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Funeral services for James Fleetwood Stokes, Sr., 83, of Denmark, SC, will be held at two o’clock p.m., Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Bethel Park United Methodist Church with the Reverends Joel Jones and Terry Roof officiating; burial will be in the Denmark Cemetery with military honors and masonic rites accorded. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the SC Office the Adjutant General and members of the SC National Guard who served with Fleetwood. The family will receive friends from noon until the time of the service on Saturday in the church fellowship hall. Memorial contributions may be given to Bethel Park United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 205, Denmark, SC 29042. Fleetwood passed away on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at his home.
Born in Anderson County, SC, he was a son of the late George Long Stokes and Elizabeth Amaker Stokes. He was a member of the US Army and retired from the South Carolina National Guard and the S.C. Office of the Adjutant General. Fleetwood was a member of the Bethel Park United Methodist Church where he attended Sunday School, the United Methodist Men, was on the Administrative Council, SPPRC and sang in the church choir. He was a member and past master of the Denmark Masonic Lodge # 246, a member and past president of the Denmark Lions Club and a member of Crestwood Country Club. He officiated SCISA football and was a SCISA golf coach. Fleetwood loved his Clemson Tigers, playing golf, bridge, reading and fishing.
Survivors include his loving wife of 58½ years Yvonne Jones Stokes; children J. Fleetwood (Dana) Stokes, Jr. of Denmark, SC; Lisa S. (Keith) Scott of Morganton, NC, Holly S. (Mike) Hutto of Williston, SC; grandchildren Fleetwood, Bethany, and Taylor Stokes; Michael, Virginia, and James Ross Scott and Katie Hutto; a brother Richard (Melanie) Stokes of Charleston; sisters Betty (Bill) Grishaw of Richmond, VA, Jerri Watstein of Indian Wells, CA; a number of sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother Perry Amaker Stokes; sisters Patricia Watts James and Georgell Patterson.