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Saturday, 25 January 2020 12:15

Donna Lee Goodyear Obituary

Donna Lee Goodyear of Heavener, Oklahoma was born August 24, 1965 in Poteau, Oklahoma to John and Dorothy (Pevytoe) Naylor and passed away on January 24, 2020 in Poteau, Oklahoma at the age of 54.

She is survived by: 

Two daughters Gailena Lira and husband Ruben of Heavener, Oklahoma and Dawnnetta Sharp and husband Billy of Heavener, Oklahoma.

Two sons: Johnny Goodyear of Poteau, Oklahoma and Casey Goodyear and wife Christina of Heavener, Oklahoma.

13 grandchildren: Maliek, Jonathon, Bianca, Sescillia, Ethan, and Yacquelin Lira; Josiah, Brooke, and Lilyana Goodyear; Lexi, Kahlan, Kelsea, and Trinity Sharp.

Numerous nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends who loved her dearly

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Dorothy Naylor; and one sister, Janet Minor.  Donna was a long-time resident of the area and a homemaker. She attended the Heavener Pentecostal Church of God and loved to bake cookies. She loved spending time with her family and friends. Donna was a loving mother, aunt, grandmother, and friend.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Monday, January 27, 2020 at the Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel in Heavener, Oklahoma with Reverend Nick Hess officiating.  Interment will follow in Heavener Memorial Park in Heavener, Oklahoma under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener, Oklahoma.

Pallbearers will be: Her Family

Viewing will be from Noon to 7:00 p.m., Sunday and 8:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

To sign Donna’s online guestbook please visit www.dowdenrobertsfuneralhome.com.

There was a good crowd on Friday morning at the annual Legislative breakfast at the Donald W Reynolds Center. The event is sponsored by the Oklahoma Farm Bureau and the Poteau Chamber of Commerce.

The Poteau FFA students served breakfast and presented the colors before each legislator introduced themselves and what issues they will working on in the upcoming session,

Legislators in attendance were:

Senator Larry Boggs District 7 which includes Haskell, Latimer, Pittsburg and parts of Hughes and Okfuskee counties
Senator Mark Allen, District 4 which includes Sequoyah and northern half of LeFlore County
Representative Johnny Tadlock 1st District which is most of McCurtain and some of LeFlore County
Representative Jim Grego District 17 which is Latimer, LeFlore and Pittsburg
Representative Lundy Kiger District 3 which is LeFlore County

After introductions each legislator had the opportunity to answer questions from the public.

The Farm Bureau’s Lady Auxiliary presented each legislator in attendance with a gift basket.

Watch a  livestream video of the event on the Oklahoma Welcome Facebook page

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Arlene LeMaster and Lundy Kiger 

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Mark Allen and Arlene LeMaster

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Jim Grego, Arlene LeMaster and Larry Boggs



Johnny Tadlock and LeMaster

(OKMULGEE, Oklahoma – Jan. 24, 2020) —The Oklahoma A&M Board of Regents approved creating the College of Education and Human Sciences, combining the College of Education, Health and Aviation and the College of Human Sciences at Oklahoma State University. Pending consideration by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, the new academic college will officially launch on the Stillwater campus July 1, 2020.

“This brings together the vast knowledge and skills of two outstanding colleges,” OSU President Burns Hargis said. “Throughout their long history, the two colleges have improved the well-being and development of people. The new College of Education and Human Sciences combines our passion, expertise and resources to better deliver on our land-grant mission and serve our students and the world.”

Dr. Gary Sandefur, OSU provost and senior vice president of academic affairs, points to other peer institutions that have made similar administrative decisions and seen such positive results as enrollment growth and increases in research funding.

“We intend to build on the strengths of these academic programs in preparing the next generation of leaders in education, health and more,” Sandefur said.

Over the last year, the two colleges began working toward a consolidated administrative structure. Dr. Stephan M. Wilson has been serving as dean of the College of Human Sciences and interim dean of the College of Education, Health and Aviation.

“As we have built relationships across the two original colleges, it is apparent that we can be stronger together,” Wilson said. “We share a commitment to diverse peoples’ well-being and development across the lifespan throughout our research, teaching and service.”

The new College of Education and Human Sciences will be home to nearly 4,000 students in 35 undergraduate and 64 graduate degree programs.

“Our graduates are service-focused health professionals, educators, counselors, psychologists, creative thinkers and problem solvers who apply social and tactical knowledge,” Wilson said. “We are excited and energized about the opportunities ahead as a new college.”

The two colleges will continue their transition to a unified college in the next five months. Students graduating in Spring/Summer 2020 represent the final graduating classes for the individual colleges.

Highlights of the new College of Education and Human Sciences include:

• Largest preparer of certified teachers in Oklahoma.

