In Memoriam
Jay  Corbett  WhiteCrow, Sr
Sequoyah  High School ~ Student 1950s

     MIAMI, Ok --  Jay Corbett WhiteCrow, Sr , of Wyandotte, Oklahoma, died Friday, Oct. 31, 2008, at his home. He was 73 years old.

     Mr. WhiteCrow was born on Oct. 19, 1935 in Miami to Mayo Sidney WhiteCrow and Lucille (Garrett) WhiteCrow. They preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by one sister, Joyce Ann Perry (Seq. ~ early 1950s) , one brother, Gabby WhiteCrow, and two grandsons.

     Mr. WhiteCrow lived in Tulsa and the surrounding area for many years. He graduated in 1957 from  Sequoyah Vocational School  in Tahlequah. He joined the U.S. Army in 1953 and served in Korea.

     After leaving Sequoyah, he worked at Hercules Tool Company before attending Tulsa Junior College, working toward a bachelor's degree in sociology. He served as a drug and alcohol consultant, sitting on national boards.

     He was the Director for the Tulsa Indian Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse until the mid 1980's. He was a co-founder of the American Indian Theater Company of Oklahoma, the first all-Indian theater company in the state.

     He was a member of the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma and served on the Tribe's business and grievance committees.

     Mr. WhiteCrow had played sports in high school and was also a tight end for the Tulsa Thunderbirds, the first semi-pro football team in Oklahoma. He enjoyed coaching his children's little league baseball and football teams, sharing stories of the old days and visiting with family and friends.

     He is survived by his wife Joanna (Vann) WhiteCrow; three sons, Jay C. “Joey” WhiteCrow Jr., of Cornwall Island, Ontario Canada, John David WhiteCrow of Wyandotte and Alfred H. WhiteCrow of Tulsa; two daughters, Leslie G. Thomas of Rooseveltown, NY and Kim Nance of Sherwood, Ark.; one brother, Mayo Sidney WhiteCrow (Seq. Jr. in '59) and five sisters, Sally WhiteCrow Ollis (Seq. Cls '56), Linda Jo WhiteCrow (Seq. grd-7 in '58),  Kathy Beth WhiteCrow, Debbie Ingram and Zona Pease.

He had 14 grandchildren and six great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and cousins.

     Services will begin at 2 p.m. Monday at the Seneca-Cayuga Tribal AOA Building and will conclude with graveside services at the Council House Friends Church Cemetery. Bob Hicks and JR Matthews will conduct the ceremonies with Indian Rites being given by Charles Diebold, Ceremonial Chief. His sons and grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

     The body will lay in repose at the Tribal AOA Building. All friends and family are welcome. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Miami.