Dykes Lee James

Published 6:00 am Monday, January 7, 2008

Services for Dykes Lee James, of Brookhaven, were 11 a.m.Monday, Jan. 7, at First Baptist Church in Brookhaven with burialin Newell Cemetery in Brookhaven.

Brookhaven Funeral Home on Natchez Drive was in charge ofarrangements.

Mr. James, 79, died Jan. 4, 2008, at his residence. He was bornin Lincoln County on Jan. 30, 1928, to J.H. James and ParaleeNewell James.

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He was a lifelong resident of the Old Red Star community andgraduated from Loyd Star High School. He was a self-employed dairyfarmer for 38 years and served as a board member for DairymenIncorporated and the Lincoln Rural Water Association. He was alsoon the board of Southwest Electric Power Association for 34years.

His many years of faithful service to his church and communitywere recognized when he and his wife were honored as Unsung Heroesin The DAILY LEADER in 1994. He was a member of First BaptistChurch where he served as a deacon, a member of the sanctuarychoir, and the Cecil Rhodes Sunday School Class.

Preceding him in death were his parents; two brothers, J.H.James Jr. and Billie Earl James; and a great-grandson, JoshuaCooper Smith.

Survivors are his wife of 61 years, Helen Watts James, ofBrookhaven; his daughters, Linda Kay Smith and husband Sammy, ofBrookhaven, Sondra James, of Pearl, and Patsy Parker and husbandGeorge, of Brookhaven; his grandchildren, Sonya Anders and husbandDel, Shane Smith and wife Robyn, Ryan Parker and wife Amy, andOliva Watts and husband Josh; his great-grandchildren, Lane, Molly,and Melinda Anders, and Leigh-Taylor and Jon Tyler Smith; hisbrother, Glynn James and wife Juanita; and numerous nieces,nephews, and friends.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church BuildingFund.