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Saturday, 24 November 2018 16:11

Car vs Motorcycle in Haskell County


At approximately 11:40 am on November 24, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol was dispatched to a car vs motorcycle accident that involved a Poteau man and two people from Wilburton.

The accident occurred on State Highway 71 on Beaver Mountain Road, approximately 2 miles south of Enterprise, Oklahoma in Haskell County.


According to report, a 2010 Ford Focus, driven by Harold Thompson 82, of Poteau, failed to yield at a stop sign and struck a 2012 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Carl Angelo 30, of Wilburton.


Angelo was transported by Tulsa Life flight to St. John Hospital in Tulsa and admitted in stable condition with head, arm and leg injuries.

Janet Williams, 58, of Wilburton, a passenger on the motorcycle, was transported by Tulsa Life flight to St. John Hospital in Tulsa and admitted in stable condition with head, internal, arm and leg injuries.

Thompson was not injured.

Saturday, 24 November 2018 09:44

Sampson Sumler Conrad Obituary

Sampson Sumler Conrad, 82, of Greenwood, AR passed away Wednesday, November 21, 2018, in Ft. Smith, AR.


Sampson was born September 25, 1936 in Murry Spur, OK to Koots Farmer & Opal Rebecca (Ward) Conrad.


He was retired as a group coordinator for Rheem after 30 years.


He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Robert McDonald; brother, K.F. Conrad; sister, Mary Florence Martin and grandson, Douglas Alan Seamans.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Joyce (Karl) ; daughters & sons in law, Tanya & Rick Cusick, Tamera & Brad Floyd; grandchildren, Heather Wynn, Blake Seamans, Michael, Brandon & Breanna Cusick; 6 great grandchildren; brothers, Kenneth Conrad & wife Sue, Roger Conrad; other relatives, loved ones and friends.

Services will be 2 pm, Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at Free Will Baptist Church, Greenwood, AR with Jim Walker officiating.


Interment will follow in New Hope Cemetery, Spiro, OK. Pallbearers will be Russell Thomas, Steve Coleman, Brandon & Michael Cusick, Blake Seamans, Brad Floyd.


Honorary pallbearers will be Joey Karl, Gerald Thomas, J.E. McKinney, Ken Brown & Brad Smith.


The family will be at the funeral home in Pocola 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, POCOLA, OK

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, a one vehicle accident occurred at approximately 9:26pm on November 23, 2018 on State Highway 63, approximately one quarter mile east of Whitesboro in LeFlore County.

The accident occurred when a 2003 Chevy Pickup, driven by Anthony Guthrie, age 30, from Woodward was westbound on State Highway 63 and departed the roadway the right. The driver over-corrected to the left and struck a house.

The condition of the driver – drinking ability impaired, according to the report, and the cause of the collision is still under investigation.

Guthrie was transported by LeFlore County EMS to Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith and was listed in stable with a back injury.

Friday, 23 November 2018 19:45

Frankie Claude Sykes Obituary

Frankie Claude Sykes, 81, of Poteau, OK passed away Wednesday, November 21, 2018, in Poteau. Frankie was born October 3, 1937, in Clarksville, AR to John Raymond & Reba (Dalton) Sykes.


He was retired as supervisor for the Houston Metro. He was a veteran of the US Army. Frankie was preceded in death by his son, Joey Sykes; his parents; & 7 siblings.


Survivors include his wife Joann of the home; daughter & son in law, Becky & Aaron Boehme; grandchildren, Jenna, Jentry & Jace Boehme of Poteau, OK; sister, Marynelle Windham of Heavener, OK; brother, Koen Sykes of CA; other relatives, loved ones and friends.
Private services will be held.


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

Friday, 23 November 2018 16:42

FBI Oklahoma City Investigating Bank Robbery

Press release

The FBI and Oklahoma City Police Department are seeking information regarding a bank robbery that occurred in Oklahoma City on November 20, 2018.


