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10/28/2013 12:12:00 PM
Pastor James D. Sweet

Pastor James D. Sweet

Born May 1, 1927 son of Enos A. and Sabina C. Sweet of McBain, Michigan. As a WWII Veteran, he enlisted in the US Navy and was stationed at Great Lakes from 1945-1946. While a student at Bob Jones University, Greenville, South Carolina, he met his future wife, Margaret J. Knott and was married after graduation in 1951, joyfully lasting over 62 years.

He is survived by his wife and six children; Tim (Karen), Tom (Gail), John (Diana), Mary (Mike), Paul (Danielle) and Priscilla (Kyle), and 19 Grandchildren and 3 Great GrandChildren.

During his 62 years of faithful ministry, he pastored 10 Michigan churches: Wayside Baptist in West Branch (1952-1959), Wayside Baptist in Williamsburg (1959-1960), Judson Baptist in Prescott (1960-1970), Main Street Baptist in Harbor Springs (1970-1990), McBain Baptist Church (Interim) (1991-1994 & 1997-1998), Herring Lake Baptist Church (Interim) (1994-1995), Hale Baptist Church (Interim) (1998-1999), Greenbush Community Church (Interim) (2003-2004), Liberty Baptist in Lake George (Interim) (Mar-Jun 2005), Jennings Mission Church (Interim) (Sep 2005-Jan 2006). Additionally during his 62 years of ministry, James preached at a multitude of churches throughout the state and in Ohio. For 40 years he was a Bible Instructor and counselor at Forest Haven Bible Camp, Ocqueoc Falls and the Director for 10 years, seeing God change the lives of many young people.

In 1996 James and Margaret were sent on a Mission trip to the Philippines to support their local missionaries. He also was the Co-Founder of North Central Christian Academy, teaching several years and an instructor at Northern Michigan Bible Institute in Gaylord. Throughout his ministry, he mentored over a thousand of young people where a number became Pastors and Missionaries. In James' earlier years, he was also a school teacher and bus driver for the West Branch and Whittemore-Prescott School Systems.

In lieu of flowers, it is the families wish that donations are directed to either the McBain Baptist Church Missionary Fund or the Timothy Fund at Bob Jones University. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, siblings John (Eva), Paul (Wilma) and Dorothy (Doug Waite).

Funeral Services were held at McBain Baptist Church Wednesday 23 October. Thought and prayers can be left at burkholderfamilyfuneralhome.com.

William W. Slocum, Naples, FL

Bill Slocum of Naples, Florida died on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at age 92.

Bill was born in Farmington, MI to Edessa (Warner) and William W. Slocum, Sr. October 18, 1921. He graduated in 1939 from Cranbrook School, Bloomfield Hills, MI, in 1943 from Swarthmore College Swarthmore. PA, and from the University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, MI in 1949.

He served in the United States Coast Guard from 1943-1946 with the rank of Lieut. S.G. at discharge. He was a member of the Michigan State Bar Assoc., Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity. He practiced law from 1949-1986, with the Hill, Lewis firm, both in Detroit and in Birmingham, MI. He was a founding member and first treasurer of the Birmingham Athletic Club, President and Trustee of the George M. and Mabel H. Slocum Foundation, a former member and board member of the Naples Yacht Club, former member of Royal Poinciana Country Club, Moorings Presbyterian Church, past member of Birchwood Farms Golf and Country Club in Harbor Springs, MI.

He is survived by his wife Joan Kennedy Slocum whom he married in 1948, four daughters, Anne Slocum Nelson (David) of Denver, CO, Libby Slocum of Paw Paw, MI, Jody Slocum Buetow (Kurt) of Downing, WI, Meg Slocum Cusack (Kevin) of Grand Rapids, MI. His daughter Amy Slocum predeceased him in 2008. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren: Jake, Rachael (Joe), Joanie, Leighton, Alex, Wilson, and Peter Cusack and Stefan (Jenna) and Matt Buetow; two great-granddaughters Lux and Joan Ringenberg; a sister Susan Klingbeil (William) of Charlevoix, MI and many nieces and nephews.

