The Duncan Banner


July 9, 2013

James H. McMurtry

April 17, 1937 — July 6, 2013

DUNCAN — James H. McMurtry, 76, of Velma passed away Saturday, July 6, 2013, in Meridian Nursing  Home.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 10 at the Velma United Methodist Church with Rev. Kevin McKinley officiating.

Interment will follow in New Velma Cemetery, under the direction of Don Grantham Funeral Home. All visitation will be at the Grantham Velma Chapel. The family will receive friends 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the chapel.

James was born April 17, 1937, in Harrisburg Community, the son of Jim McMurtry and  Nelia Thomas McMurtry. He attended school at Harrisburg and Velma Alma, graduating in 1955. He then attended Oklahoma A&M College in Stillwater, graduating in 1961. He married Marylyn Van Dyke June 2, 1956, in Velma.

He loved to hunt, fish and attend sporting events. James and Marylyn won the Doc Ely Velma Alma Fan of the Year Award in 2009. He retired from Union Pacific, formerly Champlin Oil Company as a plant supervisor.

James is survived by Marylyn, his wife of 57 years, his son Jimmy McMurtry of Carthage, Texas, two daughters Karen Hatler of Katy, Texas and Sharon Twomey and husband S.D. of Carthage, Texas; grandchildren Lauren Hickey and husband Will of Dallas, Texas, Jordan Hatler of Waco, Texas, Ryan Easter of Montgomery, Texas, Megan Easter of Carthage, Texas, and Jared Twomey of Carthage, Texas; and two great-grandchildren, Christian and Micaela Nealy.  

He is also survived by two sisters, Sylvia England of Duncan and Anna Speed and husband Arthur of Tulsa. He also leaves behind several nieces, nephews and many friends.

Pall bearers will be Brandon Sanner, Jimmy Sanner, Trey Palacol, Clint Palacol, Kyle Palacol, and Jim Bigham. Honorary bearers will be Jim Hood, Jerry Sanner, Wayne Brown, Bob Berry, Don Estes, Bob Cochran and Bobby Littlefield.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Velma Alma High School Athletic Scholarship Fund at Velma High School.

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