James C. Falls, 77, of Slater, died Thursday, July 29, 2004, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Kansas City.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1, at St. Paul Free Will Baptist Church in Slater. Rev. Noah E. poole officiated. Pianist Bethany Weiker accompanied soloist Lisa Wright as she sang, "I Won't Complain," soloist Kenny Hockaday as he sang "Precious Lord," and the church choir on "His Grace and Mercy." His nephews served as pallbearers. Burial with military honors was in Mount Moriah Cemetery in Slater. Weiker Funeral Home in Slater was in charge of arrangements.
Born March 15, 1927, in Napton, he was the son of the late Fred C. Falls Sr. and Bessie Webb Falls. He was married to Helen Louise Poindexter, who survives. On Feb. 17, 1967, in Slater, he married Louise Gantt Hayes, who survives of the home. He was a member of Second Baptist Church in Slater and American Legion Post 178 in Slater. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He worked for General Motors Co. in Kansas City, the Marshall Habilitation Center and the Slater School District until his retirement.
Additional survivors include three daughters, Loyce Taylor and Erma Davis, both of Kansas City, and Tabatha Hetke of Boise, Idaho; three stepsons, Freddy hayes and Teddy Hayes, both of Slater, and David Hayes of Marshall; two stepdaughters, Myrtle Wright and Shelly Maupin, both of Slater; two brothers, Robert Falls of Slater and Elmer Falls of Kansas City; four sisters, Tenia Wright, Maxine Falls and Lucy Falls, all of Slater, and Mary Williams of Higginsville; eight grandchildren; 10 stepgrandchildren; six great-grandchildren and five stepgreat-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Fred Falls Jr., and one sister, Virginia Ellis.