Saturday, September 24, 2022

Jodie Dameron-Fox

Funeral services for Jodie Dameron-Fox will be 2pm Tuesday, September 27th at the Donald W. Reynolds Center in Poteau, Oklahoma, burial will follow in Vaughn Cemetery under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Poteau, Oklahoma.  There will be NO VIEWING but the guest book may be signed from 9am-8pm Monday, the family will visit and greet friends 6pm-8pm Monday at the Evans & Miller Funeral Home Chapel.  

Jodie Lynn Dameron-Fox was born on June 10, 1976 in Boise City, Oklahoma. She went to be with her Lord on September 21, 2022. She was 46 years old. She is survived by her husband Steve Fox, her mother Anna Dameron, and her brother Justin Dameron and a host of family and friends. She was preceded in death by her father Ronald Dameron.

Jodie was adopted into her family at 2 years old. From day one she stole her daddy’s heart and continued to steal the heart of everyone else she ever met.

Jodie was a hairdresser for 27 years in Poteau. She was extremely successful and excellent at her job. It wasn’t just a job though, it was a talent and a gift. She befriended all of her clients and it became a generational relationship. She became part of their families. She was very influential in our community with her faith, friendships, and generosity. If she had something you needed, she would give it. When Jodie was 8 yrs old, she gave her heart to Jesus. Her walk with God led her for the rest of her life. She was very involved in her church. She attended Sugarloaf Christian Fellowship for many years. She sang on the praise team, she volunteered with the youth group, she helped lead a young ladies’ bible study once a week, and served in various capacities. Jodie was always smiling and her presence lit up the room. She was loving, loyal, and fiercely protective of those she loved. She touched the lives of everyone she came into contact with. Jodie was an amazing Aunt. Aunt JoJo had many adopted nieces and nephews that loved her and she would do anything for them. She had a very special place in her heart for her niece Whitney and for her two young cousins Jace and Jude.

On September 22nd, 3 years ago she met the love of her life. One year later, Jodie and Steve were married. They had a loving marriage and spent their precious time together doing their favorite things like laughing, singing, and cooking. Jodie left a legacy of love and laughter. She gave of herself and blessed us all.

In the words of George Strait, “Oh how she sparkled and oh how she shines!”

Pallbearers: Justin Dameron, Damon Davis, Scott Runyan, Jace Runyan, Paul LaRosa, Billy Rye, Scott Bradshaw, Alex Duncan



Friday, September 23, 2022

Thelma Griffith

Funeral Service for Thelma Mozelle Griffith, 82 of Poteau, Oklahoma will be at 10am on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at Evans Chapel of Memories in Poteau, Oklahoma with Jim Cook officiating. Burial will follow at Oakland Cemetery in Poteau, Oklahoma under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Poteau, Oklahoma.

Thelma was born on October 28, 1939 in Poteau, Oklahoma to Eunice (Hancock) and Dewey Peters and passed away on September 23, 2022 in Poteau, Oklahoma.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Charles Griffith; son, Ronald Griffith; brother, Odie Peters, Bill Peters; sister, Wilma Peters. Thelma loved her grandchildren, being a grandparent. She looked forward to Bayker Lynn coming to do cheer for her.

Survivors include: son, Michael and Julia Griffith; grandchildren, Kimberly Cooper and husband Ryan, Nathan Griffith and wife Kristal, Jessica Griffith, Dustin Griffith, and Abby Griffith; great grandchildren, Corbin Griffith, Cash Griffith, Bayker Lynn Griffith, Gunner Lynch, Kynlie Lynch, Alyssa Goodnight, Rylan Cooper, Alyah Cooper, Arianna Cooper; numerous other relatives and loved ones.

Visitation will be on Monday September 26, 2022 from 6-8pm.

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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Samuel Wesley Pickle

Samuel Wesley Pickle (93) of Poteau, Oklahoma passed away Wednesday, September 21, 2022, in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Funeral services will be held at 2pm on Saturday, October 1, 2022, at Evans Chapel of Memories in Poteau under the direction of the Evans and Miller Funeral Home.  

Wesley was born on September 24, 1928, in Monroe, Oklahoma to Stella (Hemphill) Pickle and Sam Pickle. He was married to Patricia (Turner) Pickle on May 30, 1953, in Poteau. He was preceded in death by his parents, three infant siblings, Jerome Pickle, Hazel Ward, June Hall, Sylvan "Syb" Pickle, and Syble Ellis.  
Wesley spent most of his adult life molding the hearts and minds of students as an educator in the Poteau school system. During his career, he spent time as a math teacher and an assistant principal. In 1974 he was honored as both Poteau Public Schools and Leflore County’s Teacher of the year.
Wesley also worked as a rancher, and in 1985 the Pickle family was honored as the Outstanding Farm Family for Leflore County.  

