James Karnes of Silsbee, born March 14, 1935 - died March 12, 2011 at home, after a long illness. He retired from Bethlehem Steel Shipyard in Beaumont.
He was preceded in death by his father Lloyd Karnes, Sr, mother Hattie Watts, brother Lloyd Karnes, Jr and stepson Larry Curtis.
Survivors include son Roger Karnes and wife Debra; daughter Sheila Bradford; brothers Leo Karnes and Billy Karnes; sister Balma Williams and husband Jerry; his children's mother Bernice Landers Karnes Giles; stepsons Carroll Curtis and wife Pat, Kelly Curtis and wife Lisa, Keith Goins and wife Debbie, Calvin Williford and wife Amy and John Williford; stepdaughters Cindy Stevens and husband Ron and Carolyn Williford and husband Leonard and twenty four grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 2:00 pm Thursday, March 17, 2011 at Farmer Funeral Home with interment following at Resthaven Cemetery. Visitation will be 5:00 to 8:00 pm Wednesday at the funeral home.