GASTONIA - James Hyman Maney, 91, passed away Friday, June 29, 2012, at Kings Mountain Hospital, surrounded by his family.
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He was born in Hayesville to the late Luther J. and Winnie Davenport Maney on Dec. 29, 1920. James was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Maney.
James was an Army veteran of World War II, having served in France, England, Belgium and Germany. He worked in downtown Gastonia at Merit's Shoes for many years and was later employed by Powers Seafood. He was a longtime member of Myrtle United Methodist Church.
James was a fisherman and his family is assured that he has found the best fishin' hole in Heaven. He loved to laugh and tell jokes and make funny faces. In fact, one of those faces earned him the title of "The Ugliest Mug" in 1983 by The Gaston Gazette. We will miss you "Papa James."
Survivors include his wife, Nellie Trapp Maney; daughter and son-in-law, Judy and David Alm and Katrina Maney of Gastonia; sister and brother-in-law, Loretta and Ralph Froneberger of Gastonia; sister in law, Dot Maney; grandsons, Chris Alm and fiancee Leslie Cherry; Jody and Nicole Alm; Jamie and Meredith Price;
four great-grandsons and two great-granddaughters;
A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Chapel of Ward Funeral Service, 220 South Broad St., conducted by the Rev. Rick Cloninger.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Burial service will be private.
The family requests that memorials be made to Myrtle United Methodist Church, 1135 Bessemer City Road, Gastonia, NC 28052.
Ward Funeral Service is assisting the family.
Published in Gaston Gazette from July 2 to July 3, 2012