Ted James, 79, son of Reuben James and Norma Hinkle James Spencer, was born on July 8, 1933 in Bucyrus, Missouri. He passed away on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at his home in Elk Creek, Missouri.
Military services for Ted will be on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at First Baptist Church, Houston, Missouri. Visitation will be at 1:00 p.m. and memorial service at 2:00. Private graveside services will be at Union Cemetery, Cabool, Missouri.
Ted was preceded in death by his parents, brother David, daughter Lea, and former wife Versa.
He has four remaining siblings, Gerald James of Houston, Joyce Scott of Seymour, Missouri, Leon James of Houston, and Doris McAnulla of Ozark, Missouri.
He is survived by his daughters, Maris Herndon and spouse Royce, Columbia, Missouri, and Nancy Moger and spouse Bob, Carl Junction, Missouri
He was very proud of all of his five grandchildren, Marissa Herndon Gaither and spouse Jeremy of St. Peters, Missouri, Karissa Herndon Greer and spouse Morgan of Pasadena, California, Victoria Beth Moger Sprenger and spouse Jon of Liberty, Missouri, Kelsie Moger Fannon and spouse Jared of Lonoke, Arkansas, and RC Moger of Fayetteville, Arkansas, and enjoyed spending time with his great-grandson, Tyler Glen Gaither, 3, of St. Peters.
Ted grew up in the communities of Bado, Cabool and Houston, Missouri. He attended Union School, Cabool, and graduated from Houston High School in 1951 where he enjoyed playing football his senior year.
Ted joined the Marine Corps and served at Camp Pendleton, California, and in Korea and Japan. Upon completion of his military service he worked as a carpenter and in the logging industry in California and Oregon before returning to Missouri.
Ted married Versa Coats on August 3, 1957 at Union Church, Cabool, and they were parents to Maris, Nancy and Lea.
Ted attended Union Church, where he accepted Christ at a revival and was baptized at Flat Rocks in January 1951. He attended First Baptist Church in Houston with his family. In recent years he planned his evenings to insure he didn’t miss any Billy Graham crusades on TV where he experienced peace and comfort for his life.
Ted was skilled in many types of work. He was on the construction crew at Table Rock Lake, Branson, Missouri, and several office buildings in Springfield, Missouri. He was a farmer in Buffalo, Houston, and Bucyrus, Missouri, where he worked with dairy and beef cattle. He raised corn, alfalfa, and hay on the beautiful Big Piney River farm he loved near the Horseshoe Bend. He was able to operate heavy equipment and owned a custom bulldozing business. He also owned several sawmills where he produced many railroad ties.
As he could carve out time from these many occupations, he involved himself with horses and music. He loved to ride fox trotting horses on trail rides (according to him the smoothest riding horses). He was thrilled to have had the opportunity to be on the bicentennial trail ride (1976) to Jefferson City and to support the community cancer rides.
He would seek out all events that were themed around music; bluegrass festivals, playing his guitar and square dancing were his passions. He enjoyed singing with all who would sing with him. When he wasn’t feeling well a good bluegrass song always made him feel better.
His philosophy for life was to never give up and persevere at all pursuits. Although his health was not good for a long time, his zest for life was always present and an inspiration to his children.
The family requests donations to be given to Union Cemetery for their cemetery maintenance. The donations can be mailed to Evans Funeral Home, 224 S. Grand, Houston, Missouri.