John Frank James, son of the late Robert and Myrtle Tankersley, was born at Obion, Tenn., on Oct. 27, 1930, and died at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2005, at the age of 75.
Mr. James had lived in Essex for the past 29 years. He was a retired backhoe operator and enjoyed playing the guitar. He was a member of the Senior Country Band which played for many area nursing homes. On Dec. 11, 1972, he was married to Wanda Cochran in Bell City.
Survivors include his wife Wanda James of the home in Essex; seven daughters, Kristi (Billy) Petty of Essex, Vickie (Rick) Rigdon of Decatur, Ill., Kay Fox of Christopher, Ill., Patsy Cabe of Macon, Ill., Leda Shelton of Mount Vernon, Ill., Loretta Craft of Bernie, and Glenda Kay Null of Poplar Bluff; two step- daughters, Carolyn Dodson of Matthews, and Beverly Crowden, address unknown; two step-sons, Donnie Crowden of Benton and Cliff Crowden of Sikeston; one brother, Joe James of Buellton, Calif.; a granddaughter, Brittany Petty of Essex; many other grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Other relatives and many friends survive to mourn his passing.
He was preceded in death by a daughter Lorna James; and two sisters, Louise Pettigrew and Estelle James.
Memorial services will be held later at Walker Cemetery with Chiles-Cooper Funeral Home of Bloomfield in charge of all arrangements.