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The Rev. James Henry Stanfield, 93, died at 8:05 a.m., June 5, 2014, at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.
James was born February 19, 1921 in New Albany, Indiana, the son of William Theodore and Bessie Hawkins Stanfield.
After the death of his father, James lived at the Indiana Masonic Home of Franklin, Indiana from ages 7 to 19, where he graduated from high school and made many life-long friends. He married Helen Marie Harrell September 27, 1942. She preceded him in death in 1987. He married Patricia Borders Settle on July 2, 1988, and she survives.
James was an outgoing, fun-loving person who worked in sales much of his life, including Omar Bakeries, Lambert Manufacturing, and New York Life Insurance. At the age of 58, he felt the call to ministry, and began his education, which led to a Diploma of Christian Ministries from Huntington College, and ordination as a minister of the United Brethren Church in 1993. He served as pastor of Rugby United Brethren Church, Rugby, Indiana until the age of 80 in 2001. He was also an Assistant Chaplain of Columbus Regional Hospital from 2006 to 2008 and a volunteer chaplain for several years.
James was a member of Sandy Hook United Methodist Church, and was active in Christian service most of his life, serving as Sunday School teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, visitation minister, nursing home minister and small group leader, as well as singing in the choir over the years he lived in Columbus, Lafayette and other Indiana towns, and was a worship leader of the Masonic Home Alumni Association. He loved his family, God’s Word, music, and meeting people, and was seen as a role model and mentor to all those he encountered.
James was also a member of St. Johns Masonic Lodge #20.
The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 9, 2014, at Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home with Mr. Harvey Taylor officiating. Calling will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday with a Masonic Service at 5:00 p.m. conducted by St. Johns Masonic Lodge #20 and additional calling one hour prior to the service on Monday. Burial will be at Tippecanoe Memory Gardens, West Lafayette, Indiana, at 11a.m. Tuesday.
Memorial contributions may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, Sandy Hook United Methodist Church, or Crestview Church of Lafayette.
Survivors include his beloved wife Patricia; children David D. (Connie) Stanfield of Phoenix, Arizona; Janet R. (John) Seery of Katy, Texas; Linda J. (Kenneth) Taulman of Lafayette; Daryl A. (Wanda) Stanfield of Danville; Allen M. Stanfield of Huntsville, Alabama; daughter-in-law Debbie Stanfield of Lawton, Oklahoma; step-daughters Carole L. (Eric) Braund, of Lafayette and Gina N. (Kevin) Haile of Waveland; 16 grandchildren; 15 stepgrandchilden; 20 great-grandchildren, 2 step-great grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; 1 step-great-great-grandchild; and several much-loved nieces and nephews and their families.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife Helen; son, Richard James Stanfield; grandson, James Allen Stanfield; brothers, Victor, Trevor and Frank Stanfield; and sisters Veatrice Bushau and Ruth A. Blackburn.
You are invited to view his video tribute after 1 p.m. Sunday, light a virtual candle and send a message to the family via the internet.
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