Ledger newsletter 6-10-2022
The Heavener Ledger newsletter for Friday
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LeFlore County weather 6-10-2022
The LeFlore County weather forecast for Friday calls for strong thunderstorms during the morning, giving way to mostly cloudy skies in the afternoon.
There is a 100 percent chance of rain with the chance of damaging winds with some storms.
The high will be 85 degrees with a low of 69 degrees.
Thursday’s high was 84 with a low of 68.
Average temperatures for June 10 are a high of 87 and low of 64. Records for the date were a high of 92 in 1990 and a low of 46 in 1988.
A year ago on this date, the high was 93 with a low of 70.
County calendar of events
The LeFlore County calendar of events. It 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 email email@example.com.
LCYS golf tournament
Boys and Girls Club bingo night
Information station for adults 11 a.m. Heavener Public Library
Book Clubbers for adults noon Heavener Public Library
LeFlore County commissioners meet 9 a.m.
School board meetings
Poteau Evening Lions Club meet 6 p.m. CASC
Poteau Rotary Club meets noon at EOMC
Keeping current discussion group noon Heavener Public Library
Poteau Kiwanis Club meets noon
Heavener VFW bingo 6 p.m. Highway 59 North
HUA, City Council meet 6 p.m.
Remember when 6-10-2022
Remember when is a feature we try to run daily posting a picture of the people, places and events in LeFlore County.
Today’s photograph is of the 1936 Heavener football team, including Glen Dowden in the backfield. The team was coached by Fred Barlow, who went 16-5 over two years. The Wolves were 8-1-1 that season against a schedule that included Fort Smith.
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Obituary for Joe Johnson
Joe Arley Johnson, the beloved patriarch of the Johnson family, passed from this life on June 7, 2022, in Fort Smith, Arkansas at the age of 91. Born Nov. 2, 1930, in his family home at Spiro, he was the son of Oscar Arley and Sylvia Susan (Casey) Johnson.
Joe’s memorial service is 10 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Heavener. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home.
Joe was a man of great faith and spent his entire adult life witnessing and spreading the word of God. He was an active member of the First Christian Church of Heavener since Feb. 10, 1952, helping start many young people out on the right path. After he moved to Brookdale Senior Living Center in Fort Smith, he still taught a Wednesday bible study.
“Papa Joe” served as an inspiration to all of his large family. He was always available with a suggestion or bit of advice. Whether they wanted it or not.
He loved to tell the story that his first job was at the movie theater. First, he sold popcorn and then he ran the projector. This early experience resulted in a love of movies, both good and bad, he loved them all. One of his favorite quotes was from True Grit, where John Wayne discussed crossing the “Po-too” (Poteau) River.
Following graduation from Spiro High School, Joe attended Oklahoma University, marrying his high school sweetheart, Martha Ellen Gentry, on Aug 4, 1950, in the chapel at St Paul’s Cathedral in Oklahoma City. He continued at OU, graduating in 3 ½ years with a BA in journalism. Two weeks after graduation, he became a father to twins, Joe David and Martha Ann, at the age of 20. Soon after, Lee, a daughter, and two sons, Bill and George, were born. Joe and Martha enjoyed 41 years of marriage until her death in 1991.
They moved to Heavener in 1950, where he became partners with his brother, Jack, in the Heavener Ledger. The Heavener Ledger prospered under their direction for the next two decades. Joe was also co-owner of The Waldron News and The Vian News.
He served in the Oklahoma legislature for 14 years as both a Representative and then a Senator, and was involved in Kiwanis Club, Gideons, and International Typographical Union. He was a retired volunteer fireman of the Heavener Fire Department, serving from 1954-1974, being the oldest retiree by seniority. Upon leaving the Senate, “Mr. J” felt called to work in the Department of Corrections guiding inmates by leading a class called New Directions. Joe instructed and encouraged inmates in their transition from prison life to becoming productive citizens. His teachings and leadership had a significant impact on the lives of many students in the New Directions class and he maintained a connection to several of ‘his boys’ for decades.
