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David Deaton

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Patsy Jean “Granny Pat Pat” Bottoms of the Lovings Community in Heavener, Oklahoma was born November 8, 1936 in the Lovings Community to Buck and Ona (Mead) Tomlin and went to be with her Lord and Savior on August 18, 2018 surrounded by her loved ones at the age of 81.


She is survived by:

One daughter:
Kathy Pilkington and husband Mickey of Heavener, Oklahoma

Two sons:
Mike Bottoms and wife Teresa of Heavener, Oklahoma
John Bottoms and wife Brenda Carol of Heavener, Oklahoma

One sister:
Brenda Pelanconi and husband Ron of Heavener, Oklahoma

One aunt:
Norma Jean Winters of Heavener, Oklahoma

Seven grandchildren:
Shawn Pilkington and wife Crystal
Amanda Morrison and husband Judd
Josh Bottoms
Laura Buckhanan and husband Joey
Megan Muller and husband Jason
Katie Sanders and husband Trey
Joey Bottoms and wife Cassidy

15 great-grandchildren:
Cheyanne Shelton and husband Logan
Ty Pilkington and wife Meagan
Jake, Gracie, and Jett Morrison
Kaleb and Kelsey Bottoms
Gunnar and Laney Buckhanan
Easton Sanders-Bottoms
Zaley Sanders
Brinleigh and Braylon Bottoms
Cage and Ace Muller

Two great-great grandchildren:
Kaseyln Bottoms and Addilyn Shelton

Numerous other relatives and host of friends


She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 58 years and the love of her life, Joe Bottoms; and one sister, Sue McDaniel.


Pat was a life-long resident of the area, a farmer, and a member of the Lovings Baptist Church. She was a 1954 graduate of Heavener High School.


Her family, especially her children and grandchildren was her pride and joy. Pat will be deeply missed by many whom loved and knew her.


She was a loving mother, wife, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend.


Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at the Lovings Baptist Church with Mr. Joey Bottoms, Mr. Ray Luman, and Brother Mark Morris officiating.


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


Pallbearers will be: Her Grandsons


Viewing will be from 3:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., Monday and 8:30 a.m. until noon, Tuesday.


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


To sign Mrs. Bottoms’ online guestbook please visit


Monday, 20 August 2018 00:20

OU Drops Bedlam Match in Stillwater

Lindsey Morrison, Assistant Director, University of Oklahoma Athletics Communications


STILLWATER, Okla. – The Oklahoma soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision to Oklahoma State Sunday night at Neal Patterson Stadium in Stillwater, Okla. This was the first of two Bedlam games to be played this season, with OSU coming to Norman on Sept. 30 for the second game of the series.

Redshirt junior Kaylee Dao scored the lone goal of the night for the Sooners in the 88th minute. Freshman Megan Reilly had a shot attempt blocked before Dao corralled the loose ball, firing from 12 yards out and putting the Sooners on the board.

“The endeavor and the fight to go to the final whistle is a characteristic that all OU programs are built on,” head coach Matt Potter said. “To win the second half 1-0, it shows that we can be competitive.”
OU gave up a pair of goals in the first half to trail OSU, 2-0, after the first 45 minutes of play. A foul inside the penalty box set up a penalty kick for Oklahoma State, giving them a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute.
In the 29th minute, OSU added to its lead on a shot from Elena Brynjarsdottir. Sophomore keeper McKinley Crone came off her line to try and corral the ball, but Brynjarsdottir was able to slot the pall just past Crone to extend the Cowgirls lead.

Lauren Haivala earned the first shot of the night for either side in the 15th minute, sending the attempt just wide of the goalpost.

In the 39th minute, the Sooners took the first corner of the game with Reilly sending a beautiful kick into the 18-yard box. Dao was able to get her head on the ball but couldn’t convert to put the Sooners on the board. The Sooners continued to pour on the shots, tallying six in the final six minutes of the half, but couldn’t find the back of the net.

“Our shot selection needed a little bit of work,” Potter said. “Oklahoma State obviously soaked up our pressure and invited us to come play and we’ve got to take that opportunity to score. Even though we created some chances, the shot selection maybe could be different on another day, but the signs are very encouraging.”

OU held the 3-0 corner kick advantage but couldn’t convert on any of the set piece opportunities. The Sooners also finished with an 11-10 shot advantage over OSU.

The Sooners will return to John Crain Field for a pair of games this weekend. OU will host Illinois State on Friday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m., before welcoming Gonzaga to Norman on Sunday, Aug. 27 at 3 p.m.


Monday, 20 August 2018 00:15

Family Medical Clinic adds New Physician

Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center is pleased to announce Dr. Kassandra Payne DO to the Family Medical Clinic in Poteau.

Payne grew up in Purcell Oklahoma and attended OSU.

