He moved to Oklahoma at the age of 15 and graduated from Cameron High School in 1957.
He married his high school sweetheart, Anita Walls, in 1958. A short time later, they moved to the Knothole community and began their farming and ranching life while at the same time working at Johnson Controls for 36 years.
Jim was a member of the Church of Christ for 67 years, on the board of directors at Farm Bureau for many years, a member of the LeFlore County Cattlemen's Association and various other activities.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Anita, three daughters Teresa and Tracy Ellis of Tulsa, Sandra and Ronny Lum of Knothole and Kathy and Scott Martin of Knothole, seven grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren and one nephew Jimmie Burden of Knothole.
He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and two sisters.
Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at Poteau Church of Christ with Tracy Ellis, Ron Lum and Scott Martin officiating.
Pallbearers will be Jeff, Jerod and Justin Lum, Colby and Clay Martin, Alayna Benefield and Kelsi Sellers.
Burial will follow at Greenhill Cemetery, Cameron.
The family will be at Evans and Miller Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, 2021, to visit with relatives and friends.
Published in Poteau Daily News from Apr. 26 to Apr. 27, 2021.