James Lawson Heflin, 93, Shelby County, passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at Major Hospital. He was born Aug. 18, 1923, to James Monroe Heflin and Lucile (Draper) Heflin, on the farm near Edinburg where he lived most of his life.
He loved to regale others with tales of his time playing basketball at Mount Auburn High School, where his team won the Shelby County tournament in 1940. He graduated from Mount Auburn in 1941.
He married Julia Frances Money on Feb. 28, 1948, in the Methodist church in Shelbyville. They lived and worked on the farm until 2013, when they moved to Ashford Place in Shelbyville.
James, "Bud" to family and friends, loved to farm and especially loved to plow with his Case tractor. He also loved to sing in the church choir at Jollity United Methodist Church near Edinburgh, where he was a member, and later at First Christian Church in Shelbyville.
Survivors include his wife; children, James Lawson (Lynda) Heflin Jr., Cynthia Heflin (Rodger) Pelo, and Frank Lee (Lisa) Heflin; six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Catherine P. Heflin.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, March 24 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Services, 703. S. Harrison St. Funeral services begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 25, with Rev. Bill Horner officiating. Burial will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery in Edinburg.
Online condolences at www.murphyparks.com.
Published on March 23, 2017