James Heflin, 83

James “Jim” Heflin, 83, went to be with the Lord on Jan. 27, 2017, at Timbercrest Retirement Center Health Care in North Manchester.

Jim was born to Lavon “Pat” Heflin and Louinda Ellen (Shultz) Heflin on Dec. 28, 1933, in Curtisville. Jim graduated from Windfall High School in Tipton County in 1952, where he made a name for himself with his basketball ability. Jim married the former Loretta Loyd of Elwood, and they celebrated 62 years together on Oct. 20, 2016. Jim served in the U.S. Army from August 1954 to July 1956. He was stationed in Baumholder, Germany, where Loretta joined him for 15 months. They lived on the German economy, renting an apartment in rural Lautereken, Germany. They learned how to travel on a shoe string, visiting different European countries during the time.

When Jim returned to the United States, he farmed in Tipton County with his brother Max Heflin and his father, and also worked at Delco Electronics. In 1963, Jim and Loretta and their children moved to the only Swayzee in the world, which was nicely situated between Windfall and Kokomo. They made their home there and their children attended Swayzee Elementary School and graduated from Oak Hill High School.  Jim continued to work at Delco Electronics in Kokomo where he retired from in January 1991 after 37 years’ employment. Jim and Loretta built their dream home at 88 W. Lakeside Drive on Long Lake. It did not take Jim long to enjoy and master fishing with the help of seasoned fishermen neighbors. He spent most of his spare time fishing – sometimes just drowning worms. He knew how to relax.

Jim and Loretta became members of the Manchester Missionary Church where Jim served the Lord by assisting the church treasurer. He loved the people of the church and was active in Men’s Bible studies. Jim enjoyed watching all sports and devoured the sports section daily in the newspaper, but he remained partial to basketball and baseball. He played American Legion baseball while a junior in high school and enjoyed a friendly banter with his two older children. They enjoyed testing one another on who best remembered by gone and present sports figures and stats.

Jim is survived by his wife, Loretta, who resides at Timbercrest Senior Independent Living. Surviving children are James Scott (Trina) Heflin and Laura Ellen (Robert) Cole. Jim and Loretta’s youngest daughter Jill Ann passed away on Sept. 13, 1991.

Jim has three grandchildren, Zachary Scott Heflin, Hannah Lynn Cole and Page Elizabeth Cole. They also have two deceased grandchildren, Emily Lara Cole and Caleb James Cole.

A brother, Max L. (Peggy) Heflin, and a sister, Sue C. (John) Holmes, live in rural Lagro. Two sisters-in-law, Nyla Maurine Dawson, Indianapolis, and Sue Loyd Lawrence, Canyon Country, Calif., and nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were conducted by Pastor Dan Binkley of Manchester Missionary Church at Timbercrest Chapel on Feb. 2, 2016.


Posted on 2017 Feb 07