Miscellaneous LeFlore County, Oklahoma Obituaries

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Michael Dale Brown
Michael Dale Brown, 29, of Poteau, Okla., died Friday, Dec. 5, 1997 in McAlester, Okla. Michael Dale Brown was born on Sept. 26, 1968 in Ft. Smith, Ark. He was the owner and operator of Brown's Warehouse and Farm Supply.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, 1997 at Immanuel Baptist Church in Poteau with the Rev. Dell Glen. Interment at Oakland Cemetery in Poteau.
He is survived by his wife, Donna of the home; one daughter, Tiffany Brown of the home; parents, Dale and Wanda Brown of Poteau; one sister and brother-in-law, Angela and Clint Beeson of Heavener; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Geary and Linda Brown of Vian, Okla., Randy and Tracy Brown of Ft. Smith, Robin Brown of Stilwell, Okla.; four nieces; one nephew; other relatives and many loved ones.
Michael was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church of Poteau.
Services under direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home, Poteau.

Mack W. Medley
Mack W. Medley, 76, of Heavener, Okla., Friday, Dec. 5, 1997 in a Poteau hospital. He was a former resident of Mountain Home, Ark., veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict. He attended the Independence Baptist Church in Heavener.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, 1997 at the Dowden Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Memorial Park in Heavener under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener.
He is survived by his wife, Juanita; three daughters, Marsha Seaton of Van Buren, Ark., Jane Matthies of North Platte, Neb., Jill Helbling of Baldwinsville, NY; one son, Michael Allen Medley of Gassville, Ark.; two sisters, Dixie Whitaker of Gassville and Drucilla Brewer of North Little Rock, Ark.; two brothers, Neil Medley of Grand Forks, ND and Rex Medley of Springfield, Ill.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Gaylord Lester Winton
Gaylord Lester Winton, 88, resident of Muse, Okla., died Thursday, Dec. 4, 1997 at the Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center in Poteau, Okla.
He was born Oct. 14, 1909 in Muse, to the late George Sumpter Winton, and the late Nolie Grace Rind Winton. He served in the U.S. Army, and was a veteran of World War II. Mr. Winton was in business until his retirement in 1985.
He is survived by his niece, Helen Davis of Poteau; nephew and niece-in-law, Wayne and Sammye Winton of Dierks, Ark.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Nola Hanson Winton in 1983, and a brother, Elbert Winton in 1995.
Graveside services will be held Saturday, Dec. 6, 1997 at 11 a.m. at the Rocky Cemetery, with Rev. Denzil Gilbert officiating. Interment will follow. Arrangements under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena, Ark.

Myrtle F. Gilbreath
Myrtle F. Gilbreath, 91, of Poteau, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 1997 at the Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center in Poteau. Myrtle F. Gilbreath was born March 5, 1906 in Mansfield, Okla. She was a Homemaker.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, 1997 at the Oakland Pavilion with the Rev. Jim Cook officiating following internment at Oakland Cemetery.
She is survived by her extended family, Jimmy and Carolyn Matlock of Poteau; Donna and Rick Nelson of Heavener; Allen, Ricky Jr., and Cara Nelson of Heavener; Lisa Robles of Van Buren, Ark.; Jeffrey and Stephen Robles of Van Buren; cousins, other friends, and family.
Myrtle Gilbreath was a member of the Southside Baptist Church of Poteau. She lived in and around this area most of her life.
Arrangements under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home, Poteau.

Mary Catherine Hall
Mary Catherine Hall, 62, of Oklahoma City, Okla., died Monday, Dec. 8, 1997 in an Oklahoma City hospital. She was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church in Dell City, Okla.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, 1997 at Howe Cemetery under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener.
She is survived by her companion, Bill Hall of Oklahoma City; son Lewis Wayne Hall of Edmond, Okla.; brother, John Hunt of Moore, Okla.; three grandchildren.
Mary Catherine Hall is preceded in death by a son, Dennis Hall.

