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James William Eslinger

November 21, 1922 — November 14, 2018

James William Eslinger, 95, of Cleveland, passed away Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at his residence.  He was a member at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, choir member, and Sunday School teacher.  He loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John William Eslinger and Mary Cassie Marler Eslinger; son, Robert Shadwick; three sisters, Irene Durham, Dorothy Eslinger, and Betty Thurman, and brother, Andy Eslinger.

He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Ruba Lois Richmond Eslinger; two children, Debbie Anderson and husband Gary of Cleveland, Renee Goins and husband Mitch of Chattanooga; one daughter-in-law, Debra Shadwick; five grandchildren, Sharon Dean and husband Jimmy, Jessica Shadwick, Jeff Shadwick, Cassie Finchum and husband Matt, and Josh Ridings; great grandchild, Matthew (M.J.) Finchum; sister, Bobbie Weaver of Cohutta, GA; brother, Dennis Eslinger and wife Dot of Cleveland; and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 16, 2018 in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Huff officiating.   Interment will follow in Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Cemetery.  The play of bagpipes will conclude the service.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Friday prior to the service.

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Friday, November 16, 2018

12:00 - 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Friday, November 16, 2018

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