James Charles “Jim” Springston, 63, rural Slater, Mo., died Monday, Oct. 10, 2011, at Life Care Center in Carrollton, Mo.
Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Atherton Restoration Branch of Jesus Christ Church in Atherton, Mo. Memorial visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall, Mo. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Melanoma Research Foundation or Ellis Fischel Cancer Center in care of the funeral home.
An online guestbook is available at www.campbell-lewis.com
Born May 4, 1948, in Iola, he was the son of the late Charles Harrison and Doris Ballard Springston. He was a 1966 graduate of Iola High School and a 1970 graduate of Kansas State Teacher’s College in Emporia. On Aug. 17, 1969, he married his high school sweetheart, Phyllis Heath, who survives. He was a production buyer during his career, and due to health reasons, he was forced to retire in 2009 while employed at Duke Manufacturing in Sedalia, Mo.. His family was an important part of his life, as well as his active participation in the church. He was a member of the Atherton Restoration Branch of Jesus Christ Church and was active in the priesthood for over 30 years.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Heather Gessling Johnson and her husband, Larry D., Marshall; one son, Heath Alan, Kansas City, Mo.; one grandson, Tucker Dean Johnson; one half-brother, Wade Vogel of Iola; and two nieces, Shannon Vogel and Klair Vogel of Iola.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one grandchild and one brother, Raymond Springston.