William James

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

SIKESTON, Mo. -- William Richard James, 88, of Sikeston died Sunday, March 23, 2008, at his home.

He was born Dec. 16, 1919, in Pond, Ark., son of Richard and Elizabeth Jones James. He and Dorothy Moore were married March 11, 1964. She died April 29, 2005.

James retired from Sikeston School District as head of the transportation department. He was a member of West End Missionary Baptist Church, and was a past deacon, usher and a member of the trustee board. He was a past member of Sikeston Housing Authority Board.

He served with the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of sergeant.

Survivors include two sons, Larry James of Topeka, Kan., Rick James II of Cape Girardeau; two daughters, Lynnette Jenkins of Malden, Mo., Joyce Burrell of Sikeston; 18 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two daughters.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Saturday at West End Missionary Baptist Church.

The funeral will be at noon Saturday at the church, with the Rev. Kenneth Holloway officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Sikeston.

Williams Funeral Home of Sikeston is in charge of arrangements.