Jerry L. James
June 12, 1937 – September 26, 2019
Jerry was born on June 12, 1937 in Middletown, OH to Carl and Frances (Waddell) James.
He received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Miami University in 1958 and a master’s in engineering from Wright State University in 1978. He served in the U.S. Army, where he was trained in the Russian language at the U.S. Army Language School in Monterey, CA. He worked at FTD-NAIC from 1965 until 1998. He retired as the Chief of the Missile Threat Analysis Branch.
On June 27, 1964, he married Billye Anne (Alexander) James. They raised two sons, Mark and Michael.
Jerry was beloved by his friends, and he was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He loved to read, play golf and travel. He was known for his kindness, intelligence and witty sense of humor. He loved to work out at the gym and enjoyed hosting grill outs and parties for his family.
Jerry was preceded in death by his father, Carl; mother, Frances; brothers, Carl and Ralph Edward (Eddie); and sister, Frances Eileen.
He is survived by his wife, Billye Anne; son, Mark and wife Sonia; son Michael and wife Suzanne; and seven grandchildren, Matthew, Grace, Katherine, Ben, Olivia, Daniel, and Noelle.
The family will receive friends on Friday, Oct. 11 at 10 a.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 3440 Shroyer Rd., Kettering OH. The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m., and the burial will follow at Miami Valley Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
- St. Jude Children's Hospital
- Visitation Friday, October 11, 2019
- Funeral Service Friday, October 11, 2019
Jerry L. James
October 10, 2019
Billye Anne & family: So sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. Junior & I have sent a donation to St. Jude in memory of him.
We treasure the memories and laughter we shared when you all visited in our home a couple of years ago. Family memories go a long way in bringing comfort & healing to our grieving hearts. The "Cavin clan" is thinning out fast now; Jerry was an integral part of our family; he was loved and appreciated by all.
Wish we could be there to give you a hug & reacquaint with your sons & their families, but am recouping from surgery last week. May God's comfort & peace surround you. We love you
October 9, 2019
Billye and family, I was so saddened to read of Jerry's passing. As his co-worker and boss, I always admired Jerry's professionalism, dedication, and empathy. He was a superb manager and dedicated to his employees. I will not be able to attend the funeral service because of prior family commitments, but please know that my thoughts will be with you all. Love, John