James served in the Army during the Korean War. He was awarded several medals, including Courage medals. After serving in the Army, he drove a truck until retirement.
He was loved by many people and often did works of kindness for people without wanting to be recognized for it. He was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church.
He was predeceased by three wives and his mother, Alice Reams; by his brother, Norman Reams; and sister, Alice Fay Reams.
Memorial services will be at Pine Grove Baptist Church in Madison on Saturday, October 22, 2011, at 11 a.m.
Survivors include his daughters, Denise Brown (Steve) of Cherry Lake and Nancy Burnham of Pinetta; four grandsons, Michael Reams (Sheri) of Atlanta, Ga., Travis Brown of Cherry Lake, Brent English of Pinetta and James Merritt (Jessica); one great-grand- daughter, Michaela Alise Reams; three stepsons; six stepdaughters; numerous step-grandchildren; step great-grandchildren; sisters, Helen Goodman of Okeechobee, Betty Ruth Smith (James) of Crawfordville, Margaret Dement of Bainbridge, Ga., and Gail Eppler (Dan) of Tallahassee; and a brother, William Reams of Greenville.