Bill and Joan had a summer home at Birchwood Golf & Country Club from 1978- 2004. He is brother in law of Ann (Dave) Irish and son-in-law of Elizabeth Kennedy, who donated the land for Thorne Swift Nature Preserve in Harbor Springs. Bill was proud to be one of the earliest subscribers to the Harbor Light newspaper and remained a subscriber for over 30 years!

On July 24, 2013 Bill and Joan celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary and on October 18, 2013 Bill celebrated his 92nd birthday. His interests included squash, golf, reading and conversation. A fond memory for him was getting a hole-in-one at an office party during a rainstorm. Up until one week before he

died, he read through the entire NY Times and the Wall Street Journal every day as well as many historical books and monthly newsletters. He was interested in and a great encourager to every person he met. He was beloved by all who knew him and will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, contributions would be welcomed to either the Moorings Park Foundation (120 Moorings Park Drive, Naples, FL 34105) or to Avow Hospice (online at http://avowcares.org/donate or mail: 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL, 34105).

A memorial service was held at Bower Chapel at Moorings Park (120 Moorings Park Drive, Naples, FL) on Monday, October 28.

George William James II Obituary

George William James "G.W." was born in El Dorado, Ark to Dan & Ruby (Gibson) James on June 29, 1928. He died peacefully in his home on October 25, 2013.

At a young age his family moved to Oklahoma City where he attended Wilson Elementary, Harding Jr. High School & then become a proud cadet at Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana.

On December 27, 1946, he married the love of his life, Lyda Hayes in Arkansas City, Ks. He attended the University of Oklahoma, where he became a loyal member of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. After the birth of his first set of twin boys, Bill & Gib, George joined his father, Dan James in the hotel business, where together they owned and operated the Skirvin & Skirvin Tower Hotel. George was crucial to providing information & memorabilia to the recent reopening of the Skirvin. Following the sale of the Skirvin and the birth of his second set of twin boys, Grant & Jeff, he and Lyda built their home on OKC G&CC, known as"Out of Bounds". Around that time he ventured into the Oklahoma City real estate market. Together with his partners he designed and developed Jamestown, one of Oklahoma City's first condominium & office parks in the N.W. 63rd & May area.

While GW treasured his life & friends in Oklahoma City, he also cherished the time he spent in Harbor Springs, Michigan. The number of lifelong friends he had in both places cannot be named or counted but Bill W. was one of them.

He proudly supported the University of Oklahoma, The United Way, The Oklahoma Historical Society, Northern Michigan Hospital, Little Traverse Conservancy, Harbor Springs Historical Society & The Harbor Springs Library & numerous conservative political & animal organizations. He also continued to support all the schools his four sons attended. The generous things he did for countless individuals often went unnoticed. He never sought praise because that is the way he wanted it to be. He was an American Patriot with strong Oklahoma & Conservative values.

Besides his family & friends, G.W. loved people, animals, music, playing the piano, reading, OU football, The OKC Thunder, listening to Frank Sinatra, discussing politics, Fox News, the love of words, proper grammar & numbers. There will be an empty spot in all of our hearts that he filled with his wit, humor & the love of life.

GW is survived by his wife of 67 years, Lyda Hayes James, son(s) Bill James & wife Jamie, Gib James & wife Jennifer, Grant James & wife Marcee and Jeff James, ten grandchildren, Kent James & wife Kelley, Kristen & husband Chuck Creamer, Kimberly and husband Rob Marable, Jason James & wife April, Will James & wife Cassie, Dan James, Jessica James, Brooke James, Taylor James & Holt James. Also survived by his 7 great-grandchildren including, Nathan, Ethan & Reagan Creamer, Gibson & Stella Marable. George James, Georgia & Hayes James. Sister, Dannie Bea Hightower, & his nephews Johnson & Michael Hightower, Richard & Stephen Parker, niece Susan Parker & his grandogs, Cosmo & Ruby.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Brenda Nelson for her constant care and companionship.

A memorial service was held Monday, October 28, 2013 at All Souls' Episcopal Church in Oklahoma City..

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in George's name to All Souls;' Episcopal Church, 6400 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73116 or Little Traverse Conservancy, 3264 Powell Road, Harbor Springs, Michigan, 49740.

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