Rev. Willie James

Rev. Willie James, age 91, of Winnfield, Louisiana passed away peacefully on Friday, December 20, 2013. Services were held at the Southern Funeral Home Chapel on Sunday December 22, 2013 at 2:00 PM with Rev. Norris Curry presiding. He was laid to rest beside his wife, Myrtis, of 61 years in the Beech Creek Cemetery, Winn Parish. He was born at Flat Creek in Winn Parish on November 29, 1922 to the union of Willie and Dottie Spangler James. He is preceded in death by his wife, Myrtis Grace Terral James; his son, Larry Dale James; his parents, and his eight brothers and eight sisters. Rev. James served in WWII as a Sergeant in the 2nd Air Force H2S, Colorado Springs. Following military service, he was privileged to pastor at numerous churches in and around Winn Parish, including Old Union Baptist Church in Joyce, Louisiana; Friendship (Mineral Springs) Baptist Church in Sikes, Louisiana; the First Baptist Church in Sikes, Louisiana, and several other churches in the area. He was a life-long Mason, as a member of the Eastern Star Lodge in Winnfield, and Past Master of Rosemary Lodge in Hebron, Louisiana. He is survived by three sons: Jackie James and wife Jacqua Ubanks James of Dodson; Ben James and wife Rita Womack James of Winnfield; and Terry James and wife Loy Sterling James of Baton Rouge. Other survivors include seven grandchildren: Traci James Canterbury (Robert), Shaun James (Angel), Scott James (Lexi), Tara James Jones (Jason), Theresa James, Toni James Parker (Danny), and Colt James; ten greatgrandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. At Rev. James’s wishes, pallbearers were Donnie Maxey, Lynn Maxey, nephews Billy James, David James, and grandsons Shaun James and Scott James. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Beech Creek Cemetery Fund, or a church of choice. Messages of condolence may be sent to the James Family online by visiting www.southernfuneralhome.com.
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