James L (Blue Jay) Sequoyah

Born: Sun., Sep. 1, 1935
Died: Sat., Jun. 8, 2019


5:00 PM to 11:00 PM, Tue., Jun. 11, 2019
Location: Yellowhill

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Wed., Jun. 12, 2019
Location: Yellowhill

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1935 -2019

James Leonard (Blue Jay) Sequoyah Sr, 83, a lifelong resident of the Yellowhill Community was called home to be with our Lord on June 8, 2019 and to join his beloved wife, Alice, of 54 years. Bluejay had battled a long illness and was in his home when God called him.  He received faithful, loving care from Christine, who was always there to assist Dad with his daily routines.
Blue Jay was a graduate of Cherokee High School and married Alice Maney Sequoyah.  Blue served in the U.S. Navy in the early years of their marriage. They raised strong sons and daughters in a Christian Home.  Blue began his ministry serving Christ for several years at Waterfalls Baptist Church, Alice served as the Treasurer and Children’s Sunday School Teacher.  
He was the machinist at the Vassar plant for many years, he later worked at the Occonaluftee Indian Village for several years as the Square Grounds guide and educator.  He then joined the Great Smoky Mtn. National Park Service - Facility Management Department until he retired to care for Alice when she became ill.
Blue Jay was the son of Ammons Sequoyah, Sr. and Kina Ledford Sequoyah. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Alice Maney Sequoyah; sisters Sarah Bielo, Jessie Sequoyah, Harriett Wilnoty James; brother Sonny (Ammons Jr,) Sequoyah; son Gary Len Sequoyah, and grandsons Brent Edward Sequoyah and Chester Ray Sequoyah.  He was raised in Yellow Hill Community and was a member of his home church, Yellowhill Baptist Church. Blue Jay also fellowshipped with many Churches and visited wherever the Lord called him to go, including many, many visits with our people in hospitals all over the area.
He is survived by sisters Elnora Bird, Lou Bowman and Ina (Missy) Sequoyah of Cherokee and Lucille (Willie) Owens of Robbinsville, brothers Richard and Irvin Sequoyah, sister-in law Charlotte W. Maney of Cherokee and brother-in-law Bobby Dean Bradley of Maggie Valley; daughters Vickie (David) McCoy, Christine (Jim) Korinek, and sons James Jr. (Donna) Sequoyah, and Gene Sequoyah all of Cherokee. “Grandpa” is also survived by grandchildren Sasha McCoy Watty, Skooter and Taz McCoy, Tashina, Yona and Redbird Sequoyah, Jeremy, Joshua Jay, and Stephanie Sequoyah all of Cherokee; and Cecilia and Emanuel Sequoyah of Robbinsville.  Also surviving are 18 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He will be placed in Yellowhill Baptist Church for visitation starting on Tuesday, June 11 at 5:00 – 11:00 pm and will remain there until the hour of service at 1:00 pm Wednesday, June 12, 2019.  VFW services will immediately follow at the Cherokee Veteran’s Memorial Park. Interment will be in the Sequoyah Family Cemetery.
Pallbearers are grandsons and family members; Skooter and Taz McCoy, Jeremy and Joshua Jay Sequoyah, Yona Sequoyah and Stephan Watty.  Honorary Pallbearers; Spencer and Garrett McCoy, Emanuel Sequoyah, Batiste Pepion, Julius Pepion, Azuriah Sequoyah, Logan Sequoyah, Ezekiel and Zachariah Sequoyah.    Officiants over the funeral services are Foreman Bradley of Cherokee and Noah Crowe of Robbinsville.

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Andrea crisp
   Posted Mon June 10, 2019
Prayers for you all. I am so sorry for your loss

Sarah Toineeta
   Posted Wed June 12, 2019
Christine & James,

Sending you my love and comforting hugs!!! Your mom and dad are the people I remember most from my childhood at Waterfalls Church. I always spoke to your dad when I seen him out. He always had a smile on his face. He will be greatly missed!!!

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