James Ollie Spencer
Tecumseh - Longtime Tecumseh, OK, resident James Ollie Spencer passed away July 7, 2021 in Shawnee at the age of 92 after battling complications from medical procedures.
Services will be Saturday, July 10 at 10:30 am at Cooper Funeral Home, Tecumseh, with interment at Tecumseh Cemetery. Viewing will be Friday, July 9 from noon until 8:00 pm. The casket will be sealed at the funeral.
He was born June 12, 1929 at his Tecumseh home to Ralph and Nellie Mae (Tarbox) Spencer. After graduating from Tecumseh Schools in the Class of 1947, he married Patsy Ruth Anderson that same year in Lincoln County. They had two daughters, Ann Elizabeth Jones of Shawnee and Molly Fern Johnson of Tecumseh, who both survive him. He is also survived by a sister, Mary Jane Dennis, of Austin, Texas.
Most of his childhood was spent in Tecumseh, except for a brief time when the family moved to Nebraska for a wheat harvest during World War II. As an adult he first worked for Southwestern Bell. Soon he changed to the oil industry as a Tool Pusher for Falcon Seaboard Drilling Company in Osage County for many years. In the '70s and '80s he formed J. O. Spencer, L.L.C. and worked as an independent Landman in Vermont, West Virginia, Texas and Oklahoma.
Preceded in death by his wife, Patsy in 1987, he continued his landman work and raised cattle on the family farm West of Tecumseh.
James was a lifelong member of New Hope Baptist Church, volunteering much time through the years on the cemetery committee that governed and maintained the adjoining cemetery.
Other survivors include grandson David M. Hammer of Shawnee and great grandchildren Michael Hammer, Connor Hammer, Garrett Hammer, Devin Hammer and Samantha Hammer. Also, granddaughter Lynann Flippen of St. Albans, West Virginia and great grandchildren Austyn Flippen, Brendan Flippen and Chase Flippen. He is also survived by sons-in-law Ronny Jones of Shawnee and David Johnson of Tecumseh, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.
The New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery Fund would be appropriate for memorials at New Hope Baptist Church, 37496 New Hope Road, Tecumseh, OK. 74873.
To share memories, or to sign the guest book on-line, go to www.cooperfuneral.com.
Posted online on July 08, 2021