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December 11, 2012

Spiro teams split final games at H.B. Stewart Classic with Ozark

December 11, 2012

GREENWOOD, Ark. — The Spiro Bulldogs basketball team took advantage of the fact that the Hillbillies from Ozark, Ark., did not have their complete team when it came to Friday afternoon's game in the H.B. Stewart Classic, since the Hillbillies played for a state football title on Saturday.
The Bulldogs proved too much for the depleted Hillbillies to post a 67-41 victory.
However, the Lady Hillbillies were able to get a win for Ozark, which downed the Spiro Lady Bulldogs 57-40.

Walter Joe Cheely

December 10, 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.

Reba Ruby Mairel Shupert

December 10, 2012

Reba Ruby Mairel Shupert, 95, of Cameron died Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, in Poteau. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the Dowden Funeral Home Chapel, Heavener, with burial in Conser Cemetery.

Bessie Thurman

December 10, 2012

Bessie Thurman, 92, of Howe died Saturday, Dec. 8, in Pocola. Services will take place at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Springhill Baptist Church in Howe with burial in Summerfield Cemetery. Dowden Funeral Home, Heavener, is handling arrangements.

Lesta Juanita Johnston

December 10, 2012

Lesta Juanita Johnston, 95, of Poteau died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in Poteau. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at Elmwood Cemetery in Woodward under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home, Heavener.

J.T. Smith

December 10, 2012

J.T. Smith, 83, of Poteau died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in Poteau. J.T. was born in Sugar Loaf on Jan. 31, 1929, to Finis and Hestor (McMillian) Smith. J.T. was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in World War II. He was a truck driver. J.T. was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Thurell Smith.
Survivors include his wife, Nina of the home; stepson, John Terry of Mojave, Calif.; three step-grandchildren, Rhonda Terry, Jenna Terry and Justin Terry; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones.

Velta Ruth Pipkins

December 10, 2012

Velta Ruth Pipkins, 78, of Pocola died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in Fort Smith, Ark. Velta was born Sept. 30, 1934, in Mulberry, Ark., to Clyde and Letha (Jordan) Drummond. She was a furniture refurbisher for many years and then worked for Welker Machine Shop. Velta was preceded in death by her father; daughter, Linda Partlow Wilkins; and great-grandson, Noah Holsted.

Bobbie Lee Anderson Morrison

December 10, 2012

Bobbie Lee Anderson Morrison, 33, formerly of Krebs, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa.

Lida Eleanor “Ellie” Crosswell

December 10, 2012

Lida Eleanor “Ellie” Crosswell, 74, of Midland, Ark., died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, in Spiro. She was born March 18, 1938, in Aliquippa, Pa., to Lewis and Lida (Covert) Maratta. She retired from Burton Pools and Spas and was a member of Harvest Time Tabernacle, Fort Smith, Ark.
Ellie was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Lois Kamenski.

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