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James “Colonel” Elden Mayes, age 70 of Clinton

James “Colonel” Elden Mayes, age 70 of Clinton, passed away on Sunday, February 4, 2018 after a long battle with cancer.  James was a member of Central Baptist Church in Oak Ridge and a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother.  He retired from BWXT Y-12 in 2005 after 32 years of service as a Utilities Operator.  Throughout his life James was an avid Bass fisherman and enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Henrietta Craig Mayes; father, Milton Mayes; brothers, Gerald and Ronnie Mayes; grandparents, Lily and Leonard Mayes.

He is survived by:

Devoted wife of 50 years………… Margaret Gibby Mayes

Daughters…………………      Carol Self & husband Kenny of Clinton

                  Karen Hayes & husband Richard of Clinton

Favorite granddaughter..  Madison Leigh Self

Favorite grandson….          James Robert Hayes

Sisters…………………             Jeanette Morrison & husband Jack

                  Linda Day & husband Jerry

                  Ann Thomas & husband Dan

                  Susan Ballinger & husband Lee

Many nieces, nephews, special friends and church family


The family would like to give special thanks to his many friends and specifically to his caregivers:  Stephani, Cindy, Nicole and the Professional Case Management Group, Dr. John Foust and Dr. William Strike and their caring staff.


The family will receive friends 5:00-7:00 pm, Thursday, February 8, 2018 at Holley Gamble Funeral Home.  Funeral service will follow in the chapel with Rev. Glen Ellis and Rev. Jerry Day officiating.  Graveside service will be 11:00 am,Friday at the Clinch River Baptist Church Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to Central Baptist Church Caring Center, c/o Cassie Shipley,  130 Providence Road, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements.  holleygamble.com                                            


About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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