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James DePriest

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James DePriest, 79

James G. DePriest, age 79, of Mountain Home, Arkansas, died Saturday January 31, 2015 after a brief illness.

Jim is survived by his wife of 59 years, Lee Anna Hartle DePriest, sons Brad DePriest (Maureen) of St. Louis, Missouri and Scott DePriest (Mike Stasio) of Seattle, Washington, and a daughter Michelle Bray (David) of Rogers, Arkansas. "Papa Jim" is survived by his four beloved grandchildren, Ann DePriest of St. Paul, Minnesota, Tom DePriest of St. Louis, Missouri, and Adam and Zach Bray of Rogers, Arkansas. Jim is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Frances and Charlie May of Elgin, Illinois, and his stepbrother, Bill Wimsett, of Rochester, Minnesota, and three nieces and their families. Jim was a friend to many and a stranger to none.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, James R. and Ione Hale DePriest, and one sister, Katherine Crump.

Jim was born in St. Louis, Missouri on January 21, 1936 and raised in southeast Missouri. Jim graduated from high school in Oran, Missouri in 1953 where he played on the varsity basketball team.

Jim spent the bulk of his professional career in sales, management, and company ownership in the wholesale grocery business in southeast Missouri, St. Louis and Springfield, Missouri. He was a member of the National Food Brokers Association, and was a founder and first president of the Springfield, Missouri Food Brokers Association.

After many years of family vacations in "the Promise Land" area of Bull Shoals Lake, Arkansas, Jim and Lee Anna retired there in 1993, moving to Mountain Home, Arkansas, in 2007, and were blessed to enjoy 22 years of active retirement and travel together.

Jim spent his most recent years as a volunteer at St. Peter the Fisherman Parish in Mountain Home where he was a lector and was the first president of the St. Vincent De Paul Society. He also volunteered at Baxter Regional Medical Center and the Baxter County Sheriff's Department where he was recently recognized as the Reserve Deputy of the Year for 2014. He served on the Board of Directors of the Center of Hope in Mountain Home.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, February 7, 2015, at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church with Reverend Stan Swiderski and Reverend Christopher Okeke as celebrants. A visitation and luncheon will follow in the parish hall.

In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions to the St. Vincent De Paul Society of St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church, P.O. Box 298, Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653. Memorial Masses are also appreciated.

Arrangements are by Roller Funeral Home. Visit our online guestbook at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

Published in Baxter Bulletin from Feb. 4 to Feb. 6, 2015
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