Thelma Dean Wagner Page
Thelma Dean Wagner Page, 76, of Spiro, Okla., died Monday, Dec. 15, 1997 in her home. She was a member of Lakeview Baptist Church, the leader of the "Golden Oldies" of the Lakeview Church, a member of the Rebekkahs and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and served many hours at the Spiro Nutrition Center.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, 1997 at the Lakeview Baptist Church with burial at the New Hope Cemetery of Spiro under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Spiro, Okla.
She is survived by her husband, Alfred Willie Page of Spiro, Okla.; one daughter, Judy D. Beshers of Spiro; one son, Thomas C. Wagner of Panama; two sisters, Victoria Schrimsher of Tulsa, and Pat Isaac of Panama; one brother, Ed Cusick of Sweet Gun, Okla.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers: Roy Floyd, Roy Dix, Chris Fisk, Billy Howard Terry, Duane Mahar, Jerry Edens.
Honorary Pallbearers: G.W. Eagleton, Harold Gist, and David Hopper.
Mildred Aileen (Acker) Roy
Mildred Aileen (Acker) Roy, 57, of Motly, Minn. formerly of Spiro, Okla., passed from this life Dec. 6, 1997 at her home in Motley, where she lived with her husband, Bob.
Aileen was preceded in death by both her parents Lee and Norene Acker.
Aileen is survived by her husband, Bob, four daughters, Debbie Olson and husband, Dave of Lino Lakes, Minn., Vickie Nicole and Amy Hodgson of Robbinsdale, Minn., Kathi Skow of Minneapolis, Minn., and Connie Van Volkenberg and husband Tim of Elk River, Minn., and one son, Terry Skow and wife Ellen of Seneca, SC; one sister, Gayla Kelley, and husband, Randy of Tulsa, Okla.; two brothers, Robert Acker and wife Mary of Poteau (Monroe), Okla., and Allen Acker of Orange Cove, Calif.; three step-children, Bobbi Jensen, Connie Peterson, and Gary Roy all of Minnesota, also 18 grandchildren and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Pearl Rowley, 90, of Poteau, Okla., died Thursday, Dec. 18, 1997 at the Sparks Regional Medical Center in Fort Smith, Ark. Pearl Rowley was born May 7, 1907 in Page, Okla. (Indian Territory). She was a Homemaker.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 1997 at the First Baptist Church in Poteau with the Rev. Phil McGehee officiating following interment at the Oakland Cemetery.
She is survived by one daughter, Beverly Peters of Poteau; sister, Cura Newcomer of Heavener, Okla.; brother, John Bridges of Tulsa, Okla.; two grandchildren, Randy and Diane Peters, Kay and Larry Henry both of Poteau; seven grandchildren, Josh and Mark Henry; Kerry Shuck, Dusty Peters, Diana and Kelly Waldridge, Chris Pechel; numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.
Pearl Rowley was preceded in death by her husband, Amos Rowley, and a son, Donald Amos Rowley. She was a member of the First Baptist Church for approximately 67 years. She was a member of the Garden Club, the Plenty Niners Club, and the Hospital Guild. She was a past member of the Eastern Star.
Arrangements under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home, Poteau.
Talitha Cumi Hart
Talitha Cumi Hart, 88, of Pocola, Okla., died Sunday, Dec. 21, 1997 at the Med Home Nursing Home of Pocola, Okla. Talitha Cumi Hart was born Aug. 15, 1909 in Crockett, Tex.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 23, 1997 at the Oakland Cemetery at 10 a.m.
She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Garner Moore, 88, of Poteau, Okla., died Friday, Dec. 19, 1997 at the Oaks Health Care Center in Poteau.
Garner Moore was born Oct. 15, 1909 in Minco NM. She was a Secretary.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 1997 at the First Baptist Church in Poteau with the Rev. Phil McGehee, interment following at the Oakland Cemetery in Poteau.
She is survived by her sister-in-law, Mary Deemer of Dallas, Tex.; four nieces, Barbara Sweat of Van Alstyne, Tex., Janice Carroll of Dallas, Tex., Elaine Pratt of Dallas, Tex., and Mary Ann Montgomery of Dallas, Tex.
Garner Moore was an active member of the First Baptist church of Poteau. She was Secretary for Mr. Stottsbury at Central National Bank for a number of years.
Arrangements under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home, Poteau.
Rev. James Wilson Sockey
Rev. James Wilson Sockey, 84, of McAlester was born Aug. 28, 1913 to Lewis and Levina (Kincade) Sockey near Shady Point. He died Thursday, Dec. 18, 1997 in a McAlester hospital. He was a retired minister.
James went to school and graduated from Panama High School. He worked on the family farm near Shady Point until he enlisted in the United State Army on Sept. 14, 1940 to serve his country with Company I, 180th Infantry until his discharge on Nov. 13, 1945. He returned home to the Shady Point areas and was called to the ministry and received his licensed to preach on Sept. 16, 1948 at Idabel. James became a minister for the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference of the United Methodist Church. Her served as minister at churches in Vallant, Antlers, Hugo, Whitesboro, Talihina, Quinton, and Atoka. He also served as a District superintendent for the Southeast District for two years. He retired in 1979 and was recognized for 30 years of service in the ministry. He was called back to serve another four years at Quinton and Conerville.
James and his wife of 43 years, Mary Jane Brandy were married on Nov. 24, 1954 at Antlers.
