James W. “J.W.” Stigall, 76, of Richmond died Thursday, July 19, 2012 at his home.
J.W. was born on December 8, 1935 in Henrietta to James O. and Mildred K. (Rider) Stigall. He married Carolin Perez of Richmond on July 19, 1957; she survives of the home.
Additional survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Dan Link of Richmond; four grandchildren, Jeremiah Schmidt, Amber Schmidt and her companion, Curtis Johnson, Jessica Carr and her husband, Ryan, and Ryan King; and seven great-grandchildren, Blake Stickley, Kyan Carr, Madisyn Carr, Gabriel Johnson, Lilyan Carr, Jace Krasowski and Olivia Mayberry.
In addition to his parents, J.W. was preceded in death by one sister, Carolyn JoTarr.
J.W. worked in the paint department at General Motors Leeds Plant for 30 years before retiring in 1987. He was a member of the Henrietta Methodist Church. J.W. had lived in Richmond most of his life.
J.W. was actively involved in Richmond Masonic Lodge #57, Lexington Lodge #149, York Rite and the I.O.O.F. Lodge #208 in Richmond. He was initiated into Richmond Lodge #57 April 3, 1976, passing the second degree on May 7, 1976 and raised to the degree of Master Mason on June 11, 1976. He was Worshipful Master of Richmond Lodge #57 in 1982, District Deputy Grand Lecturer from 1983 to 1988, Deputy District Grand Master from 1990 to 1993, secretary from 1992 to 2001, and a member of the Masonic Building Association from 1992 to 2000. In the York Rite, J.W. was a Royal Arch Mason in Independence Chapter #12, Cryptic Mason in Independence Chapter #49 and a Knights Templar in Palestine Commandery #17. He was also involved in the Harry S Truman York Rite College #167. J.W. served as treasurer of I.O.O.F Lodge in Richmond and Grand Guardian of The Grand Lodge from 1995-96. He was initiated into the lodge April 21, 1990, receiving his first, second and third degrees on that date. He received his Noble Grand Degree in 1992, Past Grand Degree on May 25, 1993 and D.D.G.M. 2004-05. J.W. also served as Senior Deacon at Lexington Lodge #149.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, July 24, at 11 a.m. at Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond. Visitation will be Tuesday, July 24, from 10 to 11 a.m. with a Masonic service at 10:45 a.m. at Thurman Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Richmond Memory Gardens Cemetery.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made either to Crossroads Hospice or to the First Church of God in Richmond.