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James L. Stalvey

October 6, 1926 — January 10, 2021

STALVEY, James Leaholm, age 94, of Kingsport, TN, passed away Sunday, January 10, 2021. James was born October 6, 1926 in Gresham, South Carolina to Bennett and Luna (Richardson) Stalvey.

A graduate of the University of Detroit, he worked in the telecommunications field as an electrical engineer and then later was promoted to upper management. James was active in his community, a member of St. Dominic’s Parish, Knights of Columbus, Gray Ruritan, and Gray Community Chest where he gave of his time generously and volunteered with the energy of a 20 year old. He was a talented woodworker helping his daughter Linda with her home business making wood Christmas ornaments, an avid gardener to keep his pantry filled with home canned vegetables, and enjoyed golf immensely always insisting on walking the course in the rolling hills of Tennessee.

James is preceded in death by his son, David Emerson Stalvey. He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Ruth; daughters, Janice Mattonelli and Linda Kreps; granddaughters, Leslie Moyer and Jamie Kreps; great-grandsons, Gavin and Aidan Moyer.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, January 29 at 10am at Ascension Catholic Church, 2025 Woodman Dr., Kettering. A graveside service will be held at 11am, on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at Washington County Memory Gardens, 113 Memory Gardens Rd, Johnson City, TN 37615.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Mass of Christian Burial

Friday, January 29, 2021

Starts at 10:00 am (Eastern time)

Ascension Catholic Church

2025 Woodman Dr., Kettering, OH 45420

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Graveside Service

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Washington County Memory Gardens

113 Memory Gardens Rd., Johnson City, TN 37615

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