George Howze
George Howze, 56, of Broken Bow, Okla., died Monday, Dec. 8, 1997 in his residence. He was a resident of Broken Bow since 1983, veteran of the Korean Conflict, retired Senior Master Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, and was a Mason.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, 1997 at the Dowden Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Zoe Cemetery in Heavener under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener.
He is survived by his companion, Lorrane George of Broken Bow; five daughters, Lynn Diane Howze of Durant, Melissa Coleen Hughes of San Francisco, Calif., Cheryl Ann Senn of Fremont, Calif., Dixie Leigh Nunez of Houston, Tex., Sandra Jo Segrest of Dallas, Tex., step-daughter, Barbara Hicks of Broken Bow; one step-son, Jim George of Broken Bow; two sisters, Oletto Vinson of Heavener, Okla. Roghnee Akin of Hodgen, Okla.; three brothers, Earl of Oklahoma City, Leonard of Carson City, Nev., and Curtis of Heavener; 16 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.

Howard L. McCollom
Howard L. McCollom, 66, of Bokoshe, Okla., died Thursday, Dec. 11, 1997 in a Poteau hospital. He was retired from Bokoshe Public Schools where he was a bus driver and mechanic. member of VFW Post 75 of Bokoshe. He was an Army veteran and served in the Korean War.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, 1997 at the Nubbin Ridge Cemetery in Bokoshe under the direction of the Mallory Funeral Home of Spiro.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret of the home; one daughter Lawanna "Judy" McKinney and husband, Stanley of Bokoshe; one son, Howard Lynn McCollom, and wife, Barbara of Wister; one sister, Betty Shockley of Spiro; one brother, Juel McCollom Jr. of Bokoshe; four grandchildren, Stacy Sutherland of Bokoshe, Amanda and Sammie Jo McCollom of Wister, and Stanley McKinney Jr. of Bokoshe; and two great-grandchildren, Cory and Keifer Sutherland of Bokoshe.

Minnie Mae Ray
Minnie Mae Ray, 71 of Texarkana, Tex., died Friday, Dec. 12, 1997, at her residence.
Mrs. Ray was born May 2, 1926 in Sulphur, Okla. She was a Homemaker and a member of the First Church of the Nazarene.
She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Audrey and Leon Ray of Texarkana; one brother, Wilburn Stone of Ada, Okla.; one sister, Ruth Hoover of El Dorado, Calif.; two grandchildren, Debbie Jordan of Texarkana, and Tony Ray of Fallon, Nev.; three great grandchildren, Lisa and Lance Jordan, and Courtney Ray; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, 1997 in the Texarkana Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Harlie Patterson officiating.
Graveside service will be 3:30 p.m. at the Ellis Chapel Cemetery, Wister, Okla.

Hazel Dill Lampkin
Hazel Dill Lampkin, 83, of Niland, Calif., died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 1997 in El Centro Regional Hospital, El Centro, Calif. Hazel Dill Lampkin was born March 14, 1914 in Oklahoma City, Okla. She was a Homemaker.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, 1997 at the Maxcey Cemetery in Wister, Okla. with the Rev. Don Taylor officiating.
She is survived by her two sons and daughters-in-law, Alfred and Marcia Lampkin of Wister, Hubert and Leora Lampkin of Ardmore, Okla., daughter-in-law, Leona Lampkin of Ardmore; 15 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren.
Hazel Dill was a California resident for 38 years. She was preceded in death by a son, James Lampkin, her parents, three brothers, Sam Casey, Woodrow Casey, and Elwood Casey, a sister, Edna Smithers, and two grandchildren.
Arrangements under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home, Poteau.

Frances E. Babb
Frances E. Babb, 82, of Poteau, Okla., died Monday, Dec. 15, 1997 at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Okla.
Frances E. Babb was born Nov. 10, 1915 in Asbury, Mo. she was a Homemaker.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, 1997 at the Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau following interment at Heavener Memorial Park with the Rev. Phil McGehee officiating.
She is survived by her husband, Noel D. Babb of the home; daughters, Laneal Crawford, Elith Jane Smith, Robbie Paquette, all of Tulsa, and Yvonne Miller of Sapulpa; son, Ian Douglas Babb of Poteau; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Frances E. Babb, 82, passed away Dec. 15, at St. Francis Hospital, Tulsa after complications from surgery. She was a long time resident of Poteau and a member of the First Baptist Church.
Arrangements under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home, Poteau.

