James Robert Devine

February 3, 1935 – March 19, 2022

Funeral services for Mr. James Robert Devine of Vaiden will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 25 in the Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial following in Midway Cemetery in Vaiden, MS. Rev. Philip McRae, Rev. David Westmoreland, and Rev. Rusty Keen will officiate the service. Pallbearers will be Joe Don Jones, Marion Jones, Billy Joe Ferguson, Robert Lynn Griffin, Dennis Dean, and Jimmy Webb. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the J.C. McWhorter Sunday School Class.

Visitation will be held Thursday, March 24 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Oliver Funeral Home.

Mr. Devine, 87, passed away Saturday, March 19, 2022, at Tyler Holmes Memorial Hospital. He was born in the Midway community on February 3, 1935, to James Kimble and Eva Baskin Devine. After graduating from Vaiden High School in 1953, he completed an Associate’s Degree at Holmes Junior College and a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at Mississippi State University.

After college, Mr. Devine moved to Jackson, where he met and married Sammie Lee Crain, his wife of 59 years, in 1961. From Jackson, they moved to Aberdeen, then Ripley before putting down roots in Winona.

Mr. Devine held a variety of jobs throughout his career – from a shoe salesman and being drafted into the US Army as a Military Police Officer to working as a chemist for American PotAsh and plant manager for JA Olson, Kimco and Winona Packing. Regardless of the full-time job he held, he always farmed and raised cattle on the side. He was a member of the American Legion and the Mississippi Cattleman’s Association.

Being an active member of his church was an important part of Mr. Devine’s life as well. He was a faithful member of Moore Memorial United Methodist Church in Winona for nearly thirty years. After retiring and moving to Vaiden, he became a member of Vaiden Baptist Church.

Mr. Devine is survived by son, Michael Stanley Devine of Vaiden; daughter, Robin Devine Graves (Larry) of Starkville; sister, Mable Daniel of Winder, GA; four grandchildren, Michael Alexander Devine of Logan, UT; Adrianne Michelle Devine of Brandon; Wesley Randle Graves and Tanner Smith Graves, both of Starkville; one niece and two nephews. He was preceded in death by two infant children (James Nelson in 1963 and James Randle in 1965), his wife, Sammie Crain Devine and daughter-in-law, Scarlett Mitchell Devine, both in 2020.

Memorials may be made to Midway Cemetery, 49702 Hwy 430, Vaiden, MS 39176.

10 thoughts on “James Robert Devine

  1. Stanley I am so sorry to hear this. He and my daddy grew up such good friends. My mom will not be able to come due to health. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

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  2. Stanley we are so sorry to hear about your dad. We are thinking of you and your family. We know that you have had much grief in a short time. The Devine family was always loved and meant a lot to all the Ross family. With our thoughts and prayers. Sara and George

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  3. Stanley, Robin and family, so sorry to hear about James. Know that James will be missed. Thoughts and prayers for
    All of you.

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  4. We now know that we have an “angel” rejoicing in Heaven: no physical pain and being with so many love ones. Every footstep he made on earth prepared him for this time. In living such a life and touching others in so many positive ways, he leaves us with a “Great Void and “Good Memories”. Stanley and Robin, may your many, many good memories help to fill the large void in your lives.

    Bobby and Betty Ann Jones

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  5. Stanley, Robin, Mabel & grands,
    So sorry for your loss. James Robert was loved by so many people.
    Always a neighbor and friend. I rode the school bus that he drove for a short time.
    The Devine’s were all great people and friends with our family (Buster & Bessie Grantham) as far back as I can remember.
    So very sorry for your loss. Maybe Richard Lehman will greet him in Heaven. Don’t know exactly how the Lord has all that planned, but I plan to find out. Love all of you and so very sorry for your great loss.
    He will be greatly missed.

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  6. Stanley, Robin, Mable and rest of family, I am so very sorry for your loss. James
    Robert was a good friend and will be missed by so many people. We have always loved your family as friends and neighbors. I have know people in 5 generations. Truly nice, kind and loving people. It would be truly nice if our world today were made-up of the kind of people that made-up the Devine Family. It is an honor to call you friends.

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