Jimmie Charles James, 79, died Oct. 3, 2008.
He was born Aug. 7, 1929, in Palmyra, Mich., to Cecilia and Charles Russell James.
He was a star football player at Liberty Center High School. He was the owner of Mesa Plumbing for more than 30 years. He was an airman in the U.S. Army, and a past Master of the Masonic Lodge. He was a member of the LDS Church.
He and his wife of 51 years, Mary Lou Ella James, raised eight children. She preceded him in death five years ago.
He was an avid fisherman and hunter and loved the outdoors. He was a much loved father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend.
His parents died when he was 21 years old and he was brought home from the military service to raise his younger brother and sister.
He is survived by his children Russell Frederick James, Jay Charles James, Susan Kay Benedict, Jennifer Lynn James and Kris Renee Aviano; 26 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and a sister-in-law, Helen Peebles.
Besides his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by three children Jimmie Charles James III, Debbie Lee James and Jessica Ann James.
A celebration of his life was scheduled Oct. 5 at Scottsdale Shadows in Scottsdale, Ariz.