Joshua Michael James, 35, of Granite Falls, passed away Tuesday November 15, 2022.
Joshua was born on October 21, 1987 in Sandusky, OH and joined the US Army as a 13B Field Artillery Cannon Crewmember on July 18th 2009. He was deployed to Iraq as part of Operation New Dawn in May of 2016. He was promoted to Sergeant on May 1st 2012 and promoted to Staff Sergeant on September 1st 2016, and posthumously promoted to Sergeant First Class. He was stationed at Fort Bragg from 2010 until 2013, Fort Campbell from 2013 until 2018, and the Morganton and Hickory Recruiting Stations from 2018 until 2022.
He was a graduate of the US Army Artillery’s Advanced Leader Course as Distinguished Honor Graduate and Army Senior Leader Course. He was also a graduate of Army Airborne (2010) and Air Assault (2013) schools. He graduated the Army Recruiter Course in 2018. His Awards include: 1 Army Commendation Medal with C-Combat Device, 1 Army Commendation Medal, 6 Army Achievement Medals, 4 Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Army Recruiting Badge, Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.
Survivors include his wife, Lindsey Harper James of the home; his mother, Dawn Marie James Yates and husband Donald of Sandusky, OH; his girls, Haylen Rayne James and Justyce Nichole Glass both of the home; his siblings, Marcedes Pidcock and husband Matt of Wauseon, OH, Garrett James of Sandusky, OH, and Cricket Walters and husband Aaron of Sandusky, OH; his grandmother, Alice Harkness of Sandusky, OH; his cousin (like a brother), Scott Pflieger SFC-E7 and wife Brittany; and a very large extended family.
He is preceded in death by his grandfather, Robert James.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M. Sunday November 20, 2022 at Fyreside, 440 South Main Street in Granite Falls.
The body will lie-in-state Friday December 2, 2022 from 4:00-6:00 P.M. at Mackie Funeral Service in Granite Falls.
A Graveside Service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Sunday December 4, 2022 at Harper Family Cemetery in Glasgow, KY handled by A.F. Crow & Son Funeral Home in Glasgow.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Til Valhalla Project, 3400 Agricultural Center Dr. Saint Augustine, FL 32092.
An online guestbook and obituary is available at www.mackiefh.com.
Mackie Funeral Service & Cremations of Granite Falls is serving the family.