of Roland died Sunday, June 30, 2002, in Fort Smith. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.
Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Lee's Chapel Cemetery in Muldrow under the direction of Fentress Mortuary of Fort Smith.
She is survived by four sons, Calvin Lee Courtney of Muldrow, Gary Arthur Courtney of Poteau, Paul Henry Courtney of Liberty, Okla., and Scott Edward Courtney of Van Buren; 14 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
The family will visit with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.



Frank James Crims
Frank James Crims, 88, of Talihina, passed away Monday, June 17, 2002. He was born March 23, 1914 in LeFlore to Jim Crims and Nancy Freeman-Crims. In 1940 he married his wife of 57 years, Elsie Fry at Mena, Ark. He was a wonderful father and a good man. He attended First Baptist Church and was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 762 in Pacifica, Calif.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Allison R. Crims and Patsy Ripley of Saint Helen, Calif.; two sisters, Dollie and John Gwin of Talihina and Molly Gravitt of Talihina; three grandchildren, Allison Ripley II, Karie Parenti and Suzanne Ripley; four great-grandchildren, Brandon Parenti, Ashley Parenti, Jordan Dixon Ripley and Wesley James Ripley; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and four brothers, George, William, Fred and Floyd.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 20 at the Talihina First Baptist Church with the Rev. Chuck Schilling officiating. Burial will follow at the Old Talihina Cemetery under the direction of Talihina Funeral Home.



Neal Crutchfield
SALLISAW - Neal Crutchfield, 84, of Sallisaw died Sunday, Sept. 22, 2002, in Sallisaw. He was born Dec. 17, 1917, in Bunch. He was a coal miner retired after 40 years with Garland Coal Company in Fort Smith, 16 years with Crummies Creek Coal Company in Harlan, Ky., a member of United Mine Workers Local No. 1329 in Stigler and was a Baptist.
Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sallisaw City Cemetery under the direction of Agent Funeral Home of Sallisaw.
He is survived by his wife, Ada; a daughter, Nadene Crutchfield Hill of Lucas, Texas; three sons, Jess N. Crutchfield Marshall, Texas, Howard O. Crutchfield of Arlington, Texas, and Delma R. Crutchfield of Sallisaw; a sister, Daisey Brewer of Bakersfield, Calif.; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
The body may be viewed 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.



Edith Roberts-Daney
Edith Roberts-Daney, 94, passed away Friday, May 31, 2002, in Oklahoma City. She was born Sept. 11, 1907 in Whitefield to George Roberts and Alta Parnell-Roberts.
She married Ben Daney Feb. 14, 1925 in Tuskahoma. She raised her family with great love and care that was a true strength in her life. She served the Lord along side her husband in church ministries in Talihina, Sasakwa, Ada, Ardmore, Fittstown and McAlester. They were also instrumental in establishing Indian missions in Hugo, the Indian Youth Camp at Kiamichi Baptist Assembly and were members of the Choctaw-Chickasaw Baptist Association. She was active in Woman's Missionary Union (WMU) Organization in support of the local and world missions.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and two brothers, Denver and Oren Roberts.
Survivors include seven children, Louise and David Paddlety of Anadarko, Herschell and Vicki Daney of Sand Springs, Peggy and John Shoemaker of Moore, Billie and the late Joe Engavo of Fort Washakie, Wyo., Jean and Dennis Florence of Oklahoma City, Dan and Lynda Daney of Blackfoot, Idaho and Melody and Steve Brown of Sand Springs; 20 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 8 at the Pine Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Leslie Clark officiating. Burial will follow in New Talihina City Cemetery under the direction of Talihina Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Mark Shoemaker, Bruce Shoemaker, Ben Sullivan, David Sullivan, James Michael Kelly and Steve Brown.
Honorary pallbearers will be Ian Kelly and Steven



Ora Daniels
QUINTON, Okla. - Ora Elizabeth Qualls Daniels, 93, of Quinton, Okla. died Monday, Aug. 5, 2002, in Stigler. She was the widow of Albert Daniels.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Mountain Home Baptist Church with burial at Mountain Home Cemetery in Whitefield under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Stigler.
She is survived by six daughters, Clemantine Vines of Allen, Okla., Melissa Bartling of Choctaw, Okla., Adela Daniels and Ann Wagnon, both of Quinton, Okla., Linda White of Muskogee, Okla., and Mary Monks of Oklahoma City; a son, Emmett Daniels of Quinton, Okla.; 19 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Pallbearers will be Chris White, Lewis and Joe Daniels, Richard Bartling, Daniel Wagnon and Paul Gattenby.



Mildred A. Darneal
Mildred A. Darneal, 82, of Panama, died Saturday, April 3, 1999, at Poteau.
Services were April 5, 2 p.m., at Evans Chapel of Memories in Poteau. Burial was at Old Bokoshe Cemetery with Rev. Jim Cook officiating.
Born Dec. 1, 1916, at Calhoun, Darneal was a housewife and member of the Assembly of God Church in Bokoshe.
She is survived by two sons, Kenneth Darneal of Bokoshe and Dennis Darneal of Wister; two daughters, Sue Turner of Fort Smith, Ark., and Linda Bowden of McCurtain; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Mildred Darneal was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond S.



Dora Davies
Dora Ella Davies, 88, of Spiro died Wednesday, June 12, 2002, in Spiro. She was a member of Spiro First Baptist Church, a 50-year member of Eastern Star No. 144 and a caretaker and baby sitter for many years. She was the widow of Dale Davies.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Spiro First Baptist Church with burial at Spiro City Cemetery under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Spiro.
She is survived by a daughter, Dorothy Downing of Spiro; a son, Frank Davies of Spiro; a sister, Virginia Remer Rhoades of Stigler; a brother, George Albert Statham of Fort Smith; three grandchildren, Johnnie LaDale Francis, Terry Dale and Leanna Kay Davies; eight great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
The body may be viewed at the funeral home.



Barbara L. Davis
Barbara L. Davis, 69, of Poteau, passed away Monday, June 3, 2002. She was a longtime resident of the area and a member of the First Baptist Church of Heavener.
Survivors include her husband, Jack of the home; one daughter, Barbara S. Rice of Poteau; one son, Jack O. Davis Jr. of Heavener; one sister, Gail Boisa of Sacramento, Calif.; two brothers, Dick Brown of Heavener and Bill Brown of Edmond; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 5 at Dowden Funeral Home Chapel in Heavener. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener.



Eldon "Ed" Davis
Eldon "Ed" Davis, 68, of Heavener, passed away Friday, June 28, 2002. He was a lifelong resident of the area and of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include a special companion Marty Kilgore; two daughters, Donna Huckaby and special daughter Jessica Kilgore, both of Heavener; one son, Larry Davis of Muskogee; three sisters, Sarah of Heavener, Myrtle of Las Cruces, N.M., Mozel of California; one brother, Sam Davis of Heavener; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were at 10 a.m. Monday, July 1 at Page Cemetery under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener.



Elizabeth Davis  -- FAIRVIEW PANAMA
Elizabeth Davis, 76, Grapevine, Texas, passed away Monday, Oct. 14, 2002 . She was born May 26, 1926 at Toms River, N.J.
Survivors include one son, James Davis and his wife Gail; one grandson, Don Long and his wife Cheryl; one great-grandson, Nathan Long; and a host of friends.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 at Fairview Cemetery in Panama under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.



Thell Morris "Butch" Davis
Thell Morris "Butch" Davis, 53, of Pond Creek, a former member of the Poteau Police Department and a retired Oklahoma Highway patrolman, died Tuesday, May 11, 1999, at Integris Bass Baptist Health Center.
Born Dec. 13, 1945, in Cameron, he was a graduate of Cameron High School. After working for a while as a roughneck in the oil fields, he worked three years as a Poteau policeman before being accepted by the Highway Patrol in 1970.
On Aug. 12, 1983, he married Tana Shire in Poteau. They made their home in Pond Creek. He retired from the Highway Patrol in 1997 and worked one year with the Grant County Sheriff's Department before beginning work for the Pond Creek Police Department, where he was employed until his death.
He was a member of the Poteau Masonic Lodge and the Poteau Baptist church.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 15, at the Pond Creek High School Auditorium. Rev. John Flemmans and Rev. Norman Cullumber will officiate. Burial will follow at Pond Creek Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Tana; two sons, Keegon and Trevor Davis, all of Pond Creek; three sisters, Mae Slavens and her husband, Albert, of Poteau, Demeris Kilgore of Dallas, Texas, and Colene Wagner and her husband, Ed, of Poteau; two brothers, Lee Davis and his wife, Carian, of Eufaula, and Art Davis of Holton, Kan.; several nieces and nephews, Doyle Wayne Davis, Walter Slavens, Gina Jones and family, Stephanie Lowers and family, Greg Davis, Doug and Mitchell Davis, Eric and Lori Kirkland and Ann Davis.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Ray and Doyle Davis.
Memorials can be made to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol through the Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home, P.O. Box 3501, Enid, Okla 73702, which is in charge of funeral arrangements, or to any Masonic Lodge.
Services are under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Wilburton.



Delia Decker
KEOTA - Delia Decker, 92, of Keota died Monday, Feb. 21, 2000, in Fort Smith. She was from Cartersville, Okla., and was a homemaker.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Old Cache Cemetery in Keota under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Stigler.
She is survived by four daughters, Mary Lucille Yanauskas of Las Vegas, Pauline Dobson of Inola, Okla., Judy Franklin of Spiro and Catherine Kay Decker of Cartersville; five sons, Alfred E. Lowe of El Paso, Texas, Edward Lowe of Glenmora, La., Bert Lowe of Yakima, Wash., Frank Lowe of Inola, Okla., and William Decker of Oklahoma City; one sister, Alice Tabor of Keota; 19 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Perry Falconer, Bill Hayes, Floyd Avery, Tommy Roberson, Joe Wells and Amel Resch.
The body may be viewed at the funeral home.



Florene Dees
Florene Dees, 70, of Spiro, passed away Thursday, May 16, 2002. She was born Oct. 22, 1931 at Williams to Lonnie and Myrtle (Ward) DeWitt.
She was a homemaker and attended Birch Chapel Assembly of God for many years.
She was preceded in death by her father; and one brother, Tommie DeWitt.
Survivors include her husband William Dees of the home; four daughters, Mary Parrish and Pamela Cole, both of Norman, Janet Farmer of Spiro and Sharon Clevinger of Wimberly, Texas; one son, William Anthony Dees of Spiro; six sisters, Oleta Helton of Shady Point, Betty DeWittt, Dessa DeWitt and Lucille Seals, all of Cameron; Doris Thomas of California and Nadene Wells of Mena, Ark.; two brothers, Johnnie DeWitt of Spiro and Donnie DeWitt of Wister; her mother, of Cameron; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, May 20 at the Birch Chapel Assembly of God with the Rev. Bryan Fouts officiating. Burial will follow in Spiro City Cemetery under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Spiro.
Pallbearers will be Johnnie DeWitt, Donnie DeWitt, Joe Dees, Lynn Dees, Gary Parrish, Ron Cole, Kevin Farmer, Greg Farmer, Scott Farmer, Bryan Cole and Spenser Cole.



Virginia Lee (Siler) DeLay
Virginia Lee (Siler) DeLay, 83, of Checotah, passed away Friday, Aug. 23, 2002. She was born May 2, 1919 in Checotah to George H. and Dora Mae West. She was a member of the First Freewill Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking and baking for her family.
Survivors include four children, Mike Siler and wife Charlotte of Blanchard, Inez Robinette of Wilburton, Cathey Wood and husband Bob of Poteau and Rick and wife Peggy of Bixby; 11 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, at the First Free Will Baptist Church of Blanchard with the Rev. J.R. Hall officiating. Burial will follow at Blanchard Cemetery under the Eisenhour Funeral Home of Blanchard.



Edward Deloge
PANAMA - Edward I. Deloge, 67, of Panama died Thursday, June 6, 2002, in Panama. He was born April 22, 1935, in Orange, Calif. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War and a mechanic.
Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Monday at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.
He is survived by his wife, Sue; four daughters, Ruby Ide of Grainger, Wash., Shirley Deloge of Portland, Ore., Carrie Satterfield of Oregon and Robin Schlosse of California; a son, Steven Deloge of Wyoming; a brother, John Deloge; and 23 grandchildren.



Ora Dill
Ora Dill, 83, longtime resident of Talihina, died Sunday, July 29, 2001. He was born Jan. 4, 1918 at Albion to William Dill and Martha Files-Dill. He compiled an impressive 40-year career in law enforcement with stints in Talihina (26 years), as LeFlore County Deputy (12 years), and two years at Bokoshe. He retired from the Talihina Fire Department after 20 years and served in the U.S. Army as a rifleman.
He is survived by his wife, Ollie of the home; five sons, Roy and Rusty of Lemore, Calif., Troy and Pearl of South Lake, Texas, Floyd and Carol of Edmond, Emmert and Jane of Paige and Kenneth and Shiela of Talihina; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Oscar and Lonzo Dill; four sisters, Arsno Harless, Rebecca Baker, Dora Bledsoe and Dolly Dill.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 2 at the First Assembly of God in Talihina with the Rev. Jerry Grammar officiating. Burial will follow in Old Talihina Cemetery under the direction of Talihina Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Jack England, Carl Miller, Billy Joe Morgan, Jon Wagner, Roy Gentry and Bill Gibson.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 23 at Shady Point Cemetery in Shady Point with the Rev. Joe Owen officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.



Velda Herndon Douglas
Velda Herndon Douglas, 88, of San Angelo, Calif., passed away Sunday, May 5, 2002. She was born July 30, 1913 in Randolph, Miss.
Survivors include two children, Deloris Trull and husband Buddy of San Angelo and Bobby Delain Douglas and wife Sue of Poteau; six grandchildren, Robin Godwin of Lubbock, Texas, Rhonda Cheney of Pensacola, Fla., Randy Trull of Lubbock, Chris Douglas of Jamestown, N.D., Jon Douglas of Littleton, Colo. and Jessica Douglas of Edmond seven great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 8 at Cary Springs Baptist Church in Randolph, Miss. with Buddy Trull officiating. Burial will follow at the Cary Springs Cemetery.



Stella Dowell
Stella Verna Peck Dowell, 93, of Poteau, passed away Friday, May 31, 2002. She was born April 14, 1909 in Killen, Ala.
She was a homemaker. She came to Poteau at age 6 and attended Poteau Schools and married William Horton Dowell at the Methodist Church parsonage in 1926. She retired from Corpus Christi Independent School District and returned to Poteau with her husband. She was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church and was the pianist for the First United Methodist Church in Poteau for over 25 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years; her parents, Frank and Anna Peck; her brothers, Cephus, Fred, Edward, Henry, Julius, Tristam and John; and sisters, Lucy, Ella and Rose.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Stuart and Betty Dowell of Tyler, Texas and Stephen and Deborah Dowell of Poteau; four grandchildren, Denise Billings, Valerie Ford, Sean Dowell and Shera Williams; four great-grandchildren, Travis Ford, Wayne Ford, Erica Ford and Justin Williams; one sister, Evelyn White of Poteau; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives; and loved ones and a host of beloved friends.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 4 at First United Methodist Church in Poteau with the Rev. Larry Gaston officiating. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.



Vada Dowell
POTEAU - Vada Lou Dowell, 72, of Poteau died Monday, Feb. 21, 2000, in Fort Smith. She graduated from Heavener High School and worked as a telephone operator from 1947 until her retirement as chief operator for Alltel Telephone Co. after 43 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Poteau, a Sunday school teacher, choir member and member of the Rocking Ages and Poteau Rebekah Lodge.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church of Poteau with burial at Hodgen Cemetery in Hodgen under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener.
She is survived by one sister, Vida Hubbard of Poteau; one brother, Willie Dowell of Poteau; two sisters-in-law, Roghnee Dowell Akin of Hodgen and Della Dowell



Georgie Edlee Doyle
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m., Monday in Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel for Georgia Edlee Doyle, 66, a former Vernon resident, now of Gladewater, who died Saturday, June 9, 1990, in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, after a brief illness.
Reverend Larry Washburn, pastor of the Pacific Street Baptist Church of Iowa Park, officiated, with burial in Eastview Cemetery under direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
Mrs. Doyle was born July 7, 1923, in Milton (Leflore County) Oklahoma, a daughter of the late Charley & Josephine ( Bledsoe) Smith. She married William Bennie Doyle on May 9, 1942, in Gladewater. She moved from Vernon in 1963 and was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are her husband; three sons, Bennie W. Doyle and Bobby Glenn Doyle, both of Longview, and Charles Findly Doyle of Wichita Falls; two daughters, Virginia Edlee Lamb of Wichita Falls and Delinda Ruth Washburn of Gladewater; a brother, Raymond W. Smith of Vernon; three sisters, Louise High of Hamilton, Mary Barton of Iowa Park, and Jessie Ruth Weaver of Vernon; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Carolyn Ann Doyle on August 19, 1947, and a great-grandchild.
Pallbearers were Tommy Weaver, Wayne LaHue, Paul Bartow, Kelly Rogers, Jimmy Smith, and James Bradley.



Dortha Dukes
Dortha Dean "Cotton" Dukes, 74, of Talihina, passed away Sunday, Sept. 22, 2002. She was born June 28, 1928 at Whitesboro to Elmer and Alice Walters-Mings. She married Lloyd Q. Dukes on May 28, 1946 in Poteau. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her husband in February 1994; her parents; and one granddaughter, Sabra Dorsey.
Survivors include one son, Lloyd James Dukes of Whitesboro; one daughter, Pam Dorsey of Ada; six grandchildren, Harley Johnson of Whitesboro, Echo Dorsey of Ada, Tammy Melton of Jacksonville, Fla., Elizabeth Dukes of Little Rock, Ark., Lloyd Walter Dukes of Whitesboro and April Dukes of Houston, Texas; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Alma Louise Helfer "Billy" of Paso Robles, Calif. and Eulema VanZante of Victorville, Calif.; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26 at the Whitesboro Baptist Church with the Revs. Darrow Sanderson and Mark O. Shelton officiating. Burial will follow at Whitesboro Cemetery under the direction of Talihina Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Harley Johnson, Lloyd Walter Dukes, Mickey Adams, Laney Putman, Matthew Spears and John Allen Williams.
Honorary pallbearer will be Allen Dukes.



A. R. Duncan Jr.
WISTER - A.R. Duncan Jr., 74, of Wister died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2000, in a Poteau health care center. He retired from Johnson Controls after 36 years and was a Navy veteran of World War II.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Monday at Ellis Chapel Church of Wister with burial at Maxey Cemetery in Wister under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.
He is survived by three sons, Bob of Wister, Gary of Greenwood and Ronny of Cameron; one sister, Wanda Conners of Heavener; one brother, Hoyt Duncan of Wilburton, Okla.; and five grandchildren, Chris, Derek, Darby, Daylon and Kimberly Duncan.



HAZEL DUNCAN
MONROE - Hazel Duncan, 80, of Monroe died Saturday, Nov. 4, 2000, in Fort Smith. She was a member of the Monroe Assembly of God Church. She was the widow of Riley Duncan.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Monday at the First Assembly of God Church in Howe with burial at Howe Cemetery, under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener.
She is survived by one daughter, Patricia Dill of Monroe; one son, Allen Dwight Duncan of Howe; four sisters, Imogene Jones and Irene Stacy, both of Howe, Virginia Leeper of Spiro and Leona Dolf of McAlester, Okla.; three brothers, Harlen Faulkenberry and Marvin "Joe" Faulkenberry, both of McAlester, and Dude Faulkenberry of Coweta, Okla.; four grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.



Ruthie Edwards
Ruthie Lee Gordon Edwards, 77, of Albion, passed away Sunday, Aug. 25, 2002, in Poteau. She was born on Nov. 17, 1924 in Fort Gibson to Claude and Edith Gordon. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She worked as a nurse in the Scotia Hospital in California. She also was the cook at the Albion Grade School for many years. In her free time she enjoyed crocheting, gardening and cooking.
She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Raymond Gordon, Bill Gordon, Andy Gordon, Jack Gordon and Floyd Gordon; and one sister, Hazel Gordon.
Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Leatus Edwards of the home; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Leatus Andrew Edwards, Darryl and Joyce Edwards and Claude and Cheryl Edwards, all of Albion; one daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Elmer Long of Summerfield; two sisters, Sylvia Langley of Lincoln, Calif. and Goldie Clark of Loomis, Calif.; one brother, the Rev. Henson Gordon of Modesto, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28 at the Whitesboro Cemetery with the Rev. Kenny Bryant officiating, under the direction of Talihina Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Rusty Barron, Larry Kennedy, Garry Kennedy, Brock Wall, Alfred Brummett and Lonnie Arnold. Honorary pallbearer will be Danny Shockley.



Jim Eichenberger
STIGLER, Okla. - Jim Eichenberger, 65, of Stigler died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2000, in Muskogee, Okla. He was a retired mechanic.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Thursday with burial at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Stigler.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley; three daughters, Laura Conrick and Becky Eichenberger, both of Lowell, Ind., and Mary Lou Eichenberger of West Palm Beach, Fla., and four grandchildren, Sara, Douglas, Breann and Alesha.
The body may be viewed at the funeral home.



Joseph Elcan
Joseph "Joe" Elcan, 87, of Heavener, passed away Monday, Sept. 23, 2002, in Fort Smith. He was a resident of Heavener since 1985, a member of the First United Methodist Church, a World War II veteran of the Pacific theater, bred and developed award winning Jersey cattle herd in the 1950s, a former board member of the Arkansas Livestock Exposition, past president of the Arkansas Dairymen's Association, past director of the American Jersey Cattle Club, former mayor of Waldo, Ark., and former member of the Kiwanis Club.
He was preceded in death by one son, Frank Elcan.
Survivors include his wife Christine of the home; one daughter, Pat Dowden and husband Hal of Poteau; one son, Chris Elcan and wife Becky of Innsbrook, Mo.; two sisters, Kate Dawson of Atoka, Tenn. and Freddie Douglas of St. Louis, Mo.; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26 at the First United Methodist Church of Heavener.
A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27 in Waldo Cemetery in Waldo, Ark.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Heavener.



Violet Elder
Violet "Eva Jo" Elder, 89, of Poteau, passed away Thursday, May 30, 2002. She was a longtime resident of the area and a member of the Trinity Baptist Church of Poteau, graduate of Haywood Oklahoma High School, NSU in Tahlequah, a retired school teacher, teaching five years in Arizona and 29 in Oklahoma. She was very active in the gospel singing convention serving as secretary of the Oklahoma State Singing Convention.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Siguel Bea Elder; her parents; and 13 brothers and sisters.
Survivors include three daughters, Violet Swift and husband Don of Midland, Texas, Clemasue Volk and husband Jay of Red Oak and Wilma Latta of Poteau; one son, Sherman Elder and wife Glenda of Muskogee; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Services were at 2 p.m. Monday, June 3 at Trinity Baptist Church in Poteau. Burial followed in Mt. View Cemetery in Howe under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener.



Reba Sue Emmert
HEAVENER - Reba Sue Emmert, 86, of Heavener died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2000, in Heavener. She was a member of First Baptist Church. She was the widow of Elbert Emmert.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. today in First Baptist Church in Heavener with burial at Memorial Park under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home in Heavener.
She is survived by one son, Jim of Norman, Okla.; two sisters, Willa Meeh and Lynda Brewer, both of Heavener; one granddaughter, Jill Lareade; and four great-grandchildren.



Donald Ervin
WAGONER, Okla. - Donald Ray Ervin, 65, of Wagoner died Monday, July 22, 2002, in his home. He was born July 29, 1936, in Cameron. He was a former administrator for the Prague and Union School Districts, was manager of Rural Water District No. 9 in Wagoner and was a member of First United Methodist Church in Broken Arrow, Okla.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Broken Arrow with burial at Floral Haven Cemetery under the direction of Shipman Funeral Home of Wagoner.
He is survived by a daughter, Tammy Garcia of Broken Arrow; a son, Kyle Irvin of Bixby, Okla.; a sister, Janetta Sue Burlew of Poteau; a brother, Bobby Joe Irvin of Wagoner, Okla.; and five grandchildren.
The family will visit with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.



Walter Theo Eskridge
Walter Theo Eskridge, 90, of Heavener, passed away Saturday, July 27, 2002, in Poteau.
He was a member of the Heavener First United Methodist Church and a lay minister. He was part of a group of men called volunteers in Correction "V.I.C."
He was preceded in death by his wife Jewell.
Survivors include one daughter, Dixie Hughes and husband Jim of Russellville, Ark.; two sisters, Wilma June Flocks of Gainsville, Fla. and Mary V. Williams of Halton City, Texas; two brothers, Bob of Poteau and Steve of Austin; four grandchildren, Charles Berry, Steve Berry, Teresa Harvey and Sherri Martinez; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 31 at the Heavener First United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery in Heavener, under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener.



Ann Marie Fain
STIGLER - Ann Marie Fain, 80, of Stigler died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2000, in Stigler. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the widow of Obie Fain.
Graveside service will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Stigler Cemetery under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Stigler.
She is survived by one son, Jerry of Moore, Okla.; one sister, Mary James of Dennison, Texas; one brother, John Hundley of Fort Smith; three grandchildren, Kathy Clark, Craig and Kris Fain; and two great-grandchildren.
The body may be viewed at the funeral home in Stigler.



John Howard Farley
John Howard Farley, 73, of Talihina passed away Saturday, Oct. 12, 2002.
He was born Sept. 9, 1929 to P.H. and Ruby Mahorney-Farley. He was in the Marine Corps from 1948 to 1954. He was a butcher by trade but also worked for several years in the maintenance department for Talihina Public Schools. He was a member of the Prairie Grove Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his sister, Margaret Halverson of Naehalen, Ore.
Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14 at the Prairie Grove Cemetery with the Rev. Cecil Holcomb officiating, under the direction of Talihina Funeral Home.



J.O. Farmer
SALLISAW - J.O. Farmer, 74, of Sallisaw died Friday, Aug. 16, 2002, in his home. He was a former owner and operator of Modern Home Appliance of Sallisaw, a Marine and Merchant Marine veteran of World War II and a member of the Vian United Methodist Church in Vian. He was a former member and president of the Lion's Club and a former member of the Amateur Ham Operators Club in Fort Smith.
Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Buffington Cemetery west of Sallisaw under the direction of Agent Funeral Home of Sallisaw.
He is survived by his wife, Helen; a daughter, Deborah Edgmon of Sallisaw; four grandchildren, Scott Farmer of Washington, Okla., Michael and Larissa Edgmon, both of Sallisaw, and Travis Farmer with the Navy in Japan; and two great-grandchildren.



Mathew Farmer
MCCURTAIN, Okla. - Mathew "Mack" Farmer, 85, of McCurtain, Okla., died Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2000, in Fort Smith. He was a member of Keota Masonic Lodge.
Graveside service will be 2:30 p.m. Friday at Old Panther Cemetery in McCurtain under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home in Stigler.
He is survived by one daughter, Norma Sue Stanley of Roanoke, Texas; one son, Harold Farmer of Keota; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
The body may be viewed at the funeral home.



Ada G. Farris
POCOLA - Ada G. Farris, 88, of Pocola, formerly of Fort Smith, died Friday, Feb. 11, 2000, in Pocola. She was a homemaker and a member of Grand Avenue Baptist Church. She was the widow of S.T. Farris.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. Monday in Edwards Funeral Home Chapel of Fort Smith with burial at Roselawn Cemetery in Fort Smith.
She is survived by two sons, John of Pocola and Huey of Branson, Mo.; two sisters, Lucilla Jean of Yuba City, Calif., and Mildred Newton of Lake Village; two brothers, Bob Cherry of Fort Smith and Frank Cherry of Havana; nine grandchildren, Terri Staley of Tahlequah, Okla., Tim Farris of Phoenix, Tammy Womack of Norman, Okla., Brian Farris of LeFlore, Okla., Cheryl Rothschild and Jeff Farris, both of Pocola, David and Derek Farris, both of Wichita, Kan., and Sara Schaeffer of Oak Grove, Mo.; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Brian, Jeff, David and Derek Farris, Aaron Rothschild and Dex Womack.
The family will visit with friends from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Preferred Choice, 2808 N. Broadway, Poteau, OK 74953.



