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 Tollie Nelson Needham, Jr

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Tollie Nelson Needham, Jr

  • Birth 17 Jan 1925 Fame, McIntosh County, Oklahoma, USA
  • Death 15 May 1996 McAlester, Pittsburg County, Oklahoma, USA
  • Burial Checotah, McIntosh County, Oklahoma, USA
  • Memorial ID 9190109

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.

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  • Created by: Jane Stacy Eubanks
  • Added: 27 Jul 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9190109
  • Jane Stacy Eubanks
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Tollie Nelson Needham, Jr (17 Jan 1925–15 May 1996), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9190109, citing Greenlawn Cemetery, Checotah, McIntosh County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Jane Stacy Eubanks (contributor 46556435) .