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Tuesday, 04 December 2018 14:00

Garry Wayne Waymire

Garry Wayne Waymire, 60, of Poteau, OK passed away Monday, December 3, 2018 in Ft. Smith, AR.


Garry was born October 12, 1958, in Poteau, OK to Bobby Junior & Goldie Jearlene (Benson) Waymire.


Garry loved to bowl & watch sports. He was preceded in death by his father, grandparents, Calvin & Mary Waymire, Bill & Stella Benson; and uncle, Lyndon Benson.

Survivors include his mother, Goldie Green; sister & brother in law, Charley & Carla Cox of Howe, OK; brothers & sisters in law, Donnie & Diana Waymire of Monroe, OK, Rodney & Cindy Waymire, Roger Waymire all of Poteau, OK; stepbrother, Billy Leon Green; numerous aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, other relatives, loved ones and friends.

Services will be 10 am, Thursday, December 6, 2018 at First Baptist Church, Howe, OK with Rev. Chris Lovell officiating.


Interment will follow in Howe Cemetery.


Pallbearers will be Joe & Jacob Waymire, Chris Terry, Sam McKenzie, Waylon Bunn and Danny Myers.

The family will be at the funeral home on Wednesday 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

Tuesday, 04 December 2018 13:56

Lloyd Lee Pickel Obituary

Lloyd Lee Pickel, 88, of Poteau, OK was born July 6, 1930 in Poteau and passed away December 3, 2018 in Ft. Smith, AR.


Our strong, loving, tremendously funny, and sweet Dad said goodbye to this ole Earth and started his new life with the Lord. We have a sense of peace knowing he is much happier now and in NO pain. He was almost 90 and was married to Mom almost 70 years which he was most happy about.


Lloyd served as a tank instructor while in the US Army at Ft. Knox, KY. Upon return to civilian life, he was a coal miner, crew foreman and then daytime superintendent for the Lone Star Steel Coal Mine in McAlester, OK. T


he family moved to Hobbs, NM in 1965, where he was the underground shift superintendent at the Kerr McGee Potash Mine. Returning to Poteau in 1967, he helped start and develop the Howe Coal Company Mine.


Later he went to work as a Federal Mine Safety Inspector where he was a Regional Inspector.


In retirement, he enjoyed woodworking, gardening and reading WWII history.


Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents, Eva & Hubert Pickel; and brother, Earl Pickel.

Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Dora (Goldsmith) Pickel; dog, Daisy; daughter & son in law, Terry & Rick Summerlin of Tulsa, OK; sons & daughters in law, Jim & Cathy Pickel of Springfield, MO, Jon Pickel and Carol Kannady of Poteau, OK, David & JoAnn Pickel of Broken Arrow, OK; 11 grandchildren, Sherry Theobald, Matt Summerlin, Jennifer Bailey, Steven Pickel, Julie Hayes, Leslie Jett, Michael, Mark, Morgan, Shelby & Carson Pickel; 13 great grandchildren; other relatives, loved ones and friends.

Services will be 2 pm, Thursday, December 6, 2018 at the First Christian Church, Poteau, OK.


Interment will follow at Oakland Cemetery, Poteau.


Pallbearers will be his grandsons and honorary pallbearers will be his grandsons in law.

The family will be at the funeral home on Wednesday evening from 5:30 – 7 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

Press release

OKLAHOMA CITY – US Marshals report Oklahoma Department of Corrections inmate Patrick M. Walker has been captured at a St. Louis motel.

Walker, who was serving a life sentence for first-degree murder, escaped Thursday night from the Payne County Jail in Stillwater. He was at the jail for a court case stemming from his assault on a correctional officer last May at Cimarron Correctional Facility in nearby Cushing, where he was housed then.

“We deeply appreciate the dogged, tireless efforts of the U.S. Marshals to take Patrick Walker into custody,” ODOC Director Joe M. Allbaugh said. “Fortunately, they were able to capture him without incident, and he will soon be back in Oklahoma.”
The search for Walker began Friday after the Payne County Sheriff’s Office, which operates the jail, informed ODOC he had bonded out using another inmate’s identity.

Since then, ODOC Fugitive Apprehension and Investigations agents, as well as sheriff’s deputies, state troopers and a host of other law enforcement had been looking for him around-the-clock.

When he escaped, Walker, 34, had been incarcerated since 2003 for the murder conviction and several other convictions, including felony drug possession, firearm possession, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

ODOC moved Walker from CCF to Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, a maximum-security male prison, before his transfer to the county jail for that assault case, which was filed in Payne County where CCF is located.

“I’m looking forward to a full report explaining how one of our most dangerous inmates could bond out of a county jail,” Allbaugh said. “We can’t have this happen again in any of the 76 other counties of this state.”

Press Release


JOE DUBOIS, DVM, MS, of Poteau, Okla., recently completed a two-year continuing education program designed to enhance the business, communication, and planning skills of busy animal health professionals. The Executive Veterinary Program (EVP), established by the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, has long been a premier credential for elite food animal practitioners. Dr. DuBois, a veterinarian at Mountain View Animal Clinic in Poteau, Okla., was among the first cohort for the EVP in Beef Health Management, which united the expertise of the University of Illinois in post-graduate education with the expertise at Kansas State University in beef cattle production and health management.