Peggy Faye Bennett
Peggy Faye Bennett, 59, of Poteau, Okla., died Sunday, Dec. 14, 1997 in a Poteau hospital. She was a former resident of Bixby, Okla., member of the River View Baptist Church in Bixby.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, 1997 at the Assembly of God Church, Bates, Ark with burial at Howe Cemetery, Howe, Okla. under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener.
She is survived by her husband, Bill, daughter, Carmen Hankins of Lake Dallas, Tex.; son, Jeff of Tulsa; sisters, Twilla Maxwell of Wister, Betty Cagle of Poteau, Shirley Brothers of Plainview, Ark., and Linda Hill of Bates, Ark.; three brothers, Gene Pottridge of Howe, Doss and Gary Pottridge both of Bates; two granddaughters, Megan and Ashley Hankins.

Janet Griever Brooks
Mrs. Janet Griever Brooks, 43, of Hamburg, Ark., died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 1997 at her residence in Hamburg, Ark. Mrs. Brooks was a native of Poteau, Okla. and a resident of Hamburg, Ark. since 1962. She was a Homemaker and a member of the First Baptist church in Hamburg, Ark. She was past president of the Albritton Elementary P.T.O. and she was secretary of the Dixie Youth Baseball League in Hamburg.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Rev. E. E. and Myrtle Griever and her maternal grandmother, Myrtle Kirkpatrick.
She is survived by her husband, Paul Brooks; a son, Cody Brooks and a daughter, Sarah Brooks; her parents, Buddy and Berry Griever all of Hamburg, Ark.; two brothers, Charlie Griever and his wife, Lou, of Crossett, Ark., and Jimmy Griever and his wife, Cindy of Hamburg; her mother-in-law, Dorothy Brooks of Eudora and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
Funeral services 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 20, 1997 at the First Baptist Church in Hamburg with Rev. Charles Pullin, Rev. Klois Hargis and Dr. Bobby Pennington officiating.
Pallbearers are Kenny Bowden, Chris Kelley, Tony Blann, Johnny Pierce, Eddie Etheridge, Terry Cain, Lee Thornhill and Dickie Morton.
Honorary Pallbearers are Kerry Yelvington, Jimmy Stell, Bobby Griffin, Bob Timmons, Willie Claude Kelley and the Georgia-Pacific Woodyard Employees. Interment will be in the Hamburg Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg, Ark.

Lou "Thompson" Caraway
Lou "Thompson" Caraway, 86, of Gunter, Tex., died Friday, Dec. 12, 1997 in Gunter, Tex., she was former resident of Heavener and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Heavener.
Graveside services were held 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 15, 1997 Memorial Park of Heavener under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home.
She is survived by her son Bud Thompson of Frisco, Tex.; sister, Dorothy Babcock of Heavener; and two grandchildren.

Charlie H. Childres
Charlie H. Childres, 63, of Derby, KS formerly of Summerfield, OK, died Saturday, Nov. 29, 1997, he retired as a Boeing Wichita Machinist.
Services were held Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. at the Midway Baptist Church in Wichita, KS following interment was in Greenwood Cemetery, Sedan, KS.
He is survived by three sons, Charles of Beaumont, KS, Leslie of Goddard, KS, and Brandon of Wichita, KS; eight grandchildren; one brother, Edgar Childres of San Diego, CA; three sisters, Edna Jones of Derby, KS, Margie Edmonson of Oklahoma City, OK, and Linda M. Wood of Heavener, OK.
Charlie H. Childres was born in Battiest, OK, and raised up in and around Summerfield. He graduated from Fanshawe High School, enlisted in the Navy in the early 50's and served four years. He moved to Wichita, KS and worked in the Aircraft industry until failing health forced early retirement. At the time of his death, he lived in Derby, KS.

Ruby Davis
Ruby Davis, 85, of Jenks, Okla., died Sunday, Dec. 14, 1997 in her residence. Ruby Jenks was born February 8, 1912 in Clayton, Okla. She was a Homemaker.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, 1997 at the Evans Chapel of Memories with the Rev. Larry Brinkley officiating, following interment at Oakland Cemetery of Poteau.
She is survived by her sons, Wayne Davis of Parkvsville, Mo., John Davis of Tulsa, Okla.; daughter, Nadine Brissey of Jenks; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; other relatives and loved ones and many friends.
Ruby was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Davis.
Arrangements under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home, Poteau.

