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James Dale Lashley

Funeral services for James Dale Lashley, Sr., 86, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, January 14, 2022 at Curry Street Church of Christ, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.


Mr. Lashley passed away at 12:30 a.m., Tuesday, January 11, 2022, at his home.


He was born November 22, 1935 at West Plains, Missouri, to Roy Edward and Nelma Lela Workman Lashley.  Mr. Lashley graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 1954.  He was very active in sports in high school and went on to receive the All-Star State Award in basketball.  On September 8, 1956, he was married at Mountain Grove, Missouri, to Emma Lou Wheeler.  They were married for sixty-five years.  Mr. Lashley worked for Hiland Dairy for thirty years as a route supervisor.  He was a member of the National Guard for eight years.  He enjoyed basketball, and hunting and fishing with his family.  Mr. Lashley was a member of Curry Street Church of Christ.


He is survived by his wife, Emma Lashley; two sons, Mark Edward Lashley and wife, Rhonda, and Brent Lashley and wife, Cindy; six grandchildren, Jonathon Lashley and wife, Leigha, Melissa Hadley and husband, Brian, Rayce Lashley and wife, Gabrielle, Reggie Lashley and friend, Katie, Chance Lashley, and Courtney Lashley and friend, Kaleb; sixteen great-grandchildren; one brother, Gary Lashley and wife, Jo; three sisters, Peggy Uphaus and husband, Gordon, Debbie Welch and husband, David, and Judy Horn and husband, C.W.; and one sister-in-law, Sharon Lashley.


His parents, one son, James Lashley, Jr., one daughter-in-law, Renee Lashley, three great-grandchildren, Jacob Conner Lashley, Braylen Dean Due-Lashley, and Angel May Due-Lashley, one brother, Carl Lashley, and one sister-in-law, Elva Delores Wheeler, preceded him in death.


Mr. Lashley will lie in state from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Burial will be at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to Elijah Cemetery and may be left at or mailed to Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, 211 West Main, West Plains, MO  65775. Online condolences may be expressed at