- James Wade Kleckley Sr. (known as "Jim," "Rube" or "J.W."
to friends) was promoted to his heavenly home on Tuesday, October 19, 2010, after
a heroic battle with cancer.
his retirement from baseball, Jim operated service stations in the Columbia area
and managed Kleckley's Garage until 2000. During this time, Jim was a former member
of the Swansea Hunt Club, Sinclair Lodge #154, American Legion Post 90, and was
a 1987 inductee to the BC High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
was instrumental in founding the Lexington County Chapter of the Fellowship of
Christian Athletes and was honored for his Christian service in 1993 by being
inducted into the S.C. FCA Hall of Faith.
Jim was a horseshoe champion and loyal Gamecock fan; he loved sports and was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to hunt and fish, and especially enjoyed a good dove shoot with his many hunting buddies. However, it is Jim's love for Jesus and his love for people that family and friends will remember most about him.
is survived by the love of his life and wife of 62 years, Mrs. Judith Shuler Kleckley
of Lexington. Together they had three beautiful children; James Wade Kleckley
Jr. (Patt) of Lexington, Bryan Stephan Kleckley (Becky) of St. Matthews, and Rhonda
Kleckley Gilliam (Jim) of Taylors, SC.
Of all of Jim's many accomplishments - his family and the legacy of love he left them was his greatest.
The celebration of Mr. Kleckley's life will take place on Friday, October 22, 2010, at 3 p.m. at Mt. Horeb UMC in Lexington with the Rev. Jeff Kersey and the Rev. Evelyn Middleton officiating, with burial in Southland Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday at Thompson Funeral Home of Lexington.
Pallbearers include Ulysees Gilliard, David Pair, Harry Simpson, L.W. Smith, Brent McCullar, Lee Hoover, Bryan Thornton, David Dodge and Wayne Coates. Honorary pallbearers will be Brookland UMC Methodist Men, Mt. Horeb UMC Men""'s Friday Morning Prayer Group, Wednesday Morning Lizards Thicket Prayer Group, Lexington FCA - Adult Chapter, TMCI - Missionary Church International, the men of His House Ministry, Brookland UMC Loyal Workers Class, BUMC Young At Heart, and members of the Swansea Hunt Club.
It was Mr. Kleckley's request that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Lexington FCA - Adult Chapter 3172 Wilton Road, West Columbia, SC 29170 or to the Pineview PAL Special Needs Baseball League, (Jim Kleckley memorial), PO Box 4526, West Columbia, SC 29171, where he enjoyed seeing his grandson, Reuben, on the pitchers mound.
The family would like to thank the loving staff of Agape Lexington, Agape West Columbia TCU, and Agape Hospice for their care and friendship during Jim's journey home.
Family and friends may sign online guest book at www.thompsonsfuneral.com.