Mary H. James
January 26, 1936 – October 30, 2019
Mary H. James, age 83, passed away peacefully at her home in Travelers Rest, SC, on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. Mary was born in Pembroke, GA, to Walter & Nettie Hutchinson. She graduated valedictorian of Bryan County HS in 1954, then continued her education at Georgia Baptist School of Nursing in Atlanta, GA. In 1958 she married Dr. Johnny J. Jones, Jr., a dentist from Columbus, GA, and settled in Macon, GA, where Johnny established a dental practice. Between 1961 and 1966, they had 3 children. In the mid-70s, Mary and Johnny were accepted as medical missionaries with Baptist Mid-Missions, and the family moved to Lausanne, Switzerland where they studied French for a year before moving to Koumra, Chad, Africa. In the 1980s, Mary assisted Johnny in establishing a dental practice in Warner Robins, GA. After Johnny’s death in 1992, she moved to the Atlanta, GA area; and in 1996, married Robert James from Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania. They settled in Snellville, GA, for 18 years and were active members at Berean Baptist Church in Lilburn. The last few years of her life were spent in Travelers Rest, SC. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Simpsonville. She loved to cook and excelled at hospitality. She was esteemed by many to be the epitome of a faithful, godly woman. In her last days, she was lovingly cared for by her spouse of 23 years and family.
She is survived by her husband Robert James; her children, Kristi Wetzel (John), Cindy Wescott (Jim), and Michael Jones (Paula); her sister, Betty Lindsey; 9 grandchildren, 3 of whom are married; and 1 great grandson.
The family will receive friends Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 at Mackey Funerals at 311 Century Drive, Greenville, SC 29607. A funeral service will be held in the chapel, at the same location, on Sunday, November 3 at 2:30 PM. The graveside service will be on Monday, November 4 at 1 PM at Magnolia Park Cemetery, 205 S Pleasant Hill Road, Warner Robins, GA. Memorials may be made to the Missions Fund at Calvary Baptist Church at 3810 Grandview Drive, Simpsonville, SC 29680.
- Walter Hutchinson, Father (deceased)
- Nettie Hutchinson, Mother (deceased)
- Johnny J. Jones Jr., First Husband (deceased)
- Robert James, Husband
- Kristi Wetzel (John), Daughter
- Cindy Wescott (Jim), Daughter
- Michael Jones (Paula), Son
- Betty Lindsey, Sister
- Along with 9 grandchildren, 3 of whom are married; and 1 great grandson.
- Lance Wetzel
- Luke Wetzel
- Johnny Turner
- Lauren Hafner
- Davey Turner
- Jim Wescott
Missions Fund at Calvary Baptist Church
3810 Grandview Drive, Simpsonville, South Carolina
- Visitation Saturday, November 2, 2019
- Funeral Service Sunday, November 3, 2019
- Committal Service Monday, November 4, 2019
Mary H. James
Mary LaFavre Tanner
November 5, 2019
Eleanor ,as I knew her first at Ga Baptist School of Nursing. She was my roommate for 2 years and then I quit to marry. She was beautiful, smart and a pleasure to know. We use to stop in Macon in their early years as we traveled to visit my in laws in So.Ga. She visited with us at Big Canoe once and a few years ago I lost contact. She was beautiful inside and out and I am sure she will be missed by her family. Mary Tanner
November 2, 2019
We met Mary and her husband Bob at Berean Baptist of Lilburn in 2008. Mary and I both had been nurses so had a natural shared interest. She was so gracious to everyone and she was a great hostess with a good helper Bob. Sad for family's loss but rejoicing with Mary being with her Savior. Picture at Mary and Bob's home-Ladies' Christmas Party 2010
Jo Ann Bandy
November 2, 2019
Praying for the family to have grace from God.
I can still hear Johnny say to Mary// be strong and of good courage
as I helped her pack for Africa.
November 2, 2019
So sorry for your loss. Mary and Johnny were two of the sweetest people I knew from Gilead Baptist Church. God Bless
October 31, 2019
From the first time I met Mary in 1971 at Gilead Baptist Church in Macon, GA we bonded and that bond has remained all these years. Though we did not get to visit often, we could always pick up where our last conversation ended.
Mary's life was one of complete love and devotion to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to her family, and to her many friends. She was the most Christ-like person I ever knew. She was truly a Proverbs 31 lady.
Heaven is getting sweeter all the time as more and more of my friends are safely home with Jesus.
May the God of all comfort guard your hearts and minds as you walk through your grief. Jesus is near to those who are brokenhearted. His presence is with us. Love to all you dear ones.