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James Edward Still

August 11, 1952 ~ September 1, 2015

James (Jim) Still, Jr. died September 1 at the Southwest Louisiana War Veterans Home in Jennings, Louisiana, after a long illness. Jim was born in 1952, the first son of James and Vera Jo Still, in Livingston, Texas. The family moved to Ponca City, Oklahoma, where Jim spent his early years. Jim attended Oklahoma State University until he joined the US Navy during the Vietnam War. He served in Washington, DC at the Navy Photographic Lab, where he pursued and developed his love for photography. Following his military service, Jim graduated with a business degree from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He managed several photo labs in southeast Texas until he relocated to Holts Summit, Missouri, where he managed a home for handicapped adults. Jim was a loving father to his two children, Ashley and Seth, a faithful brother to Mike, a devoted son to his parents, and a friend to many. A man of deep Christian faith, he became a member of Yahweh's Restoration Ministry in Holts Summit, a group who continued to faithfully minister to him in the later years of his health struggles. Jim had eclectic interests and a warm smile for all. He loved photography, hiking, books, word puzzles, his cats, and good jokes. He will be remembered for his sacrificial love and his faith to keep moving forward to overcome the obstacles life threw his way. He is survived by daughter Ashley (and Sean) O'Neil of Austin, Texas; son Seth (and Jeni) Still in California; grandson Gavin O'Neil; mother Jo Still of Sulphur, Louisiana; brother Mike (and Becky) Still of Los Angeles, California; niece and nephew Emilie and Stefan Still; and ex-wife Cadie St. Romain. He is preceded in death by his father, James E. Still Sr., and brother Gary Still. The family greatly appreciates the staff of the War Veterans Home in Jennings, the Heart of Hospice, and the members of Yahweh's Restoration Ministry for their loving care for Jim and their faithful support of Jo. A family memorial gathering was held in Livingston, Texas. Memorial gifts may be given to Yahweh's Restoration Ministry (www.yrm.org/ministrysupport.htm).

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James Edward Still Sr., 84 of Sulphur, passed away on February 14, 2012 in a local hospital. A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 17 at 11 a.m. at Olivet Baptist Church in Sulphur with Pastor Don Walker officiating. The family invites friends to join them for light refreshments in Fellowship Hall immediately following the service. James was a native of Livingston, TX and a longtime resident of Sulphur, LA. After high school he served his country in the US Navy during WWII. He then attended East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, TX. Later he received his Masters Degree from Southwestern Baptist Seminary. After pastoring Baptist churches in Schwab City, TX, Ponca City, OK and Stillwater, OK, he served as the Pastor at Central Baptist Church in Sulphur for 30 years. His passion was meeting people and sharing Christ with others around the world. He led short term mission trips to more than fiftteen countries in Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America. James is survived by his wife, Vera Jo Still of Sulphur; two sons, James Still Jr. of Jefferson City, MO; and Mike Still and wife, Becky, of Duarte, CA; sister, Wanda Warren of Livingston, TX; and 4 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Gary Still; two sisters; and one brother. In lieu of flowers, the family requests gifts to the Southern Baptist International Mission Board OOF (www.imb.org) , P. O. Box 6767., Richmond VA, 23230-0767. Please designate gifts to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering in honor of Rev. James Still.

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  1. Our hearts are heavy with the loss of Bro. Still. He was a remarkable man and will always be remembered and loved. Our prayers (and those of our church family) are with you and your family. May God continue to lift you up. Much love. Pasto Jack & Lucy

  2. Bro. James, I thank you for the opportunty to go with you on a mission to South Korea in November of 2000. That trip changed my life and it opened the DOOR to be a wittness to others. I will miss you as my Sunday School Treacher. JOB WELL DONE MY FRIEND…..Gerald

  3. I am so very sad for Jo and the rest of their family and many friends. I know there is joy and rejoicing in Heaven with James there telling jokes and selling watches, like a watch would be needed in Heaven. Just last week James responded to my request for advice. He was always quick to help and his advice was always Christ centered. So sorry that Jackie & I will not be able to be in attendance at his funeral; please know our heart and prayers are with.

  4. I can't even begin to explain how much Bro. Still meant to me. He and Mrs. Jo were such great mentors and inspiration for me growing up. I know that he touched so many people in his lifetime and I am so blessed to have been one of them.

  5. Vera Jo and family our prayers are with you at this time. James was always positive and upbeat about the work of the Lord…He ministered to me personally in some tough times. Christian love Randall Chesson, Parkview Baptist

  6. Jo- Words cannot express how deeply my heart is saddened by the loss of Rev. Still. I have met many people during my Postal tenure and from the depths of my heart you and Rev. Still ARE the sweetest, most caring and loving people I have had the pleasure of knowing. The death of Rev. Still weighs heavily in my heart. Though I have not seen you two in a long time, I will FOREVER remember your smiles, your friendliness. My sympathy is extended to you and the rest of the family. My prayer is that God will keep all of you strong during your hour of bereavement. I am so sorry I cannot be there but you (all) are in my prayers. God Bless You All. "LOVE YOU MUCH". Clyde Handy Lake Charles Post Office.

