In Memoriam: Sean Freedom Cookson, Craig County Badge #9

PRYOR, Okla.—Sean Freedom Cookson was born Sept. 12, 1993, to Carroll Jeff II and Cindi Louise (Sears) Cookson in Tahlequah. He passed away Feb. 27, 2017, in Tulsa, Okla., at the age of 23 years, 5 months, and 15 days.

Sean grew up and attended school in Tahlequah. He played basketball for Tahlequah High School and graduated in 2012.

After high school he attended college at Northeastern State University and earned a bachelor’s degree. He was very active at NSU. He played tuba and trombone in the band and was the school mascot, “Rowdy the Riverhawk.” Sean worked as an office aid in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education. He also was active and competed in the mock court at NSU.

On June 4, 2016, he married Cassandra Harman in Parkhill, Okla. He and Cassandra made their home in Tahlequah and were enjoying being newlyweds.

On Feb. 1, 2017, he took his first job in law enforcement as a deputy for the Craig County Sheriff’s Office. He was excited to start this new adventure and was well liked by his “blue” family.

Sean loved sporting events of any kind and camping and hiking. He also loved playing with his dogs, Lady Lou and Jessie Bear, and spending time with his wife, Cassandra. He was fun-loving guy who was loved by all who knew him. He will be deeply missed.

He is survived by his wife, Cassandra, of the home; his mother Cindi Hoopingarner and husband Paul of Tahlequah; his father Jeff Cookson of Tahlequah; his grandparents, Darlene Cookson of Tahlequah, Stan Hatasaka of Long Beach, Calif., and Nancy Shouse of Tahlequah; four brothers, Richard Cookson of Tahlequah, Robert Michaelson and wife Sara of North Bend, Ore., Ryan Michaelson and wife Crystal of Phoenix, Ariz., and Dylan Cookson of Tahlequah; one sister Kristen Cookson of Tahlequah; his mother-in-law, Colleen Harman, and husband Jack of Big Cabin, Okla., and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Sonny Cookson, Sally Hatasaka and Rodney Wright.

Funeral services will be held on Sat., March 4, 2017, at 11 a.m. at the NSU Multi-Purpose Event Center in Tahlequah. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m., Fri., Mar. 3, 2017, at Stephens-Key Chapel in Pryor, Okla. The Pryor Daily Times reports that Rev. Brandon Wells will officiate along with Professor Diane Hammons.