James Leroy Gilliss of Grove died Saturday, April 28, 2007, at Betty Ann Nursing Center in Grove following a short illness. He was 67.

Gilliss was born March 5, 1940, in Mountain View, Calif., to Alvin Lee Gilliss and Beatrice Marie (Martin) Gilliss. He attended high school and received some technical training. He moved to the Grove area earlier in 2007.

He was a veteran of the Air Force.

He was a machinist and worked for many years in Tulsa.

Survivors include one son, Timothy James Gilliss of Oklahoma City; his mother, of Broken Arrow; one brother, Denver Lee Gillis of Tulsa, and one grandson, Caleb James Gilliss.

He was preceded in death by his father and one brother, Anthony “Tony” Gilliss.

There will be a private family service at a later date.

Arrangements are under the direction of Turner Funeral Chapel in Grove.