The suspect is described as a male in his late 20’s to early 30's. The suspect was last seen wearing a black beanie and a black puffy jacket with a white sweatshirt underneath.


In the robbery, the suspect approached the counter and demanded money from the bank employees via note, received an undisclosed amount of money, and fled the bank heading south on foot. No injuries were reported.


The robbery is being investigated by the FBI and the Oklahoma City Police Department.


If anyone has any information on the bank robbery, please contact the FBI at 405-290-7770; or, you can remain anonymous by calling OKC CRIMESTOPPERS at 405-235-7300.

Friday, 23 November 2018 16:35

Martha Sue Black Obituary

Martha Sue Black of Spiro, Oklahoma was born March 18, 1940 to Millard and Ethel (Lewis) Perdue in Tucker, Oklahoma and passed away on November 22, 2018 in Spiro, Oklahoma at the age of 78.


She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Alton “Pod” Black, one daughter, Gayle Ann Black, three sons, Dan Russell and wife Jessie, Darrell Russell and wife Karen, Chris Russell and wife Pam, 8 grandchildren, Glen Russell and wife Steffine, Logan Russell and wife Taylor, Amy Allen and husband Troy, Jamy Potter and husband Skip, Amber Scott and husband Derrick, Amanda Magruder and husband Matt, Greg Cox and wife Erica, and Jennifer Hopping and husband Jim. 11 great grandchildren, Megan Powell, Chris Powell, Alex Allen, Connor Scott, Gavin Potter, Cain Scott, Brent Potter, Brayden Barton, Lucas Magruder, Cody Hopping, Makyle Hopping, and Sophie. Also survived are numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other family and friends.


Sue is preceded in death by her parents, Millard and Ethel Perdue, her daughter, Debbie Russell, her son, David Russell, two sisters, Malissa and Naomi Perdue, and four brothers, Ralph, William, Arnold and Clarence Perdue.


Funeral services will be 10am Tuesday, November 27th at the Mallory-Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Spiro, Oklahoma.


Burial will in the New Hope Cemetery under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Spiro. Viewing hours will be 9am-7pm Monday.


Pallbearers will be Dan Russell, Darrell Russell, Chris Russell, Glen Russell, Logan Russell, and Brett Newman. Please sign Mrs. Black’s online guest book at


Friday, 23 November 2018 16:32

David Joe Needham Obituary

David Joe Needham, 54, of Pocola, OK passed away Monday, November 19, 2018 in Ft. Smith, AR. David was born April 11, 1964, in Ft. Smith to Charles & Margaret Aline (Brasher) Needham.


He was preceded in death by his parents & sister, Lisa Clayton.

Survivors include his brothers, Billy Needham & wife Glenda, Gary Needham; nephews, Gregg Needham, Trey & Zack Clayton & Dakota Johnson; niece, Sabrina Robbins; great nieces, Auystyn Robbins & Lexi Needham; great nephews, Colton Needham & Mason Robbins; numerous uncles, cousins, other relatives, loved ones and friends.

Memorial services will be held 10 am, Saturday, November 24, 2018 at Victory Worship Center, Spiro, 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, POTEAU, OK

Friday, 23 November 2018 10:28

Sharon Rena Gates Death Notice



Sharon Rena Gates, 20, of Cameron, OK, passed away Monday, November 19, 2018, in Pocola, OK. She was born April 7, 1998 in Poteau, OK to George Gates Jr. and Barbara Willhite.


Sharon is a 2016 graduate of Cameron High School and a 2018 Graduate of CASC.


Sharon is survived by her mom and dad Barbara and Bryan Albertson of Cameron, OK, her father George Gates Jr. and girlfriend Dannielle Wilson of Rock Island, OK, grandparents Tommy and Carolyn Willhite of Cameron, OK, George and Judith Gates of Rock Island, OK, brothers Chris Albertson of Pocola, OK, Bryan Albertson of Cameron, OK, sister Chloe Albertson of Cameron, OK, cousin/best friend Megan Gavina, great-grandmothers Mary Flaherty of Cameron, OK, and Shirley Hamilton of Hackett, AR, as well as a host of other family members, friends and loved ones.



