He taught school in Monett for 29 years before retiring and was a member of rodeo clubs, Monett RC Flyers and Monett Seniors Golf Group.
James is survived by his wife, Patricia; one daughter, Dawn Talbert, husband, Kevin, of Fairview; one brother, Donald Pomeroy, wife, Beverly, of Prescott Valley, Ariz.; one sister, Beverly Salveson, husband Sam, of Silver City, N.M.; one brother-in-law, Victor Jansen, wife, Olga; three grandchildren, Kyle, Dylan, and Kelsey Talbert; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by both his parents, John and Grace and step-mother, Doris.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home in Monett, Mo. Graveside services will be held on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Monett I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Monett, Mo. with Rev. Terry Laselle officiating.
Memorial donations for James may be made to the Hospice Compassus of Monett.
Online condolences may be made at www.bennettwormington.com.
Arrangements are under the care of Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home in Monett, Mo.