The Rev. James A. Stanfill, 67, of Fredericktown, died November 6, 2012, in Arnold, Mo. He was born July 14, 1945, in St. Louis, to Odell Stanfill and Genevieve (Balcerowicz) Stanfill.
James first wed Cathy Maraczi August 4, 1968 and married present wife Jeanette Bennett Chiles December 31, 1984.
James was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Bob Stanfill, Jerry Stanfill, Ronnie Stanfill, Gary Stanfill and Donald Stanfill; three sisters, Brenda Pigg, Pat House, and Barbara Stanfill.
Survivors include his wife; son Russell Stanfill of Imperial, Mo.; three daughters, Tonya Lamb of Hillsboro, Mo., Sondra Turner of Arnold, and Shawna Culotta of St. Louis; 11 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; stepmother, Louise Stanfill of Bonne Terre, Mo.; four brothers, Richard Stanfill, Mike Stanfill, Stanley Stanfill, and Terry Stanfill of Bonne Terre; three sisters, Geraldine Howard of St. Clair, Mo., Linda Stanfill of Wisconsin, and JoAnne Douglas of Valles Mines, Mo.
James spent his childhood in Jennings, Mo., and served his country in the Marine Corps. James was an over- the-road trucker by profession, working for Western Auto and several other companies. His last position was with SEMO.
He was baptized in March of 1989 while attending Coon Island Baptist Church under Pastor Ernest Bennett, Jr. and was ordained a General Baptist minister in 1991. In 2008 he became a member of Ring Creek General Baptist Church and served as youth leader.
James loved his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh and make others laugh. He nicknamed all his grandkids. James loved his time on the farm in Fredericktown with his wife of almost 28 years. His hobbies included boating, fishing, hunting and woodworking. His favorite gift was family getting together.
Funeral services were Friday, November 9, 2012, at White Hollow Church in Clubb, Mo. Burial was at New Prospect Cemetery in Silva, Mo.