Tahlequah Daily Press


August 16, 2013


TAHLEQUAH — Services for James Watson Belvin Jr. will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, at 11 a.m., at Reed-Culver Chapel, with Pastor Gil Hooper officiating. Wake services were held Thursday, Aug. 15.

Interment will be held at Greenleaf Cemetery near Tahlequah.

Pallbearers for James include Richard Barnes, Zack Belvin, Brian Belvin, Donnie Belvin, Blake Estrada, and Joe Estrada. Honorary pallbearers include Shane Hooper, Gil Hooper Jr., John Brown, Solomon Belvin, Ancel Barr Jr., and Eddie Robles.

James Watson Belvin Jr. was born on Sept. 7, 1972, in Oklahoma City , the son of Richard Mark and Veronica Sue (Hooper) Belvin. He attended Eufaula Boarding School and later Tecumseh High School. He worked in the construction industry and carpentry.

When he wasn’t working, there was always a horse to ride, or spending some well-deserved time at the fishing hole. If ever you needed someone to make you smile, this was your man.

He possessed a wickedly funny sense of humor, and he was the man you could depend on for a joke or a good story. If you were traveling and needed a companion to ride along and enjoy the scenery, he was ready at a moment’s notice. You always knew you had a loyal and faithful friend with James around.  He had your back through good times and bad. He absolutely adored his family and his children and nephews were his pride and joy.

A Baptist by faith, James attended Good Springs Baptist Church. In spite of 40 short years of a life enjoyed, the Lord called James home from his earthly labors on Aug. 8, 2013 in Springfield, Mo. The world seems a little more lonely without James to make you laugh.

James is preceded in death by grandparents, Henry and Sarah Belvin and Nancy Washington and Gil Hooper.

Those left to cherish James’ memory include his parents, Richard Belvin of Hugo, and Veronica Cavanaugh of Indianola. He leaves three brothers and a sister, Mark Belvin and wife Debbie of Shawnee, Henry “Roo” Belvin of Boswell, and Amanda Sue Griffitts of Indianola. His legacy lives on in his children, Korey, Ryan, Rowdy, and Kya. His nephews include Blake Estrada, Joe Estrada, Jesse Belvin and Justin Belvin, as well as many cousins and a host of friends and loved ones.

Reed-Culver Funeral Home, 117 W. Delaware, (918) 456-2551.

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