In Memoriam
Henry Ford Ben
Sequoyah  HS ~ Teacher 1960s - 70s

Henry Ben Seq. Teacher
                1960s-80s     TAHLEQUAH, OK  --  Henry Ford Ben (Seq.Teacher 1966-1979) went to be with his Lord on April 23, 2019 with his family at his side. Born on May 10, 1929 to Gladys and Thomas Ben,

    Henry grew up in the Standing Pine Community in Mississippi. He was a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and attended grade school at the Choctaw Tribal Schools. following the eighth grade, he attended and graduated from Clark Community College (now a part of Mississippi College).

     After College, Henry served in the United States Army before being honorably discharged.

    Henry was the first male Mississippi Choctaw Tribal member to earn a higher education degree. He went back to the Choctaw reservation to give back and teach at the Tribal schools. There he met his wife, Nancy (Gordon). After moving to Oklahoma, he went on to earn a second Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree in Education.

    After making Oklahoma his home, he married the love of his life and they shared over 60 years of marriage-to her he says, "me too." "Papa" always had a smile, hug, and "pocket money" for his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

    Henry taught Math, Science, and coached Golf at Sequoyah High School  for thirteen years. He was an avid Sequoyah Indians fan and attended the Friday night games as long as he was physically able to attend.

    Although Henry enjoyed many hobbies, notably, golf, fishing, checkers, dominoes, and cards, it was the fellowship that he enjoyed the most. He was an original member of "The Tribe" a group of mostly Native American golfers who enjoyed the game immensely. They could be seen daily on the Sequoyah High School Golf Course and if not seen, the sound of "dollar, dollar, dollar," or "Hot Chicken" was heard confirming Tee time was met.

    Henry is preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Gladys (Comby) Ben and his siblings, Fannie Ben, Hubert Ben, Helen Ben, and Thomas Ben.

    He is survived by his wife, Nancy Ben (Seq. Emp.1969) of the home; son, Larry Ben (Seq.YearBk 1966 F/B Crown Bearer) and Tammi of Rogers, Arkansas and daughters: Cheryl Hamby of Choctaw, Mississippi and husband Bret, Paula Miller and husband Terry of Tulsa, and Brenda Ben James (Seq.YearBks 1969 & 70 FlowerGirl) of Ellensburg, Washington; eight grandchildren, Daniel Miller, Dana Miller, Zachary Hamby and wife, Brittney, Jeremy Hamby and wife, Heidi, Ryan James, Jennifer James, Tyler Ben, and Cody Ben; four great grandchildren: Olivia Hamby, Lily Miller, Elias Hamby, and Saige Hamby; a host of loving nieces and nephews; and a host of loved ones that he always considered "family."