Ledger/LCJ newsletter 8-13-2021

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LeFlore County sports scoreboard 8-12-2021

Fast pitch softball

Heavener 5, Keota 2

Cameron 2, Okmulgee 1

Eufaula 2, Cameron 0

Howe 12, Haworth 0

Panama 2, McCurtain 0

Rattan 3, Wister 2

Wister 7, Wright City 3

LeFlore 9, Talihina 0

Poteau 10, McAlester 5

Whitesboro 9, Smithville 0


Wister 9, LeFlore 4

Whitesboro 7, Mason 5

Union City 10, Whitesboro 4

Brand pitches Heavener past Keota

GANS – Heavener improved to 2-1 Thursday with a 5-2 win over Keota in the opening game of the Gans Tournament

Heavener plays again Friday at 5 p.m.

Kinley Brand got the win for Heavener, going all five innings and giving up three hits and two runs, with eight strikeouts and no walks.

Brooklin McClure doubled and was 2-2 with a RBI.

KHS 0 0 0 2 0 –2 3 4

HHS 1 2 0 2 x—6 6 0

Howe hammers Haworth

WHITESBORO – Howe scored an easy 12-0 win over Haworth in the Whitesboro Tournament Thursday. The Lions, 3-0, play again Friday in the tournament at 5:30 p.m. against Pittsburgh.

Maddie Nobles threw a perfect game for the Lady Lions and had seven strikeouts.

Abby Huie tripled and was 2-3 with three runs and two RBI, Gracie Lute doubled and went 2-3 with two RBI and a run, Kalan Nye also doubled while going 1-2 with a RBI and run.

Wister splits in three-way

RATTAN – Wister was defeated by Rattan, 3-2, and beat Wright City, 7-3, in a three-way in fast pitch softball.

Wister is 2-1 and plays Talihina Monday.

In the opener, Rattan scored three runs in the third inning and the Lady Wildcats could never catch up.

Kaylea Underwood took the loss for Wister. She went the distance, and gave uo eight hits and three earned runs with 10 strikeouts and no walks.

Reagan Roath doubled and was 2-3 with a run, Jaelyn Covey also doubled and went 2-3 with a RBI, Jordan Makovy doubled and had a 1-3 game and Hattie Pate also doubled and finished 1-3 with a RBI.

Rattan 3, Wister 2

WHS 0 0 0 0 1 1 0—2 8 2

RHS 0 0 3 0 0 0—3 8 2

Against Wright City, Wister scored four runs in the second to take the lead and never trailed in the 7-3 win.

Covey got the win and went 4.1 innings, giving up five hits and three runs, one earned, with four strikeouts and no walks.

Underwood pitched 2.2 innings and allowed one hit with four strikeouts and no walks.

Kourtney Donaho doubled and was 2-4 with a run, Pate doubled again and went 2-2 with three RBI and a run and Hope Gotes doubled while going 1-3 with two RBI.

Wister 7, Wright City 3

WRS 1 1 0 1 0 0 0—3 6 0

WHS 0 4 1 0 2 0 x—7 8 2

Poteau pounds McAlester

McALESTER – Poteau jumped out to a big lead early and made it hold up in a 10-5 win at McAlester Thursday in fast pitch softball.

Poteau is 2-2 and hosts Antlers and Hartshorne Friday.

Briley Bowman went 6.1 innings for Poteau. She gave up nine hits and five runs, four earned, with four strikeouts and four walks. Annika Dill pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out one.

Dill doubled twice and was 3-5 with two runs and a RBI, Morgan Hagen doubled and went 2-3 with a run, Jalynn Herring was 2-3 with a run, Bowman doubled and went 1-3 with two RBI, Parker Patterson doubled and had a 1-3 game with a run, and Avery Prescott doubled while going 1-3 with two RBI and a run.

Poteau 10, McAlester 5

PHS 0 5 0 3 0 1 1—10 11 2

MHS 0 0 0 0 2 3 0—5 9 0


Cool front arrives Friday

Mostly sunny skies and hot again Friday in LeFlore County, until a cold front moves in later in the day with a chance of storms.

The high will be 97 degrees, with a low of 74 degrees.

Sunrise is at 6:37 a.m. Sunset is at 8:08 p.m.

Thursday’s high was 98 for the third straight day. The low was 75.

