Graveside services are scheduled at 10 a.m., on Thursday, March 31, 2011, at South Park Cemetery, for Wilbur Lee James, 73, of Roswell, who passed away on March 27, 2011. The Rev. Richard Smith will officiate. Wilbur was born on Feb. 12, 1938, in Texas, to L.A. James and Mary Jane (Mollie) Prentice, who preceded him in death.
He was predeceased also by four brothers, L.A. James Jr., Alfred Dean James, Dewayne James and Clifford Lyle James. He is survived by his son, Nick Ferguson, of Roswell; his daughter, Jessica Duncann, of Roswell; his three brothers, Gene James and his wife Ida, of Dexter, Troy James, of Roswell, and Charles James, of Roswell; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He served in the Navy and worked as a heavy equipment operator for the New Mexico State Highway Department. He was of the Baptist faith and a member of the F.O.E. Eagles.
Condolences may be offered online at lagronefuneralchapels. com. Arrangements are under the direction of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.