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James Baxter Jr,

Staff Writer
The Daily Ardmoreite
James Baxter Jr,

James Baxter Jr, 73, passed peacefully on April 28, 2020, in a Denton hospital with his wife and two daughters by his bedside.

James was born Dec. 26, 1946, to Dora Alice (Roberts) and James J Baxter in Ardmore.

He grew up in the Springdale Community, attending both Springdale and Dickson Schools. He was known to his family and friends as Jim.

Jim was a painter by trade, as was his father and now his son, James S Baxter III, continues. After devoting many years to Baxter Painting, he retired for health reasons. He loved having his family get togethers, holidays, birthdays, cookouts, and until his health declined he also enjoyed dancing and bowling.

Jim and his first wife Cathy (Pennington) Baxter were married in Gainesville, Texas in 1964. With this union they had three children.

Jim met and wed Sandy (Vinson) Baxter in 1994 and they had their 25th Anniversary last June. He was the love of her life and the feeling was mutual.

He is survived by his two daughters, Lisa Caldwell and husband Rodney, of Madill, Lana Perryman and husband Duane, of Ardmore, and his son James S Baxter III and wife Brooke, of Falconhead, Misty Shelite and husband Brian of El Reno, Mary Jackson and husband Kirk of Oklahoma City, eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and three special children of the home, Lyric, Jagger and Symphony Teel, Sisters, Ruby Baxter and Cindy Russell, Brothers, Billy Baxter and Manual Baxter, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was welcomed home by his parents, his special older sister, Mary Williamson and a special younger brother, Joe Baxter.

There will be a celebration of life at the Baxter Family Cemetery at a later date.

We would like to thank the Denton Medical City ICU for the wonderful care they provided and a special thank you to DeBerry Funeral Director, Justin DeBerry and staff for the compassionate care of our loved one.