Roderick "Smokey" Gwoompi
Sequoyah High School ~ Employee 1970s
TAHLEQUAH, Ok -- Services for Roderick "Smokey" Gwoompi , 69, of Tahlequah were Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, at Green Country Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating was Rev. David Benham. Interment was Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, at Saddle Mountain Cemetery south of Carnegie, Okla.
A prayer service was held Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009, at 7 p.m., at Green Country Funeral Home Chapel.
Smokey was born Feb. 29, 1940, in Lawton, the son of Pauline Tobah and Mitchell Gwoompi. He died Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, in Tahlequah. Smokey attended Boone Elementary School, Carnegie Junior High and was a 1959 graduate of Anadarko High School.
He later attended Haskell Institute and earned his degree as a machinist. He also attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Rodney had been employed by the U.S. Immigration Service in Dallas, Texas ,and later by Sequoyah Indian School (1972 ~ 1979) as an educational assistant.
He was a U.S. Marine veteran, member of the Kiowa Tribe, Black Leggins Society, Cherokee Gourd Society, and the Tahlequah Drum Busters. He was a spokesman for the National Kidney Transplant Foundation. Rodney enjoyed sketching, Native American singing, attending powwows, watching Dallas Cowboy football games, and visiting his many friends.
Rodney has been preceded in death by his parents; grandmother, Adelaide Tonemah; aunt, Ida Tonemah; nephew, Michael Hefner; brother, James D. Querdibitty; and grandfather Horace Tobah.
He is survived by sisters, Paula Johnson of Anadarko, and Gwendolyn McIntyre and husband Charles of Achille; adopted brother, Pat Oyebi and wife Nancy of Stilwell; nephews John Paul Bear and wife Jackie of Anadarko, Donny Bear of Anadarko, Charlie McIntyre and wife Cindy of Calera, David Querdibitty and wife Celeste of Little Rock, Ark., and Tony Querdibitty and wife Leighann of Carter; nieces Julie Reiswig and husband Gregg of Bloomfield, N.M., Maureen Lesky and husband Justin of Albuquerque, N.M., and Mercedes Autaubo of Anadarko; grandchildren, Taylor Bear, Emily Bear, Jacob Bear, Seneca Cozad, Caitlin Bear, Elizabeth Tsatoke, Rachel McIntyre, Zachary McIntyre, Jonathan Querdibitty and Daniel Querdibitty; great-grandchild Adilynn Cozad, and numerous other family members and friends whom he loved very much.