Joseph Welch Oocumma Jr., born Jan. 2, 1962, passed away on Aug. 31, 2019 at the Cherokee Indian Hospital following a brief, unexpected illness.
He is preceded in death by his dad, Joseph Welch Oocumma Sr.; Granny, Kina Littlejohn; brothers, Levi Oocumma and Henry Littlejohn; sister, Annie Oocumma; and granddaughter, Tsisquaya Oocumma.
Joe, as he was known, is survived by his mother, Sue Loy; daughters, Daphne Hoyle and Brandi Oocumma; grandchildren, Tsalagi, Andrae, Bryan, Marleigh, Cornbread, Camaron, Marie Shandell, Legend, and Gracelyn; brothers, Moses Oocumma (Peggy), Clint Oocumma, TJ Fritz (Geneva); sisters, Norma Oocumma, Susan Davis-Strauss (Willem), Dolly Littlejohn and Michelle Thompson; nieces and nephews, Jen, Alessandra, Kayla, Elizabeth, Ryanne, Faith, Frank, Jim Mike, Farrell, Jordan, Curtis, Justin, and Jamy; and two life-long best friends, Wendy and Angela.
Visitation for the family and friends will be at Rock Springs Baptist Church on Monday, Sept. 2 beginning at 5 p.m. Funeral services will follow the next day, Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 10 a.m.. Pastors Greg Morgan and James “Bo” Parris will be officiating the services. No burial will be performed.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donation be made in Joe’s memory to the Cancer Support Group at Betty’s Place 40 Goose Creek Rd., Cherokee, NC 28719 or toward his final expenses at PO Box 1498 Whittier, NC 28789.
Long House Funeral Home assisted the family in the final arrangements.