THE ALLEN ADVOCATE, NOVEMBER 26, 2020 Page 4 Ser vices held for Leslie (Heavy) Rinehar t The Oklahoma State Department of Health is- sues Thanksgiving guid- ance, releases recommen- dations on safe gatherings State and local health departments encourage families to stay safe, avoid large gatherings and fol- low CDC guidelines OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma State Department of Health released today its of fi cial Lesley Dee (Heavy) Rinehart, 76, passed from this world on the early morning of Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at his home in Allen. He was surrounded by his children, wife and numerous family members. Heavy and Arlene were married March 11, 1968 in Gainesville, Texas. T h e y l i v e d i n A l l e n and stayed in the Allen Community throughout their lives together. They had four children, Shelia Champ of Allen, Peachie (Leslie) and Mike Cross of Allen, Rhonda and Bill Spray of Atwood, a n d Wi l l i s a n d J a m i Rinehart of Allen. They have 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Lois Joel Rinehart, his mother, Zu Ella Rinehart, brother, Herman Dean Rinehart, g r a n d d a u g h t e r, S i n d i Lucille Spray, one unborn grandchild and two unborn great-grandchildren. H e a v y w a s a f u n - loving man with a heart of gold. If you met him, you knew him. He would help anyone at any time. He loved company and if you ever came to his JimLock Storage Mini Storage Units 3 sizes to choose from (405) 645-2457 OSBORN TREE SERVICE, LLC Full Removal • Trimming • Pruning • Stump Grinding Licensed - Bonded - Insured Free Estimates Also FIREWOOD for sale Jackie Osborn 580-399-4499 www.osborntreeservicellc. com Are you a Veteran? Have a Degree? About time you got one. Call Veterans Upward Bound (580) 559-5339 ~~~ FOR SALE OR TRADE F O R S A L E O R T R A D E — 1 9 8 0 ’ s 14x66 Mobile Home to be moved, 3 bedroom, 1 bath. Contact Dennis Sappenfield 580-857- 2228, leave message. (8) ~~~ GARAGE SALES H U G E 4 FA M I LY YEAR END GARAGE SALE!! 4 miles South of Calvin on Highway 7 5 a t t h e J . B . L o w e Shop Building.... Friday December 4, 8am till 4pm, and Saturday, December 5, 8am till noon. Weather Permitting!! house and supper was ready, you would eat. His smile and sense of humor was contagious. His family values were strong, almost as strong as he was. He will be missed by all of us. He retired from the Pontotoc County Barn after 20-plus years, he loved working there with all the guys and the heavy equipment. If you wanted to make a trade, he was your man . . . he may trade that off again before he got home with it because he did love to trade. Momma always told us that if we “woke up in a strange house, don’t worry, your daddy traded you off in the middle of the night!” You’d never met another man that had as much happiness in his heart to be so feared by people that just knew the size of him. He was a giant of a man in stature and of heart, was a gentle soul and so kind hearted. If other men were half the man our daddy was, we would have a lot of great men in this world. We never had a lot of money but we never went without. We weren’t the popular kids with the high fashion clothes or shoes but we didn’t go to school in rags, they may have been second hand or from the bargain bin, but he had a lot of mouths to feed and most of the time, extras were there. He never complained of the hard work that he did or that he didn’t have the fancy things in life, he just wanted his kids to be happy and healthy and he certainly loved his entire family. We love you Daddy. Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, November 21 st , at the Allen School Auditorium i n A l l e n , O k l a h o m a . Interment followed at the Allen Cemetery. P a l l B e a r e r s w e r e Brandon Johnson, Layne Cross, Lesley Rinehart, Bradley Rinehart, Shane R i n e h a r t , a n d Wi l l i s R i n e h a r t . H o n o r a r y Pall Bearers were Mike Cross, Bill Spray, Billy Grif fi n, Jerry Milne, Jason Goodnight, Mike Lawler, Justin Knighten, Philip Hodo, and Chase Alcaida. safety recommendations for families across the state of Oklahoma cel- ebrating Thanksgiving amid COVID-19. “ We l o o k f o r w a r d to this time of year to spend time with family and friends, but with the rapid