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Saturday, 18 February 2017 14:31

Mary Lynn Laymon Obituary

Mary Lynn Laymon, 50, of Shady Point, OK passed away Friday, February 17, 2017 in Ft. Smith, AR. Mary was born March 11, 1966 in Poteau, OK to Jim & Janice (Monks) Scroggins.


Mary graduated from Panama High School & worked at Whirlpool for 26 years.


She was a great wife & mother. She loved spending time with grandsons, watching them play sports; junking at antique stores, collecting amber glass; shopping for new rings.


She was loved by family & numerous friends.


Mary was also preceded in death by her parents; grandparents, Omer & Victoria Lawson, Ida & Roy Scroggins; niece, Summer Rose VanMeter; uncle, Jerry Monks; aunts, Loretha Grigsby & Glenda Tubby.


Survivors include her husband Leon of the home; daughter & son in law, Landon & Mishelle Frye of Poteau, OK, son, Dearl Laymon of Shady Point, OK; grandsons, Brock, Dax, Finn & Wick Frye; brother & sister in law, Roy & Shelly Scroggins; sisters, Linda & Cathy Scroggins; mother in law, Virginia Sherfield; brothers in law, Allen Laymon, Wayne Laymon, Andy & Susan Sherfield; sisters in law, Renee & Jim Rogers, Julia & Keith Savage, Gina Lorenson ; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces & nephews; other relatives, loved ones and friends.


Services will be 2 pm, Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at Victory Worship Center, Spiro, OK with Rev. Bryan Fouts officiating.


Interment will follow in Shady Point Cemetery, Shady Point, OK. Pallbearers will be Tyler Arnold, Jarrett Smith, Farral Hall, Rosco Hill, Collin Womack, Brandon Holley.


The family will be at the funeral home on Monday 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, OK - The LeFlore County Emergency Management has received 1000 NOAA Weather Radios to be distributed Free of Charge to any LeFlore County Resident.

They will be handing these out as part of their upcoming MIPS POD Full-Scale Exercise on Saturday February 25th at Carl Albert State College in Poteau.

The radios are FREE, all someone will need is some form of ID which lists their address. Driver’s License, Water Bill or anything like that will work.


They will also have a very select number of Strobe Attachments available for residents that are severely hard of hearing or deaf as well.


For more information contact Bobby Parker at (918)721-3409 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Friday, 17 February 2017 12:54

Mary Frances Sanders Obituary

Mary Frances Sanders, 81, of Shady Point, OK passed away Thursday, February 16, 2017 in Shady Point.


Mary was born November 3, 1935 in Yukon, OK to Charles & Mary P. (Baker) Ferrell.


She was preceded in death by her parents & daughter, Teresa Gober.


Mary & Roy we introduced on a blind date. Later she was engaged to her sweet heart on Dewey Ave in Poteau & married him in Yuma AZ at Orange Blossom Wedding Chapel.


She made the best chocolate gravy anywhere, and always had a home cooked meal ready for everyone who walked in her house. She looked for the good in everyone! She was intelligent, beautiful, devoted to her family and the Lord; read the Bible front to back multiple times and taught her children the truth of it.


She will be missed more than we can express, but we also are confident that she is waiting for us in Heaven now.

Mary is survived by her husband of 63 years, Roy Sanders of the home of granddaughter, Tina Shepard & great grandson, Caleb Pritchett; children, Roy Jr. & Cherry of Cabot, AR, Ray & Joanna Sanders of Williams Lake, British Columbia, Canada, Beverly & Chuck Courtade of Comstock Park, MI, John & Leigh Sanders, Mary Merkling of Poteau, OK; adopted children, Kyle & Shelby Sanders of Poteau, Blake Sanders & Amanda of Olney, TX, Alyssa & Aarron Miller of Bokoshe, OK; 15 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; brothers & sisters, James & Dian Ferrell of Grand Rapids, MI, George Ferrell of Pointe Verde Beach, FL, Dorothy Waldroupe of Okmulgee, OK; other relatives, loved ones and friends.

Services will be 2 pm, Saturday, February 18, 2017 at Springhill Baptist Church, Monroe, OK with Dr. Don Laughlin officiating.


The family will be at the funeral home on Friday evening from 6-8 pm to visit with relatives and 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, OK

Friday, 17 February 2017 12:43

Staton Doyle Cox Obituary

Staton Doyle Cox, 75, of Pocola, OK passed away Wednesday, February 15, 2017 in Ft. Smith, AR. Staton was born November 7, 1941 in Ft. Smith to Wiliam Homer & Ruth Leora (Woolsey) Cox.


