January 17, 1944 ~ June 1, 2019

Born in: Clarendon, Arkansas
Resided in: Aurora, CO

Life begins as an open book with many blank pages. Each day we live our life. The deeds are recorded page by page until we close our eyes in death and await that great judgment.

The pages of this book began for James Edward O’Kain “Pops” on January 17, 1944 was born to the union of the late Columbus and Callie (Smith) O’Kain in Clarendon, Arkansas. He was raised with ten siblings, Albert, M.C., Johnny, Floyd, Roosevelt, Margaret, Virginia, Bertha, Geraldine and Velvet.

James Edward O’Kain joined the Philadelphia Missionary Baptist Church at a young age. He received his formal education from Clarendon High School in Clarendon, Arkansas. He later received his degree in Marketing from Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado.

James moved to Denver and joined the U.S. Army in 1964 achieving the rank of E-5/SGT. James was introduced to his future wife, Serlevia by dear friends, Ernest and Barbara Harris at Parks Business School. They became friends and a romantic relationship developed, soon after, they were married on June 14, 1970. The following year they were blessed with their son Jibraa’iyl Abdul’laah, and became a blended family of three children, one daughter and two sons, Carolyn Whiteside-Kendall and Phinehas Moore.

James served as a Food Service Manager and Caterer for Flight Services; he serviced various airlines, primarily Continental Airlines. After retiring, Mr. O’Kain enjoyed traveling. He loved trips to Las Vegas and visiting family and friends. James O’Kain was loved by many. He will be missed.

“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

James is preceded in death by his parents and siblings: Albert, M.C., Johnny, Floyd, Roosevelt, Margaret, and Virginia.

James Edward O’Kain departed this life June 1, 2019 in Aurora, CO. James will be remembered for his generosity and strength of character. He leaves to cherish his memories his loving wife of 48 years, Serlevia (Branch) O’Kain; three beloved children, Carolyn Whiteside-Kendall (Alon) of Jonesboro AK, Phinehas Moore (Avis) Denver CO, Jibraa’iyl Abdul’laah (Latifah); four grandchildren, Asea Moore, Paris Reddick (Kaliep), Zadkiel Abdul’laah, Nura’dyn Abdul’laah; and one great-grandchild, Malachi Jimmartin Christopher Carr; three sisters, Bertha Gant of St. Louis, MO, Geraldine White of Denver, and Velvet Odgen of Hope, Ak; and a host of beloved nieces, nephew, other relatives, and wonderful friends.


Visitation: June 11, 2019 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Pipkin Braswell Chapel of Peace
6601 Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80220

(303) 996-0869

Celebration of Life: June 11, 2019 11:00 am

Pipkin Braswell Chapel of Peace
6601 Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80220

(303) 996-0869

Inurnment: June 17, 2019 9:15 am

Fort Logan National Cemetery
3698 S Sheridan Blvd
Denver, CO 80235

Room: Staging Area "C'

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  1. Jibraaiyl thank you for sharing your father with us. He was such a nice man.
    Pop, please tell O’Ryain we love him when you meet him in glory.

  2. Condolences are extended to you and your family at the loss of husband// father.
    James was a good neighbor to all that lived on Ivy
    He will be missed

    Faye Yon-Dixon

  3. I grew up with the O’Kain family in Clarendon, Arkansas. We were a family many, many year ago. Bertha and Geraldine and I were classmates.
    Our prayers are with the family.

  4. I was out shopping today and thought of James. I worked with him when I was a teenager and after I went off to college, I’d always come back to see him at the mall. I had so much admiration and respect for him. So sad to hear of his passing. I am so lucky to have known him. Prayers up to the family.

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