|Birth: ||Apr. 29, 1931|
|Death: ||Jan. 30, 2014|
James Everette Amerson was born April 29, 1931, in Milo to Henry Daniel and Lola Maude Johnson Amerson.
He passed away in his home in Sparta, Tenn., with his loving wife by his side on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014.
Jim met his bride on a blind date in Pampa, Texas, in 1957. He and Irma Jean McWright were married for 54 years. They had three children, Janet Lee, William M., and Holly Jean, seven grandchildren: Amanda (Lee) Carmichael, Ashlee (Jason) Roberts, Zack Tevebaugh, Jeremy Braziel, Jenny Braziel, Caleb (Kristi) Amerson, and Mandi (Sam) Stapp, and 10 great-grandchildren.
He is the author of a short story titled "A Grandfather and his Seven Wonderful Grandchildren" that he wrote for each of his grandchildren whom he would affectionately call "kid."
A proud Chickasaw, Jim grew up with two brothers and two sisters (who all precede him in death) in Milo on his mother's Indian allotment. He graduated from Healdton High School where he was undoubtedly involved in every club and sport imaginable, setting the stage for his lifelong commitment to helping others. He joined the National Guard in 1947 at 16 years of age, forging his mother's signature, so he could get a winter coat since he didn't have one. He made $32 every three months. His Division, the 45th, was activated to Korea and he served as Tank Commander in the 179th Tank Company from 1950-1953. Nearly every year after they came home, he and his comrades got together for annual reunions that eventually included children and grandchildren and were held all over the country.
In 1956, he graduated from Southeastern State College where he played football and he later attended graduate school at the University of Alabama. Jim loved to learn. He went on to be an algebra, calculus, and trigonometry teacher and had a knack for making those complicated subjects easily grasped by his students. He was also a football coach in Amarillo and Borger, Texas, and McLoud, where he led his teams to several district championships. In 1968, he was named All City's Football Coach of the Year. He also had an outstanding career as an engineer and worked for Sun Oil and was later self-employed. He also served in the American Legion. In 1998 he was the first Native American to be elected Commander of the State American Legion. He served as the American Legion national representative for Oklahoma on foreign affairs. He also served as director and assistant director of Oklahoma Boy's State for multiple years. He was inducted into the Chickasaw Hall of Fame in 2006 for his notable accomplishments and honorable representation of his Chickasaw heritage. And that was what happened during his life in Oklahoma. In 2010, Jim and Jean moved to Sparta, Tenn., where their oldest daughter, Janet, and her family reside.
For the past three years Jim was at every sporting event, church program, and school function that involved his six great-children who live there. Upon moving to Sparta, he quickly became involved in every organization that he could track down. He made countless friends and accomplished many things in just three years through his involvement in the Rotary Club where he was awarded the Paul Harris Award. He was an active member of the American Legion, including establishing the Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Sparta and being the Chairman of a 14 county committee to establish a National Veterans Cemetery in the Upper Cumberland. A life-long learner, Jim was even enrolled in classes at Tennessee Technological University in 2011, making him the oldest enrolled student at the time. We are sure he taught others just as much as he learned while he was there. He was a reliable friend, an encouraging mentor, and caring soul. He is and always will be a role model for all.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sparta Rotary's Veterans Memorial Park care of Hunter Funeral Home PO Box 90.
Funeral services will be 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 3, at Christian Life First Assembly of God, where he was a member, at 117 N. Spring Street. Family will receive friends after 4 p.m. at the church. He will take his last plane ride out west on Tuesday and will be laid to rest after a military funeral in Milo.
Created by: Mark
Record added: Feb 02, 2014
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