Heath “Ty” Oocumma

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Heath “Ty” Oocumma, 41, of Cherokee passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at the Cherokee Indian Hospital. 

Ty was a fluent Cherokee speaker, former member of Birdtown Crossing drum group, former member of Warriors of AniKituhwa, former employee of the Cherokee Fire Department, and former supervisor of DBLO Enterprises, L.L.C.

He is survived by his wife, Lucinda N. Bradley; parents, Wilson Oocumma and Pat S. Oocumma; one daughter, Hallie Oocumma (Sherry); three Step-Sons, Christopher (Ashley), Xaiver (Ashley), and Devan (Ashley); Grandmothers, Dinah Oocumma and Mary Smith; Special niece, LeAnn Simpson; Special brother, Zach; Surrogate sisters, Tiff and Tara; Aunts, Vickie (Barry), Diane, Martha, Catherine, Fay, and Sherry B.; Uncles, David (Anita), Allan (Brenda); Great Uncles, Gene, Sam, George, and Hillard; Cousins, Nathaniel, Tristan, Joseph, Jason, Janelle, `Stass, Forrest, Kiera, Wendy, Brittany, Kamea, Izzy, Gabby, Wodi, Caiden, Silas, Ietan, Hayes and Fern; his extended Choctaw family Wilma (James), Charlie, Jackie, Kendra, Kena, Boy, Sean, Bea & Ron Carson; his Kentucky family Deann, James, Caroline, and Mary; Godparents, Jim & Ollie Bigwitch.

Ty was preceded in death by his Grandfathers, Woodrow, John, and Ned; Great Grandmothers, Melinda, Mattie and Ollie; uncle Ricky.

 Visitation was held on Thursday, May 18, 2017 beginning at 5 p.m. at the Cherokee Weslyan Church where the body remained until the hour of service on Friday, May 19, 2017 at 11 a.m.  Rev. Patricia Crockett and Rev. Stacy Woods officiated.  Burial followed at the Oocumma cemetery.  Pallbearers were family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, to honor Ty’s life, the family asks that tribute donations be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at www.JDRF.org/tribute; or the food pantry at the Living Waters Lutheran Church in Cherokee, NC, PO Box 2230, Cherokee, NC  28719.

Long House Funeral Home is assisting the Oocumma family.

Smoky Mountain Times

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