James “Sunshine” E. Presley, 70, of St. Paul, died Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, at Washington Regional Medical Center, Fayetteville. 

He was born Tuesday, June 20, 1950, in Gadsden, Ala., to James G. and Margie Vandergrift Presley.

James was a supervisor for Alltel for 31 years. He was a Christian, a father to one son, and loved his family and friends dearly. James was also a carpenter and musician who loved to sing and play music with his friends. James also enjoyed hunting, riding horses, fishing and camping. He and his partner, Noreta, lived life to the fullest over the 15 years they shared together. They pulled a camper all over the country and rode his Harley Davidson motorcycle for several years. His favorite campsite was Tanyard Holler where he was host to years of deer camp gatherings around a huge pit fire. James never knew a stranger. His favorite spot for breakfast was The Snack Shack in St. Paul where he would sip coffee and shoot the breeze with the gang.

James was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister, Patricia Reid. 

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Brad and Kari Presley of Oneonta, Ala.; his partner and best friend, Noreta Baker of St. Paul; one stepdaughter and son-in-law, Billie and Tommy Whorton of Aurora; two grandchildren, Alex Presley and Blake Presley; four stepgrandchildren, Jacob and Rebecca Whorton of Aurora, Cheri Schlegel of Springdale, Amber Jerkins of St. Paul, and Jessica and Blake Curtis of Fayetteville; and six stepgreat-grandchildren, Peyton, Laney, Aidan, Aubrey, Caleb, and Annabelle; three sisters and brother-in-law, Margaret Ann and Hub Morrison, Mary Francis Presley, and Elizabeth Preseone Jones; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and a host of loving friends.

Private interment will take place at Brashears Cemetery, St. Paul. 

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. 

Services are entrusted to Brashears Funeral Home and Crematory of Huntsville.