Funeral services for James C. Cleveland, age 87, of Harrisville, NY, will be held on Tuesday, March 13,2018, at 11:00AM at the the Harrisville Christian Church with Pastor Mike Gault officiating. Burial will be in the Harrisville Cemetery in the spring. Calling hours will be held on Monday, March 12, 2018, at Frary Funeral Home in Harrisville from 2:00PM to 4:00PM and 6:00PM to 8:00PM. Mr. Cleveland passed away peacefully Friday afternoon, March 9, 2018 at the Hospice House of Jefferson County with his son Scott and daughter-in-law Marcia by his side.
Jim is survived by four children, his son Scott Cleveland and his wife Marcia, of Gouverneur; Jennifer Bouya and her husband Ray, of Apple Valley, CA, Michael Cleveland, of Watertown, NY, Cynette Cheal, of Roanoke, VA; three sisters, Arlene Shaw, of Apple Valley, CA, Leta Mantle, Harrisville, NY, Carol Ryan, Pitcairn, NY; one brother-in-law, Floyd Layboult, of Richville, NY; one sister-in-law, Esther Cleveland, of Hermon, NY; several grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and a grandpuppy, Reagan. Jim was predeceased by wife, MaryLee; five brothers, Lawrence, Harold, Wesley, Kenneth Dale, and Dale Francis Cleveland; three sisters, Irene Layboult, Leta Ruth, and Joyce Cleveland.
Jim was born on January 27, 1931 in the town of Pitcairn, NY, the son of Clarence Cleveland and Lavisa LaVancha Cleveland. He attended Harrisville Central School and eventually went to work on the family farm. He married MaryLee Sayer on June 15, 1957 at the First Presbyterian Church in Gouverneur, NY with Rev. Merritt W. Updyke officiating. After leaving the family farm, he went into business for himself driving pulp truck which he enjoyed very much. One of the biggest joys of Jim’s life was his work at Harrisville Central School District where he worked for over 22 years, becoming the Head Bus Driver before retiring in 1978.
When Jim wasn’t working, he enjoyed sitting on his porch underneath his maple trees telling stories. He loved the all the kids at school and was very passionate about his work at the school where he was respected by many. He loved to go for rides through the back roads with his son Scott and their dogs, telling stories from when he was a young man.
Donations in Jim’s memory may be made to the Harrisville Volunteer Fire Department, 14226 Church St., Harrisville, New York 13648.