The Oklahoman

James “Jim” Francis Allison


NORMAN - James ( Jim) Francis Allison, 89, of

Norman, formerly of Bixby, Silverthor­ne, Colorado, and Oklahoma City, passed away peacefully of natural causes on October 5, 2021 at his home in

Norman, surrounded by his loving family.

Jim was born on March 26, 1932 in Oklahoma

City, the son of Francis Julian and Myrtle Mash


Jim spent his early years in Oklahoma City, and moved with his family to Enid, where he graduated from Enid High School in 1950. He went on to attend the University of Oklahoma, where he graduated with a bachelors degree in business administra­tion. He joined the United States Air Force, was commission­ed as a lieutenant and trained as a navigator with postings in Harlingen, Texas and Biloxi, Mississipp­i, reaching the rank of Captain before leaving active duty in 1960. He met his beloved Sue while stationed in Harlingen, Texas and they were married on April 11, 1959. Jim adopted Sue’s two sons, Charles and Stephen, shortly after their marriage, and they moved to Oklahoma City where he and Sue raised their family. Jim began a long career in sales and was best known for introducin­g several new medication­s into the State of Oklahoma as a pharmaceut­ical sales representa­tive.

Jim and Sue were long-time members of their church congregati­ons in the cities where they lived, and Jim had a life-long love of scripture study. He was an avid traveler, golfer, car collector, gardener and reader, and had a love for discussing many topics, including politics and religion. He volunteere­d for many years at area nursing homes and prison ministries. He had a heart for helping anyone in need, supporting many nonprofit causes throughout his life. One of Jim’s passions was the University of Oklahoma and Sooner football, where he and Sue were decades- long season ticket holders. He was particular­ly proud of the legacy he establishe­d as the first of many OU graduates in his family.

Jim is survived by his wife of 62 years, Edna (Sue), three children, Charles and his wife Janelle, of Bixby, Jeffrey and his wife Elizabeth, of Fort Worth, Texas, and Diane Sullivan of Frisco, Texas; ten grandchild­ren, Joshua Allison and his wife Kassie, Leah Stark and her husband Josh, Ethan Allison and his wife Kara, Hannah Price and her husband Chris, Mark Allison, Connor Allison, Carson Allison, Lauren Asay, Ross Allison, Logan Asay, Ian Sullivan and Olivia Sullivan; eight great- grandchild­ren; and many nieces and nephews.

Jim was predecease­d by his parents; his sister, Jeanette Shrum; son, Stephen Perry Allison; and his son-in-law, Parker Sullivan.

The Allison family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciati­on to the outpouring of care and compassion Jim received from family, Jim and Sue’s many friends and neighbors, and those who provided medical care to Jim in recent weeks. Jim’s family is grateful for everyone’s kindness, concern and support.

A viewing will be held at Primrose Funeral Home, 1109 North Porter Avenue in Norman, on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 2:00 p.m., also at Primrose Funeral Home in Norman, followed by a graveside ceremony and interment at Rose Hill Cemetery, 6001 Northwest Grand Boulevard in Oklahoma City.

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