The Duncan Banner


June 10, 2014

James Gardenhire

DUNCAN — James Elmer Gardenhire, 88, of Duncan went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at his home in Duncan.

Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 11 in the Velma Assembly God Church with Rev. Travis Stewart and Rev. Ray Ledbetter officiating. Interment will be in the Resthaven Cemetery under the direction of the Bailes-Polk Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home for visitation at the funeral home from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

James was born at Gotebo, Okla., the son of Jessie James and Ola Mae Kendrick Gardenhire. He and Lola Cambron were married in Wichita Falls on Sept. 6, 1946.

James took over and maintained his family farm while his brothers fought in the war. He worked for over 20 years as foreman with the Cotten Construction Company, building a host of homes and businesses in Duncan. He was a member of the Velma Assembly of God Church and loved riding the tractor, fishing, and spending time with his family. He was a loving and caring person who always had a smile on his face. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, John and Robert and a sister, Ruby.

Survivors include his wife, Lola, of the home in Duncan; son Randall Gardenhire, of Duncan; daughter Lynda Stewart of Duncan; grandchildren Lisa Lokey, Mark Gardenhire, Travis Stewart and Jeremy Stewart; brothers Roy and Hobart and six great-grandchildren.

Grandson will serve as pallbearers.

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