Raymond told a close friend years later that after Susie died his life was extremely hard and made more so by his relatives. He recalled a particular incident when he was about fifteen in which he was offered a job to pick cotton by a Chickasaw relative. Raymond was promised that if he stayed, he would receive his wages at the end of the picking season. When the end of the season had come, the relative refused to pay him. It appears this was one of many incidences of indecent treatment he received and the one that broke the camel’s back.
For the remainder of his life he rarely talked about being Indian let alone to admit that he was Chickasaw. Raymond eventually worked in the CCC job corp and then served in the military during WWII.