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Monday, 29 July 2019 05:59

Robert Forbes “Bob” White Obituary

From Strode Funeral Home and Cremation, Stillwater, OK

 

The End of an Era

Robert Forbes “Bob” White went peacefully to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 28, 2019 surrounded by loving family and friends. A visitation with family greeting friends will be held from 6:00-8:00pm on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at Strode Funeral Home in Stillwater, OK. Memorial service will follow at 11:00am on Friday, August 2, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church in Stillwater.

Robert Forbes White was born to Alex E White and Dorothy Forbes White on February 15th, 1938. He was the grandson of Will P. Forbes, owner of the Hotel Forbes in Poteau, Oklahoma. He graduated from Poteau High School in 1956 after 12 years of wonderful schooling and the best teachers one could have. While in school, the Company 180th Cavalry of the National Guard returned from the Korean War. Everyone was getting out of the Guard, so he joined the 45th Division of the National Guard when he was 15 years old with several other school friends. He obtained the rank of Sergeant 1st Class before he received his discharge after 8 years of Army service. 


After lettering 4 years in football in Poteau High School, he played in the All State game in Oklahoma City and the Oil Bowl game in Texas. He always credited his success on the field and in life to Coach Sherman Floyd for teaching him to accept the hard times as well as the good times. He attended Oklahoma A&M, now Oklahoma State University on a football scholarship, and transferred to Northeastern University in Tahlequah in 1957. 


He moved back to Poteau where he enrolled in Poteau Junior College, now Carl Albert, in order to help his mother settle his grandfather’s estate. While there he attended school, drove a school bus, helped a local plumber, and coached junior high football before returning to OSU in 1958 to major in Trade and Industrial Education. While working on his degree, he ran the bar at the Elks Club and ran the desk at the Ralph Milan Hotel for a free room. During the summers, he moved to Oklahoma City and worked as a bartender in the Tower Club of the Skirvin Hotel. 


In 1960, he fell in love with and married Mary LeBaron, who had two children, David and Suzanne. Mary was a hairdresser, salon owner, and member of the Thunder Bird Hair Fashion Committee of Oklahoma. After getting married, he became an agent for Oklahoma Farm Bureau Insurance, but soon decided he didn’t like selling insurance, so he started beauty school in 1961 and received his basic and advanced licenses, as well as an instructor’s license with plans to open a beauty school. In 1962, he purchased the Union Beauty Salon in the Student Union of Oklahoma State University where he supervised 11 hairdressers and styled hair himself. During the next couple of years, he bought four more beauty salons and supervised 28 hairdressers. 


Bob continued going to college to earn his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Trade and Industrial Education as well as teacher’s certificate and administrator’s licenses before being accepted into the Doctoral Program of Occupational and Industrial Education at Oklahoma State University. Additionally, he was the Payne County Republican Chairman, helping Dewey Bartlett win the Governorship of the State of Oklahoma. He then filed and ran for Payne County Commissioner and won the election. After 6 years as a County Commissioner, he started building the first of 4 Orange Pride Carwashes in Stillwater.

Over the course of his career, he ran a small car wash supply company, continued running Orange Pride Carwashes, started White Real Estate and Rental Company and acquired 40 rental units around Stillwater. He spent time as the president of Stillwater Boat Club and Stillwater Apartment Association, remained a member of the Infrastructure Committee of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce, received the honor of 32nd degree Freemason, remained a member of the Masonic Lodge for 50 years, and remained a member of the American Legion for 60 years.

Additionally, he was a lifetime member of the Alumni Association, O Club, and Posse Clubs of Oklahoma State University, a member of the Stillwater Elks Lodge, Moose Lodge, and remained a proud member of the First United Methodist Church, where he regularly attended Friday Morning Men’s Prayer Breakfast. 


Over the course of his lifetime, his family grew, and he and his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren enjoyed many happy memories. In 2011, his wife developed acute myeloid leukemia. After a hard fight, Mary passed away in her home, with Bob by her side, in January of 2013. In the following years, Bob semi-retired, selling all but one carwash and running 15 rental units. In 2016, Bob started dating Dr. Fern Bowling, who he had known from working on their Doctoral degrees at Oklahoma State University and had consistently run into at meetings, galas, and community events. Bob and Fern were engaged with plans to marry in the future.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Bookout White of 53 years, his mother and father, two sisters, Nancy Emmaline and Dorothy Marion White. 