Ella Felice
MULDROW - Ella Fern Felice, 79, of Muldrow died Saturday, May 18, 2002, in Fort Smith. She was born Nov. 4, 1922, in Ratcliff. She was a graduate of Muldrow High School, was in the retail furniture business in California for 25 years and also worked for First National Bank in Fort Smith. She was Most Successful Businesswoman of the Year in Los Angeles in 1980.
Graveside service will be 11 a.m. today at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Muldrow under the direction of Agent Funeral Home of Muldrow.
She is survived by a daughter, Janet Felice of Los Angeles; a son, Richard Felice of Muldrow; three brothers, Denver Fletcher of Tahlequah, Okla., Joe Pat and Bobby Fletcher, both of Muldrow; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Clayton Rhodes, Joe Fate Ransom, Jamie and Rocky Fletcher, Matt Landa and Winston Pratt.



Delmer Few
ENTERPRISE - Delmer Few, 88, of Enterprise died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2000, in Stigler. He was a farmer.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. today in Mallory Funeral Home Chapel of Stigler with burial at Mountain Home Cemetery in Whitefield, Okla.
He is survived by his wife, Ida; three daughters, Doris Risenhoover of Oklahoma City, Nola Stockton of Bethany, Okla., and Linda Voss of McAlester; one sister, Tommie Eveland of Stigler; six grandchildren, Kathy Stephensen, Kimberlee Bishop, Eric Stockton, Marshall McDonald, Bryan Ledbetter and John Lassen and six great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Henry, Johnny, Coy, Adon, Bob, Ronnie and Delmer Eugene Few, Bryan Ledbetter, Eric Stockton, John Lassen, Willard Stephenson and Ted Bishop.
The body may be viewed at the funeral home in Stigler.



Eugene Fields
MULDROW - Eugene L. Fields, 86, of Muldrow died Wednesday, May 1, 2002, in Fort Smith. He was a retired employee of U.S. Plywood.
Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Kingdom Hall in Sallisaw. The body will be cremated under the direction of Fentress Mortuary of Fort Smith.
He is survived by his wife, Emma; three daughters, Edie M. Fields of Maryland Heights, Mo., Georgia Perez and Juanita Fields, both of Muldrow; a son, Ronald Fields of Muldrow; three brothers, Wilbur Fields of Ardmore, Okla., Frank Fields of Alaska and Irvin Fields; 14 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.



Rev. James R. Fields
The Rev. James R. "Bob" Fields, 73, of Spiro, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2002, in Fort Smith.
He was born March 12, 1929 at Stilwell to Benjamin and Kassie (Spyres) Fields. He was a member of the Pentecostal Church of God and an ordained minister for 44 1/2 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and four brothers, Nelson, Smokey, Jack and William "Bill" Fields.
Survivors include his wife Alleda of the home; two daughters, Dorothy Simmons and husband, the Rev. George L., and Julie Fields of Spiro; three brothers, Hank Fields of Clovis, Calif., Edward Fields of Fresno and Harry Fields of Sun City, Ariz.; three grandchildren, Robert, Deena and Genalee Simmons; four great-grandchildren, Kylee, Kalee and Kristen Simmons and Rachel Locklear.
Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10. Viewing will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 11 at the Mallory Chapel with the Revs. George Simmons and O.M. Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in Spiro City Cemetery under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Spiro.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Guffy, the Rev. Clyde Hess, Wes Reeves, David Carson, Art Nally and the Rev. Ed Cunningham. Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Simmons, Kylee Simmons, Kalee Simmons. Flower girls will be Deena Simmons, Genalee Simmons, Kristen Simmons and Rachel Locklear.



Pearly Fields
Pearly Fields, 103, of Fort Smith, died Friday, May 19, 2000, in a local nursing home. She was a member of Church of The Living God.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Church of the Living God with burial at Washington Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Rowell-Parish Mortuary of Fort Smith.
She is survived by two daughters, Gussie Hogue of Fort Smith and Pearlie Williams of Des Moines, Iowa; two sons, Junior Fields of Fort Smith and L.T. Fields of Landover Hills, Md.; 26 grandchildren; a number of great-grandchildren; and a number of great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Leo B. Fields, Kenney Washington, Donald Bray and Glen, Terry, George, Gerald and Ernest Hogue Jr.



Carl Ray Fisk
Carl Ray Fisk, 58, of McCurtain, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2002. He was born May 12, 1943 to Calvin and Gertie Arter Fisk.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Ruby Payne; and one brother, Timmy Glyn Fisk.
Survivors include his wife Paulette of the home; two daughters, Debbie Summers and Teresa Ritter; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Carl and Rick Ary of Quinton, Sue and Wayne Mayhall of McCurtain, Gail and James Mayhall of Arkoma and Sandy and Johnny Pemberton of Arkoma; six brothers and four sisters-in-law, Derrell and Bonita Fisk of Quinton, J.C. and Alice Fisk of Fort Smith, Donald and Sue Fisk of Bokoshe, Bobby and Janice Fisk of Cowlington, and Gary Fisk and Keith Fisk, both of Quinton; six grandchildren, Lakisha, Craig, Kegan, Brittany, Jessica and Justin.
Services were at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 in Wildwood Church with the Rev. Marty Ford officiating. Burial was in Miners Cemetery under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Steve Baker, Albert Baker, Ronald Summers, Jerry Crase, Dean Bennett and Leroy Summers.



Leamon Flippin
Leamon P. Flippin, 91, of Van Buren died Saturday, Oct. 5, 2002, in a nursing home. He was born March 31, 1911, in Fort Smith. He was the former owner of Flippin Body Shop, a member of the First United Methodist Church and a 33rd-degree Mason. He received his Masonic 50-year pin and was a member of the Belle Point Lodge No. 20 and a Shriner.
Masonic graveside service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Forest Park Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Lewis Funeral Chapel of Fort Smith. He is survived by a daughter, Sharon Flippin of Alma; and a sister, Violet Wickersham of Fort Smith.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 320 N. Greenwood Ave., Fort Smith, AR 72901.



Beulah Wickett Floyd
SALLISAW - Beulah Wickett Floyd, 90, of Sallisaw died Friday Nov. 17, 2000, in Sallisaw. She was a member of Eastside Baptist Church in Sallisaw.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Monday in Eastside Baptist Church in Sallisaw with burial at Akins Cemetery in Sallisaw under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home in Sallisaw.
She is survived by one daughter, Mary Ellen Rexroat of Ringwood, Okla.; two sons, Dale of Ponca City, Okla., and Dr. Arthur Don Floyd of Hot Springs; three sisters, Oma Howell of Vian, Susie Hendrix of Eufaula and Jerene Taylor of Sallisaw; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Michael Dale, Tad and Mark Floyd, Jackie and Steve Voss and Mike Ball.
The body may be viewed from noon to 8 p.m. today and Sunday noon to 8 p.m.
Honorary pallbearers will be Vian Nursing Home staff. Memorial contributions may be made to the nursing home.



Loyd Folsom
QUINTON, Okla. - Loyd Glendon Folsom, 69, of Quinton died Saturday, July 20, 2002, in an area hospital.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at R.E. Shearwood Memorial Chapel in Stigler with burial at Quinton Cemetery under the direction of King & Shearwood Funeral Home in Stigler.
He is survived by his wife, Rosa of Quinton; three daughters, Linda Quinton of Quinton, Brenda Hamlin of Enterprise, Okla., and Lesa Ellis of Kiowa, Okla.; a son, Rodney of Quinton; three sisters, Lola Justice, Velma Ary and Tressie Justice and a brother, David Eisenhower.
The body may be viewed today from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.



Paul Forwerck
POTEAU - Paul Forwerck, 70, of Poteau died Friday, Sept. 20, 2002, in Poteau. He was born June 7, 1932, in Toledo, Ohio. He was retired from a glass factory and employed at the Poteau Daily News as a proofreader. Memorial service was held Monday at Grace Manor Funeral Home Chapel in Poteau. The body will be cremated.
He is survived by two daughters, Paula Lawrence of Poteau and Kathy Forwerck of Saginaw, Mich.; six sons, Paul Forwerck of Dallas, Carl and Michael Forwerck, both of Toledo, Ohio, Robert and James Forwerck, both of Whitehouse, Ohio and Brian Forwerck of Tampa, Fla.; three brothers, Chuck Forwerck of Traverse City, Mich., Bill Forwerck of Freeland, Mich., and Jim Forwerck of Fife Lake, Mich.; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.



Harold Edward Fox
Harold Edward Fox, 67, of Shady Point, passed away Tuesday, July 23, 2002, in Poteau. He was born Oct. 20, 1934 in Bokoshe. He was a carpenter.
Survivors include his children, Jerry Edward Fox, Dana LuAnn Harp, Ricky Lynn Fox, Rhonda June Hunt, Joyce Elaine Turner, Roy Allen Holter, Timothy D. Holter, Wanda Annette Pineda, Karen Jean Perry and Constance Faye Whitsett; other relatives and loved ones; and a host of beloved friends.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 27 at Evans Chapel of Memories in Poteau with the Rev. Billy Adams officiating, under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.



Eugene Foyil
SALLISAW - Eugene Foyil, 78, of Sallisaw died Saturday, Oct. 5, 2002. Vieiwing of the body will be for the family only, under the direction of Agent Funeral Home of Sallisaw.



Darrell Lee Frazier
Services will be held in the Greenlawn Chapel at 1:30 p.m. Monday for Darrell Lee Frazier, 40, 1102 Woodrow Avenue, who died Wednesday August 4,1971 in Bakersfield hospital. Interment will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Mr. Frazier was born March 8,1931 in Leflore County, Oklahoma. He was a native of Oklahoma and had resided in California 26 years and in Kern County 23 years. He had engaged in farming four years and was last employed by Krocker Farms. Survivors include his parents, William & Leura ( Vaughan) Frazier of Oildale, three sisters, Myrl Ray Steelman of Anaheim, Theda Mae Dozhier of Santa Clara and Donna SueDanile of Palm Springs; three brothers, Leon of Sonora, Jack and Jerry Wayne of Oildale. Pallbearers will be Gary Buckner, Darrell Barnes, Jack Wallace, Ray Sconyers, Jay Allen and Melvin Wood.



Leura Ruth Frazier
Services: Wed., Apr. 30, 1:30 p.m.
Services will be held in Greenlawn Memorial Chapel, 3700 River Blvd., Wednesday, April 30 at 1:30 p.m. for Ruth Frazier, 85, who passed away April 28, 1997 in Shafter, California. Rev. Eric West will officiate.
Ruth was born August 31, 1911 in LeFlore County, Oklahoma and resided in Kern County for 49 years. She was preceded in death by her parents Alonzo and Hallie ( Smith) Vaughan and her husband William Frazier and son Darrell Frazier. Survivors include her daughters Merie Momberg of Cameron, Oklahoma, Theda Dozhier of Reedley and Donna Daniel of Oildale; sons Leon Frazier of Lake Isabella, Jack Frazier of Reedley and Jerry Frazier of Oildale; 13 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; sister Bonie Keeth of Paradise, California and numerous friends at the Shafter Convalescent Hospital.
Casketbearers will be Jerry Frazier, Jerry Ortega, Scott Daniel, Gilbert Ortega, Mike Steelman and Brian Frazier. Honorary casketbearer will be Cathy Jones. Visitation begins today at 1:00 p.m. Greenlawn Mortuary Funeral Directors



Wayne Douglas Franks Jr.
Wayne Douglas Franks Jr., 23, of Talihina, passed away Monday, May 20, 2002, in Fort Smith.
He was born March 14, 1979, to Wayne Douglas Gore and Wanda Franks.
He graduated as an honor student from Talihina High School, was a member of the Nazarene Church and lived in Talihina for the past six years.
He was preceded in death by his aunt, Leola Marie Franks and his grandmother, Effie Gore.
Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Wanda and Harold Gagnon of the home; his father, Wayne Douglas Gore of California; one brother, Guy Daniel Thornbrue of Talihina; grandparents, Wanda Louise Franks of Talihina and Horace Franklin Franks of Muse; as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.



Mildred Marie (Bledsoe) French
Mildred Marie ( Bledsoe) French age 74 passed away Monday May 23, 1994 in Quail Ridge Living Center, in W. Siloam, Oklahoma from a long illness. She was born August 29, 1919 in Bokoshe Leflore County, Oklahoma. She was a laborer for Libbeys Cannery for 30 years. She was a resident of Colcord, Oklahoma. She maried Clifford French July 3, 1936 at Chickasha, Oklahoma. He preceded her in death February 6, 1979. They moved to Colcord September 1993 from California. She is survied by three sons. Billy French of Santa Clara, California. Bobby French of Colcord, Oklahoma. Bennie French of Grove, Oklahoma. Two Daughters Betty Amaral of San Jose California Barbara Martinussen of Colcord, Oklahoma; Brothers Cecil and Virgil Bledsoe of Shady Point, Oklahoma. A sister Myrtle Marney of Cupertino, California; 11 grandchildren and three great grandchildren
Service will be held Thursday May 26, 1994 at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be at the Oak Hill Cemetery in San Jose, California. Service will be under the direction of Sherman-Schrag funeral Home of Grove Oklahoma



Ruth Fullen
POTEAU - Ruth Fullen, 82, of Poteau died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at a Poteau nursing home. She was a homemaker.
Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Monday at Summerfield Cemetery in Summerfield, Okla., under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.
She is survived by two daughters, Beverly Archey of Wister and Jo Martin of Cameron; three sons, Ronald of Panama, Jack of Phoenix, Ariz., and Larry of Pocola; one brother, Bob Miller of Summerfield; 15 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and six great-great grandchildren.



Evelyn Grace Gann
Evelyn Grace Gann, 91, of Houston, Texas, passed away Wednesday, July 24, 2002. She was born July 18, 1911 at Talihina to Avada and Thomas Howell. She earned her bachelors degree in education and taught at Talihina Schools. She retired in 1976 after 42 years of teaching. She was a lifetime member of the First United Methodist Church of Talihina where she served on the administrative board, taught Sunday School, was president of the Women's Society of Christian Service and was active in fund raisers.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Elmer Lee Gann; and her sister, Bernice McGuire.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia Bernice and Dr. Larry Brown of Houston; two granddaughters, Lori and Bryan Cruises of Allen, Texas and Susan and Brian Zerger of Keller, Texas; four great-grandchildren, Blake Cruises, Emily and Patrick Cruises and Elizabeth Grace Zerger; nieces and nephews, Mrs. Diane Stinger of Owasso, Dr. and Mrs. William E. McGuire of Oklahoma City and Mr. and Mrs. Rutherford T. McGuire of Birmingham, Ala.
Services were at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 28 in the First United Methodist Church of Talihina with the Rev. James Ogden officiating. Burial followed at the Old Talihina Cemetery under the direction of Talihina Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were David King, Don Faulkner, Leon Hanebrink, Gene Kirkes, Bill Stringer and Brad Stringer.
Honorary pallbearers were Lester Doughty, Jim Lester, Floyd Anderson, Reed Taylor, Jon Waggoner, Carl Cheatham, Gilbert Smallwood, Ray Henson, Paul Massey, Keith James and Paul Lawson.



Edgar O. Goines
Funeral services were held for Edgar Overt Goines at 2:00 p.m., Monday, September 17, 1990, at Evans Chapel of Memories in Poteau, Oklahoma. He was born June 6, 1923, and passed away on September 14, 1990.
He was the son of Sherman Willis and Willie May (Martin) Goines he was born in Williams, LeFlore County, Oklahoma.
Mr. Goines was preceded in death by one son Sherman Goines
Surviving are his wife, Betty, of the home; one daughter, Eddye Goines, of California; four sons, Kenneth, of Missouri, Earl Wayne and Robert, both of Panama, Oklahoma, and Larry, Wagoner, Oklahoma; eleven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Reba May Bonner, of Covina, California; two brothers, Daris Leon Goines, Fort Smith, Arkansas, and Ernie Watson Goines, California; two step-daughters; one step-son; six step-grandchildren.
Burial was in Mountain View Cemetery, Sebastian County, Arkansas. Officiating was Reverend Rodney Woody.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Homes of Poteau and Pocola, Oklahoma.



Willie May Goines
Funeral services were held for Mrs. Willie May Goines at 1:30 p.m. at the McConnell Memorial Chapel in Greenwood, Arkansas, on Wednesday, February 16, 1972. Mrs. Goines passed away Friday, February 11, 1972, in Covina, California.
She was born July 27, 1900, in Hackett, Sebastian County, Arkansas, the daughter of William C. and Lucy (Schouweiler) Martin.
Preceding her in death were her parents and her husband, Sherman Willis Goines.
She is survived by one daughter, Reba May Bonner, of California; four sons, Ernie Watson Goines and Kenneth Goines of California, Edgar Goines of Cameron, Oklahoma, and Daris Leon Goines of Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Pallbearers were Kenneth E. Goines, Sherman Goines, Edward Goines, Robert Goines, Carlos Bonner, Larry Goines, and Wayne Goines.
Burial was in the Mountain View Cemetery, Sebastian County, Arkansas, with Reverend Clifford Myers officiating.
McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood, Arkansas, was in charge of arrangements.



LUKE GORHAM
SPIRO - Luke Franklin Gorham, 83, of Spiro died Thursday, Nov. 2, 2000, in Fort Smith. He was a member of the Church of Christ.
Graveside service was held Saturday at Cowlington Cemetery under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Spiro.
He is survived by his wife, Stella; two sons, James of Sand Springs, Okla., and Perry of Bakersfield, Calif.; two sisters, Fannie Nell Hall of Peking, Ill., and Ana Bell Reed of Fresno, Calif.; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Ken Hargis, Jim Stilwell, J.D. Grist, Davis Kelly and Tommy Ferguson.


Thomas Michael Goyette
Thomas Michael Goyette, 51, of Panama, passed away Monday, May 6, 2002. He was born Sept. 3, 1950 in Pittsfield, Mass. He was a postal Worker.
Survivors include his wife Gail of the home; three brothers, Raymond Goyette, Ronnie Goyette and Jim Goyette; one sister, Joanne Sottille; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones; and a host of beloved friends.
No services are planned at this time. Arrangements are under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home



Hosey Gray
Hosey Lewis Gray, 64, of Poteau, died Sunday, July 1, 2001. He was born Sept. 20, 1936 in Poteau to Lavada Clark Roose and Leonard S. Gray. He was a Poteau City Councilman in Ward 2 for 18 years, a member of the Poteau Masonic Lodge No. 46, a member of the Trinity Baptist Church in Poteau, the manager of the Salvation Army Food Pantry, a retired salesman for Turman Pierce Tire Company, basketball referee for 12 years for LeFlore County Schools retiring in 1973, and a member of the reserves.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his devoted companion, Sou Morse of the home; two sons and daughter-in-law, Terry L. and Mary Gray and Gary G. and Suzanne Gray, all of Poteau; grandchildren, Christo-pher G. Gray and Kara S. Gray, both of Poteau; one sister and brother-in-law, Emma Lee and Bob Johnson of Poteau; two brothers, Carl E. Gray and Earl G. Gray, both of Poteau; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones; a host of beloved friends.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 5 at Trinity Baptist Church in Poteau with the Revs. Leroy Billy and Phil McGehee officiating. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery in Poteau under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.
Pallbearers will be James Hamilton, Bill C. Pierce, Jim Holstead, Sherman Floyd, Freddie Richie and Phillip Zearley.



Larry Gray
VIAN - Larry Gray, 40, of Vian died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2000, in Sallisaw. He was a production worker for Fort James Paper Co. and a graduate of Grady High School in Pine Bluff.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Vian under the direction of Agent Funeral Home of Sallisaw.
He is survived by his wife, Lisa; three children, Michael Woodcum, Lauren and Zachary Grey, all of the home; his mother, Nell Gray of Pine Bluff; and five sisters, Ann Lemons, Chris Crews and Barbara Jones, all of Pine Bluff and Bonnie Gibson and Mary Gray, both of Hot Springs.
The body may be viewed from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
The family will visit with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.



Pearl Gregory
Pearl Gregory, 54, of Spiro, passed away Wednesday, July 24, 2002, in Fort Smith. She was born Oct. 9, 1947 at Heavener to Tony and Leona (Allen) Stinson. She was a home health provider. She attended Shady Point Assembly of God Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and two stepdaughters.
Survivors include her husband Edgar P. Gregory of the home; one son, Edgar Allen Gregory of Spiro; two stepsons, Jimmy Blevins of Oklahoma and Bill Blevens of Eufaula; four sisters, Freda Jones of Watson, Frankie LeSuer of Heavener, Yvonne Ertman of Pittsburg, Kan. and Joanne Farley of Hooks, Texas; three brothers, Bud Stinson of RioDel, Calif., Eugene Stinson of Claremore and Bobby Stinson of Heavener; 11 step grandchildren; and 19 step great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 27 at the Shady Point Assembly of God Church with the Rev. Jim Graham officiating. Burial will follow in Macedonia Cemetery in Pocola under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Spiro.



Patsy "Pat" Ann Hale Gum
Patsy "Pat" Ann Hale Gum, 61, of Arkoma died Saturday, Aug. 4, 2001, in a Fort Smith hospital. She was born Jan. 25, 1940, in Peno Bottom, Okla., to Alfred and Frances Corbell Hale. She graduated from Tulsa Will Rogers High School. After graduating she met her husband, Gene L. Gum. They were married on June 26, 1958, in Tulsa. They both worked for Woolworth's in retail sales. After leaving Woolworth's Gene began working for Howard Brothers and Pat stayed home to raise their children. In the late 1980s Gene and Pat began working for K&B Drug Store in Metairie, La. In 1999 they retired to Arkoma. Pat loved reading, crocheting and watching old movies. She was an avid sports fan and loved to spend time with her children and grandchildren.
She was a Catholic.
Rosary service will be 7 p.m. today at Strode Funeral Home Chapel in Stillwater, Okla. Funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Francis Catholic Church with the Rev. Bob Schlitt officiating. Burial will be at Fairlawn Cemetery in Stillwater.
She was preceded in death by her father, Alfred Hale; her stepfather, Troy Thompson; her mother-in-law, Rose Gum; and a son, Eugene Gum Jr.
She is survived by her husband, Gene; her mother, Frances Thompson of Arkoma; two daughters, Debbie Sellman and her husband Ennis of Alvin, Texas, and Tracey Robinson and her husband Michael of Tulsa; three sons, Brian and his wife Jeanie of Houma, Craig and his wife Luann of Memphis and Kevin and his wife Anna of Stillwater; and 10 grandchildren, Matthew, Patrick, Carly, Landry and Trevor Gum, Amanda and Ashley Sellman, Ennis Sellman III, Tina Smith and Henry Stephens.
Pallbearers will be Ennis Sellman II, Michael Robinson and Craig, Brian, Kevin and Matthew Gum.



Ola Hamilton
Ola Irene Hamilton, 51, died May 8, 1964, at her home in Bokoshe, Oklahoma. Services were at Lakeview Baptist Church in Spiro, Oklahoma. Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Reverend William Matthews officiated and burial was in the Nubbin Ridge Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Cecil; a son, Billy, of Tulsa, Oklahoma; a daughter, Marilyn Wood of Spiro; four brothers, Bill and Lester Copeland of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and John and Fay Copeland of West Covina, California; four sisters, Edith Keetr of Laverne, California, Ila Means and Lois Ferrell of Spiro, Exie Shaw of Bokoshe; and one grandson.



Mary Magbee Hargrove
HEAVENER - Mary Magbee Hargrove, 52, of Heavener died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2000, in Fort Smith. She was a member of Church of the Nazarene of Poteau.
Funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the United Pentecostal Church of Eudora with burial at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Eudora. Local arrangements are by Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener.
She is survived by her husband, Ronnie; two sisters, Carolyn Ruth Edwards of Eudora and Joyce Ann Horn of Hubbard, Texas; three brothers, John David Smith of Mena, Daniel William Smith of Hubbard and John Wayne Smith of Ashland City, Tenn.



Levi Harrison
SPIRO - Levi James Harrison, 36, of Spiro died Saturday, Aug. 17, 2002, in Poteau.
Services are pending. Burial will be at Forest Park Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Spiro.
He is survived by his wife, Alice; a daughter, Page Harrison of the home; four sons, Jason, Sonny Levi, Joshua and Jeremiah Harrison, all of the home; his parents, William and Ellie Harrison of Spiro; and two sisters, Gracie Rose Harrison of Spiro and Brenda Pierce of Pine Bluff.



Christine Hart
STIGLER - Christine "Chris" Hart, 73, of Stigler died Wednesday, June 12, 2002, in Stigler. She attended Vici High School, was a data processing supervisor for American Fidelity of Oklahoma City for 14 years, worked at Data Services for FAA of Oklahoma City for 10 years and worked part-time as tax preparer for H&R Block in Stigler and a member of Main Street Baptist Church. She was the widow of William "Bill" Hart.
Funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Main Street Baptist Church with burial at Brooken Cemetery in Brooken. Okla. under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Stigler.
She is survived by two sons, Russ Hart of Tecumseh, Okla., and Lanny Hart of Moore, Okla.; three sisters, Margaret Bellows of Stigler, Juanita Pittman of Oklahoma City and Arleta Roy of Woodward, Okla.; and four grandchildren, Ashley, Jason and Russ Hart Jr. and Tamara Hendrix



Helen Loretta Hayes
Helen Loretta Hayes, 69, of Olivehurst died Dec. 10, 2001, at Rideout Memorial Hospital. She was a Yuba-Sutter resident for 51 years. Born March 25, 1932 in Kinta, Haskell County Oklahoma. As a child she, as well as her brothers and sisters, with their parents had dreams of better things out west. So off they went to California in the 40s.
Survivors include two sons, Phillip Aulston of Olivehurst and Earl Hearon of Shady Point, Okla.; two daughters, Judy Mutter and Lavelle Mathias, both of Olivehurst; two brothers, Jerry Douglas of Olivehurst and Kenneth Douglas of Colorado; five sisters, Kathy Brown, Vicki Fultz and Cleo Maddox, all of California, Freda Keffer of Nevada and Faydean Burke of Alaska, 11grandchildren & nine great granchildren and a host of nieces & nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Garvey Cortez and Jewell Fleta (Dunn) Palmer, two brothers, Edward Douglas and Glen Douglas; and three sisters, Effie Hearon, Mary Arriola and Naydean Smith.
Services: Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Hutchison and Carnes Funeral Chapel. A service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, also at the chapel. Burial will be in Sierra View Memorial Park Marysville, California.



Sharon Hernandez
Sharon Marie Ludlow-Hernandez, 52, of Talihina, passed away Saturday, July 20, 2002. She was born Nov. 6, 1949 in Talihina to Bertha Mae Anderson-Ludlow. She was a lifelong resident of the area.
She was preceded in death by her mother; a brother, Randall Anderson; and a sister, Shirley Sue Wilson.
Survivors include three sons and two daughters-in-law, Chris Hernandez and Shane and Lydia Hernandez, all of Talihina and Mark and Bridget Hernandez of Konowa; two granddaughters, Makayla and Brieanna Hernandez of Talihina; one sister and brother-in-law, Eva Jo and Travis Head of Albion; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 24 at the Albion First Baptist Church with the Rev. Larry Bray officiating. Burial will follow at New Talihina Cemetery, under the direction of Talihina Funeral Home.
Her family will serve as pallbearers.



Opal Willene Hill
Opal Willene (Doshier) Hill, 81, of Bokoshe, died Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2000, in Fort Smith. She was born July 11, 1919 in Hartman, Ark. Mrs. Hill worked at Anthony's in Poteau for 10 years. Her most recent employment was the Fashion Plate in Poteau for eight years and sheretired from there three years ago.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Tyde "Shike" Doshier and Horace Hill.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Pat and Obie Hamlin of Norman and Carol and Bobby Morgan of Shady Point; two sons and daughters-in-law, Bob and Bonnie Doshier of Spiro and Gary and Joyce Doshier of Flower Hill; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; numerous other relatives and loved ones; and a host of beloved friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23 in Evans Chapel of Memories in Poteau with the Rev. Jay Bruce and Pastor Laveta Rust. Burial will follow at Shady Point Cemetery under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.
Pallbearers will be Mike Doshier, Scott Doshier, Mark Hamlin, Roscoe Hill, Dwayne Hensley, Doug Killion and Steve Doshier.



