Born 12-15-1925 -- Died 1-20-2003
James Ralph Yancey, 77, died Jan. 20, 2003, at his home in Zillah, Wash. He was born Dec. 15, 1925, to A. Utley and Maude McVey Yancey at Brockwell. He was the older brother of Lloyd Yancey.
He was a World War II veteran and received the Purple Heart. He survived the Battle of the Bulge, spending Christmas Day 1944 huddled in the middle of the woods with six other soldiers before they were captured the next day by the German Army.
He was a man with a passion to keep busy and would always be working in his yard and gardens, doing housework, or taking care of his pets. He loved to be ornery and always had a twinkle in his eye.
He was at one time, an avid bowler and he loved to go to the livestock auctions. He loved to do word searches. Most of all he loved to build birdhouses.
He had worked for various hop growers in Moxee and Harrah, Wash., and he was an employee for U & I Sugar and Muffet and Sons. He enjoyed his coffee in the mornings with his buddies. He was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include his wife, Kellie Yancey of Zillah, Wash.; a brother and sister-in-law, Lloyd and Marie Yancey; a nephew and wife, Kim and Jill Yancey; and their two children -- Amber Morehead and Kyle Yancey all of Wideman; two daughters -- Deanna Neissi of Oregon and Renee Para of Washington; two sons -- Ron and Bradley Yancey both of Washington; six step-children -- Karen Roark, Vicky Harris, Leah, Mike, Tina and T. J. Torrez; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; five beloved pets -- Pebbles, Sadie, Katie, Sue and KoKo; and a host of other relatives and many good friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Maude Yancey.
A memorial service will be held Feb. 8, at 2 p.m. at the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church in Oxford, with Mike Haney officiating. Burial will be at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery with arrangements under the direction of Eddie's Family Funeral Home of Melbourne.