Goldie Lucille Hicks, 93, of Wister died Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 in Fort Smith, Ark. Goldie was born Sept. 20, 1918, in Hollis to Benjamin and Leatha (Burgess) Jones.Â She was a homemaker. Goldie was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church in Wister for many years.Â She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 29 years, Lige Jay Hicks; great-granddaughter, Autumn Meeks; one brother and four sisters.
Â Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Wanda and Don Meeks of Wister; grandson and fiancĂ©, Donald and Glenda Meeks of Wister; and niece, Leatha Helmer of Wagoner.
Jo Ann (Best) Allinder, 82, of Blue Springs, Mo., died Nov. 30, 2011, in Clay Center, Kan. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, at Royer-Hays Funeral Home, Blue Springs. Funeral Services will be 10 a.m. at The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Blue Springs with burial in Mt. Washington Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the church.
During a round table discussion with civic leaders today, Poteau mayor Jeff Shockley announced that the new Poteau Library would be named the Patrick Lynch Memorial Library, named in honor of Poteau resident Patrick Lynch and following a donation from the Lynch family in excess of over $250,000.
The Poteau Pirates freshmen basketball team fought and scraped for three quarters only to see the much larger Muldrow Bulldogs power through the fourth quarter and defeat the Pirates by the score of 36-27 in the consolation semifinals of the Poteau Freshmen Tournament at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse.
The Bulldogs will face Sallisaw in Saturday's consolation championship at noon Saturday. The Black Diamonds defeated the Stigler Panthers 44-23 in Wednesday's final boys consolation semifinal.
VAN BUREN, Ark. â€” The Poteau Pirates basketball team suffered its second straight loss to begin the season Wednesday night as the Pirates lost 57-36 to Morrilton, Ark., in the consolation semifinals of the Citizens Bank Classic.
The Pirates (0-2) will play Farmington, Ark., which lost 57-37 to Greenwood, Ark., in the other consolation semifinal, at 11:30 a.m. Saturday for seventh place.
The Poteau Lady Pirates (0-1), who got a bye into Saturday's consolation championship, will meet Springdale, Ark., which defeated Gentry, Ark., 59-40 on Wednesday, at 1 p.m. right after the Pirates play.
On Nov. 20, I woke up to 40-degree weather, and I am ready to run 26.2 miles in the rolling hills of Tulsa. The wind was around 10 to 15 mph, but, compared to last yearâ€™s Tulsa Marathon, the weather was perfect.
Poteau High School history teacher Tom Brennan saw me at the starting line and said, "When I left Poteau, it was 65 degrees. (I'm) glad we are in Tulsa running in 40-degree weather today.â€ť
James Preston â€śDuncanâ€ť Ray Jr., 46, of Poteau, died Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, in Poteau. Duncan was born July 31, 1965, in Poteau to James Preston and Sharon Kay (Carroll) Ray Sr. He was a roughneck in the oil field. Duncan graduated from Poteau High School in 1983. He loved to hunt and fish and was an avid OU football fan. He loved his granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his sister, LaVanna Marie Ray-Elmore; grandmother, Violet Carroll; and uncle, Cecil â€śRatâ€ť Carroll.
Serenity Raine Tennie, infant daughter of Talayla Tennie, born Nov. 26, 2011, and passed away Nov. 26, 2011.Â
Â She is survived by her mother; two brothers, Joukouri and Desmond Tennie, both of the home; grandmothers, Cheryl Bohannon of Poteau, Evora McKesson and Meloni McKesson; aunts, Kettina White and Tya`LaShun Stevenson of Fort Smith, Ark.; uncle, Reginald Bryson of Japan; as well as numerous other cousins and family members.Â
Jimmy Dean Goldsborough, 76, of Choctaw died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2011 at his home. Graveside funeral and burial will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Dog Creek Cemetery near Shady Point under the direction of Eisenhour Funeral Home in Blanchard.