Lewis & Gillum Funeral Home
VIVIAN, WV —
James Lenwood Stringer, 89, was born Jan. 15, 1924, in Vivian, W.Va., and passed away Friday, April 5, 2013, in the VA Medical Center in Chillicothe.
James was the son of Marvin Lee and Elsie Ethel Wyatt Stringer. He attended Gilbert High School in Gilbert, W.Va., before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Force at the age of 17. He was assigned to the 427th Bomb Squadron as an aerial photographer gunner in World War II and participated in several missions before his plane, The Avenger, was shot down over the Netherlands on June 25, 1943. He and three others who survived the crash were captured by the Germans and became prisoners of war until April 1945. When he returned, he married Joy Lee Sturgill and began his life as a coal miner. After a severe accident in the mines, he recovered and later became a bus driver for Blue Ribbon Bus Lines in Ashland, Ky. He later began working at Armco Steel Co. in Ashland as a crane operator. While he was employed there, he purchased a small farm in the Oak Hill area and then later retired from Armco. He and Joy raised their family and continued to live on the Oak Hill farm.
James, known to some as Jim or Len, was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 64 years, Joy Lee Sturgill Stringer; brothers Marvin Lee Stringer Jr. and Cecil Ray Stringer; and a sister, Margaret Josephine Whitt Brown.
He is survived by his brother, Bobby Joe (Betsy) Stringer of Ashland; sisters Leatrice Joy Murphy of Wheelersburg and Eunice Evelyn (Harry) Mullins of Rush, Ky.; children Teresa Lynn (Chuck) Hampton of Patriot, John Keith Stringer (Mary) of Columbus and Karen Sue (Gary) Jones of Oak Hill; grandchildren Joshua D. Preston, Timothy G. Jones, Bethany J. Jones and Abby L. Jones; a great-grandson, Peyton T. Preston; many nieces and nephews; and many friends and caregivers.
A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. today, April 9, 2013, at Moriah Cemetery in Oak Hill by the Rev. Carson Hunt. Light refreshments will be served at the Moriah Teahouse following the service. Lewis & Gillum Funeral Homes in Oak Hill are in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to lewisgillumfuneralhomes.com.