Joe Allison Randall

Joe Allison Randall, 64, of Bokoshe died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in Fort Smith, Ark. Joe was born Feb. 28, 1950, in Talihina to Joel and Eria Mae (Sockey) Randall. Joe grew up in the Talihina-Buffalo Valley area until such time that he joined the U.S. Army at the age of 19. Joe was a proud Choctaw and highly decorated combat veteran of the U.S. Army and most proud of his service in the 25th Infantry Division during the Vietnam War. He was awarded both the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for his heroism and valiant service. He was a member of the Choctaw Veterans Association and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Joe was much loved husband, father, and “Poppy." He will be remembered for his kind heart and giving spirit. He never met a stranger and was always willing to help others. Some of our most treasured memories are of his time spent with his grandkids. Whether it was a trip to Disney World or fishing in the pond out back, time spent with Poppy was always an adventure. Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Ruby; son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Becky Randall of Muskogee; daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and Sidney Skinner of Washington, D.C., Debbie and Chris Mason of Howe; grandchildren, Sarah, Joseph and Leigha Randall, Allison Kelley, Eric, Charlie and Madison Skinner, Jolie and Putman Tucker; siblings, Joel, Jerry and Jan Randall, Kenneth Perry and Jean Lates; other relatives, loved ones and friends. Joe was preceded in death by his parents; son, Larry and sister, Joanne Gabersack.Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 25, at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau. Burial with full military honors will follow at 1 p.m. in Fort Smith National Cemetery under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Home, Poteau.