|Birth: ||Jan. 17, 1925|
|Death: ||May 15, 1996|
Tollie was the son of Tollie and Arka Needham. He married Zelma James on October 9, 1945 at Checotah Oklahoma. They had one son and 3 granddaughters.
He had 2 brothers, Hubert and Bill, and two sisters, Ida and Margaret.
Tollie served during World War II in the Asiatic-Pacific theater in the Army Rangers. When he was mustered out in 1946, his first job in education was teaching vocational agriculture to veterans. Later he got a degree from Southeastern State in Oklahoma in the early 1950's and a master's degree in school administration from Oklahoma State University in 1955. He taught biology and chemistry at Onapa school near Checotah. He served as a principal at Eufaula and then at Canadian as school superintendent in 1956 until his retirement in 1985.
He loved to go bird hunting! He had a dog kennel for years and raised some champion birddogs.
Uncle Junior, as we called him, had a big booming voice and an even bigger personality. He could talk to anyone about anything and kept everyone interested in what he was saying. He was a joy to be around. We all loved him so much and still miss him today! He was my mother's baby brother. I wish everyone was lucky enough to have someone like him in their family.
Tollie Nelson Needham (1894 - 1930)
Arka Genia Winton Needham (1890 - 1961)
Zelma Lucille James Needham (1926 - 2011)*
Created by: Jane Eubanks
Record added: Jul 27, 2004
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