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Billie Wayne James

Born: 12/22/1934 Died: 02/02/2009 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: Staff Sergeant

Billie Wayne James, 74, of Tahlequah passed away February 2, 2009, at his home with his family at his side. He was born December 22, 1934, in Shady Point to Jacob Jackson and Edna Ila Calhoon James. He lived in the Tahlequah area for 36 years having moved from Hugo. He was of the Christian faith attending the Nazarene Church in Tahlequah. He was a member of the American Legion. He served in the Korean War as a staff sergeant with the motor pool in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed fishing, being with his family and always found humor and the best in every situation. He was retired form the Claremore Indian Hospital as a security guard. He lived his life unselfishly, always seeing to the needs of others. He was very proud of his Choctaw heritage. He loved his family and country. He will be missed by all who shared his life. He was preceded in death by his parents; half-sister, Ada McGee, and three brothers. He is survived by his wife, Gertrude of the home; daughters, Cheryl and husband Leo Washington of Calera and Lisa Wolbert of Sallisaw; stepdaughters, Christina and husband Darrell Carey of Tahlequah, Ruth Ellen Garcia of Calera; sons, Derrell James and David James, both of Okmulgee; stepson, Stephen and wife Cleta Huntly and many friends.