|Birth: ||Jan. 1, 1924|
|Death: ||Apr. 6, 1999|
WETUMKA - Rev. James Wesley was born January 1, 1924, in Okemah. He died April 6, 1999, in Okemah.
Funeral services were held April 10 at Middle Creek #1 Church with Rev. Bill Hobia and Rev.Mark Smith officiating. Interment was at Kialegee Cemetery.
He attended school at Hickory Ridge, graduated from Bearden High School, and attended Okmulgee Tech school in 1951 where he learned dry cleaning. He worked 31 years in this trade before retiring. He played professional baseball with the "old" Boston Braves National League in 1946 as a major league pitcher.
He served as a tank commander under General George S. Patton in World War II during the Normandy Invasion and earned a Silver Service Star and the EAME service ribbon.
He was baptized April 24, 1949, at Salt Creek Baptist Church by Rev. Dan Scott and was ordained a deacon on March 17, 1950. He became a licensed minister July 18, 1954 and was ordained by Rev. Elliot Leitka and Rev. Coleman Lewis on October 27, 1957 at the Salt Creek church. He served as the Director of Cultural and Heritage for the Kialegee Tribal Town and was elected Meeko for 16 years.
He was the son of Polly Scott and John "Adam" Wesley, both deceased. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Minnie Jean Yargee Wesley, whom he married November 4, 1945; and one grandchild, Taylor James Wesley.
He was survived by his three sons, Gary Wesley of Oklahoma City, Lowell Wesley of Wetumka, and Leo Wesley of Dallas, TX; his two daughters, Geraldine Harjo of Dallas, TX, and Sharon Smith of Dustin; 1 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Minnie Jean Yargee Wesley (1923 - 1999)*
Sharon Kay Smith (1958 - 2006)*
Created by: Connie
Record added: Dec 30, 2008
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