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Wednesday, 04 August 2021 19:20

Paul David Quirk


Paul David Quirk, 77, of Norman, OK (formerly of Poteau) passed away Tuesday, August 3, 2021 in Norman. Paul was born September 17, 1943 in McAlester, OK to Lloyd & Marie (Hendrix) Quirk. He was a veteran of the Army Reserves 95th Division. Paul retired from Central National Bank after 35 years. Paul served on the Poteau City Council for 25 years, serving as council president multiple times. He was a member of Poteau Kiwanis Club where he served as president & board member.

Paul was a member of Choctaw Country Club serving on their board; an avid golfer he shot his age several times in later years. Paul coached little league baseball for his sons and hundreds of boys in Poteau. He was a lifelong fan of the Oklahoma Sooners & the Los Angeles Dodgers holding OU season tickets for over 20 years.

Paul was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Poteau. He loved to spend time with family and enjoyed grilling for family gatherings. He was preceded in death by his parents; mother in law & father in law, Oscar & Wilma Glenn, & brother in law, Eddie Glenn.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Kathy; sons, David & Lea Ann Quirk of Norman, OK, Glenn & Christina Quirk of Blanchard, OK; grandchildren, Lexi Delaney, Nixon Quirk, Brody Quirk, Hannah Quirk, Nova Quirk; Sister in Law, Lynette Glenn of Arkoma, OK; aunt, Earline Silva of WV; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives & friends.

Memorial services will be held 2 pm, Saturday, August 7, 2021 at the First United Methodist Church, Poteau with Jim Perkin officiating. The family will be at the funeral home on Friday evening from 6-8 pm to visit with relatives & friends.

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

Wednesday, 04 August 2021 19:15

Karen Sue McKinney

Funeral Service for Karen Sue McKinney, 57 of Spiro, Oklahoma will be at 2:00 pm on Friday, August 6, 2021 at Cavanaugh Free Will Baptist Church in Fort Smith, Arkansas with Reverend Ray Copeland and Reverend Jason Nichols officiating. Burial will follow at New Hope Cemetery in Spiro, Oklahoma under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Spiro, Oklahoma.


Karen was born on March 5, 1964 in Poteau, Oklahoma to Nellie Louise (Resch) Higgins and Gene McKinley Higgins and passed away on August 3, 2021 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She was married to James Dearl McKinney on June 22, 1984 in Poteau, Oklahoma. Karen was preceded in death by her infant son James Dearl McKinney, Jr. She loved fishing, spending time outdoors and all animals. Karen was a member of Cavanaugh Free Will Baptist Church.


Survivors include her husband, James McKinney; daughter, Angie Hammontree and husband Bobby; sisters, Sharon Davis and husband Russell, Pam Perry and husband Joe, Debbie Perry and husband Steven; parents, Gene and Nellie Higgins; grandsons, Blake Hammontree, Brandon Hammontree, Bryan Hammontree, Chandler McKinney, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones.


Pallbearers will be; Bobby Hammontree, Blake Hammontree, Brandon Hammontree, Bryan Hammontree Brian Seaton and Russell Davis.


The family will greet friends on Thursday, August 5, 2021 from 6:00pm -8:00pm at the funeral home.


To sign Karen Sue McKinney's online guest book, please visit www.mallorymartinfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, 04 August 2021 19:13

Harold Wayne Adams


Harold Wayne Adams, 60, of Fort Smith, AR passed away Tuesday, August 3, 2021 in Ft. Smith. Harold was born January 18, 1961 in Poteau, OK to Haskell & Betty (Robeson) Adams. Harold was of the Pentecostal faith. He was preceded in death by his father Haskell when he was young; mother & father, Robert York.

Survivors include his spouse, Carolyn; sons & daughters in law, Justin & Shavon Adams, Matthew & Lindsey Adams, Chris & Maygan Adams; brother, Bill Adams & wife Dee; mother in law, Rachel Amos; uncle, Charles Robeson; sisters in law, Cheryl Brown, Virginia Black, Mary Elkins; 6 granddaughters, one grandson; a host of other relatives, loved ones and friends.

Services will be 2 pm, Saturday, August 7, 2021 at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau OK with Pastor Don Hutchings officiating. Pallbearers will be Anthony Elkins, Jonathan Adams, Hiram Walker, Jeremy Cook, Brian Adams, & Jeff Lindsey.

The family will visit with relatives and friends at the funeral home on Friday evening from 6-8 pm.

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

Tuesday, 03 August 2021 22:04

Tuesday August 17 is Lunch at the Museum

Come out to the LeFlore County Museum located inside the Hotel Lowrey is hosting their Tuesday Lunch at the Museum.