He is survived by his son, David LeBaron and his wife Carol of Stillwater, daughter, Suzanne LeBaron Golay of Branson, Missouri; grandchildren, Emily Beers and husband David, Ashley Harman, and David Williams; seven great grandchildren, Nicole, Zen, Zella, Maddox, Ava, Daxton and Gracie.

Please make donations in his name to the Stillwater Medical Foundation, P.O. Box 2408, Stillwater, OK. 74076

 

Visitation will be Thursday, August 1, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Strode Funeral Home Chapel in Stillwater. Funeral services will be Friday, August 2, 2019, at 11:00 AM at First United Methodist Church in Stillwater.

Monday, 29 July 2019 09:04

Bobby Joe Farrar Obituary

Bobby Joe Farrar, 74, of Cameron, OK passed away Friday, July 26, 2019. Joe was born October 20, 1944 in Poteau, OK to Loyd & Oma (Seaton) Farrar who preceded him in death.

 

Joe was a retired auto mechanic. He loved growing watermelons, going to the cabin to see the bears and spending time with his family.

 

Joe is survived by his wife of 54 years, Joyce (Wiles) Farrar of Cameron, OK; two sons and daughters in law, Benny & Diane Farrar of Quinton, OK; Jackie & Nina Farrar of Cameron, OK; sister, Norma (Tootie) Brooks of Cameron, OK; 4 grandchildren, Jamie Farrar of Cameron, OK, Joshua & Dinah Farrar of Fort Bragg, NC, Justin & Ashleigh Farrar of Broken Arrow, OK, Haley & Tegner Jacobson of Belgrade, MT; 3 great grandchildren and two more arriving soon; one very special fur baby, Dustmop; numerous nieces, nephews, close friends and family.

 

Services will be 10 am, Thursday, August 1, 2019 at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau, OK.

 

Pallbearers will be Jamie, Joshua, Justin Farrar & Tegner Jacobson. Honorary pallbearers will be Beck & Eli Farrar.


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

 

You may leave an online message at www.evansandmillerfuneralhomes.com

 

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

 

Justin Jackson and his son Grady from Horse Pen Ranch Chuckwagon in Howe OK, was part of the Crosstimbers Chuckwagon cooking team that participated at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Chuckwagon Cook Off held this past weekend (July 26, 27 & 28, 2019).


Jack Ramey from Mustang OK is the owner of the Crosstimbers Wagon.


The 4-man team consisted of Jack, his grandson Tucker, Justin, and Grady.


They won the Overall Championship!


They received 1st in bread, 2nd in potatoes, 3rd in beans, 3rd in Wagon, 4th in meat, and 5th in dessert.


They competed against 10 Wagons from all over the U.S.


The day before in the Youth cook-off Grady won in the dessert category and Tucker won the meat category both winning a buckle making the weekend a Oklahoma sweep.

 

justin and grady

Grady Jackson and Justin Jackson showing off their belt buckles 

 

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The team had their Championship buckles presented to them during the opening ceremonies of the last day of Cheyenne frontier days rodeo on Sunday.

Monday, 29 July 2019 11:38

Virgil Lee Musgrove Obituary

Virgil Lee Musgrove, 62, of Poteau, OK passed away Monday, July 29, 2019 in Poteau.

 

Virgil was born May 28, 1957 in Bisbee, AZ to Albert & Daisy (Curren) Musgrove.

 

Virgil is survived by his wife, Donna; son & daughter in law, Chad & Jessica Musgrove; numerous relatives & friend in CA, NY, OK, & AR.


Thank you to the staff & friends at the Oaks Healthcare Center and Advantage Home Health & Hospice.


No services are scheduled at this time.

 

You may leave an online message at www.evansandmillerfuneralhomes.com

 

 

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


Bi-partisan, Bi-Cameral Working Group Will Meet This Summer

 

OKLAHOMA CITY – House Speaker Charles McCall and Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat announced the formation of a bi-partisan healthcare working group today to develop an Oklahoma solution for increasing access to healthcare and providing insurance coverage for more citizens.

 

The Healthcare Working Group will be similar to the medical marijuana working group that met for 13 weeks last summer to develop a way to implement the provisions of State Question 788 into law. Speaker McCall believes the working group model is the best way to bring stakeholders and interested citizens together to craft a solution that works for all Oklahomans.