Vera D. Dunn
Vera D. Dunn, 93, was born June 16, 1904 formerly of LeFlore County, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 1997 at her residence in Santa Clara, Calif.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 1997 at the Oakland Pavilion with the Rev. Larry Haney officiating, following interment at Oakland Cemetery.
Vera D. Dunn, beloved wife of the late Charles L. Dunn, step-mother to Janell Day of San Jose, Calif., and the late Charles E. Dunn of Fresno, Calif., grandmother of nine, great-grandmother of eight, former owner of Vera West Lighting, 234. S. Second Street in San Jose, Calif.
Friends are invited to attend the funeral services Saturday, Dec. 20, 1997 at 11 a.m. at the Oakland Cemetery Pavilion, Poteau.
Arrangements under the direction of the Evans & Miller Funeral Home, Poteau.

Mae Hudgins
Mae Hudgins, 90, of Wister, Okla., died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 1997 at her residence. Mae Hudgins was born Oct. 2, 1907 in Wister. She was a Homemaker.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 1997 at Evans Chapel of Memories in Poteau with the Rev. Clyde Steelman officiating, interment at the Petillo Hills Cemetery in Centerville, Ark.
She is survived by her sons, Billy Earl Hudgins of Howe, Okla., and Bobby Joe Hudgins of Las Vegas, NV; sister, Carrie Smith of Ft. Smith, Ark.; brother, William Allread of Moore, Ark.; six grandchildren; one great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Mae was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Wister. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Hudgins in August of 1987, and a son, Harvey Hudgins.
Arrangements under the direction of the Evans & Miller Funeral Home, Poteau.

Annie Mae James
Annie Mae James, 86, of Poteau, Okla., died Monday, Dec. 15, 1997 at the Oaks Health Care Center of Poteau. Annie Mae James was born August 11, 1911 in Stigler, Okla. She was a Homemaker.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, 1997 at the James Cemetery in Calhoun, Okla.
She is survived by her three sons, Roy James of Poteau, Bennie James of Talihina, and Allan A. James of Calhoun; four daughters, Easter Buckner of Panama, Mary Montgomery of Poteau, Flora James of Poteau, and Linda Maxwell of Poteau; one sister, Mary Jane Lucas of Poteau; 32 grandchildren; 64 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews, other family and many friends.
Arrangements under the direction of the Evans & Miller Funeral Home, Poteau.

Martha Lee Jones
Martha Lee Jones, 73, of Heavener, Okla., died Sunday, Dec. 14, 1997 in a Van Buren nursing home in Arkansas. She was a resident of Heavener for the past eight years, and a member of the Catholic Church.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, 1997 at the Memorial Park in Heavener under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

A. C. Curtis Mecom
A.C. Curtis Mecom, 71, former LeFlore County resident, departed this life Dec. 10 at his home in Tucson, AZ.
He was of Southern Baptist faith and a school administrator and teacher by profession.
He was preceded in death by one daughter Laura Mecom of the home, his parents Robert Mecom, Virtie Mecom Long, and step-father, Lonnie Long, one brother Thomas Mecom, one step-brother, Harrell Long.
He is survived by his wife Polly Ann; one daughter, Teri Rackham of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; two sons, Dr. Stewart Mecom of Tucson and Brian Mecom of Seattle, WA; three sisters, Elsie McMillan of Pocola, Frances Swiney of Spiro, and Grace Covey of Poteau; three brothers, Robert P. Mecom of Spiro, Leon Long of Sallisaw, and Kenneth Long of Hobbs, NM; one step-brother, Doyle Long of Yreka, CA; one very close cousin, J.C. Mecom of Tucson; lots of other cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Graveside services were Saturday morning with interment in Casa Grande Cemetery, Case Grande, AZ.

Elsie Mae Moore
Elsie Mae Moore, 78, of Spiro, OK, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 1997 in a local hospital, she was a member of the First Baptist Church of Spiro.
Services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 20, 1997 at the Mallory Chapel of Spiro with burial at New Hope Cemetery in Spiro under the direction of the Mallory Funeral Home of Spiro.
She is survived by her daughter, Delores Beavers of Nashua, NH; one son, Roy Sanders of Spiro; one sister, Vadie Summer of Mena, AR; and 11 grandchildren.
Viewing will be today, 9 a.m. to 5 a.m., Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, 8:30 a.m. until service time.

