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(STILLWATER, Oklahoma) — The Oklahoma State University family is mourning the loss of its 15th president, Dr. John Roy Campbell, who died Nov. 17 at the age of 85. Campbell, a champion for education and the mission of land-grant universities, served as president of OSU from 1988 until 1993. He resigned the presidency to teach in OSU's College of Agriculture and to resume writing.


"Oklahoma State University extends its sympathies to the family of John Campbell," said Oklahoma State President Burns Hargis. "President Campbell guided OSU through its centennial celebration, emphasizing the university's land-grant heritage and its legacy of international outreach. He also focused on students with the development of an honors program and an increase in scholarships."


Campbell, who grew up in Missouri, was the first member of his immediate family to graduate from high school. He earned a bachelor's degree with honors in dairy science in 1955 from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He received a master's degree in dairy manufacturing and earned a doctorate in dairy cattle nutrition and physiology. For his service in the military, Campbell received the Meritorious Service Medal from the United States Army.


His celebrated professional career included 17 years of teaching at Missouri. He co-authored two textbooks and in 1972 authored a book on his philosophy of teaching. He was recruited in 1977 as the College of Agriculture associate dean and director of resident instruction by the University of Illinois. In 1983, he was named the dean of the College of Agriculture.


As the president of OSU, he maintained his focus on students, championed international involvement and interuniversity partnerships, and expanded distance learning. In 1998, he published his fourth book "Reclaiming a Lost Heritage: Land-Grant and Other Higher Education Initiatives for the Twenty-First Century."


He retired from Oklahoma State University in 1999 and returned to Columbia, Missouri. He served on the National University of Natural Medicine's Board of Directors from 1998-2013. Believing there was a need for changes to increase societal perceptions of higher education, he wrote a novel titled "Dry Rot in the Ivory Tower: A Case for Fumigation, Ventilation, and Renewal of the Academic Sanctuary," and another textbook, "Companion Animals: Their Biology, Care, Health, and Management."


Campbell was preceded in death by his parents and one son. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Eunice Campbell, two daughters and their families as well as numerous extended relatives. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to one of several funds established in Campbell's honor, including Oklahoma State University Foundation for the John Campbell President's Distinguished Scholarship Fund (


Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant university that prepares students for success. OSU has more than 36,000 students across its five-campus system and more than 25,000 on its combined Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, with students from all 50 states and around 120 nations. Established in 1890, Oklahoma State has graduated more than 260,000 students who have been serving Oklahoma and the world for 125 years.

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, a Roland woman was killed in an accident that occurred on United State Highway 64, 1.2 miles west of Muldrow in Sequoyah County, on November 22, 2018 at approximately 4:08 pm.


According to the report, a 2004 Oldsmobile SUV driven by Sherry Cawhorn Christopher 68 of Roland was killed and her passenger Thomas Christopher, 66 of Roland was treated and released from Baptist Hospital in Fort Smith.


The accident is still under investigation and no more information is available.


On Wednesday, November 21, 2018 the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation stated in a press release that the Tulsa Police Cyber Crimes Unit and Oklahoma ICAC Task Force members save a child from being sexually exploited.

According to the release, Zach Newberry of Tulsa pled guilty to sexually exploiting a child and is sentenced to no less than 15 years or more than 30 years in a Federal Penitentiary.

The Tulsa Police Cyber Crimes Task Force, who is a member of the Oklahoma Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, received a computer device in the mail from an anonymous sender.

On the device were images of Newberry sexually exploiting a child.

Detectives were able to identify Newberry and the child and Newberry was arrested the day after receiving the package in the mail.

The saving of the child is an incredible display of cooperation between the Tulsa Police, the Oklahoma Task Force, and Federal Prosecutors.



Zach Newberry



Thursday, 22 November 2018 01:11

Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving



OKW News would like to wish everyone a very safe and a very Happy Thanksgiving!



"You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

2 Corinthians 9:11"


Happy Thanksgiving 

from David and Donna! 

Thursday, 22 November 2018 01:02

Buddy Wayne Wade Obituary

Buddy Wayne Wade of Poteau, Oklahoma was born November 26, 1963 to Bud and Virginia (Morgan) Wade in Clewiston, Florida and passed away on November 18, 2018 in Poteau, Oklahoma at the age of 54.


Buddy was survived by his sons, Hunter and Dakota Wade, two sisters, Barbara Brook and husband Ben and Patty Walls and husband Jerry, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bud and Virginia Wade, one sister, Jackie Byrd, one brother, Tommy Wade and one nephew, Brian Jay Walls. Buddy was a fun, loving guy who loved to hunt and fish.


Funeral services will be 2pm Tuesday, November 27th at the Mallory-Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Spiro, Oklahoma with Pastor Doyle Walls officiating.


Burial will in the Old Bokoshe Cemetery under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Spiro.


There will be no viewing before the funeral service.


Pallbearers will be Coty White, Dillon Walls, TJ Wade, Hunter Wade, Jerry Walls, and Marvin Trout.


Honorary pallbearers will be Scott Bush and Randy Cox.


Please sign Buddy’s online guest book at



Thursday, 22 November 2018 00:59

Doris “Willene” Hope Obituary

Doris “Willene” Hope, 95, of Poteau, OK passed away Saturday, November 17, 2018, in Poteau.


