Monday, November 30, 2015

Neil Kitchens

Neil Rogers Kitchens of Arkoma, OK passed away November 29, 2015.  He was born October 10, 1926 in LeFlore, OK.  Neil was a retired administrator and teacher in the Arkoma School system.  He loved and respected his profession.  He served during WWII with the 11th Airborne. Neil was a generous and loving father and grandfather who always had great things growing in his garden.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Vivian and his parents, Fred & Beatrice; brothers, Coleman, J.R., Dawes, John & Doug; son in law, Chubby King.

Survivors include his three daughters and sons in law, Janet King, Lujane and David Buttress of Arkoma; Joan and Gregg Goss of Perkins, OK; grandchildren, David Neil "Bo" and Renea Buttress, Jarrod Buttress, Jake and Ginger Goss, Jaycee and Travis Elliott; great granddaughters, Addison Buttress and Timber Goss;  three brothers, Clyde Kitchens, Kenneth Kitchens, Carrol Kitchens and one sister, Christine McElroy ; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, loved ones and friends.

Services will be 10 am, Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau, OK with Gregg Goss officiating.  Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Ft. Smith, AR.   Pallbearers will be his grandsons.  Honorary pallbearers will be the J-Sacs Coffee Group.

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


jackie said...

I am so sad to see this. Mr. Kitchens was one of my favorite educators and administrators. Such a kind, thoughtful, practical man. He will live on in the many lives he touched as a teacher and superintendent. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.Jackie McDonald Gaithe

Polly Vincent said...

To the family of our Mr. Kitchens; I will always remember his kind and encouraging spirit. He taught his students more than just Math, Physical Ed. and Basketball. He taught us to be bold and try our best. As an Educator for 36 years, I look back and realize that he laid the groundwork for some of my teaching strategies. Janet, LuJane, and Joan, you were Blessed to have a daddy that had such a determined spirit and that loved you all so much. I am sure that Heaven welcomed him with great joy. God Bless you all, Steven and I are praying for you during this difficult time.
Polly Vincent

James Wright said...

Not just a teacher, a true educator. One of a few that I truly respected.


A true American and a real hero