Cecil "Mutt" E. James

September 11, 1948March 25, 2020

Cecil "Mutt" E. James, most popularly known as Papa, born on September 11, 1948 passed away peacefully on the morning of March 25, 2020. He is survived by his wife, Donna (Steele) James; son, D. Baxter James; daughter, Shelby Guyton; mother, Doris James; brother, William James, Jr.; sister, Susan Layton; two grandchildren, McKenzie and Micah Wilson and many cousins, nephews and nieces. He is predeceased by his father, William James, Sr.

Cecil was drafted into the Army on May 20, 1968 after graduating from Lower Richland High School. Following his basic training, he was stationed in Germany and eventually transferred to Vietnam. He received an Honorable discharge April 15, 1970. Cecil was presented the Distinguished Flying Cross by the President of the United States of America for heroism while participating in aerial flight evidenced by voluntary action above and beyond the call of duty on September 5, 1969 while serving as an aerial observer with the Air Calvary Regiment in the Republic of Vietnam. In addition, Cecil received the following awards: Purple Heart, Air Medal with letter V device with numeral 3, Vietnam Service Medal with 2 bronze service stars, Expert Badge with Rifle Bar, Sharpshooter Badge with Rifle Bar, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross and Palm Unit Citation Badge. Thank You for Your Service.

After his military discharge, Cecil started his career with Square D/Schneider Electric where he was a machinist. He retired after 35 years of service and pursued his career with ECM where he worked for seven years. Then he retired to enjoy traveling, fishing/boating, pleasure golf cart riding (not on golf courses) and life in general with his wife, grandchildren, family and friends.

He was a great man. He was a very fun, outgoing and loving husband, son, father, Papa, brother, uncle, cousin and friend who will be greatly missed.

Elmwood Funeral Home and Cremation Service will be handling the arrangements. He will be cremated and laid to rest at Fort Jackson National Cemetery with military honors. This memorial will be announced at a later date.


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James Zimmerman

March 29, 2020

So sorry you leaving us cuz, see you on the other side.. love you man RIP

Barbara Clepper

March 29, 2020

So sorry for your loss. I worked with Cecil and Donna at Square D. My deepest sympathy for your family and close friends. Sending prayers to find peace in your sorrows.

With a loving heart,
Barbara 🙏

Porcher Palmer Martin

March 29, 2020

Donna, Billy, Susie and family,
I am so sorry to hear about Cecil. Cecil is part of the good memories I have of us growing up together as cousins. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Will Broman

March 29, 2020

I’ve only had the privilege of knowing Cecil for about year. What a phenomenal human being! We will miss him greatly and am blessed for having known him. Condolences for his family’s loss. Fair winds and following seas....

Keith Hudgins

March 29, 2020

I want to express my sincere condolences upon learning of Cecil's passing. I worked with Cecil at both Square D and EC&M. We were very fortunate that Cecil joined us at EC&M to get us up and running. I will always remember his laugh and memorable grin when he would tease me about something. May the coming days, weeks and years be filled with wonderful memories of a man that loved life. Keith Hudgins

pete and mary combs

March 29, 2020

So sorry to hear of the passing of my friend Cecil. His friendship and fatherly advice was more than a blessing. He will surely be missed by all that knew him. Donna you are in our prayers.

Dan McFall

March 29, 2020

Cecil was a good friend and co-worker. I enjoyed working with him at Square D/Schneider Electric for many years. He will be missed by many. Thoughts and prayers for his family. 🙏🏻

Ricky Rish

March 28, 2020

We are so sorry for your loss. Cecil was a good man and will be greatly missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Tonya Cain

March 27, 2020

He was a devoted husband to his wife Donna and a good grandfather to Makenzie &her little brother.. He was a good client to my husband's golf cart business.. He never bothered anyone and he was a good person to everyone.. So sorry for his family and friends may God bless all us.

Kevin & Ellen Herman

March 27, 2020

We were fortunate to be counted among Cecil and Donna’s friends for several decades. They graciously hosted many social gatherings, usually including frying fish, which we ate out of paper bags. So much fun! Smiles all around. Thank you, Cecil, for the good times and, most especially, for serving our country in wartime. It was an honor to know you. Donna, may God wrap his loving arms around you through this sorrowful time.