On the menu is croissants sandwiches catered by Cakes and More in Poteau, also chips, dessert and a drink for $6.00.

Eat in or carry-out. Lunch will be served starting at 11am and will go until they run out of food.

Enjoy the sweet singing of Larissa Deaton if you eat inside and take a tour of the museum while your there.

The LeFlore County Museum is located at 303 Dewey Avenue in Downtown Poteau.

This is a fund- raiser for the LeFlore County Historical Society.

To order carry-out call 918 647-9330

Tuesday, 03 August 2021 21:45

Clonie Joe Hollan


Clonie Joe Hollan was born on February 7th, 1948 in Summerfield, OK to the late Hobbie and Clara (Turner) Hollan. He passed away August 2, 2021 at home with his daughter by his side.

He is survived by his daughter Tara Jo Hollan and son-in-law Jeremy (Boog) Jones of Greenwood, AR, his companion Sue and his cats JT and Sissy. He is also survived by his niece Leyna Dominic and husband David of Red Oak, OK.

Joe helped lead the Leflore Savages to the basketball state tourney as a junior. Joe answered the call and served 3 tours during the Vietnam War Era in the Army as a highly decorated Sergeant. Joe worked all over the world during his career in the oilfield industry inland and offshore. Joe was an avid outdoorsman, extraordinary marksmen, trained in MMA, enjoyed concerts, movies, traveling, professional basketball, Sooner football, smooth on the dance floor and enjoyed a good drink with friends. He had a very rough and tough exterior but had the biggest heart whether it was someone in need or a stray dog.

The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date.

Cremation is under the direction of Grace Funeral Service in Poteau.

To sign Mr. Hollan’s online guestbook, please visit www.gracemanorfh.com

Tuesday, 03 August 2021 21:42

Betty Irene (Blevins) Caughern

Betty Irene (Blevins) Caughern passed away on August 1, 2021, at the age of 80 in her Muskogee, Oklahoma home. Her sisters and other family were at her side. Betty was born July 21, 1941, near Poteau, Oklahoma to Benton and Gertrude (Peck) Blevins. She married Charles D. Caughern of Hodgen, Oklahoma on August 10, 2018. Growing up her family moved often, following the migrant work, always returning to Heavener as home base. Benton and Gertie always insisted that the children were to attend school and complete their High School education.

Betty graduated from Heavener High School in 1958. She moved to Muskogee, Oklahoma and worked for several years at The Muskogee Daily Phoenix as Classified Ad Salesperson. Her college career began in Muskogee at Bacone College. She went on to earn her BA and Med from Northeastern State University in 1975. She earned 30 hours towards her doctorate at Tulsa University.

Betty returned to Bacone College this time as instructor in Language Arts, advancing to Professor and Chair of the Language Arts Division until her retirement in 2001. Over her 25 years there she served many years as the school newspaper and yearbook advisor. She was often to be found in her office surrounded by students. Out of many accomplishments there, she was proudest of assisting with the writing of three self-studies for the North Central Association for accreditation of Bacon. This work allowed the college to provide degree programs to students. She served on several committees for evaluating similar institutions of higher learning across the United States. These accomplishments did not surprise her family since her older sister had taught her to read at the age of three. She worked hard for her education and delighted in helping others learn until the day she died. Betty is survived by her husband, Charles D. Caughern of the home; son Kendall Boing and wife Gee of Hodgen, Oklahoma and children Carly and Cassidy Boling of Ft. Gibson, Oklahoma, Chris Brown, Krysti Statler and husband Russell and their children Flynn and Sawyer; daughter Andrea Pitman and husband Ronnie and their daughters Allison Pitman and Gabrielle Holinsworth and husband Mark of Muskogee, OK; son Jory Boling and wife Noriko and children Kai Maya, and Jinna of Kisarazu, Japan; son Mike Gore and wife Benita of Alma, AR with children Robert and Kelly Gore of Amarillo, TX; sister Dolores Gardner of Heavener, Oklahoma; sister Lillian Hoover Pace and husband Ivan of Pryor Creek, Oklahoma; sister-in-law Pearl Blevins of Heavener, Oklahoma; and special friends Otis Hoover of Palm Beach, Florida; Hack Starbuck of Shaddock, Texas; and Bill Gardner of Talihina, Oklahoma.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents Benton and Gertrude Blevins of Heavener, Oklahoma; the father of her children Utah F. Boling of Muskogee, Oklahoma; her husband of 33 years Patrick L. Gore of Muskogee, Oklahoma; infant son Benjamin Harve Boling of Muskogee, Oklahoma; brother Billy Blevins of Heavener, Oklahoma; and brother-in-law Donald Brown of Heavener, Oklahoma; and niece Betsy Kelly of Hodgen, Oklahoma.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m., Thursday, August 5, 2021 at the Blevins Family Cemetery in the Lovings Community.

