Funeral services for Goodlow Proctor, 77, of Tahlequah were held July 26 at the First United Methodist Church, Tahlequah, with the Revs. David Burris and Donald Niblett officiating. Burial followed at the Tahlequah City Cemetery with military rites by the U.S. Army funeral detail.
Pallbearers were Lou Baker, Don Crittenden, John Ketcher, Jonathan Kilgore, Harley Little, Robert Sanders, Mike Wheeler and Doak Willis. Honorary pallbearers were Amon Baker, Henry Ben, Bill Campbell, Tom Dunavin, Bob Garner, J.D. Johnson, Austin Ketcher, Patsy Morton, Lem Sanders, Barbara Starr-Scott, Danny Whitekiller, Wathene Young, Cecil Shipp, Joe Bonaparte and other council members of the Cherokee Nation who served with Goodlow.
Goodlow was born Feb. 7, 1923, at Cookson, to Charley and Nancy (Conley) Proctor, and passed from this life on Friday, July 21, 2000, in Tahlequah.
He attended Buckhorn and Sequoyah Indian schools. After graduation he served in the U.S. Army during World War II in North Africa and received an honorable discharge on Dec. 5, 1945. Upon returning to Oklahoma, he attended Bacone College in Muskogee.
On Nov. 21, 1951, he married Phyllis Helen Sharp, and they moved to Tahlequah where Goodlow attended and graduated from Northeastern State College with a bachelor's degree in science in education in 1952. He earned a master's degree in education and school administration in 1956 from Oklahoma State University, and in 1969, completed his counseling guidance certificate at Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kans.
Goodlow started his teaching career in Cookson and Porter, but wanted to work with Indian children. He began a career in teaching, coaching and counseling with Bureau of Indian Affairs Indian schools.
During those years he was at Flandreau, S.D., Pawnee, Wyandotte and Ardmore, Okla. In 1969, he returned to Tahlequah and taught at Sequoyah Indian School. He later transferred to Indian Health Services as community educator until his retirement in 1983 from W.W. Hastings Hospital.
Goodlow was a member of the Methodist Church, and active in community, civic and service organizations. Some organizations he belonged to were the Lions Club, Masonic Lodge, Kiwanis and the Boy Scouts of America, where he was recognized nationally and locally as an Indian leader. He was especially proud of his Cherokee heritage and honored to serve as councilor for the Cherokee Nation for 16 years. He was initially appointed by W.W. "Bill" Keeler and subsequently re-elected.
Goodlow was Cherokee, and his spirit was best expressed throughout his life with his love for Indian people and communities. Always involved in sports, Goodlow was best known for his love of golf, where he will be fondly remembered as "Hot Chicken."
He was a friendly, generous and humorous man who devoted his life to helping others. He is survived by his wife Phyllis; three children-Chuck Proctor and wife Ella, Debra Proctor and husband Jeff Walton, all of Tahlequah, and Curtis Proctor of Cleveland, Ohio; four grandchildren-Dustin Grassland, and wife Lindsey of Fort Worth, Texas, Derek Grassland, Sara Proctor and Chad Proctor, all of Tahlequah; his mother, Nancy Proctor Horn of Cookson; a sister, Marie Lechner and husband, Richard of Haskell; a brother, Herbert Proctor and wife Inez of Stilwell; many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Charley Proctor; a brother, M.A. Proctor; an infant sister, Carrie Agnes; nephew Jerry Lechner; stepfather Lawson Horn; and uncle Andrew Proctor.
The family wishes to express its gratitude to the staff of the Grace Living Center University and Hospice of the Cherokees for their care of Goodlow over the past few months.
The family requested memorials to be made to the Alzheimer's Association in care of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, (forms available at Reed-Culver Funeral Home) or memorial contributions may be made to Sequoyah Indian School.
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