Russell Wayne Whitson

Russell Wayne Whitson, 61, of Poteau died Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Poteau. Russell was born Nov. 8, 1952, in Paden to Thomas Allen and Aggie (Conner) Whitson. He was the shop manager for Ryder Trucks. Russell was preceded in death by his parents; son, Phillip Bookout; wife, Betty Carringer Whitson; brother, Thomas Eugene Whitson; and granddaughter, Shauna R. Bookout.Survivors include his sons, Darrell Bookout of Altus, Mark Bookout and wife Becky of Bessie, Phillip Bookout of Poteau; daughters, Jill Thompson and husband Joseph, Sheila Whitson and Zona Whitson all of Mexia, Texas; sisters, Martha Geraldine McAfee of Plano, Texas, Patricia Gayle Stover, Paula June Lively, of Mangum, Claudia Whitson of Paden, Sharon Henry of Oklahoma; brothers, Danny Conner Whitson of Paden, Ronald Whitson of Okemah, Ralph Edward Whitson of Arizona; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10, at Monroe Cemetery with Father Valentine officiating.Evans and Miller Funeral Home is handling arrangements.