James Alexander Savage III

Aug. 24, 1936-Nov. 26, 2023


James Alexander Savage III, 87, better known as Junior to family and friends, passed from this life peacefully, at his home, on Nov. 26, 2023.

He was born Aug. 24, 1936, and he was the son of Sarah Ida Myers and James Alexander Savage II.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Mac, Tommy, Joe, and Eugene and sister, Mary Rogers.

Survivors include his wife, Wanda Savage; daughter, Jackie Hillis and husband Nolan; sons, Alex Savage and wife Kim, Alan Johnson, Steven Lowery; grandchildren, Zander Savage, Ransom Lowery, Raylee Ann Lowery; sister, Effie McCord and husband John. (Effie also worked with James for over 49 years.); brother, Douglas and wife Sandra; mother-in-law, Estelle Swindell; sisters-in-law, Janice, Lennie Mae, Katherine, Sue; and several nieces and nephews.

As a child, he and his brothers helped their father run a sawmill. Later in life, James continued in the business that today is known as Savage Lumber Co., of which he has been the proud owner for over 50 years.  

James was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing with Tom, Brenda, and Stan for many years. Also, James loved country music and, in   younger days, was quite the singer and player himself. He played many fairs and local functions. He and some friends formed a band called the "Midnight Ramblers." Country music was always on the radio.

James was the utmost true southern gentleman. The world was a better place for the experience of knowing him.  

A special thanks to all of those who were there for him in the last stages of life on earth. May God bless you!

Funeral service was 1 p.m., Nov. 29, 2023, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home, with burial in Jericho Cemetery. R.C. Christian and Tracey Curtis officiated.

Pallbearers were Gary Mason, Jorge Bautista, Ivan Bautista, John Judd, Filiberto Verde, and Terry Melton.

Robin Rigsby served as an honorary pallbearer.

Memorial donations can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or Alzheimer's Association.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.