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 Tollie Nelson Needham, Jr

Tollie Nelson Needham, Jr

Fame, McIntosh County, Oklahoma, USA
Death 15 May 1996 (aged 71)
McAlester, Pittsburg County, Oklahoma, USA
Burial Checotah, McIntosh County, Oklahoma, USA
Memorial ID 9190109 · View Source
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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
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  • 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) .