Thelma Nadine (Stephens) James

November 10, 1921 ~ June 6, 2018 (age 96)

Thelma Nadine James, 96, of Chillicothe, MO died Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at Morningside Center in Chillicothe.

Nadine was born November 10, 1921 near Sampsel, Mo in Livingston County, the oldest child of Arnold and Stella Walker Stephens. She attended Sneed School.

On September 14, 1946 she married Offa “Turk” James in Chillicothe, MO. He preceded her in death July 11, 2006.

Nadine lived most of her life in the Sampsel and Chillicothe area, except from 1957 to 1989, when she and Turk moved to Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois when Turk worked for Peabody Coal Company.

In 1989 they returned to Chillicothe to spend their retirement years.

Nadine was a member of the First Baptist Church of Chillicothe, MO.

Survivors include a brother, Gerald Stephens and wife Carolyn; two nephews, Reid Stephens and wife Natalie, and Scott Stephens and wife Sherry; five great nephews, Reid Jr, Zachary, Brooks, Brett and Blake; three great nieces, Katie, Chelsea and Cassie.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and sister, Eulav Cooper.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Olive Cemetery and left at or mailed to Heritage Funeral Home, 3141 N. Washington, Chillicothe, MO 64601. On-line condolences may be left at

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Heritage Funeral Home.

A visitation will be held one hour (1:00 p.m.) prior to the service on Saturday.

Burial will be at Mt. Olive Cemetery near Sampsel, MO.

Arrangements are under the direction of Heritage Funeral Home, Chillicothe