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Alvin Leon James, 95, of Anderson, SC, formerly of Ashville, NY, passed away quietly on December 23, 2021, at Summit Place Assisted Living, Anderson, SC

He was born December 14, 1926 in Ashville, NY, the son of the late Leon C. and Lucile Davenport James. Alvin was a longtime resident of Ashville and moved to Anderson, South Carolina, in 2010.

He attended the Old Ashville School and Lakewood High School.

He married Betty Jean Clark on January 25, 1947 and they lived for 71 years of marriage before his death on August 14, 2018.

Alvin was a United States Army veteran who served in World War II from February 1945 to December 1946, in Japan.

Prior to his retirement, he was the co-owner and secretary-treasurer of the family business, Tri-James Service, Inc. in Lakewood, NY. Previously, he had worked for the former National Worsted Mills, Jamestown Veneer and Plywood and for the Weber-Knapp Company.

He was a member of the American Legion, the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club, and the Harmony Senior Citizens. Alvin enjoyed spending time with his family and many friends. He liked to be useful and lend a hand to those in need. He and John also liked to travel on the senior bus tours.

Alvin is survived by two sons: Richard A. (Joanne) James of Anderson, SC, and Edward A. James of Hamilton, Va .; four grandchildren: Sarah James (Christopher) Koriath of Lawrenceville, Georgia, Amanda James of Lancaster, Ohio, Bretta James Barrera of Alexandria, Virginia, and Brady (Kelley) James of Roanoke, Virginia; three great-grandchildren: Taylor Barrera, and Natalie and Mason Koriath; and one brother, Clyde James of Lakewood, NY

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Betty Jean; four brothers: LeRoy, Donald, Walter and Lewis James; two sisters: Dorothy Seeley and Phyllis Barton; and a stepdaughter, Lynnette (Wassink) James.

Interment of Alvin and Jean will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Ashville, NY at a later date.

Memorial donations can be made to your local veterans or to hospice organizations.

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