Daily update 7-17-2020

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LeFlore County virus cases increase

LeFlore County now has 35 active cases with 77 cases overall.

Nine cases are active in Poteau, six in Heavener and Spiro, three in Panama and Talihina, two in Pocola and Whitesboro, with one case in Arkoma, Bokoshe, Clayton with a county address and Muse.

Oklahoma had 629 new cases Thursday, increasing the overall total to 23,441. Deaths were six, which lifted the number to 438.

Recoveries were 720, upping the figure to 18,095.

HUA members listen to a report during Thursday’s meeting

Council approves resolutions


The Heavener City Council approved a pair of resolutions at Thursday’s meeting.

Present were Mayor Max Roberts, Joey Clubb, Melinda Ballantine and Gail Nichols. Jim Roll was not present. For the earlier Heavener Utilities Authority meeting, also present were Jim Carr, Marvin Meredith and David Grubbs Sr.

The Council approved Ordinance #752-20, which the HUA had approved in June. The ordinance approved a rate increase for water and sewer for residences and businesses in Heavener.

The rate increase is 25 percent of a proposed 60 percent rate increase which is scheduled to be phased in incrementally to get the HUA water and sewer operations in a positive financial situation.

With the HUA changing over to Poteau Valley Improvement Authority, likely next month, rates are not expected to be as high as planned and will be revisited at that time. The rate increases are scheduled to go into effect Sept. 1.

The Council also approved a resolution to approve financing two 2020 Dodge Ram trucks for the police department, which had previously been approved to purchase. The trucks had been in the budget for 2018.

Heavener Police Chief Ty Armstrong said the department is using the downstairs of the new office on Highway 59. He said work will start on the upstairs once additional funds are available.

He also said the department had submitted a grant application for extra equipment, which is available from the COVID-19 epidemic.

Clubb discussed the number of potholes and the mowing schedule and the need for a backhoe to help speed up mowing operations. The Council discussed the need for property owners to also mow the ditches to get rid of high grass which could clog up the ditch and retain water, which would increase the number of mosquitoes.

A code violation was issued for Real Time Resolution on property at 703 West Third for weeds and high grass.

The HUA approved forwarding the ordinance to raise water and sewer rates to the Council since the authority does not have the ability to approve ordinances.

City Manager Cody Smith said the water meters may have to be replaced because updates for the meter readers are no longer available and support is also not available.

Nichols talked about trash problems, primarily at Blues Park with overflowing trash cans which are not removed for several days. Smith said he is in the process of buying a number of trash cans.

In this Feb. 13, 2020, file photo, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter speaks during a news conference at his office in Oklahoma City, Okla. Hunter announced Thursday, July 16, 2020, that his office and five major Native American tribes in Oklahoma have reached an agreement on civil and criminal jurisdiction after a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision. Under the agreement, the state would have criminal jurisdiction over non-Native American offenders throughout the treaty territories, with some exceptions, while the tribes would have jurisdiction over offenders who are tribal citizens. (Nate Billings/The Oklahoman via AP, File)

AG reaches jurisdiction agreement with tribes

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's attorney general and five major Native American tribes in Oklahoma on Thursday announced an agreement on proposed federal legislation regarding civil and criminal jurisdiction following a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Republican Attorney General Mike Hunter announced the deal with leaders of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee (Creek) and Seminole nations after the high court ruled last week that much of eastern Oklahoma remains an Indian reservation.

Both sides agree any proposed legislation should recognize tribal sovereignty and the respective tribal boundaries outlined in their treaties with the federal government.

Under the agreement, the state would have criminal jurisdiction over non-Native American offenders throughout the treaty territories, with some exceptions, while the tribes would have overlapping jurisdiction over most offenders who are tribal citizens. Federal prosecutors would still have jurisdiction under the Major Crimes Act over certain serious crimes committed by Native Americans.

The agreement clarifies that civil jurisdiction would remain largely unchanged.

"Although there are many more details to be ironed out in the near future, we believe this agreement regarding civil and criminal jurisdiction is the best path forward for protecting the public and promoting continued economic growth in Oklahoma," Hunter said.

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief David Hill said that while the court ruling leaves some unanswered questions, he expressed confidence in the tribes' ability to work with state and federal agencies.

