Garland Don Island, June 22, 1958~August 29, 2014

Garland Don Island, 56, of Fayetteville passed away Friday, August 29, 2014 at Washington Regional Medical Center.  He was born on June 22, 1958 in Clinton, OK. to Jane Wolf Feathers and Donald Island, both of Clinton.

Garland graduated from Tahlequah High School and immediately joined the military.  After serving his term, he was honorably discharged from the Army. He attended Northeastern State University.  He graduated from the Dean’s Honor Roll with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in psychology.  Later in life he attended the University of Central Oklahoma where he graduated with a Masters Degree in Education.  Throughout his career, he worked as an Indian Child Welfare Coordinator with the Cheyenne Arapaho Tribe and as a program director for the Sac and Fox Nation and the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic.  He was one of the first responders to the Oklahoma City bombing of 1998 and helped with the immediate rescue efforts to assist and find survivors.  He later became a part of the Red Cross Oklahoma City Chapter Crisis Intervention Counseling Program set up for those that survived and were traumatized during this event.  These are just a few of the things he did for his country, state and tribe.  He settled in the state of Arkansas working for the Northwest Arkansas Head Start Program as a family service coordinator.  He ultimately became a part of the University of Arkansas where he worked with the housing and athletic departments where he quickly became a Razorback fanatic.  It was rare to see him without a shirt on in support of his beloved Razorbacks.  One of his many adopted mottos was “if it’s too loud, then you’re too old”.

He was preceded in death by his parents; niece, Kelsey Jane Denton; father-in-law, Floyd Pendergraft of Eureka Springs; and brother-in-law Mark Pendergraft of Baton Rouge, LA.; he will also be sadly missed by Avery and Trey Edge; and Jamie Chinault.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy Pendergraft Island of the home; stepson, Jonathon Brogan of Fayetteville; stepdaughter, Ashley Wunstel of Fayetteville; sister, Edna L. Denton and husband Keith of Monroe, MI.; nephew, Graham E. Denton of Marietta, GA.; brother, Karl Hulcher of Oklahoma; son, Anthony Hulcher/Island and wife Anna of Broken Arrow, OK.; grandchildren, Samuel and Mackenzie Hulcher/Island; and Dylan Hulcher all of Broken Arrow, OK.; mother-in-law, Dera Pendergraft of Fayetteville; sister-in-law, Debra Jones and husband Lee of Baton Rouge, LA.; and brother-in-law, Keith Pendergraft and wife Iris of Independence, LA..

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday, September 4, 2014 from 5-7 P.M.

Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. on Friday, September 5, 2014 at Beard’s Chapel with Reverend Jim Huffman officiating.  Interment will follow at 12:00 P.M. at the Fayetteville National Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.

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    Tahlequah High School Class of 1976 » 04. Sep, 2014

    We were saddened to hear of the passing of our classmate, Garland. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

    Ellen Smith » 06. Sep, 2014

    Prayers and thoughts for peace with you Kathy during this time.

    Sharon » 21. Oct, 2014

    To the Island family,

    I just heard about Garland. So sorry for your loss. We will miss seeing him at the Razorback games.

    Dedric Gibbs » 14. Jan, 2015

    you will be missed Garland you will never be forgotten