Thelma Dean Wagner Page
Thelma Dean Wagner Page, 76, of Spiro, Okla., died Monday, Dec. 15, 1997 in her home. She was a member of Lakeview Baptist Church, the leader of the "Golden Oldies" of the Lakeview Church, a member of the Rebekkahs and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and served many hours at the Spiro Nutrition Center.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, 1997 at the Lakeview Baptist Church with burial at the New Hope Cemetery of Spiro under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Spiro, Okla.
She is survived by her husband, Alfred Willie Page of Spiro, Okla.; one daughter, Judy D. Beshers of Spiro; one son, Thomas C. Wagner of Panama; two sisters, Victoria Schrimsher of Tulsa, and Pat Isaac of Panama; one brother, Ed Cusick of Sweet Gun, Okla.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers: Roy Floyd, Roy Dix, Chris Fisk, Billy Howard Terry, Duane Mahar, Jerry Edens.
Honorary Pallbearers: G.W. Eagleton, Harold Gist, and David Hopper.

Mildred Aileen (Acker) Roy
Mildred Aileen (Acker) Roy, 57, of Motly, Minn. formerly of Spiro, Okla., passed from this life Dec. 6, 1997 at her home in Motley, where she lived with her husband, Bob.
Aileen was preceded in death by both her parents Lee and Norene Acker.
Aileen is survived by her husband, Bob, four daughters, Debbie Olson and husband, Dave of Lino Lakes, Minn., Vickie Nicole and Amy Hodgson of Robbinsdale, Minn., Kathi Skow of Minneapolis, Minn., and Connie Van Volkenberg and husband Tim of Elk River, Minn., and one son, Terry Skow and wife Ellen of Seneca, SC; one sister, Gayla Kelley, and husband, Randy of Tulsa, Okla.; two brothers, Robert Acker and wife Mary of Poteau (Monroe), Okla., and Allen Acker of Orange Cove, Calif.; three step-children, Bobbi Jensen, Connie Peterson, and Gary Roy all of Minnesota, also 18 grandchildren and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Pearl Rowley
Pearl Rowley, 90, of Poteau, Okla., died Thursday, Dec. 18, 1997 at the Sparks Regional Medical Center in Fort Smith, Ark. Pearl Rowley was born May 7, 1907 in Page, Okla. (Indian Territory). She was a Homemaker.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 1997 at the First Baptist Church in Poteau with the Rev. Phil McGehee officiating following interment at the Oakland Cemetery.
She is survived by one daughter, Beverly Peters of Poteau; sister, Cura Newcomer of Heavener, Okla.; brother, John Bridges of Tulsa, Okla.; two grandchildren, Randy and Diane Peters, Kay and Larry Henry both of Poteau; seven grandchildren, Josh and Mark Henry; Kerry Shuck, Dusty Peters, Diana and Kelly Waldridge, Chris Pechel; numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.
Pearl Rowley was preceded in death by her husband, Amos Rowley, and a son, Donald Amos Rowley. She was a member of the First Baptist Church for approximately 67 years. She was a member of the Garden Club, the Plenty Niners Club, and the Hospital Guild. She was a past member of the Eastern Star.
Arrangements under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home, Poteau.

Talitha Cumi Hart
Talitha Cumi Hart, 88, of Pocola, Okla., died Sunday, Dec. 21, 1997 at the Med Home Nursing Home of Pocola, Okla. Talitha Cumi Hart was born Aug. 15, 1909 in Crockett, Tex.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 23, 1997 at the Oakland Cemetery at 10 a.m.
She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Garner Moore
Garner Moore, 88, of Poteau, Okla., died Friday, Dec. 19, 1997 at the Oaks Health Care Center in Poteau.
Garner Moore was born Oct. 15, 1909 in Minco NM. She was a Secretary.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 1997 at the First Baptist Church in Poteau with the Rev. Phil McGehee, interment following at the Oakland Cemetery in Poteau.
She is survived by her sister-in-law, Mary Deemer of Dallas, Tex.; four nieces, Barbara Sweat of Van Alstyne, Tex., Janice Carroll of Dallas, Tex., Elaine Pratt of Dallas, Tex., and Mary Ann Montgomery of Dallas, Tex.
Garner Moore was an active member of the First Baptist church of Poteau. She was Secretary for Mr. Stottsbury at Central National Bank for a number of years.
Arrangements under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home, Poteau.

