Archive - Aug 2, 2013 - Obituary
Helen Gaskin, a longtime organist at two Durant churches, died July 31, 2013, after a brief illness. She was 93.
Born Helen Isom on May 15, 1920, in McAlester, she was the daughter of Roy and Carrie Isom, who owned a grocery store in nearby Crowder.
Introduced to music by her mother, who was a church organist at First Baptist in Crowder, Helen began playing piano at church on Sundays when she was 11 years old.
In 1938, shortly after a fondly remembered senior trip to Tulsa to see Bob Wills perform at the famous Cainâ€™s Ballroom, she married her high school sweetheart, J.M. Gaskin.
Woodrow Wilson â€śWoodyâ€ť Turman Jr., formerly of Poteau, died peacefully after a short illness on Aug. 1, 2013.
Joyce Ann McCauley-Himes, 39, of Cove Ark., died Monday, July 29, 2013, in Hot Springs, Ark.
She was born Dec. 26, 1973, in Staton, Ore, to Tommy McCauley and Joyce (McCauley) Wilson. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Allen and Perl McCauley and Arthur and Elizabeth Morrison; father, Tommy Wayne McCauley; and brother, Donnie Gene Underwood.
Virgle D. Smith, 72, of Poteau died Wednesday, July 31, 2013, in Poteau.Â A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, at Fuel Church in Poteau under the direction of Grace Manor Funeral Home. You may leave online condolences at www.gracemanorfh.com.
Freddie Nitchol, 67, of Mountain Pine, Ark., formerly of Spiro, died July 21, 2013.Â No services are scheduled at this time. Online condolences may be left at www.arkansasfuneralcare.com. Arrangements made by Arkansas Funeral Care, Jacksonville, Ark.