"Tribal nations have successfully collaborated with law enforcement for years in the communities we share, and this ruling only strengthens our ability to work together for the betterment of public safety for all Oklahomans," he said in a statement.

A protester puts money into a megaphone while Vernon A.M.E. Church Rev. Robert Turner speaks into the megaphone about reparations during a protest against the proposed citywide mask ordinance being voted on by the city council at Tulsa City Hall on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, in Tulsa, Okla. Turner has protested for reparations before every Tulsa City Council meeting for over a year. (Ian Maule/Tulsa World via AP)

Tulsa requires masks

KEN MILLER Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The president of the Oklahoma Education Association called Thursday for mask requirements and other safety measures in schools, warning that teachers will otherwise not return to classrooms for in-person teaching.

In addition to requiring and providing masks, the state must provide personal protective equipment, hand sanitizers, building cleaning supplies, touchless thermometers, and guidance on when schools should shut down in the event of a coronavirus outbreak or teachers are unwilling to return, said OEA President Alicia Priest.

Spokespersons for the governor and the state education department did not immediately return messages for comment.

Priest would not say that teachers are prepared to strike. She said educators are ready to teach virtually until assured of the safety of returning to classrooms.

"In order for us to have face-to-face school, certain guidelines must be in place. We must have the safety equipment necessary to keep our kids and our staff safe," Priest said. "We are not willing to risk the lives of our students and staff and come to schools when they are not safe."

President Donald Trump has pressured state and local leaders to reopen schools for in-person teaching this fall, and Oklahoma schools are scheduled to reopen in August.

Morgan McClellan, who will be a senior at Rattan High School about 147 miles (237 kilometers) southeast of Oklahoma City, said she wants to return to the classroom, but only with safety measures such as masks, social distancing, frequent hand-washing in addition options of online teaching or a blend of online and in-person teaching.

"In my opinion, reopening schools is a risk that is worth taking as long as we make those necessary precautions," McClellan said.


Tulsa city leaders have adopted an ordinance requiring face masks be worn in most public places while Oklahoma City councilors are to vote on a similar plan later this week.

The Tulsa City Council voted 7-2 Wednesday night to require people 18 and older to wear face coverings in places such as grocery and retail stores, churches, restaurants, bars and public places.

The vote came hours after Gov. Kevin Stitt announced he tested positive for the coronavirus and is isolating at home. Still said he is not considering a statewide mask mandate.

Exceptions in Tulsa include people with medical conditions as defined by the Centers for Disease Control, personal offices or vehicles and outdoor activities with social distancing.

The ordinance provides no penalty for refusing to wear a mask, but those who do not wear a face covering could face charges such as criminal trespass, disorderly conduct or disturbing the peace, according to a city news release.

The cities of Norman and Stillwater previously adopted mask ordinances, and Oklahoma City councilors are to vote on a similar requirement Friday.

The state health department on Thursday reported an increase of 628 confirmed coronavirus case and six additional deaths due to COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.

The department reported nearly 23,500 total cases and 438 deaths, an increase from more than 22,000 cases and 432 deaths confirmed on Wednesday.

There are now 638 people hospitalized and 18,095 have recovered, according to the department.

The actual number of cases is likely much higher since many people haven't been tested and some who get the disease don't show symptoms.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up within weeks. But for others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, the highly contagious virus can cause severe symptoms and be fatal.

Rising virus cases threaten US economic recovery


BALTIMORE (AP) — Rising coronavirus infections across dozens of states are threatening the U.S. economic recovery, forcing businesses and consumers to freeze spending and keeping the unemployment rate stubbornly high.

The government reported Thursday that retail sales rose a sharp 7.5% in June, but the positive trend was undercut by more recent data showing that credit card spending has stalled. A separate report showed that more than a million Americans sought unemployment benefits last week – a sign that companies continue to cut jobs as the virus slashes through the heavily populated Sunbelt.

Economists fear that any positive momentum could come to a halt later this summer if infections and deaths rise and more businesses close.

"Conditions in the labor market remain weak and the risk of mounting permanent job losses is high, especially if activity continues to be disrupted by repeated virus-related shutdowns," said Rubeela Farooqi, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics.

