James VanNess
1933 - 2020
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James VanNess

Shreveport - Memorial services celebrating the life of James Howard VanNess (Jim) will be held on Wednesday October 14, 2020 at Forest Park Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Forest Park Cemetery on St. Vincent Avenue. The family will receive visitors beginning at 10:00AM.

Jim left his tired body to be with his Heavenly Father on Sunday, October 11th at the age of 87 years. He was born into a loving family on April 28, 1933. He was predeceased by his parents, Charlie and Lizzie VanNess, 5 sisters and 1 brother. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Dodie; 2 sons: Ray VanNess & wife Wuanella and Steve VanNess & wife Kim; 3 grandchildren: Rachel Schulz & husband Chris, Cory VanNess and Byron VanNess and wife Ashley; 1 step granddaughter Jamie Draper; and 9 great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind 2 sisters: Lorene Ramick of Fayetteville, AR and Patricia Spann of Little Rock.

Jim loved working with tools and electronic equipment. He was employed by a cable TV company in Paducah, KY, a radio station in Mansfield, La, and by KTBS TV for 29 years. He was a member of Shreve City Baptist Church. He also had served as a deacon at Parkview Baptist Church in Shreveport and as a Cub Scout leader in Bossier City. He served for 4 years in the United States Marine Corps. He was a good man, loved by his family and friends; he was helpful to those in need and respected by all who knew him; he loved the Lord and loved going to church services. Jim especially enjoyed good food and was usually first in line at dinners and holiday meals! He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Like the apostle Paul, he "fought the good fight, finished the course and kept the faith, Therefore there is laid up for him a crown of righteousness…"

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Published in Shreveport Times from Oct. 12 to Oct. 13, 2020.
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October 17, 2020
VanNess Family,
I'm sorry to hear about Mr. VanNess. He was sweet and kind to everyone. May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. God Bless your family. Prayers for comfort.
Freda (Faye Ezernack) Stevens
October 15, 2020
Brother Van Ness was always eager to greet everybody at Sunday Services with a hug and a smile. God bless his memory and sending many thanks for his service in USMC. Condolences to Ms Dodie and family.
Laurel Perkins
October 14, 2020
Sorry to hear about your dad Ray
Brooks Tarkington
October 13, 2020
The Final Salute

“Brothers and Sisters-in-Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.

This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to James Howard (Jim) VanNess our “Brother-in-Arms”. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for Jim. To Jim it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the devoted and selfless service he rendered to his country during the Korean War while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. Jim, we commend you for your honorable military service. You are a true patriot, who served your nation and your community with honor and distinction. You upheld the finest qualities of an American patriot warrior: courage, commitment, generosity, sacrifice, love and devotion to family, church and country. You were a true friend. We bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at Ease. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of the 985 military veteran Legionnaires of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion in Shreveport and the 227 veterans of VFW Post 4588 in Bossier City, Louisiana, we extend our sympathies and our condolences to Jim’s family and loved ones.

Bernt Ebbesson, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 South Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109

Ron Delaney, Commander, VFW Post 4588-
1004 Jeter Street, Bossier City, LA 71112
For the Commanders, Carroll R. Michaud
Carroll R. Michaud
October 13, 2020
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. I worked with Jim at KTBS 1957-1961. He was a joy to work with.
Clyde Bowers
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