He was born in Scottsboro, Ala., on Aug. 4, 1932, a son of the late John and Francis Letson.
As a small child, his family relocated to the Chattanooga area and he has made it home for the majority of his adult life.
He was an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Army after faithfully serving his country. He was a retired truck driver, who enjoyed working hard at his job.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one son, Melvin Letson; one granddaughter, Kelly Pelfrey; and three brothers: John K. Letson, Jessie Letson and Homer Letson.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory one son, James David Letson; two daughters: Debra Kay Gothard and Cheryl Jean Frady; one stepdaughter, Elsie Shutting; one daughter-in-law, Lassie Letson; four grandchildren: Kimberly McClendon, Christine Letson, James Chad Letson and Jimmy Franklin Letson; several great-grandchildren; numerous other extended family members and a host of special friends.
The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date.
You are encouraged to share a memory of James and/or your personal condolences with his family by visiting his memorial web page and guestbook at www.companionfunerals.com.
Companion Funeral Home and the Cody family are honored to assist the Letson family with these arrangements.