Owen Laughlin James, 87, of Center Point died Saturday, April 3, 2004, at 9:10 a.m. in Cloverleaf Healthcare Facility. He had been a resident there since November, 2003.
Born March 10, 1917, in Clay County, he was the son of Ben Oney James and Lucy Laughlin James.
He was born and raised on the family farm in Center Point and lived there all his life. He was a grain and livestock farmer. He also had dairy cows for many years. He was well-known across the United States for his ability to train Belgium horse teams. He grew up using horse teams to plow and used them until 1956 when he bought his first four-row planter. He developed and trained horses for use from Maine through the eastern and midwestern states.
He last participated in horse pulls in 2002 at the Indiana State Fair and at Saline City. he has received trophies in all categories of horse pulls throughout the United States.
He was a life-long member of the Center Point United Methodist Church.
On Dec. 27, 1936, he married Hazel Ewbank James; she survives.
Other survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Myrna and Joe Heffner of Center Point and Thomas and Myna Eaglin-Sharp of Brazil; a son and daughter-in-law, the Rev. Myron and Sharon James of Harrodsburg, Ind; eight grandchildren, Marty Heffner and wife, Chris, Marlon Heffner and wife, Tina, John Owens James and wife, Michele, Jeana Graham, Janeece Stringer and husband, Bret, Rebecca James, Aaron James and Daniel Laughlin Eaglin; 16 great-grandchildren, Austin James Heffner, Mallory Heffner, Meredith Heffner, Ian Heffner, Orry Heffner, Quinton Heffner, Michael James, Vincent James, Jamie Graham, Jessica Graham, Dallas Graham, Lacey Graham, Jarett Stringer, Miles Stringer, Casey Stringer, Lucas James; several nieces, nephews and other extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Dessie Thompson, Neva Chambers and Tina Anderson; and a grandson, James Heffner, in infancy.
Services will be Wesdnesday at 11 a.m. at Center Point United Methodist Church with the Rev. Randy Slavens officiating. Burial will follow in Center Point Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, 4-8 p.m. at French Funeral Home and again, Wednesday, one hour prior to services at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Center Point United Methodist Church Building Fund. Envelopes will be available in the funeral home.