"Oh, Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the wind, 
Whose breath gives life to all the world. 

Hear me; I need your strength and wisdom. 
Let me walk in beauty, and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset. 

Make my hands respect the things you have made
and my ears sharp to hear your voice

Make me wise so that I may understand the things you have taught my people. 
Help me to remain calm and strong in the face of all that comes towards me. 
Let me learn the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock.

Help me seek pure thoughts and act with the intention of helping others. 
Help me find compassion without empathy overwhelming me. 
I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother,
but to fight my greatest enemy - Myself. 

Make me always ready to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes. 
So when life fades, as the fading sunset,
my spirit may come to you without shame.


Obituary for Thomas Eugene Hendrix
Thomas Eugene Hendrix, known to many as the Stonetalker, died February 24,

Born in Tuscumbia AL on February 14, 1934, to Thomas Everett Hendrix and Clara Styles Hendrix, Tom graduated from Deshler High School and attended Florence State Teachers College. He served in the Army Reserve, where he distinguished himself in marksmanship. He later worked at Robbins Tire and Rubber Company and Ford Motor Company, taking early retirement when the Muscle Shoals Ford plant was closed.

The work Tom was most proud of was the massive stone memorial wall he built over twenty-five years time on his property at Threets Crossroads. Honoring his Yuchi great-great-grandmother, Te-lah-nay's Wall has drawn a multitude of visitors from every state in the Union and from many foreign countries. The book he wrote about Te-lah-nay's journey, If the Legends Fade, has sold more than 17,000 copies. He loved nothing better than greeting visitors at the Wall, telling his great-great-grandmother's story, and answering questions. He was a gifted storyteller and he loved people.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Everett and Clara Hendrix. He is survived by his wife, Doreen Owens Hendrix; his sister, Shirley Hendrix Liles; sons Danny (Deborah), Trace (Tammy), and Tom (Donna); daughters, Laura Thrasher and Kelly Thrasher; grandchildren Jay Mark Hendrix, Taylor Hendrix, Beau Hendrix, and Caree Hendrix; and great-granddaughter Malee Hendrix.

The family will receive visitors from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m on March 2, 2017, at Morrison Funeral Home, 12081 Savannah Hwy, Florence. There will be a private family burial. 

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, you consider a gift to the Euchee-Yuchi Language Project, 1010 S. Main Street, Sapulpa, OK 74066, or to a charity of your choice.

​Prayers go out to Gary McAlpin and his family. Our thoughts  are with you and your Family during this time of loss. 
​Prayers go out to Kenneth Ward from the Bird Clan. He has been taking Chemo for Bladder Cancer....Sending prayers to you and your Family. 
​Prayers go out to Kenneth Ward from the Bird Clan. Please keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
​Prayers go out Marvin and Sue Warren. Marvin had surgery this past week, and we want to wish him a speedy recovery and your in our thoughts.
It saddens us to know that James Wires ( Deer Clan ) crossed over to be with the Great Spirit. The tribe is  sending prayers and thoughts, as the family grieve's.  Know that we are remembering you and honoring the memory of “James Wires” He was a Veteran and a Drummer for the Deer Clan & Veteran's lodge.
 He will be greatly missed

Mr. James Earl Wires, age 75 of Sumiton passed away, Monday, April 3, 2017 at Baptist Medical Center Princeton.  Funeral services will be 2:00 PM on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at Bell Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Bruce LeVan and Rev. Ronald Sanders will officiate. Visitation will be 12:00 to 2:00 PM at the funeral home. 
Mr. Wires served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Conflict and was discharged with the rank of E-5 Sergeant. He was a member of the Echota Cherokee Tribe and was the official drummer for the Deer Clan. He was a beloved husband, loving father, and caring grandfather. We love you and will miss you.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Joseph and Helen Wires; brothers, Leroy Wires, Thomas Wires, Joe Wires, Jr., and Ronald Wires. 

Survivors include his wife, Sharron Wires of Sumiton; son, Kevin Wires and his wife, Stephanie of Sumiton; granddaughter, Heather Wires of Sumiton; sisters, Margaret Yarborough of Austell, Georgia, Emma Tyrell of Sumiton, and Helen Hallmark and her husband, Terry of Hayden; brother, Fred Wires and his wife, Jackie of Dora