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.