James Lawrence McCumber


James Lawrence McCumber of Hinton, Oklahoma passed away on February 20th, 2018 at age 85. He was born on May 10th, 1932 in the home of his parents Edd and Myrtle McCumber and to his Aunt Marie’s exclamation, “Another red head!” The youngest of three brothers, Jim learned to be ornery, probably from his brother Don, but he always had a sense of humor and a clear positivity. He was quick to smile, laugh, and joke. Jim frequently greeted trouble and mishap by saying, “Well, you’ll get over it.” Jim’s life was one of service. He enlisted in the Navy in May of 1951 and conducted basic training in Florida. He toured the Mediterranean on an Aircraft Carrier, where he was a Crew Chief and, in 1955, completed his tour in New Jersey and was honorably discharged. After the Navy, Jim served as an OKC Police Officer from 1957 until 1964. He started in a scout car, then motorcycle officer before moving to down town traffic. After that, Jim moved back to Hinton and ran a Cycle shop and gas station. In 1974, Jim married Jerry Layton and the two moved to Yukon, where they were longtime members of Town & Country Christian Church. He ran a produce route for several years and then worked at Ken’s Bakery until he retired. In retirement, Jim was able to take up the work he was most proud of in volunteering at the Yukon Hospital. He recounted how important he felt it was that he could make those in dire and difficult circumstances laugh. In his last few years, Jim moved back to Hinton where he was able to spend time with his brothers and other family. He loved being a part of the Tuesday night Cousins Rook club, where winning and losing were of no value compared to spending time with those he loved. He also enjoyed visiting at the Hinton Senior Citizens. Raised to Master Mason in April of 1963, Jim was recognized with a 50 Year Award by the Grand Lodge of Oklahoma in 2013. Jim was a kind and respectful man, exemplified by the fact that he never drove over 50 mph and, over the course of 85 years, never had an accident. He loved and was loved and he will be missed. Jim is preceded in death by his wife, Jerry, and parents, Edd and Myrtle. He is survived by his brothers and their wives, Eldon and Donna Mae McCumber and Don and Bert McCumber, all of Hinton, Oklahoma, many nieces and nephews, two stepdaughters, Cindy Sparks and Pam Armstrong, and his dog Abbie. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Hinton Senior Citizens, P.O. Box 322, Hinton, OK 73047. Services were held at the First Christian Church in Hinton on Saturday, February 24th, 2018, Hinton, OK : Officiating: Rev. Brandon Kittle. Services entrusted to Turner Funeral Home, Hinton, Oklahoma. Condolences may be sent to the family at turnerfuneralhomes@gmail.com, turnerfh.net, or you can find us on facebook.com (Turner Funeral Homes).

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