Emory F. "Jiggs" James, Prairie Village, Kansas, passed away peacefully at Claridge Court on January 18, just nine days short of his 92nd birthday. He was born January 27, 1920 in Ringling, OK and had lived in the Kansas City area since 1923. He was the youngest of two children born to Emory F. James, Sr. and Mabel C. James. He was an Episcopalian and a member of St. Michaels and All Angels Church.
Jiggs was a graduate of both Pembroke Country Day School and St. John's Military Academy of Delafield, Wisconsin. He received a Bachelor of Business degree in 1941 from the University of Missouri at Columbia where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. On August 16 of that year he married his beloved Alberta Anderson of Longmont, CO. He was a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in World War II, serving as Executive Officer of the Rocket Research Division, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD.
He was one of five founding members of the Kansas City Downtown Club and a member and past director of the Downtown Rotary Club of Kansas City, No. 13. He had been a member of the Kansas City Forty Year Ago Club since 1962. He was a member and past director of Mission Hills Country Club, and a member of the River Club, Carriage Club and Vanguard Club, all of Kansas City. He was also a member of Garden of the Gods Club and Kissing Camels Golf Club in Colorado Springs, CO. He was a 32o Mason and a member of their Scottish Rite bodies, as well as a member of the David Kemper Post of the American Legion.
Jiggs was one of those people who loved everyone and never met a stranger. He was well known as a consummate joke teller who was always ready with a perfectly placed quip. His charm, positive outlook and good nature made him one who always saw the best in others. That attitude came back to him over and over again as evidenced by being named the Valentine's Day King of Love at both Mission Springs Assisted Living in 2009 and at Claridge Court in 2011. He will be missed not just by family, but also by all those who came to know and care for him.
He was predeceased by his wife, Alberta, and his sister, Jane Taltock. He is survived by a son, Emory F. "Jigger" James, III (Traci); a daughter, Daneen C. James (Skip Quimby); six grandchildren: Brian Blond (Judy), Alamo, CA; Brooke Wood (Scott), Chicago, IL; Kyndra James, Allison Haggerty (Mike); Jessica Criswell (Jess); and Emory F. "JJ" James IV, all of Kansas City, as well as six great grandchildren. The family suggests contributions to St. Luke's Center for Health Enhancement, the Salvation Army, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes or any charity of your choice.