June 15th, 2011
The weather is heating up, kids are out of school and running amuck, the street sweeper has been out and about in Antlers. That can only mean one thing. It is time for the 2011 Pushmataha County Homecoming Celebration! The community has been busy and buzzing with anticipation as last minute projects get completed. This yearâ€™s theme is â€śPushmataha County: Past ~ Present ~ Future.â€ť
So much has been written about the Greatest Generation of Americans, and very few would argue the fact that the American citizens of the World War II era saved this great nation and have made the lifestyles we are accustom to possible.
U.S. Rep. Dan Boren recently announced that he will not be seeking re-election for a fifth term in Congress next year. Boren said he is through with politics and has no specific plans for his next career move.
"I don't have a job lined up," he said in an interview following his stunning announcement. "I am very open. I haven't had much time to think about it."
Boren expressed hope that whatever he ends up doing next he will be able to remain in Oklahoma, but he left the door open to taking a job outside the state.
Jeffie Marie Gibson was born August 26, 1926 in Corinne to John & Ida (Wesley) Taylor. She passed from this life June 5, 2011 in Antlers at the age of 84. Jeffie was a lifetime resident of Goodwater. She was Godâ€™s servant who attended the Goodwater United Methodist Church and enjoyed gardening, quilting, sewing, home canning, picking wild onions and digging snakeroots. She especially loved caring for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Ludie Clara Harrison was born March 27, 1914 in Little Cedar to Matthew Cole and Eustacia Jane (Reid) Smith. She passed from this life June 2, 2011 in Antlers at the age of 97. Ludie Clara Smith married Alton Ike Harrison in Antlers on December 28, 1931. She was the last surviving member of the Smith Family. Ludie was a member of the Little Cedar Baptist Church. She was a very talented cook and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Ludie was preceded in death by her husband: Alton Ike Harrison; a son: Alton Harrison, Jr.; parents: Matthew & Eustacia Smith.
JoAnn Loretta Sowell was born March 9, 1929 in Seminole to Levi Mandrell and Ora Bell (Hale) Mandrell. She passed from this life June 2, 2011 in Antlers at the age of 82. JoAnn married Thomas Sowell December 1, 1965 in Humble, TX., and together they raised seven children. JoAnn was a member of the Moyers Quilting Club â€śThe MOPSâ€ť, Meals on Wheels and the Election Board. She enjoyed gardening, canning, working in her flower beds, fishing, reading, writing, working in VBS and spending time with her family and friends.
L.J. â€śSnooksâ€ť Davis was born June 24, 1914 in Achille to John and Texanna (Peoples) Davis. He passed from this life May 28, 2011 in Antlers at the age of 96. Leonard married Christine McKintubee 74 years ago on September 26, 1936 in Holdenville. They lived in California and Texas then in 1951 they moved to Miller and lived there for 46 years. Snooks was a blade operator for 20 years. He took a lot of pride in his work and enjoyed doing it. Leonard was 69 when he finally retired.
Lucy Bell LeClair was born November 6, 1928 in North Liberty, IA to Charles Warren and Alice Tobitha (Jett) Bascom. She passed from this life May 28, 2011 in Tulsa at the age of 82. Lucy married Everrett Derby in 1948 in Illinois, and he passed away in 1966. She then married Alex LeClair in 1993 in Clayton. He passed from this life in 2002. Lucy was a member of the Jehovahâ€™s witnesses for the majority of her life. She enjoyed cooking, completing puzzles, playing board games with her grandkids and quilting. She especially loved spending time with her family and friends.
Wiley Eugene â€śDubâ€ť Napier Jr. was born on June 25, 1921 in the Miller Community to Wyly E. and Joyce (Anderson) Napier. He passed from this life on Friday, May 29, 2011 in Antlers at the age of 89. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII after high school from 1942-1945. Dub attended the technical college in Okmulgee after his military service and earned his mechanic certificates. He was a really good mechanic. Dub worked in McAlester before moving back to Antlers, where he worked 10 years with the Roy Jackson dealership. Wiley married Betty Jean Byard on October 16, 1981 in Atoka.
Ruby Viola Thurston was born November 2, 1914 in Checota, TX. to James Benjamin Franklin and Linnie Ann (Acres) Earnest. She passed from this life May 28, 2011 in Idabel at the age of 96. Ruby married Claud H. Thurston February 13, 1935 in Antlers. She was a lifelong member of the community. Ruby was of the Baptist faith and ejoyed spending time with her family and friends. Ruby was preceded in death by her husband: Claud H.