Sunday, July 19, 2020

James Walsie Kitchens

Mr. James Walsie Kitchens, 88, passed away on Friday, July 17, 2020, at Oktibbeha County Hospital in Starkville, MS. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Monday, July 20th, at Sunrise Cemetery in Noxapater, MS, with Rev. Brian James Thrasher and Rev. Brandon Frazier officiating. Interment will be in Sunrise Cemetery. Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Mr. Kitchens was born December 21, 1931, in Noxubee County, MS, to Velia and Bennie Kitchens. He worked for many years for Taylor Machine Works as a welder and in the research and development department. He was a member of the United Pentecostal Church in Starkville. He was a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corp. He was a member of the United Steel Workers Union, and he loved hunting, fishing, and his time spent at Taylor Machine Works. He and his wife, Lila, lost their home in the tornado that passed through Louisville in 2014, and then moved to Starkville to be near their children.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Joseph L. Kitchens.

He is survived by his wife, Lila Quinn Kitchens of Starkville; two daughters, Debra Kitchens (Boyd) Thrasher and Anita Kitchens Howard, both of Starkville, MS; two sisters, Doris Hindman of Louisville, and Allegra Kitchens of Palatka, FL; four grandchildren, William (Michelle) Thrasher, Jr., Brian (Kristy) Thrasher, Toni Howard, and Michelle Starns; five great grandchildren, one great great grandchild; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be William Thrasher, Brian Thrasher, Joseph Thrasher, Austin Thrasher, Conner Thrasher, and Dale Dickerson.

Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.