Emory "Jiggs" James

  • Born: January 27, 1920
  • Died: January 18, 2012
  • Location: Prairie Village, Kansas

Overland Park Chapel

8201 Metcalf Avenue
Overland Park, KS 66204

Tel. (913) 648-6224

Tribute & Message From The Family

Emory F. "Jiggs" James, Prairie Village, Kansas, passed away peacefully at Claridge Court on January 18, just nine days short of his 92nd birthday. He was born January 27, 1920 in Ringling, OK and had lived in the Kansas City area since 1923. He was the youngest of two children born to Emory F. James, Sr. and Mabel C. James. He was an Episcopalian and a member of St. Michaels and All Angels Church.

Jiggs was a graduate of both Pembroke Country Day School and St. John's Military Academy of Delafield, Wisconsin. He received a Bachelor of Business degree in 1941 from the University of Missouri at Columbia where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. On August 16 of that year he married his beloved Alberta Anderson of Longmont, CO. He was a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in World War II, serving as Executive Officer of the Rocket Research Division, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD.

He was one of five founding members of the Kansas City Downtown Club and a member and past director of the Downtown Rotary Club of Kansas City, No. 13. He had been a member of the Kansas City Forty Year Ago Club since 1962. He was a member and past director of Mission Hills Country Club, and a member of the River Club, Carriage Club and Vanguard Club, all of Kansas City. He was also a member of Garden of the Gods Club and Kissing Camels Golf Club in Colorado Springs, CO. He was a 32o Mason and a member of their Scottish Rite bodies, as well as a member of the David Kemper Post of the American Legion.

Jiggs was one of those people who loved everyone and never met a stranger. He was well known as a consummate joke teller who was always ready with a perfectly placed quip. His charm, positive outlook and good nature made him one who always saw the best in others. That attitude came back to him over and over again as evidenced by being named the Valentine's Day King of Love at both Mission Springs Assisted Living in 2009 and at Claridge Court in 2011. He will be missed not just by family, but also by all those who came to know and care for him.

He was predeceased by his wife, Alberta, and his sister, Jane Taltock. He is survived by a son, Emory F. "Jigger" James, III (Traci); a daughter, Daneen C. James (Skip Quimby); six grandchildren: Brian Blond (Judy), Alamo, CA; Brooke Wood (Scott), Chicago, IL; Kyndra James, Allison Haggerty (Mike); Jessica Criswell (Jess); and Emory F. "JJ" James IV, all of Kansas City, as well as six great grandchildren. The family suggests contributions to St. Luke's Center for Health Enhancement, the Salvation Army, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes or any charity of your choice.

Condolence & Memory Journal

My father and Jiggs worked together for so many years. As a child, I remember how funny he was, and I loved the fact that he let me call him Jiggs instead of Mr. James. He was a dear friend of our family until we moved and lost track of him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Fields family -- W.C., Betty, Ron, Mike, Carl, and Pegi.uufiz

Posted by Pegi Fields - Raytown, MO - friend   February 26, 2012

Please accept my condolences with regard to the recent passing of your loved one, Emory F. James.

May God be with you now and always.


James C. Wirken

Posted by James C. Wirken - Kansas City, MO - Friend   January 23, 2012

Mike and I want to extend our heartfelt sympathy. We both loved Jiggs and his great spirit and love for life. He was quick with a joke and a great audience for Mike. Mike said he offered to go with him to get re-instated to Hastings when Jack wouldn't go. Jiggs had a wonderful heart and will be greatly missed. Sending you love on your huge loss. Love, Susie and Mike

Posted by Susie Fate - Mission Hills, KS - friend   January 23, 2012

Jigger & Daneen- I always walked away from your dad with a better outlook on life, and a desire to remember a "joke" for every occasion. Whether it be in person, or on the phone (as it was in later years), his smile, sunny outlook & enthusiasm "carried the day". Your mom was the perfect compliment to your dad in every way. I wonder if St. Peter has "heard them all." My guess is he'll hear a "new one" when your dad goes marching in. My sympathies to you and your families.- Jim Porter

Posted by Jim Porter - Prairie Village, KS - friend   January 22, 2012

To the James Family. Our deepest and heartfelt sympathies go forth to you for the loss of Jiggs. He was an exceptional Man. He was an accomplished Executive and role model to all those who knew him. As a family we always looked forward to Jiggs arrival in Wichita for meetings at Statlabs, Inc. Time has flown by since the Lab has been sold. We looked at him as a member of our family. He will be dearly missed!

The Burdett Family - Margaret, Jim, Jean, David, and Stephen.

Posted by Jim Burdett - Las Vegas, NV - friend   January 22, 2012

I worked for Jiggs and John Leiter in the 70s at StatLabs. I was a young man, just home from a combat tour in Vietnam and going to school at the American Computer School in KC.

I'm quite sure that was exactly the profile they sought out, even though it was not the best of times for veterans in a general way. Jiggs and John set a great example for me and put me on a good path that many young men of the day never found.

I went on to a wonderful career and a lot of success.

Thank you Jiggs.

PS - I would sure like to get my hands on that old blue Mustang you used to drive... all hunched over to keep your back from aching!

(816) 529-1067

Posted by Dick Scoggins - Lees Summit, MO - Friend   January 21, 2012

A great person. May he rest in peace.

Posted by mike simpson - sunrise beach, MO - worked at Stat Labs early 70's   January 21, 2012