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ALWAYS SMILING: Wayman Tisdale was optimistic and always smiling. He will be missed in Tulsa.
Wayman Lawrence Tisdale, SR. was born on June 9, 1964 in Ft. Worth, Texas. He was the youngest son of Deborah and Dr. Louis L. Tisdale.
Regina Kay captured his heart and they were married on August 1, 1987. They have been married for 21 years and have four children: Gabrielle Renee, Tiffany Nicole, Danielle Machae’, and Wayman L. II.
His family moved to Tulsa where he would grow up and become so loved in the community. He was an exceptional athlete and loved the game of basketball. He attended Booker T. Washington High School where he earned three basketball honors.
Wayman Tisdale was later given a scholarship to attend the University of Oklahoma where he earned the most career points in the history of the team. Following graduation, he continued on to the National Basketball Association where he would begin his 12-year career.
There was another love in his life. He enjoyed music and was a very talented musician. He had a beautiful voice and an energetic presence on the stage.
No matter what challenges were waiting, he always met them with a smile. He constantly smiled throughout basketball games and could light up the court when his team won. He also reached out beyond his music and caught everyone’s attention with his smile. He was a positive person and always remained optimistic.
Wayman Tisdale lost his battle with cancer on May 15. His funeral was held on May 21 at the BOK Center in downtown Tulsa. A beautiful procession made its way through Tulsa led by a horse drawn carriage. The funeral was a celebration of his life in honor of his positive outlook and all of his warm smiles.
He will always remain in Tulsa’s heart and his smiles will always bring joy to everyone who loves him.