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“Joe Pat had such a wonderful personality. My parents, Joe and Larue Sledd, were good friends with him and Lola. As Kirksey Alumni, my whole family...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Renee Sledd Turnbow - Benton, KY

“Dear Ross, Your mom and dad were neighbors of mine in the late 1950s. I have so many fond memories. Please accept my sincere condolences and know...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Mona Purdom - Dallas, TX - friend

“Our deepest sympathies to Joe Pat's family. We will never forget his always cheerful disposition and kindness. When I returned to Murray in 2004...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Martin & Patsy Tracy - Murray, KY

“Ross, Please accept my heartfelt sympathy. I had a wonderful visit with your dad about a year ago at his home. We talked about our ancestors, people...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Bobbie Smith Bryant - Louisville , KY

“My prayers are with the family. ”
5 of 18 | Posted by: Judy Nuss - Dallas, TX

“Joe Pat was one of our very dearest & closest friends. He was MC of John Mack Carter's dedication of his Nature Trail in Central Park. He...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: The Reagan's - Murray, KY

“Ross, My friendship with your dad and mom goes back to the late 1960's. I could write a book about the things we did together over the years. ...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Mike Outland - Franklin, TN

“Ross, I am so sorry for you and your family's loss. Your dad will be missed. I am praying for your and your family during this time. ”
8 of 18 | Posted by: Patricia Parrish - Murray, KY

“My mother, Shirley Wilferd, and Aunt Lola worked in the business office at the hospital 50 years ago. Aunt Lola gave my sister and I our first...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Alison Geurin - Murray , KY

“Ross, words can not express how sorry I am for your loss. I feel as though I knew both your parents by the stories you shared with me. May you find...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Susan Lewter - San Antonio, TX

“Ross, so sorry about your Dad. You are in my thoughts. ”
11 of 18 | Posted by: Leigh Furches

“To the Family of Lion Joe Pat James: On behalf of the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation, I would like to express our sincere condolences to the the...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Wenda Owen - Louisville, KY

“I'm so sorry to hear that Mr. James has passed away. He, Cordis, and my Dad, Joe Ross, were long-time friends. Dad left us nearly two years ago. May...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Emily Ross Blasdels - Paducah

“I got to know Joe Pat many years ago. He was always a very well-dressed,friendly and loving man. I personally looked forward to his afternoon...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Tom Wilcox - Murray, KY

“Joe Pat was a walking, talking history book for his community, which was Kirksey, and for his adopted hometown, Murray. He kept this history alive by...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Robert Valentine - Murray, KY

“My life was enriched by knowing Joe Pat, a wonderful guy to be around. I sung many times with he and James Edwards in a gospel groupe. Family in our...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: Billy Ford - Lebanon , TN

“Joe Pat James was a great guy and a good man. He was old school. Always friendly, kind and quick with a smile and a "how are you!" Will miss seeing...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Don Stewart - Murray, KY - Friend

“Sorry for your loss. Joe Pat will be missed by many. ”
18 of 18 | Posted by: Carol Chapman - Anna, TX - friend


Joe Pat James, 85, of Murray, died Sunday, November 4, 2012, at his home.

Mr. James was born May 3, 1927, in Kirksey, KY to the late Aubrey and Daisy James.

He graduated from Kirksey High School in Kirksey, KY, and Murray State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 1957. He served his country, proudly, during WWII with the US Army Signal Corp in Vienna, Austria from 1945-1947. He retired from Equifax, in 1989, after 35 years of loyal service.

He was a proud and distinguished member of the Murray Lions Club where he served as President in 1959. He also served as Zone Chairman, Deputy District Governor, and District Governor. The Lions Club also named him a Melvin Jones Fellow for his dedication to humanitarian services. In addition, he was named a Lions "Knight Of The Blind" for his tireless work with the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation. In 2008, he was inducted into the Kentucky Lions Hall Of Fame.

His love for Murray State University, and especially Racer Basketball, was well known to everyone. He was proud to call Murray, and Calloway County, his home for over 80 years. During his lifetime he worked, endlessly, to promote Murray, Calloway County, and Western Kentucky. He received the Ambassadors Award from the Murray Chamber Of Commerce for his efforts.

Mr. James was probably best known, in Murray and the surrounding area, for his daily radio program on WNBS. He hosted the popular talk show for more than 30 years and continued to do so up until his death.

He was a member of the Kirksey United Methodist Church and regularly attended services at First United Methodist Church in Murray. He was also a charter member of the Oaks Country Club and continued to play golf almost every day.

Mr. James is survived by one son, Ross James of The Colony, TX; two granddaughters, Devon James and Dakota James of Trophy Club, TX; one sister, Lorraine Miles of Midland, TX; one nephew, Kevin Miles of Midland, TX; three nieces, Cheryl Jominy of Coral Springs, FL, Barbara Miles of Midland, TX, and Joyce Paschall of Palatine, IL. Other survivors include several great nieces and nephews, and two very special women, Janith Kay Elkins of Indianapolis, IN and Benton, KY; and Tina Marie Adams of Hazel, KY.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Lola James, who died on September 15, 2007; one sister, Aliese Paschall; and by one brother, Cordis James.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Murray with Rev. Jim Stahler officiating. Burial will follow in the Murray City Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. also being held at the First United Methodist Church. Arrangements are being handled by the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home.

The family requests that donations be made, in lieu of flowers, to one of the following organizations: Murray-Calloway Endowment for Healthcare, Att. Residential Hospice House, 803 Poplar Street, Murray, KY 42071; First United Methodist Church, 503 Maple Street, Murray, KY 42071; Kirksey United Methodist Church, PO Box 8, Kirksey, KY 42054; Murray State University Agriculture Alumni Scholarship Fund, 200 Heritage Hall, Murray, KY 42071 (checks made payable to the Murray State University Foundation).

Online condolences can be made at, www.thejhchurchillfuneralhome.com

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