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Jay Corbett WhiteCrow, Sr.

Submitted by: Annajo Cantrell Limore

Jay Corbett WhiteCrow, Sr, of Wyandotte, Oklahoma, died Friday, Oct. 31, 2008, at his home. He was 73 years old.

Mr. WhiteCrow was born on Oct. 19, 1935 in Miami to Mayo Sidney WhiteCrow and Lucille (Garrett) WhiteCrow. They preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by one sister, Joyce Ann Perry, one brother, Gabby WhiteCrow, and two grandsons.

Mr. WhiteCrow lived in the Tulsa area for many years. He graduated in 1957 from Sequoyah Vocational School in Tahlequah. In 1953, he joined the U.S. Army and served in Korea.

He was a member of the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma and served on the Tribe's business and grievance committees.

Mr. WhiteCrow had played high school sports and was also a tight end for the Tulsa Thunderbirds, the first semi-pro football team in Oklahoma. He coached his children's little league baseball and football teams.

He is survived by his wife Joanna (Vann) WhiteCrow. Also three sons, Jay C. “Joey” WhiteCrow Jr., of Cornwall Island, Ontario Canada, John David WhiteCrow of Wyandotte and Alfred H. WhiteCrow of Tulsa; two daughters, Leslie G. Thomas of Rooseveltown, NY and Kim Nance of Sherwood, Ark.; one brother, Mayo Sidney WhiteCrow and five sisters, Sally WhiteCrow Ollis , Linda Jo WhiteCrow, Kathy Beth WhiteCrow, Debbie Ingram and Zona Pease.

He had 14 grandchildren and six great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Seneca-Cayuga Tribal AOA Building and will conclude with graveside services at the Council House Friends Church Cemetery. Bob Hicks and JR Matthews will conduct the ceremonies with Indian Rites being given by Charles Diebold, Ceremonial Chief. His sons and grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

The body will lay in repose at the Tribal AOA Building.

All friends and family are welcome. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Miami.

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