Thomas William James Jr.


Thomas William James Jr., 84, of Oak Hill, WV, passed away peacefully, on Sunday, August 4, 2019, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley, WV.
He was born October 2, 1934, to the late Thomas W. Sr. and Elizabeth Shuck James.
Tom graduated from Collins High School in 1952 and attended West Virginia University, Concord College and West Virginia University Institute of Technology, earning a BS degree from the latter in 1960. He earned graduate credits from both Marshall University (6 hrs) and the WV School of Graduate Studies (9 hrs). He also held a permanent teaching certificate authorized by the state of WV.
He was a US Army veteran (Paratrooper), having served with the 82nd Airborne Division from 1956-1958, participating in 13 airborne jumps.
Tom worked in the California Oil Fields, was a former Fayette County teacher and had many other various jobs before starting his career at the Fayette Tribune in 1961.
While employed at the newspaper, he worked as: reporter, photographer, managing editor, editor, advertising representative - including pressroom, composition, circulation, business, etc. He ended his newspaper career as publisher for the last 12 years. He retired in 1996 after 36 years of service.
Following retirement, he was an election poll worker, an instructor at Mt Olive Correctional Complex, adjunct professor at WVUIT and at WVUIT Oak Hill Center and lastly as a loss control associate for West Virginia Insurance.
He was of the Baptist faith, with membership at the Calvary Baptist Church. He had served as deacon, church clerk, moderator, usher and as a member of the pulpit and van committees. He served on the Fayette County Baptist Association as vice-moderator, moderator and member of the evangelism committee.
Mr. James was a Kentucky Colonel, Admiral in the Cherry River Navy, and President of the New River Gorge square dancers. He held memberships in Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity (WVU), the Oak Hill Rotary Club and a member of the advisory board of WVUIT. He also was a past director of the Fayette Plateau Chamber of Commerce.
Preceding him in death was the mother of his children, Margaret Ellen Wooten James.
He is survived by wife, Nancy Perry James, and her children, Sherri Shumate (John) and Scott Johnson (Teresa), and those that affectionately called him Grampie, Johnna, Perry, Zach, and Lexi; brother-in-law, David Perry (Nancy); sons, David (Mary) James, Tom (Susie) James and George (Nanette) James; grandsons, Michael and Nathaniel James, and great-grandson, Samuel; grandchildren by marriage, Dustin, Amanda, and Jayda, and great-granddaughters Piper and Harper; sister Clara (Oliver) Rushing, and brother, Dale (Linda) James. He will also be missed by a host of nieces and nephews and many friends.
Honoring his wishes, graveside rites and committal service for family and friends will be at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, August 7, 2019, at High Lawn Memorial Park with Rev. Greg Swisher officiating. Burial will follow. There will be no visitation.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801, or Calvary Baptist Church, 1424 East Main Street, Oak Hill, WV 25901.
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Published on August 5, 2019
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6 posts

Tracey Shumate
Aug 06, 2019
RIP..Grampie..we will miss you!!!๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
Brooke Miller
Aug 06, 2019
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Susan Fleshman
Aug 06, 2019
Tom brought joy to many people. My son, James, and I were truly blessed by his contagious smile and giving heart. He was compassionate and kind. Our prayers and thoughts are with our family during this difficult time.
Charles & Ola Ann Perry and family
Aug 06, 2019
Tom was a wonderful person and always a joy to be around. He cared deeply about others and was always willing to listen and talk about nearly anything. We will miss his love of life and laughter - and will always remember the nickname that he gave our son Jacob at an early age - โ€œhammerโ€. We are praying with and for our family during this difficult time.
Paulette Shockey
Aug 06, 2019
Tom was special. I am sorry to hear of his death. My thoughts are with you.
Basile and Libbie Summers
Aug 05, 2019
We are saddened to hear of Tom's passing. We have always considered him to be a scholar and a gentleman. He was a good example of a Christian Man who loved the Lord ,his wife and family and friends. We came to know him in Lake Deaton retirement park where we enjoyed the company of our WV friends there. RIP. Tom.