Tahlequah Daily Press

August 25, 2006

Obituaries 8-24

Jimmy James

TAHLEQUAH – Services for Jimmy James, 56, of Tahlequah, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, in the Green Country Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. D.J. McCarter.

Serving as pall bearers are Cory Hooper, Christian Hooper, Jason Cummings, Justin Cummings, Shawn Cummings, Beth Evans and Mark Evans.

Interment will follow in the Grass Cemetery in Salina, with Rev. Clarence Kingfisher officiating.

Jimmy was born Sept. 10, 1949, at Jay, the son of Ned and Ida Tanner James. Jimmy’s life was ended Aug. 18, in Tulsa.

Jimmy grew up in Jay and Salina, attending elementary and secondary schools, including Salina High School, basic administration school during Vietnam, Bacon College in Muskogee, and Metropolitan College in Tulsa. Jimmy had been an ambulance attendant for Pryor Ambulance Service, and had worked for Tahlequah City Hospital in the Emergency Room.

He also had been employed with the U.S. Post Office of Pawhuska, and the Tahlequah Post Office. His other employment included Midwestern Nursery of Tahlequah, Tyson Foods of Rogers, Ark., PMI of Bentonville, Ark., and Whirlpool of Tulsa.

Jimmy had served in Vietnam in the U.S. Marine Corps as a sergeant from 1970-1973, 1st Marine Division, Rein, at Camp Pendleton, Calif. His awards included the Meritorious Unit Citation with one star, National Defuse Service Medal, Navy Achievement Medal with Combat “V,” Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with two Stars, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60. Jimmy was a member of the American Legion Post 135 in Tahlequah.

Jimmy was preceded in death by his father and mother, Ned and Ida James; sister, Sandy James; and brother, Kenneth James.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia; his children, Whitney of West Virginia, Lisa of Claremore, Matthew of Mississippi, and Mark of Tahlequah; a brother, Grover and Alice of Tahlequah; seven sisters, Mary Evans of Hartshorne, Wynona and Nick Sanders of Pryor, Anna Barber of Pryor, Nancy Cummings and John of Pryor, Martha Wallace of Tahlequah, Bobbie Cannady and Larry of Adair, and Joan James of Ketchum.

Jimmy will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him, especially his many nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and loved ones.

Jimmy enjoyed fishing, camping, gardening, traveling, and going to flea markets. He enjoyed sitting and talking with strangers he didn’t know, and getting to know them. He was a source of encouragement for his strength he showed with his family and his friends at Davita Dialysis in Tahlequah. His friendliness, smile and his jokes could make you cheer up on your lowest days. We’ll all miss all the love he shared with us.

To leave a tribute for his family, go to www.tahlequahfuneral.com, or Keys Kousins at www.msnusers.com/keyskousins.

Green Country Funeral Home, 203 S. Commercial Road, 458-5055.

Betty Jane Still

TAHLEQUAH – Services for Betty Still, 62, of Tahlequah, will be held 2 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 24, at the Green Country Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. Thomas Still and Rev. Elvin Still. Serving as pall bearers will be Mark Thompson, Stacy Thompson, Timothy Thompson, Jeremy Ketcher, Chris Thompson, Robby Record, James Walters and George Walters. Interment will follow under the care of Green Country Funeral Home at Swimmer Cemetery.

Betty was married to Johnnie Still on May 21, 1971, in Tahlequah. She raised her family in Tulsa before returning to Tahlequah, where she had plans to retire. She attended Tahlequah schools before finishing at Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kan., then completed two years of vocational training in business.

Betty worked at Sun Oil as an accountant before working at Mapco/Williams Gas Company when she retired. She then began working at the Catoosa Cherokee Casino. She liked her job at the casino, and also enjoyed the fellowship with friends and the games offered. She liked to read, and enjoyed her family and grandchildren.

Betty is preceded in death by her husband, Johnnie Still; her father, Drunken Thompson; one infant sister, Stella Mae; grandmother Lizzie Hawkins; and an infant son.

She is survived by her daughter, Stella Still-Campbell and husband Darrell of Tahlequah; step daughter Thomasene Darnell of Arkansas; mother Bessie Dreadfulwater Thompson; grandchildren, Corey Still and Chelsea Campbell; six step granddaughters, Kimi and Kristi Campbell, C.J. and Sarah Bark and Pricilla and Emarald Darnell; three step great-grandsons, Dace Teehee, Kyron Soap, and Keegan Hallmark; one step great-granddaughter, Kenley Campbell; sister Eva Thompson; brothers Billy Thompson, Johnny Thompson, J.B. Thompson and James Thompson; 10 nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives, friends and loved ones.

Green Country Funeral Home, 203 S. Commercial Road, 458-5055.