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Cloyce James Light

July 18, 1949 ~ September 14, 2022 (age 73)


Cloyce “Jim” James Light, 73, of Chamois and Strain Missouri, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning on September 14, 2022, at his home in Chamois, MO. He was born in Walnut Ridge, AR, on July 18, 1949, to the late Emma Nell Simpson-Light and Joseph Warner Light.

Cloyce grew up in the Light community with his grandma, grandpa, and cousins and later moved with his parents to St. Louis, visiting Light, Arkansas, every week. In his younger days you could find Cloyce working with his twin sister DeLois at White Castle hustling burgers. After high school, he joined the service and fought bravely in the Vietnam War for two years with the Charlie company 4th battalion 23rd infantry from 1967 to 1969 leaving the service in 1970. He was a dedicated and awarded service member with multiple purple hearts and special awards for his bravery in Vietnam. Later in life he was known by his friends as “Diamond Jim.” When Cloyce left the service, he became a businessman and loved running his grocery store in St. Louis for 15-years. For the past 5-years Cloyce had enjoyed again running a general store. It brought him sincere happiness.

Cloyce was a 30 plus year member of the Algabil-Freedom Masonic Lodge No. 636. Cloyce is preceded in death by his sister DeLois Light-James, mother Emma Nell Simpson-Light, father Joseph Warner Light, and daughter Theresa Light. He is survived by his sister Cathy Light-Moody, nephew Mitchell Moody and wife Samantha Moody, and his partner in love and life of 41 years, Janice Marie Sehnert. He is also survived by his son Grayson Hunter Light, daughter-in-law Quincy Morgan Standage, son James Warner Light, daughter Christina Light-King and husband Dan King, son Kyle Anderson, and his grandchildren Jasmine King, Jordin King, Taylor Light, and Emma Light.

Son Grayson Light stated “My dad was more than just my dad, he was my best friend, my go to person for advice with business and life. We were always together and when we weren’t, he was always calling me. I will never forget the memories we made together and everything he taught me, but I will always hold those special moments close to my heart. I respected him so much in how hard of a worker he was and how he never gave up when he put his mind to something. Dad, nothing can explain the more time I wish I had with you and my life events I wanted you to see, but I know you’re up there with Grandma and Grandpa watching over the family. I love you so much dad and I will always miss you, until I see you again. Love your son, Grayson”

Son James Light stated “Growing up I always thought my Dad was a hard man and as I got older and experienced the real world I started to realize he was preparing me for real life. There are always things you wish you would have said or did but life gets in the way and things get put to the side. My Dad had the biggest heart and was the smartest man I know. I will forever miss him and cherish my time I had with him. I love you Dad your son Jimmy.”

Cloyce Light loved his family dearly and always wanted the best for them. He will be missed dearly.

A graveside service under the direction of Phillips Funeral Home will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 17, at Mt. Zion Cemetery with Mark Walker officiating. 

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Graveside Service
September 17, 2022

10:00 AM
Mt. Zion Cemetery
Hwy 141
Walcott, AR 72474

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