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January 31st

Joe Carroll Molton

January 31, 2014

Joe Carroll Molton, 71, of Shady Point died Tuesday, January 28, 2014, in Shady Point. Joe was born September 13, 1942 in Wellington, Texas., to Oscar and Opal (Gibbons) Molton. He was a welder. Joe helped in the construction of the AES Plant. He loved to restore old cars; he was a member of the Studebaker Club; a member of the Masonic Lodge; and a veteran of the U.S. Army where he served in Vietnam as a helicopter crew chief. Joe was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Sharon Kingery Molton; and brothers, W.L. and Archie Molton.

Smith Ford Montgomery

January 31, 2014

Smith Montgomery, 65, of Wilburton died Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, in Wilburton. He was born Sept. 27, 1948, in Plattsburg, Miss., to William and Lula Lee (Ford) Montgomery. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in Vietnam where he received a Purple Heart; retired from OGE after 25 years of service and was dedicated to Special Olympics.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Wendell Montgomery, John Montgomery and Tom Montgomery.

January 27th

Lavera Ellen Smith

January 27, 2014

Lavera Ellen Smith, 87, of Shady Point died Monday, Jan. 27, 2014.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at Mallory-Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Spiro. Burial will be in Old Bokoshe Cemetery. Family visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Phyliss Ann Bushman

January 27, 2014

Phyliss Ann Bushman, 58, of Talihina died Thursday, Jan. 23, in a Tulsa hospital.
Services were held Monday, Jan. 27, at Talihina First Assembly of God. Burial was in New Talihina Cemetery under the direction of Burkhart Funeral Service, Talihina.

Earl Cody “Buddy” Rhodes

January 27, 2014

Earl Cody “Buddy” Rhodes, 89, of Talihina died Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, in Talihina.
Buddy was born July 30, 1924 in Centrahoma to Earl Hudson and Dorothy (Jordan) Rhodes. He was retired as a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. Buddy was a disabled veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Lakeview Church in Spiro and a member of FOE (Eagles) of Spiro. He enjoyed watching baseball, particularly the New York Yankees, and sports on TV. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Hilliard.

Mona “Mozelle” Gaither 

January 27, 2014

Mona “Mozelle” Gaither, 90, of Poteau died Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Mannford.
Mozelle was born Nov. 22, 1923, in Poteau to Curtis and Mattie (Griffith) Garrett. She retired from Hillcrest Hospital in Tulsa. Mozelle was a member of Community of Christ in Poteau. She loved to travel, watching sports on TV (especially football). Mo zelle was a very caring, loving and thoughtful lady. She had many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles J. Gaither; sisters, Louise Akins and Mamie Jo Garrett; brothers, Woodrow and Monroe Garrett; grandson, Chuck Davison.

January 22nd

Marydean “Missy” Goforth

January 22, 2014

Marydean “Missy” Goforth, 45, of Howe died Jan. 17, 2014. She was born Sept. 19, 1968.
Marydean was preceded in death by her parents, Tip and Francis Goforth, and a brother, Gary Goforth.
She is survived by one sister, seven brothers, 17 nieces and nephews; 41 great-nieces and nephews; three great-great-nieces and nephews; numerous other family members, friends and loved ones.
The family will hold a remembrance service at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, in the Howe School Cafeteria.

Richard “Buddy” Dodd

January 22, 2014

Richard “Buddy” Dodd, 85, of Pocola, died Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in a Fort Smith, Ark., hospital. He was retired from Colonial Bakery, a veteran of World War II, and a member of Pocola United Methodist Church. He was a lover of southern gospel music and frequented local gospel music events. He was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita; a son, Gary Allen; his parents; and two brothers.

January 21st

Arthur Benjamin Bethell

January 21, 2014

Arthur Benjamin Bethell of Poteau died Jan. 20, 2014, in Poteau. He was preceded in death by his father, Benjamin Franklin Bethell; mother, Maud “Mattie” Bethell; two brothers, Noel and Arnold Bethell; two sisters, Melba Treadway and Mildred Hamby; a daughter, Sharon Bethell Reasoner, and his special dog, Smokie.

Johnny Lee Martin

January 21, 2014

Johnny Lee Martin, 69, of Panama died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, in Fort Smith, Ark. Johnny was born July 17, 1944, in Panama to Arlin Thiral and Estella Marie (Ornder) Martin. He was a forklift driver for Whirlpool. Johnny was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Marvin Martin.

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