James Bryant Sappington, 67, of Peoria, Okla. passed from this life on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at Freeman Hospital, Joplin, Mo.

James was born on September 20, 1950 in Baxter Springs, Kan. to the union of Russell and Mary Angeline (Dearinger) Sappington. James was united in marriage to Mary Katherine (Tunnell) on March 3, 1973 in Miami, Okla. James grew up and was a member of the Peoria Assembly of God Church. He enjoyed his horses and spending time with his grandchildren.

James is preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Mary Sappington; one brother, Finis Sappington.

James is survived by his wife Mary K. Sappington of the home; two daughters, Kristia Fox and husband Josh and their three children, Garrett, Connor, and Tristan of Peoria, Okla., and Jamie King and husband Shane and their two children, Hollis and Gracie of Peoria, Okla.; two brothers, Charlie Sappington of Seneca, Mo., and Greg Sappington of Peoria, Okla.

Memorial visitation will be held from 6 to 7 p.m., Monday, January 8, 2018 at Derfelt’s Baxter Chapel. No formal services are planned at this time. James has been entrusted to Derfelt’s Baxter chapel for cremation. Online condolences may be expressed at www.derfeltfuneralhomes.com.