Edward “Ed” William James, age 76 of Alto, passed away on Thursday, February 21, 2019.

Born in Banks County, Georgia on August 17, 1942 to the late Henry and Ruth Lewallen James. Mr. James retired from the Georgia Department of Corrections with 32 years of service. He was a member of the Rabbit Hunter Association of the United States. Mr. James refereed and coached little league baseball and basketball for 20 years. He enjoyed hunting, traveling and being outdoors. Mr. James attended Level Grove Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, J.D. James and Henry James, Jr.; sister, Julia James.

Surviving are his loving wife, Margaret Poole James of Alto; son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy & Danielle James; grandchildren, Brianna James and Tori Beth James; nephews, Brian James and Ricky Ausburn; niece, Selena White.

Funeral services are scheduled for 1 pm, Monday, February 25, 2019 in the Chapel of McGahee-Griffin and Stewart with Rev. Larry Free and Dr. Brian James officiating. Interment will follow in Yonah Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 4-6 pm on Sunday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, Ok 73123 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home of Cornelia, Georgia (706/778-8668) is in charge of arrangements.