VIAN, Ok -- Vincent "Toy" Leroy Locust , 66, of the Evening Shade community passed away Monday, April 14, 2015, at the VA Hospital in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He was born July 24, 1948, at the home of his parents, Jess L. and Ella (Beaver) Locust on their family's allotment in Evening Shade.
Vincent has eight brothers and three sisters with whom he maintained close relationships throughout his lifetime. He attended grammer school in Vian, later transferring to Sequoyah High School in Tahlequah where he graduated with the Class of 1967.
After graduation, he was drafted into the military, where he proudly served in the United States Marine Corp. Vincent completed training in San Diego, California and infantry training at Camp Pendleton. Afterward, he was sent to Okinawa, Japan and then on to Dong Ha, South Vietnam, 5 miles from the DMZ, where he witnessed and experienced extreme daily combat for 13 months. He returned to the United States in 1970 and received an honorable discharge
His highest rank while in the service was Lance Corporal. During his military service, he earned the Rifle Marksmanship Medal and a Good Conduct Medal. [Note: see below] He also took great pride in being an active member in the Muscogee Creek Nation Color Guard.
After returning home from serving in the military, Vincent attended and graduated form Haskell Indian Nations University, in Lawrence Kansas. He also attended Northeastern State University in Tahlequah.
In1980 he drove buses for Trailways Bus Line, then in 1981, he began driving semi-trucks until he retired in 2003.
Vincent was an avid hunter throughout his lifetime. He especially loved to fish and coon hunt.
Vincent was preceded in death by his parents, Jess L. and Ella Locust; paternal grandparents, Louis and Katey Locust, maternal grandparents Leslie and Susannah Beaver; brothers: Oaks Locust (Seq.Cls'63), Mike McConnell, Charles "Rock" Locust (Seq. Cls' 69), Abe Locust,and sister, Paula Locust.
Survivors include two sons: Jeff Locust of the home and Brian Locust and wife, Susan, of Fort Gibson, step-daughter, Angela R. Gilbreath, of Fort Gibson, and two grandchildren: Taylor Locust and Brian Locust II, both of Fort Gibson.
Also surviving Vincent are brothers: Louis Locust, of Evening Shade, Leslie "Jay" Locust (Seq.Cls'66) and wife Sammi of Fort Gibson, and James "Booter" Locust (Seq.Jr.'71), of Tahlequah, sisters: Mariah "Cibby" Ballard, of Evening Shade, and Edith Dalton and husband Kenneth, of Evening Shade, and many loved nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, as well as other extended family and a lifetime of friends.
Vincent is probably eligible for these medals.
Vietnam Service Medal
Combat Action Ribbon
Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon. ~ EDITOR