James Ray Mote, 91, of Pryor, passed away on Sunday, July 24, 2022 at his home. He was born on July 5, 1931 in Boynton, Oklahoma; the son of Buster and Maggie (Wolfinger) Mote. James was married to Ona Nadine Walker in Muskogee County from December 24, 1949 to February of 1982. James worked most of his life in the trucking industry, earning an award for over 3.5 million safe miles. One of his greatest accomplishments was building his log home, even though it took him 3 plus years to do it. He enjoyed going fishing, water skiing and spending time at the lake. He loved RVing and traveling, but his favorite place to camp was at Blue Bill Point. James was a true patriot and loved anything red, white and blue, and oftentimes would paint things to match those colors. He was an OU Fan, John Wayne fan, and he truly enjoyed bluegrass festivals. James loved to make his rounds around Pryor, usually starting at Thomas Restaurant, and then going to the donut shop. He spent time at the CARD senior center and always enjoyed the company of those that would attend at the center. James looked forward to a good dominoes game and visiting with his friends and family. He leaves behind many memories and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 28, 2022 in the First Freewill Baptist Church in Pryor with Reverend Rusty Harrison officiating. Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery with DeWayne Mote, Brandon Mote, Brandon Coverdell, Colton Coverdell, Tony Carter, & Taylor Carter serving as casket bearers. Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at Shipman’s Funeral Home. To leave his family a message, please visit his Tribute Wall at www.shipmansfuneralhome.com
James is survived by his son, Dewayne Mote of Inola, Oklahoma, Daughter, Janice Parker of Pryor, Oklahoma; 4 grandchildren, Keli Carter and husband Tony, Patricia Parker and husband Randall, Melissa Coverdell and husband Brandon, and Brandon Mote and wife Casey; 9 great grandchildren, Colton, Russell, Carson, Madison, Taylor, Isaac, Lauren, Mariah, and Maggie; 1 great great grandchild, Ava and 2 on the way; and many other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Buster and Maggie Mote, second wife, Shirley Mote; and infant brother.