May 21st, 2013
MOORE, Okla. (AP) â€” Emergency crews searched the broken remnants of an Oklahoma City suburb Tuesday for survivors of a massive tornado that flattened homes and demolished an elementary school. At least 24 people were killed, including at least nine children, and those numbers were expected to climb.
The state medical examiner's office cut the estimated death toll by more than half but warned that the number was likely to climb again. Gov. Mary Fallin said authorities did not know how many people were still missing, but they vowed to account for every resident.
Monday evening storms rolled through LeFlore County leaving a path of damage from a southwest section of Poteau ending in the Liberty Community east of Cameron.
According to Michael Davidson, director of LeFlore County Emergency Management, it is unclear if the damage was caused by straight line winds or from a twister. The National Weather Service yet has to arrive to survey damage and declare how the damage occurred, according to Davidson.
Chieko Pierce, 57, of Cameron died Saturday, May 18, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark. She was born Jan. 30, 1956, in Urasoe, Okinawa, Japan, to Shoei and Yae Okuma. She was a homemaker.
Joe Matthew Cooper, 61, of Poteau died Saturday, May 18, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark.. Joe was born July 2, 1951, in San Bernadino, Calif., to Smokey and Juanita M. Cooper. Joe and Smokey Cooper had Cooperâ€™s Furniture and Appliance. He was an avid fisherman. He loved his family and hosting family get-togethers. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Matthew Nelson Cooper; father- and mother-in-law, Bill and La-Dean Ritter.
Randy Thomas Branscum, 54, of Poteau died Sunday, May 19, 2013, in Poteau. Randy was born Oct. 17, 1958, in Loma Linda, Calif., to James Ray and Evelyn Eve (Graham) Branscum. He was the lead operator at Animal Feed Supplement. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Michael Branscum.
Opheline Myers, 88, of Shady Point died Saturday, May 18, 2013, at her home. She was the daughter of the late Monroe and Jessie (Keeling) Abbott of Ada. Opheline was born Dec. 11, 1924, in Egypt, Okla. Opheline was united in marriage to Curtis Myers on Nov. 11, 1944, at their preacherâ€™s home in Ada. Curtis and Opheline moved to Poteau in 1972, where they opened the Sonic Drive In. Opheline was a homemaker and loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She will be dearly missed.
Bobby Dean Doshier, 77, of Spiro died Friday, May 18, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark. Bob was born March 25, 1936, in Shady Point to Tyde and Opal (Shelton) Doshier. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and he served in Korea. He owned and operated Bob Doshier Trucking. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Bonnie; son, Donald J.; and sister, Carol Ann Morgan.
Jessie J. Brand, 90, of Heavener died Friday, May 17, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark.
Services were held Monday at Trinity Baptist Church. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Heavener, under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home.
Poteau â€” Blake Johnson, Dylan Stone.
Arkoma â€” Demetric Johnson.
Cameron â€” Rodie Snell, Zack McCormick.
Panama â€” Buddy Rothermel, Coby Johnson.
Pocola â€” Tyler Hutchens.
Spiro â€” Jermaine Jimmerson, Knighe Rhoden, Westin Bartlett, William Nelson, Mikhail McDaniel.
Heavener â€” Luke Culpepper, Kishan Patel, Trevor Smith.
Howe â€” Jose Lopez.
Leflore â€” Caleb Smith.
Talihina â€” Clark Austin, Caleb Killingsworth.
Wister â€” Tyler Gibson, Jon Watts, Cody Spraberry, Brandon Silva.
Arkoma â€” Greta Belotti.
Bokoshe â€” Miranda McFarland, Christina Silva.