Andy Girty

Funeral services for Andy Girty, 82, Lawrence will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 7th at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. There will be a visitation at 9:00 a.m. prior to the service Saturday. Andy passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at Midland Hospice House in Topeka.


Andy Girty

Cherokee Name: Jo sa yi

Andy was born on February 15, 1934 in Claremore, Ok. He was the eldest son of Tobacco & Jennie Whitewater Girty.

Andy’s first 8 years of life was spent at Cherokee allotted lands of Greenleaf also known as Yellowhammer located near Fort Gruber, Ok. Andy’s family along with 44 other Cherokee families were forced to relocate elsewhere immediately to make room for the expansion of Fort Gruber due to the escalation of the United States involvement in World War II. Andy and family relocated to the Woodall community near Tahlequah, OK also known as New Greenleaf.

He attended Woodall Primary School and graduated from Tahlequah High School in 1955. During his high school years he worked summer jobs at the Ozark Nursery Company in Tahlequah.

Andy attended the Haskell Institute in Lawrence, KS from 1955-1957 graduating with a Printing Certificate while working at the Haskell Press.

In 1957, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed primarily at Fort Lee, Virginia as a Vehicle Parts Clerk in the Motor Pool. Andy was honorably discharged in 1959. He returned to Haskell in 1959 and was hired as an Instructional Aide, working in the Tinker Hall Boys Dormitory.

In 1962, Andy was promoted to the position of Offset Photographer within the Haskell Printing Department. Andy eventually became a Offset Printing Instructor and retired from Government Service after 30 years at Haskell as a full-time Government employee. After retiring from Haskell he drove the shuttle bus for the Senior Services Center for a short time.

Not ready for actual retirement Andy was offered the position as a Cherokee Language Instructor. He also taught Cherokee Language class at the Mid-American Native American Center in Kansas City. Andy taught Cherokee language for 25 years.

Andy was a charter member of the Lawrence Indian United Methodist Church serving many roles including Administrative Chair, Trustee Chair, Song leader and certified as a Lay Speaker and Lay Leader.

Andy enjoyed playing and coaching Indian Fastpitch Softball, Bowling, and Basketball. He actively played Fastpitch for about 24 years and coached and managed teams for about 12 years. As a player he finished runner-up at the Oklahoma City All-Indian Fastpitch Tournament in 1961. As a coach manager of the OK/KS All Stars he won the same tournament in 1994, 1996, 1997 after many years of finishing in the top 5.

Andy married Frances Scott in June 1960 at the Haskell Baptist Mission. Together they have three living children, Gary & Loa Girty of Piedmont, OK. Stephen Girty of the home, Richard & Kerry Cuny of Okinawa, Japan and Sherry Girty (deceased). His grandchildren are Logan Girty of Tahlequah, OK; Garrett & Cheryl Girty, Oklahoma City, OK; Walker Girty, Weatherford, OK; and Christopher Bowers, San Diego, CA. Andy had One Great-Granddaughter, Jaelynn Girty of Tahlequah. He is survived by brothers Rufus & Linda Girty, Dallas, TX; Robert & Flossie Girty, Tahlequah; George & Peggy Girty, Tahlequah. Sisters are Edna “Sue” Thompson, of Tahlequah; Lorene & Butch Ballard of Tahlequah; Judy Whitewater Johnson of Tahlequah and many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.


9 Condolences

  1. Pastor Mel Gaines and Pat on May 6, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    Frances, we are very saddened by Andy’s passing. He was a wonderful spiritually filled man and the kindest gentleman. Always had a contagious smile. Our prayers are with you and the family. May God’s angels surround you with peace and comfort.

  2. Rob Mendoza on May 7, 2016 at 12:49 am

    So sorry for your loss Girty family.
    Andy was a very kind and generous man
    RIP Andy. AHO.

  3. Becky Hadl-Lemon on May 7, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Thinking of you all, at this difficult time. Hugs and prayers……Brian, Becky and David Lemon

  4. Leslie Evans on May 7, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    I’ll always remember Andy as a gracious, friendly, helpful person who liked to visit with me about fastpitch softball. We taught at Haskell during the same time period; he always greeted me with a big smile. I have good positive memories of Andy.

  5. Michael Daney on May 8, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    So sorry to hear of the loss of such a caring individual of many Haskell students. Andy helped lesson the pain of many of us who were away from home, and always had a smile and a hello to give you. RIP my friend.

  6. Rich on May 9, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Girty family, I am sorry I could not attend the services in Lawrence, but wanted to send my condolences and share some thoughts.

    Andy was a wonderful man, coach and friend who touched my life many years ago. He was an honorable man, rich in his faith and full of kindness. I am so honored and blessed to have known Andy.

    Thank you and God Bless!

  7. Carol on May 9, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    I want to send my condolences to Frances and family. Andy was a nice man. His friendly smile and greetings were always welcomed and cherished by all. He always treated me with kindness and respect.
    I send my heartfelt condolences to all his family.

    Carol & Angie

  8. tomy o ballou on May 10, 2016 at 8:41 am

    just now read this my condolences to a very Special Family! xo! Andy was a cool dude! 🙂

  9. Carole Tomlinson on June 4, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    Cannot believe he is gone. Always a part of my world.

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