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James "Buck" Dearmore

James Russell (Buck) Dearmore, lifelong Okmulgee area resident, died Tuesday, December 2, 2008 in Okmulgee at the age of 84. He was born on November 13, 1924 in Boynton, Oklahoma to James and Dortha (Herron) Dearmore. He served his country during World War II in the United States Army and was located on Angel Island and Pearl Harbor. He obtained the rank of Staff Sergeant and was honorably discharged. He married Jerolene Slape on June 5, 1948 in Okmulgee. Buck worked at the Okmulgee Public Schools as Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds until his retirement. He was a Christian and was an avid sportsman. He loved to hunt, fish and garden and was a faithful OU Fan.

Buck was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Rhonda Dearmore-Jacobs in 2002 and two sisters, Maxine Dearmore and Gladys Gilley. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Jerry, of the home; two sons, Russell Dearmore and wife Anna and Jay Dearmore and wife Kim, sons, Shawn and Chase Crawley, all of Okmulgee; a brother, Alvin Dearmore of Rentiesville; three sisters, Lillie Mae (Dixon) Lawson of Muskogee, Dorothy Lee Spring of Checotah and Wilkie Lou Dearmore of Council Hill; and grandchildren Alicia Bell and Jennifer Solieau, both of Owasso and Cara Dearmore of Coweta and a great grandson, Henry Bell.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 A.M. Saturday, December 6, 2008 at the Liberty Baptist Church with Pastor Jeff Ward and Mr. Alvin Dearmore officiating. Interment will follow in the Council Hill Cemetery. Friends may visit the funeral home on Friday from 12-8 P.M. Arrangements are under the direction of the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee. Friends may send flowers to McClendon-Winters Funeral Home or contribute to the charity of their choice on behalf of James Russell (Buck) Dearmore.