 

“The State Question 788 working group was successful because it brought everyone together and let everyone have a voice,” said McCall, R-Atoka. “We also had the advantage of knowing what worked well in other states and what had not, which helped us craft a final product in a way that tried to meet the unique needs of not only the supporters but also those who had concerns with the state question. Healthcare is a very complex issue, and there is no cookie-cutter approach that is going to drive down costs, improve care and increase access. It is going to take a comprehensive, multifaceted approach that considers not just what is wrong with the system but also what is working, and also what has worked and not worked in other states. That means we need to bring everyone together – patients, providers, policy experts, insurance carriers, facilities and state agencies – and find a way forward. That discussion must include everything, not just Medicaid expansion, and it will need to continue until we have a solution that works for our citizens unique needs.”

 

“Health care is an important topic nationally and locally,” said President Pro Tempore Treat, R-Oklahoma City. “We can and must do better as a state to improve our health care outcomes. Like we did previously with the House and Senate committee on medical marijuana, I’m confident this group will take a serious look at the issue and give useful recommendations for the Legislature to consider as we work to improve Oklahomans’ access to quality, affordable health care.”

 

Speaker McCall and President Pro Tempore Treat said Gov. Kevin Stitt’s appointees will be valuable additions to the working group.

 

“I appreciate the strong relationship between the Legislature and the executive branch to achieve a healthcare plan that strengthens the delivery of state services and improves health outcomes in our state,” said Gov. Stitt. “This partnership in the Capitol is vital to ensure we are taking into consideration all 4 million Oklahomans as we work to deliver a Top Ten state.”

 

The appointed members of the working group are as follows:

State Rep. Marcus McEntire, R-Duncan, co-chair
State Sen. Greg McCortney, R-Ada, co-chair
State Rep. Harold Wright, R-Weatherford
State Rep. Marilyn Stark, R-Bethany
State Rep. Cynthia Roe, R-Lindsay
State Rep. Mark Lawson, R-Sapulpa
State Rep. Carl Newton, R-Cherokee
State Rep. T.J. Marti, R-Broken Arrow
State Rep. Trish Ranson, D-Stillwater
State Rep. Andy Fugate, D-Del City
State Sen. Kim David, R-Porter
State Sen. Jason Smalley, R-Stroud
State Sen. Gary Stanislawski, R-Tulsa
State Sen. Marty Quinn, R-Claremore
State Sen. Bill Coleman, R-Ponca City
State Sen. John Haste, R-Broken Arrow
State Sen. George Young, D-Oklahoma City
State Sen. Carri Hicks, D-Oklahoma City
Carter Kimble, Oklahoma Deputy Secretary of Health
Samantha Davidson, Policy Director, Office of the Governor

The Healthcare Working Group will likely begin meeting on a weekly basis in August.

Monday, 29 July 2019 11:31

A Word from Karen’s Corner

 

By Karen Wages


Sara Powell is on vacation so We decided that I should write this week.


This is one thing that I am passionate about staying connected. I am glad that Sara is also good at connecting with the people of our area with e-mails, social media, text casting, blogs and most recently podcast.


If you know me very well then you know I always have something to say, especially about the Chamber, Poteau and LeFlore County.


This is something that we as leaders need to take time and do a few times now and then.


As leaders we tend sometimes to get so tied up with day to day details that we forget the smaller stuff or give the task to a staff person or ad agency. Thirteen years being in this profession I often reflect how we did things in the beginning and how we do things now. Things haven’t changed much except for a few things that I think that are going away that is very critical to the success of business today.

 

The communication line is becoming a one-way street that we send an e-mail to someone then assume they received, opened or even read it. The one- way street sometime never returns with the communication lost in the spam, cyberspace world. I still stand by how I started following up with a phone call or a face to face short visit. We are sometimes surrounded by so much paperwork while we are preparing for events, but one thing that is foremost in our minds daily that we never forget to make that strong connection we are still in the people work.


One thing about Poteau Chamber is our great staff can pick up the pace, step in to complete any project or event that we decide to embark upon for the benefit of our City and area.

 

We are constantly in promotional and recruitment mode looking for things that can bring visitors to our area and things that can improve the quality of life for those that live and do business.

 

One thing that I have said many times is; “Poteau is one of the best small cities in Oklahoma” and is surrounded by great communities and regional partners. Our association as the chamber allows us to meet so many people helping those that come through our door or contact us. We are very pleased to be all things to the community such as the voice for tourism, events, economic development and many civic organizations and businesses in the region.

