May 30th, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) â€” A bipartisan group of Oklahoma lawmakers is teaming up with several businesses to start a fund to build safe rooms or underground shelters in public schools across the state.
Flanked by business leaders and school officials from Moore, legislators announced Thursday they had created and launched a nonprofit group called Shelter Oklahoma Schools to help fund the effort.
A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for the southern parts of LeFlore County.
Communities in the path of the storm include Honobia, Muse, Big Cedar and Page.
Emma Ray Jeffery, 73, of Spiro died Tuesday, May 28, 2013. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 1 in the Mallory-Martin Funeral Home Chapel. A wake will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Claudia Jean Haynes, 69, of Heavener died Monday, May 27, 2013, in Tahlequah. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 30, at Dowden Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Memorial Park Cemetery in Heavener. Family visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Mark Farley, 64, of Heavener died Monday, May 28, 2013, in Van Buren, Ark. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 31, at City Heights Methodist Church in Van Buren. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. in Hill Cemetery, Heavener, under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home.
Lena Juanita Ward, 96, of Pocola died Tuesday, May 28, 2013, in Pocola. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 31, at Evans Memorial Chapel, Pocola, with the Rev. Jimmy Waldrop officiating. Burial will be in Macedonia Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Home, Poteau.
Velma May Hunt, 74, of Bokoshe died Thursday, May 23, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark. Velma was born Feb. 26, 1939, in Oroville, Calif., to Elick and Ethel Shields. She was a homemaker. Velma was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 40 years, Ron Hunt, on Sept. 7, 2012; daughter, Faye Daffron; son, Robert Hill; brothers, Art, Oscar, James, Wayne and Butch Shields; and sisters, Lily Joseph and Ursa Freda Shields.Â
Donald Edward Richardson, 69, of Pocola died Tuesday, May 28, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark. Donald was born on Aug. 28, 1943, in Plummerville, Ark., to H.L. and Opal (Townsley) Richardson. He was a retired salesman.
Donald was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Mary Pledger.Â
ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS HAVE DEVELOPED THIS MORNING ACROSS PARTS OF
SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST OKLAHOMA. THESE STORMS WILL CONTINUE TO
MOVE EASTWARD INTO PARTS OF FAR SOUTHEAST OKLAHOMA AND PERHAPS WEST
CENTRAL ARKANSAS THROUGH NOON. A FEW OF THE STORMS MAY PRODUCE HAIL
TO THE SIZE OF QUARTERS...ALTHOUGH THE GREATER SEVERE STORM THREAT
IN EASTERN OKLAHOMA AND NORTHWEST ARKANSAS IS EXPECTED TO BE THIS
AFTERNOON AND EVENING.
STRONG TO SEVERE STORMS ARE EXPECTED TO INITIATE ALONG THE
Paul Wesley LeFlore, 85, of Bokoshe died Tuesday, May 28, 2013. He was born Jan. 2, 1928, at Milton to John Wesley and Ova (Weaver) LeFlore. Paul was a veteran of the U.S. Army, a retired auto body mechanic, loved to fish and hunt and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bokoshe.Â
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Aileene Aary; and one brother, Jack LeFlore.