James was a rural route mail carrier for the US Postal Service for many years. He was a Deacon at the First Christian Church, sang in the men's choir, was a member of the Orwin Men's Class, a self-taught carpenter and a handy man.
James is survived by his wife, Joyce Candler Gadberry; one son, James W. Gadberry, Jr. of Bangkok, Thailand; two daughters, Jeri (and Dwight) Moss of Somerset, and JoAnn (and Burnis) Whitaker of Somerset; three grandchildren, Christina Gadberry, Scott (and Erica) Adams of Paris, Ky., Aaron J. Moss; and one great-grandchild, Ashton Adams.
In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by two brothers, George and Jack Gadberry and one sister, Mary Catherine Linville.
Visitation for James will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, October 12, 2013 at the First Christian Church of Somerset.
A celebration of life honoring the life of James will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 12, 2013 at the First Christian Church, Somerset with Reverend Chuck Aiden officiating.
Interment will follow at Somerset Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to the Building Fund at First Christian Church.
Online expressions of sympathy may be made at www.somersetundertaking.com.
Mrs. Wanda Marie Sears Whitaker, 88, of Somerset, Ky., daughter of the late W.P. and Bertie Sears was born in Somerset, Kentucky on November 27, 1924 and departed this life on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at the Hospice of Lake Cumberland Jean Waddle Care Center with her daughter at her side.
She was united in marriage to Louie Whitaker on May 1, 1943; he preceded her in death.
Wanda is survived by one daughter, Linda Stringer of Somerset, Ky.; two grandsons, Scott Hail and JB Whitaker; four granddaughters, Donna (and Shane) Fox, Jessica Whitaker, Melissa (and Eric) Gibson, Teresa (and Tom) King and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.