A memorial service is being held Saturday, Nov. 18, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Shawnee, with Rev. Rocky Wade officiating. The family held a private burial service on Oct. 27, with Dr. Paul Calmes officiating.

James Hunter Sullivan, 91, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017.

James was born Jan. 27, 1926, in Sulphur to Dr. Andrew Hunter M.D. and Dorothy (Harke) Sullivan. James passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family.

A memorial service is being held Saturday, Nov. 18, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Shawnee, with Rev. Rocky Wade officiating. The family held a private burial service on Oct. 27, with Dr. Paul Calmes officiating.

James was reared in Suphur and graduated from Sulphur High School in 1944. While living in Sulphur he met his childhood sweetheart before entering in the US Army to fight WWII. James served in the 3rd Army 11th Battalion, deployed in the European theater and the battlefields in France, Germany and Belgium under the command of General Patton. While overseas, his mother, widowed when James was only seven years old, and Billie prayed Psalm 91 for James’ safekeeping. On three separate occasions James’ life was spared and he was the only person saved. In 2014 he was recognized as a surviving WWII veteran and had the honor of being the Grand Marshall of the Parade. He is listed in the Veteran Memorial Garden Park in Shawnee.

Following the war, he returned to Oklahoma and married Billie Jane Bradshaw before moving to Shawnee to attend Oklahoma Baptist University. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Business in 1951. James was gifted with a wonderful singing voice. While at OBU he sang with the Varsity Four Quartet.

In 1951 he began a long career at Tinker Air Force Base and retired from Tinker in 1982. James served on the Bison Federal Credit Union board of Directors.

James was an active member and Deacon at First Baptist Church. Over the years he served on many of the committees including the finance committee. He was also an active choir member of the church. He continued singing and leading singing at the local nursing homes.

James is preceded in death by his parents Dr. Andrew Hunter Sullivan, M.D. and Dorothy Harke Sullivan.

He is survived by his loving wife of 72 years, Billie Jane, three loving daughters: Pamela Shawn, Margo Henderson (Roger), Jil Wade (Jeff “Rocky”), five granddaughters: Krista Daniel, Karla Cantrell (Pete), Laura Doe (Brian), Jennifer Zwirn (Wesley), Lisa Solberg (Josh), and 13 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Baptist Children’s Home or Heartland Hospice of Shawnee.