Longtime pipeliner Charles (Charlie) F. James, 84, died Jan. 7 in Mountain Home, AR where he lived. James was born in Holly Springs, AR to Bill and Amy (Higgison), and spent a great deal of time with his grandparents, D.E. and Arminda James, and his uncle and aunt, Gurt and Jewel James.
James entered the Navy at 16 and served in the Korean War, returning six years later. He began pipelining as a laborer with R.H. Fulton and Michael Curran & Co., traveling throughout the United States. He retired as president of Tulsa Houston Pipeline Company in 1987.
James married Mary (Gorman) in Sturgis, SD, and they moved to Mountain Home in 1964. He loved the outdoors, spending much of his time hunting, fishing and fixing things with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Mary; sister Laura Reed; children John (Maureen) James, Susan (Andrew) Fraser and Laura (Arnold Knox); nine grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.