May 12th, 2011
Donnie Joe Talley was born on April 11, 1989 in Antlers to Don and Barbara (Watts) Talley. He passed from this life on May 8, 2011 in Perry at the age of 22. He graduated in 2007 from Perry High School and was attending Spartan College in Tulsa. Donnie was a ranch hand. He enjoyed horseback riding, rodeos, hunting and fishing. Donnie was preceded in death by his grandfather Hack Watts and friend Cole Buchanan. He is survived by his parents Don F.
Jessy Lee Eugene Ervin was born February 26, 1928 in McAlester to James Lee Roy and Sarah Ellen (Branch) Ervin. He passed from this life May 6, 2011 in Calera at the age of 83. Eugene served his country in the United States Army during World War II. He married Ruby Christine Burnett December 24, 1948 in Yuba and together they raised four children. They moved back to this area in 1963 from west Texas. Eugene loved fishing and spending time with his family and friends.
At the end of what seemed like a never ending battle to see who was going to be named to the Rattan School Board, Candidate Loyd Deaton once again took the majority of votes in the Tuesday, May 10, 2011 Re-Election. The final, but unofficial, vote totals were Loyd Deaton - 463 to Valerie Clay Merida - 433, a possible win of 30 votes. Totals will become official if nothing filed by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 13, 2011.
On Friday night, May 6, 2011 residents of Pushmataha County gathered together at the 2011 American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Pushmataha County at the Antlers Bearcats Football Stadium. This years Relay held a much different ambiance as it felt much less chaotic than the previous years and it returned once again to the great outdoors where it belongs.
On Friday, May 6, 2011 the new acting Mayor of Antlers, Mike Burrage, did his first official task in this position. Mayor Burrage declared the week of May 9th to May 15th to be Hospital Week in Antlers, to correlate with National Hospital Week that runs during the same week.
The Rattan Rams also headed to the State Tournament for Class A Baseball in Oklahoma City on Thursday, May 5, 2011. Previous to State they had won their Regional Tournament on their home field by beating out three other teams.
On Tuesday, May 3, 2011 the Rattan High School Lady Rams Softball Team headed for the Class 3A State Tournament in Oklahoma City.
Not only did they win the Regional Tournament the week before but there were recognized not only for their athletic abilities but also for their academic success as well. At the State Tournament they were presented the Academic Achievement Award for having the highest GPA (grade point average) in Class 3A play. The team had an overall GPA of 3.888 for the year.
Roger Mills Neese, 77, of Sayre passed away on Sunday, May 1, 2011 in Antlers. Graveside services were held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at Oddfellows Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Mills & Coffey Funeral Home of Antlers.
JaniceÂ Kay Bell, 68, of Clayton passed away Thursday, April 28, 2011 at her residence. Memorial services were held at the Clayton Funeral Home Chapel at 2:00 pm on Monday, May 2, 2011 with Mike Smith officiating. Interment followed at Clayton Old Town Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Clayton Funeral Home of Clayton.