July 26, 2011
McALESTER — Arthur R. Fisher, 62, of Broken Arrow, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010, at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa.
Born Oct. 20, 1947, in Talihina, he was the son of Israel and Bernice (Jefferson) Fisher. He grew up in McAlester and graduated from McAlester High School in 1965. He then attended Southeastern State College in Durant until he joined the United States Army, where he was stationed in Germany during the Viet Nam War.
After receiving his honorable discharge, he returned to Southeastern State College where he received his bachelor’s degree. He then went to work for the FDIC in the Oklahoma State Banking Commission office until his retirement.
July 21, 2011
Claude LeRoy "Lee" Crawford, Jr., 64, of 6130 Fairway Drive West, Fayetteville PA, passed away, Thursday, May 14, 2009, at his home.
Born Thursday, November 9, 1944, in Hagerstown, Maryland, he was the son of Ellen E. Smith Crawford of Hagerstown, MD and the late Claude L. Crawford, Sr. He was a graduate of North Hagerstown High School and later attended Hagerstown Junior College and the University of Maryland.
After college he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was assigned to the National Security Agency from 1966 to 1970. Lee was employed with Wells Fargo as a Financial Advisor for many years and was also well known for his financial report heard on WHAG Radio for over 35 years. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and enjoyed golfing and gardening.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years Rosaria "Toni" Crawford; two sisters, Karen Marie Crawford of Hancock, MD, and Kaye Ellen Crawford of Baltimore, MD; step daughter, Lori C. Twiss of Waynesboro, PA; two step sons, Michael A. Twiss of Martinsburg, WV, and Timothy V. Twiss of Baltimore, MD; five grandchildren; Kayla Twiss, Michael Twiss, Christopher Twiss, Siena Twiss, and Leo Twiss
GEOFFREY HAYES 1945 - 2009
Geoffrey Hays came from a long line of fighting men that dated back to the Highlands of Scotland where the members of the Hays Clan battled their bitter enemies. Geoff was born in 1945 and joined the Army Security Agency in 1963 shortly after graduating from high school.
After completing his basic 12 month Russian Course he was selected for an additional 6 month of training in advanced Russian and then sent to Vint Hills Farms for voice intercept training. Geoff was then assigned to the 78th USASA SOU in West Berlin where he worked on the Hill as a 98G until his discharge in 1968.
After his discharge Geoff returned to Cheney, Washington where he attended Cheney State University before moving to Alaska. Geoff lived a vigorous life in Alaska that included working on Artic fishing boats, the Alaskan Pipeline and the railroad. He was married for 25 years before losing his wife to cancer. Geoffrey Hayes died from cancer in December, 2009.
In addition to his language skills Geoff also enjoyed writing poetry; his poem to Andrews Barracks is below.
The Parade Ground is quiet now,
This red brick, a monument to the fallen…
Here the cream of a nation
Swore blood redemption and marched
Precisely to its death.
Now the bright banners are faded
Rags in recluse closets.
With fresh brick and new windows,
The old barracks grins down at a new generation
Like an old whore in new panties,
And in the hallways at night the ghosts
Awaken and cry like a lost puppy.