James Washington “Jay” Lemaster, was born on July 2, 1925, the son of Miles Everet and Delia Ann Spears Lemaster in Stigler. He passed from this life on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, at the age of 92.
Jay graduated from Blackburn High School in 1943 as valedictorian. He then entered the U.S. Coast Guard during WWII in 1943 and was honorably discharged in 1946 after serving two years, three months and 29 days. He married Virginia Lee Doer in 1944 in Perry. He attended college at Oklahoma A&M and graduated in 1949. He worked for OG&E for 37 and a half years in Oklahoma City and Ardmore before retiring on July 1, 1986. He traveled all over the OG&E system working in Oklahoma City for eight years doing relay and control work in substations. He then transferred to Ardmore in 1956 as southern region substation supervisor and remained there until retirement. He had manyhobbies interest including camping, fishing, bowling and spending time with his family. He served as assistant Scoutmaster in Troop 107 in Ardmore and was explorer post leader. He was a jack of all trades and a master of none.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 61 years, Virginia; brothers, Lester Enzly Lemaster and Hershall Earnest Lemaster and sister, Hester Ettie Caruth.
He is survived by his sisters, Charlene Fisher and Willodean Fisher, both of Ponca City; daughter, Sharon Jean Smith, of Ardmore; sons, James Norman Lemaster and his wife Brenda, of Ardmore; Gary Don Lemaster, of Ardmore; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild and baby Rory on the way; numerous nieces and nephews and his extended family, the Fisher’s of Blackburn.
No service is scheduled at this time.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Cross Timbers Hospice, 207 C St. NW, Ardmore, OK 73401.
Online condolences can be made at www.craddockfuneralhome.com.