Thomas Wayne Choate

Thomas Wayne Choate


Thomas Wayne Choate, 71, of Vian, OK, passed away on January 2, 2022, in Muskogee, OK.

Tom was born on August 14, 1950, in Marble City, OK, to James Leon Choate and Loriene Kennedy. On June 5, 1970, he married Donna Stephens, the mother of his children. Tom was a Chief Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force where he worked on navigational equipment for F-15 Fighter Planes in Turkey, Hawaii, Desert Storm, Biloxi, MS, and Tuscon, AZ. He attended NSU and became a high school math teacher, teaching at Sallisaw High School for 27 years and retiring after 7 years at Cedarville, AR. He enjoyed staying in cabins, camping, and golfing with his son, Landon. Tom was of the Christian faith. He believed in prayer, loved God, and was proud of his family.

Survivors include, Donna Choate; children, Melanie Parker and husband Troy, Landon Choate; siblings, Velma Blackwood, Robert Choate, Pat Barnoski, and Redeena Butler; grandchildren, Canyon Parker and Austin Parker.

He is preceded in death by his parents, James Leon (Buck) Choate and Loriene (Kennedy) Choate; siblings, James Alfred Choate, Manuel Choate, and Marvin Choate.

Visitation for Thomas will be held on Thursday, January 6, 2022, from 4-8 PM

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, January 7, 2022, at 2 PM in the Sequoyah Memorial Chapel of Forever Memories.

Casket bearers are Watie Choate, Rick Rush, Troy Parker, Canyon Parker, Austin Parker, Mike Kennedy, Kelly Choate, and Lance Calhoun. Honorary bearers are Norman Cogburn, Mark Green, and Cleon Harrell.

Arrangements are under the direction of Forever Memories Funeral Services
463505 Hwy 101
Sallisaw, OK


13 Responses

  1. My precious cousin. I’m so sad you have left all of us but so happy you’re not suffering longer. We love you and will always remember your gentle ways. God speed cuz! I love you!

  2. Thoughts and prayers for the Choate family. God’s strength and comfort. I’m sorry to hear of your loss.

  3. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I had Mr Choate for 2 classes in high school. He was always kind and ready to help. He is part of the reason that Math ended up being one of my all-time favorite subjects. God bless ya’ll.

  4. I had Mr Choate for 2 classes in high school. He was always kind and ready to help. He is part of the reason that Math ended up being one of my all-time favorite subjects. God bless ya’ll–my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  5. So very sorry for your loss. We are praying for the family. My dad always considered Tom as one of his best friends.

  6. I was in Mr. Choate’s trigonometry and computer science classes in high school and he was one of my favorite teachers. I’ve shared stories with my children about his kindness and how he made learning fun. He would even buy donuts for our entire class and was very patient with us when we really didn’t deserve it. Mr. Choate will be very missed and your family is in our prayers.

  7. I’m so sorry to see the passing of Tommy ~ he was such a handsome & kind man

    Praying for comfort for the family


  8. Sean and I both had Mr Choate for math in high school. Sean loved him. What precious memories. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in your loss

  9. My deepest sympathies to the family of Tom. I had the pleasure of working with him for many years. He was a great teacher and friend. Tom, Mr. Viles and Mr. Cogburn along with a number of coaches made my tenure at Sallisaw very interesting and mostly fun. May God wrap His loving and healing arms around you as you go through this difficult time.

  10. My prayers are with the family of Tommy. He was a great individual. He loved his family, Donna, Landon and Melanie. He was a man of many abilities. He enjoyed when a former student would come up to him and say hello Mr Choate. He even remembered most of their names. He was my friend

  11. My condolences to the Choate family. He was one of my favorite High School teachers , he made learning fun and made everyone feel important. I gave him a book that was very special to me and 40 years later he still had it. My thoughts and prayers are with his entire family

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