  7. We are so sorry for your loss. Dr. Still was such a blessing to us and we will miss him very much. We love you both so much and want you to know we are here if you need us for anything. James is where he wants to be, with the Lord. Soon we will all join him and what a day of rejoicing that will be. We will be praying for you Jo to find some comfort during this very sad time. Remember we love you and are just a phone call away dear lady. Love and hugs, Dorothy & Al Mosley

  8. Jo, Mike and Jim, So sorry to hear of Brother Still's passing. He will always be remembered as "MY Favorite PASTOR", no other pastor has been given that status in my life. He will be missed. I lift your family up in prayer, knowing only God can give you peace at this time. Love, Patty Tarlton Bays Hamilton

  9. We have lost a very fine man and faithful Christian brother. I have lost a good friend and confidant. I will miss his Postal Fellowships and those days when we met for Chinese food at Hong Kong restaurant. His words of encouragement to me I will remember for the rest of my life. God bless the memory of James Still. He labored for the Lord and for His kingdom. We are praying for you and your family, Jo.

  10. Jo, we send our love and sympathy to you and your family. James and I played football together in Livingston and I count him as one of my most beloved friends. We enjoyed seeing you all at the Livingston class reunion.. God Bless you and yours. With much Love for James, Gene & Bettye Bond

  11. Dear Jo & family, My prayers are with you & your family with the loss of James. You & he always meant a lot to my dad, Alvin Robinson & to my mom, Nadine Robinson. He also meant a lot to me. When my dad passed away in 1989 we called James to come & preach daddy's funeral & he said "yes". My brothers & I were as well as my mom were so very thankful. We will miss you James, but you are now with the King of Kings & the Lord of Lords. Amen. May God Comfort you & hold you in his everlasting Arms. Glenda & Ed Burleson

  12. God allowed our paths to cross with Dr. & Mrs. Still only for an afternoon. Due to a misunderstanding, I mistakenly thought Dr. Still was an intruder in my home in Los Angeles and didn't offer him the warmest welcome. After a quick explanation and sharing a laugh together we proceeded to share a glass of tea and be encouraged and exhorted to continue seeking God for the future of our family and a possible move overseas. I have also been encouraged over the last several years to read his emails. It is a beautiful image to think of him worshiping the God he faithfully served and delighting in the fullness of His presence. May God be a warm and gentle comfort to his family during these difficult days.

  13. James was my regular preaching sub when I pastored Hope Community Church in Sulphur. He was a gentle, godly and humble man. I'm not sure if there's anything more I would want to be said about me when I die other than what I just said about him. Time continues to tick towards glory. Soon we will follow, but until then we will do well to carry on his legacy of gentleness, godliness and humility.

  14. To the family of James E. Still Sr.: I am saddened to hear of his death and your loss. Know that you will be in my prayers. James was my father's best friend and James preached his funeral in 1989. James and Jo were such dear friends to my parents and admired by many. May God's peace come upon you during this time.

  15. Dear Jo and family, Nancy and I were so sorry to hear about James' death. He was truly a dear friend. I remember very fondly our times visiting and drinking coffee in Stillwater. I appreciated so much his support and friendship while I was BSU Director at OSU. I will miss getting his sweet thoughts about the Lord. Love ya, Bob Lee

  16. Jo, Mike, & Jim – My heart goes out to all of you. We have no idea how each of our final breaths will be here on earth, but we do have promises for our future. And we know this isn't good-bye but "See ya later". I grew up knowing that James & Jo were two of the best friends Mom & Daddy had–ever. I'm so grateful for the 3 years Mike & I had at Ft Polk and the time we got to spend time with you. Know that you are in our prayers. James was certainly "a good and faithful servant".

  17. We are saddened by the loss of Brother Still, but rejoice in knowing he is with his Lord. I'm thankful for the part he played in our lives and for his loving, caring and kindness he always displayed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Jo and your family. Love to you all, Nellie, Herbert, Joshua and Ashley Rhea

  18. Jo and Boys… You probably don't remember me but I went to Southside Baptist for many years and Bro. Still was the most spiritually influencial person in my life. I was the first one to be baptised in the "new" church after we moved out of the two story house just north of McKinley school. I was young and I can still remember how he stood in the pulpit and preached …. really preached the Word of God. He didn't worry about all of the stuff that so many preachers worry about today-like being "politically correct" or stepping on someone's toes. If the Lord moved him to say it…he did and sometimes very loud, to get your attention. He truly was a man of conviction and I learned so much about myself and about being a christian from him. I am so sorry for your lose but I know that you all know that he is standing in the glory of the Lord and that we will all be together again one day! May the Lord give you peace and stand close in this difficult time. Sherri Cramer sister in Christ


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