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GEORGE "G.W." JAMES Obituary
June 29, 1928 - October 25, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY George William James "G.W." was born in El Dorado, Arkansas, to Dan & Ruby (Gibson) James on June 29, 1928. He died peacefully in his home on October 25, 2013. At a young age, his family moved to Oklahoma City, where he attended Wilson Elementary; Harding Jr. High School; and then, become a proud cadet at Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana. On December 27, 1946, he married the love of his life, Lyda Hayes, in Arkansas City, Kansas. He attended the University of Oklahoma, where he became a loyal member of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. After the birth of his first set of twin boys, Bill and Gib, George joined his father, Dan James, in the hotel business, where together, they owned and operated the Skirvin and Skirvin Tower Hotel. George was crucial to providing information and memorabilia to the recent reopening of the Skirvin. Following the sale of the Skirvin and the birth of his second set of twin boys, Grant and Jeff, he and Lyda built their home on OKC G&CC, known as "Out of Bounds." Around that time, he ventured into the Oklahoma City real estate market. Together with his partners, he designed and developed Jamestown, one of Oklahoma City's first condominium and office parks in the N.W. 63rd & May area. While G.W. treasured his life and friends in Oklahoma City, he also cherished the time he spent in Harbor Springs, Michigan. The number of lifelong friends he had in both places cannot be named or counted, but Bill W. was one of them. He proudly supported the University of Oklahoma, the United Way, the Oklahoma Historical Society, Northern Michigan Hospital, Little Traverse Conservancy, Harbor Springs Historical Society, the Harbor Springs Library, and numerous conservative political and animal organizations. He also continued to support all the schools his four sons attended. The generous things he did for countless individuals often went unnoticed. He never sought praise because that is the way he wanted it to be. He was an American Patriot with strong Oklahoma and Conservative values. Besides his family and friends, G.W. loved people, animals, music, playing the piano, reading, OU football, the OKC Thunder, listening to Frank Sinatra, discussing politics, Fox News, the love of words, proper grammar, and numbers. There will be an empty spot in all of our hearts that he filled with his wit, humor and the love of life. G.W. is survived by his wife of 67 years, Lyda Hayes James; sons, Bill James & wife Jamie, Gib James & wife Jennifer, Grant James & wife Marcee, and Jeff James; ten grandchildren, Kent James & wife Kelley, Kristen & husband Chuck Creamer, Kimberly and husband Rob Marable, Jason James & wife April, Will James & wife Cassie, Dan James, Jessica James, Brooke James, Taylor James, and Holt James. He is also survived by his seven great-grandchildren, including Nathan, Ethan and Reagan Creamer; Gibson and Stella Marable; George James; Georgia and Hayes James; sister, Dannie Bea Hightower; his nephews, Johnson and Michael Hightower, Richard and Stephen Parker; niece, Susan Parker; and his granddogs, Cosmo and Ruby. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Brenda Nelson for her constant care and companionship. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, October 28, 2013, at All Souls' Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in George's name to All Souls' Episcopal Church, 6400 N Pennsylvania Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73116; or Little Traverse Conservancy, 3264 Powell Rd, Harbor Springs, MI 49740.

Published in The Oklahoman from Oct. 27 to Oct. 28, 2013
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