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January 15, 2013

Everett (E.B.) James

LENOX — Everett (E.B.) James, 89, of Lenox went home to be with his Lord and Savior Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at Tift Regional Medical Center in Tifton after a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Lenox Baptist Church with the Rev. Shane Ashley, the Rev. Gary James, and Elder Jabin James officiating.  Interment will follow at Lenox City Cemetery. The James Family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. at Boone Funeral Home, 1804 S. Hutchinson Ave. in Adel.

  He was born on Aug. 3, 1923 in Nashville to the late Arthur and Lillie Mae Jones James but lived most of his adult life in Cook County.

Mr. James grew up in the Cottle Community and graduated from Berrien County High School before serving in WWII in the U.S. Navy where he was stationed in the Pacific Rim in Australia and New Zealand.  After returning home, he graduated from Perry Business School and began working in the banking industry.  After moving to Cook County, he was a farmer for several years before opening up his own farm supply store, Adel Feed and Seed, in 1954.  He served in the position of active chairman of the Board of Directors of Farmers and Merchants Bank while continuing to own and manage his farm supply store.  In 1975, he ran for, and was elected, Clerk of Superior Court of Cook County and continued in that position until he retired at age 69.  During these years he also raised cows and enjoyed feeding his family and friends from his bountiful vegetable garden.  He was a crop insurance agent and tax return preparer for his farmer customers in the community.  He also served as a Director of Farm Bureau Insurance, President of the Lions Club, member of the Cook County Board of Education and Cook County Chamber of Commerce, was an Honorary Member of the Young Farmers, and was also an active Gideon where he enjoyed giving out Bibles and speaking at churches, schools, and prisons.  He was a member and deacon of Pine Grove Church in West Berrien Community for many years before he became a member of Lenox Baptist Church in 1991, where he also served as a deacon and delivered Meals on Wheels.  He always put God first, family second, friends next and always work as to the Lord. He was a man of God who raised his family by example and enjoyed worshipping God, and serving God, his church and others. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Roy James of Nashville.

Mr. James is survived by his wife of 65 and a half  years, Repsie Rose Godwin James; his children, Earl (Kynette) James of Fitzgerald, Gary (Pat) James of Adel, Donna (Roger) Walker of Tifton, Lesa (Stephen) Deen of Adel, and Janet Davis of Jacksonville, Fla.; also his grandchildren, Jabin (Beth) James, Lori (John) Hancock, Deron (Laura) James, Dona (Bob) Lord, Becky (Jody) Futch, Michael (Charleen) James, Joanna (Josh) Bryan, Heather (Kirk) Wilson, Blake (Aleshia) Branch, Brian Branch, Stephanie Deen, and Ashlee Davis; 24 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Mary Ruth (Billy) Medley and Mazella Bennett of Nashville, and a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Carrie Lou and James Hancock of Barney.  

Condolences may be expressed to the James Family online at www.boonefunerals.com.

Boone Funeral Home is serving the James Family.

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