Dr. James B. Crowson
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Dr. James B. Crowson
A public viewing will be held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday. The family will greet friends and relatives from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at Bishop Chapel of Memories.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, December 12, at The King's House, 124 V. Hubert Smith Drive in McAlester, officiated by the Rev. Scott Walker. A private interment will follow. Arrangements entrusted to Bishop Funeral Service and Crematory of McAlester.
Pallbearers will be Corey Crowson, Stetson Frost, Dillon Roberts, Tuker Standridge, Tanor Crowson and Brant McFarland.
Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Watkins, Dale Cox, Danny Cochran, Richard Quaid, Gene Walker, Charles Kerley, Lester Moore, Royce Manion, Philip Miller, Roy Sanders, Gary Fugitt, Larry Case, Randy Wesley, Jeff Duff, Donald Joe Hass, Morris Cochran, Russell Burns, Eddie Brown, Jack Walker, Jeff Allen, John Jacobs, Bob Weaver, Nick Arnold, Jack Poore, Elliot Lekewa, Gerald Monte, Steve Swindall, Nolan Lake, Felix Waller, Steven Muse, William Griggs, Jeremy McNally, Steven Moore and Steve Gandhi.
James Byron Crowson was born on November 13, 1949, to Harlon Hue "Buck" and Alene (Hass) Crowson. He grew up in Wesley and attended Limestone Gap School and Kiowa School. James graduated from Kiowa High School in 1967. He graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1971 and attained a doctorate in theology from Liberty University.
James married Frankie Laray Olshovsky on June 1, 1968, in Kiowa. Together they pastored at several churches for over 54 years such as Trinity Baptist in El Reno, Harmony Baptist and Day Spring in Atoka, and also First Christian in McAlester. He also served as an associate pastor for King's House and Central Christian in McAlester. James officiated numerous wedding ceremonies and funeral services.
After retiring from full time ministry, James worked as a chaplain for Heartland Hospice and eventually became the administrator, retiring after five years.
James was an avid Oklahoma University sports fan.
James was preceded in death by his parents, Harlon Hue "Buck" Crowson and Alene (Hass) Crowson.
He is survived by his wife, Frankie, of the home; son, Corey Crowson, of McAlester; daughter, Jamie Crowson, of Atoka; grandchildren, Stetson Frost and wife, Kelsi, of Atoka, Dillon Roberts and wife, Ashley, of McAlester, Tuker Standridge, of Atoka, Kalli Jo Standridge, of Atoka, Mazi Standridge, of Atoka, Taylor Crowson, of Haileyville, Tanor James Crowson, of McAlester, Tilar Crowson, of Oklahoma City, and London Crowson, of Coalgate; great-grandchildren, Luke Allen, Brooklyn Davenport, Toby James Roberts, Hazlee Allen and Harrison Frost; sisters-in-law, Betty Quaid and husband, Richard, Patsy Kilpatrick, Midge Beaty, and Martha Gallardo; brothers-in-law, P.J. Beaty, Jake Beaty and Jimmy Beaty, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other family and friends.
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