Wesley was a member of the Church of Christ and enjoyed spending time with his church family.   

Wesley also believed in giving back to his community.  He served on the Board of Directors for the Leflore County Soil Conservation Service and was the President of the Board of Directors for the Monroe cemetery. He also served as the Honorary Chapter Farmer for the Poteau FFA.  

Wesley is survived by his wife Pat of 69 years; his children Susan Pickle Boggs and husband Brian of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Linda Jane Boyd and husband Curtis of Tipton, Oklahoma; David Sam Pickle and wife Kris of Poteau, Oklahoma; 7 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and 1 sister, Mildred Pickle of Iowa City, Iowa.   

Pallbearers will be Wesley Boyd, Will Boyd, Johnny Baker, Curtis Boyd, Brian Boggs, and Chase Tucker.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Arthur Heavener, Ed Abernathy, and Ralph Pickle.  

Visitation will be Friday, September 30, 2022, from 5-7 p.m.  

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:

In Search of the Lord’s Way

P.O. Box 372  
Edmond, OK 73083


Tipton Children’s Home  
P.O. Box 370  
Tipton, OK 73570

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Linda (Adams) Skinner

Funeral Service for Linda (Adams) Skinner, 75 of Poteau, Oklahoma will be at 10am on Friday, September 23, 2022 at First Free Will Baptist Church in Poteau, Oklahoma with Jim Cook, Cory Thompson, and Brad Hill officiating. Burial will follow at Ellis Chapel Cemetery in Wister, Oklahoma under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home Poteau, Oklahoma.

Linda was born on February 8, 1947 in Poteau, Oklahoma to Beatrice (Bell) Rice and Leon Rice and passed away on September 21, 2022 in Poteau, Oklahoma.  She was married to Garry Skinner on December 25, 2004 in Howe, Oklahoma. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Don Adams; brother, Jerry Rice and wife Margie; sister-in-law, Betty Adams; brother-in-law, George Maynor; mother-in-law, Ann Witt; father-in-law, Jay Adams.

Survivors include: husband, Garry Skinner; daughter, Kristi Hill and husband Brad; son, Kevin Adams and wife Becky; adopted son, Gary Hecht and wife Donna; stepsons, Chris Skinner, and Curtis Skinner; grandchildren, Shelbey and Chad Jackson, Brooklynn Adams, Brenna Adams, Chloe Hecht, Zoey Hecht, and Christian Price, Kylee Skinner, Maddie Skinner, and Brielle Skinner; sister-in-law, Reah Maynor, Carolyn and Robert Gutierrez; brother-in-law, Darrel Adams and Ginger.

Pallbearers will be David Stone, Robert Lewis Gutierrez, Chad Jackson, Nick Henson, Brent Henson, and Michael Ritter.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Brian Maynor, Doug Martinez, Jerrod Adams, Mike Seymour, and Leo Ritter.

Viewing will be Thursday from 6-8pm.


Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Sherryl (Sherry) Lynn Ballew

Funeral Service for Sherryl (Sherry) Lynn Ballew, 68 of Poteau, Oklahoma will be at 10am on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at Donald W. Reynolds Community Center in Poteau, Oklahoma with Gary Vancil officiating. Burial will follow at Oakland Cemetery in Poteau, Oklahoma under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home Poteau, Oklahoma.

She was born on July 11, 1954 in Camden, Arkansas to Vergie Estelle (Harris)  and Marion L Cook and passed away on September 17, 2022 in Grand Junction, Colorado.  She was married to Kendall Ballew on December 6th, 1974 in Wister, Oklahoma. They have one daughter, Brianne Ballew of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Marion and Bonnie Cook; mother, Virgie Estelle Harris. Sherry loved to help people decorate, host, and each project needed just "a little bit more". She loved the Poteau Community from Balloonfest to all the different community projects. She had a special knack for decorating, every year she would decorate the Christmas trees at the Reynolds Center. Sherry loved traveling, and being in company of friends, seeing the beautiful mountains in Colorado.

Pallbearers will be Jesse Henry, Jason Tucker, Scott Wilkerson, Harry Tustin, Bob Hendricks, and Jim Sommers.

Viewing will be Friday from 5-7pm.