James E. DeShon Sr., 79

James DeShon Sr.

James DeShon Sr.

NORWAY — James Eugene DeShon Sr., 79, of Oxford, died Saturday, April 20, 2013.

He was born Sept. 21, 1933, the son of Rita and Stanley DeShon. On Dec. 31, 1952, he married Geraldine Pierce. He was a mason by trade, contributing to many of the buildings in the area.

For many years, he and his wife cared for foster children and ran a day care. They also owned and operated Trap Corner Store in West Paris and The Mole Hole Knoll in Oxford. In 2000, he and his wife moved from Oxford to Ryerson Hill in South Paris and wintered in Ocala, Fla. In 2010, they moved to Oxford Meadows in Oxford.

James is survived by his wife; a son, James DeShon Jr. of South Paris; three daughters, Darlene Bean of South Paris, Pamela Payne of Oxford and Bethany Card of Oxford; nine grandchildren including Shannon Avery of Casco; seven great-grandchildren including Tyler Avery of Casco and Payson Avery of Casco; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; a brother, Charles DeShon; and two sisters, Marilyn Osborne and Yvonne Whittemore.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.chandlerfunerals.com

A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, at the First Congregational Church, 17 East Main Street, South Paris. Arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 51 Main Street, South Paris.

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