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1941 James 2022

James R. Oakum

September 10, 1941 — January 9, 2022

James R. Oakum Sr., 8o, of Wilburton passed away on Sunday, January 9, 2022 at his home surrounded by his family.

Born on September 10, 1941, he was the son of the late Harold “Chick” and Tessie (Mannello) Oakum.

He attended Conyngham schools.

On November 23, 1963, he married Roberta Thompson who survives.

Jim was an accomplished drummer and musician. He played drums in various bands such as The Rock Tones and the Rockets. He was also a private drumming instructor. Before his retirement, he was employed as an auto salesman with Klock's Auto in Paxinos.

In his later years, "Big Jim" helped manage his son's band, Deuce, and was active in the local music scene and entertainment field. He enjoyed going out to hear and support many of the area's local bands. Jim was a big jazz fan and could be found listening to the music of Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, and drummer Buddy Rich at any hours of the day and night. He enjoyed hosting music nights for his family and friends.

In addition to his wife, he is survived and will be sorely missed by his daugher, Natalie Adams and Joseph Ramer; his son, James Oakum Jr. and Autumn Kubitsky; four grandchildren, Noah and Landon Adams, and Jarrod and Ashlea Oakum; and his granddog, Meeshka, as well as Deuce family members, relatives and many friends.

Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Burial will be at All Saints Cemetery. Joseph J. Stutz, Inc. Funeral Home, 40 South Market St., Mt. Carmel, Joseph J. Stutz, III Supervisor has been entrusted with the arrangements. To leave a condolence for Jim’s family, please visit the Tribute Wall at

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172 All Saints Road, Elysburg, PA 17824

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