James Franklin Langley, 89, of Malaga, a former longtime Portland, Oregon resident and hails a
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background from Malvern, Arkansas, passed away on April 27, 2020 in Wenatchee, Washington.
He was born on July 15, 1930 at Malvern, Arkansas to the late Hughie R. and Nellie A (Paul) Langley. He
grew up and began his education in Malvern, Arkansas, then continued his education in Lomita,
California returned to Malvern, Arkansas before graduating high school in Coburg, Oregon. He then
attended the University of Oregon in Eugene.
James Langley was a man of many talents and meny names, most people new him as james or Jim; but
he went by Duke, Mark/Marcus, Jimmy, Capitan Kind, The Fat Man, Jimmy Dollar; and to all his grand
kids he was known as Papo, Papa, and Grandpa.
James Franklin Langley served his country in the U.S. Navy and later in the U.S. Air Force.
Prior to serving in the U.S. Air Force, he was married to Melva June Munsell in Coburg, Oregon, Marlene
Mae Jordan at the Justice of the Peace in Colorado, where he worked as a Security Guard. Later, James
was married to Margaret Spenard in Reno, Nevada and married to Florence Purdance in Reno, Nevada.
On April 18
th, 1965, James was married to Virginia May Hammer in Vancouver, Washington. They made
their home together in Portland, Oregon. He worked as a Construction Carpenter for many years before
becoming a Theatrical Agent for an entertainment company. He also worked as a Security Guard at the
main corporate offices of the Pendleton Wool Mills and mall 205 in Portland Oregon.
In 2001, James retired and they continue to make their home in Portland until moving to Malaga,
Washington in 2015, to be near their daughter.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Virginia May Langley; his children: James “Michael” Picket of
Colorado, James Robert Langley of Colorado, James Richard Langley ( James Acune Smith) of Colorado,
Angela “Prudence” Constance Langley of Nevada, Jeanette Robin of Nevada, Robin Annette Morris of
Malaga, Washington, possible daughter: Christina M Casper of Missouri; his brother: William R Langley
of California; and his sister: Linda Gail McNeal of Texas; as well as ten grandchildren and sixteen
great-grandchildren with one due in june.
James is preceded in death by his parents: Hughie and Nellie Langley; his brother: Paul Langley: and
daughter: Debbie Catherine Ray Langley Barsay.