Miss Tula Himes
Miss Tula Himes, 94, of Heavener, passed away Sunday, April 21, 2002.
She was a lifelong resident of Heavener, member of the First Baptist Church, taught school in LeFlore County for 46 years, two years at Stapp Zoe, two years at Hodgen, 16 years at Panama and 26 years at Heavener retiring in 1972. She was LeFlore County Teacher of the Year in 1960, a member of the Oklahoma Retired Teachers Association, and received 50 year pin from the Eastern Star in 1984 serving as Worthy Matron in Spiro in 1938.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Ora Ann Himes; three sisters, Della Coon, Nova Jones and Lola Wisdom; three brothers, Jesse, Wayne and Omer Himes; two nephews, Felix Wisdom and John Himes; and one niece, Ora Alice Hurst.
Survivors include six nieces, Hilda Himes of Heavener, Oma Jean Hall of Poteau, Ruth Buteyn of Santa Monica, Calif., Merle Hamby of Corpus Christi, Texas, Fern Porter of Oklahoma City and Vera Hooper of Texas; and one nephew, Jack Himes of Heavener.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 24 at Dowden Funeral Home Chapel in Heavener. Burial will follow in Oakdale Cemetery in Heavener under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener.



Asa "Ace" Hiser
STIGLER - Asa "Ace" Hiser, 80, of Stigler died Thursday, June 15, 2000, in Stigler. He retired as a rancher and was the widower of Verna Hiser.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Monday at Shiloh Assembly of God with burial at Mountain Home Cemetery in Whitefield under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Stigler.
He is survived by his wife, Imogene; one daughter, Norma Hale of Fort Gibson, Okla.; three stepdaughters, Barbara Underwood and Linda Wade, both of Stigler, and Ellen Patton of Midwest City, Okla.; three sons, Stanley and Harmon, both of Stigler, and Steve of Muskogee, Okla.; three sisters, Wanda Dobbs of Lindon, Calif., Norma Dean Litton of Lewisville, Texas, and Betty Mooney of Oklahoma City; three brothers, Verdon of Claremore, Okla., Harold of Farmington, N.M., and Denver of Sallisaw; several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Keith Hale, Ronnie and Dusty Hiser, Mike Coyle, Rick Patton, Bryan Underwood and Scotty Hand.
Viewing will be at the funeral home.



E.V. "Dick" Hoben
E.V. "Dick" Hoben, 92, of Pocola died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2000, in Pocola. He was a retired supervisor for OG&E and a member of First United Methodist Church.
Graveside services will be 10 a.m. today at the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home of Fort Smith.
He was preceded in death by his wife, H. Frances Hoben.
He is survived by two daughters, Marsha Blahitka of Holly Lake Ranch, Texas, and Carolyn Spencer of Little Rock; one brother, Henry of Winfield, Iowa; four grandchildren, Jason Spencer of Little Rock, Michael Blahitka of Allen, Texas, Mark Blahitka of Fort Worth and Marni Hollingsworth of Oshkosh, Wis.; and three great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Jason Spencer, Michael, Mark and Marty Blahitka and Marni Hollingsworth.
Honorary pallbearers will be the OG&E Men's Club.



Rita Kay (McCarson) Hodge
Funeral services were held at the Assembly of God Church in Bonanza, Arkansas, on Friday, October 12, 1990, for Rita Kay (McCarson) Hodge. Reverend Arlie Carson officiated.
She passed away at Fort Smith, Arkansas, on Wednesday, October 10, 1990, at the age of fortytwo.
She was the daughter of Jim and Verna (Carson) McCarson and the sister of Barbara Reeves and Carlos McCarson.
Hymns "There's a Miracle in the Making" and "I'll Be Alright" were sung by Marcella Childress, Gloria Cradic, and Joyce Chasten. They were accompanied by pianist Judy Hart.
Pallbearers were Charlie Sharp, Cecil Cradic, Bobby Smith, Mark Bitsco, Chris Short, and Sam Lowe.
Interment was at White Bluff Cemetery by McConnell Funeral Home.



Mattie Jane Hoffman
POTEAU - Mattie Jane Hoffman, 96, of Poteau died Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2000, in Heavener. She was a member of Church of Christ in Heavener.
Funeral will be 1 p.m. Saturday in Dowden Funeral Home Chapel in Heavener with burial at Page Cemetery in Heavener.
She is survived by her husband, Jake; and several nieces and nephews.



Violet (Bledsoe) Holdridge
Violet (Bledsoe) Holdridge, 77-year-old resident of the Sandusky community neara Colcord, Oklahoma, died early Monday, Sept. 20, 1993, at her home. She was born March 13, 1916, in LeFlore County, Oklahoma.
Funeral services were held 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 22, 1993, at the Apostolic Lighthouse Church, Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Pastor Vestal Estes officiated, and burial was at Oak Hill Cemetery.
She was the daughter of Fred and Mary Alte (Gamble) Bledsoe and had been a resident of there for 30 years.
She was a member of the Apostolic Lighthouse Church.
Survivors include her husband, Agbert Holdridge, of the home; three sons, Bob Holdridge of Joplin, Missouri, Kenneth Holdridge of Jay, Oklahoma, and Wayne Holdridge, of Colcord, Oklahoma; five daughters, Betty Asher, of Colcord, Pauline Garrett of Johnson City, Tennessee, Judy Harrison of Nahsville, Tennessee, Chris Linn of Myrtle Creek, Oregon, and Ruby Hatfield of Smyrna, Tennessee.
She had two brothers, Cecil Bledsoe and Virgil Bledsoe of Shady Point, Oklahoma; two sisters, Mildred French of Santa Clara, California, and Myrtle Marney of Campbell, California. She had 20 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Bob Holdridge, Adam Holdridge, Jason Holdridge, Joe Hatfield, Ken Holdridge, David Garrett, Daryl Holdridge, and Johnny Garrett.


IN MEMORY OF MOM
By Daryl Holdridge

Mother, you left a piece in everyone's heart. Love from you and God. We will always carry that in our hearts. Mother, we know now you have no more pain. So many people will never forget your name.
For so many years you have talked about the promised land and how God will take you there and lead you by the hand. Mother, you left us with so many memories and so many rivers of love. We all know you would be so happy when the gates of heaven opened in the heaven above for you. Mother, we love you with all our hearts. Thanks for giving us God and a special part of you.



Charles Cyril Hollie
Charles Cyril Hollie, 78, of Poteau, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2002. He was born Feb. 15, 1924 at Walls to William Padie and Ida (Nowlin) Hollie. He grew up on the ranch he loved and lived there most of his life. He married his high school sweetheart, Gladys Cheshier whom he lived with until his death. He was a World War II veteran serving in the South Pacific. He was a faithful member of the Poteau Broadway Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Edmond and Raymond; two sons-in-law, Ron Taylor and Bill Dunn; and one grandson, Ronnie Taylor II.
Survivors include his wife; six children and their spouses, Ronnie and Leta Hollie of Bokoshe, Jim and Linda Stark of Wynnewood, Gary and Viola Hollie of Keota, Sharon and Larry Stiles of Quinton, Terry and Wanda Hollie of Stigler and Sue Taylor Dunn of Poteau; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one sister, Jean Byrum of McCurtain; one sister-in-law, Douglass Nixon of Stigler; beloved friend, Kathy Lovell of McCurtain; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones; and a host of beloved friends.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 at Evans Chapel of Memories in Poteau with Cleve Reddinger officiating. Burial will follow in Miners Cemetery in McCurtain under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.
Pallbearers will be Kerry Hollie, Jarrett Hollie, Charles Bradley Hollie, Jim Stark Jr., Blake Stiles, Dale Fout, Michael Bishop, Douglas Goff and Brett Byrum.
Ronnie Taylor II is the angel pallbearer.



Ronald Wayne Holt
Ronald Wayne Holt, 62, of Marlow, passed away Thursday, June 20, 2002, in Lawton. He had a military career of 28 years from the Marines and Oklahoma National Guard. He retired from the Oklahoma National Guard in 1986 with a rank of Colonel. He worked for the city of Ardmore as public works director and served as city manager for Lone Grove and Marlow.
He was preceded in death by an infant son, Jeffrey Clay Holt; his father, Harley Holt; his mother, Thelma Holt; and one brother, Robert Holt.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Rebecca "Shelton" Holt; one daughter and son-in-law, Ronna and Joe Bob Ritter of Cedar Hill, Texas; one son and daughter-in-law, Lance and Tracy Holt of Ardmore; three grandchildren, Jake and Clint Ritter and Regen Holt.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 24 at Heavener Memorial Park under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener.



Wanda Gail Holt
Wanda Gail Holt, 63, of Sallisaw, passed away Saturday, June 1, 2002. She was born Dec. 13, 1938 in Poteau to L.H. "Smitty" Smith and Melba Christine Bennett. She married Glen Dale Holt Jan. 14, 1955 at Heavener.
She graduated from Poteau High School in 1958 and attended Poteau Junior College after high school. She was a bookkeeper and automotive consultant. She lived in San Francisco, Calif. and then in Oklahoma, Calif. and Washington before retiring to Sallisaw in 1996. She was a member of the Blunt Baptist Church where she served as treasurer. She and her husband were actively involved in the creation of the Blunt Spanish Mission and she directed the ESL classes at Blunt Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her father; mother; stepfather, Thomas H. Jones Sr.; and one brother, Thomas H. Jones Jr.
Survivors include her husband Glen of the home; one son, Curtis Holt and wife Lyn of Malo, Wash.; three daughters, Susan Martin and husband Joe of Toledo, Wash., Leah Morse and husband John of Westville and Nancy Holt of Sallisaw; four brothers, L.H. "Sluggo" Smith Jr. of Wister, Terry Smith, John Remy, Gregory Smith and wife Penny, all of Poteau; four sisters, Carolyn Nagy and husband Harry of Fort Smith, Beverly Tate and husband Bill, Susie Currens and husband Wayne and Lori Vishkoff and husband Mike, all of Poteau; 15 grandchildren, Joshua Holt of Sallisaw, Daniel Holt and wife Samantha of Longview, Wash., Rachel Smith and husband Chris of Silverlake Wash., Seth, Andrew, Katie, Benjamin, Peter, Jennifer, Joel and Sally Martin, Isaac, Nathan and Christine Morse and Jessica Holt; one great-granddaughter, River Holt of the home; and five other great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins; and many, many other friends and loved ones.
A going away party will be held Monday, June 10 at 2 p.m. at Blunt Baptist Church in Sallisaw. Burial will follow at the Brushy Cemetery under the direction of Agent Funeral Home of Sallisaw.



Wrenetta Housden
Wrenetta Housden, 90, of Spiro, passed away Friday, July 5, 2002. She was born July 10, 1911 at Bokoshe to John Charles and Buena Towns Satterfield. She was preceded in death by her parents; Abilene Calhoun; Clarence Towns; and her sister, Amelia Carter.
Survivors include a cousin, Owana Durrett of Vashon, Wash.; and other family members, Jack Durrett III, Erin Durrett and husband Darren Lay; Laurel Durrett and husband, Derek Brown; and Eleanore Griffin.
No services are planned.
Arrangements are under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Spiro.



Steven Lee Huntington
Steven Lee Huntington, 18, of Van Buren died Saturday, June 22, 2002, in a local hospital. He was born Feb. 14, 1984, in Bartlesville, Okla. He was a graduate of Cedarville High School and was a student at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith, a member of Church of Jesus of Latter Day Saints, a employee of Accurate Machine and Service Company, the V.I.C.A. of University of Arkansas of Fort Smith.
Funeral will be 1 p.m. today at Lewis Funeral Chapel in Fort Smith with burial at Honey Hill Cemetery in Stilwell, Okla.
He is survived by his fiancee, Elisha Hickey of Van Buren; his parents, Steven and Susan Huntington of Van Buren, his mother, Charlotte Lindsey of Altus; two sisters, Tonya Huntington of Van Buren and Crystal Ward of Okmulgee, Okla.; two brothers, Michael Mayer of Muskogee, Okla. and Richard Dempsey Osburn of Sallisaw; a stepbrother, Stephen Cooper of Van Buren; maternal grandmother, Peggy Sue Frost of Fort Smith; paternal grandmother, Kathryn Juanita Mayer of Muskogee, Okla.
Pallbearers will be Joseph Drewry, Dustin Lamproe, Ronnie Harris, Thomas Terry, Darrell Hickey and Steve Shepard.
Honorary pallbearers will be his uncles, Charles and John Huntington, Michael Mayer and Stephen Cooper.



Oscar Hurst
Oscar "Joe" Hurst, 80, of Heavener, passed away Saturday, June 22, 2002. He was a resident of Heavener since 1993, of the Baptist faith and a veteran of World War II.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ora Alice Hurst.
Survivors include one son, Calvin, of Heavener
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 25 at Dowden Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Heavener under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener.



David Lee James
David Lee James, 41, of Poteau, passed away Sunday, March 31, 2002. He was born Aug. 3, 1960.
Survivors include one daughter, Leahella James of Poteau; his mother, Sally James of Poteau; two sisters, Mary Ann Abney of Fort Smith and Lavina Corrine Adkins of Poteau; five brothers, Gibson Junior James of Helena, Jesse James, Frankie Dalls James, Warren Dean James, all of Poteau and Teddy Joe James of Okmulgee; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones; and a host of beloved friends.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, April 5 at Evans Chapel of Memories in Poteau with the Rev. Pete Butler officiating. Burial will follow in James Cemetery at Calhoun under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.



Irene James
Irene James, 68, of Poteau, passed away Friday, July 5, 2002. She was born Dec. 1, 1933 at Beaver Mountain to Charles and Lamina Alverson Dilday. She married Leroy James May 3, 1953, and she received her Associate of Arts at CASC in 1975, Bachelor of Science in 1978 and a Masters in Education from Northeastern State University in 1983 with a special endorsement in kindergarten and social studies in 1978. She retired as a kindergarten teacher for Panama Public Schools 1979-1996. She was very active in her community, was a tutor for Indian students at Poteau Public Schools, a > secretary of Panama Classroom Teacher's Association 1986-1987; she was the secretary/treasurer of the LeFlore County Oklahoma Education Association from 1986-1991, a delegate for the Oklahoma Education Association and a member of the International Reading association. She served on the LeFlore County and Oklahoma Reading Councils, was listed in Who's Who in American Education 1996-1997, was a member of the First Baptist Church in Poteau and her avocations were: Reading, sewing, gardening, traveling and enjoying being Allie's grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Estelle Nelson.
Survivors include her husband of the home; one daughter, Nancy James Stimson and husband David of Anchorage, Alaska; two sons, Bill James of Tulsa and Michael James of Fort Smith; one sister, Ethel Patton of Visalia, Calif.; and one granddaughter, Allie James.
Services were at 1 p.m. Monday, July 8 at First Baptist Church in Poteau with the Revs. Phil McGehee and Don McAlvain officiating. Burial followed at Antioch Cemetery under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Stigler.
Pallbearers were Bill James, Michael James, David Stimson, David James, Mark James and James Caesar.



Randal Glen "Randy" James
Randal Glen "Randy" James, 42, of Bokoshe died Friday, April 23, 1999, in Tulsa. He was born May 9, 1956, in San Jose, Calif. Randy was a truck driver for RangeCorp. He was also a mechanic, a woodworker, an artist, and a carpenter. In addition, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 27, at Evans Chapel of Memories in Poteau with burial at Memorial Park in Heavener. Rev. Marcus Barnett will officiate.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley (Tolley) James of the home; one daughter, Stormy James of the home; two sons, Dalton and Austin James, of the home; his parents, Adam and Eastel James of Panama; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Dennis James of Poteau, and Deyon and Yvonne James of Florida; one sister and brother-in-law, Trena and Danny Jackson of Bokoshe; his mother-in-law, Peggy Gartner of Poteau; his sister-in-law, Pam Cox of Poteau; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones; and a host of friends.
Pallbearers will be Danny Jackson, Randy Cox, Ronnie Sanders, Danny Martinez, Doug Martinez, and Howard Cagle.
Arrangements are being directed by Evans and Miller Funeral Home of Pocola.



Floy Gladys Johnson
PORUM, Okla. - Floy Gladys Johnson, 90, of Porum died Monday, Feb. 14, 2000, in Muskogee. She was a homemaker.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday in Mallory Funeral Home Chapel of Stigler with burial at Coleman Cemetery in Porum.
She is survived by one daughter, Verma Lee Bray of Porum; three sons, John I. Byrd of Keota, Bob E. Byrd of Oregon and Norman Byrd of Bryan; 17 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.
The body may be viewed at the funeral home.
Honorary pallbearers will be her grandchildren.



Gene Johnson
STIGLER - Gene Johnson, 79, of Stigler died Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2002, in Roland. He was a dry cleaner.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Mallory Funeral Home Chapel in Stigler with burial at Tamaha Cemetery in Tamaha.
He is survived by two daughters, Cathy Bailey of Fort Smith and Marilyn Rackley of Roland; a son, Danny Johnson of Muldrow; a sister, Roxie Shields of Tulsa; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.



Mamie Johnson
PANAMA - Mamie E. Johnson, 64, of Panama died Friday, Aug. 16, 2002, in Panama. She was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary and the widow of Billy Wane Johnson.
Funeral will be 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mallory Funeral Home Chapel in Spiro with burial at Nubbin Ridge Cemetery in Spiro.
She is survived by a daughter, Angie Johnson Stroud of Panama; a stepdaughter, Debbie Fout of Bokoshe; a stepson, Doug Johnson; two sisters, Frankie Jean Tersigni of Englewood, Fla., and Carolyn Faye Heyd of Panama; a brother, Billy George Newberry of Englewood, Fla.; three grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren.
The body may be viewed at the funeral home.



Opal Johnson
SALLISAW - Opal Johnson, 93, of Sallisaw died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002, in Sallisaw. She was born Aug. 22, 1909, in Reed, Ark. She was a former educator in Sequoyah County, member of Homemakers Extension for more than 50 years, a graduate of Sallisaw High School and a Presbyterian. She was the widow of Ivan William Johnson.
Graveside service will be noon today at U. S. National Cemetery in Fort Gibson, Okla. under the direction of Agent Funeral Home of Sallisaw.
She is survived by three sisters, Oca Mae Abernathy of St. Louis, Leah LeCours of Hazelwood, Mo., and Lois Evans of Manchester, Mo.; and a brother, Faxon Stinnett of Vian.
Pallbearers will be family.



Regina Gayle Johnson
Regina Gayle Johnson, 46, of Poteau, passed away Thursday, Oct. 10, 2002,in Catoosa.
She was born Jan. 11, 1956 at Lone Pine, Calif. She worked for Independent Opportunities Health Care in Tulsa, was a member of the Foundation Baptist Church in Poteau and a wonderful mother, daughter, grandmother, sister and friend.
Survivors include four daughters and three sons-in-law, Carmen and Chris Ford and Leona and Jason Lowery, all of Poteau, Raeanna Johnson and Leslie and Clint Covey, all of Rock Island; one son, Frank Johnson of Poteau; her parents, Roy and Geraldine James of Poteau; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Dodie and Dennis Bowers of Poteau and Marcia and Deon McLaughlin of Cameron; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Jerry James of Poteau and Garry and Shelly James of Downey, Calif.; nine grandchildren; a companion, Bob Sockey; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones; and a host of beloved friends.
Services were at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 at Foundation Baptist Church in Poteau with the Revs. Corey James and Leon Glenn officiating. Burial followed in Reichert Cemetery under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.
Pallbearers were Dennis Bowers, Deon McLaughlin, Clint Covey, Jason Lowery, Paul Grady and Keith James.



Viola Lee Johnson
Viola Lee Johnson, 96, of Sallisaw died Saturday, March 4, 2000, in Sallisaw. She was the widow of Dave Johnson.
Funeral will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Mallory Funeral Home Chapel of Sallisaw with burial at the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Gibson, Okla.
She is survived by two daughters, Bertha Bilyeu of Sallisaw and Jewel Bushey of Fresno, Calif.; one son, Albert Johnson of Lawton, Okla.; one sister, Dorothy Isenhower of Peoria, Ill.; 27 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and 18 great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Joey Risenhoover, Robert and David Philpot, Andy Robertson Jr. and David and Ronnie Johnson.
The body may be viewed at the funeral home.



BEE JONES
POTEAU - Bee Ruth Jones, 93, of Poteau died Thursday, Nov. 2, 2000, in her home. She was a homemaker and a seamstress. She was the widow of Richard M. Jones.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. Monday at the Evans & Miller Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Poteau with burial at Oakland Cemetery.
She is survived by one sister, Elsie M. Denton of Fort Smith.



Bill Jones
May 26, 1926 Palmer, Ark. ___ August 11, 1985 Bakersfield, California
Services will be held Thursday August 15, 1985 at 11:00 a.m. graveside Arvin Cemetery for Bill Jones 59 of 456 Holden St Arvin, California. Pastor Rick Mooney , of Arvin Freewill Baptist Church , will conduct services. Bill passed away August 11, 1985. Preceding him in death was his father John Jones in 1979
Survivors include ; his wife Earlene, 3 sons Robin of Arvin , Ronnie of Arvin, and Ricky of Sacramento, one daughter Linda of Sacramento ; mother Pauline Jones of Arvin ; two daughters -in -law Lawanda and Terri both of Arvin and 6 grandchildren.
Brothers and sisters include : Buddy Jones of Arvin, Billy Joe Jones Jr. of Bakersfield, Curtis Jones of Bakersfield, Bonnie Medlock of Arkansas, Rosie Strum of Arkansas, Marie Wallace of Tipton, Ca. Hester Brown of Bakersfield, Martha Mavity of Lamont, Dorothy Dillard of Arkansas , Suzie White of Arkansas, Carolyn Hess of Arizona , Mary Arnold of Oklahoma, Janie Wilson of Arkansas and Thelma Jones of Utah. The Hopson Funeral Home in Lamont will handle all burial arrangements.



Curtis Dwayne Jones
Services: Today, June 18, 10 a.m.
In memory of Curtis Dwayne Jones, who left us too soon on June 14, 2002. Curtis was a loving husband, father, papa, brother, uncle, father-in-law, brother-in-law and friend to all.
Curtis was born in Bakersfield, CA to John and Lola Mae Jones the youngest of six children. Curtis was a loving husband of 33 years and the father of three children. He is survived by his wife, Linda Jones. Daughters, Sherrie Patterson and husband Ben, Christa Jones. Son, Curtis Jones Jr. and wife, Stefanie. Plus Papa to seven grandchildren. Brother, John Jones Jr.; sisters, Martha Mavity; Carol Wittneben and Bonnie Medlock and numerous nieces and nephews.
He worked as a peace officer for the City of Arvin. Followed by a long career in routes sales for Waynes and Larsons Dairy prior to retiring seven years ago.
Curtis was an avid hunter, fisherman and Wal-Mart shopper who enjoyed life to the fullest. He was a wonderful man who brought laughter and joy to those he met. Curtis is greatly loved, admired and respected. He will be missed every passing moment by those he touched during his life. Curtis passed his joy of life on through his giving and sense of humor. He was a simple man who would never acknowledge to himself the impact and gifts he brought to our lives.
Graveside service to be held at the Arvin Cemetery, Tuesday, June 18, 10 a.m. Hopson-Anspach Family Mortuary



Grace Imogene Jones
MULDROW - Grace Imogene Jones, 83, of Muldrow died Monday, Oct. 30, 2000, in Fort Smith. She was a 1936 graduate of Gans High School. She was a homemaker and worked at Garrison Furniture Factory for 37 years. She attended Gans Bible Church and was the widow of William Chester "Bill" Jones.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Gans Bible Church with burial at Gans Cemetery under the direction of Agent Funeral Home of Muldrow.
She is survived by one step-daughter, Verna White of Lavaca; two step-sons, Joe of Fort Smith, and Gene of Houston; and two brothers, Kenneth Sparkman and Charles "Sonny" Sparkman, both of Muldrow.
Pallbearers will be W.C. "Bill" Weaver and Mitch, Mark, Kenneth, Terry and Rodney Sparkman.
Viewing will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
The family will visit with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.



John Jones
John Jones Services will be conducted at graveside in the Arvin District Cemetery for John Jones 75, of 488 Wilson St. Arvin who died Monday March 12, 1979. He was Born March 28,1903. In Arkansas to Wm & Seleny (Gibby) Jones. Reverand J.C. Armstrong Freewill Baptist Minister will officate.
Jones was born in Stone County , Arkansas. He was a resident of Arvin since 1960. He worked as a painter and was last employed by DiGorgio Farms until his retirement in 1968. Surviors include his widow, Lola Mae, three sons, Bill of Arvin, John Jr., of Bakersfield and Curtis of Lamont; three daughters , Bonnie Medlock of Arkansas, Martha Mavity and Carol Wittenben both of Lamont; a brother George of Arvin; sister Sarah Buris of Arkansas; 22 grandchildren ten great grandchildren. Pallbearers will be B. Henry, Rod Henry, Blake Stevens, Orval Wooner, J. Guess, and Tim Himmer. Honorary Bearers; K Henry and Jimmy Elkins


Lois Jones
GORE - Lois Marie Jones, 60, of Gore died Monday, July 15, 2002, in Tulsa.
She was born Sept. 30, 1941, in Gore. She was a retired social studies teacher at Gore High School after 23 years, a member of Community Church at Gum Springs, former adult and youth Bible teacher, active in vacation Bible school, choir and a Praise Singer and piano player and lay minister. She was Senior Class sponsor for years, student council sponsor at Gore High School, worked with Special Olympics and sponsor for SADD and MADD.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. Friday at Gore High School Gymnasium with burial at Stevenson Cemetery at Gum Springs under the direction of Agent Funeral l Home of Gore.
She is survived by her husband, the Rev. Cleatis Jones; two daughters, Cleta Lynn Doyel and Sheila Walker, both of Gore; two sisters, Lola Mannon and Pat Childress, both of Gore; a brother, Doyle Terrel of Gore; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be her nephews, Billy and Michael Terrell, Pete, Kenneth, Kirk and Keith Byrd.
Honorary pallbearers will be her nephews
The body may be viewed 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.



Lola Mae Jones
Lola was born in Stigler, Oklahoma October 24, 1920 to Ira Lester and Mary Stella Porter Fannon. Lola passed away January 17, 1983 in Bakersfield,California. Lola came to Arvin in 1960 and worked as a potato grader for Arvin Potato Co. for the past 22 years. She was preceeded in death by her husband John March 12, 1979, Survivors include three sons, John Jr. , and Curtis both of Bakersfield and Bill of Arvin; three daughters Martha Mavity , of Lamont, Carolyn Hess of Phoenix, Bonnie Medlock of Arkansas. Two brothers , LC. of Oklahoma and Delbert of Arkansas; six sisters Audrey Hickman , Jessie Wimer, Dovie Fannon and Lucille Norwood all of Oklahoma and Annie Parkinson and Rosie Petty both of Arkansas. Several grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren . The J.W. Sams and Son Funeral Home handled all arrangements.



Sue Wyona Jones
Sue Wyona Jones, 59, of Talihina, passed away Monday, Aug. 19, 2002, in Fort Smith. She was born June 28, 1943 at Paris, Texas to Juanita Jones. She has lived in the Talihina area for the past year.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Hattie Adeline and Jeffory Jones; and her companion, Melvin Burris.
Survivors include one daughter, Deborah Jones of Tulsa; a son, Justin Gunn of Okmulgee; five grandchildren, Sylvester Gunn, Antonio Jones, Laniece Jones, Damon Gunn and Justin Gunn Jr.; as well as a host of friends.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Cremation service provided by Talihina Funeral Home.



