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Dodd Payne Hess Funeral Home

350 W Maple Ave, Fayetteville, WV

OBITUARY

Robert "Bob" Franklin James

April 27, 1940October 24, 2019
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Robert “Bob” Franklin James, age 79, of Fayetteville, WV went to be with his Savior on Thursday, October 24, 2019, at Bowers House, Beckley. Bob was born April 27, 1940, to Clarence and Hazel (Hubbard) James at Kincaid, WV. He married Elizabeth Walker in 1960 and she preceded him in death. Also preceding him was his 3 siblings: Mildred Smith, Larry James, and Gean Crawford.

Bob earned a Bachelor degree at Cleveland State University and a Master degree at WVU in Social Work. He was employed by the State of WV for thirty years in Human Services serving as Director of Fayette County the last few years before retiring. He also taught as an adjunct professor at several colleges. After retiring he was called to the ministry serving in three separate congregations. He helped organize the startup of Camp Kismet and helped run it for many years. He also served in the Gideon Ministry for 29 years. He was an avid stamp collector for 40 years, authored two religious books, and enjoyed the artistry of painting. Bob was a witty, intelligent, loving and generous man. He loved the Lord with his whole heart and served him faithfully. Our loss is heaven’s gain.

Surviving is his wife, Starlett; his sons: Robert (Pam) of North Carolina, Greg of West Virginia; stepson: Michael (Victoria) of Ohio; two granddaughters: Melanie (Erwin) Soto and Keri (Garrett) Kent; two great granddaughters: Camila Soto and Palmer Kent. Also surviving are Bob’s siblings: Lorena Bibb of Ohio, Roger James of Louisiana; and David (Phyllis) of West Virginia.

Visitation will be Monday, October 28, 2019, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home in Fayetteville at 12 PM with the service following at 1 PM. Officiating will be Pastor Vondie Cook and Pastor Michael Meadows. Interment will be at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions to the Gideons International in Robert’s name.

For those wishing to express condolences to the James family, you may do so by visiting our website at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com.

Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home will be assisting the James family.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, October 28, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, October 28, 2019
  • Burial Monday, October 28, 2019

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Martha Chasteen

October 27, 2019

So sorry to hear of Bob's passing, praying for you and the family Starr. I knew Bob for many, many years, helped at Camp Kismet, enjoyed the time in the Gideons. He ran the race and won, Bob wore many hats in his christian life and will be remembered by all who knew him as a dedicated man of God. So sorry that I can't be there for the funeral as I will be in Morgantown for a doctors appointment. I would really liked to have seen his children and the offspring but if they are here for a few days let me know and maybe I can drop by for a visit. Again, prayers for all and may our dear friend Rest in Peace.

Ralph Walker

October 26, 2019

Sorry to hear about Bob's passing. My Sympathy to the family, I know he will be missed.

Beverly/Wayne Johnston

October 26, 2019

With Much Prayer and Love sent Your way in this time of sorrow may GOD give You All much Peace and Comfort and May He Keep You Sheltered through this Time of Great Loss *&* Sorrow! Robert was certainly a Great Man.

Terry-Sherri Groves

October 26, 2019

So sorry for your loss. Enjoyed knowing Bob & Star through church and The Gideons. He will be missed.

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