Ira Lee Boss, 100

Born December 28, 1919

Died April 6, 2020

Mary Kathryn Kirby, 66

Born December 9, 1953

Died April 6, 2020

Anthony Earl Patrick, 90

Born January 8, 1930

Died April 6, 2020

James Robert "Jim" McPherson, 82

Born August 20, 1937

Died April 3, 2020

Herbert Smith Jr., 74

Born April 26, 1945

Died April 3, 2020

Leland Patrick Smith, 69

Born October 5, 1950

Died April 2, 2020

Joyce Marie Springfield, 84

Born March 5, 1936

Died April 1, 2020

Laurel Ann Huggins Andrews, 83

Born December 2, 1936

Died March 30, 2020

Viola Sanders, 88

Born July 2, 1931

Died March 29, 2020

Melvin Dean Gloden Sr., 85

Born February 16, 1935

Died March 29, 2020


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Friday, March 20, 2020, 7:22 AM

Two wrecks hurt two people west of Checotah yesterday, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

James Soulsby, 74, of Oklahoma City was a passenger in a single-vehicle wreck on westbound I-40 around 3:15 p.m. in heavy rain, the patrol reported. The driver of the vehicle lost control and hydroplaned off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree. Soulsby was transported to Saint John’s Hospital in Tulsa with undisclosed injuries, where he was admitted. He was not wearing a seatbelt.

UPDATE: Soulsby has died from his injuries.

In a separate single-vehicle collision half an hour later, Felicia Roberts, 27, of Tulsa was hurt when the 2006 Toyota 4-Runner she was driving eastbound on I-40 departed the roadway to the right and struck a tree. She was transported to Hillcrest Hospital in Henryetta with head and internal injuries. She was wearing a seatbelt.