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James L. Mayes

April 3, 1942 August 2, 2018
James L. Mayes
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Obituary for James L. Mayes

James (Jim) L. Mayes was born in Jeffersonville Indiana on April 3rd 1942 to Joe O. and Lavina R. Mayes. As with all great men his tale starts with humble beginnings and grows into a life to fully accompany the Titan Jim was. Life in Indiana taught Jim how to survive on the land, the value of hard work, the importance of family and love.

In high school at the age of 16 Jim fell in love with the love of his life Mary. Becoming the high school home coming queen and king the two fell in love, and James, after signing up for the Navy to serve God and Country, made her his wife and the center of his world.

During his tour where he served with honor Jim and Mary had four children Jimmy, Dawn, April, and Tina. His family would become the basis of his life and driving force that pushed him to succeed and offer them the best he could.

Over time as Jim left the Navy he used the hunting, boating, and fishing skills he learned as a youth to become a master butcher via meat cutting school in Cottage Grove Oregon and teacher to those looking to make a life for themselves making sure his children never wanted and always had a place to call home.

As his children grew to adults Jim was blessed with eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren with another one on the way. He sat at the head of the table for every holiday and special occasion making sure all were invited and welcome. In his own special way Jim made all of his grandchildren feel loved and unique even raising two as if they were his own sons. He was a man of great humor and was always willing to lend a hand or ear to anyone in need.

As a child we always saw Jim as a giant, 10,000 feet tall, and carved of wood. We loved him. He was the center of so many people’s worlds.

As all great men and stories often do Jim’s life had an ending as well. On August 2nd at 4:05 AM Jim was called home. He would be joining his parents, his brother Joe, and sister Mildred. The world grew smaller that day but hearts laid heavy with grief felt love for the man that was Jim Mayes. His great love Mary now sits at the head of his table guiding and helping his children Jimmy, Dawn, April, and Tina and their grandchildren through the great celebration and remembrance of his life.

If you were touched by Jim’s life, as many where, and you would like to pay your final respects the family is having a viewing on Friday August 10th at Macy and Son funeral home from 12 Noon to 6 PM. Services will be held at Macy and Son on August 11th at 11 AM PT and Jim will be laid to rest at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in McMinnville Oregon.

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11:00 AM 8/11/2018 11:00:00 AM
Macy & Son Funeral Directors

135 NE Evans Street
McMinnville, OR 97128

Viewing will take place Fri. Aug. 10th from 12:00 - 6:00pm at Macy & Son.

Macy & Son Funeral Directors
135 NE Evans Street McMinnville 97128 OR
United States

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