Dr Payne’s office is located on the first floor of the Medical clinic at 104 Wall Street and she can be reached at 918-647-8635.

The Poteau Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce L & L Fencing and Construction as new members of the Poteau Chamber of Commerce.

L&L Fencing is owned and operated by LaDonna Burdett, a proud Native Indian business woman.

L&L Fencing is in Talihina Oklahoma and they are licensed and Bonded in Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas.

With 17 years of experience L&L Fencing specializes in privacy and chain link fences.

So, if you need a fence contact L&L Fencing at 918-917-7688 or 469-525- 6785



Sunday, 19 August 2018 21:15

Edward Lee Pickering Obituary

Edward Lee Pickering, 61, of Bokoshe, OK passed away Friday, August 17, 2018 in Bokoshe. Ed was born March 15, 1957 to Lonnie & Charlotte (Lyle) Pickering.


He was preceded in death by his wife of 20 years, Ruth Treat Pickering August 17, 2014; his parents, stepmother, Dorothy Pickering; brother, Ernest Post.

Survivors include his brothers, Eric & Terri Pickering, Charles & Wanda Pickering, Brian & Sheila Pickering; sister, Evelyn & Skeet Seaton; daughters, Beverly & Fred McCutchan, Misty & Jerry Demick; sons, Charles & LaDonna Treat, Dustin & Stacey Treat, Justin & Stephanie Treat; grandchildren, Carley McCutchan, Keith Treat, Luke Taylor, Emerson Taylor, Daultion Taylor, Brayden Treat, Austin Treat, Alex Treat, Hailey Treat, Landon Treat, Anna Treat & Seth Treat; a loving crew of nieces and nephews from Georgia, Lauren Anne Day, Duke Day, Ruthie Day & Alicia Welch; longtime friend & brother in his heart, Dale Whitecotton; many other relatives, loved ones and friends.

Services will be 4 pm, Tuesday, August 21, 2018, at Old Bokoshe Memorial Gardens followed by fellowship at the Bokoshe First Assembly of God Church.


Pallbearers will be Dale Whitecotton, Dustin Treat, Fred McCutchan, Brayden Treat, Steven Peru, Richard Sepulveda. Honorary pallbearers will be Justin Treat, Charles Treat, Tracy Urchison and Austin Treat.


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 Plano Texas man was injured in an ATV accident that occurred on August 18, 2018 at approximately Personal injury collision occurred on 08-18-2018 at approximately 7:15pm on United States Forestry Service 52500 Road, 1 mile north of Lucian Sorrel Road and approximately 4 miles north of Hochatown, OK in McCurtain County.


According to the report, a 2017 Yamaha ATV driven by Robert Strong 42, of Plano, Texas was northbound on United States Forestry Service 52500 Road, when he attempted to negotiate a curve to the left and lost control. The ATV overturned 2 times coming to rest on its wheels.


Strong was transported by Air-Evac to Wadley Hospital in Texarkana, Texas. He was admitted in good condition with head and trunk internal injuries.

Saturday, 18 August 2018 23:41

Margaret Aline Semore Obituary

Margaret Aline Semore, 74, of Pocola, OK passed away Thursday, August 16, 2018 in Pocola. Margaret was born April 22, 1944, in Hackett, AR to Clarence Eugene & Gladys Aeline (Gressett) Brasher.


She worked as a cashier for Choctaw Travel Plaza. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Lisa Clayton; sisters, Ruby, Leona & Mildred; brothers, Gene & Jimmy.

Survivors include her sons, Billy & Glenda Needham, David Needham of Pocola, OK; grandchildren, Gregg & Jamie Needham of Greenwood, AR, Sabrina & Patrick Robbins of Pocola, OK, Dakota & Kali Johnson of Arkoma, OK, John Clayton Jr. (Tray), Zachary Clayton; great grandchildren, Alexis, Colton, Austyn & Mason; brothers & sisters in law, Donald & Candy Brasher of Hackett, AR, Manuel & Anna Brasher of Pocola, OK, Chester & Vera Brasher of Hackett, AR; other relatives, loved ones and friends.

Memorial services will be held 10 am, Monday, August 20, 2018 at Evans Memorial Chapel, Pocola, OK with Rev. Bryan Fouts officiating.


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

Press release

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Brett Wayne Pigeon, age 32, of Okmulgee, Oklahoma, pled guilty to Felon In Possession Of Firearm, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2), punishable by not more than 10 years imprisonment, a fine up to $250,000.00 or both.


The Indictment alleged that on or about March 23, 2018, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, did knowingly possess in and affecting commerce, a firearm, to-wit: One (1) Charles Daly, 12 gauge pump action shotgun, serial number 950658, which had been shipped and transported in interstate commerce.

The charges arose from an investigation by the Okmulgee Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


The Honorable Steven P. Shreder, 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 Dean Burris represented the United States.

