Monday, October 23, 2017

Carole Brannon



Carole Lea Brannon, 78, of Purcell, OK passed away  Sunday, October 22, 2017 in Purcell.  Carole was born May 22, 1939 in Heavener, OK to Carroll & Faye (Walkup) Muse.  Carole began work at an early age to help support the family.  This early experience made her a strong advocate for working people.  She was a member of the OPEIU Local 381 where she became President and served for 8 years.  She served as Secretary & Treasurer for the town of Fanshawe for 6 years.  She was a tireless volunteer for issues and political candidates that supported her cause.

Carole met the love of her life her Senior year at Heavener High School.  Doyle and his buddies attended a football game to look at the cheerleaders.  Rumor has it that Carole would do a cartwheel and Doyle would toss a nickel.  They were married for 53 years at the time of Doyle's death on March 17, 2011.  Every morning they were together Doyle would kiss Carole on the cheek and say "good morning"!  She was also preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Pat Ferguson & Waymeth Stewart; brother, Jay Muse; and great grandson, Kale Foster.

Survivors include her daughters & sons in law, Lea Ann Smedley of Purcell, OK, Terri & Craig Hoisington of Sterling, VA, Kim & John Means of Norman, OK; grandchildren, Evans Smedley & wife Shy of Norman, Taylor Smedley,  Kellen Smedley & partner Brandon Russo all of Purcell, Steven Hoisington & partner Megun Lund of Ashburn, VA, Lorin Hoisington & partner Andrew Nguyen of  Richmond, VA, Charlotte & Julia Means of Norman, OK; great grandchildren, Joplin Trent of Purcell, OK, Taj  Foster & partner Emily of Norman, OK; brother in law, Jim Stewart of Yukon, OK, Sisters in law, Ruby Muse of Heavener, OK, Dawna Brannon of Fanshawe, OK, Glenda Turner & husband Pat of Texarkana, AR; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins.

Services will be 1 pm, Thursday, October 26, 2017 at Fanshawe Cemetery Pavilion, Fanshawe, OK with Sally McGowen officiating.  Interment will follow.


Dennis Orr



Dennis Joe Orr, 63, of Howe, OK passed away Sunday, October 22, 2017 in Poteau, OK.  Dennis was born March 28,1954 in New Castle, IN to Fred & Joann (Guffy) Orr. 

Survivors include his wife, Beverly of the home; children, Falesity Autumn, Wesley Adam & Kirsten, Travis Aaron & Niki, Ada Caroline; grandchildren, Colten James, Caleb Michael, Curtis Dewayne, Carlee Breann, Ji Wesley, Landon Thomas, Michelle Leann, Bryce Taylor, Zakkary Westen, Harli Alexis & Kyla Raylee; brother Bruce & Carmen Orr; sister, Theresa & Jeff Armstrong; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, loved ones and friends.

Services will be 10 am, Saturday, October 28, 2017 at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau, OK with Jim Cook officiating.

Claudie Higgins



Claudie Leroy Higgins, 86, of Pocola, OK passed away Saturday, October 21, 2017 in Ft. Smith, AR.  Claudie was born February 9, 1931 in Rock Island, OK to John & Shreider (Moore) Higgs.  He worked in law enforcement for 25+ years.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie; his parents; Loretta Jinks and all of his siblings.

Survivors include his daughters, Claudette & James Adair of Havana, AR, Arlene Brewer of Pocola, OK and Boone Brewer; granddaughters, Jennifer Harrison & Gerald of Ft. Smith, AR, Amanda Adair of Havana, AR; grandsons,  Weston & Emily Brewer of Pocola, OK, B.J. & Carmen Adair of Havana, AR, B.J. & Kristy Brewer of Lavaca, AR, Jimmy Brewer & Brandi of Spiro, OK, grandkids, McKenya Jinks & Bailey Jinks of  Pocola, OK; 12 Great Grandkids; other relatives, loved ones and friends.

Services will be 10 am, Thursday, October 26, 2017 at Evans Memorial Chapel, Pocola, OK with Rev. Phil McGehee officiating.  Interment will follow in Macedonia Cemetery, Pocola.    Pallbearers will be Buddy, Brian, Danny, Matt & Trevor Howard, Andy Pipkins.  Honorary pallbearer will be Mike Higgins.

The family will be at the funeral home in Pocola on Wednesday evening from 6-8 pm to visit with relatives & friends.

