James S. Fleming, 87, of Owensboro, KY passed away on Thursday, December 29, 2022 while under the care of Hospice of Western Kentucky. He was born in Sharon Grove, KY on October 1, 1935 to the late John Clem Fleming and Mary Etta Cook Fleming. Jim was a graduate of Todd County High School and studied at Western Kentucky University and William Carey University. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, serving from 1955-1961 teaching Electronics Countermeasure Equipment Theory and Maintenance at Keesler AFB. Jim retired from WLOX-TV Ch13/ABC in Biloxi, MS after 41 years where he was the Chief Engineer. He was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church in Owensboro and Grace Memorial Baptist Church in Gulfport, MS. He was an ordained minister and his passion was teaching Sunday School in every church of which he was a member and sharing his faith in Jesus Christ.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife of 54 years, Dorothy Elizabeth Fleming; a sister, Mary Fleming Kutheis; a brother, J. C. Fleming; and a granddaughter, Gabrielle Fleming.
Survivors include his wife, Grace Bristow-Fleming; children, Laura Rhoades (Mike), Stan Fleming (Denise), and Cindy Cannette (Larry); eight grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; a nephew, James Keith Fleming (Rina); a niece, Carol Kutheis Mercer (Hawes); and his wife's family including her four children; 19 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, January 13, 2023 at Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home, 15th Street, Gulfport where friends may visit beginning at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Biloxi National Cemetery with U.S. Air Force honors. Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home, 15th Street, Gulfport is honored to serve the Fleming family.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Hospice of Western Kentucky, 3419 Wathen's Crossing, Owensboro, KY 42301.