James R. Mayes

James R. Mayes, 84, of Mount Vernon, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, April 6, 2021, surrounded by his family in Mount Vernon.

Jim was born September 9, 1936, in Hamilton, Ohio to Burton and Katie {Binkley} Mayes.

He was a graduate of Nazarene Bible College in Colorado in 1971.

He married Mary Lou Baker-Gibbs on June 10, 1956.  Jim served as a pastor in Festus, MO, then in Waterford, Willard, and Killbuck Ohio. He retired as a pastor after thirty years but continued to work for local churches. Jim loved fellowship, mission work, coffee with friends, Kiwanis, being involved with the community, and always bringing joy with his sense of humor.  He also loved watching the Cincinnati Reds and PGA Golf. Everything Jim did daily revolved around honoring his family and Jesus Christ.

Jim will be deeply missed by his wife Mary Lou Mayes; children Susanne (Eugene) Bell, and Robin (Bradley) Stacy; grandchildren Joshua, Benjamin, Joseph, John-Mark, Amy, Nic, Jordan, Aaron, and Marah; many great-grandchildren; brother Joe (Carolyn) Mayes; Many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, son Jim C. Mayes, two great-grandchildren, son-in-law Rev. Joe Pittenger, and six siblings.

Friends may call Saturday from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at Roberts Funeral Home-Mount Vernon Chapel. Funeral services will follow at the funeral home with Pastor Jack Christner officiating. The service will also stream on Facebook Live. Search “James Mayes Funeral” on Facebook. Burial will be at Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens. Online tributes may be made at www.RobertsFuneralHome.com.  

Memorial contributions may be made to First Church of the Nazarene 807 Coshocton Avenue, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050.

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