James T. (J.T.) Laughlin, 77, a lifelong resident of central Oklahoma, passed away on Jan. 29, 2019, in Mesa, Arizona, from a sudden heart attack.

James T. (J.T.) Laughlin, 77, a lifelong resident of central Oklahoma, passed away on Jan. 29, 2019, in Mesa, Arizona, from a sudden heart attack.

He was born to Thomas B. and Violet A. (Pierson) Laughlin on Dec. 2, 1941, in Oklahoma City.

J.T.’s early childhood was spent living with his parents and two younger sisters in Harrah.

J.T.’s father died when he was 11 in 1953.

The family moved to Shawnee in 1955, where J.T. graduated from Shawnee High School in May 1960. The next month, J.T. enlisted in the United States Army.

After military training stateside, J.T. was assigned to the 21st Evac Army Rangers Medical Support Unit (AMEDS) at USA Army Command in a divided Germany from 1961 to 1963.

J.T. Transferred to the United States Army Reserve in 1963 and returned to Shawnee.

He worked as a taxi-cab driver and dispatcher. He also worked as a property surveyor before going to work as a salesman for C & H Wholesale in 1973. Later he would work for Sullivan’s Wholesale until his retirement in 2007.

On April 27, 1967, J.T. married Betty J. (Abbott) Shaw in Wewoka. The following October they would have a son, James Michael Laughlin.

J.T. was preceded in death by his parents, both of his younger twin sisters; Dolores J. Laughlin in 1961 and Doris J. Martin in 2007. He was also preceded in death by two half-sisters and two half-brothers.

Age and declining health led J.T. and Betty to relocate to the home of their son James Michael in Tempe, Arizona, in 2014.

Betty preceded J.T. in death in 2015.

In addition to his son, J.T. is survived by son-in-law Kevin D. Cullens, and three step-sons: Thomas R. Shaw, Dr. Timothy A. Shaw, and David B. Shaw.

They are returning together to the town they always called “home.”

On what would have been their 52nd wedding anniversary, they will be interred together following a brief graveside service at Resthaven Memorial Park in Shawnee on Saturday morning, April 27, 2019, at 10 a.m.