James Edward Eslick, Jr.

James Edward (Jim) Eslick, Jr. passed away peacefully Nov. 13, 2019. He was born April 28, 1925 in Springfield. Eslick and his paternal family moved to Monett in the late 1930’s and upon graduation from high school he enlisted in the US Navy in 1944. After his honorable discharge in 1946 he returned to Monett where he later married Wilma Jane Means of Pierce City in 1947.
In 1952 he accepted a position with the US Jaycees and moved his family to Tulsa. He later worked for the Tulsa newspapers in advertising sales, and as a self-taught horticulturist at the Tulsa Rose Gardens. A lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan, and an accomplished amateur athlete, he continued participating in competitive sports until losing an eye in an accident. After the accident he directed his love of sports to coaching.
He is survived by: his wife; sons, Randy Eslick and wife Ann, Mike Eslick, David Eslick and Lindy Eslick all of Tulsa; brother, Russ (Shari) Eslick of Bartlesville, Okla.; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Eslick was preceded in death by: his parents; and siblings, Bobby Gene Eslick, George Eslick, Doreen (Eslick) Bell, Vernon Eslick, Evelyn (Eslick) Stafford and Harriet Ellen Eslick. 
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 at the Brookside Church, 3615 S. Peoria, Tulsa, Okla. and burial will be in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Monett Friday, Nov. 22, at 2 p.m. Local arrangements have been entrusted to Buchanan Funeral Home in Monett.


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