James Lester Bland, 70, of Idamay, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family Sunday (April 2, 2017) at Ruby Memorial Hospital.
He was born Oct. 18, 1946, the son of the late Harold Lester "Sode" and Nancy Louise Saporito Bland, of Fairview, and attended Farmington High School.
He married the late Janice Carol Bland in 1967 and would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 22. He made their home in Idamay and attended Idamay United Methodist Church with his wife for many years. James was a welder by trade, at Ruskin for many years as well as being employed with Electronic Controls for more than 30 years. He enjoyed trout fishing in the mountains, hunting, playing with his grandchildren, having family cookouts and get-togethers, crafts with his wife and woodworking. James and his wife opened their hearts and home to many children as foster parents over the past several years. He truly loved being a grandfather and will always be remembered as one of their "best friends".
James is survived by three children, Chad and Mistee Bland of Morgantown, Anthony "Tony Joe" and Deanna Bland of Fairmont and Gretta and Bryan Reed of White Hall; and grandchildren, Reuben, Meghan and Gideon Bland of Morgantown, Andrea Bland of Shinnston, Teresa Bland of Farmington, Carissa and Mikhaela Funk of Fairmont and Hayden, Maddison and Jakobe Reed of White Hall; and three great-grandchildren, Ahmya Grace Gum, Maleah Jo and Kooper James Delovich. He is also survived by a brother, John Bland and wife Rhonda of Fairview; one sister, Linda Bland Bissett and husband Floyd of Mannington; brothers-in-law, Jim Rush and his wife Vickie of Bunker Hill and Richard "Dick" Rush; as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank those who came to visit with him, the doctors and nurses at Ruby Memorial Hospital for his care during his very short time there, and again, a very special thanks to Aunt Betty "Peggy" Tapp for always being there for her family.
The family has agreed that he will be cremated, as was his beloved wife, and there will be a memorial dinner at a later date to honor both of them. Cards may be sent to P.O. box 91, Idamay, WV 26576.
Condolences may be accessed at www.hutsonfuneralhomes.com.
Published on April 4, 2017