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James Martin Sturgill
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James Martin Sturgill, 88, of Choctaw, OK passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family. He was born on April 6, 1930 to James Frank and Rose Nevil {Lamirand} Sturgill in Wanette, Oklahoma. He married Lydia Marie Drager on August 19, 1950 in her parents’ front yard in Choctaw, Oklahoma. James and Lydia continued to live in Choctaw all of their years together.

James came to Oklahoma City in 1948 where he started working in a bakery. After one week he said it was too hot and went to work at Folding Carrier Corporation making grocery carts for 14 ½ years. After a neighbor told him about a better paying job, he applied at Scrivner Incorporated working as a truck driver, delivering groceries for 31 ½ years before retiring. He later returned to work for a period of time at the Oklahoma Tax Commission sorting tax returns. He also, for some time, enjoyed working with MAPS RV’s helping to build and repair churches in various locations.

James attended and worshipped at Jones Assembly of God Church from 1954 and served in various positions. His loss of hearing and declining health became an issue, not allowing him the joy of attending the last few years. However, he always had a love for his church and the Lord.

James is survived by his wife, Lydia Marie Sturgill; sons, James Frank Sturgill, Leland Wayne Sturgill and companion, Tina; daughter, Janet Elaine Clinkenbeard and husband Mitch; grandchildren, Tammy Dawn Carney and husband Brian, James Arthur Sturgill and wife Alex, Erik Brent Clinkenbeard and wife Erica; great grandchildren, Isaac, Luke and Roman Carney; siblings, Carl and Franklin Sturgill, Alleen Snow, Joyce Sweeden; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Nevil Sturgill; brother, Norman Sturgill; and sisters, Audi Valentine, Wanda Kiser and Gereline Ogg.

Viewing will be from 12PM-8PM Wednesday and from 8AM-8PM Thursday at Barnes Friederich Funeral Home. A funeral service to celebrate James’ life will be held at 10AM, Friday, May 11, 2018 at Jones Assembly of God Church with interment following at Jones I.O.O.F. Cemetery.

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12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Barnes Friederich Funeral Home

1820 S. Douglas Blvd.
Midwest City, OK 73130





8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Barnes Friederich Funeral Home

1820 S. Douglas Blvd.
Midwest City, OK 73130

Funeral Service




10:00 AM
Jones Assembly of God

957 SW 5th St.
Jones, OK 73049

Cemetery Details


Jones I.O.O.F.

N.E. corner of E. Wilshire Blvd and N. Hiwassee Rd
Jones, OK 73049


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