January 21st, 2013
While I was gearing up this past weekend for the 81st LeFlore County Tournament, the state's longest-running basketball tournament, being the baseball fan I am, it was a sorrowful one for me in that regard.
Three legendary baseball figures died over the weekend.
Leading this list was Stan Musial, one of the greatest St. Louis Cardinals players to ever don the red and white. â€śStan the Man,â€ť as he was known, was one of my late father's favorite players â€” and not just because he was a Cardinals fan.
Betty Jo Stricklin, 75, of Poteau died Saturday, Jan. 19, in Poteau. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Trinity Baptist Church, Heavener. Burial wil be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Heavener, under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home.
Hiahwahnah â€śDickieâ€ť Neal, 67, of Talihina, died Sunday, Jan, 20, 2013 in Little Rock, Ark. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m.Â Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Choctaw Military Cemetery at Tuskahoma with Charlie Scott officiating. Talihina Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Petra Renate Margot Cox, 54, of Pocola died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in Pocola. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Evans Memorial Chapel in Pocola with John Burns officiating. Evans and Miller Funeral Home in Pocola is handling arrangements.
Lana Frances Hinson, 64, of Mena, Ark., died Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, in Mena. Lana was born Aug. 8, 1948, in Hackett, Ark., to John and Bertha (Weaver) Prater. She worked at Whirlpool. Lana was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, George Prater.Â
Survivors include her husband, Bobby of the home; sons, Billy Ray Hinson and Wayne Hinson of Poteau; five grandchildren; sister, Mary Russell and husband Paul of Norman; brothers, Norman Prater and wife Dorthy of Norman, Claude Prater and wife Linda of Stratford; other relatives and loved ones.
Nova Armstrong, 93, of Poteau died Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, in Poteau. Nova was born Jan. 6, 1920 in Belzoni to Robert Lee and Maudie (Goforth) Goodin. Nova was a seamstress for more than 40 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bud Armstrong; sons, Gary and Clarence; seven sister, and five brothers.
Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Mary and Dale Barnes of Sallisaw, Ernestine and Floyd Morris of Poteau; son, Don Armstrong of Poteau; sister, Ila Redifer; 11 grandchildren; nine great- grandchildren; other relatives and loved ones.
Syble Neff, 88, of Poteau died Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, in Heavener. Syble was born Jan. 19, 1924 in Poteau to Otha L. and Emma (White) Johnson. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, James L. Neff. Brothers, Othal â€śBudâ€ť Johnson, Tommy Allen Johnson; sisters, Grace Marler, Elenor Dorey, Elise Welch, Emma Jean Hanley and Billie Dean Stock.
Barbara Gillion, 69, of Spiro died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark. She was born Oct. 8, 1943, in Fort Smith to Harold and Dorothy (Bodine) Hamilton. She was a bookkeeper, working at Robert S. Kerr Lock and Dam, Spiro Builders Inc. and C.A.R. Transport in Burleson, Texas. Barbara was a true blue Dallas Cowboys fan, she loved the University of Oklahoma Sooners and she was the first and only Miss Spiro.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Gene Hamilton.
Pearl Roberta Bost, 76, of Poteau died Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark. Pearl was born June 21, 1936, in Poteau to Walter N. and Cleo V. (Collins) Durant. She was a homemaker. She also worked at McDonaldâ€™s in Walmart. Pearl was a member of Double Branch Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bob Bost; and three brothers, Johnny George, Carl Willis and Walter Noah Durant.
George Harvey Urchison Sr., 94, of Howe died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in Howe. He was born March 5, 1918, at Kaw City to George and Lucy Elizabeth (Richard) Urchison. He was a mechanic.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one, daughter Wanda Urchison; three brothers and two sisters.