Annie Lee Keith
Annie Lee Keith, 97, of Whitesboro, passed away Friday, Sept. 13, 2002. She was born Jan. 8, 1905 to William Cobler and Emma Dickerson-Cobler. She was raised by her stepmother, Ada Cobler after her mother passed away when Annie was three years old. She moved to Talihina in 1911 and was married to Silva O. Keith in 1922. She was of the Baptist faith.
She was preceded in death by her husband Dec. 7, 1970; her parents; three sons, O.T. Keith, Ray Keith and Haskell Keith; two daughters, Vela Rowley and Alta B. Geary; two sisters, Lily Johnson and Savilla Williams; and one brother, George Cobler.
Survivors include two sons, Herman Keith and Dale Keith, both of Whitesboro; two daughters, Mae Perry and Barbara Jean Warrington, both of Fort Worth, Texas; 24 grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren.
Services were at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16 at Whitesboro Baptist Church with the Revs. Darrow Sanderson and Carrol Fitzgerald officiating. Burial followed at Whitesboro Cemetery under the direction of Talihina Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Chris Perry, Alan Perry, Steven Perry, Junior Keith, John Geary and Michael Geary.



Betty Jean Kelly
HODGEN - Betty Jean Kelly, 73, of Hodgen died Tuesday, April 30, 2002, in her home. She was a member of Hodgen First Baptist Church, the Ladies Gideon Auxiliary and LeFlore County Women's Democratic Party.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Hodgen with burial at Hodgen Cemetery under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener.
She is survived by her husband, Welton; two daughters, Susan Smith of Hodgen and Marilyn Duplissey of Poteau; a son, John Kelly of Heavener; a twin sister, Kathleen Simmons of Heavener; three brothers, Raymond Hornbuckle of Norman, Okla., Earl Hornbuckle of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Jerry Hornbuckle of Marlow, Okla.; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.



Quendolyn Kelly
Quendolyn Kelly, 90, of Heavener, passed away Sunday, Sept. 1, 2002, in Fort Smith. She was a longtime resident of Heavener, and a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Eastern Star.
Survivors include one stepdaughter Sherri McGee of Heavener; two stepsons, Danny Kelly of DeQueen, Ark. and Dennis Kelly of Norman; four nephews, Jaque Johnson of California, Robert Henderson of Nevada, Gerald Tucker of Oklahoma City and Wallace Hunton of Fort Smith; six step grandchildren; and nine great-granddaughters.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4 at First United Methodist Church of Heavener. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery in Heavener under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener.



Martha Kemp
Martha Kemp, 78, of Stigler, passed away Monday, May 6, 2002, in Spiro.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Vannie Kemp; one son, Robert Kemp; one grandson, Ronnie Rowe; two brothers, Thomas Brand and Willie Brand; and two sisters, Mary Simpson and Allie Brand.
Survivors include two daughters, Bernice Beyer and husband Doug of Bernice and Joyce Turner and husband Jerry of Bokoshe; one daughter-in-law, Geraldine Kemp of Keota; three sisters, Georgia Speegle of Stigler, Marie Johnson of Porterville, Calif. and Bonnie Hart of Ridgecrest, Calif.; one brother, Louis Brand of McDonough, Ga.; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 9 at Mallory Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Turner officiating. Burial will follow in Keota Cemetery under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Spiro.
Pallbearers will be J.D. Phillips, John Phillips, Gary Carver, Jim Lyons, Doyle McElroy and Lary Carver.



Emma Kennedy
MARBLE CITY - Emma Kennedy, 93, of Marble City died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2000, in Sallisaw. She was a homemaker and the widow of Alfred Kennedy. She was affiliated with the Holiness church.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Marble City Holiness Church with burial at Dwight Mission Cemetery, northwest of Sallisaw, under the direction of Agent Funeral Home of Sallisaw.
She is survived by four daughters, Loriene Choate, Irene Rider and Louella Rush, all of Marble City, and Jewell Morris of Statesboro, Ga.; one son, Tom Kennedy of Sallisaw; 18 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons.
The body may be viewed from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the funeral home.



Johnnie Lee Kennedy
Johnnie Lee Kennedy, 65, of Whitesboro, passed away Thursday, June 20, 2002.
He was born Aug. 30, 1936 in Pine Valley to Uless "U.S." Kennedy and Vadys Rainwater-Kennedy and born again in Christ Sept. 2, 2001. He graduated from Whitesboro High School in 1955, married Lavada Cranford June 13, 1955 and had just celebrated their 47th anniversary. He loved the outdoors, camping, fishing and hunting; he also had a real love for antique automobiles. He worked at the sawmill in California when he was 15 years old. He joined the boilermaker union in 1955 and still belonged to it, worked for Flint Steel in Tulsa for 16 years then moved home to raise a family, while working at the Talihina Veterans Center until he retired in 1986.
He was preceded in death by his father; two brothers, Uless Jr. and Eugene; and two nephews, Gaylord Kennedy and Jackie Dean Kennedy Jr.
He is survived by his wife of the home; one son, Raymond Kennedy of Big Cedar; two daughters and sons-in-law, Joyce and Danny Davis and Melinda and Randy Williams, all of Big Cedar; six grandchildren, Angie and Brad Turner, Johnny and Autumn Kennedy, Scott Kennedy, Kevin and Samantha Davis, Cory Williams and Desiree Williams; four great-grandchildren, Waylon and Elyssa Turner and Kaylyn and Shaylee Davis; his mother; his mother-in-law, Ethel Cranford; three brothers, Jackie and Judy Kennedy, Tony and Nancy Kennedy and Bobby and Geraldine Coffey; two sisters, Joan and Butch Kennedy and Brenda and Jim Elrod, all of Muse; sister-in-law, Margie Kennedy-Graff of Nowata; 21 nieces and nephews; numerous great nieces and nephews as well as his many friends and loved ones.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22 at the Whitesboro Assembly of God with the Revs. Ron Brannon and Carrol Fitzgerald officiating. Burial will follow at the Whitesboro Cemetery under the direction of Talihina Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Jack Johnson, Walter James, Mackie Frazier, Carol Rainwater, Randy Kennedy and Larry Dixon.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Wilcox and Ivan Morris.



Elva E. Kidd
Elva E. Kidd, 94, of Muldrow died Saturday, Nov. 18, 2000, in Greenwood. She was of the Pentecostal faith and the widow of Robb Kidd.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Cottonwood Baptist Church with burial at Cottonwood Cemetery in Muldrow under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Sallisaw.
She is survived by one daughter, Melinda Lovene Belt of Huntington; one stepdaughter, Lola Estep of Sallisaw; one stepson, R.V. Kidd of Oklahoma; 25 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several great-great grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Bill Fincher, J.D. Belt Jr., Mike Bray, Roger and Nathan Kidd and Ernie Dean Fouts.
The body may be viewed at the funeral home.
The family will visit with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.



Migeanna Kimbro
Funeral for Migeanna Kimbro, 99, of Heavener, Oklahoma, was Friday, February 14, 1997, at the graveside in Heavener Memorial Park Cemetery, with burial under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home. Mrs. Kimbro died February 12, 1997, in the Poteau Hospital.
She was a long-time member of this area and was a member of the Presbyterian Church. Survivors include a daughter, Frances Babb, of Poteau, Oklahoma; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.



Mrs. Sarah Kinnerson
Funeral services for Mrs. Sarah Kinnerson were held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 2, 1974, at the Assembly of God Church in Shady Point, Oklahoma. Reverend E. L. Estep officiated.
Mrs. Kinnerson was born October 28, 1908, and passed away March 31, 1974.
She is survived by her husband, one daughter, her mother, seven sisters, two brothers, and three grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home, Poteau, Oklahoma, was in charge of interment at Slatenville Cemetery in Slatenville, Arkansas.



Idena Kinsey
STIGLER - Indena Welta Kinsey, 87, of Stigler died Thursday, July 18, 2002, in a local nursing home. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Ada, Okla.
Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Monday at Rosedale Cemetery in Ada, Okla., under the direction of King & Shearwood Funeral Home of Stigler.
She is survived by a daughter Betty Sue Ray of Tahlequah, Okla.; a grandchild, Danny King Ray of Broken Arrow, Okla.; and two great-grandchildren.



Homer A. Knight
Homer A. Knight, 56, of Shady Point, a retired consultant in the oil industry, died Tuesday, May 18, 1999, at St. Edward's Mercy Medical Center in Fort Smith, Ark. He was born June 22, 1942, in Greeley, Colo., to Homer H. and Veda (Mattox) Knight. He served in the U.S. Navy for four years and married Sherry Qualls on June 13, 1962, in Wister.
He had lived in Shady Point since 1981, moving there from Poteau.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 20, at the First Assembly of God Church in Poteau, where he was a member. Rev. Keith Williams will officiate. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in Poteau.
Knight is survived by his wife, Sherry, of the home; three sons, Bryan Keith Knight of Fort Smith, Kevin Auther Knight of Panama, and Shawn Eric Knight of Shady Point; a daughter, Tina Marie Holley of Shady Point; a brother, Vernard Knight of Poteau; three sisters, Kathleen Peters of Tulsa, Carolyn Crossland of Poteau and Sharon Walker of Arlington, Texas; five grandchildren, Brandon Holley, Tyler Knight, Joshua Knight, Tony Knight, all of Shady Point, and Kaitline Durham of Panama; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Charles Knight; and one grandchild, Paden Holley.
Pallbearers will be Joe Walker, David Holley, Jim Peters, John Pfalzgraf, Larry Crossland, Mark Crossland and Steve Peters.



Stephen Mosby LeSueur
HEAVENER - Stephen Mosby LeSueur, 70, of Heavener died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2000, in Talihina. He was a Baptist and a member of the Masons, Eastern Star and Disabled American Veterans.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday in Dowden Funeral Home Chapel of Heavener with burial at Memorial Park in Heavener.
He is survived by his wife, Frankie Stinson LeSueur; one son, Scott and wife, Elouise of Heavener;in-laws from this area, one sister-in-law, Pearl Gregory of Spiro; and one brother-in-law, Bob Stinson of Heavener.



Norma Jean Lewis
Norma Jean Lewis, 57, of Spiro, passed away Sunday, April 14, 2002, in Fort Smith. She was born Dec. 23, 1944 at Bokoshe to Elmer and Artie Myers Hanna.
She was a housewife.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bobby Lewis; and one sister, Janice Depew.
Survivors include two sisters, Pat Smith of Spiro and Loretta Elmore of Fort Smith; two brothers, the Rev. Charles Hanna of Bristow and Donald Hanna of Shreveport, La.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 16 at the Mallory Chapel with the Revs. Fred Beesley and Clifford Myers officiating. Burial will follow in Spiro City Cemetery under the direction of the Mallory Funeral Home of Spiro.
Pallbearers will be Gary Calloway, Ronnie Hanna, Kevin Smith, Larry Hanna Sr., Carl Smith and Wes Raybourn.



Charles Lind
SPIRO - Charles M. Lind, 58, of Spiro died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, in a Poteau hospital.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. Friday in Mallory Funeral Home Chapel of Spiro with burial at Cowlington Cemetery in Cowlington.
He is survived by three daughters, Monica, Devina and Debbie; one son, Charles Lind Jr.; his parents, Loretta and Tom Thompson of Cowlington; one sister, Genne Burns of Salt Lake City, Utah; two brothers, Leonard Moudy of Stigler and George Lind of Las Vegas; and two grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be John and Lynn Elder, Robert Thompson, Bobby Hammontree, Jerry and Larry Maxwell, David Smith and Chuck Harrison.



Jerry Litchford
MONROE, Okla. - Jerry Litchford, 45, of Monroe, formerly of Greenwood, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000, in a Fort Smith hospital. He was employed at Southwest Die Casting.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday in McConnell Funeral Home Chapel of Greenwood, with burial at Huntington City Cemetery of Huntington under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood.
He is survived by his wife, Renee; eight stepchildren; two sisters, Linda Smith of Van Buren and Janice Howard of Midland; two brothers, Johnny and Jim, both of Van Buren; and 21 step-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Lee King, Chris Terry, Jimmy Minor, Doyle Martin, Jimmy Harris and Randall Hale.
The body may be viewed from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home in Greenwood



Donald Lee Lovell
Donald Lee Lovell was born Sept. 22, 1940 in Shafter, Calif. and passed away Monday, Aug. 26, 2002 at his home in Laverne, Calif. at the age of 61. He was a retired warehouseman for the Citrus Growers Union.
Donald was preceded in death by one son, Donny; his father, Murl Lovell of Panama; and his mother, Velma Richards of Laverne. He was the nephew of the late songwriter Bobby Gene George from Rock Island, who wrote "I'll Never Pick Cotton" and "Long, Black Limousine" and many more.
Survivors include his sister, Barbara Sue Helvey of Laverne; one daughter, Christina; one son, Gary Don; three grandsons, Nico, Patrick and Joshua Lovell; and a granddaughter, Madison Lovell.
Donald excelled in sports in school, winning many medals and ribbons. He had many friends and loved ones and will be greatly missed.
Graveside services were held Tuesday, Sept. 3 at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Covina, Calif.



Albert Lovell =NEW HOPE
Albert Lovell, 64, of Spiro, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2002, in Fort Smith. He was born Jan. 29, 1938 at Stuart to Fred and May (Hall) Lovell. He was a carpenter, loved to fish and rodeo.
He was preceded in death by one son, Ronnie Lovell.
Survivors include his wife Alice of the home; three stepdaughters, Cindy McElyea of Spiro, Linda Lensindy of Fort Smith and Elaine Richard of Bokoshe; three stepsons, Bobby York of Panama, James Harper of Pocola and Glenn Shepard of Van Buren, Ark.; two sisters, Mildred Myers of Pocola and Geneva Powell of California; one brother, Bobby Lovell of Pocola; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18 at the New Hope Cemetery in Spiro under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Spiro.



Rena Lowe
STIGLER - Rena Lowe, 87, of Stigler died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2002, in Stigler. She worked and retired from Haskell County Hospital, a volunteer at the church and Senior Citizens Center, a member of First Christian Church and the Rebecca Lodge. She was the widow of Eugene Lowe.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday at First Christian Church in Stigler with burial at Antioch Cemetery in Stigler under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Stigler.
She is survived by a son, Kerry Lowe of Stigler; three sisters, Juanita Peden of Overland Park, Kan., Burnadine Allison of Stigler and Alta May Hoose of Claremore, Okla.; a brother, William Norwood of Chelsea, Okla.; and friends, Teresa Baker, Dale, Laura and Josh Bray.



Eveline Lowery
POCOLA - Eveline "Liza" Lowery, 87, of Pocola died Monday, May 27, 2002, in Fort Smith. She was born Jan. 6, 1915, in Midland. She was a homemaker and a member of Christian Grove Free Will Baptist Church in Pocola.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Christian Grove Free Will Baptist Church in Pocola with burial at Macedonia Cemetery in Pocola under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Pocola.
She is survived by three daughters, Maelene Goins and Leta Farmer, both of Pocola, and Linda Rogers of Yakima, Wash.; two sons, Rayford and Robert Lowery Jr., both of Pocola; a sister, Effie Minks of Pocola; a brother, A.J. Barnes of Pocola; 15 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Carol Barnes, Wayne Minks, Don Goins, Dale Elmore, George A. Davis and Danny Farmer.



Clayton "Tony" Lucas
Clayton "Tony" Lucas, 86, of Sallisaw died Thursday, June 13, 2002, in Sallisaw. He was born Oct. 6, 1915, in Terlton, Okla. He was a retired command sergeant major from the Army and a veteran of World War II and the Korean War, a farmer and rancher, former manager at LP Gas man for Farmers Coop in Sallisaw, a member of American Legion in Fort Smith, a 32nd degree Mason, a member of Lodge No. 205 in Cleveland, Okla., and a Baptist.
> Funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Agent Funeral Home Chapel in Sallisaw with burial and full military honors provided by the Army of Fort Sill, Okla., at Akins Cemetery northeast of Sallisaw.
He is survived by his wife, Pat; two sons, Charles and Jerry Lucas, both of Sallisaw; a sister, Juanita Casey of Hays, Kan.; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Brandon and Brian D. Slaughter, John Wilson, Cleon Harrell, Frank Arias and John Ross.
The body may be viewed 1 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.



Ruby Luman
HODGEN, Okla. - Ruby Luman, 56, of Hodgen, Okla., died Saturday, Nov. 18, 2000, in Fort Smith. She was a lifelong resident and member of the Independence Baptist Church.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Reichert Cemetery in Heavener under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener.
She is survived by her husband, Odice; three daughters, Lisa Hughes of Plainview, Wendy McGuire of Lavaca and Karen Luman of Heavener; one son, Odice Paul Luman of Fargo, N.D.; two sisters, Joanne Cripps of Heavener and Carla Pryor of Tulsa; three brothers, Raymond, David and Joe Massey, all of Heavener; and five grandchildren.



R.P. Lyons
R.P. Lyons, 72, of Wister, passed away Saturday, April 13, 2002, in Poteau. He was born Oct. 24, 1929.
He was retired from the U.S. Navy and a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Wister.
Survivors include his wife Darlene of the home; two daughters and son-in-law, Linda and Carl Whatley of Moorsville, N.C. and Brenda McBride of California; one stepdaughter, Monica Shepard of Wister; one stepson, Albert Lee Mize Jr. of El Reno; three grandchildren; two great-grandsons; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones; and a host of beloved of friends.
Services were at 2 p.m. Monday, April 15 at First Assembly of God Church in Poteau with the Rev. Jack Covey and Bill Willis officiating. Burial followed in Ellis Chapel Cemetery in Wister under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.



Ruth Mackey
WARNER, Okla. - Ruth Mackey, 92, of Warner, formerly of Franklin County, Ark., died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, in Warner. She was a homemaker and the widow of John M. Mackey. She was a Freewill Baptist.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Lescher-Millsap Funeral Home Chapel of Muskogee, Okla., with burial at South Bethel Cemetery.
She is survived by two daughters, Audrey Oliver of Pocola and Melba Hodges of Warner; one son, Ralph Mackey of El Sobrante, Calif.; 15 grandchildren, Karen Buehler, John R. Mackey Jr., Leslie Cook, Brenda Ameli, Kevin Mackey, Charlotte Blake, Danny and Lindle Oliver, Rita Hawk, Mickey Beard, Terry Hodges, Johna Thompson, Kim and Deryl Hodges and Patty Henderson; 36 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.



Larry F. Mansell
Larry F. Mansell, 62, of Arkoma, passed away Saturday, Oct. 5, 2002. He was in sales for Felix Thompson and was a member of Cavanaugh Free Will Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife Jackie of the home; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Amy and Heath Branscum of Arkoma, Vicki and Jay Phillips of Perry, Ga., Christa Story of Macon, Ga. and Cindee and Darrell Boone of Warner Robins, Ga.; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and one brother, Billy Duke Mansell of Fort Smith.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8 at the funeral home.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9 at Putman Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Putman Funeral Home of Fort Smith.
Pallbearers will be Nolen Branscum, Clyde Dodson, Chris Caldwell, Jim Fisk, Eddie George and Ed Freeman.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 901 N. University, Little Rock, AR 72207 or Peachtree Hospice, 215 Dewey, Poteau, OK 74953.



Grady M. Martin
ROSE HILL, Okla. - Grady M. Martin, 84, of Rose Hill, Okla. died Wednesday, June 12, 2002, in Oklahoma City. He served in the Army Air Corps for five years during World War II and was a member of fraternal orders, Woodman of the World and Masonic Lodge.
Funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday at King & Shearwood Funeral Home Memorial Chapel in Stigler with burial at Sans Bois Cemetery in Kinta.
> He is survived by a daughter, Mary Alice Billy of McAlester, Okla.; three sons, Don Martin of Brazil, Dennis Martin of Stilwell, Okla., and Tommy Martin of Oklahoma City; three sisters, Marie Downing of Owasso, Okla., Lillian Cecil of Enid, Okla., and Mamie Daniels of Mira Copa, Calif.; two brothers, Ray Martin of Oklahoma City and Lee Martin of Guthrie, Okla.; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Quinn, Scott, Kirk and Chad Martin, Kenneth Stiles and Joe Williams.
The body may be viewed 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.



Emma Massengill
Emma Massengill, 82, of Poteau, passed away Monday, May 6, 2002. She was a homemaker. She was born Aug. 6, 1919 in Palestine, Ark.
Survivors include one daughter, Patsy Smith of Poteau; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; numerous other relatives and loved ones; and a host of beloved friends.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 9 in Monroe Cemetery with the Rev. Jimmy D. Cook officiating, under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.



Linda Kay Massey
Linda Kay Massey, 43, of Spiro died Monday, June 10, 2002, in a local hospital. She was an assembly line worker for Whirlpool Corp. and a member of Mount Triumph Baptist Church, where she was an usher.
Funeral will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Spiro High School gym with burial at Fort Coffee Cemetery in Spiro under the direction of Rowell-Parish Mortuary of Fort Smith.
She is survived by her husband, Eric; a daughter, Latisha Massey of Fort Coffee, Okla.; three sons, Lavelle, Christopher and Eric, all of Fort Coffee; two stepdaughters, Talicia Richardson of Carrollton, Texas, and Marie Henderson of Hercules, Calif.; a stepson, Eric Triplett of Tulsa; four sisters, Bobbie Jo Lofton of Clarksville, Tenn., Opaline Bostic and Vanessa Caldwell, both of Fort Smith, and Lois Woods of Kansas City, Mo.; and 11 brothers, Kirk Phillips of Denison, Texas, Carl Chatman and Jerry Phillips, both of Fort Coffee, Okla., Gerald Chatman of Lawton, Okla., Charles, Fred and Delmar Phillips, all of Spiro, Harold Phillips of Modesto, Calif., Sammie and Brandon Phillips, both of Murry Spur, Okla., and Gary Phillips of Fort Smith.
Pallbearers will be Kirk, Sammy, Gary and Jerry Phillips, Dale Frazier and Kenny Gilkey.
The family will visit with friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.



Jessica Lynn Mattox
Jessica Lynn Mattox, 21, of Howe, passed away Sunday, Oct. 13, 2002, in Tulsa.
She was born Sept. 29, 1981 at Fort Smith to Dennis and Sherry (Keeney) Mattox. She was of the Assembly of God faith, loved to sing and dance, take pictures, be with kids, laugh and be happy.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Ashton Lynn Mattox; her paternal grandma and grandpa, C.J. and LaWassa Mattox; and maternal her grandpa, Donald Keeney.
Survivors include her parents of Howe; two brothers, Preston Mattox and Charley Mattox, both of Howe; maternal grandmother, Vickie Keeney of Hodgen; and maternal great-grandmother, Lucille Keeney of Plainview, Ark.



George Mavity
Services: Mon., May 20, 10 a.m.
On May 15th the Lord called home a great man and a pillar of the community, George Mavity. George contributed numerous hours to the Vineland and Arvin High School District in various programs and after school functions. George was involved with Boy Scout troop #620 for 22 years. He also served as Scoutmaster for numerous years while helping to develop the youth of the Lamont and Arvin area. George was employed with Kirschenmann Farms for 40 years. He has been retired for the past four years due to health problems. He loved his job as a farmer and working with the land and also the people he worked with and dealt with on a daily basis. He would not have changed anything for the world. George loved his family very much, and loved spending time with his five grandchildren. In his retirement he spent his time with his wife, Martha and his loved ones. George will be greatly missed by all.
George Henry Mavity was born in Clarendon, Arkansas, on October 12, 1938 to Henry Harrison Mavity and Georgia Marie Mavity, who preceded him in death. George was the eldest of 13 brothers and sisters. He graduated from Clarendon High School and enlisted in the United States Air force in July 1957. He married Martha Nell Jones on May 2, 1959 and was stationed at Little Rock Air Force base in Arkansas and finished his military term in Iceland. George and Martha moved to the Lamont and Arvin area in 1960, where he was employed by Kirschenmann Farms.
George left to grieve; his beloved wife Martha; daughter and son-in-law Deanna and Jimmy Black; son and daughter-in-law Dondi and Milissa Mavity; grandson Preston Black; granddaughters Cassandra Black, Shelby, Sydney and Baylee Mavity; sisters Alice Faye Nicholas, Peggy Gawad, Doris Midkiff, Barbara Mavity, Donna Dial and Virginia Mavity; brothers Jerry, Calvin and Johnny Mavity; and numerous nieces and nephews.
George was loved by all and although he is gone from our presence, he will continue to live forever in our hearts and memories.
Arrangements by Hopsons of Lamont. Viewing Sunday, May 19th, from 1:00pm-7:00pm. Service at Arvin Cemetery, Monday, May 20th, at 10:00 am.



Emma Jean Maxie
Emma Jean Maxie, 66, of Panama, passed away Thursday, Sept. 26, 2002, in Heavener. She was born Feb. 19, 1936.
Survivors include three daughters, Donna Sue Maxie, Rosa Leah Hirlinger and Anna Mae Smedley; one son, James Maxie Jr.; and several grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were at noon Monday, Sept. 30 under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Spiro.



Jim McCarson
Jim McCarson, 75, of Bear Hollow Road, died Sunday, February 26, 1995, in a Fort Smith hospital. A retired minister, he pioneered churches in Shady Point and Rock Island. He also was a farmer and a member of Rock Island Full Gospel Church.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. today at White Bluff Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood.
He is survived by his wife, Verva; a daughter, Barbara Reeves of Bear Hollow Road; a son, Carlos, of Pocola; a sister, Dora Jackson, of Seattle, Washington; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.



Charles William McCartney
Charles William McCartney, 78, of Heavener, passed away Friday, Oct. 11, 2002. He was born July 19, 1924 at Red Oak to William and Nora (Honea) McCartney.
He was retired from the Navy, from teaching and was a Methodist preacher. He preached in several local churches such as Rocky Point United Methodist, Hodgen, Howe and Red Oak.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Wanda McCartney.
Survivors include two sons, Raymond Ellis Campbell McCartney of Oklahoma City and Ellis Campbell McCartney of London, England; two brothers, Gene McCartney of Edmond and Leon McCartney of Mexico; five grandchildren; and many beloved family and friends.
Memorial services are pending. Cremation services are under the direction of Grace Manor Funeral Home of Poteau.



Wanda Wilhelmina McCartney
Wanda Wilhelmina McCartney, 91, of Heavener, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002. She was born Sept. 29, 1910 at Yuma, Ariz. to Walter and Easter (Latzke) Wilson. She married Charles William McCartney on Dec. 12, 1951 in San Diego, Calif. She was of the Methodist faith.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her husband of the home; and one brother, Larry Wilson; and many beloved friends and family.
No services are planned at this time. Creation services are under the direction of Grace Manor Funeral Home of Poteau.



Paula Kay McCawley
Paula Kay McCawley, 63, of Talihina passed away Monday, Aug. 19, 2002, in Poteau. She was born Aug. 1, 1939 at Oklahoma City to Frank and Lavern Crider-McCawley. she was a member of the Talihina Church of Christ and lived most of her life in the Talihina area.
She was preceded in death by her mother.
Survivors include her father; one sister, Pamela Perry; and one brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Debbie McCawley Jr., all of Talihina; two nephews, Justin McCawley and James Perry; one niece, Melisa McCawley; and numerous relatives and friends.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22 at the Talihina Church of Christ with Frank McCawley Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at the New Talihina City Cemetery under the direction of Talihina Funeral Home.



Harvey McClain
Harvey McClain, 79, of Panama, passed away Friday, April 12, 2002, in Talihina. He was born April 13, 1922 in Calhoun to Lewis and Minnie (Newcomb) McClain.
He was a farmer and served in the United States Army where he received a Purple Heart, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with two stars, Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal and American Theater Service Award.
Survivors include two sons, Lewis F. McClain of Yale and Mitcheal McClain of Buck Creek; one daughter, Kay Wagnor of Pocola; two brothers, Eugene McClain of Sapulpa and Alfred McClain of Dewey; one sister, Lily Rainey of Sapulpa; two grandchildren, Harvey McClain of Buck Creek and Denise Wagnor of Pocola.
Services were at 10 a.m. Monday, April 15 at Grace Manor Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Rick Snyder officiating. Cremation followed. Arrange-ments are under the direction of Grace Manor Funeral Home of Poteau.



