Thomas Paul Berryhill
Sequoyah student ~ Class of 1960
HENRYETTA - Thomas Paul BERRYHILL (Seq-Class of 1960) was born July 21, 1940, in Tahlequah. He died May 6, 1999, at the family home in the Wilson Community. Funeral services were held at Robert Simons Chapel officiated by Rev. Harry LONG and Rev. Jay SWALLOW with traditional leaders Red HICKS, Eunice HILL and Sam PROCTOR speaking. Pallbearers were Doug PARKER, Danny POTTS, Junior WHITLOW, Roger BARNETT, Barton WILLIAMS, and Jerry TAHSEQUAH.
Honorary Pallbearers were Ralph PALACE, Michael BERRYHILL, Perry BERRYHILL, Elliott BERRYHILL, Earl KELLY, and Butch POWELL (Cls'64). Interment was at the Berryhill Family Cemetery.
He attended Wilson High School, Haskell Institute and graduated from Sequoyah Indian School. He was a self taught saxophone, guitar, and harmonica player and had played with various bands and musicians. His artwork is exhibited in private collections and various museums throughout the United States and at the Australian Supreme Court. He was an ordained minister with 15 years service.
He was associated with the United Tribes for Christ, the ministry of Bud Chambers, and served as an evangelist to tribes in Montana and Arizona. He served as an Okmulgee District representative on the Muscogee (Creek) National Council for six years, served on an advisory council to Amnesty International and a board member of the Creek Council House Museum.
He acted as a consultant at universities and was a resource person and speaker on Muskoke history to other groups. He was the spiritual advisor for the Redstick Political Party from 1985 through 1990. He was a member of the Alligator Clan and Kasetv Tribal Town and an adopted member of Apekv Tribal Town.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Blanche Pakoska BERRYHILL; aunts, Pauline Pakoska BILLY and Helen POOLE.
He was survived by his father Thomas BERRYHILL; his wife, Janice TIGER, whom he married May 25, 1991 at Apekv Ceremonial Grounds; his children , Mark BERRYHILL, Aaron BERRYHILL, Tonya JIMBOY, all of Lawrence, KS, and Michael BERRYHILL of Denver, CO; one sister, Rita WILLIAMS of Wilson Community; three brothers, Michael BERRYHILL of Henryetta, Perry BERRYHILL of Broken Arrow, and Elliott BERRYHILL of Colorado Springs, CO; four step-children and eight grandchildren.