Theodore Odell “Sonny” McCullum
Theodore Odell “Sonny” McCullum, 90, Muskogee, Ok., was born May 17, 1928, in Quapaw, OK. He passed on August 10, 2018, in Muskogee, Ok. He was a loving family member, loyal man of God and member of the Modoc Nation.
Sonny was born to Theodore Haskell McCullum and Kathryn Cheater and grew up in Miami, Ok., raised by Mary Cheater Seat, where he attended Miami schools until joining the Armed Services at age 17. He served his country in the U.S. Army Air Force from 1945 to 1948 and the U.S. Air Force from 1951-1953, where he was the recipient of the Korean Service Medal and the UN Service Medal.
He married Delphine Hildebrand in 1949, and after his military career, worked at Blue Star Boats where he was a master boat maker and later became a manager of Newman Boats where he worked most of his life. Sonny and Delphine had three sons. They were married for 37 years until her death in 1986.
In 1978, Sonny was chosen by his fellow tribal members to serve as the 2nd Councilman on the Modoc Elected Council, serving his Nation for more than 40 years. As the oldest living tribal member, Sonny was invaluable to the Nation for his leadership, insight, wit and wisdom.
In 1989 he married Roberta Green of Muskogee, and he gained 3 step children and a host of grandchildren and other family members. He was married to Roberta for 20 years, until her death in 2009.
Sonny spent his retirement reading, fishing, and spending time with family.
Sonny is proceeded in death by his parents, Mary Cheater Seat, first wife, Delphine McCullum, second wife, Roberta McCullum, Irene Johnson, Bill Cheater, Christopher O’Neal Spicer, Tommy Spicer and Maxine Williams.
He is survived by his children, Theodore Odell McCullum Jr., Miami, Terry McCullum and wife Vicki, Joplin, MO, Mike McCullum, Spavinaw, Jeannie Lee and husband Mark, Muskogee, Gary Green and wife Anna Marie, Owasso, Greg Green and Felicia Hall, Houston, TX; Grandchildren Toby McCullum, Nathan McCullum and wife Kara, Shawna McCullum Brewster, Justin McCullum, Ami Maddocks, Melissa Dotson and husband Barry, Katrina Bergmann, Zack Lee and wife Jackie, Kyle Green and wife McLane Moody, Alexander Green, Nathan Green, Spencer Green; 11 great-grandchildren; cousins Charles Seat and wife Kathryn, Ronnie Seat and wife Patsy, all of Miami; and a host of nieces, nephews, loved ones and friends.
Pallbearers are Toby McCullum, Nathan McCullum, Charles Seat, Ronnie Seat, Alexander Green, Nathan Green.