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James Andrew Wiles

James Andrew Wiles, 93, went to be with his Lord and Savior on February 22, 2021, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Juanita, their children and spouses Juquita and Mike Feeley of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Pam and Paul Robinson of Brenham, Texas; and Lowell Wiles and Paula Miller of Pagosa Springs, Colorado. James is also survived by two sisters (Wanda and Vera Mae) and a brother (Benny).

James leaves a legacy of love including 7 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

James “Andy” Wiles was born in Quinton, Oklahoma, on May 12, 1927, to Louie G. and Ruby Wiles and was the third of 10 children. He grew up in Polk County, Arkansas, before joining the Army Air Force at the beginning of what became a 21-year career in the military. After his retirement from the military, he served as a full time minister in several Assemblies of God churches in Arkansas and Texas. He was a master storyteller. He entertained his grandchildren and children with captivating stories,
creating memories that will last a lifetime. He loved learning and enjoyed conversation on almost any topic with friends, family, or strangers.

He liked people, and people liked him back. He lived his faith, loved his family, and always kept a positive outlook.

James died peacefully and will be laid to rest in Fort Gibson National Cemetery with full military honors on March 3, 2021, at 10 am. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation of Oklahoma (

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