James Morris Villines, age 76 passed away in Harrison Arkansas on January 1st, 2020. He was born March 18, 1943 to Oliver and Lorean (Clark) Villines in Low Gap AR. James was proceeded in death by his brother Roy and sisters Verna, Flora and Lucille. James is survived by his wife Judy of 56 years, a daughter: Beth and husband Tom Blake of Lampe, MO. and his son Jimmy and wife Sonya of Peel, AR.
He was so proud of his three grandchildren: Courtney and husband Chad Rushing of Lead Hill AR., Nathan Blake and his wife Melinda of Lampe MO. and Amber Blake of Nixa, MO. These had to take a back seat when the three ‘greats’ came along: Charley and Camryn Rushing and Maddie Blake. Also survived by sister Shelia Tucker and husband Carey. James leaves behind many cousins’ neighbors and friends.
Special friends: Jason Vanderwaal, Cody VanMeter, Dickie and Abe Clary. Casson Bunch and Jesse Ragland would ride their 4-wheelers up to visit to talk about men and boys things – trucks and guns and such. One morning Judy had made a cake and these boys stopped by. Judy ask the boys if they wanted some. One of the boys asked ‘what kind is it?’ – and the other said ‘does it make any difference?’. Laugher ensued!
James graduated from Jasper High School where he excelled in Mathematics – he took every math class offered and many times he and one other student were the only ones in the class.
James was a charter member of the Peel Full Gospel Church. He was a retired carpenter and welder. He worked for Whitey’s Construction where he built many of the houses in Diamond City. He was known at the ‘one cut man’ when it came to measuring and cutting lumber. His work was known far and wide. Most real estate agents could tell the houses he had worked on. During his welding career, he worked on machinery. Long after retirement, the company would get requests for James – and only James to weld for their customers.
James provided significant support to the Lead Hill School. He helped pave the road to the school, He helped to make the baseball field a reality and get the FFA barn off the ground.
James was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved being outside and in his garden.
Special thanks to the grandchildren, Cleta Clary, Kenna Chor, Stephen Whited, Lead Hill Church of God and the Peel Full Gospel Church for all of the support during James’s illness.
Per James’s request, no flowers. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Lead Hill FFA c/o Lead Hill School P.O. Box 20 Lead Hill, AR. 72644
Services will be Saturday January 4th,at the Peel Full Gospel Church: 5411 MC 2059, Peel AR. Visitation at 9:30 with services at 11:00. Pall Bearers: J.R. Clary, Billy Clay Clary, Terry Brown, Bill Harrison, Jerry Lovell and Jason Vanderwaal. Pastors: Jimmy Villines and Carrol ‘Curly’ Johnson presiding.