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Obituary of James Alexander Ress

James Alexander Ress

July 5, 1924 – July 6, 2021

    Columbia, S.C.- James Alexander Ress passed away on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at the E. Roy Stone Veterans Home in Columbia, S.C.  He died one day after celebrating his 97th birthday. The family is grateful for the loving care he received at the Veterans Home.

            Jim was born in New York City. He was the son of Urban and Elizabeth Dwyer Ress. He was educated in parochial schools in New York.  He met Oleida Baxter, the love of his life, in upstate New York.  They were married after World War II.  They were married 63 years, until she predeceased him.

            Jim joined the U.S. Army during World War II. He served proudly in France and Germany during the war, and was awarded a Silver Star. He achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant.   

            After marrying Oleida, Jim began his career as a salesman. He sold floor covering most of his adult life.  He worked in New York and New Jersey before moving to South Carolina in 1964. He represented several manufacturers in the Southeast.

            Jim loved to watch South Carolina football. His good humor, his enthusiasm for life, and his thoughtfulness for everyone will be missed.   He loved his family, and was active in his churches, both in Columbia, and during the time he lived in Rock Hill, SC.

            Jim is survived by three children: Jim (Connie), Betty (George), and Tom (Paula). He had 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, and his wife, he was predeceased by brothers, Urban and Henry Ress, and by his sister, Theresa.

            A private memorial/interment service will be held at Trenholm Road United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trenholm Road United Methodist Church, 3401 Trenholm Road, Columbia, SC, 29204, or First Presbyterian Church, 234 E. Main Street, Rock Hill, SC 29730.  

Woodridge Funeral Home of Lexington, S.C. is assisting the family with arrangements.

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