Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Charlie Been

           Charles Lee Been, 82, of Howe, OK passed away Sunday, January 29, 2017 in Heavener, OK.  Charlie was born April 13, 1934 in Midland, AR to Floyd Lee & Evadna June (Miller) Been.    Charles attended school in Hartford, AR and graduated in 1952.  He then attended barber college in Tulsa, OK.  Upon graduation Charlie came to Poteau, OK and began his career as a barber in 1955; first working in Roy Green's Barber Shop located on main street next to the Victory Theater.  He soon opened Charlie's Barber Shop and continued to cut hair, provide shaves, entertain with stories, tell jokes and always have the  coffee pot on for 61 years.  When you entered the door of the barbershop not only were you assured a great haircut, but more often than not, one could listen to conversations ranging from the Bible to politics, hunting to fishing, identifying wildflowers to raising cattle and growing chickens, as well as everything in between.  Charlie was known to be a great storyteller and loved jokes - loved telling them and loved hearing them. Let it not go without saying, Charlie did not shy away from pulling  pranks on the unsuspecting from time to time.  Remember the mannequin Charlie got from the western store he put in the bathroom when the barbershop was by Firestone Tire Shop?

          Charlie was civic-minded and had a vested interest in the town of Poteau & it's citizens.  As a young man Charlie donated time as a scout leader & was able to take his group to Philmont in New Mexico.  He was a longtime member of the Poteau Kiwanis Club and always strived for perfect attendance - which he maintained throughout his active membership - close to 30 years.  As a Kiwanis member he participated often in various club sponsored activities & always with a smile & his good natured way.

          Barber, Storyteller, Lover of Jokes, conversationalist, friend, father, husband, grandpa & great-grandpa.  All of these sum up Charlie Been who is loved and greatly missed.    In his lifetime Charlie amassed innumerable friendships to whom he was very loyal & held in high regard.  He was preceded in death by his parents & son, Brett Montgomery.

          Charlie is survived by his wife, Joyce of the home; children, Danny Been of Little Rock, AR, Susie Roper of Barling, AR, Wendy & Kevin Fry of Mannford, OK; grandchildren, Riley Fry, Peri Fry, Karla Reynolds, Amanda Angel, Nathan Been & Shelah Lisle; great grandchildren, Kelsey Miles, Tiffany Davis, Mallory Kinsey, Kyle Crissler, Autumn Been, Emmah Been, Micah Been; other relatives & loved ones.

          Services will be 2 pm,  Friday, February 3, 2017 at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau, OK.  Interment will follow in Mount Olive Cemetery, Midland, AR.

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

Monday, January 30, 2017

Lois Oleda Helton

Lois Oleda Helton, 81, of  Shady Point, OK passed away Thursday, January 26, 2017 in Shady Point.  Lois was born July 1, 1935 in Tahona, OK to Lonnie & Myrtle (Ward) DeWitt.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon R. Helton Sr., her parents; brothers, Johnnie  & Tommie DeWitt; sisters, Florene Dees, Betty Self & Nadine Edwards; grandson, Brian Helton & granddaughter, Tiffany Helton.

Survivors include her sons, Vernon Ray Helton Jr. & wife Sandy, Ken Helton of Shady Point, OK, Ron Helton & wife Ellen of Neponset, IL, Mark Emmerling of Springfield, IL; numerous grand and great grandchildren; sisters, Lucille McRay of Panama, OK, Doris Anne Thomas & husband George of Vista, CA, Pauly DeWitt of Panama, OK; brother, Donnie DeWitt &  wife Carol of Wister, OK; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, loved ones and friends.

Services will be 2 pm, Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at Victory Worship Center, Spiro, OK with Rev. Bryan Fouts officiating.  Interment will follow in New Hope Cemetery, Spiro, OK.  Pallbearers will be Brandon Helton, Brent Helton, and Keith Bezzard, Aaron Harper, Tommy Dewitt, Tim Bo Dewitt.

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

Mary Elizabeth Davis

Mary Elizabeth Davis, 73, of Wister, OK passed away Wednesday, January 25, 2017 in Wister.  Mary was born August 9, 1943 in Ft. Smith, AR to Virgil & Hallie (Tomlin) Williams.  She  was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Randall Davis; sons, Billy Jean Davis & Raymond Davis;  sister, Rosalye Pearson; brothers, Melvin, Charles & Ray Williams; daughter in law, Tammy Davis. 

She is survived by her sons & daughter in law, Irvin & Judy Williams of Turlock, CA, Ronald Davis & Mike Davis of Wister, OK; daughter & son in law, Jill & James Miller of  Tulsa, OK; sister, Hallie Cummings of White City, OR; brother, Joe Bobby "Bob" Williams of Gold Hill Central Point, OR; numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildrena nd great grandchildren; other relatives, loved ones and friends.
 "If there ever comes a day when we can't be together, keep me in  your heart, I'll stay there forever."
Private family services.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Louise Dolph

Ellen Louise Dolph, 75, of Wister, OK passed away Monday, January 23, 2017 in Wister.  Louise was born June 8, 1941 in Independence, OK to J.B. & Nora Lee (Hawthorne) Manifold.  She  was a home health aide for 35 years.  She kept the nursery at Methodist Church in Wister for over 20 years.  She loved to visit with people at the Tote A Poke every morning with a cup of coffee.  She loved her grandkids and going on baseball trips.  Louise enjoyed crocheting and crafting.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Wayne Dolph; her parents; son, Ricky Dolph; sister, Zella Mae Keifer; great grandson, Parker Dolph.

Survivors include her daughter, Rhonda Woodruff; sons, Billy & Tommy Dolph; grandchildren, Eric & Elysia Dolph, Tiffany & Johnny Martin all of Wister, OK; great grandsons, Hoyt Dolph, Christian Dolph, and Cordell Martin; special grandchildren, Warren Janeway and Lillian Morgan of Red Oak;  sister, Alice Oldham ; niece, Barbara & Scott Wintz all of Chandler ; mother in law, Ola Dolph of Wister; other relatives, loved ones and friends.

Services will be  11 am, Friday, January 27, 2017 at Bethel Baptist Church with Bro. Clyde Steelman officiating.  Interment will follow in Ellis Chapel Cemetery. 

Ted Bullard Jr.

Ted Bullard, Jr, 66, of Spiro, OK passed away Tuesday, January 24, 2017 in Ft. Smith, AR.   Ted was born March 4, 1950 in Fanshawe, OK to Ted Sr & Lorene Bullard.  He was a concrete mason.  Ted was a veteran of  the US Army having served in Vietnam.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra Bullard & grandson, Joey Moore; his parents;  sister, Bobbie Stucks; brother, Scotty Bullard

Survivors include his children, Becky Bullard of Tahlequah, Jennifer Bullard of Eufaula, TJ Moore of Ft. Smith, AR, Ronny Moore of Nicut, OK, Russell Moore of Greenwood, AR; 13 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; sister, Betty McGowan of OKC; brothers, Bill Bullard of Fanshawe and Dale Bullard of Pocola, OK; other relatives, loved ones and friends.

Services will be 10 am, Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Bethel Baptist Church, Wister, OK with Rev. Clyde Steelman officiating.  Burial will follow in Ellis Chapel Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be Bryan Buckner, Tim Moore JR., James Teague, Danny Bullard, Billy Bullard & Bill Cotner. 

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