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TAHLEQUAH – Funeral services for Rufus Sequichie will be held Monday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m. at Elm Tree Baptist Church with Brother D.J. McCarter officiating. Interment will follow at Greenleaf Cemetery. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.reedculver.com. Pallbearers for Rufus include Justin Bailey, Stephen Sequichie Jr., Johnathan Millikan, Neil Sequichie, Jeremy “Moose” Rutherford and Gary Sequichie Jr. Honorary Pallbearers include Jim Pritchett, Jeremy Garbow, Gary Sequichie Sr., Stephen Sequichie Sr., Dennis Sequichie and Reed Sequichie. Rufus Sequichie began his journey on Jan. 17, 1930, in Tahlequah, Okla., the son of Jackson Sequichie and Carrie (Ballou) Collier. Rufus graduated high school and would remain a lifelong resident of Tahlequah. He met the love of his life, Dessie Anderson, who later became his wife on Sept. 8, 1951, in Eufaula, Okla. Their union was blessed with nine children and they enjoyed 64 loving years together. A Christian by faith, Rufus was a faithful member of the Greenleaf Baptist Church where he was a deacon for over 50 years and was the last of the original deacons of the New Greenleaf Baptist Church. He was a skilled steel guitar player and musician of many other instruments. He had a love for music and enjoyed any time spent jamming with other musicians. Rufus was proud of his heritage and native language. He spoke Cherokee fluently and could also read and write in Cherokee. When Rufus wasn’t playing music, he spent many hours outdoors tending to his rose bushes and planting flowers. You could always catch him riding around on his lawn mower, tending to his yard. At the age of 86 years old, the Lord called his good and faithful servant home on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Tulsa, Okla., with his family by his side. He is now delighting in the beautiful gardens of Heaven. Rufus is preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Lee Collier. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Dessie Sequichie of the home; four sons, Gary Lee Sequichie and wife Cherly Holcomb of Stilwell, Okla., Reed Sequichie and wife Ruby of Miami, Okla., Dennis Sequichie of Tahlequah, and Stephen Sequichie of Roland, Okla.; five daughters, Vickie D. McCarter and husband Dewayne Mc-Carter of Tahlequah, Debra A. Pritchett and husband Jim Pritchett of Tahlequah, Katherine L. Garbow of Fort Gibson, Karen S. Studie of Tahlequah, and Donna L. Ade and husband David Ade of Norman, Okla.; he leaves one brother, Troy Lee Collier of Muskogee, Okla.; and two sisters, Kathryn Worrel and husband Phillip Worrel of Chicago/Auroa, Ill., and Ramona Gallagher of Chicago, Ill.; and one sister-in-law, Charolette Collier of Missouri. His legacy lives on through his 30 grandchildren and 44 great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews, and a host of friends and loved ones. Reed-Culver Funeral Home, 117 W. Delaware, 918-456-2551.
Published on  February 8, 2016
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