Hazel Opal Hetherington
Hazel Opal Hetherington, 99, of Poteau, formerly of Panama died Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in Sallisaw. Hazel was born Oct. 29, 1914, in Leflore to George Thomas and Artie (Turner) Walden. She was a teacher for 43 years. She was a graduate of Leflore High School; received a Bachelor of Science from Southeastern State University and a Master of Arts from Northeastern State University. She was a charter member of Alpha Delta Kappa, National Honorary Teacher’s Sorority. She was active in her professional organization. She was twice president of LeFlore County Teachers, chosen LeFlore County Teacher of the Year in 1978, was a delegate to the National Education Association Delegate Assembly and served many times as a delegate to the Oklahoma Education Association Delegate Assembly. Hazel was a Sunday School teacher in the primary and junior department of the First Baptist Church in Panama for many years. She moved to Poteau in 1986 and was a faithful, active member of First Baptist Church in Poteau, serving on various committees. She was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings and husband, Thomas Hetherington.Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Georgia Hetherington of Sallisaw; grandson, Jarret and wife Terri Hetherington; great-grandchildren, Taren and Seth; many special nieces and nephews; other relatives, loved ones and friends.Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, at First Baptist Church in Poteau with the Rev. Phil McGehee officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Max Rowley, Dexter Haskins, Sam Walden, Steve Walden, Gary Walden, Seth Morgan and Ed Abernathy. Evans and Miller Funeral Home is handling arrangements.