SIKESTON -- William Richard James, 88, died March 23, 2008, at his home.
Born Dec. 16, 1919, in Pond, Ark., to the late Richard and Elizabeth Jones James, he had served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army and was employed by Sikeston Public Schools as head of the transportation department until his retirement. He was a member of the West End Missionary Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, usher and a member of the Trustee Board and Finance Committee. He was also a past member of the Sikeston Housing Authority Board.
On March 11, 1964, he married Dorothy Moore who preceded him in death on April 29, 2005.
Two daughters, Janice Jenkins and Gwendolyn York, also preceded him in death.
Survivors include: two sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Carla James of Topeka, Kan., and Rick and Clorinda James II of Cape Girardeau; two daughters, Lynnette Jenkins of Malden and Joyce Burrell of Sikeston; and 18 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.
Visitation is scheduled from 11 a.m. until time of services at noon Saturday at the West End Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Kenneth Holloway officiating.
Burial will follow in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Sikeston.
Williams Funeral Home of Sikeston is in charge of arrangements.