James F. Templeton
By Sparta Live | December 29, 2008 12:00 am
James F. Templeton, 92, of Middletown, R.I., passed away Dec. 26, 2008, at home with his wife and daughter by his side.
Templeton was born Aug. 29, 1916, in Quebeck, Tenn., to Franklin Cheatam and Cora Ether Jernigan Templeton.
He was raised in Tennessee. As a young man, he entered the U.S. Navy and served 28 years during World War II, the Korean Conflict and Viet Nam. He had been stationed in Boston Mass.; Norfolk, Va.; Green Cove Springs, Fla.; Newport; and Quonset. He retired as a master chief. Templeton had also worked at the Newport Naval Base 12 years as a power plant supervisor.
He loved gardening, fishing, and always enjoyed returning to Tennessee to visit his old hometown and family. Templeton was an avid Red Sox Fan. Over the last few years, he has missed his “man’s best friend,” Cindy Lou.
He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Lester Templeton, Pleas Carter, Betty Elise LaCook, Conard Templeton, Eston Tempeton, and Corinna Lowry.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Grace Morgan Templeton; son James T. Templeton, of St. Thomas, USVI; daughter, Diane Acton, of North Kingstown, R.I.; stepdaughter, Sandra Garrison, of Dayton, Tenn.; and two grandchildren, Seth Acton, of Charlestown, R.I., Jesse Acton, of Nashville.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Dec. 30, 2008, at Memorial Funeral Home, in Newport, R.I., with burial Newport Memorial Park, in Middletown, R.I.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Odyssey Health Care, 100 Quaker Lane, Suite 2, Warwick, R.I. 02886 or to American Macular Degeneration Foundation, P.O. Box 515, Northampton, Mass. 01061-0515.
Memorial Funeral Home, in Newport, R.I., is in charge of arrangements.