The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


April 25, 2014

Richard L. James

JOPLIN, Mo. —   

Richard Lee James, age 65, of Joplin, passed away at 3:12 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at his residence.

Born Jan. 21, 1949, in Granby, Mo., he was the son of the late Johnny James and Doris Hoover James. He graduated high school and received his machinist training from Franklin Technical School, working at the former Vickers, Inc. Most of his working life he was a talented commercial and residential tile setter and owned and operated his own business until in 1987, he was struck by an automobile and became disabled. Richard was a C.B. Radio enthusiast in his early years and later built and flew remote control airplanes. He was active in Joplin and Carthage RC airplane clubs.

His first wife, Cynthia James, preceded him in death in 2000.

On Oct. 11, 2005, he married Sarah E. Bryant Capps, at Miami, Okla. She survives.

Additional survivors include three stepchildren, Richard Capps and wife, Debbie, of Baxter Springs, Kan., Larry Capps and wife, Gina, of Carthage, Mo., and Mark Capps, of Carthage; two brothers, Earl Henson and Marsha, of the Carl Junction, Mo. area and Bennie Allen and wife, Susie, of Indianapolis, Ind.; four sisters, Wanda Thompson and husband, Denny of Troy, Mo., Brenda Sewell and husband, Larry, of Joplin, Jama Stone and husband, Danny, of Oklahoma, and Jane Griffitt and husband, Bobby, of Lockwood, Mo.; 10 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Bobby Jo Allen; and a stepdaughter, Cynthia Capps.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Parker Chapel. Interment will follow in Osborne Memorial Cemetery with David Fort, Cody Moback, Brandon Franklin, Aaron McClane, John McClane and Robert Henson serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. on Friday at the mortuary.

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