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December 7th

Walter Joe Cheely

December 7, 2012

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 master’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

December 7, 2012

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 Ruth’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.

December 5th

Malinda Scott

December 5, 2012

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

December 5, 2012

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 “Pate” Thornburg

December 5, 2012

Patey “Pate” 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 wasn’t a body of water he wouldn’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

December 5, 2012

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. 
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.

December 3rd

Weldon Frieling

December 3, 2012

Weldon Frieling, 70, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, in Buffalo Valley. Services were held Monday, Dec. 3, at the Talihina Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Glenn Meyer officiating. Burial was in the Laura-McGee Cemetery.

Anthony Lynn Hill

December 3, 2012

Anthony Lynn Hill was born on May 3, 1984, in Weatherford, Texas, and died Nov. 30, 2012. He attended school in Weatherford until he moved to Stamford, Texas. He graduated from high school in Stamford in May 2003. He moved to Oklahoma in 2004 and worked in the oil fields.
Survivors include his parents, Bradley and Melissa Bean of Arkoma; his fiancé, Shelby Fox of Clarksville, Ark.; grandparents, Charles and Sue Plowman of Poteau; great-grandmother, LaNelle McBride of Weatherford.

Helen L. Moore

December 3, 2012

Helen L. Moore, 99, of Poteau died Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, in Poteau.
Helen was born Aug. 19, 1913, in Coalgate to John and Elizabeth (Fisher) Wood. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Poteau. She and Troy James Moore were married Aug. 25, 1933, in Talihina. She was preceded in death by Troy Nov. 4, 1982; her parents; daughter, Phyllis Ann Moore; great-granddaughter, Angela; siblings,  Annie May Wood, John Fisher Wood, Margaret G. Wood, William John Wood, Bessie M. Wood, Lillian Mae Wood and George Fisher Wood

Rosella Caroline (Saline) Klutts

December 3, 2012

Ross Klutts, 87, of Poteau died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, in Fort Smith, Ark.
She was born July 1, 1925, in Oglesby, Ill., to William Derico and Maria Salina. Ross married Benny Klutts on Dec. 4, 1948, in Pryor. She was a registered nurse and served as director of nursing at Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center in Poteau. She was also a volunteer nurse for many years at the Poteau Primary and Upper Elementary schools and the Poteau Free Clinic at the Christian Church. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Poteau. 
Ross is preceded in death by her parents and her beloved husband Ben.

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