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Sunday, April 6, 2014 word was received of James W. Arthur III passing away at 2:30 p.m. in Trinidad, due to a tree climbing accident. He was living in Trinidad at the time, and was formerly of Columbus. His body was cremated in Trinidad, April 14th.
Born September 5, 1995 to Victoria Akens, he was 18 years old. Surviving are his mother; and his sister, Danielle M. Arthur. He is the grandson of Melody (Richard) Harmon and great-grandson of Dorothy (Norris) Renner and Donald (Mae) Barriger Sr. He is also survived by his step-Aunt, Paula Harmon Burton and Step-Uncle, Todd Harmon; Great aunts and uncles are Brad (Leigh) Barriger, Jonnette (Mike) Robinson, Earleen (Wesley Dale) Dewar, Eunice (Jesse, Sr.) Tays, Donald (Diane) Barriger, Jr., Scott (Tracy) Bringle, Pam (Bringle) Hubbard and Great-great aunt, Barb Harmon. Many cousins and great-cousins.
James, (whom was fondly called, only by his grandmother, Melody, Bubby), loved being in the woods, cooking, Legos, video games, watching westerns (especially John Wayne) and writing stories together with Nanny (Melody).
When living in Columbus, he attended Richards Elementary, Central Middle School and East High School, where he was loved by students, and some very special teachers.
He was planning on joining the Marines after returning to Columbus, when he turned 18.
A Memorial service is planned for Monday, June 23, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Columbus Free Methodist Church on the corner of 22nd and Maple streets with Pastors Jane Noblitt, Barb Tuttle, Jesse Tays, Sr. and Special Speaker, Andy Alka with Eunice Tays singing. Condolences may be sent to the family, in care of Melody Harmon, 1027 California St., Apt. A, Columbus, IN 47201. A fund is being considered for a marker for his ashes, when they get home.
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