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Benjamin Browning James, 91, died Dec. 23 in Waurika, Oklahoma.
Ben was born July 30, 1925, in Waurika to William and Helen (Davis) James.
He joined the Navy in January 1944, serving as a Seaman First Class with the Carrier Aircraft Service Unit 44 as part of a crew chosen for skills required to maintain the many different aircraft in the Pacific Theater of World War II. He served on the island of Tinian until his discharge in 1945.
After returning to Waurika, he married and started a family before moving to California for a time. Eventually, he moved back to Waurika to farm. While living there, James served as County Commissioner, worked as a plant manager at MetalSpand and, in later years, attended the Irving Baptist Church. Throughout his life, Ben was an avid fisherman and hunter. He was also a long time Freemason.
He is survived by daughters Vicki James of Spring Hill, Tennessee and Denise Wills of Dublin, Virginia; son Gary James of Marlow; grandchildren Keith Hoagland, Lara Armstrong, Amy Gazaway, Gary James, Christie Caywood, Brittany Wills, Brandee Wills, and Brianna Wills; 10 great grandchildren; sister Lois Thurman of Owasso, Oklahoma; and brother Henry Clay "Jack" James of Duncan. He was predeceased by his wife of 45 years, Laverne Reuter James; sisters, Lavara Johnston, Odell Bowen, Mary Conners, Willie James, Mattie Bass, Eva Hurst, Jennie James, and Emma James; brothers, David "Buck" James, Frank James, Jim James, Amos James, Clayton James, and Noble James.
Published on December 29, 2016
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