Horace #8220;Vale#8221; James

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 29, 2006

November 27, 2006

Horace “Vale” James, 77, died on Monday, Nov. 27 in a Portsmouth hospital after a long battle with lung cancer. He was retired from Norfolk Naval Shipyard after 36 years of service. Mr. James served in the U.S. Air Force and was a Korean War veteran. He was predeceased by his parents, Jesse and Irene James, of Portsmouth, and three brothers, Jesse James, Charles E. James and Robert James.

He is survived by a son, Timothy Vale James and his wife Karen, of Suffolk; three grandsons, Brandon Vale, Brett Winston and Blake Thompson James; and Timothy’s mother, Norma Cline Parker, of Chesapeake; two brothers, Marion James and his wife Marcie and John “Jack” James and his wife Frances, both of Portsmouth; and his beloved and dear companion of many years, Nellie Gillis, of Sanford, N.C.


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Vale was an avid horseshoe player who won many trophies in tournaments. His real love was fishing — especially for speckled trout and perch. As he said, “If it wasn’t speckled, it wasn’t a fish.” He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

A memorial service will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, in Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Boulevard, by the Rev. William “Bill” Brock. Burial will be at a later date in Albert G. Horton Veterans Cemetery. The family will receive friends at 3714 Turnpike Rd., Portsmouth. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a favorite charity.

The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Dr. Eric Freeman.