Shawn James

Date of Death: 06-08-2024
Funeral Service : 06-13-2024

Shawn James

Shawn James, 57, of Smithville, MO passed away, June 8, 2024.

Shawn Michael James, of Smithville, Missouri, passed away on June 8th, 2024. He was 57 years old.

Shawn was born on October 15, 1966 to Michael James and Beth (Shannon) James. He graduated from St. Pius X High School in 1985 and worked as a waiter in a number of different restaurants and hotels. Shawn liked to tell stories from his time in the food industry to make others laugh. 

Shawn was a life-long learner and avid reader who enjoyed various topics including family genealogy, history, political science, and fantasy/sci-fi. He liked to write letters to family and friends, was a lover of animals, and could coax a bloom from the most stubborn African Violet. Shawn maintained a deep and steadfast faith in God and enjoyed attending Grace Episcopal Church in Liberty, Missouri.

Shawn was preceded in death by his father, Michael James; maternal grandmother and grandfather, Jean and Keith Shannon; paternal grandmother and grandfathers, Anna Marie Morris, Jerry Morris, and A. Everett James; maternal uncle, Mike Shannon; uncle, Bill Vinyard; and his beloved cat, Ollie. 

He is survived by his mother, Beth James; younger brother, Patrick James and his wife, Loydena James; two nieces, Madison and Rhiannon James; maternal aunt, Kathy Atkins and her husband, Greg Atkins; paternal uncle, Everett James and his wife, Mary James; paternal aunt, Gloria Vinyard; much loved cousins; and dear friends.

Memorial Service: 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 13th at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Smithville with visitation one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Missouri Mental Health Foundation or The Trevor Project.

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