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Monday, 12 August 2019 14:41

Don Milas Goforth II Obituary

Don Milas Goforth II, 37, of Poteau, OK passed away Sunday, August 11, 2019 in Poteau. Don was born July 30, 1982 in Poteau to Don Sr. & Lynda (Ward) Goforth.


He was an IT Technician and a Poteau Fire Fighter.


Don faithfully served the city of Poteau and its residents for 10 years. During his tenure, Don responded to 1,744 of 1,977 calls, including 191 of 211 structure fires. He joined the Poteau Fire Department in December of 2008, and served the department as Captain of Station 1 since January of 2014. Don also held the title of communications officer while on the PFD


. He was husband to Cassie Goforth, father to Kaddon and Kylie, and a friend to every man on the Poteau Fire Department. He commanded the respect of his peers, and earned their heartfelt friendship and deep love through his faithful dedication to the Department and each man who served with him.


Don loved being a firefighter, and the city of Poteau is indebted to him and his family for his service. Don was preceded in death by his grandparents, Clinton Milas & Alma Jean Goforth; aunts, Renee Baggs & Cathy Vaughn; uncle, Tom Goforth; and brother, Bruce Ingersoll.


Survivors include his wife, Cassie (Herschberger) Goforth; daughter, Kylie; son, Kaddon; father, Don Milas Goforth; mother, Lynda Ezell; sister & brother in law, Melanie & Blaine Jennings; niece & nephew, Phoebe & Dylan Jennings of Lafayette, LA; Antonn, Jamie, Brian Herschberger of Poteau; other relatives and many beloved friends.


Services will be 10 am, Thursday, August 15, 2019, at Donald W. Reynolds Community Center, Poteau, OK with Rev. Keith Williams officiating. Interment will follow in Oakland Cemetery, Poteau. Pallbearers will be BJ Barnes, Daniel Upton, Dustin Armstrong, Dustin Green, John Ford, Jake Thompson. Honorary pallbearers will be the Poteau Fire Department.


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

Sunday, 11 August 2019 23:14

EOMC Welcomes new Physician to Staff


Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center is proud to announce that Hal H. Robbins, D.O., F.A.C.O.S. with Oklahoma State University Medicine will be opening a clinic here in Poteau and performing surgeries on Tuesdays.


Dr. Robbins Clinic will be located on the 2nd floor of the hospital above the cafeteria.


For scheduling, please call 918-635-3590.


This is just another way that EOMC strives to provide great care to our community members.

EOMC is very excited about the addition of Dr. Robbins to the surgery staff and to the EOMC family.


Dr. Robbins was born and raised in Sallisaw.

He attended Medical School at Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine; he completed his surgery training at OSU Medical Center in Tulsa.

Dr. Robbins is a Board-Certified General Surgeon. He is currently an Associate Professor of Surgery and General Surgery Residency Program Director at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa.

Dr. Robbins lives in Tulsa with his wife Ashley and their 4 children.


The OK Freedom were the Big Time National Basketball Tournament Of Champions Runner-up.



The tournament was held at the Solid Rock Basketball Center in Edmond, OK August 10-11.



Front L-R: Brailey Francis, Sky Bluford, Brayli Beason, Alexis Smith; Back L-R: Ryleigh Pierce, Ariana Loggians, Abbi Covey, Kara Albert

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol a two-vehicle accident involving a semitruck occurred early Sunday morning on State Highway 2 in Latimer County.

According to the report, on August 11, 2019, at approximately 5:07am, a 2009 Kenwood tractor trailer was turning south onto State Highway 2 and Hulsey Prairie Road, (about 3.5 miles south of Wilburton in Latimer County,) and became disabled in the roadway when a 2008 Ford SUV, driven by 17 -year-old male from Wilburton was traveling northbound and struck the trailer of the semi.

The teen was transported by Pafford EMS to McAlester Regional Medical Center and was treated and released with head injuries.

