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James Edward Fanning
© Enid News and Eagle
Submitted by: Jo Aguirre

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James Edward and Mary Lou JAY FANNING

Cherokee Municipal Cemetery

The funeral for James “Jim” Edward Fanning, 80, of Alva, will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church, Cherokee. The Rev. Jim Edmison and Bob Brown, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Cherokee Municipal Cemetery. Arrangements are by Lanman Funeral Home Inc. of Cherokee. Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, 9-11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home and after the service at the church.

He was born Nov. 29, 1927, in Los Angeles to James J. and Mary Catherine Edwards Fanning and died Friday, Dec. 14, 2007, in Alva.

He received a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva. He served in the Army from 1952 to 1954. He was a classroom teacher, farmer and cattleman. He married Gussie J. Berry in Alva. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Cherokee; Lions Club; Corinthian Masonic Lodge No. 307; and Oklahoma Retired Teachers Association.

Surviving are his wife, Gussie, of Alva; five children, Kelly Hellar, Jay Fanning, Janet Wanger, Bonita Stewart and Debbie Coon; 15 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Lou Fanning.

Memorials may be made through the funeral home to Cherokee High School track or NWOSU girls softball.

Condolences may be made online at www.lanmanmemorials.com.

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