William Charles "W.C." James Jr., age 75, of Statham, went to be with the Lord on Monday, January 21, 2013, at his home in Statham.
A native of Sparta, W.C. was the son of the late William Charles "Charlie" and Kelsie James, of Powelton. He graduated from the University of Georgia and served for 8 years as a U.S. Army Captain at Fort Benning, in Columbus. He retired from the U.S. Soil, Water & Conservation Division after 38 years of service, serving in offices all around the state of Georgia.
After retiring, with his last office in Watkinsville, W.C. moved to Statham and was a member of Freedom Fellowship Church. He was an avid Civil War historian; enjoyed farming, horses, gardening, and spending time with his grandchildren; and was most often seen in his cowboy hat and boots.
Survivors include his devoted wife of 53 years, Gloria Mock James, of Statham; sons, the Rev. Terry (Judy) James, of Colbert, and William Charles "Bill" James III (Jeff Keen), of Ila; daughter, Susan James (Scott) Peacock, of Duluth; grandchildren, Kelsey James (fiancé Daniel Morris), of Colbert, and Jamie and Mason Peacock, of Duluth; brother, Walter (Sonya) James, of Waycross; sisters, Brenda (Fred) Wheeler, of Greensboro, and Cathy James, of Thompson; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, January 23, at Smith Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, January 24, at the Smith Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Terry C. James and Pastor Ned Davis officiating. Interment will follow at Barrow Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
or to the Crossroads Baptist Pavilion Fund, Hartwell.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, is in charge of the arrangements.
Published in Athens Banner-Herald on Jan. 23, 2013