Larkin Fourkiller

Born: Wed., Mar. 20, 1940
Died: Sat., Sep. 29, 2018

Celebration of Life

5:00 PM Sat., Oct. 06, 2018
Location: Cherokee Island Park

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Larkin Fourkiller, 78, of Franklin, passed away Sept. 29, 2018, battling cancer.

He was born in Tahlequah, Okla., the son of Judge Fourkiller and Daisy England Fourkiller.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Billy Fourkiller, Commodore (Red) Fourkiller, and his sisters Florence Soap, JoAnn Maclamore, Jon-Ann Wolf, and Marie Fourkiller Wilson, and a daughter Tonya.

He is survived by two sons, Larkin and Shawn, and daughter Sherry of Kokomo, Ind., and Paislee Fourkiller-Raby of Cherokee, 13 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Larkin, a full-blooded Western Cherokee, was taken from the home around age 8 and placed into Winedot boarding school and later returned to graduate from Stilwell High School, Stilwell, Okla.

After school he pursued masonry and moved from Okla., to Kokomo, Ind. He continued to use his masonry skills throughout his lifetime.

In 1974, he moved to Cherokee and contracted for, and bricked, the first 200 native American government homes built on the Qualla boundary.

Larkin was well known in the five Western North Carolina counties.  He was a fluent speaker and taught the Cherokee language in local schools.  Larkin enjoyed playing golf and watching Oklahoma University football, and also making fine jewelry.

He loved this area for its mountains and beauty and enjoyed sitting on the back porch of his cabin in the Cat Creek area overlooking his pond for the last 22 years.  His charisma allowed him to communicate with people and also wildlife.  Larkin’s ability to make you feel special was a knack that served him well. He was also a spiritual man who believed in eternal life.

Upon Larkin’s request, his remains are being donated to MedCure, a company who will study his body to help understand the native-American anatomy.

A celebration of his life will be held Oct. 6 from 5-6 p.m. on the Cherokee Island Park in downtown Cherokee. All friends and relatives are invited. Condolences can be sent to

Larkin did not want a formal funeral. He looked at the word funeral and pronounced it “FUN-u-all.”  (I had FUN you all.)

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Terry Greene
   Posted Tue October 02, 2018
Dear Family, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Dear loved one. Our loving Creator never planned for death to be part of his original plan. There is such a loving scripture found at Revelation 21: 3 & 4 which reads: With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say" Look! The tent of God is with mankind and he will reside with them, And they will be his people, And God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more. The Former things have passed away. I hope these words help you find comfort and also give you hope for our near future.

Michael Greene
   Posted Tue October 02, 2018
As I was reading this obituary i noticed what a long and fulfilling life Larkin had. I did not know him so at this time I would send my condolences. While death is a sad thing we need to go to God for comfort since he is the God of comfort. Promises set by God in the bible, that he promises we will see our loved ones again on a earth that no one will die or be sick again. Please my friends visit our free website to see more on this subject. Have a good day.

Jensine & Buddy Crossman
   Posted Tue October 02, 2018
So proud and glad we got to know Larkin. Hey Larkin, I wish I could send you some of my White Chili. We'll miss you.

Robin Parker
   Posted Tue October 02, 2018
My sympathies and condolences to all of the Fourkiller Family...Larkin was a friend for more than 20 years..,he was a very special man...he will be missed by all of us!

Terry Gironda
   Posted Wed October 03, 2018
I’m so sorry for your loss. Larkin was an amazing man. I never knew all the things written about him and am proud of his accomplishments. He ate in my restaurant in Franklin often and loved eating the hot dogs. What an exceptional man!! I am proud to have met his acquaintance and send prayers for his family and friends. Again, my sincere condolences.

Lynn Garner
   Posted Wed October 03, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Lia Nelson
   Posted Wed October 03, 2018
Dear Fourkiller family, I am so sorry at the loss of Larkin. He was a darling friend, a good human, and a full fledged character in his own right. I will remember always his kindness and humor, as well as his constant belief that everything has a purpose and it is all for the best. My life, and that of my family, was better for knowing him. I send you all love.

Harry Bowen
   Posted Fri October 05, 2018
For several years I knew Larkin. He was a really great, good person. We played golf at Holly Springs for several years just across from his home. He was a good golfer, unbeatable. We hadn't played together since they closed the course. I remember seeing he almost all the time at the Steak House across from United Community Bank in Franklin. He always had a good word to say, and wasn't afraid to let me know that I was a friend of his , a trait that he showed to all he met. I in recent years only had the pleasure of seeing him at the local Wall Mart, and Lowe,s. He would always ask me how many strokes I was giving him when we play again. We would always joke, and I was always glad to see him. I guess that one day soon, hopefully we will play that game.
I am so very very sorry for your loss. You can be assured that he Larking is Heavens gain.
a friend Harry Bowen

debby gillespie
   Posted Sat October 06, 2018
my thoughts and prayers are with the family.larkin was always smiling and had such a kind spirit. may god bless him.he will be missed

Linda Waugh
   Posted Thu October 11, 2018
My husband David and I were so lucky to have known Larkin. He was so interesting and fun. I regret not having asked him more questions about his life and experiences. Perhaps we shall meet again. He will be greatly missed! My deepest condolences to you.

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