Joe and Peggy Sue Huie wed Jan 1, 1993 and began a loving partnership. Their large, combined family has been a source of joy, love and strength since the beginning and continues today.
An avid hunter, Joe loved his trips with friends and family whether it was quail hunting in western Oklahoma, McCurtain County for deer or Colorado elk hunting.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Jack Johnson; sisters Helen Edmunds and Sue Rogers; son George Robert Johnson; wives Martha Ellen and Peggy Sue; granddaughter, Megan Alissa Johnson; and son-in-law, Ken Lewallen.
Joe is survived by four children, four stepchildren and their families. His children include Joe David Johnson and wife Dee of Seattle; Ann Johnson Mead and husband Glenn of Purcell; Lee Johnson Lewallen of El Dorado, Kansas; and Bill Johnson and wife Pam of McCurtain. His stepchildren include Cindy Huie Miller of Oklahoma City; Bob "Tooter" Huie and wife Rhonda of Hontubby; Mark Huie and wife Sharon of Zoe; and Cody Huie of Heavener. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Joe’s extended family includes many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, including Trisha Sutterfield and daughters Camille and Chloe of Oklahoma City; Scott Mead and wife DeLanna and daughter Annabelle of Oklahoma City; Jared Michael Lewallen and three daughters Kendal, Skylar and Chloe of Rose Hill, Kansas; Heather Mead Ormonde and husband Alan and daughters Elise and Jocelyn of Oklahoma City; Dustin Johnson and wife Shannon Bea and daughter MacKenzie Fagan and husband Keegan of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; and son William Ever of Gillette, Wyoming; Alexis Robertson and husband Justin and son Eliot and daughter Reese of Oklahoma City; Christopher George Lewallen and wife Savannah and children Caiden, Cooper and Carsen of Augusta, Kansas; Timothy Allen Johnson and son Nash Arley of Tulsa; Jessica Moore and husband John and daughter Addison and son Townes of New Bedford, Maine; Wade Stanley of Stillwater; Sarah Johnson Rockwell and husband Chauncy and children Elizabeth Grace, Alice Katherine and George David of Enid; and Nick Stanley of Oklahoma City; Tiffaney Huie Kirby and husband Caleb and sons Chet and Reid of Heavener; Krista Huie Webb and husband Todd and son Barrett "Bear" of Haskell; Carrie Huie Replogle of Haskell; Morgan Huie and daughter Whisper Winger of Heavener; Abby Huie of Hontubby and Josh James of Hodgen.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Joe’s honor to The Gideons International.
To sign Mrs. Johnson’s online guestbook please visit www.dowdenrobertsfuneralhome.com.
Service set for Zachary Pritchett
TUTTLE - Funeral service for Zachary James Pritchett, 31 of Tuttle is 2 p.m. Monday at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center in Poteau with Phil McGehee officiating. Burial will follow at the Monroe Cemetery, under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home.
He was born Jan. 18, 1991 in Fort Bliss (El Paso, Texas) to Tina Raquel (Shepard) and Jeffrey Brian Pritchett and passed away May 28, 2022 in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Survivors include wife, Manda; step-daughter, Layla; brother, Caleb Pritchett; parents Jeffrey Pritchett, Tina Shepard; and grandparents Mike and Linda Pritchett, Terry Shepard;
He was preceded in death by his Memaw, Teresa Gober.
Service planned for Michael Ward
SPIRO - Funeral service for Michael Ward, 40 of Spiro is 1 p.m. Monday at Lighthouse at the Crossroads in Spiro with Reverend Howard Jeffery officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Park Cemetery in Fort Smith, Arkansas under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home
He was born March 15, 1982 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to Caroline Patricia (Cooper) Ward and Michael Anthony Ward and passed away June 6, 2022 in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Survivors include his parents, Michael and Caroline Ward; wife, Candice Ward; three daughters Lexie Collins and husband Ben, Mercedes Cooper and husband Brad and Shelby Ward; one sister Brandi Holmes and husband Mushie; two brothers Barney Ray Ward and wife Goldie and Gabriel Ward; and three grandchildren Brad, Michael, and Matthew Cooper.