Sylvester James, 93, of Madison, MS, passed away on January 21, 2013, at the MS State Veterans Home in Jackson, MS. Services will be 2 p.m., January 24, at Madison United Methodist Church, with the burial following at the Canton City Cemetery with full military honors. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the service. CSM(Ret) James was born May 28, 1919, in Smith County, MS. His parents were Beulah Katherine and John Thomas James. He served in the US Navy for two years during World War II and in the US Army during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He received the Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster among many others. He retired after more than 20 years of service to his country, achieving the rank of Command Sergeant Major. He was a long time member of the Madison United Methodist Church and a member of the Canton Masonic Lodge #28 for 68 years. He was preceded in death by his mother and father; his beloved wife of 69 years, Lillie Louise Miller James of Raleigh, MS; and his brothers, John Wesley James, William Walter James, and Lester James. He is survived by a son, Thomas David (Sandra) James of Loveland, CO; and a daughter, Sylvia (Al) Moody of Columbus, MS. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Boyd James of Loveland, CO; Leanne James (Sean) Montaya of Miliken, CO; Kim Moody (Trey) Bourn of Madison, MS; Dr. Cary Moody (Dr. Aaron) Martin of Carrboro, NC; and Allen (Rebekah) Moody of Lynchburg, VA. He is also survived by 10 great-granchildren, J.T. and Nicholas James; Kendra Bois (Aaron) Quevedo, Katie Spaete, and Keegan Montoya; Austin and Cate Bourn; Cohen Martin; Jacob and Christopher Moody; and numerous nieces and nephews, their children, and grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Thomas (Ann) James, Jr., of Vicksburg, MS. The pallbearers will be Trey Bourn, Boyd James, Allen Moody, Austin Bourn, Walter James, and Dan James.
Appeared in The Commercial Dispatch on January 23, 2013
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