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James Melvin â€śJ.M.â€ť Ringener was born Feb. 7, 1926, in Wellington, Texas, to Walter J. and Lela (Smith) Ringener. He died Dec. 2, 2010, in Lawton, Okla., after a lengthy illness. He was 84. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010, at Myers & Smith Funeral Home in Big Spring.