James Russell Neff - 1948-2006 James Russell Neff, 58, of Grayson, Ky., started his eternal walk with the Lord on the fifth day of August at his residence, following a long battle with cancer. Jim was born March 21, 1948, in Portsmouth, Ohio, the son of Fred G. and Garneda Hampton Neff. He was a 1971 graduate of Marshall University. His career retirement came in 2005 as a senior exploration geologist with Arch Coal Inc. He was licensed both as a registered professional geologist in Kentucky and as a certified professional geologist by the American Institute of Professional Geologists. Jim was also a Master Mason of Trimble Lodge 145 F&AM, a Kentucky Colonel and a former volunteer firefighter with the Grayson Volunteer Fire Department. He served the First Church of Christ as an elder. Surviving are his wife of 35 years, Donna J. Neff of Grayson; a son, Christopher Neff and his wife, Christine, of Denton, Ky.; two grandsons, Aaron and Alexander Neff of Denton; and his mother, Garneda Neff of Huntington, W.Va. He was preceded in death by his father and his paternal and maternal grandparents. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2006, at the First Church of Christ. The body will lie in state an hour before the service. Phillip LeMaster and David Messer will officiate. Burial will be in Hillcrest Burial Park (KCU). Friends and family may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today, Aug. 7, 2006, at the church.
Submitted by: Linda Cheeks Pittano