Lee Funeral Home, Inc.
James Earl Weeks Sr.
(October 4, 1926 - May 19, 2018)
James Earl Weeks, Sr., 91, passed away on Saturday, May 19, 2018. He was born on October 4, 1926, in West, MS, to Leo and Obed
Weeks. At age 17, James volunteered for the U.S. Navy and served his country honorably during World War II. After the War, James was
employed by Southern Bell, where he worked for over thirty-five years. While he was repairing a telephone line, Clarice McIver saw James
and told her friend that James would be her husband. They were married two weeks later, and last year marked their seventieth wedding
anniversary. James and Clarice settled in Cleveland, MS, where they lived for almost forty years. He was a member of the Veterans of
Foreign Wars and the American Legion.
After his retirement from South Central Bell, James and Clarice moved back to West, MS, where he served as an elder in the West
Presbyterian Church. James then went to work for the Martha Jo Leslie State Veterans Home in Kosciusko, MS. In 1999, James was named
Mississippi’s V.A. Employee of the Year. James was a man of many talents, including carpentry and music. He played several instruments
and frequently delighted his family, friends, and the West Presbyterian Church congregation by singing and playing the organ, piano, and
guitar. James, also known for his wit and his outgoing personality, never met a stranger and always introduced himself as Papa Weeks. He
was deeply devoted to his family, always putting them first.
James is preceded in death by his beloved grandparents, Ardelle and Silas Brister; father, Obed Weeks; mother, Leo Thompson; sister,
Doris Jones; brother, Billy Weeks; and daughter, Nancy Heinsz. He is survived by his wife, Clarice Weeks; son, Jimmy Weeks (Cynthia);
daughter, Ginger Weeks; eight grandchildren; and eleven great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held at the West Protestant Church (formerly West Presbyterian Church) in West, MS, on Tuesday, May 22, at 10:00 a.m.,
with a service to follow at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Jerry Tate and Rev. Fish Robinson will officiate the services. Pallbearers will be Mike Lynchard,
ronnie Lovern, Chip Chudy, Sammy Kim, Carson Childers, Chase Fuller, James McBride, and J. C. Tyler; with the men of West Methodist
Church serving as honorary pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, donations in James' memory may be made to Children’s of Mississippi, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or
Community Church (Oxford, MS).
Tuesday, May 22 10 - 11 am
West Protestant Church
Tuesday, May 22 11 am
West Protestant Church
|October 4, 1926
May 19, 2018