Roy James Hamilton, age 57, went home to his Creator on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Sparks Hospital in Ft. Smith, Arkansas.
Roy was born December 6, 1959 in Stilwell, Oklahoma to Herbert and Jewell Dean (Morton) Hamilton.
Roy graduated from Stilwell High School in 1978. He attended the University of Oklahoma in Norman and Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, where he pursued a career in journalism. While at NSU, Roy enjoyed utilizing his creativity as editor of the Redmen Newspaper. Roy wrote “Ned Christie Cherokee Warrior” and edited the anthology “Cherokee Writers from the Flint Hills of Oklahoma.”
Roy was a proud Cherokee Citizen and Christie descendant. He was employed at the Cherokee Nation as a special projects officer at the time of his death. During his tenure, he worked as a genealogist, historian and cultural presenter.
Roy was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Carol Woodward, niece Rhonda Woodward and great niece Jelisa Sanchez, as well as his beloved grandmother Peggy Sue (Christie) Morton.
Roy is survived by his four brothers, Allen (Theda) Hamilton, Delbert (Connie) Hamilton, Preston (Nancy) Hamilton and Robert Hamilton, all of Stilwell. He is also survived by two nieces, seven nephews, eight great nieces, seven great nephews, as well as two great-great nephews Weston Roy Hamilton and Ruger Lane Simmons. Special friends who survive him include Gene Norris of Tahlequah, Sam Yanez-Reed of Dallas, Texas, Robert Catron of Stilwell, Dawnena Squirrel and Chooge Mackey of Kenwood and Catherine, Mason, Jayden and Elias Gray of Ft. Smith, AR, as well as many other friends and relatives.
A Cherokee Celebration of Roy’s Life will be held on Tuesday, September 26; funeral services will be held at Roberts/Reed-Culver Funeral Home in Stilwell on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 1 pm with Ryan Mackey officiating with interment in Freewater Cemetery, Stilwell, Oklahoma.
I was so sorry to hear of your loss of loved one. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends.
Jackie Pruitt HopperSherwood, AR
When Roy was promoting his book on Ned Christie, he scheduled a lecture and book signing at the big library in Dallas. I still lived in Tyler, TX, at the time, and made the 2-hour drive to Dallas to meet my daughter Karen and take in his lecture. There were only a handful of folks there, so we were really pleased we had made the effort. We invited Roy to lunch, and an afternoon beside/in Karen's pool, before he headed back home the next day.
I will never forget that day. We made a classic Texas favorite, BBQ brisket, and he loved it. He nibbled on it all afternoon and we sent the rest home with him, but that wasn't the special part. We talked and talked all afternoon, until he was late leaving. Never once did he make us feel left out, or somehow different or less, because our lives had happened to bring us to Texas. He never talked down to us.
When, for whatever reason, you are a Cherokee who lives far from Tahlequah, that is a rare experience. To feel warm, and loved, and accepted, and deep in the bosom of the Cherokee is the finest gift you can be given. Roy gave us that gift that day and we have walked a little taller ever since.
God bless Roy. What a gift he has been to so many. Wado.
Martha BerryRowlett, TX
Love you and miss you.
Annette Long-StinnettTahlequah,, OK
You are a blessing to so many of us. You remain in our hearts.
Ellen WhitehouseFayetteville, AR
Prayers for your final journey cousin.
Jo Ann Tidwell, OK
Cherokee WolfeStilwell, OK
Very saddened and sorry for the loss of Roy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hamilton Family. I remember seeing him at the Cotta Conference,and how excited Brittany was to see him there. Continued prayers for Britt. We love you Britt. Much love to the Hamilton Family, our hearts are with you all during this difficult time.
Rhona ClarkTahlequah, OK
Jennie LoveTahlequah, OK
Condolences for this loss...
Charlotte CoatsNowata, OK
Your passing is such a great loss to so many people who were blessed to call you 'friend' You will be missed greatly.
We will miss your brilliant mind, your wonderful sense of humor, your laughter, your sweet spirit, and your love for our Cherokee people; past, present, and future. I loved the times I was fortunate to get to travel with you and Catherine-those were such fun times! We will take care of Catherine for you...it may truly 'take a village', but we'll be there for her! Lol
I'll always hear your voice saying 'Haters 'gonna hate'; I'm just going to pray for them.' That's the Roy , I knew, loved, and respected! You can't be replaced; ever.
You will never be forgotten. Much love. DONADAGOHVI, my sweet friend!
Lisa Barteaux LongTulsa, OK