It was with great sadness that family, friends and neighbours heard of the death of Jeffrey William James, fondly known as Jeff. Aged 73, he passed away at his Wragby home, with his family and beloved dog close by. Jeff was born in Milford Haven, South Wales on 29 May 1941 to Tom and Ina James, followed two years later by his sister Andrea and then brother Graham in 1961. He was educated in Milford Haven, not particularly liking school and was often getting into scrapes – there was never a dull moment in the home. He spent many happy times with his grandparents at Headborough and once he ran away to the gypsies who lived in the local woods and managed to learn how to make wooden pegs. Upon leaving school he completed his plumbing apprenticeship with Phelps and Owen, a local firm, then he joined the RAF serving from 1960 to 1966. He was posted to RAF Swanton Morley in Norfolk, where he met Vicky who became his wife, the couple marrying in All Saints Church, Wragby in April 1966 and moving to live in Wales for four years. Eventually they moved to Lincoln to be closer to Vicky’s parents and 32 years ago they moved to their present home in Wragby. Jeff was a member of the Auxiliary Air Force from 1970 to around 1986 and continued to work as a plumber until his retirement.
He was also a member of the RAOB.
He took great pleasure in being at home with Vicky and his beloved dog Gunner, and he loved welcoming the arrivals of the next generation of the family, especially when they managed to say “Jeff”. He is now survived by his wife Vicky, sister Andrea and brother Graham and will be sadly missed by so many.
The service of thanksgiving for the life of Jeff James was held at All Saints Church. The Rev Mark Holden officiated and arrangements were made by J Marshall Funeral Directors of Market Rasen.
Family mourners were: Vicky James (wife); Andrea Pennefather (sister); Graham and Pam James (brother and sister-in-law); John and Joyce Dixon (brother-in-law and sister-in-law); Greg Dixon (brother-in-law); Kevin and Sue Dixon (brother-in-law and wife); Jayne and Pete Ingall (sister-in-law and husband); Sam and Simon Roberts, Carrie and Neil Johnson, Carl and Laura Ingall, Shaun and Kelsey, Kim Dixon, Karen and Andrew Jacklin, Gavin and Antonia Dixon, Belinda and Gary, Graham and Sarah, Matthew James, Joann and David Skelton, Jane Hillier, Becky Pennefather, Mark and Gill Pennefather, Harriet Roberts, Jamie and Aimie, Stacey and Steven (nieces and nephews with husbands and wives/partners); Danielle Ashley and Lizzie Morvinson, Jesica Skelton, Grace and Jacob Lidgett, Eloise and Aisha Wadsley (great-nieces and great-nephew).
Other mourners were: Janet Box (also representing Vera and Alan Smart); Margaret Robinson ( also representing Fred Robinson); Audrey Saul; Margaret Fox; Marilyn Hutchinson; Stephen Spurr; Peter Spittlehouse (also representing Carol Spittlehouse); Davina Ness; A Blackbourn; Janet Lenton; Christine and Cecil Holland; John Edwards (also representing Lynne Edwards, Dennis Edwards and Emma Baldock); Mrs R Segasby (also representing the Segasby family); Carol and Barry Garbutt; Johnny Jones; Brenda Bodily; Margaret Newland; May Hodgson; Mary Nelson, Howard Nelson, Michael Torba (cousins); Margaret and John Kane; Sheila Cartwright; Susan Spence; Benny Hinchliffe (also representing Grant and Jo Hinchliffe); Jo Goodlet; Tony Ward; Doreen Buffam; David Holland; Mr and Mrs Tony Ward; Mr and Mrs Russ Millson (also representing Wragby Town Hall Management Committee and the Bingo Committee); Mrs Quincey (Dixon); George Bower; Steve Bower; Josie Exton; Edith and Victor Nash; John Spencer; Mick Shepherd; John Cheliotis; Jean Speed; Kerry Lighton; Natalie Wallace; Jonathon Wallace; Rodie Bertins; Dave Webber; Mr and Mrs Dave Ingall (also representing Bob and Sam); Sue Johnson (also representing Paul Johnson); Keith Rastall; Marina and Leslie Masters; Bernard Pixsley; Pete Melton; Jonathon Roight; Jean Roight; Andrew Segasby; Phil Ward (also representing Di Ward and Jean Lomas); Richard Carr; Sheila Lighton; Mark Serdecki; Stephen Burke; Mr and Mrs A Smith; Mr and Mrs D Holland; Mr S Alcock; Mr R Holland; Mr and Mrs R Rayner; Mr A Gibson; Mrs J Melton; Mr and Mrs M Finch; and others.