Funeral services for James H. Stevens, 80, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 15, 2014, in the Centennial Chapel of Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home and Crematory, conducted by the Rev. Larry Murray and Pastor Ed Skidmore. Burial with military honors will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.
A time of visitation and support for family and friends will be from 6 to 7 this evening at Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home.
Born July 5, 1933, at Cromwell, to the late John and Mary Jones Stevens, James passed away May 12, 2014, in the local hospital at Ardmore.
James has worked in the petroleum industry most of his life, except for the time he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He entered the military in 1953, and was sent overseas for most of his enlistment. For his honorable service, he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, an Over-Seas bar, a Meritorious Unit Citation, a Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation and the Good Conduct Medal.
Following his military service, James returned to Seminole, where he and the former Evelyn Mainord were married, Sept. 21, 1956. They had recently celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary.
A member of the House of Prayer, where he was the food bank director, James had worked 25 years for Unical, and was the plant operator of a natural gas plant; he was also a long-time member of United Commercial Travelers.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Stevens of the home; a son, James Douglas Stevens and wife Lena, of Ardmore; daughters Debbie Figueroa and husband Jesse, of Healdton, and Donna Thomason and husband Farlin, of Ringling; a brother, A.M. Stevens and wife Irma Jean, of Bonners Ferry, Idaho; a sister, Goldie McConnell of Ada; sister-in-law Hazel Stevens of Seminole; also eight grandsons, Bradley Webb and wife Amber, Aaron Webb, Zeke Stevens, Jessie Figueroa and wife Sam, Chris Figueroa and wife Krysta, and Steven, Jeff and Dewayne Thomason; three granddaughters, Telisa Miller, Kaeli Wallace and husband Larry and Chelsea Bray-Hatton and husband Kalen; six great-grandchildren, Ayden Miller, Aubrey, J.J. and Charlie Wallace, and Aryanna and Gabe Figueroa; and numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family.
His parents; brothers Howard, Rex and Richard Stevens; and sisters Pearl Brown and Ruby Robinson preceded him in death.
Serving as bearers will be Bradley Webb, Aaron Webb, Zeke Stevens, Jessie Figueroa, Chris Figueroa, Kalen Bray-Hatton and Larry Wallace. Honorary bearers include Bill Harkins, Bob Haggard, Floyd Griffin, Dean Hannah, Bill Tharp, food bank workers and coffee drinkers.
Condolences to the family may be sent online at www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com.