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James E. Ginn, Jr.

August 15, 1928 November 27, 2018
James E. Ginn, Jr.
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James E. Ginn, Jr. of Miami, OK passed from this life on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at The Communities of Wildwood Ranch in Joplin, Mo. He was 90.

James was born August 15, 1928 in Buffalo, MO to James Earl and Luna Eunice (Rains) Ginn, Sr. He moved to Fairland, OK mid-term in his freshman year in high school. He graduated in 1947 from Fairland High School, enjoying 3 ½ years of high school sports in Fairland. He went to work for B.F. Goodrich in Miami, OK immediately after graduation and was a senior shift foreman retiring in 1986 after 39 ½ years of service.

He enrolled in the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association (O.S.S.A.A.) as a sports official in the fall of 1948 for football and basketball officiating football and basketball games for 40 years. He was inducted into the Oklahoma High School Officials Hall of Fame. James served as president for Northeastern Oklahoma Officials Association for many years. He served on the football and basketball board of officials for the O.S.S.A.A. for one term, one year as vice president and one year as president. He joined the Oklahoma Inter-Collegiate Conference serving as president for one year and officiated four playoff games. He was a member of the Big Eight Football Officials Conference, working O.U. and O.S.U. freshman football games.

After retirement James worked as a groundskeeper for Shangri-La Resort in Afton, OK. He was a charter member of Bethany Christian Church in Miami where he served as Elder, Deacon, Chairman of the Board and he served on the building committee. He served 2 terms on Miami School Board and was an early organizer of N.E.O. Credit Union in Miami where he served as president and other offices for many years. He had been a member of Miami Kiwanis Club and Miami Golf and Country Club where he was an avid golfer.

James was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings, Victor Ginn, Emma Jo Kahler and Jean Ellis.

James is survived by his wife Billie L. Ginn of the home, 2 daughters, Debbie Lorimer and husband Pat of Joplin, MO and Karen Wilson and husband Richard of Tulsa, OK, 1 sister, Paula Eaton of Riverside, CA, 3 grandchildren, Richard James Wilson and wife Courtney, Brian Patrick Lorimer and wife Jamie and Kara Ann Weber and husband Jim of Lamar, MO, 11 great-grandchildren, Chase, Carter and Chloe Rose Wilson, Azariah and Chandler Lorimer, Chey Lewis and husband Skylar, Miranda Lorimer and Andrew Mitchell and Daisy, Jerome, Jasper and Jules Weber, 1 great-great grandson, Connor Mitchell and another great great grandchild on the way.

The family wishes to thank and acknowledge 3 faithful caregivers, Christian Meyer, Louietta Williams and Eugenia McElheny, Dr. Bradford Stephens and Osborn Drug.

Celebration of Life services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, December 6, 2018 at Paul Thomas Funeral Home Chapel in Miami, OK officiated by Pastor Leon Weece. Memorials are suggested to the charity of donor’s choice. Services have been placed in the care of Paul Thomas Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Miami, OK.

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11:00 AM 12/6/2018 11:00:00 AM
Paul Thomas Funeral Home and Cremation Service (Miami)

1432 B Street N.W.
Miami, OK 74354

Paul Thomas Funeral Home and Cremation Service (Miami)
1432 B Street N.W. Miami 74354 OK
United States

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