Once again Kealey Standridge of Antlers won 1st place in the Voice of Democracy essay contest at our local level. The contest is sponsored by the VFW Post 8316 in Hugo. For the 4th consecutive year Kealey has taken first place at the local level. The members at the VFW post expressed how extremely proud they were of Kealey for her great achievement.
Pvt. Ashley Webb, a graduate of Rattan High School, enlisted in the National Guard in May 2011 with East Central University's Gold Program. Upon graduation at ECU, Webb, an automated logistics specialist, will be commissioned to second lieutenant.
Webb says the college benefits are what brought her to the National Guard. "I joined for the money to go to college with the tuition waiver," she says, "and because so many in my family are in the military."
On Saturday, December 17, Pushmataha County experienced a first for the Holiday Season. A â€śMotionlessâ€ť Christmas Parade.
Many residents voiced their unfavorable opinions about breaking tradition this year as the Pushmataha County Chamber of Commerce, the Deer Capitol Tourism Association and Pushmataha Development Initiative decided to do away with the traveling down Main Street parade and decided to make it become a â€śMotionlessâ€ť Parade.
On Tuesday, December 20, 2011 the Antlers Chapter of the ESA donated funds to the Foster Parent Association at the DHS Office in Antlers. Â Pictured (in no particular order) are: Â Alison Cannon, Mindy Griffin, Kelly Williams - Vice President of the Foster Parent Association, Trina Low- President of the ESA and Misty Gather - Foster Care Specialist. Â
Linda Lebarre of Del City passed from this life December 14, 2011 at the age of 57. She was born February 16, 1954 to Clyde and Vergie Igo in Oklahoma City. Â Linda enjoyed the outdoors, sunny days and playing bingo.Â Linda is preceded in death by her parents, husband, William Lee Lebarre; 3 brothers; Ronald Dean Igo, Kenneth Igo and Clyde Clifton; 1 sister; Betty Jean Knight. Â She is survived by her nephew, Jeremiah Clyde Igo, of Antlers, whom she raised like a son, a niece, Jennifer Anita Igo, of Arizona; her dog Sarah and several other loving relatives and friends.
Talmadge Lee (Tuffie) Stone passed from this life December 14, 2011 in West Plains, MO., at the age of 77 after a severe illness. Â He was born January 6, 1934 in Dunbar to James I. and Vishey Lee (Gregg) Stone. He met Joyce Ann Garrison in Sacramento, CA and married Joyce on August 1, 1965 in Carson City, NV. Â He started school in Moyers where he attended school until about the 4th grade when the family moved to Antlers where he attended school before moving to Hatfield, AR. for high school.
Clifton U. Gideon was born March 16, 1925 in Dunbar to Oscar Vondo and Etta (Borden) Gideon. He passed from this life December 13, 2011 in Antlers at the age of 86. Clifton served his country in the United States Army during World War II. He proudly served on secret missions in the invasions of Hollandia-Aitape on April 22, 1944 and Finschhafen on May 11, 1944. Cliff received several medals & commendations for his service. Including the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII, & Sharpshooter Badge and Rifle Bar.
Virginia Lee Weaver was born April 29, 1919 in Antlers to Finis W. and Julia Bernice (Hurley) Bruce. She passed from this life December 18, 2011 in Antlers at the age of 92. Virginia married Henry David "H.D." Weaver in Antlers on January 14, 1939. Together, they raised a son and were married until his passing. Virginia was a member of the Methodist Church for all of her life. She was involved in United Methodist Women (UMW), and she served as the Sunday School secretary for many years. Virginia enjoyed sewing and traveling.
Viola (Crickette) Bell Baker, 68, of Antlers, passed from this life on December 11, 2011 in Tulsa. She was born November 11, 1943 in Ft. Worth, TX. She enjoyed spending time with her family more than anything! She loved unconditionally and was the glue that held her family together. She watched Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune daily. She was smarter than most of the contestants and would shout out the answers often before they did. She was preceded in death by her mother, Lorene Bell, her father, V.C. Bell, her sisters: Rebecca Benton and Brenda Leslie.
Wilson Taylor, Sr. was born December 1, 1928 in Corinne to John and Ida (Wesley) Taylor. He passed from this life December 11, 2011 in Goodwater Community at the age of 83. Wilson married Deloris in 1951 in Honeygrove, TX., and they were married for 53 years until her passing. He was a member of Goodwater United Methodist Church. He enjoyed 4-wheeler riding, fishing, hunting, watching his kids & grandkids play kickball, horse shoes, and any other outside games. Mostly, he enjoyed just spending time with his family & friends.