James "Jim" was born on July 23, 1951 to Ethel (Hale) Gideon and Lester F. Gideon in Sparta, Missouri. After a long illness, he went to be with the Lord on May 18, 2020 at Cox South.
Jim attended school in Ozark, Missouri.
In July of 1969, he married Shirley Kelley, and together they had three children, Renee Cash, Kim Sullivan, and Brian Gideon. Jim and Shirley were married 50 years. During their marriage, Jim worked in construction, drove a truck, and was a security guard. Jim and Shirley moved for Shirley's job for many years. In 1999, they moved to Carrollton, Georgia to be near their children and grandchildren, before returning to Highlandville in 2004. He has spent the last 16 years enjoying his free time. Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing, and trading.
Jim was a member of Highlandville Church of Christ.
Survivors include: his wife, Shirley; daughters Renee (Jason) Cash and Kim (Terry) Sullivan; son, Brian Gideon; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and sister, Shirley Jean Wydicks.
James was preceded in death by his father and his mother; 11 siblings; and one great-grandchild.
A visitation for Jim will be held from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 21, 2020 at Adams Funeral Home in Nixa. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 22, 2020 at Adams Funeral Home, Nixa with burial to follow at Martin Cemetery, Spokane, MO. Arrangements are under the direction of Adams Funeral Home, Nixa.