Orval Lee James, Jr.
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After a courageous battle with Alzheimers Disease, Orval Lee James, Jr., passed away Wednesday, November 14 with his family close by.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Vanita Faye Carter James and their three children; Judith (Joel) Clark of Springfield, Janet (Doug) Pursley of Springfield, and Richard (Cathy) James of Memphis, TN. and their grandchildren, Joel, Jr., Matthew, Justin, Sarah, Erick, Taylor, Addie, Lauren; and 5 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Clara (Randy) Sparks of Springfield.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Orval, Sr. and Elizabeth James; brothers, Jerry, Sr., Jesse and Carl, Sr. James.
Orval was born in Beaumont, Texas April 3, 1930 and grew up in Pueblo, Colorado, moving to Caruthersville, Mo. where he started his 44 year career in shoe manufacturing. Orval and his wife retired and made Springfield their home for the last 21 years. During his early retirement years, he traveled to Honduras as a consultant for U.S. Shoe Corp. The rest of his retirement was spent in home improvement projects and wood-working in his shop making gifts for his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed golfing with his son and grandsons, and traveling, reading and gardening.
He was a member of Parkcrest Assembly of God Church. He loved the Lord his entire life. He served in a mission with his parents as a young boy; played the guitar and sang with his family as they ministered to churches from Colorado to Missouri. He attended Southwestern Bible Institute in Waxahachie, Texas in 1948. He served in churches as a Gideon, Deacon, and Royal Ranger leader.
Visitation will be held on Friday, November 16, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Greenlawn Funeral Home South, 441 West Battlefield, Springfield, MO. Funeral services will be Saturday, November 17 in Life360, Parkcrest Assembly of God, 3581 S. Kansas Ave, Springfield, MO at 11:00 a.m.
Donations can be made in his memory to the Southwest Missouri Chapter
Published in the News-Leader on Nov. 16, 2012