Average temperatures for Aug, 13 are a high of 93, with a low of 64.

Records for the date were a high of 105 in 1978, and a low of 55 in 1986.

On Aug. 13, 2020, the high was 89, with a low of 72. Rainfall for the date was .50 inches.

County calendar of events

The LeFlore County 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, email craig@heavenerledger.com.


Funeral service for Marcia Lowe

Funeral service for Frances Summers

Maker times for kids 4 p.m. at Heavener Library.

Taking  mindful moments for adults 4 p.m. at Heavener Public Library.

High school softball: Cameron, Heavener at Gore Tournament; Howe, Whitesboro at Whitesboro Tournament; Poteau at Wilburton Festival; Haileyville at Talihina.

High school baseball: Howe at Carl Albert Tournament


Miles for mission 5K color run/walk.

Green Country Ruff Riters meet 2 p.m. Patrick Lynch Library.

High school softball: Cameron, Heavener at Gore Tournament; Howe, Whitesboro at Whitesboro Tournament

High school baseball: Howe at Carl Albert Tournament


LeFlore County commissioners meet 9 a.m.

Funeral service for Michael Duncan

High school softball: Tishomingo at Heavener; Whitesboro at Panama; Red Oak at Howe; Pocola at Poteau; Quinton at Arkoma.

High school baseball: Buffalo Valley at Howe; Bokoshe at McCurtain; Cameron at Battiest.


High school softball: Heavener at Smithville; Chouteau at Howe;Whitesboro at Cameron; Arkoma at Wister 

High school baseball: Bokoshe/Moyers at Clayton; Whitesboro at Battiest

Poteau Evening Lions Club meet 6 p.m. CASC


Poteau Rotary Club meets noon at EOMC

Funeral service for JB Chester


Story time 4 p.m. at Heavener Library.

High school softball: Heavener at Okmulgee Tournament; Colcord at Howe; Talihina at Cameron; Whitesboro at Pocola; Stigler at Poteau; Arkoma at McCurtain

High school baseball: LeFlore at Howe; Indianola at Bokoshe

Kiwanis Club meets noon at Western Sizzlin’

Heavener VFW bingo 6 p.m. Highway 59 North

Heavener Utilities Authority and Council meet 6 p.m.

Blast from the past 8-13-2021

Here is today’s blast from the past.

This is a picture from a band group from sometime in the 1940s borrowed from Colin Kelly. Pictured are Jimmy Emmert, Jackie Harrell, Darrell Murphy, Glen Hembree, Jerry Hornbuckle, my father, Gene Hall and Larry Odom.

If you have a picture you would like to post on the blast from the past, send an email to craig@heavenerledger.com.

To sponsor our blast from the past for only $1 per day, please email craig@heavenerledger.com.

This date in history 8-31-2021

Events that took place on Aug. 13.

1876: First victim of yellow fever dies in Memphis.

1926: Fidel Castro born.

1961: Berlin is divided.

1981: Reagan signs Economic Recovery Tax.

1982: “Fast Times at Ridgement High” debuts.

1995: Mickey Mantle dies.


Obituary for Eva Lile

Eva Marcella (Clubb) Lile of Midwest City, Oklahoma was born Aug. 24, 1936 in the Petros area in Heavener to Claudie and Edna Clubb and marched thru the Pearly Gates of her eternal home and met her Savior face-to-face on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at 4:25 p.m.

Funeral service/Celebration is 4 p.m., Friday at Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel in Heavener with Pastor Forrest Weast officiating. Burial will follow in Heavener Memorial Park under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener.
Eva attended Heavener High School. She was a Proverbs 31 wife and mother, a Dental Hygienist, a Licensed Practical Nurse as well as a life-long Sunday School Teacher. Eva loved her country and served along beside her husband, Sam for 23 years in the USAF. She loved her God, her family, OU football, and her beloved dog, Shadow.  Eva will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Survivors are three sons Sammy Lile III, David Lile and wife Gail and Mike Lile and wife Sherri; three sisters Claudiette Branscum and husband Alvin, Peggy Kelley and husband Colin and Judy Sexton and husband Lee; two brothers Danny Clubb and wife Terry and Joey Clubb and wife Judy; five grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Sammy Lile, Jr.; her only daughter, Becky McKinney; grandsons Chad Lile and Wesley Rains; her parents Claudie and Edna Clubb; a sister, Della Nelson; and a brother, Terry Clubb.

