William ‘Bill’ H. James, 77, Joplin, passed away May 3, 2017, at Galena Nursing Center following an extended illness.

William ‘Bill’ H. James, 77, Joplin, passed away May 3, 2017, at Galena Nursing Center following an extended illness.
He was born May 4, 1939, in Seneca, the son of Robert and Juanita (Williams) James. Bill served in the U.S. Army and was a lifelong resident of Seneca, Neosho and Joplin. He had worked in maintenance for Kraft Foods in Neosho for over 40 years and CFI for five years.  
He is survived by three children, Sheila Clouse, Granby, Brian James and wife, Crystal, Gentry, Ark., and Stephen James, Neosho; companion, Rose Carlile of Joplin and her two children, Christi Hartman and husband, Jim, Fayetteville, N.C. and Shelly Hartman, Los Angeles, Calif.; brother, Robert James, Joplin; two sisters, Carolyn Casey, Neosho and Donna Ogle, Lebanon, Mo.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter; brother, Jerry James and sister, Betty Tucker.   
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Ozark Memorial Cemetery in Joplin. Mr. James will lie in state on from noon to 5 p.m. today at Clark Funeral Home in Neosho.  Contributions in memory of Bill may be made to the charity of donor’s choice, c/o Clark Funeral Home, P.O. Box 66, Neosho, MO  64850.
Online condolences may be posted at www.clarkfuneralhomes.com
Services are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.