He was born May 28, 1934, in Brazil, to William and Mable (Batchelor) Cooksey.
He attended Van Buren High School and later received his G.E.D. from the Army.
He married Gincie Crabb on June 19, 1954, in Waynesville, Mo.
In March 1954, he joined the United States Army and served in Korea. After returning home, he attended Indiana Business College.
James owned and operated Johnsons Feed and Supply on S. Walnut St., Brazil, from 1960-70. He also worked as a Yard Foreman at Timberland Lumber Company, at Log Cabin Coal Company, north of Brazil, as a loader operator for several years and most recently at Great Dane Trailers in the Thermo Cube Plant as a press operator. Jim also farmed and raised hogs. Jim enjoyed working, but in his free time, he enjoyed traveling.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Beatrice Purcell.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years Gincie, children Debbie Harmon and husband Larry, Russellville, Ind., Jim "Crow" Cooksey and wife Donna, Brazil, Amy Johnson and husband Greg, Brazil, Kelly Cooksey, Brazil, Arnold Cooksey, Brazil, Curtis V. Cooksey, Brazil, Libby Belden and husband John, Indianapolis, grandchildren Larry Harmon Jr. and wife Brittney, Colorado, Bradley Harmony, Kacy Cooksey, Lacey Cooksey, Sierra Martin, Shelbi Cooksey, Dylan Cooksey, Kaleb Cooksey, Garrett Belden, Piper Belden, great-grandchildren Samantha Harmon and Everette Harmon, as well as several nieces and nephews.
At his request, no services will be conducted and cremation has been scheduled.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Vista Care Hospice, 3401 S. 4th St., Terre Haute, 47802, or the Disabled American Veterans Fund, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45250-0301.
Lawson-Miller Chapel, Brazil, has been entrusted with his care.
To light a candle in his memory, visit www.lawson-millerchapel.com.