Betty McCollum
TULSA, Okla. - Betty "Tiney" McCollum, 72, of Tulsa, Okla., died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, in Hartford. She was a member of St. Thomas Moore Catholic Church in Tulsa and the widow of Hugh L. "Mac" McCollum.
Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Hartman under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home of Clarksville.
She is survived by one daughter, Gloria Snider of Hartford; two sons, Phillip of Chicago, Ill. and Daniel of St. Charles, Ill.; four sisters, Vera Stewart of Arlington, Texas, Jeanette Kendall and Bernice Hubbard, both of Tulsa, Okla. and Evelyn Clough of North Little Rock; two brothers, Danny Oberste of Sallisaw and Mickey Oberste of Tulsa, Okla.; seven grandchildren, David Snider of Fort Smith, Dennis Snider of Waukesha, Wis., Laura Hicks of Waldron, Katie Snider of Hartford, and Sarah, Matthew and Patrick McCollum, all of St. Charles, Ill.; and two great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Gary and Dennis Clough, Rick and Mark Oberste, Tim Hardin and Steve Hubbard.



Lula McCurtain
Lula McCurtain, 75, of Spiro, passed away Friday, April 19, 2002 in Fort Smith. She was born April 15, 1927 in Fort Coffee to Lace and Magnolia Shoate Griffith.
She was the mother of her church Faith Temple Church of God in Murry Spur and a deaconess of the church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Albert Alphonso McCurtain; one son, Lace McCurtain; one daughter, Muriel Phillips; four sisters; and one brother.
Survivors include five sons, John McCurtain, Ocie McCurtain, Alphonso McCurtain and Rickey McCurtain, all of Spiro and Paul McCurtain of Tulsa; three sisters, Ester Lee, Emma Chambers of Spiro and Viola Eubanks of California; a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at the Spiro School Gym. Burial will follow at Fort Coffee Cemetery under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Spiro.



Bass McGuire
STIGLER - Bass Little McGuire, 101, of Stigler died Wednesday, Sept. 11 2002, in Stigler. He was a farmer and operated a store and filling station, worked as a peace officer in various positions in Stigler and Oklahoma State Prison in McAlester, was undersheriff for six years and was elected sheriff of Haskell County in 1953. He was the widower of Valma Hunter McGuire.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Friday at Mallory Funeral Home Chapel in Stigler with burial at Garland Cemetery in Stigler.
He is survived by a daughter, Norma Hassler of Waco, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Steve Hart, Connie, Ronnie, Kenneth and John McGuire, Bob and Estel Reavis and Clinton Garland.



Rebecca Lea McKinney
48, died Saturday, April 7, 2001 at Latimer County Hospital in Wilburton. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Old Bokoshe Cemetery with the Rev. Clyde Johnson officating. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Waldrop Funeral Home of Wilburton. She was born March 9, 1953, In Carlsbad, NM. The daugther of Imogene Martin McKinney and Garland P. McKinney. Survivors include her Mother, a brother Paul McKinney of Wilberton, sister and brother-in-law, Sharon And Frankie Funk of Carlsbad NM. Also, several nieces, nephews, grat-nieces and grate-nephews and numerous aunt and Uncles. She was preceded in death by her Father, Garland McKinney.



Eulus Mecom
Poteau-Eulus S. Mecom, 82, of Poteau died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000, in Tulsa. He was retired from McDonald Douglas after 40 years.
Funeral service will be 3 p.m. today in Evans Chapel of Memories in Poteau with burial at Shady Point Cemetary in Shady Point.
He is survived by three sisters, Vera Watson of Poteau, Jean Goldsborough of Spiro and Margie Rogers of Lead Hill, Ariz.; and two brothers, J.C. of Tucson, Ariz. and Robert of Tulsa.



Hazel Melton
STIGLER - Hazel Melton, 70, of Stigler died Monday, Sept. 9, 2002, in Stigler.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Stigler City Cemetery under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Stigler.
She is survived by her husband, Loyd; three daughters, Sandra E. Melton of Fort Smith, Rebecca Joyce Gilley of Pryor, Okla., and Tammy LouAnn Perkins of Muskogee, Okla.; five sons, Fred Merle and Lloyd J. Melton Jr., both of Muldrow, Steven Dale Melton of Van Buren, Michael Ervin Melton of Des Moines, Iowa, and Daniel Marcus Melton of Fort Smith; her mother, Ellie Irene Snow of Stigler; four sisters, Norma L. Derting of Stigler, Yvonne Williams, Maxine Wood and Sharon Parker, all of California; three brothers, Bobby Snow of Oklahoma, Mack Snow of Florida and Marcus Snow of California; several grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.



Pete Merchant
Bolivar "Pete" Merchant, 100, of Bentonville, Ark., died Monday, April 5, 1999, in Bentonville.
Graveside service is Wednesday, April 7, 1999, 10 a.m., at Ellis Chapel Cemetery in Wister. Rev. Clyde Steelman will officiate.
A former Wister resident, Merchant was born Oct. 26, 1898, in Baldwin, Miss. The family moved to Texas in his early years for a short period, then to Wister, Indian Territory, where he lived until he moved to Arkansas in 1983. He worked for the Rock Island Railroad, retiring after 30 years of employment.
He is survived by a stepson, Gene Justice of Georgia; three grandsons, five granddaughters, nine great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and two nieces; numerous other relatives and loved ones; a host of friends.
Merchant was preceded in death by his parents, Noah and Belle Lytal Merchant, wife Mae, three sons and one daughter, two brothers and two sisters.
Arrangments are under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home, Poteau.



Beulah Metcalf
HEAVENER - Beulah Metcalf, 87, of Heavner died Saturday, June 17, 2000, in Fort Smith. She was a member of First Baptist Church and the widow of Bill Metcalf.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church in Heavener with burial at Memorial Park in Heavener under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener.
She is survived by two daughters, Betty Farris of Pocola and Doris Emmert of Norman, Okla.; a son, Kenneth of Lawton, Okla.; a brother, Otis Johnson of Olivehurst, Calif.; seven grandchildren, Joyce Chappell, Tammy Womack, Brian and Jeff Farris, Jill Larcade, Lisa France and Cheryl Rothschild; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.



Carolyn Kaye Minner
Carolyn Kaye Minner, 50, of Fort Coffee, passed away Friday, Sept. 13, 2002. She was born Dec. 4, 1951 at Fort Coffee to Eddie Boyd and Onnie (Triplett) Minner. She taught school for 23 years in Spiro Upper Elementary School and was an active member of Macedonia Church of God in Fort Coffee. She was preceded in death by her father.
Survivors include two daughters, Destiny Phillips and Shannon Skyes of Fort Coffee; three sisters, Rita Louise Minner and Cynthia Minner, both of Topeka Kan. and Marvalene Minner of Fort Coffee; five brothers, Vanolies Minner and William V. Minner, both of Topeka, Kan., Mitchell Minner and David Minner, both of Fort Coffee and Boyd Minner Jr. of Corsicana, Texas; and her mother.
Family visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 at Mallory Chapel.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Spiro High School gym with the Rev. Terish Phillips officiating. Burial will follow in Fort Coffee Cemetery under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Spiro.



Carol Mize
Carol "Duke" Mize, 59, formerly of Latham community, passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2002, in Calumet. He was born Aug. 14, 1942 at Red Oak. He was active in Oklahoma Council of the Blind and Elective Committee of the Blind. He was a Christian who truly loved his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; five sisters; and twin sons.
Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Donna; two sons, Kenneth and Dylan Mize; one brother, Leon Mize and wife Marilyn of Spiro; and a host of family and friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, June 21 at the Rock of Restoration Church in Gary. Burial will follow in Rest Haven Memory Garden in Oklahoma City under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Spiro.



J.D. Mize
J.D. Mize, 80, of Poteau, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2002. He was born April 17, 1922 in LeFlore. He was a farmer and mechanic.
He was preceded in death by his wife Lillian (Long) Mize; two brothers, Lee Mize and Albert Jack Mize; one granddaughter, Rhonda Potter; a daughter-in-law, Joyce Mize; and a companion, Evelyn Scott.
Survivors include six sons and daughters-in-law, Roy and Wanda Mize of Whitesboro, Ted and Sue Mize of Purcell, Bill and Linda Mize of McKenzie, John David and Debbie Mize of Poteau, Kenneth and Aileene Mize of Blocker and Bobby and Cindi Mize of McAlester; three daughters and sons-in-law, Wilma and Jack Eslick and Wanda Perkins of Poteau, and Joyce and Mike Hill of Wister; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Flint and Linda Mize of Tennessee, Ted and Kathy Mize of Arizona and Jerry and Delia Mize of Louisiana; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Beatrice and Bill Long of Keota, Winifred and Mason Ivey of Whitesboro, Josephine and Avid Ray of Edmond and Rose Lea and Ron Keltner of Roff; 25 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones; and a host of beloved friends.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 at Evans Chapel of Memories in Poteau with the Rev. Jimmy D. Cook officiating. Burial will follow in Whitesboro Cemetery under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.
Pallbearers will be Shane Mize, Richard Jarman, Donnie Potter, Justin Mize, Brook Mize and Daniel Monks.
Honorary pallbearers will be Harvey Mize, Jimmy Hickman and Brian Hancock.



Sally Jane Mize
Funeral services for Sally Jane Mize were held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 6, 1981, at the Assembly of God Church in Panama, Oklahoma. Officiating were Reverend Allen Kersh, Reverend Harold Bates, Reverend Charles Denny, and Reverend Dan Kennedy.
Mrs. Mize, who passed away on November 3, 1981, was born November 12, 1901.
Her survivors include five daughters, three sons, four sisters, two brothers, twenty-one grandchildren, twenty-six great-grandchildren, three reat-great-grandchildren, and numerous other relatives and loved ones.
Interment was at Dog Creek Cemetery near Shady Point, Oklahoma, by Evans Funeral Home, Poteau, Oklahoma.



Leonard Haskell Monks
Leonard Haskell "Bill" Monks, 85, of Panama, died Friday, Nov. 10, 2000, in Spiro. He was born July 13, 1915, in Calhoun. Mr. Monks was a retired coal miner and a rancher. He was an avid outdoors person who loved to camp, fish, and hunt. He attended Panama Assembly of God Church and was a veteran of World War II. Mr. Monks was a Christian many, many years of the Pentecostal faith. He was concerned about his neighbors, and who didn't criticize other people; he tried to find good in everyone.
He was preceded in death by a son, Leo "Butch" Monks.
Survivors include his wife of 60 plus years, Eveline E. (Ward) Monks; sons and daughter-in-law, Leonard T. and Margaret Monks of Panama, and Larry Wayne Monks of Tulsa; daughter and son-in-law, Donna Sue and Ron Hunt of Hartshorne; three grandsons, David and wife Tammy of Duncan, Bradley and wife Jennifer of McAlester, and Kendall and wife Kelly of Panama; four great-grandsons; two sisters, Louise Rhode and Mary Fritz, both of Florida; and one brother, Leon Monks of Shady Point.
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 at Evans Chapel of Memories in Poteau with the Rev. Brian Smith and the Rev. Bryan Fouts officiating. Burial will follow in Greenhill Cemetery in Cameron under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.
Pallbearers will be Jack England, Carl Miller, Billy Joe



Freida Isabelle Moore
Freida Isabelle Moore, 99, of Spiro, passed away Monday, April 29, 2002, in Fort Smith. She was born March 10, 1903 in Spiro, Indian Territory to Jeff D. and Helen Isabelle (Hahn) Ward.
She was a retired schoolteacher, a member of the Eastern Star, Eagles Auxiliary, United Methodist Women and AAUW.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lyman "Sud" Moore; one sister, Maud Helene Skinner; and one brother, Jeff D. Ward.
Survivors include one brother, Martin J. Ward of Marshall, Mo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 2 at the United Methodist Church in Spiro with Dr. Jeff Lamp and Mr. Neal Perrin officiating. Burial will follow in Spiro City Cemetery under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Spiro.
Pallbearers will be Bud Cosgrove, Dale Stout, Sherman Cox, Jim Allen, Jerry Mann and Don Atkinson.



Neva Moore
SALLISAW - Neva M. Moore, 73, of Sallisaw died Saturday, July 27, 2002, in Fort Smith. She was retired from Sallisaw Central School cafeteria where she worked for more than 20 years. She was the widow of John Edmaond Moore and a Protestant.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday in Agent Funeral Home Chapel in Sallisaw with burial at Akins Cemetery northeast of Sallisaw.
She is survived by two daughters, Alice Hoyer of Oklahoma City and Terry Campbell of Salisaw; two sons, Johnny Dale Moore of Leon, Kan., and Curtis Moore of Sallisaw; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be grandsons: Todd and Zak Hoyer, Mark, Mackie, Matthew and John Curtis Moore and Dalton and Dayton Campbell.



Robert Morris
LEFLORE - Robert Richard Morris, 79, of Leflore died Wednesday, June 5, 2002, in Talhina, Okla. He was born Feb. 25, 1923. He served in the Army during World War II and was Methodist.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday at LeFlore Methodist Church with burial at Salem Cemetery in LeFlore under the direction of Talihina Funeral Home of Talihina, Okla.
He is survived by a sister, Mary Morris of Leflore; a brother, Leo Morris of Fort Smith; a nephew, Dale Morris; several great-nieces and nephews and several great-great-nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be James Melton, Daniel Adams, Joe Coley, Daniel Engal, David Gwen and Dale Morris Jr.



W.L. "Bud" Morrow
W.L. "Bud" Morrow, 72, of Heavener, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2002. He was a charter member and elder of the Heavener Christian Church, a 1947 graduate of Mena High School, graduated from Tyler Business School with a business and finance degree, played minor league baseball for the Lubbock Hubbers, drafted in the U.S. Army in 1950 and was a veteran of the Korean Conflict. He had been a resident of Heavener since 1954 where he owned and operated several businesses. He was a retired member of the Heavener Volunteer Fire Dept., serving from 1961 to 1981. He served on the Heavener Utility Authority and the Heavener City Council, and served on the Board of Directors of the First National Bank.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Landers and Oren Morrow; one brother, Robert Morrow; and one sister, June Morrow.
Survivors include his wife Fawn, whom he married June 11, 1952 in Fort Huachuca, Ariz.; one daughter, Susan Powell of Heavener; two sons, Jeff of Tulsa and Robin of Poteau; his stepmother, Pauline Morrow of Mena Ark.; two sisters, Marsha Costner and Delbra Hosley, both of Fort Smith; one brother, Virgil Morrow of Greenwood, Ark.; six grandchildren, Amanda, Weston, Corey, DaLynn, Zachary and John.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 at Heavener Christian Church. Burial will follow in Pinecrest Cemetery in Mena, Ark. under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener.
Pallbearers will be the retired members of the Heavener Volunteer Fire Dept.
Memorials may be made to the Heavener Christian Church.



Helen Moyer
MULDROW - Helen Fargo Moyer, 94, of Muldrow died Sunday, July 21, 2002, in Roland. She was born Dec. 12, 1907, in Muldrow. She was a waitress, worked in aircraft business during World War II and was a Baptist.
Funeral will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Agent Funeral Home Chapel in Muldrow with burial at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Muldrow.
She is survived by a sister, Evelyn Mize of Muldrow; three grandchildren, Ervin Grant Sellers of Gold Hill, Ore., Edward Sellers of Vancouver, Wash., and Cynthia Sellers of Shasta Lake, Calif.; and six great-grandchildren
Pallbearers will be Wilson and Doug Fargo, Larry Pate, Kevin Lubbe, Tyler Page and Tommy Click.
The body may be viewed 1 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.



Agnes Musser
Agnes Musser, 92, of Shady Point, passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2002, in Poteau. She was born Aug. 9, 1909 to Will and Annie (Smith Burnett in Poplar Bluff, Mo. She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include two daughters, Jan Pulice of Panama and Donna Clouse of Shady Point; one sister, Ruby Mauro of Poteau; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
A private graveside service was held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 28 in the Heavener Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. Kevin Fitzgerald officiating, under the direction of Grace Manor Funeral Home of Poteau.



Kaitlin Myers
Kaitlin Myers, 1 year and 8 months old, of Panama, passed away Thursday, Sept. 26, 2002, in Pryor. She was born Jan. 18, 2001 at Fort Smith.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather, James T. Myers Jr.
Survivors include her parents, James and Taunya Myers of Panama; her mother, Elizabeth Strunk of Fort Smith; grandparents, Cheryl and Kenny Moss of Panama, Rebecca Rose of Pocola and Monica Saunders of Fort Smith; three aunts, eight uncles; numerous other relatives and loved ones; and a host of beloved friends.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 at Macedonia Cemetery in Pocola with Pastor Bob officiating, under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Pocola.



Raymond M. Neal
Raymond M. Neal, 82, of Brooken, passed away Saturday, July 6, 2002. He was born June 27, 1920 to Ira Neal and Roxie (Westbrook) Neal. He grew up and received his education in Brooken. He began a career in construction that spanned his entire working life until his retirement. He was married to Freda Bryant and made their home together until her death in 1995.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one daughter, Rita Archey; three sons, Ray Neal; and two infant sons.
Survivors include one son, Bruce Neal of Chouteau; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Almus "Sug" McKinney of Brooken and June Tinsley of Oklahoma City; one brother, Melvin "Buddy" Neal of Stigler.
Services were at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 9 at Faith Community Church with the Revs. Bill and Mary Fitzer officiating. Burial will follow at Brooken Cemetery under the direction of King & Shearwood Funeral Home of Stigler.
Pallbearers will be Tim Neal, Kirk Archey, Robert Whitecotton, James Waddle, Jim McKinney and Ray Badley.



Dorothy Neeley
HEAVENER - Dorothy E. Neeley, 75, of Heavener died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, at her home. She was a homemaker and the widow of Ben Edward Neeley. She was a member of Springhill Baptist Church in Monroe.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Springhill Baptist Church in Monroe with burial at Springhill Cemetery in Monroe under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.
She is survived by four sons, Curtis Eugene Neeley of Heavener, Troy Edward Neeley and Harold Paul Neeley, both of San Jacinto, Calif., and Alfred Dean Neeley of Wister; one brother, Roland Ridenour of Wister; numerous grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.



Zoe L. Newman
Zoe L. Newman, 88, of Poteau, passed away Friday, Aug. 30, 2002. She was born Nov. 22, 1913 in Atlanta, Mich. She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, a piano and organ teacher, church organist and pianist, a lifelong resident of Michigan until moving to Poteau in January 2001.
Survivors include one daughter, Jane Kilgore of Poteau; one son, Richard Newman of Bridgeport, Mich.; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; numerous other relatives and loved ones; and a host of beloved friends.
No local services are scheduled.



Samuel Joseph Nickles
Samuel Joseph "Sam" Nickles, 24, of Zafra passed away Friday, July 12, 2002. He was born Oct. 13, 1977 in Mena, Ark. He was a truck driver by profession, a loving father, son and nephew.
Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Johnnie and Hugh Edwards of Zafra; two sons, Austin Nickles and Dakota Nickles, both of Zafra; one uncle and aunt, Lloyd and Ruth Self of Mena; one aunt, Joyce Ann Dunn of Poteau; one cousin, Renee Veal of Mena; and a host of other family and friends.
Services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 15 in the Zafra Church of Christ with Riley Donica officiating. Burial followed at noon in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Big Fork, under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.
Pallbearers were Danny Hall, Steve Bradley, Kevin Taylor, Steven Self, Brandon Veal and Jerry Hopper.
Honorary pallbearers were Ron Rogers and Wayne Hall.



Jimmye Thelma (McCullar) Nixon
Jimmye Thelma (McCullar) Nixon, 85, passed away Friday, Nov. 9, 2001, in Houston, Texas. She was born June 16, 1916 in Bokoshe to Alonza T. and Minnie McCullar. She was raised in Bokoshe and graduated from high school in 1931 at the age of 15. She married Robert Elsworth Nixon in 1935. They moved to Tulsa in 1946 where they made their home until illness forced her to move to Houston to be closer to her sons. In Tulsa, she worked as an office administrator for Tillman Transfer and Storage; she then retired from the Downtown Warehouse Co. She joined White City Baptist Church (now Braden Park Baptist Church) in 1947 and was a very active member having participated in all phases of church life.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years on April 19, 1984.
Survivors include her sons, Billy P. Nixon and wife Anita and Terry A. Nixon, all of Houston; grandchildren, Pamela S. Anderson, Robert P. Nixon, Brett A. Nixon, and Kathryn D. Nixon; her great-grandchildren, Tyler Anderson, Trisha A. Anderson and Ryan P. Anderson; two sisters, Ruth Broome of Houston and Opal Tankesley of Bokohe; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the funeral home until 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15.
Services will be Thursday, Nov. 15 at 1 p.m. in the Braden Park Baptist Church with the Rev. Darryle DeBorde officiating. Burial will follow in Floral Haven Cemetery in Broken Arrow under the direction of Ninde Funeral Directors of Tulsa.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 6465 S. Yale, Tulsa, OK 74136.



Joe Nunn
Joe Donald Nunn, 53, of McCurtain died Monday, Feb. 18, 2002, in McCurtain.
Graveside service will be 11 a.m. today at Old Panther Cemetery in McCurtain under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Stigler.
He is survived by a daughter, Lora Wallace of Oklahoma City; five sisters, Betty Wilburn of Bell Creek, Mich., Mary Hartwick of Muskogee, Okla., Alice Harris of Okema, Barbara Smith of McAlester, Okla., and Edna Jackson of Arkoma; two brothers, Kenneth and David Nunn, both of McCurtain and one grandchild.
Pallbearers will be Russell Wallace, Barry Nunn, John Crelia, Darrell Nix, Sonny Mayhall and Donnie Lowe.



Dylan Gage Nuss
Dylan Gage Nuss, infant, passed away Monday, Aug. 19, 2002, in Poteau was born Monday, Aug. 19, 2002, at Poteau to Jason and Danielle (Schmidtke) Nuss.
He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Jewell and Bill Brown.
He is survived by his parents of the home; maternal grandparents, Julie and Danny Barcheers of Bentonville, Ark.; paternal grandparents, Norma and Butch Nuss of Bokoshe; maternal great-grandparents, Ruby and Buck Lockaby of Panama and Martha Carroll of Heavener; four uncles, Steven Barber of Lakeland, Fla., Mark Bridenbeck of Arkansas, Jeremy and Angel Nuss and Josh Nuss, all of Bokoshe; three aunts, Justine Woods of Bentonville, Ark. Jamica Nuss and Amy Nuss, both of Bokoshe; two great aunts, Tammie and Max Roberts of Heavener and Gail and George Swindle of Shady Point and many other beloved family.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23 in the Round Mountain Cemetery with the Rev. Frank Harris officiating, under the direction of Grace Manor Funeral Home of Poteau.



Michael Owen
POCOLA - Michael Wayne Owen, 27, of Pocola died Saturday, Sept. 21, 2002, in Fort Smith. He was born June 15, 1975, in Siloam Springs. He installed hardwood floors and was a member of Gold Wing Road Riders Association. Memorial service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Solid Rock Nazarene Church in Rock Island with committal service at 2:30 p.m. at Westville Cemetery in Westville, Okla., under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Pocola.
He is survived by his wife, Christel; his father, James Owen of Cameron, his mother and stepfather, Rose Mary and Joe Newman of Fort Smith; three brothers, Jeremy and Travis Owen, both of Cameron, and Brandon Owen of Fort Smith; and paternal grandmother, Annie Owen of Cameron.
Pallbearers will be J.R., Jeremy, Travis and Melvin Owen and Joe and Jim Newman.
The family will visit with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.



Nettie Jane Owens
POTEAU - Nettie Jane Owens, 96, of Poteau died Saturday, Nov. 18, 2000, in Poteau. She was a homemaker and the widow of W.C. Owens and Willard Bodam.
Funeral will be 9:30 a.m. Monday in the Evans & Miller Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Poteau with burial at 2:30 p.m. at Oaklawn Cemetery in Sulphur, Okla.



Charles Parker
TULSA - Charles "C.O." Parker, 59, of Tulsa died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2001. He was born April 16, 1942, in Shady Point. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War and worked many years for Arab Pest Control. Graveside service was held Monday at Fort Gibson National Cemetery under the direction of Rose Hill Funeral Home of Tulsa. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; four daughters, Tracy Plaza of Las Vegas, Cindy Brown of Dallas, Marsha Gifford and Rhonda McCreary, both of Tulsa; four sons, Chris Parker of Owasso, Okla., Jeff Parker of Eufaula, Okla., Donald and William Gough, both of Tulsa; his mother, Fannabel Moody of Tulsa; two sisters, Lorene Steinhouse of Tulsa and Irene Crane of Fort Smith; and 13 grandchildren. Cynthia Minner, Rita Minner, Cathy Lee and Shona Black.



Robert Partain
SPIRO - Robert James Partain, 63, of Spiro died Monday, Jan. 10, 2000, in a Fort Smith hospital. He was a graduate from Logan School of Chiropractic in St. Louis.
Memorial service will be Friday in Jackson, Miss. Local arrangements are by Mallory Funeral Home of Spiro.
He is survived by one son, Jason Partain of Spiro; his mother, Esther Partain of Jackson, Miss.; four sisters, Julia Davis of Houston, Evelyn Nuby of Austin, Texas, Ellen Hux of Jackson, Miss., and Audry Berry of McGee, Miss., and three brothers, Tom Partain of San Antonio, Roland Partain of Memphis, Tenn., and John Partain of Spiro.



Clifford Payne
HEAVENER - Clifford "Don" Payne, 72, of Heavener died Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2002, in his home. He retired from railroad construction, worked for Burnett Lumber Company and Tyson Foods and a member of Petros Baptist Church.
Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Friday at Maxey Cemetery in Wister under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener.
He is survived by his wife, Frances; two daughters, Marie and Tammy, both of Eakly, Okla.; five sons, Kevin of Spiro, Donnie of Summerfield, James, Joe and David, all of Eakly, Okla.; two sisters, Evelyn Poor of Weatherford, Okla., and Ruth Cozby of Eufaula, Okla.; 20 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.



Ruth Perkins
RYE HILL - Ruth Perkins, 62, of Rye Hill died Wednesday, April 10, 2002, in her home. She was retired from Trane after working 32 years and was of the Assembly of God faith.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Woodlawn Memorial Park Chapel with burial at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Fort Smith under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood.
She is survived by her husband, Bobby; her mother, Ophelia Blair of Panama; a sister, Mary Blair of Panama; and a brother, Austin Alvin Blair of Bartlesville, Okla.
The body may be viewed 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.



Barbara Petersen
STIGLER - Barbara Rene "Holt" "Berry" Petersen, 62, of Stigler died Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2002, in Stigler.
Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Friday at Siloam Cemetery in McCurtain under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Stigler.
She is survived by three daughters, Barbara Jo Holt and Darla Jean McGee, both of Oklahoma City, and Angela Devine Blackwell of Stigler; three sons, Eldon Eugene Holt of Oklahoma City, Frank Joe Berry Jr. of Eufaula, Okla., and Jackie Ray Berry of Stillwater; two sisters, Laura McDonald of California and Mary Ford of Lequire; a brother, Jackie Holt of Quinton, Okla.; and 18 grandchildren.



Kathryn Welton Pettijohn
STIGLER - Kathryn Welton Pettijohn, 83, of Stigler died Saturday, Nov. 18, 2000, in Oklahoma City. She was a longtime member of Women's Federated Clubs and a former state office holder. She was a member of Stigler First United Methodist Church and Methodist Church choir.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Stigler First United Methodist Church with burial at Stigler City Cemetery under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Stigler.
She is survived by two daughters, Peggy Patterson of Owasso, Okla., and Janie Moroz of Oklahoma City; two sisters, Mary Summerill of Irving, Texas, and Dorothy Fletcher of Sumner, Wash.; four grandchildren, Roger and Randy Patterson, Katie Overton and Chris Moroz; and one great-grandchild.
Pallbearers will be Tony Eastmond, Carl and Larry Godfey, Linus G. Williams, Ray Bond and Larry Bibee.
Viewing will be at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society or the Stigler Methodist Church Choir.



Minnie V. Pipkins
Minnie V. Pipkins, 86, of Spiro, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2002, in Pocola. She was born May 5, 1916 at Pocola to Manuel and Annie Mae Lane Ridenour. She was a retired salesperson from Cowan Jewelry. She was a member of the Murray Spur Free Will Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ralph Pipkins; one son, Billy Ralph Pipkins; and four brothers.
Survivors include one daughter, Mary Williams and husband Buddy of Pocola; one brother, Ide Ridenour and wife Hazel of Spiro; two grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 at the Murry Spur Free Will Baptist Church with the Rev. C.L. Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in Macedonia Cemetery under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Spiro.



