James L. Essex

Died: Sun., Jun. 3, 2018

Family to do services at later date

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James L. Essex, lost his battle with leukemia on June 3, 2018 after 2 ½ years.  He was a strong outgoing person with a heart of gold.  James loved everyone and being outdoors, lived life at the moment, and had a smile that was contagious. He enjoyed being out on the bike and was a member of the Undesirables.

James was preceded in death by his grandmother, Lorena Bennett in 2002; father, Robert A. Whitehurst in 2012; his grandfather, Leon Bennett in 2013; uncles and an aunt.

James leaves behind his mother, Bonnie L. (Swallow) Whitehurst; his wife, April (Engle) Essex; his children, James Robert Essex, Tyler, Taylor, and Blake Gabbard, Chad-Austin Greer and Christian Wentz-Harris; his grandchildren, Jayden and Addlyn Wentz-Harris; his sisters, Mary E. (Jake) Williams, Lorena A. (Karl) Davis, and Della Essex; brothers, Mitchell Smith and Rocky Essex (Fiancée Dawn); special nieces and nephews, Ryan Harris, David Harris, Travis Harris, Angel Star Swallow-Gentry, Eric Davis, Cory Swallow, John Davis, and Paxton Davis; several other nieces and nephews.  James also leaves many many special friends, including Herbie Meinerding and Angel Vore and Joe Davis. 

A celebration of James life will be held at a later date.

Walker Funeral Home in Winchester is entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be made at walkerswinchester.com.


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