Thursday, January 17, 2019

Geneva Irene Hennington

 Geneva Irene Hennington, 73, of  Red Oak, OK passed away Tuesday, January 15, 2019 in Little Rock, AR.  Geneva was born  August 21, 1945  McCurtain, OK to Earl  &Lora (Mitchell) Wilburn.  She was preceded in death by her parents;  husband, Kenneth Zundel; son, Bobby Lynn; grandchild, Josie Harp & brother, Raymond Wilburn.
          Survivors include her daughters, Georgia Currens & Jolene Heggelund; grandsons, Ty Harp, Lane Ryan Crouch & Rowdy Jo Campbell; sisters, Ernestine Priest, Earlein Wilburn & Bobbie Sue Wilburn; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces & nephews; other relatives, loved ones and friends. 
          Services will be 2 pm, Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at Bethel Baptist Church, Red Oak, OK with Rev. Bob Cherry officiating.  Interment  will follow at North Rock Creek Cemetery, Red Oak, OK.  Pallbearers will be Lane Crouch, Georgia Currens, Crystal Foreman, Keith Battles, Stuart Joslin & Robert Kimble.  Honorary pallbearers will be Rowdy Jo Campbell, Stephen Currens & William Battles.  The family will be at the funeral home on  Monday evening from 6-8 pm  to visit with relatives & friends.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Paul LIra

Celebration of Life for Paul Lira

1pm  - Saturday, January 19, 2019
212 Blackstone Dr., Wister, OK 74966

Paul was born in Oakland, CA on June 18, 1941  He attended North Rock Creek Baptist Church , Red Oak, OK and volunteered at for EOMC Auxiliary in Poteau.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse & Vera Lira; brothers, Richard, Walter & Robert.
          He leaves behind wife Patricia of the home; son, Paul Lira Jr. & wife Kathleen of Roseville, CA; daughter, Angela Carrice of the home; son, Richard Lira & wife Cynthia of Lumberton, NC; six grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; sister, Phyllis Wiitala of Richmond, Ca; his cat Oddie; and many beloved friends.

          For this God is our God forever and ever; he will be our guide even unto death.  Psalm 48:14
May his flame live on, forever in our hearts.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Verlene Seaborn

   Verlene Seaborn, 80, of Wister, OK passed away Saturday, January 12, 2019 in Wister.  Verlene was born December 30, 1938 in Wister to George B. & Minnie (Wooten) Robinson.  She was preceded in death by her parents, other loved ones and family.

          Survivors include her husband Joe of the home; daughter, Rashelle & Brad Davis of Commerce, TX; son, Joel & Milena Weaver of Stillwater, OK; stepdaughter, Tracey Seaborn of Wister, OK;  7 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; sister, Ruby & Tom Jones of Mannford, OK; other relatives, loved ones and friends.

          Services will be 2 pm, Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at Bethel Baptist Church, Wister, OK with Rev. Clyde Steelman officiating.  Interment will follow at Summerfield Cemetery, Summerfield, OK.  Pallbearers will be Dwight Robinson, Brant Weaver, Landon Davis, Doug Horne, Dustin Seaborn and Butch Chaplin.

          The family will visit with relatives & friends prior to the service on Tuesday from 11:30 to 1:30.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Jeffrey Palmer

Jeffrey Edwin Palmer, 61, of Poteau, OK passed away Thursday, January 10, 2019 in Poteau.  Jeffrey was born  February 26, 1957 in Lawton, OK to Albert & Mary Jo (Avery) Palmer.  He was a veteran of the US Air Force.  He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Phillip Palmer.

          Survivors include his wife of 23 years, Dee Palmer; sons, Joseph & Jason Palmer; 4 grandchildren; 4 cats he dearly loved; other relatives, loved ones and friends.

          Private services

Friday, January 11, 2019

Jim Hamilton - Services at Dowden - Heavener/

Jim's Obituary

James Edward “Jim” Hamilton of Rogers, Arkansas (formerly of Heavener, Oklahoma) was born on December 2, 1935 in Howe, Oklahoma to Clem and Cecil (French) Hamilton and passed away January 10, 2019 in Rogers, Arkansas at the age of 83.

He is survived by:   His wife of 61 years:  Nancy Hamilton of the home

One daughter:  Melissa Todd and husband Mike of Tahlequah, Oklahoma

One son: Dr. Lance Hamilton and wife Darla of Bentonville, Arkansas

One sister:  Jane Hamilton of Rogers, Arkansas

Four grandchildren;  Four great-grandchildren

Numerous other relatives and a host of many friends

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clem and Cecil Hamilton and one granddaughter, Elle Hamilton.

Jim E. Hamilton was born in rural LeFlore County.  In high school, he earned the Junior Master Farmer degree and served as State Vice President of FFA.  A graduate of Oklahoma State University, Hamilton earned his law degree at the University of Oklahoma and was admitted to the Oklahoma Bar in 1960.  He then served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve, finishing first in his class of artillery training at Fort Sill.

Hamilton opened a law office in Poteau, where he practiced nearly 50 years.  His father, Clem, served 17 years as a State Senator, and Hamilton followed in his father’s footsteps, eventually serving as President Pro Tempore.  Later he served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives for 14 years—eight of those as Chairman of the Appropriations Committee.  The pair’s total of 40 years is the longest combined legislative service for a father and son since statehood.

While Hamilton was State Senator, a U.S. Job Corps training center near Heavener, operated by the U.S. Forest Service, closed.  Hamilton asked Gov. Dewey Bartlett if he would support using the buildings for a minimum security prison that would offer Vo-Tech training and educational opportunities to inmates.  Congressman Carl Albert had agreed to work for transfer of the federal facility to the State of Oklahoma.

Gov. Bartlett asked Hamilton to meet with representatives from the Department of Corrections and Dr. Francis Tuttle, State Director of Vo-Tech, to get their opinions.  Dr. Tuttle said there was no other combination of Corrections and Vo-Tech at the same site anyplace in the nation.  However, both agencies agreed to partner in the venture called Ouachita Correctional Center, now known as the Jim E. Hamilton Correctional Center and CareerTech Skills Center.

Corrections own the prison, provide security, and offer GED educational opportunities.  CareerTech provides job skill training to prepare inmates for employment upon release.  Inmates completing their training earn a certificate of completion issued by the State of Oklahoma, which, at Hamilton’s request, contains no reference to their inmate status.  The 40-year partnership has shown that inmates leaving prison with a job skill and a GED are 200 percent less likely to return to prison.

While in the legislature, Hamilton authored legislation creating the Oklahoma Osteopathic College in Tulsa (now OSU Medical Center) and co-authored legislation establishing Tulsa’s branch of the OU Medical School. He also wrote the Constitutional Amendment requiring a balanced budget for state government with 10 percent in reserve for emergencies (Rainy Day Fund).

Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Sunday, January 13, 2019 at the First Baptist Church in Heavener, Oklahoma with Brother John Glinski, Dr. Lance Hamilton, Mr. Kenneth Corn, and Brother Sam Dyer officiating.  Burial will follow in Heavener Memorial Park under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener, Oklahoma.

Pallbearers will be: George McBee, Dean Warren, Marc Bovos, Kenneth Corn, Jared Muse, and Jeff Muse.

Honorary Pallbearers will be: Joe Johnson, Mike Addison, James Lockhart, Gillian Dean Robinson, Delton Rowton, Harold Sanders, Jim Mixon, Mike Sullivan, and Hal Dowden.

Viewing will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., Friday and 8:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., Saturday at the funeral home in Heavener

The family will visit with friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Saturday at the funeral home in Heavener.