SIKESTON -- O.J. James, 73, died at 2:20 p.m. May 27, 2002, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.
He was born May 4, 1929, in Bethel Springs, Tenn., to the late C.J. and Lillie Russom James and served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a self-employed farmer and owned and operated O.J. James Implement Co. for 20 years before retiring in 1991. James was a member of Sikeston Eagles Aerie 3319 and the Elks Lodge at Okeechobee, Fla. He was also an avid fisherman.
On Nov. 3, 1953, in Hernando, Miss., he married Louise Wing who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: one son, Larry James of Sikeston; two daughters and sons-in-law, Donna and Shelby Fox of Charleston, and Julie and Tod Griffin of Carterville, Ill.; six brothers, Odis James, J.C. "Sonny" James, A.C. James, Bill James, Cletus James and Jackie James, all of Sikeston; three sisters, Novell Milani and Maydell Thompson of Sikeston and Bonnie Bracey of Portageville; and eight grandchildren, Lindsey James and Devin James of Sikeston, Ali Fox and Maggie Fox of Charleston and Alex Griffin, Ashley Griffin, James Griffin and Wade Griffin, all of Carterville.
He was preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel, where services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. Mitchell Jackson, pastor of Miner Baptist Church, will officiate.
Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be: Ronnie James, A.C. James Jr., Bill James Jr., Charles Lizenbee, Dickie Dockins and Jerry Inman.
Honorary pallbearers will be: Lewis May, Alfred May, Allen Rettig and John Miller.