He was a veteran of the US Air Force serving for four years. He worked as a deputy sheriff/under sheriff in Ft. Smith; city marshall of Hackett, Lavaca & Bonanza spending about 10 years in law enforcement.


He then worked for Coca Cola before becoming a sign painter for Thomas & Sons Signs and the last few years with Collins & Sons Signs.


Staton loved to play music, mainly bluegrass. He was able to pay any instrument he picked up. He played many festivals.


He could build and fix almost anything.


Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Annie Lois Cox; son, William Doyle Cox of Pocola, OK; daughters, Barbara Whitworth of Muskogee, OK, Linda Abott of Ward, AR; sister, Betty Otwell of Ft. Smith; 2 grandchildren; other relatives, many loved ones and friends. He will be greatly missed.


Services are pending.


You may leave an online message at


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

Friday, 17 February 2017 11:24

Opal Lorene Brown Obituary

Opal Lorene Brown of Pocola formerly of Dustin, Oklahoma was born November 8, 1923 to Charles Grant “Bud” and Mary (Bailey) Price and passed away February 16, 2017 in Pocola at the age of 93.


Opal is survived by her husband Douglas Drew Brown of the home, four daughters, Juanita Florene Hartford of Cookeville, TN, Marvene Jane Leverette and husband William of Mulberry, AR, Eula Irene Fisher of Ft. Smith, AR, and Cathy Merryman and husband Earl Lee of Farmington, AR, one son, Michael Drew Brown of Farmington, AR, 16 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren, one brother Joe Price of Roland, OK.


She is preceded in death by her parents, one son, Johnny Mack Brown, two grandchildren, Bruce Hartford, Jr and Anita Hartford, one sister, Connie Price, and three brothers, Gene, Carol, and Jackie Price.



Graveside funeral services will be 1pm Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at the Dustin City Cemetery in Dustin, Oklahoma with Elder Douglas Brown and Mr. Jarod Brown officiating.



Viewing will be Sunday 12pm-6pm and Monday 9am-4pm, the family will be visiting with friends 4pm-6pm on Sunday.



Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Brown, Ernest Brown, Larry Brown, Steven Fisher, Wayne Hightower, and Billy Hightower.



Arrangements have been entrusted to the care and direction of Mallory Martin Funeral Home of Spiro, Oklahoma.



Condolences can be made to the family on Opal’s online guestbook at



If you attended to Poteau Chamber of Commerce Banquet you had the opportunity to try some great cuisine catered by Eli French.


The desserts were exceptional and one such dessert was a deliciously decadent caramel pecan and cream cake dessert.


Well, Durene Sampson was gracious enough to share the recipe. She actually gave OKW the recipe a few years ago, at another banquet in which Eli was catering.

Here is that recipe


1 stick butter
1/2 cup Crisco 1 cup water
Place in glass bowl and microwave till melted about 3 minutes.

In large separate bowl:
2 1/4 cup Flour
2 cup Sugar
Pour butter mixture over flour and sugar. Stir well.

1 t baking soda 1/2 t salt
1 t vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk 2 eggs
1/2 cup chopped pecans


Mix well pour into Pam sprayed 9x13 cake pan. Bake at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes till toothpick comes out slightly moist.


Using chop sticks poke holes all over hot cake. Pour 1 jar of Hershey's Caramel Sauce over top filling holes, saving 1/8 cup for top of frosting. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup chopped pecans over caramel.


1 box powdered sugar 1 t butter flavoring
3 to 4 T milk
1 stick butter, softened
Beat till creamy.

Frost top of cake while warm.

Drizzle with rest of Caramel.

Durene Sampson’s Caramel Pecans n Cream Cake - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Thursday, 16 February 2017 23:35

Sheets named Citizen of the Year




Poteau, OK - Brenda Sheets, of Community State Bank in Poteau was named Citizen of the Year at the 89th Annual Poteau Chamber of Commerce Banquet held on Feb 16, 2017 at the Donald W Reynolds Center in Poteau.


Sheets, sits on several boards, including the Poteau Chamber of Commerce and the Poteau Valley Humane Society.


She spends endless hours volunteering her time and talents to help the community.



Other award winners were:

Holley Gerdes – Volunteer of the Year

volunteer of the year

Gerdes accepting her award from Karen Wages, CEO of the Poteau Chamber of Commerce

Balloonfest Volunteer of the Year – Rick and Jennifer Belt


The Belts accepting their award from Karen Wages, CEO of the Poteau Chamber of Commerce


Civic Improvement Awards sponsored by the LeFlore County Development Coalition and the Poteau Chamber of Commerce went to the following businesses:

Old Castle Enclosure Solutions
Kay Sullivan Real Estate
Angry Mullet
Cricket Wireless
Yellow Cottage Studio
Sidewinders Signs
Darrell Humphries Consruction
Frisco Trail Plaza
EastPointe Medical Plaza
J.L. Ford Investments
Rhyno Gear
Leona Italian Cuisine
Premier Outdoor Equipment
Mercy Clinic
Benzer Pharmacy


Congratulations to all winners!

