Fred W. James

James, Fred W.
was born in Hayden, Arizona on August 13, 1919. He went to be with the Lord on April 30, 2013 at the age of 93. He was affectionately known to those who knew him as "Pa". He loved his family and he was an amazing dad. He was a caring an compassionate dad and he will be greatly missed. He is preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Hattie Anna Fulghum James in 2002. They were high school sweethearts both graduating from Tempe High School.

Pa is survived by two daughters, Barbara James of Phoenix and Deanna Anglin and son-in-law Richard in Maricopa, Arizona. He has two grandchildren, Stacy Sullivan of Chandler and Rick (Kristin) Anglin of Maricopa. He has 5 great grandchildren, Quincy Anglin, Riley Sullivan, Chloe Anglin, Macy Anglin and Blake Sullivan.

His parents were John C. James and Edna Gililland James. They resided in Santa Ana California most of their lives. Fred was raised in Tempe by his Grandmother Gililland Botkin, whom he dearly loved. After his grandmothers death, he then spent the rest of his boyhood years with the Clyde and Gladys Gililland family, longtime Tempe family.

Fred spent most of his life in Tempe where he graduated from Tempe HS in 1937 and Arizona State Teachers College in 1942. He went on to teach and coach in the Balsz school district for the next 35 years along with many of his friends. He spent the summers in Ruidoso, New Mexico with other school teacher friends working at Ruidoso Downs.

After retirement from teaching, they moved to Roosevelt Lake which was their favorite place to be. Fred (and Hattie) were avid outdoorsmen and loved fishing. When Roosevelt Lake bridge was built, they were forced to move to Payson, and then with failing health Fred moved to Maricopa to be closer to his family in 2004. A time of food and fellowship will be held in the Conference Room at Crossroads Church, 2950 W. Ray Road, Chandler from 6 to 8pm on Friday, May 10. At 7pm we will have a brief time of sharing. Please feel free to come and join us for some or all of the time of celebrating Fred's life.

Published in The Arizona Republic on May 8, 2013