His passenger, Randi Scott, 18, from Wilburton, was pinned in the vehicle for approximately 15 minutes before being transported by McAlester Air Care to St Francis Hospital Tulsa where she was listed in Critical Condition with head injuries.

Another passenger, Gunner Henry, 18, from Wilburton refused medical treatment at the scene.

Saturday, 10 August 2019 21:36

Donald R. Johnson Obituary

Donald R. Johnson of Cameron, Oklahoma was born November 20, 1941 in Dora, Arkansas, to Laban and Mary (Smith) Johnson, and passed away August 9, 2019 in his home at the age of 77.


Survivors include two sons, Don Johnson Sr. of Cameron, OK, Kevin Johnson and wife Barbie of Natural Dam, AR; OK; four daughters, Valerie Samuels and wife Julie of Cameron, Pamela Johnson of Fort Smith, AR., Lisa Johnson of France, June Jones of Cameron, OK; a sister in law Erma Johnson of Muldrow, OK; twenty-three grandchildren and thirty-two great grandchildren; as well as a host of other family members, friends and loved ones.


Pallbearers will be Blake Thornburg, Blake Johnson, Don Johnson, Jacob Summers, Jason Crase and Tylor Crase; Honorary Pallbearers will be Skyler Thornburg, Kason Summers, Kuston Summers, Brian Thornburg and Robert Thornburg.


Don was proceeded in death by his parents, his wife Janice Johnson of 53 years, 2 sisters and 3 brothers.


He was a truck driver and loved to hunt and fish.


Services will be held at 10:00 AM Monday, August 12, 2019 at Grace Memorial Chapel in Poteau, OK with Rev. Lynn Bullard officiating.


Interment will follow services at the Greenhill Cemetery.


Viewing will be 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.


Family will greet friends from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Services are under the direction of Grace Funeral Service Poteau, OK.


You may leave an on-line greeting to the family at


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Friday, 09 August 2019 17:42

Daryl Wayne Anderson Jr Obituary

Daryl Wayne Anderson Jr. “DJ”, 36, of Poteau, OK passed away Wednesday, August 7, 2019 in Austin, TX. DJ was born July 13, 1983 in Ft. Smith, AR to Daryl & Rhonda (Atkins) Anderson.


He worked for Modern Rail Systems as construction superintendent.


DJ was always the life of the party; always happy.


He loved the lake, camping, riding, boating. He was the best cook of the family.


He pushed everyone to be better and always took pride in everything he did. DJ always went above and beyond in random acts of kindness.


DJ was preceded in death by his grandparents, Hoyt Atkins, Carol Atkins, Ervin Anderson.


He is survived by his wife, Lindsey; daughters, Paeton & Allie; his parents, Daryl & Becky Anderson, Rhonda & Ron Anderson; sisters, April & Dwain Caughern, Thressa & Jeff Loyd; nieces, Kylie Turner, Preslie House; nephews, Roper Nichols, Nolan Nichols, Easton Grant, Noah Loyd; grandmothers, Georgia Burns, Dee & Jack Rogers; other relatives and many friends.


Services will be 2 pm, Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at the Donald Reynolds Community Center, Poteau, OK with Jason Waymire & Keith Williams officiating.


Interment will follow at Oakland Cemetery, Poteau.


Pallbearers will be Dustin Reece, Joseph Bunch, Brandon Reece, Josh Atkins, JD Armstrong and Ricky Don Seals.


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, Oklahoma.

Friday, 09 August 2019 17:24

Joe Wilson Obituary


Joe Wilson of Spiro, Oklahoma was born on October 14, 1932 in Miami, Oklahoma to Melvin and Rosabelle (Rogers) Wilson and passed away on August 8, 2019 in Spiro, Oklahoma at the age of 86 years.


He is survived by his daughter, Tamarah Wilson, his son Brian Wilson and wife Sarah, four grandchildren, Ayden Wilson, Braelee Wilson, Colton Wilson, and Kristan Shaddon, one sister, Betty Haines, one brother, George Wilson, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other family and friends.


