Walter Joe Cheely

Walter Joe Cheely, 85, of Chino, Calif., died Nov. 12, 2012, in Chino.Walter was born Oct. 5, 1927, in Shady Point to James and Maybelle (Foote) Cheely. He served two tours of duty in the U.S. Navy in Italy and Guam. He was a 1946 graduate of Poteau High School. He got his BA at Northeastern and later obtained his master’s degree. Walter taught school for two years at Fox, 10 years at Derby, Kan., and 30 years in California. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Charlene Stanley.Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Billie Jo of Chino; son, Scott Fletcher Cheely and wife, Naomi of Anaheim, Calif.; two granddaughters, Annabelle and Amaya; four sisters, Elizabeth Hooper, Araminta Johnson, Carolyn Turney and Suzan Saneman, all of Poteau; other relatives and loved ones.Memorial services were held at White Avenue Baptist Church, Pomona, Calif., on Nov. 24. Information provided by Evans and Miller Funeral Home, Poteau. You may leave an online message at