It was the 17th consecutive week that jobless claims surpassed 1 million. Prior to the pandemic, just 200,000 people sought unemployment assistance in a typical week.

The Labor Department data emerged as the nation saw more troubling infections. Florida reported a single-day record of 156 deaths, along with nearly 14,000 new cases, mirroring a broader trend this week that has seen the national death rate spike. The seven-day rolling average for new deaths has risen to 730, a more than 21 percent increase from a week ago.

Infections are now climbing in 40 states, and 22 states have either paused or reversed efforts to reopen their economies, according to Bank of America.

Businesses and consumers alike are adjusting to the perpetual risk of outbreaks.

Cash payments are out. Deliveries are in. Skeleton crews are keeping retailers afloat. It's a moment of both caution and innovation that will likely produce lasting changes in how Americans spend. Business as usual may never return because the steps to improve safety also enable companies to streamline and operate with fewer workers.

At the R. House food hall in Baltimore, all orders and payments now go through an app, Toast TakeOut. Customers gather on an outdoor patio instead of venturing inside what had previously been an auto dealership. That reduces the hall's potential capacity to 100 eaters from 350 before the outbreak and makes the business more reliant on take-out.

But the payment app has become a convenience for customers, who no longer need to wait in lines for cash registers and can settle into their seats while ordering from the local eateries on site that range from from authentic tacos to Korean BBQ to Hawaiian poke bowls to fried chicken sandwiches.

"Absolutely we're going to keep using this technology," said Peter DiPrinzio, director of food and beverage at the food hall.

Dedric Richardson, 45, and his wife opened Creole Soul at R. House in December, serving po' boys, gumbo and shrimp and grits. Sales are rebounding after the shutdown, but they are still down by half, and his staff has shrunk from 10 to four. Noting that he served in the Navy, Richardson is still optimistic that he can steer through the difficult times.

"That's the nature of the beast we're living in," he said. "I feel like I'm the cashier, the chef, the everybody."

Consumers are shifting their spending patterns in ways that could make it hard for jobs to return to a retail sector that employed 15.7 million people before the pandemic. Even with the June rebound, sales at eateries and clothiers are down more than 20% from a year ago. Meanwhile, spending on an annual basis has picked up at building material stores, online outlets and merchants in the sporting goods, musical instrument, books and hobbies categories.

Adding to all this pressure are signs that the recovery in consumer spending began to stall at the end of last month, according to analysis of credit cards by the bank JPMorgan Chase.

"This is my biggest nightmare that we would open and reclose small businesses," said Sandy Sigal, president and CEO of NewMark Merrill Companies, which operates a total of 85 outdoor lifestyle centers in California, Colorado and Illinois. Sixty of the centers are located in California, which has now reclosed gyms and nail salons among other businesses.

The total number of people receiving jobless benefits nationwide dropped 400,000, to 17.3 million, last week, the government said, suggesting that hiring in some regions could offset some of the mounting job losses seen last week in Florida, Georgia, California, Arizona and South Carolina.

But huge U.S. companies continue to announce layoffs. American Airlines warned workers  Wednesday that it may have to cut up to 25,000 jobs in October because of sharply reduced air travel. United Airlines warned 36,000 of its employees last week that they may lose their jobs.

The uncertainty of what comes next is heightened by the pending expiration of many of the government-support programs that have shored up the finances of both businesses and families.

The government's small-business loan program will stop taking applications Aug. 8. More than $500 billion has already been loaned, and more than half of small companies that got loans say they have spent all the money, according to a survey by the National Federation of Independent Business. Nearly a quarter say they have laid off workers or expect to do so once the funds run out.

And an extra $600 in weekly unemployment benefits provided by the federal government on top of regular aid from the states will expire this month, unless replaced or extended. Those funds, along with the $1,200 relief checks sent out in April, enabled millions of Americans to stay current on housing costs and bills.

Meghan McGowan, 30, lost two jobs when the pandemic intensified in mid-March, one as a full-time librarian in Detroit and a second as a substitute at a different library system to help bring in some extra cash.

The looming expiration of the $600 is nerve-wracking for her because the hiatus on her student loans will end this fall, and she has an auto insurance bill due.

"Before when I was working through grad school, I worked in restaurants so that had always been my backup plan, but that's not an option now," she said.


