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Wednesday, 24 May 2017 14:24

James H. Beshears Obituary





James H. Beshears, 72, of Pocola, OK passed away Tuesday, May 23, 2017 in Pocola. James was born December 21, 1944 in Waldron, AR to James G. & Lavern (Solley) Beshears.


He was a veteran of the US Army.


He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Norma Gene Hall and brother, Jim Beshears.


Survivors include his wife Ruth of the home; daughters, Lori Kilgore & husband Jason of Ft. Smith, AR, Lisa Watts of Pocola, OK; 5 grandchildren, Cullen, Caden & Carver Watts, Landon & Lauren Kilgore; other relatives, loved ones and friends.


Services will be 2 pm, Friday, May 26, 2017 graveside at Macedonia Cemetery, Pocola, OK with Lance Ashmore officiating.


Pallbearers will be Jason Kilgore, Kyle Hamby, Roger Lairamore & Randy Lairamore.


You may leave an online message at


The family has chosen to entrust the care of the services to Evans & Miller Funeral Home, Pocola, Oklahoma.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017 12:59

John “Todd” Baker Obituary

John “Todd” Baker, 52, of Euless Texas, (formerly of Heavener, Oklahoma) passed away unexpectedly on May 21st, 2017.

He was born in San Diego, California on August 28, 1964 to Johnny and Jana Moore Baker.


He was preceded in death by his father Johnny Baker.


He is survived by his mother Jana Baker of Heavener, Oklahoma, and his two children, Chelsea Michelle and Dakota Jack of Euless, Texas. He is also survived by his sister, Jonna and brother-in-law Peter Decker of Los Angeles, California, their two children, Morgan and Jonathan Decker, as well as devoted aunts and uncles, favorite cousins, countless nieces, nephews, and close family friends that he loved dearly as they dearly loved him.

On September 26, 1995 and May 26, 1999 Todd welcomed two beautiful children, who were the most important part of his life. Chelsea Michelle and Dakota Jack dearly loved Todd from the moment they were born, but their devotion and love was more than eclipsed by Todd’s unending passion for his babies. There was no limit to Todd’s capacity to guide, believe in, fight for, and love his children.

He was the only son of Johnny and Jana Baker and graduated from Heavener High School in 1982. He graduated from Carl Albert State College and attended Northeastern State University. He was intensely competitive as an extraordinary athlete, avid water skier, hunter, fisherman, and fearless adventurer. But the sport that captured the passion of his heart was baseball.

Surpassing his love for adventure and a good time was his love for family. He not only admired, but worshipped the ground his father walked on. He honored his mother emphatically and drew on her deep reservoir of faith as a guiding light. One of his strongest bonds was with his sister Jonna. From the time they were children until his last day, Todd and “Sis” experienced a closeness and devotion that transcended the time and space between them.

Todd was known for his loving, compassionate hugs, huge smile, and thunderous laugh. He made friends quickly and kept them for life. He was forgiving and never held a grudge or ill-will toward anyone. His strong principles, Christian beliefs and unshakable faith in God were his anchor in the storms of life and his example to everyone who knew him.

He lived life openly, fully, joyfully, and was the light of the room.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 25, 2017 at the Heavener First Baptist Church with Brother Sam Dyer officiating.


Burial will follow in Heavener Memorial Park under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener, Oklahoma.


Pallbearers will be: Cody Huie, Jamie Gilliam, Steve Newcomer, Andy Perdue, Eddie Freeman, and Neil Patel.


Honorary Pallbearers will be: Jim Winters, Brad Naylor, Jimmy Wigginton, and Robert Hudgens.


The family will visit with friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday at the funeral home.


To sign Mr. Baker’s online guestbook please visit


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Tuesday, 23 May 2017 22:33

Denver Dickson Obituary




Denver Dickson, 79, of Wister, OK passed away Monday, May 22, 2017 in Ft. Smith, AR. Denver was born October 15, 1937 in Wister to Olive Edith & Gertie Edna (Green) Dickson. He was a veteran of the US Air Force. Denver was a KATS bus driver.


He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, J.L. & Charley Wayne Dickson.



Survivors include his wife, Debra Ann (Owens) Dickson of the home; his children, Arley & Jennifer Campbell of Lamar, AR, Jimmy Dickson & Andrea Spaulding of Huntington Beach, CA, Brittany Ann & Holder Lunsford of Wister, OK; grandchildren, Dalton Bo Campbell, Allie Campbell, Caleb Campbell and Adelina Dickson; siblings, Cecil Dickson of Wister, OK, Ernest Dickson of Oakland, OR, Melvin Dickson of Covington, OK, Lorene Naylor of Hontubby, OK, Betty Lang of Oakland, OR; other relatives, loved ones and friends.


