James Edward Yancey of St. James formerly of East St. Louis and Highland, Illinois passed away on Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at the Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla, Missouri. He was 83 years, 3 months, and 28 days of age.
James was born on September 27, 1923 in St. Louis, Missouri to his parents: John Forrest Sr. and Bessie Irene (Peters) Yancey. He was united in marriage to Wanda Lee Bates in Collinsville, Illinois. To this union one child was born.
James is survived by his wife of the home: Wanda Lee (Bates) Yancey of St. James, Missouri; one daughter: Irene Elizabeth Yancey and Mark Ippoliti of Belleville, Illinois; one brother: John Forest Yancey Jr and his wife Shirley of Belleville, Illinois; one brother-in-law: Richard A. Bates of North Little Rock, Arkansas; nephew: John Forrest Yancey III; and nieces: Carole Lynn Crespo and husband Willie; Tammy Gorbet and husband Greg; Teresa A. Hargett and husband Dr. John Hargett.
Mr. Yancey loved his family, his wife of 45 years and his daughter, who was the sparkle of his eye. He was an avid lover of animals and if you visited his home you could tell his animals had a special place in his heart. He had a deep passion for throughbred racing and owned several race horses in his lifetime. He was he a veteran of WW II, and was an elite member of the 1st Calvary Infantry Divison in Camp Stoneman, California. He toured Biscane, Australia in the advance training Division and in 1944 was in the divison that invaded the Philliipans in New Guinea on Admiral Island. He was awarded 4 Bronze stars for the New Guinea Bismark Archipelago Southern Phillippines Luzon Campaigns. In 1945 he was awarded the Purple Heart, a Bronze Star and Good Conduct Medal.
After his service Mr. Yancey worked and retired with the Government Defense Mapping Agency in St. Louis. He was a member of the Highland, Illinois V.F.W. Post 5694, and he was a member of the St. Patricks Catholic Church in Rolla.
Visitation for James will be held on Friday, January 26, 2007 from 6 - 8 PM at the Jones Funeral Home Chapel in St. James, Missouri.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 27, 2007 at 11:00 am at the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Rolla, Missiouri with Monsignor Cox officiating. Pallbearers will be John Forrest Yancey III; Mark O. Ippoliti; George Stentz, Gary Kurek; Richard Mydlo; and Jamie Snider. Interment will be with full military honors, in the family plot in the St. James Cemetery in St. James, Missouri. Honoring Mr. Yancey's love of horses, after the funeral, he was taken to the cemetery from the Jones Funeral Home, in an wood carved 1800's Horse Drawn Hearse.
Memorials are suggested to the H.B.P.A. Horsesmans Benevolence Protection Association; and St. James Humane Society.
All arrangements will be under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home in St. James, Missouri.