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George Edward Skye

© The Joplin Globe
Monday, November 10, 1969
Submitted by: A

Death of Quapaw Man, G.E.Skye, Ruled Suicide

Quapaw, Okla. - The death of a Quapaw man, who hanged himself in a cell at the North Kansas City, Mo., jail Saturday night, has been ruled a suicide, according to investigating officers.

The victim was George Edward Skye, 28, Quapaw. Skye reportedly was en route from Quapaw to New York, N.Y., to look for work.

Born in Claremore, Okla., on Nov. 1, 1941, Mr. Skye had lived in Quapaw most of his life. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and was a welder. He was a member of the Spring River Indian Baptist Church east of Quapaw.

Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Maude Smith, Quapaw; two half-brothers, Leonard Martin Smith and Harold J. Smith, both of Quapaw; two half-sisters, Mrs. Georgie Morris, Columbus, Kan., and Miss Mahdenna L. Smith, Quapaw; and maternal grandmother, Mrs. Luella Quapaw, Quapaw.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Spring River Indian Baptist Church east of Quapaw, Okla., with the Rev. Floyd Ford Officiating. Burial will be Peoria Cemetery at the southeast of Quapaw under direction of Paul Thomas Funeral Home of Picher.

Pallbearers will be Henry Ellick, Thomas Ellick, Billy Ellick, Lonnie Greenfeather, Donald Burkybile and Clifford Barnes.

The body will lie in state at the home of his grandmther, Mrs. Luella Quapaw at Quapaw, Okla.

George Edward Skye

© Ada Evening News
Wednesday, November 12, 1969
Submitted by: A

Sooner Takes Life In Kansas Jail

KANSAS CITY (AP) -A man from Qua paw, Okla., was found hanged in the North Kansas City jail less than an hour after he was arrested on a drunkenness charge Saturday night, police reported. Clay County Coroner Dr. O.S. Pate said the man George Edward Skye, 28 hanged himself with his belt, and that there would be no inquest.

Skye was taken to a hospital for treatment after officers discovered him, but efforts at revival failed. Papers in Skye's possession listed his mother as Mrs. Maude Smith of Quapaw.

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