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James W. Bourisaw

James W. Bourisaw, known as Bud or Jim, 83, Palmyra, Mo., went to be with Jesus at 3:40 p.m., Monday, April 5, 2021, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Ill.

               James W. Bourisaw

James was born June 6, 1937, in St. Louis, Mo., to James W. Bourisaw Sr. and Ella Ozell Pinnell Bourisaw. He was married to Elizabeth Marie Love on Aug. 11, 1978, in  Maryland Heights, Mo. She survives.

Other survivors include his children, James (Karen) Mitchell, O’Fallon, Mo.; Sandra (Jerald) Moore, Springfield, Mo.;  Linda Lance, Dallas, Texas; Delana Bourisaw, St. Charles, Mo.; Donna (Jefferson) Price, St. Louis, Mo.; Carolyn (Bruce) Foster, Palmyra; and Robert (Robin) Mitchell, Cuba, Mo.; grandchildren, Melisa Learned, Shauna Crocker, Nicholas Hamilton, Summer Estes, James Mitchell, Brandon Bafaro, Toree Allen, Zachary Foster, Robert Mitchell and Rachel Foster; great-grandchildren, Madeleine Hamilton, Savannah Bafaro, Caroline Estes, Evelyn Hamilton, Grayson Bafaro, Campbell Estes, Brycen Crocker, Collette Bafaro and Athens Estes; one brother, Richard Bourisaw, Maryland Heights, Mo.; and one brother-in-law, Michael Rankin, Bellflower, Mo.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Arline Rankin.

James was a member of the St. Louis Carpenters Union and worked for many years as a drywaller and later owned his own business for several years.

He served his country in the United States Army earning the Bronze Star Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal as well as Sharpshooter Medal. He was a member of the VFW and the American Legion.

James was a force to be reckoned with in the world of USA power lifting. He was #1 in the world in 2003 in his age group in the Czech Republic, benching 402 lbs. He was 66 years old at the time.

A man of great faith, he loved Jesus with all his heart. James attended the Palmyra Assembly of God Church, serving as a deacon.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Friday, April 9, at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra. Pastor Greg Mitchell and Patrick Rankin will officiate. Burial with full military honors by American Legion Post #174 Boots-Dickson will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Palmyra.

The family requests that those in attendance wear a mask for everyone’s safety.

Pallbearers will be Brandon Bafaro, Matt Jacobs, Zachary Foster, James Mitchell, Nicholas Hamilton and Jerald Moore.

Honorary pallbearers will be all of his grandchildren. 

Friends and family are invited to James life celebration at a visitation that will be  from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.,  Friday, April 9, at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra. 

Memorials may be made to Palmyra First Assembly of God, VFW Post or the American Legion Post #174.

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