Dr. James H. Grace, 64, of Loogootee, passed peacefully into the arms of his Lord and Savior at home surrounded by loved ones on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 12:25 p.m.
Dr. Grace was born April 29, 1953 in Evansville, Indiana to the late Jesse and Rachel (Littlepage) Grace. On December 28, 1977, he married Renee Jackson and she survives.
He was a graduate of South Hopkins High School, Murray State University, University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work and Bethany Theological Seminary, Dothan Alabama with a PhD in Christian Counseling. He retired from the Pennyroyal Center in Hopkinsville, Kentucky in 2008. He was active in the State of Kentucky working with the formation of DUI laws and on the testing board for those seeking credentials as a Chemical Dependency Counselor. He was a responder with the Crisis Response International and served in Iraq as a humanitarian worker in the Syrian and Mosul Refuge Crisis. He enjoyed sky diving and had a black belt in karate.
Dr. Grace was a United States Army veteran and served during the Vietnam era.
The most important thing to James was his relationship with Jesus Christ. He was always eager to share how his life was transformed and loved teaching others how to live a deeper life. He was a member of the Loogootee United Methodist Church and the Men’s Bible Study Fellowship in Bloomington.
James is survived by his wife of 39 years, Renee Grace; children, Gabriel Grace of Nashville, TN and Joy Grace of Loogootee; grandsons, Jacob Harrison and Phoenix Ringer; faithful canine companions, Harley and Tripp. He leaves behind many in the family of God that have been touched by his life and work.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Isaac Moore and sister, Wanda Bergman.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. EST Saturday, September 30, 2017 at the Loogootee United Methodist Church. A private burial will be held at Goodwill Cemeteryat a later date.
Visitation will be held Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church.
Arrangements are being handled through www.blakefuneralhomes.com