Jack D. Powell, M.D.
Jack D. Powell, M.D., 65, of West Monroe, La. passed away Friday, May 3, 2002. He was born May 8, 1936 in Hominy.
He served as Associate Professor of Medicine at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine of Shreveport. He served in the Oklahoma National Guard from 1963 to 1971 and practiced medicine in Poteau from 1963 to 1971. He was also an active member in the United Methodist Church serving as a trustee for the First United Methodist Church of Poteau and St. Stephen's United Methodist Church in Broken Arrow. Most recently he was a member of the McGuire United Methodist Church in West Monroe, La. He was an avid sportsman, especially enjoying fishing, hunting and skeet shooting.
He was a loyal alumnus of the University of Oklahoma, a fan of both its academic and athletic programs.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Delbert and Ida Ma Powell.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Judy; three daughters, Lorrie Hayes and her husband Jim Hayes of Southlake, Texas, Terri Powell of Brooklyn, N.Y., Mary Susan Powell of Washington, D.C.; three grandchildren, Arrington, Ansley and Madison Hayes; three brothers, Terry Powell and his wife Joan of Claremore, Gale Powell and his wife Kay of Cleveland and John Powell of Tulsa; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 7. A memorial services will be held at a later date in West Monroe, La. at the McGuire United Methodist Church.
Burial will follow at Woodland Cemetery under the direction of Chapman-Black Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the McGuire United Methodist Church Building Fund, The Glenwood Regional Medical Center Hospice of West Monroe, La. or a charity of one's choice.



Charles Vincent Powell Jr.
Charles Vincent Powell Jr., 31, of Oklahoma City, died Monday, Sept. 2, at Norman Regional Hospital. Services were Tuesday at Memorial Chapel Funeral Chapel in Noble with the Rev. Mike Garner officiating. Burial will be at Blackburn Cemetery in Norman.
Mr. Powell was born July 15, 1971, in Oklahoma City, to Charles and Rita Ann (Willingham) Powell Sr. He lived at the Cerebral Palsy Center for Adults in Oklahoma City. He enjoyed listening to country and western music, especially Elvis Presley, watching movies and visiting with family and friends.
Mr. Powell was preceded in death by his mother; maternal grandfather, Ernest Willingham; and paternal grandparents, Charles and Faye Powell.
Mr. Powell is survived by his father, of Oklahoma City; sisters, Donna Willmon, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and Carla Powell of Moore; maternal grandparents, Leroy Louise Clinkenbeard of Norman; and many other family members.
Bearers will be Darrell and Harold Standridge, Steve Clinkenbeard, Justin Niedell, Richard Gholson and Don Conn.



Clyde Price
TULSA - Clyde Price, 89, of Tulsa died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2000. He worked as a bookkeeper for many years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Tulsa.
Funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday in Floral Haven Funeral Home Chapel of Broken Arrow, Okla.
He is survived by his wife, Bridget; two daughters, Martha McGinnis of Tulsa and Maryn Goodson of Bethesda, Md.; one son, Larry C. Price of Fort Smith; 16 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army.



Harold Pulis Sr
POTEAU - Harold H. Pulis Sr., 89, of Poteau died Sunday, June 18, 2000, in Fort Smith. He was a retired carpenter and member of the Presbyterian church.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Evans Chapel of Memories in Poteau with burial at Free Will Cemetery in Red Star. A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday.
He is survived by his wife, Mary; four sons, Bobby of Alma, Bill of Fayetteville, Roy of Athens, Texas and Harold Jr. of Winfield, Kan.; one brother, John of Grove, Okla.; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.



Christine Ramsey
Christine Ramsey, 70, of Whitesboro, passed away Monday, Aug. 19, 2002. She was born Feb. 4, 1932 at Lodi to Walter and Clara Solomon Southard. She attended Cameron High School. She worked at Nu Beauty Shoppe in 1957 to 1978 and then worked in home health. She married Jimmy Gordon Ramsey on March 17, 1960 in McAlester. They celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2000. She enjoyed hunting fishing, crafts and reading, she deeply loved her husband and children. She was a member of the Whitesboro Baptist Church and the WMU. She was a devoted Christian who loved her Lord.
She was preceded in death by her parents; father-in-law and mother-in-law, John W. "Bill" and Pearl Ramsey; two sisters, Beatrice Cates and Ruby Lardi; and a foster daughter, Irene Godsby.
Survivors include her husband of the home; one daughter and son-in-law, Debra and Jack Davis of Talihina; one son and daughter-in-law, the Rev. Norman "Chuck" and Charlene Shilling of Maysville; two grandchildren and their spouses, Norman Charles and Andrea Shilling Jr. of Indianapolis, and Robin and Will Grimes of Fort Worth; three great-grandchildren, Autumn an Stephen Shilling and Madelyn Grimes; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Gene and Bobby Southard of Oak Dale Calif. and Jack and Lois Southard of Red Oak; brothers-in-law, Bobbie Cates of Kerman, Calif. and Joe Lardi of Hartshorne; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Stanley Lynn and Billy Sue Ramsey of Oglesby, Texas; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins; and her many friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23 at the Whitesboro Baptist Church with the Revs. Darrow Sanders, Mark O. Shelton and Norman "Chuck" Shilling officiating. Burial will follow at the Whitesboro Cemetery under the direction of Talihina Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be her nephews, David Morgan, Jackie Lee Lewis, Sherman Southard, Don Southard, Charlie Southard, Gerald Ramsey, Kenneth Campbell and Kenny Ramsey.



Anthony Raunikar
Anthony Christopher Raunikar, 38, of Poteau, passed away Sunday, Sept. 22, 2002. He was born Aug. 24, 1964 at Hartshorne to Paul and Patsy Raunikar. He married Kasondra Battershell on May 10, 1997 in Marshall, Ark. He was of the Catholic faith and a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Wilburton, a member of the Lions Club in Poteau, a member of the Oklahoma Optomeric Association and a graduate of the College of Optometry at Northeastern State College in Tahlequah. He had a practice in both Wilburton and Poteau.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather and maternal grandfather.
Survivors include his wife of the home; two daughters, Madeline Rose Raunikar and Amelia Grace Raunikar, both of the home; his parents of Wilburton; paternal grandmother, Mary Raunikar of Wilburton, maternal grandmother, Della Christopher of Adamson; two brothers, Ronald Raunikar of Madison, Wis. and Laurence Raunikar of Wilburton; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Tammy and Mark Roye of Wilburton and Theresa Raunikar of Los Angeles, Calif.; one nephew, Jared Roye of Wilburton and two nieces, April Roye and Jill Roye, both of Wilburton.
Rosary/Wake service will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25 at the Waldrop Funeral Home Chapel with Father Chris Daigle officiating.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Wilburton. Burial will follow in the Elmwood Cemetery in Hartshorne under the direction of Waldrop Funeral Home of Wilburton.
Pallbearers will be Dr. Kelly Watkins, Dr. Randy Ennen, Dr. Lance Brown, Michael Berryhill, Dr. John Rauniker and Nils Raunikar.
Honorary pallbearers will be Ronald Raunikar, Laurence Rauniker and Mark Roye.



Robert E. "Butch" Ray
Robert E. "Butch" Ray, 51, of Wister, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002. He was born July 6, 1951 in Wister. He was a small engine mechanic, and an avid hunter and fisherman.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Buddy and Bertha Ray; and one brother, Junior Ray.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Christy and Jason Curtis of Ponca City; one step daughter, Shyla Williams of Ponca City; one grandson, Chandler Curtis of Ponca City; two step grandsons, Trent and Jayse of Ponca City; one step granddaughter, Ciara of Ponca City; one sister and brother-in-law, Ayline and Junior Welch of Oklahoma City; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Leon and Audrey Ray of Texarkana, Texas; Cecil and Bonna Ray, Jerry and Annette Ray and Cotton and Marilyn Ray, all of Wister; numerous nieces, nephews; other relatives and loved ones; and a host of beloved friends.
Service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 at Ellis Chapel Church in Wister with the Rev. Jack Covey officiating. Burial will follow in Ellis Chapel Cemetery in Wister under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.



Elbert Rayford Sr
SPIRO - Elbert Rayford Sr., 59, of Spiro died Thursday, July 25, 2002, in a local nursing home. He was a retired steel mill worker in Chicago. Funeral will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Ninth Street Missionary Baptist Church in Fort Smith with burial at Fort Coffee Cemetery in Fort Coffee under the direction of Rowell-Parish Mortuary of Fort Smith. He is survived by his wife, Pearl of Chicago; his companion, Ernestine Phillips of Fort Smith; three daughters, Latasha and Jacqueline Rayford, both of Chicago, and Clara Owens of Maywood, Ill.; two sons, Freeman and Elbert Jr., both of Chicago; his father, Walter Jones of Spiro; six sisters, Odella Crudup of Heavener, Gwen Blocker of Poteau, Roberta Douglas of Illinois, Petra Long of Spiro and Rena and Madora Rayford, both of California; four brothers, John, Sidney and Frank Rayford, all of Illinois, and Henry Jones of Fort Smith; and several grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Frederick and Eddie Cobb, Johnny Sparks, Tyronzo Blocker, Isaac Poole and Michael Kelly.



Madelene L. Remer
CARLILE COMMUNITY, Okla. - Madelene L. Remer, 81, of the Carlile Community, Okla., died Sunday, Nov. 19, 2000, in Okmulgee, Okla. She was a homemaker, attended Round Mountain Community Church west of Vian and was the widow of Ed Remer.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Gore Cemtery in Gore under the direction of Agent Funeral Home of Sallisaw.
She is survived by six daughters, Pearl LuAnne Bennett and Jewell Jean Turner, both of Inola, Okla., Sandra Kay Brockman of Vian, Marie Annette (Susie) Remer of Tulsa, Virgie Chandler of Muskogee, Okla., and Sue Carlile of Tahlequah, Okla.; four sons, James Edward Remer and Neal Allyn Remer, both of Vian, Charles Edwin Remer of Okmulgee and Woody David Remer of Kellyville, Okla.; one sister, Geneva Remer of Vian; two brothers, Paul Ingle of Granbury, Texas, and Mike Ingle of Sacramento, Calif.; one half-brother, Alec Ingle of Wichita Falls, Texas; several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Joseph and Clayton Bennett, Wade, Bradley and Joshua Remer and Shannon and Christopher Barnes.



Donnie Ray Riggs II
Donnie Ray Riggs II, 22, of Monroe, passed away Thursday, July 4, 2002. He was born Feb. 26, 1980, in Indio, Calif. He was a cook at Mona Lisa Restaurant. He loved life and was a free spirit, living life to its fullest.
He loved Harley Davidson motorcycles.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Frank and Dorothy Dellamedaglia and Cratus and Fern Riggs.
Survivors include his parents, Donnie and Phyllis Riggs of the home; two sisters, Katrina Casados of Westville and Danielle Riggs-Johnson of Meadville, Pa.; four nephews, David and Kruz Casados, Griffin Johnson and MahrKi Johnson; five aunts, Hazel Woods of Monroe, Mildred Conaway of Witcherville, Ark., Mrs. Jack (Sue) Murphy of Guys Mills, Pa., Karen Dellamedaglia of Meadville, Pa. and Shirley Pryor of Pocola; four uncles, Kenneth Riggs of Sallisaw, Dean Riggs of Disney, Charles Hurley of Spiro and Keith Dellamedaglia of Meadville, Pa.; numerous other relatives and loved ones; and a host of beloved friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 9 at Evans Chapel of Memories in Poteau with Dennis Conaway and the Rev. Jim Cook officiating. Burial will follow in Monroe Cemetery under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.



Mary Lois (Loisy) Risenhoover
SALLISAW - Mary Lois (Loisy) Risenhoover, 68, of Sallisaw died Saturday, Nov. 18, 2000, in Muskogee, Okla. She was a sales clerk and a 1950 graduate of Sallisaw High School.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Agent Funeral Home Chapel in Sallisaw with burial at Sallisaw City Cemtery in Sallisaw.
She is survived by two daughters, Edwina Earlene Smith and Lisa Jo Nimmo, both of Sallisaw; one son, Edwain Earl Risenhoover of Glencoe, Okla.; her mother, Minnie Elsie Reed of Sallisaw; three sisters, Marian Doris Goodwin of Cherokee, Okla., Erma Merrill of Sallisaw and Margaret Annward of Broken Arrow, Okla.; one brother, George Doyle Reed of Sallisaw; three grandchildren, Stacy LaRae Sweeney and Lindsey Jo Nimmo, both of Sallisaw, and Steven Keith Tubbs of Phoenix; and one great-grandchild.



Rachel Risenhoover
Rachel Risenhoover, 16, of Quinton, Oklahoma, died Saturday, October 16, 1999, in McAlester, Oklahoma. She was born July 24, 1983, in Poteau, Oklahoma. She was a Stigler High School junior and a member of the FFA.
She is survived by her father, Kenneth Risenhoover, of Stigler; her mother, Kathy (Cox) Spradley, of Stigler; one brother, Travis Risenhoover, of Stigler; her maternal grand-father, Carrol Cox, of Blair; and her great-grandmother, Louise Card, of Greenville, Mississippi.
Services will be at 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 19, in the Stigler High School gym with burial in Antioch Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Brock Smith, Matt Simpson, Brandon Powell, Trey Jonson, Tony Colwell, Chad Hvamsted, Roland Johnson, Brian Bell, Scotty Colwell, Robert Adams, and Jared Thompson.
Reverend Odes Faries and Reverend Bill Fitzer will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home, Stigler, Oklahoma.



Harry Ray Rogers
Harry Ray Rogers, 79, of Grand Junction, passed away Monday, Aug. 5, 2002.
He was born Sept. 11, 1922 at Fort Smith to Harry Carl and Allie Mae Rogers.
He spent his childhood in Poteau and graduated from Poteau High School in 1942. He retired from the postal service in 1976. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge since 1953. He was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons and progressed to Royal Arch Masons of California. He met Evelyn Barron on a blind date and married her four years later on July 1, 1950. They were married for 52 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Blanche.
Survivors include his wife of the home; one son and daughter-in-law, Alan and Sandra Rogers of Grand Junction; one daughter, Beth Rogers of Erie, Colo.; three grandchildren, Kristen Toll of Erie and Jared and Carsyn Rogers of Grand Junction.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society of Colorado.



Kenneth Edwin Rogers
Kenneth Edwin Rogers, 79, of Heavener, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 11 2002, in Fort Smith. He was a longtime resident of Heavener, a member of the First Baptist Church, a member of the United Transportation Union, a veteran of World War II and a retired brakeman from the Kansas City Southern Railroad.
Survivors include his wife Mary of the home; one son, Lowell Rogers and wife Sandra of Owasso; a good friend, Hazel Evans; one sister, Sue Edmunds of Heavener; one brother, Allan Rogers of Tulsa; and two grandchildren, Ashley and Kimberle.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 at First Baptist Church of Heavener. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener.



Roy Rogers
Roy Rogers, 59, of Poteau, passed away Saturday, Aug. 31, 2002, in Hodgen. He was born April 27, 1943 in Bokoshe. He was a member of the Spiro Assembly of God, and had worked 17 years of Spider Webb Motor Company, driving a wrecker.
Survivors include his wife Joyce of the home; one son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Sandra Rogers of Poteau; one daughter, Shauna Rogers of Poteau; three brothers, Fred Loftis of Great Bend, Kan., Gene Loftis of Golden, Mo. and Jack Rogers of Poteau; two grandsons, Jeffrey and Justin; four stepsons, Jim Knobelsdorff of Spiro, Bobby Knobelsdorff of Poteau, Jerry Hiff of Dallas, Texas and Stanley Hiff of Middlesboro, Ky.; six step grandchildren, Jesse, Dana, Daniel, Jessica, Vallerie and Cristi; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones; and a host of beloved friends.
Services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3 at Evans Chapel of Memories in Poteau with the Rev. Robert Hill officiating. Burial followed at Vaughn Cemetery in Gilmore under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.



Peggy Jo Roop
Peggy Jo "Stine" Roop, 76, of Heavener, passed away Sunday, Oct. 6, 2002, in Poteau. She was a longtime resident of Heavener, and a member and past Sunday School teacher of Loving Baptist church. She was awarded Chart Room Hostess, Anchorage, Alaska of the Year in 1961, Heavener Kiwanis Club President in 1996, Kiwanis Lt. Governor District 31 in 1998 and 1999, a member of the Pearl Harbor Survivor Association, served as councilwoman for the city of Heavener from 1997 to 2001, and was Honorary Citizen of Fort Smith in 1997.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry E. Roop; and one son, Gary E. Roop.
Survivors include three daughters, Sharon Wiles and husband Raymond and Lynne Pitchford and husband Bill, all of Heavener, and Donna Miller and husband Loyce of Mustang; one son, Donald Ray Roop and wife Joy of Heavener; one cousin, Juanita McMahan of Henderson, Texas; 10 grandchildren, Kim Hall, Kevin Wiles, Kellie Sanders, Jerry W. Pitchford, Gwen Pitchford, Amy Green, Gary Don Wiles, Deon Roop, Angel Frank and Sasha Gilbert; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8 at Loving Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Loving Cemetery under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener.



Ethel Jiles Ross
Ethel Jiles Ross, 93, of Vian died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000, in Vian. She was a homemaker and a member of Vian Baptist Church for more than 60 years. She was active in Women's Missionary Union and taught Sunday school. She was the widow of Mr. Alvin James Ross.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. today at Vian Baptist Church with burial at Maple Cemetery northeast of Sallisaw under the direction of Agent Funeral Home of Sallisaw.
She is survived by one daughter, Shirley Smith of Vian; two sons, Waymon and Bernard Ross, both of Vian; two sisters, Opal Dustman of Muldrow and Manervia Potts of Muskogee, Okla.; nine grandchildren, Michael Wayne Ross of Mustang, Okla., Jim and Steve Ross, both of Texhoma, Okla., Rick Smith, Debbie Anderson, Jimmie Lou Eubanks, Martin Ross and Shana Eppler, all of Vian and Kim Russell of Fort Gibson, Okla.; 18 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Mike, Lance, Martin, Jim and Steve Ross, Rick Smith, Kenny Anderson, Michael Ross Anderson, Jason Isreal, K.C. and Heath Eubanks and Scott Eppler.
The body may be viewed from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. today at the funeral home
Pallbearers will be Jack Cecil, Jess Thompson, Mike Jacobs, David Turner, Randy Riddell and Herb Shockley.



Dorothy Rowe
BLACKGUM, Okla. - Dorothy Priscilla Rowe, 86, of Blackgum died Aug. 15, 2002, in Sallisaw. She was a homemaker and a member of Blackgum Christian Union Church. She was the widow of Robert F. "Frank" Rowe.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Blackgum Christian Union Church with burial at Box Cemetery north of Vian under the direction of Agent Funeral Home of Sallisaw.
She is survived by two daughters, Mary Jumper of Sallisaw and Alice Stahl of Vian; nine sons, James Rowe of Gore, Robert Rowe of Garland, Texas, Norman Rowe of Van Buren, Earl, Merel and Paul Rowe, all of Sallisaw, Charles Rowe of Fort Smith, David Rowe of Webbers Falls, Okla., and Edwin Rowe of Harrah, Okla.; a sister, Virgie Wiles of Huntsville; a brother, J.T. Pruitt of Sallisaw; 40 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Michael J. Rowe, Sean, Shawn, Brian, Johnathan and Ryan Rowe. Michael D. Rowe, John Jumper and Christopher Kelley.
The body may be viewed from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today.



Claryene Martin Rowzee
Claryene "Renie" Martin Rowzee, 64, of Wister, passed away Monday, June 10, 2002. She was born July 4, 1937 in Wister. She taught school in Tucson, Ariz., was director of the Housing Authority in Wister and Heavener for the past 20 years, a member of the First United Methodist Church in Wister and the Order of the Eastern Star. She loved her grandchildren dearly and supported them in all their activities.
Survivors include two daughters and son-in-law, Cory and Philip Hopcraft and Paula Sebo, all of Tulsa; one son and daughter-in-law, James Kyle (J.K.) and Margie Rowzee of Corpus Christi, Texas; two brothers, Robert (Buddy) Martin of Kimberly City, Mo. and Bockey Martin of Wister; two sisters, Billye Caudell and Ina Ruth Vaughn, both of Wister; eight grandchildren, Joshua Sebo, Jonathan Sebo, Samuel Sebo, Taylor Hopcraft, Erin Hopcraft, Colin Hopcraft, Kyle Hopcraft and Shyla Rowzee; numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and loved ones; and a host of beloved friends.
The family will be at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 13 to visit with relatives and friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, June 14 at First United Methodist Church of Wister with the Revs. Bob Thompson and James Ogden officiating. Burial will follow in Ellis Chapel Cemetery in Wister under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.
Pallbearers will be Joshua Sebo, Jonathan Sebo, Samuel Sebo, Mark Caudell, Clay Caudell and Jon Martin Vaughn.



Debra Russell
SPIRO - Debra Kay Russell, 39, of Spiro died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002, in Holly Grove. She was employed by Ralston Foods in Poteau. Funeral will be 2 p.m. today at Brickell Funeral Home in Marvell with burial at Turner Cemetery in Turner. Information was submitted by Mallory Funeral Home of Spiro.
She is survived by her father, Glenn Russell of Turner, her mother and stepfather, Martha Sue and Alton Black of Spiro; and three brothers, Chris, Darrell and Dan Russell, all of Spiro.



Betty May Russell
OAKHURST, Okla. - Betty May Russell, 68, of Oakhurst died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2001, in a Tulsa hospital. She was born April 10, 1933, in Panama, Okla., lived in Oakhurst for the past 28 years and was a homemaker and a member of Ray of Light Tabernacle in Sand Springs, Okla. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Shady Point Assembly of God with burial at Shady Point Cemetery under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home in Poteau.
She is survived by her husband, Lorne; two daughters, Carol McDonald of Charleston and Shirley Barnett of Tulsa; three sons, Rudy Bledsoe of Santa Maria, Calif., James of Tulsa and Michael of Tulsa; two sisters, Margie Wiles and Lois Smith, both of Shady Point; two brothers, Robert I. Barnes of Spiro and Olen Porter Barnes of Poteau; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.



Joann Davis Willingham Russell
Funeral services for Joann Davis Russell, 70, of Shelbyville, who died Wednesday in Bakersfield, Calif., were to be held this afternoon at Hillcrest Funeral Home. Pastor Jonathan Simms of Shelbyville Mills Baptist Church will officiate with burial to follow in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. A native of Bradley, Okla., she was the wife of the late Gaylord A. Russell and the daughter of the late Lansford S. and Osie Mae Biddy Davis. She was a homemaker and attended Shelbyville Mills Baptist Church. Survivors include two daughters, Carla Hardin of Shelbyville, and Vicki Sutton of Wasco, Calif.; three sons, Roger Willingham of San Luis Obispo, Calif., John and Jamie Willingham of Bakersfield, Calif.; two brothers, Bill Davis of Delano, Calif., and Ray Davis of Rifle, Colorado; two sisters, Jean Barham of Shelbyville, and Ann Ewers of Bakersfield, Calif.; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Willingham.



Rena Samuels
Rena Samuels, 95, of Poteau, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2002. She was born Oct. 31, 1906 and was a homemaker.
Survivors include two daughters, Rubye Hack and Ruth Samuels, both of Poteau; two stepdaughters, Flora Cusher of Smithville and Mary Jane Harjo of Oklahoma City; one sister, Lorene Jonico of Oklahoma City; 23 grandchildren, Stephen, Daniel, Justin, Bobby, Doyle, Leon, Phillip, Charlie, Henry, Dwight, Cornell, Stanley, Julie, Mary L., Rose, Samantha, Renee, Betty, Verdean, Doris, Marcella, Mary M. and Delores; a number of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; numerous other relatives and loved ones; and a host of beloved friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30 at Springhill Presbyterian Church in Ludlow with the Revs. Harold Starbucks and Leroy Williams officiating. Burial will follow in Springhill Cemetery in Ludlow under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.
Pallbearers will be Steven Samuels, Daniel Hack, Justin Samuels, John Samuels, Bobby Samuels and Dustin Samuels.



Thelma M. Sanders
Thelma M. Sanders, 82, of Heavener, passed away Thursday, Aug. 22, 2002. She was a longtime resident of the area.
Survivors include one son, Jeffrey Lemon of Tallahassee, Fla.; one sister, Blanch Kronsberg of Baltimore, Md.; one brother, Neal Henshaw of Clarksburg, W.V.; three grandchildren, Chris, Scott and Amanda; and one great-grandchild, Abby; and five special friends, Kathy Edwards, Martha Lemmon, Betty Livengood, Teresa Benson and Maida Ray.
Cremation was under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener.



Euen Savage
Euen Groves Savage, age 71, of Talihina, Oklahoma, was born July 7, 1925, at Casper, Wyoming. He passed away February 16, 1997, at his residence in Talihina. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged. He was a member of the Protestant faith and had worked for Rockwell International for thirty-two years as a machinist.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Michiko T. Savage, on January 29, 1984. He married Mary Burton on April 26, 1986, at Las Vegas, Nevada. Survivors include his wife Mary; two sons, James and John of Simi Valley, California; five step-children, Billy Fletcher, Mary Brown, and Duane Chandler of Simi Valley, Mark Fletcher of Palm Springs, California, Deborah Strojak of Goleta; two sisters, Cordell Carden and Sylvia Lawrence of Talihina; three grandchildren. Graveside services were Wednesday, February 19, 1997, at New Talihina Cemetery in Talihina with Rev. Carrol Redwine officiating.



Barbara Schroeder
SPIRO - Barbara Karen Schroeder, 54, of Spiro died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2002, in Fort Smith.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Mallory Funeral Home Chapel in Spiro with burial at Spiro City Cemetery.
She is survived by two daughters, Rachelle De Anne Bowles of Pocola and Tonya Jeanette Schroeder of Spiro; her parents, James E. and Mildred P. Alexander of Spiro; two sisters, Judith Ann Jenkins of Terre Haute, Ind., and Linda Jimeia Hernandez of Spiro; a brother, James Edward Alexander Jr. of Van Buren; and three grandchildren.
The body may be viewed at the funeral home.



Ora Christine Seeley
Ora Christine Seeley, 50, of Oklahoma City, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2002. She was born Aug. 9, 1942 in Poteau. She graduated from Poteau High School in 1960 and received her BA degree from Southeastern University in Durant and her masters from Missouri State University at Warrensburg, Mo. She was an art teacher for over 30 years in the Butler, Mo. public school system and was a member of First Baptist Church in Butler, Mo.
She was preceded in death by her father, Jesse Oliver Henson; one son, John Michael McLaughlin.
Survivors include her mother, Gladys Henson of Shawnee; five sisters, Sammye Crawford and husband James of Venezuela, Mary Firestone and husband Fred of Broken Arrow, Nancy Mihura and husband Jim of Shawnee, Betty Brown and husband Oren of Oklahoma City and Linda Sexton and husband Raleigh of Oklahoma City; beloved friend Michael Violett; and many nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20 at Mercer-Adams Funeral Chapel in Bethany. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Oklahoma City under the direction of Mercer-Adams Funeral Home of Bethany.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, OH 44720.



Velma Shelton
SALLISAW - Velma Payne Shelton, 90, of Sallisaw died Monday, Aug. 5, 2002, in Sallisaw. She was born Oct. 3, 1911, in Bluff Community, Okla. She was a homemaker and attended Assembly of God in Vian. She was the widow of Forest Lovely "Bart" Shelton.
Funeral will be 11 a.m. Thursday at First Assembly of God in Sallisaw with burial at Sallisaw City Cemetery under the direction of Agent Funeral Home of Sallisaw.
She is survived by a daughter, Ruby Pendergraft of Sallisaw; five sisters, K.T. Pruitt, Molene Hearn, Edna Powell and Frankie Snow, all of Sallisaw, and June Andrews of Vian; a brother, Jay Payne of Gore; two grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Pallbearers will be David and Dale Snow, Herb Dennis, John Wright, Lyle Booth and Kenneth Dickens.
The body may be viewed 1 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home, where the family will visit with friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m.



