July 25th, 2013
Ben Dickerson Williamson, 80, of Smithville died Wednesday, July 24, 2013 in Smithville. Services will be held at Panther Creek Christian Church in Watson. Burial will be in Panther Creek Cemetery under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home, Heavener.
Steve â€śBubbaâ€ť Carter, 62, died July 24, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark. Services will be held at Community Bible Church of Fort Smith, 9201 S. Dallas St., at 11 a.m. Monday, July 29. Burial will be at Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Fort Smith.
Viewing will be at Evans and Miller Funeral Home in Poteau until Sunday afternoon. Family visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Fentress Funeral Home, Fort Smith.Â
Martha Belle (Bramlett) Hardin of Oklahoma City died July 23, 2013. She was born Dec. 7, 1940, in Poteau to Ellis and Margie Belle Bramlett. Martha graduated from Poteau High School as tri-valedictorian in 1959 and Oklahoma State University with a degree in home economics education in 1962 and a masterâ€™s degree in clothing, textiles, and merchandising in 1968. She later earned an Early Childhood Certification at the University of Central Oklahoma.
Mary Arletta Hall, 89, of Albany, Ore, formerly of Panama, died Friday, July 19, 2013. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at Mallory-Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Spiro. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery.
Scott Selby, 43, of Fort Smith, Ark., died Monday, July 22, 2013, in Fort Smith.
Scott was born on Dec. 27, 1969, in Little Rock, Ark. He was an administrative manager. Â
Scott is survived by son,, Aiden Selby of Panama; daughter Alex Selby of Panama; two brothers, Wayne Williams of Cabot, Ark. and Mike Williams of Bald Knob, Ark.; a sister, Christie Bentz of Benton, Ark.; parents, Jim and Barbara Williams of Steamboat, Colo.; father, Harold Selby of North Little Rock, Ark.; and brother, Todd Selby of North Little Rock.
My boys and I have been hitting the lake on my boat in the last couple of weeks. We have caught several fish, and had one heck of a time.
Paula joined us last week on a trip to the Poteau River. We launched at Potts Landing at Wister Lake, and headed back up the river. The boys were catching fish left and right, and I was struggling to catch anything.
That all changed as the evening time drew near. We headed back to fish a stretch near the boat ramp. On my third cast, I hooked a three-pound, 12-ounce bass that gave me bragging rights for the day.
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High winds and torrential rains left their mark across LeFlore County early Wednesday morning.
Residents in Poteau woke up to trees blown over, roads covered in water and mud and roads that had partially washed away. Traffic along Whitney Avenue was condensed to one lane after the a large portion of the north side of the road took a slide into a creek. Amos Street was unpassable at the South McKenna intersection after a large tree fell across the road. City workers equipped with chainsaws, front-end loaders and a dump truck were out early clearing debris.
Joseph â€śJBâ€ť James, 89, of Broken Arrow died Friday, July 19, 2013. Services were held Tuesday at Hayhurst Funeral Home Chapel, Broken Arrow. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith, Ark.