Press release

McCURTAIN COUNTY—Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-2) announced that members of his staff will hold eight mobile office stops in southeast Oklahoma this month.

“In the Second District, I have offices located in Claremore, Muskogee, and McAlester,” said Mullin. “However, I understand that many constituents don’t live near one of my offices, or don’t have the time to travel to one. That’s why I’m sending my office staff to you so that members of my team can assist you in your own town.”

Johnston County Mobile Office Stop
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
9:00AM – 11:00AM CT
County Commissioners Office
403 W. Main, Suite 104
Tishomingo, OK 73460


Coal County Mobile Office Stop
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
1:00PM – 3:00PM CT
County Commissioners Office
5 W. Clay Street
Coalgate, OK 74538


McCurtain County Mobile Office Stop
Thursday, August 23, 2018
9:00AM – 11:00AM CT
County Commissioners Office
8 NE. 3rd St.
Idabel, OK 74745


Choctaw County Mobile Office Stop
Thursday, August 23, 2018
1:00PM – 3:00PM CT
County Commissioners Office
300 E Duke St.
Hugo, OK 74743


Marshall County Mobile Office Stop
*Monday, August 27, 2018*
9:00AM – 11:00AM CT
County Commissioner Office
100 Plaza Room 106
Madill, OK 73446


Bryan County Mobile Office Stop
*Monday, August 27, 2018*
1:00PM – 3:00PM CT
County Commissioner Office
323 W. Beech St.
Durant, OK 74701


Atoka County Mobile Office Stop
*Tuesday, August 28, 2018*
9:00AM – 11:00AM CT
County Commissioner Office
200 E. Court St., Suite 205W
Atoka, OK 74525


Pushmataha County Mobile Office Stop
*Tuesday, August 28, 2018*
1:00PM – 3:00PM CT
County Commissioners Office
303 SW B St.
Antlers, OK 74523


Call the McAlester office for more information: 918-423-5951.

Press release


NORMAN — University of Oklahoma Vice President and Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione announced today the hiring of Armani Dawkins as an OU senior associate athletics director.


The appointment fills a vacant position that resulted from the shift of Senior Associate Athletics Director Zac Selmon to oversight of The Sooner Club.


Dawkins comes to OU from Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., where she most recently held the position of associate director of athletics for student-athlete development. She was promoted to that post in May after spending the previous two-and-a-half years as assistant director of athletics.


As associate AD, Dawkins was a member of Holy Cross's senior athletics staff and was responsible for implementing a robust series of programming to emphasize and improve the development and welfare of the Crusaders' nearly 700 student-athletes. She also served as the sport supervisor for the field hockey program.


"Armani is a bright, rising star administrator who will be an innovator in our department," said Castiglione. "Her background and skill are a great complement to our leadership team. I am confident that she will help us become more dynamic and efficient as she contributes to strengthening our culture focused on a world-class experience for our student-athletes."


At Holy Cross, Dawkins initiated partnerships with programs such as the Victory Academy, and furthered collaboration with the college's Center for Career Development. Under her guidance, the Holy Cross Student-Athlete Advisory Committee made significant strides in advancing its five pillars — leadership, academic excellence, career development, community engagement and mental health and wellness — and fostered growth with the creation of such groups as WE LEAD (Women's Empowerment through Leadership Education and Development) and MOCA (Men of Color Athletes).


"I am both honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve one of the most storied programs in college athletics," said Dawkins. "Undeniably, Joe Castiglione is one of the nation's most successful athletics directors, and I would like to thank him for inviting me to join Sooner Nation for what I know will be an incredible experience among the very best student-athletes, coaches and staff in the country.


"The University of Oklahoma has an unwavering commitment to academic and athletics excellence, and my husband Andre and I could not be more excited to join the Sooner family. I'm looking forward to continuing to elevate the power of athletics to pursue championships in sport and in life."


Prior to her time at Holy Cross, Dawkins worked at Duke University from 2010 to 2015. Her most recent post at Duke was special assistant to the vice president and director of athletics, and she handled oversight responsibilities for the athletics director's routine commitments, including public relations obligations and correspondence. In addition, Dawkins assisted the director of athletics with responsibilities for the Division I NCAA men's basketball committee, United States Olympic Committee and Advocates for Athletic Equity. She also had oversight responsibility for all the executive administrative operations. She previously held positions with Duke as the assistant director of Iron Dukes for special events, and assistant director of administrative operations and human resources.


Dawkins arrived at Duke after serving as a branding and communications intern for the NCAA.


A 2008 graduate of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Dawkins earned a bachelor's degree in journalism and media studies. She was a member of UNLV's women's soccer team, helping the Rebels to three Mountain West Conference titles while earning Academic All-Mountain West Conference honors. Dawkins went on to earn a master's degree in strategic public relations from George Washington University in 2015.


Dawkins' hire is pending OU Board of Regents approval.

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