 

We host many events but also help with non-related chamber events and issues concerning the area lending advice and sharing resources and manpower. We continue to be the sounding board to visitors, businesses and organizations.

 

With the population of the county we represent over 50,000 people that sets a high standard around the state. Recently there have been some closures and some setbacks and as one of the leaders of the city I can’t stop here without saying we are not dying at any means. We are a very active, progressive and synergistic city and county with progress plans being made as this was printed.

 

Our citizens should just hold on for the ride and be very proactive and positive that our leaders are out there working and making plans for even greater things in the area. I know we live in a microwave, high speed time but economic progress does not happen in 60 seconds or less. As I have stated also many different times you don’t know who is here looking before we are even contacted. Just last week we received a new member that has been watching us for 8 months.

 

A video was filmed by a professional cyclist on cavanal, in the mountains and at our skate park and released on YouTube.

 

We also have many businesspeople and possible new residents that watch our Facebook post looking to re-locate and my own personal page as well. So, friends let’s keep it positive and “above the ordinary” and good things will come to those that never give up. Winning begins on the inside and here are just a few good things coming our way. Poteau is a very sustainable community that continues to move forward.


September 12-14 The Oklahoma Motorcycle Rally “Rumble in The Mountains” scheduled with over 600 people here for 3 days, a car show, BBQ cookoff, 1/2 marathon, a regional special event tournament, a balloon fest, a firefighters competition, Main Street event, a circus, many events at the Donald W. Reynolds Center, A Veterans Street Banner Project, parades, homes are being built, property being sold for future development, we have a large number of retail stores and restaurants and much more.


How does this happen? The people of this city never give up.


Keep the positive energy flowing and it will be most contagious and magnetic.


If you have questions or suggestions feel free to contact me at the Chamber Office.


We are here for you! #finditinpoteau #positvleypoteau

Karen Wages, CEO
Poteau Chamber of Commerce
918-647-9178
Poteauchamber @windstream.net

Monday, 29 July 2019 11:31

A Word from Karen’s Corner

 

By Karen Wages


Sara Powell is on vacation so We decided that I should write this week.


This is one thing that I am passionate about staying connected. I am glad that Sara is also good at connecting with the people of our area with e-mails, social media, text casting, blogs and most recently podcast.


If you know me very well then you know I always have something to say, especially about the Chamber, Poteau and LeFlore County.


This is something that we as leaders need to take time and do a few times now and then.


As leaders we tend sometimes to get so tied up with day to day details that we forget the smaller stuff or give the task to a staff person or ad agency. Thirteen years being in this profession I often reflect how we did things in the beginning and how we do things now. Things haven’t changed much except for a few things that I think that are going away that is very critical to the success of business today.

 

The communication line is becoming a one-way street that we send an e-mail to someone then assume they received, opened or even read it. The one- way street sometime never returns with the communication lost in the spam, cyberspace world. I still stand by how I started following up with a phone call or a face to face short visit. We are sometimes surrounded by so much paperwork while we are preparing for events, but one thing that is foremost in our minds daily that we never forget to make that strong connection we are still in the people work.


One thing about Poteau Chamber is our great staff can pick up the pace, step in to complete any project or event that we decide to embark upon for the benefit of our City and area.

 

We are constantly in promotional and recruitment mode looking for things that can bring visitors to our area and things that can improve the quality of life for those that live and do business.

 

One thing that I have said many times is; “Poteau is one of the best small cities in Oklahoma” and is surrounded by great communities and regional partners. Our association as the chamber allows us to meet so many people helping those that come through our door or contact us. We are very pleased to be all things to the community such as the voice for tourism, events, economic development and many civic organizations and businesses in the region.

 

We host many events but also help with non-related chamber events and issues concerning the area lending advice and sharing resources and manpower. We continue to be the sounding board to visitors, businesses and organizations.

 

With the population of the county we represent over 50,000 people that sets a high standard around the state. Recently there have been some closures and some setbacks and as one of the leaders of the city I can’t stop here without saying we are not dying at any means. We are a very active, progressive and synergistic city and county with progress plans being made as this was printed.

 

Our citizens should just hold on for the ride and be very proactive and positive that our leaders are out there working and making plans for even greater things in the area. I know we live in a microwave, high speed time but economic progress does not happen in 60 seconds or less. As I have stated also many different times you don’t know who is here looking before we are even contacted. Just last week we received a new member that has been watching us for 8 months.

