Memorial service for Clyde James, age 77, of Careywood, Idaho, will be Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 at 3 p.m. at Cocolalla Cowboy Church, 4281 Cocolalla Loop Rd. in Cocolalla. Interment will be at a later date at St. Elizabeth Cemetery in Clarkson, Kentucky. Arrangements are provided by Yates Funeral Home. Online registry and condolences may be found at

Clyde Alton James was born May 20, 1942 to Thomas and Nina (McCrady) James in Kentucky. He grew up on the family farm in Leitchfield, Kentucky and graduated from Leitchfield High School in 1960. In 1964, Clyde enlisted in the United States Army National Guard. On Aug. 28, 1965, Clyde was united in marriage to Mary Gibson at the Leitchfield General Baptist Church. Their union was blessed with 54 years of marriage. Clyde worked as an insurance adjuster and lived and served in various communities including Colorado Springs (Emmco Insurance), Denver (Aetna Insurance), Anchorage (Alpac Insurance), and, in 1983, he became the owner and operator of Professional Adjusters of Alaska. In 1990, they moved to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and established Professional Adjusters Inc. In 2005, they moved to Careywood, Idaho, and, in 2009, Clyde retired. On Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, Clyde died peacefully at his home in Careywood at the age of 77 following complications from ALS.

Clyde was a member of the Cocolalla Cowboy Church in Cocolalla, Idaho. He was active in the life of the congregation playing guitar in the praise and worship music ministry. Clyde would often bring the church mission (Gospel / Good News!) to the gun shows he often attended. He was an avid gun maker and gunsmith and was known as one of the very best. He loved the Lord first, family, guns, and guitar. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing pool, raising horses, and especially time spent with his family.

Clyde is lovingly remembered by his wife, Mary James, of Careywood, Idaho; a son, Brian James, of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; two granddaughters, Rachael and Ally; two great-grandchildren, Shaina and Landon; three brothers, Thomas James, of Kansas, Benjamin (and Vicki) James, of Indiana, and Charles (and Jackie) James, of Colorado. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Nina; and a sister, Clydean Cooper.

Blessed and eternal be the memory of Clyde Alton James.