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Memphis Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens

3700 North Germantown Parkway, Bartlett, TN

OBITUARY

James Lynward Costa

October 23, 1927September 4, 2019
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James Lynward Costa, 91, of Codova, passed away on Wednesday, September 4, 2019. He was a US Air force veteran serving during WWII and the Korean War. James attended the University of Alabama and retired from civil service serving at various military bases. He enjoyed fishing and most of all being with his family and friends.

Mr. Costa was preceded in death by two wives, Ellen Ruth Costa, and Alice Costa, as well as one sister, Mary Jo Green and one brother, Richard Costa. He is survived by his daughters; Caryn Graffo (David), Cindy Massingill, three brothers; Joe Costa, Leon Costa, Bill Costa, four grandchildren; Ginger Greaves, Crystal Phillips, Amanda Bostick, Emily Topolski, and six great grandchildren; Riley Topolski, John Reid Topolski, Nancy Greaves, Liza Bostick, Zachery Phillips, and Zoe Greaves.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm, on Friday, September 6, 2019; a funeral service will be held at 10:00 am, on Saturday, September 7, 2019, at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 3700 N. Germantown Pky Bartlett, TN 38133.

  • FAMILY

  • Caryn Graffo (David), Daughter
  • Cindy Massingill, Daughter
  • Joe Costa, Brother
  • Leon Costa, Brother
  • Bill Costa, Brother
  • Ginger Greaves, Grandchild
  • Crystal Phillips, Grandchild
  • Amanda Bostick, Grandchild
  • Emily Topolski, Grandchild
  • Riley Topolski, Great Grandchild
  • John Reid Topolski, Great Grandchild
  • Nancy Greaves, Great Grandchild
  • Liza Bostick, Great Grandchild
  • Zachery Phillips, Great Grandchild
  • Zoe Greaves, Great Grandchild
  • Mr. Costa was preceded in death by two wives, Ellen Ruth Costa, and Alice Costa, as well as one sister, Mary Jo Green and one brother, Richard Costa.

Services

  • Family Will Receive Friends Friday, September 6, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 7, 2019

Memories

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Caryn Graffo

September 4, 2019

There are not enough words to convey what a wonderful, loving, dedicated and God fearing man my Father was. If you knew him, you knew a man who loved his family with his whole heart, and served his country with pride. There has never been another man who could match his loyalty, honesty or dedication towards everyone he came in contact with. He was a man to be looked up to and a role model for the ages. I am so proud and honored to have been able to call him "dad". Thank you Lord for allowing us to have him here on earth for the last 91 years. My heart is broken but know that we will be together again one day. I love you dad.

Marta Vinzant

September 4, 2019

Jim has been my friend and next door neighbor for 27 years. He had so many stories to share about the military.
He was so generous and kind. He had a generator and when the electricity would go out, he would hook up an extra extension cord and put it in my window so I could save the food in my fridge.
Everyone in the neighborhood loved him and he always had a kind word to say about them.
I've missed Alice for many years now, and will miss Jim as well.

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Biography

James Lynward Costa, 91, of Codova, passed away on Wednesday, September 4, 2019. He was a US Air force veteran serving during WWII and the Korean War. James attended the University of Alabama and retired from civil service serving at various military bases. He enjoyed fishing and most of all being with his family and friends.

Mr. Costa was preceded in death by two wives, Ellen Ruth Costa, and Alice Costa, as well as one sister, Mary Jo Green and one brother, Richard Costa. He is survived by his daughters; Caryn Graffo (David), Cindy Massingill, three brothers; Joe Costa, Leon Costa, Bill Costa, four grandchildren; Ginger Greaves, Crystal Phillips, Amanda Bostick, Emily Topolski, and six great grandchildren; Riley Topolski, John Reid Topolski, Nancy Greaves, Liza Bostick, Zachery Phillips, and Zoe Greaves.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm, on Friday, September 6, 2019; a funeral service will be held at 10:00 am, on Saturday, September 7, 2019, at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 3700 N. Germantown Pky Bartlett, TN 38133.