, Muskogee, OK


February 11, 2010

Hastings Shade

1941 - 2010

Hastings Shade the son of Tom and Leanna (Stopp) Shade was born May 20, 1941 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and departed this life on February 9, 2010 in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of 68 years, 8 months and 20 days.

Hastings served as the Deputy Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation from 1999-2003.  He foremost was a gentleman and a traditionalist who was fluent in the Cherokee Language and conversant in Cherokee thought.  He was a direct descendant of Sequoyah, who wrote the Cherokee Syllabary.  He was a teacher who loved and wanted to teach the Cherokee language and culture to anyone who wanted to learn.  He had a great depth of Cherokee knowledge to share.  His figurative heart for the Cherokee people was huge and strong.  He was a special person who viewed each person as a special person and also as an equal.  He was quick to hug a teenager with encouragement and tell them spellbinding stories of inspiration.  He was awarded “National Treasure” years ago for his craftsmanship but he also was a national treasure to the Cherokee people for his cultural contributions, encouragement and statesmanship.  He loved hunting and fishing.  He was an expert gig maker and loved gigging with his sons and grandchildren.  He loved all types of sports but above all he loved watching his grandchildren participate in their respective sports.  14- Mile Creek will never be the same.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Hastings is survived by a loving family which includes his wife Loretta Shade of the home in Hulbert; 3 sons:  Larry Shade and wife Shelley, Thomas (Dondi) Shade, and Ronald Shade all of Hulbert; 3 brothers:  Patrick Smith and wife Pat, George Smith and wife Jackie all of Hulbert and Joe Smith of Texas; 1 sister:  Frankie Jo Bilby and husband Mike of Hulbert; 4 grandchildren:  Chad, Heather, Dustin and Katie; 3 great grandchildren:  Christian, Jake and Coby; and Special Friends Sammy Still and Sequoyah Guess.  Many nieces, nephews friends and other relatives also survive him.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday February 12, 2010 at the Sequoyah High School Gymnasium with Rev. Sam Keener and Bro. Jerry Henson officiating.  Interment will follow at the Keener Cemetery in Lost City, OK under the direction of Reed-Culver Funeral Home Tahlequah, OK.

A special thank you to the Cherokee Nation, the Cherokee People and the United Keetoowah Band of the Cherokees in Oklahoma.

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