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Obituaries

Amanda Dawn Potter

July 21, 2014

Amanda Dawn Potter, 39, of Panama died Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Fort Smith, Ark. Amanda was born Dec. 31, 1974, in Fort Smith to Scott and Tommie Kay (Robison) Courtney. She was a homemaker. 
Survivors include her daughters, McKalah Potter and Amberlea Potter of Clay, Ky.; mother and stepdad, Tommie Kay and David Carson of Panama; father and stepmother, Scott and Paula Courtney of Van Buren, Ark.; sisters, Saundra and Rikk Cardenas of Elk City, Misty and Stephen Beasley of Fort Smith; numerous other family members, loved ones and friends.

Frances (Ellis) Gibson

July 21, 2014

Frances (Ellis) Gibson
Frances (Ellis) Gibson, 98, of Wister died Friday, July 18, 2014, in Poteau. She was born Dec. 6, 1915, in Abbott, Ark. to Claud and Leafer Ellis. The family moved to Wister when Frances was a small child. She married Athel “Slim” Gibson on March 17, 1934. They were blessed with two sons. She was a homemaker until her boys started school, then became a licensed practical nurse. She retired as a surgical scrub and office nurse. Frances was a member of the Wister Nazarene Church. She was a Sunday school teacher, missionary president and taught Bible school.

Tommy Junior LeFlore

July 18, 2014

Tommy Junior LeFlore, 51, of Poteau died Monday, June 30, 2014, in Fort Smith, Ark.
Tommy was born April 13, 1963 in Poteau to Alex and Georgia (Dempsey) LeFlore. He worked for LeFlore County. He loved his job and had many friends. He was a great friend and will missed by those he loved. He was preceded in death by his wife, Karen; sister, Kathy LeFlore; brother, Roy Dempsey; his father; and mother-in-law, Vera Johnson.

James William Connelly

July 18, 2014

James William Connelly, 89, of Fayetteville, Ark., formerly of Poteau died Thursday, July 17, 2014. in Fayetteville.

Virginia Louise Wade Tomlinson

July 15, 2014

Virginia Louise Wade Tomlinson, 75, of Panama died Sunday, July 13, 2014, in Fort Smith, Ark. Virginia was born April 7, 1939, in Bokoshe to Samuel Leslie and Edith (Sutton) Morgan. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She was a member of First Step of Faith Church in Poteau. Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, Bud Wade; son, Tommy Wade; daughter, Jackie Byrd; grandson, Jay Walls; her parents; and sister, Donna Bush.

Wanda Jean Reading

July 14, 2014

Wanda Jean Reading, 74, of Heavener died Saturday, July 12, 2014, in Heavener.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, at Heavener First Baptists Church, Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home.

Bennie Charlene Dawson

July 14, 2014

Bennie Charlene Dawson, 73, of Spiro died Friday, July 11, 2014.
Services were held Monday, July 14 with burial in New Hope Cemetery under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home.

Bonnie J. Anderson Turano

July 14, 2014

Bonnie J. Anderson Turano, 79, of Sulphur, La., died Sunday, July 6, 2014, in San Antonio, Texas, surrounded by her children.
Bonnie was born on June 12, 1935, in Williams to Harve and Rose Shoup Anderson. She graduated from Panama High School, class of 1953. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Bonnie is preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Emma Lawrence and Shirley Autry; and her husband of 53 years, Garland Turano.

Phyllis Sue Newnam

July 14, 2014

Phyllis Sue Newnam, 64, of Poteau, died Friday, July 11, 2014, in Poteau. Sue was born July 17, 1949, in Poteau to Odie T. and Wanda (Clemmings) Slone. She was a homemaker. Sue was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church in Wister. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Grady Eugene “Dick” Aary

July 14, 2014

Submitted by Amy Sumpter

Grady Eugene “Dick” Aary, 88, of Bokoshe went to be with the Lord Friday, July 11, 2014, at home.
Dick was born April 17, 1926, to “Day” and Ethel Aary on Bokoshe Mountain. Dick was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in World War II. His hobbies included hunting, fishing and spending time with family and friends, especially his grandchildren, and above all, serving the Lord. He was a deacon at Bethel Light House Church in Panama.
Dick was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Aileene Aary; his parents; and brother, Earskin Aary.

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