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TAHLEQUAH – Services for Dr. Edwin Pointer are 10 a.m., Friday, June 12, at Green Country Funeral Home. Graveside services and interment will follow in the Sallisaw Cemetery under the care of Green Country Funeral Home. Pallbearers are Judge Lynn Burris, J.D. Carey, Jim McSpadden, Dr. Bill VanDeLinder, and Allen and Jordan Kynes. Honorary pallbearers are former Senator Herb Rozell, Dr. Bert Corley, Virgil Carter, Gene Carter, Bob Carlile, Terry Combs, Wava Qualls, and the owners of Sequoyah House LLC, and Quail Ridge Living Center. Online condolences may be left at tahlequahfuneral.com. Dr. Edwin Lowell Pointer, 87, of Tahlequah, passed away Sunday, June 7, 2015, at the Go Ye Village Med Center. Ed was born Sept. 4, 1927, in Sallisaw to Sam and Charlotte Pointer. After serving in the U.S. Army in occupied Japan in World War II, he graduated from Northeastern State Teachers College and in 1955 from the University of Oklahoma Medical School. Dr. Pointer established a practice in Sallisaw with Dr. Bob G. Mitchell, Mitchell-Pointer Clinic. While in Sallisaw, he started one of the first nursing homes in the state of Oklahoma, Sequoyah Manor Nursing home. He was honored by the Sequoyah County Health Department as medical director, serving from 1958 until 1967, and as the initiator of the first birth control clinic in a County Health Department in Oklahoma in 1962. In 1968, Dr. Pointer returned to school at the University of Arkansas Medical Center in Little Rock, Ark., and became a board certified radiologist in 1972. He practiced at Pointer Radiology at the Tahlequah Med Center and Tahlequah City Hospital from 1973 until his retirement in 1993. He served on the Tahlequah Hospital Authority from 1971 until 1998. He was appointed to the Oklahoma State Board of Health in 1986. Ed was always very proud of his Cherokee heritage as a descendant of the Mayes and Adair families. He was a member of the Association of American Indian Physicians and was instrumental in starting the American Indian Heritage Symposium, still held yearly at NSU. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and was a founding member of Quail Unlimited. He was a co-owner and co-operator of Sequoyah House LLC, in Sallisaw and Roland, and Quail Ridge Living Center in West Siloam. Dr. Pointer was preceded in death by his grandmother, Patsy (Mayes) Pointer; and his parents, Samuel Jesse Pointer and Charlotte (Newton) Pointer. He is survived by his wife, Dorthene (Lessley) Pointer of Tahlequah; his daughter, Deborah (Pointer) Kynes, and husband, Allen of Dunedin, Fla.; his son, Patrick Pointer and Ethel of Tahlequah; his granddaughter, Lessley Adair Kynes, and her children Olivia, and Lucy of Tampa, Fla.; his grandson, Jordan Allen Kynes of Berlin, Germany; and a host of friends and loved ones. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the NSU Foundation designated to NSU pre-med students of Native American heritage.
Published on  June 9, 2015
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