"Dignity without Compromise"

Maxine Elsey James


Maxine Elsey James, 84, of Okmulgee passed away from this life to be with the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was born October 30, 1919 in Yale, OK to Reverend Benjamin H. and Lena Mae Jorns Elsey. Maxine has faithfully served her Lord as a church Pianist and organist throughout churches in Washington, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma for over seventy-six years. She met and married Kenneth James in 1947. In June of 1977 Maxine and Kenneth moved to Okmulgee. They joined the Calvary Baptist Church in Okmulgee were she became the church pianist and later due to health problems switched to the organ.

Survivors include her Husband Kenneth James of the home, a son Dayle James and wife Barbara a daughter Gayle Womack and Husband John both of Okmulgee, a daughter Wanda Inman and husband Steve of Claremore, OK, a son Max James and wife Carol of Austin, TX, a daughter Sandra Justins and husband Art of Tulsa, OK and a daughter-in-law Adrian James of Broken Arrow, OK. Seventeen grandchildren and thirty great-grandchildren also survive.

She was preceded in death by her parents Benjamin and Lena Elsey a son Kenneth P. James, a sister Gladys Baker, Brother in-law Ophard Baker a granddaughter Candy Lynn Reed and a great-grandson David Michael Sutterfield.

Graveside services will be 10:30 am on Saturday, May 22, 2004 at the Park Grove Cemetery in Broken Arrow with the Reverend Lawrence Matlock Officiating. Interment is under the direction of the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home in Okmulgee.

A Memorial service will be at 2:00 PM on Sunday, May 23, 2004 at the Calvary Baptist Church in Okmulgee with Reverend Lawrence Matlock and Reverend Gene Limb officiating.

The Family will be receiving friends on Friday, May 21, 2004 at the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

Caketbearers will be Johnny Reed, Steven Inman, Benjamin James, Dean Simmons, Jeromy James, Marcus James, Thomas Schatte and Tommy Wallace