Ross B. James, son of the late Chester A. James and Walice Rutledge James, was born June 19, 1918, at Jasper, Ark., and died in the Crowley Ridge Care Center at Dexter on Sunday, June 20, 2004, at the age of 85.
Mr. James was a member of the Essex First Baptist Church as deacon for the past 54 years. He was a self-employed farmer and a resident of Dexter.
He was united in marriage to Elsie M. Dozier, and to this union four children were born. Mrs. James survives of the home in Dexter.
Besides his wife, other survivors include three sons, Stephen James of Fredericktown, Tom James of Dexter, and John James of Montgomery City; one daughter, Judi Boyle of Dexter; two brothers, Lawton James of Dexter and Dorwin James of Desloge; one sister, Wanda Mahan of Jackson, Mich.; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Doris Wren, Ethelyn James, Billie Dale, and Aral Reynolds.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. today, Tuesday, June 22, 2004, at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, 2004, at Rainey-Mathis Funeral Chapel with Rev. O.H. Brooks and Rev. Gary Gilbert officiating.
Interment will follow in the Dexter Cemetery.