Skilly French, 77, of Cherokee, passed away peacefully Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. A native of Cherokee, he was the son of the late Meroney and Viola Twinn French. He was a U.S. Navy veteran.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Standingdeer and Winnie Scott; six brothers, Landon, Roy, Johnny, George and Dump French, and Jack Lindsey; and one son, Daniel French.
He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Bessie French; children, Tracie, Eddie, Randy and Patsy French and Erin Tyner; two stepchildren, Sunshine Toineeta and Tammie Ledford; 26 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; and Kendall and Anthony, the light of his life.
He is also survived by three sisters, Delores Maney, Yvonne Bushyhead, Lucetta French; one brother, Gary French; and longtime childhood friend, Bert Swimmer.
Funeral services will be held at 2pm Friday at the Cherokee United Methodist Church with Don Turman and Jess French officiating. Burial will be in the Yellowhill Veterans Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the Steve Youngdeer American Legion Post 143.
The family will receive friends from 11am – 2pm Friday at the church.
Pallbearers will be grandsons.