Paul Michael (Mike) James

Paul Michael (Mike) James

Mike James of Shawnee, OK passed away peacefully at home February 11, 2021 surrounded by family after 18 years of a hard-fought battle with many health issues.

Mike was born April 4, 1952 in Seminole, OK to Raymond Eugene James and Lucille Mardell (Williams) James. He was raised mostly in Earlsboro, OK. He later lived in Illinois and Texas building lifelong friendships along the way.

Mike was kind, generous, and hardworking. He loved helping his family, friends and neighbors. He was a jack of all trades. If you broke it, he could fix it or build you a better one. Most days you could find him tinkering in his shop. He loved restoring old cars, antiques and building knives. He was known for his story telling about all his adventures. Most of all he loved spending time with his family and the love of his life Debbie. They were married for 40 wonderful years.

He joined in heaven his parents, grandson Wyatt Merrick, father in law Bill Johnson, and brother in law Don DeLeon.

Left to cherish his memory is former wife Cheri (Wathan) James of Flora, IL their children Jennifer Oliver and husband Chad of Savannah, GA; Jesse James and wife Christine of Flora, IL. Wife Debbie (Johnson) James of the home and their children Julie Merrick and husband Ronny of McLoud, OK; Jeffrey James and wife Chelsea of Royse City, TX. Brothers Gary James and wife Sharon of Lake Kiowa, TX; Lary James and wife Janie of Mounds, OK. Sisters Vicki Birchall and husband Craig of Broken Arrow, OK and Connie DeLeon of Shawnee, OK. Grandchildren Elijah and Joseph Oliver, Kyrsten Darrough and Carson James, Kyleigh and Brynleigh Merrick and Jacob James. Mother in law Edith Johnson of Shawnee, OK; and many more family members.

He will be greatly missed by all that knew him.

We will be celebrating his life at Immanuel Baptist Church Shawnee, Saturday March 20, 2021 at 1pm.

Posted online on March 14, 2021