James M. Lancaster, 79, Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, NY – SSG James Marshall Lancaster, 79, of 27 Sand St., Philadelphia, died peacefully Saturday, April 2, 2022, at his home.

Born July 2, 1942, in Carthage to the late James M. & Lois M. Higgins Lancaster, he graduated in 1962 from Carthage Central School.

James married Mary Elizabeth Babcock on Sept. 24, 1966, in Carthage, with the Reverend Stanley E. Smith, officiating. Mrs. Lancaster died on June 29, 2005.

He enlisted in the United States Airforce in 1963. He was very proud of qualifying as a Sharpshooter, awarded his Small Arms Marksmanship on Feb. 2, 1965; then he re-enlisted in the Army Air National Guard on Sept. 26, 1968, and retired as a Staff Sergeant of the 127 Maintenance Co. on March 22, 1991, after 28 years of dedicated service, he was awarded the dedicated service medal for his active duty during 1990-91 Operation “Desert Storm” Middle East Crisis in the Persian Gulf.

Mr. Lancaster was employed by the United States Government for over 28 years and then the Indian River School District as a maintenance man.

He loved reading, crossword puzzles and he enjoyed his movies. James was very proud of his children; he took excellent care of his home and his yard was always impeccable. He was known by his entire community and everyone loved big Jim!

Surviving are two daughters, Vickie (Robert) Bailey, Watertown; and Susan Lancaster of Watertown; a son James (Michelle) Lancaster, Georgia; two sisters, Linda (Maxwell) McClain, Texas; Barbara (William) Baker, Watertown; and 5 grandchildren and several special cousins, nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Monday, April 18, 2022,, with the Reverend Canon, Samuel P. Lundy, officiating in the chapel of the Lundy Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Inc., 500 State St., Carthage. Burial will follow with military honors in Fairview Cemetery in Carthage.

Condolences in is memory can be made at www.lundyfuneralhome.com