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Lawrence Elmer James
(December 20, 1931 - May 9, 2012)

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Lawrence Elmer James was born December 20, 1931 in Guthrie, Oklahoma to Elmer and Thelma (Speaks) James. He passed away May 9, 2012 in Guthrie, Oklahoma at the age of 80 years.

Lawrence was born and raised in this area. He graduated from Guthrie High School. After graduation he joined the United States Air Force and served as an aircraft mechanic during the Korean War. Following his Honorable Discharge from the Air Force Lawrence married Melva Mae Houck on July 6, 1952 in Las Vegas, Nevada, she preceded him in death. Lawrence worked in the oil field rough necking and working several other jobs. In 1968 he started James Trucking, a tank truck company and later added an oil production business. On July 11, 2007 he married Olletta Matthews. Lawrence was a Country and Western Music Historian and had a huge collection of Country and Western Music. He enjoyed going to the lake, fishing, building and flying model airplanes, and car racing.

Survivors include his wife Olletta; sons, Larry James and wife Cathy of Guthrie, Terry James and wife Chery of Houston, TX, Brad James and wife Dena of Crescent, Mike James and wife Leigh of Crescent, Troy James and wife Jeri of Crescent, and Marty James and wife Kathy of Crescent; son-in-law, Dennis Rigdon of Edmond; step-son, Terry Matthews of Heber Springs, AR; brother, Clarence James of Guthrie, half brother, Vernon James; 16 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Melva, daughter Sheryl James Rigdon, a half brother Morris, and two grandchildren, Dennis and Lacy.

Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Monday, May 14, 2012 at the First Baptist Church with Dr. Bryan Haynes and Rev. Mike Channel officiating. Burial will follow in the Oakland – Knowles Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Abernathy Aaron Funeral Home in Crescent. In lieu of flowers the family request donations to the Oak Valley Baptist Church.

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