David Lewis James

December 15, 1942 ‒ October 07, 2021

Sunbury, Ohio

David Lewis James, age 78, of Sunbury, died peacefully on Thursday, October 7, 2021 at Mt. Carmel East Hospital following a brief illness.  David retired from Worthington Industries where he was a Purchasing Agent.  He then worked alongside his brother at Liberty Tank & Vessel which was then sold to Hydrostat Inc. of Rice, MN where Dave was fortunate to work alongside Mike Jungwirth.

David was a member of the Sunbury Church of the Nazarene, loved being a part of a Euchre Club, sports, the OSU Buckeyes, people-watching and keeping in touch with family and friends on the phone.  He enjoyed vacationing at Gatlinburg & Pidgeon Forge and patronizing the Galena Diner.  He was very proud of his family and the time they got to spend together.

David was preceded in death by his parents, Christopher A. and Helen M. (Fritch) James; grandparents, Okey and Lula H. James; brother, Gary C. James.

David is survived by loving wife of 12 years, Sharon Lee Sample James; sons, Timothy (Kelly) Sample of Columbus and Jason Sample of Sunbury; daughters, Shannon (Freddie) Blevins of Johnstown, Jennifer (Levi) Koehler of Sunbury and Krista (Charlie) Kao of Mason; grandchildren, Brandon, Michael, Lauren, Jordan, Jonathan and Gabrielle; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Betty James, Tom and Cindy Hicks, Carole Sweat, David and Lisa Hicks; cousin, Leann Havens of Franklin, TN; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A Celebration of Life Service in David’s honor is scheduled for 4 PM on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 N. State Route 61, (at SR 3), Sunbury, where the family will be receiving visitors from 2 PM until the state of the service.  Rev. Tom Hicks officiating.  Interment at Sunbury Memorial Park at a later date.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice in David’s memory.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the James family.  Please share a memory or condolence with David’s family on this website.

  • David was my last living cousin, and I didn’t want him to ever go. We were as close as siblings. I am going to miss him so much, and I know Sharon and the family will also. Dave was a gentlemans gentleman. He always had a smile and nice words for everyone.
    His one favorite, was to see little kids behaving in a restaurant, and have Sharon go to the table and give the little one 5.00. it was a unexpected surprise for the child and their parents. It gave him great joy. A kind word or 5.00 it all was given because he felt blessed.
    David, you are blessed, and in Heaven seeing all the family we miss.
    I love you, and will see you again.
    Give Larry a hug for me.❤️

  • My condolences to the family. David was a great man and helped me both personally and professionally. He will be missed by many. Godspeed Mr. James.

  • On Behave of all Laredo TX Office here at Melton Logistics are very grateful for Mr. James support over the years! I had the pleasure to meet James and his brother Gary at a luncheon at Cracker-barrel Shared his experience over the years! Mr. James you will be missed. Rest in Peace!

    Alex Chavero
    Sales Manager
    Melton Logistics

  • Dear Sharon, I’m so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. He was such a nice man. I will miss seeing him come in to the Kroger store. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace Dave.

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