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David B. James
Born in Illinois
80 years
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David B. James 80, of Decatur went home to be with the Lord on March 24, 2012 at 5:36 p.m.


A service to celebrate David’s eternal life will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 29, 2012 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, North located at the corner of Mound Rd. and Taylor Ave. The family will receive friends for a time of visitation and life celebration from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday evening at Dawson & Wikoff North Funeral Home and from 10:00 a.m. until service time on Thursday at the Church.  David will be laid to rest in Graceland Cemetery with full military honors provided by the Macon County Honor Guard.  Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or the Lutheran School Association (LSA).  Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at


David was born May 3, 1931 in Decatur the son of William and Mary (Austin) James.  He married Elsie A. Wiesner on October 4, 1959.  She preceded him in death on April 3, 2008.  He was retired from Caterpillar Tractor Company as a planner. David had served in the US Air Force and was a Korean War Veteran. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and the Cat Retirees Club.  David was an active bicyclist and enjoyed riding his bike over 20 miles most days on the North side of Decatur.


David is survived by his son: Brian James and his wife Sara of Decatur; twin brother: Donald James of Las Vegas, NV; sister: Betty Ann Roe of Decatur; grandchildren: Brittany James of Nashville, TN and Nathan James of Decatur.


He was preceded in death by his wife and his parents.

Latest Condolences
Matt Canaday What a blessing! March 28, 2012
Dave and Elsie meant a whole lot to my family and me. Growing up and seeing them in church was such a testimony to their faith and the love they had for God. The love they had for family and friends was just so strong too. They would send my sister and me birthday cards and Christmas gifts throughout the years. They didn't have to but they wanted to. They were more than just good friends, they were family in the words that they shared and the love that they showed. I still have a Bible they gave me for my confirmation. They were a part of our confirmations and many graduations. Even after Elsie went to be with the Lord, I would make it a point to find Dave at church when I was home to see how he was doing. When I was ordained, he was among those in the congregation that day. Just precious, precious people. God-fearing. Role models. Praise God for their lives!
 Thoughts and prayers go out to Brian and to the family, extended family, the St. Paul's family and to neighbors and friends.

John 11:17-27

Joy in Jesus,

~Pastor Matt
Glean Price Mrs March 27, 2012
David ate with us at Decatur Caterpillar Lunch for many years.  He always called me the night before to reserve his seat.  He was a very nice man and he will be greatly missed by his Cat family and I am sure by all his buddies.

So sorry, he was a good man
Glean Price
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