James Luther Day, 88, of Antlers, departed this life on August 5, 2021. He was born on June 20, 1933 in Antlers to Mark and Alice (Hampton) Day. James married Gayle Ridley Bell on November 13, 1983. After graduating from Jennings High School, James joined the United States Air Force and served from 1955 - 1963. Following his service, he made a career as an analyst for Time DC Freight, until his retirement in 1980, after which he bought and ran Southeast Sanitation in Antlers until the early 1990s. James is preceded in death by his parents: Mark and Alice Day; his first wife: Ruby Mae Joslin Day; and siblings: Lee Day, Paul Day, Betty Greenwood, and Alta Gilliam. He is survived by his wife: Gayle Day of the home; children: Debra Moore and spouse Keith of Berryville, AR, Linda Kay Debuc of Little Axe, James Richard "Rick" Day and spouse Liz of Wilburton, Kevin Bell and spouse Cheryl of Ada, Ronda Kuhlman and spouse Walter of Calvin, and Keith Bell and spouse Lesley of Oklahoma City; as well as several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Services for James took place on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at 2PM at the First Baptist Church in Antlers with Donny Day, Walter Kuhlman, and Luke Kuhlman officiating. Interment followed at Antlers City Cemetery. Pallbearers included: Shane Day, TJ Baker, Ronny Day, Kyle Moore, Tommy Day, and Brad Simpkins. Honors will be performed by the United States Air Force Honor Guard. Services have been entrusted with Serenity Funeral Service of Antlers, Oklahoma.
Published by The Antlers American from Aug. 11 to Sep. 3, 2021.