NEWTON FALLS - James C. Peace, 96, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 16, 2013, at Hospice House with his loving family by his side.
He was born April 19, 1917, in Landrum, S.C., the son of Ansel Grover and Ollie Mae Pruitt Peace. James was the oldest of 10 children.
On Dec. 5, 1938, James married the love of his life, Margaret Elledge, in Spartanburg, S.C., and they had four children, Don, Eddie, Freddie and Linda.
Together they were anxiously waiting for their 75th anniversary this coming December.
Before James moved his family to Newton Falls in 1951, he worked in a cotton mill in South Carolina.
In Ohio, he began working for M&M Builders, and after graduation of their children, with Margaret by his side they traveled the United States, where James continued his job, as he supervised the building of high-rise apartments for M&M Builders. He was proud to have both his son Fred and grandson Jim work and train under his leadership. James always loved his job.
In 1983 James retired from M&M Builders.
James attended Newton Falls First Church of God for many years until his health would no longer permit him to attend. He was actively involved with its various workings and served in many areas of the church throughout the years as youth director, young adult teacher and adult Sunday school teacher. He also sang in the choir and sang bass in the Peace Family Quartet, was one of the first church bus drivers, served as chairman on the Board of Trustees, served on Church Council, was a Scout Master of Troop 67 and served on the Scout Council for many years.
James was a member of the Civil Defense. He was a faithful member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Union for more than 50 years.
James enjoyed reading westerns and especially reading his Bible, fishing, and was a handyman who could build or fix anything. James also enjoyed playing his guitar and attending Southern gospel concerts.
Memories of James will be carried on by his wife, Margaret Peace of Newton Falls; two sons, James "Don" (Becky) Peace of Newton Falls and Eddie C. (Verna) Peace of North Carolina; one daughter, Linda (Andy) Hospodor of Streetsboro; a daughter-in-law, Kay Peace of Newton Falls; a sister, Thelma Hendrix of Taylor, S.C.; and a brother, Lorance (Fannie Mae) Peace of Taylor, S.C. James also leaves behind many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews and friends who loved him dearly.
James was preceded in death by his parents, one son Freddie Peace, four sisters and three brothers.
The family will receive friends for calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the James Funeral Home in Newton Falls.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at First Church of God in Newton Falls with Pastor Rob McFarland officiating.
James will be laid to rest at Newton Falls Cemetery.
The family has requested that all memorial donations be made to the Hospice of the Valley in memory of James C. Peace.
Arrangements are being handled by James Funeral Home, 8 E. Broad St., Newton Falls, OH 44444, 330-872-5440. Family and friends may view this obituary online or to send condolences to the family at www.jamesfuneralhomeinc.com.