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James Oral Dishman, 82

James Oral Dishman, 82, of Spencer passed from this life Thursday, Nov. 15, surrounded by his family at his home after a long illness.

James was born Sunday, May 10, 1936 in Spencer, the son of the late Ami Dishman and the late Bertha Lee Dishman. He was a retired maintenance man at Acument Global. He also worked at Avalon Dairy in Warren County, Powermatic and ran a grocery store for many years in Spencer. James served on the City Council in Spencer and the Van Buren County Commission. He loved his hometown. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to travel. His most rewarding titles were Husband, Dad, Pa, Brother, Uncle, and Friend. He and his wife Delma were married for 61 years. They raised a family of four, two girls and two boys. They worked together keeping their faith and trust in the Lord. Instilling in their children true Christian values and simple wisdom.

James is survived by his wife of 61 years Delma Madewell Dishman, two daughters Joan Moffitt and husband Jeff, and Melena Dishman, two sons James Barry Dishman and wife Tina, Kelly Dishman and wife Taralyn, grandchildren Kyle Walling and wife Jessica, Justin Walling, Jessie Moffitt and wife Tabatha, Megan Dishman, Macy Dishman, and Robert Dishman, great-grandchildren Haylee, Addacyn and Ryker Creek, two sisters Linda Doolittle and Ann Dishman, and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by his four sisters Vella May Dishman, Audrey Hillis, Mildred Hillis, and Gwen Dishman, and two brothers, Willard Arnold and Willis Dishman.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Spencer Funeral Home with Freddie Harding and Rick Lyles officiating. Interment will be in Shockley Cemetery in Spencer. The family will receive friends Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Spencer Funeral Home.

The Dishman family would like to extend its thanks to all family and friends who have provided care, prayers, and comfort during this long illness. The many doctors, nurses, and caregivers over the years, and to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that graced us with so many wonderful years with our dad. Thank you all. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Southern Standard

(McMinnville, Tenn.) Nov. 18, 2018