Mr. Earl James, age 101, of Benton went to be with his Heavenly Father and family members already there on Wednesday, May 11, 2011. He was born January 28, 1910, in Saline County. He was a lifelong member of Gravel Hill Baptist Church and a lifelong resident of Saline County. Earl was preceded in death by his parents, Izard and Martha Cooper James; his wife of 64 years, Roy Goodwin James; sons, Roland James, Derrel James, grandson, Roger James; infant granddaughter and infant grandson, of Bert and Sharon James; great-great-grandson Hyatt Ashley Ray, son of Jordan Ray and Jade James; brothers, FarrelÂ and Cari James; and sister Beula Ferguson.
Survivors include sons and daughter-in-laws, Nolan James and his wife Pat, Bert James and wife, Sharon, Terry James and wife Dian, daughter-in-laws, Ruby James Nalley, Margie James, 21 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Gravel Hill Baptist Church with burial at Gravel Hill Cemetery. Minister will be Gary Gipson. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Ashbyâ€™s. Pallbearers will be his grandsons.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Gravel Hill Cemetery Fund.
Family comments: A special Thanks to Saline Memorial Hospice and Hospice House of Bryant for all the love and care shown to Dad and all family members.