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James Stevens Carman, a resident of Colbert, left this earthly life on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, at the age of 59 years 5 months and 12 days.
He was born on Aug. 24, 1957, in McAlester, to George and Jackie (Watson) Carman. James married Maria C. Puente in Albany on Sept. 27, 1986.
James was a member of the Western Meadows Baptist Church. He had a loving heart and liked to help others. James loved the quiet solitude of fishing, he also enjoyed gun collecting, rebuilding old cars, bonfires, working with his hands and drinking a great cup of coffee.
He retired from Durant Public Schools and continued working as a handy man in Durant. He especially enjoyed the time he spent with his grandchildren.
Mr. Carman is survived by his wife, Maria Carman, of Durant; daughter, Alina Hickman and husband, Jon, of Bellevue, Nebraska; grandchildren, Landon and Jack Hickman, of Bellevue, Nebraska; brother, George Carman and wife, Susan, of Sapulpa; sister, Christy Kirby and husband, Ken, of Ada; mother, Jacqueline (Jackie) Carman, of Sapulpa; nieces and nephews, Zach and Katie Thompson, of Shawnee, and Blake Carman and fiancé, Haley Hudgins, of Tennessee; uncle, Dyle Carman, of Colorado; aunt, Nancy Mayberry and husband, Clarence, of Muskogee; step-mother, Frances Carman, of McAlester, and cousins, Dale and Linda Petkash, of Colorado, Joe and Annie Gavrich, of Colorado, Susan Carman Janway, of Texas, Jim and Jana Lampe, of Texas, and Guy and Cindy Mayberry, of Tulsa.
Mr. Carman was preceded in death by his father, George Franklin Carman; grandparents, James Dyle and Lourene Carman; grandparents, Jack and Christene Watson, and aunt, Nadine Carman.
Family hour will be from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Western Meadows Baptist Church today, Feb. 10.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Western Meadows Baptist Church, 53 Shawna Drive, Durant, with Brother Cole Newton officiating.
Family and friends may send online condolences and view tributes at www.holmescoffeymurray.com.
Services are under the direction of Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home of Durant.
Published on February 10, 2017
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