            Dr. DuBois completed the Executive Veterinary Program (EVP) with a focus on beef health management; this program consisted of 10 two-day interactive modules. The program covered essential aspects of beef production and health maintenance to enhance the management, consultation, and problem-solving skills faced by veterinarians in the field of beef medicine. There were 37 veterinarians from 16 states and Canada that completed the program with Dr. DuBois.


            The University of Illinois has been cultivating veterinary leaders and innovators in food production systems through the unique EVP model since 1991. The award-winning program uses nationally-recognized experts from academia and industry to deliver practice relevant knowledge. Since the program began in 1991, there have been 255 graduates from seven EVP classes.


            Dr. DuBois earned a DVM degree from the Oklahoma State University in 2001 and a MS in Entomology from Oklahoma State University.

Monday, 03 December 2018 09:20

Silver Alert issued for Heavener Man

The Heavener Police Department has issued a Silver Alert for Johnico Robert, a 69-year male.

Johnico I was last seen at the Heavener Apartments.

He is under proven medical or physical disability with Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure and has a birth make on his back.

Johnico is considered in imminent danger or physical bodily injury.

He is 5 feet 10 inches tall, 180 pounds with brown eyes and long brown/ gray hair.

For any information contact the Heavener Police Department at 918-653-2921.

Monday, 03 December 2018 13:55

A water line break in Poteau




On Monday, December, 3, 2018 A water main running along Dewey Avenue in Poteau was hit and water has flooded the street.


City crews are now in progress of the getting the line repaired.


If you need to visit businesses downtown you'll have to come around from Parker.


Please avoid the intersection of Peters and Dewey.




Press release


OKLAHOMA CITY (Dec. 3, 2018) – Abigail Ferrell and Michael Cox, 2018 graduates of Edmond North High School, have been named AP Scholars.


The awards are given annually to one male and one female student in each state and the District of Columbia for outstanding achievement on Advanced Placement (AP) exams.


Ferrell, currently at Oklahoma State University studying psychology, is confident her participation in AP courses at Edmond North has made her a better college student.

“I’m more willing to study regularly outside of class, speak up while in class, meet with professors to ask questions and engage in unique research,” said Ferrell. “AP classes are most remarkable in that they teach students that they must take charge of their own learning if they wish to be successful.”

Cox is attending the University of Oklahoma and pursuing a double major in mathematics and mechanical engineering, an accomplishment he believes would not have been possible without his AP credits.

“AP classes exposed me to the intensity and workload required of me in the classes I am currently taking in college,” said Cox. “I personally believe – and studies show – that if you go into these classes confident in your abilities to perform, your grades and success in the classes will reflect that.”

Both Ferrell and Cox graduated high school with more than 60 college credits, satisfying nearly all of their general education requirements for their freshman year.

Joy Hofmeister, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, applauded the pair.

“Abigail and Michael exemplify what it means to go above and beyond in academic achievement.


Their commitment and hard work in high school laid the foundation for them to do tremendous things in college and beyond,” she said. “I am extremely proud of these students and delighted they were chosen to represent our state.”

Since 2016, five of the past six AP Scholars have come out of Edmond Public Schools.

“To reach this level of greatness requires a tenacious, purposeful pursuit of academic excellence, said Edmond Superintendent Bret Towne. “We could not be more proud of these two Edmond North High School graduates, and we look forward with great enthusiasm to what they will accomplish in their futures."

Both students credit their Edmond North teachers for their successes.

“This award is not the result of any intrinsic gifts I possess but is due to the countless hours of effort on the part of teachers who often don’t receive the reward they deserve for the invaluable work they do,” said Ferrell. “To my teachers, I say this: I have been shaped immeasurably by each of you, and I hope to make you all proud.”

Students enrolled in AP courses have an opportunity to earn college credit while in high school. More than 17,000 Oklahoma public school students took an AP exam during the 2017-18 school year.

Monday, 03 December 2018 13:32

Sensitive Santa Is Coming To A Town Near You



The Pervasive Parenting Center will present Sensitive Santa throughout eastern Oklahoma.


This is an opportunity for anyone with sensory issues or disabilities to meet Santa without standing in the long lines.



For some families with children on the autism spectrum, or with other sensory problems, the holiday season can be overwhelming.


The long lines at stores to get a couple seconds with Santa, which may or may not work out, can be frustrating for a child with autism and the families.


There is an alternative to those lines and hotbeds for meltdowns. The Pervasive Parenting Center will be holding Sensitive Santa. The event is a great way for children with disabilities and sensory issues to enjoy the holiday season.


“Any parent of a child on the spectrum knows that waiting in those long lines is just an invitation to a meltdown. The sights, smells, and long delay can cause a sensory overload that will leave a bad impression of Christmas. Children with disabilities who attend can enjoy a quiet evening with Santa, and don’t have to wait in lines,” said Kodey Toney, Pervasive Parenting Center Director. “This is the seventh year that we have held the event.”


