Gary T. Mitchum Jr., 41

Born Saturday, January 14, 1978

Died Sunday, January 27, 2019

On January 14, 1978 a baby boy was born to the union of Gary Mitchum Sr. and Gloria Ledbetter Mitchum Walker. He was named Gary Tyrone Mitchum, Jr., affectionately known as Ty.

Ty was a graduate of Muskogee High School’s Class of 1996. He played the saxophone in band and was an outstanding athlete in tennis, football and baseball. After high school he continued his education and played baseball at NEO in Miami, OK and at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, TX. He later joined the United States Air Force. After his enlistment, he made Los Angeles, California his temporary home. It was there that he began building his platform as a sports broadcaster.

Ty later moved back home to Muskogee to be close to family. His passion for sports continued as he played in Muskogee's newly formed semi pro football league, and was a well known asset of the winning team, Muskogee Timberwolves. He later became nationally known for his online sports page, "Mitchum's Sports Junkies" which highlights his love for the Pittsburgh Steelers and his knowledge of all sports.

Before Ty parted from Earth, he was a laborer at Tuboscope at the Port of Muskogee. Despite long, hard hours at work he had his own special way of reaching out to family and close friends to let them know he loved and cared for them.

Gary loved life. He took pleasure in being around his family and friends, talking about sports, ALL sports. He was so attentive to the games, he would often call out plays before they were performed.

Ty was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents, as well as aunts and uncles.

Ty leaves to cherish his life: his parents, Gary, Sr. (Helen), Gloria (Herman); his siblings Jethena Mitchell (Joshua),Robert Puckett (Miya), Sarita Mitchum and Rachel Mitchum, Kentrell Mitchum and his nephews, Michael, RaShaun and Monte’; his nieces, Jasmine and Jaliya; as well as a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

We will think of you when we are alone, for memory is the only friend grief can call its own. Like Ivy on a withered oak, when all other things decay; our love for you will still be green and never fade away.

A Memorial Service is scheduled, Saturday, February 2, 2019, 11:00 a.m., Rayfield Baptist Church, 601 Indianapolis St., Muskogee, OK, with Rev. Leroy Walker Sr. offering words of comfort.

Interment will be Thursday, February 28, 2019, 1:00 p.m., Ft. Gibson National Cemetery, Ft. Gibson, OK.

The family has been cared for by House of Winn Funeral Home & Cremations, Muskogee, OK.

House of Winn Funeral Homes