Archive - 2012 - Obituary
Lida Eleanor â€śEllieâ€ť Crosswell, 74, of Midland, Ark., died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, in Spiro. She was born March 18, 1938, in Aliquippa, Pa., to Lewis and Lida (Covert) Maratta. She retired from Burton Pools and Spas and was a member of Harvest Time Tabernacle, Fort Smith, Ark.
Ellie was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Lois Kamenski.
Mattie M. Marshall, 88, of Kansas City, Kan., died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at her home.Â
Mattie was born April 29, 1924, in Ozark, Ark., to Jim and Esther Walls. Mattie married Floyd H. Waite and had five sons, Floyd, Jim, Larry, Roger and Carl. Mattie married William B. Marshall and had one daughter, Cindy Wiggins. Mattie worked for Riches Coin Laundry Mat for 39 years. Mattie is preceded in death by her husbands and two brothers, Sidney and J.C. Walls.
Betty Jo Dockery Holman, 85, of Sallisaw died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Sallisaw.
She was born Aug. 7, 1927, in Sallisaw to Dolly â€śEllaâ€ť Palmer and James Dockery. She married Hubert Holman April 8, 1948. She was the co-founder and owner of Wild Horse Mountain Bar-B-Que and longtime devoted member and prayer warrior of the Sallisaw Church of the Nazarene. She was a homemaker and served as a Cub Scout leader while living in California.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and two brothers, Bill Cheek and Walter Raney.
Laura â€śCharleneâ€ť King, 81, of Poteau, formerly of Heavener, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Dowden Funeral Home Chapel in Heavener. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Heavener.
Walter Joe Cheely, 85, of Chino, Calif., died Nov. 12, 2012, in Chino.
Walter was born Oct. 5, 1927, in Shady Point to James and Maybelle (Foote) Cheely. He served two tours of duty in the U.S. Navy in Italy and Guam. He was a 1946 graduate of Poteau High School. He got his BA at Northeastern and later obtained his masterâ€™s degree. Walter taught school for two years at Fox, 10 years at Derby, Kan., and 30 years in California. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Charlene Stanley.
Ruth Wilson, 79, of Poteau died Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, in Fort Smith, Ark.
Ruth was born July 6, 1933, in Glendale to Wilburn Perry and Ida Mae (Balentine) Glenn. She was a member of Southside Baptist Church in Poteau. She was a retired hair dresser. The love of Ruthâ€™s life was the Special Olympics and the Democratic Party. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; six brothers, Lawrence, Loren, Cecil, John, Oscar and Fred; and son, Jerry Bob Thompson.
Malinda Scott, 88, of Spiro died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012.
Services will be held at noon Saturday, Dec. 8, at Spiro First Baptist Church with burial in Fort Coffey Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday at Mallory-Martin Funeral Home.
Ruth Agnes Forehand, 94, of McAlester died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, in McAlester. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Dowden Funeral Home Chapel in Heavener with burial in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Patey â€śPateâ€ť Thornburg passed away in the wee hours of December 2, 2012, after 97 years of a full and loving life.
He was born on June 9, 1915, in Fanshawe. An avid fisherman, there wasnâ€™t a body of water he wouldnâ€™t fish. He was full of love and faith for his fellow man. His belief in our heavenly father was soul deep and an integral part of how he lived his life. Pate was a beloved and accomplished educator for 32 years. He spent most all of his educational career as a teacher and principal at Rail Road Flat Elementary School.
Jimmy Dale Hill, 67, of Wister died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, in Fort Smith, Ark.
Jimmy was born Oct. 6, 1945, in Oklahoma City to Thurman and Jewel (Killian) Hill. He worked for the street department of the city of Modesto. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Evelyn Earhart and brother, Bill Hill.Â
Survivors include his son, Mike Hill of Turlock, Calif.; grandson, Davis Hill of Turlock; brother and sister-in-law, Gene and Marvel Hill of Wister; longtime companion, Leona Sherry; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones.