Cover photo for James "Jimmy" Means's Obituary
James "Jimmy" Means Profile Photo
1928 James 2021

James "Jimmy" Means

September 8, 1928 — February 25, 2021

Cherokee, OK

James Robert Means Jr. “Jimmy” was born September 8, 1928 to James Robert Means Sr. and Lois Edna Mann Means. His birth place was rural Carmen on the family farm.  He attended first through eighth grade at Prairie Valley.  His high school years were at Lambert, where he excelled in basketball and baseball.  He attended Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, where he was a four sport letterman for the Fighting Quakers.  He was a starting half back on the undefeated 1949-50 football team as well as team captain for the basketball team.  He graduated in 1950 with a B.S. Degree in education.  His first teaching job was at Aline, where he coached the high school boys’ and girls’ basketball teams, before being drafted into the U.S. Army.  He served in the Counter Intelligence Division in Maryland and San Francisco.  In 1953 he married Phyllis Green and continued his teaching and coaching in Larned, Kansas.  While picking up his Master’s Degree at Phillips University in Enid and starting a family he had career stops in Ringwood, Goltry, Carmen, Central of Burden, Braman, Wakita, Ponca City, Ralston, Helena and Wichita Christian Center.  He served as coach, teacher and/or administrator.  Jim also ran and expanded the family farm during his teaching career and beyond, where he especially liked working with his cows.   Jim was a member of Hopeton Wesleyan Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Lois Means and his brother, Gerald.

Jim is survived by his wife, Phyllis; five children, Toni, Jamie and wife, Jen, Danny, Connie, David and wife, Kim; grandkids, Mary, Deborah Reese and husband, Caleb, Rebecca, Rachel, Sheldon, Alonna, Gracie, and Asher; nephews and nieces, Tom and wife, Kathleen, Karen Menefee and husband, Ron, Gary and wife, Shiela, and Sharon Stout and husband, Tim, and their families.

Service for Jim will be Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at the Exhibit Building at Alfalfa County Fair Grounds.  Arrangements are by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Cherokee.  Facebook: Lanman Funeral Home Inc.

In lieu of flowers you may give to the Hopeton Wesleyan Church Youth Group, the Extreme, through the funeral home.

The service will be live streamed on the Hopeton Church facebook page.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of James "Jimmy" Means, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services

Memorial Service

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Starts at 2:00 pm (Central time)

Alfalfa County Fairground Exhibit Building

602 W 5th St, Cherokee, OK 73728

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Visits: 41

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree