James "Jim" Eugene Lively, 82, of Lancaster, Ohio, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday (Jan. 26, 2014).
Born June 6, 1931, in Danese, West Virginia, he was the son of the late Myrtle "Lily" and Lamancha Lively. He was also preceded in death by brothers, Gerald and Joseph.
He is survived by his wife, Bettie Miller Lively, whom he met on the day she was born. During their 63 years of marriage they also made their home in Marietta and Lecanto, Florida. He is also survived by his children, who never doubted his deep love for them: son David Lively and his wife, Amy, of Lancaster; and daughter Susan Smith and her husband, J. Scott Smith, of Rushville. His granddaughter, Emma Lively, was a truly special gift when she was born on their anniversary.
A Navy veteran who never failed to mention our servicemen and women in his prayers, Jim made his career in sales and management at Roberts Men's Shop and many car dealerships in central Ohio. He especially enjoyed golfing with longtime friends from across the country.
Jim's love for community was exhibited through civic involvement. He was a 50-year member of each of these organizations: Masonic Lodge #390 Marietta; Aladdin Shrine Columbus; worthy patron of the Order of the Eastern Star, Marietta Chapter #59; and American Legion of Lancaster Post 11. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite and was past-president of the Marietta Lions Club. Jim worshiped with his family at Life Church, Lancaster, Ohio.
A private burial will be held at Wallace Memorial Cemetery in Clintonville, West Virginia, with Pastor Ron Grubb officiating. There will be a public memorial service at Life Church on Thursday (Feb. 6) at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Life Church in Jim's memory.
Throughout ongoing struggles with his health, Jim charmed his caregivers and continually praised God for His protection. Jim was a respected man of integrity who was beloved for his quick smile and gentle spirit. While his family misses him greatly, they rejoice that he is breathing freely, tinkering with motors and talking with Jesus face to face.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at wallaceandwallacefh.com
Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle, W.Va.