Thursday, February 27, 2014

Joe C. Jones

Joe Carl Jones, 68, of Pocola, OK passed away Wednesday, February 26, 2014 in Ft. Smith, AR. Joe was born July 22, 1945 in Texas to Lewis & Nora (Ray) Jones. Joe was retired from Rheem.

Survivors include his wife, Debra of the home; daughters & sons in law, Tamara & Joseph Morgan of Greenwood, AR, Tracy & Justin Nowlin of Springdale, AR; son & daughter in law, Billy & Martha Jones of Graphic, AR; 5 grandchildren, Billy Christine Crider, Dakota Jones, Bryce Morgan, Brady Morgan, Ryker Nowlin; 2 great grandchildren; sisters, Elizabeth Price of Rudy, AR, Alma Waters of Rudy, AR, Mary Sue Osborn of Albuquerque, NM; brother, James Jones of Seligman, MO; other relatives & loved ones; many beloved friends.

Services will be 10 am, Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Evans Memorial Chapel in Pocola. Interment will follow in Macedonia Cemetery, Pocola.
The family will be at the funeral home on Friday evening from 6-8 pm to visit with relatives & friends.

Robert "Tony Bird" Massey

Robert “Tony Bird” Massey, 66, of Pocola, OK passed away Monday, February 24, 2014 in Pocola. Robert was born June 27, 1947 in Cedars, OK to Robert & Clara (Dixon) Massey. He was retired from Whirlpool after 35 years. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Florene Adams & brother Alvin Dixon.

Survivors include his sisters, Geniva Collier of Pocola, OK, Theola Oliver and Dinna Mickey of Ft. Smith, AR, Clara Blackmon of Detroit, MI, Roxie Shields (Joe) of Rison, AR; brother, Ray Massey of Pocola, OK; nieces & nephews, Sharon Oliver, Cynthia Jones, Theola Poole, Traci Oliver, Kim Bradshaw, Beverly Elam, Jamie Collier, Brandy Collier, Chanelle Moore, LaKeisha Gray, LaTreshyn Hunter, Hailey Bunch, Donald Oliver, Robert Blackmon, Anthony Massey and Kevin Shields.
Services will be 11 am, Monday, March 3, 2014 at Evans Memorial Chapel, Pocola, OK with Rev. Jerry L. Jennings officiating. Interment will follow in Laird Cemetery, Pocola. Pallbearers will be William Green, Herman Shoates, Pat Black, Wilbur Whitmore, Joe King and Recardo Thompson. Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Swaits, Willie Joe Dixon, Bo Massey, Joe Nathan Massey and Wilbur Whitmore, SR. Flower girls will be his nieces.

The family will be at the funeral home in Pocola on Sunday afternoon from 3-5 pm to visit with relatives & friends.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Vera Lee Johnson

Vera Lee Johnson, 68, of Poteau, OK passed away Friday, February 21, 2014 in Ft. Smith, AR.  Vera was born March 16, 1945 in Wewoka, OK to Arthur Oscar Sr. & Martha (Faughn) Middleton.  She was a homemaker.  Vera was preceded in death by her parents; 1 sister & 3 brothers.

Survivors include her husband, James of the home; daughters & son in law, Katy & Nelson Blythe of Jasper, AR, Della Cox of Pelsor, AR; sons & daughter in law, Almond Boling of Wisdom, MT, Joe Boling of Green Forest, AR, Jimmie & Sherry Boling of Tulsa, OK; 15 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; brother, Arthur Oscar Middleton Jr. of Tulsa, OK; aunt, Maudie Holt of Poteau, OK; other relatives & loved ones; many beloved friends.

Services will be 2 pm, Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at Latter Day Saints Church in Poteau, OK.  Interment will be in Dog Creek Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be Joe Boling, Jimmie Boling, Anthony Alawy, Michael Dotson, Bill Harris, Tim Johnson.

The family will be at the funeral home on Monday evening from 5-7 pm to visit with relatives & friends.

Jeffrey Michael Hall

Jeffrey Michael Hall, 53, of Heavener, OK passed away Thursday, February 20, 2014 in Ft. Smith, AR.   Jeff worked at Riverside Furniture.  Jeff was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ernest & Ollie Hall, Charles & Beatrice Sallee, and his father, Albert Hall.

