He was born October 20, 1927, in Holly Grove to Lucy and James Sperry.
He was raised in the Methodist church as a young man and later joined the Baptist Church where he started teaching a young adult class. He has shared the Lord with lots of people during his life. James also loved basketball (turning down a basketball scholarship) and math and helping kids with their math during the years.He sold insurance, ran a general merchantile store for years and bought it with his wife, daughter, and son-in-law. James also worked for the Corp of Engineers as a park and gate keeper. He was a member of the DeValls Bluff Fire Department, Lions Club, and a deacon and member of the First Baptist Church in DeValls Bluff.
He leaves behind his wife of 70 years, Rubye Bernece Sperry; two daughters,
Mona Sue Glover of Little Rock and Sherry Beth West of Lonoke and one son, James Edward Sperry of Cabot; grandchildren, Jimmie Glover, Susan Phelps (Gene Phelps), Andrea Fought (Richard Fought), Tracy LaFever (Jamey LaFever), Jamie Dreher (Jared Dreher), and Jackie Glover; He was also blessed with great and great-great grandchildren and lots of nieces and nephews. James was preceded in death by two sisters, Armenta Sperry Mason and Lillian Sperry Shaw and one brother, William Edward Sperry.
Visitation will be Tuesday, November 5 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen. Funeral services will be 11:30 A.M., Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at the First Baptist Church in DeValls Bluff. Burial will be in the DeValls Bluff Cemetery.