Born 5-23-1937-- Died 10-12-2005
James F. Fenton, 68, of Cherokee Village, Ark., died Oct. 12, 2005, at home.
He was born May 23, 1937, in Chillicothe, Iowa to Joshua Parker and Ellanore Sarrah Mathes Fenton. He married Irene Eckerson Jan. 13, 1990 in Burlington, Iowa.
A graduate of Agency High School and Parsons College, he earned a MA in counseling from the University of Wisconsin at Platteville. He received a specialist degree in education administration from Truman State University at Kirksville, Missouri. He taught and coach-ed at Farson, Iowa, Pekin, Iowa, Aplington, Iowa, Bellevue, Iowa and Centerville, Iowa. He developed and was the administrator at the alternative high schools in Centerville, Burling-ton, and Newton, Iowa.
He was the development officer for Ozarka College, having developed and built a new satellite campus in Ash Flat. He was a member of Cherokee Village United Methodist Church. He was the alderman for the 3rd Ward Cherokee Village. He was an active member on many state and local boards and community committees where he lived.
Surviving is his wife; two sons, Darrell Fenton of Red Oak, Iowa, Craig Fenton of Burlington, Iowa; two daughters, Rhonda Guyer of Johnston, Iowa and Laura Medlock of Lenexa, Kan.; two stepsons, David Eckerson of Muskogee, Okla. and Richard Eckerson of Houston, Texas; 17 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services were held at Reece Funeral Home in Ottum-wa, Iowa, with Rev. Bob Dvorak officiating. Burial followed in Shaul Cemetery.
A memorial service was held Oct. 18 at Cherokee Village United Methodist Church with Pastors Kay and Bob Burton officiating.
Memorials have been established to Ozarka College Founda-tion Scholarship Fund, Spring River Health/Hospice or Chero-kee Village United Methodist Church.