James R. Stiles, 81

James R. Stiles, 81, of Thurman formerly of Cheshire, passed away on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at the Holzer Medical Center.

He was born February 3, 1932 in Bloomfield, Ohio, son of the late John and Mildred Lake Stiles. He married Mary J. Benjamin on June 6, 1952 and she survives him. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean conflict. He retired from Century Aluminum and was a member of Bulaville Christian Church.

Surviving are his wife, Mary J. Stiles of Thurman; four daughters, Karen Gale Steele (Vernon George) of Vinton, Debbie Boothe of Bidwell, Linda (Scott) Burnett of Eaton, Ohio and Lori (Ron) Hammond of Gallipolis; 7 grandchildren, Neal (Heather) Pryor, Seth Ferguson, Sean (Jessica) Ferguson, Eric Boothe, Heather Burnett, Emily Hammond, Abby Hammond; 6 great grandchildren, Ian, Lillie, Parker, Ethan, Sydney and Grayson; 1 sister, Mary Isella of Pennsylvania; 1 brother, Homer (Dee) Stiles of Zanesville, Ohio; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, several brothers and sisters preceded him in death.

Services will be 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at the Willis Funeral Home with Pastor Joseph Godwin and Pastor Bob Hood officiating. Burial will follow in Gravel Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday, January 27, 2014 from 6-8 p.m.

There will be a military flag presentation at the graveside.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in James’ memory to Bulaville Christian Church, c/o Linda Lear, 607 Colonial Dr., Bidwell, OH 45614.