Archive - Obituary
June 5th, 2012
Dr. Shawn Kersh, 41, of Inverness, Fla., died at his home Friday, May 25, 2012. Shawn was born Jan. 19, 1971, in Fort Smith, Ark., the son of Jim and Diana Kersh. Shawn was a graduate of the Poteau High School Class of 1989. He was a graduate ofÂ Oklahoma State University Medical School. Shawn moved to Inverness in 2002 from St. Petersburg, Fla., and became a partner at Inverness Family Care. He also served as a physician for Citrus County School Systems with Citrus County Health and Wellness Center for the past two years. Shawn was a coach for the Inverness Storm Football Team.
Modessa Simpson, 89, Shady Point died June 2, 2012, in Fort Smith, Ark.Â She was born March 19, 1923, at Cameron to Manuel and Lucy (Buttress) Pool.Â Modessa was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Delbert Simpson; twin daughters, Corina Stafford and Florina Leverett; three brothers, Garvin, Harvey and Loyell Pool; two sisters, Mamy Simpson and Lois Shaw; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Ray McCoin, 92, of Pocola died Monday, June 4, 2012 in Pocola.
Ray was born in Dunklin County, Mo., on Aug. 30, 1919, to Richard and Flossie (Poe) McCoin.Â Ray was a car salesman and mechanic.Â He was preceded in death by his wife, Frieda, and sister, Maggie Williams.Â He loved to golf, travel and drive around.Â He was a car salesman for years.
Linda Kay Hoffman, 54, Bokoshe died June 3, 2012, in Fort Smith, Ark.Â She was born Feb. 6, 1958, in Poteau to Eugene Sr. and Vernice (Jennings) Taylor.Â Linda Taylor married Richard Hoffman on June 2, 1978, in Spiro.Â She was employed at Sparks Hospital for 33 years as a Unit Secretary on the Mother Baby Unit.Â Linda worked on the farm; she enjoyed gardening, crafting and fishing and most of all was a loving wife and mother. She has been a member of Bokoshe First Baptist Church since July 27, 1988.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Eugene Taylor Jr.Â
Ruby Alaina Reece Pate, one of Godâ€™s beautiful creations, died May 25, 2012, in Oklahoma City. She was born Nov. 1, 1980, in Poteau.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Gabriel, in November 2008.
Roy Lee Allen Dickerson, 75, of Conway, Ark., formerly of Monroe died Wednesday, May 30, 2012, in Little Rock, Ark. Services will be held at noon Saturday, June 2, at Dowden Funeral Home Chapel in Heavener, with burial in Monroe Cemetery.
JoAnn Thompson, 78, of Anadarko died Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at home. A wake service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, June 1, at St. Paulâ€™s Methodist Church, Talihina. Services will take place in the church at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 2.Â Burial will be in Goodsprings Cemetery, Lenox, under the direction of Talihina Funeral Home.
Bob Everet Roberts, 67, of Poteau died Monday, May 28, 2012, in Poteau.Â Bob was born in Cameron on Feb. 5, 1945, to Willie and Madge Vera (Godwin) Roberts.Â He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.Â Bob was a carpenter sub-contractor.Â
George â€śEdâ€ť Rutan Jr., 73, of Poteau died Monday, May 28, 2012, in Poteau.Â He was born July 1, 1938, in Long Beach, Calif., to George Edward Sr. and Mabel (Kiser) Rutan. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a retired police officer from Long Beach and Heavener Police Departments.
He was preceded in death by his parents and loving wife, Gloria Rutan.
James E. Crawford, 62, a longtime resident of Caddo, died in Durant on Monday, May 28, 2012. He was born in Poteau to Glen and Truda (Halpain) Crawford on March 2, 1950. James married Mattie Cleo â€śCookieâ€ť Helton in Poteau on June 14, 1969.