News Death Notice
DeFORD, Jr. James Ernest 61, of South Charleston, passed away Wednesday, February 26, 2014 in Hospice of Dayton. He was born January 30, 1953 in Springfield, the son of James Ernest and Marguerite Virginia (Bennett) DeFord Sr. Mr. DeFord loved his dogs, enjoyed working on cars and NASCAR. He is survived by his wife of 38 years; Diana (Roberts) DeFord, two children; Jamie (Kelly) McCabe and Rachel (Adam) DeFord-McDonough all of South Charleston, two grandchildren; Aidan and Lydia, two sisters; Carolyn Sue (Larry) Patton, Springfield and Rebecca Null, London, one brother; William M. (Angela) DeFord, Nevada, several nieces and nephews and his beloved dogs; Cara and Mason. He was preceded in death by a sister; Betty E. Murray and his parents. Memorial services will be held at 4:00pm Saturday in the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME with Pastor Rick Clos officiating. Friends may visit with the family for two hours prior to the services.