James Garland Eagle
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July 6, 2013
Submitted by: Annajo Cantrell Limore
Former Cherokee Nation Deputy Chief James Garland Eagle Walks On
Former Deputy Chief James Garland Eagle served the Cherokee Nation under former Principal Chief Joe Byrd from 1995 to 1999 and prior to that served on the tribal council from 1987 to 1995.
“As Chief of the Cherokee Nation, I respect and admire leaders, like former Deputy Chief Garland Eagle, who have served our sovereign nation,” said Principal Chief Bill John Baker, in a press release. “It takes a special person to serve in a leadership role, a person willing to work for the greater good, to put the people’s needs first and to preserve our values as Cherokees. Garland exemplified those traits.”
Garland Eagle walked on July 2 at the age of 62. He was focused on preserving the Cherokee language and Cherokee culture. He was also the co-founder of the Trail of Tears awards given annually to middle school and high school students, and was instrumental in the forming of the tribal burial policy.
“Garland Eagle was a friend to everybody, and this is a tremendous loss for all of Indian Country,” said Byrd, who also served on the tribal council with Eagle.
Garland Eagle and his wife, Abbie, lived in the Bell Community near Stilwell, Oklahoma. The couple raised three children and have nine grandchildren.
Funeral services are scheduled for Monday, July 8 at 11 a.m. at Sequoyah Schools’ Place Where They Play, 17091 S. Muskogee Ave. in Tahlequah.
James Garland Eagle
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Submitted by: Martha Real
James Garland Eagle, son of Jimmie and Maude (Flynn) Eagle was born January 21, 1951 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and departed this life to be with our Lord on July 2, 2013 in Stilwell, Oklahoma at the age of 62 years, 5 months and 11 days.
He was a member of Salem Baptist Church and served as a Deacon for many years. He served on four school boards including Dahlonegah, Bell, Sequoyah and Bacone. He also worked at Baldor for 18 years, and Mrs. Smith's Bakery for 2 years. He served eight years as a Tribal Council member and Deputy Chief for four years all for the Cherokee Nation.
Garland loved going to the cabin, car races, WWE wrestling and was an avid OU fan. He was very active in the community while his health permitted and especially loved spending time with his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, special nephew; Clyde "Bess" Moten III, 1 brother; Jimmie Eagle Jr. and 1 sister; Daisy Eagle.
Garland is survived by a very loving family that includes his wife of over 39 years: Abbie Eagle of the Home in Stilwell, OK, 3 children; Robert Leaf Eagle and wife Melissa, Laura Gail Soap and husband Charles, Jamie Martinez, 2 special nephews who were like sons; Timothy Wayne McCoy and wife Jackie, Nathan Bryce Moten and wife Julie all of Stilwell, OK, grandchildren; Lindsey Whetsell and husband Richard, Hunter Eagle Soap, Braden Soap, CJ Soap, Madison Eagle, Rylan Eagle, Maria Martinez, Francisco Martinez Jr., Tavian Martinez, Tylah Wilson, Traven McCoy, Rodney McCoy, Brooke McCoy, Jacklyn McCoy, Jacob Smith, Jaden Smith and Raven Clyde Eli. Siblings; Lawrence Eagle and wife Emma, Eugene Eagle all of Stilwell, OK, Chris Feeling and husband Durbin of Tahlequah, OK, Louise Littlejohn and husband Ronny, Stoney Eagle and wife Louann, Deloris Meisner all of Stilwell, OK, Dorothy Foster and husband Charles of Tahlequah, OK, several nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of many, many friends also survive him.
Funeral services at 11 am on Monday, July 08, 2013 at Sequoyah High School, Tahlequah, OK with Bro. Gary Flynn, Bro. Richard Pickup, Chief Bill John Baker, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden and Tribal Council Member Joe Byrd officiating.
Interment followed at Salem Cemetery under the direction of Roberts/Reed-Culver Funeral Home, Stilwell, Oklahoma.
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