James Walter Channell

November 19, 1919 ~ September 3, 2007 (age 87)
U.S. Veteran

James Walter Channell

James Walter "Duck" Channell, age 87, of Greensboro, GA, died Monday, September 3, 2007 at Minnie G. Boswell Memorial Hospital. Born November 19, 1919 near Siloam in Greene County, he was the son of the late Henry Conway Channell and Belle Finch Channell. He graduated from Greensboro High School in 1939. During World War II he served in the infantry in communications of the United States Army for thirty-eight months receiving an honorable discharge on November 25, 1945. He played baseball with the Ogeechee League for four years and with Mary Leila Cotton Mill White Sox. On June 13, 1948 he married Dorothy Mann of Greensboro, GA. They had one son, Walter Dene Channell born December 15, 1952. From 1954 until 1983 he was the owner and operator of Channell Dairy and until 1998 continued to help his son on his farm. He served on ASCS, Board of Irving Dale Dairies and Greene County Board of Education. In 1967 he was chosen "Farmer of the Year". He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder. Duck loved his grandchildren and being with his family.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Sue Mann Channell in May of 2006 and his siblings, Daisy C. Jones, Gus Channell, Melvin Channell, Lennie Channell and Ernest Channell. Surviving family members are his son W. Dene Channell and wife Kathryn of Greensboro, GA; two grandsons, Leighton Channell and wife Amber and Logan Channell; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 6, 2007, at 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Greensboro with the Rev. Dr. James A. Perkins, Rev. Dr. James Choomack, Jr. and Rev. Dr. Ford G''Segner officiating. Interment will follow at Greenview Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are Al Cason, Barry Credille, Mickey Channell, Jimmy Channell, Floyd Channell, Ethan Perkins, William Hurt, Jr. and Richard Hurt. Honorary pallbearers are the Elders and Deacons of the First Presbyterian Church of Greensboro. The family requests that any memorials be made to First Presbyterian Church, Post Office Box 26, 117 South Main Street, Greensboro, GA 30642 . The family will receive friends from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Wednesday night at the funeral home. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.

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