James Dale Lashley Sr., 86

Funeral services for James Dale Lashley Sr., 86, of West Plains, were held Jan. 14, 2022, at Curry Street Church of Christ in West Plains. Burial was at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mr. Lashley was known by many in Ozark County through his 30-year career as a route supervisor for Hiland Dairy. 

He died at 12:30 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 11, at his home. 

He was born Nov. 22, 1935, at West Plains, the son of Roy Edward and Nelma Lela Workman Lashley.  

Mr. Lashley graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 1954.  He was very active in sports in high school and went on to receive the all-star state award in basketball.  

On Sept. 8, 1956, he married Emma Lou Wheeler in Mountain Grove. They were married for 65 years.  

He was a member of the National Guard for eight years. He enjoyed basketball and hunting and fishing with his family. Mr. Lashley was a member of Curry Street Church of Christ. 

He is survived by his wife; two sons, Mark Edward Lashley and wife Rhonda and Brent Lashley and wife Cindy; six grandchildren, Jonathon Lashley and wife Leigha, Melissa Hadley and husband Brian, Rayce Lashley and wife Gabrielle, Reggie Lashley and friend Katie, Chance Lashley and Courtney Lashley and friend Kaleb; sixteen great-grandchildren; one brother, Gary Lashley and wife Jo; three sisters, Peggy Uphaus and husband Gordon, Debbie Welch and husband David and Judy Horn and husband C.W.; and one sister-in-law, Sharon Lashley.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, James Lashley, Jr., one daughter-in-law, Renee Lashley, three great-grandchildren, Jacob Conner Lashley, Braylen Dean Due-Lashley and Angel May Due-Lashley, one brother, Carl Lashley, and one sister-in-law, Elva Delores Wheeler.

Memorial contributions may be made to Elijah Cemetery and may be left at or mailed to Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, 211 West Main, West Plains, MO  65775. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, West Plains. 

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