Visitation will be Sunday November 25, 2018 from 12pm 8pm at Grace Manor Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be 1pm, Monday November 26, 2018 at Friendship Baptist Church in Cameron. 


Friday, 23 November 2018 16:25

Norma Jean Culberson Obituary

Norma Jean Culberson of Heavener, Oklahoma was born June 29, 1965 in Poteau, Oklahoma to Franklin Eugene Elwood and Willia Dean (Clinton) Meeks and passed away November 21, 2018 in Fort Smith, Arkansas at the age of 53.

She is survived by:

Her husband:
John Culberson of the home

One daughter:
Shawna Williams and husband David of Howe, Oklahoma

Her mother:
Willia Dean Meeks of Heavener, Oklahoma

Four sisters:
Teresa Tolleson and husband Jimmy of Howe, Oklahoma
Patty Loftis and husband Anthony of Altus, Oklahoma
Shellie Singleterry and husband Nathan of Heavener, Oklahoma
Shelia Bradley and husband Keith of Heavener, Oklahoma

Five grandchildren:
Dustie Williams, Destany Williams, Codi Williams, David Williams IV, and Montana Williams

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of many friends


She was preceded in death by her father; her husband, William Himes; her maternal grandparents, Russel Jean and Edna Clinton; and her paternal grandparents, Lee and Winnie Elwood.


Norma was a life-long resident of the area, a homemaker, and attended Covenant Church in Poteau, Oklahoma. She enjoyed taking care of her family and friends. Norma will be missed by everyone who knew her.


Funeral service will be 1:00 p.m., Monday, November 26, 2018 at Dowden-Roberts Funeral Chapel with Pastor Don Martin officiating.


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


Pallbearers will be: Joshua Cranfield, Montana Williams, Chris Piovesan, Ethan Williams, Tyler Singleterry, and Jordan Humphrey


Honorary Pallbearers will be: Jimmy Tolleson, Keith Bradley, Nathan Singleterry, Charley Mattox, Preston Mattox, Anthony Loftis, and Robert Collins


Viewing will be from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., Sunday, and 8:00 a.m. until service time, Monday.


The family will visit with friends from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., Sunday at the funeral home.


To sign Mrs. Culberson’s online guestbook please visit


Friday, 23 November 2018 16:20

Ronal Dale “Cheese” Blaylock Obituary



Ronal Dale “Cheese” Blaylock of Exeter, Missouri (formerly of Heavener, Oklahoma) was born May 2, 1953 in Heavener, Oklahoma to Willie John and Lucille (Lee) Blaylock and passed away November 21, 2018 in his home at the age of 65.


He is survived by:

His wife, whom he married January 10, 2003 in Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Deborah (Powell) Blaylock of the home

Two daughters:
Tresa Smith and husband, John of Heavener, Oklahoma
Jerra Madole and husband, Rob of Oronogo, Missouri

Two sons:
Ronny Blaylock of Heavener, Oklahoma
David Pyles and wife, Mariah of Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Four sisters:
Sue Blaylock of Heavener, Oklahoma
Peggy Osborn and husband, Jack of Tahlequah, Oklahoma
Judy Sizemore and husband, Gerry of Gravette, Arkansas
Vicki Cosby and husband, Matt of Springfield, Missouri

Two brothers:
John Blaylock and wife, Denise of Joplin, Missouri
Jim Blaylock and wife, Judy of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Eight grandchildren

Four great grandchildren

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and a host of many friends


Ronal was a retired engineer with Kansas City Southern Railroad and was of the Baptist faith.


He enjoyed fishing, camping, tractors, and spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Ronal was also known to be very good at karaoke.


Graveside service will be 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at Heavener Memorial Park with Reverend Bob Garrett officiating.


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


Viewing will be from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home.


To sign Mr. Blaylock’s online guestbook please visit


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