James is survived by his wife Mary Jane Sockey of the home; four sons, Leland and his wife Felicia of Stigler, James, Jr. of Kinta, Marvin of McAlester, and Angie Ray of Tulsa; four grandchildren, Kelby, Kyle, Whitney, and Brandy.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Zelma Sockey and a granddaughter, Cassie Nicole Sockey.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 20, 1997 at Mallory Chapel in Stigler with Rev. Bertram E. Bobb officiating. Interment will follow in Lona Valley Cemetery near Kinta under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home in Stigler. Pallbearers will be Cary Tipps, James Wilson, Tim Needham, Kelly Needham, Wayne Odgen and Keith Pryor.
Louis Sutton, 83, of Panama, Okla., died Friday, Dec. 19, 1997 in his home. He was preceded in death by his parents Efin and Mary Sutton, his wife, Minnie Sutton, one son Donald Sutton, one sister, and two brothers.
Graveside services were held 2:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 1997 at the Fairview Cemetery with burial at Fairview Cemetery in Spiro under the direction of Mallory Funeral home of Spiro.
He is survived by his two daughters, Myrna Joyce of Ft. Smith, Ark. and Delores Stewart of Arizona City, Ariz.; five sons, John Sutton of Canadian, Tex., Carl Sutton of Arizona City, Kenneth Sutton of Casagrande, Ariz., Ronald Sutton of Michigan, and Gordan Sutton of Dallas, Tex.; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.
Pallbearers: Duane Landrum, Michael Landrum, Bill McClary, Donny Sutton, Ronny Sutton, Bonnie Sutton, and Jerry Sutton.
Roger Lewis Walters
Roger Lewis Walters, 37, of Spiro, Okla., died Thursday, Dec. 18, 1997 at his home. He was employed at the Hickory Springs, Corporation in Ft. Smith, Ark. for 13 years. He taught martial arts in the Spiro area to many young students for several years.
Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 1997 at the First Assembly of God Church of Spiro with burial at Spiro City Cemetery under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Spiro, with Rev. Dennis Ruff and Rev. Robert Hill officiating.
He is survived by his wife Terry of the home; one son Christopher Lewis Walters of the home; mother, Yolanda Walters of Spiro; father Kelley Walters and wife, Nadine of LeRoy, Ala.; paternal grandmother, Thelma Walters of Heber Springs, Ark.; four brothers, Kenneth Walters of Cherokee, Iowa, Larry Walters and wife, Cindy of Martinez, Calif., Daniel Walters and wife, Wanda of Muldrow, OKla., and Mike Walters and wife, Karen of Spiro, Okla.
Pallbearers were: Toby Teach, Larry Ashing, Dean Myers, Tommy Downing, Lynn Elder, Tracy Clopton, Mike Nelson, Jeff Burrows, John Cheek.
Honorary Pallbearers: Acie Conrad I, Acie Conrad II, Kent Benge, Mike Boyd, Darren Woolly, Austin Morton, Wayne Morton, and William Gladness.
Hazel Mize Barkley
As the sun began to set on Christmas Eve 1997, Hazel Barkley opened the gift of eternal life she had received as a young woman in rural LeFlore County, Okla.
There to greet her was the Savior she loved so much, her husband, Roy Barkley, her son, Dan Barkley, and her parents, Eli and Sally Mize and a host of relatives and friends who had gone on ahead.
Hazel Mize was born May 21, 1923 in Walls community, LeFlore County. On June 2, 1945 she married Roy Barkley. He preceded her in death on Feb. 28, 1986. Hazel passed from his life on Dec. 24, 1997 in Talihina, Okla.
Survivors include, son, Doug and Debbie Barkley, granddaughters, Amanda, Jana, and Breanna Barkley of Panama, Okla.; two sisters, Helen Wilson of Oklahoma City and Stella Bernard of Prague, Okla.; two brothers, Leon Mize of Spiro, and Carrol Mize of Tuttle, Okla., and many, many friends and relatives.
Hazel was a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and the First Assembly of God Church in Panama.
Services will be held at First Assembly of God Church in Panama at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, 1997. Interment will be in Milton Cemetery, Okla.
Arrangements under the direction of the Evans & Miller Funeral Home, Poteau.
Melvin Theodore Burgess
Melvin Theodore Burgess, 79, of Wister, Okla., died Dec. 22, 1997 in Poteau, Okla. He was a Rancher.
Melvin Theodore Burgess was born Nov. 8, 1918 in Monroe, Okla.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, 1997 at the Trinity Baptist Church of Poteau with the Rev. Leroy Billy and Dr. John Montgomery.
He is survived by his wife, Myra of the home; two daughters, Onetta Flynn of Iola, KS and Sue Free of Ft. Smith, Ark.; one son, Jerry Burgess of San Antonio, Tex.; three sisters, Dorothy Walker of Talihina, Ada Robinson of Modesto, Calif., and Margie Adams of Wewoka; eight grandchildren, Tammy, Darrell, Alana, Shaun, Mike, Kyle, Shaena; six great-grandchildren, Brandon, Garrett, Andy, Griff, Chance, Katlynn; other relatives and many loved ones.
Pallbearers: Bob Reed, Kenneth Lucker, Boyd Wilson, Dewayne Fussell, Donald Caldwell, Louis Holcomb.
Melvin was a member of American Quarter Horse Association. He was a longtime breeder of quarter horses and cattle rancher. Melvin worked for Milky Way Cattle Company of Springerville, AZ, Kerr Ranch, and Dog Creek Ranch for 25 years. He retired in 1988.
Services under direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home, Poteau.