Hubbard voted offensive player of year

STILLWATER – Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard was named the Preseason Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year Thursday, and was joined by wide receiver Tylan Wallace, offensive lineman Teven Jenkins and safety Kolby Harvell-Peel on the 2020 Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team.

Hubbard, the 2019 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, is the first Cowboy to be named the conference’s Preseason Offensive Player of the Year since Justin Blackmon in 2011. He and Wallace make up two of the Big 12’s four unanimous selections to the team.

In 2019, Hubbard and Harvell-Peel were named to the postseason All-Big 12 first team, while Wallace received second team honors and Jenkins was an honorable mention. Wallace also received first team honors in 2018.

The preseason all-conference selections add to the preseason recognition for the Cowboys this week, as Hubbard, Wallace and Harvell-Peel were also named to watch lists for the Doak Walker, Biletnikoff and Bednarik Awards, respectively.

The Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team and individual awards are chosen by media representatives who cover the league.

Optimism prevails as MLB season draws near


With the start of Major League Baseball's shortened season a week away, games in empty stadiums and strange extra-inning rules are on the verge of becoming reality.

Now that players have gotten used to COVID-19 tests, social distancing and wearing masks in the clubhouse, it's just about time to see if 30 teams can handle a 60-game schedule amid a pandemic.

"Obviously, it's going to feel a little different the way things are going with no fans and what-not," Brewers infielder Eric Sogard said, "but we're all excited to get going and get back out there."

The season begins next Thursday night with the defending World Series champion Washington Nationals hosting the New York Yankees, and the Los Angeles Dodgers welcoming the rival San Francisco Giants. The rest of the league joins the fray Friday, the common thread being that all games will be played without fans in the stands, each team will have a designated hitter and that a runner will be placed on second base during extra innings.

When summer camp began earlier this month following an extended layoff due to the coronavirus outbreak, there was plenty of doubt whether the quest to salvage the season would ever get this far.

Several stars chose not to participate from the start, and rarely a day goes by without a positive COVID-19 test in one camp or another. But here we are, mere days from launching a season that's unique in almost every way.

"I've been keeping my fingers crossed every day. So far, we're doing fairly well," said Orioles manager Brandon Hyde, whose team opens in Boston next Friday night. "We still have a ways to go before the 24th, and I'm nervous as anybody that we're going to be healthy."

But Hyde remains hopeful the season will start on time and go the distance.

"People are feeling positive about how it's worked so far and going forward," he said.

Brewers general manager David Stearns noted the reduced rate of positive tests recently "is a really encouraging sign."

"That gives all of us confidence in all segments of the industry that if we continue to do the right things, follow the proper protocols, that we're going to give ourselves a pretty good chance," Stearns said.

While there's reason for optimism, the stark truth is that COVID-19 is not going away.

Tampa Bay outfielder Austin Meadows was placed on the injured list Thursday night after testing positive for the coronavirus.

Meadows was a first-time All-Star last season, batting .291 with 33 homers and 89 RBIs. He had not been seen at Tropicana Field by reporters since working out with the Rays on July 3, the first day of summer camp.

The 25-year-old is the second Tampa Bay player known to have tested positive for the coronavirus. Right-hander Tyler Glasnow joined the team Tuesday after missing 11 days of summer camp.

Star third baseman Yoán Moncada rejoined the Chicago White Sox after missing the start of their summer camp because he tested positive for COVID-19. He said he didn't experience any major symptoms but it was a difficult time for him and a little scary.

White Sox manager Rick Renteria also is back with the team after leaving camp last week to go home to California for a family funeral.

Texas Rangers reliever Brett Martin was placed on the injured list because of his positive coronavirus test before the start of summer camp.

Martin, already at higher risk because he has Type 1 diabetes, had a positive reading during intake screening two weeks ago. He experienced mild symptoms of COVID-19, including congestion and fatigue.

Because Martin is on the injured list due to coronavirus, he doesn't count toward the team's 40-man roster limit while on the IL. The 25-year-old lefty was 2-3 with a 4.76 ERA as a rookie last season.

In Miami, outfielders Matt Joyce and Lewis Brinson were put on the 10-day injured list by the Marlins. No reasons were given, but both have been sidelined since coronavirus testing began at the start of camp.

