James Darwin Christy

James Darwin Christy, 68, of Wister died Friday, June 20, 2014, in Wister. He was born Aug. 1, 1945, in Fort Smith, Ark. He was preceded in death by his parents, David G. Christy and Letamae Christy. Jim served 35 years in the military, serving his country in Vietnam and the Persian Gulf. As a civilian he worked 25 years at Mercy Hospital Fort Smith as a registered nurse. In retirement, Jim helped start a dog and cat rescue in Poteau. He loved his dog and cat children and they loved him. His greatest love was riding and spending time with his horses.   Service will be be held at noon Tuesday, June 24, at Unite Church, 1940 Oakwood St., in Spiro with Pastor Matthew Sebo officiating. Burial will be in the National Cemetery in Fort Smith with full military honors under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home in Fort Smith.He is survived by his wife, Ramona; one daughter, Jennifer Sebo and husband Matthew of Spiro; one son, James Christy of Los Angeles, Calif.; two sisters, Jane Davies and husband Frank of Yorba Linda, Calif., and Eberley Simonson and husband Chuck of Eugene, Ore.; one brother, David Christy of Keota; and one grandson, Devin Christy of Los Angeles. Pallbearers will be Tyson Greenmyer, Russell Mangum, Bobby Fletcher, Gary Thompson, Tommy Ross and J.T. Ross. In lieu of flowers the family asked memorials be made to Poteau Pound Pups, PO Box 1001, Shady Point 74956 or any local rescue of choice in Jim’s memory. To place online tributes please visit www.edwardsfuneralhome.com.