Lewis Albert James, 77, of 4478 W. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood, passed away Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in his home following a seven-year battle with cancer.
He was born Dec. 13, 1936, in Jamestown, a son of the late Leon and Lucile Davenport James of Ashville.
He attended Ashville Grade School and Chautauqua Central School.
Following school he worked with his father and brothers at Leon James and Sons. In 1968 the business name was changed to Tri-James Services Inc., where he currently served as president alongside his sons, Duane and Rex James. He loved to drive dump truck for his company until ill health prevented him from doing so. He also owned James Lakefront Camping on Fairmount Avenue where you could always find him around campfires and laughing with friends.
He always enjoyed being around people whether trying to beat the girls in cribbage, overseeing many family projects or vacationing in Jupiter, Fla. Some of his fondest memories were going to the dog track in West Palm Beach and watching NASCAR races. He was recently featured as one of the stock car drivers of the 1950s who raced at the Roll-O-Bowl in Watts Flats.
Surviving are his wife, the former Pauline Kranking, whom he married June 30, 1955; children: Duane James of Lakewood, Rex (Michelle) James of Ash-ville, Sally (Andrew) Klinginsmith of Jupiter, Fla., and Laura (Robert) Roush of Lakewood; grandchildren: Courtney (Mat) Barron of Lakewood, Lindsey (James) Wiggins of Lexington, S.C., Ashley (Matt) Miller of Lexington, S.C., Heather and Keith Klin-ginsmith of Jupiter, Fla., Justin Klinginsmith of Tampa, Fla., and Alexander and Derek Bower of Lakewood; great-grandchildren: Alexis and Callen Barron of Lakewood, and Landon and Sadie Wiggins of Lex-ington, S.C.; and brothers Alvin (Betty Jean) James of Anderson, S.C,, and Clyde James of Lakewood.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter, Catherine Dougherty; son-in-law, John Dougherty; daughter-in-law, Jodie James; sisters: Dorothy Seeley and Phyllis Barton; brothers: Donald, LeRoy and Walter James; brother-in-law, Roger See-ley; and sister-in-law, Sandra James.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the Lind Funeral Home. The Rev. Roy E. Ferguson will officiate.
Friends will be received from 6-9 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Busti Church of God, 996 Forest Ave., Extension, Jamestown, NY 14701 or a charity of choice.
You may light a candle in remembrance of Lewis at www.lindfuneralhome.com.