He is survived by his daughters, Tara Blaylock  and Amber Yandell; 3 grandchildren, Jasmine Blaylock, Cody Smallwood, and Kole Yandell; mother, Carol Ann Hall of Poteau; sisters, Judy Naylor of Heavener, OK, Jennifer & Wayne Campbell of Poteau; nieces & nephews, Carol Ann Naylor, Gary Alan Naylor, Chelsey Campbell, Miranda Campbell, Hailey Geren, Macie Hendricks and Tatum Phillips; his companion, Linda Lewis and her children, Kelley & Jennifer and Samantha Smith; grandchildren, Cameron, Cooper, Thomas, Waylon and Owen.

Services will be 2 pm, Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau, OK with Rev. Jim Cook officiating.  Interment will be in Heavener Memorial Park.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Rev. Donald J. Taylor

      Rev. Donald J. Taylor, 87, of Wister, Oklahoma, left his earthly home and arrived at his heavenly home on Tuesday, February 18, 2014. He came into this world as the son of Flora and Ewell Taylor on December 31,1926, in Royal, Oklahoma.
      Donald served in the US Army during World War 2 and upon his discharge worked various odd jobs before going to work for the Coca Cola company and becoming a refrigeration repairman for them, working mainly on the Ft. Sill base in Lawton, Oklahoma. While working there, Donald found the true passion of his life when he felt the call to become a Minister of the Gospel. In 1958 he quit the Coca Cola Company and went back to school to become an Ordained Southern Baptist Minister. He was ordained at Friendship Baptist Church on October 5, 1958. He pastored many churches in Oklahoma; Lawton, Paradise Valley, Wilson, Pauls Valley, Bartlesville, and Keyes, Then he moved to Aztec, New Mexico in 1970 to pastor there. But, missing Oklahoma, he came back to the eastern part of the state to serve as Director of Missions for Sans Bois Baptist Association. He  later pastored churches in Tamaha, Red Oak, Lequire, and Wister.
     Bro. Don, as he was known to most people, never met a stranger. In fact, most people would say you had to really try hard to NOT be his friend. He loved his family, he loved his friends, but most importantly, he loved God and he wanted to please Him with his life. One of his favorite Bible passages was John 3:16. His version went like this... “For God so loved Don Taylor that He gave His only son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  After retirement, he picked up many odd jobs to make the ends meet, but he continued to preach when called upon, mainly around the eastern part of Oklahoma. Donald married Darlene Hamner Martin on August 3, 1990. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with the grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and the great-great-grandchildren.
     He is survived by his wife, Darlene of the home. Brothers: Raymond and J.F. Taylor of Porterville, California. One Sister: JoAnn Swearingen of Porterville, California;  Six Children: Donna Entrekin and her husband Billy of Spruce Pine, Alabama, Jimmy Dale (Taylor) Rowlett and his wife Linda of Hurst, Texas; Jan Gragg and her husband, Tom of Hartshorne, Oklahoma; Dan Taylor and his wife, Connie of Jenks, Oklahoma; Leah McLaughlin and her husband, Brian, of Poteau, Oklahoma; Stephanie Weston and her husband, Danny of Wilburton; One step-daughter, Donna Fields and her husband, Bob, of Wister, Oklahoma; One step-son, Eddie Martin of Red Oak, Oklahoma;  28 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren, and 14 great-great-grandchildren; Numerous nieces, nephews, other family and friends.He was preceded in death by his parents: Ewell and Flora Taylor;One brother, Timothy James; One sister, Wandell Teal.

Memorial service will be Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 10:00 am at the Bethel Baptist Church in Wister, Okahoma. Interment will follow in Centerpoint Cemetery, Wilburton, OK.  The family will receive friends on Friday, February 21, 2014 from 5:00 until 7:00 PM at the Evans and Miller Funeral Home, 411 Dewey, Poteau, Oklahoma. In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial donations may be made to the Donald Taylor Memorial Fund, Kiamichi Baptist Assembly, P. O. Box 9, Talihina, OK  74571

Monday, February 17, 2014

Karen Sue "Suzie" Pirker

Karen Sue “Suzie” Pirker, 71, of Hackett, AR passed away Saturday, February 15, 2014 in Hackett.  Suzie was born December 22, 1942 in Shelbyville, Indiana to Junior Matthew & Mary Margaret (Weintraut) Maden.  She was a cashier at a convenience store.  Suzie loved her grand and great grandchildren.  She always kept family records.  Suzie was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Arthur Thomas Pirker;  and brother, Kenneth “Kenny’ Maden.

