James Riley Bunting BONNEAU, SC - Command Sergeant Major James Riley Bunting, US Army (Retired), 69, of Bonneau, South Carolina (formerly of Sierra Vista, Arizona), husband of the late Rosemarie Anna (Koch) Bunting, entered into the presence of his Lord and Savior on Monday, April 29, 2013, after a prolonged illness. Born in Muskegon, Michigan on April 10, 1944 to Hazel A. and Mildred L. (Joslin) Bunting, He attended a one-room schoolhouse called Benjamin School that went to 2nd grade, and then transferred to Laketon Elementary School on Giles road in Laketon Township. While attending Whitehall High School, he met the love of his life - Rosemarie Anna Koch. James entered the U.S. Army in April 1961 at the age of 17. The following spring, he was stationed in Heilbronn Germany. Rosemarie Anna Koch joined him there and they were married on January 10, 1963. He served in a medical unit in Vietnam and received the Purple Heart after being injured. During his military career, he completed his high school diploma as well as his nursing degree. After nearly 25 years of military service, he retired in June of 1985, moving to Sierra Vista, Arizona. Due to his military experience, he then joined US Customs and Border Protection, retiring after over 10 years of service. He will be remembered for his love of fishing, hunting and gardening, as well as his laughter and generosity. He is survived by his children: Monica (Carroll) Ethridge, Teresa (Frank) Flack and James R. (Jean) Bunting II, his grandchildren: Kristyn (Wilbert) Huffman, Eric (Monica) Ethridge, Mariah Bunting and Dominic Bunting, and his great-granddaughter Haylii P. Huffman. He is survived by sisters and brothers: Helen (John) Bulthouse, Carol (Bill) Chesebro, Joyce Stauffer-Wiley, Alice House, Patty (Bill) Roof, Francis (Joyce) O'Day, Gary (Liane) Bunting and Robert Bunting as well as many extended family members and close friends. He is predeceased in death by his parents, his brothers Norris Richmond, Ronald (Sherry) Bunting and his sister Cheryl Bunting. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's research Hospital, or to the
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Published in Charleston Post & Courier on May 16, 2013