He was born Sept. 23, 1932, in Brazil, as the son of Warren and Laura Williams James. He graduated from Brazil High School with the Class of 1950. He married Martha Gainey Jan. 3, 1951.
He was owner and manager of new car dealerships for over 50 years. His dealerships were in Clay City, Rockville and Brazil. He also worked as general manager for Dale Warnick Chevrolet in Rockville.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Knightsville, an active member of the Brazil Rotary Club, and he had served on the Clay Community Schools Building Trades Program board for many years.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife Martha, son Ron James and his wife Jean Ann, Franklin, Ind., step-grandchildren Mark (Kelli) Jones and Brad (Melissa) Jones, step great-grandchildren Devin, Brice, Logan, Trey and Tyler Jones, step great-great-grandchild Landon Jones, sister-in-law Virginia Mathis, nephew Eric (Nancy) Mathis and other extended family.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m., Sunday, July 29, at Moore Funeral Home. A Masonic Memorial Service will be conducted at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Monday at the funeral home with Pastor Bill Price officiating.
Burial will follow at Clearview Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Clay Building Trades Program, PO Box 101, Brazil, Ind., 47834, or the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718 Oklahoma City, Okla., 73123-1718. Visit www.moorefuneralhomes.com to send condolences to the family.