Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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William J. Williston

Born: 9/23/1923

Died: 8/24/2000

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

William J. Williston, 76, of Idabel, Oklahoma passed away Thursday, August 24, 2000 at Texarkana, Texas. He was born September 23, 1923 in Idabel.

Mr. Williston was a lifetime resident of McCurtain County. He was a retired law enforcement officer of the McCurtain county Sheriff’s Department and had worked 35 years in law enforcement. He was also one of the last of the legendary Choctaw Nation Tribal Lighthorsemen.

He was a member of Bochito Methodist Church and was also a Mason. He and Ruthie Harley were married August 26, 1957 at Hugo, Oklahoma.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Tobias and Rosa Williston; two sons, Wilton Wayne Williston and Jimmy C. Williston; two brothers, Silas and John Williston, and a daughter, Sonya Williston.

Survivors include his wife; four sons, Bobby Williston of Dallas, and Thomas Williston, William Williston and Terry Williston, all of Idabel; a duaghter, Wanda Howard of Idabel; five brothers, James Williston, Ben Williston, Leroy Williston, Angus Williston and Kenneth Williston, all of Idabel; six sisters, Alline Johnson, Effieleene Harley, Virgina Franklin, Stella Williston an dMartha Williston, all of Idabel, and Estherleene Anderson of Broken Bow; 13 grandchildren and Seven great-grandchildren.