TAHLEQUAH, Ok -- Trinton Gage Herron (Seq. Soph. 2013), 17, of Tahlequah, passed away June 27, 2013. Services will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at the Tahlequah High School Performing Arts Center, with Pastor Kennith Stacyn and Pastor Rocky Dickinson officiating.
Pallbearers will be Ryan Helsey, Kyle Helsey, Colton Cox, Tanner Sheets, Caisen Green, Daxton Williams, B.J. Leach and T.J. Elkins. Honorary pallbearers are 2010 -’11 Grand View basketball team, Tulsa Hawks, 2012-’13 THS Basketball Team, and the 2012 -’13 Sequoyah basketball and football teams.
Interment will follow at the Tahlequah City Cemetery under the care of Green Country Funeral Home.
Trinton was born Sept. 2, 1995, in Tahlequah. Trinton loved life and became involved in sports at an early age. Starting with T-ball, Trinton’s love of sports became a major part of his life as he moved on to football and basketball. Trinton played football for the Woodall Wildcats in his junior high years and went on to start for the Sequoyah Indians, a team he played for his freshman and sophomore years. Between those years, he was invited to the Elite 100 Combine as a wide receiver.
Trinton’s basketball career began in junior high with the Wildcats, where as a seventh-grader he made the all-tournament team. In eighth grade, Trinton played for the Grand View Chargers, a team that he led to the state playoffs. In his last game with the Chargers, he was the leading scorer with 42 points.
In the ninth grade, Trinton was one of the few freshmen to make the varsity basketball team at Sequoyah. He continued to play for the Indians through his sophomore year (2013) where he made the game winning free-throw that got his team into the state playoffs.
Over the summer, Trinton was practicing with the team from Tahlequah High School where he was to attend in the fall.
Other than school sports, Trinton played for several AAU teams including the Tahlequah Nets, Tulsa Eliminators, Dextreme, Tulsa Hawks and the Tulsa Select.
Although he was very busy with his sporting activities, Trinton found time to enjoy his family and be a friend to many, including his closest circle of friends that included the love of his life, Autumn Phillips. Trinton enjoyed what had become annual cruises with his parents and brothers, and sitting on the porch looking at his mom’s flower bed’s.
Trinton was preceded in death by his grandfather, Nick Purkey and grandmother, Buena Crockett.
He is survived by his parents Chuck and Diane Purkey, Nicole Purkey, and Josh and Amber Herron, as well as siblings, Steven and Tyler Purkey, and Alice and Ari Herron. Other surviving relatives include grandparents, Susan Purkey, Darrel Smith, Christy Herron, Phillip and Mary Jo Trogdon, and Bruce and Kelly Yoder; aunts and uncles, Deborah Sells, Jamie Linn, Nick Carriere, Curt and Teresa Stutzman, Doug and Brenda Cross, Randy and Rachel Kersker, Melissa and James Elkins, Aaron and Amy Herron, and Vanessa Herron; cousins, Brittany and Allison Sells, Austin and Bradley Linn, Chelsea and Cheyenne VanZandt, Tristan and Alexander Kersker, Taylor and Courtney Elkins and Ashlynn and T.J. Elikns. Trinton is loved and will be missed by all.