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Cecil Everidge James

Born: 1/19/1917

Died: 11/27/2004

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

Cecil Everidge James, 87, of Colbert, Oklahoma, formerly of Talihina, passed away November 27, 2004, in Denison, Texas. He was born on January 19, 1917, in Sardis, Oklahoma, to Moses and Emma Anderson James.

He was very proud of his American Indian heritage and being a Navy veteran of World War II. He married Ruth James on December 21, 1947, in Stigler, Oklahoma. He graduated from high school at Chilocco Indian Agricultural School and later received a bachelors degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State College. He taught and coached at Sardis and Tuskahoma schools and later worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs Department of Education for 28 years, where he served in many capacities until his retirement in 1983. He was of Choctaw/Chickasaw heritage and was very active in tribal functions. He was one of the founding members of the Choctaw Nation Historical Society and the Talihina Indian Club. He was of the Baptist faith and he enjoyed doing work for his church. He was also a member of the Texas Southwest Cattleman Association.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Neoma Rainwater, and two brothers, Eugene and Woodrow James.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth, of the home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Gwen and William Takes Horse of Colbert and Sharon R. James-Schmidt, M.D., and Joe Schmidt of Welling, Oklahoma; one son, Mark Stephen James, M.D., of Oklahoma City; grandchildren, Adam and Tana Takes Horse and Jacob, Aaron and Kara Schmidt; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Wynona and Joe Gibbs of Sherman, Texas, and Ramona and Henry Hartgers of San Jose, California; and numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.