James Butler Capps

August 3, 1930August 23, 2018
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LCDR (RET.) James (Jim) Butler Capps went to be with his Lord on Thursday August 23, 2018. He is preceded in death by his parents John Capps and Ona Lee Smith Capps; brother, Walter T. Capps, and his sisters, Dixie Louise Smith, Sally Jo McNeill and Edna Earl Penning. He is survived by his loving wife Magdalena (Beth); two sons: James (Jim) Robert and Richard, two daughters: Sherry Lynn Capps and Linda Diane Blastow (Bob); grandchildren: Rebecca Lauren Blastow, Lacey Madison Boutwell (Eliott), Taylor Jackson Boutwell (Margaret) and Illeana Nicole Capps; two great-grand daughters: Ella Madison Bahr and Leah Grace Capps; one sister-in-law: Evelyn Capps; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews. Mr. Capps retired from the United States Navy after 22 years of dedicated service. He entered the USN at the age of 18, as a Seaman Recruit and rose to the rank of Lt Commander. He was a decorated sailor who served two terms in Vietnam. His specific personal awards include, 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 15 Vietnam Air Campaign Air Medals, 4 Navy Commendation Medals, a Navy Achievement Medal with a Combat Valor Insignia and various unit and personal awards. Upon retiring from the Navy, he worked for Ford Military Sales in Angeles City, Philippines where he met the love of his life Beth. He then came back to Montgomery Alabama in 1991 where he lived the remainder of his life.

Visitation will be held on Saturday September 1, 2018 at 10:00 am at White Chapel-Greenwood Funeral Home followed by a full Military Graveside Service at Greenwood Cemetery at 11:00 am.

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  • John Clifton Capps, Father
  • Ona Lee Capps, Mother
  • Walter T. Capps, Brother
  • Dixie Louise Smith, Sister
  • Sally Jo McNeill, Sister
  • Edna Earl Penning, Sister
  • Magdalena Beth Capps, Spouse
  • James Robert Capps, Son
  • Richard Capps, Son
  • Sherry Lee Capps, Daughter
  • Linda Diane Blastow, Daughter
  • Rebecca Lauren Blastow, Grandchild
  • Lacey Madison Boutwell, Grandchild
  • Taylor Jackson Boutwell, Grandchild
  • Illeanna Nicole Capps, Grandchild
  • Ella Madison Bahr, Great Grandchild
  • Leah Grace Capps, Great Grandchild
  • Many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.


  • Visitation Saturday, September 1, 2018
  • A Celebration of Life Saturday, September 1, 2018

James Butler Capps

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Elvie Jakab

September 1, 2018

Uncle Jim, thank you for having loved Aunt Beth unconditionally. You were the best thing and biggest blessing in her life and our family. You have the heart of a champ, warm and kind, generous to a fault and always seeing the good in people. Where I’ve been, where I am and who I am now. you were the inspiration behind it. We will miss you greatly. I’m sure that you are now rejoicing with your family up there. I’m okay with that cuz you’ve left us with so many good memories. I will treasure and cherish those memories forever. We love you so dearly Uncle Jim and I know that you will watch over us especially Aunt Beth. Thank you for you love.
Jakab Family

Jesse and Christian Rodgers and Jones

August 26, 2018

My favortie memory is with Uncle Jim and Christian. Christian had to start his breathing treatments and was not having it. That is until his Uncle Jim took control. He got kiddo and we set up his breathing machine one one table and Uncle Jim has his on the other. Uncle Jim put his mask on and kiddo just watched. Next thing you know, kiddo is in his Uncle Jims lap and they BOTH have thier masks on and steam coming up from both masks/machines. It was the best site ever!! I will never forget that moment of seeing them together with both masks on sitting in the black recliner just a content as can be! Thank you Uncle Jim!!
Jesse and Your "Booger"

Mary Layton

August 26, 2018

I love you Uncle Jim. Tell Mom I love her too

Kathy Penning

August 26, 2018

Uncle Jim had one of the biggest hearts of anyone I know. He helped my Mom and family with anything we needed. He saw the good in people - maybe a little too much! - but that was the way he lived his life. I will miss him and always love him.

His loving niece Kathy Penning


LCDR(RET) James (Jim) Butler Capps


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