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Burgess Lee Indian Prentiss, OK

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Burgess Lee Prentiss, OK
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Winter 2014 and Revised 25 Sep 2014

A Kiowa-Cheyenne Indian Prentice Family

Burgess Lee Prentiss, a Kiowa, perhaps b. c. 1925-1935, probably OK, and d. before 2008.

Burgess m. Carlo Thunderbuss, a Cheyenne. Died before 2008. Children:

  1. Burgess Lee Prentiss, b. 7 Jun 1956, Clinton, OK. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  2. Rosanna Prentiss. Died before 2008. She m. Mr. Morales.
  3. Gloria Prentiss. She m. Mr. Borwn and in 2008 lived in Stillwater.
  4. Carol Ann Prentiss. She m. Mr. Higgins and in 2008 lived in Mobile, AL.
  5. Monty Miller (half brother?) and in 2008 lived in Tahlequah.

2. Burgess Lee Prentiss Jr., Kiowa-Cheyenne, was b. 7 Jun 1956, Clinton, OK, and d. 9 Oct 2008, Stillwater, OK. Burgess Lee Prentiss, Jr. is a Native American artist in Oklahoma. His Kiowa father was killed before he was born, so he was raised around his mother's Cheyenne family in central Oklahoma.

He has about a 1/16th inheritance from the white Colonel William Bent who established Bent's Fort down out of the mountains on the upper Arkansas River in southeastern Colorado to trade with the Cheyenne and other ribes. Burgess is descended from Yellow Woman, one of Bent's wives.

Burgess started drawing Touche Turtle from TV at about age 9 and has drawn ever since winning many awards including an unused scholarship to IAIA. He is self taught usually drawing from his own mind and memory. He almost always draws Native American subjects. His line work is very precise and finished. His drawings are always exactly centered on the paper.

Stillwater Studio is selling quality black and white copies of several of his works for $15 each sent in a mailing tube to you postage free. If you would like further details please contact Stillwater Studio by e-mail.

His obituary reads as follows:

    Stillwater News Press (OK) - Sunday, October 12, 2008.

    Burgess Lee Prentiss was born June 7, 1956, in Clinton, to Burgess and Carlo (Thunderbull) Prentiss and passed away Thursday, Oct. 9, 2008, in Stillwater Medical Center in Stillwater. He grew up in El Reno and graduated from high school in Taft. He enjoyed drawing traditional Indian art.

    He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Rosanna Morales.

    He is survived by a son, Cheyenne Lee Prentice of Albuquerque; two sisters, Gloria Borwn of Stillwater and Carol Ann Higgins of Mobile, Ala.; a brother, Monty Miller of Tahlequah; his aunt and uncle Benny and Pearline Thunderbull and uncle Larry Thunderbull, all of Clinton; aunt Karen Miles and uncle Levi Thunderbull, both of El Reno.

    Services for Burgess Lee Prentiss Jr., 52, of Stillwater, will be 1 p.m. Monday in the Community Center in Concho, officiated by Rev. Richard Canoe and Rev. Gerald Panana. Burial will conclude in the Concho Indian Cemetery under the direction of Stanley-Lee Funeral Home.

He m. Unknown.

Children of

  1. Cheyenne Lee Prentice of Albuquerque in 2008

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