 

A video was filmed by a professional cyclist on cavanal, in the mountains and at our skate park and released on YouTube.

 

We also have many businesspeople and possible new residents that watch our Facebook post looking to re-locate and my own personal page as well. So, friends let’s keep it positive and “above the ordinary” and good things will come to those that never give up. Winning begins on the inside and here are just a few good things coming our way. Poteau is a very sustainable community that continues to move forward.


September 12-14 The Oklahoma Motorcycle Rally “Rumble in The Mountains” scheduled with over 600 people here for 3 days, a car show, BBQ cookoff, 1/2 marathon, a regional special event tournament, a balloon fest, a firefighters competition, Main Street event, a circus, many events at the Donald W. Reynolds Center, A Veterans Street Banner Project, parades, homes are being built, property being sold for future development, we have a large number of retail stores and restaurants and much more.


How does this happen? The people of this city never give up.


Keep the positive energy flowing and it will be most contagious and magnetic.


If you have questions or suggestions feel free to contact me at the Chamber Office.


We are here for you! #finditinpoteau #positvleypoteau

Karen Wages, CEO
Poteau Chamber of Commerce
918-647-9178
Poteauchamber @windstream.net

Sunday, 28 July 2019 23:17

Jack Riddle Benge Obituary

 

 

Jack Riddle Benge was born May 8, 1925 in Fort Smith, Arkansas to Jack Walker and Bessie (Larson) Benge and passed away July 26, 2019 in Spiro, Oklahoma at the age of 94.

 

Jack is survived by his wife of 70 years, Katherine (Parker) Benge, two daughters Debbie Franklin and husband Ken and Carla Stephens; his grandchildren, Jay Franklin and wife Carrie, Jacqui Rigler and husband Darrin, Ryan Franklin and wife Angie, Brookin Stephens and wife Crissy, and grandson-in-law Chad Cox; his great grandchildren, Michayla Franklin, Parker Rigler and wife Maggie, Price Rigler, Logan Franklin, Kohl Franklin, Kaylin Franklin, Payton Rigler, Teegan Franklin, Kaemyn Franklin, Casen Franklin, Emma Stephens, Sam Stephens, Judge Stephens, and Olivia Cox.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Bessie Benge, his granddaughter, Katey Stephens Cox, his son-in-law, Malcolm Stephens, and his two brothers, Hoyt and Emmett Benge. Jack enjoyed camping, boating, and fishing, he taught all of the grandchildren how to water ski. He loved the outdoors but his greatest passion was the love he had for his wife, his children, his grand and great grandchildren.

 

Funeral Services will be 2:00pm Monday, July 29, 2019 at Mallory-Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Spiro, Oklahoma with Mr. Neal Perrin officiating.

 

Viewing will be  8am-12pm Monday before the funeral service.

 

Pallbearers will be Ken Franklin, Jay Franklin, Ryan Franklin, Brookin Stephens, Darrin Rigler, and Chad Cox. To sign Jack’s online guest book, please visit www.MalloryMartinFuneralHome.com

 


According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, a Nebraska man was injured in a motorcycle accident that occurred on July 28, 2019 at approximately 10:48 am on United State Highway 259, approximately 2 miles south of State Highway 63 in LeFlore County.


According to the report, a 2010 Harley Davidson Motorcycle driven by Kamel Alsukhon, 52, of Omaha, Nebraska was traveling northbound on US259 when he departed the roadway to the right and struck a concrete barrier.


He was transported by LeFlore County EMS to Mena Regional Hospital in Mena, AR and was listed in stable condition with leg injury.

 

His passenger, Lisa Bennett, 45, of Hiland Village, Texas was transported by LeFlore County EMS to Mena Regional Hospital in Mena, AR and was treated and released. 

 

 

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol a head on collision occurred on July 27, 2019 at approximately 10:15 pm on State Highway 112, approximately 1 mile east of Poteau, OK. in LeFlore County.

 

According to the report, a 2003 Ford F-150 driven by Hunter Post, 18, of Hackett, AR was north bound on State Highway 112 and went left of center and struck a 2003 Chevy Suburban driven by a Roberto Castillo, 26, of Heavener, OK.


Castillo was transported by Air E-Vac to Washington Regional Hospital in Fayetteville, AR, and was admitted in good condition.


A passenger, Emily Shannon, of Poteau was not injured.


Another passenger a six year old male of Poteau, was taken by McAlester Air Care to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa where he was admitted in good condition with trunk and internal injuries.

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