Sarah Shobert
McCURTAIN, Okla. - Sarah Margaret Shobert, 80, of McCurtain died Friday, Dec. 22, 2000, in Fort Smith. She was a member of the Assembly of God in McCurtain.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday in Assembly of God Church in McCurtain with burial at Miners Cemetery in McCurtain under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home in Stigler.
She is survived by six daughters, Billie Nix, Grace Dill, Janice Lovell , Marilyn Addington and Betty Bowden, all of McCurtain, and Mae Little of Keefeton, Okla.; two sisters, Ethel Dexter of Muskogee and Billie Reynolds of Hulbert; nine grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Ken Nix, James Dill, Willie Lovell, Leroy Addington, Frank Little and Ronald Bowden.
The body may be viewed at the funeral home.



Reo Orren Simpson
Reverend Steve Hughes officiated at graveside services on Monday, June 22, 1998, for Reo Orren Simpson. Evans and Miller Funeral Homes of Poteau, Oklahoma, and Pocola, Oklahoma, were in charge of interment at Miners Cemetery at McCurtain, Oklahoma.
Mr. Simpson was born on December 2, 1912, and passed away June 18, 1998.
Surviving are his wife, Barbara J. Simpson; sons, Brett, David, George, and James Simpson; daughters,Jane Carr, Judi Bessire, Treza Wilson, and Sherry Foster; sisters, Wynola Wingfield and Patricia Byias; twenty grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren.



Willa Dean Simpson
Willa Dean Simpson, 56, of Poteau, passed away Monday, June 10, 2002, in Fort Smith. She was born Sept. 17, 1945. She worked at Bremner's.
Survivors include six nieces and nephews, Bobbie Weaver, Olen Hollan and Mark Hollan, all of Summerfield, Linda McGee of Albion, Karen Parks of LeFlore and Darla Hamilton of Fort Smith; one sister-in-law, Maudie Hollan of Summerfield; other relatives and loved ones; and a host of beloved friends.
Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 11 at Summerfield Cemetery with the Rev. Jack Covert officiating, under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.



Clinton Singleterry
Clinton "Doc" Singleterry, 73, of Summerfield, passed away Friday, April 12, 2002, in Fort Smith. He was born Aug. 8, 1928 in Summerfield.
He was a member and deacon of the Summerfield Baptist Church, a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He taught school at Summerfield and LeFlore High Schools for approximately 30 years. He also coached basketball and baseball and was the first coach to take the LeFlore High School baseball team to the state playoffs. Doc loved golfing hunting, fishing, wood working, painting and poetry.
Survivors include his wife Bobbie Singleterry of the home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Kevin and Pat Singleterry of Pocahontas, Ark. and Kelly and Marenda Singleterry of Summerfield; one brother and sister-in-law, Kent and Margaret Singleterry of Poteau; six grandchildren, Nathan and Shellie Singleterry, Josh Singleterry, Shayna and Blake Duncan, Seth Singleterry, Garrett Singleterry and Abree Singleterry; five great-grandchildren, Tyler and Shae Singletery, Kearson, Kristian and Taylor Duncan; one aunt, Verla Sanders, of Poteau; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones; and a host of beloved friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at Summerfield Cemetery with the Rev. Charles Caughern officiating, under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.



Bunk Sloan
LEQUIRE, Okla. - Bunk Sloan, 90, of Lequire, Okla., died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000, in Tulsa. He was a longtime resident of the Lequire area and an active member of the Lequire Baptist Church.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Lequire Baptist Church with burial at San Bois Cemetery in Kinta, Okla., under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Stigler.
He is survived by two sons, Don of Stigler and Wayne of Lequire; nine grandchildren, Allen, Donnie and Tommy Sloan all of Stigler, Ricky Watts of Cameron, Brenda May of Cleveland, Becky Coble of Tulsa and Nora Lee, Julie Finney and Sheila Forster all of Stigler; and 22 great-grandchildren.
The body may be viewed at Mallory Funeral Home of Stigler.



Christa Baker Smith
QUINTON - Christa Baker Smith, 90, of Quinton died Monday, Nov. 20, 2000, in Quinton. She was the widow of Leman Smith.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Quinton United Methodist Church with burial at Quinton Cemetery under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Stigler.
She is survived by one daughter, Susan Bone of McAlester; one son, Dan Frank Smith of the home; two grandchildren, Kristy and Jeff Montgomery; and three great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Jim Wimberly, Jerry Fowler, Jeff Miller, Roy Stockton, Leon Brazil and Buddy Pearson.
Viewing will be at the funeral home.



Dean Edward Smith
Dean Edward Smith, 62, of Panama, passed away Friday, June 14, 2002. He was born March 27, 1940 in Jet to Herman George and Jessie Lusiele Smith. He loved to fish and work in his garden.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one nephew, Gilford Thompson Jr.
Survivors include his companion, Willa Fisher of the home; one daughter, Shirley Smith of Detroit, Mich.; one son, Dewayne Smith of Denver, Colo.; one stepson, Ronald Fisher of Panama; one sister, Iva Griffith of Forth Worth, Texas; and two brothers, Norris Smith of Guymon and Lewis Smith of Fort Worth.
Arrangements are under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Spiro.



Ella Smith = OLD BOKOSHE
BOKOSHE - Ella Mae Smith, 93, Bokoshe died Monday, Oct. 14, 2002, in Poteau. She was a member of Bokoshe Assembly of God and the widow of Albert Smith.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Assembly of God in Bokoshe with burial at Old Bokoshe Cemetery under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Stigler.
She is survived by three daughters, Billie Jones of Oklahoma City, Betty Donner of McMinnville, Oregon and Lenota Trower of Folkston, Ga.; two sons, Ed and Earl Smith, both of Bokoshe; 17 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Charles and Joe Henderson, W.T. Crutchfield, Bill Sockey, James Shockley and Jack Blackwell.



Frank Smith
Frank Smith, 94, of Cameron died Sunday, March 4, 2001, in Poteau. He was born Sept. 28, 1906 in Arkansas. He was a farmer.
Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Catherine Smith; two sons, Billy Jack Smith Sr. and Elmer Ray Smith; and two daughters, Cora Lee Cook and Nora Inez Perkins
Survivors include one daughter, Viola Connelly of Pocola; one son, W.R. "Babe" Smith of Poteau; one sister, Mae Potter of Poteau; 17 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; several great great grandchildren; numerous other relatives and loved ones; a host of beloved friends.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 6 at Evans Chapel of Memories in Poteau with the Rev. Jimmy D. Cook officiating. Burial will follow in Fairhill (Knothole) Cemetery in Cameron under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Home of Poteau



Homer Smith
SMITHVILLE, Okla. - Homer D. Smith, 83, of Smithville, Okla., died Wednesday, May 29, 2002, in Mena. He was born Dec. 24, 1918, in Speer, Okla. He was an Army veteran of World War II, a 32nd degree Mason for 62 years, a logger and truck driver and a member of Zafra Church of Christ. He was the widower of Josephine Bohanan Smith.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Zafra Church of Christ with burial at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Hatfield under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.
He is survived by two daughters, Kathryn Ellen Pruitt of Smithville, Okla., and Kathleen Helen Sparks of Talihina, Okla.; four sisters, Martha Appleby of Boston, Lillie Papazian of Helendale, Calif., Mary Urbanek of Tampa, Fla., and Minnie Thornell of Texarkana; a brother, Elvis Oscar "Jack" Smith of Smithville, Okla.; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.



Lila Smith
ENTERPRISE, Okla. - Lila M. Smith, 85, of Enterprise, Okla., died Sunday, Oct. 6, 2002, in Stigler, Okla. She was the widow of James T. Smith.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. Wednesday in Sandridge United Pentecostal Church with burial at Brooken Cemetery in the Brooken community under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Stigler.
She is survived by two sons, Don W. Smith and Bill T. Smith, both of Enterprise; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Neil, Mike, Jerel and D.J. Smith, Steven Lane, Ronnie Brinsfield, Jim Barbee and Bob Few.
The body may be viewed at the funeral home.



Jerry Smith
Jerry Wayne Smith, 61, of Heavener, passed away Monday, Oct. 14, 2002. He was a carpenter and a member of the Independence Baptist Church.
Survivors include one daughter, JoAnna Marie King of Springdale, Ark.; four sisters, Helen Watkins of Oklahoma City, Nancy Ollar of Heavener, Phyllis Robinson of Nobleton, Fla. and Sharon Andrews of Coweta; one brother, Danny Smith of Muskogee; five grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16 at Memorial Park Cemetery in Heavener under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener.



Raymond William Smith
Graveside services were held at 4 p.m. Friday in Eastview Memorial Park for Raymond William Smith, 68, who died Wednesday, June 27, 1990, in a Wichita Falls hospital after a brief illness. Reverend Larry Neal, pastor of Second Baptist Church, officiated. Interment was under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
Smith was born March 3, 1922, in Milton, Oklahoma, to the late Charlie L. and Josephine (Bledsoe) Smith. He had been a resident of Vernon since 1938 and was a veteran of World War II and a member of Second Baptist Church.
Surviving are three sisters, Louise High of Hamilton, Texas; Mary Ellen Barrow of Iowa Park; and Ruth Weaver of Vernon.
He was also preceded in death by five sisters, Clara Hunsaker, Georgia Doyle, Pearl Doherty, Lillie Mae Card, and Lola May Hickey.



Ted Smith
Ted Smith, 93, of Arkoma, passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2002.
He was a retired farmer, a member of the First Baptist Church of Arkoma, a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army and the former president of the Arkoma School Board.
Survivors include his wife Dona Lois Smith; one daughter and son-in-law, Connie Smith Davis and James Davis of Norman; and one sister, Lily Gunter of Arkoma.
The family will visit with friends in Edwards Funeral Home Chapel from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 22.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 23 at First Baptist Church of Arkoma with burial following at the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith, under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home of Fort Smith.



Pauline Smithson
KEOTA - Pauline Countiss Smithson, 86, of Keota died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2000, in Fort Smith. She was the widow of A.E. Smithson.
Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Stigler Cemetery under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home in Stigler.
She is survived by two daughters, Gloria Novinsky of San Jose, Calif., and Gail Morschheimer of Pine Bluff; one sister, Helen Lookabaugh of Yukon, Okla.; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
The body may be viewed at the funeral



Ben H. Spencer
Ben H. Spencer, 72, of Holiday Island, Ark., passed away Thursday, June 13, 2002, in Fayetteville. He was born Sept. 3, 1929 in Barling, Ark. to Ben and Madeline Spencer. He married Janey Hill of Cameron on Nov. 24, 1947. He was a retired Air Force Captain. He was a deacon at Dove Circle Baptist Church. After retirement he and Janey settled in Cameron for awhile and Ben became a cattle rancher. Later they moved to Fort Smith where they lived for 24 years before retiring a second time and moving to Holiday Island. This has been their home from 1995 until the present.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Janey of the home; one daughter, Sherrie Ferguson of Oklahoma City; one son, Ben H. Spencer Jr. of Broken Arrow; five grandchildren, Aaron Ferguson of Edmond, Angie Baird of Oklahoma City, Kyle, Craig and Scott Spencer of Broken Arrow; six great-grandchildren, A.J., Austin, Aiden and Anna Beth Ferguson and Emma and Lindsey Baird; two brothers, Buddy of Sallisaw and Jimmy of Durant; two sisters, Rosemary Vikander of San Diego and Anita (Clark) Ashley of Oklahoma City.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, June 17 at Dove Circle Baptist Church in Holiday Island. Burial will follow at Oakland Cemetery in Poteau at 4 p.m. Monday, June 17.
Memorials may be made to Dove Circle Baptist Church Building Fund, 6 Dove Circle, Holiday Island, AR 72631.



Carolyn Stacy
WAGONER, Okla. - Carolyn R. Stacy, 59, of Wagoner, Okla., died Saturday, Aug. 17, 2002, in Wagoner. She was born Feb. 13, 1943, in Verdigris. She was the owner and manager of a retail business and a Protestant.
Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Seabolt Cemetery north of Muldrow under the direction of Agent Funeral Home of Muldrow.
She is survived by a daughter, Sherri Moorhead of Ketchum, Okla.; two sons, Ryan Horn of Wagoner, Okla., and Stormy Metheny of Sequoyah County; a sister, Leona Limore of California; two brothers, Jack and Roger Limore, both of Sequoyah County; and six grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Roger, Scott, Rick, Gary and Tyler Limore and Josh Trueblood.
The body may be viewed 1 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.



Dennis Stacy
Dennis Stacy, 77, of Heavener, passed away Thursday, April 25, 2002, in Norman. He was a lifelong resident of the area, a retired carpenter and a veteran of World War II.
Survivors include two daughters, Brenda Bandy and Donna Mattox, both of Moore; two sons, Gary of Howe and Ron of Jacksonville, Texas; three sisters, Lona Bowman of Heavener, Eudena Bowman and Beulah Victor, both of Poteau; one brother, Gene of Howe; 12 grandchildren, Joshua, Jeremiah and Melody Mattox, Zachary and Miranda Bandy, Misty Cotton, Melissa, Mandi, Lindy, Gary D., Shauna and Kyle Stacy; three great-grandchildren, Tyler, Hunter and Erica.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, April 29 at Dowden Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Mt. View "Glendale" Cemetery in Howe under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener.



Don Stafford
SALLISAW - Don Stafford, 71, of Sallisaw died Saturday, June 22, 2002, in Fort Smith. He was born Aug. 22, 1930, in Newark. He was a graduate of Newark High School, sales broker for Brooker Sales in Wichita, Kan., former Singles Sunday school class teacher and taught Junior High Boys Sunday school, assistant teacher for the Mavericks Class, former fixed base operator for Sallisaw Municipal Airport, taught flying in Sallisaw, was employed with Oklahoma State Corporation Commission in the motor fuel division for 19 1/2 years, charter member of Eastside Baptist Church in Sallisaw, active in the choir and a member of the Gideons.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Eastside Baptist Church in Sallisaw with burial at Sallisaw City Cemetery under the direction of Agent Funeral Home of Sallisaw.
He is survived by his wife, Jo Ann; four daughters, Linda Hill of Cincinnati, Sheila Purvis of Savannah, Ga., Teresa Lancaster of Sallisaw and Tammy Aydelott of Roland; a son, Glenn Stafford of Vian; and eight grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Raymond Claiborn, Noel Lewallen and Bernell, Thomas, Bernard and Verdell Stafford.
The body may be viewed 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the funeral home.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Maverick Sunday school class at Eastside Bapitst Church and fuel inspectors for the State of Oklahoma.
The family will visit with friends at 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.



George Stephens
HEAVENER - George Wilburn Stephens, 83, of Heavener died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, in Talihina, Okla. He was a member of First Christian Church, a World War II veteran, member of the American Legion, Masonic Lodge, Transportation and Communication Union and Good Sam Camping Club.
Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Memorial Park Cemetery in Heavener under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener.
He is survived by his wife, Ruby; one daughter, Stephanie Sanders of Warr Acres, Okla.; and two sisters, Nancy Raney of Missouri and Virginia Goutraux of Louisianna.



Cora Pearl Stogner
Entered life on Jan. 10, 1915, and departed on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2001, at the age of 86 years and seven months. She was born Cora Pearl "Corky" Wilson to parents, William Daniel Wilson and Myrtha Laswell Wilson in Shady Point. She married Leslie Lynn "Mike" Stogner on March 18, 1930. Her husband, her parents, two sisters, and one brother preceded her in death. She leaves behind one son, Danile Lynn Stogner and wife, Vonieta of McLoud, Okla. One granddaughter, Danita Ortowski and husband Joe, and great-granddaughter, Katie Danielle of Gainsville, Texas. One grandson, Michael Todd Stogner and wife, Irish, and great-granddaughter, Isabel Maria of Oklahoma City; a nephew, Ted Johnson, a niece, Virginia McDaniel of Jones, Okla., and their families. A nephew, Cleo Meek and family of Raleigh, N.C., a niece, Phyliss Meek of Archer, Fla. a brother-in-law, Melvin Stogner and wife, Ev of Concord, Calif., along with other nieces and nephews. She was a fifty year member of the Order of Eastern Star Mosholotubbe OES Chapter No. 170 at Cameron. She is a past member of the United Methodist Church in Panama where she had been pianist for many years, and a current member of the Poteau United Methodist Church. She had resided in Shady Point until moving to the McLoud, Shawnee area in November 2000. Service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday in Evans Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Poteau with burial following at Oakland Cemetery in Poteau. Pallbearers will be Frank Fox, John Brooks, Ed Pierce, Jessie Gibson, Clarence Blanton and Charlie Dunn. Bay Duong



Robert Lee Storie
Robert Lee Storie, 59, of Wister, formerly of the Antlers area and the Tamaha area, passed away Friday, Aug. 9, 2002 in Poteau. He was born Oct. 1, 1942 in Blythe, Calif. He was a pipe fitter/welder, an avid fisherman and hunter, enjoyed gardening and was an excellent cook. He will be greatly missed by his children, family and many friends for his never-ending sense of humor, generosity and kindness.
Survivors include his wife JoAnn of the home; his father, R.L. Storie; his mother and stepfather, Juanita and Adam Upchurch of the Antlers area; and six children.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13 at Ellis Chapel in Wister with the Rev. Jack Covey officiating, under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.



Lottie Sumners
A graveside funeral service for Lottie W. Sumners, 86, was held Wednesday morning, February 19, 1997, in Forest Park Cemetery, Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Mrs. Sumners died Sunday, February 16, 1997, in a Fort Smith nursing home. She was a retired secretary for American Canning Company and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Fort Smith.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James M. Sumners; two sisters, Eva Mae Morris and Vesta Hornbuckle; and a brother, Glen Wright.
Survivors include a brother-in-law and care-giver, Ewell Hornbuckle of Pittsburg, Kansas; several nieces and nephews.



Mr. Oscar H. Sutton
Funeral services for Mr. Oscar H. Sutton were held at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau, Oklahoma, on Friday, March 3, 1978, at 2:00 p.m. Reverend Allen Kersh officiated.
Mr. Sutton was born April 1, 1888, and passed away March 1, 1978.
Survivors include seven daughters, three sons, sixty-three grandchildren, one hundred thirty-four great-grandchildren, and nineteen great-great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home of Poteau, Oklahoma, was in charge of interment at the Reichert Cemetery near Hodgen, Oklahoma.



James Wesley Taylor
James Wesley Taylor, 69, of Spiro, passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2002. He was born Jan. 13, 1933 at Dunbar to Ardith Alfred and Lizzie McCarn Taylor.
He was a truck driver and loved to watch TV.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Tommy Joe, Loyd and Alfred Taylor; and one sister, Gladys Taylor.
Survivors include three daughters, Linda Amos and Marlene Harrison and husband David, all of Panama; and Teresa Lee Taylor of Oklahoma; two sons, James and Edward Taylor, both of Spiro; three sisters, Bethel O'Neal and Myrtle Nester, both of Clayton and Dean Gardner of Tishomingo; three brothers, Jack, Roy and Junior Taylor, all of Clayton; and 13 grandchildren.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, May 17 at the A.L. Stephens Cemetery with the Rev. Bob Maxwell officiating, under the direction of the Mallory Funeral Home of Spiro.
Pallbearers will be David Harrison, Ricky Amos Sr., Ricky Amos Jr. and Marlin Wortham.



Jean Terrell
STIGLER - Jean Terrell, 72, of Stigler died Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2002, in Stigler. She was the widow of Edmond Terrell.
Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Friday at Sans Bois Cemetery in Kinta under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Stigler.
She is survived by four sons, Lawrence Terrell of Van Buren, Don Terrell of Sallisaw, Ronnie Terrell of Muskogee, Okla., and Glen Terrell of Kinta; a sister, Berniece Williams of Noble; four brothers, the Rev. James Stout, Curtis and Kenny Stout, all of McCurtain, and Earl Stout of Mansfield; 13 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.



Mary Knight Thomas
POTEAU - Services for Mary Knight Thomas will be held Tuesday, July 23, 2002, at 11 at Edgewood United Methodist Church in Hartshorne. Rev. Dale Durnell, minister of the church will officiate, assisted by Fred C. Knight, Jr. Interment will follow at Oakland Cemetery in Poteau.
Mary was born in Arlington, Texas, to Letha May Lynch and Fred C. Knight Sr.
The family lived in several towns in Oklahoma before moving to Wilburton in 1924. She graduated from Wilburton High School in 1930, where she played basketball and participated in the mixed chorus and girls glee club. In 1933, she married Herman L. Thomas at Eufaula. They moved to Quinton, where she taught school at Tuckers Knob and Ogden for two years. She attended summer school at Southeastern State College at Durant until graduating in 1943. She moved back to Wilburton and taught first and seventh grade while her husband served in the Army Air Force during World War II. In 1944, she and her husband moved to Memphis, where he attended the Southern College of Optometry. Mary taught fourth grade for two years. Later, they moved to Durant in 1946, where her husband was associated with Dr. R.A. Clay.
Her husband, Dr. Herman L. Thomas, preceded her in death in 1986. Her parents also preceded her in death.
Mary was an avid bridge player. She taught bridge classes at Carl Albert Junior College and belonged to several bridge clubs in Poteau. She was a member of PEO, former member of Eastern Star and Poteau Musical Arts Society. She was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church, where she served many years as Sunday school pianist, sang in the adult choir and was a member of United Methodist Women, serving as district president. She was also the pianist for the Heavener Presbyterian Church for many years.
Nephews serving as pallbearers will be Richard C. Lerblance, Rich Lerblance, Mickey Beare, Jeff Beare, Lee Reser, Glenn Lafitte, Andy Knight and David Knight. Honorary bearers will be Dr. Joe K. Thomas and Jim Kidd.
She is survived by five sisters, Pauline McGee of Dallas, Nelda Allers of Colorado Springs, Colo., Alyce Lerblance and husband Dr. W.P. of Hartshorne, Wanda Glenn and husband Henry of Tishomingo and Patsy Reser of Healdton; one brother, Fred Knight Jr. and wife Sue of Edmond, as well as an uncle, Jack Bohreer and wife Madolyn of Paris, Texas; a brother-in-law, Dr. James Thomas and wife Tot of Ada; a sister-in-law, Virginia Mcquillan of Tulsa; a nephew, Dr. Joe K. Thomas and wife Rita of Poteau and many other nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home in Poteau. Visitation will be tonight, July 22, from 6:30 to 8:30 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Edgewood United Methodist Church, Hartshorne, Okla.



Ruby Jewel Thomas
LEFLORE - Ruby Jewel Thomas, 84, of LeFlore died Friday, July 19, 2002, in Patton, Mo. She was born Jan. 16, 1918. She was a homemaker and caregiver and the widow of Lige Thomas.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church in LeFlore with burial at LeFlore Cemetery under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.
She is survived by a daughter, Mary Jane Thomas of Hatfield; a sister, Etta Jo of California; a brother, Bill Christian of Reedly, Calif.; seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.



Betty Lou Thompson
MCCURTAIN - Betty Lou Thompson, 61, of McCurtain died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2000, in her residence. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Miners Cemetery in McCurtain under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Stigler.
She is survived by two daughters, Tammy McCafferty and Robin Wheeler, both of McCurtain; two sons, Billy Leadford and Steven Boyd, both of McCurtain; her mother, Elizabeth Thompson of Stigler; one brother, Freddie Thompson of McCurtain; and five grandchildren, Alex and Jordan McCafferty, Chelsea and Daniell Cox and Deven Boyd.
The body may be viewed at the funeral home.



Albert Townley, Jr
Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 20, 1990, at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau, Oklahoma, for Albert Townley, Jr. Reverend Jim Cook officiated.
He was born July 30, 1949, and passed away June 16, 1990.
Survivors include his wife, one son, one daughter, his mother, three sisters, two brothers, and a host of nieces, nephews, other family members, and loved ones.
Interment was in Oakland Cemetery in Poteau, Oklahoma, under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Homes of Poteau and Pocola, Oklahoma.



Waltina Nadean Travis
Waltina Nadean Travis, 89, passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2002. She was born Jan. 20, 1913 in Huntington, Ark. and lived in Panama for 53 years and in Broken Arrow for the past four years. She and her husband Newlin Burg Travis Jr. operated the Travis Laundry in Panama for many years.
Her husband preceded her in death
She is survived by three sons, Bill Travis and his wife Jane of Broken Arrow, Newlin Travis III and his wife Susan of Spiro, Melvyn Travis and his wife Sue of DeQueen, Ark.; one daughter, Ella Chumley and her husband Ron of Panama; one sister, Marie and Ralph King of Huntington; two nieces; two nephews; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a host of extended family members and friends.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 29



Ruby Elizabeth Traw
Ruby Elizabeth Traw, 95, of Poteau, passed away Tuesday, June 25, 2002.
She was a seamstress, a member of the First United Methodist Church in Poteau and was a homemaker. She came to Oklahoma at the tender age of six weeks after having been born in Pulaski, Mo. She lived in LeFlore County all her life. She was a past Worthy Matron of Eastern Star and a second mother to her nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her three brothers, Garth, Marvin and Joe.
Survivors include one sister, Daphne Plummer of Poteau; one sister-in-law, Cleo Traw; seven nieces and nephews; and other relatives and loved ones.
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John Treadway Jr.
MCCURTAIN - John G. Treadway Jr., 77, of McCurtain died Thursday, May 30, 2002, in his home. He was educated in Whitefield, served his country in World War II for four years and was a member of McCurtain Free Will Baptist Church.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday at McCurtain Free Will Baptist Church with burial at Miners Cemetery in McCurtain under the direction of King & Shearwood Funeral Home of Stigler.
He is survived by his wife, Opal; three daughters, Carolyn Lovell of Kinta, Betty Chase of Muldrow and Debbie Collins of Lavaca; two sons, Clifford Treadway of McCurtain and Terry Treadway of Spiro; two sisters, Marie Garrett of Stigler and Mary Lee Ary of Norman, Okla.; a brother, Ray Treadway of Stigler; 14 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Kendall, Kelly and Jerry Lovell Jr., Michael Myers, Paul Jeffrey, David Falconer and Galen Hampton.
The body may be viewed 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.



Dan Y. Trice
Dan Y. Trice, 89, of Roland, formerly of Van Buren, died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2002, in a local hospital. He was a retired corporate office manager for the Hobart Company in Troy, Ohio, a Baptist and a Mason for more than 50 years. He was the widower of Senorah Trice.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home Chapel in Van Buren with burial at Gracelawn Cemetery in Van Buren.
He is survived by his wife, Macie; two daughters, Jo Franklin and Benita Huddleston, both of Van Buren; nine grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.



Dema Tucker
Dema Armina Tucker, 87, of Heavener, passed away Saturday, Aug. 24, 2002, in Norman. She was a longtime resident of the area, a member of the First Baptist Church, the Heavener Library Board, General Federation of Women's Clubs, and National Society of Daughters of American Revolution. She also worked for the telephone company as a switchboard operator and later for Tates as a sales clerk.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Vernon; two sons, Stan Tucker and wife Karen of Norman and Ron Tucker and wife Bali Ree of Farmington, Ark.; one sister, Dovie Jeans and husband Carl of Amarillo, Texas; two half brothers, Roy Stanley of Los Altos, Calif. and Wendell of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; five grandchildren, Steve Tucker and Melisa, Kimberly Williamson and Bobby Amy Tucker, Sharin Tucker and Deanna Tucker; four great-grandchildren, Tristan, Landry, Trey and Taylor.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28 at First Baptist Church in Heavener. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery under direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener.



Neoma (Bledsoe) Barkley Tucker
Neoma Tucker was born in Bokoshe (LeFlore County) Oklahoma on January 26, 1923, to William (Bill) McKinley and Dealie (Gamble) Bledsoe. She passed away on September 11, 1989, in Boise, Idaho.
She is survived by her husband, Emmett; two daughters, Barbara and Linda; one son, William (Butch); grandchildren, Guy, Analisa, Frank, Marc, Naomi, William, Haden, and April; sisters, Ottie Adams of California and Nethlee Willingham of Maysville.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Homer Leo (Bud) and Harley.
Private services were held at the graveside at Cloverdale Mausoleum in Boise, Idaho, on September 15, 1989, at 2:00 p.m. Rev. Ralph Lawrence officiated. Accent Funeral Services Home was in charge.