Toney went on to say that Sensitive Santa is soft spoken, unlike the boisterous, jolly soul that we see at the mall. The stereotypical reproduction of the real man from the north is usually too much for a neurotypical child to handle, much less someone that is easily upset by loud sounds. He won’t touch the children unless they come up to him. They don’t have to sit in his lap unless they want to.

“This has been such a blessing for us to sponsor,” said Toney. “Every year we see children interact with Santa that wouldn’t typically get a chance to, and Santa is so patient.”


The children are treated to milk and cookies while they wait, there are games and activities, and someone is on hand to read a book as well. This gives them something to do instead of standing around in a long line.


Santa will be at the Senior Citizen’s Center in Wilburton on Tuesday, Dec. 4;  Carl Albert State College in Sallisaw on Thursday, Dec. 6; Kibois Community Action building in Stigler on Tuesday, Dec. 11; and Carl Albert State College in Poteau, on Thursday, Dec. 13.


These events will begin at 6 p.m. each night. The event is held by appointment only to help with crowding.

Sensitive Santa is open to ALL children with disabilities, not just those on the spectrum. We understand that not all children will feel comfortable around huge crowds, and it’s inconvenient to wait in line with any type of disability. The only thing we ask is that this is for just the children with disabilities; no siblings. Too many children can mean too many distractions.


If you want more information, or to make an appointment, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 918-647-1255 contact us on Facebook at Pervasive Parenting Center.


Monday, 03 December 2018 13:27

Gennean Marie (Lillard) Green Obituary

Gennean Marie (Lillard) Green of the Reichert Community was born July 25, 1967 in Poteau, Oklahoma to John “Doc” and Trudy (Nobles) Lillard and passed away December 2, 2018 at her residence at the age of 51.


She is survived by:

Her husband of 33 years:
Bill Green of the home

One step-daughter:
Joyce Wren of Poteau, Oklahoma

Three sisters:
Nina Fry of the Reichert Community, Oklahoma
Reta Vincent of the Hontubby Community, Oklahoma
Anita Lillard of Heavener, Oklahoma

One brother:
Olen Fry of Heavener, Oklahoma

Four grandchildren

Special friends:
Tonya Sutton of the Reichert Community, Oklahoma
Cori Holloway of Howe, Oklahoma

Several nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and a host of friends


She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Lester Fry and Jerry Lillard. Gennean was a long-time resident of the area, a 1985 graduate of LeFlore High School, a 1987 graduate of Carl Albert State College, and a member of the Heart O’ The Hills Baptist Church.


Gennean was the Activity/Social Service Director at the Vista Nursing Home in Heavener for many years and worked as a Security Guard at O.K. Foods.


She was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt, and friend. Gennean will be deeply missed by all who knew her.


Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Bob Cherry and Reverend Clyde Hess officiating.


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


Pallbearers will be: Mark Dehart, Jerry Brown, Zach McGee, Jason Carson, Brandon Brainerd, and Steven Cauthen


Honorary pallbearer will be: James Sutton


Viewing will be from Noon until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, and 8:30 a.m. until service time, Wednesday at the funeral home.


To sign Mrs. Green’s online guestbook please visit


Monday, 03 December 2018 13:21

Ruby Lee Shoopman Obituary


Ruby Lee Shoopman of Spiro, Oklahoma was born April 14, 1928 in Cartersville, Oklahoma to Buddy and Lola (Davis) Crase and passed away November 30, 2018 in Spiro, Oklahoma at the age of 90.


She is survived by her daughter, Janice Decker of Spiro, Oklahoma, son, Bryan Shoopman and wife Ann of Kirbyville, Missouri, three grandchildren; Christopher Decker, Taylor Baswell and husband Wade, Jerrade Shoopman and wife Janetta, two great grandchildren, David and Daniel Shoopman, five nieces; Phyllis Anoatubby and husband Gene, Barbara Hardison and husband Jerry, Doris Tomlin and husband Harold, Sandra Smith and husband Arlis, Vivian Morris and husband Bob, and one nephew Daryl Hays and wife Laura Nell.


Ruby was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Shoopman, parents; Buddy and Lola Crase, and sister, Edith Hays.


She was a member of the Lighthouse Family Worship Church in Pocola, Oklahoma. Her family was the love of her life and meant everything to her.


Funeral Services will be 1:00 pm Saturday, December 8, 2018 at the Lighthouse Family Worship Church in Pocola with Reverend Scott Quick officiating.


Burial will follow at Old Cache Cemetery in Keota, Oklahoma under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home in Spiro, Oklahoma.


Viewing will be 9:00 am – 7:00 pm Friday, December 7, 2018 family will visit with friends from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.


Pallbearers will be Chris Decker, Jerrade Shoopman, Wade Baswell, Bobby Woodrome, Junior Saulsberry, and Damon Mason.


To sign Ms. Shoopman’s online guest book please visit

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