Services will be 3 pm, Saturday, May 27, 2017 at Church of God Seventh Day in Wister, OK with Don Martin officiating. Interment will follow in Ellis Chapel Cemetery, Wister. Pallbearers will be Jason Smith, Jeff Smith, Little Denver Dickson, Bobby Dickson, Terry Davis, Jesse Davis, Arley Campbell.


The family will be at the funeral home on Friday evening from 6-8 pm to visit with relatives & friends.


You may leave an online message at


The family has chosen to entrust the care of the services to Evans & Miller Funeral Home, Poteau, Oklahoma.




OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak is urging storm victims to be on the lookout for scam artists. The Oklahoma Insurance Department’s Anti-Fraud Division has received complaints about suspicious phone calls to storm victims in Elk City and Perkins. The perpetrators falsely claim to represent several well-known insurance companies. Then the caller demands to inspect the consumer’s roof and refuses to take no for an answer.


“These con artists are the lowest of the low,” said Doak. “They prey on disaster victims at a time when they’re emotionally vulnerable, stressed out and dealing with an unfamiliar situation. By giving consumers a heads up, we hope they can better protect themselves.”


Currently, there are no reports of consumers losing money to the scam. The known victims have ended the calls before the scammers made demands for money. The scammers provided a local phone number but it is no longer in service.


In addition to phone calls, scammers may also go door-to-door offering goods or services. Commissioner Doak offered the following tips to avoid fraud after a disaster:

• Require references and check them out
• Only work with licensed and insured contractors.
• Get more than one estimate. Don’t be pushed into signing a contract right away.
• Get everything in writing; cost, work to be done, time schedule, guarantees and payment schedule.
• Ask to see the salesperson’s driver’s license. Write down their license number and plate number.
• Never sign a contract with blanks. Fraudsters may enter unacceptable terms later.
• Never pay anyone in full until the work is completed.

Consumers concerned about insurance fraud are encouraged to call the Oklahoma Insurance Department at 1-800-522-0071.


About the Oklahoma Insurance Department
The Oklahoma Insurance Department, an agency of the State of Oklahoma, is responsible for the education and protection of the insurance-buying public and for oversight of the insurance industry in the state.


The Board of County Commissioners, LeFlore County, State of Oklahoma, met in a Regular Business Meeting on May 22, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. with Chairman Lance Smith presiding. Also present were Vice-Chair Derwin Gist, Member Cebern Scott and County Clerk Kelli Ford.


The following action was taken by the board:

(1.)       Chairman Lance Smith called meeting to order.

(2.)       Motion was made by Lance Smith and seconded by Derwin Gist to approve the minutes of

regular meeting held May 15, 2017. Motion was approved all voting yes.

(3.)       Motion was made by Lance Smith and seconded by Derwin Gist to approve payroll/claims presented. Motion was approved all voting yes.

(4.)       Motion was made by Lance Smith and seconded by Derwin Gist to approve a bond for Eddie Freeman, Treasurer, City of Heavener. Motion was approved all voting yes.

(5.)       Monthly fee reports. None presented.

(6.)       Transfer was approved as presented and as on file in the office of the LeFlore County Clerk.

(7.)       Blanket purchase order was approved as filed in the office of the LeFlore County Clerk.

(8.)       Old business. No discussion.

(9.)       Current bridge and road projects. No discussion.

(10.)     Contract/service agreements. None presented.

(11.)     Burn ban. No discussion.

(12.)     Motion was made by Lance Smith and seconded by Derwin Gist to approve resolution and bid

            notice advertising to accept sealed bids regarding 6-month county highway materials. Motion was

            approved all voting yes.

(13.)     Motion was made by Derwin Gist and seconded by Cebern Scott to approve resolution and bid

            notice advertising to accept sealed bids regarding publication of fiscal year commissioners

            proceedings. Motion was approved all voting yes.

(14.)     Motion was made by Lance Smith and seconded by Derwin Gist to approve permit application

           submitted by Rob Goolsby for installation of pipeline on Waits Lane in Section 24, Township 5 North, Range 23 East.

           Motion was approved all voting yes.

(15.)     Motion was made by Cebern Scott and seconded by Derwin Gist to approve KEDDO/REAP

            Close-out document for Mount Pleasant Road, project #17K1021-MNT/PLT. Motion was

            approved all voting yes.

(16.)     Motion was made by Lance Smith and seconded by Derwin Gist to approve Intergovernmental

            Agreement between LeFlore County, First National Bank and Carter County regarding purchase of

            two (2) vehicles. Motion was approved all voting yes.

(17.)     No public comments were made.


According to a press release from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma , Brian Thomas Green, announced e 44, of Mount Pleasant, Texas, pled guilty to Use and carry of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence a crime punishable by any term of years up to life imprisonment, and up to a $250,000.00 fine or both.