Howard Underwood
Howard Hugh Underwood, 71, of Spiro died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2002, in Fort Smith. He was a Navy veteran and a real estate agent with Marsha Rogers Realty in Spiro. He coached basketball for 34 years at Hanna, Monroe, Keota, Spiro and Panama, was inducted in the Oklahoma Coaches Hall of Fame and was a member of Oklahoma Girls Basketball Coaches Association and a member of Spiro First Baptist Church. He was a junior high principal for many years and owned and operated a service station at Sunset Corner. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday in Spiro First Baptist Church with burial at Spiro City Cemetery under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Spiro. He is survived by his wife, Dollie; a daughter, Rhonda Poulson of Conway; a son, Stephen Underwood of Spiro; three sisters, Marian Wright of Dallas, Betty Allbritton of Spiro and Bonnie Pendleton of Pocola; three brothers, Charles Underwood of Newalla, Okla., Joe Underwood of Panama and Jimmie Underwood of Spiro; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Enie Tobler, Tommy Roberson, Bill Greenwood, Robert Sheffield, Bill Mills, Newell Atkinson and Rucker Blankenship. The body may be viewed at the funeral home.



Mrs. Ressie Alene Vaughn
Services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 8, 1975, at the Horton-Barrett Funeral Chapel in Sherman, Texas, for Mrs. Ressie Aline Vaughn. Mrs. Vaughn, who was 78 years old, died Thursday, March 6, 1975, in a Denison nursing home. She had resided at 822 Hyde Park, Denison, Texas.
Reverend Don Elmore of the Grayson Bible Baptist Church will officiate.
Burial will be in Cedarlawn Memorial Park, Sherman, Texas, under direction of Horton-Barrett Funeral Home, Inc., of Sherman. Pallbearers will be William Vaughn, Thomas Vaughn, Jerry Vaughn, Otis Simmons, Ronnie Simmons, and Jerry Simmons. Honorary pallbearers will be James Vaughn, Steve White, Ben Jones, Roger Vaughn, and Larry Stevens.
Mrs. Vaughn was born in Gainsville, Texas, on April 2, 1896. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Davis. She and S.M. Vaughn were married December 23, 1911. She was a member of the Grace Temple Baptist Church.
Surviving are daughters Mrs. J.B. White and Mrs. J.C. Simmons of Denison and Mrs. Nellie Bray of Vernon; brothers Lance and Leonard Davis of Bakersfield, California; sisters Mrs. Bessie Steele of Denison, Mrs. Lessie McClinton and Mrs. Jessie Scroggins of Bradley, Oklahoma.
The family will be at the funeral home from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and at the family residence at other times.



Beaulah Stacy Victor
Beaulah Stacy Victor, 83, of Poteau, passed away Saturday, July 20, 2002. She was born April 12, 1919 in Heavener. She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Poteau and retired from the manufacturing business.
She was preceded in death by her husband Estel Victor in 1985; her parents, James Marion and Ollie Mae (Haynes) Stacy; two sisters and three brothers.
Survivors include Lona Bowman of Heavener and Eudena Bowman of Poteau; one brother, Gene Stacy of Howe; 21 nieces and nephews; numerous other relatives and loved ones; and a host of beloved friends.
Services were at 2 p.m. Monday, July 22 at First Assembly of God Church in Poteau with the Revs. Keith Williams and Roger Mattox officiating. Burial followed in Heavener Memorial Park Cemetery.



Orlen Waldron
BOKOSHE - Orlen Waldron, 70, of Bokoshe died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2000, in a local nursing home.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Nubbin Ridge Cemetery in Bokoshe under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Spiro.
He is survived by his wife, Paulette; two daughters, Carol Redmon of Alma and Judy Miller of Bokoshe; one brother, Orville T. Waldron of Wisconsin; four grandchildren, Aaron and Shelby Miller, both of Bokoshe, and James Daniel and Carrie Shrum



Frances Walker
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. - Frances M. "Frankie" Walker, 86, of Tahlequah, Okla., died Sunday, June 30, 2002, in Alma. She was born July 17, 1915, in Hartford. She graduated from Hartshorn High School in Hartshorn, Okla., and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Tahlequah, where she taught the women's Bible Sunday school class for more than 25 years. She was the widow of Allan Walker.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Tahlequah City Cemetery under the direction of Reed-Culver Funeral Home of Tahlequah.
She is survived by a cousin, Freda Ray of Alma; two sisters-in-law, Isabell Berryhill of Wewoka, Okla., and Roberta Brown of Tulsa; two aunts, Charm Forsythe of California and Madge Pearson of Idaho; and several other cousins, nieces and nephews.



Lela A. Ward
Lela A. Ward, 88, of Fresno, Calif., passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2002, in Poteau. She was born Aug. 11, 1913 in LeFlore to Gus Ward and Sallie LeFlore Ward.
She retired as an RN nurse of Poteau Hospital, Talihina Indian Hospital and Lawton Indian Hospital.
Survivors include one sister, Babe Ruth Raleigh of Apple Valley, Calif.; cousins, the Marshall family of Talihina, the Maddox family of Oklahoma City, the Matt Harris LeFlore family of California, Texas and Oklahoma City and Florida; and many nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held in Fresno, Calif. April 15 at Belmont Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Wild Rose Funeral Home.



Lenore Watson
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Lenore "Tess" Watson, 98, of Springfield, Mo., formerly of Fort Smith died Monday, Jan. 10, 2000, in Manor Care Nursing Home in Springfield, Mo. She was the widow of Al Watson.
Graveside services will be 11 a.m. today at White Chapel Memorial Gardens under the direction of Herman Lohmeyer Funeral Home of Springfield.
She is survived by several nieces, nephews and friends.



Dollie M. Webb
Dollie M. Webb, 88, of Spiro, formerly of Sasakawa, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2002. She was born Dec. 27, 1913 at Red Oak to Joseph and Louise (Adams) Branch. She was a retired teacher.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Troy V. Webb; and two brothers, Arlie and George Branch.
Survivors include one sister, Ruby Linville and husband Carl of Red Oak; one nephew, James Linville and wife Aggie of Spiro; one great nephew and niece, Candice Fouts of Franklin, Tenn. and Travis Linville of Spiro; other nieces and nephews; and other relatives.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13 at the First Baptist Church of Sasakawa with the Revs. James Hopkins, Wesley Martin and Kevin Fouts officiating. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at Glendale Cemetery under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Spiro.



Rexina West
LAGO VISTA, Texas - Rexina Hempler West, 81, of Lago Vista, Texas, formerly of Wister, died Dec. 10, 2001, in Woodville, Texas. She was born Dec. 16, 1919, in Wister. She graduated from Wister High School and attended University of Oklahoma. She obtained a degree in library science and worked as a librarian for different companies and was an active volunteer in the Lago Vista Community Library for several years. She attended United Methodist Church in Wister and was the widow of Robert Colin West.
Graveside memorial service will be 4 p.m. Sunday at Oakland Cemetery in Poteau under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.
She is survived by a daughter, Gina West Carpenter of Warren, Texas; a son, Robert Colin West of Houston; three grandchildren, Robert Colin West III, Dane Colin and William Jared Tipton; and one stepgrandchild, Carrie Davidson.



Ruth Wheat
POTEAU - Ruth Philpott Wheat, 83, of Poteau died Tuesday, June 12, 2002, in Poteau. She was born March 14, 1919, in Gilliam. She was a homemaker and a medical aide and a member of First Baptist Church in Poteau. She was the widow of Seth Wheat.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Poteau with burial at Oakdale Cemetery Heavener under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.
She is survived by two daughters, Kathryn Ferguson of Nowata, Okla., and Sue Queen of Westville, Okla.; three sons, Don and Gene Wheat, both of Poteau, and Billy Wheat of Heavener; a sister, Rowena Williams of San Bernadino, Calif.; eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.



Iwana Whitman
PORUM - Iwana Whitman, 79, of Porum died Monday, Aug. 5, 2002, in Muskogee, Okla.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Porum First Baptist Church with burial at Coleman Cemetery in Porum under the direction of King & Shearwood Funeral Home of Stigler.
She is survived by two sons, Walter Ray Whitman of South Carolina and Jim Whitman of Porum; two sisters, Imogean Audd of Parker, Colo. and Imirea Robb of Muskogee, Okla.; a brother, Joe Harper of Muskogee, Okla.; four grandchildren, Walter Donald, Jennilee and Joseph Whitman and Joni Henson; and two great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Shoemake, Don Cox, Roy and Jim Purdom, Bob Workman and James Pound.
The body may be viewed 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.



Avo Shepherd White
POTEAU - Avo Shepherd White, 92, of Poteau died Friday, Dec. 15, 2000, in Poteau. She was born Dec. 28, 1907, in Centerville. She was a homemaker and the widow of Tommie White.
Graveside service will be 10 a.m. today at Vaughn Cemetery in Gilmore, Okla., under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.
She is survived by three daughters, Regina Winn and Lena Silva, both of Crosby, Texas, and Jean Watts of Wichita, Kan.; two sons, Tommy of Poteau and Allen of Houston; one sister, A.G. Gibson of Taft, Calif.; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.



- J.T. Whiteside
KEOTA - J.T. Whiteside, 85, of Keota died Friday, Sept. 1, 2000, in Stigler. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and active in Eastern Star. He was a retired farmer, a United Mine Worker and the owner/operator of Twilight Grocery for 13 years. He was the widower of Eva Whiteside.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. Tuesday in Keota First Baptist Church with burial at Keota Cemetery in Keota under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Stigler.
He is survived by one daughter, Mary Ann Parkhurst of Claremore, Okla.; two sons, Bobby Whiteside of San Marcos, Texas, and John Allen Whiteside of Keota; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Lawrence Burris, John Goller, Robert Chapman and Charlie, Theo and William Mills.
Viewing will be 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.today at the funeral home in Stigler. Viewing also will be from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. to 7 p



Bessie Whitson
PANAMA - Bessie M. Whitson, 99, of Panama died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, at a Fort Smith hospital. She was a caregiver.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Poteau with burial at Dog Creek Cemetery in the Dog Creek Community in Oklahoma under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.
She is survived by a daughter-in-law, Loretha Whitson of Oklahoma City; two grandchildren, Ricky Whitson of Oklahoma City and Sharon Landers of Dallas; two great-grandchildren; two nephews, Clyde and Jay Johnson, both of Dog Creek; four great-nephews, Roy and Timothy Johnson of Dog Creek, Vernon Johnson of Panama and James Johnson of Sunset Corner, Okla.; and one great-niece, Melinda Lamberson of Dog Creek.



Edward Charles Wilbanks
HEAVENER - Edward Charles Wilbanks, 86, of Heavener died Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2000, in Fort Smith. He was a member of Perry Chapel Baptist Church in Heavener.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. Friday in Dowden Funeral Home Chapel in Heavener with burial at Mount View Cemetery in Howe.
He is survived by two brothers, Ted of Heavener and L.G. of Tulsa.



Don C. Williams
STONEWALL, Okla. - Don C. Williams, 79, of Stonewall, Okla., died Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2000, in Ada, Okla. He was retired from construction and was a veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Coalgate Masonic Lodge and a member of United Methodist Church in Coalgate, Okla.
Funeral will be 1 p.m. Friday in United Methodist Church in Coalgate with burial at Cairo Cemetery in Coal County, Okla., under the direction of Atoka Funeral Home.
He is survived by his wife, Syblee; one daughter, Lisa J. Johnson of Catoosa, Okla.; five sons, John R. Williams of Durant, Okla., Donald M. Williams of McAlester, Okla., Donnie K. Williams of Mansfield, Tommy C. Williams of Catoosa and Perry B. Williams of Disputanta, Va.; step-daughters, Janet Airington, Julie Bowen and Dana Haney, all of Coalgate and Janna Madden of Davis, Okla.; two sisters, Miriam Witherspoon of Coalgate and Doris Barlow of Colorado Springs, Colo.; one brother, Ray Williams of Wardville, Okla.; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be John Wayne Ward, Jerry Stacey, Carl R. and Jim McEntire, Paul Hooe and Louis John Sandmann.


Hubert Williams
Hubert Williams, 73, of Heavener, passed away Friday, July 5, 2002, in Levenworth, Kan. He was a resident of Reichert, a member of the Church of Christ, a rancher and veteran of the Korean Conflict.
Survivors include one sister, Carolyn Ritter of Wister; three brothers, Eldon of Kansas City, Mo., Doug of Kansas City, Kan. and J.E. of Shawnee, Kan.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 10 at Pilgrim's Rest Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Reichert Cemetery near Heavener under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener.



Myrtle Williams
Myrtle Annie Williams, 91, of Howe, passed away Saturday, June 1, 2002, in Poteau. She was a longtime resident of the area and a member of the First Baptist Church of Howe.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George W. Williams Sr.; and her parents, Delilah Gibson Epley and James Epley.
Survivors include seven daughters, Lillian J. Glasgow of Costa Mesa, Calif., Martha D. Kull of Huntington Beach, Calif., JoAnn Neher of Ann Arbor, Mich., Bobbie J. Glenn of Poteau, Carolyn Baxter of Oklahoma City, Delilah Nobles of Fort Smith and Linda K. Watkins of Midwest City; two sons, Billy E. Williams of Westland, Mich. and George W. Williams Jr. of Midwest City; one sister, Pearline Moyer of Questa, N.M.; 17 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 5 at First Baptist Church in Howe. Burial will follow in Howe Cemetery under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener.



Gene G. Williamson
Gene G. Williamson of Spiro was born Sept. 20, 1926, in McAlester, Okla. to Ed Snider and Emma Guine "Peach" Williamson and died Friday, Sept. 20, 2002, in Spiro at the age of 76.
Gene was a resident of Spiro for 42 years, retiring from the post office after 35 years of service. He served as a medic in the Army during World War II. Gene married Ruth McDaniel of Stigler on April 17, 1955, and moved to Tulsa to work for the U.S. Postal Service for five years. They moved to Spiro area in 1960 where the U.S. Postal Service employed him as a rural mail carrier. Gene was a member of the Spiro United Methodist Church serving on the board of directors and active in Methodist Men. He served as a National Delegate from Oklahoma for the American Legion and volunteered as a American Legion Services Officer, other activities include emergency management director for 35 years, a member of the Spiro VFW Post No. 4884 and the Masonic Lodge. Gene was instrumental in establishing the LeFlore County Veteran War Memorial in Poteau.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth of the home; two daughters, Laura G. Williamson of Houston and Mary Ann Lovett and husband, John of Oklahoma City; a sister, Patricia Goodman and husband, Earl of Beech Grove, Ind.; a grandson, John Ransom Lovett.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. today at United Methodist Church in Spiro with the Rev. Janice Meese and the Rev. Dois Kennedy officiating. Burial will follow in the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Spiro. Pallbearers will be Neal Perrin, Brian Lacy, Rex Butler, Jim McCormick, Robert Sheffield and Ronnie Parent. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4466 of Stigler will conduct the military rites.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gene G. Williamson Fund at the Spiro United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 427, Spiro, OK 74959. body may be viewed 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.



Carl W.Willingham
Carl W. Willingham 64, died Monday afternoon October 12, 1998 in Bossier City, Louisana hospital. Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday October 16, 1998 at the First United Methodist Church of Aspermont officiated by the Rev. Dolan Brinson assisted by Rev. Gene Crane and Rev. Jim Reinbolt. Burial will follow at Aspermont Cemetery under the direction of McCoy funeral Home of Aspermont.
Mr Willingham was born in Panama, Oklahoma on December 19, 1933. He was amember of the First United Methodist Church in Aspermont and attended First United Methodist in Rochester. He was managing partner of Bar T Brangus Ranch in Aspermont .He served as Stonewall County Commissioner and was an Air Force Veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was active in the Community and the Aspermont Chamber of Commerce. He was past president of of the Stonewall-Kent County Farm Bureau and also served on various committees of the church. He married Patricia Dalby November 23, 1968.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Jan Willingham and his parents Leonard and Aurbie Willingham.
Survivors include his wife Patricia " Pat " Willingham of Aspermont; one son, Carl A. Willingham and wife Cleta of Ft Worth; two daughters, Glynda Newton and husband Michael of Austin; and Jill Willingham of Dallas; Three brothers J.B and wife Jennie Willingham of Bakersfield, California; Gene and Lois Willingham of Canadian , Oklahoma ; Elton Willingham of Houston, Texas; and a sister Gladys and Dave Oaks of Houston, Texas.
Many neices and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. Pallbearers are Joe Rimes, Troy Swink, Dr Allen Bolt DVM, Dr. Rob Harrell DVM, Marty Lewis, and Jim McCurdy.
Carl is the son of Leonard Thomas Willingham who is the son of Toliver Brooks Willingham who is the son of John Kyle Willingham and on down.



Joseph Wilson
Funeral services for Mr. Joseph Wilson were held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 5, 1983, at the Assembly of God Church in Panama, Oklahoma. Reverend W. O. Hatley and Reverend L. G. Williams officiated. Mr. Wilson was born July 1, 1919, and passed away March 2, 1983.
Surviving are his wife, three daughters, one son, two sisters, one brother, fourteen grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Interment was in the Dog Creek Cemetery, Shady Point, Oklahoma, under the direction of Evans Funeral Home, Poteau, Oklahoma.



Sarah Wilson
CAMERON - Sarah Wilson, 60, of Cameron died Tuesday, May 16, 2000, in a Poteau hospital. She was a seamstress.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Monroe Cemetery in Monroe under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.
She is survived by one daughter, Lisa Moody of Cameron; five stepdaughters, Patsy Ritter and Phyllis McClure, both of Bokoshe, Ann Fugate of Spiro, Terry Tiffee of Poteau and Sherry Benefield of Howe; one stepson, Billy Ritter of Bokoshe; her mother, Mabel Wilson of Poteau; two sisters, Wanda Goins of Panama and Nema Baker of Carnegie, Okla.; one brother, Leonard Wilson of Poteau; two granddaughters, Sarah Danialle Moody and Amanda Lee Moody; nine stepgrandchildren; two step great-grandchildren; and her companion, Don Ritter.
Pallbearers will be Dennis and J.E. Wilson, Clayton Goins, Randy Shelton, Gary Baker, Billy Ritter and Michael Long.



Marine R. Wimbish
Marine R. Wimbish, 70, of Fort Smith, formerly of Cowlington, Okla., died Monday, March 6, 2000, at his home. He retired from the Air Force and was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was a member of the American Legion.
Funeral will be 1 p.m. Thursday in Ocker Funeral Home Memorial Chapel of Van Buren with burial with full military honors at the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith.
He is survived by three daughters, Vickie Hughes of Flintville, Tenn., Sandra Hayden of Cottage Hill, Ill. and Cynthia Pulley of O'Fallon, Ill.; two sons, Douglas and Steven, both of Granite City, Ill.; three sisters, his twin, Marie Tate of Tulsa, Lora Mae Howard of Fort Smith and Lorene Young of Dallas; three brothers, Charley of Greenwood, Lawrence of Tulsa and Loran of Diamond, Mo.; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard.



Pauline Gayle Wise
Pauline Gayle Wise, 78, of Poteau, passed away Friday, Aug. 30, 2002, in Fort Smith. She was born Sept. 18, 1923 in Cameron. She was a homemaker and a charter member of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband Basil Wise.
Survivors include one daughter, Debbie Johnson of Poteau; one son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Janis Wise of Fairfax, Va.; four grandsons, Jeff and Andrea Johnson of Norman, Jamie Johnson of Poteau, Adam Wise and Peter Wise, both of Fairfax; one sister, Mildred Pittman of Fort Smith; one sister-in-law, Grace Turner of Marshfield, Mo.; numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and loved ones; and a host of beloved friends.
Services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3 at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church of Poteau with the Rev. Kimsey Frye officiating. Burial followed in Mountain View Cemetery in Hackett, Ark. under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.
Pallbearers will be William Hastings, Lewis Hammons, Fred Hardesty, Eldon Dugan, Ronnie Johnson and Ronnie Johnson Jr.



Oda Woodral
HEAVENER - Oda Woodral, 86, of Heavener died Sunday, March 5, 2000, in Poteau. She was a member of the Assembly of God in Bates.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. today at Hontubby Cemetery in Heavener under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener.
She is survived by six daughters, Dorothy Underwood, Della LeFlore, Pauline, Shirley and Henryetta Smallwood, all of Heavener and Rosie Miller of Wister; one son, Jimmy "Buddy" Woodral of Heavener; three sisters, Mildred Benson of Heavener, Louise Hill of Blackfork and Eva Janway of Hodgen, Okla.; one brother, Orvil of Hodgen; 34 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.



Adilia Woods
ARKOMA - Adilia Woods, 92, of Arkoma died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, in Arkoma. She was a homemaker.
Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Woodlawn Memorial Park Chapel in Fort Smith under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home of Fort Smith.
She is survived by five daughters, Jessie Smith, Joerene Attaberry and Wilma Allen, all of Arkoma, Judy Umbaugh of Muldrow and Daisey Flurry of Roland; two sons, Franklin D. Woods of Arkoma and John Woods of Gans; 30 grandchildren; 57 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.



Bonnie Jean Woods
Bonnie Jean Woods, 70, of Spiro, passed away Sunday, Sept. 29, 2002. She was born March 16, 1932 at Cookson to Virgil and Violet (Brigance) Dameron. She was a child care provider.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and three sisters, Jewell Rust, Naomi Bourne and Patsy Black.
Survivors include two daughters, Joyce Stiles and husband Luke of Spiro and Debra Shackelford of Burleson, Texas; one brother, Virgil Dameron of Tahlequah; and one grandson, Joshua Stiles of Spiro.
Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 30 at Spiro City Cemetery with the Rev. Robert Hill officiating, under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Spiro.
Memorials may be made to The American Cancer Society or Hospice.



C.W. Woolsey
C.W. Woolsey, 87, died Wednesday in a Wilburton, Oklahoma, hospital after a short illness. Services were May 9, 1964, at Tuskahoma, Oklahoma, and burial was in Old Town Cemetery. He was a resident of Tuskahoma for forty-five years.
He was born in Hancock, Missouri, on March 30, 1877. He retired in 1927 from the Frisco Railway. He was a member of the Baptist church. Survivors include his wife, Viola, of the home; a son, Charles, of the home; four daughters, Mrs. Edith Long of Tuskahoma, Mrs. Ethel Talent of Albion, Oklahoma, Mrs. Sarah Huddleston of Plains, Texas, Mrs. Ellen Key of Poteau; a brother, > J.R. Woolsey of Spiro, Oklahoma; two sisters, Rosa Wilkins of Sardis, Oklahoma, and Ora of Panama, Oklahoma; twenty-eight grandchildren; and twenty-nine great-grandchildren.



James H. Woolverton Jr.
James H. Woolverton Jr., 78, of Poteau, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2002.
He was born Oct. 1, 1923 in Fort Smith to James Henry Woolverton and Nora (Holt) Woolverton. James and his wife Virginia moved to Poteau four years ago. He was a member of Pentecostal Church of God in Poteau. He served in the Army during World War II and received Qualification Expert Infantryman with rifle, carbine and submachine gun, Asiatic Campaign, American Campaign, Good Conduct, Victory medals, the Distinguished Bronze Star and the Distinguished Purple Heart.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Norma (Trammel) Woolverton; a stepdaughter, Rhonda Howard; two brothers, Everett Woolverton and Earl Woolverton; and two sisters, Marie Reed and Eva Lee Allen.
Survivors include his wife of the home; one son, Jimmy Ray Woolverton of Nobel; one daughter, Jeanie Jackson of Talihina; a stepson, Robert D. Morgan; one stepdaughter, Wanda Faye Cothren of Claremore; one brother, Michael Woolverton of Choctaw; one sister, Ruby Nell Crawford of Van Buren; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many beloved family members and friends.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14 at the New Talihina Cemetery with the Revs. Clyde Hess and Jeff Little officiating, under the direction of Grace Manor Funeral Home of Poteau.



Glen Wyatt
Glen Wyatt, 80, of Heavener, passed away Monday, June 24, 2002, in Fort Smith. He was a longtime resident of Heavener, a member of the First Baptist Church and was a retired professional meat butcher.
He was preceded in death by one son, James Ray; and one grandson, Gregory Clubb.
He is survived by his wife Marilyn of the home; nine daughters, Carolyn Clubb and husband Jerry of Poteau, Karen Pottridge and husband Mike and Bonnie Crosby and husband Jim, all of Austin, Texas, Jeanette Neal of Fort Smith, Tere Hammond of Tulsa, Nita McClain and husband Rodney of Heavener, Julie Koehn and husband Greg of Oklahoma City, Laura Kosal and husband Nejat of Turkey and Shirley Hansen of Van Buren; six sons, Mickey Wyatt of Watonga, Rick Wyatt and wife Cathy of Pawhuska, Ron Amack and wife Althea of Chadron, Neb., Anthony Wyatt of Ponca City, John Ray and wife Linda of Claremore and David Ray and wife Elfie of Germany; one sister, Maxine Severns of Norton, Kan.; one brother, Raymond Wyatt and wife Maxine of Bella Vista, Ark.; 32 grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 27 at Dowden Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery in Heavener under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener.



Carl Henry Yandell
SUMMERFIELD, Okla. - Carl Henry Yandell, 76, of Summerfield, Okla., died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, in Poteau. He was a member of Church of Christ in Summerfield, Disabled American Veterans and a recipient of the Purple Heart while serving in World War II.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Summerfield Church of Christ with burial at Summerfield Cemetery under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener.
He is survived by his wife, Christine; four daughters, Diana Sue Pitt of Lawton, Okla., Kathy Darlene Nichols of Albert, Okla., Anita Bigger of Stigler, Okla., and Kimberly Yandell of Summerfield; three sons, Carlos Gene Yandell of Summerfield, Dennis Glenn Yandell of Carnegie, Okla., and Larry Wayne Yandell of Albert; one sister, Birdie Hudlow of LeFlore, Okla.; three brothers, Raymond, Chester and Bud, all of Summerfield; 17 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.



Carol J. Brewer Yocum
Carol J. Brewer Yocum, 52, of Wilburton, passed away Thursday, June 13, 2002, in Oklahoma City. She was born May 18, 1950 in Hot Springs, Ark. to Joseph and Evelyn (Goss) Brewer. She was a member of the Fanshawe Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
She was preceded in death by her father; one brother, Scotty Brewer; one aunt, Mamie Montana; and one uncle, Everett Goss.
Survivors include her mother of Wilburton; one son, James Yocum of Edmond; one daughter, Tiffany Yanez and husband, Octavio of Heavener; one grandchild, Jasmine Nicole Yanez; four sisters, Joann Baldwin of Yuma, Ariz., Cathy Brewer of Wilburton, Mickey Bischel of Oklahoma City and Connie Brown of Wilburton; and one an aunt, Aline Wilson of Oklahoma City.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at Fanshawe Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with Gregory McGowan officiating. Burial will follow in Fanshawe Cemetery under the direction of Jones-Harkins Funeral Home of Wilburton.
Pallbearers will be B.J. Mahoney, Donnie Stanley, Joey Bischel, Johnathon Brown, B.J. Bowers and Kenneth Brown.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bradley Brewer and Cody Brown.



J.D. Young
ARKOMA - J.D. Young, 63, of Arkoma died Saturday, Aug. 17, 2002, in a local hospital. He was an Army veteran and a retired orderly for St. Edward Mercy Medical Center.
Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home of Fort Smith.
He is survived by his wife, Ocie; a daughter, Kathy Fletcher of Arkoma; three sons, Mark and Kelly Young, both of Arkoma, and Brandon Young of Seattle; a sister, Betty Reeves of Van Buren; two brothers, Hubert Young of Barling and Bob Young of Van Buren; and a grandchild.
Pallbearers will be Robert Cecil, Steve, Shawn and Shane Reeves, Allen and Steve Young.
The family will visit with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.


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