Survivors include her sons, Eddie Lovell  and Mark Lovell of Hackett, AR; daughter, Beverly Cluck of Ft. Smith, AR; grandchildren, Ashley Cluck, Matt & Lindsay Cluck, Megan (Lovell) & Jarrod Johnson, Noah Cluck; great grandchildren, Lennon Wise, Dylan Renee Cluck; brothers Larry & Phyllis Maden of Ft. Smith, Terry & Dorothy Maden of Iowa, Tony Maden of Pocola, OK; sisters, Elizabeth Prall of Lakeland, FL,
Mary Jackson of Ft. Smith, Kathy Skelton of Pocola, OK; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives & friends.

Services will be 10 am, Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at Evans Memorial Chapel, Pocola, OK with Rev. Phil McGehee officiating.  Interment will be in Macedonia Cemetery, Pocola.

The family will be at the funeral home in Pocola on Monday evening from 5-7 pm to visit with relatives & friends.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Sharon Kay Roberts

Sharon Kay Roberts, 62, of Van Buren, AR  formerly of Heavener, OK passed away Thursday, February 13, 2014 in Van Buren, AR.  Sharon was born July 6, 1951 in Ft. Smith, AR to Warren & Mary (Gregory)  Shelton.  She belonged to the Assembly of God Church in Wister, OK.  Sharon was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Clayton Roberts.

Survivors include her sons, Mike Steinsiek and Kimberly Yandell, Mark & Serena Dixon
of Van Buren, AR; granddaughter, Morgan Mongold of Rudy, AR; brothers, Daryl & Allen Shelton of Lavaca, AR, Louie Haggard of Barling, AR;  sister – Cindy Ashing of Ft. Smith, AR; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives & loved ones; many beloved friends.

Services  will be 2 pm, Monday, February 17, 2014 graveside at Glendale/Mt. View Cemetery, Wister, OK with Rev. Jim Cook officiating.  Interment will follow.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Terry Allen Getz

Terry Allen Getz, 43, of  Jenks, OK passed away  Tuesday, February 11, 2014 in Dallas, TX.  Terry was born August 20, 1970 in Ft. Smith, AR to Wayne & Patsy G. (Qualls) Bottoms.  He was a Superintendent for Chesapeake Energy.  Terry loved to race and work on his race cars; 4-wheeling, hunting, doing anything out of doors.  He was preceded in death by his parents; and grandmother, Ada Jones.

Survivors include his wife, Karla of the home; son, Micheal Graham & Bo Dog of the home; daughter, Racheal Sorrell of Searcy, AR; stepdaughters , Jutanna Bowden of McAlester, OK Stefanie James & husband Blake of Jenks, Jessica Graham & husband, John Shradder of LA; stepson, Chance Graham of LA; sisters, Susie & Jerald Fox of Shady Point, OK, Dana Kay & Ed House of Poteau, OK; 3 brothers, Danny & Carla Getz of Poteau, OK, Paul & Maryann Getz of Ft. Smith, AR, Jimmy & Ramona Getz of Poteau, OK; granddaughters, Cheyenne & Jaydah Clifton, Farrah James, Alyssa Shrader; grandsons, Ryan Shradder & Baxton Bowden; nieces & nephews, Brandon Fox, Scottie Stanley, Heath Getz, Haley & Jackson Getz, Ethan House, Austin Getz, Chrissy Getz, Danielle Getz, Joclynn Getz, Raelynn Getz, Ashtyn Getz, Brooke Holland, Brittney Parks, Jodie Stanley; great nieces & nephews, Adriana, Allyson, Diamond, Tiffany Jaelynn, Racer, Scotty, Jayce and Dayton.

Services will be 10 am, Monday, February 17, 2014 at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau, OK with Rev. Jim Cook officiating.  Pallbearers will be Micheal Graham, Brandon “549 ½” Fox, Danny Getz, Jimmie Getz, Paul Getz, Austin “Fuzzy” Getz, Scottie “Too Hottie” Stanley.

