Le Flore County, Oklahoma
Submitted by: Sue Hearon
Elizabeth "Beth" A. Cantrell
She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Linda Beth Pomeroy; one son, Gary Billingsley; and one brother, Bernie G. Smith Jr.
Survivors include her husband Guy of the home; five sons, Wayne Allen Billingsley of Alpharetta, Ga., Steve Billingsley of Del Rio, Texas, Bruce Billingsley of Point, Texas, Larry Cantrell of Derby, Kan. and Wayne Cantrell of Seattle, Wash.; three daughters, Jenny Williamson of Wichita, Kan., Connie Helm of Derby, Kan. and Sandy Rogers of Belle Plaine, Kan.; 28 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one sister, Freida Baudour; other relatives and loved ones; and a host of beloved friends.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 at Evans Chapel of Memories in Poteau with the Rev. Dale Rogers officiating. Burial will follow in Shady Point Cemetery under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.
George Eugene Williams Sr.
George Eugene Williams Sr., 67, of Keota, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2003, at Bokoshe. He was born March 5, 1935 in Bonanza, Ark. He was a retired conductor for Santa Fe Railroad after 40 years of service and he was of the Christian faith.
Survivors include two daughters, Terri Williams of Pennsylvania and Krystal Williams of Oklahoma City; two sons, George Williams Jr. of Medanales, N.M. and John Williams of Oklahoma City; one sister, Betty Williams of Gallup, N.M.; two brothers, John B. Williams Sr. of Gallup and Bob Williams of Shady Point; and eight grandchildren.
Cremation services were performed under the direction of Lewis Funeral Chapel in Fort Smith.
Eunice Cumpton, 92, of Talihina, passed away on Feb. 9, 2003, at Poteau. She was born April 12, 1910 in Albion to Virgie and Nancy Maude Patterson-Painter. She married Harold Cumpton on July 3, 1931. She enjoyed cooking and being with friends and family. She was a member of Talihina Church of Christ and loved her church family. She enjoyed baby sitting with children and they all loved her. She served with her husband on the election board for several years and has lived in the area most of her life.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years; her parents; one great-grandson, Cameron Elliott Christian; and one niece, Barbara Ellen Bacon.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Bob Braund of Talihina; one son, Gerald Dean Cumpton of Port Wing, Wis.; two sisters, Mary Susan Bacon and Lois Frances Stevens of Talihina; two granddaughters, Dawn Annett Malloy and Nancy Lynn Christian; two grandsons, Dean Wood and Danny Burl Neighbors; six great-grandchildren; one niece, Linda Dunn; one grandnephew, Jeff and Olga Dunn; one great-great-nephew, Gerald Alex Dunn; and a host of friends.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13 at the Talihina Church of Christ with Frank McCawley Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Old Talihina Cemetery under the direction of Talihina Funeral Home.
Pauline J. Balentine
Pauline J. Balentine, 81, of Wister, passed away Friday, Feb. 7, 2003, in Poteau. She was born Jan. 20, 1922 at Wister to Harrison A. and Otis (McDonald) Lowe. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Wister.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Janice; one sister, Lois Dugan; and one brother, Paul A. Lowe.
Survivors include her husband Mac B. "Pat" Balentine of the home; one son and daughter-in-law, Billy Ray and Joyce Balentine of Neosho, Mo.; two sisters, Patsy Lowe of Gladstone, Mo. and Shirley Johnston of Modoe, Ind.; five brothers, Raymond Lowe of Los Alamitos, Calif., Lester Lowe of Broken Arrow, Wayne Lowe and Jimmy Lowe, both of Panama, Harold Lloyd Lowe of Sun City, Ariz.; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones; and a host of beloved friends.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10 at First Baptist Church in Wister with the Revs. Don Taylor and Clarence Barton officiating. Burial followed in Ellis Chapel Cemetery at Wister under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.
SALLISAW Gale Lucy Bestul, 69, of Sallisaw died Friday, Feb. 7, 2003, in Sallisaw. He was a former self-employed truck driver and most recently worked as a security guard at Blue Ribbon Downs in Sallisaw. He was of the Baptist faith and the widower of Hazel Bestul.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Agent Funeral Home Chapel in Sallisaw with burial at Akins Cemetery northeast of Sallisaw under the direction of Agent Funeral Home of Sallisaw.
