James M. West, age 85, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, passed from this life on Thursday, March 10, 2016, at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.
Mr. West was born in Winfield, Tennessee, on June 15, 1930, the son of the late William F. and Bessie Hill West. Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by three brothers: Gilbert West, Jr., L.D. West, and Millard West, a sister: Maxine Adkins, three grandchildren: Randel Gerald West, Jr., Robert West, and Jamie Ann West, and a great grandson Anderson Lee Ball.
Surviving family include his wife Betty J. (King) West of Pine Knot, four sons: James David (Bonnie) West of Pine Knot, Steve Allen (Vickie) West of Indiana, Randel Gerald (Lynn) West of Bethel, Ohio, and Scott Kevin (Mickey) West of Maryville, Tennessee, three daughters: Wilma June (Rene’) Belanger of Toronto, Canada, Tamera Sue (Thomas) Chitwood of Pine Knot, and Tonya Jean (Andy) Dyer of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, 20 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren with one on the way.
Surviving brothers include Jerry (Virginia) West of Ohio, Bill (Linda) West of Ohio, Wayne (Deanna) West of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and Charles (Kim) West. He has two surviving sisters: Wilma Chambers of Oneida, Tennessee and Beulah Walker of Strunk, Kentucky.
James was an auto body mechanic and very much enjoyed his work. He was a member of the Otter Creek United Baptist Church where he was a Pastor for many years. He was a United States Army veteran having served his country during the Korean Conflict. He enjoyed fishing and going out on the pontoon boat and jeep riding. He took great pleasure in his grandbabies and great grandbabies.
Funeral services: Saturday, March12, 2016, in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Bill Clark officiating.
Burial at the Hill Cemetery at Strunk, Kentucky
Visitation – Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisting with arrangements.