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Lyle Lewis James

Lyle L. James, 86, passed away on Saturday, May 28, 2011, at Willow Care Nursing Home in Willow Springs, Missouri.

He was born on July 12, 1924 in Cabool, Missouri, to Jesse Clyde and Martha (Plattner) James.

Mr. James grew up in Willow Springs where he graduated from the Willow Springs High School with the Class of 1942.

On March 21, 1943, he married Maxine Williams in Willow Springs with the Rev. Fred McPhail officiating. During that same year, Lyle attended Southwest Baptist College where he played basketball.

After his return to Willow Springs, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and proudly served his country during World War II.

Lyle owned and operated James Motor Company in Willow Springs for over 50 years. He thoroughly enjoyed selling cars and was very proud of the Chevrolet brand.

Lyle was baptized at First Baptist Church in 1940 and later ordained as a deacon in 1953. He was a charter member of Trinity Baptist Church; charter member and past president of Willow Springs Rotary Club; past member of Willow Springs School Board, Willow Springs Development Corporation and the board of Mercantile Bank; and a member of the Masonic Lodge. In addition to his numerous civic activities he enjoyed water skiing, golf, sports and athletic events, and he held his private pilot’s license for many years. Lyle’s greatest enjoyment came from being with his wife, children and grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.

Mr. James was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Herbert James.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Maxine James of Willow Springs; his sons, David James and wife Linda of Licking, Missouri, Randy James and wife Karen of West Plains, Missouri, Tim James and fiancée Cindy Burton of Willow Springs, and Matt James and wife Jimalee of Willow Springs; eleven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a brother, John James of Cassville, Missouri.

Services were held Wednesday, June 1, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. at Trinity Baptist Church, Willow Springs, with burial at Willow Springs City Cemetery under the direction of Willow Funeral Home.

Remembrances may be made in his name to Willow Springs Rotary Club, Trinity Baptist Church, or Willow Springs School Foundation.

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