Jim was very active in cattle drives in Vici each year. He was one of 24 cowboys chosen from six states to participate in the "Great American Cattle Drive of 1995." The men drove 300 head of longhorn cattle and 100 head of horses beginning March of 1995 and ending September of 1995, from Fort Worth, Texas to Miles City, Montana. Jim was also an active member of the Oklahoma Retired Troopers� Association.
He is survived by his wife, Sandy McElroy of Woodward; one son, Darren Batt and wife Lisa of Woodward, and their daughter Lacie; two daughters, Lisa McElroy of Oklahoma City; Lynda Daugherty and husband Kenny of Elk City, and their two sons, James "Hayden" and Aaron. Other survivors include his mother, Beatrice McElroy of Mangum; three sisters, Shirley Vaughn and husband Wayne of Mangum; Karen Jerman and husband Jack of Amber; Marsha Griswold of Fort Worth, Texas, as well as nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, J.V. McElroy and one nephew, Greg Burnam.