Retired Red Boiling Springs rural mail carrier and Macon Bank & Trust Board Member James Wakefield, age 90, passed away on Tuesday evening, December 21st, 2010 at the Macon County General Hospital, here in Lafayette. One of the last remaining founders of The Palace Nursing Home, in RBS, he proudly served in the United States Army during World War II where he received the American Theater Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Service Medical and the Good Conduct Medal.The son of the late Lester Lee and Zada Carver Wakefield, he was born on Thursday, April 15, 1920, in Macon County. A graduate of Red Boiling Springs High School, on April 10, 1954, he married the former Elizabeth Langford, who survives. James was a dedicated member of the Willette Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon for over 60 years, a member of the RBS Masonic Lodge #585 F & AM, American Legion and VFW Post #185, and the Lafayette Chapter #379 Order of Eastern Star.
“James served on the board of Macon Bank & Trust for 50 years,” said Radford West, “and when he resigned, he remained an honorary member until his death. He was very supportive of Macon Bank through the years in the community, by always trying to assist the bank in getting new business.”
“I have known James for 35 years and he has always been a man that has been honest at everything he was involved in, “ Radford continued. “He was a man of exemplary character that loved his church, his family and his friends. He will be greatly missed by everyone that has been associated with him.”
Funeral services for James Wakefield were conducted on Thursday afternoon, December 23, 2010 at 2 p.m. from the Willette Missionary Baptist Church in Red Boiling Springs with Elder Dewayne Gregory, Elder G.F. Davenport, and Elder Billy Joe Shoulders officiating. Interment followed in the Willette Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery with military honors. Honorary pallbearers were Rudolph Donoho, Charles Gammons, William “Bill” Green, Lowell Smith, Charles Jordan and Jesse Bradley. Active pallbearers were Bradley Wakefield, Derek Wakefield, Chase Wakefield, Dennis Kirby, Travis Richmond, Timothy Brown, Scott Kemp, and Billy Grisard.
Survivors besides his wife, Elizabeth of 56 years include: daughter & son-in-law, Kathy & Tommy Hylton, Knoxville, Sons & daughters-in-laws, Dr. Paul & Michelle Wakefield Knoxville, Mark & Tabitha Wakefield, Lafayette; sister, Fannie Gaines, Henersonville; granddaughters, Rachel Wakefield, Kristin Hylton, Amanda Hylton, Brittany Wakefield, Brooke Wakefield; grandsons, Paul Bradley Wakefield, Derek Wakefield, Chase Wakefield, Ethan Wakefield and Isaac Wakefield; mother-in-law, Mrs. Bonnie Langford, of the Bethany Community.
Anderson & Son Funeral Home, in Red Boiling Springs, in charge of arrangements.