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James Edwin 'Smilin Jim' Kizzia one of 8 children was born June 9,1932 to R.M. and Mae Kizzia of Braggs. Glory! He went home to be with Jesus January 31, 2017. He met the love of his life Clara Joyce Ashwood while working for Motter Book Binding in
Muskogee. They were wed on February 16, 1951, sharing 66 years together.
After working several different jobs, Jim entered the radio business in 1957 in Claremore Oklahoma. Then shifting to KBIX in Muskogee he formed his own country and western band which allowed him to gain the skills he needed to become one of the
most well-known disc jockeys in the USA. In October 1966 Jim joined KMUS radio station where he became known as the "Round Mound of Sound". "Kizzia Kountry" was heard every morning on KMUS from 5 - 7 AM and 12:00 - 1 :00 pm Monday through Friday. His love of sports led him to broadcast Roughers and Fort Gibson football and baseball games as well for Connors State College baseball.
Jim Kizzia was awarded "Mr. DJ U.S.A." in 1964 due to his God given talent of being an entertainer. He also appeared in the movie "Country Music on Broadway". He recorded several records, with "Honky Tonk Fiddle" being a hit single. He was well known in the circle of country music stars such as Johnny, Merle, Buck and Dolly.
On August 3rd, 1983 Jim realized he couldn't continue a life filled with sin. He asked our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to come into his life, save him and forgive his sins. Jim's example as to the saving grace of Jesus was a ministry to others all by itself. He became a licensed minister January 11, 2012, and loved sharing God's word.
His favorite two pastimes was fishing with family and friends and watching sports.
He is preceded in death by his parents R.M. and Mae Kizzia, brother's Bob Kizzia, Dewey Kizzia, Jack Kizzia, Millard Kizzia, Frances Kizzia, Howard Kizzia and sister Doris Murphy.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Clara Joyce Kizzia, daughter-Linda Kizzia and husband Blake McLemore of Fort Gibson, son-Jimmy Kizzia and wife Gina of Muskogee, son-Mark Kizzia and wife Tina of Fort Gibson, daughter-Jana Nelson and husband Bill of Jay, son-Phillip Kizzia and wife Jamie of Muskogee and 15 grandkids and 16 great grandkids.
Services will be Friday February 3, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. First Baptist Church Fort Gibson Burial to follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Funeral service arrangements are under the direction of Foster-Petering Funeral Home. Condolences to the family may be made online at www.foster-petering.com.
Published on February 1, 2017
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