James Emerson Findley, 56, of Warrensburg, Missouri passed away September 17, 2020 at the John Knox Village House in Lee’s Summit, Missouri surrounded by his wife and two daughters.
Mr. Findley was born February 3, 1964 in Savannah, son of Phyllis (Tillie) Findley and the late Judge James Emory Findley. Aside from his family, Mr. Findley’s greatest devotion was to the military and his troops. He proudly served in the United States Air Force for 27 years during Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom, among others. Mr. Findley retired as Chief Master Sergeant in 2009, and earned numerous commendations for his service, including seven Meritorious Service Medals, two Air Force Commendation Medals, the Air Force Achievement Medal, two Meritorious Unit Awards, and the 2001 U.S. Air Force Europe’s Outstanding Security Forces Noncommissioned Officer Award.
Surviving are his wife, Tammy Findley; his two daughters, Kaitlyn Findley (Darby) and Nicole Findley (Isaac); his granddaughter, Rose Findley; his mother, Tillie Findley; his four siblings, Cheryl Hodge (Frederick), Cynthia D’Angelo, Rebecca Strickland, and Emory (Trent) Findley (Jennifer); as well as several loving nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind countless friends who he cared for deeply and loved as if they were family.
The graveside memorial service and burial with military honors will be held 11 o’clock in the morning on Friday, June 11, 2021 in Elbert-Findley Cemetery located on Findley Cemetery Road in Toombs County.
Remembrances for those who would like to do something to honor his memory, his family asks that you make a donation to the Tunnels 2 Tower Foundation (https://tunnel2towers.org/) in his name in lieu of sending flowers. This organization supports the families of fallen or injured first responders and military personnel, and was near and dear to Mr. Findley’s heart.
Kennedy Funeral Homes, Cobbtown Chapel, is in charge of the local arrangements.
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