James Leroy McFeeters, age 67, of Faubush, Kentucky, passed to his rest on Saturday, October 29, 2016 in Somerset, Kentucky.

James was born August 26, 1949, in National City, California, to Paul Cornelius McFeeters and the late Helen Marie Emley McFeeters. He married Catherine Marie Taylor on December 20, 1981. Always fascinated by science, astronomy, technology, and the outdoor world, James was an excellent craftsman from an early age. He designed and built his own telescope as a teenager, crafted his own furniture, pens, bowls, and other wooden items, and even made a wooden cedar strip canoe, which became his pride and joy. Education was important to him. He held a private pilot’s license and earned his masters’ degree in Computer Science. He spent the last 19 years of his 37-year teaching career at Somerset Community College. James was a member of the Somerset Seventh-day Adventist Church, where he was a church elder and a Pathfinder Club director.

He is survived by his father, Paul McFeeters of Loma Linda, California; his wife, Catherine McFeeters of Faubush, Kentucky; three sons, Daniel McFeeters (and wife Kristina) of Whitley City, Kentucky, Timothy McFeeters of South Bend, Indiana, and Andrew McFeeters, of Seale, Alabama; a sister, Sharon Mackin, of Chico, California; a brother, Dr. Gary McFeeters, of San Diego, California, nephews and nieces, and a host of friends.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Helen Marie Emley McFeeters, and by his first wife, Ardi LeDuc McFeeters.

Visitation will be Thursday, November 3, from 4:00-6:00 pm at the Somerset Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Funeral service will be held Thursday, November 3 at 6:00 pm at the Somerset Seventh-day Adventist Church, with Pastor Samuel Solér officiating. Interment will take place at the Southern Oaks Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Springs, MD 20904, www.adra.org or Adventist Frontier Missions PO Box 286 Berrien Springs, MI 49103, www.afmonline.org.

Southern Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.