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Garden Oaks Funeral Home & Crematory

13430 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX

OBITUARY

Prince Oyejola Isiba

May 17, 1956July 16, 2020
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Prince Shamsideen Oyejola Isiba was born in Lagos, Nigeria on the 17th of May 1956 into the Omotashe Royal Family of Itire by his father, the OtunOba of Itire, Momoh Sabitiu Isiba and mother, Salimot Akanke Bakare, the first Iya Ojoja of Itire Land. He is survived by his wife Nofiatu Okunshakin; daughter Abiola James (born 1983) and her husband Larry; son Bolaji Jola-Isiba (born 1987) and his wife LaResha; granddaughter Alana (born 2016); and a host of brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Oyejola attended Adeshola High School Ibadan where he successfully completed and obtained the West African Examination Council Certification. In 1981, he departed from his beloved home in Nigeria to continue his education in the United States of America. He resided in Houston, Texas and was joined by his wife in 1982. He went on to attend Texas Southern University and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism in 1987 and a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration in 1997.

He later pursued a career in the field of education and became a Texas State Board Certified educator in 2003. He joined the Houston Independent School District and worked for Jane Long Middle School before joining the team of Yolanda Black Navarro Middle School as the Behavior Support Class special education teacher. Oyejola considered it a privilege to shape the minds of young people and thoroughly enjoyed impacting the lives of not only his students but their families and his colleagues alike. During his leisure, he enjoyed watching and talking among his friends about politics. He had a great love for the entire Isiba family, touching so many lives until his passing.

Prince Oyejola Isiba, 64, departed this life on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at Memorial Hermann Hospital after complications related to a recent diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.

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  • Memorial Service

    Friday, July 24, 2020

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Judith Fletcher

July 26, 2020

"Techie" was my nickname for Mr. Isiba because when Navarro teachers went out on Fridays for Happy Hour, he showed up with his tech devices in his ears. Finally, one Friday I asked him why he wore those things if he wanted to be social. He flashed that quick, mischievous smile of his and eventually removed the devices. Of course we could barely hear one another over the five big screen tv's broadcasting sporting events and the den of conversations ricocheting off cement floors, but that day I discovered a very kind part of Mr. Isiba I had not known.
He was a funny, fierce man, a man of very good boundaries. I thank his parents because these traits made him one of the best teachers in his field. I will miss him. And this is not just my loss, but it is a loss for students who could have known this great man, this great teacher.

Ehinomen Onwuachi

July 25, 2020

My sincere condolences to the Isiba family! May God grant you the fortitude to bear the loss.

Mr, Isiba was an awesome colleague with a good sense of humor and positive thoughts. He will be greatly missed.

Rest In Peace Mr. Isiba!

John Oni

July 25, 2020

There are not enough words to say but let me say thank you for everything you have done for me and my family. We were blessed to have you in our lives and cherish all the special memories. We love you.

Kashif Sheikh

July 24, 2020

Rest In Peace

Sheela George

July 24, 2020

My deepest condolences to the Isiba family! May God almighty comfort you!!

I will remember Mr. Isiba in many positive ways- with a big smile and never misses to say Hello!
He had a great sense of humor, always great with a story.
He was a wonderful educator with a dedication for his calling.

You will be dearly missed.

Julie Monarez

July 24, 2020

You have left big shoes to fill Mr. Isiba. You touched so many lives between your students, fellow teachers, families and friends. You expressed care for us all and shared valued advice and wisdom. You will be greatly missed at Navarro. I will pray for your family. God bless.

Sharon Lemond

July 24, 2020

It is with humble and heartfelt feelings that I send condolences to the Isiba family. May God comfort you.

Mr. Isiba was a delightful person. He was “fast walking “, witty, considerate, and hardworking. He was, also, a great educator, coworker, team member, and friend.

Thanks, for the time we had to work and laugh together at Navarro Middle School. Rest In Peace, my friend!

Benedette Nnamanieze

July 24, 2020

Tommy Nguyen

July 23, 2020

Benedette Nnamanieze

July 23, 2020

Dear Mr. Isiba,

You were an exceptional human being, with the biggest heart, and the purest of souls. Everything about you was carefully thought out, organized, and planned well in advance. You had your own parking space for over ten years; not because it was assigned but because you were one of the three teachers that consistently arrived between 6:00 & 6:30am, daily.

And yes, your students were a bit challenging and creative, but your passion, love, and care for them and their parents were unquestionable. I will always remember how at the beginning of each school year, you’d try to find a good classroom fit for your students. Then, you would check in on them daily and discuss their progress with their teachers.
To your colleagues, Navarro staff, and close friends, you’ve touched most of us in a positive way. Always ready to offer help and support before anyone could ask.

Thank you Mr. Isiba for the countless times you’ve given my daughter and me rides to school/work. My daughter never had to miss school on the days that I had doctor’s appointments. Thank you for always reminding me and a host of other teachers about PD trainings and important deadlines. Thank you for every word of advice and encouragement. Most of all, thank you for being real, and a great friend! I will miss your huge laughter with tears rolling down your cheeks.

Our Nigerian community will miss your regular updates and reminders for passport renewals and current political affairs.

I know how much you loved and adored your wife and children. I can identify each one of them just from the pictures you shared.

To your wife and children, I can’t imagine how you’re feeling right now but I know you’re heartbroken. We are all heartbroken. Please know that your daddy/husband will always be with you in spirit.

My deepest condolences, to you and your family Mr.Isiba during this dark time. You will be deeply missed. Fare thee well. You are free at last. Navarro now has a third angel

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