Born Feb. 13, 1930 in Grand Chain, James retired from the Farmers Home Administration, USDA after working in Flora, Benton and Metropolis. He was a Korean War veteran serving in the U.S. Marines from 1951 through 1953. He was a member of Community Christian Church in Metropolis and enjoyed camping and piddling.
James is survived by three children, Nathan Harris and wife Lori of Nashville, Tenn., Peter Harris and wife Donna of Mt. Zion and T.J. Waters and husband Tom of Nashville, Tenn.; three granddaughters, Ella, Shawna and Tess Harris; one grandson, Eli Harris; one brother, Fred Harris; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harley and Grace Cooper Harris; his wife, Joann Harris; one daughter, Karen Lynn Harris; and one sister, Athylin Mathis.
Funeral service was held Monday at Aikins-Farmer Funeral Home in Metropolis with Rev. Mike Hardison officiating. Burial followed at the Grand Chain Masonic Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society, 4503 W. DeYoung St., Suite 200-C, Marion, IL 62959.