Allen Helton



Allen Wade Helton, 58, of Poteau, OK passed away Saturday, October 21, 2017 in Poteau.  Allen was born  March 27, 1959 in Poteau to Paul & Laveana (Mathis) Helton.  He was self-employed, repairing mowers.

Survivors include his daughter & son in law, Christina & Devin Hale of Bokoshe, OK; sons & daughter in law, Christopher Helton of MA , Micheal & Manda Helton of TX; 7 grandchildren; brother Paul "Eddie" Helton of Shady Point, OK; other relatives, loved ones and friends.

Services will be at a later date.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Pat Couri


     Patsy (Pat) Graves Couri born, 30 December 1947, to Charles (born 09 Sept. 1914, died Oct. 2000) and Lois Graves (born 30 Sept. 1914, died 23 Sept. 2003) joined her parents in heaven on Sunday, October 22, 2017. 

     Pat is survived by her husband of 48 years, Rick; her brother, Ron and his wife, Glenda, their children, Jason, his wife, Amy and their children, Janae and Jaycob, all of Poteau; Chance and Annika Graves and Noah of Raisting, Germany, Michael Stanley of Fayetteville, Ark., and Alan and Stacy McDaniel of Poteau; her aunt, Dennie King of Fort Worth, Texas; Pam Albert of Poteau and numerous other relatives and loved ones. 

     Pat married the love of her life, Richard (Rick) Couri on 24 January 1969 and enjoyed 48 years of marriage before her demise.  God did not allow the couple to have children so they “adopted” many throughout the years.  Several still called the couple, mom and dad.

     Pat attended school in Heavener before moving to Poteau where she completed elementary through high school graduating in 1965.  Pat went on to Northeastern State University and then transferred to Southeastern State University graduating in 1969 with a degree in education. 

     Pat began her teaching career in the Kiamichi Vocational Technology School in Hugo, Oklahoma where husband Rick was the learning lab instructor. The couple returned to Poteau in 1971 and Pat worked in the offices of Poteau High School prior to a teaching position coming open and then spent twenty nine years teaching business education before retiring in 2001 due to health issues.  Pat served in several areas while teaching including cheerleader sponsor and was very involved in preparation for on-site visits.

      Pat enjoyed several crafts and was a collector of stuffed animals, baskets and Coca Cola memorabilia.  Pat enjoyed her piano and prior to her stroke played often to relieve stress.  She loved to go to craft fairs with her special friends and always brought home items she just had to have.

     Pat was a member of First Baptist Church of Poteau where she enjoyed attending and especially her Sunday school class taught by Sonya Combs. She loved the Lord and especially her church family.

     Thanks to Heavener Nursing and Rehab and Advantage Hospice for your care of Pat in her final days.  Special thanks to our church family for your prayers, phone calls, visits and food throughout Pat’s illness.  First Baptist Church has been our home church since moving back to Poteau in 1971.

     Pallbearers include; Dr. Terry Harrison, Dr Randolph Stokes, Luke Smith, Jack Lynch, Lance Smith, and Charlie Mohr. Honorary pall bearers are Kelly Hughes, Harrell Bright and Ed Abernathy.

     Services will be held at the First Baptist Church in Poteau at 2 pm on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 with Rev. Phil McGehee, Rev. Gentry Hill and Rev. Nathan McClary officiating.  Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in Poteau.

      Memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church and to LeFlore County Youth Services, Inc.


      The family will be at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 5 pm to 6:30 pm  to visit with relatives & friends.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Sue Free



 Luretta Sue Burgess Free, 76, of  Poteau, OK passed away  Thursday, October 19, 2017 in Poteau.  Sue was born May 9, 1941 in Wister, OK to Melvin & Myra (Fortner) Burgess.  She was a bank supervisor.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her daughter & son in law, Tammy & Matthew Keefer of Carbondale, IL; sons & daughter in law, Brian & Susanne Free of Poteau, OK, Kyle Free of St. Louis, MO; grandson, Chance Free of Little Rock, AR; sister & brother in law, Onetta & Thurman Flynn of Gas, KS; brother & sister in law, Jerry & Georgia Burgess of Grand Prairie, TX; special friend, John Chitwood; other relatives, loved ones and friends.

Services will be 2 pm, Monday, October 23, 2017  at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau, OK with Jim Cook officiating.  Interment will follow in Oakland Cemetery, Poteau.  Pallbearers will be Joe Davison, Mark Chitwood, Chance Free,  Rodney Hemphill, Kendall Ballew & Don Manlove.

The family will be at the funeral home on Sunday afternoon from 2-4 pm to visit with relatives & friends.