Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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James Elijah “Jim” Meggs

Born: 1/7/1920

Died: 5/1/2004

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

James Elijah “Jim” Meggs, 84, passed away May 1, 2004, after a long and satisfying life. He was born January 7, 1920, in Ft. Towson, Oklahoma, to Elijah E. Meggs and Lois Marina Jane Robinson Meggs.

James grew up in Ft. Towson until graduating from Ft. Towson High School in 1936. He went on to attend Murray Jr. College in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. In 1939 he was accepted to Oklahoma A&M (now OSU). James played baseball for the Aggies and coach Hank Iba, lettering in 1941. His studies were interrupted in 1942 when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy to defend the United States in World War II. After his tour of duty he returned to Oklahoma A&M to finish his Bachelor’s of Science as well as his Master’s in Agriculture.

James and Marjorie Patchin were married August 1, 1942, in Washington, D.C., and to this union Pat, Jane, James Jr. and Hank were born. James enjoyed a successful career in the agriculture industry in Oklahoma. He designed the first liquid feed plant in Oklahoma and also designed a plant which makes solid supplements. He was a partner at TE Agri while he was in Amarillo, Texas, for nine years before moving to Edmond in June 1981. He was president of the Oklahoma Seedmen’s Association, Oklahoma Feed Manufacturers Association and treasurer of the OFTA for six years. In 1995, Westway Trading Co. bought TE Agri Co. and James was a consultant in sales for Westway Feed Products until he retired in November 2002 at the age of 82.

James was a wonderful and caring man who loved his family very much. He was proud of his Choctaw heritage and loved to research his genealogy. He has been a president with the Edmond Genealogy Society as well as a lifetime member. He was also a member of the Edmond Historical Society. James was an avid OSU sports fan who loved to attend football games. He was a member of the “O”Club and the alumni association of Oklahoma State University. He loved to fish with his great-grandchildren at the lake when they would come to visit.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Marjorie; his two sisters, Doris Mabry of Batesville, Alaska, and Edna Earle Meggs of Houston, Texas; daughters, Pat and her husband, Barry Nelson, of Macon, Georgia, and Jane New of Coronado, California; sons, James Meggs Jr. and wife, Becky, of Tempe, Arizona, and Hank Meggs of Las Vegas, Nevada; grandsons, Lance Nelson and wife, Jessica, Spencer Nelson and wife, Rebecca, David New, and Jeffrey New; granddaughters, Stephanie Buck and husband, Ryan, and Heather Stafford and husband, Patrick; and six great-grandchildren, twins Foley and Tarquin Armknecht, Patrick Stafford, Logan Buck, Carter Nelson and Luke Nelson.