The Information alleged that on or about the 13th day of July, 2011, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma and elsewhere, the defendant, Brian Thomas Green aka Country, did knowingly carry and use a firearm, that is, a small caliber revolver of unknown manufacture and serial number, during and in relation to a crime of violence for which he may be prosecuted in a court of the United States, that is, Violent Crime in Aid of Racketeering – Murder.


The charges arose from a joint investigation by the Homeland Security Investigations Operation Community Shield Gang Task Force, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, Longview Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, Carrollton Texas Police Department, McCurtain County Sheriff’s Office, Panola County Texas Sheriff’s Office, United States Bureau of Prisons, and the Texas Rangers.


The Honorable Kimberly E. West, U.S. Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, accepted the plea and ordered the completion of a presentence investigation report.


Assistant United States Attorney Rob Wallace represented the United States.

Monday, 22 May 2017 16:38

Edward Leon Smallwood Obituary



Edward Leon Smallwood of Heavener, Oklahoma was born May 27, 1938 in Heavener, Oklahoma to Fred, Sr. and Velma (Ford) Smallwood and passed away May 20, 2017 in Poteau, Oklahoma at the age of 78.


He is survived by:

His wife:
Sharon Smallwood of the home

Four daughters:
Priscilla Smallwood of Los Angeles, California
Patty Smallwood of Los Angeles, California
Lacey Cheesman and husband Kevin of Waldron, Arkansas
Lannette Janway and husband Scotty of Hodgen, Oklahoma

Two sons:
Keith Benson and companion Jenn of Roland, Oklahoma
Eddie Smallwood and wife Cynthia of Heavener, Oklahoma

Five brothers:
Fred J.R. Smallwood and wife Dorene of Poteau, Oklahoma
Jessie Smallwood and wife Pauline of Heavener, Oklahoma
Paul Smallwood of Heavener, Oklahoma
Clarence Smallwood and wife Mona of Bates, Arkansas
Carol Smallwood and wife Shirley of Heavener, Oklahoma

Three sisters:
Mary Taylor of Heavener, Oklahoma
Nellie Watts and husband C.J. of Heavener, Oklahoma
Barbara Collins of Heavener, Oklahoma

Numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren

Several nieces, nephews, and friends


He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred, Sr. and Velma Smallwood; three sons, David Smallwood, Kenneth Smallwood, and Edward Junior; and one daughter, Teresa Smallwood.


Edward was a long-time resident of the area and was an Assembly Line worker for Whirlpool.


After he retired from Whirlpool, he went to work for the City of Heavener. He was of the Catholic faith.


Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at Heavener First Assembly of God Church with Reverend Charlie Scott and Reverend Ray Weaver officiating. Interment will follow in Hontubby Cemetery under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener, Oklahoma.


Pallbearers will be: Laramie Thompson, Carrol Smallwood, Nathan Underwood, Lucas O’Neill, Bryan Thompson, and Isaiah Thompson.


Viewing will be from noon until 8:30 p.m., Tuesday with the family visiting with friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home.


To sign Mr. Smallwood’s online guestbook please visit





The Community Resource Network Service Fair and Luncheon is scheduled for June 15, 2017 from 10am until 2pm at the Donald W. Reynolds Center in Poteau.


The purpose of the Fair is for area agencies to showcase their organization and give out information and a presentation of that services they provide to the community.

Booth services are available free of charge.

Booth setup is from 9 to 10 a.m. and breakfast will be provided for vendors.

Information booths will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to noon.

To set up a booth or for more information contact Royce Alverson at (918) 967-3325.





At approximately 4:18 am on May 22, 2017, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol were dispatched to the scene of a one vehicle accident that occurred on United States Highway 64 and State Highway 141.

The accident was approximately two miles north of Gans in Sequoyah County.


According to the report, a GMC Yukon driven by Matthew Neville 25, from Muskogee, was westbound on US64 when his vehicle departed the roadway to the left striking an embankment and a tree.


Neville was transported to Sparks Regional Medical Center by Pafford EMS and was admitted with head and trunk internal injuries, he is listed in stable condition.


According to the report the condition of driver: Odor of alcoholic beverage and the cause of collision: Intoxication and seat belts were not in use.


The accident was investigated by the OHP.




Enjoy a great day of Golf with business partners, co-workers and friends at the 20th Golf Tournament by Poteau Chamber of Commerce.


On June 26, 2017, over 100 golfers will take the course for a day of fun, networking and competition for the tournament that will consist of a Two-Man Team /4 Man Scramble.

Lunch will be served with all the drinks and beverage carts running through-out the tournament.

2- Man Team $130

Make your reservation now! Call 918-647-9178.

All Golfers receive a polo style golf shirt if pre-registered by June 15th.

Green Fees and Cart Fees Included.

Options Extras available to Boost Score.

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