• Largest collection of health programs on the Stillwater campus with roughly one-third (34 percent) of students pursuing an academic degree related to mental, physical or relational health.

• Nationally ranked programs in early childhood education, educational technology, fashion design and production and merchandising.

• A robust research portfolio that includes human development across the lifespan, K-12 and STEM education, nutrition and disease prevention, learning and technology, human environments and pilots and aerospace safety.

• Nationally respected aviation education program that meets growing industry demand by preparing professional pilots and is one of only 18 schools in the U.S. to offer graduate degree programs.

• Established Cooperative Extension programs and the opportunity to explore expansion within the areas of education and human performance to serve the state.

Friday, 24 January 2020 19:19

Cecil Eugene “Buck” Archey

Cecil Eugene “Buck” Archey, 75, of Cameron, OK passed away Wednesday, January 22, 2020 in Cameron. Buck was born June 23, 1944 in Fairhill, OK to Edward A. & Clauda (Hilburn) Archey. He was a carpenter & rancher. Buck served in the National Guard. He was preceded in death by his parents; 7 brothers, Jim, George, Robert, Roy, Jiggs, Bill & Delbert; 3 sisters, Elise Hale, Lois Brown & Foy Brown.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Linda; son, Michael Shawn Archey of Cameron, OK; grandchildren, Austin David Archey & wife Kaylee of Kentucky, Victoria Lynn Archey & Westin Cole Archey of Poteau, OK; sister, Francis Loomis of Williams, OK; brother, Ray Archey of Shady Point, OK; other relatives, loved ones and friends.

Services will be 10 am, Monday, January 27, 2020 at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau, OK with Jim Cook & Leonard Presley officiating. Interment will follow at Greenhill Cemetery.
The family will be at the funeral home on Sunday from 2-5 pm to visit with relatives & friends.

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


Friday, 24 January 2020 17:51

Marriage Licenses January 13-17, 2020

The following couples received their marriage licenses in LeFlore County during the week of January 13-17, 2020:

Justin Kent Pugh and Heather Marie Stacey

Alexandar Morris Benson and Brittany Yvonne Earls

John Kenneth Boggs and Amanda Rachel Tackett

Stefan Chance Parnell Caldwell and Carly Dawn Jones

Cody Ray Blevins and Jesse La Ann Johnson

Eddie Allen Metzker and Astriel Jeanee Tanner

Thursday, 23 January 2020 18:38

Bobby Dean Southerland

Bobby Dean Southerland was born September 21, 1949 in Willis, Oklahoma to Alfred Lee and Hazel Mae (Forguson) Southerland and passed away January 22, 2020 in Ft Smith, Arkansas at the age of 70.

He is survived by the mother of his children, Sharon Southerland, one daughter, Sheri Southerland, three sons, Robert Southerland and wife Regina, Michael Southerland, Danny Southerland and wife Lacrisha, one brother, Donnie Carroll and wife Tina, 14 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other family, and friends.

Preceding him in death are his parents, Alfred Southerland and Hazel Jensen, one two sisters, Nancy Acree and Emily Carroll, and three brothers, Sammie Southerland, Billy Southerland, and Ronnie Southerland.

Bobby loved the country life and fishing became his priority. He was a shade tree mechanic and a master at driving fast cars. He got his family involved in racing at a young age and loved watching them race at Tri-State Speedway, where they spent many weekends. He loved his family and his grandchildren very much and was so proud of them all. He attended Panama Assembly of God from time to time but most of his time was spent on a pond bank or visiting with his friends, talking and laughing about his old adventures.

Funeral services will 10am Monday, January 27, 2020 at the Panama Assembly of God Church with Pastor Danny Southerland officiating.

Burial will follow in the Old Bokoshe Cemetery under the direction of Grace Funeral Service of Poteau. Viewing will be 12pm-4pm Saturday and 12pm-4pm Sunday with the family visiting with friend from 2pm-4pm Sunday. Pallbearers will be his Grandsons.

To sign Mr. Southerland’s online guest book, please visit www.gracemanorfh.com

Press release

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), Oklahoma State Medical Association, Oklahoma City-County Health Department and Tulsa Health Department have joined efforts to increase awareness regarding influenza disease symptoms, complications and treatment; the importance of flu vaccination and other flu-prevention measures.

With many weeks of the flu season remaining, the number of flu-associated hospitalizations and deaths are expected to increase. Flu shots are encouraged for all individuals over the age of 6 months. Officials are encouraging the vaccine for youth who may be impacted more severely by flu symptoms. Children ages 6 months to 8 years old who have never had a flu vaccination will need two shots administered at least 28 days apart. Flu shots also are encouraged for those over the age of 65, those who have chronic heart and lung conditions and for pregnant women.