He is survived by five daughers, Diane Fowler of Crystal Lake, Ill., Elaine Thompson of Sallisaw, Nora Olson of Florida, Gayle Bestul of San Bernadino, Calif., and Robyn Kay Thompson of Midwest City, Okla.; four sons, William Windle of Covina, Calif., David Cartwright of California, Steven Cartwright of Florida and Duane Bestul of Lawton, Okla.; two sisters, Barbara Smith of Paris, Texas, and Sally Bestul of Sanger, Texas; four brothers, Larry and Bruce Bestul, both of Paris, Texas, Lawrence Bestul of Seattle and Gregory Bestul of Sanger, Texas; 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Duane Bestul, Richard Driscoll, Bobby Hinkle, Billy Hoover, John Cheater and Bill Thirsty.
The body may be viewed from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
John Charles J.C. Hampton, 83, of Fort Smith died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2003, in a Fort Smith hospital. He was a retired coal miner, an Army veteran of World War II and a member of Bonanza Blues baseball team, 1948 champions. He is the widower of Molly Hampton.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at McConnell Funeral Home Chapel in Greenwood with burial at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Fort Smith.
He is survived by four sisters, Opal Grigsby of Friant, Calif., Violet Crowsey of Bonanza, Christine Croxton of Greenwood and Betty Adams of Bonanza; and a brother, Eugene Hampton of Torrance, Calif.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Orr, James Hampton, Scott and Gary Short, Carl Nemeth and Ricky Nemeth.
The body may be viewed from 1 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral
The family will visit with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Sue Sturgeon, 61, of Fort Smith died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2003, in
Cleveland. She was a retired instructor of surgical technique at the University of
Arkansas at Fort Smith. She was a graduate of Sparks School of Nursing and she attended
Spradling Baptist Church.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Fentress Mortuary Chapel in Fort Smith with burial at Forest Park Cemetery in Fort Smith.
She is survived by her husband, Keith; two daughters, Stephanie Meeks and Leslie Sturgeon, both of Fort Smith; and two sisters, Harlene Green and Jerrie Denton, both of Stilwell.
The family will visit with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the
Memorial contributions may be made to Bost Residential Services, 7701 S. Zero St., Fort Smith, AR 72903.
Rufus A. Holt, 86 of Mulberry died Friday, Feb. 7, 2003, in a local hospital. He was born Sept. 4, 1916, in Alma.
He was a farmer and of the Baptist faith. He was a committee member of the ASCS of Crawford County for more than 20 years. He was a long-time resident of the Turner community. He was active in the community where he served as a board member for several years. He was also a Pope Cemetery board member.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. today at Ocker Funeral Home in Alma with burial at Pope Cemetery in Crawford County.
He is survived by his wife, Hazel; three daughters, Willie Jones
of Mulberry, Wilma McDaniel of Owasso, Okla., and Marilyn Marshall of Dyer; two sons,
Jesse Holt of Ringold, Ga., and the Rev. David Holt of Ozark; a sister, Josie Lea Brown of
Clarksville; 18 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Rufus A. Holt Memorial Scholarship Fund at Mountainburg High School.
SALLISAW Plura Lorene Breashears, 84, of Sallisaw died Sunday, Feb. 9, 2003, in Sallisaw.
She was a former beauty operator, a homemaker and member of the Riverside Baptist Church in Tulsa. She was the widow of Frank Breashears.
Funeral will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Agent Funeral Home Chapel in Sallisaw with burial at Sallisaw City Cemetery.
She is survived by a daughter, Norma Jean Cannon of Sallisaw; two sons, Jim Breashears of Sallisaw and Jerry Breashears of Coweta, Okla.; three sisters, Ina Mae Nelson of Henryetta, Okla., Christina Fugate of Broken Arrow, Okla., and Sylvia Poitevent of Ennis, Texas; two brothers, Wayne Ray of Birmingham, Ala., and Everett Ray of Muskogee; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
The body may be viewed from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the
Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, Memorial Program, Heartland Division, 4323 N.W. 63rd St., Suite 110, Oklahoma City, OK 73116-1513.
Bill R. Brownfield, 75, of Fort Smith died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2003, in a Fort Smith hospital.
He was born June 10, 1927, in Sallisaw. He was a retired superintendent of 35 years at Ayers Furniture Co. in Fort Smith and worked for Rim & Bow in Fort Smith. He was a Mason, a member of the Masonic Lodge in Muldrow and a Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was a Sunday school teacher, a deacon and a member of Eastern Heights Baptist Church in Van Buren.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Smith Mortuary Chapel in Charleston with burial at Morris Cemetery in Bloomer.
He is survived by his wife, Mattie; and a son, David Brownfield.
Pallbearers will be Bill Sugg, Gerald Akins, James Gay, Bill Hammock, Larry Crawfrod and Joe Hunt.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the senior Sunday school class at Eastern Heights Baptist Church.
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