Donald James of Horseshoe Bend formerly of Kirksville, Mo., and La Porte, Texas, died at the age of 86 on Feb. 16, 2007, at the North Arkansas Life Care Center in Horseshoe Bend.
He was born Aug. 30, 1920, the son of the late Asa Clifford James and Maggie Marie Shelton James in Adair County, Mo.
He graduated from Brashear High School and served in the U.S. Army Combat Engineers during World War II. He was awarded the Purple Heart on three occasions.
He enjoyed a life-long career in the construction trade. He owned and operated James Construction while in Kirksville, Mo.
In Kirksville he was active in the Jaycees, Planning and Zoning Committee, Lions Club and served on the building committee of the First United Methodist Church. He worked as the construction superintendent of Wallace Construction in Dallas, Texas and at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. He later served as a Veterans Administration building inspector while living in La Porte, Texas. He retired to Horseshoe Bend in the late 1980s where he was active as a volunteer for the Horseshoe Bend Police Department, a member of the Lions Club and the Horseshoe Bend United Methodist Church.
Survivors are: his third wife, Laraine Heaberlin James; two daughters, Donna Kohl and husband Nick of Quincy Ill., and Debby Risner and husband Marv of La Porte, Texas; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Boyd and Bina James of Brashear, Mo., and Emmett and Norma James of Kirksville, Mo.; Mark VanMeter of Liberty, Mo.; Jayme VanMeter of Springfield, Mo.; Casey Hehr and wife Tara, of Long Beach, Calif.; Lacey Risner of Austin, Texas, and Tyler Risner of San Marcos, Texas; his stepchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife and mother of his daughters, Shirley Slocum James; and his second wife, Marie Hassel James.
No services are scheduled.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Horseshoe Bend Memorial Chapel.
Memorials may be sent to the North Arkansas Life Care Center or to the Horseshoe Bend United Methodist Church.