As part of the ongoing prevention efforts, county health departments around the state are offering increased access to flu vaccines the last week of January. In preparation for this flu season, county health departments received ample supplies of flu vaccine, including the Vaccines for Children (VFC), which are provided at no cost to children ages 18 and under who are eligible for Medicaid, Native American/Alaskan Native, or are uninsured or underinsured. Health departments and medical providers also have vaccines for all ages and the high-dose flu vaccine for those over the age of 65. Oklahomans who are not eligible for Medicaid can receive the flu vaccine at their county health department or physician’s office.

In effort to provide flu shots at a convenient time for families, the Oklahoma City-County Health Department and Tulsa Health Department will offer extended hours for the dates and locations listed below:

OKC-County Health Department
2600 NE 63rd
6728 S Hudson Ave.
Jan. 28 and 30, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Tulsa Health Department
James O. Goodwin Health Center
5051 S. 129th East Ave.
Jan. 30 – Clinic will remain open until 6 p.m.

Additionally, the OSDH and its partners are working to increase awareness about flu prevention and symptoms through social media and community outreach.

While the flu shot may not be 100 percent effective in preventing the flu, health and medical professionals say it offers the best protection and plays a vital role in reducing flu-associated hospitalizations and deaths. A study from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates the flu vaccination prevented 6.2 million illnesses, 3.2 million medical visits, 91,000 hospitalizations and 5,700 deaths during the 2017-2018 influenza season.

Symptoms of the flu include fever, body aches, fatigue and chills. In addition to getting the flu shot, it is important to practice frequent hand washing and prevent the spread of flu and other illnesses by staying home from public gatherings until one is able to go 24 hours without a fever, and without fever-reducing medication.

For more information about getting a flu shot, contact a health care provider or visit our website to find a county health department in your area.


Thursday, 23 January 2020 17:33

Two Killed in Accident Near Cameron

A fatality collision occurred January 23, 2020, at approximately 9:06 AM on SH112 approximately 1 mile west of Cameron in Leflore County. According the the OHP report, a 2014 Chevy pickup, driven by Harry Reedy from Poteau was eastbound and went left of center striking a 2008 Dodge Ram driven by a juvenile male from Poteau, head on.

Reedy was transported by LeFlore county EMS to Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith and was listed in stable condition with multiple injuries. Two passengers in Reedy’s vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene. The two were identified as Lisa Ann Smith and Jeanette Marie Reedy, both of Poteau. The juvenile was transported to Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith by LeFlore County EMS and was listed in stable condition with multiple injuries.

Investigated by OHP Troop D, assisted by Leflore County EMS, Poteau Fire department and Hogeye Fire Department.

Wednesday, 22 January 2020 20:42

Billy Loyd Hammers

Billy Loyd Hammers, 74, of Poteau, OK, passed away Sunday, January 19, 2020, in Houston, TX. Bill was born October 23, 1945, in Panama, OK, to Loyd Leon & Wilma Lorene (Wynn) Hammers. He was a regional manager for Dana Corp. Bill was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Jason Hammers & sister, Evelyn Irene Hammers.

Bill is survived by his wife of 54 years, Carolyn; his children, Shannon Hammers, Steven Hammers and wife Sherryl, Brooke Collins and husband Denver; grandchildren, Tori Smith, Tyler Hammers, Taylor Hammers, Ashbi Hammers, Macey Cripps, Madison Cox, Michael Hammers, Memphis Rein Collins, Caleb Riddles, Jordan Riddles, Chandler Riddles; great grandchildren, Kaisdon, Easton, Jayke, Jensen, Hudson and Jade; sister, Jerry Herbert; brother, Buck Hammers; other relatives, loved ones and friends.

Services will be at 2 pm, Saturday, January 25, 2020, at the Donald Reynolds Community Center, Poteau, with Jim Waldrop officiating. Interment will follow at Oakland Cemetery, Poteau.


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


Wednesday, 22 January 2020 20:39

Lawrence H. Miller

Lawrence H. Miller, 97, OF Evansville, IN passed away Tuesday, January 21, 2020 in Talihina Veteran Center. Lawrence was born in Evansville on October 27, 1922 to Lawrence Sr. & Carrie (Conner) Miller. He was a veteran of the US Army serving in WWII. He was an aircraft machinist and a Mason. He was preceded in death by his wives, Doris Dickerson Miller & Dorothy Turrentine Miller; son, Ricky Miller & Brother, James H. Miller.

Survivors include his sons, Russell Miller of Poteau, OK, Toney Miller of Broken Arrow, OK; daughters, Pamela Alverado, Rixa Williams & Rhonda Kinder all of Tulsa, OK; other relatives, loved ones and friends.

Services will be 2 pm, Friday, January 24, 2020 at Evans Chapel of Memories with Jim Cook officiating. Interment will follow at Oakland Cemetery.

You may leave an online message at evansandmillerfuneralhomes.com

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


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