Shawnee resident Sonny Littlehead, 71, passed away Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, in Oklahoma City.

Shawnee resident and all-star basketball player Edward Littlehead Jr., 71, was called up to Heaven to play the big game up in the sky Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. He was surrounded by family and friends with lots of love.

Ed “Sonny” Littlehead Jr.. the son of Cecelian Butler Littlehead and Edward Littlehead Sr., was born in Cushing on Jan. 30, 1948.

He attended school at South Rock Creek and graduated from Earlsboro High School Class of 1967. He played basketball and baseball for the Wildcats and received college scholarships before being drafted into the U.S. Army.

He was stationed as a Radar Control man in Okinawa, Japan.

When he returned, he married Joyce A Lassley, and they had two children: David Brian Littlehead and Christina Littlehead Walker.

He enjoyed working on cars and hanging out with his friends, Johnny “Joe Pete” Graham, A.C. Wilson and Bill Steen. Plus he liked the occasional casino run. He was a CNC machinist for Eaton Corporation and later on for J.R. Raley’s machine shop. He was part of the Sac & Fox Nation Honor Guard and the Sac & Fox Nation Elders Group.

He was preceded in death his parents: Cecelian and Edward Littlehead Sr.; sisters: Verlayne Littlehead Wilson and Radonna Littlehead Blanchard; and niece: Lucinda Spoon Johnson.

He’s survived by his son: David Brian Littlehead; daughter and husband: Christina and Jonas Walker; grandson: Kyle M. Murdock; granddaughter: Courtney A. Littlehead, Myra A. Littlehead and granddaughter and husband; Ashley Murdock Francis and Joseph Francis III; great-grandsons: Vincent B. Poe and Rielyan L Littlehead; brother and wife: Cecil and Carol Littlehead, Cushing, Ronald Wilson Littlehead; sister: Clarissa Littlehead; nephews: Edward “Chuck” Spoon Jr., Kevin Littlehead, Christopher Littlehead, Wilson Don Littlehead; nieces: Shawna Spoon, Casey Wilson, Edlyn Marquez, Sharilyn Littlehead, Esterlene Littlehead; and many other nephews and nieces and great-grandchildren.

Dad will be truly missed. We would like to thank Fresenius Kidney Care of Shawnee, Charley of Mediride, The VA Hospital, The Sac & Fox Nation, The Absentee Shawnee and The Seminole Nation Honor Guard.

Wake services will be Tuesday night, held at the Walker’s home place, Native American Church, with Larry Butler Jr. officiating until morning.

Funeral will follow to the Clark Family Cemetery in Shawnee.

For people that need directions to either location: Bummy’s House, 34501 Moccasin Trail or 4 miles north of I40, west on Moccasin Trail 3 miles (follow flags). Clark Family Cemetery, 2 ½ miles east of Resthaven Memorial, north on NS347 (Crosslin Rd), Shawnee (follow flags).

“I’m Free” Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m Free I’m following the path God laid for me, I took his hand when I heard Him call I turned my back and left it all. I could not stay another day To Laugh, to Love, to Work or Play. Tasks left undone must stay that way. I found that place at the close of day. If my parting left a void Then fill it with remembered joy. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss Ah, yes, these things, I too, will miss Be not burdened with times of sorrow. I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My life’s been full, I savored much. Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch. Perhaps my time seemed all too brief; Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief, Lift up your heart, and share with me God wanted me now, He set me free!

Services are under the direction of Walker Funeral Home.