Henry Ford Ben


Funeral services for Henry Ford Ben are 11:00 am Friday at Green Country Funeral Home. Interment will follow in the Tahlequah City Cemetery.
Henry went to be with his Lord on April 23, 2019 with his family at his side. Born on May 10, 1929 to Gladys and Thomas Ben, Henry grew up in the Standing Pine Community in Mississippi. He was a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and attended grade school at the Choctaw Tribal Schools. Following the eighth grade, he attended and graduated from Clark Community College (now a part of Mississippi College).
After College, Henry served in the United States Army before being honorably discharged.

Henry was the first male Mississippi Choctaw Tribal member to earn a higher education degree. He went back to the Choctaw reservation to give back and teach at the Tribal schools. There he met his wife, Nancy. After moving to Oklahoma, he went on to earn a second Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree in Education.
After making Oklahoma his home, he married the love of his life and they shared over 60 years of marriage-to her he says, "me too." "Papa" always had a smile, hug, and "pocket money" for his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Henry taught Math, Science, and coached Golf at Sequoyah High School for more than thirty years. He was an avid Sequoyah Indians fan and attended the Friday night games as long as he was physically able to attend.
Although Henry enjoyed many hobbies, notably, golf, fishing, checkers, dominoes, and cards, it was the fellowship that he enjoyed the most. He was an original member of "The Tribe" a group of mostly Native American golfers who enjoyed the game immensely. They could be seen daily on the Sequoyah High School Golf Course and if not seen, the sound of "dollar, dollar, dollar," or "Hot Chicken" was heard confirming Tee time was met.
Henry is preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Gladys (Comby) Ben and his siblings, Fannie Ben, Hubert Ben, Helen Ben, and Thomas Benn.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Ben of the home; son, Larry Ben and Tammi of Rogers, Arkansas and daughters, Cheryl Hamby of Choctaw, Mississippi and husband Bret, Paula Miller and husband Terry of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Brenda James of Ellensburg, Washington; eight grandchildren, Daniel Miller, Dana Miller, Zachary Hamby and wife, Brittney, Jeremy Hamby and wife, Heidi, Ryan James, Jennifer James, Tyler Ben, and Cody Ben; four great grandchildren, Olivia Hamby, Lily Miller, Elias Hamby, and Saige Hamby; a host of loving nieces and nephews; and a host of loved ones that he always considered "family."
Published on April 25, 2019
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Retta yahola
May 05, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss but i just find out Ben pass away last nite at the dance that was held off campus and we had a memorial table for all the people that went to Sequoyah or worked there and taught and we had a moment of silence and prayed and Ben was my math teacher and then i spend alot of time with him and nancy at sports game, they spend alot of time with our family at get togethers and the one most thing i remember was we were playing a game call 99 at my aunts house and it was my time to play my card but you would have to count and it took me a long time and everybody was teasing me and then i told them i had trouble with math and then i told them Ben was my math teacher at Seq...uoyah and we all got a good laugh from that and he was a great friend and math teacher to me and he will surely be missed, but now he is in a better place rest in peace Mr. BENRead more