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September 3, 1920 - May 16, 2018

Burial Date: May 19, 2018

There will be a “Service of Remembrance on Saturday, May 19 at 2:00 pm in the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Pastor George Smith will be officiating. James will be laid to rest in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity. The family will receive friends at 1:00 pm at the mortuary.

James Kellis Deweese

On Wednesday, May 16th, 2018, our most cherished, James Kellis Deweese passed away at the Bowers Hospice House. A resident of Bradley, he was in his 97th year.

Born September 3rd, 1920, at Buffalo, he was the son of French and Dessie McGlouthlin Deweese. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Marie Darnell Deweese; sons, Michael and Larry Deweese; son-in-laws, Alvin Fox and Russ Miller; granddaughter, Shelly Higgins; grandson, Billie Fox; and great-granddaughter, Abi Fox.

James was a retired coal miner and a member of the UMWA. He was a member of the Sophia Freewill Baptist Church.

He is the dear father of son, Thomas Deweese and his wife, Alice of Midway; daughters, Carolyn Fox of Sophia, Joyce Cook and husband, Steve of Sophia and Judy Miller of Goldsboro, North Carolina, and daughter-in-law Diane. James was loved by his eleven grandchildren, 23 great- grandchildren and eleven great-great-grandchildren.

There will be a “Service of Remembrance on Saturday, May 19 at 2:00 pm in the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Pastor George Smith will be officiating. James will be laid to rest in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity. The family will receive friends at 1:00 pm at the mortuary. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

The family suggests donations of sympathy to the Bowers Hospice House, PO Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802