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

Pallbearers: Ron Pitman, Donnie Brown, Mark Holinsworth, Jr. Bernal, Denny Kelly, and Billy Vaughn.

Viewing will be from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., Wednesday at the funeral home.

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

OKLAHOMA CITY (Aug. 3, 2021) – To enable teachers to quickly determine student learning and development after a year of pandemic disruptions, the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) announced today that the Oklahoma Early Learning Inventory (ELI) is available at no cost to all kindergarten and first-grade teachers.

During the 2020-21 school year, Oklahoma saw dips in school enrollment for the first time in nearly two decades. Three-fourths of the declines occurred in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, suggesting many families opted to delay enrollment during the worst periods of the coronavirus pandemic.

“In a few short weeks, thousands of children will enter kindergarten and first-grade classrooms with vastly different early learning experiences, largely due to the disruptions of the pandemic,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister. “With research-based tools like the Oklahoma Early Learning Inventory, teachers can make swift and strategic decisions to ensure each child in their classrooms is on track to gain the prerequisite skills needed for success in reading and math.”

The Oklahoma ELI training will occur through the OSDE’s online learning platform, OSDE Connect. Once the approximately six-hour training module has been completed, teachers can use the ELI rubrics during the first month of instruction to determine individual student knowledge and skills and communicate student progress with families. The tool can also be used to check student progress during the school year.

Any kindergarten or first-grade teacher in an Oklahoma public school whose instruction takes place in person can access the training module and ELI tools at no cost. The OSDE, in partnership with REL-Southwest, will also pilot the Oklahoma ELI in 14 districts to study its use and effectiveness. Pilot districts include Chouteau-Mazie, Claremore, Crescent, Dale, Edmond, Glenpool, Mustang, Oklahoma City, Peggs, Stringtown, Stuart, Wapanucka, Watts and Whitebead.

“The Early Learning Inventory will provide early childhood teachers with a high-quality formative assessment across multiple domains of learning,” said Stephanie Hinton, Director of Early Childhood for Oklahoma City Public Schools. “Using this tool, we will be able to better identify which skills individual students are entering the early grades with and be able to track the progression of learning across the school year.”

The Oklahoma Early Learning Inventory is an initiative under Ready Together Oklahoma: An Action Plan for Supporting Students Through the Pandemic and Beyond. The OSDE launched the plan in May with online resources to support schools and communities with federal relief funds. Learn more on the Oklahoma Early Learning Inventory web page and in this FAQ document.

Monday, 02 August 2021 21:09

Marriage Licenses July 26-30, 2021


The LeFlore County Court Clerk’s Office issued Marriage Licenses to the following couples during the week of July 26-30, 2021:

Logan Bailey Odom and Harley Bell Forrest

Benjamin James Dildine and Reagan Leigh Sites

Jonathan Alvin Austin and Kandice Leighann Thompson

Benny Ray Martin and Cynthia Boggs Taylor

Johnny Wayne Saterfield II and Micail Dawn Gillis

Michael Jacob Elder and Audrey Anne Hutton

James Vinson Hill and Danielle Rae Hamner

Arvil Lamon Roberts and Jennifer Renee Kennedy

Sunday, 01 August 2021 21:32

Fatality accident in Sequoyah County

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Fatality incident occurred July 31, 2021 at approximately 7:45pm at 1125 RD and N 4620 RD, approximately 4 miles south of Sallisaw, OK in Sequoyah County.

According to the report, 2005 Honda ATV, driven by Bill Wallace Horton 76, of Sallisaw, OK was backing out at an angle on a slope with a sprayer tank attached to the ATV. Horton attempted to turn and the weight of the sprayer tank caused ATV to roll ¾ time landing on him.

Horton expired at the scene from massive injuries.

The accident was investigated by OHP .

Saturday, 31 July 2021 23:57

Jeremy Grant Monroe McKinney


Jeremy Grant Monroe McKinney, 42, of Spiro, OK passed away Thursday, July 29, 2021 in Ft. Smith, AR. Jeremy was born April 3, 1979 in Ft. Smith, AR to David & Karren (Permenter) McKinney. Jeremy worked in construction. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Brian McKinney.

Survivors include his sister, Mary McKinney; brothers, David & Raymond; children, Tyson Steen, Byison, Destiney & Chaney McKinney; special friend, Kaye Ivey; other relatives, loved ones and friends.

Services are pending.

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, OKLAHOMA

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