Michael Joe Perry, Sr.
”1957 - 2009”

    Michael Joe Perry, Sr.

      Michael Joe Perry, Sr. of Commerce died Monday, August 31, 2009 at Freeman Hospital in Joplin, Missouri. He was 52 years old. Mr. Perry was born on May 7, 1957 in Dumas, Texas to Billy C. Perry and Joyce Ann (WhiteCrow) Perry. Mr. Perry moved to the Miami area in 1983 after living for several years in Bell Gardens, California. He was a foreman for Crossland Construction Company for 14 years. Previously, he had worked for the Peoria Housing Authority and Hardwall Concrete Manufacturers. He was a master carpenter and plumber. Mr. Perry belonged to the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma and the Chickasaw Nation. He was a believer in the Longhouse ways. He enjoyed making crafts such as "cans" for stompdances, loved watching sports and camping at Greencorn. Mr. Perry was preceded in death by his parents, also his wife, Betty M. Yazzie Perry and one brother, Casey C. Perry, who died in Vietnam. Survivors include two sons, Michael Joe Perry, Jr., of the home, Jacob Harold Perry and his wife, Sequayah, of Vinita, Tahnee Skye Perry of Fairland and Iris Elizabeth Perry of Commerce. Four brothers, Billy "Allen" Perry and his wife Ardis, Jeffrey John Perry and his wife Bari, Steven Max Perry and his wife Kelley and Scott Garrett Perry. Four sisters, Toni Gayle Raishart and her husband Jim, Lisa Gaye Spano and her husband Tom, Ginger Alene Keyes and Dolly Ann Pewitt and her husband Douglas. One brother- in-law, Fred Yazzie and his wife Lisa of California. He had one granddaughter, Shae, many nieces, nephews, aunts, one uncle and many cousins. Graveside services will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 2, 2009 at the Council House Friends Church. The service will be conducted by Charles Diebold, Ceremonial Chief with Indian Rites given by Leonard "Catfish" Smith. Pallbearers will be Allen Perry, Jeff Perry, Scott Perry, Steven Perry, Casey Perry, Jason Perry, Randall Price, Doug Pewitt, Ryan Perry, Justin Raishart and Zeb Burt. Honorary Pallbearers will be Toni Raishart, Lisa Spano, Ginger Keyes, Dolly Pewitt, Seneca Price, Bari Perry and Ardis Perry. The body will lay in repose at the home of Ginger Keyes, 208 Nebraska Street, North Miami OK. All friends and family are welcome. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Miami
      Resource:Miami News Record, Oklahoma (Sept 2009)

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