March 27th, 2013
Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 784 and volunteers will hold a Childrenâs Easter Egg Hunt at Heavener Runestone Park at 11 a.m. Saturday.
More than 4,800 plastic eggs filled with candy will be placed in four separate areas. The area ages are for children 3 and younger, 4 to 8, 9 to 12, and a special area for physically handicapped children.
Parents are reminded that mixed in with the candy eggs are special prize eggs that have a numbered ticket. Parents should be sure to check all the eggs before leaving Heavener Runestone Park and claim the prize the day of the hunt.
The Carl Albert State College board of regents named Kathy Quirk executive director of the CASC Development Foundation during a regular meeting at the college's Sallisaw campus.
Quirk has been managing the foundation on an interim basis, but the regents' actions made the job hers officially.
The regents meet twice a year at the J.T. & Mary Jo Stites Multipurpose Room at the Jerry Hetherington Center in Sallisaw, according to Judi White, director of public relations and marketing for Carl Albert State College.
Poteau Main Street Matters Executive Director Keri Powers said sheâs hoping to see the pocket park on Dewey Street get a facelift. Powers made her remarks at the organizationâs annual banquet Tuesday at the Reynolds Center.
She showed artist renderings of some of the planned improvements, including replacing the concrete flooring of the park with sod and building a stone and brick entry with iron gates that could be locked at night. Among the plans for raising money for the project are selling engraved bricks.
Diane Lorraine Puryear passed away peacefully at home on Feb. 25, 2013, at sunset, serenaded by a full chorus of frogs. She was born in Poteau on Aug. 11, 1951. She grew up in Panama and Arcata, Calif., with her three siblings, David, Linda and Bruce. Linda and David passed in 2012, preceded by Bruce in 1997. Diane graduated from Arcata High School in 1969. She joined the U.S. Marine Corps for two years during the Vietnam era. While enlisted she was a clerk during the time of changing from typewriters to computers.
Marian E. Baker, 99, passed away on March 24, 2013, after a long illness. She had been a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Parish for 77 years. She moved to Poteau from Kansas City, Mo., in 1935 with her husband, the late Dr. Wilbur K. Baker, DDS, and their 1-year-old son, Kermit. She has five grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.Â
James âJimboâ Wortham, 28, of Spiro died Sunday, March 24, 2013. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at Mallory-Martin Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Spiro City Cemetery.
Harry âGeneâ Elder, 84, of Howe died Friday, March 22, 2013, in Poteau. Services were held Monday at Mount View Baptist Church with burial in Mount View Cemetery in Glendale. Dowden Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Mildred Aulcidine Culpepper, 78, of Heavener died Monday, March 25, 2013, in Heavener. A memorial services is planned for 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, at Trinity Baptist Church in Heavener. Burial will be in Hontubby Cemetery under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home.
Pansy Lee Bitsko, 78, of Cameron died March 24, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark. Pansy was born Aug. 28, 1934, in Millsap, Texas, to Olen Odus and Lester (Blue) Estes. Pansy was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Melvin, Boyd, Aurich, Billie and Odus Estes; one sister, Marzie Rials; and a daughter-in-law, Norman Burden. She was a member of Shady Point First Baptist Church.
Shirley Ann Harper, 72, of Shady Point died Friday, March 22, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark. Shirley was born March 11, 1941, in Parthenon, Ark., to Cyril P. and Flora (Wilson) Toney. She worked in the nursing home. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Paul Harper, and brother, James Toney. She was a good cook. Shirley was a Baptist.
Survivors include her brother, John Toney of Calhoun; sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Jerry Loudermilk of Calhoun; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and other relatives and loved ones.Â