Charlene (DaVault) Roff James a resident of Durant, Okla., passed from this life to the next on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 in Denison, Texas at the age of 89 years 10 months and 26 days. She was born on Tuesday, May 22, 1923 in Nida, Okla. to William Wellington (Bill) and Lizzie Catherine (Lawson) DaVault. |
Charlene married for the first time to Denton Roff on August 16, 1942 and then to Leslie James on October 9, 1953. Charlene lived her Christian beliefs and helped many people during her lifetime. She attended the Northwest Church of Christ and was a member since 1974.
Charlene was involved in many civic organizations like the Odd Fellows to which she became Noble Grand and Bryan County Homemakers Club for more than 40 years. She was very proud of her membership in the United Daughters of the Confederacy because her grandfather DaVault fought in the Civil War. Charlene attended a two-room school house in her youth. She worked for White's Ready to Wear for four years in Durant, Oka. Charlene loved sewing and canning, entering many of her creations in the Bryan County Fair and she won many, many blue ribbons. She will be remembered by her family and friends for the beautiful quilts she made by hand.
Mrs. James is survived by her daughters, Elaine (James) Crook and husband Danny of Denison, and Holly (James) Means and husband Bryan of Colbert, Okla.; step-daughters, Angia Martignoni and husband Norm of Morrow Bay, Calif., Glenda Allmon and husband Bobby of Durant, Okla., and Donna Lane and husband Kenneth of Silo, Okla.; grandchildren, Misty Murphree and husband David of Mead, Okla., Mandy Krebs of Dension, Wendy Farr of Durant, Okla., Jerry Sanders and wife Reanne of Garland, Julie Collins and husband Ronald of Virginia, Charla Ridgeway of Calera, Okla., Dee Ann Turley Pomeroy of Chickasha, Okla., Johnny Henderson of Colbert, Okla., Nena McClure and husband Paul of Mead, Okla., Charlene also had 16 great-grandchildren; and three great-greatgrandchildren along with three nieces, Oleta Simmons and Melba Smith of Lubbock; and two nephews, Bill Liles of Vidor, and Charles Watkins of Lubbock, along with many friends and her extended family at Northwest Church of Christ, with special thanks to Diane and Paul Mauck and Reba and James Shields.
Mrs. James was preceded in death by her parents, William and Lizzy DaVault; first husband, Denton T. Roff; second husband, Leslie H. James; daughters, Denena Jo (Roff) Kendal and Carol Jean Roff; sisters, Fay Rampy, Mary Seawright, Grace Liles, Della Williams and Geggie Watkins.
Charlene's Northwest Church of Christ Family will be serving lunch to the family at noon on Monday before the service. Family Hour will be from 3 -4 p.m., Sunday, April 21, 2013 at the Holmes ~ Coffey ~ Murray Funeral Home in Durant, Oklahoma. A funeral service celebrating her life will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, April 22, 2013 the Northwest Church of Christ with Paul Mauck, Mickey Davis and Bro. Donald Gelles officiating. Interment will follow at the Highland Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers will be David Murphree, David Herron, Herb Manning, Alex Murphee, Andy Murphree and Charlie Davis. Honorary pallbearers will be Charlene's Sunday School Class. The family suggests that donations may be made in Mrs. James honor to Breast Cancer Research or the North West Church of Christ.
Family and friends may send online condolences and view tributes at www.holmescoffeymurray.com. Services are under the direction of Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home, Durant, Okla.
Published in The Herald Democrat on Apr. 21, 2013