James Lawson Heflin


James Lawson Heflin died Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at Major Hospital in Shelbyville. He was 93.

He was born Aug. 18, 1923, to James Monroe Heflin and Lucile Draper Heflin in Shelby County on the farm near Edinburgh where he lived until the last few years of his life.

He loved to regale his family and others with tales of his time playing basketball at Mount Auburn High School, where his team won the Shelby County tournament in 1940. He graduated from Mount Auburn in 1941.

He married Julia Frances Money on Feb. 28, 1948, in the Methodist church in Shelbyville. They lived and worked on the farm until 2013, when they moved to Ashford Place in Shelbyville.

James, known to family and friends as Bud, loved to farm and especially loved to plow with his Case tractor. He also loved to sing and sang in the church choir at Jollity United Methodist Church near Edinburgh, where he was a member, and later at the First Christian Church in Shelbyville.

Survivors include his wife; three children, James Lawson Heflin Jr. and his wife, Lynda; Cynthia Heflin Pelo and her husband, Rodger; and Frank Lee Heflin and his wife, Lisa; six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

His parents and his sister, Catherine P. Heflin, preceded him in death.

Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. today at Murphy-Parks Funeral Services, 703 S. Harrison St. Shelbyville. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Bill Horner officiating. The burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery in Edinburgh.

Funeral directors Greg, Sheila, and Stuart Parks are honored to conduct the services for Mr. Heflin.

Online condolences may be shared at murphyparks.com.