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James Reed Oosahwe
Tahlequah Daily Press
Tahlequah, Oklahoma
December 24, 2008
Submitted by: Jo Aguirre

TAHLEQUAH - James Reed Oosahwe was born February 25, 1947 to Becky (Grasshopper) and Andy Oosahwe Sr. and he passed from this life peacefully in his sleep on Monday, Dec. 22, 2008 at the age of 61 years, nine months and twenty-seven days.

James was raised in the Shady Grove area and attended Shady Grove Elementary School. He graduated from Hulbert High School in 1965. James also attended Northeastern State University and graduated in 1980, with a degree in business administration and a degree in marketing. James was also a basic EMT.

On May 18, 1973 James was married to Patricia Ann Grayson. To this union, two children were born: James Reed Oosahwe Jr. and Grayson Rebecca Oosahwe.

James was a loving husband who deeply loved and cherished his wife and daughter and his extended family. James belonged to the First Indian Baptist church and enjoyed gospel singing. James was also an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed the Cherokee game, marbles, and the blow-gun. James enjoyed board games, dominoes especially. He was a fan of NASCAR and a collector of miniature race cars. James was also an accomplished guitar player.

In his younger years, James was employed with Mid-Western nurseries before going to work at Sequoyah High School. At the time of his death, James being fluent in Cherokee and, having a special rapport with children, was employed with the Cherokee Nation Immersion Program.

James was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Rev. Stephen and Sallie (Bean) Oosahwe; maternal grandparents, George and Nancy (Sparrowhawk) Grasshopper; his mother, Becky (Grasshopper) Oosahwe; and his son, James Reed Oosahwe Jr.James is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Patricia Grayson-Oosahwe; his much-loved daughter, Grayson Rebecca Oosahwe; his father, Andy Oosahwe Sr.; five brothers: Harry and Mary Oosahwe, Andy Jr. and Ann Oosahwe, Willard and Debbie Oosahwe, Larry and Lucille Oosahwe and Terry and Kathy Oosahwe; two sisters, Dessie and Denny Robison, and Carolyn and Steve McDaniel; his special cousins: Jesse, Chester and Georgia Oosahwe; as well as a host of extended family including aunts, cousins, in-laws, nieces and nephews.He was a fine gentle man who will be greatly missed.

Services are scheduled to be on Friday, Dec. 26 at 2 p.m. in the Reed-Culver Chapel with Brother D.J. McCarter officiating. Interment will follow at the New Hope Cemetery, in Hulbert. Serving as pallbearers will be Preston Oosahwe, Stephen McDaniel, Steve McDaniel, James Robinson, Joey Grayson, Stuart Grayson, Roy Lowrey Jr. and Justin Grayson. Honorary pallbearers will be Ellis Little, Stanley John, Mike Smith and Laura Sequiche-Henson. Services have been entrusted to the Reed-Culver Funeral Home.

With respect and gratitude, we will always remember James and forever miss him. He would want his 'babies” at Immersion to know he loved every minute he spent with them.Reed-Culver Funeral Home, 117 W. Delaware, 456-2551.

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