MORLEY - James Archie Stokes, 77, died Feb. 17, 2002, following a brief illness.
Born March 9, 1924, in Ratliff, Miss., son of the late Earl and Rachel Jackson Stokes, he served with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater during World War II on the aircraft carrier USS Hornet. He then served in the U.S. Air Force for 25 years before retiring as a senior master sergeant. After retiring from the military, he retired as a senior machinist with the Tennessee Valley Authority Allen Steam Plant in Memphis, after 20 years of service, when he moved to Missouri and was an avid gardener.
Survivors include: one son, Dwight A. Stokes of Denver, Colo.; two daughters, Dana L. Pritchard of Southaven, Miss., and Doris R. Kirby of Memphis; one uncle, Curtis Jackson of Morley; one aunt, Pauline Whitehead of Antioch, Ill.; and five grandchildren, one great-granddaughter and several cousins.
His son, James Douglas Stokes, was killed in action in Vietnam.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Ponder Funeral Home in Sikeston, where services are scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday. The Rev. J.D. McClard, pastor of Hooe Missionary Baptist Church, will officiate.
Military graveside rites will be conducted at the New Morley Cemetery.