Joe James of Sikeston, the son of the late C.J. James and Lillie Russom James, was born July 2, 1923 in Bethel Springs, Tenn. and died at his home Friday, May 3, 2002, at the age of 78. Mr. James was a member of the Baptist faith and a veteran of the United States Army having served during World War II. He had founded the Miner Police Department, was a school bus driver for 13 years and a self-employed farmer before retiring. On June 18, 1970 he was united in marriage to Jewel Adams in Vanduser, she survives of the home. Besides his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Sharon Carpenter of Dudley and Karen Kastner of Dexter; by one step-son, Mitch Thompson of Sikeston; by two step-daughters, Janie Berry and Sherrie Dixon, both of Sikeston; by six brothers, O.J. James, Otis James, Cletus James, Jackie James, Bill James and A.C. James, all of Sikeston; by three sisters, Novell Milani and Maydell Thompson, both of Sikeston and Bonnie Bracey of Portageville; by seven grandchildren; and by six great-grandchildren. Besides in parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Joe James, Jr. and two sisters. Visitation was held at the Ponder Funeral Home in Sikeston on Sunday, May 5 from 5 - 8 p.m. Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m., Monday, May 6 in the Ponder Funeral Chapel with Rev. John Tarter, pastor of Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, officiating. Interment followed in the Memorial Park Cemetery with full military honors. Ponder Funeral Home of Sikeston was in charge of arrangements.