James N. Stokes, 75, of Warren, Pa., passed away at Hamot Medical Center, and went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, May 4, 2013.
James was born on August 21, 1937, in Grove City, Pa., the son of the late Alden and Lorena MacDonald McClintock, and grew up in rural Harrisville, Pa., surrounded by a close circle of family, including several cousins, aunts, and uncles. In high school, James played the clarinet and saxophone in his high school band, and developed a love for big band music, which stayed with him all his life. He graduated from Harrisville High School, in 1955, and spoke as Valedictorian of his senior class.
James went on to major in accounting and business administration at Grove City College, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce degree, in 1959. After college, James enlisted in the Army in 1960, and traveled to Fort Knox, Kentucky, to receive basic training. He remained at Fort Knox and received advanced training as an Army Personnel Specialist. James worked as a clerk typist, personnel specialist for the 269th Ordinance Battalion, at Fort Knox. He completed his service honorably, in 1966.
After serving in the Army, James moved to Warren, Pa., and was employed as an accountant and clerktypist for the Warren State Hospital, where he worked for over 30 years, until he retired.
During his life, James continued to enjoy listening to big band music. He also enjoyed playing golf on sunny, weekend afternoons. James was a loving father who always made time to attend his daughter’s elementary school functions, take her sled riding at the big hill at Beaty Playground, and read her a bedtime story every night. As she got older, James played the role of taxi cab driver for his daughter and her friends, driving them to and from numerous activities. When it was time for his teenage daughter to learn to drive, James dutifully took his daughter around town, teaching her the basics, with nerves of steel.
James was a good provider to his wife and daughter, who worked hard, taking on a second, parttime job at Jamesway Department Store, when times got tough. James also got trained as a taxpreparer, and spent his weekends and evenings, every tax season, preparing taxes for many local residents. After many years, James finally ended his tax preparation services, when his health began to decline. James spent the last two years of his life as a resident of Warren Manor Nursing Home.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy J. Belcher Stokes, of Warren, Pa., whom he met in Warren and married on Oct. 4, 1969; and his daughter, Julie StokesWooster, and her husband, Allan Wooster, of Aberdeen, NC.
Friends and family will be received at the Peterson Blick Funeral Home, 1003 Pennsylvania Avenue, in Warren, Pa., from 10 11:00 a.m., with a funeral service at 11:00 a.m., with Rev. Jeff York, pastor, Calvary Chapel, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, and/or to a charity of one’s choice.