MSG (Ret.) James Hugh Capps

May 12, 1925May 1, 2013
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MSG (Ret.) James Hugh Capps, originally from Madison County, North Carolina, passed away May 1, 2013 from heart failure after a long illness. Graveside services with full military honors will be held in Parkhill Cemetery at 3:00 PM, Monday, May 6, 2013 with Pastor Preston Parker officiating, according to Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 4071 Macon Rd., Columbus. The family will greet friends on Sunday afternoon from 3:00 – 5:00 PM.

MSG Capps was born May 12, 1925 in Madison County, NC to the late Oscar Capps and Bertha Arrowood Capps. He served his Lord, Jesus Christ as a devoted member of Victory Baptist Church in Columbus. He retired from the U.S. Army after 30 years of loyal service to his country. He was a decorated combat veteran of three wars: WWII, Korea and Vietnam. MSG Capps was awarded two Bronze Star medals, a Purple Heart medal and a number of Army Commendation medals.

Survivors include his loving wife of 67 years, Hazel Capps of Columbus, GA; four sons, Jim and Dianna Capps of Tucker, GA, Bob Capps of Jonesboro, GA, Bill and Martha Capps of Columbus, GA and Greg and Connie Capps of Raeford, NC; thirteen grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorial contributions be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 6667 or St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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  • Visitation Sunday, May 5, 2013
  • Graveside Service Monday, May 6, 2013

MSG (Ret.) James Hugh Capps

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Debbie Sipes

October 4, 2013

I will miss you Grandpa! I will miss your laugh, your stories,and your love. Thank you so much for setting a wonderful example for me! I Love you so much!

Barbara Arrowood Settle

May 27, 2013

Hazel and family - Wish I had known about this, I would have made the trip down. Just spent last week in VA with Stella and her family. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you during this difficult time. So long cousin.

Eleanor Strickland

May 8, 2013

In memory of James Capps.. you were a dear friend to my husband Master Sergent W.C. Strickland. He enoyed talking to you at the fence of our Rosewood Dr. home. I am very proud that Dianna my daughter is married to James Capps, the oldest son. We will meet again one fine day.

Janice Bass

May 7, 2013

Hazel, Jim, Bob, Bill & Greg,
Our hearts go out to all of you. James was a such wonderful person. My parents loved him so very much. What a celebration they must be having with our Lord! Each of you have been, and will continue to be, in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you peace and comfort.
Much love,
Kenneth & Janice
Kevin & Andrea

Brenda Strickland

May 7, 2013

Mr. Capps you were such a good man and friend to my dad. I know he is so happy to have his friend with him now. You 2 have all of eternity to talk and talk ,just as you use to. You raised 4 great boys and I know they will take really good care of their sweet Mom and each other.. so until we see you again, may you rest in peace. Much love.

Wanda Strickland-Jackson

May 7, 2013

Mr. Capps, what a mark you left on this world! You were my father's BEST good friend and army buddy. Oh, the countless hours y'all spent talking at the fence. I just know he is glad you've joined him in Heaven...but we sure will miss you down here! Thank you for all the fun rides in your paint truck and school bus. And thanks for always saying my Easy Bake Oven cakes were even better than your wife's :)

Love always,

Larry Potts

May 6, 2013

Sorry to hear about your loss. I knew your Dad when I attended Columbus Baptist Temple while I was in the Army.
He was a wonderful man.
My condolences,

Janet & Mitch Howell

May 6, 2013

Greg & Bill, I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. Please take comfort in knowing he is in God's arms now. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. Janet (Cormier) and Mitch Howell.

Bobbi Haywood

May 6, 2013

Bill and Family:
I just wanted to let you know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. I am deeply sorry for your loss.
~Bobbi Jo Haywood

Kayla Sipes

May 6, 2013

I love you Grandpa Capps. Thank you for starting this amazing family. You are the greatest man I've ever met, and I am so blessed to have known my great grandfather for 22 years. I miss you so much already and all of your stories. It hurts knowing you're gone, but you will forever stay in my heart and memories. I know I will see you again one day in heaven.

Until then,
Kayla and Braelyn
(great granddaughter and great great granddaughter)