He is preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Rosabelle Wilson, two sisters, Ruth and Ethel, and two brothers, Cleo and Henry. Joe enjoyed fishing, farming, and working.


Funeral services will be 2pm Monday, August 12, 2019 at the Mallory-Martin Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Vernon Stone officiating.



Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Spiro, Oklahoma. Viewing will be 12pm-5pm Sunday.


Please log on to to view and sign Mr. Wilson’s online guest book


Friday, 09 August 2019 17:20

Reba Gene Burrow Connelly Obituary


Reba Gene Burrow Connelly, of Fayetteville, AR (formerly of Hope, AR and Poteau, OK), died August 8, 2019. Reba was born December 11, 1927 in Hill Town, OK to John Leamon & Mary Esta (Chaney) Burrow.


After marrying James William Connelly in 1947 she worked as a bookkeeper, secretary and homemaker.


A long time resident of Hope, AR, Reba was an active member of First Baptist Church, the Hospital Auxiliary and Homemakers Club.


Reba was an excellent seamstress and made everything from suits to wedding gowns.


She loved gardening as well, but invested most of her time in the lives of her family.


Her greatest gift to her family and friends was her strong faith in God and love for Jesus.


She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 67 years; her parents; five brothers; her son in law, Walter Allison and grandson, Kyle Allison.


Survivors include her children, Debbie Allison of Conway, AR, Donna & Mel Blackwood of Fayetteville, AR, Ed & Cissy Connelly of Greenville, NC and Kim & Mike North of Searcy, AR; grandchildren include Kara & Rob Bell, Kalyn Evans, Clint Blackwood, Mandy & Kirk Starr, Jim & Amanda Connelly, Christian Connelly, Ayden North and Landon North. Reba has six great grandchildren who were blessed to have known her. She also leaves behind her sister Leta Burrow Underwood of Ft. Smith, AR and brother Milburn Burrow of Enid, OK; many nieces, nephews and friends throughout the United States.


The last six months of Reba’s life were spent at Seeds of Love in Greenbrier, AR. Words can’t begin to express our deep appreciation for the love and care she received while there. She often told us to be sure and thank the special friends and caregivers for taking such good care of her.


The family will visit with friends and relatives at 12:30pm prior to the Service at 1 pm, Monday, August 12, 2019 at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau, OK with Brother James Hays of Valley Baptist Church in Searcy, AR officiating.


Interment will be at Oakland Cemetery, Poteau.


In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Seeds of Love, 12 Primrose Ln, Greenbrier, AR 72058 or Renewal Ranch, PO Box 11128, Conway, AR 72034.

Friday, 09 August 2019 17:15


Press release

KREBS, OKLA. - A fugitive who escaped from the Wyoming Department of Corrections nearly 10 years ago was located in Krebs, Okla., and arrested by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI).


Ashli Faler was convicted of Forgery and sentenced to one-and-a-half to three years. She escaped from a facility in Casper Wyoming 11 months into her sentence.


The OSBI was informed that the 32-year-old Faler might be in the McAlester area.


She was located by law enforcement at a residence in Krebs on August 1 and taken into custody.


Faler is currently being held in the Pittsburg County Jail awaiting extradition to Wyoming.


The Krebs and McAlester Police Departments assisted with the arrest and the OSBI appreciates their support.



Friday, 09 August 2019 11:09

Fatal Crash in Seminole County




According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol a fatality collision occurred at 12:20 am on August 5, 2019 in Seminole County.

According to the OHP, a 2007 Dodge Pickup driven by: Michael Williams 43 of Wewoka was traveling northbound on a county road when he departed roadway to the left and struck a tree.

His passenger, Randall Hurst, 58 of Tecumseh, was pronounced dead at scene of head injuries by EMS personnel.


The cause of the accident is still under investigation by OHP.

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