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

Dorothy Thompson

Dorothy Marie Thompson, 73, of Poteau, OK died Thursday, February 13, 2014 in Poteau surrounded by her children.  She was born at the foot of Short Mtn. in Paris, AR on December 6, 1940 to Billy & Violet (Scroggins) Carroll.  She was the eldest of 10 children.  She retired as a Licensed Dietician from the Oaks Nursing Home in 1983 to care for her disabled daughter.  It truly amazes her family how she raised her six children without learning to drive.  Preceding her in death, her father Billy (1955), Mother (1997), baby brother Cecil Carroll (1999) and her husband of 54 years Charley Junior Thompson on October 19, 2013.

Left to cherish her memory are: four daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy and David Akins, LaDonna Thompson and Jeff Tadtman, Marilyn and Jason Smith, Dana Lynn Thompson; two sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth and Darlene Thompson, Jody and Jeannie Thompson; nine grandchildren, David William Akins, Colton & Samantha Thompson, Bryce and Emma Sandstoe, DeeDra, Shania and Creed Smith, Ryan and Charley Thompson; one great-granddaughter Zaylee Marie; one great grandson, Mason Jones; four sisters, Donna and Austin Timms, Judy and Jack Holderfield, Sue and Lanny Akers, Sharon Lopez and Mack Brewer; four brothers John and Martha Carroll, Billy, Larry and Leonard Carroll; one special friend of 55 years, Alicia Buttress; a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives; special care givers, Penny Davis, Leann Sisco, and Ashley McGehee.

Services will be 2 pm, Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau, OK with Rev. Jim Cook officiating.  Interment will follow in Oakland Cemetery, Poteau.  Pallbearers will be Bryce Sandstoe, Colton Thompson, Will Akins, Lee and Jason Timms, Brian Skelton, Creed Smith, and Ryan Thompson.  

The family will be at the funeral home on Friday evening from 5-7 pm to visit with relatives & friends.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Jasper Sanders

Jasper L. Sanders, 84, of Wister, OK passed away Friday, February 7, 2014 in Wister.
Jasper was born December 9, 1929 in Alex, OK to Roy & Mary (Byrd) Sanders.  He was a carpenter.   He loved to fish and hunt, watch TV, eat and play poker.  Jasper was preceded in death by his parents; son, Roy “Dobbin” Sanders and brother, George “GW” Sanders. 

Survivors include his 2 sisters; Margie Clement & husband, Floyd of Wister, OK, Shirley Rogers of Luther, OK; grandchildren, Cameron & Pernille Sanders of Howe, OK, Chasity Sanders of Howe, Caleb Sanders of Ft. Smith, AR; 1 great grandson, Kasen Sanders; special friends –‘he loved all his home health nurses.

Memorial services will be 11 am, Monday, February 10, 2014 at Ellis Chapel Church, Wister, OK with Rev. Jack Covey officiating.  Interment will be in Wister City Cemetery.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Wayne Jenson

Wayne Edward Jenson entered into Life August 11, 1924 born in Wister, Oklahoma.   He entered into His Eternal Heavenly Home February 5,  2014.  He was 89 years old.  He is survived by his two daughters, Connie Sue Jenson and  Nita Diane Jenson of Oklahoma City;  2 grandsons Cory Shawn Porter, Oklahoma City and Jenson Blake Isham, Seattle, Washington;  2 great-grandchildren, Alexander Porter and Wade Jenson Isham, 1 sister, Jimmie Dunn, Chickasha, Oklahoma.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Willow Lucille Jenson, his parents Walter and Eva Jenson, Wister, Oklahoma; his brother, Bill Jenson, Poteau, Ok. and his sister Virginia Thomas, Oklahoma City.
       Wayne worked in Oklahoma City during the late 50's and early 60's for SSS Fence Company and then he worked as a Iron Worker.  Wayne and Lucille moved to Poteau, Ok in 1961 and bought a furniture store.  They worked as a team in operating their business.  Wayne loved the furniture business and loved to buy used furniture and fix it up like new to resale.  After many years they retired and sold their furniture business.  After a few years of retirement Wayne decided to go back to work as manager for Holton Hardware Store in Poteau.  
          Wayne was a devout Christian and an active member of the Nazarene Church in Poteau, Ok., serving on the Board of Directors. 
          Some of Wayne hobbies were hunting, fishing and he loved camping.  They also enjoyed having a small garden in their back yard each year.  
          He will be missed by all who knew him.  Funeral Services will be held in the Chapel of Evans-Miller Funeral home in Poteau, Ok.  on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 2pm.  Family and friends are invited to meet with the family and viewing Friday evening from 5pm to 7pm at Evans-Miller Funeral Home in Poteau, Ok.