Willie Ray James, 84, of Gosnell, Ark., died Thursday, March 18, 2004, at his residence.
Born Nov. 18, 1919, in Kennett, son of the late Aaron Moses and Marganie Limbaugh James, he was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in WWII and a member of the Oak Grove Church of Christ.
He married Patsy Mosley, who survives.
Survivors also include three sons, Jesse Ray and Daniel Scott James, both of Superior, Wis. and Randall Ray James, of Gosnell; two daughters, Seena Kay James Ernst, of Duluth, Minn. and Tambra Speer, of Pollard, Ark.; two brothers, Jesse James, of Kennett and Charley James, of Marble Hill, Mo.; 10 grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, Arthur Franklin, Gladys, David Wayne and Billy Joe James and two sisters, Nadie Ann Horton and Mary Belle Smith.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 22, at the McDaniel Funeral Home Chapel in Kennett with Bro. Holmer "Bud" Maxwell officiating.
Burial was in the Memorial Gardens Cemetery at Kennett.
Pallbearers were Todd Green, Josh Speer, Tom Ernst, Gerry and Michael James, James Edwards, George Archer, Charlie Bailey and Damon Bush.
Honorary pallbearer was Wiley Hays.