Kelly James

Posted: Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Kelly James, 96, died May 17, 2004, at his home in Kake.

He was born Sept. 20, 1907, in Shakan Pass to Adam (Teiyeedéi) and Mary (L'axdujeex') James and moved to Kake in 1917. He was from the Sukteeneid clan, making him a Sukteeneid yadi. His Tlingit name was Sha-al'.aan and he was from the S'ix'nax.adi clan of Wrangell and was the last nephew of Chief Shakes VII. He married Betty Jackson on May 23, 1936, and they made their home in Kake.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Billy and Charlie James; sisters, Mary White, Martha DeWitt, Nellie Hanson, Mae Pacion and Maggie James.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Betty James of Kake; sons, Russell (Pauline) James, Wally (Joyce) James and David (Juanita) James, all of Kake, and Owen James of Hoonah; daughter, Arlene (Jerry) Bennett of Juneau; 20 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; sister, Maggie (Tom) Jimmy; sister-in-law, Edna James of Juneau; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral and burial services are scheduled for this weekend in Kake.

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