They still have a chance to play this season, manager Don Mattingly said.

The Braves are awaiting the return of four players who tested positive: four-time All-Star Freddie Freeman, setup reliever Will Smith, right-hander Touki Tousssaint and infielder Pete Kozma.

The Pirates have been very quiet in general in terms of potential health issues related to COVID-19 or otherwise.

"There's things that happen that we don't discuss," first-year manager Derek Shelton said. "We just have to adapt and adjust, and that's what we're doing every day."

In Atlanta, left-hander Cole Hamels (triceps tendinitis) threw a side session and will be evaluated after an off day on Friday. Right-hander Kyle Wright appears set to open the season as the fifth starter after pitching three innings in an intrasquad game.

In New York, two-time Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom still plans to pitch on opening day for the Mets. He left an intrasquad game Tuesday with back tightness, but a precautionary MRI came back clean.

The delay to the start of the season has worked to the benefit of the Houston Astros, who were booed unmercifully during spring training in the wake of their sign-stealing scandal.

"I see more smiles. Actually I see more joy," manager Dusty Baker said. "Four months ago, that was a tough time. A lot has happened. We're at a different time and space than we were four months ago."

With no fans in the stands, the Astros won't hear any jeers. MLB is providing each club with an array of crowd sounds and a touchpad device that can be integrated into their ballpark public address system to help manage the playing of those sounds.

Marlins outfielder Corey Dickerson isn't keen on the crowd noise being played during workouts.

"It sounds more like a sound machine to me," Dickerson said. "I'd rather have some music playing."

Other stories

Heat continues for Friday

Partly cloudy skies and hot again Friday in LeFlore County.

The high will be 95 degrees with a low of 75 degrees. A heat advisory is in effect from noon through 8 p.m. Heat index values of 105 to 110 are expected.

Sunrise is at 6:17 a.m. with sunset at 8:31 p.m.

Thursday’s high was 97 with a low of 75. Average temperatures for July 17 are a high of 94 and low of 66. Records for the date were a high of 109 in 1980 and a low of 57 in 1975.

Area calendar of events

The Ledger/LCJ’s calendar of events lists the upcoming events in the area. This is a free service so if you or your group have an event coming up and would like it added to the calendar, please send an email tocraig@heavenerledger.com.


Poteau cruse night 7:30 to 9 p.m.


Memorial service for Del Gregory


LeFlore County commissioners meet 9 a.m.

Memorial service planned for John Mumey


Poteau Evening Lions Club meet 6 p.m. CASC


Poteau Kiwanis Club meets noon at Western Sizzlin

LeFlore County Bass Club Thursday night jackpot tournament at Wards Landing on Wister Lake

Heavener VFW bingo 6 p.m. Highway 59

LeFlore County Republicans meet 6:30 p.m. at Western Sizzlin

A shower of balloons drops from the top of the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit where the Republican National Convention heard Ronald Reagan accept the nomination for president by his party, July 17, 1980. (AP Photo)

This date in history July 17

By The Associated Press undefined

Today in History

Today is Friday, July 17, the 199th day of 2020. There are 167 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On July 17, 1944, during World War II, 320 men, two-thirds of them African-Americans, were killed when a pair of ammunition ships exploded at the Port Chicago Naval Magazine in California.

On this date:

In 1717, George Frideric Handel's "Water Music" was first performed by an orchestra during a boating party on the River Thames (tehmz), with the musicians on one barge, and King George I listening from another.

In 1862, during the Civil War, Congress approved the Second Confiscation Act, which declared that all slaves taking refuge behind Union lines were to be set free.

In 1918, Russia's Czar Nicholas II and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks.

In 1945, following Nazi Germany's surrender, President Harry S. Truman, Soviet leader Josef Stalin and British Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill began meeting at Potsdam in the final Allied summit of World War II.

In 1962, the United States conducted its last atmospheric nuclear test to date, detonating a 20-kiloton device, codenamed Little Feller I, at the Nevada Test Site.

In 1975, an Apollo spaceship docked with a Soyuz spacecraft in orbit in the first superpower link-up of its kind.

In 1981, 114 people were killed when a pair of suspended walkways above the lobby of the Kansas City Hyatt Regency Hotel collapsed during a tea dance.

