Lee James was born in Keota on April 4, 1928, to Charles Mac and Artemissa (Takkubbee) James. He passed away in Keota on Aug. 28, 2020, at the age of 92.
He is survived by his sister, Lisa James; his nieces, Artemissa Gail (James) Colwell and husband, Jacob, Wanda Leach, Tanya Leach, Mary James, Hellen Blankenship and Della Colwell; his nephews, Gary Leach, Chris Smith, Caleb Killough, Cooper James, Case Colwell and Jacob Carson Colwell.
Lee was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Mac and Artemissa James; his brother, Daniel; his sisters, Dora Mae Cass, Katherine Ida Shoop, Inez Juanita James, Della Ruth James and Vicey Minnie James; and his nephews, Kyle Leach, Charles James, Ralph James, J.B. James, Daniel James, Stanley James, and Earl Wayne Moore.
Lee was a full blood Choctaw, fluent in the language. He is the last full blood in the immediate family. Lee worked all his life; first in the fields picking and hoeing cotton and beans. He loved being outside when he wasn’t working and taking care of his cattle. He loved to hunt and fish. He loved to tell stories of coon hunting and his favorite, quail hunting with his bird dogs. He was an exceptional quail hunter. Lee loved his family – he was always there to support them.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, at Simon Isaac Cemetery with the Rev. Toney Buck officiating. Interment was under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home and Crematory of Stigler.
Pallbearers were Kyle Jackson, Hugo Toribio, Chris Smith, Phillip Leach, Ted Bunn and Darryl Colwell.
Honorary pallbearers were Santiago Toribio, Jacob Colwell, Gary Leach and Bill Teel.