James Lamoin Weathers

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

James Lamoin Weathers, 88, of Cassville, passed away on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, at his daughter's home in Cassville. He was born on June 12, 1926, son of Leon and Jocie (Edens) Weathers, in Seligman. He was a member of Rock Springs Baptist Church. He served in the CCC at Roaring River before joining the U.S. Army at the age of 17. He was a World War II veteran. Following his return from the war, he married Opal Smith on July 18, 1948; she survives.

He was a self-taught artist, including making his own knives that he worked with. He became a favorite at Silver Dollar City, carving and selling pieces there for more than 12 years. He also managed the Purina Feed Mill in Cassville for 16 years. He was a past member of the V.F.W.

Additional survivor include: two sons, Jim Weathers, of Cassville, and Tim Weathers, of Joplin; one daughter, Connie Cowherd and her husband David, of Cassville; five grandchildren; one step-grandson, T.J. Frieze and his wife Lauren; one brother, Charles Weathers and his wife Chloe, of Cassville; and one sister, Billie Jo Williams, of Rogers, Ark.

Funeral services were held today (Wednesday) at the White Funeral Home & Crematory in Cassville, with Pastor Bob Neeley. Burial followed at the King Cemetery with full military honors.

Memorials may be made to the Exeter Back Pack Program and entrusted to the White Funeral Home & Crematory, P.O. Box 890, Cassville, MO 65625.