James Wilson Sockey, Sr.
Maiden Name: n/a
Rev. James Wilson Sockey, Sr. age 84, of McAlester Oklahoma was bon on August 28, 1913 to Lewis and Levina (Kincaid) Sockey near Shay Point. He died on Thursday December 18, 1997 in a McAlester hospital. He was a retired minister.
James went to school and graduated form Panama High School. He worked on the family farm near Shady Point until he enlisted in the United States Army on September 14, 1940 to serve his country with Company 1, 180th Infantry until his discharge on November 13, 1945. He returned home to the Shady Point area and was called to the ministry and received his license to preach on September 16, 1948 in Idabel. James became a minister for the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference of the United Methodist Church.
He served as a minister at churches in Valliant, Antlers, Hugo, Whitesboro, Talihina, Quinton and Connersville. James and his wife of 43 years Mary Jane Brandy were married on November 24, 1956 in Antlers.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Zelma Sockey and a granddaughter, Cassie Nicole Sockey.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane of the home; four sons, Leland and his wife, Felicia of Stigler, Oklahoma James Jr. of Kinta Oklahoma, Marvin of McAlester and Angie Ray of Tulsa, Oklahoma; four grandchildren, Kely, Kyle, Whitney and Brandy.