Spider Webb, longtime local businessman, dies

"Spider Webb was never lost in any crowd — he was always at home wherever he was," according to lifelong friend Dr. John Chitwood.Wayne "Spider" Webb, longtime Poteau businessman, died Sunday. He was 73.Webb's colorful nickname, auto dealership and later his farm implements business were well-known in LeFlore County and beyond.He had been in declining health for some time, but remained involved in his business and with local charities."Spide Webb was full of life, high energy. Wherever Spider was, it was a positive and uplifting crowd," said Mayor Jeff Shockley."He did a lot behind the scenes. In the past he donated to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the police department and other helping projects and agencies," Shockley said."I've seen him reach in his pocket and have an employee go buy Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners for folks who were in need," Shockley aid.Jason Nichols, senior office administrator at Spider Webb Farm Implements, worked with Webb for 21 years.Webb owned Spider Webb Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep Dealership for many years until 2003. He continued as owner of the John Deere dealership, Spider Webb Farm Implements in Poteau and Fort Smith, Ark."He was great to work for," Nichols said."He was always involved in the community, donating to the schools, the (LeFlore County Youth Services) Angel Tree program and DHS," he said.The Poteau Chamber of Commerce issued a statement, calling Webb a "longtime great businessman and chamber member.”"Spider Webb and the name Spider has been around Poteau for many years. Spider loved his community of Poteau supporting events of the Chamber and contributing to many organizations and causes. His life and legacy will live on forever with his family and business," the statement said.Chitwood said his friendship with Webb spanned 65 years."We went to high school together, played football together and went into the service together. We served at Fort Ord, Calif," Chitwood said.Chitwood, who will speak at Webb's funeral, said Webb "was genuine. Everybody that knew him loved him. He was a dear, dear fiend. He can never be replaced."Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Darlene; daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Michael Stewart of Fort Smith, Ark.; son, Matt Webb of Poteau; brothers, Johnny Mac Webb of Howe, Stanley Webb of Fort Smith, Ark.; and sister, Connie Fuller of Howe.Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Poteau. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.