James H. Ames

April 4, 1937June 22, 2012

James H. Ames, 75, of Van Buren, AR, died Friday, June 22, 2012. He was born April 4, 1937, in Catcher Community, AR. He served four years with the U.S. Marine Corps, and 21 years with the U.S. Air Force. He is a member of the Air Force Sergeant Association and Marine Corp Association. He was a retired golf course mechanic. He was preceded in death by a son, James Michael Ames, and a grandson, Michael Higgins.

He is survived by his wife, Stella of the home; four daughters, Patricia Ames of Van Buren, Pam Knight, Laura Griffin and Cissie Hogue all of Fort Smith; two sons, Joseph Ames of Van Buren, and Christopher Faust of Shady Point, OK; ten grandchildren, Chad Knight, Dylan Higgins, James Michael Ames, Sierra Faust, Grant Higgins, Hailey Hogue, Hannah Hogue, Elizabeth Faust, Harper Hogue, and Morgan Faust; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 12:30 P.M. Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home Chapel in Van Buren, AR with burial at Fort Smith National Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren, AR.

Pallbearers will be Tommy Ames, Herbie Ames, Steve Griffin, Gary Hogue, Chad Knight, and Dylan Higgins. Honorary pallbearers are Henry Woodruff, Grant Higgins, and Tommy Council.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Monday, June 25, 2012 at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home in Van Buren.


  • Visitation Monday, June 25, 2012
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, June 26, 2012

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Walt and Sharon Ames

June 25, 2012

May God bless and comfort the family as you lay our loved one to rest. What a great person he was, loved life and everyone was a friend as far as he was concerned.We will miss him.

Walter and Sharon Ames Huntsville, Ar.

Dennis & Mary Harms

June 25, 2012

Very sorry to hear about your loss.
He was a gracious man.
Dennis & Mary Harms

Michael Weber

June 25, 2012

Good-bye, Uncle. We will miss sitting out in the yard with you on late summer afternoons. Aunt Stella, we love you, and we're here for you. Thank you for making us part of your family.

Mike and Dawn Weber

Ronna Melton

June 25, 2012

Uncle James was a great person and so loved his family. I can remember the trips to California and getting play with his kids and what a smile Grandma had on her face to get to see them. I know this is a sad time but all I can do is smile to think about about him walking in those gates and the smile his son, sisters and brother had on there faces, how I would love to get to see that for they are all together. Uncle James was always there for his family may Dad passed in September near Dallas and to my great surprise there he was with the kids, I never thought I would see them there, LOL he was like his sister if a car started he was in it. My heart breaks for Stella, and the kids. But all I can say is WHAT A GREAT GIFT GOD HAS FOR UNCLE JAMES WAS TRULY A GREAT MAN.

mary ann johnson

June 25, 2012

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.