Daniel L. James Sr. Daniel Lee James, Lieutenant Colonel USAF (Retired), of Staunton, Virginia, ended his final "flight" on Tuesday, February 5, 2013. He was born on October 22, 1923, in Waynesboro, Virginia, to the late Lonnie Lee and Annie Laura (Via) James. Dan dearly loved his country and his family. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps as a fighter pilot. Later, He joined the United States Air Force to do his part in the conflict in Korea. Dan continued his service to his country for a total of 30 years until his retirement shortly after flying the skies over Vietnam. After retiring from military service, Dan operated a farm in Augusta County, Virginia, and later moved to his last home in Staunton. Dan enjoyed hunting, fishing, using his ham radio, and his computer. In addition to his wife of 68 years, Nell (McCormick) James, family members include two sons, Daniel Lee James Jr. of Bumpass, and Barry Carlton James and his wife, Jeanne, of Midlothian; a daughter, Melody Beisner and her husband, Daniel, of Ruckersville; a brother, Paul A. James and his wife, Ann, of Oilville; two grandchildren, Megan James and her fiance, Joe Emenheiser, Danell Beisner and her husband, Andrew Creasey; great- grandchildren, Cameron Joseph and Marshall Elizabeth Creasey; step grandchildren, Lisa and Larry Friedkin and their children, Nicholas and Jordan and Jacki and Matt Sackett and their children, Kyler and Alayna. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Wallace M. James and Lonnie James Jr.; and a deceased grandson, Carlton Joseph Beisner, February 4, 1996. A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 9, 2013, at the Henry Funeral Home Chapel by the Reverend Luke Smith. Burial will follow at Thornrose Cemetery. Graveside rites will be conducted by the Augusta- Staunton VFW Post 2216. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. on Friday, February 8, 2013, at Henry Funeral Home and other times at 332 Rainbow Drive, Staunton, Virginia. Memorials may be made to the building fund at Linden Heights Baptist Church, 371 Linden Drive Staunton, VA 24401 or to the Staunton-Augusta Rescue Squad, 1601 North Coalter Street, Staunton, VA 24401. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.henryfuneralhome.net.
This obituary was originally published in the Daily Progress.