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Joyce (McDearis) James

June 4, 1940 ~ November 2, 2018 (age 78)

Joyce McDearis James, 78, of Calhoun died at Gordon Hospital on Friday, November 2, 2018, following several months of declining health. Joyce was born in Rome on June 4, 1940; she was the daughter of the late Auburn and Effie Kay McDearis. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Lee James, in 2004; her grandson, Blake Dodd. Joyce deeply loved her family; she treasured the time she spent with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. One of the most important parts of Joyce’s life was being part of her church family at Victory Fellowship Full Gospel Church, where she was an active member.


Joyce is survived by her children, Van Bearden, Michael Bearden and his wife, Darlene, Keith James, Randall James and his wife, Kaye. And Charlene Erwin and her husband, Tim; her grandchildren, Chris (Ashley) Bearden, Justin (Michelle) Childress, Josh (Kendra) James, Brandon (Stephanie) Bearden, Anthony (Skye) Brown, Heath Bearden, Cody (Connie) Erwin, Jessica (Jeremy) Allen, Ryan (Michelle) Pate, and Cheyenne Bearden; her great-grandchildren, Ruth, Jasmine, Keegan, Kaylee, Kenna, Malone, Jagger, Kaylin, Skyler, Carlie, Cali, Victoria, River, Aayden, Aubr’ee, Carter, Collin, Casey, Charlie, Nolan, and Brooklyn; other relatives and friends.


The James family will receive friends on Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home.


The funeral service will be conducted on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. from Resaca Assembly of God Church; her body will lie in state at the church on Sunday from 2:00 until 3:00 p.m. Burial will follow the service at Blackwood Springs Cemetery. Rev. Terry Timms and Rev. Tim Erwin will officiate. Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.


For memorials, the family suggests the Wounded Warriors Project, online at, or by mail at PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517. Friends may sign the online guest register at Arrangements are under the care and direction of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.


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