Mr. James Troy Stankowitz , 91, of Hazlehurst, died Aug. 4 at his residence.
Mr. Stankowitz was born Nov. 29, 1930, in Jeff Davis County.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Troy Albert Stankowitz and Beatrice Carter Stankowitz, son, John Gary Stankowitz, grandson, SGT Britt Stankowitz, sisters, Colleen Malone, Ruth Johnson and Betty Sue Ricketson.
Mr. Stankowitz was a business entrepreneur all of his life. He had strong work ethics and was always busy doing something. He enjoyed going to church and enjoyed hearing the choir sing. He always was very pleasant and he possessed a quite gentle spirit. He loved his family dearly, and enjoyed spending time with them, from his wife of 62 years to the youngest great-great granddaughter, they were his life.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Smith Stankowitz of Hazlehurst; children, Marsha Stankowitz of Hazlehurst, James (Barbara) Stankowitz Jr., and Sonya (Howard) Graham of Hazlehurst; grandchildren Media Arnold Music (Jr.), Lynn Arnold Sellers, Chad Arnold (Mary Susan), James Stankowitz III (Amanda), Heather Stankowitz Hunter (Chuck), Jason Stankowitz (Angela), Shae Howe (Darren), Nikki Coyne, Matt Stankowitz, Kayle Newman (John Casey), Ashlyn Carter (Cody), Kate Malphus; 30 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Services were held Aug. 7 at Hazlehurst Church of God with the Rev. John Nunes officiating.
Interment followed in Palms Memorial Garden.
The church family served as honorary pallbearers.
Active pallbearers were Cody Carter, John Casey Newman, Jamie Stankowitz, Jr Music, Mason Dill and Jason Stankowitz.
Wainright-Parlor Funeral Home was in charge.