James Cecil Hannan, 94, of Colbert, Oklahoma, passed away peacefully on April 8 at Southern Pointe Nursing Home with his family by his side. He was born Oct. 11, 1925, in Colbert, son of Calvin Hannan and Rosa Head Hannan. He and his loving wife, Wyota, were married 73 years and lived all of them here in Colbert, where they owned multiple businesses before retiring in the late ’80s. He is remembered by the community for being a great butcher while owning four different grocery stores over the years and later by all the young kids who he sold candy to at the Colbert Variety Store. He loved the outdoors and spent hours tending to his garden and yard and was always teased for providing enough vegetables not only for his family and close friends but for the entire community. He was a retired volunteer fireman who served 50 years protecting his community and a charter member of the local Colbert Historical Society.


His grandkids have described him best in sharing their memories of trips and overnight stays. Popcorn, ice cream cones, fried okra, garden fresh corn, striper fishing, picking up pecans, lots of dominoes, wahoo, with friends and family. The most patient and sweet man you could ever know. He was well known by all of his family for his daily naps laying in the living room floor which he continued until just a few months ago.


He is survived by his wife, Wyota, of the home; two daughters, Donna Gage and husband, Malcolm, of Colbert; Anna McKinney of Denison, Texas; eight grandchildren, Lori Sackett of Calera, Stacy Anders of Colbert, Tonya Crump of Denison, Bryce Gage of Marble Falls, Texas, Stephanie Carlton of Bokchito, Oklahoma, Phyllis Loe of Pottsboro, Texas, Erica Deweber of Denison, and Tiffany Citty of Friendswood, Texas;13 great-grandkids and four great-great-grandkids.


He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Calvin Lee and Winson; and his son Cecil Ray Hannan.


Family and friends were invited to stop by the funeral home on April 10. A private burial was held April 11.


A special thank you to the Southern Pointe Nursing Home for the excellent care they gave to our loved one while he was a resident there and the outpouring from the community during his brief illness.


Arrangements were under the direction of American Funeral Service, Colbert. You may sign the guest book at www.americanfuneralservice-fh.com.