Jim was raised in the farming community of Harrisburg, Arkansas along with his brothers, Glen and George, and sisters, Mildred and Connie.
On December 17, 1941 ten days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, at age 17, Jim enlisted in the United States Navy. He served aboard the light cruiser U.S.S. Helena in the South Pacific. He was assigned to an anti-aircraft gun. The Helena was sunk the night of July 6, 1943 during the battle of Kula Gulf with the loss of 170 crew members. He was honorably discharged December 17, 1945.
He later served in the U.S. Army from 1948-1950. He was stationed in Korea.
In 1952 while working in the Detroit area he met Doris Bradley; they married in the spring of 1953.
Jim and “Dodie” moved to California in 1954, first to Orleans in northern Humboldt County, and then to Briceland in 1959. He worked in the logging and construction industries until his retirement.
Jim was preceeded in passing by his parents, brothers and sisters and his stepson David Stoll.
He is survived by daughters, Susan Caldarulo and Martha Albee; sons, Dan Farris, Jimmy Farris; son-in-law, Milt Albee; grandchildren, Daneyal, Salma, Jamila, Vonda, Crystal, Emerald, Amelia, and Megan; also many nieces and nephews.
He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by his many friends in the area. Jim requested no service be held.