In 1996, TWA Flight 800, a Europe-bound Boeing 747, exploded and crashed off Long Island, New York, shortly after departing John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing all 230 people on board.

In 1997, Woolworth Corp. announced it was closing its 400 remaining five-and-dime stores across the country, ending 117 years in business.

In 2007, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick was indicted by a federal grand jury in Richmond, Virginia, on charges related to competitive dogfighting. (Vick later admitted bankrolling the dogfighting operation and helping to kill six to eight dogs; he served 23 months in federal custody, the last 60 days in home confinement.)

In 2009, former CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite died in New York at 92.

In 2014, Eric Garner, an unarmed Black man accused of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes, died shortly after being wrestled to the ground by New York City police officers; a video of the takedown showed Garner repeatedly saying, "I can't breathe." (Garner's family received $5.9 million from the city in 2015 to settle a wrongful death claim.) All 298 passengers and crew aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 were killed when the Boeing 777 was shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine; both Ukraine's government and pro-Russian separatists denied responsibility.

Ten years ago: Federal authorities in Puerto Rico arrested alleged drug kingpin Jose Figueroa Agosto after a decade-long chase through the Caribbean. Thousands of gays and lesbians from around Europe marched through Poland's capital, Warsaw, to demand equal rights and more tolerance in the heavily Roman Catholic nation.

Five years ago: More than 1,000 people attended an interfaith service in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to mourn four Marines who had been shot to death at a reserve facility by a Kuwaiti-born gunman. A suicide bomber with the Islamic State group attacked a crowded marketplace in Iraq's Diyala province, killing 115 people.

One year ago: Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was sentenced to life behind bars in a U.S. prison. Prosecutors in Massachusetts dropped a case accusing actor Kevin Spacey of groping a young man at a resort island bar in 2016; the accuser had refused to testify about a missing cellphone that defense lawyers said would support Spacey's claims of innocence.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Donald Sutherland is 85. Rock musician Spencer Davis is 81. Sportscaster Verne Lundquist is 80. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, is 73. Rock musician Terry "Geezer" Butler is 71. Actress Lucie Arnaz is 69. Actor David Hasselhoff is 68. Rock musician Fran Smith Jr. (The Hooters) is 68. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is 66. Television producer Mark Burnett is 60. Actress Nancy Giles is 60. Singer Regina Belle is 57. Country singer Craig Morgan is 56. Rock musician Lou Barlow is 54. Contemporary Christian singer Susan Ashton is 53. Actor Andre Royo is 52. Actress Bitty Schram is 52. Actor Jason Clarke is 51. Movie director F. Gary Gray is 51. Singer JC (PM Dawn) is 49. Rapper Sole' is 47. Country singer Luke Bryan is 44. Actor Eric Winter is 44. Actor Mike Vogel is 41. Actor Tom Cullen is 35. Actor Brando Eaton is 34. Rhythm-and-blues singer Jeremih (jehr-uh-MY') is 33. Actress Summer Bishil is 32. Actress Billie Lourd is 28. Actor Leo Howard is 23.

Obituaries and death notices

Services set for Bonnie Hull

SPIRO - Graveside funeral services for Bonnie Faye Hull, 92 of Spiro, is Monday at 10 a.m. at the Fanshawe Cemetery, under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Spiro.

She was born May 12, 1928 in Fanshawe to Goldie (Cutsinger) and Alvin Allen and passed away July 14, 2020 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. 

She worked at Spiro Nursing Home for 42 years and was a member of Spiro First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters Bertha Branscum, Alta Shipman, Juanita Zinn and Bessie Murcheson; and one brother, Floyd Allen.

Survivors include her three daughters Karen Wood, Tonya Terry and Mechelle Bridges-Newlon; one son Michael Davidson and wife Miki; grandchildren Fox Wood and wife Autumn, Megan Wood, Casey Wood, Lesley Mitts, Dayne Baughman, Austin Terry, Kadin Still, Gracie Newlon, Darby Davidson, Brandy Davidson and Farrell Davidson; great grandchildren Jakelyn, Skye, Winter, Idun and KayBree; and step great granddaughter.

To sign her online guest book, visit www.mallorymartinfuneralhome.com.