PAULS VALLEY, Okla. (AP) - The late director of the state agency that helps Oklahomans with disabilities will be honored with the naming of a section of Interstate 35 near Pauls Valley.
A ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the first Pauls Valley exit in recognition of longtime Office of Disability Concerns Director Joe Steven Stokes.
Stokes held the post for 24 years and worked under five governors as head of the office, where he served as a liaison with the Oklahoma Legislature.
The Pauls Valley resident still held the position in January when he died after suffering a heart attack at age 62.
Stokes was named Handicapped Citizen of the Year in Oklahoma in 1985, and also received the George B. Lewis Award as Outstanding Person with a Disability.
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