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James E. Fox

December 7, 1932 – February 19, 2023

The Reverend James Edward Fox, 90, of Hastings, Michigan, formerly of Three Oaks, died peacefully Sunday, February 19, 2023 in the comfort of his family’s presence.

His life began December 7, 1932 in Hart, Michigan, the youngest of eight children, born to Frank and Gertrude (Stanage) Fox. He married Martha “Helen” Gregory August 8, 1953 in Three Oaks.

Jim’s family moved to Three Oaks in 1940, where he attended grade school and junior high. He also attended Sunday school and morning worship at the Methodist church in town. At the age of twelve, Jim received his first communion and became a full member at that time.  In the fall of 1946, the family moved to Indiana, but Jim never forgot his Three Oaks roots. He honorably served in the United States Army for three years. He was in Germany for much of that time and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant.  He was an avid Cubs and Michigan Fan. He also enjoyed fishing.

Jim will be greatly missed by family and friends.  He is survived by his wife of sixty-nine years, Martha “Helen” Fox of Hastings; son, Mark Fox of Hastings; grandson, Lucas James Fox of Hastings; brother, Charles Fox of Three Oaks; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter, Elizabeth Fox; siblings, Dale Fox, Robert Fox, Maxine Young, Richard Fox, Norma Houston, and Jack Fox.

Family and friends will gather from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friday, February 24, 2023 in Wagner Family Funerals Pobocik Chapel, 106 Ash Street East, Three Oaks. A funeral service will be held Saturday, February 25, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. in Three Oaks United Methodist Church, 2 East Sycamore Street, Three Oaks. 

Jim will be laid to rest in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

The family prefers contributions in memory of Jim be made to Habitat for Humanity International, 322 West Lamar Street, Americus, Georgia 31709-3543 or to Aldergate Renewal Ministries (ARM), 121 East Avenue, Goodlettsville, Tennessee 3707.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Wagner Family Funerals Pobocik Chapel, Three Oaks. Please share a memory or a message online: wagnercares.com.

*Fox, James E. (Helen) – DECEASED [(RE) D 1965; FE 1968; RE 1995] Leaton Community 1961; Rosebush, Center 1962; Grand Rapids Epworth, Westgate 1964; Lansing: Trinity 1968; Shelby 11/15/1971; Wyoming: Wesley Park 9/1/1977; Three Rivers: First 5/1/1985; Fennville, Pearl 1990; Hastings: Hope 1992; Retired 1995; Barry County: Woodland 7/22/2008-2011.

Last Updated on March 17, 2023

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