James was on the Idabel Police Force, a veteran of the U.S. Army, Navy and a member of the United Methodist Church of Redland. He loved his church and spending time with family and friends. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and singing and was a lifetime resident of the community.He was preceded in death by his parents, Tobias and Rosa Williston; three brothers, William, Silas Paul and John; four sons, Jerry Lyn, Jimmy Dale, Robert and an infant son and one daughter, Evelyn Say.He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Mary Williston of the home; three sons and daughters-in-law, Morris and Ranee Williston of Millerton, James Jr. and Monique Williston of Hooks, Tx. and David Williston and fianc'e Denise of Idabel; five daughters and sons-in-law, Betty J. and Bob Maye of Idabel, Marylin and Kyle Campbell of Claremore, Sharon and William Young of Haworth, Gloria and James Grant of Idabel and Kathy and Vince Shomo of Calera; four brothers, Ben Williston, Leroy Williston, Angus Williston and Kenneth Williston all of Idabel; six sisters, Alline Johnson, Effieleene Harley, Virginia Franklin, Stella Williston and Martha Williston all of Idabel and Esterleene Anderson of Broken Bow; twenty three grandchildren, Maura, Shalisa, Lindsey, Erica, Matthew, Shane, Tamera, Shannon, Brandon, Robyn, Mandy, Kasey, Wendy, Justin, Lilli, Chris, Bradley, Adrian, Megan, Cole, Marsha, Melissa and Robert; sixteen great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, at Redland United Methodist Church, Redland Community with Gene Vanalstyne officiating. Interment will follow in Denison Cemetery, Idabel.The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, at Brumley Funeral Home, Idabel. \nTo send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of James T. Williston, please visit our floral store.