Walter K. "Bootie" James Jr.

June 3, 1945May 20, 2020

Walter K. (Bootie) James, 74, of Connersville, died Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at Reid Health of Richmond.

Walter was born June 3, 1945 in Connersville to Walter K. James Sr. and June D. Kendall James. Walter grew up in Shirley, Indiana until moving to Connersville when he was 14 years old. He attended and graduated from Connersville High School and began his career at Roots Blower in Connersville. “Bootie” worked as a machinists and was promoted to the maintenance department until retiring in 2013. Walter was a member of the Hilltop Tabernacle Church and was an avid card player, always enjoying a good game of euchre. You could always find “Bootie” with a good cup of coffee talking with his HAM Radio friends, going by the call letters KB9LUX, and also on his CB radio by the call name “Snake”. Walter also enjoyed a good western movie after a delicious breakfast at Parkview Restaurant.

“Bootie” is survived by his children: Todd Kenneth James of Taylorsville, Indiana, Amy Henderson and Joe of Flat Rock, Indiana, Jessica James of Indianapolis; Brothers: Danny James and Mary of Washington, Indiana, Patrick James Sr. of Connersville; sisters: Carolyn Davisson and Donald of Kentucky, Annabelle Emswiller of Middleton, Indiana; Grandchildren: Jaxson Luke Jordan, Anna-Grace and Lilly Shields, Dayne, Joey, and Zach Henderson, Natalie Starnes; He was expecting his first great-grandson, Wilder Croucher in November; many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Walter is preceded in death by his infant son: Walter Kenneth James III; brother: Ed “Tex” James Sr.; sisters: Marilyn Quantz and Jenell James.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home, Myers Chapel, Connersville, is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s choice.


Walter K. "Bootie" James Jr.

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Peggy Ketcham

June 6, 2020

Uncle Bootie was a such a good man. As a child I remember going to his home, with my parents and brother and sister, and the parents drinking pot after pot of coffee and you might hear a hoop or hollar about someone getting euchre. Bootie worked very hard for what he had and he would give it away if someone was in need. Many fond memories of this gentle man. Im sure my parents and him are playing it up with a good game of euchre and remencing some long distance new friend that they had talked to on the CB.
May God wrap his ever loving arms around his family.

Fryes Mowing & lawncare

May 25, 2020

We’ be been mowing for Walter for the last few years,. He always come out and we’d have a little chat. Always asked how our family was doing. He was really proud of his kids. He was a good friend and will be missed.

Jen Padley

May 24, 2020

Met Walter 5 years ago , I could not have asked for a better neighbor. Enjoyed talking with him when he was out was walking. May peace find your family and loved ones at this difficult time.

Jimmy Burge

May 22, 2020

Bootie was my former bother in law the kindest gentlest person I know. I thought enjoyed booties company and cherished the time we had together