Thomas Edward Coker
Thomas Edward Coker, 78, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2001 in his home.
He was born a full-blood Creek Indian on Oct. 15, 1923 in Bearden, Okla., to Gibson and Emma Coker. Following the death of his parents, Tom attended boarding school at the Sequoyah Indian School in Tahlequah, where he met the love of his live, Olivene Scraper (Seq'42).
After Sequoyah, Tom enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he served with the 17th Calvary during WWII, and received the Silver Star and the Purple Heart. When he returned, he married Olivene and they were married for 55 years. Tom attended Oklahoma State Tech and worked for the City of Tulsa Water Department as a maintenance mechanic for 35 years before retirement. He was a devoted husband, father, uncle, grandfather and friend. He touched many lives throughout his life.
Tom is survived by his wife Olivene; children, David Gibbins, Thomas Edward Coker Jr. and Emily Coker Petherick; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and several cousins, nieces, nephews and friends who provided help and prayers during his long fight with cancer. He may have lost the fight, but he is now having a good time in Heaven.
Wake will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 at the Tulsa Indian Methodist Church. Funeral Service will be 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 at Floral Haven Funeral Home Chapel in Broken Arrow. Interment follows at Floral Haven Memorial Gardens.