Willene was born July 25, 1923 in Wister, OK to Robert Taylor & Lula Mae (Duncan) Thompson.


She was a clothing sales clerk.


She was a long time member of First Baptist Church, Poteau.


Willene was preceded in death by her husband, William Hayward Hope on January 18, 1998.

She is survived by numerous nieces & nephews; great nieces & nephews; other relatives, loved ones and friends.

Services will be 2 pm, Friday, November 23, 2018, at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau with Rev. Phil McGehee officiating.


Interment will follow at Oakland Cemetery, Poteau.

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

Thursday, 22 November 2018 00:57

Walter Glen Lynch Obituary

Walter Glen Lynch, 78, of Wister, OK passed away Tuesday, November 20, 2018 in Wister. Walter was born August 21, 1940, in Pine Valley, OK to William Ray & Madge (Breeding) Lynch.


He was preceded in death by his parents; grandchildren, Brooke & Matthew; and brothers, Kenneth & Joe Lynch. Everyone knew him as Pops.


He was a Dad to everyone and was a friend to all. He drove a truck for 40+ years and had friends in all 50 states.


He loved his family, especially his grandsons. They were always into something and drinking Pops famous sweet tea. Pops is “Eastbound and Down, Truckin for Heaven”.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia of the home; daughter, Lucretia McGahey of Poteau, OK; son, Bruce Lynch of Wister, OK; 3 grandsons, Trevor Neal, Clifford & Christian Lynch; sisters, Lynda Hamlin of Stilwell, OK, Ann Pottridge of Waldron, AR; brother, James Lynch of Poteau, OK; mother of his children, Mary Lynch; stepsons, Gary & Ronnie Duncan; beloved daughter in law, Patricia Hopkins; other relatives, loved ones and friends.

Services will be 2 pm, Saturday, November 24, 2018 at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau with John Brown & Jim Cook officiating.


Interment will follow at Memorial Park in Heavener.


Pallbearers will be Bruce, Clifford & Christian Lynch, Kodi Cook, Thomas Maxwell & Troy Cloninger.

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, OK




According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, a fatality vehicle versus pedestrian collision occurred on November 20, 2018 at approximately 7:04 pm on United State Highway 69 service road, just south of Frink Rd and approximately ¼ mile south of McAlester, OK in Pittsburg County.


According to the report, Curtis Wayne Johnson, 34, from Lancaster, TX was walking southbound on the service road near the edge of the payment when he was struck by a white van that was also traveling southbound.


The left the scene of the accident.

Johnson was transported by Pafford EMS to McAlester Regional Health Center where he expired from injuries sustained after being struck by the vehicle.


The accident is under investigation.

By Congressman Markwayne Mullin

This week, families will come together from near and far to eat turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and plenty of pie. While we are surrounded by loved ones at the Thanksgiving dinner table, there are countless nonpartisan causes—aside from the taboo dinner table topic of politics—worthy of our time and thought.

November is National Adoption Month. There are 585 children in Oklahoma in need of a permanent home this holiday season and another 8,314 children who are currently in the care of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.
November is National Native American Heritage Month. Native Americans have a unique opportunity to educate their children and fellow Americans about the legacy and hardships Native Americans have overcome. As a proud member of the Cherokee Nation, I believe our heritage and traditions should be celebrated year round within our communities and across the nation.

November is National Alzheimer’s Month. Every 65 seconds, an individual in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease and an estimated 64,000 Oklahomans over the age of 65 suffer from the disease.

November is National Entrepreneurship Month. Entrepreneurs drive innovation in every field, create jobs, and contribute to our growing economy. Support the entrepreneurs who opened their own small businesses, by visiting the mom-and-pop stores in your community on November 24th for Small Business Saturday.

November is National Pancreatic Cancer Month. Pancreatic cancer is on track to become the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S. around 2020. Help raise awareness of the disease taking the lives of 55,440 Americans in 2018.

November is National Diabetes Month. Did you know that 30.3 million, or 1 in 10 Americans have diabetes? 1 in every 4 people who have diabetes don’t even know they have it.

November is National Veterans and Military Families Month. There are 303,205 veterans, 19,802 active duty members of the military, and 13,031 reserve members in Oklahoma. Many of those individuals may not be spending Thanksgiving with their families this year.


Thank you to each and every one of them—and their families—for their service and sacrifice to our country.

There’s nothing like family. This Thanksgiving, don’t forget to thank your uncle for his service to our nation.


Share your Native American heritage with your children.


Tell your cousin about your favorite small business in town.


Remember those who have lost a family member to disease or in the line of duty.


Consider growing your family through adoption.


Most importantly, give thanks for your family and enjoy the time spent with your loved ones this Thanksgiving. From the Mullin family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving.



Press release

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma House Republican Caucus Chair Tammy West (R-Bethany) today released the following statement ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.

“I wish everyone in our wonderful state a blessed, happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday. As Oklahomans and Americans, we have much to be thankful for, but we must always be aware of those in need around us. It is a privilege to be in a position to serve, and it is my heartfelt prayer that God uses the men and women in the Oklahoma Legislature to bless our fellow citizens in the upcoming legislative session.


We will be looking for ways to meet the needs of all Oklahomans to place our state onto a more prosperous and peaceful path for the future. It is my hope we will have even more to be thankful for in the coming years.”

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