increase of coro- navirus cases we’ve seen over the last month, we should reevaluate how we celebrate Thanksgiving this year,” said Dr. Lance Frye, Oklahoma Com- missioner of Health. “By taking action together, we can collectively slow the spread of COVID-19 this holiday season. Many of us, including myself, are having to make dif fi cult decisions this year about our holiday gatherings we’ve never had to con- sider. This year, I encour- age Oklahomans to fi nd new, creative holiday tra- ditions that keep our fam- ily members, neighbors and health care workers safe.” R e c e n t d a t a f r o m Oklahoma’s seven-day rolling average shows that COVID-19 cases are consistently increas- ing within the state. The OSDH warns that large group gatherings of 10 or more people this Thanks- giving have the potential to spread the virus in com- munities, further increas- ing the risk of infection. The department rec- ommends celebrating vir- tually or with immediate household family mem- bers because it poses the lowest risk for spread- ing COVID-19. If one chooses to host or attend a gathering, OSDH sug- gests getting tested to re- duce the risk of spreading the virus, particularly for college students returning home. In conjunction with CDC holiday guidelines , OSDH asks that Okla- homans remember to say THANKS. This Thanksgiving, say THANKS: T - Take extra pre- cautions while traveling; avoid it altogether if you can. H - Host in a space with good ventilation; preferably outdoors. A - Ability to stay six feet apart should dictate your guest count. N - No interaction with people with or exposed to COVID-19. K - Keep your mask on when not eating or drinking. S - Small gatherings of family & friends. The CDC provided additional tips to help mitigate the spread of the virus at these and other events. These include having a virtual dinner and sharing recipes with friends and family, shop- ping online rather than in person on the day after Thanksgiving and watch- ing sports events, parades, and movies from home. The CDC also recom- mended preparing tradi- tional family recipes for family and neighbors, especially those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, delivering it without making direct contact. For more inform ation on CDC holiday guidelines visit coronavirus/2019-ncov/ daily-life-coping/holi- days.html. Classified Ads Letter to the Editor To Whom It May Concern, Wearing a mask in public is not a personal choice. It is a social responsibility. Lame excuses for not wearing abound. “God did not make me with a mask.” God did not make you with a fi g leaf (Genesis 3:7) either, but you don’t go out in public without clothes do you? Not wearing a mask to protect yourself and others from spreading COVID-19 is an obvious indication that the person refusing to wear a mask when in close public contact is suffering from an anti-social personality disorder. If you think, “Well, I’m not a socialist”, you should open your eyes. The military, police departments, fi re departments, schools, the list goes on and on to include the politicians who rail against socialism, are social programs we’ve all paid taxes to support. Conservative government simply means bullets are cheaper than counselors. Are you sure that’s where you want to go? That’s not a threat, it’s a question paranoiac. (Sorry I had to state that for those whom the label fi ts.) People once stated, “They can’t make me wear a seatbelt.” “Hurts no one but me.” “It’s a personal choice.” “I’m not having a wreck.” America is having a COVID-19 wreck. We are not isolated from the rest of the world. When you’re the only one who can be hurt that’s a personal choice. You can infect other even if you don’t feel sick. Masking is a responsibility. If you’re in a position of authority you’re faced with a dilemma. Concern yourself with the health and safety of your community or the sel fi sh complaints of whiney petulant abused children who have somehow managed to reach to reach physical but not mental maturity. Rest in Peace, John Robert Oglesbee, M.D. Anonymous for obvious reasons (Note: We ususally do not publish letters to the editor without names. We do know the identity of this writer and he feels scared for his safety for speaking out on his opining) Health Department Tips on Thanksgiving