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November 8th, 2011

Jewell Mae Ellis

November 8, 2011

Jewell Mae Ellis, 81, of Pocola died Nov. 4, 2011, in Fort Smith, Ark. Services were held Monday, Nov. 7, at the Grace Manor Memorial Chapel, Poteau. Burial was at Fairview Cemetery, Dustin, under the direction of Grace Manor Funeral Home, Poteau.

Jimmy Cecil Walls

November 8, 2011

Jimmy Cecil Walls, 75, of Shady Point died Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, in Fort Smith, Ark. Services will be at 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 7, at the Solid Rock Pentecostal Church of God in Panama. burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Panama, under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Home, Poteau.

Wanda Louise Franks

November 8, 2011

Wanda Louise Franks, 78, of Muse died Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, in Muse.  A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Grace Manor Funeral Home with Bro. Jeff Little officiating. Services are under the direction of Grace Manor Funeral Home, Poteau.

Esther Therese Percifield-Kuykendall

November 8, 2011

Esther Therese Percifield-Kuykendall, 78, of Wister died Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, in Poteau. Esther was born July 14, 1933, in New York Mills, Minn., to Brynolf and Esther (Blomberg) Hill. She was retired from the Kerr Conference Center. Esther was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Doug Percifield, and second husband, J.C. Kuykendall.

Nancy Lynn Higgins

November 8, 2011

Nancy Lynn Higgins, 47, of Spiro died Monday, Oct. 31, 2011. Viewing will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Mallory-Martin Funeral Home, Spiro. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at New Hope Cemetery.

Murray “JR” D. Baker

November 8, 2011

Murray “JR” D. Baker, Jr., born on Sept. 19, 1930, died Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, at the age of 81. He served as an RM3 in the U.S. Navy.  Murray was an accomplished and professional Western Swing guitarist, most recently playing in his band, the “River City Four.”
He was preceded in death by his parents, Murray D. Baker, Sr. and Ethel Ruth Baker; and brothers, Orben Baker, Edwin “Bud” Baker and Frank Baker.

James Dearld Graham

November 8, 2011

James Dearld Graham, 26, of Heavener died Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, in Poteau. James was born Feb. 12, 1985, in Fort Smith, Ark., to James Gearld and Sherry Sue (White) Graham. James was an auto detailer. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Agnes M. Graham; stepmother, Paula J. Graham, grandfather, Neal White; great-grandparents, Rubin and Polly White; grandparents, Elba and Henry T. Rogers; and stepfather, Alan McCullough.

Ruby L. Ray

November 8, 2011

Ruby L. Ray, 85, of Poteau died Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, in Poteau. She was born Jan. 11, 1926, in Cauthron, Ark, to James David and Minnie Emma Lee (Holmes) Stuart. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and great-aunt. 
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Burlen Ray; and brother and sister-in-law, J.B. and Florence Stuart.

October 28th

Ruby L. Ray

October 28, 2011

Ruby L. Ray, 85, of Poteau died
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, in Poteau. She
was born Jan. 11, 1926, in Cauthron, Ark,
to James David and Minnie Emma Lee
(Holmes) Stuart. She was a loving mother,
grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and
great-aunt.
She was preceded in death by her parents;
her husband, Burlen Ray; and brother and sister-inlaw,
J.B. and Florence Stuart.
Ruby is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Ricky
Joe Latta and wife Pam of Poteau; two grandchildren,
Jennifer Jo Lokken and Jessie Green; a great-grandchild,
Sydney Watson; nieces, Linda and Theo Johnson of

James Dearld Graham

October 28, 2011

James Dearld Graham, 26, of Heavener
died Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, in Poteau.
James was born Feb. 12, 1985, in Fort Smith,
Ark., to James Gearld and Sherry Sue (White)
Graham. James was an auto detailer. He was
preceded in death by his grandmother, Agnes
M. Graham; stepmother, Paula J. Graham,
grandfather, Neal White; great-grandparents,
Rubin and Polly White; grandparents, Elba and Henry T.
Rogers; and stepfather, Alan McCullough.
Survivors include his mother, Sherry McCullough of
Summerfield; father, James Graham of Heavener; eight

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