Rev. James Drurey (Jim) Eubanks died Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 10:50 a.m. at home in Pawnee, Oklahoma with his wife by his side. He was born May 31, 1941 to Floyd and Frances (Cotney) Eubanks in Sallisaw, Oklahoma. After graduating high school, he joined the Marine Corp. and served his country during the Viet Nam war. Returning home, he moved to Prue, Oklahoma to work with his brother-in-law, Lester Clayton finishing concrete. He met and married Estelene Horton on November 26th, 1964. James went to work at National Tank Company as a welder’s helper and worked there for several years. During this time, he and Estee became Youth Leaders at Prue Assembly of God. They had a youth choir who sang at many CA Rallies and anywhere else they were invited. He felt called to preach so began studying and became an ordained minister for the Assemblies of God. In 1969 they moved to Imperial, California to be youth leaders at the Imperial Assembly of God Church.
James & Estee later moved back to Prue where he and a pastor friend started their own concrete finishing business, working on many commercial properties in Tulsa and the surrounding area. In 1976 he was voted in as the pastor of Pawnee First Assembly of God Church. While pastoring there he became the Oklahoma District Royal Ranger Commander and was over the state of Oklahoma boys’ program of the AG. He served in that capacity for over 20 years, traveling around the world training men to reach boys for Christ while still pastoring in Pawnee. In 2006 he took a 6 months sabbatical and went to China with Estee, who spent a year teaching school there. After 35 years of pastoring, in which they saw more than one generation commit to Christ and His plan for their lives, in 2011 they retired from the church and moved to Nairobi, Africa. They then returned to Pawnee where they continued to live until his death.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Frances Eubanks, four sisters; Wanda, Nadine, Irene, and Inez; four brothers, Floyd Jr., Archiedon, Carl and Charles (Chockie). He is survived by his wife Estelene of the home, one son, Dru, two daughters, Heather and Christy; five grandchildren; Alex and Courtney, Amy (Jay), Jzohn and Mackenzie; five nieces, Marsha, Mary K., Brenda Carol, Dorthy, & Paula June, one nephew, Ellis, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Graveside services were held Saturday 2:00 P.M. in the Magnolia Memorial Gardens in Bristow, Oklahoma with Rev. Kirby Stevens officiating. A memorial service will be held Saturday 2:00 P.M. July 11, 2020 in the Assembly Of God Church in Pawnee, Oklahoma. Services were entrusted to the Poteet Funeral Home and Cremation Services, friends can leave a memory for the family at www.poteetfuneralhome.com Memorials can be made in memory of James at the Oklahoma District Council of the Assemblies of God P.O. Box 13179 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73113 Attn: Oklahoma Royal Rangers also everyloved.com/james(jim)drureyeubanksmemorial to donate in his name.