James Clarence (Jace) Wynes, age 100, of Lawrence, Kansas, passed away Monday, February 24, 2014, at Pioneer Lodge in Lawrence. He was born December 9, 1913, to George and Lula (Simmons) Wynes in Taberville, Missouri. The family moved to Stockton, Missouri, when Jim was six years old. He graduated from Stockton High School in 1933. He excelled in the sports of basketball and football, as well as academics. Right after graduation, he joined the Roosevelt government CCC Camp, where he worked on conservation projects in Minnesota.
After his family moved near Dederick in the early 1930s, Jim met Ethel Hargrove when they were both attending Sulpher Springs Baptist Church. They were married on January 1, 1936, and they celebrated their fifty-ninth wedding anniversary four days before Ethel passed away. They had three children: Lois, Larry, and Lindon.
Jim worked as a switchman, brakeman, and conductor for the Missouri Pacific Railroad, as an insurance agent, and upon retirement, a farmer. He loved farming, especially when working with his nephew Gary Collins.
When Jim was fifteen years old, he ordered a banjo from the Montgomery Ward Catalog and taught himself to play. He was involved in music all his life, singing in high school musicals and events, gospel quartets, playing for the “Hayloft Gang” in the late 1940s, and a radio program for KNEM in Nevada called “The Wynes Family,” which included his wife Ethel, and their three children: Lois, Larry, and Linn. In the 1970s he formed the “Family Tree Band,” which included his son Larry, daughter Lois, son-in-law Chuck, and grandson Chuck. The last performance by “Family Tree” was for Jim’s ninetieth birthday, where he played and sang his favorite, “The Auctioneer Song.” There was always music and singing in the house, car, or wherever Jim was.
Jim was a great husband, father, and grandfather, and was always full of fun. He always had a joke to tell. He loved to read and watch sports on television, usually at the same time. He loved to make music, playing guitar or banjo and singing with his family. We will miss him so much.
He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, four sisters, three brothers, and a number of sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.
Survivors include his daughter, Lois Mead and husband, Chuck; two sons: Larry Wynes and wife, Shirley, and Lindon Wynes and wife, Linda; eight grandchildren: Chuck Mead, Debbra Peres, Kristy Bailey, Sharri Hacker, Marla Leeper, Randal Wynes, Joel Wynes, and Kassy Wynes; twelve great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; his best friend Alpha Schindler; a sister-in-law, Ruby Sherman; and brothers-in-law: Charles Hargrove and Richard Hargrove.
Funeral services for Jim Wynes were held on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at 1:00 P.M. at Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home in El Dorado Springs, Missouri, with Elder Dick Wynes officiating. Interment followed at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were: Chuck Mead, Randy Wynes, Joel Wynes, Doug Hacker, Chandler Collins, and Brandon Esry. Honorary pallbearers were: Debbra Peres, Kristy Bailey, Sharri Hacker, Marla Leeper, and Kassy Wynes.