Funeral services scheduled for Jim Mayo

James “Jim” Watie Mayo, retired publisher of the Sequoyah County Times and a past president of the Oklahoma Press Association, died Thursday, October 3, 2019. He was 77.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, October 11, 2019, at the First Presbyterian Church at 120 S. Oak Street in Sallisaw.
Mayo was born July 17, 1942, in Fort Smith. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma in 1964. After college he attended Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI. He left active duty in the United States Navy as a lieutenant (junior grade) in 1967.
Mayo and his wife, Becky, moved from California back to Sallisaw in 1967 and Jim Mayo went to work at the Sequoyah County Times as managing editor. He later became associate publisher and general manager. He was publisher of the Times from 1986 to 2016, before retiring to become president of Cookson Hills Publishers, Inc., the family company that owns Sequoyah County Times.
Mayo was named to the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in 1993, was the recipient of the H. Milt Phillips Award in 1999, recipient of the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation Beachy Musselman Award in 2002, and named to the OPA Half Century Club in 2004 for 50 years of service to Oklahoma newspapers.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Becky, of the home; two sons, John Robert (Jack) Mayo and his wife Jennifer of Duvall, Wash., and Jeffrey William Mayo and his wife Beth of Sallisaw; one sister, Andrea Mayo Quigley and her husband John of Beaumont, Texas; and six grandchildren.