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1028. James Carl DURHAM was born on 15 Oct 1924 in Wilkes County, North Carolina. He died on 30 May 2008 in Newell, Hancock County, West Virginia. In Memory of Carl Durham, Past Department Commander

Volume 83 - Issue 3

James Carl Durham, 83 formally of Newell, died at 4:33 pm Friday May 30, 2008, at East Liverpool City Hosptial following a lingering illness.

Born October 15, 1924, in Wilkes County, NC he was the son of the late Walter R. and Lou V. Jolly Durham.

Living in this area since the age of 17, he worked at the former Crucible Steel for 40 years before retiring in 1982. He also served 16 years as constable of Hancock County (1960-1976), four years with the WV Treasurer's Office and 14 years with the WVU County Extension Agency. He served on the Civil Defense Board and was a member of the Sheltered Workshop Board.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II where he was awarded live bronze stars while serving in the European Theater at Normandy, Norther France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe.

He was a life member of the American Legion Post 114, where he was Post Commnader from 1980 to 1983. He also held the West Virginia American Legion state offices of Assistant Sergeant of Arms for three years, Department Sergeant of Arms for one year, Vice-Commander for one year and State Commander for one year.

Other affiliations included the Hancock County Voiture 40 and 8, the WV Selective Service Board and a 50-year membership with the Newell Volunteer Fire Department, serving three years as chief. He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 6450, Chester Lodge Free and Accepted Masons, and held 32nd Degree with the Osiris Shrine in Wheeling, West Virginia.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Newell, where he served as deacon and a member of session.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death July 15, 2006, by his wife of 60 years, Doris Jean Durham. Also preceding him were a son, Jack Durham; grandsons, Matthew Durham and J. C. Durham; sisters, Mozelle Curtis, Virginia Hambright, Hattie Key, Reba Mastin and Betty Grimm; and brothers, Arnie and Albert.

He is survived by a daughter, Pat Evcic and her husband, Vic of Cleveland; and by sons Jim Durham and his wife, Debbie, of Chester, and Joel Durham and his wife, Carol, of New Galilee, PA; and a daughter-in-law, Denise Durham, of Newell. There are seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Survivors also include sisters Annie Sue Harris and Ina Lou Cope of North Carolina, Francis Hoffman of New Jersey and a brother John Durham of North Carolina.

Tri-State Veterans Burial Group along with the WV Honor Guard provided full military honors.

Service was held at Dawson Funeral Home and provided by Rev. Mark R. Wilds.

James Carl DURHAM and Doris Jean (UNKNOWN) were married. James Carl DURHAM and Doris Jean (UNKNOWN) had the following children:









James "Jim" DURHAM.