September 24th, 2012
Alma M. Barnes, 86, of Poteau died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, in Poteau.Â Alma was born May 23, 1926, in Monroe to Frank and Irene (Terry) Riggs.Â She was a homemaker.Â Alma was a lifelong resident of Poteau.Â She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, James.
Survivors include daughters, Lavanna Akins of Benton, Ark., Kasey Barnes of Dallas, Brenda Jackson of Poteau, Verna Cook of Springdale, Ark., Susan Flowers of Tulsa; sister, Lola Grimes of Monroe; 11 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; other relatives and loved ones.
Thurman Dorey, 101, of Poteau, died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at his home in Poteau. Thurman was born Jan. 10, 1911, in Wichita, Kan., to Wilfred and Bertha (Woods) Dorey. He worked as a coal miner for 17 years and as a carpenter for 28 and a half years in the San Francisco Bay area and many other places. Thurman was a member of Pleasant Valley Free Will Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dora Ruth; son, Donald Dorey; brothers, Wilfred Jr. â€śBuster,â€ť Herman and Leon Dorey; sisters, Ruth Fair, Dorothy White and Louise Walker.
A Poteau man lost his life Saturday morning in a single vehicle accident east of Poteau.
According to the accident report completed by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Justin Ward, 24, of Poteau, was driving a 2004 Kia westbound on Old Highway 112 one mile east of Poteau when he left the roadway and struck a ditch then striking a power pole and overturning one and half times pinning Ward inside.
Investigators believe the accident occurred when Ward fell asleep while driving.
Justin Wayne Ward, 24, of Poteau went to Heaven Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.
Justin was born on April 18, 1988. Justin graduated from Wister High School in May 2007. He married the love of his life, Danielle Nicole Ward, on April 15, 2010, at Ellis Chapel in Wister. Justin and Danielle are expecting their first child, Justin Wayne Ward Jr., on Jan.. 31, 2013. Justin will be dearly missed by Copenhagen and Tucker, his two most loyal companions.
Friday night's District 4A-4 opener between the visiting Sallisaw Black Diamonds and the Poteau Pirates at Costner Stadium was billed as the No. 10 game in the state of Oklahoma, and it lived up to that billing.
The Pirates were tied with Sallisaw 21-21 at the end of the first half, but the Black Diamonds increased their defensive intensity in the second half. Also, when the Pirates were in the midst of a promising drive, they made silly mistakes, and had the ball deep in Sallisaw's territory only to make a miscue.
HEAVENER â€” After a disappointing home-opening loss two weeks ago to Hartshorne, the Heavener Wolves have bounced back.
The Wolves won for the second straight week as they opened District 3A-8 play with a 47-17 rout of the Valliant Bulldogs Friday night at Harvey Stadium.
QUINTON â€” Talihina's Golden Tigers scored early and late to take their District A-6 opener 35-14 over the Quinton Savages Friday night.
POCOLA â€” The Vian Wolverines kept rolling Friday night opening up a 62-0 halftime lead on the Pocola Indians at John Carter Field en route to a 68-0 win to open District 2A-6 play.
PANAMA â€” The Panama Razorbacks were hoping that they could have a happy football homecoming Friday night at George Ollie Stadium. That was not the case.
The Wilburton Diggers spoiled homecoming for the Hogs with a 33-21 victory to begin District 2A-6 play.
SASAKWA â€” The good news for the Arkoma Mustangs was they were not mercy ruled as they were a week ago in their home opener against Maud. The bad news for them was they still suffered a loss.
The Sasakwa Vikings handled the Mustangs 64-24 Friday night in District C-4 action.