Archive - Obituary
January 23rd, 2012
Bonnie Marie King, 87, of Poteau died Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, in Poteau.Â Bonnie was born in Poteau on Dec. 22, 1924, to Claude and Nellie A. (Pendergrass) Johnson.Â She was preceded in death by her father, Claude Johnson; mother, Nellie Johnson and stepfather, Claude Oliver; husband, Henry â€śJ.R.â€ť King; and best friend, Mary Tiffee.Â
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy and Nancy King ofÂ Poteau; granddaughters, Jamie Rowland, Emilee King and Natalee King all of Poteau; and two great-grandsons; Jaxon King and Gavin Rowland.
Zerilda J. McCaughey, 71, of Poteau died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, in Fort Smith, Ark.Â Zerilda was born July 11, 1940, in Monticello, Mo., to Emmett Hayden and Clara May (Porter) Crain.Â She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Carl McCaughey; daughter, Tina L. Murray; nine brothers and sisters.Â
Survivors include her stepdaughter, Deana Kay Cottle of Kingman, Ariz;.Â four grandsons, Sam Murray, Patrick Murray, Brock Cottle, Garrett Cottle; two granddaughters, Fawn Higgins, Chesnee Cottle; brother, Lloyd CrainÂ and five great-grandchildren.Â
Luther A. Parham, after 87 years of full life, went to be with the Lord on Jan. 22, 2012, in Fort Smith, Ark. Visitation with family and friends will be from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at Evans-Miller Funeral Home in Pocola.
Luther and his wife Bonita were married for 69 years and raisedÂ 12 children in Poteau. They owned and operated Parham Fruit Stand while supporting the family. They moved to Fort Smith, where he worked at Rheem Manufacturing until he retired. Â
Luther was a proud man, hard worker and dedicated father and husband.Â Â
Lessie Mae McKinney Dell, 84, Spiro, died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 24, at Old Cache Cemetery under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home, Spiro.
William â€śSonnyâ€ť Reed Jr. died Monday, Jan. 23, 2012.Â Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, at Springhill Baptist Church in Monroe, under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Home, Poteau.
Francis Jane Lankford, 65, of Arkoma died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, in Fort Smith, Ark. Services will beÂ 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at Evans Memorial Chapel in Pocola with Rev. Jim Cook officiating.Â Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery, Cameron, under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Home, Pocola.
Troy Leon Loggains, 86, of Poteau died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, in Poteau.Â Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday,Â Jan. 21, graveside at Vaughn Cemetery in Gilmore under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Home, Poteau.
Leonard Thomas Shropshire, 81, of Poteau died Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, inÂ Fort Smith, Ark. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, graveside at Kermit Cemetery, Kermit, Texas. Evans and Miller Funeral Home, Poteau, is handling arrangements.
Otis Cleo Ritter, 70, of Cameron died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, in Fort Smith, Ark. Cleo was born Nov. 4, 1941, at No. 10 / Howe to Will and Lula (Dodd) Ritter. He was a retired truck driver.Â Cleo was a member of the Southside Baptist Church in Poteau.Â He was an avid coon hunter, he loved animals, especially his horse, â€śZipper.â€ťÂ Cleo was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Short, Raymond, Frank, Bill and Willard Ritter; and three sisters, Savola Wise, Viola Ritter and an infant girl.Â
Earl Q. Shipley, former Fort Smith businessman and beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed away Jan. 6, 2012, at his home in Oro Valley, Ariz., with his loving wife of 53 years, Sharon, at his bedside.