Thursday, 16 February 2017 14:48

Oilfield Explosion Near Quinton

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol at approximately 12:32pm the Pittsburg County Sheriff’s office asked for OHP assistance with an oil field explosion.

The explosion occurred 3 to 4 miles West of Quinton & State Highway 31.

SH31 was closed at Holt Road west of Blocker but has now been re-opened.

Pittsburg County Sheriff Office and Emergency management are still on scene.

The Injured party has been transported to area hospital to be treated for injuries.


No other information is available at this time.

Thursday, 16 February 2017 11:28






Pansy Kidd Middle School is pleased to announce their “Students of the Month” for the month of February.





8th grade - Jacques Adams
Parents: Jody and Jenny Adams
Electives: Athletics, Technology Education,Advanced Computers, Student Council and
National Jr. Honor Society
I like school because: I get to see my friends and learn new things.




micah ellis

8th grade - Micah Ellis
Parents: Nova and Eric Ellis
Electives: Choir, Advanced Band, Family & Consumer Science, Student Council, National
Jr. Honor Society, Cheerleading and Family & Consumer Science
I like school because: I get to see my friends.




riley dill

7th grade - Riley Dill
Parents: Julie Dill, Justin Dill
Electives: Athletics, Technology Education and National Jr. Honor Society
I like school because: I can see my friends.





7th grade - Brittny Gavina
Parent: Maricela Gavina
Electives: Band, Vocal Music, National Jr. Honor Society and Cheerleading
I like school because: I get to see my friends.



haily treat

6th grade - Hailey Treat
Parents: Tiffany and Dennis Sugg
Electives: Explore, Band, Academic Team, Reading Club and Science Club
I like school because: I like getting to hang out with my friends and getting to learn.



caleb bridges

6th grade - Caleb Bridges
Parents: Chad and Julie Bridges
Electives: Explore and Athletics
I like school because: I get to see my friends.

Thursday, 16 February 2017 02:18

February Events Calendar



Feb 16

Poteau Chamber Banquet - 5:30PM – Reynolds Center – Poteau, OK

Strike A Lot Lanes -Sweet Heart Doubles 9 pin Tourney – Poteau, OK


Feb 17

Coffee Cup 10-year Anniversary Party – Poteau, OK


Feb 18
The Angry Mullet - Moonlight Serenade beginning at 6pm – Poteau, OK


Feb 21

Tuesday Lunch at the Museum – Poteau, OK


Feb 28

San Bois CASA – Cajun Cook-Off – Wilburton, OK

Mardi Gras on the Square – Historic Downtown Poteau, OK


Upcoming Events


March 2

Poteau Upper Elementary School Carnival – 5:30pm – 7:30 pm – Poteau, OK

Boys & Girls Club Casino Night – 6pm – Reynolds Center – Poteau, OK


March 4

Poteau Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast - Bob Lee Kidd Civic Center – Poteau, OK

Benefit Basketball Tournament: LeFlore County Sheriff’s Dept vs Poteau Police Dept- 11am – Poteau, OK


April 22

Poteau Trash Off Day – Poteau, OK



Recurring Events at Strike A Lot Lanes in Poteau


Wacky Wednesdays:

$1.00 Bowl Games (Shoe Rental $2.50) & ½ Priced Laser Tag



9-Pin Tourney Challenge - 7pm




Cosmic Bowl 9pm-11pm 2 hr. unlimited bowling, $10 (shoe rental not included)

8pm-11pm; three-hour unlimited bowling and light show -$10 plus shoe rental



Bowlaraoke and Cosmic Bowl 8pm-11pm


BOGO Sunday’s


Events at the Lounge in Poteau



Guy’s Night Out – Happy Hour Prices for guys All Night



Karaoke 9pm-Close & Reverse Happy Hour 9pm-12am



Ladies Night- Happy Hour for Ladies all night






Karaoke or scheduled band or event


Sunday's Fun day

Happy Hour 2pm-7pm

Pool tourney -5 pm


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Tuesday Lunch at the Museum
Tue Feb 21 @11:00AM - 01:00PM
Mardi Gras on the Square
Tue Feb 28 @ 6:00PM - 10:00PM
Poteau Upper Elementary School Carnival
Thu Mar 02 @ 5:30PM - 07:30PM
Boys & Girls Club Casino Night
Thu Mar 02 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM
Poteau Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast
Sat Mar 04 @ 6:00AM - 11:00AM