Malcolm Allen “Pawnee” Tiger passed away on Sunday, May 10, 2020, at 9:00 am in the Baptist Medical Center, Oklahoma City, at the age of 83.
Malcolm was born on February 12, 1937 in Pawnee/Ponca, Oklahoma to Sam Tiger and Annie Gooden. Malcolm attended Seneca school and Haskell Indian Nation University where he graduated in 1955 with a carpentry major. He framed many of the houses you see in Holdenville. He joined the Army in 1961 where he was awarded the Army of Occupation Medal (Berlin), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, 1st Class Gunner (Flame Thrower), Marksman (Rifle M-14). He was pastor for Spring Valley Church, Broken-Bow, the Rock Creek-Sapupla and Pecan Grove Methodist (since 1974). In his leisure time, he loved to fish and liked to watch OU football.
On May 7, 1967 he married his wife of 53 years, Betty Yahola, in Dallas, Texas.
Malcolm is preceded in death by his parents, son Gordon Ray Tiger, and sister Mauren Harjo.
He is survived by his wife Betty of the home; children, Richmond Dean Tiger of Holdenville, Steven Len Tiger of Wewoka, Noah Lee Tiger of Holdenville, and Ruth Ann Tiger of Billings, Montana; nine grandchildren; six great grandchildren; sisters, Louise Scott of Shawnee, Madlyn Trusty of Denver, Colorado, and Marcella Owens of Holdenville; brothers, Martin Joshua of Oklahoma City, and Eddie Gooden of Holdenville; and his adopted children, Jammie Rose of Holdenville and Charles Yargee of Wewoka.
Malcolm was taken to his home in Holdenville on Wednesday May 13th . He will be taken from his home to Pecan Grove Methodist Church at 4:00 pm on Thursday May 14th , for a wake service at 7:00 pm.
Funeral service will be 1:30 Friday, May 15th , at the Pecan Grove Methodist Church, Holdenville, with Rev. Houston Tiger officiating assisted by Rev. Edwin Jimboy. Interment will follow at Yeager Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Richmond Tiger, Steven Tiger, Noah Tiger, Ryan Tiger, Ethan Tiger and Keaton Tiger. Honorary pallbearers are John-John Tiger, Andrew Johnson, Sherman West and Bryan Powell.
Services are under the direction of Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home in Holdenville, Oklahoma.
COVID-19 regulations will be observed. In Phase 2 the Governor will allow groups of 50 or fewer for funeral, weddings, church services, chapel services, graveside services or other larger gatherings with social distancing.