Guests are invited to honor her by wearing crimson and cream or red, white, and  blue.

Pallbearers will be: Her family

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Bible Society, Gideon’s, or Wounded Warrior Project.

Viewing will be from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Friday.

To sign Eva’s online guestbook please visit www.dowdenrobertsfuneralhome.com.

Obituary for James Deere

James Athel Deere, 82, of Summerfield passed away Sunday, Aug. 8 in Ft Smith, Arkansas.  He was born Dec. 12, 1938 in Summerfield to Paul and Jo Haskell Deere.

Services were graveside at the Summerfield Cemetery pavilion with Brother Charles Caughern officiating.  Services was under the direction of Evans & Miller in Poteau.

He was a member of the Summerfield Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife Barbara Deere of 61 years, his parents and one sister, Joanne (Deere) Davis.

Survivors include his two sons Michael and Sherry Deere of Summerfield, Joe and Cindy Deere of Poteau; one brother, Bob Paul Deere, of Krebs; four granddaughters Marcie Barnes and fiancée Montana Gray of Shady Point, Kacie and Dillion Fields of Poteau, Breanna and Tyler Dial of Farmington, Arkansas and  Heather Deere of Williamsburg, Virginia; eight great grandchildren James Jackson, Arietta, Paul and Addy Barnes, Blakely, Odin and Ava Fields and Ryder Dial; special cousins Larry McAlester of LeFlore, Betty Rogers of Merced, California and Woody Abernathy of Wilburton;. along with numerous other cousins and friends.

James was retired from Oklahoma State Parks and Recreation working at Wister Lake State Park.  Prior to this he owned and operated a country store in Summerfield from 1961 to 1985.

He was active in the community to include the oversight of the cemetery and community center.  He was a very accomplished horseman and had some very good horses, that were raced in Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Florida and Iowa. He was also an avid hunter and loved the outdoors.

The family thank the Heavener Nursing Home staff and Mercy Hospice for the care and comfort and the many people who called and visited.

Obituary for Tracy Duncan

Tracy Lee Duncan, 56, of LeFlore was born Dec. 5, 1964 in Poteau to Wilmer and Sonia (Johnson) Duncan and passed away Aug. 11, 2021 in LeFlore.

Funeral service is 2 p.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church in LeFlore with Brother Tracy Loyd officiating. Burial will follow in the LeFlore Cemetery, under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener.

Tracy was a 1983 graduate of LeFlore High School and a retired cook for Kentucky Fried Chicken in Poteau. He was a member of the LeFlore First Baptist Church. Tracy loved cooking, gospel music, and playing drums. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Surviving family members are his mother, Sonia Duncan of LeFlore; two brothers Jeff Duncan and wife Mersy of Heavener and Michael Duncan and wife Jennifer of Poteau; nieces and nephews Lacey Frazier and her children Braxton Hill, Brooks, Braelyn, and Brynlee Frazier,

Jeffery Duncan and his daughter Oakleigh Duncan, Addyson Duncan, Logan Duncan, Cameron Dickson, Rian Dickson and Lewis Ruiz; and numerous other loved ones and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Wilmer Duncan.

Pallbearers are Shane Newman, James Cantwell, Michael Cantwell, Tommy Lindsey, Sam Ward, Donnie Ward, Cameron Dickson, and Rian Dickson.

Viewing is from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon until 6 p.m. Sunday. The family will visit with friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

To sign Tracy’s online guestbook please visit www.dowdenrobertsfuneralhome.com.

Services set for John Chester

POTEAU - John Burton Chester “JB”, 99, of Poteau passed away Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 in Poteau, and was born June 29, 1922 in Hartford, Arkansas to John David and Winnie Elva (Black) Chester. 

He was a veteran of the US Marine serving in World War II.

Services are 10 a.m. Wednesday at Oakland Cemetery Pavilion with Danny Southerland officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra; daughters Lacrisha Southerland and Danny and Janell Havens and Terry; sons Glendon Chester and wife Barbara, and Tracy Canon; sisters, Wana Sue Dobbins and Wenona Winters; brother, George Chester; 15 grandchildren; and numerous great and great great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Geneva; daughter, Sharon; and son, Gerald.