Rev. James Wilson Sockey
Rev. James Wilson Sockey, 84, of McAlester was born Aug. 28, 1913 to Lewis and Levina (Kincade) Sockey near Shady Point. He died Thursday, Dec. 18, 1997 in a McAlester hospital. He was a retired minister.
James went to school and graduated from Panama High School. He worked on the family farm near Shady Point until he enlisted in the United State Army on Sept. 14, 1940 to serve his country with Company I, 180th Infantry until his discharge on Nov. 13, 1945. He returned home to the Shady Point areas and was called to the ministry and received his licensed to preach on Sept. 16, 1948 at Idabel. James became a minister for the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference of the United Methodist Church. Her served as minister at churches in Vallant, Antlers, Hugo, Whitesboro, Talihina, Quinton, and Atoka. He also served as a District superintendent for the Southeast District for two years. He retired in 1979 and was recognized for 30 years of service in the ministry. He was called back to serve another four years at Quinton and Conerville.
James and his wife of 43 years, Mary Jane Brandy were married on Nov. 24, 1954 at Antlers.
James is survived by his wife Mary Jane Sockey of the home; four sons, Leland and his wife Felicia of Stigler, James, Jr. of Kinta, Marvin of McAlester, and Angie Ray of Tulsa; four grandchildren, Kelby, Kyle, Whitney, and Brandy.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Zelma Sockey and a granddaughter, Cassie Nicole Sockey.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 20, 1997 at Mallory Chapel in Stigler with Rev. Bertram E. Bobb officiating. Interment will follow in Lona Valley Cemetery near Kinta under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home in Stigler. Pallbearers will be Cary Tipps, James Wilson, Tim Needham, Kelly Needham, Wayne Odgen and Keith Pryor.

Louis Sutton
Louis Sutton, 83, of Panama, Okla., died Friday, Dec. 19, 1997 in his home. He was preceded in death by his parents Efin and Mary Sutton, his wife, Minnie Sutton, one son Donald Sutton, one sister, and two brothers.
Graveside services were held 2:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 1997 at the Fairview Cemetery with burial at Fairview Cemetery in Spiro under the direction of Mallory Funeral home of Spiro.
He is survived by his two daughters, Myrna Joyce of Ft. Smith, Ark. and Delores Stewart of Arizona City, Ariz.; five sons, John Sutton of Canadian, Tex., Carl Sutton of Arizona City, Kenneth Sutton of Casagrande, Ariz., Ronald Sutton of Michigan, and Gordan Sutton of Dallas, Tex.; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.
Pallbearers: Duane Landrum, Michael Landrum, Bill McClary, Donny Sutton, Ronny Sutton, Bonnie Sutton, and Jerry Sutton.

Roger Lewis Walters
Roger Lewis Walters, 37, of Spiro, Okla., died Thursday, Dec. 18, 1997 at his home. He was employed at the Hickory Springs, Corporation in Ft. Smith, Ark. for 13 years. He taught martial arts in the Spiro area to many young students for several years.
Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 1997 at the First Assembly of God Church of Spiro with burial at Spiro City Cemetery under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Spiro, with Rev. Dennis Ruff and Rev. Robert Hill officiating.
He is survived by his wife Terry of the home; one son Christopher Lewis Walters of the home; mother, Yolanda Walters of Spiro; father Kelley Walters and wife, Nadine of LeRoy, Ala.; paternal grandmother, Thelma Walters of Heber Springs, Ark.; four brothers, Kenneth Walters of Cherokee, Iowa, Larry Walters and wife, Cindy of Martinez, Calif., Daniel Walters and wife, Wanda of Muldrow, OKla., and Mike Walters and wife, Karen of Spiro, Okla.
Pallbearers were: Toby Teach, Larry Ashing, Dean Myers, Tommy Downing, Lynn Elder, Tracy Clopton, Mike Nelson, Jeff Burrows, John Cheek.
Honorary Pallbearers: Acie Conrad I, Acie Conrad II, Kent Benge, Mike Boyd, Darren Woolly, Austin Morton, Wayne Morton, and William Gladness.


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